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10 Things I Know About You... It's the Jess Toso show
Jess Toso is in her first year of Radio Broadcasting. "I am outgoing and fun and will always be down for a laugh and a good time," said Toso. "I believe in living each day like it was your last and am thankful every day for the amazing people ... Read more

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Rick Hansen's 25th Anniversary Relay Team
A drenched but happy Veronica Barahona, FSU President, posed with members of Fanshawe's cross country team when Rick Hansen's 25th Anniversary Relay Team stopped by the college at the end of November. Barahona trekked out in the rain with some of F... Read more

News

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Seasonal snark to put you in the holiday spirit
Even the holliest jolliest Christmas elf has something he or she hates about the holidays. Whether it's getting a terrible gift from your Secret Santa or trying to navigate the bustling malls in search of the last few items on your list, Josep... Read more

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Remembering December 6 with on-campus memorial
On December 6 at noon in the Alumni Lounge, the Women's Campus Safety Committee will be providing a memorial for the 14 young women, all engineering students at École Polytechnique in Montréal, who were murdered on December 6, 1989 by Marc Le... Read more

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Open your grades before your gifts
The holidays are on a lot of people's minds right now, but don't forget that you're still a student throughout the winter break. Part of your responsibilities as a student includes checking your grades and knowing your academic standing. If yo... Read more

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New group aims to help with body image issues
If you're feeling pressure to look a certain way, if you're unhappy with your weight or waist size or if you're just generally feeling unhappy with the way you look, The Healing Place can help. The Healing Place is a new support group on camp... Read more

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Need a place to study for exams? Head to the library
The Library and Media Services on Fanshawe's London campus will once again offer 24/7 access during exam week. The 24/7 Library access begins at 8 a.m. on December 8 and runs until 4:15 p.m. on December 16. These extended hours will also incl... Read more

Opinion

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Psych Your Mind: Bah, humbug! Christmas shishmiss
I'm conflicted about Christmas. Some may even claim I'm a bit "grinchy." While I agree with its sentiments, its modern day practise frankly makes me feel like removing myself from all associated celebrations of it entirely. My "bah humbug" atti... Read more

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Rider calls for integration of London bus routes into Google Maps
Dear Editor: I use London Transit exclusively for commuting, and I'm confused about why the London Transit Commission hasn't yet added their bus schedules to Google Maps. I've relied on Google Maps to plan my transit routes in several citie... Read more

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Christmas versus Xmas
Dear Editor: Does it not bother you that the whole reason behind Christmas is changing to a more worldly view? - Crossing CHRIST out of Christmas = Xmas - Can't say "Merry Christmas" in stores or schools anymore - Cutting out Christmas ev... Read more

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Happy whatever, from the Interrobang
Whether you celebrate Winter Solstice, Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Festivus, Bodhi Day, Zartusht-Nodiso Kwanzaa, Freedom Day, Omisoka or something else, the Interrobang staff hopes you have a great one this year. Whatever you do with your time a... Read more

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Notes from Day Seven: A conspiracy to destroy Christmas
I confess. I want a new computer for Christmas. My IBM Thinkpad is still running Windows XP. It protests when I check websites, download files and play music. On the other hand, I am composing this article on it, and it will, I am sure, send it ... Read more

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Too little too late... again
The Canadian government has come under heavy fire for their actions regarding the town of Attawapiskat. Despite an investment of $90 million to the town, there are families forced to live in tents with no running water. If only this were an is... Read more

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De Jong irks Occupier
Dear Editor: It pains me to no extent to see stuff like this in my school newspaper. Although we are all entitled to our own opinions and that's exactly what this column is for. But in an educational institution, it's sad to see that the idea o... Read more

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December 6 is Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Abused women live with the emotional, psychological and sometimes physical scars of their abuse. Except when they don't. The danger escalates with the abuse and too often women are murdered. December 6, 2011 marks the 22nd anniversary of the ho... Read more

Lifestyles

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Bobbyisms: Your favourite band will reunite
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that Eric Clapton received his now—infamous nickname "Slowhand" during his tenure as lead guitarist in The Yardbirds in the early 1960s? Clapton could cha... Read more

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So your favourite band broke up
A few weeks ago, many of us were shocked by the terrible news that we had lost another of Canada's great indie bands: Broken Social Scene had called it quits after a decade of making music together. I'm sure many of us can recall where we were... Read more

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Marine Dreams worth a listen
There's no doubt that the name Marine Dreams is one that will be heard often with the new release of self-titled album from the artist. The 10-track record from Sackville, New Brunswick's Ian Kehoe, which dropped on November 15, was followed ... Read more

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The Cheap Speakers crackle with life
It's been a banner year for The Cheap Speakers, a power—garage rock band out of Toronto. In 2011, they've captured the attention of radio stations and music websites all over Canada, scoring enviable campus chart positions and positive p... Read more

