Illustration of Student working on a budget. Aly Khan/SAIT)

Balancing act

Tips for a better student budget With the post-break glow rapidly fading, the time has come to re-evaluate one’s finances. ATB Financial’s on-campus branch manager, Kristina Sheldon, offered students some advice for this upcoming term.  Sheldon has been in the banking industry for 15 years, eight of which have been …

Everyone needs tips to surviving Sephora, especially around Christmas time. The location of this Sephora is at Chinook Mall in Calgary, Alberta.
(Photo by Victoria Cockriell/The Press)

Slayin’ in Sephora

How to conquer the makeup giant Welcome to Sephora, any beauty lovers make-up haven.  For a newbie, or those who haven’t mastered the art of staying strong-willed while shopping, seeing all the merchandise, brands and testers can be overwhelming. As a make-up lover myself, I have learned this fearful art …

Colin Van Es demonstrated the isolation and darkness that social media can bring in one's life in Calgary on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.  It can consume one's day and have negative effects on one's life. (Photo by Victoria Cockriell/The Press)

Trapped in the inter web

Social media and self-esteem Social media is the greatest worldwide connection humans have created since the days of mailing letters to each other. The way people are connecting is faster, easier and more sociable, but at some point, social media starts to influence our real lives. With the advent of …

The Happiness Campaign is an e-mail initiative that will be sent out to students and staff during the month of February.
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28 days of happiness

Clap along for the Happiness Campaign SAIT’s Student Development and Counselling Services will be launching their annual Happiness Campaign beginning in February and lasting all month long.  This initiative is an opt-in e-mail campaign that will be sent out to students and staff every day for 28 days, featuring helpful, …

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SAIT offers free fitness

Complimentary classes this week in the SAIT gym SAIT recreation will be offering a free week of fitness classes starting Jan. 16 through Jan. 20. Students can expect the opportunity to drop into classes throughout the week and are able to choose from an array of options including spin, barre, …

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Organic panic

Exploring the latest food craze Healthy, balanced diets are consistently cited by experts as a means to increase energy, reduce factors related to heart and cardiovascular diseases and promote longevity. Maintaining a healthy diet, however, is often easier said than done. As for paying for it, well, that’s another story …

The fog rolls over Lake Agnes on a snowy Fall day.
(Photo by Brady Bateman/SAIT)

Adventure awaits

Hitting the hills this holiday Winter hiking is often regarded as a daunting task, but it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences when done with the right mindset. As John Muir, a Scottish-American naturalist and author once said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more …

A plane departs out of the Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Alberta on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.  (Photo by Victoria Cockriell/The Press)

Travelling tips

Save money while travelling this break Students usually don’t have a lot of extra cash to spend on travelling, but the lucky few who do get to go home for the holidays or travel abroad, often wonder how to save money while travelling on a tight budget.  Many airlines now …

Victoria Cockriell and Colin Van Es take a crack at decorating ugly christmas socks in Calgary on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Christmas is all about being festive and making crafts. (Photo by Victoria Cockriell/The Press)

I’ll be broke for Christmas

D.I.Y. Christmas gifts for the student budget While Christmas may be filling you up with eggnog, carols and cherished times, it will definitely be emptying your wallet.  The pressure to give better gifts while also trying to save up for a new iPhone 700-something can kill your bank account.  But …

This photo was taken at the UofC Spoken Word Club's November Open Mic/Poetry Slam. (Photo by Deborah Mebude/SAIT Polytechnic)

The weight of words

The untold power of speech An age-old maxim states that “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” yet it doesn’t take long to find real-life examples that counter this sentiment. Far from the playground antics of childhood, it’s easy to see that words do …

Male Contraception. (Photo by Deanna Hasselaar/SAIT)

Side effects may include: life

Innovation in male contraception raises controversy When it comes to male contraception, many people aren’t convinced that the side effects are worth the long-term protection it comes with.  A new study for male birth control published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, found that an injectable hormone could …

Illustration by Evan Brien

Streamline your studying

Effective strategies to help you learn best Hitting bumps while studying is never fun. From the SAIT library to the Lamb Learner Success Centre, help is within reach. If you’ve come to realize that your way of studying is not doing you any justice, you may want to look for a …

Matthew Reimer photo story on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (Photo by Sareenah Singh/SAIT)

The weightless workout

Skip the gym but not the gains With winter approaching and shorter days in effect, many steer clear of the gym. However, skipping the weight room doesn’t have to mean skipping a workout.  “It’s true that working out in a gym gets you noticeable results quicker than working out without …

Opinions editor Parker Crook sits with his plate of kale at SAIT in Calgary on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Crook successfully became a vegan for an entire week. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Ethical eating

A week-long adventure in veganism After a final meal of burgers, chocolate, ice cream and everything else unhealthy, I’ve decided it’s time. I’m going vegan for a week.  The idea first came to me a few months back after watching a documentary called Earthlings. The documentary displayed the atrocities that …

Store employee Crystal Dew demonstrates a meditation pose at New Age in Calgary on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The store offers a variety of things such as healing crystals, books, as well as meditation classes and psychic readings. New Age opened in 1979 and has expanded over the years, but is still owned by the Duban family and has remained in the same Kensington location. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Mindful living

Meditation: How to get started The practice of meditation has the potential to help people achieve true happiness and a calm mind. Meditation can be used to reduce stress, aid in physical health, ease chronic pain and support better sleep, while improving mental and emotional well-being. People begin meditation for …


Emotional Intelligence

Invisible pain, public problem The room was packed; the tone was dark. Some of the families were on their last straw and did not know where to turn next for help.  Our health care system and community agencies are overwhelmed by an influx of hundreds of people suffering from mental …

The Canada Food Guide, accompanied by a few recommended foods. Canada’s food guide was last revised in 2007, and now the federal government is making moves to update its guidelines in light of increased obesity rates. (Photo by Deborah Mebude/The Press)

Food guide about to expire

Health minister proposes changes to curb obesity Canada’s food guide was last revised in 2007, and now, nine years later, the federal government is making moves to update its guidelines in light of increased obesity rates.  In an Oct. 24 announcement, Health Minister Jane Philpott said the government will be …

Sissy Portfolio . (Photo by Aly Khan/SAIT)

Dress to impress

Landing a job means dressing for the part Most soon-to-be graduates of SAIT are anticipating working in their respective fields, but some students have a hard time looking for work or don’t have the skills required to ace a job interview. During job interviews applicants not only have to show …

Alcohol can affect you in a variety of different ways, so it's important to know what you're putting into your body. (Photo by Katerina Kotsaftis)

The college guide to drinking

Know your brews Drinking in college is a time-honoured tradition, a rite of passage.  Yet, alcohol can have a steep learning curve in terms of consumption, so it’s important to know what you’re drinking and its effects.  It can be hard to learn your limits if you are unfamiliar with …

A SAIT culinary student dumps organic waste into a green compost bin. (Photo by Katerina Kotsaftis)

I see bins of green

Composting at SAIT Reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills is a priority for SAIT’s facilities department. They have now begun the process of rolling out a new waste strategy. “My ultimate goal would be to get to an 80 per cent diversion rate,” said Delisa Daniel, manager of …