Volume 146 · Feb. 26 , 2013 · Issue 22
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Tuition increase possible for next year
“Right now, we’re the scapegoats, and that’s a really shitty position to be in; if they don’t get the money, we have to foot the bill.”
Tuition will go up next year if UNB doesn’t receive enough funding from the provincial government. Karšten Saunders / The Brunswickan Heather Uhl News Reporter The tuition forecast for next year is looking stormy. UNB has put forward an ‘ask’ to the government for an additional two per cent in operating grants and a $200 tuition cap, or raise. Every year, UNB’s expenses rise four per cent like at most Canadian universities. “If you want to look at where we stand as a province, our provincial government has a very substantial accumulative debt, and is running a significant deficit,” said Eddy Campbell, president of UNB. “The situation got worse from last year to this… It’s important to note that their ability to make investments is very strictly limited.” On the optimistic side, Campbell
said, the provincial government has put aside $80 million for innovation in New Brunswick, and UNB works on close to 60 per cent of all research and development completed in NB. Investing in UNB would make sense. “The argument we’ve been making to them is, in light of their financial circumstances, but also taking into consideration the need to adopt the innovation agenda, I think our university could cope with a two per cent increase in our overall operating budget, about half of what we need,” said Campbell. Campbell said UNB could cope with three million dollars in cuts to balance the budget. In human terms, if all the cuts were made, that would be 15 fewer faculty and 30 fewer staff. He said if cuts are made this year, this would be the eighth year in a row that UNB has cut its budget. Two years ago, the government
gave UNB a two per cent increase and a $200 per head tuition increase for domestic students. “That’s what we got a couple of years ago, so what I’m suggesting to government is that under the circumstances, that does not sound like an unreasonable proposition to me,” said Campbell. There’s a balancing act to make sure the quality of education UNB provides isn’t affected by the cuts, Campbell said. He said a tuition raise will help maintain UNB’s quality. “I feel it is a responsible and rational position to take. I wouldn’t be advocating for it if I didn’t believe in it,” said Campbell. The UNBSU had asked for a four per cent increase, equivalent to the university inflation rate, said Andrew Martel, UNBSU president. He said the best-case scenario is if the funding comes in and tuition doesn’t
go up. The worst-case scenario is if the funding isn’t given, tuition will go up for the third year in a row. “As a student and representing students, we do not believe that it needs to be turned into tuition dollars if they do not get the government’s money,” said Martel. Martel said the university needs to look at where it is spending money and if there are any redundancies in programs and positions. “These need to be looked at so that they don’t turn and say, ‘Government didn’t give us money, so students, you have to foot the bill,’” said Martel. “’Right now, we’re the scapegoats, and that’s a really shitty position to be in; if they don’t get the money, we have to foot the bill.”
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Prof evals getting make-over
Student turnout was low at the town hall meetings about the proposed changes to the survey. Bronté James / The Brunswickan Heather Uhl News Reporter The student opinion surveys (SOS), the bubble sheets given at the end of each course, might be getting an overhaul. The Teaching Excellence and Policy Committee (TEP) is in the final stages of reviewing the SOS. To take a pulse on UNB Fredericton’s opinions of the proposed changes, four town hall meetings were held last week. Two of the meetings were student-only; the other two were open to everyone. “What we did is we took the feedback we had gotten already, and the next step is to get that back out to the community,” said Shirley Cleave, associate vice-president academic of learning environment. TEP’s review of the SOS started in 2001. In 2003-2004, surveys of the UNB community went out as research was conducted for best practices. A pilot study of online implementation in 2004 resulted in a new framework for the SOS that was presented to senate in 2007. The survey was created in the early 1980s but hasn’t been updated since. During Wednesday’s student-only meeting, with the exception of The Brunswickan, no students attended. Cleave said the town hall meetings
were an opportunity for anyone who wasn’t at last year’s Head Hall talk or visit, to express their opinions. Though TEP went to individual classes and departments to collect information, Cleave said there is never a time to get everybody at once. “Once we get the final proposal drafted, we’ll be going back to a focus group of students. We’ll randomly invite students, so that they can look at the specific wording of the questions to see if it’s OK,” said Cleave. The suggested changes include, having ten mandatory questions, six of which use a scaled answer, four openended questions, and the option for the instructor to add an additional ten questions from a question bank for the course. The survey would likely have to be completed on-line. Brittany Hannah, a second year arts student, only knew about the town hall meetings being held at UNB Saint John. Hannah found out about the UNB Saint John meetings through Facebook. “I’d like to see more [room to provide] suggestions… some professors [do allow students] to give short answers of what you want to change, but it’s not a mandatory thing,” said Hannah. “Maybe put in suggestions more.” Tyler Belyea, a fourth business stu-
dent, said that he might not necessarily change the survey. “I just feel that they don’t really apply it at all. I almost feel like we have to do it for every course, but it seems to be pretty pointless,” said Belyea. “There’s a question about rating your professor and I don’t feel like they even acknowledge [the answers].” Emily Sutherland, a fourth year sociology student, said she also feels students’ answers are not being considered. “I don’t feel that they take what we say into consideration, because out of all the years I’ve been doing it, nothing has changed really,” said Sutherland. “If they were to change anything on it, it would be more detailed questions about how they teach in general,” she said. Sutherland said for the question relating to the professor’s preparedness for class, the only relevant answers were ‘strongly agree’ or ‘disagree’, since it never asks how they aren’t prepared for class or how they are prepared for class. Reccomendations for changes are expected for the fall. “At this point,” said Cleave, “the intent is to get them [staff and students] all of that information and make a recommendation to the senate, probably, next fall.”
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Q & A Highlights: A better look into your UNBSU Candidates Cherise Letson News Editor Last Wednesday, the Brunswickan moderated a Q&A session with all the executive candidates running in the upcoming UNBSU general election. Here are the highlights on what the candidates think about key issues:
Ben Whitney Presidential candidate
Where do you see the UNBSU’s key area of focus for the next year? Whitney said if elected, the UNBSU’s key focus next year would be to get students more engaged in the student union. “We’ve sort of seen a bigger turn out in voting this year, we’ve seen more people coming out to our events, but it’s still not at the level I’d like to see,” said Whitney. He said he plans to do this by educating first year students about the student union, and how elections work. He said he wants the UNBSU to be more visible to students. “I’d kind of like to do a ‘Tuesdays with Tony’-style thing here with the student union executive,” he said. Whitney also said he would like to focus more on communication in general, which could potentially include creating a new vice president position for communications and marketing. What are your plans for lobbying the Conservative government? Whitney said he would like to lobby the provincial government to replace the current timely completion benefit with a yearly debt cap. He said he would also lobby to have them re-evaluate parental contribution on student loans. “That’s a system that really doesn’t take into account a lot of things,” said Whitney. He said he would like to push for more grants to UNB and students; he said this would help eliminate the need for debt and debt assistance.
Greg Bailey VP External candidate
What are your plans for advocacy on all levels of government? Bailey said he thinks the UNBSU needs to re-establish the ties they have with the provincial government. “I think the thing we need to remind all levels of government is that we have a symbiotic relationship,” said Bailey. “Education has been proven to make countries more profitable. So it’s a solid investment, and I think we need to remind everyone of that. Bailey also thinks we need to look at other alternatives and changes for the education system. He said there are
other countries around the world that have different education system and are successful. He said if any province in Canada can change things up, it’s New Brunswick. “We’re basically a microcosm of Canada. We got French populations, English populations; we got a population that is thinly dispersed. There’s no one big industry,” said Bailey, “and more importantly, our cash is spread too thin. So, if we’re going to do something creative, we’re going to have to do it on the cheap, and I think that restraint frees creativity.” As for municipal advocacy, Bailey said he would like to remind the city of how much students contribute to the community, not just from the university directly, but from the “spin-offs” which come along with it. What are your plans to strengthen the reputation of students in the province? Bailey said a way to help strengthen student reputation in the province is reforming the New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA). “Right now, it’s [the NBSA] is a bit of a mess. It’s just gotten overtaken by bureaucracy. It takes too long for people to get used to their roles,” said Bailey. “I think we need to look at whether or not the advocacy groups that are available to us are actually effective.” The UNBSU passed a motion recently to drop down to associate member status in the NBSA. Associate member status only lasts for one year. After the year’s period is up, UNB can either stay or drop out of the alliance. Bailey said all options should be examined before a final decision is made because UNB is the NBSA’s biggest member. “I don’t think we should just automatically leave, because it is the biggest student advocacy group in the province, and we’re the biggest university” he said.
