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The price of a monthly student bus pass will increase by $3 in the new year. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan

Price of monthly student bus pass to increase Cherise Letson News Editor The price increase of the monthly student bus pass is not an attack on students, said Bruce Grandy, councillor of ward two on Fredericton’s city council. Last Monday, city council passed in principle, a five-year strategy plan, which includes a $3 increase on the monthly student bus pass from $42 to $45 dollars. The five-year strategy plan will be officially passed on Dec. 11. Grandy said the increase was needed because of inflationary costs. He said because city transit is already heavily subsidized, and with ridership being so low, some of the costs need to come from those actually using the service. “Transit is very heavily subsidized by the tax payer,” said Grandy. “When we look at utilization, which is very low, we have to have some revenues coming back, to offset some of that subsidization.” “We need to ensure that we [have] balance between the user who pays, as well as the subsidization factor,” he said. Grandy said the price of the student bus pass hasn’t gone up since 2010, and is due for an increase. He

said the other types of bus passes are going to be increasing in the coming years. “There’re some, which will rise in 2014, 2015 and 2016, sequentially, depending on the rate structure and where they are. That’s the strategy the staff have brought back to council, which council adopted back, some time ago,” said Grandy. Grandy said, along with this increase, council expects a review by city transit, which will be looking at route changes and solving some of the issues of low ridership. He said, despite the city’s efforts to get more people taking the bus, it hasn’t been working. “We’ve done a lot of things on transit over the last couple years: we’ve had ‘free days’; we’ve discounted it down to 50 cents a ride; we’ve done a lot of promotion; and we’re still not getting pick-up on the ridership,” said Grandy. “We have a lot of buses going with nobody in them at a lot of the time, and that costs a lot of money.” Though the timing for the increase may seem suspicious with UNB students recently voting down a universal bus pass, Grandy said the increase is not an attack on students. “It’s not about picking on them; I

want to make sure they fully understand that we have different rate structures, and at different times, we’re increasing rates for ever y rider,” said Grandy. “Whether it be an adult, senior, our charter system, or our rider cards, we have to try to balance that revenue with subsidization.” “It’s not on the backs of students; it’s across the full board of ridership in the transit system.” Ward ten councillor, Leah Levac, who also teaches at Renaissance College, was the only councillor who voted against the increase. She said, the increase, along with the other financial struggles students face, can make them feel even more overwhelmed. “I think it effects students because you just feel slightly more pinched,” said Levac. “And that feeling of being slightly more pinched has economic impacts. I think it also has social and emotional impacts too.” “It makes it a little bit harder for me to say, ‘We really want students to stay in Fredericton. We really value the contribution students make to our community,’ when a student can say, ‘Well why did you just make it more expensive for me to take the bus?’,” said Levac.


Survey mixes students and booze

The survey will be distributed to students on Nov. 19. Bronté James / The Brunswickan

Nov. 13, 2012 • Issue 11 • Volume 146 • 3 Heather Uhl News Reporter How much are you drinking, UNB? Dr. Rice Fuller, director of counselling services, is launching a new survey on alcohol on campus to find out. “It’s a survey of student alcohol use, and it’s asking questions about how much students are drinking, how frequently, and what their perceptions are of how much other students are drinking,” Fuller said. On Nov. 19, the survey will be distributed via email to all undergraduate students on campus. Each student will have a unique link to the survey and can only respond once. All results will be confidential. “The main thing we are looking at, in terms of knowledge, is people’s perceptions of what other students are doing,” Fuller said, “And our reason for doing that is, it has be found that people tend to significantly overestimate the amount other people on campus are drinking.” Fuller said if you perceive everyone else drinks a lot, and you’re a light drinker,

you might drink more because everyone else appears to be doing so. It also might be a justification for heavy drinkers to continue heavy drinking. “So, we’ll be getting data about people’s perceptions and data about what’s really going on, and see if there is a disconnect between those two things,” Fuller said, “And if there is a disconnect, there are certain interventions that you can take to help correct that.” Other survey questions include what consequences have been experienced from drinking, strategies for moderation, and what people are drinking. Binge drinking, defined as five or more drinks within two hours for males, and four or more drinks for females, is another focus. After four to five drinks, a person is close to 0.08 in blood alcohol content. “At that point, all bets are off,” Fuller said. “Once people reach that point, the likelihood they are going to continue drinking is increased, and at that point, lots of bad things can happen.” The surveys will be distributed and collected by Campus Labs, a specialized

assessment program, and the data will be returned to Fuller. There is always a concern with participation rates, Fuller said, “The response rates tend to be low. If you get somewhere in the 25-30 per cent response rate, that’s considered good at this point, so some of the things that we’re offering include incentives.” People who complete the survey can enter a draw to win one of ten $100 gift cards to the mall. In 2004, the Centre for Mental Health conducted a survey across Canada, which found students in Atlantic Canada to have higher rates of problematic drinking. UNB and STU students were included in the Atlantic student grouping. “By having some concrete data, we can say, ‘OK, this looks like a significant problem’, or ‘Actually, it looks like we’re doing pretty well’. And once we have the data and if there is a problem, then we can start thinking about what will be the best way to approach this problem,” Fuller said, “and ideally, make it better. “ Fuller said he will have the final survey results by the end of winter semester.

Noah Richler talks rhetoric and Canadian sense of self Chad Betteridge The Brunswickan

“Many of the Canadians I meet are intimidated and perplexed by the changes that are being wrought by a tin-pot, but savvy government intent on revising Canada’s sense of itself,” said Noah Richler. That said, “sense of self” will be a central theme of his talk at The Gregg Centre’s 12th annual Dominick S. Graham Lecture in War and Society. Richler will speak on his book What We Talk About When We Talk About War, released this past spring. The book discusses how rhetoric has shaped Canadians’ way of thinking of themselves as a nation, and Canada’s role on the international stage. Richler, an award-winning journalist, will talk about how 9/11 and the wars in Iraq

and Afghanistan have been a discrediting of Canadian multilateralism; a shift that Richler said began before the War on Terror. “There were movements away from the traditional – let’s call it, ‘Pearsonian’ – idea of Canada before 9-11,” Richler said. Richler said, before 9/11, Canada was a multicultural and a more open society than it is today. He said Canada used to play its part in alleviating conflicts, in which it had no immediate interest. “That is the Canada I was fortunate enough to have come of age in, and I believe still has a solid foundation, despite the watershed moment of 9/11, which altered everything and made the present version of Canada possible; a society that draws its strength from not caring about the other and demonizing dissenters,” said Richler. Dejected and disenchanted by Canada’s

military involvement in the Middle East, Richler first became interested in Canada’s shifting identity in 2006. By the spring of that year, Canada had a major role in southern Afghanistan, and in May, the federal government extended commitments to Afghanistan by two years, replacing earlier plans to withdraw soldiers in 2006. “Remembering, of course, that the slightly duped Paul Martin was the leader who delivered us into Afghanistan, I find the conduct of the Conservative Party of Canada generally deplorable,” Richler said. “Its exploitation of the fight to serve its own domestic political ends is enraging, and the craven genuflection before some desperate, nostalgic idea of the country as an obsequious colony, as epitomized by the return of the epithet ‘Royal’ to the Canadian

Forces, is an embarrassment.” But Richler doesn’t want to give the impression that he holds any ire toward the Canadian troops. “None of this is an attack on the character of the Canadian Forces,” he said. “But the fact that I should have to say that is also significant.” Richler said, the purpose of lecturing to students is to prevent the “Tea Party ‘warrior nation’ version of Canada”, from succeeding and becoming the nation’s permanent identity, the consequences of which could be dire. “It’s your country, and your mess that you are going to inherit,” Richler said. “And if you do not, at the very least, choose to think about the situation intelligently and skeptically, then whatever mess does occur, cannot simply be blamed on others. It will be your fault, too.”



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NBSA improving internal structure to be more effective Cherise Letson News Editor

NBSA president, Stephen Spence, giving a presentation to council on Nov. 4. Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan

New changes to the New Brunswick Student Alliance’s (NBSA) internal workings will help the group better advocate for students, says its president, Stephen Spence. “We can always do better… We’re always looking to improve,” said Spence. The NBSA is a lobbying group which campaigns for post-secondary student issues in the province. It currently represents over 16,000 students across the province, from six campuses including UNB, who suggested some of the changes being made. “UNB specifically, has brought forward a couple of recommendations to the internal structure of the organization; they’re very good,” said Spence. Some of the changes include not having members of the executive, such as the president, secretary and treasurer, also be members of the board of directors. Spence said this will help free up time, so the executive can better focus on their jobs and avoid confusion of the role as a person on the executive. UNB also suggested the introduction of an impartial chair to the board of directors. Spence is currently the chair. “Right now, I serve as the chair of the

board of directors, and obviously, I’m not impartial; I have things to say,” said Spence. “It’s a little bit difficult at times to express an opinion, and be an impartial chair of the assembly.” One of the biggest suggestions was reallocating the powers of the associate member schools. Currently, the only difference between an associate member and a full member is the cost. Both memberships wield the same powers. Spence said it’s like this because of a constitutional technicality. He said the NBSA has struck an ad-hoc committee to look at the issue. “One of the things the committee has specifically decided to look at is, what you [the member schools] pay and what you get,” said Spence. UNBSU president and NBSA Secretary, Andrew Martel, said he hopes the changes will help the NBSA function better. “I’m hoping they’re effective for its internal organization,” said Martel, “maybe making the meetings and the internal processes a lot smoother.” Martel said, once the internal issues are worked out, the NBSA should focus more on lobbying. “Right now, we’re stuck in the place where it’s a lot of internal struggles and internal battles, which it shouldn’t be,”

said Martel. “I’m hoping, down the road, we won’t have to worry about the foundation… and we can focus on the external aspects and focus more heavily on lobbying, so that the students who are paying for membership in the NBSA are getting the best bang for their buck,” he said. The UNBSU currently pays $7,425 a year, for full membership. On Sept. 30, the UNBSU passed a motion to form an ad-hoc committee to review their membership in the NBSA. The committee has already met, and Martel said they will be making more recommendations. “We realize that no matter what we path we take, either if we drop down to associate membership or stay [on with] full membership; we need to make recommendations,” said Martel. “Clearly, we’re not happy as it currently stands, so it’d be a really inefficient job [on behalf] of our ad-hoc committee as well as council, if we didn’t provide recommendations.” He said the committee will then bring those recommendations to council, and suggest to either drop down to associate member status or stay as full members. “And if someone wants to propose a motion, then we’ll go from there,” said Martel.

