On Point & On Time: Time Management – The key to success

It’s already mid-October!

It feels like we were just welcoming new students to RDC couple of weeks ago…

Oh wait.

October is the time where all students are rushing to get term papers done or cramming to get some studying done for midterms.
Be honest! Because you don’t need to worry, we’ve all been there. We procrastinate on every single thing that has to do with schoolwork.

As a second/third year Political Science Major, I can say that I procrastinate like no one else in the world. I leave my term papers to the last minute or at least eight hours before the submission time.

Throughout my years at RDC, I’ve come to realize writing essays the day before the due date or studying the night before a midterm is probably not the brightest idea. You feel overwhelmed and chances are you will get low marks when you get your midterm or paper back.

To avoid stress, plan ahead! Make sure you leave enough time for you to go to work, have a social life and also be a top-notch student. It works differently with everyone — it’s up to you to what you would like to prioritize the most.

Likewise, if you feel like you have some time to help your peers or join the fun, we need your help! The Students’ Association is planning a list of things — parties, events, and awareness campaigns under Jhymylyn’s (VP Student Life) leadership. If you’d like to help us out, please let us know!

If you feel overwhelmed, rest assured RDC and your SA have a ton of services that could help you out! The Writing Skills Centre, for example, is located in the library and they assist students with their writing. They peer-review your essays; they can help you be a better writer. If you are seeking time management help, the Counselling & Career Centre is located in Room 1402. Their doors are open if you have any questions regarding Free Massage Fridays, Time Management Training, and so on. My only advice is to use the services we have around the College, they’re free because we pay for them!

Always remember to manage your time wisely to avoid getting overwhelmed, ask for help when needed and keep everything ‘on point and on time’.



Right vs Left debate series demonstrates ‘politics can be fun’

Post-secondary education reform, Michener Centre, the sustainability of Alberta’s economy and its environmental impact, and how a post-Progressive Conservative Alberta would look and function were just a few of the topics up for debate at the recent Left vs. Right debate.

Last Thursday evening was full of heated debate as Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason and Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith brought their Mason vs. Smith debate series to the Cenovus Learning Common at RDC. The evening was presented by the Red Deer College Political Science Society.

The party leaders had the opportunity to not only engage each other in a relaxed, informative debate environment, but also educate the audience on their party’s platform and core values. Both parties market themselves as the official opposition, with these debates leaving it in the audience’s hands to decide who truly held that title. I had the opportunity to interview both Brian Mason and Danielle Smith before the debate, and get to know more about themselves and their party on a personal level.

An area of concern to most Albertan students would be the current state of the post-secondary education system. Mason himself took political science, stating that, “what was most important was the ability to think critically; how to think and analyze for myself.”

He expressed concern over the limited access to post-secondary education, and described how the NDP wishes to cut tuition across the board by 10 percent, as well as implement a freeze on non-instructional mandatory fees.

“Students are not able to get all programs or courses that they want,” Mason explained, stating that this was “greatly unfair.” Mason stressed the importance of creating long-term employment in Alberta by reducing exportation to the United States and China.

He also stressed the necessity of enforcing environmental programs and providing funding toward research and development of alternative energy sources. When asked about an ideal alternative, he stated, “natural gas is more plentiful, less expensive, and is a good ‘bridging’ fuel. We also have to invest in renewables, in a big way; tap into the potential of solar, wind, and geothermal energy in Alberta.”

Smith asserted her concern that the PC government is sending the wrong signal to students through the cuts implemented by them, and discouraging students from pursuing what they wish.

“Post-secondary education needs to be student-centered… Not ‘everybody should be steered to one path or another,’.”

She also believes an issue Albertans need to consider is the demographic change happening in the province.

“Now, we have a large group of seniors, supported by a small group of graduates … The decisions they (the PCs) are making today are completely at odds with the demographic reality that we’re facing.”

Smith also went on to discuss how her party encouraged and enforced free votes rather than party solidarity, describing how it increased respect for one another.

“You can disagree without being disagreeable.”

Smith illustrated, believing that Albertans are now demanding a larger amount of accountability for their politicians, and that they need to represent those that elected them.

Spurred by the mention of the flooding that took place over the past year, she stated, “government should be there for a social safety net for people — but the provincial and federal levels aren’t always the right kind of government to be providing services. Empowering local government is probably a more effective way to deliver services while doing so cost-effectively, as well as tailoring those services to the needs of the community.”

When asked about how their party differs from the current government, both placed great importance of the urgency needed in the change.

“We want people to start thinking about what the province is going to look like after the Conservatives are no longer in government,” Mason said, going on to state that the partnership between student groups and the Wildrose was stimulating open conversations and inspiring young people to seriously consider the political climate in Alberta.

“For a time, the PCs did (serve my values), but they’ve gone completely off track in my opinion,” Smith commented, this being a theme that would occur over the course of the debate.

