Opinions

University of Calgary first-year residence programs are overpriced when compared to the market

By Trevor Landsburg, October 13, 2017 —  The University of Calgary’s first-year residence plans are overpriced for what they provide to students. Rundle and Kananaskis hall, the two first-year residence buildings, provide an 18-square-metre room equipped with a desk, mini-fridge, bookshelf, single bed, dresser and bulletin board. In a standard plan the main room and mini-fridge…

Students should encourage women to run in student politics

By Aisha Sajid, October 10, 2017 — The Students’ Union byelection is fast approaching and students have a wide range of candidates to chose from in the races they are eligible to vote in. But this diversity isn’t always present in student politics. The University of Alberta Students’ Association commissioned a research study that found…

Professors should not be involved in students’ personal lives

By Jesse Stilwell October 4, 2017 — Recent discourse in the higher education community is making the case for academic staff to be more involved in their students’ lives as supportive figures, rather than as purely academic mentors. Though well-intentioned, this is not necessary and should not be expected from a university’s already busy academic…

Circumcision should be a personal decision

By Lady Marmalade, September 29, 2017 —  The reasons parents decide to circumcise a newborn baby can vary — it could be based on religion, ideas about cleanliness, health or maybe just what other penises in the family look like. Canadian doctors no longer recommend parents circumcise all male babies and they’re right to. Infants…

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