This is your exam on drugs

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Senior News Editor Lindsay Purchase examines the impact of attention-enhancing drugs in university life

Drinking excessive amounts of coffee or Red Bull. Splashing your face with cold water. Taking a power nap. Students pulling an all-nighter under the pressure of a deadline are well-versed in the techniques to rob your body of sleep. But…

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Laurier’s first responders

It’s a crisp, clear morning on Wilfrid Laurier University’s campus. The low throb of music and the silly, drunken laughter of students carry out from the residences onto the sidewalk, just giving a hint of the debauchery that will soon…

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Breaking the binge: the impacts of some students’ favourite activity pastime

Having a few drinks every once in a while is fun. Ending up in the hospital because of reckless drinking is not. With St. Patrick’s Day dawning upon us, we are all anticipating a weekend full of day drinking and…

(File photo by Nick Lachance)

Fitting the Olympic mould

They say it takes a village to raise a child. The same thing can be said about athletes. With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia recently coming to a close, one can reflect on their favourite sporting event and…

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Time Well Wasted: 10 websites to help you through studying

Oh, the dreaded mid-term season — the one of two times this semester where caffeine levels spike, sleep becomes increasingly elusive and your diet consists of nothing but pizza and Ritz crackers. Reading Week is approaching, but the stress doesn’t…

(Photo by Heather Davidson)

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Picture: Who was nominated: American Hustle Nebraska Captain Phillips Philomena Dallas Buyers Club 12 Years a Slave Gravity The Wolf of Wall Street Her Our version: American Hustle Inside Llewyn Davis Saving Mr. Banks Dallas Buyers Club 12 Years…

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Global crafts: cultivating homemade consumerism

Amy Walbridge hasn’t had a proper dining room for six years. Reams of fabric and spools of thread now take up the space; a one-woman factory exists where the formal table and chairs once sat. Like a tiny assembly line,…

(Graphic manipulations by Kate Turner)

The fundamentals of the Syrian conflict

The Syrian conflict, which began as an uprising against President Bashir al-Assad’s long-standing regime, has developed into an immensely complicated and deadly civil war with no end in sight. As a political science student with a Middle Eastern background, I…

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The allure of British Columbia and Alberta

Jacqueline Salomé doesn’t think she’ll ever get tired of the view she has of the Rocky Mountains. “There’s not many places where you could golf and ski in the same day, so it’s pretty incredible,” the recent Wilfrid Laurier University…

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A middle ground for social change

Academics and activists found common ground last week at Wilfrid Laurier University, where nearly 500 people gathered for the 2013 Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) conference. “The plenaries were really well attended for an academic conference. They were well-attended,…

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