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Volume 145 · Issue 14 • December 7, 2011
brunswickan canada’s oldest official student publication.
Acadian strike impacting holiday travel
Heather Uhl Staff Reporter
More than one student will have to find alternative means of transportation to get home this holiday season. At 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 2, Acadian Lines locked out its workers, effectively shutting down the bus system in New Brunswick. “A lot of students from out of province take the bus line to bigger cities so they can take planes just to get home,” Julie Frigault, a second-year-UNB student, said. Lacking her own vehicle, Frigault uses Acadian Lines frequently to travel the province. “Some families don’t have cars, people go to see loved ones, so many students use the buses; this is a huge handicap for us,” she said. Acadian Lines has a monopoly on transportation in the province as the only province-wide bus service. The routes normally provided cover the majority of NB and PEI, with a significant presence in NS and Quebec. For students, the strike cuts off a source of transportation. With no VIA Rail Canada stations in Fredericton, and the nearest train station in Moncton, the only way for students to make it home is by airplane or car. For David Campbell, a graduate student in the forestry faculty, the strike will change how he travels.
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“Well, if there’s a strike there’s no way for me to get to Moncton or Halifax. Then I’ll have to pay the extra two or three hundred dollars to fly out of Fredericton.” Driving is not an option for Campbell. “I just rented a car for this weekend and that was $300 for three days, with insurance and things like that. So that’s not a viable option for a two-week vacation for December.” “I could row a boat,” Campbell joked, “I don’t think that’s logistical but, well, the only [other] way is to incur the cost of flying out of Fredericton.” The strike comes after 11 months of negotiation between Acadian Lines and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1229. The package proposed by the Acadian Lines was refused by the union members and a strike notice was made. Marc-André Vadin is vice-president of marketing, sales and communications for Groupe Orléans Express, the parent company of Acadian Lines. “It was in response to the strike notice that we came out with the lockout notice. A strike notice gives the employees the ability to strike 72 hours after or could be a day, two days, could be an hour’s notice that they could go on strike.” “We’re running a bus operation with buses all over the place, people and freight
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Many students are inconvenienced by the strike. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
Ben Wright heads for STU territory, while STU’s Robert Zandbeek tries to catch Wright. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan K. Bryannah James Sports Editor What just happened? That was the first thought that went through a few minds this weekend at the Aitken Centre when the St. Thomas Tommies pushed the Reds into overtime, which the V-Reds barely won. With a new head coach and a new mentality, most people jokingly said the Tommies may have a shot this year. STU is actually showing signs of being the championship team it was years ago. Over the course of this semester, they’ve won more games than they won in total last year, and after Friday night’s performance, most people aren’t going to see the Tommies as the bottom of the AUS totem pole anymore. This may have been the shock the Varsity Reds needed to finally battle
it out against their cross-campus rivals, a struggling effort which ended in a nail-biting 3-2 overtime victory. Granted, the Reds have played against the Tommies in overtime over the past couple of years, but this time, the Tommies actually gave the Varsity Reds a win they had to work for. “The funny part for me is, at what point do you keep saying, ‘are you disappointed St. Thomas? Are you disappointed?’ At what point do you go, ‘UNB, what the hell is St. Thomas doing, keeping it close with you?’,” said Tommies head coach Troy Ryan. The Varsity Reds were the first to score, with Daine Todd finding the back of goal early in the first period. This was a better starting point than the previous week against the Tommies, when the Reds were unable to score until the third period. The Tommies kept the game tight with the Varsity Reds, with UNB leading 1-0 after the first period.
