Alyssa Di Sabatino

Alyssa Di Sabatino

Alyssa is a fourth year English student pursuing a global studies minor. After working as the Opinion Editor the past year, she is now the Arts and Life Editor for the Cord. Alyssa likes pants more than shirts and thinks everyone would look better with a nose piercing.

Articles by Alyssa Di Sabatino

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Gardening: a relaxing and practical quarantine hobby

With everything being shut down a lot of people have been left to their own devices. There’s basically nothing to do except panic-buy groceries, and, well, just panic.   But do you wanna know who’s not panic-buying groceries? People who have gardens. Why would you need to panic-buy when you can do your produce shopping straight from your backyard?   So if you’re looking for […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts and Life, Food, Life ·

Take your mind on a trip this quarantine with these virtual tours

The safest way to avoid contracting COVID-19 right now is by social distancing, but many of us would be lying if we said we weren’t feeling the effects of staying at home all day.  There’s only so much you can do within the four walls of your home without feeling like you’re falling into a rut.  Thankfully, many attractions, parks […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts, Arts and Life, Events ·
Brit Kovacs, Photo Editor

Best volunteer stories of 2019-20 – Arts and Life

(Un)conventional alternatives for Valentine’s Day by Jackson Carse In this satirical article, staff writer Jackson Carse addresses the age-old question — “what do single people do on Valentine’s day?” This story outlines four of the best ways to keep yourself occupied when you’re single during this romance-driven holiday, and luckily, a lot of these alternatives will also work during social isolation. […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts and Life ·
Local businesses are suffering as the province shuts down due to COVID-19

Local businesses are suffering as the province shuts down due to COVID-19

Due to the latest public health recommendations surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, many companies, both small and large are seeing the need to engage in significant business changes.  On March 23, Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered that all non-essential businesses close their doors in an effort to stop the spread of the virus, effective on Mar 24, at 11:59 p.m.  Despite […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts and Life, Events, Life ·
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The third season of Netflix’s “On My Block” balances plot holes with an enjoyable and nuanced story

The third season on Netflix’s On My Block was released on March 11, and with only eight episodes — as opposed to the previous ten per season — it is easily bingeable. This is especially so considering the current global circumstances.  For those who aren’t familiar with the show, On My Block is a coming-of age tale that follows the […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
Photo by Paige Bush

Filling hangover fixes

In the spirit of St Patrick’s Day, it would seem to be appropriate to prepare students on how to best cope with their post-Ezra hangovers via greasy and filling fast food.  All things considered — i.e. the whole suspended classes, social isolation thing — condoning large gatherings isn’t exactly a morally, ethically, or hygienically sound idea.  That’s why this article […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts and Life, Food, Life ·
Graphic by Jamie Mere

Zeroing in on Zero Waste Week

This week, from March 9 to 13, Laurier’s Sustainability Office is hosting the second annual Zero Waste Week. “Zero Waste Week is essentially a campaign to help get students and staff and, in general, the Laurier community, to think a little bit more about shifting towards a more low waste or zero waste lifestyle,” said Katarina Milicic, Outreach and Program […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts and Life, Events ·
Graphic by Jamie Mere

What to do if you want to change programs

University itself is stressful, but it’s even more stressful if you’re unsure of your program. You could always stick it out, but if you’re not all the way in on your degree, you might feel like you’re wasting your time with a program you have no interest in. Sometimes considering your options is the best course of action, so here […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts and Life, Life ·
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SPECTRUM exhibit sheds a light on climate change

On Jan 24. THEMUSEUM officially launched the ALARM: Responding to Our Climate Emergency exhibit. ALARM features a total of four exhibits, with the most recent one, SPECTRUM: The Climate Emergency Experience opening this past week at The Shops at Waterloo Town Square. The other three exhibits are Agents for Change: Facing the Anthropocene, MELTING ICE and EXTINCTION, all of which […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Features ·
Image by Darien Funk

Cheap and local trips for a budget-friendly getaway

If there’s anything I’ve learned as a student, it’s how to save money where I can. At the same time though, there’s no reason not to make every effort to have fun and enjoy yourself even when you’re living frugally. With the combination of reading week and slightly warmer weather (we’re in the positives now), I couldn’t help but think […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts and Life, Life ·