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Bryn Becker began studying computer science at the U of S in 2008. He decided to switch his major to English, however, and plans to complete his degree this spring. His unique combination of technical and creative skills put him in a great position to take over the Sheaf’s web editor position in 2011, a post he again holds this year. Bryn oversees the design and management of the Sheaf’s website,, and also curates the Sheaf’s presence on the rest of the web. Follow Bryn on Twitter: @BrynB

DegreeWorks: university to launch new online degree mapping tool in PAWS


Understatement of the century: mapping out your degree progress can sometimes be confusing. Come on. Up until now, making sense of your academic achievements — total credits earned, actual program requirements, and how everything all fits together — has been like trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle with Jenga blocks. Frustration levels have been known to shoot off the charts. Believe it or not, the university is aware of this. And they’re finally doing something about it.

Wikipedia will go dark tonight for 24 hours in protest of SOPA and PIPA


Today the Wikimedia Foundation announced that Wikipedia will be shut down for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 11:00 PM Central time. The black-out is in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), two pieces of proposed American legislation tabled in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate respectively.

A tattered web: how censorship could cripple the Internet


The web’s hyperlink structure works kind of like the synapses in your brain, or the blood vessels in your circulatory system. Everything is interconnected, designed to pass information back and forth, sometimes in multiple directions simultaneously. It can be mind-bogglingly complex but it works because there are relatively few blockages. People can traverse the web how they see fit. But imagine what would happen if massive swaths of these connections suddenly blinked offline. This is the risk posed by the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill introduced in the U.S. Congress in October of last year that is scheduled to be voted on by Jan. 24 this year.

Simple URL hack in PAWS lets you gain access to old style course members list


On Nov. 30, a U of S student discovered a wonderful little trick that lets you access the old style PAWS course homepages, complete with course members list. I've put together a quick step-by-step guide on how to access the course members page using this simple URL hack. Students and professors alike have been lamenting the loss of the course members list, among other useful features of the old style course homepages, since the U of S implemented lacklustre Blackboard based course homepages at the end of last summer.

Sibling rivalry: how Little Brother is fighting back through social media


In the age of the cellphone camera, it’s nearly impossible to stumble across a random, noteworthy event in public without catching the flash of a lens out of the corner of your eye. There’s a good chance you may be one of the slew of amateur videographers in the crowd. These videos typically wind up on YouTube, or some other less mainstream media streaming site. This process has become a commonplace phenomenon, thanks to the countless, unblinking eyes of Little Brother.

Trailer: Grand Theft Auto V returns to San Andreas


After an excruciating month of mysterious and tantalizing teasers, Rockstar Games has finally released the trailer for their next epic game, Grand Theft Auto V. I'm going to go ahead and call it now: this will be the greatest video game ever made.

Pride Centre drag show is an extravagant party and eye-opening experience


What immediately struck me when I first strolled into Louis’ for this year’s annual Pride Centre Drag Extravaganza — aside from the realization that I would get to use some really awesome adjectives in my review of the show — was that drag queens have fabulous legs. This year’s Drag Extravaganza was a roaring success. It was a genuinely entertaining introduction to a scene that, while still on the fringe of the mainstream, is slowly but surely becoming more popular and accepted by the public every year.

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