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Volume 141 Issue 19 • Canada’s Oldest Official Student Publication • UNB Fredericton’s Student Paper • Feb. 13, 2008
ECMAS HIT THE BEACH
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
A weekend of everything from rock to blues to metal brought the ECMAs to Fredericton with a bang last weekend. Artists like Joel Plaskett (who took home six awards), Slowcoaster, Wintersleep, and Chris Colepaugh shared stages across the city, filling venues like the Sirius Satellite Radio Rock Stage, the Sennheiser Stage, the packed-to-capacity Rock the Hill show at the UNB Student Union Building, and the awards gala at the Aitken Centre.
Wellness month UNBeatable Putting the U back in UNB by Mitchell Bernard
You may have heard the slogan within the last few weeks, as students across campus are taking advantage of “UNBeatable U” – which the UNB Wellness committee couldn’t be happier about. “So far, as far as I know, it has been going well,” said Kate Morrison, UNB Campus Wellness Assistant. UNBeatable U is a month’s worth of seminars, workshops, and other activities offered in conjunction with the UNB Wellness Committee. The committee has dubbed February Wellness Month as they attempt to offer UNB students opportunities to better themselves. Morrison, along with the other members of the UNB Wellness Committee, is encouraging all students to use the seminars to their advantage and
learn more about the keys to a healthy lifestyle. “We believe in seven dimensions of wellness,” said Morrison. “These [seminars] cover those seven dimensions [physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, and environmental]. Basically, we just want people to learn about the various dimensions and aspects. “It’s not just about being physically active and eating well. There is a lot more that goes into it. We want people to be emotionally and spiritually balanced, and have opportunities to work on their career goals. “We just hope these workshops will give them an opportunity to learn more about being well and that way they can continue to be well over the next years of their life.” This year, the Wellness Committee decided to make the wellness activities a month long event, which Morrison believes will enable people to attend more of the activities.
“Last year it was set up as a one-week event. The idea was to try it out for the month. It would spread it out and give people an opportunity to attend more than one thing because if you put it all in one week, depending on the week, it is maybe too busy for some people.” The Wellness Committee hopes that this year’s month of activities will spark an interest with the students of UNB. “We would love to offer things throughout the year as well. Right now, this is sort of all we can do and hopefully the word will get out and people will become more and more interested in wellness for themselves, and for their family. Then maybe there will be more of a need for these types of things throughout the year.” Events this week include a “Stress Management” workshop on Wednesday from 9-10 am. Counseling Services at the Alumni Memorial Building will host the event, which will teach students
see Wellness page 16
New marketing campaign is aimed at increasing enrollment at both UNB campuses. by Lauren Kennedy
It’s hard not to watch your favourite television show recently or walk down a corridor and not see an advertisement for the University of New Brunswick’s new recruitment campaign entitled “Only One U.” This retention and recruitment campaign is aimed at increasing the enrolment for fall 2008 on both UNB campuses in Fredericton and Saint John. It was the brainchild of communications and marketing teams, the U First
Student Recruitment and Retention office, UNBSJ’s registrar’s office and M5 Marketing who came up with the idea of having a contest over Facebook, offering prospective students a chance to win a tuition credit of $5,000. Scott Duguay is the Associate Executive Director of the U First Integrated recruitment and retention office and explains the reason behind offering the free tuition prize. “The free tuition idea came from some focus groups we held in some high schools, and it seemed to be a popular item. Free tuition ranked higher in the minds of prospective students rather then a laptop, for example,” he explained. It originated as a bi-campus initiative and was implemented at a time where it’s an important time for recruitment, and Duguay and his partners try and come up with innovative ways, such as offering a tuition credit to raise awareness of UNB. He explains that this particular campaign is unique in that
it is one of the first times both UNB and UNBSJ have worked this closely together. The campaign is primarily focused on the Maritimes, Ontario, and Alberta but is supposed to reach across Canada. When asked why skip some provinces, Duguay elaborated. “In terms of our target audience, Alberta is one of those markets. We have a lot of alumni in Alberta who have been helping us. Obviously we are prone to the Maritimes, which leaves out a few provinces, but really anyone in Canada is eligible to win the tuition contest.” The free tuition contest would be nice if it was offered to anyone, but as Duguay explains, it is only open to prospective UNB students and he defines prospective students as just that: newcomers to UNB. He feels it is particularly important at this time to promote the campaign as much as possible because demographic challenges are
see Campaign page 2
Jumpers to brave the freezing weather for a good cause by Lauren Kennedy
On Saturday, February 16, Bridges House polar bears will be jumping in freezing water in negative conditions; the annual House Polar Dip supports the IWK Children’s Hospital. In a move by the University of New Brunswick Residential Life and Conference Services, two floors of Bridges House shut down due to low enrollment and were converted into offices for professors. With less residents then Bridges has ever had, it was questioned whether this would affect the long-
standing polar dip tradition. Susan Charchuk is the PR representative for the house and feels that even though there may be fewer residents, this will not affect house spirit. “I’m really hoping to make this the best polar dip yet. Cliché, I know, but we’re adding a lot more activities to get people more interested in the tradition and hopefully raise more funds from this,” she explained. Something new that in the polar dip tradition has been to hold a MiniOlympics, along with a BBQ where the proceeds will go to charity and live music by local talent, as well as people from the house will be selling tickets for various items, again where the profits will go to the IWK.
The Mini-Olympics will consist of five different events such as a tug-ofwar, a three-legged race in the snow, a residence house challenge where each house must sculpt something that represents their house, snow dodge ball, and boot hockey. The finale of the day happens at 3 pm, where students will be plunging into icy waters in a pool located in front of the house. “We’re trying to get at least one person from each residence on campus to jump and we’ve almost got that registered. Anyone can jump this year as long as they raise $30 and agree to sign a waiver saying they will not consume alcohol 24 hours before the jump,” said Charchuk.
Submitted to The Brunswickan
Bridges House’s annual Polar Dip takes place this Saturday in the quad.
It is Adam LecClerc’s fifth polar dip and he has seen many sights. Most people really get into the spirit of the day and choose to dress up in costumes while they jump; LeClerc has dressed up in some outrageous outfits. “I’ve [plunged] while wearing girl clothes, formal wear, Goldilocks and the three bears, and last year I did the “dick in a box” skit from Saturday Night Live. I love coming out of the house all dressed up while “Ice Ice Baby” is playing and everyone is watching,” he said. “People have come up with the craziest new and different outfits every year and I think that’s the main reason why it’s such an exciting and fun event to participate in and watch.”
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Barack rocks Maine
There’s “Only One U” there is a sense of warmness attached. We have smaller class sizes as you get up in increasing in Atlantic Canada, therefore the years as well as getting to know professors one-on-one. These are things you so does the competition. can’t necessarily get all “Every year, we’ve “We’re over the country. The tried to look at what other meaning is that we’ve done in the looking there is a play on the past; what’s worked forward “U” meaning UNB,” and what hasn’t. I he said. really like this proto seeing Most of what Dugram myself. A lot what that guay has heard has of people have given means for been positive, and he, us positive feedback and I really enjoy enrollment as well as others, is excited to see the results the slogan that is attached to it. I could in the future; of the campaign. “I’m looking foreven see us doing right now we ward to seeing what something similar are having that (campaign) in the future,” said fun with the means for enrollment Duguay. in the future, but The slogan itself campaign.” right now we are just reads “Only One U,” –Scott Duguay having fun with it.” which for the marThe campaign beketing and communication teams held a double meaning. gan January 28 and goes until the end “Its main message is to show students of March, with the Facebook contest that we care about individuality and ending March 21.
from Campaign page 1
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was on the campaign trail in Bangor, Maine, on Saturday afternoon, speaking to a full house of more than 7,000 supporters at the Bangor Auditorium. Massive crowds lined the streets, with thousands being turned away, as backers gathered to hear Obama’s message of hope and change for America. Before addressing those inside, however, Obama spoke briefly with those who braved the cold but did not get in. The appearance came just one day before the Maine Democratic Caucuses, which Obama decidedly won over opponent Hillary Clinton. Clinton was also in Maine on Saturday, holding a town hall style meeting on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono. The victory in Maine was key for Obama, pulling him within 27 delegates of Clinton in his campaign to win the Democratic nomination. Bruns editors who were at the rally share their opinons on page 6.
Somalian refugee speaks SHOUT UNB to raise funds for EGART Relief and Development Agency by Brad Conley
Jennifer McKenzie / The Brunswickan
Mohamednur Madowe is a Somalian refugee. About six years ago, Mohamednur found himself stuck in a country in which a civil war was taking place. As a result of the situation in Somalia, he decided to come to Canada for safety reasons and for better opportunities. After a long and drawn-out process, he arrived in Canada. Although he left Somalia, he certainly did not forget about what was going on in the country, and in his hometown of Dinsoor. Since moving to Canada, Mohamednur created a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based right here in Fredericton. The NGO called
“EGART Relief and Development Agency” is working day in and day out to give back to his hometown. The goal of the organization is to raise the funds to build three schools in and around his native community. He holds this goal close to his heart, especially since the educational system in Somalia was lost as a result of the civil war. SHOUT UNB has decided to help Mohamednur achieve his goal. As a result, the SHOUT UNB campus club will be hosting an event with any funds raised going to help Mohamednur and his organization. The event will take place Monday, February 18 at 7 pm in Tilley Hall. Here, Mohamednur will speak to an audience about his journey. This should be an extremely captivating presentation, one which will help raise awareness of what took place in Somalia, and the rough times that Mohamednur had to endure. Although admission is free, SHOUT UNB will be accepting donations for Mohamednur’s charity.
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Parkingdilemma What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, no more
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Lack of parking spaces on campus raises concern among students.
