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Volume 144 · Issue 6 • October 13, 2010
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Reds sweep Helen Campbell Tournament Christopher Cameron Sports Editor After sweeping the University Hoops Showcase, the Varsity Reds looked to continue the trend at home as they played host to the Helen Campbell tournament. They did exactly what they wanted to do, winning all three games to take the tournament. The Reds kicked off the weekend against Concordia, with a convincing 88-54 victory. Down after the first quarter 20-18, the Varsity Reds put the pressure on to take a 42-33 lead at halftime. They won the next two quarters holding Concordia to 21 points in the second half. UNB’s fifth year power forward Amanda Sharpe was named the player of the game. Sharpe led the team in rebounds with nine aside from her team leading 33 points. Saturday night the Varsity Reds were up to their biggest test, the University of Calgary Dinos. The game kicked off with a tight matchup as the Dinos led 16-15 after one quarter. Calgary kept the Reds at bay as they outscored UNB 21-13 in the second quarter to take a nine point lead into the break. In the third quarter, the Reds took it to the Dinos putting 22 points on the board in the quarter, holding Calgary to nine. A tight fourth quarter led to the closest finish of the weekend, a narrow 70-67 win for the Reds. Sharpe was named the UNB player of the game for the second straight game, leading the team in points and rebounds again with 15 boards and 18 points. UNB head coach Jeff Speedy knows that having a Sharpe on the team can make or break a game. “Well Amanda is one of the best players in the country and she is playing like it,” said Speedy. “That is helping us be successful and helping all the young players with her leading by example with her work ethic and intensity. She is putting up good numbers too.” The Varsity Reds finished off the weekend with a 89-58 win over the struggling Dalhousie Tigers. Emma Russell was named the player of the game as she was a monster, eating up 15 rebounds to lead the team in the category. Coach Speedy gives the fourth year forward credit for playing a key role in the Reds’ maintaining possession
Second vehicle for SafeRide Colin McPhail Editor-in-Chief
Tournament MVP Amanda Sharpe takes on two Concordia players in Friday’s action at the Helen Campbell Tournament. Sharpe led the Reds in points with 82 over the weekend. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan off rebounds. “Emma is one of our starters and captains and I think she had 15 rebounds in the DAL game and 14 or 15 in a game up in Miramichi,” said Speedy. “She is very capable of that, but she is also capable of scoring and one of our most valuable players defensively. She is having a great year so far and it is only going to get better.” Although the Reds are off to a great start to the year, Speedy knows there is a lot for the team to learn and improve on if they want to continue this success in the regular season. “The wins this time of year are really just icing on the cake,” he said. “We’re really just trying to get to
know one another and get used to playing with each other. At the same time we want to get better every day and I think we’ve been able to do that. We’ve won some games at the same time.” “We have a long list of things we want to work on and get better at. Just because we have come out of the gate and won all our games, we’re not on all cylinders. We’ve got a good list on both offence and defence that we need to work on to be successful.” After the first two weekends in action coach Speedy is excited with what his team has brought to the table so far. “I’m definitely excited about our potential,” said Speedy. “I’m very
pleased with where we are at this stage in the season. Our team chemistry is fantastic. Our work ethic and passion is fantastic. It is the best it has ever been since I’ve been here. I’m thrilled about that and hopefully we will keep working just as hard.” The tournament all-stars named were Ashley Hill and Tamara Jarrett of the Calgary Dinos, Anne Marie Pophete of the Concordia Stingers, Patricia McNeil of Dalhousie Tigers and Megan Corby of the Varsity Reds. Sharpe was named the tournament MVP. The tournament finished with UNB in first, Calgary in second, Concordia in third and Dalhousie in fourth.
The UNB Student Union is revamping the SafeRide program with new policies, technology and a brand new 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. Lauren Vail, the SafeRide coordinator, said these additions have been in the works for several years now. SafeRide offers its services to about 40 students per night. However, Vail is hopeful the number will increase with the addition of the new vehicle. Unfortunately for Vail, the new plan has been halted by the ongoing debate over the UNBSU budget. “We’ve been having some problems with council not passing the budget last week. So we can’t actually purchase the van yet because it’s in the new budget not the old budget. “ Vail said that if council were to ratify the new budget on Oct. 17, they would purchase the new van the following week. However, she is prepared to postpone the new acquisition. “There’s always that chance council does not ratify the budget. If that happens, SafeRide will have to stop completely because expenditures halt as of Oct. 21 if the budget is not ratified.” If everything goes according to plan, Vail is set to implement a new SafeRide schedule. “We’re keeping the current vehicle we have. So what we’re going to do is on Thursdays and Fridays run two vehicles a night and we’re going to add a new drop off spot at the LB Gym. We’ll have one vehicle that works the gym and the SUB and one vehicle that works Head Hall and the SUB.” The UNBSU is also looking into creating more efficient methods of running the program including a proposal to develop a SafeRide iPhone application. “We’re looking into developing an application where the SafeRide drivers can put in what time they were there and what time they will be back.” She is also creating more ways SafeRide drivers can map out routes around the city and is considering expanding SafeRide’s boundaries. Vail expects both vehicles to be running in January. SafeRide is available Sunday from 2 p.m. to midnight and Monday to Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight.
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Writer-in-Residence comes to campus Alanah Duffy The Brunswickan Victoria-based poet John Barton will be offering his expertise to aspiring writers during his stint as UNB’s writer-in-residence this year. Barton, who is also the editor of literary journal The Malahat Review, has been publishing his pieces for over 30 years and has authored nine books of poetry. While at UNB, he is available to students and members of the community to help with their writing in any way. “I’m hoping that people from all different stages of their writing careers will come,” he said. “It’s interesting to work with experienced writers as well as beginning or emerging ones. So far, I’ve really enjoyed everyone that I’ve met and it’s been interesting.” UNB has played host to several writersin-residence over the years, including Colleen Wagner and Kenneth J. Harvey. With his extensive editorial background and numerous awards under his belt, Barton fits right in with his previous counterparts. Barton holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Victoria and has also studied at Columbia University in New York City. Right now, he’s working on another book of poetry, tentatively called Strange Meetings. With this book, he’s trying more traditional styles of poetry such as the sonnet. “I think I needed to try something different,” he said about moving in another direction creatively. “I started it and I felt I really enjoyed it. It’s forced me to make
Currie Center recieves $1 million funding boost McCain family makes big donation to the Human Performance Laboratory.
