Articles by: Mitchell Consky

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 […]

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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.

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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; […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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Riding greatness, until we fall on our ass

Bull riding is one of the most dangerous sports known to man. It ain’t your typical rodeo — it’s an eight-second quest of spine-snapping, head-gashing, bone-rattling, body-paralyzing cowboy-mayhem. It’s not a matter of if these riders get hurt, it’s a matter of when they do. Injury is inevitable. So why would any level-headed buckaroo be so bold to try it? […]

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Illustration by Will Huang

The jungle juice jinx

Last Saturday night I invited a couple friends over to pre-game. I had found an intensive Jurassic Park movie drinking game online and was prepared to become intoxicatingly mesmerized by the 993 dino-CGI. I prepared two large servings of jungle juice. “Jug A” contained two 295 millilitre berry concentrate packs, 885 millilitres of water and 600 millilitres of Bacardi rum. […]

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Beers and the man with the van

Features Editor Mitchell Consky meets the local ex-military, zombie survival trainer, who sleeps in a 1995 GMC Vandura

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The useful effects of profanity in writing

The useful effects of profanity in writing

“He crossed the street to catch the cab. When he got in, he looked at the driver through the rearview mirror. It was fucking Johnny.” “He crossed the fucking street to catch the fucking cab. When he got in, he looked at the fucking driver through the fucking rearview mirror. It was fucking Johnny.” Whether or not you agree with […]

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