Cosmos and Magnachrista

Cosmos, held once in every two years,which always brings out the inner scientist in us is an event where one has  to brainstorm innovative ideas which then have to be researched upon as to how effective these ideas could be for the development of the human society. Well, this years’s theme was “the impact of technology on human development”. Every class had participated enthusiastically and made the event a successful one. Magnachrista on the other hand tests both your knowledge and creativity as well. The fest had various event ranging from scouting clues for finding treasure to solving clues on mind puzzling crimes bringing out the Sherlock Holes in you, from gaming to quizzing and many other events which are as follows:

1)Masquerade:

It is a science based treasure hunt.It was a two day event. It had received the highest number of participants which is of 23 teams. There was a total of nine tasks, five in the first round,three in the next and one in the final round. The tasks ranged from fun exciting games such as four legged race, minute to win to tasks that trigger your grey cells such as constructing a rocket bottle, salt analysis,building an electric motor,etc. The event was a huge success.

2)Bullets of Blood

This event is a forensic science event tests your analytic skills. The event was a total of five rounds. The first round being theoretical and had no elimination. The second round was a parameter study from which six participants were selected. The third one was the one in which their knowledge in physics was tested. The fourth round tested their knowledge in chemistry. Finally, the fifth round consisted of three finalists. They finally had to solve the murder within twenty minutes else they had to solve another case. In all they were given three chances.

3)Techtonic

The event was based on programming,gadget making,and automation. Participants were expected to be well versed with circuits and computer programming. The event consisted of five rounds. The first one was the treasure hunt round,where the participants had to search for the required circuit components with which they had to build the circuit in the second round.  In the next round,the participants had to design a program which is capable of handling an order given in a restaurant. In the fourth,they had to theoretically design a hover craft. In the final round the participants had to build a robot in such a way that it would sense a particular object and follow it and at the same time race the other robots. The students had participated very enthusiastically.

4)Espacio

It was an event individual’s ability to discover ways to colonize space. In the first round the participants had to present a seven minute presentation on -“Plan a trip for a hundred people to a celestial body in space”. The second was a debate on i)space colonization-Boon or bane? ii)Should we really attempt to colonize space given what we have done to our home planet. iii)Energy sources in space-Solar vs nuclear.The final round was a space related quiz in which the questions were based on various space experiments on Earth and hypothesizing the result in space.

5)Jeopardy

This event consisted of the Prelims and the finals. The prelims consisted of twenty questions from which the top eight teams were selected. The first round was based on concepts that we learn on our classrooms. The second round was a visual round in which the teams with the lowest score were eliminated. The third round consisted of all types of questions. The fourth round was based on Indian science. The fifth round was the highest scoring round. The competition was very intense where team each had given its best.

Finally, it was truly a confluence of science and culture.

J.E. Easha, Student Representative, Science Forum

 

 

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SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS

Thomas Aquinas was born on 28 January, 1225 in Roccasecca, Kingdom of Sicily to Landulf and Theodora. Thomas is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church and is held to be the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood, and indeed the highest expression of both natural reason and speculative theology. In modern times, under papal directives, the study of his works was long used as a core of the required program of study for those seeking ordination as priests or deacons, as well as for those in religious formation and for other students of the sacred disciplines (philosophy, Catholic theology, church history, liturgy, canon law).

At the age of five Thomas began his early education at Monte Cassino but after the military conflict between the Emperor Frederick II and Pope Gregory IX spilled into the abbey in early 1239, Landulf and Theodora had Thomas enrolled at the studium generale (university) recently established by Frederick in Naples. It was here that Thomas was probably introduced to Aristotle, Averroes and Maimonides. all of whom would influence his theological philosophy. It was also during his study at Naples that Thomas came under the influence of John of St. Julian, a Dominican preacher in Naples, who was part of the active effort by the Dominican order to recruit devout followers.

At the age of nineteen Thomas resolved to join the recently founded Dominican order. Thomas’s change of heart did not please his family. In an attempt to prevent Theodora’s interference in Thomas’s choice, the Dominicans arranged to move Thomas to Rome, and from Rome, to Paris. However, while on his journey to Rome, per Theodora’s instructions, his brothers seized him as he was drinking from a spring and took him back to his parents at the castle of Monte San Giovanni Campano. Once two of brothers had also hired a prostitute to seduce him but he drove her away wielding a fire iron. That night two angels appeared to him as he slept and strengthened his determination to remain celibate. By 1244, seeing that all of her attempts to dissuade Thomas had failed, Theodora sought to save the family’s dignity, arranging for Thomas to escape at night through his window.

