The Top Ten Reasons Why You (Yes, YOU!) Should Go Outside

10. Spending time outdoors increases your vitamin D levels which protects against future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes, and other health issues. It also drastically decreases stress levels and has been shown to be extremely effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, and depression. 9. It is virtually impossible to go star-dipping in the city…

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Five tips for surviving outside dorm meal hours

1. Improvisation is key: Unfortunately, no stoves or hotplates are allowed in residence, meaning that snacking in your room requires the ability to mix and match between all four basic food groups. This conveniently brings us, to our next tip. 2. Always remember the four basic food groups: tea, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Nutella and French…

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Samantha’s Anti- Wish List

From the slightly weird to the utterly terrifying, my list of items I never want for Christmas. (Adele van Wyk photo)

Rather than write up a ‘worst gifts received’ article post-holidays, I thought I would anticipate the moment and let givers know what they should never bestow in the first place (at least on me). Ranked from somewhat acceptable to I-can’t-even-look-at-it, this is your unabashedly negative guide to the giving season.   #5: Underwear Underwear is a…

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Terrifying trends

What sort of weird psychological complex are you instilling in your cat-turned-princess? (Matt McGlynn photo)

I want to take you all on a journey with me. Let’s venture back to early 2000s when The Simple Life was the rage of television and everything was “so hot” because of Paris Hilton. Remember how she had those little Chihuahua puppies that she dressed up? Yeah, that was weird, right? Ladies and gentlemen, this…

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Ben’s Ten

It’s going to be a long, cold winter without the NHL. (Photo from

Winter is coming, but the NHL likely isn’t. Trouble’s a-Bruin as the owners and players’ union squabble like siblings over who mom likes more. As players continue migrating to sunny Russia, here are 10 ways to survive the lockout without resorting to cheering for the Leafs to fall from the trees.   Incorporate hockey into…

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Will this be your first and last year at Dalhousie?

This time is different, they say. This time, they insist, shit is really going to hit the fan. “This time” is in reference to the end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21, 2012. Even for a world that has been predicted to end numerous times, this has been big news. There’s been a John…

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Final fantasy

As I write these words, I’m pretty psyched. Seven days from now I will participate in my annual Yahoo Fantasy Baseball draft. What will follow will be seven months of rampant smack talking, bogus trades that would never occur in the real MLB, and a little bit of gambling. My girlfriend is also going to…

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The lonely student’s guide to Valentine’s Day

with files from Nick Wright and other random people On Valentine’s Day last year, the Gazette posted a little piece online rating the top 10 places to hook up on campus. I’m not saying this wasn’t a sexy (or even romantic) idea. Maybe it even inspired some couples to try out one or two of…

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So you say you want a resolution?

Yesterday I was at the gym and I saw two weird things: 1) Some guy lifting weights in a pair of Timberlands, and 2) a small, portly gentleman squatting while doing bicep curls so rapidly I think he must have torn his rotator cuffs. I’ve never seen these guys before, and in a few months,…

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Smashing pumpkins

Only pumpkin allowed to make a mess. Photo by Raindog via flickr.

Gourd destruction is no laughing matter   Smashing pumpkins sucks! No, I’m not talking about the 1990s alternative rock group, although they do suck. I’m talking about the decades (or possibly centuries) old tradition of taking pumpkins off of people’s porches and smashing them on sidewalks, roads or any other hard surfaces. Smashing pumpkins is…

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