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Eddy Campbell is the new king of the hill
WELCOME UNB FROSH
Sarah Ratchford The Brunswickan
Eddy Campbell is UNB’s eighteenth President and Vice Chancellor, and he is keen to step into the position. Dr. Campbell met with the Brunswickan on his first day at UNB. His office was piled high with boxes and things were hectic, but that didn’t change his attitude about being here. “I’m really pumped, I’m really excited to finally be here. It seems like such a long time since we agreed that we’d be coming and now it’s finally coming true,” says the President. “UNB has been on a steep upward climb over the last little bit and I really want to see that continue.” Campbell comes to UNB from Memorial University in Newfoundland, where he was acting President since January of 2008 and Vice President Academic before that. He has a number of goals in mind to further strengthen the university. At the top of his list is increasing the amount of research done at UNB. “We’ve achieved a significant amount of success in recent years in growing our research, so that’s really important because that’s what has an impact on the community around us and the province itself.” “That is one of the ways in which we have significant economic impact in what is still a have- not province. So that is also a very important aspect of the work we’re going to do, and I’d like to see that continue to grow the way it has in the past few years.” Campbell supports the province’s Action Plan on post secondary education. The plan asks for the province to increase the graduate student population in New Brunswick, and Campbell says UNB will play a major part in that.
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Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan
Welcoming Ceremonies on Wednesday Sept. 2 marked the start of an exciting Orientation Week for the incoming class of 2013. This year’s Orientation Week included a number of classic events like Movie on the Hill and Shinerama, as well as a few new events, like the UNB/STU cornboil on Monday.
Hilary Paige Smith The Brunswickan
It’s hard not to feel welcome when a cheerful flood of UNB Red Shirts greet you at the gates. This is precisely the first impression that the newest batch of first year students received when they pulled up to campus on Wednesday, September 2. “It was so crazy. There were people everywhere and it just got me
really excited for university, seeing everybody with school spirit and waving signs and stuff,” first year Tibbits resident Robyn Mawer said. Orientation Week 2009 events blasted off on Wednesday with a redesigned “Blast Off” event. Orientation chair Julie Clark said this year’s welcoming celebration was completely different than events in years past. Typically a night of Play Fair and inflatable games, Wednesday’s Blast Off event was an evening of competition between residences and the off-campus Townhouse students. First-years were divided into red and blue teams and competed in events like capture the flag, tug-of-war, dodge ball and obstacle courses for
prizes. There was also a create-a-superhero contest in which each resident designed a super hero, true to the superhero-themed week. Other events that took place throughout the week included game show night, Movie on the Hill and a STU/UNB corn boil. “Personally, I’m really excited for the new events because I think we’re trying to go in a different direction, so it’s going to be really exciting to see how things work out,” Clark said in an interview prior to Orientation Week’s kick off. On Saturday, first years were strategically placed around Fredericton to canvas and fundraise for Shinerama, a foundation for cystic
fibrosis research and care. Joe O’Kane and Tim Conner were among their fellow first- years fundraising for Shinerama in the Saturday morning sunshine near the foot of Smythe Street. Conner said that based on his first impression of UNB his first year here is going to be great. “It rocks so far, like I barely got any sleep yet,” he said, laughing as his friends ran up to passing cars, asking for donations to Shinerama and handing out stickers. O’Kane described his welcome to campus as “amazingly awesome.”
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Shinerama, a ‘shining’ example of charity Lee Larrett The Brunswickan
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Students wander the streets of downtown Fredericton in search of shoes to shine. All of their efforts were to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.
During Orientation Week, Fredericton was a shinier place thanks to UNB students’ efforts during Shinerama, a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research and care. Originally a shoe-shining campaign during Orientation Week, Shinerama first began in Canada in 1964 and has been a part of UNB’s Orientation Week for 36 years. Lauren Vail, UNB Shinerama coordinator, explained that, “we work with the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; we’re raising money for cystic fibrosis research. [The money] helps fund their donor clinics all over the country and medication for cystic fibrosis patients.” Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease that affects young Canadians. It primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. In the lungs a thick build up of mucus makes breathing difficult and also leads to infection and lung damage. In the digestive tract thick mucus shuts out important digestive enzymes and makes it extremely difficult to digest and absorb nutrients from food. People with cystic fibrosis need daily physical therapy to keep their lungs free of congestion and infection, and must take on average 20 pills a day to supply themselves with the artificial enzymes needed for proper digestion. “When Shinerama started in 1964, children born with cystic fibrosis didn’t live past the age of four-- they didn’t get to go to kindergarten. Now the median age of survival is 37. It’s really cool, I’ve met a woman who lived to about 50, she had two double lung transplants in her life,” said Vail. The event began on the Saturday of Orientation Week at 8:30 a.m. with the opening ceremonies. Following the ceremony 500 students boarded buses and were dropped off at 44 locations across Fredericton. There were five car
washes and a barbeque to supplement door to door canvassing for the charity event. The shining ended at 4:00 p.m. and the counting began. Last year more than $35,000 was raised, which was $10,000 more than their original goal. This year their hope was to surpass the $25,000 goal again. The final total will not be known until the end of the month, as NB power has agreed to donate $10 to Shinerama, $5 to UNB and $5 to Mt. Allison, for every person in New Brunswick who switches to paperless billing. Shine Day raised $18,167, on top of $5,000 raised prior to the event, putting them within reach of their final goal. More fundraisers are planned to help out before the Dec. 31 donation deadline. People can sponsor UNB online at www.shinerama.ca. “The city of Fredericton loves Shinerama ... everybody knows Shinerama, you don’t have to explain it to anybody, they know it and they expect us on Shine Day,” Vail said. Local alumni remember Shinerama and are still involved. Vail explained that, “one of the reasons we’re shining shoes so much this year is because we had some alumni in Fredericton saying ‘What happened to the shoe shining, you’re supposed to shine shoes, that’s what we did.’” Although the focus is returning to shining shoes, anything goes when it comes to raising money for charity. Vail remembered, “The weirdest thing that ever happened was with one of our executive. He went door to door and a woman just making small talk asked him what faculty he was in. He said ‘Computer Science’ and she said, ‘Really, I’ve been having trouble with my internet today, could you come fix it for money?’ It was pretty funny, we get some funny things like that.” The event is the longest in Orientation Week, and Vail insists it’s the most important. “I think it’s the most important because it’s teaching us to give back to our community, it’s not noisy and disruptive like move in day and it’s not about winning prizes like the game show and it’s not about drinking or partying, it’s about trying to save kid’s lives.”
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Posters increased the hype for Orientation Week’s longest event. UNB has been part of the fundraiser for 36 years.
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Atlantic Football League is President Campbell takes the helm born in New Brunswick Sarah Ratchford CUP Atlantic Bureau Chief
FREDERICTON (CUP) – Fall is in the air, and along with it comes a new league for football teams in Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic Football League (AFL) is finally in action after four years of sorting out the fine details. There are three teams in the league thus far: the Moncton Raiders, the Saint John Seawolves and the Fredericton Red Bombers. The latter two teams will be affiliated with the University of New Brunswick campuses in their cities. The AFL teams will not be playing at the varsity level, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big plans in store for the league. The idea for an Atlantic football league was formulated by Saint John’s Barry Ogden, who approached Fredericton’s Larry Wisniewski about it a year and a half ago. Ogden is the General Manager for the Seawolves team, while Wisniewski performs that function for the Bombers. The Moncton team will be run by Dan Fougere. Although the league has just begun, plans are already in store for major growth. “We’re going to grow,” says Ogden. “The potential is huge . . . PEI wants in this year. We’re well on our way with the organization. We’ve even had some interest in Maine. “Football is growing in age, it’s growing in gender and different people’s physical sizes.” Ogden likes the fact that athletes of all different sizes and types of athleticism can play football and feel good about themselves. Although the prospect of a league is not a new one, the idea only became viable in July and August, says Wisniewski. “The word was out, but critical issues weren’t settled. Key pieces were players, coaching staff and finances, and we received substantial support in all of those areas.” While they all belong to the same league, the teams will be set up differently in terms of membership. The Raiders will be a communitybased team. Fougere says the Moncton team wanted to stay away from universities. Universities have club teams, which means they have to take so many from the university itself. Well take students from [Crandall University] and the Université de Moncton, but we want the best product, he explains. The General Manager is concerned
that if primarily university students are accepted, the team may not be able to draw in as much talent as possible. “We want a competitive product on the field,” he says. The teams out of the two UNB campuses – the Seawolves and Bombers – will draw mostly from university students to fill their rosters. UNB Saint John’s team will be based on campus, but Wisniewski says the Seawolves will encourage players from New Brunswick Community College and the greater Saint John community to try out. At UNB Fredericton, about 65 per cent of the team will be UNB students. The other 35 per cent of Bombers will be Saint Thomas University students and members of the Fredericton community. “The team will have a strong UNB presence, but [there is] an open door to students from STU and the community who would want that link and affiliation,” says Wisniewski. Tryouts for all three teams are in full swing, and students are getting anxious to get out on the field. Third year UNB Fredericton law student Justin DeMerchant has taken a leadership role with the Bombers already. He spent much of his time this summer recruiting players and spreading the word through Facebook and the team’s new website. DeMerchant has been a key part of the interim player executive and plans to play defence. “It’s exciting. I’m looking forward to the season and I think everybody else is, too.” “Just because it’s not part of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), doesn’t mean it can’t be of that caliber,” he says. Third year UNB Fredericton business student Fraser Boldon shares DeMerchant’s sentiment. Boldon also worked to recruit players this summer. He played football for nine years prior to coming to UNB, and he can’t wait for the opportunity to get back at it. “Its a great feeling. I’ve just been trying to stay in shape and biding my time, waiting for it to come. I’m glad to have got it together and be getting a team on the field. “I’m really excited that football’s back at UNB and we’re dead serious about bringing out its full potential. We’d love to have as many fans and students and people in Fredericton come out and support us,” he says. The first AFL game is scheduled to take place in Fredericton, where the Bombers, who went on a 29-year hiatus due to lack of funds in 1980, played their last game. “I proposed to Fredericton that we have the first game there,” says Ogden. “In 1979 the Red Bombers played their last game, so why not commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of that?” The league kicks off September 26.
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Dr. Eddy Campbell looks out at UNB from the steps of the Kings College building, which houses his office. Campbell comes to us from Memorial University in Newfoundland, and he stepped into his position on Sept. 1.
FROM PRESIDENT PAGE 1 “It’s part of growing our research efforts,” he says. “The two go hand in glove—we won’t be able to grow our research efforts without additional graduate students.” However, he says UNB will have to work hard and be competitive in order to attain this goal, as many other Canadian schools are also seeking to increase their numbers of graduate students. Although times are harsh economically right now, Campbell still has faith in meeting the goals set out in the Action Plan. He says creativity will have to be employed in meeting the goals of the plan, resources will have to be reallocated, and the agenda may, realistically, have to be extended. This, however, does not quell his optimism. “When we go back to the words that open the plan, it’s the government’s declaration that they want to have the best policy on post secondary education in the country. That’s a very good place to be.” Campbell has a number of other goals in mind along with those set out in the Action Plan. Community outreach is one of
Campbell’s major priorities. He says the old model of scholarship, which is mainly comprised of scholars dialoguing with other scholars, needs to make way for a new, more encompassing model. “What we want to add to that is new ways of tying our expertise to the communities around us and also learning and listening from the people around us. I really think that makes for much stronger universities,” he says. Campbell is the father of four children, and his experience as a dad comes through when he speaks about students and their development as people. “I want to encourage our students to think like entrepreneurs,” he says. For Campbell, entrepreneurship doesn’t just mean individual gain. He sees entrepreneurship as “an opportunity to build better things.” “I encourage our students to believe in themselves, that they can, should and ought to be making a better world.” The president is no stranger to the idea that university is about “finding yourself.” “I would like us to be thinking about various ways we can encourage and support and help our students to complete their degrees in a timely way,” he says, “But let’s understand that for a certain number of our students, starting in September and finishing in April four
years later is not going to happen.” Campbell mentioned illness, extracurriculars, and the simple changing of minds as reasons for this. “What I say to every student that I meet is ‘You need to find your passion. Something that excites you, that really interests you and gets you fired up. Don’t worry about anything else but finding that particular passion. When you find that, you are set for life. That’s what makes for a successful person.’” Inevitably, Campbell says, this means that some students are going to take some time to find what it is they want to do. “Of course that may cost them in terms of the time it takes them to complete their degree,” he says, in reference to the timely completion plan in place for provincial debt caps. Campbell has an excited, genuinely happy attitude about being at UNB. He is quick to laugh and joke, and has a youthful vibe. He seems to want to get to know students and learn about their experiences, bringing some fun into his job as President. “It’s going to be great. This is actually my first day at school. I spent a little bit of time today and yesterday [Aug. 31 and Sept. 1] just saying hello to the students who were wandering around the campus looking like me a little bit. It’s a hoot.”
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Residence life starts back up again Lee Larrett The Brunswickan Students began to move into residence at the beginning of Orientation week, breathing life into the campus once again after a quiet summer. Already moved in and ready to welcome students are the Dons and Proctors, as well as house orientation committees. Returning students have later move- in dates, just before the start of classes. “We try to have a period where first year students are just with first year students, because it doesn’t make sense to re-orient returning students and also it allows [first year students] to establish themselves in the house and gain some sense of security before the returning students move in,” said James Brown, Executive Director of Residence Life, Campus & Conference Services. “We’re very careful about
hazing. There have been no reports of hazing this year,” Brown said in an interview prior to the end of Orientation Week. “That’s a challenge for any residence system. The welcoming ceremonies 20 years ago would have been hazing, they would have had elements of ‘we initiate you by humiliating you to some extent.’ I think we’re completely clear of that now, and all the welcoming ceremonies now are actually welcoming and have no element of subordination or humiliation. That’s gone well again this year. It’s always something you hold your breath about though.” Brown commented that the week of training for Proctors and Dons went extremely well this year, and that Orientation Week seems to have gone well as students have been integrated into their houses. “There’s a very strong tradition in these residences,” Brown said. “When I first came [to UNB] for instance people would introduce themselves to me saying they were
an alumni of Joy Kidd House ... they self-identify according to the residence house they lived in. That sort of stuff never happened in York University [the school that I came from].” Although the first occupancy report isn’t completed until September 15 because of late check-ins, it’s expected that 1,100 students will be in undergraduate residence. On top of that number 150 of the 170 available beds in suite style residence are filled, and all 100 apartments are occupied. “That’s an increased proportion of students in residence. When I started here four years ago about 15 per cent of the undergraduate population was in residence, and now it will be up to about 18 per cent,” said Brown. Until the occupancy report is finished the numbers aren’t final, but Brown said that, “traditionally [the make up of students in residence has been] 50 per cent first year students, 25 per cent second year students, 12 per cent third year students and 13 per cent other.” He
explained that, “residence is primarily attractive to first and second year students as a kind of entree to university. By third year many students are looking for greater independence.” He also said that while traditional residence is attracting the first and second year students, the suite style residence is primarily attracting third and fourth year students. The suite style residence is furnished by students and has a kitchen and bathroom, making it more like living in an apartment than in residence. A point system is used when placing students in residence. Points are based on years at UNB, years in residence, and grade point average. “Often the buildings are unique, there are corner rooms that are a little larger, so [the points system] is just a system of fairly regulating access to those beds,” Brown said. Eighty per cent of the rooms available in traditional residence at UNB are double rooms. “Like all residence systems that were established 2030 years ago, we have more double rooms than there is demand for double rooms. The idea of rooming with some stranger is not initially attractive.” Brown explained that some accommodations are being made. “When we have double rooms and there is only demand for singles we establish super singles. There are some double rooms with one person in them, paying a higher super single rate ... and we [create super singles] year by year according to demand.” He said that there are roughly 50 super singles this year and that they are often occupied by upper year students who have more residence system points. Brown cited a University of Michigan study with interesting results. “If you ask students in August who are coming into University ‘would you prefer a
single or double room’ they would by in large prefer a single room. If you ask people at the end of the year about their satisfaction with their Residence experience, people with roommates have a higher degree of satisfaction than people in single rooms.” From his own experience, Brown thinks the reasons for this are many and said that, “the ability to make social connections seems to increase in your first year if you’re in a double room.” He also pointed out that the Residence Life program works better if students can integrate more, making double rooms in traditional residences with group washrooms and common rooms the obvious choice from that perspective. Although there are no immediate plans to renovate or build a new residence building, an architect has drawn up a renovation plan which has been seen and approved as an idea by the board. Brown described that, “we would renovate based on single rooms with linked washrooms ... [we would] renovate floor by floor and take a space between double rooms and turn it into a washroom with adjoining doors between the [then] two singles. It’s not a terribly expensive renovation to do ... it’s a kind of compromise where there are single rooms but they’re still sharing the washroom and there are still common rooms. It would be a compromise between demand and what works from a Residence Life point of view.” There is no budget currently for such a project and Brown suggested that it would be a couple of years before there were any changes implemented in residence. He says renovations are “partly too expensive and partly too disruptive ... and we also want to watch enrolment ... UNB has been doing very well maintaining its market share but [enrolment] has been in decline in the Atlantic region ... and that’s the major factor [for overall residence occupancy].” So for now at least, it’s residence as usual.
