Madeline McInnis

Madeline McInnis

After her time as opinion editor and creative director, Madeline is now the features editor at The Cord. She’s a fourth-year history and film studies major who’s fresh back from her exchange in England where she fell even more in love with London, writing, tea, art, and fountain pens.

Articles by Madeline McInnis

Reflections on bad qualities

Reflections on bad qualities

To this day, the lesson that has resonated with me the most came from my grade 12 literature class. We were instructed to draw a box in the centre of a page, then think of the person that we disliked most in this world. We were told to put the qualities about them that annoyed us so much around the […]

by Madeline McInnis· · Opinion ·
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Falling in love with your major

Though I haven’t been very vocal about it, over the summer I worked on the set of a History Channel documentary called Black Watch Snipers, highlighting the men of the Royal Highland Regiment during World War Two.  At the time, I knew that the story we were telling was an incredible one, but I didn’t know the magnitude of the […]

by Madeline McInnis· · Opinion ·
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Internet attacking Amber Heard for her account of abuse

Over the weekend, Amber Heard was trending on Facebook again. Since late May when Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, it seems we can’t go two weeks without one of them trending and having their faces spread across our social media feeds. Recently, I’ve come to dread when Heard’s name begins to trend. Like most, I know that the […]

by Madeline McInnis· · Opinion ·
Fantastic Beasts and how I found them

Fantastic Beasts and how I found them

I had been waiting three long years for this moment. This time, I traded my Hogwarts robes for an orange vest and a black bowtie. It was finally the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  I was excited, but I was skeptical. As an executive member of the Wilfrid Laurier University Harry Potter Alliance, I was really […]

by Madeline McInnis· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
National Novel Writing Month: An exciting challenge for novelists

National Novel Writing Month: An exciting challenge for novelists

November, for most, is simply the month that comes between Halloween and Christmas. It’s Black Friday for the cross-border shoppers and when the crows finally decide to fly away, making mornings a little more quiet. Much less known, however, is that November is National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is a worldwide not-for-profit that works to provide a platform […]

by Madeline McInnis· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
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The importance of having Zayn Malik, a public figure, speaking up about mental illness

Very recently, Zayn Malik announced that he dealt with an eating disorder during his time with One Direction. This came very shortly after his acknowledgement of his anxiety from consistently being critiqued in the spotlight. I think this is an extremely important representation for our students. Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about eating disorders. When I think of eating […]

by Madeline McInnis· · Opinion ·
Salt Baby missed the mark

Salt Baby missed the mark

On one of the stops on their nationwide tour, the play Salt Baby made a stop at The Registry Theatre in Kitchener, this past weekend. It follows the journey of an Indigenous woman and her struggle to identify her ethnicity. She debates having her DNA tested, but is afraid of the result. Meanwhile, she experiences the hardships of a fair-skinned […]

by Madeline McInnis· · Arts, Arts and Life, Life ·
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Why I refuse to give blood

While I was home for reading week, I was treated to a news story about my local hospital being the most generous in terms of blood donation. That’s heartwarming. Their slogan is “it’s in you to give,” after all. I’d finish that slogan as “it’s in you to give—as long as you’re not a man who’s had sex with another […]

by Madeline McInnis· · Opinion ·
When common figures of speech become inappropriate

When common figures of speech become inappropriate

Looking for the right words to express your frustration at your third midterm this week? Stressed about the latest essay proposal and don’t know how to properly complain? We all do it, after all! Remember not to use mental illnesses you don’t have in efforts to explain how you’re feeling. This midterm season, be mindful of your word choices. You […]

by Madeline McInnis· · Arts and Life, Life ·
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A successful life is defined by the individual

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” This quote from Oscar Wilde and others like it have been plastered on my social media for the past few weeks. I’m a fairly big fan of Wilde, but in the context this quote is being used, the message is that not everyone lives their […]

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