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Revolutionary Rage

Revolutionary Rage

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao Zhao’s 2021 award-winning debut commences a Young Adult series combining different themes into a beautiful mosaic. It is set in a society with futuristic technology, but ancient Chinese customs and values, which is in constant war with alien invaders - the Hundun. Giant mechas, powered and controlled by a man and a woman, are their best weapons. However, after each battle, most women die and must be replaced. Wu Zetian lives in this world. She is an eighteen-year-old reimagining of China’s only female emperor, with whom she shares her name. The story sets off…
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I Love You to the Moon and Back

I Love You to the Moon and Back

Through thine eyes may there be the truest star A wonder wide awake if I may say; And Venus shall then be seen from afar Sharing the sky along with the Milky Way. Your breath then echoes onto those shadows Leaving a chilly glimmer of silver; Barely can be seen Cupid’s arrows, Brushing past myrtles, I may thus offer. Everlastingly would I wait, I admit, Since the moon is beautiful, isn’t it?
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History and How to of Bread

History and How to of Bread

The Art and Science of Breadmaking Bread has been an important element in the diet of all cultures for thousands of years, it is not only an important food but also a way of expression of tradition, culture, and human intelligence. Baking is an art, and a science, that involves a few simple things but requires skill, patience, and a magic touch.  A Journey through History  The history of bread goes back thousands of years, beginning around 10,000 BC in the Fertile Crescent. Originally, bread was a simple mixture of water and crushed corn, baked on a hot smooth rock.…
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10 fun (and less fun) things to do during reading week

10 fun (and less fun) things to do during reading week

Go skating If the temperature allows it, the province of Québec has many different outdoor rinks which are always fun to discover! Here are five suggestions near Québec City: Parc de la Jacques Cartier Domaine de la forêt perdue  Quai Paquet Anneau de glace du Lac Beauport  Lac St-Augustin  Watch a bunch of movies Reading week is a perfect time to watch movies, and what better way to watch movies than to watch them among friends? Cégep Champlain St-Lawrence offers a PCCQ (Prix collégial du cinéma québécois) activity, where you get to watch amazing movies from 2023 and discuss them…
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Bittersweet Gifting

Bittersweet Gifting

In 2023, an average American spent US$192.80 in Valentine’s Day gifts resulting in about a total of US$25.9 billion spent on that holiday. The top gifts are candy, greeting cards, and flowers, they were respectively bought by 57%, 40%, and 37% of consumers. Gargantuan quantities, a mere 58 billion tons of candy and chocolate, and 250 million roses are bought by Americans on this holiday. An important problem arises: the conditions of production surrounding these goods are not in the minds of consumers hunting for the best bargain. Often, cheaper products resonate with a grand lack of good working conditions…
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The Encyclopedia of Fools: Microbes

The Encyclopedia of Fools: Microbes

Halloween, also known as the day of spooky things, is one of the most important events in human history. This scary celebration brings fear among all. Whether you’re a child, teen, adult or elderly, there is always going to be some spooky stuff to make you fall off your chair. Think about ghosts, vampires, zombies, witches, etc. Hopefully, all these creatures don’t exist (including ghosts, which aren’t proved scientifically).  Unfortunately, reality definitively hates us since it brings us some spooky beauties such as murders, starvation, and diseases. The latter is more interesting since we commonly deal with these in our…
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Autumn Bliss

Autumn Bliss

The Sun wishes to set early if it may And for the graceful birds to travel South. So the Moon wakes, casting daylight away  Leading daytime temperature into doubt To Mother Nature’s kisses is she bound That her cheeks reddened to the leaves’ colors, Gifting youth this colorful playground And bringing light-hearted joyful laughters. Soon the North wind blows and she whispers cold,  Her blissful hair falls into silver threads For her last breath to portray words of gold.
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Lesbian necromancers and fighters in space

