Living under tyranny

By Anna Chan

A “modern-day Nazi regime” is the only way I can describe it. You may think it’s harsh to refer to it in such a manner, extreme even, but if it was your everyday life, you could only agree. Some of you can relate to my difficulties, my trials, and few triumphs: those with Chinese parents.… Continue reading Living under tyranny

Sky isn’t falling

By Heather Thompson

Recent news headlines bear a strange resemblance to the well-known children’s story, Chicken Little. Reading the newspaper or watching the news lately is not so different than the panicked warnings that the sky is falling and the end of the world is near. Images of people wearing surgical masks and headlines like “Death wave feared”… Continue reading Sky isn’t falling

Yeehaw for war!

By Meraj Abedin

It was a wonderful day as the sun smiled upon Calgary last Sunday. I stood outside MacEwan Hall enjoying the sun with a Palestinian friend of mine in the most unlikely of places; smack in the middle of hundreds of pro-war protestors. Proudly waving their red, white and blue, demonstrators came to show their support… Continue reading Yeehaw for war!

Everything I learned, I learned in ECS

By Stephane Massinon

I am taking a stand right here and now that we completely ban history from elementary schools right up to university. No American, European, Middle-Eastern or Canadian history anywhere. It’s long, tedious, kinda complicated, and basically irrelevant in our day-to-day lives. Well, consider it gone. You may think this is impossible, but the work is… Continue reading Everything I learned, I learned in ECS

Activism, basketball and the American way

By Kris Kotarski

A lot of people claim to stand for something, but seldom do they do anything about it. This explains attendance at the University of Calgary’s annual tuition rallies, the sorry state of our health care system, and more brutally, something as simple as a homeless man.However, there are those who stand up for what they… Continue reading Activism, basketball and the American way

The first step

By Gareth Williams

For many students coffee is a necessity. It gets us going for those eight o’clock lectures and keeps us awake for those late night study sessions. However, the next time you buy a cup of coffee, take a moment to think about the people whose lives really do rely on coffee.Seasonal coffee bean harvesters in… Continue reading The first step

Adding up the important numbers

By Stephane Massinon

As the possibility of war draws ever nearer, the inhumane look at potential casualty numbers is becoming simply astonishing. As the military experts prophesize the death tolls of wars on Iraq or North Korea, the ease in which they operate seems frightening to me. On a recent episode of Dateline, one analyst predicted that a… Continue reading Adding up the important numbers

Security tramples basic rights

By Heather Thompson

Standing in line, innocently waiting to check in at the airport, a man is suddenly pulled aside by security guards, whisked away to a secluded room. He is then told to stand absolutely still while they unceremoniously open his suitcase, meticulously examining every personal article as he is forced to stand in a corner without… Continue reading Security tramples basic rights