Double Blue Forever: The Basilian Tradition

“There’s great value going into a college like St. Mike’s that has a really strong sense of community, camaraderie, and the sense of other as being important. The sense that they’re supported by not only professors, the student services, but other students. There’s a nice sense of community and that people are working with each other and not going through this alone.”

Faith in the Process

"November 27, I spoke with University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) President and Vice- Chancellor David Mulroney in his office in Founders House. Our conversation touched on the past, the present, and the future of St. Mike’s. It gave Mulroney the chance to present his version of USMC and how he views his term, and gave me the opportunity to ask him some of the more pressing questions on the minds of USMC students today."

Students of St. Mike’s — V2.0

"It pretty much went from a hobby to something we started taking a bit more seriously. What started out as "ooh, this could be a fun Top 10 to do," or, "we all just saw this movie so let’s write about it," to actually discussing when things so should go up, how to capitalize on what’s popular right now, and more. We became more serious about uploading when we saw the kind of views we were getting."

Don’t Lose Your Cool

"From sun up to sun down, it can consume you — if you let it. There is a common meme that states, 'Diamonds are made under pressure,' but the connotation is usually sarcastic."

Reel Talk: Sweet Virginia

"So, when host Norm Wilner announced that we’d be watching a neo-noir Americana film, my first thought was that it was a questionable choice for a Sunday morning. My doubts were set aside five minutes into the film, Sweet Virginia."

No Fixed Address, No Easy Solution

"5,253 are either sleeping on the streets or in shelters, with almost 500 sleeping on the streets on any given night according to the 2013 “Street Needs Assessment.” 33% of these “outdoor homeless” identify as Aboriginal and 7% of all homeless are veterans of the Canadian military."

Students of St. Mike’s — V1.0

"Second-year neuroscience student at St. Mike’s and lifestyle photographer Ethan Deneault has been on a consistent rise. Using Instagram as his primary outlet to showcase his craft, Ethan has managed to capture our vibrant city through his vision and a different looking glass."

All Characters Are Round

"I remember the days that supporting characters were referred to as, 'That girl/guy. You know, the one who just parties or is there to make the protagonist look good.' Well, those days are gone. Now, supporting characters get eulogies and internet memorials. What happened?"

Spooky Shenanigans at Sorbara

"The hallway was dimly lit by an intense crimson hue. A well accompanied soundtrack was nothing short of unnerving, as sinister music echoed through the halls in attempts to drown out the screams of the attendees."

Another One Bites the Dust

"It seems to me that forgoing the output entirely prioritizes the abuser and not the innocent collaborator or victim. It’s allowing the actions of the perpetrator to dictate your actions."

Getting Lost in the Land of Cheese and Chocolate

"If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re around the age where you can start making, or have been making, your own decisions. Take advantage of that liberty to do whatever is at your disposal. Don’t doubt yourself when you’re deciding whether to take a chance or not.

The Masculinity Mask

"North American society has carved out an image of the quintessential ‘man’ that many of us strive, consciously or unconsciously, to live up to, often at the cost of our own health."

Mario D’Souza, A Leader in Catholic Education

"The goal was to make that stranger a friend and fellow labourer in higher education. All this I saw in Fr. Mario’s life and outlook: his life was shaped by discipline, goodness, and knowledge to welcome both Catholics and non-Catholics to the conversations he thought were important."

Your Ultimate U of T Survival Guide

"Number 4: In lecture, sit close to the front... I like to get to all of my lectures 15–20 minutes early and sit in the front row for three reasons: 1) I have terrible eyesight; 2) I tend to fall asleep easily, so I find that the more exposed I am to the potential of extreme shame and guilt, the less likely I am to do this; and 3) the fewer people there are in front of me, the lower my chances of getting distracted by students who choose to browse cakes on Pinterest or read Buzzfeed listicles (come to think of it, not unlike this one) during class."

Your New Favourite Literary Journal

"We’re learning. But we are being built in and for a digital environment — print is an ideal end goal for us, but it’s a “nice to have.” Our structure is going to be built into the current literary landscape, and we’re paying attention to the magazines around us that we respect."

What Riverdale Gets Right

"It’s almost like Riverdale’s screenwriters are trying to pay respect to generations of Archie Comics and their multitudinous fans whilst simultaneously introducing a fresher, murkier, more realistic take on this world, thereby attracting a younger fan base: “Out with the old, in with the new.” Although the episode resolves its conflict with a clear win for the Lodges — and by extension, for the present — the show itself remains on the fence about this tension. This sentiment is well captured when Jughead says, “The drive-in closing is the last nail in the coffin known as the American dream,” while comfortably enjoying his favourite cheeseburger at Pop Tate’s."

How to Flatten the World

"It makes sense that we would simplify and label the world this way. It helps us better understand the contrasting/opposing/complex ideas that exist. The way we use this simplification can be seen through our portrayal of our physical world: the way continents appear on a traditional world map is not how our world looks from space, instead, the lines of the continents on a map are straightened out and flattened to make the re-creation easier to grasp."

OutKast: The Great American Band?

"Their southernness gave them deep sonic and personal roots to the delta blues, P-Funk, soul music that is entrenched in both their sound and personal histories. But they were also foreign, unattached beings that floated above it all, as they tried to free themselves from the cosmic forces that determined their birth. On top of it all, they were also accomplished rappers, two under one identity. While rappers are, historically, hyper-masculine figures with dominant, uncompromising personalities, Andre and Big Boi did their best to dissolve into a shared existence on their records."