Holiday Shopping Etiquette

People are animals. Never is this more obvious than during the holiday shopping rush, when people come together, forget their differences and become raving lunatics for no apparent reason. It’s like werewolves at the full moon. Toes get stepped on, elbows get thrown, sales associates get snarked at or cussed …

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Poster of a modern man

It looked like a lineup to meet Santa Claus in the Heart building this past week but it was actually SAIT students waiting to purchase art at the annual poster sale. The sale featured the typical iconic James Dean images, the half-naked sleeping beauties and the classical shots of downtown …

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Don’t be afraid to take a stand

The prevalence of social media has made it easier than ever for an employer to find out about you and your activities online. For young activists this problem is doubled if they speak to the mainstream media about their views. It might seem harmless to stand-up for your beliefs now …

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We aren’t Flames fans, deal with it

Being an Oilers fan in Calgary is akin to belonging to a secret club but instead of a secret handshake, it’s a nod or polite smile to a passing stranger brave enough to wear orange and blue on the street. There is an instant connection, a friend in the face …

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The spoiled generation are all suffering from insomnia

Generation-Y, the Facebook generation, the deeply indebted generation, collectively known as the spoiled-rotten generation, they love to assume the worst when it comes to a minor glitch in their system. Students who can’t remain focused on a task for ten minutes immediately jump to the conclusion that they suffer from …

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Finding your own nightclub niche

Recently, clubs across Calgary have been introducing policies for who can and can’t enter, but it doesn’t seem to be hurting business. Legally, a business can refuse service for any reason not prohibited by the Alberta Human Rights Commission. They can cater to a specific clientele. It’s all part of …

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Bring the originality or stay home

Halloween has evolved from a children’s candy wonderland to an adult sex-fest filled with lust, exposed busts and men behaving like mutts. Depending on your age, you’re either ecstatic or frustrated or completely indifferent to Halloween’s revamped image. The demographic that has truly benefited from this evolving pseudo-holiday are those, …

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Ar, matey: we’re all pirates at heart

People need to stop freaking out about piracy. That means you, government. You may think your new copyright legislation is going to make pirating so much harder both physically, and ethically. You may think that by expanding your definition of piracy and by increasing the fines for those who do …

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Activism more than sharing your bra colour

WATERLOO (CUP) — According to various experts on the Internet, I’m eight weeks and craving cherry Jell-O. Allegedly, by letting you all know this, I am spreading an important message about breast cancer. What that message is, I’m not entirely sure. At this point, most female Facebook users have gotten …

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Ban the blood ban: UK’s new blood donation policy isn’t progressive enough

MONTREAL (CUP) — On Sept. 8, the United Kingdom’s Health Department announced that, as of November, gay men will be allowed to give blood — if they refrain from any form of sexual contact for an entire year. Although deemed progressive by some, this newly established concession is actually more …

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Take the time to enjoy your food from the source

Have you ever looked at where your favourite fruit comes from? Do you take the time to ask your grocer where that not-so-juicy peach was grown and shipped from? If the answer is no, then not only are you missing out on superior flavour and quality, you’re also killing the …

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Bottled water ridiculous

In this day and age we have to pay for absolutely everything, including our number one life source: water. Some argue bottled water is better for you than tap, or it simply tastes better. The last point is debatable. But the part about it being healthier for you, frankly, is …

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Distracted driving simply annoying

New distracted driving laws may not be set high enough. On Sept. 1, new laws came into affect pertaining to distracted driving. From what I see, so far, this new legislation seems to be a minor deterrent for drivers. Most choose to do what they please. Drivers could be tagged …

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Presenting ‘Trojans 101’

This year, SAIT international students could be learning not only in the classroom but in the hockey rink as well. For the first time, SAIT athletics is hosting an event targeting international students to help them understand our beloved game of hockey. On Oct. 4, Trojans 101 – Hockey will …

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Paintball painted in new light

There is a community of paintballers in Calgary who have been training vigilantly for a shot at glory at the professional level. Every week these individuals congregate at Rampage City Paintball, as so many paintballers do at fields across Canada, to put their skills and bodies to the ultimate test. …

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Exploring the Missional Housing Option

Being a full time post-secondary student is hard on your bank account. According to Study Canada, living costs for students on campus ranges from $3,000 to $7,500 per year and off-campus living ranges from $250 to $700 monthly. There is a possible solution, but it’s not for everyone. The Mustard …

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Alberta Up in Smoke

Alberta likes to be first in everything: first in the economy, first in oil production, and first in hockey team performance… OK that last one is debatable. But now, we’re first in smoking. Health Canada’s studies show smoking across Canada has decreased across the board amongst all age groups, but …

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Park legally or pay the price

You’re already late for class as you jam your keys into the ignition, holding your breath until the engine of your beat-up ride roars to life. With a lot of luck − and a little speeding − you make good time in rush-hour traffic. Almost at school, you weigh the …

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Opinion: The great graduation debate

As graduation approaches many SAIT students are close to reaching the end of their educational path. And like a good novel, the moment may be coloured by both anxiety and relief. Weal editors James McKenzie and Rebekah Jarvis are among the class of 2011. Like you, they have mixed emotions …

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Opinion: Vote, stupid

We sit on the verge of a major election, one that could change the Canadian political landscape for years to come. But that doesn’t matter to you. Why should it? There is a grievous disconnect between people and government in this day and age. It’s one of the reasons why …

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