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The Gauntlet staff’s best of 2018

TThere was too much of 2018 to remember, let alone summarize in an intro. It felt like a century crammed into 365 days. Kanye ranted, weed was legalized, Lebron went Hollywood, every A-lister you can think of released an album and somewhere in there Canada won a few gold medals at the Olympics, which happened. …

Western alienation is real but anger needs to be channelled correctly

By Derek Baker, December 19 2018 — Alberta’s federal relations have never been overly congenial. From lurking sentiments of the underrepresentation of Western regions in federal politics to overt statements proclaiming  “Let the Eastern bastards freeze in the dark,” Western alienation has persisted throughout the history of Confederation. Tensions ebb and flow. Alberta, along with…

Your future be like that sometimes

By Derek Baker, November 26 2018 — Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) You’ll accidentally screenshot a Snapchat story of your junior high ex’s wild night out. You have not talked to them in at least seven years. It be like that sometimes. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) You said you’d figure out what…

Video Game review: Return of the Obra Dinn

By Derek Baker, November 9 2018 — In the height of midterm season, starting and completing a 12-hour puzzle game is probably not the wisest decision. Nevertheless, it’s exactly how I chose to spend my weekend as I was determined to finish Return of the Obra Dinn, a deductive reasoning game on steroids. The best…

Mobilization of student vote vital for student issue lobbying efforts

By Derek Baker, November 6 2018 — There are two forms of political currency to spend when exerting influence over what issues are addressed by parties and politicians. Campaign donations and your vote. The former has been rightfully tarred as “dark money,” allowing private interests to distort the democratic policy-making process. Consequently, at the federal…

Head-to-Head: Should we all have access to the email directory?

Yes, access to the directory is helpful to get in contact with people By Nikayla Goddard, October 15 2018 — On Sept. 7, 246 University of Calgary staff, students, faculty and alumni with ‘Nicole’ in their name or email address received a mass email from Carlos, a student looking to connect with a woman named Nicole…

Calgary Herald runs afoul with Kavanaugh column

October 3 2018 — A recent column published in the Calgary Herald garnered a barrage of criticism across the city and on social media. The piece, written by columnist Naomi Lakritz and titled “Kavanaugh doesn’t deserve this. What happened in high school stays in high school,” sparked outrage on social media, with companies pulling their…

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