Cat of the Month: Froggy

Angelina Bustos, Staff Writer
Hey everyone! I’m the dog, wait no, the frog, no not right, the American Shorthair cat, Froggy. Yes, that’s right! My name and favourite activities seem to just confuse me. I blame my humans! Even before they found out my passion for frequent high jumps, they decided to name me Froggy on a strange whim weeks before they took me into their care. Now the name fits. As for sometimes confusing myself for a dog, well I do enjoy a good game of fetch. No one can blame me! My silly humans are always throwing plastic bags or cat toys around, someone has to clean up after them. All I ask for in exchange is their constant undying attention, which I can get by turning off the picture box with lights and sounds. They always talk to me after that even if they turn on the box again right away. Affection is all I need for me to love you! All I expect is belly pats when I roll over and my humans’ warmth.


Open House

Paola Andrade Sequera, Staff Writer

Last Wednesday, February 28 our school opened its doors to the public.
Technically, MAC’s Open House began at 7 pm. However, by 4pm, the school was brimming with the 300+ student volunteers. Meaning approximately a third of the student body was volunteering during that night —a number that speaks volumes. MAC knows how to bribe the students best: pizza.
This year, like many others, courses and clubs alike had booths in classrooms or in the atrium. For example, jazz band had a major presence in the atrium, with jazzy song bursting through the speakers as a greeting to the parents and (hopefully) future MAC students. Many clubs handstands in the atrium as well as representatives from each club. Photography Club, Film Club, Dance Club, Social Justice club, ASL club, Ski Club, Chess Club, and even more!! There were so many options to explore. Not too far from the atrium, father Dean visited our school; he was in the chapel, more specifically.
Going into the first-floor classrooms, amongst the most popular — as usual— is the classroom hosting French immersion and second language courses. Because they offered nachos, croissants with Nutella, and gelato. Nutritiously delicious goodies that the visitors could not resist. However, the SRC is always the most crowded area. A must-see for everyone visiting MAC, mostly because of the registration information to be found there.
At 8:30pm the drama department had the brilliant idea to recreate a scene from Heathers, this year’s musical production.
The CTS lab showcased some of their design studies projects as well as some interactive other fun activities. Have you ever played the piano using bananas as the keys? The open house was your chance!!
However, the classrooms hosting social studies and math (on the second floor) were very empty. Believably, it must be hard to find something to showcase in courses such as those. Unlike the sciences, who are able to show at least perform two entertaining experiments to grab people’s attention.
In addition to sciences and math, upstairs was the domain of the IB DP and MYP courses, where students showed their extended essays and personal projects alike as well as promoted IB.
Honestly, there is hardly enough time to explore all of MAC because of the number of different places to visit. Let’s make next year’s Open House even better!

Cat of the Month: Zap

Angelina Bustos, Staff Writer

Well hi, humans, felines and any other species reading this! I’m Zap, your friendly neighbourhood fluff ball! My story begins in a little closet where I was born nearly 2 decades ago. I guess I am super old, and I’m deaf now due to the old age, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a kitten at heart! I still love to run and play with my humans, whether it be with a stray piece of string or with a fiendish plastic bag. When I was a growing kitten, my entire existence was a secret. I lived in a no pet apartment, can you believe that! I made an excellent ninja-cat. At the apartment, I always saw these tiny sparkles around the picture box and at the outlets in the wall, of course, I had to investigate.  The humans weren’t sure what to name me yet, but they started calling me Zap for the static I made when I sniffed the “electricity”. If there’s one thing I love the most, it’s cuddling, but only with my special human. Otherwise, I can be shy, new people and situationsScreenshot_20180124-183537 make me kind of jumpy, but once I get to know you, expect cuddles at all times of the day and night! I think it just goes to show you, I may be nineteen years old, deaf and a little jumpy, but I can still melt your heart with my playful cuddly attitude and tendency to sleep in the bathtub.

