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Praise for the stunningly ordinary Or five things we need to stop praising white guys for
Mar03

Praise for the stunningly ordinary Or five things we need to stop praising white guys for

I breathed a sigh of relief Sunday night. Leonardo DiCaprio has officially received his Oscar. You may have seen the deluge of memes, gifs, and video compilations all protesting his lack of Academy recognition. I have never seen the Internet collectively want something so badly. “Please God,” I said, eyes skyward, “let this be the last I hear about how mean the Academy has been to little Leo.” Don’t get me wrong, I think DiCaprio is a...

A fate worse than death Or how I am surviving my first mortality crisis
Feb25

A fate worse than death Or how I am surviving my first mortality crisis

I found out over reading week that one of my distant cousins died. This, coupled with the death of two grandparents in the span of a year, has led to my first mortality crisis. “One day,” I said to myself, “you will die.” Here’s the thing; I’ve been worried about growing old for a much longer time than I’ve been worried about what follows it. I wasn’t even particularly worried about a decline in quality of life with age (which has now...

McMaster vs. the Climate Are our environmental initiatives hurting more than helping?
Feb11

McMaster vs. the Climate Are our environmental initiatives hurting more than helping?

On Feb. 4, Naomi Klein came to McMaster to discuss her latest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Her overall message was simple: our current methods of living — and especially making money — are not sustainable. I’ll be honest, I have only ever been peripherally involved in environmental movements. My activism tends to focus on social issues that affect people: racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, and...

Committing to memory Can we excuse something as a product of its time?
Feb04

Committing to memory Can we excuse something as a product of its time?

  I’m doing an independent study this semester, and if you have come within 50 feet of me this past month I’ve probably already told you all about it (whether you wanted to hear about it or not). It is on “memory,” which may seem a little odd to anyone not studying history. Memory is usually rather straightforward — things happened, we know about them, we remember them. Luckily for my research project, it is much more complicated than...

(White) crime and punishment What is Netflix’s Making a Murderer missing?
Jan28

(White) crime and punishment What is Netflix’s Making a Murderer missing?

If you have a Netflix account — or like myself, shamelessly log in to a friend’s — you have probably heard of the series Making a Murderer. I was told to watch it because, and I quote, “you will never be more likely to yell at your computer screen.” As someone who frequently directs angry outbursts towards her laptop, I was intrigued. For those who don’t know, the show is a documentary series about a man named Steven Avery and...