TV Times: Veronica Mars

Aoife Jones, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

This show may have aired years ago, but it’s a classic that should be watched BY ALL! (Editor’s note: Aoife is very passionate about Veronica Mars.)

Veronica Mars is not your everyday teenage girl—well…maybe she was at one point, but after her best friend was murdered and her father accused the wrong guy, Veronica’s life has been in shambles. Now she dedicates her time to cracking this mystery, setting free her father and her best friend as her murderer is finally caught.


Being a high school student couldn’t be harder for Veronica as she went from the top to the bottom of the totem pole; with her new friend Wallace, Veronica helps solve the mysteries of her fellow classmates.


Although Veronica Mars was only on TV for three seasons before being cancelled by the network, Marshmallows (what Veronica Mar’s fans are called) have rallied with writer Rob Thomas for a while and finally got a feature film out of him through a Kickstarter project that raised two million dollars in less than ten hours.


☆ One thing of note: if you don’t ship #LoVe, don’t talk with me. #sorryPiz



Learning to See Creatively

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer
Photography has the power to freeze time, capturing some of life’s most beautiful events: from weddings and graduations *ahem ahem*, to selfies with friends and picture of food at restaurants that you’re just dying to post on Instagram, photography is always a reliable way to make some moments last forever. Whether you already consider yourself a VSCO wizard or are just starting to dabble in Polaroid instant photos, read on for some tips on making your next snapshot a little more memorable. You might learn something new!

  1. Always invest in a nice camera. Sure the latest iPhone has a great camera, but a DSLR will always give you stunning quality that a camera phone just can’t deliver. Regardless of what you use, always think in terms of framing. The “rule of thirds” thing you learned in com-tech class is actually one of the most pleasing and simple proportions to use, and it creates a nicely varied photo composition.
  2. When taking photos, some end up taking the shot from an angle that is way too high. Don’t just stand there; bend your knees a little! Aim to align the camera lens with the person’s eye so that they are resting on the same horizontal plane. That will produce a more natural and inviting photo. 
  3. Filters are great for posting on social media, but to get a more polished and professional look, Photoshop or some other photo editing software is preferred. Manually adjusting the contrast, shadows, saturation, and colour will enhance the photo much better as opposed to a pre-made filter. If Photoshop is a bit too pricey, try using GIMP, Illustrator, or Paint. 
  4. When it comes to taking photos, it’s crucial not only to capture the moment but to capture it in a way that preserves the mood and atmosphere of that moment. Photos are one of the best keepsakes that a person can have—they can transport you back in time and help you relive those special experiences.

Why Teenagers Deserve an Extra Hour in Bed

Brynn Lewis, Staff Writer

If you’re like most of us, you really, really do not want to get up in the morning to go to school. Most high school students can relate to wanting to sleep “five more minutes” (which can easily turn into ten…twenty…thirty), the perpetual snooze-button-pressing, and the budding caffeine addiction. But is there a reason why teenagers just don’t want to get up and get dressed? Science says there is. 

During adolescence, there is a change in teenage sleep cycles called a “sleep phase delay.” Teenagers naturally want to stay awake later and sleep in late. Melatonin—a hormone that helps people fall asleep—is released later the evening in teens than it is in children and adults. And when you naturally want to stay up late but aren’t allowed to sleep in, you’ll eventually start to feel sleep deprived.

Sleep is incredibly important for the body. It sounds like a cliché phrase, but it’s the truth. Lack of sleep can cause an increased risk of death, obesity, depression, and anxiety, and makes it harder to form good judgment calls. You’ll likely exercise less. Your skin will get worse, because your body, when sleep-deprived, produces more cortisol—which not only breaks down collagen, a protein that keeps your skin smooth, but is also related to high stress levels and blood pressure…which comes with a host of other problems. Want to know what’s causing your acne? Oftentimes, it’s lack of sleep. When you sleep, your brain consolidates memories, which is a vital part of learning (so make sure to go to bed early before a test!). And yet despite the fact that teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep to perform optimally, very few regularly get that number. 

Part of it is the teenage lifestyle—bright lights, caffeine, and exciting activities (like video games) can easily make it hard to get to sleep. And yet some high schools are opting to start class an hour or two later, aligning their schedule with teenage sleep schedules. Would that make any difference? Should MAC be one of those schools?

Maybe you can sleep on it. 

If you want to find out more about sleep, check out these websites:

TV Times: Scorpion

Aoife Jones, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

This show is based on the true(ish) story of one of the most intelligent people on the planet with an IQ of 197 (higher than Einstein’s): Walter O’Brien. The series itself centers around him and his team of eccentric geniuses who make up Scorpion: a team of misfits and a line of defense against high-tech threats of terrorism. 


Scorpion is comprised of Toby, a behaviorist; Happy, a mechanical prodigy; Sylvester, a statistics guru; CabeGallo, a federal agent (who isn’t a certified genius) and liaison between Scorpion and the threats of the modern age; and Paige, who, unlike the rest, is not a genius not a specialist in the defensive field; rather, she has a son who is gifted like the rest of the Scorpion team. These geniuses use their skills to save the world in a manner that’s perfect for them. Scorpion has become a group in which despite unconventional social skills, exceptional genius is accepted and adored as each member attempts to fit into a world they’ve never truly been a part of.

