2004-10-21

    
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October 21, 2004
  Music Interview: Downchild still kickin' itPDF files may take a moment to load

Don Walsh cannot be stopped. He is a man through which the very spirit and soul of the blues lives vicariously. Having led Canada's premiere blues band Downchild, and written songs for the Blues Brothers, you'd think he'd get just a tad tired. But after 35 years of virtually non-stop touring, he is still going strong and shows no signs of slowing.

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October 21, 2004
  Label Review: Down RecordsPDF files may take a moment to load

Starting your own label can be a daunting task, but Myke Atkinson, like a bald Johnny Appleseed, has rolled up his sleeves to do just that with his bare hands. Down Records is the brand-spanking new Calgary-based label started and run by Atkinson. Despite only sporting one band on its roster (Veritas, an instrumental rock band), the U of C student's upstart label looks to set the Calgary music scene a-rockin' with its ambitious plans.

October 21, 2004
  Music Interview: VeritasPDF files may take a moment to load

In a suburban basement of Calgary's south, two of the members of Veritas are preparing for the upcoming release of their debut album. Chris, who resembles the long-haired guitarist you probably ignored in high school, and Pat, in his bright blue "retard jacket", are having a jam session. Joining them is Myke, the bald, black-clad guy in charge of the label the band is on. He'll be joining the rest of the band when they all take the stage at their CD release show.

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October 21, 2004
  Hurtig on Star Wars, but not the movie kindPDF files may take a moment to load

The world as we know it could be destroyed in one afternoon.

That was the underlying message in Mel Hurtig's guest lecture speech Thu., Oct. 14 in a stop through Calgary while promoting his newest and most important book Rushing to Armageddon: The Shocking Truth About Canada, Missile Defense, and Star Wars.

October 21, 2004
  Illusions of imagePDF files may take a moment to load

Attack of the diets! Turning on the TV, browsing a bookstore or shopping for groceries are all potential places to be bombarded with low fat, fat-free, high protein, low carb, or no sugar catch phrases for the diet industry.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 70 per cent of women and 35 per cent of men are on a diet at any given time.

October 21, 2004
  Aiming at smoking argumentsPDF files may take a moment to load

In light of the comments by Students' Union Vice-President Operations and Finance Greg Clayton two weeks past in The Gauntlet, and the city of Calgary deciding to ban all smoking in public places in 2008, the smoking issue must be examined in more rigorous detail. It is the assumption below that the reader agrees on two things. First, that smoking does have a causal relationship to health problems, and second that the exposure to second hand does share a causal relationship to health problems in the third party non-smoker.

October 21, 2004
  SPUN: Sarah Slean PDF files may take a moment to load

Sarah Slean's the kind of artist you wished you discovered in high school. Her slightly jazzy, but kinda folky pop music and lyrics of angst would have been just the perfect soundtrack for awkward adolescence.

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October 21, 2004
  Music Interview: Sarah Slean's heartfelt honestyPDF files may take a moment to load

People don't use the same scales to measure success. For some, a major record deal and critical acclaim might be enough. After the success of her 2002 album Night Bugs, though, Canadian musician Sarah Slean found herself feeling empty and unproductive. The stress and attention that comes with budding fame often takes its toll on up and coming stars. Slean insists it wasn't her success, but the sad and draining state of the society around her that left her feeling dry.

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October 21, 2004
  Ramadan should be issue-free for all concernedPDF files may take a moment to load

The issue of space for prayer during Ramadan is one everyone remembers from last year. Due to a "miscommunication" between the University of Calgary Students' Union and the Muslim Students' Association, the MSA was left owing nearly $3,000. Fortunately, the mayhem and discord between the two organizations last year has been avoided this year by lots of planning.

October 21, 2004
  Trick or treat for the Food BankPDF files may take a moment to load

The Campus Food Bank is holding an event for those who never really outgrew the excitement of Halloween' night.

The ninth annual Trick-or-Treat for the Campus Food Bank takes place on Sun., Oct. 31, with a unique twist. This year's event sees the University of Calgary competing with the University of Alberta to see who can collect the most pounds of food.

"This is the first year it's been a competition," explained Students' Union Vice-President External Mike Bosch.

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