Opinion

Worship what is important

I recently had an opportunity to read through a speech by the dearly departed David Foster Wallace called “This is Water.” It’s a commencement speech, delivered at an American university some years ago. The speech is a brief testament to Wallace’s brilliance as a writer; it’s unsullied by the sort of things that are de rigueur in commencement addresses: the […]

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Social upheaval is a driving force behind progress

I may be the only person eagerly anticipating the H1N1 virus while secretly hoping we will undergo a severe outbreak. Not to romanticize a potentially devastating illness, but a little social chaos is exactly what our world needs. I find myself fantasizing about what might happen if H1N1 infested our schools and public buildings so severely that it became imperative […]

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Canada’s communication oligopoly requires integrity

After spending over an hour on hold listening to the quiet whispers of unfamiliar music between the blaring interruptions of computer recorded voices reminding me of all the wonderful deals Rogers has to offer and, at rare intervals, an actual person reassuring my patience, my call is lost. The tedious process must begin again; there is no way of reaching […]

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Stop depending on WebCT , please

Stop depending on WebCT, please This year, Laurier’s new initiative – forcing students to print off their class syllabus instead of the university doing so – has done more to highlight the continuing trials of WebCT, the online academic resource, than to really save trees. The absence of physical syllabi is quite frustrating as WebCT was down on the first […]

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Paying for football

The new $5 entrance fee for Laurier football games, including the Homecoming game, has left a sour taste in many students’ mouths after returning from summer with little pocket change and increased costs at every turn. It is not so much that $5 to support a sports team is out of the ordinary; Laurier was the last university to begin […]

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Business program idealistic, unrealistic

In last week’s Cord, a front-page news story, “BBA program reviewed,” captured my attention. Being a former business student at Laurier, I will be the first to admit that the SBE faces an enormous task in redesigning the BBA program. I am speaking from the viewpoint of a student so frustrated with the BBA program that I dropped out in […]

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Futile to ignore manmade climate change

With the Copenhagen climate negotiations commencing in December, it is important that Canada does not repeat past performances as a laggard on the issue of climate change mitigation. As political leaders make their way north to emphasize Canada’s Arctic sovereignty, the North would be better used as an example of why Canada should care more about climate change. The science […]

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Is there an airport nearby… or is that just my heart taking off?

As I skim through newspapers spouting the daily, predictable news warning the plight of humanity, I become overwhelmed with the injustice of it all and the general triumph of evil. There is an endless list of things people are not doing to improve life. Any optimistic attempt at progress or change is trampled by the sheer magnitude of our failings. […]

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This is The Cord

This edition of The Cord marks an important moment in the rich history of our 84-year-old publication. At 44 pages, not only is it the largest issue we’ve ever printed, but it also marks the launch of an important change in the design and content of the publication. After introducing new sections of the paper in May – In Depth, […]

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Purpose of imprisonment misunderstood

The recent release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, has angered many people over the past few weeks. Words like “shocked,” “heartbroken” and “depressed” have been the stuff of headlines, particularly in the U.S., where most of the flight’s passengers were from. Not surprisingly, the victims’ […]

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