An Introduction to Music Genres (3/3)

Ariana Valacco, Staff Writer

The 1980s and 1990s Genres
New Wave: As the punk detonation faded away, punk rock integrated its durable melodic
elements and sarcasm into pop music, creating a synthesiser-driven pop style jam-packed with melody and assertiveness.
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

a-ha – Take on Me

Rap: a style of popular music, developed by disc jockeys and urban hipsters in the late
1970s and 1980s, where a recurring beat pattern provides the background and
counterpoint for rapid rhyming patterns intoned by a rapper.
The Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper's Delight

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message

Hi-NRG: A musical style of dance music conceived in the late 1970s but perfected in the
1980s notably by the English production team Stock, Aitken and Waterman(SAW). Hi-
NRG is an upbeat style heavily influenced by disco, funk, and New Wave, characterized
by ostinato (a wide melodic range) synthesised bass, drum machines and heavily
processed vocals.
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

Bananarama – Venus.                                                         

House: An electronic music genre created by DJs and producers in Chicago during the
early 1980s. Generally characterised no matter the “subgenre” by 4/4 beats,mid-tempo
drum machine rhythms, synthesized bass, and offbeat cymbals(Hi-hat to be specific).
M|A|R|R|S – Pump Up the Volume

f(x)-4 Walls

Glam Rock: Beginning in the 70s, but peaking in the 80s, glam rock was on the pop
influenced edge of the metal spectrum Glam rock surprisingly was a cultural and
a commercial phenomenon where stars of the genre captured the hearts of fangirls
David Bowie-The Jean Genie

The Sweet-The Ballroom Blitz

P-Funk: A genre of funk developed by the group Parliament-Funkadelic. The style is
characterized by electric bass lines, discreet drums, and piercing synthesiser melodies
transporting the hook. The style became prevalent in rap music during the early 90s as an alternative to sampling other people’s beats before gradually transitioning into other
western pop music genres.
Parliament-Funkadelic- Give up the Funk

Hyosung-Into You

Grunge: A rock subgenre that emerged during the mid-1980s in Washington State
characterized by distorted guitars, nihilistic lyrics, and anguished vocals.
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

The Smashing Pumpkins – Today

Shoegaze/Dreampop: A pop music style that originated in the United Kingdom
characterized by layers of wall-of-noise distortion aiming for an introspective, ethereal
sonic landscape. The name “shoegaze” comes from the lack of stage presence the
performers of this genre had, often staring downwards at their shoes during concerts.
Cocteau Twins – Carolyn's Fingers

K-Trance- Hey Hey

Trance: An electronic music genre that developed in 1990s Germany that is
characterized by a tempo between 125 and 150 BPM, repeating melodic phrases, and a
musical form where tensions build and cumulate to 1 or 2 “peaks” or drops”.


Drum & Bass/Jungle: A electronic music style from the mid-90s that has quickly fallen out of fashion that featured fast breakbeats and heavy synth basslines.
Origin Unknown -Valley of the Shadows

High Contrast-Racing Green

Visual Kei: A Japanese metal style that reproduced the glam flair of 80s hair-metal bands
but with amped musical contrast and the gender ambiguity. The core musical
dissimilarity between Visual Kei and western glam rock is dynamic contrast, the heavier
songs are much wilder and heavier, and the ballads are soft and corny.
X Japan-Kurenai

Metalcore: A popular metal style that combines rhythms and vocal approach to
excessive metal styles with the simple riffing of punk.
Bullet for my Valentine-Waking the Demon



2000s Genres
Dubstep: a fleetingly fashionable electronic style featuring midrange prominent analog
synth riffs, a wobbling “wub” bass, and sparse, slow, beats. The tempo is usually around
132-142 BPM and the syncopated rhythm incorporates tuplets and shuffles.
Skrillex- Bangarang feat. Sirah

Tropical House: A subgenre of house that has a slower tempo(around 110-115 bpm),
instrumentation involving horns, saxophones, marimbas, pan flute, and steel drums.
Justin Bieber-Sorry

