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undergraduate degree. Campbell said universities and government need to look at ways to lower student debt. “It seems like a big number to me, and it’s not a number that I’m happy with,”said Campbell.“But the real question is how do we approve this situation? What do we do in response?” Campbell said though he did not have the chance to read the study, he believes high tuition fees are a barrier for low income families in pursuing higher education. He said post-secondary institutions need to make sure potential students know of the opportunities they have to help pay for their education and how to access them, whether it is grants or bursaries, or co-op education programs. “There’s on the order of $7 billion worth of student aid in this country on an annual basis… That tells me that our governments by and large have understood the value of having people go off to post-secondary,” said Campbell. “Those programs are far from perfect, and there are people, including many

ranking fourth for the highest tuition in the country is not where the province wants to be. “I think the New Brunswick government definitely needs to take a look at this. And take a look also at what other provinces are doing, and see what they can do to become better on that list,” said Martel. He said the government needs to see post-secondary education in a different light. “I also think they need to start taking a look at post-secondary education in the bigger picture, and that involves financial aid and accessibility, but also how students in debt aren’t able to help society as much as a student who might be able to get out with no or low debt,” he said.

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Bronté James The Brunswickan Shooting stars, wishing wells and magic genies are no longer needed to make a wish come true. The Children’s Make A Wish Foundation is helping dreams become reality for children with high-risk, life threatening illnesses. Since 1997, the Children’s Make a Wish Foundation had granted the wishes of 770 children in New Brunswick, and 19,000 nationally, to children over the age of three and under the age of 18. “If you think about it, that’s an awful lot of children, and the wish itself impacts the child directly – they get to choose what their wish will be, so it’s pretty powerful when that wish also involves their family members and members of the community,” said Debbie Howard, event coordinator for the New Brunswick chapter. “Every wish is unique and individual, just like the children themselves, and every story is special.” Recognizing the f inancial and emotional burden that comes with a child being in the hospital, University of New Brunswick’s Harrison House partnered with The Children’s Make a Wish Foundation to help those in need. “Being a nursing student I know the costs and how difficult it can be for the families, because the wishes don’t just help out the child, they also help out the family,” said Harrison House charity representative, Nicole Deyarmond. “If the child has leukemia, you see them day in and day out, throwing up in the hospital, so if you can get them a trip to meet Harry Potter, that can just make their day so much better.”

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Exhibit curator Robert Dallison presents a display to students at the Harriet Irving Library. Liz Stanin / The Brunswickan Elizabeth Creelman Arts Reporter When one pictures New Brunswick, war doesn’t usually pop to mind; trees, perhaps, or snow, but not war. This is as it should be. War is not a particularly wonderful thing. However, as an exhibition currently residing in the Harriet Irving Library demonstrates, it can be significantly more interesting than trees. (Sorry, forestry students.) Archives & Special Collections is hosting the Fredericton Region Museum’s travelling exhibition entitled “War of 1812: A New Brunswick Perspective”. The exhibition is curated by Robert Dallison, veteran of 35 years in the army, ten years of running King`s Landing, and author of A Neighbourly War: New Brunswick and the War of 1812. “The museum asked me if I would do an exhibit for them on the war of 1812,” he said.

“Then... they asked us to do a second exhibit that would travel the province, so I’ve ended up with the book and two exhibits on the War of 1812 and suddenly, I find myself an expert. It’s a bit shocking.” The exhibition focuses on four main points: the start of the war, including the fear and defence which occupied the residents of the province at the time; the 104th New Brunswick regiment; the settlement which took place in the province resulting from the war; and the invasion of Maine. “I picked four points that I thought would attract attention, that would be interesting,” said Dallison. “Nothing has been written on what happened here in New Brunswick, and that’s the focus of the exhibit. It is not just the War of 1812, but what went on here in the province.” Dallison believes that students should be interested in the War of 1812 even two hundred years later, because it marks

an important turning point in our nation’s history. “For the very first time, we knew or determined who we were and developed a sense of nationalism,” he said. “It was a stepping stone to Confederation, I think. Prior to that, we knew who we weren’t – we weren’t part of the United States and we weren’t sure why we weren’t part of the United States. The War of 1812 focused it for us that we wanted to be separate and that sense of nationalism developed.” Dallison wanted to stress that by no means did he create this exhibition alone; it was a joint effort between him, Ruth Murgatroyd, executive director of Fredericton Regional Museum, and James Kitchen, a UNB student and intern. Kitchen, a fifth year student doing a joint honours in history and philosophy, worked on the exhibition from October 2011 until May 2012. After some initial discouragement at the dry nature of the

preliminary work, Kitchen said that he gained immensely from the experience and would highly recommend the internship program to arts students looking for “real world” experience. “I did most of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work,” said Kitchen over email. “Admittedly, I was not very enthusiastic about the project at first… [but eventually] I did indeed get more excited about the project and more motivated to make the exhibits as amazing as possible.” So whether you`re an arts student who eats history for breakfast and understands that it`s figurative imagery, or an engineering student who needs a dose of history to get them balanced out (you know you secretly miss it from high school), check out the exhibit on your lunch break or after class. The display can be viewed in the H.R. Stewart Room on the fifth floor of the HIL, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. until Oct. 31.


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The Cost of Learning On average, it costs a student $6,186 a year to study at a Canadian university, not including the cost of books, and living expenses. According to a recent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, that number is expected to rise to $7,330 by 2016. The study titled Eduflation and the High Cost of Learning, showed 50.2 per cent of youth from families in the top quartile of income distribution attended university by the age 19. It also showed that less than a third – 31 per cent – of youth in the bottom quartile attended university. The study found 30 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds did not pursue higher education or training for financial reasons, along with an additional 4.8 per cent who indicated it was because they couldn’t get a student loan. The study went on to say, although provincial governments and supporters of high tuition fees claim fees should re-

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flect the cost of living, fees have outpaced inflation since 1990. From 1990 to 2011, the average increase in tuition and ancillary fees was 6.2 per cent, while inflation over roughly the same period was 2.1 per cent. University of New Brunswick president Eddy Campbell, said there is a difference between Canadian Price Inflation (CPI) and the University Price Inflation (UPI). CPI is based on a certain basket of goods that relates to consumers. It compares what those goods cost last year to what they cost this year. UPI is based on the universities basket of goods, which includes things such a library costs, labour costs, and energy and utilities. He said UPI is naturally higher than CPI. “Our basket, our inflation, UPI runs on average about four per cent per year,”said Campbell.“That is significantly above CPI, almost double in most years.” Campbell said, because the UPI runs on four per cent per a year, it’s a challenge to get the government funding needed. “I certainly believe the post-secondary education is extraordinarily important to the future of this province,” said Campbell. “But I fully understand that our government is in a financial bind. They do not have a whole lot of revenues; in of 18 to 24 year olds f a c t … they’re did not pursue higher over

