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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Toilet etiquette tips

No matter which gender you identify with, there’s a certain degree of difficulty taking advice from the opposite sex. But sometimes we need to suck it up and listen, especially when it comes to certain topics. Bathroom etiquette just so happens to be one of those topics, and there just …

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OPINION: Students running on Cheez Whiz

March is nutrition awareness month, and if you’re like me, the last two months of neglecting resolutions to eat better and be less self-destructive are catching up. Even though some groundbreaking steps have been taken — like no more Cheez Whiz, since it’s grey before the yellow colouring is added …

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OPINION Celebrity meltdowns

In 1989, Charlie Sheen had a starring role in the baseball comedy movie Major League. In the film, he plays relief pitcher Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, a fresh from prison head-case with a knack for binge drinking and sleeping with teammates’ wives. Sound familiar? How many of us now watch …

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Opinion: Fan showing shameful

With three Trojan teams currently in the hunt for medals, it’s astounding how there is little to no fanfare on campus in support of those who represent SAIT in athletic endeavors. Why isn’t the student population pumped about their collegiate teams making runs for first? Granted SAIT is a technical …

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Opinion: Smokers are people too

I have had an epiphany: Smoking is not positive for one’s health. This revelation may have occurred as a result of my 14 years of public education,  my parents’ warnings and disapproval, the many discriminatory anti-smoking advertisements or even the graphic warnings on and inside the cigarette packaging. Without a …

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‘What a slut’

OTTAWA (CUP) — “And then we went back to my place and (had sex),” the girl ahead of me in line at the coffee shop declared, catching her friend up on the weekend’s events. “I can’t believe you did that,” responded the second girl, incredulously. “You’re such a slut!” Both …

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A good aid charity is hard to find

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. To help or not to help is no longer the way of foreign aid, especially in a world increasingly complex, nuanced, and yet still stuck in black and white, Liberal or Conservative. Making blind donations in the hopes that …

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Opinion: Celebrity lifestyle: the good, bad and ugly

The days of aristocracy are over. There are no ladies or lords to attend to anymore. However, the lifestyles of our ancestors are still alive thanks to modern-day celebrity. For whatever reason, people love them despite – or perhaps because of – their drug habits, rehab trips, sex tapes, DUIs, …

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A generation that cannot use can openers or boil water is bad for humanity

WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) — My grandparents were born into what has been called the “greatest generation,” when people appreciated the little things in a period full of war and hardship. My parents are the product of that generation, the “baby boomers,” who lived through a time when people celebrated their …

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OPINION Bill will brand refugees as terrorists

Proud of our Canadian identity as a “multi-cultural” society, Canada used to be known for its immigration policy, specifically its once glorious stance on refugee and asylum-seekers. This year, Canada decided it didn’t want to be the shining beacon of hope to all the war-torn, persecuted, oppressed and/or otherwise downtrodden …

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

My classmates and I were recently very offended by the article Weal Web Picks – Jan. 27, 2011. “Purchase used firearms for rock bottom prices from the classifieds forum. Owning a handgun has never been this easy or affordable.” This piece scared us all so deeply that we thought it …

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OPINION Removing rights can end up empowering people

Imagine for a moment that you no longer have Facebook, Twitter, or Google. You’re in the middle of a war-zone because your government has, for the past 30 years, denied your human rights and existed as an oppressive, dictatorial regime. Your countrymen have decided to put an end to this, …

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OPINION: How GI Joe became a bad guy

We’re bombarded with talk about body image issues in our culture. From women in our lives who are starving themselves to those who are so famished they’re barely able to walk down a runway, it seems the idea that thinner is better just won’t go away. Most of us, by …

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You are not your diploma

As children, we were constantly plagued with two questions: how old are you and what do you want to be when you grow up? Responding to the first question by holding up fingers came as no challenge, but answering the latter was much more challenging. Naturally as a six-year-old girl …

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OPINION: A new year, new you

SAIT campus, and Calgary as a whole, is brimming with a new sense of purpose as we once again begin the season of failed and failing New Year’s` resolutions. Sure, some people make a year-long effort to change certain aspects of their lives, because January once again showed its champagne-soaked …

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