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Volume 144 · Issue 21 • February 23, 2011
brunswickan canada’s oldest official student publication.
A championship title 25 years in the making
This past weekend was a successful one for the Varsity Reds as the men’s volleyball team won their first AUS title since the 1978-79 season over Dal. The women’s volleyball team also added to their historic league leading 18 titles, picking up number 19 in Cape Breton against Saint Mary’s. Full coverage on the women’s team can be found on pg. 16. Sumbitted Christopher Cameron Sports Editor The UNB men’s volleyball team has finally gotten the weight off their shoulder, winning their first AUS championship title since 1979. Although the team has been close before, winning the first game of the best two-of-three series in 2008 before losing two straight, the Varsity Reds
showed they were not to be taken lightly this season. After dropping both matches at Dal earlier this season, UNB won both at home in their final doubleheader of the regular season before the AUS championships this past weekend. In the opening match at The Pit UNB got out to a fast start taking the first set, with Dal bouncing back to take the next two.
With their backs against the wall the Varsity Reds took the fourth set and finally the fifth to take a 1-0 lead in the series over the Tigers. On Sunday, UNB was at Dal for game two, looking to continue their threegame win streak against the Tigers. Similar to Friday night, the home team won the opening set of the match followed by the road team winning the second and third, putting UNB up two
sets to one. A sloppy fourth set put the Varsity Reds down early before they clawed their way back into the set before losing it narrowly 26-24. Although Dal tied it up, UNB head coach Dan McMorran said the fourth set was not a negative for his squad. “I think what was encouraging for us, was we were down significantly in that fourth set,” said McMorran. “But
we made a couple substitutions and were able to claw back and ended up losing it 26-24. I think that showed our guys were there to win or we were there to play hard. That is one of the reasons we have had success in the later part of the second half is we have been significantly mentally tougher in those situations.”
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brunswickannews Student Union launches advertising campaign to sway provincial government
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Colin McPhail Editor-in-Chief The message is simple. If you want a strong, sustainable economy, keep investing in post-secondary education. That was the message being spread by both the UNB administration and student union alike as the lobbying effort to sway the provincial government away from PSE cuts continued last Friday. The UNBSU invited key members from the provincial government and the post-secondary sector to a presentation informing them on the situation. “We did it to continue fostering relationships with our local government MLAs,” said UNBSU president Shannon Carmont-McKinley. “We like to consider ourselves as thought leaders in the post-secondary sector and in order to follow through on that, we wanted the opportunity to educate the MLAs on what is actually a pretty complex system.” The presentation was built around the four cornerstones of the PSE debate: students, the budget, governments and universities and other domestic and international institutions. The SU president delivered a number of alarming statistics aiming to demonstrate not only the current fiscal woes the PSE sector is facing but also how significant investment could act as solution to some provincial hardships.
As the ministers of finance and postsecondary education, training and labour listened, Carmont-McKinley identified how New Brunswick currently has the second highest tuition costs and is ranked ninth in funding per PSE student in Canada. Statistics, Carmont-McKinley said, that need to be brought to the attention of the government and the public. “Those are things that the average person doesn’t know or don’t see and there’s a lot of misconception. There are a lot of preconceived notions about how it works without a lot of actual understanding.” One of the resounding points made was the fact 41 per cent of the federal income tax is paid by 23 per cent of the population. That portion of the population has one thing in common: a bachelor’s degree. “If we’re in a difficult economic time in the province, which we currently are, why aren’t we doing more to bring a higher percentage of our population into a higher level of income, so they’re able to put more money towards things like taxes,” said Carmont-McKinley. The SU president was appreciative of her audience and hopes the presentation doesn’t fall on deaf ears. She was pleased with the growing connection between the UNBSU and the provincial government. A connection that has been lacking in the early stages of the ministry, she said.
Carmont-McK inley asserts the student union will continue to pursue their two main goals, maintaining the tuition freeze and assuring universities have an adequate-sized operating grant, in the upcoming weeks. The student union has a number of plans to help achieve these goals set in place, said Andrés Fuentes, SU policy and research officer. The student union is scheduled, depending on change in the postsecondary climate, to unleash a series of online video and radio ads in the upcoming week and stage events in the city and on campus. The message behind the ads will simply echo their goals and the points made in the presentation. “[It’s] to highlight that ‘if you raise tuition, students are going elsewhere to study and they might not come back’,” said Fuentes. “What we’re looking for is a strong, sustainable economy. In order to do that, education is a clear building block.” Carmont-McKinley understands the difficulty in preparing a provincial budget in such a delicate fiscal environment, but remains resolute that significant investment will have positive effects in the long run. “It needs to be a long-term commitment. Stops and starts and gapsolutions put in place for a couple years at a time isn’t going to do anything.”
ranked province for highest tuition costs in Canada.
per cent of UNB’s operating budget comes from the provincial government.
per cent of comprehensive universities, UNB inclusive, pay more for tuition than primarily undergraduate institutions.
per cent of Canadians possess a bachelor’s degree.
per cent of federal income tax is paid by degree-holding Canadians.
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Traditional residences to undergo $2 million reno over ten years Hilary Paige Smith News Editor
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Another UNB residence will be closing next year for renovations. Tibbits Hall, one of two all-girls residences on campus, will be closed for the 2011-2012 school year. James Brown, executive director of Residential Life, Campus and Conference Services, said the residence will be reopening to students after renovations are complete. “We have a renewal program, which involves is taking one residence out of use a year and renewing it… It allows us to do more extensive renewal than we could if there were people in the building. Because we have about 200 undergraduate beds empty, we sort’ve centralize those in one residence and we can take it out of rotation,” Brown said. Neville/Jones, one of two all-male residences on campus, was taken out of rotation this year for similar renovations. The residence will be returning the coming academic year as a co-ed house. The renovations in Tibbits and Neville/Jones are just the beginning of a series of renovations taking UNB into a changing university landscape. Though residence numbers are up at UNB, the lifestyle isn’t as popular as it once was for students moving into the university community. Residence Life will be embarking on a 10-year full renewal program for traditional residences in 2013. Bridges House will be the first residence to undergo a “full” renewal. The house will be taken out of rotation that
year to build suit-style rooms with one bathroom per two single rooms. Multiple stall washrooms will also remain in the building for students who don’t have them attached to their room directly. Traditional residences once containing 100 beds will be reduced to 75 beds. Brown said because sharing a room is not desirable to most modern students more single rooms will be introduced. After it’s full renovation, Bridges will have 30 double rooms and 45 single rooms. The full renovation program is expected to cost $2 million. Tibbits isn’t undergoing a full renovation yet. Their renovation consists of replacing lounge carpeting, updating three bathrooms and fully repainting and repairing the building. “UNB’s strategic plan is to build undergraduate residence to increase [occupancy] by 10 per cent. So, we need to maintain that – we’re not going to revert accommodation. We’re anticipating that increase in enrolment,” Brown said. Brown said there hasn’t been a decline in the number of students living in residence, rather a decline in the number of students attending UNB at all. In 2003, there were 6,989 undergraduate students at UNB, with 1,388 in the residence community. In 2010, there were just 5,713 students attending UNB with only 1,210 in residence. The percentage of students living in residence has increased from 19.9 per cent in 2003, to 21.2 per cent in 2010. “Our number has been about 20 per cent and that’s what we plan for and
Tibbits Hall will be closed for the 2011-2012 school year. Mike Erb / The Brunswickan that’s what we track. If we thought that enrolment, declining enrolment levels were going to be consistent for the 10 years or so, it would be in our best interest to do what we did with Jones House, to convert the building
to some other use. But because the university is planning to grow, we need to maintain the residence basis, so when it does grow we can still provide space for 20 per cent of the population,” the executive director said.
Next year, the women of Tibbits House who were planning on returning to the residence will still be placed in a similar setting. The “T” wing in Joy Kidd House will be reserved specifically for Tibbits women.
UNBSU VOTES 2011 Jordan Thompson (president)
Hey everyone! My name is Jordan Thompson and I am running for President of the University of New Brunswick Student Union. The President is the Chief Executive Officer and the spokesperson of the Student Union and I believe I am an excellent candidate for the job. I have been involved with the Student Union for two years, first as business councillor then as VP Finance & Operations, and I believe that I have the experience and ability to lead the Student Union in the 2011-2012 Academic Year. As VP I have learned how to optimize the one-year term and to make the most of time in office. My time involved has also given me the knowledge of the Union’s policies and has given me the opportunity to work alongside the full-time staff. If elected, I promise to increase the presence of the Student Union on campus by having tables set up biweekly in the SUB or other high traffic areas of campus staffed by the Executive or Councillors to provide information directly to students about events, services, and other Union related information. By brining the Student Union directly to students, I hope to actively engage the student population in the affairs of the Union. The day-to-day decision of government and the University affect the lives of all students and, if elected, I promise to continue to advocate for students with respect to targeted financial assistance, a tuition freeze, an auxiliary freeze, and adequate student representation on the decision making bodies of the University. For an organization to be successful it needs to be forward looking and anticipating challenges ahead and planning for the future. If elected, I propose that the Student Union undertake a strategic plan to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the organization and put forth a vision for the long-term. For more information about my platform check out thompsonforpresident.blogspot.com or e-mail me at JordanTThompson@gmail.com! Remember to vote through your eServices from February 27th to March 4th! Thank you for taking the time to read this!
