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When it comes to Zoom cameras, professors should respect student boundaries

Many professors are using live Zoom calls to replicate in-person lectures. But no matter what technology we have at our fingertips, online classes will never live up to in-person ones. Mandating students turn on their Zoom cameras won’t change that.Continue...

We need to diversify the comedy scene

Our conception of comedy is constantly changing. As the comedy scene continues to evolve, we must support a diverse range of comedians and comedy, if only because good humour is subjective, not universal.Continue...

Despite fearmongering, GMOs are the key to a healthy and sustainable future

A lot of plant-based foods at the grocery store are labeled ‘non-GMO’—as if genetically modified crops should be avoided. In reality, we ought to embrace the technology.Continue...

Yoga should be a viable alternative to traditional high school gym class

High school relies too heavily on traditional models of exercise—but just because something is traditional doesn’t mean it’s beneficial to everyone. Yoga has proved itself to be a worthwhile skill to cultivate, as it promotes fitness alongside mindfulness. Because of this, we need to introduce it to high school curriculums.Continue...

Without safe social spaces, students will seek out unsafe ones

University students across Canada have reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted as a result of isolation. The AMS’ recent call for more safe social spaces on campus would address these growing mental health issues, but we need to expand these spaces even further if we want to take care of students year round.Continue...

It’s not fair to charge students for unusable services when Queen’s can afford to foot the bill

It’s become increasingly clear over the years that universities are starting to resemble corporations more than schools, pursuing large profits at the expense of the student experience. However, while corporations must sell at the market price and require an actual demand from consumers, Queen’s not only gets to set the prices for its services but coerces students into paying them—even when these services aren’t usable.Continue...

There’s no excuse for the gender pay gap at Queen’s

Recent data from Statistics Canada shows a pay gap between male and female professors across all but three Canadian universities. Queen’s in particular has an eight per cent difference in average salary.Continue...

Literary canons are flawed, and our courses should reflect that

Introductory English classes, like ENGL100 and 200, are typically composed of texts by white men. While these texts are pulled from the literary canon, and no doubt have merit, they aren’t diverse. And that’s a problem.Continue...

As the second wave hits, end of CERB sends wrong message

With CERB payments set to end this upcoming Sunday, people in need of financial assistance as a result of the ongoing pandemic are feeling rightfully anxious. Most who collected these payments will be rolled into EI, but some will inevitably fall through the cracks—a reality the government must address.Continue...

You should believe the lived experiences of BIPOC as soon as you hear them

Any claim requires some sort of evidence to back it up. When it comes to racism on campus, the lived experiences of BIPOC students should be evidence enough. Yet these experiences are completely devalued at Queen’s and viewed in a way that’s inherently white supremacist.Continue...

Canada should say ‘no’ to junk food, but not before making healthy alternatives accessible

It’s no secret junk food is killing us. Some countries, like Mexico, have introduced a sugar tax. But a simple tax doesn’t address the root of the problem: large corporations producing unhealthy foods in the first place.Continue...

Facebook’s environmental groups suspension error proves onus to fact-check is on us

As social media sites boom, online misinformation is becoming more prevalent—and harmful. Facebook has vowed to fight “fake news” on countless occasions, yet continually fails to target the right people. As social media consumers, we need to stop relying on businesses like Facebook to point out misinformation and take fact-checking into our own hands.Continue...

Stop the narrative that climate change is caused by you and me

Personal accountability for the climate crisis isn’t just irrelevant; it was designed and implemented by the world’s biggest polluters. If we want to save our planet, we need to stop blaming everyday people for the declining environment and start holding the real culprit responsible: the fossil fuel industry.Continue...

Canada’s child support system is broken. Women suffer for it.

The Supreme Court ruled last Friday that retroactive child support payments can’t be cancelled once that child reaches adulthood. This ruling is a positive step forward but doesn’t change the fact that Canada’s child support system is broken.Continue...

In lieu of police intervention, we need response teams for mental health crises

Police are trained to deal with criminals, not mental health crises. We need separate response teams for these scenarios, and sooner rather than later.Continue...

Universities should acknowledge unique experiences of separate minorities, not lump them in together

A story originally titled “Too Asian?” appeared in Maclean ’s in 2010, suggesting that Asian students were not only a threat to the admissions process but that if other minorities only worked hard enough, they could be as represented in university populations too. This logic is a racist fallacy universities need to correct by acknowledging the unique experiences of separate minority groups.Continue...

Calling girls 'basic' isn't harmless—it's sexist

In the late 2000s, the term 'basic' rose to popularity to describe girls who wore Lululemon leggings, drank pumpkin spice lattes, and religiously listened to Taylor Swift. Since then, ‘basic’ girls have evolved from Ugg boots to white Air Forces, but the sexist disapproval they receive remains.Continue...

Preventing a Western situation starts with more on-campus testing resources

‘Wuck Festern’ is a well-known Queen’s mantra. But with students continuing to ignore public health guidelines, Queen’s is on track to follow in Western’s footsteps with an outbreak of its own. Instead of waiting, we need to act to prevent a similar situation now.Continue...

During COVID-19, casual sex merits more precautions

Casual sex is a hallmark of university culture and, even in the midst of a pandemic, isn’t going away anytime soon. Instead of shaming the people sleeping around, we should acknowledge that casual sex might be a symptom of the loneliness we’re all experiencing right now.Continue...

Keep talking and dribbling: athletes deserve support in fighting racial injustice

The intersection between sports and politics is more pronounced—and divisive—than ever before. Going forward, we must support athletes leading the fight against injustices.Continue...

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