ALC Program Gets a Face Lift: An Update on The College’s Plans

ALC Program Gets a Face Lift: An Update on The College’s Plans

Photo: a classroom in TAV College’s new C building.

By Justin Hand-Gregory

 

The College recently announced its ambitious plans to revamp the Arts, Literature, and Communication program. A large part of the announcement was two professional-grade production studios. Through revamping the existing program, TAV hopes to attract more of a target audience of students to the program who are passionate about the program’s specific learning outcomes (as opposed to students who are more interested in general studies like the General Social Science program).

Taking a Fresh Look at the ALC Program

Valerie Svitanko, Coordinator of the ALC and Social Science programs, said during a phone interview that “ever since TAV introduced the Social Science programs in Winter 2019, the ALC program saw a gradual decline in enrollment.” The ALC program used to be the only pre-university alternative to the Sciences. So, as a tactic to bring more students into the program, the administration tried integrating more media and practical skills into its curriculum as well as added a “mentorship” aspect to the program’s synthesis project. However, the tactics were unsuccessful.

Svitanko said,

“the program is unique in the sense that it is pre-university, but also provides real-life skills: The courses offered have slowly transitioned to be more practical and less theoretical. With that said, the College is motivated and willing to try and breathe new life into the program in order to ensure its continuity.”

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New Media Production and Learning Facilities

The expansion of TAV’s campus size served as a catalyst for the College to re-imagine many of its rooms and spaces. With the immense amount of new space that the “C building” will bring in Fall 2021, the TAV administration has had the opportunity to start planning for the transformation of rooms that were, at once, conventional classrooms.

Although there is no final decision on which rooms the studios will call home, there is speculation that the new building is a promising candidate. The new building would be ideal because of its modern concrete structure. This would allow for better-soundproofed spaces where students can get very high-quality sound recordings for course projects that require sound engineering. Also, the rooms in the new building are much larger than those of the A and B buildings, which is ideal for a studio because studios generally have a lot of wires, equipment, and large objects lying around, and having a large space reduces the risk of accidents. Plus, a larger space will allow students to be more interactive with the creative projects they will make.

There are also plans (in negotiation) to create an official ALC department in the new building. Although there have been no final decisions made yet, the idea is to give the ALC program a few rooms, all on the same floor of the building. This way, ALC students and teachers will have their own floor to call home, where they can display student work on the walls and the rooms and studios will all be close by and will be exclusive to them. The idea is that everyone in the department will feel part of this creative environment and will inspire one another to create some truly amazing things in years to come. The current plan is to have the Mac lab, film/photography studio, sound studio, and equipment storage room all on the fourth floor.

Equipment Management

One of the key factors in determining the success of the new studios is going to be the system for managing the equipment. The College plans on investing over ten thousand dollars into making this revamp project a reality. So, the question becomes, who and how will this expensive inventory be kept safe? 

The current system in place is inadequate. Svitanko stated that the current problem is that the equipment the College already owns is being lost.

The proposed solutions for the management of media equipment come with a few different options. One option is that the teachers of the ALC program be responsible for keeping track of who borrowed the equipment using a sign-in/sign-out form.

Option two is to implement a work-study program where students work for various departments at the college and instead of a paycheque, they pay off their tuition. Students could work as an equipment management facilitator for the rental, tracking, and inventory management of the new equipment.

The third option is to hire a designated technician who would be responsible for managing the equipment and studio maintenance. Regardless of whichever option is selected, there will be a structured system in place to avoid anything being lost, stolen, or damaged. The equipment will be free to use, for ALC students only, but will more than likely have a ‘you break it, you buy it’ policy attached in order to stress how serious the damage or loss of this equipment is.

Endless Possibilities

These new ALC facilities will allow the College to expand the courses offered in the program, in addition to enhancing existing courses. The long-term goal will be to allow students from various other programs and student clubs to use the studios once the department has discovered a management system that works and no issues have been discovered.

Tale of Antiquity

Tale of Antiquity

The story so far

Ever look up at the night sky in the countryside and wonder if there was life beyond our solar system?

