“I wanted to show that there’s a lot of artists out there making dope art. I don’t see enough of it at school.”— Ashelita Shellard, fine arts student, host of Your Art is On Fire.
Taking part in General Assemblies, BOA meetings, and elections will take up a relatively small amount of your time, and are an easy way to start fixing these problems.
The event, called Tell Me Your Story: Leaving Home, saw students take to the stage in poetic or storytelling fashion to share their transitionary tales of leaving home behind to find a new one in Canada.
On Oct. 16, the Board of Administration (BOA) of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) met to discuss the student federation’s audit, executive spending, and issues with the Student Association of the Faculty of Arts (SAFA), among other topics.
Sabrina Benaim, most well-known for her poem, “Explaining My Depression to My Mother,” which has over 3,000,000 views on YouTube from her performance at the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Toronto, was the featured poet for the night. Benaim performed poems about anxiety, heartbreak, and one of her inspirations, Beyoncé.
Equal Voice uOttawa collaborated with the UESA to have a more relaxed event than they normally do, as well as to reach out to a wider variety of students. The night began with a poetry open mic, where three poets read original poetry to the intimate crowd.
Alternative Waves features contributions from many of the WRC’s volunteers this semester. The zine has different forms of content, from a list concerning “Consent Culture at Clubs & Parties”, to an essay entitled “Gender and Transformation in Woolf’s To the Lighthouse”.
When someone feels like they don’t belong or have been marginalized in society, all they really want is someone to show them that they are not alone. As our society continues to leave out and brush aside those who don’t fit the norm, many people are turning to alternative media that they can find comfort in. This is where zines come in.