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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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LIGHTS IN THE NIGHT

 NUIT BLANCHE 2017 IN PHOTOS BY ALLY SIGURDSON   The Neon Factory was crowded with viewers from the moment it opened on September 30. People from all over Winnipeg came to say goodbye to the building before it closes down for good. Stephen Wasylenko, 25, and Tessa Gauthier, 22, took the tour through the Neon Graveyard during Nuit Blanche. “This will be my first and last time in this building,” said Gauthier. The Neon Factory showcased it’s beautiful and bizarre pieces, lighting up the building in a sea of bright colours. Friends Kalena, Rebekah and Janna took part in...

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Alcoholics Anonymous Looks to Start Group at RRC

BY: KEILA DEPAPE Red River College is opening its doors to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) this fall.   Students will soon be able to meet regularly with peers to talk through substance abuse in a safe space on campus.   “We know there has been a group for about 30 years at the University of Manitoba,” said RRC mental health coordinator Breanna Sawatzky. “So we have some reason to hope that it will be successful at Red River College as well.”   If total anonymity is a priority, the AA group on campus may not be for you, but for...

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Fire evacuees need support

Thousands of evacuees from northern First Nations in need of support BY MELISSA HANSEN One of my favourite parts of summer is camping — sitting around the fire, having a beer while roasting marshmallows — I’ll sit and watch the flames change colours and wave the smoke out of my eyes. But as I pack up my camping gear and put it away for another year, I notice the headlines of the newspapers that I have crumpled up and used all summer to start our campfire flames. While for me, fire has been something to celebrate and enjoy, for some Manitoban communities it has become a bit of a nightmare. For over a week now thousands from the Manitoba Island Lakes Region have been being evacuated from their homes due to forest fires. The convention center is filled with cots and the hotels available are booked solid with families who had to evacuate their homes. Suddenly the luxury of spending my weekends having bonfires in my friend’s backyards doesn’t seem so luxurious. While I spent my long weekend stuffing my face with marshmallows and staring into the dancing flames, people were forced to abandon their homes and belongings, families were separated and it left people are just hoping they have a home to go back home to when this is all done. As a student, I don’t have a lot of...

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Jays going to the well too often

Home run happy Jays need more balanced approach going forward BY DECLAN SCHROEDER There’s a Jamaican saying which worked its way into wider public consciousness after Eric Clapton sang it in his smash-hit cover of “I Shot the Sherriff,” originally written by Bob Marley. It goes “every day the bucket goes to the well, but one day the bottom will drop out.” In essence, it means that depending on the same thing day after day, without any contingency or plan B, will eventually result in disaster. This adage is playing out in The Big Smoke this year with the Toronto Blue Jays. They keep going to the well in hopes of pulling out home runs. The well isn’t completely dry, but it’s not producing enough to irrigate a playoff berth. Over the past handful of seasons, “Canada’s team” has lived and died by the long ball. This year, they’ve died by it. The home run is not, and will never be, a sustainable form of offense. The Blue Jays’ one-trick approach is the reason they’re looking up at the rest of the American League East like a toddler at a top-shelf cookie jar. Sure, home runs are exciting. They get butts into seats, especially those of casual fans who come to imbibe beer and see “Joey Bats” swing out of his shoes. Case in point – the Blue Jays...

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