John Barton, writer-in-residence for UNB, is excited to work with students. Mike Erb / The Brunswickan compromises and decisions that I would have never normally made. So it’s challenged me.” Since his September arrival to Fredericton, Barton has been spending his spare time exploring the city. “Well, I’m still getting used to the hill,” he said laughing, “but I’m enjoying Fredericton. “I’d like to go out into the community a bit,” he added. “I’ll probably do some more public readings.” Barton has won several awards, including a CBC Literary Award for poetry in 2003. He also edited Arc: Canada’s National Poetry Magazine in Ottawa for 13 years. After he is finished at UNB, he will head back to Victoria, where he will resume his editorial duties at The Malahat Review. Bartonsaideditingin today’s age has its share of challenges, due to many cuts in funding that governments
are making. “Most literary magazines in Canada have lost their support from Canadian heritage,” he said. “[As an editor], I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to keep it alive.” Despite his packed editorial resume, Barton will always identify himself as a poet first and foremost. “I suspect that poems are a little bit more meditative and a little bit more private,” he said, “because poems are short, you can spend a lot of time on a single word.” He added that his love for words drew him into becoming a poet. “It was a natural gravitation. It’s almost as if poetry chose me as opposed to me choosing poetry.” Aspiring writers interested in working with Barton can book an appointment with him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 452-6356.
Alex Kress News Reporter The Currie Center received a generous $1 million donation from a New Brunswick family. The family of Andrew and Marjorie McCain made the donation in their parents’ name, which will go directly toward the new Human Performance Lab. The biomedical engineering institute at UNB is over 50 years old and houses a world class facility focusing on the development of upper body prosthetics. A kinesiology-led effort, the Aid Analysis laboratory has been working closely with the Stan Cassidy Center for Rehabilitation in Fredericton. The university’s students and researchers from the group are involved in assessing people who struggle to walk, such as children with cerebral palsy. Chief Advancement Officer Bob Skillen said they have done some significant work at the biomedical engineering within the limited space. The move to the Currie Center, a much larger space, including a state-of-theart walking track, will create several opportunities to attract new research dollars and opportunities for students. “The $1 million is really for the infrastructure to help us put the lab in place and it was a tremendous gesture on their part,” Skillen said. The sophisticated equipment in the Human Performance Lab will measure movement related to walking. Children with cerebral palsy and individuals who have experienced strokes and brain stem injuries will have access to a walking track bisecting the lab. The track is the only one of its kind in Canada and only one of few in the world. Its main function is to help determine the impact of fatigue on the individual. Children with cerebral palsy go through a number of operations throughout their life to try to improve their walking. Skillen said pinpointing the issues within the individual to improve their quality of life is extremely important for its health benefits.
There has been discussion of possibly doing work with soldiers who have neck injuries because of their heavy helmets and sore backs because of their backpacks. A wider scope of research can be undertaken with a facility of this nature. In terms of the progress of the Currie Center as a whole, Skillen said there has been significant progress made. The landscaping around the building is being worked on and the parking lots are in place. Inside, flooring is being laid, walls are painted and the necessary fixtures are installed. “My sense is the university community is chomping at the bit to get in the building and to start using it,” Skillen said. “I think people have come to appreciate what a significant addition this is going to be to campus life in Fredericton. People have been commenting on the building’s proximity to the community. We’re very close to the edge of the university so it’ll make it easier for them to access the facility.” There are two main gymnasiums, one on the bottom floor that will be primarily for campus recreation and one upstairs on the fourth floor with seating for 1,500 people. It will be home for Varsity Reds’ volleyball and basketball teams and to graduation ceremonies at some point in the future. There will also be three fitness studios and a 10,000 square foot strength training and cardio centre. Skillen said funding is an ongoing issue and the university is still trying to bring revenue into the building to pay for the construction. They have raised over $50 million but remain over $10 million short of the necessary funding. They are continuing to fundraise with alumni and have been in conversation with provincial and federal levels of government and are “cautiously optimistic” at this point. They have been supported by the UNB’s chancellor, Richard Currie for whom the centre is named, who contributed more than $20 million to the project. The provincial government has contributed $10 million and the federal government has contributed $8 million, as well as a number of generous donations from alumni. “The gift we announced last week is hugely significant both in terms of what it helps us to do and getting the building up, but it also shows a very strong vote of confidence in our university and an understanding of the value the university brings to the people of New Brunswick,” Skillen said.
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UNB gets physical this month Alex Kress News Reporter To those of us who just stuffed ourselves with Thanksgiving dinner: fear not for the harm to your waistline. October is Physical Activity Month at UNB and the Campus Wellness Committee is promoting healthy lifestyles on campus. The committee consists of about 20 volunteers who meet twice a month including faculty, staff and students. They discuss wellness on campus relative to its seven dimensions: physical, emotional, social, intellectual, environmental, spiritual and occupational. September’s theme was about being engaged in the community. For October’s physical activity theme, the Wellness committee looked at other groups on campus to see what they had planned in terms of physical activity and took it upon themselves to help promote those events and create their own. Lauren Rogers, fitness and wellness coordinator, was an organizational force behind the events for the month. Faculty, staff and students can take advantage of free clinics teaching the basics of bicycling and swimming, a free Zumba class and free cardio and strength orientations at the gym. A calendar of events for the month is available at www.unbf.ca/wellness and will be updated accordingly. The Wellness committee took advantage of its own resources on campus, as well as people in the Fredericton community to Promoting physical activity, health and wellness will be the name of help with the promotion of physical activ- the game this month on UNB campus. Students are encouraged to ity. Rogers teaches the Zumba class as a get active and feel better. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan part of her job already and the committee Dr. Shirley Cleave, associate vicecontacted Radical Edge to administer the do leave school they have those tools to take care of themselves.” president academic and chair of the WellLearn to Bike clinic. New Brunswick has one of the highest ness committee, shares Rogers’ sentiments Rogers said the committee recognizes the importance of being able to balance rates of obesity at 64.4 per cent, which ranks on campus wellness. “Anything we can do to encourage academia with social life and taking good it fourth in Canada. Newfoundland takes the cake with 71 per cent. Rogers said it is people to make positive life choices it care of ourselves. “I think it’s important to the university clear this is an issue for New Brunswick- important,” Cleave said. “The healthier we are, the betthat students Anything we can do to encourage people to ter we function. take care of It creates a better t hemselves make positive life choices is important. environment for while here and that - Shirley Cleave everybody.” whatever experiences we can help provide ers, which She wants students to recognize the posiso students learn how to have balance in is why it is so important to have events to promote awareness. tive effects of being healthy because they will their life is great,” she said. “I think everyone struggles with the be far more effective and enjoy their life at “You don’t have to be a runner per se, but maybe you could attend a yoga program. work-life balance. Whether you’re a single UNB to a greater degree. The committee looks forward to conYou don’t have to go the gym, but maybe mom with two kids trying to come back to you bike to school. We just want to try to school to get a better job, or if you’re a fresh tinuing to promote healthy lifestyles into encourage people to be active and healthy student at UNB out on their own for the November, when the theme will be stress management. while they’re at school because when they first time,” she said.
