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February 01, 2007
  Letter: Masochists pissedPDF files may take a moment to load

Editor, the Gauntlet,

[re: "Stick this in your pipe and smoke it," Asia Walker, Jan. 25, 2007]

I find myself, yet again, disappointed by the narrow-minded views taken by the Gauntlet and its writers. To say that masochists--all masochists--enjoy second hand smoke is an ignorant blanketing of an entire community of diverse individuals.

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February 01, 2007
  Getting ElectedPDF files may take a moment to load

Using his extensive experience in the Students' Union, two-time president and current senate member Bryan West lays bare the political wheels turning behind the scenes as candidates gear up for the upcoming general election. In this first installment, West details the various factors candidates must keep in mind in order to plot a successful campaign and lets student voters know where their potential leaders' priorities really lie.

February 01, 2007
  Students take initiativePDF files may take a moment to load

University of Calgary students have the opportunity to improve the quality of life on campus by participating in the Students' Initiative.

The Students' Union contest asks students to submit their proposals for initial consideration by Mon., Feb. 26. From these proposals, finalists are selected to prepare a business report and a presentation to be judged by a selection committee.

February 01, 2007
  Tuition goes up... againPDF files may take a moment to load

In what has become a yearly occurrence, a room of some of Calgary's most prominent and influential citizens voted to raise tuition for students at the University of Calgary last week.

The U of C board of governors raised tuition by 3.3 per cent for all undergraduate and graduate students Thur., Jan. 25. The increase was limited by a new government policy which ties increases to the rate of inflation, yet some board members still voted against the motion.

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February 01, 2007
  Editorial: The more things stay the same...PDF files may take a moment to load

By their second or third year in university, savvy students have gotten used to the rituals of campus life. They won't have trouble finding their classrooms in September, they won't rush out to buy all their textbooks brand new, and they certainly won't be surprised to hear that tuition is going up again. Outraged perhaps, disappointed certainly, but surprised? Not a chance.

February 01, 2007
  Spun: Gladys KnightPDF files may take a moment to load

Gladys Knight is older than your grandma and has been making music longer than you've been alive. Her newest album Before Me is the latest in a series of money makers in which artists decide to cover safe, hit songs that are sure to keep the cash flowing. There are a few things that came before Gladys Knight that she seems to ignore.

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February 01, 2007
  Spun: The Good, the Bad and the QueenPDF files may take a moment to load

Super-groups are supposed to be masturbatory, unnecessary and ultimately disappointing. What they're not supposed to be is restrained and subtle, especially when they're led by an egomaniacal shape-shifter like Blur's Damon Albarn and feature an aging punk legend like the Clash's Paul Simonon. In this regard, The Good, the Bad and the Queen--which is rounded out by former Verve guitarist Simon Tong and the late Fela Kuti's drummer Tony Allen--defy expectations.

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February 01, 2007
  Spun: Jen MilitiaPDF files may take a moment to load

Jen Militia reaches into the bottomless gray gunny sack of hooks and fret-walking bass lines, pulling out an unexpectedly energetic eleven song sample. With an initial burst of revolutionary appeal that morphs into an entirely inoffensive display of lyrical prowess backed up by diverse and engaging riffs, the Militia come out ahead on everything musical, but might disappoint some with their misleading imagery.

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February 01, 2007
  Spun: MenomenaPDF files may take a moment to load

If there's a Venn diagram out there combining the shimmering psychadelia of the Flaming Lips, the experimentation of TV on the Radio and the fractured rhythms of mid-era Deerhoof, Menomena's latest album, Friend and Foe, would occupy the delicious intersection. Though this statement might seem like an absurd exercise in rudimentary mathematics and name-dropping, Friend and Foe deserves every bit of praise the heavenly combination would imply.

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