Shaun Fitl

Shaun Fitl

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Articles by Shaun Fitl

‘Tis the season to…

The magnificent holiday season is quickly approaching. But before we can leave our tense school lives behind for a couple of weeks to enjoy luxury time whether it be for ourselves or with friends and family, we are faced with the grueling month of no sleep, countless coffees and tremendous stress: the month of finals. Once we have successfully completed […]

by Shaun Fitl· · Life ·
(Graphic by Matt Weir)

Flying solo for the Holidays

If there is one thing that I am dreading about the holidays it is the inevitable question that all of your relatives will ask at family dinner, and what continues to ring in your ears for afterwards: “Are you dating anyone?” For me, this has always seemed like an annoying and somewhat embarrassing question since the answer has always been […]

by Shaun Fitl· · Life ·
(Graphic by Steph Truong)

Talking Mental Health: Mindfulness

Do you often find yourself having difficulty concentrating on what is happening because your thoughts are elsewhere? Are you often ruminating about the past? Regretting or criticizing what you did or said? Perhaps you spend a lot of time predicting or planning for your future. Are you often on ‘autopilot,’ going from one activity to the next, with little awareness? […]

by Shaun Fitl· · Opinion ·
(Photo by Ian Spence)

Former CTV anchor shares life stories

On Monday night, Lloyd Robertson, Canada’s longest serving news anchor, came to Waterloo to discuss his new book The Kind of Life it’s Been.  Hosted by Words Worth Books, the event took place at Knox Presbyterian Church where Robertson spoke, answered audience questions and concluded with a book signing where fans could personally speak with him. Robertson began by discussing […]

by Shaun Fitl· · Local, News ·
Lincoln: in review

Lincoln: in review

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was a man defined by several monumental victories and decisions in American history. In Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Lincoln, he paints a portrait of Lincoln in the thick of the Civil War and the actions he took to lead the country through it; in particular, the build-up and proceedings before his […]

by Shaun Fitl· · Arts ·

New hip hop music

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Fences – “Otherside” (Remix) Everyone knows about Mackelmore’s “Thrift Shop” by now, and how he can get listeners and have a good time. However, he also has a serious side. This track has Macklemore talking about his own issues with drug abuse, specifically codeine and cough syrup, and telling his listeners not to believe that […]

by Shaun Fitl· · Arts ·
(Photo by Cristina Rucchetta)

Easy gift ideas

The holidays are coming up, which means once again, we’ll need to make some expenses. This can be a difficult time for students who are on a tight budget but still need to get a little something for their family and friends. If the gift receivers have said that all they want for Christmas is ‘you’ then you’re set. However, […]

by Shaun Fitl· · Life ·
(Graphic by Steph Truong)

‘College crack’ more harmful than helpful

The pressures of university can at times seem overbearing. Within one semester, students are faced with countless assignments, mid-terms and extra-curricular activities, all while attempting to balance in a social life. For some students, relief comes at the end of the semester when we finally have a chance to relax. But for others, the thought of taking a pill that […]

by Shaun Fitl· · Life ·
(Photo by Samantha Kellerman)

Students raise traffic issues

Recently there have been some concerns regarding the safety of pedestrians and drivers at the Noecker and Regina Streets intersection. With numerous students living nearby, many have to encounter this area walking or driving to school. The curve of Regina Street can make it difficult to view oncoming traffic, impacting the safety of all who use the intersection. Josh Dennill, […]

by Shaun Fitl· · Local, News ·
(Photo by Kate Turner)

‘Come on, let’s get drunk’

Although it’s easy to get lost, wishing our days were as leisurely and care free as the ones in the summer, the darkness that settles upon us at 5 p.m. every evening is a clear reminder that this lifestyle, at the time being, is well out of our reach. With all of the papers and mid-terms weighing heavily on our […]

by Shaun Fitl· · Life ·