Archive for October, 2010

Wait For Orders From the Authorities and Relax

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Last time on <insert name you’d like for this blog>, we discussed apps that would improve your life as a student. It’s coming up on exam time, and I’ll assume some of the reader base is overly stressed due to impending exams. Myself, I’m bogged down in coming tests and assignments. Today, I’ll be discussing various fairly obvious, socially normative ways to relax, and analyzing their risks and benefits (which will sometimes be less obvious). So sit back, grab a mug of whatever it is that goes in a mug, put your feet up and relax. (more…)

Never to Early for a Head Start

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Even though we may not want to think about it because it seems too early, Christmas is less than two months away! Since most of us will be buying gifts for friends, family or that special someone; and most of you out there reading are students, I decided to throw together some tips and places for shopping on a budget.


Chemistry You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Mmm that Uranium sure does look tasty...

Many different people have asked me before what exactly I do while working in a chem lab at CBU. To state the bare minimum I could say it consists of searching up research papers in a journal or on the Internet, getting the stuff I need and then carrying out the reaction (or steps from the reaction) that I need to do. Then I sit and wait for the magic to happen. Sometimes it’s a few minutes other times it’s a day. This is when people will state how it must be so boring and that they never want to do chemistry.

This is the point where I say to them, “Haven’t you ever cooked or baked anything?” If the answer is yes then you have done chemistry too! Baking is, in every way, just chemistry, the only big difference is you get to eat your final product. We could even call bakers chemists is disguise. (more…)

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.

Say yes!

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

As some of you may or may not know, I’m the Editor-in-Chief of the Caper Times here at Cape Breton University.

I know what you’re thinking- I’m trying to dominate the student voice! But really, I am just using mine for filling you readers in on the comings and goings at CBU… locally, nationally and internationally. I must admit: my jobs rock.


Not so sweet anymore

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Many people on campus seem to be unaware of simple dietary knowledge, or else just don’t care. I often see plate after plate coming from the cafeteria overflowing with French fries, gravy, and sugary drinks on the side. This makes my stomach cringe just thinking about it- I mean, why treat your body like a garbage can? I don’t think that makes sense, especially since we are all educated individuals.

Aside from poor choices when it comes to meal times, students often binge drink throughout the year, particularly consuming liquid calories that are never even thought of. In one night, it is not hard to take in over 1,200 calories just by having a few drinks. To put it into perspective: that is a day’s worth of calories… or about an hour and a half on the elliptical at the gym (on the hardest program!)

Are you prepared to face the facts? Probably not… It can be incredibly difficult to make life style choices, especially when you are informed about what is good or bad. So, I thought I would give you a run down of some of the good, and bad that lurks within each food choice on campus. However, there are MANY, so today I will focus on one of the most urgent- and terrifying trends of today.


Sit back, and relax.

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

We all know the stress of midterms, and how it eventually gets to us.  Luckily, Lucy gave us some great tips in her blog to help us handle the stress of these unfortunate, but mostly necessary exams.  But what about when all of the weight is off your shoulders, and you no longer have to lock yourself in your room, or find a quiet corner of the library and hibernate there for day?


Useful Apps for the Studentry of CBU (and abroad)

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Hey there everyone,

Everyday when I’m walking around I see a bunch of people like myself using their iPod Touch or iPhone. While certainly useful for their multimedia capabilities, what sets them apart from most other music players on the market is the plethora of applications (herein referred to as apps, as they are) that are downloadable from the iTunes Store. Most apps are under $5 CAD, with a great many free. (more…)

Get ready Capers!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

During Frosh Week, the headliner concert was postponed after some scheduling conflicts. The concert was rescheduled for October 22, which happens to be in two short days!

Many people have been long awaiting the concert. Flo Rida is the main act; a hip-hop artist who happens to have many hits, including this summer’s favorite “Club can’t even handle me.” Although I was in Europe this summer, that song was still on the radios all the time.

Flo Rida’s music is definitely catchy, and easy to dance to. For these reasons the concert should be a lot of fun, especially after midterms this week.

The concert is being held at Centre 200 in Sydney, and will begin at 7:30pm this Friday.

If you still haven’t picked up your tickets yet, buy them at Centre 200, Caper Convenience, or online at

You won’t want to miss this concert, so make sure to grab your tickets, and bring a few friends to dance with.

I’ll see you there!

To listen to some of Flo Rida’s songs, click here:


Study central

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Midterms happen fast. One week it’s Frosh Week, and the next you are buried in the books, wondering how many days there are until Christmas break. I know how it is!

The stress from midterms can be crushing, especially if you also work or have any other non-school related commitments. It can seem like you will never have enough time or energy to get everything done, but it’s important to keep on going, and to stay motivated throughout it all.

Since it’s my third year, I feel I have acquired a few tips to getting by the most stressful times in school calmly, while balancing school, work, friends and your own sanity.