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NSA reform = PR stunt

Will the NSA’s reform actually drown out Snowden’s legacy? Article: Ravinesh Sakaran – Contributor Obama’s administration has enacted reforms to the National Security Agency (NSA), however the reforms are viewed largely as PR stunt according to famed journalist Glen Greenwald. Speaking to Al Jazeera, he said, “The mission that [Obama] set when he created this review panel, when he started this process, was not to reform the NSA in any meaningful way. It was to ...

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To the victor, the spoils, or so they say.

Seattle Sehawks’ Richard Sherman’s response to criticism Article: Michael Chmielewski – Editor-in-Chief eattle Seahawks’ now infamous cornerback Richard Sherman has been in the news lately for his viral post-game interview, and the criticism has come from all angles, now including a fine from the NFL. He’s fined for “unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting,” referring specifically to the choking symbol he made towards the defeated 49ners after Sherman made the NFC Championship winning play, which takes his team to ...

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Selfie and self-image

How Dove’s new initiative encourages positive self-image Article: Michelle Jones – Copy Editor elf-image has always been an issue among women. We know this. The majority of us deal with it on a daily basis. Some of us can’t even stand to look in a mirror because we hate what we see. The sad part? We’re being conditioned to think this way. The fashion industry ensures our insecurities through comments about who can and cannot ...

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Smarten up!

Time better spent than on a smartphone? Article: Paige Kreutwieser – Staff Writer ow many hours do you spend on your phone a day? If you say under eight hours, then you are apparently not “the average Canadian.” According to a recent poll of 2,058 Canadians, respondents spent an average of 7.9 hours a day on their smart phones. But what significance does this really have? Who cares that the average Canadian spends roughly eight ...

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Plus-sized bullshit

“Plus-sized” being thrown around too much Article: Sonia Stanger – Contributor wo weeks ago, Cosmopolitan magazine posted a link on their Facebook page to a photo shoot of Australian supermodel Robyn Lawley, whom they referred to as “sexy,” but also as “plus-size.” What followed was an outpouring of indignation by Facebook users, who took umbrage with the term, leaving hundreds of comments chiding the magazine for labeling Lawley, a healthy size ten, as “plus-size.” Clearly ...

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The Big Brother State

The book turns into reality at Sochi Article: Liam Fitz-Gerald – Contributor o those who value a reasonable expectation of privacy, these words ought to scare the hell out of you; “no expectation of privacy.” This is what the U.S. State Department has said to individuals planning to attend the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Two prominent Russian journalists have revealed that the upcoming games will possess the most intensive surveillance measures ever seen ...

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Is anybody listening?

Neil Young, The Oilsands, and Duty to Consult Article: Richard Jensen – Contributor eil Young has stirred up an incredible storm of talk and rhetoric with his four-concert tour across Canada. The amazing amount of TV time, column space, and radio rants generated by four little concerts has been filled with opinions from just about every aspect you could conceive of in the debate about oilsands, economic development, and the role of celebrities in social ...

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Bringing back the board game

They never really disappeared. They just became mainstream. Article: Farron Ager – Oped Editor I was at a friend’s house, teaching them how to play a board game I picked up roughly six months ago, “Betrayal at House on the Hill”. Essentially, the game has six players exploring a haunted house, uncovering tiles until some bad mojo goes down and someone is revealed to be the haunter, the antagonist trying to kill off the remaining ...

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Sweater Split

How a sweater became the centre of a controversy Article: Brady Lang – Sports Writer his phrase has been garnering much attention in the news lately due to a girl at Balcarres Community School, the high school I graduated from in June of 2013. I don’t think that there could be anyone else out there who could actually understand Balcarres Community School other than a former student. The demographics of the school are about 65% ...

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It’s only the Golden Globes

“Just like the Oscars, just without the esteem.” Article: Ravinesh Sakaran – Contributor o, the 71st Annual Golden Globes just aired last Sunday, and man was I ecstatic to see Matthew McConaughey win Best Dramatic Film Actor for his portrayal of Ron Woodruf, a homophobic and racist electrician who is zealous in his efforts to find unconventional treatments after being diagnosed as H.I.V positive, in the movie Dallas Buyers Club. Jared Leto bagged the movie ...

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