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Furthering science or exploiting nature?

If you Google PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) or ALF (Animal Liberation Front) you can have access to hours of testimony and video about the potential horrors of animal experimentation. Dating back 30 or 40 years, the evidence is horrific. For instance, the University of Pennsylvania was exposed by PETA in 1985 for tests they undertook which […]

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Failblog culture

Five years ago if you sent “worst hangover ever. FML” in a text message to a friend, you would probably receive a resounding “WHAT?” in response. Coined by the liquor store employee in the 2007 comedy Superbad, the term “fuck my life” has made its way into the vocabulary of an entire generation and is now the name of the […]

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Ecosystems intertwined

Shark fin delicacy danger Sharks existed millions of years before any evidence of humans on earth. As a result of their position at the top of the predator list, any disruption to shark populations can drastically affect the marine ecosystem, claims Peter Knights, director of WildAid International. And when humans kill about 100 million sharks per year, it is a […]

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Sizing up Laurier’s mind benders

Sometimes you take a class that blows your mind. Sometimes you meet a professor who can turn a lecture on the lifespan of dryer lint into the highlight of your week. On very rare occasions, fascinating subject matter is placed in the hands of a professor who turns it into a course capable of changing the way you see the […]

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Unwelcome guests

When did periods of heightened social interaction like Orientation Week and homecoming evolve from times of celebration into times of tension and disapproval? Surely I am not the only one who has noticed the increased police and bylaw presence around our campuses in recent years. Surely I am not the only one who has heard hyped-up tales of street parties […]

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“It feels like fraud…”

If the Laurier community demands a lavish ball, like Charity Ball executives claim, then last year they received their wish at the expense of the committee’s final charitable donation. Despite working with a budget of upwards of $30,000, Charity Ball’s efforts to fundraise for the KidsAbility Foundation last year raised a meager amount: approximately $250. Laurier business graduate and last […]

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Nine years. No degree. No problem.

2000-01 (First) first year: Asif and the all-girl residences “Do you mean my first first year or my second first year?” Asif asks when I dive into the topic of his first year at Laurier. “I had two first years, three years apart,” was his response to the look of utter confusion spread across my face. When one takes this […]

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Laurier’s most balanced student

Monday 7:30 a.m. – Wake up This might seem like an awful start to the week, but studies consistently show that successful people wake up earlier than the less successful variety. After a weekend of partying, including a wild time last night at Phil’s, Goldie is starting her week off strong with an early morning breakfast and some old-school cartoons. […]

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Made in Romania

For centuries, Romania was home to a collection of self-sufficient and successful rural communities. The country was a picturesque homestead akin to the likes of any agricultural powerhouse: adorned with rolling hills and great plains, home to vast tracks of fertile countryside and traversed by plentiful waterways. At one time, Romania was recognized as the breadbasket of Europe. The once […]

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The lifestyle of leaders

A student’s abrupt transition into the chaos of residence has the ability to shock, frustrate and upset even the most adaptable individual. But one upper-year Laurier student is supposed to have the comprehensive skill set to help all first-years adapt to new homes in residence – their don. Dons work around the clock in an attempt to ease first-year concerns, […]

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