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September 16, 2004
  Sydney: City Down UnderPDF files may take a moment to load

It seems like only yesterday I stepped off the plane at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith airport. Knowing nothing about the city, I vowed I would explore it to its fullest. What I found was a diverse city that is truly one of a kind. From Bondi on the Tasman coast to the suburb of Penrith at the foot of the Blue Mountains, Sydney is a city that one must experience to believe, and I set out to do just that.

Where everybody knows your name.

September 16, 2004
  Markin donates $18 millionPDF files may take a moment to load

Thanks to a donation of $18 million, the University of Calgary announced the launch of an innovative public health institute. The donation--the largest single contribution in the 38-year history of the U of C--was provided by Allan Markin, Chairman of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, and will fund six new research chairs at the institute.

The Markin Institute for Public Health will focus on research and education in health promotion and wellness as opposed to disease treatment.

September 16, 2004
  SiaPDF files may take a moment to load

Most of the time a certain mood needs to be set to get into a CD, to feel the rhythms and get hooked into its beats. This time, Sia evokes a specific mood and atmosphere demanding attention. The smooth vocals and soft beats characterizing the album brings about a definite sense of relaxation.

After taking a short break from music to go through a bit of counseling, she returns with an album of surprising depth and harmony.

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September 16, 2004
  Bad dog, put down the stickPDF files may take a moment to load

Remember the time when we absorbed our information through tiny humorous factoids? You know, when we got more information about Canadian current events from Don Cherry and Rick Mercer than Peter Mansbridge or Paul Martin? Do you remember that entire era when comedy was the easiest way to swallow our world?

Downstage remembers. Rights and Freedumbs is the second work in their Dog From the Machine series.

September 16, 2004
  Care to survey?PDF files may take a moment to load

Student leaders are frustrated with the Alberta government's latest survey, but not with the survey itself.

Without citing specific examples, Students' Union Vice-President External Mike Bosch said media coverage of the "It's Your Future" survey has become too political.

"It's been in the paper and on the news who criticize the Tories spending tax dollars to create their next election platform," Bosch said. "It would be nice if the coverage was a bit more issue-focused, not government focused."

September 16, 2004
  Exam bank still a no-goPDF files may take a moment to load

Last year the Students' Union proposed an online exam bank, but it never came to fruition.

"It was looked at briefly, but there were a number of issues that arose that made it not unfeasible but unlikely last year," said SU President Bryan West. "The same sort of conditions exist this year."

One of the biggest roadblocks that West mentioned was in dealing with the clubs.

September 16, 2004
  Bookzilla vs. RealityPDF files may take a moment to load

A Student's Union commissioner's used book sale ballooned up to the extravagant sum of at least $4,000. That's a lot of used reading material--around 20,000 books worth.

September 16, 2004
  Club me till I'm weekPDF files may take a moment to load

Every year during the second week of each session, MacEwan Student Centre becomes the site of mass gathering of students. No, these aren't mosh pits, but Clubs Week, where clubs from all across the campus set up their information booths to dispense information and entice students to join their ranks.

September 16, 2004
  Hockey Night in Canada, abridged versionPDF files may take a moment to load

With the World Cup of Hockey--an alias for "Canadian drunkfest"--now over, the next time our beloved stars like Lemieux, LeCavalier or Iginla play is a mystery fit for Nancy Drew--I mean Sherlock Holmes, 'cause he's more manly. How will we Canadians occupy our time this winter without the NHL to entertain us? Will the approaching months condemn us to develop a lack of identity?

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