Opinions

Universities should standardize grade scales

By Jesse Stilwell, December 5 2017 — Few things are more frustrating than getting the same percentage grade in two classes to have them translate into two different letter grades on your transcript, or doing substantially better in one class only to receive the same letter grade as another class you struggled with. This happens too…

Lady Marmalade’s four tips for being single for the holidays

By Lady Marmalade, Dec 4 2017 — It’s the festive season in Calgary again, which means Zoolights, sleigh rides at Heritage Park and cozy nights. However, being single during this time can be tough, so here’s four tips to survive the holidays on your own. Reconnect with old pals: If you’re newly single, the impending…

City of Calgary must protect displaced residents

November 30 2017 — Calgary’s rental market is baffling, to say the least. Calgary is not only the only major Canadian city without a streamlined application process for secondary suites, but it’s also now a city where apartment buildings almost collapse on their residents. On Nov. 23, the 125 residents of Kensington Manor, along with…

Phrases like ‘social justice warrior’ harm discussion and expression of ideas

By Andrew Kemle, Nov. 29 2017 — Lately, online discussions surrounding social justice issues have featured pejorative or derogatory phrases like “social justice warrior,” “regressive leftist” or even the alt-right’s favorite word, “cuck.” Even right-wing news outlets like Breitbart and The Rebel frequently devolve into using these words in their headlines. These labels are meaningless….

Students should not glorify being busy

By Jesse Stilwell, November 28 2017 — University students are under constant pressure to be as well-rounded as possible. They are encouraged to take difficult classes, get high grades, join multiple clubs and most work part-time jobs so they can pay for expenses along the way. It’s a game of who can do the most…

Canadian government should not reopen constitution

By Wyatt Schierman, November 28 2017 — Jean-Marc Fournier, Quebec’s Minister of Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie, recently came to the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy to speak with students about his province’s relationship with the rest of Canada. The end of his presentation was perplexing. He made many long-winded statements on…

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