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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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Hot Chocolate Fest Heating Up

The Odyssey Coffeehouse is bringing home the bacon The 6th annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest will begin Feb. 1, with proceeds from each drink going towards Calgary Meals on Wheels.  Registration for the Fest closed on Jan. 16, and over 70 businesses at 90 locations will be competing, said Richelle …

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Construction planning certificate now offered at SAIT

SAIT is offering a new construction program geared towards helping industry workers gain the skills necessary in project management. The Construction Planning Certificate of Achievement is being offered through the School of Construction, in partnership with the School of Business. “The program is based on the national training standard that …

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Breaking gender barriers

ARIS explores women in male-dominated fields with indigenous focus Women of ARIS will be hosting a panel discussion in partnership with Chinook Lodge on Jan. 25 to hear from indigenous women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and trades, and the obstacles they’ve had to overcome based on …

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U.S. archives to cross border

Digital historical records find safe haven with Canadian neighbour The Internet Archive stated on Nov. 29 that it intends to create a copy of its website’s digital library collection within Canada. The San Francisco-based digital library felt the need to move to Canada following the American presidential election of Donald …

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Bell Let’s Talk is a social media initiative to raise awareness on mental health. Every time someone uses #bellletstalk, 5 cents is donated towards mental health initiatives across Canada. Since 2010, it’s raised $79,919,178.55 through the campaign. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/SAIT)

Something to talk about

Jan. 25 is Bell Let’s Talk Day Canadians will be taking part in a conversation about mental health for Bell Let’s Talk Day on Jan. 25. The annual event is part of an initiative by Bell to raise awareness on mental health issues and to reduce the associated stigma that …

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Patrons attend the Calgary Motorcycle Show at the BMO Centre on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. (Photo by Ashley Orzel)

Get your motor running

Motorcycle community thrives in Calgary During a Calgary deep freeze, hundreds gathered at the BMO Centre for the 18th annual Motorcycle Show to prepare for the 2017 riding season. “I actually think the weather helped us this year,” said Seamus Toner, project coordinator for SAIT’s motorcycle safety and maintenance training …

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