Editorials

Queen’s needs to stop defending its academic prowess through privileged metrics

When I woke up on April 21 and checked Instagram, every account affiliated with Queen’s was running one eye-grabbing headline: “Queen’s ranks first in Canada and fifth in the world in global impact rankings.”Continue...

France is promoting Islamophobia under the façade of secularism

In the last week, social media has been buzzing over the news of France’s proposed hijab ban for women under the age of 18. In their attempt to save and “liberate” young Muslim women from their faith, the French government is oppressing women under a façade of secularism.Continue...

Queen’s must revaluate its relationship with the police

Queen’s University must begin distancing itself from systems of policing.Continue...

Dear Body Shamers: A woman’s weight is not indicative of her health

In a society that privileges toxic, Eurocentric ideals of thin bodies, women—particularly women of colour—suffer.Continue...

Racism is as deadly as the pandemic. Queen’s Student Code of Conduct should reflect that.

The University is using the Student Code of Conduct to punish off-campus public health violations , claiming it applies because they threaten university operations. Yet this so-called loophole hasn’t been used to address off-campus acts of racism—a notable double standard that shows Queen’s administration cares more about public image than student safety.Continue...

After a year of remote learning, professors must commit to academic accommodations

Universities can’t keep letting professors set impossibly rigid standards when it comes to coursework, especially in the middle of a pandemic. The need for extensions is inevitable, and professors must accept that.Continue...

We need to start taking gendered micro-aggressions seriously

By now, it should be common knowledge that rape and misogynist culture lives on a spectrum not only including the worst, most violent actions, but micro-aggressions as well.Continue...

Sports must invest in its female athletes

When women’s sports don’t receive the same resources and funding as their male counterparts, they’re set up to fail. The vast difference in men’s and women’s weight rooms in the NCAA bubble proves that—and is a sign things need to change.Continue...

Women’s safety should be a priority—not a luxury

Women shouldn’t have to stay home past dark to stay safe.Continue...

Not every hobby needs to be a side hustle

Since the start of the pandemic, many have had more flexibility built into their schedules to pursue new or existing interests.Continue...

Supporting a culturally diverse campus is essential

When it comes to teaching students about other cultures, the way schools go about teaching them is vital.Continue...

Men should be feminists, but not just for themselves

Anyone who considers themselves a feminist must be actively participating in dismantling misogyny in all its forms, not just those which directly impact them. This standard has to extend to men in feminism as well.Continue...

Canada should sever ties with the British royals—now, rather than later

Barbados’ recent split from the royal family has renewed calls for Canada to do the same. It should.Continue...

Journalism, not just Ryerson, has a discrimination problem

An open letter from students alleges the Ryerson School of Journalism fails to properly represent and support BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ students. Ryerson should be paying attention—but so should journalism bodies as a whole.Continue...

Queen’s must commit to a plan for the fall term

As Queen’s decides how and when to implement its back-to-campus framework, it’s vital the University is realistic and transparent about what the fall and winter terms might look like. Given how unpredictable the pandemic has been, committing to an online or hybrid year is the best call.Continue...

Fast fashion is taking a toll on the environment. Our consumer habits can change that.

The fast fashion industry contributes to an endless void of textile wastage and excessive pollution that we don’t need more of. We must hold this industry’s companies accountable, adjusting our own consumer habits to do so.Continue...

Celebrities don’t owe us an explanation of their sexuality

Celebrities like Harry Styles and Taylor Swift have long been accused of queerbaiting, embracing gender fluidity without being openly queer. While it’s true these celebrities might profit off questions surrounding their sexuality, we must avoid policing people’s sexuality.Continue...

Online discussion of social issues should be accompanied by offscreen advocacy

When it comes to societal change, mass media is an important site for representation and advocacy, but it still has limitations. While talking about social issues online is important, these discussions should be accompanied by tangible action.Continue...

In defense of YA literature: teenage experiences are valuable, too

A lot of people put down Young Adult (YA) literature. Not only is it considered less valuable than other literary genres by the academic English community, but the general public often frowns upon readers of the genre who lie outside of its targeted age demographic. It’s labelled unrealistic, inconsequential, and just plain cheesy.Continue...

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