Canadian University Press regularly facilitates a #cupchat using the platform ScribbleLive. We choose a topic, pick a time to discuss and debate the issue of the month. It's a chance for CUP and PUC's campus journalists from coast to coast to engage with each other in what we hope is a fruitful and thought-provoking conversation.

#CUPchats are a thing?

Yeah they are!

On this page you can find #cupchat archives and information regarding upcoming chats.

#CUPchats are moderated by CUP National Executive Jane Lytvynenko. Any guest moderators will be announced on the day of the event. Moderators will be aiming to create a safe(r) environment within the parameters of the #cupchat events and will exclude any comments that are hateful, factually incorrect or irrelevant to the discussion. Opinions from students or other campus-based workers will be prioritized as CUP is an organization that aims to build community among post-secondary institutions and the issues in and around their campuses.

Some events will feature guest experts who were specifically invited to participate in the discussion.  The role of guest experts is to provide background information based on their experience and respond to questions, but anyone is welcome to participate in #cupchat events regardless of expertise.



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Consultation on the future of CUP

Consultation on the future of CUP

Time: Wednesday, December 3 at 6:00 PM

Q and A for media workers — September, 2014

Getting Hired! A Q&A for Media Workers

Resume, cover letter and interview advice for emerging media workers. With industry pros: KÄTHE LEMON - Editor In Chief at Avenue Magazine; MARTIN O'HANLON - Parliamentary Editor for The Canadian Press (currently on leave as the President of CWA Canada); and MARLENE MURPHY- Senior News Writer, CBC Television. An interactive workshop presented by Canadian University Press (www.cup.ca) and CWA Canada Associate Members (www.emergingmediaworkers.ca).

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Check out Getting Hired! A Q&A for Media Workers on Spreecast.

Labour disputes on campus — March 31, 2014

Chris Donovan (The Argosy)

When workers (or students) go on strike at campus everyone feels the effects. We focused our discussion on how a labour dispute affects students, campus communities and media.

With student reporters from The Brunswickan, where a faculty strike took place this winter, The Argosy and The Fulcrum, students will weigh in on the issue. Christina Rousseau, president of CUPE 3903 during the York University strike from 2008-2009, also joined us as a guest expert.

This chat was republished by Rabble.ca and one CUPpie was commissioned to write a follow up article to accompany the chat. CWA-Canada will be providing $100 in compensation for the article.

EIC virtual roundtable — Feb. 5, 2014

Let's pick up where we left off at NASH. We heard from a lot of EICs that the roundtable discussion was just not long enough to discuss the issues at hand. So we'll be resuming the discussion here at 9 p.m. EST on Wed. Feb. 5.

Pre-NASH chat — Dec. 15, 2013

In preparation for our annual members' meeting — known as plenary, which is the only time in the year all of us gather in one place to discuss the future of this organization, the CUP Board of Directors took questions about what they've been working on and what they hope to see happen at NASH76. Read back on our conversation about how to make CUP the best it can be.

Transgender Inclusivity — Nov. 24, 2013
Photo by Mark Burnham (The Peak)

Photo by Mark Burnham (The Peak)

As gender and sexual diversity become more openly acknowledged, universities must acknowledge the needs of their LGBTQ students. Though many university students have experienced some form of discrimination on campus, transgender students experience a unique set of obstacles. From bathrooms to dorm rooms to professor interactions, we want to know how Canadian universities are addressing (or not) the needs of transgender students. Are there universities that are explicitly trans inclusive? Are they implicitly inclusive? Are there other institutions doing a better job than others and can universities replicate those institutions?

CUP's Queer Issues coordinator Lee Thomas will facilitate our discussion along with a panel of Canadian experts on transgender issues who will be participating in the chat including Gabrielle Bouchard and Jan Lukas Buterman.

Gabrielle Bouchard is the peer support and trans advocacy coordinator at the Centre for gender advocacy; a fee-levy organization affiliated with Concordia University. Gabrielle participated in the creation of a name of common usage policy at Concordia and is coordinating part of the ongoing struggle to bring legal equality for trans people in Quebec. She's the instigator of a complaint to the Quebec Human Rights Commission (CDPDJ). The complaint, made on behalf of trans people in Quebec, aims to end legal discrimination enshrined in the Civil Code of Quebec. She also provides training and workshops on trans issues to social actors, front-line workers and in post-secondary institutions.

Jan Lukas Buterman is pursuing his Master's in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, specializing in Adult Education. His thesis research looks toward the intersections of law, identity and modern information system technologies. Jan holds degrees in Education and History, as well as diplomas in Adult Education and Public Relations. Jan is an activist and educator focusing on issues of relevance to trans-identified people in Canada.

Join the Facebook event to swap links and information ahead of time.

Study drugs – Oct. 16, 2013

Image from The Fulcrum

Image from The Fulcrum

For many university students, the demands of academic life are stressful to say the least. To cope, some of us turn to liquor, chocolate (or any other comfort food), coffee upon coffee, or cigarettes. Some of us take caffeine pills to stay awake, sleeping pills to fall asleep, or anxiety pills to stabilize our frayed nerves. We’ll try anything to get us through our degree, especially if it gets us an A.  — an excerpt from a feature by Kiera Obbard (The Fulcrum) 

Students' use of so-called "study drugs" such as adderall generates many discussions about health, academic integrity and school systems.

We want to bring the conversation back to students and hear about your experiences with study drugs. Are they a problem? Are they prevalent at your school or in your field of study?


Read our discussion below.


The future of frosh – Sept. 18, 2013

At Saint Mary's University in Halifax, the school's frosh week activities captured national attention after a video of a chant was posted on Instagram: “Y is for your sister, O is for ‘oh so tight,’ U is for underage, N is for no consent, G is for ‘grab that ass,’ – Saint Mary’s boys, we like ‘em young.” So far two executives on the student council responsible for organizing the orientation event have stepped down and two organizers face disciplinary action.

As upsetting as the SMU chant is, experts and students say that what happened at SMU was not an isolated event. A variant of the same chant was reportedly sung during UBC frosh activities in Vancouver days later. In Kingston, older Queen's students ignited controversy when a photo of a sign reading 'Dads: Winter isn't the only thing coming' was posted on Facebook. This was only this year. In past years there have been incidents of froshies in blackface and student deaths.

Clearly there are serious issues. So let's talk about it. What does frosh look like on your campus? Is frosh a valuable experience for students – why or why not? What do you think frosh weeks should look like?

Read back over the conversation and see what students thought.