Not exactly America’s trump card

By now, just about everyone has at least something to say about the tirade that is President Donald Trump. Trump loves to tweet. Since his election on Nov. 8, 2016, he has posted nearly 2,900 tweets, an average of about seven tweets per day. Views on Trump’s online activity vary …

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Calgary in the race for 2026 Olympic bid

Although it may seem that getting a new hockey arena in Calgary for the Flames to play in is an ongoing battle, that hasn’t stopped the Heart of the New West from flirting with bidding to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. With existing infrastructure from the Calgary 1988 winter games …

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Harry Potter is magical adult-literature

The Harry Potter series has captured the hearts of people of all ages for the past 20 years. People seem to think the majority of the fan-base are young adults around my age, 25, who have quite literally grown up with the books. There may be some truth to this, …

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Stars falling from grace

Since the defamation of American movie producer Harvey Weinstein in early October, many other Hollywood moguls are under fire for sexual misconduct. As stories and accusations unravel against many well-known stars, one of the biggest scandals is the fall of Netflix’s House of Cards lead, Kevin Spacey. Spacey was first …

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Canada’s judicial system isn’t responsible with violent offenders

Conversations often take an awkward turn when the subject of hobbies and interests comes up and I lead with, “I love serial killers and murder.” I should probably learn to phrase that better, because what I mean is, murderers fascinate me. The way their mind works, the reason they snap, …

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Conspiracy central

With all the terrible things happening in the world everyday, it may bring some comfort to think that this is all caused by secret sinister powers. Conspiracy theories are nothing new, with some believing to this day that Hitler’s suicide was a hoax, but it has become more and more …

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Fighting oppression with oppression

As a feminist, I to see the hijab, niqab and the burqa as female oppression even though my friend and colleague, Hadeel Abed, a practicing Muslim woman, assured me that by no means are women forced to cover up, the Qur’an only suggests modesty. Women are welcome to interpret that …

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Should animal abusers receive harsher penalties?

Criminals found guilty of animal abuse in Alberta have been receiving little more than a slap on the wrist for far too long. In Alberta, the maximum penalty guilty perpetrators can receive is a fine of $20,000 and restriction of animal ownership with only a possibility of jail time, no …

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Quantity vs. Quality in the digital age

In the age when everyone with a camera is suddenly a photographer, those who make a career of the art struggle to find notoriety amongst an endless stream of selfies and candids. Countless images are created and posted every day. The quality of which will vary from those taken with …

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Resisting PC culture

George Orwell said, “at any given moment, there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question […] a genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing.” He published these prophetic words 68 years ago in his bestselling book …

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Paying the price for some nice

Feminism is lighting a fire in women and men all over the world, but it seems behind closed doors, it’s all about chivalry. As I observe the majority of my friends’ relationships with their boyfriends and husbands, I often notice some strong-willed women on the outside. Women who will stop …

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Nenshi’s future looking bleak

In 2010, Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi broke ground becoming the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city. “When he originally started it was revolutionary,” said Adrian Garci, a first-year SAIT Environmental Development student. Nenshi helped to break the stereotype that Calgary was a conservative cow-town stuck decades behind …

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Taking a knee for basic human freedoms

For a country that’s entire cultural identity is based on freedom, and who’s notorious for clinging to their constitution like it provides the air they breathe, many U.S. citizens certainly are quick to douse the flames of freedom of expression, largely when minority groups are the ones whom are exercising …

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Millennials still searching for their musical icons

Not every musician is destined to rise to the heights of The Beatles, Aerosmith, Madonna, or David Bowie, and become an icon, yet many feel the drive to try anyway and it’s proving to be increasingly difficult. After all, they need to embody the bold shock value of Madonna, the …

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A new Flames arena has no place in politics

The new arena talks between the Calgary Flames and the City of Calgary have been put on ice, at least until the municipal election in October. “We’re not running for office. It’s certainly not an election issue for us,” said Ken King, Flames team president in a press junket on …

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When universes collide

The struggle of translating television shows into movies  Discussions have been held for years debating the fact that movies made from books are never as good, but no one seems to mention just how bad movies made from TV shows can be as well.  For years Hollywood has tried to …

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SAITSA working with ASEC

In February 2017, the SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) voted to become probationary members of the Alberta Student Executive Council (ASEC), as a step towards leaving the lobby group.  “Governance last year was really terrible. They just weren’t paying attention and they weren’t keen to details. It wasn’t using best …

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Perspectives changed by a year of reflection

As the end of the school year fast approaches, I find myself thinking about how I got here and why I’m so glad I stayed. Before coming to SAIT, I spent five years at the University of Calgary studying political science, followed by two years of figuring out what the …

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The movie versus the book

The age-old debate Books versus movies, it’s a debate that has been going on forever. Which is better? I am in favour of the book side. I often find the movies seldom live up to the books that came before them. Why is it so hard for Hollywood to stick …

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Character-defining careers

When I graduated from high school I picked the city in Alberta farthest away from my hometown, packed my bags and moved, all in the span of one day. The University of Lethbridge was not where I wanted to be. I didn’t know where I wanted to be, but attending …

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