“(Looking back at) my first time … (my biggest) regret was not speaking. I thought that all (kinds of) bad things would happen to me—and then the second time that I did it, I found that if you put yourself out there … you’ll get good feedback from it.”

“It’s the stuff (Canadians) think is normal that is hard for us. You can get resources for the big things, but no one is around to tell us how the recycling system works or what long johns are … I think that is where the school has been a big help.”—Ajit Maheswari, international student in software engineering.

The Fulcrum has put together a list of alternative shops that students can go to if the SFUO ceases to be able to fund its businesses on campus—or, if you are just looking to support non-SFUO initiatives.

Nicknamed wintertime blues or seasonal depression, and defined as a mood disorder where one exhibits depressive symptoms in the winter, SAD is frequently triggered this time of year—as the dark cold mornings get to many of us.

“It’s magic … when there’s a crowd in here, and … snow is falling outside, (and) everybody’s got a drink—it’s a very intimate space for people to kick back, have a drink, and listen to the authors reading from their work—it’s really magic.”

“In part, it’s a way of thinking through questions that are raised by ancient Greek philosophy, and in part, it’s a way of thinking through those questions (about) poetry, and (life’s) day-to-day experience of loss, and what happens when you turn that loss into something that’s wider—more abstract, ” explained author and PhD student, Sarah Feldman.

“I think a lot of them were intrigued by the story, by the text, by the way it was written because it’s not your regular realistic drama—it goes way beyond that,” explained director Melina Buziak. “The characters often break the fourth wall and refer directly to the audience and the text is really intriguing.”

“It’s basically a historical piece about the disability rights movement, but it resonates with us—(because) to us, it’s still current. So, in that sense, it’s an ongoing struggle for equality … (and) the piece represents that,” Liz Winkelaar, the director of Spasticus.

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