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Year in review

Following up with SAITSA’s student executives The current SAITSA Executive Council has had a year to implement the goals they promised when campaigning in 2016. Gar Gar, SAITSA student president, is proud of the role he has played for SAIT students over the past year and the platform promises he …

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Seeking sanctuary

Montreal becomes Canadian sanctuary city On Monday, Feb. 20, Montreal became Canada’s fourth sanctuary city. Some citizens of Calgary are hopeful that the city will become a sanctuary city like Montreal. “It would be beneficial for everyone to bring in refugees in order to help them and help themselves,” said …

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BOD bids farewell to ASEC

Board voted to leave student lobby group to reduce financial The SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) voted to leave the Alberta Students Executive Council (ASEC) and become a probationary member on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Mikayla Schaffer, SAITSA VP external, put forth a motion for SAITSA to become a probationary member …

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What’s the Executive Council?

How much do you know about your student association? The executive council exists to improve the quality of life for students at SAIT. The council consists of The President, VP External, VP Academic and VP Student Life, and works in tandem with SAITSA staff to implement the goals and ideas …

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Living libraries

Sharing knowledge through word-of-mouth The written word has preserved humanity’s stories in libraries for generations. But, before that, we had the oral word stored in a human library.  The Reg Erhardt Library and multiple departments across SAIT came together to create SAIT’s own version of the international Human Library through …

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SAIT instrumentation draws international interest

The sixth annual instrumentation games will be hosted at SAIT, and for the first time, the games will see competitors from across the globe.  The games were organized by SAIT instrumentation students who reached out to colleges around the world. This year, the SAIT Chapter of the International Society of …

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BOD moves

SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) meetings will now be taking place in the Ambrosia Room in the SAIT Campus Centre. In the past, BOD meetings have taken place on the third floor of Heritage Hall, which occupies SAIT’s executive offices.  SAITSA BOD was asked by SAIT to discontinue its meetings …

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Health care revised

SAITSA rolls in added benefits to student health and dental plan As of Feb. 1, SAITSA introduced changes to the student health and dental plan allowing students to claim $20 more on vision coverage. “This is something that we would love students to use,” said SAITSA president Gar Gar. Gar …

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Two minutes to midnight

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves Doomsday Clock closer to midnight The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to 2.5 minutes to midnight on Jan. 26. The clock began ticking in 1947 as a metaphorical measurement of how close humanity is to destroying civilization.  The clock was …

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Freedom to read

Jim Gray, Reg Erhardt Library supervisor at SAIT, sat down with The Weal to discuss Freedom to Read Week. The event raises awareness of the need to protect public access of information, whether it be through novels, newspapers or blogs. Everyone deserves the freedom to read.  Freedom to Read Week …

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Students help kick smoking to the curb

Students from SAIT’s School of Heath and Public Safety want to help those who plan to quit smoking with a new smoking cessation program. “Our students are actually trained to help support people who are quitting or want to quit smoking,” said Patricia Reader-Downey, academic chair of the Wellness Portfolio …

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Indigenous student alliance sees change

Building a bridge between cultures SAITSA’s Indigenous Student Alliance (SISA) has had a change in executives, but is still striving to accomplish good things this year.  SISA’s main objective is first and foremost to offer “a welcoming and familiar cultural networking resource for SAIT’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit students,” …

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The changing face of student protest

Social media and connectivity have contributed to the evolving nature of student activism in the 21st century. “Student movements have always existed as long as there have been universities,” said Roberta Lexier, a political science professor at Mount Royal University (MRU) who specializes in social movement and social change. Acording …

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WHOANDWHAT in Calgary on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. WHYANDMORE. (Photo by Aly Khan/SAIT)

Fentanyl crisis spurs campus response

More than 400 opioid deaths have been prevented in Alberta since the introduction of take-home naloxone kits, according to data released from Alberta Health Services. “The first step is coming in [to the clinic],” said Rachelle Suing, a registered nurse at SAIT’s Health Services Clinic. “Naloxone is safe to have …

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Elections: time to run

SAITSA elections are just around the corner. The Weal sat down with Martin Cruz, governance and compliance coordinator for SAITSA, and talked about the importance of getting involved in student government. The Executive Council is an opportunity to expand on leadership and advocacy through representation of the student body.  The …

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Alex Kouliy draws in his sketchbook in a stairwell at ACAD in Calgary on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Kouliy is a first-year art student at ACAD and plans to pursue comic book artistry as a career in the future. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT Polytechnic)

Celebrating Pride at SAIT

Fourth annual Pride Day to take place on campus SAITSA will be holding its fourth annual Pride Day on Feb. 16, with a flag raising and other events around campus. The day will start with the raising of a pride flag in front of the Stan Grad and  Johnson Cobbe …

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Raising awareness of sexual health

SAIT and SAITSA are coming together for the fourth annual Sexual Awareness Day to encourage safe sexual health on campus. “[The event is] taking away the stigma associated with sex,” said Shona Sutherland, communications coordinator for SAITSA. The day will include information and representatives from SAIT’s Student Development and Counselling …

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Burns Bistro under construction in the basement of the Senator Burns Building on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at SAIT. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Senator Burns building gets upgrade

Senator Burns Building under renovation The Burns Bistro, located in the basement of the Senator Burns Building, has been shut down in order to facilitate renovations to create new labs for SAIT’s School of Information and Communications Technologies.  The renovations have been made possible by funding SAIT received from the …

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SAIT welcomes Emily Swan, left, Angel Gamble, Tara Williams, Elder Marion Lerat, Jean Dube, Lowa Beebe and Sherry Yang for the Women of STEM and Trades Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (Photo by Tracy Luc-German/SAIT)

Building a future

Indigenous women discuss barriers in the industry The Women of Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) hosted an event at Chinook Lodge, SAIT’s Aboriginal resource centre, on Jan. 25, as part of an ongoing mentorship series.  The event’s focus was to discuss barriers for women in science, technology, engineering and …

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Freedom to Read Week

SAIT supports intellectual freedom SAIT is among several colleges in Canada that will be participating in Freedom to Read Week from Feb. 26 to March 4. Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed …

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