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The wheels on the bus go uphill Terry Fox Run chaired by UNB prof
Lee Larrett The Brunswickan
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Pictured above is the interior of the current Acadian Coach Lines bus terminal in downtown Fredericton. Students wishing to take the bus home may soon have to make their way to a new, less central location to do so.
Hilary Paige Smith The Brunswickan
After 23 years in their downtown Fredericton terminal, Acadian Coach Lines has been given notice to vacate their current location. Groupe Orleans Express, the owner of the Atlantic-serving bus line, received notice to evict their Regent Street property in April. The terminal’s lease has since been extended after an outcry of protest from Fredericton residents, urging the company to maintain service in the city centre. Acadian Coach Lines is still operating from their Regent Street location, but is looking at other locations throughout the city. The company has been offered a space in the United Rentals Building on 150 Woodside Lane, roughly six kilometres away from their Regent Street location. The company is still considering the new location, calling it a “viable second option” that will be explored very closely. “It’s clear that our current accommodations no longer meet our basic needs. We are in discussions with several parties to better understand what our options might be over the next few months. Our current location is still a viable option if we can reach an understanding with the current lease holder that will address our needs,” said Manon Piché, vice-president of marketing and strategic development, said in a release that was issued to press in July. On July 13, the day before the release was issued, Fredericton common council voted eight to three to permit Acadian Coach Lines to relocate to Woodside Lane should the need arise. The decision was met with displeasure
by local green activists, protestors, and students who gathered at the meeting. Michael O’Brien, city councillor for Ward 3, was one of eight who voted to permit the rezoning of the Woodside Lane site. He maintains that the issue before council was not one of access, but one of land use. “The bus line applied to have a property rezoned to permit the presence of a bus depot. They did not apply to relocate, simply to have the zoning changed. Council was not dealing with issues like ‘Is the depot too far from the downtown?’ or ‘Is it a good location for students?’” he said. Eric Megarity, councillor for Ward 4, also said that from council’s point of view, voting in favour of the property rezoning was strictly a business decision. “No one on council wants to see that bus station move…but it’s a business decision between two companies and we have to respect that,” he said. Jordan Graham, city councillor for Ward 11 in the College Hill area, voted against the rezoning of the Woodside Lane property not only because of the issue of convenience, but for the sake of those living in the Woodside Lane area who do not desire a bus terminal as a
neighbour. “I think that it’s one of those pieces of framework that you really want to have in your downtown for a plethora of reasons. You want it to be the first thing people see when they come in to Fredericton. You want it to be easily accessible for people who live in the area. You want it to be central so that everybody has equal access to it,” Graham said. Both O’Brien and Graham said they would support the installation of a bus stop on campus if Acadian Lines and the university formed a partnership. “Whatever Acadian Lines does end up doing, they’re going to be looking seriously at how to accommodate the people that so vocally came up and said ‘this is a problem for us,’ because those are their clients,” Graham said. A petition has been started online, as well as a Facebook group, for those who oppose the potential move. The petition has gathered 287 signatures and the Facebook group, entitled ‘Keep It Downtown!’ has more than 400 members. Groupe Orleans Express has yet to reach a decision on the fate of the terminal and said they will inform Fredericton residents when one is made.
Nursing Professor Krista Wilkins isn’t just this year’s Chair of the Fredericton Terry Fox Run-- she’s also a cancer survivor. The committee that puts together the Fredericton Terry Fox Run meets early each summer to begin planning the event. Because Wilkins is from UNB and there were a few other committee members from UNB, “we started to talk about how we can get students involved and faculty and get UNB involved in something that’s in the community,” said Wilkins. Two students are taking the lead on the UNB component of the Terry Fox Run, Derek A.J. Ness, a second year arts student, and Julia Roy, a third year arts student. Roy and Ness are co-organizers of a UNB team named the Red Runners, which participates in the Terry Fox Run. Part of getting UNB students and faculty involved includes a pre-registration table on September 11 in the Student Union Building from 12:30 – 4:30. The table will give students and faculty the opportunity to avoid the long line ups at race-day registration tables and give them a chance to bring in their money and pledge forms so they are ready to go for the run. “We’re trying to get everybody involved and trying to make a really awesome UNB team,” Roy said. There is no minimum or maximum number of participants allowed on a team. Roy said, “the bigger the better.” For the UNB team “originally we had thought anywhere between 30 and 50 participants, and [the most recent count] we were up to 20. I’m hoping in the next few weeks we can make it
bigger,” Roy said. Roy feels that, “it’s important to get UNB involved to raise money for a great cause. It’s equally good that the community sees that UNB is involved in fundraisers and just helping out.” A lot of events during Orientation week especially try to bring UNB and the community closer together and Roy said, “it’s a little tough to ask [students] to get involved right after Shinerama. If people realize what it’s for and realize that it’s a very small commitment for such a good thing, then it works out.” Wilkins stressed that, “The Terry Fox run is different from other runs that are out there in that 87 cents of every dollar goes to cancer research. 13 cents of that goes to administration or advertisement but 87 cents, and that’s quite a bit, goes directly to cancer research.” Wilkins explains that, “Terry’s philosophy was always very grassroots. There’s no registration fee, there’s no minimum amount [to fundraise], and anybody can participate. We don’t have any sort of operating budget, anything that we’ve been doing is volunteer based and driven by donations. This year we’ve been really lucky, we’ve got some great organizations and businesses in the city and individuals that have volunteered their time … the city has been very supportive of us.” “Last year we raised just under $14,000 [and this year] we’re hoping for $15,000,” Wilkinson said. “We encourage individuals just to remember Terry’s dream and Terry only asked for one dollar. When students think ‘oh gee I have to raise money’ or ‘how can I contribute’ just remember Terry’s request when he set our for his marathon was one dollar from every Canadian.” Run day is Sept. 13.
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Campus came alive for Orientation Week
H1N1 is here, but don’t panic UNB’s medical director, Jo Ann Majerovich, dispels rumours and advises students about H1N1 prevention and care
Hilary Paige Smith The Brunswickan
Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan
Orientation Week brings first years together and sparks UNB pride.
FROM FROSH PAGE 1 “I’d have to say thus far (Shinerama) has been a highlight for the week, Blast Off was pretty sweet too,” he said. The orientation chair said that she thinks Orientation Week is a great way for new students to make friends to have during their university career and afterward. “Of course, you’ll meet people throughout the year, but I feel that Orientation Week is a time that sets the tone for you for your university career and if you’re able to put yourself out there, even a little bit, Orientation
Week should be able to carry you a bit further and allow you to interact with people around you,” she said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for people to meet each other and create friendships that will hopefully last their whole lives.” Emily Sutherland, another first year student, said that Frosh Week has helped her s new people at UNB. “I know more people now and I’m not so shy. I was really shy when I came here,” she said. Orientation Week fun continued through Friday with the Freddy Beach Welcome Barbecue and the International Student Orientation and Welcome Party.
The University of New Brunswick has been working closely with all levels of government and health authorities to ensure that the H1N1 pandemic doesn’t plague the campus community. The virus, first identified in April of this year, originated in Mexico and has since spread across the globe, causing more than 200,000 reported human cases and more than 2,000 deaths. Due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, health officials have been hard at work preparing the school system for a potential surge in cases. UNB is no exception. Jo Ann Majerovich, UNB’s director of health and a physician at the Student Health Centre, said that the team of health professionals at the clinic, UNB’s Health Emergency Planning Committee and the Residential Life staff, along with both levels of government have been developing a response plan that will be put into action as the H1N1 situation develops. “We’ll be educating students, faculty and staff about flu prevention and personal preparedness. We
plan to do that through posters, electronically, displays, a couple of information sessions, that sort of thing,” she said. Angela Garnett, director of Residential Life, said that the university needs to have a community response in controlling the spread of H1N1. “Everyone needs to take responsibility for their own health and we will do as much as we can to support them, but we need people to be using proper hand washing and coughing etiquette and making sure that they understand that really, this is our best defense, prevention. Beyond that, we’ll do as much as we can to support the students and make sure they have a successful year here,” she said. Students, faculty and staff can expect to see a lot more hand sanitizing stations mounted throughout campus, as well as informative literature and posters in hallways and bathrooms. The H1N1 Response Plan, developed by the Health Emergency Planning Committee, also includes an adjusted cleaning schedule to ensure that highneeds areas are cleaned more often and more thoroughly. Educational programming will also be available to inform members of the residence community about prevention, symptoms and care. “I know you’ve heard this message before, but it really is the message, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada and that’s wash your hands often and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds in warm soapy water or use warm, soapy water if hand sanitizer is not available. Cough and sneeze into your sleeve and not your hand. Don’t share personal items such as cell phones and dishes. Stay home if you are sick, until you are symptom free, including fever-free for 24 hours, feeling well and able to
participate fully in normal, day-to-day activities,” Majerovich said, including that it is extremely important to keep common surfaces clean, such as computer keyboards, doorknobs and telephones. Majerovich stressed that if students have been infected with a mild case of the virus, they are encouraged to stay home to prevent further spreading the flu. However, she said that students who have serious symptoms or concerns are encouraged to visit a health professional. For students in the residence community, staying at home with the virus still means living with other students in close quarters. Both Garnett and Majerovich said that those living on campus with the virus are recommended to return to their respective homes by private vehicle. For students who cannot return home, isolation space will be made available in the suite-style residences and arrangements will be made for food to be brought to those afflicted with the virus. “I think residence is preparing so that (H1N1) doesn’t become a problem, and I know they are considering such things as isolation spaces and bringing meals to students who have suspected cases of H1N1” Majerovich said. As a part of UNB’s Response Plan, Majerovich said that if the prevelance of H1N1 reaches a significant level there is a possibility that classes will be cancelled or that campus will be closed. UNB will be a sentinel site for the province’s research into the virus, and the Health Centre will be collecting data and samples to help the province track and monitor H1N1. For more information on the virus, prevention methods, and the efforts being made by the university, visit www.unb.ca/initiatives/flu.
Prevention Tips (as supplied on the UNB website) - Wash your hands often and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds in warm soapy water or use handsanitizer if soap and water is not available. - Cough and sneeze in your sleeve, not your hand. - Keep your workspace, common surfaces and objects such as computer keyboards, telephones and door knobs clean and disinfected. Regular cleaning products are acceptable for this purpose. - Do not share personal items such as cell phones, pens, water bottles and dishes. - Stay home if you are sick until you are symptom free (including fever free for 24 hours), feeling well and fully able to participate in all normal day-to-day activities.
Signs and Symptoms (as supplied by Health Canada) - Fever - Cough - Runny nose - Sore throat - Body aches - Fatigue - Lack of appetite
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Is UNB’s new health center worth another$50? The Looking Glass Sarah Ratchford
Editor-in-Chief • Sarah Ratchford Managing • Alex Duncan News • Lee Larrett Arts • Doug Estey Sports • Colin McPhail Photo • Andrew Meade Copy •Nick Howard Production • Christian Hapgood Online • Alison Clack Staff Advertising Sales Rep • Bill Traer Delivery • Dan Gallagher Contributors Zaheer Abbas, Stephanie Allen, Chris Cameron, Kathryn Chase, Sandy Chase, Alison Clack, Maggie DeWolfe, Dave Evans, Sarah Farquhar, Josh Fleck, Kennie Gathuru, Dan Hagerman, Cody Jack, Jacques Landry, Simon Leslie, Brandon MacNeil, Cameron Mitchell, Matthew Murray, Nick Ouellette, Brian Savoie, Hilary Paige Smith, Ysabelle Vautour, Alex Wickwire & Valerie Woodman.
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Obtaining prescriptions is a pain when you have to wait for them for three hours. waiting room. Is this really relevant? How about some copies of “Cosmopolitan” and “Men’s Health”? The long and short of the health center’s issues is that if students have to dig even further to the bottom of their piggy banks to pay for this health center, we should be receiving better medical attention.
As students we have classes, part time jobs, extracurricular interests, and other responsibilities and appointments should be able to be made in advance. If students are paying more money for health care, they should be receiving better services. And on this particular day, in my experience at least, the services were less than desirable.
The old man rant
Send us letters to the editor by 4pm on fridays.
