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November 13, 2003
  PSA perspectivesPDF files may take a moment to load

Last week, myself (along with some members of the Political Science Association) were fortuitous enough to have had the chance to billet a bunch of university students from Leiden in the Netherlands. In speaking with the Dutch students, I noticed something very fundamentally different between their European attitudes and our increasingly American attitudes.

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November 13, 2003
  Sports and Maclean'sPDF files may take a moment to load

Let's say everyone at the University of Calgary is on a hockey team. In theory, we win as a team and lose as a team. Now, what would we do if we looked sluggish compared to the other teams, failed to show improvement, and cost more than we did last year for the same results?

Two things would happen. There would be a lot of players looking to get picked up by other teams and the management would be checking the wanted ads in the minor leagues (e.g. Mount Royal College).

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November 06, 2003
  Iraq's unknown and unseen deadPDF files may take a moment to load

Rising American casualties in occupied Iraq dominate the daily news. Extensive coverage of American combat deaths monopolize headlines, causing a PR nightmare for the White House and providing political capital for the American opposition.

Missing from the picture is the fate of the common Iraqi. Little is said of the thousands of Iraqis killed and maimed during the American invasion or of those suffering daily under the heavy hand of a foreign army and Iraq's spiralling lawlessness.

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November 06, 2003
  Changing with the timesPDF files may take a moment to load

There is a point in everyone's life where we either go with what we think is right, or what we think is popular. Whether it's the first day of high school and you're too "fly," "hip," or "dope" for your previous crew or you stuck up for your buddy, for no other reason than they were your buddy. What is popular and what is right aren't consistent or connected.

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November 06, 2003
  Leaving an impressionPDF files may take a moment to load

Mention heroes and the pages of a comic book come to mind, the Hollywood-ized testosterone-teeming movie star or the sword-swinging farmboy from the latest fantasy novel.

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November 06, 2003
  Spreading your wingsPDF files may take a moment to load

Last Halloween, I was a butterfly. This Halloween, I was a secretary who was sleeping with her boss. Somewhere between the two Octobers, something happened. I'm not sure what it was, and I'm trying to figure it out.

Halloween is originally a Celtic tradition, a festival in which the living communicated with the dead in an attempt to receive wisdom from past ancestors. But I am none the wiser post-Halloween. Rather, I am just more confused.

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November 06, 2003
  Snow getting used to itPDF files may take a moment to load

Thirteen years ago, I was a little boy fresh off the plane. I had come to Canada from Hong Kong when my parents decided to come here to pursue better prospects.

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October 30, 2003
  Survival of the mergerPDF files may take a moment to load

Many do not believe the Progressive Conservatives and the Canadian Alliance should not unite into a single party. I have to ask, why not? What does the Canadian right have to lose?

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October 30, 2003
  The horror of date rapePDF files may take a moment to load

Bars, booze and good times are what the Saturday night party crowd know all too well, but what happens when the typical Saturday night ends with a visit to the emergency room?

It's a case that is becoming all too common: drugs slipped into drinks. It reinforces the cardinal rule of the bar--never leave a drink unattended.

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October 23, 2003
  Heatbreak doesn't killPDF files may take a moment to load

So it's really over, the relationship you put so much time and energy in to. Oh well, welcome to freedom, something that you have to get used to again.

It appears within my group of girlfriends as soon as one of us breaks up with the significant other all of us follow. Not intentionally, but it happens. It is almost as though we have to be single together.

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