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Good governance

Campaigning for politicians to deliver on promises Political campaigns are based on the platform of lofty, ill-advised and unachievable goals, followed immediately by disappointment and broken promises. Voters cast their equally ignorant ballots based partially on these promises and the celebrity factor of their preferred candidate, whether it be a …

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Unethically sourced food

Infringement of basic animal rights in the meat industry We live in a society in which people are beginning to become more cognizant of the food they put in their bodies. Whether it’s checking the caloric intake of a jelly-filled donut, or ensuring their coffee beans are ethically sourced, society …

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Ambrose University Lions guard Katie Nutini shoots the ball in women's basketball action pitting the SAIT Trojans against Ambrose University Lions at SAIT in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Trojans claimed victory over the Lions, with a final score of 73-45. (Photo by Parker Crook/SAIT)

Trojans end dry spell

Team hopes to build on success for nationals The SAIT Trojans women’s basketball team took on Ambrose University Lions on Feb. 3, ending in a landslide victory for the Trojans. The end-of-game horn blew as fans celebrated the Trojans 73-45 win over the Lions, which brought an end to the …

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Coffee calamity

Check the source of your coffee beans As the poor, hungry and sleep-deprived students that we are, there is always one instrument we can rely on to get ourselves to tomorrow, and hopefully, convocation: coffee. However, there’s more to the life-saving liquid than the obvious pick-me-up effects we rely on. …

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Healthy environment

Impact of climate change on human health For years, medical professionals have been telling the populace to take care of their health and for good reason. We brush our teeth to avoid tooth decay, we take antibiotics to inhibit the growth of infections and we eat healthy to keep the …

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More than a piece of paper

What having a diploma from SAIT means If you’re reading this, it means you’ve made the right decision in terms of your education. Whether this is your first semester at SAIT or your last, it’s no question that something has brought you here, and it’s our school’s reputation. Throughout my …

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Artistic boundaries

Removing the stigma surrounding tattoo culture In our world of bright colours and reality television, people have been brainwashed to see anything considered outside of the ordinary as strange or even incorrect. But, as time moves on, so do society’s archaic views. As recently as a decade ago you would …

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Fraudulent olive oil industry deceiving consumers by selling fake olive oil posing as authentic, Italian extra-virgin olive oil. (Photo by Ashley Orzel/The Press)

Fraudulent findings

Your olive oil likely wasn’t made from olives Imagine you’re a craftsperson who put your life’s work into creating a beautiful piece that everyone can enjoy. Not only have you spent time cultivating the idea, but you’ve also put your blood, sweat and tears into its creation. After numerous long …

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Opinions editor Parker Crook sits with his plate of kale at SAIT in Calgary on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Crook successfully became a vegan for an entire week. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Ethical eating

A week-long adventure in veganism After a final meal of burgers, chocolate, ice cream and everything else unhealthy, I’ve decided it’s time. I’m going vegan for a week.  The idea first came to me a few months back after watching a documentary called Earthlings. The documentary displayed the atrocities that …

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Rainy day funding

Campaign seeks to improve financial literacy A new campaign is raising awareness about the importance of having a rainy day fund in support of Alberta’s financial literacy month. Unexpected Expenses, based in Calgary and Edmonton, gives participants a chance to win $500 during November for sharing their stories about unplanned …

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A shot in the dark

Blind recruitment an unnecessary nuisance In an ideal utopian society, everyone would be treated as equals, regardless of ethnic background, religion, name, gender identity or any of the other numerous labels we as humans adorn in an attempt to distinguish one person from another. Unfortunately, with the way things have …

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Lost in translation

Learning a second language should be mandatory We live in a bilingual country, where, hypothetically, you can go from coast to coast speaking either English or French and have a similar experience. That’s the theory, anyways, but it isn’t exactly true. If you walk into a restaurant in Calgary, you …

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Trick or trigger

Line in the sand on offensive Halloween costumes Walking around on Halloween night, you’re bound to see several enthralling costumes, including anything from cat costumes with strategically placed gaps in apparel, to people dressed as their favourite dictator. And, while this is inherently good, as it is a way for …

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Forty-thousand dollar baby

First baby born on the centennial gets a substantial scholarship It should come as no surprise that many students struggle with post-secondary’s crippling debt caused by tuition and an obscured work schedule. Because of this, those who can seek out bursaries, awards and scholarships to help pay for their development. …

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Second-hand knowledge

The permanent closure of SAITSA Second Classes are back in full swing, and you bright-eyed and hopeful students are likely settling back into the groove of post-secondary problems and coping with your rapidly escalating, and crippling, debt. The debt continues to climb, which is an unfortunate post-secondary pickle we all …

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Author Viet Than Nguyen's debut novel, The Sympathizer. The book won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. (Photo by Parker Crook/SAIT Polytechnic)

Book Review: The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer By Viet Thanh Nguyen Grove Press (2015) The Sympathizer, Viet Than Nguyen’s debut novel, originally published in April 2015, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and after reading the novel, it’s easy to see why. Starting off at the tail end of the Vietnam War, and the …

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Less is more

Sensory deprivation tanks a stress relief for students With the compounded stress levels students face daily, the removal of external senses could help reduce the anxiety that stems from school, work and daily life. Sensory deprivation tanks — also known as float tanks — aim to do just that. “Floating …

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Fines, they are a changin’

Calgary looks at raising fines for community standards bylaw violations Imagine you’re lying in bed Friday night, you’ve had a productive day, and you have to be up early tomorrow. Suddenly, you hear the low grumble of the teenaged neighbour’s bass rumbling to the very fibres of your core. It …

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Physical indifference

Education is the next step to ending discrimination From the era of the Spartans judging the fate of their newborns, to swiping right or left on a dating app, humans have always judged one another based on appearance. It’s in our nature. But that doesn’t make it acceptable behaviour. Everyone …

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Jenna Lencucha performs at Circle the Wagons in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. The event consisted of foodtrucks, beer, a wiener dog race, acrobatics and activities for children. (Photo by Parker Crook/SAIT Polytechnic)

Rolling through town

Circle the Wagons hits Calgary’s University District

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