Winner-Really Really

Trap/Crunk: An aptly named genre that developed in the early 90s but is starting to gain
mainstream traction two decades later typified by slow synth beats and rhymes,
superimposed with sound effects and rapid hi-hat subdivisions.
CL-The Baddest Female

Miscellaneous Genres
Electro: A retro style that revisited various 80s sounds, most particularly gated drum
machines and substantial synthesisers, improved with modern songwriting and
La Roux-In for the Kill

T-ara- Like the First Time

Ennio Morricone Style: Ennio Morricone is a renowned composer responsible for the
soundtrack of The “Dollars” trilogy of Spaghetti Western films. His style melds 50s style
surf and tremolo guitar, powerful orchestration, and theatrical melodies.

Mina – se telefonando

Pet Shop Boys – It couldn't happen here

Mid-Tempo Ballad: Has the emotional feel of a sensitive song utilizing the same soaring
melodies but at a quicker pace.
1927- If I could

Soreal-My Heart Says

T-ara- I know the Feeling

Ballad: Slow and emotional songs often about romance, breakups or unrequited desire.
John Legend – All of Me

Red Velvet-One of These Nights

Things get solved if YOU get involved: Service Hours and Volunteering Ideas


Casey, Staff Writer

Wishing to participate in your community to serve others? Need service hours? Well, you’re reading the right article. As most of you are aware, all students enrolled in a religion course are required to contribute 10 mandatory service hours. Through volunteering, you’ll be able to obtain work related experience (which appears great on resumes) and complete the 10 mandatory service hours while you’re at it. I present to you the ultimate guide to volunteering which should pin an idea in your head where to start serving in your community! Remember, every little action helps!

Ideas for Service Hours:

– City of Edmonton (EPL, Capital City Clean Up, Leaders in Training, the Zoo, Muttart Conservatory, etc.)

– Local churches

– Hope Mission

– Edmonton Meals on Wheels

– Edmonton Food Bank

– The Mustard Seed (Coldest Night of the Year)

– Edmonton Festival of Trees

– Edmonton John Howard Society

– Edmonton Elizabeth Fry Society

– Edmonton Silver Skate Festival

– Senior Homes (Good Samaritan Society, Shepherd’s Care, Capital Care)

– Hospitals/Hospices (Capital Care, Royal Alex, U of A, Strollery Misecricordia, etc.)

– Edmonton Humane Society


– Taste of Edmonton

– Telus World of Science

– Junior High/Elementary (Former)

– Archbishop Macdonald (Open house, PE Department, etc.)

– Carnivals (K-days, Sustainival)

– Festivals (Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Cariwest Festival, Street Performers, Heritage Festival, etc.)

– Local Events (Farmers Market, Ice on Whyte, etc.)

– Habitat for Humanity

– Ronald McDonald House

– Local Emergency Shelters (Terra Centre, WIN House, etc.)

An Introduction to Music Genres (2/3)

Ariana Valacco, Staff Writer

1950s-1960s Styles
Bossanova: A Brazilian musical style that combines enticing jazz melodies and chords
with samba rhythm.
Elis Regina- Águas de Março

IU- Obliviate

R&B: An abbreviation of “Rhythm and Blues”. R&B songs were originally called “race music” or “race records”, the term truly meant nothing more than “music made by black artists instead of white artists.” After World War II, racism fell out of approval in
the US, so “race records” was not a suitable term. R&B however steadily evolved and seized on a charm of its own. Contemporary R&B(Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Boyz II Men), is sonically different than the R&B of the mid-20 th century, and it certainly is not performed by only black people anymore. However, all R&B no matter the type shares vocals and melodies influenced by blues and gospel.
Boys II Men- I’ll Make Love to You

Beyoncé- Crazy in Love

Doo-Wop: A popular 1960s style characterized by tight harmonies, nonsense syllables, a
simple beat, and little or none instrumentation. The majority of doo-wop songs use the
same chord progression (I-vi- IV-V).
The Bobettes-Mr.Lee

Laboum-Sugar Sugar

Soul: Similar to R&B, the usage “soul” as a term is highly unclear and the expressions are often used interchangeability.
The Supremes- You Keep me Hangin On

Wonder Girls-Nobody .
Gospel: A genre of religious music characterized by focus on dominant vocals with
strong utilization of harmony and preferably a syncopated rhythm.

