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May 10, 2012
  What is cosplay anyway?PDF files may take a moment to load

If you are a costume enthusiast over the age of five years old, you may experience scrutiny by the judging eyes of society if you decide to make a public appearance in costume on any date other than October 31. However, if you are a Calgarian, the annual Comic and Entertainment Expo allows three additional days where dressing up is not only accepted, but encouraged and rewarded-- provided you are actually at the convention.

May 10, 2012
  Editorial: Saying one thing, doing anotherPDF files may take a moment to load

The Harper government's new federal budget was presented as a series of fiscally responsible choices to reduce government spending in a difficult economic climate. However, the timing of some of the cuts seems to ignore the impending needs of a new generation of citizen-soldiers. Cuts to the budget of Veterans Affairs Canada affect one-to-one care that veterans are receiving.

May 10, 2012
  41 years and countingPDF files may take a moment to load

It is fair to say that the Vancouver Canucks have had very successful regular seasons, finishing at or near the top of the standings the last two years. Unfortunately for the Canucks, it is the playoffs, not the regular season, that decide who walks away with Lord Stanley's Cup. Vancouver has failed to win a Cup since they entered the league in 1970. This gives the Canucks the dubious honour of having the second longest Cup drought in the NHL -- 41 seasons. The Toronto Maple Leafs are tied for the longest, but that is another story.

May 10, 2012
  Dinos roar on draft dayPDF files may take a moment to load

For anyone doubting the calibre of football talent produced by head coach Blake Nill and the University of Calgary Dinos, the 2012 Canadian Football League draft was proof for the contrary. For the past two years, no other university in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport league has produced more CFL draft picks than the U of C. In fact, half of all of the players drafted to the CFL from the Canada West conference were Dinos.

May 10, 2012
  Spun: Primal Rock RebellionPDF files may take a moment to load

Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and former SikTh frontman Mikee Goodman have come together to form the supergroup Primal Rock Rebellion, with their debut album Awoken Broken. The album itself can be loosely described as melodic metal mixed with a bit of hard rock -- it combines elements of Smith's beautiful guitar riffs with the ferocious growls and multi-octave voice of Goodman.


May 10, 2012
  Game review: Awesomenauts is awesomePDF files may take a moment to load

Before anything else is said, it should be noted that Awesomenauts, the second title from Ronimo Games, features the worst voice actor I have ever heard. While most of the voice work ranges from competent to excellent, the voice actor for Lonestar, the game's cowboy-themed hero, seems to be trying to win a shrieking match against a flock of parrots. I'm not sure what this person thinks cowboys are supposed to sound like, but his attempt to portray a hardened sheriff comes across as insufferably annoying.

May 10, 2012
  Playing With Fire plays with your heartPDF files may take a moment to load

The career of Theoren Fleury could be described in one word: unstable. One of the most offensively gifted players to have ever played for the Flames, Fleury was fearless, talented, successful and, as revealed on stage and in his book, the owner of a relentlessly tormented soul.

May 10, 2012
  You guys! It's Ryan North!PDF files may take a moment to load

Ryan North is a busy person. The Ottawa-born humorist is the creator of Dinosaur Comics -- a charming and clever constrained webcomic that is currently in its ninth year. In addition to that, he is currently writing the Adventure Time comic book series and working on putting together a sequel to the successful science-fiction anthology Machine of Death.

He also maintains a blog devoted to mocking the 1985 novelization of Back to the Future, but that is purely for fun.

May 10, 2012
  Joss Whedon assembles the AvengersPDF files may take a moment to load

For the past four years, Marvel has been leading up to the major cinemagraphic event that is The Avengers. While the film ensured box office success through the pre-existing popularity of Marvel's major heroes, there are a lot of areas where The Avengers could have made major mistakes.

May 10, 2012
  U of C's first veterinary medicine graduatesPDF files may take a moment to load

Animal health affects the economy, tourism and environmental health in Alberta. The University of Calgary recognized this and established a veterinary school in 2008 to give students hands-on, relevant training. On May 10, the first graduates of the veterinary medicine program will cross the stage.

"It was a new program. It was an adventure and a risk, and I think we were all risk takers getting into the first class," said Kelsey Shacker, one of the programs first 30 graduates. "We're all glad we went through it."


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