Saskatoon Valkyries defend title

The Saskatoon Valkyries were presented with the Western Women’s Canadian Football League championship trophy for the second straight year Saturday after they crushed the visiting Lethbridge Steel 64-21 in the league final at Griffiths Stadium.

Chantel Lavoie reclaims popular folktales in Where the Terror Lies

In her collection of poetry Where the Terror Lies, Chantel Lavoie explores the disconcerting roots of bedtime stories. Lavoie grew up on a grain farm outside of North Battleford, Sask., and is now an assistant professor in the English department at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. where she lives with her two sons.

Salsa, sunshine, and dreadlocks: the Jazz Fest opens with a bang

Last night the 26th annual Saskatchewan Jazz Fest launched with a spectacular, blue-skyed evening of music by Wil Campa and Michael Franti. Decidedly non-jazzy, yes, but still exhilaratingly energetic — and the nine day long festival has only just begun.

BRIEF: Sexual assault on campus

A woman was sexually assaulted by a male in a campus parking lot early in the afternoon on May 23. According to an email recently sent to all University students and faculty, the suspect approached the woman at around 1:00 p.m. and convinced her to join him in a parking lot just off of Seminary Crescent, where the suspect sexually assaulted the victim and then fled on foot. The victim was not physically harmed during the incident.

Forty playwrights set to compete for spot at Fringe: 24-hour Playwriting Competition takes place May 25 and 26

The Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre is hosting its annual 24-Hour Playwright Competition at the University of Saskatchewan May 25-26. The competition, which is split into an open category and a student category, draws a wide range of competitors. The winner in each category will receive a $500 cash prize and, out of these two plays, one will be given a spot in next year’s Fringe Festival.

Gordon Oakes-Red Bear Student Centre plan unveiled: architect Douglas Cardinal weaves features of traditional Indigenous lodges into modern design

The architect known for designing the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian was at the University of Saskatchewan May 9 to unveil his official plans for the Gordon Oakes-Red Bear Student Centre. Douglas Cardinal, who is of Blackfoot and Métis heritage, presented not only the site specifications and digital renderings of the building but also the cultural philosophy of the design.

Confrontation between police and protestors outside Quebec Liberal Party meeting turns violent

Over 100 people, including a busload of McGill and Concordia students, were arrested last night in the wake of a protest against the Quebec government's proposed tuition increases. Around 4,000 protesters travelled to Victoriaville, Quebec yesterday for the start of the Quebec Liberal Party’s general council meeting, while in Quebec City, student leaders negotiated with the government concerning the ongoing unlimited general strike.

BRIEF: 2012-13 U of S tuition rates approved, will rise by an overall average of 4.4 per cent

The University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors has approved the tuition rates for the 2012-13 academic year, according to an email distributed to students today by the Office of the Provost. The email outlined that for the next academic year, "undergraduate and graduate tuition rates will rise by an overall average of 4.4 per cent. Tuition level increases will vary by program, but most programs will see an increase of 4.2 per cent or less. Student fees for 2012-13 have also been approved."

Having fun with words (because everyone wants to learn more during finals)

People who know me well understand two things about me: I hate coffee and I love words. Words are my trade and I take care of them. We have a very strange language with a long history, but most people do not stop to think about how it came together. So here is a brief tour of some of the more peculiar points of English.

Education Under Fire film to show on campus: documentary explores Baha’i education in Iran

Roya Pourjamshidi, a self-identified member of the Baha’i faith and a current engineering student at the University of Saskatchewan, applied to continue her education at Iranian universities. Her applications were denied. For several decades, prospective Baha’i students have been excluded from Iranian universities on the basis of their religion, rather than their academic merits.