The once timid sun now takes full strides through the month of July. Clouds scatter at the sound of
his maniacal gallop. Even I am tempted to say, this ain’t nothing but a summer jam.
On another note, the Buzz is officially jumping into the Frosh craze. We will be greeting our newest
readers with a Frosh Exclusive issue. So if you have anything to say to these “young’uns”, make
sure you submit something. The regular September issue is still on its normal schedule.
If I may contradict the great T.S. Eliot, this is the way that the summer ends, not with a whimper but
with a bang.
- Henry L.
THE BUZZ staff
question of the month: What fast-food joint would you like to see on campus??
Alan Margovskiy -- chair / columnist Jancie Chiu -- editor
Nando’s Chicken, baby! Does Tim Horton’s count?
Allan Ly -- columnist Jenny Fei -- columnist
Amanda Chan -- layout designer Joanne Chen -- cover artist
Mc.D Seen “Fast Food Nation” ?
Amin Ladha -- columnist Nadia Kasenda -- columnist
Christine Chow -- columnist Nick So -- alumini
Eunice Koh -- chair/editor NANDO’S CHICKEN... Soooooo goooood!!!
This isn’t considered fast food, but I looooooove IHOP *droool* Sibil Chan -- editor
Grace Chiu -- promotional coordinator Sherry Akhami -- editor
Steven Chia -- webmaster
Henry Liu -- editor in cheif
Mc.D 4 me 2 Vivian Lau -- graphic artist
Aubrina Culp Henry Lam Vananh Nguyen
“ A & Dub!!!! “ “ I don’t eat that crap. “ “ Tim Hortons ”
SMA brings SFU Clubs together for China
by: Mark Woo
Cheerleading Squad for SFU Rec
SMA, Member Relations Director graciously said they would perform.
It was a nice sunny
morning on July 9, On the day of the event, SMA
when a shiny silver executives set up the BBQ and
propane grill rolled hooked up some iPods to the stereo
into the Convocation systems. This created an awesome
Mall. The Student ambience to BBQ and serve food.
Marketing The food was incredibly affordable.
Association was Two dollar hot dogs and three dollar
about to hold their hamburgers were a bargain. Sales of
event, SFU Clubs for China Relief. the food started out slow, but quickly
The hope was to join other clubs picked up as lunch time came and
together in raising funds for the victims as Chinese tourists passed by with
of the horrific earthquake last May in a lot of cameras. The event was to
China, by selling affordable BBQ and last until 4:00pm, but we sold out at
gathering donations. All proceeds, 2:30. Handing out take ones and free
every dollar and cent, were given to freezies (try saying “free freezies”
the Red Cross. twenty times quickly) was enjoyable as
was watching peoples’ faces light up
SMA has always been proud to in both confusion and delight.
participate in school wide charity
events such as Balding for Dollars SMAers had fun chatting and playing
with Club for the Cure and the B.C. practical jokes in between preparing
Children Hospital last spring. However, hot dogs and hamburgers. It was
this summer SMA decided that action nice to see new executives have a SFU Cheerleading Squad
had to be taken to benefit people great time volunteering at their first
across the Pacific Ocean. We emailed SMA event. Like all of SMA’s events,
various clubs around SFU and the SFU this event was a great time to bond with one another and with the added
opportunity of helping to create a
difference across the globe, what more
could we ask for.
The SFU Cheerleadering Squad
helped attract people to our BBQ.
SMA also had delivery orders from the
faculty and they donated generous
amounts of money. By the end of the
day, we had collected a large amount
donations, including Chinese Yuans
by the touched tourists. The hard work
of SMA’s executives, board members,
and volunteers helped make this event
awe-inspiring. SFU Clubs for China
Relief was not only a success on
SMA’s behalf, but also gave a chance
for people to get together, enjoy
delicious BBQ delights, and help the
people whose lives were destroyed
thousands of miles away.