COD and modern germ warfare Periodical Elements Shane Rockland Fowler A margarita mixer filled with glass shards that costs as much as a new car is just one of the tools used to study infections in cod fish. “I use it to liquefy spleens,” says graduate student Aaron Frenette. “Basically a soup made up of host and parasite.” The hands-on research Frenette and his colleagues are doing at Bailey Hall at UNB is centered on identifying and limiting infections in codfish. It’s all part of the process that could improve fish farming. “By blending up specific fish organs that have been identified as target tissues for parasite infection, ,” explains 26 year-old Frenette we can determine the parasite infection intensity within an individual fish,“ It tells us which families of fish suffer the most from this infection, and which ones are less affected.” The infection, known as Loma morhua xenomas, or Loma, is a natural sickness in cod. It’s a nasty bug that spears healthy fish cells with its

harpoon-like structure that lays coiled inside itself, before shooting out, several times its own length, injecting its genetic material into the cod fish in the blink of an eye. Once infected, the fish cell bloats, becoming white cysts on the fish’s gills and spleen. Those eventually burst, birthing thousands of new spores. “Given the decline in wild fish stocks, there is plenty of interest in introducing cod to large scale aquaculture,” says Frenette. “The industry has focused on the production of cod families with traits desirable for large scale culture” “The cod fisheries collapsed in the 90s,” said Frenette. “So, our study on this infection is a step into rebuilding it.” Salmon has been the traditional choice for fish farming; but, as the industry grows and diversifies, so does the need for the research to make those avenues successful. Atlantic cod can sometimes grow close to 100 kilograms in the wild – no small fry. A fish that size is comparable to a domestic sheep. While the farmed varieties are considerably smaller, sometime around 5 kilograms, from a farming perspective, it’s still a lot of fillets. “Our studies are really the groundwork, as nobody else has looked into this,” said Frenette. “Understanding it

will go a long way to making cod aquaculture feasible.” Like regular farms, the animals are raised in fences. It’s easier to just build those fences right in the ocean. Pens, like those off the coast of northern Iceland, where Frenette has done research, are where thousands of fish are raised at a time. Those operations are similar to ones done off the coast of Atlantic Canada. It’s done offshore because building tanks on land is much more expensive. But, because the fish are being raised in their natural habitat, it means they’re at risk of the same dangers as those in the wild. When one fish is infected while sharing a pen with a thousand others, it doesn’t take long for it to spread. From there, Loma acts the same as the common cold in a crowded classroom; it affects everyone around it. Some more than others. Why some fish get sicker than others is also part of Frenette’s research. It’s also where the incredibly expensive margarita machine comes in. Developing these tests and continuing his research keeps Frenette in his lab more than his home. “It’s not a job; it’s a life style,” he said. “I do love it.” About a year from earning his biology doctorate, Frenette has travelled to different northern countries. He’s

UNB grad student, Aaron Frenette is working on identifying and limiting infections in codfish. Shane Fowler / The Brunswickan spent time in Ireland, partnering with in Newfoundland, where they have the Queens University of Belfast. Last resources to hold small populations of summer saw him in Reykjavik, Iceland, the large fish. mapping where the parasites are found “UNB doesn’t have the facilities to in the wild. It’s also taken him to Maine recirculate large amounts of sea water and New Hampshire, and he works here, so we rely on partnerships to do closely with the Huntsman Marine some work,” Frenette said. “I’ve been Science Centre in St. Andrews. He’s very fortunate to go where I have also worked out of Memorial University with it.”


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Changing lives with colour

Heather Uhl News Reporter The Chrysalis House got splashed with colours last Friday. Dulux Paints donated 25 gallons of paint, to give a facelift to the residence’s interior. Staff members and out of town colleagues came together to finish the job in two days. A few years ago, when Trina Comeau, store manager of Dulux Paints in Fredericton and an interior designer, was teaching classes in the store, she was asked to do a creative activity at the residence. “So, I said, ‘Sure. At some point, when I get the time, I will’. And it never happened,” Comeau said. Comeau said there was always something going on and there wasn’t a chance at the time. “When we were approached to do a project like this, I said, ‘I know exactly who I’d like to make it happen for’.” The Chrysalis House is a long-term transitional environment for homeless and at-risk girls, between the ages of 16 and 19.

AkzoNobel, Dulux Paints’ parent company, donated a million dollars in paint, to give facelifts across the country. Other donations to Chrysalis House include eight new bed sheets from Walmart, allowing Comeau to add a personal touch to the project. Dulux Paints bought shower curtains for the bathrooms. They also donated the tools used. “Colour is very important for people’s mood and state of mind. If you’re in a dark room, you’re usually a little bit down or restful,” Comeau said, “If you’re in a colourful room, your mood is uplifted. That’s what we’re trying to achieve.” The common areas have neutral colours, while the bedrooms are brighter to match the bedspreads. “I am so excited,” said Sarah Caissie, interim executive director of the Youth In Transition Inc. Chrysalis House. “This is awesome.” Caissie said colour has such an effect on mood and thoughts and it can change the environment. For example, they would never have the colour red in the home- especially with at-risk youth. “Because red is a colour that can excite

aggression and anger, and is a very powerful emotional colour to have, we don’t want that in the home,” Caissie said. “But, for example… orange is a colour of excitement, and enthusiasm, and warmth. If you actually look at the different degrees of colour, the lighter the orange, the brighter it is, it actually has effects on more positive self-esteem and vitality and self-control.” Caissie said that while she did have some input into the colour scheme, Comeau did most of the designing. “It’s an overall facelift and we’re really happy and excited for that,” Caissie said, “And I think the girls are really excited for that as well.” The house was last painted in 2007. Caissie hopes the girls have a sense of pride in their surroundings: “That it’s something happy and vibrant, and something that you’d be proud to call home,” Caissie said. “That would be my hope.” “You take a gallon of paint, and it totally changes the setting of a room,” Comeau said. “One gallon of paint is the biggest impact in a room… and probably the most inexpensive.”

Student credit cards 101 Gordon Mihan Staff Reporter

Getting a credit card has become very easy for university students. Whether it’s someone trying to sell them at the entrance to the SUB, or if they’re just sent in the mail, people are practically throwing those little plastic money machines at students. While credit cards have a bit of a bad rep, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. When used responsibly, they can make larger purchases much simpler, and help build up a good credit score. Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems that arise for students when it comes to credit cards is a lack of knowledge on the subject. Shelley Clayton, the Director of the Financial Aid Office at UNB, said she always tries to let students know that there may be more to their new credit card than they realize. “You can get a credit card anywhere, there’s all kinds of credit cards available and that’s my caution; get a card from a reputable bank, or a financial institution that you can trust, because a lot of students don’t realize that not all credit cards are created equally,” said Clayton. “Some of the interest rates on certain credit cards can be up to 60

per cent, which is crazy. Good interest rates on credit cards can be as low nine per cent to 19 per cent for students, so it’s definitely worth it to go to a reputable institution.” Clayton said when it comes to getting a credit card, the most important thing is to know what you’re getting yourself into. “You need to know your rights and responsibilities. As soon as you sign your contract, read it,” said Clayton. “A lot of students use their credit cards for cash advances and they think they have the same interest rate as if they went to a store to purchase something. But a cash advance normally has a higher interest rate on major credit cards, so they actually make you pay more and many students don’t realize that.” While it may seem pretty obvious, paying the balance off the credit card should be a priority. Depending on a person’s spending habits, this could be easier said than done. “You know yourself; each person does, whether we want to admit it or not. So, if you are a spender and that is your normal habit, don’t bring your credit card with you when you go out,” said Clayton. Étienne Haché, a third year Biochemistry student at UNB, makes a conscience effort to use his credit card wisely.

“I mainly use my credit card to build my credit score, not just for convenient purchases,” said Haché. Clayton agrees that one of the main reasons for students to get a credit card would be to build a credit score.

Dulux Paints donated 25 gallons of paint to give Chrysalis House a colourful facelift. Bronté James / The Brunswickan

“If you pay your balance off and you’re always really good about that, then that’s going to work out,” said Clayton. “So, when you want to go purchase a car or get a loan, you’re going to be able to do it on your own.” If you’re not someone who can stay

within the time frame of paying off a credit card, there are always other alternatives. Particularly at UNB, there is the University Loan Program where you can borrow up to $800 per academic year and the interest rate is 0 per cent.