Mahalia Jackson– How I got over

Country: A string-driven style of music that developed in the southern USA in the 1920s stemming from Appalachian folk music and blues. Has grown into a mainstream “poppier” sound in recent years.
Johnny Cash- I Walk the Line

Kenny Rogers-The Gambler

Rock: Originated in the 1960s as a brasher, wilder version of blues played by artists such
as Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. However, rock music (originally called Rock & Roll) developed into a true genre with the introduction of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and multiple other groups who drove rock away from the 12-bar blues.
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode

Beatles – Ticket to Ride

The Beach Boys –Good Vibrations

AC/DC – Back In Black

Ska: A popular musical style originating in Jamaica that emphasizes fast off-beat
Lord Tanamo-In the Mood for Ska

Madness-House of Fun .
Funk: A rhythmic, danceable fusion of R&B/soul and rock music that evolved in the
mid-1960s with instruments played in syncopated 16-beat patterns.
The Commodores-Brick House

Brothers Johnson-Get The Funk Out Ma Face

Reggae: Developed from Ska and Rocksteady. The tempo of reggae is slower than Ska
but quicker than Rocksteady. Reggae features the guitar/piano offbeats, with stress on
the third beat, and syncopated melodic bass lines.
Bob Marley-No Women, No Cry

Fred Locks – Don’t Let Babylon Use You

1970s Genres
Metal: Certain elements of rock music became noisy and penetrating enough to qualify
as a completely different genre by about 1970. Metal also borrowed some of the forms of
classical music –such as extraordinary dynamic contrast, wunderkind playing, and pedal-point harmony Metal shares a few elements common with jazz, particularly the
substantial emphasis on technique, and the explosion of subgenres.
Deep Purple-Smoke on the Water

Black Sabbath-War Pigs

Disco: A genre of dance music initially popular amongst the LGBTQ, African-American,
Italian American, Latino, and psychedelic communities in New York City and Philadelphia that peaked in popularity during the 1970s. Disco stole funk’s loose rhythms but lowered the syncopation and increased the four-on-the-floor dance grooves, initially
using guitars and acoustic drums and subsequently with the assistance of drum machines and synthesised bass.
Chic-Le Freak

Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever

Ailee-I’ll Show You

Progressive Rock: A psychedelic, symphonic meld of rock with genres such as
romantic music and jazz. Characterized by poetic lyrics and ornate instrumentals.
King Crimson- In the Court of the Crimson King

Genesis – Dancing with the Moonlit Knight

Punk: What ideologically began as a statement against 1970s prog rock but emerged as
the hybrid of pop and metal, preferring the same energetic sound but utilizing major-key as an alternative to minor-key tonality, appealing choruses and uncomplicated guitar work.
The Clash-London Calling

Dub: Jamaican Reggae DJs remixed the original tracks supplementing tape loops, echo
effects, equalization and filters, developing a new genre in the progress.
Scientist – Your Teeth in My Neck

Primary ft. Choa, Iron-Don’t be Shy

A modernized recreation of the dub reggae sound.
Electronica: Entirely electronically-generated music without any acoustic instruments
that existed in the realm of art-music ever since Musique Concrete movement of the
1940s. However, it was German group Kraftwerk that gave computer-driven music true
pop-cultural relevancy over 30 years later by merging electronic sound with catchy
rhythms and an eccentric pop aesthetic.
Kraftwerk – The Robots

