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February 02, 2012
  Wikipedia embraced in the classroomPDF files may take a moment to load

Wikipedia is unreliable for citing sources in university. Cite Wikipedia in an essay and you won't be earning any bonus points with your professor. But some universities have decided to incorporate Wikipedia into course material.

The Wikimedia Education Program has reached out to university students to check for "legitimacy, clarity and quality."

Professors participating in the program can have students fact-check content or write entirely new articles for the online encyclopedia.

February 02, 2012
  UrbanizedPDF files may take a moment to load

It's a struggle to view cities as products of design. In Calgary, maybe it's because one may find it hard to believe the terrible bicycle infrastructure and plague-like urban sprawl were planned by rational human beings. Yet cities, like most things in our modern world, are the result of choices made by designers. Whether these choices are the right ones is a different matter entirely.

February 02, 2012
  Editorial: Discrimination takes flightPDF files may take a moment to load

For the second time under the Harper administration, transgender people are facing serious discrimination. The "Passenger Protect" program -- a confusing Canadian adaptation of the American "no-fly" list -- prevents people from boarding an aircraft whose appearance does not match the gender indicated by the identification they present. That is, if your driver's license or passport (or other government-issued id) states that you are female, but you don't appear 'female,' then you can be blocked from flying.

February 02, 2012
  A Free TibetPDF files may take a moment to load

In 2004, Lobsang Dorjee began the long and treacherous journey from Tibet across the Himalayas, through Nepal and into India.

Dorjee's story is common to other Tibetans who have escaped oppressive Chinese policies-- his father was killed and he lived homeless and illiterate in Tibet after his family was kicked out of a monastery during the Chinese invasion.

February 02, 2012
  Swimmers race in Canada West championshipPDF files may take a moment to load

The Canada West swimming championship was hosted by the University of Alberta from Jan. 27-29. For the second year in a row, the University of British Columbia claimed first place on the men's side. The University of Calgary men's swimming team placed third and the women captured second. The U of C's Jason Block won male athlete of the meet. Block captured four gold medals in the meet and set meet records for the men's 50-metre and 100-metre breaststroke. The team is now preparing for the CIS championship from Feb.

February 02, 2012
  CFL takes on HGHPDF files may take a moment to load

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport recognized the Canadian Football League as the first major North American sport league to implement testing for human growth hormone as part of its anti-doping program. CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said in a statement released on Nov. 17 that a new partnership with the CCES is essential to keep football HGH free.

February 02, 2012
  Behind the bench: the art of coachingPDF files may take a moment to load

What makes a great coach? One can look at the number of wins or titles a coach has at the end of their career, but there is much more to being the 'Bench Boss' than producing numbers. The onus often falls on the coach to turn a rowdy group of talent into an effective title contender, and if a team does poorly, often it's blamed on the coach.

February 02, 2012
  Damn mass emailsPDF files may take a moment to load

I'm sick of receiving mass emails from fellow students. If you're apologizing for it, why do it? I miss classes. In fact, I just missed three days, but I wouldn't ever consider sending out a mass email to annoy everyone in my class even if I knew none of them, just to get notes.When I miss classes I make sure to catch up on the reading, follow the outline, make sure I didn't miss any assignments and then possibly ask a newly-made friend in the class what I missed and if, a big if, I can borrow their notes.

February 02, 2012
  Too much 'gay'PDF files may take a moment to load

The word 'gay' is primarily used as a noun or adjective to describe a homosexual person. The word was used as early as 1637, originally meaning carefree, happy and bright. By the end of the 20th century, the meaning of the word shifted in lieu of a cultural attitude in North America to become derisive. Today the term is often used derogatorily to describe a terrible or stupid situation, as in, "that's so gay."

February 02, 2012
  Taking a stand against uncomfortable seatingPDF files may take a moment to load

The latest research in the field of education suggests that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an "expert" at something. Mozart and music? Ten thousand hours. Gretzky and hockey? Ten thousand hours. Gordon Ramsay and profanity? Ten thousand hours.

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