Opinion

Technology is not the future

When the 19th century American author Henry David Thoreau heard the comment “We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas,” he responded, “It may be that Maine and Texas have nothing important to communicate.”   I, too, may have doubts about what information needs to be communicated. The hope, then as now, is that the […]

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FR!NGE should not be rated by star system

Re: “Life on the fringe,” Jan. 20 As the producers of the WLU Fr!nge Festival, we sincerely thank you for the coverage in last week’s Cord. The interest of the local arts community is important to us, as is support of the creative arts. This is especially true in the Laurier community where we lack a dramatic arts program. The […]

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Campus clubs finally investigated

The Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union board of directors has finally taken initiative and is acting upon student concerns regarding campus clubs. Every year there are problems raised with the organization and at last week’s board meeting, a motion was passed to inspect certain documents from the campus clubs office. This inspection will look into the management policies that are […]

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Know where you should donate

In the days following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I could not help but notice the massive efforts to collect relief money, particularly on campus. While posters and solicitation for fundraising events and charities are common at Laurier, the visible increase following the disaster in Haiti has raised questions about fundraising, donations and what happens to the collected cash. In […]

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Error in global article

Re: “A global view,” Jan. 20 Always enjoying a worldly perspective I decided to take a read of “A global view” and came to a section entitled “Pillaging the Planet” that struck a chord. Its opening paragraph stated: “The trafficking of wildlife … is driven by Asia’s desire for fine cuisine and medicinal usage of rare wildlife and Westerner financiers […]

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Sodoku unsolvable

I came across a page from The Cord dated 2009-01-20 that had the Classifieds and a puzzle. After some study, I realized that it does not have a unique solution. If pursued to the limit without guessing at any squares, all cells can be filled in except for four, namely the intersection of rows 4 and 9 with columns 8 […]

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Haiti can’t fall off the headlines

For avid followers of international news, the story of Haiti’s desperation is neither new nor surprising. The Caribbean island nation is riddled with excessive poverty, has a history of political instability and is devastated on a nearly annual basis by tropical storms and ensuing mudslides. Haiti’s poor infrastructure and ailing social welfare programs make the nation extremely fragile and arguably […]

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Conferences are for students

Conferences are often assumed to be something adults, businessmen or even Star Trek fanatics do in the “real world” to establish connections and gain information. While the idea of a conference can elicit feeling of intimidation, they are not exclusive to professionals; university students should participate in them more often. Conferences are a platform for like minded people to come […]

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Amalgamation disadvantages Kitchener, not just Waterloo

Re: “What would you think of a possible amalgamation of Kitchener and Waterloo?” Vocal Cord, Jan. 13 As an individual that has grown-up in the region and know it well that the question of whether Kitchener and Waterloo should amalgamate is a terrible idea.  It is correct that Waterloo has a better reputation than Kitchener; however, Waterloo has the highest […]

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Personalize the classroom

I once studied modern literature with a very knowledgeable, wonderful professor who would occasionally sit cross-legged on the classroom table; the lecture time I spent with him was transforming. Alas, I have forgotten many of his words, but I will forever remember his soft-spoken, good-humoured delivery. He always looked us in the eyes, making each of us feel he was […]

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