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New Bill Could Revolutionize Gender Identity in Manitoba

ADDING A GENDER-NEUTRAL OPTION FOR MANITOBA ID MAY BE THE FIRST STEP IN PROVINCIAL NON-BINARY REPRESENTATION BY GRAEME HOUSSIN     As the subject of gender nonconformity enters the public eye, Winnipeg’s intolerant and queer-phobic side rises to meet it – and proves that the need for non-binary recognition is more necessary than ever before.   Wab Kinew, leader of the NDP, announced a bill to modify the Vital Statistics Act and provide Manitobans with an “X” gender option on official documents – including birth certificates, health cards and driver’s licenses – at the Rainbow Resource Centre on Wednesday,...

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Behind the Wise Guys, RRC’s Viral Tutors

RED RIVER COLLEGE YOUTUBE CHANNEL REACHES A GLOBAL AUDIENCE BY SYDNEY SMALL   5 million views, 210 countries, 366 videos and 25,460 subscribers: a Red River College YouTube channel has gone global. They’re known as the Wise Guys.   “There’s been massive growth recently,” said Lauren Phillips, manager of the Academic Success Centre, as she looked at the channel’s analytics. “It really has a global reach.” The Wise Guys Tutors YouTube channel, now titled Red River College – Tutoring, was funded by an innovation grant at the Notre Dame Campus in 2008. It began with a partnership between the...

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Stress-Fighting Workshops Empty as Exams Loom

Brain Bites workshops go unattended while students stress over exams BY RICK CLEMENT   Lynne Martin held a Brain Bites workshop on Thursday, April 18 to help students build tools for managing exam stress. No one showed up.   “That’s been the pattern,” said Martin.   Martin is a tutor and works out of the Academic Success Centre at Red River College. She helps students develop learning strategies and combat stress.   The following Monday, McKenzie Choy sat in the Learning Commons with two other students doing a final cram session. He appeared tense. Choy said he was aware...

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RRC Turns Out for Manitoba Comic Con

STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS ATTEND POP CULTURE CONVENTION BY MCKENZIE SAUDER Comic book and pop culture fans visited the RBC Convention Centre for the annual Manitoba Comic Con on April 14 and 15 for a small taste of what October’s Central Canada Comic Con (C4) has to offer. Many fans were attracted to this year’s special guest: Game of Thrones star Richard Brake, who plays the chilling Night King. But many came to appreciate and purchase the wide range of artwork for sale. Among other artists, Red River College instructor Christopher Chuckry attended to sell prints of his art. “This...

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Slegers Wins Students’ Association President Election

LAUREN SLEGERS WILL SERVE AS THE RED RIVER COLLEGE STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT FOR A SECOND YEAR BY SARAIN DIAMOND With all votes counted, the numbers are in. The president of the Red River College Students’ Association (RRCSA) for the 2018-2019 year will be Lauren Slegers. This will be Slegers’ second year as president of the RRCSA. Slegers, 21, said she has always been interested in student government and was involved with her student council during high school. However, starting as president of the RRCSA was a significant change. “[When I started] I realized how big the college really is,” said Slegers. “There are nine full campuses we reach. Realizing how many students we reach was a big shock.” Slegers ran on a platform of inclusivity and diversity with an emphasis on destigmatizing mental illness. One thing Slegers is most proud of from her first year is the distribution of wellness kits during Thrive Week. The kits included fun little distractions, such as bubble wrap and colouring pages with crayons. Along with these stress relievers, the kits also included pamphlets filled with information about mental health, and listed resources where students could receive mental health care support. Slegers said that she wanted people to pick the kits up for the fun stuff, but then read the information and feel comfortable and safe getting any help they or a friend may...

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