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…

Seasonal Review: Three Dinos teams to watch heading into September

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, June 14 2016 —   The spring and summer semesters are a time of rest for most students, but for many Dinos athletes, the hard work has just begun. After a well-deserved break from training this past spring, many teams are already gearing up for the 2016–17 season. Last year, the Dinos’…

New Music: Car Seat Headrest

By Jason Herring, June 16 2016 — Will Toledo has broken into a new phase in his career. The prolific 23-year–old songwriter, who records music under the name Car Seat Headrest, moves away from his characteristic lo-fi production on his 13th — and best — album, T​eens of Denial.​ Most of Toledo’s past albums were recorded…

Twelve artists interpret Snow’s “Poem”

By Georgia King, June 16 2016 — Twelve Canadian artists  collaborated to interpret Michael Snow’s 1957 writing, “Poem,” using an eclectic mix of visual art complemented by sound and film. Electronic music composer Mark Templeton curated the collection, titled VARIATIONS, showing at the Arts Commons Gallery until August 31. “I just sort of stumbled across…

West Campus announces building partners

By Scott Strasser, June 14 2016 — The West Campus Development Trust announced their building partners for University District at an event on June 14. WCDT president and CEO James Robertson said the first phase of University District is moving forward. Brookfield Residential and Truman Homes will be supplying units for the new community. “We…

University of Calgary graduate students’ start-up seeks to break down barriers

By Shelbi Bartlett, June 14 2016 — A company founded by two University of Calgary graduate students could participate in a global contest focused on breaking down social barriers for the disabled community. Sue Crawford and Michael Purdy created Enable to match people with disabilities with caregivers through an online platform. Crawford and Purdy applied for…

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