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Author: Ashlyn Peterson

Reflecting on Remembrance Day

By: Ophelie Petit In the town of Swan River, Sara Provencher sits towards the back of the crowd in the War Veterans Community Hall with her mother, Heather Nielsen, and her great-grandmother, Esther McQuarrie. It’s Remembrance Day, and Provencher’s grandfather Captain Alfred Nielsen is a part of the colour party. Provencher, 21, and Nielsen, 51, agree their family plays a large part in why they choose to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies. Provencher’s great-grandmother was a typist in the Army during the Second World War and her great-grandfather fought in the trenches with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. “I’m pretty anti-military and anti-war, and if it wasn’t for my family, I wouldn’t attend at all,” said Provencher, who is a student at The University of Winnipeg. “See, Remembrance Day for me isn’t about the war. It’s not about military or fighting, but remembering those that lost their lives for us,” said Nielsen. “But, I do have an issue with the United States imposing their will like they do today.” “It’s imperialism. It’s all it is,” said Provencher. “And I agree. It’s wrong,” said Nielsen. Provencher says war, in a way, gave a purpose to her great-grandfather. He was only 16-years-old when he enlisted. Esther, 92, says he grew up fast during those years, and for years, he would wake his family up with his screaming. She would have to use a broomstick...

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Student Stress as term ends

By: Cameron Eason The fall term is coming to an end and many students are starting to feel the pressure. College is very rewarding in the long term, but students caught up in the midst of final exams and heaps of assignments due can become stressed out. Mental health is important to succeed at a post-secondary education, and managing it can be a challenge. Stress – we all feel it, some people more than others. It’s easy to become consumed by it. It’s common knowledge that a healthy diet and exercise are important factors when it comes to one’s mental health, but in the heat of the end of the term, it can be difficult for students to fit those things into their schedules. Last week, The Red River College Students’ Association and the Healthy College Healthy Minds initiative held THRIVE Week. THRIVE is a week-long event designed to have activities to allow students to combat stress and anxiety. “We know that it’s important to practice self-care in four main areas: physical activity; social connection; self-expression; and relaxation,” said Breanna Sawatzky, Red River College’s Mental Health Coordinator. “We have planned activities that touch on each of these areas to help students and staff develop good self-care habits that will support them to reach their goals.” THRIVE Week was comprised of a paint night, meditation and yoga, public speakers, music,...

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RRC Makes Fitness Accessible for Students

Rec Services offers students free fitness programs By: Patricia Navidad Viranne Castillo remembers being told on her first day the gym at Red River College (RRC) was free for her to use as long as she had her student card with her. “Working out is important,” said Castillo, a second-year Hotel and Restaurant Management student at RRC. “When you work out, it’s like taking all the weight off your shoulders from all the studying and homework that you do every day.” In the winter of 2016, the fitness programs at RRC became free for students when the $20 Recreation Fee was introduced into the tuition. “At the start of my time at RRC, we noticed that not a lot of students were participating in fitness classes,” said Cole Skinner, Athletics and Recreation Coordinator at the college. “With the removal of the payment, we have noticed an increase in participation, which is great.” Rebel Rec Services offer students free fitness programs ranging from yoga, Zumba, Block Therapy, and much more. Castillo says she works out to relax and be herself. “I work out because it’s my happy place,” said Castillo. “It’s not only to relax from all the school work but as well as my personal life too.” However, it’s not only RRC students that get to join in these fitness programs but RRC staff as well. “We feel that...

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#MeToo

One tweet started a movement, now RRC speaks up By  Danton Unger Two small words have recently brought to light a problem that has been silently attacking hundreds of thousands of women for countless years. MeToo. These are the words actress Alyssa Milano used in a tweet as a rally cry for people everywhere. Two words to show the world that sexual harassment is a big problem in North America, and to show anyone who has ever been abused or sexually harassed that they are not alone. “A moment can create a movement,” said Milano in a tweet on...

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