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Volume 145 · Issue 9 • November 2, 2011
brunswickan canada’s oldest official student publication.
Possible layoffs in engineering faculty
UNB continues to dominate AUS opponents
Hilary Paige Smith News Editor Restructuring in the engineering faculty could mean laying off faculty and staff members, David Coleman, dean of engineering, said. Coleman sent out an email to students, professors and staff in the faculty on Oct. 19, detailing the need for restructuring and asking for feedback from the community. In the past 12 years, Coleman said at least 10 professors have retired from the faculty and have not been replaced. Staff members have also retired and their places haven’t been filled. “When people have left, staff or faculty haven’t been replaced and that hasn’t been strategic, it’s just been whoever leaves, we try and make do without them. I think we’ve reached a point where rather than feeling victimized by this, we have to start being strategic about what we want to do as a faculty,” the dean said. The faculty is now in the process of approaching professors who are nearing retirement and offering packages. Coleman said they are trying to handle as much as they can by attrition. “If we can’t meet our budget commitments that way, then any layoffs that we look at will be done in accordance with the collective agreements that we have and in a sensitive and fair manner,” he said. The dean and faculty council have been asked to look at two different options for restructuring the faculty: converting it to a single department, or a three-department model. Coleman said this sort of restructuring is not uncommon at other universities. UNB currently has five engineering departments: civil, chemical, electrical and software, geodesy and geomatics, and mechanical. Coleman said this doesn’t necessarily mean losing programs, and stressed the difference between programs and departments. Departments can serve more than one program. “We need to take a look at how we’re
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Kyle Bailey and Matt Fillier break into Acadia territory on Saturday against Acadia. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Christopher Cameron Editor-In-Chief It’s hard to take an undefeated team that has played some of the top teams in the conference and say there is room for improvement; there is. Going into the weekend the Varsity Reds men’s hockey team was 4-0 and had outscored opponents 17-10. The one issue was the power play firing at a dismal 0.5 per cent (1-20). UNB captain Kyle Bailey put this level of play into perspective after the team’s road trip prior to this past weekend. “It’s just one of those things that I always say. If we play the exact same way in March that we’re playing now, and I mean we’re playing good hockey right now, if we play this way in March we won’t be national champions.”
Although they did not score on the power play against the Acadia A xemen on Friday night at the Aitken Centre, the Varsity Reds recorded their first shutout of the season, keeping the 3-1 Axemen from improving their record. With goals from Matt Fillier, Jordan Clendenning and an empty net goal from Tyler Carroll, UNB is showing its depth offensively again this year. They also showcased stellar goaltending that is usually overshadowed by the offensive power that is the UNB Varsity Reds. With Travis Fullerton playing all but one game this season, he has to be the common denominator in his team’s success. “All our guys came out of Junior playing 80-100 games a year,” Clendenning said. “I don’t think it’s (Fullerton playing every game)
anything to be worried about in terms of fatigue. Fulley is in great shape and he’s an athletic goalie and as far as I’m concerned, he’s arguably the most underrated player in the league.” “He’ll show up every night whether he’s played 10 games in a row or he’s coming in for a third period.” Their offensive dominance would continue again on Saturday night as they hosted the Dalhousie Tigers. Not only would they continue their success in finding the back of the net, but their power play would also improve, with two more goals on the PP. Although Dal would open the scoring 7:23 into the first period, UNB’s Chris Culligan would even the score at 1-1 less than a minute later. Culligan would score again before the end of the period to put
the Varsity Reds up 2-1. In the second period UNB would use its arsenal to its full potential, with two power-play goals from Bailey as well as singles from Jeff Lee, Clendenning and Taylor MacDougall to take a 7-1 lead through two periods. Adding three more in the third period, the Varsity Reds would march to a 10-1 victory in front of 2100 fans at the Aitken Centre. Although it is tough to take a team that has such a successful weekend and tell them they have to work on things, Clendenning believes that one of the main reasons for the Varsity Reds success has been work ethic. “The reason why our team has
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Faculty in need of restructuring
NBSA prepares lobby document for province Alanah Duffy News Reporter
David Coleman said discussions will be taking place for the remainder of the semester, with the faculty council meeting in December. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
FROM ENGINEER PAGE 1 organized and if we need to change. I do that knowing that individual department affiliations are very important here, but I make the distinction between departments. We’re not talking about any programs going by the boards, but how we manage those programs is a different story,” he said. Colin Bradley, vice-president external for the Engineering Undergraduate Society and a fourth-year chemical-engineering
student, said some students in the faculty are concerned about the reorganization. He said money shouldn’t be an issue for the faculty because engineering students already pay a $1,000 engineering program fee on top of their tuition. For engineering students, tuition totals more than $7,500 a year. “This is a change that’s happening because there isn’t really enough money and money is the issue and it’s not really as much about upgrading the organization of the faculty,” Bradley said.
“It begs the question, is the organization right now so inefficient that even though students are paying more money, they can’t support what they’re doing? Other faculties aren’t having to go through this reorganization.” Reorganization discussions will be taking place this semester. There will be a faculty council meeting held in December to hold a faculty-wide discussion and put decisions to a vote. “We cannot stay as five stovepipes as we have,” he said.
A lobby document produced by the New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA) will ask the provincial government to put a tuition freeze in effect. The document, which is almost near completion and will be presented to the provincial government sometime this week, has five main points to it, according to Joey O’Kane, president of the NBSA. The document asks to increase operating grants given to universities to six per cent from the two per cent given last year; a fully-funded tuition freeze for the next four years; a fullyfunded freeze on the mandatory fees that students have to pay for the next four years; that the key performance indicators that are used to determine how functional universities are measured by a third-party; and, inclusion in negotiation processes for the next two years. “We’ve been told that [our hopes] are fairly high,” O’Kane said. “We would like to be able to go to the negotiation table so that we can actually negotiate these things.” The New Brunswick government will be meeting to discuss tuition funding with the four publicly funded universities on Nov. 18 and 19, and O’Kane and the NBSA would like to be included in those meetings. Jordon Thompson, president of the University of New Brunswick Student Union and treasurer of the NBSA, said that contact with the government has been limited thus far. “We’ve had a few meetings over the summer over a couple of issues, but nothing [other than that],” he said. “We assume that the contact will increase with the release of the document.” Thompson added that the NBSA
hasn’t been included in talks regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is a multi-year funding agreement between the provincial government and New Brunswick’s universities. In March of 2010, the Conservative government ended the tuition freeze that the Liberal government put in place in 2006. The Ministry of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has been met with a lot of animosity from students about the changes to post-secondary education in New Brunswick. Earlier this year, the ministry made parental contributions a factor when assessing student loans, a decision which affected a lot of students whose parents don’t have extra money to help fund the cost of university. “The government is currently in negotiations with the four publiclyfunded universities in New Brunswick and are working on a more sustainable f inancial plan,” said Marie-Josee Groulx, director of communications for the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. O’Kane said that the lobby document is key to ensuring that UNB remains a quality level institution. “We hope to be able to actually negotiate these things and give our reasoning for the research behind it, but also so the university is able to get that six per cent operating grant,” he said. “With that, we’ll be able to obtain things that we want without having too much of a hard hit to the university.” The NBSA is a lobby group representing New Brunswick students and aims to ensure that all qualified students have access to affordable post-secondary education.
Jordan Thompson and Joey O’Kane are submitting the NBSA lobby document to the province. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
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University honours long-serving and devoted professor
Damira Davletyarova Staff Writer A new seminar room in Carleton Hall will now have its own name, spirit and philosophy. Last week, the Department of Philosophy dedicated room 205 in Carleton Hall to Neil MacGill, the department’s former longest serving faculty member who devoted almost four decades of his life to teaching at UNB. A small ceremony and reception was attended by his former colleagues, students and friends last week. In the dedication speech, Robert Lamer, chair of UNB philosophy department, said that MacGill was “an institution within institution” - a devoted teacher, an excellent scholar, but most of all, he was the heart and the light of residence life. For 34 years until his retirement in 2000, MacGill called Bridges House his home. Origina lly from Ma nchester, England, MacGill joined UNB in 1961. He started as a don of Neil House, later advancing to chair of the philosophy department. For decades, he served at the UNB Board of Governors and on the Senate. MacGill died in 2007. Professor Lamer remembered MacGill as a man who liked to provide a cultural environment outside of the classroom. He held weekly Bridges forums, where students could join him and guest speakers to discuss diverse topics - from philosophy to politics, or simply watch a movie. Often, MacGill arranged trips to The Playhouse, concerts and dinners. If students were short of
cash, he paid for them. Lamer also told of how MacGill spent Saturday mornings at the market picking fresh produce, and then cooking all afternoon in preparation for large dinners with guests. “One of the features which struck one at these parties was just how much Neil enjoyed providing an environment for people to talk. He seemed to take a great pleasure in simply listening to people converse over a fine meal or after drink,” Lamer said. History professor David Charters was his student, later a colleague and a friend. He met MacGill in 1967 when, as a first-year student, Charters became president of Bridges House. “He was a remarkable man. He was one of kind. There was nobody else like Neil MacGill on campus,” Charters said. “He was a genuine character, liked and respected by the students. And those of us who are still around decades afterwards, we all remember him with great honours.” Fourth-year philosophy student Calin Fraser wouldn’t be able to return to UNB to finish his degree had he not received MacGill’s scholarship this summer. MacGill donated a sum of money to UNB in his bequest to help future students. Fraser has never met MacGill, yet just like him, Fraser has passion for philosophy. “It’s everything, it’s all those big questions. It’s a way of life. It’s a way to think and it’s a community,” Fraser said. Retired philosophy department professors Jack Iwanicki, Ron MacDonald and secretary Ann Pugh
Crowd gathers to honour Neil MacGill. Damira Daveltyarova / The Brunswickan knew MacGill very well. Iwanicki said MacGill was a character. “He was very persistent. He was like the English bulldog; when he decided to get a hold of something, he took that hold and hung on for entire life,” he said with a laugh. Ann Pugh had joined the department of philosophy as a secretary
when she was 18, and like MacGill she stayed with UNB until her retirement. She always observed how kind he was to his students, even on bad days. “His students came first. It really, really helped to build a department,” Pugh said. “That was a very small department - it was more like a family.” After the reception, all three -
Iwanicki, MacDonald and Pugh - stood in an empty seminar room named after their former colleague, giving the last glance before heading home. They looked at MacGill’s books and belongings, as though they were reliving old memories together. “He’d be sorry we didn’t have a drink of scotch,” Iwanicki said.
UNBSU strikes committee to discuss liaison voting rights Hilary Paige Smith News Editor
Council spent the majority of the meeting debating the voting rights issue. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
What has nearly become an annual debate consumed most of Sunday’s UNB Student Union council meeting. Councillors spent much of the meeting weighing the pros and cons of giving voting rights to council liaisons. As of now, the five liaisons do not have voting rights around the council table. This means they are unable to put forward motions or vote on motions. They do have speaking rights and act as a voice for their constituents around the table. The main concern with granting voting rights to liaisons is giving certain groups on campus more than one vote. “I think that every student is represented by their faculty liaisons. They could be represented twice if [liaisons were given voting rights]. I think liaisons shouldn’t have a vote,” Melissa Rousselle, engineering representative, said.
