Opinions

University affirmative action policies help systematically disadvantaged groups

By Tina Shaygan, September 5 2017 — Last month, the United States government opened up the hell gates to the debate on affirmative action. Leaked government documents showed the U.S. Justice Department is allocating resources towards investigating and taking legal action against universities with affirmative action policies intended to include more students from disadvantaged groups to…

Outrage over public art unwarranted

By Jason Herring, September 5 2017 — Calgarians are mad about public art again. It’s been a few years since the city’s last public art-fueled outrage, with expensive projects like the Peace Bridge and the “Travelling Light” — the giant blue ring near the airport — attracting the most resentment. The culprit this time is the…

Students’ Union advocacy needs to extend beyond elections

August 2, 2017 — With less than three months until Calgarians go to the polls, election season is in full swing. That means it’s advocacy season for the University of Calgary Students’ Union. SU vice-president external Shubir Shaikh is spearheading this year’s advocacy efforts, with a strong focus placed on secondary suites, public transit and…

Alberta should cap pay for university executives

July 25, 2017 — Administrators at Alberta post-secondary institutions are rolling in the green. According to the University of Calgary’s 2016 consolidated financial statements, president Elizabeth Cannon received $943,000 during the year between her base salary, cash benefits and non-cash benefits. University of Alberta president David Turpin made $888,000 in 2016, according to the U…

What should students expect from marijuana legalization?

June 6, 2017 — The Alberta New Democratic Party launched an online survey last week asking for the province’s opinion on how marijuana legalization should look. It’s a long but extensive survey, focusing on topics like legal age and public consumption. The federal government plans to legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018. However, provinces…

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