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Spring Voices 

Spring

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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The Jon Snows of Snow Removal Features 

The Jon Snows of Snow Removal

Winter is coming. Or, to give you a little bit more perspective, Canadian winter is coming. It is all fun and games during the months leading up to the holidays, because snow is expected and desired during that time of year. January 2nd, however, is when it all starts to go down (a snowy) hill. Our city becomes a slushy, desolate, frigid land roughly until the month of April. We dread having to leave our houses in such a climate. For this, we must pay tribute to the real heroes…

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Controversies over Poppies: Another Pop of Colour on Our Lapels Features 

Controversies over Poppies: Another Pop of Colour on Our Lapels

Since 1921, there is a long-standing tradition of wearing red poppies, during the Month of November, specifically on November 11, also known as Remembrance Day.   Inspired by John McCrae’s “In Flander’s Fields,” the red poppies, which grew near the battlefields of the First World War, are worn in commemoration of the armistice.   Over the years, the act of wearing a red poppy, as well as the concept of Remembrance Day, have been criticized for romanticizing war by depicting fallen soldiers as heroes and for promoting nationalism.   “I…

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The Importance of Wearing a Poppy During the Month of November Features 

The Importance of Wearing a Poppy During the Month of November

November used to be known as “Movember” or “Poppy Month”, but now with the rise of memes, it’s just known as “No Nut November”.   Every year, I see less and less of these red flowers in the crowds of people I pass, and I find it disheartening to be a part of a generation where apathy is so rampant.  I’m sure some people would like to wear poppies, but just don’t know where to find them, as they are becoming more and more scarce.   The reason for this…

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Second Time’s the Charm: Still Harping on This Year’s Halloween(s) News 

Second Time’s the Charm: Still Harping on This Year’s Halloween(s)

October 1st marks the first day of “spooky season,” where children begin to fantasize about their potential Halloween costumes, as well as pillowcases full of candy. Meanwhile, we young adults get in the spirit through party planning, ridiculously last-minute costumes, and memes (surely you’ve seen the Dwights adorning the entrance to our office).   However, this year, Montreal’s mayor, Valérie Plante, announced that trick-or-treating is to occur on November 1st, rather than the traditional October 31st, due to severe thundershowers and heavy winds. This decision was made with the intention…

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Three Sizes Too Small Arts 

Three Sizes Too Small

I don’t have much too give you Certainly not love Maybe companionship at best Love died with the last guy Rest in peace Should I be angry about this? I’m not Things were different Life was different Eventful and full of colour He could make me smile as soon as my tears dried up It doesn’t matter what I had been crying up He could inject passion in one lonely moment Strong enough to be felt Sweet enough to savor I would worry about him more then I worried about…

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Sick Arts 

Sick

We were born to watch Her burn In the hands of selfish Men Without faith, hearts or concern, For the life around them Since money doesn’t grow on trees, What exactly is their use? Not one of them cares, nor sees That our purpose is not Abuse How our messed up weather, Foreshadowed by the first crown and throne, By those who think they can control Her, Yet are weaker than a lifeless stone   The Earth will go on. With us or without Weather the birds still sing their…

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