Blair Lindsay, a Respiratory Therapy and Emergency Medical Technology instructor at SAIT, has written and self-published a trilogy of zombie-horror novels in his spare-time. (Photo by Rebecca Hardcastle)

Dawn of the dead

Blair Lindsay, veteran firefighter and paramedic-turned-SAIT instructor of paramedic and respiratory therapy, recently completed his self-published sci-fi horror trilogy with the release of his third novel, Armageddon Machine. The series has been the object of Lindsay’s attention in his spare time since he began writing in 2010. “I write horror …

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Board of Directors Breakdown

SAITSA’s new Board of Directors (BOD) has set their goals for this school year, along with the actions needed to reach them. The latest BOD meeting took place on Monday, Oct. 23, ushering in a new era for SAITSA. Reports VP External Rachel Moershfelder shared the success SAITSA had in …

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SAIT campus safety

The rate of violent crimes in Calgary has been rising, leading some Calgarians to believe the city is no longer safe. However, overall crime in the city has actually stabilized. “As you gain life experience, you learn the importance of awareness of your surroundings. I think the biggest concern is …

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New program sets out to help students make most of schooling

Students can now get some extra help pursuing learning opportunities outside of SAIT with the new SAITSA Student Grant Program. “Students can apply for funding for personal and professional development and now we have a grant program for that,” said Alysson Torres-Gillett, SAITSA VP Academic. This program is open to …

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Journalists address alt-facts

A Banff conference aims to take on fake news by educating the public on finding trustworthy news sources. “I hope the general public feels more informed and understands more about how to distinguish reporting that you can trust,” said Patti Sonntag, a managing editor in the New York Times news division, …

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The Raging Grannies sing a protest song at a rally at City Hall in Calgary on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. The rally was held to raise awareness for the violence taking place towards Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The Raging Grannies use humour and song to challenge audiences to bring about social change. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/The Press)

Rohingya fleeing Myanmar

Bangladesh has been inundated with Rohingya Muslims fleeing political persecution and violence in the country of Myanmar. “There’s been a bit of momentum that’s been building. It’s not unique. It’s not the first time this sort of thing has happened. It’s been an issue in Myanmar,” said Lori Williams, political …

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Pride Club founders Jessica Beddow, right, and Carol Poole, left, outside the SAITSA office on SAIT Campus in Calgary on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Pride Club looks to create lasting legacy

The SAITSA Pride Club has launched, offering students the chance to have fun and enjoy a safe space. “We got a lot of feedback from students, instructors and faculty that students have been asking for a [pride club],” said club president Jessica Beddow. The club is open to all people, …

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Phil Simpson (left) and Chris Alliston (right) of NorthWind Knights Cosplay, at Edmonton Expo.
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Creating the perfect costume

Edmonton Expo may be over, but the amazing convention cosplayers can serve as inspiration for creating the perfect Halloween costume. The Expo played host to some of the most popular cosplayers including Garnet Runestar, J. Hart Designs and JediManda, who shared some of their favourite tips for creating the perfect …

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Alumni Award recipient reflects on journey

The Weal sat down with 27-year-old Albert Mejia, SAITA’s promotions coordinator, graphic designer, owner of his own streetwear company, professional dancer and co-founder of dance crew Empirical Freedom, recipient of SAIT’s 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and overall “flyest guy” we know, to talk about his brand, dancing and where …

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Nenshi’s future looking bleak

In 2010, Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi broke ground becoming the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city. “When he originally started it was revolutionary,” said Adrian Garci, a first-year SAIT Environmental Development student. Nenshi helped to break the stereotype that Calgary was a conservative cow-town stuck decades behind …

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Taking a knee for basic human freedoms

For a country that’s entire cultural identity is based on freedom, and who’s notorious for clinging to their constitution like it provides the air they breathe, many U.S. citizens certainly are quick to douse the flames of freedom of expression, largely when minority groups are the ones whom are exercising …

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Trojans Women’s Soccer shoots for first

After playing seven of 10 regular season games, SAIT’s women’s soccer team is sitting first in the South division, with six wins and only one loss. “I think this is our best season yet,” said Mataya Blakney, who is currently playing her second season with the Trojans. The team is …

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Melanie McCann, a two-time Olympian is returning to SAIT after competing in both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics. McCann competed with SAIT for one season back in 2009.  (Photo by Rebecca Hardcastle)

From the Olympics to SAIT

Two-time Olympian, Melanie McCann, will be representing the SAIT Trojans as a cross-country athlete this season. McCann fell in love with modern pentathlon, an Olympic event made up of five events, when she got invited to try it in high school when she was 15-years-old. “I got a phone call …

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Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) students Lance Villemarie and Graham Phillips accompanied Fiaz to the Central American country.
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Helping hands in Belize

This past summer, two students and an instructor from SAIT’s School of Business embarked on a field trip to Belize, an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America. Their initiative was to partner with a UK based organization called Accounting for International Development (AFID) to establish relationships and …

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The Globe Cinema in downtown Calgary on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The Globe is one of multiple venues playing host to the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF). CIFF will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 1 this year. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Calgary leading the way in international film

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) ended on Sunday, Oct. 1 with a record-breaking estimated attendance of 40,000 people. Though the CIFF has come to an end, it isn’t the end to the filming being done in Calgary. “[Calgary has evolved] more and more, lots of international films come to …

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The Gateway's 16th anniversary at the Gateway on SAIT Campus in Calgary on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

The Gateway turns 16

The Gateway turned 16 years old in its current iteration with a party on Wednesday, Sept. 27 celebrating its place in both the hearts of SAIT students and modern day Canadian music. July Talk, Arkells, Sticky Fingers, Illy, Anti-Flag, Shred Kelly, X- Ambassadors, The Darcys, Paper Lions, The Strumbellas and …

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Edmonton Expo recap

  Since 2012, the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo has been a place for people from all walks of life to gather and celebrate comics, movies and television. For three days attendees got non-stop shopping, saw amazing cosplayers, and got to meet fantastic guests from the and from the film, …

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International students face critical assessment

International students feel the pressures of school, just like national students, but with the added stress of maintaining a perfect record, or they could potentially face being forced to leave Canada after graduation. “I always communicate with the advisor, it’s been helpful I don’t see any problems just talking or …

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Vote for Calgary’s next mayor

Students will soon have the opportunity to vote for the next Ward 7 city councillor and the mayor of Calgary. “Municipal government is not intimidating, it’s the most direct government, so it’s really easy to get involved,” said Rachel Moerschfelder, SAITSA VP External. The municipal election will take place on …

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New app promotes living healthy

SAITSA introduced access to a new app that offers SAIT students and alumni the chance to reach out for help during times of crisis. SAIT campus has become one of the many post-secondary institutions to start using the I.M. Well app. I.M. Well, short for Integrated Mental Health and Wellness, is …

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