Jake Watts

Jake Watts

After spending a few months writing stories as a volunteer, Jake was brought on as one of The Cord's news editors. He is currently a third year philosophy major, also aiming for a minor in psychology. Beyond the work he does for The Cord, Jake enjoys trying new things and stifling his disappointment when he realizes he's not always good at them.

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Representatives from the Students’ Union visit Ottawa

  Earlier this month, representatives from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Students’ Union travelled to Ottawa to advocate on behalf of the interests of Wilfrid Laurier University students. The representatives included Kanwar Brar, Students’ Union president & CEO, Stephanie Bellotto, vice president: university affairs, Shannon Kelly, assistant vice president: university affairs Waterloo and Zana Talijan, vice president: university affairs Brantford. The representatives […]

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First Light Rail Vehicle hits the tracks in Waterloo

  On Nov. 7, the first on-track test of an ION light rail car was completed in Waterloo. “This test is for wayside clearances, and platform clearances,” Tom Galloway, Regional Councillor for Waterloo, said. “So just to make sure that everything was constructed properly along the track. “This really wasn’t to test the vehicle at all, this was to test […]

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Fentanyl crisis becomes increasingly prevalent in Waterloo Region

The threats associated with fentanyl loom as the drug’s prevalence has grown throughout not only Waterloo, but all of Canada. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate typically prescribed by medical doctors to alleviate pain and is usually administered through transdermal patches in small doses. However, the extremely powerful drug has been increasingly present in the illegal drug trade, sold both on […]

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TEDxUW brings together 700 delegates to annual event

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the University of Waterloo held their sixth annual TEDx event in their Humanities Theatre. Founded over 30 years ago, TED is a media organization that puts on conferences around the world where experts are invited to come and speak on issues related to technology, entertainment and design. TEDx events are usually put on at a smaller scale and are independently organized by people who obtain a license from TED proper. […]

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WLUFA hosts solidarity screening to show support for college faculty on strike

On Oct. 26, 2017 the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) held a solidarity screening in support of Conestoga College faculty who are currently on strike. Faculty at 24 public colleges in Ontario have now been on strike since Oct. 16. There are no scheduled talks between the two bargaining parties as of yet. The event was held in conjunction with Fair […]

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Student tenants are pestered with cockroach infestation

Wilfrid Laurier University students allege they have been dealing with a cockroach infestation in their unit in a nearby Marq student housing building.  The apartment building in question is located on 173 King St. N.   The Marq has two other student housing buildings in Waterloo, but as of this writing, there is no indication that either has similar pest issues.  Laurier student, Winnet Runshare, is one of the […]

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Mass crowds at Ezra put toll on WRPS

Earlier this month in a police board meeting, Waterloo Regional Police Services Chief Bryan Larkin commented on big student street parties, as well as the toll they have on the police force. His comments came in the wake of Wilfrid Laurier University’s most recent homecoming celebrations. While the three-day event’s programming was oriented toward bringing together alumni, more than 12,000 […]

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Highlights from Laurier Homecoming 2017

Wilfrid Laurier University held its annual Waterloo campus homecoming festivities this past weekend from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. Events held at the Waterloo campus homecoming included a Friday night concert at the Turret nightclub featuring Kira Isabella and the Rivertown Saints, the anticipated football showdown between the Golden Hawks and Western University’s Mustangs and a variety of events, reunions […]

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Minimum wage in Ontario sees increase this past week

On Oct.1, the general minimum wage in Ontario rose from $11.40 hourly to $11.60 hourly. The jump is a step in the provincial government’s plan to raise the general minimum wage up to 15 dollars hourly, first announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne back in May. The next planned jump is to $14 on Jan. 1, 2018, then finally to $15 […]

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President of PepsiCo presents at Laurier

On Sept. 26, Jason McDonell, president of PepsiCo Foods Canada, presented a talk to Wilfrid Laurier University students in the Lazaridis Hall atrium. McDonell, who graduated from Laurier with a BBA in 1996, told attendees various stories about his time as a student at the university and then about working for PepsiCo, in addition to offering several pieces of advice […]

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