Presenting ‘Trojans 101’

This year, SAIT international students could be learning not only in the classroom but in the hockey rink as well. For the first time, SAIT athletics is hosting an event targeting international students to help them understand our beloved game of hockey. On Oct. 4, Trojans 101 – Hockey will …

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Paintball painted in new light

There is a community of paintballers in Calgary who have been training vigilantly for a shot at glory at the professional level. Every week these individuals congregate at Rampage City Paintball, as so many paintballers do at fields across Canada, to put their skills and bodies to the ultimate test. …

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Exploring the Missional Housing Option

Being a full time post-secondary student is hard on your bank account. According to Study Canada, living costs for students on campus ranges from $3,000 to $7,500 per year and off-campus living ranges from $250 to $700 monthly. There is a possible solution, but it’s not for everyone. The Mustard …

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Alberta Up in Smoke

Alberta likes to be first in everything: first in the economy, first in oil production, and first in hockey team performance… OK that last one is debatable. But now, we’re first in smoking. Health Canada’s studies show smoking across Canada has decreased across the board amongst all age groups, but …

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Park legally or pay the price

You’re already late for class as you jam your keys into the ignition, holding your breath until the engine of your beat-up ride roars to life. With a lot of luck − and a little speeding − you make good time in rush-hour traffic. Almost at school, you weigh the …

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Opinion: The great graduation debate

As graduation approaches many SAIT students are close to reaching the end of their educational path. And like a good novel, the moment may be coloured by both anxiety and relief. Weal editors James McKenzie and Rebekah Jarvis are among the class of 2011. Like you, they have mixed emotions …

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Opinion: Vote, stupid

We sit on the verge of a major election, one that could change the Canadian political landscape for years to come. But that doesn’t matter to you. Why should it? There is a grievous disconnect between people and government in this day and age. It’s one of the reasons why …

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Opinion: Feminism fight far from over

ANTIGONISH, N.S. (CUP) — The Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente claims the 21st century “belongs to women” and that “the war for women’s rights is over. And we won.” She wrote this in a column that came a day before International Women’s Day. This purposefully ignorant argument hardly deserves …

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Opinion: Safety is your responsibility

When violent incidents on city transit make the news, it may make the average student rider nervous. Be it the man who lost his leg when he fell between two cars or the individual who was stabbed on the train, these headlines can make you feel like riding public transit …

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OPINION Smartphone etiquette 101

What not to do on your magical everything-machine. We live in a world of useful technology. Every other day a new update, feature, app or platform is invented to help us communicate faster, better and more clearly. Of all these continuously evolving technological tools, the cellphone sits at the top …

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OPINION Moans about loans

To many, student loans are a necessity, not a choice. But if the recent study showing student loan debt at an all time high is any indication, maybe this assumption should be questioned. There are, in fact, ways to survive without loans. Perhaps one of the biggest hints that you …

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Japan shows dignity in face of tragedy

Japan’s current troubles would bring other countries to their knees. An earthquake registering 9.0 triggered a devastating tsunami, which then damaged a series of nuclear reactors, most notably the Fukushima plant. Whole swaths of northern Japan are completely destroyed, thousands have been killed while countless others have lost their homes …

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Toilet etiquette tips

No matter which gender you identify with, there’s a certain degree of difficulty taking advice from the opposite sex. But sometimes we need to suck it up and listen, especially when it comes to certain topics. Bathroom etiquette just so happens to be one of those topics, and there just …

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OPINION: Students running on Cheez Whiz

March is nutrition awareness month, and if you’re like me, the last two months of neglecting resolutions to eat better and be less self-destructive are catching up. Even though some groundbreaking steps have been taken — like no more Cheez Whiz, since it’s grey before the yellow colouring is added …

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OPINION Celebrity meltdowns

In 1989, Charlie Sheen had a starring role in the baseball comedy movie Major League. In the film, he plays relief pitcher Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, a fresh from prison head-case with a knack for binge drinking and sleeping with teammates’ wives. Sound familiar? How many of us now watch …

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Opinion: Fan showing shameful

With three Trojan teams currently in the hunt for medals, it’s astounding how there is little to no fanfare on campus in support of those who represent SAIT in athletic endeavors. Why isn’t the student population pumped about their collegiate teams making runs for first? Granted SAIT is a technical …

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Opinion: Smokers are people too

I have had an epiphany: Smoking is not positive for one’s health. This revelation may have occurred as a result of my 14 years of public education,  my parents’ warnings and disapproval, the many discriminatory anti-smoking advertisements or even the graphic warnings on and inside the cigarette packaging. Without a …

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‘What a slut’

OTTAWA (CUP) — “And then we went back to my place and (had sex),” the girl ahead of me in line at the coffee shop declared, catching her friend up on the weekend’s events. “I can’t believe you did that,” responded the second girl, incredulously. “You’re such a slut!” Both …

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A good aid charity is hard to find

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. To help or not to help is no longer the way of foreign aid, especially in a world increasingly complex, nuanced, and yet still stuck in black and white, Liberal or Conservative. Making blind donations in the hopes that …

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Opinion: Celebrity lifestyle: the good, bad and ugly

The days of aristocracy are over. There are no ladies or lords to attend to anymore. However, the lifestyles of our ancestors are still alive thanks to modern-day celebrity. For whatever reason, people love them despite – or perhaps because of – their drug habits, rehab trips, sex tapes, DUIs, …

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