Our internal affairs blog. Get up to speed on what we have planned next.

  • The Link’s End of the Year Review

    It’s the month of May, summer’s right around the corner and folks at The Link can’t stop reminiscing about the past year. Join our hosts Zina Oukil and Fany Hebert at the End of The Year Review. Featuring special correspondents Brayden Jagger Haines and Elysia-Marie Campbell.

  • A Call to Arms: Join The Link!

    Do you love writing, but don’t know where to get your work published?

    Do you have a passion for illustrating graphics like the stylish one on this page? Or maybe
    you’d like to take photos of Stingers’ games, shoot video of the latest protest or edit footage
    from one of our musical live sessions?

    We’re looking for writers, photographers, illustrators and editors. Head down to H-649,
    meet our team and start contributing!

    Don’t know where to start? Email and we’ll point you in the right direction.

  • Top 5 Videos of Volume 34

    Time to dust off those old CDs and whip out the Vitamin C—it’s nearly the end of the year. Before we hand the paper over to a new generation of editors, we voted for our top-five favourite videos of the volume. It was a close one!


    The Link (friends forever)

    Check back for our favourite covers and articles of the volume. This was our list of the best graphics.

    5. Skate, Drink, Slam, Repeat

    “Nestled in a nook along St. Laurent Blvd.’s main strip, with a bulky metal door adorned with a wreath of shattered Maplewood skateboard decks, the thrash-hold to TRH-Bar is pretty discrete from the outside.”

    Shot and edited by Brandon Johnston

    4. Harper Comes to Montreal

    “When Stephen Harper comes to town, it rarely goes unnoticed.”

    Shot and edited by Brandon Johnston

    3. Fringe Giveaway: TOPS & Pat Jordache

    Fringe Arts Editor Jake Russell chooses the winner of our TOPS and Pat Jordache ticket giveaway using The Link’s trusty bow.

    Shot and edited by Brandon Johnston

    2. Maridee

    “Don’t be fooled by the title of Maridee’s ‘Heart to Heart’; it’s not the typical, sappy love song you’d usually hear on Valentine’s Day.”

    Shot by Leslie Schacter, Baghdig Balyan, Juan Zamarripa and Brandon Johnston. Audio by Evan Stepanian. Produced by Geoffrey Vendeville.

    1. Frisky Kids

    Frisky Kids know what it’s like to be the nice guys who finish last, but at least they got a damn good song out of it.”

    Shot by Leslie Schacter, Shaun Michaud and Brandon Johnston. Audio by Evan Stepanian. Produced by Geoffrey Vendeville.

  • Top 5 Graphics of Volume 34

    It’s that teary-eyed, nostalgic time of year again—the end of the volume. Before we pass The Link on to a new crop of fresh-faced editors, our staff voted on their favourite graphics of the year.

    Check back later this week for the editors’ choice of best videos, covers and articles.

    5. Graphene by James Alexander Dunphy
    “Like many of the great scientific breakthroughs that came before it, the discovery of graphene happened almost by accident.”

    4. The SPVM’s Bylaw Squad by Graeme Shorten Adams
    “Another year, another anti-police brutality march. At least, that was the plan.”

    3. Concordia’s Identity Complex by Graeme Shorten Adams
    “Nobody wants to admit it when it happens, but Concordia, this might be your midlife crisis.”

    2. Power Powwow by Flora Hammond
    “Drum group Black Bear is having a powwow—and you’re invited.”

    1. Stories of Mental Illness (series) by Sophie Morro
    “It’s been four months since I first sought mental health treatment in the Quebec medical system, and it’s fair to say that my experience has resembled a slow-motion tennis game in purgatory, with me as the tennis ball.”

  • Who Doesn’t Like Smashing Things?

    • It wasn’t easy to find an authentic “piggy” bank to smash. Photo Brandon Johnston

    Our cover story this week was about a petition to change how fee levy groups at Concordia are funded. The creative team went over a host of ideas on how to illustrate this, but the smashed piggy bank won as a way of conveying the reform’s potential impact on fee levies and the small amount of money each student would save by opting out of six of these groups.

    It was only after we reached that decision that we discovered how difficult it is to find a pig-shaped piggy bank. We sent our graphics editor to about five different stores before he found one for $17 that came with a pink crown and tutu, but without a stopper.

    My heart was set on a still of the pig being smashed open by the hammer, but unfortunately it wasn’t in the stars. We managed to capture two good stills of the bank flying apart, but it doesn’t really look like a pig in either. Since that was the whole point, we settled for a careful arrangement of the broken pieces for the cover and a neat GIF to show the Internet we did the smashing ourselves.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!