Fireside Chats with Alan Davis

Academic freedom and freedom of speech. By Samantha Thompson [executive editor] When Alan Davis, president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, was in graduate school at SFU in the ‘70s, he was using x-ray crystallography to determine the structure of inorganic compounds. He was working under the supervision of Fred Einstein of SFU, and in partnership with... Continue Reading

The "F" Word

Feminism is for everybody. By Aileen Tran [columnist] Trigger warning: article discusses sexual assault. Feminism is not just for women, it is for everyone. However, it is primarily focused on battling against the sexism against women, because they are the oppressed group. Women’s oppression is validated by the fact that it is present in the... Continue Reading

Going Global

The impact of Sykes-Picot in the Middle East. By Tristan Johnston [columnist] “I should like to draw a line from the ‘e’ in Acre to the last ‘k’ in Kirkuk.” – Mark Sykes While there are many factors contributing to the current disorder in the Middle East, there’s an argument to be made that some... Continue Reading

Fireside Chats with Alan Davis

Brown paper packages tied up with string. By Samantha Thompson [executive editor] “Are we rolling Bob?” Alan Davis asks me as I turn on my recorder. “That’s a Bob Dylan quote,” he explains. “In the beginning of one quote he says, ‘Are we rolling Bob?’ and then he starts singing.” Davis, the president of Kwantlen... Continue Reading

The “F” Word

Bill C-36 is criminal. Aileen Tran [columnist] Sex work is not criminal, Stephen Harper is. On Nov. 4, the federal government made the treacherous decision of passing Bill C-36, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. The bill is highly criticized, and rightly so because the act is built on a false premise. The... Continue Reading

Going Global

North Korea’s game of chess. By Tristan Johnston [columnist] Recently, Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller were returned to the United States after being placed into North Korean labour camps for “antigovernment activities.” Bae was arrested for “conspiring to topple the government” through his church group, and Miller was arrested for “unruly behaviour” when he... Continue Reading

Going Global

What’s going on in Hong Kong? Tristan Johnston [columnist] In September, many parts of Hong Kong ground to a halt when large swaths of students protested Beijing’s decision to further falsify their democracy. The central Chinese government, which has had formal control over Hong Kong since 1997, had announced that they would allow the people... Continue Reading

The “F” Word

Colouring feminism. By Aileen Tran Let’s take back the word “Feminism” and colour it beautiful. Let’s colour it until the white privilege is covered with the strength of women of colour. We need to dig ourselves out of the first and second waves because the feminism that derived from those first two initial movements is... Continue Reading