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UPass program wastes student money

By Keean Bexte, January 21, 2016 — Have you picked up your $130 transit sticker yet? If you are part of the 47 per cent of students who don’t use public transit as their preferred method of transportation, you might not know what I’m talking about. This is because the intention of Calgary Transit’s UPass…

Professor rating systems are flawed

By Jason Herring, January 12, 2016 — During my orientation week at the University of Calgary, I was given all the standard advice — how to build solid study habits, ways to get involved at school and how to find my way around campus. But the most valuable advice I received was a warning from…

Parks need environmental protection before tourism

By Sean Willett, January 12, 2016 — Earlier this year, Alberta’s new NDP government announced that Castle, a large area of land in southwestern Alberta near Pincher Creek, would be protected under Alberta’s parks and wildlands system. Environmentalists were thrilled — Castle is an area activists had been trying to get protected for decades, and…

How many students switch majors?

By Jill Girgulis, December 1, 2015 — University sounds so simple. A student makes it through high school. Check. They get accepted into a university. Check. They decide to pursue a degree that suits their interests and abilities. Check. They flourish in the job of their dreams that they somehow knew at age 17 was something…

Think before you tweet after a tragedy

By Melanie Woods, November 19, 2015 — Like many people, I watched last Friday’s attacks in Paris unfold over social media. For several hours, my phone was constantly buzzing with notifications from the CBC, the New York Times and other news outlets updating me and millions of others on the attacks and their aftermath. Over…

Library etiquette lacking on campus

By Jason Herring, November 5, 2015 — The University of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) is well-equipped for students to study or work on assignments and papers. The entire library stays open until 11:00 p.m. each day, its upper floors are designated as quiet study spaces and over 200 computers are available for students…

Liberal Party’s environmental platform will only be as good as their actions

By Sean Willett, October 27, 2015 — Canada has just elected a new government, ousting a leader notorious for his disregard towards environmental issues. Under Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party, Canada withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol, slashed funding to environmental agencies and refused to take any firm action on climate change. Understandably, more environmentally-conscious Canadians are…

Suing over MacHall is a selfish decision

By Keean Bexte, October 27, 2015 — I wonder what Geoffrey Cumming thinks about the legal battle that was just made public between the University of Calgary Students’ Union and administration. I only ask because he recently donated $100 million to the Faculty of Medicine, so he figuratively and literally has his name attached to the…

Did anyone ever climb up the Social Sciences building?

By Jill Girgulis, October 23, 2015 — Have you ever heard about the kid who tried to climb up the side of the Social Sciences building? “Totally. He stuck squash balls between the ridges on the wall but got stuck near the top where the texture runs out. Firefighters had to come bring him down.”…

How to plan for a stress-free orgy

By Rik Weatherby, October 20, 2015 — I went to see the Canadian comedy How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town when it was screened at this year’s Calgary International Film Festival. The movie opens with the typical dorky girl as she’s being humiliated at a house party. All she wants to do is…

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