Q&A with sole UNBSU presidential candidate, Jordan Thompson Hilary Paige Smith News Editor Jordan Thompson, a fifth-year business student, is the sole candidate running for presidency of the UNBSU in this year’s general election. Because Thompson is the only candidate, his future as president of the UNBSU will be determined by a yes/no vote when the polls open. The Brunswickan sat down with Thompson last week to get his thoughts on the election, his plans for the UNBSU and hear all about his platform. Brunswickan: To get started, how is campaigning going so far? Jordan Thompson: I have my posters up. I put posters up on Wednesday, I believe. It’s been a long week. I have a Facebook group with roughly 85 members, I think, and Facebook ads. B: So, there was supposed to be a presidential debate I think, is that still going to go on? JT: No, my understanding is that it’s going to turn in to a sort’ve Q&A session for all the executive candidates. Unlike the past where it’s just been presidential candidate, it’s going to be a Q&A for all five positions. I do know that you can submit questions online. B: What’s it like being the only candidate in the running? Is that exciting or disappointing? JT: I’ll be honest, it’s a bit disappointing. I would have liked to have had competition. It would have made it more exciting, make for a more interesting campaign. I think it would have been an all around better experience. B: I guess, what are the biggest issues you’re campaigning for? What are the biggest student issues out there?
JT: We’re just re-establishing a relationship with the new Progressive Conservative government. So, being able to make an effective link with them and communicating the needs of students. Tuition is of course always a need, adequate student debt repayment and the Timely Completion Benefit, and just, ancillary fees. We had an ancillary fee freeze last year under the Liberal government, hopefully continuing that under the next budget cycle. And just establishing a good working relationship with the PCs. We can go to them, take our ideas and hopefully implement them. B: What are your thoughts as far as budgeting at UNB? Obviously we’re in dire fiscal straits, so what are your thoughts on that? What is the role the SU plays in that? JT: The SU has taken a stance of also asking for a tuition freeze, but asking for it to be fully funded from the government, so that means an increase in the university’s operating grant to offset what would have been a theoretical increase in tuition. Hopefully the government does, otherwise the university looks like it’s going to be in a dire situation. I read the article last week, with Dan Murray and it doesn’t look good, does it? I guess the SU’s role in that is to work alongside the administration and make sure we’re on the same page with funding, so increases in the operating grant, at the same time, to speak out against anything that would harm students potentially. B: Great, so, what do you think some of the biggest challenges have been for council this year? JT: [laughing] Quorum is always an issue. However, the exec. and council has
This office could be Jordan Thompson’s come election week. A yes/no voting ballot will determine his fate on the SU.Visit www.thebruns.ca for the entire interview. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan undertaken measures to remove those councillors who haven’t been adequately fulfilling their duties to hopefully send a message that council is serious business and to take it seriously and not just, if you get in nothing will happen if you don’t do anything. We need to send a message to current councillor that we expect this to be a priority. Those measures like that, and also more interaction with council. It’s been done to engage council in external events and our lobbying duties. Keeping them in the loop will attract those councillors who are interested and
passionate. Once you have the passionate and interested councillors, there should be no problem meeting quorum. B: Sure, so anything – I know that internal affairs falls under the VP Internal, but what outside of external lobbying do you think is important for the SU? JT: I think it’s been a part of everyone’s campaign platform for the last few years, but, communication, effectively communicating with students, and measures have been taken in the past couple years to improve on the Student Union’s communication through a Facebook page
and Twitter. Just a new website I think has helped. One of the ideas I had is to sort’ve do a bi-weekly information booth around the SUB, or other high traffic areas of campus, so instead of students going to us, we go to students directly. Students can ask questions about anything the Student Union does and hopefully that’ll increase engagement on campus. I think it will also put a face to both the executive and councillors so they know who to go to. If we can’t directly help them, we can send them to someone who can within the university.
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Hansika Gunaratne (VP Internal)
My name is Joey O’Kane and I am currently a third year business student running for VP External of the UNB Student Union along with one of the seats on UNB’s Board of Governors. I plan to use the business training and skills in innovative problem solving that I’ve developed while at UNB to take a non-traditional approach to the position. The following is a quick overview of my platform: At the Municipal level, I will work toward building a stronger relationship between the UNBSU and the City of Fredericton by working on the Mayor’s Working Group for University and Community Relations, while acting as a liaison between students and municipal officials. Specifically, issues related to student housing and public transportation will be high on my list of priorities. At the provincial level, I will take on the ongoing fight of a fair price for quality education and team up with the New Brunswick Student Alliance to lobby provincial officials to make necessary changes to how universities are funded. Additionally, I would like to focus on issues related to student loan reform; many students struggle with the restrictions placed on them during the application process, and again when it comes time to payback the loan. On the federal level, I will be working with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations to lobby for various changes that effect post-secondary education. Even though universities are generally governed by the provinces, there are many ways that they are impacted by federal decisions, such as parental income and its effect on federal student loans. I plan to work closely with businesses in the province to identify partnership opportunities with the university that could allow for benefits in terms of hiring students. This is very important because it could, in turn, help students to not only earn a regular income, but also build connections and gain practical skills which will be applicable in many situations upon graduation. I will also act as a liaison between the student body and University officials and fight for more student control regarding issues such as ancillary fees. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit joeyokane. wordpress.com.
Hello! I am a Biology Honours student taking a Minor in Philosophy, about to begin my fourth year at UNB. I would like to incorporate my student advocacy experience as the current Faculty Representative, the knowledge gained from the association with Student Union committees, and my passion for the UNB community, to improve the consistency of the academic experiences, services and communication systems that affect all students. My involvement in tahe SU thus far, has allowed me to be informed and engage in projects which directly contributed to student services and facilities. Student services are successful mainly following their successful promotion; I have appropriately used this knowledge towards planning for the upcoming academic year. As VP Internal, my mission includes building a strong partnership between the SU and each of the Faculties, where resources such as student concerns and feedback will be shared, to facilitate the improvement of events and services. It was proven possible and successful within the Faculty of Science during my representation of the Faculty on the SU. I look forward to effectively incorporating the various hierarchies in decision making, within the UNB community, to deliver the most rewarding of student experiences. I would like to provide a well rounded academic orientation for new UNB students, by working closely with each of the Faculties which will house those students for the duration of their academic careers. I will ensure not only the exposure of all new students to the existence of the general campus services and Student Union specific services during their orientation, but also to the importance of making use of them. I also aim to improve the exposure of International students to those aspects which will ease their transition into the academic experience at UNB. I aim to include International students in more events exclusively for their benefit, and expand the current services, to better assist their specific needs. Under the VP Internal portfolio, I would like to introduce methods of increasing the efficiency of the Book Buy and Sell event. Following my experience and observations as a volunteer at the event, I believe that the introduction of a computerized data recording system would be beneficial. I am determined to contribute to as many successful UNB student experiences as possible, by seeking all constituents’ opinions and directly addressing those student concerns. Vote for the voice that cares! *Gunaratne is also up for a seat as Student Senator.
UNBSU VOTES 2011
Joey O’Kane (VP External)
Cassie MacKinlay (VP Internal)
I’m currently in my 3rd year in the Bachelor of Arts program majoring in Sociology and Law in Society. I graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma as a law clerk. Since I arrived at UNB, I have been an active participant within the University community. I’m currently a Student Senator and I’ve been Student Union Book Buy & Sell Co-ordinator for 3 consecutive terms, Member of Student Union Finance Committee, Member of Student Union Communications Committee, Member of Senate Library Advisory Committee, Volunteer Income Tax Program by the Student Union for UNB students and Haiti fundraising volunteer As a result of my employment and volunteer experience within the UNB community, I have gained valuable insight and have seen UNB from a variety of perspectives. I have witnessed how remarkably strong, determined and united UNB students are, especially when it comes to making a difference. I have heard and learned from students at various levels, in various situations, and had the opportunity to help out my fellow UNB students. I have chosen to run for VP Internal as I share the same passion for making a difference and creating awareness. I enjoy being involved with the student community and working towards goals to accomplish positive changes. As your VP internal my goal will be to create awareness between your Student Union and your University. I would like my fellow students to be aware of the services offered by the Student Union and the University faculties and departments. My main goal will be to make students aware of the services that are currently available but they are not aware of. These services include, Smart Start for International Students, Academic Advisors and tutors, Student Employment Services, and Bursaries and Scholarships I will work with my fellow students, the Student Union, and the University officials to make students aware of the current services and also introduce new services that will help the students in their university career. I am confident that I am the best candidate for the position. I have the experience, the passion, and commitment that it takes to create positive changes within the university community. TOGETHER WE CAN AND WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! *McKinlay is also up for a seat as Student Senator.
Derek Ness (VP Internal)
Hello, my name is Derek Ness; I am one of the candidates running for office as the UNBSU VP Internal in this year’s General Election. I have been involved with the Student Union since my first year of university and will be entering my fourth year. My involvements with SU activities vary from Redshirting to Shinerama, Book Buy and Sell to memberships on various SU and Senate Committees, and finally to my current position of UNBSU Differently-Abled Liaison. My various positions with the Union have enabled me to enrich and broaden my knowledge of the Student Union and university communities. If elected VP Internal for 2011-2012, my goals are to enrich and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Book Buy and Sell and of the Success Fair. I would also like to promote a more inclusive sense of family and community towards all minority groups on campus; inclusion and accessibility for everyone is a key internal policy-making project that has been in the works over the past couple of years and continues to grow. Certainly, in this portfolio, it is also important to strengthen and reinforce academic linkages with the faculties and departments on campus, so as to ensure that students have access to the best education possible, and with the best and highest quality associated services available. If you want strengthened and ensured academic programs, excellently organized and publicized academic services through the SU, and the utmost promotion and awareness of inclusion and accessibility, vote Derek Ness for VP Internal! I am also seeking re-election as the UNBSU Differently-Abled Liaison. As the Differently-Abled Liaison, I will strive to continue building contacts within the university community to achieve the highest possible levels of accessibility for all students. Since being elected in October, I have been appointed to the UNB Accessibility Advisory Council and have worked closely as a liaison between differently-abled students, the SU, staff of the Accessibility Centre and the HIL Accessibility Commons, and with other university representatives in charge of accessibility related matters. Some of my key concerns lay within the physical accessibility of campus facilities for those who are physically, intellectually, and sensory impaired. Pedestrian safety, accessibility to academic and campus services, and inclusion are key areas where my committee has been focusing its attention thus far. *Ness is also up for a seat as Student Senator.
