Thank You.

Victoria Chiu, Editor
Deborah Yee, Editor 
It’s the end of the school year, and for the two of us, along with the rest of our graduating class, it’s the end of our journey at MAC and the time for us to make the change from students to alumni. This’ll be the very last post from the newspaper-turned-weblog’s founding management and the final entry of Macsource’s inaugural digital year, and we want to use it to say goodbye. And, well, some other stuff, too. 

The editors at Macsource have worked tirelessly to keep the MAC community updated and engaged all throughout the 2014-2015 school year, and we want to thank you, the readers, for your support. Thank you for making it all worthwhile. Thank you for reading and sharing and liking our stuff and retweeting and commenting. It means the world to us. Thank you to anyone who has ever said a kind word about the site to us, and to all our administrative support and every member of our valuable roster of contributors. You all helped develop and build upon Macsource, and your efforts aided us immeasurably. 

By the way—if it seems like we’re a little over-sentimental about Macsource, it’s probably because it’s true. We created this site and worked on it from its inception, and it became our own personal project as well as a service we did to the school. We put in hundreds of hours to designing the website, organizing meetings, advertising, scheduling articles, and editing every single one of the over two hundred articles that ever went up onto this site, along with writing for it from time to time. And it’s nice to know that the student body really benefitted from all that time, all that effort. That’s all we ever wanted. 

Thank you. 

And goodbye—for now. 

Macsource will return with new management in the 2015-2016 school year. 


How to Join Macsource 

Deborah Yee, Editor

As the year comes to a close, some of you eager young keeners may be asking yourselves, “Macsource was really awesome this year and I enjoyed reading it. I’d like to get involved next year—but how can I do that?” 

It’s simple, really. Every year, around mid-September, MAC holds its annual Club Day, where you can see all the clubs offered that year and sign up for them. Signing up for them doesn’t necessarily mean you’re committed to the club; rather, you’re just indicating that you’d like some more information about it. When you sign up for Macsource, you’ll receive notifications and emails regarding what being a Macsource writer involves. After that, if you’re serious about joining Macsource, let your editors know and you can go from there!

​Perhaps for some of you, mid- to late September is too long to wait. You want to start writing as soon as the school year begins. If this sounds like you, send us a message during the summer using the contact form on the “Contact Us” page. We love to take on new writers at any point in the year and many interesting school activities take place in September, so it’d be a great place to start writing articles.

​Many of you may not fall under either of these categories. Maybe you’re debating whether being a Macsource writer is for you or whether you even like writing. After being a part of Macsource for three years, I have seen and addressed many of these concerns for other people; because of this, I’m pretty well qualified to answer your questions. The most common concern brought up is the issue of time. High school can be stressful—and when it’s combined with sports, piano lessons, a job, and friends, time becomes a valuable commodity. While Macsource does require some of your time, the newspaper is meant to be a fun and interactive way to feel connected to your school. How many articles you write per month and how long these articles are is up to you. We want our writers to feel comfortable and happy when they’re writing, so we try to tailor the content material, articles, and deadlines personally for each writer. If you want to write about Dramafest but have too many exams to take, we will still let you write the article and ask that you submit it at a later date. Another concern I’ve heard from people is scriptophobia—the fear of writing. When you hear the word “writer”, you may begin thinking of Jane Austen or F. Scott Fitzgerald. However, here at Macsource, we accept any and all levels of writing. Journalism is not solely about writing, it’s about investigative reporting—finding out who knows what and getting the complete and true story. On the flip side, journalism isn’t all about articles. There are positions available here beyond staff writers, and we’re happy to recruit photographers, artists, cartoonists, advertisers, video journalists, and more! Whatever your skill set and whatever your interest, Macsource has a place for you. 

​The most important aspect about being a member of Macsource is that it’s a great way to get involved in the school. We encourage our writers to get the in-depth scoop on their articles and more often than not, this means getting your hands a little dirty (meaning you’ve gotta do a little digging). Macsource writers get the chance to talk to new people for interviews, get to know the teachers a little better, and go to fun events like basketball games, art shows, and school plays. It gives you an excuse to talk to students outside of your circle of friends and maybe even make new ones. You will always be the first one to know what’s happening when, and you’ll feel more connected to your school because of it.

​So in the end, what do you have to lose? Joining Macsource definitely won’t be something you’ll regret. It’s filled with great people and new experiences; it gives you the chance to grow and develop your skills. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.

We hope to see you at Club Day!

