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UNBSU election results p.3 Upcoming Arkells concert p.11 CIS hockey preview p.17
The UNB & STU African Student Union’s event L’Afrique Enchantée (Enchanted Africa) drew a large crowd with food, fashion and dancing in a celebration of African culture. Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan
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SPRING 2013 UNBSU ELECTION RESULTS
CONNOLLY WINS ONLY CONTESTED EXECUTIVE SPOT All other executive candidates successful
Cherise Letson News Editor The students have spoken, and next year’s UNB student union has been elected. Executive candidates, Ben Whitney (president), Marc Gauvin (VP finance and operations), Greg Bailey (VP External) and Chantel Whitman (VP student services), who all ran unopposed, will be sitting at the head of the council table this fall. Jenn Connolly was elected vice-president internal, over Bobby Cole, by 139 votes. One thousand and twenty-five students voted in the election, making the voter turn-out 17.9 per cent. “We were hoping for a higher turnout, I think,” said Brittany Dixon, chief
returning officer (CRO). “But there were some circumstances that kind of led to that lower turn-out.” Dixon said the fact there was no referendum question by the union, and only one executive position ran contested could have been factors. “They may need to have a longer period of time where they can push for people to run for positions, and try to get people involved” said Josh Bojahra, deputy CRO. “Because they only have two weeks to get the word out to everybody on campus, and convince them that they actually should participate in the election by running, it’s really not a lot of time. Two weeks goes by real fast in university.” Bojarha said having the election so
close to March break may also have played a role. “It was right between the end of a really busy couple weeks of midterms and right before March break, so a lot of people weren’t really paying attention to what was going on,” he said. Though turnout wasn’t as high as they hoped, Dixon said having online nomination on the UNBSU website was effective and should be continued. “Before it’s only been [such that, candidates] come up to the Welcome Centre, get [their] forms and bring them back in. But I think having them online made it easier for the candidates to find it and learn more about the positions and get involved,” said Dixon. Due to a mistake on the original ballot, a new election is being held for the
board of governors’ positions. The date of the election has not been confirmed, but is expected in the coming weeks. Incoming UNBSU president, Ben Whitney, said voter turnout was disappointing compared to the last byelection. “I was hoping it would be a lot higher, because we promoted it just as heavily as we did the by-election,” said Whitney. “Where we didn’t have a referendum question or anything like that, I think that might have been why it was a little lower.” He said student engagement is going to be major focus next year. “I think it’s something we say we want to do every year, and it kind of falls to the wayside just because people get too busy,” said Whitney.
Whitney said he would like to increase student engagement by targeting first-year students. “I think we need to make the student union a bigger part of student life, and I think that starts with the first years coming in,” he said. “I’m hoping that’ll start a cultural shift that will get people more interested and involved.” Despite running unopposed, Whitney said he is honoured that students voted “yes” for him and he’s is excited for next year. “It’s something I always wanted to do, and to have been given this opportunity is very exciting for me.”
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Environmental Awarness Month grows on campus Heather Uhl News Reporter
The UNB Wellness Committee is taking a swing at environmental wellness this month. “Environmental wellness is one of the dynamics of the wellness wheel that informs the actions of the campus wellness committee,” said Krysta Skentelbery, coordinator for Residential Life. “We use the dynamics of the wellness wheel, because there’re [seven] dynamics of the wellness wheel; we do one per month during the regular academic year.” The other dynamics of the wellness wheel include social, physical, emotional, financial,
intellectual and spiritual wellness. Environmental wellness is defined as, “… making a conscience effort to live a lifestyle that is respectful of the environment around you; being aware of your use of natural resources; and understanding, as well as limiting, the footprint you make through your everyday actions.” Environment is considered to be the area someone inhabits. “Some of the things we suggest to better your connection with your environment includes not littering. You don’t want to litter in a magical forest and you don’t want to litter outside your classroom,” said Skentelbery. “We do have some tips of things people can
do,” said Gillian McLean, special assistant to the vice-president academic Fredericton for student experience. “Using public transit, biking, walking if they can, carpooling; also, if you want to think about the 100 mile diet, shop at the local markets, thinking about where your food comes from.” The ‘100 mile diet’ is when all the food someone eats is grown within 100 miles of their home. “I think that it’s important these days. Everybody is sort of going green these days, certainly not something we’d want to forget about,” said McLean. “I think there’s a lot of businesses and a lot of people taking ownership of the environment now.” Events will be held throughout March promoting environmental wellness, ranging from UNB student union’s showing of Tapped, a movie about the bottled water industry, on March 21 in Tilley 125 at 6 p.m., to Sodexo’s ‘Dining in the Dark’ on March 23. Sodexo will also be hosting a ‘waste-less day,’
where the waste from meal hall will be left out for students to see how much waste is produced from a meal. The hope is that students will take smaller portions. “…Typically, when you are at meal hall, it’s an all-you-can-eat situation, and your waste goes on a conveyor belt and then goes behind closed doors to be taken care of,” said Skentelbery. “On waste-less day, they actually keep all of the waste front and centre, [to show] how if you take too large of a portion, how much waste you are creating. So it inspires people to only take what they will be consuming.” This year, the campus dietitian will be present during waste-less day. “I think that having a positive relationship with your environment and having a positive environment to grow up in really helps you grow as an overall person. It inspires you to keep yourself well,” said Skentelbery.
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UNB professional and technical workers unionize Emma McPhee The Brunswickan
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 marked a much-anticipated moment for many non-unionized workers of both UNB campuses. On that day, the Professional and Technical Staff Union became a reality, joining the ranks of other groups at UNB that have previously unionized. “We’re excited,” said Dawn Dignam, a member of the organizing committee. “[It means] this group will finally have a voice.” All that’s left in the process is the paperwork, before the New Brunswick Labour Board will formally certify the union. The toughest part – getting enough votes in favour of unionization – was officially over on Feb. 21. “You have to meet a very high standard [to get organized], because it has to be more than 50 per cent of everybody who’s in the group; not just those who showed up to vote,” said Bev Bramble, another member of the organizing committee. “For us that meant roughly 400
people from both Fredericton and Saint John campuses.” The process towards unionization began about a year and a half ago. The aim was to address the concerns of professional and technical workers, in areas from job security to maternity leaves. “[There are] people whose jobs have been reorganized, or without their job descriptions being changed, or without any thought given to additional compensation for additional responsibilities.” Bramble said. “We want to be considered as partners rather than people who are just told what to do.” Short-term contracts were also a big issue. “[There are] a number of people who work on year-to-year or shortterm contracts that may or may not be renewed. Some people have been working for ten years or longer under these conditions, so it never becomes a permanent job,” said Bramble. “If there are cutbacks coming, then we’re afraid that the non-unionized group might disproportionally share the cuts.” Dignam is one of the employees on a short-term contract.