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Cunningham (VP Finance)
Andrew Martel (VP Finance)
Hello, I’m Andrew Martel and I am one of the candidates for Vice President Finance & Operations. Some of you may know me from my time as Off Campus Student Liaison or my volunteering with the Red Shirts and Green Shirts. From those positions, I intend on bringing my leadership and experience to the Student Union, if voted in. Over the last two years, I have seen the decline in interest towards the Student Union, especially towards the Student Union budget, with only a handful of people showing up to our open meetings. If voted in, I hope to bring interest, as well as student awareness to the budget. Aside from the usual open budget meetings, I also hope to use accessible and easy surveys to find out the interests and concerns of students, and where the 2011-2012 budget should focus on. I also intend on improving our current system of clubs and societies, allowing for a larger variety of groups, and better promotion for them as well. I also hope to speak with the creators/presidents of each group, new and old, to allow for a mutual understanding of goals and plans. I plan on working with the new Executive, if elected, to review, and maintain and upgrade our current student services. I wish to work with those that are garnering a lot of interest, while assisting those who may need more promotion. If elected, and being placed as Orientation Treasurer, I would continue my vision that I had as Red Shirt, and create a better, stronger and diverse university atmosphere for all the new students. I believe that creating a strong base and strong interest in the Student Union, as well as in the orientation process, will allow for a stronger attendance to events and interest in volunteering opportunities. In all, I believe in giving a student the biggest bang for their buck. I intend on providing a stronger student-oriented budget, a better structured and diverse list of clubs and societies, as well as work with the other members of the Student Union Executive to create and promote top-notch student services. Feel free to follow my campaign trail at http://andrewgmartel.blogspot. com/ and my campaign video at www.youtube.com/AndrewGMartel . Don’t forget to vote Martel on February 27th for Vice President Finance & Operations.
I have been studying in Accounting and General Administration for nearly six years over a double-major in business and kinesiology. I possess a wealth of business experience through my employment that allows me to take on most complex tasks well and handle myself accordingly. I have experience dealing with accounting and office administration. I feel that I am the best candidate because of my experience and maturity. As an employee on the UNB campus with the Student Union Building and Sodexo, I have been able to build positive relationships with many international societies and various clubs that host events at the SUB and also work closely with Sodexo to provide a positive dining experience. I believe that it is crucial in business to build positive relationships and not necessarily focus solely on the general administration. As the VP Finance & Operations, I would be responsible for the maintenance of the books and accounts for the Union and to assist clubs and societies with their events and getting started. I specifically want clubs and societies to use me as a consultant rather than solely a funding source. I would be willing and hoping for all clubs and societies to meet with me when they require assistance for their organization or operations to make them as successful as possible. My major goals, if elected, would be to continue to develop financial goals for the Union and to continue to monitor the financial position of the Union. I would be continuously researching new opportunities to create more revenue and decrease expenses to the best of my ability. I believe that there are plenty of opportunities for the Union to become more efficient without sacrificing what we already offer. I also believe that there are budgetary issues which I would want to address if possible. Some of which are the expenses. I for one believe that there is room for expenses to be minimized through careful short- and long-term planning and also through careful discussions with the council and the Union’s members. I believe that we as a Union can move into the future in a positive way and I would like to have the opportunity to work towards achieving financial stability and future prosperity for the Union. I believe that we do not have to sacrifice the services offered for students to make our Union function.
UNBSU VOTES 2011
Chantel Whitman (VP Student Services)
Hey UNB! My name is Chantel Whitman and I am running to be your 2011-2012 VP Student Services. I am currently in my 3rd year of Arts, working on my double major in Sociology and Law in Society. I came to this university not knowing one thing about the Student Union, until I obtained a job with The Paper Trail during my first year. Through that job I have gained a knowledgeable background on the Student Union and truly believe that the knowledge I have gained will help me fulfill this position, if elected. I am a very well organized, outgoing, and approachable person. I love this university and want to better it for all of you through the services it provides. I want to make communication much better for everyone, so that services and events are successful! Transportation is another problem on and around campus as we all know, and I will work my hardest to make it better, safer and more convenient. I also want to make winter carnival more eventful throughout the week - since everyone deserves a break sometime!! I am open to all of your suggestions, ideas and comments. If elected, I am here for you, and willing to fight for what you want! So on February 27 to March 4, get your voice heard by voting on your E-SERVICES. I ask you to vote YES for Chantel Whitman as your 2011-2012 VP Student Services. Thank-You!
Tyson Belliveau (Arts Rep)
Glenwright (Arts Rep)
James Kitchen (Arts Rep)
Hey arts students! Through my experiences as a Redshirt, an executive for two student clubs (cocreator of one) and a house committee member, I feel that I am an excellent candidate for the Student Union as your Arts representative. Despite this being my first time running for council, I believe that I will be more than able to go above and beyond my role as SU councillor. I pledge to do my best to bring important issues to the table and ensure that your voices are heard.
Hey everybody! My name is Megan Glenwright and I’m running for Arts Representative and Women’s Liaison. I am an excellent candidate for these positions both because of my drive and dedication. Not only am I involved on campus with the Redshirts and currently as the Drink Smart Coordinator but I am also involved in the community as a volunteer. I am going into my fourth year of my BA in the fall with a joint honors in Women’s Studies and Sociology. I want to continue to be involved with the UNBSU as your Arts Representative and Women’s Liaison with the passion that I have for education and fair representation of all people at the university and my experience dealing with such things I urge you to select me as your ideal candidate. Happy Voting!
Hello fellow students! I am a third year History Major here at UNB, and I have decided to run for Student Council because I want to give back to the school that has given so much to me. At 25 years of age I have been able to gain many years of leadership experience and have had an opportunity to sit on committees, plan numerous events, and act as a mentor. I enjoy working with others to solve challenging problems and I am well accustomed to responsibility and decision making. As many who have had class with me would know, I have no problem making myself heard, and I intend to be a strong advocate for constituents in the Arts Faculty. Although there are a number of issues I would like to see addressed during my time on the council, I am more interested in the concerns of my constituency. If anybody would like to know more about me or my ideas, or would like to share their concerns, I strongly urge them to contact me at my e-mail address: email@example.com. Vote for me and let us work together to continue improving the student experience at UNB!
Cody Jack (Arts Rep)
My fellow Arts Students, I ask you for your attention and your votes. I am a 3rd year Political Science Honours Student and would like to be your Arts Representative on Council. I bring to the position the experience of being involved with the Student Union and other Student Organisations. I am currently a sitting member of the following UNBSU committees: External Committee and DifferentlyAbled Committee. Also, I am an executive member of the UNB PSSA. As your Arts Representative I will ensure that a progressive voice is heard on council and that our concerns as Arts Students are heard. Even though the Student Body as a whole elected the Executive, as your Arts Representative I will hold the Executives accountable for their actions. The SU should provide services for all students and I will fight to maintain existing services and bring new ideas to council on how to improve them and on where new services can be provided. Everyone on campus wants to have some fun and the SU should continue to provide entertainment that is enjoyable and engaging. So please, vote on your eServices and encourage your friends to do so as well!
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Kevin Beets (Computer Marc Gauvin Amanda Libby Ben Whitney Science Rep, (Business Rep) (Business Rep) (Business Rep) BoG, Senate)
UNBSU VOTES 2011
Hello everybody, my name is Marc Gauvin and I am running for Business Representative for the 2011-2012 school year. I am a second year student, enrolled in the Business Administration program with a plan to major in accounting. I am originally from Riverview New Brunswick just outside of Moncton . I currently live on campus at UNB in Lady Beaverbrook Residence. I am a hard worker, organized and very experienced at working with a team as well as being a team leader. If elected I would work hard to make sure that the Business students are heard on the Student Union. Business Administration is a very important faculty here at UNB and it is important that this faculty has good representation. Make sure your voice is heard, and vote Marc Gauvin for Business Representative.
Amin Sharif (Computer Science Rep)
My name Is Amin Sharif and I’m running for the Computer Science Representative. The reason I believe that I should be the CS rep, is because I have experience being a representative (The Computer Science Association Representative). I have set and help set up multiple events like, Movie nights, Video Game Paloozas, Casino night, to current events like the CSA Starcraft II Competition, which has given me the chance to solve event problems, address student issues and get things done. One of the problems I do hope to fix is the print credit issue (you will get charged even if the page is not printed, and luck would have it, our printers don’t print half the time…). If I do become elected, I will voice the problems that face the Computer Science Students, and do everything within my power to fix them. P.S. If you’re interested to learn more, you can join my group on facebook,”Vote Amin Sharif for Computer Science Representative”
I am a current in Business Administration student and a expected graduate for May 2012. During my time at UNB I have, like many students, had to switch Faculties to find out what it was that I really enjoyed. As a potential Business Councilor candidate, I plan to focus extensively on a larger and more equal allocation of dollars to the Business faculty versus other faculties on campus. This inequality has put our faculty at a disadvantage compared to other business schools, and since we are required to take classes outside of the business faculty as a graduation requirement, our tuition dollars are not allocated accordingly to us. This can be detrimental to our growing program, having approximately 900 full and part time students as well as our past alumni. I also plan to extend nap time by 30 minutes each day.
Hello, my name is Ben Whitney, and I’m running for the position of Business Councillor. I’m a second year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration program here at UNB. I’m originally from Saint John, but I now live in the Lady Beaverbrook Residence here in Fredericton. I had been contemplating becoming involved in the Student Union, and upon further research I found that only one of three business councillor seats had been filled in the current Student Union. It was this lack of representation for the Business faculty that solidified my decision to run for Business Councillor. If elected, I will help to greatly increase the amount of communication between members of the Business faculty and the Student Union. With greater communication, I plan to gain a better understanding of the needs of members in the faculty, and I will address these issues at the Council Table.