Many of you may have noticed a new fee added to the already copious amounts of money we pay to UNB each year. This $50 “health fee” will help pay for the new Student Health Centre in Jones House. Now, access to decent healthcare facilities is important, especially on campus where disease tends to run rampant. I don’t mind paying an extra $50 for a nice healthcare facility. However, on my last trip there I couldn’t help but notice that the “services” part of my visit seemed sadly lacking. First, it is not possible to book an appointment in advance. Patients must wait until the morning of the day they wish to be seen, and try their luck at getting an appointment then. Appointments are granted on a first come first served basis, and once the day
is booked up you’re out of luck. This strikes me as drastically ineffective, and the rotten cherry on top of this garbage sundae is that nobody seems sorry if you can’t get an appointment. Second, the wait times are deplorable. On my last disastrous visit I got to the health center as it opened, at 8:30 a.m. There were three other students there already and I was told to fill out a form and sit and wait to speak with a nurse. I waited for over an hour, only to be told that I could come back for an appointment at 2:30 that afternoon. I went back promptly at 2:30 and, once again, waited for over an hour. Luckily, my boss was nice enough to not mind if I was out of the office to see the doctor, but not all students are so lucky. Many students have parttime jobs and can’t afford to be out. This said, I do realize that there are always wait times involved with receiving medical attention. My major concern is that my visit was in August, when there are only a few students around campus. How will the service be when flu season is in full swing? Deplorable is my guess. The third thing that irked me about my health center visit was that the office did not seem geared toward students. There were a million copies of “Today’s Parent” and similar magazines in the
a satire from Dave Evans
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runswickan readers of the world rejoice! It is I, Dave Evans; defender of the truth, champion of common sense and the prodigal old man himself. I’m back for yet another year of making you listen to me rant about anything that drives me nuts, pisses me off and everything in between. First, however, dear readers, I would like to set the record straight. Contrary to popular belief, I am indeed alive. The year-end issue of the Brunswickan seemed to infer that the NB Liquor hit squad had finally caught up with me and had given me a new pair of cement shoes. This, however, is incorrect. Let me tell you what really happened. I began to get nervous when I saw a suspicious looking van following me around, driven by a greasy looking hooligan. One night, after going home, I was set upon by a group of thugs and thrown into the aforementioned van. Upon arriving at an undisclosed location, I immediately knew what I was up against. Although I couldn’t see anything due to a bag over my head, I could distinctly smell a fine mixture of granola and patchouli in the air. That’s right, my war against the liberal intellectual establishment had finally borne consequences and resulted in my capture. I knew I had to get away but wasn’t sure how many tree-huggers were guarding me. Thankfully, knowing that hippies have no practical skills beyond literacy and the ability to bike to protests, I was able to easily break the shoddy knot holding my wrists together. I then took the soap on a rope I keep around my neck and waved it around like a flaming torch; everyone knows hippies have a terrifying aversion to anything clean. Even though I had managed to get the bag off my head and could now see my surroundings, I was quickly disoriented when they started blasting “Smoke Two Joints” by Sublime . Although momentarily distracted, I made my way to a computer set up on the far side of the room, again waving my soap to shoo the crazies away, and uploaded some Slayer, which they obviously couldn’t take. I’ll admit, it took me a while to work the computer seeing as how I don’t understand those damn Apple products (seriously, so many people use them now that it does NOT make you cool to use them). Anyway, I found the door, stole their van and got the hell out of there. The van smelled like cabbage and NDP rallies, but whatever, I made it to safety and sanity. Point is, NB Liquor didn’t snatch me-- dirty, smelly hippies did. Although I still maintain the position that NB Liquor’s brand beer should be renamed Socialism Lager, I love them because they get me drunk enough to sit though reruns of “Rosanne”. Hey, I only get three channels, leave me alone. So, keep watch in this space each week for a dose of common sense. Until the hippie threat is completely eradicated, I will write about the good fight. I will make fur coats out of beavers. Most importantly however, I’ll keep my readers in the know. Until next time, keep reading the Bruns, and send me money. That is all.
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Students and coffee: a love-hate relationship Nick Howard The Brunswickan
Each first year student, along with orientation packages and mounds of condoms and free advice, should receive one warning: beware the black drink. Coffee, the best and worst friend of a student, provides comfort and energy as often as a caffeine hangover. I offer my experience with coffee in the hope that it will serve as an example to those beginning their discovery of the student’s best and worst friend. Coffee and I have an interesting and somewhat complex relationship. Rarely do we take a break, though a clean split has occurred a few times before when the jitters reminded me I’ve had too much. I often worry that java will impair rather than aid my exam preparation. Currently, I’m in deeper than ever before, which has led me to ask some questions: Do I learn more about my favourite beverage? Do I seek the perfect cup from the comfort of my own home? (I’ve done the cafe-hopper scene – seeking high and low, near and far, for the perfect combination of java and ambiance.) But when does a hobby become an obsession? When does casual interest become infatuation? On a student budget, with a student palate, much is possible from the comfort of home;
just don’t get in too deep. Making and drinking coffee can be a romantic venture. The presentation, the differences in taste, the variance of milks, creams and sugars each play a role. Espresso, macchiato, lungho, cappuccino; the words roll around in your mouth like the product itself. Tasting the espressos to come and excited by the adventure of starting my own little café in my kitchen, I hit the Fredericton streets in search of a supplier for my new addiction. I needed some premium beans and an espresso grind. From previous experience (during the last French Press phase of my coffee story) I knew that Paradise Imports was my best choice. (They source and roast their own beans, and their coffee will knock your socks off.) I left the store with more excitement, more bewilderment, but no coffee. I had just entered the world of Coffee with a capital C, and I feared I had unwittingly stepped off a cliff. I am no longer a coffee lover, I am a coffee fanatic. It seemed like a good idea at the time. The machine called out to me from amidst the clutter of an Italian garage sale (though the owners turned out to be German). Its shining chrome tubes and gaskets, its buttons and boiler reminded me of a sleek and sexy artist’s rendering of the first steam powered engine. Only Italian design could make me covet a steam powered engine. The espresso machine seemed like the perfect souvenir of a summer spent in Italy; indeed, my coffee breaks were delicious for my last few Tuscan weeks. And I could revel in the thought that I bought this gleaming
Doug Estey / The Brunswickan
Many students rely on coffee to stay awake and study for exams, or even just to wake up in the morning. Is this really the healthiest plan? article on my student’s budget. The Paradise Import beans are needed to power my new Italian dream machine and there are so many requirements in this new world of java-fanaticism that coffee has ceased to be a simple cup-of-joe. I beg of you coffee, don’t go the way of other pursuits that I have loved, become fanatical about and lost. Sure, I’ve been told I need a grinder, and
that I need to rewire my whole house to make my new, comely Italian espresso machine work in North America. That doesn’t mean you have to sit there and gather dust, with my old tennis racquet and the other detritus of lost loves. There must be a way for us to be together without the fuss and the gadgets. My French Press still presses, and my espresso machine works without beans ground fresh
ten seconds before use. While neither will live up to the pressure of a purist’s palate, neither, sadly, will I. Like most things in life, a cup of coffee is either good, or it’s art. Coffee can’t be both. I don’t like to taste my art; I want to appreciate my coffee. First years, I leave you with some simple wisdom: moderation is the key, in the consumption, expense and obsession with the student’s favourite drink.
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Caring about health care Patronage in the name Jacques Landry The Brunswickan
What’s up UNB, I hope you had a good summer. And to you Frosh, I hope you are ready for the time of your life. Keep in mind that first year only happens once-- unless you decide to do a second degree. In any case, since I got hooked on writing for the Bruns last year I decided to come back. My opinion piece will get inspiration from various sources. From national news to programs like The Daily Show and the Colbert Report, I will look everywhere for a topic. If you have a subject you would like to see me write on, please send me an email and I’ll look into it. For this week’s article I am taking my cue from Mr. Stewart and Colbert. If you watch their shows, chances are you’ve noticed that Obama’s town hall meetings are making people talk. Health care reform in the US is a touchy subject—touchy enough to make people strap guns to their legs when going to a meeting the President will be attending. With all of this going on, I wondered if our own health care system is really that much better than the American one. Let’s be honest, it’s pretty clear that Canadian Medicare is superior. Although I am biased, the World Health Organisation is not. Canada is ranked 30 while the US is ranked 37-- we don’t just beat them at hockey. However, being ranked number 30 is nothing to brag about, so I decided to do a bit of research. First, I spoke to a friend of mine, a
prominent young Conservative, who introduced me to the idea of a two tier health care system. The idea was pitched by the Conservatives a while ago but was not well received by Canadians. The two tier system is often seen as a fast lane for rich people and a normal lane for everybody else. Clearly there is more to the system than that. A major reason why operating rooms are not working around the clock is not because of lack of personnel but due to a lack of funding. Operating rooms have astronomical wait times simply because our health care system is underfunded. Theoretically, a two-tier system could change that. Little Jimmy with the help of a wealthy father could rent the OR and its staff and have his knee replacement surgery during a time when the government could not pay for it. Little Jimmy jumps ahead of the line and everyone in the slow lane behind Jimmy gets ahead one spot. It would seem that the two tier system attacks the biggest problem we have: the waiting period. However, what happens when even the fast lane gets clogged? Do we tell the patient who paid to have a faster service that they have to wait, or do we start to take away spots that are government funded? These questions are problematic. Since it would make business sense to earn money as opposed to spending money, it would seem that the fast lane should get priority. However, that is not who we are as Canadians; we value all people equally. Instead of installing a new system that says “if you have money you’re better,” why not just fund the underfunded system already in place? This leads to the big question: Where would the money come from? Well, our Conservative government
in all its lack of wisdom reduced the HST by two per cent since coming into power, doing so just before a recession. How about making sure we have enough before cutting back? My research did not end with the two tier system. I also looked at the existing one. My mother, who used to be a nurse, had to utilise the current system. In 1990 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and, soon after, a brain tumour. When asked how she felt about the care she received, she said she was very satisfied. She received her care within the normal time limits. In fact she got a biopsy on a Sunday and was operated on the following Tuesday. All the care and treatments were paid for in full by Medicare. On top of that she also was also eligible for financial help from the government to cover her travel expenses from Campbellton to Moncton and Saint John. As for the quality of the care, I’ll share this with you: I was 6 years old when I was told that my mom would soon go to heaven (doctors gave her 6 months to live) and while I would not be able to see her, I should rest assured that she would always be with me. I am now 24 years old and my mom still calls me to make sure I don’t drink too much. I think we can agree that good health care was delivered. So there it is, Canada’s health care system is flawed and people have to wait, even rich people. However, we are all covered no matter who we are. If we need medical attention we don’t have to worry about whether or not we can afford it. There is always room for improvement, though. While the US is looking at us as an example for their health care reform, why don’t we do the same and try to improve our system? And I mean for all Canadians, not just the wealthy ones.
Do I look curvy in this? Why ‘curvy’ is the most hazardous word in the doublespeak lexicon
Laurel Hogan The Fulcrum
OTTAWA (CUP) – It seems that the fatter North America gets, the harder it tries to make obesity acceptable and to put a glossy spin on weight problems. The most dangerous weapon in spin doctors’ arsenals? Doublespeak – specifically, the word curvy. In virtually every issue of women’s magazines, a fashion feature is dedicated to dictating the best clothes for “every” body type: petite, tall, boyish and curvy. Only tall is an accurate descriptor here. Petite is mag-speak for short; boyish means you’re skinny and therefore have no hips or bust; and – my personal
favourite – curvy denotes that you are overweight. These four terms don’t even begin to describe the range of women’s shapes and sizes, let alone do so accurately. The majority of women are excluded by this language because they are not built according to cookie-cutter shapes. But in my view, the word curvy, in particular, is right up there with the classic “big-boned.” The former represents a widespread problem in North American culture and I feel personally slighted by its misuse. I am of average height, so I don’t fit into the petite or tall categories. And I’m not boyish, because although I’ve always been skinny, I have an hourglass figure. But, according to women’s magazines and society’s rigid definitions, since I’m not overweight, I can’t be called curvy. The fact that the word is now marred by the negative connotations of obesity is unfair. Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy with my weight and shape, but it’s frustrating that popular culture refuses to recognize the many women who are both thin and curvy. By the same token, not all women who carry extra weight have curves. They, too, are excluded from the four convenient, constricting labels used by magazines and talk show fashion
consultants everywhere. Curviness, or shape in general, has little to do with size. It’s about a woman’s frame or silhouette as well as the respective sizes of her hips and bust relative to the size of her waist – not her weight. More North Americans than ever before are overweight, which means that more and more people – women in particular – are struggling not to be defined by their size in a weightobsessed society. Describing women with an excess of fat as having an excess of curves is counterproductive and insulting to people within healthy weight ranges. By pretending that shape denotes size, western culture is painting all women – not just those who are overweight – with the same inaccurate brush. Besides, there are plenty of inoffensive yet accurate terms to describe those who are overweight without using the dreaded threeletter f-word: voluptuous, plus-sized or even the elegant Rubenesque, to name just a few. Women’s magazines and other cultural media should be doing their best to promote healthy levels of self-esteem and physical fitness, not smother insecurities with hyperpolitically correct euphemisms. Curvy is not a size, but a shape. Let’s start using it that way.
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has garnered criticism for some for his recent appointments to Senate.
Cody Jack The Brunswickan I’m not sure if you are like me, and during your summer you tend to just tune out all of the political babblings and ravings that come out of Parliament Hill, but sweet friggin’ hell, Stephen Harper is really pushing my buttons. First off, he should have been voted out of office last December. His government has fumbled every other issue, be it climate change, EI reform or the handling of the recession. When you decide to start doing the very things that you railed against as Her Royal Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, you start to burn my ass-- and that’s not cool. During the month of August, the Harper Government proceeded to make 111 appointments to various civil service positions, crown corporations etc. At least 20 of these went to past and present supporters of the Conservative party. Most recently Harper continued his stacking of the Senate with another nine seats given to party patrons, bringing the total to 46 for Harper and 53 for Ignatieff of the 105 seats in the Senate. Harper would be livid if the Liberals were making the same moves. I suppose this is to be expected in politics and I would be naïve to assume
it has never happened before; patronage is part of the game. This time however, even through all the hypocrisy and flipflopping, the Conservatives are still in power. After these appointments, with the mandatory retirements of nine senators, Harper has given the spots to nine unelected Conservative senators. I mean, he couldn’t give the positions to elected individuals, because then there would be a by-election for those seats and he’d probably lose them. But hey! Morals and values are subjective to whether or not they are politically valuable. And the reason for appointing these senators was that he wanted the senate to be more balanced, because “It’s unacceptable for senators by a previous government to block the will of the people.” Stephen, I hate to bust your bubble, but you don’t represent the will of the people. You only got about 35 per cent of the vote out of the 60 per cent of Canadians who actually voted. Your mandate is quite slim. I mean if you wanted the Senate to represent the will of the people, throw some NDP senators in there. But you are no Trudeau or King, are you Mr. Harper? The Conservatives continue the song of our political century, Patronage in the Name of Democracy. I am hoping that people are seeing through the ridiculousness that is the Conservative government.
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Sports Editor – I choose you!
Hello UNB. It’s your neighbourhood sports editor, Colin McPhail. Over the next eight months you get to read my rants about the Varsity Reds, various club teams and when I shit all over the pro leagues. Every Wednesday, you can find me in a dark corner of The Cellar peeling labels off beer bottles muttering to myself “If they don’t like me, I’ll just die.” You must be wondering who this rambling idiot is. Well, let’s take a minute and get to know this rambling idiot. I’m from the north shore of New Brunswick (don’t judge me) and just started my fourth year of a BA majoring in Political Science. I’ve played and watched sports since I was able to
talk (which was at the embarrassing age of six) and wanted nothing more to play for my beloved UNB. Let’s just say that dream died rather quickly – it’s all politics really. So like any other athlete with crushed aspirations, I took the only other course of action: write about them in the sports section. I volunteered for the Bruns all of last year and somehow wiggled my way onto the Ed. Board. So UNB, if you have any questions or comments send them over the firstname.lastname@example.org. Any hate mail goes to email@example.com. If you wish to write, just let me know; we’re more than happy to have you.
Finding love online
My name is Alison Clack. As cliché as it sounds I’ve wanted to write for a long time. As a kid I always wanted to grow up to be an author. I even tried to write a few sad attempts at novels in my middle school years but always found I had the same problem every time. Writing 250 pages on one topic tends to get really boring. So, my switch to the journalism field was prompted in small part due to laziness, and in large part due to a desire for some variety. It also allowed me to incorporate other things I liked and hobbies into my job. I have been going to shows and
concerts for years but now I actually get to talk about them to a wider audience then the few friends who also went. All of this has led me to be a part of the Bruns for three years now. I started as a volunteer writer, moved up to arts writer last year, and now I get to be arts writer and online editor. I hope that whoever happens to pick up the paper this year and reads my articles appreciates what I’m putting out there. Writing for this paper has been an awesome part of my university experience. So, see you around Bruns readers, I’ll be writing to you later.