“I’m one of those, and I’ve been here for a while, and I’m still on a one-year renewal right now,” she said. “That’s a concern because [I would like] to have security.” The steps toward unionization were started by the Public Service Alliance of Canada. They worked at gauging the interest of people within the professional and technical employment group. “The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which is a large publicity sector union, decided they were going to try to organize our group. In order to unionize, you have to get enough people who are willing to sign an organizing union card to say they support the union,” Bramble said. “Then you take that to the New Brunswick Labour Board and ask them to hold a representation vote.” This vote was counted and officially declared a majority on Feb. 21. The group has met with opposition, mainly due to popular misconceptions about unions. “Some people are ideologically opposed to unions,” Bramble said. “It’s not like they’re a perfect institution by any means, but it’s really what you make
Workers voted to unionize on Feb.21. of it as members.” The workers of the Professional and Technical Staff Union tend to be people involved in organizations that support professors or the administration and the work that they do. “We are a part of the university.
We’re all working towards the university’s strategic plan’s goals of making it the top teaching university in Canada and enriching the students’ learning experience,” Bramble said. “We want to be more equitable partners in that whole process.”
Faculty and staff in danger of cuts next year Cherise Letson News Editor The University of New Brunswick may have to cut $3 million from their budget, again. UNB has asked the provincial government for a two per cent increase in their operating grant and $200 tuition cap for this coming budget. UNB president, Eddy Campbell, said even if they receive this, cuts will still have to be made. He said UNB’s been cutting $3 million out of their budget every year for the past seven years. That’s $21 million in cuts. These upcoming cuts will include slashing 15 faculty positions and 30 staff positions. “Given that 75 per cent of our costs are people costs, it seems clear that you can’t make that kind of cut without having to make do with fewer people,” said Campbell. Campbell said UNB tries to handle staff and faculty cuts through attrition. This means, when people retire, resign or leave the university. He said there has only been “a hand-full” of lay-offs in the past seven years. “People do become worried when you start quantifying three million dollars in terms of people,” he said.
“Some people feel threatened by that, and it’s not my intention to cause alarm or people to feel threatened.” UNBSU vice-president external, Adam Melanson, said cutting faculty positions is going to hurt the university. “Faculty to student ratio is an im-
portant indicator to quality education, and personally, is one of the reasons I chose to attend a smaller school like UNB,” he said. Melanson said handling staff cuts through attrition doesn’t make the situation any better. He said people
should be wary of what pressures faculty may experience when facing attrition, such as forced resignations or retirements. “Cuts are cuts regardless of how they are implemented. The only benefit of attrition is to the employees who would
otherwise be laid off,” said Melanson. “Although this method may potentially have less harmful effect on the employees, it does not change the effect that the cut has on the quality of education at UNB,” he said. Melanson said the provincial government needs to give more funding to universities in order for these cuts to stop. “The universities need more funding than they are currently getting,” he said. “Last year, the yearly percentage of funding to universities from the province was not even increased, there was only an extra one-time sum given on top of what the universities got the year prior.” Though he understands the province’s financial situation, Campbell said he’s not sure how much longer these cuts can go on. “People talk about trying to do more with less, and I think the evidence is absolutely clear this university has done substantially more with substantially less,” he said. “But I do think there comes a time where you’re not able to do that anymore, that you reach a point; it may be we’ve reached the point this year, that we’re going to have to think about doing less with less.”
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DNA: The final conclusion Periodical Elements Shane Rockland Fowler As I’ve said in the previous weeks, testing your DNA in the comfort of your own home is a few years away, but it will come at a disadvantage. Currently, the major companies that do offer the tests follow them up with gene counselling. Often, results are unsettling to people. Time spent with a gene counsellor is necessary to put results into perceptive. These sessions emphasize that being susceptible to certain family related diseases and
cancers is not a death sentence. This is something that insurance companies will have to realize as well. Knowing what your DNA tell you about yourself is one thing, but others knowing what you’re made of is another, especially if they are providing health insurance. Can you be denied coverage if companies find out that you have an 85 per cent chance of getting breast cancer? Can they make gene screening mandatory before applying? The state of New York has already ruled that insurance companies cannot request genetic information, or refuse coverage based on these test results. “New York State is ahead of the game on this one,” says Tyler Mackenzie, a biology professor at UNB. “But most politicians are reactionary about
science in general, so the fact that they are leading the way on this one in the right direction is good. If others follow, well that remains to be seen.” Genetic testing isn’t necessary in order to have an idea of your own personal risks. By simply looking into family history, you can tell if you have a good chance of getting an illness like diabetes. As a genetic condition, having both parents with Type 2 diabetes means that those children have a high risk of getting it as well. In Canada, people cannot be denied health care based on their family history, but in the United States, it is called a pre-existing condition; until 2010, young children were denied health insurance because of it. With the arrival of universal health care, or “Obamacare”, children can no longer be turned away. In 2014, no one can be discriminated against for pre-existing health conditions. Whether this will apply to DNA, remains to be decided.
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Fighting transphobia in the workplace Gordon Mihan Staff Reporter A campus group is aiming to educate workplaces about transphobia. Spectrum is a LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) group that supports and advocate for the LGBTQ community and allies. John Staples, the executive director of Spectrum, said the main focus of Spectrum this year has been education. “A lot of the time, when you hear about phobias, be it transphobia, homophobia, etc., it’s because people are uneducated; they just don’t know,” said Staples. “Educating everyone has been an important factor for us. It is how we’re going to progress. So the main focus this year has been to advocate and educate the LBGTQ community.”
Spectrum has also taken a particular focus on the transgender community and their place in the workplace this year. “The gay and lesbian community has struggled with issues in the workplace for years, but they’ve progressed to a point now, where if you’re gay in a workplace it’s, for the most part, not a big deal,” said Staples. “But the transgender community is kind of just entering that phase now. So what we want to do is pave the way for them as best as possible.” The Transgender in the Workplace Education Discussion is a panel Spectrum has set up that is open to the public and businesses of Fredericton, who may have questions regarding transgendered people in the work-
place. Staples said the inspiration for the panel came from a personal experi-
ence at his workplace. “I work as a quality assurance person in a call centre in Fredericton,
and one of our Spectrum members is actually one of our customer service reps, and at the time, he came to me and said that he wanted to progress with his transition [to the opposite sex],” said Staples. “He asked me if I would join him in sitting down with the management and just letting them know. So we sat down with the management and he presented his advanced transition to them and they were incredibly supportive, but they had a lot of questions after.” Staples said he figured if his workplace had a lot of questions, then other businesses may be in a similar situation. “I thought how many other places here in Fredericton have transgendered people who would like to progress, but who don’t feel they can? So, what we did was invite
as many businesses as would like to attend to come to our event,” he said. Staples said transgendered people who want to go through with their transition may be intimidated by the prospect of how the people they work with may view their change. “There’re so many different angles that transgendered people have to consider, like how the management address a transgender person, and then you have the co-workers and how they’ll react,” said Staples. “People may ask, ‘Why are you doing this?’ or may do something offensive, whether intentional or unintentional.” The Transgender in the Workplace Education Discussion is taking place on Thursday, March 14, at the Margaret Norrie McCain Hall on the St. Thomas University Campus at 7 p.m.
