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Keena Al-Wahaidi

Keena Al-Wahaidi

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More than halfway to the finish line

Springtime in university means different things to different people. For some, the warm weather teases us with the hint of summer coming along. For...

Celebrating a launch

Volume five of the English and Drama Student Society’s undergraduate journal, With Caffeine and Careful Thought, celebrated the launch of its 2018/19 edition last...

Aladdin (1992)

If you thought your movie character crushes were bad, it probably does not beat my undying love for Aladdin. Thankfully, I love Princess Jasmine...

Hamlet (William Shakespeare)

As an English major, I have my favourites and my throwaways. I do dabble in Victorian literature. My bookshelf is lined up with Charlotte...

Talking dance with Kelsey Mooney

As undergraduate students, some of our biggest accomplishments can range anywhere from maintaining the right GPA, to balancing our social lives with excessive studying....

Evaluating the Oscars

This year, as always, there were a wide range of films that were nominated for several categories at the Academy Awards that become increasingly...

Problems beyond the 6 by 8 jail cell

If you’ve been in the CCT building on campus anytime between early February and now, you’ve probably noticed the makeshift tent installations of Mississauga-based...

Jugal, Raj, and Joginder are in a bind

There are three things that lots of great films must encompass in order to be diversely unique: political turmoil, eloquent cinematography, and a slew...

The time has come for Shalini’s writing

Who can say that they’ve published a book at the age of 12 years old? This feat is something that Shalini Nanayakkara, a fourth-year...

Vikings are coming to town

VIKINGS: The Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum opened this past November and hails from the Swedish Museum of History. The exhibit is meant...

Figuring out the buzz

One question I’ve been wanting to ask Bad Buzz, a Toronto-based punk rock band, is whether or not they still get nervous after playing...

Catching some Zs: Figures of Sleep

The opening reception of the Art Museum at U of T’s newest exhibit, Figures of Sleep, took place on January 25 at University College....

Titanic (1997)

The first time I saw Titanic, I was 17 years old and decided it was time to give in to all the hype. Always...

Calling all native artists

#callresponse, the Blackwood Gallery’s newest exhibition, is a collaborative set of works that bring indigenous women together through culture and art. The works feature...

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986)

A holiday isn’t complete without watching a classic holiday film. In this case, a good Charlie Brown special always seems to suffice when I...

A photographic resume

Mark Aguirre, a fourth-year art and art history student, doesn’t only strive for excellence inside the classroom, but outside of it as well. With...

Have anxiety kits? Bring ‘em to tea time

The Sustenance Rite is the third circuit of the Blackwood Gallery’s Take Care. The exhibit’s message conveys ongoing ideas about self-care and help found...

Cities of Salt (Abdelrahman Munif)

It’s hard to imagine how professors who teach and conduct research, also have the time to pick up a good book to read in...

Grand Central Station, I Sat Down and Wept (Elizabeth Smart)

 By Grand Central Station, I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart is an incongruously long title for such a short book. In one...

Art in the retrospect

“The Past Is Never Over”—these are among the first words I associate with Canadian artist Libby Hague’s newest exhibition at the Art Gallery of...

Be ready for O’Connell

Toronto-based writer Grace O’Connell will be presenting her recent work, Be Ready for the Lightning, at the International Festival of Authors. O’Connell, who also...

Keeping up with Theatre Erindale

The 2017-2018 season at Theatre Erindale is promising—a grand total of seven plays to boast in the upcoming year.Jamie Robinson, one of Theatre Erindale’s...

Del Toro’s diablo arrives

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s screening of “The Devil’s Backbone” was important to consider. This is mostly because “The Devil’s Backbone” is directed by...

Charlie Brown versus Thanksgiving Dinner

Charlie Brown doesn’t fail to surprise audiences with his borderline depressive outlook on the holidays once again. It seems that Thanksgiving to Charlie Brown...

Hitting Budapest (NoViolet Bulawayo)

In my class Special Topics in World Literatures, a wide variety of favourite global narratives that have been presented. However, from the discussions over...

Cosmopolitan snapshots

After a compelling panel last Wednesday night at The Art Gallery of Ontario, the recipients of the AIMIA Photography Prize showcased their exhibits to...

Zooming in and out: life from a new lens

The Art Gallery of Ontario held a talk that delved into a conversation about contemporary photography and art on a global scale. The talk,...

