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Safe and secure with SAIT ALERT Calgary hosts Winter Cycling Congress SAIT Makerspace turns one SAITSA's $10 million donation to SAIT

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Sports: Trojans volleyball veteran Simran Dhami makes ACAC history in final year Glenmore Sailing Club teaches basics at SAIT, aiming for post-secondary crowd Make Some Noise for Mental Health returns for 2019 Trojans’ statistical coordinator Keaton Burke explains his job


How to stay warm and safe while biking this winter Dry January: worth the effort? 24 hours in Calgary: Two ways to kill a Saturday, or even a whole weekend! The battle against Earth’s pollution crisis starts at home The dangers of too much screen time Meet Stephen Bergstrom, SAIT accounting instructor and travel enthusiast

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Arts & Entertainment: Steeping in fun: Calgary couple launch tea-based board game with Kickstarter AUArts installation challenges misconceptions about sex workers SAIT student radio station Journey 103 returns to airwaves

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Opinions: The relevancy of film reboots I don't: Say no to high wedding costs Appreciate your partner every day, not just Valentine's day

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3 Feb. 2019

‘SAIT ALERT’ app enhances the safety of students and employees on campus Mobile app connects users with emergency and support resources By Rizwana Shaikh News writer


tudents and employees can now rest easy on campus thanks to a new mobile phone

app. SAIT has introduced the SAIT ALERT app, which is dedicated to campus safety for student and employees. Since its launch in October 2018, the app has more than 1,400 users, and is recommended to all new students at orientation. Chris Gerritsen, SAIT's Associate Director of Communications, said the app helps connect students and employees to various resources, such as emergency procedures, support resources, and a virtual walk home, to name a few. “It’s a downloadable free app that gives students and employees enhanced information and options for keeping safe.” The SAIT ALERT app features a support resource button, which connects users with counselling services, sexual assault and violent crimes support, and crisis support. Gerritsen said the app also includes evacuation and emergency plans and allows users to connect with campus security. Users are encouraged to enable notifications for the app to ensure they have the most up-to-date information. “An important thing to do when you do download the app, which is

available on the app store for Apple a problem. It also allows the user to and Android products, is to enable connect with SAITSA’s safewalk propush notifications,” Gerritsen said. gram. He said the app, although a “great” “It’s fingertip information,” said resource, doesn’t replace SAIT’s web- MacDonald. site for information on the various de“It’s all in a central location and it's partments and the courses offered at very simple to use.” SAIT. “It’s an excellent tool that provides enhanced information and options for keeping safe, so it really strengthens our commitment to innovation in this (campus security) realm,” said Gerritsen. “It’s a great app, very clean, and easy to use,” he added. Shane MacDonald, emergency management coordinator at SAIT, said they always have a security dispatcher monitoring the SAIT ALERT app’s activity. “It (the SAIT ALERT app) really does allow us to receive information in real time reporting function,” he said. The app’s virtual walk function not only sends location information for monitoring, but also allows campus security to receive alerts if there’s The homepage of the SAIT ALERT app. Feb. 2019



Calgary hosts Winter Cycling Congress International experts here to discuss riding in dark and snowy streets By Sean Feagan News Editor


acking their spandex, headlamps, and helmets, cycling experts and enthusiasts from the world’s coldest cities came to Calgary for the Winter Cycling Congress. The City of Calgary hosted the 7th Winter Cycling Congress from Feb. 6 to 8 within the new Central Library. The event is a large international meeting featuring presentations, workshops, panel discussions on ideas, challenges, and innovations surrounding yearround cycling in cold climates. As a meeting of cycling enthusiasts is not complete without a bike tour, several are provided, including two community events open to the public. The congress will bring in speakers from across the northern hemisphere, including Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, and Russia, as well the US and other Canadian cities, explained City of Calgary transportation planner Katherine Glowacz. “There’s going to be a really good international perspective, but also some local perspectives being shared as well within the North American context.” “Northern cities have a lot to learn from one another.” While the city is officially hosting the event, it was the cumulation of work from several stakeholders interested in bringing the congress to Calgary, explained Glowacz. “It’s a been a collaborative effort,

with different community organizations – we’re working with everyone from Bike Calgary, the University of Calgary, and the towns of Banff of Canmore, as well as some key sponsors,” she said. The congress is a way to discuss the ideas relating to winter cycling that exist globally, explained Gary Millard, president of Bike Calgary, a community volunteer organization focused on advocacy, education, and community for promoting cycling for commuting and leisure throughout the city. “It’s a forum for people who have questions, have learned the answers through experience or research, and have an interest in progressing winter cycling,” he explained. Hosting the event in Calgary will present new ideas to potential cyclists, as well as those creating and building cycling infrastructure within the city, said Millard. “It’s going to create opportunities for a lot more Calgarians to learn about winter cycling knowledge and expertise from participants around the world,” he said. “Calgary will benefit from getting more of that knowledge into the heads of residents, urban planners, and designers.” Hosting the Winter Cycling Congress will help to establish Calgary internationally as a cold climate cycling city, said Millard. “We’re going to have a lot of people come [to Calgary] and realize that we have some really good infrastruc-

Community Events White attending the Winter Cycling Congress requires registration, there are several free community events available: Tuesday, Feb. 5 @ 6 p.m.: Free screening of the local film “Bicicles,” directed by Kim Kelln. Particia A. Whelan Performance Hall, new Central Library. Wednesday, Feb. 6 @ 6 p.m.: Connecting to the river, connecting to the land – A bike tour through Calgary’s prairie river valley. Hop on this 2-hour mobile bike tour! Meet at at the indoor staircase in the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery, new Central Library Wednesday, Feb. 6 @ 6 p.m.: Free Winter Cities Panel discussion: Winter in Calgary – Love it or leave it? Particia A. Whelan Performance Hall, new Central Library. Friday, Feb. 8 @ 3 p.m.: Winter Bike to Work Day Group Ride. Meet at new Central Library

ture and a lot of enthusiasm for winter riding,” he said. “It puts us on the map as a great cycling destination in the world.”

