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Reflecting on the successes of Orientation Week 2018

Wilfrid Laurier University’s 2018 Orientation Week and Shinerama festivities were a raging success, as Laurier’s Waterloo campus greeted incoming first-years and welcomed back returning upper-years with a fair, carnival and performances by many talented guests. Additionally, the Shinerama campaign raised money and awareness for cystic fibrosis with a barbecue and car wash. O-Week, beginning with opening ceremonies on both first-year […]

by Margaret Russell· · Campus, News ·
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“Project Safe Semester” in full effect in Waterloo, WRPS cracks down on Ezra street party

As the Waterloo region has seen an increase in the transient student population in late August and early September, the Waterloo Regional Police saw an influx in student arrests, charges and ticketing. Waterloo Regional Police Services, being aware of this causation, launched Project Safe Semester in the last week of August and will continue until Homecoming at the end of […]

by Margaret Russell· · Local, News ·
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Uptown construction update: Bike lanes are now open to the public

The newly-completed, segregated bike lanes running along King Street in uptown Waterloo are now available for use by the public, after over a year of delayed construction. This construction is another phase of the uptown Waterloo streetscape project, a concerted effort by the Uptown Waterloo Business Improvement Area (BIA). Their goal is to make King Street more accessible for pedestrian […]

by Aaron Hagey· · Local, News ·
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An overview of the upcoming Waterloo municipal election candidates

Waterloo Region will be voting on Oct. 22, 2018, as part of the municipal council and school board elections taking place across Ontario. We’ve spoken to our three mayoral candidates, asking about key points in their platforms and goals for their prospective terms. Dave Jaworsky Dave Jaworsky, our current mayor of Waterloo, is running this fall for a second term. […]

by Margaret Russell· · News ·
New, accessible recycling bins for WLU campus

New, accessible recycling bins for WLU campus

Hillary Scanlon, fourth-year global studies student at Laurier, has taken to creating accessible waste and recycling options on campus for those with vision impairments. In order to easily distinguish between various waste options on campus, Scanlon has created numerous rubber floor signs. The signs, which look like large stickers, are distinguishable from the rest of the floor, making them easy […]

by Safina Husein· · News ·
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Earth Suds’ innovative products help reduce waste and plastic in oceans

Slowly but surely the global community is making efforts towards eliminating plastic waste that ultimately damages our various ecosystems. Most recently on a large scale, Starbucks Coffee announced their goal to eliminate the need for plastic straws with their beverages entirely by 2020 and have already begun to implement their new lid design. Students at Wilfrid Laurier University have also […]

by Aaron Hagey· · News ·
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Laurier student helps turn old mattress toppers into sustainable pet beds

When Brooke Dietrich was hired at the Laurier Sustainability Office for a summer student position, her first task was to make use of 30 foam mattress toppers that could not be recycled from the university’s Move Out Program, and would have ended up in landfills. Dietrich reached out to many people associated with Laurier, but unfortunately, she did not have […]

by Hayley McGoldrick· · Local, News ·
A brief history of Shinerama’s impact in Kitchener-Waterloo

A brief history of Shinerama’s impact in Kitchener-Waterloo

On Saturday, Sept. 8, Wilfrid Laurier’s orientation week celebration for incoming students will host Shine Day, the main event for Shinerama, a charitable fundraiser involving numerous campuses through Canada that raises money for cystic fibrosis research through Cystic Fibrosis Canada. For those first year students getting involved in O-week, the final day of the celebration features a fundraiser, where students […]

by Aaron Hagey· · Campus, News ·