Humans of MAC—03.27.15

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer
Featuring Msgana A. 
“If today were the last day of my life, I wouldn’t go to school.” 

Too Cute! Vol. 3

Victoria Chiu, Editor

Today we’ve got an influx of photos of my cat, Pancake. She is literally named after a breakfast food. We hope you enjoy the photoset!

All photos taken by…my mom on her iPhone. And also me. On my iPhone. 

Overcoming Test Anxiety

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer

You walk into the exam room, sit yourself down at your desk with a pencil and eraser in hand, and hope that you won’t forget any of the material that you’ve crammed reviewed the night before. As you’re writing the exam, it hits you: test anxiety.

It’s more common than you might think. Test anxiety affects a multitude of students to some extent, but most forms of it are pretty minor. In fact, a certain degree of anxiety even helps to increase our alertness so that we stay more on task during this critical time. But in more extreme cases, anxiety can severely inhibit our chances of doing well. It appears that the cause of test anxiety usually stems from either a lack of preparation or over-stressing.

This has been reiterated numerous times, but seriously, study ahead of time. And that does not mean the night before. (Sure, that method works sometimes, but it’s not really reliable enough to depend on for major exams). For small assessments like a quiz, one night before might just be enough, but to be on the safe side, break it up into two nights of short study sessions instead of one laborious three-hour marathon. The same applies to bigger items like unit tests. Ideally, start preparing as soon as you know there will be an exam (wishful thinking, we know), but that doesn’t necessarily mean late-night studying every night, either. Short ten- to fifteen-minute daily reviews of each section will be much more effective for embedding that information in your long-term memory, and it will be easier for you to recall the concepts when you take your finals. If you plan and prepare well, your anxiety will go down dramatically—guaranteed. 

Over-stressing may be caused by a lack of preparation, but it might also simply be the fear of failure. You’ve studied enough, and you know (most of) your material inside and out, so what do you have to fear? Oftentimes, students put themselves down right before writing a test. No, you’re not going to fail the long-answer portion, or miss a numerical response, or blank out during the exam. You’ll be fine if you studied and worked hard. Although you can’t totally eliminate stress, you can definitely control it. Take deep breaths—it really is effective. Eat a good breakfast before you get to the exam, too; your stomach will thank you later. (Remember that time when it was dead silent in the exam room and all of a sudden your GI tract decided to make mating calls? Yeah, that wasn’t awkward at all. Just eat beforehand. It’ll save you from embarrassment.) Walk into that exam room with confidence, self-assurance, and show that test who’s boss. 

Click here for more ways on overcoming test anxiety, and here for this article’s info source.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Aoife Jones, Staff Writer

Edited by Victoria Chiu

 Contrary to popular belief, MAC’s rowing team is not technically new to MAC…because up until five years ago we already had a rowing team! Thanks to the incredible efforts of eleventh grader Aline Belzil and Mr. Rosselli, MAC has been graced with re-starting the rowing program and hopefully continuing it for a long time to come. 

Rowing is an awesome sport that completely embodies the saying “There is no ‘I’ in team.” It is truly unique because it’s one of the only sports out there that requires each person to work together as a single unit in harmony. Even the slightest of difference of movement between each individual rower can throw the boat off balance. There is a common misconception that rowing depends solely on your upper body strength; your lower body is equally as important! In reality, 90% of a stroke’s power comes from the legs. Rowing also combines mental and physiological strength and stamina because it is such a full body sport. A normal competition is usually raced on a straight 2000-metre course that tests your endurance at levels you would never have experienced from any other sport.


Now in spite of Edmonton’s lack of sun and abundance of cold weather, you can technically row in all seasons. It’s an all-weather sport! This is because there are two different seasons to rowing: indoor and outdoor. The indoor season starts as soon as Edmonton’s river ices over and ends as soon as the ice melts. MAC’s rowing team currently trains indoors at the Edmonton Rowing Club, located next to the Edmonton Zoo. And seeing as we live in Edmonton, MAC Marauders could be training there for a while as it continues to snow in spring.


