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Boushie protests hit home

By Cody Zaporzan On Sunday, thousands of people across Canada participated in ‘Justice for Colten’ rallies following the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, a Saskatchewan farmer, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old First Nations man. In Winnipeg, several hundred people gathered at Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks. The atmosphere was morose. People huddled around the circle trying to stay warm in the -24 weather. Grandma Gerry Shingoose, an Indigenous elder, started the gathering shortly after 2 p.m. with a smudging ceremony and tobacco offering. “While I say the prayer, I ask each one...

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Common student struggles

Bouncing back can be hard after break By Ryan Taylor It’s been nearly a month since studies resumed at Red River College, yet some students are still having trouble adjusting to student life since the holiday break. “This term has a lot more homework and studying, so it’s trying to find balance between work, school, sleep, and other fundamentals,” said Melissa Ghidoni, a first-year business administration student. “It’s been pretty stressful.” Ghidoni said that the biggest struggle is keeping a proper sleep schedule — between work, homework, and other daily activities, getting shuteye tends to lose out. “Life doesn’t...

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New RRC program connects start-ups with students

Students work on projects with entrepreneurs and cutting-edge technology By Teah Lytwyn Red River College has a new ace up its sleeve with a program that connects entrepreneurs and start-ups with students. The program, called ACE Project Space (Applied Computer Education) is keeping RRC innovative, suggests the department chair. “It’s really good to expose our students to this kind of cutting-edge technology,” Haider Al-Saidi, chair of the ACE department said. “Wherever I go, nationally and internationally, Red River College is becoming a major player and contributor to many of the technologies.” The program is responsible for more than 20 projects,  including scanning brainwaves in order to understand human emotions, and Ultrahaptics, a technology that creates the feeling of touching an object that’s not actually there. Al-Saidi said that many students end up getting jobs at the companies they work with, while other students end up becoming entrepreneurs themselves. One ACE Project Space project students helped with is the app Chekkit.  The app uses a login on the business’s free Wi-Fi to text discounts to customers, enticing them to return. “We can market people who walk into a restaurant, … utilizing the Wi-Fi we give business owners the ability to leverage that,” Daniel Fayle, one of the creators of Chekkit said. Fayle said he’s very grateful they’ve been able to work with Red River College on this project. “I think...

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App created by RRC grad helps students get camera gear quicker and easier

Recent app allows students to book gear at Red River College’s Exchange District campus. By Taylor Fenn A recently developed app has doubled the operations of the camera equipment room at Red River College’s (RRC) Exchange District Campus. The RRC Creative Arts Services app is accessible through Facebook and allows to book out the gear they need. Andrew McCrea launched the app in September and said it has made the booking process quicker and easier for students. “We used to have to do everything by paper so it was a longer process,” said McCrea. “Since its launch, we’ve done more rentals in the last semester than we did in an entire year.” The app is paired to an online database that tracks each piece of rented equipment. Since September, over 3000 individual pieces of equipment have been rented out by students at RRC’s Exchange District campus. McCrea has a background in web development and graduated from both the Creative Communications and Business Administration programs at RRC. “I came to Red River as a student because I wanted to get a job that would let me use my creative side,” said McCrea. “I’ve been out of school for four years now but I’m happy to still be a part of Red River College.” McCrea said he remembers the camera equipment room from when he was a student and is excited...

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Playing the name game after Halifax fiasco

Best sports team monikers combine regionalism and whimsy By Declan Schroeder Ever heard the phrase “first idea, worst idea?” It’s the concept that the first thing that pops into your head when you’re trying to come up with something creative or a new idea is probably banal, clapped-out, cliché or short-sighted. Or, even worse — completely off-strategy or terribly offensive. Safe to say, you probably shouldn’t post your idea to Twitter for the phone-toting masses to probe. Let’s go to Halifax, where one group did just that, igniting a powder-keg of debate and ridicule. The Twitter account “CFL in...

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