For example, if someone was living off campus and was a member of the science faculty, they would have two representatives at the council table. Jessica Jewell, off-campus liaison, said it would be nice for liaisons to be given voting rights so they could have more of a voice on council. “I think it would be nice if we had some sort of voice,” she said. “I think we know the importance of our role. We’d like to have something to show for that. It would be nice if we had the right to vote.” Derek Ness, accessibility liaison, expressed a similar opinion. “If there’s an accessibility issue on campus, it may not pertain to one faculty,” he said. “It would be a more direct voice for the accessibility constituency. I’m standing by the fact we should have voting rights, and so, to me, it’s only correct that we would have a vote.” Ness suggested a motion to council to strike an ad hoc committee to discuss the issue. The committee will be comprised of a liaison, general
councillors and an executive member. President Jordan Thompson moved to form the committee, which passed unanimously. Council also passed the motion to amend referendum by-laws. The issue was presented at a council meeting in early October by science representative Adam Melanson. Melanson wanted to hold a referendum for students to gather their opinions on the $150 Currie Center fee. The policy committee has been discussing the motion in recent weeks to come up with an appropriate solution. In the motion read to council on Sunday night, council will be able to call a special election outside of the general election or a by-election. In order to get a referendum, applicants will need 50 signatures, rather than 25. Referendums will also not be able to be held within two weeks of a regularly scheduled election. Council meets again on Sunday. UNB president Dr. Eddy Campbell will be there to answer questions.
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IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, UNB!
It’s Movember again. The time of year when everything gets a little hairier, particularly on the upper lips of campus gents.The annual event involves men growing mustaches to promote awareness and raise funds for prostate cancer research. The Brunswickan will be checking in with these four men again at the end of the month to see their stache’ progress.
Greg Healy I’m just helping to support the campaign. It’s my second year doing it.
Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Tyler Hilchey I want to help support the cause and I really don’t like having a clean shaven face.
Josh Fleck I do it every year just to grow a mustache. Last year I raised money, but the group I raised money with is no longer at UNB.
Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan Harrison House celebrated Halloween with another successful sacrifice to Janus in their 39th Annual Pumpkin Sacrifice. Harrison is also celebrating their 50th anniversary as a residence this year.
Cisco Canada invests $2 million at UNB Hilary Paige Smith News Editor
Zach Maklin I think it’s for a good cause, to try and help out. Ever since i could grow facial hair, I’ve done it.
A $2 million investment from Cisco Canada will help guide technology research and innovation at UNB. The investment was unveiled last week in Toronto. The money will support a Cisco chair in Advanced Learning Technologies for the next five years. The chair will guide the university’s research and work with the community and government. Rod Murphy, director of Eastern Canada sales for Cisco, said this is the first time the company has invested in an Atlantic Canadian university. “I think that speaks well of UNB and what we believe their capabilities are. One of the primary reasons we’re making investments like this is, it’s all about innovation,” he said. The search for the new chair begins immediately, with hiring expected in
the summer before the new school year. Cisco will only be providing basic direction in the search. “It’s up to the university to understand where the need is,” Murphy said. Because the Cisco chair is an endowed position, it is possible the university will be able to maintain the position for longer than the expected five years. Murphy said there is a lot of research happening across Canada but development is lacking, particularly in Atlantic Canada. “We saw this as an opportunity to work with UNB to advance the capabilities of the university, but more importantly to advance the abilities of both government and education and the private sector,” he said. When asked why Cisco chose to invest at UNB instead of Dalhousie, Murphy said the investments aren’t stopping in New Brunswick. They are
also talking with Dalhousie. They plan on giving money in ways that align with the more prominent programs at the universities. “What we liked about UNB and the focus on education were companies like Innovatia that are located [here] that do a lot of global training. We also liked the vision that is taking place in the K-12 marketplace, as well as what’s happening at NBCC and CCNB around centres of excellence for 21st century learning,” Murphy said. They are trying to ensure their investment is in line with what sort of development is happening in the province. In addition to providing a $2 million endowment, the computer networking giant gave $350,000 in hardware and cash to help students develop energy-efficient processes for the manufacturing industry.
Haley Ryan Arts Reporter
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Government House throws 75th birthday party
November, 1936. Buicks cruise by a little home on a quiet Fredericton street, sending a swirl of brittle leaves into the air. Women with carefully waved hair link arms up the front walk of the house, whispering about Rembrandt. Inside, sealed behind a large picture window, ladies with red lips are seen laughing and balancing cups of tea on their knees. They could have been listening to the first CBC broadcast, or the news that President Roosevelt had been re-elected. Seventy-five Novembers later, the Fredericton Art Club is gathering to celebrate a heritage of love and preservation for f ine art in New Brunswick. An exhibit of art pieces owned or created by members of the club have just been professionally hung in Government House, the official home of the Lieutenant Governor, with the grand opening on Friday night. The founding ladies of the club originally wanted only artists to be members, but in 1936 when they looked around the city, they couldn’t find even 10 artists to include. Since then, the club has been opened to art lovers of every kind, regardless of whether or not you could even hold a paintbrush. Carmel Myles, vice-president of the club, said an exhibit like this one is special because besides the beautiful artwork, the public can see what kind of connection owners have to their canvases and sculptures. This is the second exhibit of its kind in the club’s history (the first one was just two years ago) where the members have write-ups underneath their pieces
Ramona Francis has been a member of the Fredericton Art Club for 25 years. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan explaining where it came from and why they love it. “And it’s amazing, the stories, it’s very interesting . . . some of the ones that came up a few years ago were really delightful,” Myles said. Ramona Francis has been a member of the club for 25 years, and jokes that she was asked to give a talk during the exhibit because she was one of “the older ones” who knew the most about
its history. Francis, a former president of the club and artist herself who took lessons with famous Canadian painter Alex Colville, learned about an interesting connection between the club and Lord Beaverbrook. “Several of the older members were very active as consultants to Lord Beaverbrook during the building of the gallery. They were called ‘The Three
Graces,’” Francis said. “They got it going, created the interest and went after him.” This close relationship with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery hasn’t faded over the decades, and when the club approached Terry Graff, the present day curator, he said he would be more than happy to give a talk during the exhibit at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24. Graff’s speech, “The Art of Looking
at Art,” will focus on what the viewer can bring to the experience of looking at artwork. “The visual plays a really important part in our world, but we don’t step back to reflect, which would allow us to see the beauty,” Graff said. The Fredericton Art Club’s exhibit, with the theme of Seasons, will be open to the public at Government House from Nov. 7 to Dec. 2, free of charge.
Al Tuck’s a different duck (in the best way)
Al Tuck pays a visit to The Capital this Tuesday, Nov. 8 in support of his new album Under Your Shadow. Submitted. Alex Kress Arts Editor To his daughter, Isabel, he’s just Daddy. But Feist has called him “a living legend”, and Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene has dubbed him “the greatest songwriter of [his] generation”. He is Al Tuck. He’s back with a new album, Under Your Shadow, and he’s bringing his songwriting prowess to Fredericton this Tuesday, Nov. 8 for an album release show at The Capital. The 44-year-old based in Hunter River, P.E.I. has been on the music scene since
his days at the University of King’s College in Halifax where he studied English literature, and released his first album, Arhoolie, in 1994. But he got his start in a boys’ choir at the age of 10, making trips to Maine and Bermuda to sing. His earliest memories of music include the first long family trip to Quebec in a Buick station wagon and there were a couple of 8-tracks in it – one of which was a Nat King Cole album. He also recently came across a Harry Belafonte album; one he said was perhaps the only pop record his folks had in their collection. “It was great to hear it again because that was quite an eye-opener, or ear-
opener at the time,” he said. His many musical influences span decades and genres, and they’re potent in his work. Under Your Shadow is a contemporary ode to Bob Dylan, a hipper reinvention of Sam Cooke, and occasionally, a slightly tamer version of Tom Waits; if Waits was crunchy peanut butter, Tuck would be smooth. The deep, throaty voice on the album is not to be mistaken for anyone else’s, though. It’s distinctly his, and in that case, he isn’t living under anyone’s shadow. But the meaning of the album’s title, he said, is quite literal. “I guess I’ve lived under the shadow
of a lot of people, and maybe we all do,” said Tuck. “It could be somebody who’s accomplished a lot or it could be somebody who controls things. It could be different kinds of shadows.” He’s come a long way since his debut release in 1994. Back then, he wrote from imagination. Now, he writes from years of experience and his lyrics are richer for it. “Back then I was already in my mid to late 20s, so I had figured out how to write songs and record them with some success. But live, it was inconsistent. And now I think I’ve shaken the reputation, if I had one then, of being kind of unpredictable or disappointing live.” Tuck said sometimes he finds himself projecting what he expects might happen in his writing. Under Your Shadow has a more general political application. “I’m curious if they have any life to them… whether people will be playing them in a couple years’ time. I expect them to make more sense later, than they do now. “I’d be more interested in just being applicable to the times than achieving a masterpiece. And I think it is applicable.” Critics have suggested that the new release could be Tuck’s best yet, and he humbly agrees to say he’s quite proud of it, but has one regret. He wishes he could’ve sequenced it just a little differently. “There was one song that remained undone at the last minute, so I managed to record it with Joel Plaskett in his Scotland Yard studio,” he said. “But once you throw another song into the mix, it can throw the rest out of whack and you gotta rethink the order. He said maybe he’ll add his suggestion for the proper order to listen to the album to his website for fans. He also recently lent his unique voice to
a milkman cat character in a Spike Jonze production called Higglety Pigglety Pop, and voice-acted along side leading lady Meryl Streep, who played Jennie the runaway dog. Tuck’s six-year-old daughter Isabel, whom he shares custody of with friend, exwife and Maritime folk singer Catherine MacLellan (daughter of the late folk artist Gene MacLellan), is especially proud of her movie star dad. They had read the Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) book that the movie was based on before. “Now when we read the book we’ll come up to the chapter with the milkman cat she says, ‘it’s you Daddy!’” “The movie’s cute but it’s also scary, sort of a nightmare. It’s maybe more suited for kids than Where the Wild Things Are, but not by much.” Another thing the two share in common? Stompin’ Tom Connors. Coming from a family of established singer-songwriters, Isabel is sure to have a natural ear for quality sound. Tuck’s been dazzled by big-name musicians like Nina Simone and Ray Charles with a “larger-than-life” message (he even hitchhiked to see Ray Charles play at a rink in Charlottetown in 1981), but now he’s focusing more on talent at an arm’s reach. “I came across two songwriters this past year that amazed me -- Jack Marx, from Toronto… he came down here and I kind of became the chauffeur because he drinks all day,” he said. “And the other is Stompin’ Tom’s opening act, Tim Hus, and he turned me on to Albertan country music with the show he did here. “ Under Your Shadow is available now at www.maplemusic.com, or you can pick up a copy at the release show at The Capital this Tuesday, Nov. 8. Tickets are $7 at the door, show’s at 10 p.m.
