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Frosh 2017: How to textbook

By Curtis Wolff — Buying textbooks is the most crooked market this side of the subprime mortgage crisis. Since the consumer — that’s you — doesn’t get to choose the product, textbook publishers can set disproportionately high prices. These are the alternatives to buying new textbooks that keep your coffers full for other university activities, like drinking…

Frosh 2016: How to textbook

By Curtis Wolff — Buying textbooks is the most crooked market this side of the subprime mortgage crisis. Since the consumer — that’s you — doesn’t get to choose the product, textbook publishers can set disproportionately high prices. These are the alternatives to buying new textbooks that keep your coffers full for other university activities,…

Why rape isn’t reported

By Curtis Wolff, November 6 2014 — Like most Canadians, I was stunned to hear of the allegations of sexual assault levelled against former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi. A skilled interviewer and seemingly ardent feminist, Ghomeshi and his radio show Q injected some life into the programming of our dutiful but often dull public broadcaster….

New Music: U2

By Curtis Wolff, September 18 2014 — Who likes surprises? If I asked you last week, your answer might have something to do with Irish stadium-rockers U2, who simultaneously announced and released their new album Songs of Innocence for free on Sept. 9. A Radiohead-esque release would have been uncontroversial. But it wouldn’t be a U2…

Former U of C researcher has work retracted

By Curtis Wolff, September 18 2014 — Former University of Calgary medical researcher Cory Toth has had two more papers retracted from scientific journals, bringing his total to nine in the past two years. His research was retracted due to data manipulation and image doctoring. Questions over Toth’s research surfaced in late 2012 when a…

Why we should support the Dinos

By Curtis Wolff, September 11 2014 — Normally all eyes are on the ball during the opening kickoff of the Dinos football season. But when Dinos kicker Johnny Mark launched Kickoff 2014, at least some of the 5,534 fans watched a seemingly random member of the special teams squad. Jarett Henry spent the first —…

CBC hosts nationwide Battle-of-the-Bands

By Curtis Wolff, September 4, 2014 —  For those about to rock, CBC Music and TD Bank are launching a nationwide contest to find the best band on Canada’s campuses. CBC Music’s Rock Your Campus contest is accepting submissions from student musicians of all genres until Sept. 14.  Artists — whether in a band or…

Scholars Academy Program to get new space this fall

By Curtis Wolff, July 31, 2014 — Members of the University of Calgary Scholars Academy Program will have a new space on the second floor of the MacKimmie Block this upcoming year. The program — now entering its fourth year — is the first of its kind in Canada. It offers advising and mentorship services…

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