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etsy Volume 144 · Issue 22 • March 2, 2011
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Chlamydia campaign for NB
Riding the Black Turkey
Hilary Paige Smith News Editor The department of Public Health has launched a new campaign informing young New Brunswickers about Chlamydia. Incidence rates of the sexually transmitted infection are 30 times higher among people ages 15 to 29. University students are considered a high-risk group. Along with launching a prominent advertising campaign with ads splashed on Facebook homepages, the department is also promoting self-testing kits for the infection. People can pick their testing kit up at any of the locations outlined by the health department as well as drop them off at these locations. The kits, which require a urine sample, are tested by laboratories and results are sent to a doctor. If results come up positive, the doctor will call the patient in for treatment. Test results are confidential. Karen Wilson, communicable disease co-ordinator with Public Health, said, if people are still anxious about their negative result, there is a list of numbers they can call on the government of New Brunswick’s “Who Knew?” STI campaign site. “(The kits) make testing easily accessible to the population because some of the population may not have a family doctor or may not be comfortable going to a family doctor, may have had some risk activities in the past and may just be wondering if they exposed themselves to something,” Wilson said. The campaign aims to increase the number of people getting tested and let people in the 15 to 29 demographic know they are at risk for the infection if they have unsafe sexual practices. Dr. Alban Martin, clinical chief at the Student Health Centre, outlined the reason for high infection numbers among students. ”The answer is simple - tendency to have multiple partners and lack of condom use. There is a sense of invincibility and assumption they will not get infected. In the end, it’s simple math. The more partners you have, the higher the probability you’re going to be exposed to an STI,” he said. Martin said he is hopeful the home kits will encourage people to get tested. For a list of places to pick up a testing kit, as well as more information about Chlamydia, visit www.gnb.ca/whoknew.
Owen Steel, Doug Macnearney and Will Fitzpatrick will be heading down to Texas later this March to check out the SxSW festival.The group will also try and perform their own music over the course of their trip. Mike Erb / The Brunswickan Matt Belyea Arts Reporter Owen Steel is hoping his delicate ride will survive the 2,400 mile trek to the South by Southwest (SXSW) musical festival in Austin, Texas. Steel calls his 1999 Toyota Tercel “The Black Turkey.” “She’s got one blue wing on the left side, the other is black. I love her to death. Most turkeys can’t fly; this one can.” Steel’s upcoming show at the Wilser’s Room in Fredericton on March 10 will act as a fundraiser for his trip, helping him gas up and get on the road. Steel is a born and raised Maritime folk musician whose musical experiences run deep into the rural area around St. Andrews, NB and across P.E.I. Some of his earliest memories include the folk culture circulating St. Andrews when he was a boy. “That part of the province was/is full of draft dodgers and they brought along the spirit of folk music with them,” said Steel. He joined in on music circles and pot-
lucks and was in contact with many musicians through a local inn that his father ran. “They were always on the porch playing, out back in the school house smoking, in the middle of the living room writing or in the kitchen cooking.” Steel found himself caught in the touring circuit of many musicians. “The songsters kept passing through town, and I think on a more subconscious level I was studying them. Not only their music, but their way of life.” He adopted the bohemian qualities he witnessed in other musicians at his father’s inn and these days he enjoys getting on the road himself. He’s done two tours with Via Rail where they paid his travel and accommodation in exchange for song. He said that performing on the train was a great experience and a good way to meet other musicians. “On our way back from Austin, we’ll probably be staying with a musician from Virginia who I met on the train from Vancouver to Toronto.” Steel’s folk rifts and lyrical driven mel-
odies have become a Fredericton favourite over the years. “I spent close to three years living there [Fredericton] and it was a pretty big step in my development as a live performer. I’ve noticed a lot of bands who come through Fredericton always claim it as their favourite place to play.” “I’ve experienced many great places as a musician and Fredericton is up top, no question! And that has a lot to do with the crowd: good, fun people who I find are well aware of the arts and are keen to support it.” His Wilser’s Room performance will be complimented by percussion king Mike Humble and the renowned Joel LeBlanc. After leaving Fredericton, Steel is making one last stop in St. Andrews before his pilgrimage down south. Joining Steel on the trip down to Texas will be fellow musicians, Doug Macnearney and Will Fitzpatrick. “We may also be meeting up with an old friend of mine named Nico and our friend Babette Hayward is flying down ahead of us.” His trip will take him through New York
and Kentucky in a three to four-day stretch that will leave him seeing a large part of the United States. “My main priority is to take in as much music as possible, as well as to play some whenever possible. There are apparently a ton of free shows and barbeques, and so I’m hoping to stumble across a bunch of new acts and get some good southern eats.” Their goal is to arrive in Austin by the middle of March and stay until the end of the festival. “After SXSW, we’ll take our time getting back, hopefully head into Louisiana, Alabama, and then get up to stay with a friend in Virginia. If the car lives, we’ll aim to be back by early April.” The risks and obstacles the trio will face are inevitable, but Steel maintains that the company of music will keep them on their feet. “It is a trip based on luck, hope and spontaneity and is ultimately being driven by the music,” said Steel. He’s confident that the trip will continue with or without ‘The Black Turkey.’
brunswickannews UNB prof next up in thought-provoking lecture series 2 • Mar. 2, 2011 • Issue 22 • Volume 144
Lee Windsor, deputy director of the Gregg Centre presents March 16.
Cherise Letson Staff Writer Lee Windsor will be sharing his “Ideas that Matter” on the future of Canadian peacekeeping later this month. Windsor is the deputy director of the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at UNB and specializes in the history of the Canadian Army from WWII to today. On March 16 he will give a lecture on the future of Canadian peacekeeping as part of the thought-provoking series at UNB. Ideas that Matter allows professors to bring their ideas and cutting edge research from the classroom to the general public. Windsor’s lecture will not only focus on the future of peacekeeping, but also the experiences of the Canadian forces overseas during the last 20 years and how we can use those experiences to become more informed. The lecture will also touch on the future of Canadian peacekeeping. “A lot of people wonder whether or not Canada has taken a turn away from peacekeeping because of its role in Afghanistan and, as the Afghan Mission winds down, if there is any possibility that Canada could return to traditional Blue Beret UN peacekeeping,” said Windsor. “That’s the question I am going to be looking at and I got some ideas about what the future holds. The first challenge, the first thing I think
people need to consider carefully is, ‘What do you want your soldiers to do overseas?’ and ‘Just what did you think they were doing in the 1990’s before Afghanistan?’” Windsor said it is important for Canadians to know about Canadian forces because what they do overseas is a collective responsibility. “There is a variety of other ways that Canada influences world events diplomatically, but the most visible ones, the ones that Canadians see on the news, are the places we distribute aid and send soldiers. They are also the most dangerous instances in which Canada carries out its foreign policy and, by being dangerous, Canadian soldiers die in the act of these missions. In that sense, because Canada is a democracy and because the arm forces are deployed around the world at the behest of the elected government, it means the nation has a collected responsibility for those lives that are sent into harm’s way,” said Windsor. Windsor also emphasized how closely connected every Canadian is to what the country’s armed forces are doing in the rest of the world. “They are your armed forces. This is your foreign aid money being paid for with your tax dollars. Therefore, the public has to have a clear idea on what they want those aid dollars to be spent on, what they want those soldiers to be doing and the risks that are going to come with that.”