Jean-Michel Jarre – Zoolookologie

Daft Punk-One More Time

Industrial: An early post-punk style that incorporated tape loops, stark, non-musical
percussion and heightened guitar for an experimental genre, severe and defiant in all the ways punk were not.
Einstürzende Neubauten – Kollaps

Front Line Assembly-Millennium

T-ara- Yayaya

An Introduction to Music Genres (1/3)

Ariana Valacco, Staff Writer

Classification can be a confusing entity, and that is especially true for music genres. You have probably wondered when is one piece of music one genre and not another? Where do those journalists and writers get those pretentious terms anyways? Of course, you could always search for these answers on Wikipedia, but what Wikipedia won’t give you is a genuine human connection with dynamic examples. If you have ever wondered how to tell your bebop from your Bossanova, your new wave from electronica, and your punk from your funk, then this article is for you.

Before I start rambling about all these terms, let us cover some basic music theory. It is just the fundamental points for one to make sense of the article in full. However, if you are not into reading you can always just peruse through the post for the songs alone.

1. Melody: the main sequence of notes, usually a rhythmical succession floats over the
backing. In pop music, however, the singer may carry the melody the majority of the time with exceptions in a solo or lead break, where an instrument temporarily carries the melody. Melodies are constructed scales, with the two most common types are major,
also known as Ionian scale(happy, joyful) and minor or Aeolian scale(moody,
complex)as well as many others. Essentially, scales are the map that guides and directs
you to the precise notes to play or sing to get certain types of melodies each with their
own unique moods and feelings.

2. Harmony: The vertical blocks of different tones that play simultaneously. Whenever
more than one note is played at one time it is called a chord. Three-note chords form the
heart of the majority of pop song harmony. Chords are made out of the same group of
scales as melodies, and consequently can also be major, minor, or something else.
Chords can be played by any instrument capable of playing more than one note
concurrently(guitar, piano), or instead by groups of instruments or singers playing all the
varied notes together at once, which is called harmonising or a harmony part. A choir
is an example of harmony singing. In this article, major chords will be in capital Roman
numerals and minor in lower case Roman numerals.

3. Rhythm: The arrangement of musical sounds according to duration and stress in
accordance with what you tap your feet too, also known as the beat. The majority of
modern pop music has 4 beats to a bar (the divide that is marked when a rhythmic
pattern repeats). Beat can be fast or slow and is measured in BPM (beats per minute). For
example, a typical uptempo kpop song from 2008-2011 would be approximately 130
BPM, but downtempo styles such as ballads can have the beats much slower than this.
The main function of drums and drum machines in pop songs is to emphasize the beats,
however other instruments and vocals cam emphasize(or de-emphasize) the beat
depending on how they are utilized in the song. A rhythm can be on the beat, off the
beat(between the beat), or even syncopated( a mix of on-beat and off-beat).

4. Texture: the tonal characteristics of the vocals and instruments used in the piece. Every instrument and voice has its own texture or tonal quality, therefore pieces of music sound very different from one instrument to another. Texture deviates not just by quality of the voice or instrument itself but also depending on how an instrument is recorded Classical Music Genres

Medieval: the first “classical” music style, with the longest period of musical theory
lasting from 500AD to 1400AD. The earliest musical notation of rhythm and melody
appeared during this period. Though mainly monophonic(a musical line, devoid of
accompaniment, such as the Gregorian chant), the first polyphonic music began to
emerge when monks began to experiment with the sacred chant, adding a voice in
contrary motion, singing in intervals such as perfect fourths above the original melody.
This musical development is known as organum and epitomizes the initial stages of
counterpoint and most important harmony. Many classic medieval folksongs such as
Greensleeves that also fit into this category.

