Author: Carol Eugene Park

Reimagining a different narrative

Reimagining a different narrative Words by carol eugene park Photo by hana nikcevic How i’m learning to feel comfortable in my own skin Content warning: discussions of body shaming, disordered eating, and misogyny. As many teenagers do, I struggled with body image during my adolescence. I was an aspiring writer, so I sought out a place of belonging in the stories I created when I felt isolated from my peers and loved ones. I wrote about girls feeling lost and depressed and developing eating disorders. I romanticized eating disorders so intensely that I began to write myself into the...

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A poet’s exploration of framework and memories: An interview with Mihaela Vacarciuc

Victoria College is home to many skilled, creative artists. With its reputation for having ambitious and driven students, it is no surprise that Victoria College has produced some of the most influential writers, literary critics, and scholars in Canada. The Strand sat down with third-year, Mihaela Vacariuc, also known as Michelle, and discussed her journey as a poet; her producing two poetry books and exploring the framework of perception.  The Strand: Tell me a little about Jam and Mint Leaves. What motivated you to produce these poetry books? Mihaela Vacarciuc: I’ve been writing since I was ten. I think I was finally ready to share my poetry with people because I never shared my poetry or my writing in general. One day, I thought that maybe they have some value beyond what I think, and I might as well put it in book format, and share it. TS: How long have you been writing poetry for? What is your main source for inspiration? MV: Mint Leaves took four days to put together, without sleep. Once you immerse yourself into something you like, it’s a moment of flow. The idea came from a debate of reader interpretation; the death of author and birth of the reader. I’ve always been of the opinion that knowing the writer’s biography gives you more insight into the writing. My roommate is of the opposite...

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VUSAC elections 2017: Zahavah Kay, Presidential candidate

Photo provided by Zahavah Kay The Strand sat down with Zahavah Kay to discuss her presidential platform, and her potential solutions to change VUSAC’s negative reputation.   The Strand: Why do you feel you are qualified to run for VUSAC president?   Zahavah Kay: I think that I’ve gained a lot of experience as Scarlett and Gold commissioner. I tried to be involved not just in portfolio of event planning but also, to be engaged politically with the process. I think the thing about student politics is that you don’t have to have been part of it to succeed. I...

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VUSAC elections 2017: Blánaid McNally, Arts and Culture candidate

Blánaid McNally, Arts and Culture Commissioner candidate, shared the things she would like included in her arts and culture portfolio—providing insight on past experiences of leadership and teamwork.    The Strand: What makes you a qualified candidate for Arts and Culture commissioner?  Blánaid McNally: I’ve participated in a lot of commissions over my years at Vic. I’ve always worked as part of a team; I was on Highball committee this year, APD committee for two years which is a new initiative that started up, and I liked the event planning under those committees. I have done Vic Aesthetics, make...

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