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Volume 145 · Issue 13 • November 30, 2011
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New Wave Centre: Steering a small ship on a sea of possibilities Alex Kress Arts Editor Eleven high school students from St. Mary’s First Nation gathered in a circle on a Thursday morning. Likely they would not be in school at all if it wasn’t for one room squeezed between the O’Donnell Law office and Forces. ca on Cliffe St. The Wolokehkitimok Centre, or New Wave Centre, is home to these former Leo Hayes students because of a grant applied for by the Leo Hayes administration from the First Nations Enhancement Agreement. The centre exists to give another chance to St. Mary’s students who might have fallen through the cracks because of continued absences and struggles with social issues. Jaydene Brooks, a student who transferred from Leo Hayes, is the most outgoing in the group – at least on Friday – although, this wasn’t always the case. She said when she first arrived at the centre, she didn’t want to be there at all. But she came around. “Coming down here you just learn things more hands-on,” she said. “Up at Leo Hayes they expect you to do the work in that hour and five minutes [of class]. But here, you can just take your time and put more into it.” Alex Morrison, another student at the centre, added, “and you can work at you own pace.” It’s a unique quality all the students seem to agree upon. They each have specialized, individual programs to follow under the supervision of only two teachers – Kerry McGrath and
Lance Suppier and Jaydene Brooks are students at the Wolokehkitimok Centre at St. Mary’s First Nation. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Jessica Millier. Brandon Nash is the veteran of the group; he’s been around since the centre’s beginning in February of 2010. It’s Kerry and Jessica, he said, that make the centre what it is. “At Leo Hayes they’re always, like, straight up with it: ‘If you don’t do
this you’re outta here.’ But here, they give you a chance with what you want to do,” he said. “But here, you can get to know the teachers. You can talk to the teachers about personal things, and stuff. That’s what I like.” The alternative learning program is
based on a project called Big Picture Schools, which focuses on personalized and innovative learning with an emphasis on pushing conventional boundaries. The aim of Big Picture Schools and the Wolokehkitimok Centre is to tap into the students’ separate interests and to hone in on
their strengths. The centre makes an effort to improve practical skills by connecting students with the community through internships, co-op positions and
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NB students to pay highest tuition dollars in country Alanah Duffy News Reporter In January, New Brunswick will become the province with the highest tuition rate paid by students. This revelation comes on the heels of an announcement by the Ontario government that they will introduce a tax credit for Ontario students studying at Ontario post-secondary institutions. Beginning in January, students whose parents make less than $160,000 annually will receive a tuition credit of $1,600. The On-
tario government estimates that this will affect about 86 per cent of its post-secondary students. “It’s essentially acting as a sort of grant,” said Jordan Thompson, president of the University of New Br unsw ick Student Union. “It doesn’t reduce the tuition fee, but for students in Ontario, it reduces the amount of tuition paid.” According to Statistics Canada, Ontario has an average tuition rate of $6,640 per year. The new tax credit will bring the tuition for most students below the New Brunswick
average tuition rate of $5,853 per year. “What that means is that we’re still technically second in tuition, but there’s more financial aid provided to students in Ontario from their government,” explained Thompson. Students at New Brunswick universities and colleges are used to high tuition. Tuition rates have been more than $5,000 per year for the past five years, according to Statistics Canada. The previous Liberal government, which was in power from 20062010, put a cap on tuition, to last
five years. The Conservative government, which was elected on Sept. 27, 2010, removed that cap and raised tuition by $200 for the 2011-2012 academic year. The new government also reinstated parental contributions for student loan assessments, a decision which affected many students whose parents make good money on paper but don’t have any money set aside for their child’s tuition. Martine Coulombe, minister of post-secondary education, training and labour said in a phone inter-
view with the Brunswickan that a schedule for tuition fees for the next four years will be released in 2012. Coulombe required that a list of interview questions be sent prior to the interview. “The schedule will allow students to better budget their studies,” she said. “I think it is very important.” Coulombe said that the ministry has been working with New Brunswick’s publicly-funded universities to
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“The motto is one student at a time” FROM CENTRE PAGE 1 work shadow opportunities. They also work on academic material like strengthening their math and writing skills, and there is a strong cultural component infused with the regular curriculum. Soon, they’ll begin working on a snowshoe-making project when the one remaining elder in the community who knows how to make them will come in to help. A few of the students, including Alex Morrison, contributed art to the exhibit displayed now until Dec. 3 at Gallery Connexion, “Teachings: Contemporary Takes on Aboriginal Traditional Works.” Alex made a traditional medallion from dyed porcupine quills. “I used two pieces of birch bark and put the quills in, and then I used sinew to sew the leather on the back and put sweet grass around the edges,” he said. It took a few hours to make, but not as long as Isaac Paul’s quill basket, he said, which took approximately 12 hours. Kerry said the centre does lose students occasionally, but for the most part students flourish in the close-knit environment, once they lose a bit of their shyness and open up. “It’s definitely more of a homey feel and the students have to learn to work with each other,” she said. “Sometimes the family fights with each other, and sometimes they’re best buddies and can support each other when push comes to shove.” Kerry loves the challenging environment, but understands it’s probably not for everybody. “I think you’d hear some people say they wouldn’t enjoy the kind of work that’s here and then other teachers would say ‘wow, there’s such a great
opportunity there.’” “I think it depends on whether or not you’re very traditionally minded in teaching, and I’m not.” As for as post-graduation plans go, most of the students are weighing their options. They’re young and don’t have it all quite figured out just yet, although Jaydene Brooks is interested in pursuing a degree in social work, and Lance Sappier is looking into cognitive psychology and forensic psychology at St. Thomas University. The goal is that the intimate setting will give students the extra time to build their confidence in order to make their dreams a reality, or to point them in the direction of a career interest. Kevin Pottle, principal of Leo Hayes, said some students struggle because of the big size of the high school, and looking at alternatives to continue support for students on a personal basis is key. “The motto is one student at a time,” he said. He wasn’t keen, however, on sharing the budget for the Wolokehkitimok Centre. “Do I have that number? Yes. Am I giving it to you? No,” he said, laughing. “You don’t need that. You don’t need to know what our budget is,” he said, still laughing and raising his voice. “You don’t need, you know, the concept behind it is, you know … the purpose of the budget, is to me, irrelevant … I’m not going to give you those numbers.” Wanda Bauer, director of finance and administration for District 18, said there isn’t an operating budget per se, but it’s more an extension of Leo Hayes. “Whatever they require, they get it
Alex Morrison holds a traditional medallion he made from porcupine quills and sinew for an exhibit at Gallery Connexion. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan through the school, so they don’t have a separate line budget for it,” she said. “It’s operated through Leo Hayes.” Kerry sees small changes daily in the students, and it’s very rewarding. She said they had one student who came to the centre and would sit with his head down on his desk, unresponsive. After a while, he came to know Kerry and Jessica and the other students and warmed up a little.
“Then he started to lift his head up, and he started to smile occasionally and then he started to work,” she said. “Then he started to talk, and then he started to share his fears, and then he started to challenge his fears.” She likened the Wolokehkitimok Centre to a small ship as it’s easier to steer, given its size. “You ever notice with a big ship, it’s hard to make a sharp turn? Well, if
you think of the education system or even high school as a big ship making a sharp turn in the direction of education and teaching, it’s really difficult to do, no matter how much people might value it or believe in it,” she said. “It’s still hard to turn a big ship, whereas a small ship can make that sharp turn faster. We’re making a sharp turn in educational philosophy a little bit faster.”
this week in brunswickannews Troubles at Acadian Lines
Alcohol banned from STU res
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Acadian Lines, major transportation provider in the Atlantic region, saw their employees give strike notice last Thursday. A proposal submitted by the union was expected to be voted on by Tuesday. The drivers and other employees could strike if the proposal is rejected.
