When SMUS closed due to COVID-19, the SMUS Politics Club, an open-discussion group that meets every Tuesday at lunch, sought to continue our political discourse despite the absence of in-person meetings. We recognized an opportunity for students to engage in politics through writing, and began to build SMUS Political Review, a student politics publication.
SMUS Political Review publishes biweekly, on the 1st and the 15th of every month. Our first issue, “Kindness and Fear Amidst Chaos,” is on our website, smuspoliticalreview.ca, on the Volumes page. We will release our second issue, “Unity and Division,” this Monday, June 1.
“Unity and Division” will feature an article by Laurel Collins, the federal Member of Parliament for Victoria, an editorial by the Review’s editorial board, an investigation into extremist influences behind anti-lockdown protests by Grade 9 student Neil Pakrasi, and several others.
Furthermore, the Review is home to a discussion forum. Under the Discussion page, members engage in discussions about current events, culture, economics, philosophy and much more. We place a high value on the interactive nature of politics; only through discourse and dialogue do we reconcile our differences and broaden our perspectives. We highly encourage you to visit the forum and engage in the discussions.
SMUS Political Review welcomes input from all individuals associated with SMUS! Whether you are a student, a parent, a staff member, or an alum, we would love to hear your perspectives. If you are interested in submitting an idea for an article, please email us.
For the two of us, serving as co-Heads of the Politics Club and managing editors at SMUS Political Review has shown us not only the promise our generation exhibits, but also the power we hold to build connections between youth and the professional world.
In the historical, yet fragile era we live in, students are more than tomorrow’s leaders. The past several years have witnessed hideous decays in global political climates. As incompetence, apathy, and polarization increasingly characterize governments, student voices light a beacon of hope that deserves podiums and platforms. Read the SMUS Political Review and glance over the visions and perspectives that will shape tomorrow’s world.