Hayley Whelan
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Hayley Whelan is a 4th-year psychology (B.Sc.) student at MUN. She is passionate about mental health awareness and the well-being of her fellow students. Her hobbies include reading K. A. Tucker novels and going for walks on sunny winter days. She can be reached at hayleyw@mun.ca.

David Leask Celebrates the Beauty of Labradorite With New Song “Fire & Ice”

Photo Credit: @leaskexpected on Instagram Singer/Songwriter David Leask wrote his album Voyageur in Song using a veritable piece of Canadian history. On December 2nd of 2021, David Leask, a Scottish Canadian musician, released a single titled “Fire & Ice” from…

Actually Decoding the Code

Photo Credit: Markus Spiske (via Unsplash) The MUN student union has released a statement demanding that the Student Code of Conduct be revised immediately to remove obstructions to students’ rights to protest. I found no such obstructions, leading me to…

The Sugary Drink Tax – Who Does it Hurt?

Photo Credit: Caspar Rae (via Unsplash).           A sugar-sweetened beverage tax is being put into effect in Newfoundland on April 1st, 2022. The tax is 20 cents per litre of sugary beverage. This tax represents an attempt by the government…

Japanese Film Festival Comes to St. John’s

Photo Credit: Su San Lee (via Unsplash) Memorial University is notorious for having interesting events that no one hears about until after they’re over. The Japanese Film Festival screenings, held on October 29th, 2021, were such an event. Personnel from…

The Bowring Park Labyrinth – How Effective is it as a ‘Mental Health Space’?

Photo Credit: Meghan Power October saw the completion of a $200,000 labyrinth in Bowring Park. No, it is not a labyrinth in the traditional sense – you won’t feel like Jennifer Connolly in a Jim Henson movie, Jack Nicholson in…

‘Squid Game’ is only the Beginning of South Korea’s Influence on Popular Entertainment

Photo Credit: Vadim Bogulov (via Unsplash) *Mild Spoilers Ahead*             Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’ has captured worldwide attention in a way that entertainment that is not associated with America’s Hollywood often has a hard time accomplishing. This is not the first…

Frank Herbert’s “Dune” Is Still Relevant 56 Years Later

Photo Credit: Francesco Ungaro (via Unsplash) The first Dune novel was originally published in 1965, making it 56 years old this year. Although society has gone through many changes over the past five decades, namely technological advancements, the dystopian perspective…

Economical Textbook-Buying in 2021

Photo Credit: Pauline Loroy (via Unsplash)             A close second to the financial blow of paying a semester’s tuition fees is the ritual of purchasing textbooks. Some course-required textbooks can cost more than $100 at their cheapest price point. Textbook…

Rainbow Rowell – “Carry On”, “Wayward Son”, and “Any Way The Wind Blows”: Book Series Review

Photo Credit: Hayley Whelan            For any readers looking for a break from heavy and convoluted material, Rainbow Rowell’s Simon Snow series provides a lighthearted, diverse twist on a saturated genre. The series contains three books, Carry On, Wayward Son,…

Clean St. John’s Launches New Initiative #buttfreeyyt

Photo Credit: Andres Siimon (via Unsplash)             Anyone who has ventured downtown this summer has probably noticed some new installations. Clean St. John’s has launched an initiative designed to keep cigarette butts off the ground in downtown St. John’s.            …