What is the Own Your Midterms event at SAIT?

You may have seen a booth labelled “Own Your Midterms” set up between the hours of 11-1 all week long in various places around the SAIT campus. The event was created to allow student a chance to speak with academic coaches about how to properly study for a midterm, what is needed in order to be successful, and how to deal with the stress of midterm season.

I think this event is crucial because a lot of people don’t have the necessary study skills to do well on their midterms -Julian McNamee, SAIT student

Its a very busy time for some SAIT students who face exams right now. Many students such as Julian McNamee feel this is a very important program for all schools to have. “I think this event is crucial because a lot of people don’t have the necessary study skills to do well on their midterms,” McNamee said.

We decided to kinda get a little more mobile and set up in different locations across campus- Pablo Zanetta, SAIT Librarian

The organizers of the event have noticed a bigger spike in foot traffic when it comes to students stopping by and asking for help this year. Event organizer and SAIT librarian, Pablo Zanetta, said a big reason for the events success is due to their decision to set up around campus, rather than just the library in years previous. “We decided to kinda get a little more mobile and set up in different locations across campus to just reach more people, and we just want to have them prepped and ready to go to deal with stress and taking on their exams.”

For students looking to get some last minute advice on how to master their exams, or catch a nutritious snack to fuel their brains and stomachs before the big test, the “Own Your Midterms” table will be set up for one final time on Friday in the Reg Erhardt Library from 11-1.

Heritage Hall Building at SAIT

-Jayden Wasney

Art O’Dwyer stepping down as coach

SAIT Trojans team logo

Head coach of the SAIT Trojans women’s volleyball team, Art O’Dwyer, announced on Monday that this will be his final season behind the bench. The decision wasn’t one that came easy for O’Dwyer or his players, but at the age of 60, and after 9 seasons with the team, he feels its time to step back and spend more time with his family.

Despite a difficult season this year, O’Dwyer has had plenty of success during his time as head coach, both personal and team wise. He has lead the women’s team to the post season 5 times during his 9 year tenure. He also become the first ever Trojans women’s volleyball head coach to win coach of the year in the 2015-16 season. The teams best season came in 2016-17 when the women went 18-6, which set a new program record for most wins in a season.

Years before becoming a head coach, O’Dwyer was a dominant player on the court himself. He starred with the University of Calgary Dinos from 1977-1981, where he was named as a two time conference all-star. He was also apart of Canada’s Junior National team in 1978. Once his playing career came to an end, he remained involved in the game, this time as assistant coach with the Dinos men’s team in the early 80’s, and then again in the early 2000’s. He began his time as head coach at SAIT in 2011.

I will just try to survive it without crying like a baby- head coach Art O’Dwyer

This weekend will wrap up a major part of Art O’Dwyers life, as he has spent a large portion of it either on the court or on the bench. O’Dwyer and his team face Lethbridge College this weekend, and as expected, he knows it will be an emotional final game. “I will just try to survive it without crying like a baby,” O’Dwyer said about the weekend. “But after it, I want to make sure than in some way, I reach out and thank the people who have done so much to support me along this journey. I couldn’t have done it without them.” O’Dwyer’s final home game as head coach is Friday the 14th, and the game gets underway at 6pm.

-Jayden Wasney