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April 16, 2014
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Vancouver Style: A Revolution in Citations

Vancouver Style: A Revolution in Citations
by Chris Eaton

The writing tutors at the Laurier Writing Centre have recently been brought into the light about a new citation style: Vancouver. That’s right…a city with its own special citation style. When first informed of such a creature’s existence, our first reaction was that “they’re just making it up now.” This claim may be true, but that doesn’t mean that this style doesn’t have great benefits for the writing community.

Vancouver style ensures that students remain confused on the appropriate use of “et al.” and when to list the first six authors of a study in order to make certain that plagiarism is avoided. This ability to confuse is of the utmost importance in academic writing because, after all, it is university. If it isn’t confusing and stressful, then why do we pay ever-increasing tuition fees? Vancouver style is also reinforced by the inclusion of an abnormal amount of colons: and semi-colons. This is great news, especially considering a limited number of students know: how to use a colon: and the fact that; next to nobody; understands how to; properly; use a semi-colon. We wouldn’t want to make citing straightforward so that the mere acknowledgement of the source used is sufficient. That would degrade the quality of the writing and the validity of the paper’s thoughts. The omission of nuances such as semi-colons would also detract from the uniqueness of certain geographical locations, like Vancouver.

With this in mind, we have proposed to create a Laurier citation style to make life even more complicated for students. It is our vision that this style will become the standard citation format across the Laurier campus by the time that the new business building opens in 2025 (or whenever that is supposed to actually happen). Laurier style will; include a ridiculously, obnoxious: amount of various’ types; of punctuation: that will ensure the stress and confusion of professors and students alike. Stay tuned for the first edition of Laurier Manual of Bogus Style (LMBS), which will be available at the Laurier Bookstore come September 2014.


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Event: Creative Writing workshop with Elizabeth Hay

Calling all creative writers out there...


Tutor Spotlight: Congratulations Cory!

We are very happy to announce that Cory was the winner of yesterday's 3-Minute Thesis competition. Congratulations Cory! His talk was titled: Cold War Warrior? Diefenbaker and Canadian Soviet Relations.

Here are some action shots...


Here's Cory with his award...


And here are all the winners and judges...


Congratulations to the winners and to all those who participated! Cory (1st place) and Scott (2nd place) will now move on to the provincial competition at McMaster University in April. 

Many thanks to Ada for the incredible guidance and training she provided to many of the 3MT participants.

If you missed the event, you'll be able to see the participating graduate students' 3-minute presentations on the Grad Studies website soon.

Update: Read Virginia's article about the 3MT in this week's Cord. That's our Maggie (speaking so eloquently, I might add) in the photo!

Event: Arts in Action Day

Tomorrow, the Council for the Intellectual and Cultural Development of the Arts (CICDA), in collaboration with the Department of English & Film Studies, will be holding an "Arts in Action" day in the Concourse. The full-day event will include a diverse set of presentations as listed below. Our very own Chris Eaton will be on the morning panel.

Arts in Action – Panels

9:30-10:20 — Issues and Challenges: Are the Arts in Crisis?
Robin Waugh (Medieval Studies), Alexandra Zimmerman (Languages and Literatures), Carol Duncan (Religion and Culture), Chris Eaton (English)

10:30-11:20 – The Cutting Edge: The Role of the Arts in Emerging Interdisciplinary Fields
Tim Donais  (Global Studies), Rebecca Godderis (Society, Culture and Environment), David Smith (History), Jenny Kerber (English and Film Studies) 

11: 12:15 — Career Services:  Marketing Your Transferable Skills – for Arts Students
Learn how to identify and articulate your strengths in a relevant and appealing way to potential employers.

12:30-1:20 — Teaching is Not the Only Option: Talking Careers with Laurier Alumni

Luisa D’Amato (Journalist), Maeve Strathy (Development Officer), James Hrivak (Communications Officer, Manulife), Devyn Coady (Student at Law, Madorin, Snyder LLP Barristers & Solicitors), Craig Melow (ScotiaMcLeod)

1:30-2:20 — Perspectives on the Arts from SBE and Science
Kim Morouney (Associate Dean, Business), Melissa Lee (MBA Candidate), Don Morgenson (Psychology), Stephen Preece (SBE)

2:30-3:20 – Arts, Artists, and Campus Life
Tanis MacDonald (English/Poet), Colleen Murphy (Writer in Residence), Deborah MacLatchy (Vice President: Academic), Tom Ebeyer (CICDA President)

Tutor Spotlight: Haydn Lawrence

Have we told you how much we enjoy working with and learning from the Writing Centre tutors? Well, we do. We also love to shine the spotlight on them! This time, we're not the only ones. 


National Geographic - as in, the classic magazine with the yellow spine - has just featured the work of Haydn Lawrence (one of our tutors) in the March issue. Haydn is involved in a project called RinkWatch, which is led by Dr. Robert McLeman and Dr. Colin Robertson. Their names - and a brief description of the fascinating RinkWatch project - are printed on page 20. I encourage you to support them by checking out RinkWatch. You'll especially like the project if you skate, have a backyard skating rink, and if you love to track weather conditions!


Amazing news, RinkWatch team! We hope you have plans to frame the article!





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