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September 07, 2006
  Editorial: Spinning hype into goldPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary is holding a sod-turning ceremony for the joint Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy and Experiential Learning Centre building on Sept. 11. There's an ad for it on page 19 of this very paper, and there is sure to be burgers, important politicians and maybe even fireworks. But someone needs to bring attention to what's missing from the ceremony. Despite the public relations extravaganza, the estimated $282 million in funding won't be in place.

September 07, 2006
  Capital projects in need of cashPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary has some massive plans for expansion in the next four years, but only if the provincial government comes through with massive cash.

A provincial government funding injection announced last March means the U of C admitted 660 more students this September than last, and the university plans to further increase enrollment by 7,000 spaces by 2010 if funding is approved.

September 07, 2006
  Universities deny Maclean's SurveysPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary and 11 other universities across the country will no longer participate in Maclean's magazine university rankings.

In a letter to Maclean's magazine, dated Aug. 14, the 11 universities­--including four which placed in the top five of their categories in the 2005 survey--stated their withdrawal from the Maclean's university rankings issue. The letter cited inaccurate research methods as the primary reason for withdrawal.

September 07, 2006
  Theatre's golden threadPDF files may take a moment to load

A title like Urinetown is sure to attract attention, no matter what it's attached to. Those who like to be peed on may raise an interested eyebrow, wondering where they could find such an Oz-like locale. Stodgy old people may react similarly, wondering instead what the damned liberal media has cooked up this time. With the posters going up all over the city to promote Ground Zero's production of the fringe-piece-cum-Broadway musical, it looks like it's the season for confusion.

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September 07, 2006
  Painkiller soothes no onePDF files may take a moment to load

Shooting a demon in the face with a double-barreled shotgun once evoked a wonder misplaced amongst the post-Christmas tangle of wrapping paper and tinsel. The thrill of the wind as your bike escapes the shackles of training wheels. The moment before abbreviating the flaming dots on a birthday cake. What sad times we live in when shooting a demon has become as tedious as flossing during The View.

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September 07, 2006
  Shooting your friendsPDF files may take a moment to load

Whether it's a dust-up over the last Cheetoe in the bag or making eyes at your fourteen year old sister, everyone has wanted to shoot their friends with a manner of different assault weapons. While EA Games' Battlefield series of on-line blast-a-thons certainly weren't the first games to let you exact this fantasy, they've been among the best available upon their successive releases, and continue to be today.

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September 07, 2006
  Warped TourPDF files may take a moment to load

Having attended the Warped Tour for the past five years, I've found the Boy Scout adage "always be prepared," couldn't be more fitting. At 15, I learned that 'preparing' best not involve chugging a mickey of Sour Puss en route if one hoped to avoid throwing up before an audience of jaded punks. At 18, I learned that even though it's legal, it still isn't wise to consume six beers over the course of an hour in the hot sun. Even now, at age 20, my tutelage in preparedness and alcoholism continues, thanks again to the Warped Tour.

September 07, 2006
  Spun: The New CarsPDF files may take a moment to load

Like many "revived" bands, The Cars may not have needed it, but this time there's a twist that makes it worthwhile. Musical prodigy Todd Rundgren is at the wheel of the New Cars, replacing former front man Ric Ocasek. No self-respecting Todd fan would have seen that coming.

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September 07, 2006
  Spun: Obie TricePDF files may take a moment to load

Obie Trice is a man who's lucky to be alive. The past New Years' was a near-fatal one for Trice when he was shot in the head by an unidentified assailant. This was followed up a few months later with the shooting death of his friend and fellow rapper Proof. This prompted him to record some new songs to account for his newfound legitimacy. In the song "There they go," for example, Trice raps about the violence in Detroit. Well intentioned, sure, but this is where Trice has a conflicting message.

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September 07, 2006
  Spun: The Eagles of Death MetalPDF files may take a moment to load

When a drunken man argued that the band Poison--best known for their weak love ballads such as "Talk dirty to me"--was metal, Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes responded that Poison were "the Eagles of death metal." Thankfully, the Eagles of Death Metal sound nothing like Poison, the Eagles, death metal or any combination thereof. The duo of Jesse Hughes and Josh "Baby Duck" Homme are still perfectly capable of destroying your eardrums with a blunt blow of undiluted awesome, however.

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