Marc Gauvin VP Finance candidate
Do you think their needs to be a review of clubs and societies as a whole? Gauvin said he has received complements from other universities about how UNB’s clubs and societies are handled. “We’ve been commended on the way we do our clubs and societies and the way we fund them specifically,” said Gavin. “I’ve received numerous emails from schools as far as Alberta and B.C., asking how we do our funding and how we manage our clubs and societies because we’re very effective at it.” He said one thing that does need to be changed about clubs and societies is their marketing.
Do you think students get value for their UNBSU fee? Gauvin said he thinks students are getting value for their UNBSU fee. However, he said not everybody uses the services it provides. “As everyone does pay the fee, not everyone is utilizing that fee,” said Gauvin, “but the people who do get to use it do see a benefit of that for sure.” He also said there are things he would like to review next year, including new services and operations for students. He would like to get more students aware of student union services. “I think the fee goes a long way, and if we can work together and get more students out, a lot more people are going to see that dollar coming back to them.”
Bobby Cole VP Internal Candidate
Where do you see academic policies lacking across the university? How do you plan on changing them? Cole said most of the academic policies at UNB are relatively strong, though there is always room for improvement. However, he said one thing that needs to be improved is final grade submission. “We’ve seen some problems recently with academic policies surrounding with the returning of grading,” said Cole. “I know a couple of people personally, who were mentioned in the [Brunswickan] article, and I talked to them about how it affected them.” How will you continue to lobby the administration on academic issues? Cole said there is a lack of student voice on senate. However, he said he would like to use senate to lobby for policies concerning student mental health “In terms of academics, I think there is an excess of stress on students,” said Cole. “And I think that the senate gives us a great opportunity to relieve some of that stress.” Cole said the senate would allow for lobbying for policies that will help relieve some of the stress students face. “There’s been talk of maybe having a shorter reading week in the fall to accommodate mid-terms that are going on, to help students out in that regard to relieve some of that stress,” he said. “I think academics on the side of stress is an important thing to lobby.”
Jen Connelly VP Internal Candidate
Where do you see academic policies lacking across the university? How do you plan on changing them? Connelly said the returning of grades is an issue she would address if elected. She said she would like to put in a policy
where professors have to release final exam marks to their students. “That way, if final marks are released late, if there is an issue of them failing the course, or something of that nature, they can calculate their own mark and figure out what they need to do for themselves,” said Connelly. Another policy Connelly would like to address is what counts as an acceptable absence. She said there is no policy about students who are representing UNB at things such as sports events, that students are able to rewrite tests etc. “I don’t think that’s acceptable. I think if you are representing UNB and you’re promoting the UNB name, you deserve a chance to write that test or a chance to have that percentage removed.” How will you continue to lobby the administration on academic issues? Connelly said she would like to see more student representation on senate. “Currently, there are 67 people on senate, and only six of them are students, that’s less than ten per cent” said Connelly. Because the senate makes academic decisions, she said that number is not enough. “I don’t think that’s acceptable. We definitely need more student representation on senate, and that’s one way I would definitely like to lobby for academic issues.”
Chantel Whitman VP Student Services
Whitman was unable to attend the Q&A session, but answered questions for the Brunswickan via email. What would you like to improve upon from your previous year? I really want to continue to bring diverse events to UNB. From speaking with students these past two years, I know one type of event doesn’t always appeal to everyone. So I really want to continue with diverse programming, so that as many UNB students as possible can be involved with the SU and enjoy their UNB experience. What services do you think could be improved? I really want to take some time and see if there may be an easier way for Safe Ride to run smoothly, [including] trying to be more on time so students aren’t waiting for long periods of time (Obviously it is always going to be a problem with the weather!). I also want to improve Drink Smart, as this service is very valuable; however, I don’t feel it has been used to its full potential, so I really would like to see where improvements can be made.
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Aborting the Future Periodical Elements Shane Rockland Fowler We know what reading DNA can tell you about yourself, but what about an unborn baby? And would it keep that baby from coming to term. When a sperm and egg unite, it creates the first cell in a child. That cell will double and double again, multiplying until the average human has about ten trillion cells. Numerically, it looks like “1 into 10,000,000,000,000”. Almost every one of those cells contains your complete DNA including the very first one – the ‘zygote’ – coming from the egg and sperm. Full baby DNA exists only after the creation of one cell, and can be read just the same as adult DNA. The problem is getting to it. Doctors can, but what happens when anyone can get that information? Testing has gotten to the point where you no longer need a hospital in order to tell the gender of your child. “Hospitals do it all the time, but when they do, they decide what to do with the babies’ information,” says biology professor, Tyler Mackenzie. “They don’t have to give it out to parents. But that is changing.”
For about 50 dollars and a drop of mom’s blood, you can halve the amount of baby names that you have to pick, all in the comfort of your own kitchen. That is the technology of today, and it raises ethical questions. Some states in the U.S. will not tell the parents the gender before birth, because they fear revealing the gender will result in abortion or abandonment if it’s not the one whom the parents had hoped. In China, where families are only permitted one child, boys are favoured. It is illegal in China for doctors to tell parents the gender of their child because of sex-selective abortions. While these selective abortions are illegal, it happens often, and doing the tests at home means that hospitals cannot be certain as to the reasons behind the abortions. As a major social issue, it is suspected that gender related abortions are a large contributor to China’s gender inequality. As the technology pushes further, it is possible to tell even more about unborn babies. It is possible to test for diseases, illnesses and other variables that will impact that baby’s life. As an example, Tay-Sachs disease is undetectable at birth, but results in a child’s death between the ages of two and four; there is no cure. It is now possible to test for Tay-Sachs before a baby is born. This could mean that parents could opt
for abortions based on testing for such illnesses. But where is the line drawn? Genetic testing can also show traits such as Down Syndrome. Should parents be given information if it means aborting a baby who only has less than optimal health? In some cases, diseases can only show the likelihood or a percentage that a person will develop a deadly disease. Huntington’s disease slowly destroys a person’s brain and leaves them unable to control their bodies; there is no cure. Normally, it only starts to affect adults in their 30s or 40s. Because Huntington’s is a genetic disease, it means that if one parent has it, then a child has a 50 per cent chance of getting it. Genetically testing fetuses means that people can choose to abort and try again until the result comes up negative for the disease. Right now, the hardest part for doing these tests is getting cells from a baby who is inside the mother. In 2012, this must be done in a hospital. It is up to the hospital to choose which information it gives the parents about that baby. But just as a hospital is no longer needed to know to expect a boy or a girl, and genetic testing is headed in the same direction. It will be up to mom and dad to decide what to do with the information they uncover. “There are always little tricks, like the mom/baby blood test to tell gender,”
DNA can tell lots about a baby before it’s born. Submitted says Mackenzie. “The way science moves today depends on technology, and technology moves very, very fast. There is no reason to believe that people will not have access to their unborn babies’ DNA without the need of a doctor in the future.” Those advances in technology are what led scientists to crack the very first human genome less than a decade ago. The amount of information learned is still being processed. But the exponential rate of technology is now putting
that exact same information into the hands of anybody who has the desire or the money. As the technology becomes steadily cheaper, the money starts to become much less of a factor. Very soon, the average person will have the ability to learn all there is to know about themselves, or their offspring, on very intimate level. What we do with that information will be up to us. Just as it always has been.
Faculty committee looks to enhance first-year experience Thomas Johansen The Brunswickan A line-up of activities and events are always planned for first year students at UNB in the fall, but now a group of faculty are getting together to try and make the experience even better. Sara Rothman from student affairs and services is a member of a new committee working toward this goal. “It’s in their first year that they develop habits and attitudes that help them to be successful for the rest of their university career,” Rothman said. “We want to help students develop those strong habits.” Rothman said while their current program for helping to integrate first year students into university life is strong, there are always ways to improve. “At this point, we’re trying to figure out how to build a more powerful first year experience. We aren’t trying to change it per se; we feel as though we’re on the right track. We want to keep going in the direction we’re going, and keep on improving.”
Ryan Codling and Kylar Daigle are two students entering university in September, and are looking forward to an experience that prepares them for university life both in and out of the classroom. “I’d like the normal introductory activities, tours, and maybe a chance to talk to some professors about what classes and lectures will be like; really anything to prepare me for the next few years,” said Codling. Daigle said first years will most likely be preoccupied from being in a new place with new people, and adjusting to a different type of learning experienced in university. She said activities to help meet new people would be beneficial. “A social barbeque or concert might be a good social icebreaker,” Daigle said. Rothman said that she wants to help first years become even more integrated into the university community. Though what the committee will be working on is not entirely clear yet. “Exactly what will be different in September, I’m not entirely sure, but we’re definitely moving forward,” said
Rothman. She said the different programs and activities currently available that are well received by the students won’t change, but will be built on and improved to become more effective. “The first week of class was overwhelming in the best way possible,” said Nicole Tulk, a first year engineering student. “I jumped right into my classes and labs and got involved with Engineers Without Borders. I felt at home right away.” “During the day, there were some events that were funny, like a competition between our president and another house’s president chugging melted ice cream,” said Trevor VanWiechen, another first year student. The committee wants all first year students to have similar good experiences, and is having its members attend conferences to learn more about first year programs from other universities. Rothman said what it comes down to is the committee looking at ways to build on the first year experience to make it more powerful.
