University of Winnipeg introduces women’s-only gym hours

The University of Winnipeg (U of W) has started a new pilot project centered around providing women and non-binary people reserved access to the gym on campus, according to Laura Elsie Garinger, president of the U of W Students’ Association (UWSA). The “Inclusive Gym Initiative,” which will run until the beginning of December 2017, is led by the UWSA board of directors, students, U of W Recreation Services, and the administration, according to the university’s website. The initiative was started in May 2016 but was only implemented in September of this year to see if students would benefit from gym times, fitness classes or intramurals reserved solely for women and non-binary people, according to the UWSA website. Garinger said the […]

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Wet vs. Dry: Why some universities choose to ban alcohol during frosh

When students move into residence at New Brunswick’s St. Thomas University (STU) on Sept. 3, there will be a strict no-alcohol policy until the end of “Welcome Week,” even for students who are 19 or older. It’s a policy the university has had for nearly two decades, according to STU director of communications Jeffrey Carleton, but it’s also a sign the booze-filled image commonly associated with frosh week on university campuses is getting a makeover. “We want to make sure that Welcome Week is as smooth a transition as possible for young students, without any added pressures that could be related to alcohol use,” Carleton said about STU’s policy. “It’s not a new ban. It’s something we’ve done for well […]

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University of Winnipeg proposes mandatory Indigenous class

Students at the University of Winnipeg (U of W) may be required to take a course in Indigenous studies before graduating. The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) is supporting the Aboriginal Students’ Council (ASC) in a proposal that would make it mandatory for students to take at least one half credit in an Indigenous course. UWSA president Rorie Mcleod Arnould said both organizations have worked together for more than a year on the proposal. “What we’re asking students to do is take . . . a half course, from a list that right now is over 120 courses from 20 different departments here in the university,” he said. Students would choose a course that deals with Indigenous culture, history, or […]

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