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January 11, 2012
  Teachers and diplomasPDF files may take a moment to load

Albertan high school graduates will remember well writing their diploma exams. The nerves, time spent with tutors or studying alone, time off as exams approached and the reserved satisfaction upon completion. Those tests are worth 50 per cent of a student's grade, and while some receive an extra boost in their total score, for many the pressures and stress aren't worth it. The Alberta Teachers' Union is now hoping to have the weight of the diploma tests lowered (see "Weighting of Alberta diploma exams reconsidered," page 4).

January 11, 2012
  Canada's bronze heartbreakPDF files may take a moment to load

Tears were shed across Canada after the semi-final game in the World Junior Hockey Tournament when Russia snuffed Canada's shot at a gold medal. Despite Canada's heartbreaking loss, the tournament kept hockey fans on their feet with excitement.

Sweden ended a 31-year streak without a tournament win, defeating Russia 1-0 in the gold medal game. Sweden's Mika Zibanejad made history with a goal 10:09 minutes into overtime under the blocker of Russia's Andrei Markarov in a thrilling battle of talent.

January 11, 2012
  Students on the dance floorPDF files may take a moment to load

How often do you find yourself toe-tapping, hip-swaying or lip-syncing when one of your favourite songs plays on your iPod?

Anne Flynn, joint professor in dance and kinesiology at the University of Calgary, said the response is natural: "Human beings are hard-wired to move rhythmically." She added that our nervous system responds to beats and different rhythms encompassed by the physical and social benefits of dance.

January 11, 2012
  Motorcycle show rides through townPDF files may take a moment to load

On January 6, the doors of the BMO Centre swung open to a crowd of motorcycling enthusiasts ready to enjoy everything the 2012 Calgary Motorcycle Show had to offer. Top industry manufacturers, including Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson and Kawasaki exhibited their new 2012 models. The latest motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and the newest gear and accessories were also on show -- all under one roof.

January 11, 2012
  Of eschatological concernPDF files may take a moment to load

On New Year's eve, drink in hand-- as the clock geared itself towards 2011's terminal moment-- I found myself on the deck of the tallest penthouse in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, peering out on the sprawling beach city down below. Having grown weary from the inane smalltalk around me, I escaped my fellow bourgeoisie party-goers for the open air. As I watched the beach party below a fragment of conversation drifted out from the party behind me: "Well, the Mayan calendar ends this year . . ." A mere gust of words, but my mind took sail.

January 11, 2012
  Film review: The Iron LadyPDF files may take a moment to load

There are few people working in the film industry that command as much attention as Meryl Streep does. Her stellar filmography showcases, quite possibly, the greatest actress of the past two generations. With two Academy Awards for Best Actress under her belt and a number of nominations (16 in total) over the span of the last 30 years, Streep digs in deeper than ever as she portrays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

January 11, 2012
  Mammoth Grove crafts psychedelic soundscapesPDF files may take a moment to load

Great things come in small packages. This Calgary band might be a three-piece, but it packs a girthy sonic punch as gargantuan as their name suggests.

The people behind Mammoth Grove are vocalist and guitarist Devan Forster, bassist Rob Shepherd and drummer Kurtis Urban. Their deep, grinding bluesy grunge sound is derived from a combination of a classic-rock upbringing and being influenced by other underground stoner-rock bands that their tastes point them toward today.

January 11, 2012
  Star Wars:The Old Republic is refreshingly newPDF files may take a moment to load

I have a love/hate relationship with Star Wars. While I love the original three films and the universe they have established, there is very little else that is both Star Wars-related and not objectively terrible. So when I heard that Canadian video game developer Bioware was developing a Star Wars massively multiplayer online game, I forced myself to reel in my initial optimism.

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