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Month: April 2015


Byng Arts Gala 2015

Written by Rosalyn Thom

On March 25, all Byng Arts students gathered at the Roundhouse community centre for the annual Byng Arts gala.  This year’s gala was fantasy-themed, and (most) students eagerly dressed up in imaginative costumes.  The evening featured a costume contest, live performances, and of course, delicious food!

Walking into the Roundhouse, you could see the industrious efforts of the student council’s gala decorations committee. Gigantic fairy-tale themed paintings surrounded the tables, while table-centre pieces depicted a diverse range of fantasies from Harry Potter to Spirited Away.  An imaginative photo booth was also set up near the performance stage.

In keeping with the gala’s culinary traditions, each seat had a bottle of Jone’s soda placed beside it.  While being entertained by the performers, people enjoyed an appetizer of veggies and munchies.  After the performances were finished, the main course arrived.  The main course consisted of meat and vegetable pizzas, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. New this year was the delectable dessert of hand-baked cake pops.  Accompanied by plates of one-bite brownies and assorted fruits, this year’s desserts were certainly not-to-be missed.

Following the meal, a costume contest was held.  This year’s contest was divided into several categories, including the best group costume, the best inanimate object, and the best overall costume.  There were so many fantastic costumes, the teacher judges had a hard time deciding the winners through the stiff competition.  Prizes for the winners included gift cards to various stores such as Chapters.

Finally, the evening culminated in a dance.  Although some people left early, there were still many left for the dance.  Overall, this year’s gala was a blast.  If you missed this year’s gala, be sure to come out next year for it!






April Horoscopes

April Horoscopes

By: Jasmine Tsan and Yi Wei (Ashley)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 29)

This month will be a rather difficult experience for you, Capricorn. Proceed slowly and keep steady when you take action on things, so that you will not be thrown off track. With patience, you will find success this month.

Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 18)

Aquarius, you may be excited by numerous events this month, but please take caution whenever you make a decision. Remember that not all things that excite you will satisfy your future. Think before you act.

Pisces (Feb. 19- Mar. 20)

Watch out for  the doors that will open up this month! While you are paying attention to the new opportunities, however, you may be worn out. Schedule everything carefully in advance and make sure you are ready for unexpected events.

Aries (Mar. 21- Apr. 19)

Enjoy this month to its fullest, for there is nothing but joyful things for you to experience. Do not overwork yourself though, or you will find yourself in a no-win situation instead. Occupy yourself with what you like to do.

Taurus (Apr. 20- May 20)

Take everything slowly as you will find this month to be confusing. Try to think of new ideas, as old ideas will be useless to you. Seek help from others when you cannot find an answer yourself.

Gemini (May 21- June 20)

Expect barriers in studies and social life to arise. Relieve stress by doing things you like, such as listening to music, eating food, or spending time with friends. Take on everything with a cheerful mood to prevent another barrier from standing in your way.

Cancer (June 21- July 22)

A difference in opinion on trivial matters may lead to a full-blown war. Be careful of the power of words and the results they may lead to. Take it calmly and slowly while checking your impulses. If such war is waged upon you, do not take it too seriously.

Leo (July 23- Aug. 22)

You’re a hard worker, Leo, with an intelligent mind and reasonable sense. The past few weeks might have you thinking about short cuts for more efficient studying. Great marks and praises of all kinds should come to you during this auspicious month!

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

April is the month for you to get over your OCD-ness. IF you stick with one subject matter for too long, you may not be able to proceed in your other fields of study. Take it easy and take deep breaths.

Libra (Sept. 23- Oct. 22)

Some strange phone calls might come your way, perhaps from people you do not know. Do not let them bother you too much. Smile to yourself in the mirror and be confident. Families and friends might be places to seek help from.

Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 21)

Bravo Scorpio! Due to your efforts this last month, you should be able to expect great results and rewards this month! Make yourself a cup of tea and rest as much as you wish.

Sagittarius (Nov.22- Dec. 21)

The near future looks great for you, with auspicious omens for success in studying. Advancement is on the horizon, as well as increased fame and happiness. All signs show that you are not to stop here! Keep up your hard work!


Attacks on Kenyan University

Attacks on Kenyan University

Written by: Helen Huang

On Thursday April 2nd, Somali militants burst into Garissa University College in Nairobi, Kenya. Nearly 150 students were killed. According to the witnesses, the heavily armed attackers hit the school around 5:30 in the morning. They eliminated the two security guards before invading the dormitory where most students and staff members live. Students describe being awakened by the sound of gunshot and being asked whether they are Christian or Muslim. The Christian believers were shot at sight. Among the 500 students who tempted to escape, seventy-nine were injured and nine critically injured students had to be airlifted to the capital Nairobi for treatments.

After a while, the gun shots were more focused in the lower area. Shootings then broke out between the military enforcement and the terrorists. By the time the Kenyan commandos had the attackers under control (four were shot and one arrested),147 people were already killed by the intruders. Right after the attack, the Somali terrorist group admitted being responsible for the incidence lead by Mohamed Kuno, a high-ranking al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab claimed that it attacked the university because it was at war with Kenya. It also believed that the university was passing out Christianity religion in class and ruining Muslim culture. In the past, Shabab has killed hundreds of Kenyans—on the country bus, in churches or in malls.

President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the need of recruit and gathered around 10 000 people. He vowed to crack down the terrorists who have been corrupting his city. The US and the European Union have the intention of helping out the event. President Obama will visit Kenya himself in June for further discussion about the incidence.

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