Graphic: James Culleton

Safe sex is good sex

A student's guide to sexual health and wellness

You should care about your sexual health. Whether you’re a seasoned pro in the bedroom or you’re treading carefully, a little knowledge goes a long way. Sexual health involves more than just avoiding Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Being safe from violence and injury—as well as having control and positivity during sex—is highly important. Your physical […]

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Science, ethics, and nutrition

Aboriginal nutritional experiments prompt scientific soul-searching

Earlier this summer, it was revealed that researchers sponsored by the Canadian government had conducted wildly unethical nutritional experiments on malnourished Aboriginal children in residential schools. No consent was given by the children or their parents, who were not even aware of the experiments. This was carried out throughout the 1940s, the same decade that saw […]

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Original cover art from the very first issue of the Manitoban printed in 1914

100 years on

Getting to know your campus community and student newspaper

Entering our 100th publication year in the campus news business, I’d like to take an opportunity to share a few anecdotes with the reader. I hope these will illustrate some of the less obvious, though nonetheless pertinent, reasons having an institution like the Manitoban accessible to university students and community members alike is so important. […]

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HIV virus illustration by: Philipp Fisch

Three zeros

Talking about HIV/AIDS in Winnipeg and Manitoba

In light of a recent UNAIDS report indicating drops of up to 50 per cent in new HIV infections in some of the most severely affected parts of Africa, as well as broader contentions that the “global infection rates for AIDS peaked in the 1990s, and death rates are starting to fall,” some might be […]

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Photo: Ian Cormack

Killers on display

My first encounter with captured orcas took place at the age of 10 at SeaWorld Orlando. My family filed in with the rest of the unassuming crowd to watch the trainers ride with the iconic whale Shamu in what must have been a relatively claustrophobic aquatic environment for a cetacean of that magnitude. I’d also, […]

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A laggard’s reasoning: The resistance to adopt new technologies

The iPhone: god’s gift to man. Or so that’s what marketing schemes have almost led me to believe. The iPhone is only one example from an army of technology: phones, musical listening devices, and computers. Once the newest advancement or updated version of that device appears beneath its shiny plastic package, that new product covers […]

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Freedom of speech: A freedom that often infringes on others’ rights

Being able to freely say or do whatever you want is a right that people in North America value immensely. You can have any opinion or belief, no matter whom it offends, and can protect yourself with the often-used claim, “It’s a free country.” Not only does this excuse get thrown around in casual settings […]

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Freedom of religion

At this very moment around the world, people languish in dark prisons, families live in fear, and entire communities face oppression, for nothing more than worshipping in accordance with their own beliefs. This is difficult to imagine for many of us, as Canada is home to an incredibly diverse set of faiths and beliefs, and we […]

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Image by Silvana Moran

Keep your social network enemies close

“Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence.” – Christopher Hitchens We delete, unfollow, unfriend. We block “friends.” We erase conflict. We detach without reflection, without fully understanding the factors motivating us to detach. And sometimes, without knowing, in removing intellectual “variety” from our online […]

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Inspiration is not my friend: How I smelled the coffee and finally realized the truth

Let me tell you about inspiration, what a punk. I’m ashamed to say that until quite recently I lived a life tinted with naivety, foolishly believing us to be pals, inspiration and me. Thankfully, one day as I stood in my kitchen, brewing a pot of particularly strong coffee, the smell of the fresh grounds […]

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