Opinion

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 […]

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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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Don’t let education hinder self-reflection

Albert Camus, a French author and philosopher who received a Novel Prize for Literature in 1957, once wrote that “beginning to think is beginning to be undermined.” For Camus, the idea that each and every question leads to another – in an infinite regress, to the point where one does not know what to think – is the beginning of […]

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Chicken eating contest uncivilized

I am writing in order to address some particularly troubling ramifications of the annual Chicken Eating Contest this past Thursday. All vegetarian based arguments aside (not to say they are unimportant or irrelevant), this event is offensively problematic. The very nature of the event serves as nothing more than a means in which to showcase the privilege and food security […]

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Political correctness is superfluous

Political correctness is overrated. While good intentioned, this movement places too much emphasis on the usage of correct terms and terminologies. What bothers me is how fixated people are about “PC.” Due to the mass spread of PC culture, critical comments can get misinterpreted as hate speech. The “black economy” is now called the “informal economy.” I doubt there are […]

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Trick-or-treat

The Pros – Jaclyn Stief As a child, trick-or-treating was what made Halloween “Halloween” – to have a bag or pillowcase of candy, chips and chocolate bars at the end of the night. My mom would try to limit me two or three treats a day, yet when she was not looking, I would always have a couple more. Trick-or-treating […]

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