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RRC Helps Pups in Need

Animal Health Technology students provide blood transfusion therapy to dogs at the Canadian Animal Blood Bank By Samantha Don Red River College teamed up with the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) in 1996 to provide animals with the resources for transfusion therapy. This partnership is now known as the Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB) and is run by students in the Animal Health Technology (AHT) program. It operates in the RRC Notre Dame Campus basement. “This partnership is an example of how RRC works to provide support within the community,” said Isabel Bright, chair of Life Sciences at Red...

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Red goes Green

RRC among Canada’s Greenest Employers for Seven Years Running By: Samantha Duerksen   All the world is green at Red River College. The college has been one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for seven consecutive years, according to the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. After winning the title on April 22, 2017, RRC continues its sustainability initiatives full throttle with a promising year ahead. The Office of Sustainability created a new position called Resource Reduction Specialist mid-November, according to the RRC website. This adds a third member to the small office. Whitney Crooks, former sustainability coordinator, will take on the...

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Rebels fall short in game against Pilots

Injuries and fatigue harm game play for Rebels By: Liam Hodges   Ten points separated the Providence University College Pilots and the Red River College Rebels men’s basketball teams when the final buzzer sounded on Saturday night.   Rebels head coach, Scott Kirkpatrick, felt his team was at a disadvantage for the game.   “We were coming off a back-to-back and our starting point guard wasn’t available tonight, so we were a little bit shorthanded,” said Kirkpatrick. “Looking down the bench toward the end of the second quarter and the entire second half we looked a little fatigued.”   The Rebels went into halftime leading 40-27, but in the third quarter the Pilots soared back taking the lead, 60-53.   The pace picked up in the third quarter which led to some players getting frustrated. Pilots’ Braxton Phommarath and Rebels’ Aaron Backe both received technical fouls because for rough play.   The Pilots hit their ten-point lead in the fourth quarter and despite the Rebels’ late push the game finished 85-75.   This was their second game against the Pilots who also took that game by a score of 85-83.   The Rebels are in third place in the Manitoba Colleges Athletics Conference after last night’s game. They have one win in five games and will have to wait until Feb. 2, 2018 to face the Pilots again.   Until...

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New to Winnipeg and Winter

Newcomers prepare for their first Winnipeg winter By: Teah Lytwyn   Winter in Winnipeg can be tough, but for newcomers to the city, it’s a brand-new – and sometimes unexpected – experience.   Tariq Ajam, a Red River College (RRC) student in the applied accounting program, grew up in Syria and lived in Jordan for four years. He moved to Winnipeg in August. According to Ajam, the average winter temperature in Jordan sits between 7 C and 10 C. The coldest temperature he’s felt was -11 C. He said he’s not worried about the cold Winnipeg winters.   “Even if it’s -20 C, -15 C, -30 C, it’s still cold,” said Ajam. “I know it will be cold, but I doubt that it’ll be that cold.”   Ajam is looking forward to the things he’ll be able to do during winter. He said that snow in Syria caused road closures and everyone stayed home.   “I don’t have any experience about winter activities,” said Ajam. “So [I’m] really excited about these things.”   Eastman Immigrant Services (EIS) in Steinbach aims to assist immigrants settling in Southeastern Manitoba. Josie Fast, an employee of EIS, said that the centre usually gets about six newcomer families a month that have never experienced a Manitoba winter.   “We have to give them all the details about what frostbite is,” said Fast. “They usually...

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Survive and THRIVE

Students de-stress during activities that promote positive mental health BY: Kiersten Haight Massages, therapy dogs, and meditation; these are just a few of the events that took place at Red River College (RRC) during THRIVE Week from Nov. 6 to 10. THRIVE Week is a time for students and staff to join the mental health conversation by de-stressing and learning about mental wellness.   RRC’s mental health coordinator Breanna Sawatzky organized most of the events taking place throughout the week. She believes that it is important to have reminders that there are ways to deal with stress and maintain...

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