The Furry Solution: how fostering could improve your mental health

As semester one wraps up, stress levels rise amongst many Carleton University students. Interactions with a furry friend may be the answer to reducing some of this stress. Several studies in Canada have shown the benefits of animal therapy for students in particular. Shannon Noonan is a faculty member at Carleton University who works with the Centre for Initiatives in Education, doing pet therapy as a retention initiative for students in the Enriched Support Program. Her partner is her five year-old Great Dane-Pointer, Blue.   “There have been studies showing that coming in contact with an animal increases your oxytocin levels, which is your stress fighting hormone,” Noonan said. “It can also decrease your cortisol levels. Cortisol is your stress […]

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Montreal duo releases audio-visual EP

Montreal-based audiovisual duo DF released their first EP, abcdf, on Sept. 23. Behind the creative act are two university students, Dustin Finer and Daniel Freder, who met through mutual friends. Freder had an interest in the performance aspect along with live lighting and visuals melding with sound. Finer could contribute by using a loop pedal with his saxophone playing and composing his own music. From then on the name was born from their initials, and they started performing. “I took interest in developing my repertoire, for that Dan was getting to work on his reactive visuals,” Finer said. “We just paired it together, trial by fire, and built the act we are today.” Finer’s role is composing and producing saxophone […]

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Ravens men’s lacrosse welcomes new coach

After a disappointing 2016 season going 1-11, the Ravens men’s lacrosse team has welcomed a new coach and general manager as they head into the season. Stuart Paynter will be taking over the GM responsibility alongside new coach Jamie Forster, who has a lot to offer on the offensive side of the game. Paynter and Forster have worked together on the board of directors for Nepean Lacrosse in the past. Forster, together with his wife and children, has a long history of coaching experience over the past 20 years with heavy involvement and dedication to the sport. “We’re a big lacrosse family, a lot of volunteer hours . . . thousands of volunteer hours. It’s just what we do,” Forster said. Forster’s youngest son is […]

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CUAG opens new exhibition with an eye on its 25th anniversary

The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) unveiled its new exhibition, Open Edition, curated by Heather Anderson and Sandra Dyck with special help from Diana Hiebert, on June 5. This exhibit is important for Carleton’s history—it marks the gallery’s 25th opening anniversary, and it honours Carleton’s 75th anniversary. Open Edition focuses largely on prints from several featured Canadian artists, as well as an array of older prints within the collection. “We chose to focus on the collection to celebrate because the collection majorly  defines what the gallery is. And printmaking has always been a big part of the collection from the earliest days—before there was a gallery,” Anderson said. CUAG has a known history for printmaking. When it was established in […]

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Carleton basketball players among OUA award winners

Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced the major award winners for the men’s and women’s basketball season on March 1. From the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team, guard Connor Wood was named 2016-17 Player of the Year. Wood, in his fifth and final season, is ending his university basketball career on a high note. Wood led the OUA, by sinking 76 three-point shots and he averaged 19.1 points per game. Wood also was also named a First Team All-Star after being part of the Second Team All-Stars the past two seasons. Wood’s teammate and Ravens guard, Kaza Kajami-Keane was also named a First Team All-Star for the second year in a row, after his league leading 99 assists, and averaging 15.5 points […]

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