Marina Black

Marina is a fourth-year Communication Studies student that loves to play devil’s advocate in her role as Opinion Editor. Her future plans involve investigative journalism, photojournalism, traveling, and a cat named Felix.

Articles by Marina Black

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Musk reveals the “FitBit in your skull with tiny wires”

On Aug. 28, Elon Musk and his Neuralink team revealed their latest technology with a demo featuring pigs implanted with a brain chip device. Musk referred to this device as the “FitBit in your skull with tiny wires,” because it’s designed to track, monitor and record your brainwaves, with the potential for an individual to have more control over their […]

by Marina Black· · Opinion ·
Photo by Darien Funk

Student budgeting never gets easier, but here’s how to do it anyway

Face it, we are all culprits of spending money that isn’t in our budget, and managing your personal finances can be daunting, even if you have a steady income. While you may have ordered one too many times from Uber Eats, some students are faced with bigger budgeting challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In late March, the […]

by Marina Black· · Arts and Life ·
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The Spotted at Laurier Twitter page is NOT a factual source: How social media is spreading false information on COVID-19

If you’re a student at Wilfrid Laurier University, you are likely to be aware of the unofficial student Twitter page Spotted at Laurier (@SpottedLaurier), where students send in content to be anonymously tweeted. This account is well-known for its shoutouts to cuties on campus, ranting or raving about student life and asking for advice about university life.  However, with the […]

by Marina Black· · Opinion ·
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Student partying during COVID-19: To snitch or not to snitch

Your typical university student may argue that drinking and partying are part of university life. However, with the current international presence of COVID-19 and the high possibility of a second wave, students are strongly divided and mixed on their views towards partying. A person’s decisions lie in whether or not to go to a university party, and/or whether to alert […]

by Marina Black· · Opinion ·
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Debunking procrastination

While every semester comes with its unique challenges, the most common challenge students face is procrastination. With the online delivery of both the upcoming Fall and Winter semesters, students have increasing anxieties about procrastination since they will be learning from home and will not have access to study spaces on campus or as many outlets to reduce stress levels. With […]

by Marina Black· · Opinion ·
Editorial: The race to the first COVID-19 vaccine

Editorial: The race to the first COVID-19 vaccine

After nine months of COVID-19 spreading around the world, Russia claims it has achieved the unbelievable by developing a COVID-19 vaccine (called ”Sputnik V”) for civilian use. Earlier in August, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced their success in vaccine development and approval for production to begin by the end of the month.  However, this approval comes before more extensive testing […]

by Marina Black· · Opinion ·
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Trudeau’s Mistake with WE Charity Partnership puts him in hot water, but can you blame him?

In response to COVID-19’s financial impact on post-secondary students, the Canadian federal government announced a partnership with WE Charity to administer the Canadian Student Service Grant (CSSG).  WE Charity, formerly Free the Children, is an international development charity and youth empowerment movement partnered with Me to We, a social enterprise that promotes leadership and volunteer trips for youth. This $912 […]

by Marina Black· · Opinion, Uncategorized ·
Laurier student launches PPE company to protect Canadians

Laurier student launches PPE company to protect Canadians

In early June, a first-year student in Wilfrid Laurier University’s business program tackles the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) by starting his own company, PPEOnDemand.ca. Nineteen-year-old Cole Starkman knew he wanted to start a business, so with the help of his education and his drive to contribute to the economic community, Cole is helping PPE be accessible and readily […]

by Marina Black· · Campus, Local, News ·
To mask or unmask: mandatory face-covering bylaws spark unrest

To mask or unmask: mandatory face-covering bylaws spark unrest

On July 13, Waterloo Region municipality made face coverings mandatory to any individual travelling on public transit or entering enclosed spaces such as retail stores, grocery stores, and indoors restaurants.  This face-covering bylaw has been spreading throughout the province and making its way to each municipality, leaving mixed feelings amongst residents. These varying emotions are not unique to this bylaw […]

by Marina Black· · Opinion ·
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Behind the scenes, Musk and Grimes welcome their baby boy. In the spotlight, Musk refuses to be controlled

Over the long weekend, Elon Musk tweeted, “Take the red pill,” referencing the notable film The Matrix, to which Ivanka Trump replied, “Taken!” This use of the film’s symbolism has since spread across the internet as a contentious political metaphor. For those who haven’t seen the film or are unfamiliar with this scene, the red pill versus blue pill scenario […]

by Marina Black· · Opinion ·