Opinion

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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Your 20s are for yourself

When was the last time you went on Facebook, creeped photos and took note of how many people from your high school have children, are pregnant, are married or are engaged? The general reaction to these sorts of people – among my social circle at least – is ridicule and a general disbelief that many of our peers have decided […]

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Arts reorganization demands attention

Now is an important time for Laurier, as we are in the midst of dealing with budget cuts that totaled $8.9 million this past year. Significant cuts are being made across the board; the faculty of arts, for instance, has been asked to cut $500,000 for the 2010-11 academic year. With an increasing deficit, cuts are unavoidable, so it is […]

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How do we perceive the West?

Bigger picture of the world is absent Ben Sandiford The question of whether or not the West is evil is certainly loaded, and it is one that I feel too few are capable of answering. This is because our education system teaches us very little about other cultures and civilizations, leaving us to stumble blindly through the events that shape […]

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Naked snow woman is not controversial

Recently, the national news broadcaster CTV has picked up a local story about the naked snow woman on the front yard of 251 Albert Street. Permanent residents in the Northdale community are complaining about a sculpture that a group of students, both men and women, created. How is it that a nude woman made out of snow can cause so […]

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Canadians are proud

Wherever you were on Sunday afternoon, you probably witnessed an unprecedented outpouring of Canadian pride. Streets were blocked, viewers were brought to tears and people who don’t even like sports rose to their feet when Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal in overtime during the men’s hockey finals. And whether you celebrated with drinks, hugged total strangers or took to […]

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Start your summer job search now

With last year’s summer student unemployment rate reported at a staggering 20.9 per cent, students should be applying for jobs early – meaning now. In an effort to focus on school during the year, many students opt not to work while they are enrolled in classes. This means that many only have four months to make all the money they […]

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OSAP fails the needs of students

A student who relies solely on OSAP is required to live well below the poverty line. There is no doubt that a university degree will enhance your life long after your dorm room days are over.  Not only will your life be augmented by the knowledge and critical thinking skills that you develop, but it is estimated that on average […]

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Incorrect assumptions about gender studies circulate in National Post

ANTIGONISH, N.S. (CUP) — Last month, Canada’s daily right-wing rag, the National Post, ran an editorial lamenting the perseverance of women’s studies programs in universities across the country. The Jan. 26 editorial “Women’s Studies is still with us” offered a skeptical take on reports that women’s studies programs are in decline, saying “We would wave good-bye without shedding a tear, […]

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Harper pulls out of HIV partnership

The “Friday strategy” of evading fallout by burying bad news ahead of the weekend is perhaps the longest-standing PR strategy in Ottawa. Accordingly, as Canadians left work Friday to watch Montgomery’s thrilling gold-medal skeleton performance, it was quietly announced that Canada was pulling out of a $139-million partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop HIV vaccines for […]

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