Otafest 2011 brings together anime enthusiasts

Last Friday, visitors to the University of Calgary stepped into a world of cartoon-faced plush toys, Japanese rock music and life-size video game characters.Otafest, an annual weekend celebration of Japanese anime culture held at the U of C, is more interactive than most pop culture conventions. The 2011 festival, held from May 20 to May… Continue reading Otafest 2011 brings together anime enthusiasts

Insert hopes and dreams here

Forte Musical Theatre Guild’s [title of show] is the little musical that could. Literally. This one-act musical presents the heartwarming story of two writers, Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen, chronicling their personal journey in fulfilling their ultimate dream– creating and producing a musical.According to Forte, [title of show] is a show about “friendship and dreams.… Continue reading Insert hopes and dreams here

Rapper collaborates with mayor Nenshi and Jann Arden on newest single

Yes, that’s right. Daniel Bennett, better known by his stage moniker “Transit,” is looking to put our city of sub-zero winters, Stampede breakfasts and too many pick-up trucks on the list of major music metropolises. “Calgary” is the first single off the rapper’s third album, 22, coming out this November. The song is, in hip… Continue reading Rapper collaborates with mayor Nenshi and Jann Arden on newest single

Prostitution controversy continues

On May 8, AIDS Calgary Awareness Association released a statement endorsing the decriminalization of prostitution in Canada. “We believe that criminalizing [sex workers] penalizes them,” said ACAA spokesperson Simonne LeBlanc. ACAA believes the best method to help sex workers is a harm reduction approach. This approach does not push workers to leave the sex trade.… Continue reading Prostitution controversy continues

Tackling doping in sports

The defensive line dig their hands into the dirt at the line of scrimmage, ready to rush forward as soon as the ball comes into play. The second “hike” resonates, the defence depend on being big enough, strong enough and fast enough to stop the advancing team from gaining yards. Each player can only hope… Continue reading Tackling doping in sports

World fails to end . . . again

Some Doomsday predictions are based on mystical and astrological omens, while others are set up on technological half-truths and scientific misunderstandings. All of them have failed to come true, making Doomsday the most common non-event in history. The most recent was supposed to take place May 21st, 2011 but, as you may have noticed, the… Continue reading World fails to end . . . again

U of C student recognized for efforts

As graduation ceremonies quickly approach, recipients of various awards are being proclaimed throughout the university community. The Future Alumni Award is the highest honour given by the University of Calgary Alumni Association, recognizing outstanding students and promising future leaders. This year’s recipient is Alyx Nanji. The Future Alumni Award is a subcategory of the Arch… Continue reading U of C student recognized for efforts

The greatest movie ever sold

Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, uses a combination of wit and logic to successfully dissect the use of advertising and product placement within various forms of popular culture. Spurlock is best known for his 2004 Oscar-nominated film Super Size Me, which focused on the health-related consequences of subsisting on a fast food diet.… Continue reading The greatest movie ever sold

Full interview coverage with Calgary-area midwife Janna Miller.

What is a midwife and what is your role?Our scope is actually quite large. We can do preconception counseling, all your prenatal care, the delivery, and post-partem up to six weeks. It’s almost 10 months of care from beginning to end.Does the woman visit the hospital throughout her pregnancy?It is just the midwife unless there… Continue reading Full interview coverage with Calgary-area midwife Janna Miller.