Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Connecting to wireless Internet at Douglas College just got easier


Douglas College is making wireless access easier and even more secure. The College has introduced a new Douglas College Internal wireless network, available to all staff and students.

The Douglas College Internal network will allow users to set their login credentials once. After that, the network will remember your credentials and all of your devices and connect you automatically any time you are within range of a College access point. That means repeated logins will not be needed.

If you are already using the Douglas College Internal wireless connection, you don’t have to do anything different. You will automatically be connected to the new service because it is the same name as the old one. Students will need to move their wireless devices to the new public network from the current public connection.

Visit the Douglas College website for instructions on how to join the wireless network: Instructions for students are available here. Instructions for staff are available here.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Exam Jam is back at Douglas College


Exams are stressful. But with preparation, coping skills and some fun, they don’t have to be. This semester, the Learning Centre is bringing back Exam Jam to help support students through exams. But first they are inviting students to take part in their second-ever Exam Jam Kickoff.

Kickoff


Join other students for games, prizes and a dance performance on Monday, December 1, 11am-2pm, in the New Westminster Campus concourse. Test your knowledge with Jeopardy, give the prize wheel a spin, try your hand at plinko or giant Jenga, challenge your friends to Wii or PS3 games, build a stress ball, or learn real stress management strategies that work. The kickoff is a fun way to relax and de-stress before you hunker down for some serious study time.

Exam Jam


Visit the Learning Centre from December 3-10 for exam-focused services. With peer tutoring and study groups happening at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, Exam Jam will get you through exams and give you skills you can use for semesters to come.

Here’s what’s happening


  • Tutoring: The Learning Centre will be open for business at both campuses during regular hours on Dec. 3-5 and 8-10. We encourage students to book up to four 25-minute tutoring appointments per week during this time. Students can reserve a spot by booking online at douglascollege.ca/learningcentre.
  • Study Groups: Often, two heads are better than one. And multiple brains are even better! The Learning Centre is holding study groups at both campuses for ACCT 1210, BIOL 1103/1109, BIOL 1203/1209, CHEM 1100, ECON 1150, ECON 1250, FINC 1231 and PSYC 2300. Study groups will be led by our experienced peer tutors, and students can book a spot online at douglascollege.ca/learningcentre.
  • Citation Station: There will be a designated area in the New Westminster Campus library where students can get answers to citation questions. It will be located across from the “returns” counter.
  • Stress Free Zone: Need a study break? The library is hosting a stress free zone in the library classroom at the New Westminster Campus during the exam period. There will be Lego, Playdoh, puzzles and calming music.

For more info about Exam Jam, visit douglascollege.ca/examjam or stop by the Learning Centre.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Field school info session, student concerts and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 24-30


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents


Wednesday, Nov. 26


Concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Music Department presents Music for Winds, Brass and Percussion, featuring the Douglas College Concert Band, led by John van Deursen and Percussion Ensemble, led by Robert Caldwell. Part of the Fall Concert Series at Douglas College. Admission is free. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Thursday, Nov. 27


Info session
New Westminster Campus, concourse
11:30am
Learn about the Douglas College field school in Florence, Italy. Earn 9 university-transferable Douglas College credits in just seven weeks. More information: Italy Field School page.

Concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Arts at One presents the second of two Student Showcase Concerts. Come out to hear some of the best work from the Music Department's talented students. Free admission. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Friday, Nov. 28


Concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Music Department presents Choirs in Concert, featuring the Douglas College Choral Society, Chorus and Chorale, led by Eric Hannan. Tickets at the door: $15 general admission, $10 seniors, students free. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Saturday, Nov. 29


Concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Music Department presents the Student Composition Concert, directed by Doug Smith. Hear exciting new works composed by Douglas Music students. Part of the Fall Concert Series at Douglas College. Admission is free. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

10 study tips for Fall 2014 at Douglas College


Exam time is fast approaching at Douglas College. To help students get ready, the Learning Centre has put together this top-10 list of study tips:

1. Do a practice exam. Try and predict the questions you will be asked, and answer them.

2. When you begin studying, highlight everything you already know. You'll be encouraged at seeing how much you've already accomplished.

3. Don’t stay up too late to study. It’s OK to pull an all-nighter for a paper, but with a test, you need the energy the next day to actually take the test.

4. Study the easy stuff first. That way you don’t waste all of your study time on one difficult concept and run out of time for the rest.

