Shyenne MacDonald

Shyenne MacDonald

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Final issue: reflecting on the year in Arts & Life

This year has been, in a word, a whirlwind. Full of ups and downs, it has been a learning experience for everyone involved in The Cord. But through it all it has been my wholehearted belief that none of it would have been possible without volunteers. If you’re unaware, volunteerism is one of the top values within WLUSP — that’s […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts and Life ·
Photo by Luke Sarazin

Where universities fall short with mental health resources

On 2018’s Bell Let’s Talk Day, the twitter page @SpottedLaurier published three tweets directed toward the wellness centre on campus. “#bellletstalk about how the Wellness Centre turned me away during crisis hours because I wasn’t going to kill myself.. but all I needed was someone to talk to that day.” The anonymous tweet was published at 3:56 am. The one […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Features ·
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New Cassingle released from local band Burnaby

In the ever-growing music scene of Waterloo, a new band has joined the ranks of others such as Death Party Playground, Sundriver and Mumbolayo. Burnaby – we’ll call them local out of loyalty to their KW roots – has just released their first cassingle. I know, cassette release? What year is this? It’s niche, and uniquely KW I like to […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts and Life ·
Graphic by Shyenne MacDonald

Black Canadian artists that shape the contemporary scene

Arts & Life editor Shyenne MacDonald reflects on black Canadian artists who have helped shape the contemporary movement of decolonization through art.

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts and Life, Life ·
Graphic by Alan Li

Learning to trust after trauma

Content warning: this article contains potentially triggering information regarding sexual assault. When I was young I used to have petit mal seizures, they’re not serious and have only happened twice since beginning my adulthood. But, from my understanding, if I get too stressed my body will shut down. I lose my vision and hearing, then ultimately consciousness. I always called […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts and Life, Life ·
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Dear Timberlake, please get out of the woods

Here’s a question: does anyone watch the Super Bowl just for the football anymore, or are we all collectively more invested in the half-time show? To be fair, historically speaking — and yes, Lady Gaga’s performance last year was indeed historic — the shows are vastly more interesting than the first half of the game. Especially when the Patriots are […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts and Life ·
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Building a community in a snake pit

In every city there’s two kinds of art scenes. There’s the obvious one, with the bands that play in the public square — you can bring your own lawn-chair and your kids can play with the puzzles drawn in to the concrete. It’s nice and idyllic, the type of art scene that helps build a community and bring people together. […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
Photo by Nirupam Singh

Alex Pangman is the sweetheart of Swing

On Feb. 3, Juno nominee Alex Pangman performed at the Jazz Room in the Huether Hotel alongside the Benny Goodman Quartet. Admittedly, jazz isn’t something I’m interested in or something that I “get”. At seemingly random and innocuous points the audience would get really “jazzed” and start clapping over a particular string of notes. Maybe you need to be musically […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
Presidential plates for the 2018 Students’ Union elections

Presidential plates for the 2018 Students’ Union elections

Over the weekend, news editor Nathalie Bouchard, editor-in-chief Kurtis Rideout and myself reviewed the presidential dishes for the 2018 campaign. Each year the dishes change, last year with only one candidate there was only one meal to try. The BRARitto is the current Students’ Union president Kanwar’s dish — which was universally accepted as absolutely delicious. But this year, with […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts and Life, Food ·
Getting to know Death Party Playground

Getting to know Death Party Playground

“A wild group of hellion velvet ravens influenced by a rising 1988 Bruce Willis and the innocent contractors who lost their lives working on the Death Star.” That’s how a local band, Death Party Playground, is described on their website. It’s not a description you often see with an upcoming band — there’s no forced sophistication or hints of the […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts, Arts and Life ·