Vivian Lee: From glass blowing to business making

Not everyone ends up in what they went to school for, and even those that do may find a greater passion in another field. Vivian Lee, a graduate from the glass program at ACAD is one such person. Lee is currently a first-year administrative information management (AIM) student at SAIT. …

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Bored? Try these winter time-killers

Is your holiday season looking bleak and boring? Are you looking for a way to earn some cash or just keep yourself busy? You can volunteer, work a seasonal sales job, or even head down to a local temp agency and find yourself some work. But which is best for …

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If you can’t pay, don’t play

You can fight Russians, terrorism, dragons, templars or wind resistance from the seat of a Lotus Esprit this holiday season, but it will cost around $300. That’s what SAIT millwright apprentice Josh Wyman spent on this season’s hottest games. With balancing the cost of entertainment, presents and all the other …

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Could you be living next to a packrat?

Is your desk cluttered with last month’s assignments? Or perhaps last Wednesday’s ramen noodles still remain on your kitchen counter? If so, you’re not alone. Students often face hectic schedules. Managing to balance work, school, and a social life will leave little room for cleaning and meticulous organizing which leaves …

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From me to you, the joy of giving

With the holiday season approaching, a spirit of charity is descending on the minds of Canadians and there are many ways to translate that into helping others. United Way Calgary president Ruth Ramsden-Wood didn’t mince words about the need to help vulnerable youth in Alberta and in the city. “We …

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Questions and answers with Brent Constantin

Following the departure of longtime SAITSA publications manager Suzanne Trudel at the end of October, there have been a lot of changes here at the Weal. One of them is the addition of Brent Constantin to our editorial team, serving as our new publications editor. Constantin is a graduate of …

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Back pain not something to laugh about

Do your shoulders hurt? How about your lower back? According to Dovepress, a leading medical and scientific research company, lower back pain is one of the principal causes of disability in the Canadian workplace. One of the major sources of strain for students is the necessary evil known as a …

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No Dumb Jocks at SAIT

Trojan athletes work hard balancing their academic and athletic lives and somehow manage to maintain strong grade point averages in the process. Student athletes are used to busy schedules, many have been participating in both academics and athletics since a young age. Twenty-one year-old business administration student Avalon Bastin plays …

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Global Entrepreneur Week Sparks Global Recognition For SAIT Students

Two SAIT graduates have been named finalists in this year’s YOU Innovate Canada tournament. First-year business administration students Dinara Yanbaeva and Leighton Kiriachuk entered the competition with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation as part of Global Entrepreneur Week. The YOU Innovate Canada tournament challenges participants to create value from an …

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Ben and the haunted party bus: a Halloween (career) horror story

It was Halloween night in 2010 when young SAIT graduate Ben and his friends were getting ready to hit the town. Ben was scantily clad in his effeminate pirate costume, based on a certain famous movie character. He said goodbye to his live-in girlfriend and set off to his destination, …

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Bye bye landlines, hello smart phones: Students abandon home phones in favour of multi-tasking smart phones

Recent surveys conducted by Ipsos-Reid suggest most young people don’t have a landline, or use it rarely and have adopted smart phones almost exclusively. Most young people use their smart phone for non-voice related tasks like texting, app usage and games. Ashleigh Williams, a student in the academic upgrading program, …

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Youth show they know when to hold ‘em and fold ‘em: New study shows gambling decline

Is your weekly haunt the nearest casino or VLT equipped sports bar? A recent study by Ipsos-Reid shows the number of people answering yes to that question has fallen since 2010. The report, released earlier this month, shows a significant drop in the amount of young people who risk their …

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Looking at gender equality from inside the closet

It’s a quarter to eight in the morning, and the sidewalk outside the Heart building is slick from rain. In the past 10 minutes, three women in mini-skirts, low cut tops and sky-high heels have tottered up the steps into the building. This seems a stark contrast to only a …

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Learning to juggle: Beat your stress before your stress beats you

As the semester drudges on, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the stress you face as a student. You may be finding it increasingly hard to play the role, but do we all cope in the same manner? A recent study shows men and women may be handling stress in …

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Turn your weekly beer night into your next big purchase

How much money do you have put away for the future? Nothing? Nada? Zip? Who thinks about putting money away when you need to put food in your stomach? Don’t feel bad about it, you’re one of thousands of students who could stand to learn a little about finance and …

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Local entrepreneurs prove success during recession possible

Entrepreneurs Daniel Chow and Jaspreet Mehdwan have proven even when times are tough small business owners can still turn a profit. Chow and Mehdwan are owners of a lucrative company called The Secret Sauce Factory, an interactive marketing company. Their growth supports a September study by the Canadian Federation of …

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Polytechnic peep: Jesse Farhat

Q: How do you like your program so far? A: It’s a really good program. It’s so hands-on and practical. Q: What is the best part? A: I don’t have to lift anything. Q: What’s your dream job? A: Working for ESPN in San Diego. They have warm weather. Q: …

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Making the Jump: SAIT grad forms one half of an internationally successful production company

What are we going to do next year? That’s the question that started a unique presence in Alberta. Jump Studios is sought out for it’s ability to turn wildest dreams into full-fledged cinematic productions. Now, over five years after Jeff August and Brian Vos hashed out that question, Jump Studios …

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Summer’s a bummer with no job

Did you have problems finding a job last summer? Did you have to settle for a part-time job just to make rent? If so, you’re not alone. A recent study by Statistics Canada indicates many students are in a tense fiscal situation for 2011/2012, following a rise in summer unemployment …

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SAIT business competition reLAUNCHes

SAIT’s business plan competition will officially launch with a kick-off event on Sept. 26. The LAUNCH program encourages students to become entrepreneurs, challenging competitors to create innovative new companies within their community. Last year’s winners were Michael Hwang and Ryan Hemarson, School of Information and Communication Technology. The duo won …

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