Politics can be fun

“I think people are finding, from these debates, that politics can be fun — it doesn’t have to be mean and nasty,” Mason responded when asked about student involvement in politics.

“There’s a lot of value in being politically involved. It’s intellectually stimulating, (full of) wonderful social opportunities and it involves you in making the province and the country a better place… You don’t have to run for office to be involved,” Mason explained, believing in the importance of youth involvement.

Smith responded that the best way to gain political insight was to “get involved in the municipal elections. Any election gives you the opportunity to understand what it’s all about.”



Penney elected VP College Affairs

Students at Red Deer College elected the 2013-2014 Vice President College Affairs in a bi-election. The newly elected executive member is Tanis Penney. She joins Martin Cruz, President; Rebecca Tootoosis, VP Operations; and Jhymylyn Miranda, VP Student Life.

“I am happy to welcome Tanis to our team,” said SA President Martin Cruz. “She adds an important voice to our team and together we can give students a voice and help foster a positive student experience at Red Deer College.

“Students are facing challenging times, but I am confident this executive team will ensure student issues are kept in the public eye.”

Winter Council 2013-2014

Students’ Association Winter Council — the highest governing body of the SA — has also been set. All major decisions are made by Council, which consists of 12 Councilors who represent the four different Academic divisions of RDC and the current Students’ Association Executive Council.

Councilors represent the students and have the responsibility to speak up and advocate on behalf of the student body.

Arts: Derrick Callan, Emily Pasiuk, Harry MacDonald

Health, Educations, Science & Sport: Bryan Krall, Karen Hanvold, Austin McGrath

Trades & Technology: Bailey Daines, Alexis Forbes, Shahab Fajar

Donald School of Business: Josh Cormier, Daniel Jackman, Nav Sidhu

New learning space opens in downtown

Red Deer College officially opened a new learning space in downtown Red Deer Sept. 20. City Centre Stage will serve as a unique environment that offers more space in Red Deer for the arts to flourish. The new venue features a 107-seat cinema, a 276-seat theatre, an art gallery and a conference room.

The Grand Opening event welcomed a host of dignitaries, members of the business community and supporters of the College and of the Arts to City Centre Stage for a stand-up reception and tours of the new facility.

A wide variety of programming will take place at City Centre Stage throughout the year, both as a classroom for RDC’s downtown campus, home of the Donald School of Business, as a venue for community art groups like Central Alberta Theatre, and to host special events like the upcoming Alberta Culture Days in Red Deer, the Mayoral Candidate Forum for the civic election and the Donald School of Business Speaker Series. The first student art exhibition will be featured in the Gallery Oct. 21-25.

On Point & On Time: Election Fever – Who are you voting for?

The title says it all. It’s election season again at RDC!

This time we are looking for 12 Students’ Association Council members, plus a new Vice President College Affairs.

This position will complete what we call the SA Executive Council. The VP College Affairs will join myself  – SA President Martin Cruz — and Vice President Operations Rebecca Tootoosis and Vice President Student Life Jhymylyn (Jaime) Miranda as the SA Executive team. This team oversees the day-to-day operations of the Students’ Association, and we are your direct representative to the College.

You’re probably wondering what the VP College Affairs does and what are the responsibilities of the position. This is a paid position, with a minimum of 20 office hours a week

The VP College Affairs is in charge of representing the students of RDC at meetings pertaining to curriculum, academic issues and oversees all student academic or non-academic issues. (If you are having any problems with your instructors or RDC services, the VP College Affairs is the person that could help you with solve them!)

In addition, the VP College Affairs meets regularly with the College’s Vice President Academic Brad Donaldson.

Only RDC students are able to run for this position because of its academic nature. Candidates must have been a student within the last winter or spring term and achieved a 2.0 average.

Student Council, anyone?

If you are not interested in that, we also have 12 SA Council positions. These are the students who speak for their peers at SA Council meetings, on College committees and in the community.

Council members represent the four Academic Divisions in the College, (Arts, Health, Science, Sports and Education; Donald School of Business and Trades & Technology). They ensure the SA executive team is doing its job to the best of its abilities.

If you have the appetite for wanting change, helping your peers or getting involved, the SA is the right place for you!

Election Day is October 2! We’re going to have two polls in Main Campus and one poll at DSB. Watch out for signs, they will direct you to the polling stations! You only need your student ID and you and your RDC friends!

Voting is important! It’s your right to have a representative that will do his or her job but it’s also your responsibility to get out and let your voice be heard! If you would like more information, contact the SA Elections Officer Anne Louise Lapuz at [email protected].

Join us at the I voted… for the After Party Oct. 2 in the Far Side where we’re going to announce winners following ballot counting. I Voted … for the After Party gets started at 7 p.m.

