MUN should help lower textbook costs (Op-Ed)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
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 Instructors should consider price in choosing texts If an incoming student asked me what may surprise her at university, I might respond with “textbook prices.” To those unaccustomed to the market for textbooks, a walk through MUN`s bookstore can be shocking. Mandatory texts for courses can cost hundreds of dollars, and buying them can seriously […]

 

First impressions of a Frenchie in Newfoundland

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

 Priscillia Cassuto recently arrived in St. John’s from France, where she will be studying and teaching at MUN for the next eight months. It all started with a flight from Nice to St John’s via Dublin. On paper, everything was okay: let’s go to Newfoundland! From inside the plane, I could already observe a slice […]

 

An improved Reid Theatre would benefit students and the wider community (Op-Ed)

Friday, September 19th, 2014
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Don’t hold your breath with respect to the Reid Theatre. Actually, perhaps you should, what with the asbestos. The Robert Reid Theatre, located in the Arts & Administration building, is a 450-seat proscenium theatre that was closed back in 2012 due to asbestos and inherent structural damage. Some have contended that repairing and upgrading the […]

 

Five rules to follow as a new MUN student

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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How to enjoy yourself, succeed, and keep the peace in first year Those of us returning to MUN this year have a sense of confidence concerning everyday elements of student life. We don’t really think about how to navigate busy hallways from one building to another, or how to both meet our academic goals and […]

 

Imagine a world without English 1080

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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Universities shouldn’t make students take courses unrelated to their fields of study All undergraduate students at MUN have to take two first-year English courses, with English 1080 standing as the most universal and popularly hated. Mandatory courses that aren’t necessarily connected to students’ majors are common across North American universities and constitute a vital component […]

 

Awareness of the importance of protecting whistleblowers could improve our university

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Earlier this year, Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial government adopted new whistleblower legislation that protects public sector employees who reveal wrongdoings in government. The government should be applauded for doing so – whistleblower legislation stands to improve the public service by allowing its members to expose its failings. Drawing inspiration from the provincial government, students should […]

 

THERE ARE TOO MANY ZOMBIES

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

In almost every zombie story, movie, book, comic, game etc, there is usually a scene in which the hero(s) is beset by a titanic ocean of zombies—fare more than they have any hope of killing. It is usually at this point that the hero(s) realises the hopelessness of their situation; that they cannot possibly hold […]

 

Mouth Off: How was your first week at MUN?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Host Max Page asks MUNers about their first week experience.

 

Letter: Emergency preparedness at MUN

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

A response to the following op-ed: http://themuse.ca/2014/09/05/what-do-we-do-in-case-of-emergency-mun-needs-to-emphasize-campus-safety-op-ed/ Holly Tobin is an Emergency Management Analyst with  Risk and Administrative Services at MUN On behalf of the various departments at Memorial University that play a role in emergency preparedness and response, I am writing in response to the article “What do we do in case of emergency?” published […]

 

Time to scrap the Human Rights Tribunal (Op-ed)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Canadians like to believe that they live in a country where the law is fairly administered through an independent court system. Although this is largely true, the confusingly named Canadian Human Rights Tribunal—which is unfettered from commonly accepted legal practices—hampers justice in our country. The Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA), which was introduced with the […]