The Music of 2016

As I write this, I am currently streaming Bon Iver’s 22, A Million (with plans to listen to Solange’s Seat at the Table afterwards). Bon Iver’s new album is beautifully dissonant, and is at once filled with the typical...
Pictured is the author, Yumna. Photo by Andrew Tan. The 22 years I have spent on Earth so far have consisted of many Diasporas coupled with constantly shifting ideologies, often paralleled with my environment. From Pakistan to New York to...
Being a non-believer, I tend to tread lightly when discussing religious garments, in worries of offending anyone due to my lack of knowledge on the topic. Nonetheless, it saddens me to admit that nowadays, wearing garments and clothing that...
There has been much talk in the news about former U.S. First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s likely 2016 presidential run. The focus of discussions lately? A now 16-year-old scandal involving Hillary’s husband, former American President Bill...
For those who have not yet heard, a chunk of Trent University’s wetland property has been sold off to City Council to build a hulking mass of an arena and corresponding 500-car parking lot, a decision that has been...
I wholeheartedly support the Trent University Native Association’s (TUNA) initiative to introduce a mandatory half-credit in Indigenous Studies at Trent University. I want to be honest as to why. As a “White” Canadian, I have always been conscious of the...
My mother chooses not to drink. It just isn’t her thing. Despite this, she loves hitting the town and enjoying an evening out with her friends. This is not uncommon given our cultural background. The night is when everyone comes...
I stared at a grand plant with giant leaves cascading onto a linoleum floor for about 10 minutes before I began writing this. Each tiny stem hosted a promising green bud and fully developed, lush green leaves that shone...
Recently, Yusra Khogali, the leader of the Toronto branch of Black Lives Matter, has come under scrutiny for her declaration that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a “white supremacist terrorist”. This statement has ruffled some feathers. The response has ranged...