Kurtis Rideout

Kurtis Rideout

Kurtis is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Cord. He is a wannabe music producer with an honours degree in journalism from Laurier Brantford and a post-grad certificate in integrated marketing communications from Conestoga College. He initially started as the Web Editor at The Sputnik (the student paper at Brantford) but he quickly fell in love with all things Cord-related upon meeting the staff from the 2016-17 year. Never one to shy away from a good opportunity, he decided to try his hand as Editor-in-Chief and has not looked back since. He can be found - right now even - at the WLUSP office on Regina street, where he constantly bothers colleagues with his eccentric and polarizing taste in music. Fun fact: he usually prefers debut albums.

Articles by Kurtis Rideout

Ezra Street Party rages on drawing biggest crowd yet

Ezra Street Party rages on drawing biggest crowd yet

Wilfrid Laurier University’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party drew crowds of thousands today in spite of increased preventative measures taken by Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS). “It’s been a year of planning with a whole bunch of stakeholders from our perspective,” Mike Haffner of Waterloo Regional Police told The Cord. This planning included collaboration with various emergency services in Waterloo, both the […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, Local, News ·
A Public Health investigation ruled out food poisoning from the Dining Hall as a source of illness. (Photo by Madeline Turriff)

BREAKING: Man removed from campus dining hall after assaulting three Special Constables

A man was removed from the Wilfrid Laurier University dining hall today after an altercation which culminated in the assault of three Laurier Special Constables. Users on Twitter offered information via a @SpottedLaurier thread which began, “What’s going on at campus tonnes of police”. In response, several users on Twitter provided details regarding the incident, which allegedly became violent, with […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, News ·
Graphic by Simran Dhaliwal

Uptown Waterloo will be home to new rainbow crosswalk

Waterloo will soon become the newest addition to the growing list of cities in North America with a rainbow crosswalk. Mayor of Waterloo, Dave Jaworsky, said that the crosswalk emphasizes the diversity and inclusivity of the Waterloo community. “Over the past years, we’ve had seen discussions of other cities who are doing this kind of inclusive action in their community,” […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Local, News ·
Graphic by Alan Li

Laurier hosts panel to discuss doping at the Olympics

On Feb. 22, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Science hosted a Reading Week Café in the Paul Martin Centre as a part of their 2017-2022 strategic plan. The event saw the Faculty of Science present a moderated panel discussion on the issue of doping in the Olympics from various scientific and ethical perspectives. Frédérique Guinel, biology professor at Laurier and […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, News ·
Editor’s note: dating while in school

Editor’s note: dating while in school

In line with the loose theme of this issue — self love — I feel that it is important to talk about the phenomenon that is dating in a university setting. In my experience, dating in university felt kind of weird. Dating in high school was pretty weird too. Actually, dating in general has always been weird for me, but […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Opinion ·
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Bell Let’s Talk should be more than talk

  In the past five years alone we have seen broad steps taken towards the mainstream acceptance of mental health issues. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues but only offers vague descriptions of my own personal journey, I feel that I should, at the very least, offer some perspective as to how things have changed. Particularly, with […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Opinion ·
Jess Dik, File Photo

2018 Students’ Union and election endorsements

The following endorsements were done through discussions with The Cord’s editorial board (12 in favour, 2 abstentions). These are not necessarily a reflection of WLUSP, The Cord’s volunteers or staff. President: Ali Saghari After a lengthy discussion, The Cord has chosen to endorse Ali Saghari for Students’ Union president. That being said, it was important for us to identify the […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, Elections, News ·
A potential president’s playlist

A potential president’s playlist

What song would you play to celebrate a win on the night that elections results are released? “What Do I Know?” – Ed Sheeran   What song do you listen to while getting pumped up for a debate? “Knocking at the Door” – Arkells   What is your favourite song to study to? A Beethoven symphony – or something without […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Arts and Life ·
Photo by Luke Sarazin

From chair and CGO, now heading into the campaign trail

  To say that Tarique Plummer is a polarizing figure is probably underselling it. People generally fall into two camps when it comes to the current chair & CGO of the Students’ Union: staunch support or fervent opposition. Rightly so, I should say, as — depending on who you are and where you stand — Plummer could seem like either […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, News ·
Graphic by Jessi Wood

Looking into the anti-Xanax movement in hip-hop

  2017 was a formative year for hip-hop music to say the least. Artists like Lil Pump, Russ and Lil Uzi Vert made impressions on the music charts in very big ways. It was a big step forward for the diverse crop of artists generally known as “Soundcloud rappers,” many of whom crossed over to the mainstream in a big […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Opinion ·