Men in the “other” trenches

By Nicole Kobie

There’s a reason they’re not called “stewardesses” anymore.Men are slowly expanding into careers traditionally dominated by women. What was once considered "women’s work" is now fair game for either sex–but don’t expect to see an all male flight crew anytime soon.Men increasingly take jobs in female-dominated sectors, becoming flight attendants, nurses or secretaries. But why… Continue reading Men in the “other” trenches

Beauty is the beast

By Michael Leung

Dr. Jim Romano is a cosmetic surgeon based in San Francisco. Aside from the usual array of corrective surgeries for women, Dr. Romano also offers cosmetic surgeries for men–services like “male nipple reductions” or “chest enhancements.”"In the two years alone between 1997 and 1999, the number of men undergoing liposuction alone rose an incredible 82… Continue reading Beauty is the beast

Reading for the masses

By James Keller

Before sitting down to write this story, I thought it best to buy a few men’s magazines first. When I went up to the register, Maxim and FHM (“for him”) in hand, I couldn’t help but feel a little embarrassed. With half-naked photos of Tara Reid and Beth Ostrosky gracing the covers, I found myself… Continue reading Reading for the masses

Banana reality

By Michael Leung

In what was previously a comfortable moment, an ex-girlfriend once asked me in bed what it was like to be Chinese. With rapt eyes, she waited for my answer and as I stared back at her, I realized I had none. As a completely “whitewashed” Chinese-Canadian teenager, I was so dismally unaware of my Chinese… Continue reading Banana reality

High hopes go limp for Members

By Lawrence Bailey

“Tradin’ in respect to push a fat Lex / Puff rhymin’ on the remix, what’s next?”–Binary StarIt had such promise. An up-and-coming hip hop act out of Vancouver taking the stage with labelmates from the West Coast of both the U.S. and Canada. It had such promise.Damn you, Heineken.The long, drawn-out and ultimately drunken affair… Continue reading High hopes go limp for Members

Wright’s lonely world

By Michael Leung

“Ian! Ian, I just want to start off by saying you’re an incredible human being.”An equally incredible silence blankets the room. Then, Ian himself pierced the silence with his barely-contained laughter. I shook my head in disgust.It was a perfectly good night when Lonely Planet presenter Ian Wright visited MacEwan Hall last Thu., March 21-except… Continue reading Wright’s lonely world

Play can’t connect with Chekhov

By Stephanie Chan

The University of Calgary Drama Department struggles to explore the depth of human relationships in Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.After five years in Paris, Madame Ranevskaya returns to Russia to save her cherry orchard, a source of family pride. She has accumulated many debts, and neither her nor her brother, Gaev, can afford to pay… Continue reading Play can’t connect with Chekhov