All in Issue 3 2017/2018

SKÅM: Season Four Review

This season was a breath of fresh air in comparison to your typical teen dramas and their even more archetypal teenage characters. Impervious to peer pressures, Sana is a young woman who advocates for her beliefs and defends her friends, making her an honorable lead character. Her hardships are tripled by that fact that she is a young Muslim woman from an immigrant family living in Norway. And if that’s not enough to pique your curiosity, the SKÅM series also explores topics such as sexuality, mental illness, and violence in relationships from various lenses.

Sarah’s Spots: Exploring Toronto’s Live Music Venues

Located along Queen West's entertainment avenue, Velvet is a dingy shell of a venue whose only accessories include a lone disco ball and a handrail bar that runs along the edges of the single, long room that faces the raised stage at the back. The box office is located right inside the door, and is typically heavily manned with at least two of the half dozen or so beefy security guards the Velv employs to keep the peace (overkill, I should think, for such a low-key, intimate venue but, hey,-—it’s their money, and it does keep out the cheap bastards that try to skirt a $5-10 cover).

John Kemp’s Kitchen: Caf Cuisine

If there’s one thing I don’t miss about Glendon, it’s the caf. I don’t miss the limp lettuce at the salad bar, I don’t miss the not-so-Indian Indian food, the soggy sandwiches, the oddly sweet pasta sauces, or the mind-boggling prices. I certainly don’t miss the conditional passes from health inspectors. I remember in first year, checking the Keele shuttle schedule every day so that I could make it there in time to eat dinner, just to avoid the Glendon cafeteria. I knew that if I got stuck eating in the caf, I would get sick of my meal before I was even close to being full. It is for this reason that the cafeterias at my exchange university here in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne (UNIL), have been so wonderfully refreshing.

Nature Island Donation Drive For the People of Dominica

On Tuesday, 19 September 2017, the beautiful island of Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The category five disaster containing sustained winds of over 160 mph destroyed homes, agriculture, flora, fauna, and claimed the lives of over 20 individuals with 15 persons still missing. To help, the Nature Island Donation Drive was started and has partnered with local organizations on campus to help the people of Dominica, and we're appealing to our fellow Glendonites to step in and help out in any way that they can by dropping off the following supplies at designated boxes at either the GCSU office or in either of the two residences on campus.  

À chacun son rythme: L’importance de la patience envers soi-même

Quand on entend le mot patience, plusieurs images nous viennent en tête : des gestes qui témoignent de notre compréhension et notre soutien envers autrui, l’action de se défaire parfois très difficilement d’une idée ou d’une attente à laquelle on était fortement attachés. Cependant, un autre type de patience, souvent négligé, est la patience envers soi-même, et par extension, le besoin fondamental de faire preuve d’ouverture d’esprit face à l’échec et aux imprévus.

The Value of a Liberal Arts Degree

Liberal arts are fields of study intended to provide students with general knowledge in a wide subject area. They include subjects such as humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Basically, any degree program that doesn’t train students for one specific job falls under liberal arts.

Introducing Glendon’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee

An ad hoc committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity has been created at Glendon in response to the events that occurred on campus last March, where racist and discriminatory graffiti as well as bomb threats were found in the Centre of Excellence. The committee’s mandate is to improve Glendon’s approach to equity, diversity, and inclusivity, specifically in relation to pedagogy and curriculum, and to support an inclusive and safe educational culture at Glendon.

Come Scream for this Ice Cream

Anyone who has had a conversation with me about food has undoubtedly come across my ever-expanding list of places to visit in Toronto for nourishment (in the most bourgeoise kinds of places). I am not a man of simple tastes, nor do I condemn people who are. I simply happen to enjoy abstract and exciting alternatives to old concepts. I also happen to be extremely broke because of this habit. It is a habit that favours non-traditional foods and, generally speaking, any cuisine that creates a mischieviously unorthodox mashup of styles or flavours.

Introversion in an Extroverted World

Growing up, it wasn’t until I was about 12 or 13 when I was first introduced to the idea of introversion and extroversion. It was in English class in middle school, and for reasons I can’t remember, we were doing personality quizzes, similar to the kind you see pop up on Facebook now and again. When the quiz asked me if I was an introvert or an extrovert, I was familiar enough with the words, but not with their true meanings. I said I was an extrovert because I thought that it would seem as though I didn’t like people if I said I was an introvert. This idea stuck with me, and for a while I was convinced I was an extrovert, and that I should be doing and enjoying things as an extrovert would. As someone who is very definitely introverted, this wasn’t all that fun. To try and live as an extrovert when you’re introverted, in my experience, is to feel constantly overwhelmed and worn out without understanding why. I felt strange for wanting alone time, not knowing at the time that I needed it.

The Las Vegas Shooting: The Need for Gun Control in the United States

The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas by lone gunman, Stephen Paddock, has once again raised the controversial issue of gun control in the United States. On Sunday, October 1st at the “Life is Beautiful” country music festival, 58 attendees lost their lives and another 500 people were wounded, in what is being described as the worst mass shooting in modern US history. There are substantive lessons regarding gun control to be learned from such a high-profile attack, but the partisan nature of American politics will likely have a negligible impact on the prevention of future acts of mass murder.

Canada at 150

Last month, Glendon’s School of Public and International Affairs was honoured to host Canada’s signature two-day conference on Constitutional and Governmental Challenges After 150 Years of Confederation. Many noteworthy guests and keynote speakers were in attendance: the Honourable Louis LeBel (Former Supreme Court Justice), the Honourable Jean-Marc Fournier (Former Interim Provincial Party Leader of Quebec, and Former Minister of Revenue, Education, Municipal Affairs, as well as Attorney General and Government House Leader under the government of Jean Charest), and Dr. Peter Russell (Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto). Several other distinguished professors, legal scholars and journalists took part in the conference.