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5 Feb. 2019

SAIT MakerSpace’s re-opening and anniversary: New location, more toys

Multi-disciplinary learning space and SAITSA club re-opens in Thomas Riley Building By Sean Feagan News Editor


or aspiring mad scientists or those that simply want to learn something new in a social and relaxed environment, SAIT MakerSpace, a knowledge transfer space on campus, is open once again. Celebrating its anniversary on Jan. 17, 2019 the SAITSA club offers a space on campus for students to share information and expertise, whether technological or otherwise, to create, tinker, innovate, and learn. SAIT MakerSpace spent its first year in a basement room of the Reg Erhardt library, but is now hosted on the fourth floor of the Thomas Riley building in TT446. The initiative is dependent on student involvement, explained SAIT MakerSpace president and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) student Ethan McNeill. “We want it to be student-led and we want it to be student-driven,” he said. “We see it as cyclical – you learn something new, you make something new, and you share it with someone else.” Maker spaces have been founded throughout the world, including Calgary-based operations ProtoSpace and Fuse 33. SAIT’s iteration of the concept was developed by SAIT Electrical Instructor Robin Greig, who helped establish it as Cadmus Teaching Chair, a position which allows a faculty member to

develop a major project or initiative. Greig was motivated to enhance and diversify the learning experience at SAIT, said McNeill. “He saw the fact that while we were making a lot of highly technically skilled people on campus, there wasn’t really a good way on Vice president Chit Tun, left, and President Ethan McNeill, right, of campus to access equipment, SAIT MakerSpace celebrating the club’s anniversary in its new location in the Thomas Riley Building, on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. and access other people out- (Photo by Sean Feagan) side of your program.” McNeill founded SAIT MakerSpace as a SAITSA club with vironments,” he said. Perez was “fascinated by 3-D printfellow MET student, Chit Tun, who ing for a couple years,” and was looking now serves as vice president. While the club offers the opportuni- forward to learning about the software, ty to work with interesting technologies how the machines work, and the malike 3D printers, advanced routers, and terials, he said. Becoming familiar with electrical circuitry, student-led learning the technology is also an opportunity within the MakerSpace is not bound to to think about how to integrate it into his own field of media and design, he the technological, explained Tun. “We don’t want to focus mainly on added. SAIT MakerSpace offers an opporengineering or electronics – if we saw a tunity to work with new systems, which lot of interest in sewing or knitting, we can have major impacts to one’s outcould host [those skills],” he said. look or understanding of a technology, “Everyone has their own skill set and their own knowledge base, and there’s explained student Brice Shirley. “You’re using different machines, people willing to share that knowledge different equipment – even the way you – which is wonderful.” think about things changes – based on Makerspace offers an opportunity to gain and share knowledge, meet peo- the technology that we have in here,” ple, and network, said New Media Pro- he said. "It’s all self-based learning – if you duction and Design student Alexander have an idea, if you have something Perez, who was visiting the space for you want to learn, you take it and learn the first time. “We can learn from each other’s it, which is what happens in industry.” personal experiences and learning en- Feb. 2019



SAITSA donates $10 million to SAIT to reignite SAITSA HQ plans $25 million still needed from the province along with the donation-to-be in SAIT’s hands for a SAITSA HQ.

SAIT Alumni, students, and staff gather in the Irene Lewis atrium to hear the big announcement from SAITSA in Calgary on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Photo by Lexa Chambers)

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he SAIT Students’ Association announced on Jan. 23 it is donating $10 million to SAIT to help realize the goal of building a new student centre on campus sited for the south side of the Campus Centre. In a shared announcement event in the atrium of the Stan Grad Centre at SAIT, SAITSA donated $10 million to SAIT – the largest donation from a students’ association to an institute of technology in Western Canada, according to a release from SAIT. The funds were collected as a student fee, first levied during the 2007-08 academic year following a student referendum, to fund a new student space on campus. The donation is a result of the cumulation of the efforts of many student board and executive council members

over the years, said SAIT president Dr. David Ross. “I can’t say how proud I am of the students that have worked year over year to build this – it’s a remarkable accomplishment,” he said. “This is a movement to celebrate where students have stepped up to help future students.” SAIT will stay true to the fund’s intended purpose, said Ross. “The money that will be donated will be the cornerstone for the new student centre, one which will help students for many generations to come,” he said. What comes next? As the estimated cost of the campus structure, planned to be sited on the south side of the existing campus centre, is around $35 million, SAIT requires a loan of approximately $25 million from the provincial government to start the project, explained Ross.

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“We are waiting on the approval from the province to gain a loan for the rest of the funding,” he said. “That’s all in front of the minister right now.” The $10 million donation could sway opinion towards providing additional funding, said Ryan Morstad, Chair of SAITSA’s student-elected Board of Directors “With everyone seeing how awesome this reception was, and our record-breaking donation to the school, I really think it will encourage [funding] to come through,” he said. There are also other potential funding sources, said Morstad. “We have a great team of our staff working on possible sources as well, and [potentially] some private funding donations as well,” he said. SAIT is no stranger to completing construction projects, and so is well suited to the task at hand, said Morstad. “They have built many, many buildings on this campus – new renovations, they’ve done huge renovations, like with John Ware just finishing for example,” he said. “They know how to handle it better than us – we are in good hands.”