Lee Windsor will be sharing his thoughts on the future of Canadian peacekeeping. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Windsor said that he is honoured to have been asked to take part in the speaker series and to have so many community leaders demonstrate interest in having his research released.
“It’s quite an honour to be asked, it comes out of 20 years of hard work at watching, following, studying and going to some of the world’s ugliest, darkest, most dangerous, awful places,
where humanity is at great risk, where human being are suffering tremendously,” said Windsor. The lecture takes place at 7:00 p.m. in Tilley Hall, Room 102.
briefs Business fee passes The Businesss Differential Fee of $50 per semester for full-time undergraduate students and $10 per course for part-time undergraduate students passed with 92 votes in total. 62 voted Yes, and 30 voted No. There are approximately 850 full and parttime students in the faculty, so the new fee will bring in about $85,000 per year.
Women’s day potluck International Women’s Day Potluck in Fredericton takes place Sunday, March 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Renaissance College. Guests are asked to bring food for the potluck and/or a donation to the NB Coalition for Pay Equity, however no one will be turned away for lack of donation.
Lecture on Venezuela Dr. Mike Cole will present a lecture called “Twenty-First Century Socialism and Education in Venezuela” tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in Room 261 of Marshall d’Avray Hall. Cole is a research professor in Education and Equality and Director of the Centre for Education for Social Justice at Bishop Grosseteste University.
Voting open in UNBSU general election for 2011-2012 school year Voting is open for the UNBSU general election until March 5.A full list of candidates is available online at www. unbsu.ca/election.Voting takes place through eServices.
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An Egyptian away: Watching history in the Arab world
Colin McPhail Editor-in-Chief Nouran Aly now walks the hallways of UNB with a smile. Her home country of Egypt has successfully derailed the thirty-year dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak. Her smile falters slightly, however, as she ponders the uncertain future her homeland is facing in a region of the world shrouded in political turmoil. Despite the uncertainty, Aly remains firm this is a necessary step in creating a democracy for Egypt. “I believe this should happen because the Middle Eastern countries have similar problems they are facing. First of all, we have the same rulers for the past thirty or forty years. Secondly, we have poverty, we have unemployment, we have inflation; we see that society is divided between the upper class and the poorer people,” the 20-year old UNB student said. Aly credits the Tunisian Revolution for nudging her nation in the right direction. “The younger generation has the same feelings about their governments and their systems. They are more aware and more educated to ask for information and to start a revolution. They just needed a push.” The political science major was disappointed she was not in the streets of Cairo, protesting with her friends, family and fellow Egyptian revolutionaries. Aly returned to Canada four days before revolution erupted in the streets.
“I was like ‘no way, I didn’t comeback’,” she said with some chagrin. “From the first day, I would have been standing in Tahrir Square, which is Liberation Square in Cairo. My friends here would definitely have been there. Most of my family members were in the protests.” Aly was bursting with joy when the news broke of a possible revolution. She was first introduced to the corrupt government while working in leadership groups throughout high school and university. “My first research assignment was actually on corruption in Egypt,” Aly said, with a laugh. “From the first year I started realizing all the problems we have in my country. I didn’t know the corruption rate was so high. I was shocked.” When Aly arrived in Canada in 2009, she found herself refreshed by a more democratic way of life. “I was taught democracy and liberty and so on… but to come and live in a society that actually has these norms and traditions… it was something. It was a challenging, but positive experience.” She hoped her nation could adopt similar values and remembers raising the delicate question in desperate need of an answer. “Should we start reforming the regime or should we start a revolution?” The overwhelming response was that a revolution, at some point in the future, was necessary. Suddenly, their dream became a reality and Aly was left with a feeling helplessness on the opposite side of the planet.
Mike Erb / The Brunswickan The excruciating feeling of knowing her family and friends were in the midst of chaos thousands of kilometres away was almost too much for Aly to bear. She worried for their safety and cherished any opportunity to speak. Luckily, none of her family or friends were hurt during the protests. During their brief moments of contact, her family offered stories of strong unity amongst the ranks of protestors, a surprising theme of the revolution.
“There was a sense of unity that you would never usually see. Every sector in society was there. Muslims and Christians were standing beside each other. When Muslims were praying, Christians were protecting them. When Christians were praying, Muslims were protecting them,” she said with wide eyes. “It felt like society was putting everything aside, every tension, every problem… they were just focusing on a bigger picture, which is how to make
OPAL: UNB students lend a hand Alex Kress News Reporter Opal Family Services opened its doors 26 years ago to help families dealing with intellectually disabled children, and an increasing number of families in need are knocking. Opal began as a volunteer organization specializing in respite care, which is providing temporary relief to families struggling with the extra demands of raising children who require special attention. Eventually they started screening private workers for some of the families in with more vulnerable issues because they needed people with more experience. Since its inception, Opal has developed a core of nine programs, ranging from free summer programs for youth, to matching UNB nursing students with families to provide private care for their children. When executive director Trish Mersereau started work over two years ago, the organization was working with about 120 families. Now they have over 170 families and average about four to six new families per month. There are 82 volunteers and 53 private workers. Some clients have been with Opal for their entire 26 years, including a man who is now living in a supported living situation for the first time in his life. “His parents are ecstatic, they’ve
never had the house to themselves, and they’re in their 80’s,” said Mersereau. The crew at Opal has always had enough work to keep them busy, so they haven’t bothered to advertise much. But with recent government cuts to social development, mental health and to their programs, they’ve had to concentrate more on fundraising. “Unfortunately it’s a Catch-22, because while you’re out pounding the pavement trying to make people aware that you need the money they’re also going, ‘Oh, I have a neighbour that could use you’ or ‘I could use you myself, I didn’t even realize your service existed,’” she said. Opal has partnered with the UNB nursing program for years, which has proven popular and effective for families because of the heightened level of education the students are able to provide. “It’s been a wonderful partnership and students have been one of my focus groups to really try and pull in as private workers and volunteers because you guys are the next generation, and when I get to the point where I need help it’ll be you guys,” she said. “I think it’s really important for students to understand the need to give back to the community, and the university students definitely do that.” Erin Gaboury, a pre-education student, started working with Opal as a
co-ordinator last year for the Summer Recreation Program planning activities for children. She has continued helping through the year with a weekly social night for adult clients. Now, she wants to do her master’s degree in special needs education. “It’s taught me to have more compassion and understanding. It’s just so much fun because they live in the moment and don’t worry about things.” She hadn’t realized many of the children didn’t go out much and often when they do they’re interacting with people who don’t have special needs and can’t relate to them. When they’re in a group interacting with each other, they really progress socially. Gaboury’s brother has obsessive compulsive disorder and she said the experience of working with other families who are experiencing similar and challenging issues means a lot to her. “I think for people to have this outlet is really cool and it’s much needed in a lot of other places, but Fredericton is lucky to have it local.” While Gaboury works with a variety of intellectual disabilities, the majority are within the autistic spectrum. Mersereau said there has been an explosion of autistic cases. 10 years ago they didn’t have any clients with autism. Opal is the only organization providing such services in Fredericton and within 75 km of the city.
