Prospective Residence Assistants can expect falling grades, decreased mental health, and constant work Within my first month of university, I decided to become a resident assistant (RA). I made the decision because I had the dream of helping new students feel welcome and cared for at Mount Allison. In retrospect, it was one of the […]

It’s time to talk about mental illness – for real. Bell’s annual Let’s Talk Day (LTD) is widely lauded for the awareness and funds it raises in support of mental illness. According to their website, “Bell Let’s Talk promotes awareness and action with a strategy built on four key pillars: fighting the stigma, improving access […]

Values, Virtues and Vocations Over the last couple of years, I have taken to asking students in their graduating year a different kind of question about their future. Instead of the usual “What are you going to be?” I have taken to asking “Who would you like to become?” This past month, I have applied […]

What do you think when you walk through this campus and see the garbage containers outdoors and in the hallways and rooms of the buildings? Are you giving any thought to the items that you drop into the various receptacles? If you have been watching the news recently, you certainly should be. I hear a […]

It’s the responsibility of faculty, staff and students to work towards the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge on campus and in our classrooms In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada published 94 Calls to Action, which addressed many issues involving Indigenous people in Canada and called the federal government to take action in many […]

Mass clothing producers use methods that are resulting in widespread environmental degradation Picture this: You go to the mall, telling yourself you won’t buy anything today. At H&M, you see a top on a window mannequin and fall in love. You tell yourself, “I’ll sleep on it. If I still love it tomorrow, I’ll come […]

Recently, MASU president Emma Miller and I had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA)’s Advocacy Week. We travelled to Ottawa where we met with several key politicians and stakeholders to discuss our recommendations for improving the post-secondary student experience in Canada. CASA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit national student organization, established […]