Justin Trudeau: Altruism and Great Hair

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,…

Inside and Out: Thoughts on the USC VP Debates

Although “Let the #uscgames begin!” flashed on screen before opening remarks at Tuesday’s VP debate, any spectacle-starved voter would have been disappointed. The usual Twitter feed projection floating above candidates’ heads was put to rest while candidates for the slate-based USC positions of VP External and VP Internal debated key portfolio issues. Aside from moderator…

Mustangs in Office: First USC Presidential Debate of 2013

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…

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…

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…

The October issue: Selling Out.

  The rumours are true: the October issue is Selling Out. But you can get it for free on stands in NCB and the UCC now! This issue, titled Selling Out: Your Education and the Bottom Line, digs into the commercialization of education, from Western’s recent re-branding campaign to the residence construction boom, and what…