Once upon a time, there lived a great omnipotent king named Toku. This all-powerful and benevolent king was immortal and had ruled his kingdom since the beginning of creation. His divine kingdom was called Twelfth Heaven. Located just outside our solar system, it was populated by a race of strange and enigmatic beings made of Light.

My name is Sam Urai, the last king of Gandawandaland. I was born about 3520 years before Christ and lived for over 700 years. Are you surprised? Ha! In those days, mankind’s life span topped 900 years on average. You cannot conceive of the world of my time as it has been lost to history. Furthermore, in antiquity, gods from the heavens lived among men on this Earth. 

These gods taught mankind to utilize our free will to reason and they bestowed technology upon us. All benefits and luxuries you enjoy today, without exception, are derived from their knowledge. Everything from agricultural techniques to architecture and civil engineering, from art and music to math and sciences. All of which were holistically contained in a single philosophy or worldview. Practitioners of this religion were committed to developing character and dignity. In turn, they acquired a permanent divine grace and longevity. 

It all started long ago when these strange Light beings faced extinction in their world due to excessive consumption of natural resources. All the warnings to cease their actions had gone unheeded. Until finally, the entire planet’s ecosystems crumbled resulting in massive catastrophic disasters. A massive loss of life ensued as the devastation triggered more and more seemingly unrelated calamities. A dark cloud had descended over the near-perfect, god-like beings. 

In the desperate scramble to save their world, it was discovered that the chemical element of gold had the ideal makeup to patch up massive caverns that had formed over the millennia of unchecked depletion of the minerals, gases, and other resources deep in the interior of the planetary mass. These gigantic empty spaces threatened the structural stability of that entire globe. As it turned out, gold was rare on that planet, and so after a quick scout around our solar system, the gods discovered a humble blue planet and descended upon it to mine for the gold. 

First came the one called Nobu. This being was a feline-faced, slender figure, who stood at a towering height of 12 feet tall. Nobu was Toku’s first born child and the brains of the Earth task-force expedition. She was deep into the STEM subjects and was an avid inventor of all manner of wacky yet useful gadgetry. She had a reputation for being a troublemaker in the alien society but always got away with it because her eccentricity was the source of her genius, which was highly valued and praised by all. 

This imposing figure belongs to the one called Eiya. Eiya was Nobu’s sibling and was tasked by their father to assume the role of Commander-in-chief of the kingdom’s Earth expedition. This gentle giant stood at 16 feet tall, had the head of a bull, a heart of gold, and an indestructible body. Just as wise as he was mighty, Eiya was slow to anger and praised stability above all else. This tendency caused him to be somewhat stubborn and resistant to change. Eiya was Toku’s favorite child because he was dependable and steadfast, unlike his sister whose every whim had her changing course at any moment. He had a track record of hoarding all manner of beautiful and luxurious things, however, that many disapproved of. Though he ruled justly as Commander of the Earth expedition, he was rigid and unimaginative later when situations arose that demanded adjustment and when his people needed to improvise. 

This is the restored capital of the kingdom on the Twelfth Heaven. 

You may be wondering what all of this has to do with our troubles, both the isolation felt during this pandemic and the larger environmental crisis. I mentioned earlier how this is about restoring perspective to our bewildered spirits. You see the Light beings are intimately intertwined with humanity and are linked to some of the most important and spectacular events that have occurred on this planet. From the very genesis of mankind to the Great flood that was to have erased our kind off the face of the Earth! All prophets and all saviors have known this truth. 

These benevolent otherworldly beings fashioned us from clay and breathed life into our nostrils. The reason for this act of divine creation, however, was not altruistic. They intended to use us as laborers to mine gold because their numbers had dwindled after the near destruction of their planet. Toku could not send any more of his subjects for the important work being carried out on Earth. When they first arrived on this planet about 13000 years ago, only the natural things like the primordial elements existed along with the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms. Judging the already existing creatures to be lacking reasoning faculties and unsuited for the kind of tasks they needed doing. The beings sought the permission of their supreme king to allow Nobu to devise a new life form more capable of aiding them in their efforts. 

