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UNBSU reacts to PSE platforms
Reds’ rookies make immediate impact
Hilary Paige Smith News Editor Two of the province’s major political parties released their post-secondary education platforms last week. The New Brunswick Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties announced their plans for post-secondary last week. Their announcements were shortly followed by a reaction from the UNB Student Union. Shannon Carmont-McK inley, President of the UNBSU, said neither party is promising anything “astonishing or inspirational.” “There’s nothing that’s really standing out. Both parties, that have released a platform, so far have said some good things and we definitely appreciate hearing some of them, some of them are things that we’ve lobbied for extensively over the past year or so,” she said. Carmont-McKinley said a highlight of the Liberal party’s platform was the promise of ancillary fee control to prevent ancillary fees from being added on top of tuition. “It’s a very inexpensive way to do a lot of good. I know that, as UNB, we had the implementation of the health fee a couple years ago… during a tuition freeze when tuition was not supposed to increase and the university managed to sneak in this extra $50 fee on students,” she said. Both parties have plans to revise the Timely Completion Benefit program. The Liberals plan to cap student debt at $24,000 down from $26,000. The PCs also have plans to review the debt relief program, but did not announce numbers in the official release. “We’ve also been asking that it be increased from just students completing their degree in the recommended amount of time to students completing it in the recommended amount of time plus one,” Carmont-McKinley said, outlining the appeals process that students have to go through if they didn’t complete their degree in the recommended amount of time. “Most students don’t complete their degree in the recommended amount of time, just because there is so much going on and in order to really maximize your learning experience it’s better to take an extra year in many situations.” McKinley felt both parties listened to the SU’s efforts, but left several things
Varsity Reds midfielder Jean-Claude Campeau takes on a Mount Allison Mounties defender in weekend action.The men’s soccer team defeated the Mounties 2-1 followed by a 1-0 loss on the road against the Saint Marys Huskies. Andrew Meade/ The Brunswickan
The Varsity Reds men’s soccer team opened up their regular season over the weekend, with their new recruits finding their place early. In their home opener, the Reds walked away with a victory over the Mount Allison Mounties 2-1. First year player Yassim Chehab made an impact early, scoring the first UNB goal of the season in the second minute. The centre back has won over the coaching staff’s approval with his strong showing both defensively and offensively. “He had a solid opening weekend in his UNB career,” said head coach Miles Pinsent. “He was very good defensively and did well in his centre back role. He definitely plays a significant role on the set pieces and
we were aware of that. That’s what his goal came from, almost a perfect play.” Also making an impact as a rookie for the Reds on the weekend was keeper Aaron McMurray. A young addition to the team, McMurray demonstrated he is ready for the standard of play in the AUS. “He did well,” said Pinsent. “It is always tough for a first year player to come in and make the adjustments to contribute right away. He is relatively young and in a pressure filled position as the keeper. I think he handled that well. He had a solid weekend overall.” The Reds followed the opening win with a loss on the road against the Saint Mary’s Huskies, being shutout 1-0. Coach Pinsent was pleased with the win to open the season, but the loss left him disappointed with a UNB squad expected
to be amongst the top in the conference. “You cannot lose games, especially early in the season,” he said. “I was disappointed with how we played on Sunday. We didn’t put forth the effort that was needed to win a difficult road game. St. Mary’s is a good team and on the day they deserved the win. I felt it was too bad we did not put in our best efforts and we gave away three points.” Unfortunately, in a compressed soccer season there is little time to sit back and prepare for their next match. They will have adjustments to make if they intend to defeat the 2-0 StFX X-Men this weekend. “We are a young team and we have made a number of changes to our lineup this year and did not expect it to be perfect right out of the gate,” said Pinsent. “Hopefully we learnt some valuable lessons after our first weekend in the AUS and that will make us
a better team for next week.” The Varsity Reds men’s soccer team has a tough schedule ahead of them. As important as getting the win is, Pinsent says they are building towards the playoffs in November. “It is like I told the guys after the game. We’re going to learn from each and every game that we play to help us be better the next week,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to play as well as we can when we go into November when all the important games are being played.” This weekend when the X-men take on UNB at home they will face a deeper Reds’ roster as key players will make a return from injuries. Last season’s rookie of the year Ben Law and third year midfielder Pablo Urbina will be back in the lineup and expected to lead on the field.
out. She said “there’s definitely some good things and some things that could be better.” She said the Liberal platform thus far was notably missing funding for universities themselves. “In all of our lobbying we try to maintain two priorities. There’s access to university, making sure that qualified students in our province are able to attend post-secondary, despite financial barriers,
despite social barriers, despite geographical barriers,” Carmont-McKinley said. “The other major focus we always bring to the table is quality. We don’t just want to have a system that anybody can go to and everybody can come out with something. We want a high quality system that’s competitive nationally and internationally and part of that is providing our institutions with adequate funding.” The SU President said the PC post-
secondary platform “vaguely” addressed the issue of funding for universities with the promise of a four-year rolling grant to institutions in the province. “I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it sounds like they’re at least taking that into consideration. That the funding to universities is a priority and it’s good to see that,” she said. The Progressive Conservative promise of $3.5 million in bursary money for low
income and middle-income students was something the UNBSU particularly liked from the platform. UNB will play host to two debates for local candidates next week. On Sept. 21, the Student Union Building cafeteria will be the site of the Fredericton-Lincoln debate. The following night, also in the cafeteria, the Fredericton-Silverwood debate will take place. Both debates run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
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Student candidates enter MLA race Hilary Paige Smith News Editor Two students on College Hill are running for seats in the legislature. Kathleen MacDougall, a second year law student at UNB, and Ellen Comer, a student in the five-year Bachelor of Social Work program at St. Thomas University, are both Green Party nominees for Fredericton-area ridings. MacDougall, 22, is the daughter of Green Party leader, Jack MacDougall. MacDougall is the Green candidate for Fredericton Fort Nashwaak and Comer, 23, is running in the riding of New Maryland-Sunbury West. MacDougall said she was inspired to run a few years ago after witnessing federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May speak on campus. “She really turned me on to politics and when this election came around, I realized that there was a big opportunity for this party I had come to believe in and because we’re a new party… I thought, well, we really need some people who are on board with this policy to step up the plate,” she said. Comer said she was inspired to run by the New Brunswick Green party leader. “For me, it’s really that it’s time to stand up and stand for what I believe in, instead of just sitting back and being dissatisfied with what’s going on or not feeling like I have a part in it,” she said. This is the first ever election for the Green party in New Brunswick. The party was formed in 2008 and Jack MacDougall assumed leadership in 2009. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to start out with a party that you believe so strongly in at the grassroots. This party is just building up in the province and I have the opportunity to be a part of that,” Kathleen said. Comer said the Green Party’s eventual
CHSR controversy rooted in private personnel issues Officials at community radio station say personnel issues sparked buzz.
Two students, Ellen Comer and Kathleen MacDougall, are vying for seats under the Green banner. Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan
Hilary Paige Smith News Editor
goal is to have free and accessible post-secondary education for all students, but said “it can’t happen over night.” In the meantime, the Green Party’s postsecondary education platform dictates that student loans should be interest free and the time to pay loans off should be increased. The Green Party also proposes the debt cap be altered from $26,000 to $20,000. “Right now it’s really difficult to find a job and I know a lot of past graduates have come out and you’re faced with $400 of loan payments each month,” Comer said. Comer also said the Green Party believes student loans should be forgiven if students stay and work certain service jobs in the province in exchange for slightly lower pay. The pair said post-secondary issues like student debt are a primary issue for them because they have firsthand knowledge. “Being a student, that sort’ve puts that issue (of student debt) at the forefront,” MacDougall said. Comer, as a social work student, says she sees a lot about social policy and “taking care of people” in her party’s platform. “Our stance on student debt is really good and, I, as a student with student debt,
After several weeks of buzz, officials at CHSR say the community radio station is healthy and vital. Tom Richmond, current program director at CHSR, will be leaving the station on Thursday after having worked there just over a year. He resigned from his post earlier this summer, citing private personnel issues as his reason for leaving. “I would like to stay, I mean, there are certainly private personnel matters that could change that, but I’m certainly not going to go into that,” Richmond said. The station manager, Mary Anne Harrison, left her position earlier this year, leaving an interim station manager in her place. Richmond said issues at CHSR were largely blown up through chain emails and in the blogosphere. “Staff changes happen all the time. There have probably been 50 program directors before me and there will probably be 50 program directors after me… It’s just that things happen and people come and they go and that’s
can get right behind it and I think that says a lot about the party,” she said. The UNB Woodlot is in Comer’s riding and said this is an issue that is important to her. She said if more development is undertaken in the area, then developers should be more cautious about how it is done. MacDougall mentioned the high cost of apartment rentals in the province as a key issue she’d like to address if elected. “We want to bring what apartment building owners pay for property tax down to what a homeowner would pay for property tax and in turn, have those savings be passed on to the tenant,” she said. Both MacDougall and Comer noted the media reform in New Brunswick as one of the highlights of the party’s platform. The Green Party wants to regulate how much media a company can control in the province. MacDougall summed up by urging all voters to vote Green in the upcoming election. Dylan Schneider, another student on campus, is running as a candidate for the Green Party. Schneider is running in his home riding, Miramichi Centre.
just the way it is,” Richmond said. The departing program director said it is business as usual at CHSR and on Friday afternoon, Richmond was preparing for a programming committee meeting. “Everything continues on just as if I was still staying because it has to. Somebody has to program the gear; somebody has to train the people. There’s a big fiftieth anniversary reunion coming at the end of the month. There’s a host of things,” he said. Richmond dispelled rumours that the station is floundering and going under. He urged students who wish to help out at the station to do so. Richmond also said stepping into the station’s headquarters in the Student Union Building will reassure students that the show is truly going on at the station, despite the controversial buzz. “As soon as you step in the door, they get greeted by a great hello and a great tour and basically everything continues on. You’ve got all this cool, new stuff. It’s not going anywhere,” he said, gesturing to the recording and broadcasting equipment in the freshly renovated sound booth. Richmond said there were some controversial staff changes about a year and a half ago, before he began his time as program director, and the resulting aftermath brought a host of new shows to the station. CHSR has been a staple on campus for 50 years. Students pay a $15 media fee annually for the upkeep of the station.
