Opinion

Laurier’s varsity athletes need more student support

After spending two years in the sports section of this newspaper, first as a writer and then as the sports editor, I’ve attended more Golden Hawks varsity sports games than I can count. But what never ceases to amaze me is the lack of support that these teams get from Laurier students. Whether it’s hockey, basketball, soccer or even football, […]

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Errors in Armenian genocide article

Re: “The Politicization of a country’s historical events”, March 17 I want to thank Amalia Biro for covering the recent recognition of the Armenian genocide by the Swedish parliament. However, the article claims that the massacres were not previously labelled. In actuality, the term “genocide” was coined in 1944 specifically to describe the attempted extermination of the Armenians in World […]

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Death is a struggle to overcome

Re: “Five stages of grief”, March 17 I just wanted to say thanks for publishing the article “The five stages of grief.” A friend of mine committed suicide last year in April, and after that I could not function. I didn’t write my exams in April ‘08, and fall semester this year (second year) I failed some courses. Back in […]

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Religion already present at university

Re: “Principled pluralism is needed today,” March 17 Brian Bork seriously does not understand the concept of separation of church and state. Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion. You do not have the right to push your religious beliefs from the platform of a public institution. I know he works at a university, but I’m beginning to wonder […]

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Homelesss campaign ironic

If the School of Business & Economics at Laurier would like to end homelessness, it should stop graduating capitalist peons who promote an omnicidal system of mass exploitation and destruction. –Dr. Michael Truscello, Assistant Professor I am writing in regards to the Five Days for the Homeless Campaign currently taking place outside the Terrace. As a struggling student, I was […]

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Mental disorders left to the margins

More than 2.6 million Canadians with mental illness have suffered quietly, shamed into reticence by the stigma associated with their condition. Almost half of these people will not seek care. Lives are lost through suicide – Canada has the third-highest suicide rate in the industrialized world for the age group 15 through 24 years – and millions of Canadians suffer […]

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Students need the freedom to think

I like to imagine a time in history when universities were filled with the opportunity for bright, eager minds to challenge authority, engage in debate and develop unique theories. Unfortunately, what I see now is that the expectations of the modern academic world have made this type of behaviour quite rare – in the classroom, most students adhere to the […]

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Students lose out in 2010 federal budget

After the federal government released the 2010 budget following several months of “recalibration,” it was expected that the government would actually have a plan for the future. We have been sadly mistaken. Instead of having a new vision, the government re-offered the status quo. With a structural federal deficit and no serious plan to tackle it, students should be alarmed […]

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Explore Canadian music

For a country of 34 million people, Canada undoubtably has a remarkable output of musical creativity and talent. While the closing ceremonies of the Olympics attempted to feature back-to-back performances of talented Canadian musicians, they ultimately failed, simply for the reason that they ignored the immense untapped talent that goes unnoticed. For every Avril Lavigne, we have an Emily Haines; […]

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Activists alienate the public

I have recently noticed a rebirth of activism on a scale that has not been seen since the 1960s. According to the BBC, in 2003, six to 10 million people worldwide actively protested the war in Iraq, which was the largest protest in history. While I welcome public participation in current events and call for a better world, I feel […]

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