Emily Waitson

Emily Waitson

Emily is a fourth-year English and History student who loves to complain about the weather and regularly eats too many packaged snack foods in one sitting. She collects more books than she actually reads, gets emotional over adoption notices at animal shelters, and acts a lot cooler than she really is.

Articles by Emily Waitson

Graphic by Jamie Mere

What’s so basic about liking fall?

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte season is upon us. Girls everywhere are posting pictures of Instagramable pumpkin patches and Bath and Body Works is likely rubbing their metaphorical hands together with glee over the number of people who are buying their seasonal candles by the basketful. These are typically mocked aspects of fall weather that are connected to girls and their […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
Photo by Madeline McInnis

Meow! Boutique in uptown Waterloo closes its doors for good

Meow! Boutique, the beloved uptown Waterloo vintage fashion retailer located at the corner of King and Bridgeport, recently announced that they will be closing at the end of October. In an Instagram post published to their page on Oct. 2, the store addressed their customer base — fondly referred to as their “Cat Club” — to express their disappointment with […]

by Emily Waitson· · News ·
Graphic by Kash Patel

Weight Watchers sheds its name for a new look

Weight Watchers, the American weight-loss support group that was founded in 1963 by homemaker Jean Nidetch, has recently taken a slightly different direction with their approach to weight management. The company officially changed their name to WW in late September, shifting their brand and focus towards “health and wellness” rather than just dieting and shedding pounds. Seemingly moving away from […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
Phot by Yitian Cai

THEMUSEUM celebrates 15 years in KW with multiple events honouring diversity and culture

On Saturday, Sept. 29, THEMUSEUM hosted a celebration in honour of their fifteenth anniversary which featured special announcements, interactive exhibits and of course, birthday cake.  After 15 years in Downtown Kitchener, the now well-known hub for arts and culture has big plans for the upcoming months and even years to come.  David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM, talked about the exhibits […]

by Emily Waitson· · News ·
Photo by Manraj Singh

Looking at the local tradition of Miss Oktoberfest

Miss Oktoberfest is a title that dates back to 1969, when the first young woman — Christine Orendi — was crowned and graced with the responsibility of representing the beloved Kitchener-Waterloo festival.  Since then, the role has served as a cultural point of significance to Oktoberfest.  Each woman to assume the position has served as a sweetly smiling figurehead, known […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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Carol Burnett’s performance at Centre in the Square

On Sept. 25, the legendary female comedian, actress, singer and writer, Carol Burnett, graced the stage at Centre in the Square for “an evening of laughter and reflection where the audience asks questions.”  At 85 year-old, the unfailingly eloquent comic has had a career spanning over five decades on television, delivering her individual and beloved style of comedy primarily through […]

by Emily Waitson· · Arts and Life ·
Graphic by Kash Patel

Hardships and personal struggles shouldn’t be a competition

A trend I’ve been annoyed with recently is the tendency some people have to compare their suffering to others. I think it’s always important to acknowledge the validity and the severity of other people’s struggles — especially if your own are particularly difficult to deal with — and I’ve never understood the need some people have to rise above everyone […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
Photo by Nicole Grossman

Breaking down the best smoothies in the KW region

Over the past few years, I’ve grown to love smoothies. I don’t really mind making them for myself if I need to, but when it comes to purchasing my own, it’s best to find the one that’s worth it in terms of taste and price.  Smoothies can be expensive depending on where you buy them from, so after a lot […]

by Emily Waitson· · Arts and Life ·
Putting a face to the homeless in Waterloo Region

Putting a face to the homeless in Waterloo Region

I have lived in downtown Kitchener (DTK) for roughly 14 years of my life, residing steps away from central DTK spots like Victoria Park, Charles Street Terminal and City Hall. I’m also located near the less acknowledged, yet imperative, markers of social assistance that provide our city with places of refuge and much needed support for those in need. I’m […]

by Emily Waitson· · Features ·
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Serena Williams faces controversy at the U.S. Open

Serena Williams is considered by many around the world to be one of the best professional female tennis players. The 36-year-old athlete holds multiple Grand Slam titles and has established herself as a respected woman in tennis. Despite her illustrious sports career, however, Williams has made headlines over the past few weeks regarding her clothing choices and a $17,000 fine […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·