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UNB group funds for flood relief
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Hilary Paige Smith News Editor After the province was pummeled by inclement weather in December, one UNB student group is taking action. The First Rivorton Rovers, a UNBbased senior branch of Scouts Canada, are raising money and driving for donated goods to help impacted residents in St. George, NB. The small shorefront community, with a population of just under 1,500, was among the hardest hit by the flooding on Dec. 14 and 15. The storm forced dozens of people out of their homes. The border town of St. Stephen was also hit hard, with dozens of homes and businesses flooded. The surge of storms just prior to Christmas left an estimated $50 million in damages in the province. Mike Stewart, a second year student and second mate with the Rovers, and Jennifer Purdue, second year student and scribe for the Rovers, said one of their team members is from St. George and knows people personally impacted by the damages. “We were mostly alerted to what was going on by him because we felt like there wasn’t really a lot of coverage in the first couple of days, so when we saw what was happening to him, we had to do something about it,” Purdue said. When asked why they decided to get into fundraising for flood relief, Purdue answered with a simple, “It’s what we do.” The scout crew blends their outdoor adventure activities with community service work. Once the group learned of the severity of flooding, they leapt into action. Their planning and fundraising began over the break and continued into the new semester. There is a donation box set up in the Student Union Building and starting on Monday, change collection jars were set up at Sodexo locations across campus. Thus far, the group already has a few carloads of clothing and other goods. Non-perishable food items, however, are in short supply. Just driving and fundraising, though, is still not enough to the Rovers. “We’re also trying to find a way to actually get hands-on involved with the relief effort. We’re currently looking at doing that through the Red Cross,” Purdue said. When Purdue first heard about the
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Adam Clawson, lead designer of the UNB Hand, project engineer and part-time PhD student, is in charge of developing a revolutionary new prosthetic hand for amputees. Mike Erb / The Brunswickan Hilary Paige Smith News Editor The Institute of Biomedical Engineering at UNB has a feature unique in North America. Their research laboratory on prosthetic technology is also home to a clinic for amputees looking to be outfitted with up-to-date prosthetic limbs. Dr. Kevin Englehart, associate director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, said he believes a research lab with a clinic on a university campus is the first of it’s kind in the country. “We’re kind of two teams under one roof. We have researchers that are trying to develop the next generation of artificial limbs, but we’ve also got clinical people here who actually fit limbs on amputees. We’re a living research lab and clinic,” Englehart, who is also an
electrical engineering professor, said. The clinic is integrated into the biomedical engineering building. UNB has been in the process of developing artificial limb technology since the 1960s and Englehart said technology has advanced drastically since then. “Really, the mandate is still the same. We have a prostheticist who takes what’s available now and fits it on amputees and we’ve got researchers who push the state of the art and develop the next generation of artificial limbs five to 10 years down the road,” he said. The clinic has an active client load of about 120 people, with patients coming in from as far as Newfoundland. In a calendar year, the clinic sees about 30 to 40 patients. “We do see people coming in from all over because we really are the best at what we do. People who can’t get that kind of service where they live will
come to see us.” And what makes the clinic at UNB the best? Englehart said people are drawn to the clinic because of its research capabilities. If someone has a particularly challenging limb deficiency, they come to the research lab for solutions. “Our team is really quite specialized and we can pretty much handle almost anybody with adapting a prosthesis to suiting whatever needs they have,” the associate director said. Students are involved on a number of levels. The institute is a learning facility and there are about 15 graduate students working in the building. There are also undergraduate students who come in for summer employment and their seniors thesis. Exchange students from other universities with occupational therapy programs and international
students are among those who’ve come through the clinic to study. There is a similar institute at a university in Chicago where, Englehart said, a number of his former students travel and become professors. At the UNB lab, researchers are looking toward the future to ensure their patients get the best in prosthetic technology. Here, one of the biggest innovations the facility has in store is a new type of mechanical hand with more flexibility and dexterity. The technology is also expected to be cheaper than most. “That should be ready in about two years and our clients will be the first to wear that,” he said. The lab also specializes in determining what signals are sent from the human brain to the hand to better their understanding of prosthetics.
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Graduate students get together Hilary Paige Smith News Editor Plans are already well underway for the eighteenth annual Graduate Research Conference. The conference, to be held on Apr. 29, is interdisciplinary and will be divided into two different streams: Social Sciences and Humanities and Science and Engineering. The streams are being held concurrently in rooms close by so conference attendees can participate in whatever subjects interest them. Conference organizers recently sent out a call for abstracts. They are accepting submissions for 15-minute oral presentations and poster presentations. “We are looking for abstracts that show that the student can describe their research in a way that people outside of their field can understand it. They need to be able to avoid using jargon or overly technical terms, give enough background information so it is clear why the research is important and how they developed their research question. A good abstract will also discuss the bigger picture implications of the research,” Sarah Vannier, VP special events for the UNB Graduate Student Association, said. This year, for the first time, submissions are to be sent in electronically. The conference is for students of both UNB and UNBSJ, but all are welcome to attend. “The conference is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to get an idea of what research in graduate school is all
Rovers just trying to “do their best.”
Graduate students from across campus will be brought together to learn and network this April. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan about and to find out more about the work that is being done at UNB. We ask attendees to register in advance online, but registration is free,” Vannier said. Students will be put in charge of doing peer reviews of the submitted abstracts. The team will be accepting submissions until Jan. 31. To build interest in the conference, a speaker series will be held in the months leading up to the day. On Jan. 19, Ryan Hamilton from the Kinesiology faculty will be speaking. On Feb. 3, Melissa Fulton from the Biology faculty will be speaking and Matt Rogers from the Education faculty will be speaking on Mar. 16.
Vannier stressed what a good opportunity the conference is for both graduate and undergraduate students. “The conference is a great opportunity for everyone to see what other kinds of research are happening at the university. Last year many students were surprised to find there was another student doing research similar to theirs in a different department. The conference is also a great place to practice your own presentation skills as well as see other students present and figure out what makes a strong presentation.” For more information on the conference, visit the Graduate Student Association website at www.unbgsa.ca.
Mike Stewart and Jennifer Purdue are two of the Rovers who are mobilizing to make sure NB residents get the flood relief they need. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
FROM RELIEF PAGE 1 tragedy, her thoughts immediately went to the families in affected areas who wouldn’t be able to celebrate Christmas in the comfort of their own homes. Stewart mentioned how much the cold weather affected the flood zones. “It was a really bad time for the flood to happen because it flooded, then it got really cold and it froze. There’s very extensive damage and a lot of it’s not covered by home insurance so a lot of people have lost their homes and they don’t have the money to replace it.” All of their donated goods will be brought to the Lion’s Club in St. George
where they will then be distributed to residents in need. All monetary donations will be given to the Red Cross. The Rovers don’t have a fundraising goal, saying only that they plan to do their best. “Basically, we just saw that no one else in Fredericton was collecting any sort of donations. There’s no drop-off locations or anything like that, so we’re just trying to fill the void as best we could,” Stewart said. Fredericton, often prone to flooding from the St. John River, was also impacted by the barrage of storms. Several roads were closed down and the flooding caused an estimated $30,000 in damage for the city.
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225 event celebrates ‘university builder’ from UNB past
Hilary Paige Smith News Editor UNB will be celebrating one of its greats on Jan. 13 as part of the 225th anniversary celebrations. Dr. William Brydone Jack was the second president to govern UNB. His tenure was 24 years long, lasting from 1861 to 1885. The effects of his time at UNB are still being felt today and the Brydone Jack Observatory on campus is named for him. Jack was also responsible for introducing the engineering faculty to campus. Sandra Howland, UNB’s 225 co-ordinator, said remembering past UNB-shapers is an important part of its 225th year. “We’re celebrating, not just the spirit of the UNB community today and our supporters, but we’re also celebrating the dedication and commitment of our founders and builders. Those men and women who help shaped UNB into what it is today and this celebration is recognizing one of those builders,” she said. UNB was just two years old when Jack took over as president. Howland said this was a time of growth and change for the young university. “There was a lot of growth and change at UNB. They said that he was really a stabilizing influence and he worked closely with the province to develop courses much like we do today
that are practical and useful,” she said. Jack is remembered far beyond the reaches of UNB, mainly for his contributions to the worlds of astronomy, surveying and mapping. He is well known for designing the first astronomical observatory in British North America, which still stands on UNB campus. The Brydone Jack observatory has been named a national historic site and is the oldest of it’s kind in the country. Using his knowledge of astronomy, Jack also extended his work into measuring and mapping. He was the first to ever document the longitude of Fredericton. “The measurements that he and his colleague made were used to determine the first accurate provincial map of New Brunswick in 1859,” Howland said. The event will be held at 1 p.m. in the Stewart Room in the Harriet Irving Library. An exhibition dedicated to Jack has also been set up in the Stewart Room for the occasion. Just last year, an asteroid was named for the former president for his work in astronomy. Shannon Carmont-McK inley, president of the UNBSU, will act as master of ceremonies for the event. Dr. Eddy Campbell, president of UNB, will be talking about Jack’s contributions as UNB president. Dr. Richard Langley, a professor of Geodesy and Geomatics, will be talking about Jack’s
William Brydone Jack is known as one of the former great leaders of UNB. His tenure as president lasted 24 years. Mike Erb / The Brunswickan contributions to surveying and mapping. Dr. William Ward, chair of the Dept. of Physics, will talk about Jack’s work in Canadian astronomy. A special guest, Peter Pacey, will also be joining those at the event. He is a local actor and UNB alumnus who will be playing the role of William Brydone Jack for attendees.