Lesbian necromancers and fighters in space

Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir Tamsyn Muir’s 2019 long fiction debut is the first book in a four-book series—the Locked Tomb, for which we are only awaiting the last one. The author from New Zealand has been delivering an epic adult science-fiction and fantasy series. Gideon the Ninth takes place in a strange world where an elusive Emperor rules over the nine Houses—nine planets—and he needs necromancers. Each House must send a necromancer from their ruling family to a strange manor. And what’s a necromancer without their cavalier! Gideon is a tall, sarcastic, and buff fighter who uses a great…
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Jack-o’-History

Jack-o’-History

Introduction  Jack-o'-lanterns, those grinning and eerie faces carved into pumpkins, are an unmistakable emblem of Halloween. They adorn doorsteps and decorate porches, casting an enchanting and, at times, ominous glow during the bewitching season. But have you ever wondered about the history and folklore that birthed this peculiar tradition? Let's delve into the enigmatic past of jack-o'-lanterns.  The Celtic Roots The history of jack-o'-lanterns can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, celebrated on October 31st. Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of a dark, cold winter. The Celts believed that on…
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The SLCSA’s Reputation: Set in Stone or Destined to Change?

The SLCSA’s Reputation: Set in Stone or Destined to Change?

The SLCSA is St. Lawrence’s student association. Its main goal is to make sure that every student at St. Lawrence gets the most out of his or her cégep experience. This is very broad, so we went and talked with the SLCSA’s president, Vincent Harvey, to find out what the SLCSA actually does to reach this goal. Here’s what we learned! The SLCSA The SLCSA is a group of 13 members which meet every week to discuss what happens in school and how they can improve student life. Members of the SLCSA are part of one or   multiple committees,…
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Race

Race

I ran, ran, and ran, even if I felt like vomiting my supper and the sweet  dessert made from delicacy which I had eaten without any worry last evening. I kept remembering all the mornings of shivers, of sickness and of fear that regret would come back to haunt me. Eyes facing the road, wondering where the light from this tunnel would emerge, impatiently waiting. I could barely see where I was setting foot; all was cold, gloomy, uncomfortably wet, wet from the rain and wet from the sweat and tears. I kept remembering those words my father kept telling…
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Love Is a Crime

Love Is a Crime

I did not regret it; these were part of my actions.  As I was on top of him, he could not lay still. It made me feel good, to finally make some decisions by myself. So, I did not hesitate one bit. Before I had time to think, my hand was touching his belly, it felt deep, then I continued my way down. He cried; I did not stop as he laid on his back defenseless. I had done my part, satisfied, I took a deep breath, trying to catch it. My heart was beating extremely fast, everything was done,…
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Quantum physics

Quantum physics

In January 2023, the government of Canada promised $360 million to support the work of quantum scientists all across the country (CBC). But what is quantum physics? And why is it interesting? Quantum physics is “the study of matter and energy at its most fundamental level. It aims to uncover the properties and behaviors of the very building blocks of nature” (Caltech). Basically, it focuses on the tiny world of atoms and their constituents, how they work, and the relationships between them. Quantum physics is used in many scientific domains, such as biology, chemistry, astronomy, and the understanding of materials.…
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Twelfth Night: A Review

Twelfth Night: A Review

Submitted anonymously to the Lions' Log On March 30th, 31st and April 1st, the SLC Theater Troupe presented an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and I have only one way to describe the event: well-coordinated.  The actors delivered fantastic performances. Their acting skills made the audience believe they were in a true Shakespeare universe. The emotions presented were well delivered and submerged the audience entirely in the roles performed. This was especially the case with the actress interpreting Olivia. Her fine acting made one believe she was the actual Olivia. I enjoyed it when she tried to seduce Viola because…
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What the Heck Presents Throwback Tracks

What the Heck Presents Throwback Tracks

On the 28th and 29th of April, the SLC band, What the Heck, will be performing its first 2023 concert! This show will include various music genres, such as rock, pop, disco, and soul. The theme for this concert is Throwback tracks. The band chose the songs that influenced their childhood, and since it is the last concert for many musicians in the band, it stands as a last hurrah before entering adulthood. The show will start at 8 p.m on both nights. There will also be a free and short event before the actual performance on the 27th of…
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Men’s Wellness Bursary

