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2016’s most anticipated album releases

January 19, 2016 — Each new year brings excitement for the upcoming months. Inching another semester closer to graduation. Following through on countless resolutions. And, of course, upcoming album releases. While there’s a lot going on all over the pop culture realm, no field is more stacked than music, with icons like Kanye West, Drake…

Parks need environmental protection before tourism

By Sean Willett, January 12, 2016 — Earlier this year, Alberta’s new NDP government announced that Castle, a large area of land in southwestern Alberta near Pincher Creek, would be protected under Alberta’s parks and wildlands system. Environmentalists were thrilled — Castle is an area activists had been trying to get protected for decades, and…

E-sports ready to join the mainstream

By Sean Willett, December 1, 2015 — After years of trying and failing to grab hold of the public consciousness, e-sports — or competitive video games — are slowly but surely becoming part of the mainstream. Game streaming services are becoming more ubiquitous. The games played are easier to watch and more people are now…

We went to a Carl’s Jr. media event and it was utterly bizarre

By Jason Herring, December 1 2015 — Carls Jr. opened up their first Calgary location on Dec. 1, and they invited some writers from the Gauntlet to a media event for a first-hand experience. We happily accepted their invitation. After all, who could turn down free, American fast food right in the middle of a…

Medication key to mental health initiatives

By Sean Willett, November 23, 2015 — My doctor now has me taking both medications — I’m reacting well to both of them, and mental health drugs can be notoriously unpredictable when doses are changed or altered. This is also why I can’t switch to any potentially cheaper alternatives. Neither drug has a generic form…

The very educated games critic reviews Fallout 4

By Sean Willett, November 17 2015 — Even if you don’t play a lot of video games, you’ve probably heard about Fallout 4. But as thousands of so-called “gamers” continue to rant and rave about how Bethesda Studios’ latest pablum is “fun,” one incredibly strong opinion has yet to be heard — mine. The opinion…

Liberal Party’s environmental platform will only be as good as their actions

By Sean Willett, October 27, 2015 — Canada has just elected a new government, ousting a leader notorious for his disregard towards environmental issues. Under Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party, Canada withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol, slashed funding to environmental agencies and refused to take any firm action on climate change. Understandably, more environmentally-conscious Canadians are…

The election is over, but your future is forever

By Sean Willett, October 20 2015 —   Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Oh no! Gilles Duceppe found out where you live. Scorpio  (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) You will realize you are one of the few people who noticed that Peter Mansbridge’s dentures slipped out when he tried to pronounce “pussy.” Sagittarius  (Nov….

U of C’s corporate branding is for investors, not students

Last week, University of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon took the stage in MacHall to deliver this year’s community report. The event was advertised heavily around campus and open to students. But as the buzzwords flew and free apples were crunched, something was missing. For all of the suits and ties in the audience, there were…

Could solar power be used in Calgary?

By Sean Willett, September 29, 2015 — While we don’t use them much in Alberta, there are ways to generate electricity other than coal and gas. One of these is solar power, which has yet to reach anywhere near the level of ubiquity of other green-energy sources. For many people, the reason for Alberta’s distaste…

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