Feature Voices Stories
- Published on Sunday, 09 March 2014 13:06 09 March 2014
- Written by OLIVIA GRECU OLIVIA GRECU
There's an app for everything, and that includes hitting the gym and meeting your personal fitness goals
It's been almost 40 years since Sylvester Stallone's character chased a chicken around to get in shape in the original Rocky movie — arguably the simplest and most old-school method of getting a workout in.
Things aren't quite so simple anymore, but thanks to all the new fitness technology out there, they don't have to be as complicated as they seem.
For me, fitness and health related technologies fall into two categories: the gadgets, and the apps and both can be good tools when you're working out solo. Personal trainers are great and so are group fitness classes, but both can get a bit expensive when you're getting fit on a budget. I think I've tried almost every fitness option out there, and there are definitely a few apps and technologies that stand out for me. I'll start by discussing what I use most — the gadgets.
- Published on Friday, 07 March 2014 22:21 07 March 2014
- Written by JADAN BARTHEL JADAN BARTHEL
Calgary high school math teacher says using technology lets students play to their strengths
As a Grade 11 and 12 math teacher, I have the opportunity to interact with about 80 students each day. In a world where people often judge a book by its cover, it has become almost habit for me to pigeonhole each new student into my "learning style" hierarchy. I am constantly in danger of extinguishing the only creative ember that may be still glowing inside them by the time their once-polygonal selves have reached my circles-only high school classroom. I don't like that I — and many teachers — do this.
With technology becoming more common in classroom settings, I think of it as a tool that can help my students and I rediscover what it means to own our own learning — and to also regain an appreciation for unique learning styles.
- Published on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 20:15 05 February 2014
- Written by RUSSELL WILSON RUSSELL WILSON
In the year leading up to the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Russian government enacted anti-gay policies — including a ban on "gay propaganda." Calgarian Russell Wilson weighs in.
As the clock ticks down to the Feb. 7 opening ceremonies of the Sochi Games, all eyes are on Russian President Vladimir Putin, as the country's approval of anti-gay legislations have spurred backlash from across the globe. As a gay man and former university-level athlete that will be watching the games in Sochi, I have found myself in somewhat of a moral crossroads. On one hand, I have been openly gay since I was 18 and have been publicly supportive and encouraging to those around me to be appreciative of such diversity. But on the other hand, I am a passionate enthusiast of sports and all that the Olympics stand for.
- Published on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:57 05 February 2014
- Written by KIM NGUYEN KIM NGUYEN
Kim Nguyen sheds light on Chinese Zodiac traditional belief
In their Year of Birth — any year that falls on their birth sign — followers of the Chinese Zodiac believe they are destined to have an unlucky year. Calgarian Kim Nguyen was born in the Year of the Snake, so her Year of Birth was 2013. As we move into 2014, the Year of the Horse, Nguyen shares her experiences to help "Horses" prepare for the year ahead.