Following the formal portion of the event, there will be light refreshments and tours of the observatory will be offered. As far as 225 events go, the year is not over yet. There are two more upcoming conversation series events. The third “conversation” is being held in March, focusing on Mi’kmaq and
Maliseet peoples in the province. The final event will take place in April and focus on leadership at UNB and in the province. For more information about Dr. William Brydone Jack, or to see a more comprehensive calendar of 225 events, visit http://www.unb.ca/ initiatives/225/index.html.
Snow safety; prepping for a harsh winter on the hill
Try not to end up like this. Flickr Alex Kress News Reporter In more temperate regions, January means winter is nearly over and spring is on its way. But for most places in Canada, January is only the beginning. Canadian winters mean harsh weather, and harsh weather means an increase in related accidents often caused by being unprepared. Bruce Rogerson, director of Security and Traffic at UNB, has some tips for staying safe this winter by avoiding unnecessary hardships.
“Naturally, snow covered ground is frozen and on this particular campus there are steps and inclines.” Rogerson said. “Take precautions first by wearing proper footwear and clothing. Inappropriate footwear causes a lot of problems, so you need rubber soled shoes for walking.” He said UNB can be especially treacherous, because if a car is coming down the hill and there’s a stop sign there, it doesn’t mean the driver will be able to
stop if it’s icy. Also, there are a lot of pathways on campus. They’re ploughed and sanded but are still difficult to monitor at all times. Most outdoor steps have wood on them to prevent slick stairs, but sometimes they still become icy, Rogerson said. “It’s just like at home, you shovel your steps and walkways, but you have to understand here not everything can be done all at once.” If heavy snow falls during the night,
Security and Traffic calls Facilities Management and the snow is cleared quite early in the morning. Another winter danger on campus is falling ice. Icicles have seriously damaged cars, in the past and this year. Some cars have been seriously damaged; one even had to be written off. So far, there have been no personal injuries. Rogerson also said there is a strong culture of pedestrian traffic on campus, and people cross where they shouldn’t. He said they should be utilizing the crosswalk at all times. “People from the city use the campus as a shortcut to the downtown core, and nobody’s looking at it as a school zone,” he warned. “We’re looking at ways to slow down traffic and places to put stop signs and change the behaviour if students use crosswalks.” People also must be aware of floor conditions indoors. When the floors get wet inside the building you or anyone could slip and fall. A problem existing on all university campuses where alcohol is present is that intoxicated persons are more susceptible to hypothermia. “There have been people that have been found [outside] intoxicated. The roving patrol is generally around and they return people to the residence, arrange for a cab or drive them home if it’s not too far off campus.” The most dangerous result is if someone passes out in the roadway or in a snow bank; alcohol enhances hypothermia’s effects. “We’re all first aid trained and can identify hypothermia and how to start warming someone up properly before emergency vehicles arrive.”
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He said in his experience, international students aren’t more vulnerable to the harshness of winter, and said it seems if they come from southern climate they tend to bundle up quicker. Some Canadian students, however, have a tendency to think they’re invincible. “You go downtown Friday or Saturday night, and even if it’s a blizzard out, you’ll still see people out in light jackets,” Rogerson said. Rogerson said ultimately, people need to wear the appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions because the majority of injuries are caused by not doing so.
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Former president shines Dr. John McLaughlin, former UNB president, named officer to the Order of Canada. By Alex Kress - News Reporter UNB’s most recent president has received the very special honour of being appointed to the Order of Canada. Dr. John McLaughlin heard the news while visiting his son, a diplomat for the Canadian embassy in Cuba, over the holidays. “It was definitely a very proud moment, I was thrilled,” said McLaughlin. He said he received the call out of the blue and doesn’t know who nominated him. “I feel very humble and privileged to be recognized for this award, but the reality is there were an awful lot of people who were working with me who were part of the story to make UNB a stronger place. A very strong component was student leadership,” said McLaughlin. He cited his interaction with young, engaged New Brunswickers as having contributed to his nomination. He expanded by talking about his involvement with public policy development surrounding stronger engagement with young people in conversations about the future of the province, with forums like the Next NB conference and the 21inc young leadership conference. In recalling a memorable moment from his time at UNB, McLaughlin
mentioned being made an honorary member of the UNBSJ graduating class a few years ago. “To have been able to be involved with amazing young people in the province who just want it to be a better place and be involved was really moving for me,” he said. He said during the time he was president the university grew immensely in many areas. It climbed six ranks in Maclean’s university standings, research doubled and fundraising increased substantially. He reiterated the “terribly important role” students played in all of the success. He used to use a line frequently that read, “Universities rarely work at their very best.” He said they’re complicated places and, like all institutions, they have their challenges. “But when they do [work at their best], they have the power to change not just individual lives, but change society more generally.” He highlighted the important role UNB plays in making the province strong and influential. “The university is the centre for research and professional development and needs to be strong,” he said, “but
the province has no hope to be an important player in the Canadian narrative unless the University of New Brunswick is strong.” “To see it go up those six ranks in Maclean’s and to have the largest fundraising campaign ever in the Atlantic...these were powerful signals that people believed in the place and believed in our people.” In response to the challenges facing New Brunswick, such as general social and economic factors limiting growth, McLaughlin said we only impose limits on ourselves. He believes the province is equipped with the right ingredients for growth; it just needs to realize its potential. “Whether sometimes we lack self confidence or whatever it is, we turn to others to provide direction,” he explained. “We’re going to have to find new models for New Brunswick...new economic models, new social models, you name it. We’re going to have to find our new narrative from within. It has to be a story about energy, passion and self confidence. And I think we have the makings of all of this.” McLaughlin, who grew up in Devon, was the first student from his family to ever go to university. He feels there is perhaps more of a sense of privilege in the Maritimes surrounding post-secondary education. “Maybe in other places higher education is taken for granted,” he said. “Lots of people go to university and enjoy a middle class life. I don’t think we take it so much for granted and we still understand this stuff really matters.” McLaughlin has developed a strong appreciation for higher education through travel, as he spent a large part of his life working internationally. He has worked in 43 countries and said UNB
Dr. John McLaughlin is the most recent president emeritus at UNB. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan has always had a strong reputation for attracting students from abroad. He recalled hosting a dinner at his home at which the then crowned Prince of Bhutan was a guest. “Those are unique, those are UNB relationships that nobody else in the world has. There are so many connections.” McLaughlin said the prince had been visiting Canada intending only to stay in New Brunswick for a brief time, but was so charmed by it that he completely changed his itinerary so he could stay longer. McLaughlin has taken away two main lessons from his living abroad. One is that regardless of differences in background experience, we share many of the same hopes and desires for ourselves and our children. The other is the perspec-
tive one gains about home from living somewhere else. However, sometimes home isn’t always where you left it. A blissfully converted sports fan, McLaughlin was delighted to have seen the UNB women’s basketball team training and playing in Cuba over the holidays. “I was not a sports fan. I probably went to a few athletic events more out of a sense of duty than enthusiasm, but then I just fell in love,” he said. McLaughlin, who is an enthusiastic supporter of the Varsity Reds men’s hockey team, has high hopes for the end of the season. “We’re going to win this year, there’s no question. We have an amazing coach and an awesome team.”
Copyright fee increase postponed Jamie Ross CUP Atlantic Bureau Chief FREDERICTON (CUP) — New rules that would change how much universities and students are charged for photocopies and course packs won’t come into play for at least another few years. The Copyright Board of Canada issued an interim decision Dec. 23 that puts a hold on a proposed tariff put forth by the licensing agency Access Copyright. The collective is asking to raise the fee that allows schools and students to access and copy copyrighted material from $3.38 plus 10 cents per copied page for course packs to a blanket fee of $45 per full-time equivalent student. Under the interim tariff, all parties concerned can go about their business as usual, says Erin Finlay, legal counsel and manager of legal services for Access Copyright. “The great news about the interim tariff is that actually nothing has to change. The institutions, the professors and the students, everyone can operate as they have been for the last 15 years,” said Finlay, adding the proposed tariff will take the board a “few years” to process. The old agreement, which the interim tariff has extended, expired Dec. 31. The board issued the interim measure without reasons stated because it considered the decision “urgent.” Critics of the proposed tariff say the fee increase is too substantial. Greg Fergus, director of public affairs with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, says raising the rate to $45 per full-time student doesn’t make sense because in post-secondary education today, learning is being done more and more in the digital realm.
