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Tannara Yelland has 94 articles published.

Tannara Yelland has been working at the Sheaf since 2009. She has worked both on the content side, as both associate and senior news editor, and on the design side of the paper, as production manager. She has also worked as the Prairies and Northern Bureau Chief at Canadian University Press. Tannara intends to pursue a career in journalism after graduating with the history degree she began in 2007. Her interest in news and terrifyingly quick wit made her an obvious candidate for the opinions section, where she can dispense both news analysis and acerbic cultural commentary.

Ban on gay men’s blood misguided: potential donors should be screened on basis of behaviour, not orientation

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In the mid-1980s at the height of the AIDS scare, nations around the world banned blood donations from gay men. Almost 30 years later, though, we live in a very different world. We now know how the virus spreads and how to safeguard against infection. Testing has been refined such that certain types of tests, namely Nucleic Acid Tests, can detect HIV within two to three weeks. There is no need for the kind of blanket donor ban that focuses on a person’s innate characteristics, like sexuality, rather than how safe his or her behaviours are. Simply put, people’s sexual orientations have no bearing on whether or not they are likely to have HIV.

University four-year integrated plan gets green light: board chairperson reiterates support for closed-door meetings

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There were few surprises at the March 6 annual public reporting session of the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors. Board chairperson Nancy Hopkins began the meeting by acknowledging the low turnout and attributing it to the snowstorm. It was also the only public meeting the board will hold until next spring, and although this has been challenged at some institutions like the University of Regina, Hopkins maintains that it’s necessary for “trust, respect and confidence” between board members.

Loneliness and isolation are still a problem for HIV patients

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Despite the fact that new cases of HIV have largely levelled off across Canada, Saskatchewan has a surging infection rate. Over the past few weeks, the Sheaf has examined why this is the case and what can be done about it from the perspective of people dealing with the situation. This week is the final installment of the series, in which the Sheaf talks to both a doctor treating HIV-positive patients and someone who has been diagnosed with HIV.

Ominocity celebrates first birthday: music blog founders discuss their past and the road ahead

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Despite all the great music made in town, bands can still often be better-known elsewhere in the country than within Saskatoon. It took two veterans of the local music scene to start to get the word out to other Saskatonians about what they weren’t hearing. On March 1, Ryan Smith and Chris Morin will celebrate the first anniversary of their music blog Ominocity with a site redesign and a concert at Louis’ showcasing eight different Saskatoon bands.

Standardized nursing exam causes controversy: nursing students opposed to US company producing new exam

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Controversy has broken out in nursing colleges across Canada as preparations are made to move to a single, continent-wide standardized exam for licensing registered nurses. “The main thing is that nursing students across the country, since this announcement, have been voicing a lot of discontent and upset with the decision,” said Maggie Danko, western regional director of the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association and a third-year nursing student at the University of Alberta.

U of S prof wins $2.6-million research chair in oil sands reclamation

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University of Saskatchewan professor Lee Barbour has been granted a five-year Industrial Research Chair through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to study water flow in reclaimed oil sands mines. The IRC program is a partnership between academics and industry; in Barbour’s case, oil giant Syncrude will provide half the funding for the $2.6-million project, and NSERC will put up the other half.

Music to fuck to this Valentine’s day

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We’re all familiar with lists of love songs and sexy songs (Al Green, anyone?) coming out around Valentine’s Day. This has been done and done again, but one important sector of love-related music has been undeservedly ignored. I refer, of course, to music you can fuck to. During February, as the ice outside temporarily thaws and our thoughts turn to love or the drunken hookups week-long school breaks inevitably lead to, it is absolutely essential to have a rock-solid go-to list of music to get down to. And no, there’s no Al Green here. Save that for the love song lists.

Saskatchewan acts to curb new HIV cases

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Despite the fact that new cases of HIV have largely levelled off across Canada, Saskatchewan has a surging infection rate. Over the next few weeks, the Sheaf will examine why this is the case and what can be done about it from the perspective of people dealing with the situation. This week: a look at how the provincial government treats patients and how they plan to curb new infections.

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