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Femion » 2005 » October

Such a Let Down

October 17th, 2005

Some kid didn’t want to school on Friday while we were in Halifax, so he or she called in to the office with a bomb threat on one of the school’s pay phones. The entire was evacuated after first period and told to stay home for the day. Two thorough searches with the RCMP and a dog squad and later, they found… absolutely nothing, although I bet a few students had an unpleasant surprise when the Mary Jane in their lockers.
So much for our day off.
This is the hundredth entry on my current blog.

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A Most Eventful Week

October 14th, 2005

School and life have taken me away from blogging, but I’d have to say this week was quite fantastic. I’d say it was the most exciting week of 2005 if I hadn’t already had the band trip to Florida in May.
MONDAY: Canadian Thanksgiving. To take my mind off the fumes of the delicious fumes of turkey and other good food baking downstairs, I did a very thorough search of my room in which I backed a lot of my toys and stuffed animals into a couple of cardboard boxes to make for science textbooks and novels I intend to read. It was a bit of an emo experience, but I figured if I didn’t use it anymore I may as well get rid of it. My parents had a few of their colleagues over and we celebrated the Canadian holiday in a very low-key fashion.
TUESDAY: Concert band, Stage Band, and Robert and I started tracing the outline of our mural on the wall.
WEDNESDAY: After school I walked to Pierre’s house and a few minutes later we were being driven to Halifax by the Dean of Students. Canadian hero Romeo Dallaire was going to give a speach about human rights at the annual Coady Institute Fundrasing Dinner, and I happened to have had the honour of being invited. I really admire Dallaire and everything he stands for after reading his book, Shake Hands With The Devil but was too shy to go up and meet him like Pierre did before the dinner started. At the end of the evening, however, I was introduced to him Mr. Riley and got to say a few words. Here I am shaking hands with him. Pierre and his father, the president of St. FX, were also there:
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I think I also saw the lead singer of Nickelback in the hotel lobby.
THURSDAY: I came home at 1 o’clock that morning, got up at 7:45, and went to school like any other day.
FRIDAY: Laird, Annika and I participated in Reach For Dalhousie during their Openhouse, in which 40 high schools from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick sent three of their finest to compete as a team in a series of university trivia tests.
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(Laird’s making a strange face because he doesn’t like having his picture taken)
We had only been registered the day before and our school had never sent a team before. But we made it past the preliminary rounds and into the quarterfinals. Going into them we had been the lowest scoring team of the eight and had been set against the highest, Halifax Grammar in their private school uniforms. In the end it was a tie, which we won by answering the tiebreaking question about Cocaine use correctly. We were defeated in the next round by a really friendly group from Kennebecasis, and walked away with a thousand dollar scholarship to Dal.
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That was my week, now I’ll go sleep

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Guess I’m not going there….

October 2nd, 2005

Approximate undergrad tuition fees, in Canadian Dollars:
St Francis Xavier, Nova Scotia: $2,500 (with %50 discount for family of staff)
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia: $5,610 - $ 6,360
St. Mary’s, Nova Scotia: $5,470
Queen’s University of Kingston, Ontario: $4,193
University of Western Ontario: $4,140
McGill University, Quebec: $4,401
University of British Columbia: $4,011
Ohio State University: $22,415

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