I’m Kevin Beets, a first year Computer Science Student finishing off a Renaissance College degree. I’m running to represent you, the students, in three different ways; on Senate and the Board of Governors as a student representative, and at the SU council table as the Computer Science Faculty Rep. As I finish up my current term as a Senator and look back upon my years at UNB, I am confident that I have the dedication, experience and skills needed to give you the representation You deserve with the issues You feel are important. To do this, I believe communication is key, along with openness and transparency. Elected, I will work to be available to the student body to answer any questions about any of the work we do for You. So when you vote, Vote for Dedication and Experience, Vote for Kevin Beets.
Denise Aaron Saunders Amirault Adam Melanson (Renaissance (Science Rep) (Science Rep) College Rep)
Hey everyone, My name is Denise Amirault and I am a second year Biology/Chemistry Honors student here at UNB. With such a busy course load, it’s hard to remember to stay involved and have fun outside of all our classes and labs. That’s partially why I’m running for the position of General Councilor of the Science Faculty for the 2011/2012 academic year. My job as the Science Representative would be bridging the gap between the Science Faculty and the Student Union. Not only would I represent the faculty at general meetings, I’d also be assisting Angela Regier (Student Services Coordinator) and the Science Peer Mentors in planning activities like our annual dodge ball tournament and variety show, and also working on improvements based on previous experience. I would be a good fit for this position because I’m an approachable and friendly person to voice your concerns and opinions to. More than that I’m pretty much always kicking around the science library if you needed to find me. So if you want to make your years in Science as enjoyable as possible, vote yes for me as your Science Rep!
Hi, my name is Adam Melanson and I am running for the position of science representative on council. I am a second year physics student. The current science representatives have made science clothing available for purchase and held a variety show. I hope to continue and build on these events. The student union budget is around 1.7 million dollars. This is a huge amount of money and has the potential to do great things for our campus. The spending this year of 200,000 dollars by council on their own retreat did not sit well with me. If elected I will make sure our budget is spent wisely and effectively. Furthermore, I will occasionally set up a table in front of the science library to inform science students of how their student fees are being spent and what council is doing. I also plan to be involved in lobbying the university and the province to keep public funding in place and tuition fees low. If the tuition cap is removed, lobbying the government and university becomes ever more essential to avoid future tuition increases year after year. I hope you find the time to vote yes for Adam Melanson for science representative.
Hello my fellow RC Brothers and Sisters. You may have recognized my smiling face and yes, I am running for the Renaissance College position on the UNBSU Council. You may be asking yourself why I did not nominate myself during the first round of nominations and you may be thinking that I am just filling the position because of ulterior motives. This is far from the truth. I know that next year will not be my last year at UNB and I was willing to let someone else take the position if they so desired. With that said no nominations were put forth and I took that as a sign that now was my time to make a splash up on the Hill. As your RC rep I vow to bring some RC flavour to the Student Union. I will be the first to admit that I am not Spacek, no Gerry, no Ted; but all of the RC greatness that has rubbed off on me will be brought to the table. Thanks. Please vote; and I will see you at Maggie Jean.
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Trofanenko (Nursing Rep)
I feel my involvement on and off campus and my passion for volunteering will allow me to adequately represent the Faculty of Nursing in the Student Union for the upcoming academic year. I have experience working with a variety of student groups ranging from International Rep and Treasurer in residence, volunteering at local hospitals and working as communication liaison for youth groups. I would like the opportunity to use these skills and challenge myself to work towards improving nursing student experiences, in addition to working with other campus groups to bring events and activities that will step up bonds with them. I would like to see change, and challenge both students and instructors within the Faculty of Nursing to see the changes I could bring, as well as address issues you would like to see brought up in council. Through this, I will give the Faculty of Nursing a new face, and become known across campus as individuals who are willing to help out when needed and are true to their words. We would like, if appointed to the Student Union as Faculty Reps, to see a legacy left behind and positive attitudes towards the future of our Faculty and any activities it endeavors.
Bonjour! I am running to be re-elected as Engineering Representative 2011-2012. I am in my second year of Geomatics Engineering and have always been involved UNB. I am close with the Engineering Undergrad society and am also part of the GGE society executive and TownHouse executive. I really enjoyed my experience on the Student Union this year and hope to continue to represent the Engineering Faculty in the SU. Now that I have a good feel for the Union and my role at the table, I plan to keep being involved with the Off-Campus committee and the Differently Abled committee. Next year, I would like to take on a councillor project that brings first year students closer to second, third and fourth year students from their department. If you have any questions/comments I am usually found at the EUS room in Head Hall or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. VOTE MELISSA ROUSSELLE :)
Mostafa Shaker (Residence Liaison)
Candidate did not submit write-up prior to deadline.
Jessica Jewell (Off-Campus Liaison)
Hello students! My first year at UNB has been crazy and very memorable! It’s true when they say all good things take time and adjustment! I’ve seen a lot of great people help and lead the students for many different reasons throughout the year. I’d love to represent the voice of the students to help them get the most out of their university experience. As Off-Campus Liaison, I commit myself to raising the concerns off-campus living brings and doing all I can to work with the other council members to solve those concerns and problems. The voice of all off-campus students will be my voice in the council meetings. If I am elected, I can guarantee you my 110% in this position. A vote for me, Jessica Jewell is a vote for continued and even more resources, services and information for off-campus living.
Emma Sumner (Senator)
Hi everyone, My name is Emma Sumner and I’m running in the UNB elections for the position of 2011-2012 Senator. I’m a second year honors student studying Biology and Chemistry at UNB, and since the beginning of my time at University I have been highly involved through many different avenues, at the University and in the surrounding community. Through these experiences I have further developed qualities in myself that will make me an important attribute to the Senate. I am exceptionally motivated, determined and ambitious, which are all characteristics that contribute to strong leadership. The Senate is the highest academic governing body of UNB Fredericton, and as a Student Representative I am there to serve YOU, stand up for your interests, and support your voice. You are the students, and you are what define this University. If you want your voice heard, make the right choice and vote Emma Sumner for Senator! If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at email@example.com. Thanks for your support!
UNBSU VOTES 2011
Melissa Rouselle (Engineering Rep)
Abby Wilson (Off-Campus Liaison)
Hi, my name is Abby Wilson, and I am running for Off Campus Liason. I am a third year transfer student from Mount Allison taking an Honors in Archaeology. I was on the SU at Mount Allison as a Residence Councillor, and was Secretary of the Union first semester this year at UNB. I know how the SU works, and from my experience at MTA, I feel I can bring new ideas to the table, and help make the SU a working system. I plan to focus on involvement, and helping the SU to be more of an important part of the University experience. I would also like to make a better student housing website, and have more information on landlords and off campus benefits. When voting, consider the opportunity of having the best off campus year of your life.
Hilary Byrne (Senator)
Hey Everyone! My name is Hilary Byrne and I’m a second year student studying Biochemistry here at UNB. I want to be elected by you, the students, as a Senator for the 2011-2012 academic year, so that I can represent your voice, because everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. I want to serve you by being a strong advocate for your issues and by standing up for your interests. Some people ask, ‘Why should I bother voting?’. I believe that you should vote because voting empowers you to make a difference here at UNB, and I hope that I can be the avenue that allows you to do this. If you want someone to stand up on your behalf, vote Hilary Byrne for UNB Senate.
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SEX: Now we’ve got your attention, let’s talk
Kay Sex Columnist
Let’s talk about Sex baby, Let’s talk about you and me, Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things That may be Let’s talk about sex (Salt-N-Pepa, 1990) This chorus epitomizes the messages we get throughout our lives about sex and communication. You gotta do it. Do it about when to do it. Do it about why to do it. Do it about where to do it. Do it about how to do it. Let’s throw in discussions about what you like, what you don’t like. How about talking about safer sex, pregnancy and STI’s, which adds the component of talking to your health care provider about at least some aspects of sex. Then there is the whole dirty talk and talking while having sex. Not to mention the growing popularity of sex through communication technology, which is almost entirely verbal communication. Then, just when you thought you were getting used to all that communication, many of you will decide to have children and get to figure out how to communicate to your kids about sex. Needless to say communication and sex go hand in hand… Well, at least communication and good sex. Thing is, we hear lots about the necessity of communication, but are told very little of how to do this. Seriously, who has ever told you how to a talk about sex with your partner? OK, there are probably a few “talk
dirty to him” columns out there, but generally we are not given the tools to approach and maintain comfortable, honest and clear sex talks. Sex is taboo. Yes, our parents/ grandparents had a sexual revolution and yes this has helped to lift a little of the taboo around sex. Yes, you can argue that much of our culture, particularly our pop culture, has been sexualized. Yet, at the end of the day, sex continues to be something we don’t talk about openly. Argue with me on this point – I dare you! Think about how you talk about sex with your friends, partners or in the bedroom. How often are these conversations direct or serious, or use proper words for body parts? Now, I’m not saying that no single person talks openly and honestly about sex – I’m just saying that it is not the easiest thing to do, even for the best of us (clearly meaning me or people like me). And some topics are easier than others. For example, you may have mastered the art of saying, “Yes, I’ll go home with you” but struggle with the “So how many times have you had Chlamydia?” I bet that many of you have learned how to say, “Fuck me,” “Harder,” “Yes, yes,” “Sh…slow down a little,” or “Take it easy, big boy.” Yet, when it comes to actually specifying what we like and want, many more of us trip over our words, get shy or use vague language. Still don’t believe me. Think about the detail that can go into other things we talk about. My favorite example: ordering a pizza. When I make a pizza order for delivery, it sounds a little
You’ve got thoughts. Why not voice them? Kay discusses the taboo behind talking about sex in part one of this four-part series. Mike Erb / The Brunswickan like this: “Hi, I would like to order a medium pizza, extra sauce, with ham, mushrooms, green and red peppers, red onion, zucchini, broccoli and topped with mozzarella and a sprinkle of feta cheese. Yes, I do like lots of toppings. For delivery at (insert the specifics of my address here).” Are we ever that detailed about what kind of sex we want?