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Downtown liquor store delayed
Students raise over $10,000 for cystic fibrosis Colin McPhail Editor-in-Chief
The former train station on York Street is expected to be a functioning liquor store by year’s end, despite several delays. Mike Erb / The Brunswickan Alex Kress News Reporter The train is delayed again for Fredericton’s downtown residents expecting a new NB Liquor store to arrive at the restored York Street train station. Those who have been waiting excitedly can rest assured it won’t be long now. Contractors are hard at work after wading through federal legislation, as securing permits and approval took longer than anticipated. Mayor Brad Woodside says he isn’t concerned with the delay because Fredericton residents have been waiting for years for the train station to be restored and something concrete is happening. “I’m very pleased that it’s being refurbished,” Woodside says. “I think Irving and NB Liquor will do a great job bringing it back to its original luster as a train station and it will be a showcase for them.” Woodside has been mindful of the construction process almost daily via
webcam and is looking forward to the ribbon cutting. Alex Vietinghoff, a student and resident of York Street, is also anticipating the ribbon cutting. To his knowledge, the project was to be completed by the end of August before school started and just in time for moving in to his apartment. “Now I feel as if I’ve been let down,” Vietinghoff says. “It’s more of a hassle because now I’ll have to travel farther to buy alcohol until it opens.” He added that it will be a convenient location and he is excited the city is finally doing something with the train station instead of tearing it down. However, he feels it is an eyesore because of the construction machinery. Geoff Britt, spokesman for J.D. Irving, Limited feels the opening will be well worth the wait. He says this is a very exciting project for the community and feels the liquor store will not only enhance the downtown core, but will also add jobs and economic activity. “We are also pleased to be able to
expand the walking trail system through the historic landmark site,” Britt added. Expanding the walking trail will further enhance the aesthetic quality of the York Street heritage area and will provide a scenic route for a liquor store run. The station was recently added to the Fredericton Local Historic Places Register. The station, among others, will be officially protected from being destroyed. The Preservation Review Board values conserving the former train station because it was a substantial source of growth and communication for Fredericton. The station was sold to New Brunswick Southern Railway, a subsidiary of J.D. Irving Ltd. in 1995 and was protected by the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act. Britt says as the project moves forward, they will be keeping everyone informed as they continue to respect all of the required approval processes. They plan on completing the construction and restoration of the train station by the end of this year.
Students get global experience Hilary Paige Smith News Editor For a handful of University of New Brunswick students, summer internships in Malawi were a chance to become more global-minded. The Centre for Property Studies at UNB provides annual internships for UNB students in any faculty on campus to work in Malawi for the summer. Students, in both technical and social fields, are sent to the African country. Jenna MacLeod, a fourth year kinesiology major, was stationed in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital, and worked in a village just outside the city. She worked at a youth centre with orphans, running a number of weekly sports programs. MacLeod said a big part of her internship was about learning from Malawians and figuring out how to better their lives without interfering with tradition. “We wanted to build sustainability so that when we do leave, everything runs smoothly without us,” she said. Tyler Richards, a second year law student, worked and lived in Lilongwe. He was placed with the National Youth Council, working in the area of youth governance. Richards helped to create a business advisory centre for budding entrepreneurs. Richards took on the internship because he was looking to do something different for the summer and experience new things. “(I learned) so much, even about their culture. The working environment was completely different… I went to a few conferences with the government, so I got to see how they interacted with each other – different ministries – versus what would be seen in Canada. Just to see the differences was very cool,” he said. Sarah Singh, a fourth year nursing stu-
dent, was stationed in a health clinic in the capital city, as well as teaching sanitation and nutrition to primary school children. “It was a great experience. It was just nice to be in a different culture and just be completely out of your element and just try to figure out how things are done there,” she said. Singh said the experience was an eyeopening one. “It made me appreciate what I have here in Canada. For me, I’d like to continue working in developing countries,” she said. McGinn said the internships give students a better idea of what it means to live in Canada. “We are so dependant on technology. The differences between needs and wants here are huge between the needs and wants there… (In Canada) it’s all at our fingertips and we take it so much for granted,” she said.
The project coordinator said internships help students who are interested in international development decide whether or not this is a career path they’d like to follow. “Going and doing what they did, it’s not easy by any means and they really come back different people. They come back more responsible. They come back with a new perspective. They’re really global minded in everything they do.” Internships are open to students from any faculty on campus, as long as the student has finished his or her third year of university and will be returning to study in the fall. Students have to have a recommendation from a faculty adviser or instructor from their faculty. The process is competitive and job placements are made by McGinn. Interns are paid $6,500 for their summer of work, along with paid travel expenses. For more information, visit http://www.unb.ca/centres/property.
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Even after Shinerama was postponed due to Hurricane Earl, the spirits of those who participated weren’t dampened as they Shine crew raised over $7500 for cystic fibrosis research. The annual charity event was postponed a week due to the inclement weather scheduled to hit the Fredericton area on Sept. 4. The change in date cost the event nearly 80 per cent of its volunteers. Only 100 students were out fundraising this year opposed to the usual 500 that come out. Lauren Vail, the Shinerama director for UNB, was still extremely pleased with how the day played out. “We ended up doing a lot better per capita,” said Vail. “We usually get about $32 a person who turns out, but we ended up getting $75 a shiner for a total of $7500. Coupled with what we already have, we’re looking at writing a check for over $10,000.” Unfortunately, the postponement left UNB well short of their goal of $27,000. Vail said that the morning went very smoothly and that all the participants were occupying all the busy spots around the city by 10:00 a.m and were well received by the community. “The community was very willing to donate. Everyone was in high traffic areas so all the boxes that came back were really full. We didn’t get any complaints from security or the police this year so I think it went really well.” Sarah Burpee, a second-year UNB
student, feels that the event is a very important for everyone in the community. “I think it’s just a really good thing to do,” said Burpee. “It promotes awareness and raises money too. It’s also a really good building activity for all the frosh to get to know each other. (The community) was really involved. People would come up to us and say ‘Shinerama!’ and basically throw money at us.” Another key part of Shinerama is the bonding amongst students that stems from the event. Burpee reminisced about the time she had the previous year. “I did it last year as a frosh and we still talk about the memories we made then. It works really well.” Vail also commented on the camaraderie effect that takes place during Shinerama. “I think it’s really good because you have first-year students and we mix up the houses a bit. (They’re) mixed with people they don’t really know yet and it’s a really good bonding experience for that. I know my little sister is firstyear and she had a great day meeting other people and the Redshirts.” Vail noted the effect that spirited students committed to a good cause can have on the community and what type of image that portrays. “I think it’s really good for the community to see that we’re out there present and that we’re taking our Saturday to help out and not sleeping in instead recovering from the night before. I think it shows that students can be really dedicated and hard working.”
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City may expand recycling service Alex Kress News Reporter It’s not common for the average student anywhere to own a home. Many students attending university are renters without vehicles, and those in Fredericton may be out of luck if they want to recycle. The City of Fredericton will not provide recycle boxes for buildings with more than four units, including converted houses. The options that remain are grim: walking, taking a bus trip or a taxi to the depot or adding to an ever-growing trash heap. Mayor Brad Woodside says city council has recently been making an effort to work out the logistics of expanding recycling services to apartment buildings in the next budget. Changes could be in place as early as in the coming year. “We have been promoting ourselves as a green city and I think it’s important that everybody have an opportunity to participate, including people who live in apartments,” says Woodside. “We’ve met a lot of people over the years who want to contribute and make a difference, having our depots just isn’t cutting it.” He feels renters are every bit as important as homeowners when it comes to recycling and reducing their environmental footprint. Ella Henry, St. Thomas University’s Student Union president, feels that talks of expanding recycling services are a result of concerns being voiced to council. However, she says a likely reason for the delay in action is due to Fredericton’s large student population. “A substantial part of the people living in
Fredericton Volunteer Centre plans progress Hilary Paige Smith News Editor
The City of Fredericton may be looking into expanding recycling services to apartment buildings Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan apartments is students and students aren’t as likely to vote in municipal elections. They aren’t around for as many years necessarily, so there is less of a political push from people living in apartments to get recycling there,” Henry says. “That’s why I think it’s important that an organized group like a student’s union acts because they can have a little more continuity.” Julianne Butt, Sustainable Lifestyles Coordinator at STU, says the recycling program is pointless if its services are unavailable to such a large part of the city. “They need to expand upon the resources they have,” Butt says. “Fredericton’s a very conservative place and it’s quite difficult to get a lot of things done especially when it comes to city council. They need someone behind them just like any government to push them to know we need to have this done.” Butt is originally from Nova Scotia, a province which is required by law to recycle properly. She feels New Brunswick
is at a disadvantage because their recycling policies are set up municipally. There is less regulation and support which makes it difficult for residents to take the recycling initiative seriously. “It’s almost like recycling isn’t that important anymore. In Nova Scotia it’s a big deal that everybody participates in. It used to be the same way in Nova Scotia as it is here, but then people actually started using the services so it all became separated. They’re all stepping stones,” Butt says. Members of the STUSU tried to implement a recycling program in the residences because they did not recycle plastics or papers, but Butt says regardless of the efforts, a lot of the things that are put in the recycling bins at both universities end up in the garbage anyway. This only feeds the negative attitude surrounding the difficulty of recycling. The STUSU intends to try to coordinate recycling initiatives with the UNBSU and continue efforts both on and off campus throughout the year.
