I give you some housekeeping stuff from The Bolt:
Our website has been updated to now include a search feature, so if you’re looking for a specific article from us you should be able to find it now. There are actually many more updates to the website, but you just can’t see them. We really suggest you go over to www.theboltnews.com and check out the site to see upcoming event dates and some other announcements about The Bolt that come out in between printed issues. We also have a section for student run websites that we need contributions for - we want to see what you’ve got out there on the net and help maybe move some of our traffic your way. The Bolt’s website also has a section for event posters so if you’re wondering what’s coming down the pipeline, check out the site and don’t forget to send us your stuff (if it’s on the CSA’s site, don’t worry we should have your stuff).
We keep hearing whispers from you guys about our lovely publication but we haven’t actually been hearing from you (except Life ‘N Stuff, they said they’ve been receiving a ton of emails). If you’re afraid of the tech giant that is the Internet then come by our office in the CSA offices (look for The Blue Door) and chat! There is usually someone there in the afternoons into the later evenings and we love having company. So if you have an idea for us or you just want to compliment us on our use of words to entertain you, come on by and see us. On the flip side if you have a problem with something we’ve published or have other concerns, our door is open as well and I am more than happy to converse with you about the issue at hand. We always want to know what we can do to make The Bolt better and your suggestions are what fuels change at this point. Want to see new puzzles or something different on the “Fun & Games” page? Then let us know. Want to submit something to be published? Tell us! We’ll work it out. If face to face isn’t your cup of tea there is always our email: firstname.lastname@example.org or a submission form on the website.
Otherwise I’d just like to say how proud I am of my editing team and writing staff, but I’ll save all the mushiness for business hours.
On to things that have gone on around campus and upcoming events:
Jess Rushton, our very own Story Editor, has been elected as your new VP Student Life and is already hard at work planning some awesome events for you guys. First and foremost of those events would be our annual Halloween party, CUCA Spooka, held on Saturday, November 2nd at the Norwood Legion; check out the Students’ Association website (www.concordiastudentassociation.com) or track Jess down for more details on this awesome Halloween themed Party. Congrats Jess on your new and exciting job!
Concordia hosted the READ IN launch event in our lovely library on October 7th. The event started off a week of special guests visiting schools around Edmonton to read, and encourage reading, to students. READ IN is a very large event in Edmonton and it was fantastic to play such a large part in the event. And remember: READ, You will go far!
Did you know about Concordia’s Alumni Association? Even though you may not yet be an alumnus of Concordia I suggest you check this organization out to find out exactly what it means to be a graduate. At the beginning of the month they had a small gathering at Yellowhead Brewery in downtown Edmonton, which was a great time and I learned about some of the great services offered to me as a graduate of Concordia, (which is more than just your degree). Be sure to check out the Alumni Association’s webpage to find out more: www.http://alumni.concordia.ab.ca.
I’ll close with this thought today: Get involved. There are so many great things going on around Concordia and getting involved in any way, shape, or form is worth it. If you don’t like something, the quickest way to foster change is to get involved. Come by the CSA offices in Alumni Hall (again, look for The Blue Door) and come and talk to any of the VPs. Being situated in their offices I know for a fact that they would love to hear what you guys think about a lot of stuff going on around campus and the only way they can is if you stop by and talk. Interested in becoming a Student Ambassador? You should be, it’s a ton of fun. Check out our website for the link to the application form or hit up the Welcome Center to find someone to talk to.
See you around in a couple weeks Concordia. Have a safe and happy Halloween!