Things quickly changed 7:22 into the second period when STU rookie Stephen Sanza evened the game 1-1. UNB would bounce back before the end of the period, when at 16:14, Bretton Stamler, with an assist by Ben Wright and Taylor MacDougall, snapped one past Tommies goalie Charles Lavigne, finishing the second with a 2-1 lead. “If the puck’s on your stick, you’ve got to get the puck out,” said Varsity Red Bretton Stamler on the goal. Unlike the game at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink on Nov. 25, where the Tommies sprinted through the first two periods and lost steam by the third, which allowed the Reds to showcase their championship status, as they ended-up scoring four shorthanded goals and a fifth to finish the game, last Friday’s game saw a differ-
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Professor releases 25 year body of work on Eighth Hussars
Dr. Lee Windsor, of the Gregg Centre, at his book launch. Submitted Jeremy Murray The Brunswickan When people are asked about World War II, they almost always mention the major battles at Normandy and very little light is ever shed on smaller battles from the Italian campaign. As a result, a series of books have been released showcasing Canada’s military involvement in history. The most recent book was written by one
of UNB’s own historians, Dr. Lee Windsor. His book follows the events that the Eighth Hussars regiment were involved in. Windsor said, if we were only writing the history of Canada for use by other academics, then there would be no point. “[If] you do research on Canadian history then it should be open to everyone so that it can help enhance
everyone’s interest in it,” he said. He feels this book can also inspire people to become more interested in Canadian history. When asked how he thinks this book could spark interest in its readers he said, “maybe because the regiment was the one from their hometown or because they have a personal family connection to someone in [that regiment].” Windsor said this popular history
is delivered with “the idea of luring people to read more and to become more academically engaged.” He also said he “would like this book to be used to help encourage people to use the story of other communities to think about global problems.” He feels these small stories about New Brunswickers are important because they connect New Brunswick to the entire planet. “The two World Wars help us connect to the past because they are global events that tied everyone’s history together,” he said. Windsor’s particular interest in this unit and his motivation stem from two things, one being that he has been a serving member of the Eighth Hussars since 1988. For that reason, he was able to use some of his own experiences to write this book. “When I was a tank soldier, myself, I remember listening to the veterans talking at Remembrance Day and being inspired by their stor-
ies,” he said. “I was always driven to tell their story and that’s what sent me on this path and to this career.” Dr. Windsor said the second thing that prompted him to write this story was his interest in the Italian campaign. Because Dr. Windsor had been collecting stories about the regiment since he joined, this book took 25 years to write. “The other part of my mission with this particular book is that the regiment story is not well known in the province. People tend to know that unit exists partly because their famous mascot but people tend to know very little about the battle that the horse was rescued in,” he said. In essence, Dr. Windsor wrote this book to shed light on the efforts, sacrifices and the achievements of the local regiment because the Italian campaign happened after the famous D-Day battle.
Members have been negotiating for 11 months FROM ACADIAN PAGE 1 being carried. We can’t simply be in a situation that passengers are stranded en route.” The union members have been without contract since Dec. 31 of last year. Glen Carr is the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1229. “We’ve been negotiating for 11 months, trying to reach a settlement that was fair to the workers, the management, and most of all, the public,” he said. “The company has never given a complete package to take back to the union members. They have been dealing with
driver assignment and route assignment only,” Carr explained. From Nov. 24 to 25, Acadian Lines brought a complete proposal to the table that was voted down. “We have always maintained that our intention was never to go on strike. This company, Acadian Coachlines, has forced us on the street.” “This isn’t about money. This is about our seniority, our job security and also, they were the main issue we have. The money was the last thing on the table.” The strike shuts down Acadian Lines in NB and PEI including transportation and cargo.
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Council rejects UNB Students for Life based on lack of information Christopher Cameron Editor-in-Chief After weeks of fruitless debate, the UNB student union has decided not to recognize the UNB Students for Life club due to insufficient information from the club. If Andrew Martel, vice-president f inance and operations, receives enough information from the club, they will be brought forward for discussion again. “If we receive enough information or if I feel that it’s enough information to bring back to council then I will bring it forward and try to recognize the group again,” Martel said. Clubs and societies fall under Martel’s portfolio. He stressed that he doesn’t take a stance on groups, but brings them forward for discussion if they meet criteria outlined in the bylaws. “That was the basis that they weren’t recognized was the lack of information.” Martel says the information they are looking for is where the resources are coming from and where they will be directing students. “This is one of the first groups that could deal with important health issues and as a student union, if we’re recognizing them, we are giving them a venue to present themselves, which is great. We just want to make sure that if they are giving out information concerning health-related issues that they are accurate so we don’t have issues down the road.” Prior to the Nov. 26 council meeting Martel attempted to reach the group, without any response. He received answers to his questions, but
Council decided not to recognize the UNB Students for Life club. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan councillors still did not believe there was enough information to make a decision. After a few comments on whether or not to recognize the group, engineering representative Chris Pelkey recommended the group move directly to voting saying, “I think we’ve heard all these arguments before.” Council voted to move straight to the vote of the approval of the club, not approving the club.
