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Easter Long Weekend Movie Picks

It’s Easter weekend which means that we have four days off from school. So if you don’t have anything planned for your Easter weekend here are some movie picks by Tig Mag.

 

1. Divergent

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Synopsis: In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

– Written by IMDB

 

2. Rio 2

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  • It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law.

    – Written by TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

  • Blu and Jewel have three kids and while Jewel tries to teach the children to live off the land, Blu lives like he did in America. Linda and Tulio who are now married go to the Amazon to bring a bird they nursed back to health to its natural habitat. While there, they think other birds like Jewel and Blu live there. So they go on TV and say they will find them and when they do, it will help get the area declared a preserve. But a logger not wanting that to happen tries to stop them. When Jewel learns of this she wants to go there and see if there are any other birds like them. But Blu who is a city bird doesn’t want to but he decides to go to make Jewel happy.

    – Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

 

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

– Written by IMDB

 

4. God’s Not Dead

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College student Josh Wheaton’s faith is challenged by his philosophy professor, who believes God does not exist.

– Written by IMDB

 

5. Muppets Most Wanted
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While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

– Written by IMDB

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Registration for S.U.N.I.A. Is Now Open

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Are you interested in seminars related to Social Studies? Have you ever heard of United Nations? Do you want to know more about it? Do you want to have fun? Want to meet a lot of awesome people? Then S.U.N.I.A. is the right seminar for you!

The registration for the Seminar on the United Nations and Internal Affairs opened on the second week of January 2014.

“SUNIA is an opportunity for you to expand your horizons and see the world in a different light. A summer camp for high school students, SUNIA is designed to create a forum for the exchange of ideas, and to foster a better understanding of the political, economic, and social aspects of global interactions.”

Rubani Singh, Juliver Tomas(that’s me) and Gina Guzman (all Grade 12 students – 2014) attended SUNIA on August 2013. If you want to know more about the event. I advice you guys to talk to us.

If you want to see the SUNIA 2014 Promotional Video click the link below.

http://www.sunia.ca/about/video/

Register at

http://www.sunia.ca/register/

Register NOW and your summer this year will be your most unforgettable summer ever.

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Outlet Mall? In Edmonton? Why not?

Who does not like shopping? Specially when you have a lot of stuff to choose from, right?

December 4, 2013, a news broke out about the proposed plan of building an 85-outlet mall at Edmonton International Airport.According the Edmonton Journal “the developer Ivanhoe Cambridge and the airport announced Wednesday (December 4, 2013) about the conditional agreement for the project called, The Outlet Collection at Edmonton International Airport. Also, according to the journal “the new mall will be located next to the QEII Highway and south of Airport Road.” The mall is said to open on the fall of 2016, but do not be excited yet, because the contract for the proposed plan is not signed yet. The signing of the contract will be held early next year, 2014.

According to a source, Myron Keehn, EIA Vice President of Commercial Development said in a news release  that “This is great news. It means more shopping, entertainment and hospitality options, not only for passengers, but for Greater Edmonton. The airport is a self-funded not-for-profit corporation, so airport revenue that is generated by leasing the land for this project will be reinvested into building better air service for the Edmonton Region. Ultimately, this will support more flights to more places”.

Even though it is an awesome news for big shoppers like me, it is not the right time to celebrate just YET because it is only a proposal and not every proposal is always approved.

Halloween at McNally High School

Halloween is over but let us have a recap on how did the Tigers celebrate their Halloween this year.

Last October 30 to November 1, 2013, the Students Union headed by their President Alex Kwan led some ‘Halloween’ activities for the students at McNally. Some activities were as follows.

1. Haunted Den

The Tigers Den was turned into a ‘haunted den’ and I heard some people say that the S.U. did really well on making it scary for some people. The  ‘haunted den’ was designed by the Vice President of McNally Students Union External, Bill Huang. He was the head of the ‘Haunted room’ but some S.U. members helped to make the ‘haunted den’ happen. According to some source, there were some issues regarding the room. Some said the the ‘scary’ music in the room was so loud but other than that everything worked really well. The S.U. sold some Halloween cupcakes during the Halloween celebration in front of the Tigers Den. The ‘haunted den’ lasted for three days. It was also visited by some elementary students that are part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program on October 31, 2013. There were some unexpected things that happened on the ‘haunted den’, according to a source a random guy who was checking out the ‘haunted den’ was accidentally punched. According toe Jesse Krepakevich, “Renne Luong was the fellow who took the blow, as for the guy who hit him we don’t know. They were in a group and it was dark there wasn’t really any physical harm, but Renne didn’t feel up to being in there anymore.”