In 1272 Thomas took leave from the University of Paris when the Dominicans from his home province called upon him to establish a studium generale wherever he liked and staff it as he pleased. He chose to establish the institution in Naples, and moved there to take his post as regent master. He took his time at Naples to work on the third part of the Summa(his work) while giving lectures on various religious topics. On 6 December 1273 at the Dominican convent of Naples in the Chapel of Saint Nicholas after Matins Thomas lingered and was seen by the sacristan Domenic of Caserta to be levitating in prayer with tears before an icon of the crucified Christ. Christ said to Thomas, “You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward would you have for your labor?” Thomas responded, “Nothing but you, Lord.” After this exchange something happened, but Thomas never spoke of it or wrote it down. Because of what he saw, he abandoned his routine and refused to dictate to his socius Reginald of Piperno. When Reginald begged him to get back to work, Thomas replied: “Reginald, I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me”.What exactly triggered Thomas’s change in behavior is believed by Catholics to have been some kind of supernatural experience of God. After taking to his bed, he did recover some strength.

Looking to find a way to reunite the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Gregory X convened the Second Council of Lyon to be held on 1 May 1274 and summoned Thomas to attend. At the meeting, Thomas’s work for Pope Urban IV concerning the Greeks, Contra errores graecorum, was to be presented. On his way to the Council, riding on a donkey along the Appian Way, he struck his head on the branch of a fallen tree and became seriously ill again. He was then quickly escorted to Monte Cassino to convalesce. After resting for a while, he set out again, but stopped at the Cistercian Fossanova Abbey after again falling ill. The monks nursed him for several days, and as he received his last rites he prayed: “I receive Thee, ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil, toiled, preached and taught….”. He died on 7 March 1274 while giving commentary on the Song of Songs.

When he was canonized, his feast day was inserted in the General Roman Calendar for celebration on 7 March, the day of his death. Since this date commonly falls within Lent, the 1969 revision of the calendar moved his memorial to 28 January, the date of the translation of his relics to Toulouse.

Saint Thomas Aquinas is also known as the patron saint of students.

Sharon Vas, Student representative, ACC.

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A consolidated Report on Pierian Spring Activities

Hello Christites,

We have had a couple of eventful months with the students of CJC participating in a host of activities and competitions held by Pierian Spring, as well as other institutions outside.

Pierian Spring conducted a debate on a Friday last month. The topic of this debate was ‘Who will guard the guards?’ Though not too many people turned up to begin with, the debate was a fruitful one, with various interesting arguments cropping up. It was conducted on a solo basis, with each of the ten speakers being allotted two minutes, plus one minute for rebuttal.

The first place was bagged by Tania Thomas of 1’O’, the second place by Ramith G of 1’L’, while the third place went to Nishtha Sinha of 1’M’. Hats off to the winners as well as to all the other participants!]

The Darpan festival held last month by the Christ University saw the members of Theactrix, Christ Junior College’s annual theatre workshop participating in their theatre competition and bagging awards. The play put forth by the CJC students, called Bangalore Canteen was a reminder to the audience of those age-old retreats, once very popular with the inhabitants of our city, but which are now merely surviving on fragments of legacy, and which are also under the threat of destruction from more ambitious modern businesses. The play’s theme, message and execution certainly brought tears to the viewers’ eyes, and led to the cast winning two awards, one for audience impact and the other for stage management. Congratulations to the team of Bangalore Canteen!

Finish the play

Five students from CJC recently participated and bagged the first place in the Finish the Play event held at The International School Bangalore’s fest Vivum. The team was given the beginning of a storyline, which was an improvisation on the popular children’s story Alice in Wonderland, which they had to continue with a plot of their own imagination, while spreading awareness about any important issue at the same time. Awareness was also the general theme for the whole event. The team from CJC did a fabulous job, putting forth a play that was funny and engaging, while also spreading awareness of current environmental issues. Congratulations to the team members- Sahana, Prathibha, Nirupama, Vineet and Talin.

 Nirupama, Student Representative, Pierian Spring

 

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The PES Experience

It brings me immense pleasure in sharing my experience, being a part of a science feast which happened in PES University dated 23 Aug 2014. This was not only an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of science but also provided a platform to showcase our talents. Of all the events, be it Science quiz,Robotics workshop, Aero-show, and the awaited of all “The Amateur Scientist” caught my attention. Two groups from mathematics department and one group from physics department represented our college and I was a part of physics department project.

Our project was on “Automotive safety”. Standing in the stall and explaining about the stall was itself an experience to be cherished. It was heart-filling to see the crowd intrested in the topic and ask you several questions related to it.

Every stall was a winner in itself,as the ideas showcased were out of the box. It was remarkable to see participants travel across India to be a part of the show. At the end of the day, though we could not make it to the finals, yet we hold a sense of joy and carry an experience of a life time. I take this opportunity to thank our teachers and our college who worked hand in hand and made this possible.

