Editorials

Boring classes have purpose

When asked about his days as a chowder-pot scrubber in southeastern Connecticut, Casey Neistat—one of YouTube’s most revered vloggers and filmmakers—said: “If you don’t know what you want to do in life, spend as much time as possible doing something you absolutely hate.”Continue...

High schools sleeping on chronic teen tiredness

Tired young people are so common, the sleepy teen has become a well-known trope. Even most adults remember the struggle of getting up early to sit at a school desk without a full night’s sleep.Continue...

Careful election coverage promotes political engagement

Whether the election you’re following is on campus or the world stage, community journalists are positioning their political coverage carefully.Continue...

Debunking the myth of the Cool Girl

Rhetoric separating women based on their interests contributes to a prevalent divide between men and women that needs to be challenged.Continue...

Safe spaces for women hit right note

People tend to love or hate musical festivals—crowded areas filled with music, dancing and, often, drinking and drugs.Continue...

The 'nice Jewish boy' trope is stereotypical and damaging

Amid rising anti-Semitism and ever-present gender norms constricting male expression, we need to consider why a restrictive trope about Jewish men eludes criticism.Continue...

Team AJW’s enthusiasm covers its blind spots

When students demand transparency and accountability from their government, sincerity and a vision go a long way.

In a 17-0 vote with two abstentions, The Journal Editorial Board...Continue...

Student Choice Initiative casts doubt on the future of a free student press

Services like campus newspapers provide practical employment opportunities, but they also give students a voice and hold our leaders accountable.Continue...

Don't replace health with self-care

While self-care is important, treating it as a cure-all for school-related stress, poor mental health, and general wellness can be dangerous.Continue...

Toxic masculinity training helps university campuses

Toxic masculinity is more than a buzzword—it’s pervasive across campuses and student organizations every day.Continue...

Canada’s food guide amplifies student health concerns

It’s difficult to prioritize fresh-pressed juice and other healthy alternatives when you’re thinking about where your next meal is coming from.Continue...

The Canadian government needs to take serious action on climate change

If you have a phone or internet access, you’ve probably seen the 10-year challenge floating around—people posting photos of themselves in 2019 contrasted with 2009.Continue...

Satisfaction survey needs the complexity of student perspectives

Queen’s spirit can be distilled: tricolour face paint, the Oil Thigh, purple engineers, red Queen’s Bands kilts, or the silhouette of Grant Hall. But for senior students looking back on their years at the University, Queen’s is more complicated than that.Continue...

Gene editing walks fine line between treatment and enhancement

Considering our limited knowledge of its clinical effects and the ease at which this technology could increase inequality in our society, gene editing isn’t an issue to be taken lightly.Continue...

Smoking out vaping spots doesn’t do enough for teens

Teenagers aren’t exactly known for their restraint and self-control. That’s why restricting their privacy isn’t likely to slow down their nicotine consumption any time soon.Continue...

Menstrual product pilot deserves wider implementation

In 2016, women made up just over half the population in Canada—and many of them, whether wanting to or otherwise, deal with monthly menstrual cycles.Continue...

Statistics too often sideline lived experiences

One person’s suffering should be enough to warrant help, and is more persuasive than a statistic in fueling progress.Continue...

Millennial burnout needs to cool down

In a culture that constantly sends work-related notifications to people increasingly obsessed with achievement, leisure has ceased to exist.Continue...

Canadian government should tax a sweet tooth

Sugar taxes aren’t about punishment—they nudge people toward less sugary alternatives.Continue...

Don’t give up on print media just yet

Diminishing print success has made traditional media outlets across Canada vulnerable, and the federal government has taken note.Continue...

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