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Urban predators make city wildlife truly wild

By Sean Willett, April 6, 2016 — A pair of great horned owls have taken up residence in the trees by the University of Calgary C-Train station. While many students have spotted their fluffy chicks and heard their signature nighttime calls, some have also noticed  less adorable evidence of these birds’ residency — the dismembered squirrel…

Stop buying overpriced glasses in person

By Sean Willett, March 22, 2016 — Glasses are a necessity for many University of Calgary students, with prescription lenses partially covered by the student health plan. Yet this coverage means little if students buy overpriced eyewear from the optometrist on campus.  Every 24 months, students signed up for the Students’ Union health and dental…

Inconsistent fitness centre dress code invites discrimination

Dress codes aren’t necessarily bad. While they’re rarely the most fun rules to follow, they can be used to set firm guidelines on what is and isn’t appropriate to wear in a shared space. But, like any other fair-weather rule, inconsistently enforced dress codes can become a tool for discrimination. And this is exactly what’s…

What makes students vote for SU candidates?

Sean Willett, March 8, 2016 — This year’s University of Calgary Students’ Union election is finally over — the posters have been pulled down, the class speeches have stopped and the threat of being cornered by a grinning weirdo while in line at Tim Hortons has gone down somewhat. Stephan Guscott is our new president,…

The inevitable animal apocalypse is your future

By Sean Willett, March 1 2016 — Pisces  (Feb. 19 – March 20) The rabbits on campus will act stranger than normal, congregating in small groups and staring unwaveringly at passing students. You will swear you overheard them shit-talking you. Aries  (March 21 – April 19) You will see a beautiful deer while walking to…

Animal disease requires global effort

By Sean Willett, February 23, 2016 — A deadly disease is killing off salamanders across Europe as scientists scramble to halt the spread of this highly contagious fungus. While this disease has yet to reach Canada, our government should take immediate steps to ensure the safety of these already vulnerable amphibians. While you probably won’t ever…

Calgary should embrace the arts

Calgary’s economy isn’t doing too hot right now. As the price of oil continues to fall, our city’s unemployment rate has risen to the highest it’s been since 1996. And there’s little reason to believe this will change anytime soon. But every cloud has a silver lining. The possibility of Calgary losing its reputation as…

The U of C’s community is stronger online

By Sean Willett, February 2, 2016 — If you’ve been going to the University of Calgary long enough, you’ve probably heard complaints about a lack of campus culture. U of C students don’t seem to share the same enthusiasm for engaging with their campus community as students in other universities — they don’t join clubs,…

Does ethical porn consumption exist?

By Sean Willett, January 26, 2016 — Consumers are picky about where their products come from. We want meat that wasn’t raised in a factory farm, clothing that didn’t come from a sweatshop and electricity that isn’t fueled by pollutants. But this sense of consumer consciousness seems to end at a product most people use,…

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