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August 01, 2012
  A popular destination for UFOsPDF files may take a moment to load

Calgary seems to have become a haven for UFO sightings. There were 986 recorded UFO sightings in Canada in 2011, 26 of which were right over Calgary, making it the number two destination for UFOs in the country behind Toronto, which had 34 sightings.

Many Calgarians have recently reported strange sights in the sky, which range from bright flashes of blue and white, green and orange orbs and stars in tight formation hovering over the city’s skyline.

August 01, 2012
  Editorial: A global event segregatedPDF files may take a moment to load

The Olympics are more than an international athletic competition. The ancient Greeks started the Olympics as a celebration and exaltation of olympism, an ideal of mind, body and spirit balanced within sports, culture and education. The goal, it seems, was to cultivate harmony through sport and education without discrimination, allowing mutual understanding through friendship and fair play to take the place of intense prejudices.

August 01, 2012
  Everyone calm down, the Plaza is okayPDF files may take a moment to load

Over the past few days, cinema lovers across Calgary have been thrown into disarray by some rather alarming news: the independent Plaza Theatre is on the verge of closure. According to local news reports from sources like CBC Calgary, the beloved Kensington fixture is facing its impending doom due to an inability to afford the costly transition to a digital projector. The response this has elicited from fans of the theatre has been tremendous, but as it turns out, it may have been a bit of an overreaction.

August 01, 2012
  Course packs will be back at the U of CPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary will be reintroducing course packs this September after they were discontinued in September 2011 when the university opted out of Access Copyright’s model plan.

Course packs are collections of selected readings and texts from different authors that were printed through Bound and Copied and the U of C Bookstore. They are designed to work with and without textbooks for classes.

This is good news for many students at the U of C, as course packs are easier to obtain and are less expensive than textbooks.

August 01, 2012
  U of C showcasing the Olympic GamesPDF files may take a moment to load

To celebrate the Olympic spirit, many locations at the University of Calgary will be showcasing the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

The action will be displayed during open hours on large displays in the Taylor Family Digital Library and at the Olympic Oval until the closing ceremonies on August 12.

The Olympic Oval has transformed its main floor lounge into the Olympic Oval London Lounge. Anyone who loves to watch the international sporting event is welcome.

August 01, 2012
  Virtual human revolutionizes learningPDF files may take a moment to load

Medical students at the University of Calgary have a new virtual tool to help with their studies. Researchers have developed a virtual human named LINDSAY that will give students a three-dimensional anatomical view of the human body to compliment textbook learning.

The tool was named after U of C medical student Lindsay Leigh Kimmett who died in a car crash in 2008. The tool uses new technologies, like touch interfaces, to navigate the many cells and systems found within the human body.

August 01, 2012
  Spun: Bonnaventure JamesPDF files may take a moment to load

Bonnaventure James’s humble beginnings at a University of Lethbridge music class have morphed into something more sophisticated and infinitely more exciting. One of the newer electronica artists in the Calgary music scene, Bonnaventure James has independently released his first EP, Buena Aventura. It is a glorious tribute to electronica, with a marvellous concoction of dizzyingly different beats, catchy melodies and a harmonious chorus of voices.

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August 01, 2012
  Book review: The Shore GirlPDF files may take a moment to load

For her first novel, University of Calgary alumna Fran Kimmel delivers an experimental piece of fiction about the life of Rebee Shore. Rebee is a girl from a fragmented family. Her father’s identity is unknown, her mother’s whereabouts are usually a mystery and her interactions with others are hesitant and wary. From the outset, The Shore Girl doesn’t leave the best impression, but Kimmel’s experiences bring a refreshing authenticity to the novel, helping it stand out as a worthy piece of Canadian literature.

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August 01, 2012
  An introduction to video gamesPDF files may take a moment to load

One of the much touted features of the Taylor Family Digital Library has been its Interactive Digital Media Collection, a vast collection of both retro and modern video games available to students for research and entertainment purposes. The collection is the largest of its kind in Canada, and is a major step forward towards further legitimizing video games as an art form, and facilitating students’ research on the medium.

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