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 …

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, …

The Sons of Fenrir battle at the Coke Stage in the Stampede Grounds at Calgary Expo on  Thursday, April 27, 2017. The group of re-enactors recreate ninth century Scandinavian culture and preform demonstrations for expo attendees. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

History is going to the Vikings

Calgary Vikings, the Sons of Fenrir, have taken over the Calgary Expo to bring the raiding, fighting and pillaging way of life to attendees. The Vikings have been bringing the fight to the Expo for the last six years. More than 30 warriors represent the group for the raid this …

The 501 Garrison poses for pictures with a little Star Wars fan in the BMO centre at Stampede Park in Calgary on  Friday, April 28, 2017.  The 501 Garrison works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise money for the charity. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

May the force make your wish

The 501 Garrison is using the dark side of the force to help Calgary Expo fans raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. “The people who attend the Calgary Expo are some of the most generous and genuine people,” says April Cote the fearless leader of Make-A-Wish foundation at the Calgary …

Kayla Marceniuk, right, gets inked at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo at the Stampede Grounds in Calgary on  Thursday, April 27, 2017. Marceniuk chose to get a tattoo at the Calgary Expo to memorialize her great grandmother who recently passed away at the age of 110. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Geeks with Ink

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo leaves a lasting mark on attendees, but nothing last longer than a tattoo. Shades of Grey Tattoo offers attendees the chance to make their convention experience permanent by getting a tattoo during the Calgary Expo. “Geek culture and tattoo culture have a lot of similarities …

James Marster speaks at the Corral Centre  in Calgary on  Friday, April 28, 2017. This year marks the 20 year anniversary of Masters hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

James Marsters reflects on 20 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

No one can twirl an evil mustache quite like James Marsters, star of the upcoming Marvel television show Runaways. “It’s a group of teenagers who find out that their parents are supervillians. “I’m not playing a teenager,” jokes Marsters at his Calgary Expo Panel. The art of embracing villainy is …

Lindsay Thomas showcases the 2017 Calgary Expo Artbook: Fairy Tales and Classic Monsters in the Boyce Theatre Lobby at Stampede Park in Calgary on  Friday, April 28, 2017. All proceeds from the book go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The book features pieces from over 50 artists who are attending the event. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

The Art of Charity

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo will be channeling fan’s love of the magical convention experience to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “Artists are pretty happy about it. We’ve been doing [the auction] for a lot of years so they are familiar with it and know what to expect,” …

Fandoms unite at the 12 annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Beam down for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo launched in 2006, playing host to 3,400 attendees. In it’s 12 years the Calgary Expo has taken flight. In 2016 the event attracted over 105,000 attendees. On Thursday, April 27 at Stampede Park, the …

An illustration, Canada's 150th celebration is being seen as an insult to numerous indigenous communities.

Reclaiming the next 150 years

Canada 150 in contention with indigenous nations On July 1, Canada will be celebrating 150 years of Confederation, but for many indigenous people, the event marks over a century of colonialism. “The indigenous community is not celebrating the past 150 years,” said Jean Dube, an indigenous student advisor at SAIT. …


Building a better budget

Advanced Education to receive billions from 2017 budget The provincial government released the 2017 budget on Tuesday, March 16, allocating funds to the University of Alberta (U of A) and University of Calgary (U of C) for campus construction projects. “Every institution will receive [funding],” said Marlin Schmidt, Alberta Minister …


Conditional transparency

Student government calls for transparency amidst controversy The SAITSA elections results on March 30, 2017 welcomed a new team of executive council members. Some old, some new, but all with the same bottom line: To make SAIT the best possible experience for students through engagement, transparency and advocacy. Students had …

SAIT legal assistant student, Jenn Hall, in front of the Mural of Honour at the Military Museum. Hall has visited Vimy Ridge in France and had grandparents who fought in the battle. Photo by Chelsea Kemp

Vimy Ridge Centennial

Calgary Military Museums to commemorate WWI battles The Calgary Military Museums will be commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the historic First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge on Sunday, April 9. “[Vimy Ridge] was a major achievement for us as Canadians,” said Rory Cory, senior curator at the Military Museums. …

Second year travel and tourism student, Kent Fusin, working at SAIT Destinations Travel Room.  (Photo by Aly Khan/SAIT)

Fly away with SAIT

Travel and Tourism program students plan travel The SAIT Travel and Tourism program is hosting their annual Destinations Travel Expo to help students launch their next vacation. The travel expo will take place on Tuesday, April 11, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Irene Lewis Atrium located in …

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2017/2018's Executive Council members celebrate victory on Thursday, March 30, 2017. New SAITSA President, Alex Dimopoulos; VP External, Rachel Moerschfelder; VP Academic, Alyson Torres-Gillett; VP Student Life, Connor Goodfellow.

Results: Candidates celebrate win

Say hello to your new executive council. The executive council represents students and oversees quality of life on campus. President, Alex Dimopoulos, speaks on behalf of SAITSA to the media, the SAIT administration and industry leaders. The president leads the organization in a forward-thinking direction. “I feel excited. Wow. I’m …

Andie Romanuik, business administration student, (right), and Emma Greenwood, administration information management student, pose for a selfie in front of the future home of the SAIT photo mosaic on March 1, 2017. Greenwood and Romanuik both play hockey for the SAIT Trojans women's hockey team. (Photo by Madison Casavant /SAIT)

#SAIT100 photo mosaic

The centennial photo piece is ready for its big reveal The SAIT Centennial photo mosaic is set to be unveiled Tuesday, April 4, after reaching their goal of 9000 photos. The mural will feature photos from SAIT students, staff, and alumni. “It was always about the students, the faculty and …


Year in review

Following up with SAITSA’s student executives The current SAITSA Executive Council has had a year to implement the goals they promised when campaigning in 2016. Gar Gar, SAITSA student president, is proud of the role he has played for SAIT students over the past year and the platform promises he …