Thank you for an amazing year!

7 May

On Aug 26th, 2013, we kicked off the year with Rez Fest I up on Forbes Field. Place yourself back in those freshman shoes and think of the jumble of emotions that you were experiencing. Had you been eager? Anxious? Excited? Nervous? You were about to commit almost a year of your life to living with a group of students that you didn’t know, in a place that was most likely entirely new to you, and all on your own, which for many of you was the first time ever.

Now fast forward and take a look at where you are- and who you are- 8 months later. It’s hard to believe how much you’ve progressed in just a few short months. You’ve been exposed to a wide range of beliefs and perspectives. How have your opinions changed? You’ve met students from around the world with a diverse array of backgrounds. How has your knowledge and respect for different cultures changed? You’ve made incredible connections that may very well last a lifetime. How has your outlook on meaningful relationships changed? You’ve been influenced and in turn influenced those around you. How have you changed?

As you move beyond life within McGill Rez, never forget that the community you have formed will persevere and endure beyond the four walls of your residence. The McGill Rez Community is special and unique and will remain alive so long as you strive to maintain its spirit. Throughout your McGill career and even past your adventures at this University, you will definitely run into those incredible people you had shared a home with these past 8 months. Nostalgia will pop up, but remembering the past will be a positive feeling. The memories that you’ve forged this year are memories to last a lifetime.

On behalf of the Rez Life team, I would like to thank you all for an amazing year! We couldn’t have anticipated a more amazing group- your incredible spirit at Rez Wars, your lovely elegance at Faculty in Rez, your passion and advocacy during the Who Needs Feminism? campaign, and for so many other reasons you were all simply fantastic!

We wish you all the best moving forward and we hope your next few years at McGill are just as memorable as this past year in Rez.

Sincerely,
The Rez Life Team
Love y'all

The Arkells are awesome :D

18 Mar

Supporting local Canadian musicians are of incredible value- not only does your support help these artists realize their dreams, but it also helps advance Canada’s valuable contribution to the global music scene.

Ever heard of Billy Talent? Well, the group originated from my hometown back in Mississauga, Ontario. The bassist used to teach at a local music store that I used to visit to take guitar lessons, and a few of the other band members attended a high school just down the road from my house! Putting on various small shows throughout the city, Billy Talent received tons of support from the community and eventually signed on a major record deal, leading them to achieve international success.

The Arkells are another incredible local band that has moved on to achieve widespread success. Originating in Hamilton, Ontario, the band started in 2006 and in just a few short years has accumulated numerous awards and toured all across the country. Personally, I am a huge fan of a the Arkells and I thought for this post I’d share some of my favourie songs :D

Whistleblower
Book Club
Bloodlines

Next Friday, March 28th, IRC is bringing in the Arkells for a Rez Exlusive Concert at Corona Theatre! Not only is this an incredible IRC event like no other, but it is also an opportunity for you to support a fantastic Canadian artist. Deffs treat yo’ self to a lovely night out on the town and get your ticket to the IRC Rez Exclusive Arkells Concert! For more details, check out:

https://www.facebook.com/events/714917435209509/

-Adam

SSMU and Faculty Elections- VOTE!

13 Mar

If you haven’t already deduced from the flood of Facebook events that it’s campaign season- well, it’s campaign season! For this and next week, campaigning and elections are going on for SSMU as well as the two largest McGill faculties, SUS and AUS.

While this post may seem kind of off beat from the usual topics we cover, we definitely feel like student elections are super important and of major relevance to all Rez students.

Life within McGill Rez is amazing! There’s always someone to talk to or some event happening, ensuring that the possibilities of excitement are endless. Cushioning, comforting, and enjoyable, it is very easy to sucked into the Rez vortex. However, over time, some students find that living within Rez can cause a division from the broader community that you are apart of- that is, the McGill Community.

As a University student, connecting with your faculty, department, and Student’s Society are absolutely invaluable. While being just one student within such a large group may sometimes cause a sense of insignificance, believe me when I say that couldn’t be further from the truth! Your opinions matter, your perspectives matter, and -following suit- your vote matters.

For the upcoming Faculty and SSMU elections, be sure to read up on the candidates’ platform and make an informed decision! Their role as student leaders have a huge impact on your University experience, therefore choosing the right person for the right position is super important! To cast your ballot, vote at https://ssmu.simplyvoting.com.