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spending their revenues. They’re going into deficit students, that argue they’re not big enough, not when they already have a substantial accumulated extensive enough and they’re not well known enough. And for me, I think that’s factual.” debt.” The study pointed out how most governments “It is my hope that they will find a way to recognize how important we [universities] are to take an after-the-fact approach when it comes to the future of the province, in light of their fiscal improving the cost of learning. Things like debt relief, loans forgiveness, tax credits, may provide reality,”he said. For New Brunswick, the study found tuition fees some relief after graduation, but does not help with have grown steadily since 1990, where they were upfront costs during schooling. Stephen Spence, president of the New one of the highest in the country. It predicts the average cost for tuition and ancillary fees in the Brunswick Student Alliance, said the study shows how important affordable post-secondary province will rise to $7,107 by 2015-16. “We take the cost of education for our students education is for the province’s future. “If we’re actually going to look towards a more very seriously. It’s a really big issue for us,” said Campbell.“But the other side of the coin is that we sustainable future where we don’t have to worry spend a great deal of time thinking about the quality about who’s going to be supporting our seniors of education we’re able to offer for our students. We and our hospitals, and [where] we don’t have to firmly believe we have to be able to offer a quality worry about the fact that one in ten people here is education that is comparable to any offered unemployed, we need to be investing in post-secondary education,”said Spence. anywhere in Canada, and around the world. ” “The way we do that is by making sure it’s more Campbell said if the government is unable to help the university to the extent hoped, UNB would accessible, by making sure students don’t have to look at raising tuition. He said students would be pay more… Those are the kinds of things that not involved in the discussion through the student only New Brunswick students, but all New Brunswick citizens and New Brunswick voters have representatives on the board of governors. The study found that 60 per cent of students to be conscious of,”he said. University of New Brunswick Student Union acquire an average $27,000 of debt, which does not include private debt, upon completing their president Andrew Martel, said New Brunswick undergraduate degree. Campbell said universities ranking fourth for the highest tuition in the country and government need to look at ways to lower is not where the province wants to be. “I think the New Brunswick government student debt. “It seems like a big number to me, and it’s not a definitely needs to take a look at this. And take a number that I’m happy with,”said Campbell.“But the look also at what other provinces are doing, and real question is how do we approve this situation? see what they can do to become better on that list,” said Martel. What do we do in response?” He said the government needs to see Campbell said though he did not have the chance to read the study, he believes high tuition fees are a post-secondary education in a different light. “I also think they need to start taking a look at barrier for low income families in pursuing higher education. He said post-secondary institutions need post-secondary education in the bigger picture, to make sure potential students know of the and that involves financial aid and accessibility, but opportunities they have to help pay for their also how students in debt aren’t able to help education and how to access them, whether it is society as much as a student who might be able to grants or bursaries, or co-op education get out with no or low debt,” he said. programs. “There’s on the order of $7 billion worth of student aid in this country on an annual basis… That tells me that our governments by and large have understood the value of having people go off to Numbers below post-secondary,” said represent the estimated Campbell. “Those programs are far total tuition and compulsory from perfect, and there are fees for full time undergrads people, including many

for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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TEDxUNB stimulates the mind

Heather Uhl News Reporter “Ideas,” TEDxUNB’s MC Ryan Hamilton, sa id in his opening speech, “are cool.” So began the TEDxUNB event last Tuesday. An event dedicated to the theme of “Innovation for the Body and Mind.” MacLaggan Hall’s room 53 was themed in red, white and black for the evening. For two hours, speakers discussed innovative ideas that engaged the crowd of 100. Since this was UNB’s first TEDx event, according to TED’s rules, there could only be 100 audience members. “It just went really well,” said Mostafa Shaker, head organizer of the event. “All the speakers were on the ball. People really enjoyed it. People were tweeting the whole time.” There were five presenters, Dr. Steven Turner, Lauren Cruikshank, Daphne Noonan, Dr. Darren Piercey and Dr. Kevin Englehart. They attempted to cover vast topics – each in ten minutes – like the history between understanding of human nature and technological advances, with great success. A noted absence was Smart Skin Technologies, who failed to submit their presentation for review before the deadline. Shaker said, in order to be fair to the other presenters, they were not included in the evening’s events. Though there were technical difficulties relating to the two online TED videos and a YouTube clip incorporated within the presentations, the event went smoothly. “I’d be interested in hearing feedback back from people and then looking into it and refining. We’ll definitely have another theme – a

Five presenters shared their ideas on “Innovation for the Body and Mind” at the TEDxUNB talk. Lance Kenneth Blakney / The Brunswickan different theme,” Shaker said. Despite the minor difficulties with it, technology played a large part in the overall theme; for example, Dr. Piercey’s demo videos of 3D exposure therapy for arachnophobia, public speaking and visits to the dentist’s office, or Noonan’s effective use of music as a way to describe how the iPod project works. Matthew Pearson, a friend of Noonan’s, played electric keyboard

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as part of her presentation. He did a mash up that included The Beatles and Coldplay. This was to demonstrate how people react to music, particularly the emotions and memories. “I really liked the talk about using music with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Lisa Rousseau, a spectator, said. “And I actually also really liked Darren Peircey’s talk about using 3D technology for anxiety and phobia. It’s really nice to see innovative tech-

nology coming out of Fredericton.” Bram Wyllie, Rousseau’s son, won tickets to the event by submitting a YouTube video on the TEDxUNB Facebook page, about wanting to go. He said he is a fan of Tedx talks, and claims to have watched over a thousand videos online. The ten year old was the youngest member in the audience. “My favourite one was about prosthetic limbs and I actually read a

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thing about how they worked once,” said Wyllie. The talks have since been posted to the TEDxUNB website and are linked to the Facebook page. Shaker said the TEDx talk got the audience thinking in a different way. “I think our speakers very much challenged the individuals that were sitting there to think about stuff they never thought of before.” he said.

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(Clockwise from top-left) Norman Strax, former UNB president Colin B. Mackay, protest shots of students on campus from the 1969 yearbook. Submitted “But Mackenzie house also had a lot of Strax, an assistant professor of physics, who in Vietnam’. Heather Uhl the radical students involved; I knew them arrived at UNB in 1966. Then a new PhD In 1967, Strax arranged for buses to take News Reporter because I lived in the house with them. I felt graduate from Harvard, Strax had been students and faculty down to Washington involved in the anti-war movement in the for a demonstration outside of the PentaThere are few events in the University of I saw the event from both sides.” Kent was the first don of MacKenzie USA before coming to Canada. gon. Strax became more and more radical. New Brunswick’s history that shook the House, which opened in 1965. In 1967, Strax had been concerned about the It was in September of 1968 that the campus like the Strax affair did in 1968. “When the Strax affair came along, Kent became executive assistant to president apathy of the UNB’s student population, University of New Brunswick introduced while I was the president’s executive assist- Colin B. Mackay. Just in time for the Strax and according to Kent, felt it was part of the first photo-ID cards. “So Strax decided he was going to proant, I saw it from his [the president’s] office,” affair, which Kent’s new book, Inventing his job to sensitize the students to the ‘evils in the world’. Strax helped create the test on campus,” Kent said. said Peter C. Kent, professor emeritus and Academic Freedom explores. The affair itself was centred on Norman group ‘The Mobilization Against the War The demonstration against the ID cards dean emeritus.

involved going to the library, taking a pile of books and leaving them on the counter when a librarian asked for the card. Strax was eventually suspended and banned from the campus. But Strax occupied his office with some students. Though he was eventually forced out of room 130 in Bailey Hall, students remained in the room until the Fredericton Police came in, removed the students and boarded up the room. More associations became involved, as well as the board of governors, and there was still a movement among the students. During the 1970s, the faculty members divided into two sides. “It got to the point where if you went to a party, a faculty party, you’d look around to see if your friends were there or if there were guys from the other side there. That atmosphere really lasted for about ten years,” Kent said. Kent said he hopes his new book will help people understand the Strax affair’s impact on how the university is run today. “I think that you can’t really understand the university since then, if you don’t understand what was happening in the Strax affair, and hopefully, this will help to make it clear,” Kent said. He said there are two major things that came out of the Strax affair. One being that the faculty became unionized. “They unionized around 1980 and that was an outcome of the Strax affair, certainly. In some ways, it could be argued that they needn’t have unionized if things had gone differently,” Kent said. The second change came in the 1990s, where Kent said the university became more corporatized. “Since the 1990s, the university has become a much more of a corporate institution. The president is known as the CEO. The university is about management and labour,” Kent said. “It’s not kind of a collegial academic institution anymore. It’s about fundraising.”

