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The student housing crisis that isn’t going away

Priced out of options Moving is awful. So is not knowing where you’re going to live for the upcoming semester. Everything about student accommodation in Vancouver nowadays is just terrible. Now, imagine you were being evicted from your affordable housing so that it could be demolished, and everything on the market was significantly higher than […]

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The double life lived by student sex workers

As Ava* embarks on the first semester of her master’s program, she is relieved that the admissions committee at her graduate school didn’t find out about one of her part-time jobs. The University of Calgary environmental sciences student dabbled in a variety of work during her undergraduate studies, but by far her most lucrative gig […]

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An interview with SFU’s coolest feminist radio-host, Kitty Cooke

Twenty-two year old Kitty Cooke is a communication and archaeology student, DIY enthusiast, and the co-host of CJSF’s feminist radio show, IntraVenus. Sassy and smart, Kitty sees her communication and archaeology education as her pathway to educating others on culture and anthropology. In her final semester at SFU, The Peak sat down with Kitty to […]

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Editor’s note: The Peak recognizes Burnaby Mountain as unceded Coast Salish territory. However for simplicity we will refer to the land as Burnaby Mountain throughout this article.   On top of Burnaby Mountain, SFU could have been a shining example of the white tower of academia, looking down on the masses. It is physically separated from […]

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Technology disconnects us from our real lives

Technology — in any form — is the kryptonite of most students I know. It’s the fertile breeding grounds for procrastination, fraught with click-bait, buzzing notifications, and constant stimulation. I feel myself fall prey to it all the time, and time is exactly what it preys on: a five minute break on Facebook can easily […]

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SFU’s Chitter revolution

What is Chitter? The Convocation Mall raccoons should watch out, because there’s a new woodland creature winning the hearts of SFU students: the bright blue squirrel of Chitter. A few months ago, someone told me about the new app. At first, I didn’t quite get it. It was described to me as a lawless, never-ending […]

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Professor Lynne Quarmby is Running on Climate

In the face of serious climate change, environmental crises, and a federal election campaign, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that scientists are emerging as the “new political radicals” in Canada, as the film Running on Climate says. Produced and directed by Robert Alstead and co-produced by Joanna Clarke, the documentary introduces us to these scientist-activist […]

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An overview of events marking SFU’s 50th anniversary

This year, SFU is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the day it opened its doors — September 9, 1965. There are a number of celebratory events being planned by the university in effort to engage the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members in commemorating the milestone. The associate project director of SFU’s 50th Anniversary […]

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How Canada can mend relationships with Aboriginals

After spending six years listening to testimonies across the country from nearly 7,000 residential school survivors, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released a final report on June 2 that outlines measures by which Canada can fully mend its relationship with the Aboriginal Peoples. The 360-page document recounts stories of Aboriginal children taken from their […]

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