Opinion: First-generation students can succeed

I was always a good student, but also struggled. Cloaked under good grades that assured my distant parents that all was well were feelings of alienation, helplessness and even shame. My first year was the hardest. In high school, I spoke up in class, but in a university lecture hall or discussion group, I was mum. I soon fell into common routines–residence, class, cafeteria. University’s supposed to be about broadening your horizons, right? It often felt like an overwhelming power was pressed on me. It was the institution and the privilege it symbolized. It was the school’s unfamiliarity. It was other students who did worse in school but seemed to belong here more than I did. It was felt in […]

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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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Jian Ghomeshi trial witness speaks during Consent Culture Week

Linda Christina Redgrave delivered a keynote speech on Oct. 18 as a part of this year’s Consent Culture Week at Carleton Redgrave was known as ‘Witness 1’ during the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial, and was one of three women that testified during the trial. Ghomeshi, a former CBC radio host, was found not guilty of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking in May 2016. Redgrave spoke to about 100 students in Fenn Lounge about the issues with the justice system in regards to sexual assault cases. “The day I went to report [the assault], my life changed,” she said. When discussing the trial, Redgrave said it can be a brutal process. “Had I not had […]

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Letter: It’s time Ottawa becomes officially bilingual

Ottawa is moving towards becoming officially bilingual. But wait—wasn’t it already bilingual anyway? At least, that’s what mayor Jim Watson says. The street signs may be in English and French, but the City of Ottawa isn’t officially a bilingual capital. The organization Bilingual Ottawa is now asking city councillors to change the City of Ottawa Act to declare the city officially bilingual. This may be quite shocking, but being bilingual shouldn’t be an option: it should be a requirement. Canada recognizes its national languages as French and English, but is known worldwide for its Anglophone cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver. Even Montreal, the most populous city in Quebec, is very Anglophone. Ottawa itself is on the border of Quebec […]

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Letter: Binge drinking is a cultural problem for Canadians

On-campus organizations like CU Don’t Know that raise awareness for the dangers of drinking serve as a small reminder for an otherwise far larger issue. Binge drinking as a phenomenon is certainly nothing new, yet its impact can be seen anywhere from media representation to bars catering to a binge-oriented clientele. Lowering the drinking age alone won’t solve the issue of binge-drinking. Neither will less exposure in movies. Rather, we should appreciate and learn from a Latin European model which imparts, from a young age, a culturally responsible approach to alcohol and its consumption. Culturally, alcohol is portrayed as a taboo in most North American households, which, in conjunction with higher-than-average drinking ages, generates desire stemming from alcohol’s forbidden nature. […]

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