#ItAintRapeIf just ain’t funny

It is intended to be an entertaining social media trend. For four years, the hashtag #ItAintRapeIf has ambled through the twisted corridors of Twitter, and has provided thousands of people with laughs. It has also fueled the fire of outrage and horror for thousands of others. The hashtag accompanies distasteful …

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Second-year journalism student Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “What would you recommend doing in Calgary for a stay-cation?”

Staying at home. There’s no better way to relax than to stay in your place and do nothing.  Jeanna O’Toole, 2nd year, Architectural Technologies I’d go to Nose Hill for a hike. It’s massive you could spend all day there. Matthew Penner, 1st year, Respiratory Therapy I’d probably go skating …

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Toboggan bans don’t stop anyone

Tobogganing has become an alarmingly controversial issue this winter in the face of a renewed effort to act on bans in cities like Hamilton, Ont., but such a ban is both unreasonable and wholly unenforceable. A 2013 lawsuit in Hamilton—in which 48-year-old lawyer Bruno Uggenti broke his spine sledding down …

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Trial by Twitter: The trouble with believing everything we read

North America has stumbled over the allegations of sexual abuse made against Bill Cosby since November, the possibility of “America’s Dad” being capable of drugging and sexually assaulting women forming a pit in millions of stomachs. Cosby, his lawyers, his wife, and his closest friends and colleagues continue to deny …

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Second-year journalism student Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “How do you think gas prices will affect your career?”

I’m a pet groomer. People will have their pets groomed regardless, either my me or do it themselves. I don’t think it affects me at all.” Sam Mooers, 1st year, Business Administration There are less chances of getting placed because they will do less hiring, people will not get work. …

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Restorative justice is not enough

In December, 13 University of Dalhousie dentistry students were suspended from continuing their clinical practicum after a Facebook page they managed, Class of DDS Gentlemen, was exposed for its demeaning and offensive comments about women, including some of their female classmates. The posts ranged from making malicious or sexist comments …

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Azalea, Azealia, and Anonymous

Why vigilantism doesn’t work Threats and calls for justice have become commonplace from the hacker group Anonymous, but misidentifications and sexist bluffs bring the ethics of this vigilantism into question. One Twitter account associated with Anonymous got involved in an online argument between two artists this past December. Iggy Azalea, …

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Second-year journalism student Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “What’s your new years resolution?”

People who are satisfied with who they are, don’t need to make new year’s resolutions. Jordan Burd, 1st year, Architectural Technology To graduate this year because I’m taking my last semester. For example to graduate I have to study hard and focus on school as a priority. When I graduate …

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Second-year journalism student Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “Have you considered studying abroad?”

In Korea there are no lab classes. That’s why I chose to come to Canada. Taeil Moon, 1st year, Power Engineering Technology  I would like to study abroad because of a different culture and knowledge. It would be fun. Kristina Morrison, 2nd year, Legal Assistant I haven’t really considered it. …

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Getting past gym-timidation

As the new year dawns and holiday binge-eating ceases, many people turn attention to their waistlines, determined to make a change in their lives. According to a survey conducted by the Toronto Star in 2013, only about 20 per cent of Canadians make resolutions at the end of each year, …

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Unreliable transit chills Calgarians

Calgary Transit has taken important steps in fixing what may be customers’ biggest concern, but bus drivers departing their stops early still leave Calgarians out in the cold. In 2013, Calgary Transit conducted a customer satisfaction survey that found that 14 per cent of transit users rated the system’s punctuality …

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Sex with friends: Unfounded fears surrounding benefits

Combining friendship and sex can seem like the optimal solution for people who are busy, young, or not ready to commit, but unreciprocated feelings and the risk of losing a friend can deter many. A friends-with-benefits (FWB) arrangement can be a tempting opportunity. You can trust your friend more than …

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Second-year journalism student Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “How far is too far for public displays of affection?”

Kissing and holding hands is OK but making out makes people feel uncomfortable because it is distracting. Michelle Lieu, 2nd year, Health Information Management I don’t care, people do what they want. I’m a big supporter of people showing their love, as long as they have their clothes on. Mateo …

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The real SAIT confessions

The Weal’s news team took to the campus to find out SAIT students’ dirtiest, most scandalous sex secrets. For science. “Hey man-bun, you are the reason I’m still coming to school.” “I was once bent over backwards, bonded to a chair to deep throat.” “Butt stuff.” “Did it in my …

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Dates are brownbagging it: A new twist to speed dating

The latest trend in speed dating is bringing literal meaning to the term, “blind date.” LoveFlutter, a U.K.-based company, launched a new concept to the dating world: paper bag speed dating. The theory is that, by wearing paper bags on their heads that have been decorated to match their personalities, …

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Every season is for giving

Although the Christmas season is filled with reminders to donate, people in need of food may be out of luck come summer. Campaigns promoting donations to local food banks abound during the winter months: employers rally their employees, schools rally their students, and stores solicit their customers. But, as Food …

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Second-year journalism student Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “Do you think that New Year’s resolutions work?”

I think they are a good motivation to start to improve in life. Because it is fun, it’s a new year and it’s an opportunity to announce your resolution. Ali Buchwald, 2nd year, Respiratory Therapy No, I think that goals should be every day of the year. I’ve never kept …

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There’s no excuse for misogyny

On Nov. 6, Julien Blanc was deported from Australia, and his visa was cancelled after authorities learned that his seminars encouraged men to sexually harass and abuse women in the name of “picking them up.” Blanc’s views and tactics are sexist, with some bordering on criminal assault. And he makes …

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Second-year journalism student Robyn Hertz asks the SAIT campus: “Where should people be allowed to smoke e-cigarettes?”

“Anywhere outside, because the organic material on them could still be hazardous” Pejman Pour Abed, Water Treatment Operator “It should be allowed on campus. I don’t like the smell of it in general”    Rae Anne Cruz, First year Business Administration “Anywhere outdoors, because the substance on the visible smoke …

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It’s like Christmas in November

The Christmas season grows longer each year, with Christmas lights coming out the same day jack-o’-lanterns go away, but do we really need two months of Christmas? From store displays to lights on the front lawn, it is not uncommon to find evidence of Christmas encroaching further and further into …

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