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Interrobang issue for Monday, March 17th, 2014

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Are those real?
Bills, people. Check your bills. An incident at the Oasis has catering operations manager Ryan McTavish cautioning people to check their wallets for counterfeits. “There was one that got through in one of our deposits and the bank inform... Read this article

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What do you want to see on the 2014/15 handbook?
Grab your crayons and markers, snatch your camera and fire up PhotoShop, because it's time for Fanshawe's annual handbook cover contest! “The handbook cover contest is a great opportunity to get your work published and seen by th... Read this article

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Downtown campus receives tech boost
TechAlliance and Fanshawe College are teaming up to give students at the downtown campus increased access to high-tech mobile devices and invaluable entrepreneurial mentorship. Students in the digital media programs offered at the downtown ca... Read this article

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Art for Africa
What do yogurt and Africa have in common? More than you'd think. Western Heads East (WHE) is a community development program partnering Western University and institutions in East Africa. Bob Gough, program director for WHE, explained how... Read this article

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Pens into park benches
Fanshawe's Bookstore has a lineup recycling receptacles for used batteries, toner cartridges and old electronics. A colourful new box has joined the group, and this one turns used-up office supplies into something amazing. Partnering with ... Read this article

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FSU Leadership Award
Fanshawe Student Union President Adam Gourlay (centre) presented Ashley Waugh (left) and Cheriss Marson with the FSU Leadership Award in early March. The award is given to students who demonstrate positive citizenship and leadership through their c... Read this article

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Stewart stewards students
With three candidates eyeing the presidential throne, international student Matt Stewart pulled ahead of his opponents for the 2014/15 presidency of the Fanshawe Student Union. “It's a week and a half of hard work and determination,&... Read this article

Opinion

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When gaming takes over
Video games are a great way to pass the time and relax after a hard day at work or school. It's a way to temporarily let your mind relax and forget about the stresses of real life. I'm sure many of us have had a game that we were nearly ... Read this article

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ARTiculation: Peering into our work
When you've got a first date with that guy you met at the pub last weekend, you invite your girlfriends over for a drink and a Fashion Week sized fashion show of every outfit you have in your closet — you want to pick the best one.When... Read this article

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Networking newbie
With the competitive job market and steep competition from fellow job seekers, I know the feeling of the constant rejection or emails that go unanswered. We all get stuck in the same rut, mindlessly applying to any and every job opening that com... Read this article

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The tariff tug-of-war
The Canadian auto industry is livid over a new trade agreement with South Korea that will eliminate tariffs on cars imported from the small country. Two years after the deal is implemented, imported KIAs and Hyundais will come down in price to ... Read this article

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Notes From Day Seven: Happification
Two things might spark someone's interest in Jesus today. The first is the release of the movie Son of God. The second is the annual season of Lent, the seven weeks or so when churches from Ukraine to Utah remember the lead up to Jesus' ... Read this article

Culture

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Bobbyisms: Two bands, one city, no waiting
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Last month, Wes Marskell of the Toronto band The Darcys wrote a blog for the Huffington Post entitled “Toronto's Best Music: A Playlist for Mayor Rob Ford” f... Read this article

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Zodiac Stargazer Horoscope
Aries (March 21 - April 19) People make you happy, and it works both ways. Aries is open for suggestions and ready to change the course of history. Courage ceases to be an issue when your cause is pure and noble. Taurus (April 20 - May 2... Read this article

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Reading Between The Lines: Shakespeare... no fear, right?
Hey, this is a column about reading, books, stuff printed on dead pulp, that sort of nature, right? It was inevitable that literature's big elephant in the room be addressed at some point. I am, of course, talking about the El Barderino, Wi... Read this article

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Phoning it in
We live in an age when our phone is the link between our lives and the world around us. I dare you to go one week without your phone. Yeah, that's what I thought, easier said than done, right? We've subconsciously become indebted to ou... Read this article

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Nothing trivial about energy and water
March 22 is World Water Day, and to celebrate, London's Trojan Technologies is hosting a trivia night. Trojan Technologies is a London-based water treatment company that uses environmentally friendly techniques like UV light to treat wate... Read this article

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Turn Boring Spaces Beautiful: Accent pillows for everyone
Everyone is always looking to have the best of the best, but that best isn't always possible, especially as students… no matter how bad we want it. We are always striving for the perfect hair, skin, body, clothes, car and last but not leas... Read this article

