Author: Carol Eugene Park

VUSAC revises constitution, removing co-presidency

During VUSAC’s meeting on January 20th, 2017, council discussed the rationale behind removing co-presidency and reinstating a single president. VUSAC co-president, Stuart Norton, explained that co-presidency was a reaction to the heavy workload. He stated that the solution to the problem should have been in reallocating the workload to the vice-presidents, instead of splitting work and opportunities in half. A straw poll was taken and the majority of council agreed upon removing co-presidency. VUSAC co-president, Rahul Christoffersen, was absent from the preliminary meeting that discussed the removal of co-presidency. The proposal for VUSAC co-presidency was briefly discussed in the...

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Be your own valentine

Don’t be afraid to celebrate self-love on February 14th     Over the years, the “trending topics” on Twitter have become a broken record. Users can expect to see reoccurring hashtags associated with a specific month featured on their Twitter feeds. For example, every March, one reoccurring hashtag is #StPatricksDay and in May, it is #MothersDay. In February, #WhyImSingle and #SinglesAwarenessDay (#SAD) primarily dominates Twitter’s trending topics on days approaching February 14th. It’s as if Millennials on Twitter who use hashtags prepare for their Valentine’s Day related tweets in advance. Valentine’s Day is nothing more than a fixed date on the Western calendar on which individuals who believe in its importance make extra...

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Did I make a major mistake?

  Around this time three years ago, I was applying to universities across Ontario and Canada. My friends were almost always discussing their top three choices and which residence buildings they wanted to live in. Some students in my graduating class worried about their low grades and the possibility of receiving a rejection letter. Others debated on which university to attend solely based on the party scene: the wilder the parties, the greater the interest. But the main theme of shared discussions amongst my peers was about the fear of choosing the wrong program. While some students were fortunate enough to know exactly what they wanted to study, many were unsure.   Fortunately, I had known I wanted to study English literature since middle school. As a child, I was a huge bookworm. I used to get in trouble for reading too much and staying up past my bedtime because I was so immersed in a novel. Unlike many of my friends, my parents took away my books and library card if I was grounded. Throughout grade school, my favourite period was “Silent Reading”—an hour dedicated to reading and nothing else. I preferred indoor recess because I could sneak into the library and read. High school was no different. I loved my English classes, and focused all my energy towards them. Most of my electives were either creative writing...

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