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June 18, 2009
  Keeping it clean, for our lungs' sakePDF files may take a moment to load

In the interest of avoiding a time when air pollution levels make smoking a healthy alternative, Dr. Alex De Visscher and his colleagues are researching innovative clean air technologies at the University of Calgary.

June 18, 2009
  Lack of nursing job postings draws concernPDF files may take a moment to load

When Misty Patterson decided to enroll in nursing, she was told she'd be guaranteed a job upon graduating.

So much so, the licensed practical nurse opted for the express program and finished school in just 17 months.

Now, Patterson -- along with 60 of her classmates from Bow Valley's LPN program, as well as graduates from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal -- is struggling to find a job.

June 18, 2009
  Are the liberal arts underfunded?PDF files may take a moment to load

A poll on GlobeCampus.com, the Globe and Mail's site dedicated to undergraduate education in Canada, re-asks a question that pops up every now and again: "Are the social sciences underfunded in Canada?"

A 780 to 245 person majority is so far of the opinion that they are underfunded and that the social sciences are "as important as science and technology."

A number of people at the University of Calgary agree. Social sciences dean Dr. Kevin McQuillan is among them.

June 18, 2009
  CKY haven't seen a dead body -- yetPDF files may take a moment to load

On a late summer night, CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller of stumbled upon a dead body under an east coast boardwalk after a leaving an arcade, during a family vacation. Or at least, that's what the rumours on the Internet say.

"That must be somebody else's better creative idea," says Miller. "A late night after the Arcade? Sure, sure we will go with that.' "

Miller further explains the lyrics behind new album Carver City's standout song "The Boardwalk Body."

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June 18, 2009
  The Gautlet's day-to-day picksPDF files may take a moment to load

Wednesday

Start your night off with Final Fantasy at Central United Church (7 p.m.)

Kick it off right with Final Fantasy's beautiful live show. The Central United Church is a gorgeous venue with acoustics to die for.

Local hip-hop at the Bamboo (9 p.m.)

Some of the greatest Calgary hip-hop acts, like Ricca Razor Sharp and Dragon Fli Empire, in one place. Park your ass right at the front.

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June 18, 2009
  Spun: LeE HARVeY OsMONDPDF files may take a moment to load

LeE HARVeY OsMOND isn't a Donny and Marie brother gone bad, but rather a musical collective headed by guitarist and vocalist Tom Wilson. The group contains members of such Canadian bands as Junkhouse, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Skydiggers, Cowboy Junkies and a variety of guest musicians.

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June 18, 2009
  Spun: Dirty ProjectorsPDF files may take a moment to load

After Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors showcase performances at SXSW, the music blogosphere began buzzing about their latest LP, Bitte Orca. While not a new phenomenon for the band -- previous albums have received critical praise -- they have failed to attract a large following. Orca, though, is an accessible masterpiece, one which will inevitably attract the audience and acclaim that the Projectors deserve.

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June 18, 2009
  Spun: AlexisonfirePDF files may take a moment to load

Alexisonfire's latest album, Old Crows/ Young Cardinals is a throwback to old-school thrash metal. Their heavy, hard-hitting beats and intricately-mixed guitar work make Old Crows an upbeat album worth listening to.

The new vocal style of lead singer George Pettit strays significantly from classic Alexisonfire. Petit leaves behind his broken screams, adopting a more melodious growl than ever before. Despite this, they retain a passion and energy behind their lyrics.

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June 18, 2009
  Spun: Dinosaur Jr.PDF files may take a moment to load

Note to artists -- CDs are a dying breed, so do the cover art right before you can't do it at all. With Farm, their fifth studio release and first on Jagjaguwar, Dinosaur Jr. has answered this grim inevitability with tripped-out style.

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