A Look Into A Philosopher’s Mind

On a Friday afternoon, while the rest of the world breaks for the weekend, a small group of scholars and students assemble in the fourth floor of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Art building for a Philosophical Colloquium. The topic the week is Truth; the week before, God. How philosophical. What perhaps sets this gathering aside from traditional lectures is that professors and students alike sit side by side, contemplating the ideas and arguments set forward by the great thinkers of the world. Is there an equation that can determine Good versus Evil? Can we distinguish between…

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King of the Robots: Double Cohort and the Two Towers

It’s spring. Most of you have probably seen the new Lord of the Rings movie by now, and if you haven’t, then just bear with me. You know that part where all the Orcs are about to storm the castle and all the humans are standing atop the walls, frightened because they’re about to be eaten? Okay, let’s replace that castle with a university that can fit on one square block, those humans with a load of students, staff, administrators and professors, and the orcs with a bunch of newly-graduated kids with post-1984 driver’s licenses.…

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Who is the More Credible Villain?

After the Middle East has been labelled as, ‘The Axis of Evil’, Iraq cannot seem to escape their fate through America’s eyes. Here is a look at the various reasons why America wants to wage war with their enemy. As the American invasion of Iraq inches ever closer it is important to know what this war entails and what it does not. Let us begin first by exploring what this war is not about. Despite the Bush administration’s attempts to argue that Iraq represents an immediate threat to the US, it is a fact of…

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Uncharted Territory: Exploring the Classrooms of Now

My elementary schooling occurred behind the confines of archaic brown bricks - erected by pioneers - within the countryside of southwestern Ontario. The classrooms, to accommodate for the transformation of rural communities into vast sprawling suburbs, were filled with students from differing grade levels. By the time the farmer’s acreage, where we played endless games of hide and seek, was paved over and filled with houses, my grade 3/4 classroom was introduced to a new classmate: a single, grey Macintosh Apple. Ah, the days of standing in line at recess, pushing and shoving my way…

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Recycled Fashion

We are supposed to be ‘starving students’, just barely scraping by on a diet of Kraft Dinner and Mr. Noodles. Looking around most university campuses there doesn’t seem to be many students that aren’t eating well or spending their money frivolously. Whether or not mommy and daddy are paying your way or you’re surviving on a hefty student loan, saving money and not being wasteful are two things students should be doing in order to better prepare themselves for the real world. If you’re like me you have a closet full of clothes that you…

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And when I looked over my shoulder, everything was different

“My opinion on art, and what I’m trying to do- when I do a project I just let it flow, come up with ideas, feelings, movements and just put it out there. I’m trying to learn from others and find my own style of interpretation.” -Pat McRaith The project started out ambitious enough: figure out what art means to the world, figure out what is art, and then how people interpret it. Pick out random strangers at street corners, and ask them things like, “Do you see this lamp post? Is it beautiful to you?…

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Play me like a fiddle: American media on American foreign policy

The same anecdote keeps coming up again and again in articles decrying the United States’ attitude toward Iraq. In 1996, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gave an interview with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl regarding U.S. sanctions in that country. Asked whether the sanctions were worth the death of half a million Iraqi children since the end of the Gulf War, Albright responded quite infamously, ‘We think the price is worth it.’ Lesley Stahl didn’t do a thing. She didn’t challenge the secretary on the issue, and actually just went on with the interview. The…

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Ode de la Toilet

Ahhh… look, you are inside the public John! What a pleasant place indeed. It is smelly, you can see the remains of an individual prior to yourself and of course, it is so wildly decorated! Narrowing in on this last matter, what is to be said about toilet graffiti? That’s right, toilet graffiti! This phrase in more accurate terms refers to the colourful expressions of raw human emotions seen everywhere in public washrooms. Scrawled on by the youths of today we have all taken a leak around it. But, it hasn’t only been today’s youths…

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Don’t get caught with your participle dangling in the wind

At the risk of pathetic fatalism I’m going to come clean right at the beginning that I’m not sure if it’s possible to write something interesting about grammar, so at this point I apologize. However, you’re not exactly going to be spared either. My condolences… It’s hard to say exactly where language is headed these days ( English, if you really want me to betray my inherent cultural bias. But I figure every language’s pundits furrow their brows at this bugaboo. But I digress…). Contrary to what my tyrannical grade eight english teacher(Gr. E. T.)…

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