Students are finally fed up with the lack of parking space at UNB. by Naomi Osborne
Limited parking space at UNB has been an ongoing issue for a while now. In addition, the recent construction that has consumed the parking lot behind MacLaggan Hall has caused controversy among students on campus. Most UNB students who have vehicles and drive to school everyday are burdened with the task of taking an extra ten minutes driving around campus just trying to find a parking spot. Now, with the construction behind MacLaggan, parking spaces have become severely limited. For fourth-year business student, Jordan Condren, who has been driving to campus ever since his first year at UNB, says he is fed up with the lack of parking space provided for students. “Actually, I am pissed off. I don’t park behind MacLaggan Hall but every day I do drive up Windsor Street and it’s definitely a huge mess,” said Condren. Most students feel the university should invest some extra money into improving the parking availability
on campus. There are a lot of students who live off campus and travel to class in vehicles everyday. They should be accommodated. “I know it’s costly, but I really think UNB should consider building parking garages,” said Condren, “An ideal location would be the SUB parking lot.” Physical Plant directed The Brunswickans inquiries to the Dean of Nursing who was unavailable for comment as of press time. Right now the only ones who are providing alternate suggestions are the students. “To me it makes sense, and I would actually be willing to pay more for a parking pass if I knew that I would be guaranteed a parking spot and not have to waste 10 minutes driving around campus to find one. And also that my car would actually be sheltered somewhat from the elements,” said Condren. UNB students are not provided with bus passes like STU students are, so using public transportation to get to campus is often not as convenient. Condren feels that the parking is bad enough in the fall and the rest of the year, but when the snow hits, it really limits the parking areas. “In the winter, the snow plows make the parking lot much narrower,” said Condren. “I am often forced to park somewhat illegally by those ‘tow-away’ signs, or in some other random self-appointed parking space.”
into companionate love, which is based on really knowing the other person," said Byers. "This is a much deeper and An introspection, enduring form of love, but still highly by Ed Bowes passionate. We overlook the differences, and realize that the other person is not perfect, but continues to love them When my editor came to me last week anyway." and asked me to do a Valentine's Day In today's society, we learn a lot story on love, I was a little surprised. about the world through the various I thought to myself, "Wow… love… outlets of popular media. Love is no what an awful, broad topic. What on exception. Television, music, and film earth can I say about love? I don't have really become the new mom and know anything about love. I'm just a dad; they teach us about dating, the young pup." birds and the bees (sex), and most After much reflection and a few importantly, true love. Just think for a drinks, I decided that I would go moment all that you have learned about around town asking random strangers, the nature of love from Britney and her "What is love?" escapades over the last few years. Naturally, the first person I turned You want to see true love? Just turn to was the guy who comes and takes on The Simpsons. Marge and Homer: our empty bottles off the back porch now that is undying, head over heels, every week. love. Remember that time Homer got Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan "Sir," I said, "I was wondering if you Love takes many forms and reporter Ed Bowes tries to figure out what love is. super stoned off those crazy Mexican could tell me what love is?" peppers at the big chili cook-off? He "Love," he said, "Love is the shed full department and professor of human This is the cognitive component of a tripped hard for hours and eventually of empties I got sitting in the backyard sexuality. love relationship, when you commit discovered that Marge was his soul waitin' to be cashed in." When it comes to the topic of love, to be in a long-term relationship – aka mate. Very romantic. Wow, absolutely ridiculous. If Homer can do it, anyone can. Byers connects her understanding with Facebook official. One slightly bitter interviewee was a the Sternberg Triangular love theory, "A good relationship should have My advice is to keep searching for girl who was currently in the midst of which breaks love down into three all three aforementioned components that somebody – you're bound to find a breakup – her answer was simply, "A major components. in order to be successful," said Byers. them eventually. Try the tannery, bepain in the ass." According to Byers, "The first com- "Commitment without passion or cause there's some real gems hanging Love is a pain in the ass? That can't be ponent is the intimacy or emotional intimacy will not spell a great relation- out down there. If the bar's not your right! I thought love was special. aspect of love." ship... Just think about a situation thing, a couple hours of Facebook Next to talk was a Leafs fan sporting This involves sharing yourself with where two parents barely even speak creeping should get you going in the the blue and white at the liquor store. someone, trusting, and knowing the to each other. Although the passion is right direction. "Love is the fact that my Leafs lost to person you are with, and making sure gone, the two stand by their commitI will leave you all with a little bit the Florida Panthers 8-0 last week and they know and trust you back. ment and stay together. By the same of Valentine’s Day inspiration from I still wear their jersey – proudly." The second component, and prob- token, a relationship based solely on everyone's favorite news team, the guys Ouch! over at Channel Four. It didn't take Brian Fantana: "I think I “[There is a] cognitive component of a love long to realize was in love once." relationship, when you commit to be in a long-term that it was time Ron Burgundy: "Really? to turn to a prorelationship – aka Facebook official.” What was her name?" fessional for help Brian Fantana: "I don't -Ed Bowes with my questions remember." about the enigma Ron Burgundy: "That's... that is "love." What better than to turn ably the favorite according to university sexual attraction will not be a successful not a good start, but keep going." to a psychologist? Brian Fantana: "She was Brazilian... students, is the passion aspect of being relationship in the long term." Love is actually a subject that has in love. Byers also went on to break down or Chinese, or something weird. I met been heavily debated in the world her in the bathroom at a K-Mart and "This is the feeling of sexual at- the first and second wave of love. of psychology. Many psychologists traction, or the spark between you "In the beginning, it's passionate we made out for hours. Then we parted have tried to come to a collective and someone else," said Byers. This love. We can't think of anyone else and ways never to see each other again." understanding about the nature of is the immediate infatuation felt for want to spend every waking moment Ron Burgundy: "I'm pretty sure love but have not been able to reach someone. with them. Everything they do is that's not love." an agreement. I had the opportunity Brian Fantana: "Damn it." The third and final component of amazing." This “honeymoon” period to speak with UNB Professor Sandra Sternberg's theory is the decision or last 18 months on average. Brick: "I love... carpet." Byers, Chairperson of the Psychology commitment aspect of a relationship. 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UNB has strong showing at entrepreneurship competition As entrants prepare for the 2008 NBIF Student Entrepreneurship Prize, The Brunswickan looks at UNB student winners of last year’s Breakthru competition. by Josh O’Kane Submitted to The Brunswickan
Each year, the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) holds a Student Entrepreneurship Prize competition to help fund students’ business ideas on their way out of university. Last November, NBIF held a new, separate competition entitled “Breakthru,” which was open to members of the whole province, despite UNB’s strong presence, with students as members of both the gold and platinum winners. Calvin Milbury, VP Business Development of NBIF, says the Breakthru competition was the next natural step after running the Student Entrepreneurship Prize (SEP) for five years. With the SEP, Milbury says that “we were focused on students and the next generation of entrepreneurs. [However,] we saw there was a need to promote entrepreneurship across the province. So we decided to create a provincial business plan competition.” The Breakthru competition was thus launched last June and promoted throughout the summer. Entrepreneurs had until September to submit their business plans. Will Trivett of Trivnet Media Systems, a computer science student at UNB, says he didn’t know about that deadline, or the competition, until the last moment.
Will Trivett, pictured here with Derek MacKay and Gregory Morris, is part of Trivnet Media Systems, which won the Gold Prize at November’s Breakthru competition. “We only heard about Breakthru He wanted to see an Indy race that about two weeks before the deadline was on, the first time with a female to enter,” says Trivett. “We threw an competing. He was upset that there application in. I had no idea what to were 12 TVs and he couldn’t hear think of it. I had no idea the prizes anything. were so big.” “He came home and asked me if Things worked out for he and the I could take a system and build it rest of Trivnet once they did apply – with TV and internet to access in a the group walked away with the gold restaurant. It sort of developed from prize of the competition, including there; we thought, ‘what else could a $50,000 equity investment and we add to it?’ So we added a menu $16,500 worth of and nutritional inin-kind services. “We threw an formation.” Trivnet’s pitch Trivett says the application system was for a multimedia allows resin. I had no device for restaurant taurants to more booths, which allows idea what to easily and quickly customers to choose manage and update think of it. I their menus and intelevision shows, surf the internet, had no idea formation. Though the current design is and perhaps most the prizes only for booths, he important, have the were so big.” says that ideally, a most up-to-date design could be set menus and restau- – Will Trivett up for other seating rant information. of Trivnet Media Systems, “About two years gold prizewinner area setups. ago,” says Trivett, Trivnet’s team my father John was also consists of driving home from Montreal to Rivers Corbett, Phil Wilson, and Saint John and stopped in an Irving Will Trivett’s father, John. Will, the station. There were TVs playing ev- only UNB student on the team, is erything but what he wanted to see. in charge of hardware development and system management. Despite still being in school, he says he puts in ten hours a week for Trivnet, and will spend the summer helping it get off the ground. Trivett says the competition and the events leading up to it, including an entrepreneurial boot camp, has helped give the fledgling company direction. “It’s been a great learning experience. We learned a lot about what direction you need to head in. It’s the first among many steps.” He says he plans to use the money invested by NBIF to leverage more funding. Right now, he’s also kneedeep in paperwork with hopes that he can have a working model prepared for trade shows by April. To maintain his focus, Trivett also says he plans to put off graduation by a year by taking fewer classes at a time, leaving more time to work with Trivnet. Greenlight Geomatics took the platinum prize of the competition, securing $100,000 in equity investment from NBIF and $39,500 in in-kind services. Brad Pierce, who became involved with the company through the UNB Business Faculty’s new Activator program, says that Breakthru is a fantastic way for entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground. “On top of being well-organized
and professional, I think it’s a great opportunity for anyone within the province who has an idea to get some startup capital – if it is going to be a feasible venture,” says Pierce, a UNB MBA student. “It’s a good opportunity for anybody in New Brunswick to start thinking about and to have an opportunity to start a business.” Greenlight Geomatics’ product is an environmentally friendly system for companies involved in vegetation management to increase efficiency in herbicide spraying operations. Using geographical information and global positioning systems set up in a laptop computer, the product automates the spray of herbicides to avoid damaging areas deemed “environmentally sensitive.” Herman Koops brought the idea forth, a land surveyor from Miramichi. He pitched it to UNB students through the Activator program, who then performed a feasibility study and market opportunity analysis to determine whether the product will be feasible in the market. Pierce was one of the members of the group who performed that study. The product certainly proved feasibly, as it took home the platinum prize from NBIF’s Breakthru competition in November. Also involved in the company are UNB students Khaled Taha, Anthony Ilukwe, and John Lord – which shows that even when the playing field was opened up to the rest of the province, UNB has managed to provide top entrepreneurs. Pierce thanks the Activator program for giving students such opportunities. “It’s given students an opportunity to be a part of a real life startup venture. A lot of people want to start their own businesses, but it’s tough without your own experience. This is a great way for students to get to know that process within a real life venture.” He will be staying on with Greenlight Geomatics after his graduation at the end of this term. Graduating students have another opportunity to pitch their business ideas soon. The NBIF Student Entrepreneurship Prize, which is available only to students graduating in that calendar year, was one of the first initiatives by the foundation. “Back in 2003, when NBIF was created, one of the key pillars of our mandate was to build a culture of innovation in the province,” says Milbury. “We thought one of the ways of reaching that goal was to target the next generation of innovators, so we created the Student Entrepreneurship Prize. “If we can’t reach these people as soon as they leave university, they may end up taking a job and getting some debt. They may never get a chance to do their entrepreneurial venture. But if we give them some money and some support, they can use that money to start a venture. If they’re entrepreneurially driven, we can give them a leg up.” The SEP application due date is February 25. This year, a grand prize of $30,000 will be given out, as well as two second prizes of $20,000. One of these prizes will go to a universitybased team, and the other to one from one of the province’s community colleges.