“What Access Copyright is proposing is paying more for something we’re using less of,” he said, noting that some schools already pay double fees, for both digital and Access Copyright licences. “What it means is we should be paying somewhere close to $8-10 [per full-time student] ... it doesn’t seem right to me that we’d be paying anywhere between 2.5 or even five times as much for a service we’re using less and less of.” A number of universities, including the University of Alberta and Ryerson University, across the country had decided before the Dec. 31 deadline to deny the proposed increase and let their contracts expire. In an email circulated to faculty and staff at the University of New Brunswick in mid-December, Anthony Secco, vicepresident academic at the Fredericton campus, and Robert MacKinnon, vicepresident of the Saint John campus, wrote that there was no option to continue the current agreement, and that the university had rejected the alternative fee plan. They also encouraged faculty to use electronic materials licensed by the library
because its terms of agreement allow for course reserve and classroom use. No one at UNB could be reached for an interview. Finlay said there have been a lot of misconceptions about the proposed tariff and fee increases, which she says have been grossly exaggerated. She said you can’t take the old rate of $3.38 per student and apply it directly to the new price of $45 without considering the 10 cents per page that’s paid by the student each time he or she buys a course pack. “You can’t take the former rate and compare it to the proposed new rate and say, ‘That’s the difference.’ You have to take into account all of the payments that were made by students for course packs. In addition, there are a number of additional uses that weren’t covered in the previous access copy licenses.” She said the old licence only covered photocopying, and that the tariffs would cover different types of digital uses like scanning and posting to websites. “There has to be a value captured for those types of uses,” she said.
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The World Junior blame game
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Colin McPhail Editor-in-Chief Disbelief. The universal feeling every Canadian hockey fan felt was astonishment as the final buzzer to end the World Junior Championships rang over silent bars and livingrooms across the country. “Not again,” said the entire nation in unison. One year prior we fell to our rivals to the South in a devastating overtime loss. Now we fall to the Russians in what can only be described as a monumental collapse. Losing to our two biggest rivals in hockey, and many other spectrums for that matter, lit a fire under many Canadians. Watching the Russian celebration, the blame game commenced. So, what do we now? Surround the team with pitchforks and torches? Kidnap Dave Cameron and leave him to die on Baffin Island? Re-ignite
the Cold War? Give Pierre McGuire a television network devoted to rooting out the problem? Or how about we just let it slide? As the maple leaf is adorned, the unfortunate burden imposed on Canada’s young, elite hockey players is one of national pride. This pride that resonates through every hockey fan can often manifest in troubling fashions. Hockey is a game taken very seriously by Canadians and it’s a game that we don’t like to lose at. From minor levels where “be a fan, not a fanatic” needs to be plastered on rink walls to the professional arena where bar fights between Leafs and Habs fans are well within the norm, this is a country that is passionately aggressive about its national pastime. This aggression often leads to the harsh criticism of undeserving young men who just couldn’t muster enough to win gold. I use the recent defeat to the Russians as the focal point, but this sentiment is
present in minor hockey rinks, dinner tables and long, uncomfortable drives home between family members from coast to coast. Obviously, unwarranted criticism of minor hockey players is unacceptable. On the contrary, the criticism of professional athletes, who earn seven figures annually, is fair game. I’ll be the first one to argue, “If you’re making that much dough, something’s gotta show.” Fantastic rhymes aside, the question remains whether these juniors should be treated with hostility or not. The answer is no. Let’s go back to last year’s overtime loss. The top two squads in the world, filled to the brim with high-calibre skill, locked in an exciting duel. Any team could have emerged victorious. Unfortunately, the Canadians didn’t. Get over it, Canada. What makes this loss so bitter is the fact that we carried a 3-0 lead into the second intermission. Five unanswered goals later and hockey fans were chasing the defeat
with shots of Jack to make it easier to swallow. Nonetheless, we were bested. The Russians wanted it more. This will act as an important lesson to those young men. But that’s just it. These are still young hockey players, many of whom had their first real taste of the international stage in terms of the game and the media. As much as this slightly overblown annual event (thanks, TSN) is near and dear to many Canadian hearts, it’s a learning experience for those involved. These were just hard lessons to learn. The idea to take from this experience is that many of these soon to be NHL regulars are still understanding the game and adapting to it. It would be a crime to discredit them or rob them of the hard work they did just because the medal isn’t the right colour. So before you begin attacking the players, the coaching staff and the back office, take a deep breath and remember, it’s just a game.
Is entrepreneurship for you? Ryan Brideau An Opinion With the best of intentions, we have all been conditioned to be perfectly content working for somebody else. The “best” of us, by society’s standards, are told to become doctors, lawyers and engineers, amongst other highly esteemed positions: all worthwhile careers in their own right. However, in seeing these jobs as an end goal, or the epitome of success, many people fall short of their true potential. To satisfy the human desire to create; to have the knowledge to go from idea conception to execution; to recognize
an issue, and to be able to assemble the right people and the necessary resources to address it. These are in my opinion what makes the field of entrepreneurship exciting. Now, I do not purport to be an expert on entrepreneurship by any means. I could not give you a textbook answer as to what defines an entrepreneur, and I have never been a member of the Entrepreneurship Society on campus. I’ve taken a different path. What I do know, however, is this: that a) if Atlantic Canada moves forward it will be the result of individuals obsessed with creation, innovation, and doing things differently, and b) that almost every talented person
I have ever met is myopically focused on simply getting employed by somebody, instead of being myopically focused on how they can employ somebody else. Why? I am not recommending that everybody abandon their career paths. Instead, what I am recommending is that they supplement it. By educating yourself of the process of business creation and management, you free yourself of waiting and looking for the perfect job, and give yourself the ability to create it yourself instead. You identify the sector you want to work in, find a void to fill, bring the right people together, and fill it. Entrepreneurship is certainly not for
everybody - there is a high degree of risk involved, and a stable income is not always a certainty. But it is necessary, and - I would argue - crucial, for both economic development and for addressing any major social issue. For anybody as young as myself, with as little to lose and a desire to change the world in their own way, the question should no longer be “should I be an entrepreneur?”, but instead “how should I become one?” Ryan Brideau is a student of economics and physics at UNB, and a participant in The Next 36: Canada’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any follow-up remarks.
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2012: apocolypto or Y2K redux John Robb An Opinion Seems time is cyclical, who knew? I don’t just mean the face of a clock, guys. Revolutions of the earth around the sun, Chinese Astrology and even doomsday predictions seem to keep coming around. Oh yeah, and one more cycle to discuss is the MesoAmerican Long Count Calendar, which will reset on Dec. 21(or 12) 2012. Now if you are anything like me you are, thinking “what a load of crap.” right about now. Looking more closely at the Mayan documents, we find that unlike the 52 year Calendar Round the long count Calendar is linear. It is a count of “world ages” and we are thought to be on the cusp of the fifth World age. This fact astounded some Mayan historians and archaeologist in the late 1950s. It forced a few to posit that this might then represent the end of days. Over the next 40 years or so this initial fear grew and grew as the end date approached. Today it is a roaring torrent of cable specials and news stories that are focusing on this so-called “2012 Phenomenon”. In these programs, however, other theories are jammed together with the original Mayan Calendar posit. My least
favorite source of information is used far to often. That being of course Nostrodamus. For a 14th century seer/astrologer, this guy gets a lot of face time. I don’t know if there is a more quoted and less understood prophet out there. Just his presence in the argument makes me begin to doubt. Then there are the scores of scientists and astronomers who have totally rejected the apocalyptic prophecies as pseudoscience. Loudest of these is NASA, who compare the media attention and fear about 2012 to the Y2K bug worries. The great and trusted brains of science have dismissed all of the hypothesis as, and I use the technical term here, “Poppycock! Should we worry about the end of the world? Even if not 2012, perhaps in our foreseeable future? Why worry? Not to put a sad face on the situation, or to down play Hollywood’s fantastical answers to the question, but there just isn’t much we could do in case of a global catastrophe even if we saw it coming. What we need to focus on is living life everyday as best we can. Enjoy those things we love the best. In the end, I figure we will look back in January 2013 and say, “I knew it was a load of crap” and then grab the remote and tune into the season five premier of Jersey Shore.
brunswickanopinion You are not your degree Adam Kingsmith The Peak (Simon Fraser University) BURNABY, B.C. (CUP) — Albert Einstein once said that the only source of knowledge is experience, and he hit the nail right on the head. Yet, despite this, students are often asked the ageold question: “What are you going to do with your degree?” While this question usually comes with the best of intentions, it is probably the stupidest thing that someone can ask you. It does more harm than good because it assumes you should already know 100 per cent what you want for the rest of your working life, when in fact the majority of people really have no idea, and if they say they do, they are misguided. Things tend to change, and there are a lot of external factors that influence what people end up doing that are beyond anyone’s control. Recent statistics have shown that most people change careers a multitude of times, in fact only two per cent of mid-career professionals have the occupation they expected when entering university. Now is this trend specific to Generations X, Y and Z, or has career volatility always been an issue in the West? Well, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a study last month in which they surveyed 9,964 men and women who were ages 14-22 when first interviewed in 1979 and ages 43-52 when interviewed most recently during the 2008–2009 period. These respondents were born in the years 1957-1964, the latter years of the North American baby boom. Overall, the survey spanned three decades and provided collective data on work and non-work experiences, education, training, income and assets. And the results show that the process of changing professions has been going on for quite some time because the sample group held, on average, 11 different substantial positions between
One thing everyone graduate should realize is that they are not bound to their degree. BdwayDiva1/Flickr the ages of 18-44. Gone are the days of Mad Men’s Sterling Cooper ad agency, in which you could score one job and ride the ladder up to a sort of executive Mt. Olympus. People change jobs so much these days that putting in your time at one place is usually not enough, you need to be ready to jump at a new and sometimes risky opportunity. Careers evolve, so be ready to evolve with them; if you told someone a few decades ago that you wanted to be a computer science major they would have laughed in your face and told you to get into something more stable, like forestry. But fear not: By trying different careers as you progress through life, there is a much better chance that you will find something you love. Feeling lost regarding your future prospects can become a self-fulfilling
prophecy. Circumventing this fate means trying new things: Volunteer, do co-op, an exchange, whatever — just get experience first-hand before you leave this concrete jungle so that you might get some real insight into your passions that hasn’t been forced upon you by a textbook. You have got to want it, because this is the big league now and no one is going to do it for you. The importance of chance can never be stressed enough in today’s world, being in the right place and making the right connection is what can get you ahead. So try everything, meet everyone and network like your livelihood depends on it, because it just might. Now quit stalling and get out there and remember to do it not just for your resume, but also for yourself, because you are more than your degree.
