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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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The first issue of the Emery Weal from 1926, taken on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. (Photo by Ashley Orzel/The Press)

Editorial

Taken from The Weal, published Mar. 18, 1926 This being the first issue of the first paper published by the Students’ Association, we naturally feel that we are sailing in uncharted waters. We are assured, however, of the moral and material support of the heads of the Institute and all …

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Jennifer Drew, a second-year professional cooking student, has raised concerns over SAIT's decision to increase tuition costs for international students. (Photo by Justin Schellenberg/The Press)

Rising costs and questions

International students hit hard with raised tuition fees SAIT has raised its international tuition fees, and students are speaking out. Around two-thirds of the courses offered to international students have seen an increase in price, with some growing up to 40 per cent. Jennifer Drew, a second-year professional cooking student …

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You’re invited: SAIT’s Centennial celebrations

Celebrate 100 years with SAIT on Oct. 16 SAIT is celebrating its 100th birthday, and all current students and alumni are invited to the festivities. “Students are our VIPs,” said Cathy Downey, director of the Centennial Project. “We’re celebrating 100 years and remembering who’s first around here – our students.” …

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Have your voice heard

The importance of getting involved in student politics to make a difference With the upcoming Board of Directors elections, SAITSA representatives say they hope students continue to get more involved in campus politics. “There is an emergence of more interaction with government within the younger generation, and I think that …

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Importance of Voting: Q&A with Rachel Paris

Students encouraged to vote in upcoming BOD election The Weal caught up with Rachel Paris, SAITSA’s governance and advocacy manager, to learn more about voting. The Weal: How do students vote in the upcoming  Board of Directors (BOD) elections? Rachel Paris: SAITSA uses Votenet, an online voting system, to distribute …

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Treeka Drake floats in a sensory deprivation tank.
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Less is more

Sensory deprivation tanks a stress relief for students With the compounded stress levels students face daily, the removal of external senses could help reduce the anxiety that stems from school, work and daily life. Sensory deprivation tanks — also known as float tanks — aim to do just that. “Floating …

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Students attend Big Rock Brewery Bonfire Maple Ale Launch Party at The Gateway on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo by Ashley Orzel/SAIT Polytechnic)

Last taste of summer

Bonfire Maple Ale available at The Gateway Bonfire Maple Ale, made in partnership with Big Rock Brewery and SAIT’s business marketing class, is now on tap with up to 60 kegs available to the public. “It’s awesome, it’s rewarding and it’s a lot of hard work,” said Samar Hertil, one …

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East Hall resident Hayley Babonau poses for a portrait in her dorm room at SAIT in Calgary on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. Babonau is a first-year student Travel and Tourism course at SAIT.(Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Is it worth living on campus?

Cost of living on SAIT residence in Calgary’s changing rental market The high cost of living on campus has been a common grievance amongst residents, says Hayley Babonau, a first-year travel and tourism student at SAIT. Babonau, originally from Grand Prairie, Alta., chose to live on campus because she didn’t …

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You down to BOD?

Students encouraged to run for new Board of Directors Nominations are coming up for the 2016-17 SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD), and SAITSA wants all interested students to apply. “The BOD ensures that SAITSA is being responsible and accountable to our members: the students,” says Rachel Paris, governance and advocacy …

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Marta Edgar on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 in front of SAIT's Heritage Hall south entrance in Calgary. Edgar is the lead on SAIT's new wellness walks starting fall 2016. (Photo by Ashley OrzelThe Press)

Mindful Meditation

Student Development and Counselling pilots wellness walks on campus Promoting mental wellness among students is something SAIT’s Student Development and Counselling plans to address through wellness walks. According to a study released by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS), one in three post-secondary students report their …

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Jasmine Retzer, the volunteer coordinator at CJSW, stands in front of the many banners the radio station has collected over the years in Calgary on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. CJSW is taking part in Doors Open YYC, offering tours of the University of Calgary’s community station. (Photo by Justin Schellenberg/SAIT Polytechnic )

The doors are open in YYC

A behind the scenes look at Calgary Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sept. 24, Doors Open YYC is quite literally opening doors across Calgary. For its fifth year, Doors Open YYC will be inviting the public to check out the inner workings of almost fifty attractions across the …

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