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We need to spread the wealth with infrastructure funding

The government gravy train keeps on rolling and the University of Calgary isn’t getting off anytime soon. After announcing a $75-million clean energy research grant on Tuesday, the U of C announced $160 million in infrastructure funding on Friday, with $78 million coming from the federal government. That’s a big chunk of change. It will…

We tried to see if we could tell which Den beer is which

This year, the Den introduced its exclusive new Den Lager. Brewed specially for the Den by Molson, the Students’ Union bills the beer as an affordable and unobtrusive choice for students. It joins Molson Canadian, Coors Light and Pilsner on the Den’s list of domestic beers on tap. Those three retail for $5.50 a pint,…

Invite-only Ban Ki-moon event perpetuates campus elitism

On August 12, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon gave a talk at the University of Calgary for International Youth Day. A few weeks prior, I received an e-mail invite to the event. The e-mail detailed how U of C provost and vice-president academic Dru Marshall was “pleased to invite [me] to a reception and…

X-Fest brings popular jams to Fort Calgary

X-Fest is an alt rock music festival that bloomed out of Edmonton’s Sonic Boom festival. With past headliners like the Arctic Monkeys, Blink-182 and Jack White, the festival has built a reputation as an opportunity for Calgarians to see current acts that frequent the radio and charts. The festival takes place on a single stage…

United Nations secretary general speaks at University of Calgary

By Melanie Woods, August 12 2016 — In his first official visit to Alberta, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon spoke to hundreds of students at the University of Calgary August 12. Formally titled, “A call to youth: the UN in Canada in a changing world,” the evening — coinciding with International Youth Day —…

Frosh 2016: Welcome from EIC

By Melanie Woods — 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…

Frosh 2016: University bigshots

By Melanie Woods — You may never meet these people, but they will loom large over your academic career at the University of Calgary. Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of the difference between vice-provosts and vice-presidents, senate members and governors. To help you wade through the sea of bureaucracy, here’s a brief…

Tragedy shouldn’t prevent travel abroad

If recent news is anything to go by, the world is starting to look like a really scary place. On July 14, a man drove a 19-tonne cargo truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing 84 and injuring 303. One of the victims was MacEwan University student Mykhaylo Bazelevskyy, in France…

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