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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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Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) students Lance Villemarie and Graham Phillips accompanied Fiaz to the Central American country.
(Photo courtesy of Fiaz Merani)

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 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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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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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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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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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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SAIT’s going green

SAIT students can now smoke medicinal marijuana on campus, provided they show their medical card. “We can accommodate students who require the use of prescribed marijuana for medical purposes. This is done on a case-by-case basis, as every student and their needs are individual,” said Chris Gerritsen, SAIT’s media spokesman. …

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STI infections continue to rise after a warning from AHS about a potential 'outbreak' in 2016. (Photo by Katerina Masyk/SAIT)

To be tested or not to be tested

Alberta is continuing to see a rise in the number of people infected with sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). “They’re very common, and people often don’t have symptoms,” said Doctor Kelli Thomas of SAIT’s health clinic. The province is seeing the highest number of reported STI’s since the 1980s. Thomas said …

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Tuition freeze frozen in place

The Alberta NDP government has maintained a post-secondary tuition freeze in an effort to build a foundation of affordability for students. “A lot of potential students in Alberta shy away from higher education because of cost. We’re sending a message that the affordability of higher education is really important,” said …

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Marlin Schmidt, helps dish out lunch to SAIT students at Welcome Week. Schmidt was there to promote the NDP’s focus on maintaining affordable higher education for Alberta students.

SAITSA serves up lunch

SAITSA played host to a free lunch welcoming both the new and returning students back to SAIT as part of the Welcome Week celebrations.  “It’s a tremendous day to be here at SAIT, it’s exciting to be with students who are starting another semester and I hope that every student …

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50 Student signatures is all it takes

SAITSA is looking to encourage students to run for the SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) in an effort to ensure SAIT students have full political representation.  “We want students to know that being part of the board is an extremely amazing opportunity to develop leadership skills, make new friends and …

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Conditional Transparency

The SAITSA elections results on March 30, 2017 welcomed a new team of executive council members. Some old, some new, but all with the same bottom line: To make SAIT the best possible experience for students through engagement, transparency and advocacy. Students had a first hand chance to learn what …

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An illustration, Canada's 150th celebration is being seen as an insult to numerous indigenous communities.

Reclaiming the next 150 years

Canada 150 in contention with indigenous nations On July 1, Canada will be celebrating 150 years of Confederation, but for many indigenous people, the event marks over a century of colonialism. “The indigenous community is not celebrating the past 150 years,” said Jean Dube, an indigenous student advisor at SAIT. …

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Building a better budget

Advanced Education to receive billions from 2017 budget The provincial government released the 2017 budget on Tuesday, March 16, allocating funds to the University of Alberta (U of A) and University of Calgary (U of C) for campus construction projects. “Every institution will receive [funding],” said Marlin Schmidt, Alberta Minister …

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