Surviving tax season: a student’s guide

Tax-related confusion over what to claim, when to file, and how to get the most out of a tax return are enough to make some students light-headed. Though it’s an annual event and nearly a rite of passage to file a tax return, many are uncertain about what it is …

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To tip or not tip?

You tip at buffets, bars, cafes, coffee houses, and now you can add SAIT’s own Jugo Juice to the list. The recent tip option added to SAIT’s Campus Centre Jugo Juice has students questioning their knowledge of tipping etiquette. SAIT’s Jugo Juice, an individual franchise location owned by Vicki Nguyen, …

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Make what little you have go a long way

Many of us have heard the rumors, we knew it was coming, and for years Canadians have perceived that the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) might run out before we do. Like many Canadians, you may be counting on the CPP as a key part of your retirement income and even …

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This time for sure: Sharing her dream-pieces, SAIT president Irene Lewis talks retirement

Third time’s a charm. Only, this will be the fourth attempt at retirement for SAIT president and CEO Irene Lewis. Lewis announced her retirement to begin the end of December 2012. She has served as SAIT’s president since 1998, when she was approached by a search company and snatched up …

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Get the most out of reading week

February 18 to 26 is Reading Week, and with a week to kill many students will break up winter with some tropical travel. With a bit of careful planning, Reading Week is arguably one of the best times for students to shelve their books and enjoy some relaxation. “Instead of …

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Home ownership made easy

According to the Royal Bank of Canada the Alberta housing market is the most affordable in the country and for many that’s reason enough to consider home ownership after graduation. The RBC study showed that home ownership costs (represented as a per cent of household income) was a mere 20 …

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Giving up paper and learning from a computer screen

The iBooks 2 app has just been released by Apple for use with Apple’s iPads to allow teachers and students alike to utilize a new digital textbook collection. The iBooks system can liberate students across the globe, from bulky, heavy and expensive textbooks with a modern and easy-to-use iPad textbook, …

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Is society ready for a fully electric car?

The Model S roadster from Tesla Motors is an impressive all-electric vehicle that has pushed modern day engineering limits far beyond any other fully electric car on the road today. But will society accept a fully electric car and more importantly, is an electric vehicle practical for every day usage? …

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Weight loss resolutions are easier to keep than you think

The term “New Year’s Resolution”, has created a proverbial feeling of dread for SAIT students, many of whom are already inundated with homework and stress this semester. However, making this time around more successful is not as hard as one might think. If not approached sensibly, those who gather up …

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CES shows off future alternatives to hefty laptops

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is now in full swing in Las Vegas and with it comes a wave of new products for students to look forward to. SAIT students on campus expressed a desire to attend the CES and see emerging technologies like Ultrabooks and how they could take …

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Drawing from your crowd

There are dozens of hyped-up marketing words making their rounds these days, but perhaps none of them are more tangible, and more relevant, than crowdsourcing. SAIT students might want to be particularly intrigued by the concept of crowdsourcing, which is defined as “the act of taking a job traditionally performed …

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Coming out of the corporate closet

If you’re a gay or lesbian individual chances are you’ve seen your fair share of difficult situations, especially when it comes to “coming out.” Coming out to family and friends is one thing, but have you come out at work? A 2011 study by Angus-Reid showed that 55 per cent …

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Sex furniture takes the kink out of your back

Sex can be dangerous, for you and for your furniture. “They just don’t make beds like they used to. Just love it when the earth moves. The bed just couldn’t handle the pressure,” stated RainbowSlider, a participant in one of connectingsingles.com’s online forums. Other users claim to have damaged everything …

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Vivian Lee: From glass blowing to business making

Not everyone ends up in what they went to school for, and even those that do may find a greater passion in another field. Vivian Lee, a graduate from the glass program at ACAD is one such person. Lee is currently a first-year administrative information management (AIM) student at SAIT. …

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Bored? Try these winter time-killers

Is your holiday season looking bleak and boring? Are you looking for a way to earn some cash or just keep yourself busy? You can volunteer, work a seasonal sales job, or even head down to a local temp agency and find yourself some work. But which is best for …

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If you can’t pay, don’t play

You can fight Russians, terrorism, dragons, templars or wind resistance from the seat of a Lotus Esprit this holiday season, but it will cost around $300. That’s what SAIT millwright apprentice Josh Wyman spent on this season’s hottest games. With balancing the cost of entertainment, presents and all the other …

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Could you be living next to a packrat?

Is your desk cluttered with last month’s assignments? Or perhaps last Wednesday’s ramen noodles still remain on your kitchen counter? If so, you’re not alone. Students often face hectic schedules. Managing to balance work, school, and a social life will leave little room for cleaning and meticulous organizing which leaves …

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From me to you, the joy of giving

With the holiday season approaching, a spirit of charity is descending on the minds of Canadians and there are many ways to translate that into helping others. United Way Calgary president Ruth Ramsden-Wood didn’t mince words about the need to help vulnerable youth in Alberta and in the city. “We …

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Questions and answers with Brent Constantin

Following the departure of longtime SAITSA publications manager Suzanne Trudel at the end of October, there have been a lot of changes here at the Weal. One of them is the addition of Brent Constantin to our editorial team, serving as our new publications editor. Constantin is a graduate of …

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Back pain not something to laugh about

Do your shoulders hurt? How about your lower back? According to Dovepress, a leading medical and scientific research company, lower back pain is one of the principal causes of disability in the Canadian workplace. One of the major sources of strain for students is the necessary evil known as a …

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