The Cost of Savings

"Originally, this practice came about as a means to conserve energy. However, with technological advancements, which have given rise to a multitude of appliances and technical devices which require energy 24 hours a day, it has become evident that electricity no longer serves the sole purpose of illuminating homes, workplaces, and public spaces."

Remember Who You Are

"The instruction, “Remember who you are,” indeed alludes to the life of a young prince who was disoriented by the vicissitudes of life and attempted to renounce responsibilities by living by the motto “Hakuna Matata” (“No worries”). However, the apparition of his father reminded him that he was called to something greater. Likewise, we as people of God are called to something greater."

Not Just a Shirt

"As conscious consumers, we need to change the narrative behind the clothing we own. This means using our voices to curb the consumer demands of these fast fashion companies and challenging the process of clothing manufacturing. Production can be challenged by refusing to endorse fast fashion companies and purchasing thrifted clothing or supporting companies who use materials that are sustainable for the environment while also maintaining human rights."

The 2018 Oscars: In Brief

"And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to… La La Land… Just kidding. Let’s not relive the biggest mishap to ever take place in Oscar history. It’s time to turn the page because guess what! The correct envelopes were handed out to the presenters at the 90th annual Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel this past Sunday."

Team #VirtueMoir Wins Over the World

"For most ice dance viewers, all of the intricate details and technicalities of the sport are secondary to two factors — the aesthetic beauty of the dance and the feelings evoked when watching the performance. The uniqueness about Tessa and Scott is that they combine their athleticism and precision with a deep trust and connection that is unmatched by any other opponents."

The Reality of Free Health Care

"Fortunately, for my first two years in Canada I didn’t need to receive health care. However, starting this year, I have had my first experiences with globalized medicine. On paper, free health care for everyone seems like a good idea. However, upon closer inspection, the implications of this kind of society leads to mediocre care for the entire society rather than adequate care for most of society."

The Coop: Brennan 2.0?

"If you were to ask any student, “What makes a university?" they would likely say: “The life outside of the classroom." The University of Toronto (U of T), having the large campus that it does, is home to various places where students can retreat from the stress of academia and enjoy the other aspects of being a student. In the case of the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), most students would state that their haven away from class is none other than Brennan Lounge."

Combatting Social Injustice in Pop Culture

"On January 28, 2018, the 60th annual Grammy Awards took place in New York City, with host James Corden. Like every year, the award show proceeded to provide recognition for outstanding artists and their efforts in the past year. This year did just that and more. Celebrities attending the 2018 Grammys used their platform for peaceful resistance by recognizing the rising issue of sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry."

Everyone’s Talking About It... For the Wrong Reason

"Tarte has been a trusted veteran in the makeup world for its high-quality products. One of its most popular products has been the Shape Tape Contour Concealer, a product highly spoken about by all our favourite makeup artists and YouTubers. So when Tarte teased the release of a Shape Tape Foundation set for the beginning of 2018, people were ecstatic. The launch was highly anticipated; but what wasn’t anticipated was the limited shade range."

The Science of Love

"The issue is: people hypothesize first and experiment last. Now, in science this is okay, but not in relationships. People hypothesize that because of their targeted dates’ attractive looks, they’ll be great boyfriends or girlfriends. However, they don’t first experiment in the sense that they first get to know their partners and see if their characters or interests are similar."

Bringing Fair Trade to Your Daily Grind

"Fair trade works to support coffee farmers and communities, while concurrently reducing the negative environmental impact. You can help by visiting an establishment that supports fair trade next time you need your caffeine fix."

Stripping Student Autonomy

"A student’s inability to “engage,” however, is a malleable justification that can give university administrators an opportunity to exercise huge ableist policy abuses. Many manifestations of mental illness can fall into such justifications."

Hark! A New Year Bell is Ringing

"Every time we come to the end of something, especially something that goes over a long period of time, we can’t help but look back at how that something went. At the end of an academic year, a theatrical rehearsal schedule for a completed show, birthdays, etc., we always look back to see what has been accomplished in its own relevant way."

Buckingham Palace: Renovated

"Through their relationship, what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bring to the attitudes and values of the Royal Family is ultimately characterized through diminishing the presence of rigidity in royal conventions and norms."

Logan Paul’s Daily Vlogs take a Deadly Turn

"December 31, 2017, well-known Youtube superstar Logan Paul released one of the most controversial videos of the year. Logan uploaded a video of himself at Aokigahara, or the “Suicide Forest,” a forest in Japan where many people have decided to end their lives."

Some Encouragement from the Other Side

"Here’s the thing though — most of you will be similarly fortunate. (And if you pay attention to those email blasts you’ve been ignoring, opportunity might even knock sooner than you expect.) Whenever I talk about my great new job with my family, my boss, former professors, they say the same thing when I tell them how lucky I was: “You worked hard for this.”"