A most disturbing collection

Dark and well crafted, dripping with atmosphere that makes it hard to go to bed immediately after reading, Darkest Hours by Mike Thorn is a triumph of the horror genre. Mike Thorn’s collection of short stories is relentless and fast paced; each story tackles a new character, setting or monster. …

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Artist Shawn Tronix tattoos a woman's shoulder at The Arthouse Inc Tattoo and Piercing studio in Kensington, Calgary. (Photo by Rebecca Hardcastle)

Tattoos as self-expression

The current craze for trendy tattoos has caused some to be concerned that people are getting inked impulsively without considering the long-term effects of their decision. While some people may never change their opinion on their tattoos, potential workplace restrictions on visible tattoos may cause conflict. Alex Heppner, a legal …

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A new Flames arena has no place in politics

The new arena talks between the Calgary Flames and the City of Calgary have been put on ice, at least until the municipal election in October. “We’re not running for office. It’s certainly not an election issue for us,” said Ken King, Flames team president in a press junket on …

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SAIT’s going green

SAIT students can now smoke medicinal marijuana on campus, provided they show their medical card. “We can accommodate students who require the use of prescribed marijuana for medical purposes. This is done on a case-by-case basis, as every student and their needs are individual,” said Chris Gerritsen, SAIT’s media spokesman. …

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STI infections continue to rise after a warning from AHS about a potential 'outbreak' in 2016. (Photo by Katerina Masyk/SAIT)

To be tested or not to be tested

Alberta is continuing to see a rise in the number of people infected with sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). “They’re very common, and people often don’t have symptoms,” said Doctor Kelli Thomas of SAIT’s health clinic. The province is seeing the highest number of reported STI’s since the 1980s. Thomas said …

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Tuition freeze frozen in place

The Alberta NDP government has maintained a post-secondary tuition freeze in an effort to build a foundation of affordability for students. “A lot of potential students in Alberta shy away from higher education because of cost. We’re sending a message that the affordability of higher education is really important,” said …

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A couple prepares to select a movie or television show for a night of entertainment. (Photo by Rebecca Hardcastle)

When universes collide

The struggle of translating television shows into movies  Discussions have been held for years debating the fact that movies made from books are never as good, but no one seems to mention just how bad movies made from TV shows can be as well.  For years Hollywood has tried to …

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SAITSA working with ASEC

In February 2017, the SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) voted to become probationary members of the Alberta Student Executive Council (ASEC), as a step towards leaving the lobby group.  “Governance last year was really terrible. They just weren’t paying attention and they weren’t keen to details. It wasn’t using best …

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Where’s the lettuce at SAIT?

Eating healthy and finding enjoyable options as a student can be a challenge, especially if you are vegetarian or vegan.  “We try to stick to the menu but we do our best to cater to people’s needs,” said Jeff Villavende, who works at the Austin Grill in the Stan Grad …

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Tia Weller, owner of the Regal Cat Cafe, poses for a picture at the Regal Cat Cafe in Kensington.  The Regal Cat Cafe, launched in June 2017, and is the first of its kind in Calgary. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Kensington’s Kitten Kingdom

Kensington is home to the purr-fect get away for stressed out students looking for a cup of coffee or a cat to cuddle.  The Regal Cat Café, the first of it’s kind in Calgary, opened in June, 2017 in the heart of Kensington.  “[Cats] help to reduce stress, it’s fuzzy …

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Drop in fitness

really helpful because they know a little more about the process and the school,” Leifson said.  “Everybody kind of brings something different to the table, so it makes my job a lot easier when that happens.”  Leifson also said that assistant coaches live in the shadow of the head coach …

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New year, new coach

Coming off a successful 2016/2017 season, the Trojan’s women’s hockey team is back this year with new challenges to face, most notably a new head coach.  Kelsey Leifson, who has been playing hockey since she was four, said she’s excited to be taking the positon of head coach.  “I think …

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A storytelling medium of the future

A storytelling medium of the future  Documentary-film, Made in Vietnam, set to take circuit by storm after premiere at The Calgary International Film Fest  Everyone has a story to tell. We’re able to share whatever story we want with others through a variety of mediums, and one popular medium that’s …

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Author Mike Thorn poses for a portrait in Starbucks in MacEwan Hall at the University of Calgary on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Thorn's collection of short stories, Darkest Hours, will be released in November. The University of Calgary graduate completed his Master of Arts in English Literature. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Are you afraid of the dark?

  A Calgary author is hoping to make his mark on the horror genre with the release of a book of scary short stories. Author Mike Thorn will be releasing, Darkest Hours, a collection of short horror stories in November.  Writing in his spare time and currently working at the …

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Fandoms unite

Set your phasers for fun and blast off to Edmonton for the city’s Comic and Entertainment Expo.  “The big thing is that it’s always such a creative process and we’re always looking to do new, exciting and different things,” said Lindsay Thomas, Emily Expo, spokesperson for Edmonton Expo.  The Expo …

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Marlin Schmidt, helps dish out lunch to SAIT students at Welcome Week. Schmidt was there to promote the NDP’s focus on maintaining affordable higher education for Alberta students.

SAITSA serves up lunch

SAITSA played host to a free lunch welcoming both the new and returning students back to SAIT as part of the Welcome Week celebrations.  “It’s a tremendous day to be here at SAIT, it’s exciting to be with students who are starting another semester and I hope that every student …

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50 Student signatures is all it takes

SAITSA is looking to encourage students to run for the SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) in an effort to ensure SAIT students have full political representation.  “We want students to know that being part of the board is an extremely amazing opportunity to develop leadership skills, make new friends and …

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Fans say their final goodbyes at the Calgary Expo at the Stampede Grounds on Sunday, April 30, 2017. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Calgary Expo brings magic to fans

Attendance was down at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, but the fans still embraced their collective fandoms making up for the low attendance with intense passion. The Calgary Expo attracted over 95,000 fans down from the 105,000 last years. The lower attendance count was largely due to the struggling …

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Dune Rats kick up a dust storm

Bassist Brett Jansch strums the break down to the song “Dalai Lama.” Singer Danny Beausa smiles eagerly at the crowd waiting for chaos to unfold. Drummer BC Micheals hits the crash cymbals, igniting the final chorus. Under the red lights of Calgary’s Nite Owl, the band rhythmically shouts “marijuana” repeatedly …

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The  legendary Stan Lee speaks with Todd McFarlane at the Calgary Expo on  Sunday, April 30, 2017. The candid conversation was watched by 1000's of attendees. The Calgary Expo marks Lee's last Canadian convention, for real this time. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Comicbook Legends Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane unite at the Calgary Expo

Legendary comicbook creators Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane joined forces to the delight of fans at the Calgary Expo Comic and Entertainment Expo. “Stan Lee is a guy who tells it like it is,” said McFarlane during the introduction to the legendary comic creator Lee at the Calgary Expo. McFarlane, …

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