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March 08, 2007
  Student loan burden eased for select studentsPDF files may take a moment to load

After the let down of November's tuition policy, the Alberta government consoled students by promising big changes to student loans, grants and scholarships. They are now delivering some of these promises in a new affordability framework, released Wed., Feb. 28.

March 08, 2007
  Letter: An oldie but a goodie!PDF files may take a moment to load

[Editor's note: Seeing as you all are too content with the status quo to write letters, we've decided to show you kids how it's done with an excerpt from some insanity of days of yore. Evidently drug culture was still in full siwng in 1978]

Editor, the Gauntlet,

["No sense in nonsense," Fri., Mar. 17, 1978.]

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March 08, 2007
  Editorial: Journalism litePDF files may take a moment to load

There is no doubt print media is in a time of upheaval and change. With Internet news, film documentary, blogging and YouTube, people are getting their information in radically different ways than even a decade ago. The concept of journalism as a watchdog on traditional power centers has been all but washed away for a cynical citizenry to whom journalism scandals, plagiarism charges and the partisan politics of outlets like Fox News have become commonplace.

March 08, 2007
  Online Exclusive: Movie Review: Empire in AfricaPDF files may take a moment to load

Sierra Leone has some of the richest exports of any country, including diamonds, iron and bauxite, and yet is considered by the United Nations to be the poorest nation in the world. This is largely due to the exploitation of Sierra Leone's resources by foreign interests sending all profits abroad, leaving the small African nation to starve.

March 08, 2007
  A Broadway dystopiaPDF files may take a moment to load

The Pillowman is not a fairy tale. Children should not attend this play, nor should adults in search of fluffy, light-hearted entertainment. Written by Irish playwright Martin MacDonagh, The Pillowman garnered extensive critical praise during its recent run on Broadway. Heralded as a potent psychological thriller, MacDonagh's contemporary statement on civil rights and the darker side of humanity went on to win a series of awards, including multiple Tonys as well as the prestigious Olivier Award for best new play.

March 08, 2007
  Spun: PsyopusPDF files may take a moment to load

Every metal fan knows at least one person who thinks their musical tastes are hard, that guy who claims to listen to "heavy shit," and his shit is always heavier than yours. That new band you like? Pussy garbage compared to this guy's shit. His tastes only extend to the heaviest, harshest, most technical metal that exists. His life revolves around how extreme his music is, and this directly correlates with his superiority.

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March 08, 2007
  Spun: Yoko OnoPDF files may take a moment to load

While known by many--for good or ill--Yoko Ono's music can be both brilliant and utterly inaccessible, depending. Her latest collaboration cum remix album, Yes, I'm a Witch, is a collection of old Ono songs redone by some of the largest bands in indie rock, the only thing in common with the old tracks being Ono's vocals. With acts like the Flaming Lips, Le Tigre, Peaches and Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons fame) Yes, I'm a Witch runs the musical gamut.

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March 08, 2007
  Spun: Doug Cox and Salil BhattPDF files may take a moment to load

East meets west in this unique collaboration between Canadian blues guitarist Doug Cox and India's veena player Salil Bhatt. The blending of such disparate elements as blues music and classical East Indian stylings is not as awkward sounding as one might imagine.

Although classical East Indian music is centuries older than the blues, both forms are heavily reliant on self expression through improvisation. It's the obvious differences between the two styles, though, that make this disc successful.

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March 08, 2007
  Spun: Great Lake SwimmersPDF files may take a moment to load

The country-folk sound of Great Lake Swimmers makes for great ambient music, if the desired mood involves drowsily discussing peace and the Canadian landscape while sitting around in a circle burning incense. This holds especially true for the band's upcoming release, Ongiara, due out Mar. 27.

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March 08, 2007
  Spun: John HammondPDF files may take a moment to load

Despite 44 years on the road and in the studio, blues vocalist, guitarist and harp player John Hammond sounds vibrant and re-born on his latest release, Push Comes To Shove. Forsaking the convenience of ProTool's digital enhancements, the blues veteran purposefully recorded the sessions live in analogue format to obtain a dirty, authentic and vital sound.

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