SAIT students enjoy popcorn and each other's company as they wait for SAITSA’s annoucement in the Irene Lewis Atrium on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Photo by Lexa Chambers)


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Volleyball veteran makes ACAC history Middle Simran Dhami sets all-time blocks record By Brett Klassen Sports Writer


rojans women’s volleyball player Simran Dhami achieved ACAC legend status on Nov. 21 in Medicine Hat. The middle, who is originally from Golden, B.C., became the record holder for most all time blocks, outshining Lakeland College’s Michelle Laing, who previously set the record with a total of 232 blocks. Before making ACAC history with the Trojans, volleyball wasn’t on Dhami’s horizon. At first, her main interest was in basketball, and didn’t start playing volleyball until the eighth grade. “I really didn’t get into it until I got into grade 11,” she explained. “It’s when I started playing club, and then in grade 12 was when I thought about playing post-secondary.” Determined to play in the ACAC, she emailed different coaches, including Trojans women’s volleyball head coach Art O’Dwyer. After O’Dwyer watched Dhami play at a couple tournaments, he offered her a position on the Trojans roster. “When he offered me the spot, it completely changed everything,” she said. Dhami’s original plan was to go to Mount Royal University, and not pursue her athletic career any further. She was glad she picked SAIT and

SAIT Trojans middle Simran Dhami, right, celebrates as the Lethbridge College Kodiaks middle Carley Doneff, front middle, misses the ball during a game in the SAIT Campus Centre gym in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The Kodiaks took the lead 2-1, but lost to the Trojans 3-2. (Photo by Shiva Celine)

credits the volleyball program for making the institution so appealing. “It’s probably the main reason why I’ve been here for five years and stayed at SAIT, was because of the volleyball team,” she expressed. “That includes the people I’ve met through it and the athletics department and everything.” Dhami said the record won’t affect her mindset in the game, and she doesn’t mind the higher expectations it creates. “It’s not like I go into every game

thinking about it, but you definitely have more to your name, so people definitely expect more but I don’t like thinking too much into it,” she said. “If anything, it motivates me and encourages me to do better, but I don’t think in anyway it would affect my playing.” With it being Dhami’s last year as a Trojan, she can’t thank SAIT enough for what it’s given to her, both academically and athletically. She proclaimed that in all aspects, including her future work and if she coaches, her time at SAIT will always be something she’ll take with her. “A lot of that has to come from what I’ve learned from my coaches and what my teammates have taught me and working as a team, grinding through the year with volleyball and school, that I think is what will help me a lot with my future.”

Trojans middle Simran Dhami during the Trojans Women's Volleyball vs Red Deer College Kings at the SAIT Campus Centre in Calgary on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (Photo by Aron Diaz)

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9 Feb. 2019

Glenmore Sailing Club teaches basics at SAIT aiming for post-secondary crowd By Brett Klassen Sports Writer


he Glenmore Sailing Club shipped off to the SAIT Campus Centre swimming pool with an introductory indoor sailing event on Jan. 26. The session was part of Sport Calgary’s All Sport One City event, which took place during the week of Jan. 21-26. All Sport One City encourages people to get back into a sport they once played, or to try something new. The variety of events were endless, with sessions ranging from tranquil Tai Chi to adrenaline-fueled circus aerials. Nollind van Bryce, communications director for the Glenmore Sailing Club, said the club expressed interest in the event last fall, and then started planning on attending. “We came up with this idea that we wanted to be part of it (All Sport One City), and the only way for us to do that was to do an indoor sailing event,” said Bryce. Participants had 30 minutes of sailing safety information before their half hour of sailing in the pool. A row of industrial sized fans spanned the length of the pool to simulate wind while participants were aboard the boat. Participants were in good hands, with the sailing club being the most active one out of the other six clubs in Calgary.

“The thing that differentiates us with these other clubs is we sail at the reservoir, that’s really where most of our members sail, and we’re doing it every week,” he explained. “So from the time the reservoir opens at the beginning of May until the end of October, our folks are sailing all summer long.” Obscurity is the big obstacle the sailing club faces, because of being based in a landlocked city, said Bryce. “Curiously, the sailing community here is incredibly passionate,” he said. “There’s a number of people over the last few years who have come to Calgary, or moved to Calgary. When they moved from the east coast, west coast, Toronto, they thought, ‘Yep, that’s it, I’m done, I’m not going to be sailing anymore. I’m moving to Calgary.’” “Even people who sailed elsewhere don’t necessarily know that there is a vibrant sailing community in the city.” With the sailing club teaching the public basic material, it shows a preview to the new model the Glenmore Sailing Club is implementing in their 60th year in operation. Previously, in order to be a part of the club, owning a sailboat was necessary. Now, they offer boats so anyone can affordably go sailing. Bryce related it to the car2go service, where if a boat is there, and someone has the membership, it’s ready for use. Bryce expressed how economical it is for the post-secondary student, with

heavily discounted prices for training, and boat rentals. “The students are getting $1,100 dollars’ worth of value for $313 dollars,” he said.

The Glenmore Sailing Club gave SAIT students seeking a sailing adventure an introductory class on how to sail at the Campus Centre pool. Large fans lining the side of the campus' indoor pool replicated conditions users would face outdoors. Shot on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 in the SAIT Campus Centre building in Calgary, Alta, Canada. (Photo by Rorie Stannard) Feb. 2019



Upping the volume Make Some Noise for Mental Health returns for 2019 By Brett Klassen Sports Writer


he fourth annual Make Some Noise for Mental Health campaign started at SAIT on Jan. 11, with some notable changes. This year’s campaign had a “handful of new things,” according to Trojans Marketing and Communications Coordinator Billie Rae Busby. One of the most notable was extending the campaign to three weeks. “We usually do it for about a week. We decided to go for three weeks here to create more opportunities for impact across campus, and it gives more opportunity to promote the resources that students and staff do have at SAIT,” said Busby. Other new events this year included sound bowl yoga, and a stress-less noon hour information session, which was a collaboration with the Student Development and Counselling department. Busby believes it’s important for athletes to help break the stigma around mental health, and try to erase the "tough and stoic” stereotype. “Why we felt so strongly that they needed to be involved was for a couple of reasons,” said Busby. “First reason, they’re often looked at as role models, and with that, in turn, the second reason is because they’re looked at as role models, sometimes they’re the last to ask for help. “They might feel like there is a lot on their plate, or they have higher ex-