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No silent night for London
When Cancer Bats arrive in town on December 15, they are bringing with them an unprecedented rock show the likes of which surely will live in local history for years to come: the band has been on tour now since December 2 as a tribute band to ... Read more

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Ontarians sure know how to party
New Year's Eve is one of the most exciting and fun nights of the year. You get to celebrate (or move on from) everything that's happened over the past year and look towards a new year. Whether you're planning a family-friendly celebration or a... Read more

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You're ready to go home for the holidays, but is your dorm room?
The most stressful part of your semester, final exams, is finally over! Now all that's left is to pack a few bags and head home, right? Not necessarily. There are a few more things to consider when preparing for the winter break. Did you pack ... Read more

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Sure As The Weather available little by little
It seemed for a while that Amos the Transparent had almost forgotten that they had planned a new album. Luckily, the Ottawa folk rock band is back in the news with talk of the new album, and in their true fashion, they're doing things a little... Read more

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Nutrition Ambition: The All-Nighter Before Christmas
'Twas the night before exams, when all through the dorm Not a student was sleeping, with essays to form; The books were open by the laptops with care, In hopes that ideas soon would be there. The teachers were nestled all snug in the... Read more

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Food For Thought: Prepare the ultimate holiday feast
Christmas and the holiday season are upon us once more, and already dreams of sugarplums dance in our heads. Well, not really; most likely you're beginning to think about exams and getting bus tickets purchased. I've been thinking recently abo... Read more

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Yummy street food in India
Some people eat to live, while others live to eat. That second group comes to mind when I think of Indian food. A lot of people think Indian food is just curry, but it's not — it is a variety. Every part of India has its own specialty in ... Read more

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Presents that keep on giving
Surely I can't be the only one intimidated and dreadful of the chaotic and dizzying season of Christmas and the shopping habits that come with it. Walking down the busy streets of Toronto is usually hard enough to maneuver, and when holiday st... Read more

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Comics
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Beauty Boy: Imperfection is perfection
What: An abstract showing of makeup artistry painted on live mannequins. (19-plus event, no cover) Where: Lavish Night Club (238 Dundas St.) When: Friday, December 9. Doors open at 9, show starts at 11 p.m. Who: Joshua R. Waller's makeup cr... Read more

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Zodiac Stargazer Horoscope
Aries (March 21 - April 19) Discussion for its own sake is inspiring, but it wastes time. Work with what you know. Transform something uncertain into a finished product. Once you show, no further telling is necessary. Taurus (April 20 - ... Read more

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Shop local this Christmas – head downtown
It's important to support local businesses and shops, and what better time to do so than at Christmas? Downtown London has many great locally owned stores to make shopping easier. Since many of you reading this may not be from London, you may ... Read more

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Student architecture design exhibit
On December 8 in Fanshawe's G building, sixth-semester architecture students will be putting on an exhibit of their 'sustainable living' structure designs, viewable from 12 to 2 p.m. There are five groups of students, each presenting their own... Read more

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The year of 2011
Celebrity Losses Jack Layton: Layton was the leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada from 2003 to 2011. In the 2011 federal election, he led the NDP to a historic 103 seats, making Layton the most successful leader electorally in NDP history. ... Read more

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Have a delicious holiday
Hosting a party this season? Be the host with the most using some of our favourite easy recipes. Appetizers Smoked Sausage Cups allrecipes.com - All-purpose flour - 1 sheet Pepperid... Read more

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Top 5 holiday gifts
Books The Help Kathryn Stockett This book tells the story of black maids working in white households in the 1960s, and the struggles Skeeter, a white writer, faces when chronicling the lives of these women. The Man in the Rockefell... Read more

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Top 10 Holiday Films
Along with spending time with family, enjoying time off from school and eating way too much, the holidays are full of great movies. In keeping with the holiday vibe, here are my top 10 holiday movies that everyone can enjoy! 10. It's A Wonderful ... Read more

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The anatomy of a perfect Christmas stocking
Underwear & Socks: You know you're an adult when you look forward to receiving staples such as underwear and socks as gifts. Lottery Scratch Cards: Try your luck this holiday season. If you don't win big, at least you had fun. If you do wi... Read more

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12 Bars of Christmas
THESE DRINKS AND BARS ARE JUST OUR SUGGESTIONS. KNOW YOUR LIMITS — MAYBE ORDERING WATER AT EVERY OTHER PLACE IS SMARTER FOR YOU. MAKE SURE YOU EAT. TAKE A CAB. HAVE FUN AND STAY SAFE. Molly Bloom's 700 Richmond St. | 519-675-1212 | Read more

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A holiday for everyone
SCIENTOLOGY Although Scientologists don't necessarily celebrate anything on December 25, they do celebrate Freedom Day on December 30. Freedom Day celebrates the official recognition in 1974 of the Church of Scientology in the United States. ... Read more

