Wallflower woes

Sitting on the sidelines, some students have a hard time loosening up to their classmates and going with the flow of the crowd. While parties are often a part of the post-secondary experience, bashful students may feel at a loss for how to act and react in these social settings. …

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Google me, maybe?

Cleaning up your online presence Googling oneself can accomplish more than a few chuckles and some wasted time—it can be a boon to job hunters. The idea that a job seeker’s online presence can affect his or her chances of landing a job interview—and perhaps, securing a job—is a reality …

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Calm your mind

With the fall semester in full swing, many students are starting to feel the pressure of accumulated assignments, and no student is immune to these stresses. Finding balance is key, and The Weal has gotten the details on three calming activities that will have you chanting ‘Om’ in no time. …

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Caffeine dependence: a buzz-worthy topic

Long hours and mounds of assignments can often contribute to a student’s lack of shuteye – which, for some, is reason enough to reach for a jolt of caffeine. Even though sipping a cup of coffee at the start of each day may be part of a typical morning routine, …

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Welcome to the green life

The Eco Living Fair was held at SAIT on Sept. 29 with many exhibitors and workshops advocating a greener student lifestyle. Eco Living, who hosted the fair, run events throughout the year promoting ways to change your lifestyle that will have a positive impact on the environment. While many of …

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Point and shoot like a pro

Whether you are a professional who just happened to leave your $2,000-plus camera equipment at home or a novice just starting out, learning basic tips will help you get the most out of your point and shoot camera. Darryl Riediger, manager of Robinson’s Camera in Inglewood, provided some valuable information …

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How to become a secondhand superstar

Budget-friendly fashions can be within reach with the help of careful and strategic shopping in the city’s many secondhand stores. According to SAITSA publications manager Heather Setka, students’ wardrobes are one of the first things to be bumped off their lists of priorities once school resumes. To help address this …

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Sweating the details on hot yoga

Hot yoga studios are everywhere in Calgary and it seems their popularity is continuing to heat up. There are several options for hot yoga in the city, including Bikram Yoga (the original hot yoga), hot yoga and those studios offering both heated and unheated options. Hot yoga is yoga that …

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Rate your way to a better professor

Making sure that students’ voices are heard is at the core of bringing about change in SAIT’s classrooms with the help of regular student evaluations. SAIT’s instructors are evaluated in a more formal and routine way in the form of semesterly Student Instructional Reports (SIRs) – surveys that are handed …

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Dorm, sweet dorm

With the beginning of the new academic year, practically every hallway in SAIT’s residence buildings are packed with crowds of students settling into their new – and undecorated – abodes. While living on-campus may mean a shorter commute to and from the classroom, the somewhat bland interiors of the available …

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Fifty shades of fantasy

Erotic series a stark contrast to real life Despite the mass hysteria surrounding mainstream erotica novel Fifty Shades of Grey, the expectations of romantic and sexual relationships do not appear to be changed among many of the series’ readers. The erotic novel follows the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele …

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Thrive your way into living

One of the new ‘it’ diets to make headlines focuses on cleaner eating and a decreased carbon footprint, with a strict set of vegan dietary rules. The Thrive Diet was created by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and author of the book Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance …

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Healthy eating on a student budget

The financial burden of post-secondary education is not only dangerous for the wallet, but for the health of many students as well. A tight budget is leading many students to make poor choices when it comes to nourishing their bodies. Personal trainer Mike Macala, says eating healthy is not just …

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Textbooks on the cheap

When you compare the expenses dumped upon students at the beginning of the academic year, little things like textbooks seem to take a backseat to the larger fees like tuition. While textbooks may be comparably inexpensive, a closer look at the number of textbooks students are expected to purchase over …

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Gettin’ tipsy with YYC’s best brews

Beer is to students as peanut butter is to jam – they usually go together. However, the selection of local, Calgary-brewed beer may seem a bit daunting with so many types and flavours to choose from upon entering any given liquor store. According to Sahib Chhatwal, assistant manager of Daily Liquor, …

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Top 5 time wasting apps

Smartphone apps are often an addictive way to kill time, and with the near-constant release of new apps, indulging in these games can become a timewasting hobby. Everyone seems to have their favorite app, and The Weal found five of the best apps that will compete to drain your phone’s …

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Fighting the freshman 15 with Zs

The phantom of the “freshman 15” which haunts most first-year college students may be linked to inadequate sleep, not excessive junk food. Each autumn, freshman students are greeted with a barrage of public service announcement-worthy information cautioning them against the evils of unnecessary weight gain. Previously attributed to an increase …

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Safe Fun in the Summer Sun

Having a complexion that rivals the colour of cold oatmeal may seem more appealing when one considers the frightening possibility of skin cancer that can come with a golden glow. According to the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation, an estimated 5,000 Canadians are diagnosed with melanoma annually, and Canadians born in …

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Hipster Glasses: here to Stay

The old adage of wearing your heart on your sleeve has given way to wearing your personality on the bridge of your nose with the immensely popular ‘hipster glasses’. Iconic and easily identifiable, hipster specs are the eyewear trend du jour, and are generally characterized by over-sized, thick black-rimmed frames. …

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The bottom line on butt lifts

The latest fitness craze to promise users derrières that rival those of supermodels sounds like plastic surgery, but costs and hurts less than its name implies. Provided by the exercise infomercial powerhouse Beach Body—which was responsible for previous fitness fads such as Zumba and P90X—the Brazilian Butt Lift’s website promises …

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