Tagged december 4 2014

Dinos swimmer named Rhodes Scholar

By Ashton Chugh, December 4 2014 — University of Calgary swimmer Bogdan Knezevic has been named a Rhodes Scholar. He is one of 11 Canadian students to earn the distinction this year. The Rhodes Scholarship pays for two years of graduate school and living costs at Oxford University. Famous recipients include journalist and MP Chrystia…

Dinos clip Thunderbirds on controversial play

By Eric Licis, December 4 2014 — The University of Calgary men’s hockey team clinched first place in the Canada West standings on Nov. 28, defeating the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 4–3 in overtime at Father David Bauer Arena. The match started after a short delay, which saw the crowd cheer the tardy referees…

Puppy room revealed to be front for underground dog-fighting operation

By Melanie Bethune, December 4 2014 — After weeks of investigation, campus security has issued an official report condemning former Students Union vice-president student life Ben Cannon for operating an underground dog-fighting ring under the guise of “Pet Therapy.” “What many students and staff might have seen as a harmless de-stressing event is actually the…

Idea Scale pushed back

By Babur Ilchi, December 4 2014 — The Students’ Union has delayed the launch of their Idea Scale profile, an online platform that will allow students to consult directly with the SU, until after their elections in March. The platform will allow students to post policy suggestions on the Idea Scale website and up-vote other…

Student law clinic appoints new executives

By Scott Strasser, December 4 2014 — Student Legal Assistance Society (SLA) appointed a new group of student executives for 2015. The nine appointed members will begin their one-year terms Jan. 1. The SLA is the University of Calgary’s non-profit law clinic. The service provides legal assistance to undergraduate students and low-income earners who can’t…

Heroin recovery program first of its kind in North America

By Angela Espinoza, December 4 2014 — NEW WESTMINSTER — On Nov. 26, Vancouver became the first city in North America to offer prescription heroin to recovering addicts. Trials started in 2011, with permission from Health Canada and delivery from Europe, to test the distribution of prescribed heroin to heavily addicted users. Providence Crosstown Clinic,…

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…

Peering under the hood of open textbooks

By Alexander Kim, December 4 2014 — Textbooks make up a large portion of the cost of a university education. To fight rising prices, some faculty members want to use free online, open-source books known as open textbooks. Math 211: Linear Methods I, has been using one since fall 2013. Claude Laflamme is the course…

Students say free speech trumped by political correctness

By Chris Adams, December 4, 2014 — Students at the University of Calgary have responded to Active Living’s decision to ban offensive team names for intramural sports teams, set to take effect next semester. Opponents of the ban call it an unnecessary limitation on free speech, while its proponents claim the names are offensive and…

Letter to the Editor: Small changes are better than nothing

RE: Environmental troubles can’t be solved with buzzwords While it is true environmental issues are not to be solved by buzzwords, neither will they be solved by articles that have the same ambiguous prescriptions that the author himself laments against. By discounting almost entirely the effect of individual action no real change can occur. It…

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