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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
The art of science and vice versa

A youthful approach to art
2009-06-29 17:48:44.0 網誌分類: 校園生活

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Academy of Visual Arts graduation show at the Kai Tak campus. I'm no connoisseur but I love looking at art, so I need scant excuse to check out an exhibition.

But before I even stepped into the exhibition gallery, I was enthralled by the beauty of the building that houses it. The Academy of Visual Arts inhabits a Grade I Historical building, the former Royal Air Force Officer's Mess, an inspiring setting for art education.

Each of the 60 or so graduating students had contributed something to the exhibition and since the art is spread across the campus, you get a tour of the building too.

I was struck by the modern interpretations of Chinese painting technique and traditional crafts like paper cutting. But my favourite pieces were the interactive ones simply because they made the art fun and non-intimidating.

For example, one exhibit invited the viewer to pick out their interpretation of the colour red from many small bits of paper and stick the fragment onto the wall, writing about why one chose that piece.

I was immediately nervous because the wall was covered with very creative rough drawings, and it's been ages since I drew anything. But finally, I threw my inhibitions to the wind. If you visit the exhibition and see a rather inept drawing of a chilly, you'll know who to blame. 

I also enjoyed riding the swing which was part of another installation. The artist encouraged people to write their feelings on the swing after their ride and I happily obliged.

Another interesting piece was a series of boxes, each containing fragments of memories. I had a rather Pandora-like experience when I opened one box to find it filled with rotting eggs and flies. So "curiosity with caution" is going to be my motto when approaching art from now on.

I came away from this exhibition with the impression that art need not be just about staring pretentiously at something hanging on the wall. It can, and probably should be, irreverent and interactive. This seems to be the direction of Hong Kong's next generation of creative minds, at least.

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Small steps towards a greener planet
2009-06-19 19:23:42.0 網誌分類: 校園生活

One day, on our way to lunch in the student hall canteen, we met a staff member carrying a couple of boxes. She told us that she tries to use her own boxes for takeaway rather than contributing to the waste clogging up our landfills by using the takeaway boxes.

Later, I realised that the canteen itself uses takeaway boxes made of recyclable material, a good step towards being more environmentally-friendly. However, the most eco-friendly way to live is to reduce the amount of throwaway stuff we use in the first place. Hence, I thought our colleague taking the trouble to carry her own boxes to the canteen is commendable. Although most of us would are concerned about the environment, we’re usually reluctant to do anything that is even the least bit inconvenient.

For example, many supermarkets are now encouraging shoppers to bring their own bag and cut down on using plastic bags. This can be troublesome if you’re doing the grocery round after work and don’t have a bag handy. But it’s just a question of habit – there was a time when people survived without carry bags being handed to them – and keeping a folded bag or two in your work or gym bag.

A small thing to do, but most people can’t be bothered and even hassle the checkout staff when told they’ll have to pay for a bag on a No Plastic day. Actually, 50 cents is quite a cheap price to pay for something that’s going to harm the earth in a much bigger way.

I am heartened to see that around HKBU there’s plenty of evidence of concern for the environment. In my office, we have recycled paper for printing and make sure to use both sides of the paper for office work. Again, a small step but every bit counts.

Around the campus are boxes for recycling CDs, batteries, and printer cartridges in addition to paper, cans and plastic bottles. The University was the first tertiary institution to participate in the Government’s mercury-containing lamps recycling project which sends used up compact energy saving bulbs and florescent tubes to chemical recycling plant in Tsing Yi, rendering the mercury harmless to human health.

The latest initiative on campus is the green roof and green wall on the roof of the Run Run Shaw building on the Ho Sin Hang campus, which was completed in February. Easily accessible and yet quietly tucked away, the roof is peaceful place to take a break.

But there’s more to the roof than meets the eye. The 273 sq m of green roof and 42 sq m of green wall help lower cooling and heating costs, absorb pollution and act as a sound barrier. The wall, which is home to a number of interesting species, is completely pesticide and herbicide free and is irrigated by a solar-operated mechanism that has a rain sensor to prevent wastage.

In fact, the roof’s like a demonstration arena for renewable energy with solar panels and wind turbines powering the lighting and a solar mosquito trap to keep your time there scratch-free. Kudos to those who dreamt up this oasis that’s nice to both us and the Earth.

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With eyes wide open
2009-06-10 23:37:06.0 網誌分類: 校園生活

HKBU has many loyal staff members who have been with the University for decades. Me, I’ve just been here a few months.

Having worked in the corporate sector for several years, moving to a university is a novel experience. With four whole months under my belt, I thought now is as good a time as any to list my five favourite things about working for HKBU:

1)      The relative peace and quiet of Kowloon Tong is a nice change from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s business districts. People walk slower here and take the time to look around and smell the roses. There are plenty of places around campus to just sit and read a book or sun yourself, now that summer’s here.

2)      I still occasionally get lost on campus but the good thing about this is that I end up discovering something new. For example, on the Kam Shing Road entrance of the Ho Sin Hang campus is a very peaceful garden showcasing penjiang masterpieces donated by Dr. Woo Yee-sun. And on the new campus is an exhibition space where the Academy of Visual arts occasionally shows its work, always an interesting sight. There is also a Museum of Chinese Medicine that is apparently quite popular with tourists. More posts on these discoveries soon!

3)      Being around students makes me feel younger. It’s nice to be among people who are still idealistic and enthusiastic about the future. It’s fun to see how student groups interact, how student bodies serve as practice grounds for later life and the concerns and causes that drive students.

4)      Being in a university satisfies the geeky part of my personality. A university is like a microcosm of the world – here the arts, sciences and commerce cohabit and interact. All around me are ideas in chrysalis that will one day be unleashed on the world and consumed by the larger public. On any given day, there are at least a couple of seminars or lectures taking place on some fascinating subject or other. If being around students keeps me young, being around academics keeps my mind ticking.

5)      The discount at Pacific Coffee on campus which makes a latte a day an affordable luxury.

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作者: 鍾伯光教授

2012-07-24 12:28:12.0

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2009-08-04 17:47:17.0


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