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September 16, 1999
  Admin/SU united front "empowers"PDF files may take a moment to load

University of Calgary students may not need to worry about skyrocketing tuition with a new proposal the university is planning.

The provincial government recently announced a $1.9 billion surplus in the provincial budget and U of C Administration and the Students' Union are working together to lobby the government for more money.

According to U of C Vice-President Academic Ron Bond, the university is lobbying the government on issues significant to faculty, staff, students and public.

September 16, 1999
  CASA builds a wallPDF files may take a moment to load

This is the brick house CASA built... and they're taking it to the federal government. The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, a national lobby group is currently looking for students to sign wallpaper as part of its Education Builds a Nation campaign.

"We have a 'brick wall' that will be set up and we're asking students to sign the wall to help recognize that we need an increase in funding and education," said CASA Western Regional Director Ryan Marshall.

September 16, 1999
  Catholic teachers unappreciated at least 200 days a yearPDF files may take a moment to load

Dr. Quinn Medicine woman may scream "what about the children?" but Calgary is finding real cause for worry. With a Catholic teachers work-to-rule campaign in full swing and a possible strike or lockout just over the horizon, word came this week that St. Mary's Catholic High School may have to cancel a student trip to California.

September 16, 1999
  Condemning communism PDF files may take a moment to load

Editors, the Gauntlet

Re: "Big unions..." Sept. 9, 1999

Despite naming themselves the champions of working people, the vanguard we should blindly follow to "freedom" (as if anybody can ever give you freedom--you have to take it), Communists have repeatedly betrayed working people. Last week's column shows a self-proclaimed Communist promoting a perspective which would strip working people of what little dignity and control they may have over their lives.

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September 16, 1999
  Kirk for our new kingPDF files may take a moment to load

"I pick't somebody from de press," Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said as he announced his appointment of Adrienne Clarkson as Governor General. He continued: "I was nice this time."

Jawohl, mein Prime Minister.

"I was nice," indeed. What a perfect way to highlight his past abuses of power and his philosophy that he-can-do-whatever-the-fuck-he-wants-and-you-better-be-grateful-if-he-doesn't-have-you-beaten-by-the-RCMP.

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September 16, 1999
  A message conveyed in silencePDF files may take a moment to load

There it is, the lure of higher education. We are all here stirring among narrow hallways and lining ourselves up like ducks for indoctrination. I notice a staggered looking fellow who appears to wander without direction while hundreds storm like ants to various classrooms, classes and careers. I am caught staring a moment too long at the girl across a Mac Hall table who reminds me of a friend I've since lost touch with. I wonder what history has brought her to inch long pink hair and scattered rings across her face.

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September 16, 1999
  Village idiots rule the roost at U of CPDF files may take a moment to load

The first week of classes is not about buying books or finalizing schedules it is about identifying the Village Idiots in your classes. As the semester progresses your hatred and intolerance will grow and you will be forced to skip classes in order to avoid committing murder. In response to this phenomenon I have developed a guide to classifying and dealing with the Village Idiot(s).

Definition of the Term

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September 16, 1999
  Capitalist plot discovered on campusPDF files may take a moment to load

It wouldn't be a true back-to-school event here if it didn't have money written all over it. Yes that's right folks, school is in and with it comes a barrage of marketing hype so shiny it glows. Get your Bay card now, who knows when they'll run out? Have you driven a Pepsi lately? Or is that Ford's slogan? I don't know. The commercial lines are blurring and it feels like that blueberry squishy high that Bart and Milhouse shared not too long ago.

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September 16, 1999
  Oh, those silly Russians!PDF files may take a moment to load

Poor Boris. Sometimes you've really got to feel for the guy. I mean, all he really wants to do is catch a bad case of fake-it, wallow in his drunkenness, and play a little game of musical prime ministers from time to time. Instead he has to deal with this:

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September 16, 1999
  The Torrington Gopher Hole Museum:PDF files may take a moment to load

Torrington, Alberta (pop. 192) is an idyllic prairie town an hour northeast of Calgary. Surrounded by rolling grassland, it has the typical small town amenities; a nondescript post office, hair salon, restaurant, and general store with one rusty gas pump.

It has also generated a fantastic amount of controversy over the last four years due to the presence of the Torrington Gopher Hole Museum.

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