pectations on them to make sure they accomplish a little bit more than the regular student because they have all these weighty goals, practices, and games all the time.” The Trojans are huge advocates for the campaign, with veteran women’s basketball guard Mel Woolley saying it brings the team closer together, generating a campus-wide ripple effect for athletes. “We have a few teammates who’ve been personally affected by mental health issues, and I know that they’ve been able to talk freely about it has really not only helped them, but helped other teammates who maybe also have had connections with mental health but haven’t felt as comfortable being able to open up about it,” Woolley said. Woolley has had family members struggle with mental health, and said the event helped a lot with breaking the stigma, that people shouldn’t be ashamed or hide their issues, and that reaching out for help is the best way to deal with them. The event was started at SAIT in 2015 by Busby. Busby said she and a former colleague were brainstorming one day, and the campaign sparked from a subject that hit home for both of them. “Really, it came out of a conversation we had about the Brentwood murders that had happened,” she explained. Busby, who felt empathy for the families affected by the mass murder

which took place in April 2014, due to a past experience, decided that mental health should be a discussion worth having. The growth of the campaign has been tremendous, with it spreading across the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) after their first year of the campaign, and also being endorsed by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Busby believes the growth is with the people who are willing to disclose what they’re going through, after having a conversation with someone who was very open with personal mental health struggles. She also credits the Bell Let’s Talk campaign for trying to conquer the stigma, along with the nation-wide conversation around mental health. “I think overall that has changed the conversation, and that to me is why we do it,” Busby stated. “Not just because of social media posts or some buzz on TV, but really because of those personal connections and stories. “Hopefully, it will open the conversation for people to feel more comfortable and more empathetic to each other.” If you are experiencing struggles with mental health, contact Student Development and Counselling at (403) 284 7023, located at AA205, Heritage Hall.

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The mobile pep rally ended up in the Stan Grad Centre, where people were handed drums to make some more noise after their trek through campus on Jan. 11, 2019. (Photo by Jp Pitogo)

On Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, Rally members walked through all the main buildings on SAIT campus, chanting and yelling along the way for the Make Some Noise for Mental Health initiative. (Photo by Jp Pitogo) Feb. 2019



Analytics in the ACAC

Trojans’ statistical coordinator Keaton Burke explains his job

Keaton Burke, statistical coordinator for the SAIT Trojans men's hockey team, does stats and video analysis during a team practice on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (Photo by Alex Hamilton)

By Alex Hamilton Sports Editor


he analytics revolution in hockey has, at least in part, come to the SAIT Trojans men’s hockey team. Statistical coordinator Keaton Burke was hired last summer as part of first-year head coach Brent Devost’s staff. Burke provides important assistance in helping the Trojans make decisions, and scouting upcoming opponents through video analysis. “[Video] pretty much alleviates some of the studying the coaches have to do, and see where mistakes have been made the previous games,” Burke said. Coaches sometimes go with their gut in putting togeth-

er lines and managing ice-time, he explains, and sometimes they need the data or video in front of them to correct their errors. “When coaches look at it, they’ll [sometimes] say 'wow, I didn’t think of that.'” Burke tracks zone starts (how much time players spend in the offensive or defensive zone). But he also provides scouting data, such as learning about another team’s goalie, or top-line centre, playing style, or even something as simple as power-play goals. A big area of emphasis for Burke is face-off win percentage, which is not tracked by the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC). In real time, he lets the coaches know who is winning or losing draws, so they know which centres they can trust in a tight game. Another basic, but absolutely indispensable stat is

time-on-ice, which Burke has to track to inform coaches who they may be overplaying or underplaying. “Players are so fast, and everybody’s so good, that any statistical advantage you can get during the game can definitely help,” Burke says. Players, too, learn from it. As a player, Burke was a skeptic of video until one video coach showed him how he threw the puck too fast up the ice. Burke’s resources are limited by the realities of ACAC stat and video keeping. While NHL fans into analytics are aided by detailed, automatically scraped data, ACAC is another story. Burke himself videotapes each Trojans’ game. Afterward, a weekend of work takes anywhere from 10-12 hours, or five-to-six hours per game. Burke also has the tedious task of manually entering much of the data himself. The ACAC’s official stats are often not reliable, he says, so he only uses them occasionally. It is simply too much work to track other teams in detail. Much of advanced hockey stats derive from shot at-

tempts: how much a team attempts to get pucks on net, and how many are thrown at their net. Burke only tracks shots on net, though he also makes note of their location on the ice. “I’m very specific on SAIT’s [stats], but you kind of take a guess on what the other team’s [stats] are like.” Four out of eight ACAC teams have a person like him on staff, he says, Burke first reached out to the Trojans two years ago, after independently analyzing Calgary Flames games. Then-coach Dan Olsen was not interested, but SAIT reached out again and set up a meeting with Devost. “[Devost] was on board with any extra help he could get.” At SAIT, he notes, the men’s hockey team is catching up to other teams such as basketball and volleyball, which emphasize video analytics. “It’s the same thing as having a weightlifting coach, or a skating coach, having this other aspect can just improve your game to the next level.”

“Players are so fast, and everybody’s so good, that any statistical advantage you can get during the game can definitely help.” Keaton Burke, SAIT Trojans Statistical Coordinator.


14 Feb. 2019

Cycling: not just a summer activity How to stay warm and safe while biking this winter By Tiffany Oud Lifestyle Editor


ust because there’s ice and snow on the ground, doesn’t mean cycling has to stop. Many people choose to bike year-round, but this icy activity comes with precautions from Garry Millard, president of Bike Calgary. Millard advises preparing for any problems that winter cyclists might face, before hitting the road.

1 Lighting

With winter comes less hours of sunlight, making lighting an essential part

of cycling. Lighting technology for bikes has become affordable and good quality. One option is USB rechargeable lighting, which is affordable and fairly common in stores, and use batteries with long-lasting power.

2 Warmth

Being active generates a fair amount of body heat, even in the cold, so the main focus should be protecting the hands and feet. Most year-round cyclists enjoy other winter sports and activities such as skiing, and staying warm is more important than having “specialized” gear for each sport.

So, use a ski helmet and goggles, and warm gloves – whatever warm gear you already own. Of course, bar mitts and cold-weather cycling shoes, or shoe covers, are good options, but these items are fairly pricey.

