Posts by Shelby Banks

It’s time to talk about sex

  The key to a healthy sex life? Good communication. That was the message Tuesday at a panel discussion, “Taking Care of Down There,” held at the Halifax Central Library. “One in five women might experience pain during sex,” Kate Rancourt told the session, creating problems for women and their partners. Rancourt, a PhD student…

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Pay off your library fines with food donations

Bringing back an overdue library book to one of Dalhousie University’s libraries and having trouble finding the cash to pay the fine? Instead of paying the fine, bring a food item or make a donation that will go to the Dalhousie Food Bank. For every non-perishable food item, the Dalhousie Libraries will reduce fines by…

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Encouraging women in STEM fields

Parents, teachers and peers are unintentionally pushing young girls away from taking courses in the “STEM” field – science, technology, engineering and math – based on biases. “The myths include: if you are creative, science is not for you; boys are better at math; girls and technology don’t mix; girls want helping careers such as…

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I am a god

Have nothing to do for Valentine’s Day? This could very well work out in your favour! Here are a few ideas for you and your friends to celebrate yourselves on Feb. 14: Treat yourself: buy something new, take that bath you missed out on a couple of weeks back due to those never-ending assignments, or…

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Doctors share ways to improve health care system

  Outcomes for cancer patients could improve by at least 30 per cent if scientific research evidence were used regularly in the healthcare system, a Dalhousie professor told audience members at the Halifax Central Library on Oct. 26. “All this scientific research is being done at home, right here in Nova Scotia – but our…

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You need more sleep

University students are becoming the new walking zombies, sleep specialist Dr. James Maas told a group at Dalhousie University. “Sleep…it affects your alertness, health, thinking, academic performance, social relationships – and it is the best predictor we have for how long you are going to live,” said Maas, who is known internationally for his research…

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Candidates promise help for the disabled

  Candidates at a debate on accessibility issues highlighted their parties’ promises on housing and pledged to help more disabled people get back into the workforce. “We need to get disabled people back into the workplace so they can start contributing to the community,” said Thomas Trappenberg, Green Party candidate for the riding of Halifax.…

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Society Profile: Young Greens of Dalhousie

  David Williams, president of the Young Greens of Dalhousie, says his society is not only focusing on the Green Party’s platform – they’re helping getting students out to vote. “We understand the importance of getting students out there to vote so we are not only focusing on Green Party stuff, but also other things…

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Society Profile: Dalhousie NDP

  After a quiet two years, Dalhousie’s NDP society is reviving its name. Mahbubur Rahman is the head of Dalhousie Young New Democrats as well as Vice President (Finance and Operations) of the Dalhousie Student Union. “I would say the Dal NDP was not quite active in the last two years. I mean, there were…

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Academics call for greater support for science

A panel of academics called on the public on Sept. 29 to oppose the silencing of Canadian scientists. “Ninety per cent of scientists said they were not allowed to speak freely and talk to journalists, even if it was about public safety,” said Thomas Duck at a discussion on the role of science in the…

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