Congress 2016 brings 8,000 academics to University of Calgary

By Scott Strasser, May 23 2016 — The University of Calgary will be in Canada’s academic spotlight from May 28 – June 3, as 8,000 scholars arrive on campus for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The event is Canada’s largest annual gathering of scholars. More than 70 academic associations will hold their…

Gallery makes space for female artists

By Danielle Kim, May 26 2016 — A gallery on Stephen Avenue is about to get much more crowded. Contemporary Calgary will present Material Girls, an eclectic all-female exhibition featuring 25 different artists from Canada and abroad starting May 26. The exhibit is an homage to women taking up space in society and the art world….

Matthew de Grood found not criminally responsible

By Scott Strasser, May 25 2016 — UPDATED: A former University of Calgary  student charged with five counts of first-degree murder was found not criminally responsible (NCR) by Justice Eric Macklin on May 25. With the NCR decision, Matthew de Grood will be detained at a psychiatric facility pending instructions by the Alberta Review Board. The…

Two years later, we don’t stand alone

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for the University of Calgary community. Closing arguments in the trial for Matthew de Grood were heard May 24. De Grood was accused of five counts of first-degree murder in the April 2014 killings of Jordan Segura, Lawrence Hong, Kaitlin Perras, Zackariah Rathwell and Joshua Hunter at a…

Queer feminist ukulele group brings comedy to discussions of sexuality and gender

By Rachel Woodward, May 26 2016 — Performing under the pseudonyms Pam of Green Gaybles, Shirley Payne and Easy Annie, the Wrong Kind of Girls are Calgary’s only queer feminist comedy ukulele group. The band is know for songs about heteronormativity, lesbian “u-hauling” and for using naked Barbies on stage to accompany their music. The…

University of Calgary’s new TITL building lives up to its unfortunate acronym

By Josh Perlette, May 24 2016 — A recent survey found that the majority of University of Calgary students believe the new Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning (TITL) is the best place to get to second base on campus. Students and instructors have groped in vain for a space to foster higher education for years….

Lights! Camera! Blockbuster horoscopes!

Jill Girgulis, May 24 2016 — Gemini  (May 21 – June 20) Enraged at the fact that The Angry Birds Movie is allowed to exist, you will work tirelessly to overthrow the capitalist bourgeoisie and ensure this never happens again. Cancer  (June 21 – July 22) You will feel so guilty about going to see…

Stay2Play brings board games to cafés and bars

By Rachel Woodward, May 26 2016 — Four months ago, Calgary blogger Mike Procee joined forces with David Minken, the founder of Connect More — a local organization focused on connecting corporate groups through board games — to try and find a way to bring board games to more bars and cafés in the city….

Opera company sends Cinderella to comic-con

By Vagisha Agrawal, May 26 2016 — Cowtown Opera Company (CTO) will bring the classic tale of Cinderella to Calgary audiences with a comedic twist. Ella: Cinderella Goes to Comic-Con is a modern adaptation of Rossini’s classic opera, La Cenerentola, but this time Cinderella gets a ticket to Comic-Con to try and find love instead…

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