Editorials

Raising the minimum wage isn’t a solution to student poverty

Raising the minimum wage isn’t a solution to poverty, particularly poverty among student populations. As students who often work minimum wage jobs and struggle to make ends meet, pushing for a raise in minimum wage seemingly makes sense but we need to put more thought into its real implications.Continue...

Support for students with special needs requires long-term changes, not short-term tweaks

Implementing long-term supports for students with special needs is pressing in the elementary setting — without proper resources in elementary classrooms, students get left behind.Continue...

Public editor position is a first step towards transparency and trust

In a world where newspapers are struggling to maintain a trusting relationship with their readership, the new public editor position at The Varsity is a step towards rebuilding that broken bridge.Continue...

A comparison between Canadian and American universities invites the bad and the good

Comparing Canadian universities to America’s Ivy League institutions is like comparing apples and oranges — it’s an invalid comparison as well as unnecessary.Continue...

Seasonal Affective Disorder deserves a separate conversation

After winter break, as temperatures drop and days become shorter, students often experience a parallel decline in spirits. Sometimes, it’s not just a case of “winter blues” — it’s a form of...Continue...

Define the standard, then say tenured profs aren’t meeting it

The system that grants tenure, while getting the most out of professors seeking to earn tenure, is worth a critical look.Continue...

Be accountable to change

Change is in our actions, not in our social media statuses. It’s not enough to share posts and coin a hashtag — social media is a tool for larger political engagement, one that we often take for granted.Continue...

We don’t belong on teachers’ social media

Asking teachers to refrain from posting certain photos on their social media exercises an unfair degree of control over their personal lives, especially those of female teachers.Continue...

For AMS Speaker policy changes, timing is everything

A recent push to change the AMS Speaker policy just before the AMS election season seems too hasty.Continue...

Yes, let’s hear about professors’ mental health too

There can be a place for professors to talk about their mental health in a classroom setting.Continue...

Polarizing opinions block productive dialogue

After a tense and divisive online reaction to the controversial countries-themed costume party that happened last semester, I still can’t explain the reason for such polarizing conversations and I’m still not confident about what qualifies as a racist costume.Continue...

Shutting out diverse opinions isn’t a holistic education

Marie Henein shouldn’t be shut out from university campuses for playing her part in a judicial system with a rape culture problem.Continue...

Look past the prison, to the person

Our interest often wrongly stems from a romanticizing of prisons with little genuine regard for inmates and their personal lives and experiences.Continue...

Editor’s Note

It’s rare in our work as student journalists that events we report on garner the same amount of scrutiny and condemnation as the events of the past week at Queen’s. It’s even rarer that we stand...Continue...

Divided learning is a grey area

Lumping everyone together doesn’t ensure an equal education.Continue...

Faltering media literacy spans wider than one generation

Our deteriorating ability to read the news is more than a generational shortcoming — it’s worth a larger and closer look at how we all evaluate information, millennial or not.Continue...

Clark Hall response positive, but after-the-fact training only goes so far

The actions following the insensitive tip jars at Clark Hall were reasonable and quick — it’s just disappointing that these actions were needed in the first place.Continue...

Free parks in 2017 isn’t a cause for celebration

Free admission to Canada’s national parks is a step in the right direction, but still a walk in the dark.Continue...

It may be far, but U of M’s issues beg a far-reaching question

The labour strike at the University of Manitoba may seem a few provinces away, but over-enrolment, pressures on professors and suffering student experiences are problems that exist in our own backyard.Continue...

Exclusive foundations don’t hold

Imagine a group of people who are demographically similar, believing they're better than other people.

What could possibly go wrong?

When I accepted my offer of admission to Queen...Continue...

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