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The VCSA is failing you. I would know, I’m in it. Voices 

The VCSA is failing you. I would know, I’m in it.

Student associations have a long history of changemaking. From America’s civil rights movement in the sixties to Quebec’s red square protest of 2012, students have often been at the forefront of activist movements. This is because whether they be in Asia, Europe or America, every student association has the same goal: Representing students. The VCSA seems to be the exception.   What is the VCSA? VCSA is the short name for Vanier College Student’s Association, and it is Vanier’s official student union. They are accredited, meaning they are fully independent…

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Beautiful Futility Arts 

Beautiful Futility

He toyed with the lace, That hung from the curtains. In them he hid from monsters, Wrapping his boyish virtue in their silky embrace. His mind portrayed him, As a master of disguise. Safe behind his fabric walls, He laughed in the face of danger. That was, Until, The game of hide and seek came to an end. For his ankles were showing, Through the crystal clear lace. Poem by: Valentina Tsilimidos

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Perfect Timing Voices 

Perfect Timing

As you wait for class to end, you decide to take a look at the time on your phone, and it happens to be 11:11.   At once, you are amazed by your absolutely incredible timing. However, was it ever really your timing that made you check the time at this precise moment? This happened because you were at the right place at the right time.   Everything led to your being there at that moment. Everything, from your birth to how unusually early the bus was this morning, is a…

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So You Want to Try Psychedelics? Voices 

So You Want to Try Psychedelics?

We all go through phases of experimentation; while some stop at weed, for others, it’s just the beginning. Although this article is by no means encouraging people to use illegal substances, those who are determined should heed my advice. I sincerely believe that not all drugs are bad. In fact, some of them, like psychedelics, can be quite therapeutic. Psychedelic drugs come in many shapes and colours, but the ones you are most likely to try are Psilocybin mushrooms, as well as classic LSD. Let’s begin with magic mushrooms; they…

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Heroes Features 


Who can be considered a hero? Every individual will have a different understanding on who deserves to be called a hero, but the Merriam-Webster provides two definitions that, to me, are worth discussing.   Firstly, a hero is defined as someone that is “admired for achievements and noble qualities”. It is also someone “who shows great courage”. These are very broad and simple ways to define heroism, and one person in particular comes to mind when reading said definitions:   Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.   I am not here to sing the…

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Teachers Are Heroes Who Save Us From Our Dark Times Vanier Alumni 

Teachers Are Heroes Who Save Us From Our Dark Times

If you were asked what heroes are, what would be your definition? The average person would consider Superman, Batman and Spiderman, all three movie and comic books characters, as generally accepted heroes, who save people’s lives that are in danger. Have you ever taken into consideration that our teachers, who have, at some time in our lives, taught us, could be heroes too? It may not be the case for everyone, but it is for those who have once been inspired by these teachers to be good and to do…

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Spring Voices 


Isn’t Spring essential to survival? I have fallen in love with the idea of rebirth, and I believe the world has too. I was ten years old when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, the ultimate sacrifice,  in the name of change, and the flames that engulfed him helped ignite the sparks of revolution that we came to know as the Arab Spring. Consequently, I cannot pretend that I knew anything about justice at the time. I can only say that as I aged, I understood (at the most of…

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Mr. Stark… I Don’t Feel So Good: Superhero Culture in the 21st Century Features 

Mr. Stark… I Don’t Feel So Good: Superhero Culture in the 21st Century

As David Bowie sings, “We can be heroes, just for one day.” Although this song is to be interpreted as a love song, it reminisces the thought of longing to be a hero, something many can relate to.   The emergence of a world where we celebrate the best in their field and glorify them to the point where they are idolized by others shows a certain ‘hero culture’ that we have been exposed to.   Whether it be in terms of entertainment, such as superheroes, or in real life,…

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Of Monsters and Heroes Features 

Of Monsters and Heroes

In literature, monsters are a universal character across various cultures – as much in mythology as in contemporary tales.   The Monster represents what our society fears. Frankenstein’s monster, for instance, represented the fear of science that society held at the time that the book was written.   On the other hand, the role of the hero is to represent what our society deems as good. They are rich, brave, loyal, and, oftentimes, male.   As much as we would like to think that we have moved away from these…

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Vanier College Conspiracies: The Problem with Squirrels Campus 

Vanier College Conspiracies: The Problem with Squirrels

Today I will be discussing with you the enigma that is squirrels.   Now, before I make my point, I would like to make something abundantly clear. My codename is V. Not as in “V for Vendetta”. I am not part of some clandestine anarchist organization. If I were, I would be lying to you in order to control you in some way. But I am trying to prevent exactly that. There is nothing but the truth here, hence my name, V, as in “vérité”.   Squirrels are a creature…

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