A committee of faculty members is looking to build on the current orientation week activites. Bronté James / The Brunswickan
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A Critical Eye Cody Jack
In North America alone, Sodexo recorded its first quarter earnings for 2013 at roughly 1.9 billion Euros (around $2.6 billion Canadian). Of that amount, 892 million Euros ($1.2 billion Canadian) was revenue earned from educational institutions. In the education sector, the revenue only increased by 0.9 per cent from last year. Sodexo attributed this low increase in revenue to decreasing student purchasing and the closing of schools because of Hurricane Sandy. So where do we fit in? Where is UNB and what do students want, amongst all this money? Why is our food quality not up to our standards? Well, according to UNB’s Res Life section about dining plans, a meal at your meal hall is priced at about $4$6 depending on the meal plan/meal of the day. This means that Sodexo is attempting to make each meal for less than that. This is how you make a profit. Sodexo, by the very nature of being a for-profit company, is continuously trying to find ways to maximize their profits. Be it by lowering the cost of material input (things that go into your food) or increasing the prices on retail products. I’d be curious to know what kind of margin their placing on their products
in the retail outlets. A cup of fruit costs roughly $4. Why is the cup of fruit costing that much when a meal at meal hall comes out to be roughly the same? I am not certain if “mark ups” are included in the food service agreement, but it should not be allowed to be over a certain amount. If a student with a meal plan has to go to Sodexo’s retail outlet to get their “healthy” option, they shouldn’t be gouged through price fixing. Some may say that using the term “price fixing” is a bit unfair, but when a company has a near monopoly on campus for ten years at a time, that is exactly what they’re doing. These contracts allow for little student input and are quite rigid. Ten years is a long time to wait for change. Students need a food provider and structure that can react to its demands. Or even better, one that serves students and not its profits. Quick note, that I have no beef with the employees of Sodexo who provide students with friendly and excellent service. It is not their fault that they are given materials that aren’t what students are looking for. But they do the best that they can, and I thank them for that. Let us look at what a non-profit model on campus has given us. As this model may be a better solution to our situation as opposed to trying to tinker with the current agreement with Sodexo. If you go to the Cellar for some food, a meal will cost you roughly $7-$9 if you order off of their menu. The Cellar most likely has a higher cost for ingredients than Sodexo, which has a larger
purchasing power. But, somehow, the Cellar has been making money over the last few years and providing quality food. The Cellar is a non-profit company and is owned by you the students. This means they can provide you with near cost food and beverages while staying financially viable. Students also have a direct voice as to how the Cellar is run because they are represented on a student-controlled board. If a non-profit company can exist and thrive on campus, why is it that our food service provider cannot be under the same model? The workers aren’t the problem, and I know rent isn’t either; Sodexo pays per capita less for its space in the SUB than any other one of the commercial leasers. But that is a whole other kettle of fish. It seems to me that a non-profit organization could provide students with a food service that meets their standards. It could also do this roughly at cost, which means that when you are paying X dollars for a meal, you are getting roughly X worth of food. Perhaps, UNB should step back up to the plate and provide students with its food. I am sure if we got creative, we could take the money we give to Sodexo and provide students with what they need and what they want. The answer to our problem is not a private one, but one that can be solved by the university community as a whole. We could then create a food service provider on campus that is overseen by all members of the university community and run in accordance with our demands and not the demands of a profit margin.
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Chaplain’s Corner Kevin Bourque What is sex for? Do you ever ask yourself that question? I bet at this point, you’re thinking that I am about to tell you to wait until marriage, that you shouldn’t have sex unless it is for the explicit purpose of conceiving a child, or perhaps that God hates sex. Not so fast! I’d like to think my thoughts are influenced by our immediate context. As for the question itself, I’m sure there are a multitude of answers a person can come up with, pleasure and procreation to name but a few. For me, the most obvious one is that sexuality is the vehicle through which life is created. True, there are many other purposes or benefits of sexuality, but it is a rather simple task to acknowledge that the human story exists thanks to the gift of sexuality. It is against this backdrop, one sees sexuality as a human narrative, which I bring forth in today’s article. But how we got here, in my opinion, is nowhere near the entirety of the human sex story. What is of interest to me today is the sexual narrative of our lives. The narrative I am speaking of is the sex story that is told or written every time a person engages in sexual activity (with or without reproduction as a part of the conversation). As one born of flesh, your sex story has already begun, and whether you know it or not, you are an author. But any writer, just like any surgeon, knows they can use their instrument to build up or to destroy. Last week, I read about the six armed men who gang raped a household of Spanish tourists while they were vacationing in Mexico. The article linked to the horrific gang rape in India, an incident I had tried to hear as few details as possible, but finally, I learned about
what had happened. I wept. This is the destruction of a person; the surgeon’s knife used in the most violent and cruel ways. It is loveless and self-seeking. It shows no regard for the sexuality or the personhood of the other. I tell you these stories because they are sex stories – terrible ones. They remind us of what happens when a person’s sexuality and personhood are shown no reverence, respect, or dignity. Though some may disagree, I believe pornography offers the same sort of cheapened, dehumanized, emotionless sexuality where participants are nothing more than a means to an end. Instead of presenting sex in a complex, emotion-laden manner in which it can be experienced, the fullness of the human experience of sex is silenced. I believe pornography and rape are concise displays of the absence of love, a sort of evil, if you will, albeit in a sexual form. Turning to a very different sort of sex story, I’d like to offer a few thoughts on something else: One-night stands. Underneath some dark rocks, you can find some shiny stones. On the surface, one person might outright slam onenight-standers for misusing the gift of God. On the other hand, a person could also consider that although the context may be far less than ideal, a one-night stand is quite simply two people who are lonely and want to either feel someone else close to them or feel appreciated and enjoyed. Even if the more emotional aspects are left out of the equation, sex is still a fantastic means of feeling alive. Think about it – does sex make you feeling nothing? Of course not – it is a threshold of human experience, where from first contact, you are reminded of how completely alive you are! Though I will state clearly, I do think the context of this kind of sexual encounter is askew, what drives people to this experience, in my opinion, is a God-given desire for pleasure, procreation, life, relationship
BRUNSWICKANOPINION and the very experience of feeling alive. The oddity of this sex story is that the alcohol or drugs dull the full emotion and intensity of the sexual experience. It distracts your mind and spirit so you never have to come the answer to the question, “Why am I doing this?” It just might be that the answer contains words like, “lonely” or “feeling unloved”, or the notion that you may just be created with a desire for connecting intimately with another person. Could it be divine design that you hunger for the experience of another human? Now, thoughts like those are rather weighty and serious ones to swallow – much harder to ingest than a pint of Rickard’s. Finally, I want to present one last sex story, one that focuses on the beauty of sexuality, both in its creative capacity, and its interpersonal capacity, and ultimately, the beautiful story that can be written when sex is healing, helpful, and heart-centered. They call it “love making” for a reason, you know. It is because it’s in the exchange of bodily fluids that something even bigger is exchanged: Love. Often, it is within this narrative that our most personal love stories are written, those in which hearts beat with passion, fingers burn with desire, and the person – the whole person – is embraced and cared for as their partner enmeshes themselves with them in the one physical gesture that has the inexplicable capacity to say, “I love you”. It is deeply personal, experiential and existential. Now, that’s a sex story worth reading! Now, having cited several sex stories, I’d like to suggest that everything we do in life, either tears down those around us or builds them up, dims or brightens their light; this includes every action that takes place in our sex lives. Perhaps the most fitting question might be, “In your sex life, what story are you writing? What sex story are you writing in the lives of other people?” It is you who decides.