Council quickly moved on to voting whether or not to recognize the club, shooting it down. This ends the discussion for now, but should the recognition of the group be brought to council again, the debate will be as to whether the information is sufficient and not whether the group should be allowed on campus. “Seeing as we’ve already debated on the previous topics, it will come
down to the new information to recognize them and that will be the general debate around it,” Martel said. Council also passed a motion to send a report on liaison voting rights to the policy committee. The committee, comprised of a liaison, general councillors and an executive member compiled the report with two recommendations. “Our recommendation is two-fold I guess,” said Jordan Thompson,
president of the UNBSU. “One is to extend liaison voting rights, renaming them representatives and the other is to add two members-at-large to address some concerns that were laid out in the report, specifically concerns around double representation or over representation.” The next UNB Student Council meeting will take place in the new year.
Raising campus accessibility awareness Jeremy Murray The Brunswickan
Accessibility liaison Derek Ness after the awareness event. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
A small group of students turned out on Friday to get a better look at what life with a disability is like. “Experiencing a disability was kind of an eye opener,” Jessica Hansen, a third-year kinesiology student, said following the Campus Accessibility Awareness Day Scavenger Hunt. Hansen and five others attended the event that marked International Day for Persons with Disabilities at the campus level. The event was hosted by the UNB Student Union’s Accessibility Liaison and Accessibility Committee. Hansen and her roommate, Melanie Daigle, took part in a challenge that simulated a visual disability. In this particular activity, the two students paired up with one serving as a sighted-guide to the other who was blindfolded. The pair had to retrieve a copy of the Brunswickan from a stand located outside the Campus Shoppe and, after switching roles,
return it to a newspaper stand in the SUB Cafeteria. The scavenger hunt style event included three other challenges: one dealt with hearing impairments, another with accessibility issues for those in wheelchairs and the final challenge was intellectual. For the challenge relating to life for those in a wheelchair, participants were encouraged to identify things that create barriers for those who are limited to a wheelchair. Some things that were identified, specifically about the SUB, are the tight quarters in the Campus Shoppe, the haphazard layout of the tables and chairs in the cafeteria, the Student Union hallway, the College Hill Social Club, and the Cellar Pub. “Everyone was looking at us because I had a blindfold on my head and they were wondering what we were doing and why we were doing it,” she said. Daigle said she was a bit embarrassed because of the way people were watching the activity. Derek Ness, UNBSU accessibility
liaison, said Daigle’s embarrassment relates to that of an individual with a disability who is constantly facing barriers and depending on others for help to overcome daily obstacles. “Because of its practical nature, the vision-based challenge was perhaps the most eye-opening – no pun intended – in comparison to the other three challenges,” Ness said. Chantel Whitman and Andrew Martel, UNBSU vice-president student services and finance and operations, respectively, also attended the event. Whitman said that, “[The challenges] were very good and they did get the point across; they were very well thought out.” W h it ma n seconded t he d isappointment of Ness and his committee with the low attendance at the event. Whitman said she hopes more people attend and participate in similar future events.
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Shaving Movember goodbye Alanah Duffy News Reporter Tyler Hilchey plays with his moustache as he sits on a couch in the Brunswickan office with three of his friends. “Playing with my moustache is my favourite part of Movember for sure,” he says. “I play with it all the time, just absentmindedly like this. Sometimes I’ll curl up the tips for fun.” “There’s definitely a look to having a moustache,” Greg Healey adds. “It’s very distinguished,” Josh Fleck chimes in. Movember has rapidly become a staple around the world during the month of November. The moustache-growing tradition began in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia to raise money for men’s health issues. Since then, more than $176 million has been raised and 1.1 million “Mo Bros” have grown moustaches to raise awareness. In Canada, money raised from Movember goes toward prostate cancer research. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. Hilchey, Healy, Fleck, and Zach Maklin all grew moustaches this
year as part of Movember. All four donated money; Fleck donated money to the TSN Mo Bros while the other three raised money within their residences. Aside from raising money and awareness for men’s health issues, Movember is a bonding time for the men who grow moustaches. Hilchey and Healy, who live in Neill House, are participating in a residence challenge as part of Movember. Participants donate $5 and are judged at the end of November for their moustache-growing efforts. “There’s stuff like best mustache, greasiest ‘stache and participation,” Healy says. “It’s fun to do with everyone in the house if you’re in residence, or with your friends.” “Last year, we had an in-group challenge,” Fleck says. There was a group of people who were raising money and the person who raised the most money got a case of beer from the rest of the guys.” But despite the fun that happens during Movember, all four of the guys (and the women in their lives) will be glad when it’s time to shave. “As soon as the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 1, I’m in the bathroom with a razor,” Healy says.
