Explore social issues

Throughout the year, Laurier offers a variety of events that support diversity on campus. These are opportunities for students to seek out and educate themselves about important social issues. The Wilfrid Laurier University Rainbow Centre is hosting the transgendered awareness week in the concourse this week, which aims to educate the community about transgendered issues. Dignitas Laurier, a youth chapter […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Change perception of sickness for the future

With this year’s flu season well under way the effects of the H1N1 pandemic can be seen on the Laurier campus. Yet with all the media hype surrounding the issue, the flu has not hit with the intensity that was suggested. Maybe though, all the fuss has lead to something positive: remembering that we have a social responsibility to stay […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Friends don’t let friends text and drive

EDMONTON (CUP) – You take your eyes off the road for a half a second, reasoning that not much will change in the split second between glances towards your lap. Sitting on the dashboard of your car is your phone, buzzing away with text messages, reflecting the instant communication of the 21st century. But travelling anywhere above 50 kilometres per […]

by Cord Import· · National, Opinion ·

Political correctness helps overcome discrimination

Re: “Political correctness is superfluous,” Nov. 4, 2009 I also hate political correctness, I hate that people think that they are being anti-oppressive just because they are not using words that are offensive. While I would never condone the use of oppressive language due to the alienating effects that it can have on people who are a part of historically […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Football is promoted

Re: Football under-promoted, Nov. 4, 2009 Extensive efforts are made by the department and its student ambassadors to advertise these games. The department has already created a Facebook fan group and actively invites students and fans to attend upcoming games. Other advertising means already underway include a Golden Hawk Update section in The Cord itself and the Laurier HawkTalk e-newsletter, […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Football fans offensive

I would like to register my displeasure with the conduct of some individuals at the recent WLU playoff game. These individuals were using foul language throughout the game and in one case that I observed verbally abused a Western fan with offensive language. Moreover, there were several distasteful signs displayed and a seemingly popular t-shirt was worn disparaging Western with […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The displaced Canadian identity

There have often been questions about Canadian identity, since it is really just the combination of identities from around the globe; nevertheless we openly celebrate this diversity. Along with this multiculturalism comes diverse migration; if we look at being “Canadian” in simplistic terms, such as possessing Canadian citizenship, we’re faced with issues as to what constitutes a “Canadian” while abroad. […]

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Peacekeeping missions ineffective

Edmund Burke once famously declared, “All that is required for evil to win is for the good to do nothing.”  This Remembrance Day as we look at the world around us, we can see many instances where we in the West have failed, not by intervening too much but rather too little. Canadians believe that peacekeeping is the answer in […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·