Alcohol has been banned from Harrington Hall on St. Thomas University campus after several incidents of vandalism and property damage, believed to be related to alcohol use, dean of students Larry Batt told the CBC on Monday. Student leaders will be meeting with the university again in January regarding the ban.
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Student representatives not invited to PSE meeting FROM TUITION PAGE 1 develop a four-year funding model that will “respond to the priorities of the institutions and the priorities also of our students and our province.” When asked about what the priorities of the institutions were, Coulombe said “a four-year funding model for universities, including allowing the province to understand the fiscal pressure of our universities.” Coulombe added that a funding agreement would be discussed with post-secondary institutions before a decision is made. On Saturday, Nov. 19, Coulombe and representatives of the ministry of post-secondary education, training and labour held a meeting to discuss the matter of tuition and funding for universities. No student representatives from any New Brunswick post-secondary institution attended. “We weren’t invited. It was a closed-door meeting,” Thompson said, who added that the UNB Student Union will continue to lobby to get in on such meetings. When asked by the Brunswickan why no students were invited to this meeting, Coulombe said, “we always work with our students. We met them several times and we still have meetings with them this year. We have another meeting scheduled on Jan. 6, 2012 and we will continue to discuss with our students.” Despite not being invited to the government meeting, Thompson and his colleagues at the UNB Student Union have been meeting with UNB president Eddy Campbell to discuss the tuition matter. “The student leaders that I have talked to are clever, highly motiv-
Campbell said the university is working hard to maintain the quality of programs. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan ated, and understand these issues in a deep way,” Campbell told the Brunswickan over the phone. “They feel that it’s not a good thing for our province to have the highest cost of tuition in Canada.” Thompson said the stigma of having Canada’s highest tuition rates will have a negative impact on New Brunswick. He said the high tuition rate might cause an out-migration of students to cheaper universities in other parts of the country, which could result in low enrolment numbers at post-secondary institutions in New Brunswick. Campbell, however, said that
he feels that UNB’s programs are among the best in the country, and its reputation is an attraction for students. “The enrolment this fall increased for the first time since 2004-2005, and since we do have relatively high tuition fees, that has meant that we have a small increase in revenue,” he said. “Alas, that means that since our expenses continue to increase more than our revenue, we must continue to make cuts across the university.” One recent cut at UNB was the restructuring of the engineering department. An email was sent out in October to the students, staff and
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faculty in the engineering department about the need for budget cuts, in light of a tense financial situation. It was ultimately decided to suspend enrolment in the department of computer engineering. When asked by the Brunswickan if the price of tuition is fitting with the quality of education at UNB, Campbell said that the university works “extremely hard, even in difficult financial times, to maintain the quality of our programs and to look after our students.” Campbell added that the university is making cuts in light of a strategic plan. “I have a great deal of sympathy for the situation of students trying to make it in school,” he said. “It seems that the costs are going up, and in fact, last year, the cost did go up.” Campbell added that students may find themselves in a similar situation
this year, as the financial situation of New Brunswick has not gotten much better. Coulombe, a former hairdresser from Saint-Quentin who was sworn in as minister of post-secondary education, training, and labour on Oct. 12, 2010, said that the $200 tuition increase for this academic year was a reasonable one. “Like everything else, the cost of education has risen. It’s a fact of life. We cannot control that,” she said. Thompson said that the New Brunswick Student Alliance is lobbying the government for a six per cent increase in operating grants for publicly funded universities and a tuition and ancillary fee freezes. “The likelihood of that has yet to be seen,” Thompson said. “One of the concerns is that the government is being somewhat quiet as to what they can commit to.”
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* Representation does not factor in $1,600.00 tuition credit from Ontario governement Coulombe said the government “always works with students” despite the fact that no students were invited to a meeting about tuition. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
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Tense town hall meeting
Hilary Paige Smith News Editor Tensions ran high at the most recent town hall meeting for the engineering faculty at UNB. It was the second town hall meeting for members of the faculty after David Coleman, dean of engineering, sent out an email in mid-October about restructuring within the faculty. The faculty has lost 10 staff members over the past 12 years through attrition and could be laying off staff members. The second meeting didn’t attract as many attendees as the first, but more faculty members were present. Many were also vocal with their concerns. Tim Walker, director of resource planning and budgeting, as well as Coleman, were on hand to answer questions. The engineering program fund was also brought up. Each engineering student contributes $1,000 annually to the engineering program fund, which is doled out by an advisory board to improve laboratories and classrooms, equipment and enhance resources for students in the faculty. “There are some people that have said, use the program fund, rather than layoffs. That would not be my option,” Coleman said.
Dr. Juan Carretero, mechanical engineering professor, asked about the budget and the program fund in particular. He said the engineering program fund has saved the university $1 million a year. Coleman responded by saying, “the university wouldn’t spend it anyway.” “Regardless, we’re saving them. So what you’re saying is the university is not committed to a proper engineering program, because without the extra $1 million brought by our students, we would not be able to have a proper engineering program. Period,” Carretero said. Coleman said that, because of the program fund, the university has more funding for undergraduate engineering programs than most. “That’s because our students are committed to their own education, where the university is not. Our students are doing the sacrificing, not the university,” Carretero responded with intensity. Walker said there are other faculties on campus who are suffering because they don’t have a resource like the engineering program fund. “There’s no question that the $1 million that you as students pay today are meant to put you up on the priority list, because you can set your own priorities,” he said. Chemical engineering chair Brian
Lowry did some research in the UNB phonebook and found the number of people working in middle administration has doubled since 1999. In the 1999 phonebook, there were 65 employees. The 2009 phonebook showed 130. “How can you say we’re not spending more on the administration when very, very clearly the number of people has skyrocketed. It doesn’t make any sense, unless these people are all being paid less than they used to be,” he said. Walker said he didn’t like that assessment because he said the number of phones isn’t necessarily reflective of the number of people in the system, though Lowry did say he counted people and not phones. “You’ve done some analysis. I don’t necessarily agree with it. I did my own analysis and I do it differently and I guess my conclusions are different than your conclusions,” Walker said. The dean has been very active in the information gathering process thus far. There are also separate forums for faculty and students to share their thoughts on the restructuring online. He said he’s happy with the amount of feedback they’ve received thus far and praised students, faculty and department chairs for their involvement.
War and climate change
Parenti is an award-winning journalist. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Christopher Cameron Editor-in-Chief “Climate change is already a driver in violence.” This was the central theme of The Gregg Centre’s 11th annual Dominick S. Graham Lecture In War and Society. Dr. Christian Parenti spoke on his book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, which shows how environmental crisis is colliding with the remnants of the Cold War and how unbridled freemarket economics are causing fragile nations to disintegrate into failed states. Parenti, an award-winning journalist and sociologist, used on-the-ground reporting and historical research to look at the role of climate change and the effect it has on conflict, using particular examples from his travels. One such example came from Kyrgyzstan. In the Spring of 2010 there was a wave of ethnic violence and the capital went up in flames. One government fell and the next requested that the Russians send in troops. The Russians declined and eventually the situation between the Uzbeks and the Kyrgyzs stabilized. “In the U.S. the press played this situation as ethnic hatred, ‘that happens, you know people hate each other
and it just happens every now and then. Groups go after each other,’” Parenti said. He left this point and went into the underlying issues that were not addressed by the media. Kyrgyzstan gets 90 per cent of its electricity from hydroelectric power, particularly the Toktogul Reservoir. Parenti said the same drought that had been punishing Afghanistan for the last 10 years had caused the levels at the Toktogul Reservoir to be the lowest ever recorded. “That meant the government had to start rationing power. As it rationed power, industry fell into a crisis. It no longer could run around the clock and it could run on any reasonable plan (schedule), therefore there had to be layoffs.” With this crisis, the government was looking to privatize assets, making the electrical utility the first to be sold. To do this and make the failing utility more attractive, they doubled power tariffs and promised to double them again. “So in the spring of 2010, when people first hit the streets, what they were protesting was the economic conditions. Particularity the rise in power rates and lack of government services. It was a generalize protest about eco-
nomic conditions,” Partenti said. “You can see that underneath this ethnic violence is an economic crisis and underneath the economic crisis is an environmental crisis that is very much linked to have anthropogenic climate change (greenhouse gases emitted by human activity) is going to unfold in that region.” Although a main example during the lecture, this was not the only example used by Parenti as he discussed his studies from Africa, India, Brazil, and Yemen. He also looked at the Arab Spring and how climate change affected it. He ended the lecture by saying that he believes that this is something that will continue to affect conflict in the world and that governments need to be proactive in trying to find ways to battle climate change so it does not have such large effects as it has in places like Kyrgyzstan. “Nevertheless, I believe the rest of this century is going to be intense and bloody and there is going to be all sorts of disruptions and tremendous pressure put on democratic governments throughout the world.” “It’s better that we start thinking about this realistically now when it is just beginning than in the middle of the storm.”