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Cinema Connoisseur: A Christmas bore-y
A Christmas Story (1983) Merry Christmas, everyone. It's the most wonderful time of the year, when people of all different backgrounds and beliefs come together to celebrate the birth of Passion of the Christ star Jesus of Nazareth. And nobo... Read more

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Long Distance Love: The holidays don't have to be lonely
It's that time of year again: holiday season. There are so many special days to celebrate all within a few months of each other: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's and a whole host of others. Believe me, I know that it can be tough t... Read more

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Love, Lust and Lies: Survival guide to meeting her parents
It's never easy meeting the parents, especially for guys, because before the dad meets you, he already hates you. Mothers tend to be the opposite; they will like you before they meet you. The key is making the dad rethink his opinion of you an... Read more

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Talking Cash: Tips on watching your Christmas spending
For those of you who can't get enough eggnog and yuletide and reindeer and so on, I'm sure you can't wait for Christmas to come. For those of you who are nauseated by merely the smell of eggnog, well, December 26 is coming up too, so it will a... Read more

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Avoiding holiday shopping stress
The holiday season is quickly approaching. People all over the world will celebrate with family gatherings and dinners, gift giving and decorations. But along with these celebrations comes stress, particularly during the shopping season. Kelly ... Read more

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Party Overload
You thought Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughan had it bad in that movie Four Christmases? Those chumps have got nothing on me. I had seven Christmases to attend, spanning over eight days. My boyfriend and I both have divorced parents, plus ... Read more

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Staying sane during the dolidaze
Happy Holidays! Or... not. We all know that drunken family members, awful gifts, living at home again and other holiday "traditions" can overshadow the magic of the season. However, you don't have to write off this time of year entirely. Here... Read more

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Winter Funderland
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Don't let holiday stress get the best of you
Between finding the ugliest sweater for the Christmas party, the pressure to find the perfect presents and cooking a delicious holiday meal, it can be tough to get through the holidays without a major meltdown. But not to fear — Heather Bur... Read more

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Easy and festive Christmas tree brownies
Holiday party season is finally here and I couldn't be more excited. I'll take any excuse to get creative in the kitchen, but Christmasthemed baking really gets me going. Here's a simple, festive recipe to impress your guests without spending ... Read more

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Sparkle and shine
It's that time of the year again! The holidays will soon be rolling up and, well, the fashion world is going crazy. I find the holidays a difficult time of the year because shopping needs to be done, baking and cooking needs to happen, decorati... Read more

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Bringing back a classic
The Grand Theatre is hosting a modern musical twist on the classic fairytale Cinderella. The musical offers an exciting evening for both children and adults. The musical runs November 23 to December 31. Cinderella is a story we all know. A pr... Read more

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Reel Views: Who can resist The Muppets?
The Muppets (2011) Remember when you were a kid watching Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and all the rest of the Muppets on The Muppet Show? Or maybe you remember their feature films like Muppet Christmas Carol or Muppet Treasure Island? ... Read more

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Cinema Connoisseur: Sperm + Hitler = big laughs in Chillerama
Did you ever feel a song, a book or a movie was written just for you? Well, that's the way I feel after viewing the comedy film Chillerama, newly released on home video. Chillerama is a loving tribute to B-movies of the past that gives you four ... Read more

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Catching up with Alexa McAllister
Alexa McAllister is currently a first-year student here at Fanshawe College in the collaborative nursing program with the University of Western Ontario. She is a member of the UWO Women's Lacrosse team, a team that won the Ontario University A... Read more

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Use your imagination to help you achieve
In mid-November, Dr. Natascha Wesch of Elite Mind Performance came to speak at Fanshawe about the illusion of sport. Wesch is a Mental Skills Coach and Sport Psychology Consultant for various varsity, provincial, national and international ath... Read more

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Motoring: Ford works to Focus on the improvements
The last generation of the Ford Focus model sold in North America was, in a word, awful. It didn't look very good, had terribly uncomfortable seats and had the performance and handling of a UPS truck. Internally, Ford knew they were about to ... Read more

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Fanshawe FC: Liverpool still contending
With the race for the fourth spot in the English Premier League thickening in the last couple seasons, it would be easy to dismiss the former member of the 'Big Four' Liverpool as a contending force for a spot of Europe. However, don't count o... Read more

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Around the OHL: Hunter's Captial gain
On November 28, the Washington Capitals had a press conference to officially announce that London Knights Coach Dale Hunter would be the new Head Coach of the Capitals. The rumours had finally been confirmed: Boudreau out, Hunter in. Hunter f... Read more

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Gift ideas for the hockey fan
Christmas is fast approaching. Here are a handful of gift ideas for the discerning hockey fan in your family (or just for yourself, perhaps). All of these gifts are available for sale at nhl.com (though they can probably be found cheaper elsew... Read more

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Top sports stories of 2011
Packers win the Super Bowl as a six seed The Green Bay Packers were expected to compete for the NFC North division title in the 2010/11 season, but many were overlooking them when Brett Farve decided he was going to play one more season for ... Read more

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