Every so often The Campus Newspaper releases a map of our community.  They adorn the bedroom and apartment walls of on and off-campus students, and also prominently in the homes of alumni and faculty. It shows the nicknames of the various apartments and services that make up Lennoxville, our small, primarily English borough in the city of Sherbrooke. So, as I begin blogging with stories of CUPbeq, it only seems right that I provide some context for the English communities across Quebec, and the important position our Anglophone student journalism in this province serves the greater community.

My name is Adam Young, and aside from being The Campus’ EIC, I’m also the Board of Director for CUPbeq. Our member papers cover the English side of Quebec student journalism, including myself at Bishop’s University, Concordia’s The Concordian, and Dawson College’s The Plant. We are a small minority in a province of French language politics, culture, and style.  A healthy blend of poutine and tax credits, microbreweries and affordable housing keep students coming to both Montreal and Sherbrooke to study and live, creating communities that are close to our learning centres and close to others who share our language.

From what I’ve seen so far, we’re on track for some nice change from the blustery winds of CUP. While we may have had some difficulty navigating around the Archipelago of Nash 74, this year’s conference details are coming into form, and sounding incredible.  My counterpart and partner-in-crime Bureau Chief Erin Hudson put on a spectacular day of sharing stories with newspapers in Montreal, something that I’m hoping to see on a greater scale in the coming months. If anything shows in the role we play as minorities of students and Anglos in Quebec, we need to stick together to ride this one out.

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