Jake Watts

Jake Watts

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Laurier OneCards get revamped for more efficient transit and building access

Wilfrid Laurier University has begun rolling out new OneCards with increased functionality to all incoming and returning students, as well as staff and faculty. While new students get the cards automatically, existing students have to go and trade their old ones in. The new OneCards, which contain “chip” technology similar to that found on debit and credit cards, are intended […]

by Jake Watts· · Campus, News ·
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Laurier leads international meeting that brings together experts on sustainable food systems

From Sept. 7 to Sept. 9, the Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) partnership held a meeting at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, bringing in experts from around the globe to discuss sustainable food systems. The FLEdGE partnership is hosted by Laurier’s Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, a research centre that works to acquire and disseminate knowledge about sustainability. […]

by Jake Watts· · Local, News ·
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The City of Waterloo allows drivers to pay for parking with Honk Mobile app

Starting Sept. 1, drivers in Uptown Waterloo will be able to use the Honk Mobile app to pay for additional parking beyond the allotted two free hours. The app is already available for use at Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College. At Laurier’s Waterloo campus, visitors can use the app to pay for parking at the pay and display lots […]

by Jake Watts· · Local, News ·
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Group polarization in student journalism

A change to The Cord this year that readers may notice is the absence of “Unsigned Editorials,” at least from most upcoming issues. The Unsigned Editorials, appearing on our editorial page, were published weekly with the following descriptor: “These unsigned editorials are based off informal discussions and then agreed upon by the majority of The Cord’s editorial board, including the […]

by Jake Watts· · Opinion ·
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GSA President, Natalie Gleba, hopes to focus on student wellness throughout the upcoming school year

Since stepping into the position of president and CEO of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) this past May, Natalie Gleba has begun work on project planning for the 2017-18 school year. Gleba described the transition into her new role as “seamless,” attributing the ease to her previous five years of experience with the GSA and relationship with previous president and […]

by Jake Watts· · Campus, News ·
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Mayors across Canada come together to get a handle on the growing Opioid crisis

On May 25, a task force consisting of mayors from 13 Canadian cities released a set of recommendations to the federal government to better handle the opioid crisis. The task force was organized by the Big City Mayors’ Caucus, a group within the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and was formed in February 2017. Convening on the task force is Kitchener […]

by Jake Watts· · Local, News ·
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Laurier ranked Canada’s most efficient research university by independent research group

In a recent study of Canadian universities, Wilfrid Laurier University was ranked number one for research efficiency. The study, which was released on April 10, was conducted by the independent group Research Infosource and made use of data collected over a ten-year period. The group compared the quantity of research income each university received with the quantity of peer-reviewed publications […]

by Jake Watts· · Campus, News ·