Zzz...students and sleep Derek AJ Ness The Brunswickan University students often complain about 8:30 a.m. classes and the difficulties they have to wake up and arrive for these “inhumane hour classes”. The question is: Why do students find that an 8:30 a.m. class so horrible to wake up for, yet graduates are able to quickly adjust to a work schedule that may require an even earlier start to the day? Ellen MacIntosh, registered dietician at the UNB Student Health Centre, said she is familiar with the consequences of lack of sleep among students. “Universit y students are at a turning point in managing their own lives, and often, sleep is one huge factor that can affect so many others [activities] in a student’s daily routine, and overall performance,” MacIntosh said. She said students would notice they feel a lot better when they get the proper amount of sleep. “Assignments need to be done and tests need to be studied for, but most students eventually find, if they get their seven to eight hours of sleep, they will feel and function better,” said MacIntosh “Nothing strikes more directly at the heart of what it means to be a student, than sleep deprivation,” said Richard Spacek, UNB’s Retention Programs coordinator. Spacek said sleep deprivation impairs how information is transferred from the short-term, to the longterm memory, thus making it more difficult to learn. “Moreover, during normal sleep, memories acquired during the day

are, in some way, organized. It is difficult to retrieve information gained, if it is not consolidated during REM or dream sleep,” Spacek said. MacIntosh said a lack of sleep can pose several nutritional challenges for university students. “Three main nutritional consequences can result from lack of sleep,” MacIntosh said. One is getting less than six hours of sleep a night, which can affect both appetite and metabolism. MacIntosh said not having enough sleep can make people crave more sugary and salty treats. “We quickly turn food and drink energy into fat, and this creates the risk for weight gain,” she said. Secondly, MacIntosh said lack of sleep can also increase the chances of digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn or stomach ulcers. Thirdly, she said lack of sleep can lead to excess coffee, tea, and energy drink intake, which has its own set of problems. “For some people, too much caffeine can cause anxiety, irritability, stomach upset, rapid heart rate and trouble sleeping,” said MacIntosh. Spacek said students should avoid certain activities before going to bed. “Good sleep hygiene is also important to a student’s wellbeing, meaning reducing your level of activity as the day comes to a close; avoid vigorous workouts, large or spicy meals, and use of bright lights or computer screens, just before bedtime,” said Spacek. “Another important thing is you should reserve a place that is solely used for sleeping, so that you are able to sleep in that spot and don’t feel the need to read, chat, or use

Students should get seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Monique Arnold / The Brunswickan Facebook,” he said. Spacek also said naps are not a bad thing, but they can be a sign of your lack of sleep. “Most people think that napping is a bad practice, that it will ruin your sleep on the following night, [but] studies indicate that there is actually very little effect on the following night’s sleep if you have a nap,” said

Spacek. “In fact, if you feel the need to nap then you probably are sleep deprived.” Ideally, the average student should be acquiring seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Spacek said there is actually a link between sleep deprivation and procrastination. “They can feed each other, stu-

dents can become sleep deprived from procrastinating because work needs to be completed, but at the same time, procrastination results from sleep deprivation because one cannot effectively work or study if they are overtired,” said Spacek


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Harrison House residents are holding several events for The Children’s Make a Wish Foundation this year. Liz Stanin / The Brunswickan

FROM WISHES PAGE 1 Trips to Disneyland to see their favourite characters, and laptops to help them connect with others are two of the top wishes. Out of province for medical treatment, or at home unable to attend school, they are looking to interact with their friends any way they can. “A lot of times, having that laptop allows them to connect with their friends and do their school work because that is a trait a lot of the kids share,” said Howard. “They just want to be normal and just want to go to school and do regular things that their friends do. It’s that connectability.” With 100 per cent funding coming from local and provincial businesses and community members, the need for community involvement is vital. Participating in Walk for Wishes, Penny-drives, and Wax for Wishes are some of the ways Harrison gets involved with fundraising. “Every year in March, we do the Waxing for Wishes, so the men and women of Harrison generously donate hairy body parts and we auction off the strips – so you can pay by the strip to wax somebody,” said Deyarmond. “A wish can cost anywhere up to $10,000, so any small bit helps, and we are one of the smaller residences – we have about 90 [residents] – so any small amount helps.” Curling for Wishes, an all-day event with the proceeds going entirely to the foundation is another way Harrison gets involved. Harrison House and members of the Fredericton community will be found walking for wishes on Oct. 13, at Fredericton’s Officers’ Square. “Every day we see the powerful impact and the positive impact we have on these wish children and their families,” said Howard. “But it’s vital for other members of the community to be able to participate and see the good that we are able to do with the generous support from the community.” “Being able to see the house charity efforts turn into wishes was extremely rewarding,” said last year’s Harrison House co-charity representative Karissa McKnabb. “ W hen we went to Wa lk for Wishes, it was a very emotional moment because we witnessed a young boy’s wish come true to take a trip with his family. This event not only brought our house closer together but made all the work that we do worthwhile.”

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The four New Brunswick universities are now subject to the Right to Information Act. So why are they taking on so long to disclose salary information? Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Cody Jack An Opinion We have seen closed-door meetings about official bilingualism in this province; a report about the health risks of shale gas almost being buried by government; and the four public universities in the province dragging their feet in responding to a Right to Information request about their presidents’ salaries and expenses. All of this comes on top of the fact that the government of New Brunswick received a failing grade from the Newspapers Canada’s 2012 Freedom of Information Audit. I have been reminded over these last few weeks of an old saying: Silence is golden. That is because silence benefits those who will profit from the lack of that information being known and discussed by the general population. The Alward conservatives ran on a platform of open government and public engagement; although, most parties run on that platform when the previous government has had a poor record in that area. I would be lying if I said I was surprised by their recent actions. Even their public budget consultations appeared to be a farce. They framed the consultations in a way that the only suggestions they’d take were about services to be cut, they rarely listened to ideas about revenue. They didn’t want to

hear about raising taxes for businesses even though, two years ago, it was a suggestion from the online survey conducted by the government. It was a way to get public consent to large cuts to services. They were not looking for public input, only consent to cut. But I could go on about the short fallings of this government, from the questionable shuffle of Mr. Leonard, to the newly minted mining portfolio regardless of the fact his sister works for a natural resource extraction lobby group, to the attempt to silence the Chief Health Officer of the province from releasing a report of the health effects of shale gas extraction. The truth is dangerous, that is because it will usually cost someone a lot of money if it gets out. Let us now move to the universities’ silence. The Brunswickan ran an article, in February 2012, in which Dr. Eddie Campbell, president of UNB, was interviewed about the inclusion of universities to the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. In that interview, Dr. Campbell mentioned that the university was looking into a website that would place the budget and salary information in one location. That was back in February. According to a recent CBC NB story, UNB doesn’t expect to have that website up and running until Dec. 3 of this year. I

letters to the editor. An open letter to the UNBSU It is with great regret that we feel obligated to write this letter concerning UNBSU’s decision to review NBSA membership. As members of the NBSA, UNB’s presence is paramount in the democratic process that represents and advocates for New Brunswick students on post-secondary education issues. The lack of commitment shown by the UNBSU in regards to the NBSA conference held in September is ludicrous. Not a single indication of regret of absence, not a single phone call or email to obtain minutes, and an outright refusal to compromise even one member to attend the conference. It is regrettable that the UNBSU had other commitments on the same weekend as the conference. It must be understood, however, that all members actively attending meetings in the NBSA are busy people. In a democracy, the availability of all schools but one to make a conference may happen. Sometimes

you may have to be the one who cannot attend. As we all know, STU recently went through the reviewing process of a lobbying organization. This was caused by an action, followed by a committee to attempt justification to leave. The entire process took years. The SRC was divided because selfish agenda and the ultimately fruitless process, resulted in wasting time and money of our constituents – the people we represent. The current NBSA is a forum for student associations to form common policy and work together for students studying in New Brunswick, serving as a united voice for issues that concern us provincially. No, we may not all agree on everything, but it is better to have discussions behind closed doors to be unified than to have a public free-forall, making no one the leading voice for student advocacy. The province of New Brunswick is too small for us to part ways over something so trivial. As representatives, colleagues, and friends, we urge you not to review your membership of a beneficial organization,

can appreciate things take time, but this has been a long time coming and the expected date of the legislation was in April. The recent requests for the presidents’ salaries and expenses were only put in on Sept. 4 of this year. The universities have seen this coming for about 7-8 months now. That is more than enough time. We will find out before Dec. 3 how much Dr. Campbell makes; that is not the main issue – I am sure, from seeing the numbers out of Nova Scotia that his salary is hovering around those numbers. Yes, we should be asking questions about how much top and middle administrators make as well as if our university needs more administrators as opposed to professors or support staff. The issue isn’t to question if someone should have a well paying job, but what direction the university is going in terms of job creation. Those are questions that need to be asked. What we need though, before those questions can be asked, is transparency. Transparency allows students to hold the administration to account for how it spends students’ money, and access to that information allows students to reflect on the information at their disposal. It would allow students to enter into a dialogue with the university administration about how to improve the University of New Brunswick.

