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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Capitalism causes inequality

I know that I live in a culture that thrives off of the backs of people I will never meet. I read books and articles about the goings on of the world: the destitute poverty in Africa, the outsourcing of labour to China, the drug wars in Latin America and, here in the West, the inability to stop the World […]

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Animal ethics shouldn’t be based on codes of conduct

Re: “Furthering science or exploiting nature?” Nov. 4. 2009 Laurier Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (LSETA), as animal activists, is concerned that our views were grouped under the title “Misconceptions” in Goldberg’s article. The statements Goldberg made regarding our group’s values and goals were misleading. Abuse in labs is not a misconception at all. While the article assumes […]

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The dying bachelor: the arts degree

TORONTO (CUP) – Earlier this year, a Toronto Star investigation found that sometimes all one has to do to get a degree is pay money. The Star had reporters go through some programs at small colleges across the GTA. They found that success could be had in the form of a degree without having to learn much of anything. This, […]

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