The aftermath of the earthquakes in Turkey & Syria

Photo Contribution by Nida Shanar In February, multiple earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria, largely affecting the Turkish cities Gaziantep and Hatay. On Feb. 6, an earthquake with a 7.8-magnitude hit regions of Turkey and northwestern Syria, this was followed by […]

Laurier lifts last of mask requirements

Photo Contribution by Nida Shanar As of Feb. 16, Wilfrid Laurier University removed the mask mandate where everyone must wear a mask in instructional spaces like classrooms. The mandate has been effective since last winter term.   On Jan. 31, 2022, […]

Students hunt for housing amid crisis

Photo Contribution by Jeremy Vyn The housing crisis has taken a toll on students at Wilfrid Laurier University, as rent prices continue to climb and housing options decrease.   Balancing the cost of rent with tuition, groceries, gas and insurance is […]

Suspension of DMJ program for new students

Photo Contribution by Jeremy Vyn On Feb. 6, Wilfrid Laurier University students received an email announcing the suspension of the digital media and journalism program for incoming students in 2023-2024.   Janny Leung, the dean of liberal arts, suspended the program […]

2023 WLUSU Election Results

Photo Contribution by yourstudent’ Wilfrid Laurier University held its annual Students’ Union election this month.   The presidential campaign took place on Jan. 23 while voting days were from Jan. 24 until Jan. 26. This year, students were allowed to elect […]

Laurier celebrates Lunar New Year

Photo Contribution by Serena Anagbe On Jan. 18, Laurier International hosted a Lunar New Year celebration in the One Market atrium.   Lunar New Year is celebrated by many East Asian cultures to celebrate the first new moon of the year. […]

Winter’s a Drag returns

Photo Contribution by Ayse Aras This year’s lively Winter’s a Drag show was hosted at Brantford’s Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts once again on Jan. 24.   Vision Drag artists performed live for Wilfrid Laurier University students and others from […]

UX Design for Change Challenge

Photo Contribution by Nida Shanar Registration for the Design for Change challenge hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford User Experience Design program is open until Friday, Feb. 10.  The challenge is open to students across Canada in any program of […]

Flashback Downtown Brantford: 1900-1920

Photo Credits to Jeremy Vyn In December, Christina Han’s HI240: The Active Historian class at Wilfrid Laurier University put their knowledge on display with an exhibition titled, Flashback Downtown Brantford: 1900-1920.  The exhibition focused on the lives of early Chinese, […]

Laurier approves Strategic Plan for EDI

Photo Credits to Serena Anagbe Last month, Wilfrid Laurier University launched their first Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) after the university’s Senate and Board of Directors approved it in a unanimous vote.   The plan was created by […]

Inflation: How SU’s Food Bank can help

With the costs of goods steadily increasing, students’ financial struggles only get harder to deal with. Wilfrid Laurier University’s Students’ Union Food Bank offers food parcels which include five to six dinner items, three breakfast items and snacks that can […]

Being 2SLGBTQ+ on campus

Contributed Photo In October, the results of the Thriving on Campus study on the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ students on campuses across Ontario were released. The study led by Michael Woodford, a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University’s faculty of social work, […]

HASSA Halloween Bash

a bucket of halloween candy, on a table with a red table cloth. there are an assortment of halloween type items on the table

Photo contributed by Nida The Human and Social Sciences Students Association (HASSA) had its first event, a “Halloween Bash” on Friday 28th October 2022 in the One Market Level 1 Lounge.  Fairies and princesses, fallen angels and vampires, the Halloween-themed […]

Thrive Week Recap

A letter board reading welcome to the wellness hub, and a jar with glitter settled at the bottom

Photo contributed by Jeremy Vyn During this year’s Thrive Week from Oct. 24 to Oct. 28, students were invited to attend events, workshops and giveaways to promote positive mental health and self-care. The Student Wellness Centre’s goals for Thrive Week […]

Laurier unveils future plans for One Market

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY SERENA AUSTIN / SPUTNIK PHOTOGRAPHY During the Open House on Sept. 29, Wilfrid Laurier University invited students and community members to attend the unveiling of their future plans for One Market.  Once plans are completed, One Market […]

O-Week ’22 Recap

two students in front of a black wall with neon colours painted on it

Photo contributed by Serena Austin Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Orientation Week was a success after two years disrupted by Covid. From Sept. 4 to 10, the Students’ Union gave incoming first-years a warm welcome with a variety of orientation programs. […]

Shinerama passes fundraising goal at O-Week

two Laurier students each hold a poster for Shinerama. The poster on the left says Donate 2 Shine and the one on the right says nickel or a dime donate to shrine. A student in a yellow shirt crouches down in fron of the signs

Photo contributed by Serena Austin Shinerama surpassed their goal and broke Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford fundraising records during Orientation Week 2022. Through student-led efforts, the Laurier Brantford Shinerama team was able to raise $8,000 to donate to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. […]

Your New Editor: Serena Austin

Hey, Golden Hawks! My name is Serena Austin, I’ve just completed my third year here at Laurier Brantford, and I will be The Sputnik’s Editor-in-Chief for the 2022/23 school year. From my very first campus tour, I knew Laurier Brantford […]

Soup Challenge Raises Money for Homeless Youth

a bowl of soup on a table

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY JEREMY VYN / SPUTNIK PHOTOGRAPHY Get your taste buds ready for St. Leonard’s Community Services’ 17th Annual Soup Challenge.   Each year, restaurants and organizations across Brantford go head-to-head in a battle of the soups.    The […]

A Night Under the Stars

Guests seated at round tables in the gala

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY MOLLY SIMPSON / SPUTNIK PHOTOGRAPHY FLASS/HASSA welcome you to a night under the stars on March 25 for a mask-querade ball.    On a dreamy Friday, Laurier students from the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Human and […]