Jackson Carse

Jackson Carse is a third-year English student who pretends he understands poetry and thinks the world would be a better place with more kombucha. Hetakes fantasy football way too seriously, doesn’t understand why people go to musical festivals and never leaves home without his inhaler.

Articles by Jackson Carse

Editorial: What the hell am I doing here?

Editorial: What the hell am I doing here?

I spent the entirety of the lecture fiddling with the stray end of a stitch on the bulb of my trimmed scalp. This was my distraction. It was an hour-long recorded lecture divided into four parts. Believe it or not, I was excited to start attending classes. I was thrilled to take notes and have a purpose greater than clipping […]

by Jackson Carse· · Opinion ·
Photo by Darien Funk

Why we party (and why it’s dangerous)

At a certain age, the excitement around throwing house parties simply loses its novelty. At twenty-one — although premature this conclusion — I think I can confidently say I’m content never going to another house party again. At this point, the entire endeavor is a tiring effort rather than something to look forward to. As our responsibilities grow, so does […]

by Jackson Carse· · Arts and Life, Life ·
Photo by Brit Kovacs

Odell Beckham Jr. and the shaming of kink culture

The story first broke on an episode of Thots Next Door—a podcast, based on the YouTube thumbnail, I assumed is excruciating. But to give them credit, any program that’s tagline slogan is “we’re horny” sung in unison, rightfully garners low expectations. During the podcast, Instagram model Slim Danger — don’t worry, I’ve never heard of her either — decided to […]

by Jackson Carse· · Arts and Life ·
Photo by Isaak Wong

Healthy ways to move away from technological dependence

Sometimes we need a break from technology. In a world constantly screaming at us to buy this and wear that, it can be liberating to forget about all the media nonsense for a few minutes. I can’t think of a single social media influence worse than TikTok. Not only are you drowning hours of your day mindlessly consuming short clips […]

by Jackson Carse· · Arts and Life, Life ·
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The legacy of Chadwick Boseman

On Aug. 28, at the age of forty-three, actor Chadwick Boseman passed away. He kept his four-year battle with colon cancer out of media attention. Instead, Boseman continued to film movies and work throughout the industry. For me, Boseman will always be remembered for his portrayal of Jackie Robinson. The 2013 biopic 42 based on the athletic career of Major […]

by Jackson Carse· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
Photo by Darien Funk

The dangers of grade inflation

Grade inflation can be deceptive and varies from school to school. Thankfully for the universities — as well as their incoming students — they have a way of deciphering which secondary schools tend to inflate grades more than others. The University of Waterloo was one of the first schools to discover the simple algorithm of gathering and documenting trends of […]

by Jackson Carse· · Features ·
Photo by Darien Funk

The positive and negatives of online learning for first year students

Due to the current state of our country, post-secondary learning has been moved exclusively to online platforms. Some of us got a taste of it in the spring, but how exactly will Laurier’s first year students adapt to the university lifestyle through their laptops? It will be a different year for all of us — by no means ideal — […]

by Jackson Carse· · Arts and Life ·
Photo by Sarah Tyler

The commodification of face masks

Face masks have very quickly become a global necessity. The Regional Council of Waterloo recently passed bylaws requiring the wearing of face coverings on public transit as well as all enclosed spaces. Those who are found guilty of disobeying bylaw are subject to fines upwards of $1,000. Prices for face masks have skyrocketed since the COVID-19 epidemic began. The entire […]

by Jackson Carse· · Arts and Life, Life ·
The importance of a healthy lifestyle for mental health

The importance of a healthy lifestyle for mental health

Before I get started, I should add that I’m not a doctor nor a medical professional—I’m barely an arts major. Everything I’m writing on below I have learned through my own trial and error—with some help from relative literature—and should not be taken as fact but rather a proposition. My sole intention here is to help those suffering from mental […]

by Jackson Carse· · Arts and Life, Life ·
Photo by Darien Funk

How stage three further alters our society

The region of Kitchener-Waterloo has officially entered into stage three of reopening the province. But what exactly does that mean for our everyday lives? Well, there are a few major changes to the regulations we’ve been following. For one, the amount of people legally allowed to attend a social gathering has increased. Outdoor gatherings will increase to a maximum of […]

by Jackson Carse· · Arts and Life, Life ·