“Women hate it,” Fleck says. “My lady friend tolerates it, but it definitely chafes her upper lip.” Hilchey jokes that he might keep his moustache into December, saying it makes him feel manlier. “I got to dance with some women at the Twenty/20,” he says, a smile forming at the corners of his mouth. “It was definitely the moustache that made that happen,” Healy jokes. “Yeah. They said thanks afterwards too,” Hilchey adds. This year, it seems that there have been moustached men all over campus. The guys all say that the movement has become increasingly popular each year. All four of them have been participating for more than two years, and Fleck for the past six years. “When I first started, there were four people in our residence who did Movember, and this year, there’s at least 20,” Hilchey says, who has been participating for the past two years. “I think the moustache makes me feel like more of a man,” Maklin says. “But, I’ll be glad to see it gone. Well, until next year. It’s important to raise awareness.”
Things got hairy, but Movember was another resounding success. Teams from across campus and the city raised thousands of dollars for men’s health. Canada was especially successful, raising close to $40 million, more than any other country. We checked in with our mo’ bros to see how their ‘staches stacked up.
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Mo’ bros and Mo’ sistas from the kinesiology faculty. Submitted.
brunswickannews APT group still seeking union on campus Alanah Duffy News Reporter A union that would represent administrative, professional, and technical workers is still in the process of being formed at the University of New Brunswick, despite hostility from the university administration. Michelle LeBlanc, a member organizer with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), said that a unionization drive is currently happening. A unionization drive is one of the first steps in forming a union. It is an educational campaign to show people what a union is, why people would want to form a union and what it would mean for their workplace if they do form a union. The drive is currently in its card-signing portion, wherein the potential union must acquire a majority before an application with the labour board can be filed. “Most people haven’t been in a unionized workplace before, so there are a lot of good questions,” LeBlanc said. “We’re seeing a lot of people understand that there are some things that they would like to see, like have more voice in their workplace.” There are approximately 500 workers under the administrative, professional, and technical workers at UNB. According to John Hayden, a member of the UNB organizing committee, it is the largest group of its kind in Atlantic Canada not to have a union. “We’re the largest group on campus, and yet were ununionized,” Hayden said. “Similar staff groups at other Atlantic universities are all unionized.” St. Thomas University went through a similar unionization drive last year and is currently in the process of working towards its first collective agreement. LeBlanc and Hayden both said that the university administration has been persistent in an attempt to stop the organization of the union. The organizing committee
has tried to book rooms for meetings, only to have the university cancel the booking. The administration has also collected the information emailed to employees about the unionization drive and sent a written letter to the organizing committee in response to every email sent. “It’s unfortunate and really uncalled for,” Hayden said. “A university should be free to discuss things. I think whatever they were trying to achieve, the opposite was achieved because it anchored people.” The New Brunswick Industrial Relations Act states that all workers have the right to join a union. LeBlanc said that one of the most important things that the union is trying to do is educate workers on is the grievance procedure. She said that without having non-employer representation, as is currently in place, workers have to essentially fight against their employers when they feel that something isn’t right. Hayden said that no specific events are planned in the near future, but members of the organizing committee are meeting individually with people to answer questions. “The biggest struggle is getting your message out and hoping that people get the information and make a decision based on the truth,” he said. LeBlanc said that the most important message for workers to understand is the importance of their contribution to the workplace. “Your labour has value and you deserve a say of how your labour is put into place,” she said. The university is still not commenting on the issue, saying “these disagreements will be adjudicated by the Labour and Employment Board. For this reason, we are not at liberty to discuss the specific ongoing details at this time.”
