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Rebels Weekend Recap

By Neil Noonan- Reporter The young Rebels showed promise this weekend in their annual preseason volleyball tournament. In its fifth year, the Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Rebels Men’s Volleyball Tournament was host to all five men’s teams in the MCAC at Red River College’s Notre Dame campus. Rebels athletic director, Shane Ray, says it’s the perfect way to kick off the volleyball season. “For a lot of these students, it’s the first time they’re playing on a college court,” said Ray. “It gives them a little wake-up call to what it’s all about.” Typical of a college team full of athletes in short two-year programs, this year’s men’s volleyball team only has three returning players. One of the three, Reese Meixner, is feeling good about this year’s squad after playing through a disappointing first season with the Rebels. He says this group of guys feels different. “We’re keeping our heads up, cheering each other on,” Meixner said. “Our focus isn’t on the last one, and we’re always thinking about the next play.” Meixner led the team in straight sets against the Pilots, Cougars, and Les Rouges. “Right now, we’re rolling,” Meixner said. “We’ve never played together, and we showed up this weekend, and we’re putting balls away.” Some of the teams in the MCAC have already travelled out of province to play in exhibition games of their own, but this...

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Students’ stress mounts, as universities break for fall reading week

RRC students staying in school as city universities offer a fall reading week to promote mental health By Madison Reico Red River College (RRC) students can’t catch a break as university students plan to relax over fall reading week. University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg students started their fall reading week on Oct. 5, with both schools being closed on Thanksgiving Monday. The University of Winnipeg’s reading week break extends until Oct. 13. Meanwhile, the University of Manitoba students is back in class on Oct. 10. The intent of the break is to promote mental health awareness, says the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association. Fall reading week may provide students with a way to relieve stress during a busy time of the school year and reduce pressures that may trigger anxiety and other mental health issues. Following the lead of the University of Winnipeg, which first offered a fall reading week in 2015, the University of Manitoba scheduled their first fall reading week in 2016. RRC has not followed the trend. “I definitely think it’s worth examining,” said Chris Pointon, a Digital Media Design instructor at RRC. “Many post-secondary institutions throughout Canada have found that it’s been beneficial to student’s mental health, and has had a positive impact on their academic success.” Until 2010, RRC did not have any reading week break in February. Red River College...

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From Here and Away says goodbye to The Forks, hello to new opportunities

Photography and design collective looks to focus on workshops and photo excursions By Kaelen Bell From Here and Away (FH&A) is saying goodbye to The Forks, but don’t expect it to disappear anytime soon. Founded in 2015, FH&A’s website describes it as, “a clothing company and a multifaceted creative platform designed to inspire travel, exploration and self-expression in people of all walks of life.” The clothing company and creative collective have wrapped up its six-month residency at The Forks, a time that 23-year-old FH&A founder Joseph Visser looks back on fondly. “It was just a really big learning opportunity, there was a lot of good growth,” Visser said at the FH&A farewell event. Fans and community members gathered to say goodbye to one chapter and hello to the next. Now that FH&A doesn’t have a physical operating space, Visser hopes to focus on more photography and design workshops. “I’m focused on what can we do without a fixed address,” he said. Visser says he hopes people come to their workshops, such as the upcoming FortWhyte Alive Sunset Goose Migration / Photo Excursion on October 12, with an open mind and relaxed attitude. As Visser puts it, “the true benchmark for success is if someone makes a friend at a workshop.” This emphasis on community building is what draws many to FH&A, like Abdul Isse, who said that his involvement in the...

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“We’re going to take some lumps early, but we’ll win late”: RRC Coach

Rebels men’s volleyball team prepare for their first weekend in competition By Josh Goossen With a new coach and a roster full of young players, Red River College’s men’s volleyball team is looking to surprise the league this season. “We’re going to take some lumps early, but we’ll win late,” said head coach Linsey Habib. Previously a head coach for WinMan Volleyball Club, Habib is confident his coaching experience will give the Rebels a competitive edge this year. Last weekend was the Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Rebels Men’s Vball Tournament. It hosted all of the Rebels’ MCAC opponents, and Habib’s squad played together for the first time. “Overall, we’re young but talented,” said Habib.  “We haven’t been together for long. This weekend will show how the boys flow together on the court.” Habib says player Julian Waldner will be a major factor in the Rebels’ success this year. As the player in the libero position, Waldner is focused on improving the team’s defence and serve-receive. He just started playing the libero position this year but is up for the challenge. In his second season with the squad, 18-year-old Waldner has been named team captain. “I think we have all the pieces we need to be successful,” said Waldner. “We just need to find a way to put it all together.” The MCAC regular season does not start until Nov. 4,...

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Rebels Women’s Soccer Split Weekend Matches

NEIL NOONAN- REPORTER The Rebels’ women’s soccer team is looking for revenge this season. After falling to the Brandon Bobcats in last year’s MCAC Championship Final, the Rebels have retooled once again with eighth-year head coach, Doug Lawrie, at the helm. Typical for a college full of two-year programs, many players come and go quickly. This season the Rebels are welcoming seven new players to the women’s soccer team, including Nina Morris and Emma MacLennan who come from cross-town Wesmen and Bison programs respectively. “The challenge is to build a good chemistry and game cohesiveness in a very short time,” Lawrie said. The Rebels have gotten off to an up and down start to the season and currently sitting with an overall record of 2-1-2. Fresh off a massive 6-0 victory over the Assiniboine Community College Cougars, they dropped a tight one on Sunday, September 24 in the brisk, wet weather on their home field to the reigning champion Bobcats 1-0. The inconsistency may be due to the team finding its footing early in the season, but coach Lawrie continues to stay positive when comparing themselves to the rest of the conference. “The league is more balanced and competitive this year than in previous years,” Lawrie said. “If we play our best in every game and can stay healthy, we give ourselves a good chance to do well.” The...

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