Tag: from the editor

It’s been a good year…

This will be the last editorial that I write for The Argus as editor-in-chief. Starting Friday of last week (this article went to print on Thursday), I have accepted a position on the LUSU board of directors. When I applied for editor last winter, I had laid out a ten point plan on making The Argus efficient, effective, and relevant — both to Lakehead University students and to the residents of Thunder Bay. I’m happy to say that, through my tenure as editor, much of what I set out to do has been realized.

March 12, 2012

Grown meat may be the future in food sustainability

With all this talk about sustainability, it’s apropos that just a couple of days ago, Mark Post, a biomedical engineering scientist at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, announced that he has successfully grown muscle tissue from animal stem cells from leftover material from slaughterhouses.

November 14, 2011

Making disingenuous scientific claims is beyond dangerous

Last week, Baroness Susan Greenfield made statements at a conference in England where she claimed that there is evidence that computer games leave children with dementia.

November 7, 2011

Why I will not buy your game unless it’s on Steam

Digital distribution has been the way to go for at least half a decade.  Earlier, it may have been a bit strange to have all of your content on the cloud, and not possess physical media for games that you have purchased.

October 31, 2011

Some people just stole your money

Last Tuesday was an interesting day for The Argus, as we came to discover that many of our papers–about 500–had gone missing. We only print about three thousand, so having such a large number of newspapers disappear overnight was concerning.

October 24, 2011

It matters, even if you aren’t a “professional”

There’s a point in all of our lives when we take on something new and it becomes more than a hobby.

October 17, 2011

Running for an election usually means trying

Last Wednesday evening I was at the Study Coffeehouse to watch the provincial candidates do a talk and a short Q&A.  The Liberal, NDP, PC, and Green parties were there, represented by both their Superior North and Atikokan hopefuls – except for the Green party, where Atikokan candidate Jonathan Milnes did not appear.

October 4, 2011

This editorial is libelous

Inevitably, every week I will find an e-mail in by inbox, a voicemail on my phone, or a person in the office that will accuse us of most publications’ worst fears: libel.

September 26, 2011

The rising cost of education

There’s a lot of talk in the upcoming provincial elections about tuition costs in Ontario. It’s no secret that Ontarians pay the highest tuition in Canada – about $6,300 per year – which is more than a thousand dollars higher than the national average.

September 19, 2011

From the editor: Welcome!

The Argus is almost half a century old, and older than our parent corporation – the Lakehead University Student Union.

September 12, 2011

LUSU isn’t useless

This year’s been quite a ride. When I first volunteered at the Argus back in late October, I never imagined just how involved I would be barely six months later.

April 11, 2011

The naked truth

The other night, I had the opportunity to see most of my good friends – naked. I would recommend the experience to anybody. The social dynamic created was interesting (admittedly we didn’t control for factors such as spirits) and, if nothing else, it was a refreshing venture out of the mundane.

April 11, 2011

Means to an end

Now that this final Argus has rolled around, I feel comfortable revealing what I’ve been hiding from you all along. That is, I’m not really a journalist at all. I’m nothing but a propagandist!

April 4, 2011

Reading for the season of cynicism

Election season is upon us; yawn. While the media pathetically slobber away at the flaccid cock of public attention in the vain hope of getting us up, those with a guilty conscience pretend to care out of civic duty. I propose two books for you in this season of cynicism: Harperland, a critical look at Harper’s rise to power and what he’s done with it, and Spanking the Donkey, a political outsider’s dissection of the 2004 American Presidential race.

March 28, 2011

Five pieces of pizza to go

For the sensible people who don’t follow such things, let me fill you in on (I think) one of the most intriguing debates taking place within the environmental movement. It concerns global issues large enough in scope to seem abstract and almost unreal to us – and yet your take on them will likely dictate the contours of your everyday life.

February 28, 2011

Undressing LUSU

With all due respect to the winners, LUSU elections are a joke. Of the fifteen or twenty percent of students who do vote, one poll clerk estimated that 80% had no idea who the candidates were. Students were often overheard saying they voted based on someone’s name, their picture, or simply at random. This isn’t to say that Slim, Neva, and Brent won’t do a good job or that they aren’t qualified – just that they probably weren’t elected on merit.

February 14, 2011

Excuses and Solutions

For that guy who cares, I had promised last week to give my take on why environmentalism is failing. Well, shit happens (if it’s any consolation, I was out promoting sustainability instead of writing about it) – saving the world will have to wait a week.

February 7, 2011

The status quo is deadly

There are few things more pathetic than a person who comes to believe their own lies. Yet that is what we are doing, collectively, with the mainstream “green” movement. In the corporate rush to commodify green (ie, make a buck off people’s environmental concerns), there has been barely any kind of popular discussion around what [...]

January 31, 2011

Students (could) have the power

With such a transient population, Lakehead’s student union has a lot of trouble organizing. But it has been slowly developing that case of trouble over such a long period that students never notice how severe it really is.

January 24, 2011

Su-STAB-ility

Let’s say I walk up to you and begin stabbing you repeatedly with a thumbtack. Not so much “stabbing” as poking, of course – it’s only a thumbtack, after all. Odds are you would become mildly annoyed. Actually, you’d probably pass from a stage of annoyance to anger – and then to self-defence – pretty quickly. For the sake of argument though, let’s say you’re a pacifist, so you don’t physically stop me from poking you with the (increasingly bloody) thumbtack.

January 10, 2011