Every problem’s a money problem when you have no money

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
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The reality of low-income living is much more complex than work ethic Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it pays for groceries, schoolbooks, gas, rent, heating, tuition, braces, glasses, medicine, clothes, shoes, cars, and the other goods and services that make our lives bearable. For those living in low-income households, facing expenses on these things causes […]


Making better use of our healthcare resources (Op-ed)

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Premier’s Health Summit raises discussion on efficiency-promoting policy reforms If you could imagine the ideal Newfoundland and Labrador healthcare system, what would it look like? A recent provincial health summit hosted by Premier Paul Davis, held on January 14, attempted to answer this question. Many of the conclusions and propositions were obvious. Participants reported that […]


A beginner’s guide to loose leaf tea

Monday, January 26th, 2015
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Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, but loose leaf tea is a foreign concept to many. With its lack of teabag and massive variety, loose lead tea can be a daunting experience. But no need to fear—here are some starting places to help you go beyond a cup of Tetley.  […]


Playing a game with our future (Op-ed)

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Newfoundland and Labrador’s fiscal mess shows the systematic failings of its political class On January 15, Premier Paul Davis announced his intention to cut the number of seats in our House of Assembly from 48 to 38. The main selling point, he argues, is the $2.5-million in yearly savings for this province. Unfortunately, this amount […]


And what comes next?

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

On the anxieties international students face upon graduation Study, get smarter, finish up school, get your degree, find a job, make good money, and be successful. This is the path we all want to follow, with a few variations here and there. When we reach the end of our academic careers, however, most of us […]


Point/Counterpoint: The Dalhousie Dentistry affair

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Each edition with Point/Counterpoint, you’ll hear from a proponent and an opponent of a relevant issue. This week: Should students at Dalhousie University’s dentistry school be expelled for their misogynistic remarks? Point – Kerri Neil Last week Dalhousie dentistry students returned to classes for the winter semester. Thirteen of them have been suspended from all clinical […]


Better than Tiffany’s, it’s Breakfast at Bitters

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
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Students of MUN rejoice — Bitters is now serving breakfast! Monday January 19, I was up with the sun and eager for some eats on campus. I entered the graduate pub and was greeted by an empty restaurant save the cheery staff exclaiming, “Are you here for breakfast?!” The fine patrons of Bitters are just […]


Winter semester doesn’t have to be worse

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

After students return from Christmas break, the start of the winter semester strikes a different chord than the beginning of fall. Pleasant outdoor walks between classes in crisp autumn temperatures give way to melancholic marches through stuffy tunnels. A blizzard of responsibilities strikes us as we cross our fingers for a snow day. In general, […]


How problems with grading are like problems with the Soviet Union

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

A common problem in education is how to ensure that students really understand what they are learning. How do you know if a student truly understands the material, or is just mindlessly repeating facts? As an example, consider the experience of physicist Richard Feynman in Brazil. He asks a group of physics students a relatively […]


My first Newfoundland winter: A love story…of sorts

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
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As a native Ontarian, the idea of a harrowing Newfoundland winter seemed romantic and thrilling to me in my first-year—being snowed in with my new best friends, cuddling under blankets, doing quaint things by candlelight. Upon moving here I discovered the true pastime to stave away the cold was drinking. When the first big storm […]