3 Traction

When biking on the snow and ice, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to stay upright, and get from point A to point B safely. There are two main ways to accomplish this: studded tires and fat bikes. Studded tires are fairly affordable and accessible. Fat bikes are used year round, and work well in snowy conditions around town. Or there’s always the option to add studded tires to a fat bike.

4 Backup plan

A locked up bike sits outside SAIT's Campus Centre building on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Photo by Shiva Celine)

Like any sport, you need to plan for complications: mechanical issues, flat tires, and extreme weather. In case biking isn’t a good option, plan an alternative transit route, have a friend to call, or add a phone number for a taxi service to your contacts – taxis often provide bike racks. Sometimes it’s better to get to your destination first, instead of attempting to fix a bike on a tight schedule or in freezing weather. Carrying a light bike lock is also a good option, in case you need to leave your bike somewhere for a day. There are many solutions if cycling becomes a bad choice, and breaking down is a less daunting fate if you’re always prepared.

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Dry January: worth the effort? D Feb. 2019

By Carmen Cundy Lifestyle Writer ry January, the practice of abstaining from alcohol for the month of January, has come and gone and some found it harder than expected to avoid a cold bevvy. After the holiday season, 23-yearold Kristen Turner said she wanted to cut out drinking in order to save money and take care of her body. Turner is a Starbucks barista in Calgary, and isn’t shy of a night out on the town. She said she came to realize that she drinks “way too much.” “I also spend too much money on drinking, even though I know I should spend money on something more productive.” According to Turner, drinking helps her cope in social situations, and a couple of drinks can help her to feel more talkative and attentive in a crowd. “It is hard for me to say no to drinking in a social situation. “When I am out with friends, I always feel like I need to drink because that’s what we always do. “It’s just our norm,” she added. Turner’s sobriety lasted eight consecutive days, until a couple of Dome foams at a hockey game ended her streak on day nine. Even though she didn’t complete the challenge, Turner said she felt better physically and mentally, and saved money at the end of the week. “When I go on a bender and I am drinking in excess for multiple days, I feel extremely depressed and anxious [afterwards]. “I have been a lot happier not drinking as excessively as I usually do, and I’m going to continue to drink less.” Turner said that she would love to try the Dry January challenge again, and stick to it for the entire month.

Giselle Wedemire scopes out YYC to find the best tasting beers for the best prices. (Photo by Shylo Thompson) Feb. 2019



You are the problem… and the solution The battle against Earth’s pollution crisis starts at home By Tiffany Oud Lifestyle Editor


aring for the environment and living a waste-free lifestyle is a hot topic in today’s society, but while “saving the planet” is easier said than done, taking the plunge is all about small steps. “Every action that [you] do counts, even if [you] think it’s a really small, insignificant change, it actually has a huge impact,” explains Briana Loughlin, director of inspiration and change at Plastic-Free YYC. The nonprofit organization is run entirely by volunteers who work to prevent plastic waste. In 2018, Earth Day Network published on their website that 8.3 metric tons of plastic has been manufactured since the material’s mass production began in the 1950’s. They also found that 91 per cent of used plastics are never recycled. This pollution is estimated to “outweigh fish pound for pound by (the year) 2050.” Despite the overwhelming task of reversing decades of active polluting, Loughlin has simple, easy steps to help decrease and eliminate a legacy of plastic. “We are part of the problem, but we’re also part of the solution,” states Loughlin.

Face your footprint Everyone needs to step back and look at their personal impact on the world, according to Loughlin. “You’re not alone in this world. “And it’s not all about you.” Taking time to notice how much waste is produced by one’s lifestyle, and making changes, opens the mind to the magnitude of this problem, says Loughlin. “Look at the youth, or the kids walking down the street – it’s about them, and it’s about the generations after them.” There are many sites, such as the Global Footprint Network, that offer ecological footprint calculators to estimate the amount of «Earths» needed to sustain one’s individual lifestyle. “Say ‘No’ to the Big Bad Four” The “big bad four,” Loughlin explains as an easy way to consciously eliminate single-use plastics. These four are plastic grocery bags, straws, plastic water bottles, and coffee cups. “If you can start with those four and start eliminating them, that’s a great way to start.” Plastic-Free YYC also compels people to action through an online challenge called “Take the Challenge,” to help kick-start one’s decision to change. Loughlin compels people to start with small manageable steps, and not get caught up in the size of the issue. “You have to find what works for you in your lifestyle, and start with that one thing.”

Connect to the action Plastic-Free YYC hosts a variety of events and opportunities for the community. From education nights and documentaries to clothing swaps, the organization is a resource for anyone looking to get connected to the action. They also host community cleanups on Earth Day, April 22, to clean up Calgary’s parks and river ways. “If we don’t clean up our act and clean up our world, our future generations won’t have a world to live in,” expressed Loughlin.

“Every action that [you] do counts, even if [you] think it’s a really small, insignificant change, it actually has a huge impact,” Briana Loughlin, director of inspiration and change at Plastic-Free YYC

Your life outside of the classroom

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The dangers of too much screen time By Carmen Cundy Lifestyle Writer


ociety is constantly touting the benefits of new technology. Students are told that a new phone, tablet, or video game console can improve life and make everyday tasks much simpler, but what about the dangers of too much screen time? Some Calgarians are finding it hard to cope. Justin Poonwah works as a software developer at Symend, a small startup in Calgary, and in the evenings he writes code for a startup in Vancouver, so his day is filled with a lot of screen time. He spends a lot of time typing and doing research online, and occasionally has to attend meetings online, too. Poonwah spends approximately 1015 hours a day looking at a screen, and sometimes on the weekend he’ll pull an all-nighter playing video games, a favourite past-time of his. However, he says too much screen time adversely affected his eyesight, and the way he socializes in real life. “I tend to hurry people along when they’re talking if I already know where they’re going with it,” said Poonwah. He attributes this to the way the human brain is accustomed to working

