Dalhousie University withdraws disciplinary action against student

The Dalhousie University announced on Oct. 25, that it was suspending any disciplinary action against Masuma Khan, a member of the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU), according to a press release. Khan, vice-president (academic and external) of the DSU, was being investigated for violating the university’s code of conduct after criticizing the DSU’s involvement in Canada 150 celebrations with a Facebook post this past summer. The complaint was made by Michael Smith, a graduate student in Dalhousie’s history department, according to a CBC article. According to a statement by Arig al-Shaibah, the university’s vice-provost (student affairs), Khan’s Facebook post started with “Fuck you all” and ended with ‘#whitefragilitycankissmyass’ and ‘#whitetearsarentsacred.’ In the statement, al-Shaibah said that after reading Khan’s post, she recognized that […]

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Letter: Revising history requires replacing legacies

Northern and liberal (one might almost say ‘Yankee’) outrage at the perpetuation of southern confederate mythology raised a number of eyebrows this summer after events in Charlottesville. The counter-reaction, the new-right demonstration in the streets shouting ‘white power’ and a crude translation of the old Joseph Goebbels line “Blut und Boden” (blood and soil), rightfully alarmed everyone. Yet, in this righteous fury, the anger was mysteriously directed less at the perpetrators than at their symbols. Clearly the mob subconsciously finds it easier to attack a swastika than the man wearing it. In addition to the statue of Robert E. Lee-a symbol of the old-right that looks increasingly moderate compared to the more recent brand, which some have attempted to call […]

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Politics Blog: A new shot for the NDP

This weekend, the New Democratic Party leadership race concluded on Oct. 1, with excited chants and cheers. The final answer to the contest is Jagmeet Singh, the Sikh MPP from Brampton, Ont. Singh represents a new chapter of the NDP and the nation as a whole. His platform is one that strikes the balance Canadians need between social progress and economic strength.   His economic plan consists largely of public and community infrastructure programs financed and supported by the federal government. While getting Canadians the jobs and opportunities they need, Singh also aims to expand the social safety net and protect those at risk of falling through the cracks. Capitalism is unsustainable when it allows citizens to collapse from the […]

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Letter: Hopes of defeating Trump are wearing thin

Last week, all over the news, you’d have thought that a dictator had just been overthrown. From Facebook and Twitter to CNN or the Washington Post, the verdict was that both the repeal of Obamacare and the ascendency of Trump-care had been defeated once and for all. There was also, in case you hadn’t been sick of hearing about presidential emails already, fresh news last week of Donald Trump Jr. tweeting away his fifth-amendment right and practically confessing to collusion with the Russian government. Trump denounced it, the liberals cheered it, and the Democrats popped open the champagne and chanted again, “Ding, dong, the Trump is dead.” I remember several months ago when Trump announced his first travel ban: it […]

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Letter: No reason to stress over your undergraduate degree

Finals week brings with it the taste of blood in the air: hundreds of students pushing themselves to insane physical and mental limits to try to improve or maintain their averages, and stay in their program. Popular remedies include ingesting coffee and energy drinks, and spending entire days at a time pouring over every bit of information from the whole semester. This is an insane amount of effort and stress put into something that in the long run is as inconsequential to you, the individual reader, as your favourite subject was in high school. The reason most people put so much effort into their studies at the undergrad level is to either buff up their hiring prospects or get into […]

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