The silent witness Submitted by the University Women’s Centre
Since 1990, there have been 32 women in New Brunswick who have been killed by the hand of a spouse, boyfriend, or common law partner. While the “Silent Witness Project” was first conceived in the United States, New Brunswick was the first province to bring it to Canada, thus setting an example for the country. Launched in 2002, the “New Brunswick Silent Witness Project” consists of four organizations that came together to create life-sized wooden silhouettes to represent women from this province whose lives were tragically cut short. These life-size silhouettes, which have been painted red, are adorned with a shield that shares each victim’s name and their story. Through this project, the Charlotte County Family Violence Committee, the Provincial Caring Partnerships Committee, the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation, and the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research hope to help uncover the root causes and solutions to family violence, while at the same time supporting the victims and survivors of it. The goal of the project is two fold: to remember the case of Shaila Bari and to make people aware of how serious a problem domestic violence continues to be in New Brunswick. Bari was a 26-year-old business student at UNB who was killed by her estranged husband in 2003. A dedication ceremony will be held in memory of Bari and a life-size red silhouette will be crafted in her honour and will be the 16th to join the project. The bilingual New Brunswick exhibit, which was previously housed on UNB’s campus in the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, now travels the province to raise awareness about domestic violence. The Project hopes to eventually craft a silhouette to honour every woman in
New Brunswick whose life was tragically lost as the result of domestic violence since 1990. There are currently fifteen silhouettes, and soon Bari’s will be added to the exhibit. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 from 6-8 pm, in Fredericton at McLaggan Hall, room 105, on the UNB campus. The event is being co-hosted by the UNB Women’s Centre, the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, and the Global Union. A reception will follow. This event is free and everyone is most welcome to join us for this important occasion. For more information on the Silent Witness Project, please visit silentwitness.ca
Life-size silhouettes are created in memory of women whose lives are cut short by domestic violence. Their name is placed on each sihouette.
Former astronaut wants a ministry of science By Misha Warbanski CUP Quebec Bureau Chief
MONTREAL (CUP) -- If Marc Garneau could wish upon a star, Canada would create a Ministry of Science. The former astronaut spoke at Concordia University’s engineering department on Jan. 31. And while he showed images of the world from space, Garneau wasted no time before getting political. Garneau is already preparing for the next federal election in which he’ll run as a Liberal candidate in Montreal’s Westmount riding. “Important decisions are made around the cabinet table,” said Garneau. “Science isn’t around that table.” Garneau also called for a national science policy to help move Canada away from dependency on natural resources and a national science advisor “with teeth … who can talk directly with the Prime Minister.”
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“All countries want to innovate,” he said. “Finland was an agrarian society 50 years ago, but now they’re knocking people’s socks off with innovation.” Garneau says he thinks Canada is moving in the right direction, but that the country needs more vision, with increasing emphasis on science and technology. For this, he says, the federal government must be willing to invest in education. “You have to have good universities. We need universities to promote future innovators,” he said, adding that Canada’s greatest natural and renewable resource should be knowledge. He pointed to Liberal party initiatives in the 1990s as examples of the direction Canada should go. The Canada Foundation for Innovation, for instance, has put billions of dollars into equipping post-graduate research labs and the Canada Research Chair program has also been extremely successful, he said. “It has helped to attract the best minds to our universities. But it has attracted scientists who want to work with other top-notch scientists.” Garneau did not address cuts to education transfer payments made in the same era. Aside from research and education, Garneau says Canada needs more big companies like Bombardier and RIM (the makers of Blackberry), to invest in product development and a framework for transforming research into commercially viable products and services. “[A lot of research] has promising potential, but there’s no one to take it to the private sector,” Garneau said. “To take something to the pilot stage requires a lot of money.” Garneau says he hasn’t always been an environmentalist, but the view from space changed all this. “Being in space forces you to take a more global view,” he explained. Canada should grab the opportunity to develop in green technologies, Garneau said, and sell them around the world. He says he supports the Liberal Party’s plan to implement carbon taxes on big polluters. This, Garneau says, will free up more money to invest in environmentally responsible technology.
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Comments & Letters ... Barack just rocks
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by Jennifer McKenzie
Last Saturday, I stood out in the cold for over two hours to see a politician that I can’t vote for. I took a three-hour road trip to another country to listen to someone speak about issues that don’t even come close to affecting me. Sound a little crazy? It was totally worth it. Barack Obama spoke in Bangor, Maine, to an auditorium packed with over 7,000 crazed supporters, and I was there. And it was amazing. The wait was prolonged, because Obama had to go speak to the thousands still gathered outside who couldn’t fit into the auditorium. When he finally made his entrance, the crowd erupted. My boyfriend (yes, we’re one of those loser couples who do international travel to see politicians, and then talk about it for weeks;
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we even got matching Obama t-shirts) compared the feeling to Mick Jagger taking the stage at the Stones concert in Moncton – “People are just crazy for him,” he said. As I witnessed this “Obama-fever,” I couldn’t help but feel just a little jealous. I tried, but couldn’t think of one single event in my life where people have been so excited about a person that they would line up – knowing full well they’d be turned away – just for the chance to say ‘I was there.’ Can you imagine 7,000 people coming out to see Stephen Harper speak? How about the Aitken Centre filling up to the rafters to see Stephane Dion? Probably not. It’s hard to imagine because neither Harper nor Dion ignite any passion, or excitement. By comparison, they’re bland. Obama fever hits hard. There was an electric feeling running though the crowded auditorium, and anticipation for “Barack Star” to take the stage. People were eager, keyed up, to see him. He is a figure above politics; you could compare him to Trudeau or JFK and wouldn’t be wrong.
Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love What are you capable of?
Two of the Brunswickan editors road-tripped to Maine last Saturday for a chance to see American Presidential candidate Barrack Obama.
by Brian Munn
“We will end the genocide in Darfur.” With those seven words, uttered before a boisterous crowd of over 7,000 supporters on Saturday in Bangor, Maine, Barack Obama set himself apart from not only Hillary Clinton and John McCain, but nearly every key figure in international politics. “…genocide.” Yes, he went there. Obama dared to
speak the unspeakable word. The presidential nomination from the Democratic Party will be won, presumably, over the Iraq War and healthcare. Chances are good that the presidential race will focus on similar issues. Obama, meanwhile, has greater vision for reaffirming America’s place as a beacon of hope, liberty, and freedom in the world. It is with immeasurable notoriety that world leaders avoid labeling conflicts as genocide. Not even the atrocities carried out in Rwanda could convince the international community that action is necessary – Darfur goes on, even as we argue what label
to apply to the situation. But for Barack Obama, the answer is clear. “Genocide.” As per the agreement of countries that have ratified the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948), terming a conflict as genocide obligates the nation making the proclamation to act to the fullest of their abilities to end it. Yet when the country in question – Rwanda, Sudan – has little to offer in terms of resources or strategic benefits, the humanitarian duties of developed nations are ignored. Instead, hundreds upon hundreds
of thousands are massacred, and no action is taken. But in Obama, there is finally a potential leader emerging that acknowledges the presence of evil – and no, I don’t mean terrorism and other faceless ideologies. “People don’t care about ideology,” Obama has quipped. “People want practical solutions.” Finally, there is a potential leader that will step up, and will say to the world what we all already know. You can argue it is just another campaign promise, but Barack Obama is willing to admit that there is a genocide going on in Darfur. And he plans to stop it.
Theatre UNB and backslash productions is proud to present: Unidentified Human Remains And the True Nature of Love, a dark, controversial and unconventional play by Canadian playwright, Brad Fraser. Centering around the lives of seven characters, the audience will witness the characters' innermost flaws and weaknesses. Fraser exhibits their lives with unforgiving rawness by submerging the audience deep within the characters' interconnected fears and loneliness. Plagued by memories of loss, and the desperate search for truth, the seven characters struggle against isolation and disillusionment. Forcing them to deal with the fragile human condition, head-on. The production of Unidentified Human Remains And the True Nature of Love will be running from February 20th to the 23rd at 8pm, Memorial Hall, UNB Campus.Tickets are 10$ and $6 for students.Tickets can be purchased at the door. Please be advised.This play contains sexuality, course language, violence and drug use.
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Comments & Letters
The old man rant an opinion from Dave Evans
You know what really grinds my gears? Starbucks. Sure, Starbucks is great if you want to feel more important than you are, prancing down a busy street in Toronto. But guess what? This is Fredericton, New Brunswick! Asking a date to meet you at Starbucks because they'll think you're more sophisticated than you really are? Sorry pal, you aren't fooling anyone. People who live down the street from me (which is 5 minutes from downtown) grab their guns, truck and a case of beer and tramp around the woods on weekends. Hell, maybe they're drunk right now. Point is, when they go into a coffee shop, do they want to order a grande mocha-crapa-frappa-lappa-chino? Hells no! They want a large double-double, light on the bullshit. You know why there are 10 Tim Hortons in this city and only two Starbucks? Because nobody gives a damn. And that's what really grinds my gears.