YMCA starts campaign to address women’s homelessness Laura Buck The Cord (Wilfrid Laurier University) WATERLOO (CUP) — It’s something many people take for granted, but it’s also something thousands of women throughout Canada struggle without — the shelter and protection of a home. YWCA Canada aspires to bring an end to women’s homelessness with the recent launching of the Homes for Women campaign. The campaign was started out of concern for the growing number of women who are either living in severe poverty or who are homeless. “It is unacceptable that a country as rich as Canada has the extent and amount of homelessness and poverty that we have, and women are bearing the brunt of this,” said Leilani Farha, executive director of Canada Without Poverty. “The hope is that the campaign will ignite discussion and debate and that will influence public policy.” The Y WCA has partnered with Canada Without Poverty-Advocacy Network and the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies for the campaign and is also supported by the Canadian Labour Congress. The key strategies of Homes for Women include improving accessibility to jobs and to safe, affordable housing. Through improved and more effective social assistance programs, the campaign members wish to address and take preventative measures to the systemic issues at the root of women’s
poverty, which are typically domestic violence, discrimination and abuse. Farha said many women who have escaped violent homes have nowhere to turn, seeking refuge in women’s shelters or on the street. “There are rapidly increasing numbers of women in street counts for homelessness,” said Farha. Elizabeth Clarke, CEO of YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo said there are many misconceptions surrounding homelessness. “People tend to dismiss homelessness, tend to think that it’s because people are mentally ill, or it’s because people are addicted to drugs, and although those things certainly do occur, it’s not the main reason that people are homeless. The main reason is simply poverty,” said Clark Parliament voted recently on Bill C-400, an act to ensure secure and adequate housing for all Canadians. The bill was dismissed. Barbara Byers, executive vice president of the Canadian Labour Congress, said the bill’s dismissal is contradictory to what the government claims are their goals. “I think it’s shameful that the Conservatives would do this. Absolutely shameful. They cannot talk about family values and then take action against families having reasonable housing.” “A national housing strategy would have included provisions for women escaping violence, so it’s a real blow to
The Homes for Women campaign aims to improve accessibility to jobs and to safe, affordable housing. pedrosimoes7 / Flickr CC those women who are in those circum- ing sure that housing is on the agenda solved. I think that if everyday people stances for the government to flat out for politicians at all levels,” said Byers. in Canada knew that our governments Farha emphasized the campaign’s and policy makers aren’t doing anysay that they didn’t support the bill,” driving force will be behind the public. thing to address this problem, I think said Farha. Byers said the defeat of Bill C-400, Their greatest tool is through spreading they would be more outraged than they is discouraging, although the Homes awareness to Canadians and address- are right now. And I think that outrage for Women campaign was certainly not ing the root causes of poverty and goes some distance in changing govhomelessness. ernment attitudes.” dependent on its passing. “This is a real social problem,” said “It means that we have to get tougher and double our efforts, mak- Farha. “But it is a problem that can be
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Is victory near?
In Response to President Campbell’s open letter to Premier Alward lobbying for more funding for UNB. Dr. Campbell, I understand the fact that it must cost a metaphorical fortune to heat your three-storey, riverfront mansion during the winter. Does that, however, warrant you to be paid a literal fortune for the rest of the year? Having only been able to stare longingly at your property from the other side of your cast-iron fence, I’m yet to be convinced. Do you know that you make more money than our Prime Minister, Dr. Campbell? CBC states that you make between $325 000 and $349 999 a year. In your opinion piece, you state, “Even if our government is able to provide a modest two per cent increase in our operating grant and a cap of $200 on tuition fees, rising costs mean that we would still be roughly $3 million short… In purely human terms, we would need to collapse 15 faculty positions and 30 staff positions to make these cuts.” Since $3 million dollars equals 45 university positions, making each position roughly $66 000 per year, if you were to take a 50 per cent pay cut, earning around an altruistic $175 000 per year, you would be able to instantly save 2.5 jobs. That may not seem like much, but, speaking in the “human terms” you are so fond of, I’m sure the privilege of still being able to work for a living would be a welcome luxury for those 2.5 people. You and I both know, however, that you are not the sole bureaucrat of this university. There are several people who make up the upper echelons of power; the ex officio members of the UNB board of governors. According to CBC, most of them make between $175 000 and $200 000 per year. Even if only four of these people were to decide to only make a measly $100 000 a year (yourself excluded of course), UNB would save around $425 000 per year, resulting in another 6.5 university jobs saved. This means that nine out of the 45 jobs in jeopardy could be
letters to the editor. kept, if your vice presidents chose not to make more than $100 000 per year and you kept your own salary below $165 000. Maybe, in your newfound poverty, you could all move seamlessly to a monastery, get tonsured haircuts, and live humbly within your humble means. It is not only the salaries of the aforementioned individuals that I find problematic. Out of the seven Fredericton members of the ex officio members of the board of governors, six are male, none are visible minorities, and six were born and/or educated in the Maritimes. Isn’t a university supposed to be a collection of the greatest minds from across the world? UNB seems to be a collection of the greatest minds within the postal code. Your board of governors meetings must look like an academic house of mirrors, where the people sitting across from you are mere reflections, nodding their heads in perfect unison with your own brilliant ideas. Who needs new blood when your old blood is still clinging to life like a geriatric rock-climber? Despite having several tax brackets between us, Dr. Campbell, you and I do agree on the main issue here: For a university to function properly and achieve a standard of learning the tax payers who fund the university (and its staff) may be proud of, the institution must be able to put education at the top of its priorities – above fiscal gains. The difference between you and me, however, is that I make this argument from a desk I bought from Habitat for Humanity, while you 1do so from a mansion that belongs in a Jane Austen novel. I am currently an MA student at UNB Fredericton, Dr. Campbell, and it is truly a privilege to work with students and staff of such exceptional intellect and character. I hope that you work to initiate the necessary changes to count yourself among them. Sincerely, Richard Kemick
