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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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A man stretches after completing a work out.(Photo by Sareenah Singh/SAIT)

Whey too much training

Shedding light on overtraining myths We can all agree that fitness has a lot of benefits, especially the way it makes you feel after a workout. The most rewarding feeling you can have in the gym is the pump where blood rushes to your muscles, making them feel big and …

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A photo illustration of banned band names at the Palomino and other venues in Calgary on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (Photo by Nikolai Cuthill/SAIT)

Sticks and Stones

Why is a band’s name enough to offend us? Femme Wave, a Calgary feminist music and arts festival, issued a statement on Aug. 17, announcing they would be withdrawing all shows booked at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club, due to the establishment’s booking of a band named Black Pussy. …

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The price of beer has gone up, but don't let that stop you. (Photo by Parker Crook/SAIT Polytechnic)

Brewing change

Moving the focus to Alberta’s breweries Rachel Notley. Alberta New Democratic Party. Depending where your political ideologies lie, there may be a sour taste in your mouth after reading those words. It’s no secret that Notley’s NDP has experienced turbulence since Alberta voted them in during the May 2015 election, …

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Calgaria

Calgary should take a page out of Portland’s playbook You don’t have to go very far in this town to find an “I heart Alberta beef” bumper sticker. Alberta is, after all, a province that is very proud of itself, and nowhere is this truer than in Calgary. We love …

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Travel through time

A look at the past provides a glimpse of the future The earth trembles as monstrous coal haulers roll up the road towards the Battle River power plant. It’s the oldest coal plant in Alberta, and it’s still not quite half as old as SAIT. We crane our necks and …

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Look before you leap

Roughly seven years ago, then 14-year-old Rikki Hillmer was hit by a late model, full-sized pick-up truck while crossing 162 Ave. in Calgary’s southwest. Clad in black, not wearing her glasses and rushing for the bus on her way to school, she ventured across the divided roadway and caused an …

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Shoelace express

Pedestrian safety should be an utmost priority On average, more than one pedestrian has been hit by an automobile a day since the start of this year in Calgary alone. In a city of a million people, especially with such a strong driving culture, pedestrian fatalities are a sad fact …

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It’s the finals countdown

Finals season is almost upon us, and, as usual, it is riding into town on a wave of stress, anxiety and hopelessness. As with every other year, we ask ourselves why we even have finals at all. Are finals actually beneficial? Or do they simply cause stress in students? Danny …

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Editors’ travel picks

Nikolai Cuthill Photo Editor Australia My favourite place that I have been has to be Australia. I lived there for three years, and it has become a second home for me. Everyone knows that everything in Australia is dangerous and trying to kill you, but people often overlook the beauty …

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The world is your textbook

Learning opportunities are not solely available in a classroom Travelling is more than a simple vacation and an opportunity to sit on a beach while drinking mojitos at 10 a.m. Travel is education. One of the best ways to learn something is through immersion. For example, it’s easier to uncover …

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Premature inauguration

A quick election cycle leads to questions about the campaign process When there’s more substance on the SAITSA trifold behind the candidates running for executive council than in their platforms, things need to change. This was the case for some, but not all, at the March 8, ‘meet the candidates’ …

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Fight the Fad

Gluten-free should be taken more seriously In the early days of humankind, before the birth of agriculture, everyone was gluten-free.  In today’s world, grain proteins are found in a multitude of food and beverages. However, a new trend is emerging. People have started to make the choice to remove gluten …

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Crashing on campus

Is SAIT ready for nap rooms? It’s 12:45 p.m. on a Wednesday, and you’ve hit a wall of bricks preventing you from further rational thought. Class will let out in five minutes, and you’ve got an hour to kill before another dreaded afternoon lecture. Since you were up late the …

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Matthew Bardsley shows us how he is consumed by technology and social media on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Photo by Tyler Marr)

Planting seeds of change

Encouraging people to put down their smartphones Electronics have become an enormous part of our lives. Many of us can’t seem to go a day without using our cellphone, tablet or computer. From our personal lives to our working habits, digital technology has completely changed the way we live. But …

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The selfie solution

Photographic self-portraits under scrutiny From its birth in the 19th century, to the hustle and bustle of the modern era, the selfie as we know it has undergone change. According to the Huffington Post, Robert Cornelius, an amateurphotographer from Philadelphia, PA, is believed to have taken the first photographic self-portrait …

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Parker is devastated that the world is running out of scotch. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT Polytechnic)

Liquid gold

Scotch, the hot new investment The number of people who drink single malt Scotch whisky has risen dramatically over the past decade, and it has been driving prices up. According to the Scotch Whisky Association, Scotland’s whisky exportation increased more than 150 per cent between 2004 and 2014. Due to …

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Who are you wearing?

Cate Blanchett walks onto the red carpet, wearing an all-blue gown as reporters incessantly ask, “Who are you wearing?” The cameras flash over and over to catch the latest commodity of the day. They follow the walking advertisement until they find something newer and better. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio is asked …

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Cohen, 2, laughs while swinging at a park in S.W. Calgary. His mom and dad were and he were enjoying the warm weather and the park. (Photo by Jeremy Ash/SAIT Polytechnic)

Are playgrounds too safe?

It wasn’t really recess unless the writhing screams of an eight-year-old wafted across the schoolyard. Busted lips and twisted ankles, broken bones and minor concussions were commonplace when growing up, and these injuries happened off the jungle gym. There was never a shortage of scratched eyeballs from playing with sticks, …

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