March Break, the Superman of events? Eventymology Joel Violette
The man they call Clark Kent seems like a quiet, bookish fellow, but we all know it’s a cover; he’s Superman. The week they call Reading Week seems like a quiet, bookish time, but we all know it’s a cover; it’s drinking week. It can begin as early as mid-February, and as late as mid-March, and is often the clarion call for a southward student exodus. Some flock to Florida, some further. Some even stay and enjoy a week to themselves up north. It’s interesting that of all the traditions for March Break, curling up with a coffee and a calc. textbook rarely comes to mind. It’s probably because this is too close to the daily norm, and March break is a tremendous chance to break free of that norm. It’s an entire week to do whatever one pleases, wherever one pleases to do it. A reading week is an almost inherent component of the semester-based schedule that most North American schools have adopted, and has been for years. The reading bit, at least. The drinking bit and traveling bit in today’s tradition began in 1950s and 1960s in America, when big cars and cheap gas began launching road trips to Floridian beaches. After all, it’s not odd to want the warmth after several months of the
cold. The only problem is that it’s often not long before exams. Because of this, students often must chose between reading glasses or drinking shoes; unless, of course, they’re university-Clark Kents, who can don both. There’s an interesting concept lurking around the edges here. It’s called state-dependent memory. (It has nothing to do with politics or government; think psychology.) There have been several studies in which participants are put in different states of mind and forced to learn things, and then, later, forced to remember them. It turns out that subjects retrieve information better when in the same state of mind as when they learn it. According to these studies, then, information recall is dependent on mental and physiological state. So, if you’re a March Break superhero and don both reading glasses and drinking shoes, you may want to remember this, especially when you can’t remember the calculus formulae you learned during your March Break bender. You won’t do poorly because you were drunk when you learned it. You’ll do poorly because you’ll be sober when you try to remember it. But hold on… You say you want to have a good ol’ American Spring Break and pass your exams? There may be a solution. You can still curl up with a calc. textbook and a coffee. Just do it on a beach in Florida.
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Oh, hi there! My name is Jennifer Connolly and I’m a 3rd year BBA Accounting student and I am running for VP Internal. Having been on the Student Council previously as a Business Administration Councilor and Book Buy & Sell Coordinator, I believe I have acquired the experience necessary for this position. Having knowledge of Council and its procedures, I can quickly start making changes that affect you, the students. I intend to work closely with the Student Affairs Office, as well as International Student Affairs Office, to re-promote programs and services such as the legal service, student success
JENNIFER CONNOLLY V P - I N TER N A L
Hello everyone, I’m a second year Arts student and I’m running for the position of VP Internal. Since arriving at UNB I have involved myself in the residence and UNB community. I am currently the Vice President at LBR and I sit on the UNBSU Advancement Committee. Through these positions I have learned what it is to be a part of a structured team with the intention of bettering the university. I have sought out people who have held the position in past years and learned from them what it takes to hold the position effectively. I knew all that the job required before applying. This is a job I am fully
capable of taking on, and I want to make a positive difference at UNB; that’s why I’m running. In my platform I outlined a number of actions I want to take here at the university because they are changes that I would like to see happen. With the students help I can make those things happen, but that’s not all I intend to do. By establishing a medium by which to better communicate with students, I’d like to implement some of the student body’s own desired improvements.
workshops, English Corner Café and the Language Portal. I want to reconfigure the UNB tutoring system, making it easier for students to acquire tutors and for tutors to schedule appointments. Some academic policies I would like to implement are that professors are to release final exam grades to students, that the definition of an “acceptable absence” be altered to account for students who miss a test or quiz while representing UNB at a competition/conference and to create a deadline for scholarship announcements. I have the ideas and experience to make a great VP Internal, all I need is your vote!
VP - INT ERNAL
Hey everyone! My name is Ben Whitney and I’m a fourth year Business student with Honors in Marketing, a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Philosophy (just to keep things interesting). I’m an energetic and enthusiastic guy, and I would like nothing more than to represent you as President of the Student Union in the coming year. I’m originally from Saint John, but I’ve spent most of my time living in Fredericton for the past four years. I’ve been highly involved in the Residence community, having lived in LBR since my first year, where I’ve held positions as Treasurer and an HOC Member. I’ve been quite involved in the UNBSU as well, cur-
VP - FINANCE & OPERATIONS Hey UNB!! I am back again to represent you and bring you all things services & events! I have enjoyed the past two years as your VP Student Services and I would love just one more! I have been busy the past two years bringing you entertainment that you wanted to see, changing and improving the current UNBSU services to benefit you, and working to make your UNB experience better. I have been very involved at UNB by sitting on various committees and as well as being a student Senator. This year, I would love another opportunity to be your VP Student Services as well as a student on UNB’S Board of
rently as the Marketing Manager but I’ve also held positions as Business Councilor, Student Senator, SUB Board Member, Orientation Event Coordinator and more. Outside school, I’m an avid guitarist, a hopeless caffeine addict and a football fanatic. Next year, I’d like to focus on lobbying, both internally and externally, communicating with the student body, educating incoming students about the Student Union and better integrating the residence community with the community at large. If you’d like more details on my full platform, please check out my page: Tiny.cc/voteforben
BEN WHITNEY PRESIDENT
My name is Marc Gauvin and I am running once again for the position of VP Finance & Operations. For those of you who do not know me I am in my 3rd year of Business, majoring in Accounting and Marketing. I have lived at Lady Beaverbrook Residence for four years and have been active in the residential community as a VicePresident and a Proctor. If elected I plan on continuing the work and upholding the roles of the VP Finance to ensure student funds are being used effectively. I plan on reviewing the budget in order to determine if they are better areas your money could be going that would be of more benefit. I will
also continue to explore new options for the Student Union in hopes to maintain the growth of the organization. In addition to the roles of being VP Finance, one thing I have learned from this position is it is not bound by the description. This year I have been fortunate enough to talk on behalf of the student body about the upcoming food contract. I look forward to continuing to work not only within my portfolio but on current student issues as well.
Governors. I want to be even more involved with all things UNB. I love UNB, and I would love even more to have another opportunity to represent you in different areas of this great university. You make UNB great, and I want to hear from you on how to make it even greater! The SU is here for you, so make sure to vote in the election and get involved – lets work together to make your UNB experience the best that it can be!
CHANTEL WHITMAN V P - ST UD ENT SERV IC ES
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NICOLE SAULNIER ART S / S UB S I NC
I’m in my second year of a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. I am originally from Riverview, NB. I loved being involved with the Student Union and the Arts Faculty this past year as an Arts Councillor. Next year, I am hoping to continue to improve the communication between the departments, and upper and lower year students. Also, I am hoping to help the Cellar achieve its full potential because it is an important social space for students. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the fiddle, listening to music, reading books, and going out to eat.
COM P UT ER S C I ENC E My election haiku: Voice of the students, And Computer Science Rep! Vote Andrew Martel.
ALEXANDRIA ARMSTRONG FO R ES T RY & ENR
Hey guys! I’m Alexandria (or Alex, Al, Allie...whatever you prefer) a 3rd year student majoring in ENR and I’m running for the position of Forestry & ENR Faculty Councilor. I transferred to UNB after my first year of university and am so glad I made the switch. Since coming to UNB I’ve obtained lots of experience sitting on the Townhouse executive and as a member of the UNB Environment and Sustainability Committee. I would love to work with you and will always be open to your input, how else will we improve? I hope you’ll vote Alex for Faculty Councilor!
JENNIE BORGEL B USI NESS
Hi! My name is Jennie Borgel and I am a current third year business student! If elected as your business rep I want to increase communication between the student union, the students as well as the BAUS. I want to create projects and events that every business student can take advantage of here on campus throughout the school year. You can find my Facebook page if you search “Vote Jenn Borgel for business rep UNBSU 2013 - 2014”. Please feel free to ask me questions, I would be happy to answer them!
MARK VANGEL SC IEN C E
Mark Vangel is entering his secondish year at UNB next year majoring in Environmental Geochemistry. He is a Toronto native and is looking forward to representing the Faculty of Science next year. Mark and his wife are looking forward to the birth of their first child (a boy) in July and he is more excited about “nerding him up something fierce.” Mark has represented a faculty on the Student Union this previous year and utilizes his experience, enthusiasm, ingenuity and a sense of humour to represent his fellow students to the best of his abilities.
ASHLEIGH WARK F O RESTRY & EN R
My name is Ashleigh and I’m in my third year of Environmental Management. I love my faculty and the sense of community that comes with being in a smaller crowd of people who are truly passionate about the environment like I am. I’m sure I’d do a great job at representing the Forestry/ENR faculties because I’m approachable, and I have some past representative experiences under my belt. I already know a lot of my classmates, which is the beauty of being in a smaller faculty, and I’m always interested in knowing more of you! I’d love to be even more involved so I hope you’ll vote for me for your Forestry/ENR Councillor!
LAURA CARR N URSIN G
Hi there, My name is Laura Carr and I am a third year nursing student and have represented the Nursing student body for two years now. I am hopeful that I get the chance to represent them again in 2013-2014. I am not originally from New Brunswick but am happy that I followed my parents back to their home in Fredericton as it has become an integral piece of my future career in Nursing. I hope that my career takes me all over the world so that I may represent others that need/want their voices to be heard. I am grateful to UNB Fredericton for allowing me this great honor to represent my constituents in the Nursing program.