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The Shopping Bag: Oversized shawl to see you through the end of winter
That last stretch of winter is here. We're finally getting glimpses of sun and above-zero temperatures that we've been missing out on, but winter doesn't seem to want to go away — at least not soon enough for us, anyway. The ... Read this article

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Geek out your wardrobe
Showing off your geeky self has never been so cool. Embrace your inner geek and let it show in your style. Here are some tips on how to rock the geek chic look. Oversized Glasses: If you only follow one step, this is the one to follow. Wheth... Read this article

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Cinema Connoisseur: The Force is strong in these ones
Jedi Junkies (2010) A long time ago, in a city 3,000 kilometres away, a truly lifechanging film was greenlit. Now, I know the term “lifechanging” gets thrown around a lot. Some people refer to the release of iOS 7.0.6 as life-changi... Read this article

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Reel Life: In defence of Michael Bay
The day of my crucifixion has arrived; I defend probably one of the most notorious moviemakers to walk the earth, one who has been charged with supposed grievances against cinema to date. Michael Bay is the subject of a long-running joke, his ... Read this article

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Gaming the System: Dead on arrival: The strangest failed consoles
Some ideas seem bad on paper but are assuaged into good ones with competent execution. And then there are ideas that should've been led off a cliff, Lemmingsstyle. Bad ideas in gaming haven't just limited themselves to games, but can b... Read this article

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G33K LYFE: Not just a movie anymore
For reasons that have never been clear to anybody, video games based on movies and TV shows — no matter how promising the pairing may initially seem — have almost exclusively been terrible, leaving fans of numerous franchises disap... Read this article

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Japanese animation a world worth exploring
You may recognize anime as a style of animation you have seen in cartoons on television as a child. It is characterized by colourful images, vibrant characters and surreal themes. Despite what many people may think, this animation style origin... Read this article

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What is a geek?
UrbanDictionary.com defines a “geek” as someone you pick on in high school and end up working for later in life. A real dictionary defines the word as “an enthusiast or expert, especially in a technological field or activity.”... Read this article

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Geeks throughout the ages
Geeks are not a new phenomenon — they've been around for decades! Take a look at how geeks have changed. 1920s “The word ‘geek' originates from the Latin word geck, which means ‘a fool or freak,'”... Read this article

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Story-driven video games
1. The Last of Us (Naughty Dog Studios) One of the top-selling and highest rated titles of 2013, this PlayStation exclusive chronicles the journey of Joel and Ellie, a gruff survivor and a wide-eyed young girl, across a United States that h... Read this article

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Cult followings
The self-named King of B-Movies, Bruce Campbell, defined cult movies as “films that 100 people watch 1,000 times.” This statement also rings true for certain types of music, video games, books and even food. Cult followings are small but... Read this article

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Geek Heroes
William Shatner When Will Shatner took an acting job on Star Trek, he didn't realize just how big a cultural icon he would become. Whether he's commanding the USS Enterprise, doing commercials for hotels or singing “Rocket Man,”... Read this article

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Suiting up: Cosplay
Cosplay, or kosupure, as it is known as in Japan, is far more than what it appears to be on the surface: a group of adults dressed as an assortment of video game or anime characters and descending upon a convention full of like-minded geeks. Beneath ... Read this article

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Geek chic!
Whether you're a science geek, a gamer geek, a superhero geek or something in between, there's nothing wrong with showing off your love for your obsession of choice. Check out these chic clothes and accessories to geek out to! Geek Chic A... Read this article

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The 22-year-old comic book virgin
Walking into a comic book shop for the first time is like walking into Narnia. You are transported to a place where multiple universes, amazing characters and magical powers exist. A place where the forces of good team up against evil. A place where ... Read this article

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Not-So-Super Heroes
Arm Fall Off Boy If his name doesn't give it away, this superhero has the ability to take detach any of his limbs to use as blunt weapons. Arm Fall Off Boy first appeared when he tried out for the Legion of Superheroes and was rightfully reject... Read this article

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Old characters, new adventures
Alexa's head was pounding. Stirring, her eyes slowly flickered open, focusing on a dark figure sitting by her bed. Curious, she sat up and stared at the figure. It was a man in a long tunic and he was fast asleep. ‘What the hell?' A... Read this article