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New licence plates should promote cleaner driving choices
Colour shouldn’t be the only change to license plates in Canada, argues Dutchak.
by Chris Dutchak, Intercamp (Grant MacEwan College) EDMONTON (CUP) -- Alberta's red hot economy often means that everything seems to cost more, be in short supply, or both. Citizens are eager to share their opinions on the situation and, according to the premier, they'll get their chance soon. But democracy may have come earlier than expected as Albertans were
encouraged last month to complete a web-based survey on proposed changes to the province's motor vehicle license plate design. Taking the survey I found most of the questions were mainly based on field and type colour in addition to possible imagery such as mountains, plains, and oilfields. Having been pegged for lacking ecological foresight and doing little aside from half-heartedly promoting carpooling and public transit, Alberta's political leaders should've used this opportunity to encourage environmentally sound transportation decisions. Like the veteran plates already in
use, perhaps Alberta can come up with a redesigned plate to recognize vehicles meeting certain fuel standards or space economy. Another alternative, though less attractive, would be the opposite, where vehicles with unsustainable sizes and levels of consumption are tagged with plates labelling the poor choice of the driver in a politically correct yet fun way. While Carrot-and-stick licence plate policy won't change how the province drives any time soon, more encouragement from the province would put a dent in our image as officially sanctioned planet-eaters.
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UNB’s chance at free tuition actually an underhanded marketing ploy
Contributors Christian Hapgood, Brad Conley, Alison Clack, Jordan Gill, Doug Estey, Dan Hagerman, Sean Horsley, Dave Briggs, Melanie Bell, Naomi Osborne, Mitchell Bernard, Ed Bowes, Jason Henry, Nick Ouellette About Us The Brunswickan, in its 141st year of publication, is Canada’s Oldest Official Student Publication. We are an autonomous student newspaper owned and operated by Brunswickan Publishing Inc., a nonprofit, independant body. We are a founding member of the Canadian University Press, and love it so. We are also members of U-Wire, a media exchange of university media throughout North America. We publish weekly during the academic year with a circulation of 10,000.
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So I'm sure you've all seen the numerous posters around campus proclaiming the launch of UNB's new “Only One U” marketing campaign, including the potential of winning free tuition for prospective students thanks to an online contest. Seeing as I'm in my fifth year here and due to graduate in May, this normally wouldn't interest me too much since I'm not eligible for free tuition. However, my cousin is heading to UNB Saint John in the fall, so I passed the information about the contest through the family so he could enter. After hearing that it takes a lot of work to enter the contest, I headed online to see just what it would take to get a chance at free tuition. I click on an ad for the Only One U UNB challenge, scroll past some text that tells me the contest is "cool" and to "get my thinking cap on," and I finally get to the actual requirements for entering and winning the contest. In order to win a chance at free tuition, contestants need to form a Facebook group (using their "own personal Facebook account") titled “Only One U UNB Challenge” with the contestant's name in the title and that the group must have at least 25 members to be eligible. Okay, tying contest entry to a person's Facebook profile is a little sketchy, but it's not too bad and it's not like the university can actually see the person's profile. Since UNB cannot actually see the contestants’ profiles and any potentially personal information, then the contest might be a little unorthodox, but not harmful. Oh, but the contest does not end there. No, in order to win free tuition, entrants must post materials including messages, photos, and video about one or a combination of such exciting topics as "Why you want to go to UNB,"
"What makes you unique," "What makes you deserving of this prize," and my personal favourite "Why UNB is great." Also, users are encouraged to post UNB-related imagery (like professors, campus buildings, and Fredericton or Saint John landmarks) and can receive "extra-credit" for posting pictures or links that promote UNB-sponsored links. UNBelievable. Now I can't argue with asking people to explain what makes them unique or why they deserve this prize, since those are fairly standard requests for this type of contest (although the answers to those questions aren't usually posted on the Internet for all to see). However, asking people why they decided to attend UNB and to post reasons why UNB is great is at best dishonest and underhanded, and at worst horribly unethical. By asking people to post why they are coming to UNB and reasons why UNB is great (along with the extra-credit option of promoting UNB events), the university is using the prospective students that participate in this contest for free market research and advertising. Seeing as I'm a Marketing major, I have no problem with market research or advertising. However, organizations should at least be up front about it and not disguise their efforts as a contest. Especially not a contest with only one winner, while others will not be compensated for the work they put in promoting UNB. That's the whole problem with this contest. UNB is turning prospective students’ efforts to win free tuition (which for some may be the only way they can afford to enroll in university) into free research and marketing for the university, and the whole thing is underhanded and sneaky, and not something that a supposed reputable university should be taking part in. I'm all for a contest that provides a chance at free tuition, and I'm a big supporter of alternative forms of advertising, and I even hope that my cousin enters the contest and wins it so he can get his first year of school for free. What I'm not a fan of is a contest being promoted to benefit students when the university ends up benefiting most of all. Because while there may be Only One U and only one winner, the real winner in this has only one U, too: UNB.
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Arts & Entertainment
Fashionably East Coast,
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Samantha Robichaud shared the stage with Chris Colepaugh and Thom Swift for a rollicking performance during the 2008 East Coast Music Awards Gala.
Hold Me in Your Arms by Naomi Osborne
8:30: The girls and I got out of class early and began our pre-game for the concert that really did “rock the hill.” For what was supposed to be a threehour night class, I got out surprisingly early. I was so stoked that a couple of my girlfriends and I headed over to a party where we got ready for the stellar concert that was about to take place at the SUB building. Yes, you guessed it – it was the “Rock the Hill” concert that took place last Thursday night. Just having the ECMAs in Freddy this year was excitement enough, but having access to all the amazing bands right here on campus was even better. My girlfriends and I started the night early and went to the Social Club for cheap drinks before the concert even started at 10. The night seemed rather casual but it was easy to tell there was excitement brewing in the air. For those who didn’t get a chance to make it out to hear the seven amazing bands, you really missed out. In order to accommodate all the bands, two concert venues were set up in the ballroom upstairs and the cafeteria downstairs. 10-ish: Slowcoaster kick-started the show downstairs in the cafeteria;
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noticed how the giant crowd began to swarm in and how the under-aged and non-drinking students were sectioned to a caged off area, like animals. I found this rather shocking and surprising as they were only given a small section of the floor, which was right next to a giant pillar that obstructed their view of the stage. In my opinion, it could have been set up a bit better so these students could actually see the stage, especially for a campus-oriented show. Upstairs, the scene was much different. Here, the under-aged students had the whole front area to enjoy the band, and rightly so; that is where a large portion of the crowd ended up. Hey Rosetta! put on an amazing performance and they really got the crowd going so that we were all prepared and itching for the other bands to come on. But I am not here to talk about the other bands that performed that night – I’m writing about the amazing performance The Trews put on. In fact, the first two bands were so good, the crowd broke out in shouts while they waited for The Trews to come onstage. By this time, the entire upstairs was completely full – so full, in fact, that security had to lock the doors and not let anyone else in. 1-ish: Trews time: The lights dimmed onstage and bluish purple lights shot out as The Trews began
they were followed by Grand Theft Bus and the night ended with Wintersleep. Meanwhile, the bands Hey Rosetta!, Two Hours Traffic, The Tom Fun Orchestra, and The Trews rocked the building upstairs. I began my night off downstairs watching Slowcoaster. I immediately
playing to large cheers from the crowd. Guitar squeals, drum percussions, and keyboard notes filled the large room as the band began their segment. The crowd went absolutely wild. It was blatantly obvious they had all been waiting for The Trews to come onstage the entire night, and explains why they were nominated for Artist of the Year for
their album, “Den of Thieves.” As I looked around, I remember seeing two guys who caught my attention at the very front of the stage screaming, singing, and jumping around to the music with every ounce of energy they had in them. This was great and in my opinion, everyone should have had as much enthusiasm as these two guys did. The band continued their performance playing popular songs like “Not Ready to Go,” “Tired of Waiting,” “So She’s Leaving,” and “Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me.” I’ve been to a lot of concerts, and I must say that I was impressed with their performance. They really knew how to work the crowd and the stage, plus their music is great as well. Outside, the whole SUB was in complete and utter chaos. There were people lined up on the stairwells trying to get in to see The Trews play. Downstairs was completely packed to capacity, and the set-up of the entire concert scene seemed very unorganized. I know that it was put on mostly by ECMA volunteers and overall, they did a good job, but it was difficult to find out anything, including which band was playing where
and when. Even the event workers and volunteers didn’t have a clue. There were no signs saying which bands were playing in the ballroom and which ones were in the cafeteria, so we mainly had to fend for ourselves in a crowd of about 2,000 people and hope that we didn’t miss our favourite band performing. But in the end, the actual concert and the bands’ performances made up for everything else.
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Joel Plaskett accepts his fourth - or was it fifth? - ECMA of the night for Vibe Creative Group Single of the Year. “I feel so foolish for winning so many awards,” he sang. “I hope you don’t get bored!” The Joel Plaskett Emergency performed shortly after.
Vaudevillian cluster rock by Ashley Bursey
10:30-ish: Prepped and primed to go, we managed to miss both Slowcoaster and Hey Rosetta! We arrived a bit late, I’m not gonna lie. We knew beers would be expensive and decided to pre-drink before the show to loosen things up a bit for some of the most danceable and über-fun bands to be hitting Freddy this ECMA weekend. And we arrived precisely at 10:30, figuring Sloco would be a little bit late (and, personally, being devastated about having missed Hey Rosetta!, the hometown favorites from Newfoundland) but pretty much ready to rock. Unfortunately, our plans were vastly interrupted by the fact that we couldn’t figure out how to get in the door.