Having a credit card doesn’t have to be a nightmare for a student. Bronté James / The Brunswickan

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Alex Walsh Production Editor Boom. It’s 2012, and here we go: a whole new Brunswickan format. It means big things for us here in the office. We’ve been slaving away re-formatting and re-designing, trying to figure out how we even print such a silly size of paper. Where do you even buy blank paper of this size? I suggested we just buy a really big piece of paper and introduce a whole new staff position to become our paper cutter and have them cut it every week… by hand. That idea didn’t fly. I guess, since our media fee didn’t increase, we don’t have the budget for that. Nevertheless, we’ve gone through the paces of the process and landed ourselves this fancy new size. But where does this leave you guys – the readers? WELL! Aren’t you in luck! You beautiful, fine ladies and gentlemen now get to read our gorgeous, comprehensive and informative student publication one day earlier - on Tuesdays! Now you might ask, “well Alex, it only comes out once a week, why does it matter which day it comes out,” and I might

respond with something along the lines of, “well valued reader, this will allow for news to be even more current!” By having our paper come out Tuesdays, we are now laying everything out on Sundays and Mondays, allowing for last minute breaking news to make it in. This is in comparison to our old system of layout on Mondays, with the paper hitting stands every Wednesday. Sure, there goes my wonderful Sunday movie nights I had begun to love, but it’s all in the name of the game, and part of the sacrifices here at the Bruns we make for you guys! Oh wait. Did you guys also notice the paper is now in FULL COLOUR? This just made my job that much better. You guys will be seeing even more beautiful pages, photos, designs and whatever else our little brains can come up with here. I can even take this text and make it RED or BLUE or aBRIGHT FUCHSIA. The options are endless. And what about that cover? Is she a beauty or what? We tried to keep our classic Brunswickan branding, but step it up a notch to really show-

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Public transit: A service not a business

Should the bus system be modeled as a public service instead of as a for-profit business? Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan accessible transportation. Mobility is services as businesses that should key to the economic prosperity of a always bring in as much money as it population. It allows people to get to uses. This is completely contradictory to the very idea of a service. work, do their day-to-day business. Public services are for the benefit of I would propose that the Maritime provinces look to Saskatchewan, all citizens and are subsidized by govA Critical Eye which provides affordable and access- ernment. It should not be expected Cody ible intercity bus service to a province that those who use a service – usually Jack much larger than within the Mari- those in society who are less fortunate times. The service is run by a crown – should have to pay for the service A for-profit model for intercity bus corporation – Saskatchewan Transit themselves. Such a model punishes transit in the Maritimes is an un- Corporation – and is subsidized by those who require the service. As such, we should not impose sustainable way of providing the the provincial government. It is not service. The withdrawal of Acadian expected to run in the black every year. another for-profit bus service on the Lines from the region illustrates this In 2010, the crown corporation was less fortunate who require the service point. According to Acadian, when still receiving $8.4 million in subsidies in order to live their lives. The service they first locked out their workers, from the province. The prices of their is not a luxury, but a necessity for they were losing two million dollars fares were roughly $20 cheaper than people in this region. Now, some would argue that we do in the region while running the buses. the equivalent Acadian route. AddiIntercity bus service is an important tionally, the issues of labour disputes, not have the funds to provide a subway for the elderly, students and those usually stemming from workers mak- sidized bus service in this province, with low income, to move around the ing reasonable demands on a company let alone in the region. However, it region for various reasons. Students would be lessened due to the lack of has been noted that the bus service provides economic benefits and sususe the bus system to travel to and incorporation of a profit model. from university throughout the year. In a quick Google search involv- tains economic life in the rural areas Rural New Brunswickers use the bus ing the words “Saskatchewan Transit of this province. Economic analyst, David Campsystem to get into the major urban Company” and “strike”, I was unable centres for appointments, family visits to uncover an instance of a strike bell, told the CBC that cutting the etc. The ability to move around the re- being undertaken by workers of the service would be harmful to rural areas within the province. Campbell gion is key to the lives of many people. company. However, the rural nature of this The Saskatchewan model appears was quoted as saying, “If you don’t reason will always make running a bus to meet the needs of the province and have proper transportation linkthat meets the needs of the population people of Saskatchewan. I would call ages, in the longer term, it leads to never be profitable. Intercity buses on the governments of the region to less investment and less economic are a service to the general public; it come together and create a crown development.” A subsidized bus should never be thought of in such corporation similar to the Atlantic service would not only improve the a business sense. It is like any other Lottery Corporation to begin a publi- lives of the population, but also help rejuvenate the rural regions of this service within society. No one looks cally owned intercity bus service. at healthcare as not being profitable, We need to change the way we think province. We should stop putting money or treats it as a stand-alone. about services offered by government. All of these services are subsidized For far too long a trend of corporatiz- on the for-profit horse in the race through taxes for the use of everyone. ing government services has occurred. for public services. It is time to The idea is that we all pitch in to By this, I mean the government has provide a service for the people, by provide others with affordable and been moving towards looking at its the people.

BRUNSWICKANOPINION Mask ban covers up freedom of expression Alexander Sorochan The Gateway (University of Alberta) However, far too often there are people involved trying to take the protests too far, inciting violence and vandalizing property. To crack down on these unruly savages, the House of Commons has passed a bill stating that during all violent protests, any mask or item used to cover the face will be considered illegal, and result in up to ten years in prison. While the bill is intended to help control violent protesters, it’s problematic in a few ways. There’s no line drawn to define what constitutes a mask. Someone wearing a hat low on their head or a hood will have their face covered. Then there are the people who, for religious reasons, wear burkas or other religious headwear that conceals their face. Under this new law, these people, even if they happen to accidentally wander upon a violent protest, might be guilty.

Furthermore, in the event that a peaceful protest turns violent, like in the Québec tuition protests, it’s unclear what would happen under this new law. The peaceful protesters wearing masks wouldn’t be guilty of the violence itself, but could still land in prison for up to ten years. On top of that, the new bill isn’t going to change anything. By the time a protest escalates to the point of violence, with people running through the streets hurling Molotovs through windows, flipping police cars and breaking everything, the last thing the rioters will be worrying about whether it’s illegal to wear a mask. Telling the violent protesters that it’s illegal to wear a mask while causing all this mayhem seems blatantly futile. The House of Commons is saying, “Hey guys, we can tell you don’t really care about the law right now, but don’t wear a mask because that’s also illegal.” The reason would-be violent rioters are wearing masks in the first place is so

they can’t be identified by police while doing illegal acts. If these people are willing to vandalize and destroy property already, then it’s not too difficult to believe they would be willing to break one more law to protect their identities. The government’s banning of masks during violent protests is a way to try to crack down on radical groups and make it easier for them to arrest the people involved with violence, but the problems outweigh the benefits. Many innocent people would be wrongfully accused, and could even serve jail time, just for being in the area. The people already breaking the law in riots don’t seem like the kind of people worried about breaking one more law. Though the ban has good intentions, it has too many negative consequences and would be useless against the intended targets. This bill needs to be defined better in order to ensure that truly innocent protesters are not lumped in with violent radicals.

From Iran to Fredericton The human connection By Barbara Roberts Continuing the theme of cultural diversity, I spoke with Soudeh Oladi from Iran. Soudeh is a Ph.D student in education at UNB. Soudeh first came to Canada in the early 90s with her family, when she was 11 years old. Her father was doing his Ph.D in forestry at UNB. Soudeh got accepted to UNB, at the age of 15, but after studying for one year, her father finished his Ph.D and they went back to Iran. Years later, Soudeh returned here with her own 11 year old daughter to continue her education. BR: Soudeh, what do you wish people knew about Iran? SO: Despite all the negative things you may hear in the news, Iran is a lovely country whose people are exceptionally hospitable and friendly. The majority of people in Iran are Muslim, but they are considered to be pretty progressive. There is also a considerable Christian, Jewish, and Zoroastrian minority in Iran. While Iran is usually defined in terms of its Islamic culture, Iranians are also proud of their pre-Islamic heritage that dates back at least 3,000 years. Poetry plays a huge part in Iranian culture, and when friends and families get together for a major holiday, they are bound to read a few lines from the famous Persian poet Hafez. BR: What could people do that would be helpful to someone coming here from Iran?

SO: When a person comes to live in Canada, they leave a whole life behind: Extended family, friends and loved ones. So, it would be reassuring if they felt welcomed. It’s always great when people ask you real questions about where you come from and your culture, instead of superficial comments about general things they may have picked up on the news. I personally would appreciate it if I could talk about my country, so people would know that Iran is so much more than [what’s depicted in] the news, which usually has to be extreme, to make the headlines. I would want people to know that normal life goes on, despite economic hardship and political tension, and that Iranian food is not spicy, and we use lots of fresh herbs in our daily regimen. I would even want them to know that drivers in the capital city, Tehran, are among the most skillful yet impatient drivers in the world, as all of them believe they have the right of way! But when there is little room for a real conversation, I would only want to paint a picture-perfect image of my country, instead of a realistic one. BR: That’s understandable; I think anyone who loves his or her homeland might feel that way. What else would bridge gaps between cultures? SO: Schools and universities could hold cultural fairs that go beyond a oneday snapshot of life in a different country. But most important of all, it is the feeling of belonging and acceptance that every single individual who sets foot in Canada yearns for. BR: What is unhelpful, that you wish people would not do?

SO: The most important thing for anyone coming from a different country to Canada is to be acknowledged and accepted. Being branded as ‘different’ or the ‘other’, can take its toll on a person’s feeling of belonging. I would encourage people not to be afraid to get to know those who may look or dress differently, and accept them as who they are. Stereotypical portrayals of Muslims have led some people to presume that Muslims are forgiving toward extremists. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. With over one and a half billion Muslims in the world, the few that make the headlines bring nothing but shame for the rest of the Muslim population. BR: How can people ask about Iranian culture to learn and get to know you? SO: I don’t think any question should be branded as stupid. I think the real problem is that, by being too politically correct, we avoid getting involved in real conversations about different cultures. Former Iranian president, Mohammad Khatami, introduced the idea of ‘dialogue among civilizations’, as a precursor to a peaceful world. I say, before civilizations get involved, we need to start a dialogue at a more basic level involving everyday people. Maybe then, we will embrace difference and the world will be a much more unique place to live in. BR: Soudeh, thank you so much for sharing your views of Iran with us, along with your wish for us to understand and embrace our differences.

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on What’s YOUR eek? w s i h t d min

What was your most memorable moment in the U.S. presidential election?

Niki Brown

Alex Walsh

Liam Guitard

Ricky Sawler

Kaitlyn Young

“Romney’s Sesame Street reference.”

“Horses ...”

“... and bayonets.”

“The fact that Ron Paul did not win.”

“When Romney said he has a binder full of women.”

Margot Lederman

Mitch Muir

Juliana Vantellingen

Brittany Harvey

Zack Winters

“The fact that his name is Mitt.”

“Romney’s surprise VP choice.”

“All the funny youtube videos.”

“That it’s done.”

“Obama. ‘My lovely wife who chose to marry me.’ Mitt. ‘The wife I chose to marry.’”

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Fun with the Floogs



Benjamin Crouse The Brunswickan The flugelhorn isn’t the kind of instrument that you’d expect to find in a rock band, but when it comes to their music, The Floogs have their own genre. The local band got their name when they discovered that their friend, Andrew Balcom, played the flugelhorn. Balcom now plays both the horn and the trumpet for the band, along with Kevin Belyea on vocals and “mum” guitar, Mack Doiron on drums, and Keegan MC

on “dad” guitar. “Considering we’re from here, that sometimes brings in a lot of people who maybe went to high school with us,” said Belyea. “It turns into a little place for everyone to get back together.” Belyea has been playing guitar since he was little, and said that music is something he’s “just always done”. “I’ve been playing music in a rock band since I was in middle school. It’s just been something I’ve always done. Our first show was about three years ago, at our high school.”

The Floogs were friends during their high school years at Fredericton High School, and graduated at the same time. The band upholds its unique sound, and even after three years together, has had a difficult time defining their genre. They’ve been described as folk, rock, and blues, among other things. We really like to try things out, and not let a specific genre put us in one spot. Our last show, we played kind of like a blues song, and then we played something that sounded funk. Then we went into something I learned how to play in Indonesia. “ The Floogs have been creating more buzz lately and have noticed more fans attending their monthly shows at The Capital Complex downtown. “We’ve had a lot of people come out. We usually draw in quite the crowd for a local band. A ll our friends like to come out and see us.” Though the band appreciates the support, Belyea added that the extra pressure makes it much more embarrassing to make mistakes onstage. “I’ve hit my guitar into the trumpet before. It smacked back into Andrew’s mouth; that was pretty bad. I’ve had the guitar fly off my strap. I had to play with it really up high or on my knees to balance it.” Belyea admits that these kinds of

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Lowlife will be screening in Fredericton on Nov. 16. Submitted

The Floogs will be performing on Nov. 17 at the Capital. Brody LeBlanc / Submitted errors, as embarrassing as they are, make the shows that much more interesting. The Floogs are playing at the Capital on Nov. 17, with the Redwood

Fields and English Words. The doors open for free at 10:30 p.m. After 11 p.m., cover is $5. For more dates, check out, or The Floogs’ Facebook page.

Living the Lowlife

The new avant-garde horror film, Lowlife, is being screened in Fredericton this weekend as part of a cross-Canada tour reaching every province over the course of one weekend. Lowlife revolves around a mysterious wanderer, who goes by the name of Asa, and Elle, a woman who trades in her dull life to be swayed by this man’s strange charms. “The film is fairly surreal and focuses on these two people who use this species of starfish as a psychotropic drug that influences them in very strange ways,” said Seth Smith, the writer and director of the film. Elle and Asa binge on the drug for a number of days and their experiences become increasingly intimate and bizarre. The couple eventually find themselves marooned on a mysterious island fighting an epic battle of body and soul. “The story also has weird comments on religion and companionship among other things,” said Smith. “I would say that it is a mystery film, but at the same time, it can be fairly dark and gruesome.” Lowlife began as a very different project

when Smith and his small crew decided to make a film. “I had done a few videos, but I was itching to do something more substantial,” said Smith. “The co-writer, Darcy Spidle and I started banging around some ideas and we wrote an outline for a short. A friend of mine, Mike Clattenburg, who’s kind of famous for his work on The Trailer Park Boys, offered to lend me a camera indefinitely. So when that came up, we got a little carried away and the project got bigger than we planned.” The film’s length was then changed to 30 minutes, but Smith had even bigger ambitions. “We decided that we weren’t that far from a feature, so we might as well go all the way,” said Smith. “I was a little hesitant to do something that long, but it was such an interesting concept to explore. The story took on a life of its own... We kind of just followed where it went.” “It’s hard to get a full-length feature film accepted to film festivals, though; we found it to be pretty hard, compared to if we had just done a short. It’s fairly ambitious, but I’m really glad that we went all the way.” Lowlife was filmed in increments from

December 2011 to May 2012. “Some of our crew had full-time jobs, so we got together when we could, like on weekends,” said Smith. “It was fairly spread out, but it did kind of work for me because we shot it in sequential order and I was able to keep track of everything, and if I wanted to change something, I could easily change the next scene or write a little more.” Smith and his crew have put together a unique theatrical release, which will see their film play in twenty cities and towns, reaching every province in Canada within one weekend. “It comes from our background as musicians and touring Canada,” said Smith. “We always had it in the back of our minds, that after we did the film festival circuit, we wanted to tour the film like we’d tour an album. And there was something romantic about having it all in one weekend, almost like emulating a real theatrical release.” All of the screenings are in alternative spaces like art galleries, community halls and bars. The Fredericton screening of Lowlife is on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. at Gallery Connexion.


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Dates for the starving artist Lee Thomas Arts Editor 1)Art Gallery at Memorial Hall Ideal for: People who like Dali and/or want to major in photography. Cost: $0 The UNB Art Centre is arguably this campus’s best-kept secret, and any lady or manfriend who has yet to discover it will be majorly impressed by your vast knowledge of such rich and adventurous locales that have probably never been heard of by everyone else. Right now, they’re showing Paul Griffin’s exhibit, ‘What I Found in the Flames’, which has a super cool back story. The artist’s studio and storage space burned down last January, but this gallery was already scheduled to take place at Mem. Hall. So, he went through the remains of his studio and burned artwork and created a new exhibition out of what he found. The gallery will be exhibited at the UNB Art Centre in Memorial Hall until Nov. 29, and there will be an Artist’s Talk on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

2) Surgery November festival Ideal for: Anyone who already knows where Gallery Connexion is located. Cost: $10 at the door. The Surgery Series has been going on throughout November, featuring artists described as, “some of Canada’s best in new jazz, experimental, improvised music”. On Nov. 17, the festival will welcome the “Mark Segger Sextet” of Jim Lewis, Christopher Willes, Heather Segger, Tania Gill, Rob Clutton, and the titular Mark Segger. “Fredericton is becoming a focal point on the Canadian improv and new jazz scene,” said curator, Joel LeBlanc, via email. “Artists are coming from Toronto, Montreal, and Rimouski, and will combine with local artists either as an opener or a collaboration.” Cheaper than a movie, you can’t put a price tag on the smug feeling of being a patron of the local arts. Plus, music always makes for a great date night, just ask Sarah Vannier. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at Gallery Connexion (440 York Street)

3) Cinema Politica Ideal for: Anyone who adheres to a vegan lifestyle or owns more than one activism bracelet. Cost: By donation. Cinema Politica screenings take place at the Conserver House at 180 St. John Street; about a ten minute walk from campus. This week’s screening is a Canadian documentary entitled, Caution Feminists! which profiles five feminists in Montreal who explore different ideologies and real-life applications of feminist theory. Cinema Politica is always intense and educational, and it is 100 per cent guaranteed* that your date will be wildly impressed by your insight, sensitivity, and worldliness. (*Note: not actually guaranteed.) The screening begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16. More information about this and other screenings are available at 4) Erin Costelo at the Cedar Tree Café Ideal for: Anyone with a naturebased tattoo or dreadlocks, or both. Cost: $8 suggested donation Erin Costelo, whose retro soul/

Paul Griffin’s What I Found in the Flames exhibit is currently on display at the UNB Art Centre. Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan R&B sound has been described as in all likelihood, be inspired to get being, “somewhere between Sharon another tattoo. Maybe fill up your Jones and The Dells”, is touring the growlers while you’re downtown… Maritimes in support of her recently That’s a date night activity, right? Erin Costelo will be playing at released album, We Can Get Over. For her Fredericton show, Cos- the Cedar Tree Café (418 Queen telo will be playing alongside Don Street) on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., doors Brownrigg from Halifax. Your date open at 7 p.m. For more informawill be overjoyed by the local music tion, check out the Cedar Tree Café and international edibles, and will Facebook page.

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Knock knock. Who’s there? Egg. Egg who? Eggcited to meet you. Have you ever used jokes and humour when trying to flirt with someone? Of course you have! Humour is a great way to connect with people, and we like being around people who can make us laugh. Plus, many people place humour high on the list of qualities they want in a partner. Why is being funny important? People who can use humour well need to have a good understanding of the situation they are in and the people they are interacting with. Because of this, humour can act as a signal of intelligence and social competence; qualities that most of us appreciate in a partner. But are all types of humour equal when you are trying to find a date? Theresa DiDonato, and her colleagues at Loyola University in Maryland, conducted a study looking at the effect that

positive and negative humour have on people’s romantic interest. They had 251 university students read one of four different short stories. In each these stories, a person is approached by an “attractive stranger” who starts talking to them and uses either affiliative or aggressive humour. Affiliative humour is humour that is friendly and playful, and is used to charm or entertain other people. Telling a silly joke, or engaging in light hearted banter, are examples of affiliative humour. Two of the stories used in the study were about strangers who used affiliative humour. One stranger told a joke about Justin Bieber. The other made a lighthearted comment about sharing the bowl of peanuts sitting on the bar. Aggressive humour tends to be more negative and involves putting other people down. Using sarcasm or teasing another person can be examples of aggressive humour. Two of the stories used in the study were about strangers who used aggressive humour. One stranger made a sarcastic statement about how the seat beside them was saved for attractive people. The other made a joke about how they saw the bartender spit in your drink, poured the drink on the floor, and offered to buy you a new one. Next, the researchers asked the students to rate how interested they were in sleeping with the person in the story, how good

a long-term partner they thought the person in the story would be, and how warm (e.g., friendly, good-natured, sincere, trustworthy) and how competent (e.g., confident, efficient, skillful, intelligent) they thought the person in the story was. So, what did they find? The type of humour used, did predict romantic interest. Students rated the strangers who used affiliative humour more appealing as long-term partners, than the strangers who used aggressive humour. However, type of humour didn’t affect ratings of appeal as a short-term sexual partner. Non-scientific interpretation: You can be a bit of a jerk and still get laid. There was no effect for gender, which means than men and women reacted to the different types of humour in similar ways. Students also rated the strangers who used affiliative humour as warmer and more competent than the strangers who used aggressive humour. Using some fancy statistical analyses, the researchers found the increased perception of warmth and competence partially explained why students rated the strangers who used affiliative humour as more desirable longterm partners. So, next time you are trying to spark a potential partner’s interest, remember to keep the jokes light and playful. Stay funny, Fredericton!


Arts community is a friend to Isaac’s Way

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Dance to the beat of my heart

Lee Thomas Arts Editor

For years, Isaac’s Way has been a patron of the arts. Now, after the tragic fire that ravaged the building in October, the arts community has a chance to give back. The Friday Night Live concert with Steve Patterson is one of many events coordinated by the Friends of Isaac’s Way (FoIW) charity. Steve Patterson, the headlining musician at the local concert, is humble about his role in the fundraiser. “I’m the just the guy strumming the guitar,” he said. “That’s the easy part. The real story is in what the Friends of Isaac’s Way are doing.” Patterson, a Saint John native, who attended school at UNB in Fredericton, has recently moved back to the provincial capital with his family, when the Isaac’s Way misfortune struck. He got involved in the FoIW through his involvement at the Gentle Shepherd church, which he said focuses its charitable efforts on the Fredericton community. “There’s always need in the community. Often we do things for people who live far away, whether it’s in Africa or wherever, and those are all good things, but we have immediate needs here in the community. This year, one happens to be in the forefront because it happened just last month,” he said. The Friends of Isaac’s Way charity is built around four pillars, all of which are community-based. The first is to address the needs of the 26 displaced persons who lost homes in the fire. The others include promoting children’s cultural events, feeding the less fortunate every week, and helping to find new employment for those who lost their jobs; all functions which were carried out by the business prior to the October fire. “They’ve been very good for the community, they’ve had things going on for years where they’ve supported the community,” said Patterson. He explained that all of the funds raised through the FoIW go exclusively towards these four pillars. “The owners of the restaurant are very concerned. They don’t want people to have the wrong perception that any fundraising is to rebuild the restaurant.”

Although he do e sn’t have a personal connection to the Isaac’s Way t ragedy, Patterson said that the decision to help with the FoIW was an easy one. “I thought, if all I have to do is strum the guitar and sing a few tunes to help raise money, then that’s pretty easy,” he said. “There are people who are actually getting their hands dirty, rebuilding and helping find places for these folks to live; that’s the Friends of Isaac’s Way. I’m just kind of, you know, helping along.” Patterson and the Gentle Shepherd Church are hoping that this event will be the first of a Friday Night Live series, which will occur monthly, and the proceeds of which will go to local causes. As for this Friday’s event, Patterson said concertgoers can expect “contemporary music about hope and faith, and just laid back acoustic music”. He added, “I’ll play a lot of my own tunes that I’ve written, and there will also be a lot of tunes that people recognize. It might not necessarily be faith-based, it will just be music with a positive message.” The concert will take place on Nov. 16 at the Gentle Shepherd Community Church (870 Grandame Street), which is about a five-minute walk from the STU and UNB campuses. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. There is no charge, but all money donated will go to the Friends of Isaac’s Way charity.

The UNB Dance team will perform on Nov. 18 at the Currie Center. Kevin Lemieux / The Brunswickan Kevin Lemieux The Brunswickan The UNB dance team composed of UNB and STU students and alumni, will kick, turn and jump across the stage to show us what they have been working on this semester at their first show entitled “Heartbeat” on Nov. 18. Erika Rans, fourth year student and president of the team, said this show has been hard work for her team, and that not only dancing will take place on the stage. “The show this semester pushes our dancers to their full potential with more challenging dances and a variety of different styles. We also have a number of singing and other performance acts throughout the show,” she said. Members of Harrison House, as winners of the UNB Glee competition, will be performing as well. First time member of UNB Dance, Monica Lee, said she’s a little nervous to take to the stage as the show draws closer. “I’m a little ner vous because of where we are in our routines, but it should really come together within the next few days. We’ll pull it together and put on a great show.” Lee, originally from Ontario, came to UNB and immediately

began looking for a dance community. Last October, she had the opportunity to travel to Austria and compete with the Canadian National Hip-Hop team at the World Dance Championships. She has since found UNB Dance, and loves it. “Dancing is my life. I’ve been dancing for over 11 years now, so it means a lot to me.” Last year, the UNB dance team competed for their first time and had a successful run. After organizing and competing in their very own competition, the Atlantic Collegiate Dance Competition, the team travelled to Halifax for Cheer Expo to compete in the dance category. The team won two bids and had the opportunity to travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to compete at the USASF Dance World Championships. “Winning two bids to the Dance Worlds in Disney World was our team’s biggest accomplishment, and we are all very proud of that,” said Rans. “It was an amazing experience seeing dancers come together from all over the world to compete for that number one spot. Our goal this year is to work as hard as possible to get the chance to go back to Florida and do better than last year.” Since September, the team has

been rehearsing their routines for their fall show entitled “Heartbeat”, but they have also been doing a few performances. They have been performing at the UNB Red Bombers football games. Rans is very thankful of these performances. “Performing at the UNB Red Bombers home games was such a great experience and we appreciate the support they show for our team. It was a great way to profile UNB Dance and get our name out there for people who may not know about the team.” Rans explained that the team has been working hard towards their goals, including putting on a great show for the Fredericton and UNB communities. “We have been working very hard to create one of UNB Dance’s greatest shows thus far. So come support your UNB dancers and enjoy an evening of entertainment!” Hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre and many other styles will be showcased, as the UNB Dance team present “Heartbeat” on Sunday, Nov. 18 at The Richard J. Currie Center. Show begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or through a member of the team.


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Fredericton catches the midnight madness Elizabeth Creelman Arts Reporter Midnight Madness, a horror and sci-fi themed short-film series, as part of the Silver Wave Film Festival, began (surprise!) at midnight on Friday night. Astonishingly lucid filmgoers, many of them with passes for the entire festival, gathered in Tilley 102 to watch the mayhem. They were not disappointed. Before the films were played, the night was kicked off with hip-hop rap group, 420 Sound. Their connection to horror films was unclear, but they did a good job and it was fun to watch some of the older thespians and more conservative hipsters look uncomfortable. Next, because there were still more people on their way, prizes were given out based on ticket numbers drawn out of a hat. Finally, three of the seven filmmakers came to the front of the room to briefly introduce their films, although all three declined to give much commentary for fear of spoiling the effect. Then, the lights were dimmed, and the show began.

