If you’ve been all wrapped up in the spectacular USC election action lately, you may have missed out on the bout of Trudeaumania that hit the Spoke this past Wednesday. Justin Trudeau, one of nine various candidates running for leadership of the Liberal Party, spoke to students and members of the London community about re-connection, bouncing back from cynicism, and re-engaging themselves in the politics of the true north strong and free. Continue reading
The UCC is bustling more than usual. You find pamphlets on the floor. Ads play before your YouTube video. It’s written all over the Gazette, Twitter timelines, and washroom walls. It’s election time once again! That is, for upper-year students; first-years like me are still finding their way through this election kerfuffle, and the icing on the cake is that this year the rules of the game have changed. Instead of choosing between a few presidential candidates, for the first time Western students are also able to vote in vice presidential candidates on the same ballot! And last Thursday, for the very first time, the Mustang Lounge got a taste of the election when the three presidential slates of Ashley McGuire, Patrick Whelan, and Vivek Prabhu, duked it out, VPs like pistols at their side. Continue reading
With McGuire’s blue scarves, Whelan’s red pants, and Prabhu’s green balloons visible all over campus, it’s easy to get caught up in the USC presidential race. But don’t forget that FIMS, for the first time in three years, has its own candidates to pick from.
A key aspect of FIMS is critical thinking, so what kind of faculty would we be if we didn’t take a hard look at our candidates’ platforms? So here’s some insight into the platforms of FIMSSC presidential candidates Jordan Pearson and Matt Wright. Continue reading
It’s that time again, the time when FIMS celebrates Western University’s talented filmmakers in an annual film festival. This year the FIMS Film Fest is part of Reverie, a week-long arts showcase at Western. Reverie runs from March 4th-8th, and the film festival will be on March 6th from 2pm-6pm in the McKellar Room.
Submissions are now open. To participate, you must be a Western student, and your film must not be longer than 10 minutes.
Submit films to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information regarding the festival will be coming soon. Meanwhile, tell your filmmaker friends to get their best stuff together and let us watch it!
10. Skating in Victoria Park
If we manage to get a few days below freezing this new semester, skating in Vic Park is a MUST for any Londoner. You can rent skates on site, and grab a delicious hot chocolate at Williams after you’ve finished. Rink hours at 10 AM – 10 PM, weather dependent, and closed for resurfacing fro, 5:30-6:30. Plus, skating is free, which is a bonus for broke students. Continue reading
Lowering our Standards? Cross-Faculty TAs Impede Learning
One morning this week, I forgot my earphones for the bus ride. I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop, but I couldn’t help but listen in on two second-year FIMS students sitting next to me and discussing their courses.
What I heard was disheartening, but not new. It exposed a problem I have seen growing out of control over the time I have gone from a naïve frosh to a slightly more critical, though still naïve, senior.
The students were discussing their final essays for MIT 2000. They began to complain, not about #firstworldproblems, but about a real issue: their Teaching Assistants’ inability to help them. Continue reading
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Clashes and debate surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not new to Western’s campus. Whether centered around a former Israeli Defense Forces member speaking at Western or Israeli Apartheid Week’s presence on campus, public protests have become commonplace whenever the specter of the conflict is raised. The Israel On Campus-organized Israel Day display in the UCC on February 1st continued that tradition. At 2 pm, protestors with tape over their mouths and carrying signs condemning Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip moved in front of the display. After a hectic twenty minutes involving photos and impromptu interviews with the press, the protest was over as soon as it began and the demonstrators left peacefully. After the dust had settled, questions about the nature of cultural politics and protest itself hung in the air. Continue reading
At around 8:47 am on Thursday January 26, the social networks exploded. Twitter and Facebook were such a fiery mess you’d think the RIM network was down. The eruption of activity was due to the unveiling of Western’s new brand, an administrative initiative seven months and $200,000 in the making. The rebranding package, shaped by Toronto-based design firm Hahn Smith, equipped Western with a new name, logo, and website (thank god). It took all of about 15 seconds of browsing the trends to get the hint that the first reaction wasn’t necessarily positive. While #westernU and #uwo were trending in Canada, #ugh and #WTF weren’t too far behind. Using my knowledge of youth culture gathered from my time at the University of Facebook, I hammered down the reactions to three main groups: Continue reading