It allows us to question the direction of the university or planned direction. It will allow us to question the decisions made by the UNB board of governors; a board of governors’ where meeting minutes enter into closed session shortly after the commencement of said meetings… Where is the transparency there? One of the issues that came out of the strikes in Québec was that students were questioning how university administrations were spending money. Tuition fees needed to increase so as to keep up with universities’ expanding budgets. But where was the money going? There had been news about the president of Concordia who had been fired from her job and was to receive a $700,000 severance package. There was also the case at l’Université de Québec à Montréal, where the administration failed in its attempt to build a new bus station/ student residence and was bailed out by the government after the project went over its proposed $333 million budget. So students ask: why must our tuition increase pay for decisions the administration has made with little student input? Let us help keep the administration on track. As Dr. Campbell was quoted in his interview: “There’s a kind of saying in administrative circles that sunshine cures a lot of ills.”

Submit your letter, no longer than 500 words, before Saturday at noon to editor@thebruns.ca but to strike an ad-hoc committee to discuss possible structural changes of the NBSA of which all member institutions may be satisfied. Your neighbours, Alex Driscoll Saint Thomas University Students’ Union Vice President Education John Hoben Saint Thomas University Students’ Union President

Save your money, vote no on the bus pass Dear Editor, Speaking as a UNB grad student who has lived with a car and without one, I can see how the universal bus pass helps

some students and forces others to pay for something that is of no use whatsoever. To get your money’s worth of a $120 pass, you would need to ride the bus about 53 times, otherwise you’re better off paying the $2.25 each time. Firstly, anyone with a car will likely never ride the bus, because it is the absolutely least convenient way to get around Fredericton. Secondly, out of the students that don’t have a car, there are only a few who live on a bus route heading to the school directly, because of the lack of routes. Otherwise, they would need to walk to a bus stop, take the bus to the mall or king’s place and get on another heading to school. This trip would take 45+ minutes; few students will do that on a regular basis when it is quicker to walk. Of the students remaining, the majority of them won’t use the bus the 53 times required to even pay off the pass. Daniel Latimer

The Brunswickan relies primarily on a volunteer base to produce its issues every week. Volunteers can drop by room 35 of the SUB at any time to find out how they can get involved. About Us The Brunswickan, in its 146th year of publication, is Canada’s Oldest Official Student Publication. We are an autonomous student newspaper owned and operated by Brunswickan Publishing Inc., a non-profit, independent body. We are a founding member of the Canadian University Press, and love it so. We are also members of U-Wire, a media exchange of university media throughout North America. We publish weekly during the academic year with a circulation of 6,000. Letters Must be submitted by e-mail including your name, letters with pseudonymns will not be printed. Letters must be 500 words at maximum. Deadline for letters is Saturday at noon. before each issue. Editorial Policy While we endeavour to provide an open forum for a variety of viewpoints and ideas, we may refuse any submission considered by the editorial board to be racist, sexist, libellous, or in any way discriminatory. The opinions and views expressed in this newspaper are those of the individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Brunswickan, its Editorial Board, or its Board of Directors. All editorial content appearing in The Brunswickan is the property of Brunswickan Publishing Inc. Stories, photographs, and artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the express, written permission of the Editorin-Chief. 21 Pacey Drive, SUB Suite 35 Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3 main office • (506) 447-3388 advertising • (506) 452-6099 fax • (506) 453-5073 e-mail • editor@thebruns.ca twitter • @Brunswickan www.thebruns.ca


brunswickanopinion Chaplain’s Korner Kevin Bourque It is early evening. The water is calm, and the sun is shining as it gently cascades down the banks of the river. I kneel down. Amidst the stillness that surrounds me, I gently run my fingers through the water. I breathe in. The air is crisp and the scent of autumn is drawn deep within me to a place that knows its calling. Autumn, I have know you once before. You are that place within me that resounds at the sight of your beauty, yet is torn between the recent loss of your good friend, summer, and the drawing nearer of another which I have come to know – winter. For a moment, winter frightens me. My thoughts are carried away to tomorrow; that day beyond today... the unknown and the possibility of a lingering cold that may dampen my bones and my spirit. And then at once, I am drawn back into a presence; the present, if you will. I breathe out. The eagle is above me now. He calls out, but its language is unknown to me. Captivated by the sight of its majestic flight, my eyes follow the great bird. He comes to rest on a nearby tree; a maple whose strong bows hang over the shoreline as a mother’s arms, as they lovingly fall around her young. Her arms are eternal. Her arms are strong. The eagle cries out again; his call and his piercing eyes tell of a wisdom of which I know very little. He has flown to the sky, the sun, his companion, while I sit amongst the flowers and wonder what it must be like to dance

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above the clouds. Caught up in wonder, words are far from me. Speechless, my lips sit still, but my heart is overflowing. Though my tongue knows not the words to speak, the tune of creation is familiar to my heart – it is a song that is written on the hearts of each of us. The great bird, the winding shoreline, the hallowed tree, the strong earth below me and the two-leggeds that stand upon it, each of us stanzas, choruses, and exclamation points in the great song of life. I breathe in. Quietly aware of the stillness and the departing wisps that leave me, my inhaling breath enlightens me. In the shelter of the great maple and the eagle as my guide, my fears they are abated and the voice of all creation speaks of a calm, quiet, gentleness that tells me that all is as it is intended to be. I breathe out. This little narrative may have done many things for you. You may have taken delight in it and heard it as a moment that you yourself, have known. Perhaps it does nothing for you. Perhaps you don’t care for being outdoors and would rather be at the mall or maybe playing PS3. No matter where the aforementioned narrative took you, perhaps you are able to close your eyes and imagine a moment in your life when you stood along a vast horizon or perhaps an endless sea or an incomprehensible mountain range, and were dumbfounded by the inexplicable beauty that was before you. Could this indescribable beauty that embraces us be a part of the same “spirit” of which religious people speak? What do you think? Does it make you “godless” to go hiking on Sunday morning instead of going to church? Or does it make you “godly” to go to your local place of worship instead of

Nature can be just as much a spititual experience for some as going to a place of worship. myheimu / FlickrCC going out in nature? Does one exclude the other? What do you think? For me, nature has always been a deep, deep part of my spiritual journey. Long before I was a chaplain, I was that guy at the party who would wander off, get alone, and stare up at the stars for hours on end. What was I looking for? What did I find amongst the brightly speckled stratosphere above me? I don’t know. But something found me. I was not “religious” at all – didn’t go to church, could have cared less about being Christian/Muslim/Jewish/etc. Though some things have not changed; to this day, I still cherish nature. In fact, there are several Sundays in the sum-

mer when I will exchange the quiet of an ecclesial sanctuary, and instead, I will present myself before the original sanctuary – nature. It fills my spirit all the same. This weekend, Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11:00 a.m., UNB and STU Campus Ministry will be leading a short hiking trip to an awe-inspiring place about 45 minutes from here, called The Maliseet Trail. This little gem is home to one of New Brunswick’s highest waterfalls. The trail itself is mild and only takes about 30 minutes to hike. In case you’re curious, there is no agenda per say, much less a religious agenda. Instead, this is a small group of people heading

out to be “in nature” as it is said, simply because we believe that spending time in nature is important to our spirits. Participation is limited to very small number (likely between 5-10 students), so if this sort of thing is your cup of tea and you’d like to sacrifice your time on Saturday from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., please RSVP me and let me know in advance. This event is free and we will provide transportation to and from our hiking destination. To confirm your spot on our little venture or simply to get in touch with me, as always, you can reach me via email (bourquek@unb.ca), in person (C. C. Jones Building, room 015), or by phone (453-5089). Peace.


