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A Happy Ending

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Featured, News, UNBC | 0 comments

Colin Slark | Editor In Chief Some stories do end happily. After visually impaired student Shea Anker had her Braille Sense device, which allows Shea to type and read the results in Braille, stolen along with a few other things from her locker earlier this month, the Prince George community has come through to help her. The replacement cost for a Braille Sense device like the one Anker had has a retail cost of nearly $6,000 USD. She might have been able to get the provincial government to help her purchase a new device, but it was uncertain. After all of Prince George’s news sources reported on the story, word of Anker’s plight reached many ears. A project on gofundme.com set a goal to raise $6,000 to help Anker buy a new device, but as of when this article...

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Sexual Assault and Mental Health (Part 2/3)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Featured, UNBC, Volume 22 | 0 comments

Grant Bachand | Contributor Our twenties and thirties are a time in our lives when we discover ourselves intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and sexually. Many people in their early twenties actively pursue understanding their sexuality. We leave the confinement of high school with heavy-handed rules and enter into college, university, or the “real world.” University, for many of us, is the place in which much of our sexual learning will happen; at parties, in dorms, and all manner of other places. It is in our first couple years that we might find a partner who will will help us explore our sexual desires and comforts. University, unfortunately, can also be a place where people experience terrible traumas that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. When the doors open for the first semester of university, that is when many students are at its highest risk of sexual violence. This is...

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Dietary Restrictions Need Not Apply: the New Dining Hall

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Culture, Featured, News, UNBC, Volume 21 | 0 comments

Kelley Ware | Multimedia Coordinator UNBC is two full semesters into the new UNBC Dining Hall, and the changes to food service delivery on campus have seen many students polarized. Some continue to lament the closing of the old Corner Store and the changes seen this year in food services, while others have expressed satisfaction. Either way, it appears that the new services are here to stay, with UNBC considering the new Dining Hall a success, both in numbers and food quality. “From what we’ve seen, both from a student and community standpoint, it is doing really well. We are getting more drop-ins per day than we did with the prior dining hall, which means more revenue generation that goes back to the university,” said Nicole Neufeld, Business Development Officer of Ancillary Services. “From a student perspective, we have...

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New Way to Study Genetic Disease

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Culture, Featured, News, Volume 21 | 0 comments

Mani Samani | Team Member In the realms of science, DNA is a constant subject to mutations. Mutations are a direct effect of a genetic material which is accidentally going to be altered in its code. When we look at mutations, we are told that the options are things like Charles Xavier, who can read minds, or Wolverine’s ability to heal himself. Despite the fantasy of being a superhero X, mutations in a more realistic world won’t cause these dramatic effects. Furthermore, mutations can lead to missing or malformed proteins, and that can lead to disease. However, recent UNBC research on genes has demonstrated new ways to study the reasons of these genetic disorders. According to “RNA splicing: disease and therapy”, a paper published in Oxford Journals, many different human genetic diseases can be caused by errors in RNA...

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Jon Stewart set to leave The Daily Show

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Culture, Featured, News, Volume 21 | 0 comments

James Mangan | Team Member On February 10, Jon Stewart announced that he will be leaving The Daily Show, a program he has hosted since 1999. The Daily Show is considered the “most trusted name in news” by many, a title that Stewart himself has scoffed. The Daily Show always prioritized comedy over informed reporting, a fitting goal considering the show aired on Comedy Central. Despite this, American pundits have always challenged the legitimacy of Stewart’s “reporting.” Stewart’s title as the most “trusted man in news” for Americans is not necessarily a reflection of how the American viewer is becoming more cynical, but rather a reflection of just how much American news organizations have failed the American public. Partisanship plays a pivotal role in public discourse. Information in a liberal democracy can be treated as a commodity for consumers....

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UNBC Faculty Association Meet with Students

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Featured, News, Over The Edge Happenings, UNBC, Volume 21 | 0 comments

Colin Slark | Team Member Acutely aware of the situation regarding the contract negotiations between UNBC administration and the Faculty Association, a large crowd gathered in the Winter Garden last Wednesday to hear the instructors’ side of the story. A healthy contingent of instructors was surrounded on all sides by students, other university staff, and reporters. Led by UNBC FA president Dr. Jacqueline Holler, several members of the Faculty Association spoke passionately about what they hope to get out of negotiations and why they are motivated to achieve their goals. While issues like how the university deals with program redundancies are of concern to the FA, the majority of time was spent talking about the wage gap between UNBC instructors and their colleagues at Canadian institutions of similar size. According to the FA, the approximate 25% difference in salary...

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