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Living free

Why zero waste living is no waste How often do you throw things away throughout the course of a day; five times, 10, maybe 20?  Lauren Singer, former sustainability manager at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, recently spoke at a TEDxTeen event about her zero waste life. …

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Exercise your right

Students should care more about their student government The SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) election has come and gone, and SAITSA experienced a voter turnout of 7.84 per cent. And, for the BOD, this is a good turnout. But, unfortunately, we also had fewer candidates this year than we had …

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Illustration by Evan Brien

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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It follows

Creepy clown sightings reported in Alberta Halloween is fast approaching, and while it is a time for spooky scares, the creepy clown phenomenon is not making people laugh. These clowns have sinister reputations. They appear dressed in scary costumes while stalking and threatening people. “I don’t like being chased or …

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Bump in the night

Sleep with one eye open Halloween is a time for ghosts, ghouls and other assorted gremlins to roam through the night, causing terror and mischief. Of all these monsters though, the one you should be most afraid of is a lesser-known demon of German origin, known as the Walrider. It …

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SAITSA President Gar Gar Holds a copy of The Weal from 1966. The newspaper was in the time capsule opened during SAIT's 100 anniversary. (Photo by Justin Schellenberg/The Press)

Keeping with the times

The complications of a digital age time capsule In Złocieniec, Poland, on Sept. 6, a Nazi time capsule was unearthed and opened in a military training complex. Buried in 1934, it contained pictures of Hitler and two copies of Mein Kampf. And, when the capsule was unsealed, its contents were …

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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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A student prepares to walk into the future with her SAIT education in tow. (Photo by Nikolai Cuthill/SAIT)

Patching perspectives

Post-secondary education is more than just a classroom For thousands of years, people have been pondering a thought experiment that is popularly known as Theseus’ paradox. In the experiment, there is a hypothetical item, which is most commonly either a boat, an axe or a favourite sock. Let’s use the …

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Put yourself in their shoes

Uproar over increased tuition You’re an international student returning to SAIT for your second year of studies. You go to the registrar’s office to pay your tuition, only to find out that the price of your course has risen nearly 40 per cent. What do you do? For Jennifer Drew, …

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Where’s the beef

Going vegetarian could help save the planet Alberta beef has not had a good year. For the past several months, the price of steak has been steadily rising for both producers and consumers. In an already volatile economy, local farmers have had to contend with increased cost to produce, and …

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Naomi Kim lounges in her home on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Kim is a second generation Canadian, her parents are South Korean, and she lives caught between two cultures. (Photo by Nikolai Cuthill/SAIT)

Cultural Duality

Caught adrift between tradition and assimilation Canada prides itself on being a cultural mosaic, where new immigrants bring a piece of their culture with them as they arrive. As these newcomers arrive on our strange shores, they seek familiarity among members of their own culture—so as not to be swept …

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Calgary Transit is going green

Future Green Line beneficial for students For many students, transit is a part of daily life at SAIT. When you visit the SAIT/ACAD and Jubilee station, you see first- hand the number of people who intersect through Calgary Transit. At the transit stop, there are many different people: young mothers …

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A SAIT student demonstrates restrictions on freedom of speech and creating a safe space by covering her mouth. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Intellectual bubbles

Debate is critical to post-secondary education By now, we’ve all read about the Trump hat fiasco at Mount Royal University. But, I’m not here to cover that story. Not really. I’m here to talk about safe spaces. Almost everyone is on the same page already. The woman was wrong to …

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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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The Peter Pan paradox

Lost boys and girls of the millennial generation Millennials, born from the early ’80s to the late ’90s, are unique in how singularly distinguished they are from the generations that came before them. Known by many as the “the Peter Pan generation,” millennials are known for putting off many of …

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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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Beating around the bush

Thought provoking? Or gross out factor? If you were in residence over this summer, you may have noticed a very peculiar poster attached to one of the corkboards on your floor. In a rainbow of colours, a list of 61 different slang terms for vagina was written, followed by the …

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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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Next level gaming

Lack of recognition for competitive gamers Felix Kjellberg earned $12 million in advertising revenue in 2014 by playing video games on YouTube, according to a report by Forbes. Kjellberg, better known by the moniker PewDiePie, is only 25 years old, and has nearly 45 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. …

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