Although the subheading for Midnight Madness was Time Travel, Robots, Torture, & Serial Killers, many of the films exhibited a delightful sense of black humour, alongside the blood and gore, some with clever plot twists at the end. Torturous, for example, is a bizarre story about a career councillor being held for torture because he was mistaken for a camp councillor. He convinces his torturer to quit his job to pursue a new career, only to have the man replaced by someone much worse. Anyone who was half-awake could have seen it coming for miles but it was still hilarious, especially with the fake blood spurting out of the man’s arm like water from an out-of-control garden hose. Goodbye Robot Army was another short with such a twist. A scientist ousted from the United Science League builds a destroyer robot to target and kill every member of his former association. When the scientist is reinstated in the League, he is, of course, the first to die. Other films had no gore at all, but an eerie, surreal atmosphere. The Vehicle was a story about a man following a

Pierre Huard hosted the Midnight Madness screenings on Nov. 9 as a part of the SIlver Wave Film Festival. Victoria Clowater / The Brunswickan woman home, claiming to be her future lover who has travelled back in time to be with her. Almost the entirety of the film consisted of a middle-aged couple sitting in a suburban living room and talking awkwardly. Somehow, it was far

more terrifying than any of the blood and gore films. More shorts included a subtitled vampire short from Spain, titled Historia Muerta (Dead Story), and a film from Halifax called Game. The latter

tells a story which begins with a terrified woman being pursued through woods and swamplands by three hillbilly men who have a chainsaw and axes as weapons, and ends with the victimized woman turning into a “weir-maid”, a horrifying, monstrous creature that kills her pursuers, turning the swamp water red with blood. The background music for the film was not-so-subtly the theme to Hinterland Who’s Who. The end credits assured the viewer that “no hillbillies were harmed in the making of this video”. The series was topped off with two shorts from Fredericton: The Other Side of Charlie and Gray Man, both of which tell stories of deranged killers. In the first film, the title character goes insane and sees his mother’s murderer everywhere, prompting him to accidentally kill his own ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. In the second, a man strings up a naked woman in his apartment and uses strips of her meat in soup. Both films were greeted with wild applause, leaving this audience member proud, and a little concerned, for the city of Fredericton.

Twitching to the top with Alex Donovan

Alex Donovan: playwright, director, actor, proctor, and student artist. Karšten Saunders / The Brunswickan e Elizabeth Creelman Arts Reporter Alex Donovan, Neville/Jones proctor and third year arts student, is so busy that he jokingly claims not to sleep. He’s currently preparing for the upcoming production of Cold Woman: New Brunswick’s murderess, a play for which he is a co-writer, co-director, and cast member. Donovan, along with fellow co-writers, directors, and actors Emily Bossé, Matt Goodwin, Jeremy Fowler, Brett Lough-

ery and Julia Whalen will be performing Cold Woman from Nov. 15-17 at the Ted Daigle Auditorium at STU through the Next Folding Theatre Company. The play follows the story of Sophia Hamilton, a serial killer from New Brunswick on whom there is no existing documentation except for a pamphlet written in 1845. “This story might not be true anyway, so we get to explore whether or not [it’s] true,” said Donovan, explaining that the play consists of six scenes from Hamilton’s life, each of which was written and directed

by one of the cast members. “We get to go anywhere we want with it, and that means it’s the best story ever... all the evidence is one pamphlet. We were like, ‘thank you, historians, that’s perfect’.” “When we’re doing this... someone might come up with an idea like, ‘Wouldn’t it be crazy if this character did that?’ and you go, ‘He does that!’. You can change it right on the spot. It’s daunting, but liberating too.” Even though it’s about a murderer, the play has a lot of dark humour. Gender bending takes places as well, with men playing women and vice-versa. “There’s a very hilarious scene between two children who are discussing their father being ripped apart by dogs,” said Donovan. “It’s hilarious to watch two grown men pretending to be young girls talking about something this gruesome but just in a funny manner... a lot of the pieces do that. They’re funny and then they hit you with something serious. It gives a really good pace to the show.” Cold Woman isn’t Donovan’s first experience as a playwright. He’s had two of his short plays performed previously, and would consider writing as a natural extension of his acting, if only he had the time. “You look at my calendar,” he said, laughing. “It’s hilarious looking... I’ve done at least ten plays in the last two years; I have a problem.”

While Cold Woman is not part of his coursework, Donovan has another project coming up this winter, which will contribute to his minor in drama. He will be directing a production of The December Man by Colleen Murphy, a play about the 1989 Montreal massacre. Casting calls for the show will begin soon, and Donovan is both nervous and excited. “Directing: I feel like it will drive me to an early grave,” he said. “It’s the most terrifying thing in the world to watch your actors go up there and do everything you told them to do and you can’t control any of it. That is crazy intimidating.” Acting is something that Donovan has wanted to do ever since childhood but didn’t get into it until high school. “My most cherished thing I’ve ever acted in is Macbeth, because that’s the first thing I ever acted in,” he said, explaining how he was originally recruited to the play by a teacher, who saw him moderate a political debate at his school. “I was a moderator in a debate between the people running for the candidacy of King’s County,” Donovan said. “It was at our school, and they just asked me to do it. I stood up there and I was a jerk to them too. I would tell them ‘stop talking, you’re done’. They did not expect it; it was hilarious.” Ever since, morally ambiguous characters have always been the actor’s favourites. “Being evil is so much fun,” he said

passionately. “Being good is stupid. If you’re the good guy, you have to follow morals and stuff... you try to do that in your normal life. Getting to act as a bad guy means that you get to [act evil] but it has no consequences; it’s awesome. I try not to be evil in real life. If someone comes up to me and says, ‘I hate you’, I don’t stab them in the neck.” Donovan plans to complete his honours degree in history with a minor in drama, and then go to a theatre school in Toronto. He initially wanted to go into theatre straight from high school, but his parents encouraged him to get a BA first, perhaps, he believes, to distract him from theatre. It hasn’t worked. “It’s like, ‘Hey mom, guess what I want to do? Still theatre school!’,” he said. “And they’re like, ‘Damn it. Foiled!’” Donovan feels he has grown a lot as an actor, through the intensive drama minor. “[The next step in acting is] when you stop just trying to seem like you’re someone else, and become someone else,” he said. “When I was doing a show [where I played a schizophrenic], there were a couple times offstage were I started [to twitch] and I was like, ‘Ah that’s not you’.” Get some sleep, Alex. You’ll stop twitching then. Cold Woman will begin at 8 p.m. each night, with tickets selling for $10 general admission and $5 for students at the door.

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Men’s soccer come home empty handed


Bronté James Photo Editor The season is officially over and the men’s soccer team has finished top eight in the country. After travelling to Laval for the Canadian Interuniversity Championships, their weekend started off with a 4-3 loss to the top ranked team, University of British Columbia. The first goal was scored only seven minutes into the game by UBC’s Steve Johnson, which set the tone for the remainder of the game.

Gagandeep Dosanjh followed the path of his teammate and scored seven minutes later. “A disappointing way to end the season, obviously. I mean, the game on Thursday was a must win to continue in the game, and we played a good UBC team – a very good UBC team – [and] actually, I was somewhat pleased with how we matched up against them,” said head coach, Miles Pinsent. “Unfortunately, we made some mistakes on some set pieces defensively, and teams of this caliber will


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absolutely pounce on any opportunity you give them. So, we gave up a couple of early goals and that really changed the outset of the game.” Marco Visintin and Dosanjh followed later with two more goals and took a 4-0 victory against UNB. “UBC is by far the best team we have ever played, and even though the score does not reflect it, I believe the team played hard and can be proud of the effort they put out on the field,” said goalkeeper, Aaron McMurray. “We created a few chances and had


Which sport should be included in the Olympics?

Josh Fleck

Nick Murray

I feel that rugby should be included in the Olympics. Rugby sevens is being included in the 2016 games, but it isn’t the same. Rugby is a universal sport, so it should be included and played at the same level as soccer, hockey and basketball.

Baseball. It was ridiculous that they took it out after Athens. The argument was because it was only minor league players who represent their country. Granted that the World Baseball Classic is always a great event, it still isn’t the Olympics. MLB should suspend play for two weeks for the best players to participate.

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we finished one, it may have changed the game. The thing that killed us was giving up an early goal in the first and second half.” UNB getting caught out of position and being undisciplined in the defensive line-up, resulted in their second loss after an eight game winning streak. “At this level, those mistakes make a difference between a win and a loss,” said McMurray. Less than 24 hours later, UNB took on third ranked team McMaster University, in the first consolation

round. Yousuf Mohammad scored 12 minutes in, putting UNB in the lead early into the game. However, they were unable to keep their lead, and the ball was kicked into the back of UNB’s net in minute 75 and 86, defeating UNB 2-1. “That’s always a challenge. I mean, you play in the Thursday game and everything is on the line, and then you’ve got to get over the disappointment of that, in less than 24 hours, and play another top ranked team in the country,” said Pinsent. “Mentally, it can be a bit of an issue, I think both teams feel that way though, because both teams are disappointed with the result from the day before.” With their first appearance at the CIS level since 2006, the men will make their second showing next season when they host at UNB. “I think by us being here this year, and learning some of the lessons that we needed to learn will help us next year, because we know we have a spot in the finals for next year,” said Pinsent. “Hopefully, it will help prepare us for that standard to make sure that we’re ready to put our best perform-

Sports Writer

Chris Cameron

He doesn’t even go here

Dunderball: plain and simple. Well, I wish it was (It’s from The Office). Seriously though, it should be fastpitch. Although some argue baseball, this is inclusive of both men and women. It’s also quite entertaining to watch, sometimes more than baseball, at faster pace at least.

Bronté James Sports Writer

Futsal should be in the Olympics. Denied for the 2016, it is essentially indoor soccer with five aside and on a hard surface, much like volleyball or basketball. Held indoors, it can share buildings with other indoor activities, saving money, and is much faster paced than outdoor soccer because of its close quarters.


