Not just decorative: the meaning behind Movember

As we enter November, many men are excitedly starting No-Shave November, or Movember, a time when they can let their facial hair grow freely.  But how many people actually know what this hairy month is about? Unfortunately, it seems that the reason behind Movember aren’t very well-known.  “I don’t know …

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Calgary 2026: Nothing ventured, nothing gained, the benefits of hosting the Olympic Games outweigh potential risks

On Nov. 13, Calgarians will vote in a plebiscite to determine whether the city should host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Although this has been the subject of much debate, the course should be clear: A vote of “yes” in the plebiscite is a vote for the city’s …

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Don’t let it snow: take action by boycotting winter

In light of the recent “snowpocalypse,” I must take to my keyboard and call fellow Calgarians to arms in a protest against the bane of everyone’s existence: winter.  Some will argue winter is a delightful season, creating a “winter wonderland” of snow, with everything gilded in sparkling frost. Some might …

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SAIT gym should be more user-friendly

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for us all to face the truth: the gym at SAIT’s Campus Centre could use some improvements.  It is far from an ideal place to exercise. For people new to working out, the machines can be intimidating, and the mirrors everywhere can be distracting.  In …

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Libraries are not obsolete: New Central Library represents growth and connection

An oval shaped building blurs by the CTrain window. As you travel underneath the building through a tunnel, you are left wondering what that building could possibly be.  Wonder no more, that innovative building is the new Central Public Library. You might be thinking ‘why would we possibly need another …

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Bar hopping Comfort is key when it comes to pubs

To quote a TV show, Cheers, that is much, much older than me, “sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.”  The great thing about shows set in bars is that they seem like the perfect places to just hang out. The staff know the characters’ names, the …

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Who you gonna call? Open your mind to the possibilities of the unexplained

Since we have entered the season of ghosts, ghouls and other paranormal creatures, it seems to me that an examination of the supernatural is in order.  Despite a long-held fascination with the macabre and the otherworldly, my attitude toward it has, like Fox Mulder, always been “I want to believe.” …

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SAIT smoking: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, SAIT should become a smoke-free campus

I cannot be the only one who hates when I’m strolling through campus on the way to my next class and I walk into a cloud of cigarette smoke.  With the creation of six designated smoking areas at SAIT, the Smoking on Campus committee hopes to appease everyone, both smokers …

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Pumpkin spice up your life: You can pry this delicious fall flavour from my cold dead hands

Every year, it seems as though “pumpkin spice season” starts earlier and earlier. That’s not just an illusion, either.  Even before the iconic drink is actually available, social media buzz, both positive and negative, begins in anticipation.  Call me a “basic bitch,” but I am a big fan of the …

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The Bank of Mom and Dad: Post-secondary students should not continue to make withdrawals

Well, another academic year has begun and college students, both new and returning, have one big thing on the brain: paying for their schooling. For some, college is their first foray into adulthood and the independence that comes with it. Although undoubtedly exciting, it also raises certain questions. Should students …

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Written in the stars? Astrology really only shapes your life if you let it.

Anybody who has ever cracked open a newspaper has probably looked at the horoscope section, whether they really believe in astrology, or not.  Maybe it’s just because I’m a two-faced Gemini, but I’ve always found that reading horoscopes and learning about astrology tended to be a lot of fun, even …

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a UFO?

The phenomena of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings and alien abductions hold a significant amount of mystery because people have been reporting their experiences for decades. Is there any evidence to prove the claims, or is it a result of human imagination? The 2016 Canadian UFO Survey, which was released …

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The pod people: casting light on a growing medium

Although radio was once thought to be dead because of the rise of television, the recent popularity of podcasts may mean new life for the medium. People listen to podcasts for a variety of reasons: some like entertainment, while others listen to podcasts that keep them up-to-date on news and …

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The good, the bad and the ugly: Inside looks at Fandom

Fandom culture can be an amazing, beautiful thing that brings people from all different walks of life together in appreciation for a movie, show, game, comic or book. The variety of experiences and people make fan communities an interesting patchwork blanket of passion and enthusiasm. Jessie Ferguson, a library information …

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Love me Tinder, match me online

Let’s be real here – dating in 2018 is tough, and honestly, pretty awful most of the time.   Chances are if you didn’t meet your significant other in the pre-Tinder era, you’ve had to roll the dice and meet someone in a non-conventional way.   Gone are the days …

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Unsafe for student guilty of sexual interference to return to University of Calgary campus… never mind his potential victims

The Connor Neurauter controversy is a disgrace to the University of Calgary (U of C), and displays the work still required to confront sexual interference and institutional complicity in it. Nearauter, 21, recently recieved a prison sentance for sexual interference with a 13-year-old girl in 2015. He was sentenced in …

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Wage hike lowers quality of life

As a long-time conservative province, Alberta citizens made a call for change in 2015 by electing the New Democratic Party (NDP) into office. The most notable change they have put into place is perhaps the minimum wage hike. While attempting to lessen the wealth gap is important, Alberta has seemed …

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New Year, same ol’ me, resolutions are overrated

Three weeks into the new year and I’m already kicking myself for not staying true to any of my resolutions, a list, I might add, about 18 articles long. Included on my list are the usual, work out at least three times per week, eat more consciously, save money, floss …

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Safe injection site next step in fighting opioid crisis

For those who live and work in downtown Calgary, seeing a homeless person is not an unlikely occurrence. Every so often, you’ll see someone who visibly has a drug addiction. In an effort to curb the amount of overdoses and public disposal of drug paraphernalia, a new permanent supervised consumption …

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Not exactly America’s trump card

By now, just about everyone has at least something to say about the tirade that is President Donald Trump. Trump loves to tweet. Since his election on Nov. 8, 2016, he has posted nearly 2,900 tweets, an average of about seven tweets per day. Views on Trump’s online activity vary …

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