The Kyrie Eleison



Renaissance: The “classical” music style from 1400AD-1600AD encompassing a range
of secular genres from the madrigals and chansons to the German Lied and the
Neapolitan Villanella. The music texture was lush and rich in comparison to earlier styles the practice of melodic counterpoint came into being. Melodic counterpoint is when two melodies are contrasted with dissonant (unstable and harsh sounding) and consonant (stable and therefore good sounding) intervals. Dissonant intervals were permissible as long as they led to consonant intervals. This practice of tension building with a dissonant interval in advance of resolving it to a consonant interval was called a suspension. Given time, this practice was developed to chords, hence the “suspended chord”.
J. Arcadelt-Ahime- ahime, dov'è'l bel viso” Sang by the Hillard Ensemble

F-ve Dolls-Can You Love me

Baroque: The “classical” style from 1600-1750 when harmony became standardized,
making music from this era extremely harmonious and melodious with little dissonance
to the sound.
Antonio Vivaldi-Four Seasons(Spring)

Johann Sebastian Bach- Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor

Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D Major

Classical: The style of music from 1750–1830 with a lighter, clearer texture than
Baroque and considered to be less complex(though all classical music styles are intricate
in design, so this does not mean all of it is easy. Primarily homophonic ( a strong, clear
melody over a chordal accompaniment).
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-Rondo Alla Turca(also known as “The Turkish

Franz Joseph Haydn- "Surprise" (Symphony no. 94)

Beethoven – Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia"(Moonlight

Romantic: The music style from 1830-1910. During this era, composers focused on the
expression of powerful emotions in their music. Orchestras became larger in this period
and advancements in instrumental design allowed for greater volume and deeper bass.
The style is characterized by the extreme dynamic contrast between loud and soft segments.
Claude Debussy – La Mer

Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture

Maurice Ravel – Pavane for a Dead Princess

Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre Performed by the National Philharmonic

Early Popular Genres
Flamenco: An acoustic guitar focused style originating from Spain. Characterized by
rapid fingerpicking, understated vibrato, and strong rhythmic embellishments.
Various Artists-Maleguena (la Maleguena)

The Seeya-Song of Love

Tango: A South American Music Genre originating from Argentina and Uruguay
popularized in the 19th century for partner dances. a blend of folk and chamber
instruments and key signatures in 2/4 or 3/4 time. Usually used in pop music to add a
sensual “sexy” effect.
Giorgio Consolini-Cuore tzigano

Sunmi-24 Hours

4Ladies -Move

Trot: The oldest Korean pop genre whose name originates from the ballroom dance
foxtrot because of its simple two-beat rhythm, even five-syllabic stanzas and unique
vocal style called Gagok. Trot developed as a modified type of Japanese enka that
entered the country around 1910 during Korea’s time as a Japanese colony. As time
passed trot has evolved due to Japanese and Western influences.
Jang Yoon Jeong-Omona

Tae Jin Ah – I Love You, Darling

Hong Jin Young-Boogie Man

Glam-In Front of the Mirror

Blues: A musical form that developed from chants of slaves in the southern USA in
conjunction with gospel and jazz. Characterized by emotional “blue notes” (a flat note
usually in the third, fifth, or seventh step of the scale), as well as harmonic rules that
distort the line between major and minor scales. The majority of blues songs have the
identical chord progression of (I-IV- I-V- IV-I over 12 bars, known as the “12-bar blues”)
with minimal variation.
Robert Johnson-Hellhound On My Trail

Lee Hi-It’s Over

Gypsy Jazz/Hot Club Jazz: A European jazz style born in Paris in the early 1930s,
identified by complex chords and nimble rhythms.
Django Reinhardt – Dinah,

IU-Love in B

Swing: Jazz played with a “big band” characterized by sweeping rhythmic “groove” and
large woodwind and brass sections.
Duke Ellington Orch – That Lindy Hop

IU-Red Shoes

Bebop: A jazz style developed in early to mid-1940s in the USA, characterized by a
reckless tempo, immediate alterations in complex chords and key signatures, and
harmonic structure based instrumentation. Bebop was intended to be listened to instead
of boogied to; therefore, the rhythms and tempos are often highly syncopated, fast and
not “dance-friendly”.
Charlie Parker and Miles Davis- A Night in Tunisia