Dr. Juan Carretero had some concerns about the program fund. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
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Learning a new language and culture
Leonardo Camejo The Brunswickan I’m Leonardo Camejo, an international student at UNB. I come from Maracaibo, Venezuela, in South A merica and I am in my second year of chemical engineering. Before coming to UNB, I spent a year in Calgary improving my English. Canada is quite different from Venezuela. In Venezuela, we don’t have winter. In fact, the average temperature in my city is one of the highest in Latin America. It is usually around 30 and 40 degrees farenheit throughout the year. Last winter was my f irst. It’s pretty, but only for the first week. It took me awhile to get used to the slippery sidewalks I had to walk to go to school every morning. However, I like that the temperature changes throughout the year, so you can take the best thing each season can give you. In the winter, you can go skiing, something you can’t do in Venezuela. My city is warm throughout the year, with high temperatures and heavy rains, but it is also known as one of the coldest cities in Venezuela because ever y place has an airconditioner working at the lowest temperature possible. On the street, you’ll see everybody in jeans and sweaters, ready to enter their cold schools or workplaces. Coming to Canada gave me the opportunity to make friends with many people from around the world, share different cultures and routines and even hobbies. I spent my first year in residence and I really enjoyed it. I believe meeting people from different parts of the world is the best way to learn new languages, geography and even history. However, learning a new culture can give you problems. For instance, during my first few weeks in Canada, I had a problem with not kissing
girls as a way to say hello. In Latin America, you usually kiss girls on the cheek to say hello, and they even kiss each other to say hello. This usually begins in middle school and even in late elementary school. Of course, when you say hello to a guy you usually shake hands. I have been studying English for around 10 years and I’m still learning it. I’ve had problems with it, and I still do. Hopefully someday I will speak it fluently. For example, it took me like a month to say sheet instead of shit, and beach instead of bitch. So yes, in Venezuela we have a lot of beaches, and we would say ‘Please pass me that sheet over there.’ Hopefully they understood my point. My main problem has been pronunciation; even the word pronunciation is hard to pronounce for me. It took me a month to say the word “procrastinator.” Even saying “Fredericton,” that took me a year, until a guy told me to separate the words to sound like “Fred-Eric-Ton” and now I’ve got it. It is a ton of Fred and Eric, that’s how I always remember how to pronounce the city I’m in now. Being away from home is hard, but by making new friends, and meeting new people I have been able to adapt to and love Fredericton. It was hard at the beginning, since I don’t have relatives in Canada, and some family and friends are in Alberta. Fredericton is a bunch of brick buildings, with a small downtown, but I’ve concluded that a place is made from the people that are living in it, and the people living in Fredericton make this a second home for me every day. Canadians are really kind, extremely polite, and open to different cultures. If I had to make another choice to study abroad, I would choose Canada again without thinking twice.
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Do you know where your food comes from?
Asking about where your food comes from is something that we should be doing on a consistent basis. Caring about how it’s being produced is something everyone should practice. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan not disappear from the animals once they become packaged chicken breast or ribeye steaks in our grocery store To the Point freezers. We ingest the same chemChristopher icals that the animals were fed each Cameron time we eat that meat. Some studies show that young Most Canadians don’t know where people who eat large amounts of their food comes from and have no chicken and turkey develop faster and reach puberty much faster than those desire to know, myself included. In recent years I’ve come to know who do not eat a lot of white meat. many people who are vegetarians or The rate at which those people were who have become vegetarians. Some developing was directly related to have said it is for health reasons, but the amount of steroids they ingested a significant number say it has to do through the chicken and turkey. All that being said, I think that I’m with where the meat comes from. Almost all of the meat you can like many Canadians who simply want find in grocery stores like Loblaws to take the easy way out on this issue. and Sobeys comes from factory farms. Instead of ensuring that the meat Factory farms run industrial farm- we buy is provided to us in humane ing operations where animals are manner, we just get by knowing that raised as quickly and as abundantly as we’ve had a delicious meal. Why don’t we ask what the condipossible. The aim is to produce meat tions are at the farms where the meat as fast and as cheap as possible. Factory farms have an incredibly comes from? How are the animals horrific impact on the environment. being treated? Why should we give a Collectively, all of the factory farms shit what goes on? To be frank, I’m not someone that in the U.S. alone are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than generally does. I try to buy meat from all of the cars in the world combined. local farms sold at the market where I The impact of factory farms on soil, know the conditions of the farms, but if I’m out of meat on a Wednesday, air and water quality is huge. Raising animals in such crowded thinking about factory farms doesn’t environments can result in wide- stop me from going to Costco or spread disease and serious deformities Sobeys to replenish my meat supply. I think this is the main issue with among the livestock. Animals raised in factory farms are fed huge amounts Canadians and Americans, to genof steroids and antibiotics in order to eralize. Maybe it’s a bad idea, but it keep them from contracting diseases needs to be said. We are comfortable with our lifestyles and therefore don’t and infections as easily. Those antibiotics and steroids do ask questions about how we get not 21 Pacey Drive, SUB Suite 35, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3 main office • (506) 447-3388 advertising • (506) 452-6099 email • email@example.com twitter • @Brunswickan www.thebruns.ca
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only the meat we eat, but many other things. If we don’t know that people or animals are being mistreated in the process of producing our food then we can eat it with no moral dilemmas on our minds. Meat is not the only food we should be asking about. Another is bananas. Recently, in a Modern Latin America History course I’m taking, we watched a Canadian documentary on bananas, where they come from and what Canadians know about them. Banana plants are clones of each other, as background information. This means that when disease hits these plants it is devastating as it affects every plant. Companies have to pick up and move to other tracts of land each time this happens and workers have to pick up their families and move as well. When workers can’t afford to do this, they sacrifice their jobs. The other issue with buying bananas and not knowing where they come from is that some bananas are harvested by companies that have humane working conditions, while others do not provide their workers a safe working environment. I think that we as a first world country should be thinking more deeply about what we’re buying and how it makes its way to our supermarkets. Sometimes we get too comfortable in our living conditions and don’t want to cause ourselves to make decisions about how our food is being provided to us.
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Let everyone know what’s on your mind.
Given that New Brunswick has the second highest average tuition in the country, why did you come to UNB?
“I like UNB Fredericton. It’s not far from home.”
“I like the involvement of the town in university life. It’s bigger than home, but not too big.”
“It’s my hometown.”
“For sport reasons, not financial.”
“I’m an exchange student, so I pay the same tuition as my home school.”
“It’s easy to go back and forth from home. It’s a comfort thing.”
“Proximity to home.”
“I’m far enough to have independence, but close enough if I need anything.”
