Local video game developers host community indie gaming night

By Jason Herring, February 9 2016 — The Calgary Game Developers Association (CGDA) is celebrating independent video games and showcasing the work of local developers at their second Indie Game Bash on Feb. 20 at the Sunalta Community Centre. The event, which lets participants play popular indie games from recent years, acts as both a…

Calgary should embrace the arts

Calgary’s economy isn’t doing too hot right now. As the price of oil continues to fall, our city’s unemployment rate has risen to the highest it’s been since 1996. And there’s little reason to believe this will change anytime soon. But every cloud has a silver lining. The possibility of Calgary losing its reputation as…

Dinos soccer teams to lose field after the end of 2016 season

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, February 9 2016 — After more than a decade of playing on Field 8, the Dinos soccer teams are slated to lose their designated practice and competition pitch. The Dinos will lose their field following the conclusion of the 2016 season, after which the space will be used for the development of…

Conservative clubs on campus talk “unite the right,” membership totals and Christmas parties

By Fabian Mayer, February 9 2016 — Since the NDP’s surprising victory in last year’s provincial election, there has been talk of merging Alberta’s two right-of-centre parties, the Wildrose party and the previously-governing Progressive Conservatives. The Gauntlet sat down with Wildrose on Campus (WROC) president Jenn Galandy and U of C Progressive Conservative Association VP…

MacHall dispute update: What is a mediation anyways?

By Lianelle Barraza, February 9 2016 — A bitter public battle between the Students’ Union and the University of Calgary over the ownership and operation of MacHall almost ended in court last semester. The two sides agreed to mediation on Dec. 3, 2015, hours before courts were set to rule on an injunction that would allow…

Calgary Folk Fest launches new winter music festival

By Jarrett Edmund, February 9 2016 — The community of Inglewood will soon have one more festival to add to its impressive repertoire. The inaugural Block Heater Festival is making its way to the newly dubbed Music Mile on 9 Ave. SE from Feb. 12–14. Debbie Salmonson, executive director of both Block Heater and the…

New Music: DIIV

By Jason Herring, February 9 2016 — Ever since DIIV’s exhilarating 2012 debut, band leader Zachary Smith has fielded a lot of questions about a follow-up record. Their first album, Oshin, was defined by engulfing guitar-driven musical textures. Smith, though, recently said the group was planning on expanding the parametres of their music and exploring…

New Music: Rihanna

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, February 9 2016 — Rihanna’s new album is a force to be reckoned with. Like the artist’s previous release, ANTI is an ambitious step forward for the pop star, featuring a collection of songs exploring different genres and musical influences. The most staggering aspect of ANTI is that the album establishes Rihanna…

Festival combats racism with short films

By Rachel Woodward, February 9 2016 — From Feb. 12­–14, filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds are participating in the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation’s (CCMF) first annual 48-hour Anti-Racism Film Festival at the University of Calgary. Each group of filmmakers will be provided with a prop, quote and topic to create their short films, which…

Everyone needs to chill about pubic hair

By Rachel Woodward, February 9, 2016 — It’s easy for women to feel self-conscious about their bodies. Almost every piece of advertising targeting women focuses on our looks — what we should or shouldn’t do to meet the latest beauty norms. But this advice is usually contradictory, confusing and weirdly invasive. I stumbled across a…

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