their country better.” Communities banded together, old issues forgotten, to protect one another and unite for a common goal. “They were basically staying in the streets all night, holding whatever they could hold to protect their homes and their families.” It seems a domino effect is occurring in the Middle East as a number of other Arab nations are rallying for political change upon seeing their neighbours topple seemingly indestructible regimes. As the chaos in the Middle East escalates, the protests are turning increasingly violent. Aly stands resolute that the masses should rise up, but wishes for protest free of devastating consequences. “One person should not represent the population. The population should represent itself. If they choose another political leader, it’s their right. If they choose another political system, it’s their right. The country is the thing that lasts, not the leader.” She is hopeful for Egypt’s future and calls for constitutional reform, structural change in society and to introduce a system of checks and balances to keep those in charge accounted for. She feels her country can become a great nation. “I believe Egypt will start to become more developed over the coming decade,” Aly said defiantly. “It will take time, of course, to start all over again and to put certain modifications in place. It’ll be a slow process, but it’s in the right direction.”
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Despite recent arrests, drugs “not rampant” at UNB With the exception of the occasional drug bust like the one last week, arrests on campus aren’t common. But both the Fredericton police and UNB’s director of security and traffic said that doesn’t mean drug use is scarce. Bruce Rogerson, director of Security and Traffic, said there have been very few complaints about people smoking marijuana in residences, and there have been around five incidents in the year that he’s been here. However, he focused on the correlation between students’ drug use and flunking out of university. “People should use us like Crime Stoppers and let us know one way or the other without divulging their name if they see suspicious people destroying fellow students’ lives,” he said. “I’m not saying they should be informants, but should be aware of who’s who in the zoo.” This is in light of the arrests for robbery and drug possession made on Feb. 17, when a male student flagged down a security vehicle because someone jumped him near the bookstore for his backpack. The other male student was caught by the police and arrested
for robbery in Bailey Hall, and the backpack was found in a snow bank near Bailey Hall. It contained drugs which cannot be specified because of the case’s ongoing nature. The student who had been robbed was arrested for possession. “Do we have a drug problem on campus on a per capita basis and because of the inexperience of the youth? It’s not totally visible to us,” said Rogerson. “But when you find two students or two people on campus, one with a significant amount of low-level cash on him, it means he obviously sold to a significant number of people on campus and off campus.” The residential policy is zero tolerance, but Rogerson suggested that drug use on campus is covert, it’s often hard to detect without information on who’s selling them. When students with prior offenses arrive on campus, it won’t show up on their university file. If they are caught with drugs, UNB security must let the court run its course. The only academic punishment applied is a modified trespass notice, which Rogerson oversees. The students are only to attend class and fulfill any academic
Bob MacLean, traffic supervisor for UNB, works in Security and Traffic at UNB. He is beside the snowbank where the bookbag was initially hidden. Mike Erb / The Brunswickan requirements for them to be on campus, after which they are to leave immediately. Sgt. Scott Mackenzie, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Drug Crimes section for Fredericton Police, said they hear drug use is quite common on campus but haven’t made many arrests or seizures. Information is coming in from Crime Stoppers and confidential informants at UNB and STU. He said ecstasy use has been on the rise
in Canada in recent years, but marijuana has maintained its position as one of the most commonly used drugs. It’s not the same stuff many of our parents used to smoke, however. Much of the modern product is laced with synthetic additives like crystal meth. “It’s very concerning to us because it’s not like the days of just smoking a little bit of marijuana at a party, these pills can have serious effects to individ-
uals. The chemicals that go in them are scary and everyone will have a different effect with them.” Sgt. Mackenzie said he doesn’t believe drugs on campus are a prominent problem, but said there has been an element of illegal drug use here for decades. The court date for the students is March 30, and the students’ names will be released once charges have been laid.
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The dollar as universal language
Oussama D. Hamza An Opinion Gadhafi, Harper, Bush. Single men. Billions of losers. Why? Lots of bendovers when the beneficent bill falls like a feather on concrete. Why can’t someone with guts just bash these dictators’ petty skulls and put an end to the bad joke? The answer is simply that we all worship dollars. As a result, we’re like sheep to the Sodomites. Money talks. In so-called ‘developed countries,’ the dollar, more generally the economy, has become something of a universal language; more so, a religion, a God. A society is a collective of individuals organized into a system that rewards and punishes certain types of individuals (its alphas and betas). The kinds of people a society ‘selects’ this way reveals its culture, and with that its true sense of justice, of the sacred—its meaning of life. Every society has its sense of what is sacred, that is, of what is of worth for its own sake or ‘ends in themselves,’ as opposed to means. The dollar is now sacred to us. As a means, the dollar has become an end in itself, as the means to all means and ends. Everyone understands money. Americans, Austrians, Polynesians— they all seem to get it. One of the oldest problems of humankind is how to solve disputes (we all get into them). What principles, rules or reasons— what values—should we ultimately appeal to? Different cultures in the form of sciences, religions and laws have provided all kinds of answers to the question, but none of them has answered it once and for all. But try this: slam a bill on the table and everyone will reach for it. Start putting money on your “blah blah” and see how people react. You want to quantify truth? The dollar does it. You want to quantify values? The dollar does it. Even questions as mysterious
Money talks. It’s as simple as that. It does more than talk, actually. It seems to be the driving force behind society. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan as whether your wife truly loves you can be answered by the dollar; and it works internationally. What can’t the dollar do? For starters, the dollar can’t buy you love. (Yeah right.) The dollar cannot turn you into someone you are not. (Ever heard of makeovers?) The dollar can’t—well, what can’t it that can be done? Money puts a price on everything, including people. Every person has a price. The dollar effectively operationalizes truth, values, power—everything. More than that, capitalism has become a religion. At a physical, struc-
tural level, churches are closing down and malls are opening. One no longer has to go to church to meet friends, listen to stories or learn lessons. The movies and schools exist for that. The market exists to supply to every demand. Capitalism even has its own vest: the Armani suit. Consider rich styles and symbols in comparison to religious icons. Capitalism bears every mark of a religion. The irony is that money isn’t real. It started as gold, then paper bills (IOUs) and now it’s pure information—nothing. Money is like the gods
of antiquity: it has real effects (supposedly), but doesn’t exist tangibly. Humans have a knack for worshipping things that don’t exist, even when they are harmful or don’t benefit. Money really is the method to our madness. Reverence of the almighty dollar is the root of many evils, including wicked institutions and frail old dictators that would fall if so much as deprived of their aspirin. Until people learn to spend their money wisely, cease to bend over for it and start acting on conscience, it is likely there will be many more dictators to come.
