From campus to camping

Trade in your Toms for Timberlands this summer and go for a hike. “The key to successful backcountry camping starts with planning,” said Michael Heuchert, an experienced backpacker and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) employee. Backcountry camping is popular in large undeveloped protected areas. Mountain weather can be volatile at anytime …

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Single mingles, gal pals, and fabulous friends

Meetup.com connects Calgarians with similar interests through all kinds of groups In today’s world people are less social than ever. With technology leaving us more inclined to spend time with our computers than loved ones, it is harder to get out and meet people. Meetup.com offers a way for like-minded …

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Time for little talks

When out in a public place, one often hears short bits of conversations and can be caught in the middle of them. Most people have overheard awkward conversations between two or more people—or even more awkwardly, brought into their conversation. A common place for this to occur on  campus is …

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A green thumbs up

With the right system, anyone can enjoy the planting success and calming effects of plants and flowers without the space of a yard. Amanda Zee, owner of Wee Sprout in Calgary, recommends cyclamens and African violets, which are easy to care for and will regularly produce colourful flowers. “Terrariums are …

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The benefits of yoga on the body and mind

What is Yoga? The practice of yoga has thoroughly evolved over the years. The first mention of the word comes from ancient Indian manuscripts called the Yoga Sutras. Before that, it has been said there were forest dwellers, small yogis that would practice meditation, and were given secret information of …

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The lost art of entertaining

Having a night out doesn’t have to mean actually leaving home, and planning a party doesn’t have to be stressful. There are ways to entertain from home that are creative and easy. In the age of social media, it is easy to feel disconnected from friends, and if guests aren’t …

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DIY home remedies never felt better

In comparison to generic products, home skincare and beauty remedies can be cheaper and better. There is a new trend in the world of skincare and beauty. Natural ingredients being used in makeup and skincare is a trend that is gaining momentum, mostly due to a growing awareness of the …

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Turning leftover liquor into an after party cleaner

Aside from being used for consumption, Vodka has the potential to become a popular household-cleaning alternative, as well as a way to freshen up your wardrobe. While it’s a bit more pricey than rubbing alcohol, this cocktail staple has the same antiseptic properties, making it a useful replacement to standard …

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Convenient Genetics

Obtaining a genetic profile is now as easy as purchasing contact lenses off of eBay, opening up people to a world of interesting and potentially life changing information about themselves. 23andMe is a company that offers genetic profiling to anyone willing to shell over $200 and a saliva sample. “Anyone …

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Natural alternatives for conventional cleaning

Clean your home the natural way Students looking to clean their homes this spring should consider turning to the kitchen pantry for affordable natural alternatives to generic brands. A common reason to use alternatives is to avoid caustic chemicals such as bleach and oils that can cause varying degrees of …

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Have another glass of wine

The possible health benefits associated with red wine are of great interest to nutritionists and wine connoisseurs. Jessica Begg, a registered dietitian and owner of Shift Nutrition in Calgary, said an antioxidant called resveratrol found in red wine is getting lots of attention. “Red wine has been associated with being …

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Road trip through the prairies

Hit the highway and take a road trip through Alberta A car, a map, a good playlist, and a couple of friends is the perfect solution for students looking for a quick getaway between classes and work. Travel Alberta recommends planning a road trip during the months of July, August, …

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SAIT Journalism graduate goes Wild & Raw

Wild and Raw only opened for business a few months ago, but already the place is busy serving a unique variety of nutritionally optimized drinks and snacks. “I think Calgary is ready for this,” said Silver. Silver founded the concept with a friend in 2012, when they started a small …

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Keeping it convenient

Body weight exercises are the new fitness trend for 2015 Pushing yourself to the limit using your body weight is a workout trend that’s here to stay, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Nicole Barnes, a certified fitness trainer at SAIT’s Sports and Recreation Centre, knows that getting …

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SAIT Style

On an unusually warm and sunny day, Meital Netzer-Israel is the essence of classy and sophisticated style. Native to Israel, Netzer-Israel has lived in Canada for 10 years and is a second-year photography major in ACAD. Netzer-Israel took time out from doing her homework to explain her style and fashion. …

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The lost art of handwriting

Cursive handwriting has fallen into decline, even though many students remember learning it in elementary school. Handwriting is not a standard practice or a learning requirement in the Alberta program of studies. “Handwriting is one possible way in which students write, view, and represent to explore their thoughts, ideas, feelings …

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The importance of sleep

It’s no secret that students need their sleep to keep up with their workload, but knowing exactly how much sleep one should be getting nightly isn’t always as straightforward. Most people have been taught that around eight hours of sleep is always best, but a study published earlier this month …

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Know your utilities!

With winter in full swing, Calgary citizens add layers to their clothing and dollar bills to their utility providers. Comprehending the fluctuations in the inevitable bill payments can be a bit cumbersome, so many just look the other way and pay. The cold days of winter months make most people want …

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Car maintenance: another blind spot

What vehicle owners should be doing to keep their vehicle running smoothly Proper vehicle maintenance is something that many car owners learn about but quickly forget after years of commuting on a daily basis. Randy Loyk – technical services manager at Alberta Motor Association (AMA) in Edmonton, Mike Rolland—academic chair …

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Nutrition Month encourages ‘Eating 9 to 5’

Many find that being a full-time student or having a job often results in compromised healthy eating habits. However, students in the Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles (NHL) program are hoping to change that during Nutrition Month, which begins March 1. As prescribed by the Dieticians of Canada, this year’s theme …

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