Op-Ed

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

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

Thinking Big Thoughts: The Death Penalty

By Graham Balaban Corporal punishment regularly inspires intense debate. All I can ask is that you give my ideas a fair hearing before deciding that I am evil and that everything I say is a lie (there, I used Godwin’s law on my own article). The death penalty has been on my mind for some [...]

March 6, 2013

Thinking Big Thoughts: McDonalds

By Graham Balaban Against my better judgement, I visited McDonalds recently to partake in some over-salted fries (my mouth is still sore), a burger and massive soft drink. I go to McDonalds about once a year to remind myself why I don’t go more often. On this most recent trip, I forgot to bring my [...]

February 26, 2013

Wrestling not a sport? I beg to differ

By Kate Beaulieu Last Tuesday morning I was perusing my Facebook home page and was assaulted by a barrage of outraged status updates about the International Olympic Committee’s recent decision to remove wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. Upon delving deeper into the issue and reading an article or two from the Globe and Mail, [...]

February 26, 2013