5. Make your study time fun, short and interactive. Use flashcards with pictures, colours and highlighters.

6. Turn off the Internet. Facebook will still be there when your study session's over.

7. Look over your in-class notes to see what information the instructor spent time on and what might be more important to study.

8. Snack smart: eating foods such as bananas and nuts while studying can actually help you retain information.

9. Drink water before your exam. Research has shown that downing the wet stuff before a test can improve your performance by up to a third.

10. Visit the Learning Centre to work with a one-on-one peer tutor. It's free. Look for details on the centre's website.





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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Food drive at Douglas College Nov. 19-26


More than 97,000 people in British Columbia use the food bank each month, according to Food Banks Canada. Nearly one third of those people are children.

To help address this hunger problem, Douglas College is holding a week-long food drive on the New Westminster Campus.

From November 19-26, organizers will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items in the concourse area. Look for them near the big "DO."

“Hunger affects people from all walks of life, from children to seniors. We encourage everyone to come out and support the important work of our local food banks,” says Samantha Berbeck, student development coordinator at Douglas College.

The donations will go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the Douglas Students' Union Food Banks.


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Student concert, info session and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 17-23


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Wednesday, Nov. 19


Info session
New Westminster Campus, concourse
12pm
learn about opportunities in the teaching profession and how to become a certified teacher in 12 months in the UBC BEd program! Find out about the many Bachelor of Education (BEd) program options, application requirements and more.

Thursday, Nov. 20


Recruiter visit
New Westminster Campus, room 2690B
12-12:30pm
A recruiter from the University of Alberta and advisors from the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business -- Augustana Campus & Faculty of Physical Education Recreation will deliver a presentation about the school.

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Come out to hear some of the best work from the Music Department's talented students. More information: Arts Events.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Remembrance Day poetry contest winners


To mark Remembrance Day this year, Douglas College held a poetry contest. Students were invited to submit original and unpublished poems in English, on the themes of war and peace.

The three winning entries, below, were selected by a panel of instructors from the Creative Writing Department.


Dear Grandfather
By John White


Our thumbs salute you,
sending tribute through simulated games of war.
Oh how glorious, the bravery, how honorable
it must have been,
blistered, crouched, swollen
in sour moistened green.

Thus you marvel, traditional remembrance -
Synthetic floral reds, silenced seconds, and stunning volleys.

But what is your story?
What struck your mind?
Hunkered at the fallen cedar,
in boots belonging to a man whose feet did not walk him home.

Teach me to speak
to the ignorance, the narcissism.
Quick to embellish all you
ever-desperately lived to mitigate.

Pray tell, the secret to peace
in all its abstraction and
walk me back to the root of remembrance,
so that it's all I'll ever have to do.


Red Road
By Eric Milligan


A red road, over the line goes
to promised pastures rich and green
But wired barbs and trenched scars
are all that lie in-between
Fight for your country, they said
for freedom be brave, be bold
Artillery shells we ride to heaven
as bodies pile upon the road

Dinner is served on the chess board
where imperialist games we play
On shattered minds and scattered limbs
we feast, and throw the bones away
A red tablecloth props up our meal
of mustard and mud-caked weapons
But no matter how bitter our main course
we are eager to ask for seconds


War Poetry
By Jesse Pipe

I am in my 30’s and
the most abstract thought now is an attempt to comprehend
how your exposure as human explains my humanity, 
how your young blood begat mine,
how your lack of a choice ensured mine, and
how your lack of recourse saved my right 
to make poor decisions and walk away,
laughing.
I can cuss, I can deride, I can steal flowers
from a lonely cenotaph without a second thought -
you can’t do a thing about it.

Is this what you gave it up for?
Is this what you gave everything up for?
Did you welcome these visions of blood out of man,
waking horror and sleep irretrievable for the 
stolid indifference of me and mine?
I feel no shame,
and empathy’s a closed valve for someone
who has never seen their brothers drowning in gas,
their hearts rending under starved flesh, 
hemorrhaging. 
Is this what you inherited madness for?
I don’t think I understand.

I am in my 30’s and I can’t read 
Owen, Rosenberg, Sassoon, or the rest
without anxious tears that fall somewhere 
between dodged bullets and feet yet to drop.
This is all the legacy I take
from you.


















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Video: Training mental health workers to help people find jobs




Finding meaningful work can change the lives of people with serious mental illness or a substance use problem.

That's the key issue behind a new Douglas College initiative that will provide training to mental health and employment practitioners.

Funded by $75,000 from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, the pilot project offers education sessions to practitioners with Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.

Read more about the initiative on the Douglas College website and check out the video below for a closer look at the issue of employment support.





