Fighting discrimination with discrimination (Op-ed)

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Positive discrimination and shaming cannot address the problems of racism and sexism Racism, sexism, and discrimination are appalling and we, as a society, should try to eliminate them. Unfortunately, these problems are complicated and have no easy solutions. Governments have tried their best to patch them with positive discrimination measures such as affirmative action programs. […]

 

Darker and edgier isn’t always better

Monday, April 20th, 2015
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A look at a common trend in entertainment If you’ve watched the trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie then you may have noticed that it looks as though this movie is going to have a much darker and edgier story than the comics on which it was based. This film isn’t alone, as many […]

 

Letter to the editor: Keep up the good fight

Friday, April 10th, 2015

I’ve learned a lot in my time at Memorial with 150 credit hours, leadership roles in four different student groups, and friendships established with students, staff, and professors in multiple schools and departments. Perhaps the most valuable lesson, however, is from my six years with the MUNSU Board of Directors: the power people can have […]

 

Student vacations don’t have to be a fantasy

Friday, April 10th, 2015
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People in Newfoundland love to travel in spring because, with our wonky weather during the supposed spring months, we have no idea what the season is supposed to be like. But traveling on a student budget can be difficult. Vacation is something university students generally cannot afford to do every year, though if you are […]

 

Point/Counterpoint: Does the provincial government need to cut spending hard and fast?

Friday, April 10th, 2015
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With oil prices down and the deficit enlarged, is it time to re-evaluate public spending? Last year, the provincial government based its budgetary projections on the price of oil averaging about twice what they are today. As a result, the government will collect far less in offshore royalties than it expected, adding to its already […]

 

The emergence of a MUN mental health movement (Op-ed)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

As the school environment has become increasingly stressful for students who are forced to balance academics, work, extracurricular activities, and their personal lives, mental health has become a major issue. And despite old, harmful taboos about discussing mental health in public, the 2014–2015 school year saw an explosion of mental health activism at MUN, and […]

 

Off-campus MUN students do not have great dining options (Op-ed)

Monday, April 6th, 2015
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Students looking for a meal at MUN face a health-cheap trade-off Recently, I woke up late for school, threw together an outfit, packed my books, and headed off for my nine o’clock class. In my rush, I opted against preparing a lunch and instead grabbed my wallet. I choose to eat at the Extreme Pita […]

 

Exploring the complaints about Aramark’s food services

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The past couple of weeks have witnessed a massive uproar among students against Aramark, the provider of food service in MUN’s dining hall. Complaints have focused on the fact that meal plans are mandatory for students living in residence, the high cost of plans, and on the poor quality of food. Why have mandatory meal […]

 

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 […]