Sex talk 2: Electric boogaloo Kay Sex Columnist Here’s part two of the four-part series. Sexual communication. Why do we use that term? It’s not like when we talk about sports we call it athletic communication, or cooking culinary communication. Yet sex, in our society, is taboo in a way that most other topics of conversation are not. This taboo is what creates fears, anxieties and uncomfortableness around talking about sex, especially with the people we are having sex with. Most people don’t clam up, get nervous and fidgety and try to search for the best words when they are talking about what to eat for dinner or how to prepare it so it is most satisfying to the palate. The term sexual communication is most often used to refer to two people who either are going to have sex or already have sex talking about the sex they have. Generally, people get specific when they are referring to talking about other things regarding sex, like talking about safer sex to refer to STIs and protection or talking about contraception to refer to birth control. To use my food analogy, it’s like talking to your partner about what and how to make supper (sexual communication) compared to talking about healthy food storage (safer sex talk) or nutrients in your food choices (contraception). All are important
conversations to have and each is slightly different than the other, but the same tips in communication apply to all of them. The basic skills of effective interpersonal communication are the same skills that lead to better communication about sex. In becoming an effective communicator, you want to aim to have what your listener understands match what you actually want to mean. Easier said than done (literally). John Gottman has written extensively on couples communication and most of my tips come from his research if you want additional information. I-statements are critical. “I get really turned on when you…” “I prefer when we…” “I feel uncomfortable when we…” This approach keeps the focus on you thereby avoiding defensiveness from your partner. Pick your timing and location wisely. Some things are going to fit best in the moment; others need to be approached outside of your sexual moments together. Similarly, some topics can be discussed over a private dinner; very little is going to be well received in the presence of company. Keeping your statements simple, clear and honest will help you make sure what you want to say is what your partner hears. Giving specific examples of the issue you are discussing can help to make your message clear and provide more direction to a general topic.
However, try to keep your specifics close in time – giving “last year, I felt like…” is not an appropriate example for something that you are feeling now. Also, stay focused on the topic, bringing in irrelevant information is a good way of changing the focus of the conversation or bringing in conflict. While being honest is very important, saying things that you know will hurt your partner can derail the conversation. There is a balance between what we call leveling (being clear and honest) and editing (not saying things that will deliberately hurt your partner). Finding that balance is learning how to communicate and not just talk. Finally (for now), listening is as much a part of communication as talking is. A good way to make sure you are listening is to check. Literally, stop
the conversation and ask for feedback. Paraphrase by saying in your own words what you heard and ask your partner if that is what they meant. Keeping your defences down can be difficult with sensitive topics like sex. As a listener, try to focus on your partner’s words and feelings and avoid responding with your own complaints. Starting with these general tips will get you on the path towards open and honest communication about sex, which ultimately will lead to a more satisfying sex life. But even with this arsenal on your belt, there is much to learn. Expect yourself to be nervous – and not just the first time. Sex is a sensitive topic and will take practice to be comfortable discussing. Effective communication period takes practice. You know what they say: anything worth having is worth working for.
Correction: The opinion piece “PSE: Students march on government” found in the Feb. 23, 2011 issue of The Brunswickan was originally published as being written by Adam Melanson. The article was also written by Mary-Dan Johnston.
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Let everyone know whats on your mind.
“Going Skiing for the first time.”
“Nothing planned yet.”
“Soccer and partying.”
Leke Adeboye “Going to Newfoundland and Ottawa.”
“Going to Arizona.”
“Going to the AUS men’s bball playoffs.”
“Going to Halifax.”
What are your plans for the March break?
“Going home and sleeping.”
Amelia Curran: The art of folk
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Reverence for the stories that shape us
Matt Belyea Arts Reporter Spring is around the corner and Amelia Curran is blossoming into the Canadian folk music scene. The cunning lyricist from St. John’s, Newfoundland has attracted legions of fans who are deeming her to be the next (female) Leonard Cohen. “It’s a huge compliment, I’m a huge fan of his writing. Even if you’re not a fan of his work, you can’t deny that he’s one of the country’s greatest, certainly most celebrated poets and lyricists. I admire him a lot,” said Curran. It was in a stint of self-discovery and romantic searching that Curran left the island and hit the road, traveling across the coastal waters to the edges of Nova Scotia. Describing those early moments in the province she wrote, “The blackened snow banks of March and April give up the fight and turn to granular rivers, sewer bound downhill. And the sun shines. Hot.” This is where Curran’s musical journey began. Her hitchhiking landed her in Halifax in 2000, where she started her prolific career releasing Lullabies for Barflies in 2002, War Brides in 2006 and her 2009 album Hunter, Hunter “I started getting intimidated by my audience after War Brides, so Hunter, Hunter is a balancing act between trying not to alienate anyone and trying not to disappoint anybody while still trying to grow as an artist,” said Curran. “It’s a tight rope walk.” In a column she wrote for Canadian Interviews she said perhaps her audience has nudged its way into her work. But the former street busker said that the inspiration for her songs often arises out of her own confusion and anxiety. “I write in a lot of different mediums, but lyricism has always been number one for me. It’s a pin your hair up kind of process sometimes, but I do love to write,” she said. Curran’s songs tell stories and echo the coastal heritage she’s surrounded by. Her voice is not conventionally spectacular, and it doesn’t have to be. It’s an original, true and honest voice that leaves lyrics stuck in your head. Her prowess has given her a handful of East Coast Music Award nominations as well as a Juno and the 2010 Solo Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in Winnipeg. She has played Massey Hall for Bruce Cockburn, got on the list for the Polaris Music Prize and performed for
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Celine Gorham, a fourth-year NBCCD student, is collecting stories for her community-based art project, You Speak With Such Reverence, from now until early May. Ashley Theriault / The Brunswickan Alison Clack Arts Editor Our own love stories leave marks on us whether good or bad. They are figurative symbols of how we’ve grown and who were are. Celine Gorham is trying to make these scars a little more literal. Gorham, a student in the Advanced Studies Program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, is creating a body of work to represent the emotional and sometimes physical toll of love. The idea for the project was born from a story that Gorham had been told by a close friend. “He had fallen in love with this girl when they were in Montreal and they had to part ways at some point. They were very much in love and they actually branded each other so that they would never forget each other. When he was telling me this story he had such awe and reverence for the girl in his voice,” explained Gorham.
