News briefs

Fend off the flu 

The University of Winnipeg (U of W) is offering free flu shot clinics on Nov. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Stop by the Riddell Atrium or the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA)’s boardroom (0R06) in the Bulman Student Centre to get the shot. Don’t forget to bring your Manitoba Health card and wear a short-sleeved shirt for easy arm access. 

 

Chase the Chill 

For those who can knit or crochet, an annual winter charity event could use your talents. Chase the Chill makes scarves every year to string around Old Market Square on the first Saturday in December, to warm up those who could use an extra layer. People are welcome to donate knitwear – or grab it, if need be – on Dec. 5 in The Exchange District. For more information, visit chasethechill.com. 

 

Solidarity and samosas 

International students are invited to come eat, drink and discuss their U of W experiences on Nov. 25 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The Hive. The meet and greet – organized by members of the UWSA, the Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba and student activists, Fun Class – encourages open conversation about why tuition fees are so high and other supports are inadequate for international students. 

 

Hygiene helpers 

The UWSA is collecting new hygiene products from students for students. Their Soap Dish! fundraiser runs Nov. 16 to 25 and will have a number of drop-off bin locations, including at the UWSA office, the RecPlex and the Info Booth. A few examples of what to donate: new toothbrushes, soap, shampoos, conditioners, floss, deodorants and lip balms. 

 

Transit top-up 

On Nov. 13, the provincial government announced it will contribute $1.7 million to Winnipeg Transit to offset the city’s original plan to raise transit fares by five cents next year above inflation costs. The chunk of change is also dedicated to helping finish the second stage of rapid transit – the southwest corridor planned to connect the Jubilee station to the University of Manitoba. 

 

NBA All-Star Tour stops in Winnipeg 

The NBA All-Star Tour will hit the city Nov. 19 to 22 ahead of the league’s all-star game in Toronto in February. Retired NBA star Muggsy Bogues – the shortest player ever to play in the NBA at 5’3” – will attend. For the main event Nov. 22 at the University of Manitoba, contestants can register to participate in three-point, skills and dunk challenges. For more information, visit nba. com/allstarevents.

Published in Volume 70, Number 11 of The Uniter (November 19, 2015)

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