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Reaching out for help

What to do if you are involved in a sexual assault In Canada, sexual assault is the only violent crime that is not in decline. According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF), rates of sexual assault have remained relatively unchanged since 1999. Women account for 92 per cent of these …

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Breaking the cycle

NGO donates bicycles to victims of human trafficking SAIT students may have an opportunity to help those less fortunate by volunteering for, or donating to, 88 Bikes, a non-governmental organization focused on helping survivors of human trafficking. 88 Bikes provides bicycles to girls who have survived the horrors of human …

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This picture demonstrates how aperture affects depth of field for Checkmark 4-Aperture. The lens was set to f/8. (Photo by Spencer Olsen-Thul/SAIT)

SAIT gives back

Adopt-a-Student Family program provides a helping hand The season of giving is upon us, and SAIT is doing its part to give back to those among us who could use a little extra support during the holiday season. SAITSA is bringing back its annual Adopt-a-Student Family program to benefit SAIT …

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Affordable lift tickets at the Student Resource Centre get students on the slopes. (Photo by Parker Crook/SAIT Polytechnic)

Hitting the slopes

For a third ski season, SAITSA is offering discounted lift tickets to students to help get them out to the mountains at an affordable rate. “It’s the most popular thing in our office at the moment,” said Emma Warren, assistant manager of student experience at SAITSA. “To go to the …

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Calgary on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (Photo by Ashley Orzel/SAIT Polytechnic)

The rise of unemployment

How the current economy is affecting job seekers The current unemployment rate in Calgary is the highest it has been since November 1993.  In Alberta, the province is currently experiencing an unemployment rate of 8.5 per cent. In Calgary, unemployment has reached a multi-decade high of 10.2 per cent.  As …

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Dave Morals was president of Toast Masters for two years before stepping down this year to be their vice president of public relations and be on the SAITSA board. This photo was taken on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at The Odyssey at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta.
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The art of communication

Toastmasters club improves public speaking SAIT Sayers, a weekly Toastmaster’s club run on SAIT’s campus, is helping students develop valuable public speaking skills. The club, which meets weekly, promotes public speaking and how it can enhance both one’s personal and professional life. Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization, is a program …

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Taken on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 for PHOT 216 (Photo by Ruwald de Fortier /SAIT)

Managing student debt

Tuition freeze and repayment plan announced The Alberta Government has announced that it will be extending the tuition freeze for post-secondary institutions until fall 2018. The tuition freeze, first announced by the NDP government in June 2015, was set to expire after the 2016-17 academic year.  On Oct. 19, 2016, …

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Connor Goodfellow, SAITSA VP of student life is seen in front of the Odyssey coffeehouse. The Odyssey will be hosting a rainbow reception to try to start an LGBTQ club at SAIT. (Photo by Justin Schellenberg/The Weal)

Rainbow reception

Celebrating sexual orientation diversity SAITSA will be holding a ‘rainbow reception’ mixer at the Odyssey Coffeehouse on Nov. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m., with the goal of starting an LGBTQ club. The event, which is serving as an incubator for a new club, will serve alcohol, play live music …

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Red dresses hang in the trees outside the Heritage building at SAIT.  The dresses represent the missing and murdered women and children of Canada. (Photo by Justin Schellenberg/The Weal)

Addressing an epidemic

SAIT participates in REDress campaign Chinook Lodge will be promoting the REDress campaign in December to bring awareness to the growing number of missing and murdered indigenous women and children in Canada. The lodge, SAIT’s indigenous resource centre in the Senator Burns building, will be hanging red dresses around campus, …

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Working for free

The upside and downside of co-op placement for students The face of post-secondary education in Canada is transforming with the practice of “work-integrated learning,” co-op placements, internships and other hands-on work experience to further students’ education.   “I think every program should have the advantage to start [a] career and …

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Surf’s up at SAIT

Campus club sees high tide of surfing members SAIT Surf is a new club at SAIT, with already more than 120 members who come together to learn and teach river surfing in landlocked Alberta.  Ryan Morstad, a first-year business student at SAIT, founded the club. Morstad is from the west …

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I Believe You

SAIT partners with campaign to address sexual assault According to the Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault’s (CCASA) website, at least 39 per cent of Canadian women over the age of 16 have experienced some form of sexual assault.  On Nov. 9 and 10, SAITSA will be hosting the #IBelieveYou campaign …

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SAIT is going green

Grant awarded to develop energy-efficient solutions The University of Calgary (U of C) in partnership with SAIT has been awarded a $75 million grant to research techniques used to reduce the impact of energy extraction on the environment. The grant, which is part of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund …

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Troubled Times

Alberta post-secondary applications surge during economic downturn Alberta has been in a downward economic spiral, leading many people to return to university and college to pursue new career opportunities. In terms of applications to SAIT, “We have actually a decrease overall. However, 2015 and 2016 was the highest number of …

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The John Ware building will be getting upgrades from the provincial goverment's investment. (Photo by Brady Bateman)

SAIT gets funding for upgrades

Government of Alberta announced $20.7 million investment The Government of Alberta announced a $20.7 million investment into upgrading SAIT’s John Ware and Senator Burns buildings, and constructing the Green Building Technologies Lab and Demonstrative Centre. “This once-in-a-generation investment by the Government of Canada is a historic down payment on the …

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SAIT hots its centennial celebration event on campus on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (Photo by Nikolai Cuthill/SAIT)

Happy Birthday, SAIT!

SAIT celebrates 100 years Thousands joined in SAIT’s centennial celebrations including cake cutting, family activities, an international food fair, and the opening of a 1966 time capsule. The day ended with a concert by Canadian musician Dan Mangan and a fireworks display at 7:16 p.m.

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Builders of SAIT

A history of SAIT’s buildings’ names A) Senator Patrick Burns (1856-1937) was a Canadian rancher and self-made man. Burns moved to Calgary in 1890, where he established P. Burns and Company. The cattle company became one of the world’s largest integrated meatpacking empires. At one point, his cattle ranches were …

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SAIT hots its centennial celebration event on campus on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (Photo by Nikolai Cuthill/SAIT)

Blast from the past

Weal editors from the 60s visit current staff during SAIT centennial The Weal office was the location of a rare gathering on SAIT’s centennial, as former and current Wealies met to share stories of life on campus. Five former Weal editors from the late 60s were in attendance, imparting words …

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Letter to the Editor

In response… Is there pride at SAIT? I was a bit disappointed that the Weal article, Is there pride at SAIT?, did not include more information about SAIT’s recent LGBT student club. Although I am sure continuity and funding are challenges with any club, it seemed to me, this club …

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A SAIT student waits for the train at SAIT in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Calgary Transit is On-It

New bus routes to reach communities outside Calgary Getting to SAIT from outside of Calgary is about to get easier. On Oct. 11, public transit extended its reach to communities south of Calgary. The new transit program On-It is a regional transit pilot and provides bus routes from Calgary to …

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