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Food Bank moves across the water
Food bank executive director poses with future location. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Hilary Paige Smith News Editor After years of searching, the Fredericton Food Bank is getting a new home. They will be moving to the former Green Village nursery property on the North side come next March. They will be staying in their current location on Grandame Street near the university until. “We want to take our time because it’s important that we make our decisions so that they’re the right decisions, rather than rush into it and have to do it twice,” executive director Elizabeth Crawford Thurber said. The Food Bank is within walking dis-
tance of the Princess Margaret Bridge and is on a bus route. Students were invited to help clean up the site on Saturday and, in future, the executive director hopes they will have help revitalizing the greenhouses and gardens on the property. Their goal is to provide gardening opportunities for the community, as well as get more fresh produce for the Food Bank. “Of course, if we are doing that, that will be community driven as well. We’ll need students to help us farm and pick produce and all of that,” she said. They also hope to have a teaching kitchen to help clients with cooking skills and encourage people to come together
to cook as a group. It will also be a place for people to make marketable goods like jams and jellies. “The kitchen will be unique and special in that, not only will it serve us, that we can make a nice hot pot of nutritious soup for our volunteers and people coming there to get their box. There will be a lot of teaching elements and a lot of bringing the community together,” Crawford Thurber said. Renovating inside of the space will cost about $100,000. They are seeking as much volunteer help as possible to get the job done in a cost effective manner. For Food Bank access, it will depend on what side of the city clients come from. They serve the entire city, with fairly equal requirements on both sides of the river. “For example, people living in Marysville probably are happier, because they’ll be closer. People on the downtown south side, it will be further for them, so they may not be happy about the move,” she said. “To help with that issue, we have been over the last few years providing a mobile service where boxes are transferred to specific areas in the Fredericton area on specific dates. We’ll just expand that service.” The holidays are always a busy time for the Food Bank. Crawford Thurber said she doesn’t know if the new space will make the holidays easier in the future, but there will be more opportunities for healthier options.
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Don’t selfdiagnose insomnia
Happy Holidays from the Brunswickan
Séamus Smyth The Weal (Southern AB Institute of Tech) CALGARY (CUP) — Generation Y — the Facebook generation, the deeply indebted generation, the spoiled-rotten generation — loves to assume the worst. Students who can’t remain focused on a task for 10 minutes immediately jump to the conclusion that they suffer from attention deficit disorder. Those who prefer keeping their room tidy instead of roaming around in a boar’s nest of clothing and dishes say it’s due to an undiagnosed case of obsessivecompulsive disorder. The latest student prescription regards the inability to fall asleep. No, no, it couldn’t be an easy-to-remedy issue — it must be the most extreme case of sleep deprivation: insomnia. No matter how many herds of sheep these poor zombies count, they just can’t manage to fall victim to the Sandman. But is this really an unsolvable conundrum that most students can’t fix on their own? According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine website, the following can lead to major sleeping issues: a lack of exercise, too much caffeine, heavy smoking and using the television or computer before going to bed. In other words, pounding back six venti cinnamon dolce lattes during your regular school schedule and then firing off 15 text messages just before you attempt to doze off might not be the most soporific course to take. Same goes for smoking enough tar to repair an entire highway or beginning a Lost marathon at 11 p.m. on a school night. And when was the last time you broke a sweat that wasn’t stress related? Giving the body a brisk work-out can help the great sleep predicament. Although I am no sleep expert, I personally sleep every night like a three-year-old boy after a big day at the beach. So my advice would be to turn off all technological devices. Submit your attention to a good oldfashioned book. Allow your imagination to put in some last-minute work. Without channel-flipping, dialling, texting or sexting, your body can prepare for a few hours of doing absolutely nothing. If you can’t refrain from your coffee or cigarette fix, at least try to schedule the gorging a few hours before bed time. Hopefully this helps you finally get up on the right side of the bed and allows you to be thankful for being relatively disorder-free.