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brunswickanopinion WATER LOO, Ont. (CUP) — Computer addictions were once reserved for nerds and hardcore programmers. But social networking has made it a mainstream mental health issue. More than just a new way to keep in touch, websites like Facebook and Twitter have created new jobs, but unfortunately for some, it has also created new addictions. Wilfrid Laurier University physics and computer science professor Ilias Kotsireas is amazed at the life-changing impact social networking and gaming sites have had on such a large population of individuals. “It’s quite a phenomenon. When you’re hooked up for nine or 10 hours, it’s bound to affect your life,” he said, referring to mobile applications that have made accessing these sites easier, but also harder to get away from. Daniel Rzondzinski, a therapeutic counsellor at KitchenerWaterloo Counselling Services, specializes in treating Internet addictions and said he is seeing an increasing number of patients every year. “We don’t have statistics because it is quite secretive,” he said. Rzondzinski said these addictions start because the Internet is easy to access and feels safe to the user. He said if the user’s daily activities are being interrupted by using Facebook or Internet gambling and gaming sites that determines whether there is an addiction. “If you’re doing this at work [or school], how much time could you spend being more product ive on somet hing else?” he said. “The addiction is affecting your normal life, so you’re spending more and more hours with your addiction.” Both Kotsireas and Rzondzinski believe students in particular spend too much time online. With laptops becoming an ever-growing staple on university campuses, as much a temptation as a tool, many students can’t help being virtually social when they are supposed to be studying.
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Being strung along How our generation has become slaves to social media By: Elizabeth Bate The Cord (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Are you one of the many Canadians who are addicted to social networking? Daniel Rzondzinski and Ilias Kotsireas explain how this new fad is altering the lives of many students. Wade Thompson/The Cord
“They are on Facebook during class,” Kotsireas said. But unlike some professors, he doesn’t call his students out on the activity, even though he knows they are doing it.
When we get to university we are supposed to be adults, he reasoned. To Kotsireas, the gaming seems worse. “I see cards on the screen,” he said, adding
that he thinks this is a hindrance for students. “The Internet can be a big, big problem. It’s a fantastic machine, but it can be terrible at the same time,” said
Rzondzinski. As someone all too familiar with being on Facebook while I should be doing other things, I decided to try an experiment. I gave up social networking — all texting, Facebook and Twitter — for an entire week. The tools of my daily life, I couldn’t imagine what my life was like before them — just five years ago. Applications on mobile devices have made using social networking so easy, we barely even think about it. It was hard at the beginning of my week away to resist the urge to check my phone first thing in the morning and every few minutes throughout the day. Rzondzinski said the key to using the new wealth social networking provides and maintaining a healthy relationship with these tools is balance firmly rooted in reality. Rzondzinski adds that the behaviour becomes an issue when the user is spending three, four or more hours a day online looking at the same websites. “One thing that we see with students is failing courses,” said Rzondzinski, who suggests students who find themselves skipping classes frequently or failing courses due to extensive time spent online should seek help. “It’s very difficult to solve the problem by themselves.” R zondzinski said part of the difficulty of addressing an Internet addiction is the ease of deniability. The Internet is a good tool and is widely used, giving the addict the ability to be ambivalent about the issue. “They say, ‘I have a problem, but I don’t have a problem’,” he said. As my week without social networking progressed, I barely noticed the absence, but when the week was over I was glad to have it back just the same. I have realized I can live without virtual social networking, but I find myself asking why I would want to, as long as its presence in my life remains healthy. “We do a lot of things today that we couldn’t imagine a few years ago,” said Kotsireas.
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Fredericton will be shivering in the New Year
Matt Belyea Arts Reporter Kyle Cunjak admits that being a musician is one of the best jobs in the world. “Everybody wants to do it, and that’s why there’s so many people playing music,” says Cunjak. The label head from Forward Music Group, based out of Halifax called me through Skype last Friday morning as he made breakfast. Through the clanging pots and frying eggs I heard what he had to say about the business of music in the Maritimes. “We’ve had agents and label heads from Toronto and Montreal flat out tell us they won’t work with us because we’re from the East Coast,” said Cunjak explaining that the industry is too far away. Forward Music Group is a network and support system for local musicians and bands to get exposure. They work to organize tours, produce albums and promote and handle publicity. “It’s hard to make a living as a musician, and it’s really hard to make a living as a musician in the East Coast of Canada,” he said. He noted that the Maritimes are home to musicians that have to work harder to get noticed and, therefore, tend to have lots of integrity. Forward Music Group boasts an eclectic repertoire of musical acts including Grand Theft Bus, Olympic Symphonium and Gianna Lauren. Several of their bands released albums this year including Share, Sleepless Nights and Slate Pacific. The label does not claim to represent a particular genre of music, but instead hosts an overall mix of good sound. Forward started out because Cunjak and others noticed the lack of infrastructure for bands in New Brunswick. As musicians themselves, they set out to create a support system and have spent the last four years trying to master just that. “It’s getting better with every release, we’re getting further and further and I know we’re growing as a company.” As of right now Forward has established itself as a strong music collective in New Brunswick. They are not alone, among all the unheard Francophone collectives and part time music producers, there is music being made. One of the up and coming collectives who emerged in the same fashion as Forward is foodclothingshelter Music. They believe just like food, clothing and shelter
Both Forward Music Group and foodclothingshelter Music have bands which are releasing EPs this New Year. Olympic Symphonium are releasing The City Won’t Have Time To Fight and the Belle Comedians will be coming out with an EP soon. Submitted music too is a necessity to sustain life. “It’s basically just a group of friends who all play music or are involved with music who decided to band together and tackle the industry,” said Luke Macdonald who manages and promotes the bands. Macdonald is one of a handful of friends from rural New Brunswick who came up with foodclothingshelter Music two years ago. Based in Fredericton, as well as Halifax, foodclothingshelter Music operates on a grassroots level. Macdonald thinks East Coast
music has a special potential. “I think it’s one of the last untapped places in Canada.” Macdonald recognizes what Forward Music Group has done and looks to follow in that same direction. “Those are people we look up to and we want continue on the level of what they’ve done,” said Macdonald. foodclothingshelter Music currently works with local bands including The Belle Comedians, Hungry Hearts and Motherhood. “We just want to create really ori-
ginal, interesting music and promote and support that,” said Macdonald. They’ve continued to exceed expectations and have even had some of their artists featured on CBC radio. Both Forward and foodclothingshelter will be colliding on Jan. 29 - 30 for the Shivering Songs Festival where a range of artists will be performing at the Snooty Fox, the Wilmot United Church, and The Capital Complex. The Shivering Songs Festival also marks the release of Olympic Symphonium’s new album, The City Won’t
Have Time To Fight. “A lot of these people are good friends of ours and people we respect so it’s going to be nice to put on some shows,” said Cunjak. Macdonald and Cunjak both look forward to the festival and the New Year. Lifting bands off the ground and acting as a common thread that weaves these musicians together is what being a collective is all about. For information pertaining to The Shivering Songs Festival visit their website: www.shiveringsongs.com.
