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Arts students need to focus the narrative on the value of their degrees

By Kristy Koehler, November 5 2019— A new provincial budget was tabled last week and it was pretty much what we expected ⁠— cuts across the board, including cuts to post-secondary education. If you’re a student in the Faculty of Arts, you’re probably worried about cuts to your program, whether that be courses, faculty, support…

Doping rears its head in the World Athletics Championships

By Pierre Lechat, November 5 2019 — The World Athletics Championships in Doha are likely to be remembered for their negative aspects, rather than for their positives. The problems and polemics have piled up — an empty, air-conditioned stadium, extreme heat resulting in physically dangerous conditions for the athletes, and worker exploitation in Qatar. That…

New Music: Kanye West

By Matthew Herring, November 5 2019 — Last year was a bad year for Kanye West. From his unrelenting Twitter presence to the messy release of the lackluster Ye, few days passed without Kanye’s name hogging the headlines. While West has always caused controversy, 2018 felt like a turning point from his previous relatively harmless…

Keep your insides warm and immune system strong

By Tori Taylor, November 5 2019 — When the air turns cold and I start doubling up on socks, I know it’s time to switch from smoothie bowls to warm elixirs. There is nothing like getting hit with multiple waves of the cold virus for three months straight. With our academic stress amped up and…

Chastity’s Brandon Williams talks touring, the suburbs and inequality

By Troy Hasselman, November 5 2019 — Chastity — the Whitby, Ontario-based, emo-indebted noise band — is hard at work. Little over a year after the release of their debut album Death Lust, the band has already released a follow-up in Home Made Satan — the second album of a planned trilogy. The group has…

New Music: King Princess

By Erin Novakowski, November 5 2019 — Mikaela Straus, better known by her gender-bending stage name King Princess, has proven that she has no issue tackling a variety of musical genres with ease, class and an overarching attitude of bad-assery. Her ascent to lesbian icon status followed the release of her single “1950,” which was…

New Music: Cigarettes After Sex

By Nikayla Goddard, November 5 2019 — Reminiscent of romantic grey and rainy days, the new nine-track album Cry from Cigarettes After Sex is similar to their previous works, but not in a monotonous way. The new album carries the same sultry ardour and slow, ethereal style that encapsulates Cigarettes After Sex, but this time…

Andy Kim talks about life

By Troy Hasselman, November 5 2019 — In a decades-long career that has included everything from penning radio staples such as “Rock Me Gently” and The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar” to collaborations with Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and friendships with countless Canadian music scene figures, Andy Kim has cemented his place within the canon of…

Downstage Theatre looks at social issues in new season

By Troy Hasselman, November 5 2019 — Downstage Theatre — a Calgary-based theatre company, is going to be focusing on some prescient issues in their upcoming season, including safe-injection sites, climate change and masculinity. The company was founded 15 years ago by Simon Mallett. Over the years, the company has developed a new mandate that…

The 2019 Halloween costume recap

By Tori Taylor, November 5 2019 — The big night of the year for so many costume lovers has come and gone. Halloween is the opportunity many of us look forward to after watching our favourite movie or series. The question is whether or not you were one of many Harley Quinns or a more…

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