I had my media pass, but I was with some friends who were on a guest list. We arrived downstairs, itching to see Sloco, and were told, after waiting in line, that we had to traipse around the building to the front door to actually get signed in and get stamped. So we did. It took us another few misguided directions to actually find this elusive list, and then we had to get stamped, and the wait in line again just to get inside. Not the best organizational setup, but then again, it was several thousand drunken students and a rowdy concert – perhaps a bit of a recipe for
disaster. We get inside and I order a Rockstar, mistakenly thinking it had vodka in it. (“What a sweet deal – only threefiddy!”) Not so. I had to go purchase a four-dollar vodka shot, as well, to mix with my Rockstar. I was thoroughly unimpressed. And we missed Sloco. 11:30-ish….maybe. We grabbed some beers and decided to take a jaunt upstairs to see a band I’ve been psyched about seeing for ages: The Tom Fun Orchestra. Having interviewed Tom himself (his name is really Ian), I absolutely loved the tunes and the personality of this super-group (can we say ninepiece?) and arrived just in time to catch some huge crowd favorites. My compadres headed beer-wise to replenish and I stayed in the front row by myself, rocking out to some of the best and most danceable tunes I’ve
heard in a long time. Perhaps I got a few weird looks. In fact, I definitely did. But the band was freaking awesome – “Check out the left-handed banjo player!” our News Editor exclaimed – from both a technical and a music-ingénue standpoint. Huge crowds and a great set-up (the front row was reserved for those of us not likely to spill beer on the musicians) made for one kickass show. “It’s kitchen punk,” Tom-slash-Ian told me on a phone chat a few weeks before the big night, as he was heading to the band’s CD release party for “You Will Land with a Thud.” “It doesn’t really mean anything. I don’t think any description of a band really means any-
thing. We used to call ourselves vaudevillian cluster rock, but we thought it was misleading.” Whatever they are, it’s hella fun. As I rock out by myself in a crowd of thousands, I recall asking him what the songs were about. “I sing about all kinds of things. It’s all a figment of my imagination. I’m looking at our CD right now,” he told me. “There’s a song about a guy and a horse, about a dog, about a group of people who live at the bottom of a river, and there’s a love song, and a song about little tiny people flying through the air. I have an active imagination. I don’t know what literary influ-
ences I would cite from my childhood, other than those Mr. Men books. I like Mr. Muddle, because I felt it was semibiographical.” I run to get a beer and join my fellow rockers behind the barricade in the beer tent, where I promptly step on about eight people’s feet and spill beer on another four as I proceed to vigorously enjoy Tom Fun. They were definitely the highlight of the night for me (I liked Two Hours Traffic, but thought Wintersleep’s show was half-assed and typical) and I can’t wait to see them again. As Ian told me, laughing, on the phone: “Fredericton, we can’t wait to do it to your eardrums.” And man, Tom Fun definitely did.
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Comedian Mark Critch, ECMA host and anchor on ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes,’ kept the audience in stitches during the show. “Fredericton - can I call you Fred? - when the Newfoundlander is telling you that you party too much, you might have a problem.”
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Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies is the host of a CBC special about east coast music, airing later this year. He also took a chance with the baton, conducting the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, who walked away with Classical Recording of the Year.
Welcome to the Night Sky by Mitchell Bernard
10:00: OK, I really wanted to see the entire show. Believe me, I didn’t want to miss a second of the performances. Unfortunately, I had a night class until 10 pm. I sat in the classroom, toe-tapping to the songs of Slowcoaster and Wintersleep in my head. I watched the sec-
onds on the clock tick, knowing that every five minutes that went by, I was missing out on a song. By the time I was able to run home and do all the necessary activities needed before I go to a concert, I knew I was going to miss the first performances. 11:00: I walked up to the SUB for an evening of fine east coast music. After running around looking for the location to pick up my pass to the event, I finally made it into the SUB. To my dismay, I just caught the last song on Slowcoaster’s set list. Slowcoaster has been one of my favorite bands since I was in high school. After a friend of mine showed me their CD in grade 11, I was hooked. This was probably the set I was looking forward to most. Instead, I headed up to watch the Tom Fun Orchestra perform. This
wasn’t the first time I had seen the band, but it was the best I’ve seen them play. Finally, for once, there was a big enough stage to accommodate the entire orchestra. Maybe it was the left-handed banjo player, but for some reason I couldn’t seem to stop dancing. One quick note I would like to make was the accessibility to the bars at the concerts. I found that each time I went to refill, I never had to wait in line. I’m still not sure if it was just sheer coincidence, but I felt like I
was a VIP the entire night. Props to easy beer, even if it was a bit pricey. 12:00: Being a fellow Prince Edward Islander, I thought I should catch the Two Hours Traffic show. I’ve heard their music and even interviewed the guys in the past, but I had yet to see them perform live. My first thought when they took the stage was, “Wow, I didn’t know these guys looked so young!” It reminded me of watching a band play at a high school or something along that line – albeit, a damn talented high school with a top-notch music program. Besides the fact, Two Hours Traffic did play a great show. They set the stage for the final performance of the evening: Wintersleep. 1:00pm…I think. I walked in during the middle of Wintersleep’s set. I’ll be honest: in an attempt to become more indie, I picked up “Welcome to the Night Sky” a few weeks before the
concert. I became an absolute fan of Wintersleep after that. Just something about their music that makes you feel all warm inside, you know? And a few cheap beers and
some salty popcorn at the S-Club certainly didn’t hurt. I’ve heard their music before and remember seeing them years ago before they blew up. This time, I actually knew who they were and could sing along to most of their songs. The boys of Wintersleep failed to disappoint. Their high-energy performance kept me entertained for the duration of their set. I don’t know how much of their set I missed, but I do know I missed my favorite song, “Archaeologist,” which I mentioned about a zillion times (I’m told) to my fellow concert-goers. Luckily, I was around for “Weighty Ghost,” a radio hit and obvious fan favourite. 2:00pm: The show, for me, ended with Wintersleep’s encore. Overall, I was quite pleased with the evening. UNBSU managed to pull off an amazing event for the younger Fredericton east coast music fans. Although I didn’t quite catch all the acts that I wanted to, I still enjoyed the show. Thumbs up to the organizers.
Taking home the hardware 2008 ECMA Recepients
McDonald’s Entertainer of the Year: George Canyon *** This makes Canyon the winner of the Fans' choice Entertainer of the Year award for the fourth consecutive year FACTOR Recording of the Year: Ashtray Rock (Joel Plaskett Emergency)
Female Solo Recording of the Year, sponsored by Memorial University of Newfoundland: If You Were For Me (Rose Cousins) Group Recording of the Year, sponsored by Stantec: Ashtray Rock (Joel Plaskett Emergency) Konica Minolta Male Solo Recording of the Year: House for Sale (Dave Gunning) CBC Galaxie Rising Star Recording of the Year: Brand New Skin (Stephanie Hardy). *** This award comes with a cheque for $5,000 from Galaxie, CBC’s Continuous Music Network Vibe Creative Group Single of the Year: "Fashionable People" (Joel Plaskett Emergency) SOCAN Songwriter of the Year: Joel Plaskett for "Fashionable People" (performed by Joel Plaskett Emergency) Video of the Year: "Fashionable People" directed by Randall Thorne (Joel Plaskett Emergency) Pattison Outdoor DVD of the Year: Back Stage Pass (The Rankin Family) African-Canadian Recording of the Year: It’s The Music (Jamie Sparks)
Alternative Recording of the Year: The City Destroyed Me (Nathan Wiley) Bluegrass Recording of the Year sponsored by Musiplex: Saddle River String
Band (Saddle River String Band) Blues Recording of the Year sponsored by Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline: Into The Dirt (Thom Swift) Classical Recording of the Year: Forbidden City Tour (New Brunswick Youth Orchestra) Country Recording of the Year sponsored by Samsung: You Ain’t Gettin’ My Country (The Divorcees) CBC Galaxie Francophone Recording of the Year: 11:11 (Vishten) *** This award comes with a cheque for $5,000 from Galaxie, CBC’s Continuous Music Network Folk Recording of the Year sponsored by National Car Rental: Looking Back - Volume 2: House For Sale (Dave Gunning) Gospel Recording of the Year sponsored by Taylor Printing: New Beginnings (Chelsea Nisbett) Instrumental Recording of the Year: Live From the Music Room (Troy MacGillivray) Jazz Recording of the Year sponsored by Greater Fredericton Airport Authority: For The Record (Bill Stevenson & Tom Easley) Pop Recording of the Year sponsored by Tony’s Music Box: Little Jabs (Two
Hours Traffic) Rap/Hip-Hop Single Track Recording of the Year: Hard To Be Hip Hop
(Classified) Sirius Satellite Radio Rock Recording of the Year: Ashtray Rock (Joel Plaskett Emergency) Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year sponsored by Western Destination Marketing Organization: Reunion (The Rankin Family) Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year: Falling On New Ground (Kimberly Fraser) Urban Single Track Recording of the Year: If You Were (Jamie Sparks) In addition, the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the New Brunswick group 1755. The group was instrumental in popularizing Acadian music in Atlantic Canada and have paved the way for many francophone artists over the last 25 years.
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Thinking outside the (chocolate) box Sweet gift ideas for the seriously V-Day challenged by Ashley Bursey
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick to death of tacky chocolates, fluffy pink lingerie, or those ‘just-a-tacky-excuseto-have-kinky-sex’ coupon booklets as Valentine’s Day gifts. It’s cool to think outside the (chocolate) box for that special, sappy day of the year, so we’ve compiled a list of innovative, interesting gifts for your significant other. But be warned: the best gift of all comes from the heart, and not from anyone’s ridiculous list, so maybe it’s just as good to get her a nice dinner and a backrub. 1. Name a star after them! The International Star Registry tells you how. Imagine how dazzled your loved one will be when they find out that distant ball of flaming hot gas is now called Lovely Laura or Sexy Sam. Seriously. She’ll pretty much have to. 2. You can personalize a fake magazine cover with you and your betrothed at www.yourcover.com. You can choose a pic, perhaps some significant quotes or a nice verbal walk down memory lane. It ships pretty quickly and only costs about $50, but you could do the same thing
Stuck for Valentine’s Day? Never fear. We’ve done the research for you, and this is just one of many timeless, heartfelt gifts to give that special someone. on Photoshop and I’m not so sure what you’d do with it once you had it...but it’s the thought that counts, right? 3. A tattoo. Wait… That’s stupid. Are
it’s a sweet idea – and you can both use it… As well as all your friends. 5. Apparently, you can buy sweet pea aromatherapy bath soap, amongst other
the Body Shop. 6. At www.timelessmessage.com, you can put a message in a bottle and send it to someone. Apparently, Oprah thinks
“Imagine how dazzled your loved one will be when they find out that distant ball of flaming hot gas is now called Lovely Laura or Sexy Sam.” you Pam Anderson? Never mind. 4. A heart-shaped hot tub. It’s a huge waste of money and you probably can’t fit it in your tiny student apartment, but
flavours on the world wide web. If your significant other has really bad taste (and you probably like to think she doesn’t), this is a great gift. Otherwise, stick with
Monday Night Movie Series
this is a cool idea. But Oprah also liked “A Million Little Pieces,” and we all saw how that turned out. 7. Want to be real romantic? Check
a typical teenage girl: unhappy, selfcritical, and plagued by problems of ostracism at school. Her malcontent father (Ari Cohen) and substance-abusing mother (Erin McMurty) do not make her life any easier. Her younger brother, Sonny (Zie Souwand), is missing from the family picture – Tracy maintains in her voiceover that she hypnotized him into thinking he was a dog; shortly thereafter, the boy vanished. The narrative that unfolds is essen-
tially Tracey‘s search for her brother, but it is not the story that distinguishes the film so much as McDonald‘s breathtaking use of split-screen and lightning-pace editing to approximate the confused mindset of this one, very particular teen. Page delivers another stand-out performance that confirms her as a young talent. As Tracey, her candid performance provides the soul that centres the visually impressionistic narrative.
