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Femion » 2006 » December » 8

Luck in a Snowstorm

December 8th, 2006

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I had my first DISP exam today: Physics/Calc/Stats/Earth Sci. I think I did pretty well, though I kindof forgot to study about how to read seismograms.
As you can see, it has been snowing here. Last Monday, the day my parents came to Halifax, we had a huge snowstorm. Traffic in Halifax came to a stand still. You could walk down South Street about five times faster than you could drive it from three o’clock through nine o’clock. My parents left the hospital right when the traffic started and it took them two hours to get from the hospital to the airport. Other people tell about spending four hours standing in crowded bus for what is usually a fifteen minute trip. My parents said they saw many cars that had gone off the road on the transcanada on their way home, but fortunately they made it home safe, nearly five and a half hours after they left Halifax.
At around six o’clock that night, the power went out. Which could have really sucked. I was hungry at five o’clock, but decided to hold out until six. By the time I got to Shirreff, the kitchen staff were leaving the building and they wouldn’t let anyone in. Shirreff Hall was almost pitch black. They told us to go eat at Howe, which had a backup generator, but I had heard rumours that Howe was full and they were turning people away, and since I was sick that day, I really didn’t feel like travelling across campus to confirm that rumour, or travelling even further to pay for food.
But, just because I was a DISP student, I was lucky enough to have a third option. That night, the DISP ending term reception was going on in the top floor of the biology building. The life sciences building was locked, but once again, I was lucky and there were people leaving the almost abandoned building at the same time that I wanted to enter. I took an elevator (once again, luck. I would have fainted if I had to climb all those stories with a cold) to the fourth floor (on reflection, sounds like a very stupid choice when the power was out) and ate crackers and vegetables in the near dark with my friends and classmates.
I’m going to be home in a week or so, then ten days until secular tree in pot holiday. Two more exams to go!

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Gazette #12

December 8th, 2006

Flying too close to the sun
My report on the second Trust in Science lecture in the series. I thought it was very interesting from a scientific point of view, as Scadden explained stem cells from his own research. Unfortunately, I only have five hundred words a week, so this focuses mainly on the “trust” aspect of stem cell research (notice I didn’t say Ethical, because the issue over whether we should be using embryos in research was not part of his speech). Over all, it was more of a medical science lecture than an ethics lecture, and though it was good, I’m not sure whether it was what the organizers of the Trust in Science lectures wanted.

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