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March 19, 2009
  Dinos good as GOLDPDF files may take a moment to load

The Dinos waited a long time to avenge last year's championship defeat but finally finished the job and claimed the top prize in the province this season. The Dinos finished the year with drama on Sunday and lifted the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championship trophy with a 1-0 win over the Mount Royal Cougars, wining the series 3-2. The final game was filled emotion and suspense, and saw pivotal action at both ends of the ice determining victory and defeat.

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March 19, 2009
  Burning down racismPDF files may take a moment to load

I had my first experience with anti-Semitism when I was 11. My synagogue, Agudas Israel, was hit with a Molotov cocktail in the middle of the night and over $130,000 worth of old books and foundation was destroyed. Many were brought from Israel and could never be replaced.

March 19, 2009
  Spandex reappears on campusPDF files may take a moment to load

What is more satisfying when it's pumped up with air and rides smoother than a vibrating bed, especially when it isn't cooped up in some dark corner of your basement where no one can see it? Well, one thing comes to mind and it's definitely a bicycle.

The Bicycle Root, the University of Calgary's own volunteer-oriented and driven bicycle shop, began operations in September to promote bicycling and environmental sustainability.

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March 19, 2009
  Eel porn squirms its way into MacHallPDF files may take a moment to load

Sex! It's a steamy topic that gets talked about as frequently as the Facebook craze, but do students understand it as well as they should?

To address sex in a fun and creative way, the University of Calgary Students' Union will run a series of activities in and around the MacEwan Student Centre during Sexual Awareness Week. The events will take place March 23-27.

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March 19, 2009
  The suit against responsibilityPDF files may take a moment to load

It is impossible to deny that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an enormous problem. Nor that it demands swift and serious action. The question of how to address it, though, is not so clear. Speaking to the CBC earlier this week, a pediatrician from Prince George suggested that class action lawsuits should be filed on behalf of those suffering FASD against alcohol companies. Again, while it is indisputable that something must be done, this particular proposal is deeply problematic.

March 19, 2009
  Tying campus together, one lost dignity at a timePDF files may take a moment to load

Why do engineering students love pieing for local charity and how did it get started in the first place? Pieing became popular in slapstick comedies where one can easily see the humour in pie fights: the absurdity of a harmless and delicious food being used, the victim' surprise, humiliation and the mess. People just love seeing other people being embarrassed. Also, a pieing is easy to clean up and far from disastrous, as long as one has a spare towel. How popular was the pieing gag with audiences?

March 19, 2009
  Alberta's foster child system under firePDF files may take a moment to load

Since a 15-month-old boy from a foster home in southern Alberta was hospitalized earlier this month, questions have been raised regarding the conditions foster children face. RCMP are investigating the circumstances that led to the injury; no comments have been made regarding criminal charges. The foster program in Alberta did not receive much attention before this incident and the state in which it is run is certainly in need of review.

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March 19, 2009
  Turning court into a gamePDF files may take a moment to load

Last week the CBC reported that a 21-year-old Yale University student has filed a lawsuit against US Airways because his Xbox 360 with specialized hardrive went missing from his luggage.

Let us attempt to pick out all the things that are horribly, horribly wrong with this. Yale. Ohio. $1 million. Video game console. Twenty-one-year-old. Xbox 360. Specialized hard drive. Luggage.

March 19, 2009
  Reconsidering the recessionPDF files may take a moment to load

Each morning I pick up the paper as I catch the train to campus or work. Each day, it seems, there is nothing new to read. I am beginning to wonder if journalists have taken to ad-lib in order to free up some spare time for moonlighting. Each morning I read a multiplicity of articles in which "recession" appears at least once per sentence and writers imply that we will all soon be eating SPAM-knockoffs and potato peelings, typically concluding with a "be scared . . . be very scared" in one form or another.

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