Author: Ryan Pepper, Arts & Culture Editor

LIKE MANY STUDENTS, I’m sick of constantly checking my email and nervously waiting to see if I’ll get a reply from an employer for an interview. I’ve applied to countless jobs, made several cover letters, and created loads of online profiles to apply to these positions. It’s heartbreaking to feel as if you’re getting nowhere …

SINCE THE 1960s, propranolol has been a drug prescribed as a beta-blocker to lower blood pressure. Sylvia Terbeck, an experimental psychology and neuroscience PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, recently noticed that propranolol also has tangible effects on certain parts the brain. “Since I do neuroscience, I know from the biochemistry of the drug …

Who is Canada’s smartest person? OTTAWA—CANADIANS HAVE A chance to unleash their inner nerd in CBC’s latest gameshow called Canada’s Smartest Person, which airs March 18. Contestants will be put to the test and demonstrate just how bright they are, but the new game show gives intelligence a different meaning. Hosted by comedian Gerry Dee, …

Bend Sinister | On My Mind Killbeat Music 4/5 Bend Sinister’s five-song EP, a prelude to their upcoming full-length album, will whet listeners’ appetites of what is to come. The band has wisely chosen a short mix of fun and upbeat songs in anticipation of their next release. “Give it a Rest” starts off the …

SOCIAL CLIMBING, AN obsession with the upper class, and commentaries about pompous aristocrats are all topics in the satire Le Bourgeois gentilhomme. Written by Molière and composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully in 17th-century France, the play is now coming to the University of Ottawa campus, as a translation and adaptation under the name Mamamouchi, on March …

OLIVIA JOHNSTON SOCIETAL, GENDER, AND developmental issues are familiar topics to Ottawa-based artist-photographer Olivia Johnston. Her latest work, entitled 13–18, deals with the vulnerability of teenage boys. The collection explores something unknown to Johnston, as “boys have always been a mystery to [her].” The portraits of the young men in their bedrooms is an honest …

SHE HAS HER sunglasses on, her face to the sky, and she’s been feeling so fly. She is Canada’s latest “brand new bitch” on the music scene—well, at least that’s what Anjulie Persaud, known simply as Anjulie, declares in her single of the same name. The song has been heating up Canadian and U.S. airwaves, …

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! On May 12–13, Ottawa will host its very own Comiccon at the CE Centre. With names like Patrick Stewart, of Star Trek and X-men series fame, Mistress Elvira, and Lou Ferrigno, who starred in the Incredible Hulk, Ottawa’s inaugral comic book convention will be the ultimate fantasy for any geek out there. …

YOU CAN CALL it shisha, hookah, narghile, or qalyan. All of these are synonyms for the same activity: Water pipe smoking. Coming in a variety of flavours, hookah has seen a steady rise in popularity over the past few years in Canada and public health officials have taken notice. Recently, Ottawa’s City Council proposed a …

  AS KOOL AND The Gang famously sang, “Celebrate good times, c’mon / Let’s celebrate!” This St. Patty’s Day will be no different. Regardless of whether we’re Irish or not, most of us are going to hit the town, while painting it green and white. One of the grandest secular celebrations of all time, March 17 brings on the good times and spawns epic parties in all corners of the globe. But if you’re anxiously waiting for St. Patrick’s Day to roll around—and can’t wait a second longer—the Fulcrum has decided to list off some of the best party movies of all time. Hopefully this list will keep you sated until you can shimmy the shamrock-filled night away. Superbad  5/5 Penned by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Superbad is a must-see for any party movie lover. Following three unpopular high-school seniors in their quest for acceptance, this movie covers topics such as under-age drinking, sexual relations, and typical teen angst in a funny light. Superbad stars Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, …

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