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December 04, 2008
  Best in show - MoviesPDF files may take a moment to load

The past year has been strange in Hollywood. There was a lengthy writer's strike and another horrid Eddie Murphy sci-fi comedy, but 2008 also featured a series of tremendously fun movies. Bolstered by such sure-fire crowd-pleasers as comic book heroism and shock male nudity, this year's films shoved pretention and nuance aside and said, quite forcefully, "Movies are supposed to be fun, damn it."

10. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

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December 04, 2008
  Best in show - MusicPDF files may take a moment to load

This year saw wide musical variability with its musical offerings from folky riffs to poppy licks. There were also a ton of new players on the scene, making some tight competition for established groups.

10. Lykke Li-- Youth Novels

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December 04, 2008
  Field hockey Report CardPDF files may take a moment to load

Like a certain train engine, the University of Calgary Dinos field hockey team is the "little team that could" across that huge Canadian Interuniversity Sports landscape. Unfortunately, they could have tried harder this year, but their potential is starting to show. The year started off positively with head coach Jenn Swagar and experienced players like Courtney Campbell returning, along with a number of new players. They also scored a coup when phenom Carolina Romeo put her Dinos uniform on for the first time.

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December 04, 2008
  Cross-country Report CardPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary Dinos cross-country team had yet another strong season despite the departure of star runner Geoff Kerr. Both the men's and women's teams won Canada West titles at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships in early November. They did this by overpowering opponents in a gruelling 400-metre uphill dash to finish the race in Quebec.

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December 04, 2008
  Women's Soccer Report CardPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary women's soccer team began the season with zero wins in their first six games. When a team goes through half a season without winning a game, one would think playoffs were absolutely unreachable. But the Dinos found life and won five of their last eight games, reaching the playoffs. It was a remarkable turnaround for the Dinos who found it difficult to score early in the season and were playing with a defence that was terrible.

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December 04, 2008
  Football Report CardPDF files may take a moment to load

The Dinos football team met and crushed all expectations fans had this year. They were a young team boasting over 30 first- and second-year players, but they ignored their inexperience and created an extremely impressive season, winning the Hardy Cup. They made it to the national semi-final, losing to eventual Vanier Cup winners Laval Rouge et Or. The defence was the principal reason for the strong season put forth by the Dinos.

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December 04, 2008
  News for the unnewsedPDF files may take a moment to load

Mumbai attacked

Indian authorities tried to gain control of Mumbai in the late hours of Nov. 26 after 10 gunman invaded several hotels and major centres. Both Western foreigners and anti-terrorism officials were targeted and at least 172 were killed during the three-day siege.

Hitmen with a cause

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December 04, 2008
  Engineers see the lightPDF files may take a moment to load

First-year engineering students might have found an answer for affordable and efficient housing. For their final project of the semester, they were assigned a seven-week endeavour to sell their version of a new and improved house. Starting Monday, the students featured the projects on the second floor labs of the ICT building on campus, which are open to the public.

"We were asked to innovate a design [that was] low cost and highly efficient," said first-year engineering student Corey Jasinski.

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December 04, 2008
  Somalia's turbulence on ground and seaPDF files may take a moment to load

Now is a good time to be a pirate, with all the hijackings in the Gulf of Aden near Somalia. A Ukrainian ship carrying 33 tanks on its way to southern Sudan was seized in September. Two weeks ago, a Saudi-owned oil tanker, the Sirius Star, was captured causing a media storm. Upward of $30 million was paid out in ransoms to return 97 hijacked ships so far this year. All of this news has Centre for Military and Strategy Studies graduate student Daniel Fitzsimmons concerned with the heavy price of piracy.

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December 04, 2008
  Subjective sciencePDF files may take a moment to load

Contentious scientific issues such as climate change and food safety have been dominating news headlines recently, with contradictory data frequently emerging to cast doubt over conclusions and stall the decision-making process.

It has left some experts wondering what role science should play in informing government policy.

Communication and culture professor Dr. Patrick Feng studies the uses and abuses of science in policy debate and shared some of his insights at a colloquium last Friday.

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