Evan, Master of the Grill! Mark can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Student Clubs and Associations
by: Somnath Suresh
weeks. I’ve gotten more out of those events clear concise manner. Stop wasting serious
Former CaseIT Chair, Former in my high school than I ever did from real estate on the BUZZ. This is coming
VP MISA, Former VP External the club events. This is coming from the from a guy who actually wrote one of those
BASS, Former FROSH leader, guy who could never shut-up about his ‘promotional pieces’ himself only because
Former Web Designer, Current- allegiance to his student club. I like the fact the club said it was the ‘thing’ to do.
ly on Co-op (I know, fancy title) that each club has its own ‘signature’ event
and each of them have a very unique style A Solution: Stop mentioning/promoting your
Now that I am finally to it, but really clubs need to integrate their events in the BUZZ. Students who pay
considered to be ‘one- efforts on other small events in order to help attention (trust me SFU Business has a lot of
of-those- old-students’ foster the SFU Business community that we talented students who can do that) already
and the fact that I’ve all seem to adore. And know about your
taken my ‘retirement’ I am tired of seeing events. Some
“ Stop wasting serious
from student clubs the same people at suggestions on
and associations I smaller events. Trust real estate on the Buzz! “ what you could
finally feel I can write me two MIS students write that may
something about run out of things to talk be useful for
them. about fast. students:
Rant #1 – Too many similar events A Solution: Integrate your events. Join or 1. An article on the current job industry
coordinate with another club to bring better related to your concentration
I have always been and will still continue events. Not only will you get to work with 2. A nice feature about a talented
to be a big supporter of student clubs and different sets of people, you are bound to executive in your club and telling us
student run initiatives, but lately I realize save money and get a bigger turnout this what motivates them
that clubs need to polish the way they way. This also helps reduce the number of 3. Share club knowledge. How does
design events in order to add more value events. There are simply too many. MISA use its online registration system?
to business students. I see student clubs How does SMA always end up making
creating similar events and cannibalizing Rant#2 – Promotional Pieces in the BUZZ some of the best posters? Is there a
each other for members, ticket sales and neat Photoshop tip that you have? Why
sponsorship. Consider this example. MISA What is up with clubs and their ‘promotional did IBA decide to let students wear their
has their Careers in MIS, SMA has their pieces’ in the BUZZ? If I want to know about traditional clothes for their gala? How
Marketing in Focus and Finance Club just your event I can simply see the emails I does your club deal with club conflicts?
had their Careers in Finance. Does anyone receive; from the SAO mailing list (I like How do you manage projects? What
see the problem here? I am sure I speak that list so go away), the club mailing list, are some concerns you have as an
for a lot of business students when I ask and the various posters, and Facebook organization? Share tips and offer
why I would go to three separate but similar event invitations. I really don’t understand suggestions.
events. Am I really just tied to just one why clubs don’t use the club article page 4. Club alumni stories. Where are they
concentration? The smart thing would be to talk about something related to their now?
for all the clubs to get together and create concentration or something remotely useful?
a ‘Career Week’ where we invite industry I simply find it pointless to read over the I don’t consider myself an expert (far from it)
professionals (not people in suits who talk club articles because all the information I and my solutions may or may not work. I am
about their company for 5 minutes in a should be getting from that article is already sure there are other solutions apart from the
10 minute speech…oh wait) to comment available all over the WMX. ones I suggested as well.
on the job market and prospects for all There are tons of other rants I could’ve
business students regardless of their chosen My favorite club article on the June 2008 made regarding student clubs and
concentration. We seem to have too many issue was the article by IBA titled “IBA meets associations. I picked these two because
replicated events from all the clubs and it with FITT”. Out of all the club articles in that they have been getting on my nerves for
is starting to take its toll. The information issue the IBA one was the most informative quite some time now. Problems with club
presented at various information sessions article I read. Don’t believe me? Go read sponsorship have been on my mind recently
and career events gets diluted. Nobody the June issue again and compare the club as well....
really cares anymore. It seems all clubs are articles. Pretty much all the other clubs were
trying to do is fill each seat at their event. promoting their events. To Be Continued…
How does that add value?
I love the new page titled ‘SFU Business You can reach Somnath Suresh at ssa16@
You know high school definitely had it right Events Calendar’ on the BUZZ. That page sfu.ca
when they had careers days and career tells us what is going on with your club in a
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President’s Message to the Shareholders
by: Andrew Blazenko Stock Game Info Session and CFA volunteered her time and attention to
Finance Club, President Night are both exciting and expected detail to attend and document each of
events for all SFU Finance students. our meetings. Rajbir Gill has pried the
If you are a
If you want more details on those fierce grips over the finance club bank
member of the SFU
events, please contact to Matt Kwong account and is now in total control
Finance Club, like
(email@example.com), VP Internal, or wait for of our finances (we trust him). And
a shareholder, you
our e-mails. lastly, Alex Tong and Duc Nguyen
have a say in how
have helped plan a full curriculum of
we operate, so this
Lastly, we want to thank all active workshops taught by professionals
message is for you!