Rowing is a sport with a welcoming atmosphere—each individual rower can truly feel rewarded, because you really get what you put into the sport. It is a sport that can be easily picked up, and this creates a great, friendly, and fun setting for all newcomers. It should be noted that in 2012, at the London Olympics, there were Olympic rowers who only began training a year before the Games. It should be noted that rowing is a sport for all, so don’t be afraid to join!

Just a reminder: anyone can still join rowing right now! Just go and talk to Aline Belzil or Mr. Rosselli and they’ll give you all the info!

How to Sew Your Own Scrunchie

Haley Dang, Staff Writer

Edited by Victoria Chiu

Scrunchies seem like a trend that is catching on. So instead of spending money to jump on this new style, this article will show you how to make your own for just a few dollars using a 1950’s sewing machine. I found a lot of these supplies around my house, but you can find all of these things at Fabricland or any other craft store.  


  • Scrap Fabric
  • ¼ Inch Elastic
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine or Fabric Glue 

  1.  Cut out an 8cm x 46cm rectangle of fabric, and a 23cm long piece of elastic.    
  2. Fold the piece of fabric right-side on the inside lengthwise and pin down.   
  3. Now sew along the edge with ½ seam allowance or you can glue along this side and glue it down and let dry for an hour before moving on.  
    It should look a little something like this.
  5. Moving on you now have to flip this tube inside out resulting into something like this, something even more tubular.   
  6. Now you will insert your piece of elastic from earlier, scrunching up the fabric. Being careful not to lose the other end as you’re threading it, through.   
  7. Now you want to take the two ends of the elastic and place them on top of each other, sewing them along the x-crossed square. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can also just tie the ends together in a knot.   
  8. Now you will bring the two ends of the fabric together, and tuck one into the other. I suggest folding the edge a little for a clean look. Then you will sew along that edge.    
  9. Now you’re done, and you should now have a nice, cheap, tangle-free hair scrunchie. Happy sewing! 


Student Thoughts on: Threats

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer

Edited by Victoria Chiu

Lately it seems like the media is full of nothing but terrorism news. Constant updates on ISIS, youth radicalization, the al-Shabaab video about threats on shopping malls, revisions to the no-fly list, the Charlie Hedbo shootings, the controversial federal anti-terror bill; both worry and action concerning this high-profile issue seem to be on the riseSo how does this affect us? What does it mean to us as students and Canadians? We asked some MAC students about their thoughts on this phenomenon. 

What do you think about the recent surge in terrorism and media coverage?

“I was slightly scared at first, but I have faith that the RCMP will ensure our safety.” –Kristen

“I personally think that there have always been major terrorism moments and it’s just now that our media is capturing anyone and anything and making it into a huge deal. I’m not saying it isn’t; it’s just that the media does like to play with audiences’ fear, and why not do it after all these revolutionary events these past months? It’s their perfect time to shine.” –Tamara

I think the recent surge in terrorism is terrible. There is no room for it in our modern world, where things can be resolved diplomatically and peacefully. It doesn’t matter what culture or place it comes from. The shootings in schools in the United States are just as bad as the terrorism in the Middle East. The point is terrorism isn’t just something that is directed to one group of people. It happens everywhere and it’s awful.” –Levi

How do you feel about the WEM threat? 

“At first I was really scared, actually. My brother works at the mall, so my parents are worried about him being hurt. I used to go to the mall pretty often just to hang out with my friends or see movies, but now my parents only let me go when I actually have to buy something important and they always want me going in groups.” –Jill

I’m not sure if I took it seriously, but it’s definitely at the back of my mind. To be quite honest, this threat did scare me a little because I’ve grown up in a safe city and community, so the fact that a terroristic event may happen here seems very unreal. I like to think that we have good security and police, so I’m putting my trust in them.” –Tamara

How closely do you follow news surrounding this?

“I follow this topic relatively closely on Facebook threads. We don’t watch much news so I occasionally just look at news websites to keep up-to-date.” –Levi

“I try and follow the news surrounding it, but I admit I don’t do a very good job.” –Kristen

Do you think we’re reacting to this the way we should be? 

