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Not normal period pain: my life with endometriosis

It was the morning of my Grade 10 science exam when the pain started. Up until that moment in my life, my period pain had always been manageable. On that morning, it became so bad I began to black out.Continue...

Voting absentee as an American-Canadian citizen

I’ve always been proud of my American-Canadian dual citizenship. While I grew up in a small, Connecticut town, my summers were consumed by month-long visits to my grandparents’ cottage near Westport, Ontario. Christmas often meant travelling to Ottawa to see grandparents and cousins.Continue...

Why generational divides are unproductive when it comes to COVID-19

OK, Boomer—it’s a comeback, it’s a meme, and it’s a signal of a deep and contentious generational divide.Continue...

‘Emily in Paris’ tests negative for COVID-19

Netflix’s latest bingeworthy show, Emily in Paris , has been the perfect way for me to escape the harsh realities we’re facing today. From the bright, vivid colours to its amazing soundtrack, the show captures the magical essence of Paris. I was a little hesitant to watch the show, but gave it a chance after realizing Darren Star was the mastermind behind Emily in Paris—surely the creator of Sex and the City wouldn’t let me down.Continue...

Ranking Jane’s love interests on ‘Jane the Virgin’

Jane the Virgin centres around a young woman obsessed with writing, thinking about, and living out romance novels. As the title indicates, the series initially centres around Jane saving her virginity until marriage—a commitment which is complicated when she’s accidentally artificially inseminated.Continue...

Point/Counterpoint: Is it too early to start celebrating Christmas?

The Christmas holidays are, as the popular tune goes, a wonderful time of year. They’re full of family, bright decorations, and celebration, as well as some classic songs. However, timing is everything. Beginning our celebration three months before December—before Halloween even has a chance to occur—is just too early.Continue...

Falling back in love with reading

When I was a kid, I always had a book on the go.Continue...

Speaking to my grandmother’s ghost

When people ask me why I believe in ghosts or spirits, the answer is simple: it’s because I have firsthand experience with them.Continue...

‘Prime Day’ feels like an empty celebration

On Oct. 13 and 14, Amazon celebrated its fifth ‘Prime Day,’ an annual sale which promotes the company’s products and services. If you’re looking for a great discount on a Fire Tablet or an Alexa, Prime Day is going to be your best bet. The discounts themselves are decent, but there’s a dark cloud presiding over each purchase.Continue...

‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ falls eerily flat

You know those people who re-watch their favourite show or movie over and over again? I’m one of those people, and I was The Haunting of Hill House ’s biggest fan. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for its sequel in Netflix’s popular horror anthology The Haunting of Bly Manor —just one viewing was enough.Continue...

Stop putting down media for young women

In the world of media for young adults, there are quite a few cheesy, absurd, and sometimes even brain-numbing options out there to choose from. Most of us probably have ‘guilty pleasure’ shows we binge in secret or movies we feel a little ashamed of enjoying, and we understand that while we like them, they’re objectively pretty bad. But there’s a difference between recognizing that a show isn’t very good or a book series is full of tropes and shaming young women for consuming them.Continue...

The public has no right to discuss Billie Eilish’s body

Earlier this week, Billie Eilish stepped out onto a sidewalk in casual clothes. Wearing a tank top and long shorts, the 18-year-old looked like every other teenager in the world. But unlike every teenager in the world, a paparazzi snapped a photo. In response to the image’s release, Twitter lit up with controversy.Continue...

Is nostalgia cramping Hollywood’s creativity?

Over the past decade, it’s started to appear as if Hollywood is incapable of creating anything new.Continue...

Allyship isn’t activism. Stop pretending it is.

I’ve been at a white institution for three years now, isolated from diversity and fighting battles every day to be allowed safety and comfort. Somehow, despite the casual and not-so-casual racism, the toughest thing about being at Queen’s has been the people who call themselves my allies.Continue...

On the first day of classes last year, I was hit by a truck. This is what it taught me.

On Sept.4, 2019, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears started off the NFL season at about 8 p.m. It was the first day of classes last year, and I sped home on my unlit bike to watch the kickoff. The game would end up being disappointing, but I would never know: a truck turned across my path, and I was going far too quickly to stop.Continue...

Planning in pencil, not pen

Whether it’s your first or fourth year of undergrad, we all worry about the future from time to time—I know I certainly do. Even though most of my plans seemed pretty set at the beginning of 2020, I was still worried something catastrophic would happen.Continue...

Disney Channel never got worse, we just got old

Growing up, I had a bone to pick with 90s kids.Continue...

How COVID-19 reshaped my student finances

In the middle of March, I lost three jobs in the span of 24 hours. One moment I was employed and living comfortably, hanging out with my friends near St.Patrick’s day—in the next, I was living through one of the most bizarre events I could’ve ever thought possible, my world uprooted.Continue...

A24’s filmmaking crafts meaningful art under a new mainstream spotlight

From Lady Bird to Mid90s , A24 has consistently been producing intricate, aesthetically-charged films which connect with its audiences on multiple levels.Continue...

The return of ‘Saturday Night Live’ couldn’t have come at a better time

2020 has been quite a year—from a deadly virus to murder hornets, it’s left us all wondering what could possibly come next. With everything going on, it’s easy to lose hope. But, as a silver lining, this year’s bizarre events are good fodder for a reliable coping mechanism: comedy.Continue...

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