Letter to the editor in response to the April 2, 2015 issue of The Muse

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Dear Students, I am writing in response to the April 2, 2015 issue of The Muse, which featured several articles regarding food services at Memorial, including coverage on the MUNSU town hall, a meeting between the university, MUNSU and Aramark, and a story about a student with dietary allergies and health conditions. I wish to […]


Examining criticism of the Canadian government’s Nepal disaster response

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

How our failure to appropriately react to the needs of Canadians in Nepal is truly representative of a much larger governmental problem. The magnitude-7.8 earthquake that recently ravaged Nepal was undeniably tragic. As expected, Canadians have been reasonably prompt in providing assistance; however, many have criticized the federal government’s response. These criticisms are more than […]


What’s wrong with the vandalism of monuments?

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

The defacement of Immanuel Kant’s home in the Russian enclave Kaliningrad recently captured international headlines. But the vandalism of historically important structures and monuments is nothing new. Sculptures of King George V, Sir John A. MacDonald, and Wayne Gretzky have been notably vandalized in past years. Even here in St. John’s, graffiti around historic sites […]


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

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

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 […]