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Trials and tribulations of Olympic glory

By Eric Mathison

For most track and field athletes, fame and fortune isn’t a likely outcome. Even for the ones who achieve relative success — placing well in international competitions, qualifying for the Olympics — sponsorships are likely to cover equipment costs and some travel expenses, but that’s it. Compared to the Stanley Cup or the Superbowl, making… Continue reading Trials and tribulations of Olympic glory

A different solution to environmental problems

By Eric Mathison

When historians look back on the early years of the 21st century, it’s likely that they will conclude that humanity waited too long to address environmental problems. They will also point out, as we are already aware now, the longer the Earth’s degradation continues, the more extreme the solution will have to be. In February,… Continue reading A different solution to environmental problems

So it all goes to shit

By Sarelle Azuelos

Well, we’re all fucked. Just when you thought it was safe to trust student journalism again, a new round of editors gets elected with the platform of screwing everything up as much as possible. Erin Shumlich will takeover from Eric Mathison as editor-in-chief at the beginning of May. Shumlich was last year’s sports editor, and… Continue reading So it all goes to shit

Why are Canadians so bad with money?

By Eric Mathison

While not as high as before the great recession began in 2008, consumer debt in Canada (the amount of debt individuals have, rather than the amount the government owes) is higher per capita than that of the United Kingdom and America. Household debt hasn’t dropped dramatically since the financial crisis, and consumers seem just as… Continue reading Why are Canadians so bad with money?

Farewell, dear Hitchens

By Eric Mathison

Of the handful of living people who have significantly shaped my view of the world, Hitchens is the first to die. Like many of my contemporaries, I was swept up in the great wave of de-conversion led by Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett. It’s a pity that most people haven’t made it… Continue reading Farewell, dear Hitchens

Spun: Coldplay

By Eric Mathison

It has now been over a decade since Coldplay released their first album, Parachutes. For their fifth album, the band builds on the Brian Eno-infused sounds of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008).With Mylo Xyloto, we are treated to the standard Coldplay themes — Chris Martin’s soaring melodies and falsetto, along… Continue reading Spun: Coldplay

Ancient wisdom in today’s world

By Eric Mathison

Why ancient wisdom matters in the modern world was discussed last Friday by National Geographic explorer-in-residence Wade Davis at the University of Calgary. The event was hosted by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation. Davis’s talk focused on the role cultural diversity plays in understanding our place in the world. This diversity is under threat… Continue reading Ancient wisdom in today’s world