Pedometers don’t encourage better physical or mental health: study

A recent study by the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that first-year students experience a significant decline in both physical and mental health, even with the aid of a pedometer to boost physical activity. The study followed 184 first-year students over a 12-week period to observe students’ physical activity, as well as their overall well-being. Paul Sharp, a UBC Okanagan research coordinator who worked on the study, said students were given a pedometer and were told to reach a goal of 10,000 steps a day, and were compared against a control group. “Surprisingly, we did not see a significant change in physical activity among those students that received the pedometer-based intervention compared to those that did not,” Sharp said. […]

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The Zolas bring a mix of new and old

I’ll be the first to admit I find it hard to be critical of the Zolas. Their show at Zaphod Beeblebrox on March 18 was my third time seeing them. I’ve been listening to them for years, as well as to Lotus Child, the band that core members Zachary Gray and Tom Dobrzanski had before The Zolas. As performers, they are still coming into their own, with a few awkward moments in between songs. But when they play, it’s like it’s all they know. Whether it’s packed into Zaphod’s or filling a Bluesfest stage, their energy is infectious and their shows are always fun. However, perhaps because it was my third time seeing them, I found more to be critical […]

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Carleton hosts Peter Mansbridge for 2017 Kesterton Lecture

Peter Mansbridge spoke in front of a packed crowd of nearly 300 attendees as he delivered the 18th annual Kesterton lecture at Carleton on March 21. Mansbridge’s lecture focused on the challenges journalists face in an industry that is always changing, now more rapidly than ever, he said. The event, which was part of the Faculty of Public Affairs’ Research Month, is named in honour of Wilfred H. Kesterton, one of the founders of the School of Journalism and Communication. Mansbridge, the long-time host of CBC’s The National, will be retiring on July 1 this year. He suggested that his “face” of The National could well be replaced by the “faces” of multiple anchors, and has encouraged the CBC to […]

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Carleton figure skating wraps up season with annual show

The Carleton Ravens competitive figure skating team concluded their 2016-17 season with their End of Year Show, hosted on March 11 at the Ice House. With over 100 people in attendance, the team’s final performance gave skaters the opportunity to showcase their talent and skills practiced throughout the season. “It was emotional for me and some of my friends, because we are graduating,” said fourth-year skater Sofija Mrdja. As team captain for the past two years, Mrdja said she felt that with several returning veteran skaters, the rookies of the team had a strong support system going into the season. “That was one of my goals being captain, is to make sure that everyone was motivated,” she said. Having a […]

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Opinion: University degrees are just the first step in finding a job

A recent article published by the CBC explores the idea that post-secondary graduates are no longer guaranteed stable employment with their education. According to the article, more than a quarter of Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 are underemployed, meaning they have degrees but the positions they are employed in don’t require them. Of course, it is information like this that scares many of us so close to graduation. While I don’t think a university degree is completely useless, I strongly believe it is not an absolute guarantee for employment—nor should we expect it to be. The article quotes Kimberly Ellis-Hale, an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University, who states, “With a good education, you will have a good […]

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