Tagged Editorial

What does U of C control of MacHall mean for students?

Last October, the University of Calgary Students’ Union dropped a bombshell — and a lawsuit — when they sued the U of C for majority ownership of MacHall. The move was unprecedented for Canadian university student associations, and kicked off a year of uncertainty and legal jargon at the U of C. Almost exactly a…

SU vacancies perpetuate apathy

As of last week, there are three vacant SU student representative positions. These vacancies will have to be filled via appointments. According to Students’ Union president Stephan Guscott, “[students] appointed by SLC through nominations committee aren’t elected by students, so they can’t vote on substantive motions or resolutions.” In addition to these vacancies, last year…

Institutional support for sexual assault survivors a positive step

Last week, the University of Calgary bussed students to the Alberta legislature to take part in a PSA video for the provincial “I Believe You” campaign. Now in its second year, “I Believe You” is an initiative introduced by the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) and the Alberta Ministry of Human Services. The…

Retire Eyes High — let’s move on

It looks like the University of Calgary will lift up its eyes for another five years. At the annual Community Report on Sept. 16 to much pomp, circumstance and fancy golden sugar cookies, U of C president Elizabeth Cannon announced the launch of Energizing Eyes High, the next strategic direction for the university. The U…

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…

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…

Students deserve secondary suites

On July 4, Calgary city council spent most of the day processing 18 secondary suite applications. Based on current bylaws, to legally rent out a secondary suite — a self-contained basement or backyard dwelling attached to an existing residence — homeowners must propose their suite to city council on a case-by-case basis. If that sounds…

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…

Pokemon Go thrives on campus

The University of Calgary is usually pretty quiet during the summer semester. Some students take classes, but most spend July and August away from campus. But if you take a walk through campus today, you’ll have no trouble spotting clusters of people bunched together, looking at their phones. They’re all trying to catch Pokemon. Pokemon…

Carl’s Jr. coming to MacHall a financial decision for Students’ Union

Whether you like it or not, Carl’s Jr. is coming to MacHall. After two months of deliberation and uncertainty, Students’ Union vice-president operations and finance Branden Cave announced at a July 5 Students’ Legislative Council that Carl’s Jr. will replace Sweet & Savory in the MacHall food court. The announcement is controversial. In June, University…

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