Protesters against Peterson gathered outside NGC

When organizers at the National Gallery of Canada invited Jordan Peterson, a psychology professor from the University of Toronto, to speak about creativity on March 9, they were met with backlash. Petitions and protests quickly popped up in response to the event on social media, and during his appearance at the gallery around 100 protesters expressed their disagreement outside with signs and a megaphone. Kate Forman, a Carleton University student who identifies as gender-non-conforming, helped organize the protest against Peterson’s talk. “Peterson’s said a lot of negative, discriminatory things about trans people,” Forman said. “I think having the National Gallery, which is a federally-funded institution, use funds to have him present on their grounds is . . .  I think […]

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Review: Jordan Peele’s Get Out

The following contains spoilers. Get Out presents itself as a horror film with a twist—it also contains powerful racial and social commentary. Seeing as it is directed, produced, and written by Jordan Peele of sketch comedy show Key and Peele, this is not surprising. The film contains the same dark and unapologetic humour found in Peele’s sketch comedy, while still managing to be a compelling thriller. What’s great is the film avoids a lot of horror film tropes like “Black guy dies first” and “character doing stupid things like investigating the scary creaking sound upstairs.” The soundtrack was all around solid too, especially with music from Childish Gambino’s latest album, which was a stand out. I didn’t find Get Out […]

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Metal Ravens continue building community

When you walk through Carleton’s University Centre atrium you’ll often be greeted by the sound of idle chatter, and maybe a flyer or two—other days, by the roar of death metal. The Metal Ravens are easily one of the most recognized clubs on campus, and not just for their music taste. Last year, they won the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Clubs and Societies Award for being the most active campus club. This year, they are celebrating their fifth anniversary. Luv “Shakes” Tomar conceptualized the idea that became the Metal Ravens during Frosh Week in his first year, in 2011. “Frosh Week was the worst week of my  [university] life, mainly because I missed my parents,” Tomar said. “They were […]

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Campus Style Blog: Thrifty Thursday

When you’re a student, clothes shopping can get expensive, especially if you’re trying to keep up with current trends. Thrift-shopping is a budget-friendly alternative to big box store shopping. It’s also a great way to support community initiatives, lessen your environmental impact by recycling, and score a unique thrifted piece to add to your wardrobe. Here are a few of my favourite spots in Ottawa and a few tips and tricks on how to make thrifted clothes a part of your own personal style. Whether you’re a fashionista or just a poor student, thrift-shopping has got you covered—literally. St. Vincent de Paul – 1273 Wellington Street West According to their website, their profits go to various community programs. This store […]

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Review: Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

While expanding on George Lucas’ Star Wars universe, Rogue One explains a previously gaping plot hole—why would the Empire design a massive, planet-destroying weapon with what is essentially a self-destruct button built right in? The following review will contain spoilers. The plot of the film revolves around the Rebel Alliance seeking to steal the plans for the Empire’s very first Death Star to stop them from blowing up planets. Felicity Jones plays the film’s main character and heroine, Jyn Erso. She is the daughter of Galen Erso, a scientist who is captured by the Galactic Republic, which later becomes the Empire, to work on their new weapon. There are some things that never seem to change in the Star Wars universe, like sassy robots with British […]

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