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October 02, 2003
  Farmboy in the cityPDF files may take a moment to load

I grabbed my freshly laundered clothes, took them out the door of my house and put them in my car. The house I had lived in for the past 12 years of my life. The house that would no longer be home in a few minutes.

I said my goodbyes, noted the warmth of the hugs I received from my family, and was out the door.

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October 02, 2003
  Respecting your eldersPDF files may take a moment to load

The new school year was foreign territory, characterized by an abundance of alcohol and the common first week "screw the train, I'm just going to drive to school" mentality. Three stops at Shell, a car full of green P10 park tabs with $2.25 in bold print and an empty wallet later, I determined it was time to train it.

Prior to September, I was last seen on the C-Train back when cowboy hats, beer gardens and dirt-bag carnies dominated the scene. Yes, that's right, the Calgary Stampede.

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September 25, 2003
  Pepsi campusPDF files may take a moment to load

I was on the LRT heading south last week, when I passed the 8 St. station. From time to time I stepped off the train at the Mac's on the corner of 7 Ave. and 8 St. whenever I felt thirsty. Last week it was no different. However, when I went up to the drink coolers, the large selection was, to be honest, a little overwhelming. Row upon row of drinks, but it was comforting to make a beeline for the Coke freezer and grab a 600 mL bottle of Sprite Ice.

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September 25, 2003
  Klein's controversial commentPDF files may take a moment to load

It takes a special sort of politician to wreck months of progressive work with one untimely joke. Really, think about how hard it must be. The joke would have to be so bad that it threatened to cost millions of dollars in lost sales, threatened to lower already shaky confidence levels abroad and threatened to hurt an industry that has already suffered so much.

Luckily for us, our Premier can do just that.

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September 25, 2003
  Bush's PleaPDF files may take a moment to load

On Tues., Sept. 23, American President George W. Bush entered the United Nations to ask for help in reconstructing Iraq. In his speech to the General Assembly he spoke of what had been accomplished by the mission. Amazingly he said, "nations are more secure because an ally of terror has fallen."

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September 25, 2003
  Being conversationalPDF files may take a moment to load

I suppose this will come off as nothing but insulting--which maybe it is. However, I'm completely serious when I suggest I'm writing this for your own benefit.

I am an alumnus but still come to campus regularly to volunteer. No longer being a full-time student, hence not being in the "right" mindset, the campus strikes me as being cult-like. From the way people act, right down to U of C "fashions," it makes me wonder what went wrong.

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September 25, 2003
  Arafat difficult to pin downPDF files may take a moment to load

On September 11, the Israeli cabinet threatened to "remove" Yasser Arafat, the President of the Palestinian Authority. Avi Dichyer, chief of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, advocates Arafat's death rather than his exile. Ehud Olmert, Israel's Deputy Prime Minister, conceded assassination was an option.

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon backed off under American and European pressure. Still, Arafat finds himself the focus of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, again.

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September 25, 2003
  Freedom vs. religion on "the Hill"PDF files may take a moment to load

Perspective has a funny way of shaping everyday people and activities. While one might say the glass is half full, another says the contents of the glass are crushing the very ideals making their country great. Personally, I'll have a Pilsner. Unopened.

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September 18, 2003
  A farewell to ChrétienPDF files may take a moment to load

Jean Chrétien's tenure as Prime Minister is nearing its end and I, for one, will miss him.

No, I'm not kidding.

Although I have been a Calgarian since birth, and disdain for everything Liberal has been drilled into to me since the nep (get over it people), the truth has somehow gotten through the filters built up by my socialization.

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September 18, 2003
  Canadian Idol reflectionsPDF files may take a moment to load

It's not every day a showdown between an unknown waiter from Kingston, Ontario and a wedding singer from Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia could incite so much excitement.

Ryan Malcolm is the first ever Canadian Idol after 3.3 million votes and countless jammed phone lines. Televisions from Victoria to St. John's were tuned to ctv on Tues., Sept. 16., patiently waiting two hours to find out which unknown would be catapulted to Canadian stardom and a lucrative record deal.

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