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April 01, 2010
  Wildrose Alliance club hosts party leaderPDF files may take a moment to load

Danielle Smith, leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta, spoke to students at the University of Calgary March 29 about her party and Alberta politics.

The event was the first and last of the school year for the recently launched Wildrose Alliance Club, which only voted in their executive roughly a month ago.

April 01, 2010
  Composting: an intricate tale of rotPDF files may take a moment to load

It's lunchtime in MacHall and hundreds of students are eating. When they are done, they will dump their leftover food into the garbage. From there it will go to the dump. As this process repeats itself day after day, meal after meal, thousands of tonnes of organic food waste ends up in landfills, but it doesn't have to- it could be composted.

April 01, 2010
  Second language training helps newcomersPDF files may take a moment to load

According to recent projections from Statistics Canada, within the next 15 years 50 per cent of Canadians will be visible minorities and by 2031, one-third of Calgarians will be foreign born. Many will need more than basic English-as-a-Second-Language training to succeed academically and professionally.

April 01, 2010
  Editorial: Bermuda Shorts Day runs dryPDF files may take a moment to load

After last year's difficulties finding a location for the vaunted event, it seems like immense effort would have gone into planning this year's Bermuda Shorts Day. Sadly, that isn't the case.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Gauntlet learned that a significant oversight within the BSD planning committee resulted in a failure to submit a liquor license application before the March 7 deadline. Last minute scrambling was subsequently unable to ameliorate the situation and so BSD will be dry this year.

April 01, 2010
  The Gauntlet’s guide to April Fool’s gags you should avoidPDF files may take a moment to load

Every day is April Fool's day here in the Academic Probation section. Everyday except for April 1st. Counter intuitive to our innate immaturity, juvenile crassness and knack for not getting it quite right, the AP section treats April Fool's Day with more respect than our patron saint Rodney Dangerfield.

It is our pleasure- Nay, obligation- to, on this holy day of pranking, share with readers our timeless knowledge of gags gone wrong.

April 01, 2010
  Men's volleyball goes from worst to firstPDF files may take a moment to load

Four years ago, the Dinos were the bottom feeders of the CanWest Conference. Today, they are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national champions. So what happened? How did this team make such a drastic turnaround in such a short period of time? It all starts with the head coaching position. Rod Durrant took over from Greg Ryan in 2006, the latter of whom had coached the Dinos for the past 21 years. With the team's last national title coming in 1993, it was time for a change.

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April 01, 2010
  Record-breaking Effah fastest man in CIS historyPDF files may take a moment to load

Sam Effah is not only one of the most decorated athletes competing for the University of Calgary. He's also the fastest man in Canadian Interuniversity Sport history.

"That's kind of a cool label to have," says Effah. "That means a lot, knowing that somebody from Calgary has that. Short sprints are definitely centred in Ontario. They have a lot of really good guys, but for us to have a record out here shows that CanWest has great competitors and we've been doing well."

April 01, 2010
  Greg MacPherson is Mr. InvitationPDF files may take a moment to load

Greg MacPherson has made a name for himself as an elegant and thoughtful lyricist, drawing comparisons to the likes of Joe Strummer, Bob Dylan and David Byrne, who he grew up listening to. His lyrics are imaginative and to him are one of the most important parts of a song.

"I felt like you can't have a good song with bad lyrics so I've always tried really hard to focus on what I'm saying and how," says MacPherson.  

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April 01, 2010
  The upcoming Hollywood dreckPDF files may take a moment to load

In the next 12 months, 114 films are scheduled for wide release. Of those, 69 will be remakes, reboots, re-imaginings, sequels, prequels and adaptations of all variety of source material. In other words, wholly unoriginal cinematic re-hashes, asking you for a good 20 bucks to watch a story you already know.

Most of them, thanks to Avatar, will be in 3D. It's the Gauntlet's obligation to warn students of the worst of the upcoming threat as the school year ends -- before students' money is wasted.

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