Commentary: CMTS’s Heathers is a showstopper

Based on the 1989 film by the same name, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the Carleton Musical Theatre Society (CMTS)’s production of Heathers is Mean Girls meets murder meets musical. Directed by Victoria Rutkowski, and music directed by Galen Cuisson, the CMTS’s second ever production was an absolute treat. Veronica Sawyer (Michelle Gendron) is a quiet, dorky student at Westerberg High in Sherwood, Ohio. She dreams of being friends with the popular clique, three girls who share one name: The Heathers. Veronica claws her way to the top of the Westerberg food chain, and finally becomes a Heather herself. When she falls in love with JD, the dark and mysterious new kid, the Heathers disapprove, and her world turns […]

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What makes a party school: Students share their party experience

Earlier this year, Maclean’s magazine released a ranking of Canada’s top party schools. According to the data collected by the magazine, Carleton ranked number 15 on the list, based on the average number of hours partied by students each week. St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX) in Antigonish, NS, Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Que, and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont took the top three spots. The University of Manitoba, Simon Fraser University, and York University were at the bottom of the list, with the least amount of hours partied on average. Nicole Orr, a second-year business administration student at St. FX, said she parties regularly during the year. Students and alumni use the school’s homecoming event as an opportunity to […]

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Université de Montréal research shows bilingual brains age better

Being bilingual may be handy in the nation’s capital, but research from the Université de Montréal shows knowing more than one language is also good for your brain as you grow older. Researchers at the university found that being bilingual makes carrying out tasks and concentrating easier as we age. Professor Ana Inés Ansaldo conducted a study in which two groups of seniors—one monolingual and one bilingual—were asked to perform various tasks while ignoring outside distraction, according to a press release from the Université de Montréal. The point of the study was to “discover the benefits of bilingualism,” Ansaldo said in the release. In the study, both bilingual and monolingual participants were asked to focus on the colour of an […]

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Students compete in investment game for charity

Hundreds of students from universities across Canada are raising money for charity by investing in the stock market this semester through a program called Capitalize for Kids. The program is a not-for-profit that raises funds for children’s brain and mental health programs by holding Canada’s largest investors’ conference each year. This year, they’re also hosting the C4K Student Challenge. Interested students sign up for free, and build their own stock portfolios over the course of the semester by taking part in a stock market simulation game. To be eligible to compete, participants must raise a minimum of $100 for the SickKids Foundation. Prizes for the top fundraisers include Apple products, access to an online financial course library, and a high-end […]

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International students to receive permanent residency faster

The federal government has made changes to the Express Entry immigration process that will make it easier for international students who study in Canada to become permanent residents. To determine who is granted permanent residency, the government awards points to immigrants depending on factors such as age, level of education, and language proficiency. The applicants in the Express Entry pool with the most points are invited to apply to be permanent residents, according to the Express Entry website. An applicant between the ages of 20 and 29 receives more points than someone aged 40 to 49, and an applicant with a bachelor’s degree does better than someone with a secondary school diploma. But international students who study in Canada will […]

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