November 21, 2014

World Hello Day: The Power of a Greeting

Take time out of your day to say hello to someone new. The Community Social Work Team discusses how this can battle loneliness and have a positive impact on the social well-being of our campus community.

November 21st is World Hello Day, a day we encourage you say hello to your friends and neighbours but also to those you do not know. We are challenging you to say hello to ten people you never met or have been too shy to talk to before, because saying a simple hi can make the biggest difference.

Of all the days to recognize on campus, World Hello Day may seem like a strange choice. However, there is much more behind World Hello Day than just the encouragement of a friendly greeting. World Hello Day was started in response to the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. The intention was to use personal greetings and inter-personal communication as a way to create dialogue and preserve peace. World Hello Day is a global expression of peace and people in 180 countries observe it. By greeting ten people today, you are expressing your support for peace and the power of dialogue as a means of resolving and preventing conflict.

November 12, 2014

Keeping it honest: Preventing plagiarism in your work

Plagiarism can be a confusing and sometimes daunting topic for students. Deb Eerkes of Student Conduct and Accountability shares five simple tips to avoid plagiarism in all of your academic writing. 

As you settle into the second half of the semester, you may be working on writing – term papers, essays, lab reports, and other assignments. While each faculty/department may require slightly different forms of citation, all of them recognize the need to acknowledge your sources. Citing your sources is the best way to avoid plagiarism. Here are five ways to avoid plagiarism in your writing: