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December 03, 2009
  Gift cards suck: the Gauntlet gift guidePDF files may take a moment to load

No one wants, nor needs, a manicure set for Christmas. This is the peril of the typical newspaper shopping guide -- they suck because the gift recommendations are for old people.

In the interests of keeping families together this Christmas, the Gauntlet offers these suggestions.

For the artist

December 03, 2009
  The use of complementary and alternative medicine is an increasingly popular, but dangerous trendPDF files may take a moment to load

Alternative medicine consists of products or treatments used for health benefits, but is not always evidence-based. It is often based on cultural and traditional health practices or more recent disproved theories that have remained popular within certain fringe groups. Common types include homeopathy, acupuncture, herbalism and bio-identical hormone therapy.

December 03, 2009
  U of C unveils STEALTH ski technologyPDF files may take a moment to load

A top-secret gadget developed at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering has enhanced the training of the country's best skiers in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The Sensor for the Training of Elite Athletes, or STEALTH, is a GPS/GLONASS-based system that helps alpine skiers perfect their technique and route or line selection, to get down a slope in the fastest, most efficient manner.

December 03, 2009
  Crowd control device called 'disturbing'PDF files may take a moment to load

The Vancouver Police Department purchased a Long Range Acoustic Device just in time for the 2010 Olympics. Many, including the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, are concerned about police using the crowd control device as a weapon on protesters.

The American Technology Corporation developed the LRAD in response to a request by the U.S. Navy after an attack in 2000 when al-Qaida terrorists approached the USS Cole in a fishing boat off the coast of Yemen and set off explosives, killing 17 American soldiers.

December 03, 2009
  A student chance for a living wagePDF files may take a moment to load

A wage subsidy program encouraging students to pursue career-related summer employment was incredibly well received, with 160 University of Calgary students gaining support.

The Student Work Experience Enrichment Program funded students working in an area related to their studies this summer that paid less than $15 an hour.

"I'm used to going and working in construction for the summer," said SWEEP recipient Matt McDonald. "[SWEEP] made it more financially viable for me to just focus on research."

December 03, 2009
  Tuition hike to protect cap: ministerPDF files may take a moment to load

Students that got an unwelcome surprise two weeks ago when they heard the Alberta Government would be allowing post-secondary institutions to raise tuition are being told their fears may be unfounded.

Advanced Education and Technology minister Doug Horner said reports of huge tuition increases across the board are the furthest thing from his ministry's mind and are the result of the media.

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December 03, 2009
  SU midterm reviews: VP operations and finance Joey BrockePDF files may take a moment to load

If alcoholic beverages could morph into Students' Union executives, than a double Jack 'n' coke would likely become Joey Brocke.

Strong, concentrated and leagues different than the common rum counterpart, Brocke brings some serious can-do powerhouse to the vice-president operations and finance position.

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December 03, 2009
  SU midterm reviews: VP external Kay ShePDF files may take a moment to load

Kay She is the raspberry long island iced tea of the Students' Union executive; summery, fun and occasionally seen in sororities.

The vice-president external has the unfortunate situation of being in office during the provincial government's erosion of the tuition fee cap and, despite her other initiatives, will be largely judged on her ability to represent student interests during this time.

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December 03, 2009
  Editorial: A note from the departedPDF files may take a moment to load

Good advice is worth repeating twice -- or more. When I first got to university -- after four and a half years as a McManager, and a short stint travelling -- someone told me that the best part of being a student is that you're allowed to make mistakes.

December 03, 2009
  Spun: Bryan LeePDF files may take a moment to load

New Orleans-based bluesman Bryan Lee's 11th solo recording is a swinging mix of original blues tunes and carefully chosen covers. Lee, known as 'The Braille Blues Daddy,' proves his unique guitar and vocal prowess are fully intact. His well rounded band delivers the goods with gusto and charm. Most notable are the soulful sax solos and David Maxwell's lively piano playing, which add the perfect balance to Lee's Bourbon Street flavoured guitar. Although a studio recording, My Lady Don't Love My Lady has a live performance feel.

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