FIMS Graduate on National Post Internship

In the midst of the internship conversations blanketing mainstream media lately, I figure it’s topical to speak of my own internship experience with the National Post; although first I’d like to make a distinction for those of us who have worked for free before. Volunteering your time with a non-profit, or an NGO is one…

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 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…

“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…

BC Jobs Plan: “Hipster is Not a Real Job”

ALERT: You can’t just pretend to be Johnny Depp and get paid for it UrbanDictionary.com defines ‘hipster’ as the following: Men and women, usually in their 20’s and 30’s, who value independent thinking and progressive politics, and have an appreciation of art, indie rock and witty banter. Areas with a concentration of hipsters include Chicago,…