Shine bright like a Griswold

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Ever wonder what goes into creating and maintaining an insane Christmas display? Most neighbourhoods don’t feature the thoroughly over-the-top gamesmanship that happens in Whoville, where families compete with one another at Christmas for the most fabulous display of holiday spirit. But almost every city or town has at least one Clark Griswold; someone desperately trying […]


Making education less boring (Op-ed)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

There are better ways to learn, and we should pursue them Our education system is a travesty. It is painful, boring, and consumes years of people’s lives. How can we improve this situation? Schooling in Canada is probably pretty good compared to others around the world. Many come here just to study at our universities. […]


Life as a diabetic student

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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November is Diabetes Awareness Month, but the millions of Canadians living with diabetes need little reminder of our daily struggle. As a student currently completing my first semester since my diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, I had to go through a number of changes that affected both my personal and academic life. Understanding the lives […]


T’was weeks before Christmas…

Monday, December 1st, 2014

T’was weeks before Christmas, and all across MUN Every student, from building to building, did run Dropping papers at offices, hoping not to see All the profs whose classes they skipped all this week For the writing and reading and thinking piled high Til they stood by the clock tower reaching for sky And though […]


Season’s Christadays: Navigating greetings in the month of December

Monday, December 1st, 2014

“It’s Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays! Share if you agree!” Once again, this meme has begun to circulate around Facebook and other social media. I don’t share it for two reasons: 1. To each their own, I really don’t care how people greet me this time of year. 2. I think it makes people look […]


What would Trudeau do? Nobody knows (Op-ed)

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Liberal leader too mum on what his Canada would look like Since his election as Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau has managed to reverse the fortunes of the Liberal Party of Canada; despite its crushing defeat in the 2011 general election, the Liberals now have a consistent lead in opinion polls leading up to the national […]


Academic writing: sometimes worse than useless.

Friday, November 28th, 2014

I say this without any exaggeration, hyperbole, and with all honesty: academic writing has provided examples of some of the worst, most asinine, and difficult pieces of penmanship that I have ever had the misfortune to lay eyes upon. Honestly, it feels as if some of these scholars sat down with the express purpose of […]


Point/Counterpoint: Non-Gendered Bathrooms

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Every edition in Point/Counterpoint, you’ll hear from a proponent and an opponent of a relevant issue. This week, as Trans Week of Awareness and Action passes, should we heed calls to scrap gendered bathrooms?  Point – Kerri Neil If you visited a University Centre bathroom last week, you may have been confused by the pictures […]


Reflecting on Chris Hadfield

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
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On November 17, I had the opportunity to see Cmdr. Chris Hadfield speak as part of his cross-Canada tour. Over the course of an hour-long discussion, Hadfield brought his signature charisma and specialized knowledge of life in space to a sold out crowd at Mile One Centre. One of the stories that exemplified Chris’s humour […]


Skinny shaming and Victoria’s Secret’s recent ads

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Is it really about the perfect body? The outrage provoked by Victoria’s Secret’s ‘Perfect Body’ adverting campaign is neither surprising nor unjustified. The lingerie company’s ads feature stereotypically thin and conventionally beautiful models posing in items from Victoria’s Secret’s new bra collection behind a caption reading “The Perfect Body.” Given this description, it is not […]