After hearing this story Gorham started searching for other powerful stories about love and began formulating the idea for her project. “I waited around to see if I could get stories from other people and it turns out that many people have these really, really interesting stories of love and reverence. So, I decided to do a body of work based on that.” Gorham’s idea was to make paper sculptures in the shape of human bodies parts comprised of the stories she collected. While originally conceived as a smaller project, Gorham eventually started looking at opening up the project to the community. “My academic advisor suggested that I open it up to the community. Instead of paying homage to these few stories that I had, to collect stories from people and interact with people and make it so much bigger.” The project is to be completed in two different phases. The first part, which is
already underway, is to collect stories from the greater community. The Owl’s Nest has graciously offered to help Gorham in this endeavour, offering her a space this Saturday, March 5 to collect stories. “I hope it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Gorham. “There’s going to be a little spot set up for me. We’ll have paper and pens in case people don’t have their stories written down before hand. I’ll also have my typewriter there in case somebody wants to write something out on the typewriter.” Any sort of story will be accepted, although the focus should be on love. “Primarily love stories, whether or not they’re good or bad – people aren’t always marked in the best of ways,” asked Gorham of submitted stories. Gorham also plans on having an audio component to the poignant exhibition. In the background Gorham hopes to have an audio track of her reading various parts of different stories. She is also accepting audio tracks of people’s stories. The second phase of the project Gor-
ham hopes to have done in May, in time for the grad exhibition of NBCCD. “The second part will be to take hard copies of them, shredding them up and casting them in moulds that I’m going to be making in the shape of my own body parts. They will be made up of these stories so that they will be a literal repository for these stories. I’m going to take bits of text and transfer them on to the outside of these sculptures and I’m also going to be marking and branding the sculptures,” explained Gorham. Her intention for the exhibition is to show how love and its stories shape us. “How they mark us and just to give them that reverence and a sacred place in our field of vision instead of just our hearts,” said Gorham. If you’re interested in submitting your own story to Gorham email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Owl’s Nest this Saturday between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Anonymity will be respected for those who request it.
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There’s a new virtual marketplace that is making it presence known on the international stage. If you haven’t heard of Etsy yet, you will soon. The website is a marketplace for consumers to purchase handmade and vintage wares from small, online shops around the world. Sellers are only allowed to list crafting supplies, vintage products or handmade products created by them. The Etsy website states that the project is an attempt to “reconnect producer and consumer, and swing the pendulum back to a time when we bought our bread from the baker, food from the farmer and shoes from the cobbler.” The idea was the brainchild of Rob Kalin, who first thought of it only a few short years ago, in early 2005. Kalin recruited Chris Maguire and Haim Schoppik to help code and design the website. On June 18, 2005, only three months after the idea was birthed, the site was ready to launch. It’s not only the creators who show an intense passion for the store. Sellers from around the world are lauding Etsy for its variety of wares and wonderful, supportive community. “It’s just a passion, it’s fun and it helps support my addition to beads,” laughed Emma Barlow, owner of Darling Dilemma, an Etsy shop jewelry company based out of Saint John, NB. Barlow graduated from art school in Ontario five years ago. Graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Barlow initially intended to sell her paintings on the website but eventually switched to selling her handmade jewelry.
“It’s really hard to sell artwork online, at least in my opinion, because in Canada shipping is so expensive. I had a lot of beads lying around and I’ve always made jewelry so I thought, ‘I’ll start with this and see if I gain interest.’” Etsy gives its first-time sellers a little push with their search option, Pounce allows users to search for newly listed sellers and items that have been just listed online. Whether it be the search options, tens of dozens of links on Facebook and Craftgawker or the growing number of Etsy users Barlow said traffic picks up quickly. “All of a sudden, within a month, [the shop traffic] exploded and I was getting custom orders just from posting a few necklaces,” said Barlow on opening her Etsy shop in January 2010. “Word of mouth is the best tool for Etsy. Everybody finds something they love and then it just kind of spirals out of control, everybody tells everybody else.” And the numbers don’t
lie. Etsy’s gross merchandise sales as of 2010 were $314.3 million, more than triple of what is was two years before. Barlow herself stated that she sold around $500 worth of merchandise in February on Etsy alone. Don’t think that it’s a simple matter of registering and getting hits though, Barlow
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said getting attention takes work. “If you have an Etsy shop I really believe you have to promote yourself – nobody else is going to do it for you. You need to take really great photos of your products – that’s the number one thing. I see people with great products but their photos don’t reflect it and they don’t sell. If you post them on Facebook or Twitter as well then between those three sites your traffic is crazy some days.” With all of these sales one might think that small business and vintage shops might be getting nervous. Heather Ogilvie, owner of reNeu Boutique in downtown Fredericton, said she doesn’t see Etsy as “direct competition.” “If you want to buy a locally made card, you’re not going to visit a website, pay for shipping and wait two weeks for it to arrive - it doesn’t make sense,” explained Ogilvie. “When it comes to vintage
clothing, eBay has been around for years. These sites may have more variety than could be contained in a small brick and mortar shop like mine, but this volume translates into time wasted in front of a screen. Online shopping can never replace the physical act of browsing and buying: touching the fabric, trying things on, spending time with other people. You really can’t compare the two.” While she doesn’t see online shopping as an ideal experience, Ogilvie said she does see merit in Etsy’s online presence. “Dealing with sellers on the site is so much more pleasant than dealing with large companies. I suppose because Etsy sellers are really driven by their art or craft and aren’t just doing it on a whim or purely for money,” said Ogilvie. The drive for their art also leads the Etsy community to support each other and newcomers. There are groups formed on Etsy to help sellers help other sellers in their area. There is a Trans-Canada Etsy Team, as well as some individual
provincial teams like the New BEST, the New Brunswick Etsy Street Team. Don’t think that you can only get help from those in your region though, nearly everyone on Etsy seems willing to help. “I just helped somebody in Sydney, Nova Scotia help get their shop up and running - I don’t just help New Brunswickers,” laughed Barlow. “If anybody wants to know something they can come to our page, we’re all sort of that spirit.” To find out more about Etsy, check out www.etsy. com.