Progress is being made on a volunteer centre for the city. The idea for a volunteering hub in the city was generated at the Greater Fredericton Social Innovation’s Open Space Forum held in February. Judy Coates, co-chair of the Fredericton Volunteer Centre steering committee, said a number of people joined the discussion group for the centre and were eager to share ideas. Many of those in the original discussion group work with non-profit groups in the city, something Coates was excited to see. “There was a good number who were feeling a similar need to discuss at least having a central way to recruit volunteers and co-operate together that doesn’t take away from each (non-profit) group doing their work,” she said. At one point, Fredericton had a volunteer centre run by the United Way, but it closed down a few years ago. Coates said a physical volunteer centre isn’t in the cards for the city this year, but the steering committee hopes to have a physical centre up and running in 2011. The group meets monthly and has a number of sub-committees, including one group working towards a website for the centre. “What I envision is going to happen is that we’re hoping to get funding to be able to hire somebody who will be the volunteer coordinator and that volunteer coordinator would work with the website,” Coates said. She expects that a lot of the centre’s work will be done online. “Somebody who is looking to volunteer would go to a website first, register themselves and then hopefully we have a staff, a person who has been hired, who would help to do some
matching and work with that so the person who is interested in volunteering could look at one website where they would see the need for volunteers and the different organizations who use volunteers,” the committee cochair said. She said the website and volunteer coordinator will also be able to match potential volunteers by their interests and availability. “We’re hoping there will be a process and I can see that happening virtually, by website, first. Our real goal is to get to a place where there is a concrete place for our (volunteer coordinator) to go,” Coates said. The steering committee feels having the volunteer in a central location like the downtown core would be ideal. Coates said discussions about the Fredericton Volunteer Centre are simultaneous with discussions from other non-profit groups in the city who are looking to find a rented space for meetings and shared resources. “There’s been some networking. There’s been some conversations held with government, with the city (who are) aware of this,” she said, adding that the local non-profits are “not there yet” as far as finding a concrete location. Response to a volunteer centre from local charitable organizations has been positive thus far. “We’re moving forward in that people are aware of what a volunteer centre could look like. We’re done the bylaws and soon will be handing in proposals to the Fredericton Community Foundation, for example, for funding,” she said. Students can also get more information on the Fredericton Volunteer Centre by visiting www.fsi-isf. ca under Community Initiatives. For students looking to volunteer now, UNB will be holding a volunteer fair in the Student Union Building on Sept. 29.
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Grads don’t go for debt relief
Hilary Paige Smith News Editor Statistics released in August show recent university grads are not taking advantage of the provincial government’s Timely Completion Benefit program. The program, introduced by the Liberal government in 2009, caps a student’s debt load at $26,000 and absolves debt in excess of that number. Recent numbers show only half the students expected to apply for the program did. Jodie Byron graduated from UNB in May of this year with a degree in business administration. She used student loans throughout her four years at the university. She said she heard about the program in her final year, but didn’t know what debt was capped at. “I would have for sure if I was done school for good. I needed a student loan for my second degree. If it’s still an option I’ll apply for it when I’m finished,” she said. Greg Byrne, finance minister and incumbent MLA for FrederictonLincoln, said the government wants to
ensure that as many students as possible are aware of the debt relief program. “We’ve been talking to student leaders, talking to the student unions, trying to get the word out. We’ve been talking about this issue publicly to the media and we are obviously providing information on the website for the program… Trying to draw awareness and use every opportunity to make sure the awareness is there so people take advantage of the program,” he said. Both the New Brunswick Liberal party and the Progressive Conservative party released their platforms for post-secondary education last week. Both parties have addressed the Timely Completion Benefit program. The Liberals have revised the benefit program, promising to bring the debt cap from $26,000 to $24,000. “We had set the debt cap at $26,000, but I believe, at the time, the national average was $24,000. We have since revised that cap down to $24,000 and I believe at this time, we’re actually below the national average,” Byrne said. Byrne thinks this is something students will be excited to hear about. “Any progress we can make in reducing student debt is certainly good
news for students and so in many cases this can result in a savings of $11,000 to $12,000 or more, depending on the debt load of the student. It certainly is going to make their debt more manageable,” he said. The Progressive Conservative party also mentioned the Timely Completion Benefit in their post-secondary education platform, saying they plan to “work with stakeholders to review the New Brunswick Timely Completion Benefit to make it more responsive to the needs of students who have studied elsewhere but choose to make New Brunswick their home. In order to be eligible for the Timely Completion Benefit students must have graduated from an undergraduate program in any publicly funded postsecondary educational institution after April 1, 2009. Students must have total combined Canada and New Brunswick student loans exceeding $26,000. Students have to apply for debt relief and applications must be sent within seven months of graduation. The Timely Completion Benefit is only given to students who complete their program within the timeline set by the institution.
Local university has licence revoked
Lansbridge University downtown is closed after the institution was deemed “sub-standard” by the provincial government. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Jamie Ross CUP Atlantic Bureau Chief FREDERICTON (CUP) — An online university once considered a success story by the New Brunswick government has had its degree-granting licence revoked. Fredericton-based Lansbridge University will no longer be allowed to offer MBA and executive MBA programs to students after the government determined the school was “sub-standard” on Aug. 20. “The action taken was deemed necessary to protect students,” said René Boudreau, New Brunswick’s director of post-secondary affairs. Boudreau said the decision was made following three institutional reviews dating back to 2007. He said two, 16-point reviews by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission and a government on-site inspection found that Lansbridge was below the standards set out in the province’s degree granting act. “In 2007, the institution only met three of the 16 criteria, the assessment standards, and in 2009, had met six out of those 16,” said Boudreau.
A school’s mission statement, academic goals, principals of academic freedom, ethical conduct, financial stability, faculty and business plan are among the categories in the 16-point review, he said. The government inspection is a separate review. “Particular issues that were brought up through the inspection process were related to support services to learner success,” said Boudreau. “Essentially, the inspection found considerable lapses with respect to program and admission requirements. The institution still had issues with organizational stability, needed to ensure support both to programs and students.” Lansbridge President Ernest Smith could not be reached for comment, but he told the Daily Gleaner, a Fredericton newspaper, that the province didn’t give Lansbridge enough time to respond to the criticisms. “The results of the on-site review were given to us the same day the decision was announced publicly by the department to revoke the licence,” Smith told the paper. A press release posted on the school’s website on Aug. 31 states that students, faculty and staff were blindsided by the
government announcement, saying “they showed blatant disregard for the welfare of the students when they induced panic and published a press release revealing the revocation of our license before we could read the report. The school also claims it was reassured multiple times by the government and MPHEC that it was destined for a positive review. The website also states the school will continue to offer already-scheduled classes until December 2010. Students who complete their program by December will be granted an accredited degree. The government has appointed an independent registrar to help Lansbridge students who now find themselves without a school. The registrar will be responsible for securing academic records of students and alumni, and is in talks with other schools with the hope of working out equivalency transfers so students can continue to work toward their degrees. Any degree obtained from LU prior or Aug. 20 will still be fully recognized by the province, but it’s unclear what affect the decision will have on the value of a Lansbridge degree outside of New Brunswick.
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Editor-in-Chief • Colin McPhail Managing • Alex Duncan News • Hilary Paige Smith Arts • Alison Clack Sports • Christopher Cameron Photo • Andrew Meade Copy • Kristen MacArhur Production • Christian Hapgood Online • Sandy Chase Staff Advertising Sales Rep • Bill Traer Delivery • Dan Gallagher Contributors Alex Kress, Matt Belyea, Rob Williams, Cherise Letson, Josh Fleck, Brian Savoie, Amy Page, Mike Erb, Ryan Brideau The Brunswickan relies primarily on a volunteer base to produce its issues every week. Volunteers can drop by room 35 of the SUB at any time to find out how they can get involved. About Us The Brunswickan, in its 143rd year of publication, is Canada’s Oldest Official Student Publication. We are an autonomous student newspaper owned and operated by Brunswickan Publishing Inc., a non-profit, independent body. We are a founding member of the Canadian University Press, and love it so. We are also members of U-Wire, a media exchange of university media throughout North America. We publish weekly during the academic year with a circulation of 6,000. Letters Must be submitted by e-mail including your name, letters with pseudonymns will not be printed. Letters must be 400 words at maximum. Deadline for letters is Friday at 5 p.m. before each issue. Editorial Policy While we endeavour to provide an open forum for a variety of viewpoints and ideas, we may refuse any submission considered by the editorial board to be racist, sexist, libellous, or in any way discriminatory. The opinions and views expressed in this newspaper are those of the individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Brunswickan, its Editorial Board, or its Board of Directors. All editorial content appearing in The Brunswickan is the property of Brunswickan Publishing Inc. Stories, photographs, and artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the express, written permission of the Editorin-Chief. 21 Pacey Drive, SUB Suite 35 Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3 main office • (506) 447-3388 advertising • (506) 452-6099 fax • (506) 453-5073 email • firstname.lastname@example.org www.thebruns.ca
Buring the Quran; Un-American or just plain American? Cheers & Jeers Colin McPhail
What is wrong with Americans? Seriously. Where does this radical, right wing, evangelist nut job get off burning such a sacred text in protest of an event that happened nine years ago? Terry Jones is in an idiot. Sorry, I had to get that off my chest. Yes, I know that as of this moment Jones has decided to cancel the burning. Nonetheless, how can someone be so overtly obtuse when addressing such a sensitive issue? He condemns the actions of those radical terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks, but throws more gas on the fire through his stupidity. The very mentioning of this action spurred protests all over the Middle-East and put not only American forces at risk, but American citizens in danger of possible retaliatory attacks. Not to mention the many Muslims that have lost their lives in violent protests already. I’m not only putting the blame on Jones. I’m also pointing the finger at the thousands of likeminded Americans who supported this idiotic cause and even sent in Qurans to be burned. What good does this do? How does this help a situation that is so delicate many will die in subsequent actions stemmed from the dribble that spouted from Terry Jones’ mouth? How is the world’s superpower so backwards?
