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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 15, 2014
  Spun: Swamp ThingPDF files may take a moment to load

After settling down to listen to a nice heavy metal album — the cover featured a barely clothed pin-up girl with a pentagram belt, wrangling three leashed hellhounds before a mountain of skulls and guitars — I was shocked to find that nothing even remotely like that was coming out of my speakers.

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January 15, 2014
  Book review: Kim McCullough's ClearwaterPDF files may take a moment to load

Calgary author Kim McCullough’s debut novel, Clearwater is a good read for teens and young adults, mostly because it resembles a season of Degrassi. The novel follows Claire Sullivan and Jeff Carson, two teenagers living in a troubled small town in northern Manitoba. They struggle with abuse, drugs, drinking, suicide, relationships et cetera. There’s rarely a moment where a new bomb does not drop soap-opera style.

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January 15, 2014
  25 years of Barenaked LadiesPDF files may take a moment to load

Embarking on their latest tour to promote their new album Grinning Streak, the Barenaked Ladies are celebrating a career that has spanned a quarter century.

“We talked a lot about 25 years and how do we approach it,” lead singer Ed Robertson says. “Then we said the best way to do it is to make a new record and go out on the road. Probably the best way to celebrate 25 years is to have a really great 25th year. And ultimately, I’m super proud of all the work we did in our 25 years.”

January 15, 2014
  Hungry... for a change? PDF files may take a moment to load

Food banks are an important commodity on campus for students who are stretched financially thin. Mary Hart*, arts major and a single mother at the University of Calgary, uses the Campus Food Bank regularly.

Before she was a student, Hart was a starving artist, working three jobs and supporting a child on her own. In 2008, when she was diagnosed with cancer, Hart had to quit her jobs and undergo chemotherapy. The food bank has helped her get through those tough times.

January 15, 2014
  Best films of 2013PDF files may take a moment to load

Matthew Parkinson has watched over 100 films in 2013. Over the next two weeks he’ll select his picks for the best and worst films of 2013.

All is Lost

All is Lost tells the almost dialogue-free tale of an elderly man who winds up having to survive on his own at sea. Robert Redford stars as the unnamed man. Redford reminds us with his performance here that he can capture the screen by himself, and does so by turning in one of the best performances of the year. The film is intense, dramatic and kind of beautiful.

January 15, 2014
  Superhero emerges on U of C campusPDF files may take a moment to load

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Nope, it’s Metro Man.

With the power to withstand cold in a single jacket, this enigmatic superbeing stands atop his perch at the stairs of the University LRT station. It is his concrete fortress, his vantage point from which he surveys all.

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January 15, 2014
  U of C to be renamed Calgary PolytechnicPDF files may take a moment to load

Students returning from the holidays can expect some significant changes at the University of Calgary in the new year, according to university president Liz Luger. Among the first big changes? The renaming of the University of Calgary to Calgary Polytechnic.

“The rechristening of the academy to Polytechnic is long in coming,” Luger explained December 31, 2013 at an Inbridge-sponsored New Year’s townhall meeting at her palatial estate for her cadre of university executives, to which students, faculty and staff were not invited.

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