Photo recap: Sled Island day 2

By Jason Herring with photos by Jarrett Edmund — June 24, 2106 We kicked off the second day of Sled Island at the annual East Village Block Party, where crowds took the street to enjoy a variety of free electronic music. The party relocated to Inglewood this year, making it the festival’s only event in…

Photo recap: Sled Island Day 1

By Jason Herring and Jarrett Edmund, with photos by Jarrett Edmund, June 23 2016 —   Sled Island is a special time of year for Calgary. The downtown core buzzes with life as thousands venture out to experience the weird and wonderful live music the festival is famous for. It’s not uncommon to see bike…

MacHall Carl’s Jr. unlikely as students debate burger chain’s ethics

By Scott Strasser, June 20 2016 — As students butt heads over the potential arrival of a Carl’s Jr. in MacHall, negotiations between Sweet & Savory and the burger joint have reached an impasse. While the prospect of a Carl’s Jr.’s on campus seemed promising last month, the franchise’s vice-president general manager of Canadian operations…

Calgary Outlink organizes memorial for Orlando nightclub shooting

By Melanie Woods, June 20 2016 — After an emotional candlelit vigil last week at Olympic Plaza, Calgary’s LGBTQ community and allies will gather again to mourn the recent mass shooting in Orlando. We are Orlando – YYC Memorial is organized by the Calgary Outlink Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Hillhurst United Church, Calgary…

Artists to catch at Sled Island 2016

June 16 2016 — Sled Island kicks off its 10th year as one of Calgary’s most beloved summer festivals from June 21–26. This year’s lineup is packed to the brim with musical acts of all genres. The festival is curated by Peaches — an eclectic Canadian electronic musician who performs her art as passionately as…

Economic woes cause SU food bank donations to plummet

By Scott Strasser, June 10 2016 — With high food prices and province-wide unemployment, the Students’ Union food bank is feeling the pinch of Alberta’s economic recession. According to coordinator Allison Iriye, the SU food bank saw increased usage in 2015–16 from the previous three years, but has seen a heavy decline in recent donations….

University of Calgary quidditch player to represent Canada at World Cup

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, June 14 2016 — When asked about quidditch, you might think of flying broomsticks and Harry Potter. But quidditch has recently gained steam as a legitimate sport outside of the imagination of J.K. Rowling. Rachel Malone is the former coach and founder of the Calgary Mudbloods quidditch team at the University of…

Universities can’t hide from recession

It’s no secret that Alberta is in the midst of a deep recession. When the latest provincial budget revealed Alberta’s deficit could top $10.4-billion next year, finance minister Joe Ceci warned Albertans to prepare for once-in-a-generation economic challenges. The provincial government has tried to shelter post-secondary institutions from the recession. The NDP implemented a two-year…

Ransomware — it’s not as rare as you think

By Jason Herring and Scott Strasser, June 14 2016 — On June 7, the University of Calgary admitted to suffering a ransomware attack — a form of cyberattack that encrypts computer files until a specific sum of money is paid to the attacker. In order to regain access to the encrypted files, the U of…

I spent 90 minutes in a float tank – and it wasn’t that scary.

By Rachel Woodward, June 16 2016 — I am a relatively anxious person. Finding new ways to be more calm in my day-to-day life has always been a goal of mine. I’ve done yoga and used breathing techniques for a while, but I thought it was time to try something a little more extreme. People have…

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