Author: Taylor Allen

Art Exhibit Raising Mental Health Awareness

ARTBEAT STUDIO DISPLAYS IMPRESSIVE EXHIBIT AT RRC FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK BY ZOE MILLS On Thursday, October 5, three of Kathleen Crosby’s paintings sat in front of the Tim Hortons in Red River College’s South Atrium. If these acrylics caught your eye as you anxiously awaited your caffeine fix, Crosby hopes they inflicted a sense of optimism.   “I’m a very spiritual person and that comes out in my art. Naturally, the colours I pick are very hopeful,” said Crosby.   Crosby presented the photos as part of Artbeat Studio’s exhibit for Mental Health Awareness Week. The artist credits the local organization for bringing her hope after she was admitted to the psychiatric facility at St. Boniface Hospital in 2009.   Founded in 2005 by Nigel Bart, Artbeat Studio works to erase the stigma around mental illness and encourages rehabilitation through art.   Bart was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was a teenager. He and his family created Artbeat Studio to give a voice to those living with mental illness.   Artbeat offers a free, six-month “Artist-in-Residency” program for people living with mental illness. The program requires individuals to submit an art profile and references. Crosby, an aspiring artist, submitted her work and was chosen, along with eight others, to participate in the residency program.   “Many people leave (the program) identifying as artists,” said Christine Strike, Community...

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Making Vision Affordable for Students

MERON GEBRIT FLED HER WAR-TORN COUNTRY TO START BUSINESS IN DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG BY MAGGIE WYSOCKI In 2003, Meron Gebrit and her family fled their war-torn home — the northeast African country, Eritrea — in search of safety from the war that had been on-going since 1998.   For over a year, Gebrit lived with thousands of other displaced people in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Finally, she received sponsorship for a new home — Winnipeg.   Though it took some time to adapt to her new life, Gebrit says she quickly realized she wanted to do something that would...

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RRCSA Hosts Hockey at The Cube

RRCSA AND OTHER LOCAL BUSINESSES PLAN TO HAVE VIEWING PARTIES AT THE CUBE IF THE JETS MAKE PLAYOFFS BY LUKE REMPEL Hundreds of excited hockey fans gathered at The Cube to watch the Winnipeg Jets home opener live on a 15-foot screen. The crowd’s enthusiasm slowly died as the Toronto Maple Leafs increased their lead over the Jets. The Jets ended up losing 7-2 to the Maple Leafs, but fans still enjoyed the outdoor event. The Exchange District Business Improvement Zone, RRC Student’s Association, Bodegoes, and King and Bannatyne collaborated to host the third annual Jets home opener at The Cube. They originally displayed the Jets home opener in the fall of 2015 with the hopes that it could become a spot for the city to come during the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Jets have not made the playoffs since the 2014-15 season. “It’s a great idea and a nice site for it.” said Tim Armstrong, member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. “I would totally come for the playoffs.” Nick Van Seggelen is a managing partner at Bodegoes and attended RRC for Business and Administration in 2007. Van Seggelen and Mike Del Buono, owner of King and Bannatyne came up with the idea for the event and approached the RRC Student’s Association. The RRCSA supplied the 15-foot screen and other equipment. “We were inspired by the big cities that...

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RRC Basketball is Headed to the USA

REBELS’ BASKETBALL PROGRAM JOINS NEW CONFERENCE BY ALYSSA ETSELL   Both the men’s and women’s basketball programs at Red River College are preparing for a new challenge this season. The Red River College Rebels have joined the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC). The NIAC is a league based out of the United States that is comprised of 10 teams from South Dakota, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Providence University College will also join the league this year. Despite the new league, both RRC teams will continue to play in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC). The MCAC is now down to three teams: RRC, Providence and Canadian Mennonite University. “Student athletes in Manitoba will have a unique opportunity to be able to showcase their skills in three states and one province,” said RRC athletic director Shane Ray in a press release. “Competing for both a Manitoba and NIAC Championship will add motivation for our teams as they strive for excellence. Scott Kirkpatrick, the head coach of the Rebels’ men’s team, is looking forward to seeing how his team plays against American competition. “I think it’s a good thing, really positive,” said Kirkpatrick. “One of our challenges with the three-team league [MCAC], you lose interest when you play the same teams too much.” The NIAC presents an exciting challenge for the the Rebels basketball program. Before losing in last year’s MCAC...

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New App Keeping RRC Students in the Loop

RRC WORKS WITH STUDENTS TO LAUNCH HELPFUL APP BY CAITLYN GOWRILUK What you need to know about Red River College can now be found in one place. Red River College recently launched a new web app that features school social media feeds, campus events, job postings and more for students to easily access. The RRC Life app is available on all devices and browsers. It officially launched on Aug. 31. The product came from a partnership between RRC and students in the college’s Business Information Technology (BIT) program. Christian Robin, RRC’s Director of Marketing and Web Presence, said the six-month partnership with the BIT program is what ensured that RRC Life would have features that are useful for students. “What was great about working with those students is that we did a lot of the research [with them], because the target audience was students,” Robin said. RRC Life compiles several features that already exist on the RRC website, including social media feeds, campus security information, and the job postings page. The app also has several new components, including a campus events page and an updated maps feature for all RRC campuses. Dylan Murray, a student at RRC, is one of the app’s early users. “I like to be involved socially with the college. I think making friends is a huge part of the college experience,” Murray said. As a...

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