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Students celebrate life of teacher with competition
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By Michelle Grace

Dennis Murphy taught at Centennial College from 2007–2008. Known for his writing, directing and producing in Canada, Murphy still has a place in the hearts of Centennial College students.

As a teacher in Centennial’s Broadcasting and Film program, Murphy was a very dedicated man who loved his craft and showed a great amount of enthusiasm while teaching.

The concept of The Murphy Challenge consists of three-minute films made by three years of students in three days using three special ingredients: a prop, a character and a location.
Students from every semester team up in groups and work together to compile their films.


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Transitioning from humble beginnings to the boob tube
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By Kris Ali-Trotman

Keith Pedro, 26, is an established comedian and currently a personality on MuchMusic’s Video On Trial. From working part-time at a hospital to successfully working the stage at Yuk Yuk’s comedy club, transition should be Pedro’s middle name. Pedro sat down with The Courier for a brief question and answer segment about his career.

Q: What inspired you to become a comedian?

A: I had nothing else going on in my life and couldn’t really land another job. I chose to take the...

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Serial sex educator Sue Johanson gives the straight talk
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By Michelle Grace

Dr. Sue Johanson has been educating people of every age, race and gender about sex since 1984. On Jan. 25, at Centennial College’s Progress campus, Johanson dished the goods to students regarding safe sex.

Johanson has had a whirlwind of a career. She was once a coordinator and ran a birth control clinic where she offered pregnancy tests for young women as well as counseling. She then went on to have her own radio program on Toronto’s popular rock station Q107.

“I loved being on the radio. I did it for almost...

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Colleges and Universities Testing Out Textbook Rentals
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By Natasha Jaferi

On top of finding ways to pay for tuition, students are expected to buy required textbooks for their courses. This stress can be a lot on a student’s plate.

Universities and colleges in Canada have found a new way to help students save a little cash.
Starting in fall 2011, students will have the option to Rent-A-Text at Centennial College. Follett, a company that manages the textbooks for Centennial and other colleges and universities in Canada and the United States, has adapted the Rent-A-Text system. Follett launched the system in the United States, including a few pilot schools in Canada. These pilot schools include Humber College,...

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Star struck at the Toronto Film Festival
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Courier Staff

With a rented 35mm camera and a copy of the Toronto International Film Festival Guide, I set out to find glamour in a moose-infested city. I am without a press pass, a ticket, or a clue as to where to go. I head to the most obvious location, The Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville, where I once shared an elevator with Dave Stewart from the Eurhythmics.

Outside, 3 stretch-limos line the narrow street. There’s Eugene Levy chewing gum nervously, checking...

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