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September 04, 2008
  Malaysia's sepak takraw is just for kicksPDF files may take a moment to load

Still unsure if it's harder to play or pronounce, several spectators flocked to the Volleydome to check out the sport of sepak takraw as the Canadian Open was held Aug. 29-31.

The rules are similar to volleyball; you have to hit the takraw (which is a cantaloupe sized woven plastic ball) no more than three times before sending it over the net. The only catch is you cannot use your hands or arms.

September 04, 2008
  Sportspinions: fourth place is not first loserPDF files may take a moment to load

There are not many things you can do in one-tenth of a second. You could blink, burp or make love to your girlfriend, but that's about it. For an Olympic athlete though, they have the opportunity in that time to either achieve greatness or fade into the shadows. For University of Calgary swimmer Mike Brown his fate sided toward the shadows at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing after losing out on a bronze medal by a fraction of a second in the 200-metre men's breaststroke final.

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September 04, 2008
  Dinos scoreless in SaskatchewanPDF files may take a moment to load

With pressure to win the highest it has been in recent memory, the University of Calgary Dinos football team collapsed during their first game of the season, walking away wounded from a 25-0 romp against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon on Aug. 29.

"It was very disappointing, there's a lot of pride on the team," said Blake Nill, who is entering his third season as Dinos head coach.

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September 04, 2008
  Spun: TagaqPDF files may take a moment to load

Tagaq's sophomore album Auk/Blood is the music to a bad trip. Like her collaborator Björk, her music flies into the realm of unclassifiable avant garde, which leads to one of the more unique albums of 2008.

Her singing, done in the traditional Inuit throat singing style, is totally unusual. Instead of the game-like nature of the traditional katajjaq - which features two different women standing face-to-face as they try to outlast one another - she goes it alone in her singing.

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September 04, 2008
  Spun: The Consumer GoodsPDF files may take a moment to load

Political indie-poppers the Consumer Goods' latest release, The Anti-Imperial Cabaret, is something refreshing in the Canadian music scene, as well as being refreshingly Canadian. "Hockey Night in Afghanada" starts with the Goods' singer and songwriter Tyler Shipley exclaiming "Fuck Don Cherry!" before launching into a poppy ditty about hockey and war. Other songs take aim at Canadian political situations rather than taking a tired swipe at the States.

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September 04, 2008
  Spun: Okkervil RiverPDF files may take a moment to load

Okkervil River has a talent for playful music that pulls on your heartstrings. Their fifth full-length album, The Stand Ins, is a strong and confident sequel to last year's highly acclaimed effort The Stage Names.

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September 04, 2008
  Cheadle's charms not enough to ground political thrillerPDF files may take a moment to load

Sitting on the fence is never a good thing when it comes to films. However, after spending almost two hours watching this film, Traitor ends up leaving its audience on the fence.The movie adds itself to the growing list of post-9/11 movies that speak to terrorism, politics, patriotism and religion, but falters in the last 30 minutes, when all the twists are revealed and the characters are bringing their respective arcs to bear.

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September 04, 2008
  Trumpets, dogs and cries of the deadPDF files may take a moment to load

Being weird. It will get you beaten up in high school, laughed at in university and ostracized in the workplace. You can only be strange when you're old because then you get to be labelled an eccentric. One of the few places counted as an exception to this is the music industry, which is a good thing for people like Chad VanGaalen.

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September 04, 2008
  Spun: Chad VanGaalenPDF files may take a moment to load

It's hard to find an artist who can show noticeable growth without losing their musical character. Many seem to mistake developing their sound for choosing the latest, coolest producer to morph their music into what the kids want to play on their turntables and iPods, leaving the result somewhat empty and fake. Calgary's prolific homebody Chad VanGaalen has managed to defy the odds with his third release Soft Airplane producing an effort that shows definite maturity without losing his signature quirk.

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September 04, 2008
  Getting your fill of fall musicPDF files may take a moment to load

As summer comes to a close, there is a sense of depression hanging over everyone. Though the time of festivals and outdoor shows is a thing of the past, there are still exciting things on the horizon to keep the music tooth satiated.

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