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Students’ Union prepares to get out the vote as election begins

By Fabian Mayer, August 6 2015 —    Canada’s longest election campaign in over a century got underway this weekend when the Governor General accepted Stephen Harper’s request to dissolve parliament on August 2. The campaign will last 78 days and culminate on October 19 when Canadians head to the polls. The University of Calgary…

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Campus construction nears fall semester completion

By Fabian Mayer, August 6 2015 —  Students returning to classes this fall will notice some changes around campus. The university is taking advantage of most students being away to undertake numerous construction and renovation projects. Four lecture theatres — Administration 140 and 142 and Science A 104 and 106 — are getting facelifts. The…

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U of C gets grant for microbiome research centre

By Fabian Mayer, August 6 2015 —    The University of Calgary has been given a $9.9-million grant to establish a microbiome research centre within the Cumming School of Medicine. The facility is slated to open in 2017 and will be the second of its kind in Canada. Minister of state for western economic diversification…

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English professor writes genetic poetry into DNA of unkillable bacteria

By Fabian Mayer, August 6 2015 —    A University of Calgary researcher is nearing the end of his project to write a poem that lasts forever. English professor Christian Bök has been working to insert his poetry into bacteria since the early 2000s. Bök calls his project The Xenotext. He aims to write a short…

New Music: Jill Scott

By Justin Knudsen, August 6 2015 — After a four-year hiatus since her last album The Light of the Sun, R&B artist Jill Scott returns with her fifth studio album, Woman. Scott has been a seasoned veteran in the neo-soul community since she broke onto the scene in 2000. In the age of the specialist,…

New Music: Mac DeMarco

By Felix Mayer, August 6 2015 — The release of Mac DeMarco’s latest work, the mini-LP Another One, brings another great piece to the Canadian crooner’s already impressive discography. The album delivers the originality and eccentricity that’s come to be expected from DeMarco. Another One draws most of its appeal from its oddity. The album…

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Calgary game developer recreates cult classic

By Jason Herring, August 6 2015 — Though the Silent Hill video game franchise is finished, the game lives on thanks to the work of aspiring Calgary game developer Farhan Qureshi, who released his project PuniTy on July 30. PuniTy is a remake of the cult horror video game Playable Trailer, which was originally released…

Afrikadey! celebrates Calgary’s musical diversity

By Jason Herring, August 6 2015 — Now entering its 24th year, Afrikadey! is returning to downtown Calgary from August 5–8. The festival, which culminates in a day of music at Prince’s Island Park on August 8, offers Calgarians the opportunity to explore African culture they otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to. Marketing director Megan Miles…

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National Women’s Hockey League breaking new ground

By Sonny Sachdeva, August 6, 2015 — Every four years, women’s hockey taps into the mainstream of North American sports culture when hundreds of thousands tune in to watch the sport’s top talents suit up at the Winter Olympics. For the three years in between, however, support for the sport vanishes, leaving female hockey players with…

Go Set a Watchman ruins cherished childhood memories

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, August 6 2015 — Seven years ago, I read Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird in my grade eight English class. It was one of the first “classic” novels I read. I related to Scout, the narrator of the story and daughter of Atticus Finch, whose vivacity propelled the story through complicated…

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