Yet, this seems to be the way things are going ever since Sept. 11, 2001. Calling racial profiling in America a hot-button issue would be the understatement of this very young century. Many Americans can’t seem to evolve into enlightened, modern citizens in a multi-cultural world. For so many, the idea that the radicals and terrorist cells account for a minimal amount of the Muslim population just can’t be wrapped around their minds. When will they shed their isolationist mindset and adopt a worldview that recognizes that this is a shared world? When will they embrace the world instead of being fearful of it? This post-9/11 mentality that spawned this irrational hatred must be let go. President Obama called this plan “un-American.” But is it really? I’m surprised it took this long for someone to think of this and make it into a publicity stunt. The post-9/11 era has spun the international view of Americans into this redneck character with a beer in one hand and a sawed-off shotgun in the other. Quran burning would logically be the next step in the cycle of cynicism. Has discrimination and suspicion of other cultures become an American quality? I realize the individuals participating in this affair account for such a minimal amount of the nation’s population, but it’s always a few that ruin things for the many. Remember it only took 19 hijackers to push the United States into this mess.
Colin McPhail is the Editor-in-Chief of The Brunswickan. His views do not necessarily reflect those of The Brunswickan and its staff. He can be reached at email@example.com
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UNBSU: You need to vote Student Beat UNBSU
We are just over halfway through this provincial election period, the parties have begun to announce their PSE platforms, and their candidates are in fullcampiagn mode. At our Corn Boil during orientation, we had a variety of candidates show up and interact with students. Each of the candidates in the Fredericton-Lincoln and Fredericton-Silverwood ridings have given us a few minutes of face time to film an interview that we have placed on the elections page of our website (unbsu.ca), and they have committed to participating in an on campus debate on Sept. 21 (Fredericton-Lincoln) or Sept. 22 (Fredericton-Silverwood). We are seeing the candidates spend valuable campaign time with students and we’ve seen them begin to take student issues seriously. All of this is great…
but here’s the catch: You need to vote. In the 2006 provincial election only 50 per cent of voters between the ages of 18-24 voted, and our age group was subsequently termed politically unengaged. This is hilarious to me because our age group is very engaged in this province and has some of the highest ideals for our leaders regarding social issues, the environment, education, etc. In previous years, we’ve justified the low voter turnout saying that it is difficult for students on campus to visit either their home riding or a returning office in order to vote during the election. This year, Elections NB has placed a satellite returning office on campus in the Student Union hallway of the SUB to make it easy for students to vote. If we want government to listen to our demographic and to develop policy that is important to us, we need to be a demographic that votes. Take some time to check out the candidates, and whatever you do, please take a few minutes to stop by the returning office in the SUB sometime on or before Sept. 27 and vote.
Break the cycle and vote
Don’t be bothered by the statistics criticizing the 18-24 demographic engagement civics. Go out, cast your vote and let your voice be heard. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan an issue - you can vote any time up until the 27th. Simply visit the Student Union Ryan Brideau hallway in the Student Union Building, An Opinion register, and cast a ballot. The whole To cast a ballot is to tap a politician process takes five minutes from start on the shoulder and let them know until finish. that you exist; to not cast a ballot is to Whether you care about your massive marginalize all of the demographics you student debt, the creation of jobs in belong to and any associated issues that your field, the arts community, poverty you care about. eradication, language rights or any other Voting in a provincial or federal issue the government has influence over, election performs an additional function voting - for whichever party you choose, over voting for a student union or or spoiling your ballot - is the most basic campus residence election: regardless of necessity for getting your voice heard. the party you vote for, the simple act of Whether or not you support our voting tells those seeking election that current form of government, or the you have the power to control their fate. political system in general, you must With a limited number of hours per accept it as fact that it will not radically week to campaign, politicians must be change over the next two weeks. In frugal with the issues they choose to these circumstances, not voting is as cover, focusing on the ones that will effective of a political statement as not earn them a victory. To this effect, calling a taxi is at getting a taxi to show they hire pollsters to tell them which up at your front door. demographics are most worth their Much time and money is spent time. If your demographic will not help each election season in an attempt to secure them the victory, don’t expect convince young people to vote, with them to focus on your issues. One can limited success. In my opinion, by this dwell on the results this produces for point, it is already too late to address the already marginalized groups, but this is root causes of this problem. However, as the context we face, and we must work an individual you can take the first step within it. to breaking this cycle: if you care at all If you don’t think you understand about any facet of your life that is even the current issues well enough to cast tangentially controlled by government an educated vote, submit a blank ballot. decisions, vote. It’s that simple. This will affect the election results just as Ryan Brideau is a student of economics much as if you had not voted, only now and physics at UNB, and has already you exist to the pollsters that help guide voted in this election, and thinks you the election issues. should too. You can send any follow-up Furthermore, unlike in past elections, remarks to Ryan at ryan.brideau@unb. having time on election day is no longer ca.
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brunswickanfeature Making the grade:
how to get into grad school
By Alanna Wallace and Laura Sedgwick — The Cord
WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) — It is never too early or too late to think about graduate school. Whether you’re gearing up for first year, and want to know what extracurriculars will help your impending application, or entering your fourth year, it’s time to start planning for post-graduate life, and for some that means continuing their education. First things first, make sure grad school is for you. Ask yourself why you want to apply. “It’s a very personal decision and I think that if you really love what you’re doing, it’s for you,” said Christinia Landry, graduate students’ association president at Wilfrid Laurier University. “If you love what you’re doing, it’s just another year and you ought to keep going.” Whatever your answer, be prepared for what you’re getting yourself into. Post-graduate studies are going to be a lot of work, so make sure you love what you plan on studying, as Landry suggests, or else plan for long days and nights of being bored with the material, stressed from expectations and exhausted from the workload. Applying to graduate school can be as stressful or as smooth as you make it out to be, and being prepared will ease the process. By taking into account the following and strategically planning your assault on the graduate study application process there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be proud when you finally get your much-anticipated acceptance letters.
know the program. This should be obvious: If you want to get into grad school you need good grades. “The first thing you need to do is be realistic and take a good look at your grades and be very cognizant of the minimum grades required for grad school,” said Tamas Dobozy, a post-graduate associate dean in English at Laurier. There is no magic cut-off mark that will guarantee your acceptance to grad school, but the higher your grades, the better your chances. Some programs are a little more forgiving of applicants with lower marks, but require documentation of hours of experience and the application process includes the answering of ethical scenarios. “I don’t think that students have to be outstanding throughout all their years in terms of their grades,” said Cheryl-Anne Cait, associate dean of Laurier’s master’s in social work program. However, she stressed that applicants must show they are academically suitable for the program. All universities have different requirements when it comes to your grades. Some schools look at your overall grade-point average, others just look at the last two years. Most schools will consider the grades of your major — which will usually be related to the program to which you are applying. Most schools won’t even look at your application if your grades don’t meet their minimum standard. Visit the websites of the schools you are interested in attending to get a better understanding of their admission requirements. Program descriptions on websites is also a way to discover if a good fit for you. “The wonderful world of the Internet means that websites are extremely useful,” explained Cheryl Dietrich, Laurier’s master of business administration marketing co-ordinator. “Really look closely at a school’s website and use that as a starting point.” However, it’s still hard to know which school, and even program, is right for you just by reading through their websites. Dietrich recommends that you keep the culture of the school you’re applying to in mind when doing your preliminary research. For example, the MBA program at Laurier is very group-oriented, while other MBA programs are highly individual and competitive. Keep in mind the type of atmosphere you’d like to be surrounded by while you continue your education. Another way to determine if the program is right for you is to talk to current grad students. They can tell you what it’s like and their experience thus far. This could give you insight into what the program is like as well as provide extra tips on how to get accepted.
asking for references. When asking your professor for a letter of recommendation, it is important to give notice. Three to six weeks should suffice. This gives the professor enough time to fit it in, but it is not so far in advance that you haven’t completed enough of the course for the professor to know you and how you’ll do. “Ideally [your reference is] someone who knows you well and can speak to something more than just your academic qualifications,” said Markus Poetzsch, professor and undergraduate advisor for Laurier’s English department. “An average letter tends not to cut it. You want good letters from people with whom you also had good grades.” When it comes to asking for reference letters, an email is deemed acceptable, but be sure to be formal when phrasing your request. To ensure the possibility of a detailed reference, put in lots of face time with your professor beforehand and make sure to remind your
Sept. 15, 2010 • Issue 2 • Volume 144 • 11 professor who you are when requesting. Asking your professor if they can give you a good reference is a good idea because it will ensure that you’re not portrayed negatively. After all, you don’t get to read the letters before they are submitted. “Give your referee the out, allow them to say no,” said Dobozy. “It is still remarkable how many letters that you get that basically say this student has issues.” Often it is helpful to provide your references with the materials they will need to complete your letters. Asking if they would like you to provide samples of your work or a resumé and a list of the schools and programs you are applying for could be helpful and ease the process.
