Sophia Plese

The ‘TikTok-ification’ of Literature: Exploring Online Anti-Intellectualism Discourse

It's happened to the best of us. You go on your phone with the intention to Google something, or maybe check your e-mail, and somehow you end up mindlessly scrolling through TikTok for the next hour. If you’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing this, you’ve probably stumbled across #BookTok.  #BookTok is a corner of the Internet where creators post videos reviewing, discussing, and sharing books with the hashtag. It is credited with having changed the book industry, as the millions of videos posted with billions of likes are incredibly influential on book sales. Many authors, particularly within the romance

By |Thu, Nov 17th, 2022, 2:42PM|Opinions|

From The Lance to Windsor City Council: a Conversation with Kieran McKenzie

I spoke with Kieran McKenzie, a graduate of the University of Windsor, a former journalist for The Lance, and a city councillor representing Ward 9 in Windsor, Ontario. We discussed how he began his career in politics, how you can do the same, and why it is important for young people to get involved in the community. Sophia Plese: What is your educational experience, and how did you get started in politics? Kieran McKenzie: I attended the University of Windsor, I am a Lancer through and through! I graduated with an honours in political science with a minor in history.

By |Wed, Jun 22nd, 2022, 11:22AM|News, Politics|

Environmental Sustainability: Why it’s Important and What You Can Do

Every year, Canadians throw away thirty-one million tonnes of garbage.  Only about 30% of these materials are recycled, leaving the rest to live out their decades (even centuries) long lifespans in landfills, oceans, and environments. Though it may oftentimes be out of sight, it should not be out of mind.   Everybody knows garbage is harmful to the environment. Children grow up attending assemblies where images of sea birds being suffocated by pop can rings are projected onto auditorium screens, yet little is taught about what can be done in everyday life to make a difference.  What is environmental sustainability?  The

By |Mon, May 2nd, 2022, 3:40PM|News|

UWindsor food pantry receives generous donation from local union

The University of Windsor’s food pantry has received a donation of $15,000 from CUPE Local 4580.  The food pantry is a service provided by the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance and aims to ‘take a bite' out of food security concerns with food aid assistance. Canned goods, breakfast items, snacks, and personal hygiene items are available to all students at the University.  Madison West, coordinator of the food pantry, said that it “is our firm belief that no student should have to choose between textbooks, tuition, and food.”  CUPE Local 4580 is a labour union representing graduate and teaching assistants

By |Tue, Apr 12th, 2022, 2:27PM|News|

We’ve Returned to Campus- but how do UWindsor Students Really Feel?

University of Windsor students started to return to campus this term.   This move came following nearly two years of virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is not exactly business as usual, as enhanced safety measures are prevalent throughout campus. What may be more obvious, though, is the enthusiasm that many students are feeling about being back.  “I [like] coming to the University and attending class because it’s more interactive,” student Diksha says. “In an online class, the lecture is going on and you’re listening, but there’s no [actual] interaction.”  Feelings of isolation that come along with

By |Tue, Mar 29th, 2022, 3:15PM|News|

Hungry on UWindsor Campus? Here are Some of the Best Spots to Grab a Bite to Eat

The University of Windsor is surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants and cafes- a quick Google search of ‘restaurants near UWindsor’ will leave you overwhelmed with dozens of options. To help make the decision a bit easier, this article will take you through some of the best spots on and around campus to stop for a meal between classes.    Green Bean Café is a quaint and cozy spot located on the lower level of the University Community Church at 2320 Wyandotte Street West, and it might just be the best place around campus to do some studying over

By |Fri, Feb 25th, 2022, 2:44PM|Arts + Culture, News|

UWindsor’s (Long Awaited) Return to Campus

The University of Windsor will return to in-person learning on January 31.  On January 17, a second statement was released by University President Dr. Robert Gordon and Interim Provost Dr. Patti Weir containing information regarding the return to campus, in line with their December 17 announcement, which promised to give two weeks' notice prior to the return. It outlines the measures the University will be taking to keep campus safe: COVID-19 vaccination policy Daily screening requirements through a self-assessment questionnaire  Building access protocols (QR code scanning)  Heightened on-campus contact tracing  Masking and physical distance requirements  Encouragement of hand and respiratory

By |Tue, Jan 25th, 2022, 2:12PM|News|

Feelings of Fraudulence? How Imposter Phenomenon Might be Affecting You

If you’ve ever felt like you’re just pretending to be as intelligent as your peers and fear that one day you’ll be exposed as a fraud, you might be experiencing what is called Imposter Phenomenon (IP).  What is Imposter Phenomenon?  According to Very Well Mind, Imposter Phenomenon, also known as Imposter Syndrome, is the internal struggle of believing that you are not as smart and capable as those around you think you are. IP may manifest itself in different ways, it is commonly related to feelings of self-doubt. For example, you might be hesitant to participate in a class discussion out

By |Tue, Dec 21st, 2021, 10:56AM|Arts + Culture, News|
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