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While the Trottier observatory is a great place to take pictures of stars, it was the place to take pictures of SFU last night.

Snowy SFU a sight to behold at night

With the first major snowfall in the greater Vancouver area in nearly three years happening on Monday, it was the first snow day for many of the undergraduate students at Simon Fraser University, as classes were cancelled. While Burnaby Mountain was not safe to drive up during the day, the roads had cleared up in […]

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The drug problem Vancouver isn’t dealing with

The growing problem When you think of frequent drug users, you don’t think of students, friends, family — but the reality is, assumptions about drug users in Vancouver is causing the fentanyl crisis to reach its high. In June, drug overdose took over as the leading cause of unnatural death in BC, ahead of motor […]

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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 […]

Photo of a protestor from a rally against Kinder Morgan and the oil pipeline.

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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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