SSMU Voting Period: March 14th- March 21st
AUS Voting Period: March 13th- March 20th
SUS Voting Period: March 14th- March 21st

ADAM’S TOOLS TO SUCCESSFUL APARTMENT HUNTING

25 Feb

1) FIGURE OUT YOUR ROOMIE SITUATION
Yoyoyoyo when sorting out your roommate situation, don’t just choose people to live with cause y’all are besties… being friends does not mean you live well together. Make sure that you’re compatible with the people you choose to live both in terms of living standards and habits. Consider things like level of organization, study habits, general bed times, and cleanliness.

Also, be aware that Montreal is not some university town where the more people you have the cheaper your rent. Nah uh. Usually the apartments with the cheapest price are geared towards groups of trois.

2) COMPILE YOUR APARTMENT LISTINGS DATABASE
Start yo search for apartments. Get on dem craigslist, dem kijiji, dem apartmentsplox.com  and get dem apartment listings.
(Series apartment listing resources include: McGill Off-Campus Listings, McGill Classifieds, Craiglist, and Kijiji).
Suggestion: spreadsheet it up. AND WHAT INFO SHOULD BE RECORDED? Well, that depends on what you’re prioritizing. Discuss with your roomies beforehand what everyone finds most important and be sure to take note of all those items when looking through apartment listings. AND WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS TO CONSIDER? Price. Distance to campus. Distance to nearby metro / bus stop. Number of bathrooms. Start date of the lease. Noise level. Distance to closest grocery store. Furnished or unfurnished.

3) VISIT DEM APARTMENTS
Once you have a fairly large listing of apartments, go and CHECK THEM OUT! Get in touch with whoever’s contact info is listed and set-up a date to come view the apartment. When you go to visit the apartments, BE SUPER CRITICAL! Take time to examine all details that you and your roommates find important- this is a super big decision so being meticulous is key. Remember, if you can’t envision yourself living in the space then it is probably not the right fit for you!

4) DECISION MAKING
Once you feel as though you’ve visited enough apartments, IT’S TIME TO MAKE A DECISION. Make sure you’ve seen at least 3 or 4 apartments (at the bare minimum) so that way you have a selection of places to choose from… don’t just snatch up the first place you see cause you’re like ZOMG YAYAYAY APARTMENT ME WANTS! <- (me seeing my first apartment)
When deciding on a place, take into consideration all the factors that you and your roomies deemed important- the goal is to try to maximize happiness for the cheapest price :D Also, try ranking your apartment preferences from “YAYAY THIS IS DA BOMB DIGGITY” to “OKAY NOT THE BEST BUT I’LL TAKE IT.” That way, in case your favourite location has been taken, you always have a back-up!

5) YAYAYAY YOU HAVE AN APARTMENT
Once you decide on a location that you’re interested in leasing, contact the landlord ASAP and express interest. If your most preferred location has been taken, move on to your second preferred location. Although you may not get your first choice, you’re definitely bound to find something within your top 3. Once you’ve locked in a location, head on over to sign your lease and then YAYAYAY YOU HAVE YOUR FISRT APARTMENT!

~*~ Lawls kk les be srs rite naow~*~
While I’ve found these steps to work in the past for my apartment hunting, obvs I’m not an expert on the topic and there are a bunch of professional resources out there with great apartment hunting suggestions. Definitely check out https://www.mcgill.ca/students/housing/offcampus for their incredible resources, such as their Off-Campus Housing Survival Guide.

Of course, if you ever have any questions feel free to holla @ me!

Challenge Bagelicious

20 Feb

The age old question: Fairmount, or St. Viateur?

While many people are vehemently in support of one type of bagel and would completely scoff at the idea of eating the other type, how often is it that these individuals have truly formed a fully unbiased opinion of the bagel quality? Unlikely. There’s really only one way to settle this delicious bagel dispute… CHALLENGE BAGELICIOUS!

BAGELS!

Here’s how it twerks…

1) Go to St. Viateur (263 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest) and order 2 sesame bagels. At the same time, have another friend go to Fairmount (74 Avenue Fairmount Ouest) and obtain the exact same order. It is imperative that both bagels are ordered at the exact same time.

2) After ordering, walk towards Fairmount and have your friend walk towards St. Viateur. Remember, it is key that bagels are consumed at the same time frame after ordering, therefore ordering at the same time key. Furthermore, the closer to the ordering time that consumption takes place, the better your assessment.

