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Don’t walk on the hawk – The background of a tradition

  The golden hawk on the floor of the first level of the Fred Nichols Campus Centre has a well-known tradition surrounding it, but many students today may not know the origins of why they’re not allowed to step on it. “It’s intriguing how something so simple can generate a lot of attention and become a source of pride,” said […]

by Ashley Denuzzo· · Campus, Slider ·
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Youth in need of shelter, support

Youth homelessness is on the rise in the Region of Waterloo. Referencing annual data summaries on homelessness and housing in the region, the amount of youth who used emergency shelters rose from 738 in 2008 to 916 in 2013 — an increase of approximately 27 per cent over a five-year period. Homeless youth are defined as people between the age […]

by Connor Ward· · Local, Slider ·
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Union makes scheduling changes

With the approval of fall reading week, the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union was forced to review the scheduling of Orientation Week. But according to Heather Gaffney, vice-president of programming and services, the Union was ready for the changes. “What we promised students and our student volunteers was that O-Week would not be shortened,” she said. Gaffney explained that last […]

by Shelby Blackley· · Campus, News, Slider ·
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‘Stigmatizing the stigma’

Mental health will be one of the top priorities for Wilfrid Laurier University and the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union when students return in the fall. Adrienne Luft, the mental health and student support team leader, explained the goal this year is to eliminate stigmas surrounding different types of personal health. “Obviously mental health and physical health are all part […]

by Shelby Blackley· · Campus, Slider ·
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Library experiences long weekend flooding

Heavy rain over the weekend caused damage to the lower floor of Wilfrid Laurier University’s library, which experienced two to three inches of water. The only student service that was affected was Laurier Archives, which will remain closed while the rest of the Library operates as usual. The entrance to the Library, which was moved to the back door at […]

by Shelby Blackley· · Campus, Slider ·
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Milton campus awaiting government approval

Wilfrid Laurier University has been discussing the possibility of a campus in Milton for seven years. In 2007, just one month after joining the university, Laurier president Max Blouw received a letter from the town. “40 other universities also received the same letter, inviting us to think about – investigate – setting up a campus in Milton,” he explained. After […]

by Kate Turner· · Campus, Slider ·
Laurier sees decrease in admissions

Laurier sees decrease in admissions

Admissions for incoming first-year students at Wilfrid Laurier University have dropped 14 per cent since last year, according to the admissions office and the Ontario University Applications Centre. This drop in admissions brings the university 7 per cent below their target from last year. Holly Cox, Laurier’s director of recruitment and admissions, explained there are strong demands for some programs […]

by Kaitlyn Severin· · Campus, Slider ·
Region’s traffic a growing concern

Region’s traffic a growing concern

Construction is rampant in Waterloo during the summer. Roadwork is being done on University Avenue, several new apartment buildings are shooting up near the universities and uptown Waterloo is also seeing the development of condominiums. Alongside this has been population growth, which the city estimates has been increasing at 1.73 per cent each year for the past 15 years. Jeff […]

by Marissa Evans· · Local, Slider ·
LORIS registration ‘fairly smooth’

LORIS registration ‘fairly smooth’

Wilfrid Laurier University’s new time ticket method for course registration had its first run-through this year, and created multiple reactions. According to Ken Boyd, director of information and communication technologies services at Laurier, registration overall this year was a fairly smooth process. “A lot of time stamps were great. The ones that had trouble were sciences and anything after,” he […]

by Shelby Blackley· · Campus, Slider ·