Sunday, 14 April 2013

Challenge Accepted

This last month of school did not succeed in killing me, but it did temporarily stay my ability to write for this blog. Therefore, today's blog post will not be written by me. The following mock news article is compliments of my program head here at school, Dr. David Catterick.


Saskatchewan Daily
April 13, 2013 

Enterprising students from the Intercultural Communication class at Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Saskatchewan claim they have turned a key theory of Intercultural Communication on its head. The students set out to test their professor’s assertion that Canadian and British national culture are both “specific” in nature. Specific is a term coined by the well-known intercultural communication researchers Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner and is used to mean that people tend to wear different “hats” and keep their personal and public spheres separate. The course professor, Dr. David Catterick, had suggested in the third week of the course that Canada was a specific society evidenced by the fact that students would be unlikely to think it appropriate to arrive at their professor’s house on a random Saturday afternoon and expect to sit and play a game of cards. Seven students from the class were so intrigued by this example that they decided to test the hypothesis for themselves. They arrived this afternoon at Catterick’s house with a deck of cards and told him they were there to play a game of “Go Fish”. Carla Heinrichs, a spokesperson for the students, explains: “We were careful to emphasize the cultural nature of our study by bringing a deck of playing cards that had pictures of Peru on them”. Another student, Travis Zacharias, who had been singled out by Catterick as the student most likely to arrive at his professor’s doorstep, says: “The entire study took just 30 minutes to complete and we feel it provides definitive proof that Canadians are not specific at all”. When asked to provide a comment, Catterick seemed cautious about the results of the study and suggested that more research was still required before the students would be able to publish their findings. “I think a more convincing test of whether Canada is specific would be for me to accompany Travis Zacharias and Alisha Epp on their dates”, he suggested.

It seems that there aren't many people who have had the guts to prank David in the past, but I don't understand why. He basically challenged us to show up, and he's not that intimidating. He greeted us at his door, laughing, and the photo is evidence that he did, in fact, both oblige us to our game of Go Fish and that he enjoyed it.

Job well done, cohorts.

To demonstrate how the rest of the school semester has been going:
Me: Is it possible to have a big ding?
Chuck: A big ding is kuair.

P.S. I definitely lost the game of Go Fish.
P.P.S. It's not dirty, it's Chinglish.


Stephanie W said...

I did worse than you at Gold Fish!

Art said...

Who won the games? It is important to have winners regardless of the society type.