Devon Butler

Devon Butler

Articles by Devon Butler

Québec society crumbling

For the relatively young countries of North America, the province of Québec provides a unique and exotic escape from our traditional, modern surroundings. With a European sensibility, Québec often gains extensive tourism, but their increasingly damaging policies, laws and behaviour is garnering them widespread international criticism. Québec’s newly proposed language law, Bill 101, which seeks to legislate the French language […]

by Devon Butler· · Opinion ·

Our parents are people too

While many cultures tend to honour their elders and praise them for their knowledge and experience, contemporary western culture often views our older population as nothing more than an embarrassing burden. Similarly, when we consider the concept of ‘respecting our elders,’ we tend to think about having to thank our shrivelled grandmothers for their tacky presents or loathingly eat their […]

by Devon Butler· · Opinion ·

Talking Mental Health: Healthy Relationships

Nearly all of us have observed, or perhaps even experienced, a romantic relationship that didn’t seem right. Maybe you’ve had a friend who seemed smothered by her jealous boyfriend, or were surprised to hear the way a friend spoke to her partner. Maybe you wondered why that person stayed in the relationship or it helped you clarify how you want […]

by Devon Butler· · Opinion ·

WLU Library looking for feedback

Before reading week, the Wilfrid Laurier University Library sent out surveys to students in order to gain knowledge regarding their concerns with the library. While these library surveys are not new, they are continually sent out every few years as student’s concerns often change. According to Greg Sennema, an associate librarian, the survey is put out by the Association of […]

by Devon Butler· · Campus ·

Valentine’s Day expenses are for nothing

It’s that time of year again. The time where boyfriends and husbands make gushy gestures in order to somehow express their true, undying love for their significant other by showering them with expensive gifts and a dinner reservation at the swankiest place in town. We all secretly – or not so secretly – loathe this day. Men hate it because […]

by Devon Butler· · Opinion ·
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Oscars: Amour

The French-foreign film Amour, written and directed by Michael Haneke tells the tale of two retired music teachers, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant)and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva). The couple, who are in their 80s, start out the film with passion and an enduring love only to be reduced to the inevitable loneliness of suffering and loss by the end. When Anne suffers a […]

by Devon Butler· · Arts ·
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Old Hollywood and dead chivalry

On Friday nights I become a cliché. Sipping pinot grigio and lustfully losing myself in Jimmy Stewart’s endearing stammer, Cary Grant’s suave compliments and Gene Kelly’s sensual dance moves. But the end result is always the same: the credits roll as I let out a heavy sigh and think, why can’t real men be like this? Ironically, at that very […]

by Devon Butler· · Life ·

Talking Mental Health: Next steps

It’s often relatively easy to start working on a goal. The most difficult part however is sticking with it when things get tough. How can we maintain our focus and motivation, and keep from feeling too overwhelmed? One way is to focus on one thing at a time. Undertaking too many goals or changes can overtax your ability to manage. […]

by Devon Butler· · Opinion ·
(Graphic by Adele Palmquist)

Taking your foot off the brakes of fear

Since I was 16 I’ve been living with a shameful secret. It hasn’t been easy, considering the burden I carry is quite socially unacceptable. This has consequently, forced me into making excuses and lying to others in order to protect my integrity. My name is Devon, I’m 22 years old and I don’t have my driver’s licence. It all began […]

by Devon Butler· · Life ·

‘Virgin-shaming’ a troubling practice for women’s rights

There is a growing trend with academic critics, media and feminist blogs alike to denounce the traditional patriarchal oppression which “slut-shames” women who are sexually liberated. Events like the Slutwalk initiative, which attempt to bring attention to the tendency of society to blame women for sexual abuse, are necessary in order to eliminate double standards of sexuality and blame. With […]

by Devon Butler· · Opinion ·