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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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Talking grades with WLU profs

1 Do the readings and do them at the right time. This may seem like common sense, I know. But according to English professor Michele Kramer and professor emeritus of psychology Don Morgenson, it’s not just doing the readings that gets you that elusive A; when you do your readings will really make that difference in your marks this term. […]

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Smuggling to survive

Victoria Isadrru, now a middle-aged woman with five children, was born in the “Pearl of Africa:” Arua District, Uganda. Vicky witnessed Uganda’s most recent war firsthand as a teenager and barely lived through it. She reflects, “When they came, they were killing everything that was alive.” She traveled between Uganda, Sudan, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) […]

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Travel advisory

Examining how many students abroad are underprepared for the hardships of overseas volunteering and how Laurier’s global studies department is working to change this hazardous trend For many, volunteering overseas provides the perfect mixture of travel, adventure and self-sacrifice. But traveling as a volunteer abroad is full of unforeseen hurdles and obstacles. Many university students have realized too late that […]

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