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Managing the distance

Love is worth a lifetime of dedication. It is the rare light at the end of the dreary tunnel on the banal journey through life. One would not have an epic love story without the necessary physical distance between two lovers challenging their devotion and tearing their hearts into pieces every second they are apart. However, in a contemporary context, […]

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Honouring Canadian soldiers in a new era

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, These are the opening words to John McCrae’s iconic poem that came to encapsulate the waste of young lives fighting on the western front generated during the war to end all wars. McCrae’s experiences serving with the Canadian corps in the Ypres salient during 1915 and onward came to speak for an entire generation […]

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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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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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