Opinion: Millennials shouldn’t be shamed

According to a recent study in the UK, many young people don’t identify as millennials, and don’t perceive their Generation Z cohorts in an especially positive light. This mass identity crisis, according to the survey, stems from the enormous stigma that surrounds millennials. The word “millennial” has come to symbolize an egocentric group of whiny youths, and an entire generation has taken to self-loathing because of the prejudices they face. This kind of anti-millennial rhetoric is nothing new. You can’t go a day without reading a headline attacking millennials, such as “Avocados are Endangered Because Millennials Buy Too Much Toast.” Shared and liked by baby boomers with a Facebook account, these articles are denigrating an enormous age group with biased […]

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Politics Blog: Voting should never be mandatory

The right to vote is promised to every adult citizen in our nation, and is assured as a universal and eternal right by the Canadian Constitution. However, according to Elections Canada, voter turnout rates in federal elections have remained firmly below 70 per cent since the 1990s, and have steadily dipped closer to the 60th percentile as the years wear on (the exception being 2015’s polarizing election, which saw voter turnout increase to a mere 68 per cent). These statistics make it clear that, for whatever reason, eligible voters are becoming increasingly disinterested in the electoral process. This has led many to speculate on possible resolutions to the pandemic of the aloof citizen—either too uninformed or not proactive enough to […]

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Q+A: Walk Off The Earth’s Sarah Blackwood

Prominent Canadian band Walk Off the Earth performed at Carleton University on Sept. 9 to kick off the fall semester. Before the show, one of the band’s singers and sole female member, Sarah Blackwood, spoke to The Charlatan over the phone to discuss the band’s inspirations, aspirations, and success. The Charlatan (TC): So I want to know—what’s in the water in Burlington? You guys are so talented. Sarah Blackwood (SB): I don’t know. It’s funny you said that because I’ve always really thought about how many awesome talented people there are in Burlington outside of anyone in our band. Music was really strong and powerful when we were growing up, so we all just fell into that little timeframe where everybody […]

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Commentary: Walk Off The Earth lights up fall orientation

Canadian band Walk off the Earth (WOTE) kicked off the fall semester with a bang, a symphony, and the toot of a kazoo when they took the stage on Sept. 9 for Carleton University’s Fall Orientation concert. Though the concert took place in a parking lot, the band transported the crowd into a stadium right from the get-go, and captivated the audience until the very last chord. The band was preceded by the alt-pop stylings of the Australian Hein Cooper, whose silky voice and catchy guitar interludes kept the crowd immersed, whether they were dancing to his cool rhythms or thrusting their phones to the sky to some of his slower songs. Cooper’s crowd interactions, genuine lyrics, and smooth beats […]

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