The Social Network vs. The King’s Speech Pat Bonner An Opinion Earlier this month, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held its Orange British Film Awards—more commonly known as the British Oscars. Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech nearly swept the awards, taking the cake for Best Film as well as three of the four top acting awards. The film is seen as a more important film in Britain than it is here in the west, and it’s this sweeping of the awards that bring up this point: On Feb. 27, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must make it a night to recognize David Fincher’s American epic, The Social Network. I’m not going to mention the other Best Picture nominees with any attention. I wouldn’t have a problem seeing Inception or Toy Story 3 win. The Fighter was one of my favorite films of 2010. The Kids Are Alright was alright. Black Swan was really cool. The rest of the films look great, but this is a two-horse race. All of the major critic awards in the United States have given the top prize to either The Social Network or The King’s Speech.
While The King’s Speech circles a character who helms a nation during World War II, it is a feel-good story we have all heard before. What we haven’t seen before is a film encompassing a brilliant kid who sparked a revolution—a virtual revolution. Aaron Sorkin’s to-be-Oscar-winning script explores the new model for the American dream; the American dream of the Internet age. Giving The Social Network the top prize for Best Picture would be the perfect redemption for the snubbing of the Best Picture Award from the 2007 film There Will be Blood, which follows Daniel Plainview, the Mark Zuckerberg of the oil boom. These characters are hard, maybe impossible for some to like. I’ve heard so many times, how can a film about an asshole, who backstabs his friends, be a great film? It is these one tracked, ambitious minds that make America the powerhouse that it is. It is clear in the film that Zuckerberg is the father of this age. The Winklevoss’s had other priorities, as did Eduardo. Zuckerberg was the person who knew that he was bound for greatness and he did everything he had to be great. Mark Zuckerberg is the
youngest billionaire ever and is the first established great thinker of this generation. Oh, and it all started at Harvard. I have no problem with the British Oscars being swept by The King’s Speech; The Social Network does not hold as much importance there. But it is such an important film in North America; it is the quintessential American film. The American dream is a concept that has almost been forgotten, but Fincher’s directing and Sorkin’s script re-establish it in great clarity. The Social Network is foreboding and although it is dark, it celebrates a brilliant man who deserves recognition. The academy tends to commend feel-good, political films like The King’s Speech and I have no problem with seeing the film recognized; it was its cleaning up of the British Oscars that led me to conceive the importance of The Social Network being the highlight of the 83rd Academy Awards. Being Time’s Person of 2010 and the myriad awards that The Social Network brought in it has clearly been Mark Zuckerberg’s year. It is only right that Oscar Night 2011 is a night for the cast and crew of The Social Network.
“Yes, hi I would like to have sex tonight. I am looking for a large penis wrapped in a thin condom. I would like extra foreplay, licking up and down the body, slow penetration, lots of quick tongue flicks on the clit and nipples, breast massaging, toe sucking, topped with passionate kisses and a sprinkle of biting. My orgasm needs to be delivered after 30 minutes from
clitoral rubbing (in a circular motion) and vaginal penetration at the same time.” Yeah… not likely how it goes. To counter this lack of information, today is the beginning of a multi-part series on sexual communication of every kind. You can count on clear and direct discussions including tips and tricks on having these in your own sexual lives. Stay tuned!
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PSE: Students march on government Adam Melanson An Opinion It has been about forty years since a few students from UNB and STU marched to King Street to occupy the Centennial Building. At the time, they were lobbying the provincial government to keep tuition fees at around $700 a year, inspired by Newfoundland’s $0 tuition. Today, with New Brunswick students facing the second highest tuition rates in the country, we at UNB and STU need to ask ourselves once again whether the time has come to take to the streets. The upcoming provincial budget, set to drop on Mar. 22, will be something of a test for all those who care about education. With the government
planning to make cuts across the public sector, it is crucial that those who will be affected by these measures make their voices heard. The current agreement on funding for universities is set to expire and the tuition freeze will thaw as the snow melts and the river rises. As it stands, the government has been vague about its commitment to post-secondary education. Any cuts will have huge consequences for students, faculty and staff at all New Brunswick universities. If we do not act now and speak out, the government will have no reason not to lift restrictions on tuition, a move that could affect tuition fees for the next four years. Students are not the only ones who benefit from a publicly funded post-secondary education system. Cuts to funding will
have two clear consequences for everyone in the province. First, when tuition fees go up, access goes down and fewer people will have the opportunity to pursue a degree. If we want to encourage active participation in our democracy, we need an education system that is open to all, regardless of income. Furthermore, Students with high debt loads are far more likely to leave the province when they graduate to find higher paying jobs elsewhere. How can we expect skilled professionals such as family doctors to come to New Brunswick and fill the labour gap when we can’t even keep our own at home? When our educated young people leave the province, it hurts our economy. The highest percentage of our provincial revenue comes from personal income taxes and, if we allow the tax
base to be eroded, many social services that we now take for granted will suffer. Students in New Brunswick pay the second highest tuition fees on average in the country and our student debt problem is out of control. In the Maritimes, the average undergraduate leaves school $37,000 in debt, often at a very young age. As the government prepares to release details of this year’s budget, students and their families are calling on our elected representatives to defend public education by providing more funding to our institutions. On Mar. 1, students will take to the streets to reject these cuts and demand a better deal for New Brunswick. We encourage you to come out in defence of a public education. Find more information at www. march1wemarch.wordpress.com.
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Let everyone know whats on your mind.
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“A lounge in the SUB.”
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Motherhood: Giving birth to a new EP
Motherhood will be playing a show March 4 along with fellow Foodclothingshelter music musicians,The Belle Comedians. Mike Erb Photo / The Brunswickan
Matt Belyea Arts Reporter Motherhood is a special kind of experience. Unconditional, hard-working and continuously singing the lullaby you request. Motherhood is an up and coming Fredericton band working under the label Foodclothershelter Music and on the verge of releasing their new EP titled Desert Thieves. Adam Sipkema, Nathan Merrithew, Brydon Crain, Ian Goff and Kaylee Stevens make up the group of multi-talented musicians who all share a kind of three story band house on Needham St. The beginnings of Motherhood started long ago in the rural corners of Belleisle, NB where Sipkema, Merrithew, Goff and Crain often hung out in the presence of music. After moving to Fredericton the
band acquired Stevens and became The Elephant. They decided to change their name again to Motherhood in August after Stevens returned back to Fredericton from a volunteer trip in Vietnam. “I started playing a couple of songs where they needed a female vocalist and when I got back from Vietnam I was officially in the band,” said Stevens. “Brydon has always written stuff from both gender perspectives and we had this girl who had an awesome voice and who was also talented on the piano and bass. We all recognized that she added something to the band,” said Sipkema on Stevens becoming a permanent fixture of the band. Motherhood is an energetic five piece that owns the stage. Their sound can be called a lot of things from blues to drunk rock, maybe even Appalachian folk with electric guitars. But one thing
is clear: their music is original, deep and visceral and has created a buzz in the local music scene. “I think a lot of our music touches on so many genres that it’s hard to pinpoint. I think there’s a lot of blues influence in Ian’s guitar and a lot of rock influence in Adam’s drumming,” said Merrithew. As the lyricist of the band, Crain sees himself telling a story and although not immediately recognizable he said Desert Thieves is “based in Arizona about witch hunts, and fun stuff like that.” The band got together and recorded their EP this past week while in Halifax with the help of fellow Foodclothingshelter music member Dan Tweedie of The Belle Comedians. “It wasn’t something that was really planned out, it was pretty spontaneous,” said Merrithew. Desert Thieves is a follow up to their last
EP titled After Death. “We’re focusing more on composition and dynamic, I think,” said Sipkema about the new EP. Stevens noted that the last EP was written mostly from piano while this one was done by guitar making it more catchy and rowdy. “I think people enjoy our persona and the atmosphere that comes with our band. We party before and after every show and were never really that serious, a show is just another excuse to have people over and get drunk,” said Merrithew Merrithew and Goff agree that the comfort they have on stage is party due to the amount of time spent with each other as roommates. Sipkema compared jamming to eating breakfast at the Needham house. “You kind of have to laugh at the fact that it’s like smelling bacon in the
morning, everyone just gathers around it,” he said. Motherhood was eager to thank Fredericton for the tremendous support they’ve received over the last seven months. “The crowd has been so welcoming in Fredericton I don’t even get nervous anymore. It really doesn’t feel like I’m performing it just feels like I’m going to a party at the Capital,” said Merrithew. This time around the party will be at the Cellar on March 4 with friends The Belle Comedians. “I’m not sure what it is but I think there’s a common thread between us musically,” said Sipkema about the Comedians. One of the brilliant parts of seeing Motherhood perform live is watching how many different instruments they can all play. These are some of the most talented mothers you will ever hear.
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Let them eat cake, but don’t make me watch
Brad Michelson The Martlet (University of Victoria) VICTORIA (CUP) — Screw these cake shows. I can appreciate cooking shows and I love the Food Channel, but I cannot understand the fascination with cakes. There is an art and an aesthetic quality to food, even if it’s something off of the grungy Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Food varies from sour to savoury, from warm to cold. Cake is just cake; it’s sweet, usually served at room temperature and covered in fondant. There are exceptions, but no one likes f lambé, and ice cream cake screams Grade 3 birthday party. TLC’s The Cake Boss and Food Network’s Ace of Cakes have made a spectacle out of nothing, and, for some reason that completely eludes me, people are eating it up — pun intended, folks. What makes this whole gateau-fully sinful situation worse is that Food Network and TLC took these shows to the next level by making competitive versions of them. The creation and consequent popculture explosion of Survivor at the beginning of the new millennium acted as the metaphorical big bang for reality TV’s evolution. Scripted television wasn’t nearly enough to satisfy our culture’s entertainment bloodlust. We needed real people in made-to-
look-real situations doing really crazy shit for our viewing pleasure. Flash forward a decade: We’ve got less-than-amazing people racing around the world and some guy named Bear Grylls biting the heads of snakes and drinking yak’s blood from a severed jugular. What has television come to? For TLC, it’s come to The Next Great Baker, the network’s latest answer to reality TV — as if I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant and 19 Kids and Counting weren’t enough. The winner is promised $50,000, a 2011 Chevy Cruze and a job at Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey. While that’s all fine and dandy, we should remember how it ended for past winners of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, the show The Next Great Baker rips off. And I’m not talking about the one who lost her prize because she couldn’t obtain a work visa to work at Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill in London. I’m talking about the real winners. Although every Hell’s Kitchen winner — there have been eight winners produced so far by the American version — is promised a cushy head chef job at whatever overpriced Ramsayowned restaurant chosen, they end up with a less glamorous position. Likewise, for all we know, the winner of The Next Great Baker could end up as the employee who has to taste the sugar to see if they confused it
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Glen O’Neill/The Martlet with the salt. Basically, once cake shows stepped out of the “docu-soap” reality realm and entered the competition zone, a line was crossed. No cleverly edited television show can ever prove to me that the life of a baker is more exciting than my own.
Just look at Ace of Cakes. That Geoff guy is one of the least exciting TV personalities I’ve ever seen. The only reason the show is mildly entertaining to some is because head baker and owner of Charm City Cakes, Duff Goldman. I should say was mildly entertaining: Ace of Cakes was just cancelled.
More of these cake shows need to end. I drew my line at the fact they even existed in the realm of reality TV. The second the competition spin-off was conceived, that line was crossed, war was declared, and I decided to change the channel. You should do the same.
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recipe that ’s spicy, sweet, crunchy and delicious. Enough said!
6-8 apples, peeled and sliced 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp flour (if you can’t do gluten cornstarch works too) 1/2 cup brown sugar (adjust amount ac cording to how sweet your apples are) Topping 1 cup oats 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup cold butter or margarine 2 tbsp flour or cornstarch Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine first four ingredients and place in a greased casserole dish. I n a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients and mix until crumbly. Cover apple mixture with topping mixture. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown. Let cool slightly and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. You can play around with different fruit combinations and customize your own crisp. I love cranberry and apple.
Newfoundland indie rockers Hey Rosetta! visted the Boyce Farmers’ Market this past week in support of their new album, Seeds. Despite being mid-week, the Thursday Feb. 17 show was well-attended and well-received by a large audience. Seeds marks a coming of age release for Hey Rosetta!.They remain true to their lyrically sweeping style, but seem to have gained a maturity and confidence that wasn’t fully developed in their previous releases. Seeds was released Feb. 15. Mike Erb / The Brunswickan
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Ayn Rand’s first literary success, The Fountainhead may be a difficult read but it’s philosophical and political undertones make it a wonderful story even for contemporary culture.
Matt Belyea Arts Reporter Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead is a special kind of vision. Published in 1943, it was Rand’s first major literary success and received world wide critical acclaim. When Rand starting writing The Fountainhead she was unfamiliar with the world of architecture. As well as reading extensively on the topic she worked as an unpaid typist in an architecture firm. She was prescribed amphetamine Benzedrine by her doctor to help her fight fatigue and was tremendously exhausted after its completion. The novel which took her seven years to write and propelled her into fame is deeper than the skin of lust and violence scattered throughout its 700 plus pages. It’s a romantic and philosophical story of a heroic figure named Howard Roark. Roark is an unconventional modern architect trying to maintain his ideals in the face of a hard nose New York industry. Roark’s character is a foil to Peter Keating, a fellow architect whose aspira-
tions end at the corporate level. Roark is an independent individualist who nearly starves because of his uncompromising nature. With the attitude of a solipsist he chisels his genius into what he considers to be important while the ‘secondhanders’ live vicariously through the success of others. When Roark’s plans for a housing project are tampered with he blows up the uncompleted constructions. While on trail and explaining his actions he said, “I wished to come here and say that I am a man who does not exist for others.” In the same respect as Roark, the author is an uncompromising thinker. Rand is a Russian born writer who left Russia with a bad taste of communism in her mouth. When reading The Fountainhead one must keep in mind Rand’s right wing political stance. She is a stubborn opponent of collectivism, socialism or any kind of welfare state and declares that this conviction stems from her belief in radical egoism. She is an individualist who promotes the separation between economics and state. Her philosophy, which she calls Objectivism
and its concentration on reason and free will is comparable to existentialism. The Fountainhead was originally deemed too intellectual by many and was turned down by 12 different publishers it was initially shown to. Even Rand’s own agent criticized the book, resulting in the author terminating her partnership with him. Finally, BobbsMerrill Company accepted the novel after an employee risked his job to get it in print. On the surface, Rand has an unmatched ability to create interesting characters. Her prose is sharp and explosive, and the novel is often packed with intense imagery. The success of the novel gave Rand the kind of financial security that artists rarely achieve. Much like the hero of The Fountainhead, in the end Rand succeeded as an artist in a capitalist world. Ironically, in her later life she purchased a house designed by a modernist architect. The Fountainhead is intriguing account of passion and identity that readers will continue to experience for a long, long time to come.
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the bruns presents… UNB’s hidden talent Revealing Portraits and Vintage Vans: Jessica Pattison By Alison Clack - Arts Editor Most people love to be the model in front of the camera but it takes a different kind of talent to be the person behind the lens. Jessica Pattison is a third-year student in the joint University of New Brunswick –New Brunswick College of Craft and Design Bachelor of Applied Arts Program. The program is two years of study at NBCCD and two years at UNB culminating in a Bachelor’s degree. “I started my first year at UNB in a general Bachelor of Arts program, but thought that I wanted to do something more visual so I decided to look into the Applied Arts Program,” explained Pattison. She’s now in her second year at the college. After her first, foundation year at the college Pattison is now in her first year of photography. “I’m really, really enjoying it,” said Pattison, “I can stay choose to stay here another year or go back in finish and the last year of my degree.” Whatever direction she chooses,
Pattison knows that she wants photography to play a major role in her life. “I definitely want to have some sort of photography in my life. I’m just not sure if it’s going to be by teaching or by having my own sort of business on the side,” explained Pattison, although she conceded that she’s leaning more in one direction, “I’m really looking into teaching – I’d love to be an art teacher.” Pattinson’s love of photography was cemented last year, during her first year at NBCCD. “Well, in the foundation visual arts course we get to experience all the different mediums that the college has to offer and photography was my first choice.” “We did a lot of dark room stuff last year, which I found really interesting. Not a lot of colleges offer dark room courses anymore so that really drew me in. I really like dark room and different photographing processes,” said Pattison. What interested Pattison the most
was people. “I really like photographing people, doing portraits and that kind of stuff. I enjoy capturing different people’s personalities. I just find people more interesting than you know, trees and nature,” laughed Pattison. Despite her passion for portrait photography Pattison said her favourite shoot was something a little different for her. “I’ve been thinking about that and it’s been very, very hard to pick one for me,” said Pattison about her favourite piece she has done. Though, as far as favourite shoots, she has one that comes to mind. “We had this one class trip at the beginning of the year where we went to a junkyard. It was mostly cars and old buses, but I got a lot of really neat, interesting photos from there. It was probably one of my favourite [shoots].” Recently Pattison participated in a contest NBCCD was involved in with Bridgestone Tires. “Bridgestone Tires has an annual photo contest for certain schools around the country. [For the contest] we had to make up an ad for Bridgestone. Mine featured an old Volkswagen van that I’d photographed. I won the first place prize at my college.” Not only did Pattison win top spot at NBCCD, Pattison received a nod from the national branch of the competition. “For the national competition
Ashley Theriault / The Brunswickan there’s the overall winner and an honorable mention, I got the honorable mention,” explained a modest Pattison. It’s not about the contests or the
accolades for Pattison; she’s just genuinely enjoying what she’s doing. “I just really enjoy it,” said Pattison, “I hope that it can be a big part of my life – no matter what I’m doing.”
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Pattison captured this beautiful shot during Winterfest 2011 in Fredericton. Jessica Pattison / The Brunswickan
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Straight set win for UNB over SMU for AUS title
Christopher Cameron Sports Editor After winning their last AUS title in 2008, the women’s volleyball team is back on top, winning their 19th championship banner in the last 51 years. The Varsity Reds took the AUS championships by storm, winning the semifinal over the Dalhousie Tigers 3-1 and defeating Saint Mary’s in straight sets in Sunday’s final. UNB head coach John Richard said a huge reason why their team was so successful in the first round is attributed to their confidence level. “We had a lot of confidence going in and when we were down there,” said Richard. “There wasn’t too many people talking about us so we kind of flew under the radar a little. Lots of people were talking about the other top teams, but we felt like we were one of those top teams and wanted to prove it.” With a decisive win under their belt, the number two ranked Varsity Reds had to take on the number one Saint Mary’s Huskies to attain their banner. In the first set UNB owned SMU 25-9, shocking the Huskies. Although their confidence level was in the clouds, player of the game in Sunday’s final Amanda Bakker said the team did not become over confident in the remaining sets. “We haven’t had a set like that all season and I honestly thought Saint Mary’s would bring it back,” said Bakker. “All weekend we were thinking one point at time. Any little point they scored on us we just shrugged it off and that was our slogan for the weekend. Focus on the next ball, stay in the moment, don’t think ahead, don’t picture the banner, just focus on the next point.” In the second set Saint Mary’s bounced back keeping the score tight throughout the set with both teams trading the lead, with the final tie coming at 22-22, before UNB scored three straight points to finish out the set 25-22. The final set came and went, much like most of the sets in their two matches of the weekend with the Varsity Reds crushing their opponent with a 25-15 set win to sweep Saint Mary’s and win the AUS title. In her second year with the team, Bakker was named the player of the game in the final match, with Jill Blanchard being
The women’s volleyball team has won their 19th AUS championship title after a 3-1 semi-final win over Dal and 3-0 win over SMU on the weekend.The team will now travel to Laval for the CIS championships Mar. 4-6. Submitted named the tournament MVP. Bakker said winning player of the game was definitely unexpected. “It was a complete shock,” she said. “I expected it to be Erica, Jill, Tanya, or any of our other hitters that really stood out in my mind. I felt that everyone on our team contributed and everyone carried so many important points. I set them and they put it away. I was patting Jill on the back and was ready for her to go get it, so when they called my name it was kind of unbelievable.” Although she did not expect to win the
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award, UNB’s head coach spoke highly of his second-year setter. “She was solid both days,” he said. “All our hitters were on fire so it made it easier on her, but she was absolutely phenomenal with her passing all weekend.” Although she was great with her setting, Bakker was also picking up points with her signature “back tip,” something she said she learned from club play when she was younger. “Back home that was my little trademark,” she said. “I haven’t really seen
many people do that move and I try to work things in that are not a regular play to throw off the other team. An old club coach of mine taught me it and taught me everything I know basically.” This weekend was also Monica Jones’s second weekend back with the team since an early second half injury, something that Richard said was important for their team. “She was huge for us,” said Richard. “I thought she serve received extremely well, led us in passing one of the days and was passing a lot of balls. We got contributions
How many games will the UNB/Acadia AUS men’s hockey semi-final go?
