AT students help construct Guatamalan school

Two Architectural Technologies students are traveling to Guatemala this week to help design and build a sustainable school. Jude Polsky and Christine Zevnik, along with AT instructor Marc Bussiere, are leaving for  Panajachel, Guatemala on Feb. 19 for two weeks. Polsky and Zevnik approached Bussiere last summer about finding a …

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More males, young people seeking eating disorder treatment

Each year, the month of February serves to remind people of the devastating impact eating disorders have on people in our weight-obsessed culture. In recent years, eating disorders have become more common in males and young people, and the range of ways people experience them is also increasing. National Eating …

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Calgarians rally for Egypt’s future

While many Canadians are fleeing Egypt, SAIT photojournalism grad Alex Ramadan is booking a flight to Cairo later this week to work on a documentary he started in 2009. Born and raised in Calgary, Ramadan travelled to Egypt two years ago to explore his family’s heritage. “There was a lot …

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Students’ Executive Council election platforms

Hey, all blasé kids in your hipster gear with your cigarette dangling from your lips and the ironic expression on your face. We know you may be too cool for school elections.  But did you know that $150,000 of your student fees go towards paying wages for Students’ Executive Council …

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Leave your mark on SAIT by casting a ballot

The president of the national alliance that SAITSA belongs to recommends students involve themselves with upcoming elections. “The more involved an individual is in college, the more likely they are to make a change in the community once they leave,” says Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) president Zachary Dayler. …

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SAITSA moves to improve campus sustainability

SAITSA’s next step to make SAIT a more sustainable campus will be to introduce glass mugs in the Odyssey. The idea is a collaborative SLC brainchild born during last semester’s SLC retreat. The move will be an indication that SLC members elected based on their environmental platforms have kept their …

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Angolian students head home

When 92 Angolan students first stepped off the plane in Calgary last August, most didn’t know what to expect. But after an intense six months of learning a new language and studying engineering, the largest group ever accommodated by SAIT as part of its Workforce Nationalization Training Program graduated Jan. …

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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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