Despite the brain power that dominates this show, Scorpion is more than the solving national crises; rather, it also involves the crisis that each member faces in their everyday, personal lives.


You’ve Gotta See: Phantom of the Opera

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer

Edited by Victoria Chiu


This iconic sung-through show by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe presents the story of a disfigured musical genius in a mask living under the Paris Opera House and his obsessive love for a young soprano, Christine. This is the longest-running show in Broadway history and a classic everyone should see at least once. A dark, epic, and romantic tale, the show is also visually stunning, with a boat on a lake of mist, a lair full of candles, and an impressive chandelier crash. Some of the best-known numbers are the haunting title song and the gorgeous “Music of the Night,” as well as the complex multi-layered Final Lair trio. This show has been running since 1988 and recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with an amazing concert starring Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess.

TV Times: Forever

Aoife Jones, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

What would you do if every time you died you awoke to find yourself in the middle of a river—naked? This show follows Dr. Henry Morgan, a two-hundred-year-old individual and an NYC medical examiner who helps the NYPD with his extensive knowledge of death by assisting in the solving of mysteries and murders. 


Henry has been trying to determine for centuries why he hasn’t aged or died and the secret of his immortality with the help of his best friend and son Abe, aged seventy-five. Over time, Henry has become increasingly concerned with finding an antidote to his problem. Each episode shows how Henry has faced similar cases in the past to what he faces in the present, as well as revealing a little more to the audience about the immortal doctor and what it’s really like to live “Forever.”


Henry works alongside Jo Martinez, an NYPD detective who has been fascinated with Henry since he survived certain death on a train crash. Henry, who has been close on many occasions to have his secret revealed, soon learns that he might not be the only immortal soul on Earth.


Now Dr. Henry Morgan must learn if he can stop living “forever” and finally leave this world in peace…and not return naked in the middle of a river.


You’ve Gotta See: Wicked

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer

Edited by Victoria Chiu

If MAC’s Dramafest has reignited your love of theatre and you’re searching for some new shows, look no further. We’ll be publishing a list of some great musicals for theatre enthusiasts, drama novices, and bored readers alike. Check out these shows and scores—you could find a new favourite!


The hugely popular musical Wicked by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman tells the origin story of the Wicked Witch of the West and explores her friendship with Glinda the Good Witch, along with who she really was. It’s funny, dramatic, and theatrical, but it also brings in issues of political corruption, discrimination, and persecutionMusical highlights are the show-stopping Act 1 finale “Defying Gravity” (which bears a striking resemblance to “Let it Go”), the cute and fun number “Popular” and the heartbreaking final duet “For Good”. This 2003 show won three Tony Awards and spotlighted the major talents of Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (yes, she was famous before Frozen). After seeing this show, you will never look at The Wizard of Oz the same way ever again.

Junior Achivement: Steeped Candle Co. 

Aoife Jones, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

At Steeped Candle Co., the proprietors continually strive to provide customers with enticingly scented soy candles while supporting the community. 


The candles they produce are made with soy because it’s been scientifically proven that soy candles burn 50% longer than the average name brand candle.


Sold at the affordable price of $10.00, the freshly made soy candles are available in the Cozy Coffee scents of French Vanilla and Cappuccino, Fresh Fruit Tea scents of Pomegranate Green Tea, Mango Milk Tea, and Black Raspberry Vanilla Tea, and Morning scented Oatmeal Milk Honey candle. Steeped Candles come in a 6 oz. hexagonal jar and can be re-lit for 20-30 hours of enjoyment.


Check them out next week from Monday to Wednesday in the atrium.

Contact Information:

Address: #200 World Trade Center 9900 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton AB


Phone: (780) 803 9047



National Poetry Month

Brynn Lewis, Staff Writer

People’s reactions to poetry tend to be…mixed. Maybe you loathe the analysis and re-analysis that seems to go hand-in-hand with a poem and feel that nothing actually depends on a red wheelbarrow, despite the existence of chickens. Maybe you don’t like most poetry but harbor a secret love for Edgar Allen Poe (with the dark lipstick to match) or believe that Shel Silverstein is a true genius. Maybe you like poetry—or wholly, unabashedly love it. Maybe you even write some. Whatever the case, April (as it’s National Poetry Month) is a great time to revisit poetry outside of the classroom, and possibly see it in a new light. National Poetry Month was established in 1996, as a way to celebrate poetry in the United States, but since then it has expanded north into Canada. And there’s a lot to celebrate about poetry. Not only does it express the thoughts and emotions of some of the greatest writers in human history, but there’s so much variety that there’s something for pretty much everyone. There are poems about philosophy. There are poems about food. There are poems about the philosophy of food—and love and life and walruses and pretty much everything in between. Poetry can be found everywhere in modern pop culture: from Interstellar to Watchmen to Breaking Bad. So take a chance—you might be pleasantly surprised.