Who will your roommates be?

By Johanna Webber, Residence Life Manager

Now is a good time to review who your roommates will be next year.  Think about the roommate lessons you learned this year and be thoughtful about who you choose.  Just because you get along great or study well together doesn’t mean that you will be good roommates. Continue reading


Getting ready for move out

By Johanna Webber, Residence Life Manager

The semester is almost done and in a few weeks Gage will empty out and close as a student residence and re-open as a conference centre.  That means that 1350 students will pack their rooms, clear their shelves and move. Continue reading


Run in the Gage Residence Association Elections!

By Ravi Parhar, GRA Public Relations Officer

The Gage Residence Association(GRA) would like to invite you to run in the upcoming GRA Elections! The GRA is a great way to get involved, grow and learn as a leader, and run some fun events and workshops for residents! Keep an eye out for our newsletter in the next few days for more information, below are key dates you should put on your calendar: Continue reading


What it Means To Travel The Road Less Traveled

By Farah Surani, Residence Advisor

Decisions; Opportunities; Dilemmas; Prospects; Chances; Crossroads; Choices; Selections; …..

Often times we find ourselves taking certain tracks, routes, pathways; that may or may not lead us to the same outcome. It’s almost like we know ourselves too well to know the decisions that we’re about to make, the turns that we’re about to take while walking to class, the roads that we’re about to travel. The choices that we make, and the unexplored opportunities left behind, all shape the experiences we gather. Continue reading


How “I work better under stress” Isn’t an Excuse

By Richard Hou, Residence Advisor

We’ve all heard it; it may be from our friends, colleagues or even parents, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s plain wrong.

Lets look at the biological effects of stress on our bodies.

  • ·         Release of a chemical soup from your brain, containing steroid hormones such as glucocorticoids and stress hormones such as cortisol which “primes” certain body parts and functions such as the heart, lungs, circulation, metabolism, immune systems, and skin
  • ·         The HPA system also releases certain neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) called catecholamines, particularly those known as dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine (also called adrenaline).
  • ·         Stress shuts down digestive activity
  • ·         The immune system is boosted with the steroid hormones reducing activity in some parts of the immune system so that specific infection fighters and other molecules can be repositioned
  • ·         Catecholamines also suppress activity in areas at the front of the brain concerned with short-term memory, concentration, inhibition, and rational thought.

We can see that most of the effects have something to do with how our ancestors prepared for and faced danger in everyday life. Our muscles swell with blood, non-vital functions are put on standby and we’re put in fight or flight mode. You may think that some of these features would be useful for cramming for that exam you have the next morning, but you may want to reconsider.

The human body is built to endure occasional bouts of extreme stress, but with a long term stressor such as exams or midterms that may last from days to weeks, our sympathetic ANS and parasympathetic nervous systems are thrown way out of whack, with our sympathetic nervous system essentially never shutting off and keeping our body in “fight or flight” mode for long periods of time.

This causes susceptibility to infection, skin problems, pain, diabetes, infertility and a whole load of other problems, in addition to screwing up our ability to learn and concentrate.

So next time you hear someone in your class tell you they work better under pressure, just play along and tell them that extreme stress is good for studying. Hey, maybe they’ll throw off the curve and you’ll get an extra couple of percent!


Have you ever thought about cutting down your meat consumption?

By Adam Stich, Residence Advisor

 Preparing completely vegetarian meals may seem a daunting task at first, but once you get a hold of some key recipes, the meat-less alternative may prove to be a delicious and actually relatively easy choice. I have been cooking vegetarian since September and although I was nervous to make the switch at first, once I discovered a couple staple ingredients, my new diet was an easy adjustment.

Here are some ingredients that made the switch really easy.  Now I’m not a nutritionist, but I do know that when you’re not consuming meat, it is especially important to ensure you’re getting your protein and iron. So below is a list containing some delicious, as well as nutritious vegetarian ingredients. Continue reading


Have ALL of the essentials!

by Katherine, Residence Advisor

Spring is upon us. Which unfortunately for Vancouver means a whole other season of rain and maybe the vail threat of snow here and there. But lucky for you students this means the end of term is upon us and summer is near! So here is a list of absolute essentials to get you through the last month of class and those looming April exams. Continue reading