statement of intent. Not to be confused with personal statements — usually used when applying to professional schools — a statement of intent is used to explain what research you are interested in pursuing and why. “So be honest, be yourself. Be insightful and not descriptive in the statement,” said Perkins-Marsh. “Don’t assume that you know what they want you to say.” “You want them to read the statement and the natural conclusion should be the person is very well suited to this program and what we’re aiming to achieve and the kind of student we’re trying to recruit,” she continued. If your research interests match up with that of a professor’s, you have a better chance of getting accepted because you increase you likelihood of having an interested supervisor. Look through university websites and email these professors. They would likely be happy to meet with your or discuss your potential application over the phone. Emailing a professor you may be interested in working with is also a good idea because they can provide you with insight and advice. “Call your grad officer of the program you’re applying to before you fill out the forms,” said Dobozy. “Just talk to them, get a feel for what they’re looking for. I think a lot of students could have saved everyone a lot of time if they’d done that. They could have been better prepared.”
statement of intent. Though having good grades and knowing the program and admission requirements is important, they’re not the only determining factors when it comes to getting accepted into the graduate program of your choice. Most graduate programs weigh research and practical experience differently, and some don’t take it into consideration at all. It is important to plan ahead and either focus simply on your marks or get ready to start volunteering and planning what extracurricular activities could help you get a leg up over the competition. Dobozy explains that although writing for a school newspaper, having experience teaching or working at a writing centre demonstrates that an applicant would be a good teaching assistant, grades and reference letters are the most important. “If you have Bs, nobody’s going to care about what extracurricular stuff you have, it’s all about performance,” he said. Dietrich explained that MBA programs often weigh Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, work experience and academic experience. It is important to research how each school you’re applying to weighs the different components of the application. “At least with our program we want students who aren’t afraid to take risks and also who are very good collaborators,” said Dietrich. Then there are programs where [demonstrating research experience] is an important component. You can cover this base by taking research classes that teach skills useful to graduate studies. Relevant research experience demonstrates that you are familiar and passionate about what you hope to study and suggests to the admissions office that you are competent and interested. Share your research experiences via a curriculum vitae. Apply to a variety of programs and schools There’s an element of chance when it comes to getting accepted to grad school, so applying to many schools and programs increases your likelihood of being accepted. It’s important to read and re-read the application processes for each school because they are often different. Keeping binders or file folders for each school will help you keep organized because each school handles applications differently and expects something unique. Also, Perkins-Marsh recommends finding a buddy that can share the burden of the application process and proofread your letters and statement of interests. “It’s important to keep in mind that depending on the programs you’re applying to the application information could be quite different,” explained Perkins-Marsh. “Look very closely at the application information so that you’re following step-by-step based on each institution and not to making assumptions.” When you do apply, double- and triple-check that you are submitting everything that is required for that program and that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes in anything you’ve written. Quadruplecheck the spelling of names.
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Floating on a cloud of love and longing
Jennifer Pazienza spent the better part of three years putting together her collection currently being shown at the UNB Arts Centre. Her painting Biancospini (2009) is pictured above at the exhibition’s opening last Friday, Sept. 10. Andrew Meade/The Brunswickan Alison Clack Arts Editor Jennifer Pazienza floated around the room of the UNB Art Centre like one of the clouds in her paintings. Pazienza’s new exhibition, “Landscape – Love & Longing,” opened this past weekend at the centre’s headquarters in Memorial Hall. Love and Longing really was a labour of love too, as Pazienza explains that she’s been working on the collection for the past three years. The impressive collection was marked by its beautiful depiction of landscapes and expert capturing of nature’s slightest movements. Each of Pazienza’s giant canvases seemed
to capture a brief moment in time; the soft rustle of leaves blowing in the breeze, the slow shifting of clouds over a pasture. Looking around at her collection the paintings had such an air of realism that it seemed like peering through a window at distant landscapes. Whether it was swirling, wisps of clouds or the desperate stretch of winter branches, Pazienza matched realism with a hint of artist’s license, which combined seemed to give each painting a mood and a personality of its own. Colour also seemed to play a dominant role in Pazienza’s paintings. In Bramosia (2009), an oil on
canvas painting, the vibrant colour of autumn’s leaves seemed to reach out of the canvas in shades of ochre, persimmon and gold. Featuring deep golds and brilliant turquoises, Late Summer (2009) radiates the heat and energy of summer’s final days from the canvas. In other paintings, such as Winter Sky 2 (2010), it seemed to be the muted tones that told the story of a cold winter’s day and captures the viewer’s attention. In Coming on Summer (2009) the muted tones of mint and violet shifting to more saturated tones around the edges coupled, with seemingly frantic brush strokes, demonstrates
the excitement that builds as spring fades to summer. In her artist’s statement that accompanies her collection, Pazienza stated, “painting makes visible the complex relationship I have to landscape and my longing to know, to understand, to get it right – not through some facile nostalgia, but an exquisite joy...” In this latest collection, there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind, Pazienza has def initely demonstrated her ability to capture the ever-changing nature of landscapes. Pazienza has been a professor with UNB’s faculty of education since 1989. Over the past 21 years she
has contributed to life at UNB in a number of ways. She was a part of the initiation of the Renaissance College program as well as the Bachelor of Applied Arts and generating the graduate studies level of art education among other. She was also an artist in residence at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2007. Pazienza has various works in private collections around Canada, the United States and Italy. Pazienza’s Landscapes – Love and Longing will continue to be shown at the UNB Arts Centre until Oct. 15. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.
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Catching up with NB Film Co-op Matt Belyea Arts Reporter Think that you need to go to Hollywood to get some film support? Think again. The NB Film Co-op is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports local film makers. Located at 732 Charlotte Street, they offer state of the art technology, workshops in all areas of film and a place where others interested in film can network and collaborate. The Co-op was formed in 1979 and today has over 250 members. Greg Melanson is a UNB graduate and film buff. He didn’t know about the Co-op’s existence until his second year of university. He heard about the organization through film courses he was taking at the time, but didn’t realize how much it offered. After joining in May 2009, the Co-op played an integral role in Greg’s life. “It’s an amazing opportunity. Beginning film makers need more help than they think. The Co-op helps you
learn what you need to know about the film set and industry”. Greg’s film, The Dance, premiered at the Saint Andrews Film Festival last week. It was picked out of 40 or 50 films from all over the world. “It was a real challenge. I dedicated my whole summer to the making of this film”. The Co-op runs on a system of closely knit volunteers. The crew along with a production team give their full attention to a director’s film. This is the type of artistic community Fredericton harbours, and it’s up to people like the students of UNB to continue that support. Every year, the Co-op holds a film festival to promote and highlight films and documentaries shot in the province and produced by New Brunswick film makers. This year will be the tenth anniversary of the Silver Wave Film Festival, and there promises to be plenty to get excited about. This year’s festival is on Nov. 4-7 and acts as an outlet for local artists to show off their hard work and energy. Student
passes can be bought for $20 with a valid I.D. Another way to support the Co-op is to attend their Monday Night Film Series. Every week, the Co-op shows an outstanding film. Membership services director Cat Leblanc said, “The Monday Night Film Series is a fundraising event for the Film Co-op, which is a charity. The series presents new 35mm, limited release, independent foreign and Canadian films, which would not otherwise be available to Fredericton audiences on the big screen”. The films can be viewed every Monday at 8:00 p.m. in newly renovated Tilley Hall (room 102). This year’s series will began on Sept. 20 showcasing the Swedish film, The Girl Who Played with Fire. Tickets are seven dollars at the door but will be reduced to four dollars with the purchase of a membership. It’s going to be a busy and prominent year for the NB Film Co-operation. Make sure to get out and be a part of the fun.
Royalty visits the Charlotte Street Arts Centre
Ontario singer, Royal Wood (pictured above) played to full house this past Saturday at the Charlotte Streets Arts Centre. Opener Kim Wempe (below) also impressed the crowd with her powerful voice. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
upcoming in fredericton. Masquerade @ Gallery 78 Now – Sept. 26
A new exhibition entitled Masquerade opened this past week at Gallery 78. The exhibit features a number of brightly coloured and detailed masks fit for a traditional masquerade ball. Head to 796 Queen Street (corner of Church and Queen) to check out the latest exhibit.
Art and Culture Festival @ Gallery Connexion September 15 - 18
Gallery Connexion will be presenting the first annual Celestial City Art and Culture Festival to coincide with the Harvest Jazz and Blues festival this year. The alternative festival will feature music appealing more to hardcore and punk genres than Harvest’s traditional sound. All of the events will take place at Gallery Connexion’s headquarters at 440 York street in the Chestnut Complex.
Harvest Jazz and Blues @ The Capital September 15 - 18
If you’re looking for a break from the chilly September weather while still checking out some Harvest acts head over to the Capital Complex this week. Dozens of acts including Owen Steel, the Belle Comedians, Tom Fun Orchestra and Isaac and Blewett will be playing over the course of the week.
