Alex Dimopoulos, SAITSA President, talks about students' mixed feelings on smoking on campus. Dimopoulos gets out on campus and talks to students to hear first-hand what their concerns are, and how he can make a difference that will clear the air.

Executive Corner: Smoking on campus

Smoking on campus is an issue that I believe needs to be talked about on campus this year. There are mixed feeling on what should happen to smoking on SAIT campuses. By law, smokers are to be 10 metres away from doorways when smoking and absolutely no smoking inside buildings. …

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Millennials still searching for their musical icons

Not every musician is destined to rise to the heights of The Beatles, Aerosmith, Madonna, or David Bowie, and become an icon, yet many feel the drive to try anyway and it’s proving to be increasingly difficult. After all, they need to embody the bold shock value of Madonna, the …

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Trojans rookie Zach McNeill played two and a half seasons in the AJHL before coming to play this season with SAIT. (Photo by Billie Barrett)

The road to college hockey

Junior A hockey is a popular and worthwhile path for young players to choose in their hockey journeys. Many hockey players are choosing to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) to develop their skills and to be scouted by different post-secondary schools from Canada and the USA, including …

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Trojans Women's Volleyball Coach Art O'Dwyer at the SAIT Campus Centre Gymnasium in Calgary on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (Photo by Aron Diaz)

A small-town boy coaching for a big city school

From growing up in a small town in Alberta’s badlands, to going into his seventh season coaching at SAIT, Art O’Dwyer is full of surprises. O’Dwyer loved the freedom he experienced growing up in Drumheller, Alta. “It was great,” O’Dwyer said. “As kids we got to do anything we wanted… …

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Aussies rule the field

SAIT is turning Australian on Saturday, Oct. 14 kicking off the first intramural Aussie rules football tournament at 9 a.m. at SAIT Cohos Commons Field.  “The Aussie rules tournament is open to everyone, mostly towards SAIT students, but it is open to the public,” said Jared Hidber, Recreation Programmer of …

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After the successful comedy show, headliners posed with Executive Producer James Moore.  (Photo by Jennifer Gorrie/The Press)

A newbie, a veteran and Zach Galifianakis walk into a bar

The city of Calgary is being spoken of in the same regard as some of North America’s stand-up comedy hot-spots, and it might be due to a bar downtown that serves up fresh stand-up every Monday night. “We have something here in Calgary that’s pretty cool and pretty unique,” said …

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Indie all-stars

Calgary band Windigo is coming back to The Gateway with a party to celebrate the release of their EP. Magic alongside fellow indie bands 36?, The Ashley Hundred and Ivory Hours. The band is, “very excited [to be] coming back to The Gateway,” said Anthony Kameka, lead singer and guitarist …

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The wordiest of fests

International literary festival, Wordfest, returns to Calgary running from Oct. 9 to 15 for another year of celebrating the written word. According to the website, Calgary is where “wordy goodness” has been baked for 22 years. The event offers authors the opportunity to interact with audiences live, and feed everyone’s …

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The Deane House in Inglewood is just one of Calgary's rumoured most haunted buildings. (Photo by Rebecca Hardcastle)

Spectres of Inglewood

October is here and it’s time to get spooky with Calgary Ghost Walks in Inglewood. Organized by Johanna Lane, her interest in telling ghost stories started with a tragedy. “My husband was killed in a motorcycle accident,” Lane said. “Always a bummer in conversation isn’t it?” After her husband died, …

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Balancing family and school

Transitioning into post-secondary can be a challenge for anyone, let alone, having to juggle parenting at the same time. Janaia Hutzal, a single mother of two, is in her second-year of the journalism program at SAIT. “Parenting, in general, is constantly choosing the lesser of evils and the greater of …

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Victor Buffalo accepting SAIT's Distinguished Alumni Award. (Photo by Ashely Speirs)

Awards night showcases success

SAIT has awarded fresh faces of industry along with long time entrepreneurs for their contributions to the community with the 30th annual SAIT Alumni Awards. The annual awards were held on Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Stan Grad atrium.  The Alumni awards have been honouring SAIT’s most outstanding graduates for …

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BOD election results are in

  The SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) is ushering in the fall with the election of 14 new representatives, ready to speak for SAIT students’ interests. “It’s pretty cool, I’m pretty excited to learn more and hopefully make some changes for the better,” said new BOD member Carol Poole. Poole …

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Puppies, breakfast and tea, oh my!

From petting puppies to flipping pancakes, SAITSA has a selection of events set to help students make it through the week. Wellness Wednesdays are a collection of events organized by SAITSA to promote mental health for students. Some of the events include Free Breakfast, Take-a-Break, Free Tea and Pet-a-Puppy. The …

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Commuter challenge has students seeing green

SAITSA has partnered with a new app to encourage SAIT students and staff to commute sustainably by allowing them to track the environmental impact of their journey to school. The Campus Commuter Challenge is a customized version of the nationwide Commuter Challenge started by the Sustainable Alberta Association (SAA). Alanis …

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Join the club and Adopt-a-Trojan

SAIT’S Trojans athletes work hard throughout the year to stay competitive and to make sure their respective teams stay successful. They also work hard fundraising money for the extra costs that SAIT and the provincial government don’t cover, like travel for exhibition games. While the teams host different events and …

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How to avoid getting a cold

Flu season is approaching, and the time to take preventative measure is now. University of Lethbridge student, Derek Saint-Jean, said that he personally isn’t worried about getting sick, but that succumbing to illness is bound to happen. “We are often in closed areas, and mixed with poor diet and stress, …

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Janay Chamberlain, left, and Riley Henderson drink wine from the Okanagan Valley, in Bowness Park in Calgary on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. For the Weal article on Okanagan wine. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Work-life balance key for students

Weekends and work should not mix, according to Norm Hawkins, a public relations instructor at SAIT. “I used to do a lot of work on weekends, but I realized it wasn’t helping my home life or my work life,” said Hawkins. “Lately, I’ve been working to keep them separate.” Between …

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Reflections from local photographer

With immeasurable landscapes throughout Western Canada, Alberta based photographers Mike Drew and Chris Malloy illuminate the natural treasures of the prairies. Originally born in Ontario, Malloy currently resides in Calgary and has been exploring Canada for more than 11 years. “We’re really lucky to be here, not many people have …

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Stephen King’s IT praised by horror fans

  IT, the theatrical adaptation of Stephen King’s novel and spiritual successor to the 1990 two-part TV mini-series was recently released. The horror movie set numerous box office records including highest September opening, highest horror movie opening and highest grossing horror movie. The film will be compared to the TV …

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Dr. Mukarram Ali Zaidi addresses guests at the Unity Conference at the University of Calgary. (Photo by Katerina Masyk/SAIT)

Islamophobia on the rise in Canada

A national academic research study, conducted by a group of eight universities from across the country, indicated that Canada has experienced a rise in Islamophobia. “I’m hoping that the findings are interesting, and that they are surprising as well,” said Kashmala Qasim, York University doctoral student, who helped with the study. …

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