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Video Game review: Return of the Obra Dinn

By Derek Baker, November 9 2018 — In the height of midterm season, starting and completing a 12-hour puzzle game is probably not the wisest decision. Nevertheless, it’s exactly how I chose to spend my weekend as I was determined to finish Return of the Obra Dinn, a deductive reasoning game on steroids. The best…

Mobilization of student vote vital for student issue lobbying efforts

By Derek Baker, November 6 2018 — There are two forms of political currency to spend when exerting influence over what issues are addressed by parties and politicians. Campaign donations and your vote. The former has been rightfully tarred as “dark money,” allowing private interests to distort the democratic policy-making process. Consequently, at the federal…

Head-to-Head: Should we all have access to the email directory?

Yes, access to the directory is helpful to get in contact with people By Nikayla Goddard, October 15 2018 — On Sept. 7, 246 University of Calgary staff, students, faculty and alumni with ‘Nicole’ in their name or email address received a mass email from Carlos, a student looking to connect with a woman named Nicole…

Calgary Herald runs afoul with Kavanaugh column

October 3 2018 — A recent column published in the Calgary Herald garnered a barrage of criticism across the city and on social media. The piece, written by columnist Naomi Lakritz and titled “Kavanaugh doesn’t deserve this. What happened in high school stays in high school,” sparked outrage on social media, with companies pulling their…

There is no free speech problem at Canadian post-secondaries

September 20 2018 —  At the beginning of the school year, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a policy threatening funding cuts to Ontario post-secondary institutions should they not adopt ‘strong free-speech policies’ — whatever that means — by Jan. 1, 2019. Though the policy passed in Ontario will not affect post-secondary institutions in Alberta, it still…

Our horoscopes predict how you will kick off Kickoff

By Derek Baker, September 7 2018 — Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) You will try your darndest to start the wave in the stands. Despite your best efforts, the only ones who will stand up when it’s their turn are your two sort-of-but-not-really acquaintances you met during Orientation Days. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)…

Summer comes to a close with a productive SLC

By Derek Baker, August 31 2018 — The last Students’ Legislative Council meeting of the summer met the evening of Aug. 28. Notable business included a presentation of the Students’ Union executive team’s annual plan, passing an extra-budgetary expenditure of $33,373 for construction of an emergency exit at the Den & Black Lounge and a…

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