New Canadian university gossip blog launched by UBCer

Whether justified or not, Canada and Canadians have a reputation for their pleasant, kind demeanour. Syrup Trap, a recently launched website that aims to cover “news, gossip, sex, and scandal” at some of Canada’s top universities, will test whether the gossip blog format popular on some American campuses can thrive[Read More…]

Confessions of a serial message board lurker

Until this September, I was a message board virgin. In fact, when a fellow editor told me last year that he had found most of his interview subjects for a story he was writing through message boards, I didn’t even know what he was talking about. He explained to me[Read More…]

Between two worlds

Two weeks ago, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and American President Barack Obama announced new plans to streamline and facilitate trade across the borders of their two countries. While this type of movement may be new to businesses, it’s a familiar reality to those who live along the border. Having[Read More…]

Admin set to withhold AUS funds, putting services at risk

Matt Essert After years of incomplete financial statements from the Arts Undergraduate Society, the McGill administration has informed the group it will not release the student fees collected for them this semester until the required documentation is submitted. Although the university was scheduled to release the cheque by today, as[Read More…]

Fantasy sports: Pain or pleasure?

Fantasy sports has become a billion dollar industry with millions of participants worldwide. Still, some aren’t sold. Our Editor-in-Chief, Tori Crawford, is one of these skeptics. She goes head-to-head with sports editor Sam Hunter on the benefits of fantasy sports (and other things).   Con As a former cheerleader, I[Read More…]

Newburgh authors motion to abolish General Assembly

Alice Walker Councillors were notified at Thursday’s Students’ Society Council meeting of a proposed referendum question that could abolish SSMU’s General Assembly, the once-a-semester forum for undergraduates to vote on issues of concern to them.   The referendum question, authored by SSMU President Zach Newburgh, and moved by Newburgh, Vice-President[Read More…]

Crazy couponing

During the approximately 100 hours I spent watching TLC over the holiday break, I learned some important lessons: 19 kids are far too many, petite girls should never carry big purses, and Sarah Palin is a good shot. Some of the most useful information, however, came from a new show[Read More…]

Concordia president steps down, personal reasons cited

Marc Bourcie After serving less than half of her five-year contract, Concordia President Judith Woodsworth resigned from her position on December 22. While Woodsworth cited “personal reasons” as the motive for her sudden departure, confusion and speculation has recently arisen about the details behind the situation. According to Lucie Lequin,[Read More…]

Health care gets personal

Most Canadians perceive general flaws in the country’s health care system, but report positive individual experiences. Until recently, I counted myself among those who held this idea: I knew there were gaps in the system, but had always received excellent care. I strongly believed that despite these gaps, Canada’s public[Read More…]

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