finance club members for their to help our new SIAS junior analysts
As the semester is
contributions this semester. David succeed in their roles. Due to all of
coming to an end,
Li managed the very successful Golf our great volunteers, the finance club
the finance club feels it’s important
Tournament from the finance club ran very smoothly throughout the
to give back to our community, plan
side. Alex Rinberg project managed summer semester. I hope we can find
for the next semester, and most
the finance club booth at the SFU that kind of success in the future with
importantly thank everyone for their
Open House, with great success as more great volunteers.
valuable contributions this past
well. Mike Zhang, as well as Matt
Kwong and Hai Mihn have hatched up The finance club can always use
new ideas for fundraising to keep our volunteers like the people you see
We want to end the summer by giving
club financially secure. Merry Fitriani above. If you’re interested in being a
a little food and company back to the
has taken on the tutoring project and part of our great group, please come
kids who need it most. We attended
generated the most funding the project to our weekly meetings this semester
the Ronald McDonald House on
has ever made, we also want to thank (Mondays, 2:30pm, AQ 5009) and next
July 24, 2008. There were several
our various tutors for their efforts. semester (date and time TBA). If you
of us who helped out (pictures can
Andy Dai planned a fun filled social have any questions about the finance
be seen on facebook) and we all
event, while Patrick Low planned the club you can e-mail me directly at
had a great time getting to know the
great Ronald McDonald House trip (firstname.lastname@example.org). I hope to see or
families and being able to cook some
for active members. Anthony Yu has hear from you soon!
delicious food for them. We really
taken on two executive roles as VP
want to thank our very own SFU food
Communications and VP External for Best Regards,
service, Chartwells, for supplying the
the club with success in each role. Andrew Blazenko (email@example.com)
great food we cooked for the Ronald
Cheryl Richardson has gracefully
McDonald House families.
We also want to plan for our next
semester. As you all know we have
sent out applications for various
positions within the finance club, and
we want to congratulate all successful
applicants. With these positions
comes great events for finance
students next semester. Our annual
After a difficult workshop, the Finance Club took the
instructor out for drinks.
The Green Diaries
by: Loren Aytona always left on,
CaseIT 2009, Marketing and even throughout
Media Executive the night.
C ASE IT
The situations we the marketing
get ourselves into… department’s
After joining the always whirring
CaseIT Business and the
Competition photocopier that MIS Case Competition
Organizing spits out another
Committee as a 50 copies for a
way to not only to stay involved, but to presentation.
also gather a grasp of MIS knowledge Did I mention
(a topic which I have very little mastery that my desk has
of), I have now found myself in quite two lamps? And creates, and seeks ways to ensure
a debacle that situates little ol’ me yes, those stay on all day as well.
in unknown business territory and
an unfamiliar theme for this year’s I shudder at the worker bee that that these circumstances can benefit
competition too. is myself, multiplied across the the earth. Whether it’s being more
office. Same paper usage, same energy efficient, using less paper,
Genius, I know. Especially with my bad computing habits, same two minimizing the daily commute, or just
duties spanning those of the marketing lamps. I think about the many offices recycling that old computer, Green IT
arena, I must, as they would say, “step everywhere doing the exact same is conducted to help businesspeople,
up my game” and understand exactly thing. It would be pessimistic to think in the office and at home, achieve the
what CaseIT 2009 will encompass. that no matter how many bamboo- best of both worlds.
After all, who wants to listen to a thread-count shirts I wear or how
marketer who can’t practice what she many organic free-range chicken I So now do I sit here and preach
preaches? buy to be eco-friendly, I could never on how I’ve turned this new leaf?
outweigh the monster energy and Goodness no, because there is
Enter theme for this year’s resources a single operating business so much more to learn and apply.
competition: Green IT. can suck up. However, I now know that I have
some serious Googling to do, and
Gulp. Now, it would be unrealistic to buzzwords such as “e-waste,” “thin
propose that I just stop working for client,” and “telecommuting” to
Green has been quite the buzzword the man, and go off to live a life that use. I’m excited to learn more, and
in this day and age, as it seems that can be viewed presumably as more hopefully implement what Green IT
people are finally waking up and eco-friendly. However, I actually has to offer in my own life. After all, if
recognizing the fragility of this earth. really like my job, as do many others you talk the talk for CaseIT 2009, you
Initiatives from eco-friendly clothing working in an office space (marketing gotta walk the walk.
to organic food have been a few of intern nerd alert!). So maybe it’s not
the many actions taken to make our about choosing sides in this war of I’ll tell you one thing though. Last
consumption of resources a little more resources, where one fights the good week, I worked with only one lamp on.
