Devon Butler

Devon Butler

Articles by Devon Butler

Talking Mental Health: Resilience

Talking Mental Health: Resilience

In the final stretch of the term it can be difficult to find the motivation and energy to face all the circled items on your calendar. It can seem overwhelming and you may be feeling the cumulative effects of stress. A certain amount of stress can actually be healthy as it motivates us to do well and helps us meet […]

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Pole dancing beneficial to women

Earlier this week I was dragged out my by roommates to a pole dancing class and after partaking in this one hour class, all I have to say is kudos to pole dancers. I have never before been in so much pain from a fitness class. It took me over four days to be able to straighten my arms again, […]

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Earth Hour needs to refocus campaign

Earth Hour needs to refocus campaign

On Saturday, March 23, houses and businesses worldwide were encouraged to turn off all non-essential lights and appliances for one hour. The Earth Hour campaign, which seeks to cut down on electricity while simultaneously bringing awareness to our extreme use of power, and is a highly valuable action. It becomes difficult to engage in this campaign however, when many citizens […]

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Pedestrian Safety a serious concern

Pedestrian Safety a serious concern

Most of us forget that jaywalking is not only illegal, but can also be a very dangerous habit. In a world of technological distractions where patience is a rarity, it seems almost nonsensical to wait at a crosswalk until that little man lights up and gives you the right to walk safely. Similarly, venturing out of your way to ensure […]

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Iranian-American tensions need solution

Iranian-American tensions need solution

The United States, as of late, has experienced perpetual difficulties maintaining relations with other governments who are unwilling or unable to cooperate with their demands. Leaders of “rogue nations” like Iran have expressed no desire to comply with the States and in turn, the U.S has been unable to accomplish anything of substance in the region. With an economy fuelled […]

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Talking Mental Health: Keeping friendships healthy

There is an old Chinese proverb that says “at home one relies on parents; away from home one relies on friends.” For many of us, friendships are among the most valued aspects of our lives. Friends are an important source for fun, emotional support and companionship. This is especially true for university students, whose primary social relationships are often their […]

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Plenty of value in an arts degree

Last week Cristina Almudevar’s editorial levels some harsh criticism at the courses taught in the faculty of arts and at its professors. Among other things, she suggests that the material taught is useless for job interviews since “my interviewer will not care that I can deduce the role of a female character by the colour of her dress” (take that […]

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Students should be involved in levy project

Students should be involved in levy project

It is not always apparent to students burdened by financial obligations synonymous with post-secondary education, but our semester-based student fees often include making payments to little known organizations. A prime example is the $32 students pay per semester to the Student Life Levy (SLL) projects. The information on what this money contributes to is not promoted to students nor presented […]

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Everyone is entitled to express their opinion

Everyone is entitled to express their opinion

When Kitchener-Centre Member of Parliament (MP) Stephen Woodworth gave a speech last week at the University of Waterloo (UW) he was unprepared for the pro-choice protesters that would await him. Woodworth, who was invited to speak at UW by an on-campus pro-life group 30 minutes into his lecture just before he was bombarded with verbal attacks. The protesters, who were […]

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Women need their own holiday

Women need their own holiday

The phrase “Happy International Woman’s day. Make me a sandwich” was far too common on Twitter and Facebook last Friday. This submissive attitude towards International Women’s Day (IWD) is the general response given by most people when they hear about it. Holidays like Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah and Kwanza are all widely known and celebrated by most of the population while […]

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