Men’s Wellness Bursary

by Alicia Harvey, Syed S. Ali and the help of Shirley Jobson (social worker) All around the world, men are found to be more reluctant to talk about their mental health than women. According to the World Health Organization, “males die by suicide at twice the rate of females” [1]. There are many reasons why men experience difficulty in seeking help for their mental health. While awareness on the importance of mental health has grown in the past few years, men may still view mental health problems as a flaw. Consequently, this leads to trouble when speaking about their mental…
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Oh Sirop!

Oh Sirop!

It is no secret that we, as Canadians, love our maple syrup. Indeed, as it enhances the flavour of other products [4], maple syrup is in every recipe (meal or dessert)! In fact, we love male syrup so much that in 2020, Canada produced about 14 million gallons of maple syrup [1], to be consumed by Canadians or to be exported throughout the world! Although our love for maple products runs deep, very little is known about the history of the industry, the harvesting process, the effects of climate change on maple forests and the maple market. Let me fix…
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Fighting Noise Pollution

Fighting Noise Pollution

Although living in a big city is exciting for many, it presents many downsides. One of these downsides is noise pollution, which is the “spread of unwanted sounds into the environment” [1]. According to The World Health Organization noise pollution occurs when a sound level is higher than 65 dB. In fact, a sound level becomes dangerous to the human ear at 75dB and even painful when above 120 dB [2]. However, sound levels are difficult to control; sound is everywhere, and we are constantly exposed to it. Sadly, being exposed to powerful sounds for years at a time can…
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Twelfth Night: When, What, Who, and Where

Twelfth Night: When, What, Who, and Where

The SLC Theatre Troupe will present Shakespeare's romantic comedy, Twelfth Night! When: The 30th and the 31st of March and the 1st of April from 7:30 to 9:30. What: Viola and her twin brother Sebastian experience a shipwreck on the coast of Illyria, in the Balkan peninsula. Believing her brother has died, Viola is forced to disguise herself as a man under the name of Cesario, and starts working as a servant for Duke Orsino. She slowly falls in love with him but, on the other hand, the Duke is madly in love with Olivia, a wealthy countess. He sends…
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Clean Plates

Clean Plates

On February 24th 2023, appeared for the first time ever on your local theatre’s screen Le plongeur, a movie by Francis Leclerc. Based on the famous novel by Stéphane Larue, Le plongeur beautifully narrates how Stéphane, played by Henri Picard, figures out his life as a young adult. Between his broken heart, his broken dreams, and his crippling addiction to gambling, Stéphane obtains a job as a dishwasher in a fancy restaurant. There, he discovers a strong community and unexpected friendships, notably with Bébert (Charles-Aubey Houde) and Bonnie (Joan Hart). From this point on, the story unfolds to showcase his…
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The Mafia: an Unexpected Solution to Poverty

The Mafia: an Unexpected Solution to Poverty

Today, the term ‘mafia’ has dark and negative connotations; however, it wasn’t always the case. It was created to defend the weak and the ones in need. However, the Mafia’s goals shifted over time, and it entered another world. The Beginning The Mafia was originally created in Sicily. It is a small island south of Italy and it was historically invaded by many enemy powers such as the French, Spanish, Arabs, etc. Sicily saw the rise of capitalism in the 1860s when feudalism was abolished. Feudalism was an economic system based on land ownership. A lord was the owner of…
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The Ups and Downs of Feminine Empowerment

The Ups and Downs of Feminine Empowerment

March 8th is International Women’s Day, which celebrates women’s achievements in the economy, politics and society, as well as the progress and importance of gender equality globally. This day was developed during the labour movements in the 1900s. The first International Women’s Day took place on March 19, 1911, in some European countries. This day was made possible because of the battles fought by many women to ensure equal gender rights for future generations. As a result, there are four distinctive waves of feminism, where each brought something different to fight for and furthered  the feminist cause. Allow me to…
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Genius Harmony