(Left to right) Liam Guitard, Bryannah James, Hilary Smith, Christopher Cameron, Bill Traer, Alex Kress, Sandy Chase and Kathleen MacDougall. Absent from photo: James Waters and Andrew Meade. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
All it takes is a few people to ruin a reputation The problem I have is that these people who do this think it’s hilarious and they could be the same people that break To the Point things and knock stuff over off campus. Christopher I’m sorry but grow up. Cameron UNB and STU students all fall under the “students” image for Frederictonians. What I mean by that is that when older Every weekend I seem to run into this people, that generally speaking are in a issue when driving my car around campus position of power, discuss something that in the college hill area, amongst other happened over the weekend surrounding areas of town. damage of any sort it is the “students” There are broken beer bottles on the that probably did that. road. It happened all the time when I This always makes me worry about worked for the City of Fredericton in my tires and if I’m going to end up with previous summers. Whenever we had a flat, but I just drive around them and to go fix something, sometimes workgo on with my day. ers referred to the person that probably It wasn’t until the liquor ban at Har- committed the act as “one of you folk” or rington that I really started to stop and something of the sort, basically students. think about some of the normal things We want to be taken seriously by sothat I see around Fredericton after a ciety one day by demonstrating against weekend of students drinking. fracking or high tuition, but the next You may wonder why I associate the we’re damaging property. two. Harrington did not break these I’m all for having a good time and I bottles. My point is that all it takes is a definitely do, but for those who want to few people to tarnish the reputation of a break bottles, set couches on fire, knock group of students. over mailboxes where letter carriers pick The house may have received a ban up the mail, or any other act of the sort, because of “several recent incidents in- it hurts the image of every student. volving safety and property damage” said I’ll take that one step further. It tends CBC in a story concerning the ban, but to be males that do these kinds of things. it was not everyone in the residence that It’s not always the case, but I’d put money was practicing this behaviour. Regardless, on it that most cases are males. I don’t all residents of Harrington now have the know if it’s about trying to “show off same image bestowed upon them. your strength” or to “be cool” or what it
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is, but again grow up. At the end of the day, when people drive by the mailbox that you pushed over the night before, you aren’t a hero for being so strong; you’re a douchebag because someone has to pick that back up in the middle of their work day. Is it getting you further ahead in life? Probably not. So just stop damaging things. I have one final point on this issue and how those people who commit these acts hurt other students. When talking with a friend of mine about someone who moved off campus, they mentioned “the landlord was strict.” I responded back that they were probably just looking to make sure that the building does not get ruined or run down from those students living there.
Correction to “Learning a new language and culture” as published Nov. 30, 2011 The Brunswickan regrets the error of “between 30 and 40 degrees farenheit”. The story should read “between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius”. The corrections have since been amended online at thebruns.ca. The Brunswickan apologizes for any embarrassment it may have caused.
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It all comes back to the perception people have of students and that we’re all just a bunch of partyers that get out of control and do stupid things. I’m sure that is why that landlord is so “strict.” He/she is just protecting his/her investment. Just like you protect you new MacBook or iPhone. How about we fix this problem and enjoy our alcohol, if in fact that is the main issue, without being irresponsible about it because in the end, it doesn’t help the individual committing the act or those that know how to respectful. Christopher Cameron is the Editorin-Chief of The Brunswickan and can be reached at email@example.com or in SUB room 35 throughout the work week.
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If the Acadian Lines lockout isn’t resolved before the end of the term, how are you getting home for christmas?
“I have a car.”
“I’ve got my own car.”
“My parents are coming to get me.”
“My parents will pick me up.”
“I’ve got two thumbs.”
“I’d imagine carpooling will be big.”
“My folks, but I don’t live far away.”
“I guess my parents are paying for a plane ticket.”
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brunswickanarts Performing Arts NB won’t see a new year firstname.lastname@example.org
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Saint John-based non-profit organization closes its doors Dec. 31
Performing Arts New Brunswick will close its doors Dec. 31 because of insufficient funding. Submitted Lee Thomas The Brunswickan New Year’s Eve: a time for celebration, for friendship, for potential. It’s a time for new beginnings. But for Performing Arts New Brunswick (PANB), it will be a time for sad endings. After nearly 33 years of operation, the
Saint John-based organization has been forced to close its doors after numerous funding cuts by the provincial government. PANB will officially cease operations on Dec. 31. Originally called the New Brunswick Arts Council, PANB is a non-profit organization that coordinates artists and venues to bring performing arts to New
Brunswickers across the province. Their PACS (Performing Arts Connection to Schools) program focuses on bringing Maritime performance artists to rural schools where students might not otherwise have the opportunity to view them. Unfortunately, because of the fiscal restraints of funding reductions over the past few years, the program was
