Humans of MAC—02.27.15

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer
Person wishes to remain anonymous
“When have you felt the most alone?”
“I guess right now. When I see her with him…I just feel like…no one else knows how much it hurts sometimes.” 

Ballin’ on a Budget: Sewing Edition

Steven Tian, Staff Writer sewing-a-button-lg
As a high school student, I often take out my wallet, stare into it, and then proceed to weep gently. Having to buy a new shirt or pants whenever I lose a button probably doesn’t help. As such, it’s very helpful to understand how to fix your own clothes. Some things can come naturally, and don’t really have a set way of doing them, and others you can do without any knowledge of sewing with just a few pictures and some tools. Here are a few basic steps to acquire the correct tools!

  1. Search around your house for a round blue butter cookie tin.
  2. The moment of truth. Open the tin. If there are cookies inside, you are a lucky man. If you are normal and not one of the chosen few, there will most likely be sewing supplies inside.
    We realize that this tin is not, in fact, actually blue.
  3. If somehow you did not find sewing supplies in said tin, ask somebody who might know where to find some. Some basic procedures that will probably make your life a lot easier are the ones that solve the really common problems in life. Loose buttons, torn seams, and zipper issues are probably the ones I encounter the most. Loose buttons? Honestly, just cut them off and put on new ones. Torn seams? You pretty much just sew it shut. Zippers! Ughhh, zippers suck. They’re annoying to fix, break easily, and I’ve always found you have to replace them more often than fixing them. This video show how to repair them, and this one demonstrates how to replace them. Fixing your own clothes is easy and relatively cheap. Although it can be a bit difficult when you first start, it gets to be quite fun as you go along. The only annoying part is threading the needle. Always remember, lick and pinch! Good luck!

MAC’s 2015 Open House

Deborah Yee, Editor

1371502018_archbishop_0375_f-largeWelcome to the 2015 open house for Archbishop MacDonald High School! We at Macsource are so thrilled to be part of this exciting time for all you grade 9 students. Let us give you some insight to how MAC life really is by highlighting some of the best things about MAC:

  • Everyone belongs here. There are no hardline divisions between ‘geeks’ or ‘jocks’ or ‘cool kids’
  • We’ve got tons of diverse clubs that cater to the interests and personalities of unique individuals
  • MAC has an excellent Catholic religion department which provides spiritual support to people of all faiths
  • The students are dedicated to excellence both in and out of school
  • We have various art, drama, and music programs that produce amazing, gold medal-winning work
  • Our science labs are equipped with advanced technology for young, budding scientists
  • And (of course!) we have a student-run newspaper which informs you on all the things a MAC student has to know

But we can’t address the good without acknowledging the bad. The worst things about MAC are:

  • The students are perfectionists that love their school and want what is best for it
  • Okay, fine, you caught us. There really aren’t any deal-breaking cons about MAC. 

What is really cool about MAC is that everyone fits in here and labels just…don’t really exist. The smart kids are also on the volleyball team. The freshmen are also confident debaters. The drama geeks can be found creating experiments for IB chemistry. The people here are accepting of others with different backgrounds; as one may notice with our Humans of MAC feature, no two MAC students have the same history or talent. MAC is the perfect place for students to grow as unique and strong individuals. As I myself can attest to, I would never have imagined in grade 9 that three years later I would be taking IB classes, be a co-editor of the school newspaper, looking forward to an exciting future in university, volunteering all over the city, and meeting the most interesting people. MAC has really opened me up to new experiences, and I would recommend any grade 9 student to attend MAC—and see how it changes their life.

Critical Thinking: The Cappies Program

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer


We all know that MAC students are good at academics, sports, debate and all that other stuff. But very few people know that our school is also home to one of the city’s top teams of student theatre critics. 


MAC participates in Cappies, a program run by the Edmonton Journal that trains high school students as critics to review other high schools’ plays and musicals. All the schools involved have a team of up to nine writers, who are trained by professionals at the Edmonton Journal in October. These writers attend shows and write reviews for them throughout the year, with the opportunity to be published in the print edition of the newspaper and/or online. In May Cappies nominations are released, including those for Best Critic Team and Best Critic in grades 10, 11 and 12, and awards are given out at a ceremony somewhat like the Tonys.