Genius Harmony

From the first phonographs and gramophones to your headphones, music has always had an important place in our lives, whether we play an instrument or we listen to it on full-on blast in our AirPods. Not only is it entertaining but it also has important impacts on our brains. Pump up the jam Multiple studies have been conducted to prove the beneficial power of music with neurological degenerescence and diseases like dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Nikki Haddad, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital resident in psychiatry, elaborates on a previous experience while she visited and played music for patients in hospitals…
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The Unsolicited Intimacy of Tattoo Artists

The Unsolicited Intimacy of Tattoo Artists

The tattoo industry is reported to have made 1.75 US billion in 2021 and is believed to grow to 3.55 billion in 2029. However, a dark side of the tattoo industry is emerging as well. In 2020, following the #MeToo movement, women denounced sexual abuse by their male tattooers in the #TattooMeToo movement. Many women shared the sexual assaults they experienced. Many learned an important lesson: never go to a tattoo studio unaccompanied. Historically, sexual abuse has been wildly accepted as a part of the tattoo industry without many questions being asked. It is not widely spoken worldwide because it…
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Almond Milk: the New Pesticide

Almond Milk: the New Pesticide

With the rise of veganism and vegetarianism as dietary options, the almond milk industry expanded greatly over the past few years. In 2018, it was discovered that the almond milk industry had grown 250% in the previous five years and reported 11 billion in profits. On average, an American eats 2 lbs of almonds each year, thus giving 2.3 billion almonds annually. The increasing popularity of almonds puts pressure on the system to produce more.  Bees pollinate almond plants, and an industry grew around this newly established association. At first, beekeepers would live modestly by trading beeswax and honey. It…
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Romance & Chill

Romance & Chill

            As an avid reader and book nerd, I love reading every genre of books. Well, every genre except romance (and self-help, but that’s not the point). Therefore, please understand my bewilderment when every other Bookstagram and Booktok recommendation is a romance novel. Or my surprise when I found out that romance is the genre that makes the most revenue in the US (1.44 billion $ to be precise). I was at a loss for words, so I thought I would do a little research to find out the reason why romance novels are so popular. After doing some reading, I…
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Valentine’s Day: All Around the World

Valentine’s Day: All Around the World

Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday worldwide. Each country has its different version of St-Valentine. Ghana - National Chocolate Day On February 14th, it is not only love that is celebrated but chocolate as well. This tradition started in 2007 when the government created it to attract more tourists. Special talks, exhibitions, and menus are developed throughout the country to celebrate this occasion. South Africa - Lupercalia Women pin the name of their crush on their sleeves. This tradition bases itself on the ancient Roman pagan festival, Lupercalia, a violent celebration hoping to vanquish wicked spirits. Bulgaria - The San…
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Love Me Not on February

Love Me Not on February

Mirror Je ne m’excuserai pas De t’avoir crié dessus D’avoir prié un dimanche À la déesse des infidèles Pour voir ton estime sur le crucifix Tu ne mérites aucun pardon Pour mes hauts et bas, too little ups Unbalanced rage, presque bourré Debout, but in thousand pieces Car pourquoi le faire? When I am you. ——————————————— Vidange dans l’arrière cour J’en donne trop De cette saleté  Within my heart Méchante rareté Car aucune politique de retour  One day empty Reste plus qu’à pisser.  ——————————————— PDA First love at sight RCR dans les bécosses Une catastrophe J’en suis témoin Pris entre…
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A Night of Mystery

A Night of Mystery

*Submitted to The Lions' Log anonymously* I’ll be the first to admit it, I'm not a party person. As much as I've tried to convince myself otherwise or as much as alcohol has made me do wild, wild things I have never been and will never be a “partier.” I mostly conform to the nerdy type of person who loves, and I mean loves, going to Staples and bookstores.  This time, I wanted a change. I just turned eighteen a couple of months ago and had never been to a bar or nightclub. I then figured, “Why not? Maybe I…
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The Suicide Gatekeepers: A Strong Wall to Rely On

