Category Archives: Campus

All-Gender Washrooms: A Trans* Issue and Beyond

Filed under Campus, Trans Issues   ·   March 24th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Content warning: Transphobia None of the authors of this post are transgender or gender-variant. For that reason, we are cognizant of the privilege we have to advocate for transgender rights as allies who do not face the repercussions that transgender, or gender-variant people continue to face today. Many transgender and gender-variant people have advocated for […]

Indigenous and settler students hold UBC president accountable for reinstatement of Furlong

Filed under Campus, Decolonization   ·   February 15th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Dear Dr. Santa Ono, We are writing this letter to demonstrate our opposition to the reinstatement of John Furlong as the keynote speaker at the University of British Columbia’s upcoming 18th Annual ZLC Millennium Scholarship Breakfast on February 28, 2017. As both Indigenous and settler students studying at UBC on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional […]

UBC’s Second Chance to Stand for Justice: the 2017 BDS Referendum

Filed under Activism, Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   February 13th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Two years have passed. In the past two years the world has been marked by attacks, peace deals, attempted and successful coups, tragic diasporas, referendums and elections. Often times change has been for the worse, yet sometimes for the better. Those who have been following the Middle Eastern vicissitudes may agree with me that the […]

sticks and stones can break your bones but words words words…

Filed under Campus, Humour   ·   February 8th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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I’m kind of apprehensive about writing this, and posting it anywhere public, but here I go anyway: “Freedom of speech” is kind of overrated. I hope that declaration was both reductionist and sensationalist enough that at least three of you will stick around long enough to hate-read this and hear me out. The English philosopher […]

Silence, fear and cover-ups: The three pillars of UBC

Filed under Campus   ·   February 2nd, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Something is rotten in the state of UBC. We’ve all read the stories about how the university has failed sexual assault survivors, problems with the Board of Governors, Steven Galloway’s firing, and Arvind Gupta’s premature departure. But the problems run much deeper making the institution toxic. This is something I found out all too well […]

If There’s a Reason: A Letter from a Survivor of the Campus Sexual Misconduct Debacle

Filed under Activism, Campus, Feminism   ·   March 21st, 2016   ·   0 comments
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Content note: this letter discusses sexual assault I had a hard time deciding who this letter should be addressed to. There’s a lot of people I want to address, you see. The first, of course, is the scumbag who sexually assaulted me. And I guess I could talk about that. But, as a professor once […]

Reflections on Raising and Burning Flags…

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As a queer man, the recent burning of the gay rainbow flag at the University of British Columbia has not caused me any lost sleep. I can assure you, however, that I’m not impervious to homophobic threats or attacks, nor am I apathetic to the struggles of the several marginalized communities that I navigate and […]

AMS candidates answer our questions: President

Filed under Campus   ·   February 28th, 2016   ·   0 comments
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Another year rolls around, another set of AMS elections. We at the Talon aim to ask hard-hitting critical questions, and in that spirit, we invited all candidates in the election to answer a set of questions that we hope will help our readers in casting their ballot. Over the past few days we have been […]

Vote NO: How the AMS’s undemocratic referendum question undermines student voices

Filed under Campus   ·   February 28th, 2016   ·   0 comments
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Every year, the AMS finds various bits of its bylaws to change, sometimes small changes, sometimes larger. Sometimes housekeeping, sometimes more controversial. This year the AMS has proposed a significant bylaw change that will severely undermine students’ ability to democratically direct our student union’s actions, and they’re passing it off as a minor housekeeping change. […]

AMS candidates answer our questions: Senate

Filed under Campus   ·   February 28th, 2016   ·   0 comments
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Another year rolls around, another set of AMS Elections. We at the Talon aim to ask hard-hitting critical questions, and in that spirit, we invited all candidates in the election to answer a set of questions that we hope will help our readers in casting their ballot. Over the next few days we will be […]