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Male Auction

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Male Auction

Ladies and gentlemen, the Track and Field Society is proud to present to you: THE MALE AUCTION. It will be Sunday, November 14th at the Pit, and the bidding will start at 10 P.M.

You may wonder what is a male auction and what is it for?

Male Auctions are fun events where a number of guys will be offered up for sale, and people will bid on them for a date on Wednesday, November 17th.

The date will take place at the Pit and will include a movie and  supper. Only the highest bidders and the dates will be allowed to attend.

This event is a fundraiser for the Track and Field team who need help as they are looking to compete in upcoming competitions.

They’re a brand new team and they need support. The team has high expectations, and hope to make it to competitions, but cannot without funding. Hope to see you there!

Cabot trail trip

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

International students see the Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail is a well-known place worldwide, but most of the international students at CBU don’t know why.

The Cabot Trail is one of the most famous trails in the world, known for its amazing scenery and the overwhelming height where you can see the clouds underneath you at certain points.  The trail is 185 miles long, and the elevation at the highest point reaches 1510 feet above sea level.

The Students’ Union arranged a trip to visit the Cabot Trail last week. It was successful and 40 international students enjoyed the trip.

As you know, this time of the year students are very busy with the mid-term exams and assignments; but everyone made sure to take a break, so not to miss such a trip to this charming place.

Everyone loved the scenery and took hundreds of pictures which everyone will share later on with family and friends.

After that we went to have a group supper in a restaurant by the water in Cheticamp and enjoyed the fresh sea-food there.

All the international students now know why Cabot trail is so famous now, and they will talk about it to their friends at CBU and back home.

It was a great experience to see all of those “WOW” faces loving everything they saw along the Cabot Trail.

Run for the Cure

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Most of us know at least one person who has suffered from cancer, and this time we at CBU wanted to tell them that “YOU ARE NOT ALONE.” That we are all supporting you, we’re here for you, and we will do our best to make you feel better.

For those of you who lost someone you love from cancer (like my grand mother,) I want to tell you that they’re here among us. They can hear us when we speak their names, and they know how much we loved them.

This is why CBU’s track and field team with the Women Center ran on Sunday to honor those we knew and didn’t know, during the Run for the Cure. We ran to make someone’s life better, and easier.

There are many questions we should ask ourselves in order to realize that we still need to do more things to be better and to live in a better world! Unfortunately a lot of people say that “life is not fair!” And they curse life and everything, just because they lost someone they love or heard about a good person just passed away. That is wrong!

I see the life from a different prospective. We are all here to deliver a message and this message expires after a certain amount of time, and that time is our life time. If the message stays with the owner more than it should be, it will start to destroy everything around it (just like anything else in the world) because it will ask to live forever, and that’s why the message will never know when it will expire.

From your day of birth and until you deliver your message, you will never know how many people will be affected directly or indirectly by you. One smile on a depressed person’s face can save his life, and you’ll never know, and this is a simple example of being a hidden super hero. Don’t be so negative about life and look at what you should do to let your message reach as far as you can imagine, before it expires.

Cancer is one reason to let us think about ourselves, not to kill ourselves, to be positive, to be creative, to be useful and to help everyone even if you don’t know or like them, because one day you will save someone’s life and you will be a hero.

We ran for the cure on Sunday and we at CBU showed everyone that we’re here standing by them.

Everyone should consider running or walking next year, to help those with cancer, or who know someone effected by it.

We can make a difference.

Love is mad at CBU

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Looking around campus, I see many people in love, people wanting to be, and some who don’t know what love is. Seeing these transactions take place reminds me of a story I would like to share with you.


CBU is Scent-Free

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Starting a couple of years ago, CBU has been a Scent-Free area, but what does scent-free mean?! And Why is it important?!
I will start by defining what “scent-free” means?!. It simply means that no fragrance, cologne or any other scents should be warn in this area. Let’s take a closer look on why CBU decided to be scent-free.
There are people at CBU having a hard time because they’re sensitive or allergic to some odours, scents or similar things. Those people have the right to do their daily activities without fear or stress from being around those kind of threats to their lives. It might sound funny for some of us, but yes your perfume might harm someone if your perfume triggered his/her allergy and no one could help him/her on the spot.
According to the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC):
“This medical condition is a disability and those living with environmental sensitivities are entitled to the protection of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Canadian Human Rights Commission will receive any inquiry and process any complaint from any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against because of an environmental sensitivity. Like others with a disability, those with environmental sensitivities are required by law to be accommodated.The CHRC encourages employers and service providers to proactively address issues of accommodation by ensuring that their workplaces and facilities are accessible for persons with a wide range of disabilities.”