2. Halloween Costume Contest

And there was more. Halloween celebration at McNally is not complete without the annual Halloween costume contest. This years competition was a bit less entertaining compared to last year but the costumes of students this year were totally amazing. Even the teachers at McNally did a lot of effort in designing their Halloween costumes. A great example for that were the some of the Math and Science teachers of McNally High school, they dressed up as elements in the Periodic Table. Students joined the costume contest which was held in the large gym of the school during lunch time on October 31, 2013. There were also some ‘parlor games’ during the costume competition and there were some prizes that were awarded to those fortunate students who won the costume awards. Some costumes that stood out or at least the people that has unique costumes includes the guy who dressed up as Macklemore, the guy who dressed up like a pig, a Grade 1o student named ‘Ravia’ who dressed up as the ‘human version’ of the book “50 shades of Gray”. Although every costumes were unique a group of students who dressed up as the characters of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s Great Gatsby. The students who was part of the ‘Great Gatsby group’ were Bill Huang, Sharon Huang, Chloee Kwan, Demi Truong, Jesse Krepakevich and Vishay Shankar. 

(More pictures are coming up soon)

Wonders of Winter

Written by  Sera Sajeev (Grade 12)

The hot summer days are over and it’s the start of winter. The greenery will soon be gone and our backyards will be filled with bundles of snow!! The cold Iced-Caps turn into nice warm hot chocolates. With the snow we are able to do a variety of fun activities like skiing, sledding, or even snowboarding. We can also have fun with our friends and families in our own backyard through the creation of an awesome snowman!! Or even through a snow fight!! Are you scared of the snow? Then you must be Chionophobic. There are also a few celebrations or festivals that take place during this season. We have Christmas, the Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth. We have New Year, which is the beginning of a calendar year. And also the Chinese New Year, which is the Chinese festival marking the start of the New Year, beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon fifteen days later. It is marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving.

Here are some facts about this season:

• The tallest snowman was 113 feet 7 inches tall.

• The largest snowflake recorded in the Guinness World Book of Records fell in Montana and was 15 wide.

• The coldest temperature ever recorded in the world was -128 degrees Celsius, in Vostok Station in Antarctica in 1983. (That’s freezing cold!!)

• We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Did you know a scientist took 400,000 to prove it?

University Choices

It is just the end of October but most of the seniors around Canada are starting to apply for their chosen Universities already. So let us look into the some universities you might want to go into.

 

1. University of Alberta

This is the first on the list because it is one of the best universities in Canada and because it is, mostly, the first choice of students that wants to get into university. It is where most senior students in Edmonton and its surrounding communities wants to get into because of its reputation and of course because of the quality of education.

Pros

– Close to home. In this way you can save money for residence.

– One of the best universities in Canada.

– There is a lot of programs to choose from.

– The Rutherford Library one of the best Libraries in Canada is located in this University, look how cool is that.

Cons

– The entrance average is pretty high. (If you want to know more about the entrance average for this school year go to http://admissions.ualberta.ca/requirements/entrance-averages.aspx.

– Because of budget cuts, they are slashing off some spots in some of the ‘big’ faculties like the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.

Website : http://admission.ualberta.ca/

 

2. Grant MacEwan University

A not so big university at the heart of the city.

Pros

– It is also close to home in fact it is in the heart of the city (Downtown) so it is easier to go shop and hang out with your classmates after your classes. In this way you can save money for residence.

– The population is not that big compared to the University of Alberta so in this case your professors will recognize you easily in the hallways, in class or even in the library (maybe).

– It is easy to get into GMac because of the entrance average is not high (at all).  You can find more info about entrance averages in this link http://www.macewan.ca/wcm/Registrar/Admissions/index.htm

Cons

– Some programs are not available in the University, for example Engineering, they don’t have a full degree Engineering program at Gran Mac so if you want to be an Engineer it is a good place to start to but if you are the kind of student who does not want to transfer universities year after year then you gotta choose another university.

Website : http://www.macewan.ca/wcm/Registrar/Admissions/index.htm

 

3. University of Toronto

Do you want to study on the other side of the country? Then choose the University of Toronto.

Pros

– One of the best universities in Canada, in fact, it was ranked number 1 university in Canada last school year.

– There is a lot of programs to choose from.

Cons

– The entrance average is pretty high. So if you want to get in this university you need to study harder.

– You need to pay for your residence because you will be going into Toronto, (This costs a lot of money, like seriously, a lot)

Website : http://discover.utoronto.ca/

 

4. University of British Columbia

If you want to go to the coast while studying, then UBC is the right place for you.

Pros

– One of the best universities in Canada.

– There is a lot of programs to choose from.

– The location of the Vancouver campus is a heaven. On the other side of your University is an ocean while on the other side you have this rich forest. You can also go to the beach whenever you want (except during winter, obviously) but if you are looking into a good university with an awesome location, then UBC is the right place for you to go.

– If you are a high school graduate from any high school in Alberta they will add 4% on your general average at the end of the year, after all your marks are calculated, including your Diploma marks. So if you graduate in Alberta with, for example, a 78% if you apply to UBC they will consider it as 82%. That is a really good deal.

Cons

– You need to pay for your residence because you will be going in B.C.. (This costs a lot of money, like seriously, a lot).

Website : http://www.ubc.ca/students/

 

5. University of Calgary

For those of you who wants to go out of Edmonton but still wants to stay in Alberta because you just love being in Alberta then the University of Calgary is the best place for you.

Pros

– There is a lot of programs to choose from.

– It is also not that far from home.

Cons

– You need to pay for your residence because you will be going in Calgary unless you have relatives in Calgary.

