Melanie Murchison

  • Happiness is what you make of it

    Recently, I embarked on a new stage in my academic life. I applied to go to graduate school, hoping to do a Master’s degree in Criminology.

  • May I take your order? One degree coming up

    How many of you heard from a young age that if you want to get a good job, you have to obtain some sort of post-secondary education?

  • Corrupted Christmas

    I’m not sure about you, but I think it’s a little strange that most people, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof, have adopted Christmas as their own personal gift-giving holiday.

  • Gang roots run deep

    There has been much fuss made recently about the increase in youth gang violence across Canada. You hear about Asian gangs in B.C. and gun violence with gangs in Toronto. What about in our own backyard?

  • Ain’t talkin’ ‘bout love

    It is no secret that our generation is choosing marriage much later than previous generations. Just look at our grandparents. Most of them were married close to 18, or whenever the war ended, depending on how old your grandparents are.

  • Forget tuition – we need a vanity freeze

    Like no other generation before, ours is expected to gain a post-secondary education. It seems that nowadays, a bachelor’s degree has about as much prestige as a high school degree used to have. Whereas a high school degree used to at least be a guarantee of relatively steady employment, obtaining one in the present day doesn’t tend to get you far in the way of the work force. Most jobs now require at least some form of post-secondary education.

  • Balsillie vs. the Old Boys Club

    For those of you not entirely up to date on what’s going on with our beloved Winnipeg Jets-turned-Phoenix Coyotes, here’s the latest. The Coyotes are bankrupt and Blackberry billionaire Jim Balsillie wants to buy the franchise and move it to Hamilton, ideally before the National Hockey League season starts in October.

  • An Aquarian exposition

    By the time this article makes it to print, the 40th anniversary of Woodstock will have been celebrated with little more than the release of a few CDs and movies. While Woodstock has been a commercial success ever since the festival ended, selling millions of soundtracks, movies and books, the Woodstock festival was never about money and it is saddening to see that is all that it has become.