2023-2024

Eastory of Chocolate

Eastory of Chocolate

Origins of Easter Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection was observed on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. The exact origins of Easter are complex and involve a combination of Christian and Pagan traditions. Pagan Influences Easter's timing aligns with ancient spring celebrations, intertwining with pagan customs and symbols associated with fertility and renewal. Across various cultures, spring festivals marked the rejuvenation of life, featuring symbols like eggs and rabbits to denote fertility. The tradition…
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Reflection

Reflection

Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who’s the fairest of them all? I hear the banging of thunder Allowing the whispers of others; And all you do is unfold Those tempted thoughts tenfold. Mirror, mirror on the wall, Is there one fairest of them all? All shall live with the same ease And all breathe this gentle breeze; Yet none of our faces are the same While our aim is just the same.
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Theatre Production: Everything you Need to Know

Theatre Production: Everything you Need to Know

As usual, the Theatre club will be sharing with us a wonderful play… or should I say two plays? They will be performing a mix of plays by Neil LaBute, alternating every scene. The Shape of Things and Reasons to Be Pretty are part of the playwright’s trilogy of works on body image. The plays are from the early 2000s and have been described as hard-edged comedy. Our troupe has also taken the artistic liberty to feminize certain characters. The Shape of Things is a modern reimagining of Adam and Eve. Gentle Ada (Adam), through her relationship with experienced and…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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