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The Ever Changing Face of Cutten Classic

The Ever Changing Face of Cutten Classic

Brent Arnold | November 5, 2014

In the fall of 2012 Cutten House was reopened to residence.  This marked the end to a four year hiatus brought about by disturbed asbestos.  Due to the four year gap between residents living in …

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Tips on dealing with exam stress

Tess Pooran | November 25, 2014

Tips on dealing with exam stress

Exam time is stressful for everyone; long days, longer nights, endless readings and pages of illegible notes (when did my writing start to look like a five year olds?!?).  It might seem like Winter Break will never come, but there is hope!  Here are tips to survive exam season and hopefully reduce your stress for your remaining time at Acadia.

 

  1. I cannot stress this enough: You need sleep.  It may seem like a good idea to stay up all night before your 9am exam, but you will be more successful if you are well rested.  According to the Sleep Foundation, not sleeping enough can lead to: higher likelihood of obesity, heart problems and diabetes, depression and other mental health issues as well as poor concentration and the inability to process and remember new information.  Going to bed will do more for you than staying up all night and not even remember what you studied.
  2. Proper nutrition: Eating every 3-4 hours is recommended by dieticians, and it is especially important when studying.  Studying using more energy (aka calories) than most people think; your brain will use up to three times more energy when studying than when going about daily life.  Foods like nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, oatmeal, apples and protein (think chickpeas, fish, legumes, tofu) are all great study foods.  Making meals ahead of time, if you live off-campus, and freezing is a good idea if you would rather study/sleep than prepare a meal.
  3. Take breaks: Staying at your books or computer screen for five hours nonstop will not improve your grade.  Take time away from the computer screen (and your phone) and do something you enjoy.  Take a walk through the Woodland Trails or treat yourself to a latte or pop down to the cat shelter and pet some kitties.  Self-care is vital for surviving exam season with your mental and physical health intact.
  4. Practice positive thinking: Going into an exam with the mentality that you will be successful will help.  It may seem silly but many people have found it to be helpful (Oprah approves).  Obviously, you have to study as well as have a positive and confident outlook.  Even if you do not believe this, going in with a positive attitude cannot hurt you, so might as well give it a try!
  5. Time management: By this point in the semester I am sure you have heard this over and over, but it is the best thing you can do for your academic and emotional well-being.  Get a calendar, a day planner or put it in your phone (or if you are me, you do all three).  Writing down when, where, and what you have to do will keep your stress levels low and free up more time to socialize or rest.
  6. Get Active: A short walk, dancing around your room or some relaxing yoga can boost endorphins and keep your body and mind in balance.  Getting up from your desk to stretch throughout the day will help keep you focused.
  7. Talk it out: Call your parents or grab coffee with a friend and talk through what is stressing you out, they might be able to offer some perspective.  Not comfortable talking to a friend or family member?  The Student Resource Centre offers free counseling services (and they will work around your schedule).  It is confidential and can help you deal with the stress of school.

Bread, reinvented

Laura Jeha | November 25, 2014
Bread, reinvented

Bread has long been called the “staff of life”, and for university students this rings true.  Bread is cheap, tasty, fills you up, and offers some quality carbohydrate fuel to get you through exam season. …

Loki Duh Cat Answers Your Questions

Loki Duh Cat | November 25, 2014
Loki Duh Cat Answers Your Questions

Question:
“I’m a first year student and I’m struggling with balancing my social life and school work, any advice?”
 
Answer:
Ah yes, the human students’ classic case of FOMO. The only thing I’m afraid of missing out on …

Getting More Comfortable with Criticism: Working together as a community

Dan Aurell | November 24, 2014
Getting More Comfortable with Criticism: Working together as a community

As a student, I want to make a few suggestions about how we as the Acadia community should receive the recent criticism from town residents.  Most importantly, we should pick up where residents have left …

McParland wins community service award

Jalen Sabean, contributor | November 20, 2014
McParland wins community service award

When I started writing these articles a few issues back, I noted that “off-field” accomplishments of athletes often go unnoticed at various levels in sport.  One sports team however that has certainly not gone unnoticed …

Sex Q & A: A sex week follow up

Laura Jeha, Cailin Wilson, Quinn Mastromonaco | November 16, 2014
Sex Q & A: A sex week follow up

As part of our Human Sexuality Psychology class we decided to participate in this year’s Sex Fest on campus to increase conversation-surrounding sexuality and help educate students around topics such as safe sex, resources available …

Graduate student profile: Sara Klapstein

Sara Klapstein | November 15, 2014
Graduate student profile: Sara Klapstein

These profiles are brought to you by AGSA, Acadia graduate students’ society.  If you want to be featured contact Lyndsay Sprado, president of AGSA at agsapresident@acadiau.ca
Name: Sara Klapstein.
Hometown: Antigonish, NS.
Program: PhD Environmental Science through Memorial University of …

Graduate student profile:  Ian Roddis

 Ian Roddis | November 15, 2014
Graduate student profile:  Ian Roddis

These profiles are brought to you by AGSA, Acadia graduate students’ association.  If you want to be featured contact Lyndsay Sprado, president of AGSA at agsapresident@acadiau.ca
 Age:    34
Hometown: I’m not sure anymore.
Program:  Msc Mathematics and Statistics
Length of …

Graduate student profile: Alyssa Gerhardt

Alyssa Gerhardt | November 15, 2014
Graduate student profile: Alyssa Gerhardt

These profiles are brought to you by AGSA, Acadia graduate students’ association.  If you want to be featured contact Lyndsay Sprado, president of AGSA at agsapresident@acadiau.ca
Age: 24
Hometown: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Program: Masters of Sociology
Length of program: 12 …

Dear Trevor Pt. 2

Online @ The Athenaeum | November 14, 2014
Dear Trevor Pt. 2

Dear Heart,
I don’t really know how to start
So I guess I’ll tell you what I did
I’m leaving you with Trevor
And sweet goodbye I bid
He hasn’t slept in weeks,
Because me and you do bicker
I was going …

The Sexualization of Halloween Costumes

Alyssa Gerhardt | November 14, 2014
The Sexualization of Halloween Costumes

The debate surrounding promiscuous Halloween costumes, especially for women, is current and ongoing.  Growing up my Halloween costumes consisted of a very child-appropriate Jack O’Lantren, a witch, and a cat, to name a few.  Writing …