2009-10-22

    
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October 22, 2009
  B.C. Liberals cut $16M from student aidPDF files may take a moment to load

Students in British Columbia were hit hard this summer after provincial Advanced Education Minister Moira Stilwell cut $16 million from the student-aid budget without warning.

To add insult to injury, the B.C. government's September provincial budget update expects tuition fees collected to surpass corporate income taxes in the 2011-12 school year. The report indicated they will collect $1.11 billion in tuition revenues, compared to $1.04 billion in corporate income taxes.

October 22, 2009
  U of R guarantees students jobsPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Regina has just instituted a guarantee to its students: they will have jobs within six months of graduating, or receive another year of schooling tuition-free.

The university cites their Co-operative Education program as the backbone of their confident claim.

The program focuses on hands-on work experience through partnerships with various companies. This allows students to make the transition from school to the workforce quickly and seamlessly.

October 22, 2009
  Security cutbacks mean less people and more camerasPDF files may take a moment to load

Campus Security will be expected to work with less patrol officers due to the recent University of Calgary budget cuts.

Until now, Campus Security has functioned with four eight-person teams providing 24-hour coverage. Two extra security officers are also available to beef up security teams during particularly eventful nights, like "ThursDen." The change means they will have to function with one less security officer per team.

October 22, 2009
  One story on the effects of coping with a layoffPDF files may take a moment to load

Herman Friesen has worked in the University of Calgary IT Microcomputer Maintenance and Repair unit for 22 years. Now, after the decision to cut 200 University of Calgary support staff employees, he is another U of C former employee without a job.

"[The cuts] just don't make sense," said Friesen. He sees his shop as an essential service to university students and staff.

With the on campus repair shop closed, Friesen said taking the hardware to be repaired elsewhere will be a headache.

October 22, 2009
  CJSW serving up some 'delicious radio'PDF files may take a moment to load

After 25 years of funding drives, CJSW is gearing up for a new space and a move to a new tower. The only thing they need is your help to make it happen.

The first funding drive in 1985 allowed the station to move to the high fidelity FM band it currently holds. Fittingly, 25 years later, the group needs the money to help re-locate to a new space on the third floor of Mac Hall. The move is tentatively slated for Nov. 6.

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October 22, 2009
  Local students shine in world competitionPDF files may take a moment to load

Students from the University of Calgary placed sixth in an international competition to build energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes. The Solar Decathlon, which concluded Friday, featured teams from across the globe.

Team Alberta consisted of 40 students and faculty members from the University of Calgary, SAIT, Mount Royal University and the Alberta College of Art and Design. Team members spent over two years constructing a solar powered home. Read more about the competition in next week's Gauntlet.

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October 22, 2009
  Editorial: Farmer Ed has a Wildrose problemPDF files may take a moment to load

Shortly after winning the Wildrose Alliance leadership race, Danielle Smith announced that Premier Ed Stelmach hasn't "even begun to imagine what's about to hit him." These are pretty strong words from someone so new to Alberta politics, but they do contain some truth.

October 22, 2009
  Deconstructing the Genocide Awareness ProjectPDF files may take a moment to load

In a perfect fundamentalist Christian world, the Earth is a few thousand years old, water turns to wine, Charles Darwin was a charlatan and the art of persuasion consists of ramming your views down everyone's throats. Unfortunately for the members of that charming clan, we live in a rational world that advocates choice and freedom.

October 22, 2009
  On the abolition of state-endorsed marriagePDF files may take a moment to load

There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation." Pierre Trudeau first spoke those words as minister of justice, in defense of his Omnibus bill that decriminalized homosexual acts and legalized abortion and contraception. It was 1967 and while his measures instituted in that bill have progressed further -- you no longer need three doctors to consent for an abortion, for instance -- it was important progress nonetheless.

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October 22, 2009
  Halloween: a time for spooky, sexy funPDF files may take a moment to load

With Halloween fast approaching, everyone is in a flutter to find the skankiest costumes and twist their childhood memories into a "get laid quick" scheme. And that's okay. We fully support the fact that Halloween is a time for the creepy and crawly, but also the super hot. But let's face it, you buy a costume for a night on the town, hoping to attract a sexy single to share in a night of naughty Halloween nookie.

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