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June 12, 2014
  Letter to the editor: Bike parking storage not as cheap as it sounds PDF files may take a moment to load

"Thirty dollars for a whole year sounds remarkable to me.”

My guess is that Adam doesn’t cycle to school. If he did he would know that there are barely six months in the year when biking (pedal or motor) to school is feasible. And those are months when the fewest students attend U of C.

I appreciate SU’s efforts to protect our precious bikes, but let’s be realistic about the charges. Personally, I would rather pay $30 for a good lock and park my bike in a more convenient spot.

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June 12, 2014
  UPass price set to increase by $5PDF files may take a moment to load

The price of your UPass will go up this September, but not by much.

Calgary Transit approved a $5 increase on the UPass for the fall semester, putting the total cost at $122 per semester.

The cost of the UPass is tied to the consumer price index and is subject to annual raises. If fees for transit customers who aren’t full-time University of Calgary students go up, yours do too, but only by 30 per cent of the total cost.

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June 12, 2014
  Surveys signal changes to orientation weekPDF files may take a moment to load

Orientation Week programming will likely change as a result of two student surveys conducted last year.

Two organizations — the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) — surveyed students on student orientation and the transition to university.

Student and Enrolment Services addressed the findings of the surveys at a town hall on June 4.

NODA surveyed new U of C students while ACHA randomly selected 5,000 U of C undergraduate and graduate students to question.

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June 05, 2014
  University upgrades weak campus Wi-FiPDF files may take a moment to load

A review of the University of Calgary’s Wi-Fi shows that only the Taylor Family Digital Library and the Energy Environment Experiential Learning buildings have reliable access to the university’s Internet signal.

Students’ Union president Jarett Henry said Campus Information Technologies sent out a survey about Wi-Fi after they recognized the need to address the poor signal on the rest of campus.

Campus IT will first address Wi-Fi in MacHall.

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June 05, 2014
  Bike parking now open in the basement of the Art ParkadePDF files may take a moment to load

New parking for bicycles in the southeast corner of the Art Parkade is open for students who get to campus on two wheels instead of four.

The lot has 54 racks and will cost $30 per year for a spot, according to University of Calgary Parking and Transportation Services.

Students’ Union vice-president operations and financeAdam Swertz said the fee is meant to cover revenue the U of C will lose in parking fees, as the area takes up several of the Art Parkade’s parking stalls.

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May 29, 2014
  New council eyes deals in the Middle EastPDF files may take a moment to load

University of Calgary administration recently formed a Middle East Advisory Council staffed by administrative, academic and student leaders. The council is charged with reviewing and selecting new deals in the Middle East.

While no new partners have been selected, vice-provost international Janaka Ruwanpura said they are looking to strengthen ties in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. The council will select the deals based on six criteria, including work in energy, education and sports medicine.

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May 29, 2014
  Canadian Space Agency funds U of C space balloonsPDF files may take a moment to load

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) recently invested $250,000 in a University of Calgary-led mission to study “space-weather” using balloons. Christopher Cully, associate professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the U of C, will lead the mission.

By studying the affect radiated particles in the upper-atmosphere have on satellites, Cully hopes his team will learn how to predict “space-weather” and better understand the space satellites travel through. These particles can affect communications and damage the satellites.

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May 22, 2014
  Faculty Wars to be replaced by mental-health event PDF files may take a moment to load

Gone are the days when Arts students could release their pent up rage against the faculty of engineering in a cutthroat game of dodgeball.

A sort of university war-games that pitted faculty against faculty in competitive dodgeball, Faculty Wars will be replaced this year by an unannounced event.

Faculty Wars was started four years ago by then vice-president student life Matt Diteljan, but has dwindled in popularity since its first year.

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May 22, 2014
  New student- athelete awards offered by administration PDF files may take a moment to load

Dinos players now have more to play for after the University of Calgary announced the new Dinos Athletic Excellence Award program for the 2014–15 academic year.

The new program will invest up to $250,000 in athletic scholarships. Combined with the Jimmie Condon scholarship, the Dinos will distribute up to $1.5 million in athletic scholarships every year.

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