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‘The future is always illustrated as being bright’ Lee Thomas Staff Writer An emerging artist. A local businessman. A personal trainer. A proud new father. Silas Robinson is all of these, and he has a mission: to create a positive influence and empower people to change their lives. Robinson’s interest in art blossomed at a young age with simple drawing and doodling. In his teens, he studied more advanced painting techniques during art classes at the Miramichi Youth Detention Centre. Realizing his skill as both an artist and a leader, the facilitators at the centre eventually asked Robinson to teach several painting classes. As an artist, leader and role model, Robinson has been going ever since. For inspiration, Robinson gives credit to his childhood in the Fredericton area countryside, where he spent a lot of time exploring the nearby woods. His art is composed of a rich combination of environmental, conceptual and emotional elements. “With my paintings, I’m trying to put myself there in the forest,” he said. “I build on that concept, but I put a lot of emotion into the painting as well. It’s about solitude and being alone with your thoughts.” Robinson’s contributions to the local art community have been widely received. His art has been exhibited at the Old Government House, UNB’s Memorial Hall and
The Fredericton Playhouse, among other locations. At his last solo show at The Blue Door restaurant in Fredericton, every piece displayed was bought immediately. He was also a founding member of Emerge, a collective of local artists. Robinson feels that his art is an opportunity to share a positive message with those who view it. “One common theme in all of my paintings is the idea that on the other side of the trees, there is light. No matter what you are going through, there is always something to look forward to on the other side. The future is always illustrated as being bright.” His determination to spread the positive influence, however, is not limited merely to his art. Robinson also runs Lift Personal Fitness, one of the top personal training studios in New Brunswick. “I find that my business ties a lot into myself as an artist,” he said. “It’s kind of an art project in itself. Just like with my paintings, it’s all about helping people believe in themselves. I’m just using a different medium.” Robinson gave credit to his wife, Amy Dow Robinson, and daughter, Ava, for their support and for his family-conscious approach to running a business. He brings this holistic philosophy to the class he teaches at Eastern College in Fredericton as part of the Health, Wellness and Recreation program.
Silas Robinson, Fredericton-based artist and man of many talents. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan “I teach my students to empower their clients and empower themselves. I’m really focused right now on fitness, and helping people change their lives.” When asked if he had advice to share with the young adults of the university
community, Robinson brightened. His advice is simple. “Hold onto your desire to do what you want to do with your life. Keep pushing through whatever you’re going through to get where you want to be. Everything is
ridiculously possible, you just have to believe in yourself enough to do it.” Robinson is represented by Ingrid Mueller Art and Concepts. For more information about his art and business, visit silasrobinson.com and liftpersonalfitness.ca.
Hop on the Silver Wave Haley Ryan Arts Reporter
A zombie from the film, Resurrection. Submitted.
There’s only one place to find shy cowboys, teens hiding a dead body, zombies, and a man with an inappropriate relationship with his toy dinosaur in Fredericton. All of these, and many more, will be on screen during the 11th annual Silver Wave Film Festival this weekend. The festivities begin tomorrow night and run until Sunday afternoon, with venues all over the city, including nearby locations like Tilley Hall, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Le Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne, and after parties at the James Joyce pub. Tony Merzetti, executive director for the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Coop, said the festival has so many screenings (18) so you don’t have to choose between seeing two great movies. “We wanted to have it so people could get to a lot,” Merzetti said. He added that most of these showings will have the directors of each film in the audience, who add depth to the movies because they can explain their inspirations. Merzetti said the screenings of
student and New Brunswick “shorts” (films usually less than half an hour) have become some of the most popular nights of the entire festival. “They’re getting better and better; people say it’s really professional looking in the imagery, and the stories are all good and interesting,” he said. Ryan O’Toole and Joshua Laplap, both multimedia majors at UNB, teamed up to produce a couple films for this weekend, which both appear Friday evening. O’Toole had the idea for the awkward and outcast lead character of That Cowboy Kid before he even wrote it. After bringing the script to Laplap, the two friends decided to make what O’Toole calls “a character-driven piece.” Their other film, entitled 3 Dudes and a Corpse, is more of a raunchy comedy that O’Toole said came from his desire to simply make people laugh, as they watch a couple ordinary guys wake up one morning to find a dead body in their apartment after a crazy party. Justin Gaudet is also a student at UNB and is showing two films at the festival, but both appear on tomorrow’s opening night. Gaudet, who won the student cat-
egory last year, is showing Rex, a film made for the 48-Hour Film Competition about a man-child character and his unhealthy obsession with a plastic dinosaur. Resurrection is the other film, an old-style silent zombie movie set to classical music. He says he recently became interested in film and photography after taking a multimedia class on campus. Gaudet says the fact that he’s light-sensitive makes him appreciate the technical aspects of filming. “Understanding how photography works, it’s all about capturing light, so when you see a film that looks really good, it’s because the lighting is really good . . . and then it’s also a little bit about knowing your enemy,” Gaudet said with a smile. One highlight of the Silver Wave will be the Midnight Madness films on Friday night at Tilley Hall, with lots of zombies, horror and blood to carry over your Halloween spirit a little longer. There are free shows Sunday afternoon, but students can pick up their discounted $20 festival passes from the NB Film Co-op in the Charlotte Street Arts Centre starting Thursday.
TUNB adaptation of Tape deals with heavy subject matter Brandon Hicks Staff Reporter What’s that one thing that you regret? That one thing that continues to eat away at you, and makes you question who you truly are? Tape, a play written by Stephen Belber, sets out to explore this very question, and Theatre UNB is bringing it to life. It was an off-Broadway hit when it was first preformed in 1999. The story begins with two high school friends who meet up 10 years later and are forced to confront each other, and themselves, after one of them secretly records a horrible confession. Because of the play’s instant success, a movie by the same name starring Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman soon followed in 2001. “The play was a really big hit when it
first came out as an off-Broadway play, and because it was so talked about and produced so much, for a while, people stopped doing it because it was done so often,” said Ryan O’Toole, the play’s director. “I think we’re kind of passed that point now, so I think people will start doing it again.” For actors Jacob Martin, David Otis and Becky Forbes, who carry the entirety of play’s actions and dialogue, finding their characters is a challenge. “They’re just terrible people,” Martin said. Forbes said she needs to focus on the subtext of her lines, rather that just the words she says. “It’s different doing such a serious play, you really need to think more about what your character is feeling, then act on that,” Otis said. O’Toole and the actors have been
labouring in rehearsals, discussing who their characters are and deciding on different stylistic elements, but they believe that they have finally achieved the goals they had in mind for the play. Since Tape is thematically dark and deals with some heavy subject matter, the audience may get something much different then they would from most productions. The cast explained that if there are feelings of disgust, or discomfort from the audience, they’ll feel like they’ve done their jobs. The intention is to make the audience feel something and get them talking. “The play is a timeless story. The themes and the tones of the play are still very relevant, and they probably always will be,” O’Toole said. Tape runs from Nov. 2 to Nov. 5 at Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10 regular admission and $6 for students.
Jacob Martin (left), Becky Forbes (centre) and David Otis (right) rehearse for the play’s opening. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
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Broadening your horizons at home Heather Uhl Staff Reporter There’s a diverse arts department calling UNB home. The Culture and Language Studies department earns the ‘language’ part of its title with the many programs in German, Russian, Spanish, along with Japanese and Chinese. But it’s much more than just a language department; it also has programs in media studies and music. “There is more to gain w ith language studies, especially in the exploration of culture studies,” said Dr. Anette Guse, acting chair of the department. “Every discipline tries to interpret the world. But we focus more on the discipline on the broad question, of
the differences of various cultures.” There’s an emphasis in the department on understanding the culture where the languages originate. Many programs have interactive learning, going beyond the traditional lecture style of teaching. “You’re learning more than lecture material,” said Hilary Graham, a german studies honours student. “You have to use the language.” Courses in the department aim for class participation and instilling self-learning among students. The students can apply their skills in classroom and abroad. Students studying German can find themselves in Berlin with the Work-Study program, regardless if they’re fluent speakers or not. Students in Spanish have opportunities
for internships in Cuba and Mexico. The Media Studies program also has internships. “There are many ways that students ca n come a nd lea rn a nd broaden their horizons in our department,” Dr. Guse said. But students don’t have to travel across oceans to experience the culture they’re studying. There are clubs and societies on campus that are dedicated to bringing the culture home. Some events put on the by German Society include Oktoberfest at the Grad House put on earlier this month and the Latin America Society’s Day of the Dead Fiesta celebrated last weekend. There’s also the development of online tutoring, and learning with technology. Using Skype, students
can do interviews over the Internet and have one-on-one contact with a tutor. Graham, also a tutor in German and Russian, is part of this new form of learning. She is also in a course that involves phone interviews with someone living in Germany. “It’s new and the point of it was to try and find new ways to learn the language. The Skype is just a start,” Graham said. The Culture and Language Studies department also pushes for interdepartmental co-operation to teach cultural literacy. “You cannot set borders: ‘this is the department and you do everything in this department.’ But sometimes you’ll be using resources, courses or faculty staff from other
departments.” “We’ve done that in German studies for a long time. The students who decide to take German studies take other courses in other departments.” The department is also in the process of bringing in guest speakers and developing new courses, hopefully for the next term. “It’s a lot more fun than people think,” Graham said. “It’s surprising how many times people say, when I’ve said what I’m studying, ‘Oh wow! That’s really interesting!’” “A lot of people don’t realize that it could actually be a degree and more than ‘oh, that’s interesting,’ and it is worthwhile. Learning a language is a skill that you’ll have forever.”
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David Steward (left) and Yosef Lazarev present a skit in their introductory Russian class as part of an oral assignment. Sandy Chase / The Brunswickan
The Belle Comedians’ autumn homecoming
The Belle Comedians release their new album, Autumn Ought To, at The Capital this Friday, Nov. 4. Mike Erb / Erban Photo Haley Ryan Arts Reporter The boys of the Belle Comedians are returning to their capital, in more ways than one. The popular indie-folk group have been living and playing music in Halifax for the last couple of years, but have recently moved back to Fredericton to make this N.B. city their home base. Friday will see the Comedians take the stage at The Capital to promote their brand new EP, Autumn Ought To. Guitarist Scott Mallory said although the guys enjoyed their time in Halifax, coming back to the province that most of the band members call home was a necessary step. “We wanted to come back to New Brunswick and be based somewhere
we were comfortable and it’s a little bit easier to live if you’re in a band and you don’t make so much money, life is a little more manageable there,” Mallory said over the phone before a gig in Ontario. However, although the band is stationed in Fredericton for now, don’t expect to see them play every weekend. Mallory said they’ve always been careful not to book shows too closely together wherever they are. “If you played every week I think people would get sick of it, we want people to be interested . . . It’s like if Christmas was every other week it would suck,” Mallory said. Mallory said their new EP has a lot to do with living in Halifax, and crystallizes a picture of the last few months of the band’s life before the return to New Brunswick. He added that Autumn
Ought To has more aspects of every player in the band, while their previous record had been a collection of songs written by just a couple of the guys. Also, because their last album was self-recorded and felt a little bit rushed, Mallory said it was nice to take the time and work with a professional studio in Halifax to complete their latest project. “There’s a more clear sense of confidence in everybody,” Mallory said about the new record. “It was thoroughly and thoughtfully produced, we worked together as a team.” The Belle Comedians play on Nov. 4 at The Capital with opening acts Coyote of P.E.I and Motherhood’s singer Brydon Crain. Cover is $5 and doors open at 9:30 p.m.
