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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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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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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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