Just4Girls Magazine: A Closer Look at Community Engaged Learning

As part of my SASAH Experiential Learning course, I worked with a London-based organization called LIFE*SPIN, which is dedicated to empowering low-income families by running fundraising events, providing financial aid, and educational resources. More particularly, I worked with their Just4Girls group, which is a social group for female-identifying individuals aged 13-18 that meets once a…

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Paul Kennedy & (Making) Friends

It is quite clear that Paul Kennedy has the ideal job—meeting with brilliant and active minds to discuss revolutionary concepts and fresh perspectives, then threading those conversations in waves through cars, homes, computers, and earphones across Canada. Unfortunately, we cannot all be hosts of CBC’s Ideas, but Kennedy’s fourth-year seminar with SASAH’s first graduating cohort…

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Dogs, Discrepancies & The Literary Divine: A Talk with André Alexis

Feature Image: André Alexis (Hannah Zoe Daviso) André Alexis is the third Canadian to receive the Windham-Campbell Prize,  an award of US$165k granted to eight writers each year from around the world who have exhibited exceptional work in fiction, non-fiction, or drama. André Alexis’s marvellously imaginative Fifteen Dogs explores the controversial effects of human intelligence…

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Finding Beauty in the Buildings

Ever thought the International Graduate and Affairs Building was poetic? Thought of a sonnet in the Visual Arts Centre? Felt melodious in Weldon library? Western’s 2016/17 Canada Council Writer in Residence is fusing our campus world with the multiverse of poetry, and she’s looking for undergraduate and graduate student writers to help. Margaret Christakos, an…

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Purple Sex: It’s Better in Public

Sex and sexuality are so prevalent in political and social discourses today, but the protests, the policies, and the executive orders so rarely come from the actual bodies in question. Purple Sex, Western’s only annual creative writing show, is here to give those bodies the chance to share their own thoughts, experiences, and feelings in…

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Yes, We Still Have to Talk About the Environment

We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit. There’s a huge problem, one that puts all our lives at risk, and yet it is a problem that the world we’ve constructed around ourselves won’t let us solve — this world often won’t even let…

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