Commission hears 318 complaints Jamie Ross CUP Atlantic Bureau Chief FREDERICTO0N (CUP) — The New Brunswick Human Rights commission received 180 new complaints last fiscal year, according to its annual report released earlier this week. That brings the total number of ongoing complaints in the province to 318, as of March 30, 2010. More than half of those complaints, 57 per cent, stem from alleged discrimination in the workplace. “That’s where a satiation is going to have financial implications for the person,” said commission chairman Randy Dickinson, who was appointed to the post in May. Of the workplace complaints filed, 63 were lodged by people alleging they were discriminated against because of a physical disability. Thirty-four alleged they were discriminated against because of mental disability; 17 were based on gender. The Human Rights Act is a provincial law that enforces against discrimination and harassment in places of employment, housing, public
services, publicity and certain associations, and prohibits discrimination on 13 grounds, including gender, race and age. The report also found that 27 per cent of current complaints relate to physical disability. Dickinson, who came to the commission after working the premier’s council on the status of disabled people, said many complaints carried over from last year because the process, if drawn out, can take several years to complete in some cases. He said the average case takes 11 months to complete from the time the complaint is lodged, down from a one-year average waiting period in 2008-09. “It depends on how complicated the case is as to how much investigating is required,” he said. “Tracking people down can take weeks or months.” But, he added, most cases don’t even make it all the way through the process. The commission provides an early mediation process that gives the complainant and respondent an opportunity to resolve the conflict before
it advances to arduous and financiallyburdensome stages. Michael McGowan, a human rights professor at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, said human rights law and commissions are still relatively new functions in society. New Brunswick, he said, was one of the first provinces to enact human rights law when it did so in 1967. “It’s not until [people] have their rights trampled upon, usually in the work place, that they find out that there are human rights commissions,” he said. “Commissions are an important office within a province that can give people a voice when sometimes they don’t know where to turn, and they can have their dignity protected.” Dickinson said while human rights abuses aren’t as blatant in Canada as they might be in less democratic societies, we’ve still got a long way to go as a country. “Issues like racism and homophobia may not be as in your face in some ways as other places, but we should not kid ourselves, these issues still happen to a lot of people on a daily basis.”
Hilary Paige Smith News Editor Despite the temporary closure of Neville/Jones, community members are pushing ahead with the residences’ annual fundraiser. The Neville/Jones Bed Push, an annual fundraiser for Women in Transition House, has been a staple fundraiser on campus for 18 years. Every year, the Norsemen of Neville/ Jones push a bed from Saint John to Fredericton overnight and land at the Boyce Farmers Market the following morning. This year, the push will go from Woodstock to Fredericton. Last year’s fundraiser garnered $12,000 for Women in Transition House, a safe place for women and children impacted by domestic violence. When John Bailey, who was slated to be house president of
Neville/Jones for this academic year, heard the residence would be closing, the Bed Push was one of the first things that jumped to mind. For the past several weeks, Bailey along with a team of former Neville/ Jones residents and house team members from across campus, have been working to keep the Bed Push alive. The event date is set for the night of Oct. 22 and this week, the committee will be fundraising hard. “We’re off to a pretty good start and hopefully this week we’re going to get a lot more donations. We’re going to be out fundraising on Saturday for the Drive for Five and we’ll be at the liquor stores and stuff hopefully too. It should be a big week this week hopefully,” Bailey said. The committee will be fundraising for the entire day this Saturday and Bailey said Fredericton residents and
community members can expect to see them out and about. He encouraged all to get involved, whether just with a donation, or by participating directly in the event. “We’re looking forward to having a special event and if you want to be a part of it, either by making a donation or helping us out, that would be great,” Bailey said. Mid-summer, it was announced the all-male residence would be closing for a year due to low enrollment. Only a handful of male students were slated to live there. Residence Life is currently renovating the traditional house and, next year, the residence will return as a co-ed facility. The campus community has rallied around the Bed Push to ensure it takes place this year. Bailey said houses have been fundraising hard
along with Neville/Jones alumni. “All the houses are helping us out a lot. There’s some big numbers. Other houses have 15 to 20 people, you know, which is awesome and it’s been great,” he said. The annual Bed Push has long established itself as the largest fundraiser on campus and is one of the primary fundraisers for Women in Transition House. Bailey said it was important for the event to continue, despite the temporary closure. “It’s a lot of money that, if we didn’t have it, it wouldn’t go to Transition House, and it’s a cool event. It keeps the Neville/Jones name out there… It’s a really significant charity and amount of money that goes to a really good cause.” For more information on the Bed Push, visit “Neville/Jones Bed Push 2010” on Facebook.
2010-2011 UNB Special Bursary
NB Special Bursary Undergraduate students registered full-time over the entire 2010-2011 academic year (September-April) with demonstrated financial need MAY be eligible for a UNB Special Bursary (non-repayable resources up to a maximum award of $1,000.00). ELIGIBILITY • Undergraduate students must be Canadian citizens/ landed immigrants. • Registered at UNB in at least three courses over full academic year (September, 2010-April, 2011) • Demonstrate financial need as evidenced by submitted budget (expenses-resources = need). APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2010 Application available at: http://www.unbf.ca/financialaid/ Review process/procedures contact: THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE C.C. Jones Student Services Centre 26 Bailey Drive, 1st floor TEL: (506) 453-4796 FAX: (506) 453-5020 E-mail: email@example.com
briefs. Sexy events come to campus The UNB Student Union will be hosting a number of sexy events for students in the coming months. Next Wednesday, Sue Johanson, renowned sex educator, author and media personality, will be visiting campus to talk sex. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the SUB Cafeteria. Admission is $5 at the door. On Nov. 12, Tony Lee the X-Rated Hypnotist, will be performing in the SUB Cafeteria at 8 p.m. Admission is $8 for UNB students and $10 for all other audience members.
