Stress Less Week aims to improve student mental health before exams

By Fabian Mayer, November 24 2015 — As students work on final papers and prepare for exams, the Students’ Union is hosting its bi-annual Stress Less Week from Nov. 30–Dec. 4. The week will feature puppy rooms, yoga and a carnival. New additions to this year’s event include nap rooms and a pyjama day on…

Noah Stevens

Original Charlie Brown Christmas drummer brings holiday jazz to Calgary

By Jason Herring, November 26 2015 – Fifty years ago, CBS first broadcast the Peanuts cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s since become a Christmas staple, touching on the holiday’s over-commercialization and the winter blues as Charlie and his friends discover — of course — the true meaning of Christmas. Along with the cartoon’s popularity…


Psych-out syndrome explains falling short in the big game

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, November 24, 2015 — It’s an age-old question coaches and sports analysts have tried to answer for decades — why do athletes choke under pressure? Stars like Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey recently put forth underwhelming performances, bringing the issue to light. Closer to home, the Dinos football team found themselves wondering…


Albertan universities need a conflict of interest policy

The University of Calgary Board of Governors has launched an independent review into the creation of the Centre for Corporate Sustainability. The stated purpose of the review is to “determine whether there was any breach of university policies or procedures then in place or improper conduct in connection with the creation and operation of the…

Louie Villanueva

Eyes Too High: A Brief History of Administrative Controversy at the U of C

By Chris Adams, November 26, 2015 — “Mrs. Cannon, as a student, I believe that your actions have hurt the standing of this institution. I was wondering if you’d be willing to resign from your post as president immediately.” Frank Finley was the student at November’s budget town hall who asked the question everyone knew…


Federal student lobby group sets priorities

By Scott Strasser, November 24 2015 — The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) held their annual policy and strategy conference in Halifax last week, where they set lobbying and advocacy priorities for the year. CASA is made up of 22 student associations across Canada. They advocate and lobby the federal government on student issues….


Science lounge hopes to open in 2016

By Scott Strasser, November 24 2015 — A students’ lounge for Faculty of Science students is still in the works and could open by fall 2016. Students’ Union science representatives and members of the Science Students’ Society (SSS) are submitting a joint Quality Money application of over $100,000 to fund the lounge’s construction. SSS president and…


Medication key to mental health initiatives

By Sean Willett, November 23, 2015 — My doctor now has me taking both medications — I’m reacting well to both of them, and mental health drugs can be notoriously unpredictable when doses are changed or altered. This is also why I can’t switch to any potentially cheaper alternatives. Neither drug has a generic form…

Louie Villanueva

Mental health doesn’t end at awareness

Melanie Woods, November 23, 2015 — I have chronic joint pain. When it started to affect my day-to-day life, I went to a doctor who diagnosed me with hyperextended joints. Now I wear knee braces when I exercise and have painkillers for particularly bad days. I don’t have to do these things. I could probably survive…

Kaleem Khan

It’s all going to shit — but here’s your future anyways

By Melanie Woods, November 24 2015 — Sagittarius  (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) While wandering around the basement of the admin building, you will come across a basket of golden retriever puppies, but Jim Dinning will prevent you from rescueing them. Their sad eyes will haunt you. Capricorn  (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) After questioning…

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