With spring just around the corner, it is nature’s own rebirth into the new year. Jason A. Samfield / Flickr CC to say, “Hello, do you remember me?” lenges, or other kinds of life’s bumpy I smile. Yes, yes, I remember you. paths, you understand what it is to be witness to suffering (a sort of death, Chaplain’s Surely, spring must be near. It’s that time of year again, friends. you could say). Often times, when we Corner Strange whispers of groundhogs are see someone who has made it through Kevin about us, and our ears long for the to the other side and overcome these Bourque sound of the Canada geese declaring challenges, we bear witness to the to us their return from their migra- springtime of a once-dead life that has My right foot splashes against the tion. As a Christian chaplain, it’s an been born anew. As my good friend depth of the newborn puddle as the interesting time of year for spring to Rev. Peter Short would say, whenever water submerges my leather-clad feet; be placed on the calendar. For those we see someone who bears witness to what are these strange signs of thawing in our tradition, Easter is around the the overcoming of such challenges, that have risen to startle me? As the corner, and it too is symbolic of new it is then when we could say, “The moisture slowly invades my feet, my beginnings. I think the timing of resurrection has passed through here”. skin recognizes the penetrating chill Easter is particularly fitting for those It is the life, the new beginning of soon-to-be wetness. It is strange, of us who live in northern climates. At and the new hope that all of us are this kind of cold, jarring moisture; it this time of year, if you scan the social seeking at certain times in our life. is unlike the kind of moisture you’ll horizon in the bleak of a Canadian No matter what our individual cirfind in a summertime puddle. You winter, you will notice that smiles are cumstances are, we all have points in know, those moments when it’s mid- just a bit more dim than they would our lives when we need a resurrection. July when you’re crossing a brook and be in November, and laughs, just a Perhaps it is good that both Easter your foot slides off the rocks and into bit less hearty than you would find in and nature perpetually stand ready the stream. This is the warm, soggy the warmth of the July sun. But even to remind us that if we hold on, just feeling that your hikers are about to be through the doldrums of January, around the corner, new life is comwet for the remainder of the day, yet February, and March, every Canadian ing to us. Yes, at times we shiver and somehow you don’t mind. You know knows that if you just hang on, spring shudder as the cold winds of winter it’s warm out and your boots and feet is coming around the corner. blow through us and seem to cripple will dry out quickly. In a lot of ways, I think nature and our every bone, but what would life But today’s frigid moisture that in- Easter both mirror the spiritual jour- be like if we had no counter-point of vades my size-10 hiking boots tells me ney for many of us. Perhaps it isn’t so reference for the glorious sunshine of that winter is hanging on, and these much what some would prefer to call the month of June? There is no death puddles, these glorious little puddles, the “spiritual journey”, but rather, it is without life, no resurrection without each night they are covered with a the human journey. For the Christian death, no sunshine without solemn stern layer of ice; the ice, hopeful of spiritual or human journey, Easter is winter winds. For each of these, as keeping them in their wintery place. rooted in the life of Jesus and this time humans, though we may never fully But alas, the crisp, cold blast is the of year represents of commemoration understand the exact place of each of only thing that remains of the evening of his death and resurrection. Now, these elements in the realm of life, ice’s coating. The icy puddle’s moist whether or not you are Christian or we can nonetheless be thankful that greeting to me is a sign too sweet to whether or not you believe that Jesus we can know the resurrection. It is mistake; could spring be near? Surely actually came back from the dead springtime, our sunshine, our newly it must be. I pause. I glance around me (the resurrection), is not my point. I given life. Amen. and see the dark, brooding charcoal say this because you do not need to As always, you can reach me via colours that line my country road. believe in either of these circumstances email (firstname.lastname@example.org), in person The pavement is bursting forth from to understand (and have lived) the (the basement level of the Student amidst the pockets of ice that remain experience of death and resurrection. Services building) or by phone (453on her surface, as they are poking their If you think of that sibling, friend, 5089) Peace. heads out from their winter hiberna- or family member that has struggled tion, gently and warmly greeting me for years with addiction, health chal-
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UNBSU brings rhythm to the student body
Halifax-based artist Rich Aucoin will be performing at the UNBSU concert on March 14. Submitted Elizabeth Creelman Arts Reporter The last chunk of the semester can be a long, painful haul. Thankfully, the UNBSU has organized a concert for March 14, to brighten up the gloomy season. The stylistically varied lineup consists of UNB’s own Lobstarr, Halifax’s Rich Aucoin, and Hamilton’s Arkells. All three acts are eagerly anticipated by the student body. “I asked who UNB students wanted to see over the UNBSU Facebook page, and the top two was Arkells and
Sum 41. I worked hard to bring the Arkells, since Sum 41 was on tour,” wrote Chantel Whitman, VP student services, over email. “Rich is just a Fredericton favourite... Lobstarr is a UNB fave as well, and all three mix well. I have been getting nothing but awesome feedback from student; this is going to be a great show and no one wants to miss it!” All three groups are excited to play. Although Arkells are on tour in the US and were unavailable for interview, they expressed their excitement in a brief message. Rich Aucoin is also looking forward to brightening up the Student
Union Building with his typically highenergy show. “If I was describing the show, I would say, if you like screaming along to karaoke of songs that you haven’t heard before but the words are up on the screen with your friends, that’s kind of what happens,” he said. “A lot of confetti and sing-alongs and interactive things happen during the show... There are definitely a lot of effects.” Aucoin has toured with Arkells before, and believes that the differences between the two groups’ styles of music make a good mix.
As decided by a vote on the UNBSU Facebook page,The Arkells will be headlining the concert. Submitted
“I always like singing shows that one band isn’t mirroring another, as just a more successful version of that kind of sound,” he said. “It’s more eclectic than just the same thing few times in a row.” Nick Kennedy of Lobstarr feels the same way. “We’re really looking forward to it,” he said. “Because it’s a bit different of a lineup, I think it’s going to be a really mixed crowd, so there’s going to be hopefully a lot of people who wouldn’t normally come out to see us. I think the majority of people will be there to
see the other two acts, which is cool because they’re both incredible. But what usually works in our favour is that we’re not as traditionally hip-hop as [other] hip-hop groups. Hopefully, a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised that we’re a little bit different, and hopefully, we convert some fans.” The concert will take place in the SUB cafeteria at 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Doors open at 8:45 p.m. Tickets for students can be purchased for $5 at the Welcome Center, the STU Help Desk, or the Campus Convenience Store. $10 will be charged at the door to non-students.
Nick Kennedy (top) and Dave Reid will be performing as Lobstarr. Scott Lalonde Photography
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PMSexy The New Position Sarah Vannier I heard a great joke this week: Jokes about PMS aren’t funny. Period. Giggle. Giggle. But then I started thinking about sex and periods. Depending on the group of women surveyed, and the way the question is asked, research has found that somewhere between 3 per cent and 30 per cent of women have had sex (defined in most studies as good old fashioned penile-vaginal kind of sex) while menstruating. In Canada, the average age of menarche (the first time a girl gets her period) is just under 13. The average age of menopause is just over 50. That means that the average woman spends close to four decades bleeding, five out of every 28 days. That’s a whole lot of time! So what happens to women’s sex lives during their period? American researchers, Devon Hensel and colleagues, followed a group of 191 women between the ages of 14 and 21 for several months. They asked them to fill out daily surveys and say whether or not they were menstruating and whether or not they had sex that day. During the nine months of data collection, 11 per cent of the women had sex at least once while they had their period. Women were much less likely to have sex while menstruating.