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- Munich, Germany
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- Moncton, NB
- Fredericton, NB
- Rothesay, NB
- Fall River, NS
- Saint John, NB
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determiNATION songs: A Cinema Politica review
in maintaining its promises. It is cases like Barriere Lake, and the subsequent reactions, which are the inspiration for determiNATION songs. The film, directed by Michelle Smith and Paul Rickard, follows the stories of three Aboriginal musicians and their respective causes. Artists Samian, Cheri Maracle, and CerAmony use their lyrical prowess as a political vehicle to raise awareness and instigate change in indigenous communities across Quebec and Canada. Samian, who raps in native Algonquin
and Innu as well as French, speaks harshly about the racial stereotypes and prejudices against his people that are rampant across Canada, and says that the Quebec government has failed to appropriately address its relationship with First Nations people. “There’s a saying in Quebec, ‘Je me souviens, I remember,’” he says. “But ... remember what?” As someone with a troubled childhood himself, Samian has involved himself heavily in Aboriginal schools, even campaigning with Kids Help Phone, to raise
awareness about the identity and selfconfidence crises faced by First Nations youth today. Fellow artist Cheri Maracle experienced similar prejudice and discrimination growing up. “I used to tell people I was Italian because I was so ashamed,” she said. “Now, I’ve come full circle. Usually one of the first things I tell people is that I’m Mohawk.” Maracle has lent her voice, literally, to many important causes affecting Aboriginal communities across Canada. She participated as part of the Walk4Justice, an event to raise awareness about missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and to demand that the government pursue justice for these women and their families. The duo CerAmony – composed of Pakesso Mukash and Mathew Iserhoff – use modern rock melodies to address issues faced by the Cree Nations, such as the relationship between their people and Hydro Quebec. A scene of the two artists looking out over what they call a “dead river” is juxtaposed with images of logging trucks and environmental destruction. The effect is, at once, both moving and sickening. The situation for these artists, and for the First Nations people they represent, is perhaps best described by a friend of Maracle’s. “If you’re quiet about it, no one will listen. So sing a little louder.” determiNATION songs was shown on Nov. 25 at Conserver House, and was co-sponsored by the STU Native Student Council as a Native Awareness Days event. The final Cinema Politica screening for the semester will be Women of Brukman, showing Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
Haley Ryan Arts Reporter
way I don’t think Americans would have done around a band of theirs, so that’s kind of special.” Although Currie said the Sheepdogs were more than happy to quit their day jobs to start playing music for a living, their latest Canadian tour of 24 shows in 26 days has been draining. “Sometimes it can be overwhelming,” Currie said, his voice rougher on the phone than you would think from listening to their music, “and there’s a lot of press everyday ... you gotta be on your toes.” Currie and the other three Sheepdogs (Leot Hanson, Ryan Gullen and Sam Corbett) have been playing together since 2004, when they started “almost on a whim,” he said. “We ended up being inspired by the music we listened to, which was a lot of old school stuff, so it just kind of naturally came that way.” Listing classic acts like Stevie Wonder, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Tom Petty among their influences, it’s not hard to tell the Sheepdogs have embraced every aspect of the classic rock image and sound, even from the opening chords of
the songs on their latest album, Learn & Burn. The record was re-released this Fall but Currie said they wanted to include some extra material, so the band went back to the original session of 2010 and added a couple bonus tracks to the album; it hit #21 on Earshot’s national monthly top 200 chart. After their hectic tour, Currie said they’ll get a week off over Christmas, and then will be back in the studio to start working on their next album. Music itself is a large part of the group’s creative process, and when they were starting out Currie said Napster made finding bands really easy because he could download a lot and figure out what he enjoyed. “I try to listen to music all the time, and find new music I haven’t heard before that I like, and I’ll just hear a song or a lick or melody that inspires me once in a while,” he said. Doors open at 9 p.m. on the Nov. 30 and Dec.1 shows, and fellow Canadians Monster Truck are kicking off the night with a hard rock party before the Sheepdogs take the stage.
CerAmony is a Cree duo featured in determiNATION songs, a documentary about First Nations issues in Barriere Lake, Quebec. Submitted. Lee Thomas The Brunswickan A shaky camera shot just allows the audience to see a blockade, erected in the midst of a crowd of people. A squad of men dressed in riot gear, employees of the Canadian government, face down a small group of casually clothed Aboriginal citizens. A woman in a hoodie is screaming at her opposers. “You can stand here for maybe 12 hours. We have been here for 500 years.”
Suddenly, shots ring out. The scene turns sideways as the camera falls. This is the plight of the citizens of Barriere Lake, a reserve in Quebec, which has been the subject of intense conflict for well over a decade. The citizens of the area are currently in a highly contentious legal battle with the federal and provincial governments over land right claims. In 2002, an agreement was signed between the Cree and Quebec governments – called La Paix des Braves – but the Quebec government has been less than honourable
Born in the right decade
Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs play two sold out shows this week at The Capital. Submitted.
Bellbottoms. Head scarfs. Wavy hair. Psychedelic videos. All the makings of a radical 70s group, right? Or maybe a modern rock band from Saskatoon. The Sheepdogs are performing at The Capital on Wednesday and Thursday this week, and both shows have been sold out for weeks. Ewan Currie, lead singer, said that the band has been to Fredericton before and enjoyed their visit, but this is the first time they’re arriving to sold-out shows. The Brunswickan caught up with Currie on the road in Ontario, shortly before a radio appearance and show in Peterborough. The band has been in high demand across the U.S. and Canada since they won a contest last year landing them what many consider to be the Holy Grail for any musician: the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. “Being Canadian is part of why we won that competition I think,” Currie said. “People really rallied around us in a
Gifts of the Magi opens TNB’s holiday season Heather Uhl Staff Reporter Theatre New Brunswick (TNB) will be kicking off this holiday season with the timeless classic, The Gifts of the Magi. “[It] is the story of a young couple who have nothing, and have to consider parting with their most prized object in the world in order to be able [to] give something to express their love to the person that means the most to them in the world,” Caleb Marshall said. He’s the artistic director for TNB.
Taking place in New York, at the turn of a century, the play is based on two O. Henry stories, a pen name for an author known for stories with twist endings. It’s an urban environment, Marshall said, in a fast-paced world. The tale of this short story, of love and financial hardship, resonates in modern times, in light of the recession. “I think it’s an important theme for us to examine.” TNB will also tell the story The Cop and the Anthem, where a homeless person attempts to get himself arrested so that he
is cared for in the cold winter months. This story is an act of comic relief. “It’s just a simple, straightforward theme that brings us back to, in a way, love is all you need,” Marshall said. Sheldon Davis is a veteran actor in his fourth TNB role. In this story, he will play the comical character known as Soapy. “Soapy, despite of all his problems, he doesn’t let it get him down,” Davis said. “He has his yearly ritual, which is, ‘Okay. Well, it’s winter. It’s too cold to sleep on the street. I’ll get arrested and I’ll spend the next three months in jail.’ And this is
what he does every year.” Davis is also looking forward to The Gifts of the Magi. “I mean the central story is just very uplifting. It just a lovely story, both tales were telling. But the music is so beautiful. There’s a lot of music.” Davis said he feels the show is a lovely story and a real family show. “I think there’s a lot for everybody in the play, for anyone six to 96.” “There’s a measure of expectation in terms of what an audience needs or wants in the holiday season and we usually kick
off the holiday season,” Marshall said. He said if someone only went to a play once a year, it would probably be for the holidays. “We’re usually one of the first Christmas shows to kind of start all of the Christmas shows.” The Gifts of the Magi begins Dec. 1 and runs until Dec. 4 at The Playhouse. Tickets are available at The Playhouse box office at (506) 458-8344 or online at tnb.nb.ca. Regular tickets are $40 and student tickets are $10.