Much like my counterparts, I’m going to have to go with three games straight for UNB. After last season’s early exit, where upset by StFX is an understatement, this veteran Varsity Reds squad has not forgotten that, they are healthy, their goaltenders are hot, and oh how about the fact they won the season series 3-1, with two shutouts. I guess one other factor may be home ice advantage, undefeated at home UNB is a shoe in to make the AUS finals.
The Reds are healthy, focused and firing on all cylinders. Trust me Coach Mac hasn’t forgotten what happened last year in the playoffs and will have his squad hitting the ice ready to go. This is going to be a nasty series as the rivalry between these two clubs will be sparked again. However, no matter how rough it gets, UNB’s size and skill will pay dividends and they’ll sweep Acadia in three games. Staying discipline and capitalizing on special teams is the key.
It will only make it three games. Acadia has some talent, don’t get me wrong, but in the season series, UNB took it three games to one. After losing the second game of the season series, the Reds came back to take the final to meetings with a combined 10-0 score. They will come out of the gate focused and ready to grab the AUS banner before chasing the University Cup.
from everyone, but she was up near the top of the list for you guys for sure.” The Varsity Reds will now travel to Laval for the national championships on Mar. 4-6. With a veteran-filled roster Richard knows they will help with his team’s success. “I mean the good part about things is that Jill, Tanya and some of those girls have played in CIS,” said Richard. “You have to know what it’s all about before you can compete there. We’ll definitely lean on Erica, Jill and Tanya and other girls that have played in the CIS championship.”
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The Varsity Reds are going to win three games to none. Why? Because they are an all around better team. The team is completely healthy, they have a lot of past experience, they have the drive, they have the compete level and home-ice advantage. UNB will dominate this playoff series and come out on top in three games.
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Men’s volleyball off to BC for CIS FROM CHAMPS PAGE 1 Going to the fifth set for the second match in a row, UNB got up early with Dalhousie handing them the points with service errors and kept it rolling. With championship point at 14-8, Dal scored four straight points to close to within two, a slight scare for UNB before they scored their final point and the AUS title. After being with the program since 2004 McMorran has been close with teams before, but it was still a surprise that the championship win came the way it did. “I think myself and the coaching staff were definitely in a bit of shock,” said McMorran. “We knew we were capable of beating that Dalhousie team. We were a little shocked it worked out so well. We didn’t count on beating Dal 2-0, we knew it was going to be a battle and could go either way.” He continued, discussing how great a feeling it was to win for him personally after being around the program for more than 12 seasons, both as a player and coach. “Anybody who knows me knows that when I was hired to do this job, this job to me was first of all to get an AUS championship,” he said. “It has been frustrating, I’ve tried to be patient, but we’ve been close before like you said. This victory has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to try to do, but that being said it has also been the most rewarding thing I’ve done as a coach.” Although this victory is huge for McMorran, for fifth-year players Jacob Kilpatrick and Tyler Veenhuis it was just as important. “This is huge for guys like me and Jacob Kilpatrick,” said Veenhuis. “We have both been here for five years and both had chances to go other places,
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The Varsity Reds men’s basketball team knew they had a challenge on their hands when the 16-1 and CIS No. 5 ranked Cape Breton Capers came to Fredericton for a four-point game with only three remaining in the regular season. Coach Brent Baker wrote three things on the board in the locker room before the game in which the Reds would have to defeat the Capers in if they had any chance of winning the game: energy, communication and attacking on ‘O’ were what he wrote. But what really won the game were speed, athleticism and length, all of which played in the Capers favour as they won 88-68. CBU came into the game without the tenth leading scorer and third leading assist maker in the AUS, point guard Jimmy Dorsey, who was back in Sydney nursing a sore shoulder. When asked about the team’s performance, the opinions were mixed. “First two wasn’t bad,” said Baker referring to energy and communication. “The ‘Attack on offence’ you just can’t come out and miss as many shots as we missed in the first quarter. And that was the telltale tale of the game.” “They’re not ranked in the top five because they’re poor. They’re a very good team.” Fifth-year UNB guard Andrew Wright, who along with Colton Wil-
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Above is the final men’s volleyball game played in The Pit, where approximately 1000 fans witnessed the men’s volleyball team defeat of Dal 3-2 in Game 1 of the best two-of-three AUS championship. Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan but I wanted to be part of the team here at UNB. Dal won for some many years, but I liked what I saw here. It was always a tough battle against Dal, especially waiting until my fifth year to do it (win AUS), but it happened and I wouldn’t change anything for the world.” Veenhuis continued saying how after losing for four straight years, the win was that much more rewarding. “It’s not an ‘Oh, we won again’. It’s a ‘We won for the first time in 25 years.’ Being part of the crew that did that finally, it was extremely rewarding.” Finally he discussed what stood out this season from the other years with UNB. “The confidence level, right from the beginning,” said Veenhuis. “I’ve played with some very good teams over my years here, but the confidence level with the team immediately at the beginning of the season was huge.” UNB will have this weekend off
before traveling to Trinity Western University in Langley, BC for the CIS championships. The Varsity Reds don’t intend on changing much in their preparation method in the next few weeks. “We’re going to do the similar things we have done over the last month as far as the training perspective,” said McMorran. “We don’t know who our first round opponent is going to be. That is going to be key. You can’t win a national title unless you win that first match.” McMorran continued, saying that he knows that his squad can compete with these teams on the national stage. “We know Trinity Western is going to be in the mix and we split with them this year, so we know we can compete with those teams,” he said. “I’m thinking we’re going to see the sixth seed, but to prepare we will watch video from those western teams and go over that plan with a fine toothed comb.”
Men’s basketball barely hanging on to playoff spot Sean O’Neill Staff Writer
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son, was playing his final games for the program, didn’t think that the energy levels were close to what the team needed to compete with the Capers. “We didn’t come out with the effort we wanted to, we had a bad week of practice and it showed tonight,” said Wright. “It’s a really disappointing way for me to go out in my last home game here. I love playing here, I’m gonna miss it a lot and that’s a really bad way to go out.” With this being the final game ever played at the Lady Beaverbrook Gym, the honour of turning out the lights in the building for the final time should go to CBU forward Phil Nkrumah who shot the proverbial lights out during his 30 minutes of playing time. He went 9-19 from the field, finishing with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. Scott Jaspers-Fayer and Paris Carter both added 13 points for the Capers. Dan Quirion led the Reds in scoring with 13 and Wilson had a double-double of 10 and 10 in his final home game. The loss hasn’t changed the Varsity Reds outlook for getting their first playoff spot since 2006. Six of eight teams in the AUS make the playoffs. UNB currently resides in fourth with 20 points with two road games remaining against StFX and CBU worth a combined six points. Both teams have clinched playoff spots.
Saint Mary’s and UPEI both are two points behind the Reds. The Huskies go on the road to Acadia and Dalhousie, both games being worth two points. The Panthers play StFX and Cape Breton on the road, with six points on offer. Acadia, who currently resides outside the playoff bubble, has a fantastic opportunity to leap-frog either the Varsity Reds, Huskies, or Panthers. With a Sunday night victory over Dal, the Axemen have 14 points going into their final three games, all of which are at home, against Saint Mary’s for two points and a doubleheader against last-place Memorial for two four-point games. Acadia could conceivably go from seventh to fourth in one week. Even with all the scenarios that could transpire over the final weekend of the season, UNB does have control over their playoff spot, but winning in Antigonish or in Sydney will not be easy. Baker is looking at this schedule glass as half-full. “We are hopefully going to make the playoffs,” said Baker. “What better way to get ready than playing two of the top teams in our conference. If you’re gonna go to playoffs, you’re gonna meet those guys anyway so you might as well prepare for it.” With that, 70 years of basketball at the LB Gym came to an end. Next week, the Varsity Reds hope to end the four-year streak of not playing playoff basketball in March.
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UNB to take on Acadia in AUS hockey semis Christopher Cameron Sports Editor After two weeks since the end of the AUS men’s hockey regular season, the UNB Varsity Reds will kick off the “second season” this weekend against the Acadia Axemen. In the regular season series the Varsity Reds have the edge 3-1, with two of their wins being shutouts, a third of UNB’s shutouts this season. UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall knows that his team has played well against the Axemen this season, but it will not be as easy as it has been in past games. “There’s nothing easy about a shutout,” said MacDougall. “Our players have bought into a two-way game this season. What happened in the regular season is a foundation for what we have to do in the playoffs. We know it’s a new season coming and are ready for the challenge.” “Our goals for have been down a bit, but our goals against are significantly down. We set an AUS record, beating the record we set a year ago by our crew.” That being said Acadia is coming off a pair of shutouts of their own in
After winning the season series 3-1, UNB looks to be in a good position to win their AUS semi-final series against Acadia, which begins this weekend. Gary Manning / The Brunswickan the first round of the playoffs against UPEI, both 1-0 finals, which gave them the berth into the second round. MacDougall knows Acadia will give the Varsity Reds a tough test in the postseason, much like the game in the first half where UNB lost at Acadia.
