Podcast 19: Course registration

Course registration is here! Andrew and Ryan share some advice for ensuring you’re on track for graduation, taking the right courses and selecting options. Fair warning: our podcast hosts try to convince you organic chemistry I and II (CHEM 351 and 353) was a valuable experience and quite a fun option to take. And frankly they are quite convincing and are worth listening to if you’re considering taking those courses. Andrew and Ryan share their recommendations for a diverse array of options, including logic, Greek mythology and even Japanese history through anime and manga.

If you have any questions or want more advice, feel free to send us an email!

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Podcast 18: It’s…spring!

This spring-y week Ryan and Andrew are joined by Alice (VP Events), Faye (VP Mentorship) and club member Eve to celebrate–or perhaps speculate–about the commencement of spring.  Alice discusses her extreme faith in Groundhog Day despite some bickering between different groundhogs, Faye dreams about flower-viewing in Japan and Korea, and Eve sadly reminisces about summer thunderstorms. This podcast also suggests some spring activities—the Lilac Festival on 4th St, hiking and bird watching.

What marks the beginning of spring for you? Perhaps it’s the melting snow, blooming flowers, end of ski season, or even the requisite sandstorm. Comment and let us know!

Podcast 17: Beyond Mac Hall – Fast food, hotpot & other dining in Calgary

Now that you’ve engaged in some fun activities in Calgary and in the areas surrounding Calgary, perhaps you’ve become a bit peckish. As always, our podcast hosts Andrew and Ryan have you covered…this podcast is about places to eat, and not to eat, in Calgary!

Whether you need an honest evaluation of Mac Hall, various fast food across the city, or something a bit pricier–or overpriced–here are some suggestions to start you off.

Let us know what you think! Where do you like to eat in Calgary?

Podcast 16: Things to do outside Calgary!

This time Andrew and Ryan are joined by VP Events Alice to move a bit outside of Calgary to the surrounding areas in Alberta. The Rockies are a great destination for outdoors activities. Listen on for skiing options, where to stay when visiting the parks, and a thorough evaluation of various hikes around Banff and Kananaskis on the criteria of length, incline, and cell reception.

A quick note: While usually one needs to purchase a Parks Pass for entry to Canada’s National Parks, this year is an exception–as part of the yearlong Canada150 celebrations the National Parks Pass is actually free. If there’s ever a time to visit national parks, such as Banff National Park, this is the time!

Podcast 14: Happy Lunar New Year!

Guests Faye, Edward and Larissa join Ryan and Andrew to discuss how they and their families celebrate the Lunar New Year. The conversation is replete with delicious food, a bit of deplorable traffic, special TV programs, and plenty of the “puns and visual coincidences” that permeate the celebrations. Interesting topics include different traditions in China and Korea, as well as the magnitude and portrayal of the Lunar New Year celebration here in Canada.

Podcast 13: Superhuman abilities, shoujo, & Sherlock

This time Andrew is joined by VP Mentorship Faye and MEL member Edward, and at some point partway through the podcast, also Larissa (you’ve met them all before in previous podcasts!). This time the topic is shows—anime, dramas, and movies. They discuss the well-established paradigm of shoujo, the eternal appeal of Studio Ghibli, and . Listen on for a number of anime, drama, and movie recommendations that you can try next time between studying.

Podcast 12: Back to school—second semester edition

For the first week of the new semester, Andrew and Ryan are joined by four MEL members, Faye (our VP Mentorship), Larissa, Eve and Edward. We hope all our MEL members had a fun and relaxing winter break—the participants in a recent exciting skiing expedition certainly did! Other fun winter break activities include secret Santa, or even the white elephant variation, in which case listen on for some gift-buying tips (curiously enough, the more generic the better in some cases!). And for those of you who are currently struggling with putting together a conflict-free schedule, we know your pain—Larissa describes her slightly incompatible double major and Eve, the inconvenience of having classes on two separate campuses. Finally, the podcast concludes with some important information about upcoming MEL events.

Podcast 10: Winter snow, winter clothes, winter break and, errr, winter

Andrew and Ryan return to discuss the season of winter. They chat about snow shovelling techniques (including Andrew’s ideal angle for the disfigured metal portion of plastic shovels for breaking ice), winter fashions (how to deal with the daily low negative fluctuations in temperature), and holiday practices (such as Ryan’s struggles with his apathetic gift wishlists). Perhaps you may be able to relate to scary driving situations or interesting anecdotes about Andrew and Ryan’s hometown winter experiences?
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