What’s a “Building Fee”?

Like most students, September is a hard month for me.  Getting back into a routine is not the only difficult part of September; September is also an incredibly expensive month.  Tuition is due and the cost of textbooks adds up quickly.  Of the over $4,000 I currently owe in tuition and fees, over $500 of that is in fees that students have voted to pay.  Half this cost is the $250 health and dental plan (which you can opt out of if you have alternate coverage through a parent or spouse), and the rest is made up of BUSU and building fund fees, the U-Pass, the Quill Levy, CFS Fee, and WUSC fee.

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The more things change…

Welcome back. Do you feel properly welcomed? Great! I guess I can’t really leave it there, can I? No. Well, alright then. For those of you who do not already know me, my name is Emily Diehl, and I am the Editor-in-Chief of The Quill. This is my second year in the position; previously, I held the position of Assistant Editor-in-Chief during the 2011-2012 school year.

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‘Arrested Development’ returns!

Your favourite formerly-wealthy and awkwardly-dysfunctional family has returned on Netflix in season four of Arrested Development. Starring the entire original cast, including Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera and David Cross, all fifteen episodes of the season were simultaneously made available on the popular entertainment site on May 16th, 2013.

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Jerry Lewis out of touch with the reality of modern comedy

In an era of tremendously successful and critically-acclaimed comedic females in television, film, and stand-up comedy, it is rare that an individual as globally-renowned as Lewis would openly reject the ingenious talent and achievements in entertainment due to the gender of the performers.

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A day on the job with the Canadian Animal Blood Bank

Byron doesn’t stop smiling. From the minute he rushes into the exam room of the Brandon Hills Veterinary Clinic and scrambles up onto the table, to when he makes a mad dash for the door ten minutes later, there is a permanent grin on his face, his tail happily wagging behind him. It’s a good day – he’s just given blood.

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Mothers’ Day: more than a gift

Remember Mothers’ Day when you were a kid? Crafts were made some amalgamation of crayons, paper, somewhat sloppy writing, glue, and sparkles, and presented to our moms (and other important women in our lives) with the utmost pride and giddiness on that day in May, the day on which we specifically pay homage to the strongest and most amazing women in our lives.

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Review: Iron Man 3

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT! Marvel’s suave, witty, playboy, genius billionaire philanthropist has hit the big screen again in Iron Man 3. Notably darker and more intense, the film provides social commentary on the influence of publicity and the Western fear of anti-American ideologies and terrorism while painting the seemingly-infallible and utterly-charming Tony Stark in a new and more humbling light.

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