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York’s Birthday: Get Your YorkU Gear for a Discount!


York’s Birthday is coming up, next Wednesday March 26th. There are a whole tonne of festivities planned and you are going to want to be there and you are definitely going to want to wear your RED AND WHITE YorkU Gear. If by chance you don’t have any, we’ve got you covered, or rather the Bookstore has you covered.

The Bookstore will be set up at the RED Zone booth in Vari Hall selling $10 T-shirts next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am-3pm each day. 

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RSA Nikki Lists The Pros and Cons of Group and Independent Work!

There are always debates going on about whether group work is better than working alone, or vice versa. Personally, I prefer to work independently because I have found that people are not always reliable and it’s just easier to coordinate an assignment if you do it all by yourself. For those of you who don’t agree, however, or unsure of which is better, here are some pros and cons of each!


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Morgan’s Group Work Tips

Group work group work group work … probably not one of my favourite parts of university and class. But, allow me to focus on the positives. I’m trying to count how many group projects I’ve had in the last 3 1/2 years and it’s definitely somewhere close to 20. I could go into “the good, the bad, the ugly” … or just the good.

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Don’t Be a Talker – Be a Communicator!

By RSA Christopher In any group project that I have ever been involved with, Communication has been a key component to its success. Indeed,  discussing a course of action, creating a plan, and talking through all aspects of an assignment can be the difference between a good and a great group mark.

However, communication doesn’t just mean talking – I have worked with a number of individuals who were under this impression, and unfortunately their constant voicing of their own opinions and arguments often discouraged other group members from sharing their own. And so I affirm that, especially when it comes to group work, communication does not simply mean talking. It is meant to be a system of reciprocation, and requires all involved to show respect for one another. If performed well, communication can mean a great experience for all involved, and an even greater end result. Yet, the question remains - how does one communicate well? 

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Overcoming Group Work 101

At one point or another you're going to have to do a course assignment... with other people... A.K.A GROUP WORK...

Yea, I'm not a fan either. Depending on the people in your group you might end up having to do all the work, meet outside class time (cause course time isn't enough), and rely on others for a good mark (which can be scary).

My program doesn't usually have group work, however over my 5 years of undergrad I've had my fair share of working with classmates on assignments. Below are some tips and tricks for handling group work and coming out with an A (maybe A+ depending on how you play your cards) ;)

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Workout at Tait McKenzie

This week’s theme is services at York. What better student service is there then getting your sweat on? None! My favourite service is the Tait McKenzie student memberships. Here are the different types:

  • Basic student membership - FREE

This membership gives you access to the gymnasiums and pool (unless other activities are scheduled).

  • Student fitness membership - $15 for the ENTIRE YEAR!

This membership also gives you access to the weight rooms. You’ll be given an shoe tag that you have to have visible on your shoe while using the weight rooms.You can pay for this membership online! *For both memberships you’ll need to bring your student card and activate it at the front desk at Tait McKenzie. image

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Updated on March 20th, 2014.