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Frosh 2017: Welcome from EIC

By Jason Herring — Oh hey there! Welcome to the University of Calgary. Starting university is overwhelming. In the first week, you’re hit by 300 clubs, a million free pairs of plastic sunglasses and the crushing existential weight of your academic future. It can be a lot to handle. But rest assured, things have a wonderful way…

Frosh 2017: Dealing with the man

A student’s guide to all levels of government. By Jason Herring — Municipal Government You’re most likely to feel the effects of municipal government in your day-to-day life, especially if you live off-campus. They control topics important to students like public transit and secondary suites — often with a staggering level of incompetency. Full-time students are required…

Frosh 2017: Tri media alliance

By Jason Herring Like most respectable post-secondary institutions, the University of Calgary has a few media outlets. Dubbed the tri-media alliance, CJSW, NUTV and the Gauntlet all offer volunteer, training and employment opportunities and are located above the Black Lounge on MacHall’s east third-floor. These organizations rely heavily on both student levies and volunteer contributions to…

Frosh 2017: Engineering Pranks

By Jason Herring First-year engineering students entering the University of Calgary are fully immersed into faculty lore. Don’t be surprised if you overhear a new engineering student recount a decades-old tale of debauchery while using the pronoun ‘we’ in the coming weeks. Many of these stories are dubiously true — other than the few photos floating…

Frosh 2017: Frosh Food

La Taqueria Though a bit on the pricier side, the Students’ Union-run La Taqueria offers quality meals. Their tacos — particularly the cod ones — are fresh and flavourful, and their loaded fries are a tasty treat that appear in my mid-class daydreams with an alarming frequency. Just steer clear of the Oreo Churro, a…

CAUS announces priorities for year

By Jason Herring, September 4 2017 — Affordability of education and increased institutional funding are among the issues that Alberta student executives plan to advocate for this year. The Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) released their 2017–18 priorities list in late July. CAUS is an advocacy group consisting of student executives from major Alberta post-secondaries…

The University of Calgary’s LGBTQ History

By Jason Herring, August 29 2017 — Photos by Mariah Wilson. Archive photos provided by Calgary Gay History Project Calgary has a complicated history with the LGBTQ community and the University of Calgary is front and centre in much of that history. When the school opened in 1966, homosexuality was illegal in Canada. Even for decades…

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…

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