Opinion

Don’t let education hinder self-reflection

Albert Camus, a French author and philosopher who received a Novel Prize for Literature in 1957, once wrote that “beginning to think is beginning to be undermined.” For Camus, the idea that each and every question leads to another – in an infinite regress, to the point where one does not know what to think – is the beginning of […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Chicken eating contest uncivilized

I am writing in order to address some particularly troubling ramifications of the annual Chicken Eating Contest this past Thursday. All vegetarian based arguments aside (not to say they are unimportant or irrelevant), this event is offensively problematic. The very nature of the event serves as nothing more than a means in which to showcase the privilege and food security […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Political correctness is superfluous

Political correctness is overrated. While good intentioned, this movement places too much emphasis on the usage of correct terms and terminologies. What bothers me is how fixated people are about “PC.” Due to the mass spread of PC culture, critical comments can get misinterpreted as hate speech. The “black economy” is now called the “informal economy.” I doubt there are […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Trick-or-treat

The Pros – Jaclyn Stief As a child, trick-or-treating was what made Halloween “Halloween” – to have a bag or pillowcase of candy, chips and chocolate bars at the end of the night. My mom would try to limit me two or three treats a day, yet when she was not looking, I would always have a couple more. Trick-or-treating […]

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Religion has its merits

Re: “Religion pointless,” Oct. 21, 2008 This article is a massive over-simplification of the theological debate and it provides no useful, or even insightful, arguments against God’s existence. Shore writes that agnostics and atheists have realized that there are no logical arguments for the existence of God. This is completely false. As an agnostic, I do not believe, nor disbelieve […]

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Family counts at all ages

Four years ago, when I was in high school, my grandmother moved in with my family. I remember the day clearly. Our basement, now “grandma’s apartment,” was overflowing with her possessions from a life spanning many years. There was her infinite collection of watercolour paintings, a multitude of native sculptures and a library of mystery novels. To fit all these […]

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News tainted by tabloids

We live in a culture that is obsessed with celebrities. Everywhere we turn, we are constantly being bombarded with celebrity news. Because of this, we know less about real news, news that affects us daily and educates us. If you were to ask the average person about world events or the elections in Afghanistan, my guess would be that most […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Campus clubs hopeful

Re: “Campus clubs still unable to access WLUSU money,” Oct. 21, 2009 In response to the article written about the newly developed Campus Clubs and Faculty Associations registering process, I would like to thank the Cord for outlining the newly updated process that was created to better serve the needs of all Laurier students involved. This was a high priority […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Crime is crime, regardless

In a world in which people are divided into neat little categories like liberal and conservative, upper and lower class, criminal and law-abiding, it can be difficult for people to not allow personal sympathies to force them to take sides. Many conditions contribute to people’s moral biases, but one of the most obvious is political ideology. A dangerous example of […]

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Student-to-professor ratios unknown

It’s very obvious: Laurier’s enrollment has gone up. There are more students than ever before and professors haven’t been hired to account for this. Classes have students sitting on the stairs, but when asked for the new student-to-professor ratios, the current administration did not know who had access to this information. Considering that all students have to enroll and all […]

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