United Nations secretary general speaks at University of Calgary

By Melanie Woods, August 12 2016 — In his first official visit to Alberta, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon spoke to hundreds of students at the University of Calgary August 12. Formally titled, “A call to youth: the UN in Canada in a changing world,” the evening — coinciding with International Youth Day —…

MacHall defence fund increase passes first reading at SLC

By Scott Strasser, August 19 2016 — Students’ Legislative Council voted in favour of the first reading of a resolution to increase the Students’ Union’s “MacHall defence fund” by $350,000 on August 16. The vote was nearly unanimous, with no votes against the proposed increase and just one abstention, from arts representative Peter Friedrichsen. “My…

Students deserve secondary suites

On July 4, Calgary city council spent most of the day processing 18 secondary suite applications. Based on current bylaws, to legally rent out a secondary suite — a self-contained basement or backyard dwelling attached to an existing residence — homeowners must propose their suite to city council on a case-by-case basis. If that sounds…

Frosh 2016: Welcome from EIC

By Melanie Woods — Oh hey there! Welcome to the University of Calgary.  Starting university is overwhelming. In the first week, you’re hit by 300 clubs, a million free pairs of plastic sunglasses and the crushing existential weight of your academic future. It can be a lot to handle. But rest assured, things have a…

Frosh 2016: A brief introduction

By Emilie Medland-Marchen and Rachel Woodward — Hello, and welcome to campus! Let us be the first to say — congratulations on surviving high school! You did it! Welcome to the days of napping in public, crippling debt and the “Freshman 15” — it’s real. University will be some of the best days of your…

Frosh 2016: Welcome from the SU president

By Stephan Guscott — Welcome to the University of Calgary! I’m Stephan Guscott, your Students’ Union president. It’s my job to do everything I can to make your experience here transformational.  For some, that may be through all the new best friends you’ll make at one of the best campus bars in the country: the…

Frosh 2016: Residence, a place to call home

By Melanie Woods — For most students, moving into residence marks the first tentative steps out of their parents’ home and into the real world. It’s like purgatory — not the heaven of living rent free with a fridge full of food, but also not the hell of paying electric bills and deciding if a…

Frosh 2016: How to textbook

By Curtis Wolff Buying textbooks is the most crooked market this side of the subprime mortgage crisis. Since the consumer — that’s you — doesn’t get to choose the product, textbook publishers can set disproportionately high prices. These are the alternatives to buying new textbooks that keep your coffers full for other university activities, like…

Frosh 2016: The skinny — what everyone’s talking about at the U of C

By Melanie Woods — The first few weeks of university can be overwhelming. From finding your classes to figuring out exactly how much coffee a single human can ingest, there’s a lot going on. As you start talking to people around campus, you may have some questions. We compiled a brief overview of the University…

Frosh 2016: The Students’ Union

By Scott Strasser — The Students’ Union can either play a big role in your university experience or be something you barely know exists. The SU’s job is to represent student interests and make our university experience better. A portion of our student fees go towards supporting the SU, and their mandate is to go…

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