Scrabble considered toohard
With many people claimingthat the popular Mattel boardgame is too diﬃcult, the nextedition of Scrabble to be released will allow for proper nouns tobe permitted in play. Te gameformerly allowed players to getpoints (anywhere from one to tenpoints per letter in each word) forany words found in the Collin’sdictionary, but banned playersfrom using proper nouns. Withthe hope of encouraging morefamilies and younger players toenjoy the game, the makers of Scrabble have made the decisionto allow for the names of places,people, companies and brands tobe included in play with the hopethat a pop culture element will beattractive to new players. Along with the new edition of the game,Mattel will continue to oﬀer theold edition for those that feel thatthey can compete under the oldrules. (BBC News)
Unpaid internships maybe illegal
Oftentimes for young adults,the only way to gain the type of work experience necessary toadvance their careers is to take anunpaid internship. With the rise of companies using unpaid interns toperform necessary tasks normally performed by paid employees,labour departments in the UnitedStates are running investigationsand discovering that many companies are in fact breakinglabour laws with their interns.One investigator even went sofar as to say that if an intern is working for a for-proﬁt company and is oﬀered no compensation,then this is likely a violation.Prospective interns should beaware that the only time an interncan be unpaid is when they’rebeing provided with training akinto that of a vocational institution, when they are not taking the placeof a formerly paid employee, or when they are not providing thecompany any immediate beneﬁt.(New York imes)
Tiger Woods returnswith facial hair;confusion ensues
iger Woods’ return to golf was much anticipated after hishighly publicized philandering,but some appear to be distractedby the golf star’s freshly sproutedfacial hair rather than how he’llfair on the course. Experts have weighed in suggesting that mengrow facial hair to save face aftera public embarrassment, citingAl Gore’s beard after his loss inthe presidential race. Anothersuggestion is that the goatee hasbeen considered a symbol of thebadass and that perhaps this is anaccessory of his newfound persona.Another theory is that the facialhair is being used as a diversionto take the focus oﬀ of his sexaddiction.
(Globe and Mail)
What to do with your old textbooks
Student organizersrequest that unusedtextbooks shouldgo to AfricaBoard of directors votes to provide resources for campaign to leave the CFS
Beginning last week on April5, a number of book receptaclescould be spotted in the University Center courtyard, the Bullring,and the Co-op Bookstore. Tesebins are for the Books for Africabook drive. Te Books for Africaorganization is dedicated to thecollecting, sorting, shipping, anddistribution of donated booksto children in Africa. While thebook’s ﬁnal destination is the non-proﬁt Books for Africa, there is anintermediary: Better World Books(BWB). BWB describes itself as afor-proﬁt social venture, meaningthat it makes money in order tosupply revenue for its non-proﬁtaﬃliates such as Books for Africa.It is BWB that is responsible fororganizing book drives such asthe one here at the University of Guelph. Jasmine Sereda, one of thestudent organizers of the event,explained the process.“We collect textbooks duringthe exam period, because that is when students no longer need theirbooks, and we ship the acceptableones to Better World Books in theU.S,” said Sereda. “Tey decide which ones to send to Books forAfrica and which ones to sellonline to make money for Booksotherwise.“Te CSA has been takinga neutral stance this entire timeand then they turn around andsay ‘we’re not neutral anymore,’ when it’s convenient for [some]individuals’ purpose,” saidMartins. “I feel like the neutrality stance was used a lot to silence alot of people and now it’s beingused to justify the fact that studentresources were being used to pushforward this campaign against theCFS.”Dave Molenhuis, the nationaltreasurer for the CFS, has beenon campus speaking to studentsduring the campaigning and saidhe continues to get support fromCSA board members despite last week’s vote.“Tere has deﬁnitely been anoutpouring of support from anumber of the board members infavour of continued membershipin the federation, and as wellthe majority of new executivemembers also support continuedmembership and have beencampaigning very actively oncampus for the past couple of weeks,” said Molenhuis.Despite this support fromcertain board members, Martinsbelieves that by the CSA usingits resources to campaign fora particular side, they’re notequalizing the debate but rather
for Africa.”Sereda also outlined why theorganization sends books to Africarather than money or some otheressential resource.“We’re students. We don’thave a lot of money. But we dohave books,” explained Sereda.“Sometimes we can’t sell themback to the bookstore or on theCannon. Unless we decide that acertain book would be useful tohave in the future, it feels great togive the gift of education to somethat might not get it otherwise.”Te piles of leftover textbooksthat a student accrues over his orher university career are certainly formidable. Even assuming thatone book is required for each andevery class in a four year programand that ﬁve classes are taken asemester, this amounts to 40 books.University of Guelph student AlanBauer understands this situation well.“I have about ﬁfty books justsitting in my closet that I don’tneed or want anymore,” said Bauer.“I can’t even justify selling them. Aﬁrst year philosophy textbook costover a hundred dollars and I only made four dollars back selling it. Tis [Books for Africa] campaignseems like a good way to get ridof unused and space-hoggingtextbooks by giving them to people who really need them.”As for whom the books actually go to, this is determined by Booksfor Africa after they receive what isleft over from what BWB couldn’tsell. According to Books for Africaitself, the books go to childrenof 13 diﬀerent African countriessuch as Sierra Leone, Rwanda, andUganda, to name a few. Tis eﬀort to increase theliteracy of people all over Africais no easy task and even at thelocal level, Books for Africa needshelp. Organizers such as Seredaencourage those interested in volunteering, donating, or justasking questions to email themat email@example.com before theevent ends on the April 23.eﬀectively dictating how students will vote.Armstrong, however, disagrees.
We’re not telling students how tovote. We’re taking a ‘No’ stance. If students look to usand they follow our messaging, thenthat’s up to them but we’re not forcing all of our members tovote ‘No.’ We don’t operate like that.
CSA communications andcorporate aﬀairs commissioner
“We’re not telling studentshow to vote,” said Armstrong.“We’re taking a ‘No’ stance. If students look to us and they follow our messaging, then that’sup to them but we’re not forcingall of our members to vote ‘No.’ We don’t operate like that.”
Books for Africa asks students to donate their unused textbooks tohelp increase literacy in various African countries. Drop boxes in theUniversity Centre, the Bullring, and the Co Op bookstore are in placeto make donating easier for students.
Te CFS has become a presence on campus during the period leading upto the referendum by manning tables which seek to provide students with information about the services they oﬀer such as the ISIC.