Life is full of surprises
One thing I can confidently tell you is that I never thought that right now, at this point in my life, I would be doing what I’m doing. The self-envisioned Doug Estey would be enrolled in his fourth year of Computer Science at UNB, developing software and playing hockey. The real one got involved with the Brunswickan after switching into Arts and is now enrolled in the photography program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, holding a position as the Arts & Entertainment Editor of the Brunswickan while maintaining interests in graphic design and web development on the side. I guess life takes each and every one of us a little off course sometimes, but I can honestly say I’m happy with the way things have turned out so far. I hope that no matter what your colleagues, friends and family offer in terms of pressure, you base your career decisions on what you feel is right. Oh, and volunteer for the Brunswickan. It’s a great way to make new friends, snag some valuable work experience, eat free pizza and get your feet wet in photography and journalism. Whether you’re a blogger, a podcast enthusiast, an aspiring writer or a shutterbug, you should be here hanging out.
Taking care of business
Welcome, and welcome back to all of Fredericton’s student population! My name is Alex Duncan and I’m new to the Brunswickan this year. I will be managing the business aspects of the paper, but I promise that you will hear from me once in a while. Originally from Riverview, New Brunswick, I moved to Fredericton to study Science at UNB. When my interests changed over winter break of first year, I switched to Business and Aviation so I could get my pilot’s license. Presently I’m in my third year. Although I’m on the academic path to become either a pilot or an accountant, I have absolutely no clue what I’ll end up doing. My interests are travel, adventure, and any new experience. If you would like to take part in this year’s Brunswickan, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our newsroom in SUB room 35 on any Wednesday at 12:30! I hope you enjoy reading this year’s paper as much as we enjoy publishing it for you. Take care and good luck.
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Are you going to the first UNB football game?
Let everyone know whats on your mind.
“Yeah, for sure.”
“I’ll be there in spirit.”
“I would like to.”
“I’m sorry but I didn’t know.”
“Can’t say I am.”
Mary Beth Macinnis
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Shark wrestling and newspaper design
Christian Hapgood knows what badass is. He won’t be able to tell you about it, though, because he’s too busy being badass and mingling with ladies to explain the complicated process to someone like you. However, if you ever become lucky enough to engage in conversation with one of the ladies who has seen Christian embody the concept of badass first hand, you may have the opportunity to learn why he became so incredibly badass. Here’s how the story goes, according to the tales of those lucky few who have experienced the man themselves. Christian grew up in Newfoundland, where he wrestled sharks for a living until the age of 5, at which point the provincial government said he was required to attend school. The first day of school, Christian walked into the classroom and realized the government actually wanted him to teach the class. For five years, he taught the entire population of Harbour Breton about the importance of being badass; the economic spinoffs of his teaching methodologies single-handedly revived Newfoundland’s ailing cod fishing industry for ten years after he taught
the class. He eventually moved to New Brunswick, where he became friends with an incredibly cute and fluffy dog named Toby that made him look even more badass by comparison. Christian began to play rock and roll music, and he played with such intensity and fervour that he made entire crowds feel like Ted Danson. Ladies, as usual, flocked to him en masse for his performances, and the television show Canadian Idol was created to mimic the success of his public performances. This, in turn, revived the Canadian broadcast industry. Following his stint in that rock and roll band, Christian decided he would be captain of a naval ship, but quickly grew bored and decided to enroll in university eight months a year to make being captain of a vessel seem less boring. Christian now attends the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, where, on Mondays, he spews badass from his fingers into an electronic keyboard and mouse, which, after being altered and decoded by a series of tubes and electrical wires, becomes the badass layout and design of the Brunswickan on a weekly basis. You can compliment Christian at email@example.com.
The next Veronica Corningstone?
I’m Lee Larrett. A first year elective course sparked in me a love of writing. In my second year I looked for a way to get more writing experience and I began volunteering for the school paper. I wrote for the lifestyle section and loved the range of articles I got to write – on listening skills, moving home and coexisting peacefully with parents, to the famous manscaping technique called the Manzillion. In my third year I decided to try something more serious and became the Assistant News Editor. I loved working on the editorial side, having a larger role in how readers experienced the paper from what stories we chased to what went on the cover. The switch to news stories was also interesting for me, I felt more integrated into the school and community, always trying to have an idea of what’s going on and what readers will be interested in or should know. My passion for journalism
comes from my idea of what the media’s role should be and my own attempt to fulfill it. As someone whose job is to inform others I take very seriously the power and responsibility that is mine. Not to go all Spiderman on you, but I truly believe that the media should be an honest, easy to understand, and complete source of information and I will strive to make the News section of the Brunswickan exactly that. I love that every week I get to research a story, interview experts on the situation, and gather all the information I can to educate and make myself an expert. It’s all so that when I sit down to write an article I can distil the whole story into a few hundred words that will teach readers all they need to know. I’m new to the Brunswickan this year and I’m really excited to be a part of their team, and to get to know the University. I hope you enjoy this year’s News section!
Every day I’m hustlin’..to build you guys a paper
an ideal time to introduce myself to our readership; I am Andrew Meade, Photo Editor of The Brunswickan for the 2009-10 school year. So, if you see someone poking around campus with a camera, or are wondering who took the photo that inadvertently ended up in the paper, it is likely yours truly. Now that we’ve all been formally introduced, don’t hesitate to stop by the office and volunteer.
My name is Nick Howard and I am this year’s Copy Editor at the Brunswickan. I am a third year Renaissance College student here at UNB. My favourite book is the Canadian Press style guide and I rarely think of anything other than grammar, spelling and coffee (with an occasional thought spared for punctuation). I am excited to be working on the Editorial board for the Bruns this year. I started working with the Brunswickan last year writing a weekly opinion piece focused on student and international issues. In addition to editing this year I am also writing an opinion article. My goal is to write about student issues in a light, not-too-serious way. I love getting feedback, constructive or otherwise; send me an email at copy@thebruns. ca to suggest topics, tell me what you think, or correct my grammar. I love to hear from you. Get involved with the Bruns! There are tons of opportunities to write, take pictures and generally get your opinions out there -- plus it’s a lot of fun. Drop by the Bruns office in SUB room 35 to check it out.
The mystery man behind our ads
Hungry for photos...om nom nom nom
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then over the last two years at The Brunswickan I have written a short novel or three. They say some things never change, and the old adage holds true, that is if by never I mean since last year. Once again, for the third year running, I am back at the photographic helm of your friendly neighbourhood student publication, The Brunswickan. I feel this may be
Nick Howard’s got style
I’m into distribution. I’m like Atlantic. Atlantic Bureau Chief of the Canadian University Press, that is, as well as your very own Editor in Chief of the Bruns this year. Cheese though it is, the Bruns has helped me realize who I am. The people who work here are all amazing and genuinely friendly, and they’ve taught me a lot about everything from writing to music, and it’s through them that I’ve been able to wind up where I am. I really love meeting new people and writing, which is why I chose to get into journalism in the first place. I’m really approachable, and if you ever want to have your opinion published, I’m your
girl. Just drop me a line at editor@ thebruns.ca I enjoy drunk texts, both sending and receiving, falafel, and cherry or peach flavoured cigarillos, in case you feel like sending me a present. I live in room 35 of the SUB. UNB is a great place to be, especially if you have the attitude to make it that way. So when you’re done reading our paper, go out and join one of our 70 plus clubs and societies. Trust me, it’ll help you “find yourself”, which, let’s not kid ourselves, is what university is all about. Get out there, and remember that the most important things sure as hell are not learned in class.
Bill Traer came to The Brunswickan in 1981. He liked it so much he never left. Way back in the dark ages, things were done differently. Copy had to be typed in on a large Compugraphic machine and output on photographic paper. The copy was then cut, waxed and stuck on the flats manually. Layout took all night back then and many a page was printed crooked because one¹s eyes were far too bleary to see straight. When The Brunswickan got its first computer in the late 80¹s, it revolutionized the way design was done, saving many sleepless nights. Bill often admits to being Capitalist Pig-Scum and Proud of It. Since he sells all the ads for the paper this often comes in handy. Yes, he wants your money, preferably every week from a large color ad. He¹s in every day so call him at 452-6099. Bill is known for getting more free beer than anyone on campus, he¹s even got a Lifetime Appreciation plaque from Labatt. He prefers Keith¹s, Breakfast of Champions. Buy him one. Bill¹s pet peeve. Anyone who send him ads done in Powerpoint and expects it to appear in the paper. If you¹re walking down The Brunswickan¹s hallway and hear someone laughing manically, it¹s Bill, probably because someone send him an ad done in Powerpoint.
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New international students hit the town
The end of Canadian peacekeeping? Mariana Ionova Ryerson Free Press
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
UNB’s international students have spent the past week getting to know Fredericton, their new home away from home, a little bit better. On Saturday, they took a trip downtown to explore. Khasha Sankar, a Trinidadian student students. who is majoring in Business Finance, “Being here in Canada is completely different from being home. It is a shared her excitement. “This place is a paradise. By watching complete culture shock. The food Danielle Bodie my surroundings I can already tell that is different and there is different The Brunswickan everyone gets along well, and I like entertainment. But in order to survive you must be social with the Canadians, that,” she said. The students were taken on the tour by in order to enjoy the surroundings,” said other students who have already spent Motoane with a reassuring smile. The new UNB international students some time at UNB. George Motoane The students enjoyed a walk from the were taken on a tour of Fredericton this from Botswana was anxious to get to UNB campus to the downtown area, past Saturday. where they had a morning filled with know the new students. The tour consisted of a visit to the Boyce “It’s exciting to be a tour guide, however samosas and smoothies. They seemed Farmers Market as well as getting to I’m a little nervous because it is my to enjoy the Fredericton environment. know the downtown area. Students first time doing something like this,” Lekan Mitchell, a Jamaican Engineering were excited for the opportunity to said Motoane. He offered some words Student, said, “Everyone seems so explore more of Fredericton. of advice for the new international relaxed, I enjoy this environment.”
International students: see here to find a job Danielle Bodie The Brunswickan
For international students, finding a stable full-time job abroad after university can be difficult. The Multicultural Association of Fredericton provides assistance for international students seeking employment since there are requirements in order to qualify for a post-graduation work permit. International Students and Spouses Employment Services (ISSES) offers free employment services for all college and university students and their spouses. In order for an international student to qualify for a post- grad work permit, the student must have successfully completed their program of study. They also have to apply within 90 days of completing the program. Employment Case Manager Bonnie Doughty says, “The wonderful thing about the post- grad work permit is that
it’s the easiest one to receive. Within 30 days you receive your permit.” The post- grad permit has changed over the years. In the past, a student would have had to find an employer within the 90 day deadline. Also, the job had to be in the student’s field of study. According to Doughty, that is a barrier that has been overcome. However, now that these barriers are gone, students have become more relaxed when it comes to searching for jobs. “When students become laid- back, they end up working in professional areas in which they don’t have a degree, and that causes a problem,” says Doughty. Doughty provides advice for international students looking for jobs. “Looking for a job is the same for everyone,” she says. “It requires effort.” She advises that students use a strategy when looking for a job. “Students should fine- tune their skills from the beginning, by doing co-ops and working off campus. They shouldn’t wait until it is time for graduation to find jobs.” By being proactive, international students will have experience in the Canadian work force, which will give
them an advantage later when it comes to getting a full-time job. Doughty also suggested that international students who plan to work in Canada after graduation should stay for a summer and work in the Canadian work environment, or work in their home country in their field of study. She feels that failure to do this stalls international students’ entrance into the work world. The Multicultural Association focuses on helping international students find their comfort level in a foreign work environment, teaching them their role in the work place and how to deal with different personalities. Employment Facilitator Mana Sasaki, who is originally from Japan, remembers her experience. “I understand what it is like to be an international student looking for a job. You have to understand different cultures and how to act in the work environment. It’s difficult to grasp when you are coming from a passive culture like mine.” Doughty concluded with a smile, “There is always a job if you look for it. You just have to do things strategically. There are a lot of success stories out there.”
TORONTO (CUP) – Ray Kokkonen, along with his fellow veterans, marks national holidays by donning his blue beret, decorating his chest with polished medals and proudly marching in a long, winding column through the streets of Saint John, New Brunswick. Peacekeeping is a central part of Kokkonen’s identity. He believes the same holds true for Canada. As president of the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans’ Association, Kokkonen has seen first-hand just how important peacekeeping is to Canadian veterans and the pleasure they derive from their service. “People are very, very proud of it,” said Kokkonen. “It’s an honour to wear the blue beret.” This pride is shared by many Canadians. It stems from a long history of heavy involvement in United Nations peacekeeping that, over the years, has become Canada’s trademark in the international community. In the last 60 years, Canada has contributed over 120,000 troops, taken part in nearly every UN peacekeeping mission and, along the way, earned respect both at home and abroad. But Canada’s generosity seems to have run its course in recent years. Only 126 Canadians are currently on UN peacekeeping missions, according to the most recent available UN data. Canada, once a major contributor of troops, has dropped to 55th place on the list, and now lags behind France, the United States and the United Kingdom. “Canada has always provided relatively huge numbers for UN peacekeeping operations, and we are now down to a busload,” said Joan Broughton, Public Information Officer at the United Nations Association of Canada. The Canadian government acknowledged that the UN is in sore need of troops when Ambassador John McNee, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, addressed the Security Council in January. But McNee made no promises to contribute troops. “We must be cognizant of the strengths, but also the limits of peacekeeping operations, and only mandate those missions that have reasonable prospects of achieving results,” said McNee. “The international
community must be realistic about what is achievable within the resources we are willing or able to provide.” Instead of pouring the majority of military expertise into UN peacekeeping operations, as in the past, the Canadian government has opted to concentrate its resources in the NATO-led, UNsanctioned operation in Afghanistan, where approximately 2,500 Canadian troops are currently deployed. The large-scale mission has drained Canada’s already limited army reserves and few troops are left for other commitments. “I think there are probably some situations where one might argue that there could be Canadian forces usefully sent,” said Broughton. “But, from the Forces’ view, they’re already stretched too thin. It’s simply an inability to be everywhere.” But although the operation in Afghanistan is not a peacekeeping mission by definition, the Canadian government maintains that a commitment to peace underlies Canada’s involvement in the conflict. “The fundamental commitment to peace and improving the lives of others remains a cornerstone of Canada’s foreign policy,” said McNee during his address and went on to say that Canada’s presence in Afghanistan is “a part of this commitment.” In Broughton’s view, however, the mission in Afghanistan differs in that it does not ask troops to simply mediate but it requires them to actively end a conflict. As a result, Canada has left its peacekeeping role behind for the much more contentious duties of a “peacemaker.” “When you get involved in a situation like Afghanistan where there are significant political implications, you are clearly taking one side over the other,” said Broughton. “Peacekeepers by definition are neutral. They don’t take sides . . . and the fact that we have chosen to deploy most of our military forces into peacemaking instead of peacekeeping is a choice we’ve made as to where we will put our focus.” The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade did not comment on Canada’s current level of involvement in UN peacekeeping despite multiple invitations to do so. It is not yet clear how Canada’s drawback from peacekeeping will affect national and international public perception, but according to Broughton, Canada’s reputation has begun to suffer. “I think everybody knows that Canada cannot be called upon to contribute troops,” said Broughton. “We’re not there with anything like the kind of clout we had before.”
See this section next week for some opinion pieces on international issues. If you want to write, drop by on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. in SUB room 35. Rant, rave, and inform your peers.
Chinese dumplings (Jiaozi)
3 cups all-purpose flour
up to 1 1/4 cups cold water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ground pork or beef
1 TB soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 TB Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, or to taste
3 TB sesame oil
1/2 green onion, finely minced
1 1/2 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage
4 tablespoons shredded bamboo shoots
2 slices fresh ginger, finely minced
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced
- Stir the salt into the flour. Slowly stir in the cold water, adding as much as is necessary to form a smooth dough. Don’t add more water than is necessary. Knead the dough into a smooth ball. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. - While the dough is resting, prepare the filling ingredients. Add the soy sauce, salt, rice wine and white pepper to the meat, stirring in only one direction. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring in the same direction, and mix well. - To make the dumpling dough: knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball. Divide the dough into 60 pieces. Roll each piece out into a circle about 3-inches in diameter. - Place a small portion (about 1 level tablespoon) of the filling into the middle of each wrapper. Wet the edges of the dumpling with water. Fold the dough over the filling into a half moon shape and pinch the edges to seal. Continue with the remainder of the dumplings.