since internet use has become pervasive. “I find people can consume information at the speed that their brain moves, rather than being limited to flipping pages or listening to speech. “I commonly skip ahead in YouTube videos and podcasts if I already know [what is being presented], or if I’m not interested.” Currently, Poonwah is on a “YouTube kick” and will watch “video after video” during his work hours as a pleasant distraction, but he says he is

they unplug, which he said has been really helpful. Similarly, Ainsley Goheen, an office administrator at Fix Auto in Airdrie, works more than 40 hours a week looking at a screen for her daily tasks, which include payroll, scheduling, and invoicing. She is also enrolled in two online nursing courses, so she said she spends approximately 10 hours of her day in front of a screen. “I feel like this has contributed to my recent struggles with anxiety. “I have dreams about work and wake up mid-panic attack,” said Goheen, who feels that staring at a screen all day has made her slower and less efficient. “If [my job] were more hands-on and I was moving around more, I feel like I would be a lot more energetic and productive.” In order to get away from the stress of the day, Goheen will try to do tasks such as painting, doing the dishes, or even putting together puzzles. “At work, sometimes I’ll just go tell someone something rather than email them because I can feel a headache coming on from the screen time.” “I think [too much screen time] is harmful. We need to enjoy more of the real world that we live in, see real things, people, and smell fresh air.”

“I don’t really suffer from ADD, but I find that the internet really feeds the impulse to distraction.” Justin Poonwah, Software Developer

less efficient as a result. “I don’t really suffer from ADD, but I find that the internet really feeds the impulse to distraction.” Poonwah has found that being in a committed relationship has helped him to break free from too much screen time. “You can’t live with a person and always be ignoring them as you go from screen to screen, so it certainly helps get me away from the computer when my girlfriend is around and wants to talk.” Every few weeks, Poonwah and his girlfriend will plan “get-aways” where Feb. 2019



The passionate accountant

Meet Stephen Bergstrom, SAIT accounting instructor and travel enthusiast

By Tiffany Oud Lifestyle Editor


he world of accounting might sound like an endless list of numbers to some, but for Stephen Bergstrom, accounting is a passion that led him to Bosnia, Afghanistan, and finally, SAIT. Born and raised in Calgary, Bergstrom decided to try accounting after high school. His educational goals fast turned into an illustrious career. Bergstrom says he hopes to encourage students to find and pursue their own passions. During his career, Bergstrom travelled to Bosnia, where he worked for the peacekeeping force for three years, and in an army camp in Afghanistan for one year. He says helping to rebuild a country was an incredible experience. “Really getting to know the local people gives you a sense that you’re contributing to something besides just making the company profitable.” The professional accountant has taught at SAIT since 2005, and said many career highlights have happened during that time, specifically while attending yearly convocations. “There’s an old expression, ‘If you

love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.’ “If that saying is true, I’ve got to be the laziest person at SAIT – because I’ve barely worked for the last [13] years. I enjoy what I do so much.” Bergstrom credits some of his teaching methods to a former boss turned mentor to him, showing him not only how to do things, but why. Bergstrom took a similar approach as a manager later in his career. “To some degree I take the same approach as a teacher, and try to mentor the students, not just dump information onto them.” For this teacher, that rewarding moment is watching students understand complicated concepts. “You can see the lightbulb appearing, and you can see the eyes light up and big smiles break out as they get it.” Beyond being an instructor, Bergstrom is a travel enthusiast, having travelled to more than 50 countries, and every continent except Antarctica. He also teaches Charted Professional Accountant (CPA) courses, as well as mentors aspiring CPAs, and is on the CPA Education Foundation board of directors.

Jerard Po met Bergstrom at a CPA bowling event, before taking Bergstrom’s class the following year. Po is pursuing a SAIT Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in accounting. “He [Bergstrom] actually taught me how to bowl – he was an amazing guy even before he taught me [at SAIT],” says Po. Po said Bergstrom makes complex problems seem easy because of his experience. “You kind of take in his confidence.” The most important lesson Po has learned from Bergstrom is to follow the rules, not for the sake of following rules, but because if you skip steps, “you’re just going to be in for a rough time.” According to Po, Bergstrom is the most mature teacher he's had, and Po considers him a friend. Po was surprised by his instructor’s genuine enjoyment and love for the subject of accounting. “He actually generally loves it, and I can just feel it whenever he talks about it,” said Po.

Stephen Bergstrom has been an accounting instructor SAIT for Your life outside of the at classroom more than 13 years. His innovative teaching methods have garnered him multiple awards. (Photo by Rorie Stannard)

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Arts & Entertainment

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Steeping in fun Calgary couple launch tea-based board game after chai-ing time with Kickstarter John Watson Staff Writer


Through hard work a Calgary couple created a tea board game, Chai, that focuses on bringing people together. (Photo Courtesy of Dan and Connie Kazmaier)

fter roughly nine months running a popular crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign in Canada, Dan and Connie Kazmaier are preparing to launch "Chai," their new hit board game. “Games are always something you can do as a family, and that’s kind of our vision too, because board games bring people together and tea brings people together,” said Dan Kazmaier. When the Kickstarter campaign launched, "Chai" had an initial pledge goal of around $25,000. This figure was rapidly exceeded, with total funding now approaching $136,000, contributed from almost 2,600 backers. Until "Chai", there were few Canadian family oriented tea-themed board games on the market, thus granting a unique edge to the game, providing a niche that speaks to potential players around the globe. “You see the word ‘Chai’ come up when talking about tea in so many different languages, and even various similar words come up all the time. ‘Cha,’ for example, in Chinese, Indian, etc.,” said Kazmaier. On the first official print run of

"Chai," the Kazmaier team expects to ship 5,000 copies of the game worldwide to their backers, and to a lineup of game stores signing on to stock the game. When first starting the development of the game, Kazmaier took his idea to multiple board game conventions and events to play test it, record results, and take in recommendations from play testers to adjust the game. “The first versions of the game were totally different, and we made a lot of initial changes after play testing about 1,000 times.” Kazmair said the board game industry expands by about 10 per cent each year, with an average of about 30 new games being published every day. Since "Chai" became popular, Kazmaier has received numerous requests for additional pieces for the game, such as fancy game mats, box art puzzles, and expansion sets. Kazmaier aims to have the game sent to retail shelves by September 2019, and already began shipping the first copies of "Chia"to his early backers. Feb. 2019


