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Fasting to make a difference

Dalhousie’s World Vision Society proved that 30 hours can make a difference on the Nov. 15 weekend. A small group of students, led by the society’s president Karley Hewitt, came together to stop eating and raise money— taking part in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. They met in the Student Union Building to tie-dye shirts,…

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The anatomy of the NDP’s failure

Just how bad was the Dexter NDP’s early-October defeat? Collapse may be too weak a word. Forget the office they lost, or the drop to third-party status. Forget the nearly 20 per cent of the electorate who turned away from them since 2009. Forget that their seat count was hit even harder, dropping from a…

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DSU cancels bus trip to Elsipogtog protest

Last weekend, several Dalhousie students travelled to Rexton, NB in solidarity with members of the Elsipogtog First Nation to protest shale gas exploration. The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) had originally organized a bus to transport students to meet members of the Elsipogtog First Nations Community, but violence between police and protesters on Thursday, Oct. 17…

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Nova Scotia election guide

The key political leaders in Nova Scotia (photo by chronicleherald.com)

The Gazette has assembled some of the election promises made by politicians that we believe may be relevant to you. We are a first step and should not be the last. We encourage you to go to the polls on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Education: PC Double number of apprenticeships. Require universities to provide prospective students…

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Dropping the debt

Tuition debt is a problem. Will eradicating interest from student loans help? (photo by Adelevan Wyk)

The provincial campaigning begins to bustle and election platforms rise like skyscrapers on plans and promises. Like everyone else who cares enough about the issues this early to have formulated opinions, I’ve been wandering around these political construction sites and kicking the supports to see how solid they are. A prime example of a controversial…

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Political promises to students

The key political leaders in Nova Scotia (photo by chronicleherald.com)

Nova Scotia Liberals Nova Scotia Liberal leader Stephen McNeil announced on September 10 that students receiving student loans in Nova Scotia to complete post-secondary education should not be charged interest on their government debt. “Nova Scotians that require student loan assistance to pursue higher education are then faced with major financial stress afterwards—a new Liberal…

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Forever 21 pulls ‘X-Ring’ look-alikes

The famous X-Ring (Press photo)

If you attend an Atlantic university, chances are you recognize the large gold ring with a  black “X” in the center worn by alumni of St. Francis Xavier University. The ring is a source of pride for St. FX grads and a registered trademark of the Antigonish school. August 29, CBC News reported that St.…

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Fight Politician Apathy campaign starts at Dal

With the provincial election in full swing, the Dalhousie student union is moving to phase two of their campaign strategy, titled ‘Fight Politician Apathy’. “Students are tired of hearing that they’re apathetic,” says Omri Haiven, elections campaign coordinator. “And that politicians have no reason to listen to them. It’s disempowering to hear that stuff.” Phase…

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Provincial election prep

Nova Scotia will go to the polls on October 8, and the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) is ready. In anticipation of the September 7 announcement, the DSU released its platform on student issues earlier that week. The platform, which will be available around campus on fliers and posters, outlines three main goals: affordable education, accountable…

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Outrage over SMU frosh chant

Saint Mary’s University (SMU) frosh were welcomed to the university with a highly offensive chant condoning the rape of underage women. About 80 of the Halifax university’s frosh week facilitators performed the chant during the annual “Turf Burn” event. In total, about 400 students were present. The song, first shared via Instagram, went viral on September…

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