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this week in brunswickanarts Shivering Songs & Silver Wave film festival present: Mark Kozelek: On Tour Singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek (formerly of the Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) is visiting Fredericton as part of the Shivering Songs Festival this February. But first, the Silver Wave Film Festival will tease fans with a free screening of Mark Kozelek: OnTour, a documentary. It was filmed during his European and North American tours in 2010 and 2011, this dynamic film captures the fast paced travel of a singer on a solo-acoustic journey, giving viewers an intimate look at all parts of his daily grind. Tickets and more information about the Shivering Songs Festival can be found at www.shiveringsongs.com
Gallery 78 Two new exhibitions open Friday at Gallery 78. They continue through Nov. 27. Paul Healey, a New Brunswick artist and described “Renaissance man” will be bringing his idyllic oil paintings of pastoral landscapes and calming interiors. He also works with watercolour and acrylic. His exhibition is dubbed “Paintings, Prints and Sculptures.” David McKay will be showcasing “The Florida Series”, detailing this New Brunswick lover’s visit to the Florida panhandle. He is best known for his watercolour and egg tempura paintings. Gallery 78 is located at 796 Queen St. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Comedy Night at Wilser’s Room For a $5 suggested donation, start the weekend early with some brews and laughs. Starting at 8 p.m., stand-up comics will help loosen you up after a long work/study week. Featured comedians include: B.J. Worthy, John Bailey, Trevor Muxworthy, Jimmy MacKinley, Megan MacKay, Bryan Jennewein, Debra Steeves, Neal Mundle and Scott Campangna.
brunswickanarts Gleeks raising money for diabetes research
The Glee @ UNB club is gearing up to raise money (and spirits) for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Submitted. Sarah Campbell Staff Writer There’s nothing geeky about being a gleek. Gleeks, or fans of the television show, Glee, are setting up for the second annual “Glee @ UNB” event. It’s a charity event put on by McLeod House that includes a competition between all the residences on and off campus to see who can sing, dance and perform in the best Glee fashion. For those who haven’t seen the show, Glee is a high school comedy-drama that incorporates both singing and dancing into every episode. Not only do they cover hit songs by the best musicians, but they do it well. Glee @ UNB is ready to prove that UNB can outdo the T.V. show. The event will get underway this
Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. McLeod House promises to have an even bigger and better show this year. They’re moving the show up into the SUB Ballroom instead of the atrium for a better acoustic sound. They also have new talent coming in from both on and off campus. This year nine groups have are participating. Among those, a new recruit, Town House, will take the stage to showcase their off-campus talents. Only time will tell if they, or the other houses, can steal away the title from the reigning champions, Neill House. Groups are only allowed one song to perfect and choreograph for the big show. This allows for each house’s true talent and performance skills to shine through. After speaking with the main organ-
izers Alex Walsh and Russell Pollard, it became apparent that organizing a campus wide event like this isn’t as daunting as it may seem. Considering the difficulties lay within the small details, creating and organizing an idea like this is very possible. Word of mouth is a major tool for getting the event going. “That’s what it is, it’s a network of people,” said Walsh. “It’s a lot of communication between a lot of different houses and all the people within those houses.” The proceeds raised by Glee @ UNB will be going to McLeod House’s charity, the Canadian Diabetes Association. Admission at the door is $5.00 with the addition of your student ID card. Raising around $1000 last year, McLeod aims to pass this with help from the student body to get them there.
Straightening out the myth that it’s the new goodnight kiss The New Position Sarah Vannier A few years ago, the supervisor of high school guidance councillors in Saint John was quoted saying that teens in her schools were trading oral sex for rides to the mall, money and clothing. A few years before that, a book called Oral Sex: The New Goodnight Kiss was published, claiming that young people, teens in particular, view oral sex as casual behaviour that is no more intimate than shaking someone’s hand or giving them a goodnight kiss. There seems to be a bit of a panic in the media around the idea of an oral sex epidemic happening among young people. Are we really all running around having as much oral sex as we possibly can with as many people as we can? We do know that oral sex is very common. Canadian research tells us that by Grade 11 roughly half of us have had oral sex at least once, and chances are, if you’re involved in a sexual relationship right now, you have had oral sex with your partner.
A large scale study of adolescent health done in 2007 found that almost 85 per cent of young adults involved in a romantic relationship had engaged in oral sex with their romantic partners. We also know that people don’t consider oral sex as serious or as “real” as intercourse. Research done by Hillary Randall and Sandra Byers at UNB found that 60 per cent of students would consider someone they had oral sex with a sexual partner and only about 20 per cent included oral sex in their definition of “having sex.” Side note: almost all of the students would say their partners had cheated on them if they had oral sex with another person. No oral sex loophole there! So, let’s recap. We’re having lots of oral sex. We also don’t think that oral sex really counts as “real” sex. That must mean that all young people think oral sex is a super casual and meaningless behaviour. Just like giving someone a hug right? Wrong! Most people do think that oral sex is an intimate behaviour. Wendy Chambers at t he Universit y of Georgia asked college students about their perceptions of oral sex and found that only 20 per cent of students would describe oral sex as a
non-intimate behaviour. The majority of these students also said that they would only feel comfortable having oral sex with someone they were dating. The reality is that most people (teens and young adults) are having oral sex for positive reasons (because it feels good and because they want to feel close to their partners) and with people they’re romantically involved with. This doesn’t mean that oral sex doesn’t happen in a casual context. It just means the idea that oral sex is the new goodnight kiss is a dramatic, and mostly incorrect, overstatement. So, why the panic? This seems to be the latest version of the “kids these days” complaint that they have no boundaries, no values and no morals. We tend to think the next generation is always much worse than our own. Fortunately, the idea that young people are more than happy to give a blowjob in the bathroom for a ride to the mall is no more true than the idea that our grandparents had to walk to school uphill, both ways, in three feet of snow. And on the bright side, at least the misconceptions about our generation sound more fun than trudging through snow.
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Chick Beer was made especially for you/your vagina Pink-bottled, low-calorie suds brew controversy over marketing
designed to look like a purse? The Spice Girl power doesn’t stop there. The beer is also less carbonated so that you won’t feel “bloated” or, god forbid, burp. It also has a milder, sweeter taste. To recap: if you’re still considering that liquid bread, known as regular beer, you should also seriously think about getting a sex change. All joking aside, it is undeniable that the founder of Chick Beer, Shazz Lewis, tapped into a niche market when she decided to make a beer “just for women.” While anyone who’s ever seen a beer commercial can tell you that the advertising is largely geared towards the male consumer, research shows that 25 per cent of all beer in the U.S. is bought by women. But is putting a light lager into a pink bottle really helping bridge that gap? Lewis said that from the start she knew that the uber-feminine packaging would garner some criticism. But she insisted that Chick Beer sends a positive message. “The women who embrace Chick Beer are self-assured, confident and powerful,” said Lewis. “They believe that fun and sexy are positive traits. They embrace their femininity, and are bold enough to understand that a word like ‘chick’ can’t hold them back.” This type of argument, however, falls short when we consider what femininity in the year 2011 actually means. If we constrain it to all things pink, girly and Sex and the City, aren’t we trivializing femininity? Scott Anderson, a University of British Columbia philosophy professor who specializes in gender, agreed that “the use of derogatory and diminishing stereotypes to categorize women tends to reinforce a sense that women enjoy being treated in ways that are sexualized and unserious.” But Lewis does not seem to be fazed by the feminists. “Real progress requires dissent. We never expected everyone to
Beer brewed with your vagina in mind. Peter Wojnar / The Ubyssey. Anna Zoria The Ubyssey (U of British Columbia) VANCOUVER (CUP) — Ladies, we all know that after a long day, there’s nothing more refreshing than a beer (or two or three) with some friends. But why, you might ask, are none of the beers out
there made for ladies? Molson, Kokanee, Guinness, Sleeman’s: they’re all just so … manly. Sigh. Enter Chick Beer: a new kind of beer that’s made just for you and your vagina. It comes in a pink bottle (so that you can instinctively be drawn to it at the liquor store) and is low in calories and carbs (so
that you can now consider having dressing with that salad). The company slogan, “Witness the Chickness,” is done in a sophisticated Curlz MT font over the image of a little black dress on the label. And if that doesn’t sound like your grade three lunchbox already, did I mention that the six pack is
like the Chick Beer concept. Name any concept — even something as accepted as the iPod or democracy — and I can show you some people who simply hate it.” “It would have been easy to make a quiet little beer for women that would have met with both universal approval and universal disregard,” she added. “We chose to go another route.” While it is debatable that a beer that looks like a Sophie Kinsella novel is bringing progress to the feminist cause, Lewis does touch on a viable marketing point. By being modestly provocative, the young company has managed to garner a substantial amount of publicity. Though the responses have not been entirely positive, in its mere eight weeks of existence, Chick Beer has caused quite a stir in the press and has been featured on two of America’s three major morning news shows. Sauder School of Business chair of marketing Darren Dahl says that, while the company could have chosen to present the product with a bit more class, “often in marketing you’re not trying to get all the customers, you’re trying to get a segment that will make your organization viable. You may piss off a bunch of people in doing that, but those are not the people you are interested in.” True, Chick Beer never claimed to appeal to all women. And if there is such a huge demand for this beer, then maybe our next step should be to develop some Forever Alone PMS Chocolate and tap into a whole new segment of Carrie Bradshaws. At the end of the day, though, beer is beer. Women, just like men, enjoy it for its taste, body and strength. To assume that what women drinkers look for in a beer is mild taste and a low calorie count only further reinforces the idea that real beer is for men.
Personal wellness is about paying attention to the many different aspects of your life. Think of it like this: if one part of your life is out of whack, your sense of stability and feelings of wellbeing will be affected. Be well. Be you.
EMOTIONAL WELLNESS Emotional wellness is attained by being comfortable with yourself and accepting of your feelings. Three key factors to emotional wellness are: 1. Having a positive self-image 2. Be optimistic 3. Sharing your feelings with others Ways to achieve emotional wellness: • Acknowledge your accomplishments • Know that it’s okay to make mistakes • Ask for help if you need it
Ways to work on your emotional wellness @ UNB in NOVEMBER Nov. 8 & 23 Nov. 1 & 3 Nov. 2 & 10 Nov. 3 & 10 Nov. 3 Nov. 17 Nov. 4-25
Yoga Rock (Staff & Students) Nov. 8: 5:00 pm; Nov. 23: 12:30pm @ RJCC Student Success Series: Managing Stress – Make it work for you Nov 1: 6:30pm; Nov 3, 11:45am @ HIL Finding Joy Student Workshop - 1:15pm @ C.C. Jones BeingnYou Student Workshop - 11:00am @ C.C. Jones Good Feelings: Wellness for the Emotional Self (Students) 2:30 @ C.C. Jones Good Thoughts: Wellness for the Mental Self (Students) 2:30 @ C.C. Jones Mindfulness Group (Staff & Students) Fridays - 12:30 @ C.C. Jones
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Making the grade:
Looking at UNB’s score in the 2012 Can
UNB information compiled by Christopher Cameron, Alanah Duffy and Hilary Paige Smith
The Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report Card was unveiled last week to mixed reviews from university administrations across the country. The University of opinions of 33,000 students from across the country who answered 100 questions. A mean score for each university is calculated for each question based on the respo Check The Brunswickan next week for a detailed look at the Macleans rankings
DR. EDDY CAMPBELL UNB PRESIDENT The Globe and Mail university report isn’t rocket science, UNB president Dr. Eddy Campbell says; it’s another piece of information the university can use to improve. The Globe and Mail gathers student opinions through an online survey. Campbell said he thinks the report is important because the opinions of students matter. “We were pleased to see that there’s some areas where we went up and some areas where we stayed the same. We’re not happy about the areas we went down in. What it tells us is there are some things we’re doing well and other things where we need to make more effort,” he said. UNB scored a B for its buildings and facilities, something Campbell said was not surprising, despite the more recent additions to campus. “Many of our other buildings, particularly in Fredericton, are showing their age,” he said, adding that there is a committee that looks at the state of classrooms on campus. “We’re making progress, but our students think we can do better.”