Arts & Entertainment

Taking a stand AUArts installation challenges misconceptions about sex workers

By Andrew Bardsley A&E Editor


n upcoming Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) installation is challenging misconceptions and bridging the gap between sex workers and non-sex workers. Organized by fourth-year sculpture student and stripper, Alexa Shipanoff, the exhibit, “No Clothes, No Masters” is a collection of art created by sex workers throughout Calgary, some of whom are students. The art, which ranges from audio exhibits, fabric work, and photographs, is meant to show that sex workers are not “just” sex workers, but also artists and creators. Shipanoff is proud to put on an event like this where the focus is on dialogue. “There are several narratives around who sex workers are, and my goal is to broaden that perspective.” Shipanoff also said her professors and AUArts have all been supportive of this project. The event, although small, is meant to create dialogue between sex workers and non-sex workers, and allow attendees to openly discuss issues sex workers face. “The idea that harassment and abuse are just part of the job, is ridiculous.”

There are not many avenues for sex workers to have this type of exposure, Shipanoff added. Shipanoff said she grew as an artist through her experience as a sex worker. “Since I became a stripper, my entire art style has changed. “I noticed there were a lot of misconceptions about the industry and about people who do it, and I kept seeing things that are wrong and this is my way of saying something.” These misconceptions include the idea that sex workers are forced into their professions and are down on their luck individuals, instead of people who are excited by their work. Calgary is a good place to be if you’re a sex worker, according to Shipanoff. “I was really lucky because the clubs in Calgary and the people that work there operate like a little family. There is a lot of respect, and kindness.” The exhibit and its artists are meant to be a bridge between two worlds Shipanoff believes need to interact. “I view myself as the bridge between the two because I am both an artist and student, as well as a sex worker.” The installation opened at 6.p.m. on Feb. 1, 2019 in the Alberta University of the Arts Ivan gallery.

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AUArts sculpture student Alexa Shipanoff poses in front of her work days before the opening day of "No Clothes, No Masters." (Photo by Shiva Celine)

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Arts & Entertainment

Not your average radio station SAIT student radio station Journey 103 returns to airwaves

By Andrew Bardsley A&E Editor


AIT’s Radio, Television and Broadcast News (RTBN) students are at it again, populating the airwaves with music, ideas, conversations, and comedy of the youth. RTBN News students relaunched their yearly radio station, rechristening the station as Journey 103. The relaunched station plans on differing themselves from other student radio stations in Calgary, as well as previous iterations of the station, which is a major part of second-year RTBN. RTBN second-year student and sometimes on-air personality Lindsay Brock is excited for the station to be up again. “What we get to do is re-brand the whole thing, from the ground up and relaunch it. “We get to come up with new tag lines, people are on social media, people are on the contest promotion team. People really get to learn every role.” Brock is hoping her experience at Journey 103 gives her the chops to work on the production side of radio development.

She is one of a small number of women who pursue the production side of RTBN. “I am really proud to be one of the few women who hope to go into production,” she said. The production side of the RTBN program allows students to learn the technical side of radio production. “When it comes to something as technical as production, I think women just do not get taken as seriously in that side of things,” Brock added. The station is meant to showcase the collective creative ideas showcased by the RTBN students. “We all have a different role to play in making this work,” Brock added. While still a student-run endeavour, Journey 103 is attempting to be different from other campus radio stations in Calgary. "We are just trying to be the SAIT radio station, and we are all proud of that.” Tune into Journey 103 and get up-to-date SAIT information, music and much more.

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Chabely Cancino, second year SAIT Radio, Television, and Broadcast news interna27 Jan. 07 2018 tional student from Mexico City gets hyped before hopping on air. (Photo by Shiva Celine)

Opinions The relevancy of reboots

Ben Tsui sits in his office with a cineplex magazine at SAIT in Calgary on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Ben has been a film enthusiast since he was four years old. Now, he has a couple books coming out this year about movies and Calgary’s entertainment history. (Photo by Patrick Concepcion)

By Connor Mallyon Weal Writer


couldn’t tell you the amount of times I rolled my eyes while reading on Twitter that another one of my favourite childhood movies is be ing rebooted. Why is this happening? Why are so many of my favourite movies being rebooted? I think it all comes down to one simple word: relevance. “Filmmakers that decide to reboot a franchise need to keep it relevant to the current times,” said Ben Tsui of the blog Ben Tsui Goes to the Movies. Since 1997, Tsui has been an education lab tech support and audio & visual assistant at SAIT. He has also made a name for himself in the online film community with his film reviews. I think the first thing needed is to establish the difference between re-

boots and remakes. A remake is when the original story of a film is taken in a similar creative direction as the original, but with a new cast and crew. A reboot is an attempt to take the franchise in an entirely new creative direction. Just look to superhero films for example. Movie reboots are few and far between, with some working and some not. Movies like Bumblebee, the sixth movie in the Transformers franchise, earn wide praise for rebooting the Transformers’ legacy, while the 1998 Psycho reboot is widely regarded as one of the worst reboots ever made.  What makes these two films different? They’re both reboots of older films. Why did one work and one flopped? A filmmaker should ask themselves why a movie needs to be rebooted. If they’re doing it for any reason other

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than relevance, they’re doing it wrong. Don’t think that because the original movie made money, you’re automatically going to make a lot of money just by rebooting it. “Movie first, money second,” said Tsui. Keep the money-talk out of reboots. If a movie makes you money, great. If you’re rebooting a franchise strictly for money, you’re going to lose focus of why it’s important to reboot this movie specifically. Forget the original movie even existed. You’re here to make a brandnew original take on an existing movie. You have no idea how this is going to pan out with an audience. “Movies are made for its time,” said Tsui. A major key of reboots is keeping the film relevant to current times. You can’t reboot a film from the 1960s and think it’s going to work in modern times if you keep the film’s societal issues the same. Keep it relevant, while keeping continuity in mind. Throw everything out you had before. Reboots need to have an entirely new version of characters, time-line and back-story.  I believe films are the ultimate form of art. Films require every type of creative mind to come together. They will go down in history, much like famous paintings of old. Still, even art is constantly being rebooted. Everyone thinks their version of a painting is better. There are certain paintings deemed untouchable, Provence of Night, by Vincent van Gogh, for example. It is much the same with films. Reboots can be a wonderful thing, but making an older film relevant to the current time is the biggest key to making a successful rebooted film.

