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Opinion: More mandatory trainings could mean less EOO reports

When you’re hired at Western as a faculty or staff member, you have to complete an online training known as EverFi. It’s a program that takes up to an hour to complete and trains users on spotting and preventing sexual assault and violence. In addition to that, faculty and staff must complete a separate training on workplace sexual harassment through the Equal Opportunity Office, with a refresher course every three years.


Opinion: When protesting is productive– and when it’s not

When Western’s chapter of Students for Life of America brought Kristan Hawkins, the president of the national organization, to speak on campus, her talk was fraught with controversy. Days before the event, a poster advertising the event, titled “Lies Feminists Tell,” was lit on fire. A group of community members organized a direct action against the event, making educational handbills and protesting outside the Communications Facility. They said Hawkins was there to spread hate under the guise of the pro-life movement.


Frontline: 420 is a privilege, not a right

It’s time again for the “holiday” of choice for stoners: 4/20. The name, started by a group of high schoolers in San Rafael, California, referred at first to the time of day whereupon these stoners would ditch class and smoke weed. Soon, the terminology and culture of 4/20 spread everywhere, and it became the bonafide cannabis indicator, joining the ranks of Bob Marley tapestries and white dreadlocks as a symbol of the popular plant.


Opinion: A hat is just a hat, until it's not

God, I wish this was a joke. Even if it isn’t a joke, it has a pretty good punchline. Here’s the set-up: a guy walks onto a liberal campus in a Make America Great Again hat. Sounds funny, right? Sounds like a joke you’d hear at open-mic night your freshman year, sitting with a bunch of people you only vaguely know in the Underground Coffeehouse.

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