Just Keep Swimming

Aoife Jones, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

Although our seventeen-year champion streak has come to an end as both public and Catholic schools were moved to the same division last year, MAC’s swim team is ready to get back on the podium. The team’s first of many early morning practices start this Tuesday, September 30, with practices occurring every week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Swim meets will be after school on Wednesdays, ending approximately at 7:00 PM. Anyone interested in joining this incredible team should contact Mrs. Roth as soon as possible.

Lions and Tigers and Universities—Oh My!

Megan Klak, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

It is now the time of year (why why why so early?!) when we must decide the Future of the Entire Universe. Or that’s what it feels like. What we actually have to decide is what university we want to apply for. Ack.

Remember one key thing to preserve your sanity: You can change your mind. Seriously, you can. You can change it next year, when you realize genetics is impossibly boring and you switch to computer programming instead, or you can change it in ten years when you decide to move to Prague and become a photographer.

So, keeping that in mind, here are some university stats.

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Weekenders Feature: Edmonton Expo 2014

Victoria Chiu, Editor

You know and I know that MAC is full of nerds. And that’s definitely not a bad thing—the opposite, really—especially when events like the Edmonton Expo come around.

If you don’t know what the Expo is, it’s basically a huge nerd-fest spanning fandoms and niche interests of all kinds. This year, it runs from September 26-28 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Anime, Sherlock, Star Wars, BioWare, obscure Tumblr artists you’ve never heard of but are suddenly in love with, Deviantartists who blow your mind, comics on comics on comics…you name it, someone there is probably into it and wants to talk about it with you. There are great cosplayers walking around and celebrities available for photo ops and autograph sessions (for a price). If you’re cheap like me, there are also a ton of different free panels to go to once you’ve paid for admission. The possibilities are endless (I mean, they’re limited by the selection that year, but bear with me).

This year, Big Bang Theory actors Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg were advertised as headliners of the convention, along with appearances by Alice Cooper, Jessica Nigri, Jim Beaver (for all you Supernatural fans) and a host of other media guests.

Since the first year of its inception, the Expo has expanded from one hall to five (and the food prospects have gotten exponentially better). There are more booths and merch than ever, so head down to the con and nerd out—and if you miss it this time, there’s always next year.

ReDesign Day and Post-Secondary Day—October 10

Deborah Yee, Editor

Archbishop MacDonald will be having another Redesign Day on October 10. All the universities will be in the atrium with more information on their faculties, admission averages, etc. In the first hour of the redesign block, the grade 12’s will be in the atrium for the post-secondary information. Then in the second block, the grade 12’s will be allowed to choose any of the sessions offered by different departments. For the grade 11’s, the schedule is opposite from the grade 12’s. For the first block, sessions will be held for them and in the second block, they will go to the atrium for information on universities/colleges. The grade 10’s are permitted to go to either the sessions or the atrium at a time of their choosing.

Awards Night—October 9

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer

There appears to be a little confusion as to how the awards evening on Thursday, October 9th is going to run. Here’s some information that will hopefully answer your questions.

  • A second phone call for awards other than honours will be made to your household. This process will continue for the next few days, so keep an eye out and don’t panic if you haven’t gotten an expected second call yet!
  • Summa Cum Laude certificates will be handed out during the 7:00 PM ceremony, along with the other major awards.
  • According to the automated messages, 30-IB subject level certificates will be handed out at 6:00 PM, but according to Ms. Symak-Tobychuk they will be handed out at the 7:00 PM ceremony. The information is not yet certain so it would be best to talk to her directly for further inquiries.
  • There will not be certificates for IB courses taken at the 20 level.
  • If you cannot make it to awards night, certificates will be available for pickup at school.
  • This year there will be a photo area as well as complimentary beverages, so bring the whole family! There will also be great live music before the ceremony to keep guests entertained. (Hope you guys like piano music!)

It is a well-known fact that MAC students hold academic achievement to a high degree of importance, but keep in mind that regardless of the fact that you have received honours or top ten, you should be proud of what you have accomplished this past academic year. This night was organized to honour you and to recognize the hard work you have put into your success, so enjoy your spot in the limelight.

Hope to see everyone there!

Father Mike “Catfish” Mireau’s Funeral

Deborah Yee, Editor

Father Micheal Mireau passed away on Monday night. He has been a great teacher and role model for many students and our prayers go out to his family and all the lives he touched. A funeral is being held for him on Friday afternoon at St. Joseph’s Basilica. For students unable to attend, the district is streaming a live feed during our block two class for all Edmonton Catholic Schools. The funeral will be shown in the multipurpose room for any and all students but individual teachers may also be watching the funeral with their classrooms. More information on Father Mike can be found here.

Yearbook Club

Victoria Chiu, Editor

Want to contribute to the creation of the annual yearbook? Join the yearbook committee! Pick your division from student life, portraits, sports, clubs, and fine arts and help plan and design the yearbook for the 2014-2015 school year. Meetings are every second Monday after school from 3:30-4:30 PM in Lab 122. More information is available from Ms. Beaumier, one of the lead teachers for the group.

Bliss Baked Goods Review

Megan Klak, Staff Writer

A new bakery has moved in right next to the World Health Center by MAC! “Bliss Baked Goods,” a tiny bakery that just relocated here, offers a great array of sweets at incredibly reasonable prices. They won best donuts in the city last year, and I bought a cinnamon sugar one ($1.15) fresh out of the oven. It was delicious, and considering the cafeteria prices, really cheap for a full sized donut. They also have fresh cream horns, croissants, cheesecake squares and a range of other delicacies. Go check them out!

EuroMac France Trip 2015—March 24

Deborah Yee, Editor

Every other year, Archbishop MacDonald has a Europe trip for all the language students. This year, the trip will be to different areas of France during the spring break of 2015. Usually these trips are filled up by the previous year; however, there are still spots available for more students to go this year. Any student with any French, Spanish, or Italian language background is free to join the travel group. The price is $3,595 and it will be a ten day trip with the group departing on March 24. Please see Mrs. Sarnecki for more information.