The 10 Best Things To Do This Summer

Brynn Lewis, Staff Writer

The school year is almost over and an entire summer awaits us. So what are you going to do with two months of freedom? If you’re not traveling to places near and far, you might feel at a loss for what to occupy your time with. On one hand, you could hole up in your room with candy and marathon television shows on Netflix (to be honest, it’s not an entirely bad plan). On the other hand, you could get outside and explore what our city has to offer! Here are ten of the best things to do this summer in Edmonton:

  1. Go Geocaching. There are Geocaches all around the world, and that includes our fair city. Grab some friends, some food, the official Geocaching app, and enjoy a day of treasure hunting in Edmonton. Bring a small token to trade.
  2. Run Colour Me Rad. Enjoy racing and throwing coloured powder at random people? Well, you’re not alone. Colour Me Rad is a popular 5K race that allows you to hurl colour at other contestants. Prepare to turn into a rainbow—it’s taking place in Edmonton this July, so sign up online ASAP.
  3. Go out to dinner theatre. It’s live theatre + food. Nothing in life is better. There are two dinner theatres in Edmonton, Mayfield and Jubilations, so pick out an interesting show and have a fun night out.
  4. Go thrift shopping or antiquing (potential highlight: Old Strathcona Antique’s Mall). Summer is the perfect time to pull a Macklemore and check out your local thrift shop. Have fun finding unconventional places to shop and unusual accessories that you’d never be able to buy at your local mall. If you’re interested in “vintage” more than “cheap”, Edmonton also has a lot of great local antiquing venues.
  5. Music festivals and concerts. Not only is the summer filled with exciting concerts (everything from Taylor Swift to 5 Seconds of Summer to Journey), but there are also many exciting music festivals to check out. “But all the good festivals are outside Edmonton, like Coachella and Osheaga!” you cry in despair. Not so, mes amis. There are a whole bunch of events in-city for all music tastes, like Folk Fest, Sonic Boom, and even the International Jazz Festival. There are few things in life as exhilarating as being part of an enthusiastic audience while listening to a performer you love…
  6. …and this brings us to festivals in general! Edmonton is sometimes known as the Festival City—and for good reason. Heritage Days, Fringe, Street Performers, Taste of Edmonton…these are all fun events, and great ways to make unforgettable summer memories. Don’t forget to check out less well-known festivals like the Dragon Boat Festival or Sand on Whyte.
  7. Visit a farmers’ market. Shop local. There is the well-known Strathcona Farmers’ Market, but Edmonton also has several other local farmers’ markets. Going to a farmers’ market is a great to support your community while eating some delicious baked goods and checking out local craftsmen.
  8. K-Days!!! The rollercoasters may never quite feel like they’re bolted down, but we think this adds to the charm. K-Days has deep fried everything (everything), fun rides, fireworks, complimentary sunburns, and your friend wimping out on the spinning teacups. What more do you need?
  9. Shakespeare in the Park. For the classy people living amongst us. You can be the picture of sophistication as you watch Shakespeare outdoors in Hawrelak Park, and students get free admittance on Sundays. The plays this year are As You Like It and Coriolanus, two that you won’t have put through the wringer of English class analysis yet. Check it out!
  10. Take a course. More school, you say? Well, not quite. Summer is the ideal time to brush up on your skills and try new things. Painting, cooking, languages, martial arts, blacksmithing…get a new hobby and impress your friends.

This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s volunteering, jobs, and internships. You could go on a backpacking trip with friends or watch every single summer blockbuster since the dawn of time. You could take High Tea at Hotel MacDonald or make bannock at Fort Edmonton Park. There’s a summer full of potential ahead of us. And it’s time to step outside.

Father’s Day 2015

Megan Klak, Staff Writer 
It’s Father’s Day tomorrow! Hopefully this isn’t news to you. If it is, here are some last minute gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for father:

  1. Cook his favorite meal. My Dad loves brisket, which I hate, but it’s Father’s Day, so…
  2. Take him to a movie—maybe Jurassic World. Make an entire day out of it—spending time with your Dad is the point of Father’s Day. 
  3. I always buy my Dad a book, mainly to slowly get him to read everything I love. For the dad who loves history (like mine), The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal is a brilliant read. Another great choice is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which just won a Pulitzer Prize and is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. For the dad who loves to laugh, My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell is a classic and hilarious memoir. This year I bought my dad The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowet, and I hope he likes it! 
  4. There’s a great U.S. non-profit organization called StoryCorps, which encourages people to record meaningful interviews with people who are important to them. They have an app (search for StoryCorps, Inc.) that allows you to record interviews. I think that downloading it and recording an interview with your dad, grandpa, or even great grandpa this weekend would be an awesome and meaningful present. 

I hope you all enjoy spending time with your dads this Father’s Day! 

International Bicycle Month

Haley Dang, Staff Writer

Do you enjoy commuting around the city on your bike? Well, you’re in luck, because it is international bike month in the City of Edmonton. Biking around the city is not only a great form of exercise; it’s also fuel efficient—the only fuel you’re using is pedal power!

With the great month that is bike month. There are tons of events held by Bikeology: Edmonton’s Hub For Cycling Culture, like Bikey Breakfast, Foodie Fridays, and the Commuter Challenge Race. You can find more information on these events and dates on the Bikeology website. An event that is happening soon is the World Naked Bike Ride on June 13. The tagline for this event is “Stop indecent exposure to vehicle emissions!” You’re intrigued, I know. Aren’t we all?

One thing the city is lacking, though, are bike lanes that go around the entire city. Some of them kind of lead to nowhere at times. Nevertheless, if the city sees that Edmontonians tend to bike around the city more frequently as opposed to driving, they will be more inclined to paint the holy lines that are bike lanes.

