September 29, 2016

Editorials

Voter turnout isn’t about the age, it’s about the demographic

Pushing for the voting age to be lowered to 16 misses the bigger picture of voter representation — or rather, who’s missing from the picture.Continue...

Being privileged and being spoiled aren’t one and the same

After spending two years at Queen’s, I’ve noticed a convention that is deeply entrenched in our generation and not often addressed: we don’t discuss our privilege.Continue...

Level the playing field for women in sports journalism

Last May, when I got the call that I’d been made Assistant Sports Editor at The Journal, I was elated. Since then, the most frequent comment I get when I tell people about my job is that I must get to meet a lot of hot guys.Continue...

No reason not to warn

Universities don’t have to choose between honouring historical injustices and protecting the communities still affected by these histories today — they have the power to do both.Continue...

Western USC’s homecoming ideas choose distraction over safety

No amount of zip lines and hot air balloons are going to fix a pervasive drinking culture.Continue...

A safe space isn’t free from accountability

The right to freely broadcast your political beliefs in the ‘safe space’ of a university doesn’t mean you can’t be held accountable when those beliefs may generate unsafe spaces for other students.Continue...

Make graduation hopeful again, not helpless

Graduation should be full of hopes and aspirations, but for many of us, the rugged and sometimes perilous landscape of the twenty-first century job market make graduation caps and gowns look a lot like uniforms of mourning.Continue...

If new positions have one, tell us what the purpose is

Frustration over the hiring of more university admin instead of departmental faculty is clear, but it’s hard to draw the parallel when the exact purpose of these admin positions is blurry.Continue...

Never forget, 9/11 continues to effect

Alongside the annual commemorations of those lost, the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center also marks something new: the first year that high school freshmen will be reading about 9/11 as a piece of history they weren’t alive for.Continue...

‘No means yes’ response from Western inappropriate

Rape culture on university campuses consists of much more than the act of sexual assault. But when “No means yes and yes means anal,” appeared on a Western student’s off-campus home, the immediate response was to write it off.Continue...

Bringing to life a curriculum around assisted death is the first step

It’s a difficult subject to talk about, but the contentiousness of physician-assisted death may be all the more reason to normalize education around it.Continue...

Not all zoos are birds of a feather

We’ve all seen a PETA video on Facebook documenting the cruelty that animals sometimes face at the hands of zoos. It makes sense to be angry about their treatment.Continue...

Record-breaking Q was costly self-celebration, not celebration of students

For University administrators, $9,000 may seem like dispensable money. But for many students, it’s a year’s worth of rent, one year’s tuition or a dent in our student loans.Continue...

Accountability in actions, not just words

Although the AMS is commendable for their willingness to take accountability for the hazing that sent two TAPS employees to the hospital, the real test of their accountability will be the actions following.Continue...

It’s about being good, not looking good

In the matter of voluntourism, it’s not about intention at all — it’s about impact.Continue...

ASUS student representatives fail to represent students

When a cut to outside-faculty credit allotment left many Arts and Science students with questions during course enrolment, a transparent answer from their former student leaders was noticeably absent.Continue...

Alternate realities can’t become permanent realities

Hyper-realistic technology has the potential to change the idea of reality as we know it, but not without a cost to the physical world.Continue...

Complex cultures need complex curriculums

When students of colour open their textbooks to read about Canadian history and culture, they shouldn’t have to look to just one chapter to see themselves, if they’re reflected at all.Continue...

Fight childhood obesity with screens

Children are becoming increasingly influenced by media and are almost constantly engaged with TV or its other forms. This should be seen as an opportunity to educate, not exploit.Continue...

When gender neutrality becomes gender disparity, reevaluate

Mistaking equality for equity fails in practice to level the playing field for female professors.Continue...

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