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September 25, 2008
  Stelmach gives criminals the silent treatmentPDF files may take a moment to load

Last week, Calgarians experienced a spate of three shootings in 14 hours, including one that left a Brazilian student permanently blinded. In the wake of these events, Mayor Dave Bronconnier, for the second time in as many months, petitioned Premier Ed Stelmach for $25 million to add 200 new officers to Calgary's beleaguered and undermanned police force.

September 25, 2008
  Playing around with lonelinessPDF files may take a moment to load

It's pretty unbelievable what people will do to look different from one another. With the recent release of The Dark Knight, there's a whole legion of people donning the cracked white makeup of Heath Ledger's Joker in an attempt to differentiate from their other, partying peers. At first blush, it's beyond ridiculous-- a bunch of kids trying to be unique by dressing up as the villain of the highest-grossing, most mainstream film of the past 10 years.

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September 25, 2008
  Shaming Ramadan: attacks blight the Holy MonthPDF files may take a moment to load

No matter their differences, Muslims around the world unite to abandon food and drink from dawn to sunset during Ramadan. Unfortunately, even with this common to most sects of Islam, that unity is quickly being replaced by contradiction and Muslims are left to face the consequences of blunders resulting from a disconnect between what is preached-- or should be preached-- and what is practised.

September 25, 2008
  Sleeping bears aren't meant to be pokedPDF files may take a moment to load

When one encounters a potentially dangerous wild animal, it goes without saying the animal should be given due respect-- you should not poke it with a stick or enrage it in any other fashion. With the recent re-emergence from hibernation of the Russian Bear, this is advice that much of the West, and the United States in particular, is failing to heed. Having recovered from the disastrous '90s, Russia is once again exerting its influence on the international stage and this is something we are all going to have to learn to accept.

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September 25, 2008
  Canada's stellar microsatellitePDF files may take a moment to load

Many Canadians know that the former Soviet Union and the U.S. were the first to send satellites into space, but few realize that Canada came third in the space race. Forty-six years after the launch of Alouette 1, even fewer are aware that another Canadian satellite has been making breakthroughs and headlines in stellar research.

Nicknamed the "Humble Space Telescope," the Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars Microsatellite has been observing the stars since 2003.

September 25, 2008
  U of C helps settle land disputesPDF files may take a moment to load

In many developed countries, it is hard for citizens to prove they own the land they live and work on. University of Calgary geomatics professor Dr. Michael Barry received a $500,000 personal gift from Focus Corporation Chairman John Holmlund for his ongoing research in settling property disputes in developing countries and conflict zones.

Fraud and land theft are major issues in developing countries. According to Barry, most land theft is caused by the state.

September 25, 2008
  Class project leads to monthly campus farmers' marketPDF files may take a moment to load

There's a new market in town and it's looking for students. On the first Tuesday of every month for the fall semester, there will be a farmers' market trade area in the north and south courtyards of MacEwan Student Centre starting Oct. 7.

September 25, 2008
  Refugee camp comes closer to homePDF files may take a moment to load

Most Canadians have no idea what it's like to be a refugee. This weekend, Doctors Without Borders/ Medécins Sans Frontières will set up a refugee camp in downtown Calgary to change that.

Visitors will participate in a 45-minute tour of a mock refugee camp in Olympic Plaza while walking in the shoes of a refugee. They will be led by a msf field worker and shown a series of huts and tents used by the aid organization to distribute food, water and vaccines for disease and also where refugees sleep and bathe.

September 25, 2008
  Spun: Divine BrownPDF files may take a moment to load

Divine Brown has an amazingly powerful voice. It is no wonder that she has made it onto the music scene with a bang while singing types of songs that are not considered main stream styles. It is not too bold to assume that with her style, which includes ballads and upbeat rhythms, she will be soon making her way into everyone's favourite playlist.

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