They reported having sex on 4.5 per cent of the days they had their period compared to 13.2 per cent of days when they did not. What factors make it more likely that a woman will have sex on her period? The same researchers followed another group of 387 teenage women for a two-year period. Again, they found that women were much less likely to have sex (penile-vaginal intercourse) when they had their period. Women who did have sex on their period were more likely to have had sex recently, have had sex on their period in the past, use marijuana, say their partners were supportive (e.g., “he made me feel special”, “he made me feel loved”), report higher sexual interest, and lower feelings of being in love. The researchers also looked at the oh-so-scientific phenomenon known as “Blow Job Week”. Basically, they checked whether or not women were giving their partners oral sex as a way of meeting a partner’s sexual needs while avoiding intercourse. Interestingly, they didn’t find any difference in women’s oral sex activity during their period as compared to when they weren’t menstruating. I found it interesting (and not so surprising) that one of the factors associated with women having sex while menstruating was feeling supported by a partner. Breanne Fahs, researcher at the University of Arizona, interviewed 40 women about their feelings about menstruation and sexuality. Most women (62 per cent) reported negative reactions to menstrual sex. Common reasons included not wanting to deal
with a mess, or feeling bloated, crampy, or unattractive. But a lot of women’s negative reactions centred on their concerns that their partner thought it was unpleasant. Some women said their partner had told them this, but others said they just assumed their partner would have a negative reaction. In good news, the same researcher also found that some women found sex while menstruating more physically pleasurable. They said they felt more turned on and more physically responsive during their period. Other women reported emotional pleasure, saying that having sex on their period made them feel accepted, validated, and loved by their partner. So what to do if you are interested in rocking the period sex? If you are worried about things getting messy I have two magic words for you: Shower sex. Prefer dry land? Throw a towel down on the bed. Worried that your partner won’t be interested? That is possible, but you never actually know until you ask! Are you a lover of ladies who wants to keep the sexy times going while she has her period? Make sure she knows that you find her sexy and desirable at all times of the month.
Warm weather leather
Morgan Mullin The Brunswickan
Certain trends come to be associated with certain seasons. Year after year, as the fall winds begin to gust, the fashion world gets ready for designers to reinterpret leather. Jim Morrison-esque leather pants, punky leather jackets, and so on, become the norm. Each fall for the past few years, designers have trotted similar rock-n-roll leather ideas down the runways. But then, this spring, something different happened. It was as if our poles got reversed and big brands got their seasons backwards. Jason Wu, Chanel and Versace all topped off their spring/ summer shows with leather – and lots of it. Instyle magazine says, “...designers are treating leather as if it were fabric; dying it punchy colours, cutting it into feminine shapes, and draping it in novel ways...” These new incarnations of leather have been making it much more versatile, and as a result, more
wearable, even in the warmer months. While leather will always have ties to its rock-n-roll roots, it can now go to places beyond a Saturday night concert. At Chanel, leather was dyed baby blue and made into soft, draped blazers, and 3.1 Philip Lim, featured sugary-sweet pink frocks made of sheepskin. Versace, meanwhile, had leather swathed around their models as a sort of short-waisted trench coat. These pieces could fit in at a conservative office, Sunday morning brunch, or anywhere in between. For those of us on a budget (and those of us who prefer cruelty-free), pleather is the way to go. Pleather has come a long way from the plastic-y fabric of the ‘90s. It’s now a much more believable (and affordable) alternative. If you want to try the trend, consider buying a pleather jacket in an unexpected hue, or stay more conservative and season-less, with a black pleather skirt or pants. Pair this new breed of pleather/leather with
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lace, pastel colours, or float-y chiffons. If you want to embody Versace, layer dark (p)leather with bohemian blouses, chiffon tops, and bold, ethnic-inspired jewellery. To look like the sweet-with-somespice girls from Chanel, your (p)leather must be candy coloured, and worn with ‘60s-inspired mini dresses in soft prints. Jason Wu, meanwhile, recreated a rocker look for warmer climes. To get his look, pair lace tops with (p)leather pants or skirts, and don’t forget the red lips. Whichever version of the trend you try, don’t forget to add sky-scraping heels and lots of attitude. This look is not for the timid. Bring out your inner Joan Jett and rock on!
Is Blackface back? Morgan Mullin The Brunswickan Fashion is a world of outer appearances, and of building grand fantasies and stories out of outfits and makeup. But sometimes, the creations go a bit too far; changing people beyond what is acceptable. Examples of this are apparent in some fashion shoots for spring/summer 2013: While trying to achieve what some are calling an “exotic look” that pairs well with the saturated colours of the season, some Caucasian models have been done over in blackface. “Blackface”, for those unfamiliar with the term, is when a Caucasian individual temporarily turns their skin a darker colour via dye or makeup. Blackface began as a form of theatre (called Blackface Minstrelsy) in the 1840s, where white actors would smear burnt cork or black grease paint on their face. Actors would imitate popular racial stereotypes, including their own interpretations of African-American dance, song and dialect. In Spike Lee’s 2000 film Bamboozled, the history of blackface theatre and the stereotypes it popularized, are explained in great detail. As the civil rights movement gained momentum in the United States, any remaining trace of blackface theatre faded into memory for the entertainment world. Soon, in fashion, AfricanAmerican and African models, such as Iman and Donyale Luna, began to have highly successful careers, even gracing
covers of magazines, a new boundary broken by minorities. This is not to say that minorities, or Africans and African-Americans in particular, were suddenly on an even playing field in the world of fashion (or anywhere else, for that matter). They remain to this day to be grossly underrepresented on catwalks at fashion weeks worldwide. Online fashion magazine Jezebel, reported that only 8.1 per cent of all models at spring/ summer New York Fashion Week were of African descent. By contrast, over 70 per cent of models were classed as Caucasian. To add insult to injury, French fashion rag, Numero, recently published a fashion spread of African-inspired fashions titled, “African Queen”. It featured a blue-eyed, blonde model, done up in what can only be described as modern blackface: Layers of bronzer completely changing her complexion. The revival of blackface doesn’t end there. Versace’s S/S ’13 ad campaigns feature nearly unrecognizable models, Kate Moss and Daria Werbowy. Two of fashion’s biggest faces were tinted to look of a different ethnicity for one of the world’s most successful fashion houses. How this was allowed to happen and be printed in the pages of giant magazines such as Elle and Vogue is a mystery to me. Why did the directors of these shoots not choose to use African/ African American models in the first place? As a grossly underrepresented
group in the world of fashion, this could have been a great way to give black models some much-deserved exposure. Furthermore, when – in our politically correct and globalized world – did it become fashionable to imitate the ethnicity of others? It’s as if the high-fashion set are trying to send a message: Dark white is the new black. This is one trend I desperately hope doesn’t last.
