New rules to clubs applying for SU conference and events funding

For many students, traveling to conferences is the highlight of a university experience, though sometimes a very expensive highlight. The Students’ Union has offered financial assistance to students traveling to academic and non-academic events for years now, but recently changed the funding structure to close a loop-hole. Last year, each conference was capped at $1250… Continue reading New rules to clubs applying for SU conference and events funding

The war on drugs

It is no secret that America devotes an exorbitant amount of money on its war against drugs. With 2010 three-quarters over, $35 billion has been spent to stop the spread of marijuana, cocaine and other narcotics. Since Felipe Calderón became president of Mexico, a similar drug war has been raging there, but the situation is… Continue reading The war on drugs

Whatever happened to religious freedom?

Xenophobia: intense or irrational dislike or fear of strangers, foreigners or anyone perceived as different. Albeit a social faux pas, it is quite possible that this fear of “the other” was of evolutionary value, making it a psychological trait that was selected for in our ancestral past. Phewww. I thought the angry Americans protesting against… Continue reading Whatever happened to religious freedom?

Bill 44 is a hymn to absurdity

Think of some human rights. Some of them involve freedom from certain things, like discrimination based on sex or religion. These are often referred to as negative rights because they involve inaction to be fulfilled. In contrast, positive rights are things like the right to a fair trial — an action has to be performed… Continue reading Bill 44 is a hymn to absurdity

Counting the cost of change on campus

It happened quietly, with little fanfare and little information. University administration have decided to split space that had been for the sole use of the Women’s Resource Centre into two, with the WRC as part occupants and the Centre for Community-Engaged Learning the other. While administration has promised that the quality of service at the… Continue reading Counting the cost of change on campus