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Two acts are better than one TUNB launches two plays
Attawapiskat: Too little too late In Focus Alex Kress
TUNB puts on two one-act plays this weekend at Memorial Hall. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Patrick McCullough The Brunswickan What would you do if you had the ability to get whatever you wanted and to be whomever you wanted? Chamber Music and The Apollo of Bellac, two one-act plays put on by Theatre University New Brunswick (TUNB), will give audiences an opportunity to see those scenarios come to life. Chamber Music is based in an institution, where eight women are confined in a strictly female ward. The female characters are various famous women from history and together, they make up a committee. The Apollo of Bellac is a much different setting, taking place in a corporate office where a woman is trying to get a job. When she arrives at the office, she meets an odd man who tells her the secret of how she can get exactly what she wants. John Ball is the director of both plays. “The plays’ main theme involves gender relations and the idea of what women need and how they get what they want. How-
ever, each of the plays approaches the theme much differently,” Ball said. Chamber Music approaches the theme in a much more harsh environment, while The Apollo of Bellac has a more peaceful, yet sly, way of showing the theme. Tilly Jackson is an actress in Chamber Music. “It’s a very strange play, but I feel as if the play is commenting on society as a whole and how if people don’t go with the norm they get stamped out,” she said. This is a theme that appears in everyday life, as people who are different are often outcast from society. Samuel Grove is the male lead in The Apollo of Bellac. “My character is the conflict and the solution in the play and he is extremely odd,” Grove said. The oddness of the plays may be able to lure in a more diverse audience on the opening night. The production, as a whole, has potential to grasp audiences with its impressive cast, dazzling lighting and live music. These
aspects and others will allow the audience to connect with the stories and the characters. “Our TUNB audience is used to a wide range of serious and entertaining plays,” Ball said. “Especially with the stressfulness occurring within the plays, the students should be able to connect with that since it’s getting closer to the end of the term.” Ball also believes that the production has paid off so far with the actors bonding while rehearsing the plays, and that the audience shouldn’t have any trouble enjoying the plays as well. The actors and crew have been working on the plays since the beginning of October. The plays are well written and the actors portray their characters to the best of their abilities. The Apollo of Bellac and Chamber Music open this Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Memorial Hall and will continue to be shown until Dec. 3. This won’t be the last production put on by the cast and crew as they plan to do another one next semester.
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Last week I read something that appalled me. Charlie Angus, NDP MP for TimminsJames Bay in Ontario, submitted an account on Nov. 21 to The Huffington Post of his visit to the Attawapiskat First Nation near Timmins a week after the reserve had declared a state of emergency to the federal government. He said since the state of emergency had been declared, three weeks before his article ran, no government officials or aid agencies had taken the time to visit the community. He described his visit to the reserve as feeling like “stepping into a fourth world.” Evidently, he hit the nail on the head. Since his article ran, the Canadian Red Cross has started to organize aid to Attawapiskat. Peter O’Neill of the Vancouver Sun posted on the Sun’s blog that Charlie Angus noted “housing and living conditions on the Attawapiskat First Nation community are comparable to Haiti’s – except as winter sets in it can get as cold as minus 40 C.” Oddly enough, and almost impossible to believe, Angus is quoted to have said he has received several international aid offers from countries like Germany, New Zealand, and, drumroll please? Haiti. Upon reading Angus’s article on the Post, I went searching for a First Nations columnist to contribute an opinion piece on Attawapiskat and the state of Canadian reserves in general for this week’s issue of the Brunswickan. I called the Mi’kmaqMaliseet Institute Tuesday at UNB several times and left a voicemail. When I visited on Friday, I was told the regular receptionist was out for the week and that they would
do their best to find a columnist and get back to me, but I didn’t hear anything further. I posted on the STU/UNB Native Student Council’s Facebook group that we were searching for a columnist, but didn’t get a response, so I went to the office in James Dunn Hall. The two girls in the office at the time said they didn’t feel well-versed enough to write on the subject, but suggested a couple of names. I asked around, and finally contacted one student I was referred to, who responded in a way I didn’t expect. He said he was up to speed with the issue and felt very strongly about it and would love to write a piece for the Bruns, but felt doing so would feed into the sensationalizing of the story and that it would be situational. He also said the student publications never publish articles about First Nations issues, and so, in an act of solidarity despite respecting the Bruns, he would not be contributing. I have to say, honestly, I don’t fully understand this act of solidarity. If it’s true that the media doesn’t provide an effective or sufficient forum for First Nations issues, and the Brunswickan actively sought out a First Nations voice in light of a very serious, deplorable issue, what does refusing to speak accomplish? Our constitution allows us the right to free speech – why not use it? I do, however, completely agree with this student’s point about sensationalism. Unfortunately, it’s often the case with underrepresented stories that significant coverage isn’t given until something terrible happens. And that’s really, really sad. My hope is that this event continues to be covered consistently and in an investigative manner so that changes can be made to prevent this kind of a disaster, and so that awareness can remain at the public forefront. The Brunswickan is still looking for a First Nations columnist for our Opinions section. Please email email@example.com if you’d like to contribute.
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Witty Wacky Wilser’s
Wilser’s Room hosts Comedy Night this Thursday, Dec. 1. JC Surette is the headliner. Submitted Haley Ryan Arts Reporter Performers at Wilser’s Room are sure to get laughed off the stage tomorrow night, but it’s not an unpopular band coming to town, and one of the acts is professional. In fact, they want to crack you up.
Comedy Night is continuing at Wilser’s Room in The Capital Complex tomorrow night, with headliner JC Surette and hosted by Lloyd Ravn. Usually these events are once a month, but organizer Trevor Muxworthy has set up a second show next Thursday, because spots in the first one filled up so quickly.
“It wasn’t my favourite thing to do, turning people away who have wanted to do it their second or third time,” Muxworthy said. “So we have back-to-back Thursdays in December.” Muxworthy said Fredericton’s comedy scene really took off in June, when Matt Caldwell, a local comedian, organized the first event
at Wilser’s. Although Caldwell left to attend comedy school in Toronto a few months later, the Comedy Night has survived because of Muxworthy and increasing interest from people willing to try their hand at stand-up. It helps that the shows have been drawing huge crowds, and Muxworthy said the monthly structure has worked because the public hasn’t been put in a situation where it could become bored with seeing the same material a few times a week. “They’re insanely popular, it’s incredible how many people are coming out,” Muxworthy said. “[Wilser’s] seats 30 to 35 now and everything behind that is standing room only, so people are crammed right back to the bar.” JC Surette hails from Dieppe but has been studying and performing stand-up in Montreal for the past couple of years, and recently landed a job with CBC Radio-Canada as a comedy writer. You’ll see him speaking English tomorrow night, but Surette said his ability to perform in both French and English actually helps him come up with new material. “I could do a joke in English and then when I translate it, something new comes out and I don’t neglect that,” he said. Unlike some comedians, Surette doesn’t like having a distinct subject or theme of humour he sticks to,
because a lot of his inspiration comes from simple observation. “That way, it doesn’t put limits on what I can talk about,” he said. Surette has met many of the Fredericton comedians he’ll be performing with this Thursday, and said he has a great respect for them. “They’re passionate and serious about it, I can sense that. They’re doing it for the right reasons.” Besides Surette, you’ll see BJ Worthy and Muxworthy himself, who say their style is “blue” comedy, which means the jokes are dirtier and they’ll likely go some places in their sets that people will cringe at. John Bailey’s first appearance was just last month, and Muxworthy said he did very well with cleverly written jokes and wordplay that aren’t as risqué as some of the others. Jimmy MacKinley is the “typical 25-year-old male,” Muxworthy said, who tackles all the social things men apparently think about, like checking out girls on Facebook. After the two shows in December, Muxworthy said they’ll be taking a break until the new year, and the first comedy night of 2012 will be on Jan. 3. There are some plans in the works to bring a more informal, regular comedy evening to The Cellar. For the show at the Wilser’s tomorrow night, doors open at 7 p.m. and the acts start at 8 p.m., with a $5 suggested donation.
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beer snobs. May your glass always be half-full: of stout!
Your Critics: Colin: ‘Beera Glass’ Hilary: ‘Ginny’ Andrew: ‘Brewmaster’ Alex: ‘Lightweight’
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Bedford, England
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Ginny: “It tastes a lot like coffee!” Brewmaster: “Strong notes of espresso and dark chocolate.” Beera Glass: “There’s a definite
strong coffee taste.”
lightweight: “Ooh, somebody burnt the coffee!”
