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GFC gets quorum wrong since 2004

By Hayden McBennett, December 4 2014 — To meet quorum — the required number of people that need to be present for an organization to vote — at General Faculties Council (GFC), one-half of an its members must be present. However, since 2004, GFC  thought quorum required one-third of its members to be present, calling…

Hooking-up can’t replace dating

By Hayden McBennett, December 4 2014 — The term hook-up is tossed around lightly. Hook-ups are casual interactions that differ from dating. They usually involve acts of intimacy — anything from kissing to sex. Where dating looks like a traditional relationship, hook-ups are deliberately casual. But the confusing line between hooking-up with someone and being…

Charlotte’s Web puts aerial spin on children’s classic

By Hayden McBennett, November 27 2014 — Charlotte’s Web is a classic children’s story that focuses on an unlikely friendship between a spider named Charlotte and a pig named Wilbur. Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP) is hosting a production of the play with a modern twist. The title character, Charlotte, will be played by aerial acrobat…

Should diploma exams be worth 50 per cent of students’ overall marks?

Yes, diploma exams prepare students for university By Hayden McBennett, November 27 2014 — Albertan high school students are probably happy to hear that the Alberta School Board Association supports the idea of diploma exams that are weighted at only 30 per cent of the final mark. We’d all like it if our university courses…

City council mulls 18-month freeze on secondary suite closures

By Hayden McBennett, November 27 2014 — Calgary city planners and councilors are considering an 18-month freeze on secondary suite closures. Ward 10 councilor Andre Chabot motioned to give all suite owners 18 months to bring legal and illegal suites up to standard on Monday, Nov. 17. The proposed 18-month period would be followed by…

Should you go into debt to earn a degree?

No, it’s a waste of money By Hayden McBennett, November 20 2014 — A university degree once meant a stable, well-paying career. That’s no longer the case, but we still buy into the sacrosanct importance of higher education. Since 2007, admissions averages in programs at the University of Calgary have steadily increased. At the same…

Ph.D student makes dino discovery

By Hayden McBennett, November 20 2014 — University of Calgary Ph.D student Kohei Tanaka recently made a breakthrough in the study of dinosaur nesting habits. Paleontologists have long wondered whether oviraptorosaurs — feathered, ostrich-like dinosaurs whose name means “egg thief lizards” — buried or nested the eggs. It was believed the eggs were buried since…

U of C researcher finds ancient virus in frozen caribou dung

By Hayden McBennett, November 13 2014 — A University of Calgary researcher working in Canada’s Arctic has discovered a 700-year-old plant virus preserved in frozen caribou dung. U of C permafrost and glacial hydrologist Brian Moorman and his team were investigating layers of ice commonly occupied by caribou and their hunters. The 4,000-year-old ice patch…

U of C drops in Maclean’s rankings

By Hayden McBennett, November 6 2014 — Maclean’s 2015 Canadian university rankings placed the University of Calgary twelfth among medical-doctoral universities, three positions down from last year’s ranking. Two years ago, the U of C ranked eighth. McGill, University of Toronto and University of British Colombia claimed the top-three spots for the second year in…

Commonwealth celebrates third anniversary

By Hayden McBennett, October 30 2014 — The first week of November marks Commonwealth’s third birthday.  Between signature events like Hip Hop Karaoke and hosting world-class DJs, the warehouse-turned-bar has become a staple in the Calgary club scene. “The main thing that we care about is helping the city grow culturally,” says Commonwealth assistant general…

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