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Posts by Claire Wählen

Study drugs “extremely easy” to find in residence: Dal student

Precription drugs are changing hands at Canadian universities. (Photo by Adele van Wyk.)

  Adderall. Ritalin. Concerta. Students cramming for midterms and exams probably make less-than-great decisions. But some take all-nighters and stimulants to a whole new level. Some students turn to study drugs, prescription medications used to focus the mind. For most, it’s meant to be harmless. Anything to survive that last exam. For others, it’s as…

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South House raising money to get on the bus

(Graphic by Emily Davidson)  Dalhousie’s sexual and gender resource centre is fighting fire with fire—or, rather, ads with ads. Pro-life ads from Signs for Life have recently sprouted all over Metro Halifax buses and bus shelters, reading “Luc was born today but his life began nine months ago.” Rather than petitioning to have the ads…

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What to know before you rent

Nova Scotia is known for some of the most limiting rental rules in the country. While it’s not your best friend, the Nova Scotia Tenancy Act is there to protect you. Do yourself a favour and read it well, keep it close and ask questions.   1. Actually get your copy. It’s a little-known fact, but if…

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What’s next? 100 Days to “strategic direction”

The 100 Days report has come and gone and already Dalhousie president Richard Florizone is back to work. He’s going to be busy in the first half of 2014, creating a budget and a strategic plan to guide the university over the next several years. By looking at the 100 Days report and the university’s…

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100 Days in 200 pages

Richard Florizone held 48 group consultations, 554 smaller meetings and received 766 online submissions during his first 100 days at work. His report, 197 pages long, was released on Dec. 23, cutting it close to the deadline and over double the anticipated length. Clearly six very busy months wasn’t enough to dent the new president’s…

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CASA and SNS—what to do with these expensive acronyms

The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) has spent approximately $113,000 this year on federal and provincial lobbying. That number was higher last year, when Dal spent $44,000 in membership fees to the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). They’ve since lowered their membership (and the associated costs), but could be leaving the alliance all together this…

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Tom Traves admitted to the Order of Canada

Tom Traves served as Dalhousie’s president for 18 years, and Canada is saying thank you. Governor General David Johnson ended 2013 by announcing 90 appointments to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours. Near the bottom of the list, which included the members of Blue Rodeo, was Traves. The Nova Scotia…

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King’s receives historic $2M donation

The University of King’s College announced on Dec. 5 a $2 million endowment to establish the Donald R. Sobey Scholarships. Starting in Sept. 2014, three incoming students will each be awarded a minimum of $10,000. As the endowment grows, more scholarships may be made available in succeeding years. “This is a great moment for King’s,”…

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Local hotdog vendor suing CKDU

Dalhousie’s campus radio station, CKDU 88.1 FM, and its station manager are being sued by a local vendor who claims he was never paid for his work at the non-profit’s annual summer picnic. Court documents show that Steven Weagle, owner of Superdogs Succulent Sausages, is suing for $842. The station manager, Gianna L. Lalonde, was…

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