O’Hara’s Irish Stout Carlow, Ireland
4.3% Dark colour deceives palate
Ginny: “It tastes like watered down petroleum. I’ll pour the remainder into my car’s gas tank.” Brewmaster: “It’s smoky and
Beera Glass: “It’s weak.” lightweight: “Yuck.
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Ginny: “It’s popular, but I’m not exactly sure why. It’s probably better on tap.” Brewmaster: “It seems like it’s thin-
ner than the others, but you can taste the malt more.”
Beera Glass: “I wonder if that’s just
how they like their Irish stouts?”
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lightweight: “This is the runner-up to the
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The Reds pull it together in the third period against STU
K. Bryannah James Sports Editor The St. Thomas Tommies almost defeated the Varsity Reds last Friday at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink, as they lead 3-0 through two periods. The LBR and the Aitken Centre have seen many “Battle of the Hill” games in their day, but last Friday was one for the books, as it looked like a victory for the Tommies. The first STU player to knock one past V-Red goalie, Dan LaCosta was Jonathan Bonneau, who scored after staying tucked behind the UNB defence on the blue line. The assist came from Felix-Antoine Poulin who pumped-up the crowd and irritated the Reds, who were unable to come back with a goal to even the scoring. The Varsity Reds, who looked to be a little out of sorts against their hill rival, were about to finish the first with a 1-0 score but Stephen Sanza, newest edition to the Tommies team, sniped one past LaCosta, finishing the period with a 2-0 lead. By the time the Reds came out for the second period, it seemed as if the mood had changed, and they were ready to challenge the Tommies for the lead. But that wasn’t to be either, as the Reds let their guard down, Mike Reich, with an assist from Poulin and Rob Zandbeek, scored a third for the Tommies. They kept it at 3-0 the rest of the second period, and it looked as if the Varsity Reds would be unable to win the “Battle of the Hill” for the first time in 28 games. In between the second and third periods, the shocked crowed, both Tommies and Varsity Reds was noticeable. Whispers about the Tommies first win against the Reds floated around the rink, and avid hockey fans discussed the dynamics of both teams. Mostly they were whispers
Dion Campbell looks for the open man as STU Tommies Randy Cameron and Andrew Andricopoulos challenge him behind the net. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan about where UNB needed to capitalize said. “I said boys, it’s a lot better to go in I think. I think probably, Gardiner was “It’s one of those things, you know, and how UNB hasn’t lost to STU in a that parade than it was 35 minutes ago. scrambling back there, which was fun to just had a feeling about it going into the number of years. When they all looked at me, obviously see him shake a little bit. See that mous- second and third. Thought this is far from In the dressing room, head coach they all felt better about themselves.” tache shake,” said STU goalie Charles over. Not the position we wanted to put Gardiner MacDougall had a different “We’ve got great leadership in the Lavigne, who laughed. “Hey I got one ourselves in, but we’ll take the result,” reason for the team to win. The Christ- room. I mean you know the Baileys, the too, don’t worry.” Campbell said. mas parade. Gallants, the Hartys, the Culligans. [But] Tyler Carroll came out with a second “I think it was Jonny’s goal, there the “Well, obviously I just told the guys we up to that point, to give credit to our op- short-handed goal by the Varsity Reds, first goal. It seems the last couple of weeks got a big day tomorrow as well. We’re in ponent, they were opportunistic. They bringing the score to a nail-biting 3-2, we’ve sort of been rusty at the start of the Santa Clause parade. We’re the lead took advantage of their opportunities,” which was followed by Harty with his games, and we need something to sort of float, the grand Marshall,” MacDougall MacDougall said. second short-handed goal of the game, spark the emotion,” Campbell said. “And “And we’re a team that needs sparks tying the game 3-3, avnd putting UNB that was it. And obviously the flood gates and if you can get a couple sparks together in control of the momentum. opened after that.” than we can ignite and you get some “I guess, educated gamble is how I The Tommies, who were frustrated momentum.” play,” Harty said. “We’re down three. with the state of the game, decided to And looking for a spark to ignite the Gatta start somewhere. I saw a chance pull Lavigne, for an extra man, but that team, they did. Not even two minutes to get there, and I know we have one of only helped the Reds score a fourth shortinto the third period, Jonathan Harty, the top goalies in the league. I saw a guy handed goal, winning the game with a the V-Red offensive-defenceman, scored back, and I just tried to put our team in 5-3 victory. a short-handed goal against the Tom- the best position to win and at that time I “We were up three after two and we mies, bringing the Reds out of their thought the gamble was worth it.” lost 5-3, that’s pretty much what hapfunk, down 3-1. This would be one of By this point in the game, the Tom- pened. We sat back, it’s defiantly what four short-handed goals, scored by the mies weren’t as strong as they were in we said we didn’t want to do, but that’s Varsity Reds. the first two periods, and the Reds what we did. We paid for it, you know,” “And [to] really give Harty, who dominated, pulling away with another Lavigne said. scored short-handed early and it changed goal by Dion Campbell, taking their “I think if anybody were to come the third period,” MacDougall said. first lead of the game 4-3, after some into this rink tonight and think after The Tommies struggled to keep up time due to a questionable call, in the 40 minutes we’d be in that situation, I with the Reds, who started showing penalty box. don’t think there’s too many people who signs of the CIS championship team “Defiantly redeem myself. Felt a little thought we would be,” STU head coach they are. bad there, not sure if I agree with the Troy Ryan said. “And Charles is right, STU may have had the quick sprints call,” Campbell said. “It was good that they didn’t beat us.” in the first two periods, but the Reds are we were scoring, I was laughing, saying, “We played a different system and I a third-period team, and they blew the geez man I should sit in the penalty box think it benefited us for 40 minutes, but Tommies out of the almost-victory. all third period.” once we stopped to think about it, it just “We outplayed them. A few years ago Another factor that helped not only ended up costing us.” when we took them to overtime, I don’t with Campbell’s goal but the Red’s vicThe Reds will challenge the Tommies In the third period, the Reds stepped-up their game against the Tomthink we outplayed them, now I think we tory lay in the mentality and, according on home ice this weekend at the Aitken mies and pulled away for a 5-3 victory. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan kind of, we scared them. Which is good, to Campbell, the spark of Harty’s goal. Centre, at 7 p.m. Friday evening.
Men’s volleyball sees success on the Rock K. Bryannah James Sports Editor The UNB men’s volleyball team had success this weekend, as they flew to St. John’s, Newfoundland to compete in their second Interlock tournament of the season. The Reds, who won two of their three games this past weekend, saw victory with only 12 of their 16-man roster. “We only brought 12 players over to Newfoundland, we have 16 on our roster, but we were only able to fly 12 players over,” said head coach Dan McMorran. “We actually had our captain and our starting left side Matt Sweet, move to the libero position for the entire weekend and he did very well in that spot.” Other players on the team saw a few different starting positions and rotations over the weekend, which may have helped with their success during the tournament. “We had Marc White, ended up going in and starting on the left side for the entire weekend. He was generally a third left side coming off the bench, and he came off the bench against Dalhousie that weekend,” McMorran said about the Dalhousie games at the Currie Center. “We had a three middle rotation, where Brett LeDrew, the middle who played in the second day against Dalhousie, he came in and probably played two-thirds of all the games, so he had a lot of significance in his start and did very well.” Jordan Brooks and Andrew Costa also saw a share in their duties as setters at the second Interlock tournament, both performing at high levels and helping the team in their standings over the weekend. Due to the depth of the team, players of first-, second- and third-string rotations are seeing court time. “I think it’s just a situation where we know that we’ve got two, at least two guys in each position, and sometimes three in each position that can go in there and do a job and this weekend we were pretty happy to have solid performances from everybody.” The V-Reds saw big wins from both games against Montreal and Sherbrooke Universities, however it was against Montreal when the team really shined. “We won 3-1 against Sherbrooke and we won 3-0 against Montreal, and I would say that, not just because of the score, but I would say the Montreal was probably our most solid performance,” said McMorran.
