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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Opinion: Feminism fight far from over

ANTIGONISH, N.S. (CUP) — The Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente claims the 21st century “belongs to women” and that “the war for women’s rights is over. And we won.” She wrote this in a column that came a day before International Women’s Day. This purposefully ignorant argument hardly deserves …

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Opinion: Safety is your responsibility

When violent incidents on city transit make the news, it may make the average student rider nervous. Be it the man who lost his leg when he fell between two cars or the individual who was stabbed on the train, these headlines can make you feel like riding public transit …

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OPINION Smartphone etiquette 101

What not to do on your magical everything-machine. We live in a world of useful technology. Every other day a new update, feature, app or platform is invented to help us communicate faster, better and more clearly. Of all these continuously evolving technological tools, the cellphone sits at the top …

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OPINION Moans about loans

To many, student loans are a necessity, not a choice. But if the recent study showing student loan debt at an all time high is any indication, maybe this assumption should be questioned. There are, in fact, ways to survive without loans. Perhaps one of the biggest hints that you …

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Japan shows dignity in face of tragedy

Japan’s current troubles would bring other countries to their knees. An earthquake registering 9.0 triggered a devastating tsunami, which then damaged a series of nuclear reactors, most notably the Fukushima plant. Whole swaths of northern Japan are completely destroyed, thousands have been killed while countless others have lost their homes …

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