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Your future is the first week of a new semester

By Derek Baker, September 7 2017 — Virgo  (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) In an effort to save money when buying food on campus, you will start eating your Tim Hortons cup after finishing whatever caffeinated drink was in it. Ignore the weird stares you get — a little extra fibre never hurts. Libra (Sept. 23 –…

Frosh 2017: The Students’ Union

By Derek Baker — As a University of Calgary student, you belong to the Students’ Union. Whether or not you notice, the SU will play a substantial role in your university experience over the next four-plus years. Their job is to promote our interests to university administration and the government, run programs for students and plan events….

Frosh 2017: Campus Etiquette

By Derek Baker Welcome to university! You now get to spend time with hoards of like-minded individuals in pursuit of higher education. Congratulations — you are officially an adult. Time to start acting like one. As a fourth-year student, there are two main places where I feel many people lack basic common decency — lecture theatres…

Frosh 2017: Do’s and Don’ts of Your First Year

By Derek Baker Entering university can be pretty overwhelming. No matter where you’re coming from, be it right out of high school or after taking a break from academia, starting at the University of Calgary is an intimidating task. Anxieties can rise as the people in your life bombard you with well-meant, albeit excessive advice. With…

Frosh 2017: Neighborhoods

By Derek Baker LOWER BELTINE Calgary’s entertainment district on 17th Ave. has great restaurants, pubs and stores and is walkable from the train. For lunch, grab a burger at Clive Burger (736 17 Ave. SW) and sit down in Tomkins Park. Or try Una (618 17 Ave. SW) for the best — though slightly pricey —…

New Music: Allie X

By Derek Baker, June 15, 2017 — After a string of EPs and singles, Toronto synth-pop artist Alexandra Hughes — better known under the stage name Allie X — released her first full-length album, CollXtion II. In an electro-pop scene currently plagued with unsubstantial songs, the carefully crafted album is a refreshing addition to the…

Your future is a sweltering hot summer day

By Derek Baker, April 27 2017 — Aries  (March 21 – April 19) Since every day is summer during your summer class, the whole class will break out in song, singing High School Musical 2’s “What Time Is It,” at the end of each lecture. It’s a vacation! Taurus  (April 20 – May 20) A…

D2L to introduce photo stories

By Derek Baker, April 24 2017 — Sharing everyday moments just got a little bit easier. Inspired by the recent additions to Facebook Messenger and Instagram, Desire2Learn will now include a photo sharing feature called D2LStoriez. “We thought it was about time students and professors were able to share 10-second selfies or videos showing just…

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