By-election voting wraps up this week for three positions on council Voting in the UNB Student Union fall by-election closes on Friday at 11:59 p.m. Students can vote online through their UNB e-services account.Andrew Martel is running for Off-Campus Liason, Derek Ness is running for Differently-Abled Liason and Kristina O’Brien is running for Education Representative.All full time undergraduate students can vote for the positions. Only students belonging to the Faculty of Education can vote for the Education Representative. For more information, contact the CRO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Student Housing site for listings and tips on renting a place UNB Student Housing, a housing website operated by the UNB Student Union is available for students to peruse for listings of apartments, houses and sublets. The website also has a list of resources for tenants and new renters, like a handbook on renting, how to be a good neighbour and information on fire safety. To see the website visit www. frederictonstudenthousing.com.
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Cross-cultural chats impact lives for the better A New Brunswick teacher has found a way to blend technology and sponsorship for an entirely unique, cultural bonding experience.
Hilary Paige Smith News Editor Ampeire Johnson is eight years old, loves jumping, running and the colour red. When he grows up, he wants to become a doctor. Ahumuza Catherine is seven years old, loves music, dance and drama. When she grows up, she wants to become a teacher and enter the church. Naturinda Doreen is nine years old, loves skipping rope, reading and math. When she grows up, she wants to become a nurse. Ampeire, Ahumuza and Naturinda are Ugandan orphans in the remote district of Kanungu. They are only three of 130 orphans who attend Saint John High Primary School in their African village. A Ugandan outreach organization founded in New Brunswick is keeping the primary school afloat and ensuring these children do grow up. Care and Hope through Adoption and Technology (CHAT) to the Future was founded by Adam McKim, a teacher at Saint John High School in Saint John after his World Issues class was inspired to work with Ugandan orphans. CHAT allows sponsors in the Western World to communicate with an “adopted” orphan via Skype a few times a year. Funds raised through the organization support the school, students and surrounding village. McKim’s friend, Cory Richardson, a globe-trotting humanitarian of sorts, visited the developing country and presented his stories to the class. He also brought back a vast collection of paper beads, which the class then sold. After months of selling and fundraising, the class raised $5,000, enough to build a school in Uganda, eventually dubbed Saint John High Primary. Here, the children are taught everything from math and reading, to religious education and agriculture. Tugume Gerald, the chief fundraiser and caretaker of the orphanage in Uganda, works closely with McKim and Saint John High Primary to make sure the orphans’ needs are met. Though having a school has had a positive impact on the children of Saint John High Primary, not everything has gone according to plan. There are 105 foster homes in the village where these children are given a place to sleep and breakfast in the morning, many scant. Dozens of students are also living in the small home of Gerald’s aunt. The number of students attending the school has already jumped from 130 to 294. CHAT to the Future is only responsible for feeding the original 130 orphans. Updates provided on the organization’s Facebook group detail space and sanitary issues the government has with the school. McKim called the Ugandan government a “disaster.” “Like any government they have rules and a code they believe their schools should
Adam McKim, founder of CHAT to the Future, looks forward to a future where children at Saint John High Primary School in Uganda will have a place to sleep, learn and eat in peace. Hilary Paige Smith / The Brunswickan live up to, like our schools would be shut It is a grassroots project with no overhead LuLu Lemon headbands, the Barkers Point down if they didn’t have working toilets, costs, save the Internet connection fee in headbands will be stamped with a paw print and so they are applying those rules and Uganda. to pay homage to the school’s mascot. saying that this school is not up to code, of In it’s few short months, CHAT has “Once they’ve made the money, they’re course, the alternative is to put these kids accumulated 17 sponsors, seven of them going to learn all about what the economics on the street,” he said. classrooms. The organization just got their are over in Uganda and how much further One option presented to both McKim first sponsor in Fredericton, in the form of the money goes over there… It’s putting it and Gerald is to take Saint John High two Grade 5 classes at Barkers Point School. into perspective and seeing it. We watched a Primary and turn it into an orphanage to Krista Touesnard, music specialist for PowerPoint of the kids building the school meet regulations. the school, will be overseeing the class’ and outside the school and in the classroom “You can’t have both (a school and an sponsorship. and the differences between our classroom orphanage), so we don’t know what’s going She said the school had been looking for and theirs. It’s just a really neat thing that to happen next, Adam’s (McKbut we have con There’s lots of sponsorship programs out there, but this is im) got going,” firmed this is what she said. the government wants to a hands on one where they’re going to be communicating They hope do,” he said. to have their directly with the people they’re helping.. McKim said, in an ideal first live chat world, CHAT to the Future, will raise some “21st century before the month is out. - Krista Touesnard enough money to bring the school up to learning projects.” Touesnard said her students code and be able to provide a safe, sanitary The classes haven’t picked the child they are looking forward to it. place for children to live, eat and learn. plan on sponsoring yet, but are hoping “There’s lots of sponsorship programs “Unfortunately, it costs $100 a day to to sponsor more than one. They will be out there, but this is a hands on one feed 130 kids and, because of the situation funding their sponsorship through an where they’re going to be communicating we’re in right now, Gerald just brought entrepreneurial project. directly with the people they’re helping. them down to two meals a day and I had Barkers Point School will be partnering Emailing and letters and stories and video the very weird experience of asking him with a local business to help students learn conferencing, they are going to see globally if it was possible for it to go down to one, entrepreneurial skills and the makings of a how worlds are so different. By connecting which is something I never thought I’d have small business. them, it’s making it very personal,” she said. to ask somebody, if we can feed kids once Touesnard said students are thinking It costs $300 a year to sponsor a child. per day,” he said. about selling tye-dyed headbands, ban- Pictures of the children, along with mini “It’s a little scary right now, to be hon- danas and t-shirts to their classmates and the biographies are posted on the CHAT est.” community to raise funds for their CHAT Facebook group, to help potential sponsors CHAT is still a budding organization. sponsorship. In a style similar to the popular decide. Sponsors receive email updates,
photos right to their computers and get the opportunity for a live chat via Skype every few months. CHAT works much the same way World Vision or Foster Parents Plan, except sponsors are given the opportunity to chat live. The organization works transparently and provides almost daily updates of goingson in Uganda. McKim and Gerald also post photos of reciepts, documents and other official letters concerning Saint John High Primary. McKim doesn’t expect individual students to sponsor a child and appreciates the limited budget most university students have. He said groups on campus, even faculties and classes, are welcome to sponsor a child. McKim has also been working on a Happy Meal program for CHAT, where sponsors can donate $35 which pays for 130 children to have a meal. To donate funds for a Happy Meal, cheques can be made out to CHAT to the Future and sent to Saint John High School in Saint John, New Brunswick at 170 Prince William St., E2L 2B7, care of Adam McKim. Funds can also be wired through Pay Pal by emailing email@example.com For further details, visit CHAT to the Future on Facebook or contact McKim by email. He can also be reached by phone at (506) 721-1931.