Curran comes to town FROM CURRAN PAGE 7 the Queen of England at the Governor General’s House. She spoke about how the changing face of the music industry has contributed to her success as an artist. “These days music is everywhere and it’s almost as if publicity has gone out the window and audiences work on finding their own discoveries---it’s not thrown at you as much because it’s just everywhere.” Curran is softly picking her way into
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the Canadian folk music record books and gaining international popularity. She will be touring P.E.I. and New Brunswick throughout the month of March which will feature songs from all of her albums. It has been a while since she’s last been to Fredericton and Curran said she is excited for her Wilmot United Church performance on March 11. Curran will be joined by Melissa Ferrick for that performance. Tickets can be bought at Read’s Newsstand and Backstreet Records. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.
brunswickanarts U of T study discovers truth to ‘Oscar curse’ Alanna Wallace CUP Ontario Bureau Chief WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) — A new study from the University of Toronto is bringing statistical weight to the idea of the “Oscar curse.” “The findings are that compared to women who get nominated for Best Actress but do not win, women that win the Oscar have a higher likelihood of divorce following the Oscar win,” explained co-author of the study Tiziana Casciaro, a professor at U of T. Casciaro added the study also showed that men who won in the Best Actor category showed “no significant differences in the possibility of divorce.” By looking at 751 Academy Award nominees in both categories between 1936-2010, Casciaro and her colleagues discovered that Best Actress winners have a 63 per cent chance of their marriages ending sooner than those of non-winners. Additionally, men who won had an average marriage duration of 9.5 years, while their female counterpart’s average duration was 4.3 years. Also examining the Oscar for Best Actor, the study found only a 0.69 difference in marriage length between those who won the category and those who were simply nominated. The study of Oscar nominees and winners provided a controlled environment for researchers to examine gender roles in relationships — an aspect that
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requiring that a man’s professional and economic value in the couple be higher than the wife,” Casciaro said. “And so whenever in a couple that that norm is violated, people feel uncomfortable.” Casciaro continued that this discomfort could come from the male or female in the relationship feeling uncomfortable or from outside pressures on a couple that is not conforming to the norm. And although the study did not examine Best Supporting Actress and Actor nominees, Casciaro said, “It might very well be that we found find a very similar find with the Best Supporting Actors and Actresses.”
Some of the most recent winners’ relationship statuses 2005: Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line — Witherspoon married her Cruel Intentions co-star Ryan Phillippe in 1999. The couple separated in late 2006 and divorced in 2007. 2006: Helen Mirren for The Queen — Mirren married long-time partner Taylor Hackford in 1997. The pair are still together. 2007: Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose — Cotillard is currently in a long-term relationship with French actor and director Guillaume Canet. They are expecting their first child this spring. 2008: Kate Winslet for The Reader — Winslet was married to director Sam Mendes at the time of her win. The couple separated in 2010.
this week in arts.
Thesis Sahib @ Gallery Connexion March 3, 8 p.m.
Hip-hop artist Thesis Sahib (also known as James Kirkpatrick in the visual arts world) will be coming to Gallery Connexion in support of his new book and album, Before the End. Joining him will be J fm and Doom Tickler as well as The Trick. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Shotgun Jimmie releases Transistor Sister March 8
Renowned for his devoted touring schedule Shotgun Jimmie has finally taken sometime to create a new release. Transistor Sister has him collaborating with Ryan Peters from Ladyhawk and Jay from Feist. His cross-country tour in support of the album starts at the beginning of this month. He’ll be making his stop in Fredericton May 5.
A phenomenon @ The Playhouse
The Playhouse will be bringing in some magical talent this month in the form of famed illusionist, Mike Super. The illusionist won the NBC hit show Phenomenon as well as winning numerous industry awards for his performances. Tickets are $20 for students and it is a Student Rush event.
2009: Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side — Bullock’s five-year marriage to Jesse James quickly crumbled just weeks after her win after it was revealed that James had carried on affairs with several women during their marriage. Bullock filed for divorce in April 2010.
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Basketball teams prepare for AUS championships
Christopher Cameron Sports Editor Although the women’s basketball team were a shoe-in for the playoffs, the men’s basketball team had to grind it out to make the AUS championships this weekend in Halifax. This will be the first trip to the conference championships for the men’s squad since 2006. Led by head coach Brent Baker, they have found a way to end the drought. In only his third season with the Varsity Reds, Baker’s boys have silenced the critics, showing they can get it done on the court. Baker said it is great to get to Halifax, a goal set out at the beginning of the season. “Am I surprised by it? No, not really, but am I happy with it, said Baker. “The playoffs are one game and I think we can go down there and anything can happen. I think our chances are as good as anyone’s down there.” They will take on Acadia Friday night in the quarter-final matchup, a team Baker is confident they can beat. “The big thing with them is they’re talented,” said Baker. “We seem to do well against [Owen] Klassen and [Justin] Boutilier. Boutilier probably gives us the toughest matchup, but we can prepare for them this weekend and take the weekend a game at a time.” This men’s team has not made the playoffs in five years and does not have
the AUS championship experience the other squads will have in Halifax this weekend, but this does not phase Baker. “We’ve got a lot of guys that have had a lot of experience at the high school level and sometimes experience is overrated at times,” said Baker. “This best thing you can do is provide a normalcy to your players. It’s gotta be the same routine. Yeah, it’s going to be a different game. The biggest thing is hyping the similarities and keeping the routines similar and go out and play.” Moving into the women’s side, the Varsity Reds have locked up the second place bye and, therefore, will play the highest ranked team remaining after Friday’s semi-finals at the AUS championships at Memorial. Unlike the men’s team, the women’s team has an abundance of experience at the conference championships, something head coach Jeff Speedy knows he will be able to rely heavily on. “L ea h [Corby] a nd A ma nda [Sharpe] have played a significant role in past playoff appearances, as has Emma Russell,” he said. “Those three will be people we rely on to keep everybody calm and focused, but if we really focus on ourselves then the opponent and location will be irrelevant.” Speedy continued, to say that the team’s preparation for this weekend will have little change relative to preparation
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Both basketball teams are off to their respective AUS conference championships this weekend.The men are in Halifax, while the women travel to Memorial. Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan they have seen all season. After splitting their matches with against them, then I don’t care where “We’ve tried to worry all year about CBU to end the season with each team we play them. I’ll play them outdoors ourselves and not our opponents so winning on their home court, the top in snow shoes,” said Speedy. “I would we’ll continue on with that theme this two squads may find themselves in Sun- much rather play anyone on a neutral week,” said Speedy. “We’ll just work day’s final. Should the Varsity Reds find court then their own gym, so if we’re hard on making sure the things we do themselves in that position, Speedy feels fortunate to play CBU on Sunday on against every opponent are clicking as comfortable knowing it’s a neutral site. a neutral court it will be much better hard as possible.” “If we’re fortunate to be in the final than on their court.”