“I feel the government is trying to provide support as best it can, but there is always room to do more.” –Alyson

In my opinion, we are dealing with terrorism the way we should be. The world is being made aware of the massacres terrorists are capable of. This enables countries to work together against terrorism as a strong, united team. Other actions such as raising security measures throughout the world, monitoring websites, and sending troops to eradicate some terrorist groups are all ways we deal with terrorism to ensure it does not prevail.” –Piera

What To Do: Prom Hairstyles

Mariah Barnes, Staff Writer

The time has come. There’s no more hiding behind laptops scrolling through pages upon pages of over-sequined dresses on malnourished models. Grad is in less than three months. And now we have to plan more extensively than what colour would match our skin tone: we’ve gotta decide what shoes, what jewelry, and what hair will make our inner bombshells meet the undeserving world. Just to make the task feel all little less I’m graduating how do I do this there’s nothing to wear what if I fall down are dates mandatory who do I sit with, here are a few options to style your lovely locks.

If you have a long, majestic head of hair, here are a few do’s for you: 

Soft ringlets in a Victoria’s-Secret style are beautiful and classic. Not to mention they can cooperate very nicely with all types of bangs. Fringe, side-swept, completely non-existent; this look can even be done simply at home!


There’s a definite pro to having long hair: you have endless possibilities! And intricate braids all wrapped up can look absolutely stunning. Bringing a few sparkly clips to the hair salon before getting all done up can add that touch of class. And I wouldn’t try this one at home. Seek expert help. 


A half updo is also a timeless option. Instead of trying to for loose, solid coils having a more piece-y look can make you look like a goddess! 


If medium length hair is more your mode: 

Having less hair doesn’t mean less fun! By curling the front segments of your hair towards your face with a two inch curling iron, the flapper look is easily accomplished!

Up, up, up! Updos are possible for shorter hair! By previously curling the bottom half of your hair, then clipping it to your scalp in a semblance of a bun, you can look like royalty! 


Want something a little more edgy? A faux hawk is an amazing way to go; curling the loose hair can make it more feminine, too! Just secure the top portion of your hair into a clip, then French braid down both sides of your head…or show this picture to a hairdresser. 


If you have chic short hair, here’s a few for you: 

Using some wax or pomade on straightened hair can muse up an otherwise basic look. Plus with Jennifer Lawrence as your muse, you can’t possibly go wrong!


A fancy headband and teasing can go a long way! And do you know the best part of this look? It’s so simple! A comb, a headband, and some hearty hairspray can make you look magical! 

If your dress is too extravagant for a fuller head, a sleek pixie cut is unbelievably elegant! Add some radiant jewelry and you’ll be turning heads!

World Recipes: Greek Shortbread

Megan Klak, Staff Writer

In honor of this year’s Taste of MAC, we’re publishing a cultural recipe this week. This is a really easy and delicious recipe for Greek Christmas Cookies (shortbread); it’s my grandfather’s cousin Cleo’s recipe. You can substitute unsalted butter instead of straining the salt. They’ll be sold at Taste of MAC this year at the Greece table, so come check ’em out!

Greek Shortbread (Kourambiedes)

Makes about 4 dozen pieces.


  • 1 lb. butter (melt and remove salt, let it get a little brown and then refrigerate overnight)
  • ½ cup icing sugar for batter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup finely blanched almonds, chopped
  • Approx 4 cup flour
  • 1 oz. cognac
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling on to baked cookies


  1. Cream butter well.
  2. Add icing sugar gradually.
  3. Add egg yolks, one at a time.
  4. Then add almonds and brandy.
  5. Beat for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add flour gradually. You may need to add the last amount flour by hand.
  7. Knead well. The dough should be soft, but not dry.
  8. Make into moon shapes by hand or use cookie cutters.
  9. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes. Let cook about 5 minutes and sprinkle with icing sugar (I use a sieve).
  10. Store in a tin, rather than a plastic container.