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FSACC launches film series on campus

Heather Uhl News Reporter

Let’s talk about sexual assaults. That’s the goal of the recent film series hosted by the Fredericton campuses – UNB, STU and NBCC – and the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre (FSACC). “I guess we choose a film series because it’s a way of peeking students’ interest,” said Maggie Crain, FSACC counsellor and project coordinator for ending sexual violence on the Fredericton campuses. “We want to get people out and do something interesting, by also providing the opportunity to have

discussions.” The series, called ‘Demystifying Rape Culture’, features four films and forum events held once a month at STU’s Sir James Dunn Hall, room G5. Crain said the films being shown are provocative. She said it opens the group up to discussing sexual violence in new and different ways. “We thought movies would be intriguing and appealing to students,” Crain said, “They just get to sit there and watch something and be entertained for a little while, but then talk about something as well.” With each film, a different topic is discussed during the forum. The first film, ‘Generation M’, had a forum

discussion around the myths that perpetuate sexual violence in our culture. ‘The Bro-code’, the second film in the series and airing on Feb. 19, is about how our society creates sexist men. The project was created after FSACC received funding from Status of Women Canada to address gender-based violence. Other universities across Canada are also working on similar projects. “We have a focus on sexual violence because, [out of] adults under the age of 24, a majority of women are vulnerable to sexual violence,” Crain said, “That was one of the reasons why we wanted to address this age group as well as this issue.” According to a 2010 Maclean’s

BRUNSWICKANNEWS magazine article, Fredericton, New Brunswick, ranks third for sexual assaults in Canada. “Basically, we want to get in partnership with people on campus; with faculty, administration, staff members, as well as students. And in regards to getting everyone onboard and building an awareness, we can hopefully at least develop a language and develop some prevention around sexual violence.” The project began in September 2012 and will run for two years. The first phase of the project runs until the end of the school year and is essentially presence-building and data-collection. “Seeing that we’re here and getting our names out, [we are] hopefully gen-

erating some discussion around what’s happening,” Crain said. Crain said they will doing surveys, focus groups and some individual interviews to get feedback on what students need on campus. The data-collection will also included what faculty and administration feel is needed or lacking. This information will then inform the second phase of implementing the changes, beginning September 2013. Aside from the project advisory committee, there is a student team for any student interested in supporting the project. “We’re not picky,” Crain said, “We would love to have students participate in any manner that they’re able and willing to offer.”

Provincial government to introduce 4-year funding plan for PSE New Brunswick Student Unions met with Minister Danny Soucy last week Cherise Letson News Editor New Brunswick students shouldn’t expect lower tuition anytime soon. Last Thursday, Jan. 24, the student unions of New Brunswick universities met with Minister of Post-secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL), Danny Soucy. At the meeting, Soucy said the government expects to have a four-year funding plan for universities, to be announced with the provincial budget in March. UNBSU vice-president external, Adam Melanson, said tuition would correspond with the funding plan. “The two correspond; so it’s a four-year funding plan that will also be a four-year tuition schedule,” said Melanson. “And what’s worrisome for me is when governments talk about a four-year tuition schedule, it pretty much guarantees tuition’s going to go up, at least at some point over the next four years.” “He [Danny Soucy] said, if we’re lucky, it might stay the same for a year,” said UNBSU president, Andrew Martel. “But he said over the course of the four years, it would probably go up.”

Martel also said Soucy plans to release a new student support plan, which would include Soucy’s recommendations for changes to current student financial aid programs. This could include scrapping or changing current programs, or making new ones. “From the conversations on those, he said he has money allotted for student financial aid, and if he were to scrap any program, that money would be brought into a whole new program that would be better for students or would be put into existing programs that would still benefit students,” said Martel. The UNBSU gave Soucy their own suggestions for changes to student aid, which included scrapping the Timely Completion Benefit program and the Tuition Rebate program. They said the money could be used towards programs to help accessibility to postsecondary education, like a yearly debt cap. Soucy said in an emailed statement that the meeting was a positive one. “I wanted to take the opportunity to actively work with student groups and to assure them, and their membership, that I am listening to their concerns,” he said.

Martel said, though he is happy about PETL’s approach to fixing student financial aid, he’s worried about what the four-year funding plan has in store. “I’m a little frustrated,” said Martel. “I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t.” “The responses that we got towards tuition and operating grants were very worrisome.” Melanson said because there’s been a history of these meetings with the minister having no results, he said it’s too soon to tell whether changes will be made to anything. “It’s one thing for the minister to listen and to ask for ideas. It’s another thing for the minister to put them into practice.”

Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan

Issue 18, Vol. 146, the Brunswickan  

Canada's oldest official student publication

Issue 18, Vol. 146, the Brunswickan  

Canada's oldest official student publication