Bar hopping Comfort is key when it comes to pubs

To quote a TV show, Cheers, that is much, much older than me, “sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.”  The great thing about shows set in bars is that they seem like the perfect places to just hang out. The staff know the characters’ names, the …

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Who you gonna call? Open your mind to the possibilities of the unexplained

Since we have entered the season of ghosts, ghouls and other paranormal creatures, it seems to me that an examination of the supernatural is in order.  Despite a long-held fascination with the macabre and the otherworldly, my attitude toward it has, like Fox Mulder, always been “I want to believe.” …

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Calgary 2026 Olympic bid: Debate wages as plebiscite looms

Calgarians argue the economic benefit of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics in lead-up to Nov. 4 plebiscite.  With the municipal plebiscite only a month away, Calgarians continue to debate the benefits and risks of an Olympic bid. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter …

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That Alberta sound: Wide Cut Weekend brings Alberta music to the forefront

Alberta has a lot of musicians, some great ones. Wide Cut Weekend aims to showcase that Alberta sound.  Now entering its fourth year, Wide Cut is a music festival focused primarily on roots, folk, blues and country. The unique aspect of Wide Cut, what makes it so different from other …

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“Our families are still healing”: Calgary play Honour Beat sheds the truth on issues affecting Indigenous communities today

Honour Beat, a play featuring Calgary’s first all-Indigenous cast and crew, has wound down after a busy month of performances running from Sept. 4 to Sept. 29. “It’s the first time in the history of this country where there’s been an ability to speak this truth,” said Michelle Thrush, director …

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A Spooky Spectacle: Kensington ghost tours captivate even the skeptic

After a recent trip to Walmart, the seasonal décor inside the store says we’re nearing Halloween. Although the desire to blow off first-semester steam is strong, the lingering sting of tuition payments called for a more subdued spooky season this year. With the proliferation of weekend activities like board game …

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SAIT graduate credits volunteering for employment success

The benefits of joining clubs and volunteering at SAIT are endless, and students are provided with many opportunities to get involved on campus.  The SAIT Students’ Association (SAITSA) offers many low-commitment volunteer roles, while students interested in more industry-specific positions can look at joining or starting a club.  Whether a …

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Trojans set to host softball championship

The SAIT Trojans women’s fastball team is hosting the Western Collegiate Softball Association (WCSA) Championship from Sept. 28 to 30. The team is led by seasoned head coach George Edwards, the longest serving coach in the WCSA. Edwards is no stranger to hosting championship tournaments. This will be his second …

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New Trojans hockey coach returns to his roots: Former Red Deer College hockey player comes back to ACAC

After a long career coaching and developing hockey players at all levels, new Trojans men’s hockey coach Brent Devost is returning to where it began for him as a player. Devost was hired by the Trojans in May, after spending the last 19 years running two private schools, the Edge …

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Beakerhead 2018: They blinded me with science!

Beakerhead is back, and Calgary’s five-day extravaganza of science, art and technology has a whole new lineup ready for the crowds.  Since its debut in 2013, Beakerhead has been entertaining Calgarians with a vast array of science, art and culture. While it is a year-round program, the most spectacular events …

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Book of Mormon’s Canadian tour hits Calgary: Elder Cunningham heads north

Having won nine Tony awards, including Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction and Best Musical, it is no wonder that the hit musical Book of Mormon performs to a full house.  Book of Mormon premiered in New York in the spring of 2011, and has been gaining popularity ever since. …

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Living on your own 101: It’s okay to be overwhelmed while learning to manage life’s tasks

The prospect of moving out for the first time can be stressful for young adults, yet is a normal and healthy part of life. “Feeling overwhelmed and feeling stressed is really, really normal,” explained Shelann McQuay, an educational counsellor at SAIT Student Development and Counselling. There are many challenges that …

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SAIT smoking: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, SAIT should become a smoke-free campus

I cannot be the only one who hates when I’m strolling through campus on the way to my next class and I walk into a cloud of cigarette smoke.  With the creation of six designated smoking areas at SAIT, the Smoking on Campus committee hopes to appease everyone, both smokers …

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Pumpkin spice up your life: You can pry this delicious fall flavour from my cold dead hands

Every year, it seems as though “pumpkin spice season” starts earlier and earlier. That’s not just an illusion, either.  Even before the iconic drink is actually available, social media buzz, both positive and negative, begins in anticipation.  Call me a “basic bitch,” but I am a big fan of the …

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HIV prevention pill to be covered by Alberta Health

Province set to provide universal coverage for prophylatic treatment Beginning on Oct. 1, 2018, the government of Alberta will begin providing universal coverage for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a drug that is up to 99 per cent effective at stopping the transmission of HIV.  “By making it more accessible and more …

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SAIT Smoking policy:Anti-smoking advocate supports new campus smoking policy

Executive director of Action on Smoking and Health says that move to limit smoking on campus to designated smoking areas is a step in the right direction A prominent anti-smoking advocate has voiced support for SAIT’s new smoking policy and procedure, which restricts smoking on campus to designated smoking areas. …

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There’s no place like home

For the multi-talented Bracken Burns, playing the lead part of Elle Woods in Stage West’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical is the perfect way to return to theatre after a three-year hiatus. “It’s a dream role,” she said. Burns’s hiatus was due mostly to wanting to try her hand at …

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Trojans childcare too expensive for students, says frustrated parent

SAIT’s on-campus childcare is too expensive, said parent-of-two Christie Page, an architectural technologies student. “To have students paying $40 to drop our kids off on PD [professional development] days is ludicrous,” said Page. The SAIT Trojans run a PD day program for families to utilize on days that kids don’t …

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Recipe: Homemade dog biscuits, Make your own dog treats just in time for “The Year of the Dog”

Coming up this Friday, Feb. 16, we get to celebrate the Chinese New Year! I wish you good luck, prosperous health, fortunate times and all the Chinese food your heart desires. 2018 is The Year of the Dog and what better way to honour this than to bake up some …

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Calgary Expo brings magic to fans

Attendance was down at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, but the fans still embraced their collective fandoms making up for the low attendance with intense passion. The Calgary Expo attracted over 95,000 fans down from the 105,000 last years. The lower attendance count was largely due to the struggling …

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