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U of C researchers study tweets sent during Fort McMurray fire

By Zarif Alibhai, August 2 2017 — The Fort McMurray wildfires displaced over 80,000 people from their jobs and homes in May 2016. A University of Calgary software engineering PhD student believes that centralized app software could help displaced victims find basic necessities in a similar crisis. Working alongside researchers at the Schulich School of…

U of C libraries receive $1 million in grant funding

By Zarif Alibhai, April 27 2017 —  On March 31, the University of Calgary received about $1 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help evolve its library resources. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a private foundation based in New York. The foundation distributes grants to universities to promote research in the humanities…

Pre-Law Society hosts refugee awareness lectures

By Scott Strasser, March 21 2017 — The University of Calgary Pre-Law Society hosted an event on March 17 to educate students and raise awareness about the immigration process for refugees in Canada. The event — In our Footsteps: Understanding the Refugee Immigration Process — included talks from an immigration lawyer, a photographer who spent…

Faculty of Science dean also a dual black belt

By Zarif Alibhai, March 21 2017 — University of Calgary students will most likely recognize Lesley Rigg as the dean of the Faculty of Science. But what some students probably don’t know is that she is also a dual black belt holder in karate. Rigg has trained in various forms of martial arts and self-defence…

Responsible drinking awareness campaign comes to campus

By Zarif Alibhai, March 8 2017 — The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission’s DrinkSense campaign visited the University of Calgary on March 1. DrinkSense is a province-wide campaign aimed at educating young adults on Canada’s low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines for men and women. National guidelines suggest that men have a maximum of three alcoholic drinks…

SU Wellness Centre to research student loneliness on U of C campus

By Zarif Alibhai, February 10 2017 — Registered psychologists from the Students’ Union Wellness Centre will conduct a research project this semester to help determine what contributes to student loneliness. SU Wellness Centre psychologists Ann Laverty and Lara Schultz will carry out hour-long confidential interviews with 10 University of Calgary students for the project. They…

SU calls for university residence property tax exemptions

By Scott Strasser, January 30 2017 — Last year, every student living in residence at the University of Calgary paid around $255 in property taxes — and the Students’ Union wants to change that. As part of their municipal advocacy priorities, the SU will push for the city to exempt U of C residence buildings…

Students’ Union sets municipal advocacy priorities

By Zarif Alibhai and Scott Strasser, January 19 2017 — With the Calgary municipal election next October, the University of Calgary Students’ Union has set their municipal lobbying and advocacy priorities. SU vice-president external Tristan Bray presented the union’s priorities for city issues at Students’ Legislative Council on Jan. 17. A highlight of the SU’s…

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