2010-11-18

    
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November 18, 2010
  All you have to lose are your clickersPDF files may take a moment to load

Every year, students are asked to fill out surveys about their university experience. Without fail, quality of education ratings at the University of Calgary are among the lowest. While universities across the country struggle to find a way of dealing with student dissatisfaction, many are turning to new technology as a solution. Professors are adopting clickers, small infrared devices that allow students to vote in answers, to increase class participation and their quality of teaching.

November 18, 2010
  Reforming the welfare systemPDF files may take a moment to load

This past week, the British government initiated welfare reforms that Canada should follow. Prime Minister David Cameron, leader of the Conservative-Liberal coalition government, announced that drastic reforms will be made to the British welfare system to offset their huge deficit.

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November 18, 2010
  Clickers in the classroom can helpPDF files may take a moment to load

Students' Union art faculty representative Bhuvana Sankaranarayanan is hoping to engage more students in the classroom by incorporating clickers -- an e-learning tool -- into their curriculum.

"A lot of students within the faculty of arts are in large, 150-plus person classes, especially within their first and second years," said Sankaranarayanan. "These classes are often impersonal and professors find it hard to involve students."

November 18, 2010
  Environmental design open housePDF files may take a moment to load

The Faculty of Environmental Design hosted an open house on Nov. 16 to show undergraduates the interdisciplinary graduate programs offered.

November 18, 2010
  New residence name revealed todayPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary is announcing the name of its newest student residence this Thursday at 4 p.m. and is also opening up the building to visitors for the first time.

The 596 bed residence is planned to open May 2011 for the summer conference season before housing students the following September.

November 18, 2010
  It gets better, CalgaryPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary is launching its own It Gets Better project over the next two weeks. The international project, started by journalist Dan Savage, is in response to a string of recent suicides by gay youth.

November 18, 2010
  Cross-country girls capture western title and third at nationalsPDF files may take a moment to load

According to a famous tortoise and hare, slow and steady wins the race. Cross-country teams have borrowed this approach, running consistently over long distances, to win their own races.

The Dinos cross-country team put this strategy into practice at Saturday's Canada West and Canadian Interuniversity Sport cross-country championships with the women's team capturing the CW title and a CIS bronze.

November 18, 2010
  Arts reps hope for new faculty loungePDF files may take a moment to load

The new amalgamated faculty of arts at the University of Calgary was established months ago, but to several students the change was in name only.

Students' Union representatives from the faculty are trying to change that by proposing a new lounge dedicated to arts student use.

"I personally believe having a common lounge space really allows people to go in and feel like they're a part of something greater," said Vincent St. Pierre, one the arts representatives most involved with the project.

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