Desolation Sound not meant for city folks: author Book about B.C.’s nirvana intended for nature lovers
Leif Larsen The Manitoban (University of Manitoba) WINNIPEG (CUP) — You can always tell which books on a student’s shelf are their favourites. They have been read so many times that the spine is creased, the pages dog-eared and they refuse to stay closed unless you put a heavy weight on top of them. The publisher of Grant Lawrence’s Adventures in Solitude, a history of British Columbia’s Desolation Sound, knew this and gave the soft-cover book a “distressed” look straight from the
printer. Indeed, the book’s appearance is one of the first things you notice about it — naturally. Smudges mar the cover and first few interior pages, and the edge of each page has been roughly cut. According to Lawrence, a music journalist with the CBC, this was in an effort to make it “look like a book that could have been sitting on the shelf of a cabin for decades,” enticing you to read it “because it looks cool.” Not everyone has gotten the gag however. “There have been lots of people who have been like, ‘Oh, mine has all sorts of marks on it,’” said Lawrence. On the inside cover, which cleverly has flaps which fold out like the dustjacket of a hardcover, is a map of the area, as charted by Captain George Vancouver — the late-18th-century explorer, and namesake of the city and island. Although the publisher pressed to
include a more recent and detailed map of the area, Lawrence insisted on Vancouver’s map, due to its lack of detail. Lawrence explained this was out of respect for the residents of Desolation Sound, whose adventures and antics make up a large portion of the book, some of whom were “basically pissed off” that Lawrence would jeopardize their little slice of paradise by popularizing it. The book is actually a collection of stories that take place in and around the mountainous, seaside landscape known as Desolation Sound. Some do chronicle the adventures of people such as Captain Vancouver, early Scandinavian immigrants, hippies and draft dodgers; however, these tales are mainly there to give context. The majority of the book is about Lawrence’s life, as told through his experiences in the Sound. Lawrence first visited the area via seaplane with his father in the late
’70s, when the elder Lawrence was considering buying a large piece of land with the intention of developing it into several cabin sites. He returned, by car and rickety motorboat, after the family purchased the land. Given the terrifying, wet, cold and even vomit-inducing conditions of Lawrence’s first couple of visits, it is amazing that over the arc of the book, which spans some 30 years, he falls madly in love with the place and the people who inhabit it. Lawrence starts off as an awkward kid in glasses and knee-braces, regarding the locals with trepidation and alarm, but through his adventures and interactions he becomes “one of those people [he] feared.” According to Lawrence: “Now I am one of those hairy, stinky machete-wielding weirdos.” To the point where he has started to regard himself more and more as a resident of Desolation Sound who spends time in Vancouver, rather
than a cottager from the city. Lawrence dismisses the notion that his book will popularize the remote area mainly due to the remote nature of the area. “There are no roads. Humans [in Desolation Sound] are at the mercy of Mother Nature,” said Lawrence. “You are either on your feet or on a boat.” The place demands respect, he says, and there is no guarantee for survival. “There are people who are killed, there are drownings all the time, because people didn’t respect the place. [Humans] are a very domesticated creature, and Desolation Sound will kick your butt.” Put simply, the stories found in Adventures in Solitude are heartwarming and hilarious, in the way that only true stories, told by someone who lived through them, can be. Anyone with an appreciation for nature and the occasional desire to get away from it all will fall in love with this book.
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Vin Chaud In honour of our six month long winter I share with you a delicious, French winter treat compliments of my sister. This is sure to make a wine drinker out of anyone! 1 bottle red wine (any type will do) a pinch of nutmeg half an orange studded with 2 or 3 cloves 1 cinnamon stick 1/2 cup of sugar
all ingredients into a pot. Over medium heat warm thoroughly. You will know it is ready when you can see steam over the surface (you can mull longer if you wish to add more intense spice flavour). Pour into mugs and garnish with an orange wedge and cinnamon stick.
*You can always switch up the spices according to your own tastes. If you have it, a splash of cognac or brandy adds a yummy kick.
this week in arts.
UNB Red N’ Black Revue @ the Playhouse Jan. 23, 8 p.m.
The annual Red N’ Black Revue talent show is being held at the Playhouse this month. Auditions started Monday and will continue to be held Friday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for non-students.
New Brunswick Reads @ UNB Jan. 18, 8 p.m.
Commonwealth award winning author, Keith Oatley will be visiting the UNB campus this month. The award winner will be dropping in to the Alumni Memorial Building for a book signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Art Exhibit @ Convention Centre Now
The new downtown Convention Centre officially opens Jan. 12 and Gallery 78 and Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts are teaming up to share some artwork with its visitors. Paintings by Stephen May, Anna Cameron and Alexandrya Eaton.
Charlotte Bailey The Fulcrum (University of Ottawa) OTTAWA (CUP) — Are you one of the millions of people caught up in the Dexter craze? Can’t wait for United States of Tara to start airing again? Or perhaps reality TV has you up watching Hoarders late at night? You’re not alone; serial killers, multiple-personality-plagued women and compulsive hoarders have taken over television, earning Golden Globes, Emmys and many obsessed viewers along the way. “We have a fascination with the perverse and the unusual — the ‘freaks’ and the ‘outcasts,’” said Michael Strangelove, a communications professor at the University of Ottawa. He’s referring to society’s fascination with uncommon afflictions and inexplicable phenomenon. He is currently teaching courses about pop culture, new media and media industries. “We’ve got a long fascination with that which does not fit. This is the high age of voyeurism.” This fascination is perhaps best shown by the characters on these shows. Dexter, Tara and the hoarders all present stereotypical and hyperbolic portrayals of people with uncommon mental disorders. Dexter is a “nice guy” serial killer who only kills criminals, Tara is a mother of two with multiple personalities and hoarders have an obsession with keeping absolutely everything that enters their houses. Strangelove believes media explorations of people with uncommon mental illnesses stem from our obsession with knowing the business of others who are very different from us. He noted that humans have a history of this kind of behaviour, citing the freakshow circuses of the 1800s and French asylums that sold tickets for patrons to interact with patients. This history of voyeurism — the act of deriving pleasure from watching another person — as entertainment has been rebranded for the modern day. Today, a new breed of outcasts entertains audiences, in the form of basic cable TV shows. These characters fuel viewer obsession with society’s outcasts. “People have suggested that these shows represent our concern for the breakdown of society,” explained Strangelove. “We’re looking at things that don’t fit into what’s supposed to be a highly-ordered society. We’re
Shows like Dexter misrepresent the struggles on mental illness. Photo Supplied looking at symbols of our anxiety over the collapse of order.” These shows might prey on society’s anxiety, but U of O psychology professor Steven Arnocky argues it’s their portrayal of the mentally ill that makes them so interesting. “That’s the thing with all of these obscure disorders — they’re the most entertaining for us to watch shows about, but in terms of research available, they’re often the most understudied,” he said. Of course, there’s a risk involved with producing these shows: People often feel as though they’re learning the realities of mental illness by watching them. Dexter fans at the U of O, for example, felt that the show gave them an introspective view of the mind of a psychopath. “I think [Dexter] sheds light on [mental health],” said Nicole Iantorno, a third-year student. “You’re looking into the reality of this person. You don’t see them as the monster they’re portrayed as; you see them as the monster living inside of them that they can’t control.” Chris Kiehn, another third-year student, agrees. “It does glorify illness a little bit, but you come to love Dexter as a character. You see their struggle — they can’t control it.” But women’s studies major Allysa Olding is disappointed by the way
shows like United States of Tara portray mental illness. “I think that these shows simplify the experiences of many different people into a narrative that has little or no basis in reality,” she said. “There are underlying assumptions: You are not the norm, you are possibly dangerous and you are defined by your mental illness. It makes me pretty damn angry.” Strangelove says that although he loves these shows as forms of entertainment, they can’t be expected to accurately depict mental health patients. “It’s fascinating to see,” says Strangelove. “You don’t learn anything. They sensationalize everything. There’s no depth to it; it’s pure voyeurism.” Television, he says, is a form of entertainment designed to give viewers what they want. “To ask night-time dramas to teach us something is a bit much — it’s not their role,” he explained. “Education and consciousness-raising is something that isn’t entertaining. It’s something that’s more akin to work.” But, Arnocky believes education is the most important aspect when it comes to perceptions of mental health. “Ultimately, the most positive thing that we can do is educate individuals. These shows are created first and foremost as a form of entertainment. It’s something that has to be taken with a grain of salt.”
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Hagerman’s New Year horoscopes Aries
(March 21st - April 19th)
(April 20th - May 20th)
(May 21st - June 21st)
You will feel like undertaking many fresh beginnings this year, dearest Aries. These experiences will not be defined by how new they are, but will rather be defined by how fresh-smelling they are. You will wash your laundry just a little bit more than you used to and purchase some scented soaps with names like “Indulgent Strawberry Blast” and “Succulent French Hors d’Oeuvres.” Your lucky number is 6 and fourquarters.
Your promise to uphold your New Year’s Resolutions will become strained, dearest Taurus. The cosmos will conspire against you, but you must persevere. Whether your friends try to dissuade you, your parents disown you or your professors raise a condescending eyebrow against you, always remember: those 50 pounds aren’t going to gain themselves! Your lucky move is Knight to Battleship 7 for a Full House.
The New Year will bring about many changes in your life, dearest Gemini. The most obvious change will be when you have to write “2011” or “’11” on your papers instead of “2010” or “’10.” Make sure you remember to change your mental date settings because if you forget there is a hidden clause in the UNB Charter that allows professors to instantly give you a grade of F for handing in last year’s work. Your lucky platform is nine and threequarters (but not THAT platform nine and three-quarters).
(June 22nd- July 22nd) Your fear of aging will become even more prevalent this year, dearest Cancer. However, with age come great opportunities that you may have previously ignored. Make up for the appearance of white hair with a really big moustache, cover up any wrinkles with mystical-looking face tattoos and leave your turn signal on to let others know of the unpredictability of life itself. People will look up to you for inspiration, if only you let them. Your lucky planet is Pluto.
(July 23rd - August 22nd)
(August 23rd - September 22nd)
Libra (September 23rd - October 23rd)
You will see substantial monetary gain in the New Year, dearest Leo. You will finally decide that a lot of things you’ve been keeping around your place are not so useful to you, but are worth millions to other people. That original Gutenberg Bible that you’ve had for years that you’ve never read? You’d be surprised how much people would pay for something that you really only read that one time. Your lucky spread is Light Baconnaise.