The Suicide Gatekeepers: A Strong Wall to Rely On

September was the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is a subject that needs to be tackled with great care as it is a mental health-related issue. It is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults between 15 and 34 years old (Government of Canada).  Each year, the cegep trains fellow students to become gatekeepers who are there to help their struggling peers. Here follows an interview between the Lions’ Log and Aurélie Veilleux, one of the 8 gatekeepers in our school, to learn more about the cause and the role of a gatekeeper. Here are the…
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The Haunting of Parlour Street

The Haunting of Parlour Street

At the end of Parlour Street stood a lone house. The neglected walls barely held up to time, the windows were long gone, nature had taken over the property and darkness had crept between the many cracks of the house to rule as empress forever. Yet, the house seemed majestic, as if the spirit which reigned between its walls did not care about its crumbling environment. Legend has it that if you went in there on a full moon, your soul would be consumed by the spirits of the house’s first and only inhabitants. It was the kind of legend…
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Hurricane Fiona: the Tragedy and Destruction

Hurricane Fiona: the Tragedy and Destruction

Hurricane Fiona did more damage than one would think, especially in Canada. Fiona went on from the 14th of September to the 15th of September. Its trajectory was Guadalope, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, Bermuda then Canada.  Hurricane Fiona touched the Atlantic region (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island), Newfoundland and Labrador, and the East of Quebec (in Magdalen Islands). It was registered as the most powerful storm to hit Canada in a long time.  In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, more than 500 000 people are still left without electricity because the power grid was…
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Truth and Reconciliation Day

Truth and Reconciliation Day

The Truth and Reconciliation day is celebrated on the 30th of September. But why is it celebrated? What is the link to orange t-shirts?  The Truth and Reconciliation Day was adopted in 2021 as a legal statutory holiday. But, some provinces still do not recognize this day to be a holiday, for example the province of Quebec.  Truth and Reconciliation Day is celebrated to honor the memory of the survivors  of residential schools and their families. It is also promoted to help the reconciliation between the government and the Indigenous peoples.  Residential schools were a system created by the Canadian…
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Voting How-Tos and Tips

Voting How-Tos and Tips

Election Day is arriving soon and, for some of us, it will be the first election we participate in, so here are some tricks and tips on how to vote. You may not know who to vote for yet, and this is very understandable. To help you in your decision, CBC News has created a tool called the Vote Compass. It is a series of questions aimed to help you decide which political party is more closely aligned with your values.   A good place to get all your information is Election Quebec.We encourage you to go through this website to…
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The “Death Mountain”

The “Death Mountain”

Disclaimer: This article contains information that might trigger some people. Thrills are feelings that make humans feel alive. Many like to push their limits to experience those thrills. Unfortunately, mixed with a lack of judgement, it can become fatal to anybody. This is what happened to a group of nine Russian hikers in 1959. Context The leader of the expedition group was Igor Dyatlov. He was a radio engineering student at the Ural Polytechnical Institute, and he was 23 years old at the time of the accident. His group was composed of eight men and two women who were all…
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PropULsion: Bloom Communications’ New Collaborative Job Offer Platform

PropULsion: Bloom Communications’ New Collaborative Job Offer Platform

Last December, after almost two years of hard work, Bloom communications launched its job offer platform “PropULsion.” The platform now displays more than 200 jobs, and internship offers adapted to the student body.  Funded and coordinated by Laval University, PropULsion is a global project involving multiple Cégep including Garneau, St-Foys and Trois-Rivière. Paul Bleau, a Business teacher here at St. Lawrence and one of Bloom’s mentors involved in PropULsion, indeed shares how this service is gaining in popularity: “It becomes the one go-to place, and now there are like five or six Cégeps on the platform. I talked to our…
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Cyrus’ Trip to a Strange London