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Viewpoint.

What are you thankful for?

Let everyone know what’s on your mind.

Cherise Letson

Evan Grant

Helen Clement

Jonathan Jean

“Bob Dylan.”

“Friends, family and the fact I have a job.”

“My friends and family.”

“My great university.”

Matt Arnold

Natasha Larivee & Jill Breen

Olawale Temiju

Sarah Doucet

“We’re thankful for our wonderful and supportive roommates.”

“That my roommate is not too weird.”

“First and foremost, my friends.”

“I’m most thankful for my health.”


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Elizabeth Creelman Arts Reporter On Wednesday, Oct. 10, there will be zombies in the Grad House – more interesting ones, perhaps, than the usual crowd (disclaimer: I have never actually been to the Grad House; I’m sure you’re all very nice people). On Wednesday, Corey Redekop will be launching his new book, Husk. The author, a graduate of UNB law school – although he never practiced – and publicist at Goose Lane Editions, is originally from northern Manitoba. During the interview, he was wearing a zombie t-shirt and when he went to fish his own novel out of his bag, he accidentally pulled out another zombie book. If Husk has half as much character as its author, I predict a bestseller. “I call it the Great Canadian Gay Mennonite Novel,” said Redekop, describing his new book. “I own that shelf at Chapters.” Redekop explained that Husk is not a traditional zombie novel. “It’s not about a zombie apocalypse,” he said. “It’s not about people hiding in shelters. It’s more about a normal guy who’s having a hard time in life with a variety of bad luck situations and now he’s a zombie as well. I’m sure people will make metaphors for disease which is obvious with any zombie thing. It was never my intention to bring a metaphor out; I just wanted to tell a story that I thought was kind of bizarre and in my head.” Husk is a comedy, but a very bloody and dark one. In Redekop’s personal copy, the novel is congratulated by several people who have signed the flyleaf as being “gross.” “Preschoolers can probably appreciate it,” said Redekop. “But they probably should not read it.” Redekop is the kind of person who believes that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was an improvement on the original. “[Pride and Prejudice] never spoke to me. I was in a class once, a couple years ago... I found it was boring and all the women gasped like I’d shown them a dead kitten.” The production of Husk was not without its challenges; the editing process took about six months longer than originally expected. “It originally had a different ending,” said Redekop. “It’s similar to the ending that’s in the book in a lot of respects, but I was taking a lot of pot-shots. My editor said, ‘I’m not actually sure who you’re mad at here,’ so I had to kind of tighten in up and change it bit... I think it works out for the better. It’s a little less predictable now.” “I’ve had a lot of people come up

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to me who’ve read it and about two thirds of the way through, they think [they know] where it’s going and then three pages later they’re like, ‘I did not see that coming,’ and it’s a completely different novel... I enjoy that, as long as they can buy it.” Critics certainly seem to have bought it. “The reviews so far have been amazing,” said the author, sounding incredulous. “Quill and Quire loved it, The Toronto Star said I was one of the top reads for the fall and Amazon just made it one of their editor’s choices of the month.” Redekop was even invited back to his province of birth a couple of

weeks ago, for The Winnipeg International Writers Festival. “It was like a comedy club,” he said, describing what he calls a “Haiku death match”, that was held between him and some of the other writers. “I’ve never heard more euphemisms for masturbation before... and my mom was in the audience.” See what I mean about character? “I tend not to take things seriously. I like weird comedies. I grew up with Monty Python,” said the author said, by way of explanation. Redekop will be launching Husk at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, at the Alden Nowlan House (the Grad House) on 676 Windsor Street.

Corey Redekop will be launching his book this Wednesday Liz Stanin / The Brunswickan.


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TNB speaks to generations Tamara Gravelle The Brunswickan Hilda’s Yard is set in 1956, with a middle-age couple who think their children have finally left the nest after years of post-secondary education. As it turns out, this isn’t the case, and their children (along with all their problems) come back. Written by Norm Foster, the play will be premiering worldwide, starting at The Playhouse on Oct. 11. TNB’s artistic producer and director of Hilda’s Yard Caleb Marshall said he and Foster worked together to find the perfect cast. Patricia Vanstone, Sam Rosenthal, and Jonathan Gould are some of the many actors featured in this performance. This is Foster’s eighth play that has been premiered worldwide on a TNB stage. Marshall said one of the aspects of Hilda’s Yard is how it can connect with both an older generation and the current one. “It’s a chance for people to revisit their own childhood and see it through their parents’ eyes,” said Marshall. “But it’s also for children of today, to see what their parents and grandparents went through is not that different from what they go through, despite the changes over the years.” Vanstone, who will be playing the lead character Hilda, said Foster’s writing channels the humorous essence of comedy while still having meaningful moments.

“The great thing about Norm’s writing is it has lovely belly laughs but it also has real heart,” said Vanstone. “It’s delightful to find a comedy that has some real heart underpinning it because I think that’s what audiences want.” Marshall agrees with Vanstone on the way Foster pulls the audience into the play with these movements between comedy and emotion. But he said another essential part of Foster’s plays is the physical comedy that can be presented within the performance. “I don’t think all the people who have done Norm Foster, have explored where they can go with the physical comedy because his language is so witty,” said Marshall. “You could still rest on the dialogue and have an entertaining play but I’ve been trying to kind of explore and play with the physical comedy.” Vanstone was invited to play the role of Hilda by Marshall and had no problem accepting the offer. “[Marshall] sent me the script and within the first 45 seconds I was laughing out loud,” said Vanstone. “I loved it so much so I was delighted to have such a great role land in my lap.” Vanstone is from St. Stephen, NB and said she’s excited to have a reason to come back home. “All my family is here in New Brunswick and it’s really great to

Hilda’s Yard, featuring New Brunswick local Patricia Vanstone as the title character, will open at The Playhouse Oct. 11. Victoria Clowater / The Brunswickan come to them instead of them coming to me,” said Vanstone. Vanstone said it addresses topics post-secondary education students face when it comes time for them to graduate. “It’s something that your generation is struggling with right now,” said Vanstone.

“Often it’s really hard to get that first job, and you end up back with your parents after your first or second degree.” Marshall said even though the play is set in the 1950s, the themes are still current today for students. “The fact that the late 20s or early 30-somes are living at home is

something that the world is currently dealing with a lot,” said Marshall. “I think there’s a lot of connection there.” Hilda’s Yard will be performed Oct. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinée on Oct. 14 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available online through tnb. nb.ca or at The Playhouse.

