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 […]

 

Thank you, Fred Phelps

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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In December 2012, I worked on a student production of The Laramie Project with English 4401. It was a powerful play telling the story of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay man from Wyoming. His murder was a hate crime. One of the iconic moments of the play is a speech by Fred […]

 

Do we need the tuition freeze?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
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As we approach the delivery of another provincial budget, it has been again questioned whether the governing Progressive Conservatives will keep their previous campaign promise and continue the on-going tuition freeze. While there has been no reason to suggest that the freeze will not be renewed, the discussion of the freeze raises some interesting questions, […]

 

Fair Elections Act strengthens Canadian democracy

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

In February, Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre introduced the Fair Elections Act. The bill reforms federal elections legislation by eliminating forms of voter identification prone to abuse, and aims to prevent voter repression. In response, the Canadian Federation of Students(CFS)—a coalition of Canadian students’ unions including Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union (MUNSU)—and the Council […]

 

Effective university policy can keep students safe

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The president of Memorial University’s Graduate Students’ Union, Joey Donnelly, has recently spoke out to media following an incident on campus last Tuesday, February 18––in which a man, suspected of breaking into cars, attempted to flee in a stolen SUV as an RNC officer fired a single shot. However, Donnelly has been not been framing […]

 

Computer science prof deserves praise, not condemnation

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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Earlier this week, Dr. John Shieh of the Memorial University Department of Computer Science came under fire for an assignment dealing with a particularly uncomfortable topic. In the assignment, students were introduced to a hypothetical woman named Heather, who was a rape victim. The computer program the students were meant to develop was a predictive […]

 

An issue of attitude or gender?

Friday, January 31st, 2014
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I’ll be the first person to admit I don’t really understand a lot about politics. The main thing I know about Danny Williams is that he does something with the IceCaps (not even the good kind that you drink, the hockey kind), and the most I ever knew about Kathy Dunderdale was information I gleaned […]

 

The unreasonable demands of a neighboring university

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
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A professor strike at the University of New Brunswick has left over 9,000 students out of the classroom this winter semester—but at what cost? According to those on the picket lines, all they need is the fairness and respect. Oh, and a 20 per cent wage increase, of course. The strike comes after nearly ten […]

 

Passing the Blame on Blackout 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
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This past weekend’s wide spread power outages were an awful experience for residents of the province, including the staff here at the Muse. However, throughout these events, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier, Kathy Dunderdale, mostly stayed silent while two opposition parties have been able to spin this issue into their political agenda. Meanwhile, the public has […]

 

Restructuring Memorial’s GPA system

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
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Imagine this: You are a student in your final year of study, and as you look towards the future, you begin to think of your ideal graduate school for the coming year. You look into admissions of this dream program, including the listed entrance requirements. “A competitive application is said to have a cumulative GPA […]