Mike Lakusiak

Articles by Mike Lakusiak

The boomers are coming

The baby boom generation of Canadians – those born between 1951 and 1966 – make up a large demographic in the nation’s workforce and the clock on their working lives seems to be ticking louder than ever before. With lots of noise being made in media and government about the imminent retirement of so many people from the labour market […]

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Be vigilant

Walking home on Hazel Street at around three o’clock Friday morning, third-year Laurier student Taylor Stensrud had a similar experience to several others in recent weeks and months. He was mugged of some belongings, including his phone, by a group of individuals whose covered faces left little in the way of distinguishing features, beside perhaps one: they held a gun. […]

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At least meet them before you vote

The Questions: 1. Why did you want to meet here of all places? 2. Aside from wanting to represent students, why are you running for this position? 3. What sets you apart from the other candidates? 4. What is something that students may not know about you? 5. Candidate-specific questions Nolan Kreis (interviewed in the BRAC West Building, Brantford) To […]

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Research in Motion: Is the damage done?

2011 was not the best year Research in Motion has had. The hometown success story that was only two years ago named the fastest growing company in the world and had quadrupled its workforce in the four years prior, faced a variety of challenges, foremost to many the emergence of tremendous competition from Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android operating system. […]

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The year in headlines: 2011

Wilf’s has an eventful year Over a weekend in early January, the wooden sign from outside of Wilf’s in the Fred Nichols Campus Centre was stolen by a group of three individuals who also urinated on the hawk in the floor of the Hall of Fame. A reward was posted for the return of the sign, which had been valued […]

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Exploring advertising and branding initiatives at Laurier

The trappings of Wilfrid Laurier University’s centennial celebration, an event that spanned the better part of two years and included all manner of recognition that a Lutheran seminary was opened at this campus in October 1911, have been relatively prominent. From the banners adorning various buildings to the pricey statue of the university’s namesake at the centre of campus, there […]

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#Occupy movement hits Canada

The Occupy Wall Street movement has grown to prominence in past weeks, to the degree that most people are at least aware of its existence — if they didn’t witness one of the hundreds of marches or occupations of parks and other public spaces in cities across the world. For something that began over a month ago with the first […]

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Sitting down with the MPP hopefuls

The questions What, in simple terms, sets you apart from the other candidates? What convinced you to run for MPP? Name one key issue that you feel hasn’t been addressed during this campaign that pertains to this riding. What is your position on it? As MPP, how would you ensure representation of the citizens of Kitchener- Waterloo at Queen’s Park? […]

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85 years seen weekly through the eyes of The Cord

In the midst of Wilfrid Laurier University’s centennial celebrations, featuring fifty-foot banners and warm feelings surrounding this institution’s century of existence, the humble campus newspaper – published continually since 1926 – has reached a milestone of its own. Friday Sept. 23 will mark 85 years since the first College Cord was published. Rather than simply commemorate that this publication has […]

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Wading through student debt

Anything written on financial planning and debt among university students is likely to be riddled with sound bites that seem to be common sense, as though students intelligent enough to enter a post-secondary institution should be able to budget and manage their money wisely and need only intermittent reminders. Alas, as studies conducted by various prominent Canadian institutions point out, […]

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