Wilfrid Laurier University is a public university in Waterloo, Canada. Laurier has a second campus in Brantford and offices in Kitchener and Chongqing, China, it is named in honour of the seventh Prime Minister of Canada. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields, with over 15,000 full-time undergraduate students, over 1000 full‑time grad students and nearly 4,000 part-time students as of Fall 2019. Laurier's varsity teams, known as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, compete in the West Conference of the Ontario University Athletics, affiliated to the U Sports. In 1910, the Lutheran Synod established a seminary, which opened to students in 1911, as the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary of Eastern Canada. In 1914 the seminary developed non-theological courses under the name "the Waterloo College School". In 1924, the Waterloo College of Arts was established. Waterloo College of Arts became affiliated with the University of Western Ontario in 1925 and soon began to offer honours degree programs in the arts.
In 1960, the Lutheran church relinquished its sponsorship of Waterloo College obtained a revised charter changing the name of the seminary to Waterloo Lutheran University. On November 1, 1973, the name was again changed to Wilfrid Laurier University when the relevant provincial law was given Royal Assent by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Ross Macdonald, who served as Laurier's Chancellor. Waterloo Lutheran University's seminary and theological programs continued to be offered by the affiliated Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. Laurier's school colours and gold, extend from its early affiliation with Western. While Laurier's colours remain, it ended its affiliation with Western in 1960. Laurier opened a second campus, in Brantford, Ontario, in 1999, in 2006 the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work moved from the Waterloo campus to a campus in downtown Kitchener; the Brantford campus is centred on a number of historic properties in the downtown area which have been restored for university use.
They include a former Carnegie library, Brantford's 1880 post office, 1870 mansion, a 1950 Odeon Theatre. The Kitchener campus is located in the historic and renovated former St. Jerome's high school building. On April 18, 2018, Wilfrid Laurier University was granted approval for a new campus location in Milton, Ontario. In partnership with Conestoga College, the new campus will be built in the Milton Education Village. According to WLU's webpage on the Milton campus with respect to program offerings, "In fall 2017, the university's Board of Governors endorsed the Laurier Milton proposal, the university Senate approved a Milton Academic Plan in principle; this academic plan aligns with the province's desire to offer programming with a focus on science, engineering and mathematics." In November 2017, the university became the subject of a free speech and academic freedom controversy for censuring a teaching assistant, Lindsay Shepherd, who used a three-minute recording of a debate involving Jordan Peterson about the compelled use of gender-neutral pronouns in a communications class.
The case was criticized by several newspaper editorial boards and national newspaper columnists as an example of the suppression of free speech on university campuses. After the release of the audio recording of the meeting in which the TA was censured, WLU President Deborah MacLatchy and the TA's supervising professor Nathan Rambukkana published letters of formal apology. An independent investigation found, it found that the subsequent meeting held by several professors berating her for using the recording was conducted with "significant overreach." Peterson and Shepherd are each suing the university as well as the professors. The university has an enrollment of about 17,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate students, over 1,500 full-time and part-time graduate students, it has over 500 staff members. Laurier has been transitioning from a undergraduate university to a mid-size research university. In the 2019 Maclean's magazine survey of Canadian universities, Laurier was ranked 6th out of 15 Canadian universities placed in the comprehensive category.
The Registrar's Report for Winter 2016 indicates that the six most popular majors at Laurier, across the entire university, were: Business, Communications Studies, Criminology and Biology. The internationally renowned Faculty of Music at Laurier is considered one of the best in the country. A September 2017 report indicated. Second year Bachelor of Music students could take Music Therapy as an option. In addition, Laurier is home to the Penderecki String Quartet - an internationally recognised group playing new compositions; the music faculty boasts two performance spaces, the Theatre Auditorium and the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall. The faculty attracts a greater percentage of students from outside Ontario than any other faculty at Laurier. Laurier's music program offers the only master's degree in Music Therapy. Laurier's strength in "music and business education" has been identified as one of the reasons that the Waterloo Region is a "powerful educational hub" by former University of Waterloo presiden
Filmworks XVIII: The Treatment features a score for film by John Zorn. The album was released on Zorn's own label, Tzadik Records, in 2006 and contains music that Zorn wrote and recorded for the romantic comedy, The Treatment, directed by Oren Rudavsky; the Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars stating "This plays, as have all of Zorn's scores of late, like a piece, a gorgeous piece of divinely inspired tight writing that brings not only the Argentinean tango to mind, but klezmer, Yiddish folk music, cantorial music. There is a bit of Radical Jewish Culture in everything Zorn writes, this set is a furthering of his own vision. Suffice it to say, though he doesn't let on in the liner notes, his scoring of The Treatment may have surprised the composer himself". John Zorn who composed the score for the film won a MacArthur Foundation, the "Genius" award for his music in 2006. All compositions by John Zorn "The Treatment" - 3:34 "Romance" - 5:10 "Why Me?" - 3:56 "Family" - 2:15 "Marking Time" - 4:53 "Anxieties" - 5:00 "Freud's Rondo" - 4:26 "Totem and Taboo" - 6:55 "Rush Hour" - 3:47 "Bad Dreams" - 1:20 "Uncertainty" - 6:24 "Happy Ending" - 2:44 Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz - bass Rob Burger - accordion Mark Feldman - violin Kenny Wollesen - vibraphone Marc Ribot - guitar
Holli Sullivan is an American politician who serves in the Indiana House of Representatives as a member of the Republican Party. In 2014 the district 78 seat for state representative was vacated by Suzanne Crouch, appointed State Auditor. House District 78 contains parts of Warrick counties. Portions of Evansville as well as Newburgh and McCutchanville are within the borders of the district. Sullivan was elected to fill the position in a caucus by precinct committeemen, she was appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on Roads and Transportation. Sullivan was challenged in the 2014 election by Stephen Melcher but defeated him winning 63.8% of the vote. She was challenged in the 2016 election by Philip Bennett but defeated him winning 66.44% of the vote. In 2017, she co-authored House Bill 1002, which provided for a long term plan for sustaining roads and bridges in Indiana including a phase-in shift of all gas tax to be dedicated to a dedicated infrastructure fund; that same session she authored a bill.