Register to Rock @ SUB September 24
The UNB Student Union will be hosting a concert at the Student Union Building to raise awareness for the upcoming election. Register to vote at the satellite Returning Office and receive a free ticket to the concert; otherwise, tickets are $5. Acts include Matt Pearson, the Arka Teks, and Sleepless Nights.
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Crown jewels of the capital city Carnies invade the Ingrid Matt Belyea Arts Reporter It’s that time of year again, as the leaves change colour so does the face of Fredericton. Thousands of new students pour into the UNB campus and turn it into the student powerhouse it is. Sometimes it gets a bit crammed on the hill, so don’t be scared to leave campus and explore the unknown corners of Fredericton. I understand it might be hard for those of you who are foreign to the city so here are some places you might find interesting. On Saturday morning, if you’re able to rise before noon, walk down to the Boyce Farmers Market. The market is a delicious taste of Fredericton tradition. Farmers and bakers alike join to offer some of the freshest morning cuisine in the city. Even if you prefer eating at home, artists and craftsmen display a wide array of interesting work to look at. New on the scene is Relish, a downtown burger joint that has taken the city by surprise. Located on King Street, their home-made dish is a colourful and hip new way to wine and dine. If it’s late and you’re hungry with no car
or not sober, don’t worry; call for some take out from the Diplomat Restaurant located on 253 Woodstock Road. Their 24 hour, seven days a week service will keep your belly full all hours of the night. Now that you have food off your mind, think of making your way over to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. 703 Queen Street is home to the provincial art gallery of New Brunswick. The gallery is the home of Salvador Dali’s Santiago el Grande along with numerous works of art from Canadian and British artists alike. There are a number of special exhibitions starting Sept. 18 and continuing through the fall so check out the gallery’s website to see what’s coming. If the art gallery as a cultural treasure doesn’t satisfy your senses, stroll down to 390 Queen Street. There you’ll find the Owl’s Nest, a magical maze of second hand books. Or if you want, give your eyes a rest and listen to some vinyl at Backstreet Records just a few steps away. Hidden behind Nicky Zee’s is a cool little shop called Cultures Boutique. There you can find a handful of worldly items. Long time employee Elaine Peters explained that Cultures is a fair trade organization owned
by the International and Social Development of the Fredericton YMCA. All proceeds support the ongoing projects of this organization and help to protect human rights. If you’re still shy about leaving campus, that’s okay. There are plenty of things to do without going anywhere and campus is a mini city in itself. If you’re daring, and interested in physical activity, check out the campus climbing gym. The climbing wall is located in the basement of the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium. Saint John native Eric Fox found the gym to be an access point to other climbers and friends. “Since I’m not from Fredericton, I needed to find a gym to train at during the winter months. I would absolutely recommend the UNB bouldering gym to new students or climbers. The gym is a great way to be introduced to the sport, great physical activity and requires no prior climbing knowledge. It has a very welcoming atmosphere and offers a wide range of climbs from beginner to expert difficulty. Most experienced climbers love to encourage new climbers and will help them with their technique.” There you have it. Whether it’s food, art or activity, Fredericton has a lot to offer.
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Carny is a collection of photographs taken by Fredericton veteran Kyle Cunjak (pictured above).The series captures carnival workers from around the world in their natural environment, the carnival. Over the past few years, Cunjak has traveled across Canada,The United States and even Vietnam to photograph carnies. The result is a powerful display of the misunderstood carnival worker. Cunjak is interested in uncovering the stories of carnival workers and hopes to change the negative cultural assumption that is placed on the hard working carny. Carny is on display until Sept. 25 at Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts, 117 York Street. Mike Erb / The Brunswickan
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Old Hollywood glamour with new Hollywood personality Alison Clack Arts Editor There’s something undeniably attractive about old Hollywood glamour. Apart from the ladies’ feminine grace and the men’s dapper smiles, there’s something captivating about their style. It’s this attraction that has probably lead to the increased popularity in vintage fashions from the ’50s and ’60s in recent years. Coming on the heels of this popularity is the other half of the supply and demand chain, vintage clothing stores. Some of these stores are filled with less than quality fashions picked with little thought other than their age; however, some stores have owners and buyers that take pride in their ability to pick out quality, previously loved fashions and provide them to the public. Kim Grant, owner of the Vintage Rose (located on the corner of Prospect and Hanwell), is one of the latter. The Vintage Rose clothing store opened its door to customers mid-February 2010. The store’s interior belies an age older than it is. Step through the doors and you enter
a pink-walled room decorated with pages from classic Vogue issues and old Butterick sewing patterns. From the store’s decor to the fashions and jewellery that line its walls you can clearly see the pride that Grant has for her store. “I specifically buy each piece that you’d find in this store,” says Grant, “I’d say that 90 per cent of my stock is true vintage and 10 per cent is vintage inspired. No one is truly like that. We have an arrangement of not just the fashions, but also accessories: the shoes, the purses, the jewellery, the scarves, little bits of everything to get your vintage fix.” Buying these fashions is not as easy as you might think. Approaching buying for stores from a vintage standpoint is a little bit more difficult than for your average chain store. “With vintage it’s not like you can call a warehouse and say, ‘I’ll have ten of these,’ that’s the worst part. I have a lot of people that like things and, unfortunately, I just don’t have the sizes. There’s only one of everything. But that’s kind of the treasure and the excitement of it - finding that one thing that only you have,” explains Grant.
Vintage Rose owner, Kim Grant carefully adjusts one of her many hand-picked, vintage outfits for sale around her store. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Even the Vintage Rose’s decor has a vintage feel.The store is decorated in the colours of a by-gone era and feature photospreads and sewing patterns from in and around the ’60s. Andrew Meade/The Brunswickan. And Grant sees this difference as one of the most obvious differences between vintage fashions and buying clothes from a big, box-store. “I find these days, with the mass marketing, you go into one store and you see four or five different outfits – and they’re in different colours and patterns – but the unique quality of the fashion is just not there.” There’s a certain nostalgia that goes along with vintage fashion. Beyond the uniqueness of the piece and the superior attention to detail of the pieces there is something about wearing a vintage piece that throws you back in time. “The stuff in the ’60s were so stylish, they will never go out of fashion. I fell in love with those fashions,” says Grant, “I guess it’s a mixture of nostalgia and the love of everything vintage. A lot of it is timeless and beautiful.”
Despite this, a lot of people are only just now starting to get into vintage fashion. There is an idea that some hold that old is bad, or tacky. “Some people have this image that vintage is old, or it’s bad, but you really have to understand the evolution of fashion,” says Grant. Grant says that a person who goes vintage fashion shopping needs to be more open to different-looking pieces than the basics you’d find in the mall. “I see a person that truly loves fashion, and is open to new ideas. So many people are stuck in this idea of what they should wear. This feeling of what they can’t wear this because of some fashion rule. It’s just ridiculous,” laments Grant. To explain this idea further Grant told a story of a customer who had come in earlier in the week.
“I had a woman come in the other day and I showed her a leopard print skirt and she goes, ‘Oh, I would never wear leopard.’ However, she bought a coat with leopard around the cuffs. I said, ‘if you have a piece like that which is a little more daring, maybe you can add something that is a little more conservative to it like a bow-top or blouse.’ “People have this image that a certain item is shocking but they don’t look at the whole outfit.” If you have a love of fashion and enjoy trying something a little more daring then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try vintage shopping. Beyond the thrill of finding something unique, there’s something glamorous about wearing classic fashions. Grant summarized it best. “I guess when you start with a love a fashion there’s no way that you can’t love fashion from by-gone eras.”
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New recruits add depth to returning roster
Christopher Cameron Sports Editor The women’s volleyball team will kick off an intense preseason schedule in preparation for the regular season this weekend. The Varsity Reds will make the trip to Brunswick, Maine this weekend for their normal team-bonding weekend of the year. What normally does not involve matches will be built around a Saturday night match against Bowdoin College. Coach John Richard is looking forward to the team’s first weekend together, as it is always the first event for the team each season. “Traditionally we do a team bonding or team retreat exercise on that weekend of the season,” said Richard. “We decided to go to Maine and combine it with a match against Bowdoin College. The team is looking forward to getting on the court against some competition and it should be a good test to see where they are.” The Reds will be short one significant player when they begin their preseason as middle player Barb Vriends has graduated from the program. The impact play of the AUS second team all-star and league leader in blocks will be missed, but with four new recruits the V-Reds will be in good shape. Joining the team as rookies this season will be Bathurst native Taylor MacDonald and Fredericton’s Celina Abba. Richard is excited to have these athletes as the future stars of the program. “Taylor is an exceptional student athlete in every definition of the word. She is an extremely strong student and a great athlete,” he said. “Celina comes to us as the top grade 12 player in NB and will make an immediate impact. Both are a little deep in our depth chart right now, but that has more to do with the fact we have a lot of older girls returning.” Coming into the program as experienced athletes this season are former V-Red Erica Hay and transfer student from University of Winnipeg Amanda Bakker. Hay returns to UNB for the
The Varsity Reds women’s volleyball team will kick off preparation for the regular season this weekend.They will travel Maine for their annual team bonding weekend.This is the beginning of a busy month for the V-Reds as they get ready for the season opener Oct. 23 against CBU. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan one-year Bachelor of Education proThe Reds most significant addition playing level up a notch.” DAL Sept. 25-26 where they will see gram in her fifth year of eligibility. this season is Bakker. After coming to Welcoming these four new athletes StFX, DAL, SMU and Acadia. The coaching staff was shocked to UNB last season for the winter semester, to the program, the Reds have one of They will follow that tournament have a quality player join the program she was forced to sit out until this season. the deepest rosters in recent years. with a match Oct. 8 at home against so late in year. Richard knows she has been training “We are as deep as our team in Royal Military College of Canada and “Picking up someone like Erica, hard in preparation for this season. 2008-2009 that lost in the AUS final the UNB Invitational Oct. 15-17. especially at such a late date, does say “Amanda is probably the most signifi- to Moncton,” said Coach Richard. “A “This season’s exhibition schedule a lot for our program,” said Richard. cant addition we added,” he said. “Her lot of things have to go your way and was planned out to get us the most pre“On top of being very athletic, tal- first year she started for the U of W, you have to stay healthy, but starting pared we can be for the regular season,” ented and proven within our confer- then last season she sat out and trained out in September I would compare our said Richard. “Having a chance to see ence, she plays the game with so much once she arrived here. As a setter, she team on paper to that year.” all the teams in the AUS conference passion and emotion it is contagious. will make us a different team, but in a After their preseason kicks off this aside from MUN should give us a good We liked our group before and now she good way. Her stepping in and running weekend, the Varsity Reds have a tough idea where the team stands and what we makes it even better.” the offence for us will raise our teams exhibition schedule. They will travel to have to do to succeed this year.”
the panel voice your opinion
Will the women’s soccer team make the playoffs this season?
