New Music: Titus Andronicus

By Jason Herring, July 30 2015 — I was eager to dismiss Titus Andronicus’ new album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, after finding out that it’s a rock opera. Rock operas have a reputation of being bulky and pretentious, and it’s arguable that there hasn’t been a truly great one since the late ‘70s. But on…

New Music: Owl City

By Derek Baker, July 30 2015 — Adam Young’s latest album, Mobile Orchestra, comes at a time when the electronic music scene is dominated by bass-heavy electronic dance music (EDM). Young, better known as Owl City, tries to keep pace with the evolving scene by adding pounding synth loops and drum machines to his work….

New Music: Tame Impala

By Jason Herring, July 30 2015 — It’s been a busy few years for Kevin Parker, the driving force behind Australian psychedelic-rock group Tame Impala. After the release of the stellar album Lonerism in 2013, the band shot to fame, headlining festivals and soundtracking movies. And their success is well-deserved — Lonerism’s best riffs feel classic,…

Jamie xx HiFi anniversary set lives up to the hype

By Hayden McBennett, July 30 2015 — HiFi Club brought famed electronic musician Jamie xx to town to kick off their 10th anniversary celebrations on Wednesday July 22. The highly touted show sold out  almost immediately, due in part to the massive popularity of Jamie’s new album, In Colour. A scruffy man in a ball…

Comedians serve up laughs at Calgary Folk Festival

By Ashton Chugh, July 30 2015 — The Calgary Folk Music Festival offered a steady stream of laughs at the talk tent on July 25–26. An all-Canadian lineup provided refuge from the tornado warnings while brewing up a storm of their own. Calgary-based comic Noor Kidwai delivered his first performance at Folk Fest. Kidwai, an…


Students’ Union launches clubs program for first-year students

By Fabian Mayer, July 30 2015 — From the firearms association to the anime club, the University of Calgary’s clubs system has organizations dedicated to a wide variety of interests, hobbies and causes. The Students’ Union is trying to strengthen this system by introducing a junior executive training program. The program aims to ensure clubs…


Students identify key concerns in annual survey

By Fabian Mayer, July 30 2015 — The Students’ Union presented its annual survey to Students’ Legislative Council last week. The survey asked students a broad range of questions, from how many hours they work per week to whether they follow the SU on social media. Just over 1,300 students responded to the survey. It…


Professor from Cairo teaches summer course on the Middle East

By Brittany Haines (with files from Fabian Mayer), July 30 2015 — The Middle East is often on the evening news. A summer political science class (POLI 369) at the University of Calgary dissects the complexities of the conflict-riddled region. Egyptian academic Walid Kazziha teaches the summer version of the course. Kazziha, a professor of political…


Students’ Union releases audited financials online

By Fabian Mayer, July 30 2015 — The Students’ Union wants to make it easier for students to see where their money goes. The organization plans to make its audited financials and supporting documents prepared for Students’ Legislative Council available online. Until now, the SU has only posted a two-page summary of their financials on…

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Taking ladies out of women’s professional sports

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, July 30 2015 — Women’s high-performance sport has made great strides over the last decade, but there’s one archaic ideal that has been hard to shake — the expectation that female athletes remain “lady-like” in their pursuit of greatness. When women were first allowed to compete in the Olympic Games, their events were…

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