Archive for August, 2012

Let the Light Shyne In
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For Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, it’s been a long and tumultuous road from growing up in the ghetto to his newfound fame and fortune.

Bad Boy Records signed the 20 year old to a lucrative high six-figure contract after two men discovered him – one being Foxy Brown’s manager – while rapping outside a Brooklyn barbershop.
“I just spit for him and he appreciated it,” Shyne says describing the encounter. “Then they

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Co-op makes the education wheel go round
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BY CATLIN MCINTOSH
Courier Staff

A lot of young people who graduate from high school come out with a diploma thinking they know what they want to be. Little are they prepared for the confusion that follows graduation. For them, the step out of the safe environment of high school and into the adult world is a frightening experience.

Rupinder Grewal, 22, shares something in common with many young people. She is taking time off from her education.

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Stores exploit legal loopholes in selling hemp
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Courier Staff

Hemp clothing, rolling papers, bongs of all shapes and sizes, and books on how to grow marijuana – it’s all at the Friendly Stranger on Queen Street West, and surprisingly, it’s all perfectly legal.

Unlike the laws relating to the drug itself, paraphernalia laws regarding marijuana are vague.
“It’s a very gray line,” said Robin Ellins, 37, owner of the Friendly Stranger.

“We’ve been walking the gray

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Eminem controversy stirs emotions: Two Centennial students believe rapper should be free to speak his mind
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Toronto is known as a place that welcomes everybody. It’s a city that prides itself on its diversity, and respect for different cultures and speech.

Unfortunately, it’s fast becoming a place where you can’t even open your mouth — especially if you happen to sing for a living.
The latest twist in the war against music violence and artistic expression has been provided by Ontario Attorney-General Jim Flaherty, who recently proposed

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Centennial badminton players face coach in finals
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By Stacey Kwan

Centennial’s badminton team took a trip to Georgian College over the Halloween weekend. Georgian College was hosting their Badminton Open, which allows participants from outside the college ranks to take a quack at the birdie.
It was the mens doubles final that was the highlight of the weekend as Centennial’s Coach Stephen Wong and his partner took on Centennial’s mens double team, Simon Yip and Ryan Lue. While Coach Wong and his partner made it swiftly through

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Reporting from the Junos
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From the cheap seats at The Junos
BY BARB HESTERMAN

Standing outside in a wee little dress in below zero temperatures was somehow not what I imagined my experience at the Junos would be.

The organizers told us to be at Gate Two for 5 p.m. So we got there at 4:30 p.m. Big deal, we thought, we’ll just wait inside. Not likely.

The only doors that were open were the ones to the gift shop. Since my roommate, Michelle Ford, and myself were dressed inappropriately for the weather, we waited inside and pretended to be fascinated by Blue Jays memorabilia

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Observer celebrates 30 years of community journalism
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Bv BRANDIE SlLVA
Courier Staff
Over the past two weeks I have been contacting, then interviewing many Centennial journalism alumni in preparation for this piece about the history of the East York Observer. The Observer is produced solely by Centennial’s journalism students, and distributed throughout the East York Community every second Friday.

The interviewing process quickly evolved into a collage of experiences

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One student’s March break journey to the land of schnitzel.
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BY Zofi GEMELLI
Courier Staff
Some of us were lucky enough to go away over the break. Europe-bound, I was one of those people.The wonder of e-mail has allowed me to write this while sitting and enjoying a typical German day: rain, rain and more rain. Yes, I am abroad. I am in Cologne Germany as I write this.
I sat at Pearson International Airport not too long ago and thought about what to write for this issue of the Courier. I could write about the smell inside of planes, always a bit stale, or I could explore the wonders of airplane mechanics. But I just don’t know enough about how the

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The City that Care Forgot: New Orleans
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BY ROMANA KING
Opinions Editor

Imagine the dawn of the Millenium in the “City that Care Forgot”: New Orleans.

The southern Louisiana City of New Orleans has many nicknames, all of which aptly describe her lurid history and colourful heritage. Names like “city of dreams,” “The Big Easy,” “Crescent City,” to “New Orleans: Open all night” are all fitting descriptions of this tinsel filled town

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Picking a green career after graduation
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The green industry is booming and you can get in on the environmental action
By Selena Mann

College students often play the role of political activists. Promoting recycling on and off campus, fighting against rising tuition fees and hoping to help solve global issues are some of the ways students use their power as a group.

They are also often concerned with the environment and there are student groups on campus help to highlight

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