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Alberta should cap pay for university executives

July 25, 2017 — Administrators at Alberta post-secondary institutions are rolling in the green. According to the University of Calgary’s 2016 consolidated financial statements, president Elizabeth Cannon received $943,000 during the year between her base salary, cash benefits and non-cash benefits. University of Alberta president David Turpin made $888,000 in 2016, according to the U…

Elizabeth Cannon top earner on U of C’s 2016 Sunshine List

By Sean Willett and Jason Herring, July 21 2017 — The University of Calgary has released its latest “Sunshine List,” which details all U of C employees who earned more than $126,375 in 2016. This is the second year that Alberta post-secondary institutions have been mandated to disclose staff compensation under the provincial government’s Public…

CJSW welcomes Adam Kamis as new station manager

By Jason Herring, July 21 2017 —  Calgary’s favourite community radio station, CJSW 90.9 FM, has found itself a new station manager. Long-time CJSW volunteer and Calgary music scene mainstay Adam Kamis will take over as the station’s head honcho on July 31. CJSW’s station manager is responsible for supervising staff and volunteers, overseeing day-to-day operations…

U of C engineering graduates face fluctuating employment rates

By Jason Herring, July 11 2017 — Employment rates for Schulich School of Engineering graduates have declined since 2014 amid an uncertain economic climate and low oil prices, according to a series of surveys conducted by the Engineering Career Centre (ECC). In 2014, graduates of civil and chemical engineering had the best shot of finding…

Common Holly takes an uncommon approach at Sled Island

By Jason Herring, June 23, 2017 — Montreal singer-songwriter Common Holly will play her first Calgary show at this year’s Sled Island festival. The band is the project of Brigitte Naggar, who will bring her self-described “dark folk” to the recently reopened King Eddy hotel on June 24. Naggar released her debut album, Playing House,…

New Music: Ride

By Jason Herring, June 21 2017 — Ride are the latest in a string of ‘90s shoegaze pioneers to release a 21st century reunion album. Weather Diaries is the British band’s latest effort and their first album since 1996. It flirts with both the future and the past, but rarely attains the moments of catharsis…

SAIT adds eSports to campus athletic program

By Jason Herring, June 13 2017 –  The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is introducing a new dimension of sports to their athletics and recreation program this fall. The SAIT Trojans recreational athletics department is gauging student interest in eSports — or competitive video gaming — with four tournaments during the fall and winter semesters….

What should students expect from marijuana legalization?

June 6, 2017 — The Alberta New Democratic Party launched an online survey last week asking for the province’s opinion on how marijuana legalization should look. It’s a long but extensive survey, focusing on topics like legal age and public consumption. The federal government plans to legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018. However, provinces…

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