Cyrus’ Trip to a Strange London

Cyrus Darkmore came to London to find her, and this small man keeps telling him something about a stupid number. "Sir, if you want to contact her, I need a number," he explains, holding a newspaper dated from yesterday, May 1st, 2000. "How dare you speak of her like she's just a number? She has a name, Sierra." Anger shows in his tone, but he pronounces "Sierra" as if the name reminds him of both sorrow and love. The man behind the counter looks startled. "I'm sorry, sir, but I need more than a name. And I meant her telephone…
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St. Lawrence Clubs: COVID-19 does not stop us! – Part 2

St. Lawrence Clubs: COVID-19 does not stop us! – Part 2

Here we are with part two of the series St. Lawrence clubs: Covid does not stop us! This second article will be about other wonderful clubs of the school and how they are handling the current situation. Whether it is how they have overcome the challenges the pandemic has put on their path or how they used the current situation as an opportunity, St. Lawrence clubs are a great example of resilience and perseverance. ESPORTS  - Interviewees: Vincent Lavoie and Yan-Alexis Trudel The eSports is a relatively new club at school, an idea that emerged from two St. Lawrence students…
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Fast Fashion Industry

Fast Fashion Industry

Have you ever noticed that the price of clothing has gone down as if there was deflation over the years? This is not because there have been technological advancements that increased efficiency reducing costs that are explaining the price drop; it is slightly more complicated than that (Morgan). According to Conca James, an environmental scientist, around 10% of the world’s carbon emissions were produced by the fashion industry. So, how can our clothes pollute so much and why are companies not being held accountable for their harmful decisions?  What is Fast Fashion? The fast-fashion model that we know today appeared…
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Turner and the Sublime

Turner and the Sublime

MNBAQ’s Exhibition Exploring Light and Darkness Although scheduled to open in October 2020, the Turner and the Sublime exhibition at Quebec City‘s Musée national des beaux-arts (MNBAQ) opened on February 10th and will last until May 2nd, 2021. In collaboration with Tate (London) from the Turner Bequest, this major exhibition hosts 75 paintings and a multitude of watercolours and other works on paper.  The collection of works on display at MNBAQ are situated in the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, with walls painted black where the only light shines on the paintings as if they are illuminating the space. Along with three…
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The Wizarding World of a Beef-Based Band

The Wizarding World of a Beef-Based Band

Dear readers, as you may or may not know, we have musicians among us! Lucky me, I had the opportunity to personally interview and discuss with two young artists; Derek Lee Dagenais and Landon Ra Dagenais, members of the music band Ti Boeuf. Both being dedicated students, you may have already seen them around at St. Lawrence! While discussing with the Dagenais brothers about their new single release “Vélo,” they also taught me so much about their world of music and content production-- I am telling you, these guys are insane! As a matter of fact, Ti Boeuf is a…
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Where to Find Study Tips on Youtube

Where to Find Study Tips on Youtube

I love studytube. Most of my watch history is made up of pretty notebooks filled with cute notes about efficiency and productivity; I am that type of girl. Always been, always will be (I hope so). Many of us have been struggling with motivation, time organization, and all that jazz ever since the big ‘rona hit us all. These channels have helped me reorganize my study techniques and survive the hell that is online school, and I hope they can help you too! This list is 100% based on my biased opinion.  Mariana’s Corner  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEHp_b02I0GvTYCBPX_0w1g Mariana goes DEEP into studying…
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SLC Participation in McMUN

SLC Participation in McMUN

From January 28th to 31st, St Lawrence’s Political Science and Debate Club participated in the 32nd edition of McGill University’s Model UN. Although the PSD has participated in multiple editions of McMUN before, this was of course the first time participating in an entirely virtual context, creating a unique experience for all participants. Model United Nations, more commonly abbreviated as MUN, is an extracurricular activity, usually organized by colleges and universities to simulate United Nations’ meetings. Student participants are placed into committees dedicated to the discussion and resolution of a topic. McMUN 2021 featured twenty different committees, including the Summit…
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Collection of Poems for February

