Opinion

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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Are men academic?

When it comes to matters regarding gender inequality, I consistently side with a devout feminist standpoint. Knowing where I stand on most issues due to this personalized ideology of feminism, I find it odd that I am concerned with the uncertain future of men within post-secondary institutions. Statistics Canada indicates that women make up to 58 per cent of the […]

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Laurier is not a small school anymore

Re: “Student-faculty ratio still missing,” Jan. 13 Laurier is no longer a small university. It’s hard to imagine and to believe but the small university we all came here for no longer exists. Sure, we may still be a campus that is slightly larger than a city block with a student body much smaller than other universities like Toronto or […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Relationship support from friends is essential

The further I progress into my 20s, the more the path my friends and I plan to take becomes intrinsically linked with our partners’. I have come to terms with the fact that at some point I’ll have to grow up and stop living with roommates. But this doesn’t mean that everyone I know accepts that. For some students at […]

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Harper: swift to initiate a second prorogation?

When Harper slipped into prorogation for the second time during his term as prime minister, opposing parties and Canadian citizens expressed anger. What many might not understand is that prorogation is simply a part of the parliamentary cycle; however, the instances in which Harper has used it to his political advantage are questionable. Let’s compare Canadian politics to boxing. If […]

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Winter Carnival has a questionable purpose

Winter Carnival has been a tradition at Wilfrid Laurier University for the past 50 years. The week-long event has attracted a significant amount of students and attention from the university: this year there are 21 teams participating, with between 20-40 members on each team. The appeal of this week is the fun and ridiculous activities that take place and the […]

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Unavailable grades an inconvenience

Even though second semester is already underway, some students have still not received their marks from the fall semester. Unfortunately, this is not a new problem for Laurier students. Professors are supposed to adhere to guidelines set out in the collective agreement, which states they must submit grades to the registrar’s office within 96 hours of the final examination. Though […]

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Students treated poorly by WLU

University students have long been on the front lines of political and social change. They played a key role in the civil rights movements during the 1960s and were influential in political uprisings such as Prague Springs or Tiananmen Square. With such an important historical role one would expect that university students would be entitled to some respect. However, I […]

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