Opinions

Two students sound off on the facial hair-focused campaign It’s time for men to throw out their razors and women to start constructing felt ‘staches. That’s right—it’s Movember again, which means moustaches for all! Currently in its fourth year as a formal Canadian charity campaign, Movember has thousands of men across the country growing their …

Movember is halfway over—and from pencil-thin caterpillars to handlebar styles, moustaches of all shapes and sizes are sprouting up on faces on campus. But as we see more facial hair grow, we can’t help but wonder: Is Movember accomplishing the goals it was created to achieve? Is it rais- ing money for prostate cancer research, …

Pro-lifers should be targeting debaters LAST WEDNESDAY, I was on my way to class when I noticed an eye-catching poster on one of our school’s many bulletin boards. Under the title “Abortion Debate,” it layed out the time, date, and other details of an event to be hosted by the University of Ottawa Students for …

Can reforms to government-funded loan programs pull us out in time? THE CRUSHING WEIGHT of student debt.” “Student debt bankrupting a generation.” “A financially challenged generation is slipping through the cracks.” A quick glance of recent news headlines is enough to make any 17-year-old kid wary of entering the institutions of higher learning—and any current student sick to his or her stomach. Nearly two million Canadians have student loans, totalling $20 billion worth of debt in the form of federal and provincial government loans, credit cards, lines of credit, and personal loans. As if that figure wasn’t enough to raise concerns about student debt levels, the federal government’s decision to raise the $15-billion cap …

Click ‘yes’ if you are 16 or older AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD BOY has gained significant online notoriety lately for his antics on the fast-chat website Chatroulette.com. The child, whose name and location remain unknown, has garnered laughs for his racist, sexist, and swear-ridden comments to his unsuspecting chat partners. Many Chatroulette.com users and anonymous online commentators have responded with shock, wondering how a …

One part of Canada is too easily dismissed I WAS BORN and raised in Yukon. Growing up, I learned about all the different provinces and territories of Canada, as did anyone else with a Canadian elementary school education. I knew the territories’ population represented less than one per cent of our country and that we were a demographic minority. Still, I figured …

    Why we need a little class struggle in our lives THE OCCUPY PROTESTS are in their third week in Canadian cities. Fuelled by people upset with the practices of banking institutions and the economic divide between the wealthy and everyone else, “We are the 99 per cent!” has become their rallying cry. But it is not our poorest that are out protesting. …

HEY GIRL, IT’S me! You know, me, down here sitting on the small of your back. That’s right, it’s your tramp stamp, and we need to talk. Ever since you snagged that sweet office job, I’ve been starting to feel like I’m getting a bit neglected back here. No moisturizing balm, no talk of those …

It’s not ‘us’ versus ‘them’ Re: “Can I get a side of English, please? (Opinions, Oct. 13) SOMEHOW A SINGLE article has sparked a “war of languages.” That’s the real disappointment of this whole ordeal—how quickly our campus can be divided into “us” and “them.” I believe the intent of the article was to draw …

Can I get a side of common sense, please? Re: “Can I get a side of English, please?” (Opinions, Oct. 13) I AM WRITING to the Fulcrum in response to Ms. Lytle’s opinion piece about bilingualism at the University of Ottawa. There is a reality amongst French communities in Canada that I don’t think everybody …

BASED ON THE outpour of responses to our executive editor’s appearance on Sun TV last week, it is obvious that students at the University of Ottawa support the protection of minority rights on campus. Considering Canada prides itself on the protection of its citizens’ cultural and civil rights, speaking up on behalf of a minority …

Ready, set, grow! CANADA’S FIFTH ANNUAL Movember campaign officially began on the first of the moustache month. The initiative, which originated in Australia, will see thousands of men grow their facial hair during November to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research. Last year, the Movember campaign was the motivation behind over 100,000 moustaches, …

U of O students sound off on campus bilingualism THIS PAST WEEK, while some students were enjoying a much-needed vacation and others were catching up on assignments and readings without the burden of attending class, the Fulcrum saw one of its articles hit national television. On Oct. 24, an interview with yours truly was aired …

U.K.’s new blood donation policy isn’t progressive enough MONTREAL (CUP)—ON SEPT. 8, the United Kingdom’s Health Department announced that, as of November, gay men will be allowed to give blood—if they have refrained from any form of sexual contact for an entire year. Although deemed progressive by some, this newly established concession is actually more …

‘Racist’ Berkeley bake sale protests legislature A BAKE SALE at the University of California, Berkeley sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans has drawn international attention recently after the club announced that it would price its goods based on the race of the customer. Baked goods were sold at $2 for Caucasians, $1.50 for Asians, $1 …

DEXTER IS BACK. The serial killing-serial killer has returned Oct. 2, and honestly, I couldn’t be happier. Now that True Blood is over and The United States of Tara has been cancelled, I can’t get enough the series that actually add something awesome to my life: The idea of a prolonged want being achieved spread …

Sites push subway voyeurism to an all-time low   GENTLEMEN, I WOULD like you to picture something for me. Imagine you are sitting on the subway, having a coffee and playing Angry Birds when, unbeknownst to you, a mysterious figure snaps your picture and sends it to a website where your looks are judged and …

Clothes can’t constitute consent A RECENT TREND in criminal justice may be of interest to our female readers—or anyone amused by the ridiculous decisions made by some of our fellow human beings. Apparently, in some countries, if a woman is wearing skinny jeans at the time of a sexual assault, then her rapist is absolved …

Last week, The Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) released its final report on the state of education in Canada. The independent, national learning organization is set to close in spring 2012 after the Harper government withdrew federal funding last year—and did they ever go out with a bang.   “What is the Future of Learning …

It’s really more of a brownish dwarf than a star A CANADIAN ASTRONOMICAL survey has led to the discovery of several extraterrestrial bodies called failed stars. These less-than-successful masses of matter have been hanging out in space for eons, unable to grow enough in size to shine like our sun or other visible stars. The …

In defence of U of O atheists Re: “Atheist instigators” (Opinions, Oct. 13) IN MY INTERVIEW with Kelden Formosa, author of “Atheist Instigators” in last week’s edition of the Fulcrum, I explained why I believed portraying the prophet Muhammad was legitimate. Freedom of speech doesn’t just involve one’s right to speak their mind; it also …

Apologetically addicted Re: “U of O is not a smoke-free environment” (Letters, Oct. 6)  AFTER GLANCING THROUGH the letters to the editor, I came across the “proposition” to have a campus-wide ban on smoking. Really? I’m not by any means advocating the act—the side effects of smoking are well known and even advertised on the …

Muhammad makes appearance on campus ACCORDING TO THAT old maxim, it is impolite to discuss sex, religion, or politics with strangers. On the typical Canadian university campus, however, we take the opposite approach, bombarding students with condoms and political pamphlets without even pausing to get their names. While we’re quite forward with sex and politics, …

Femme fatale says goodbye to green mile TWENTY-SIX YEARS AGO, Memphis wife and mother Gaile Owens was charged with hiring a man to murder her husband. After spending over a quarter-century awaiting her death, Owens has been released from prison, securing her release after a long history of good conduct. According to the Associated Press, the murderess is looking forward to …

IN LIGHT OF one staff member’s recent issue with language barriers on campus, the Fulcrum asked U of O students whether or not they feel that the school’s bilingual mandate is successful or an utter failure. “I am a mostly francophone guy, and I find it easy to talk with everyone at the university in …

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