14 things you didn’t know about the U of C

March 30, 2015  |   Found in Editorial // Student Life

As the school year draws to a close, I felt it my duty to put together a list of little known facts about the U of C that my readers can either A) take with them in the future when they graduate in June, or B) propagate amongst their classmates as they return to campus in the fall. After consulting my Facebook friends about little known U of C facts that they would like to share, I came up with this list:

  1. 2015 is the 55th annual BSD. You know who else turns 55 this year? Colin Firth! 
  2. There’s a climbing wall in the basement of Kinesiology
  3. You can play video games on the 3rd floor of TFDL 
  4. There’s a great hidden study spot right above the pool in Kines (why is everything cool in Kines??)
  5. There is a U of C campus in Doha, Qatar
  6. There’s a solar house that is entirely self-powered (let’s conveniently leave out the fact that this house is in a parking lot)
  7. U of C campus is host to the largest student initiated mental health awareness run in Western Canada, Outrun the Stigma
  8. The U of C offers yearly service learning programs that go all over the world to places like New Orleans, Nicaragua, the Yukon, Costa Rica, and Namibia, as well as right here at home. Get more information on these programs here: www.ucalgary.ca/ccel/ucalgarycares
  9. The University has its own community garden, which is located on the way to the Children’s Hospital. 
  10. After interacting with @SustON_UofC (UCalgary’s sustainability office) on twitter, I figured out that there are a number of opportunities for students to get more involved with our campus’ sustainability efforts. More info here: www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability/get-involved
  11. The Students’ Union provides a free volunteer tax service during tax season 
  12. The 1993 film Cool Runnings was filmed here at the U of C
  13. Prime Minister Stephen Harper lived on 6Rundle during his time here at U of C
  14. And lastly, rumour has it (seriously, I have no idea if this is true or not) that Queen Elizabeth stayed in residence during the 1988 Olympics. Apparently a balcony was built on the roof of Kananaskis Hall for her to get a view of the mountains.

I’m always interested in learning more about our campus. Feel free to tweet me your little known facts at @OfficialLangill


Cecilia Langill is a third year Communication Studies student. She is the VP Communications for the Distress Centre on Campus club and the Communications Department Representative for the Faculty of Arts Students’ Association. In her free time Cecilia enjoys knitting and photography. You can check her out on Twitter @OfficialLangill and on Instagram @omgitscee