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A very popular dish during the Chinese New Year season.
- To cook, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add half the dumplings, giving them a gentle stir so they don’t stick together. Bring the water to a boil, and add 1/2 cup of cold water. Cover and repeat. When the dumplings come to a boil for a third time, they are ready. Drain and remove. If desired, they can be pan-fried at this point.
International students will be well supported on campus Danielle Bodie The Brunswickan
The University of New Brunswick has over 100 different countries represented in its student population. This school year, 80 new international students are being welcomed into the UNB community. International Advisor Kathy Aubin is excited for the new students’ arrival. Aubin describes her job as being a support system to the students. “As an international advisor, my goal is to connect the [international] students with other students and organizations on campus,” she says. International students are faced with a lot of culture shocks when they move to a different country. Aubin said with a laugh that the most common questions from international students have to do with Canadian culture. “University is a whole different experience for an international student. They have to adjust to weather changes, culture changes, and even changes in methods of teaching.” Winter survival tips are vital lessons
for an international student. “The majority of the students come from China, India, Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan. These countries aren’t really accustomed to winter, therefore we must prepare our students the best way possible,” says Aubin. So whether it’s teaching students how to dress in the winter or introducing students to winter sports, the International Advisory team is determined to make sure that our international students enjoy winter in Canada. The International Advisory team is also bringing about new things in the UNB International Student Community. This year there is an orientation set aside to welcome the spouses and families of UNB International students. “I think this is a good idea, so that everyone will feel welcome and a part of the UNB community,” says Aubin. There is also an opportunity for an International student to help plan events for the rest of UNB’s international community as a workstudy, providing more events and outings for the students to bond. “International students are really enthusiastic about international events, so as a community everyone from UNB should come out and support them this year.”
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Exploring Fredericton’s cultural landscape Points of interest for students and newcomers to the capital
Doug Estey / The Brunswickan
David (left) and Lisa Wilby (right) are making a distinct effort in breathing fresh air into an old tradition at the Cedar Tree Cafe on York St.
People are often quick to pigeonhole smaller cities as being uneventful or boring. This may be the case in some areas, but certainly not here in Fredericton. Whether you’re new to the city or you’ve grown up here, there’s a multitude of cultural avenues to be explored All of the locations mentioned are found in Fredericton’s downtown area, a short walk from the UNB and STU campuses.
CURRENT TRENDS King Street coffee shops Read's Newsstand brews Timothy's Coffee, Coffee & Friends boasts a flavourful menu, Crumbs houses live entertainment and when all else fails, Tim Hortons is just down the street. Grab a bowl of soup from The Happy Baker or a Korean dish from Bulgogi and you're all set.
Garrison District Fredericton's waterfront serves as home to its historic Garrison District, which features the York Sunbury Museum, School Days Museum and the NB Sports Hall of Fame. Between its vibrant nightlife and outdoor family activities, along with a strong selection of restaurants and pubs, the Garrison District is a cultural hotspot all year around.
regular basis and a large seating area that serves pub fare as well.
The Tannery Easily the most frequented bar scene in the entire city, Fredericton’s Tannery consists of a number of popular bars: The Capital brings in indie artists from across the continent (and occasionally elswhere) while The Phoenix, located one floor above The Capital, caters to those looking for a DJ-inspired groove. Also in the Capital complex is Wilser’s Room, which is a more relaxed environment with couches and plenty of room to rest your feet.
Art shows and musical strongholds Numerous locations for the artistically inclined often pop up throughout the city over the course of the school year. The Charlotte Street Arts Centre frequently finds itself the home to artistrun workshops, galleries, lectures, exhibits and presentations.
The Tannery’s neighbours, Sweetwaters and Rockin’ Rodeo, take care of outrageous drink specials and country music respectively, while Nicky Zee’s features either karaoke or live music downstairs complemented with DJs on the upper floors. Dolan’s Pub offers live music on a
Food that is fast Jack's Pizza, Pita Pit and Subway are everyday favourites, especially after the bars close thanks to their extended evening hours. During the day, King’s Place Mall is home to Hannah’s, Crispins, and of course a McDonald’s.
The Playhouse is a beautiful (yet student-savvy) theatre that sets the stage for some of the biggest acts in the city. Pauly Shore, for example, plays there on the 8th. Other points of interest include Ingrid Mueller Art & Concepts and Gallerie Connexion. Officers' Square Do large outdoor concerts and cultural events sound like a good time? Officers’ Square is home to many of Fredericton’s outdoor events, and plays an instrumen-
Doug Estey / The Brunswickan
ABOVE: Fredericton is far from being in short supply in terms of coffee shops. BELOW: Ethnic foods, from Lebanese to Carribbean, Mexican, Chinese, Korean and beyond are served in dozens of locations across the downtown area. tal role in the upcoming annual Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival.
UP AND COMING The Cedar Tree Cafe A traditionally exclusive, decades-old Lebanese cuisine establishment has recently been revamped and is being called a «new twist on a traditional favourite.» Cousins David and Lisa Wilby are breathing new life into what was originally called Cedar Lunch as Cedar Tree Cafe. With an emphasis on environmental friendliness and a personable cafe experience, the cousins host the work of multiple local artists and are hoping to bring in occasional live entertainment to spice up the scene at 343 York Street. GeekChic
Located near the corner of Regent and King, GeekChic's website describes them more accurately and honestly than perhaps anyone else can. “We had heard a rumor that geeks were now ‘chic’. So we shyly emerged from the safe haven of our monitor-lit computer rooms to start the store of our dreams...the geekiest store in Canada.” The Garrison District Ale House With a wide selection of local and imported brews on tap thanks to certified sommelier Doug Williams, a growing menu of unique spins on classic pub fare, and a large indoor seating area complemented by a great outdoor patio, the Garrison District Ale House is an exciting new development in Fredericton’s waterfront lineup. The place is also home to the largest mozza burger you’re ever going to see in Fredericton.
Faculty of Arts teams up with local gallery to step it up a notch Alison Clack The Brunswickan
It’s an arts internship with a twist. The University of New Brunswick and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery have partnered up to offer a new course in the Faculty of Arts, Arts 3001, that is available to UNB stu-
dents this year. While the two students who participated in the pilot project were only able to work in the Collections department, John Geyssen, professor of Classics and program director for the internship, says that students participating in the course this year will have jobs in several different areas of the gallery’s work. Some placements will still be in the collections department cataloguing and doing research, while other positions could involve “work-
ing with the curator, learning how to set up exhibits, or working directly with artists,” says Geyssen. Geyssen believes that the internship provides students with invaluable “experiential learning, taking skills they are learning in Arts and applying it to areas outside of univeristy.” The professor also points out the benefit of the internship in that it will create work relationships between students and the gallery. One of the two students who participated in the
pilot project was given an extension of her job over the summer. Geyssen believes that the course could fit into many different degree programs. “We’d like it to be in as many programs as possible. Students in history, culture, language and anthropology courses-- I can see that one internship working for several degrees.” Though this internship is just getting off the ground, the faculty is already looking at the possibility of
creating new internships with other groups including the New Brunswick Archives and the Legislature. The course is being offered to third and fourth year students. There are no course prerequisites, but applicants will be interviewed and assessed by a committee. At the time of the interview Geyssen said that two of the eight available spots for the course were still open. Anyone interested in participating in the internship should contact the Faculty of Arts for more information.
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Brian reads books: The Order of Good Cheer Brian Savoie The Brunswickan
I fully support Canadian artists, especially those who focus exclusively on Canadian content. With that said, I cannot say that I enjoyed “The Order of Good Cheer”. I could blindly preach the positive aspects that were few and far between while tip toeing around the uneventful plot line and the fact that half the characters were fairly static in their development, but I’m not going to do that. That would be unethical and when it comes down to it, I like being mean. “The Order of Good Cheer,” written by Bill Gaston, is a novel that holds three primary story lines; one that takes place in present day and two that take place over four hundred years ago through the eyes of early French fur traders. I love history. Historical fiction by and large is great; however, there is a simple reason that many of us don’t know our
own history: Canadian history is boring. I know it’s a terrible thing to say, but it’s true. History is war, dictators and genocide, and our past largely lacks them. We’ve had occasional skirmishes, a French terrorist or two and a trend of upsetting discrimination towards certain ethnic groups, but for the most part we’re a pretty chill people. So choosing not only to write about Canadian history, but to write about a largely uneventful part of it, means double the boredom. Through the eyes of Samuel De Champlain and Lucien, a carpenter, we are told the tale of French settlers who are getting ready for a harsh Canadian winter (yes, they were still harsh back then, even prior to global warming). The problem I have with this part of the story is that nothing happens. The idea of the book, from what I was led to believe on the inside cover, is that the two narratives are supposed to run parallel to each other. Besides the fact that Andy (a present day character) is reading about Samuel de Champlain’s explorations, this isn’t apparent at all. Now straight up, these early settlers are living a shit life. There's only a few of them, the food is crap and they're a bunch of guys who haven't seen a woman
in months. Gaston's portrayal of these early French men is unrealistic. I have a hard time believing that these simple peasants, having traveled further than almost anyone else at the time, would not be banging the shit out of everything they saw. Instead, only Lucien takes on a secret “paramour” and spends half of his chapters pining about his guilt over
his “excursions”. Poor him. Champlain on the other hand is a brooding man who disdains his fellow noble piers, but even among them he holds himself aloof and is often prone to random bouts of piousness; at one point he demands that Lucien “walk off” his bestial urges. I admit I was excited to read about Champlain; he’s part of Canadian
history that I wasn’t quite familiar with. But alas I was disappointed; Gaston was far more successful writing life into his fictional characters than his non fictional one. The other story line takes place in present day Prince Rupert through the eyes of Andy, our protagonist. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this part of the book. Andy is a deep character and it was fun to watch his story unfold. I did feel bad for this guy because the girl of his dreams moved away just after high school to pursue a glamorous career in dance, got knocked up a few years later and proceeded to have three kids before getting cancer and flopping on her career. A rather odd turn of events, but told in such a manner that several parts in the book made me warm and fuzzy. If you happen to find yourself reading this one, I would advise skipping over the Champlain chapters. Reading only the present day storyline actually gives you a full tale. I feel that this book would have been a fairly good one if the historical fiction parts were axed and more time was given to Andy's relationships. Unfortunately, hindsight is twenty twenty and we're all stuck with Lucien's horniness and Champlain being a dick.
this week in fredericton. ‘Free stuff Saturday’ @ Reneu Boutique Saturday, September 12 from 1-4pm
Bring your cloth bags and channel your energy...it’s time for free stuff. Dig through trunks and boxes of clothing, shoes and such...take as much as you’d like...no strings attached!
Grand Opening @ The Cedar Tree Cafe Saturday, September 1 from 12pm to 5pm
David and Lisa Wilby have been working hard to deliver a fresh new environment at the Cedar Tree Cafe on York Street. Live music and free samples will be server on the front doorstep. Come check it out!
Windom Earle and B.A. Johnston @ The Capital Friday, September 11 from 10pm to 2am
Ontario king of self-deprecating indie rock BA Johnston and dance party experts Windom Earle are converging on New Brunswick’s capital to bring a full-out showdown.
Amelia Curran @ The Charlotte Street Arts Centre Friday, September 11 from 7pm to 10pm
Amelia Curran from Six Shooter Records will appear live at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre with Erin Costello. Tickets are on sale at Backstreet Records and Read’s News Stand for $10.
The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
Tuesday, September 15 to Sunday, September 20 Fredericton’s annual Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is kind of a big deal. This year’s lineup features Jill Barber, Hey Rosetta!, Joel Plaskett and the Emergency, The Downtown Blues Band and many more heavy hitters. For more information, you can hit up www.harvestjazzandblues.com.
NB Film Co-op: Actors helping actors! Wednesday, September 16 from 7pm to 10pm
The NB Film Co-op’s Actors Helping Actors (AHA) will be meeting next Wednesday, September 16. A location will be given to members only! If you’re interested, get in touch with Cat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the brunswickan presents
HOW TO HAVE A HOUSE PARTY
an exclusive mini feature
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM NEW ROYALTY Try having a party with a theme Decorations and themes are a really good addition. They make attendees happy and excited, which brings people together. It’s kind of like sports teams. If you played sports growing up, you’d know that things usually turned out a little better if you had uniforms. • Mustache parties, sunglasses and animal costumes really add an element of awesome to any get together.
Doug Estey / The Brunswickan
As experienced researchers in the field, the Brunswickan staff feels it necessary to raise student awareness on how to throw appropriate parties through the wise advice of seasoned party performers New Royalty and DJ Bones. With school kicking back up, you and your classmates are bound to commence the uh, celebrations. While it’s inevitable that college students will continue onward with drinking games, keg stands and cup stacking, it’s not actually a requirement that your party spin out of control to the point of becoming a round-up for the local authorities. The Brunswickan has performed extensive research in order to bring you a compilation of tips and tricks from some of the most audacious party-goers on the east coast. With these in mind, hopefully you can ensure that whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, you can get it right the first time. And we all know how painful it can be learning things the hard way.
TIPS AND TRICKS FROM MARC ‘DJ BONES’ LEBLANC Some general rules of thumb for all house parties: • Have a plan of what will be happening, or at least a loose idea of what you want going on. • Open house parties can be derailed quickly. Instead, invite only people you know will be respectful and responsible. • Have a target audience for your invitees, or at least a group of people with some common interests. Especially if you’re planning on a party with a theme. Keep the party area controlled • Set parameters like blocked entrances, closed off rooms and for-
bidden stairways. Every once in a while, stroll around the party area to make sure everything is cool. All you need is a glance.
Set a good example • If the party hosts are out of control and trashing the place then it takes little else for the rest of the guests to follow suit. • Various games and activities are a great way to bring people together and to resolve restlessness with some guests. Bones’ favourite house party tale My last house party experience in Fredericton was a blast. It was a surprise going away/birthday party for two guys and I was invited to DJ. I thought it would make for an even better party if I invited a great new upcoming band to open up for me since I love to support live music and indie bands. They set the place on fire and played a whole bunch of original songs as well as party covers that got everyone going. I started off the party with some tunes to set the mood and when people were dancing then the band played and I finished off the night... people were just having a GREAT time and were super respectful which made it a great atmosphere overall.
Some things to avoid • Make sure that you don’t have anything hanging loosely from your walls or ceilings. • If your coffee tables and furniture are not indestructible, move them. • Favourite artwork? Hide it. Drunk people won’t think less of
you. Be straight up with your neighbours • Tell them, man! If there’s loud music and shouting going on, and they don’t have the slightest clue what’s happening or when it will end, of course they’re going to call the police. Better yet, they might appreciate an invitation to attend. • Pass out cards or flyers with your contact information. People like it when you own up. Don’t push it • If you have live entertainment, such as a band or DJ, don’t push 1 am. It seems to be a breaking point for even the most tolerant neighbours. • Don’t invite everyone you know. Take things like the size of the house into account.
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Hagerman’s happy horoscopes!
