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2007 in review

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

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With 2007 gone now, we have the opportunity to look back at the events that shaped the days and weeks.

Greatest new technology of 2007
Apple iPhone
Time Magazine in partnership with CNN named the Apple iPhone as the best new invention/technology of 2007. The Time article provided many reasons for naming the iPhone as the best new tech of the year. The iPhone's effect on cell phones should be as revolutionary as the effect the ipod had on personal audio.

Biggest technical blunder:
AT&T's 300 page bills for the new iPhone

As you can see in the video, one of the bugs associated with the brand new iPhone integrated ipod/cellphone was the unusually detailed bills that were shipped to many early adapters.

Best drama (movie) of 2007
No Country For Old Men

Best Comedy (movie) of 2007
Hot Fuzz - This movie was brought to screens by the duo that made Shawn of the Dead. The brilliance of this movie comes from the bait and switch pulled off flawlessly by the team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The movie works witty and over-the-top slices of comedy together until about three-fourths of the way through the movie at which point it sinks into well thought out absurdity all played out legit. This movie was an action movie that skewered action movies smartly while other parody films stick to cheap laughs, this movie ran deep.

Biggest story on campus
The UC Second Floor Renovation Plans
Plans were brought forward by members of the CSA to renovate the second floor of the of the University Centre. To date, the UC board of directors has not made a decision on the plans.

Biggest local story
The Closure of Change Now
Change Now youth shelter was closed down abruptly on the morning of June 15th during the hot days of summer 2007. Now, in the winter of 2008, the gap left by Change Now's closure is yet to be fully filled.
Change Now Closure
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Biggest national story
Stephen Harper announces Mulroney probe
In 2007 Prime Minister announced an investigation into claims that former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney accepted kickbacks from weapons dealer Karlheinz Schreiber

Biggest international story
While there were many important international developments in 2007 such as the recent occurrences in Pakistan, Al Gore's Nobel Prize, Tony Blair's resignation, and others, one story hit close to home. The shootings at Virginia Tech touched the minds of all students.

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