Misusing the soapbox



Have you ever found yourself reading the paper and saying, “Why is it called the Sputnik anyway?” and “I wish it was pronounced ‘Spootnik’ because that sounds cooler and more Russian,”? Well I have too.


The answer to the first question may seem really cool to you, or you may be disappointed. But it is a question that has been asked a lot recently, so here goes: We are called The Sputnik because Laurier Brantford is a satellite campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. More clever than you thought? Unfortunately, I cannot take the credit. Also unfortunately is the fact that we were not really named after what the original Sputnik satellite stood for – the great power of the Soviet Union, that beast of progressive socialism, taking the world by storm, placing themselves on the map in all ways, even to be the first to launch a satellite into orbit!


Nope, we don’t care about any of that here.


But what do we care about, and what do we stand for? Are we just a little, small town, small University newspaper just happy to exist? Nah. Well, not only that.


We are aspiring journalists, aspiring entrepreneurs and aspiring teachers. We want to write, photograph and design in a way that both informs and inspires the Laurier student body and surrounding downtown community. Also, to be honest, we want to be cool, fun, and we want to get better, every issue, every article.


That is something you may notice in 2016, some changes to our paper, from what we write about, to how the paper reads, and how the paper looks. We hope you enjoy this ride, and that you are excited. And hey, if you think you can do it better, by all means we are always looking for more people to help out and share ideas. If you are interested in being a part of this awesome team please send us an email.


As well, if you want to know some more Russian history, about The October Revolution of 1917 and about my favourite Russian leader Nikky Kruschev and about the real ‘Spootnik’, you can email and ask about that too. Or just to tell me I’m an idiot.


Take care!

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