Environmental commitment was one of the lowest scores for UNB and they placed last in the “Small Universities” category with a C+. Campbell called this a disappointment and said UNB has been making an effort to reduce its environmental footprint. “I think we’re doing quite a good job in that regard. We have an environmental coordinator. The work of the coordinator is guided by an advisory committee with faculty, staff and students on it and I guess it’s been my feeling that we’ve been doing quite well with respect to that,” he said, adding that he’d like to know more about why UNB ended up in last place. The Globe and Mail listed UNB under its “Regional Heavyweights,” something Campbell wouldn’t use to refer to the university. “I don’t like the word regional. I don’t think it reflects our reality or our aspirations, but I’m quite pleased with the term heavyweight.” Campbell called the rankings “a bit of a mugs game,” defined by MerriamWebster as a “futile or profitless activity.” He had more criticism for the Maclean’s ranking system, calling it a “publicity exercise.”
MOST SATISFIED INSTRUCTORS’ STUDENTS TEACHING STYLE
If the residences at the University of New Brunswick were students, they probably wouldn’t be happy with their marks. On the 2012 Canadian University
REPUTATION WITH EMPLOYERS
JAMES BROWN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL LIFE
Report released by The Globe and Mail last week, UNB residences were given a grade of C. “I don’t put a lot of faith into the report,” said James Brown, executive director of Residential Life, Campus and Conference Services. “Twenty per cent of UNB students live in residence. Could they say with any certainty that every one of the students surveyed have actually experienced residence? I bet they couldn’t.” The Canadian University Report is an annual document that ranks Canadian universities on a grading scale, from F to A+. Brown said that he questions the validity of the report. “Basically, The Globe and Mail is in the business of selling papers, and they dream up these ranking schemes that will help them do that,” he said. “I don’t worry too much about it, because it’s not useful management information for me.” Because of the way the ranking scheme is structured, when Brown and his colleagues at Residential Life look at the report, they can’t see specific areas that students want improved. However, Brown has been conducting his own research since the 2007-2008
B QUALITY OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
“On the other hand, both the Macleans magazine report and the Globe and Mail report have lots and lots of useful information for our students. I have no issue with that part of the work they do,” he said. The Globe and Mail did not include UNB Saint John in any of its categories. Had UNB Saint John been included with UNB Fredericton, the university would have been bumped into the 10,000 to 22,000 student category. “Both of these campuses are terrific places for a student to be. I don’t know why they wouldn’t want to talk to students on one campus and not the other. It’s not clear to me if they did survey students on both campuses and it amounts to a typo, or it’s a deliberate omission,” Campbell said. He plans on talking to those in charge of the report about the issue.
RECREATION AND ATHLETICS
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nadian University Report
f New Brunswick received fairly average reviews across the board and was called a “Regional Heavyweight.” The report card reflects the onses of students who attend each school and scores are then converted into letter grades.
academic year to measure student satisfaction with the university’s 14 residences. “We always want information from our students as to how we can do better,” he explained. “We want to continue to improve.” Every February, Brown sends an email survey out to students living in residence with 10 questions. The questions, which are ranked on a five-point scale, ask students about everything from cleanliness of their residence to quality of services and support provided by their residential life team and their overall satisfaction with living in residence. Brown said that around 200 students respond every year out of a residence population of 1,000 to 1,200 people. Last year, 57.5 per cent of students surveyed reported having a very good or good residence experience. “We’re not trying to rank ourselves – we’re trying to figure out the areas of possible improvement,” he said. Brown spoke of many initiatives that Residential Life undertakes to contribute to student satisfaction in residence. “We’re highly organized around getting people together in groups to talk,” he said.
ANNE FORRESTALL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AND SERVICES When The Globe and Mail looked at campus atmosphere at UNB in the 2012 Canadian University Report, it gave the grade of B+. Other Maritime universities in the
small category (4,000-10,000) included St. Francis Xavier with an A and Saint Mary’s with a B+. Although StFX finished ahead of UNB, Anne Forrestall, executive director of student affairs and services says they cannot be disappointed with its grade. “I don’t think in anybody’s books a B+ is a bad grade. Is there room for improvement? Sure there is, there always is. I think in this case though we need to think about the experiences of different students on campus.” “I think for some, the campus atmosphere is very wonderful. They’re very, for the most part, involved students. There is a little bit of an onus on the students to take advantage of the things that are happening and are offered, to become invested and become part of the campus. For students that do that, we know the benefits are enormous.” Forrestall believes that part of improving the grade is finding a balance between providing the events and how involved the students are. “To some extent I think it is what the university provides, but also how involved the students get,” she said. “There is a balance to be found there between providing opportunities for
the students to get involved and how involved students choose to be.” One of the main problems UNB faces is disconnect with off-campus students and resolving how to keep them involved consistently in the atmosphere on campus. “I think some of it (StFX finishing above UNB) may have to do with students travelling to Antigonish, so they are not from there and that is their destination,” Forrestall said. “We have a large population of students that are from the Greater Fredericton Area, so Fredericton is already home to them. I think sometimes that’s a difference. You’ll see it with MTA in Sackville as well, and Acadia in Wolfville.” “These are smaller places where students are travelling so their university experience is different than here where students are from here.” For the full report card, visit www.theglobeandmail.com.
BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES
The Residence Representative Board meets regularly, as well as several other committees associated with residences. A food committee, composed of a representative from each house and Sodexo staff, meet to try to improve student satisfaction with cafeteria food. “I think that the strength of our residence system is in our Residential Life program, where we are consistently rated very highly,” he said. Brown added that his favourite aspect of UNB residences is the charitable commitments that each house takes on. Throughout the academic year, each house works in partnership with a charity to raise money and awareness. “Atlantic Canadian universities take commitment to their residences and do it well,” he said. “I think our students have experienced a good time here.”
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Let everyone know whats on your mind.
What grade would you give UNB overall?
“A The athletic program is good”
“B+ Good Programs, a little expensive.”
“B+ Labs are confusing.”
“A+ Because of the Cellar.”
“A It’s a good city, campus, staff. No huge problems.”
“B+ Good school, above average.”
“B+ Nothing extraordinary, all mediocre.”
“B+ Good athletics, shitty profs, a good nightlife.”
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The scariest day of my life (so far) In the end, it turned out to be a serious inner ear problem, which To the Point Christopher affected his balance as well as his ability to open his eyes without the Cameron world “spinning out of control.” Aside from the fact that I was relieved he was all right, I was still On Oct. 20 this year I lived the scari- playing the “what if” game. What if est day of my life. As most people it was worse? What if things hadn’t reading this may be thinking, with worked out the way they did? This is where I hope people that this being published only a few days after Halloween, it has nothing to read this realize how important your parents and t those close to you are do with Oct. 31. What caused the regular Thursday in your life. My life flashed before to be the scariest and most gut- my eyes that day, in some ways. Not wrenching one in my nearly 23 years that I wouldn’t be alive the next on this Earth was a phone call from day, but all the moments I’ve spent my mother around 1-1:30 p.m. that with my dad. I have always loved how much he afternoon. She was packing up a bag of my brags about the things I write to his dad’s things so she could follow friends. I don’t know why, but he the ambulance that had just picked has been the most proud person of him up to take him to the hospital me since I began down this road as because he couldn’t stand up to a journalist four years ago and has walk, it was as if his legs were not supported me every step of the way. He has also joined my friends and there. My first thought was a stroke or something of the sort. Someone I at The Cellar for multiple nights completely healthy all of a sudden of drinking in recent years, and was not being able to stand up was ab- also at every curling tournament I ever had while growing up. That solutely terrifying. Back to the phone call, I was in included the final year I curled in The Brunswickan office, of course, my first year of university when I was and was talking about drives for the four hours away from home. A lot of memories came back that ARCUP conference the next day in Sackville, NB, with Hilary, our news day. Those are only a small selection editor. I got off the phone with what of them, but what mattered the most I can only assume was an absolutely to me was that they were good ones. We were not in a quarrel; we hadn’t white face or distraught look. She asked me if everything was all been avoiding talking to each other right and the only thing I could say for years or anything of that sort. We have a good relationship and was “I don’t know.” I really didn’t know. I didn’t know although we aren’t in the same city what to do. My mom had no idea and don’t get to talk or see each what was going on so I definitely had other as much as we used to, I realno idea what was going on. I told ized, that day in particular, how Liam, our business manager, I would much I take for granted the relationmeet him to go over a few things at ships with not only my dad, but also 2 p.m. so I just went into my office. many others in my life. This is not to take away from the The guy I thought was strong and was just going to chill out and watch role my mother plays in my life, more some episodes of some TV show to so it is to put into perspective how distract me for a bit just completely much people should pay attention broke down in his office. I don’t to the relationships in their lives bethink I’ve ever been in a situation cause in one day, things can change where I could not control my emo- in no time at all. If it weren’t for that day I would tions, like that day. All I could do was sit there. I was still be living my life, taking these paralyzed and in no state to get in my people for granted. In some ways car to drive to Nova Scotia. Eventu- maybe this was the wake up call I ally I would get a drive from Liam, needed to realize that I things aren’t with Colin and Alex (friends and always rainbows and sunshine and Bruns writers) down to my girlfriend you need to tell the people in your life how important they are. Lindsey’s house. I sat there all afternoon breaking Christopher Cameron is the Editordown on occasion, while getting updates from my sister as they came. in-Chief of The Brunswickan and All day he was constantly having test can be reached at editor@thebruns. after test to try to figure out what ca or in SUB room 35 throughout the work week. was wrong.
