Residence rejections leave students in a housing crisis

As classes return to campus, Dalhousie University has limited its residence capacity to 80 per cent this fall, housing around 1,800 students instead of the 2,300 they did prior to the pandemic, according to a statement on the university’s website.   As the average rent in Halifax continues to grow, many students who weren’t able to secure a spot in…

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Dalhousie keeping restrictions as province drops them 

Nova Scotia is set to drop almost all COVID-19 restrictions and lift its state of emergency on March 21.   But Dalhousie University plans on following its current guidelines until at least late April.  Provincial restrictions lifting  On Feb. 23, Premier Tim Houston and chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang announced Nova Scotia would…

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Women at Dalhousie hesitant to take nighttime classes 

Editor’s note and trigger warning: This article contains discussion of sexual assault.  Many women who attend Dalhousie University say they are hesitant to register for classes in the evening, due to the unease they experience when walking around campus after dark.   According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, 30 percent of women above the age…

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DSU VPSL Mazen Brisha removed from office 

Mazen Brisha was removed from his position on DSU council Monday, March 14.   A motion proposed by the executive oversight committee passed with at least a two-thirds majority to remove Brisha from his role of vice-president (student life) for violating union by-laws.  Motion 11.1, which removed Brisha from office, stated he had failed to call…

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Divest Dal protests board of governors meeting

Despite frigid temperatures and snowy ground, Divest Dal held a campout on Dalhousie University’s Studley quad Feb. 15 to protest Dalhousie’s board of governors meeting, which took place that day.   Divest Dal’s goal is to convince Dalhousie’s board of governors (BoG) to commit to divesting — meaning remove its investment — from fossil fuel…

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Board of governors meeting recap

The most recent Dalhousie University board of governors meeting took place on Feb. 15 via video call. During the meeting, board members discussed the budget advisory committee’s (BAC) draft budget for the upcoming year. This budget will be voted in on March 29.  The recent meeting addressed the reasons for what has recently become an…

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Get to know the DSU presidential candidates

The Dalhousie Student Union is holding its general election this month. Voting will take place on March 14 to 15.   The most important position on the DSU executive is president. This year, students have three options to choose from: Aparna Mohan (previously the vice-president (academic and external) of the DSU and student representative on the…

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Dalhousie updates masking guidelines for winter term

With the return to campus, easing of provincial restrictions and the changing details surrounding the Omicron variant of COVID-19, wearing a mask properly is very important.  Dalhousie University recently updated its masking guidelines on its COVID-19 information and updates page. The new guidelines are more in-line with Health Canada’s newest information surrounding proper masking techniques. …

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New vaccine guidelines leave questions 

The vaccine requirements laid out in Dalhousie’s plan to return to in-person learning, which was released Jan. 14, are causing confusion and concern among the Dalhousie community.  A memo released in November said Dalhousie would be moving to a proof-of-full-vaccination requirement.   According to Janet Bryson, Dalhousie’s associate director of media relations, as we return to campus, all students,…

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 Dal faculty have mixed feelings about return to class 

Tara Perrot, the president of the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) left a meeting with Dalhousie University’s acting provost and vice-president academic Frank Harvey in January feeling “disappointed and cut out,” she said.  The meeting was called by the DFA in hopes to get more information for faculty about the return to in-person classes. But Perrot…

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