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Students Take a Moment to Track Their Phone Usage

A popular app can now show students how much screen time they use daily BY Lyndsey Warren   The atrium of Red River College is buzzing with students during a mid-day class change. A group of them are sitting around a circular table. Three of the five students are swiping away on their phone screens as they talk. The other two have their phones sitting right in front of them.   Do students prefer to interact with their smartphones more than they interact with actual humans?   A smartphone app called Moment – Screen Time Tracker, developed by Kevin...

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Dancing Noodle Chef to Teach Signature Technique at RRC

Chef Xiaofei Zuo has been dazzling people with his mesmerizing noodle pulling technique, and it’s about to be your turn BY Noah Cote and Ally Sigurdson     The bubbling blurps of a gallon pot steams stovetop inside the kitchen of Pembina Highway’s Dancing Noodle restaurant, where just across the room Xiaofei Zuo rakes his stainless-steel scraper over the surface of his noodle-pulling station the same way he does every morning for hours before the restaurant opens.   Zuo’s noodles must be fresh to serve.   “Each customer gets their own noodle,” says Zuo. “It takes longer, but it tastes better this way.”   He sprinkles his surface with a baking flour to make sure nothing sticks. He pulls an arm-sized lump of raw dough from its bag and thwomps it down to create an even chunk. A smile flashes across his face as he kneads and plays with it, stretching and spinning it over and over. In just 10 days he’ll teach his noodle-knowledge to attendees at Red River College’s Culinary Workshop, aptly titled, “Noodle Pulling Workshop 1: Dough.”   “I’m very excited,” says Zuo. “People are very interested in my dough. Now  people can learn for real.”   Originally from China, Zuo moved to Winnipeg in 2011 and went on to graduate from Red River College’s Baking and Patisserie program. In 2015, he opened Dancing Noodle and...

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Learning the Language – A look at RRC’s new Anishinaabemowin language program

By Devon Shewchuk Corey Whitfield became one of the first people to teach an Indigenous language course at Red River College after his first class began on April 14. Whitfield is a teaching assistant for the Anishinaabemowin Language and Culture Level Two course offered by Red River College. “I’m Anishinaabe. I’m Indigenous. It’s really important to be a person of the language, and that’s what motivates me to be an instructor and continue the language. I want to develop a teaching style that includes pre-existing resources, like history books and teaching guides, and then add my own fluency and experiences to that,” says Whitfield. This class (and its Level One prerequisite) are the first of their kind at Red River College. The courses are designed for K-12 educators in the province, or anyone with an interest in learning more about Manitoba’s traditional Anishinaabemowin languages, culture, and history. Rebecca Chartrand, RRC’s Executive Director of Indigenous Strategy, says the courses were created to help support the growth of Indigenous language revitalization in Manitoba’s schools and advance reconciliation efforts in the province. Chartrand says her department found instructors such as Whitfield, who grew up speaking Anishinaabemowin at home, through her department’s strong ties with the Indigenous community. “We responded to a need by the community to fill in a gap. This course provides opportunities for educators in the province to learn to...

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Sharing Stories Behind Bars

Fundraiser connecting incarcerated Manitobans with books By Caitlyn Gowriluk   Jacquie Nicholson opens the trunk of her car, where boxes of donated books sit piled high in preparation for a book drive in support of incarcerated Manitobans and their families.   Nicholson has organized the annual event – which collects books for the Winnipeg Remand Centre, the Headingley Correctional Centre, the Women’s Correctional Centre in Headingley and The Pas Correctional Centre – since it began in 2016.   “Almost everyone that I’ve ever met in jail has said, ‘I would love to get more education, I would love to...

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