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Femion » 2006 » September

Sweet Lady Irony!

September 20th, 2006

The fire alarm went off on campus for the fourth time. Eliza Ritchie Hall, at 2:50 am, we had to evacuate to the street even though most of us were wearing pjamas or boxer shorts or bathrobes, even though it was pouring rain.
Surprisingly, there were many people who seemed unaffected by the alarm. The hard-core partiers, (those people who always seem to be drinking, no matter what time or where) had just returned to their rooms from their excursion. The gym rats were already up, dressed, and waiting for Dalplex to open. A few of the comp sci students had insomnia and were awake anyway, playing video games. But most of us, like me, were trying to sleep, because we have classes this morning (like my 8:30 Physics lab).
The firetruck arrived, and three very sleepy looking firemen walked in, walked out, and then again, so we knew it wasn’t a drill. Ten-fifteen minutes later we were allowed back in, without any apparent fire damage to the building. There was some speculation as to the cause of the fire alarm. It could have been two people having sex in the shower (because the humidity sets the alarm off) or it could be that someone pulled the alarm accidently. However, in the small group of evacuees outside, no couple seemed terribly embarrased or naked. The electricity was not reset, so it probably wasn’t someone pulling the alarm.
Once returned to bed, I fell right back to sleep and dreamt of another high school ceremony where Laird ate some steel Jell-O and got very sick. I also dreamt that I went on a family trip to a monkey farm, and while we were there the monkeys learned to talk and revolted against the humans.
I know the fire alarm wasn’t a dream, though, because this morning my slippers are soggy and covered in leaves and grass.

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Evacuation Number 3!

September 19th, 2006

That’s right, last night was the third fire alarm to go off on the Dal Campus in the past few days. This one was big enough to make the local news:

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Taken from the Chronical Herald, September 19th, 2006.
Shirreff Hall is the closest dorm to Eliza Ritchie. I eat most of my meals there, and since the fire caused the dishwasher to malfunction, we had to eat on styrofoam plates today. It could have been worse. I’ve got friends in Shirreff hall who had to stay outside until 10:00 PM. The weather wasn’t bad, but they lost all that time that they could have been studying for their first DISP test of the year.
Lucky them, they have an excuse.

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Winston’s new friend…

September 16th, 2006

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…needs to learn some manners. The human head is not a suitable toilet.
Pierre visited me at university today. We talked about school and university and life in Antigonowhere and life at Dalhousie. It was really nice to see him. I hope he got to his piano lesson on time.
Then, I went to the public gardens with Andy. After that, we went down spring garden road and went in a few shops. We ended up where this statue is, at the public library. I think I’m in love with their music collection, but I’m sure I’ll have taken out everything of interest by next month. We took the bus home, but not before missing what we thought was the right stop, getting out on the wrong stop but realizing our mistake just in time. We could’ve been stuck at St. Mary’s, the wrong university.
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The weather was really hot. It felt like summer, like we were on a holiday. Now I’ve got to finish those online physics and chemistry assignments. Way to ruin my vacation, DISP.

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Conrad Beach Trip

September 15th, 2006

Second field trip, this time to Conrad Beach. It was sunny and the weather was very nice. Only the earth science DISP students got to go, so all the future doctors in the programme won’t get to go until next week.

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This morning we had the most boring Chemistry Lab ever. All we did was take endless weight measurements to demonstrate the limitations of electronic balances. It was so monotonous that I think I hypnotised myself while standing up, endlessly reading off numbers.
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Professor Graves, the Earth Sciences teacher, is so charismatic and energetic. I could totally see him starting a cult in his retirement.

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Seaweed. The point of this field trip was to learn about the effect of ice-age glaciers and the interaction of waves on the shape of the Nova Scotian coast.
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I never knew I would be in a situation where I would get sand in my calculator.

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Barenaked Ladies are Easy

September 14th, 2006

Barenaked Ladies: Easy

It’s bad music week, but I am putting up the latest video of one of my favourite bands, The Barenaked Ladies, to celebrate that their new CD, Barenaked Ladies Are Me, was released this week.
To be honest, I think the video is strange and the song is so-so, but I can forgive them.

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Arts and Crafts with Science Students

September 13th, 2006

Do you remember those rainy days in your childhood when your mom or dad pulled out a craft kit to subdue you? Do you remember this one, where you were expected to layer coloured sand in a plastic bottle in order to make some sort of “one-of-a-kind” “tasteful” paper weight?

