Van Gogh, Picasso, Nintendo: Are video games art?

Monday, March 30th, 2015
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Are video games art? It’s a question that players have been asking since the advent of games more advanced than two vertical lines and a bouncing dot. In many respects it’s a fair question, as other forms of popular media, such as movies, TV shows, or books, have been considered art in the past with […]


Will the Apple Watch just reinforce our technological bubble?

Monday, March 30th, 2015
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Reckoning with the advent of wearable tech On April 20, Apple will release the first iteration of its much-anticipated Apple Watch. While reception has been relatively lukewarm to date, there’s no question that people will line up to buy it. It will be popular not because of what it can do today, but because of […]


Offer euthanasia to those in prison for life without parole

Friday, March 27th, 2015

This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his government’s plan to allow life sentences without the possibility of parole. This means that some criminals will be destined to life in prison without prospect of release. Given this pending change, we should let those sentenced in this way chose to be euthanized rather than serve their […]


Point/Counterpoint: Does Bill C-51 infringe on privacy and liberty?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Stephen Harper

Every edition in Point/Counterpoint, a proponent and an opponent will discuss a relevant issue. This week: Bill C-51 has been proposed by the federal Conservative government to ‎protect Canadians from terrorism, but has been criticized for going too far in invading the privacy and limiting the freedom of Canadians. We addresses this debate.  Point– Varsha […]


The hunt for the last few Roll Up the Rim cups

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
roll up the rim_RGB_Trish Thompson

Unfortunately for Tim Hortons fans, the coffee chain’s annual Roll Up the Rim to Win promotion is once again coming to a close. For those who don’t know, during this campaign the restaurant serves special paper cups such that, when you unroll their rims, you learn whether you’re entitled to some prize such as a […]


Improving MUNSU voter interest (Op-ed)

Friday, March 20th, 2015
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During this year’s round of MUN Students’ Union general elections, about a tenth of St. John’s campus undergraduate students expressed themselves by casting electronic ballots. Believe it or not, that’s an improvement on last fall’s by-elections, in which fewer than five per cent of students voted. Although still not a particularly robust voter response, we […]


Why we need to bring back the Family Violence Intervention Court

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Over the past few decades, governments across North America have created domestic violence courts as they’ve recognized that, with its idiosyncrasies and tremendous importance, intimate partner violence demands a specialized approach. But in 2013, Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial government bucked this growing understanding by dismantling its Family Violence Intervention Court (FVIC) to save $50,000 a […]


The movie industry is caught in a bad romance

Monday, March 9th, 2015

On the oversaturation of poorly written love plots I should start this by saying that I do not hate the idea of having romance in stories.  Love, compassion, sex, and intimacy are some of the most powerful and meaningful experiences a person can have. My problem is when a romance is shoehorned into a movie […]


Define plagiarism?

Monday, March 9th, 2015
self plagairism_RGB_Trish Thompson

Students are warned to source properly without proper education on what this means Finding a non-rickety desk, receiving a syllabus, and an introduction to professors and classmates are the usual things that happen during the first day of classes. Although all courses differ in material, one warning from professors is almost universal during the beginning […]


A board of directors or a congregation? (Op-ed)

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

MUN Students’ Union organizational structures promote blind obedience to ideology rather than discussion and representation  How would you choose your representative on the MUN Student’s Union? I assume that you’d like someone who would communicate your expectations of the union to its board, or at least make principled arguments about her vision for student governance. […]