2006-11-23

    
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November 23, 2006
  Theatre Review: No glass slippersPDF files may take a moment to load

To generations who grew up with Disney cartoons, the Calgary Opera's production of Cinderella is an eye-opener. To most, Cinderella just isn't Cinderella without singing mice, a pumpkin patch and glass slippers, however, 400 years ago when Rossini wrote the influential opera, the story of the girl who swept cinders was unaffected by the need to please six-year-olds.

November 23, 2006
  Canadians: haw!PDF files may take a moment to load

They say you can can tell a lot about a man by the size of his shoes and the size of his hands, but learn infinitely more from his tour schedule. So what does Ron James' Full Tilt tour, which hits the thriving entertainment hubs of Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Fort McMurray, Prince Albert and Brandon, say about him? Apparently that he's a Canadian boy, a hometown favourite and damn proud of it.

November 23, 2006
  Sidebar: Filmography of a bearded nerd with a beautiful wifePDF files may take a moment to load

Clerks [1994]

Considered one of the most successful independent features ever, Smith's debut was shot for $24,000 in the convenience store where he worked. Beloved by fans for its crude and hilarious dialogue and the interplay between slacker clerks Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson). [A-]

Mallrats [1995]

November 23, 2006
  The Askewniverse callsPDF files may take a moment to load

Kevin Smith is growing up. The 36-year old Vancouver Film School dropout burst onto the filmmaking scene with his foul-mouthed, low-budget 1994 indie hit Clerks, and parlayed that success into a mainstream career. A decade later, Smith returned to his roots with Clerks 2, and admits little hesitation in going back to where he started.

November 23, 2006
  The Juice gets pulpedPDF files may take a moment to load

When there's money to be made--especially in the entertainment sector--it's unusual to see a project halted on account of social responsibility. With that in mind, the media was stunned to hear Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation, announce the cancellation of O.J. Simpson's book and FOX special on Monday.

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November 23, 2006
  So you say you want a referendum?PDF files may take a moment to load

Those of us around for the 1995 Quebec Referendum--which math serves to tell would be everybody in the university community except that eight-year-old whatever savant in that one class--will remember being glued to the television that night, awestruck by so many things: that one's nation was cause for dissociation from them! That an issue could prove so divisive! That supporters on either side could be so passionate! It was a brilliant early lesson in people for this child of 10 and likely many more.

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November 23, 2006
  Letter: The Right is right, right?PDF files may take a moment to load

[Re: "Stem cell research needed, Andrew Sedor, Nov. 16, 2006."]

Your article regarding stem cell research included the quote "it's the the age-old story of the fanatical religious right opposing scence..."

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November 23, 2006
  A soldier's life, outside the wirePDF files may take a moment to load

It isn't very often there are soldiers sitting at the front of a university classroom. But, for Dr. Anne Irwin's presentation on Canadian soldiers' lives 'outside the Wire,' there they were, swiveling in their seats, still slightly sunburnt from their tour in Afghanistan, their berets respectfully set aside.

November 23, 2006
  And, the next Alberta premier is...PDF files may take a moment to load

The next leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party--and the premier of Alberta-- will be decided upon at the Tory party convention Sat., Nov. 25. With much of the last few months' debate focusing on healthcare and the environment, post-secondary education got lost along the way. To give students an idea of their new premier's stance on post-secondary education, the Gauntlet tracked down all eight busy candidates and asked them three questions to gauge where they stand.

Jim Dinning

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