Ah, the most magical time of the year is upon us. It’s time for us to write thousands upon thousands of words with little to no time to do such, and feel so stressed that we may combust at any moment. That’s right, it’s Midterms. It seems as though people forget how to live normally and just let insanity take over for these few weeks. Midterms can seem more stressful than actual final exams at Concordia for oh so many reasons. Here are a mere few.
1. There Is Nowhere To Study Downtown
Seriously. The library is under construction. The chapel is always packed. And even though there are some pretty cute cafes in the Downtown area, not a lot of them are appropriate in a study setting. There is too much commotion and noise to get anything done.
2. Teachers Have An Inability To Coordinate
Everyone knows Concordia has roughly a million and a half programs. Because of this, that means there is a lot of Profs to accommodate all of the subjects. It would be impossible to expect everyone to coordinate with each other, so more often than not you’ll have multiple assignments due on the same day. Fun.
3. The Library Forgets How To Even
For the record, the people who work at the Concordia Library are absolute gems. That being said, they are not immune to the Midterm insanity either. Books are being snatched up left, right and centre, it’s impossible to keep the system updated. And three-hour reserve is a joke.
Like we didn’t already have that covered ourselves. Midterm season generally coordinates itself with the best speakers and performances happening at Concordia. The Saints Plays are being held on February 18th and the famous drag queen, Panti Bliss, is coming to have a talk on the 16th. Last semester they had freakin’ Glenn Greenwald come lecture during midterms. It’s almost as if Concordia is begging you to stop studying and take a three hour break (three hours which you do not have) to come watch them.
5. Smoking Increases
Stress equals the abuse of vices. We all know that. Concordia students, not mention Montrealers in general, are notorious smokers. In turn, the campus is cascaded by a fog of smoke for the two weeks Midterms commence.
6. Available Food Sucks
If you’re pulling an all - nighter at the library then there is no way you’re going to bring a Tupperware full of celery sticks as a snack. You need some good ol’ comfort food to get you through. However, on the campus there really isn’t much option once the Hive closes down. There is Pizza Pizza, Tim Hortons, or Chartwells, the company that provides Concordia’s cafeteria food. Deciding to opt out of the fast food is probably a good idea since they’re pretty weak options. And buying anything from Chartwells is going to cost you over $10 for anything decent(ish)
7. The Moodle Is Even Slower Than It Normally Is
And that's saying something. The administration tries and tries to perfect the system, but let’s face facts. The Moodle is a software system created by Satan. End of story. And Midterms make it even worse because the site is so overloaded with people it crashes on the regs.
8. You Have To Turn Into A Loner To Get Anything Done
Finally, even though the campus is pretty sizeable, it’s so easy to run into people you know. Just one of the many mysteries Concordia has to offer. Unexpectedly meeting up with friends (which will inevitably happen) turns into getting coffee, which then becomes hours upon hours lost catching up and gossiping with your buds. So, if you're planning on getting anything done, you can't linger on campus.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.
Maclean's ranked universities in Canada by reputation and several schools in Quebec placed among the top in the country.
While Montreal was shut out of the top three, McGill claimed fourth place. The Université de Montréal was also in the top 10, at number eight.
Overall, across categories such as perceived quality and innovativeness, the top universities in the country by reputation were, in order: the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Waterloo University, according to Maclean's.
The other Quebec universities that made the ranking were the Université Laval in Quebec City (12), Concordia (16), the Université de Sherbrooke (19), UQAM (26) and Bishop's University (38).
Maclean's surveys faculty, administrators and business leaders to compile its university reputation ranking.
Concordia neuroscientist Dr. Nadia Chaudhri died on October 5, the university announced Wednesday.
Dr. Chaudhri documented her battle with ovarian cancer on Twitter, where she had over 146,000 followers.
In her final days, the professor used her platform to raise money for the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award, Concordia said in a statement. The award aims "to support the training of neuroscientists from underrepresented backgrounds and honour Nadia Chaudhri's legacy of academic achievement and mentorship."
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She also shared the details of her symptoms to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.
"Nadia was a force of nature," Concordia President Graham Carr said. "She was an incredibly talented researcher with a passion for teaching and student success matched only by her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion."
"She enriched us. Our entire community grieves her death and offers deeply heartfelt condolences to her son, Reza, and husband, Moni — whom she lovingly called her Sun and Moon — her family, friends, colleagues and the thousands of supporters to the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award who embraced her cause."
To the surprise of many, Quebec City also made the Top 10 — and it ranked higher than Montreal, with Quebec City at #4 and Montreal at #6.
This ranking looked at the cost of living, internet speeds, the percentage of young people, levels of safety, and more.
Our province may have been blessed enough to score two top spots in this ranking, but we still didn't make it to #1, which was Tokyo, Japan.
If ever you were thinking of going to study abroad, you may want to put Tokyo high on your list, considering it "ranks well in nearly all categories helping it to come out on top of the study. It has a good amount of high-ranking unis, great food options, and offers cheap tech. It has high levels of free speech and is above average for safety and high-ranking institutions."