Author: Laurie Brand

Decked out with Declan

Things not O.K. in Jets’ crease corral by Declan Schroeder — Sports columnist As Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff looks over his stock as another disappointing season concludes, one thing should be clear to him — he has to wrangle up better goaltending this offseason. While the Jets galloped to the top of most offensive categories this season, their goaltending remained stuck in the blocks far too often. Cheveldayoff took a calculated risk by going with the goalie tandem of Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson at the beginning of this season, and it burned him worse than if he’d...

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Two lucky girls

Luckygirl Pop Up Shop contributes to local businesses and makers by Delta Hirsch A few years ago, two friends and business partners rented their photography studio to a local clothing designer for her trunk show. That friendly networking move led Rachael King and Mairen Kops to have a big impact on Winnipeg’s small business scene. After renting out their studio, they thought about where Winnipegger’s can go to buy locally made goods and decided to create a small, collaborative market. They called it Luckygirl Pop Up Shop, but their success hardly stemmed from luck. The years have gone by...

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DMD decisions

Digital Multimedia Design students might get to choose between Macbooks or PCs next year by McKenzie Sauder Digital Multimedia Design (DMD) students might get to choose what laptop they use next year. Right now it’s mandatory they own a MacBook — even though PCs can be much more affordable. A 15-inch MacBook, the required laptop for DMD, costs $3,000, while a PC like the HP Spectre, for example, has almost identical specifications and costs less than $2,000. Chris Brower, the program coordinator for DMD, wants rules to reflect whatever’s best for the students. “It’s been a huge debate internally,”...

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Fun for the whole family

Winnipeg Comedy Festival switches up routine at The Common by Brent Ivison The Winnipeg Comedy Festival (WCF) began with a free comedy night on Saturday at The Common at The Forks. Ryan Ash, making his sixth WCF appearance, hosted the event. Comedians Chad Anderson, Andy Noble, and the artistic director of the WCF, Lara Rae performed. Chad Anderson, the opening act of the night, said the atmosphere at The Common was a nice change from the typical comedy club. “The fact that families were here was kind of weird,” said Anderson. “But it was really good, and they were...

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Painting a new canvas

Graphic Design student gears up for her final showcase by Talia Smith Soon Kira Gregory will have to take down the random doodles, inspirational quotes, and a photo of a wiener dog wearing a sweater that decorate her workspace. Her desk on the fifth floor of RRC exchange campus will be going to a new student next year — she’s graduating. It’s where she’s created many of her school projects, some of which she’ll be displaying at the annual Graphic Design showcase in May. “We’ve been preparing for it for basically the last two years,” said Gregory. Winnipeg design and marketing professionals attend the showcase seeking talented and dedicated workers, according to Ken Stampnick, an instructor for the Graphic Design program. “People looking for fresh talent are certainly there,” said Stampnick. “But we get all walks of people.” Gregory isn’t afraid of criticism, but she still feels anxious. “Constructive criticism is always good, but if someone you really look up to in the industry says something negative about one of your pieces, that can be really nerve-racking,” said Gregory. The showcase is more than just an opportunity for the students to display their portfolio, Stampnick said. “It’s a chance for their personalities to come out,” he said. According to Gregory, the showcase is where several students have found work directly after graduation. “I think it’s really great because a...

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