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January 28, 2010
  Minister visits classPDF files may take a moment to load

Students in Fine Arts 205 welcomed a unique speaker to their class on Monday, January 18th, as Minister of Culture and Community Spirit Lindsay Blackett spoke about supporting the arts in Alberta.

"It's no longer acceptable to have mediocrity," he said. "We have to start viewing our artists and artisans as Olympic athletes. We have some of the best artists in the world."

January 28, 2010
  Unique new research won't waste wastewaterPDF files may take a moment to load

A unique wastewater treatment facility will help researchers understand the effects of emerging compounds of concern through full-scale experiments in 12 controlled stream environments.

"As far as I know there are no other groups trying to replicate what we are doing here, as far as I know it is the first in the world," said project lead Dr. Leland Jackson.

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January 28, 2010
  Notes from SAA: January 25PDF files may take a moment to load

• Service Learning at the school is being increased: Similar to a co-op or a practicum, service learning will allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to the community.

• Social Sciences faculty representative Chris Kalantzis announced that the communications media budget has been slashed by 20 per cent.

January 28, 2010
  Science being dissected after cutbacksPDF files may take a moment to load

Budget cuts in the faculty of science have affected students who have noticed changes in lab frequency, their ability to dissect certain organisms and the need to now purchase their own equipment which had been previously provided by the faculty.

Faculty of science representative Matt Steele has heard from students about the budget cuts, which are in the neighbourhood of 3.5 per cent, and he said both himself and faculty share students' concerns.

January 28, 2010
  Effective writing requirement is no morePDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary's Effective Writing Centre has lifted its once compulsory Effective Writing Requirement for students lacking sufficient English grades when entering university.

The December 17th decision was in the works for a long time according to Meghan Houghton, member of the Program Coordination Committee that oversaw the decision to abolish the test.

"I think we had a sense that it was doing more than it was," she said.

January 28, 2010
  Budget cuts on campus: what to knowPDF files may take a moment to load

The economy stinks. Canada's unemployment rate soars. Tuition continues to increase. Class sizes are getting bigger. Harvey Weingarten received a $4.75 million pension. It is tough being a student at the University of Calgary these days.

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