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Stephen Lewis and his Big Band of One will be performing at The Cellar on March 16. Submitted
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For anyone familiar with Internet memes, the “forever alone” face might pop into your mind when you hear the name Big Band of One. Stephen Lewis’s act, however, is anything but lonely. Lewis was captivated by music from a young age and was first introduced to the music scene at his church. “Next thing I knew, I was 15 and 16 years old, playing at The Capital in Fredericton and travelling around,” said Lewis, who is now 24. Lewis developed his Big Band of One out of necessity, after his former band, Tie Dyed State of Mind, broke up. He’s been at it since September of
2011, and his act has quickly gained popularity. What exactly does a Big Band of One entail? Lewis uses looping to record his music live in front of his audience until it sounds like there are six or seven musicians on stage. “It’s like watching a band come to life in front of you,” said Lewis. “If you’ve never seen me play before, you’d think, ‘Oh this is just some guy that’s going to be playing acoustic guitar and singing.’ But... one piece comes in at a time, until the next thing you know, there’s percussion, base, acoustic guitar, keyboard, vocal harmonies; and I’ll be doing lead guitar solos over it,” he explained. “It takes it from the whole ‘sit-on-astool, coffee house show’ to ‘Holy cow,
I’m on my feet dancing, and it’s only one guy that’s doing this!’ It’s like a DJ, except with actual instrumentation; not an ‘I’m going to push this button’ kind of thing.” Lewis’s act has become so popular that he’s pretty much been booked to play in the entire Maritimes summer music scene, including Evolve, Folly Fest, Messtival, Paddlefest, and Midsummer Madness. Furthermore, the Big Band of One has an upcoming album, recorded at Fredericton’s Master Tracks Recording Studio, titled Peanut butter and Jam. If you’re not around this summer, or even if you are, check out Stephen Lewis and his Big Band of One at the Cellar on Saturday, March 16, or at Bigbandofone.com.
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The mainstream hipster Gordon Mihan Staff Reporter Hey man, have you listened to the new ‘insert band name here’ album yet? Nah, why bother? They were way better in 2003. Sound familiar? Probably. Phrases like these are common among the handle-bar mustached, irony-soaked hipsters of the world. But what is a hipster? I don’t really know anymore. The word gets thrown around more than a crowd-surfer at a Nickelback concert, which, as far as I can tell, is about the complete opposite of a supposed hipster. So what is it? A lifestyle? A frame of reference? How someone dresses? ALL OF THESE!? Well, holy-fedora-wearing-rimmedglasses-Batman; that’s a lot of stuff to keep track. The idea behind hipsters was that they only seem to enjoy things ironically, and they were a step ahead of the mainstream culture. To them, the mainstream culture was uncool. But (ironically?), hipsters have become the very thing they stand against. The term hipster has become mainstream itself. It’s anti-hipster to be called a hipster now. That’s kind of paradoxical; if a tree falls in the forest but no one is around to hear it, will a hipster still claim to have heard it first?
The future of The Playhouse is uncertain. Josh Fleck / The Brunswickan
The Playhouse problem
So in this apparent ‘post-hipsterism’ world, where does that leave us? Hipsters obviously still exist, and to a large extent, there’s a little bit of hipster in all of us. I know, it sounds kind of “newwavey”, but hear me out. There’s a certain pride that comes with finding out about something before other people. I’m sure there were progressive cavemen who scoffed at other cavemen. ‘Oh, you have fire? Well, we have the wheel. We’re sooo over fire.’ Well, OK, maybe not; that’s venturing more towards a Flintstones episode. But I’m sure there was a posh Englishman in the 17th century, who only ironically liked the harpsichord. Verbal irony and sarcasm has been around as long as people have realized they can say one thing but mean something completely different. So that’s where I’d say hipsters stand now. With the idea that they’ve become mainstream, the only salvation they have is that they can still hide under the ruse that they only enjoy things ironically; which is a shame. It just seems kind of weird that if I said a really good joke to a person only for them to respond, ‘I’m not laughing at your joke, I’m only ironically laughing at it.’ I guess it’s cool as long as you’re still laughing. But wouldn’t you rather just actually laugh?
Renovation costs may result in closure of iconic theatre Tamara Gravelle The Brunswickan Most of us know some variation of this Fredericton folklore. Five or ten, or 30 years ago, a bachelor party booked a room at the Crowne Plaza on Queen Street, for a night of shenanigans before the big day. They picked the ideal room to set up a projector in, to view porn on a big screen. This “big screen” was one of the walls of The Playhouse. Clearly, The Playhouse is an important part for the Fredericton art scene. Countless plays and concerts have been performed on that stage since it was donated to New Brunswick by the Beaverbrooks in 1964, making the theatre one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Fredericton art community.
But it may be time for that legacy to retire. A report done by R.V. Anderson and Associates, evaluated the conditions of The Playhouse and stated that it would be less expensive for Fredericton to build a new theatre rather than renovate our current one. The report explains that even though The Playhouse appears to be in good working order to its attendees, the “guts” of the building – such as the mechanical and the electrical systems – need to be replaced. It also states that the structure itself needs to be renovated and that there are many safety code violations. The least expensive option for the city, according to the report, is to rebuild another theatre of the same size. Well, sir, if that’s the case, I’m perfectly fine with a new theatre. It’s one thing if the seats are too close together or if you need to be ex-
tra careful when climbing those stairs with beers in hand. But it’s another, if the condition of the building in which I’m sitting is potentially wearing away more and more with every performance. Buildings are not immortal; they deteriorate just as much as anything else, and sometimes, they need to be replaced. It’s time for The Playhouse to hang up its hat and call it a night. That won’t be happening any time soon, though. Another study is being conducted to expand on this original one, to be completed this fall. In a story done by CBC, Mayor Brad Woodside said, no changes will be made to The Playhouse in the immediate future. In the meantime, I recommend going and getting your fill of Playhouse magic while you still can.
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Another one for the rafters
The Varsity Reds hoisted their 13th AUS banner over the March break. Leading the way for the Varsity Reds was goaltender Dan Lacosta, who took home AUS Playoff MVP honours. Liam Guitard / The Brunswickan three-peated as champions. struggled on special teams going one- all kinds of goals and that one only Nick Murray UNB took the first game on home for-eight on the power play. squeaked in eight inches across the The Brunswickan ice 1-0 in double overtime, with Dion The best-of-three series shifted back line,” said Campbell. “The AUS is such Make it a three-peat for the men’s Campbell scoring a mad scramble goal. to the Aitken Centre on Thursday a strong league, and you want to win hockey team! With the puck sitting on the goal line night for a winner-take-all matchup, these games to set the foundation and The V-Reds beat the Saint Mary’s after Nick MacNeil batted a rebound and Dion Campbell stepped for one build going into nationals.” Huskies two games to one over March out of mid-air, Campbell came diving final salute to V-Reds nation, scoring Antoine Houde-Caron also scored break, to win their third Atlantic Uni- around the back of the net to poke it in. another game-winner, in a 2-0 shut- his first of the playoffs in the win, while versity Sport title in as many years. It’s Tuesday night, the Huskies came out out and a top-two seeded ticket to the Dan LaCosta stopped 25 shots for his the first time in the history of the men’s firing beating UNB 5-2. Tyler Carroll University Cup this week in Saskatoon. second shutout of the series. LaCosta hockey program that the team has ever netted both V-Reds’ goals, but UNB “In playoffs, you’re going to score earned AUS playoff MVP honours –
They know what’s up
What do you think of former UNB baseball player, Jay Johnson, leading the brawl against Mexico?
