Re-evaluating SIR II evaluations

Each semester, SAIT students are asked to fill out Student Instructional Reports (SIR II) to give feedback on their instructors. But recent debates about how the reports are processed have led some to believe the evaluation deserves a failing grade. The SIR II evaluation form is handed to students who …

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Students like new site more than a little

Who needs Facebook? LikeALittle.com is the newest way to procrastinate at SAIT, and everybody’s doin’ it. SAITSA’s Research & Communications Coordinator Kristin Eberth says a number of SAIT students have joined the voyeuristic flirting forum in the last month. “I noticed from my SAIT Facebook connections that people were talking …

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Cold feet: Students change their post-secondary minds

For those feeling unsure about their chosen program or post-secondary career path, fear not. You’re definitely not alone. According to a 2008 StatsCan report, Canadian students tend to be all over the map when it comes to committing to their post-secondary choices. Of the 956,000 individuals surveyed, over 21 per …

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SAIT’s concrete toboggan team places fifth

SAIT’s team Voyageur Boggan gave a solid showing at this year’s annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race, placing seventh in the race event. The team placed fifth in the overall competition, which included a number of categories. Of the 19 competitors, Voyageur Boggan’s sled, named Nonsuch, took home awards for …

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Green Building Technologies students build net-zero home

The Green Buildings Technologies (GBT) program is putting SAIT on the map as a leader in eco-friendly living with a partnership to construct net-zero homes. It’s cutting-edge technology, and that means setting trends instead of following them. “With green building technologies, there is a lack of a constant set of …

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It’s the year of the Rabbit: eat it up

Chinese New Year is Feb. 3, and it might be difficult to decide what you’re going to prepare for the celebration. Since it’s the year of the rabbit, may we suggest a nice rabbit stew? If you’ve never eaten hare, academic chair of SAIT’s Culinary Programs Rupert Kaupp says it’s …

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SAIT’s Teardrop trailer garners attention at RV show

Twelve students from SAIT’s Recreational Vehicle Service apprenticeship program in Edmonton had the opportunity to display the fruits of their labour at the Calgary RV show last weekend. The SAIT Teardrop trailer attracted ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from show attendees, and that means it’s doing its job. “A lot of people …

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SAIT-made tusk cap featured on Discovery Channel

Calgary Zoo resident Spike the elephant was recently featured on the Discovery Channel. And with his appearance, SAIT’s School of Manufacturing and Automation also took to the small screen. Employees in the school built an artificial tusk for Spike to replace a broken one, and he’s been wearing it since …

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Locker thefts creating “poisoned learning environment”

SAIT’s head of campus security says locker break-ins on campus are “like mosquitoes, a constant nuisance.” Barry Cochran, manager of security and emergency services, said the biggest challenge is that the lockers are easy to break into. The lockers in the Thomas Riley building can be pried open without tools.  …

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Research key to winter break holiday success

With spring break rapidly approaching, students nationwide will be heading to warmer climates. Many students will have booked their hotel rooms by now. Others are still looking for a last minute deal, and the rest will just fly by the seat of their pants. While each option has its benefits, …

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New workouts for the brave, bold and butt naked

Do you like being naked, or listening to contagious beats or perhaps playing wizards? If so, the Weal has dug up three new athletic pastimes which may be right up your alley and spice up your fitness schedule. Naked Yoga: That’s no typo. Naked yoga is an out-of-the-mainstream and out-of-your-comfort …

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Remembering the Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Day, Jan. 27, marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp. It was only 66 years ago that millions of Jewish people, along with other perceived enemies, were murdered in the Nazi regime. The Holocaust is one of the darkest and most shameful …

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Student empathy at 30-year-low: study

BURNABY, B.C. (CUP) — A recent study from the University of Michigan claims that for the past several decades, college students have been getting steadily less empathetic. The study reviewed the results from over 70 surveys conducted between 1979 and 2009, using a method known as the Davis Interpersonal Reactivity …

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Students head to Edmonton for sled race

Starting Jan. 27, SAIT’s team of concrete sled engineers will put their knowledge and abilities to the test in Edmonton for the 37th annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR). Made up of 15 members from the Civil Engineering Technology club (CVT) and the SAIT League of Engineering Technology Students …

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Guatemalan communities receive gift of good health

Thanks to medical donations from SAIT’s School of Health and Public Safety, residents in several Guatemalan communities had extra reason to be thankful in the new year. Marja Van Dyke, marketing specialist for the school, said the department sold a training ambulance to the Be One to Help Foundation of …

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Weal Web Picks – January 27, 2011

mma-core.com Nothing provides the gay community with as much entertainment as the sport of MMA. Check out the free videos of ultra fit men straddling each other glistening with sweat and grunting with mighty effort. buzzfeed.com If you care about being on the leading edge of the latest web sensation, …

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Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be a drag

Bad breath, yellow teeth, weakened black lungs, and lung cancer are only a few of the not-so-nice side effects of smoking. Despite the health warnings, 11 per cent of Canadians continue to smoke, according to Statistics Canada. With a new year, thousands make the resolution to quit smoking. People turn …

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Jugo Juice outlet to open in Campus Centre

In response to a student survey, SAIT is bringing Jugo Juice to Campus Centre as early as March 2011. The polytechnic is responding to survey results in which students requested a smoothie or juice bar on campus. Students and Trojan staff specifically asked for Calgary-based company Jugo Juice over Booster …

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Suite life under review

An alliance of Calgary students’ associations is asking city hall to review the current legislation regarding secondary suites. SAITSA president Courtney Garlough said the Calgary Student Caucus sent a letter last Thursday to the Calgary councillors asking the council to make secondary suites a priority, and stating that the rules …

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EMT students upset over U-Pass denial

Students returning for the winter semester in SAIT’s EMT program were upset to discover they were no longer eligible to receive U-Passes. On Jan. 4, when EMT students Nadine Munday and Justin Shogrin tried to obtain valid U-Pass stickers for the winter semester, they were told they no longer fit …

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