The Dungarees breathe new life into down-home country music

  The Dungarees have always managed to keep their drive, despite the ups and downs of 10 years together.   “There are definitely challenges, but I think the biggest one is just keeping perspective and staying positive,” said vocalist and bassist James Murdoch.   “If you’d talked about the things we’re …

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Love me Tinder: could you find true love?

To Tinder or not to Tinder: this is the question on single students’ minds. For some, finding love is a hard thing to do while trying to balance schoolwork and a part-time job. Singles tend to consider downloading the little flame to help with their quest. Is the camp fire …

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Inside SAIT journalism

Employment in traditional news media continues to face great instability and claims of “fake news” are used to target journalists worldwide. Despite this, SAIT’s journalism program has been steadily enrolling more students than ever before.   Challenging job market conditions for journalism grads will likely persist into the future. However, …

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Cannabis up in smoke on campus?

SAIT’s cannabis prohibition aroused response from SAIT students and faculty, and is drawing the attention of Saitsa Board members.   With SAIT being a public space, SAIT’s first response in creating the procedure document for Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products was to follow the City of Calgary guidelines outlined …

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Podcast Picks

  Podcasts are more popular than ever. Why not make your morning commute a little more interesting with one of the following recommendations? These podcasts provide something different, whether you’re interested in news, education, or sports.   Educational: Philosophize This Philosophize This is a fantastic introduction to basic philosophical concepts and …

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Saitsa Safewalk

  As the daylight hours lessen as winter takes its nasty toll, students need not worry when travelling on campus or nearby to their homes. Campus Safewalk is here to help. The Saitsa Campus Safewalk is run by volunteers who help fellow students get home safely in the dark. The …

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Fake news and social media create challenges for democracy

Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, the U.S. media has published endless stories about fake news and ways technology has threatened democracy.   Many of the tactics described in these reports centered around the proliferation of fake news reports on social media, targeted advertising on social media by third party …

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Do tax cuts help create investment?

Roughly speaking, trickle-down economics is lowering taxes on wealthy individuals and businesses, hoping they will invest more money in communities.   The UCP won the 2019 election on promises to lower taxes and cut spending to kickstart the economy. However, their controversial 2019 budget has the opposition NDP calling the …

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Introducing “FATDWAP”

Starting now, we at The Weal will bring you monthly recommendations for “Fun Activities to Do with Another Person.” They don’t have to be a significant other –spend some time with your best friend and take your mind off your classes for a little while. It’s a new year, so why …

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Sharing the experiences of students with disabilities

Dec. 3 is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, and SAIT student Shalom Heinsen is looking to create a yearly event that will help build bridges between people with disabilities attending SAIT and the rest of the student body.   Heinsen is in her first year of the Legal …

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Altameda continues to authentically grow after new album and international touring

Edmonton-based band Altameda plays at The Gateway on Friday Nov. 29th. I spoke with frontman Troy Snaterse about their album Time Hasn’t Changed You and how the four-piece folk-rock group has found success after two studio albums.   Altameda has opened for, and toured with, bands such as The Trews, The …

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Fifth instalment of Femme Wave keeps resisting

Femme Wave, the non-profit feminist arts festival, had underground arts and politics lovers crawling from one venue to the next in Downtown Calgary all weekend long.   On Nov. 8, Friday night kicked off with a comedy shop. It featured stand-up comedians Adora Nwofor, Jayme Tucker, Emily Bilton, and Issa …

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Sexual health goes beyond condoms

Safe sex is something that everyone who is sexually active should be aware of, but sadly, some of this vital information can get lost in the shuffle. Whether you’re in a long term relationship, hooking up, or somewhere in between, keeping yourself safe is vital. Condoms are the thing that …

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Disney+: Everything you need to know

Disney+ is here, bringing everyone all the Disney shows you could ever think of. No more thinking about if you should stay up late to watch the oddly scheduled Simpsons episode at 3 a.m. on a school night.   They’ve brought all the shows to us under one streaming service. …

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Tommy’s Two Cents: Community Service

Sometimes, when I’m feeling wild and rebellious, I’ll do something out of character. I’ll do something like parking my beat-up Honda Civic somewhere where it’s clearly forbidden. Sometimes I’ll park somewhere that requires payment, and I’ll flip the bird to the parking meter as I hop out. Sometimes I’ll hop …

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The Performance as Protest: Exhibition Tour with Elizabeth Diggon

The Performance as Protest: Exhibition Tour with Elizabeth Diggon at the Esker Foundation opened the conversation about performance and performative gestures in art as a form of protest.   Diggon is an author and used to work at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. She is the current Assistant Curator at …

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Insatiable Season 2

Spoiler alert:this article contains spoilers about the Netflix series Insatiable. Even after its controversial season one release, Insatiable season two is now on Netflix, as of Oct.11.   Its initial release was met with controversy because of Debby Ryan’s character, Patty Bladell, who loses 70 pounds due to an accident that …

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Searching for perspective on the 2019 budget cuts

The 2019 budget will most certainly bring sharp tuition increases and further financial burden for Alberta’s post-secondary students. However, the overall budget released by the United Conservative government on Oct. 24thappears to fall short of the severe cuts of the Klein era.   University of Calgary economist Trevor Tombe has …

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Why being a jerk to retail workers makes you a joke

It’s 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The doors are locked. Everyone’s ready to go home. A man is yelling, and screaming, and threatening our lives because we won’t let him in. This story isn’t an exception to the rule. Everyone who has worked retail over the holidays has a story …

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Social media and online marketplace yield more for scammers

Scammers have long used telephone and email fraud to fleece consumers of their hard-earned cash. However, with the rise in social media and online shopping, scammers are now moving online.   A recent report by the Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust (BBB), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor …

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