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Heat trouble in residence

Residence gets hot.

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There is a heatwave within the dorm rooms of the student residence on campus and the reasons behind it.

As the temperature change in Toronto due to the seasons, there is a change on campus that is making it a struggle for students in residence. 

Many students in residence have noticed that the rooms in the student residence have gone hotter rapidly without an email or a notice from any staff. 

The basic reason behind the rapid increase of the heat is that residence has decided to shut off the air conditioning and keep the air conditioning units running on heat only. 

Students that have stayed in residence last year experienced the water pipe breaking in a couple of rooms last year leading to floods in rooms. So in order to prevent that from happening again, the A/C is off earlier this year as low temperatures arise when the night falls. 

Specifically for students that live on the Southside of the building, keep your curtains closed as it will stop the sunlight from going inside of the room. 

Multiple of students on the seventh floor of R Building has expressed the dislike of this hot experience in our rooms as autumn comes outside. 

Matthew Byl, the residence assistant on the seventh floor, provided the floor with a list of tips on how to keep cool in this scenario.

On top of keeping the curtains closed, placing a small fan on the window ledge of an open window so that it can help with blowing the cool air in and the hot air outside.

It is not as effective during the nine hours of the day that the sun is shining the brightest and highest, but it should help keep the room cooler at night. 

One suggestion that Byl has mentioned was that students could open their room door to let the cooler air in the hallways of residence to go through the room too.

As noticed, not all students are comfortable with it, but it is an option. 

For safety reasons, if students are not in their rooms, please do not keep your doors open for the cooler air to go in as the only person with the permission of entering the rooms is the student themselves and whoever they allow. 

As these tips that Byl has kindly provided to students, there is a huge possibility that it will not clear all the problems that the heated dorms room has caused, but it should help at least a little bit to make the wait bearable for students living on campus.  ■

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Humber monitoring coronavirus outbreak

There are no special actions at this time.

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Humber College said it is monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak and its “potential impact on the institution” in a statement posted online last week and updated on Monday.

Toronto Public Health told the college that “there are no particular actions required” at this time.

A special group tasked with keeping the campus community informed on the latest precautions for the virus has been established, made up of stakeholders from various departments and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Humber points students, staff and faculty to the Ontario Ministry of Health website’s dedicated webpage for updates.

The college’s announcement also asked that those on campus “wash their hands as frequently as possible” due to it being the winter flu season.

As of Tuesday morning in Ontario, there is one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, one “presumptive” case and 11 cases under investigation. ■

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Nominations open for 2020 IGNITE elections

Nomination packages are due by Feb. 14.

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IGNITE on Tuesday posted details and nomination packages for its 2020 elections on social media, setting up its first ever election without executive positions.

There are 10 positions open for students to run for, all on the Board of Directors.

There are four positions open at North Campus, three seats at Lakeshore, two open at Guelph-Humber and a sole position available at Orangeville.

All nomination packages are due by Feb. 14 and can be filled out on the elections webpage. ■

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Bell Let’s Talk Day coming to Humber

Bell let’s talk day will be coming to Humber on Jan. 29.

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Bell will be bringing their yearly Let’s Talk event to Humber College this week.

Let’s Talk Day is a national day of raising awareness about mental health and furthering the conversation of acceptance, support and to decrease stigma.

The day also encourages the use of various platforms including social media to engage individuals. Bell also donates money to mental health funds based on messages sent throughout the day on their cellular network and social media posts.

Bell will be hosting two events at both Humber North and Lakeshore Campuses on Jan. 29.

The first event will be held at North in the LRC, starting at 10 a.m. and finishing at 12 p.m. The second event will be held at Lakeshore in A170 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is open to both Humber and Guelph-Humber student

Students who wish to contribute to the cause can make a tweet, a social media video, use Bell’s Facebook frame or Snapchat filter and also use the hashtag #BellLet’sTalk on social media. ■

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