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I remember them. I remember what happened to them after the rainy days, too. They’d end up under my bed, all mixed up and muddy-coloured, because I’d accidently shaken it (of course I’d always say that I’d intended it that way).
Well, when you get to university, you get a second chance. In our first lab, today, we observed the interaction between different types of sand for Earth Sciences. Instead of a bottle, we used an ant farm.
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Lana and Kathryn dump in sand and water.
I’d expain why we were doing this, but to be honest, the end result is an awful lot more interesting than they actual science behind it.
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Toga Times Three

September 12th, 2006

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Alex, Hailee and Jillian, and Nicholas (plus Chris in the background of the last picture).
The Toga Party was on Saturday night (as you can tell, I’m about two days behind on my blog entries). My parents are upset because I only blog about parties. Well, this one is educational. I learned that guys somehow know how to tie togas pretty darn well. I learned that I look ridiculous in a toga because a) I’m too short for the sheet, and b) I didn’t want to take off my T-Shirt(that’s why there’s no picture of me). I learned that it is very difficult to dance with a toga around your legs. I learned what many of their dorm-mates are using their DSU gift Nalgeen bottles; they cover them with duct tape and to meet the criteria for consuming booze outside their rooms.
I also learned that Toga parties are probably much more fun for drunk people.

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Frosh Prt 2: Initiation

September 11th, 2006

I go in to take a shower on Saturday morning and I find pineapple chunks on the floor.
There is also a pool of water with some oatmeal floating around, along with ketchup and mustard and who knows what else sprayed on the walls. They are the remains of initiation on Friday, where all of the new Eliza Ritchians were forced to: watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the dark with the volume full blast for two hours, then do an elephant walk blindfolded through the dark. Then there were two stations where we were given the choice of ingesting an unknown substance or dumping it over our head. The first station was a glass of Grapefruit juice mixed with Tabasco sauce; the second was some strange concoction of canned olives, cottage cheese, canned pineapple, oatmeal, and of course, Tabasco sauce. How do I know this? Because I chose ingest at both stations. It was extremely revolting for a few seconds but it turned out to be the better choice. Returning to the story, they made us elephant walk up the stairs and outside, while still blindfolded. They hung wet ribbons from the stairs and told us that if we kept our heads too high we

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The 2006 Eliza Milk Contest

September 9th, 2006

As they sang O Canada on the mattress field in front of Eliza for the soccer game versus St. FX, we gathered near the beach volleyball court. The challenge: to drink four litres of milk (at least one for every fifteen minutes) and keep it down until the end of the hour.

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It started off okay. They stayed in the shade and drank the first two. Fido started showing off. He chugged two litres of chocolate milk in the sun. He was the first to puke.
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I was rooting for my friend Chris, a fellow freshman and the smallest of the contestants. He brought a whole pack of oreos to make the experience a bit more bareable. He ended up puking after two litres and a fifth.
Then, they all started, one after the other:
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Yellow. (Chris didn’t actually dye his milk, he just had orange juice for brunch.)
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Blue.
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Chocolate.
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Purple.
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Red.
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Green. This guy, Sean was the last to go, three minutes before the hour was up. He was so close! He survived by drinking the first two litres very early on and gradually working on the last two, and staying sit in the shade.
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Here are the reactions of my friends, Mary, Kelsey, Tina, and Andy.
Now, before you accuse me of being a juvenile and crude adolescent, let me remind you that I did not participate.

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This is what university students do. They go on field trips

September 8th, 2006

I am in the Dalhousie Integrated Science Program. I take nine classes and my schedule runs from nine to five most days (sometimes even later), but I get to go on field trips. This first field trip was really interesting. We had to get to a specific place in Point Pleasant Park from Dalhousie at a certain time, and the fact that the entire class managed to get there without any direction is quite a testament to the character of the students in the class. DISP is all about team work, so we were split up into teams and sent on a challenge. It was a lot like the Quest weekend for Pathfinders. We had to walk around a course through the around the park, and our Professors were at certain locations with questions relating to their subject. For example, our Calculus Prof was at the Martello tower, where we had to do things like predict the surface area and volume of the tower, and the amount of bricks it took to build it. Other things we had to do was to observe the behaviour of ducks and seagulls, and measure the direction of the glacial track marks on the rocks of the park. At the end, there was a BBQ set up where we got to talk to the previous DISPers. It was fun.

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Milton Graves, the Earth Sciences Prof, briefs the DISPers.
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Black Rock Beach, where the course started.

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My team, #1. (in name, hopefully in position, too!) Lana, Cherie, Amy and Katherine.
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A dragonfly near the duck pond.

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