Once again, UFV has received high marks in the Globe and Mail university report card. It's getting to the point where it's almost expected. What will happen if UFV doesn't receive top marks? Will Dr. Mark Evered and all the faculty end up unemployed?
The dangerous thing about running a student society on a campus that’s known for having a hard time getting its students engaged in its student societies, is that with an uninterested membership, there’s not much that can’t be done.
Let’s face it, everybody and their toaster has a bachelor’s degree these days. If you want to stand out from the legions of little kitchen appliances pouring out of post-secondary institutions every spring, you’ve got to trick out your chrome finish with a little flair: extra-curricular activities. An answer to the question: what did you really do in college?
The Olympics are a lovely time of year. Countries come together, housing athletes in a miniature village of international cooperation and good-natured competition, to represent how we can all get along and love each other.
Student engagement on campus has been a hot topic for as long as I can remember and clubs, associations, and student societies are basically begging students to get involved. Anyone that’s involved in pretty much anything at UFV knows the struggle of trying to recruit students, especially the Student Union Society (SUS).
Passion and objectivity are not mutually exclusive, though they are often painted that way. Journalism is at its best when it strikes a balance between the two. Unfortunately, things too often veer to either side of the spectrum.
Think instead of walking in the sand with a good friend and clasped hands.
One of the most time-consuming and important parts of publishing The Cascade each week is its cover.
"If Evered read past the headline, he’s seen that the article in no way says there are no resources available on campus. The article describes how students were supported in the beginning by counsellors and administrators, and how, with the initial support, their outlook was positive. It talks about how, in the end, that support ended up not being enough to prevent students from feeling like reporting was a mistake — for all that it did was leave them feeling powerless, turned against, and closed off from real and sustained help."
Organizations like The Cascade or the Student Union Society (SUS) can be considered microcosms of media and government beyond campus borders. But as students on the cusp of “the real world,” we are also in a unique position to change the way things are done.