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Posts by John Hillman

Decade in review

  This week’s Gazette is the final issue of the 2015-2016 school year. This is the time of the year when outgoing editors are supposed to reflect on their tenure with the paper. This is kind of a big moment for me—the end of an era. I’ve been an editor for the last two years…

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From the Archives: Mesdames Presidents

On March 16, Kathleen Reid was elected president of the Dalhousie Student Union. Her victory was a rarer event than you might think—while women account for roughly 55% of the student population, they have made up only 30% of DSU presidents since 1985. This is the first time since the 2009-2010 school year that students…

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From the Archives

  Tuesday March 8th is International Women’s Day. While the tumultuous past year has exposed many of the ongoing challenges facing women on campus, would-be optimists might take heart in a campus history that has witnessed the slow but determined march of women’s progress, even in the face of daunting social and structural barriers. Women…

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Cheap(er) eats

  The Coast released its Cheap Eats issue this past week. As a big fan of eating and a longtime impoverished student, I’m always keen to learn about new ways to stuff my face in public that don’t end with the phrase “okay guys, on the count of three…” The Coast’s feature thus had my…

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Abolishing the debt-sentence

This week’s issue was put together during reading week. Unsurprisingly, most of my regular contributors did not have material to send in. No problem. One of the hot-button issues on campus this month is the proposed tuition increase, and when it comes to tuition, I have opinions enough for 10 contributors. Before we go any…

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Ten simple tips for finding “The One”

Valentine’s Day is upon us!  From what I gather talking to some of the sadder, less blessed members of the Gazette staff, not everyone is as excited for this joyous holiday as I am. Indeed, I hear that a great number of you on campus may actively despise the 14th of February due to your…

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From the archives

University campuses have long been characterized as hotbeds of sexual progress and promiscuity. While it is true that campus life has often pushed the boundaries of sexual propriety over the years, we students are not some homogenous hormonal horde. We have long proven ourselves capable of being every bit as scandalized by shameless sexuality as…

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Year in “Review”: 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 no better way to deal with painful memories than to shove them into the back…

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From the Archives: Fifteen Decades of Student Fashion

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 history of campus fashion as depicted in advertisements and articles of the Dalhousie Gazette. 1870s…

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From the archives: Free Lunch

“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 fancy dinner in 1916, to later attempts to find the silver lining in the high-volume…

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