Your favourite stories

April 29, 2019 | Arts & Culture, Campus Life, Health, Society, Science
We had the pleasure of sharing more than 100 stories on during the Winter 2019 semester. Here are some of your favourites.



Mind control

When you come up with a way to fly a drone WITH YOUR MIND people notice. The story of how fourth-year computer science students Stephen Doyle, Alex Crowder, John Simmonds and Mark Reid accomplished the feat also made its way into the media in Edmonton, Toronto and even the U.K.


Food truths

Dr. Alissa Overend’s take on shifting food trends was perfectly timed with the announcement of Canada’s new food guide.


Changing our perception of stress

Students are certainly not strangers to stress, so it’s no surprise that Dr. Michelle Moscicki’s advice on shifting the way you think about stress really resonated.


Truth told

Several of the pieces we shared about our TEDxMacEwanU presenters hit home, including Petra Schulz’s personal story about drug use, harm reduction and losing her son Danny.


April Fool’s

We’re not sure exactly how many people fell for the story that our new final exam format would be modelled on Buzzfeed-style quizzes, but enough people read it that chances are we fooled one or two of you. 

Stories about the first recipient of a LGBTQ2S+ student award, MacEwan’s first Black History Month, a biology prof’s photo exhibit on cannibal females, our journalism students’ deep dive into water issues and a weekly workout with Edmonton Police Service all got your attention too.

Your favourite Portraits of MacEwan stories on Facebook

Visit where the people who make up the MacEwan community tell their stories in their own words.  

Lucy and I were walking across the second floor of the Robbins Health Learning Centre one day, headed outside to give her a pee break, when she started pulling on her leash to go another direction. I tried to keep going but she was adamant, so I followed her around a corner and behind a bank of lockers where a student was sitting on the floor sobbing.

– Cynthia Gundermann from the Faculty of Nursing and her dog, Lucy, are part of the Pets Assisting With Student Success (PAWSS) program. Visit to read the whole story.
I'm fairly social in the LGBTQ2S+ community, and I’ve noticed that MacEwan’s name comes up as one of the top places in Western Canada when people talk about which universities have the best Pride events. At the same time, as a student here I can see ways we can improve and work to make our community feel safer.

– Blair, 2nd year student, Social Work. Visit to read the whole story.
Where I’m from in Kenya, we don’t walk at night because there are so many wild animals. Snakes, elephants, buffalos and sometimes lions. When I would make the six-hour trek to get water, I could see elephants in the distance. They wouldn’t attack, but the buffalos could be very aggressive. Because I’m the eldest in my family, I could never let my sister do it, and just thinking about my brother gives me not the best feeling. He’s only six — I should be the one providing, the one making them comfortable, but instead I’m here so I can achieve my dream.

— Brian, 1st year Bachelor of Science student. Visit to read the whole story.
I was shaking and on the verge of tears when I walked up to the SAMU office near the end of the Winter semester looking for the Student Food Bank. The friend I was living with unexpectedly raised the rent to cover his mortgage and it took all of my food budget to pay the difference. I was broke. The cupboards were empty. The good food had been eaten and even the things I could throw together to make something barely edible were gone. There was nothing left.

– David Fischer, Team Lead, Student Recruitment
I woke up one Sunday morning a couple of years ago and decided I was going to learn how to play hockey. I went to the store, bought all the equipment, found a team and stepped out onto the ice. I'm definitely the worst player on every one of the four teams I play on, but I don't care. Improvement comes from challenging yourself and surrounding yourself with people you can learn from.

– Krystal, 2nd year Social Work student. Visit to read the whole story.
How great would it be to come to MacEwan – as a student or an employee – and trust the people here enough to know that there is always someone looking out for you? That if you’re struggling, you could feel safe enough to say that you’re going through a really hard time? That if you don’t seem yourself one day, someone will ask, “Are you okay?”

– Claudine Drefs, Nurse Educator, Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and facilitator for the new Working Mind workshop, a new mental health training program for faculty and staff. Visit to read the whole story

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