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March 24, 2011
  CJSW Profile: Writer's BlockPDF files may take a moment to load

Paul Kennett, Stephanie Weidmann and Stephanie Clark take to the air every Tuesday evening with a bag full of books and their brains. The trio run one of CJSW's spoken word programs called Writer's Block, a foray into the topsy-turvy world of literature. They train their astute eyes on local talent whenever possible, but also have nationally and internationally renowned authors on the show -- Yann Martel and Chuck Palahniuk have both made appearances.

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March 24, 2011
  Braids weave groove and pop into aural tapestriesPDF files may take a moment to load

Driving down an Arizona highway, Austin Tufts has become accustomed to the novelty of tumbleweeds weaving across his path to the melody of the desert breeze. He, however, along with the three other members of Braids, have yet to tire of their own aggressively subtle melodies. Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Katie Lee, Taylor Smith and Tufts joined forces in high school as the Neighbourhood Council with one modest goal -- to share the simple pleasure of playing music together.

March 24, 2011
  Summer Sleddin' soldiers onPDF files may take a moment to load

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," goes that old, tired axiom. Still, in the 30-plus years since it was first uttered by Bert Lance, the idea has held with remarkable tenacity. Now, organizers of Sled Island Music Festival are tempting fate by messing with a working formula.

March 24, 2011
  Limitless is a worthwhile indulgencePDF files may take a moment to load

Directed by Neil Burger and adapted from the novel Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, Limitless is an exploration into the consciousness of a man whose ultimate potential is unlocked by an experimental drug known as "NZT." Writer Eddie Morra (played by Bradley Cooper) finds himself behind on a novel, dumped by his girlfriend and spiraling into a depressing state of underachievement.

March 24, 2011
  We Are The City are High SchoolPDF files may take a moment to load

In the summer of 2010, two members of Kelowna's We Are The City -- Cayne McKenzie (vocals/keyboard) and Andrew Huculiak (vocals/drums) -- started a side-project called High School. The project arose as both an escape and an outlet -- We Are The City's guitarist, David Menzel, was slowly drifting away from the band and wasn't as involved as he had once been. So, with new monikers and their faces obscured with strange masks, McKenzie and Huculiak started playing shows in B.C.

March 24, 2011
  Students and staff live off food hampers for a week to raise awarenessPDF files may take a moment to load

A group of nine University of Calgary students and staff has been living off food hampers to bring awareness to the Students' Union Campus Food Bank since March 21.

The Hamper Project has garnered participants like SU vice-president academic Alyssa Stacy and U of C vice-provost (students) Ann Tierney and incoming Gauntlet news editor Amy Badry, who have all maintained blogs to document their experience. Participants were required not to purchase any food or beverages to supplement their diets for the week.

March 24, 2011
  U of C asks exchange students to return from JapanPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary has requested that its students on exchange programs in Japan return home. Out of 10 undergraduate students and several graduate students in Japan at the time of the earthquake, one has returned home before the university issued the request and another plans to return within the week. According to the school, the others plan to stay or take more time to think about coming home.

March 24, 2011
  New minister proposes province-wide student IDPDF files may take a moment to load

University of Calgary students may soon be swapping their black and red "onecards" as minister of advanced education and technology Greg Weadick moves forward on an initiative to provide students across the province with a uniform student card.

The proposed card will extend across Alberta, allowing students access to facilities and services as well as transcripts at all post-secondary institutions in the province.

The biggest benefit that Weadick sees for students is access to the library systems.

March 24, 2011
  Study shows no long-term effect of video gamesPDF files may take a moment to load

A January 2011 study showed violent video games might have less of an effect on avid gamers than previously thought, disparaging a common assumption that excessive gaming leads to violence and desensitization among young adults.

March 24, 2011
  Tierney returns to Queen'sPDF files may take a moment to load

Outgoing University of Calgary vice-provost (students) Ann Tierney will join Queen's University as the school's associate vice-principal and dean of student affairs as of July 1.

Tierney, who has been with the U of C since August 2007, graduated from Queen's with a bachelor of law in 1989 and served as the assistant dean of the faculty of law from 1999-2004, during which time she also received her master of public administration from the school.

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