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What we can learn from media mudslinging
CBC calls out Quebecor, raises questions of convergence
Clément Liu/The Link Arshy Mann The Ubyssey (U of British Columbia) MONTREAL (CUP) — Recently, words like “vendetta” and “malice” were thrown around by major Canadian media players in reference to one another. When the media becomes the subject of the news rather than the source of it, someone isn’t doing their job. On Oct. 19, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) released a strongly worded statement on the “Get the Facts” page of its website that defended the corporation’s own accountability and transparency in comparison to those of its competitor, private corporation Quebecor. The statement, called “What Quebecor won’t tell you about its attacks on the public broadcaster,” is both concise and catty, making it crystal clear that the CBC has had enough of the conglomerate’s antics. These antics include attempts to have the CBC’s budget cut. Quebecor has since demanded that the CBC apologize and remove the “defamatory” text from its website or face a lawsuit. The CBC has yet to do so, but says it will respond to Quebecor’s letter in due time. To fully grasp the extent of this media mudslinging, it’s crucial to understand the scope of the opponents. On one hand you have the CBC, which is Canada’s national public
broadcaster and one of this country’s largest cultural institutions. The CBC provides Canadians with almost exclusively Canadian content through television, Internet and satellite-based services. On the other side of the scuffle, you have Quebecor, a massive conglomerate that owns both Sun Media and Osprey Media. Quebecor is headed by Pierre Karl Péladeau. Péladeau has some 41 daily newspapers and more than 180 non-dailies and scads of additional outreach in the form of the publishing and broadcasting companies under his belt (search “newspaper chain” at quebecor.com to see the full list). CBC’s statement makes three claims. It states that the media mogul has received “more than half a billion dollars in direct and indirect subsidies and benefits from Canadian taxpayers over the past three years, yet it is not accountable to them.” It also suggests that Quebecor “uses this public subsidy and its dominant position in protected industries to make record profits, yet complains that its T VA television network ‘competes’ against Radio-Canada,” and finally that Péladeau has sent “over a dozen letters to the Prime Minister and others in government to complain that Radio-Canada does not spend enough money advertising in his newspapers.” This little scuffle has everything to do with media convergence in
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this country. The media in Canada is no longer a mom-and-pop scenario consisting of a congregation of independently owned publications, but rather a struggle between a handful of far-reaching businesses that are actively cutting at each other’s throats while fighting for your eyes and ears — and wallets. Péladeau defended his company’s attack of the CBC, stating, “The CBC is not a small entity in the media business in Canada and I think if you’re going to come out and challenge them, that takes some courage as a media player in Canada.” According to him, no other Canadian media organization is brave enough to take on the corporation. Perhaps this has little to do with bravery, though. Perhaps it has more to do with media takeovers and convergence. Fewer and fewer Canadian media organizations exist to take up this fight — or any other fight. So, regardless of who you think is in the right regarding the current media battle, as a reader, you should take this as a lesson in awareness. Realize that no matter how much news you read, listen to and watch, you may not be consuming as many viewpoints as you think. There’s a good chance that all of the information you receive comes from fewer head offices than there are fingers on the hand you just used to change the channel.
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Why wait to travel when you can now?
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I may not be an expert in travel, but I have had a handful of opportunities to reap in the benefits of traveling to a foreign land and experiencing cultures so different from my own. Like most people, I had my reservations about making the decision to travel, but looking back I cannot find one reason not to travel now. Among hundreds of reasons I think people should travel, here are my top five reasons we should all just pack-up and catch a flight to anywhere. 1. You’re getting older. There is no “normal” age to start traveling. Whether you’re 17 and just out of high school, or retired from your career, only one thing matters: you’re only getting older. If you ask me, the time is NOW! No matter how old you are, I can guarantee you will have a better time enduring a 14-hour bus ride through Mexico, dingy hostel rooms in Portugal and week-long treks through the A mazon now than in a few years from now. Procrastination is contagious and the longer you wait, the harder it is to take the plunge. 2. Putting things on hold is only temporary.
Saving for a house? Working towards a promotion? Waiting to hear back from a job? I can guarantee that when you get back from your amazing trip to wherever, there will be houses, jobs and promotions still waiting for you. We live in a society that seems so scheduled. Go to school. Graduate. Get a job. Get married. Buy a house. Have kids. A ll of these things are sociallyconstructed roles imposed on us and hold no real consequences if we don’t abide by them. So break free, and get lost. 3. Do what you want, when you want. How often do you wake up in your dorm room or apartment and ask yourself “what should I do today?” without really knowing the answer already. The lives of students are always so cluttered with assignments due, group meetings to go to and papers to write. In Nicaragua, I woke up on a hammock on the Atlantic coast and asked myself that question. My answer: I want to climb a volcano today. So I did. And it was phenomenal. 4. You’re broke? So what? I think one of the most common excuses people use to avoid travel is that they don’t have the funds. As
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a student, I completely understand that, and I think most people would agree. But being a student shouldn’t limit you in such ways. You need discipline and you need to be committed to saving money for travel. You might have to skip going to The Cellar next week or go without that adorable shirt from H&M, but it will be worth it once you’re where you want to be. While living in Ecuador, I was spending about $20 a day on food, accommodations, transportation, and booze. Lots of booze. Try surviving in the US or Canada for that much. 5. Don’t let school get in the way of your education. I can’t deny that school is important and will certainly help you achieve lots in life, but I think there are more important things in life. We study world history and different cultures in the classroom for our entire adolescent lives. You have the opportunity to live in a different culture and see for yourself what it’s all about. Learn a new language, new skills and exercise your patience in a different culture by living it every day.
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How to manufacture the rapture and keep everyone happy
Yet another apocalypse prediction date has come and gone, so what are we to do? Ryan Bromsgrove The Gateway (University of Alberta)
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EDMONTON (CUP) — It’s time to get your shit in order. Oct. 21 was supposed to be the end of the world (again), but there’s been some sort of delay (again). Who knows how long that delay will last, though? It seems like only yesterday Harold Camping, the world-renowned prophet, predicted the rapture would happen and the faithful would ascend to heaven, leaving sinners to suffer in anguish. Or to party, depending on who we’re talking about. But when May 21 passed with embarrassing mundanity and not — as he’d hoped — full of fire, earthquakes, plague and disease brought by shadowy figures riding skeletal horses, Camping was at a loss. Maybe it was because
skeletal horses tend to fall apart in an unimpressive pile of bones. Whatever the cause, the apocalypse didn’t arrive. He revised the date to Oct. 21, assuming those shadowy figures had to resort to Python-esque coconutshell steeds. That tends to increase travel time significantly. Oh, and this time the non-believers would be annihilated quickly and painlessly; that kind of wide-spread divine euthanasia takes time to plan. But Oct. 21 came and went. No dice. With four failed predictions now behind the poor guy, we have a choice to make. By far, the easiest reaction is to gloat about what a dumb failure the idea was and how smart we all are for not falling for it. But there’s another way. I say we throw this guy a bone and at least pretend that the rapture has hap-
pened — that he’s just a few measly days off in his prediction. I mean, the man is 90 now and he doesn’t have a lot of time left. Can you imagine making such high-profile claims and becoming a household name, only to again and again have God smack you down by not following through on His promise, making you look like a total ass in front of the entire world? We can’t let Camping go to the grave a total failure. So have some heart and listen up. Here’s what we’re going to do. The coconut-shell horses didn’t work, and the horsemen have given up and gone home instead. But we won’t fail Camping. We’re going to start by waiting outside his house. There’s going to be a lot of media there too, so I’m going to need a decoy. Fake Camping, you’ll ride on
up on a Segway and draw the pesky journalists away while everyone else slips into the house unseen. Now, Camping is very old, so chances are he’ll be having a nap. I’ll have a guy out back waiting in a car. The rest of you must smuggle the old man out without waking him. Then we’ll all drive to Fake Heaven. Regarding that, I’ll need you artsy types to basically string up a hell of a lot of cotton balls around an empty warehouse. Instant clouds. While we’re at it, we’ll paint the whole thing gold and white, too. My friend Steve owns a linen store, and he can supply us with some silky white bedsheets that we can turn into heavenly robes. We can use curtains to hide the corners of the room. If anyone could bring a harp and gently pluck a soothing melody, that would com-
plete the illusion. And when he wakes up? Bam. We’ll be ready with an old guy with a flowing white beard ready to welcome Camping to heaven at last. I can pull off a mean Jesus, but everyone else, don some robes and make it look natural. Bonus points if you are able to pose as his friends and family. If we handle this thing in shifts, I’m pretty sure we can keep the hoax alive until he finally isn’t. There you have it. A complete plan to save this guy from one more round of horrifying embarrassment and instead give him some welldeserved closure. And the best part? When we’re on the outside, that’s one fewer person bugging us about the apocalypse. This is a plan we can all get behind, people. Roll out, sweet chariot.
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Dal and StFX take AUS cross country championships
K. Bryannah James Sports Editor The Dalhousie Tigers and the StFX X-Men dominated the podium this past weekend at the AUS crosscountry championships, hosted by UNB at Odell Park. The Dalhousie women’s team finished first overall in the 5km race, with runner Holly Van Gestel setting a new course record of 17:47, and claiming female athlete of the year. Following Van Gestel’s lead were Caroline McIlroy from MUN, who finished with a second-place time of 18:14, Ashley Ryer and Ashley Chisholm from Dalousie placing third and fourth with 18:24 and 18:30 respectively, and Natalie Kannenberg from StFX grabbed top five with a fifth place finish of 18:35. “I’m very privileged to work with a highly motivated group of individuals,” said Dalhousie coach Heather Hennigar, who was also named AUS cross-country coach of the year. Overall, the Tigers clawed their way to the top of the podium with a score of 27 and an average time of 18:38, with 50 per cent of the top 10 runners coming from Dal. “They are a pleasure to be around, they’re always having fun, they’re laughing, they’re going into their races without a lot of tension so I feel pretty lucky to be part of it,” said Hennigar. StFX came close with a secondplace finish in team standings with a score of 37 and an average time of 18:52, having four runners placing in the top 10. One positive factor in StFX’s accomplishments over the weekend, besides grabbing both top five stand-
The StFX X-Men won the AUS cross country championships this past weekend at Odell Park. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan ings for men and women’s teams, is the youth of both groups. “I’m excited with this team because there are no seniors on this team so this team is intact for another year,” said StFX head coach Bernie Chisholm, who was also named men’s cross-country coach of the year, during the reception at the Fredericton Inn. The third place seat went to Memorial University in Newfoundland, who finished with a score of 78 and
an average time of 20:20. Even though the Varsity Reds women’s team didn’t make the top five during the weekend, they did place sixth with a score of 167 and an average time of 22:13. “I think it was a positive day; we knew that we weren’t in the running to win, so we were hoping to get the best that we could get out of our teams and I think both teams did that,” said UNB head coach Tim Randall.
In their first year in the AUS, the St.Thomas Tommies kicked the UNB women’s team out of the top five during the AUS championship. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
UNB was knocked out of top five by the newly joined AUS team, St. Thomas University who f inished with a score of 161 and an average time of 22:19. “They just need to be at it and consistent. We only had one person that ran this year that ran on the team last year in AUS, so that’s huge if you have a completely brand new team. We’re hoping, this time, the winter and the summer of training will make us better,” Randall said. Rachael McCarvill was the first VRed to break onto the sheet, placing 17th overall with a time of 20:10, followed by Keely Campbell who finished 20th with a time of 21:00. The rest of the women’s team finished in between the 42 and 52 positions, with only two Varsity Reds placing among the top 20. In the men’s 10km race, StFX took the first place seat as Connor McGuire finished with a time of 32:23 and AUS cross country male athlete of the year. Dalhousie Tiger Riley Johnston finished three seconds behind him with a time of 32:26. Following their lead, StFX continued to sweep the top five spots, as Aaron Doucette finished fourth at 32:39 and Dennis Kayumba finished fifth at 32:54, leaving Dalhousie runner Matthew McNeil enough room to squeeze into third place with 32:32. However, the UNB men’s team finished fourth overall as a team with a score of 111 and an average
time of 34:58, leaving Saint Mary’s, St. Thomas and UdeM to claim the bottom three positions. The top three mens teams went to StFX who finished first overall with a score of 21 and an average time of 32:39, Dal coming in with a close second with a score of 53 and 33:39 and MUN finishing third for men as well, with 95 and averaging 35:30. “We’re happy with the way the guys finished,” Randall said. “They were in a closer battle than the girls were for the positions, but they did really well and everybody ran to their best ability and I guess that’s all we can ask.” UNB runner Alex Coff in just missed top 10, as he placed 11th overall with a time of 33:19, having the best time overall for both the men’s and women’s teams, but just falling short of CIS. “He’s sort of happy with it, not completely,” Randall said. “He’s finished as high fourth this year, and sort of, he took a chance to try and get himself further ahead than that and it didn’t work the way he’d hoped.” Although the V-Reds won’t be making it to CIS, the men’s team is hoping to build around rookie runners such as Scott McMullin who finished 32nd at 37:07 and Taylor Lamarche who placed 33rd with 37:20. “They’re both runners and they’re committed to it and we hope that’s going to be make us better.”
