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101 Things Students Should Know

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

With “back to school” in full motion, I thought I would share a list of 101 things CBU students should know before starting next Monday.

The list was previously published in the Caper Times with me, a few friends and staff members I know adding our own tips and tricks to make the most of the year ahead.


iPhone Apps I love

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

I’ve recently taken the plunge into iPhone world. While the price tag was not easy to swallow, I have been really happy with my phone and all of the cool apps you can download. I am still fairly new into the world of apps, but I have complied five of my favorites thus far.

5. Angry Birds

People are obsessed with this game, and I can see why. It’s fun, random, and will pass time for you if you’re waiting around for class or a meeting to start. The game situates around a group of angry birds who are mad at a group of pigs (?). The birds want to harm the pigs, even if that means exploding into a ball of feathers. Get it!

Price: Free, or Pro version:$ .99. (more…)

Town Hall Meeting with federal Liberals

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Wednesday evening, Feb 23rd 2011, I attended a town hall meeting hosted by the federal Liberals. In attendance were Sydney-Victoria Liberal MP Mark Eyking, Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner and also finance critic Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison.

A Liberal news release stated that this event was a part of the Liberals budget outreach tour to address the party’s priorities when the next federal budget is delivered next month. Focusing on investing in pensions, families, & higher education, to promote productivity and economic growth.

I was disappointed at the lack of student involvement. I would estimate perhaps 4; maybe 5 people in attendance were under the age of 30, with the majority of the audience being above 60.

Are You Smarter Than a CEO?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

And want a chance to win over $1000? Well there is a fantastic competition for Atlantic Canadian  students called “Are You Smarter Than a CEO?” This is created for students to put their business skills to use and compete to solve real problems faced by real businesses!

There are four CEOs and they all have specific problems. You get the chance to watch the four video presentations given by each individual company. So here is your chance to prove you are smarter than a CEO


Let’s Talk CBU!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

I’m going to make this one short and sweet because to me, this is a really important subject where we need to get right to the point.

Mental illness has a negative stereotype surrounding it, when that’s rarely the case. When most people think of mental illness, they think of someone who suffers from schizophrenia or multiple personality disorders. In reality, mental illness covers a wide variety of problems including depression, anxiety and even phobias. Few would even know that one in four Nova Scotians suffer from mental illness.

On February 9th, Bell Canada is doing their part to get the discussion about mental illness on the right track, by creating “Let’s Talk Day.”  They want to help get rid of the stigma surrounding mental illness, while monetarily helping mental health programs.  On the 9th, for every text message sent and long distance phone call made, Bell will be donating 5 cents. It might not sound like a lot, but the average teenage/young adult sends about 100 texts a day.  So if you are on the Bell network, you can be donating 5 dollars just by going about your daily business!

So, catch up with some long lost friends, or call a family member you haven’t talked to in a while, you’ll be doing more good than you know.

Olympian Clara Hughes is heading up this years "Let's Talk" campaign

For more information about the Let’s Talk campaign, or more information about mental illness, please visit:

Active Learning

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Last week on the KnowledgeBlog, we discussed a few falsehoods/opinions that annoy me, and the much less sensational truths behind them.
This week, as promised, I’ll be doing a follow-up on the last point raised. Only, while the last post maintained a remotely ranty (undoubtedly fun) tone, this little diddy will adopt a more conversationalist, positive one. Why did I decide to do this, you ask? Because praise for active learning deserves an entire post, if not an entire website.

Consumers’ Privacy Rights in Jeopardy

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Balancing customer’s rights to privacy and how businesses use customer’s information collected through technology will be a huge issue in upcoming years, with technology progressing at such rapid speeds.

The use of different technologies, specifically Radio frequency identification (RFID) will play a huge role in this. After learning about RFID tags in one of my classes, I was shocked at how much an organization can learn from each purchase we make, and how frequently these RFID tags are being used, without the consumer’s knowledge.



Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Over the Christmas break, I got something I really needed and something that now has a strong influence in my life.  My best friends gave me, The Book Of Awesome by Neil Pasricha, during our annual gift exchange that we have been doing since the seventh grade.  I had heard of this book, and seen it, but I never really picked it up and flipped through it until the night I finally owned it.


Enjoying the Break Yet?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Last week on the BreakBlog, we discussed the various things you could buy a gift-receiver who is me. This week, I’ll be doing a slightly less professional post, indulging the holiday spirit with my personal banter.

Since the post in which I detailed what you should be doing, I’ve been indulging pretty much all my hobbies in an effort to get my spirits nice and high before the new term.

The first thing I did was to get very well-rested. I’ve been spending a good deal of the break sleeping – I’m sure some of you consider that wasteful, but I think I needed it. It’s essential to my fun-having that I begin the day well-rested.

On that note, less than a week after I wrote my last exam, a few great friends came home, and so we spent a day going over, well, everything. And we ate Tacquitos (they’re great and very snackable). And we had a cake.

I tried to get into music again (from a production standpoint, I mean). That kinda went somewhere, and then nowhere. Meaning, I have a bunch more project files, and no more songs on my YouTube channel. I started doing things more experimental than what I’d gotten into the habit of doing, reminding myself of an older project I had (it’d take a fair bit of effort to upload my Voice of Osiris discography; I’d only do it if the interest was there – experimental music tends not to draw a crowd; if you want to see my dance stuff, check out my YouTube page – you want the high quality versions. Also, I’m (hopefully) in the middle of a software upgrade right now, which will allow me to make more and higher-quality music).

I’ve also been taking some photos. Having the Touch is a wonderful thing for photography, because it takes me no additional effort – I have it with me at all times, anyway. Plus, I have Photoshop Express on it, so I can do minor edits on-site. I take full advantage of both of these conveniences.

Stylin' photograph, no?

Example of aforementioned photograph-taking.

I ended up doing a few written pieces, mostly little short stories on whatever inspired me at the time. I won’t share these on the blog – the blog is a place for my comedic, intelligent, mildly carefree side; my writing is almost universally depressing, though occasionally thoughtful (’cause, I mean, happy writers put out mostly dreck, right?). Some of this writing was for a greater purpose that’s a little more lighthearted – a game of sorts.

Other than indulging my creative side to the nth degree, I’ve been hanging out with aforementioned friends, working, grinding the living daylights out of MGS: Peace Walker, and playing Cataclysm a little (while being disillusioned with it a lot).

No, I have not been watching my diet,

Frederick R. Boutilier

P. S. A reminder to my CBU readers, classes start again on the 5th.

Shoppers of All Sorts

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Being in the retail industry, you see every kind of shopper come out to buy gifts for their friends and family.