Opinions

You owe it to yourself to study abroad

By Tommy Osborne, March 14 2019 — Over the past six months, I’ve studied abroad in Tokyo. Participating in the University of Calgary’s study abroad program has been one of the best decisions of my life, even though it was intimidating to move away from home for so long. Now, halfway through my study abroad experience, I’ve had the chance to…

Head-to-Head: Should election campaign posters be professional or gimmicky?

Posters have too much cosplay, too little connection By Susie Ngo, March 7 2019 — It’s hard to miss the multitude of campaign posters plastered in every hallway from Craigie Hall to Science Theatres during the Students’ Union election. They’re big, bold and colourful, often featuring smiling candidates decked out in quirky costumes or, in one case, holding a puppy. Bearing similarities to war propaganda posters, they…

Do we really need a pizza place in MacHall?

By Srija Dharwadkar, March 5 2019 — A mainstay at any on-campus club meeting is pizza. Many of us have found ourselves in club meetings that we have no intention — or at best, minimal interest — on joining, but we’ll sign up for the club’s mailing list then make the trek from any corner of the campus to enjoy a…

Go vote, I guess

March 5 2019 — If you’re reading this, we don’t need to tell you that it’s important to vote in this week’s Students’ Union general election. By clicking on this link, you’ve demonstrated that (1) you already care enough to read the campus publication’s article complaining about the lack of student engagement with the SU and (2) you’re…

What you say online rightfully has consequences

By Aymen Sherwani, February 28 2019 — Over the years, Twitter has shifted from being a place where self-proclaimed indie users posted pictures of their kombucha hashtagged #SoUnique to a serious social media platform that politicians, celebrities, academics, journalists and other public figures use to reach larger audiences. Tweets are taken as serious representations of the individuals who send…

Party discipline just as much a problem in Alberta politics

The UCP’s proposal won’t help. By Derek Baker, February 27 2019 — Canadian governments are plagued by strict party discipline and leader-dominated election campaigns. Backbenchers rarely vote out of party lines. When they’re allowed to, it’s apparently a big deal — ‘the party will allow this to be a free/conscious vote’ plasters headlines whenever it occurs.  Likewise, the provincial level is also…

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