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Mid Week News

Universities across Canada are considering switching their email servers to free servers like Gmail and Microsoft Office, which may save these institutions thousands if not millions. However, privacy and intellectual property concerns are rife because these U.S. servers can potentially be monitored by the National Security Association. Nobody who … Continue reading

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Venus Noire, Video Vixens & Blackface

I recently attended a screening of a film called Venus Noire, which portrayed the life of an infamous South African woman’s life as the star of a 19th century freakshow in Europe, attracting attention because of her unique and “exotic” … Continue reading

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Should Fast Food Workers be Paid More?

Is it feasible? McDonald’s recently raised its CEOs’ salaries despite complaints from front line workers, and as a result of multiple injustices many employees went on strike in the summer. CEO Don Thompson’s financial package jumped from $4.1M to $13.8M … Continue reading

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Why Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize is Important

Alice Munro is easily one of my favourite authors and I think it’s safe to say that she’s a legend in her own time. I’ve had the pleasure of writing a few essays on her work, as well as being … Continue reading

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Lupe Fiasco has Good Intentions…

But he still misses the mark. This week, I’m borrowing from one of my favorite gender studies lectures this year. Early last semester my pop culture prof had us watch rapper Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” music video, one of his … Continue reading

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Dove Real Beauty Sketches: Men’s Edition

This is turning out to be the week of controversy between Dove’s claims about feminine self-image and the Boston Marathon… Keeping the focus on Dove however, I have to say, I’ve been pretty impressed by the response to the “Real … Continue reading

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“Real Beauty” Does Not Come in All Shapes and Sizes

At least according to Dove. I have been seeing the Youtube video “Real Beauty Sketches” ALL OVER Facebook, and it’s really kind of shocking to me how effective these advertisements are in drawing us in. And to prove I’m not … Continue reading

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Monday Motivation: Don’t Overestimate What You Can Get Done Today

Monday motivation, or all over the place? I remember reading an article a little while back discussing what is known as the Planning Fallacy, or in other words mistakenly assuming that you can get way more work done than you … Continue reading

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Free Speech Or Hate Crime?

A couple days ago I saw a picture on Twitter I saw what was perhaps the best means of resistance to an oppressive institution: an LGBT-rainbow-colored house across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church. A house that not only … Continue reading

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Weekly Roundup: Some Saturday Afternoon Reads

I’m having a bit of writer’s block as of late coming off this flu but it hasn’t quite managed to curb my appetite for reading material and attempting to keep up with what’s going on around me in the world. … Continue reading

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