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From The Archives: Spooky Studies

October 26, 2015

While this week’s specific paranormal submission by “A Creeped-Out Contributor” is something of a rarity, the Gazette has long treated the study of the paranormal as a field worthy of discussion. From century-old questions about why so many of the… Continue Reading

Don’t Rain on My Holiday Parade

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — don’t overthink it!

November 29, 2015

December is my favorite month of the year; as ridiculously corny as it sounds, it is a magical time of the year for me. Obviously it’s a special time for most children, but this charm fades for many people as… Continue Reading

Year in “Review”: 2015

Recapping the year you want to remember, not the nightmare you actually lived through.

November 29, 2015

This is the last Gazette issue of 2015. It’s the perfect time to reflect back on some of the major news stories of the past year. Things have been a little … challenging here at Dalhousie in 2015, but there’s… Continue Reading

Facebook, Paris and the failure of modern foreign policy

How social media affects foreign policy decision-making

November 29, 2015

As Paris was up in flames several days ago, so was social media. Facebook erupted and its administrators allowed users to temporarily change profile pictures to show solidarity. They gave people the ability to conduct “security checks on their loved… Continue Reading

Fairness Isn’t Enough

Dalhousie must be both fair and transparent when dealing with student concerns.

November 22, 2015

As I write this, at Georgetown University in Washington DC, students are staging a sit-in in university president John DeGioia’s office. They demanded that the university rename Mulledy Hall, a building on their campus named after a former university president… Continue Reading

From the Archives: Fifteen Decades of Student Fashion

November 22, 2015

The 9th season of Atlantic Fashion Week will be taking place Nov. 19-21. In honour of this exciting tradition (that I first learned about while Googling excuses to include the Mr. Fluck ad featured below), please enjoy the following decade-by-decade… Continue Reading

Is Dal as invested in you as you are in Dal?

Attending university is an investment in our future—so Dalhousie should not invest in companies that endanger that future.

November 22, 2015

Tuition is rising. Our parents’ generation only paid a fraction of what we do, and tuition currently sits at triple what it was in the 1990s. That said, a university education can still be one of the best ways to… Continue Reading

Trudeau’s New Approach To Foreign Policy

Canada’s proposed withdrawal from the Syrian bombing campaign is a promising fresh start.

November 22, 2015

After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement that Canada would halt its participation in the bombing campaign in the Middle East, I was happy to finally hear a little common sense in the West’s foreign policy. Our eagerness to fight the… Continue Reading

Public Service Announcement

Attending university is about more than individual success — it is about building stronger communities.

November 22, 2015

As exams approach, students across campus (and especially my fellow law students at Weldon) are beginning to shift into ‘Finals mode’. While things may seem eerily calm at the moment, two weeks from now we’ll be desperately cramming as much… Continue Reading

Because It’s 2015—Not 1968

Take a deep breath—Trudeaumania is an embarrassing but treatable condition.

November 13, 2015

During the election, Justin Trudeau promised that his cabinet would be 50% women. He recently made good on that promise. Asked why this was a priority at a press conference, his response was… (Dramatic pause) “Because it’s 2015.” Needless to… Continue Reading

In Defense of the Art of the Troll

Even the darkest of arts has its virtues.

November 13, 2015

Outside: a cold, empty night. Inside: a sharp-witted intellectual traps a partisan, humourless boob in a net of rhetoric and barbs. As the poor bastard scrambles and screams, the trap grows tighter, the words dig deeper, and the wounds begin… Continue Reading

From the archives: Free Lunch

November 13, 2015

“Free food”—is there any more beloved phrase in the student vocabulary? From law students scamming local businesses into handing out free food and booze in the mid 1800s, to the unladylike fudge frenzy of hungry Delta Gamma girls at a… Continue Reading

From the Archives: The Gazette at war

November 05, 2015

The Dalhousie Gazette has covered every Canadian war from the Boer War (1899) to our more modern operations in the Middle East. Over this time, we have often been in the peculiar position of both publishing inspirational, pro-war propaganda and… Continue Reading

Carrying the torch

It is up to us to keep the lessons of the Second World War alive.

November 05, 2015

  I’m generally not one for getting terribly invested in celebrating holidays. I’m really into Halloween and Christmas, but when it comes to Canada Day, Natal Day or New Year’s Eve, I’m generally found in the house, avoiding the crowds… Continue Reading