Tom Ingram


Putting the eSports dispute to rest

Games are not art. Games are not sports. Games are games. They’re their own thing, and all this arguing over what else they might be betrays a secret anxiety as to whether they’re a pursuit worth spending time on. Private inferiority complexes don’t make a good foundation for aesthetic debates.


Library tips

If you’re a new student, you’re probably overwhelmed by all the fees you’ve just paid. Your tuition is by far the largest of these, but…


The insurance switcheroo

UMSU’s failure to find an alternate insurance plan comparable to CFS’s is made even bleaker when you consider who uses the plan. During my degree, I opted out of the health and dental plan every year because, as bourgeois scum, I had coverage through my parents. The students who live comfortably and receive some form of parental support will not even notice this premium increase, as they will never have to pay it.


Weighing in

Over the last month we’ve been hard at work on the back end of our website. Among other things, we have switched to a new web host that provides a better service than we were previously getting. The Manitoban’s web traffic has grown by an order of magnitude in the last few years and we’ve become too big for the space we had at the old host.


Advocating for students

Earlier this academic year there was a fleeting debate in the Manitoban on the role of student unions in connection with political advocacy. Since that…


The toilet wars

There was a brief period, from the late 1990s to the early 2000s, when Canada was a major supplier of bootleg toilets to the United…


Why student politics matter

This year’s election for the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) executive had a different character than usual. There was a sense that the stakes…


UMSU domain dispute with CFS continues

The University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) is planning to break away from the Canadian Federation of Students’ (CFS) web and other services even after…


Leave the tweets out of it

Shortly after Christopher Bélanger confirmed his candidacy for the position of vice-president internal of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU), a set of screenshots…