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Top-Selling Game Franchises
1. Mario (490.75 million) No surprise here, Nintendo's mascot and everybody's favourite Italian plumber has sold more video games with his name on it than anything that has come before or since. Contributing to the success is the many tale... Read this article

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Harry Potter casting a spell on students
Harry Potter has apparated onto North American campuses in more ways than one. The popular series by J.K. Rowling attained worldwide popularity in 1997 upon the release of the first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The series has s... Read this article

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Harry Potter in the classroom
Quidditch isn't the only real-world appearance Harry Potter is making; the Harry Potter English courses at Western University are off to a flying start. Originally slated to be one single-semester class, a second class was created to accommodate ... Read this article

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Race in the superhero world
In 2010, rising actor Donald Glover wanted a movie role, one that was so well known that it would have instantly catapulted him into the international spotlight. The role was that of a brilliant but socially outcast high schooler being raised in Quee... Read this article

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Kids Cartoons with Adult Followings
1. Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) Set in the possibly post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, this colourful television show follows the adventure of Finn the human boy and his stretchy dog companion Jake as they fight monsters, rescue Princess Bubblegum ... Read this article

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The great divide: The importance of video game narrative
One of the most understated but significant developments within the video game industry in recent years has been the way that games are used to tell a story. As the industry is more saturated with competitive titles and consoles than at any other poi... Read this article

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Classic vs Modern Games
It started with two lines and a ball. In 1972, Pong was created, and it was, technically speaking, the world's first “video game.” Pong ignited what would eventually become a multi-billion dollar gaming industry. Over the course of ... Read this article

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Best catchphrases
1. D'OH (Homer Simpson) The sound of stupidity that is iconic as the character who says it, Homer Simpson has uttered this phrase to viewers hundreds of times, confirming his intelligence level to anyone who dares question it. 2. Bite my shiny me... Read this article

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Go clubbin', anime style
As we get older, we've all learned that it's natural to let go of certain things. As you mature, you talk differently, think differently and act differently. It's just the way things are. But there are those who find it hard to let go of... Read this article

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Guys and dolls
The year was 1977, the era was Star Wars. The franchise created by George Lucas propelled the popularity of action figures. Over 100 unique figures were made, each representing a character from the popular movie series. “Gotta buy 'em all&r... Read this article

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Video Game Heroines
1. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) The original queen of video games, Lara Croft has spent years exploring ancient temples and abandoned islands, all while rocking a pair of short shorts and a pair of *ahem* guns. She has shot her way through pirates, mon... Read this article

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Eye on Campus
Mother Nature, you tease. Last week we were graced with above-zero temperatures and sunshine. Spring fever was everywhere on campus, and it showed. ese lovely ladies retired their winter wear and opted for pieces that transition into spring. ... Read this article

Leisure

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Health Habit of the Week: Terrible trans fats
Q. What are trans fats and what are the health risks associated with them? A. Trans fats are an artificial fat that can be found in food. An example of this is vegetable oil that has been hydrogenated/modified into margarine. Trans fats also... Read this article

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Premier League Ponderings: True heroes: The Prem's best one-club men
While the fans of football clubs in Europe are easily the most passionate and loyal supporters in any sport, the idea of club loyalty among players is one that has largely lost a lot of meaning in recent times. While players in North American... Read this article

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Knights have plenty to be proud of
It's crunch time in the Ontario Hockey League. And for three rivals in the Midwest Division, anything can still happen. The London Knights, the Guelph Storm and the Erie Otters are neck and neck and neck. One of these teams will win the OH... Read this article

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Motoring: This well-priced car not a mirage – it's a Mirage
If you are looking for a cheap, city runabout, then this article will be of interest to you, because this week's car, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, can be yours from just $12,498. For that price (plus the usual delivery fees and taxes), you ... Read this article

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Lightning Watch: Checking out NBLC conference finals
The first round of the National Basketball League of Canada playoffs has been an exciting one for the neutral fan. After a single week, three of the four quarterfinals were settled, leaving the Halifax Rainmen, Island Storm and the Windsor Exp... Read this article

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Lady Falcons nab silver
The women's volleyball team finished off the season by bringing back a medal — the first since 2011, and the first silver medal in the program's history. Head coach Mark Peckham was happy with the team's result. “It fel... Read this article

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