eco-friendly. fight and the other just burns up what
this land has to offer. Is it possible to Loren Aytona is a Marketing and
So you may ask yourself, where does be a part of the corporate world, while Media Executive for CaseIT Business
MIS come into all of this? still paying respects to Mother Earth? Competition 2009. She will be writing
a periodic article about her adventures
Aren’t you glad we’re wondering the Enter Green IT. in Green IT, leading up to the event.
same question? She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org,
What I am slowly starting to grasp where she welcomes your comments,
I think back to my cluttered cubicle (yes!!!) is that Green IT is there to suggestions, and friendship.
with papers and folders stacked as make the operations of a business
high as me. I consider my computer more sustainable. It recognizes the Visit CaseIT’s website at http://www.
(along with everyone else’s) that realities that an office environment caseit.org
runs 8+ hours a day with the monitor
With all of the upcoming company networking events, company info sessions, office tours, and off campus events
that you will be invited to this fall, it is critical that you get yourself a business card. But for some strange reason,
most students that we see out at these events mingling with company reps are “cardless”…and employers are
noticing. The CMC received feedback from a few recruiters who have attended events where SFU BBA students
were present and the feedback was that many of our students don’t come prepared with business cards to offer.
Employers want to have your name and contact information to take with them after these events so that they can
follow up with you at a later date. They are not interested in fancy designs or eye-catching layouts (unless perhaps
you are a marketing student applying for a creative design position). Companies do not just offer these networking
opportunities for the fun of it. Their goal is to walk away having built and established relationships with talented
students to work for their organization in the near or distant future.
There’s good news though. It’s easy to get professional business cards made if you are an SFU Business student.
You can order cards directly through the University’s Print Shop by completing an online web form. The style of the
cards conforms to the University’s prescribed format. It costs $27.50 for 100 cards and takes up to 3 weeks to print
so it’s a good idea to order yours now before the busy fall recruiting season.
Order your business cards at business.sfu.ca/current-students/buscards
BUSINESS CARD ETIQUETTE
Have a good stash. Bring a good supply of cards – it’s not a numbers game but make sure you have about 30 on
hand just in case. Never be without them as you never know who you might run into.
Identify your “status”. Include what year you are in (ie: John Smith, Third Year BBA Candidate, Marketing).
Use a case. Keep your cards in a business card holder case to protect them from being bent or soiled. Keep your
case handy in an easily accessible pocket as it’s difficult to rummage for cards at a stand-up reception while you are
balancing a plate of food or beverage.
Give. Present your card holding the lower corners, presenting with two hands, facing it towards the person.
Take. Receive an employers card with 2 hands. It is polite to comment on the card by reading the name and title
aloud before putting it away. If they have not offered their card, it is only appropriate to request their card near the
end of your conversation.
Exchange. If an employer offers their card, it is expected that you should offer yours in return.
Pockets. Keep your cards in one of your suit coat pockets and put employer cards you receive in the other.
Write Notes. Writing notes about the person who gave you the card is very helpful but don’t do this in the presence
of the individual. Leave the room and write on the back – the date you met them, the occasion and any notes from
your conversation. This will jog your memory when you send a follow up.
Follow Up. If needed, send a thank you email or letter to the representatives you wish to remain in contact with.
This will set the stage for future correspondence.
Be Selective. Never pass out your business cards like you are “dealing cards”. If you walk away from a networking
event having had 2-3 meaningful conversations where you built rapport with a recruiter or company representative,
it has been a success. Remember…quality vs. quantity.
For more business etiquette tips, checklists and
resources visit the SFU Business Career Management
Centre in West Mall Centre 2363 or online at business.
by: Allan Ly The artist says, “Satisfaction guaranteed!!” rest of the zombies up at SFU. As you
You compare the portrait you have with enter the class (late as usual) the professor
your SFU identification card and see no glares at you with a piercing stare. He
You stroll down the seawall in Stanley Park resemblance. Your fist begins to tighten has the latest version of the Buzz in his
and take in the deep breeze. A realization as your face turns from red to purple, while hands and asks, “Did you write this?” You
comes to mind and you feel lucky to be the aura of booze fills the air. You faint look at the article entitled “Bachelors 101.”
here. How do you put these feelings into and fall flat on your face – now there is a Next thing you know you are booted out of
words? You look up and read a billboard - I resemblance. The artist puts the five bucks school for not citing references properly.
am Canadian. Thank you Molson. back into your pocket anyway.
