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Sales pitches don’t belong in classrooms

By Sean Willett, January 17 2017 — When I sat down for the first lecture of my molecular biology class, the person at the front of the room was not my instructor. Instead, the class was greeted by a representative of John Wiley & Sons Inc., the company that publishes the required textbook for the…

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…

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…

Student mental health survey results can have silver lining

With the never-ending responsibilities of university, many students will struggle with mental health throughout the course of their degree. An extensive workload of studying and exams alongside balancing work and a social life outside of school means that most students suffer from some combination of stress and exhaustion. In some cases, these stressors can result…

Women’s bodies don’t belong in advertising

By Jesse Stilwell, November 29 2016 — Everyone knows that sex sells. For a long time, that has meant sexualized portrayals of thin white women. Women’s bodies are objectified in countless marketing campaigns to generate massive profits. But people have been calling out these corporations for objectifying women and this has pushed companies to change…

In defense of Christmas

By Jill Girgulis, November 29 2016 — When you think of December, what comes to mind? Ask any university student and they’ll say exams. But beyond that, I’m willing to bet most people will think of the holidays — more specifically, Christmas. Christmas is so ingrained in our consciousness that we don’t bat an eye when…

University sustainability plans ignore potential student impact

By Hayley Nguyen, September 20 2016 — The University of Calgary is pretty active in flaunting its sustainability initiatives. I was genuinely impressed by how comprehensive the U of C Office of Sustainability’s website looks. I did not know students can actually book a tour to visit “EEEL, one of North America’s most energy-efficient laboratory buildings…

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…

Tuition freeze not black and white

On Oct. 19, the Alberta government announced a one-year extension to the tuition freeze through the 2017—18 academic year. Normally, tuition is tied to the National Consumer Price Index and changes are voted on by a university’s Board of Governors. But with the freeze extended into the upcoming academic year, there will be no increases…

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