With term break arriving and what feels like an endless trail of assignments and tests, finding a suitable study space on campus, especially after hours can be more taxing than usual. If you’re someone like me who pretty much lives on campus, you will know all about the after hour spaces; if you’re not and are looking for one to get all the work done, here are some options…

The common libraries with varied business hours are the Central Library, EPS Library, the Macmillan Brown Library on the Ilam campus and the Henry Fields Library (Education Library) on the Dovedale campus. The business hours can be found on the respective sites, but are known to many like the tip of their finger. Unfortunately, none operate 24/7 but two are open on the weekends. Use this useful library hours online tool to figure out a time and location that works best for you.

Like always though, to every problem there is a solution. There are plenty of 24/7 study spaces that are mostly computer work rooms for you to choose from. On the Ilam campus there’s:

1)     Crypt 1 & Crypt 2, both located in Level 0 of Erskine

2)      Room KC03 in Kirkwood

3)      The good old Undercroft – the Undercroft never sleeps!

On the Dovedale campus the Kotuku workroom  is 24/7 and available for all students.

Most of these buildings require your Canterbury Card to grant access, so make sure you have your card with you (in fact, whenever you’re on campus you should have your Canterbury Card on you).

While you’re busy burning the midnight oil, your safety is equally important. Here are a few tips to help keep yourself safe:

1.    Have Campus Security on speed dial. They can be reached for free on 0800 823 637 from mobile phones both on and off campus. They will escort you back home safely if needed and can be contacted for any emergency.

2.    Help and Info Towers: Located at multiple spots on campus, these towers are not only for use in emergencies; they are there as information points as well. Press down the appropriate button (Info or Emergency) and speak into the tower to the operator who will assist you. For the locations of the Help and Info Towers on both the Ilam and Dovedale campuses look under “Emergency and Help information” on UC’s online map: http://maps.canterbury.ac.nz/

3. The police, fire brigade and ambulance can be reached on 111. Make sure you call campus security simultaneously, in case of an emergency.

4. Make sure to be aware; try your best to be alert and safe in the extreme after hours and it’s best if you’re with a mate.

5.  Keep some one updated about your whereabouts. This could be a mate, your flattie or even mummy! Just send a simple text telling them where you are and how long you will be.

Anzac Biscuits

One of my favourite foods from New Zealand is hands down, Anzac biscuits. Anzac biscuits have been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps since they fought together in World War One. During the war women baked hard, rock like biscuits made with simple ingredients such as: oats, butter and golden syrup, which gave them a long shelf life. These were then sent to the soldiers on the battlefront to give them energy along with a taste of home. Additionally biscuits similar to these (but not as hard!) were sold at fetes, and fairs to raise money for the war effort. For more history about ANZAC traditions look here:  http://www.anzac.govt.nz/significance/traditions.html.

Over time recipes developed and evolved into the modern day ANZAC biscuit, a variation on the original recipe that doesn’t break your teeth!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15-18 minutes
Makes: 30 small or 15 large

What you need:
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 1 cup flour
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 cup desiccated coconut
• 2 tbsp golden syrup
• 125g butter
• 2 tbsp water
• ½ tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 160°C and line two baking trays with non-stick paper. Combine the rolled oats, flour, brown sugar and coconut together in a large bowl. Heat together in a saucepan golden syrup, butter and water until the butter melts. Then add the baking soda and mix into the dry ingredients with a spoon until well combined.

Roll mixture into balls and place on the trays (with room for them to spread a bit!). Press lightly on the tops with a fork and then bake until golden (15-18 mins). Allow the biscuits to cool on the trays and harden.

Stored in an airtight container the biscuits will keep for two weeks.

Happy baking!

Is your lecturer the best? Nominate them now!

It’s that time of the year again – voting for your best lecturer and letting them know that they are appreciated.

From 1995, the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) has instituted lecturer of the year awards as a platform for students to voice their opinion and channel their appreciation to the most deserving lecturers from all across the University. Don’t let the title fool you; you can also nominate your favourite administrator, supervisor or simply someone of great character for the year. If this wasn’t fun enough, you can also make up your own lecturer award criteria and the form clearly instructs you to “get sassy” with the criteria. What more can you ask for? You get to be cheeky and get away with it? I’d take that!

By nominating, you are actually voting by filling this online nomination form http://surveymonkey.net/s/loty2014 (yes, of course it’s Survey Monkey!) so you don’t have to fill out another form to vote. The survey link also includes the specific criteria for each award and a few requirements to support your nomination.

If this isn’t enticing enough and you need a little more incentive, then you should know that by simply nominating someone worthy, you are entering yourself into a draw where four $50 vouchers are awarded to be used on campus cafés and bars. Don’t tell me that free food and drinks are not a good incentive! So go on-line and get nominating.

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