Opinion

This is The Cord

This edition of The Cord marks an important moment in the rich history of our 84-year-old publication. At 44 pages, not only is it the largest issue we’ve ever printed, but it also marks the launch of an important change in the design and content of the publication. After introducing new sections of the paper in May – In Depth, […]

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Purpose of imprisonment misunderstood

The recent release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, has angered many people over the past few weeks. Words like “shocked,” “heartbroken” and “depressed” have been the stuff of headlines, particularly in the U.S., where most of the flight’s passengers were from. Not surprisingly, the victims’ […]

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Appalled by Asif

Re: “Nine years. No degree. No problem,” Sept. 30,2009 I am appalled by last week’s features article “Nine years, no degree, no problem” about perverted, and pathetic slacker Asif Bacchus. Why should an article glorifying a peeping tom who gets a kick out of spying on unsuspecting women in their own dorms, be permitted in our campus paper? This is […]

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What has Wilfie done for you?

Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh Prime Minister of Canada, has many tributes to him across the country; high schools, avenues and electoral districts are all named after him. Then there is Wilfrid Laurier University. The university was known before as Waterloo Lutheran College until 1973 when it adopted its current name. There was some outcry over the choice because Sir […]

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Laurier wish list

With a new school year upon us, The Cord has compiled a list of things we would like to see accomplished over the next eight months. Our wishes reflect what we, as students, feel are the most important and urgent missing pieces of the university. 1. Improve Laurier technology: Will the Internet on campus ever work? In the past, technology […]

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How power can corrupt

There always seem to be people who, when acceding to just a little power, become absolutely monstrous. We have seen it in celebrities of all colours, political figures all along the spectrum, lottery winners and CEOs who pamper themselves and take huge severance packages while heartlessly down-sizing, forcing staff reductions and squandering millions while simultaneously feathering their own nests. Recent […]

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From the archives: 1968

The rate at which the new “Coke” machines have been taking in money without dispensing drinks in return should result in the accumulation of funds of such magnitude that it will no longer be necessary to have an Office of University Resources. –Prof G.F. Durst, Sept. 27 Rivulets of water originating from a cooler in the first floor lounge ran […]

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From the Editor

I believe the media should be an outlet where people can interact, express themselves and learn from each other. I hope to foster this sense of campus discourse within the new feature of the opinion section, The Forum. I truly believe in the value of the Letters to the Editor section. Newspapers are by no means perfect at reporting the […]

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Welcome to WLU Frosh: Meet the System

If you are ambitious, intelligent, mature, resourceful and looking for a good education, you have come to the wrong place. University is not for you. The experience of being broken will be priceless; unfortunately, you pay for this pricelessness. You pay because your utopian ideals of enhancing your already impoverished mind vanish almost before your eyes. The cool way the […]

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Cultural Relativism is irrelevant

Oppression and human rights abuses should not be accepted under the guise of cultural differences. The notion that cruelty and oppression should not be allowed under the blanket of cultural and religious differences is something that should go without saying. To me, it sounds ludicrous to argue that various forms of discrimination and oppression are not only understandable but morally […]

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