Mitchell Consky

Mitchell Consky

Mitchell is a English and Film Studies student at Laurier. He recently concluded his second year as a member of The Cord's ed-board. His hobbies include canoe tripping, loving puppies, crying during Toy Story 3, being a frat boy and writing blurbs about himself in third person.

Articles by Mitchell Consky

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The fine line between exposing neo-Nazis and giving them publicity

As a journalist, I understand the appeal of uncovering a juicy story. It’s our duty to inform the public. Sometimes it’s our role to get our hands dirty. We don’t want to merely explain what’s happening, we want to bring our audience in as close as we possibly can. We want to exploit the intimacy of the problem — even […]

by Mitchell Consky· · Opinion ·
Photo by Will Huang

Talkin’ man-to-man: Why men fail to communicate

To me, the ability to communicate is the strongest asset a man could carry. But I didn’t always see it that way. Growing up within the traditional structure of masculinity, emotional expression and manliness often didn’t go hand-in-hand. Explaining what’s on my mind didn’t fit the system. Expressing my troubles vocally wasn’t a conceivable solution. So my words were shaped […]

by Mitchell Consky· · Features ·
Different ways to learn

Different ways to learn

According to American journalist Megan McArdle in her book The Up Side of Down, there are two types of learners: growth learners and fixed learners. Quite simply, a growth learner is someone that accepts difficulty and prospers despite failure. A fixed learner has been conditioned to believe that knowledge is set, that you are either capable or incapable, gifted or […]

by Mitchell Consky· · Opinion ·
Graphic by Will Huang

A guide to signing leases and avoiding housing hiccups

After meticulous research, investigations into unfortunate living experiences and personally managing to move into a new living situation every year of my four-year university-career, I have finally cracked the code. Listen up folks. Before you are the four rules of signing leases that will hopefully avoid epic screw-overs, financial detriment and shitty situations. Why? Because the best way to fix […]

by Mitchell Consky· · Features ·
Investigating the threat of Fentanyls

Investigating the threat of Fentanyls

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is 50 to 100 times  more powerful than morphine. Like many opioids, the drug, with many variations of potency, has reached far beyond the boundaries of medical prescriptions. Unfortunately for students and the Kitchener-Waterloo community, these boundaries are unknown — potentially leading to a spike in overdose deaths and seizures throughout the […]

by Mitchell Consky· · Features ·
Waterloo local band gaining steady traction ahead of Maxwell’s show

Waterloo local band gaining steady traction ahead of Maxwell’s show

As we drove along in a car stuffed with tripods, lighting equipment and a couple camera cases, I glanced at my phone to review the message for directions. It told me to look out for a big sign that said “Creative Enterprise,” but no such sign existed — not much help when we were already running late.

by Mitchell Consky· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
The Palestinian flags of Rawabi — a new city in the West Bank with state-of-the-art architecture and thousands of residents expected to move in over the next few years.

Hidden truths of the Middle East

  Instead of going to the beach and sipping on piña coladas this past December break, I got on a 12-hour flight to the Middle East with one focus: educating myself on the Israeli-Arab conflict. I drove a dune-buggy along the Israeli-Syrian border, riding through the ruins and rubble that was the Syrian army’s headquarters up until the 1967 Six-Day-War; […]

by Mitchell Consky· · Opinion ·
Virtual Reality: Advancing our Field of Vision

Virtual Reality: Advancing our Field of Vision

“People call virtual reality an empathy machine,” said Bernie Roehl, lab instructor and software specialist at University of Waterloo. The two of us sat down at a William’s café and dove into the possibilities of the emerging virtual revolution. Virtual reality is opening up countless possibilities and with its rapid growth, I found myself hungry to know how far this […]

by Mitchell Consky· · Features ·
Photo by Brian Phillips

Surviving the Holocaust: Paula Goldhar’s Story

“I would like to thank everyone for coming,” Paula Goldhar said after the microphone’s technical difficulties were sorted out. The presentation was held last Wednesday in a University of Waterloo Mathematics Auditorium, hosted by Hillel Waterloo, for Holocaust Education Week. Paula sat between her two grandchildren, Dayna and Eli Goldhar, in between two projector screens at the front. “I am […]

by Mitchell Consky· · Features ·
Photo by Will Huang

Laurier student joins Ontario’s first blind soccer team

Features Editor Mitchell Consky speaks with blind soccer athlete Hillary Scanlon about her love for the game.

by Mitchell Consky· · Features ·