Memorial from the Outside: Summer is coming

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The day will come, my fellow MUNners, when all the snow will be gone. Believe me, sooner or later, it will become warm and pleasant, and summer will finally be here. You might be wondering, what else there is to do when you cannot pursue your favourite hobby—shoveling your driveway—anymore. Therefore, let me present to […]

 

Let’s talk about sin (taxes)

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government has made great progress with their recent budget, especially with both the implementation of all-day Kindergarten and the transition of student loans to grants, which provide large net benefits for individuals who can avail of those services. However, it is also important to highlight some of the low points […]

 

Letter: Celebrating a monumental goal

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Tens of thousands of signatures on petitions, post-cards, and emails; countless lobby meetings; days of action and rallies; sound research; and politicians that are willing to work with youth and turn our recommendations into policy. The recipe for the most accessible system of post-secondary education in Canada isn’t an easy one. It takes years of […]

 

Delusions of Adequacy: An important statement from city council candidate Richard Thornton

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

My name is Richard Thornton, and as many of you know I am currently running for a seat on your city council in the upcoming municipal election. Over the past month I’ve been hard at work campaigning for your votes, and while the campaign has been a predominantly rewarding experience, it has also been fraught […]

 

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 […]

 

Policy Briefs: Newfoundland budget makes substantial changes to education policy

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Newfoundland and Labrador Finance Minister Charlene Johnson delivered the provincial budget on Thursday, March 27. While there are many changes to social programs, and a continued need to borrow money, there was one key policy that should excite the parents of the province. Education Minister Clyde Jackman, along with Advanced Education and Skills Minister Kevin […]

 

Letter: Drover is wrong when it comes to the freeze

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians should be proud to have the lowest tuition fees in Canada. The rest of country should take note of the benefits the policy has had on your province and our governments should follow suit. Where I live, in Nova Scotia, students pay some of the highest tuition fees in the country and […]

 

Letters: Yes, Newfoundland and Labrador does need the tuition freeze

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

It seems inconceivable that anyone looking at the available research would question the benefit of a tuition freeze in Newfoundland and Labrador. The idea that the taxpayers of Newfoundland and Labrador are subsidizing the education of individuals from other provinces or countries with no benefit to this province, and that tuition fees do not act […]

 

Debt and unfunded pension liabilities threaten province’s finances

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Charlene Johnson, Newfoundland and Labrador’s finance minister, presented her government’s budget in the House of Assembly on Thursday, March 27. The budget offered a number of benefits for families, students, and seniors; it also planned for an increase of nearly $808-million in net debt in the upcoming year. The single biggest fiscal challenge facing the […]

 

The Works doesn’t work

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

It is undeniable that the role of a university goes outside of academics, as noted through the many services and resources provided to students at Memorial University. While many of these services are worthwhile, it is important to note that there are others which serve, regardless of intent, as an added burden on the backs […]