Arts and Life

What’s the point? Commercialized Christmas?

Victoria Craig – Pro It may only be November, but there can be no denying the Christmas season is already in full swing. Yes, Conestoga Mall has already been dressed in every kind of bobble and wreath imaginable and the peppermint mochas are back in red cups at Starbucks. Okay, so you may all be thinking, “Wow, what a load […]

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Women’s Centre tackles gender inequality onscreen

The promise of free popcorn and an educational film brought a small but visibly interested crowd to a screening of the documentary Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity last Wednesday evening. Presented by the WLU Women’s Centre as part of the organization’s “Shattering the Silver Screen” film series, the film and the discussion that followed concerned media […]

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The Darcys’ quick transformation

Another five-piece indie band? Not a chance. This is one you’re going to want to take a second look at. Immediately, they will seem different, but how does that old saying go? “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix It.” The Darcy’s are certainly far from being broken. Success in the world of music is a reality for a select few […]

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Fighting wastefulness, one dumpster at a time

Victoria Bick With the world of extreme sports taking things to new heights regularly, people’s minds misinterpret things quickly when they hear the words “dumpster diving”. While some people might get a thrill out of jumping into a metal container full of who-knows-what, dumpster diving has other, less dangerous meanings. Also known as “curb shopping”, “aggressive recycling”, “trash picking” or […]

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Cairo Time mesmerizes

Cairo Time Directed by: Ruba Nadda Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Siddig Release date: Oct. 16, 2009 Rating: 3.5/4 Prior to the opening screening of Ruba Nadda’s latest film Cairo Time, owner of Princess Cinema John Tutt highlighted that it is a Canadian film set in a foreign location. An Irish-Canadian co-production (the only way they could get permission to film […]

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A summer in Spain

Canada is a great place to live, but as the cold November winds begin to seep into my bones I can’t help but reminisce about my summer in Spain. Last year I spent four months in Madrid as an au pair with a fun-loving Spanish family. When I arrived at the home and was greeted by two live-in servants who […]

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Chatting with radio host Jonathan Goldstein

“I feel like an imposter, faking his way through adult life,” said Canadian radio host Jonathan Goldstein. Goldstein, the keynote speaker of Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications’ (WLUSP) 2009 PULSE Media and Journalism conference and the host of CBC Radio One gem WireTap, addressed the audience on Saturday evening, explaining that life and journalism are about starting from a position […]

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Raditude sure to disappoint vintage Weezer fans

Ratitude Weezer DGC Records Release date: Nov. 3, 2009 1.5/4 Weezer is an interesting band to look at in terms of its adaptability to changing trends in popular music. But what happened to the simple three-chord rock and the meaningful, introspective lyrics of its early releases? This most recent album seems specifically aimed at anyone under the age of seventeen. […]

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Vocal Cord: Nov. 11, 2009

What does Remembrance Day mean to you?

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A day of pride: Remembrance Day as a Dutch-Canadian

I am a Dutch-Canadian and proud of it. The legacy of being a second-generation Canadian comes out in everyday life. I call my grandfather and grandmother Opa and Oma. I eat hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) on toast for breakfast. I get presents at Christmas from both Santa Claus and Sinterklaas. But on no day am I more proud of the country […]

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