Chimps, children and lawless violence

I completed a first-year anthropology course titled Human Origins last semester. While we covered a wide range of subjects — from genetics and the modern theory of evolution, to the earliest origins of mankind and studies of our countless predecessors, to an overview of our archaeological history — I found the most revealing insights into modern […]

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Man up

2011. The year of the manly man? “Man up!” How many times did we hear this phrase? About every time Sarah Palin showed up on Fox News, it seemed. It was the catch phrase of the year. When people weren’t being what people wanted them to be, they had to “Man up!” And then, Christie […]

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CBA opposes C-10

Since their election in 2006, the Harper government has held steady on several themes. One of the most prominent, “tough on crime,” is on the verge of being translated from rhetoric to law with the upcoming reading of Bill C-10 in the Senate. It’s a major political victory for the Tories and their constituents — […]

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Public land is ours

This fall the City of Winnipeg all too quietly offered an expression of interest for the sale and development, both commercial and residential, of seven public golf courses, including: Windsor Park, Crescent Drive, the Canoe Club, Kildonan Park, John Blumberg, Harbourview and Tuxedo. The citizens of Winnipeg currently use these golf courses for recreation and […]

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The ‘free rider’ and effective representation

Spencer Fernando’s comments in the Jan. 4, 2012 issue of the Manitoban’s “UMSU membership should be voluntary,” about what is sometimes called Voluntary Student Unionism (or VSU), clearly deserve a response. In a way, his article is helpful — it gives me a chance to clarify some misconceptions, both about UMSU and also the importance […]

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Graphic: Kara Passey

Social media and technology

The argument can be made that since UMSU does not provide core university services, we as students should have the right to choose whether or not we want to be members. In fact, Spencer Fernando made this exact argument in his article titled “UMSU membership should be voluntary.” As university students we have limited resources; […]

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If a tree burns in the swamp, does anyone care?

Early in the morning last Monday, Jan. 16th, one of the oldest living organisms in the world caught fire and burned to death. “The Senator” was the nickname given to a cypress tree that had been living in a Florida swamp for the last 3,500 years. It had grown to be 38.1 metres tall, and […]

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