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Vegan Youtube cults

In this image: collage of Vegan YouTube video thumbnails.

Veganism seems to have turned into a dogmatic stance as much as a dietary one.   Anyone idly browsing YouTube will come across at least one zealous champion of veganism. Each with their very own brand of ‘how to live.’  There are all sorts of reasons to be vegan — ethical concerns, wanting to be healthy, to achieve…

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Home for the Holidays?

In this image: someone putting an ornament on a Christmas tree.

Heading back home for winter break can mean a lot of great things: relaxing nights watching cheesy Christmas movies, or fun days making gingerbread houses with your relatives. But that’s not all.  Being back at home for three whole weeks also means getting some tough questions from your parents and relatives. Things can get awkward. You’ll probably…

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How Consumerism Stole Christmas

In this image: a wrapped present from LUSH.

As a kid, I loved everything about Christmas: annual traditions like baking cookies with my mom, listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas album and letter writing. Every year without fail, I would write a letter to Santa and tell him exactly what I wanted. I don’t think he came through even once. But that’s probably because…

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Nay to Holiday Diets

In this image: a feast.

Holiday dinners vary across cultures and families. One commonality that links us together is the knowledge that delicious feasts aren’t going to be kind to our waistlines.   But should we give a shit?   Every year, bad Lifetime movies and Christmas decorations accompany headlines across the world spreading “tips” for staying trim during the holiday season. Prepackaged snacks to avoid grandma’s baking. Drinking two liters of water so you…

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Exams aren’t everything!

BY TANAKA SHUMBA AND MEGHAN CHISHOLM Exam Encouragement  Exam season is finally upon us. In a few weeks we’ll all be writing our final exams before heading home for the holidays. Before you take your exams, there are a few things you need to know.   Yes, exams are important – but remember that they don’t assess what makes each of us exceptional…

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Open Cuffing Season

A couple leaning their heads on each other.

Winter months bring the holidays. The air gets colder and the snow in Halifax will start to fall. It’s also cuffing season.   Cuffing season is a time of year where people often find themselves wishing to be in a committed relationship. But why?   A study done by the dating app Hinge found that men are 15 per cent more likely to look for a…

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Textbook Politics

In this image: the spines of books on a Killam Library shelf.

Where is the knowledge goldmine of Dalhousie University? The Henry Hicks? Maybe the Killam library?   Sadly, it’s the campus bookstore. Textbooks have all the knowledge covered in lectures, bundled in an extravagant price tag.  Textbooks are useful and powerful. They’re fantastic for students who miss their lectures, but they are also ridiculously unaffordable.   Many students have…

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Poppy Contreversy

An artificial poppy.

The poppy tradition has endured decades.   More than a century since the First World War, millions of Canadians wear the poppy in November as a symbol of thanks and Remembrance to Canada’s fallen veterans.  The tradition began when a French woman decided to make and silk sell poppies to raise money for children in war-torn France. It was her…

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Beginner’s guide from pot

A pile of cannabis.

For those who are well versed in being high, feel free to skip this article. For the dozen of you who waited until cannabis became legal before trying it, here are some helpful tips from a fellow newbie.    Munchies  Thanks to pop culture tropes, everyone is aware that the munchies are a thing; people who are stoners like to eat food. If movies are your only…

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Think flu shots ain’t shit?

Herd immunity is a biological concept where a majority vaccinated population inhibits the spread of disease to members of the ‘herd’ who have weakened or no immunity.   This could include young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those who can’t be vaccinated due to other health issues. Health Canada states that our flu vaccination rate should be at…

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