moves, a pink dance garter, and the real kicker – $100 of Peek-A-Boo artificial dollars. Sweet and sassy. 12. Girls, check out www.sendapantygram.com for a totally classy way to rev his engine for the evening’s festivities. You can give him a confidential message along with the lacy thong you’ve just sealed in an envelope, and he can go online and read it. Or, you could just take him out to dinner. Ya know. One or the other. 13. Or, if you’d like to get him something kitschier, you can buy pretty sweet cereal bowls online and solve two problems at once. Maybe your man is a little bit insecure. Maybe you’re sick of stroking the ego. Well, this “Chicks Dig You” bowl will do it for you, with sayings like "You're the Man!” “You're Handsome!” “You're Strong!” “You're Charming!” Save your mouth for better things. 14. For the musically-minded boy or girl, I’d suggest a couple of tickets to illScarlett. Actually, this one isn’t a joke. This really would be a sweet gift. 15. And dudes, when all else fails, try the old standby: jewelry. Apparently, men spend twice as much on V-Day gifts as women do, and it seems like bling (and the jacked-up prices of roses around the special day) counts for the difference. But be careful: I had a friend who received a “P.S. I Love You” necklace once, and she was absolutely mortified. It’s the thought that counts, but make sure you don’t drop a ton of money on a thought that’s totally tacky.
Some markets are best left untapped
The Tracey Fragments Feb18, 2008, 8 pm Tilley Hall, room 102 Bruce McDonald’s new film, The Tracey Fragments – which premiered at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival and screened to critical praise at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival – sees him synthesizing several of his salient interests and boldly experimenting with the medium. Tracey Berkowitz (Ellen Page, The Stone Angel, Juno) is introduced as
out www.handhugger.com and buy your sweetie a gigantic, oven-mitt-looking gadget that will apparently spawn feelings of adoration and mushiness once she see how excited you are to be that close to her. Make sure you get it in a flattering color, but beware of the pinks or purples – the fact that this giant mitten fits both yours and her hands mean you’re going to have to wear that sucker, too, and you probably don’t like pink as much as she does. 8. Speaking of awkward clothing items that fit more than one person, the two-person t-shirt (bought at fine establishments like San Fransisco or at sites like shopinprivate.com) is big enough for a comfy couple to cuddle. As tacky as it might be, it will at least save you the trouble of getting past second base. 9. Moving in together? Maybe you could get him a cute ball-and-chain key ring. In fact, get matching ones. No better way to say “I love you” than reminding him just how tied down he’s going to be in a few weeks! 10. Feeling racy, but spending Valentine’s Day with the ‘rents? Or worse, the in-laws? Get her a cute little Luv Duck. It looks harmless – just the typical Ernie and Bert rubber ducky – but it’s got a handy little vibrating motor to make bath time a bit more...wet. 11. Keeping up with the erotic side of the holiday, you can buy her (or, let’s face it, him) a Peek-A-Boo Pole Dancing Kit online. It comes with an extendable chrome-plated cylindrical dance pole, dance guide of 11 Peek-A-Boo dance moves, instructional DVD with bonus
The Final Score by Dan Hagerman
Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus (SNES) Have you ever had a great idea on paper that ended up being poorly realized when you tried to make it happen? I sure haven’t, because all of my ideas are equally as incredible, but unfortunately I am far luckier than the people who made “Bronkie Health Hero”. The story behind the game is actually pretty unique. A bunch of meteors hit Earth (err… sorry, “San Saurian”) which causes a whole lot of dust to rise up in the air. but the dinosaurs who inhabit the planet are clever little things, so they built a massive contraption that sucks in all the bad air and filters it out. How a dinosaur could build anything without opposable thumbs is entirely beyond me. I mean, yeah, they could open doors in Jurassic Park, but in my personal experience, dinosaurs are far more likely to destroy machinery than to create it. Which actually brings me to the next plot element: a sinister dinosaur called Mr. Rexo steals the wind machine, breaks it into tiny pieces, and forces some other dinosaurs to guard it for him. This is where your diminutive dinosaur friend comes in. You can play as the titular Bronkie, or his friend Trakie, and learn about asthma with them. Graphics: The game was designed to be appealing to children, and in terms of cute little dinosaurs, they’ve certainly got that part nailed down. Aside from that, the level designs are repeated, and often. If I had a nickel every time I passed by a “Rexo’s Bar” sign, I’d have like 30 cents per level.
After every few levels the design changes, but it’s still all pretty repetitive, just with a different theme. You could criticize me and say that it’s a kid’s game and therefore wasn’t designed to be complex. Well, for one thing, I’m too cute to criticize, and for another thing, the level of repetition in these levels makes it hard to tell where you are in a level and exactly what you have to do, which is counter-productive to a child having fun with this game. Also, each character has about 2-3 frames of animation for every maneuver, which is counter-productive to me having fun with this game. Gameplay: Like I said earlier, the game is pretty simple, with your goal usually being to just reach the end of the level. However, this is nowhere near as easy as it sounds. In between you and your goal are various evil dinosaurs. These things will cause you harm, which is not good. Your only defence is something that looks suspiciously like a black hot dog on the end of a stick. This will somehow kill your enemies, and I don’t even want to think about how this works, or what the thing on the end of the stick actually is. Adding to your dilemma are various asthma-inducing elements, such as huge clouds of dust, smokers, and toxic waste. If you get too close to these elements, you will noticeably cough, and the screen will darken. The more you touch these elements, the darker the screen gets until finally you pass out. You can also choose to call for help right before you pass out, and the game will praise you for doing so, but either way you have to start the level over again, so it doesn’t really matter. The game is also neat in theory because at any point you can test your “peak flow,” a measurement determining what your hardest breath is. If it’s in the red, and if you have an inhaler handy (which you usually don’t), you can use it to get your peak flow back up into the green. The beginning of every single level has instructions on how to properly use your inhaler, which cannot be skipped and lasts about 15-20 seconds. This gets annoying because it even shows you again if you die. Every time. It hurts my brain just thinking
about it. Every once in awhile, to progress through the level, you must answer a skill-testing question about asthma. Maybe for a child these actually might be somewhat taxing, but I was somewhat concerned with how easy the questions were. For instance, for the question “What should you do if you feel the beginnings of an asthma attack?” one of the possible answers is “Wait two hours and hope it goes away.” That’s what I did for the movie Elektra, but I certainly don’t want to see that as an option for little kids to guess at. Instead of plain out telling kids they’re wrong for choosing this answer, the game simply won’t let them progress until they travel halfway back across the level to find some stumpy dinosaur with a mortarboard to learn what the actual answer is. By this time, the child will have become so bored that they likely will not even care about the answer. Sound: The music in this game isn’t terribly catchy, but it actually isn’t all that bad, either. While I wasn’t exactly expecting the London Symphony Orchestra (although I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t hopeful that it would be), the game does a passable job at making the music active and child-friendly. The same can’t really be said for the sound effects, just because I can’t really figure out what they’re supposed to sound like. When you attack, I guess you sort of make a whooshing noise, but at the time it sort of sounds like a zipper being zipped up really fast. Also, the sound of you inhaling things makes me uneasy at just how creepy it sounds. The Final Score: If this were a just a regular old game that had nothing to do with asthma, it would suck, although adding asthma into the mix doesn’t really help matters. I know the designers of the game meant no harm...probably. But still, if the road to hell is paved with good intentions, this game would be the Autobahn straight to the 9th circle. If you have asthma, I have a better suggestion for you than playing this game: do anything but play this game. You’ll be much happier that way. 2 out of 10 inhalers.
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A night she’ll definitely remember Hedley hits Fredericton in a stop on their cross-Canada tour by Lauren Kennedy
Where does he get all that energy? That’s the question I was asking myself as Jacob Hoggard, front man for Hedley, jumped and twisted around the stage for the majority of Hedley’s show at the SUB cafeteria on Saturday night. “Cold, crisp Fredericton. It isn’t a lot of things, but it sure has a lot of pretty people,” was how Hoggard described the city his band was playing in on their website. The night started out with two
opening bands. The Johnstones were a slightly hardcore band who chose to wear long underwear and no shirts while playing. The New Cities, a dance-punk collaboration, were tame compared to the main act, but I still have to give credit where credit is due and say they both rocked out with their socks out, particularly the New Cities, whom I had never heard before that night but was very pleased with what I saw. Then came the craziness that is Hedley. Arms flailing, bending in a way that no man ever should, and replete with never-ending high kicks, Hoggard and his crew were a sight to see. Some may have grown tired with Hoggard’s barrage of actions, while others may find it endearing; either way, we can agree to disagree and say that no matter what, even when the band was trying to take the mood down a little for some slower songs, the energy juices were flowing and
the crowd kept it going all night. Oh, the crowd. Even before Hedley stepped on stage, the screams from prepubescent kids were earshattering. Little girls and even a soccer mom or two had to get pulled from the crowd as they were being stepped on and pushed by a rowdy crew of tweens, teens, and moms who were trying to relive their youth vicariously through Hoggard and his tunes. I mentioned to the security guy beside me how ridiculous the crowd was acting and he said, “You should have seen Halifax the other night… that was way worse.” I was a little shocked at that, to be honest. The show had the typical Hedley lineup, featuring “Trip” and “3-2-1,” which were very poppy but still made the girls scream. But I’ve gotta say it: they didn’t really play to the true strengths of what Hedley is made of, because when you get right down to it, Hoggard can sing. He was the third place Canadian
Idol finalist back in 2005 and has gone on to have a better career then any of the first place winners ever thought of having. Ahem… Need I say Ryan Malcom, the first year winner? Does anyone even remember who he is? His true talent was shown in songs like “Gunnin’,” where it was only Hoggard and an acoustic guitar on stage and a sole spotlight lighting him up. And even “For the Nights I Can’t Remember,” their newest release, he sat at a piano and let the emotions soar. These were genuine, real moments, away from Hoggard’s stage performance of frenetic antics. They showed that the Victoria native really does have talent and can sing with the best of them – and bonus points for playing the guitar and piano too, which he should do more. This is one of the many stops on a cross-Canada tour the band is doing, with their final performance happening in Barbados.