ASHLEY HYSLOP SEN ATE
My name is Ashley Hyslop and I am in my second year of a concurrent science and computer science degree program with a major in biochemistry. Since first year I’ve been actively involved with the computer science faculty as well as the university. Last year, I was voted in to the computer science association(CSA) as first year rep. This year I am a computer science peer mentor, as well as a TA for a first year class. I am also currently the computer science faculty rep on the student union and running for VP external on the CSA. Outside of school, I’m quite involved as well. I’m the highest qualified coach with the fredericton diving club, and I am involved with musical theater. Although it seems like I live a busy life, I am very enthusiastic about being a member of senate for the upcoming year! :)
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Hi my name is Jonathan Fairweather, going into my fourth year of business. I am currently the president of TownHouse, an off campus society. As an off campus student I wish to become the Off Campus Representative to be able to communicate the needs and opinions of my fellow students. Throughout my university experience I have been involved with TownHouse. I have learned a lot of what the students wish to see from their university, and wish to fulfill these duties. I feel I would be a great addition to the Student Union, please vote Jonathan for Off Campus Representative.
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B O A R D O F G O V E RN O RS Currently I am UNB master-economics graduate student. I am 27 years old. My previous background was technical. And I’ve been taking active part in social and student life. I as engaged in summer camps, mountains highly organized expenditures, Universities governance. I see my mission in uniting technical, scientific and innovative aspects with economical understanding of our world. Currently I am running for Body of Governor position, because my goal is to work for the benefit and help of students. I am devoted, honest and diligent toward my duties. Ready to attend all meetings, actively improving UNB life. Will try to be attentive to everyone, defend rules of student community, innovate something new.
WOM EN’ S
Hello, my name is Emma Matchett and I’m running for Women’s Representative in the UNB Student Union General Election. I am entering my fourth year as a Science student majoring in Biology. I am passionate about women’s rights and a true feminist! I feel I am an ideal candidate for this position due to of my volunteer experience at the Women’s Center and my previous experience on the Student Union as a Science Councilor. I have tons of great ideas and can’t wait to hear yours!
B O ARD O F G O V E RN O RS My name is Kurt Goddard, and I would love to be one of your student representatives on the Board of Governors. I’m currently in my first year of law school. I have the valuable experience of having already served on another university’s board. Prior to enrolling at Ludlow I worked in the nonprofit sector in various advocacy roles and completed two graduate degrees. In my free time, I help organize educational trips to Rwanda and play way too much Settlers of Catan. Please vote for me in the upcoming election! Contact me with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
RADMANESH WOM EN’ S
Hi everyone,My name is Mitra Radmanesh and I am your current Women’s Representative on Student Union. I am running to represent UNB female students once again because I am a strong believer in equality and women’s right. I am very passionate about women’s social and political issues, and I want to continue to help improve the campus to a much safer and equal environment. I have the required experience for this position and I am very approachable and considerate. I strive to increase our students awareness of every issue concerning women, and to make sure those people with opinions and voices are heard and assisted. I am very enthusiastic to be involved, and I promise to continue to bring my utmost to the table next year
GERGELY WOM EN’ S
Hey readers! I’m Alex Gergely (pronounced Grr-gay), and I’m running for your Women’s Representative. If you’re reading through all of the candidate bios I’d like to congratulate you for being so well informed! I’d like not only to represent a sex, but I would like to represent the equality that I would love to see on campus. There are a few issues that I’d like to address if elected, and it would be an honour for me to represent you in the forthcoming year. Find me on facebook, cheers!
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Models from Lady Dunn Hall and Aitken House performed a dance. Danielle Hillier / The Brunswickan
Lyndsey Weaver (right) performs at Lady Dunn Hall’s 18th annual Fashion S.H.O.W. (Students Honour Our Women) on Saturday, Feb. 23. Danielle Hillier / The Brunswickan
Gordon Mihan Staff Reporter Sitting down with Sam Anderson, it becomes quite clear that he has a real passion for rapping and making music. Sam Anderson is a third year civil engineering student at UNB, who raps on the side whenever possible. Despite being busy with school, Anderson does his best to pursue his passion whenever he can. “There’s a balancing act that happens,” said Anderson. “I try to prioritize things, like putting school first; that’s why I’m here at UNB. But any free time I get is all about writing music, finding a beat and recording stuff.” Anderson has been playing and making music since he was in high school, but it hasn’t always been rap. “I was the lead singer of a rock band. But I used to write poetry and was really into rap music,” said Anderson. “So I started rapping the summer before I went to university, after high school, and it slowly turned into something that I realized I really wanted to do.” Anderson goes by the name Abstrakt Thought when rapping, and has been gaining momentum in Fredericton. “The past year’s actually been pretty exciting. My rap partner, Justin Rent, and I have been getting a lot more live shows in downtown Fredericton, which has been really cool,” said Anderson. New Brunswick may seem like an odd place for a rap artist, but as Anderson explains, there is a base for rap and hip hop culture in the Maritimes. “There is an underground rap scene in New Brunswick, but nothing like in Nova Scotia, where they have people like Classified and Buck 65 who get national recognition,” said Anderson. “So while it may not be as big as in Nova Scotia, there is definitely a rapping scene in New Brunswick – you just have to go looking for it.” Anderson has just released a new mixtape and has plans to release a new album later this year. For more information and to listen to some tracks, check out Abstrakt Thought on Facebook and YouTube.
Bronté James / The Brunswickan
Rapping it up with Sam Anderson
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High fashion headscarves Morgan Mullin The Brunswickan
Traditional head coverings from the Middle Eastern world have been the subject of controversy and headlines in the post-9/11 era. Fashion always has its fingers in the pulse of global politics; this means that as long as the west has been looking at the east under a microscope, style setters have taken interest in various culturally-inspired head coverings. In Sex and the City 2, (released in the spring of 2010) leading lady, Sarah Jessica Parker dons a miniature silken turban as she trots around Abu Dhabi with her gal pals. SATC’s costume designer, Patricia Field was quite possibly inspired by the elaborate turbans at Prada’s Spring/Summer 2007 shows. Soon after Parker’s turban, in the fall of 2010, hipster kids were being photographed in another incarnation of the trend: The “turband”. This headpiece is created by winding a rectangular scarf around your head and tying it as a turban, but leaving the crown of your head exposed. The turband continues to be wildly popular in its own right, being featured on street style blogs and photo blogs of music festivals. There are also many shops on Etsy, devoted to selling pre-
The “turband” is an emerging trend in the world of fashion. Karšten Saunders / The Brunswickan
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made turbands. The latest way to wrap your hair, however, is courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Always inspired by the glamorous screen sirens of Italy and Old Hollywood, D&G paint a picture of these vixens sunning themselves in the Mediterranean. Students in classics and history know all about the storied trade history between the Middle Eastern nations and the Mediterranean; both ancient Greece and the Rome were influenced by the east. It’s little wonder then, that these imagined glamazons have scarves wound around their heads tied in exaggerated knots. These trends are not only a great way to cover up a bad hair day. They can also open you up to a sense of style inspired by cultures vastly different from the one in which we live. As our world grows ever smaller, culturally eclectic looks are bound only to increase in popularity. Want to give these trends a try? To rock a turband, wear hair loose and textured. Wear hazy eye makeup, such as a smoky eye, and basic, solid-colour clothing in flow-y, draped shapes. Choose a silky rectangular scarf and wind it around your head, making sure to leave the crown of your head exposed. Tie the ends in a large, exag-
gerated knot at the center of your hairline. Tuck the pointy ends underneath and secure with bobby pins. For a more wearable take on the D&G look, don a fitted v-neck top and your favorite jeans – preferably super skinny or exaggerated flares – and the striking shape of the jeans will play off the shape of your headwear. Next, add shoulder-grazing earrings, as the models at the show wore. Finally, add a large straw handbag. Makeup should be clean and simple; winged eyeliner or a bold lip colour, such as coral or pink, are excellent choices that keep with the designers’ theme. Take a silky, floral scarf and fold it into a triangle. Wrap the folded edge of the triangle around your head so the points meet at your forehead. Tuck the top point down so your scalp is completely covered and the take the two remaining points in a double knot so the ends will stick out dramatically. As political climates continue to simmer, the west surely won’t be turning its back towards the Middle East any time soon. Will the expiry date of turbands last as long as cultural tensions are bound to? Only time will tell. In the meantime, I’ll be wrapping myself in my favorite silk scarves.
