Breaking the binge

Binge drinking is a big problem on university and college campuses in Canada. A 2000 Canadian Campus Survey found 63 per cent of students reported consuming five or more drinks in a single sitting in the previous year. The Canadian study concluded that campuses are a “risky milieu for hazardous …

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Vitamin D-bate: do we need more?

In its recent ad campaign, tanning salon giant Fabutan says over 90 per cent of us need more vitamin D. And while a Stats Can 2007-2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey reported that only four per cent of the population is truly deficient, no one can agree on how much we …

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Fate of Owasina Hall on hold until TTC completion

When Owasina Hall closed its doors in 2006, a chapter was closed on 40 years of student housing. After SAIT’s East Hall was opened and then The Tower, SAIT’s first residency was closed down. A number of factors stood in the way of Owasina being restored to its former glory. …

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SAITSA promotes White Ribbon campaign

Did you know that at least one woman in your life has likely been abused? On Dec. 6, SAITSA will host the third annual White Ribbon ceremony and campaign, to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. “This ceremony is for men to …

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Students’ associations lobby for greater investment in education

Canada’s two largest student associations, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), have recently been in Ottawa lobbying for students’ rights. From Nov. 15-18, SAITSA president Courtney Garlough was in Ottawa for a CASA lobby conference. The conference, normally scheduled for March, was …

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The gift of life returned Student donates kidney to father

“My dad is the cream of the crop. I mean, he has to be. Otherwise I wouldn’t be giving him my kidney.” These words come from Rhekia Fahssi, a 20-year-old SAIT cooking apprentice who is scheduled for kidney donation surgery on Dec. 8. “It’s a pretty major surgery I’m going …

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Library computers to be re-imaged over holidays

SAIT students like Shannon Garlinski who are frustrated by the performance of the computers at the library will have to wait until after the winter break before the problem is remedied. Garlinski, a first-year medical laboratory assistant student, has experienced difficulties accessing online tools, like Google maps and other links, …

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In search of young blood

A Canadian Blood Services donor clinic at SAIT on Nov. 25 will focus on recruiting some fresh meat. “We want to focus on getting young people to step up and start donating,” said Candace Korchinsky, communications specialist for Canadian Blood Services (CBS). “In the next 10 years, a large percentage …

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Holiday fundraiser to knock your socks off

The second-annual “Socks of love” campaign is underway. The respiratory therapy (RT) and medical radiological technologist (MRT) classes of 2012 have come together to help gather toiletries, daily living items and clothing for the Calgary Mustard Seed. With over 130 toiletry and clothing donations collected in 2009, the program hopes …

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Getting crafty for Christmas

The holiday season is approaching quickly, your September loan money is long gone, and you’ve got a ton of people on your gift list. Have no fear, cheap craft advice is here! “We get a ton of people coming in for the holiday season,” says Michael’s craft store employee Susan …

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Fire extinguishers missed during annual maintenance

SAIT has more than 2,000 fire extinguishers on campus to protect staff and students in the event of a fire. At least two of these life-saving units have not been certified since 2008/09 and a third has a broken tamper seal. In a manual inspection of 30 fire extinguishers in …

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Running vehicles at SAIT only idle threat

SAIT doesn’t plan to follow suit with an idle-free campus initiative launched by the University of Calgary. Idling a vehicle will become a finable offense on the U of C campus as of Jan. 1, 2011. Warnings will soon be issued to owners caught idling their vehicles for more than …

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More students seeking help for mental health issues

A recent study by a psychology professor at the U of C found more students are seeking help and their problems are more serious. “The number of students presenting with severe mental illness — so, that would be the psychotic disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder — has tripled,” said the researcher …

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Safewalk underuse attributed to safe campus

SAITSA’s Safewalk program is having trouble reaching its target market, according to last month’s statistics. Safewalk is a program offered on campus whereby volunteers walk with students, instructors, or anyone crossing campus, and up to 10 blocks off campus to their destination. Available from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday …

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November 11: not just another day

Every November since his retirement from the Canadian Forces, SAIT refrigeration and air conditioning student John Bartlett remembers his army buddies. Bartlett served 15 years in the Forces with the 13th Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. In a period of three years, six of Bartlett’s comrades died …

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Hookah culture in it for the long haul

Unlike some other trends of the moment, hookah culture isn’t disappearing into a puff of smoke. The hookah, a traditional Middle Eastern water pipe, is used to smoke flavoured tobacco known as shisha. Yannick G’ Mathieu, a first-year SAIT business student, says it’s not about the smoke for him, but …

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The Weal wins at national convention

The Weal won third place in the Best of Show competition in its category at the National College Media Convention in Louisville, Kentucky from Oct. 27-31. “I think it’s a testament to the hard work of everyone involved in our paper’s production that we ended up in the top three,” …

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Economy dampens veterans’ food drive donations

To commemorate Remembrance Day, Kory Tanner, a customer service representative with SAIT Student Services, is taking the lead on the polytechnic’s seventh annual veteran food drive. Tanner said she’s hoping for more donations this year, as turnout  for the drive has been lower since the slump in the economy.  She’s …

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Brick by brick

SAIT first-year apprentice Dakota Swan laid it all on the line, and it paid off. Swan, with help from teammate and fellow SAIT apprentice Shawn Ragan, placed second in the Spec-Mix Bricklayer 500 regional competition held at the SAIT Mayland Heights campus Nov. 5. “It came as quite a shock,” …

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Turn up the scare, turn down the waste

Spooked by Halloween’s eco footprint? It’s tough to break consumer habits when it comes to Halloween, but reducing your environmental impact isn’t all that scary. Here are a few tips to make your Halloween a little greener. 1. Make your own costume Erin McLaughlin, manager of the Ecostore in Calgary, …

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