In defence of critics

Monday, July 14th, 2014

I’m not much for serious debate. While that used to be somewhat of a hobby of mine, I have since taken to pursuing things in life that make me happier. In my case, many of those things are video games, movies, television, and other mediums of entertainment. I took up writing reviews with the intention […]

 

A newbie’s first experience with opera

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

I was originally going to write this article as a review of the Newfoundland Opera Company’s production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream.  However, as my only previous experience with the medium is the Loonie Toons’ short “What’s Opera Doc,” in which Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny through a parody of Richard Wagner’s Operas, I felt […]

 

98 years later and still we remember: Reflecting on the Beaumont Hamel Memorial Service

Friday, July 4th, 2014
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The sun was shining bright the morning of the Beaumont Hamel Memorial Service, it was a balmy 25 degrees, and a faint breeze could be felt coming in from the Narrows. All in all it was a perfect beginning to the summer, a wonderful day for a swim, or BBQ, or any other fun summertime […]

 

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 […]