Student protesters at O-Week 2013

O-Week to Activists: Your Presence is Not Welcome Here

On Tuesday evening, the night marking the official opening of Western’s Orientation Week, a small group of activists (myself included) was asked by Campus Police (CCPS) to leave campus while protesting the increasingly high cost of education and student debt. Organized under the banner of the Western Solidarity Network, our group sought to raise awareness…

April 2013 Issue

Going out With a Bang: Final Issue now on Stands!

The final issue of OPENWIDE volume 12 is on stands now in NCB and the UCC! We’re going out with a bang this year with tons of great articles, student spotlights, poetry, and more. Between those two beautiful covers you’ll find a heartfelt letter from your outgoing FIMSSC executives Jordan Coop and Kelly Mark and…

A New Machine: New Print Edition now on Stands!

Our team is proud to announce that the February print edition of OPENWIDE is now on stands in NCB and UCC! In this edition, expect to find articles that ask some probing questions about structures of authority, racism on campus, school shootings, Americanization of film, and much more. Or, here’s your chance to relax at…

A Tale of Two TAs: A Response to “My TA isn’t from FIMS”

— This article is a response, written by two TAs, to Molly McCracken’s thought-provoking opinion piece for OPENWIDE, “‘My TA Isn’t From FIMS…’ Wait, what!?” A Joint Response by Western TAs Siobhan and Atle Molly McCracken’s provocative opinion piece “‘My MIT TA isn’t from FIMS…’ Wait, what?!” has inspired discussion among and between undergraduates, graduate…

Let us reintroduce ourselves: We are OPENWIDE

The December issue of the newly renamed OPENWIDE is now on stands. It’s all about change and the many ways we experience it. From music, to alternative anti-capitalist lifestyles, discussions on the USC’s power, “vampire capitalism,” #HurricaneSandy, and more. Expect to find critical and engaging stories, poetry, and photography in what is possibly our best…

“My MIT TA isn’t from FIMS…” Wait, what?!

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…

Your Best Student Experience: A Call to Action

What exactly is the “Best Student Experience” we’ve all heard so much about since we first set foot on Western’s campus? Perhaps there’s no need to bother with the question, since the university’s administration has defined it for us in a document titled “Institutional Vision, Proposed Mandate Statement and Priority Objectives” – a paper that…