Arts and Life

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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Getting a Hawk’s-eye view of Laurier

Of all the students employed at Laurier, the person inside the hawk mascot costume has by far the most thankless job. The overwhelming heat inside the outfit and the perils of being hoisted to the top of a cheerleader pyramid make the job rough enough on its own. On top of that, this person is never allowed to reveal their […]

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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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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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Gaming: The casual divide

Last week, Nintendo announced that it would cut the price of its Wii console by $50 to combat slumping sales numbers. The move says a great deal about the financial success of the Wii, given that this minor price-drop is the console’s first price reduction since its release nearly three years ago. Contrast the Wii’s relatively consistent price point to […]

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Cord-o-scopes: Sept. 30, 2009

Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): After arriving at your business club meeting an hour early, you’ll be horrified to discover that it’s actually a pagan cult, sacrificing students to their heathen god Adam Smith. And you’re next. Scorpio (Oct. 22 to Nov. 21): After taking a much needed break and sleeping in you’ll finally be able to enjoy everyone’s […]

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Vocal Cord: Sept. 30, 2009

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Cord Cross Canada: Couch surfing along the East coast

Making plans At the beginning of the summer, I promised myself to stay away from a corporate office cubicle or a place where I would serve coffee to impatient caffeine addicts. I had been living in Ontario for the last five years and I desperately needed a break. I wanted to do something different; something new, adventurous, fun. There is […]

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Understanding a conflict

One of the first plays shown at the Kitchener-wide performing arts festival Impact 2009, An Attempt to Understand is a production that pushes the boundaries of traditional theatre. The play, which was shown on Saturday night at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, was written and performed solo by 29-year-old Tarek Halaby, an American citizen of Palestinian heritage. An Attempt to […]

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