Wouldn’t you like to know?

Wouldn’t you like to know?

Getting to know Tav’s teachers 

Have you ever wondered where your teacher’s desktop picture was taken, or what food they are eating during the 15-minute break?

Read this article to learn more about our teachers and what their lives are like off screen.

Teacher: Samara Kornitzer

What is your favorite hobby? Reading, and hiking.

Where is your favorite spot in Montreal? My favorite spot in Montreal is the bird sanctuary in Westmount.

Where is the first place you traveled to? The first place I’ve visited was Italy.

Teacher: Daniel Glassman

What are your hobbies? Writing, Reading, Cooking

Do you have a favorite book? There are too many to list! That’s like asking which of my best friends is my favorite friend!

Which restaurant is your most preferred? Deli 365

Where was your favorite trip? Spain

What is your favorite place in Montreal to visit? Mile End, Griffin Town

Do you have a favorite Food? Shawarma, Smoked Meat, Smoked Salmon

Your second life might start if you “Follow Your Heart”!

Your second life might start if you “Follow Your Heart”!

A review of Andrew Matthews’s book

Looking back at 2020, we can all say that we went through lots of worries and difficulties. We were afraid of what the future might bring us. Fortunately, I read this book in those months. While reading, I realized that even in the most stressful days of my life, I must try to advance my thoughts and feelings.

If you feel the same, maybe you want to give it a chance and read it. This article is here to introduce a book that is perfect to enlighten your life.

Who is Andrew Matthews?

Andrew Matthews is an Australian author and speaker. According to his site, he has published his books in 47 languages and addressed over 1000 international corporations in happiness, well-being, and prosperity. He also appeared on over 5000 radio and TV programs.

He gives you a better understanding of your life and your relationships. He also shows you some new ideas of thinking, those you can use to be happier and healthier. 

“Follow Your Heart” has ten chapters, and it talks about over three original concepts of well-being in each chapter. One of the biggest strengths of this book is that it is easy to digest. 

Dedicate Time to Your Soul

Give fifteen minutes per day to Andrew Matthews and start an incredible journey with him. Listen to his practical advice with all of your heart. I assure you he will inspire you, and you will change at least some of your beliefs or thoughts after finishing this book.

What does the book talk about?

“Follow Your Heart” will show you a new horizon and engage you in lots of thinking. There are dozens of ingenious messages and useful advice waiting for you to consider and use.

It also talks about that you are enough, even with all of your flaws. The only thing you need to do is to embrace the changes and be happy with the existence of your challenges. Working on your weaknesses can strengthen you.

We are continuously being presented with small challenges which we must learn to overcome. “Unless we learn the lessons, we get to take them again… again… and again.” (Matthews, 1997. p16).  Accepting the full responsibility for our obstacles will make this growth process smoother and more pleasant. Our problems are our treasures, which can bring us spiritual growth. 

Matthews covers some significant concepts like the subconscious, the miracle of gratitude and peace of mind, passion, the secret of power, luck, family and forgiveness, and love and fear are other concepts that Andrew brought you with his interesting methods of writing.

Individual’s stories

The author suggests that even though we all have a story, we are not defined by them. We do not belong to a particular category. We can change the narrative of our lives if we are feeling unhappy with the direction we are going in.

He believes we can deal with our problems reasonably. If we are not happy with what we do, there are always jobs out there that belong to us. We can earn money and love what we do at the same time. Matthews teaches us to be comfortable with money, and to enjoy what we have in life. Thus, there is a chapter that helps us understand more about the benefit of the detachment of money, lovers, etc.

The school of life

Hard work is necessary to our growth. There is almost no way out of it. It is important to learn how to navigate the ups and downs of our lives. Life can be compared to school, which means that as long as you are breathing, the class is in session. 

Sources:

Matthews, A. (1997). Follow Your Heart. Seashell publishers. Lessons. Pp.16.



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