Changes to provincial tuition funding possible

Speculation includes reducing grants or lifting tuition increase cap.   $5,730 – Average undergraduate tuition in Alberta $5,959 – Average undergraduate tuition in Canada $2.1 Billion – Operating grants from Alberta government for universities and colleges in 2014   As the Alberta provincial government prepares to release its 2015 budget at …

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Death at SAIT Polytechnic’s main campus

Police are on campus investigating suspicious death. Update: Calgary police now say that the death on campus is not suspicious and foul play is no longer a factor. Calgary police are on campus investigating the death of a man who was found Friday night critically injured near the Aldred Centre. …

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First look at 2015-16 SAITSA executives

SAITSA president: Brigitte Matheson The biggest—and only—change for the SEC is the president. Brigitte Matheson was elected as SAITSA president and is ready to be SAIT’s most visible student representative. “It is going to be an amazing year,” said Matheson, who is currently a marketing major in the business administration …

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Calgary and the importance of art

Motion to suspend Calgary’s Public Art Program killed With public art recently coming under fire, the issue stands as to whether or not art is still important for the Calgary community. On Feb. 11, Ward 14 Coun. Peter Demong called for a motion to suspend Calgary’s Public Art Program for …

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Age does not equal talent for Emi Horne

Emi Horne started playing for the Trojans fastball team at 17. With less experience than the other women, she had the fourth highest batting average in the league. The woman with the top batting average was in her mid-twenties, and had played in division one for the University of Alabama. …

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Did OUTSpoken go too far?

OUTSpoken, SAIT’s new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) student club, released a controversial ad campaign that saw negative backlash but successfully generate dialogue. The majority of the ads depicted unfavourable phrases commonly used against the LGBTQ community in large, emboldened writing, with smaller text under explaining the #eradicatehate campaign. …

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Turning leftover liquor into an after party cleaner

Aside from being used for consumption, Vodka has the potential to become a popular household-cleaning alternative, as well as a way to freshen up your wardrobe. While it’s a bit more pricey than rubbing alcohol, this cocktail staple has the same antiseptic properties, making it a useful replacement to standard …

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Limblifter back after a ten year hiatus

Ten years since the last Limblifter album has done nothing to diminish lead singer Ryan Dahle’s passion for music. Fans of alternative-rock will have no doubt heard of Limblifter’s music by this point. The Vancouver based band, formed by Dahle and his older brother in 1996, have been a staple …

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National cricket player leads the charge for a SAIT team

Playing on a national team is a great accomplishment in any sport—but when you’re in Canada the cricket team doesn’t get much respect. Hamza Tariq was born in Karachi, Pakistan, but it wasn’t until he moved to Canada that his love for cricket grew. “Cricket is the fastest growing sport …

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To vote or not to vote

Election time, an inevitability at any Alberta post-secondary institution. Students are suddenlbombarded with posters and campaign material for approximately two weeks and then expected to take time out of their busy school schedule to vote. “I didn’t vote,” said Jazz Fraser. Fraser is brand new to SAIT, having just begun …

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Instrumentation student games on campus from March 13 to 14

Multi-instrument calibration is one of four challenges in the international instrumentation student games, which will be hosted at SAIT on March 13 and 14. The SAIT chapter of the International Society of Automation (ISA) is hosting students from across Canada and the United States for two days of automation challenges, …

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Clay all the way: A pottery story

Having the power to make art out of clay at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit is just one of the attractive features of pottery throwing. Students are able to make artful pieces to decorate their space as well as functional pieces that can be used every day. “The length of time it …

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Becca Glackin is back on the ice

After taking last semester away from sports to focus on her studies, veteran women’s hockey player Becca Glackin rejoined the Trojans in time for the playoffs. The second-year respiratory therapy student has been a staple on the team since the 2011-12 season. She attended SAIT first as an EMT and …

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Sugar daddies and drug deals: How some students are using “alternative” methods to pay for student life

If you could find a way to pay for tuition that was quick, easy, and left you with some extra cash in your pocket—even if it was morally questionable-—would you do it? More and more Canadian students are resorting to unconventional methods of earning cash to help fund student life, …

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The lost art of large format

While the majority of Alberta’s photographers capture their images with digital cameras, at least one ACAD student is experimenting with century-old technology to create a unique body of work. When Shane Arsenault was first given an opportunity to publicly display the product of his talents, it came in the form …

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Three SAITSA presidential candidates

Voting for the SAITSA election begins Thursday. Students can vote for representatives to sit on the Student Legislative Council (SLC) and four executives on the Student Executive Council (SEC). The SEC is made up of the President, VP Academic, VP External, and VP Student Life. The three candidates for SAITSA …

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SAIT students pressing records at Canada’s only vinyl plant

Canada Boy Vinyl (CBV), a collection of friends who plan to provide local musicians with a space to record and press their albums in the same location, is set to open in Calgary this spring. While there are numerous pressing plants available to recording artists in the U.S., Canadian artists …

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Growing up Grundy

For siblings Ellen and Lucas Grundy, growing up was more than just being competitive: it was about beating each other, no matter what. At 23, Ellen—the older of the two siblings—is attending SAIT for business administration, and her brother Lucas, 22, is upgrading to get into mechanics. The entire Grundy …

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SAITSA launches new philanthropic club

With more than half of the province’s homeless population living in Calgary, there is a pressing need for additional services to accommodate their needs, and one student club is working to help fill that gap. Ellie May Rosario, club president of Serendipity, seeks to play her part in assisting those …

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A farewell to arms

As of Feb. 11, 57 children under the age of 11 have been killed or injured by firearms in the U.S. in 2015 –accidental or otherwise. Child safety, or rather the lack of it, clearly demonstrates the need for change. On Jan. 19, a 5-year-old boy in Missouri found a …

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