An Open Letter to America

Dear America, I can’t pretend to understand what you’re going through right now, but I can guess that it might be scary. You’re confused, angry and hopeful about what’s to come. Maybe you feel nothing, and that’s okay too. I get it – you’ve been through a lot these past few weeks. Electing Donald Trump... Continue Reading →

Hidden Gems Around Campus

Over the last few weeks, organizations around Western hosted multiple events ranging from the Diwali Show in downtown to Western United Nation's first big conference of the year, WesMUN. The diversity of the campus, both in terms of culture and the extent of people's past experiences, is something that every Mustang should be proud of.... Continue Reading →

Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity

I usually never notice splashy billboards or colourful ads while hurrying down streets but this one made me pause. The design used minimalist black blocks as a backdrop and emphasized white letters in bold. The spare presentation effortlessly commanded the attention of hustling pedestrians. “Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity” was tattooed boldly on the hard... Continue Reading →

Redefining Portraiture at the Mcintosh Gallery

At the McIntosh art gallery at Western Ontario, I had the pleasure of viewing some remarkable interpretations of portraiture and self-portraiture. One especially interesting trend I noticed there was that many of the featured artists diverged from the classical self-portrait—a relatively realistic painting or photograph of a subject at a certain moment in time—choosing instead... Continue Reading →

Anarchy in the Woods

Of all of the challenges one expects to encounter on a canoeing expedition—bug bites, muddy portages, food made from mysterious soy products—clashing political ideologies is not the first that comes to mind. Nevertheless, two years ago, I found myself sitting around a campfire on an island in the middle of Algonquin Park fighting with my... Continue Reading →

What’s your personality?

People live differently. Some like taking the bus, others walk. Some attract attention while others shy away from it. There are those who use a daily agenda versus those who scramble to write reminders on the back of their hands. Have you ever taken the time to notice how you live in comparison to your... Continue Reading →

How to Survive Essay Writing in University

I handed in my first university-level essay last week for Scholar's Electives. The purpose of the essay was to demonstrate critical thinking on an idea discussed in class, whether it be about memory, quantum mechanics, music, linguistics, or the multitude of other topics available. I love writing and I've never really had much trouble with... Continue Reading →

Healthy Study Snacks

Studying is hard. It’s even harder when you’re distracted by hunger pangs- being forced to ask a stranger to prevent other strangers from stealing your laptop as you run to Tim Horton’s and anxiously wait in a long line to buy some sugary form of sustenance. Needless to say, this is not healthy, convenient, or... Continue Reading →

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