Opinion

Punctuation and grammar lost today

Re: “R.I.P. English,” Sept. 30, 2009 I sat down and picked up a discarded copy of The Cord. That’s when I found it: “R.I.P. English.” Reading it, I almost instantly found myself silently agreeing to everything in the article. I will admit to having, on occasion, used “words” such as btw in regular speech, but usually just to annoy my […]

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Olympics are positive

Re: Activists oppose Olympic relay, Sept. 30, 2009 I would like to share a quote with the Laurier Community: ‘For seventeen days, they are roommates. For seventeen days, they are soul mates. And for twenty-two seconds, they are competitors. Seventeen days as equals. Twenty-two seconds as adversaries. What a wonderful world that would be. That’s the hope I see in […]

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Late-term abortions should be banned

Abortion has long been a contentious and controversial issue, with people on the pro-life and pro-choice camps often siding along opposite extremes and viewing the issue in absolutist terms. In Canada, it seems that the pro-choice side has undoubtedly been the victor. Since 1988, Canada has been one of the few nations with absolutely no legal restrictions on abortion. The […]

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Correction for ‘No Fixed Address’

Re: “Former dean of arts kicks it old school,” Sept. 30, 2009 Many thanks for the flattering story on “No Fixed Address.” It was quite fun to read. One small correction though. Our band played during the WLUSA staff strike in 2002 and not the WLUFA CAS strike in 2008. –David Docherty

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Someone dropped the Charity Ball

This year’s budget for Charity Ball is $34,000. Last year the ball raised approximately $250. The discrepancy between the amount raised for charity and the amount that is designated for an elaborate party is mind-boggling. In comparison, Laurier University Charity Kouncil (L.U.C.K.) is budgeted at $15,000 and donated approximately $16,000. That is 64 times the amount Charity Ball accumulated. Clearly, […]

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Transparency needed

WLUSU has refused to release the detailed budget and list of expenses for last year’s Charity Ball. In her platform, Laura Sheridan assured transparency within the union, yet it appears that this was an empty promise. It is the responsibility of WLUSU to provide students with numbers; by refusing students the budget of the 2008-09 Charity Ball, WLUSU is violating […]

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Concrete damages false

Re: Student asked not to ‘stilt’ on campus, Sept. 30, 2009 I couldn’t help but notice Rob Curran, director of special constable services, note that there is $20,000 worth of damages on the fresh concrete at the Waterloo campus due to skateboarding, powerbocking, and trick biking. What I am questioning is the $20,000 of damages that seems to be pulled […]

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Money is not everything

Last week was Waterloo’s annual career fair at RIM Park – a rather daunting production of a fourth-year’s worst nightmare, the real world. After a lifetime of preparation and figuring out “what I want to be when I grow up,” I feel as though I have let my childhood ambitions of wealth and fame fall to the wayside. As a […]

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The declining value of liberal learning

In 1784, Benjamin Franklin quoted the chief of the Six Nations who apparently had much to say about the value of education. The chief wrote, “You who are wise must know that different nations have different conceptions of things and you will not therefore take it amiss if our ideas of this kind of education happen not to be the […]

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Torch resisted

Torch resisted The symbolism of the Olympic torch has come under scrutiny as Anti-War at Laurier (AW@L) is resisting the torch’s celebration ceremony in Kitchener. Undoubtedly, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics have participated in oppressing the Aboriginals of the West Coast and had negative environmental impacts on the Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler areas. The native people of Canada are one of […]

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