Opinion

Snow woman appalling

Re: “Naked snow woman is not controversial,” March 3 I am appalled at the ignorance and disrespect in this editorial. A headless woman with her legs open facing Albert Street, which has thousands of cars passing by daily, not only makes an issue of student behaviour, but is also a huge disrespectful act to women. Families with children and other […]

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Self-serving volunteering is realistic

Re: “Voluntourism in Africa is too trendy,” March 10 I’m sick of people dismissing any form of “volunteering” as self-serving and self-righteous. Yes, I can personally think of a few obnoxious people who like to tout their volunteer expeditions to Africa, as they wait for the applause. But really, who cares?  It’s human nature to factor in all benefits to […]

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One-sided coverage of Israeli apartheid week

Re: “A week of dialogue and debate,” March 10 I was really disappointed with the coverage of Israeli Apartheid Week. I was hopeful when I saw that there was a whole page devoted to the week; however, I soon realized the article was very one-sided. Although Laurier for Palestine put on several events with Students for Palestinian Rights, none of […]

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Principled pluralism is needed today

If I could do away with one secular conceit, it would be that “religious belief is fine, as long as it is kept private.” The assumptions behind that statement are baffling to me, because they seem to have a profound misunderstanding of the way the human heart works. It is quite obvious that human beings aren’t very adept at confining […]

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The changing nature of gay

WINNIPEG (CUP) — When an out homosexual character on a prime-time sitcom exclaims, “Can you have him paint us something a little less gay?” it sounds like being gay isn’t entirely about sexual orientation. Gay is an ambiguous term these days. In fact, some have renounced it altogether. Academic, poet and drag queen Sky Gilbert has quit being gay. He […]

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Voluntouring in Africa is too trendy

A summer spent in Africa seems to be held in higher regard than one spent in Romania or Central America. It’s become an unwritten rite of passage in North American society for today’s young humanitarian to engage in the ultimate act of charity: traveling to a developing country to volunteer. However, not just any developing region will do. To obtain […]

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Letter of the week: March 10, 2010

This letter has been selected by the editor to offer commentary on the role of a students’ union. The letter was in response to the March 3 article “Stage two completed in market research project.” The purpose of a students’ union Many thanks to The Cord for reporting on the progress of the students’ union’s market research project. The results, […]

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Save heritage building

Re: “Prof struggles to defend heritage buildings,” March 3 As a former student at Wilfrid Laurier University and a present instructional assistant at WLU, I’m writing to applaud Dr. Lisa Wood’s stand against the destruction of the 41 buildings on the south side of Colborne Street in Brantford. I believe strongly in the need for academics to participate in the […]

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Snow babe is sexist

Re: “Naked snow woman is not controversial,” March 3  I feel that the editorial board has shown ambivalence to the legitimate concerns regarding the “snow babe” sculpture. While many complaints may be based on troubled neighborly relations, the problematic nature of the statue is based on its inherent sexism. Firstly, the position of the sculpture is overtly sexualized, distinguishing it […]

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The Laurier budget needs a reality check

The administration’s rationale for increasing class sizes and cutting contract academic staff (CAS) needs to be questioned. The administration’s presentation to The Cord a few weeks ago suggested that students should consider themselves lucky that class sizes have only increased by 13.5 per cent, since the teaching workload norm for faculty decreased from five courses to four – a drop […]

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