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Student groups need to stop playing nice with administration

The Students’ Union recently went public with their two-and-a-half year dispute over the ownership of MacHall, effectively halting their closed-door negotiations with the university. The two organizations have been negotiating over who owns MacHall for the better part of the last three years, with the SU recently making new information regarding the building’s ownership public….

Symbolic gestures still matter

The University of Calgary Students’ Union recently voted to begin their weekly council meetings with a short statement recognizing that the meetings take place on Treaty 7 territory. This proposal was partially developed as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, which gave recommendations to Canada’s institutions on how to reconcile with and…

Quotas promote gender equality

Canada’s 42nd federal election began in its usual fashion. Pundits decried the cost to taxpayers. The phrase “middle-class values” was overused. Partisans immediately began thinking of clever hashtags. In other news, only 30 per cent of the major parties’ candidates are women. The percentage of female candidates currently sits below 2013 levels, when it was…

We need politicians, not cowboys

The Calgary Stampede always involves too-hot weather, fried food and Canadian politicians descending on the city to flip pancakes and pretend they’re folksy and middle-class. Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair all arrived in Calgary at the beginning of Stampede to win votes by espousing their commitment to average, hard-working Canadian families and wearing…

Reconciliation includes knowledge

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Report is a 382-page document that neatly summarizes the worst atrocities committed by the Canadian government. Residential schools almost destroyed indigenous civilization in Canada. By outlawing important aboriginal social traditions and forcibly removing children from their families, Canada enacted a cultural genocide against the indigenous peoples that live here. It…

Public transit needs space to expand

The City of Calgary’s proposed transit expansion has its usual group of naysayers. They’re homeowners who bemoan the changing character of their neighbourhoods, developers who prefer expressways and car owners who are worried about losing their space on the roads. Public transit proponents, on the other hand, have little political power. They’re people who likely…

An education has its own value

By Kate Jacobson, April 9 2015 When Premier Jim Prentice released Alberta’s budget on March 26, he urged post-secondary schools to shed “low-value programs” to make up for this year’s 1.4 per cent budget cut. But there’s no such thing as a low-value program. Talking about pursuing a post-secondary education only in terms of employability is…

New Music: Twin Shadow

By Kate Jacobson, April 2 2015 — The best thing about Eclipse, the new album from Twin Shadow, is that it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is. It’s overdramatic pop music, the kind you listen to when you’re walking home drunk after missing the last train. Soaring vocals combined with thundering…

Trigger warnings protect vulnerable students

By Kate Jacobson, April 2 2015 — Universities should use trigger warnings so students have the necessary information to make choices about their own mental health.  Trigger warnings are short sentences included before discussing a distressing topic, like “trigger warning: graphic depictions of sexual assault.” Critics of trigger warnings claim they infringe on free speech…

Low voter turnout isn’t a problem

By Kate Jacobson, March 19 2015 — Voter turnout in this year’s Students’ Union election wasn’t great. It was 25.4 per cent, a couple percentage points less than last year’s voter turnout of 28.8 per cent. But chasing higher voter turnout doesn’t address any of the problems with student engagement. This is usually the time…

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