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COMMENTARY: Zoe was wrong: The Winter Olympics were awesome

I am of the exact opposite opinion of Zoe Daniels in her article "The Over-Hyped Olympics" (2.3.10). Right off the bat, she got my blood pounding by claiming that the Olympics "feature sports that are generally boring to watch." I don't see where she gets the idea that the incredible TV ratings that the Winter Olympics generate, be it for cross-country skiing or for the gold-medal hockey game - which had 10.
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BLACK & WHITE: Miss manners for Facebook

The embarrassing number of hours I've spent trolling Facebook profiles have convinced me we need a Facebook etiquette handbook. You know, the sort of pamphlet that would've circulated in the 19th century: an almanac of do's and dont's for ladies and gentlemen who wish to participate in civil society.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Emotion is a loaded word

Re: "Presidential endorsement: Sarah Woolf" (9.3.10) The Tribune sounds downright patronizing when they tell a female political candidate to control her emotions. It is as stupid and condescending to tell a woman so accomplished as Sarah to "control her emotions" as it is to assume that emotionality might hinder anyone as "forceful and rational" as she.
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RIGHT MINDED: National insecurity

A culture that refuses to allow Canada's intelligence service to do its job is putting the safety of Canadian citizens at risk. Canada's state intelligence agency, the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, has come under attack for defending national interests abroad.
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The Tribune’s 2010 winter referendum endorsements

Eight referenda and a plebiscite question appear on the Students' Society winter electoral ballot. After careful deliberation, the Tribune editorial board has endorsed a position on each of the questions. Our candidate endorsements appear on pages 10 & 11.
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SSMU Election Endorsement: VP Internal – Tom Fabian

Tom Fabian has both experience and connections, which is why the Tribune is endorsing him for the position of vice-president internal - with some reservations. Fabian has extensive experience with Athletics. He's been the president of the Varsity Council, represented athletics at SSMU Council, and created the surprisingly successful group Red Thunder, which organizes fan support for McGill games.
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SSMU Election Endorsement: VP External – Myriam Zaidi

In the last two years the SSMU vice-president external has played a less visible role in student life. But next year, because of the provincial government's proposed tuition hikes, the external portfolio will likely take centre stage. Fortunately, there's one candidate with the experience to tackle this complicated issue - Myriam Zaidi, who the Tribune strongly endorses for the position of SSMU VP external.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Combatting false parallels

Re: "Supressing debate: Ontario's language politics" by Max Silverman (2.3.10) In his article, Max Silverman relies on two ad hominem arguments instead of critically analyzing the relevant issues. To me, and clearly the Ontario legislature, Peter Shurman's judgment of the event "Israeli Apartheid Week" was accurate.
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