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…

New music: Casper Skulls

By Matt Hume, December 5 2017 — Torontonian quartet Casper Skulls caught nation-wide attention with their 2016 Lips & Skull EP. Only one year later, the group has delivered a synthesis of postpunk and dream-pop that’s nothing short of a masterpiece in their debut LP, Mercy Works. Recorded with co-producing engineer Josh Korody — known for work with the likes of Fucked Up and…

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…

Your future involves you taking a winter vacation

By Derek Baker, December 4 2017 —   Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) While on an Alaskan cruise, you’ll break into the ship’s cockpit and play “My Heart Will Go On” over the intercom. The crew won’t find this funny, promptly throwing you off the back of the boat. No penny whistle solo will…

Tuition freeze extended another year

By Jason Herring and Tina Shaygan, November 30 2017 — Students studying at Alberta’s public universities won’t have to worry about tuition increasing for another year. Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt announced on Thursday morning in Edmonton that the Alberta government will extend the tuition freeze currently in place through the 2018–19 school year. Publicly…

Fan etiquette to keep in mind at sporting events

By David Song, December 1 2017 — On Nov. 26, the Toronto Argonauts stunned the Calgary Stampeders by taking the 105 Grey Cup in dramatic comeback fashion. Naturally, Toronto fans were elated while Calgary fans were heartbroken. In social media comments flooding from Canadian Football League fans, kicking the Stampeders while they were down was…

New meditation technology uses sound to quiet overactive minds

By Christie Melhorn, December 1 2017 —  I still remember how my body laid heavy but rested against the wooden floor during my first guided meditation when I was 12.  My dance teacher’s voice pulled me through a lush forest conjured by my mind to find an alien with luminescent skin in a meadow. The…

New music: Julien Baker

By Jason Herring, December 4 2017 — The 2015 debut album from Tennessee’s Julien Baker was almost uncomfortably candid. The 22-year-old songwriter confided about being Christian, gay and suffering through depression and addiction through sparse arrangements that felt more like canvases for confessional poetry than fully formed songs. Her sophomore effort, Turn Out the Lights,…

Crooked Spies to celebrate new album at Nite Owl

By Rachel Woodward, December 1 2017 — Local four-piece rock group Crooked Spies have re-emerged with their second album, High Plains. The album follows a two-year hiatus since their first release, Treason. The band will showcase their newest sounds at an album release party on Dec. 15 at Nite Owl alongside local groups Free the…

Tremplin Competition seeks Francophone filmmakers from English Canada

By Miriam Johnston, December 1 2017 — Tremplin, a competition for French-speaking filmmakers outside of Quebec, is opening doors for new voices to create professional Francophone documentaries. The 10th edition of the competition launched on Nov. 28 as a collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Radio-Canada. “We’re really creating a contest…

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