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The Lion Killer

Josh Fleck Sports Editor Leave it to a law student to find a way to fight without getting charged. Mike Thorne is a first year law student at UNB, who is an amateur mixed martial arts fighter, fighting out of Evolution Fight & Fitness gym on Prospect Street. “I was playing junior hockey in my first year, so I was 18, and I decided I wanted to make a competitive go at something, because I didn’t want to go to school right away,” said Thorne. “I decided if I was going to

make a go at something professionally, it wasn’t going to be hockey.” Thorne started out at Positive Impact based out of New Maryland, learning the ropes of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This is where Thorne learned the art of sport grappling. After only three months of training, he competed in a single elimination Brazilian JiuJitsu tournament and did really well, winning five matches in a row, all by submission. After two years of learning Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu at Positive Impact, Thorne felt as though that was as far

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as he could go with the club, and decided to start training at Evolution Fight & Fitness. This is where Thorne got involved with amateur MMA fighting. Thorne’s first fight didn’t exactly go as he had scripted. In the second round, Thorne got caught with a kick to the face that split his mouth underneath the lower lip. The fight was originally scored a loss for him, but was ultimately ruled as a disqualification, and was struck from the record, so neither fighter was given a win or a loss. In his second fight, Thorne won by rear-naked choke hold. This kicked off a streak of four straight wins via rear-naked choke, the last three victories coming in the first round. Thorne feels that fighting professionally isn’t out of the realm of possibilities for him. “My goal right now, is to make the Score Fighting Series; I think that’s a good goal. I think to be successful, you can’t think realistically. When you think realistically, you say, ‘Well that isn’t possible’, and that can lead to you giving up, or settling. Right now, [for me], fighting is a means to an end of making it to the UFC.” With a record of 4-0 in his amateur fighting career, Thorne is getting a title shot in December. UFC is implementing a way of tracking amateur fighters, and one of the ways is putting belts in place for fighting circuits. The lightweight belt – Thorne’s fighting category – is currently up for grabs. If you are ever looking for Thorne, there are two places you can find him: The gym, or class. The classroom has been paying off for Thorne; last week, he got offered a summer associate position with Bennett Jones, a law firm, in Calgary. When asked what the ceiling is for his career, Thorne doesn’t mask any of his confidence. “Right now, what everyone locally (Moncton and Nova Scotia) is saying, is that there is no ceiling. And you know what, I can’t believe it. It definitely means something when there are complete strangers who are talking about your potential to go to the UFC.” As it stands right now, Thorne is waiting on someone to accept the title fight. The offer is out, but so is the word on Thorne; three straight wins in the first round via submission. Thorne doesn’t care who the fighter is; he is coming for them. Look out UFC, Mike Thorne is coming for you too.

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The games: Colts@Patriots, Chargers@Broncos, Ravens@Steelers

The SUB People

Ben Shephard Overall 18-9 (Last week 2-1) Patriotss: The Pats’ offence is too good, and the Colts won’t be able to keep up. Broncos: Chargers are too inconsistent and Peyton is on fire! Steelers: Ravens defence is awful in comparison to years past, and Roethlisberger is better than Flacco.

Liam Guitard

Overall 17-10 (Last week 2-1) Patriots: Coming from a guy who can respect good hair, I have to go with Brady on this. Broncos: Chargers suck. Ravens: They are just coming off a blowout.

Nick Murray

Overall 13-14 (Last week 2-1) Patriots: I can’t see Andrew Luck picking apart the Pats’ defence. Broncos: Look for a strong running game in the backfield. Ravens: Risky, but I’m feeling they’ll have a tougher defence.

Justin Marshall

Overall 12-15 (Last week 1-2) Patriots: I’m a Pats fan. Go Pats Go. Broncos: Peyton Manning, nuff said. Steelers: Their defence is killing it lately.


Rocky start for men’s basketball

Julie McLaughlin Sports Reporter With the 2011-2012 men’s AUS champions in town, UNB had some work to do this weekend. Acadia University is a powerful team that features last season’s AUS Defensive Player of the Year and first Team All-star, Owen Klassen. Acadia was without last season’s second Team All-star, Anthony Sears, who is out due to injury, and a member of the All-rookie Team, Sean Stoqua, who is finishing the football season before joining the basketball team. With the champs missing players, this weekend was a great chance for UNB to take down the Axemen. On Friday night, UNB opened the game on a strong 8-0 run in a fast paced game. Acadia quickly came back to tie the game up, and the two teams went back and forth for the first two quarters. Towards the end of the second quarter, Acadia began to take control of the game, heading into half with a 32-27 lead over UNB. Acadia came out strong in the second half, and UNB could not stop the surging offence. After a 9-0 run by Acadia, the Varsity Reds tried to regain control of the game, but could not seem to do so. The Axemen took it to the off balance home team, outscoring them 19-7

in the quarter. Acadia had a strong lead of 51-34 at the end of the third. “The third quarter was probably the worst third quarter we’ve had in a long time. Seven points? I give them some credit; their defence was very good. They are long and athletic, and we played into that. The third quarter was really the telling moment of the game,” said head coach, Brent Baker, on the demise of his team during the second half. UNB came back in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late. The Reds ended up outscoring Acadia in the last quarter 19-18. Daniel Quirion was UNB’s top scorer with 11 points, but player of the game was Matthew Daley, who had three rebounds, three assists, five steals and three points. “It was a good old fashioned butt whooping,” said Baker, on Friday night’s game. Saturday night, UNB fans were treated to a different team then the night before. While Acadia ultimately won the game 83-60, for the majority of the game, UNB fought hard. Until the fourth quarter, the Varsity Reds looked as though they might steal a win from Acadia. Much of the effort during this game could be attributed to the performance of Will McFee. Scoring the first baskets of the game, McFee finished with a

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game high 22 points. Unfortunately, no other UNB player was able to score double digits, with Robert Linton, the second high scorer with eight points. Acadia had five players in double digits, led by Klassen with 17. This balanced scoring ultimately led to their 23-point victory. Similar to Friday night, UNB came out strong and matched Acadia offensively for the majority of the first half. The Reds had a 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. Acadia came back strong in the second quarter, but UNB held on, and were only down 39-34. Where UNB differed from Friday night’s game was, instead of coming out flat after half time, they came out as strong as when they started the game. Acadia was more prepared for this than the start of the game, and unfortunately, UNB could not regain the lead from the first quarter. The home team began to fall apart in the fourth quarter, throwing away passes, picking up untimely fouls, and even picking up a technical foul. When the game began to get out of hand, the Reds folded, and that accounted to the final score. Next action for the Varsity Reds will be this weekend as they travel to Nova Scotia to take on the Dalhousie Tigers and the StFX X-Men.

Nova Scotia road trip for volleyball teams

Vanja Mitrovic has been a key player for the Varsity Reds this season. Gary Manning / The Brunswickan Josh Fleck Sports Editor Men’s It was a battle for first place in the AUS for men’s volleyball, as the Varsity Reds took on the Dalhousie Tigers in a rematch of last year’s AUS finals.

In the first match on Friday night, the Tigers came out determined they wanted first place, and took the match 3-1 (25-21, 27-25, 20-25, 25-21). “Friday night’s match was a disappointing result, as I thought we didn’t serve or pass particularly well, and really struggled to find any sort of rhythm offensively,” said head coach, Dan McMorran. “I expected this to some degree, however, as the Dalplex is a unique venue to play in, and with all of the new players that we have, there was going to be an adjustment period. Still, we had opportunities to even the match at one set apiece, but let that slip away to fall behind 2-0.” The team bounced back on Saturday with a straight set victory, 28-26, 25-9 25-22. McMorran attributes the win to minor lineup changes made between games. “We made a couple of changes to the starting lineup, with the insertion of third year middle, Craig Toonders, and first year setter, Matt Losier, and both had solid performances, with Toonders being named the Player of the Game.” The team has this weekend off before heading to Laval for the second Interlock tournament.

Women’s The women’s volleyball team was unable to get back in the win column during their Nova Scotia road trip this past weekend, losing to Acadia and Dalhousie. On Friday night, the Varsity Reds faced off against a struggling Acadia Axewomen squad, but found themselves getting into the game late. “We took a long time getting going in both matches,” said head coach, Jilliane Goulet. “Once we tidied up our serve receive and found some aggression on offence, I think we played some very good volleyball.” Losing the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-21 put the team behind the eight ball, but the team rallied and bounced back to win sets three and four 25-20 and 25-20, before falling in the final set 16-14. Leading the attack for the Varsity Reds was Vanja Mitrovic, who had 21 kills. “We fought hard to come back from 0-2, and while it hurt to let the fifth set slip away, it wasn’t because we stopped battling,” said Goulet. Things didn’t get any easier the next day as the Reds were up against Dalhousie; the girls managed to win only one set, falling 3-1 (25-14, 25-27, 25-15, 25-18). The Reds are now 1-4 and sit sixth in the AUS. The ladies take on Acadia on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Currie Center.

The men’s basketball team lost a pair of games to last year’s AUS champions Acadia. Sarah Badibanga / The Brunswickan

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Team contribution leads to pair of wins Nick Murray The Brunswickan

The Varsity Reds found their stride on the weekend with wins over STU and UPEI. Bronté James / The Brunswickan

The UNB men’s hockey team got back on track last weekend, picking up four points on the road with a 6-1 win Friday night against St. Thomas University, and then a 3-2 win on the road against the University of Prince Edward Island on Saturday. With the wins, UNB jumped to second place in the Atlantic University Sports standings, and now sit two points behind Acadia. Friday night, Travis Fullerton got the nod between the pipes for the V-Reds for their first game in the new Grant·Harvey Centre. It was a quiet night for Fullerton, who has never lost to St. Thomas, as he was only faced with seven shots. By the start of the third period, UNB was outshooting STU 28-1. Fullerton said it was tough to stay focused in the game, but credits his defence for a strong outing. “That was a tough game to stay in,” said Fullerton. “You want to feel the puck as a goalie, and you want to stay in the game, but to have one shot through two periods is tough. I think it was more about us playing really well rather than them not really having it tonight.” UNB’s power play was the best it has been all year on Friday night, as they were 4-for-7 with the man advantage. Tom Nesbitt opened the scoring on the power play in the first period with his fourth of the season, six minutes into the game.

