Saturday, November 28, 2009

Weekend Tackle Football in Scenic Woods Ancaster

Weekend Tackle Football, sliding in grey oozee like mud, formerly grass lawn transformed into ripped up green turf bits and pieces, Jack Frost lying across the end zone before you slide into the whiteness alongside with him, drier and hotter before the wet and cold get within you. Missing a 4 score by a shoelace tackle on a fallen run here or a wraparound coverage on a failed reception there, gave up secondary again to be on the line for reddog and wildcat blitz formations, picking up a couple sacks, a fumble recovery, but no sacks. But most important, much bonding with fellow ballers and talking in depth about the game, working hard on bettering ourselves each game, all of which happened in Scenic Woods Ancaster just this afternoon.

In Canada on Vanier and Grey Cup Weekend, if you are not playing in either of course, you are then asked to partake in the elements, as listed above plus the rounder pigskin than all cowhide south of the 49th, usually somewhere else.

Now, when you play, or even much more importantly, when you practice, one must always listening to your weaknesses before talking about your strengths. Using such a system in life, as well as in game, leads to more wins, victories and championships individually, and of course in the collective sense as team. I truly believe when the game becomes all about the money, the stats and the fame, all that is not honourable and virtuous in the world but of it, that is when one must hang up the cleats and walk away from the game.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Redeemer Number Two for Highest Tuition Nationally

With an annual tuition of $11,924, Redeemer University College apparently maded Micro Soft Network's most expensive Canadian universities list as second highest tuition nationally, unfortunately, as of 2009-2010, the annual tuition actually is $12,704. That $12,704 does not include the $4,320 for independent housing, nor the $1,200 in books nor $420 student fee we pay annually, plus an extra $2,160 to keep your apartment in the summer for next year, which if you do that, you may as well take a summer course at $678 a pop while you are there. Without any scholarship, Royals could be paying annually up to $18,644, with that grand total being jacked up to $21,482, if you do the summers at Redeemer too.

Trinity Western University of Langley British Columbia beats our erroneous total with their annual tuition of $17,460, so is the one given for the Spartans in err too, according to the TWU website, the actual annual tuition as of 2009-1010 is $18,450, which does not include the $4,236 for independent housing, nor the $1,000 in books nor $230 student fee they pay annually, which gives them a grand total of $23,916.

We Royals save $5,272 at the high end to the Spartans' own when the chips are down, thus TWU really is not that spartan when it comes to costs, however RUC does live up to its name in being quite royal with its. But remember now, these are the two highest tuitions in Canadian post secondary education today, with places like Mac going at 5,565, York at $5,761 and Windsor at $5,939, which is almost the exact difference between Trinity and Redeemer, yet Manitoba has the lowest in the nation at $3,597 while still playing major CIS sports like football. This all said, during these days of depressed economic times, students like us need to show our support for the academic institutions we believe in, even when it may literally cost the farm, as the almighty dollar means much more today than it has in the past.