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

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Black Mirror: A reflection of the modern world?

This morning I saw Pizza Hut tweet a picture of their concept for a fully autonomous delivery vehicle. Shortly after this went out, the official twitter handle for Black Mirror — the much talked about Netflix exclusive which was picked up off of British television public-access station, Channel 4 — sent out a response. “We know how this goes,” the tweet […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Arts and Life ·
Photo by Garrison Oosterhof

Change in temperature causes flooding and property damage at multiple locations

A quick change in the weather this morning resulted in numerous property damage calls around the Kitchener-Waterloo area. After a sharp increase in temperature, tenants and employees returning to several residential and commercial buildings in the area — including The Cord’s office at 205 Regina and student apartments on King and Colombia — reported property damage and leakage stemming from burst pipes […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, Local, News ·
Photo by Tanzeel Sayani

BREAKING: Membership decided for Task Force on Freedom of Expression

Wilfrid Laurier University has released the names of individuals appointed and elected to serve on the Task Force on Freedom of Expression. Laurier’s president, Deborah MacLatchy, called for the task force on Nov. 17, shortly after the recording of Lindsay Shepherd’s reprimand was published by Global News. For a more detailed timeline of events, click here. On Nov. 8, Shepherd […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, News ·
Photo by Luke Sarazin

Special Constables at Laurier now equipped with naloxone kits and training

A recent CBC story confirmed that officers at the Special Constable Service at Wilfrid Laurier University are now trained and qualified to administer naloxone, a life saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Speaking to CBC, Laurier’s director of communications and public affairs, Kevin Crowley, confirmed that 26 total officers at both Laurier campuses were trained […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, News ·
Editor’s note: a much needed period of reflection

Editor’s note: a much needed period of reflection

Another year has wrapped up, another semester has ended and another season of giving is upon us. Before taking the time to appreciate the gifts and the joy doted upon you in the holiday season, make sure you take the time to reflect on all that the universe has served up in this strange, twisted year, 2017. I remember adamantly […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Opinion ·
Cross-country head coach hospitalized

Cross-country head coach hospitalized

On Nov. 20, Peter Grinbergs, the head coach for Laurier’s cross-country and track teams, was found in his apartment by emergency services, unable to move and without food or water for four days. A campaign listed by Grinberg’s daughter on crowdfunding site, GoFundMe, explained that doctor’s have speculated the cause might have been a severe gout attack. The description goes on to […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, News, Sports ·
Photos by Tanzeel Sayani

UPDATED: Controversy on campus: a comprehensive timeline

Nov. 1 – Lindsay Shepherd plays a clip from TVO’s The Agenda, which showcases a debate featuring controversial University of Toronto professor, Jordan Peterson, discussing “genders, rights and freedom speech.” Ensuing the clip was a class debate surrounding the use of they as a pronoun. The class she showed it in was a first year tutorial for a course named […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, National, News ·
Big Sugar brings it home at Maxwells

Big Sugar brings it home at Maxwells

  On Saturday, Nov. 25 I had the pleasure of seeing Big Sugar for the first time. Finally. I say finally because I have been waiting to see them in concert since the first time I heard “Turn the Lights On” in the back of my uncle’s van when I was five. “This is my favourite song,” I declared. Big […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
Various pick-up points for The Cord vandalized across campus

Various pick-up points for The Cord vandalized across campus

Yesterday afternoon, multiple copies of The Cord newspaper were found destroyed by being torn in half and left on various stands across campus. Hours later, several torn copies were also left on the doorstep of The Cord office. Administration at WLU Student Publications called Special Constable Services and an official report was made. Special Constable Services are currently investigating and […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, News ·
Editors note: reserving judgement

Editors note: reserving judgement

The debate on campus surrounding TA Lindsey Shepherd has been difficult to navigate based on a lack of information as well as a multitude of other existing factors. Being a part of student media at a time like this is a constant struggle between knowing when to speak up and use this platform accordingly and when to just let the […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Opinion ·