Website : http://www.ucalgary.ca/prospectivestudents/

 

There you go, choose what fits your budget for university and choose whatever university you think best fits your needs as a student. As Mr. Leong said during one of the post-secondary school presentations that ‘if money is your problem, don’t worry about it too much. Because if you work really hard and graduate in the future that money will come back to you quickly’.

In  my own opinion, there is no easy way to get through university. You need to work hard wherever university you are going into. If you are not ready to go to university yet, then you might need a year off to be able to think about what you really want to be. Make sure that you do whatever your passion is, do not get into a program you are not passionate about because you are going to do that job for the rest of your life. But also remember that if you do not get into the university that you want to get into, don’t worry because there is a lot more university that is open for you to apply. Keep in mind that in the end it’s not what university you got into it is all about your hard work and your knowledge that will make you a competitive person in the real world.

 

Discovery Days in Health Sciences

Written by Bill Huang (Grade 12)

The University of Alberta Discovery Days in the Medical Sciences was an amazing experience. Though this year differed from last year, given the chance, I would definitely go again. The Discovery Days is hosted by a non-profit organization, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, sponsored by TD Canada Trust. They have proudly introduced many young scholars, including bilingual, Aboriginal and rural communities, to the joys of health-related careers. Discovery Days are one-day workshops that give secondary school students and teachers the opportunity to explore a variety of career options in medicine and the health sciences.

A Discovery Day is comprised of a dynamic keynote lecture, hands-on workshops and a career panel discussion. Students gain a clear picture of what it would be like to be a health professional by interacting with researchers, clinicians and educators in their real-life work setting.

As a student interested in one day joining the medical field, this event was really helpful as it allowed me to engage in activities of my interest and pursue what I wish to become. There were many workshops to choose from and the people were definitely kind. The people I’ve met have really inspired me to think about what I truly wish to become and the difficulties in achieving what I long for. There were many amazing individuals around me that were meant to be there which is just great to see. The Doctors, undergraduates, nurses and physicians who were at the question panel answered so many questions that were on my mind. What was most important that I’ve learned from this experience is that the most important thing of all is to enjoy what you do. The career or profession that you wish to pursue should inspire and motivate you every day so that you can continue to do it with passion and love.

The overall experience from attending the Discovery Days is great! You get to meet new students, undergraduates, doctors, physicians and many more people who inspire and motivate you to do things that you would not normally do; to do things with high chances of failing and doing them again to succeed. Next year, they will be back again, and next year, I hope to see the readers of this article to go and attend the event.

 

Malala Day

Article written by Misha Afaq (Grade 12)

Malala Yousafzai, a 16 year old girl was shot in the head by Taliban because she raised her voice for the rights of women’s education. Now she has started a cause to stand up for the right of every girl to attend school. November 10 is recognized in honor for Malala’s cause.as “Malala’s day”. November 10th is the right day for a global day of action: it’s exactly one month since Malala fought off an assassination attempt against her by the Taliban.This day will focus on “Malala and the 32 million girls like Malala not at school “. This campaign has been created in respect for the fact that Malala just a few weeks before her shooting told her friends that she would set up Malala foundation for the 32 million girls who are unable to go to school. Malala said in her speech to UN, “They thought that the bullet would silence us but they failed” .

On this day the US convoy will travel to pakistan and he will urge the president Zardari to make education a reality for every child in Pakistan and from this day forward they would no longer accept keeping girls out of school. This day will build up on the idea that education is not the privilege of the few but the right for everyone. Governments across the world must know that in the 21st century we will no longer tolerate keeping children out of school. we must tell our friends to lend their voice by tweeting, posting “I am Malala” on their Facebook pages, and encouraging more to lend their voices to this petition. This is our moment to support Malala and we need to show her we are with her and continuing her fight.

If one girl as young as Malala can make a difference, why can’t we?

City of Bones

I recently saw the movie City of Bones. It is based on the book of the same title by Cassandra Clare, and it being one of my favourite book series, I was very excited to go see it.

The movie is centred around Clary Fray, a 16 year old New York native. When Clary’s mother disappears, she finds out that she is descended from Shadowhunters, a race of ancient, part angel warriors who protect the world from demons. Taking refuge in their Institute alongside her loyal best friend, Simon, and a charming young Shadowhunter named Jace, Clary must unravel the map inside her mind to find her mom.

As far as movies based on books go it wasn’t the worst, but if definitely wasn’t the best either. A lot of the choices made in the movie were questionable. The movie started off very well, but as it progressed it felt more and more rushed. A lot of the details that were needed to actually get a better understanding of the plot were glossed over quite quickly. If I hadn’t read the books beforehand I would have been quite confused.

The score for the movie was also not my favourite. Although I enjoyed the upbeat dance music played during one of the main fight scenes, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the cheesy romantic song playing during the main romantic scene. Frankly, a 13 year old girl could have chosen a better song.

On the other hand, the casting for the movie was absolutely amazing. So you should definitely go watch this movie if you’ve already read the books. I also recommend that you read the first three books before watching the movie though since there was a spoiler that could ruin the second and third books if you catch it.