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OFF THE BOARD: Smart people have never been so stupid

I work at a record store and we have a listening counter on the basement level: a broad semi-circular counter with a half-dozen control panels and headphones jutting out of it at two-foot intervals. Customers stand about shoulder-length apart, skimming through the liner notes of a potential purchase, bopping their heads rhythmically.
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FRESH HELL: Losing your student ID

Being a student sucks sometimes. Crazy stress, daily intellectual calisthenics, and intense sleep deprivation are all part of the day-to-day routine. By now, you're probably used to the stress - you may even enjoy it on some level. Still, many of you, like me, have likely been wishing for a lighter course load since you started learning fractions, or at least for a break from homework that didn't coincide with getting a summer job.
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UNCOMMONLY THOUGHTFUL: Distinctly Confused

My name is androgynous. Upon hearing it, you cannot tell if I am a boy or a girl. Some people say that they can tell if they know how it's spelled: Jessie is a girl and Jesse is a boy. I doubt my parents meant to spell my name the "boy" way, but I sometimes wonder whether it was a Freudian slip; whether somehow, even then, they knew.
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COMMENTARY: Reflections of a veiled Egyptian muslim

Throughout my short life, friends and colleagues have often asked me why I wear a veil when I travel abroad, and why I choose to hold on to my Islamic values and Egyptian traditions. For some of them, this is something quite odd and surprising. I came to Canada a couple of years ago to pursue my PhD at McGill.
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INFORMATIONATION: Ideas are cheap in the digital age

There is one massive economic difference separating ideas from physical goods: The marginal cost of an idea is now zero. If I eat a sandwich, you cannot also eat it, but once an idea, an essay, a song or a better web browser comes around, it can be shared, from anyone and to everyone, network to network, at a negligible additional cost.
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RIGHT MINDED: Free speech in Canada

Ann Coulter is a bit of a troublemaker, isn't she? I've always had a love-hate relationship with the firebrand conservative columnist. A strong advocate for small government, Coulter is also an unapologetic advocate for Western society's ethics. She decries the silencing tendencies of political correctness and never gives in to moral relativism.
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EDITORIAL: The CRTC shouldn’t tangle with the Web

Back in 1999, in a rare and uncharacteristic display of good sense, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced: "Our message is clear. We are not regulating any portion of the Internet." Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
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PIÑATA DIPLOMACY: Obama’s declining support

From the time I arrived on campus in August 2008 to the U.S. presidential election that November, I didn't meet a single John McCain supporter. I don't think this was because I had a disproportionately Obamaniacal group of friends. Nor was it because we viewed him as somehow the lesser of two evils - the tone of his supporters during the campaign was hardly reflective of that kind of aw-shucks-he's-the-best-we-have mentality that you get with someone like Michael Ignatieff.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Crime and punishment

Re: "National Insecurity" by Brendan Steven (16.03.10) In his article "National Insecurity," Brendan Steven irresponsibly conflates two serious issues: counter-terrorism practices and the lengthening of prison sentences in Canada. After a lament about the difficulties of conducting counter-terrorism operations in Canada, Steven cited Stephen Harper's attempts to increase prison sentences for crime among "actions that make Canada safer.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Help make McGill sustainable

The first deadline to submit a project application to the Sustainability Projects Fund is almost upon us. April 2 will be the first of many landmarks after students and the administration formed an unprecedented partnership to create this fund last semester.
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