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In Conversation with Noah Gascon: First-Year UWindsor Student and Founder of WindsorVax Finders

If you’re a resident of Windsor-Essex, you’ve probably run into WindsorVax Finders online, whether that be on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Perhaps this volunteer-run organization helping eligible locals find COVID-19 vaccine appointments has even helped you. But what you might not know is that WVF was founded by a first-year UWindsor student. I reached out to Noah Gascon, Concurrent Political Science student, Constituency Aid to Member of Parliament Irek Kusmierczyk, and creator of WindsorVax Finders to discuss how this organization came to be. Read our conversation below. RH: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? NG: My name

By |Tue, Jan 18th, 2022, 10:38AM|News, Politics|

When ‘Happy Holidays’ Isn’t So Controversial, After All: UWindsor Students and Windsorites Share their Holiday Traditions

‘Happy holidays’ has become a contentious expression in recent years. Certain conservative Christians in the US have framed it as representative of a “war on Christmas”, or some sort of attack on Christmas and Christianity. Think back to the 2015 controversy over Starbucks’ red holiday cups, which replaced the company’s more festive cups of previous years. This too was a sign of the “war on Christmas”, claimed various right-wing American Christians.  Well, I’ve got some news for you. There is no trace of a “war on Christmas” at the University of Windsor. In this corner of the world, this “war”

By |Fri, Dec 24th, 2021, 1:52PM|Arts + Culture, News|

Senators Kim Pate and Marty Klyne Virtually Visit UWindsor’s Legal Process in Canada Class to Discuss Senate’s Role in Implementing TRC’s 94 Calls to Action

On Wednesday, December 1st, Senators Kim Pate of Ontario and Marty Klyne of Saskatchewan virtually visited UWindsor’s second-year Legal Process in Canada class, taught by Dr. Geoffrey Callaghan. They discussed the Senate’s role in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action and answered students’ questions on the topic in a Q&A that followed. Students were excited for this rare opportunity to speak directly with two members of Canada’s upper house of Parliament about a pressing issue in our country’s politics.  How is the Senate Advancing the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action? Senator Klyne, whose work focuses on

By |Thu, Dec 9th, 2021, 9:14AM|News, Politics|

New Student-Led BIDE Institute Seeks to Tackle Issues of Racism and Inclusivity on UWindsor Campus

The new Belonging, Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity Institute is run entirely by students through the Office of Student Experience. The goal of the Institute is to create and implement different initiatives that uplift marginalized and underrepresented groups on campus. Its creation comes in the wake of incidents of anti-Black racism and issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion that have transpired on campus in the last year. This includes the University’s mishandling of a Black student’s assault complaint, the racist messages sent in the private group chat of the school's now-defunct Delta Chi fraternity, and incidents of professors using the N-word

By |Thu, Dec 2nd, 2021, 2:05PM|Arts + Culture, News|

What It’s Like to Be in Your Last Year of College: UWindsor Seniors Reflect on their University Careers and Experiences with Senioritis

You’re lying in bed, peacefully asleep, when your alarm clock goes off. You stagger awake, trying to force your eyes open for your 10:00 a.m. class., which is about to start in precisely 2 minutes. You maniacally grab your laptop, open Blackboard, and sit through your first class, half-assedly taking notes while inhaling a cup of coffee. Class ends. You go to your other classes, do your readings, write your assignments, and go back to sleep.  Rinse and repeat. The days wear on, and your motivation wears out. By day 302, you’re skipping some classes, doing assignments at the last

By |Tue, Nov 23rd, 2021, 11:01AM|Opinions|

Ford Government Won’t Challenge Ontario Court of Appeal Decision on Student Choice Initiative, UWSA Breathes “Sigh of Relief”

The Ford government has announced that it would not challenge the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision on its controversial Student Choice Initiative (SCI).  The SCI, introduced in 2019, allowed students to opt out of paying certain ancillary fees, notably those that funded various campus organizations. The decrease in funding that resulted from the opt-out forced organizations like student unions and radio stations to lay off staff and scale down services.  After a successful court challenge initiated by the Canadian Federation of Students and the York Federation of Students in Spring 2019, the Ontario Divisional Court struck down the SCI in

By |Tue, Nov 16th, 2021, 4:42PM|News, Politics|

Some of the Most Underrated Science Electives for Non-Science Majors at UWindsor

As part of their degree requirements, most humanities and social science students at UWindsor are required to take at least two science courses. Just when you thought you had finally escaped science after getting your grade 10 SNC2D credit in high school, your postsecondary institution has swooped in and required you to once again face the world of numbers, cells and atoms!  Based on personal experience, I find that most non-science students at UWindsor opt for the same science electives—usually Introduction to Astronomy I and II (PHYS-1000 and PHYS-1010), Computer Concepts for End-Users (COMP-1047), and Natural Hazards and Disasters (ESCI-1000). 

By |Mon, Nov 8th, 2021, 4:46PM|News, Technology|

The Lance Halloween Special: Haunted Buildings on Campus

The University of Windsor is a pretty old school. I mean, you probably could have guessed that from the deteriorating quality of some of its infrastructure, but I digress. In fact, UWindsor was originally founded in 1857 as Assumption College, a Roman Catholic school meant to prepare students for theological seminaries. Wildly enough, that makes the school older than Confederation, instituted 10 years later. The University of Windsor did not actually become the University of Windsor—i.e., a public, non-denominational, and comprehensive post-secondary learning institution—until 1962. Given that our school has over 160 years of history, it must also have its

By |Fri, Oct 29th, 2021, 11:10AM|Arts + Culture|

UWindsor’s Student Content Creators: In Conversation with Linden Crain, Carly Coombe, and Hope Monaco

Unbeknownst to many students at UWindsor, they may be crossing paths with Internet-famous content creators in their very own school’s hallways. To discover more about what it’s like to be a student and digital creator, I reached out to UWindsor's very own Linden Crain, creator and host of the Coffee with Crainer podcast, Carly Coombe, the bookstagrammer behind Beauty n’ Her Books, and Hope Monaco, the food blogger behind Local Plant Eater. What kind of media brands do these students run? What got them into media in the first place? How do they juggle being a student and digital creator? Let’s find out!

By |Wed, Oct 27th, 2021, 11:17AM|Arts + Culture, Technology|
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