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April 17, 2008
  SU View: It's the final countdown...PDF files may take a moment to load

This past year, your Students' Union has been through it all. We've played nice, we've protested, we've had elections, we've financially supported a tonne of students and now we're prepping for one of the best days of the year--BSD!

April 17, 2008
  The quest to be lucrative--not illegalPDF files may take a moment to load

As the student population preps to get wildly--though with luck not criminally--drunk on Bermuda Shorts Day, a similar situation presents itself as a new private health clinic in Calgary aims to be lucrative, not illegal.

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April 17, 2008
  Berlusconi: Prime Minister or Media Mogul?PDF files may take a moment to load

From an empire that once ruled Europe to an instable republic, Italy is Europe's sick man. The Italian economy is faltering behind other European economic powerhouses such as Spain, Parliament is full of corrupt and squabbling politicians and senators. Even a former prime minister who ordered a Mafia hit on an Italian journalist is allowed to serve in the Parliament. Italy has seen sixty-two governments for the previous sixty-three years.

April 17, 2008
  Lifting up mine eyes--finallyPDF files may take a moment to load

Previously, I argued that though we sessional instructors give great service and commitment to the University of Calgary, the unfairness of our working conditions has grown to a situation that is now laughable. Every experience is an opportunity to learn, however, and though sessional issues may remain a subtext here, the purpose is to tell my students and their colleagues some things I feel I have learned from this one.

A Seven Year Experiment

April 17, 2008
  Spun: Wet SecretsPDF files may take a moment to load

In the summer of 2007, Edmonton declared themselves the "Cultural Capital of Canada" to a series of eye-rolls and sarcastic smirks around our fair country. With bands like Shout Out Out Out Out, Dietzche V. and the Abominable and the Wet Secrets all pumping out tunes, a much more fitting label for good ol' Deadmonton would be the "Party Capital of Canada."

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April 17, 2008
  Spun: The Ramblin' AmbassadorsPDF files may take a moment to load

The buzz about the booming Calgary music scene has discounted some of the better bands that have spent their years playing in our fair city. While people are freaking out over bands like Azeda Booth and Woodpigeon, they forget their roots. Groups like Huevos Rancheros, who spent their time playing instrumental surf-rock all over town, have fallen by the wayside in favour of hot, new indie acts.

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April 17, 2008
  Spun: Duchess SaysPDF files may take a moment to load

Whatever is going on in Quebec needs to start filtering westward. Montreal band Duchess Says is just one of the many acts that have come from Quebec in the past years that blur the line between dance-punk and 1980s no-wave rock into a glorious mess of squawking synths, curb-stomping guitars and balls-meet-wall vocals.

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April 17, 2008
  Spun: EverclearPDF files may take a moment to load

Anyone who listened to music or watched MuchMusic in the 1990s likely remembers Everclear. The Portland-based rock group rose to prominence thanks to fun, energetic songs like their 1995 smash-hit "Santa Monica." The years since haven't been quite so kind to the band, which has seen several original members replaced by new people. The latest Everclear release, The Vegas Years, takes the listener on a trip through the group's history.

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April 17, 2008
  The Lightning RoundPDF files may take a moment to load

Sometimes, you just run out of time. The Gauntlet's pair of opinionated geeks had another month of columns planned, then realized they only had an issue left. In the interest of getting everything covered, we now present The Lightning Round, where as many topics are covered as time and space will allow. Enjoy!

MTV to debut reality show, The Paper

April 17, 2008
  Woodpigeon soars around the worldPDF files may take a moment to load

In the Calgary music community, you can't throw a rock at a concert without hitting someone who knows someone in the band Woodpigeon. The eight-member group, lead by local music journalist and general man-in-the-know Mark Hamilton, has begun to break out of Calgary and gain some international notoriety.

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