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Walking among ghosts

Ghost signs at Exchange District campus provide a glimpse into the past By: Alyssa Etsell At the Red River College (RRC) Exchange District campus, people walk among ghosts. Winnipeg is home to one of the largest collections of ghost signs in North America. These fading, historical advertisements were hand-painted on the sides of buildings beginning in the 1880s and ending in the 1940s, said Matt Cohen. Cohen is a self-proclaimed ghost sign enthusiast, and founder of the website Ghost Signs, a digital archive of ghost signs in Winnipeg’s Exchange District developed by the Advertising Association of Winnipeg. “We had...

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Personal Training at RRC

By: Andrew Lysack Personal training is a resource only a few students at Red River College (RRC) use. With access to personal training at both the Notre Dame and The Roblin Centre Campuses, not many students are willing to pay the money in order to have a personal trainer. The Fitness Coordinator, and only personal trainer at both of the RRC campuses, Mario De Negri said that personal training is an underutilized resource, not just at the college, but in general too. De Negri says the number of people who use the service works out to one person a...

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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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