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Where’s the lettuce at SAIT?

Eating healthy and finding enjoyable options as a student can be a challenge, especially if you are vegetarian or vegan.  “We try to stick to the menu but we do our best to cater to people’s needs,” said Jeff Villavende, who works at the Austin Grill in the Stan Grad …

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Tia Weller, owner of the Regal Cat Cafe, poses for a picture at the Regal Cat Cafe in Kensington.  The Regal Cat Cafe, launched in June 2017, and is the first of its kind in Calgary. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Kensington’s Kitten Kingdom

Kensington is home to the purr-fect get away for stressed out students looking for a cup of coffee or a cat to cuddle.  The Regal Cat Café, the first of it’s kind in Calgary, opened in June, 2017 in the heart of Kensington.  “[Cats] help to reduce stress, it’s fuzzy …

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A map of Canada’s national parks

Students looking to travel and still save money this summer might consider visiting one of Canada’s national parks. To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada is offering free passes to every national park all year long. Not only is this incentive to go out and see our country’s natural beauty, …

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(Photo by Katerina Kotsaftis/SAIT)

Body hair conundrums

Women often feel pressure to remove body hair and the practice has benefits to personal life and health. For 22-year-old Tanisha Kirby this stigma is true. Kirby has been removing her body hair since she was 13. At age 15, removing pubic hair and other body hair became a normal …

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Calgary’s Rockies baseball alumni, Michael Goldade, preparing mentally for baseball season in a friends apartment on March 22, 2017 in Calgary. Goldade also plays guitar in his spare time to relax. (Photo by Katerina Kotsaftis/SAIT)

Letting loose without substance use

There are many healthy ways to take the edge off We are quickly approaching the end of the semester, and as projects pile up and final exams loom over our shoulders, feelings of stress start to compound. We live in a culture of edges, one leading to another. A long …

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Sacrificing for school

Post-secondary education can have huge effects on your social life Post-secondary education can have huge effects on a person’s future, but can also have unwelcoming effects on their social life. Post-secondary education affects average earnings, mental stability and even physical health, but perhaps the most pervasive impacts are the changes …

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Students pose for a photo for the Weal newspaper story, 'Virgin Shaming' on March. 4, 2017. (Photo by Katerina Kotsaftis/SAIT)

Sex, virginity and your self worth

The connotations around virginity are complicated and can make people feel anxious, but decisions regarding sex should be made based on what one’s comfortable with. Emily Ophus, the Community Programs Manager at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre, said that there are many different perceptions of virginity, and while some people …

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Vaping popular despite health hazards

E-cigarettes work by heating liquids like nicotine mixed with other chemicals and flavours and turning them into a vapour. They became popular since after invention in China in 2003, and because they don’t produce any smoke, they’re described as a safer option instead of cigarettes. “I smoked for five years …

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Springing into action

A change of season provides a fresh start after a long, bleak winter Spring has arrived, and it’s a season to look forward to with hope, expectation and relief. It’s a time filled with clichés, an opportunity for abandonment and joy to take precedence over originality. There is a spring …

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Paranormal investigator

Ghost hunters walk among us Alot of students are involved in extra-curricular activities. But not many students’ extracurriculars involve the paranormal. Kerriene England is a SAIT journalism student, but in her time outside of school, she works as a ghost hunter with Ghost Hunt Alberta. “We go to supposedly haunted …

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Hab Hailu reads a resume of an applicant in Calgary on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (Photo by Aly Khan/SAIT)

Stand out and get hired

Tips for building a resumé Writing a proper resumé can be the difference between landing a dream job or going home empty handed. According to Charnelle Trout, a talent acquisition worker at Bowen, recruitment firm, tailoring a resumé to the specific job is often the key for success. “Do your …

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Natural alternative remedy

Between studying, working and maintaining a social life, students often become overwhelmed, however, there are solutions. Trying to get all of these activities done can become too much to handle and students can start to feel pressure.  It’s not always rainbows and butterflies when trying to accomplish everything at the …

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Essential oils from Sage in Crossiron Mills in Balzac. 
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Aroma therapy

Although essential oils are thought to be only used for things like sleep and colds, they might just change the way you smell.  Essential oils are highly concentrated plant essences derived from the wild that can aid in both the physical and psychological realm of life.  Aroma therapist Katie Maedel …

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A girl cuddles up with a book in embrace of the hygge lifestyle. Hygge is about relaxation and the simple pleasures in life.
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Fight winter blues

Danish lifestyle promotes winter-time comfort and connection Wearing a favourite sweater, sitting by a cosy fireplace and drinking hot chocolate can increase happiness.  That may not sound like rocket science, but Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, says that these elements, also known as …

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Roommate dynamics

How to have a successful relationship with your roommates The Weal sat down with petroleum engineering technology student Derek Wieliczko to talk about how he deals with living alongside three roommates in SAIT’s residence.  The Weal: What was it like when you first met your roommates compared to now? Derek …

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Productive unwinding

Ways to optimize rest and make the most of days off In order to succeed at midterms and practicums, SAIT students need to learn effective stress management techniques to properly unwind. Counsellor Teri Olson, a registered psychologist at SAIT’s Student Development and Counselling centre, said it’s one of the busiest …

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Loving who you are, inside and out, is very important. (Photo by Victoria Cockriell/SAIT)

Appreciate your body, appreciate yourself

The body positive movement is one that encourages people to adopt a positive and forgiving body image, something that almost anyone can relate with. Teri Lynn Olson, a registered psychologist who works for Student Development and Counselling Services at SAIT, explained that everyone has a body image and it’s part …

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Cross-Calgary Skiing

Confederation Park to see improved cross-country ski opportunities Wintertime recreation at Confederation Park will see improvements, as Foothills Nordic Ski Club has made arrangements with the City of Calgary to better facilitate cross-country skiing.  The viability of the sport in the city was under question this past summer, following an …

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Get up and go

Tips for getting ready and out of the door fast One of the greatest feelings is finding yourself tucked in warm and cozy. But after realizing that you’re an hour late for class, that feeling is instantly terminated. Trying to maximize time can be quite hard for non-early birds. Packing …

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Being on time as a student can be stressful. Any tips help! (Photo by Victoria Cockriell/SAIT)

Streamline your time

By defining most important tasks, students can improve workflow Learning to build and keep efficient work habits is one of the most vital skills a student at SAIT can learn during their time on campus. Emily Resler, a student in the bachelor of business program at SAIT, manages to balance …

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