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Planes, trains and automobiles: commuting to RRC

How do you get to school? By Geralyn Wichers Jordan Wall was t-boned by a car sliding through an intersection while driving to school last year. Wall, 28, is an electrical student and drives from Niverville to RRC’s Notre Dame campus. Wall wasn’t late for class despite the entire rear of his truck being destroyed. He had been on his way to meet his carpool so they picked him up. Given the choice, Wall said he’d still drive himself to school every day. Sixty-three per cent of RRC students and staff commute to school in their own vehicles, Red River College’s Transportation Plan said, and 19 per cent take the bus. A 2013 RRC student survey said that 52 per cent of students take transit in the fall and winter months. Taylor Jane, 22, said that commuting by transit sometimes includes listening to the life stories of her fellow passengers, even if she’s not interested. “Winnipeg Transit is always filled with interesting individuals,” said Jane, a business administration student. “But I’m here to listen.” Jane drives to the Exchange District campus with her mom, then takes the bus home. If there was more parking available, Jane said she would drive herself or carpool “to help save the environment.” Cairo Humphries, 21, said she’s been harassed by a fellow transit passenger. She said an older man stood beside her, touching...

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Cigarettes up in smoke, college committed to tobacco-free campuses

Red River College is committed to a smoke-free zone, but some students feel inconvenienced By: Gina Contreras With the recent ban of smoking on patios, questions may come up about whether smoking bans on school campuses are effective or not. Red River College’s (RRC) Notre Dame and Exchange District campuses have smoking policies that prohibit smoking on campus grounds with the exception of specifically designated areas. The policy states that smokers must be a minimum of ten meters away from any entrance. “It’s for health reasons, if they’re close to the door the smoke enters the school and people...

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‘Dialogue works best when we actually chat’: Trudeau takes tough questions, hecklers

Winnipeg town hall with PM touches on education, immigration, environment Written by Keila DePape and photographed by Cody Zaporzan Inside the packed town hall at the University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre, Trudeau answered about 25 questions, promising to follow up with several of them. A woman waving an LGBTQ* flag implored Trudeau to “put his rainbow socks on again” and stop the deportation of Nigerians who face persecution in their home country. “I promise you, the Minister of Immigration will take a look at that specific case,” he said. That response, like many others, was met with...

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Crushing the career fair

How to prepare and make an impression at the EDC Career Fair By: Marley Peters The Red River College Exchange District Campus Career Fair starts tomorrow. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the atrium and cafeteria students can drop by businesses’ booths. If the mere mention of a career fair has you thinking of endless business cards and unwanted reusable tote bags, you’ve been doing career fairs wrong. “I know that for myself, when I first went to the career fair, I had no idea what I wanted to do at the end of my program,” said Lauren Slegers, the president of the Red River College Students’ Association. “I went to a variety of different booths and asked them, based on my program and interests, where I might fit into their company.” Think of the following before hitting the booths:   Take the time to research Take the time to prepare for a career fair by researching the companies and organizations that will be there. Preparation is a great way to determine your goals and streamline your time without getting overwhelmed. The number one way to tackle that anxious interview feeling is to prepare. “The biggest mistake that students make is not being prepared,” Slegers said.     Bring a resume Don’t be afraid to bring a resume. Extra points if you tailor it to each company or organization...

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Breaking a sweat in the coldest months

Tips and resources for RRC students wanting to pursue physical activity this winter By: Jenn Walker   Staying active while juggling school-work can be challenging, especially in the winter. Students may find themselves making excuses about how cold it is, and how they simply don’t have the time to exercise. Finding the motivation to exercise can be much more challenging when the temperature outside is -40 C with wind-chill. Red River College (RRC) has fitness facilities at both the Exchange District and Notre Dame campus’, which are accessible to students for free.   Cole Skinner, the Athletics and Recreation...

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