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February 05, 2004
  Another take on sciencePDF files may take a moment to load

Do the social sciences deserve the word "science" connected to them?

Critics argue no because of many flaws, yet they fail to make critical connections that prove otherwise. There are indeed many connections between the so-called natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, etc.) and the social sciences linking these two disciplines together.

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January 29, 2004
  Commercialism-free new yearPDF files may take a moment to load

Happy New Year! Chinese New Year of the Monkey, to be exact.

It's a time when red is in and everything is crazy. It is also one holiday that both holds onto some aspects of its proper functions while not been drowned out by the wave of commercialism many western holidays have been cursed with, like Christmas. It also brings back great memories from my childhood in Hong Kong.

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January 22, 2004
  A Conservative battle royalePDF files may take a moment to load

Paul Martin must be licking his lips as he watches former Progressive Conservatives either come to him or choose to sit as independents. Scott Brison crossed the floor, Keith Martin said he will run for the Liberals in the upcoming election, and Joe Clark, John Herron and Andre Bachand are all currently sitting as independents and will not run in the next election.

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January 15, 2004
  Looking forwardPDF files may take a moment to load

Another year has gone by, fading into the annals of history. Looking back on the year that was, it was filled with many an up and down, many a cheer and a disappointment. It was a year that was black in its dreariness and brilliant in its successes (depending on what view one takes).

So, what of 2004? Are we to expect more of the same? Judging from what I've seen, it seems little will change. Even after the turmoil and the glory, when we eventually sit back and review 2004, what will we reflect upon?

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December 04, 2003
  The season has arrivedPDF files may take a moment to load

I'm a complete sap for Christmas. I think The Bay on 7th Avenue blaring "O Come All Ye Faithful" all day long is fantastic. Catching the C-Train on a brisk November night couldn't have a more unique feeling were it not for what I just saw.

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December 04, 2003
  Student protests no longer effectivePDF files may take a moment to load

The university protest mentality is a vestige of the 1960s. It was the culmination of a series of serious social changes that sought to change the power structure of the establishment and united much of a generation through common experience.

But that was 40 years ago, and the continued commitment to a protest culture here at the University of Calgary is antiquated and ineffective.

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December 04, 2003
  Building a safe place for womenPDF files may take a moment to load

I'd like to tell a story about a woman.

She's in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts. She loves to write. She also loves her partner, and hopes they can one day have a family. She works part-time in a coffee shop and trains for triathlon. Her volunteer efforts include peer support for the Women's Centre of Calgary and trying to get a similar centre opened at the University of Calgary. She's white, upper-middle class, intelligent and should be the poster child for liberal feminist gains.

But she's not.

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December 04, 2003
  Still mourning the lossPDF files may take a moment to load

Time has a funny way of conducting business in our lives, the tempo is like a piece of classical music. From fast to slow and back again, it is this symphony that drives our lives into an endless struggle against the clock, always hoping those hands aren't at that number.

When one stops to think, it's almost alarming to look back and realize so much time has passed.

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November 20, 2003
  Understanding mental healthPDF files may take a moment to load

Do you ever wonder how much you don't know about a subject?

Try this. Close your eyes and look at the image in your head when you say the words "mental health." I bet most people would think about a person, probably female, who is sad, and maybe on anti-depressants. Or maybe you picture a homeless man shouting obscenities downtown and the priority is to weave around him without coming within an arm's length of his shopping cart.

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November 20, 2003
  Boxing yourself inPDF files may take a moment to load

Life within academia is a curious experience that never ceases to amaze and puzzle me. Somewhere within the official rhetoric of a university's mantra you are bound to find references to fostering the ability to think creatively and critically. Thinking outside the box, as the cliched expression puts it. But how often does this really happen?

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