Collection of Poems for February

Someday this Will End A crown of lotus we share together. Nothing but our dreams dripping, dropping on each other. Hares whisper, "Wake up, my children."  We sigh, "Let us wander in sleep till night ends." Poem inspired from Kelogsloops' “Someday This Dream Will End” : Someday, This Dream Will End by kelogsloops on DeviantArt Only to End Up Alone Barefoot on the snow, Standing on an empty road, I stare at the silver glow. Eyes open all wide, Mumbling my resolve tonight, I wish for my fears to hide. Hands yearning for warmth, Crying over lies untold, I move…
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A New Era for Horror Movies

A New Era for Horror Movies

Known for their intrigues about ghosts, haunted houses, devil stories, and psychopaths, horror movies do not attract most film fanatics, which is understandable. Many works turn out either too scary, too boring and often very disappointing. But, whether you enjoy them or not, they will always be around. So what if there was a new way of making horror movies? What if it was possible to mix a few genres to create a completely new one?  Many directors sought answers to these questions, and many of them found some. Over the past decade, the horror genre has evolved a lot,…
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A Deadly Obsession

A Deadly Obsession

Because it includes Valentine’s Day, the month of February is known as the month of love. Of course, the 14th of February has already gone by, but for all the fans of True Crime stories out there, don’t you think that it is the perfect time for a gruesome love story? Well, here is the tragic love story between Emma Walker and Riley Gaul. High School Sweethearts It all started when the lovely cheerleader Emma Walker and the talented football player Riley Gaul fell in love. Their relationship began in 2014, when Emma was fourteen and a freshman in high…
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Community Gardening

Community Gardening

The Benefits of Getting Involved in CEGEP St. Lawrence’s Community Garden Project Word has been buzzing that the Psychosocial services at CEGEP Champlain St. Lawrence has teamed up with the Ville De Quebec, the Jardin communautaire de Sillery, and Jeffery Hale Community Partners to start a community garden project in April 2021.  A community garden is defined by its shared nature, and the main goal of this project is to get people to learn how to work together for a greater purpose despite the Covid-19 situation. Starting in April, a group of students will be taught the responsibilities that come…
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St. Lawrence’s Clubs: COVID-19 Does not Stop Us!

St. Lawrence’s Clubs: COVID-19 Does not Stop Us!

St. Lawrence is well known for its dynamic student life. However, COVID-19 has greatly affected this important aspect in students’ lives. From social distancing to the fact that students no longer go to the CEGEP for their classes, the pandemic has brought many challenges to the different clubs of the school.  I decided to take the pulse of these clubs to find out how they are dealing with the current situation. What I discovered is that even if the pandemic has brought many obstacles, students at St. Lawrence are resilient, and a global pandemic will not stop them from accomplishing…
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The Seven Not So Deadly Sins

The Seven Not So Deadly Sins

Hamartia stood on the very edge of a cliff, the golden glow of the evening sun illuminating her features. Hundreds of meters below, she could hear the faint sound of a river running towards the vast ocean. Chills shook her, although the day was warm and humid, only a slight breeze ruffled her long brown hair. The sky was clouded, reflecting her mood. Her right foot left the ground and dangled over the edge for a few seconds. Her balance shifted forth, but the fall didn’t come; a hand had caught her thin waist. Her breath caught as tears ran…
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The Farmer’s Protests in India

The Farmer’s Protests in India

What may be the largest people’s protest in history is now taking quite a gory turn. What started as a peaceful farmers’ protest movement in India now involves an estimated two hundred million people since August (Troyer, 2021). The protesters, mainly from the states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana marched on the capital in November to voice their discontent on three new laws concerning agriculture that were passed by the federal government back in September (Times Of India, 2020; Reuters, 2020). They were met with tear gas and water cannons as police tried to block their path to Delhi…
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The Consequences of COVID-19 on Garment Workers

The Consequences of COVID-19 on Garment Workers

Let us pretend that you bought a 100% cotton t-shirt at H&M. The shirt was shipped from India, one of the most competitive countries in garment production due to its extremely cheap labour. The cotton used to make your shirt was provided by poor farmers in the north region of India. This is a simplified example of the production cycle of your clothes. Garment workers, often originating from Asian countries, are hired by big fashion brands to confect clothes according to orders, which vary according to demand. This production cycle is fragile and is virtually always in motion.   However, since…
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Movies to watch in 2021

