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The changing look of love
Vancouver Sun, Feb. 14
The pursuit of love continues and with it, comes a new wave of acronyms and concepts such as “starter marriages” and LATs (living-apart-togethers). These new ways of life may be attributed to the way we live and love. Big trends cited by social scientists show bicultural and biracial unions. According to SFU associate professor of sociology, Barbara Mitchell, “Many young people are now searching for real or authentic relationships with more spiritual depth. This seems to coincide with the recent truthism movement that we seem to be going through in response to the perceived inauthenticity of modern day life, including popular culture.” Despite all of these new trends and concepts, most of us still favour traditional, until-death-do-us-part marriage and Canadians continue to spend a huge amount of money on weddings.

Another national drama
Globe and Mail, Feb. 13
The winter Olympics has begun and hockey fever is apparent. Canada has the potential to win more medals during this Olympic games than ever before. But if our hockey teams don't win gold medals, many Canadians will be disappointed and have negative feelings toward the 2006 Olympics, despite the great results of the rest of our Canadian athletes. SFU communication professor Richard Gruneau, who is co-author of Hockey Night in Canada: Sports, Identities and Cultural Politics, thinks hockey's hold on the Canadian psyche is attributed in part to early radio. Radio allowed people “to follow national events in real time.” No Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup since 1993. But the winter Olympics provide a great substitute for many Canadian fans as we all huddle around televisions watching our team's quest for gold, proudly wearing true Canadian colours.

Igali says comeback has nice ring
Toronto Star, Feb. 12

Former Olympic wrestling champion Daniel Igali is ready for a comeback and he is currently training with his sights on the world championship in China this fall. Since winning gold in 2000 at the Olympics, Igali has been plagued with injuries and he hasn't competed in over a year. He is feeling optimistic and there are new rules in the sport that are much more suited to his style. In addition to his training, he is pursuing a master's degree in criminology and coaching student wrestlers at SFU. “I've started to train hard in the last two weeks. My plan is to go to the worlds, but first you have to win the nationals to move on to that level.”

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