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Women’s soccer prepare for playoffs Heather Uhl Staff Reporter The Varsity Reds women’s soccer team played the Mount Allison Mounties last weekend in Sackville, winning 2-1. The game started strong, with Varsity Reds Samantha Lagacy and Brianna Ford both scoring goals in the first half. In the second half the V-Reds momentum fell apart as the team scrambled to find its groove. Mount Allison saw the opportunity and scored a goal. “The midfielders sorted themselves out,” said assistant coach Joe Crossland. “The centre midfielders would have been Leandra Upton, Heather Ambery, Kayla Painter, and Sam Lagacy. They really sorted themselves out and we held on for the win.” This win comes after three devastating losses against Cape Breton Capers 7-0, STFX X-women 4-0 and UdeM 5-1. The V-Reds women slipped following their successful game against UPEI, where they won a solid 2-1 victory over the Panthers, leading to the string of losses. “It was a bit of a high to beat the fourthranked team in the country and then we came out flat the next day,” Crossland admitted. “Last weekend it was just about not getting pressure on people in tight spots and we don’t get pressure on shooters. And there’s enough good players in this league that they can score from different places.” “Today we were a little bit tighter, a little more compact. And that limited the number of shoots they had and chances.” It showed with the scoring in the first half with the Varsity Reds women playing together tightly. The game against Mount
The victory continues with V-Reds hockey FROM HOCKEY PAGE 1
Mount Allison’s Amanda Jeanson fights for the ball against the Reds’ Heather Ambery. MTA Sports Information Allison was the last game of the regular season. The weekend playoffs begin, with UNB hosting at BMO Centre. “We were hoping we’d get this kind of effort out of the girls today just to get us back on track. We know what we have as team and we just kind of got away from that for the last three games before today. It was just an ideal game where you had to go out and grind for a victory.” The V-Reds women’s soccer team ranks sixth in AUS standings, with four wins, seven losses and two ties. Despite already having a ‘bye’ into the AUS playoffs as the host, the Varsity Reds would have made playoffs. As it stands, the playoffs will also have
the UPEI Panthers, Saint Mary’s Huskies, Cape Breton Capers, Dalhousie Tigers and StFX X-Women playing on the BMO Centre field. “You play for the upcoming weekend. At the end of the day that’s your goal, to be better every week and be at your peak come AUS playoff time,” Crossland explained. “I really think we’ll be ready. It will be a little bit like waiting for Christmas morning come Friday.” The playoff games start Nov. 4 and the champions will be crowned Nov. 6. In sixth place, the V-Reds will have to show up ready to fight from the moment the ball hits the field.
been so successful for the last three or four years now is the way we practice,” he said. “Every time we show up on the ice to practice we look to get better that day, we look to set a certain standard of our practice habits.” “If you look at our team compared to StFX or Saint Mary’s on paper and our stats compared to theirs in Junior, we wouldn’t be a whole lot better, if better at all. It all comes down to our work ethic and how hard we practice.” Now 3-30 on the power play, the Varsity Reds are at 10 per cent, still needing some improvement on the special teams against the stronger teams in the AUS. “We obviously realize that our
power play has got to be better and it’s always been better in the past,” Clendenning said. “For us right now we’re not too stressed about it, we’re not panicking. There’s really no time to worry about it because really if you look at the big picture we’re still scoring goals and still winning hockey games.” “In terms of tweaking it a little bit, we’ve changed a few things. We’ve moved a few guys around and put them in different spots. We’re just working on different plays and working on executing the plays we have drawn out.” This weekend UNB will test its struggling power play against the 5-1 UdeM Aigles Bleus on the road Friday night before hosting the UPEI Panthers Saturday night at the Aitken Centre.
Successful weekend for men’s volleyball
Christopher Cameron Editor-In-Chief
Kicking off the regular season on the road last weekend, the UNB Varsity Reds men’s volleyball team traveled to Montreal for the first Interlock of the season. Going 2-1 over the weekend, UNB currently sits in first place in the AUS ahead of the 1-2 Dalhousie Tigers and the 0-3 Memorial SeaHawks. UNB head coach Dan McMorran knows that every win is huge in the big picture of who will have home-court advantage for the AUS championships. “I’d put both teams at the same level (UNB and Dal) although we finished 2-1 and Dal went 1-2, so they’re significant (wins at the Interlock),” McMorran said. “That match that Dalhousie dropped to Montreal, is it good for us? Sure it is, but we also know there are two more Interlocks coming so there is still a lot of ball to be played, but you’re exactly correct everyone of these matches against the Quebec conference count and we���re looking that right now as though we have one in the bank.” Getting to first place at 2-1, UNB would kick off its regular season and the Interlock against Sherbrooke Friday night where they won 3-2 (28-26, 19-25, 2523, 24-26, 15-11). Although UNB had little trouble with Sherbooke last season, McMorran was pleased with his squad picking up the win against a significantly improved team. “I wouldn’t say we had our best game, but we found a way to battle through,” he said. “We made some strides with our offence, but in the same breath we were very inconsistent and we had multiple opportunities to close them out and we didn’t.” “This took us to a fifth set and I thought we battled well in the final set. I was happy that we were able to pull that first one out.” In its next match UNB would take on Montreal, which they dominated, winning 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-17). McMorran was pleased with how his team improved from the match before.
Varsity Red Ben Wright taking an off-balance shot on goal. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
UNB currently is sitting in first place in AUS men’s volleyball standing. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan “I thought (Andrew) Costa started to run our middles the way we needed to have them operating. Montreal really couldn’t find any rhythm against us because we really forced the issue. We blocked strong, we served tough and we started to click offensively.” They would close out the first Interlock against Laval, a match that they struggled to maintain consistent pressure in. Leading 23-19 in the first set, the Varsity Reds would lose the first set 27-25, followed by two more Laval wins 25-15 and 25-18 to take the match 3-0. McMorran said his team played their best volleyball so far this season in this match, but they were deflated after the first set loss. “In the first set we were playing our best volleyball of the year and had them at 23-19, and failed to score two more points,” he said. “To be quite honest a lot of the wind was taken out of our sails
because we played, like I said, the best ball of the entire season so far.” The Varsity Reds will now have two weeks off before they host the Dalhousie Tigers on Nov. 11 at the Currie Center. McMorran is pleased saying that “overall we’re improving.” Although preparing for Dalhousie and making sure the Varsity Reds pick up some wins is important, the coaching staff is focusing on improvement as opposed to preparing for their AUS rivals. “It (our focus) is on what we’re doing on our side of the net,” McMorran said. “There have been some areas we want to get some improvements in and one of them has been offensive consistency and we want to keep that going in the right direction.” “We also need to raise our level of defence as well. We’re going to focus on our offensive consistency and defensive intensity.”
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Marcus Greenlaw of Halifax leads both teams up the MacAulay Field in AUS soccer action on Oct. 29. MTA Sports Information Heather Uhl Staff Reporter The UNB Varsity Reds men’s soccer team finished its season last Saturday with a win against Mount Allison 1-0. During this game the V-Reds did not have a full roster of players. Instead of the normal 18, there were only 16 players on the game sheet due to injuries sustained during the season, which lead to a makeshift lineup of players for the game. Adding to the difficulty, the field was in rough shape, being on the tail end of a hard season of soccer and football games, and this led to a change in style for the Varsity Reds in the second half. “We were trying to do too much on a difficult field and as a result weren’t making much progress,” head coach Miles Pinsent said. “So we just simplified things and told the boys to be a little bit more direct in their play.” The change worked, giving the Varsity Reds the needed edge to change
the tide of the game, and in the second half of the game Zack Mollins-Bidlake scored the winning goal of the game. Prior to the change in play, the first half of the game lacked advantage on both sides of play. With this win, the V-Reds finished their disappointing season. They ended in seventh place of the AUS standings – one spot from making the playoffs - with three wins, six losses and four ties. This is the first time in over 12 years that the Varsity Reds will not be going to AUS playoffs. “Our team was capable of being better than we were this year,” Pinsent said, “but we weren’t good enough on a consistent basis to earn ourselves a place in the playoffs.” “The word that is thrown around all year by our group is ‘frustration.’ We knew we were better than our performances at times. At other times where our performance was decent we were better than results we were getting. It was a frustrating couple months for sure.”
Despite not making it to playoffs, this season leaves the Varsity Reds men’s soccer team the chances to focus in on the areas of weakness the team experiences, such as passing the ball. Pinsent explained that the team let in too many goals, but didn’t score enough goals. What the team needs now is to find a way to complete what is already present. “In my opinion when you do an analysis of where we’re at as a team it’s not as easy as ‘okay, you need a centreback’ or ‘you need a new goal scorer.’ We just need some players to kind of complete the existing team we have.” “We don’t need to start at zero, with a clean slate. I think it’s a matter of we’ve got a young team and a bunch of new players this year. We need to figure out why they didn’t play at their potential this year and what we need to do, or bring in the player that are going to compliment what we have and players that we have.” The AUS Championships take place at the University of Cape Breton and will run Nov. 4-6.
Let’s get back to the food basics
Tova Payne Staff Writer
There used to be a time where food was simple. It came from the ground, a tree, the fields, the wild, and the ocean. Today, most people in western society are far removed from their food source. And due to technology gone wild, we are now eating foods that are manufactured and laced with chemicals and additives - basically a lot of complicated stuff. I will start off with a very simple example. If you look at all-natural peanut butter, the only ingredient is peanut, and maybe salt. Now, if you take a look at manufactured brands they have peanuts, sugar and hydrogenated oil, to name a few. How is that peanut butter? Hydrogenated oil, chemically speaking is foreign to our body. It doesn’t exist in nature - it’s made-up in a lab somewhere, and by no means do our bodies recognize or know how to break this down. So what happens to it? This is the answer of how arteries get blocked, clogged and worn down. You know, for the most part, we don’t just wake up one day sick or rushing to the emergency room for heart failure. Yes, there are always those exceptional circumstances where the very healthy can get very sick, for genetics and many other factors play a role. However, there’s a lot we can do to take care of our health and preventatively speaking, if you don’t want to be high on the list for colon cancer, diabetes, heart conditions, and so forth, the best measure you can take is to start eating well now. How you treat your body today will reflect in your body of the future. Eating well requires that you put in
Most people in Western culture are far removed from their food source. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan a little effort and equip yourself with a little education on the food industry and food basics. There was an article that discussed much of food basics. I will reiterate it briefly: the more natural and whole the food is and the closer is its source, the healthier it is. The moment you start eating fake processed cheese over real cheese or bleached white flour over whole grain flour/breads, you are starting the process of health deterioration. Start reading labels and making informed choices. Remember to think in terms of food quality. It does not mean that you cannot have chocolate, for real chocolate is high in magnesium, which helps your muscles relax. But there is something wrong with candy bars and “fake chocolate” that contain hydrogenated oils and refined sugars.
