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Islam defies easy definition

By Eric Klotz

Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism reinforce negative stereotypes of Islam as a violent religion and fuels academic arguments for a clash of civilizations between the West and Islam. This week the Muslim Students Association is doing its part to reverse negative stereotyping with Islamic Awareness Week at the University of Calgary. “The Muslim, Christian and Jewish… Continue reading Islam defies easy definition

Student paper censored

By Eric Klotz

The controversy over cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed has hit Canadian shores. A student paper in P.E.I. is being censored by its university administration , while a local magazine has drawn the ire of the Muslim community for publishing the cartoons. The Western Standard, a Calgary based news magazine, published eight of the 12 sensitive… Continue reading Student paper censored

A student loan nightmare

By Eric Klotz

Getting less money than expected from Alberta Student Finance may be a slice of heaven compared to being forced to pay back your entire student loan within 90 days. Calgarian and 2005 Devry graduate Tyler Gislason is facing that possibility after coming into conflict with Alberta Students Finance. ASF accused Gislason of misrepresenting information on… Continue reading A student loan nightmare

Komrades, Unite!

By Eric Klotz

Contrary to stereotyped opinions, the federal leader of the Communist Party of Canada does not wear green army fatigues emblazoned with the red star. Instead, Miguel Figueroa proclaims very Canadian values. As election time looms most of us do not realize that the Communist Party of Canada exists and is running in 21 ridings across… Continue reading Komrades, Unite!

Water you talking about?

By Eric Klotz

The average Canadian uses [approximately] 350 litres of water per day,” said Lyndsey Rosevear over a loud speaker in MacEwan Student Centre Tue., Nov. 22. Rosevear is the Director of International Relations at the University of Calgary Rotaract Club. They held a Water Consumption Awareness Campaign on International Water Awareness Day. The campaign was held… Continue reading Water you talking about?

Private info or no beer

By Eric Klotz

Privacy intrusion of ID scanners at nightclubs has recently come under scrutiny. The Alberta Privacy Commission recommended that Paul Vickers, owner of Penny Lane Entertainment, stop his employees from scanning patrons’ driver’s licenses. The Privacy Commission’s non- binding recommendation stems from a complaint from then University of Calgary law student Nyall Engfield. “In March of… Continue reading Private info or no beer

Alternative to drinking and reading

By Eric Klotz

Not planning the usual cerveza-fest in Cabo San Lucas this spring break? Or perhaps our present global warming debacle has melted your plans to spend spring break on a week-long skiing and drinking binge. If so, you may be interested in an Alternative Alternative Spring Break. Students’ Union Volunteer Services Manager Sue Wilmot has developed… Continue reading Alternative to drinking and reading