racism, Masuma Khan

Editor’s Note: Words are used to communicate specific ideas; a word is only useful to the extent that it‘s common meaning is understood by each person. In modern discourse, racism and racist are used to communicate a number of related but decidedly distinct ideas, so they‘ve become inefficient, if not totally counter-productive. Systemic racism or…

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Two Dalhousie University medical students have started a new consulting company. Founders Saif Syed and Christopher Stone both hail from outside of Nova Scotia, but, as they made clear by naming their company NovaSight, both are committed to the province. NovaSight is unique for a few different reasons. Most notably, its choice of consultants: “NovaSight…

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Dalhousie University has begun work on a comprehensive and complete overhaul of its underlying software services, which are provided by the tech company Ellucian. The most familiar of those services to students would be Ellucian’s Banner system, a name which students might recognize from their Banner number, also known as a B00 number. There are…

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Even though we live in one of the most progressive countries in the world, instances of discrimination and oppression still occur across Canada every single day. Dalhousie is no exception. The school has come a long way this decade when it comes to making students from marginalized communities feel welcome, but even the most progressive…

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Last year, my cousin – whom I love and respect – used a phrase to describe one of my best friends whom I also love and respect. It was a pejorative term that accuses the named person of committing that greatest sin in our identity-obsessed world: traitor to one’s own kind. You’re not sitting here…

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On September 22, Hal-con is opening its doors to sci-fi, fantasy and gaming fans from across the Maritimes. This year, the featured guest list includes actors Elden Henson from The Hunger Games, and Tom Lenk from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Also on the featured guest list is Kiss a Frog Cosplay, otherwise known as Alicia…

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Like in any university town, the student renters and landlords of Halifax have an often contentious relationship. Students might not be as calm or clean as other renters, and landlords might try to pull a fast one on their unsuspecting tenants. Drew Blair has been one of those unsuspecting tenants on a few separate occasions.…

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Dalhousie is the largest university in Halifax, and it pays its professors correspondingly. According to the most recent public sector compensation disclosures, Dal employs 834 members of faculty and 171 administration staff who receive more than $100,000 in annual compensation, making 1005 such staff overall. “Nova Scotians expect government to be transparent and maintain a…

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