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March 29, 2012
  Letter: Motorbike parking fee pisses me offPDF files may take a moment to load

I am pissed off by the decision of the University of Calgary to charge motorbikes a $75 permit to park here ["University to impose motorcycle parking fee," March 22, 2012].

There are not many bikers at the U of C. The inconvenience we cause is minimal.

We do not take up valuable space. The few thoughtless bikers who do and who cause obstructions should be fined, as are car drivers. All bikers should not be penalized on account of a tiny number of Hell's Angels.

March 29, 2012
  No-fault divorce should be standardPDF files may take a moment to load

Just as many people decide to get married, many later decide that they made the wrong choice. About 50 per cent of married couples end up getting divorced, and since the Canada Divorce Act, couples haven't required a reason to get a divorce -- they merely need to show that they have been living apart for more than a year.

March 29, 2012
  Editorial: Nenshi tweets it big timePDF files may take a moment to load

Twitter is not kind to politicians. The convenience provided by the platform, combined with the thousands of guaranteed followers that come with being an elected official, makes it all too easy for a politician to broadcast a career-ending faux pas to the masses. As a result, the Twitter accounts of most politicians are almost always painfully boring and artificial, in order to avoid unwanted controversy.

March 29, 2012
  Engineering representative resignsPDF files may take a moment to load

Engineering representative John McDonald resigned on March 20 from his position on the Student Legislative Council. According to the University of Calgary Students' Union bylaws, all representatives need to be enrolled in at least one class to be a faculty representative. McDonald is not registered in classes this winter semester. su vice-president academic Ola Mohajer said that representatives have to be active members of the union, which is defined in part as someone who pays su fees.

March 29, 2012
  Spun: Twin AtlanticPDF files may take a moment to load

Batten down the hatches — Twin Atlantic have put out their third studio album. The Glaswegian pop-punk band has been touring together since 2007, and this is their third album release since 2009. Prolific, powerful, and incredibly inventive, this four-piece rock outfit just released Free.

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March 29, 2012
  A successful first year for the NBLPDF files may take a moment to load

Established in July 2011, the National Basketball League of Canada has just finished its very first playoffs. In a best-of-five final, the London Lightning versus the Halifax Rainmen was a close series. London became the first NBL Canada champion in game five, beating Halifax 116-92 on March 25.

March 29, 2012
  A new way to measure NHL talentPDF files may take a moment to load

Hockey recently increased its math requirement. The game has a new way of doing business that mirrors baseball's Moneyball -- adapted as a film starring Brad Pitt.

Moneypuck, as the hockey version is called, is a statistically-oriented system designed to increase spending efficiency in hockey. The purpose of these systems is to use advanced statistics to dig up undervalued players who have easily correctable problems in their game.

March 29, 2012
  Derby rolls full speed aheadPDF files may take a moment to load

"It's not about if it will happen. It's about when," said Cheetah Von Teese.

Cheetah, with both arms covered in tattoos, is talking about injuries. And she means business.

In a diner booth from the '70s covered in pop stains at Lloyd's Recreation, Melissa Kruskowski, who goes by Cheetah Von Teese, explained that four years ago she found a sport she could call her own.

That sport is roller derby.

March 29, 2012
  Quebecers fighting for a sustainable economyPDF files may take a moment to load

In a developed and democratic nation, accessible post-secondary education is a necessity because, as Benjamin Barber put it, "the competence to participate in democratic communities, the ability to think critically and act deliberately in a pluralistic world, the empathy that permit us to hear and thus accommodate others, all involve skills that must be acquired."

March 29, 2012
  UPass now available for summerPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary and the Students' Union will now allow full-time spring and summer students access to the Calgary Transit upass.

Originally, the plan was to implement the summer upass prior to the spring semester in 2011, but a timing discrepancy between the su, the University's Board of Governors and Calgary Transit prevented the launch of the program.

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