Friday, 31 October 2014, 1:14 pm

Take chances, make mistakes

By JEN HARDY
Columnist
Brian, Jen, and Luca Hardy at a Wedding in Summer 2014. Photo by Jen Hardy.“I’ll do it tomorrow” is my favourite response to basically everything.
“Tomorrow” is this fantastic place where I can bury all the opportunities for which I am not courageous enough. 
Opportunities that could have taken me further in life but also the ones that could have changed my life in a negative way. 
Most of these opportunities are gone. I missed the moment to take a chance and now I have, “What if?”
What if I took the chance, just for once? Would I be a different person? 
Maybe I would be rich, if not monetarily then spiritually for sure.
“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten,” an anonymous visionary states.
At 23 years of age I had the opportunity to travel to Canada for half a year. Thankfully, this time, I didn’t say, “I’ll do it tomorrow”. 
I fell in love with this beautiful country that...

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Gothic inspiration still alive today

By CARLY MCHUGH
Columnist
EDGAR ALLAN POE. SUBMITTED PHOTO.It’s been 165 years since the death of renowned American author Edgar Allan Poe. 
In his time, Poe produced a multitude of stories that evoked horrific imagery and caused the reader’s imagination to take them to chilling places. 
In fact, the era in which he lived and established his career is one that helped shape the modern horror stories of today.
We can thank the establishment of Gothic fiction for a variety of genres including ghost stories, murder mysteries and detective fiction. 
We see its conventions in every horror movie and every Stephen King novel sitting on our shelves.
The most popular dichotomy that Gothic provides is between “horror” and “terror”. Yes, there is a difference. 
In the Gothic realm they are more than just buzzwords used to describe something scary. They are two completely different bodily experiences.
The first to perfectly describe the difference between these two feelings was English author Ann...

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The dark tales of All Hallow’s Eve

By BECK CREWE
Columnist
The frightening roots of Halloween will leave you trick or treating for more ghoulish spooks.
Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve (holy evening) and the Day of the Dead, is a pagan holiday where the barrier between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. Some pagans believe this veil is thinned due to the passing of the gods into the Land of the Dead. 
Wiccans celebrate the Celtic festival of Samhain, which comes from the Irish Gaelic word “samhraidhreadh” for summer’s end, on Oct. 31, the day of Halloween.
Samhain marked the end of the harvest festival, the beginning of winter and the Summer Solstice. It’s seen as a time when spirits can easily access our world and become very active. It was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year.
Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, ghosts of the dead mingled with...

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Closure of XXL print media about survival

By BAYLEY NARGANG
Columnist
Cover of the Oct./Nov. 2014 issue, the 156th of XXL Magazine. SUBMITTED PHOTOIn a digital age, it is getting harder than to keep a print publication running. This scares people in my career field, but if you look to other progressive industries, there are viable solutions.
Underground niche markets are the first to try alternative methods of promotion, so they gain notoriety in a flooded market of major media sources.
According to Kathleen Thomas of Berkery Notes, an investment banking publication, “Townsquare Media, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the iconic hip hop brand XXL . . . These well-known properties will join Townsquare Media's category-leading national digital portfolio of over 20 premium multi-platform brands including Taste of Country, PopCrush, Just Jared, Hype Machine, ScreenCrush, Loudwire and The Boombox.”
It could be referred to as a form of selling out but really it is an act of survival. These typically cannot go without criticism in the underground world. I...

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The sweet seduction of spending money

By JEN HARDY
Editorial
“[The] average Canadian student debt estimates hover in the mid- to high-$20,000 range,” according to CBC News.
While having a line of credit is important, it is even more important to have a good one.
Later in life you’ll want to get a job, get married, buy a house and start a family. The line of credit you pile on while in college can impact this.
 Any negative information regarding your accounts will be saved for up to six years by Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada.
The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada advises to apply for a credit card early and build a good credit history. This will make it easier for lenders to make a decision about you. It is also crucial to make your payments on time.
Now you are in college, studying hard to achieve the best grades possible. How did you get here?
Did you have...

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‘Coliseum mentality’ key to online views

By MAZIE BISHOP
Columnist
A 19-year-old student stares down a white tiger moments before being mauled to death at a New Dehli zoo. SUBMITTED PHOTOIt was in the day’s earliest hours when I woke suddenly last week. It had been weeks since the nightmares started again, I was getting used to waking up multiple times a night. Like any other user of social media, I scrolled through my feed to see if anyone else was awake, and to see what I had missed. One of my least favourite features of Facebook these days is that it auto-plays videos when you scroll past them, especially with the types of videos being released these days. But, on that morning, I was scrolling along sleepily, trying to put myself back to sleep when suddenly I was watching one of the most unsettling videos I have ever witnessed.
A man was being mauled by a tiger in a New Delhi zoo’s enclosure. My stomach churned. It replayed in my head throughout the day. Later that...

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Power trip or power failure

By JAMIE BURTON
Editorial
Imagine sitting in a dimly-lit classroom, the hum of the projector emitting its low rumble as you copy notes while struggling not to fall asleep. A screen lights up in front you, quickly followed by a vibration that quakes the table. Any other time this would be just another drop in the sea of noise, but in the deep, dark, quiet classroom the buzz slices through the silence.
You could have sworn the phone was off or set to silent. But not this time, and this time it'll cost you.
The previously unaware professor turns around, eyes piercing around the room for the source of the minor interruption. Their eyes lock with yours and before an apology can leave your lips, the professor's voice booms, "Get out!"
No chance for objection, or a second to say, "Hold it". Just the expectation and demand you leave immediately with no opportunity...

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