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Profile: Keith Tufts

He’s reinvented himself three times since his undergrad at Dalhousie in the mid-1980s, and now Keith Tufts is returning to school. Tufts is one of the top architects at Lydon Lynch, the Halifax-based architecture firm that won the Student Union Building (SUB) renovation contract. While Tufts will be leaving his mark on the SUB, 30…

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SUB to receive $10 million renovation

Home to the bookstore, the campus bar, faculty societies and student media, the Student Union Building (SUB) has been at the centre of student life at Dalhousie since its opening in 1969. The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) is preparing to give the facility its biggest update yet—a $10 million renovation project that will radically alter…

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SUB 2.0 highlights

The proposed plan contains innumerable little changes, designed to make the heart of student life on campus a more welcoming and useful space. The Gazette spoke with Keith Tufts, the lead architect, about a few of the more substantial and noteworthy changes: Grawood: The bar will be moved into the basement. “It’d be more like a…

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Dal moves to Microsoft

Fluffy and white, floating weightlessly: that’s the image of ‘the cloud’ sold by the sun-drenched complexes of Silicon Valley. After years of deliberation, Dalhousie is opting in. But the outlook may be gloomier in Halifax. On Sept. 4, the university began the rollout of its new email, calendar and productivity platform: Microsoft’s Office 365. By…

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Dying for some attention

A crowd of 20 students keeled over and rolled down the steps of Dal’s iconic Henry Hicks building, apparently felled by the crushing weight of tuition. This has been the first demonstration of the Dalhousie Student Union’s (DSU) provincial election campaign. The dramatic ‘Die-In,’ staged on Sept. 20, the day tuition was due, was intended…

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Divestment comes to Dal

Members of HFXEJC (Photo by Calum Agnew)

A group of students and alumni started the semester with a mission: get Dalhousie out of the fossil fuel business. The Divest Dalhousie campaign wants to make the university’s $415 million endowment more transparent, and for Dal to sell its equity in the fossil fuel industry. James Hutt is a member of the Halifax Environmental…

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Outrage over SMU frosh chant

Saint Mary’s University (SMU) frosh were welcomed to the university with a highly offensive chant condoning the rape of underage women. About 80 of the Halifax university’s frosh week facilitators performed the chant during the annual “Turf Burn” event. In total, about 400 students were present. The song, first shared via Instagram, went viral on September…

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Dal’s most difficult classes

University classes are often a big step up from high school. But some classes are more difficult—and often more rewarding—than others. The Gazette asked our Twitter followers to submit their nominations for hardest courses: here are four particularly brutal classes. ‘The Calculus’ – MATH 1500 Calculus is taught in a number of 1000 level courses,…

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Richard Florizone becomes Dal’s 11th president

Richard Florizone officially joined the Dal community on July 2nd, following a month spent shadowing former president Tom Traves. Florizone mingled with faculty, staff, and students at a reception held in the Henry Hicks Building. His appointment marks the beginning of ‘100 days of listening,’ a series of meetings and consultations with students, faculty and…

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Josh Gummett loses DSU elections appeal

Josh Gummett’s appeal against the Dalhousie Student Elections Committee has been rejected. Gummett ran for VP (internal) against Ramz Aziz. He lost by an 11.4 per cent margin. According to the judicial board’s decision, Gummett argued that the DSU elections committee should have fined Aziz for a number of campaign violations. These included an undocumented…

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