Universities help students deal with exam-time stress

As exam season approaches, universities bring out more initiatives and resources for students to help them cope with the stress. At Memorial University in Newfoundland (MUN), a student has been bringing her bearded dragons, Ryuu and Yuki, to campus since September 2016.  The student, who wished to remain anonymous due to backlash she said she received from a previously published article, said she brings them to campus to help her peers who struggle with anxiety and stress, as well as provide them with an alternative for already-offered therapy dog sessions. She said she has regular visitors, and has had overall positive feedback from those students.  “They showed an amazing ability to soothe anxiety . . . [they] alerted me to my heart going […]

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Carleton ranks 15th on list of top party schools in Canada

Maclean’s released it’s annual list of top party schools in Canada, ranking Carleton University in 15th place alongside 47 other post-secondary institutions. This year, the average Raven said they party 3.51 hours per week, a half-hour bump up from 3.04 hours in 2016. Carleton’s stats were slightly above the national average of 3.27 hours partied each week. The results were determined from a survey Maclean’s sent out to over 17,000 students across the country. Maclean’s divided the total number of hours partied each week by the number of students that responded, to get the average number of party hours at each school. David Andrews, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (finance), said there are  several reasons why Carleton students reported […]

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Carleton sports: Top 10 games of the year

The 2016 calendar year was another entertaining one across Carleton’s various sports teams. Men’s basketball won yet another national championship, its sixth consecutive, while men’s hockey made an appearance at nationals for the second time in three seasons. The story of the year, however, was Ravens football. Steve Sumarah’s fourth-year program went 6-2, upsetting Western and winning Panda for a third-straight year in the process. With two graduating players ranked on CFL draft boards in slotback Nate Behar and offensive lineman Kwabena Aware, it may not be long before we see a Carleton player make his professional debut. This year’s list is more homogenous than the column I wrote last year, featuring fewer women’s games and tier-II sports. This is […]

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Students take part in Mars rover simulation

Students at Western University have teamed up with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to direct a planetary rover in a Mars exploration simulation. The purpose of the mission is to collect samples here on Earth in preparation for a later mission searching for life on Mars, according to the CSA. Students located at a mission control centre in London, Ont. are directing the rover, which is operating thousands of kilometres away at a field site in Utah. The rover is equipped with many instruments, such as a manipulator arm for grabbing samples of rock or soil from the ground, a light-based radar-like system for taking 3-D images of the environment, and two different cameras to provide information on the terrain. […]

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Vaping regulations implemented on some university campuses

Vaping and smoking e-cigarettes are banned in areas where cigarettes are forbidden, following the provincial government’s changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Electronic Cigarettes Act in March. Western University’s smoking policy was extended to include vaping in June. Jane O’Brien, the associate vice-president of human resources at Western, said Western’s delayed response was due to consultations. “We’ve been in consultation with all community stakeholders for the last 18 months around how we were going to implement the legislation,” O’Brien said. “We have involved all the employee union groups, the undergraduate students, the graduate students, faculty, staff, members of our alumni. We also happen to have facilities like hotels and different types of external office buildings on our campus as […]

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