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Sunday, November 9, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Working for the Canucks, cover letter workshop, Royals basketball and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 10-16:


Ongoing

Student play
Unity (1918), by Victoria, BC-based playwright Kevin Kerr, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, November 7-14, in Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre at New Westminster Campus. Directed by Thrasso Petras. For more information, including showtimes and how to buy tickets, visit Arts Events.

Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Monday, Nov. 10


Cover letter writing workshop
Coquitlam Campus, Room A1430
4pm
This free workshop will show you how to create attention-grabbing cover letters. For more information or to register, visit the Student Employment Centre.

Tuesday, Nov. 11


Remembrance Day -- College closed

Wednesday, Nov. 12


Cover letter writing workshop
New Westminster Campus, Student Employment Centre (Room 2844)
4pm
Much like the Monday workshop at Coquitlam Campus, this session will help you craft cover letters that get you noticed by top employers. For more information or to register, visit the Student Employment Centre.

Thursday, Nov. 13


Career Q&A event
New Westminster Campus, Room 4920
noon
Canucks Sports and Entertainment and the City of New Westminster are among the attendees for this interactive Q&A event directed at students who are looking to find out which career options are open to them now that they have a degree or diploma from Douglas. RSVP to co-op@douglascollege.ca by 9am Nov. 12 to avoid disappointment.

SFU recruiter at New Westminster Campus
New Westminster Campus Concourse
1:30pm
Interested in transferring to SFU? A recruiter will be on campus Nov. 13 to discuss the entrance requirements for transferring Douglas students. For more information about transferring to SFU, visit their transfer credits page.

Friday, Nov. 14


Basketball - Royals vs. Columbia Bible College
New Westminster Campus Gym
6pm
Join us to watch the Douglas College Royals take on the Columbia Bible College Bearcats for a double-header on the hardwood. The women's game tips off at 6pm, followed by the men at 8.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

The limitations of consent: Jian Ghomeshi, sex and sexual assault

By Darin Nesbitt, Political Science Instructor, Douglas College

Darin Nesbitt

The CBC’s dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi, one of its most recognizable on-air personalities, was swift and surprising. The reason for the decision was initially unclear, but subsequent events revealed why: an increasing number of women and one man - including actor Lucy DeCoutere, lawyer Reva Seth, and a former unnamed CBC employee at Q - have made allegations of assault and sexual harassment.

Ghomeshi revealed on his Facebook page that he participates in BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, and masochism). He asserts, “it is truly not anyone's business what two consenting adults do. Sexual preferences are a human right.” The effort to frame this entire affair around consent was purposive. From a legal perspective, consent separates the act of sex from sexual assault, and whether it was expressed is frequently at the heart of sexual assault prosecutions.

Is what two consenting adults do in their bedrooms purely a private matter? Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, in his then capacity as minister of justice in 1968, famously stated, “there's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” and that “what's done in private between adults doesn't concern the Criminal Code.” While such sentiments on consensual sex have deeply penetrated mainstream Canadian attitudes, they are disconnected from both consent theory and law.

Even the most passionate defenders of personal autonomy, such as liberal philosopher John Stuart Mill, recognize individual consent has limitations. One cannot consent to become a slave, for example, since the practice of slavery is incompatible with the possession and exercise of individual, political, and legal rights. A person cannot forsake rights that inherently attach to her as a human being and a citizen. Consent therefore has boundaries or limits.

Whether in matters of politics or of sex, theorists grapple with the meaning and application of consent. We can use the act of voting to illustrate its complexity. Many believe voting is a form of consent that authorizes the winning political party and its leader to govern so long as the election process in general was competitive and fair. This view assumes too much.

What we consent to when we vote is in fact unclear. Are we expressing support for the local candidate, the political party, or the leader of the party? Are we consenting only to what candidates pledged during a campaign, or for elected officials to exercise their judgment afterwards? Even if we grant that voting authorizes governments, how long does this consent to do so last? A day? A year? The meaning of consent raises more questions than answers.

The Supreme Court of Canada established the legal principle that a person cannot consent to an assault that causes bodily harm, and other courts have held that a person cannot consent to sexual activity that causes harm. Should Ghomeshi face sexual assault charges as a result of his particular “sexual preferences,” his appeal to the principle of consent will likely be as unsuccessful as Winston Blackmore’s use of religious freedom to justify his exploitative, harmful, and abusive polygamous practices at Bountiful, B.C.

Opinions expressed in this story are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Douglas College.

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