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Lifestyle

Problems the pandemic only exacerbated

CW: racism, discrimination, hate crime In a year where we’ve been glued to our screens more than ever before, reports of social injustices appear almost unprecedented. However, racism, discrimination and mental health aren’t new phenomena…far from it in fact. So why do they now appear to be at the forefront of our discussions, social media […]

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TV

Underneath the pritt stick and false eyelashes: has Drag Race changed?

When it first aired over a decade ago, RuPaul’s Drag Race was a niche experiment in reality television, broadly unknown outside of its cult following. But combining the most entertaining features of competitions like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model with drag culture was a recipe for success that no one could have predicted! […]

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News

President Biden’s 100-day plan

The first 100 days of a new presidency have historically become somewhat of a benchmark for how the president will get things done in office, since Franklin Roosevelt set a ‘first 100-day standard’. As history has shown, if the incumbent fails to deliver on his 100-day promises, chances are, he will not legislatively succeed later […]

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Film Reviews

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm proves a timely triumph

The year is 2100. A history teacher wants to teach their class all about the strange, dark times known as the early 2020s. What contemporary film could perfectly encapsulate all the troubling mentalities and societal divisions brought to the fore in that disturbed year? Could such a film do that while still being wildly entertaining […]

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Features

The rise of outsourcing call centres: is it ethical?

In the early 2000s, a number of UK based companies realised that by transferring their call centres overseas, they could drastically reduce labour costs and simultaneously gain access to an untapped market of graduates. Companies such as British Airways, BT and Dell were among the many organisations to relocate to India, where overqualified workers abound. […]

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Comment

Land of the free? Voter surpression in the US

With next year’s presidential election drawing ever closer, and impeachment proceedings going forward against current leader Donald Trump, American citizens are facing existential questions about the nature of their democracy. The United States was founded on the promise of revolution – a war was fought and won on the rejection of the Old World’s hierarchical […]

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Features

Socialism: the dirty word of American politics

Socialism. The label has been thrown around by conservatives and liberals alike to shame and ostracise those who propose plans such as universal healthcare coverage, social security or trade union. President Trump often used it as a rallying cry during his campaign. Just this past State of the Union, he preached, “here, in the United […]

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Features

University: meritocracy or money?

In the States, applying to college can be the most stressful event in a young person’s life. It seems that twelve years of education, numerous extracurricular activities, volunteering, and weekend jobs all culminate in two deciding numbers: a Grade Point Average and standardised test score. However, how much do these factors truly decide college acceptance? […]