Have the Toronto Maple Leafs done enough to make a legit playoff push this season?
I’m going to have to say no. The reason is looking at how they have played recently. I mean this team has gotten rid of players and lost experience, but has been performing better. What that says to me is they are playing above their heads. It is nice to see this team getting better, but they are playing above their skill level currently.
Don’t get too excited just yet, Leafs Nation. The recent activity from GM Brian Burke has been one of a GM looking to rebuild. Selling stars and picking up draft picks is not the type of behaviour that demonstrates a playoff push. Yes, they are only a few points back of Carolina and have turned the season around, but Burke hit the reset button and the Leafs will fall back.
Burke hasn’t sold out like Ferguson Jr. did (trading away draft picks and future key players for players who are at the end of their career). He has done enough to make a push for the playoffs, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. They have the right components, and if the right players get hot then the Leafs will be in the playoffs for sure. Trade deadline day is huge for them, that will show how serious they are about playoffs.
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No. The Leafs are currently in a playoff push, but I really don’t believe it’s a legit playoff push. And I’m a die-hard Maple Leafs fan. They are almost there, but are still missing some serious pieces. Clarke MacArthur is a great hockey player, but by no means should he be an NHL team’s leading scorer. With that in mind, the Leafs need to fill in a couple more empty spaces to make a legitimate playoff push.
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Silver for men’s wrestling at CIS
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The UNB men’s wrestling had to settle for silver at the CIS championships after being slighly off their game this past weekend in Thunder Bay losing to Concordia by three points. Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan Christopher Cameron Sports Editor For the second season in a row, the UNB men’s wrestling team came up just short of their first CIS wrestling title. UNB finished with 52 points, just three points back of Concordia’s 55 points, narrowly missing the potential first CIS banner that would have made the trip to Fredericton. Coach Don Ryan said his team is definitely disappointed after setting out to win it this season. “There was not one person that was happy with the silver medal,” said Ryan. “Concordia did not win the gold medal, we lost it. We had a couple kids not wrestle to their potential through other teams wrestling hard. There’s some things we need to work on, we did not wrestle to the best of our ability and they understand that and it’s something we can work on.” He continued onto a more positive note. “We have a very strong team moving forward as everyone is eligibly back next year,” said Ryan. “We’ve also had a bunch of people email us interested in coming here next season to join the team and train
with us.” This year’s national championships winning gold for the men’s team in their categories were Vince Cormier and Shawn Daye Finley, while Eric Feunekes and Charles Thoms won silver and Ben Sayah won bronze. Cormier was also named the tournament MVP, something that is huge for him and the program. “I was very happy for Vince,” said Ryan. “He had a setback there in January when he broke his hand and we did not think he would be able to wrestle the rest of the year. We got him into surgery and immediately after into therapy and he was on the mats eight days later doing as much as he can.” Ryan continued, discussing how Cormier did not see a match until the weekend prior to travelling to Thunder Bay for university nationals. “His first live match was the weekend before CIS here at UNB,” said Ryan. “He dominated his matches, giving up maybe one point and was awarded by the coaches at the tournament by getting the tournament MVP award.” “He won rookie of the tournament in
his first year and now in his fourth year of eligibility he won MVP, so that is a nice feather in the cap given the situations he has had to deal with this year.” On the women’s side the team only took one athlete, Samantha Stewart, who won gold in the 59kg category. “We only brought one female to nationals as we’re going through a rebuilding phase of our women’s team, but she performed outstandingly,” said Ryan. “She was a little sick on Friday, but pushed through the day and came down on Saturday and was in the gold medal match, wrestling very well to win gold in her category.” Stewart is competing at the Senior Wrestling World Cup in Lyon, France this weekend after arriving home Sunday and leaving Monday for France. “I’m very pleased with her performance and the way she was able to deal with some of the external factors of being sick and thinking forward to the bigger tournament for her, the world cup, which is the top eight teams in the world,” said Ryan. “She’s going there for her first major international tournament so this weekend will be huge for her.”
Being healthy on your spring break travels Brian Savoie Sports Reporter March break is just around the corner and most students couldn’t be more excited. It’s a break from classes, assignments, a chance to catch up on studying and perhaps even catch up on some rest. Some students are even so lucky to be able to afford a trip down south, but for those venturing outside the borders of Canada or the United States, it is important to be wary and know key facts that can keep you safe and healthy. Nobody wants to spend their week in the Caribbean or Mexico hunched over a toilet after all. UNB’s resident dietician, Ellen MacIntosh offered some tips and advice on foods that are safe to consume and things to stay away from. One of the key things is that every location is different and these are only guidelines and it’s important to ask questions about your food and drinks to make sure that you are informed no matter where you go. “Be aware of avoiding the foods that are likely to give you some digestive issues,” said MacIntosh. “Things like raw vegetable and raw fruit. People that live there are used to getting all those bacteria in their gut on a regular basis, those bacteria are foreign to us and are going to trigger a digestive response,
like diarrhea.” She went on to say that cooking the raw roods resolves the issue of the foreign bacteria in most cases. “It’s not really an inflammatory response, just an upset of bacteria in your gut. It can hit quite hard for people. If things have not been cooked, then it’s going to be a problem. Things you would normally eat here, like salads, you’re not going to want to get there. When you’re ordering food, feel free to ask questions.” The other thing MacIntosh stressed that was also important to avoid, especially in the less developed regions of these vacation spots, is the tap water. Generally on the resorts they tend to have a higher quality, however when leaving the resorts, tourists should go armed with at least one bottle. “Be aware of ice cubes too,” said MacIntosh. “They’re made with the water. Even if you order a drink or whatever, make sure it doesn’t have ice cubes in it.” MacIntosh also warned about the effects alcohol can have on the body in these warm climates. “The alcohol intake and the fact that it’s dehydrating and you’re in the hot sun all day, be aware of that. Always have a glass of water between your drinking. Hopefully wait until you’re out of the hot sun until you’re drink-
ing alcohol.” If the worst does happen and you find yourself trapped in the bathroom with one end or the other over the toilet, MacIntosh had a few recommendations. She said although probiotic yogurt is good for managing upset digestion and restoring the bacteria levels in a gut back to normal, it’s not really that realistic to take with you. “I would tend to say a better plan is to go to the pharmacy or the health food store and get a probioitic supplement or a capsule and automatically start taking them,” said MacIntosh. “The other thing is to go and get some trail mix and take it with you. First of all, you can take it on the plane with you. It’s high fibre and lots of times when people are travelling they can have problems with constipation as well.” MacIntosh went on to stress that it’s always important to keep your healthy eating principles in mind and not to resort to the fried foods. She also said to still try out the local cuisine and the local taste and the spices. She finally added don’t just go all that way to eat just french fries, try out some local flavours and use the rule of thumb that everything should be cooked. Regardless of where you’re going, remember to stay informed and stay healthy.
