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Strumming a swan song: an obituary for the guitar

  Over the past hundred years, learning to play the guitar has been an important, often defining component in the lives of many adolescents in the Western world. Fragile teenagers across the continent have found buried parts of themselves in the poetry of lyricism and the shifting, emotional, varied tones — both crunchy and smooth — of the guitar. There […]

by Karlis Wilde· · 0 comments · Features ·
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Separating fact from fiction: does reading really make us smarter?

  “I wish I read more.” – Everyone  I spent the bulk of this past weekend reading through a recent bestseller. Despite being steeped in historical, artistic and architectural facts, it was not what would commonly be considered an enriching, thoughtful novel. It was a vapid, blunt yarn. It was a shallow, derivative adventure story. It was the latest Dan […]

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Crafting a community: the value and importance of drinking local beer

Craft beer can be a bit of a misnomer. The name connotes a kind of quality that is often a component of the beverage but isn’t an actual requirement of the final result. To say that all craft beer is genuinely ‘crafted’ isn’t entirely true. To qualify under the umbrella of ‘craft beer’, a beer simply has to be produced […]

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The separation of church and plate: deconstructing Thanksgiving, Canada’s tastiest holiday

When we celebrate Thanksgiving, to whom are we giving thanks? It’s a question that seems to posit its own questions. Surely, a great deal of that thanks can be given to those we are closest to: our friends and our families. But there have been and always will be things that go far, far beyond our own control. Are we […]

by Karlis Wilde· · 2 comments · Features ·
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Food for thought: A detailed look at the culture of weight loss and fat shaming

  When I was eight years old, I weighed around 140 pounds. By the time I was 17, I couldn’t weigh myself with an ordinary scale. The digital ones flashed a loaded ‘error’, while the analog ones spun more than a full circle — all the way past 300 and into uncharted, supposedly uninhabited territory. But no matter how much […]

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Clubs on campus: the importance of getting involved

Clubs on campus: the importance of getting involved

Getting to know people on campus can be both challenging and intimidating. Thankfully, there are more places to meet people than just in the classroom. Involving yourself in campus clubs and organizations is a sure-fire way to situate yourself around people with similar interests, but with so many amazing groups to join, it can be a task in itself just […]

by Madeline McInnis· · 0 comments · Features ·
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The importance of fostering friendships in new settings

In a brand new, terrifying place, one begins to feel the deep traumas of loneliness. This is inevitable: people are weak. We need the nurturing and care that only the solid foundation of a relationship with another person can create. But fear not, new arrivals to the Wilfrid Laurier student life–this article aims to help you make sense of the […]

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The big screen, the small screen and the in-between

The big screen, the small screen and the in-between

There’s a method of filmmaking called cinéma vérité – true cinema. The form refers to a specific method of taking natural bits of life – rather than contrived art – and splicing them together into an unpretentious grasp at realism. For the sake of this article, we’re going to re-contextualize those same words to question the modern state of the […]

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Talkin’ man-to-man: Why men fail to communicate

To me, the ability to communicate is the strongest asset a man could carry. But I didn’t always see it that way. Growing up within the traditional structure of masculinity, emotional expression and manliness often didn’t go hand-in-hand. Explaining what’s on my mind didn’t fit the system. Expressing my troubles vocally wasn’t a conceivable solution. So my words were shaped […]

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