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Posts by Jordana Skurka


Platforms like Wikinews allow the public to weigh in on news stories. (Alice Hebb photo)

The 21st century—the epoch of technological revolution—has given rise to a uniquely modern style of journalism.  Current event stories used to be the domain of those with formal journalistic education, but technological advances have enabled regular citizens to fulfill the role of the journalist. Modern technology empowers people to capture the nuances of their own…

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Protesting the protest

Dozens of people descended on Cornwallis Park in support of Gaza. (Bryn Karcha photo)

The recent anti-war rally outside the Halifax International Security Forum on Nov. 17 devolved into a disturbing display contesting Israel’s defensive operations in Gaza. Individuals participating in the protest wielded signs with the offensive and misleading equation of Israel with Nazi Germany. One protester defaced an Israeli flag with a swastika, the symbol of the…

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Out with materialism, in with religion

Rather than take the holidays to learn about different cultural festivities, we focus only on the presents. (Adele van Wyk photo)

The seasonal shift from autumn’s crisp leaves and warm apple cider to winter’s tranquil snowy mornings and gingerbread men is underway. The gentle beauty of the snowflake on the window brings with it the dreaded realization that alongside the shift comes an onslaught of conspicuous consumerism. From the red Starbucks cups to the seasonally attired…

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Intrepid student explorers

Your student life in NS will benefit from off-campus experiences. (Bryn Karcha photo)

When students venture to Halifax for post-secondary education they may find themselves confined to a bare and lonely existence, limited to lives spent in dungeon-like classrooms and a dimly lit library cubicle. Academic responsibilities prevent them from taking advantage of the offerings outside the school environment. It’s easy to get lost in the books to…

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Work/study balance

Evaluating Dalhousie’s commitment to education—for the workforce, and for life. (Bryn Karcha photo)

The Globe and Mail’s ongoing series “Our time to lead” explores the current state of the Canadian higher education system. The series investigates various approaches to education, both in Canada and abroad. In its examination of education in our modern society, a clear contrast emerges between the ideal and the real, the theoretical and the…

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Possible revenge of the nerds

Is nerdy the new cool, or does pop culture still leave the real nerds behind? (Photo supplied by Warner Bros. Television)

From The Big Bang Theory to the hipster across the hall, the image of the nerd has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years. The over-the-top intellectual was once an object of stigma, but the nerd has now been elevated to newfound status in popular culture. Much like other formerly pejorative terms now used in an…

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