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February 12, 2009
  I do, Inc.PDF files may take a moment to load

The "veil of ignorance" is a phrase that most of us have come to know through the writings of contemporary philosopher John Rawls. Recently, it's become somewhat analogous with the modern wedding, fraught with the trickery of sneaky vendors, more fine print than a constitutional amendment and all of the illusory and bogus pomp you could possible imagine-- to the power of 10. In fact, I suspect that some married couples' commitments scarcely outlast their wedding debts.

February 12, 2009
  Giant rats once again permitted in New Jersey skyPDF files may take a moment to load

In our Western culture, we generally don't get on too well with rats. They're chubby, furry, unclean and vicious. Eastern cultures give rats credence as being creative, honest, generous and ambitious. But down states-side, when you see the depiction of a rat standing on his hind legs and bearing his teeth, you're not supposed to think of any of the above attributes.

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February 12, 2009
  A success storyPDF files may take a moment to load

Despite the national trend towards political disengagement, not all student elections are dull affairs with low voter turnout. St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish boasted a 60.4 per cent voter turnout in this week's general election.

Their secret? In an interview with the Xaverian Weekly, chief electoral officer Michael MacIsaac mentioned a focus by the St. FX Students' Union on promotion, including multiple candidate debates and an election blog run on the SU website.

February 12, 2009
  MRC name change in the worksPDF files may take a moment to load

Mount Royal College will soon face a signage crisis.

Provincial advanced education and technology minister Doug Horner is introducing legislation this spring which would allow MRC and Grant MacEwan College to change their names to include 'university.'

The proposed Post-Secondary Learning Amendment Act would let institutions that give out baccalaureate degrees to ask the minister for a formal name change.

"Your label should reflect what you are," said MRC president Dr. David Marshall.

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February 12, 2009
  News for the unnewsedPDF files may take a moment to load

Tenured professor loses job over teaching practices

University of Ottawa professor Dr. Denis Rancourt recently lost his job due to questionable teaching practices. He was suspended from teaching and banned from campus for telling his fourth-year physics class that they were all getting an A+ in Dec. 2008.

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February 12, 2009
  SU tackles costly textbooks, smartlyPDF files may take a moment to load

Every year university students spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks and it seems like prices are always going up.

A new campaign, set to begin in March, is trying to tackle the cost of textbooks. The Be Book Smart campaign, put on by the University of Calgary Students' Union, is modeled after a similar campaign at the University of Alberta. It will teach students and professors ways to make academic materials more affordable.

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February 12, 2009
  Downtown, here we comePDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary has taken another small step in its long, long journey downtown.

After a promise of $5 million annually from the province for a lease this summer, the U of C chose the home of its future downtown campus.

The site, at 906 Eighth Ave. SW, isn't the first location the university had in mind, but the original complex proved too complicated to pull together, said U of C president Harvey Weingarten.

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February 12, 2009
  Big Harv takes the money and runsPDF files may take a moment to load

After steering the University of Calgary for over eight years, Dr. Harvey Weingarten will soon abandon ship.

In a news release on Tuesday morning, Weingarten announced plans to step down from his positions as president and vice-chancellor effective Jan. 1, 2010.

Weingarten explained his reasons for departure had nothing to do with any precipitating event.

He said he felt he accomplished everything he set out to do when he took the job.

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February 12, 2009
  The sexy space between the goalie's legsPDF files may take a moment to load

A five hole, in hockey terminology, is the space between the goalie's legs. There could not be a better metaphor to aptly describe the union of One Yellow Rabbit artistic director Blake Brooker, writer Dave Bidini and the Rheostatics bringing Calgary theatre a little taste of erotic hockey and all the hilarity that goes with it.

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