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Posts by Meagan Wiederman

Mental health in university

In this image: The outside of LeMarchant Place

University is often described as where many people “find themselves.” It’s also where  many experience anxiety and depression for the first time. Being in a new environment, introduced to new social pressures, having left behind friends and family, then adding the stress of classes and exams… it can be a stressful shift to university life.…

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Brains Battle at Second Annual Brain War

Brains Battle at Second Annual Brain War The second annual Brain War Competition, a fundraiser at the Discovery Centre on Barrington St, began at 9:30am. 40 teams of four brain warriors waited in the McNally Theater at St. Mary’s University as team leaders brought the teams to the Loyola theatre and accessory lecture halls to…

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Watching porn in the good old days

VHS porn is still a delicacy for some Fondness for the past, with its “simpler technologies,” as Karmein Glemhas, who works at Treasures and Pleasures on Quinpool Road puts it, can add a sense of timelessness to one’s pornographic viewing experiences. Indeed, Treasures and Pleasures hosts a wall of vintage VHS porn in order to…

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Nocturne diaries

Spending a night among the sights and stars The Halifax-Dartmouth nighttime arts festival, Nocturne, has started just an hour ago. By now the darkness of Spring Garden Road pools many people in a wriggling crowd. Accompanied by my two friends, I navigate the mass until the road ends at Barrington. 7:13 p.m. To the left,…

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Gottingen’s History Comes Alive

Gottingen 250 Celebrates the 250th Anniversary of the North End Junction   On Sept. 13 and 14, the North End of Halifax celebrated the 250th anniversary of the naming of Gottingen Street. But this festival, according to Patricia Cuttell, executive director for North End Businesses, commemorates “not just the naming of the street, but about…

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Atlantic Film Festival at Dal

In collaboration with the Atlantic Film Festival, Dalhousie Art Gallery is presenting their annual program: their own film festival retrospective. This year, the gallery is presenting five films from the early works of the Coen Brothers. The Coen Brothers’ films debuted in the mid-1980s. At the time, they were considered “cult favourites” or “mass-audience avatars,”…

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The science behind societies

Societies are a great way to find people with common interests and goals.  For those who are unsure about what they want to do or have a broad range of interests, there are Type I societies. Dalhousie has two types of societies. Type I societies receive student fees or levies directly from students, and include…

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Vanishing into “How to Disappear Completely”

Itai Erdal and his mother. (Photo by Johan Lavine via Portland Institute for Contemporary Art)

  In September 2000, lighting designer Itai Erdal received news that his mother was diagnosed with cancer. She had only nine months to live. After moving back to Israel to be with her, he shot hours of documentary-style interview footage and took hundreds of pictures, all of his mother in her final days. Erdal transformed…

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Your first lease shouldn’t be trying to kill you

Don't wake up each morning wondering if that stench is normal. (Photo by Adele van Wyk)

The property market is a sea of strange houses, further complicated by the rush of students looking for September leases.  You can make the mess a little more manageable by keeping in mind some common red flags that might make you reconsider the flat you found online. Many people would say that damage is a…

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Let’s stART at the very beginning

Karen Gross, left, and Alanna Griffin are giving student artists a head start. (Photo by Claire Waque)

Alanna Griffin and Karen Gross know that a career in the arts requires ingenuity and creativity for survival. The two Dalhousie and King’s honours students in theatre have taken the future into their own hands and organized the stART festival, a multi-institutional interdisciplinary arts showcase featuring spoken word, theatre, visual and literary art pieces premiering…

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