Since he was four years old, film blogger, SAIT Audio and Visual Assistant, and Education Lab Assistant Ben Tsui has been a film enthusiast, now he has a couple books coming out in 2019 about movies and Calgary’s entertainment history. (Photo by Patrick Concepcion) Feb. 2019



I don’t: say no to high wedding costs By Emilie Charette Opinions Editor


s we emerge from the aftermath of the holiday season, it seems that our Facebook feeds show a continuous stream of engagement posts and photos. While this is great–I’m nothing if not a romantic–engagements almost inevitably lead to weddings, one of the biggest shams going right now. The wedding industry encourages people to spend money they don’t have to “prove” how much they love each other. According to a poll by Ipsos from 2017, "The Real Cost of Love – Weddings in Canada," an ideal cost for a wedding is $8,937. However, according to a 2014 poll from, the real average cost of a wedding in Canada is more than $30,000. Of course, there are outliers. Thrifty couples can find creative ways to cut costs, and extremely wealthy people are probably spending more. Still, I’d hazard a guess that the average couple doesn’t have $30,000 just lying around, especially if one or both of them has just finished post-secondary school with student loans to pay. Jessie Ferguson, a bride-to-be getting married this summer, said some “surprise costs” can pop up.

“We switched photographers, and the deposit for the old photographer cost the same as the total day cost for the new one,” she said. Small things, such as invitations, also surprised her with their price. Go to a bridal fair and feel your eyebrows escape into your hairline when you see the costs of things like a dress never to be worn again, or party favours guests will leave behind. The wedding industry has become a bloated machine feeding on the dreams and desires of people, especially women. CBC’s Marketplace found that vendors and venues often charge more for a wedding than for events like parties and reunions. “Anything that has ‘wedding’ tacked on to it is automatically more expensive,” said Ferguson. These high costs don’t only hurt wallets. They also turn what should be a joyful day into something tainted by stress, and that means a couple begins their wedded life already awash in money worries. “Money has been a huge stressor,” said Ferguson. “You’re paying thousands of dollars for one day, and even though I’m excited for my wedding day, it’s stu-

pid how much it’s going to cost in the end.” Ferguson had some advice for people planning their own weddings. “Don’t plan a wedding. I’m kidding, but remember that it’s your day and fluff what anyone else thinks.” To cut costs, she suggested price comparing, and haggling for lower prices whenever possible. “If you have coupons for anything, use them. Michael’s always has coupons and deals, so shop around for sales and things like that. If you want twinkly lights, buy fairy lights after Christmas when they’re on sale.” Couples who do want a wedding should be careful not to get carried away by the costly fairy-tale image sold by wedding vendors and bridal fairs. Besides, a 2014 study conducted by economics professors Andrew Francis-Tan and Hugo M. Mialon shows that the more a couple spends on the wedding, the more likely they are to get divorced. Of course, for couples who’d like to completely spare themselves the headache and cost of a wedding, eloping is always an option.

The Wedding Fair was held at the BMO centre on Sunday, Jan.13, 2019. The event helps connect businesses with potential customers while hosting mini-shows like the bridal fashion show. (Photo by Rorie Stannard) Feb. 2019



Appreciate your partner every day Maintaining a loving relationship

The most important thing is putting care and effort into relationships on days other than Valentine’s Day.

By Emilie Charette Opinions Editor


n romantic relationships, it’s easy to fall into complacency. You develop a rhythm with someone, and the stresses of everyday life set in. Before you know it, it can feel like the only times you need to put effort into your relationship are Valentine’s Day, your anniversary, and your partner’s birthday. This is especially true when those days are getting increasingly commercialized and expensive. However, falling into a pattern of only celebrating your partner on these “special” days – or forgetting to celebrate your partner at all – can be detrimental to relationships. According to Ken Fierheller, a psychotherapist and relationship counsellor who received his certification at Toronto’s Gestalt Institute, one of the most common relationship problems he sees is “roommate energy.” This is the loss of romance and intimacy when a couple has been together for a long time and falls into patterns. Luckily, there are ways for couples

to rekindle the spark. For Fierheller, the first move in solving relationship problems is connection and communication. “Go back to the map you had when you first got together,” he advised. “What sort of things were you doing that were really helping with connecting then?” Shared experiences are a major factor in relationships and connection. “Dating” your partner again can help keep the romance alive, whether that’s through dinner dates, getting out in nature, or taking a class together. “The other piece is getting really intentional,” he added. People have an idea that relationships should be easy and natural, but as with anything worthwhile, relationships take conscious effort. It’s less about what you do, and more about how invested you are in doing it. When it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day, Fierheller believes “less is more.” “If you can show in small ways that you care, that can be really helpful. “It’s about knowing what your partner likes.”

He also recommended reading "The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate" by Gary Chapman. According to Chapman, people express love in five ways: gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, physical touch, and acts of service. Many of the couples he counsels find the book to be a game-changer. “We give love in the same way that we’d like to receive love,” said Fierheller. Understanding one’s partner might prefer to express and receive love in a different way can lead to better communication and stronger feelings of intimacy. The most important thing is putting care and effort into relationships on days other than Valentine’s Day. Fancy dinners, gifts, and flowers don’t mean as much when they’re done out of obligation, rather than a genuine desire to celebrate one’s partner.

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