Colleen Connolly

Colleen Connolly

Articles by Colleen Connolly

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Down With Webster revisits Laurier with energetic show at the Turret

It was Orientation Week in 2010 when I first attended one of the many Down With Webster concerts that have taken place at Wilfrid Laurier University over the course of their career. It was in a crowd of assorted first years, full of eager energy that erupted into a Laurier chant and cut the band off-mid song. They reacted by […]

by Colleen Connolly· · Arts ·
When the ‘real world’ hits

When the ‘real world’ hits

The Masters Student Just a few short months after finishing his undergrad, Brandon Kuepfer was a first-year again. At the offset, the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto was mainly what he expected, with similar class sizes and structure to that of a fourth-year seminar. But being a Masters student requires […]

by Colleen Connolly· · Features ·
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Forecast danger in K-W

While the city continues to tend to the damages and tidy the mess that July 19’s storm pitched upon Kitchener-Waterloo, we have to wonder how long it will be until the next big weather event demands a similar response. Paul Parker, a professor of Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, suggests that it’s not far off. “We always like […]

by Colleen Connolly· · Archive ·
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Three perspectives, one record

The Rap Perspective Ever since Kanye West’s May 1 tweet announcing the date of his sixth solo studio album, fans and critics alike knew that this was going to be a different type of Kanye album, one that would reflect his rise to rap godliness, hence the title, Yeezus.         Even though Yeezus marks a sonic departure from West’s […]

by Colleen Connolly· · Arts ·
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Hockey, to headliner

The first time Chad Brownlee performed for a university crowd was when Tim Mahoney played at a pub near Minnesota State during the country singer’s student years. A few of the guys on his hockey team put out a request and Mahoney had Brownlee up to awkwardly strum out a Good Charlotte song on the electric guitar. “It probably sounded […]

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Rolling into a new derby

By day, Kat Hillier is a legal assistant working towards her masters in counselling psychology. But by night —Wednesdays and Sundays to be exact — she is Nekro Nancy, a hard-hitting blocker for the Vicious Dishes of the Tri-City Roller Girls roller derby league. “I think that we create a version of ourselves that we really like,” said Hillier of […]

by Colleen Connolly· · Features ·
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Do you have what it takes?

The various vocal sounds of Laurier Idol’s eight final contestants filled the Concourse last Wednesday, turning many a head as students made their way to and from late classes. Presented by A-Team and Radio Laurier, the event called upon students to audition throughout February in order to compete against a select few for a shot at Campus Idol which will […]

by Colleen Connolly· · Arts ·
Old Goat Books in Uptown Waterloo (photo by Kate Turner)

Old Books in a New Age

Floor to ceiling makeshift shelves, tightly packed with an ancient, musty medium, line the quiet, crowded rooms of Old Goat Books in Uptown Waterloo. These volumes have supplied Michael Loubert’s basic income for the past 12 years since he and his former co-owner Scott Wicken first started the business after gaining experience working at Second Look Books down the street. […]

by Colleen Connolly· · Features ·
(Graphic by Stephanie Truong)

When foreign becomes familiar

On Dec. 22, Michael Koziura looked out at the familiar form of Toronto’s CN Tower from the window of his plane as it dove into landing. There was a comfort at the sight of its spectacle, as there was in the casual greeting of a customs agent who welcomed him home with habitual Canadian regard at the gate. Shortly after, […]

by Colleen Connolly· · Features ·

Social movements deserve our appreciation

Last Wednesday, Jan. 16, a national day of action organized by Canada’s Idle No More movement stirred nation- wide protests in the name of Aboriginal rights. The movement originated late last year in response to Bill C-45, an omni-bus budget bill which not only poses a threat to Indigenous ways of living but which has put their land in danger, […]

by Colleen Connolly· · Opinion ·