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Source of NDC Power Outage Fixed: Manitoba Hydro

A broken transformer caused a power outage and disrupted exams at NDC last Monday By: Keila DePape   A power outage at Notre Dame Campus (NDC) last Monday follows on the heels of another outage last month. But Manitoba Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen said students shouldn’t worry about it becoming a regular disturbance.   The issue at hand—a broken transformer—was fixed during the most recent outage.   “We did hear reports of loud bangs and even a bird flying into the power line but it looks like it has more to do with aging and infrastructure,” said Owen.   Questions about the need for system replacements at the college are complicated, said Owen.   “There’s different components of the system installed at different times, from poles to power lines to insulators to transformers…,” he said, adding Monday’s outage was not related to a similar incident on September 11 at NDC.   That day, the school closed the campus after the outage caused cooling systems to fail, leading to warm classrooms and offices.   The Red River College (RRC) campus was just a “small area of the outage,” on Monday, but it affected roughly 11,000 students—during exam week.   This time, classes carried on and the college kept its doors open during the two-hour outage, when the lights went out along with all computers and electrical equipment.   Staff were...

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Bodegoes to close its doors

Building changing hands forces Bodegoes to close BY: GINA CONTRERAS   Exchange District restaurant Bodegoes will close its doors Friday.   After 17 years in the Exchange, Bodegoes has established itself as a home for many.   “It’s always been a community. We wanted to be there for all the residents,” said Nick Van Seggelen, Founding Member of the Bodegoes Restaurant Workers Pool.  “Whether it was for people going to school or for people that lived or worked in the area.” Seggelen says it’s sad to see the restaurant’s doors closing on the people that have come to love the staff and its food.   The restaurant did not choose to shut down operations. The property owners decided not to renew the restaurant’s lease.   The property was sold in August 2016 and the new owners have planned to demolish and redevelop the space into a condominium and a mixed youth space.   Bodegoes decided to close its doors quietly saying farewell and thanking customers for their support. The managing partners will focus their efforts at their other location at City Place and hope to find a new building in the area soon.   Located a few minutes away from Red River College’s Roblin Centre Campus, the restaurant has given its customers exciting dishes, a relaxed atmosphere, and affordable prices. “It’s pretty sad that they’re leaving,” said Neil Cymbalisty,...

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Performance in paint

 Wall-to-Wall 2017 in photos BY: JENNIFER PAZDOR   EN MASSE (meaning “as a whole”) mural by artists, Jason Botkin, MC Baldassari, Takashi Iawasaki, Jade Rennie-Harper, Storm Angeconeb, Matea Radic, and Jay Cabredo. A collaborative mural in Winnipeg’s North End on Main Street added for Wall-to-Wall in September 2017. Mural Nibaa, by artist Mike Valcourt, on the public safety building in the Exchange District. The piece is dedicated to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was fully unveiled on Sept. 30, 2017. Displayed at the Wall-to-Wall: place no place event at LANTERN is a piece by Katherine Boyer...

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Wanted: Student Housing

RRC SHOWS INTEREST IN EXPANDING Exchange District residences BY: AISLINN HICKS   Red River College (RRC) has expressed interest in expanding student housing in the Exchange District. The college is looking at the Public Safety Building (PSB) located across from the Princess Campus as a potential location.   Though, a spokesperson for the college said RRC has no immediate plans to expand student housing, and has made no decisions about the college using the PSB.   The city would like to remove the PSB and Civic Parkade to redevelop the land at the corner of William Ave and King St. A report on Mayor Brian Bowman’s official website says the building would cost roughly three times what other structures similar in age would to restore.   Kylie Clark, the manager of Campus Living for RRC says student housing is always in high demand.   “We are lucky to offer such amazing accommodations and services within our residence to a limited number of people,” said Clark.   The current student housing for the Exchange District Campus is located at Paterson GlobalFoods Institute and contains 100 beds, 95 of which are in use. The residence has no parking and is open to students from other post-secondary institutions, with priority given to RRC students.   “It’s full,” said Artur Nakashima, a 23 year-old RRC student who lives in the Exchange District housing....

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Graphic Design Grad Finds Success in a Snap

Martin Bshouty is the CCO at Geofilter Studio, the largest supplier of Snapchat filters in the world BY: KEILA DEPAPE Running a multi-million-dollar company isn’t a realistic two-year plan for most recent grads, but that’s exactly what happened for one Red River College (RRC) Graphic Design graduate.   Martin Bshouty, 24, is the chief creative officer at Geofilter Studio, a Winnipeg-based company that’s become the largest supplier of Snapchat geofilters in the world.   The mere concept of placing filters over images and sending them through smartphones was in its infancy when Bshouty started college in 2013.   At...

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