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Dear Instagram activists

In this image: Screenshot of numerous Instagram profiles with a solid blue profile picture.

It’s been proven that social media campaigns can be used to effectively generate real life social change. In 2019, the New York Times studied what impact the #MeToo social media campaign had on actual tangible events. They discovered that such a large scale movement did, in fact, generate action. The United States’ National Sexual Assault Hotline saw a…

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Your bill, sir

In this image: Someone holding a "Reduce tuition fees" DSU pin.

This spring, Dalhousie University raised its tuition by three per cent for the seventh year in a row. On top of this, there were further hikes to international student fees, adding to an already steep differential fee.   The ones who are being hit the hardest by these changes are new students, particularly incoming international students, who…

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Hallowed DSU council is hollow

 The Dalhousie Student Union Council is composed of the executive, faculty representatives, community representatives as well as reps for the Dalhousie Board of Governors and Dal senate, and members-at-large.   Council members represent various constituencies of the university. They act as a liaison between the community and council, a way for community members to bring their concerns to the DSU. In council, members are responsible for consulting and advocating for their group’s interests,…

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What’s the sense in no scents?

In this image: a person about to spray perfume on their neck.

Look under Dalhousie University’s safety policy, and you’ll find all you need to know about biohazards, chemicals, radiation and lasers. Where are you hiding the lasers from us, Dalhousie?   Scents may not be as lethal as lasers, but they too are an occupational hazard.   The scent page  has information on tobacco smoke and Dal’s use of scent-free cleaning…

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ThredUP misses the point of thrifting

In this image: The homepage of ThredUP.

ThredUP is an online shop selling secondhand clothing. Veiled in the rosy rhetoric of sustainability, savings and style, their Facebook page preaches, “get thrifty with it!”   Online thrifting seems like a godsend, and maybe it could be, but thredUP is not it.   No one will deny that reusing clothes is better than tossing them. The concept seems sound. Send in your old…

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Are you being gaslit?

Gaslighting is when someone makes you question your thoughts, feelings and reality, using your self-doubt as a weapon of manipulation. Gaslighting is emotional abuse. It’s when someone hurts you – and instead of acknowledging your feelings, they turn it against you.   Your emotions are made out to be trivial, invalid and are effectively silenced.   Someone…

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