Among the countless awesome things about this program are the chance to develop skills like writing under a strict word count limit and deadline (endlessly helpful for in-class essays) and meet kids from other high schools around the city who share an interest in writing and theatre. Critics also get free tickets and free food at every show they attend, and the opportunity for discussion both before and after the show. 


At MAC, our critic team accepts three new grade tens every year. Applicants usually submit a short writing sample to the teacher mentors (Miss Williams and Ms. Nychka) and the lead critic (this year, it’s Brynn Lewis). Once a grade ten is selected, they’re moved into the program for all three years. Occasionally spots in other grades open up if a grade 11 or 12 chooses not to continue.


The time commitment is pretty minor for critics. They have to attend and review a minimum of 4 shows a year, plus one day for training in the fall and a few hours for voting on awards in May. Attending the Cappies Gala in June is optional (but it’s one of the most fun things ever). At the big Gala, the nominees for Best Play and Best Musical each perform an excerpt from their show, everyone dresses up, and local celebrities present the awards. MAC has been nominated for Best Critic Team for the past two years, and last year had three individual critics nominated as best in their grade.


Some thoughts from a few members of MAC’s Cappies team:


My favourite thing about Cappies is definitely the sense of collaboration that comes with it, even though writing a review is an individual process. I love seeing the plays with other critics and hearing their thoughts during intermission and after the show. It also exposes me to theatre in a very accessible way.”  –Katherine Archibald, grade 11 critic


“To me, it really showcases the talent and potential of high school students. The amount of energy that a school puts into a production is amazing! It completely goes against the stereotype people have of ‘slacker teenagers’. People our age are just as capable of being passionate and involved [as older people], and are able to create great works of art.” –Brynn Lewis, grade 12 lead critic


Free food, nice people, good theatre, and writing; Cappies is basically a dream come true. To read some reviews or find more information, consult the Edmonton Journal’s Cappies Facebook page

High School Model United Nations (HSMUN)

Brynn Lewis, Staff Writer


Delegates, it’s time for roll call.


This past weekend, a group of MAC students led by Anna Bodnar attended HSMUN (High School Model United Nations) at the University of Alberta. Students represented different countries ranging from Brazil to the USA, and debated topics ranging from LGBTQ rights to environmental law. Suit jackets were dusted off, legislation was written, and North Korea went rogue in more than one committee.


A great time was had by all MAC students, who exercised their skills in diplomacy and did their utmost to represent their foreign policy. They also showed off their rad dance moves at a banquet on Friday night. A special shout-out goes to Kelsey Fortier, who won an award for outstanding position paper.


Motion to be awesome?


Motion passed.

Performance Recovery 101

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer

​Whether it’s a ballet recital, a keyboard solo, or a monologue, performers of all disciplines have encountered the dreaded slip-up.

Did the audience notice that mistake? Probably not.
What do I do now? Keep going.
That performance was terrible! It probably went better than you think.

​Audiences (should) know that performing in front of a crowd is a tremendously nerve-racking ordeal, and the few hiccups here and there are usually forgotten by the end of the night. So what if you missed a line, or a note, or a dance step? If you mess up, don’t ever shake your head, make a face, or do anything else that shows the audience that you acknowledge your mistake—that shows weakness and it shows that you’ve given up. Pretend that the mistake is what you meant to do, and believe it or not, it works almost all the time. (When I mess up on the piano, I call it “improvising”). At that moment, the audience’s attention is all on you; the stage is all yours for the next few minutes. If anything, they’ll be pleased that you’ve shared your talents with them.

​Now, little mistakes are all fine and dandy, but then there are the huge mistakes—the ones that you can’t just recover from right away, and the ones that everyone knows is definitely not part of the performance. In this case, there’s unfortunately not much you can do besides dust yourself off, smile at the audience, and keep going. Show them your fighting spirit, and finish your performance with finesse. Walk off that stage with dignity, because one bad fall does not determine your abilities as a dancer, musician, or actor. The show must go on, right? ★彡

Thanks for Mutton: Lunar New Year 2015

Alicia Tam, Staff Writer

Is there anything more satisfying than Lunar New Year? Firecrackers, dancing dragons, and most importantly NIAN GAO ( a.k.a really delicious cake!). But wait a sec—where did this great holiday come from?