That is the way Johnson plays sports; he has a chip on his shoulder. I’m not surprised he was the one in the middle, throwing haymakers. He’s had good intentions trying to keep Aceves away from Gillies, but the way he went about it was all wrong. That’s not what baseball is all about, and to me, it’s disgraceful.
There’re only three people who should have been involved in that fight: Rene Tosoni (the batter), Arnold Leon (the pitcher), and Luis Cruz (greasy third baseman). Johnson wasn’t even pitching that day, and Arredondo (the guy he dummied) charged in from centre field.
posting a 1.76 GAA and a .927 save percentage in the playoffs – and said the shutout to capture the AUS title meant more to him than his NHL shutout against the Colorado Avalanche. “To be honest, this is more gratifying just because of my teammates that I’ve had over the last two years,” said LaCosta. “I’ve never played on a team like this where everyone’s so close, and it’s what hockey’s all about. It’s a tight room, everybody cares about each other and that’s why we’re playing hard.” This is the V-Reds’ fifth AUS championship under head coach, Gardiner MacDougall, who this year also celebrated his 300th career win as a CIS hockey coach, and said the key to winning the series was taking early leads. “This series was really intense because it was three games quick,” said MacDougall. “You have two teams that play very well, and we’re here for a reason. The key in this series was that the team that had the lead didn’t give it up.” Rookie forward, Cam Braes, picked up an assist on Campbell’s goal for his first point of the series, and with it slipped into a tie with Acadia’s Liam Heelis atop the AUS playoff points race, with three goals and six assists. With the title, UNB is now tied for second with Saint Mary’s with 13 AUS championships; first is St. FX with 24.
Michael Bourgeois Sports Writer
Although it’s great to see UNB alumni at the World Baseball Classic, Canada has a good chance at this tournament. and they’re all lucky to walk away with no suspensions.
Bronté James Sports Writer
I just think it’s great seeing some of UNB’s alumni making a name for themselves on a big stage like that. I don’t agree with him throwing punches, although Mexico was asking for it, but I must say this will be one for the history books in terms of best fights.
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Hunting ‘ships: Varsity Reds looking for fifth title RANK 1 RECORD 19-8-1 LEADING SCORER Jordan Hickmott 15G 20A 35P
RANK 4 RECORD18-7-3 LEADING SCORER Lucas Bloodoff 20G 18A 38P
RANK 6 RECORD 12-11-5 LEADING SCORER Justin Larson 17G 28A 45P
Nick Murray The Brunswickan Monday morning, the men’s hockey team boarded a flight en route to Saskatoon, SK, for their 13th University Cup appearance, and their seventh trip to the big dance in the last decade. Dynasty? I think so. Though the V-Reds are coming off two years of hosting the tournament, they’ve hoisted the University Cup three times since 2000. The last time the national tournament was hosted in Saskatoon – or anywhere in Saskatchewan for that matter – UNB took down Acadia for their first CIS (then CIAU) championship. The next year, they lost in the finals to Alberta. Dion Campbell, who’s coming off a stellar series against Saint Mary’s in the Subway AUS Championship, scoring both game winning goals for UNB, is returning to his Saskatchewan roots to finish out his CIS career. Sunday afternoon, the CIS released the final seedings for the tournament, with UNB coming into the tournament ranked at number two. The University of Alberta Golden Bears, topped out the rankings after winning the Canada West Conference, and are led by 15-goal scorer Jordan Hickmott. The Golden Bears have the third-best power play in the country coming into this one, and are rotating a two-goaltender system with Kurtis Mucha and Real Cyr. Mucha led the country with a 1.30 GAA, and a .936 save percentage in 17 games. Coming in as the third seed is the Université de Québec in Trois-Rivières as the OUA champs. UQTR are back in the tournament after a two-and-
out showing last year, but return to the tournament without head coach, Jacques Laporte, who took the season off. Back for Les Patriotes, is goaltender Guillaume Nadeau, and Félix Petit, who this year led the country in assists while tallying 43 points (second in the CIS). Saint Mary’s earned a berth as the AUS had the wild-card entry this year and is seeded fourth, fresh off a series loss to UNB. The host Saskatchewen Huskies are coming in as the fifth seed, and along with UNB and UQTR, are the third returning team to the tournament from last year. The Huskies clawed their way through the Canada West finals, falling two games to one while beating Alberta in OT in game two. Finally, the Cinderella-story Waterloo Warriors finished the regular season in the final playoff spot in the OUA-West, but swept third-seeded Lakehead in the first round, then beat the defending OUA-West champs and top-seeded Western Mustangs (who won 21 games this year) in three games, and finally swept the Windsor Lancers in two games to earn their way into the championship. UNB is set to play Thursday, March 14, at 10:20 p.m. Atlantic time against Saskatchewan for their first game of the tournament. If they win, they’ll play Saturday against UQTR at 10 p.m., and if they lose, they’ll play Friday against UQTR at 10 p.m. All games are Atlantic time. All games will be live on CHSR 97.9FM, while UNB games will be re-aired the following morning. Keep updated throughout the tournament on Thebruns.ca.
RANK 2 RECORD 23-5 LEADING SCORER CHRIS CULLIGAN 4G 27A 31P
RANK 5 RECORD 23-4-1 LEADING SCORER Kyle Bortis 10G 26A 36P
RANK 3 RECORD 21-6-1 LEADING SCORER Tommy Tremblay 18G 16A 34P
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Black Bears improve national ranking Josh Fleck Sports Editor The 2013 CIS Wrestling Championships was an overall improvement for the UNB Black Bears wrestling team, as the women’s squad moved up three spots to finish ninth in the country, moving up four spots from last year’s 13th overall finish, while the men jumped from tenth last year to seventh this year. Leading the charge for the Black Bears was Shawn Daye-Finley, Grayson St. Laurent and Sam Stewart. Daye-Finley brought home a bronze medal in the 72 kg division, defeating Kyle Horvath of the Calgary Dinos. Daye-Finley has been a leader on this team over the past three years, winning the gold in the 68 kg division back in 2011. St. Laurent made his CIS debut one to remember; he beat out McMaster’s Eric Steffler in the bronze medal match for the 76 kg division. Stewart has been outstanding all
Sam Stewart was named most oustanding female wrestler for the CIS. UNB Sports Information
year for the Black Bears, culminating in her domination during the championships. No opponent got closer than three points, as Stewart mopped up and brought home a gold medal. She was also named the CIS’s most outstanding female wrestler, which puts her near the top of the list for Female Athlete of the Year at UNB. “I was really honoured to be graced with such prestigious accolades,” said Stewart. “Coming out of Friday’s pools I had accumulated 15 points for pinning all three of my opponents, which was a big deal considering the next closest pool winner had only 12 points. I only had one point scored against me across both the AUS and CIS tournaments combined, which was a great feeling in and of itself.” JF Godin and Tom MacRae each finished fifth for the Black Bears. The Black Bears will look to improve once more at the CIS Championships next year, and with the core of the team returning, things are looking up for them.