Rain Over St. Ambrose floods Fredericton Gordon Mihan Staff Reporter Rain Over St. Ambrose, an up-andcoming rock band from Nova Scotia, start their Maritime tour in Fredericton this Friday to promote their debut full-length album, Truth For News. Guitarist Curt LeBlanc, said the band is doing their best to promote their new album, coming out on Oct. 23, which combines both new songs and remastered versions of older songs. “This record is really the songs that we’ve been playing for the first two years,” said LeBlanc in a phone interview. LeBlanc said that they went about making the album the same way as their previous EP Overton Window, but they had a much better idea of what they were doing and what they wanted. They re-recorded many tracks from the EP so they could have it all in one collection. “It has songs that define what these two years have been about for us.” Rain Over St. Ambrose formed as a band two years ago in Yarmouth, NS and have been hard at work making a name for themselves in the Nova Scotia music scene. “We do most of our shows out of Halifax, but we’re all still living in Yarmouth,” explained LeBlanc. “There’s a really good base here, there’s a lot of musicians, and there’s been a lot of music acts that have come out of here in the past couple of years. Of course, living in Yarmouth packs on a three hour drive to everywhere we’re going, but aside from that, it’s pretty good.” The Yarmouth-based band has been doing quite well for themselves

in their home province. Coast Magazine runs a best-of poll every March and readers have the opportunity to vote who they want for nominations. “We didn’t even know it was happening and we got word that we won the reader’s poll for Best New Artist, which was really awesome,” said LeBlanc. Rain Over St. Ambrose was also nominated for four Music Nova Scotia Awards: Digital Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Rock Recording of the Year and Group Recording of the Year for their 2011 EP Overton Window. When asked about the band’s future plans, LeBlanc said they’ve already started writing and working on their next album, even though Truth for News hasn’t been released yet. He also discussed where they would be going on their Maritime tour this fall. “We start our tour in Fredericton on October 12; from Fredericton we go to Saint John and then we go to the Halifax Pop Explosion to do a show with Elliot Brood and Wintersleep.” Other tour locations include Charlottetown, Moncton and Liverpool for Music Week. LeBlanc said the band enjoys playing in Fredericton whenever they get the chance. “Fredericton’s been awesome for us. We were at the Capital Complex last St. Patrick’s day, which was absolutely amazing. Rain Over St. Ambrose will be playing on Oct. 12 at The Capital Complex at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Their debut album, Truth for News will be released on Oct. 23 via Acadian Embassy.

Music Nova Scotia Award nominees Rain Over St. Ambrose will be playing in Fredericton on Oct. 12. Submitted


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Pablo Pineda and Lola Dueñas star as Daniel and Laura in Yo también (Me too). Screenshot Kevin Lemieux The Brunswickan On Wednesday Oct 10, get ready to let your Spanish run wild as the Spanish Embassy, UNB Libraries, and the department of culture & language studies, present the movie “Yo también (Me too)”. The f ilm stars Daniel (Pablo Pineda), a man who suffers from Down Syndrome and just graduated university. He now has a job in social services, where he meets Laura (Lola Dueñas), a free-spirited co-worker. They quickly become friends, but the friendship turns problematic when Daniel falls in love with Laura. The story is moving and bittersweet as the two find friendship and love like they have never found before. Sophie Lavoie, Spanish professor at UNB, said that the movie is part of a film screening series. “The Spanish embassy wants to

get their culture out there. So they pay for the screening rights, and the university participates by sending the movie on to the next university,” she explained, adding that UNB is one of only eight universities across Canada participating in this film series. “About once a month, we do a screening. There are usually four movies in the fall and four in the winter term.” Lavoie started co-hosting the film screenings because she wanted her students to see Spanish movies in order to hear accents and observe general conversations. She hosted similar programs at other universities before coming to UNB. Lavoie said the Embassy chooses the movies that they present, but she’s very excited about this one. “It’s very rare to see a movie about disabilities and relationships. It’s a segment of the population that’s not seen on the big screen so it will be

interesting to see it unfold,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for students. It’s a way to bring the university students and the community together, because at the screenings, there’s a good mix of Spanish speaking people and also the university community. There’s lots of diversity in the crowd”. “Yo también”, written and directed by Antonio Naharro and Álvaro Pastor, is a winner of two 2010 Goya Awards, the Spanish equivalent to the Oscars. The movie has English subtitles for those who don’t speak Spanish, or for those whose Spanish comprehension isn’t the best. The movie will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Milham Room at the Harriet Irving Library. Admission is free and students and the general public are invited to come discover a part of Spanish culture.

The benefits of FWB The New Position Sarah Vannier It’s a classic love story. Two people meet. They get to know each other and become friends. One day one person turns to the other, looks deep into his/her eyes, and says “Sooooo, I don’t want to date you. But, if there was a way for us to sleep with each other while still being friends, that would be great.” And a friends-with-benefits (FWB) relationship is born. FWB relationships are actually pretty common. Chances are, you or someone you know, have been involved in one at some point. And it isn’t hard to understand why. The most common reasons people start FWB relationships (according to research done with undergraduate students at the University of Calgary) is because they want to avoid commitment, they want the sexual release, and because it is fun and exciting. Other reasons include the opportunity for uncommitted sex, looking for comfort, physical attraction, and convenience. FWBs seem like the perfect “have your cake and eat it too” solution to your sex/love life. Except in this case, you can hang out with the cake, bang the cake, and not have to worry

about buying the cake flowers on Valentine’s day. What does a typical FWB relationship look like? A recent study done by Laura VanderDrift and colleagues (published in the journal of Personal Relationships), had people who were currently involved in a FWB relationship fill out an online survey about their relationships. Some highlights from the study: About half of FWB relationships start of as platonic friendships, but others start off as romantic relationships, purely sexual relationships, or as other acquaintance relationships (e.g., someone you work with). The majority of FWB relationships are exclusive but over a third of people who did the survey said they were involved with someone else, either romantically or sexually. The survey also asked people about their hopes for the future of the relationship. Although a third of people in FWB relationships wanted their FWB to become a boyfriend or girlfriend, another third wanted their relationship to stay the same, and a smaller proportion (15 per cent) wanted to stay friends but stop having sex. This brings up the million dollar FWB questions. Can these things actually work? Is it possible to mix sex into the friendship and not ruin it? Can you ever go back to just being friends? What if one person ends up developing feel-

ings for the other? Are FWBs just a sneaky way of convincing someone that they actually want to be in a relationship with you? These are tricky questions, and the answer probably depends on the two people involved in the relationship. I couldn’t find any research that has actually followed people after the end of FWB relationship to see what happens to the friendship. But, there is some research looking at what happens when FWBs turn into exclusive romantic partners. Jesse Owen and Frank Fincham, researchers at the University of Louisville, compared the relationship quality of couples that started off as FWBs to couples that began their relationship in a more traditional way. There was no difference between the two types of couples in communication quality, amount of commitment to the relationship, or chances of breaking up. However, t hey d id f ind t hat couples that started off as FWBs were less satisfied with their relationship, although the difference between the two groups was very small. The authors concluded that starting a committed relationship with a former FWB doesn’t hurt your chances of making it work. Have you ever been involved in a friends-with-benefits relationship? How did it work out for you? Share your experience at thebruns.ca!

