Stereotypes keep millennials from obtaining government jobs, study finds

Lazy, entitled, impatient—raise your hand if you’ve ever heard those words used to refer to millennials. A recent study by Deloitte shows that negative stereotypes about millennials may be the reason young people have trouble finding employment in the federal government. Stereotypes about millennials being narcissistic, impatient, or disloyal, may be preventing them from being hired to fill positions in public service, according to the report. Tonya Johnson, a spokesperson for Deloitte, said that many government officials are calling on millennials to join the public service to help usher in the next “golden age.” The report recommends the removal of barriers to hiring millennials in order to modernize Canada’s public service. Deloitte had first assumed that millennials were not applying […]

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Letter: Challenging hegemonic masculinity key for feminism

I’m a feminist, and so are you. If we define feminism as calling for the “equality of the sexes,” it’s easy to rally behind. As Emma Watson acknowledged in her recent speech to the UN, feminism has too often come to be associated with man-hating. Many are hesitant to identify as feminists because of this pejorative connotation. Feminism needs to be reunderstood and its message rebranded if it is to gain mainstream traction. Feminism isn’t just for women. It’s for men too, and not just in the sense that men have a responsibility to be respectful toward women. For every woman whose personality or ambitions are limited by sexist double standards, there’s a man who suffers in silence because who […]

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Letter: RE: Saint Mary’s football players suspended

RE: Saint Mary’s football players suspended for offensive tweets The headline “Football players suspended” regarding the suspension of 10 members of the Saint Mary’s University varsity team looks harmless at first. The players used Twitter to convey comments of “hate, racism, and sexism” and, while their actions were completely inappropriate and offensive, a headline like that really just perpetuates the stereotype of the self-entitled jock. It makes the reader think, “this behaviour doesn’t surprise me coming from university football players.” Let’s face it, these athletes are often the alpha males around school, especially on a prominent team. In popular culture they are portrayed as the “jocks” that are big, strong, and think they can do whatever they want. It’s not just […]

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Opinion: Time to forget the ‘frat boy’ stereotype

When the word fraternity is mentioned, a lot of negative stereotypes often come to mind: Animal House, constant parties, paying for friends, hazing, and the “frat boy” image. What people don’t realize are all the positive things that us fraternity men do for our school and community. While I can’t speak on behalf of all fraternities, I can share the experience I have had in my four years in the ACACIA fraternity. My fraternity has pushed me to get more involved with philanthropic efforts in the community and school. My most proud example is  participating in Relay For Life this past year, when we put our efforts together for a brother who had lost his mother to cancer not long […]

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