Tuning Out

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  Tuning Out
April 08, 2004
  All that glitters isn't GilchristPDF files may take a moment to load

The Students' Legislative Council was wrong in imposing censure on Students' Union President Jayna Gilchrist Tue., Mar. 20. But the president performed worse.

The motion to censure, brought forward by external commissioner Jim Bailey, was apparently sparked by Gilchrist's absence to attend a screening of Discordia that same evening. The film examined the conflict at Concordia University when former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited campus (conflict due, in large part, to their students' union).


March 25, 2004
  Unchallenged dominancePDF files may take a moment to load

Am I the only one who doesn't care about the federal sponsorship scandal?

Don't get me wrong, the story only underlines the culture of corruption in the federal Liberal government. Despite the fact that $100 million is a relatively small amount in the realm of federal budgeting the whole affair is inexcusable.

But what are the options? The newly formed Conservative Party of Canada?



February 12, 2004
  Election platform? Effective campaign? Who needs them?PDF files may take a moment to load

Winning a Students' Union election, regardless of the position you are vying for, is relatively easy--about as easy as you'd expect for a job that pays nearly $25,000, placing you near the top of a $10 million organization. Employing a few seemingly effortless techniques, you too can become an elected official on the SU executive.

1. No experience, no knowledge


December 04, 2003
  A long list of losersPDF files may take a moment to load

I am writing in the week before the University of Calgary Board of Governors meets to decide what tuition will cost next September. What's more, this piece will be published a day before the decision is made, sitting on the stands for over a month.

Still, I'm going to make a prediction, deadlines be damned: tuition will rise, and the increase will be exactly 4.8 per cent. If I'm wrong, I suppose I'll owe some apologies and correction in our next issue, but I'm not worried. It's inevitable.


September 11, 2003
  Can't buy my votePDF files may take a moment to load

It is rare these words will ever grace a page bearing my name: Thanks a lot, Premier Klein.

Being a student, I am rarely appreciative of the provincial government. Our minimum wage is among the lowest in the country and our tuition among the highest. Energy deregulation has been a mess, and Klein's views on everything from same-sex marriages to social welfare spending are at complete odds with my own.

Then he hands me money.


July 31, 2003
  Satellite Stones a sorry solutionPDF files may take a moment to load

I don't love Alberta beef. I don't even eat Alberta beef.

For reasons beyond the scope of this column, I haven't eaten a steak in well over a year. I can count the number of hamburgers I've eaten over the same period on one hand. I'm not a vegetarian--I still eat and very much enjoy chicken and fish--and, while still recognizing many problems with sectors of the beef industry, my preference is not driven by specifically moral reasons.


June 19, 2003
  CHUM will be a good changePDF files may take a moment to load

The "C" in CHUM has always stood for cool. And if CHUM has its way, it may soon stand for Calgary as well.

The CHUM story is one of both innovation and smart business. In 1954, the company, then York Broadcasters Ltd., acquired CHUM AM in Toronto. Three years later, the station had a face lift and became Canada's first 24-hour rock station.

And the rest, as they say, is history.



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