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Orillia Youth Centre

By Ethan Mask The Orillia Youth Centre (OYC) is a great place to get involved, if you’re the “get involved” type of person. I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering there for three years, hosting well-attended monthly “Open Mic” nights. Many kids visit the OYC daily and are provided with opportunities to partake in various activities [...]

February 26, 2013

Does it make a difference?

By Alex Bott Orillia Bureau Chief Voting – is there a point? With the LUSU executive elections occurring today and tomorrow, you will hear many student union activists and candidates telling you to vote, and who to vote for. Unless you were at the All-Candidates Debate last week, or you have read each candidate’s individual [...]

February 6, 2013

It’s not called apathy, it’s called getting your shit together

By Gary Musson Student apathy, student apathy, student apathy − just hearing those two words is enough to make me slightly more apathetic about student politics. It didn’t take long for one of the LUSU executive candidates to spout the popular term as one of the challenges facing the organisation, which isn’t surprising. That said, [...]

February 6, 2013

From the editor: Vote in LUSU elections and you’ll ride the bus, pay less tuition

Last Wednesday, the LUSU All-Candidates Debate for the upcoming election was held in the Outpost. The event, sparsely attended by Lakehead students (likely due to a lack of advertising), saw candidates running for the LUSU Executive positions of President, Vice President Finance, and Vice President Student Issues. They supplied answers to pre-determined questions fielded by [...]

February 6, 2013

Education is a right?

It’s that time of year −when post-secondary institutions start campaigns about dropping fees. The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) supplies many student unions across Canada with pamphlets and posters, stating, for example: “Chronic underfunding has left colleges and universities relying on record high tuition fees, putting post-secondary education out of reach for many ordinary Canadians.” [...]

January 29, 2013

Are you ready for home ownership?

The time is never too early or late to convert the dream of home ownership into areality. But where do you start? Who do you talk to? What do you need to do to prepare for the search? Here is a simplified guide to assist you through the process. Where do I want to live?Make [...]

January 29, 2013

“In which we say goodbye…”

That is the well-suited title for the upcoming series-finale of the medical drama, Private Practice. The show centres around Dr. Addison Montgomery (from Grey’s Anatomy), played by the lovely and talented Kate Walsh, and her colleagues and friends, practicing medicine and saving lives. Week after week, we see how these doctors must deal with the [...]

January 23, 2013

Playgrounds and Politics

By Ethan Mask It is both interesting and infuriating to learn that teachers are denying students help during the lunch hourin protest against recent legislation freezing teachers’ wages, preventing strikes, and cutting the amount of their annual sick days to 10 (and preventing the ability to bank sick days). Teachers will have to live with [...]

November 28, 2012

Ask Amy: November 12th, 2012

Dear Amy, I’m finding school really stressful and, as a result,feel like I’m always negative. Can you suggest ways to be happy? Sincerely, Debbie Downer Dear Debbie Downer, As you may be able to tell by the lack of this column in recent editions of the paper, I too am feeling the crunch of school [...]

November 13, 2012

A victory for Obama?

Barack Obama won the presidency of the United States late lastWednesday,and reminded the nation that their work was not over with the election. The president even tweeted about his success well before his party had sealed the deal. But the Democrats did not have a blowout victory as some might make it seem. Even with [...]

November 13, 2012

We will remember them

By Ethan Mask Remembrance Day. Although we are reminded, and remind others, about this day each and every year, it is important that we continue to do so. Since grade school, we have worn poppies and held a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. on November 11. Not only should we remember the atrocities of [...]

November 13, 2012

Thinking Big Thoughts: bullying, my story

By Graham Balaban If you look at me today, you would have a hard time thinking that I was ever bullied. At six-eleven and 280lbs, I am a large man. Most people would assume that I would have been the bully. These people would assume wrong. Until grade 10, I was the tallest person in [...]

October 30, 2012

Dasti’s Blast’N’Cast: October 29th, 2012

It’s an early Sunday morning as Iwalk a trail to a cut in northwestern Ontario. Iwonder about where I will post, the wind direction, and how long I will sit for. Interestingly, this trail seems to be well used by multiple animals, but there is very little fresh sign. As I turn a corner, a [...]

October 30, 2012

Dasti’s Blast’N’Cast: October 22nd, 2012

Earlier this season, I was sneaking up on a partridge I had spotted along the side of an unmaintained road. While I approached the bird, a second one popped out a few metres in front of it. The second bird had its neck and head plumage all puffed up and was strutting around in the [...]

October 23, 2012

Thinking Big Thoughts: Accents

By Graham Balaban Last year I tookan online History course, and the only contact I had with the professor was through his audio lectures and e-mail, and even that was scarce. Nevertheless,he seemed to me to be quite intelligent. This opinion, I realised, was based entirely on his strong English accent.  In my imagination, he [...]

October 15, 2012

Blast’N'Cast: October 15th, 2012

Every year we hear stories about hunting accidents in Ontario. Some of them seem foolish, like a redneck getting hammered and shooting a horse thinking it was a moose, or something like that. Others are more understandable, usually involving a defective safety on a gun. It is a fact of life that accidents happen; it [...]

October 15, 2012

From the Editor: Give me convenience or give me death

I’m a procrastinator. I have been all my life. Unless I have that “if I don’t do this now I’m screwed” feeling, I can’t (and won’t) focus on the task at hand. And I’ve become quite good at procrastinating over the years. Rather than just stare at the TV like I did in my earlier [...]

October 2, 2012

Acclamation letdown: Democracy in Orillia, not in Thunder Bay

You may have seen the brightly-designed posters around campus emphatically proclaiming, “Support the student movement!” They have been appealing to the pulse of an active movement that’s been on the rise since last year. The posters urge potential applicants to “make a difference at LU, in Ontario, in all of Canada” by ensuring “your student [...]

October 2, 2012

Orillia’s Shinerama a huge success

For the first time in my adolescent days, I slept for 15 hours straight last weekend. You may be wondering if that is even humanly possible, or what could have made me so tired. No, I did not have a hangover; it was pure exhaustion, and relief, from taking part in Lakehead Orillia’s Shinerama charity [...]

October 2, 2012

We’re not just a number

A little over a year ago I left the hallowed halls of Lakehead’s Orillia campus determined to make the most of a larger campus experience in Montreal. At first, I was as spellbound as any student entering a new domain: there were underground shops, buses passing corners every ten minutes as opposed to every half-hour [...]

October 2, 2012