Opinion

Universities are too overrun with business pursuits

The constant rise of consumerism seems to increase without much recognition. Our society has become so commercialized that it’s often difficult for most to differentiate between the degrees of consumerism or to even take notice when it becomes too excessive. The cases of consumerism and commercialism that we see in our day-to-day lives are in the natural places we would […]

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Conservatives incompetent

Not much more than a year ago, I stated in a column that, “Although I’m not exactly a fan of Stephen Harper, neither am I his biggest detractor.” I guess it takes that much longer to really get to know someone.  Until early 2008, Mr. Harper had, in my mind, displayed an unexpected level of restraint in his leadership and had […]

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Insufficient awareness of Laurier environmental issues

There are three things that I believe to be true. The first is that universities ought to be at the forefront of technological advances and social movements. The second is that environmental degradation is increasing and we really need to do something about it. The third is that Laurier has the potential to combine these two facts and become a […]

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Teaching is more than just a comedy routine

Some time ago, after giving a public lecture, one of those present asked me how many hours a week I taught. My reply was six hours a week. “Wow,” was his reply. “That sure leaves a lot of time for research,” he added. He was stunned when I replied, “On the contrary… it really doesn’t. My teaching load allows very […]

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The O-Week debate

Absurd With first year complete, James Popkie offers a satirical perspective on the tomfoolery that unfolds as first-years arrive Dear first year students: congratulations, you’ve made it into university. In past years, this would have put you in the upper intellectual elite. Nowadays, well, you’re probably above average at least. To put things in perspective, as of the 2006 census, […]

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Superficial friendships and convenience litter residence life

School, nap, party; repeat. That was essentially what my life consisted of during my year in residence. Although I may have been able to strike an appropriate balance between these aspects, something many first-year students struggle with, the overall experience was extremely artificial and didn’t allow much time to mature or evolve as a person. Moving here from Alberta, I […]

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University, not what it used to be

Wilfrid Laurier has come to the point where the university’s debt has become too high for it to operate effectively. Fortunately, the government has allowed WLU to defer pension payments for one year while the school finds ways to get back on track. To begin its rehabilitation, Laurier has decided to make cuts of 5 per cent to each department […]

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Board failed students

While the university itself is forced to make significant cuts to all departments the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union seems to have the opposite problem: it has too much money to spend funds wisely. Director Andrew Fryer’s proposed and passed amendment of $25,000 for a market research initiative is a reflection of the inept abilities of WLUSU’s governing body. Students […]

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The silver lining of the recession

Even in bleak economic times, important lessons can be learned. There are many unfounded criticisms that Western culture receives from the rest of the world and from self-serving “open-minded” intellectuals who criticise the West because it is the chic thing to do. However, one criticism that many cite is definitely true – that Western culture is far too materialistic. People […]

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