Moreover, remember balance – just because you eat white bread or a candy bar one day doesn’t mean it’s “all over.” Your body is extremely intelligent and a simple analogy is the “bucket example”. Your body can handle a certain amount of unhealthy foods, however once the bucket gets filled, you will begin to feel sluggish, and over the long haul it will effect your internal organs and health. So choose as many high quality foods as often as possible and don’t be too concerned if a few of your choices contain processed products, as it is a challenge to completely be void of them in our current food culture (though not impossible if you decide to take that challenge on!) So start taking responsibility for your health. Your future you will thank your present you for making these choices.
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Where did men’s soccer go wrong?
Bronté James An Opinion The UNB Varsity Reds men’s soccer team finished the season with a respectable standing of 3-6-4, finishing seventh overall in AUS standings. Although they didn’t make the AUS championships, the V-Reds men’s team played and finished with a strong season. The men’s team had a strong defensive line with players such as Alexandre Haiart keeping the offensive players on the opposing team away from his net, ensuring no goals to be scored. As well as the defensive line, goal keeper Aaron McMurray, a recent addition to the V-Reds team, kept the ball out of the back of their net, which allowed the offensive line to focus solely on scoring goals. Although not all games ended in UNB’s favour, they played hard until the final minute. The men’s game against Mount Allison on Oct. 2, proves every minute played was beneficial, even during the last minute of play when they tied the game 1-1. The old saying, ‘communication is key,’ is nothing but true when it comes to the UNB men’s soccer team. With constant communication taking place on the field, it not only bonded the team but it allowed for each player to know where the other stood and so there was no hesitation on where the ball needed to go. “I wasn’t pleased with how we finished the first half after the goal, but second half I think the boys pushed and did what we needed to do to get the equalizer,” said head coach Miles Pinsent after the Mount Allison game. Although they have a strong defensive lineup, the UNB men’s team didn’t have
The Varsity Reds men’s soccer team missed playoffs for the first time in over 12 years, placing seventh overall in the AUS. Bronté James / The Brunswickan many points in its favour, causing them to breakups in the backline, allowing the other Many of the Varsity Reds players come prove on areas they lacked in the years push down in the standings and missing teams to score. from Ontario and the Maritime provinces. previous. With a stronger focus on finishing playoffs for the first time in 12 years. The UNB men currently rank 7 out of Some fans question why Pinsent is not the ball and creating a strong barrier on Many question whether or not this is 10 teams, with a standing of 3-6-4, twice as expanding his recruitment into the western the back line, the men may have a chance due to a lack of finishing the ball on the many losses on their side than wins. provinces, broadening the range of the at making the playoffs in the next season. offensive lineup’s part, or the midfielders “We just have to keep working hard in team’s talent. “Unfortunately, it kind of just goes back being unable to get the ball up to where practice, and we really have to start grinding With a recently added $1 million to the to what I said before, where we’ve been init needs to be. in the games. I mean, we’re working hard soccer budget, will Pinsent be able to draw consistent with performance,” said Pinsent Having a low 9 goals in 13 games, the and hopefully we’ll start getting goals,” said in more players from across Canada and not after the UPEI Panthers game. Varsity Reds could not put the ball into the UNB men’s midfielder Rory Keys after a specifically from the Maritime Provinces? “We need to put in a complete 90 back of the opponent’s net and had a few game earlier this season. With each season the UNB men im- minutes.”
‘Kill, kill, kill’: The cruel fate of UFC fighter Paul Daley Christopher Curtis The Link (Concordia University) MONTREAL (CUP) — As he stepped into the cage in the centre of a sparse Montreal crowd screaming for him to “kill, kill, kill,” it must have been difficult for Paul Daley not to realize how abrupt his fall from grace has been. When he last came to Montreal, just 16 months ago, Daley was one win away from a shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title. There was a moment before his bout with Josh Koscheck, with the electric roar of 17,000 fans echoing through the Bell Centre, where you could almost feel the sky start to open up for him. Daley lost a grueling three-round decision that night, but it wasn’t the loss that would get him blacklisted from UFC. Just after the final bell, in front of a television audience numbering in the millions, Daley calmly walked over to Koscheck and suckerpunched him. “Obviously, I feel terrible about what I did that night,” Daley told The Link. “In the heat of the moment, you do things you end up regretting, but I’ve apologized and I want to move on.” While he may spend the rest of his fighting days in exile from the UFC, which holds a virtual monopoly over combat sports, the 28-year-old Englishman is an easy sell for smaller promoters. Besides having a left hook that could knock out a horse, Daley looks exactly like a villain in a Guy Ritchie film. He’s short, stout and has an almost perfectly round head. A deep scar extends from his right eye and towards his cauliflower ear. He has a kind of subtle, alligator grin that reveals a gold plated front tooth, and a blunt charm and charisma that seem to typify cinematic British gangsters. Perhaps the greatest asset Daley brings to a small-time promoter is the guarantee that he will take a healthy dose of “the old ultraviolence” into the ring with him. Daley fights with a kind of calculated madness, punctuated by feats of daring creativity: fly-
ing knees, spinning elbows, wild kicks and the willingness to trade punches liberally. “When I step into the cage, I don’t look at it as a game with points and a scoring system. It’s a fight,” he said. “The other guy knows I’m going after him, he knows I’m trying to finish him no matter where the fight goes. I don’t think about it, I don’t get psyched up for it, I just go out there and fight the only way I know how.” After his dismissal from the UFC, Daley signed with the organization’s main competitor, a San Jose-based organization called Strikeforce. His three-fight stint with Strikeforce provided some of the most memorable Mixed Marshall Arts moments in the past calendar year. His fight with top-ranked Nick Diaz, for instance, was a whirlwind of a match that saw Daley knock his opponent down twice before succumbing to punches with just three seconds remaining in the first round. Strikeforce was eventually bought out by the UFC, sparking rumours that the promotion will be dismantled and raided for salvageable fighters by early 2012. “I don’t see Strikeforce surviving more than six months,” Daley said at a press conference on Oct. 19. “It’s unhealthy to have one company monopolize a sport. It’s like what was happening with Microsoft in the late ’90s. The government had to step in and regulate it. As a fighter, it takes away your ability to bargain for a better living. But I can’t worry about that; I’ll travel the world to beat dudes up if I need to.” As the UFC’s stranglehold over the market tightens, Daley finds himself having to take more fights for less money on regional circuits. In the past 13 months, he has fought seven times, rarely taking a moment away from training camp and almost constantly visiting dojos across North America and Europe in order to stay sharp. Before arriving in Montreal on fight week, Daley was living out of a suitcase in Holland, where he was sparring with professional kick-boxers in preparation for last Friday’s bout with Luigi Fioravanti. In Holland, Daley was reportedly clock-
“As he stepped into the cage in the centre of a sparse Montreal crowd screaming for him to “kill, kill, kill.” Riley Sparks/The Link ing in at a whopping 210 pounds — 40 pounds above his natural fighting weight. When asked how he planned on losing that much weight just 24 hours before weighins, he fired off a typical Paul Daley answer. “No eatin’, no drinkin’, lots of shitting, sauna-ing and sitting in hot baths. I might even have to chop something off. It weighs a lot, but I’ll just leave it at that,” he said in a thick London accent. “I’m banged up,” he admitted. “It’s rare that I’ll go into a fight completely healthy, but it’s what you have to do to remain relevant. After the Montreal fight, I’m thinking of taking some time off to heal up.” Indeed, while warming up during a public workout on Wednesday, the former contender looked worn-out: occasionally missing his coach’s focus mitts with sluggish punches, his footwork stunted by a slight limp in his knee. But on fight night, in front of a small but ravenous Montreal crowd, Daley was
on point. Ever the showman, he emerged from backstage holding a Quebec flag over his right shoulder like it was a baseball bat. As Daley walks to the ring, he doesn’t usually mean-mug for the camera; he rarely opts for the vacant-looking thousand-yardstare you see in so many other fighters’ faces. On Friday, Daley was sporting the old alligator grin on his way to the cage. He even had a little swagger in his step, as though he were walking through an English disco. The ring announcer — adorned in a pinstriped suit, with a pink tie, pink dress shirt and a Mohawk haircut — began theatrically introducing the fighters. Daley looked across the cage to Fioranvanti, also a former UFC employee, shrugged his shoulders and smiled as if to say, “We might as well make the best out of this.” Once the bell rang, Daley was completely in his element. Never mind the fact that he was matched up with a guy coming off a two-fight losing streak, fighting in a promo-
tion sponsored by a man who calls himself “The Truck King.” He was in a fight. Sure enough, he would step to Fioravanti with a series of hisses as he threw a six-punch combination. Every time Fioraventi would fire back, Daley was already out of his range and setting up the next move. There’s something visceral about the feeling you get from the sound of a man’s shin connecting with his opponent’s ribs. MMA is all about these moments, when your heart stops beating as a fighter leaps at his opponent, staggering him with a flying knee or an inverted elbow strike, as Daley often does. He may not be fighting for a UFC championship, but as long as Daley can keep those sensations alive in his audience, he should be able to find gainful employment in the fight world. Even if the stands are half-empty and the crowd is screaming, “Turn on the machine, Daley! Kill him!”
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Cardinals win the battle, but Twitter won the war Sean O’Neill An Opinion Who knew that a baseball game would have as much response as the deaths of Jack Layton and Osama bin Laden? But that’s what happened last Thursday night during game six of the World Series. Of course, the St. Louis Cardinals’ dramatic 10-9, 11-inning victory over the Texas Rangers wasn’t as important in the grand scheme of things as those two deaths, but you wouldn’t know it if you looked at Twitter. (Unless you don’t follow any sports writers, fans or athletes). As Patrick Sullivan of the Red Sox blog Over the Monster said that night, Twitter is the greatest sports bar imaginable. As soon as David Freese, on his last strike, smashed the ball over Nelson Cruz in right field to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, the queue in my timeline had 35 pending tweets, all of which had been made after Albert Pujols crossed the plate. The tweets were precise and emotional, lots of “OH MY GOD’s” and “HOLY CR AP.” A world was united by a baseball game on television and people with a computer, tablet or smartphone in their hands, reacting in unison. And because this game was a Fall Classic, classic, it happened again when Josh Hamilton restored the Rangers lead in the 10th with a tworun home run. Lance Berkman’s single into cen-
tre field took the game into the 11th inning and had the Twitter verse begging for mercy. When Freese came back up in the bottom of the 11th and (on his last strike, again) blasted the World Series to game seven, the website could have blown up. The best thing about all the drama and companionship built up over the past three hours because of baseball and tweeting? The next day we could park our rear ends in front of our boob tubes and computers and take part in another night at the interactive sports bar. Game seven was nothing like the spectacle that the night before provided. That’s an unreasonably high bar to keep for any set of species. But there we all were, ready to participate again in an interactive festival of joke telling and skill-admiring. The fact game seven was an ordinar y 6-2 ballgame and not a 10-9 barnburner like game six was irrelevant. We could also instantaneously watch Cardinals fans celebrate its eleventh World Series title and Rangers fans exonerate after its second straight World Series loss. To be in the game today, you don’t need to spend half a house mortgage for a premium ticket or even be in the city of the event. The world has become much smaller because of the Internet, and Twitter is only bringing us more together. Don’t resist the change; embrace it.
While fans watched in awe in stadiums, fans watched in awe from home, communicating via Twitter. Andrman / Flickr CC and Screenshot