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.”"

The Shame of "Walk of Shame"

"I thought that perhaps, before starting on this article, I should look at what some of the reviews were like, and this tidbit caught my eye: “Watching the redoubtable Elizabeth Banks try to breathe life into the stillborn farce Walk of Shame is like watching a team of paramedics perform CPR on the corpse of Ulysses S. Grant.”"

A New Hope

"Queer identities have largely been ignored at USMC, and there has been little in the way of organized community support. An action of this kind is past due, especially if SMCSU and the USMC community at large is to establish itself as an inclusive community."

No Dough, No Show

"With this scheduling delay, clubs are currently forced to operate without knowledge of their real budgets. Only organizations with student levies are able to fully flesh out their plans for the year with their own funds. The rest, on the other hand, must rely on the union’s allocation of student resources."

One Who Shows the Way

"The leadership exchange program, a three-year brain child of Sarah Memme and Samantha Hartlen of the University of Toronto Leadership Programs, spanned three days during Reading Week."

Jagmeet Singh: A New Chapter

"His position as a young person of colour from the GTA gives him the ability to appeal to demographics the NDP has had trouble appealing to before. Not only can he become a strong voice for the downtown core and the GTA, but he also has the ability to appeal to immigrant communities with his ideals surrounding equality and inclusion."

In Defense of the Hudson Settlement

"The fact that [the UTSU] could recover a portion of overtime fees is better than nothing. The lawsuit was a cumbersome obstacle that had plagued the UTSU for far too long. Getting rid of it frees the incumbent student union to focus on actual policies rather than wasting it on a risky expedition."

Why the OPSEU Strike is 100 Times Worse Than A CUPE Strike

"The Ontario college strike is history in the making. It has affected 12,000 faculty and 500,000 students across the Ontario college system, making it one of the largest strikes in the Ontario post-secondary system history. It may also be the longest, given OPSEU’s strained relationship with CEC coupled by the provincial government’s unwillingness to intervene anytime soon."

Accessible, Centralized Sports

"Since the deadline for sign-ups is out of St. Mike’s hands, we need to be proactive about informing our student body before the sign-up date. Additionally, there needs to be a central location where anybody can inquire about intramurals. It’s extremely inefficient and frustrating for a student to be directed toward a chain of three different emails before finding someone who is knowledgeable about the sport they are interested in."

Football, St. Mike's, and You

"It’s a great opportunity to get out, meet alumni, and participate in what remains of one of St. Mike’s greatest sports traditions. And if football isn’t your speed, at least you can come out, play some soccer (another type of football), and share some post-match food with your fellow USMC students, both past and present."

Bill 62: Populism In the Name of "Religious Neutrality"

"As a Middle Eastern woman, when discussing the dangers of cultural assimilation, it is not rare for me to hear the argument “If you don’t like our culture, go somewhere else!” This argument that simply boils down the second largest country in the world to just one overarching culture is absolutely absurd! To force one another to conform is to reject the exact plurality that has allowed us to learn and progress."

The State of SMCSU

"What is clear and unfortunate however is that the SMCSU has a major image problem. In no small part, this is due to the despicable actions of many (though definitely not all) previous SMCSU members over the course of the past “six plus years,” from those who participated actively in the corruption to those who acted as bystanders."

Let's Talk About Financial Literacy

"The degrees we get and the money we make will not matter in the end if we cannot keep what we earn. As things are now, a vast majority of Canadians cannot keep their hard-earned money because of lack of financial literacy."

A New and Inclusive SMCSU

"This is a defining moment for SMCSU; it stands at a crossroads. The council can either entangle itself in its problematic past, or take this as an opportunity to reinvent itself."

Don't Settle!

"Travelling is important, not because of the fancy commercial aspects of it, but for the simplest most genuine moments where you laugh your heart out at a joke that was said in a different language, and yet you somehow still got it."

Engineering Science: A Jack of No Trades

"Those who have studied infrastructure engineering at U of T would still find themselves working for the top institutions around the world. Still, it might be depressing (or delighting) for them to realize nobody else will get the same education as they had."

The Value of O-Week

"Personally, through past years in education, I have never felt a real sense of pride about the schools I attended. Until now. Here at the University of Toronto, I can surely say I am a proud Varsity Blue."

Welcome to St. Mike’s

"The people you can meet through any extracurricular, even it isn’t working for this lovely paper, will benefit your university experience in ways you can’t even imagine yet and that I can barely explain."

Urgent Questions Regarding the New SMCSU

"Then, of course, on top of everything else, lies the question of what all this might mean for USMC students who aren’t Catholic. A very large amount of USMC students are not Catholic. Will these students be marginalized by the new SMCSU? Or even worse, have they already been through the formation of groups like the almost entirely Catholic “Re-Imagining [Student Government] Committee”? The answer to this question is of vital importance to not only USMC students who aren’t Catholic, but also to all USMC students who are Catholic and hope to lay any legitimate claim to caring about USMC’s undeniably large non-Catholic student population."

The “Accessibility” in Accessibility Services

"According to a poster in the Accessibility Services Office, not even Convocation Hall (with all three stories of its table-less chairs) could accommodate seats for all of the students with disabilities on campus. And yet the university tries to accommodate these students with something like a dozen disability advisors."