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Why New Brunswick Loves to Elect PCs and Liberals

It’s election day in New Brunswick. Any students studying law or political science in the province this term really luck out because, via candidate signs, the syllabus is literally on your front lawn. One aspect of this voting process that’s difficult for students to comprehend is: Why do the same two parties keep getting elected?… Read more »

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Fired for Homophones or Punished by Prefixes?

Even though it’s not entirely accurate, media reports that it is true: ESL blogger Tim Torkildson got fired for writing about homophones. Why? Because his employer feared “homophones” sounded too cozy with “homosexuals.” To make sense of this senseless situation, let’s look at two things: (1)  The story’s root (or technically what comes before roots): prefixes. (2)  How learning prefixes… Read more »

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Why MIT’s Pirate Course Is Cross-Curricular Genius

What sounds most interesting? Working out at the gym. Training to be a pirate. Taking a course in “pirate” sounds like one of those gimmicky ideas from a fringe university – but not in this case. You can earn a certificate in swashbuckling from none other than the esteemed MIT. (Sound familiar? Good memory: that’s the school… Read more »