Society & Culture

Two new residence buildings will bear the names of former senator Thelma Chalifoux and the Cree word for a plant used to build sweat lodges.

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June
2018

The University of Alberta announced the names of its two newest residences today at a meeting of its board of governors.

Thelma Chalifoux Hall, named in honour of the Métis activist and former Canadian senator, and Nîpisîy House, based on the Cree word for willow, will be housing new residents in the fall of 2018.

Both names honour Indigenous history and the university’s location on Treaty 6 territory.

Student feedback from a group of residents was at the core of the months-long naming process, along with input from the rest of the campus community and a handful of engaged citizens.

“We really felt that figuring out the values that went into the naming was more important than the specific name suggestions,” said Janice Johnson, assistant dean of students (residence).

The values the committee identified included a name ...

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25
June
2018

How to minimize the lingering smell on your workout clothes

Textile scientist offers 6 tips for keeping your workout clothes from smelling permanently bad, even after washing.

When Rachel McQueen’s husband was training for a marathon, she noticed the smell emanating from his running clothes was much stronger and lingered longer in his polyester tops than if he had run in a
22
June
2018

U of A’s Billy-Ray Belcourt wins third literary prize in less than a month

Emerging poet follows national Griffin Prize win and Indigenous Voices Award with Robert Kroetsch Award for his poetry collection, This Wound is a World—not to mention a national Trudeau Scholarship.

Billy-Ray Belcourt is getting used to winning. This time the University of Alberta doctoral student in English managed not to cry at the podium when he accepted the Robert Kroetsch City of
22
June
2018

Popular online course provides Indigenous perspectives to students worldwide

With more than 23,000 registered students, U of A’s Indigenous Canada was the most popular MOOC in Canada last year.

When Jennifer Ward signed up for the Indigenous Canada massive open online course (MOOC), she didn’t quite know what to expect. “You know when you watch a really great TV show and there’s a
21
June
2018

A hard walk

The TRC laid out some difficult truths. Where do we go from here?

Stretched flat on the earth just outside the Saddle Lake Reserve two hours’ drive east of Edmonton, I opened my eyes and gazed into the sky. The warm sun was overhead. I was soaking wet but could
20
June
2018

Protected bike lanes reduce stress, travel time for riders: study

Expanded connectivity means shorter trips and lower stress for bicycle commuters, U of A student’s research shows.

Edmonton’s contentious 7.8-kilometre stretch of protected bike lanes and shared-use paths that were built last summer have led to a sixfold increase in the number of stress-free connections made in
15
June
2018

Hockey community bids final farewell to coaching legend Clare Drake

Hundreds gather to celebrate the life and profound influence of "the coaches' coach.”

Nearly 800 family, friends and admirers of the late Clare Drake gathered Thursday to celebrate the life of one of the University of Alberta’s most fabled personalities, Canadian hockey’s greatest
14
June
2018

Running back plays pivotal role in turning around Golden Bears football program

How Ed Ilnicki, who wanted to be part of something special, became a go-to player on and off the field.

In 2012, Ed Ilnicki was a young running back running roughshod over the Edmonton Public High Schools league in leading his Spruce Grove Spartans to the provincial championship game. A good
13
June
2018

How a design graduate used visual acumen to fight HIV stigma

Design grad student Bahaa Harmouche discovered the power of art to shape social discourse.

Bahaa Harmouche was born into war. In the year of his birth, 1975, Lebanon’s civil conflict began to rage. His father and uncle were kidnapped when he was just six years old, never to
12
June
2018

Increased research output doesn’t lead to higher international rankings for Canadian universities

University of Alberta among eight top 10 Canadian universities to fall in latest QS world rankings.

The University of Alberta maintained its position as the fourth-ranked university in Canada in the latest QS World University Rankings but lost some ground globally, as did seven other top 10
12
June
2018

How one law grad leaned on her ballet background to stay balanced

Moot court champion Heather Cave’s classical dance training helped her handle the rigours of law school.

It seemed a sucker’s bet. When law student Heather Cave and her University of Alberta moot team were assigned an argument for the national Gale Cup—Canada’s premier mooting competition—they had
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June
2018

Star Indigenous student wins Canada’s biggest poetry prize

Griffin Poetry Prize caps off a series of honours for doctoral student and Rhodes Scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt.

University of Alberta doctoral student and Rhodes Scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt won Canada’s most illustrious poetry honour—the Griffin Poetry Prize. Belcourt, 23, is the youngest person ever to win the