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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Classrooms making use of virtual reality

As the digital age drives technology companies to constantly produce new products, universities are latching onto technology trends that can aim to help students learn course material and conduct research. Virtual reality (VR) is one of those emerging technologies. Often accessed through a headset, VR is an artificial environment experienced through senses such as sight and sound that are produced by a computer. The user can affect the environment they are experiencing through their actions. Several schools are using this technology to immerse students into a new way of learning. 3D Brains and Kidneys: VR at Medical School While companies such as Facebook, Samsung, and Sony are all competing to commercialize VR technology, universities have begun to experiment with the […]

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Letter: LRT no excuse for poor OC Transpo service

With the new light rail transit (LRT) line being built for 2018, I’ve frequently heard OC Transpo struggles described as “short-term pain for long term gain.” This would maybe be acceptable if they were truly short-term, but they’re not. I’ve been using OC Transpo regularly for nearly 10 years, and it’s never failed to consistently let me down. I think pretty much anyone living in Ottawa, especially those who commute from the outskirts, know what I’m talking about. Busses are very often late, sometimes they never come at all, and sometimes they’re filled to the brim with passengers while four empty “out of service” buses whiz by. Other times the stops are so inefficiently located that it takes less time […]

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Letter: Left and right need to respect each other

I think it’s safe to say we are living in very divisive times, politically speaking. Today, it’s a problem that members of both sides of the political spectrum are absolutely revolted by the other, and nobody seems to be listening to the other side at all. Instead, we seek to take away a person’s right to express a different opinion by labelling them—whether it be as a social justice warrior, a “libtard,” or saying that someone is racist, sexist, or homophobic. I was presented a good example of this the other day. As some may be aware, Toronto Pride recently voted to ban police from marching in and being involved with the organization of the annual Toronto Pride Parade. This […]

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Femme fitness: Exploring the debate over women’s-only gym hours at Carleton and beyond

Whether it’s in the comments of the Spotted at Carleton Facebook page, or in the editorial section of the Ottawa Citizen, the idea of a women’s-only gym hour continues to be debated at Carleton University. The “Where’s Our Women’s Only Gym Hour?” campaign was launched by the Womyn’s Centre, the Carleton University Muslim Students’ Association, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) in partnership with the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) earlier this fall. The campaign is currently surveying students on campus to gauge their opinion about the hour. Reports of posters being torn off campus walls in late November show that some object strongly to the idea. But Carleton already has women’s-only pool hours, […]

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