Sunday, December 17, 2017

25 Years Ago in Nexus: October 5, 2016 issue

October 5, 2016 by Greg Pratt, managing editor

Still not hiring: The story “Record number of students out of work this summer” in our September 30, 1991 issue talked about the number of students who had struggled to find employment over the summer. This has clearly been an ongoing problem, and we have no happy update, as it’s still a very real part of the student struggle here in 2016.

And you thought 2016 had a lot to be offended about: A story (written by a young Naomi Klein) we ran from a national news wire in this issue talked about people being offended over slogans that University of Toronto orientation day leaders were painting on peoples’ shirts. I mean, if you consider slogans like “I give stray dogs head” and “Blow me where I piss” offensive, that is. But don’t worry, it wasn’t all horribly insensitive: information about date rape was included in the orientation packages, as were shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Where there’s a hole there’s my pole.”

Unfortunately, sick people will always do this: An anonymous and concerned reader wrote in to us in this issue lamenting how their classmates would show up to school sick, in the process getting others sick. And they weren’t messing around: “Go home! Stay home! And ask your mommy to show you what Kleenex is,” they wrote, before signing off with the pseudonym “Irate and Grossed Out.”

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