So bad that it’s good From the Tubes
(March 21st - April 19th)
(April 20th - May 20th)
Your stomach will be full of butterflies after this Orientation Week, dear Aries. This may be the result of meeting so many new people and still adjusting to the university experience; it could also be the result of eating a lot of butterflies all at once on a dare. One of these experiences is natural, the other not so much. Begin a discussion about which is which! Your lucky number is “Luck Be a Lady.”
In 2007, Soulja Boy released ‘Crank That’ exclusively on the internet. Months later, it saw wide success across the charts including the Billboard Hot 100. what conventional media has dictated in past decades, and it turns out that people appreciate different types of media and more than just raw display of talent or lolfactor. Cornerstones for the enjoyment of mere mediocrity were paved by avenues such as reality TV (remember William Hung?) and have expanded ever since. What is it, then, that drives us to enjoy mediocrity to such a degree? We made Soulja Boy famous, and for the most part we don’t even know why or how. Maybe it’s the constant drive for
excellence that we see all around us. It goes without saying that people are always trying to be the best at things; single after single on the radio by teen pop idols with freshly landed record deals to high school battles of the bands and beyond. When people get tired of trends, the same trends quickly lose their status and fall at the feet of newer crazes. Or maybe that’s all just bullshit and people have always had a crappy taste in music and dancing that is just beginning to surface. Globally.
Our general perception of ourselves, as human beings, is that we are constantly evolving. «Hope up out da bed, turn my swag on, took a look in da mirror said what's up? Yeahhhh I'm gettin' money, ohhhh.» Right then. It's pretty easy to hate on Soulja Boy, but that's not what I'm here to write about. Soulja Boy is merely a lucrative individual capitalizing on the tastes of North American people. He selfpublished a song on the internet that skyrocketed to the top of the charts in September 2007 and has somehow managed to keep himself afloat (despite unfavourable reviews and dissonance from his peers) ever since. Odd? Perhaps. Does he make more money than you and I? Absolutely. It goes much further than “cranking that”. Patterns like these exist not only in music, but additionally in cyberculture. Facebook, YouTube, Digg and Reddit have started to bring out the real interests of people beyond
You will be able to use the skills you picked up from Orientation Week to great advantage this week, dear Taurus. Falling asleep due to exhaustion while sitting in the front row will ensure that your prof knows who you are, answering every question with a deafening “YEAH!” will win the respect of your peers, and your slick dance moves will come in very handy during Arts 1000. Your lucky novel of manners is “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
Be prepared to gain exuberant amounts of weight this week, dear Gemini. The infamous “freshman fifteen” will come to you not because of excessive eating in the meal hall, but rather because of all of the new textbooks that you will drag along with you to every class. You will either become excessively fit from carrying around all of your books, or you will become excessively unfit from making your best friend carry all of them for you. Your lucky mushroom is Toad.
(June 22nd- July 22nd) You will be overburdened with the task of remembering hundreds of names this week, dear Cancer. To help with this, begin giving them such endearing nicknames as “Hey you with the shirt!”, “That Guy with the Bad Haircut,” or “That Girl with the Blue Pants.” Not only will people appreciate your memory skills, but you’ll also be able to maintain your friendships much more easily! Your lucky speaker is on the left side of your TV.
(July 23rd - August 22nd)
(August 23rd - September 22nd)
(May 21st - June 21st)
You will be even more awesome than usual this week, dear Leo. A beacon of light will shine down from above, reflect off of your forehead, and illuminate the way for all around you. Like a disco ball! Your sweet awesomesaucery shall encompass many shiny things and make those around you wish to get up and dance to your moves. Like a disco ball! Clearly you are destined for higher things. Your lucky type of non-matter is antimatter.
Libra (September 23rd - October 23rd)
You will become excessively lost in hallways this week, dear Libra. Walking through numerous doors and up and down several flights of stairs will be the least of your worries, however, as the only way to properly enter some classrooms is by entering parallel dimensions. Luckily for you, they tend not to take attendance in parallel dimension classes. It’s the perpendicular dimensions you need to worry about. Your lucky treadmill is turned off.
Virgo The sky will be the limit for you this week, dear Virgo. If you try to go any higher than the sky, you will hit a ceiling and bounce back down to Earth. Even though the planet is kinda-sorta spherical, the planet itself is surrounded by a transparent metal cube. Your professors won’t teach you this in any science class, as they are afraid of what you may unleash should you learn the truth. Your lucky direction is in.
Scorpio (October 24th - November 22nd)
You will discover a grave error in your course selection this week, dear Scorpio. Instead of signing up for Oscar-winning Movies, you will arrive in your class and discover instead that you are enrolled in Golden Raspberry-winning Movies. You will not be allowed to drop the course, and every time you skip class, you will receive additional assignments. Your lucky knight is Sir Not-appearing-in-this-film.
(November 23rd - December 21st)
(December 22nd - January 20th)
(January 21st - February 18th)
(February 19th - March 20th)
You will discover that you have roommates from Hell this week, dear Sagittarius. When they tell you where they are from you will experience a sickening dread and the urge to panic, but they will reassure you by letting you know that they’re actually from Hell, California in the United States. You will sleep much more soundly knowing this about your roommates. Then they will eat you. Your lucky step is the third one down.
Be prepared for new life experiences this week, dear Aquarius. You will be sure to meet fresh faces, experienced faces, and goateed faces. Remember that you’re never too old to learn and never too young to teach, even if you both learn and teach that you know a whole lot less than you thought you did! Your keenerism will make sure you always arrive way too early for important things. Your lucky middle school is Devon Middle School.
Your student loans will result in finances going in your favour this week, dear Capricorn. You will receive way more money than you anticipated, mostly because you received everybody else’s student loans in addition to yours. The rest of the student body won’t be angry with you, though. They’ll just passive-aggressively try to slip poison into your coffee. Your lucky operating system is Windows 3.11.
Getting acclimatized to UNB being on a hill will cause unexpected results for you this week, dear Pisces. You will lean forward while walking up the hill and lean backward while walking down the hill. This will result in your spine doing a sort of zig-zagging thing. While at first you may be concerned about this, you should rejoice because all of the limbo competitions are yours now! Your lucky toast is ketchup-free!
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Fredericton Market samosas hit the big time Alison Clack The Brunswickan There are several iconic shops that have people flocking to the Boyce Farmers’ Market every Saturday, but without fail it seems to be Samosa Delite that has the longest line. Fresh juice, cheese markets, and freshly baked sweets all have their own draw, but in the end, the Patel family’s samosas are the most popular treat. Through rain, snow or shine, people frequently stand in lines that often go out and around the corner of the market just to buy a dozen of these originally Indian treats.
But how have these unassuming, little triangles of meat or vegetable-filled pastry managed to conjure up so much appeal to the residents of Fredericton? Some local moviemakers believe the answer has to do with the family that opened its samosa stall in the market some 30 years ago. Local writer and actor, Bronwen Mosher, has taken it upon herself to produce a movie, entitled “A Saturday affair,” that tells a fictionalized account of the Samosa Delite story based on Bena Patel’s entrance into the market’s world as the first ethnic food stall. The movie will detail the story of how the entrepreneurial Patel family introduced Fredericton to a little bit of their culture’s cuisine and how the stall went from its humble beginnings, held together with hope and perseverance,
to become the iconic little corner of Fredericton’s market that has the rest of the city going samosa crazy on Saturdays. Recently the NB Film Coop, Heritage Canada and the City of Fredericton have offered their support to the creation of the short film as a part of the 2009 Fredericton Cultural Capital Project (along with ten other shorts being made about the city). Support for the movie has come from many other groups in Fredericton. Picaroons advertised for extras in the movie on their website and through their Facebook group. Filming of the movie took place in August, and anxiously awaiting samosa lovers can catch the movie at its premiere in November at the NB Silverware Film Festival.
Samosas are an arguable cornerstone of the Boyce Farmers’ Market every Saturday, and now they’ll be the centre point of an independent motion picture.
Tarantino gets revenge on the Nazis Ishmael N. Daro The Sheaf
There are few people who would dare revise the history of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Luckily, Quentin Tarantino is not afraid to get his hands dirty. The 46-year-old director of such films as Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction is at work again with his latest film Inglourious Basterds. Whereas his previous efforts
have been homages to crime, martial arts and blaxploitation genres, war films are a sacred genre of film few have dared to mess with. Tarantino handles the genre with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Inglorious Basterds focuses on a group of Jewish-American soldiers dropped behind enemy lines to terrorize as many Nazis as possible. The leader of this ragtag bunch is Lieutenant Aldo Raine, a barely literate, cigar-smoking tough guy from Tennessee played by Brad Pitt. The group, known as the Basterds, go about their mission happily bashing brains in with baseball bats, cutting off scalps and carving swastikas into the foreheads of survivors.
In an alternate storyline, Shosanna Dreyfus, a young Jewish woman, escapes the murder of her family and finds a new identity in Paris as a theatre owner. When a famous German soldier becomes smitten with her, she has a unique opportunity for revenge against the Nazi high command, all of whom will be attending a film premiere in her theatre. As both Shosanna and the Basterds try to sabotage the film premiere, the plot is helped along with lengthy scenes of dialogue – typical of Tarantino films. In fact, the most memorable scenes in Basterds take place when the characters are happily yapping away in English, French, German and even Italian.
The multi-national and multi-lingual cast makes reading subtitles just as engrossing as watching a gunfight. Much of the film deals with language, accents and nationality. Mixing humour and violence has worked for Tarantino in the past, and he uses it effectively in Basterds. But for all its fun, the most impressive thing about the film is its complexity and intelligence. The main villain of the film (and no, it’s not Hitler) is terrifying because he is not a caricature, but rather an extremely smart and perceptive man who speaks four languages. Shosanna’s quest for vengeance is made believable because she is capable of both anger and pity. Even Hitler is made out to be more
than a mere monster, despite being made to look aggressively ugly. For cinephiles, there are dozens of references and in-jokes to other films and genres. A Tarantino film would not be complete without them. But even for the uninitiated, Basterds will be an entertaining and audacious Second World War fantasy. The fact that history is largely rewritten matters little at the end of its two-and-a-half hour runtime. Even those who dislike Tarantino – or haven’t found much to like since Pulp Fiction – will be inclined to agree with the last line of the film. As Aldo Raine carves a final swastika into someone’s forehead he declares, “this might be my masterpiece.”
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CRAZY WEEKEND AT CRABBE: FEELSGOOD’S FOLLY FEST IN PHOTOS
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Feelsgood.ca’s art and music festival, Folly Fest was a succesful event given the inclement weather. Top Left: Artist, Angela Black, organiser, Mike Humble, Rich Chapman, artist Zach Lang stand in front of the Feelsgood banner painted on site by Zach and Angela. Top Right: Addison Phillips, Susanne Phillips, Dwight Everett, enjoying the stylings of Ryan LeBlanc, ECMA world music award winner. from the beer tent. Bottom Right: Festival goers, dressed for the weather, take shelter in the beer tent. Tim Issaac of Issaac and Blewitt play durring Folly Fest.Issaac and Blewitt were joined on stage by Hot Toddy.
brunswickansports September 9th, 2009
A new set of downs for the Red Bombers Valerie Woodman The Brunswickan
After a 29 year hiatus, UNB’s beloved football team is alive again. Eastern Canada is ready for some football, and this is the time for UNB students to step up and show their support for the Red Bombers by attending games. After three decades, the UNB Red Bombers are coming back into action. People have long awaited the return of the Red Bombers to university football fields. However, this time around the Red Bombers are not a university funded athletic team; they are a team funded by students and the Atlantic Football League (AFL). Since this is not a varsity level league, the students and citizens of Fredericton will have to show how much they want a team in the Atlantic University Athletic Association by supporting the Red Bombers. From 1948 until 1980, the UNB Red Bombers were a part of the A.U.A.A. They even won back-to-back championships in 1969 and 1970. The UNB community as well as the citizens of Fredericton loved the football hype. So what ever happened to the Red Bombers? Ten years later, in 1980, the university stated that the team would end for lack of funding. This was announced in the summer, when most
of the students had gone home and could not protest. When September came, people were livid. There was even a petition students signed to add a yearly fee for the football team, but the university declined. Other universities had been able to save their football teams using alumni or student funding, but UNB did not see such success. Students in 1988 and 1996 tried to start the team up yet again, but UNB’s administration at the time said they would be unable to revive the long dead Bombers. The Red Bombers will be competing in the Atlantic Football League, and will compete against teams such as the UNB Saint John Seawolves and the Moncton Raiders. The university has also said that it is interested in playing the University of Maine, which would make for fewer bye weeks and keep UNB sharp for games in the AFL. There has also been talk of some more team additions to the AFL, such as UPEI and Dalhousie, as early as 2010. Playing at the Varsity level or not, James Cress, the coordinator of the UNB Fredericton sport clubs program, still has high hopes for the club. “Although the football team will not compete at the varsity level, UNB’s campus recreation department is pleased to offer students an opportunity to play football while attending UNB,” Cress stated in a recent interview. Sports teams at UNB are a big part of university life. UNB has more than enough spirit to include the Bombers.
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UNBF Sport Clubs Program Coordinatior James Cress (left) and Red Bombers GM Larry Wisniewski hold the new team jersey on Chapman Field where UNB will open up on Sept. 26 against UNBSJ. With the encouragement of students and the Fredericton community, the Red Bombers could grow to match their glory days in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s. If we give our team as much spirit and support as our alumni did in the past, this year can be a great success. A passion for football is all you need to try out. UNB students will make up approximately 65 per cent of the roster,
while the other 35 per cent will be given to St. Thomas University students and the greater Fredericton community. Tryouts will take place from Sept. 7 until Sept. 12, and hopefuls must be between the ages of 18 and 24. UNB alumnus Mike Dollimore, who played for the Red Bombers in the 1970s, will be coaching the team this year. Home games will take place at
Chapman Field. The Red Bombers have already released their tentative schedule, with the first game of the season to be held at 7PM on Saturday, Sept. 26 against the UNB Saint John Seawolves. The other home game will be against the Moncton Raiders on Saturday, Oct. 17. Playoffs will start Nov. 14.
Volunteers: the force behind the Terry Fox Run Colin McPhail The Brunswickan
Twenty-nine years ago a brave Canadian ran 5373km across this great nation in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Twenty-nine years later, Canadians still run annually to support the charity and preserve the legacy of Terry Fox. Your chance to support this great cause is coming up on Sunday, September 13th when the nation will take to the streets and trails to raise money for the foundation. The Terry Fox Run for Fredericton area residents will begin at 12:30 PM this Sunday starting at 615 Queen St. (the Lighthouse on the Green). The annual charity event has raised an overwhelming amount for the Canadian Cancer Society, possible only through the combined effort of thousands of volunteers nationwide--
volunteers much like Fredericton native Will Dickeson, who is about to take part in the run for the seventh time as an adult. Dickeson, a teacher and UNB alumnus, sticks to his values and hopes to set a good example for his two children. “I pitch in with the committee mostly because I really sincerely believe in the principles of the Terry Fox Foundation. I can’t even answer your questions without talking about the Foundation’s efficiency, the lack of corporate sponsors, and the example of Terry himself. It’s just something I believe in, and I don’t want to be part of the first generation in nearly 30 years to let it fall by the wayside.” Fortunately, the Foundation’s lack of corporate sponsorship is not a problem as administration costs are minimal. 87 cents of every dollar raised by the Terry Fox Foundation goes toward cancer research. The charity has enough funds to ensure that word gets out and communities all across Canada have the resources needed to raise money so they can achieve their goals.
