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Alumni Award recipient reflects on journey

The Weal sat down with 27-year-old Albert Mejia, SAITA’s promotions coordinator, graphic designer, owner of his own streetwear company, professional dancer and co-founder of dance crew Empirical Freedom, recipient of SAIT’s 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and overall “flyest guy” we know, to talk about his brand, dancing and where …

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 …


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 …