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: 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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Politics blog: A case for Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) has declared her intention to seek a new referendum on Scottish Independence from the UK. Her argument is based on a clause in the Edinburgh agreement stating that the government of Scotland could seek a redress if the circumstances surrounding the referendum significantly changed. Since then, Brexit has endangered the economic future of the UK, as well as threatened the local sovereignty of governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The core of the issue is the centralization of authority. There is little to no transparency on the exit process from the European Union, and Theresa May has been keen to exclude any outside voices from her own […]

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Letter: Peterson protests violate free speech

On March 9, the National Gallery of Canada is holding a public seminar on the psychology of creativity. Protests have erupted against keynote speaker Jordan Peterson, not for any particularly controversial view on creativity, but rather for his views about political correctness. Peterson is a psychology professor at the University of Toronto, who has objected to the enforcement of gender-neutral and other politically correct language in academia. Protesters, organizing on Facebook and other social media, have claimed his alleged transphobia and bigotry are grounds enough for his removal as a public speaker. The attempt to deny Peterson his right to speak, aside from proving his point, shifts the conversation from one about political correctness and the use of preferred language […]

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Library hosts Freedom to Read week events

Carleton’s MacOdrum Library has been hosting a number of events in honour of Freedom to Read Week, being held across Canada from Feb. 26 to March 4. According to Wayne Jones, Carleton’s librarian, Freedom to Read Week allows libraries to make a statement about the importance of freedom of expression and anti-censorship. “There are still books that are still being banned [and] challenged, in Canada and elsewhere, and what we do is we take a list of those books, we have people read from them publicly, and we have people demonstrate publicly that this is a right in a free society,” Jones said. “Having more information is better than having no information.” The MacOdrum Library has held events for Freedom […]

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