“The goals are simple and the same every year. We don’t want to drop the baton Terry Fox handed to us. We don’t want to let down the man who created not only the world’s first charitable run, but also the world’s first annual fundraising run” Dickeson recognizes that the future of the Terry Fox Run lies in the hands of next generation of volunteers. Every year, UNB has played a vital part in the success of the event. “UNB has been a great supporter of the Terry Fox Run over the years, and the participants at the starting line often show a sea of Varsity Red. That’s just awesome. We appreciate it, and we know just how much good the UNB community does in the fight against cancer in all of its 200+ forms.” It wasn’t difficult to find the UNBF Red Runners. Two eager students, Derek Ness and Julia Roy, were very excited to spread the word of the upcoming event. Both Ness and Roy have become quite involved in supporting the Run during
past few years. Their reasons are simple: to get involved and help fight cancer. Ness, a sophomore whose grandmother was diagnosed with brain cancer, knew that someone in the UNB community had to take the reins. “Knowing that the Terry Fox Run has been important to me since the turn of the millennium, and wanting to enrich my contribution to the great cause drove the development of a team that will hopefully be large in UNB student and faculty members.” Both Red Runners Co-Organizers agree with Dickeson; the youth in every community, university or not, must support the Terry Fox Foundation to ensure that it can one day reach its goal. “We believe students have a great responsibility to help out as much as they can. It doesn’t matter how much we can contribute financially or physically, the point is that we are doing our part to assist in the great cause.” “We just want all the students and faculty at UNB to know that this is not only a great opportunity to get to know fellow
students and community members,” stated Roy, “it’s also an amazing chance to get involved and fight an ever growing disease.” For information on UNB’s team contact email@example.com or visit www. terryfoxrun.org. “It’s amazing how much the country has changed since then,” Dickeson continued, “but I really sincerely believe that when people who were born years after his Marathon of Hope hear about what he did, what he believed in, and what he wanted, they’ll keep this going until it ends for the best reason of all--when it’s no longer needed.” This is a special year for Dickeson as his father was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year. Unfortunately, it has been a growing trend for his family as his fatherin-law, his son’s godmother, and his uncle all suffered through various types of the disease. “We’ve all got stories like that sadly. I’m doing something for all of them when I take part in the Terry Fox Run.”
B 2 • Sept. 9, 2009 • Issue 1 • Volume 143
One gone, more to follow? Simon Fraser leaves CIS for NCAA starting in 2011-2012 season
Tony von Richter CUP Sports Bureau Chief
FREDERICTON (CUP) – When the NCAA’s Division II approved a resolution in 2007 permitting the admission of schools from outside the United States, observers wondered if any members of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) would soon jump to the more prestigious American organization. This summer, the CIS fans got
their answer when Simon Fraser University announced their intention to join Division II’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference as of the 20112012 season. The move to the NCAA “just fit the long-term philosophy of Simon Fraser University,” said Dr. David Murphy, Director of Athletics at SFU. “The founding fathers, their philosophy and their intentions were always to play in a north-south direction, and the opportunity arose again for us to get back to our traditional rivals. As it stands now, we  have teams that still play in the [National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics] and only six that play in the CIS, so it was getting back to our roots.” CIS Chief Executive Officer Marg McGregor said via email that while the CIS would have preferred SFU to stay with the organization, they wish their student athletes the best in returning to the school’s American sporting roots. Since its inception in 1965, the SFU Clan have competed in the US-based NAIA and only placed teams in the CIS in 2002 when they were unable
to follow many of their NAIA rivals to Division II. Dr. Murphy indicated that history of playing in the United States was a large reason why nearly all of the athletes and staff and the majority of supporters were in favor of the move to the NCAA. Although SFU is moving to the NCAA, don’t expect to be seeing them on primetime TV anytime soon, as Division II receives far less media coverage and attention then Division I, which is comprised of much larger schools. Despite not being on the same playing field as an Ohio State or Notre Dame, SFU’s CIS teams will gain a large advantage in the amount of scholarship money that they can offer to their student athletes. Currently, CIS teams can only offer to pay for a student’s tuition and fees, but Division I and II teams can also cover an athlete’s room and board as well as textbook costs. McGregor noted, however, that the CIS has established a task force to examine this issue as part of a 10 point plan to improve the CIS, aiming to report back to the membership in 2010.
Some have suggested that the CIS’ plan – and their recent decision to not allow dual membership between the CIS and NCAA – is mostly a response to the NCAA opening its membership to Canadian schools. McGregor says that was only one of many factors behind the CIS’ decision to develop their action plan. “CIS has viewed the NCAA Division II decision to open their membership to Canadian universities as one of many catalysts for change within CIS. The environment has changed fairly dramatically in the past 24 months, and not just because of the NCAA decision. CIS is committed to continuous improvement.” While SFU is set to become an NCAA member within two years, there are still a few issues to solve such as eligibility for each student athlete. The NCAA has had some issue with football players with previous junior football experience, for example. Murphy, though, said he expects that issue to be resolved without any problems. A larger issue will be how to implement legislation – dubbed
‘Title IX’ – which states that athletic scholarships between men and women must be equal. “Title IX will be new, and certainly it will cause of a little bit of a problem when we start out, but they don’t say from day one that you have to be compliant – you just have to be working towards compliancy,” said Murphy. He stated that the university is already addressing this issue and he has already spoken with a number of women’s club teams about becoming part of the varsity athletics program. Regardless of any issues that may need to be resolved, Murphy is happy that SFU is once again able to play their traditional American rivals and feels for the most part that SFU will be very competitive in Division II from day one. “I’d say all the NAIA teams are ready now. We’re playing Division II, Division I with our NAIA teams right now. On the CIS teams, I think that men’s basketball and football will be in for a tough few years. I think our women’s basketball is just fantastic. If they can keep everybody together they’ll be fine.”
Rebuilding continues for men’s basketball Reds will count on core group of sophomores for success in the 2009-2010 season.
Colin McPhail The Brunswickan
The Varsity Reds Men’s Basketball had a rough 2008-2009 season. A 3-17 record coupled with a point plus--minus of -309 landed them in last spot of the AUS standings. Things were looking very ableak at the end of the year. Oddly enough, things are looking up for this young team as a new year begins. Injuries, inexperience and a brand new head coach unfamiliar with the squad is not a recipe for success.
However, the squad is healthy now, there is a wealth of experience at the AUS level, and Coach Brent Baker knows the team and league inside out. Success will depend on the returning core of nine second- year players. Baker is pleased to see that this group has returned with an improved work ethic. Team leader Alex DesRoches will play a vital part this season for the Reds. The 6’4” Guard racked up 35 steals, a 9.1points per game average when tallying nearly 30 minutes per game. New York native Antwann Parks will also prove to be an important part of the puzzle for Coach Baker. In his freshmen year, Parks tallied 31 steals and an 8.5 points per game average when playing 30 minutes a match as well. AUS All-Rookie selection
Dustin Anthony, who averaged 12.1 points per game and led the team in 3 points, will prove to be one of the Reds’ top performers game in and game out. Even though youthfulness is the apparent theme on this Reds squad, there are two veterans who hope to lead this team to success. Fourth year Colton Wilson and fifth year Michael Anderson will look to repeat as not only statistical leaders, but as team leaders too. Both Wilson and Anderson finished one-two in average points per game with 14.5 and 13.7 respectively. Baker realizes that returning to the top will take some time and plenty of practice and conditioning. The squad has nearly two months to prepare before the start of the AUS season.
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The Reds will look to be more competitive in the upcoming season as a more experienced team will take the court in November.
The good, the bad, the ugly Colin McPhail The Brunswickan
The Good: The UNB Varsity Reds Men’s Hockey Team. Time and time again praise is given to the Reds and I’m going to do it again because they deserve it, especially those working behind the scenes. After a tremendous regular season and an even better post-season, ending with their second national title in three years, things started looking pretty bleak. The loss of Kevin Henderson, David Bowman and team captain Dustin Friesen left a large hole on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ice. Queue the scouts. UNB’s recruitment team, once again, stepped up in a major way signing several major junior all-stars. How can you mould a group of all-stars into a well- rounded team? Queue the management. The signing of veteran coach Gardiner MacDougall to a five year extension will
only ensure that the magic continues. Soon the Reds will be on their way to defend their national title with another model organization. The Bad: The Toronto Blue Jays. Is it just me ,or does 1993 seem like ages ago? Granted I did cheer for the Braves back then, but in recent years I have become more patriotic and have started rooting for Canada’s remaining MLB squad, only to be disappointed. Yes, the AL East is a powerful division. Yes, there are only four playoff spots (even though there should be eight). No, you can’t count the last 16 seasons as rebuilding years. The past is the past and you can’t change it. They could learn from it, though. I blame the entire organization for their mistakes, but J.P. Ricciardi is first in line. Since 2002 he has let some great players slip out of the Jay’s grasp and fall into the line-ups of other teams while Toronto submitted disappointing results. This year the player is one of the best pitchers in MLB: Roy Halladay. The monumental collapse this season does not help either. They haven’t seen
the playoffs since 1993 and if changes aren’t made soon it’s going to get worse. No, it isn’t just me. It is ages ago. The Ugly: The Reinstatement of Michael Vick. There are minor felonies and there are major ones. There is some drug use and theft. Then there is sexual assault charges and shooting yourself in the leg with your own weapon. Above all that, there is arranging dog fights in your house. Let’s just say it has been a rough go for the NFL of late. I’m not frowning at the Eagles for signing the quarterback. Who wouldn’t want an athlete of that caliber? I’m frowning at the league. It doesn’t matter how good the player is; there is a line. Hundreds of players of have toed it, but Vick blew past it. The league can’t even use him as an icon anymore. Parents don’t want their children mimicking a role model who pleaded guilty on federal charges. There, I’ve said my piece. Let’s hope the reinstatement doesn’t blow up in their faces. Vick has already toed the alcohol consumption line in the Philadelphia airport.
Sept. 9, 2009 • Issue 1 • Volume 143 • B 3
The beauty of brutality
Men’s soccer look to avenge AUS Final Matthew Murray The Brunswickan
Dan Henderson unloads a fury of blows on Quinton Jackson during UFC 75. The various pay per view events the UFC offers are increasing in popularity with every fight.
One Man Advantage Colin McPhail
The thought of two half-naked men beating the pulp out of each other with thousands of bloodthirsty fans cheering them on did not reel me in – initially. I couldn’t help but wonder why my fancy wasn’t being tickled. I enjoy angry toothless men with sticks speeding around an ice surface crashing into one another; I just couldn’t handle the sheer ferocity of the UFC. I asked myself “Where’s the beauty in the sport? The grace?” There was no Ovechkin dancing through two hundred feet of ice littered with the opposition and ending with the puck behind a bewildered goalie with the crowd going insane. I just couldn’t see it. The hook that has caught so many didn’t exist for me. So, I proceeded with my UFC indifference and listened to friends and family talk animatedly about the upcoming event’s card and last month’s fights. I laughed to myself. Thugs. They would all be arrested on attempted murder charges if it wasn’t on pay per view. Oh, how wrong I was. How naive could I be? I was on the cusp of the fastest growing phenomenon in sports and turned a blind eye. Foolish Colin, you nearly missed out.
One fateful morning, when I was getting my daily fix of Jay and Dan, three simple letters caught my attention. GSP: my hook. Being quite patriotic when it comes to sports, I was intrigued to see that this French Canadian was rising to the top of his weight class. From then on I stopped laughing to myself and started paying attention. I learned more about the sport and the magnitude of its popularity. Cursing my ignorance, I told myself to check out the very next UFC event. The Spike TV knockout and reality TV specials were not enough. I needed the real thing. Midway through the summer I got my chance. UFC 100 held in Las Vegas played host to a couple title matches – one featuring George St. Pierre. I was running late and only arrived at my uncle’s during the HendersonBisping bout. I was just in time to see Bisping be destroyed by a devastating blow from Henderson and then watch in horror and excitement as Henderson flew down onto Bisping’s limp figure and gave him another bone-crushing thump. This is real. This isn’t the WWF or E. This isn’t just some painful theatre production mixed with poor storylines and steroids for supper. These guys are the real deal. Real wrestlers. Real athletes. Finally, I was reeled in by the viciousness of the sport. However, that would only last so long. I needed the beauty – so to speak. Once again GSP answered the call. St. Pierre’s title match versus Thiago Alves was pure domination. The Canadian worked like clockwork and systematically broke down Alves through great technique and strategy – not one big blow. Hook,
line and sinker. However, it was never easy sailing for the sport. Since its emergence in the early 1990s, the UFC has had to overcome many obstacles. There was an ever growing controversy about the sheer brutality of the sport – one, eventually, squashed by an evolving and revolutionary rulebook. The hardest fence to climb was a gigantic financial barrier. It just wasn’t financially viable during the mid-nineties. Zuffa LLC, an American sports promoter, purchased it and immediately suffered major losses. The solution: pay per view. It caught on very quickly with the fans and by the millennium it had reached the same viewership as Boxing and WWF pay per view events. From then on it grew in popularity and branched out to other nations, solidifying itself as an international sport. The UFC then received major sponsorship from large corporations such as Bud Light. The expansion has only moved outward into other markets. TV specials and reality series, DVDs, an extensive website, video games, action figures and even a soundtrack are just a few of the markets the UFC has taken advantage of. However, the most relatable aspect of the sport is the iconic status of the fighters. The fighters are the life blood of the sport and every fan has their own personal go-to guy. There are legends, superstars, young guns and rivalries that match other professional sports leagues. The future is bright for this young sport and business is booming. From rags to riches, it’s a great story. What’s not to love? I, Colin McPhail, sincerely apologize to all UFC fans. I should have listened.
Reds look forward to new campaign Colin McPhail The Brunswickan
It was a year of unlucky bounces, missed chances and too many close calls for the Women’s Varsity Soccer team. It’s not that they didn’t play hard or weren’t a competitive squad. In fact, it was a team full of talented young players. The simple fact was that when it came to crunch time they couldn’t muster up enough to steal a win. At the end of the season, UNB finished in seventh place with a 1-5-7 record, shutting them out of the playoffs.
In the thirteen regular season games the Reds played last year, the offense only managed to tickle the twine five times. That means in over half of their games the Reds were shutout. Capitalizing on your chances is important to being successful in soccer, but UNB couldn’t capitalize as they tied three four-point matches that easily could have turned the season around. It’s an odd thing to be on the edge of success, but at the same time be on the cusp of embarrassment. If it wasn’t for their strong defensive play, the season would be a much different story. Their ability to shut down the opposition’s offensive attack and keep the match close proved integral in keeping their playoff hopes alive and will continue to do so in the 2009 season. Coach Andy Cameron addressed
the team’s problems at a recent media conference, but is not worried for the upcoming year. The Reds will have fifteen returning players and a number of new recruits looking to crack the lineup. Among the returning core are eight players that are beginning their second year. This will be a much more experienced, yet still youthful squad. The organization can look forward to the development of their offense as second years Alexandra Black, Gina Brown and Erica Middleton, who led the team in scoring with three goals, will be returning with a season of AUS soccer under their belts. The Reds are looking forward to this season with a lot to prove. Look for this well-rounded team to surprise a few people and possibly make the AUS playoffs for the first time since 2006.
