Friday, 27 February 2015

What colours do you see?

Well, what do you see UAlberta?


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Quiz: Should You Vote?

We are only a few days away from Alberta's 2015 provincial election, and while there are still a lot of questions to ask about who to vote for, who represents out, which vision is best for the province, etc., the very first question that you have to answer is this: Should you vote? 

I already know my answer (and if you were to read my plea to not be boring, you'd likely be able to guess it too), but that doesn't mean that you know you're answer just yet. So, take YouAlberta's "Should You Vote" quiz to find out what you should be doing on May 5, 2015.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

We Are Not Alone

We do not need to suffer in slience

Life as a 20-something - what an interesting period of our lives! On one hand, we are experiencing so many exciting emotions. We are traveling to new places, living with new people, making new friends, and meeting memorable people. And not to mention the amount of learning that happens in our 20s!  But on the other hand, life as a 20- something often involves change that may be very difficult to process. Though older people tell us that painful things will happen in our lives, it is often in our 20-something years that we begin to realize that those more experienced people were right. We experience loss. Be it the loss of a family member, the loss of a beloved pet and/or the loss of a friend or peer. All of which hurt beyond measure. All of which continue to leave us with more questions than answers. We experience it all. The good and the bad; the happy and the sad. This is life as a 20-something.  

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

4 Reasons Why Job Shadowing Is a Great Idea

So, we’re in the midst of Job Shadow Week here at the U of A. (And yes, you did read that correctly... it isn't just Reading Week.) Maybe this is the first time you’re hearing about it; or maybe you’ve already signed up, except you’re now on the fence about participating because you realized that you actually wanted to spend the entirety of Reading Week catching up on all the sleep you’ve missed… Regardless, I’m here to tell you why job shadowing is a GIANT step in the right direction! 


Friday, 13 February 2015

5 Ideas to Help Rekindle Your Campus Romance

Dear campus lovebirds,

It’s that time of year again when Valentine’s Day is being shoved in everyone’s faces from every conceivable angle.  Good old February 14th can be a great excuse for a date night if you are in a relationship, or an excuse to do any number of other things if you are single (see Jobey’s piece for the best and worst places to be single on campus). 

If you have a special someone, it can sometimes be hard to “feel the love tonight” if you are overburdened by the heavy load of Valentine’s expectations. If you’ve recently been neglecting your significant other in order to prioritize your midterms and assignments, perhaps you could benefit from this list of ideas for how to rekindle your romantic relationship for V-day:

Thursday, 12 February 2015

The 4 Best and 4 Worst Places to be Single On Campus

So here’s the thing. I’m single. And if you are reading this, there is a good chance I will be single for Valentine’s Day. Okay, there’s a great chance, like.. a 100% chance. But before you roll your eyes and change your mind about reading this post, I just want you to know:  No, this is not a solicitation for a date. And no, this is not a blog post looking for pity. This my dear internet friends, is an early Valentine's Day gift to you. An in depth observation in which I have, through much  hard work and dedication to the cause, compiled a list of the best and worst places to be single... on campus. So sit back and relax, because for the next 500 words I will take you on a thrilling virtual tour of the four best and worst places to be single on campus! 

Oh, and before I forget, Happy Valentine’s Day!  

Monday, 9 February 2015

What Food Describes You, and 8 Other Random YA Questions

Fellow UAlbertans!

Have you ever wondered how other students take their coffee, or secretly wished that someone else shared your desire for teleportation? Lucky for you, we at YouAlberta were able to ask our 9 random questions to some of the students studying/eating/relaxing on Cameron second floor. Besides the general consensus that pizza is the best food to be, and that midterms are a student’s greatest stress, the interviews also showcase a strong sense of camaraderie at the U of A. Thanks to the interviewees for sharing your answers and smiling faces with us and our viewers!

Let us know how you liked the video, and feel free to share your answers to the interview questions in the comments!

Friday, 6 February 2015

The Dos and Don't of Finding a Seat: An informative guide to getting a place to sit on campus- in doodle form!

To me, CAB is one of the most infuriating places to try to find a spot to sit on campus. Whether the seat is desired for eating, socializing, or studying (probably not the best place for that), I have seen numerous awkward “oh-snap-I-was-gunna-sit-there” situations occur.

I can’t count the number of times I have personally strolled over to an empty table totally confident that the spot was mine, blinked, and realized that someone else snatched it first. (They must have been scouting patiently from across the Timmies…) 

I have also been in the flip- situation, seated on an empty couch in CAB sipping my coffee and noticing another student frantically searching for a space to sit. In these moments, I sometimes wonder if I am really that un-approachable to come sit next to (as I mentioned, there was plenty of room on the couch), or if people would rather avoid the forced social interaction of asking “is that seat taken?” 

In either of these cases, it seems like there is an implicit challenge in securing a good seat on campus. Here are some do’s and don’ts that might bring awareness and perhaps alleviate some of that unnecessary stress.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

PED 101: An Introduction to Campus Pedways

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Trying to make it through the wind-chill without your face freezing? How about staying dry from the rain? Is it scorching hot outside? Well, you’re in luck. The University has several indoor paths that’ll save you from just about anything, like the wind that’s itching to give you a bad hair day. 

This guide will provide you with the know-how to make it from one end of campus to other, all while staying indoors. Check out this handy dandy pedway overview:

100 Years Later... Bats, The Simpsons, Slides, and Fire

Lighting it up with snow and ice

100 hundred years ago Canada sent their first troops into WWI, Nellie McClung posed a petition demanding women’s suffrage to the Albertan government, Pluto was photographed for the first time, and the University of Alberta graduated their first class. That’s 100 years and 260,000 graduates of “Doing Great Things”. In commemoration of the lives and accomplishments of former U of A students, the Alumni Association has put together a bio on one graduate from each year. One of my favourites is Joel Cohen who is a writer for a little known show called The Simpsons that’s just been kicking around for the past 26 years. I still remember being 10 and racing downstairs as soon as I heard the theme song come on... who am I kidding, I still do that just to see what the theme’s ending is for new episodes. Cohen got his degree in biology and became a Hollywood writer and producer. And yes, I would recommend reading the bios of those who have come before us. And, why? Because while I was reading them, I came to realize that even though I don’t know what I want to be when I “grow up”… I don’t really have to know. And that’s a comfort that I think many students need.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Project FU: Let’s Talk

Project Feminist U
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#YesAllWomen #WhyIStayed #WhyILeft #AskHerMore These are just a few of the hashtags that dominated social media last year. Each represented a collective of individuals who wanted to come together to say “We can do better.” And just in case you’re wondering: better for what? The answer, though a complex one that touches upon a number of intertwined issues, would be that we can do better for gender equality. 
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