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UNB dominates, outlasts the Axemen Rob Williams Staff Writer The big story from this weekend’s hockey action was not the 3-2 quadruple-overtime win on Sunday or the 4-0 rout from Saturday. It was the return of Varsity Reds defenceman Ben Shutron. The return of the Reds’ big blueliner paid immediate dividends for the team. Forecasted to be out for the entire season, he spent the season recovering in leaps and bounds to be available to play in this playoff series against Acadia. Shutron was in the starting lineup for coach Gardiner MacDougall during Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Acadia Axemen. This was a surprise move that brought a lot of leadership back into the locker room and solid defensive play onto the ice. “When you look at it, [hockey] is a team game and we’ve got a lot of people who’ve got a lot of pride,” said MacDougall. “Ben chipped away at incremental goals, the day-by-day, week-by-week goals. He just kept coming. He had a chance to start practicing and he looked good. You think of the injury he went through and I said, ‘He looks ready, but he can’t be ready,’” Gardiner recalled. “When the doctors cleared him, and I verified it, I said it’s amazing, it’s an amazing story. He just has such a positive attitude.” Shutron felt unimpeded by the injury and was in good game shape. He finished the game with two shots and a plus-2. He was simply excited to play. “I was extremely excited,” said Shutron. “It’s been since September since I played and I just worked really hard. It was a goal of mine from the get go. I’m just glad to be back in that room going to war with these boys
New format for CIS women’s basketball Christopher Cameron Sports Editor
Opening up the AUS best three-of-five men’s hockey semi-finals at home, UNB won the first two games and can clinch tomorrow at Acadia. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan every night. My game condition was good. In terms of getting up into the play, I’m not taking it and going as much. I’m just finding my spots.” After hitting the post in the second period, Shutron was only millimetres from a goal. “I was praying. It was a delayed fiveon-three and I just wanted to get the puck to the net. It was nice to hear that sound again, but it would have been better if the puck had gone in the net.” Varsity Reds forward Chris Culligan scored on a nice shorthanded chance to start the string of goals in the second period and Kyle Bailey finished off the four-goal run 10 minutes later on the power play. Axemen goaltender Kristofer Westblom had a solid weekend, despite the four goals against during Saturday’s game. During the Sunday’s marathon, Westblom made an astounding 76 saves during the seven periods of play. “We battled hard both games. Yesterday was a 4-0 loss, but we battled
hard for that entire game. Guys are banged up and bruised, but that’s playoff hockey,” said Westblom. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen 80 shots before, but hopefully there are more of those to come.” Despite the intense effort, UNB won 3-2 and Acadia is now facing a two game deficit in a best three-of-five series to the highest ranked team in the CIS. The next two games are on Acadia ice and UNB can seal this round with a win tomorrow. With UNB sporting a healthy lineup, this series is almost in the bag. There are, however, a few key pieces missing from the action. Jonathan Harty has been out with a virus and is slowly recovering. “Each day is an improvement. He was better yesterday and today was better than yesterday, so hopefully tomorrow will be better than today. He skated the last two days by himself, so hopefully when we get back at things he can rejoin us,” said MacDougall.
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This season will be the first of a three year pilot project run by the CIS concerning how the teams will make the CIS women’s basketball championship. Unlike previous seasons where the national championship took place directly after the conference play downs, there is now three regional qualifiers the weekend after the conference championships. The four conference winners will still automatically make it straight through to the national championship as well as the host, with the regional qualifier winners taking the final three spots. This explanation will hopefully clarify any questions as to how all these qualifiers will work. The Canada West and OUA finalists will host a regional tourney annually, while a third “Regional” will alternate between the Atlantic and Quebec conferences. Each Regional will feature four teams with semi-finals on the Friday and the final on Saturday. For the first year of the new format, participating teams will be divided as follows: the Canada West finalists will host the silver medallists from Quebec, in addition to the fourth-place finishers from Ontario and the recipients of a wildcard berth. The OUA finalists will host the thirdplace finishers from Canada West and the AUS, along with the Canada West fifth-place team. Finally, the AUS finalists will host the OUA third-place squad as well as the Canada West fourth-place and the OUA fifth-place finishers. This will then give us our Final 8 teams, which will be played out just like every
other season. When looking into the reasoning behind the change in format, Marg McGregor, Chief Executive Officer at the CIS said the idea to change the format came from the coaches across Canada. “It originated from our women’s basketball coaches who suggested that there were a number of teams across the country that could compete for a national title and that the level of competition was rising across the country and that it would be exciting to have this regional play downs format,” said McGregor. Although this idea was suggested, it was not the original idea given by the coaches. “They had suggested a bit of a different format,” said McGregor. “Working together over a period of 18 months we came up with the final format. They originally wanted a format of a final four without a host in, but we were more comfortable with a final eight with the host in.” After all of this being has been said, this project is a pilot, and therefore is not permanent. McGregor said along with the CIS, the coaches and officials will also examine how this format works for women’s basketball across the nation. “The intent is that it will be a three-year pilot. A decision will be made after year two in terms as to whether it will continue or not,” said McGregor. “Things we are going to look at include: how much additional exposure was generated, how much did it cost, were there any insurmountable issues with respect to logistics, amongst other things.” What this means for UNB is The Pit may not have had the last basketball game played there. After this weekend’s AUS championships at Memorial, we will know if The Pit is officially closed by the Varsity Reds.