About Last Night (1986)

In About Last Night, Deborah (Demi Moore) and Danny (Rob Lowe) are part-tragic, part-dramatic lovers in Chicago. When they meet at a local bar...

Honouring Canada one canvas at a time

Art-goers in Toronto will tell you that the Art Gallery of Ontario never shies away from giving Canadian art the consistent praise it sometimes...

Same Archie, new generation

Based on the Archie Comics, The CW’s Riverdale released its first episode on Netflix on January 26. The story follows the same Archie Andrews...

Writing & Photo Contest 2017 Runner-Up — Poetry

My mother says she misses home And I can see whole villages collapsing in her eyes And though her skin is silky like the waters that...

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

If you’re a fan of Marilyn Monroe, you’ve probably already seen The Seven Year Itch. If not, this film is a must-see, owing to...

AGO showcases timeless masterpieces

There are many experiences in the artistic sphere of Toronto that promise inspiration. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van...

Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)

Before taking the course “Austen and Her Contemporaries” at UTM, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen was not a book I had ever heard awe-inspiring...

What do you mean you’re offended?

Why are we so sensitive? In 2016, political correctness has become a reigning force in Western society. We’ve become hypersensitive towards anything that has...

The Stars Rise Here (Maurice Zolotow)

Long, unfamiliar articles are natural in most reading-intensive university classes. But when the topic of interest involves the renowned Actors Studio, the reading suddenly...

Lady Gaga changes tune

About eight years ago, there were only a handful of words we could have used to describe Lady Gaga’s demeanour. An avant-garde, fashion-crazed hyper-diva,...

Documenting decades of art

Last Tuesday, the art and art history program at UTM and Sheridan premiered Collective City at Sheridan College’s Trafalgar campus. Collective City is a...

Let’s talk art: Ed Pien shares insight

Shadowed Land, one of two featured exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, has been a hit since its opening on September 22. Ed...

Pretty Woman (1990)

From the outset, Garry Marshall’s Pretty Woman seems like a superficial film with stereotypical “chick-flick” characters. If you find yourself on the back of...

An evening with Ed Pien and Mary Ma

Last Thursday night, an opening reception at the Art Gallery of Mississauga premiered their newest fall exhibitions with Ed Pien’s Shadowed Land and Mary...

Not just for galleries

On Sunday September 18, I decided to brave the crowds and venture over to Visual Arts Mississauga for Art in the Park. Hosted in...

AGO heads up north

What do painters, actors, and art curators have in common?Remarkably, not much. This is why American actor Steve Martin astonished Toronto art-lovers by agreeing...

Drunk on (unexpected) success

There had been much anticipation behind the posters that boasted the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day pub night at the Blind Duck. Wednesday night’s event...

Writing & Photo Contest 2016 Winner — Poetry

All of You Your body is a map The curves that swerve along your sides Are long, unknown roads that stretch for miles The gaps between your fingers...

Carol (Patricia Highsmith)

While observing professors in lecture, it’s probably hard to imagine that they spend time reading extra material besides essays and student projects—do they even...

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

I am sure that many people have read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald at least once in their lives. If it wasn’t...

Exploring the world of online art shows

There’s something marvelous about having a day off, no plans, and the option of deciding to stroll over to the nearest museum you can...

What’s the scariest thing you’ve seen?

There are different kinds of fear: there’s giggly fun fear, psychological spine-chillers, and jump scares. Once upon a time, fear was witches being burned...

A Honeymoon in the cold

Here’s why Lana Del Rey stays irresistibly mellow with a hint of grace: she doesn’t blame the world for her mistakes. She doesn’t even...

Clueless (1995)

There’s only one name that comes to mind when the word “fabulous” comes up in conversation—and that’s Cher Horowitz.Clueless, an adaption of Jane Austen’s...

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

As an English major, it’s always taken me by surprise when other students have expressed their utmost dislike for Ernest Hemingway’s work.In UTM’s ENG110,...

Major Lazer and the last night of summer

Now that the first week of school has come to an end, the only exciting thing to look forward to every day is hoping...

AGO presents explosive new exhibit

In keeping with my experiences at the Art Gallery of Ontario, I was duly impressed by their current exhibit, Camera Atomica. This year, art...

Young love, some realism

Whenever I begin explaining the plot behind the young adult novel Eleanor & Park to a friend, I find myself describing such a vague...

Memoir on murder

In September 2007, Amanda Knox decided to do what a lot of university students dream of doing with the right amount of money and...

