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University of Calgary students have the opportunity to improve the quality of life on campus by participating in the Students' Initiative.

The Students' Union contest asks students to submit their proposals for initial consideration by Mon., Feb. 26. From these proposals, finalists are selected to prepare a business report and a presentation to be judged by a selection committee.

"It is a difficult selection procedure because of the high quality of the presentations, business plans, as well as the ideas," said SU vice-president academic Shannon O'Connor.

The winner gets one semester of free tuition, second place receives $500 towards tuition and third earns a $250 credit at the bookstore. These are the same prizes that were awarded by the U of C administration, who ran the contest as the President's Challenge from 1995-2005.

O'Connor kept the competition going after the university cancelled it two years ago.

"The main goal of the Student Initiative is to get feedback from the students, to enhance our reciprocal communication," said O'Connor, adding that the first and second place proposals from last year are both being pursued.

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