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July 23, 2009
  Library to open fall 2010PDF files may take a moment to load

In the wide open caverns of the still-being-constructed Taylor Family Digital Library, Minister of Industry Tony Clement donned a hard hat to deliver a brief press conference to a cadre of similarly be-hatted journalists and others.

July 23, 2009
  Yo!: The Secret Origin of the DFEPDF files may take a moment to load

Calgary's Dragon Fli Empire -- the DFE -- is def. They know it too. Hook-laden "D-E-F" is a local crowd favourite, the audience shouting along with emcee Tarik Robinson, a.k.a Teekay, as DJ Cosm spins in the back. But the big brassy emcee behind the DFE used to be a shy, unassuming high school band geek.

July 23, 2009
  Slurpee Cup rolls on without SU fundingPDF files may take a moment to load

In the absence of funding for a Slurpee Cup BBQ, Calgary Flames legend HÃ¥kan Loob -- the namesake of the twelfth installment of the street hockey tournament -- may, or may not, be dolling out Swedish meatballs to sweaty participants, said CJSW station manager Chad Saunders.

The University of Calgary Students' Union opted not to provide funding for the competition, hosted by the campus station, this year.

July 23, 2009
  Provincial shortcomings cut to the bonePDF files may take a moment to load

Demonstrating an eye for investments worthy of the current economic climate, the provincial government has declined to increase the University of Calgary's base operating budget this year. This decision, in tandem with the poor performance of the university's endowment funds, has led to the loss of 200 positions at the U of C by fall.

July 23, 2009
  Olympic Oval in action for summer trainingPDF files may take a moment to load

It came as no surprise when the Olympic Oval couldn't afford to keep its ice this year.

With the economic downturn straining financial resources, it seemed Canada's speedskaters would need another place to prepare for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

It's estimated that $10,000 a day is necessary to operate the Oval and maintain the ice.

Originally, observers anticipated that ice would return sometime in September.

July 23, 2009
  Working AlonePDF files may take a moment to load

A new web-based check-in, check-out system is paving the way for a safer campus.

The University of Calgary's new system, Working Alone, is intended for use by students, faculty and staff who are on campus alone, particularly at night or outside of normal work hours, said Campus Security manager Ken Kress.

"It gives some people peace of mind," he said.

July 23, 2009
  Alberta Greens off next election's ballotPDF files may take a moment to load

The Green Party of Alberta won't be able to run in the next election, according to a press release from Elections Alberta.

Alberta's acting chief electoral officer cancelled the Green Party's registration July 15 because audited financial statements for the 2008 calendar year had not been filed, as prescribed by the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act.

The failure to file these essential documents is encircled in controversy.

July 23, 2009
  U of C community contemplates impact of 200 job cutsPDF files may take a moment to load

As the announcement that there will be 200 job cuts on the University of Calgary campus this fall sinks in, many are contemplating what it means for the university community.

Shirley Maki, president of the university's Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Local 52, said she's not only worried about AUPE members losing their jobs, but how the cuts will affect students.

"Our members are the people that keep the building running," said Maki.

July 23, 2009
  Elections Canada pushes online votingPDF files may take a moment to load

If everything goes according to Elections Canada's plans, voters will soon be able to cast their ballots online -- even from the comfort of their own beds.

With Parliament's approval, the federal body is aiming to test online voting before 2013 in a byelection.

Elections Canada released a report last June pushing for legal changes to implement an online registration system.

July 23, 2009
  Big explosions and the dumbing-down of cinemaPDF files may take a moment to load

Anyone who's ever been to Disneyland knows about Star Tours. Tours is a ride through the Star Wars universe, narrated by the plucky Paul Reubens-voiced droid Captain RX-24. Through a series of unfortunate events, the tour goes off the rails and eventually leads to the climactic battle at the Death Star. All the while, the audience shake and rattle in their seats, mimicking the action onscreen. If the ship swerves to the left, the audience's mechanized chairs swerve with it.

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