2011 will be a year of growth for you, dearest Virgo. Specifically, all of your pencils will be longer than you last remember. Don’t worry about it. Try to forget about the fact that all of your pencils are mechanical pencils as well. The more you think about it, the worse it will get. Try to think about happy things, like SpongeBob. Your lucky shape is the Möbius strip.
(October 24th - November 22nd)
(November 23rd - December 21st)
The advances in technology will become even more obvious to you this year, dearest Scorpio. Your 20 dollar mp3 player that you got for Christmas has a secret button that transforms it into a car. Unfortunately, technology will not have advanced enough for it to be any bigger than an average Hot Wheels car. Fortunately, you will not care because the transformation is still pretty damn cool. Your lucky DVD capacity is 8.5 gigabytes.
(December 22nd - January 20th)
(January 21st - February 18th)
(February 19th - March 20th)
Fashion sense will be very high on your priority list this year, dearest Aquarius. The old tried-and-true pieces of advice such as “Don’t wear socks with sandals” and “Wearing pajamas to school makes you look like a slob” are now considered to be outdated or “SO last year!” Prove your fashion savvy by combining these two former faux pas and let the praise roll in! Your lucky Prince of Persia is portrayed by Yuri Lowenthal.
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Not unlike yourself, your musical tastes will change over the coming year, dearest Capricorn. Years of listening to the booming bass of club music and the power chords of rock music will leave you immune to your former favourites and instead leave you unable to enjoy listening to any music except for the Bill Nye the Science Guy theme song. Your lucky circumference is the length of your lucky diameter multiplied by your lucky pi.
Your personal relationships will become much more complex this year, dearest Sagittarius. Your mind will become interlinked with anyone that you’ve ever met through an improbable psychic connection that only you know about. This will make all future conversations you have with your friends both incredibly hilarious and incredibly awkward. Overall, you will consider it a positive. Your lucky type of videogames is Bro-Op games.
Keeping close with your friends will be the highlight of your year, dearest Pisces. Consider keeping them even closer with duct tape, Super Glue or even an all-seeing surveillance system. Nothing says “deep and meaningful friendship” like knowing that you’re always watching and being watched in turn! No advice is needed for what to do with your enemies because nobody would dare be your enemy with the friendship skills you now exhibit. Your lucky Caesar salad contains exquisite mushrooms.
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B.A.’s birthday blow out: not a family eve
Battle of the Maritimes: can’t make beer out of potatoes (PEI)
alison clack: ‘the irish red’ hiliary paige smith: ‘pale lady’ christian hapgood: ‘beer-ded’ colin mcphail: ‘drunkard’
Brewed in Halifax, NS Christian: “I’d get drunk off this.” Johnston’s shows have a history of getting out of hand. Past shows at the Capital alone have ended with BA singing in the bathroom and a bra being thrown on stage. Photo Supplied
Hilary: “Delicious. I’d sail away with this beer anyday.”
Matt Belyea Arts Reporter After taking a long time to think it over, B.A. Johnston couldn’t decide how old he was turning on Jan. 20, 2011. He only knows that he will be performing in Fredericton that night. “Fredericton shows are usually a lot of fun and I usually play a show on my birthday - so it made sense,” says Johnston. After sweeping through Quebec City, Saint John and Sackville, Johnston will stop in Fredericton with special guest Jon Mckiel to celebrate the day of his birth. Originally named Christian Johnston, the Hamilton, Ontario native grew up to be B.A. Johnston. “I used to be called Bored Again Christian for a bit, instead of born again—and then I didn’t think it was funny after a short period of time,” said Johnston in a dry tone. Unfortunately for him, the initials stuck and the musical comedian became well known for his shirtless shenanigans and legendary snot rockets. Pinpointing what Johnston actually does for a living is hard. “If it’s like family members asking I just tell them I’m a comedian because it seems easier than having an actual long conversation.” Johnston falls into the ranks of Jack Black and Newfoundland’s Donnie Dumphy. The portly jokester wears a ginger beard and a trucker hat as he bellows out drunken melodies and anthems. Although he did not disclose his age, his experience seems telling. “I’ve played every single province [in Canada] and the Yukon,” said
Colin: “tasteless, it missed the exit to flavour country.”
Johnston. He’s done a lot of touring on the bus over the years and was happy to share his stories. “I was taking the bus over night to play a show in Vancouver. The bus stopped in Kelowna and this kinda crazy man sat next to me - he was really fucked up looking. He had blood on the collar of his shirt and he looked like he had burned his face recently. He fell asleep and kept putting his leg over mine - it was really weird. I didn’t sleep all night and then at five in the morning the bus stopped in Vancouver and he stood up and a knife fell out of his pocket - like a shank.” But Johnston continued on, a brave Canadian, a troubadour of musical talent. His latest album came out in September and is called Thank You for Being a Friend. Some of his previous albums include My Heart is Blinking Nintendo and Call Me When Old and Fat is the New Young and Sexy. The release of his popular DVD titled This is What 110% Smells Like documents Johnston’s provocative nature. Johnston’s tour is sure to include a good blend of music from his new album as well as his old. “It will be slightly different than it has been, as different as my shows ever are, I guess,” said Johnston. Johnston no longer lives with his mom; he now has a bachelor apartment that is connected to his mom’s house. On his birthday blow out in Fredericton he will be drinking whatever is free, so drop by the Capital Complex Jan. 20 and buy this gent a pint.
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Weekend split at home for women’s volleyball
Christopher Cameron Sports Editor After going into the break losing four straight, the UNB women’s volleyball team came out flat in their opening weekend of the second half. On Saturday the Varsity Reds took on the Acadia Axewomen, second last in the AUS going into the weekend. Although they were expected to have a walk in the park the Axewomen took UNB five sets, with the Varsity Reds coming out with 19-17 fifth set win to take the match. Jill Blanchard led the team 26 of the team’s 68 kills, being named the player of the game for UNB. Head coach John Richard gives the Axewomen more credit than the standings show. “I wouldn’t say they’re the second worst team in the conference,” said Richard. “They have nine losses, six in the fifth set, so personnel wise they’re as good as a lot of teams. The difference between us and them is we’ve won more of those five setters.” Richard continued, discussing how their execution just was not there and losing Monica Jones was a huge loss. “Our execution level was not very good. It was ugly at times, but credit to Acadia, they played well,” he said. “It was a little traumatic when Monica Jones went down and did her knee again. That was a shock to our team. I was proud of our girls and how we pulled it out in the fifth.” Losing Jones is a big hit to this roster; especially as her return this season does not look promising. “She has to be further evaluated this week, but I don’t think she’s coming back anytime soon,” said Richard. “It’s tough. She’s our captain and a real vocal presence out there for us. She brings a lot of energy and other girls are going to have to step up for sure. After their hard fought match against Acadia and losing Jones, the weekend’s toughest test came Sunday
Back in action for the first time since the holiday break, the women’s volleyball team split their matches over the weekend. After welcoming back Tanya Paulin after an injury early in the season, the team suffered another injury to Monica Jones on Saturday. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan as UNB took on the first place Saint Mary’s Huskies, with a chance to tie the Huskies with a win. The Varsity Reds opened with a 25-
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16 first set win, with SMU taking the next two sets (25-20 and 25-21), for a 2-1 lead. A tight fourth set followed with UNB going down three points
early, coming back to take the lead. UNB fifth-year left side player Erica Hay stepped up for the Varsity Reds helping to lead them to a 25-21 fourth
Will the women’s volleyball team be able to stay atop the AUS standings without Monica Jones?
I think they can, hopefully sooner rather than later because if they struggle to find their groove without her early on then they may lose a few games and by the time they find their groove they may be middle to bottom of the pack in the AUS.
Jones is an important piece to the championship puzzle. However, the elite teams use depth and character to rise above the tough times and succeed. This team has the ability to do that. They played solid volleyball in the first half while missing Paulin. They can do the same without Jones. Paulin, along with Blanchard and Hay, will provide the character and leadership to propel this squad to glory.
Whenever you lose a player like Jones it has the potential to impact your team. The good news for John Richard and the team is that they have another great libero in Megan Dudeck. Dudeck has seen a lot of playing time at the AUS level and is a more than capable player. The Reds shouldn’t miss a beat.
set win, setting up a second straight fifth set finish. “I thought she was average last night,” said Richard. “I felt pretty confident she would come back with a good game today and that is exactly what she did.” After a good start to the fifth set, the hopes of a comeback win were squished by the Huskies with a close final set loss of 16-14. Richard discussed the importance of this game, considering these teams are considered to be two of the best in the conference. “They’re a good team with two really good left sides. It doesn’t take much to change the dynamic for sure. Again we were down 2-1 and showed a lot of composure to battle back in that fourth set so losing 16-14 in the fifth set, there’s no shame in that. We knew coming in we would be matched closely so this just shows how close we will be for the remainder of the season.” Good news for the Varsity Reds is Tanya Paulin was back for the first time since September. Richard is confident after this weekend Paulin will be back at the top of her game in no time. “I thought she was really good last night and I thought she was even better today so she’s just going to get stronger as she gets her game legs under her,” he said. “She’s dominate down the middle. She helps us on both sides of the ball so having her back is huge.” Paulin is excited to be back in action after a long first semester watching her team from the sidelines. “It feels great. It’s good to be out there and contribute to the team, especially when we get some wins,” she said. “It is hard to sit there and know all you can do is cheer as hard as you can. It wasn’t easy, but I knew I had to do it. I’m 100 per cent now and good to go.” The next action for UNB is at home this weekend on Saturday against Dalhousie.
