Arts and Life

Chatting with Flogging Molly

Some words that come to mind when thinking of Ireland: distinct, political and great music to drink to. Today the Irish identity lives on abroad in the Irish-American Celtic-punk hybrid that is Flogging Molly. The band’s sound captures something unique and important; it’s as if a traditional Irish pub decided to hold a hardcore-punk night, but no one bothered to […]

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Preparing for Oktoberfest

Last year, my first Oktoberfest experience ended in slurred words, smudged makeup, dishevelled clothing and a step-staggering procession from the dance floor to a taxi and finally home to bed. This all took place with an escort from the venue’s fine security staff. This year, I am bound and determined to make sure Oktoberfest is a beer-drinking, hat-wearing, polka-dancing success. […]

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Finding food on the freeway

Foraging is not something reserved for hardcore, live-off-the-land, know-how-to-skin-a-deer kind of people. Have you ever been out walking and noticed a wild apple tree or a patch of black raspberries and picked a few? Congratulations, you’re a forager. While taking a walk one day in June, I stumbled upon a mulberry tree. I picked a bag of them, and so […]

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The songwriter: A dying breed

“If you really want to know what’s going on in the world, listen to the songs,” said Peter Slack, presenter of Songwriters Unite!, a concert held Sunday night at Maxwell’s Music House. Songwriters Unite! – an event that began in 2004 – is a North American collective musical initiative that encourages songwriters to create and perform original music. Initially, the […]

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Wisdom disconnect: Oct. 7, 2009

Holy moly: Mole Day, commemorating the chemistry mole, 6.02×1023, is celebrated on Oct. 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. This year the theme for Mole Day is “The Molar Express”. Past Mole Day themes included “Celebrate the Molennium”, “Pi a la Mole”, and “Mole Madness”. Tutti Frutti: Fruitarianism is an extreme type of vegetarian diet. Although there are many […]

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Arts bites: Oct. 7, 2009

Backstreet Boy has swine flu In the midst of what seems like their fifth or sixth comeback in the last couple of years, the Backstreet Boys have had to cancel a few of their upcoming appearances because Brian Litrell has reportedly come down with swine flu. It can be assumed that this is a devastating blow to whatever remains of […]

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Thumbs up/Thumbs down: Oct. 7, 2009

Thumbs up: Thanksgiving is this weekend, meaning turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and post-meal naps. Thumbs down: Thanksgiving is this weekend, meaning we have to go home and explain to our parents why we’re failing school.

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Designing Laurier

When walking across campus, it’s easy not to notice the design details of classrooms, offices and public spaces. However, for Carol Kego, a co-ordinator for Laurier’s interior design and renovation department, that’s the point. Referring to students, Kego believes that, “They’re not there to appreciate the décor, they’re there to learn.” With this in mind, how does one perfect the […]

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Coupland’s newest offering falls short

Generation A Written by: Douglas Coupland Released on: Sept. 1, 2009 Publisher: Random House Rating: 1.5 out of 4 stars Perhaps one of the most famous Canadian authors of all time, it seems that Douglas Coupland has come full circle. The result is that the post-modern author’s latest offering, Generation A, is ultimately hard to finish. When Coupland published his […]

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Murdersharks.com: Boy meets Murdershark

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