By the end of the Montreal game, the V-Reds pulled away with 3-0 win (25-21, 25-21, 30-28) respectively and 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 21-25 and 25-20) the day before against Sherbrooke. “Sherbrooke’s a tough team, and we actually had quite a battle against that team. But I would say Montreal was probably the better of the two [matches]. I thought we played fairly well in both of those.” However, on Saturday against Laval, the Reds were handed their first and only loss of the tournament. That being said, Laval is one of the top-ranked teams in the country and the Varsity Reds put up a fight against the strong central-Canadian team. “It’s a combination of going a little wrong and Laval going a lot right. They are the sixth-ranked team in the country right now, and I would say deservedly so,” McMorran said. “We came out in the first two sets, didn’t come out as strong as we wanted too. Changed a couple things, came out in the third set and actually dominated them in the third set.” “We can play with those teams, we can beat those teams, it’s being able to put in a consistent performance, effort like that straight through the entire match,” McMorran said. The Reds lost to Laval 3-1 (25-13, 2520, 17-25, and 25-18) respectively, but they still gave Laval a run for their money, by pushing them into a fourth set. “We brought our game up to another level to compete against those guys in the third set, and in the fourth set I think we actually, after playing so well and so hard in the third set, I don’t think our team was prepared to continue that level of ball all the way into a fourth set.” “We defiantly have to work on being able to maintain a real strong high level of play for an entire match against one of the top teams in the country.” On top of a successful weekend for the Reds, the team not only benefitted on the court, but socially as well. “We visited a couple of tourist attractions in Newfoundland, Signal Hill and then Cape Spear. The guys had a great opportunity to have some fun there as well.” And as McMorran says, the team had a “positive vibe, both on and off the court,” during their weekend away. The Reds will travel again to St. John’s Newfoundland in the new year to compete against Memorial University on the weekend of Jan. 14.
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Capers drop V-Reds in weekend doubleheader Sean O’Neill The Brunswickan Since the first weekend of the AUS season when the UNB Varsity Reds started off with two massive four-point wins over perennial bottom-feeder Memorial, the team has now begun to look like a basement-dweller itself. After getting shellacked on the road the previous weekend against Saint Mary’s and Acadia losing 101-75 and 80-54, respectively, UNB played two against Cape Breton Capers who seemed to be reeling after head coach Jimmy Charters left the team in what has been dubbed by some around the program as a “forceful resignation.” But the Capers looked like their usual selves as they took both victories from the Reds, winning 76-71 and 82-54. On Friday, the Reds were in it until the end when costly turnovers gave the Capers Jimmy Dorsey and Julian Smith the shots they needed to extend the lead with a minute and a half left. Rookie Arild Geugjes led the Capers in scoring with 19 points and five rebounds, Dorsey was an assist and rebound away from a triple-double with 18 points, Smith had 13 and Al Alilovic had a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards. Daniel Quirion continued to lead the Reds in scoring with 18 points, but played the entire game with a compression in his foot, according to head coach Brent Baker. “He was limping around all last night,” Baker said the next day. “He just needs time off the next three weeks to let it heal up. That’s the diagnosis from the doctor.” Baker expects Quirion to be ready when the season resumes in 2012. The team was lost without its star point guard the next day as the Capers ho-hummed their way to a 82-54 victory. A balanced scoring attack for the Capers with five players in doublefigures sunk UNB. Dorsey had 19 points, 12 rebounds and four dimes; Smith dropped 15, six boards and four assists; Alilovic had 11 points; and Geugjes and Lee MacQuarrie added 10 apiece. The lone bright spot for the Reds in a horrible performance was rookie Aaron O’Brien who led the team with 16 points and 14 rebounds. The 6’9 Newfoundlander should be pushing for minutes if he continues to play like that. Baker lamented how young the team is and believes the chemistry isn’t there yet.
UNB basketball’s Dustin Anthony drives to the net as he pushes past CBU Caper Al Alilovic. Norman Chai / The Brunswickan “[Point guard] Matt Daley is still in a learning process,” Baker said. “If you noticed, transition slowed down when we had him in the game. Things got a little better with Aaron O’Brien because we actually had an interior defence and could play a little bit tougher inside.” “But those guys are all freshmen, are all first year guys. That’s good for the future but doesn’t really help us now.” Another freshman hiccup by Daley was getting a technical foul for dropping an F-bomb which fouled him out. Baker yelled at him on the bench to, “overdose on some maturity pills.” “It’s part of the maturity aspect, [he] gotta grow up,” Baker said of the incident. “He was frustrated but at the
same time you can’t let your frustration affect what’s happening for the group. You can’t take a dumb technical foul.” The Christmas break couldn’t come at a better time for the Varsity Reds. The team can now put this four-game losing streak, where it’s lost by an average of 21 points, to bed and focus on the first weekend back after the break against StFX in Antigonish. But how does the team stop the streak after the break? “It’s called Will McFee,” Baker said, referring to the last year’s AUS rookie of the year who is home in Australia and according to one player will re-join the team at a tournament in Montreal after Christmas.
Mice release stress, so why don’t we? Tova Payne The Brunswickan
UNB was successful in St. John’s, Newfoundland last weekend at their second Interlock tournament. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
As exam time approaches, you may be feeling slightly overwhelmed by the amount of material you need to study and the sheer weight of your finals. When stress comes to the surface, it needs to be released. If it’s not, it gets stored in our bodies and in our cells. Here’s an analogy I heard from a teacher of mine. “If you look at the behaviour of a mouse, when they get stressed or scared, they freeze. Once they see that the danger is gone, they first shake it off, literally. They shake off their body, and then proceed to go on with their affairs.” We can actually learn a lot from mice – they have a great mechanism of releasing the physical stress so it does not get stored inside of them. So when stress arises, it’s not always so easy to just tell yourself to stop stressing. However, you can control how you react to the stress. The best tools to help you through a stressful time are exercise and meditation or deep breathing exercises.
Often, in stressful times, the first thing you may notice is altered breathing. Often our breath may get really shallow, or start going really fast. Although you may not be able to specifically control the beating of your heart, you can control your breathing. As you slow down, deepen and smooth out your breath. Often your heart rate will have an interesting way of following suit. So, a simple exercise is to take 10 deep breaths. This means four counts as you inhale and fill your lungs with fresh oxygen, and four counts as you exhale releasing the stale air and stress from your body. It takes about a minute, and you will be surprised how much better you feel. When you exercise your lung capacity this way, you will also notice that it can be a helpful and effective tool in your physical workouts. Speaking of which, exercise, which you may feel has to be put on the back-burner due to the volume of material you have to cover for exams, is actually exactly what you need to help you cope with the stress you may be experiencing at this time.
Exercise is a physiological way for your body to literally burn off stress. It releases the stress hormone, cortisol, from your system. Even if you take a shorter workout, say 20 minutes instead of 40, try to increase the intensity so that you really get your heart rate up and work out a sweat to make the most of your time. You will still help your body burn off the stress, and you will have a clearer mind ready to study and function at a higher capacity. Moreover, recent studies have shown how exercise helps cognitive abilities, so when you exercise, you help your brain’s ability to retain information, helping you to do better on your exams. Finally, if your mind is feeling overwhelmed, taking a five minute time-out to sit quietly, and to focus on your breathing or overall sensations, is a helpful tool to clear your mind under stressful times. Again, when you clear your mind, you help it work more effectively in what your mind is here for, to help you study and get through exam period.