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When a team is playing well, it’s usually a sign of very good team chemistry. Losing a player can be detrimental to a team, especially the captain. But then again, this team is doing very well and I think that despite losing their captain, they can pull through the loss of Monica Jones and keep up the winning. I think they will notice the loss, but be able to power through it.
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briefs Men’s basketball split weekend at MUN The UNB men’s basketball team has continued to show their improvements this season as they split their roadtrip at MUNover the weekend winning 71-58 on Saturday followed by a close game Sunday losing 100-95. The next action for the team is Friday night against the Saint Mary’s Huskies, 8 p.m. at the LB Gym.
Boyce scores first NHL goal as a Leaf Darryl Boyce, former UNBVarsity Reds men’s hockey player scored his first NHL goal Jan. 1 against the Ottawa Senators in the Leafs 5-1 win. In five games this season with the Maple Leafs, Boyce has one goal and five points.
UNB wreslting team wins UofA tournament Last weekend the UNB Black Bear wrestling team was in Alberta last weekend for the University of Alberta tournament. The team came out on top for the second straight year winning with 43 points, followed by Saskatchewan in second (23pts), Regina in third (22pts), Calgary in fourth, and of U of A in fifth.
Black Bear wrestling team wins three duel meets Although the team was in Alberta for the U of A tournament the day before UNB went head-to-head with Calgary winning six matches and losing one, against Simon Fraser winning four and losing two, and against the U of A winning seven and losing none. The team is still in preparation for CIS with a trip to Guelph on Jan. 22, followed by the UNB open on Jan. 29.
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After suffering two straight losses on the road against Dal and Acadia before the break the men’s hockey team shut out both teams over the weekend at home, continuing to hold onto first place in the AUS. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Colin McPhail Editor-in-Chief Unlike the previous weekend set against Dalhousie and Acadia, UNB was firing on all cylinders as they played two nights of shutout hockey to begin the second half of the AUS season. The Reds were unexpectedly upset by the Axemen and Tigers in late November, allowing a combined nine goals against. However, the return of Luke Gallant and Josh Kidd to the blueline coupled with the stellar play of the UNB netminding tandem propelled UNB to a combined 11-0 thrashing of the two Nova Scotia clubs. The hometown Reds got off to quick start scoring three first-period goals, including a dandy by Jonathan Harty who received a lead feed from Bretton Stamler, split the Dalhousie defence and slipped a backhand shot five-hole to open the scoring. Spencer Corcoran added to the lead with a bullet slapshot from the top of circle, while Jordan Clendenning chipped in the third with under two to go in the first. The offensive onslaught continued into the second frame as Josh Kidd went flying by a three Dalhousie defenders and snapped a shot top corner. The night for non-prolific scorers continued with Ryan Seymour tallying his second of the season. Enjoying the comfy lead, the Reds let their the defensive unit take over and Travis Fullerton stopped all 18 shots on route the easy 5-0 victory. “I thought overall it was a pretty good sixty-minute effort,” said head coach Gardiner MacDougall. “We were efficient in
the first. I thought we took advantage of our opportunities and put them in. Part of the skill you want to improve on is your shooting skills and I thought we had some real good shots on the goals we scored.“ Saturday’s matchup against Acadia was a rough affair with a definite playoff atmosphere. 146 minutes of penalties were dolled out, including 10 10-minute misconducts. After a scoreless and physical first period, the Reds opened the floodgates with four goals in the second. Harty opened the scoring once again, while Chris Culligan, Hunter Tremblay and Nick MacNeil put the game to rest. Tremblay and Nick Layton added third-period markers for good measure as the physicality picked up and a number of scrums ensued. Lost in the physical atmosphere of the game was the terrific play of Derek Yeomans. The UNB netminder turned away all 25 shots in the 6-0 win, four of which were point-blank breakaways. The head coach was very pleased with the performance of his goaltenders and is not at all worried about having a goalie controversy on his hands. “I think it’s a positive,” said MacDougall. “I like the way both of them played. The thing is that they get along so well and I think that’s a compliment. They’re very supportive and I think the happiest guy in the dressing room [after Acadia], aside from Derek Yeomans, was Travis Fullerton for him. I think that’s what a team is all about. Even though the offence tallied 11 goals over the weekend, the real story was
the squad’s strong play on the blueline and in goal. “We’ve got two great goalies out there and we have the outmost confidence in both of them,” explained Harty. “The forwards help us in the backend and the D are solid out there. We just let the forwards go to work and keep it simple. It’s an all around team effort when we get those shutouts.” The blueline also played a large part in the offensive onslaught, tallying four goals and 11 points in the weekend action. Kidd, who recently returned from being sidelined with an injury, had a goal and two assists and his strong defensive play was definitely missed. “It’s huge having Gallant back and [Kidd] now, too,” said a very appreciative Fullerton. “It’s an amazing defensive core to have play in front of you. They do a great job clearing pucks, not letting any shots through and Derek and I just have to do our job back there. It’s good to get them back and hopefully we can stay healthy now.” Overall, MacDougall was extremely pleased with his team’s play at both ends and is content to start the second half in this fashion. “We pride ourselves in being a twoway hockey team and we had our work cut out for us, but I thought Derek really responded well and Fullerton didn’t get as many shots, but did the job for us.” The head coach is going to be looking for similar outings as they Reds travel to Moncton on Friday and play host to UPEI on Saturday.
Diving in sport: Deception or open to interpretation? Dylan Matthias The Dalhousie Gazette (CUP) HALIFAX (CUP) — I’ve managed to avoid writing this column for a long time, but here I am, a semi-amateur soccer reporter who moonlights as a creative writer — I had to do it, I’m afraid. Creativity is a cornerstone of any sport, but on a 120-by-70-yard field, the amount of space means creativity thrives. Some players use it to score great goals, make delightful defensive tackles or pull off some stunning saves. But wherever instinct, freedom and constraints exist, deceit can happen. Sometimes, it’s advantageous. Some say it’s part of the game. Sometimes it’s so obvious, it’s comical. But no matter what, diving in any sport — especially soccer, where the sport’s reputation is so entwined with it — always raises ethical questions. There are lots of dives. There are the ones the referee doesn’t see and their counterparts — the ones the referee saw, but didn’t really feel were trying to fool him. Like any ethical question, it’s about pushing the limits of acceptability.
Soccer’s laws aren’t written in stone. They change every few years when a committee called IFAB, the International Football Association Board, made up mostly, but not entirely, of Brits decides to change them. Rather, they’re written in such a way that there can be a lot of grey area open to interpretation. We hockey-bred Canadians tend to condemn anyone who “goes down easy,” but there’s a difference between going down easy for no reason and falling down after being fouled. Dives can have a message — they can scream for attention to a hidden foul or they can question a referee’s interpretation of a play. Is it really part of the game? Any sport must have its villains to work, and diving is part of the conversation. Fans of the game, like you and me, get caught up in viewing right and wrong, and friend or foe. Dives, sport’s little fictions, exist somewhere in between. Diving isn’t good and it isn’t bad. It’s something else; it’s pretend. A dive can be good or bad. If a team’s thug comes sliding through the star striker at ridiculous speed and the striker
falls out of the way, then that dive has contributed to the game. The laws state merely that anyone attempting to deceive the referee into making a false judgment is guilty of unsportsmanlike behaviour. Thus, the onus is on the referee to make the interpretation and, ultimately, he or she must decide, as objectively as possible, what the appropriate reaction is. Is the dive deceptive and looking for advantage, or to attack? Or is it sending another message? Either way, the diver has an agenda that must be remembered. A dive is there for interpretation by everyone, whatever the decision. A dive is part of the game. The diver — the writer, the actor, the painter, anyone who imagines and pretends while really creating something in order to speak — puts it out there for people to see. It isn’t easy, it takes a certain type of person and, especially in sports, it’s risky. The dive isn’t always meant for the good of the game just as the fiction isn’t always meant for the good of the world. It’s a reaction or a prediction, a message, and a story. I, for one, prefer my sports with stories.
brunswickansports Reds Future Faces: Nick MacNeil
Christopher Cameron Sports Editor The only first-year player to find himself on the UNB men’s hockey roster this season is Creignish, Nova Scotia native Nick MacNeil. MacNeil, a former player for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, comes to UNB looking to continue his education in the faculty of business after beginning his education at CBU while playing in the QMJHL. He discusses with The Brunswickan how he ended up at UNB and some of the top moments thus far in his hockey career. Brunswickan: What brought you to UNB? Nick MacNeil: I really wanted to win a championship. That is probably the main reason I came here. UNB has had a great program in the past and with the nationals coming up at UNB I figured it was the best opportunity I could get to win a championship. B: Were there many schools that were looking to recruit you? NM: There were quite a few in the AUS. StFX and Saint Mary’s were high on my list too, but the nationals really played a part in it. I was not sure if I would play a lot here. I had a pro tryout too so I wasn’t sure what I was going to do so I decided to come to UNB if things did not work out pro.