Swetha Saleen, Student Member, Science Forum

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ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO

St. Augustine of Hippo was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings were very influential in western christianity. He was born on 13 November 354 in Thagaste, Numidia. His mother, Monica was a devout Christian and his father Patricius converted to Christianity on his deathbed.
As a youth Augustine lived a hedonistic lifestyle for a time, associating with young men who boasted of their sexual exploits with women and men. They urged the inexperienced boys, like Augustine, to seek experience or to make up stories about their experiences in order to gain acceptance. It was during this period that he uttered his famous prayer, “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.”
At about the age of 19, Augustine began an affair with a young woman in Carthage. Possibly because his mother wanted him to marry a person of his class, the woman remained his lover for over thirteen years and gave birth to his son Adeodatus, who was viewed as extremely intelligent by his contemporaries. In 385, Augustine abandoned his lover in order to prepare himself to marry an heiress.

In the summer of 386, after having heard and been inspired and moved by the story of Placianus’s and his friends’ first reading of the Saint Antony of the Desert, Augustine converted to Christianity. As Augustine later told it, his conversion was prompted by a childlike voice he heard telling him to “take up and read”, which he took as a divine command to open the Bible and read the first thing he saw. Augustine read from Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – the so-called “Transformation of Believers” section, consisting of chapters 12 through 15 – wherein Paul outlines how the Gospel transforms believers, and the believers’ resulting behaviour. The specific part to which Augustine opened his Bible was Romans chapter 13, verses 13 and 14, to wit:
Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.

In 391 Augustine was ordained a priest in Hippo Regius (now Annaba), in Algeria. He became a famous preacher (more than 350 preserved sermons are believed to be authentic), and was noted for combating the Manichaean religion, to which he had formerly adhered.
In 395 he was made coadjutor Bishop of Hippo, and became full Bishop shortly thereafter, hence the name “Augustine of Hippo”; and he gave his property to the church of Thagaste. He remained in that position until his death in 430. He wrote his autobiographical Confessions in 397-398. His work The City of God was written to console his fellow Christians shortly after the Visigoths had sacked Rome in 410.

He died on 28 August 430. He was canonized and later recognised as doctor of the church in 1298 by Pope Boniface VIII. He is considered the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, sore eyes, and a number of cities and dioceses.

“ Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

Sharon Vas, Student Representative, ACC

Sharon Vas, Student representative, ACC

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Social Responsibility Week

Nathaniel Branden once said that the first step towards change was awareness and the second step was acceptance. World Vision organization in collaboration with CSA aimed at spreading awareness on two most pressing issues in our country: HIV and Hunger. People were very keen on knowing what was going on in the first tent which was the HIV tent after they saw hordes of people walking in with headphones strapped onto their heads and mp3 players in their hands, sensitizing people on HIV is probably the harder task among the two but providing people with the chance to witness the stories of two children affected by the afflictions of HIV through an audio visual exhibit was perhaps one of the best ways to do it, our students walked out with empathy after witnessing the hardships Kiran and Barathi faced in their everyday lives and said that they would love to help in any way possible, the students also gave us beautiful feedbacks on how these children shouldn’t be discriminated and how it was time to start helping them. The hunger tent also witnessed a huge crowd of people, it was a timeline of pictures on Hunger and various statistics. Our students were stunned when they first heard that over 50% of our children go hungry every day and that the undernourished population in India was 238 million! Higher than any country in Africa. When the future of our country go hungry every day how can we ever dream of education or a developed India? The pictures of hungry children in our own country were alarming and everyone left the tent with a heavy heart. Outside the tent was a silver painted tree known as the wish tree where people could pen down their wishes, thoughts and slogans on heart confetti. Overall the social responsibility week did raise awareness in our students and left them thinking about how to curb these social issues before moving on to the others.

Neharika Puligundla, Publishing head,  Centre for Social Action (CSA)

 

 

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The Amateur Scientist 2014

“The amateur Scientist” is a science festival hosted by PES University. This event organized by PES is meant to encourage activities in the area of pure sciences and its applications.The Amateur Scientist is scheduled for the 23rd of August,2014 at PES University, Bangalore (Banashankari Main Campus). The show provides a podium for the best working projects created by students of 8th to 12th standards from various institutions across India which will be judged by the best from academia.The following are the projects that have found a place in the science project competitions conducted by PESIT which is to be held on August 23, 2014. Kudos to the participants!!!The synopsis of the projects are uploaded for you all to appreciate and encourage.

1)Maths project – DNA melting temperature and calculation of allele frequency

2)Maths project – Soliton Wave

3)Physics project – Ceasing the engine system of the vehicle if alcohol content of a certain limit is exceeded.

In addition to the Science Projects,PES has also organized the following activities:

  • Hook or Crook-a model making competition
  • Hands on Electronics Workshop
  • Quiz
  • Fun fair-Rubik’s Synchronize,Air Force One,Chemical X and Econ
  • Aero Show-A fascinating display from the experts

Interested students can give their names on or before 21st August to:

Nishanth Reddy-II PCMB E

Ravi Raj-II PCMB A

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