AIM student trains for career as world watches online

SAIT student Caroline Weilinger might just be underestimating herself. Weilinger, who says she’s not a “true” IT person, is one of the nine IT personalities featured on Microsoft’s first ever international online reality show, Career Factor. A second-year Administrative Information Management (AIM) student, Weilinger said she was shocked and honoured …

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Canada Student Loans demand increased by $311 million

OTTAWA (CUP) — According to a recent budget update report tabled in Parliament, the federal government requires millions to keep its Canada Student Loans Program afloat. In supplementary estimates tabled Feb. 8, the federal government outlined it needs $149.5 million to write off more than 60,000 debts for unrecoverable student …

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Racism in the workplace still a concern

Despite efforts to promote diversity in the workplace, visible minorities are still victims of racism. Ara Shimoon, 31, was born and raised in Canada, but he’s experienced discrimination because of his Armenian descent. Shimoon, a second-year Digital Graphic Communications student, worked for a company who traditionally bought a turkey for …

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Baker sells cake to make dough

Tracie Zahavich, a second-year SAIT Baking and Pastry Arts student, has taken her passion for baking out of the kitchen and into the world of business. “It’s the creative aspect that I enjoy about it,” said Zahavich. “I’m working on a Toy Story cake which I think will be my …

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SAIT grad spooning with success

Wedged between a trendy coffee shop and a global import store on Kensington Ave is Spoon Me. A staircase leads up to a fresh and modern frozen yogurt shop. Curlicues reach up from the light hardwood floor spelling out the store’s name in red on the feature wall. Cozy space-age …

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A healthy dose of stress puts you on your A game

by Pamela Dixon Outlook careers Editor Not all stress is bad. “A little bit of stress is normal and we need it, otherwise we’d be bored to death,” said Marta Edgar, a counselor who works with students at SAIT. But when the stress you feel exceeds your ability to cope, …

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SAIT conductor students pick up steam with economic recovery

The timing couldn’t be any better for SAIT’s railway conductor students. Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) will be creating approximately 150 jobs in Alberta as a result of economic recovery. This is great news for conductor students who’ve been concerned about their employability in the past. “We are pretty honest with …

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What’s the deal with group coupons?

Websites selling the latest group coupon deals may entice college students who want to save money. But students must be wise consumers when it comes to buying deals. A new wave of saving sites has hit the Internet, offering users a chance to buy into deals and discounts at stores, …

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OPINION: Cutting costs builds communities

Money, money money. Everywhere the talk is money. Be it in times of boom, or economic downturn, a main focus in the lives of North Americans is how the next cheque is getting here, and more importantly when. So when the market gives us a run for our cash, it’s …

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OPINION Take the “work” out of workout

A culture of one-upmanship exists in the fitness world. It seems gyms and fitness centres are locked in an eternal battle to have the newest and wildest workouts. Already bored of zumba? Try aqua zumba! Regular yoga not exciting? Hot yoga still not hot enough? Try naked yoga! And if …

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Alumnus soars into future with flying car

On a chicken farm near Trail B.C., then six-year-old Paul Moller stumbled upon two exhausted hummingbirds trapped in a shed. He brought them outside, and as fresh air filled their lungs, they were instantly invigorated.  For a moment, they hovered in his hands before disappearing into the sky. At that …

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Tips to schmooze your way to the top

They’ve been there, done that. And you can learn from them. The Weal talks to three professionals about how to network your way into a killer career. Your reputation matters “Everything counts towards your reputation and it sticks,” says Jeff Skipper, director of Peacebridge Performance Inc, who has established himself …

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Technology for dummies

Frank Turner never imagined he would play an integral part of the education of life-saving professionals. He began his career with STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) in 2002, as a general technician, ten years after graduating from electronic engineering at SAIT. His career eventually led him to helping to …

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Mediumrare founders use creativity to develop transit app

Mobile applications are quickly becoming a big part of our lives. But few people know the challenges of developing efficient and convenient apps to help us accomplish everyday tasks such as catching the bus. Directors of Mediumrare in Calgary, SAIT alumnus Leigh McDonald and Bryan Maniotakis, former SAIT new media …

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The right to pour your own milk

Albertans looking to drink a glass of raw, unpasteurized milk hold empty glasses in the eyes of the law. The pasteurization process was added to the Canadian Food and Drug Act in 1991, and detailed the prohibition of selling or buying raw milk. However, the Canadian Food and Drug Act …

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SAIT alumus awakens Calgary’s downtown core

SAIT alumnus John Evans wakes up hundreds of Calgarians ever day at his award-winning haven for coffee lovers and foodies. Through a combination of friendly staff and a trendy interior design, Bumpy’s Café creates an excellent environment for community within the Calgary’s downtown core. In fact, Evans says he’s witnessed …

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Costs on the rise as jobs fall

Most students likely enrolled in post-secondary institutions to expand their career opportunities, but now many are feeling uncertain about their futures. A recent report by Gillian Steward – a Calgary author, journalist and MRU instructor – indicates that as tuition and other student costs rise, job prospects disappear. The report, …

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How to train your internal clock

MONTREAL (CUP) – The clock strikes 1 p.m., and Zaid Suradi frantically leaps out of bed, pulls on some jeans and a sweater, and races to class. By the time he arrives, he’s 30 minutes late and is trying to ignore his empty, growling stomach. Such are Suradi’s days during …

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Buy less, live more

Nov. 25 marks the annual international Buy Nothing Day. Initiated by Vancouver artist Ted Dave, BND began to provoke discussion about consumerism, and is held in direct contrast to Black Friday. Marking the first day of Christmas shopping in America, Black Friday was coined because it’s the day retailors move …

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Launch your business idea with help from institute

Students with great business ideas lodged in the back of their minds can gain a head start through Launch at SAIT. As a business plan competition and seminar series, the program’s value is something SAIT photojournalism graduate Britton Ledingham and business partner Joel Kelly can attest to. They won second …

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