2007-12-06

    
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December 06, 2007
  Editorial: The Grinches who raised tuitionPDF files may take a moment to load

Friday's meeting of the Board of Governors is of special concern to students and anyone who values the cost of their university education, even if the Students' Union is unwilling to fight against the likely tuition increase.

December 06, 2007
  Editorial: Homeless population needs help nowPDF files may take a moment to load

The prediction of the coldest winter in fifteen years will affect all of us, but for the homeless population of Calgary it could be catastrophic.

Homeless Awareness Calgary does a count of the city's homeless every two years. The last count was done in fall 2006 and totaled 3,400. Because of both the lapse in time and the imperfections of the survey, the current total is thought to be closer to 4,000, and city shelters are currently turning away patrons.

December 06, 2007
  Hanging out with horrible peoplePDF files may take a moment to load

The improvisation section of most high school drama classes typically include a concept known as "raising the stakes." It's sometimes taught as a game, where two actors improvise increasingly complex scenarios that they get their counterpart involved in. When one of the players cannot come up with anything to raise the stakes, the scene ends. In screenwriting, raising the stakes is a way of building a scene or a film from something superficial into something much more intricate.

December 06, 2007
  Mario In Space!PDF files may take a moment to load

It's-a-him, Mario, and he's in space. If you thought Mario Galaxy was going to be lame because it was just "Mario 64 and Mario Sunshine in space," you're horribly wrong. In fact, though it is very close to those vintage 3D Mario titles, it adds enough new twists and awesome level design to put itself in the realms of the top 3D platformers created. It's also the best game released on the Wii so far.

December 06, 2007
  Spun: The SummerladPDF files may take a moment to load

Ambition is a tricky thing. In the music world, ambition manifests itself as doing something longer, smarter or better than before. For Calgary-based rockers The Summerlad, their latest album, City of Noise, represents their most ambitious release to date. The album features a mere two of songs and lasts almost 45 minutes.

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December 06, 2007
  Spun: Relient KPDF files may take a moment to load

It's often said that the holiday season is all about commercialism. With the annual re-release of cookie-cutter Christmas albums, it's hard to argue with that notion. Whatever the rationale behind Relient K's latest holiday album, you can't knock a system that works.

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December 06, 2007
  Spun: A Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long ChristmasPDF files may take a moment to load

Sometimes things that are great separately, like peanut butter and jam, are also great together. Sometimes they are not, like pickles and chocolate. Such is the case with A Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas, the most unnecessary Christmas album in recent memory

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December 06, 2007
  Old people can still make great filmsPDF files may take a moment to load

Crime films are often violent, unrealistic affairs that romanticize criminal activity. In this filmmaking realm, some directors have cultivated reputations for crafting films that show crime for what it is--a conscious choice made by individuals, either because of extenuating circumstances or simply to pay the bills. Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is a stunning return to form for a legendary crime film director.

December 06, 2007
  Flawed Compass still entertainsPDF files may take a moment to load

If the 2005 film Chronicles of Narnia has proven anything, religious allegory in film is A-OK with movie audiences. Most of these religious metaphors are from Christian theology. It's not controversial, and shouldn't be, when these kinds of themes are in a film. There's one important caveat: the rule should also extend to when atheism is present in films.

December 06, 2007
  Facebook makes the naughty list after ruining ChristmasPDF files may take a moment to load

Over 50,000 people protested Facebook's invasion of privacy last month following the release of the Beacon advertising platform. The controversial program tracks the browsing and purchase history of Facebook users on over 40 websites, and publishes them in the user's news feed. Many users of the social networking site were unaware the advertising program even existed, and were angered when Christmas purchases were published for their friends and family to see without approval.

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