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Students should take advantage of available conference funding

By Kent Wong, May 7 2018 — As a University of Calgary student, you’re eligible to receive funding to attend academic conferences. Initiatives to fund students’ attendance include programs like the Schulich Activity Fund. Similar opportunities are available in the Faculties of Arts and Science. This funding doesn’t necessarily have to go towards travel —…

Far-away galaxies feel right at home at Calgary Expo

By Kent Wong, April 6 2018 —  At the end of April sits a four-day event that has steadily grown to be one of Canada’s largest fan conventions. From its beginnings in 2006 as a humble comic book convention, the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo has quickly grown to captivate sci-fi, horror and other pop-culture…

Drink bone broth for better muscle gain and stomach health

By Kent Wong, November 1 2017 —  You’re probably wondering “What the hell is bone broth?” The answer is likely not much different than what you’re envisioning — a watery, brown substance made by slowly cooking animal bones in hot water. You’ve also probably already tried it. It’s in ramen, pho, chicken noodle soup and almost…

Box-office sales don’t match Blade Runner 2049’s critical success

By Kent Wong, October 19 2017 — Blade Runner 2049 is an art film at its core and will be hit-or-miss for many. Despite glowing reviews and mass-market reception, the movie’s sales stack low compared to its budget. But don’t let that deter you from seeing the flick on the big screen. Directed by Arrival’s…

Advanced player-tracking technology changes how we experience sports

By Kent Wong, October 12 2017 —  Since 2014, Zebra Technologies has served as the National Football League’s “official on-field player-tracking provider.” Their goal is to capture individual player movements and statistics in real-time. They then convert their recordings into hard data for officials and analysts to use. In 2016, Zebra fitted radio-frequency identification chips…

Know the risks of weed before lighting up

By Kent Wong, September 27 2017 — Weed, marijuana, the Devil’s lettuce, pot, Ganja — all common names for cannabis. Maybe you’re an expert on the stuff or perhaps you’ve only ever taken a puff of someone’s joint at a house party and gagged for the next minute. The pros, cons and risks of using…

New Music: Carly Rae Jepsen

By Kent Wong, September 13 2016 — Our favorite Canadian pop singer from British Columbia — Carly Rae Jepsen — returns with the EP Emotion: Side B, announced one year after her 2015 release of studio album Emotion. The eight-track EP is the culmination of 17 cut tracks from Emotion that were reworked. Jepsen fills…

Dinos CFL draft success showcases U of C athletics

By Kent Wong, June 7 2016 — The 2016 CFL draft marked another year of success for the Dinos football program. One former and three active Dinos were drafted to the CFL and NFL this year. Running back Mercer Timmis was the second round 14th overall pick by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Receiver Brett Blaszko and…

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