Spread the word, get involved, vote! Your voice matters!



SA executive bi-election set for Oct. 2

Welcome back RDC students! I know everyone is very busy trying to get settled into their new classes, new homes for the year or just getting right into the books.

The Student’s Association is just as busy this time of year, trying to represent students and make sure they have an amazing year. And you can help – there will be a number of students seeking to represent your views as either SA Council members or as VP College Affairs.

RDC students head to the voting polls on Oct. 1 and 2 electing 12 new council representatives and a new Vice President College Affairs.

Being a transfer student like myself, I have attended two other post-secondary institutions and have never gotten involved in any student events or gotten to know what student council does for their peers, but it is never too late to start. Student council is very important to us as students; they represent us and they are our voice so therefore it is important to vote for the best candidate who will represent the student body well.

I am in need of volunteers to help run the polling stations and/or count the ballots for both days, Oct. 1 and 2. There will be voting stations at the Donald School of Business as well as on the main campus. Volunteers can work as short as a one-hour shift or as long as he/she would like. If either positions interests you please message me at the email address below.

Be an informed voter:

Starting the night of Tuesday, Sept. 24 campaigning will begin, posters will be popping up keeping you updated on the candidates.

On Monday, Sept. 30 the candidates will be at the SA stairs to tell you why you should vote for them. The speeches will begin at 10 a.m. and will end at 11:30 a.m., during this time, students will also have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions.

Advanced poll will be on Tuesday, Oct. 1, voting stations will be located at main campus in the Students’ Association office from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. and at the DSB from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.

Regular polls will be Wednesday, Oct. 2, there will be two voting stations at the main campus; SA stairs will open at 10 a.m. and will close at 3 p.m., the Forum will open its station at 9 a.m. and will shut down at 6 p.m.  DSB students will also have a chance to vote on the regular voting day beginning at 10 a.m. and closing at 2 p.m.

Getting involved in this year’s election is easy, you can volunteer or just simply VOTE! Stop by any voting stations at the main campus or DSB, show your iCard and mark your ballots.

If you are interested in running for office, volunteering or would like more information regarding this year’s election please do not hesitate to contact me via email at [email protected] or phone 403-342-3200

I hope to see all the polling stations and have a great semester!



Your Students’ Association is bringing the Blitz

Are you ready? In fact, you probably aren’t!

Whether you are a new or returning student, whether you are trying to take in the last remnants of summer or you’re nervous about your first year of college, or a multiplicity of other reasons, you probably aren’t ready for the first week.

Well, that’s where we — your Students’ Association — come in. We have a fun-filled three-day extravaganza of activities, known as Blitz Week, to help you begin your college experience!

Whether you’re a new or returning student, this year is new, bright and shiny, and Blitz Week is about pulling you out of your comfort zone, helping you find a brand new one here at RDC and getting you to “go with the flow, and flow with the glow!”

The Blitz Week fun began August 26 with the Faculty Association Hot Dog Lunch for trades students continued with Rez Fest with the SA August 29 and the CUPE Light Breakfast at the Donald School of Business August 30. The fun continues Wednesday, Sept. 4 as we head into the second week of Blitz!

Blitz Week Part 2
Sept. 4 is a big day at RDC. Yes, it is the first day of classes and all that but it’s also the first really big day of Blitz Week. Activities kick off with the Shaw Communications Light Breakfast at 9 a.m. by the SA Stairs. Stop by for a muffin, fruit, juice, coffee or tea.

Blitz fun continues at 12:30 p.m. in the Forum Courtyard. Stop by and try your luck in the Wind Tunnel or at Roulette or check out the SA Ball Pit. If you are hungry, stop by the Servus Credit Union Taco In A Bag Lunch.

Thursday, Sept. 5 is another day Blitz-full of fun. Things get going at 12:30 p.m. with the Chartwells Hot Dog Lunch in the Forum Courtyard . There will also be lots of games, fun and activities — including our SA Obstacle Course plus Roulette and the Ball Pit.

The final day of Blitz promises to be a memorable one. The day’s activities kick off at 12:30 p.m. with the Bikram Yoga Taco Wrap Lunch in the Forum Courtyard. Once you’ve eaten (or maybe before) take a run at the Bungee Run or play one last game of Roulette.

litz Week winds up with the Glow Party in the Far Side Bar & Grill. This is your chance to “go with the flow, and flow with the glow!”

We, at the Students’ Association, hope that Blitz Week helps smooth your transition into or back into life at Red Deer College. If you have any questions, please contact Jaime Miranda, your VP Student Life at 403-342-3200.

On Point & On Time: The Students’ Association – Your one-stop FUN

Welcome (Back) to RDC! Hope your summer went great.

We, at the Students’ Association, are excited to have you back! All summer, your student executives have been working hard to ensure that you have a great year regardless if this is your first year or your last year at RDC.

