Tagged post-secondary

Education more than about finding a job

By Andrew Kemle, September 13 2016 — The Alberta economy is spitting out noxious smoke, and this means the prospect of employment following the completion of your degree is murky. Good economy or not, getting a job after graduation isn’t guaranteed — and now’s a good time to recognize this fact. Not so that you can…

One year in: an NDP government’s impact on the University of Calgary

By Scott Strasser, May 10 2016 — The Alberta New Democratic Party was elected on May 5 2015, ending a 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty. The NDP’s victory came as a shock, upsetting Alberta’s long-standing political identity. A year later, the Gauntlet compiled a list of some of the biggest changes that have impacted the University…

Chitter won’t help you make friends

By Kent Wong, March 22, 2016 — Chitter is a university-focused social networking app built on ideas used by platforms like Reddit, Twitter and U of C Confessions. But these online communities take more from the user than they offer back. We don’t need an app to experience the “university life.” If anything, Chitter detracts…

Stop buying overpriced glasses in person

By Sean Willett, March 22, 2016 — Glasses are a necessity for many University of Calgary students, with prescription lenses partially covered by the student health plan. Yet this coverage means little if students buy overpriced eyewear from the optometrist on campus.  Every 24 months, students signed up for the Students’ Union health and dental…

Post-secondary mental health funding should be a priority

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci announced on Feb. 24 that the province will likely face a $10.5-billion deficit as a result of the declining oil industry and subsequent loss of royalties. With the 2016–17 budget announcement expected in early April, many promised programs will be sent to the chopping block. While the provincial government probably…

If at first you don’t succeed — run, run again

By Scott Strasser, March 8, 2016 — Other than being elected for Students’ Union executive positions next year, what do Tristan Bray and Patrick Ma have in common? The answer is that this wasn’t the pair’s first time running an SU campaign — and they were both better off for it. Both Bray and Ma…

What makes students vote for SU candidates?

Sean Willett, March 8, 2016 — This year’s University of Calgary Students’ Union election is finally over — the posters have been pulled down, the class speeches have stopped and the threat of being cornered by a grinning weirdo while in line at Tim Hortons has gone down somewhat. Stephan Guscott is our new president,…

Board of Governors appointments are important for the province

One of the ways provincial governments shape Alberta is through public board appointments. The highest decision-making body for universities — the Board of Governors —  is an example of one of these boards. The president is the public face of the University of Calgary, but it’s the Board of Governors that approves everything from tuition…

Why don’t women run for the Students’ Union?

By Melanie Woods, March 1, 2016 — Have you seen a lot of dudes’ faces plastering the walls of campus this past week? It’s not just you — significantly more men run for leadership positions in the Students’ Union than women. In the past three years, 29 men have vied for executive positions on Students’…

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