Business 360 Business
Bus 343 Marketing (Maslow’s Business 393 Commercial law communication (plagiarism)
hierarchy of needs) (Formation of contracts)
Two weeks later you find yourself sitting on
As the brew of Molson Canadian settles The ambulance rushes you to VGH for Robson Street with a pencil in one hand
into your liver, you decide to jump onto the stitches on your most valuable asset – your and a bottle of Molson Canadian in the
next bus and head downtown to Robson head. There is a major lineup so you fork other. A successful chartered accountant
Street. Various storefronts slide on by and out the last twenty bucks in your pocket sits down on your stool. You begin to
dozens of artists are lined up on the street and hand it over to the front receptionist so draw while wishing you had finished your
ready to draw a portrait of you. There is that you can cut the line. The head nurse accounting concentration. She drops a
no lineup so you go ahead and jump on looks at you and smirks while whispering twenty dollar bill in your cap.
a random stool. The artist says “twenty into the doctor’s ear.
bucks” and you admit, “Hell, my face is only Business 321 Intermediate
worth five bucks!” The pencil begins to Business 303 Ethics (Whistle accounting (pensions)
Are we missing anything here under
Econ 103 Microeconomics (supply After two hours you hop on the sky train pensions?
and demand) looking like Frankenstein ready to join the
Political Hostage: A Contemporary Crisis
by: Kirti Sachasingh stability of others. All in all, this effect could famous captive in the world is Colombia’s
Student potentially threaten the delicate balance of left wing militia, FARC’s, custody of 2002
Political terrorism has been a familiar world order. presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt.
phenomenon for the past few decades She was held hostage for more than 6
but now, It has now become a notorious Governments being held to ransom and years until rescued in an audacious effort
phenomenon.. Heads of state and ordinary a frail political order are chief and grave by Colombian intelligence. In a BBC
civilians, Arabs and Jews, corporate consequences of political terrorism. If it HARDtalk interview (broadcasted 10, July,
executives and political leaders have all fails to be managed, it could be the “most 2008), Betancourt expresses that she was
fallen victim. Not a day goes by without serious threat to world peace” according simply happy to be free and does not have
some new incident occurring. Political to Kurt Waldheim, a former Secretary- feelings of ‘anger, or seeking revenge,
captivity or the taking of hostages to press General of the UN, in an urgent meeting of or bitterness’. In a 2006 CNN broadcast,
home demands is the form of political the Security Council it discussed the 1979 Macon Hawkins, a Texan oil worker that
terrorism that deserves a great deal Iran hostage crisis (on November, 1979). was kidnapped by The Movement for
of discourse in today’s societies. They This was a diplomatic crisis where 52 the Emancipation of the Niger Delta in
represent a crisis that has been intensifying U.S. diplomats were held hostage for 444 Nigeria, had elicited similar emotions with
in recent years. Within the realm of days by militant students who took over no ‘animosity toward [the kidnappers] at all.
international relations, crisis could be the American embassy in support of Iran’s I’ve seen their little villages; they’re dirt poor,
approached from many perspectives, each revolution. poor as field mice’. Comments like these
with its own definition that reflects specific calls for a need of an explanation of the
research interests. There still seems to be Subsequent crises similarly involve non- sources of immorality of kidnapping.
a commonality in its implication—that is, all state actors that use threat and other fear- Although it may seem obvious that an
agree that any critical change in the stability inducing forms of violence to attain certain
of one country would likely affect the political objectives. The most recent and a Continued on page 8
An “Active” Day
by: Daniel Lee colours. The selections of colours brightened 3. Many positions at Active Network
MISA the office and helped reflect the motto of do not require you to be an expert in
the company - “Work Hard, Play Hard.” An technology. They need someone who
On Friday, June 11, 2008, the Management interesting fact about Active is the elimination understands the basics and are willing
Information Systems Association (MISA) of the traditional hierarchy structure of to learn.
organized a tour of the Active Network most organizations, as everyone works in 4. By entering each opportunity with an
which attracted over 20 students. Active a cubicle, including senior managers and open mind, this will help you capitalize
Network is a global company that provides the Vice President. This further promotes each opportunity.
technology solutions and marketing access the positive team atmosphere within the 5. School does not completely prepare
to community organizations. It is a leading company. you for a job. What school does is it
online community for active lifestyles. After the tour, representatives from gives you the tools to learn.
