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August 07, 2003
  An interview with Sarah HarmerPDF files may take a moment to load

This setting would be a daunting one for any artist. However Canadian folk songstress Sarah Harmer seemed none too discouraged sitting in the shade along the Bow River, hours before hitting the main stage at the 2003 Calgary Folk Music Festival.

If playing in front of a crowd nearing 10,000 people wasn't enough, the Kingston, Ontario native found herself playing alongside music legends like Daniel Lanois, Ani DiFranco and Ian Tyson. Artists she readily admits are considerably more accomplished than herself.

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August 07, 2003
  Not mad, but still scaryPDF files may take a moment to load

Ever since the first rodeo, events have been left to true cowboys and cowgirls. Bull riding, bronc busting, bareback, roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing all require competitors to train and compete year-round.

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August 07, 2003
  No love for this bugPDF files may take a moment to load

A country generally defines itself through its "things." Language, currency, politics and products produced for export all become symbolic of a nation, they are how a country becomes known throughout the world. The United States has always done a great job forcing the world to take notice of them in many of those areas, however things have gone very wrong in Europe lately.

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August 07, 2003
  The Pryde of the Students' UnionPDF files may take a moment to load

After enduring seven years of MacEwan Hall expansion and other hijinks, Students' Union General Manager Bryan Pryde is leaving for the sunny beaches of Australia.

"My proudest moment is finishing that building," recalled Pryde. "There was no construction in the job description and it wasn't discussed in my hiring... Six months after I started, I had to tell exec to throw out their designs. I thought I would lose my job."

August 07, 2003
  Computing in the Wild WestPDF files may take a moment to load

On July 28, 2003 the University of Calgary received their hardware component for an initiative known as WestGrid.

Information Technologies is excited over the latest addition to the university's computer systems. Installed in the Math Sciences basement, this new cluster of processors allows scientists from across the country to design medications, forecast weather patterns, run complex computer codes and perform many other elaborate calculations.

August 07, 2003
  Academic shacklesPDF files may take a moment to load

Twenty-seven year-old Peter Lynds of New Zealand published a paper this week that could revolutionize physics, mechanics, philosophy and potentially many other fields. In his paper, Lynds argues that there are no particular instants in time, only moments of transition, a concept which might fundamentally change how we observe and measure things in the universe.

August 07, 2003
  Sundae SmartiesPDF files may take a moment to load

Smarties are a beloved part of the Canadian confection culture. So, when they launched a new line of sundae flavoured candies, I was skeptical.

Tasting them, I found a chocolatey enigma: a candy that actually tastes awful individually, yet acceptable when taken by the handful.

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August 07, 2003
  Choropampa: The Price of GoldPDF files may take a moment to load

Mercury is a liquid metal that can be found in many common instruments, including barometers and thermometers--it is also utilized in the mining industry to extract gold and other minerals. The recommended procedure for dealing with mercury spills involves great care. For instance, Environment Canada advises spills "should be considered hazardous and should be cleaned up with caution."

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