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.
For students who spend all day on campus, the choice of what to eat sometimes comes down to either a cheeseburger or a bag of chips. But some people traversing the Arts Tunnel this month may have noticed a new option: fresh produce.
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.
Alex Ferwerda’s frequent absences from meetings and inappropriate workplace behaviour have frustrated his co-workers on the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union executive, the Sheaf has learned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.