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Mia Steinberg The Martlet (University of Victoria) VICTORIA (CUP) — In the spirit of a new school year, here are the best types of studying music for your first assignment of the year. While other lists may group items by era or subjective quality, this is helpfully organized in order of your study status: from determined and alert to panicked and caffeinated. 1. The Baroque-n Record Study Status: Fresh and eager. This year will be different; readings done on time, no last minute cramming, and all A’s, baby. Details: Classical music is fantastic for studying. No lyrics; interesting compositions; and not too distracting. Plus, it’s easy to find online – Musopen.org has hundreds of recordings from different composers available to stream and download. Recommended Tunes: Bach’s Goldberg Variations are lengthy and unobtrusive, providing hours of lightly interesting background noise. Any and all Romantic-era piano pieces work, too; after that, there’s always Mozart. Possible Side Effects: Remember those horrendous piano lessons as a child? Spine straight, chin up, hands lightly floating above the keyboard? Well, you do now. 2. The Film Score Study Status: Needing a little motivation, but still on schedule. Details: A film’s soundtrack is explicitly tied to the events onscreen and plays a large part in connecting you to the story. The score alone can transport you back into a specific headspace, and you can begin to feel like the star of your own action movie. Suddenly, finishing that biology assignment is a matter of life and death; without it, the Avengers can’t win against the Cylons and Darth Vader will crush the rebellion. They’re counting on you. You can do this. Yes, Tony Stark wants a fist bump – wait, no, you’re still in the library. Turn that imaginary high-

five into a muscle stretch. Recommended Tunes: The How to Train Your Dragon soundtrack is brilliantly energizing; for a real fistpumper, grab the score to the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. Possible Side Effects: Having flashbacks to the films you love leads to YouTube clips of your favourite scenes, followed by, “I’ll just watch the first 20 minutes,” followed by, “Does the library have popcorn? Because this trilogy needs popcorn.” 3. The Ambient Post-Rock Intelli-Rave Study Status: Your blood is now 52 per cent coffee, and your economics textbook needs some existential whimsy. Details: This post-rock subgenre takes its cues from progressive, ambient, minimalist and experimental musicians. With few lyrics and a lot of slow build, post-rock can put you in a relaxed-yet-focused state of mind. Recommended Tunes: The Campfire Headphase by Boards of Canada is exquisite electronica that pulls double duty as study aid and obscure music snob fodder. The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place by Explosions in the Sky is fantastic as well. Possible Side Effects: Prolonged exposure can cause depersonalization, staring contests with the nearest wall and long, strange trips through Wikipedia articles. If you find yourself contemplating the black dwarf fate of the Sun, abort mission. Harsh that mellow. Do not walk towards the light. 4. The Forbidden Fruit Study Status: Well, that f iveminute break lasted nearly an hour, and there’s no way you can do the entire assignment tonight, but you can finish most of it. Probably. Details: It’s a fact: as soon as you need to focus on schoolwork, you’ll discover a new TV show, musician or other fun distraction. All you want to do is immerse yourself in this new love, but you can’t – you have midterms to study for. So your

new obsession sits just out of reach, positively dripping with all the fun you’re not having right now. And it knows you’ll give in; it’s a simple matter of time. Recommended Tunes: Open your music player. Which album or artist do you automatically select, devoid of conscious thought? That’s the one. Possible Side Effects: Complete denial. You can still work while listening to this album. For sure. Except for this one part, because it’s amazing. And the next two tracks really deserve your full attention. After that, back to the books – you promise. You can stop any time you want to. 5. The Bubblegum Pop Study Status: Brain melting error. Cannot compute. Just. Do. One. More. Page. Details: You’re done. The barista has cut you off, the overhead lights seem to be buzzing in tune to “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and your textbooks are suddenly scribbled in gibberish. Your dignity disappeared at roughly the same time you somehow got ink all over your face. Recommended Tunes: The music you loved before you had taste, right when puberty was hitting you and emotions were high. The stuff you publicly decry but privately love. The dorkiest boy bands and most autotuned pop drivel. Put your drinks up, hit the dance floor, and let the beat drop. Indulging in guilty pleasures can cause a surge in energy, temporarily boosting your productivity over the finish line. Possible Side Effects: Those mindless beats at full volume will not foster poetry, kids. Proofread that essay in the morning. While your ideas will be out on paper, they’ll be so exquisitely nonsensical that you’ll feel like a stranger wrote them. But it’s OK; next time you’ll do things differently. Maybe listen to some Bach instead of Ke$ha, and avoid this whole desperate last minute mess. Sounds like a plan.


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After a long year of redshirting,Tilly Ettinger finally got to hit the floor of the Currie Center wearing a Varsity Reds jersey. Whitney Carolan / The Brunswickan Julie McLaughlin Sports Reporter Sporting several bruises, including a large one on her forearm, Tilly Ettinger is the symbol of hard work and perseverance. Having sat out all last season, the Varsity Red point guard feels she is ready to show the AUS what she has to offer. Giving up could easily have been an option, but her passion for basketball was too strong. “It’s hard going out to practice every week knowing that you aren’t going to be getting any minutes,” Ettinger said. “It’s hard to find the motivation, but at the same time, I cherished the opportunity because I had no pressure on me. I knew that in practice I could give 110 per cent, it didn’t matter what mistakes I made because I couldn’t be benched.” The transfer student from the Uni-

versity of Calgary felt lost at the school, and was in need of a change. Calgary, her home for her whole life, felt too big and as if she was being left behind. “Calgary is such a big school, you kind of get lost in the rush, and everyone is there just to get an education. At UNB, I really find that everyone is cherishing the opportunities and enjoying the experience more.” In grade five, Ettinger was finally allowed to follow in the footsteps of her three siblings and try her hand at basketball. That year, Ettinger met Claire Colborne, a fellow Varsity Reds teammate, and quickly formed a friendship. When it came time to graduate high school, the native Calgarian was forced to make a decision as to where she was going to continue her education. Ettinger chose to stay close to home and attend the University of Calgary. However, after a year there, Ettinger

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needed a change. Never losing ties with Colborne, Ettinger admits she is one of the main reasons she is in Fredericton today. “I decided to try a different route, and it didn’t work out. She kind of encouraged me to come and check out UNB and I was hooked in three days.” Colborne is just happy to have her old teammate back. As both players are from Calgary, they lean on each other when they are missing their families and friends. “I have someone that I can relate to, a long standing friendship which is comforting when we both are away from home. We have played together for a long time and built that chemistry, trust, and respect for each other.” Sept. 28-30, the Varsity Reds hosted the annual Accreon Helen Campbell Tournament, which were the first games on the pre-season schedule. A

nervous Ettinger, after a year of waiting, finally got to step foot on the floor of the Richard J. Currie Center wearing number 11. “I actually had never been so nervous for a basketball game as I was on Friday night. It was really good to just get that first shift in, and finally, all the anticipation was gone, and I could just play. It felt good to get back on the floor.” Having started all three games in the tournament, Ettinger showed the fans in Fredericton what they had been waiting a year to see, earning Player of the Game against AUS rival Acadia. Ettinger proved that she is going to be an asset to this Varsity Reds team. Coach Jeff Speedy feels that this weekend was just the start of her time in Fredericton. Having a player sit out a year and then potentially be the starting point guard is a rare treasure for a coach. “She was player of the game on Sun-

Which of the following games was the most impressive: Men’s hockey vs Portland Pirates (AHL), men’s basketball vs StFX, or men’s volleyball vs Manitoba?

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The two years before this season saw the men’s volleyball team have a record of 1-5 (5-16) in matches against Canada West. So my pick is going to have to be the men’s volleyball team beating the Manitoba Bisons 3-0. The team showed a lot of depth sweeping last year’s bronze medalists. It is a great way to start the season for Dan McMorran’s crew.

Men’s hockey against the Portland Pirates was the most impressive. The volleyball and basketball teams were good matchups against strong opponents, but let’s be honest, the hockey team held their own against some of the best prospects for the NHL. Definitely something to be proud of.

Tying 1-1 and going into a shootout, the UNB men’s hockey team then lost to the Portland Pirates. However, the fact they were able to hold their own against a professional team, one tier removed from the NHL, is impressive. Although men’s volleyball defeated Manitoba, and Men’s Basketball defeated StFX, in my opinion the most impressive game, ironically, was the loss of the men’s Hockey.

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day in only 14 minutes of playing time because she was attacking the basket strong and hard, she was hitting a few three’s, and she had some nice assists,” said Speedy about his point guard. “She does a little bit of everything for sure.” Coming off a disappointing season, the former redshirt feels that with the addition of seven new players, and the eligibility of both herself and Laura Fowler, the Varsity Reds are looking to start over and change things up. As the hosts of the AUS women’s basketball tournament this year, Ettinger feels there is a great deal of pressure on the program, but that this team is strong enough to show the conference what they’ve got. “We are just hoping that over the year, we will keep building and building, and peak at the AUS. I am not afraid to say that our goal is to win AUS championship and make it to Nationals.”

