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February 08, 2007
  NDP leader confers with student journalistsPDF files may take a moment to load

Jack Layton and his federal New Democrats aim to ease the burden on university students.

The NDP have put forward a three-part plan to make post-secondary education a possibility for all Canadians, regardless of income. NDP leader Jack Layton held a students-only press

conference Fri., Feb. 2 to discuss the plan.

February 08, 2007
  Blackboard problems remedied, say IT staffPDF files may take a moment to load

Blackboard, the familiar teaching software program sharing a love/hate relationship with many members of the University of Calgary, is again experiencing difficulties.

An upgrade to version 7 last August led to issues with the dependability and security of the program. Most of the simple bugs were taken care of by the regular software updates Information Technologies gets from Blackboard. Recently, several instructors were unable to add new students to their rosters, but that problem has since been solved.

February 08, 2007
  Federal policy gives students tax breaksPDF files may take a moment to load

Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. And while we're all going to die, students can look forward to some breaks come tax time.

The federal government has announced several tax exemptions for things students use daily. Textbooks, bus passes and interest on student loans are all deductible this year.

February 08, 2007
  Pepsi contract extendedPDF files may take a moment to load

Students who enjoy guzzling back cans of calorie-infused sugar-water should increase their intake in the name of school spirit.

Although the University of Calgary is preparing to accept bids for a new cold-beverage exclusivity contract, the current 10-year contract held by Pepsi has been extended from its original expiry date of September 2007 until at least December 2007.

Ancillary Services director Peter Fraser explained the reasoning behind the extension.

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