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June 22, 2006
  Editorial: Breaking News: U of C not the bestPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary has an embarrassing history with Maclean's magazine. We've been slipping in their annual university rankings for years. After peaking at 10th place in 1999 out of a field of 15 in our category, our track record has worsened each year, slipping to 12th in 2000 and bottoming out at 14th in 2002, where we've been ever since.

June 22, 2006
  A Starr Named KinniePDF files may take a moment to load

Despite what she may say to the contrary, there's something more to Kinnie Starr's music than the indie/trip-hop/ jazz/whatever it's often described as. A Calgary native who cites her brothers' friends and her father's clients as influences, whose lyrics are not only a mish-mash of themes but languages as well, Starr's speech is about as hard to decrypt as her broad palette of inspiration would suggest.

"My music's just for people to interpret," says Starr, still a little out of breath after her set Tuesday night.

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June 22, 2006
  Rocking out with the forces of evilPDF files may take a moment to load

Henry Smyth was a simple man. He'd often spend long days out in his shop, toiling over a steaming forge, creating horseshoes, armour, weapons and other accoutrements requiring the hand of a master blacksmith. One day, the devil, disguised as a goat named Mendes, approached Henry and asked him to make some goat shoes. Clever Henry, sensing that something was amiss with a talking goat, made the shoes, but made them far too small, such that the devil was uncomfortable and grumpy whenever he wore them.

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June 22, 2006
  A bicycle built for UPDF files may take a moment to load

Tired of walking to class? Then put your legs to good use and pedal there instead.

The University of Calgary's U-bike program provides the campus with bicycles for public use. The bikes are scattered around campus and are available free of charge to ride on university grounds. Bikes are picked up from the racks, used and left at the destination.

"The idea is to ride from one building to another," said Eco Club president Stephanie Ferguson.

June 22, 2006
  U of C at bottom of barrelPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary upheld its predictable pattern of dismal Maclean's magazine university rankings this week, but this time, the poor review came from U of C students, rather than Maclean's staff.

In the University Student Issue--published Mon., June 19-- Maclean's surveyed recent university graduates from across Canada, and asked them to rate their experiences. About half of the universities, including the U of C, declined to participate, citing inaccurate research methods.

June 22, 2006
  Spun: Mint RoyalePDF files may take a moment to load

The aptly-named Mint Royale creates music that is fresh, innovative and beautifully refined. See you in the Morning has the effect of a warm bath--it leaves you feeling clean, rejuvenated and refreshed. Spanning the palette of dance, electronica and acid jazz, the album is positively uplifting, though overbearing at times.

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June 22, 2006
  Spun: Katie MeluaPDF files may take a moment to load

England's Katie Melua has become a huge success in Europe with her debut album Call off the Search selling millions of copies in several countries. Her latest attempt, Piece By Piece is a commercially calculated follow-up release which debuted at number one in the UK album charts, proving once again that there's just no accounting for taste.

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June 22, 2006
  Spun: ElefantPDF files may take a moment to load

In 1986 they would have been in their element, in 1996 they would have been passe, and in 2006 they're destined to be one of the hottest retro '80s bands of the new millennium. Elefant has joined the ranks of several new bands in a revolution bent on reminding the world why '80s music kicked ass. One spin of the Black Magic Show and it's obvious Elefant has learned much from their forefathers.

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June 22, 2006
  Spun: The Charlatans UKPDF files may take a moment to load

After almost two decades of making music together, one would expect The Charlatans UK to have firmly carved out a musical niche. Though their sound remained constant for the better part of a dozen years, 2004's up At The Lake signalled a shift in direction for the English quintet, sounding more like dance music than straightforward rock. With the release of their latest album, Simpatico, The Charlatans have continued on that path, to the same great success.

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June 22, 2006
  The travelling bandwagon moves up Hwy 2PDF files may take a moment to load

Numerous Edmonton Oilers car flags were visible on Calgary's roadways throughout the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs. These flags weren't there before, and chances are they aren't around now that the Oilers are finished, raising the question

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