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brunswickansports Women’s basketball drop the ball, again Sean O’Neill The Brunswickan There was good news and bad news that came from the UNB women’s basketball team’s final home-stand before the Christmas break. The good news is it picked up its first win of the year over the Cape Breton Capers on Friday night. The bad news, while the Reds didn’t give up the magic number of 80 points on Saturday afternoon, it gave up 78 as UNB lost its fifth out of six in AUS play. The Capers came to Fredericton wounded; they were missing starting point guard Jahlica Kirnon and defensive stalwart Nickie Works with knee and MCL injuries, respectively. The Reds took advantage of the Capers’ missing stars and the Capers’ 29 per cent shooting and won 70-65 on Friday night. Another positive sign for the Reds was Claire Colborne, breaking out for a season-high of 34 points on 13of-27 shooting. While the scoring wasn’t balanced, Jordanne Holstein was the only other player in double figures, scoring 13, Colborne’s play and the team’s defence was enough to grab the first win of the season. “I thought last night was the closest we came to playing 40 minutes all year,” said UNB head coach Jeff Speedy the day after. “So I guess from that standpoint it’s probably the longest we played that well.” The V-Reds played a good first 20 minutes the next day, trailing the Capers by four at the half. However, Cape Breton exploded for 25 points in the third quarter and stretched the lead to where the Reds couldn’t reach and won 78-63. UNB’s defence sagged from the f irst game to the second as the Capers went from 29 per cent from the field on Friday to 42 per cent on Saturday. Cassie Cooke came off the bench and led the Capers in scoring with 27. Stephanie Toxopeus and Brittany Hollins both added 13 points. Colborne scored 18 and added five rebounds and three assists in a losing effort. “I think the defence you saw today was either a tired team or a team that hasn’t quite figured out the extra effort it takes on the defensive end to get stops,” Speedy said after the game. “The defensive effort today wasn’t enough to beat a good basketball team.” After the games, Speedy reiterated
V-Red Megan Corby fights to get past the Capers defence over the weekend at the Currie Center. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan the old cliché of trying to get better every week without worrying about the standings. But have they actually improved? The record says one thing (1-5) and Speedy says another. “Are there some things that we need to get better at pronto? Yeah. Are there some lessons we should have learned by now that we haven’t learned yet? For sure,” Speedy said. “But one of the things I say to the girls, and they say it’s nuts but I’ll say it anyway is if we can play a game against ourselves from a month ago, would we win? And I think if we played the September 25 or the October 15 Varsity Reds, we’d win easily.” “That doesn’t mean our defence is where it needs to be.” But how do you take a hypothetical win over your team and translate it to AUS wins? “That’s the million dollar question.” “There’s some lessons we still gotta learn, and we gotta keep beat-
ing them over the head.” The V-Reds are tied for last in the AUS standings going into the Christmas break with two points and a 1-5 record. Only two teams miss the playoffs in the conference and UNB resides in one of those spots, along with UPEI. It also ranks seventh out of eight in scoring offence, scoring defence, field goal percentage, assist/turnover ratio, rebounding margin, and blocked shots. UNB also ranks dead last in assists and steals. The team returns to the floor Jan. 6 and 7 in Antigonish when the Reds take on StFX. If they are to make the playoffs, the Varsity Reds must accomplish the two goals Speedy set out for the Christmas break. “We set goals to get better at give or six things technically between now and when we go home for Christmas. And we set a goal to be in better shape today than we were at any point in the first semester.”
The good ol’hockey game Nothing but Net Bronté James It’s 8 at night and the family is huddled around the television. A cup of Tim Hortons is sitting on the table, steam still rising. The channel is tuned into CBC and Don Cherry is on the screen wearing one of his signature suits. It’s Hockey Night in Canada. If you are a typical Canadian, this is a normal Saturday night for you. You’re yelling at the television believing the referees will hear you and change the call in your favour. The photo of Bobby Orr scoring the infamous goal in the game against the St. Louis Blues is etched in your mind, and you can recite the starting lineup to your favourite team better than your national anthem. But why is it, Canadians see hockey, not as a sport, but as a way of life? A little history may shed some light on
the question. Having started in the 1800s in Nova Scotia (although Ontario and the Netherlands claim otherwise), hockey has since become one of the greatest pastimes for Canadians. All you need is a patch of ice, a pair of skates, a stick, and a couple of buddies from the neighbourhood. It quickly became an easy and fun way to spend your days. With some of the greatest hockey players originating from Canada, such as Sid the Kid, Tim Horton, (the proud founder of our great Canadian coffee shop), Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux and who can forget The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, Canadians have always been proud to claim ownership of those who make the game what it is. When you are in high school you go out to a hockey game with all of your friends, hot chocolate in one hand and your home-knit glove keeping your other hand warm. You cheer on your best friend, boyfriend, or just a classmate and you can’t think of a better way to spend your Friday night. Your team is playing its rival, and you believe that if you have
the most fans you can take home the win. If you are like me, which most Canadians are, the Winter Olympics are one of the most stressful times of your life. Crouched around the television with your family, the one time everyone is in quiet unison, a minute seems like 20 and you feel as though the game will go on forever. Canada is playing the U.S. in the finals and you have to remind yourself to breath. Sid the Kid scored the winning goal in the final minute, taking the Gold, and you scream aloud before even registering what happened. Raised a Toronto fan, I am the first to admit that my team doesn’t always do so well. But why is it we have so many followers? We believe in a team even when they are in a losing season, and as a group we continue to cheer them on, knowing they can make it to the playoffs, or dare I say it, win the Cup again. Whether your jersey is cheering on the Leafs, The Canadiens, or the Bruins, you are cheering on not just the team, but the sport we Canadians so proudly call our own, hockey.
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Right to Play: UNB and STU athletes team-up with Freddy youth Heather Uhl Staff Reporter The Varsity Reds and St. Thomas Tommies stepped up to the plate for the week of Right to Play, and hosted Random Acts of Play Day, last Friday at the BMO Centre. Under the Bubble-dome, children from all over the Fredericton area came to UNB for a single purpose: to have fun. “I think it’s pretty cool that on the field of play, STU and UNB were competing, but today we can come together and just work together and offer a program like this,” Heather Ambery said. She’s the captain of the V-Reds women’s soccer team and co-organizer of the event. The event saw members of nearly every sport at UNB and STU. There were volleyball players, soccer players, rugby players, football players, basketball players, and members of both men’s hockey teams present. With the V-Red - Tommies hockey game that evening, there was some tension, but it didn’t seem to affect the
happiness of the many laughing kids. There were a lot of games played, including mingle and soccer. Everyone was playing. At times, it was difficult to tell the big kids apart from the little kids. “You grow old, you don’t grow up,” laughed Gabrielle Boutilier of the Tommies women’s volleyball team. Random Acts of Play Day was an event on the final day of Right to Play week, a week brought on by the recent State of the Child report released from the office of the child and youth advocate. The report highlights the lack of funding in place to facilitate childrens’ right to play, yet play is vital to the development of children. So, the universities stepped up to the plate to swing it out of the park last Friday and do their part. Right to Play draws attention to the United Nation’s Convention of the Rights of a Child, which Canada has ratified. Section 31 of the convention says children have the right to “rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational
activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.” Christian Whalen is the acting child and youth advocate. “Play matters,” he said. “There is this notion that play is not important. But what we’re saying is that, in fact, play is a fundamental building block for a child’s development. We learn to play as human beings before we learn to talk or read or write or walk.” “Play is the fundamental learning that all future learning is built on.” Jonathan Crossland is the assistant coach for V-Reds men’s soccer team and a Phys. Ed teacher with school district 18. “We see it as vital, and the report that they released last week about the importance of play and activity in a child’s life is a re-enforcer and positive thing for Phys. Ed specialists to hear and kind of cement its place and need in the school system,” Crossland said. UNB has a Right to Play club on campus and STU is seeking to create a club next semester. Together, they have raised nearly $4,000 for the cause.
(Left) Members of STU and UNB athletic teams play games with kids during Random Acts of Play Day last Friday at BMO Centre. (Above) Jordan Clendenning of the UNB men’s hockey team participating in an activity. Laura Fowler / Submitted
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