Reds appeal Critchlow suspension Nick Murray The Brunswickan The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have appealed the suspension handed down by Atlantic University Sport to forward, Cam Critchlow. Critchlow was served five games for a hit on Saint Mary’s Huskies defenseman, Patrick O’Keefe, in game one of the Subway AUS finals. If the suspension is upheld, it would see Critchlow – who’s tallied two goals and an assist in four playoff games – sit the entire University Cup championship this week in Saskatoon, SK. No penalty was called on the play, and therefore, the Huskies sent the video footage to the AUS for review. AUS executive director, Phil Currie, reviewed the play and ruled on the suspension Tuesday, March 15. UNB athletic director, John Richard, submitted the appeal just after midnight last Friday, and said he hopes the appeal will see Critchlow play in the national championships. “We feel the appeal shows that the severity of the suspension, considering it involves games in the AUS finals and the CIS nationals, doesn’t match the incident and isn’t consistent with other decisions made this season,” said Richard. “We respect and concede that the unfortunate incident needed some sort of discipline, we just don’t agree with the level assigned to Mr. Critchlow.”
According to Currie, a committee led by Halifax-based lawyer, Ron MacDonald, will now review the appeal. Université de Moncton athletic director, Marc Boudreau, is also on the committee, and will select a third member to join him and MacDonald. Because the incident is now in the appeal process, Currie wouldn’t comment on what led him to the decision to suspend Critchlow for five games. “Considering this is now an appeal, I can’t speak to that,” Currie said. “The only thing I can say is what I did see in the video led me to the five games.” While UNB had 96 hours from the time they received notice of the suspension to appeal it, Currie said there’s no timeframe for how long the ruling on the appeal will take. Meanwhile, O’Keefe hasn’t played since the incident, and according to SMU officials, he sustained neck injury on the hit. Head coach, Trevor Steinberg, said O’Keefe underwent an MRI yesterday at 4 p.m., and didn’t practice with the team this weekend. O’Keefe was tied for third in scoring among AUS defensemen in the regular season with three goals and 17 assists. “First and most importantly, as we stated right away last Tuesday, we hope to see Mr. Patrick O’Keefe back on the ice very soon,” reaffirmed Richard. The V-Reds flew out to Saskatoon early Monday morning.
“We respect and concede that the unfortunate incident needed some sort of discipline, we just don’t agree with the level assigned to Mr. Critchlow.”
In his first season with the V-Reds, Critchlow has been a key contriubutor. UNB Sports Information
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Reds’ run stops
Julie McLaughlin Sports Reporter
“We wiped the slate clean and were only focused on the game in front of us - Tilly Ettinger
The Varsity Reds hosted the Atlantic University Sport women’s basketball championship last weekend in Fredericton. Saint Mary’s, Saint Francis Xavier, Acadia, Dalhousie, and Memorial, joined the host team in the tournament. UNB was guaranteed a place in the tournament, regardless of their 2-18 regular season record. UNB was ranked sixth in the tournament, and faced off Friday night against the third ranked Acadia Axewomen. While Acadia was without their All-star Lindsay Harris, who’s out with a season ending knee injury, this was still a very difficult match-up. UNB had lost all four previous games against this team, but they came out to fight. “After two weeks of hard practicing, we were confident and excited heading into the weekend. We wiped the slate clean and were only focused on the game in front of us,” said point guard Tilly Ettinger, on UNB’s preparation for this game. UNB started out slow as Acadia scored six unanswered points to start the game. Back to back threes by Laura Fowler and Claire Colborne provided the spark that the Reds needed, giving them their first lead of the game with just over three minutes left in the first quarter. The team built on this momentum, leading by three after the first quarter. Acadia came out fighting in the second quarter, taking the game back. They built a lead of eight, but UNB
started hitting their shots again, and tied the game back up. A three by Colleen Daly at the end of the quarter brought UNB within one. The third quarter was the shining moment for the hosts, as they steadily built a lead that got as large as 11-points by the end of the quarter. UNB outscored Acadia in 18-6 in the third quarter. Acadia did not give up in the fourth quarter, as it came down to the wire. Acadia came within four points of UNB, but Ettinger stepped up and nailed all four of her foul shots to secure the win for a team that many people had counted out of contention. Chelsey Collette led all UNB scorers, coming off the bench with ten points. Daly finished with nine, while Colborne and Katelyn Mangold both added eight in the victory. “We really came together and showed that we were a better team than our record indicated. Everyone contributed and we just gritted it out. It was a really big win for us,” reflected captain Laura Fowler, on her team’s impressive performance. On Saturday night, UNB faced a tough opponent in the number two ranked X-Women. They held their own, leading most of the game, but unfortunately, X was just too strong for the hosts to hold off. They lost 74-63. Colborne finished with 14 in the loss, while Rachel Cleary added 13. The season may not have played out the way they had hoped, but they certainly ended on a high note by defeating the defending AUS champions.
Season summed up in one word: injuries Julie McLaughlin Sports Reporter The Men’s basketball team may have finished in seventh place in the league, but the capabilities of this team should have seen them finish higher. Plagued all season by various injuries, it made it very difficult for this talented squad to find their groove. “This year was disappointing to say the least. As a team, we set a number of goals that we wanted to achieve at the beginning of the season. One of those goals was to at least make the postseason,” said Will McFee, on the disappointment this team feels. UNB finished the season 6-14, and in those 14 losses, only two games were lost by more than 20 points. A great deal of the success for this struggling team can be given to the offensive performance of Will McFee. McFee averaged 30.8 minutes per game, shot 41.5 per cent from the field, averaged 38.3 per cent from the threepoint line, and 21 points per game. McFee, the third year from Australia, found himself named as a First Team All-star after his impressive season. He scored more than 20 points in 11 games this season, and in the second semester, nine of 12 games fell into that category. Jordan Irvine was also an important part of this team as he finished 18th in the conference for points per game. Irvine scored an average of 12 points per game this season. Unfortunately, the Reds suffered several major injuries this season.
Backs, knees and ankles put out some of UNB’s top players. “Once Robert Linton, MacKenzie Washburn and Dan Quirion were rendered out of the picture for practice, the opportunity to grind and build everyday was severely hampered, let alone what they could have done at full strength at game time,” said head coach Brent Baker, on his injured players. “(The injuries) did afford Will McFee the opportunity to take on a leadership role and demonstrate to the league and the country that he is a premier talent,” Baker added. While the 2012-2013 season may not have turned out the way it was expected to, none of the players are graduating, so they have a firm base to build on. It will be exciting to see what coach Baker can bring in to strengthen this team for next season. “A number of people pour so much time and effort into this team each year. What I most look forward to is having a solid offseason and coming back ready to go and play as hard as I can for those people, because they deserve a lot better than what we gave them this year,” said McFee. “We are excited about next season and we are recruiting a number of impact players to get us to the next level. Next year’s AUS will be a minefield, with a number squads returning their line-up just like us, so we’ll have to upgrade at a couple of positions if we are to accomplish our goals moving forward,” said Baker.
Liam Guitard / The Brunswickan
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