Posts by Matt Stickland

Homecoming madness: the aftermath

Reported with files complied from Matt Stickland, Opinions Editor, Kaila Jefferd- Moore, Editor-in-chief and Josh Young, Sports Editor   Black and gold swarms of students flooded the streets of Halifax’s south end as they took part in Homecoming shenanigans last weekend. Dalhousie University’s 2017 Homecoming weekend officially began Wednesday Oct. 11 at 7 a.m. Individual…

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The attack on British culture (aka decolonization) 

  Dalhousie University is planning on changing the mace that’s used on-stage during graduations.   As part of the university’s “strategic planning” they’ve established a committee and opened up a call for submissions to replace the mace with a different symbol that’s more inclusive and diverse. The second call for submissions is going on right now. When submissions were first opened…

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The Turkey Dump

This is the time of year when students get to go home after being away for the first time and spend time with family. And break up with their significant other. When it happens there will be sadness and tears. Anguished cries and texts of “how could they!?” will be sent to besties across the…

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Racist fam at Thanksgiving dins

Nothing is better than sitting down to a family meal over a too-large dead fowl that’s been carefully stuffed with stale bread and onions.   Sides of various sliced, diced and mashed root vegetables tucked around the main dish of death.   Everything is covered with a generous serving of thick, casual, racism.  Large family dinners are…

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Failure to launch

The Liberal government is demonstrating mastery in messaging within modern pop culture. From memes to selfies – there are a lot of examples, but none better than their mimicry of the never-shocking ‘Kickstarter failure.’  It’s a weird thing to emulate perhaps, but it is one of the most consistent things they have done with their big-ticket campaign promises. The level of similarity is…

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The casual sexism of nerdy men

Growing up as a nerdy boy heavily influenced by video games and space operas meant that there was very little avoiding indoctrination into casual sexism.  Other articles in this issue cover the nuts and bolts of the issue. Needlessly skimpy and sexy armour. Heroes rescuing princesses’ (or other female characters.) While these things lay the ground…

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How to make life long friends in university

Gone are the days of easy friendship with whoever was in the park with you. Replaced instead with the slow realization that sometimes – being an adult sucks.   The trade off from fast friends is the comfortable silence on long car rides with long-time friends.   Older people often lament the difficulty of making new friends, or the lack of familiarity…

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Student democracy inaction

It’s excusable to have missed the Dalhousie Student Union’s Canada day boycott, because they did too. They had every intention of boycotting but the motion was not introduced with adequate notice, and was struck down on a procedural review. So the resolution didn’t pass until mid-July. While some may find it in their hearts to excuse that lapse in effective governance, it seems strange to me, to forgive an organization for failing…

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Benefits of meal prep

Disclaimer: This piece reads like sponsored content. It’s not, I just really love this program.  Good food, saving money, and learning how to cook, there’s a lot to get excited about in meal planning. For those that don’t know, meal planning is figuring out what to make for a week and then buying all those…

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What’s hip about “Mogul” the podcast

Mogul podcast is a six-part podcast about a guy you’ve never heard of who’s responsible for a lot of the names in hip hop that you’ve heard of. In Mogul, Reggie Ossé, also known as “Combat Jack,” explores the life and times of Chris Lighty who died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2012. Lighty…

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