Dizzy Gillespie-Ol’Man Rebop

The Night Circus Book Review

Grace Pyne, Staff Writer

“The circus arrives without warning, no announcements precede it, no paper notices on
downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, where yesterday it was not. (The Night Circus page 1). The Night Circus is a stand-alone novel written by author Erin Morgenstern. It was published in 2011 and spent 7 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers List, eventually reaching a position at number 2. This Victorian Era fantasy novel follows a competition between 2 magicians, Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair, egged on by their guardians Prospero the Enchanter (Hector Bowen) and the man in grey (Alexander). The venue for this competition is la Cirque des Reves, a travelling circus that opens at nightfall and closes at dawn. Amidst the performers and patrons, Celia and Marco attempt to outdo each other with elaborate tricks and intricate performances. But as the stakes get higher and higher, the 2 magicians find themselves falling in love. This not only jeopardises the competition. It puts the lives of those frequenting the circus and the performers at risk. There is only so long Marco and Celia can maintain the delicate balance before the circus spirals into ruin.

This book sells itself as a romance novel and while that is true, it brings so much more to the table than just a soppy love story. I’m not a huge fan of super cliché love at first sight romance stories, and if that were all this book was, I wouldn’t be recommending it to you. Although it is principally a love story, there is something for everyone: magic, adventure, mystery. The book is jam-packed with stories and different narratives to follow so if you aren’t a fan of the whole romance thing you can still enjoy the other components of this novel. With so many different viewpoints, this book can be hard to follow at times. It can be pretty hard to sit through some of the seemingly irrelevant viewpoints but Erin Morgenstern masterfully ties everything together at the end.
Now, I know I just said that so many viewpoints can make for difficult reading, but there were quite a few advantages to reading a book like that. For one thing, it was interesting to see how the main characters’ actions affected all the other characters. In a lot of books, you don’t really understand the impact that a choice the main character makes has on the supporting characters, or if you do, you don’t care. Did you really understand how the other tributes felt when they were training with Katniss or how the choices the shadow hunters made really affected the people living in the city because I know I sure didn’t. Erin Morgenstern makes you feel connected and involved in every character’s journey. When reading this book, you really get the impression that you must be engaged in and paying attention to every little detail because even the tiniest things can have a huge impact overall. I learned this the hard way and halfway through the book when everything started unravelling I slapped myself on the head because I should have seen that coming. Anyways, as someone who likes books that are full of information and surprises, I can say that The Night Circus is certainly jam-packed with wonderful characters and some pretty nail-biting scenes.

Overall, the night circus was a really great book. For those of you who like mystery and
adventure with a romantic undertone, this book is for you. If you pick up The Night Circus and feel bogged down and confused by so many different viewpoints, please keep reading. It gets better, I promise, and if you can get through the beginning, the ending makes it worthwhile. A circus that only opens at night, duelling magicians and fantastic writing make the Night Circus a must read for anyone even remotely interested in the fantasy genre.

Cat of the Month: Mickey

Angelina Bustos, Staff Writer
Hello humans, you may address me as Mickey. I don’t know what my human was thinking, naming me after the sworn enemy of my fellow felines, the mouse! Due to my attentive and loving personality, I will respond to Nicky, Ricky or Vickie when my human is being particularly dull-witted. While it may be unclear, as I was rescued from the Edmonton Humane Society, in your human years I am 7, yet my thoughtless human has no clue as to what breed I am. Perhaps a mixed breed tabby cat of some sort. In my free time, I keep the bed, chair, couch, floor, closet, table and window sill warm for my human, (I’m only allowed on 2 of those, guess which ones). Usually, I am asleep in those moments, but sometimes I just laze and demand ear scratches and belly rubs. My human especially appreciates when I purr and give headbutts and licks with my little sandpaper tongue. Sometimes I act disinterested but I do love my human and bring them prey I catch since she is such a lousy hunter; I even stop her from freezing to death when she lies on the bed for hours!