Marley at MemORIAL Hall Kevin Lemiux The Brunswickan Memorial Hall will soon be the home of Bob Marley and some island beats. For the final evening of DOCTalks, a Reggae evening is on the agenda. A documentary entitled Marley, directed by Academy Award Winning director, Kevin MacDonald is up. This 2012 documentary is on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. The evening will follow with local band Dub Antenna. Marie Maltais, Director of the UNB
Arts Centre, said that there are many little festivals around town, but nothing focusing on documentaries. “We’re interested in bringing documentary film to light.” The idea around this documentary and music night mostly reflects Marley’s recognition, she explained. “Marley has a popular culture behind it and people are interested. We have Dub Antenna in town that do reggae music, so we thought it would be a good idea to combine those two and make a night out of it.” Maltais reminds student that events
on campus are something they should be taking advantage of. “It’s an opportunity to learn a little more about our friend Bob Marley. His music still resonates today. And also, it’s a night out on campus with some good music.” The final night of DOCTalks is Thursday Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall. The event is $20 for the screening of Marley and live music performance by Dub Antenna. There will be a cash bar and the evening will have an intimate cabaret setting. For more information, go to Doctalks.ca
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Sarah Vannier The Brunswickan Last week, Gordon Mihan, the Brunswickan’s staff reporter, wrote about the way board games bring out the worst in us. He also wrote that sexy board games are the exception to the rule, and “that’s something for Sarah Vannier to explore”. Challenge accepted. There are actually a ton of sex themed board games on the market. Unfortunately, a lot of them are a little cheesy, somewhat pricey, and most are aimed at heterosexual couples. Here are a few of my suggestions for students on a budget who are looking to spice up board games night. Scrabble: This is pretty straightforward. You play by the usual rules, except you are only allowed to play suggestive or sexual words. This one is for those of you who are equally turned on by brains as you are by beauty. Plus, this one is great if you want to be a little risqué in a group without getting too wild. Alternatively, you can let players use any words they want, but before they can get points for their word, they have to use it in a sexual sentence. Bonus points if you manage to create an ongoing erotic story. Twister: I know Twister is a sexy
board game cliché. With all of that reaching, and bending, and wrapping yourself around another person, all you have to do is wear less clothing and you are good to go. So how do you take this classic and sex it up a notch? Make it slippery. Put a small amount of something like chocolate sauce, nontoxic paint, or massage oil on each of the circles. As you start moving around, you and your partner(s) will get more and more covered in whatever slippery substance you chose. Plus, all that slipping and sliding is bound to result in some extra body contact. It’ll be fun to roll around together and even more fun to soap each other up in the shower after. Strip anything: You can go with a classic like strip poker, but the beauty of the stripping genre is that it can apply to almost any game. Strip go fish; strip checkers; strip Risk (Lose a continent, lose your pants). The list is only limited by your creativity. Plus, you don’t need to gather any extra materials for this one because you can use whatever games you have laying around the house. Jenga: There is a game called “Sex Stack” on Amazon.com that sells for $25. It is more or less a sex themed version of Jenga; you have to remove blocks from a tower and place them on
the top of the tower without knocking anything over. The main difference between this game and Jenga is that each of the blocks in Sex Stack has a number on them. The number corresponds to some sort of flirty or sexual act that you have to complete. You can also make this game yourself with an original Jenga set and a sharpie. On each of the blocks, write down something that the person who picks that block will have to do. The best thing about DIYing the game is that you can personalize each of the blocks with things you know that you and the person/people you will be playing with will find fun. You could create a tamer version (e.g., give a five-minute massage) or a more sexual version (e.g., give oral sex for five minutes). You can do each of the acts as soon as you remove a block. Or you can keep track of which blocks each person removed, and whoever knocks over the tower has to treat the winner to all of the sexy moves on their blocks. Monopoly: No. There is no such thing as sexy monopoly. Monopoly is the killer of friendships, the divider of families, and the destroyer of sex drives. The only sexy thing monopoly has going for it is the possibility of makeup sex.
Graphic by Alex Walsh
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To Make a Farm, a documentary about independent Canadian farmers, was shown as part of the DOCTalks series. Screenshot
To Make a Farm
Gordon Mihan Staff Reporter
It’s hard out there for an independent organic Canadian farmer. If it’s not a bacterial infection that kills all your sheep, it’s the soil deficiency that ruins all your crops. As shown in the Canadian documentary, To Make a Farm, starting up and running an inpedendent farm in Canada is no easy task. The doucmentary follows three different Canadian farms as they deal with a variety of different problems. While I wasn’t expecting much from this premise, I was surprised by how much the documentary affected me. The decision to just focus on a couple of farms and the problems that each of them faced paid off by the end of the film. I was invested in the people, and whether or not they would achieve their goals. The biggest gut-puncher in the entire film had to do with one woman’s attachment to the pigs they were raising. She gives one of them a final belly rub and tearfully sends them off to the slaughterhouse. I don’t normally get emotional during movies, but damn,
did I not want to see those pigs leave. One thing that the farms all had in common was that no matter how many mistakes they made, or how many things that went wrong, they still loved what they were doing. At many times, they found themselves in over their heads, but as one of the farmers lamented, “If you’ve never been in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
The film was shown as part of the DOCTalks film series. For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, go to Doctalks.ca.
Tamara Gravelle The Brunswickan
Everyone’s a little bit different. To claim that someone is exactly the same as someone else is irrational, so why is there a stigma against people with mental illness when they’re just different? That’s exactly what the film Connections focused on; it was shown as a part of the DOCTalks series last week. The Connections Clubhouse is a building in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where people with mental illness can go to hang out, get a cup of coffee, talk to some councillors, and help themselves live with mental illness. The film follows eight adults who go to Connections and tells their stories. There was Alisha – the youngest person in the film – who doesn’t exactly understand her illness, schizophrenia. She said it was like waking up each day as a different person and there’s a part of her brain she can access, that she couldn’t before. She said she gets thoughts, not voices, from her illness. But she welcomes them because she said they come straight from her heart. There was Jackie, a social worker who
dealt with anxiety and depression in her 20s. She was also homeless during that time. She said what helped her get through it was people like the employees and volunteers at Connections, who didn’t judge her and allowed her to have her space. That’s why she decided to go back to university and become a social worker. Then there’s Danny, a man who looks like he’s in his early 40s, who has two university degrees in French and sociology. He speaks fluent French, and he also has schizophrenia. Although very bright and well qualified for many jobs, Danny works two part-time jobs; he works as a cart collector, and also as a street crosser for a local elementary school. He said he loves doing that, but he also gets lonely. That’s what Connections is for, to bring people like Alisha, Jackie, and Danny together. Not people with mental illness, but people who are just a little bit different. Connections was shown as part of the DOCTalks series taking place in Fredericton from Feb. 14 to March 1. For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, go to Doctalks.ca
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Varsity Reds split first two home games of playoffs
A rice dish with a kick. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
The UPEI Panthers used their intense forecheck to get under the skin of the Varsity Reds in game two, leading to several UNB penalties which ultimately led to their defeat. Victoria Clowater / The Brunswickan night as the Varsity Reds shook off Neil took the game into his own hands on the powerplay. Josh Fleck “Definitely a huge momentum some early cobwebs to come away with midway through the period where he Sports Editor a 7-2 victory. scored two goals in the span of three boost,” said McNeil, about the return Finishing first in the Atlantic University “We had to be alert, that’s a hard minutes to push the lead to 3-0 for the of Carrol and Kidd to the lineup. Sport regular season and getting a first working team. The goal was to try, Varsity Reds. “Them in the lineup makes us deeper. round playoff bye can be seen as both in the first period, we wanted to set a Tyler Brown answered for the Pan- It helps us all around.” a blessing and a curse. Friday night’s game saw UPEI make foundation,” said head coach, Gardiner thers before the period was over with On one hand, you have the extra MacDougall. a change in net and start Mavric Parks a power play marker. week to rest players, and hopefully The third period opened with three instead of Wayne Savage, who led the Coming into the playoffs, the power get some back from injury, which was play had been an area of concern for the straight UNB goals, coming off the AUS in save percentage this season. the case for the Varsity Reds, who team, not scoring in their last 16 chan- sticks of Stefan Salituro and the afore“I was up all night thinking about welcomed defenceman Josh Kidd and ces with a man advantage. However, mentioned Kidd and Carroll. it,” said UPEI coach, Forbes MacPherforward Tyler Carroll back into the it was rookie Cam Braes opening the Kidd’s goal was an electrifying end- son, about the decision to go with Parks lineup when they hosted the UPEI scoring on the power play in the first to-end rush, ending with him deking instead of Savage. “We made the deciPanthers on Thursday night. minute, as he tipped a point shot from backhand to forehand and sliding the sion this morning, and he deserved it. On the other hand, the extra time defenceman Ben Shutron. puck past a sprawling Mavric Parks. He took this program farther than any off can lead to a bit of rust. Holding down a one goal lead head- Not to be outdone, Carroll combined goalie has in the past 15 years. Wayne That wasn’t the case on Thursday ing into the second period, Nick Mc- with Braes for a dandy tic-tac-toe play Savage has done his job getting us to
They know what’s up
this point, and it was time to pass the baton to Mavric and give him a shot.” The change in goal gave new life to the Panthers as they came out flying once again, and just like the night before, the Varsity Reds got on the board first, as it was Prince Edward Island native, Colby Pridham opening the scoring. That is where the wheels began to fall off for the Varsity Reds. The Reds amassed 12 penalties in the game, totalling in 43 penalty minutes. The Panthers capitalized on their opportunities, going 3-8 on the power play in the game, leading to a 4-2 victory for them. The other goal scorer for the V-Reds was Cam Critchlow, before he received a five-minute major penalty for hitting from behind with 1:50 left in the game, resulting in his suspension for the next game. “I thought we started the game pretty good, but we usually get better as the game goes on, but tonight we didn’t,” said MacDougall, following his team’s 4-2 defeat. “We have to play with a lot more energy. Our forecheck has always been our bread and butter, and we got away from that,” said team captain, Chris Culligan. “You can probably count on one hand how many times we successfully forechecked their defence.” With the series now tied at one game each, it moves across the Confederation Bridge where the teams will play two games on Monday and Tuesday, in what could be the end of the series, and the season for one of these teams.