Yes they will. That being said they will grab the last playoff spot on a win on the last week of the regular season. This team has the talent to make the playoffs, but I mean we cannot expect a top three finish just yet. This young squad is taking steps. Playoffs this season, top three next season. You watch and see.
When I was faced with the question last year I said they would surprise us all and make the postseason only to watch the Reds have a positively pitiful season. However, they start the 2010 campaign an older, more experienced club that could squeeze into the playoffs. I’m going to gamble and say that they will sneak in as the fifth or sixth spot. Don’t let me down this year, ladies.
The team will be in tough to make the playoffs. Last year’s 2-10-1 record doesn’t bode well going into this season. Facing two nationally ranked teams a total of three times doesn’t help them either. They are a hard working team, but last year’s results say something different. I wouldn’t be surprised if they made some noise and played spoiler at the end of the season.
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UNB had a rough pre-season to start 2010. They can turn things around if their scoring comes as expected and the defense plays to its potential. Experience is key for this year’s V-Reds and with solid performances a rebound in the standings is not out of the question. Their excellent play must continue for the team to make the playoffs.
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Disappointing split for the UNB Cougars
Fall Non-Credit Courses @ UNB This Fall, do something for yourself. Consider one of the many fun, educational and creative non-credit courses offered at UNB. Starting the week of September 30th, choose from introductory classes in everything from water colour painting to observational drawing to playing the guitar. Hone your writing or photography skills with courses like “Writing Hurts”, “Photoshop for Beginners”, “Introduction to Digital Photography” or “Taking Great Pictures”. Learn a new language with our Italian, Spanish, French or Chinese courses. Interested in learning a new craft? Try workshops in jewelry-making or pottery. And last but not least, consider new courses in interior design or sewing and fashion design. Whatever your interests, the College of Extended Learning has a course for you. For more information, visit our website at www.cel.unb.ca/pce. Register now by calling 453-4646 (voice mail option “6”).
The UNB Cougars baseball team opened up their regular season on the weekend.The Cougars are 2-2 after spliting both double-headers against the Crandall Cubs and Saint Marys Huskies. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan got out to an early lead courtesy of the big barraged the Huskies with hits, as Rossley bat of Jay Johnson. Johnson connected on a and Geoff Beckwith went 2-3 at the plate, Josh Fleck solo shot in the third and UNB was up 4-0. and Johnson smacking another long ball. The Brunswickan Guptil of Sussex took the mound, and Crandall came back in the fourth to tie The UNB Cougars baseball team the game, eventually coming away with a salvaged a split for the team. He went the distance, only six innings due to the mercy opened up their season with a pair of double- 6-4 win. After a Saturday split, the Cougars went rule after Johnson’s two run homer made it headers this weekend at Royal’s Field. The Cougars were disappointed at the outcome into Sunday optimistic of a sweep of the Saint 11-0. Guptil struck out eight and gave up a Mary’s Huskies and coming out the week- lone hit in his win. as they split both. After the results of the weekend, Guptil On Saturday they took on the 2-0 Cran- end with a 3-1 record. Facing the Huskies gave the teams impression on the weekend were Pete Shaw and Shane Guptil starting dall Cubs in the first double header. Game one saw Jared Comeau take the mound those games; on paper, they were set for a and the expectations moving forward “I don’t think any of us are happy with for the Cougars. After a rocky start where good finish to the weekend. Pete Shaw was on the mound for the the results of this weekend’s games, we got to Comeau got chased from the game, giving up six runs in just four innings. This gave Cougars in game one against the Husk- take a look at everybody and we are anything way to Mats Rossley coming in to relieve ies, so it would not take much offense to but a .500 team. The two games we lost get a win. However, when the team woke could have easily been won,” said Guptil. Comeau. Down 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the up that morning, the bats seemed to stay “Our expectations are the same every year Cougars’ bats came to life. They scored six asleep. Shaw picked up the Roy Halladay and our goal is always winning the National times in the the fifth, finishing it off with loss, going the distance. The Cougars could Championship. I don’t see any reason why only muster three hits in the game, as the we shouldn’t win the Atlantic Conference.” a bases clearing double by Travis Gaudet. The next action for the Cougars will be Rossley polished off the game by throw- Huskies picked up the win in a low scoring on the road against the Dalhousie Tigers ing scoreless ball in the final three frames en affair winning 1-0. After Shaw’s loss, it was as if the alarm on Sept. 18 followed by the Crandall Cubs route to a 10-6 victory. Game two was a role reversal as UNB went off and the bats woke up. The Cougars on Sept. 19.
Sleep; who needs it? Healthy Living
Frosh week is coming to an end and the campus is alive with students in their second week of classes. After a long summer of staying up late many students struggle with the importance of sleep during the school year. If you do not catch up your sleep after the first week of staying up late visiting friends and partying, it will be the beginning of a long and tiring semester. This is a major issue on campus even if many students do not feel it affects them. Dr. Rice Fuller, Director of UNB Counselling Services, said that on top of anxiety or stress “approximately two thirds, if not more, of students are experiencing sleep problems.” Being in a new environment, such as living in residence, students must become accustomed to the residence noise levels and possibly sharing a room for the first time. Generally, roommates have different schedules that make having a routine bed time difficult. Going to bed at different times
throughout the week, as well as sleeping in on weekends, can make you even more tired because the human body needs upwards of eight hours of sleep to function at its full capacity. “The body needs time to repair itself and the brain needs to decompress, we are not meant to move for 24 hours straight,” said Registered Nurse Tracey Smith of the UNB Nursing Faculty. Smith and Fuller agree that one of the primary negative effects of not getting enough sleep is the inability to pay attention and concentrate. It is much harder to focus in class, to read and to put coherent thoughts together. Sleep deprivation can affect an individual’s judgement as well as the ability to retain information. “Driving tired is as bad as driving drunk,” says Smith. “Most individuals know the effects of driving drunk, but have never stopped to think that lack of sleep could have the same consequences on their bodies.” It is important to understand your body and to know what you can do to avoid insomnia. Trying to wake up at the same time daily and going to bed when you feel tired will give your body a routine, which will decrease the days you feel overtired. Also by avoiding caffeine, aggressive exercise, alcohol and eating a few hours before going to sleep, your sleep will be less disturbed by your body still functioning.
Taking time to relax and break from school work is also important before going to sleep. “You can’t be going one hundred miles an hour, working hard and then just flick the lights out and go to sleep,” said Dr. Fuller. “You need a good period of time, at least an hour, of relaxing and calming yourself down.” Your bed should be a place for sleep and pleasure. You should not be doing your homework or watching TV in bed. If you do, your brain associates bed with things that could potentially cause stress. “Being in bed having stressful types of thoughts and worries is one of the many causes of sleep problems,” says Fuller. “If you have an exam the next day it is better to go to bed and get a good night sleep than to study that extra hour.” If you do have problems sleeping or waking up in the middle of the night, get out of bed and read or doing something quietly until you feel tired again. The importance of sleep is underestimated. You need to weigh the consequences of sleep deprivation versus a good night’s sleep. Fuller encourages students to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. “Eat well, get the sleep you need, exercise and take time to relax. The person who takes downtime is usually a much more productive individual.”
