The Future of NHL Department of Player Safety

April 21, 2014

By Liam Gill

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Since 2011 when Brendan Shanahan took over as the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, the League has seen a drastic change in Player Safety measures with fines and suspensions becoming a regularity in the league for both players and coaches. Last week, however, Shanahan abruptly left his position to join his childhood favourite Toronto Maple Leafs as their President and Alternate Governor. This sudden change has left his former department in limbo with no leader and an unclear direction. Nevertheless, with the playoffs underway this week, the department was forced to forge ahead and regulate the most physical and ruthless hockey games of the season.

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Sam HS’ 3 Thoughts

April 17, 2014

By Sam HS

1. Go see Paradise Lost in the Chu on April 23rd and 24th at 7:30 pm. I’m directing, Ian Pica (the wickedly talented TBAW featured artist) designed the set, the acting is solid, and it’s set to dope Kanye beats. Think about that. Satan, Jesus, Adam, Eve, Kanye beats. Email me for tickets.

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2. A couple new tracks out recently. Lana Del Rey debuted “West Coast” of her new album Ultraviolence, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. It’s sultry and slow. So basically if you like Lana you’ll dig it, and if you hate her it’ll be sonic torture. Speaking of the Black Keys, they have also released a couple tracks off their upcoming LP Turn Blue. “Fever” and “Turn Blue” have compounded on my view that things have been downhill ever since Brothers. Both songs are mellow and unimaginative. They sound like Auerbach and Carney got lazy and rehashed some old stuff.

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3. What’s with all the hipster beards today? When will it end? Are they plotting a coup d’état?

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So This Happened… April 15, 2014

April 16, 2014

April. The month known for blooming flowers, drizzles, hidden easter eggs, and yes, of course, snow.

Brace yourself... Winter is coming (again).

Brace yourself… Winter is coming (again).

Works In Progress: Ian PL’s Awesome Photoshop Skills

April 14, 2014

IB2 HL Art student Ian PL recently photoshopped IB2 Justin Po in a series of profound photos. There isn’t much to be said besides that it is awesome. Check out some of Ian’s other art here.

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He’s having the time of his life.

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Sam’s Three Thoughts This Week

April 10, 2014

By Sam Hodgkins-Sumner

1. Season 1 of “True Detective” was the best piece of television I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe ever. Seriously, if you have either a heart or a brain, or both, you will like this show. In fact, if you haven’t watched it already, go to Project Free TV right now and start binging on that shit. The show includes great acting (courtesy of the McConnaisance and Woody Harrelson), poetic cinematography, existential dialogue, elements of the occult, constant clues and layering, hair-raising suspense, and heart-wrenching drama.

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey look great in the wind.

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey look great in the wind.

2. No way “Oxymoron” was a better album than “good kid mAAd city”. One of my Facebook friends posed that question a while back. Granted, Q has a really great aggressive delivery, and the dark production provides the pallet for the picture of hard living that he paints on the album. But, I’m sorry. If you think that this surpasses Kendrick’s modern classic, you’re trippin’. Kendrick is a much better lyricist, I would say it’s a draw when it comes to production, and the fact that this concept album is so personal and socially conscious puts it way over the top.
Man of the year?

Man of the year?

3. Kanye has just announced another LP is dropping in 2014. Does this herald another switch-up in his sound? Or will it be Yeezus 2.0 in terms of production?

Will Kanye release another Yeezus? Or will he return back to his roots?

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A Magical Evening: 2014 Battalion Ball Review

April 7, 2014

By Andrew Spear (instagram: andrewspear1)

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As that very special time of year in which it becomes too hot for a coat yet to cold for just a suit jacket, love and romance once again was in the air. The Battalion Ball was upon us, the most prestigious of all college events (so called because “UCC formal’ would be far to plebeian) to be held, as tradition dictated, at least a forty minute drive from the nearest residential neighbourhood. After my time at  Battalion ball this year it is easy to see why Battalion Ball (or “Batt ball” as the cool kids are known to call it) is such a big deal at our school. I have summarized my night as such:

 

April 4th 2014: night of the Battalion Ball

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata Review

April 2, 2014

By Matthew Bu

 

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Gibbs throwing it back with his full-on Adidas track suit.

 

Although the infamous gangsta-rap era of hip-hop has come and gone, there have been countless albums released throughout the 21st century that have attempted to carry on its sound and legacy. Some have been praised, while others have been critically panned. However, there has not really been any novel or outstanding gangsta-rap album released recently. On Piñata, though, Indiana MC Freddie Gibbs and acclaimed hip-hop producer Madlib show that gangsta-rap is not dead, and in fact, that it is alive and well in the hands of this producer/MC duo.

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So This Happened… Race For Dignity & Smash Tourney

March 29, 2014

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NHL Trade Deadline Team Rankings

March 9, 2014

By Liam Gill

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Over the past week, NHL General Managers have been busy attempting to either sell their pending free agents or preparing their teams for a run for the cup. This year trade deadline week consisted of 34 trades and saw 11 goalies traded including Jaroslov Halak who was traded twice in the week. The following is the ranking of the teams and the moves they made at the NHL trade deadline.

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MC Tree – THE @MCTREE EP Review

March 6, 2014

By Matthew Bu

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When Kanye West claimed that everyone from Chicago wanted to make soul beats just like him on his song Homecoming, he probably wasn’t expecting MC Tree. Tree is the latest rapper/producer to rise in the booming Chicago hip-hop scene. Along with other Chicago natives such as Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, he is helping put Chicago hip-hop back on the map. While he is inspired by the soul production that both Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa follow, MC Tree stays clear of that lane and, instead, fashions his own style. He is the self-declared pioneer of soul trap (check his Twitter): trap beats with a soft touch of a soul twang. You can hear this in his songs. Classic trap trademarks such as 16th high hats and heavy drum-beats are copious, but they build upon one another to create a soulful aura. Even MC Tree’s singing adds to the soul aesthetics – but his singing voice is not as tame as R&B legends or even Drake’s. He sounds like Tom Waits trying to impersonate Lil’ Wayne after doing too many drugs. This is not something you often hear in hip-hop. Recently, Tree released his latest EP titled THE @MCTREE EP through Scion AV for free. How does this EP stand?

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