How will men’s volleyball fare at the CIS Championships? cellarpub.ca
Facing off against McMaster, the number two team in the country could be a blessing in disguise for UNB. They have faced them once already this season, and took them to five sets before losing. McMaster has a very young squad, so it will be interesting to see how they hold up.
I think the men’s team will do alright. While I don’t think we’ll be walking away with a CIS title (sorry Dan) having that experience will rub off on a young team and bode well for next season. I see Matt Losier as a leader on the team in a few years, and having that experience behind him at nationals will no doubt help him.
Johnny Cullen Sports Writer
They will be a force to be reckoned with at the CIS Championships. Big men up front like Toonders, Keoughan, and Andersen will keep the door shut with their blocks. Julio Fernandez will be doing his thing. Mathieu Losier will be keeping the other teams guessing with his sneaky tips. Libero Matt Sweet will be backing them all up, racking up the digs.
Bronté James Sports Writer
I think the men will do well, but I don’t think they will be able to take the first place title. I expect them to come home with a fourth place CIS sitting.
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Men’s volleyball set to take on McMaster SEED 6 COACH Dan McMorran RECORD 10-7 KILLS Julio Fernandez 178 BLOCKS Craig Toonders 49 ASSISTS Mathieu Losier 365 ALL STARS Julio Fernandez Craig Toonders
Bronté James Photo Editor For the second time in three years, the UNB men’s volleyball team took the first place Atlantic University Sport (AUS) title. With this win, the men will be travelling to Laval to take on third seed McMaster at the Canadian Interuniversity Sports Championships (CIS). The men are sitting comfortably in sixth place. “It’s going to be extremely tough. We’re not unfamiliar with that, however, we’ve given ourselves a couple of exhibition opportunities this year,” said head coach, Dan McMoran. “So, we know that we’re in tough, but we also think that we’re going to be ready for that competition and we’re not going to be surprised by the level of play out there.” The men’s team was given a taste of the competition in their pre-season games against Manitoba, who were CIS bronze medalists at the time. They also went to Florida over Christmas where they took on the second ranked McMaster, losing 3-2. They’ve also taken on Guelph and Calgary, taking a victory against Calgary. McMoran said the team has one of the deepest rosters any team can have across the country, and is looking at a particular few to help lead them to a CIS victory. “Julio Fernandez; I think he has taken his level of play to a whole new level,” he said. “I’ve known that Julio has that potential, and in the last number of weeks, he’s shown that he’s not only the best player in the Atlantic Conference, but
he is one of the best players in the CIS.” Rookies Eivind Anderson and Mathieu Losier, and AUS All-Star Craig Toonders, are also some key players. The team is also looking to captain Matt Sweet, who was recently moved to the libero position. “I moved him to a libero position for our two championship matches and he played excellent, so we’re going to be relying on him for big things out there as well,” said McMoran. Seasoned player, Julio Fernandez, is looking forward to his second attempt at CIS. “Just think a lot about the opponent team and just try to be as ready as possible,” said Fernandez, on preparing for the CIS. “We’re playing the best teams in the country and you’ve just got to play from the beginning and stay focused the whole game.” Rookie Mathieu Losier, is preparing for his first appearance at CIS. “I’m really excited and looking forward to it,” said Losier. “We kind of got the playoff atmosphere at AUS, so I don’t think the nerves will be as much of a factor, although there will be some nerves involved, but I’m really looking forward to playing the top teams in the country.” Losier said they are going to go into the tournament with the same plan as every other game. Looking at videos and studying the teams strengths and weaknesses will help them prepare to take on McMaster. “It’s the best volleyball in the country, so the teams will be ready, they will be prepared, studying us as we study them; it will be good volleyball,” said Losier.
SEED 3 COACH Dave Preston RECORD 17-1 KILLS Danny Demyanenko 133 BLOCKS Alex Elliot 31 ASSISTS Austin Campion-Smith 573 ALL STARS Danny Demyanenko Austin Campion-Smith
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Varsity Reds bring home 9 medals
Among the nine medals won, six were in running events. Sarah Badibanga / The Brunswickan Jeremy Trevors The Brunswickan The UNB Varsity Reds track and field team put on a strong showing at the Atlantic University Sport championships over the weekend. The Varsity Reds were in tough against powerhouse St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie University, but still managed to pick up four medals on Saturday and five more medals on Sunday. “Everything in terms of the program and the athletes were top notch. They all competed very hard, gave 110 per cent, and I’m very proud of how everyone has competed so far,” said head coach, Jason Reindl. Alexandra Black won the gold medal first in women’s 4kg shot put with a 12.58-meter shot. In the women’s high jump, Tatyana Shmatlay claimed a silver medal with a distance of 1.55 meters.
In the women’s 600-meter finals, Sarah Myatt won a gold medal, finishing with a time of 1:36.02. In the same race, Nathalie Cecire missed the podium by less than two seconds, finishing in fourth. The women’s 4x800-meter relay team of Catherine Tremblay, Courtney Barbour, Cecire and Myatt, claimed a bronze medal with a time of 10:19.8. On Sunday, the V-Reds picked up a pair of medals in the women’s 1000-meter finals, where Myatt won the gold with a time of 3:03, and Cecire claimed the silver medal with a time of 3:04.60. David Kerr brought home a bronze medal in the 35lb weight toss, with a distance of 11.39 meters. The men’s 4x200-meter relay team consisting of Dan Brown, Jeffrey Retallick, Jeffrey Cummings and Mike Whitcombe brought home a bronze medal. Rounding out the medals for the Varsity Reds was the women’s 4x400-meter relay team, consisting
of Tremblay, Cecire, McDonald and Myatt, who captured bronze. Even though the V-Reds track team may be at a disadvantage having only returned to the CIS level three years ago, Reindl was pleased with their performance and said his athletes are ready to face whatever challenges that lay ahead, regardless of the opponents. “The athletes don’t care; they still compete, and regardless of what school we go to and what province [we are from], they are here to compete,” Reindl said. And the results show it as well. “Pretty much all the UNB teams show they are here to compete and give it their all, all the time.” “They are currently ranked second in the conference, but they could easily come out with the gold. They are yet to lose to an AUS competitor this year,” Reindl said.