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The life of a first-year athlete Justin Fauteux The Cord (Wilfrid Laurier University) WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) — This year, tens of thousands of new students will set foot on campuses across the country for the first time, but new student-athletes have already been on campus for weeks. These athletes are all trying to adjust to university life, while also juggling workouts, practices, team meetings and games — and on top of all that, their studies. “At first it was kind of overwhelming because there was so much going on and it was all so new to me,” Alena Luciani said of her experiences as a first-year basketball player for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. “It was pretty hard adjusting to the new class schedule, new class sizes, living in a different place, along with practice every day, workouts on top of that. And then once games started, the huge thing was time management, which I had to get the hang of really quick.” Typically, a student-athlete’s day is the complete opposite of most other students. They’re up around 7:00 a.m., in the gym by 8:00 and in class all morning. That’s followed by a two-hour practice and whatever schoolwork needs to be done. “Playing a sport is basically like having a full-time job on top of being a student,” said Luciani. “We can’t just go home after class and nap for four hours and then do work whenever we want.” This demanding schedule can be particularly difficult for a first-time student-athlete because, in addition to practicing and working out every day, they’re also going through the same difficult transition that faces every student new to the university lifestyle. “It was definitely a tough adjustment
from high school,” said Andrew Greenberg, who played his rookie season with the Golden Hawks’ baseball team in 2009. “You have new classes, a bigger workload and then baseball six or seven days a week. There were definitely times when things would pile up.” While time management is a necessary skill for any student, it plays a crucial role in the lives of student-athletes as a decline in academic performance can affect them athletically. In order to keep on top of their workload, first-years at Laurier attend a two-hour study hall, four nights a week. The study hall is mandatory and is run by senior athletes. “The second you get behind, it will affect your grades which will in turn affect your ability to play,” said Luciani. “So it was really good to just take those few hours and sit there and do work ... It would even just help me have a clear head for games, not having to think about school.” The study hall isn’t the only support system for the rookie Hawks. Their veteran teammates become a surrogate family as they settle into life at Laurier. “They’ve been a big source of positive support,” said Jordan McAlpine, who is just beginning his football career. “I’ve been approached by a lot of them and they’ve all told me that if I have any questions about anything, don’t be afraid to call them.” McAlpine sums up how he plans to be a successful first-year student by taking the advice of his coaches. “Don’t fall behind, don’t get caught up too much in the social scene. Just get to class and do everything you’re asked and you should be fine.”
Recruits expected to lift team Rob Williams The Brunswickan The UNB Varsity Reds Men’s Basketball team has spent a few years in the cellar of the AUS standings and this year hopes to avoid a repeat affair. A few key recruits should help repair this bottom feeder reputation. Returning players Andy Wright, Dan Quirion, and Patrick Kalala will be looked to as leaders. Although the returning players will be looked to for leadership, first year players Will McPhee and Mike Suffield from Australia, alongside Woodstock recruit Jordan Irvin, hope to power the Reds to new heights on the court. Returning guard Alex DesRoches will be counted on to continue his rebounding skill after finishing second in the conference last season. Peter Goggan is a veteran recruit from St. Thomas University and will be an impact player in a few different roles as well as bring some experience to the court. Head Coach Brent Baker figures Lonzel Lowe will be an impact player also. “Lowe looks the best he has in his three years here,” he said. “His fitness is at probably an all-time top end. He has really been one of the bigger standouts in camp.” The coaching staff were pleased to see many of the returnees arrived at camp more in shape than prior to the offseason. “Our strength and conditioning coach Trevor Pardy does a great job with these guys, making sure they’re doing their programs during the summer,” said Baker. “I’m excited that we had that work ethic over the summer and hope we can translate that work ethic into the regular season.”
After spending the last two seasons at the bottom of the AUS conference, the men’s basketball team has promise this season. New recruits should help lift the team from the bottom and into the playoff mix. Andrew Meade/ The Brunswickan Individual players aside, it takes a a challenge. “I think we have a chance to be a whole team to win. As it stands the VReds have their fair share of problems in really good team,” said Baker. “Are we that department. Five of the core players the most talented team? Not by any are currently sidelined by major injuries, stretch of the imagination, but I think something Coach Baker knows will we have a good work ethic and a good team.” make things tough. Coach Baker does believe that UNB “The biggest thing right now is if someone asked how we’re doing, well, I now has what it takes to compete at would say we’re injured,” he said. “I’m the same level as the top schools in the confident we’re going to be fine once conference. “Our league is one of the toughest we get back on the court, it’s just not in the country and what really is the the way we want to start.” This year’s Eric Garland Tourna- key in this league is depth. Either you ment at UNB will feature the perennial stay constantly competitive or they beat AUS powerhouse squads from Cape you,” he said. With hard work and determination, Breton, St. FX and the CIS Final 8 team from Lakehead University. This the V-Reds hope to put together some will make for tough competition for wins and avoid any major blowouts the V-Reds. They may struggle to keep during conference play as they continue up, but this year’s team is not afraid of to develop.
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Women’s soccer continues to move forward
Christopher Cameron Sports Editor The talented young Varsity Reds women’s soccer team is showing growth and it’s only early. They opened the season with a 0-0 tie against Mount Allison, followed by a 4-1 loss to Saint Mary’s. Even with the lopsided loss, Head Coach Andy Cameron sees his team moving in the right direction. “I think they did everything I asked them to do,” said Cameron. “We increased the percentage of time we were in the offensive third and we decreased the percentage of time in our end.” He knows the tie against Mount Allison could have easily been a win and believes the Mounties got away with a tie. “We did take the play to Mt. A for 80 minutes and there was a mental breakdown for the last ten,” said Cameron. “I think Mt. A was pleased getting out of the game with a tie and our players were disappointed in the tie.” This young team, much like the men’s team, has a rookie keeper holding down the fort. Erica Erman of Moncton may have
taken a beating against SMU getting lit up for four goals, but showed she is up to the task of playing at an AUS level. “You attack with 11, defend with 11. In the last ten minutes of the Saturday game it was a little scary, but to date she has had four solid performances with the exhibition games and is only going to get better,” said Coach Cameron. He continued by saying it is a team effort and the four goals are no reflection of Erman’s performance. “I thought we would matchup well with Saint Mary’s, but we got down a goal early on a corner kick,” said Cameron. “We defended poorly on it and we took it to them to the remainder of the first half, but were not able to get back in the game. It just went from bad to worse. We played okay, but just did not get the breaks.” A positive for the Reds from the weekend was being able to find the back of the net. Second year striker Samantha Legacy scored in the ninetieth minute in Sunday’s match. In the past few seasons the Reds have struggled to find the back of the net, managing only 11 last season, an improvement of 2008’s five goals.
Reds’ future faces: Marc White
Colin McPhail Editor-in-Chief After devastating New Brunswick high school teams for four years, Marc White is ready to make the jump to the AUS. The Fredericton native and first-year business student will join the UNB men’s volleyball squad as a left side hitter this season. . White sat down with The Brunswickan to discuss his game and the Reds’ chances of finally ending Dalhousie’s reign of terror over the AUS. Brunswickan: What got you into volleyball? Marc White: I grew up playing all the sports; just kind of tried everything. My Dad always told me to do what you like and stick with what you’re good at. So, I started cutting down when I got into volleyball. Throughout high school, that was my main sport from grade nine on. It’s kind of a religion at our school. We’re pretty well known for volleyball at Ecole Sainte-Anne. My first two years we won AA banners and then we moved up to AAA and won my last two years as well. So, that’s why I made the switch to volleyball. Plus, the coaching was awesome. B: Why did you choose UNB? MW: I talked to Dan (McMorran) and he said a lot of good things and that new gym is looking awfully promising. I like the direction the team is going in. I like the strategy they’re taking to become a better team. Dan’s obviously a good recruiter because they’re starting to bring in some good players and I think we’re going to have a shot a beating some of the top teams in a few years; hopefully this year – the sooner, the better. B: Where do you think you’ll fit in
this UNB squad? MW: I’m not really sure, yet. Nothing’s really established. There’s a young group of left side hitters and I think it’s going to be a battle throughout the year with everybody pushing each other and, hopefully, it’ll make us become better players. It’s whatever is best for the team. Some guys will play and the other will keep pushing. Everybody has a role on the team and you’ve got to stick with it. B: What is the strongest part of your game? MW: The strongest part of my game is passing and, obviously, when I get a set, I’m not going to anything else except try to pound it as hard as I can. It’s going to be different this year as opposed to high school when I would just go up and wail over blocks, but this year guys are going to be 6’10” and still pretty good jumpers. So, I’m going to have change my game around a little. B: How do you feel about making the jump from high school level volleyball to the AUS level? MW: For me, it wasn’t that big of a jump. I went to the Canada Games last summer and played against guys like Max Bird and other good guys from Alberta and B.C. I’ve seen that level of play already, but not quite as high. Also, my high school team went to college tournaments and played teams like UNBSJ and St. Thomas and we did pretty well. We beat STU both years and we kind of go half and half with UNBSJ. So, that really helped me. B: What is the key to your success on the court? MW: I would say working at the gym. Honestly, when I started hitting the gym real hard, it made a huge difference. When you’re playing against those bigger boys, you’ve got to hit the ball harder otherwise it’s too easy. You’ve got to be able to jump higher and have a stronger platform. Working out made a huge difference for me. B: What will it take for UNB to end Dalhousie’s streak of 24 consecutive AUS titles? MW: I think it’s the mentality. I think UNB has had the team to do it in the pass, but I think it’s just all in their heads. I think you just need one group of guys and say ‘whatever it’s just DAL. Let’s go out and smack them.’ Once that happens and we beat them once or twice, we’ll be right with DAL from here on in.
Cameron knows the striker position is always under the magnifying glass, but sees the improvement and expects to see more production up front. “The issue with strikers is they’re either the hero or the bum,” said Cameron. “It comes down to service. That is the last to come when you’re developing a team. That service in the offensive third is what becomes suspect when goals are hard to come by.” After two matches the Varsity Reds will have to improve and make some changes if they intend to make the playoffs. The coaching staff believes with a weekend of AUS competition under their belt the team will need to work on their confidence when controlling the play. “One of the difficulties is the quality of soccer that we play in the summer is not the same intensity as we play in the fall,” said Cameron. “Moving the ball quicker and having the confidence to keep the ball and move it across the field and forward is what we have to work on most. If we can be more confident in our play we will succeed. I believe the skills are there so if we can be more confident on the ball the rest will fall into place.”
Erica Middleton, third year Varsity Reds midfielder, takes on Mounties defender Jessica Keating in AUS action on the weekend. Andrew Meade/ The Brunswickan
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