The men’s soccer program at UNB had one of their most productive outings last year, culminating in a place at the top of the AUS division in the regular season. Unfortunately, they were upset in a 1-0 nail-biter in the AUS championship game. However, the Varsity Reds are looking to atone for this disappointment and come out on top this year. Head coach Miles Pinsent had a busy offseason recruiting some high caliber players including Oleh Andrushchyshyn and Shea Nordheim, who represented Manitoba in the Canada Games, striker Will Allen from the PEI squad, former AUS All-Star mid-fielder Russell Carson, defenders Cassian Ferlatte, who played for team New Brunswick, and Ben Law who hails from Ottawa. These
new additions will learn very quickly from the leadership and experience of veterans Ken Morrison, Karel Prickett, Matt Lally, Ashley Crook and Galen Smith. Filling out the roster is a very strong group of second year players who will be expected to perform game in and game out. These include strong midfielders Pablo Urbina, JC Campeau, and Amir Razak. Also, hardnosed defenders like Keagan Marcus and Rod Ramsden will only prove tougher to beat with a year under their belts. This determined squad has only one thing on its mind-- bringing home an AUS championship. Jean Claude Campeau, a high intensity winger from Winnipeg, states, “the experiences of last season taught this young team a lot and that, mixed with our new players, makes us a better team and a strong contender for AUS glory”. UNB’s first match of the campaign will take place on September 12th at Chapman Field against UPEI. The Reds travel to Mount Allison the following day for an afternoon contest.
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The Reds will look to get off on the right track as the 2009 season commences this Saturday against UPEI.
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Reds Bring In Offensive Depth On the offensive end of the rink, UNB added five proven competitors to an already electric offence. To stay on top of the very competitive AUS division the Reds recruited four former captains in Taylor Procyshen of the Tri-City Americans, the Edmonton Oil Kings’ Jeff Lee, Chris Culligan of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and 2007 NHL Draft pick Matt Fillier of the Montreal Juniors. The Reds didn’t stop there as they added New Brunswick native and leading scorer on the Montreal Juniors, Nick Layton. In the 2008-2009 seasons these five players combined for a total of 119 goals and 210 helpers with their respective teams in the Canadian Hockey League. Head coach Gardiner MacDougall is very enthusiastic about these new young players and the upcoming season. He says that “we only bring good people into this program and all of our recruits are excited and ready to make their impact on the UNB Hockey program.”
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Coach Gardiner MacDougall is ready to get the season underway and chase that third national title as he addresses the media at the Aitken Center.
Coach Mac Receives Contract Extension The biggest and smartest move the UNB hockey organization made this summer was the resigning of head coach Gardiner MacDougall to a five- year deal. This well decorated coach has compiled an astonishing regular season record of 153-78-21 and has never missed the AUS final four in his nine -year stint with the team. In the three most recent years he has reached the CIS national finals, capturing gold in 2007 and 2009 and silver in 2008. Along with two national rings, he has been honoured with the 2003 and 2008 Atlantic University Sport coach of the year and was named PEI coach of the year in 2007 and 2008. However, his commitment to player development separates him from the average coach. He demands the best from each of his players. Such determination has earned three players spots on NHL rosters in the past two years. He also gives back to the community that supports his team in numerous ways. MacDougall is an essential member of the Pumpernickel hockey camp-- a camp which helps youths in the Fredericton area improve their skills both on and off the ice. Gardiner MacDougall has established himself both as a leader behind the bench and behind the scenes at UNB and will undoubtedly achieve national glory again. Kevin Dickie, the Athletic Director at UNB, is well aware of MacDougall’s abilities and describes him as “the best coach in all of Canadian University sport.” However, when Coach Mac is asked about his success he immediately credits his supporting staff and says, “it’s so easy to get excited about coming to work when you have people like Kevin Dickie, John Richard, Todd Sparks, Dr. John McLaughlin and many others.”
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Tightening Up the Blueline Over the summer the Varsity Reds Hockey organization had their hands full preparing for the 2009-2010 campaign. The Reds, looking to avoid the dreaded championship hangover, rounded out their lineup with two high intensity and highly skilled individuals. With the departure of both Captain Dustin Friesen and David Bowman from the blue line, the Reds set out to find two dependable defensemen. Their search ended with the addition of Ben Shutron and Ben Wright. The 6’0’’, 190 lb Shutron comes to UNB after a Memorial Cup championship with the Windsor Spit Fires and a gold medal with team Canada at the U-18 world championships. As Chicago’s fourth round pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft, the choice was clear. With 135 points in 259 WHL games, Wright will also be vital to the V-Reds hunt for another title. After a six -year stint with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, this 6’2’’ 210 pound blue liner was the team captain, top scoring defensemen, most valuable player, and was drafted in 2006 by Columbus. Both Shutron and Wright are solid two-way defenseman who can move the play up the ice swiftly and can push opponents off the puck, making them versatile players.
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It won’t be smooth sailing for the Reds as a difficult batch of AUS teams look to take down the national champs.
Reds Strike Deal with Providence College In mid July the UNB hockey organization came to an agreement with the Providence College Friars who play in the very competitive East Conference of the NCAA. Providence has a strong hockey pedigree and has developed numerous hockey stars like Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils, the Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, current Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke and coach Ron Wilson. This three year, four game contract has UNB traveling to Rhode Island on Oct. 9. We can get our first look at this NCAA powerhouse during the Peterbilt Pete Kelly Holiday Classic, which is held in December of 2009, where they will make two appearances. Finally, UNB will travel back to the U.S. in October of 2010 to round out the four game series. The Varsity Reds plan to improve their program by exposing their team to new competition in hopes that the experience gained will translate to even more success on the ice. Along with Providence, UNB will also be playing University teams in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. This will make up an eleven game non-conference schedule that will be both educational for the team and exciting for the fans.
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Goaltender Travis Fullerton (above) will look to produce more stellar performances during the 2009-2010 season.
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Ultimate frisbee hits campus Wendi Brown Submitted to the Bruns
The UNB Ultimate Frisbee Club is looking for male and female players, with or without experience. For those of you who played other sports in high school or university and tried out for the Varsity Reds but just missed the cut, we want you. All students welcome (UNB, STU, NBCC), so bring your athletic friends! The emphasis is on training and skill development. With ultimate Frisbee you can put your athleticism to work during tournaments this fall and in the spring. The team will travel to other schools in the Atlantic region to compete against
other co-ed ultimate Frisbee clubs. It is also possible for the team to participate in the Canadian Eastern University Ultimate Frisbee Championships and in the Canadian Nationals. The club’s strong leadership includes Darren Clark, a veteran player in Fredericton and Waterloo and at the national level. Darren brings years of experience as both a team captain and coach on the co-ed scene. Wendi Brown first picked up a disc in 1996 and has followed it from Victoria to Vancouver to Tokyo, and most recently to Fredericton. She has played with and against some of the top teams in the country. Both Darren and Wendi are keen to introduce new players to the game and to build the UNB’s Ultimate Frisbee scene. To get more details on upcoming practices and tournaments, commit to attending the first practice on Tuesday, Sept. 8, or to put your name on the roster, email us at UNBultimate@gmail. com. Practice begins the following week.
Varsity Reds undergo big changes Colin McPhail The Brunswickan
It’s a new season, and the Varsity Reds have a new logo to go along with it. The Varsity Reds recently held their annual Meet the Coaches media conference. Most years, the Reds Organization present that year’s coaching staff for each team, but this year in particular had the crowd buzzing. Why? Several big announcements aside, their new logo was unveiled. Dave Morell, the Reds’ marketing manager, was proud to introduce the new logo for the Varsity Reds. He said the old logo was outdated and it was time for a fresh new look. The new logo was not only shaped to fit nicely on the uniforms and other UNB merchandise, but to represent the UNB branding both Fredericton and other university communities have come to know. Morell stressed the importance of a strong brand for financial as well as aesthetic purposes. He feels that strong corporate branding is exactly what the organization needs and that the new logo is “a design true to our school and true to our colours.” Along with the new logo, which was designed by Cory Pacione of Creative Juices, came a number of other changes for the Varsity Reds. One of the big ones is a new website created by Steve Lanteigne of Geoffrey Stephens
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Varsity Reds Marketing Manager Dave Morell unveils the new logo and website during a media conference at the Aitken Center. Engineered IT. The website is more centered around being a social network for the players, staff, alumni and most importantly the fans, with new additions such as a ‘Coach’s Corner’ and a ‘Play of the Week’ video. The website also incorporates Facebook and Twitter. A new clothing contract was also made with Phil Battah of SUB Towne, and Varsity Reds clothing can now be ordered online. Season tickets can also be purchased online.
UNB Athletic Director Kevin Dickie announced a partnership with Adidas for sportswear that will be worn by the basketball, volleyball and soccer teams, much like the existing partnership between the Men’s Hockey club and Nike. Dickie was also proud to announce two new full-time positions to the Varsity Reds family. Geoff Mabie, a sport therapist, was welcomed aboard as well as Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Dan McMorran will now be coaching on a full-time basis.
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Sports teams need to watch for H1N1
Debunking food myths The facts on supposed healthy foods
Bahram Dideban The Silhouette
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The Varsity Reds athletes are not immune the H1N1 virus and UNB and the AUS have begun various procedures in order to keep the players protected from the sickness.
Sarah Ratchford The Brunswickan
When athletes are on the road, it can be harder than ever to avoid getting sick. With H1N1 as a new threat to our health, the Reds are going to have to be extra careful. Although many people are worried about the flu, Varsity Reds Athletic Director Kevin Dickie says it’s hard to say right now what the effects of the virus will be. “It’s about being productive and preventative,” he says. “We’re being proactive; we’ve put some policies in place. We’re trying to get ahead of things.”
Dickie says when athletes are on the road, they need to be prepared for any situation. There will be an orientation for each team at the start of term outlining locker room, training room and meal hall practices for staying healthy. “It’s similar to what we’ve talked about in years past”, he says, “pointing out the fact that H1N1 is not the only disease going around, despite all the hype.” The Reds’ policies will coincide with those outlined by UNB. Some measures suggested by the university include frequent and thorough washing of hands, coughing into your sleeve rather than your hand, keeping workspaces and common surfaces clean, and trying not to share
personal items such as cell phones, pens and water bottles. It is also suggested that students stay at home if they are sick until symptoms are gone and they feel completely well. By the start of the season, Dickie says, UNB’s athletics department will have specific recommendations in place regarding travel. “We’re on top of it,” he assures. Along with policies put in place by UNB and its athletics department, Atlantic University Sport (AUS) will also suggest preventative measures. “We have a good group here at the university”, says Dickie. “People just need to not panic and be prepared.” “Health and any kind of pandemic take precedent over competing in a game.”
Yoga boasts benefits, brings truth Amanda Roth The Brock Press ST. CATHERINE’S (CUP) – Many are turning to a beneficial and happy solution to their health-related resolutions – yoga. Yoga is seen by many as a rehabilitating antidote to daily stresses. “Yoga is a great way to connect the body and mind. Oftentimes, we live so much in our minds, with our busy schedules and lives, that we don’t pay attention to what our body is [trying] to tell us,” said Julie Pozzebon, a yoga teacher at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ont., and a graduate student. The term yoga is a derivative of the
Sanskrit word “yuj” which means to unite or join. The concept and culture of yoga is believed to have been born in India 26,000 years ago, during what was known as the Golden Age. Culturally, yoga serves the purpose of achieving individual fulfillment, while uniting with cosmic consciousness or the universal spirit. However, in modern times and in Western culture, yoga serves advantages both mental and physical, rather than just being related to the “search for eternal truth”. “Physically, yoga both tones and stretches the body. Most people think it is strictly about bending yourself into pretzel-like positions, but it is about building strength and challenging the body in ways you might not have explored before. It’s about balancing
strength and flexibility so they can complement each other,” said Pozzebon. “Mentally, yoga helps to calm the mind. It de-stresses you, teaches you how to breathe, and shows you how important it is to live in the moment, letting go of obsessions with the past and expectations for the future.” Yoga, according to tradition, is essentially a restorative process, which is favorable for physical, mental, and spiritual development. Practicing yoga helps an individual to develop a state of mind that is optimistic or benevolent towards oneself and others. “Consistently moving the body is good no matter what you’re doing. With frequent practice, the moves will get easier with added strength and flexibility. It will become easier to quiet the mind and de-stress,” said Pozzebon.
HAMILTON (CUP) – No one denies that there are tricks to losing weight. You have to really know what you’re putting into your body, what it consists of, and how your body metabolizes it in order to be able to properly plan your diet. On top of these already hard-tohandle problems, there are also tricks that the food industry uses in order to pass off their products as health foods. Why would the health food industry deceive you? Because they’re in it to make money. I know, it’s the same old story, but think about it. Fat just tastes better in food. That’s why movie theatres douse your popcorn with butter and why potatoes are deep fried to make fries. If the health food industry can peddle fatty foods as health foods, not only will they make oodles of money, they’ll also leave you satisfied. If your diet goes belly-up and you realize you’re gaining weight instead of losing it, your whole-bran muffin will probably be the last food you suspect. In the book, Eat This, Not That!, co-authors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding reveal 14 unwholesome foods that are camouflaged as health foods. The top seven are true surprises. The number one is actually that bran muffin. The authors point out that a bran muffin can have up to 400 calories, 20 grams of fat, and white flour and sugar – things you just don’t need in the morning. They say to opt for a ham and egg sandwich on an English muffin instead, which has fewer calories and less fat (300 calories and 12 grams, respectively). It will give you that added bit of protein. Chicken Caesar wraps are number two on the list. You may think that being stuffed with lettuce and lean chicken makes them a great diet food, but the reality is that the croutons, Parmesan, and the salad dressing add lots of un-needed calories and fat bringing the total count to 900 calories and 50 grams. Instead, switch the Chicken Caesar wrap for a grilled chicken sandwich or even a roast beef or ham sandwich. You’ll be cutting out the accessory foods and getting the best part of the meal without sacrificing any flavour. This brings us to number three:
wraps in general. It really doesn’t matter what you shove into a wrap, as long as the giant, modified starch tortilla shell is surrounding your favourite food, you could be taking in up to an extra 400 calories. This is a huge surprise when you consider that a pasta salad has about 100 fewer calories and about the same amount of fat. Anytime you switch a wrap for a sandwich, you’ll be saving your body tons of these negative additives. Yogurt fruit cups are another health food in disguise. The problem with these is that on top of containing (barely any) yogurt and fruit, they also have lots and lots of corn syrup as an added sweetener. This can double the amount of fat and sugar than if you were to make a yogurt-fruit cup yourself. Buy low fat, plain yogurt and mix in whatever fruit you choose. Pour it in a container and have it as a snack whenever you want. Granola bars are number five. Ever wonder what keeps those healthy nuts, oats and fruits together? It’s glue made of corn syrup. If oats are what you want as a snack, pour granola into low fat yogurt. If, instead, you want nuts and fruits, then just have the nuts and fruits. Nuts contain lots of protein, which is very important in the morning to give your metabolism a kick-start. This is probably the only time that I’ll be telling you to eat pizza, so listen carefully. Where pasta is concerned, choose pizza instead. But wait, there’s more. You can choose any type of pizza over any type of pasta. While there are bad things that come in both dishes, there are a few unorthodox assets that make pizzas a better choice. First of all, pizza can come in smaller, more controlled portions. Pasta only comes in one size. Pizza has tomato sauce, a healthier choice to creamy, buttery pasta sauces and Parmesan cheese. Pasta is also easier for your body to digest, especially when it’s well cooked, which makes it a poor choice for a meal because you get hungry again shortly afterwards. Pizza crust, especially if it’s whole wheat, has more complex carbohydrates that make it harder to digest, so you stay fuller longer and therefore eat less during the day. And lastly, bagels with cream cheese – probably the most surprising contender on our list. This is not because of the cheese that contains protein, but because of the bagel itself. In fact, a bagel with cream cheese can be worst for you than a Big Mac. You should try to avoid any kind of bread that’s modified and white. If you’re hungry for breakfast, eat something with eggs and vegetables instead. Choose an omelette or just scrambled eggs and ham on brown toast. For lunch or dinner, order a grilled chicken sandwich and eat it openfaced instead.
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