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Time to bring prostitution into the light
Ali Churchill The Gateway (University of Alberta) EDMONTON (CUP) — “Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. So why is selling fucking illegal?” George Carlin once asked. Carlin would have appreciated recent news out of Ontario. On Sept. 28, Ontario Superior Court Justice Susan Himel struck down three Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution. The case, launched by Terri-Jean Bedford, Valerie Scott and Amy Lebovitch, and represented by lawyer Alan Young, overturned three of Canada’s prostitution laws. In the province of Ontario, prostitutes will soon be allowed to operate a common bawdy house, live off the profits of prostitution and solicit for purposes of prostitution. Prostitutes will have the opportunity to sell their services in a safe and controlled environment, where they can employ people to ensure their safety and even call the police for help without fear of legal prosecution. Although prostitution itself wasn’t technically illegal, pretty much every action surrounding it was, and as such, violence against those involved in the sex industry was rampant. Those participating in the industry had to function outside the law, without basic protection to ensure their safety. Bedford, Scott and Lebovitch, who have all worked in the sex trade, are qualified to talk about the state of the industry in the years leading up to Himel’s decision. They haven’t painted the rosiest of pictures. Young gave the courts an overview of what he called “shocking and horrifying” stories of abuse suffered by prostitutes as a result of the industry being pushed underground. Even though these dangers still exist, by decriminalizing prostitution, the Ontario courts have given prostitutes a chance to create an industry where they
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Amsterdam’s famous red light district. Prostitution has been fully legal in the Netherlands since 2000. Trey Ratcliff can ensure their own safety. Of course, no sane thought goes unpunished. There are those taking advantage of the 30-day window in which to overturn the court’s decision. The Conservative government squirmed as their tight pants got even tighter when Himel released her decision, complaining that the change will make prostitution even easier. Well, yes, and that’s really the point. It’s about improving the lives of prostitutes
and giving them a chance to work in a safe environment, rather than treating them as criminals. Foremost amongst the dissenters is Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien, whose problem with Judge Himel’s decision centres on his belief that the move will only facilitate pimping and increase drug dependency. It seems he has missed the point. Preventing continued drug abuse would be best combated with increased social and educational programs, not by shaming and charging those who work in the sex-trade industry. As for pimps, if the industry is regulated but not criminalized, there is a greater possibility that prostitutes will be able to form unions in which they are able to set their own standards of safe employment. By driving the sex industry further into the margins of society, prostitutes are regularly forced to go without the basic personal safety considerations they should enjoy. Looking at the Robert Pickton murders further highlights the potential improvements in the industry resulting from this ruling. An internal report released by the Vancouver police in August details the RCMP’s failures, listing the variety of ways
in which the disappearances of prostitutes from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside went ignored from the 1990s onward. It stands to reason that had lines of communication between sex workers in the area and police been more open, there would have been greater information pointing to Pickton’s involvement, which could have potentially saved lives. The point to be made is that simply making prostitution illegal won’t deter people from buying and selling sex. If the federal Conservatives were really willing to help those victimized by the sex trade, they could do so by funding better drug counselling, job training and education. Like other controversial decisions that have sprung up from the east and spread across Canada, if Judge Himel’s decision stands, there is a good chance that it may be reproduced in other provinces. And, just as in 2003 when Ontario was the first province to legalize gay marriage, we can expect others to follow soon, or be dragged kicking and screaming into the new age. Judge Himel’s decision won’t eradicate violence from prostitution, but at the very least, it will give the people involved a fighting chance to have sex on their own terms.
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Melanson dances on to a new film stage
UNB alumnus Greg Melanson wrote and directed the film, The Dance. While the film was previously unveiled in St. Andrews at the end of the summer it is set to be screened again at the NB Film Co-op’s Silver Wave Film Festival in November. Submitted.
Matt Belyea Arts Reporter It’s a classic tale, the lost man struggling to come home to his lover - but what about the other half’s perspective? It’s been “one year one month and 18 days” since Amber lost her boyfriend. The lead character of The Dance, played by Becky Forbes shows her skill as she sits restlessly in front of a middle aged psychiatrist in his bare but welcoming office. Amber looks tentatively into the eyes of her doctor and confesses that she’s met someone new. “He’s a lot of fun; he’s really good to me.” The Dance was written and directed by Saint John native and recent UNB graduate Greg Melanson. The film portrays the complex emotions that come into play when moving forward in the face of grief. In the film Mark, played by Thomas Fanjoy, is Amber’s old boyfriend. Amber pans back through the memories she
has of her past lover over the course of the film. “What those scenes are supposed to represent is the kind of romanticized view of the past,” explains Melanson. “[Amber] is putting those memories up on a pedestal where [Mark] appears to be a lot more charming and perfect than he actually was. The conclusion is her confronting a manifestation of those memories because it was those romanticized memories that were holding her back.” While trying to control her breathing Amber speaks to her psychiatrist about the new man in her life. Amber talks about Robert, played by Aldan Dewhirst, her first boyfriend after Mark’s disappearance. The scene switches to a flash back of the couple sitting at The Cellar having a beer. When Robert displays wittily teases her over her conservative disposition, she leaps forward with a lustful kiss. “I’m not afraid!” she retorts. Melanson explains the scene at the familiar campus venue was actually the first one shot for the film. “That was actually the first scene that
we did. Pat [the manager] was awesome, he gave me the key, the alarm code, and once we got in there he let us take the liquor out of the cabinets and put them up on the bar.” While many artists tend use experiences from their own life to creatively invent stories, this wasn’t the case for Melanson. “These kinds of romantic drama films are just a bit of a guilty pleasure for me.” Melanson explains that he writes stories out of interest, not necessarily as a creative outlet to express his own experience. Melanson’s inspiration for the short came from a much larger-scale motion picture, one that was a critically acclaimed and internationally popular movie. “When I initially first thought of the film I thought of Cast Away.” It’s a theme that is widely known, a lost lover struggling to come home and join his (or her) companion. From the ancient Greek with Homer’s Odyssey to films like Cast Away or O Brother Where
Art Thou? this romantic theme has been seen for centuries. The box-office breaking drama starring Tom Hanks can’t be too far from your mind. When Chuck Noland, played by Hanks, returns home he finds his wife has moved on. The Dance is an attempt to tell the story from a woman in her situation. “I wanted to see how she got from point A to point B”. The Dance is a film that deals with love, and as with any portrayal of romance, it has to tackle the difficulty of escaping the clichéd. It’s an ambitious theme to work with as a beginning film maker, but Melanson was confidant in his ability to overcome that obstacle. “I think I have a good understanding of what’s cheesy, and what’s not, and it was extremely important to me that it did not come across that way”. It was something that Melanson kept in the back his mind from shot to shot, and the fact that he had a cast of talented actors certainly helped the cause. Film is a collective project and Melan-
son made sure to share the credit with his cast. Melanson explained that it simply wouldn’t have been possible to create his film without the countless volunteers and friends who came out and participated. The film was shot in two weekends, but the preparation and dedication it took to complete the film have been in the process for much longer. “I’ve been thinking about this for the past year and a half.” The film already premiered at the Saint Andrews Film Festival but will be returning to the big screen on Nov. 5 at the tenth anniversary of the Silver Wave Film Festival. The future has a lot in store for Greg Melanson. He’s in the process of writing a new film he’s hoping to shoot in March but doesn’t “have the words to describe it yet.” However, he can reveal that instead of romance, he wants to concentrate on something darker. In the end it’s not just about pumping out the films, movies are something special to Melanson. To sum it up, he simply said, “film is what I want to do.”