We believe that every moment counts and right from the get go, during your first week (back), we have activities organized for you! Blitz Week as we call it, is in the courtyard located next to 1400 and were giving out FREE FOOD, facilitating FREE GAMES, and doing other fun stuff.

We are also throwing a party to welcome the new school year! This is on September 6, at the Far Side! Again, it’s for free and it’s going to be fun and fantastic! Meet new people, have a free bevvy, have fun!

Your Students’ Association is here for you, the students. Our job is to represent you around the College, to local and provincial governments, and the community.

We also offer a number of services that are beneficial to your educational success. In addition, our businesses provide employment for students looking for a part-time job. The Far Side Bar & Grill and the Lift work with student’s schedules, meaning you can have a job between your classes!

Your student executives were elected in the spring. I’ll be your President for the year, with Rebecca and Jhymylyn (pronounced: Jaime-Lyn) as your VP Operations and your VP Student Life.

As your President, I’m responsible in ensuring that you are represented well. My task is to ensure that your voice is heard. Rebecca is responsible for finding 12 fun people to represent their peers on Student Council. This could be you! If you are interested, be on the look out for her. Jhymylyn on the other hand is tasked to ensure that you have a fun time with the events and parties she has planned for you!

Usually, there is another executive member who helps students with their academic or non-academic issues. If you’re passionate about helping your peers, this might be the position for you! Nomination forms are available on September 17, after the Fall General Meeting.

The Students’ Association provides not just employment and services, but we also offer opportunities for students to expand their resumes by volunteering for SA events or by joining a student group.

We will provide a letter of recognition for those that have spent their time helping the SA with the awareness campaigns and events. We also house more than 20 student groups! If you are interested in joining or forming your own, stop by the SA Office (we’re located next to the Train Station in Room 2010).

For this year to be great, we need your help! We want to know what kind of events you’d like to see or what kind of changes you want to see. We are here to listen!

Our offices are always open — stop by with your ideas or if you just want to say hi! To find out more about your Students’ Association, please join us on Sept. 17, at 11 am at the Far Side Bar & Grill for the Fall General Meeting.

Always remember, College isn’t about the books or the classes, its about the fun times you’ve spent with your friends!

— Martin Cruz, SA President

Date With A Deadline: Great people make time as executive a memorable learning experience

As I write my last article as President of the Students’ Association I feel very fortunate to have worked with an association that promotes and supports student interests at RDC.

It has been an interesting two years with the Students’ Association at Red Deer College — first as VP College Affairs and then as President. My work here has afforded me many great learning experiences which I will take with me when I go to work and study elsewhere.

I have been fortunate to have worked with many great students on Students’ Association Council and on committees where the student voice is accepted and heard.

The role of the VP and President are very busy ones dealing with issues from concerned students, listening to appeals, addressing issues and concerns from the perspective of what is best for students at RDC and attending many meetings. The RDC executive are very good at asking for the view of the students so this keeps our Students’ Association involved and busy with the many changes and developments at the college.

I want to acknowledge some of the great things I have been able to be a part of during my time here. I have been able to work on many different College academic policies that affect every students and to help make sure they benefit them. These policies lay the foundation for academic study and are important to students and their life in academics at RDC.

I have been involved in the review of more new and updated courses than I could place a number on as well as several complete program reviews. I was fortunate enough to participate in the review and approval process for several new programs being brought to the college like the Bachelor of Business Administration.

I was even given the opportunity to sit on the hiring committees for two important positions within the college as well. All of these experiences have helped me to develop good questioning skills and, slowly but surely, a good understanding of policy which I have been able to apply to my work. While all these committees may take up a lot of time they are very important because we are always focusing in on how students will benefit and how to ensure that student interests are a focus.

Along with all these great experiences there have been a lot of great people. Through my role I have worked on a great deal of committees, each with a different focus, and most often with new people on each one. The hard work I have been a part of and the great attitudes of those people have made that work a pleasure.

It is amazing to see all the time and effort that goes on behind the scenes to keep the College going. Red Deer College brings together people from different backgrounds to look at projects and challenges to bring about meaningful solutions. It is great to see this work firsthand — you get to see how much these people care about their work and the students for whom they are here.

When you get to work with people who are often masters in their field of expertise who treat you as an equal you feel that the College does value your input and values their students.

Both of the student executives that I was fortunate to be a part where made up of some very hard-working, positive people who were always working diligently for student interests.

There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work to develop and support student activities, student policies, academics and in order to provide a smooth year for students, your executive works hard along with the team members in our office to ensure that students are supported.

So in closing, I would like to thank each and every one of you for allowing me to represent you at RDC and to all the great people who I have had the pleasure to work with these past few years I am thankful for this learning experience and I wish the incoming executive the best of luck in the new academic year.

— SA President Eric. Peppinck