The Weal » The Smarts

By: The Weal  09-12-2011

The Weal » The Smarts

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 costs associated with being a student, the holidays can be a tough time.

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 our spaces dirty and often cluttered.

The good news is that being a little messy or even a pack rat does not make you a hoarder.

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.

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 the Broadcast Journalism program at NAIT and went on to get his degree in communications from the University of Calgary.

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 backpack.

Owner of Anderson Ergonomics Shona Anderson said backpacks can cause serious problems for the average student.

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 defence on the Trojans soccer team. She has been playing soccer since the age of six and time management is not new to her.

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 everyday object. This year’s event asked participants to use a coffee cup.

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, a party bus that would take him and his friends from bar to bar.

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, said texting on her smart phone has been a huge part of her life.

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 money to try to win big.

The study covers the 18 to 34-year-old demographic and shows a decrease in gambling habits regardless of what people bet on.

As tax time draws near students dig their T4s out from under piles of clothing and prepare to trudge to the nearest tax centre, or personal computer, and apply for a government cheque. But there are ways to make the process easier. There are numerous sources with tips to make your visit to the accountant easier, and we’ve sorted through them all to bring you five must-knows for your return.

Whoever says that accountants are boring doesn’t know about the competition to become Alberta’s Next Top Accountant.

The Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta (CGA Alberta) is holding a contest where Alberta residents who want to pursue a career in accounting could submit a video on YouTube to win an internship with Talisman Energy.

And SAIT students Jason Webster and Stephanie Greve have made it into the final round.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

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