Farm animals and Powerpuff Girls WERKSTATT at Memorial Hall features old t-shirts and an almost-wearable shawl by Ashley Bursey
The first thing I expected to see inside WERKSTATT were Frenchys Sutra, an art exhibition by Jennifer Beckley at Memorial Hall, and one half of the WERKSTATT series for this month, was, perhaps, an artistic rendition of the Guy’s Frenchys classic: the vintage or old-school t-shirt. And I was right. The collection – various quilts comprised of used clothing bought at 17 Frenchys locations in the Maritimes – features, as the third or fourth quilt in, an eye-catching collaboration of used t-shirts, pieced together in a vibrant quilt. From the classic Adidas logo (“That would have been such a sweet shirt!” my friend said when he saw it) to the New England Patriots, to Mario and Luigi, it was Frenchys at its finest. The quilt collection is highly diverse. From corduroy pants and jackets, cut up and pieced together, to what looked suspiciously like hospital scrubs, to a boldly-patterned citrus-colored quilt
with disjointed pictures of cartoon characters (as a former Powerpuff Girls fan, I’d recognize Bubbles anywhere), the pieces are original and creative, and more imaginative than most people would consider the average blanket to be. The name of the exhibition, “Frenchys Sutra,” plays on the idea of suturing or stitching together with intention the older pieces of clothing. For Beckley, who graduated with her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Wisconsin in 1993, this is her first time working with textiles and exploring the “expression of time in the vernacular,” according to her bio. “Working with recycled clothing as a medium has strengthened Jen’s interest in the origins of artist’s materials,” her biography continues. The WERKSTATT series is an annual emerging artists’ showcase. On the other side of the hall, Karen LeBlanc’s “Weave 2 Weave” is a tribute to Jacquard weaving technology, and the technical skill and finesse with which she has created a series of tapestries is breathtaking. LeBlanc has also created a viewing map for the public to follow as they wind their way around her collection, which ranges from farm animals to clothing to an homage to weaving itself. “I was intrigued with the computer design process and with the finished Jacquard projects,” LeBlanc says in an artist biography. “I began taking digital images of the weaving process in my studio, which I used to create the pieces for this exhibition. After taking a photography
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‘Frenchys Sutra’, an exhibit by Jennifer Beckley, shows at Mem Hall until Feb 29.
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Karen LeBlanc’s ‘Weave 2 Weave’ is a tribue to Jacquard weaving. course and several hundred pictures, I selected a series of images for this project. All pieces were designed by me and were woven at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles.” The central piece of the exhibition features a rose-colored shawl on a white background. It’s a large piece, and the attention to detail and craftsmanship of the design make the shawl look as though you could pluck it from the tapestry to swirl around your neck, as the artist acknowledges. Other pieces, including several that imitate the work of M.C. Escher, a graphic artist famous for his woodcuts, are also quite impressive. A collection of trees on a burgundy background is particularly eye-catching. Many of the pieces, such as a small collection featuring sheep and rams, mimic photographs. Each piece is unique and portrays LeBlanc’s skill with Jacquard weaving. She has hung the tapestries so both sides can be viewed, similar to photo negatives, she explains. Two very different collections that are definitely worth a go-see, WERKSTATT: Frenchys Sutra and Weave 2 Weave will run at Memorial Hall until February 29.
“Anything worth doing is worth doing right”
illScarlett, a punk-reggae-ska sensation, is coming to the SUB on Feb 14. i: War-style shooter games on my PS3. I have a problem. B: When was the happiest moment of your life? i: Getting on the Warped Tour in Sheet Music 2004. B: Which talent would you most like by to have? Alex Norman, i: I wanna dance. Girls like dancers. of illScarlett B: How do you feel right now? i: Fine. You? B: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? It’s been said that if No Doubt and i: I would be taller. Sublime had a love child, illScarlett B: What is your greatest achievewould be that kid racing up and down ment? staircases and banging pots and pans i: Being 25 and not working a 9-5 in the kitchen in a distinctly punk- job. cum-ska-cum-reggae way. They’ve B: What is your most valued posplayed big-name stages like the Vans session? Warped Tour and Edgefest, and their i: My three dogs. catchy tunes are in heavy rotation on B: What’s the most awkward situaMuchMusic and MuchLoud. With tion you’ve ever been in? the Sublime-sounding “Heaters” or i: My first physical. Cough Cough. the little-bit-pop-punkier “Nothing B: What is the quality you most like Special,” they’re a delightfully unique in the opposite sex? surprise and an infectious, delicious treat i: I like independent girls with a hot in a scene where “commercially-viable” ass. has become way more important than B: What traits do you most value in playing great tunes. illScarlett will rock your friends? Fredericton twice, first on February 14 i: Loyalty and stupidity. at the SUB and the on February 17 at B: Who inspires you the most? Nicky Zee’s. i: All the bands that we get the honThe Bruns: What situation would our to share the stage with. make you happiest? B: What current issue drives you illScarlett: To never have to worry crazy? about having money again. i: Street cars in Toronto: totally B: What terrifies you more than useless. anything else? B: How would you like to die? i: Fish and/or rollercoasters. i: Quickly and preferably in my B: What trait do you hate in other sleep. people? B: What is your motto? i: Laziness and selfishness. i: Anything worth doing, is worth B: What is your greatest indulgence? doing right.
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February 13 •2008
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Axford leads on and off-ice Sea Dogs go national,
Veteran relishes leadership role with women’s hockey club
by Hunter Gavin
by Brad Conley
Leslie Axford is proud to be a female hockey player. Going against the stereotype, Axford grew up loving hockey and everything about it. But oddly enough, the first organized sport she engaged in was not hockey, but ringette. “I have been playing hockey since grade 6, but started off in ringette and switched to hockey,” she said. “When I was little, I went to a bunch of hockey schools with my brother and that’s what peaked my interest.” “My father actually started up a girl’s team in Coal Harbour when I was in grade six, so I was able to join.” As hard as it was to find a girl’s team to play on, however, it was even harder to find female competition. “When it started off, we were the only girl’s team; we just played against the guy’s teams,” said Axford. As a result of playing for all-female teams since she was young, Axford said that it feels like she has contributed to something. “Thinking about it, when I started to play, we were the only girl’s team in Coal Harbour, Halifax, and Dartmouth,” reflected Axford. “Now there are actually girl’s leagues and tons of teams, and many new opportunities for universities to recruit. A whole new level of competitiveness has been introduced. Even the quality of girls that are rising through the ranks has risen.” Axford, who is just happy to be playing university hockey, said that there was no real plan to become a member of the Varsity Reds; rather, it just sort of happened. Now, she’s glad she made the choice to attend UNB, where she has not only an important role on-ice but an equally important role in the locker room. “Having a leadership role such as an alternate captain is really nice,” said Ax-
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Now in her fourth season with UNB, Leslie Axford has been key in the team’s transition to a new coaching staff. “It’s always hard coming in with a fresh start, but it has been a real positive change,” commented Axford. ford. “It lets you feel as if you have input in the little things, such as talking with the coach about practices, strategies, and even team functions.” This leadership role was more important than ever at the beginning of this season, when the team underwent a coaching change. “Marc [former coach Francis] was a good coach, and Donny [current coach Don Davis] came in sort of last minute with Ange [Angie Roulston] and Andrew [Lavoie], but they have done a good job with the team. It’s always hard coming in with a fresh start, but it has been a real positive change for everyone inside of the dressing room,” commented Axford. One of the major challenges for a student-athlete is maintaining their academic standing, but it is a challenge that Axford has tackled head-on. Not only is she a Kinesiology major set to
graduate at the end of this year, but she has done it while maintaining her status as an Academic All-Canadian Athlete – making her achievement that much more impressive. “Hockey has helped me to do better in school because you always have practice at night so you have certain times where you have to get your work done, or else it won’t get done at all,” said Axford. “I find my study habits are much better when I am in season.” As each day goes by, Axford inches closer and closer to graduation, and yet she says she still doesn’t have a solid plan for next year. She has been looking at schools in Australia, following the lead of former V-Red defensive stalwart Christine Cashen, but Axford still has made no commitments. But while the final destination is unknown, Axford hopes that wherever she ends up she will still be playing hockey.
After dwelling in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League basement for their first two seasons, the Saint John Sea Dogs made franchise history by locking up their first-ever playoff berth. And while the clinching 5-2 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs was impressive, the Sea Dogs did it in style in their first ever nationally-televised game. Now with 74 points on the season, the Sea Dogs hold a three-point lead over the Halifax Mooseheads atop the East Division standings. The Sea Dogs opened up a quick lead against Drummondville, scoring the game’s first goal and cruising to victory from there, with Alex Grant, Payton Liske, Chris DiDomenico, Keven Charland, and former Voltigeur Scott Howes all tallying for Saint John. Mike Hoffman scored both goals for the home team in a losing effort. Veteran goalie Travis Fullerton turned in an impressive performance in net for
Saint John, making 42 saves on the night to earn his 20th win of the season. At the other end of the ice, Michael Dupont suffered the loss for Drummondville despite making 41 saves. The Voltigeurs were awarded the game’s first power play, but some acrobatic goaltending by Fullerton prevented Drummondville from capitalizing on their early man-up opportunity, allowing Payton Liske to be able to score an unassisted, short-handed marker. Shortly after the penalty expired however, the home team tied things up when Mike Hoffman beat Fullerton through the five-hole. Saint John went up 2-1 late in the first when Keven Charland pounced on a loose pick near Drummondville’s crease and slid home a backhander. The Sea Dogs continued to pressure the Voltigeurs throughout the first period, but some stellar work by Dupont between the pipes for Drummondville – particularly during Saint John’s first power play of the match – kept his team within striking distance. Both goalies saw plenty of rubber in the opening frame, with Saint John and Drummondville combining for 38 shots over the course of the first 20 minutes of play.