More than halfway to the finish line

Springtime in university means different things to different people. For some, the warm weather teases us with the hint of summer coming along. For...

Celebrating a launch

Volume five of the English and Drama Student Society’s undergraduate journal, With Caffeine and Careful Thought, celebrated the launch of its 2018/19 edition last...

Aladdin (1992)

If you thought your movie character crushes were bad, it probably does not beat my undying love for Aladdin. Thankfully, I love Princess Jasmine...

Hamlet (William Shakespeare)

As an English major, I have my favourites and my throwaways. I do dabble in Victorian literature. My bookshelf is lined up with Charlotte...

Talking dance with Kelsey Mooney

As undergraduate students, some of our biggest accomplishments can range anywhere from maintaining the right GPA, to balancing our social lives with excessive studying....

Evaluating the Oscars

This year, as always, there were a wide range of films that were nominated for several categories at the Academy Awards that become increasingly...

Jugal, Raj, and Joginder are in a bind

There are three things that lots of great films must encompass in order to be diversely unique: political turmoil, eloquent cinematography, and a slew...

The time has come for Shalini’s writing

Who can say that they’ve published a book at the age of 12 years old? This feat is something that Shalini Nanayakkara, a fourth-year...

Vikings are coming to town

VIKINGS: The Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum opened this past November and hails from the Swedish Museum of History. The exhibit is meant...

Figuring out the buzz

One question I’ve been wanting to ask Bad Buzz, a Toronto-based punk rock band, is whether or not they still get nervous after playing...

Catching some Zs: Figures of Sleep

The opening reception of the Art Museum at U of T’s newest exhibit, Figures of Sleep, took place on January 25 at University College....

Titanic (1997)

The first time I saw Titanic, I was 17 years old and decided it was time to give in to all the hype. Always...

Calling all native artists

#callresponse, the Blackwood Gallery’s newest exhibition, is a collaborative set of works that bring indigenous women together through culture and art. The works feature...

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986)

A holiday isn’t complete without watching a classic holiday film. In this case, a good Charlie Brown special always seems to suffice when I...

A photographic resume

Mark Aguirre, a fourth-year art and art history student, doesn’t only strive for excellence inside the classroom, but outside of it as well. With...

Have anxiety kits? Bring ‘em to tea time

The Sustenance Rite is the third circuit of the Blackwood Gallery’s Take Care. The exhibit’s message conveys ongoing ideas about self-care and help found...

Cities of Salt (Abdelrahman Munif)

It’s hard to imagine how professors who teach and conduct research, also have the time to pick up a good book to read in...

Grand Central Station, I Sat Down and Wept (Elizabeth Smart)

 By Grand Central Station, I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart is an incongruously long title for such a short book. In one...

Art in the retrospect

“The Past Is Never Over”—these are among the first words I associate with Canadian artist Libby Hague’s newest exhibition at the Art Gallery of...

Keeping up with Theatre Erindale

The 2017-2018 season at Theatre Erindale is promising—a grand total of seven plays to boast in the upcoming year.Jamie Robinson, one of Theatre Erindale’s...

Del Toro’s diablo arrives

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s screening of “The Devil’s Backbone” was important to consider. This is mostly because “The Devil’s Backbone” is directed by...

Charlie Brown versus Thanksgiving Dinner

Charlie Brown doesn’t fail to surprise audiences with his borderline depressive outlook on the holidays once again. It seems that Thanksgiving to Charlie Brown...

Hitting Budapest (NoViolet Bulawayo)

In my class Special Topics in World Literatures, a wide variety of favourite global narratives that have been presented. However, from the discussions over...

Cosmopolitan snapshots

After a compelling panel last Wednesday night at The Art Gallery of Ontario, the recipients of the AIMIA Photography Prize showcased their exhibits to...

Zooming in and out: life from a new lens

The Art Gallery of Ontario held a talk that delved into a conversation about contemporary photography and art on a global scale. The talk,...

About Last Night (1986)

In About Last Night, Deborah (Demi Moore) and Danny (Rob Lowe) are part-tragic, part-dramatic lovers in Chicago. When they meet at a local bar...

Honouring Canada one canvas at a time

Art-goers in Toronto will tell you that the Art Gallery of Ontario never shies away from giving Canadian art the consistent praise it sometimes...

Same Archie, new generation

Based on the Archie Comics, The CW’s Riverdale released its first episode on Netflix on January 26. The story follows the same Archie Andrews...