several departments gave speeches Active Network serves thousands of
The company tour was a great opportunity on what working in their position is like. organizations and millions of active
for students to gain a better understanding of These departments range from product participants in multiple markets throughout
consulting and information technology in the development to consulting, marketing, sales the Unites States, Canada, Europe,
workplace. The event was very organized and information technology support. Australia and New Zealand. From North
and educational. John Wu from SFU and I had the privilege to talk to some of the America’s largest cities and biggest
Simer Sandhu from Active Network did a industry’s brightest leaders at Active marathons, to the top health clubs and youth
wonderful job in coordinating and organizing Network. Below are some of the key lessons sports camps, Active Network’s technology
the event. that they shared with me. I want to take this powers the best names in the industry.
opportunity to share this information with
We started the day bright and early with other students: There are many employment opportunities
breakfast in the Active boardroom. The at Active Network including co-op. If you
representatives were very friendly, outgoing 1. It is easier to get into a company that have a passion, enjoy a casual working
and sociable. In addition, they spent a good you want to work for first, then transfer environment and are willing to work hard,
portion of time to ensure that every inquiry to another department or position then the Active Network may be the
was answered. based on your strengths through company for you. Regardless of your
proving yourself. major, there is a suitable position for you.
After a formal welcoming from Simmer, the 2. The IT industry is becoming more Fast-forward your career today by visiting
first activity was an office tour. The Burnaby service oriented. Therefore, no matter careers.activenetwork.com.
location near city hall was fairly big with three which position you are in, you still
floors. The walls were painted withinviting need to learn how to deal with people Daniel Lee can be reached at daniel.
warm yellow and comforting sky blue creatively. email@example.com
Political Hostage Moreover, the amount of people they risking the lives of civilians who would
Continued from page 9 hold captive, just to prove their cause, is be exposed to those released militants.
illegitimate political strategy like that of not insignificant. According to Betancourt, Contrary to what some would believe, this
kidnapping is immoral, our conception there are approximately 2000 people taken would inflict more suffering to the society
of the sources of its immorality is under the captivity of FARC each year, of than relieving it. The act of kidnapping,
impoverished. Our reaction to reported which 700 are political hostages. Other regardless of the context, is then morally
cases of kidnapping are liable to types of hostages are in a less deep rut as and logically inexcusable. Sympathizing
manipulations by the media and the they are often released by the government with political terrorists that engage in
offenders themselves. If incidents like this waging them out. Political hostages hostage-taking would only demonstrate
do not generate resentment or bitterness however are often traded with the militants’ to them this practice ‘works’, and they will
towards kidnappers, one should still expect leaders or important members of the non- engage in such similar acts that would
to react on the basis of moral indignation. state actor. Recently, on July 13, Israeli heighten this already severe crisis. Hence,
Otherwise, we are rewarding their strategy. prison authorities moved four Lebanese we should be cynical of the captors’ political
It is appropriate to feel concerned but not captives to a new facility where a convicted objectives and conducts as a way to
sympathetic. We should understand the Lebanese killer was earlier placed, better manage this crisis. Otherwise, it will
gravity of the crime that these captors preparing for a swap with the Hezbollah continue to be the most serious threat to
commit; they cause the people they hold guerrilla group on the 17th, July for two world peace.
captive harm and suffering. Israeli soldiers. This trade-off would mean
Hedging Your Relationship
by:Jenny Fei positions, a short and long position. in a future contract. That implies that you
Columnist need to be assured that another girl will
Once you enter a short position on the take you as her boyfriend at a specific
The following contract, you are obligated to sell the date, (maturity). By doing so, you will
article is meant to asset at the specified price in the future. be sure to have a girlfriend at maturity.
give you a good Once you enter a long position on the Even though your second choice may
laugh, so please do contract, you are obligated to buy the not be as great as the first one, you will
not overthink my asset at the specific price in the future, have successfully eliminated the risk
argument as they (the opposite of short position). of continuing to be single. On the other
have a lot flaws. When you exit the contact, you are hand, if your first choice accepted you,
cancelling the contract before maturity. you can close your positionby cancelling
Relationships are your future contract before maturity date.
much like future contracts. Anyways, So, now let’s apply it to relationships.
here is a crash course on what I have You are an asset and you are on the This application applies to both genders.
learned on future contracts,(just wait, open market where exchange occurs. However, there is a tiny problem - “We
you will see where I am going with this). You want to be someone’s boyfriend, are humans.” Yes, we are and we do
(ie. ask a girl out). Consider this action not trade on the exchange like other
The definition of future contracts: as you want to sell yourself to be her assets. But I found this to be a pretty
Suppose you have an asset and you boyfriend. You know the gain from this cool way of thinking about it. And, if you
want to sell it in the future. Since the transaction occurs if that girl is willing apply it carefully, it might work. You will
value of the asset fluctuates, you want to go out with you. However, you do have to choose your future contract very
to eliminate that variance, (both the date not know the cost because she can carefully as it is your back up and never
and the price on a future contact are set reject you. Therefore, you would like to let him/her know this idea. As you can
today). You enter a contract stating that eliminate or reduce the risk, (note that see, relationships are much like finance.
you can sell the asset in the future at a risk does not imply loss. It is variation in
specific price. The contract isa future the possible outcomes). In order to do I hope this article brings you a good
contract. Now, this contract has two that, you need to enter a short position laugh and good luck on your finals.
