Opinion

Re: Connecting the dots: Academic freedom at LU

I am deeply troubled by the article [Connecting the dots: Academic freedom at LU-March 5, 2014]. The article if rife with errors. The most important is that author fails to note that the CAUT Academic Freedom Fund was set up as a voluntary fund with no obligation on any member association to donate. We always [...]

March 19, 2014

Letter to the Editor (Submitted February 13, 2014)

To the Editor of The Argus, I wish to address issues raised in The Argus’ January 29 opinion piece, Parking off-campus. First, I would like to refute the allegation that the University influenced Rotary Place staff to start ticketing students’ vehicles. In reality, we asked Rotary Place Management to be lenient when they notified us that Lakehead [...]

February 26, 2014

First year of University: completed!

By Kylie Burchat Well, I have almost finished my first year of university! Only four more to go! It’s hard to imagine that it has only been seven months since I first packed up all my stuff and moved away from home.  I remember feeling absolutely terrified on my first day here; I didn’t know [...]

April 8, 2013

Empty pens

By Ethan Mask This will be my last entry for The Argus − it’s been a neat and new experience for me.  I am very happy to have worked with the team and to have been given the opportunity to speak my mind. This week, I would like to end with a kind of writing that I [...]

April 8, 2013

The end of the line

By Carrie Scott For many of us, this week marks a long, tired gaze into the abyss known as exams, and for some, the ending of the Inquiry requirements towards graduation. If you find yourself sleep-deprived, muttering odd words and phrases that seem to have crept deep into your repertoire and declaring small daily chores [...]

April 8, 2013

Why firsthand accounts are so important today

By Kylie Burchat As I sat in my history class the other day listening to the Holocaust survivor, Judy Cohen, speak, I realised I had been taking these lectures for granted. I also realised that I was in a generation that would be one of the last ones to ever speak or listen to Holocaust [...]

April 8, 2013

The balancing act of Burma

By Conor Jones When talking about Burma, it is hard to know where to start. There are many notable items of both a political and economic spectrum that are worth analysing. The highly regarded Aung San Suu Kya is an all too familiar name when it comes to Burma. Not only is she acting as [...]

April 8, 2013

Prohibition: drugs versus alcohol

Learning about the prohibition that raved on in the ‘20s, I have started to question the government and its judicial system. I’m sure that this isn’t the first time anyone has lost a little bit of faith in the government, but it has always bugged me as to why alcohol is legal, and marijuana remains [...]

April 5, 2013

The Pope, Twitter, and Judgment

By Hillary Laba When the new pope was elected, I took to social media to express the fact that he had Twitter. I think Pope Francis may bring modern views into the church, and expressed my hopeful outlook towards my faith. I will be the first to admit that the church is flawed in its [...]

March 27, 2013

Dying with dignity

By Alex Bott Orillia Bureau Chief Thinking about dying, let alone with dignity, doesn’t normally cross our minds, especially when many of us are not even in our mid-twenties yet. However, for some people, this may be an issue. So, why should we care? Because it’s usually the last few years of our lives that [...]

March 20, 2013

The reality of reality TV

By Hillary Laba In today’s media, audiences are bombarded by “reality” television. We can watch our favourite celebrities right from our very couch. The rich and famous live out their lives in front of the camera, graciously allowing the public to have sneak peeks into their blessed lives. I am not referring to the shows [...]

March 20, 2013

The baby steps of democracy

By Conor Jones Uhuru Kenyatta won the most recent presidential elections in Kenya. Despite still being under judicial review, the election is being regarded as a great triumph for the African country. Allegations of vote-tampering and vote-inflation are front-page news in the country. However, in contrast to the country’s last election in 2007, the latest [...]

March 20, 2013

Thinking Big Thoughts: the worst decision I have ever made

By Graham Balaban When I was around the age of 14, my paternal grandmother died after a long battle with cancer. After a month or so of dealing with the grief, it came time to decide what would happen to my grandfather. Of all the poorest, most self-centered decisions I have made in my life, [...]

March 20, 2013

Interim LU website: a rebranding campaign glitch?

Some months ago – as part of its rebranding campaign – Lakehead University decided to update the look of its cyber-presence. The new beta version of the website was unveiled in last fall and, after some weeks, taken down due to technical issues. The website was re-launched on January 20, and since then it has [...]

March 20, 2013

Social media: changing communication forever

By Kylie Burchat The Argus The Internet has become a huge part of our everyday lives. We use it for almost everything, including research, social networking, and more. There are many people in today’s society who cannot live without tweeting every moment of their lives or updating their Facebook status. While many people update their [...]

March 13, 2013

There’s music & there’s American Idol

By Ethan Mask No offence if you like American Idol, but I’m just not its biggest fan. Don’t get me wrong, I love music and feel very passionate about it, both when listening to and composing it. However, I find American Idol show carries too many shallow social realities that we face every day. Contestants [...]

March 13, 2013

Thinking Big Thoughts: Alcohol

By Graham Balaban Why is it that whenever people talk about getting a drink that the automatic assumption is that the drink is alcoholic? Whenever I tell people that I don’t drink, they are often surprised. I assume that it is because they think everyone drinks alcohol. Maybe I am missing something? After all, I [...]

March 13, 2013

Mandatory Student Union membership is a violation of our rights

By Brian Collins The mandatory nature of student unionism in Ontario is in direct violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Specifically, the fact that we as students are forced to be a member of the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) violates our right to free association. This also violates the United Nations [...]

March 6, 2013

In Canada, one in five people…

By Alex Bott Orillia Bureau Chief …will suffer from some form of mental illness. Mental illnesses can take many forms. What they have in common is that they affect a person’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Some people will say that they all go through it, that everyone has bad days. However, the key difference from [...]

March 6, 2013

Last minute awesomeness!

By Ethan Mask My attention was continuously drifting away in my study-hole the other night. I was listening to bands like Iron & Wine, the Deftones, and Dead & Divine, but became more in the mood for some good ol’ melodic death-metal. I decided to listen to the album Come Clarity by In Flames. Singing to myself [...]

March 6, 2013