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Cathy
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Cathy joined the University this year and works in an administrative department. As a young professional, she is eager to immerse herself in all the opportunities that the University offers. With a newcomer’s lack of preconceived notions, she offers a fresh look at the various facets of HKBU life.


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Hands-on business experience
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Writing the Metropolis
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Music for my ears
2009-10-20 14:12:45.0 網誌分類: 校園生活
 

If you’re looking for an invigorating way to spend your lunch hour that goes beyond food, you might want to go down to one of the Music Department’s student recitals.

A recent one proclaimed itself the “Penultimate Rag and Fugue Show” so I thought it was worth checking out. I wasn’t disappointed.

The recital opened with a rather hilarious introduction by Professor Christopher Coleman, explaining how the show came about. Apparently a psychic, an old pirate chest, secret diaries and a purported meeting of JS Bach and Scott Joplin were involved.

If it all sounds very confusing, don’t worry! All you need to imagine is the music of the 18thC German composer and the 20thC ragtime composer coming together. If you can’t imagine that, you still needn’t worry. I know very little about music and I still enjoyed the show.

The music was rather light and quirky and everyone seemed to be having fun. There were plenty of giggles when a violinist eschewed his bow and began picking at his violin, mandolin-style. In fact, a string trio did an entire piece in this “pizzicato” style to much applause.  I also loved the Baptist Brass Quintet (BBQ, they call themselves) performance simply because it was an interesting change from the strings.

All in all, a lunch hour well spent. See you at the next recital!

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A few good men
2009-10-06 17:27:57.0 網誌分類: 生活分享
 

Today’s youth are often accused of being self-centred and callous. It’s true that in a world of video games and personal computers, it’s easy for young people to cocoon themselves in whichever reality best suits them, which could lead to a lack of concern for what’s happening beyond the boundaries of that reality. At a staff sharing a while ago, a faculty member mused on how she has to teach her students to be less selfish.

Rather ironically, a colleague and I were discussing this when a young man held the door open for us and waited for us to pass through. We exchanged sheepish glances. “So there are exceptions!” we conceded.

I then recalled another gratifying incident. I was making the long trek down to Fiesta for lunch when it started drizzling. I was not inclined to open my umbrella, simply because I didn’t want to have to lug a wet umbrella around for the rest of the day, so I decided to brave the droplets and walk a little faster.

To my surprise, a young student ahead of me turned around and offered to share his umbrella with me. This is unusual these days because young people are generally so caught up in their chatter that they don’t really notice other people’s discomfort and when they do, something (shyness perhaps?) stops them from lending a helping hand. Sharing an umbrella with me would mean having to make conversation with a stranger for the next ten minutes till we reached our destination. Yet, this boy chose to move out of his comfort zone and offered to do so.

It’s sad that these incidents are a rarity and not the rule. But it’s encouraging that they do exist. So to the two young men who made me smile, thanks! Your little gestures make the world a warmer place.

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Impossible is nothing
2009-09-17 18:08:18.0 網誌分類: 校園生活
 

For most students, university life generally revolves around their studies, extra-curricular activities and the residence halls. It's not that often that students experience the more formal or ceremonial aspects of what it means to be a part of a university.

The 54th Convocation and Honorary University Fellowship Conferment Ceremony held last week was a chance to do so. There were many moving aspects of the ceremony that would have struck a chord with our new students.

The ceremony opened with a procession of senior members of the University community dressed in academic regalia led by the mace-bearer. Did you know that the University's motto "Faith and Perseverance" is inscribed in Chinese on the mace?

There was a rousing performance of the University anthem, which freshmen were probably hearing for the first time, and of "I Will Exalt You" by the HKBU Christian Choir. Honorary University Fellowships were conferred on three eminent personalities– veteran news media professional Ms. May Chan Suk-mei, social service leader Mrs. Peggy P. Lam and noted local architect Dr. Ronald Lu Yuen-cheung – in recognition of their contributions to the University and to the community.

In his speech, President Ng Ching-fai asked students an interesting question: if they were to write an essay on what they are expecting from university life, what would they include? He reminded them that "to learn" is a versatile process that requires initiative on their part as well.

As the students were filing out of hall in their dark robes, I noticed a slogan on one girl's bag: "Impossible is nothing." A good motto, if any, for our freshman to take to heart as they embark on this new phase in their lives!

 

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Sampling the Melting Pot
2009-09-01 18:31:43.0 網誌分類: 校園生活
 

After a quiet summer, the campus is abuzz with activity once more. This week, when I went down to Fiesta for lunch, I was greeted by much brouhaha and excitement. The food hall was so crowded that it was hard to find a place to sit.

Nevertheless, once I did sit down with my bowl of soup, I became fascinated by the clamour around me. One side of the hall had been taken up by tables representing the four student halls. Each one had colourful posters as a backdrop and was manned by students in t-shirts in their hall colours. It was engaging to see the students enthusiastically greeting their new hall mates and, I presume, signing them up for hall activities.

One of the students told me that each hall has its own culture. The hall he's in, for example, is quite fond of organizing hot-pot gatherings. Other halls have their own ways of making sure the students who live there get to know each other and, apparently, students keep their interests in mind when picking their hall.

In addition to students from Hong Kong, last week saw the arrival of the majority of exchange students from overseas. Surprisingly, the largest proportion of exchange students are from Germany but there are also students from the US, France, Sweden and around Asia.

Many of them bore a disoriented and jet-lagged look, but once I got chatting with a couple of them, I realised that they were keen to experience the uniqueness of Hong Kong life. So keen that they insisted on struggling with chopsticks instead of taking the easy route and grabbing a fork! I noticed many of them also giving Asian food a try rather than sticking to sandwiches.

Our international students have come ready to experience a new culture and hopefully our Hong Kong students will help them discover all that this amazing city has to offer. Since the international students will live in the residence halls, there's plenty of opportunity for friendships to blossom. It was nice to see some Hong Kong students take the initiative and chat with the newcomers from overseas over lunch.

Here's to more cross-cultural friendships on campus!

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A campus not so far away
2009-07-16 17:59:29.0 網誌分類: 校園生活
 

Although most of us identify HKBU with its Kowloon Tong campuses, the University has a number of affiliated institutions and offices around Hong Kong. One of these is the Shek Mun campus, home to the College of International Education which offers associate degree programmes, top up degree programmes and short courses.

When I had the opportunity to visit the campus, I was pleasantly surprised by its youthful ambience and state-of-the-art facilities. Shek Mun seems to be an inconvenient location but it actually took less than half-an-hour to get there from the Kowloon Tong campus. The campus is also conveniently located right next to the MTR station.

Once there, I was struck by the peaceful and green atmosphere. The building is designed so that many of the rooms and halls face the verdant mountains. It also has sky terraces so that staff and students can enjoy the outdoors. In fact, the library is the only tertiary education library to have an outdoor area attached.

The students benefit from laboratory work in many of the programmes and I was struck by how innovative education is today. Psychology students devise their own mazes for mice to run through as parts of their experiments; the education students have a playroom for observing young children's natural behaviour.

However, I was most excited by the sports facilities, which include a swimming pool, courts and a dance room. HKBU staff are allowed to use these facilities so maybe another trip to the Shek Mun campus is on the cards for the summer.

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