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Open textbooks for classes on the horizon

By Tendayi Moyo

Following the direction of post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, the Students’ Union is looking to bring open textbooks to the University of Calgary. Open textbooks would be made available to students online, free of charge and licensed under an open copyright. This means instructors can edit these textbooks as they see fit. “Right now, the… Continue reading Open textbooks for classes on the horizon

New master’s in business and public policy

By Tendayi Moyo

Next September, the University of Calgary will become the first university in Canada to offer a combined master’s degree in business administration and public policy. Robert Mansell, the academic director of the School of Public Policy, said the program will teach students the management skills employers are looking for. “It will appeal to those people… Continue reading New master’s in business and public policy

Plans for record setting day of STI testing in the works at the U of C

By Tendayi Moyo

The Students’ Union Wellness Centre is looking to set the record for the most sexually transmitted infections tests done in one day. During the event, the Wellness Centre hopes to test more than 500 students in less than six hours. “It’s still in the planning stages,” SU vice-president student life Ben Cannon said. “The Wellness… Continue reading Plans for record setting day of STI testing in the works at the U of C

Anthropology might soon merge with archaeology

By Tendayi Moyo

Talks are underway about a merger between the departs of anthropology and archaeology. “The decision hasn’t been finalized,” said faculty of arts dean Richard Sigurdson, “but both departments have now shown a willingness to take serious steps to move forward.” A consolidation committee with members from both departments is currently working on a public report.… Continue reading Anthropology might soon merge with archaeology

Taking a one-way ride to the red planet

By Tendayi Moyo

Zac Trolley, an electrical engineer living in Calgary, is on the shortlist for a one-way trip to Mars. Last April, the non-profit organization Mars One began accepting applications for a mission to establish a human colony on Mars, starting in 2025. The application process was straightforward. Mars One asked for a written essay and a… Continue reading Taking a one-way ride to the red planet

Muslim students have only one option for halal meat on campus

By Tendayi Moyo

University of Calgary students and staff looking for halal meat won’t find many options on campus. For meat to be considered halal, it must be processed under certain condition in accordance with Islamic law. Of the dozens of food vendors on campus, Pita On The Run is the only one which serves certified halal meat.… Continue reading Muslim students have only one option for halal meat on campus

Clubs expo this week

By Tendayi Moyo

Looking for that special someone who shares your love of Farscape fan fiction? Do you want to become a philanthropist? Like a shining beacon of hope in the humdrum of the new semester, clubs showcase is here. The showcase will take place in the MacEwan Concert Hall January 13–16 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The showcase… Continue reading Clubs expo this week