Writing & Photo Contest 2017 Runner-Up — Poetry

My mother says she misses home And I can see whole villages collapsing in her eyes And though her skin is silky like the waters that...

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

If you’re a fan of Marilyn Monroe, you’ve probably already seen The Seven Year Itch. If not, this film is a must-see, owing to...

AGO showcases timeless masterpieces

There are many experiences in the artistic sphere of Toronto that promise inspiration. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van...

Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)

Before taking the course “Austen and Her Contemporaries” at UTM, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen was not a book I had ever heard awe-inspiring...

What do you mean you’re offended?

Why are we so sensitive? In 2016, political correctness has become a reigning force in Western society. We’ve become hypersensitive towards anything that has...

The Stars Rise Here (Maurice Zolotow)

Long, unfamiliar articles are natural in most reading-intensive university classes. But when the topic of interest involves the renowned Actors Studio, the reading suddenly...

Lady Gaga changes tune

About eight years ago, there were only a handful of words we could have used to describe Lady Gaga’s demeanour. An avant-garde, fashion-crazed hyper-diva,...

Documenting decades of art

Last Tuesday, the art and art history program at UTM and Sheridan premiered Collective City at Sheridan College’s Trafalgar campus. Collective City is a...

Let’s talk art: Ed Pien shares insight

Shadowed Land, one of two featured exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, has been a hit since its opening on September 22. Ed...

Pretty Woman (1990)

From the outset, Garry Marshall’s Pretty Woman seems like a superficial film with stereotypical “chick-flick” characters. If you find yourself on the back of...

An evening with Ed Pien and Mary Ma

Last Thursday night, an opening reception at the Art Gallery of Mississauga premiered their newest fall exhibitions with Ed Pien’s Shadowed Land and Mary...

Not just for galleries

On Sunday September 18, I decided to brave the crowds and venture over to Visual Arts Mississauga for Art in the Park. Hosted in...

AGO heads up north

What do painters, actors, and art curators have in common?Remarkably, not much. This is why American actor Steve Martin astonished Toronto art-lovers by agreeing...

Drunk on (unexpected) success

There had been much anticipation behind the posters that boasted the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day pub night at the Blind Duck. Wednesday night’s event...

Writing & Photo Contest 2016 Winner — Poetry

All of You Your body is a map The curves that swerve along your sides Are long, unknown roads that stretch for miles The gaps between your fingers...

Carol (Patricia Highsmith)

While observing professors in lecture, it’s probably hard to imagine that they spend time reading extra material besides essays and student projects—do they even...

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

I am sure that many people have read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald at least once in their lives. If it wasn’t...

Exploring the world of online art shows

There’s something marvelous about having a day off, no plans, and the option of deciding to stroll over to the nearest museum you can...

What’s the scariest thing you’ve seen?

There are different kinds of fear: there’s giggly fun fear, psychological spine-chillers, and jump scares. Once upon a time, fear was witches being burned...

A Honeymoon in the cold

Here’s why Lana Del Rey stays irresistibly mellow with a hint of grace: she doesn’t blame the world for her mistakes. She doesn’t even...

Clueless (1995)

There’s only one name that comes to mind when the word “fabulous” comes up in conversation—and that’s Cher Horowitz.Clueless, an adaption of Jane Austen’s...

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

As an English major, it’s always taken me by surprise when other students have expressed their utmost dislike for Ernest Hemingway’s work.In UTM’s ENG110,...

Major Lazer and the last night of summer

Now that the first week of school has come to an end, the only exciting thing to look forward to every day is hoping...

AGO presents explosive new exhibit

In keeping with my experiences at the Art Gallery of Ontario, I was duly impressed by their current exhibit, Camera Atomica. This year, art...

Young love, some realism

Whenever I begin explaining the plot behind the young adult novel Eleanor & Park to a friend, I find myself describing such a vague...

Memoir on murder

In September 2007, Amanda Knox decided to do what a lot of university students dream of doing with the right amount of money and...

Problems beyond the 6 by 8 jail cell

If you’ve been in the CCT building on campus anytime between early February and now, you’ve probably noticed the makeshift tent installations of Mississauga-based...

Be ready for O’Connell

Toronto-based writer Grace O’Connell will be presenting her recent work, Be Ready for the Lightning, at the International Festival of Authors. O’Connell, who also...
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