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August 04, 2005
  One site to rule them allPDF files may take a moment to load

A pair of former University of Calgary computer science students are pouring their computer skills and their U of C experience into an innovative new web resource for students.

My-U.ca is the brainchild of Ricardo and Joanne Hoar and offers students a number of free services, including textbook and roommate postings, blog space, campus bus information, an interactive U of C map and more. The couple saw the need for a single on-line resource to collect existing services in one all-purpose site.

August 04, 2005
  Tim Horton vs. the worldPDF files may take a moment to load

A large double, double, and a snack pack of Tim Bits will be available on the University of Calgary campus by the end of the month, leaving caffeine addicts thrilled and private vendors worried about their businesses.

"Of course we're worried," said Pita on the Run owner Doris, who requested her last name be withheld. "I don't think we'll be fine. Our sales will go down."

August 04, 2005
  The devil wears cycling shortsPDF files may take a moment to load

Cyclists are not the enemy. As a rule, they don't hunt down children or the elderly. They aren't a danger to the city's bike path users, and you shouldn't believe the city's media outlets when they paint them as monsters who hunt down pedestrians for sport.

Two recent bike path accidents have demonized cycling in a city already desperately behind the times when it comes to car-less commuting. People have become afraid of cyclists as a result of this unfair witchhunt.

August 04, 2005
  Parkade takes it easier on drunksPDF files may take a moment to load

New hours and pay-on-entry parking is making life easier and safer for penny pinchin' parkers and parkade employees alike.

The Arts Parkade recently switched its pay booths to the parkade's west side and is now charging the five dollar fee on entry rather than exit. The change allows parking services to move the lot's closing time from 1am to 9pm, saving on personnel costs.

August 04, 2005
  Don't sweat it, new gym nearPDF files may take a moment to load

Students who have endured workouts in the hot, cramped racquetball courts will soon have room to run.

More than three weeks behind schedule, the final phases of the Fitness and Lifestyle Centre renovations are underway and despite minor setbacks, opening is scheduled for the week of Aug. 22. The renovations are the result of the Students' Union 2005 General Election in which students voted 61 per cent in favour of increasing Campus Recreation fees.

August 04, 2005
  DC to get makeoverPDF files may take a moment to load

Images of Lunch Lady Doris with her hair net and stained apron serving up slop from behind a cafeteria line are enough to make even the bravest of frosh residence students quiver in fear.

Students in traditional residence have no need to be afraid, come September they will have a happier, cleaner place to fill their plastic trays with food. The Dining Centre is currently undergoing renovations under the direction of Chartwells.

August 04, 2005
  AUPE to push Chartwells boycottPDF files may take a moment to load

University of Calgary support staff are pushing ahead with a boycott of food outlets owned by Chartwells.

"We're still boycotting," said Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Local 52 Chair Shirley Maki. "A lot of staff and certainly the Faculty Association have been supporting us in this boycott."

The boycott, organized by AUPE, was launched in response to the elimination of 300 positions when Chartwells took over Food Services early this summer.

August 04, 2005
  Music Interview: Constantines stadium boundPDF files may take a moment to load

To avoid the doldrums of life you get a few people together and start a band. You play the occasional show for small groups of friends. Soon you find yourself recording your first album. An upstart label catches on, signs you and releases your album throughout the country leading to widespread acclaim.

August 04, 2005
  Book Review: Doo dads galorePDF files may take a moment to load

With the advent of Internet auction sites like eBay in the mid-90s, many collectors have moved beyond garage sales, flea markets and auction houses in search of the perfect addition to their collections. Cyberspace eases the pursuit as collectibles of every conceivable sort from the other side of the world are far more accessible. Given the incredible range of items found on auction sites, collectors are going beyond the tradition of coins and stamps in favour of more sophisticated items, like electronic technology.

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August 04, 2005
  Music Interview: No-nonsense virtuosoPDF files may take a moment to load

There are several f-words you could use to describe acoustic guitarist Kaki King, none of which include the one you're probably thinking of. She's feisty, fearless, fierce, and five-feet tall. With the exception of the latter descriptor, this string of alliterative adjectives also characterizes her remarkable music. The young musician's wit is as quick as her fingers on her instrument, so when asked what she enjoyed on her brief Canadian tour, King doesn't give any old three-cord answer.

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