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October 12, 2000
  I want to sink my balls deep into your pocketsPDF files may take a moment to load

The scene was set for the greatest sports spectacle the Campus Cove has ever seen. Canadian 9-ball champion Paul Portier was visiting the University of Calgary campus and taking on all challengers, providing they paid the mandatory five-dollar fee. The greatest threat to Portier's cue-ball superiority proved to be the Gauntlet's very own Patricia Fuentes, a shy but sleek photo editor just itchin' to take the title.

October 12, 2000
  Slurpee WarsPDF files may take a moment to load

Though the temperature outside is dropping, the Students' Union believes there is an unfed slurpee demand on campus. After $29,000 was approved to meet this demand, two slurpee machines were bought and will probably be located at the SU's convenience store.

According to SU Vice-president Operations and Finance Matt Lauzon, the machines were bought to provide the students with better service.

"I am confident that this increase in service will be viewed favourably by students," said Lauzon.

October 12, 2000
  Presidential candidates wary of WWF proposalPDF files may take a moment to load

Forget wetsuits and whitewater, the World Wrestling Federation wants young people in America to smack down their votes. The WWF, which actively enumerates young voters between the ages of 18-30 during arena events, wants to invite George W. Bush and Al Gore to speak about youth issues on WWF SmackDown! on Oct. 17.

October 12, 2000
  The reality of giving thanksPDF files may take a moment to load

With another Thanksgiving come and gone, we are once again reminded of all the things in life for which we have to be thankful. We often give thanks for our families, friends, freedom, homes and possessions. Yet how can we be truly thankful for these things when we seem to take them for granted every other day of the year? As Canadians, we should feel grateful when comparing ourselves to other countries that are presently being ripped apart by political strife and the ravages of war.

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October 12, 2000
  Revoking the licence to illPDF files may take a moment to load

Smoking is nothing if not an act of generosity. Non-smokers get to share tobacco with their smoking friends at bus stops, in doorways, in restaurants and at bars without ever paying for cigarettes or craving nicotine. The stuff is just given away, free of charge, to all of us and it's time to stop the giving.

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October 12, 2000
  Finding confidence in defending oneselfPDF files may take a moment to load

Have you ever been afraid to walk alone at night? Sometimes on my way home from late-night labs I've found myself imagining rustlings in the bushes and been afraid, but I have a feeling that my days of being intimidated by noises in the brush are gone. This past Thanksgiving weekend, I attended Safe and Sound, the self-defence course offered here on campus through the fitness centre. After only four hours, I felt a little more paranoid but also empowered and confident.

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October 12, 2000
  Take action, shape the worldPDF files may take a moment to load

In a recent geography lab, my classmates and I did an exercise to determine our geographical awareness of countries in Africa and Europe. To my amazement and dismay, the majority of us, myself included, demonstrated ignorance of the locations of many countries--including and especially those featured prominently in the news in recent months.

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October 12, 2000
  Ranting letters reveal emotion not argumentPDF files may take a moment to load

Unlike many written works, a newspaper aspires to be an active component in the infrastructure of the community. Rather than generating paragraphs to be privately considered, a newspaper should be a public work that serves as a conduit for thoughts.
Often it's as simple as a basis for discussion. The paper supplies a thought that can lead to conversations on those thoughts.

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October 12, 2000
  The price of peacePDF files may take a moment to load

Last week we witnessed an apparently irrational and
unpredictable twist in international politics. Slobodan Milosevic's 13-year reign ended unpredictably. However, Milosevic's sudden demise as leader was probably more predicatable than his country's decision to forego any punishment.

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October 12, 2000
  War is not the answerPDF files may take a moment to load

Nothing seems to provoke a bully more than when his would-be opponent refuses to fight.

In the world's largest playground, the western hemisphere's favourite bully is at it again. There is a battle currently taking place between heavily armed, well trained Israeli soldiers and stone wielding Palestinian residents. Not surprisingly, the latter party is losing. As of Sunday, the vast majority of the 83 people killed were Palestinians.

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