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March 10, 2011
  Calgary music through the lens of Keith SkrastinsPDF files may take a moment to load

"I don't capture aesthetics, I capture emotion," says Keith Skrastins.

But what happens when a photographer transmits as much emotion through the lens as he captures? He becomes one for whom every snap of the lens is like a pump of blood through the heart and every developed image is a breath exhaled.

March 10, 2011
  University budget approved by BOGPDF files may take a moment to load

Tuition at the University of Calgary is going up by about $18 a semester for a full course load starting May 1, as part of the upcoming year's budget-- approved Feb. 28 by the school's board of governors.

The increase, equal to 0.35 per cent, is the maximum allowed under provincial regulations and tied to the inflation rate. The newly-approved $1.09 billion budget, up by about 1.6 per cent from last year, is described by senior university administration as "sustainable" and "balanced."

March 10, 2011
  Letting loose or losing control?PDF files may take a moment to load

How much do you spend on alcohol in a month? Does drinking ever get in the way of your schoolwork? What do your friends say about your alcohol consumption?

These are the types of questions asked in Alcohol E-Checkup To Go, an online survey used to evaluate the drinking habits of students. By filling out the questionnaire, students can receive feedback like the amount of drinks they have in a typical week and the percentage of income they spend on alcohol. Completing the exam takes less than 10 minutes.

March 10, 2011
  U of C researcher investigates potential treatment for binge eatingPDF files may take a moment to load

A researcher at the U of C is looking at how to treat binge eating. Characterized as eating a large amount of food in a short time, the issue has not garnered as much attention as anorexia or bulimia, according to the National Eating Disorder Information Centre.

Unlike bulimia, where food is purged from the body after intake, binge eating is not followed by vomiting or laxatives. Binge eating disorder is also more common in men than other eating disorders.

March 10, 2011
  Maintenance issues delay TFDL openingPDF files may take a moment to load

Heating and humidification issues in the Taylor Family Digital Library have pushed back the opening of the facility until at least mid-way through September and halted book transfers from the MacKimmie Library.

"There were some mechanical errors in the design that are now being corrected," said University of Calgary facilities management and development vice-president Bob Ellard.

March 10, 2011
  Elections Canada hopes to increase youth votePDF files may take a moment to load

Voter turnout in Students' Union elections at the University of Calgary has been low, historically. Last year, only 16 per cent of undergraduate students voted. With this year's SU election coming to a close on the evening of Mar. 10, only time will tell if voter participation at the U of C increases.

U of C SU president Lauren Webber said approximately 2,500 to 3,500 students vote in the SU elections each year.

March 10, 2011
  Government proposes ban on salviaPDF files may take a moment to load

The federal government announced plans to ban salvia, a readily available hallucinogenic herb that has surged in popularity over the last few years.

In a Feb. 21 news release, the Government of Canada proposed its intentions to include the active ingredients in salvia, salvia divinorum and salvinorin A, on the controlled drugs and substance list. This would criminalize possession, trafficking and production of salvia. A ban was first proposed on a government notice from Health Canada on Feb. 4.

March 10, 2011
  Adult viewing of The Last Unicorn not as magical as expectedPDF files may take a moment to load

Twenty-seven-year-old graduate student James Stevenson was disappointed on Mar. 4 when his screening of the 1982 animated feature The Last Unicorn failed to initiate the feelings of wonder and excitement he remembered as a child.

"This is horrible," remarked Stevenson during one of the film's many musical numbers performed by 1970s folk-rock group America.

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