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June 15, 2006
  Denis Drops Disappointing DudPDF files may take a moment to load

The government of Alberta released the final results of a year-long post-secondary education review this month. In true bureaucratic fashion, the much-hyped results of the review conducted by top government officials and stakeholders amounted to a disappointingly vague 26-page report of recommendations.

June 15, 2006
  Spun: Edison WoodsPDF files may take a moment to load

New York-based Edison Woods' third release Nest of Machines is exactly the kind of CD that you'd listen to on a rainy day. It's incredibly gloomy, alternating between morose piano and violin, all tied together by Julia Frodahl's haunting voice. While all the death and spiders might turn off casual listeners, given the right mood, it's perfect.

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June 15, 2006
  Spun: Gary MoorePDF files may take a moment to load

Virtually unknown in North America, Irish guitarist Gary Moore has been honing his chops since the late '60s. His rock and roll roots involved many bands, most notably Skid Row and Thin Lizzy. While being an outstanding rock guitarist, over the years Moore's kept returning to his love of the blues. Old New Ballads Blues, just as the title states, and like any Moore recording, is all about his raw, emotive guitar style.

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June 15, 2006
  Spun: High School MusicalPDF files may take a moment to load

Parental advisory warnings adorn albums that contain lyrics not suitable for children. There should also be an inverse system to designate albums for children that are so obnoxious that anyone over the age of 12 would search frantically for a chopstick to pierce their own eardrums. This label would be firmly affixed to the cover of High School Musical.

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June 15, 2006
  Spun: The StreetsPDF files may take a moment to load

There's something engaging and sincere in a low-class British accent that makes women swoon and men tremble. It could be the truncated vowel sounds, slurry phonemes or even the rhyming slang found deep in the slums of London. Just like a Guy Ritchie adaptation of Johnny Appleseed, Mike Skinner recognized this cashcrop in his own vocal chords and cultivated it.

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June 15, 2006
  An Australian Gunslinger TriumphPDF files may take a moment to load

Everyone thinks they're righteous. No one, not corrupt policemen, rapists, nor killers want to believe they're anything but the hero of their own fiction. This facet of human nature is what John Hillcoat and Nick Cave acknowledge--to huge success--in their Aussie-western epic The Proposition.

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June 15, 2006
  Mapleleaves, Hockey and MoviesPDF files may take a moment to load

There are aspects of Canadian culture we ruefully admit to--hockey, parkas, iced brewskies, and yet we still bemoan the idea that Canada has no culture, that we're just Americans who know how to dress in layers. Douglas Coupland has spent a good deal of his life running from his nationality, but with the release of his coffee table/art book Souvenir of Canada, he embraced and really rummaged through his past to find what made his being a Canadian more than just dressing for the weather.

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June 15, 2006
  Sulphur spring hints at alien lifePDF files may take a moment to load

Rotten eggs don't usually create a pleasant smell, but for one University of Calgary researcher, the odious odour signaled a discovery that may help NASA researchers find life on other planets.

June 15, 2006
  Pow-wow celebrates First Nations gradsPDF files may take a moment to load

Bells tinkle and a rainbow of sequins glitter as two young dancers chase each other shrieking, black braids and ribbons trailing behind them. Aboriginal drum beats and chanting puts an end to the pursuit, and the girls scoot into their place in line, eager to celebrate the accomplishments of their sister, their cousin and the entire Aboriginal community through dance.

June 15, 2006
  NUTV gets NUofficesPDF files may take a moment to load

After four years spent hidden behind the bank machines in the food court, NUTV is finally moving up.

The new NUTV offices are officially open on the third floor of MacEwan Students' Centre and NUTV staff couldn't be happier.

"We're all very excited about the new space," said NUTV producer and program director Tinu Sinha. "We've been in a temporary space for four years now, and it's nice to finally be here."

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