B: What adjustment does it take to become a student athlete as opposed to just focusing on hockey? NM: In junior I was still a student. I went to CBU where I was only part-time, but now that I’m here it is a big adjustment. You have to go to classes all day, then practice, then sometimes at night even if you’re tired you have to force yourself to study. It’s been an adjustment, but it’s been working out well. B: What assets do you bring to the team both on and off the ice? NM: I try to bring leadership on and off the ice. I am one of the few rookies this year so luckily I’m fitting in well with the team. I’m just trying to be a better player and on the ice I’m going to bring a two way game and use my size and try to be an impact player on the team. B: How did you get started in hockey? NM: I started when I was five. Around the same time I started baseball too. Growing up it was hockey in the winter, baseball in the summer. When I was about 15 I really had to make a choice, either baseball or play hockey. I decided to play hockey and it’s been a journey so far. B: What are the major moments in your career that have stood out for you? NM: Last year I got to wear the ‘C’ in Cape Breton, which was a tremendous honour. I would say the pro camp I went to this year in St. Louis was an unbelievable experience. I hope I can go back there again some day because it was an awesome experience. B: What is main moment that has stood out for you this year at UNB? NM: I would have to say the winning aspect of the team. We had a few road trips down to the States and we have a great group guys. I think it has just been a great experience this year and nothing has really stood out aside from the great atmosphere with the team.
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Corby leads Reds over Sea-Hawks Christopher Cameron Sports Editor After a month away from AUS play, the Varsity Reds women’s basketball team was in Newfoundland for one of their toughest road trips of the season. Ranked number one in the AUS going into the weekend, it would take some strong play to hold off CBU from taking over top spot. On Saturday Leah Corby helped lead the team over the Sea-Hawks with 24 points in the huge 94-65 win. After splitting at home against the SeaHawks last semester, a split on the road would not have been a huge disappointment for the team, but the Varsity Reds were not satisfied with that thought. After Memorial opened up a ten-point lead in the second quarter, UNB battled back to within one, down 46-45 going into half. A strong second half won it for the Varsity Reds, in particular a huge fourth quarter, scoring 30 points to sweep the weekend with a 94-78 win. Leah Corby led the team in scoring again with 19 points and three rebounds. Head coach Jeff Speedy is pleased with the sweep over the weekend, especially after splitting at home last time against Memorial. “It was definitely a good confidence builder for sure. Anytime you win over there it’s great,” said Speedy. “To get two that’s better than great, whatever that is. I’m happy with the big picture, but more happy with Sunday’s win.” Speedy was impressed with his team’s composure in Sunday’s game. “I was definitely pleased with the second win on Sunday, just because the mentality over there is kind of to split,” he said. “Since we won the first night a lot of people could have understood how
The UNB women’s basketball team held onto top spot in the AUS over the weeekend as they swept the Memorial Sea-Hawks on the road.They are at home this weekend hosting SMU on Friday. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan we could have lost the second day. We feel behind by ten in the second quarter on Sunday, but clawed our way back in by halftime and then played a great second half.” Although Claire Colborne and Amanda Sharpe have been two of the main players discussed, Speedy gives credit to some players that have been huge for the team even though they may have become slightly unnoticed. “I think we’re getting some very good play from our starting point guard that goes a little unnoticed as she’s not one of our top scorers and that is Megan Corby,” he said. “I think Jordanne Holstein and Laura Fowler have a role to come in off the bench and provide some defence and rebounding and a little bit of scoring. I think they’re both doing a good job fulfilling that role.” “I think everyone looks at our scorers
and sees we have three in top six or seven in the league and those three are doing fantastic for sure, but I think the three I just mentioned are going unnoticed and doing some good things for us.” With the team firing on all cylinders, they will take on the Saint Mary’s Huskies, a team they have yet to face this season. Speedy is glad they only have one team to focus on this weekend before the schedule gets tough in the next few weeks. “The big focus right now is this week’s practice and we’ll focus all week on Saint Mary’s. It’s nice to only have one opponent to prepare for like we will in many weekends down the road. We’re looking forward to having our first home game in a long while on Friday and are not looking past that at all.” The Huskies will be in town for a 6 p.m. start Friday at the LB Gym.
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Sea-Hawks no competition for Reds volleyball at home
Home for the first time this season the UNB men’s volleyball team dropped Memorial in two straight matches over the weekend, both ending 3-0. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Christopher Cameron Sports Editor After a semester where the Varsity Reds did not have a home game, they were home for the first time hosting Memorial to a doubleheader. Coming off their holiday tournament success in Toronto the Varsity Reds continued their domination dropping Memorial in style with two 3-0 wins. Head coach Dan McMorran was pleased with his team’s effort over the weekend, showing they know what they need to do in order to keep up their high level of play. “Playing against Memorial wasn’t as tough as some of the teams we played against in the Interlock and in our exhibition at Christmas time, but they are a different style of ball, which is they set the middle a little differently cause of the people they have, so it took some patience from us,” he said. “We’re used to a few different systems, but theirs is just another to adjust to.” McMorran continued saying that although the team had such a great performance that playing against stronger teams they would need to improve. “We’re not as good in the middle as we need to be. I just said that in our team meeting,” said McMorran. “Our setters and our middles are going to have to commit to two more individual sessions per week from now on. We’re not clicking like we need to be in the middle and that is a big factor for us. Right now we are not crisp enough right now in the middle and that’s where we need to step things up.”
He continued, stating that this was partially due to the fact they were using all players on the roster to see how they would perform in certain situations. “We also had the opportunity to have all 14 guys playing this weekend. These weren’t charity minutes,” said McMorran. “Our guys still need to be performing, but it gave us an opportunity to check out some guys in positions if we need them to fill in down the stretch.” “John Tower came into today with nine kills and only two errors and he’ll be a guy if Tyler Veenhuis needs to come out, he’s one of the guys that showed he can fill in that position.” The Varsity Reds are off until Jan. 21-23 when they travel to Halifax for the third and final Interlock tournament. Their next home action is Feb. 12-13 when they play host to Dalhousie for Think Pink Weekend. McMorran knows there is some intimidation that comes from playing Dal as they have dominated the AUS, but does not feel it is a major concern. “We talk about that [the mental block against Dal]. It’s not a situation where it is a team issue right now, nor do we want it to be,” said McMorran. “There’s a couple players here right now that we have to make sure their mind frames are in a different area. In the same light we have guys that aren’t bothered by that. They don’t care. They have that competitive fire and Dal has no intimidation on them. There’s been a few points in games that we need work on. I don’t know if that’s a Dal thing where we just can’t play in certain situations against them or what, but I think we can address them easily.”
Sticking with your New Years Resolution Brian Savoie Sports Reporter It’s mid-January, the time when vacations are beginning to seem like distant memories and New Year’s resolutions are becoming harder to stick to. One resolution that many people from all walks of life try to fulfill is the goal of weight loss and leading a “healthy” lifestyle. These two themes are no doubt influenced largely by increased of calorie intake towards the end of the year. Between Christmas, New Year’s and Thanksgiving, it’s hard for many people to stick to a 2,000 calorie diet, let alone a regular workout routine. If a common theme is weight loss, then another common New Year’s resolution reality is the failure to obtain the goals. So how does one make it to their lofty aspirations of washboard abs and legs shaped by the gods? The first thing to keep in mind when your sticking with your weight loss aspirations is not to make them so lofty and think in the short term. Especially if you’re a bigger person, don’t worry about next month, concentrate on next week. Setting obtainable short term goals and even rewards associated with those goals makes them all the more realistic and increases a person’s chance to making it to the end. Breaking your goals down to the weekly level and concentrating on losing a pound a week is way more effective than to say you want to lose twenty pounds by March. It also makes you as an individual accountable
to yourself on a daily basis. The other very big thing with weight loss is a person’s diet. There is this perception that weight loss and physical activities are intimately tied together and in order to achieve a weight loss goal you have to spend hours at the gym. The reality is that physical activity isn’t actually tied to large weight loss directly. Physical activity is good for a person and influences are range of positive aspects from increasing energy, lowering cancer rates and increasing longevity, but if you are going to the gym for the strict purpose of dropping pounds, you are not going to have all that much success without changing your diet to reflect your goals. Now there are a range of diets and weight loss groups out there. However many students do not have the cash to shell out for plans like that. There is a wide range of free resources out there and the Internet is a wonderful window into a variety of weight loss techniques and ideas. The two overall components that a person should follow is look to the Canadian Food Guide for guidance and try to restrict calorie consumption to less than 2,000 a day. The only time that a person should go over that amount is if they are an active individual and are feeling lethargic or tired from lack of food. Some of this may seem like common sense, but it gets harder and harder to stick with goals as school begins to take up more and more time. It also helps to not begin this journey by yourself; doing it with friends helps you stay accountable to each other and have gym buddies. Good luck to any and all who are striving to keep the “winter weight” off.