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

Filed under Campus   ·   February 2nd, 2017   ·   0 comments

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 […]

Naked Power

Filed under Capitalism & Class, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   January 30th, 2017   ·   0 comments

Content warning: graphic descriptions of violence The presidency of the United States of America has more exclusive access to military force and more unilateral deployment power than ever before. The United States of America is often spoken of as the ‘richest and most powerful nation the world has ever seen.’ This power is generally attributed […]

Pandora

Filed under Feminism, Humour   ·   January 28th, 2017   ·   0 comments

Content warning: sexual violence, physical assault I have evil thighs that sweat and slide down bus seats, stair banisters, bar stools, park benches and coffeeshop sofas, sun soaked beach loungers, carnival booths, pub vinyl and airplane chintz My evil thighs twitch under cotton sundresses and cleave communist creases across khakis magnetize security guards, homeless men […]

homeland diaspora (Karaj & Yazd, Iran)

Filed under Uncategorized   ·   January 25th, 2017   ·   0 comments

Photographer: Her story of personal connection to Persian memories, food and lands are conveyed through photography as she wishes for her audience to experience her visit to the homeland through her heart and eyes. No names accompany photos, as the photographer prefers the expression of sole imagery due to being unable to fully express her […]

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

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…

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

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

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

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 […]