Brazilian martial arts offers dynamic and fulfilling workout

By Christie Melhorn, December 8 2017 —  While studying abroad in Trinidad and Tobago with the University of Calgary, I took a workshop in Calinda — competitive stick fighting that hybridizes martial arts and Afro-Caribbean folk dancing. It emerged during the 18th century as a form of resistance against colonial forces and was integral during…

Fun and refreshing fitness studios to try in 2018

By Christie Melhorn, December 8 2017 — From upbeat barre classes to vibrant spin studios, Calgary’s fitness scene is lush and diverse. The opening of Undrcard and Rumble in 2017 popularized boxing while Lagree YYC sensationalized resistance training. In 2018, the city’s fitness and wellness community will continue to thrive and expand. These new studios…

Go for a swim to clear your head and build strength

By David Song, December 8 2017 — When most people think about working out, the gym usually comes to mind first. However, swimming has been my go-to exercise since junior high and remains one of my favorite activities. Not everyone has the chance to take lessons in their youth like I did, but swimming is…

Keep your exam season bright with these local holiday light displays

By Christie Melhorn, December 8 2017 —  With the combination of the holidays, exams and major deadlines, student are stressed and wallets are strapped. The pressure to attend various ugly-sweater themed gatherings and baking up a storm can evoke your inner-scrooge. However, you can rekindle your holiday spirit and stabilize your sanity by taking an…

SU aims to help students stress less before exams

By Tina Shaygan, December 7 2017 — StressLess Week, an annual week-long event held by the University of Calgary Students’ Union, returned to MacHall for its fifth year.  The event intends to provide students with support during the lead-up to exams. SU vice-president student life Hilary Jahelka said events, such as Pet Therapy, yoga and…

Seven cheap fidget toy alternatives

By Rachel Woodward, December 7 2017 — The fidget toy craze have swept the nation as a way to maintain focus by keeping your hands busy. Unfortunately, spinners, cubes and other objects can get pretty expensive. But with a little imagination and creativity, these cheap alternatives can keep your hands busy and your wallet happy….

Students must advocate for impactful, long-term tuition solutions

December 7 2017 — For the fourth year in a row, tuition will not rise for students at all of Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions. The provincial government is extending the tuition freeze through the 2018–19 academic year. The move is immediately beneficial for students, just as it has been in previous years. The freeze lessens…

Don’t allow materialism to control your holiday celebrations

By Jesse Stilwell, December 7 2017 — December can be an expensive month. The holidays involve going to parties where drinks are marked up and restaurant prices are hiked. On top of all of this, you might feel obligated to buy people presents. Buying gifts shouldn’t come from a feeling of obligation. If you appreciate…

New SLC members sworn in at final meeting of fall semester

By Tina Shaygan, December 6 2017 — (With files from Derek Baker) The Dec. 5 Students’ Legislative Council meeting — the final one of the fall semester — began with the swearing in of the new Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine representatives, Sheliza Ismail and Julie Choi, respectively. Both positions were recently…

Dinos women’s volleyball team plans to carry momentum into new year

By Christie Melhorn, December 6 2017 —  The Dinos women’s volleyball team’s 2017–18 season has been full of success. Standing at 14–3 in the Canada West league, the team is a force on the court, giving promise to their goal of claiming the national championship title. In contrast to the common ‘new year, new you’ holiday…

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