Movies to watch in 2021

Here is a list of twenty movies that everyone should have seen by the end of 2021. Some were very appreciated, some have been anticipated for a long time, and others consist of underrated gems that need more recognition. All information and plot summaries about the movies are retrieved from IMDb. Movies that already came out Promising Young WomanSynopsis: A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.Director: Emerald FennellStarring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison BrieMa Rainey's Black BottomSynopsis: Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey,…
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Canada’s Darkest Secret

Canada’s Darkest Secret

Trigger warning: This article presents shocking and disturbing content. October 1969, the first victim: Gloria Levina Moody, a member of the Bella Coola Indian Reserve of the Nuxalk Nation. Beaten and assaulted before she was left bleeding to death, her murderer showed no mercy. Was she targeted because she corresponded to the disgusting ideals of a deranged man, or was she simply killed because of her ethnicity?  The Highway of Tears It is a segment of Highway 16 situated between the towns of Prince Rupert and Prince George in British Columbia. The “Highway of Tears” was named as such by…
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Humans & Lions: Conflicts in Africa

Humans & Lions: Conflicts in Africa

The lion is one of Africa's biggest predators, but its relationship with humans in many regions is far from great. Human tolerance towards lions can be very thin, causing the human population to retaliate against lions. Hopefully, you will better understand the origins of the human-lion conflicts along with the consequences on Africa’s lion prides after reading this short report. The Origins of the Conflicts Many villages breed cattle while the major wildlife ecosystem in Africa is not totally fenced; livestock and lions both have the liberty to cross paths. Moreover, the wildlife’s loss of habitat due to human development…
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Promising Young Woman – A Review

Promising Young Woman – A Review

The Best Revenge Story of 2021 Trigger warning: this article contains mentions of sexual assault and rape.  What do you get when you mix a charming coffee shop, a med school dropout, and a killer soundtrack? A sexual assault revenge story, of course. Emerald Fennell brings her audience into a world of suspense and 90’s romcom nostalgia in her new movie “Promising Young Woman.” The main character, Cassie, played by Carrey Mulligan, is continuously confronted by the past. The approach to demonstrate rape culture and the impact on both perpetrators and victims is like a punch in the face---one that…
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Student Mental Health During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Student Mental Health During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Recognizing the Issue and Learning How to Cope in an Online Context Recognizing stress, anxiety, and burnout in students during the Covid-19 pandemic is key to promote their success despite the circumstances of online learning. Stress can be physical, emotional, and/or mental reactions to situations that cause tensions exceeding the individual’s ability to cope (Mheidly et al.; Bauer). Starting in March 2020, schools across the globe experienced an intense shift to online learning, which neither they, nor the students, were prepared for. Students have been strongly opposed to online learning from the start, as the context is “not conducive to…
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14 jours, 12 nuits: On the Road to the Oscars

14 jours, 12 nuits: On the Road to the Oscars

Many industries have gone through hell since the beginning of the pandemic and many people have lost their jobs. The movie industry, for example, is still going through a rough patch due to the closing of many theatres. However, directors continue to work very hard to make movies, and even if the whole experience of going to the movies is currently on pause, it has still paid off. Two weeks ago, Jean-Philippe Duval, an accomplished director from Québec, received incredible news: his most recent movie 14 jours, 12 nuits starring Anne Dorval has been selected to represent Canada in the…
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The Power of Words

The Power of Words

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” I always found myself disagreeing with this expression. How could an image be worth more when it only appeals to sight? A photo would show a beautiful fire in all its details, yes, but a description of said fire, on the other hand, would make you live the moment, smell the wood burning, feel the warmth of the flames. This phrase is correct in the sense that an image is efficient. One quick look reveals the idea. But it lacks depth, context, interpretation.  Our very history starts with the beginning of writing because…
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