Later in the second, UNB capitalized on another STU penalty, with Tyler Carroll sniping a shot top-shelf over the shoulder of STU netminder, Jonathan Groenheyde. Also in the second, Nick MacNeil and Bryce Swan scored their fourth and second respective goals, giving UNB a 4-0 lead through two periods. Five minutes into the third, Groenheyde went down to the ice, favouring his left leg, and was eventually pulled. The rookie goalie showed signs of discomfort back in the first period, but head coach, Troy Ryan, decided to yank him amid the score. Groenheyde, who suffered from dehydration and cramping according to Ryan, stopped 29 shots before Justin Collier replaced him. However, four minutes later, STU earned another penalty, and Geordie Wudrick capitalized with his second of the year. Eight seconds later, the Tommies broke Fullerton’s shutout as Chris Morehouse jammed the puck in the side of the net off a V-Reds turnover, beating Fullerton on STU’s fifth shot of the game. UNB added another on the power play as Chris Culligan finished off a great individual effort by Carroll, who stickhandled into the slot around two Tommies defensemen, allowing Culligan to get open in the face-off circle, and beat Collier for his second point of the night. Cam Braes, Daine Todd, and Swan also earned multi-point nights, while seven other V-Reds players picked up points in the win. Head coach, Gardiner MacDougall, said

the win didn’t come from the efforts of any one individual, and that playing as a team is what they need to do. “It was good execution from the group,” said MacDougall. “We had six defensemen and four lines and contributions from a lot of people, and that’s how we have to be. We need to be a collective unit.” Saturday night on the Island, the V-Reds were faced with a much tougher challenge from the UPEI Panthers. Dan Lacosta started for the V-Reds, as seemingly, MacDougall is now in a twogoaltender system. Nesbitt opened the scoring once again for the V-Reds, only 40 seconds into the second period. Colby Pridham quickly added to the lead 22 seconds later with his fourth goal of the year, pushing UNB up 2-0. However, the Panthers answered three minutes later as Tyler Brown capitalized on a Culligan hooking penalty, with his fourth goal of the year. Four minutes later, Alex Wall tied the game with an unassisted goal. Antoine Houde-Caron sealed the win for the V-Reds midway through the third period, with his second goal of the year. Culligan and Todd each picked up three points over the weekend, as UNB improved to 7-3-0. The V-Reds are back at home this weekend, against Dalhousie on Friday night, and against first-place Acadia on Saturday. Both games are a 7 p.m. puck drop at the Aitken Centre, and admission is free for students with a valid student ID.

AUS announces new direction

Nick Murray The Brunswickan

The Atlantic University Sports conference is revamping its student-athlete exposure. Last week, the AUS held a presentation, hosted by UNB and STU, to unveil its strategic plan for the next three years. Also launched was the “BecAUSe We Care” campaign, an initiative to better showcase the community involvement of their student-athletes, and to better tell their stories; such as Melissa Foster’s involvement with Right to Play, and her trips to Rwanda and Malawi. Foster, a fifth-year on the women’s basketball team, was the student-athlete representative for UNB in the announcement, and spoke on her experiences as a student-athlete, in relation to the AUS’ new slogan “Inspiring Leaders.” “The AUS’ slogan is incredibly appropriate for all those involved in university sport,” she said. “We have a chance to inspire future leaders, which for me is a privilege. Student-athletes competing in the AUS are not only given the opportunity to become leaders in their uni-

versity career, but also in future careers.” Last year, AUS student-athletes committed a combined 15,800 hours of community service across 112 different causes in the Atlantic region, while raising $86,000 for numerous global charities. AUS executive director, Phil Currie, said there are lots of stories like Foster’s around the conference, and he wants them to be told. “We want to do a lot better job of telling [these stories],” said Currie. “What it all boils down to is, AUS member universities’ athletics programs are studentathletes, and we just really haven’t told that story before.” Another part of the strategic plan is to enhance the fan experience. This month, the AUS launched, a live streaming website for AUS conference championships. They also launched their redesigned website, which now features up-to-the-minute scores from every game across the conference. In addition to enhancing the fan experience, they’re also trying to bolster attendance. Though many coaches say their programs need to be better marketed, Canadian Interuniversity

Sport – the governing body of university athletics across Canada – say the schools themselves are responsible for marketing their events. This is where the AUS is stepping in. “One of the things we’ve been talking about is to look at our market-driven sports,” said Currie. “We want to allow those sports to allow us to help them. As we move forward, that’s a direction you’ll see us go.” UNB athletic director, John Richard, said though the AUS’ efforts will help, he believes it’s a group effort, and not just the responsibility of any one school or conference. “I think it’s a collective mission of all 11 schools and the AUS to promote our brand,” said Richard. “First and foremost, we want to get our students on our campus to our events. They have lots of options on a Friday or Saturday night, so we want to be in that conversation. Communicating our message is the first step in being in that conversation.” Last year, UNB took steps to appeal to students by allowing free admission to the UNB Varsity Reds games for students with a valid student ID.


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Axewomen cut down Reds

The Varsity Reds couldn’t slow down an Acadia squad hot off an AUS championship. Sarah Badibanga / The Brunswickan with aggressive guards, and was a Julie McLaughlin tough match-up for the Reds. Sports Reporter “I think we were a little rushed The AUS basketball season has and a little panicked all night on opened with a bang. offence. I think a lot of the missed UNB opened the season this shots and blocked shots that they got, [from] our turnovers showed weekend in the Richard J. Currie Center against the reigning women’s that we were off balanced and AUS champions Acadia University. rushed. It felt like we were trying to Acadia, in town for two games, was hit a home run every time, instead looking to pick up where they left of just keeping it simple,” said head coach, Jeff Speedy, ref lecting on off last season. UNB knew that they had two tough games against this Friday night’s game. In the first half, UNB had a really Acadia squad, and they were unable to come away with wins. On Friday difficult time offensively. Claire Colnight, the Varsity Reds fell 82-67, borne was held to just six points in the first half, something that rarely while on Saturday they lost 83-58. On Friday night, the Varsity happens. The rest of the team scored Reds were w it hout co-capta in 19 points, but they could not answer Laura Fowler, and her absence was a 15 point first half performance by certainly felt. UNB had their first Kristy Moore for Acadia, and the and only lead of the game early on, teams went into half with Acadia but couldn’t hold onto it. Acadia leading 38-25. answered quickly with two threes, UNB appeared to come out after securing their control of the game. half having shaken off their nerves UNB struggled in the first quarter and ready to battle, but again, they offensively. Acadia came out strong just could not f inish when they

needed. Colborne found her groove though, finishing the game with 29 points – team high performance. Unfortunately for UNB, it was not a game high performance. Moore finished with 38 points for Acadia. The momentum never shifted for UNB, and Acadia went on a streak in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with a strong 82-67 finish. “I think, defensively, our team defence was really solid, but I think a few times, some individuals let us down and we need a few people to accept the challenge of playing good one on one defence,” said Speedy. Saturday night’s game was very similar to the Reds’ performance the night before. Acadia scored the first basket of the game, and never let the home team take the lead for the entire game. Tilly Ettinger stroked a pair of three pointers in the first quarter, but Acadia’s offence never let down. Moore had 15 of her 29 points for Acadia in the first quarter. UNB could not find the solution on how to slow down the offensive drive by Moore. The second quarter was the best of the four quarters for the Varsity Reds, but they could not outscore Acadia and decrease the lead. UNB went into half down 47-28. Similar to Friday’s game, UNB struggled to find scoring. High scorer for the game was Colborne with 16, followed by Ettinger with 15 points. Chelsey Collette had 11 off the bench to help the Reds offence. The Varsity Reds hit the road next weekend as they take on Dalhousie University in Halifax on Nov. 17. They then travel to Antigonish, where they will play Saint Francis Xavier University on Nov. 18.

Mens soccer finishes eighth in Canada FROM SOCCER PAGE 15 ance next year on our home field.” “We won’t have the nervousness going into the first game, and we know we fit in with the competition across Canada,” added McMurray. Although the weekend resulted in a two game loss for the UNB, Benjamin Law and Pinsent were awarded for their time with the team. Law received second Team AllCanadian, which he added to his resume alongside AUS first Team All-star received only a week before. “Ben has been a significant player for us for the four years that he has been in our program, so it’s nice to

see him recognized,” said Pinsent. “It’s nice to see that he has matured as a player. He’s matured into a leadership role on the team, and he definitely had a very strong season and I like to see him get that recognition.” Pinsent walked away with CIS Coach of the Year, which he too added to his resume, alongside AUS Coach of the Year, received only a week before. “It is a tremendous honour and a tremendous surprise, I truly did not expect it,” he said. “I just see it as a reflection of the efforts of the team, and recognize the fact that we’ve accomplished a lot and did it by playing close to our capacity. So in that regard, like I said, I see it as a

reflection of the team’s accomplishments over the season.” With a second place AUS title and ranked eighth overall in Canada for CIS men’s soccer, McMurray said the experience was something he and his teammates needed for next year and they are ready for the next appearance at CIS. “We had a great time and the experience was something this group of guys needed, to see how good we really are,” said McMurray. “We also realized how important winning the AUS final is for CIS draw; winning AUS championship could be the difference between making the national final and going home early.”


Issue 11, Vol 146, The Brunswickan  

Canada's Oldest Student Publication, with a new look!