Fandoms unite at the 12 annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Beam down for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo launched in 2006, playing host to 3,400 attendees. In it’s 12 years the Calgary Expo has taken flight. In 2016 the event attracted over 105,000 attendees. On Thursday, April 27 at Stampede Park, the …

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Conditional Transparency

The SAITSA elections results on March 30, 2017 welcomed a new team of executive council members. Some old, some new, but all with the same bottom line: To make SAIT the best possible experience for students through engagement, transparency and advocacy. Students had a first hand chance to learn what …

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SAIT’s culture is success

Students contribute to a unique campus culture Culture is one of those funny words that gets tossed around a lot without people stopping to think about what it really means. When applied to its most basic level, culture simply means a common set of ideas or traditions that govern a …

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Members of the SAIT Concrete Toboggan team show off their sled in Winnipeg on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The team placed fifth out of 21 teams in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race.

Hitting the slopes

SAIT wins big at Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race Back in February, SAIT competed with multiple colleges and universities across the country in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race, an engineering challenge where students are tasked with creating a fully functioning sled with multiple mechanical parts.  The SAIT team of …

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Calgarians courageous at candlelight vigil

I am ashamed of myself. Not because of anything I’ve said or done, but rather what I was nearly afraid to do.  I debated to myself whether to attend the candlelight vigil outside City Hall on Monday, Jan. 30, in solidarity with those murdered in Quebec City.  I questioned it …

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Losing weight, saving money, quitting smoking and developing healthy habits are often the most popular New Year’s resolutions. At the beginning of January, it’s normal for people to feel excited and motivated about their resolutions and look forward to accomplishing them. As the year goes by, however, people often stop …

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Executive Corner – Paying it Forward: Intangible Investments

When we hear the word ‘investment’, our minds typically think of a financial investment. While learning how to invest in stocks and other types of assets is important, the term investment is not limited to monetary concerns. Sometimes, the most rewarding investments are the intangible ones: you can’t physically touch …

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Profile: Octavia Bindery

Tucked away in the Southwest corner of downtown Calgary, Robert Leigh Angus runs a cloth over a piece of embossed leather, staining it with rich amber-coloured dye. “There’s nothing not to love about book binding,” says Angus. “It’s very hands on, it’s very crafty–perfection is everything.” His choice of trade was purely …

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SAITSA has been saving up for a new student's association building, and now has $5 million in the fund. -Mikaela MacKenzie, THE WEAL

Get schooled, get money, avoid debt

Executive Corner with VP Academic Kimmi Nguyen If post-secondary education weren’t important, there wouldn’t be students here at SAIT. Whether it be a diploma, degree, technical training or upgrading, we are here to acquire knowledge and skills so that we can secure a job, as well as our future. Obtaining …

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Following the Sun to Adventure

Richard Arthur’s book I of the Sun offers readers a glimpse into a once-in-a-lifetime journey from the UK to Southeast Asia. Arthur used his diaries, firsthand experience, and his own philosophical ideas to write about the one year in which he travelled to the countries of Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia …

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A Reading break from the cold

With Reading week right around the corner, some SAIT students are planning to duck out of Canada and head south for more tepid temperatures. Destinations—SAIT’s student-operated travel centre—has been busy taking bookings and replying to inquiries for the upcoming Feb. 17-21 reading break for the past few weeks now. “People …

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The Weal’s 2013/14 Sex Survey Results

You most identify as: Female 55 % Male 43 % Other 2 % Your age is: Under 18 2 % 18-20 41 % 21-23 28.5 % 24-26 12.5 % 27-30 10.5 % Over 31 5 % I’d rather not say 5 % What is your sexual orientation? Straight 86 % …

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The great wide HAIRY world of sports

Facial hair has always been prominent in the world of sports, but never as prominent than during the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs. The ‘playoff beard’ is one of the biggest and longest standing traditions in hockey, starting with the 1980 New York Islanders team who went on to become …

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“Take me, baby,” said The Weal’s Sex Survey

From red-faced blushes and nervous stutters to awkward changes in the topic of conversation, talking about sex can have a weird effect on some people. Here at The Weal, we’re different. We want to talk about sex and we want to hear about what revs your engine. Every year, The Weal …

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Bringing back the confidence of being a woman

Despite the advancements women have made—and continue to make—in our world, low self-confidence still remains a common issue for many women and girls. In an article published on The Up Lab’s website, the difference between self-confidence and self-esteem was established. While self-esteem refers to peoples’ perceptions of themselves, self-confidence refers …

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Some students in too deep in rental market

This fall, students have been flooding to the newly reduced Calgary rental market, and are running out of options as classes begin this month. SAITSA vice-president external Ken Taylor has done the math and according to him, several hundred SAIT students are currently left without a home this school year. …

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