Did OUTSpoken go too far?

OUTSpoken, SAIT’s new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) student club, released a controversial ad campaign that saw negative backlash but successfully generate dialogue. The majority of the ads depicted unfavourable phrases commonly used against the LGBTQ community in large, emboldened writing, with smaller text under explaining the #eradicatehate campaign. …

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Weal Photographer Adam Dullum asks the SAIT campus: “What DIY project would you not do yourself?”

I would not go skydiving or rock climbing, I’m no an adrenaline junkie but you gotta live Geoff Crisfield, first year, Business Taxes, I tend to do my own but its very painful and tedious Madelyn Matthews, SAIT, Psychology Instructor since 2011 Electronics, it’s just to dangerous John Onyschuk, ACAD, …

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To vote or not to vote

Election time, an inevitability at any Alberta post-secondary institution. Students are suddenlbombarded with posters and campaign material for approximately two weeks and then expected to take time out of their busy school schedule to vote. “I didn’t vote,” said Jazz Fraser. Fraser is brand new to SAIT, having just begun …

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There’s no shame in doing anything #LikeAGirl

When an Always ad aired during the Super Bowl, it caused a major stir and online uproar. Twitter feeds exploded with the hashtag #LikeAGirl, and there have been almost 40,000 comments posted on the YouTube video of the commercial, which has received over 56 million views. The ad features grown …

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Giving the finger to dating statistics

There are many good reasons to avoid dating someone, but science continues to find new ways for us to be far too picky about our dating prospects. A new study claims that the length of your ring finger could indicate the likelihood that you will cheat on your partner. The …

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A fond farewell

The Weal is saying goodbye to its staff for the 2014-2015 year, as they leave for practicums, and graduation soon after. As happens each year, the torch has been passed—red pens for copyediting in this case—and a new crop of editors and writers going into their second year at SAIT, …

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Weal Photographer Mikaela Mackenzie asks the SAIT campus: “What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to pay for school?”

The RRSPs are touched. Nathan Rowse, fourth-year, electrician Worked at a mall. Alyssa Baker, first-year, medical laboratory assisting Sold really weird stuff on ebay. Matthew Bardsley, first-year, journalism  Sold my car. José Gamache, first-year, dental assisting Hit up the bank of mom. Ryan Retzlaff, fourth-year, electrician Worked three part-time jobs. …

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A farewell to arms

As of Feb. 11, 57 children under the age of 11 have been killed or injured by firearms in the U.S. in 2015 –accidental or otherwise. Child safety, or rather the lack of it, clearly demonstrates the need for change. On Jan. 19, a 5-year-old boy in Missouri found a …

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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate – there shouldn’t be a question

As parents there are hundreds of choices that we make on behalf of our children, particularly during their first year of vulnerability. Whether to vaccinate infants is one of those decisions that have to be made, though there should not be much room for uncertainty. In the midst of the …

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Journalism student Alex Jackson asks the SAIT campus: “What is your guilty pleasure song?”

 Never, from Footloose Mike Wallace, fourth-year plumbing  Crew Love by Drake Wajiha Ahmed, first-year nuclear medicine technology Cream by Wu Tang Clan Khang Tran, first-year engineering design and drafting Twenty-two by Taylor Swift Mikayla Schaffer, first-year legal assistant Take On Me by A-ha’s Tom Smith, second-year RTBN

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Parking is hard?

We’ve all been there. The parking lot is full, and it’s a race against the other four people circling the aisles to find an available space. And then there it is: that guy who decided that his Jetta needed to take up three spaces at an odd angle that warrants …

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Way to go, Paul

How parents are ruining the fun for everyone It may not be the fairest solution, but banning parents from their kids’ hockey games is still the best option available. After a video of a York, Pa. hockey dad shattering the glass at his daughter’s hockey game went viral, the question …

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Break the silence, break the bully

Standing up for our children Dee Dee’s friend informed her parents, who in turn took a video of the next incoming message. Her father then played that Snapchat as part of an emotional YouTube video that called out not only his daughter’s bullies but also their ignorant father. Knudson and …

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Second-year journalism student Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “What’s the worst case of spectator behaviour you’ve seen at children’s sports?”

When I used to play soccer if another player was aggressive with me, my parents would go to the referee. They’ve been in a couple of arguments with the refs before. Darpan Grewal, 2nd year, business administration When I played minor hockey, I used to see parents getting kicked out …

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Valentine’s Day: Breaking it down to a science

Valentine’s Day – few people really look forward to it. If you are in a relationship, expectations often go unmet. If you are single, the day serves as a harsh reminder of how single you are. Either way, the day arrives and regardless of how hard you pretend not to …

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Retouching real life

After discovering her yearbook photo had been heavily retouched, high school student Zoe Royer from Kansas City, Mo. expressed her outrage on Reddit. St. Theresa’s Academy, an all-girls private school in Kansas City that Royer attends, reissued students photos for their ID cards and yearbook after the winter break. Some …

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American Sniper not invulnerable to jokes

Is this the end for Rogen? “Super bad comment” angers neighbours who don’t like funny people. Seth Rogen is a comedic actor and screenwriter known for his unique laugh and his love for marijuana. He was recently caught in the crosshairs after making the following comment on Twitter: “American Sniper …

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Second-year journalism student Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “What’s your worst Valentine’s Day experience”

I actually don’t have any worst experiences because in my country Brazil we don’t participate and celebrate valentine’s day. Felipe Scatolin, 1st year, Business Administration A guy I went on a date with was going well until his credit card declined leaving the parkade. The car behind honked and he …

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Missing a party shouldn’t cost $30

After her son Alex missed out on a friend’s birthday party, Tanya Walsh received an invoice from the birthday boy’s mother for 15.95 pounds sterling – almost $30 CAD. That birthday boy’s mother, Julie Lawrence, sent the invoice by way of the two children’s teacher, who slipped it into Alex …

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Parents need to open their minds

In the cold early morning hours of Dec. 28, after years of being condemned by her own parents for announcing that she was transgender, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn slipped out of bed, snuck out of her house, walked four miles down the road, and performed her own execution by stepping into …

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