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 …


Conditional Transparency

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 a first hand chance to learn what …

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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 …

Justin Trudeau comes to visit SAIT carpentry students in Calgary on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Trudeau met with the students to see real trades men and women at work. (Photo by Nikolai Cuthill/SAIT Polytechnic)

Trudeau tries trades at SAIT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped by SAIT during his recent visit to Calgary to meet some students in trades. Trudeau arrived shortly after 3 p.m. on March 29 at SAIT’s Thomas Riley building, and was joined by members of parliament Darshan Kang (Skyview) and Kent Hehr (Calgary Centre). While touring …

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Meet the candidates

With the SAITSA elections getting into high gear, 19 student candidates spoke at a panel on March 8, 2016, at the SAITSA run Odyssey Coffeehouse. The room was packed with over 50 audience members watching as the candidates answered questions from moderator Jennifer Dotchin, CRO for SAITSA’s Political Committee. Vice …

Beth O'Connor is the founder of Cultured Canines, a Calgary dog training company. O'Connor has two dogs: Jake (left) and Leia (right). (Photo by Jeff Wiehler/The Weal)

Startup Stories: Cultured Canines

Calgarian Beth O’Connor started a dog training business out of a desire to improve the safety of her four-legged friends. After five years of running the business, she has found success through creating a brand. “I approach it business owner first, dog trainer second,” says O’Connor, founder of Cultured Canines. …

WHOANDWHAT in Calgary on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. WHYANDMORE. (Photo by Nikki Celis/The Press)

First Nations cook brings bannock to the food truck scene

Fusing various influences into one, one First Nations Calgarian is looking to introduce his local cuisine to a broader audience—and to an extent, nationally as well. From Eden Valley, and currently a Calgary resident, Tristan Lefthand, 31, hopes to bring his signature flare with starting up his own food truck …

The Trojans Men’s Hockey forward Damien Kulynych, right, celebrates his goal against the Briercrest Cripplers during an ACAC  league game at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.  The Trojans Men’s Hockey dominated the game winning 6-0. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

Crisis adverted?

Well, it would seem as though something has finally clicked for this slow starting Trojan team. What that something might be, could be as simple as a fresh start in the new year. Maybe the Trojans’ resolution was to improve their record.  Or maybe, just maybe, there’s a little more …

Echinacea tea is used to help reduce to symptoms of a cold. (Photo by Brooke Hovey)

Hello, is it tea you’re looking for?

Chicken noodle soup for a cold, a frosty pint on a hot day, Gatorade for a hangover; these are just some of the creature comforts we seek out for sweet relief from that which ails us. But can anything quite compare to a cup of tea? For countless centuries, all …

Madhatters goaltender Mel Targett drops to butterfly to make a save during an elimination playoff game against rival squad The Penguins on Mar. 2, 2015. The Madhatters won the contest by a score of 3-2, scoring the game winning goal only 17 seconds into the overtime. (Photo by Shea Johnston/SAIT Polytechnic)

Shredding the environment

For many of us, winter is a time of year to break out some cool downhill gear and hit the slopes.  Let’s face it, when the winter lasts for what feels like an eternity, it helps to have an activity to get you by until spring. As you are swooshing …

Calgarians gather at Genesis Centre to watch the Canadian Cruiser Weight Championship fight in Calgary on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. The fight was hosted by Dekada, there were five fights throughout the evening. (Photo by Kenneth Appleby/The Press)

Fighting with sole

Pro mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters swapped out their gloves and put on some shoes as they entered the boxing ring and switched up their fighting style. Calgarian Matt Krayco, a third-year electrician at SAIT, has competed in about 15 pro MMA matches. Now at age 24, Krayco has been …

A student demonstrates the use of the Organic waste recycling bins in the Athletic Centre in Calgary on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. (Photo by Brooke Hovey)

Compost bins celebrate first birthday

The majority of SAIT’s trash does not end up in the landfill, with around 60 per cent transported off campus to be recycled and composted. Rolled out a year ago, the green compost bins have offered another stream for waste to avoid the landfill. “It has been very successful, in …


Local artist brings insight into mental well-being through art

For a night, the Motion Gallery was an intimate space filled music, art, and connection, as part of a local dancer’s series dedicated to bringing insight in an entertaining fashion. As an effort to raise awareness in regards to mental health, Krizia Carlos, a nurse and dancer, started her first …


I miss dumplings: my initial foray into soylent only

  Statistics: Height:159 cm Weight: 82 kg Blood Pressure:126/74 (normal/pre-hypertension)BMR:1825.2   The idea of knowing full well you will be giving up something as ritualistic as eating does something to you. As an experiment for the Weal, I’ve decided to forego eating regular food, replacing my entire diet with Soylent, …


Alberta solar energy on the rise

Outlook for the solar industry in Alberta is sunny with just a few clouds Improvements in solar panel technology along with Alberta’s number of sunny days has the solar industry optimistic, but there are still hurdles to overcome. Despite the high latitudes, the Prairie provinces offer many days of sunlight, …


Q&A with Cancer Bats

Canadian hardcore kings, Cancer Bats, have had a hectic 2015. With the release of their fourth studio full-length album Searching for Zero—and getting back on the road after a near year and a half hiatus—Cancer Bats are back at it, and they’ve got their game faces on. The Weal caught …


Old habits die hard for Trojans

With their sluggish start to the season, the Trojans men’s hockey team needed to establish some consistency in their game, and last weekend against the Portage College Voyageurs, they did just that—only not in the fashion one might imagine. With both games ending in tied affairs, the weekend saw the …


Keeping the ball rolling

Parks Calgary Foundation donates $2.7 million over four years to amateur sport in the city Amateur sport funding is often the first to go when making budget cuts, which is why the Calgary Parks Foundation is so important in a recession like this. On Thursday, Nov. 12, the culmination of …


An alternative to tracking time

With homework, tests, and possibly a part-time or full-time job as well as other responsibilities to manage within the week, one can’t blame themselves for losing track of time. Héctor Flores Mendoza, a 33-year-old SAIT student and certified business coach, has specific suggestions to manage time effectively as student life takes …