City briefs

The queens return

Read by Queens, a drag queen and king-hosted storybook reading series from Sunshine House and the Winnipeg Public Library, will return for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in a virtual event on Feb 20.

Collegiate pod now online

A six-part podcast series about the University of Winnipeg Collegiate called Hallowed Halls is now available online. The podcast, created by collegiate alum Isaac Wurmaan, covers the school’s history, current programs, reputation and notable alumni.

Virtually welcoming potential students

On Feb. 10, the University of Winnipeg will host a virtual open house for future students. The event will feature representatives from university faculties and information about available programs, as well as information about university applications and supports available to students. Registration is available on the university website.

Pathway to Graduate Studies deadline

The application window for the 2021 Pathway to Graduate Studies program, which provides opportunities for Indigenous students in STEM at the University of Winnipeg, closes on Feb 5. The program, set to run from May 3 to 28, is free of charge, with on-campus living accommodation available to successful applicants and no minimum GPA requirement.

UWSA election bylaw restructuring

On Jan. 29, the UWSA announced it had been reviewing and restructuring its election bylaws to avoid the racist harassment of election candidates that happened during the 2020 general election. The changes will include a postponed 2021 general election, changes to the role of the chief elections commissioner and additional electoral reform proposals that will be released in the coming weeks. 

Reading from Zalika Reid-Benta

On Feb. 10, Zalika Reid-Benta will give a virtual reading in the third 2021 event of the English department’s Black Writing in Canada series. Reid-Benta is a Toronto-based writer whose debut short story collection Frying Plantain has won the 23rd annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and has been nominated, longlisted and shortlisted for many other awards. Reid-Benta also received the 2019 Byblacks People’s Choice Award for Best Author.

Published in Volume 75, Number 17 of The Uniter (February 3, 2021)

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