Tagged campus life

Marquee Dinos events prove student engagement is possible

It’s easy at the University of Calgary to claim nobody goes to Dinos games. With the U of C’s commuter campus status and the low rates of student engagement, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to conclude that most students aren’t interested in the Dinos. Yet over the past five years, large events like…

Student feedback systems require reform

By Jesse Stilwell, January 10 2017 — Everyone has a horror story about a professor whose inability to articulate their expectations had you wondering how they got a PhD in the first place. Or perhaps a professor who didn’t provide clear direction on assignments, wrote exams full of trick questions or lectured faster than anyone…

Resolutions should be year-round

By Emma Gammans, January 10 2017 — Welcome to January, when gyms are packed to maximum capacity and candy aisles at the grocery store are over-stocked. January is the month that inspires rejuvenation and resolutions. Instead of stocking up on chocolate bars from Stör, maybe you’ll find yourself reaching for an apple or a Greek…

Prayer and education not mutually exclusive

By Aisha Sajid, January 10 2017 — In August, Calgary private school Webber Academy lost an appeal at the Court of Queen’s Bench for failing to accommodate two Muslim student’s need to pray during school hours. As a result,  the two students were awarded $24,000 in damages. Muslims perform five daily prayers that involve physical…

Letter to the editor: a call to action

We are currently living in a period of history that one may call frightening, if not downright terrifying. In that vein, I would like to submit for your perusal this poem from George Orwell’s book 1984: “Under the spreading Chestnut tree/I sold you, and you sold me/There they lie, and there lies we/Under the spreading…

Grad school application fees are a barrier to accessible education

When looking for solutions to the cost of post-secondary education, one problem is largely ignored: application fees. What are scholarships, government grants or lower tuition good for if those students that need it most can’t even join the race? Application fees can be a strong deterring factor for applicants to graduate or professional school.  And…

We shouldn’t glorify being too busy

By Jill Girgulis, November 1 2016 — We live in a society where the more tasks you juggle, the more impressive you are. But if you’re someone who always manages to complete what’s expected of you in a timely manner, people often assume you aren’t doing enough. It isn’t enough for someone to just be a…

Increased surveillance on University of Calgary campus a positive step forward

By Scott Strasser, October 25 2016 — On Oct. 14, a fight broke out between two men in the MacHall food court after comments were made about a “Make America Great Again” hat. Though University of Calgary campus security and the Calgary Police Services investigated the incident, we’ll probably never know exactly what happened in…

Study drugs not a long term solution

By Simran Kaler, October 18 2016 — With midterms underway, many students are hiding under their beds or spending all hours of the day at TFDL, coffee in hand. If there was a magic potion to make you smarter or improve your concentration for extended periods of time, who wouldn’t line up to take it?…

What students can learn from Republicans

By Frank Finley, September 27 2016 — There is something fascinating happening to the Republicans and students should take notice. As young people, it is important to learn from history’s mistakes, but right now, we have a chance to learn from the mistakes of the present. The Grand Old Party of the United States is…

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