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It’s not controversial; it’s comedy
Share a laugh with Darren Frost as he passes through town on his East Coast tour
Boats @ The Capital Oct. 16, 10 p.m.
Matt Belyea Arts Reporter Heckling might not be the best idea for this comedy show. Seinfeld’s Michael Richards isn’t the only comedian to deal with heckling in an inappropriate manner. Darren Frost, who is coming to the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, has been banned from Niagara College and Brock University. In 1999 he got naked on stage and proceeded to shock the crowd by wiping his ass on an audience member who was heckling him. Then, in spite of the crowd’s pleas, continued the show half naked. As you might guess, Mr. Frost doesn’t take shit, and he’s tired of having to explain himself to the politically correct listeners who ignore the warning label on the door before they walk in to his shows. The redundancy of such experiences has left Frost dead inside, which is the title of his new DVD released last week. In celebration of the launch, he’s leaving his three kids behind to start the Lost in the East Comedy Tour. He will be joined by his co-host on XM Satellite Radio’s Laugh Attack, David Martin. Frost hasn’t been to Fredericton since the late ’90s, but his new tour will be landing him at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre on Oct. 18. His goal with the tour is to bring a certain kind of comedy here; one that’s not usually available to this part of Canada. “It’s a little seedy and a bit darker and people have these jokes and make these comments. Most people just do it behind closed doors and on this show it’s out in the open.” His new DVD consists of sections like “Special Needs,” “Midget Wrestling”
this week in arts. Winnipeg natives , Boats will be performing at the Capital on Saturday. The band has previously shared the stage with performers Cuff the Duke, Land of Talk and Bedouin Soundclash.
Gord Downie @ The Playhouse Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
Sonic Concerts will be bringing The Tragically Hip front man and lyricist to the Playhouse to perform his solo music. Tickets are $44.50 in advance, $49.50 at the door.
Halloween show @ the market Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
If you’re looking for some adult fun on Halloween this year, there’s a 19+ show at the farmer’s market featuring Pretty in Pink. The event rounded up over 500 guests last year. Tickets are $24.
Canadian comedian Darren Frost has performed in comedy festivals around the world and won a number of comedy awards including the Kari award for best performance in a commercial in 1999. Submitted. and “Mouth Herpes.” Frost is frequently described as a comedian who does edgy comedy. Edgy is an adjective that has been conjured up to try to explain comedy that can be uncomfortable and extremely critical of the mainstream. “It’s a way of letting people know what their getting. So they don’t come in expecting Seinfeld and then see a short troll guy yelling”. Frost says that comedy plays an important role our culture. “I think comedy is one of the last places where freedom of speech is at least somewhat adhered to or championed. We’re living in a very politically correct world. People have a lot of their own agendas when they come to comedy shows now more than ever. So if they think I’m making fun of somebody that I shouldn’t be
making fun of and they determine it’s wrong, then they want to do something about it. When in actuality if they listened to what I’m saying, they might actually agree with what I’m saying”. Frost understands that getting naked and using his audience as toilet paper is grounds for punishment, but to ban Frost merely because of the content of his jokes is irrational. He thinks that the only way to find out what’s offensive is to go near that line. There is a sort of unveiling that takes place within comedy and just because what’s said isn’t pretty doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said. The Lost in the East Comedy Tour is ten days long starting in Halifax and ending in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Frost, who was original Listerine bottle action hero, will be leading the way and spreading his anger where ever he speaks.