The Lunar New Year Festival (also known as the Spring Festival) was originally held to honour household and divine gods and ancestors. It was also a time for family reunion. Specifically for the Chinese, the New Year period began during the middle of the twelfth month (December) and ran until the middle of the first month (January); this was during the waxing of the full moon. Before the holiday, rigorous cleaning of the house and everything else would get rid of the ‘’old’’ and ensure a favourable beginning for the New Year. Scrolls were also printed with lucky messages and firecrackers were set off to scare off the ‘’evil’’ spirits. Money was given by parents or elders to children for good luck.

However, the most important part of this festival was the feast. The night before, extended family would sit down and eat. A fish would be cooked but not be eaten, symbolizing abundance. The first five days, the family would eat long noodles, representing long life. On the fifteenth and final day, round dumplings were eaten, which represented perfection and the family unit.

In today’s era, the New Year gives people to opportunity to travel and return back to their family. Many also watch the annual televised variety show. Despite the waning traditional ideals, many are still wary of the zodiac, even going as far as waiting until a particular year to bear their children!

Speaking of the Lunar New Year, I think I’m going to make like a shepherd, eat some rice cakes, and get the flock out of here!

Happy New Year, everyone!


Humans of MAC—02.20.15

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer
Featuring Kendra J.

“I’m a mom and I’m a body piercer.”

“What made you go into body piercing?”

“It was more a career that chose me. I have a bachelor of science and a bachelor in education, and when I finished my degrees I was a teacher for a little while, and then by chance I ended up doing body piercing.”

“And you mentioned that you have children?”

“Yes, I have two little girls, an 8-year old and a 7-year old.”

“How did you feel when you saw your first child being born?”

(Loud sigh) “Tired! It’s a feeling that’s really hard to describe, I guess. I don’t even know if I can put it into words. Until you have your own kids, it’s really tough to describe.”

Why the Marauder?

Haley Dang, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

Name: Marauder
Titles: Mascot, Pirate
Origin: 1967
Favourite Colours: Purple & Gold
Hobbies: Pillaging, lighting villages on fire, thievery
Current Residence: Archbishop MacDonald High School

Backstory: The marauder was destined from birth to do one thing: marauder. “To marauder” means to roam around, always looking for new quests and treasure. While, y’know, occasionally setting some things on fire.

What does it all mean?So now that you’ve got the gist of what a marauder is, now what? With all this info you were just bombarded with, you could write a small children’s book. But in all seriousness, why would we want a Scottish pirate known for so many unsavory things to represent our very non-unsavory school? Why don’t we have the MAC Moose or some other “normal” mascot?

Well, when it comes to sports, academics, or arts, we dominate. The idea is that—just like the marauder—we conquer and destroy, (metaphorically) burning other schools’ teams down in our quest to be the best. Rather than pillaging for goods and money, we fight to bring glory and achievement to the student body and to the school. Whether it be the highest academic standings, a great Cappies review, or a shiny new trophy for basketball, we aim for the highest bar. At the end of the day, we’re always hungry for a new quest and for new achievements, just like the audacious marauder.

All About…Dramafest!

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

If you’ve never been involved in drama but want to try it in a fun and low-pressure environment, getting involved in this year’s Dramafest may be the answers to your prayers!

Every spring, MAC puts on a festival of student-directed one-act plays for both the school and outside audiences to enjoy. This year’s Dramafest will be from April 14-18 and will consist of several plays per night, with matinée performances for classes during the day.

Drama 20 and 30 students write and direct plays in class, but you don’t have to be a drama student to participate in this creative experience. Anyone is welcome to write and/or direct their own show (provided that it’s approved by Miss Williams). If you’re interested in acting in someone else’s play, there will be a meeting likely in late February or early March; open auditions will be announced for all out-of-class shows looking for actors. Auditions are generally low-pressure: usually, the director will ask you to read scenes for them with minimal preparation required. Rehearsals usually happen after school or on weekends, depending on the director. Technicians and behind-the-scenes volunteers are also appreciated and often in short supply, so if you feel that it’s something you’d like to step up for, don’t hesitate to sign up! Dramafest is a great gateway into the MAC drama world for people who haven’t quite explored it yet, and it’s an awesome successor for all the confirmed drama geeks (such as myself) who have been missing theatre since the musical finished its run back in December.

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