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May 23, 2003
  Crossing worth seeingPDF files may take a moment to load

"Crossing back and forth, between the two-dimensional format and three-dimensional forms in space. Crossing in and out, between illusionary and actual depth," reads the artist's statement.

Crossing--currently at the University of Calgary's Mezzanine Gallery--is Julie Chapdelaine's personal exploration of forms in space. The series of six reliefs represents seven years of work on Chapdelaine's part, a fact reflected in the intricacy and detail of the pieces.

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May 23, 2003
  Bruce Almighty PDF files may take a moment to load

When I first saw the trailer for Bruce Almighty, I thought, "This one could really go either way. It could be really funny or really lame."

Luckily, it is the former and not the latter.

Despite a predictable plot, generic religious undertones and cliché moral lessons (actions have consequences, money and power can't buy happiness, etc.) Bruce Almighty is really funny.

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May 22, 2003
  Freedom can be refreshingPDF files may take a moment to load

On May 1, my position at the U of Chaos was abolished. I was called into a room and my ex-boss and the union turnip were waiting with large brown envelopes in front of them. Having gone through this with my wife a month earlier, it did not take a genius to figure out what was coming,

I think my comment was "Oh shit."

After some management platitudes about "much appreciated work" etc., etc., my ex-boss left and I walked out on the union rep as I have an allergy to hand patting.

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May 22, 2003
  Blur PDF files may take a moment to load

Think Tank, Blur's seventh album, sounds like it should be much harder to appreciate. Analog synths bubble and churn, wah pedals manipulate and vocals deteriorate into sounds vaguely reminiscent of the Butthole Surfers' "Annoying Song." It sounds like an experiment, and experiments are supposed to be challenging and frustrating.

To a point, this is true.

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May 22, 2003
  SU seeks tuition guidance from studentsPDF files may take a moment to load

The Students' Union is building a policy on what tuition should pay for, in light of growing concerns about tuition increases.

"We really don't have a policy saying what tuition should and should not pay for," said SU Vice-President Operations and Finance Gavin Preston. "Some would argue that it should only pay for access to experts in a field."

Among the services Preston cited for discussion are: the Admissions Office, the Disability Resource Centre, the Library and the Fees Office.

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May 22, 2003
  Prayer space awaits CJSW, NUTV movesPDF files may take a moment to load

Students seeking new prayer space atop MacEwan Hall will have to wait until August, despite the generosity of the university administration.

“Peggy Patterson has been very generous and has given us the cash to fund the whole thing,” said Students’ Union Vice-President Operations and Finance Gavin Preston. “The reason why it hasn’t been completed is coupled with cjsw and nutv moving.”

The unfinished area will house new spiritual space, as well as new offices for cjsw and nutv.

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May 22, 2003
  Fatal Summer FunPDF files may take a moment to load

Does summer make people stupid? Is there some sort of connection between sunshine and testosterone? Or do all the idiots just come out of the woodwork when the snow melts?

While I spent the long, cold days of April and early May indoors lamenting the snow, I would have been happy to endure it a little longer knowing what the spring thaw had in store. The rash of pointless, senseless, violent incidents that have occurred since the first days of "summer" arrived have tarnished the unbridled bliss that usually consumes me.

May 22, 2003
  I’ll write a headline laterPDF files may take a moment to load

We might be closer to understanding why we procrastinate, according to a U of C professor.

A meta-analysis conducted by Dr. Piers Steel of 700 publications in psychology, economics, philosophy and sociology, as well as historical records indicates that procrastination is common and natural.

May 22, 2003
  New computer security coursePDF files may take a moment to load

Starting this fall, the U of C's Department of Computer Science will help train students to fight on the digital frontier.

Computer Viruses and Malware, a new course offered by Dr. John Aycock, hopes to combine study of legal and ethical issues with computer security to give students a view from the malicious software developer's point of view.

Aycock hopes that students will learn how to write secure code and defend against malicious software.

May 22, 2003
  Students receive research moneyPDF files may take a moment to load

Sixty U of C students will share in $1 million worth of Summer Studentship awards from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, allowing the students to participate in summer research at Alberta universities.

The awards are intended to encourage university and exceptional high-school students to consider careers in health research.

A total of 183 students, including those from the universities of Calgary, Alberta and Lethbridge, received the awards.

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