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August 11, 2011
  Youth raise funds to end Somalia's faminePDF files may take a moment to load

On August 4, nine cousins, aged 18 to 27, gathered on the outskirts of Calgary for their collective walk to Edmonton ­-- 303 km. The walk was part of their fundraising initiative, "Step up for Somalia."

"My sister and I were watching what was happening back home in Somalia and we knew that we couldn't just sit there and not do anything," said Khadija Abdi.

Somalia is currently experiencing its worst drought in 60 years and famine is widespread.

August 11, 2011
  Extreme Somalian hunger and corruptionPDF files may take a moment to load

Last weekend, Al-Shabaab, an extremist Islamic group from southern Somalia, withdrew its forces from the capital city of Mogadishu. While this development is crucial to the endeavours of the country's Transitional Federal Government and international aid workers alike, it is too soon for Somalia to declare complete victory over the violent religious faction.

August 11, 2011
  Fair trade products on campusPDF files may take a moment to load

On November 29 and 30 fair trade products made by artisans from around the world will be sold in MacHall.

"Due to the success we had last year, we will be coming back for two days instead of just one," said Ten Thousand Villages co-manager Jason Fehr.

Ten Thousand Villages works with poor and disadvantaged artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. The store, with 49 locations across Canada, places consistent orders to create a reliable source of income for these producers.

August 11, 2011
  Osheaga Music and Arts FestivalPDF files may take a moment to load

Sweat drips down your forehead from the heat of 50,000 bodies all around, compressing you into a tight area where your hands can hardly move. An arm raises and a hairy armpit is shoved in your face, the sweat mixing with your own. In the heat of the night, you wait in anticipation.

The second headliner Eminem walks on stage, your body sways with others' in excitement. The soup of sweat is all worth it for that moment as you, and everyone around you, belts out every single word of "8 Mile."

August 11, 2011
  An international student experiences the Greatest Outdoor Show on EarthPDF files may take a moment to load

As almost every Albertan knows, the Calgary Stampede is a ten-day event featuring rodeo shows, art exhibitions, parades, agricultural shows and live concerts. The Stampede is almost a hundred years old and is a major tourist attraction from all over the world. Therefore, it came as no wonder that Stampede was the first thing I heard about Calgary when I decided to join the university as a graduate student last fall.

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