Posts Tagged ‘University Life’

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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How to make life long friends in university

Gone are the days of easy friendship with whoever was in the park with you. Replaced instead with the slow realization that sometimes – being an adult sucks.   The trade off from fast friends is the comfortable silence on long car rides with long-time friends.   Older people often lament the difficulty of making new friends, or the lack of familiarity…

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“I can’t, I’m too busy”

Through my position on the Engineering Society, I am a member of many different engineering-related Facebook groups. This helps me to keep up to date on student issues, to see what students are saying, and to communicate with them about upcoming events. This morning, I woke up to a post by a student who shared…

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Work/study balance

Evaluating Dalhousie’s commitment to education—for the workforce, and for life. (Bryn Karcha photo)

The Globe and Mail’s ongoing series “Our time to lead” explores the current state of the Canadian higher education system. The series investigates various approaches to education, both in Canada and abroad. In its examination of education in our modern society, a clear contrast emerges between the ideal and the real, the theoretical and the…

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Community action: more than a privilege

Universities have a duty to be political Katie Toth, Opinions Editor   On Feb. 25, members of No One Is Illegal Halifax and the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group got some great news. The Chaudhry family, who had found their application to stay in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds denied, won their appeal.…

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NSPIRG makes getting involved easy

Sébastien Labelle, Opinions contributor   Challenging the notion that university students are apathetic, or don’t care beyond the beer bottle, The Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) empowers, educates, and inspires students to take action on issues that concern them on and off campus. Workshops, research funding, rallies, community support, alternative library, gardening –…

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