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Back to School Guide – Grad School Edition

So, you’ve been accepted to graduate school. Congratulations! This is very exciting, though that feeling is likely to wear off fairly quickly as you plunge headlong into a world of big egos and overcompensation for low self-esteem (I challenge you to tell the difference between the two); as well as piles and piles of books (You will never read this much in your life again – enjoy it while you can); strange feelings toward your supervisor that overdetermine your sense of self (I’ll elaborate shortly); depressing news about academic job prospects (We can help with the perception of the situation,…

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Review: In the Light of What We Know

Review: In the Light of What We Know By Leah Wotherspoon In the Light of What We Know. Zia Haider Rahman. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. Pp. 512. $31.00 (Hardcover).   Zia Haider Rahman’s debut novel is a compelling read. The story follows the relationship between the narrator, born into an elite Pakistani family in New Jersey, and his school-mate from Oxford, a poor Bengali who was raised in England. In this story about “the breaking of nations, war in the 21st century, marriage into the English aristocracy, and the mathematics of love,” Rahman deftly wields the English…

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Tearing Up Israeli Flags Does Not Help Gaza

Once again, as is the case every couple of years, Israel has been relentlessly bombing the Gaza strip, dubbing it Operation Protective Edge. As a show of solidarity with the now 500+ people that have since died over two weeks, as well as the 1.8 million Gazans that have bombs raining down on them, the Calgary community held a second rally in downtown in front of city hall. The rally was well attended, with estimates of 1000 people decrying the horrific nature of the Israeli bombing. In addition to the supporters of the Gazan civilians, there were also in attendance…