Oct. 13, 2010 • Issue 6 • Volume 144 • 10
Men’s basketball shows improvement Injured squad shows promise in opening weekend of action
Christopher Cameron Sports Editor It is still early in the year, but the men’s basketball program at UNB is nearing the light at the end of the tunnel. A team that has struggled in recent years is starting to show positives in what has been considered in poor regard after five years of missing the post-season. Playing host to St. Francis Xavier, Cape Breton University, and Lakehead University for the Eric Garland tournament, the Varsity Reds were an injury-plagued team looking to put up a good fight. They came out of the weekend with a 1-2 record, but head coach Brent Baker was pleased with his team’s showing in their first competition of the season. “I was really happy with what we did,” said Baker. “I mean once we got the idea we were going to play basketball this weekend we were fine. It was tough to gauge where we were going into the weekend because we had trouble getting a full practice together over the last few weeks. Overall I thought we played well. It was just tough to build any consistency just because we’ve had so many injuries.” The Reds opened up the weekend against Lakehead Thunderwolves losing 80-62. UNB went into halftime trailing by ten, but a third quarter push by Lakehead opened up the lead as they keep the Reds from making a push. UNB struggled to get offensive boards attaining eight, while Lakehead had 31 defensive rebounds. This caused trouble for the Reds, but the significant struggles came from the Thunderwolves ability to get their own offensive rebounds. Coach Baker said it was hard to gauge the team’s success after this game as Lakehead plays an odd style. “Lakehead is a very quirky team,” he said. “You have to have to throw out your measuring stick sometimes when you play them. I think the most threes taken against us in a game in my three years with UNB was 26. Lakehead took 39. With the three point shots they give up longer rebounds and we struggled
Reds rookie William McPhee drives to the net past the Lakehead defence. McPhee had a strong first weekend in action with the V-Reds getting 32 points in three games.They will look to continue improving on the weekend asinjured players return. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan with being able get to the ball.” They followed their opening night loss up with a matchup against StFX. The Reds struggled against an experienced X-Men team losing 92-68. Baker was pleased with his teams showing as the rebuilding UNB squad improved their offensive rebound numbers against a larger team. “They are a very athletic club and also very experienced,” said Baker. “I mean not too many teams in this conference can sport five fifth year seniors, plus they are very deep. Our team competed very well, we just we got killed in transition in the third quarter. They
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went for quick strikes throwing it over our heads and we didn’t really know what we were doing at that point.” The host Varsity Reds team was not done improving there. Their final matchup against CBU is when the Reds put it all on the table. UNB opened up the game with an amazing first quarter. The Reds put 30 points on the scoreboard, with the Capers being held to 17. After taking the second quarter the Varsity Reds took a 52-35 lead into halftime. The strong first half performance by the Reds was nearly overshadowed
by CBU winning the second half, but the Reds were able to hold on for an 80-73 win. Baker believes their second half struggles were due to their offense being predictable. “Our offence is really stagnant right now,” said coach Baker. “We haven’t really had a chance to put anything together with a five man play. Over the past few weeks we have really restricted ourselves to two and three man plays due to the injuries. It is tough to build on that or get any momentum when you’re so predictable at the offensive end. That’s the main focus to get our
What player will make the biggest impact on the women’s volleyball team this season?
Amanda Bakkar is where you need to watch this season. The transfer from University of Winnipeg is the diamond in the rough. After sitting out last season Bakkar is here looking to bring her experience to the Reds team as a skilled setter. This allows the team to make a adjustments around her as she gives John Richard more options on player placement.
After battling injuries last year, Tanya Paulin is back and ready to make a difference. The Bathurst native is an integral part of this V-Red squad and will no doubt play a big part in their success this upcoming season. Her work ethic on and off the court will pay dividends.
The offense is run through Jill Blanchard. She can play any position on the floor at the AUS level and is a perennial all-star. If she has an off year the team will have one too. Tanya Paulin is another key ingredient to success.
offense on track is get more men involved and it should come from there.” Although the struggled down the stretch Baker was excited to see first year player, William McFee have a strong performance. “I think he had 14-16 points in about a nine minute span in the first half,” said Baker. “It is kind of fun to watch when someone gets in the zone like that. It was nice for him being a first year to breakout and get a confidence boost like that and get himself going.” The tournament finished with StFX in first, Lakehead in second, UNB in third and CBU in fourth.
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I think Jill Blanchard will be a big part of the team this year. I saw her play in high school and she had lots of potential then. She has played well in the last few years, but can play better. I think this year she will step up big.
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NHL Preview: Western Conference Colin McPhail An Opinion After laying down my thoughts on the Eastern Conference last week, I was surprised to see the Leafs actually do the opposite of what I predicted and actually win a game in October. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, folks. PE or premature evaluation (thanks to James Duthie) is a serious condition. Things will level out and the Leafs will find themselves back in the basement of the East. Trust me. While you trust me, why not check out my predictions for the Western Conference. 15. Minnesota Wild: A team during a transition phase is still
Behind the Bench: Brent Baker
searching for that franchise player as the limited talent and poor coaching will not be enough to raise them from the cellar of the West. 14. Dallas Stars: An inconsistent offence, poor defence, and unreliable goaltending do not spell success. 13. Edmonton Oilers: This team, with a few more good acquisitions, will contending three seasons from now. However, they don’t have the experience or depth to compete right now. 12. Columbus Blue Jackets: You can build a team around one player, but you can’t just play with one. Rick Nash can’t do it all. 11. St. Louis Blues: The Blues will be the last team to potentially steal a playoff spot, but don’t expect too much of an inconsistent offence of young players. However, they good surprise some people depending on the play of Jaroslav Halak. 10. Anaheim Ducks: A life with no defence, or healthy ones, is a tough life. They’ll ice a potent top six, but the big three won’t be enough to crack the top eight. 9. Nashville Predators: The Preds are a pretty good team. They are fairly solid in all departments, even without an all-star forward. However, the West is a bottleneck at the top that is clogged with better squads. Netminder Pekka Rinne could steal some important games, though. 8. Calgary Flames: A seemingly rejuvenated Flames squad won’t challenge the Canucks for the Northeast title, but will sneak in the postseason under the leadership of Jerome Iginla and other NHL vets. 7. Phoenix Coyotes: Ilya Bryzgalov will do it again. A more experienced Coyotes squad under, in my opinion, the best coach
in the league, Dave Tippet, will once again find themselves playing in late April. 6. Detroit Red Wings: This group of NHL vets are now healthy will come back with a much stronger performance this season. They’ll live or die at the hands of shaky goaltending, but if the tandem Jimmy Howard and Chris Osgood can weather the storm, the Wings will be sailing into the postseason smoothly. 5. Colorado Avalanche: If the Avs can stay healthy (healthier?), they’ll make a huge impact on the West. They have all the necessary tools and skill to take down any team and they are doing it with a surprisingly young team. Keep an eye on this squad in years to come. 4. Los Angeles: A good group of young talent and old veterans make up a squad that could easily surprise many teams. The Kings have the firepower and strong D – it’s all comes down to Jonathan Quick’s play. The Kings should rival the Sharks for the division. 3. San Jose Sharks: This squad should hold off the Kings and take the Southeast division title, but by a small margin. They arguably can ice the best top six of any team every night with stellar defence, but the question is will their Finnish duo in net be enough? 2. Chicago Blackhawks: Even though salary cap issues have forced unwanted alterations to the Stanley Cup Champions’ lineup. The Hawks are still no doubt a force to be reckoned with. Toews and company are hungry for more. 1. Vancouver Canucks: As the Sedins and Roberto Luongo are the midst in their prime and the core of the club is entering their time in the sun, the Canucks are unquestionably a Cup contender coming into 2010-11. Will they win the Cup? Probably not. Will they win the West? Yes, I’m calling it now.
