Letter: Religious perspectives can interfere with knowledge

Religion—Karl Marx’s “opiate of the masses”—and a thing in which people still somehow believe in. As most of us know, Carleton University was founded on secular principles, but does that mean religion cannot be a part of the school foundation or modern curriculum? Yes, that’s exactly what it means! Religion should have no influence on what is studied, except for religion because it is a piece of human history. Negative and positive aspects of human nature rely on the understanding of religious doctrine and dogma. Being a heavily-lapsed Catholic—basically an agnostic—I see religion in a negative light. However, I do have some form of respect for those who still somehow keep their beliefs and moral principles from declining platforms of […]

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Opinion: Don’t attack critical thought

Last week, a teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo was lambasted for showing a video clip to her students that resulted in a very public debacle aimed at reprimanding her. The TA in question, Lindsay Shepherd, was screening a televised debate from The Agenda, a current affairs show on TVO, that included Jordan Peterson, a University of Toronto professor known for his controversial stance against the use of non-gendered pronouns. In a three-on-one ‘tribunal,’ Shepherd’s supervisor, as well as another professor and university administrator essentially ganged up on Shepherd, claiming that she created a “toxic” and “problematic” environment that violated the school’s Gendered and Sexual Violence Policy. According to various media sources, they also tried to (falsely) […]

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Letter: Religious perspectives deserve equal weight

Students attend university to achieve higher learning. In my experience, this learning goes beyond pure academics and extends to lessons about life and people, especially our own selves. Because of how important these things are, I don’t think religion or spirituality should be excluded from the university environment. The words ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality’ get thrown around a lot, and just by talking with different people around campus, I’m reminded that they can mean very different things on an individual basis. So with the help of Merriam-Webster I pinpointed what I understand by these terms: ‘Religion’ is “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor [zeal or loyalty] and faith.”  ‘Spirituality’ is the state of being “concerned with religious […]

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Letter: Smoke-free campuses will help end smoking addiction

Full disclosure, I am a smoker. I started before my 16th birthday about four years ago. Now, I hear that the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is joining a few other schools in going smoke-free. That means no cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, water pipes, cigars, or tobacco anywhere on campus. As a smoker, I heard this and scoffed. But deep down, I think this is a good idea. Some students may say that smoking is their stress-relief. Even I say this. But it is not fact. More accurately, lighting up a cigarette has been shown to increase anxiety and tension. While students like myself might feel immediate release when the smoke hits their lips, they are not doing themselves any […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Fight off the Freshman 15

Everyone at one point in time entering university has probably heard of the infamous “freshman 15,” the so-called 15 pounds first-year students often gain. So how can you—a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed freshman—avoid said 15 pounds? How can you stay healthy throughout the entire school year? It’s actually pretty simple. Eat a well-rounded diet and exercise. Before we get to the tips, let’s address a few things. Being healthy is 80 per cent diet and 20 per cent exercise, so believe it or not, but consuming your weight in alcohol and following that with a basket of chicken wings will not be balanced out by a bottle of water and 30 minutes of running the next day. Lastly, slimness isn’t the same […]

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