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Maybe it is the outside that counts

Is it the actual product or the packaging? Article: Paige Kreutzwieser – Staff Writer University of Calgary study has proven that I am a complete sucker for pretty things. They suggested that wrapping food in a pretty package is as likely to influence a child’s food choice as a brand name. Well I’ll be darned, I think like a preschooler. They tested these children by placing the same burger in McDonalds’, Starbucks’, and plain white ...

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Pop is bottled in plastic, too

Examining the consequences of banning bottled water Article: Liam Fitz-Gerald – Contributor n September 2013, the University of Saskatchewan’s Environment and Sustainability Student’s Association began advocating the ban, with one of its representatives stating that “tap water is safe and it’s also the more sustainable way to consume water.” Indeed, the U of S has joined the ranks of several other universities and municipalities pushing for a ban on bottled water including the University of ...

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Dumb TV

The bachelor and the bachelorette break hearts Article: Destiny Kaus – A&C Writer h, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette: two popular TV shows that showcase a bachelor or bachelorette searching for love amongst a horde of eligible singles. Now, let me be honest. I love watching these two shows. The drama makes me chuckle, and even though couples rarely work out, there’s a part of me that hopes each season that the bachelor or bachelorette ...

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The matter of mining metadata

At what point does my search for Malcolm Tucker quotes become a matter of national interest? Article: Farron Ager – Op-ed Editor n a recently breaking story, American spy contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed that the Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC) used information from the free Internet service at a major Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of airline passengers, even for days after they left the terminal. At this point, CSEC ...

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The Legacy Continues

Safety of athletes should come first Article: John Loeppky – Contributor an I ask you one question? Since when did the Olympics morph from being a slightly dubious good-will engine powered by underfunded sports into an egotistical, underhanded, shady as all hell enterprise which specializes in putting dollar signs (or Rubles) before the safety of athletes? As an athlete in a major Paralympic sport (you’ll see why I added this preface in a few words), ...

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Putting the social in media

Or how twitter solved my social anxiety issues Article: Jessica Bickford – Contributor here was a time not too long ago that the prospect of walking into a room full of strangers and knowing that I would have to interact with them filled me with the kind of dread usually reserved for basements when the power is out. I was petrified, frightened, nervous, and, frankly, sweaty about social interactions in which I was decidedly not ...

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Are you offended or an offender?

Being offended does not give license to offend Article: Farron Ager – Oped Editor ave you ever been offended? That’s a stupid question when you think about. I’d be willing to bet that everyone has been offended at some point in their life. How did you end up reacting to being offended? The reason I ask is because I think it’s high time we talk about the apparent dichotomy between the person who offends and ...

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Criminal negligence: as bad as shoplifting?

Anthony Badalamenti’s punishment does not fit the bill Article: Alec Salloum – News Editor emember the BP oil spill? The one in 2010 where 11 people were killed from an explosion, 794,936,500 liters of crude oil gushed into a 180,000 km2 area and caused massive irreparable damage to the surrounding ecosystem? Well Halliburton, a massive US oil company operating in more than 80 countries with a history of interest piquing lobbying, recently had one of ...

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Western Alienation

Trudeau winning the next election could mean another bout of East/West Canadian segregation Article: John Murney – Contributor h, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat.” – Rudyard Kipling I don’t think Kipling had Canada in mind when he phrased this great quote, but it applies equally here. Canada is a land defined by its geography, among other ...

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How not to hate Justin Bieber

There’s a right and a wrong way to make fun of this privileged little dumb ass Article: Julia Dima – Contributor isten, folks. I hate Justin Bieber as much as anyone. His music is awful; he’s an over-privileged, rich, white boy; he’s fat-shamed fans; and yes, he was just arrested for a DUI while drag-racing a Lamborghini. Of course, the Internet and celebrity culture reacted in clever and original ways: by emasculating him, infantilizing him, ...

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