2014-01-16

    
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Melanie Bethune • Tamara Cottle • Bronson Gelhorn • Butts Liv Ingram • Ali Leighton • Fabian Mayer • Jacob McGregor Roger Mortimer • Alexandria Mueller • Josh O’Brien • Jan Ong • Matthew Parkinson • Suneil Sachdeva • Connor Sadler • Justin Seward • Rhys Sosnowski • James Stevenson • Scott Strasser • Justine Wright • • • This week’s Golden Spatula goes out to Suneil Sachdeva, the mysterious handsome stranger around the Gauntlet office and founder of the National Basketball Association. Despite his considerable knowledge and involvement in the sport, Suneil does not actually play basketball, having been banned from his own organization after causing half a dozen pregnancies when he made a three point shot during a Knicks half-time show using a straw and a wooden catapult.

January 16, 2014
  Hotdog eating contestPDF files may take a moment to load

U of C students gathered for a hot dog eating contest hosted by the Residence Students’ Association on Jan 14. Roughly 150 students showed up. “It’s good to get everybody together, get everybody loud and create a passion for residence and the U of C,” said RSA president Dan Medland-Marchen.

January 15, 2014
  Shooting with the University of Calgary Firearms AssociationPDF files may take a moment to load

Recently, I decided to find out if the University of Calgary Firearms Association is dangerous and if its members are crazy.

By mid-December, I had talked with some of the executives. Club president Henry Lung is always a gentleman. Delano Civitarese, the club’s operations director, has a country attitude that revolves around mutual respect and the first time I met UCFA vice-president communications Adam Strashok, he talked to me about Henry Kissinger. I don’t like Kissinger, but I liked that he wanted to talk about him.

January 15, 2014
  Partying with the media partyPDF files may take a moment to load

From Jan. 10-12, the Gauntlet attended the Canadian University Press’s national student journalism conference, hosted by the Gateway, the University of Alberta’s paper. NASH is a conference for the nation’s student newspapers to share tradecraft, attend workshops and get drunk in hotel rooms, although which of these objectives it succeeded at I will not speculate on.

January 15, 2014
  Facebook fanaticism leaves us speechlessPDF files may take a moment to load

Change your Facebook privacy settings as soon as you’re done reading this.

This week, Ala’a Hamdan, a student at the University of Calgary, appeared on news sites across the world after she posted writings on Facebook intended to reflect the perspective of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation.

The occupation of Palestine is always a divisive issue.

The conflict is complicated. Arguments on both sides are often fueled by emotion or religion, but the basic history is such.

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January 15, 2014
  Clubs expo this weekPDF files may take a moment to load

Looking for that special someone who shares your love of Farscape fan fiction? Do you want to become a philanthropist? Like a shining beacon of hope in the humdrum of the new semester, clubs showcase is here.

The showcase will take place in the MacEwan Concert Hall January 13–16 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

The showcase looks to give students an alternative to spending their post-holiday slump wandering the halls like some hungry nomad.

January 15, 2014
  New year rush hits the gymPDF files may take a moment to load

If you’re looking to get in shape for the new year, you’re not alone.

Managers at the U of C Fitness Centre say students can expect large crowds this January with the usual surge in gym attendance that comes at the beginning of the fall and winter semesters.

“Our two busiest times of the year are when everybody comes back in September and January,” said Chris Gordon, manager at the Fitness Centre.

January 15, 2014
  Men head to oil patch instead of universityPDF files may take a moment to load

Young Albertan men are opting for careers in the oil patch rather than attending school, a Statistics Canada report says.

The report — which looks at employment information from 2001–2008 — claims the percentage of men aged 17–24 attending school in Alberta fell from 46 to 37 per cent as a result of rising wages.

Wages in oil producing provinces rose 21 per cent for males aged 17–24. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador were categorized as oil producing provinces.

January 15, 2014
  Suicide the concern of new campus clubPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary Grace Project is planning events in February to help lift students’ spirits.

The Grace Project is a campus club looking to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. The organization provides support groups for students coping with mental illness or dealing with the loss of someone in their life to suicide.

In February, the Grace Club will host a random-acts-of-kindness week during the week prior to reading week.

January 15, 2014
  Alleged hate speech on Facebook lands U of C student in international pressPDF files may take a moment to load

*story has been updated

Headlines across the world condemned a University of Calgary student as a “potential terrorist” this week after writings she posted on Facebook appeared in the National Post.

Ala’a Hamdan, a fourth-year biology student and former president of the Calgary chapter of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), posted writing on her personal Facebook page this month that members of Calgary United With Israel (CUWI) accused of being hate speech that condones violence against Israelis.

January 15, 2014
  Spun: Greg RekusPDF files may take a moment to load

Punk music and acoustic guitar has never been a good combination in my mind but Greg Rekus’s latest album Punkoustic has proven otherwise. The Winnipeg-born singer’s music manages to bring together the two genres into a sound that has the fast, hard vocals of punk and the full, rich sound of acoustic instruments, which appeals to a more general audience than traditional punk music but does not suffer for it. Rekus’s music is something you can either rock out to or sit back and just enjoy.

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