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Men’s basketball beating StFX was the most impressive game for me. The X-Men have always been a great team year in and year out, UNB has had a tough time beating them recently as well, so it was a huge game for them to upset them especially in double overtime. As for men’s hockey, everybody probably expected it to go in a shootout since they’re such a high caliber team and have been for a while now.


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Men’s hockey returns to Canada

Nick Murray The Brunswickan

The Varisty Reds men’s hockey team finished out their pre-season schedule this weekend, playing three games south of the border. The V-Reds started out their U.S. road trip on Thursday in Portland, ME, taking on the Portland Pirates of the AHL. They took the Phoenix Coyotes’ farm team right down to a shootout but fell 2-1. Cam Braes continued his impressive pre-season performance scoring the lone goal for the V-Reds in the third period, and then scored again in the shootout. Braes finished out the pre-season scoring five goals in eight games. The Pirates feature high calibre NHL prospects like David Runblad, Brett MacLean and Brandon Gormley. Two nights later, the Varsity Reds faced their toughest challenge to date, taking on the defending NCAA Champion Boston College Eagles. However, the top-ranked American team didn’t give an inch against the reigning AUS champs, beating them 6-0. The Eagles outshot the VReds 34-18 in the win, while Bill Arnold, Patrick Brown, and Brooks Dyroff all scored in the second period within two minutes of each other. Travis Fullerton played the first two periods stopping 21 shots, while Dan Lacosta finished out the game allowing one goal on eight shots. After the game, head coach Gardiner MacDougall spoke with UNB’s Dave Kilfoil, and said one factor in the loss was that the team didn’t show the same intensity as they did against Portland two nights before. Finally, the V-Reds concluded their preseason schedule against the University of Maine Black Bears. The V-Reds opened the scoring early in the first period, as Cam Critchlow finished off a tic-tac-toe play from Colby Pridham and Tom Nesbitt.

The men’s hockey team travelled to the US to play three exhinition games. Alex Walsh / The Brunswickan Later in the third period with UNB VReds 33-29. With the tie, UNB finished out their down 2-1, Denny tied the game with a pre-season with a 4-3-1 record, with their hard slap shot from the point. The game came down to the wire, as the only loss to a CIS team coming from the score tied 2-2 in overtime, and with the V- Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus, in Reds on the power play, Chad Denny fired their first game of the pre-season. a snap shot past goaltender Matt Morris as Conference play kicks off on Friday with time expired. The officials ruled that time the Reds hosting their College Hill rivals, had expired before the puck crossed the the St. Thomas Tommies at 7 p.m. As a reminder, UNB students with goal line, and after further review the call on the ice stood, ending the game in a tie. a valid student ID get free admission to Lacosta played the entire game and Varsity Reds hockey games this season at stopped 31 shots, while Maine outshot the the Aitken Centre.

think ya know football?! The games: Packers@Texans, Giants@49ers, Holland College@Bombers

The SUB People Tyler Hilchey Overall 10-2 (Last week 3-0)

Texans: The Packers don’t look like the same team this year, and Arian Foster is on a roll. 49ers: Patrick Willis and the 49ers defence will shut down Eli and the run game. Red Bombers: That defence of theirs is firing on all cylinders.

Nick Murray Overall 7-5 (Last week 2-1)

Texans: Tough call, but I’m going to go with the home team on this one. 49ers: Another tough call, but the Giants have looked shaky at times this year. Bombers: Bombers will win the rest of their games.

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Texans: Matt Schaub has been looking really good lately.

Texans: Brian Cushing has some dank looking hair.

49ers: Frank Gore is going to have another great game.

49ers: I hold a grudge, and the Giants didn’t pull through for me before.

Overall 6-6 (Last week 1-2)

Bombers: They just keep on rolling.

Overall 6-6 (Last week 3-0)

Bombers: They beat them before, and they can do it again.


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keeping their perfect record in tact, as well as prevent UNBSJ from getting their first win. The Bombers scored every possible way except for a field goal, with Cody Stewart kicking a pair of rouges; the defence getting a safety; John Morse and Brendan Cornford each running in a touchdown; and Mitch McCoy catching a 40 yard touchdown pass. The final score was 25-8. The Red Bombers host the Holland College Hurricanes this Saturday at noon, at the BMO Centre.

Men’s Baseball After a 7-3 regular season, the UNB Cougars baseball team got swept by the CBU Capers over the weekend. In game one, Mats Rossley started on short rest and battled for four innings. He allowed six runs with some tough breaks because of the field conditions being swampy. Kyle Donovan came in to throw two scoreless innings in relief and gave the Cougars a chance to mount a comeback in the sixth. Sparked by timely hits from Josh Fenety, Isaac Thomas, and Tyler Skinner the Cougars surged to score four runs making the score 6-5, but that was as close as they would get, dropping game one 6-5. In game two, Emerson Savage made his first start in over a year since injuring his arm at a junior college in Kansas. He threw for four innings before hearing a pop in his shoulder. He allowed five unearned runs. Mark MacNevin came in to relieve and threw well, but the Capers offence was too much. Despite multi-hit performances from Kevin McCarthy, Skinner, Thomas, and Fenety, the Cougars fell short 8-4, ending their season.

Men’s Volleyball

Football After handing UNBSJ their third straight loss, the UNB Red Bombers travelled to Saint John in hopes of

Exercise your way to Success

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Over the weekend, the men’s volleyball team kicked off their pre-season against last year’s second ranked team, the University of Manitoba Bisons. Friday night’s match was a tight one from the opening serve, with no set being won by more than five points. UNB finally succumbed, 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 21-25, 16-14). Leading the Varsity Reds attack was rookie Eivind Anderson, with 14 kills. Player of the game went to Andrew Costa, thanks to his 12 digs. Saturday afternoon’s game saw a much different outcome for the Varsity Reds. The Reds came out swinging and swept last year’s bronze medalist 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-20). Julio Fernandez, Sam Alves and Anderson all registered at least eight kills, while rookie setter Mathieu Losier was named Player of the Game.

Stephen Tamm Student Health 101 You can build muscle in the weight room and get lean on the track; that’s pretty well understood by most active people. What’s not as obvious about exercise, though, is its positive impact on the brain. Memory, cognitive function, and even brain size can all increase with regular exercise. The fact that calf extensions or bicep curls can help build up your brain’s power, may not be widely known, but the fundamentals are fairly simple, and here’s why: The brain’s requirement for consistent blood supply is probably more demanding than that of any other organ in the body. Blood carries oxygen, and your brain needs a constant flow in order to function optimally. Considering your brain’s need for blood and the oxygen it carries, it makes sense that the cardiovascular efficiency and elevated heart rate – associated with exercise – will help the brain stay nourished. In labs all around the world, discoveries are being made about the complex relationship between exercise and brain function. For example, scientists at the University of Illinois, have found that moderate exercise, performed three days a week, does two things: Lessens the normal breakdown of brain matter; and reverses

the natural aging process by increasing the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain primarily associated with memory. Their research demonstrates a positive correlation between exercise, brain size, and memory. And wouldn’t you like your ability to remember things to be as strong as possible? Another study, published this year in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, found that exercise stimulates the release of a chemical in the body called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is beneficial to brain function in several ways: it supports neuron growth and survival, the capacity to learn, and memory function. Interestingly, BDNF has also been shown to positively affect metabolic function, by suppressing appetite and increasing glucose uptake, or our body’s ability to absorb and utilize sugars. This is helpful in controlling type 2 diabetes, obesity, and similar conditions. But even if you don’t have one of these, keeping blood-sugar levels at a consistent level is important for maintaining energy, concentration, and overall health, as well as stabilizing your emotions. All of these come in quite handy when you’re studying, balancing multiple priorities, and coping with stress. BDNF is beneficial in many ways, and exercise leads to increased levels of it in the body.


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