UNB swimmers near personal bests Julie McLaughlin Sports Reporter Two UNB swimmers traveled to Calgary, Alberta, last weekend, where they swam against the best swimmers in the country. Danielle Losier and Chris Garcelon were the sole representatives for UNB at the event. Both swimmers swam in the same three events, the 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle, and the 50-meter breaststroke. The first day of the competition was the 100-meter breaststroke, in which both swimmers placed well in the AUS championships. Garcelon went to nationals having finished fifth in the AUS in this event, while Losier went into the meet having finished third. While both swimmers swam well, Losier finished 20th in the event, while Garcelon finished 34th. Day two of Nationals saw the UNB
swimmers swimming the 50-meter freestyle. Garcelon was the top AUS finisher in this event two weeks before. Both swimmers had very strong swims recording their fastest ever heat swims. These two talented athletes were within 0.2 seconds of their lifetime best times in this event. Both Garcelon and Losier finished 32nd overall in this event. The third and final day of this prestigious swim meet saw the swimmers swimming the 50-meter breaststroke. Garcelon also won gold in this event in the AUS championships. He was just 0.5 seconds off his lifetime best. Losier came close to her season best time in this event, and was fast enough to make it to the consolation final where she placed 16th overall. “Swimming next to the fastest guys in the country made us realize the little skills we need to work on during the spring and summer, so we will be sharp
and ready to go early in the season next year,” said coach, Robin Ferdinand. On her top two swimmers of the season, Ferdinand also said, “Although neither swimmer achieved best times at the meet, Chris was within tenths of a second of his lifetime bests. Danielle did not finish as well as we had hoped, but she had a great season to cap off an amazing career as a Varsity Red swimmer. We will really miss Danielle’s leadership and performances both in and out of the pool, she is leaving big shoes to fill.” The UNB swim team, especially Garcelon and Losier, had a lot of success this season. While the competition season may be over, you will be sure to see Ferdinand coaching her swimmers in the pool for the remainder of the year in preparation for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
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Injuries lead to no playoffs for men’s basketball
Injuries to key players like Dan Quirion hampered the Varsity Reds all season, and was a major factor in them narrowly missing the playoffs. Submitted Johnny Cullen The Brunswickan The Reds were slighted by the CIS number two ranked CBU Capers over the weekend in two road games, bringing about a well deserved off season for the hard working squad. The first game resulted in an 88-75 win for the Capers, and the second game was not much different on the scoreboard, with CBU taking it 86-70. “In a season where injuries to key contributors seemed par for the course, this trend continued in our two contests in Cape Breton,” said Reds’ head coach, Brent Baker. UNB’s Matt Daley suffered a dislocated shoulder in the third quarter of the first game, which served as a painful loss for the Reds. “Matt played a great game on Friday, when he held the league’s leading scorer [at the time] Jimmy Dorsey to 0-8 from three-point range,” said Baker, about his wiry point guard. Daley’s defensive expertise was not
present in the second game, as he was unable to play due to his injury. “Matt did an awesome job on Jimmy Dorsey in the first game,” said Will McFee. “Matt’s one of those kids who is always going to give 110 per cent and get his team mates’ back in the game no matter what.” Despite the loss of morale due to an injured teammate and a large deficit on the scoreboard, the Reds’ character showed. “I felt our guys competed well, as they have all year,” said Baker. In the second half, there was an increase in tempo. Although the score was tightened up, it would not be enough. The second game entailed much of the same for the Reds. Michael Fazzolari stepped up on defence and held CBU’s Meshack Lufile to a mere six points. McFee displayed UNB’s character once again, with a great effort in the offensive department. “Will continued his hot shooting
down the stretch of the season by scoring 32 points on back to back contests to win the scoring title at 21 per game,” mentioned Coach Baker. “The individual accolades really don’t mean a lot to me to be honest. Especially given the fact that we weren’t able to achieve what we set out to do as a team [make playoffs],” said McFee. “I would trade that scoring title for an opportunity to play in the playoffs in a heartbeat.” The Capers’ shooters were too much for the Reds’ defence; however, and CBU managed to tip the scales in their favour on both occasions over their weekend matchups. Despite the two losses, UNB kept the scores tight in both games, despite the fact that they were dealt the hand of injury in the first game on Friday. A long anticipated off-season lies ahead now for the Reds. With time to finally nurse injuries and recuperate, next season will hopefully be a different story.
Capers prove to be too much for Varsity Reds
Julie McLaughlin Sports Reporter
In the final weekend of regular season play, the Varsity Reds women’s basketball team traveled up to Cape Breton, where they faced the Capers in two games. The team was led by Claire Colborne in both games, as she finished with 21 points in the first game, and topped that in the second game as she had 25 points. Unfortunately, the Reds came up winless in the last road trip of the season; Friday, they were defeated 57-52 and Saturday, 67-57. On Friday, UNB opened the game with a quick four points, but Cape Breton quickly responded with nine points of their own. The two teams tied the game at 13 apiece with about a minute left to play, but CBU closed out the quarter with a three-point lead. The game stayed close through the second quarter, with the game being tied on three different occasions, but UNB was never able to take a lead. CBU scored in the last seconds of the quarter to take a four-point lead heading into halftime. Cape Breton opened the second half aggressively, and was able to take a 12-point lead at two separate points in the quarter. A three pointer by Colleen Daly at the end of the quarter brought the lead to below ten. Despite the deficit, UNB fought hard in the final quarter to try and find a win before playoffs. The team was able to close the lead to three with 30 seconds left in the game, but two made foul shots by CBU was the nail in the coffin for this struggling UNB team. “We fought hard and didn’t back
down. But, we made too many mistakes to get a W,” said coach, Jeff Speedy, on his team’s play during this close game. Saturday afternoon, UNB took to the court in the hopes of ending the season on a high note. The girls played hard, but they only won two of the four quarters, and this accounted for the ten-point loss at the end of the game. The first quarter of the game was arguably the best for this team. They outscored their opponent 11-6, and while this showed a strong defensive effort, the offensive effort was not strong enough to hold through the remainder of the game. UNB held on to their lead until about six minutes left in the quarter. The two teams kept the game close, with the Reds taking the lead once more in the quarter, but CBU found their stride in this quarter. The second half was much of the same as the Reds were unable to regain the lead they once held. The team got close at times, but they could not stop Cape Breton’s offence. AUS championships are hosted by UNB this year, which means that the girls’ team will get a place in the post season. Saint Mary’s, Acadia, STFX, Dalhousie, and Memorial University will be traveling to Fredericton March 8, 9, and10, in hopes of being named the top team in the league, and representing the conference at the CIS national championship. UNB will play Acadia on Friday March, 8 at 8 p.m. The winner of this game will advance to the semi-finals the next day.
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Sleep in Head Hall: A growing Epidemic
Sleep IN head hall: a growing epidemic
UNB ENGINEERING STUDENTS AFTER HOURS BY Timothy Snow | The Pillar Newspaper
BY Nicholas Kennedy The Pillar Newspaper
In the nearly forgotten recesses of old Head Hall, a class of students struggles relentlessly to maintain consciousness against the onslaught of a lengthy lecture and what would some would call “an inhuman amount of heat piped into the room without remorse”. Some of them succeed, still taking what could pass as notes, but many of them slowly drift off into a state known as “Engineering Semi-Coma”. The problem? Less and less of them are falling asleep everyday. “It’s getting ridiculous” one anonymous Professor commented. “It used to be by my third slide, & I’d successfully knocked half of them out. These days, some of them are making it through the whole lecture...frankly, it’s terrifying, and nobody seems to be doing anything about it. The other week I even scheduled a lab, a quiz, AND a midterm on the same day, and everyone in the class completed everything....ON TIME!” A recent survey at Pillar Pub indicates that more and more engineering students are showing up for class well rested. Coffee and energy drink sales are down, spirits are high, and study rooms and computer labs throughout head
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 • Volume 24 Issue 1
Studying engineering at UNB isn’t easy. With an endless supply of lectures, tests, projects and homework, there’s little time to relax. So when that precious opportunity to enjoy life comes around, what’s the best way to do so? A few students from representative disciplines at UNB were asked this question, and here’s what they said:
“Drinkin, mostly.” “Workin’ on the truck, unless she’s in the shop. She’s been in the shop a lot lately, the old girl. Damn struts went on er this time”
hall are completely empty as early as 3AM. “I slept a full 4 hours last night!” said a first year student recently. “It felt like an eternity, but it’s an amazing feeling. Colors are brighter, my friends in other faculties say I’m even smiling sometimes now. It’s the best I’ve felt in a long time...I know I shouldn’t, but I just want to sleep even more now!” Concern is growing among the administration in the Universi-
ty that if the current trend continues, a degree in Engineering will be perceived to be “fun”, “worth the effort”, and worst of all...”only slightly impossible to complete in 4 years without a psychotic break”. Research will continue in the upcoming months, but reports are still conflicting...just yesterday an upper year ECE student was spotted trying to bring a tent into the Digital Systems lab, exclaiming “I like to compile...in styleeee”.
Geological “I am not a fun person.” “I like to collect various rocks, then add them to the rock shrine in my basement. I try to squeeze oil out of the less attractive ones.”
Geomatics “I like to go hiking in the woods! By myself.” (Only one geomatics student could be found for this survey).
ECE “I code for fun! I know, it’s bad-ass.”
“Driving across bridges and thinking of how they could be improved.”
“I go for long walks with my robot, unless his battery isn’t fully charged. In that case, we usually go for shorter walks.”
“…could you repeat the question? It’s not that I don’t understand, it’s just that I didn’t quite hear the question.”
“…I only share personal information over the internet. Or with my mother. We live in the same house.”
“I like to work on extracurricular design projects! Mrehhehhehehe (awkward noise).”
“Hacking old versions of Diablo and owning n00bs.”
“Are you trying to mock me, a**&$le?!?!”
“Brewing liquor. We make it hard.” “Anything nerdy, really.
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