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Who the Yak do you think you are? Social media may not be the place to go for advice
Feb25

Who the Yak do you think you are? Social media may not be the place to go for advice

Like many other stressed students in my life, as of late I have been finding solace in procrastinating on Yik Yak, an anonymous Twitter-esque app restricted to your area. This all started when my roommate shared one of the most unbelievable Yaks I had ever read. There’s no refined way of putting this: the anonymous poster had stuck an everyday object up an unmentionable body orifice and decided to consult the Yik Yak world for advice...

Stuck in the sciences Coming to terms with abandoning my BSc and dropping a major
Feb04

Stuck in the sciences Coming to terms with abandoning my BSc and dropping a major

  Although it is only February, 2016 seems to be my year of introspection and big decisions. I am in my third year of the Arts and Science program and although I chose this degree to get exposure to a variety of fields, I pushed myself into focusing on biology — certainly not my favourite subject — with seemingly no pressure from anyone but myself. Unhappy with my schoolwork, this year I decided to change that. I took a step back and...

Like, get over yourself Its time to embrace linguistic change, especially one so useful
Jan28

Like, get over yourself Its time to embrace linguistic change, especially one so useful

“Like” has become one of the most useful words in our vocabulary. So useful in fact that we only notice how ubiquitous it is in colloquial speech if we’re specifically listening for it or if it’s emphasized for comedic effect. But what’s so funny about ‘like’? Considering that people who use the word do so for a host of linguistically valid reasons — to approximate, exaggerate, and even quote someone — it’s a little strange that...

Discrimination won’t lead to security The new refugee plan screens out single men for no logical reasons
Dec03

Discrimination won’t lead to security The new refugee plan screens out single men for no logical reasons

As the refugee crisis continues, with thousands of people fleeing crisis in the Middle East. Canada has been proactive in taking steps to accept Syrian refugees despite citizens’ concerns over security after the horrific Paris attacks orchestrated by ISIS. While it is in Canadian spirit to be accepting and receive these refugees with open arms, there is also the appropriate way of doing so. Trudeau has faced criticism regarding his...

Working with anonymity Online activism should be embraced by international intelligence agencies
Nov26

Working with anonymity Online activism should be embraced by international intelligence agencies

ISIS’ recent actions have had a global impact, especially the major attack on Paris that killed over a hundred people. There have been various reactions, but the response by the hacktivist group, Anonymous, has especially garnered attention. Anonymous is a hacking collective formed in 2004 with members from around the globe, and their latest target is ISIS. People have mixed feelings about the organization. They are difficult to track...