Teaching is more than just a comedy routine

Some time ago, after giving a public lecture, one of those present asked me how many hours a week I taught. My reply was six hours a week. “Wow,” was his reply. “That sure leaves a lot of time for research,” he added. He was stunned when I replied, “On the contrary… it really doesn’t. My teaching load allows very […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

The O-Week debate

Absurd With first year complete, James Popkie offers a satirical perspective on the tomfoolery that unfolds as first-years arrive Dear first year students: congratulations, you’ve made it into university. In past years, this would have put you in the upper intellectual elite. Nowadays, well, you’re probably above average at least. To put things in perspective, as of the 2006 census, […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Superficial friendships and convenience litter residence life

School, nap, party; repeat. That was essentially what my life consisted of during my year in residence. Although I may have been able to strike an appropriate balance between these aspects, something many first-year students struggle with, the overall experience was extremely artificial and didn’t allow much time to mature or evolve as a person. Moving here from Alberta, I […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

University, not what it used to be

Wilfrid Laurier has come to the point where the university’s debt has become too high for it to operate effectively. Fortunately, the government has allowed WLU to defer pension payments for one year while the school finds ways to get back on track. To begin its rehabilitation, Laurier has decided to make cuts of 5 per cent to each department […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Board failed students

While the university itself is forced to make significant cuts to all departments the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union seems to have the opposite problem: it has too much money to spend funds wisely. Director Andrew Fryer’s proposed and passed amendment of $25,000 for a market research initiative is a reflection of the inept abilities of WLUSU’s governing body. Students […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

The silver lining of the recession

Even in bleak economic times, important lessons can be learned. There are many unfounded criticisms that Western culture receives from the rest of the world and from self-serving “open-minded” intellectuals who criticise the West because it is the chic thing to do. However, one criticism that many cite is definitely true – that Western culture is far too materialistic. People […]

by James Popkie· · Opinion ·

Reconsider Values

The current economic crisis has forced society into a pivotal place where the values that will follow us into a new era need to be affirmed. In a time where the auto industry garners the front pages of media outlets for their bailout cries, the focus on investing in education during the recession seems to have taken a backseat. Under-funding […]

by Cord Staff· · Opinion ·

Students should be appreciated

Unspoken contention between Laurier students and Waterloo locals has surfaced again with April’s Northdale Strategic Planning session. The compiled results of the session propose ways to solve the housing problems that arise within a student-dominated environment. Waterloo – hosting two major universities and a college – is undeniably a student city. For eight months of the year, chaos tornadoes through, […]

by Cord Staff· · Opinion ·