“Acadia is a very good opponent,” said MacDougall. “They’re one of the opponents that are part of getting better over the season. One way we get better is dedication and our practice efforts. The second is to have good opponents is another way and Acadia
is one of those opponents.” He continued by saying that their game against them in early January was a good showing of what to expect this weekend, when it comes to the intensity. “I think our game against them here in January was a real playoff-type atmosphere,” he said. “It was physical, both team’s played well and it was really emotional. We used that game to go to another level.” When asked about who would start in goal this weekend, MacDougall said it will be decided on Friday. “We’ve been extremely happy with both goalies play this season, so whoever is in the net on Friday night will be great for us.” UNB will open up the best three-offive series Friday and Saturday at home, both 7 p.m. starts at the Aitken Centre. Saint Mary’s will host the StFX XMen in the other semi-final. “We’re fortunate where our depth is at this year, if you look at how we did this year with the defensive core we had out and some top quality forwards as well,” said MacDougall. “We hope to be pretty well 100 per cent by Friday, but we’ll see how things go this week in practice.”
The story of Tony Proudfoot K. Bryannah James Staff Writer In 1967 a young football player from Manitoba walked onto a field in Fredericton. He put on a Red Bombers jersey and spent the next four years as an all-star defensive back for UNB. His name was Tony Proudfoot. Proudfoot was a key player for the Red Bombers. He wasn’t just a defenceman, he was driven, ambitious, and an integral part of the team. In past issues of The Brunswickan from the late sixties and early seventies, Proudfoot is mentioned continually for his outstanding performances. “The only standout for the Red Bombers was Tony Proudfoot on the defensive squad,” said in the October 1968 edition of The Brunswickan. In October of 1968, the UNB Red Bombers were up against the Saint Mary’s Huskies, a team they hadn’t beat in five years. Over 1,500 Varsity Reds poured into the stands to watch what was said to be the game of the year; and they weren’t disappointed as the Bombers broke their losing streak and sent the Huskies home with their tail between their legs. Each year the Varsity Reds honed Proudfoot’s already natural football skill and ability and by 1971 he had caught the attention of the Canadian Football League. After graduating from UNB with a bachelor of physical education, Proudfoot was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes. He became a CFL all-star. He won his first Grey Cup in 1974, but his most famous Grey Cup win was in 1977 against the Eskimos. When the Alouettes made it to the Grey Cup, ice had covered the field making it difficult for both the Alouettes and Eskimos to get a grip. Here is where Proudfoot gained the most notoriety. He suggested the team put staples in their shoes in order to gain better traction of the field. The Alouettes won the Grey Cup, which was later named The Ice Bowl. Proudfoot continued playing for the Alouettes until 1979 and then signed on with the B.C. Lions until 1982 when he retired from the CFL. He later became a teacher of physical education at Dawson College in Montreal and became a well-known sportscaster on CJAD radio. While a teacher at the college, Proudfoot was among the staff and students who survived Sept. 15 shootings in 2006, which claimed one life and wounded 19 others. Proudfoot saved the life of a young boy who had been shot in the back of the head by the gunman. He applied first aid and pressure to the wound until the paramedics arrived. In the same year Proudfoot published First and Goal: The CFL and the Pursuit of Excellence, an insightful look into success of football. Almost a year after the grisly shootings, Proudfoot was faced with a personal horror. In May of 2007, he was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a terminal illness without a cure that targets the motor muscles of the body. Like his football game in university, Proudfoot was determined to give it his all in his last play of life. Proudfoot set up the Tony Proudfoot Fund for ALS Research in Quebec and had many friends, family, acquaintances, former colleges, teammates and loved ones rallying behind him in his hour of need. “I chose to take the high road and be as positive as I could possibly be and live the life I had left to the fullest,” said Proudfoot in his last publication to the Montreal Gazette in December 2010. Proudfoot passed away Dec. 30, 2010. He was sixty-one years old.
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Women’s basketball drops CBU to stand alone in first Sean O’Neill Staff Writer The scoreboard in the Lady Beaverbrook Gym was deliberately frozen with five minutes left in warm-up before the top of the table clash between Cape Breton and UNB. This is when the Senior’s Night ritual, as well as the final games in the LB Gym, began. Varsity Reds head coach Jeff Speedy stood directly in front of the scorer’s table with a microphone in one hand and roses in the other, choking on his words when he began to talk about his graduating players, guard Leah Corby and forward Amanda Sharpe. He said that Corby will make a “great wife, mother, teacher” someday. And said that Sharpe, after an extended pause for composure, is “the reason I coach.” In another classy gesture, Speedy also honoured CBU’s sole graduating player, New Brunswick native Kari Everett, who averaged 12.7 points and six rebounds per game throughout her five-year career. During Sharpe and Speedy’s embrace,
the star forward told her coach, “Let’s go kick butt.” “So I definitely used the kind words he said and the teammates said to me before the game just to get me ready and get me going,” said Sharpe after the game. The extra emotion might have been just the fuel the Reds needed to beat their closest conference rival. UNB defeated Cape Breton in a close, tense game 71-68. Sharpe had 23 points and six rebounds in her final game at home with UNB, to lead all Reds scorers. Leah Corby had 16 points, three rebounds and three assists. “I thought she played great, but I thought she coulda really score eight or 10 more,” said Speedy of Sharpe. “But she showed the same heart of a lion or whatever.” What made Sharpe’s performance that much better was her work down low against CBU’s Denisha Haywood, who is taller and thicker than Sharpe. She grabbed an outrageous 20 rebounds in the game. “She took it right in there against those big girls and didn’t back down at all,” said Speedy.
Woodsmen top in CILA
The UNB woodsmen won the CILA championship for the fourth year running this past weekend in Truro. Submitted Brian Savoie Sports Reporter The UNB Woodsmen teams proved they were a cut above the rest after dominating the final CILA competition at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. The UNB Woodsmen teams had struggled with their last competition, with the Men’s 1 team only placing fourth out of 10 teams, a result which they were not used to getting. However, team coach Charlie MacPhee got his team to buckle down and improve on their weak points. A couple of weeks of intense practicing and a drive to win the overall championship was enough for UNB to go into this final competition with the edge and the desire to come out on top. MacPhee was quite please with his squad’s effort. “[This] weekend went excellent. The Men’s 1 team won first overall in the show and in turn won first overall in the league,” said MacPhee. “The Men’s 2 team won their first event of the year this year. Tyler Selick won the chainsaw event. The Women’s 1 team placed well and won the team swede saw event.” The final point tally put UNB more than 100 points ahead of the hometown NSAC. The scoring system for determining the champion is based on the best three of the four events points being tallied. UNB came out on top once again as the champions, dominating the championship by nearly 200 points, with the NSAC in a distant second. “Going in we had a 59 point lead, which we extended by close to 200 by the time the dust settled. It was our best show of the year. It was the highest of any school of the year, best show of any team of the year. We feel good about that,” said MacPhee. “This is our fourth year
in a row that the Men’s 1 has won the national championship.” MacPhee noted there were a few factors giving the Woodmens the edge this weekend that were missing from the last competition “Our singles performances this time was excellent. I think that everyone improved our score and everyone did better than McGill. We won two [team events] and placed in all the other ones.” He went on to talk about some highlights from the competition itself. “Matt Michaud won his super Swede singles and Andrew Murray won his pole climbing singles.” The Women’s 1 team held onto their third place position right until the end, but MacPhee expressed some optimism for them to pull ahead for the next season. “The girl’s team, they improved again,” said MacPhee. “They won a team even which is important. It’s the whole team that did better than all the other teams. The girl’s team has five of six returning so they’re in good shape. They should do better next year than they did this year.” The Men’s 1 team was not so lucky when MacPhee was asked about another repeat in 2012. MacPhee was much more cautious about commenting on their potential to take the championship for a fifth year running. “We’re losing at least three people. Maybe more, depending on what they do next year. That’s troubling,” he said. “But that’s why we have a B team; we’re always developing a background. We have two guys returning from the B team.” Regardless of the challenges that the next year will bring, the UNB Woodsmen teams are once again on top for the fourth year running are the National Champions of the Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association.
Going into the weekend tied for first in the AUS with CBU, the women’s basketball team won 71-68, picking up four points.They are on the road this weekend for their final two regular season games. Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan “I don’t know if I’ve ever played against somebody that’s blocked me that much,” said Sharpe of Haywood’s play, “so lots of props to her.” “I just needed to use all my moves tonight. It was definitely a battle, but it was
awesome coming out on top.” UNB had clutch scoring down the stretch to pull out the victory and now stand four points ahead of CBU in the race for the first overall spot in the AUS. With two games left, away to StFX and
the Capers, one win will seal first place for UNB, but Speedy has bigger visions for his team. “Our league doesn’t give you a banner for winning the league in conference play, they only give you a banner for winning it in March,” said Speedy. “It would be nice to finish first or second and this win gives us a chance to do that. So that’s really all I care about.” “So the focus is not to go down to X and Cape Breton and win, the focus is getting better next week going into playoffs, and we’re probably good enough that if we play a good game we’ll win a game or two. We just want to stay healthy and get better for playoffs, and be peaking at the right time.” The focus is on the playoffs for the coach, but for the graduating starters, the focus after the night was reflecting on their careers. “It is bittersweet that it’s the last time I’ll play here,” said Sharpe. “It’s kinda cool to go out with the Pit, because next year I’ll definitely be watching the girls playing in the Currie Centre, so that’ll be different.”
20 • Feb. 23, 2011 • Issue 21 • Volume 144
Canada's Oldest Official Student Publication