From: Canadian Human Rights Commission web site at:

From my personal experience, I feel that CBU is my home and that everyone here is just my relative, and it’s not only me who feels the same way. I think most of us feel the same way and if this is your first year in CBU, believe me when I say that you will feel “CBU home sick” when you’re away from it, it’s the exact same feeling being away from your home!
We all should care about our family (everyone in CBU ) and help them to feel more comfortable, and let them love it even more, by showing them that we care about them and we understand their situation. We all can do that be following a few simple notes:

  • Minimize your usage of cologne, perfume, after shave, etc.
  • Don’t use hard scented cleaning products if you’re going to be in public right after.
  • If you’re wearing a lot of cologne or perfume, try to stay away from any crowded places.
  • Diss the perfume and let your own personality shine through!
  • Taking a shower every morning will save you the perfume money!

Feel free to contact us if you have any thoughts or concerns regarding this topic or anything in general, comments are always welcome!

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Culture Diversity

Hello everyone, my name is Dash and I’m the Culture Diversity Coordinator this year. Actually it’s a new position in the Students’ Union, created in response to the encreasing number of international students CBU receives every year. We understand that most of the new international students can find it hard understanding the culture here in Canada, especially in Cape Breton as it has a unique culture in itself. My goal as Culture Diversity Coordinator is to help ease this transition and find chemistry between the cultures and their habits.

To create that harmony will take some work, we have to study all the cultures and look at the similarities and avoid differences, showing that to all the cultures. It’s not just for International students, but it’s for everyone. The Canadian students will learn the cultures and habits of their foreign friends and vice versa.

I hope that through my position, all cultures will find happiness and acceptance with one another. Be prepared for a lot of fun seminars and to share your stories.


Beach volleyball every Tuesday

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

I want to follow up on a topic that my fellow blogger, Lucy mentioned before and that is summer beach volleyball at CBU.

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There is no summer without beach volleyball, and I think everybody likes it, even just watching it. For those who want to play beach volleyball “ like myself “ CBU now has two beach volleyball fields right behind the main soccer turf field. It’s an amazing field and all the beach volleyball lovers come out every Tuesday to play and enjoy from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If you didn’t play beach volleyball before, I can tell you now that once you try it you will never stop playing it. It’s an addicting and fun game. I find it fun because of the sand and playing on the sand just makes me smile. What about you?! Are you in?! Waiting for you Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the field.
You don’t wanna miss it!

Jellyfish stings

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
During the summertime we all can not wait to enjoy the beaches, but don’t forget that we’re not the only ones who are waiting for it. Jellyfish have also been waiting for the summer to enjoy it, but in his own way of course!
Avoiding the jellyfish is definitely a good idea, but you also need to know what you should do if you got stung by a jellyfish. I was doing a little research about the jellyfish and I actually found a lot of useful, funny, and some scary information, but the good news is that you can treat and prevent their stings with a really simple steps.
Here are some simple steps you should follow if you got stung by a jellyfish:
  1. Don’t panic you’re not going to die.
  2. Don’t touch the wound with your bare hands.
  3. Don’t use fresh water on the wound.
  4. Wipe any dangling tentacles from the wound with a towel or a glove or even a credit card. .
  5. Use salt water to rinse the wound.
  6. Use vinegar or a little bit of alcohol to neutralize the venom on your skin.
  7. Try to put ice on the wound if it’s too painful.
Another interesting “jelly” fact is that some lifeguards may wear pantyhose on their arms and legs to prevent suffering the pain of a jellyfish’s sting or to even save their lives sometimes.
I hope this information will help you if you encounter a jellyfish this summer while at the beach, but mostly I wish you all a nice, safe and jellyfish free vacation.

Caper summer

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

To enjoy the hot summer months, you might travel to a lot of beautiful places around the world, but I’m sure that your summer bucket list cannot be complete without a summer trip to the Cape. Cape Breton is an unforgettable trip in many ways. Every spot in the world has its own culture, but on this island you will find  the best and most colourful culture. Fiddling, dancing and Celtic music, are a part of this Cape Breton culture.

Friendly people is the secret of this place, it fascinates me. For some reason everybody here is so friendly and no matter what’s your color or language is, they just enjoy talking about their island all the day long. You will never want to go home because you will always feel that you’re home. You won’t get lost in Cape Breton because when someone starts a conversation with you and gives you a list of places you should go to, then you’ll realize that you’re in Cape Breton, the most amazing place in the world.

You should know that one summer is not enough to enjoy all of the beaches in the area.  All of the beaches here are amazing, with clear water and the hot sun which gives you the tan you’ve always dreamed of.

All of these things will give you the reason and the desire to come back again, and I’m sure you will!

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Hello everybody,

I’m Dash and I’m really proud to be working with the CBU blogging team. I’m from Egypt and I am in the Engineering Technology program I’ll graduate in May 2011. I’m involved in a number of different things at CBU such as:

  • Students’ Union elections, as I was running for president
  • President of the track and field society
  • President of the international students society (Arabic section)
  • Culture Diversity Coordinator at the Students’ Union starting this September.
  • Worked with the game day staff last year as a DJ.
  • Playing with the senior men’s soccer team this summer.