3) Consume the bagels. Begin by taking a bite of one bagel and then by taking another bite of the other bagel. Between bites, a palate cleanser (e.g. lemon sherbet) should be implemented to avoid crossover between bagel stimulation.

4) Ensure all senses are engaged. Assessment of the bagels must involve your sense of taste, smell, touch, sight, and of course sound (i.e. crunch of the bagel). The following criteria should be used to judge the bagel, on a scale of 1-10 (10 being “very satisfying”, 1 being “lawl jk I’d rather eat cardboard”):

  • Sweetness
  • Freshness
  • Overall Texture
  • Crust
  • Size

NOTE: The whole bagel should be completely consumed in order to avoid error due to heterogeneity within the bagel composition.

5) Once the bagels have been nom nomed, make note of your conclusions. Then, repeat 25-30 times to eliminate any random variability within the results (lawlz lawlz lawlz just kidding :P )

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT! You can finally make a fully formed opinion about your preferred Montreal bagel! Yay for unbiased and fully formed opinions!

<3 Adam

Exploring Montreal

13 Feb

Montreal is an incredible city. There’s so much to do, so much to see, and of course, so much to eat. However, with tons of stuff going on in Montreal, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out where to even!

This past September- during Rez Fest II- Rez students had the chance to participate in a Scavenger Hunt requiring students to explore locations across the breadth of the downtown core. Following along the very handy Rez Fest II Scavenger Hunt Booklet, students were able to check out some pretty cool places such as Atwater Market, La Ronde, the Biodome, and plenty others!

I deffs suggest you check out this sweet Scavenger Hunt booklet and even try out a few of the challenges yourself! Montreal is an incredibly vibrant, beautiful city and familiarizing yourself with all it has to offer is something you will never regret.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be highlighting a few interesting places mentioned in this Scavenger Hunt booklet, as well as some of the hilarious challenges. One of my personal favourites: “Celine Dion is now a part-owner of Schwartz’s, so take a video (or series of pictures) of your group singing, with feeling, the iconic, “My Heart Will Go On”.” L0O0O0O0O0OoOo0oO0olLLo0o0o0olL

-Adam

It’s time for…………………… Fight the Power 2!

11 Feb

Hello Rez Students!

This upcoming Friday, Feb. 14th marks the start of the second Fight the Power (FTP2) , which will last until the following Friday, Feb 21st. In case you felt as though you were “in the dark” about the details of the previous FTP, we’ve got Nic Wispinski (Environmental Residence Council Advisor) here to provide some  en”light”enment (haha I’m so punny).

What is Fight the Power?
FTP is an energy saving competition between the McGill Residences geared towards promoting long term environmental sustainability. The goal is for Rez students to develop positive, environmentally-friendly habits which will be maintained throughout life both inside and outside of Rez.

What’s the FTP Green Grant?
Every year during McGill Rez’s second Fight the Power, each Hall Council submits a proposal to conduct a green initiative/change within their residence. The winning Rez of the second FTP then receives a grant (this year $500), providing the residence with the resources to implement their chosen green initiative.
The Green Grant provides an amazing opportunity for students to make an incredible, lasting impact on McGill Rez-and by extension- the university. Last year, Molson won FTP2 and was awarded the Green Grant to install motion censored lights in their bathrooms. Originally, the lights had only been installed in two bathrooms in the Rez. However, due to the hugely positive response of this initiative (by both students and staff alike), the project was expanded and now all bathrooms in Upper Rez have motion censored lights. Pretty sweet eh?

How can our energy consumption be tracked?
Check out mcgill.pulseenergy.com for all and any information that you could possibly desire. Not only does this website provide information about the energy consumption of McGill Rez buildings in real-time, but it provides information on ALL McGill buildings. Definitely a cool website to check out!

BONUS: WISPINKI’S TOP 5 ENERGY SAVING TIPS

  1. Keep your window closed and ensure tight seals (to prevent heat escaping)
  2. Unplug your electronics even when not in use
  3. Wash laundry in cold water and air-dry clothing
  4. Use common spaces to study
  5. TURN OFF THE LIGHTS!

Weooo and that’s all! Good luck this year to all Rezs during FTP2. May the best (aka most eco-friendly) Rez win!

-Adam

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