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May 21, 2014
  Students need to start asking the right questionsPDF files may take a moment to load

Market modifiers are a touchy topic on Alberta’s post-secondary campuses. If you’ve never heard of them, market modifiers are extra fees charged for degrees considered more valuable than others.For example, administration at the University of Calgary think a bachelor’s degree in commerce is worth more on the job market than, say, a bachelor of arts, so everyone in commerce pays an extra $232 per business course.

Ten per cent of the money collected from business students is earmarked for scholarships and bursaries.

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April 10, 2014
  Parting shots from the EICPDF files may take a moment to load

Gauntlet tradition states that the last editorial of the year is written by the outgoing Editor-in-Chief. I’ve been a student here for four years. Sometimes I feel like I’m not learning anything in my classes, but I’m a different person than the scared 20 year old who walked into the Gauntlet office in September 2010 looking for something to copy edit.

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April 03, 2014
  BSD! BSD! BSD! BSD!PDF files may take a moment to load

Against BSD

Bermuda Shorts Day: a celebration for the masses? More like a celebration for deluded, post-teen, first-year partiers — those who would rather drink their calories than eat them.

For those who have never experienced BSD, consider yourself lucky. Imagine 10,000 rambunctious students partying in one area. Imagine a quarter of those people throwing up by the time BSD comes to a close. Imagine losing your friends in the crowd of crazed individuals.

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March 26, 2014
  Support staff show up studentsPDF files may take a moment to load

Talk about union pensions usually brings out two reactions — the people who say that unions need to be done away with entirely and those who think they need to be supported further. This debate has been ongoing since the beginning of unions.

Recently, the Alberta government has been looking to reduce the pensions of Alberta Union of Provincial Employees members. AUPE is the local union which backs around 4,200 support staff at the university.

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March 13, 2014
  You win, you selfish bastardsPDF files may take a moment to load

During this year’s Students’ Union election, the student population voted down the MacHall redevelopment referendum and the CJSW levy increase. That’s fine. Nobody is mad. But we should really take this opportunity to re-examine how funds are distributed throughout the school, and assess where to trim the fat from nonessential services.

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March 06, 2014
  They're breakdance fightingPDF files may take a moment to load

You know those breakdancers in MacHall? They are being screwed and they need your help.

Last month, Campus Security approached the Students’ Union about the breakdancers in MacHall. They said they are not covered by the SU’s general liability policy. If one of the dancers hurt themselves, the SU is not obligated to cover the medical costs. And if the dancers damage the stage, the SU is not insured. Campus Security argued for the dancers to go.

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February 27, 2014
  United behind the Students' UnionPDF files may take a moment to load

I care about the Students’ Union and what they do for my university experience. Four years of working here at the newspaper has let me closely watch the SU and each team of executives.

I strongly believe that the SU does an effective job. Yes, I like criticizing them as much as possible to keep them accountable, and yes I love grilling potential candidates who think they have what it takes to be an executive, but overall, the SU runs a tight ship.

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February 13, 2014
  Watch the damned athletesPDF files may take a moment to load

The International Olympic Charter states that “the practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind.”

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February 06, 2014
  Do not press X for sexPDF files may take a moment to load

With Sex and Gender Wellness Week on top of us, we should re-examine ourselves as sexual beings. If you are single or if your partner has a case of the flu that has been going around, don’t rule yourself out as a participant of sex week. Sexuality should not be restricted to copulation between two or more people. Masturbation and its seedy cousin, pornographic consumption, still count.

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