A year in wisecracks 2013-2014

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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Talking about how quickly time passes is a bit like opening a conversation with an unoriginal comment about the weather. Although clichés like this make for bland writing, they usually only become clichés because they represent almost universally-felt sentiments. Indeed, the 2013-2014 academic year seemed to come and go before we could blink. But looking […]

 

Investigating the oft-misunderstood furry fandom

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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Furry: for some people, the term may be foreign. For others, it may conjure up a range of connotations, from the positive to the downright disturbing. In recent weeks, furry fandom has been a topic of discussion for MUN students, as posters calling for the convergence of furries in the university have been plastered around […]

 

The decline of leadership development in Paton College

Monday, March 31st, 2014

People from around Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and the world are drawn to MUN for its wide variety of affordable programs of study. But apart from their academic pursuits, students at Memorial have access to a number of other educational experiences. The education available to those fortunate enough to live within its walls—that is, to […]

 

MUN continues to increase accessibility for students with disabilities

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
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On its website, Memorial University claims to be “an inclusive community dedicated to innovation and excellence in teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement.” I often wonder how true this is for students with disabilities. After seeing so many students try to make their way across MUN to make each class […]

 

On the mark—Rethinking how academic performance is evaluated

Friday, March 14th, 2014
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To some, they are determinants of personal worth. To others, they are harmful little numbers on a computer screen. But to almost everyone, grades play a central role in academic life. They create incentives to study, they signal students’ relative strengths and weaknesses, and they distinguish the “good” students from the “bad.” Representing a student’s […]

 

A look at MUNSU elections past and what it means now

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
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Pundits often remark that voters only think about politics once every four years. At MUN, however, many students likely never think about student politics at all during their studies. Unexciting Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union (MUNSU) elections such as those of 2013, in which most positions were acclaimed and few debates seemed capable of […]

 

Exploring MUN’s non-degree certifications

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Most MUN students are pursuing degrees. Particularly, most are studying to earn Bachelor’s Degrees in one of the many disciplines taught in the university’s many faculties and schools. But—as far as programs go—MUN offers more than just conventional degrees. It also offers certificates and diplomas, which have been designed to serve a host of different […]

 

A cup of kindness?—On the use and abuse of alcohol in the university community

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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The drinking university student has become an archetype in the western mind. Parties, drinking games, and hangovers colour popular perceptions of student life. While these perceptions are not always accurate, it is true that opportunities to drink are ubiquitous at universities. MUN is not an exception. It is no wonder that students, who feel are […]

 

Olympic Excitement Builds in Newfoundland

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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With a score of 207.28—the second highest in the event’s history—Kaetlyn Osmond defended her national figure skating title at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships on January 11. Only a few days later, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that she had earned herself a spot on Canada’s Olympic Figure Skating Team. With the opening […]

 

A look at The Dunderdale Years

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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Premier Danny Williams took the province of Newfoundland and Labrador by surprise as he spoke to the crowded lobby of the Confederation Building on November 15, 2010. The previous week, he had announced a deal on his government’s proposed Lower Churchill hydroelectric project. Now, on the tenth anniversary of his decision to enter politics, he […]