Fire extinguishers missed during annual maintenance

SAIT has more than 2,000 fire extinguishers on campus to protect staff and students in the event of a fire. At least two of these life-saving units have not been certified since 2008/09 and a third has a broken tamper seal. In a manual inspection of 30 fire extinguishers in …

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Running vehicles at SAIT only idle threat

SAIT doesn’t plan to follow suit with an idle-free campus initiative launched by the University of Calgary. Idling a vehicle will become a finable offense on the U of C campus as of Jan. 1, 2011. Warnings will soon be issued to owners caught idling their vehicles for more than …

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More students seeking help for mental health issues

A recent study by a psychology professor at the U of C found more students are seeking help and their problems are more serious. “The number of students presenting with severe mental illness — so, that would be the psychotic disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder — has tripled,” said the researcher …

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Safewalk underuse attributed to safe campus

SAITSA’s Safewalk program is having trouble reaching its target market, according to last month’s statistics. Safewalk is a program offered on campus whereby volunteers walk with students, instructors, or anyone crossing campus, and up to 10 blocks off campus to their destination. Available from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday …

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November 11: not just another day

Every November since his retirement from the Canadian Forces, SAIT refrigeration and air conditioning student John Bartlett remembers his army buddies. Bartlett served 15 years in the Forces with the 13th Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. In a period of three years, six of Bartlett’s comrades died …

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Hookah culture in it for the long haul

Unlike some other trends of the moment, hookah culture isn’t disappearing into a puff of smoke. The hookah, a traditional Middle Eastern water pipe, is used to smoke flavoured tobacco known as shisha. Yannick G’ Mathieu, a first-year SAIT business student, says it’s not about the smoke for him, but …

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The Weal wins at national convention

The Weal won third place in the Best of Show competition in its category at the National College Media Convention in Louisville, Kentucky from Oct. 27-31. “I think it’s a testament to the hard work of everyone involved in our paper’s production that we ended up in the top three,” …

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Economy dampens veterans’ food drive donations

To commemorate Remembrance Day, Kory Tanner, a customer service representative with SAIT Student Services, is taking the lead on the polytechnic’s seventh annual veteran food drive. Tanner said she’s hoping for more donations this year, as turnout  for the drive has been lower since the slump in the economy.  She’s …

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Brick by brick

SAIT first-year apprentice Dakota Swan laid it all on the line, and it paid off. Swan, with help from teammate and fellow SAIT apprentice Shawn Ragan, placed second in the Spec-Mix Bricklayer 500 regional competition held at the SAIT Mayland Heights campus Nov. 5. “It came as quite a shock,” …

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Turn up the scare, turn down the waste

Spooked by Halloween’s eco footprint? It’s tough to break consumer habits when it comes to Halloween, but reducing your environmental impact isn’t all that scary. Here are a few tips to make your Halloween a little greener. 1. Make your own costume Erin McLaughlin, manager of the Ecostore in Calgary, …

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Awareness: it’ll grow on you

Gentlemen at SAIT, Movember is here and the time has come to grow your moustache. Movember is a campaign intended to promote awareness and raise donations for prostate cancer research. And second-year Travel and Tourism student Mike Welk is growing his ‘stache this month for the cause. Welk says it’s …

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Good Food Box use on rise

While more students are turning to food banks at Calgary’s universities – as reported in a recent Calgary Herald article – SAITSA’s Good Food Box program has also seen an increase. In August, the on-campus food bank at the U of C handed out 253 hampers, an increase of 140 …

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SAIT evades post-secondary pitfalls

While Alberta is showing the lowest post-secondary participation rate of all provinces in Canada, SAIT’s application numbers are on the rise. The 2009 Alberta Advanced Education and Technology report shows only 17 per cent of 18- to 34-year-olds in Alberta enrolled for the 2009/10 academic year. In an Oct. 18 …

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Motivational speaker: we can all just get along

Leadership coach and motivational speaker Drew Dudley taught SAIT community members how to get along better by understanding other people’s social styles during a session on campus Oct. 22. “Three out of four people you deal with don’t see the world the way you do,” said Dudley. Using research by …

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Student group guns for lower book prices

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), a student rights group to which SAITSA belongs, is lobbying for lower textbook prices. CASA hopes by encouraging the Canadian government to remove the Book Importation Regulation – a piece of government legislation that results in imported textbooks receiving an additional 10-15 per …

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Domestic violence survivor speaks out

Anna met her first boyfriend when she was 15. They attended the same junior high school, and had friends in common. They got together at a house party in grade 10 and dated for the next 18 months. “He was the leader of the group in high school,” said Anna, …

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Global Buddy Program brings students together

SAIT’s International Centre hopes to make international students’ new life on campus, and in a new country, a little easier by launching the Global Buddy Program. With nearly 1,200 international students in academic programs and courses at SAIT in 2009/2010, international student advisors Eric Chu and Stacey Barefoot dreamed up …

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Couple crusades for less consumption

As part of the Canada-wide Waste Reduction Week, SAITSA and the Recycling Council of Alberta hosted a documentary that chronicles the efforts of one couple to reduce waste in their lives. Grant Baldwin and his partner, Jen Rustemeyer, competed against each other for one year to see who could produce …

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World Food Day encourages eating with ethics

As the only member of the G8 countries without specific laws governing the production and distribution of our food, Canada has a lot of explaining to do. World Food Day launched this past Oct. 16, and the Pan Canada People’s Food Policy Project (PCPFPP) will shine a nationwide light on …

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Purple army celebrates

After a tension-filled battle over the spot for Calgary’s 36th mayor, Naheed Nenshi has taken office as Canada’s first Muslim civic leader. “The purple army was never about winning an election. It was about revitalizing the public conversation in this city.” said Nenshi during his victory speech. Promising budget cuts, …

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