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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Opinion: University degrees are just the first step in finding a job

A recent article published by the CBC explores the idea that post-secondary graduates are no longer guaranteed stable employment with their education. According to the article, more than a quarter of Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 are underemployed, meaning they have degrees but the positions they are employed in don’t require them. Of course, it is information like this that scares many of us so close to graduation. While I don’t think a university degree is completely useless, I strongly believe it is not an absolute guarantee for employment—nor should we expect it to be. The article quotes Kimberly Ellis-Hale, an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University, who states, “With a good education, you will have a good […]

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Carleton music program’s artist-in-residence talks empathy, life in S. Korea

Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture: Music welcomed Korean musician Dong-Won Kim as its fall artist in-residence last week. Kim is a percussionist and a member of The Silk Road Ensemble, led by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He has studied many forms of traditional Korean percussion, according to the music department’s website. This is not his first time as an artist-in-residence. Kim said he has completed residencies at the University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, and The University of Paris VIII in the past. “We decided to invite Dong-Won Kim because of his extraordinary level of musicianship and his experience as an educator,” said associate professor Jesse Stewart. Kim said he has felt welcomed […]

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Harambe celebrated, remembered at candlelight vigils

On May 27, 1999, Harambe the gorilla was born in Brownsville, Texas at Gladys Porter Zoo. On May 28, 2016, just one day after his 17th birthday, the 440-pound male silverback gorilla was shot by zoo staff in the Cincinnati Zoo, after a child fell into his enclosure. Almost four months later, Harambe has become the subject of countless viral internet memes, and more recently, the central figure of vigils held throughout Ontario. Most, according to university students leading the vigils, hope to keep the memory of Harambe alive. The Harambe candlelight vigil at Queen’s University took place on the Kingston Pier on Sept. 16, with over 300 attendees, according to organizer Zane Feder. “Once the sun went down, people showed […]

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Uncovering the truths of post-secondary academics

Starting your first year of university can be daunting: living away from home, thousands of new faces, and an entirely new academic environment. Freshmen will naturally have certain expectations about schoolwork, but are these assumptions true or false? Megan McBain, a first-year Brock University student, said her older siblings helped her shape realistic expectations about university academia. “I thought the workload in university was going to be close to unbearable,” McBain said. “Now, having seen my older brother’s different assignment and essay requirements, I believe it will be far more manageable than I originally believed.” Kiera Warhurst, a first-year student at Wilfrid Laurier University, said her high school teachers made her worry about whether or not she will be able […]

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