University of Calgary grapples with free speech

Students at the University of Calgary (U of C) have found themselves amidst a controversy as Confederate flags were painted on two large boulders on campus, according the university’s student paper, The Gauntlet.  ‘The Rock,’ as students refer to the boulders, are located outside of the MacEwan Student Centre on the U of C campus. Branden Cave, president of the University of Calgary Students’ Union, said in an email, that the Rock is a public space and is not regulated by any group on campus. The confederate flag painted on the boulders was accompanied with the messages, “Heritage not hate” and “Robert E. Lee did nothing wrong.” Lee was a general in the Army of Northern Virginia, a Southern army during […]

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Editorial: Get educated on controversial symbols

Recently, students at the University of Calgary were greeted with paintings of the Confederate flag on the boulders outside their student center, causing outrage. While the flag was flown by Confederate battle units during the United States Civil War, today it’s a symbol that, for some, carries racist connotations and is a shameful reminder of America’s past. For others, it’s a symbol of heritage, history, and Southern pride. Because of the Confederate flag’s history, it is a polarizing and divisive symbol, one that invokes intense reactions from all kinds of different people. Thus, people must educate themselves on the meaning and history of the flag before using it and engaging with it. The university defended the students’ rights, citing freedom […]

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Mental health pilot project reaches Canadian campuses

This fall, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) along with seven Canadian universities and colleges, will implement a program set out to teach students to better understand and manage their mental health, according to a press release by the MHCC. The MHCC is a non-profit, national organization created by the Canadian government in 2007 to develop programs and resources to help Canadians with their mental health, according to their website.  The pilot project that made its way to seven campuses is “The Inquiring Mind” and was first developed by Andrew Szeto, a psychology professor at University of Calgary, according to the release. The project entails a free, three-hour training for undergraduate students to better understand the concepts of mental health, […]

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Editorial: Universities must educate about phishing scams

When living in a world with sophisticated technology and intricate software, online scams have become more sophisticated and difficult to recognize. It can be hard  to discern if the email or phone call from your bank or the Canadian Revenue Agency are real or fake. However, it is also important to educate people on how to detect when they are being scammed. Recently, MacEwan University in Edmonton fell victim to a phishing scam amounting to $11.8 million. While universities are filled with smart and educated people, phishing and scamming have proven to become highly calculated and designed to slip the minds of smart individuals like students and university employees. It  is important to raise awareness about the frequency of scams […]

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Alberta places pay caps on university executives’ salaries

The province of Alberta is limiting the pay and perks post-secondary top executives are offered, according to the Edmonton Sun. This decision comes after the provincial government launched a review into agencies, boards, and commissions identified for consolidation or dissolution in the 2016 budget, an initiative that will save $33 million over three years, according to a press release by the Alberta government. According to the Alberta government website, the review consists of three phases, with phase one focussing on agencies, boards, and commissions (ABCs) that are subject to the Alberta Public Agency Governance Act (APAGA), and phase two being ABCs that are not subjected to APAGA. Phase three—currently in progress—consists of reviewing Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions’ compensations. For the post-secondary review, the […]

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