Opinion

We need to respect Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a day of respect. Although freedom of speech is a right of Canadians and an important component of democracy, Remembrance Day is the one day that asks the citizens of Canada to remember the personal sacrifices soldiers have made and the trauma that war inflicts on the world. Some of us attend ceremonies at cenotaphs and legion […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Laurier Day unrepresentative

The balloons, purple and gold and fanatical cheering meant that last Friday was Laurier Day, guaranteed twice a year. While it is great that Laurier has many enthusiastic students, Laurier is first and foremost an institution of learning; this should be conveyed to potential recruits. During Laurier Day, the university promotes the student experience, which currently focuses on an immature […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Capitalism causes inequality

I know that I live in a culture that thrives off of the backs of people I will never meet. I read books and articles about the goings on of the world: the destitute poverty in Africa, the outsourcing of labour to China, the drug wars in Latin America and, here in the West, the inability to stop the World […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Animal ethics shouldn’t be based on codes of conduct

Re: “Furthering science or exploiting nature?” Nov. 4. 2009 Laurier Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (LSETA), as animal activists, is concerned that our views were grouped under the title “Misconceptions” in Goldberg’s article. The statements Goldberg made regarding our group’s values and goals were misleading. Abuse in labs is not a misconception at all. While the article assumes […]

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The dying bachelor: the arts degree

TORONTO (CUP) – Earlier this year, a Toronto Star investigation found that sometimes all one has to do to get a degree is pay money. The Star had reporters go through some programs at small colleges across the GTA. They found that success could be had in the form of a degree without having to learn much of anything. This, […]

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Stress is escapable

The November burnout has begun. While school should remain a top priority for students, stress has many impacts on health that are worth paying attention to. Laurier, unlike some universities, has no fall reading week, which means that the semester is crammed into a quick, overwhelming 12 weeks. On top of the pressure to just keep on top of the […]

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The Shins and skinny jeans: the ever-changing meaning of ‘indie’

HAMILTON (CUP) – In the movie “Pineapple Express,” Seth Rogen’s character tells his high school-aged girlfriend, “You’re gonna go to college, and you’re gonna get really into Godspeed You Black Emperor, and the fucking Shins.” This is just one example of how indie culture has been adopted and co-opted by the mainstream, using cultural signifiers such as indie bands to […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Women need to prioritize health

I have noticed, to my dismay, the prevalence of dieting in women’s literature. As someone who has struggled with weight, I find this highly disconcerting since I have found that conquering weight begins with a change in perspective. Whereas magazines preach weight loss, change only comes when one believes in health. I do not do dieting; I like food too […]

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Football under-promoted

This Saturday, Laurier’s football team will be playing its biggest rivals, the Western Mustangs, in the provincial semi-finals. Is this the first you’re hearing of it? It’s not surprising if it is. Laurier Athletics has failed to promote the team throughout the season, and the problem has never been more apparent than now. The Golden Hawks had an incredible season, […]

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Protesting banned at 2010 Olympics

In preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics, the city of Vancouver is creating by-laws to prevent dialogue on the negative externalities of the games. First, the right to protest during the Olympics will be illegal, punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and possible jail time. Second, anti-Olympic signage will also be illegal and punishable with a fine of […]

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