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LAST SUNDAY, THE Board of Administration (BOA) passed a motion changing the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) executive for 2013–14. Many significant constitutional changes were made—including to the executive positions—without any consultation of the new executive or students. Because students elect faculty representatives to the BOA, they don’t get much individual say …

LAST YEAR THE Fulcrum examined whether part-time students are given the cold shoulder. I didn’t care for the subject at the time—I was a full-time student who got all the associated benefits and wasn’t interested in what I thought were “first-world problems.” I was naive. The fact is, part-time students are trampled on by every …

I USED TO live in a very corrupt country, one where funding for a politician’s new home in the Bahamas was more important than funding for health care. In Ukraine, politicians would rather spend the country’s money on a $1,000 bottle of champagne than help citizens and lower the class divide. That’s exactly why I …

EVERY TUESDAY, I get home past midnight. Without letting my dog out and sometimes forgetting to take off my shoes, I crash on the first comfortable-looking surface I see. I’m not tired because I was out at 1848’s Toonie Tuesday or writing a last-minute essay in the library. I’m exhausted because, along with an amazing …

IN THE 2008–09 Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) elections, voter turnout was a record 27 per cent of the undergraduate student population, thanks to the Internet. The implementation of e-voting in 2009 increased accessibility and interest among the student population. When e-voting was discontinued last year, voter turnout was a low 11 …

Dear Di, I am boy crazy, but the guys I tend to like are white and I’m not. I’m so scared to go up to a guy who is a different race than I am. How can I figure out if a guy is attracted to non-white women before I approach him? —Looking for a …

Through the lens ALL OF THE media frenzy surrounding Kim Kardashian these days does not come as a surprise. The multi-millionaire socialite and “entrepreneur” recently split from her NBA-star husband, Kris Humphries. While the breakup may not come as a surprise to anyone—did you really think they’d make it past 72 days?—the amount of attention …

Next Stop THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT has spread across the world since September, fighting for “the 99 per cent.” But two months later, the grassroots movement strayed off course with reports of drug overdoses and hippie love fests in the tent cities. A few weeks ago, I wrote a column encouraging readers to show their support …

Next Stop A UNIVERSITY IS a business. True, it’s an important institution of higher learning, but like any other enterprise it has to earn some dough. It’s time to face it, folks: Our tuition is not going down. One reason is our fragile and unstable economy. With stock markets crashing all over the world, it’s …

Dear Di, My friend and I write a role-play story together and things can get pretty hot between my character and hers. The more our characters have sex, the more I want to get it on with her. We live in different cities and she’s told me she doesn’t do long distance, so I know …

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