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Free, open-source textbooks still on the way for Alberta’s post-secondaries

By Fabian Mayer, September 11 2014 — Plans to bring open-source, free and editable textbooks to Alberta’s campuses are moving forward. The guiding committee for the Government of Alberta’s Open Educational Resources Initiative, consisting of administrator and student leaders from around the province recently held its first meeting. They discussed how to implement open textbooks…

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Law, engineering and MBA programs up for tuition increase

By Chris Adams, September 11 2014 — Students in programs facing tuition hikes now have more answers on the University of Calgary administration’s plan to pursue tuition increases through market modifiers. Provost and vice-president academic Dru Marshall attended Students’ Legislative Council Tuesday night. She revealed proposals to impose market modifiers in the the faculties of…

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New Music: Peer Support

By Connor Sadler, September 11 2014 — View, the latest release from Calgary-based indie band Peer Support, strikes a good balance between the indie-rock style of their early albums and the dreamy, ambient tone of their last release Far From Here. The album consists of soothing vocals complimented by energetic and rhythmic instrumentals. The EP…

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New Music: The Lad Mags

By Sean Willett, September 11 2014 —  Self-described as “four women and a garbageman drummer,” The Lad Mags are a garage rock band from Edmonton that has hit the local music scene like a cobweb-covered asteroid. After releasing a handful of EPs over the last year, the band has put out a full-length self-titled cassette….

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New Music: Slight Birching

By Kaleem Khan, September 11 2014 —  From the shores of Vancouver comes the first album by neo-folk musician Sean Travis Ramsey, known as Slight Birching. Cultural Envelope is equal parts album and conceptual sound art piece. Blending folk, ambient and noise, the meticulously crafted album presents a subtle and sparse cosmic soundscape that is…

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Campus construction slugs along

By Susan Anderson, September 11 2014 — If you’ve been wondering what the deal is with all this construction happening on campus, you’re not alone. As you walk north from MacHall, you’re met with two construction sites. The first site is the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. The institute is being built on the…

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