No One Cares About Our Elections

Elizabeth Ossowska, Staff writer 

With growing instability in the Middle East since the Kurdish referendum, the rocky situation between Spain and Catalonia, and the debacle that has shaken the United States and North Korea, it doesn’t take huge insight to notice that something’s up. Some people have gone to the extent of predicting the advent of WWIII at this point. Through all of this, it can seem quite trivial to be talking about our municipal elections. Even the federal government has faded from the spotlight – Trudeau himself has slipped somewhat behind the scenes as we busy ourselves with international happenings. Yet the Edmonton elections may affect you more than you think, not to mention our school community at large. So, here’s a quick debrief on what the election outcomes mean and how they could be relevant to you.

Unsurprisingly, Don Iveson will keep his mayoral post, and in fact there are many reasons for Mac students to like him. For instance, he’s a huge fan of Star Trek (!!) and a self-described nerd. On more serious topics, such as the diversification of the economy, he has pulled through in keeping Edmonton quite stable despite a largely fluctuating provincial budget. To fully appreciate this, just think about the irony – that Edmonton is the “oil capital” and yet Calgary is actually experiencing the worst effects of the oil crisis. Our city has actually been dubbed one of the best entrepreneurial centres in Canada and has fostered a huge artistic boom in recent years. Among many things, Iveson advocates for more affordable housing, increased activity among Edmonton’s LGBT community, and a diligently respectful handling of the refugee influx. But Iveson’s biggest accomplishments lie in infrastructure – which had been one of his main campaign promises in 2013 – by increasing investment, and many old buildings such as our much-loved public libraries have been replaced in his time. Hundreds of kilometers worth of roads have been repaved, bike lanes and sidewalks have been widened, potholes have been reduced and snow clearing has been rendered more effective. Since he is committed to making Edmonton a greener city, Iveson has focused on improving our transit system and encouraging other modes of transport like biking. The Valley Line LRT happened thanks to him, and future plans await with the expansion of the West Line. For those of us who live in the north west or far south (both under huge developments), good news lies ahead with the unfurling of transit plans there as well.

Evidently Mac has an enormous catchment area and people live on opposite ends of the city, but it is worth mentioning the Ward six councillor Scott McKeen, a former journalist who just got reelected for his second term. Like Don Iveson he cares a good deal about making smart investments in infrastructure, being specifically concerned with the growth of bike lanes around the downtown area. McKeen also supports the growth of local businesses, both industrial and in the arts, especially in music as he himself is an amateur musician. He aims to lower fees for city services in order to better accommodate students, seniors and vulnerable populations. Other topics he cares about include energy efficiency and the expansion of green space (meaning more forested areas and stuff like that), streamlining the city’s permitting process, indigenous
reconciliation, the preservation of Heritage homes, and incrementing concrete mental health initiatives.

Last but not least, we have the Ward 71 Catholic School Board Trustee Terry Harris. A graduate of AOB and later of a BComm at the U of A, he’s got tons of experience under his belt both as a parent of children who attended Catholic schools and having volunteered and worked for ECSD. Harris has the background of a businessman, specifically having worked in HR and in labour relations, yet he also has the perspective of a philanthropist; among organizations he has worked for are Habitat for Humanity and Catholic Social Services. His vision for Catholic schools is to celebrate diversity and to improve the student learning experience, creating inclusive school environments regardless of race, sexuality, etc. Championing smaller class sizes, professional development for teachers, parent engagement and special needs accommodation, Harris aims to reform the board governance in order to function more effectively and with increased accountability and fiscal responsibility. In the ensuing months it may be easy to forget about our little Edmonton, but the municipal government will always be there in the background, working hard to make this city of nearly a million a great one to live in. As conflict continues to plague the world, be careful not to forget how lucky we really are to live here.