After a back-and-forth opening 16 minutes of play in the second period produced no goals, Scott Howes gave the Sea Dogs a 3-1 lead when he was sprung on a breakaway by Pascal Amyot, beating Dupont blocker side with an impressive deke. Two fights erupted in the second period, with Sea Dogs forward Mike Thomas, a native of New Maryland, beating up on Jeff Marcoux before Alexandre Leduc squared off with Mike Hoffman. The score remained 3-1 Sea Dogs until midway through the third period, when Alex Grant one-timed a Scott Howes pass from the slot to put Saint John up 4-1. Hoffman pulled Drummondville back within two with just over one minute remaining in the game, but Sea Dogs superstar Chris DiDomenico restored his team’s three-goal lead with an unassisted tally to secure a 5-2 victory for Saint John. After a tough three-game road trip through Quebec in which the team dropped games to Victoriaville and Shawinigan, the Sea Dogs now return to Saint John for a home stand that will see the Moncton Wildcats, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, and Acadie-Bathurst Titan visit Harbour Station.
Road to the Finals
Who can compete with UNB? Christian Hapgood / The Brunswickan
The Varsity Reds men’s volleyball team wrapped up their regular season at home last weekend, squaring off with Dalhousie and Memorial. The UNB side was bested by Dal 3-2 on Friday night, before demolishing MUN 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. The V-Reds will face Dalhousie in the AUS Championships next weekend in Halifax.
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With just two losses so far this season, two of the top three scorers in the nation on their top line and a hot goaltending tandem, the Varsity Reds look poised to blow through the AUS playoffs and to return to Nationals.
View From the Sidelines by Tony von Richter
With two games left to play in the AUS hockey season, the UNB Varsity Reds men’s hockey team have already clinched first place overall and will receive a bye into the semi-final round of the playoffs along with the second-place Saint Mary’s Huskies. With a playoff spot locked up, it’s time to look ahead at which team could be the biggest threat to UNB capturing an AUS title and returning to the National Championships. At first glance, the Huskies would appear to be the biggest obstacle that the Reds need to overcome. However, in four meetings this season the Reds are undefeated and have outscored St. Mary’s 15-6. Despite being outscored by UNB, the Huskies do have a high-powered offence that includes five of the top ten scorers in the AUS, including the conference’s second leading scorer, Marc Rancourt. Of course UNB has no trouble finding the back of the net as forwards Rob
Hennigar and Hunter Tremblay are first and third in AUS scoring and lead the conference’s top offense that as of press time had an almost unheard of plus-70 goal differential. If it comes down to UNB against St. Mary’s in the conference finals, the Huskies won’t be pushovers but the Reds will come away with an AUS title. But it’s not the Huskies that UNB
“Prior to the Varisty Reds dominance this season, the AUS was regarded as the toughest league in the country” fans should be worried about. Instead, it’s the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus. Facing off three times this season (with one more game to go before the playoffs) the Reds are 1-2 against Moncton, even though they’ve outscored the Aigles Bleus 13-12. The goal differential is largely thanks to a 6-2 UNB win in their last meeting on January 9. With Moncton currently sitting in
third place, there is no way for them to meet up with UNB before the AUS finals – which is good news for Reds fans, since Moncton receives an automatic spot in the National Championships as the host team. That means that win or lose, UNB would be off to the Nationals once again. Although Moncton appears to have the best chance of knocking off the Reds, don’t count out the St. Thomas Tommies, who have played hard against UNB in recent games and could pull off an upset in a short series. Aside from Moncton, the Tommies have given the Reds their closest games this season, coming within a goal of UNB on two occasions, including their last regular season matchup on January 25. Prior to the Reds dominance this season, the AUS was regarded as the toughest league in the country, with any team able to beat any other on a nightly basis. With that in mind, having a team knock off UNB and take the AUS crown wouldn’t be as surprising as it would seem based on the standings. But with the way the Reds have crushed virtually every opponent they’ve faced this year, I find it hard to believe they wouldn’t win the AUS crown. My prediction: The most likely outcome is a UNB championship, with the Reds defeating the Aigles Bleus two games to one in the best of three final to head to the National Championships as the AUS Champions.
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V-Reds Results Friday, February 8th Men’s Volleyball Dalhousie – 3 UNB – 2 Women’s Volleyball UNB – 3 CBU – 1 Women’s Hockey UNB – 8 SMU – 1 Men’s Hockey UNB – 3 Dalhousie – 1 Saturday, February 9th Women’s Volleyball UNB – 3 St. FX – 0 Women’s Hockey UNB – 3 Mt. A – 2 Men’s Hockey UNB – 7 Acadia – 3 Sunday, February 10th Men’s Volleyball MUN – 0 UNB – 3
Upcominig V-Reds Events Tournaments Men’s Volleyball AUS Championships Wrestling CIS Qualifier Thursday, February 14th Women’s Hockey UNB @ STU 7:00pm @ LBR Men’s Hockey UPEI @ UNB 7:00pm @ AUC Friday, February 15th Women’s Volleyball SMU @ UNB 6:00pm @ LB Gym Saturday, February 16th Men’s Hockey UNB @ U de M Women’s Basketball UPEI @ UNB 6:00pm @ LB GYM Women’s Hockey U de M @ UNB 7:00pm @ AUC Men’s Basketball UPEI @ UNB 8:00pm @ LB Gym Sunday, February 17th Women’s Basketball UPEI @ UNB 1:00pm @ LB Gym Men’s Basketball UPEI @ UNB 3:00pm @ LB Gym
Wearing your pride on your sleeve The Fifty Mission Cap by Brian Munn
I packed up the car and headed for Maine before the sun was up on Saturday morning. I was prepared for waiting in line for hours, filing into an auditorium packed to the rafters, and feeling the electricity buzz through the crowd as we waited… for a politician. It felt like game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, but I was waiting on Barack Obama at the Bangor Auditorium. The man carried himself like a rock star, sent the crowd into frenzy like a highlight reel goal, and spoke like the next leader of the free world. But before waiting over two hours to see Obama, I killed some free time roaming the mall. I was looking at Red Sox merchandise in Olympia Sports, when something struck me as odd – this national sportswear chain was selling local high school merchandise. Burgundy and white hoodies, Under Armour, and even jerseys emblazoned with the Bangor Rams logo hung on the wall, right beside the AFC Champions merchandise of (my former favourite team) the New England Patriots. We all know how much NCAA junk there is – t-shirts, hats, posters, whatever. Notre Dame and USC merchandise is available everywhere, and in Maine, nearly every department store carries some University of Maine Black Bears stuff.
But high school? It reminded me of what I would consider to be a sad state of athletic support here in Canada. And no, I don’t mean that we’re short on jocks or jills. The only place you can purchase UNB hockey apparel is at the Aitken Centre during games. You can get UNB gear at the bookstore, but nothing with a Varsity Reds logo. When the AUS launched their new logo earlier this season, they promised a new approach to marketing and “selling” the brand. They followed through on that promise, and now you can’t get a can of Alexander Keith’s without finding the AUS logo emblazoned on the side. This will reach out to a new audience and increase the popularity of AUS athletics. But what does it do for schools? In short, nothing. Fans don’t want generic league merchandise. I can assure you, without looking at any figures, that selling Columbus Blue Jackets jerseys is more profitable than selling shirts with an NHL logo on them. As Tony von Richter mentioned last week in his annual plea for the return of the Red Bombers, school spirit here is virtually non-existent. No, V-Reds t-shirts won’t fix that. But selling the UNB brand absolutely will. Fans want something they can be proud of. They want to wear their pride on their sleeve… or their hats. It would be a spectacular thing for Frederictonians to be able to stop at Cleve’s to pick up a UNB hat, or to grab a UNB soccer sweater at SportChek. But as it stands, there are more people rocking Bangor Rams high school football t-shirts than there are with Varsity Reds apparel. And we wonder why UNB fans are apathetic?
Events across campus all month from Wellness page 1 how to create their own stress-relief program. On Thursday at the Alumni Memorial Building is the “Feel Better Fast” seminar. Taking place from 2:30-4 pm, the workshop will discuss causes and coping skills for things such as anxiety, depressed moods, stress, and anything else, which may affect enjoyment of university life. The Wellness Fair will take place in the SUB on Wednesday, February 20 from 10 am-2 pm. Included in this year’s Fair is a vending machine taste test. A program by APLS (Appealing Price Conscious Low-Fat Sugar and Sodium Stacks), students will have an opportunity to taste test new products that will be in vending machines in the near future. “They sound like interesting products that we can have. The food will actually go into the vending machines as well. There will be some sort of poster on the machine to indicate that the vending machine has healthy food in it. And then the items that are healthy will have little
stickers on them,” said Morrison. Morrison added, “In addition, there is going to be a vending machine tasting going on around campus. Starting on February 11, they [APLS] are going to be in certain buildings across campus (Tilley Hall, Head Hall, IUC Complex, Marshall D’Avray, and LB Gym). They are going to be around noon around at those locations. Sometimes there will be food to taste and sometimes there will just be information.” Carl Duivenvoorden, a local Fredericton resident, will present “An Inconvenient Truth” on Monday, February 25. Duivenvoorden has been trained by Al Gore at a three-day seminar in Nashville and has taken a one-year leave of absence to spread the word on global warming issues. The presentation will take place at Dineen Auditorium, Head Hall, at 7 pm. To find out more information on events over the next few weeks, visit the UNB Wellness website at http:// unbf.ca/wellness. For any questions, comments, or suggestions on Wellness month, you can contact the Wellness committee by e-mail at unbwellness@ unb.ca.
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
AUS Championships – Final Team Scores Men Dal 327.5 UNB 92 MUN 58.5 Mt.A 13 UPEI 2 UNB Highlights – Women Gold Vanessa Langille Silver Dominique Legault Women’s Relay Team (Alyson Moore, Kara Arsenault, Robyn McIntyre and Kelsey Robertson) Bronze Women’s Relay Team Women’s Relay Team UNB Highlights – Men Gold Nick Cameron Silver Patrick Adam Patrick Adam Morgan Millard Men’s Relay Team (Nick Cameron, Matt Rowe, Morgan Millard and Brian Beaudette) Bronze Gabe Bursey Nick Cameron Men’s Relay Team Men’s Relay Team
Women Dal 359 UNB 68 MUN 50 Mt.A 32 UPEI 13 50m Backstroke
100m Breaststroke 400m Medley
400m Freestyle 800m Freestyle
100m Breaststroke 50m Breaststroke 1500m Freestyle 400m Medley
1:07.98 0:31.49 16:38.02 4:04.28
200m Butterfly 50m Breaststroke 400m Freestyle 800m Freestyle
2:14.15 0:31.60 3:41.48 8:11.05
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