It All Starts Small collateral, income, or credit history, which insightful responses in the face of all
by: Mirko Suzara
prevents them from obtaining loans via looming questions. In the following hour
BASS, VP Internal traditional banks. and a half, much interesting insight and
Hello SFU BIZ Students! Your Business discussion was raised—to a degree often
Administration Student Society (BASS) Bringing this back to our university, we have lacking in typical classroom discussions.
would like to take this opportunity and been fortunate enough to have a strong At the end of this time, we came to several
share with you an exciting new initiative. relationship with the Global Agents for unanimous conclusions, thus successfully
Change (http://www.globalafc.org/): a non- allocated our fund of $2700 and resulting
On June 27th, 2008, at 3:30PM several profit organization that supports sustainable in a portfolio distribution that we were all
undergraduate SFU Business students solutions to global poverty. With this proud of (see http://www.kiva.org/lender/
decided to reach forward to make an goal in mind, they offered SFU Business afcsfu for the full portfolio distribution
impact in the lives of people across the students the opportunity to manage a breakdown)!
world…one click at a time. It was history in student-raised $2700 microcredit fund
the making. It was the first SFU Agents for lent through KIVA—a microcredit lending If you wish to find out more information
Change Microcredit Fund Lending session. platform—and facilitated by BASS with the about the SFUAFC Microcredit Fund, or if
Allow me to elaborate. cooperation of various other student clubs you have any additional questions, please
and organizations. don’t hesitate to contact myself (mis1@
The distribution method for this positive sfu.ca) or Sean Peters—a Global Agents
change is microcredit, that is, the lending Now that the fund and the organizational for Change Director and current SFU
of very small, trust-based loans to framework were in place, the next step student—at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
entrepreneurs in developing countries. The was to lend it out. However, this was not an
theory behind this is that many individuals easy step to make. To whom do we lend? Enjoy the rest of your summer and don’t
in the developing world have the potential Where do we lend? And why? Fortunately, forget to stay tuned for upcoming news
to succeed and strengthen their local each business club and organization was from your Business Administration Student
economies; yet, they often lack sufficient able to select a representative. Together, Society (BASS)!
we were poised to strike eloquent and
BBA’s LMS Epidemic
by: Alan Margovskiy no…so yes AND no…does that easily be emailed to you instead), you
Columnist answer your question? I hope I was receive 8%. In addition, if you answer
clear. What do YOU think?…in fact, the TA’s questions and discuss why
If BUS courses let’s let the class answer this one…” Richard Branson and Wal-Mart are
were offered online awesome, you get an extra 2%. Oh,
through Distance On the other hand, some professors and let’s not forget those student-run
Ed., you wouldn’t ask for class participation without any tutorial presentations you have to
ever see my ass purpose at all. I’m talking about when suffer through every class. You know,
on. Some of you profs pause mid-slide and ask some the ones where four dudes in suits
out there prefer to obvious bullshit to which the answer spend 10 minutes discussing why
physically attend is RIGHT THERE ON THEIR SLIDE. the economy, gas prices and random
lectures, study on Either that, or they ask something concepts learned in class are going to
campus, join extracurricular garbage like “so…class…can you give me fuck over some huge company? (Side
and all that other crap you should an example of a corporation? One note: If you’re going to be professional,
be putting an end to if you’re past that is big and well known?” Some stop giving out candy. Instead of
your third year and I’m cool with 20-year-old in the front-row dressed treating me like a kindergardener, why
that. However, personally, I find that in sweats, or the dedicated 40-year- don’t you teach me some shit that
attending Business lectures is an old in work clothes behind him, then I couldn’t have found on Wikipedia
all-around waste of everyone’s time, proceeds to give a bullshit answer for myself?)
