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Looking at systemic injustice and anti-Black racism in the Waterloo region

The ongoing Black Lives Matter protests are leading the way for critical discussions around race and racism and, more specifically, anti-Black racism. These global protests followed after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by members of the Minnesota police force on May 25.  While the protests are shedding a light on many injustices that […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Features ·
Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Overview of Selected Survey Results from the University Sector

Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Overview of Selected Survey Results from the University Sector

Canadian universities, and post-secondary institutions across the world, are being faced with increasing criticism and scrutiny surrounding the prevalence and subsequent treatment of sexual violence on their campuses. In a Maclean’s article entitled “Canadian universities are failing students on sexual assault,” dozens of survivors were interviewed regarding the routine abandonment of victims from universities across the country.

by Emily Waitson· · Features ·
Padding the path to menstrual equity

Padding the path to menstrual equity

Menstruating individuals spend an average of 2,535 days — nearly seven years — of their life on their period, and Canadians will expend up to $6,000 over the course of that time on menstrual hygiene products. The push for menstrual equity, which refers to the provision of equal access to period products and furthering the improvement of reproductive education, has […]

by Emily Waitson· · Features ·
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SPECTRUM exhibit sheds a light on climate change

On Jan 24. THEMUSEUM officially launched the ALARM: Responding to Our Climate Emergency exhibit. ALARM features a total of four exhibits, with the most recent one, SPECTRUM: The Climate Emergency Experience opening this past week at The Shops at Waterloo Town Square. The other three exhibits are Agents for Change: Facing the Anthropocene, MELTING ICE and EXTINCTION, all of which […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Features ·
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Shining a light on kink culture

Disclaimer: The author of this article not a fetish expert and is not trying to insert herself in the community. She is just interested in the subject. When people hear the word “fetish,” their first thought is probably Fifty Shades of Grey-esque BDSM. And perhaps it’s not wrong to say that this franchise brought edgier and obscure sex practices to […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Features ·
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Sex toys: good vibes

Note: Prices listed as they were at the time of writing, and are subject to change. BodyWand Mini Massager ($24.95 PinkCherry) This massager is only four inches in length, but is quite high powered for its size. Regardless of whether you want a soft buzz or a high-powered rumbling vibration, this multi-speed wand will deliver. It’s very quiet, the head […]

by Cord Staff· · Features ·
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Cheerleading: competitive sport or not

When most people think of cheerleading, a certain image comes to mind. They think of skinny blonde girls, pom-poms and dancing on the sidelines at a football game. A cheerleader’s purpose is to amp up the crowd and motivate their team to win; they are the backbone of the teams they cheer on, holding them up when they are slipping, […]

by Sophia Cole· · Features ·
Humanizing homelessness in the KW region

Humanizing homelessness in the KW region

Last year, the region of Waterloo set an ambitious goal to end chronic homelessness by Jan. 2020. That objective could not be met by their projected timeline, as the issues that people experiencing homelessness are facing are far more complex than what can be solved in a matter of months or a year. As well, shelters are seeing longer stays […]

by Emily Waitson· · Features ·
No carbs, no problem; or is it? Investigating fad dieting and its effect on the body

No carbs, no problem; or is it? Investigating fad dieting and its effect on the body

Body image is a fragile subject in the modern world. It seems everyone is trying to look like an Instagram model or fit back into their jeans from 2011. Fitness has flooded social media with influencers who work out as a full-time job or girls who look like they don’t have an ounce of body fat on them frolicking around […]

by Hayley McGoldrick· · Features ·
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The vices with vaping: A dangerous habit that’s taking over teen and young adult culture

“Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray.” I remember this poster hanging up in my high school health classroom. If you smoke, no one will want to kiss you. Oh, the horror.  In reality though, every kid had it drilled into them that smoking cigarettes was more or less like slowly nailing your own coffin closed. Lung cancer, heart […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Features ·