ACAD’s fiscal future looks bleak

An internal report regarding ACAD’s future financial stability indicates the school may have trouble remaining sustainable in the future. “I met with ACAD students [on Thursday, Nov. 9.], and I heard that they are frustrated at the poor communication from the government surrounding that institution,” said Marlin Schmidt, minister of …

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Board of directors address important student issues

The board of directors (BOD) met on Monday, Nov. 6 and discussed an array of issues that directly affect students. VP student life, Connor Goodfellow, opened the meeting with a motion to include acknowledgement that the BOD meetings take place on traditional Treaty Seven lands shared by the Blackfoot, Stoney …

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SAIT students see increase in bike thefts this year

Bike thefts on SAIT campus are up 25 per cent compared to this time last year. Shane MacDonald, assistant to head of SAIT campus security, said there were 12 bike thefts already this year since July 1. Over the course of 2016, there were 34 bikes stolen on campus. MacDonald …

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Nenshi for the win

Mayor Naheed Nenshi was elected for a third term in Calgary, after a hard-fought municipal election race. “It felt great. It was kind of an ugly election, very divisive, very angry. But in the end, I love the fact that there was such a huge voter turnout,” said Nenshi. The …

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SAIT believes you

The #IBelieveYou campaign is working to spread awareness about supporting and believing victims of sexual assault. “We think the IBelieveYou campaign is critically important because too often victims of sexual assault don’t come forward and talk to anybody or disclose what happened to them or go for help because of …

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Ward 7 re-elects Druh Farrell

Ward 7 councillor, Druh Farrell, was sworn into city council, after winning a seat for a fifth time. “It was good to get that behind me and get back to work,” said Farrell. Farrell, along with 14 other members of city council, was sworn into service on Monday, Oct. 22 …

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Controversial Bill-62 ignites debates

A new controversial bill in Québec, blocking anyone with a face covering from accessing public services, has sparked a debate across the country. “I believe that Bill-62 will lead to marginalization, restriction of religious practices and loss of identity. That’s exactly the process of deculturation and that leads to the rise …

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Board of Directors Breakdown

SAITSA’s new Board of Directors (BOD) has set their goals for this school year, along with the actions needed to reach them. The latest BOD meeting took place on Monday, Oct. 23, ushering in a new era for SAITSA. Reports VP External Rachel Moershfelder shared the success SAITSA had in …

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SAIT campus safety

The rate of violent crimes in Calgary has been rising, leading some Calgarians to believe the city is no longer safe. However, overall crime in the city has actually stabilized. “As you gain life experience, you learn the importance of awareness of your surroundings. I think the biggest concern is …

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New program sets out to help students make most of schooling

Students can now get some extra help pursuing learning opportunities outside of SAIT with the new SAITSA Student Grant Program. “Students can apply for funding for personal and professional development and now we have a grant program for that,” said Alysson Torres-Gillett, SAITSA VP Academic. This program is open to …

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Journalists address alt-facts

A Banff conference aims to take on fake news by educating the public on finding trustworthy news sources. “I hope the general public feels more informed and understands more about how to distinguish reporting that you can trust,” said Patti Sonntag, a managing editor in the New York Times news division, …

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Rohingya fleeing Myanmar

Bangladesh has been inundated with Rohingya Muslims fleeing political persecution and violence in the country of Myanmar. “There’s been a bit of momentum that’s been building. It’s not unique. It’s not the first time this sort of thing has happened. It’s been an issue in Myanmar,” said Lori Williams, political …

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Pride Club looks to create lasting legacy

The SAITSA Pride Club has launched, offering students the chance to have fun and enjoy a safe space. “We got a lot of feedback from students, instructors and faculty that students have been asking for a [pride club],” said club president Jessica Beddow. The club is open to all people, …

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Alumni Award recipient reflects on journey

The Weal sat down with 27-year-old Albert Mejia, SAITA’s promotions coordinator, graphic designer, owner of his own streetwear company, professional dancer and co-founder of dance crew Empirical Freedom, recipient of SAIT’s 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and overall “flyest guy” we know, to talk about his brand, dancing and where …

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Helping hands in Belize

This past summer, two students and an instructor from SAIT’s School of Business embarked on a field trip to Belize, an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America. Their initiative was to partner with a UK based organization called Accounting for International Development (AFID) to establish relationships and …

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The Gateway turns 16

The Gateway turned 16 years old in its current iteration with a party on Wednesday, Sept. 27 celebrating its place in both the hearts of SAIT students and modern day Canadian music. July Talk, Arkells, Sticky Fingers, Illy, Anti-Flag, Shred Kelly, X- Ambassadors, The Darcys, Paper Lions, The Strumbellas and …

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International students face critical assessment

International students feel the pressures of school, just like national students, but with the added stress of maintaining a perfect record, or they could potentially face being forced to leave Canada after graduation. “I always communicate with the advisor, it’s been helpful I don’t see any problems just talking or …

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Vote for Calgary’s next mayor

Students will soon have the opportunity to vote for the next Ward 7 city councillor and the mayor of Calgary. “Municipal government is not intimidating, it’s the most direct government, so it’s really easy to get involved,” said Rachel Moerschfelder, SAITSA VP External. The municipal election will take place on …

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New app promotes living healthy

SAITSA introduced access to a new app that offers SAIT students and alumni the chance to reach out for help during times of crisis. SAIT campus has become one of the many post-secondary institutions to start using the I.M. Well app. I.M. Well, short for Integrated Mental Health and Wellness, is …

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Executive Corner: Smoking on campus

Smoking on campus is an issue that I believe needs to be talked about on campus this year. There are mixed feeling on what should happen to smoking on SAIT campuses. By law, smokers are to be 10 metres away from doorways when smoking and absolutely no smoking inside buildings. …

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