HAPPY Christopher Cameron Sports Editor Entering his 23rd year of coaching, the Varsity Reds men’s basketball coach has been around the block a few times. In only his third year with the Reds, Baker brings a wealth of knowledge to a program in the rebuilding stage. After 18 years as a high school coach, he moved on to be an assistant coach with men’s program at StFX and then took over the head coach position for women’s team before coming here. Baker discusses his experiences, his team and what some of his coaching techniques are in this week’s Behind the Bench. Brunswickan: What do you look for in a player when deciding on your roster? Brent Baker: The type of player we want here is the one that is going to represent the school well, do well in the classroom and be a very good basketball player. B: What experience do you have as a basketball player yourself? Where did you play and for how long? BB: I played five years at StFX. We won an Eastern Regional Championship and were in the championship game three out of my five years there in the AUS. I played for Canada’s national team, a big east tour and the World Student Games team. B: What is your fondest memory so far as a V-Red coach? BB: I would have to say a couple wins have stuck out. Beating SMU here at home and beating Acadia on the road are two of the biggest things that have stuck out. I would have to say though that the fondest memories I have are watching the guys improve from year to year. Those are the things that really stick out with me. B: Prior to the weekend matches what do you do to prepare the team? BB: Most of the preparation is done at the first of the week. I’m not a big rah-rah guy. I find it is better to show the guys in practice what the other team is doing in practice early in the week and show some video in there. Before we play a team we like to have three simple themes. For example, this is a team we need to 1. Box out against 2. Take care of the ball 3. Make sure we execute at the offensive end. B: Going into a season do you set a goal for yourself and if so how do you determine it? BB: I think if you don’t reevaluate yourself you are not going to get better. There are certain things that I have to get better at or whatever. One thing I have really turned it over to is I am not a strength and conditioning coach. I finally realized that. I’m a tyrant that way and I wear things out. Having someone there this year doing that for us is probably better for me and the guys so I can focus on the basketball side of things. B: How do you gauge the success of your season aside from wins and losses? BB: Well there’s the old saying is ‘how good is your team? Well let’s wait 20 years.’ Who’s a doctor, who’s a geologist, who’s an engineer? What have they given back? You can have two really good players by the end of the year, but you have to focus on the improvement of the players. Are they getting better and do they understand what is going on. You can sit back and use wins and losses as a measure, but if you focus on that alone you will not be able to focus on the positive growth of a player both on and off the court.
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Women’s volleyball looking strong Reds to host Invitational this weekend
The UNB women’s volleyball team will look to improve on their current 2-4 record in the preseason. They will will look to players like Jill Blanchard and Tanya Paulin to lift a struggling squad this weekend as they look for their either straight gold medal in the UNB Invitational. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Christopher Cameron Sports Editor As the Varsity Reds women’s volleyball team continued their preparation for the regular season, they played host to the Royal Military College. UNB took the even matchup 3-0 over RMC (Kingston, ON). The Reds opened up with a 26-24 first set win, followed by a 25-10 second set win. RMC did not intend on leaving quietly as they stretched the third set out as the Reds were forced to work for the win as they took the set 27-25. This was the first match of the season that fourth-year middle Tanya Paulin dressed after sitting out for the first five matches recovering from surgery in August. Paulin had five kills on five swings to hit 100% while playing in just one set in order to ease her back into things.
Coach John Richard was pleased with the result as well as the team’s performance with Paulin in the lineup for the first time. “I thought it was a step in the right direction,” said Richard. “We are much different with Jill and Erica on the leftside and with Tanya back in the lineup we can do that more consistently.” Second year players Amanda Bakker and Rebecca Glancy also had strong performances in Friday’s matchup. Glancy posted eight kills and 11 points, while Bakkar chipped in 28 assists and five points. Richard saw a positive in what these younger players have been able to contribute to the team on the court so far this season. “Seeing Rebecca score both from the right-side and middle was a real positive sign as was Amanda’s setting as she continues to get better each time out. The match was something we can build on as we head into what will be a tough home
tournament next weekend.” The V-Reds will be hosting their annual UNB invitational tournament this weekend. They will have tough competition as they host Moncton (2008-09 AUS Champions), Acadia (AUS semi-finalist last season), STFX (winner of the 2010 Dalhousie Invitational), and Cape Breton. UNB opens up the tournament against Cape Breton and StFX on Friday, with matches against Moncton and Acadia on Saturday. The playoff rounds will go Sunday. If the Reds want to turn their streak of seven consecutive gold medals at this event into eight they will have to be at their very best. The deep, talented field of teams and parity across the conference will make winning it that much harder. Going into the weekend, the Reds will have two players out. Fourth year setter Alyson Clow will still be out with mononucleosis, while rookie left-side player Taylor MacDonald was injured in practice last week.
Brian tries not to drink (too much) Brian Savoie Sports Reporter Alcohol it could be argued is by far the most widely used (and abused) intoxicating substance in North America. Between buckets at the Social Club and eight dollar pitchers at The Cellar, you would be hard pressed to find students in Fredericton who have not indulged, especially on a university campus. But how does alcohol affect a person’s athletic performance? Does the average student understand the consequences of that first beer, or the tenth for that matter? Most students are able to grasp that once drunk, they are much less coordinated. Walking up apartment stairs is hard enough, let alone running a race or shooting a puck. When it comes to varsity athletes and regular gym goers, it isn’t an issue of showing up to activities drunk; it is the problem of being
hung over. After a night of hard partying, hangovers suck. You know it, I know it and our toilets know it. Even after a night of light or moderate drinking there are still next day consequences that are much less evident than a splitting headache for instance. Athletes report decreased endurance, slowed reaction time and increased frequency of muscle cramps. Most of the problems that are reported are tied to dehydration and blood sugar levels. Alcohol in any amount forces the body to use its water resources as part of the effort to process it. This is part of the reason that headaches and sometimes joint pain is a symptom of being hung over. Alcohol also slows the body’s ability to convert food into energy (i.e. glucose) and can severely lower your blood sugar amounts. This effect can last 12 hours or even longer after a person’s final drink. This
means that combining lower blood sugar and exercise can have extremely detrimental effects, especially to people with diabetes. In fact a person without diabetes can have problems because their body is unable to release glucose because the alcohol suppresses the liver’s ability to function properly while it is being processed. This boils down to having less energy to perform and a much lower cardio vascular endurance. The human body, nonetheless, is a fairly resilient machine and is ultimately able to rebound between 24 to 48 hours after the last drink. However, if a person is intending to better their performance, lose weight or simply strive to live a healthy life style, alcohol can only play the smallest of roles. There are plenty of long term benefits that are positively correlated with a light consumption of alcohol, however when it comes to the day to day effects of this drug, there will be a trade off for performance.