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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Conditional transparency

Student government calls for transparency amidst controversy 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 …

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Calgary’s plan for Canada’s 150

Canada’s 150 years of Confederation is coming up on July 1, and Canadian communities are excited to celebrate. There are 19 cities that are official celebration sites for Canada 150. Calgary is the official celebration site for Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is working with the Department of Heritage …

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Vimy Ridge Centennial

Calgary Military Museums to commemorate WWI battles The Calgary Military Museums will be commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the historic First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge on Sunday, April 9. “[Vimy Ridge] was a major achievement for us as Canadians,” said Rory Cory, senior curator at the Military Museums. …

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