Have a great summer, biking around!

The Very Last Humans of MAC—06.11.15

Victoria Chiu, Editor
Featuring Michael Bautista

You’ve seen the column. You’ve seen the students and the transcripts of the Q&A’s. But do you know the person behind it all? Michael has worked tirelessly throughout the entire year to bring this weekly feature to life and, as a result, has created the first successfully run column in Macsource history that has gone on for an entire school year. And all this in addition to writing dozens of articles for the site, too! He’s truly remarkable, and now it’s his time to be in front of the camera.  
“If you could say something to the guy who runs Humans of New York, what would it be?”

“It’s hard to chase people around with a camera. I just want to know their life story and post it for the public to see, what’s the big deal?”

The 2015 Cappies Gala

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer 
Edited by Victoria Chiu

This week you can be very proud of your school. In addition to the incredible sports teams winning soccer and rowing accolades, MAC’s Cappies team also swept the writing awards at the Citadel’s eighth annual Cappies Gala, winning three of the four writing trophies for the region! At this awesome event on June 7, MAC took home the Cappie awards for Best Critic Team (led by Brynn Lewis), Best Grade Twelve Critic (Morgan Sosniuk) and Best Grade Eleven Critic [Julia Stanski (Editor’s Note: Yes, the writer of this article. Congratulations! ☻)] . Almost all of our nominees attended the event and everyone looked absolutely fabulous; click here and here for Edmonton Journal coverage and photos of the gala! Congratulations to all our nominees and winners, and thank you to everyone who came for an amazing night. To quote the host, Matt Alden, “We are the next generation of theatre artists.” This epic celebration of student achievements in the arts restores hope for the future.

What is Generation Z?

Brynn Lewis, Staff Writer

You’ve heard of the revolutionary Baby Boomers, and you’ve heard of the materialistic and disenfranchised Generation X. But Generation Z? Who are they? Well, to make a long story short, it’s…us.

Also known as the Digital Natives, the iGeneration and Plurals, no one can quite agree on the starting date for Generation Z, although many experts say that the generation began in the mid- to late nineties. The idea is that since Generation Z grew up in the aftermath of 9/11, economic instability, and climate change, we have become more interested in the global world. We understand the Internet like it’s second nature to use, and can decode the settings of a smart phone in under five minutes. We’ve branched out from just using Facebook or Twitter to other forms of social media—things like Tumblr, Snapchat, and Instagram. In North America, we are the most diverse and multicultural generation to ever exist. We like being independent, open-minded, and forging our own unique identity.

Not everyone’s a fan, though. Some people say that members of  Gen Z require instant gratification and are too hooked on technology. What about you? What do you think?

Information sourced from here and here

Never Forget: Armed Forces Day

Alicia Tam, Staff Writer

Even though it may not be Remembrance Day, it’s still important to remember those who have fought or are currently fighting.

Today is June 7, or Armed Forces Day, as it is formally recognized. It seems fitting, since yesterday was the Anniversary of D-Day; that was the day that 150,000 men fought to keep the freedom that we mostly take for granted. Out of those 150,000 about 14,000 were Canadian, stationed on the beaches, with 450 others to land by parachute or glider. Let’s not forget the Canadian Navy, too, with another additional 10,000 sailors ready to fight for freedom. 

And let’s not forget the ones who still fight for freedom today, and continue to stand bravely in front of the enemies’ eyes, unwilling to back down. Let us not forget the ones who fight with resilience. Let us not forget the ones who have come back from the war, who have all sacrificed something to keep this nation great. Let us not forget those who have lost their lives, either in the past or present. Let us not forget that Canada might have not been what it is today without the help of our uniformed citizens. Let us not forget the extreme bravery that these people possess that encourages them and gives them the will to fight. And lastly, let us never forget the respect that each and every soldier, sailor, and pilot deserves in recognition of their duty of making sure that Canada remains strong and free. 

Let us never forget.

TEDxYouth@Edmonton 2015 Footage

Victoria Chiu, Editor

Back in February, a couple of the Macsource staff members did TED talks for TEDxYouth@Edmonton 2015. The official footage has just been released, and we’ve embedded the videos below for you to see. Megan’s talk concerns the impermanence of personal histories and the importance of the retention of these stories; mine is about the significance of innovation and how it relates to Macsource.

If you’ve never heard of TED or TED talks, the basic concept is that it’s idea-sharing platform for people to share their experiences, opinions, and innovative new thoughts on different topics (with the central ones being technology, entertainment, and design  hence the name TED). We did ours locally, but on the worldwide TED stage tons of amazing people  like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and over 1900 more  have given 18-minute-or-less talks that have helped introduce new ideas to a wider audience than ever before. You can check out all of these epic talks here.

If you would like to give your own TEDxYouth@Edmonton talk, more information can be found here; the current application you need to pitch your talk idea to the assessment panel can be found here (note that this is subject to change, but is current at the time of this post being published).

Editor’s note: Ignore my semi-awkward pause. Nerves are real, people. Nerves are real.