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Freedom to be heard

Inconsistencies around freedom of speech The freedom to voice your opinion is among the most cherished liberties that we observe as members of a free and democratic society. But the freedom of speech means nothing without the freedom to be heard. For this reason, the laws which protect our right …

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Illustration by Evan Brien

Overcoming grief

Dealing with loss as a student My grandfather, Stanley Bridge, died on Feb. 2, 2017. It was my father’s birthday. Keeping up with schoolwork has been difficult for this past month, but dealing with the death of a loved one is not something that comes easy to anyone. Unfortunately for …

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Sacrifices of a student

The unfortunate reality of giving up pastimes for school Just about everybody who picks up and reads this paper is a student. But, nobody is just a student. We all have interests we want to pursue outside of our academic careers. But, between class time, assignments and studying, school leaves …

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Over-caffeinated chatter

Coffee drinkers need to stop talking about coffee When I was quite young, my mother and I used to drive out to Kelowna for a week each summer to visit my grandparents. My mother would pack the car and brew a pot of coffee before waking me up at 3 …

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Crafting a memorable story

Why some novels stand the test of time and others are forgotten There is an ocean of difference between a great work of art and a good work of art. And, as any reader can attest, literature is no exception. Good books can entertain. They can make a person consider …

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A fading legacy

Calgary’s historic Chinatown to face changes Calgary’s Chinatown, and Chinatowns in general, are often viewed as being disparate, something not altogether a part of the city surrounding it. So, recent news that, despite the community’s protests, a development application for three new towers has been passed by the city might …

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The media used its great influence to only portray Donald Trump negatively durning his campaign and election. (Photo by Victoria Cockriell/SAIT)

Under the streetlight effect

The unfortunate reality of media bias The journalist’s job is to keep readers interested so they’ll read a newspaper from front to back and look at all of the advertisements. However, unintentional bias can seep through. Make no mistake: journalists do their best to try to keep you interested in …

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Communication breakdown

What we have here is a failure to communicate Languages change over time, and obviously, English is no exception. Anyone who has tried to read Beowulf in its original form can attest to this. But recently, it seems that language is changing in a way that makes our communication shallower. …

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Tipping point

Serving staff deserve higher wages Over the last few years, the big craze in the workplace has been something called gamification, and it is exactly what it sounds like. The idea is that employees will be more motivated and will enjoy their work more if it gets made into a …

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Keep calm and read on

Supporting an uncertain future Just the other day, a man said to me that, although he rides the train to work every day, he never pays for a transit pass. His reasoning, he said, was that he only gets checked by peace officers every few months and that the occasional …

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Blank canvas

The truth behind charity canvassers At one time or another, everyone has encountered a donation canvasser standing on the street corner asking for a moment of your time and, perhaps, some money. Most people find a way to manoeuvre around canvassers, or they play with their phones and avoid eye …

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War on Christmas

How the Bridge stole Christmas Christmas is a time of giving, a time to show how much your friends and family mean to you and a time to grovel to our corporate overlords. Basically, it’s a time for suckers. As a nation, we collectively go off our gourd. We bust …

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Final frontier

The war on final exams The end of the semester is hot on our heels and for a lot of SAIT students, this means itís time to start studying for exams. Although SAIT focuses on providing a hands-on, practical education, a number of the courses and programs it provides still …

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Exercise your right

Students should care more about their student government The SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) election has come and gone, and SAITSA experienced a voter turnout of 7.84 per cent. And, for the BOD, this is a good turnout. But, unfortunately, we also had fewer candidates this year than we had …

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Bump in the night

Sleep with one eye open Halloween is a time for ghosts, ghouls and other assorted gremlins to roam through the night, causing terror and mischief. Of all these monsters though, the one you should be most afraid of is a lesser-known demon of German origin, known as the Walrider. It …

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SAITSA President Gar Gar Holds a copy of The Weal from 1966. The newspaper was in the time capsule opened during SAIT's 100 anniversary. (Photo by Justin Schellenberg/The Press)

Keeping with the times

The complications of a digital age time capsule In Złocieniec, Poland, on Sept. 6, a Nazi time capsule was unearthed and opened in a military training complex. Buried in 1934, it contained pictures of Hitler and two copies of Mein Kampf. And, when the capsule was unsealed, its contents were …

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A student prepares to walk into the future with her SAIT education in tow. (Photo by Nikolai Cuthill/SAIT)

Patching perspectives

Post-secondary education is more than just a classroom For thousands of years, people have been pondering a thought experiment that is popularly known as Theseus’ paradox. In the experiment, there is a hypothetical item, which is most commonly either a boat, an axe or a favourite sock. Let’s use the …

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Naomi Kim lounges in her home on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Kim is a second generation Canadian, her parents are South Korean, and she lives caught between two cultures. (Photo by Nikolai Cuthill/SAIT)

Cultural Duality

Caught adrift between tradition and assimilation Canada prides itself on being a cultural mosaic, where new immigrants bring a piece of their culture with them as they arrive. As these newcomers arrive on our strange shores, they seek familiarity among members of their own culture—so as not to be swept …

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Intellectual bubbles

Debate is critical to post-secondary education By now, we’ve all read about the Trump hat fiasco at Mount Royal University. But, I’m not here to cover that story. Not really. I’m here to talk about safe spaces. Almost everyone is on the same page already. The woman was wrong to …

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The Peter Pan paradox

Lost boys and girls of the millennial generation Millennials, born from the early ’80s to the late ’90s, are unique in how singularly distinguished they are from the generations that came before them. Known by many as the “the Peter Pan generation,” millennials are known for putting off many of …

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