Ontario college students discuss impact of faculty strike

After the five-week long strike came to an end, The Charlatan spoke to two college students about the impact it had on them. Cierra Vandermeer, a third-year behavioural psychology student at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., said she was greatly affected by the strike. “I just [wanted] it to end it as soon as possible,” she said. Vandermeer said she did her best to keep up with the workload, assuming the strike would eventually come to an end. “It [was] hard to do assignments when we [didn’t] have a teacher to guide [us]—we [couldn’t] ask questions . . . we [couldn’t] proceed with our work,” she said. She said the uncertainty of when they would return to classes caused her […]

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BC government approves pricey treatment for UBC student

After her story was widely covered by Canadian media, University of British Columbia student Shantée Anaquod—who was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening autoimmune disease earlier this month— will have her treatment costs covered by the province. The yearly cost of Soliris, a drug needed to treat Anaquod’s disease, is $750,000. While the province does not normally cover the cost, British Columbia’s Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced on Nov. 21, that the province will now cover the cost on a case-by-case basis. The 23-year-old anthropology student was diagnosed with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS), according to her mother, Jennifer Anaquod.  According to the aHUS Foundation website, a non-profit which helps children and families affected by the disease, aHUS is not […]

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Q+A: Sock ‘n’ Buskin director Meg Sutton

Carleton’s own Sock ‘n’ Buskin theatre company has a production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon premiering on Nov. 16. With the show a week away, The Charlatan sat down with director Meg Sutton to learn more about the show. The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start with why [you chose] The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon? What drew you to the play? Meg Sutton (MS): It’s a very cute story. I’ve been a part of Sock ‘n’ Buskin for a while. I found my family and great friends. I always thought I’d be an actor, never thought I’d be a director. When I choose [the play], I was across Canada and my friend Mary convinced me to direct a show. I didn’t want to, […]

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U of Alberta students turn lipsticks and bongs into entrepreneurship

Students at the University of Alberta (U of A) have recently created healthy and more convenient alternatives to every-day leisure items. Akash Gupta, a fourth-year chemical engineering student, designed a lipstick that he said is made out of healthier ingredients than that of other brands on the market. He said during a shopping trip with his mother and sister, he read the ingredient list of a lipstick. He said when he realized the underlying harm in the chemicals used, he began brainstorming ingredients for a healthy alternative. After sharing his idea with his colleague Sravya Kalyanapu, the two cofounded Seleste, a lipstick brand that uses only natural ingredients, according to him. “It took us about a year to create the […]

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Moving in: what to do when your roommate drives you up the wall

When the end of the summer rolls around, many Canadian undergraduate students begin the process of packing their bags and getting ready to live on their own for the first time. However, while some students may bond instantly with their new roommate, some may find themselves sleeping beside their worst enemy. Attending university or college can be regarded as a rite of passage for many young adults. Because of this, students often do a great deal of research before deciding which university program to pursue and where to study it. Part of that research involves deciding where to live while in school. Students studying away from home are likely living in shared residence rooms or in homes with other students. For […]

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