2014-03-20

    
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Sean Agnew • Diltaj Atwal • Melanie Bethune • Fernando David Moreno • Raeesa Farooqi • Ashley Gray • Liv Ingram • Kate Jacobson • Miranda Krogstad • Jan Ong • Kathy Pham • Connor Sadler • Andrea Sanchez-Ponton • Tiffany Sengsavang • Justin Seward • James Stevenson • Scott Strasser • Remi Watts • Jocelyn Yet • • • This week’s Golden Spatula goes out to Sharanya Ramesh. Normally writers mess up their first drafts, as they have shaky hands from years of drug and alcohol abuse, but Sharanya showed us that masters of science students can not only get real jobs after school, they can also write! Sharanya nailed her first article this week on heart disease with the precision of a heart surgeon. I suggest you bleeding-heart liberals have a heart and read it. It really tugs at your heartstrings.

March 19, 2014
  New speaker's corner in MacHallPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary Civil Liberties Association (UcCLA) recently approached the Students’ Union about setting up a speaker’s corner in MacHall. If all goes to plan, students would record 60-second videos where they could speak their mind on pressing social issues.

“What we’re doing is a sort of speaker’s booth,” said UCcLA vice-president events Hurmut Humayun. “Basically, it’s like a full-sized London telephone booth. Inside, there will be an iPad mounted.”

March 19, 2014
  Engineers build a racing motorcyclePDF files may take a moment to load

For the past three years, a group of University of Calgary engineering students have spent their spare hours building electric motorcycles. They call themselves Team Zeus. For their latest bike, the Zephyr, they’re doing some fundraising to cover the final costs.

U of C students designed and built the Zephyr on their own. Before they can finish their work, Team Zeus needs $4,000 to buy four 1,000-watt batteries for the bike so they’re ready for the race track this summer.

March 19, 2014
  Construction leads to loss of prayer spacePDF files may take a moment to load

Renovations for the new MacEwan Conference and Event Centre have emphasized the need for more prayer space on campus.

The Conference and Event Centre is moving from the second floor of MacHall to the old Women’s Resource Centre on the third floor, next to the Multi-Faith Prayer Room and Chapel.

However, the increasing number of people using the prayer rooms — 1,600 people a week in 2013 — forced people to overflow into a hallway which is now undergoing renovations.

March 19, 2014
  How to make it to Berlin with Red BullPDF files may take a moment to load

Remember the guy on eBay who traded up from a paperclip to a house? There’s a contest sort of like that, except three Students’ Union executives will have to barter their way across Europe with only 24 cans of Red Bull.

Red Bull’s Can You Make It? event challenges 100 teams to travel from one of four starting cities to Berlin in under a week. Teams consist of university-aged threesomes from around the world. Teams can only use cans of Red Bull to haggle for food, shelter and transportation on the road to Berlin.

March 19, 2014
  Break dance ban enforced in MacHallPDF files may take a moment to load

Campus Security is enforcing a break-dancing ban in MacHall that started in late February. After talking with leaders from a local club, members of Campus Security, and some of the regular dancers from the stage, the Students’ Union says they don’t like the ban, but there’s not much they can do about it.

March 19, 2014
  The grim reality of capital punishmentPDF files may take a moment to load

Justice Rosemary Nation sentenced Bradley Rietze to an automatic life term, without parole for a minimum 25 years, after he admitted to raping and killing 17-year-old Brittney McInnes on January 17, 2010.

Her sister, brother and aunt found McInnes’s half-naked body in the box spring of her bed in their home in S.W. Calgary.

In Pennsylvania, on Dec. 16, 1981, Nicholas Yarris was charged with a similar crime of murder, rape and abduction of a young female sales associate in the Tri-State mall. Yarris was sentenced to death.

March 19, 2014
  Obama drunk dials PutinPDF files may take a moment to load

Amidst what some are calling Cold War level tensions, President of the United States Barack Obama is reported to have drunk dialed President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.
Following a state dinner and a few nightcaps with vice-president Joe Biden, Obama left Putin an emotional and profanity-laced voicemail at 3:30 a.m. Eastern time.

In what experts are calling “a dick move,” Putin kept the voicemail and has been sharing it with the international community.

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March 19, 2014
  Spun: Wake OwlPDF files may take a moment to load

The latest album from Juno-nominated group Wake Owl, The Private World Of Paradise, is a dreamier take on average indie music. Smoother and more soft spoken, the album is defined by its hypnotic and serene mood, created by faded instrumentals and light vocals that the indie genre seems to be so fond of. Rhythmic acoustic guitar chords and constant yet hushed percussion add to the overall relaxing atmosphere.

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March 19, 2014
  Spun: The Olympic SymphoniumPDF files may take a moment to load

Chance To Fate echoes out familiar emotions, as if the trio behind indie folk band the Olympic Symphonium is capturing our collective moments of self-doubt, loneliness and homesickness and putting them into a single album. Instead of being depressing, it serves as a call to “Seize The Day” — fittingly positioned as the album’s first track. Unfortunately, the whole experience is marred by a forgettable score and lacks the originality of the the band’s last offering, The City Won’t Have Time To Fight.

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March 19, 2014
  Spun: Bend SinisterPDF files may take a moment to load

At first glance, it’s obvious that Bend Sinister’s new album Animals will go in some interesting directions. The cover shows the band in a ’70s-era rumpus room filled with kitschy decorations and taxidermied animals — a polar bear head adorns one of the keyboards and there are wolfskin rugs and foxes wearing sunglasses. And that’s saying nothing of guitarist Joseph Blood’s shoeless, long pyjama shirt and toque ensemble. No one can accuse Bend Sinister — or this record — of being boring.

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