minimalism, seasonal depression, new years eve

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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Dune Rats kick up a dust storm

Bassist Brett Jansch strums the break down to the song “Dalai Lama.” Singer Danny Beausa smiles eagerly at the crowd waiting for chaos to unfold. Drummer BC Micheals hits the crash cymbals, igniting the final chorus. Under the red lights of Calgary’s Nite Owl, the band rhythmically shouts “marijuana” repeatedly …

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Comicbook Legends Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane unite at the Calgary Expo

Legendary comicbook creators Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane joined forces to the delight of fans at the Calgary Expo Comic and Entertainment Expo. “Stan Lee is a guy who tells it like it is,” said McFarlane during the introduction to the legendary comic creator Lee at the Calgary Expo. McFarlane, …

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History is going to the Vikings

Calgary Vikings, the Sons of Fenrir, have taken over the Calgary Expo to bring the raiding, fighting and pillaging way of life to attendees. The Vikings have been bringing the fight to the Expo for the last six years. More than 30 warriors represent the group for the raid this …

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May the force make your wish

The 501 Garrison is using the dark side of the force to help Calgary Expo fans raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. “The people who attend the Calgary Expo are some of the most generous and genuine people,” says April Cote the fearless leader of Make-A-Wish foundation at the Calgary …

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Geeks with Ink

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo leaves a lasting mark on attendees, but nothing last longer than a tattoo. Shades of Grey Tattoo offers attendees the chance to make their convention experience permanent by getting a tattoo during the Calgary Expo. “Geek culture and tattoo culture have a lot of similarities …

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James Marsters reflects on 20 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

No one can twirl an evil mustache quite like James Marsters, star of the upcoming Marvel television show Runaways. “It’s a group of teenagers who find out that their parents are supervillians. “I’m not playing a teenager,” jokes Marsters at his Calgary Expo Panel. The art of embracing villainy is …

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The Art of Charity

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo will be channeling fan’s love of the magical convention experience to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “Artists are pretty happy about it. We’ve been doing [the auction] for a lot of years so they are familiar with it and know what to expect,” …

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Rainy day funding

Campaign seeks to improve financial literacy A new campaign is raising awareness about the importance of having a rainy day fund in support of Alberta’s financial literacy month. Unexpected Expenses, based in Calgary and Edmonton, gives participants a chance to win $500 during November for sharing their stories about unplanned …

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Yann Martel vists Calgary

Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, recently visited Calgary and discussed his newest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, and why he likes putting animals in his stories.Associate Professor Harry Vandervlist, from the University of Calgary, interviewed Martel on stage at the Calgary Public Library’s John Dutton Theatre. Associate …

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Meet the candidates

With the SAITSA elections getting into high gear, 19 student candidates spoke at a panel on March 8, 2016, at the SAITSA run Odyssey Coffeehouse. The room was packed with over 50 audience members watching as the candidates answered questions from moderator Jennifer Dotchin, CRO for SAITSA’s Political Committee. Vice …

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