including mine. Assuming I actually participation marks. If their answer
come to class and don’t fall asleep, does not discuss the supply chain of Overall, physical lectures and tutorials
me learning something in class is Wal-Mart, then look for it to discuss are just not worth it. It takes me one
about as likely as 50 Cent winning such intellectual topics as cars, video hour to get to school and one hour to
a beauty contest (and that ain’t games, movies or Richard Branson get to class, so unless you’re going
happening cause fif is one ugly mofo). (side note: SFU Business, PLEASE to be teaching me something which
My reasoning? get off Richard Barnson’s dick. I’ve I can’t read in the textbook, you’re
heard about the motherfucker in over wasting my time. Why do you think
Firstly and most importantly, is the four 300 level classes now. I get it, students cram their schedules into one
simple fact, as stated above, that I get dude is crazy and owns a lot of shit). or two days a week? Because they
absolutely nothing out of attending want to get all their schooling over
lectures. My laziness, procrastination After the informative lecture comes to with as fast as possible and instead do
and ADD symptoms aside, I attribute an end, I wake my ass up and head something more productive. I’m sick of
this partially to today’s innovative over to tutorial for another nap. The coming to class for fear of feeling skip-
teaching style employed by professors tutorial is usually taught by someone guilt if I don’t, rather than coming to
worldwide, which I have termed “Lazy a year younger than me, who got class and learning something. Here’s
Motherfucker Syndrome” (LMS). a B in the class last semester and an idea: lectures which actually get
LMS is prominent in lectures taught now wants to make some fast cash something across, use of tutorial time
by hotshot young profs, bored and (I’m not hating, just telling the truth). for me to meet with my project group
frustrated older profs on the verge If the tutorial does not involve going (so I don’t have to do it on Sunday)
of retirement or general lecturing over answers to homework problems and an optional open lab for people
n00bs hired because they went to (answers which could easily instead with further questions. VOILA.
MIT. A typical LMS lecture consists be posted online), it is usually held Of course, lastly, I should mention
of the professor reading out generic for the sake of pointless participation that LMS has its exceptions. Some
textbook-made PowerPoint slides to marks. professors, though their lectures still
the class. Like you, the professor is suffer from traces of LMS, manage
also reading and learning the material Yes, PARTICIPATION. This shit to at least engage me, educate me
being presented for the first time in makes me so angry, it deserves a or intrigue me in a way where I learn
their life and to cover up this fact, whole paragraph of its own. “If you something new. I’m talking about the
they usually rely on class discussion just show up, you’ll automatically get Pelozas, the Merediths and the Freins
to explain the points presented. Try 8/10 for participation no problem”. of SFU Business. While I’m sure our
asking one of these profs a question Ever heard that gem? Basically, faculty has its share of these non-
and I guarantee you’ll get a “that’s a in exchange for showing up to the LMSers, they are a dying breed.
good question…I’d like to say yes… pointless tutorial and listening to
but <obvious counter-example which some douchebag discuss answers
doesn’t really make sense> so maybe to homework problems (which could
by: Fahad Yasin
I have had the privilege to attend countless
events held by different student associations
of SFU Business. For the most part, the more
successful ones have always had a well
integrated theme. At times, the theme sparks
the central topic of discussion or inspires the
dress code. Whatever it may do, the perfect
fusion of a consistent theme into the event is
a form of artistic representation that can build
excitement and anticipation. An event that has
had no theme up till now is Frosh, an extension
of Orientation for incoming Business students.
I had the honour to co-chair Frosh 2007, which
included a series of action-packed but rather
random events. The event was a success;
but it could have been better. I am extremely
happy to say I have returned to work for Frosh
2008 from a different perspective: the Director
of Technology. This year the Organizing
Committee decided revolve the entire event
around a single theme. Based off of popular
reality TV shows led by American Idol, Frosh
will be themed “Are you the Next Ultimate
Rockstar?”, integrated with challenges that
have only one goal in mind: reaching rock-
superstardom and become the next ultimate
rockstar of SFU Business. This theme has
inspired all our branding and promotional
efforts. (Check out our website at www.sfubiz.
ca/frosh) With this rockstar inspiration, we hope
From left to right, Fahad Yasin, Shirin to excite the first-year student about more than
Sheidaei, Jasmina Randhawa, Jeff Mak, Sahar just the two weeks of intense activities. We
Sharafzadeh, Silkie Wong, and Vivian Mann hope to extend that excitement and anticipation
to this great Faculty and this great school. We
are also looking for volunteers. You can contact
email@example.com for more information.
Keep your eyes peeled for submission deadline of the Frosh Exclusive.
Submit your article to www.sfubiz.ca/buzz