SAITSA Board of Directors under review

The SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) is currently working with the Watson Governance Review to ensure the board is running to the best of its ability. The governance review is taken approximately every 10 years and is commonly employed by organizations to help ensure their goals are successful. Currently three …

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Fly away with SAIT

Travel and Tourism program students plan travel The SAIT Travel and Tourism program is hosting their annual Destinations Travel Expo to help students launch their next vacation. The travel expo will take place on Tuesday, April 11, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Irene Lewis Atrium located in …

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Results: Candidates celebrate win

Say hello to your new executive council. The executive council represents students and oversees quality of life on campus. President, Alex Dimopoulos, speaks on behalf of SAITSA to the media, the SAIT administration and industry leaders. The president leads the organization in a forward-thinking direction. “I feel excited. Wow. I’m …

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#SAIT100 photo mosaic

The centennial photo piece is ready for its big reveal The SAIT Centennial photo mosaic is set to be unveiled Tuesday, April 4, after reaching their goal of 9000 photos. The mural will feature photos from SAIT students, staff, and alumni. “It was always about the students, the faculty and …

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Year in review

Following up with SAITSA’s student executives The current SAITSA Executive Council has had a year to implement the goals they promised when campaigning in 2016. Gar Gar, SAITSA student president, is proud of the role he has played for SAIT students over the past year and the platform promises he …

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Seeking sanctuary

Montreal becomes Canadian sanctuary city On Monday, Feb. 20, Montreal became Canada’s fourth sanctuary city. Some citizens of Calgary are hopeful that the city will become a sanctuary city like Montreal. “It would be beneficial for everyone to bring in refugees in order to help them and help themselves,” said …

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BOD bids farewell to ASEC

Board voted to leave student lobby group to reduce financial strain The SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) voted to leave the Alberta Students Executive Council (ASEC) and become a probationary member on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Mikayla Schaffer, SAITSA VP external, put forth a motion for SAITSA to become a probationary …

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What’s the Executive Council?

How much do you know about your student association? The executive council exists to improve the quality of life for students at SAIT. The council consists of The President, VP External, VP Academic and VP Student Life, and works in tandem with SAITSA staff to implement the goals and ideas …

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Hitting the slopes

SAIT wins big at Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race Back in February, SAIT competed with multiple colleges and universities across the country in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race, an engineering challenge where students are tasked with creating a fully functioning sled with multiple mechanical parts.  The SAIT team of …

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Living libraries

Sharing knowledge through word-of-mouth The written word has preserved humanity’s stories in libraries for generations. But, before that, we had the oral word stored in a human library. The Reg Erhardt Library and multiple departments across SAIT came together to create SAIT’s own version of the international Human Library through …

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SAIT instrumentation draws international interest

The sixth annual instrumentation games will be hosted at SAIT, and for the first time, the games will see competitors from across the globe. The games were organized by SAIT instrumentation students who reached out to colleges around the world. This year, the SAIT Chapter of the International Society of …

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BOD moves

SAITSA Board of Directors (BOD) meetings will now be taking place in the Ambrosia Room in the SAIT Campus Centre. In the past, BOD meetings have taken place on the third floor of Heritage Hall, which occupies SAIT’s executive offices. SAITSA BOD was asked by SAIT to discontinue its meetings …

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Health care revised

SAITSA rolls in added benefits to student health and dental plan As of Feb. 1, SAITSA introduced changes to the student health and dental plan allowing students to claim $20 more on vision coverage. “This is something that we would love students to use,” said SAITSA president Gar Gar. Gar …

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Two minutes to midnight

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves Doomsday Clock closer to midnight The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to 2.5 minutes to midnight on Jan. 26. The clock began ticking in 1947 as a metaphorical measurement of how close humanity is to destroying civilization. The clock was …

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Freedom to read

Jim Gray, Reg Erhardt Library supervisor at SAIT, sat down with The Weal to discuss Freedom to Read Week. The event raises awareness of the need to protect public access of information, whether it be through novels, newspapers or blogs. Everyone deserves the freedom to read. Freedom to Read Week …

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Students help kick smoking to the curb

Students from SAIT’s School of Heath and Public Safety want to help those who plan to quit smoking with a new smoking cessation program. “Our students are actually trained to help support people who are quitting or want to quit smoking,” said Patricia Reader-Downey, academic chair of the Wellness Portfolio …

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Indigenous student alliance sees change

Building a bridge between cultures SAITSA’s Indigenous Student Alliance (SISA) has had a change in executives, but is still striving to accomplish good things this year. SISA’s main objective is first and foremost to offer “a welcoming and familiar cultural networking resource for SAIT’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit students,” …

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The changing face of student protest

Social media and connectivity have contributed to the evolving nature of student activism in the 21st century. “Student movements have always existed as long as there have been universities,” said Roberta Lexier, a political science professor at Mount Royal University (MRU) who specializes in social movement and social change. Acording …

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Fentanyl crisis spurs campus response

More than 400 opioid deaths have been prevented in Alberta since the introduction of take-home naloxone kits, according to data released from Alberta Health Services. “The first step is coming in [to the clinic],” said Rachelle Suing, a registered nurse at SAIT’s Health Services Clinic. “Naloxone is safe to have …

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