discontinued nearly a year ago. “I think artists, schools and small communities will really miss the services that PANB provided,” said Kara Stonehouse, who was a member of the organization’s board of directors for several years. “I don’t believe there’s an organization available to fill that void at this point in time. It will be difficult to measure how it impacts kids in future, but it’s definitely going to be a long-term loss for the province.” She believes the upcoming closure of PANB may be indicative of a greater provincial dismissal of the importance of the arts, which Stonehouse said are “chronically under-supported in New Brunswick.” Stonehouse’s sentiments are shared by Paul Lenarczyk, a former president of the association who continues to serve on the board of directors. He has called the government’s decision to discontinue its funding “disappointing.” “It will deprive a lot of New Brunswickers, especially in the rural communities, from having a chance to experience performing arts of a professional level,” he said. “Young audiences especially will have far fewer opportunities to go see the performing arts, or to participate in them. There won’t be venues provided for artists from rural communities to perform, and there won’t be opportunities for audiences to view those performances.” The funding relocations came courtesy of the Department of Wellness, Culture, and Sport, whose operating grants were the main source of financial support for the volunteer-based service organization. About three years ago, Lenarczyk explained, the application process began to change. “Some of our programs were no longer fitting the criteria of the grant application,
so we re-evaluated and focused on operations that did meet the criteria . . . But our funding was cut by 20 per cent. Then by another 20 per cent of that amount the next year,” he said. “The cut this year brought us to a level that was unsustainable to operate under.” Trevor Holder, minister of the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, said this is not a case of cuts to government programming overall. He said the department sufficiently warned PANB to supplement its funding in case the annual grants decreased. He also said cuts have not been made elsewhere in the department. “This program was never designed to rely on this funding alone,” Holder said. “They’ve certainly been told that there are other things they can do to change their mandate to perhaps modernize things they could do.” Holder said the he didn’t receive any requests from PANB for a meeting, but he’d “be more than happy to meet with them.” Given the almost $10 billion debt of the provincial government, Lenarczyk said that such program budget reductions, though upsetting, may be inevitable. “It’s a time of fiscal restraint. It’s unfortunate, but the arts do end up suffering more, at least in terms of government funding.” However, despite his disappointment, Lenarczyk remains hopeful for the future of New Brunswick artists. “I’ve been involved in the arts for many years, and I know New Brunswick has a performing arts community equal to that of any province. I hope that the performing arts can continue to flourish despite the fact that our organization has to shut down.”
The little cupcake that could Haley Ryan Arts Reporter Think of your dream cupcake. It could involve decadent red-velvet with vanilla filling and fudge topping. Or maybe you’re more of a cookie-dough icing with soft white cake kind of person. Jonathan Ramirez is the wonderfully evil genius bringing your cupcake fantasies to life in Fredericton, and he only started baking a few years ago. Ramirez and his wife, Natalie, just opened Monkeycakes in October and business is already sweet. He had planned on sticking with a job at Home Depot for a year until the cupcake business got off the ground, but within two weeks Ramirez handed in his resignation because he was too busy with the shop. “It’s been incredible,” Ramirez said, and added that customer service has been vital to keeping the couple’s independent store afloat. “When you’re trying to grow a small business that’s not a national brand, you have to be here to the meet the people,” he said. “They want to know who’s behind it
and why is it special.” Originally from Orange County, California, Ramirez lived much of his adult life in San Francisco. One summer, while touring with a band as its bass player, Ramirez fell in love with the singer’s sister who was visiting them on the road. The girl later became his wife, Natalie, who is from Fredericton. “Next thing I knew I was smitten by a Canadian,” Ramirez laughed as his round, friendly face lit up. Although he misses some parts of big-city life, especially the abundance of restaurants, Ramirez said it’s easier to start out in a small place like Fredericton because people aren’t all about “the rat race.” “People seem here to be more interested in the quality of life, [rather] than how much I can get,” he said. Natalie is the artistic hand behind the fun decorations and swirls of icing on every cake the shop produces, while Ramirez handles baking. Ramirez was more of a BBQ master before the idea of a cupcake store came to him on a recent trip to New York, when he noticed a new shift away from sleek and sterile bakeries.
“There’s a lot of small, really boutique, really cool colours and vibes,” he said. “It’s still New York but it looks more homey inside, and I thought ‘that might work in Fredericton.’” The Monkeycakes store has a small but cheery spot in the plaza on the corner of Priestman and Regent, with walls the colour of faded denim and a glass case of sweets tempting Christmas shoppers to peer in from outside. Just last week, Ramirez started a series of seasonal cupcakes that began with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and have branched off into others like snowmen, the Grinch, and the Grinch’s trusty dog, Max. Adding a Max cupcake was actually a suggestion from someone who mentioned it on Twitter, and Ramirez said they use ideas from clients all the time. This is where your dream cupcake comes in. Individual (and fairly large) cupcakes are only $2.50, and you can check out photos of the featured cupcake of the day on the Monkeycakes Facebook page, which Ramirez updates regularly, or drop into the store and discuss design ideas with the owners.
The Capital of Last Class Bashes
Patrick McCullough The Brunswickan
Live music, drink specials and just hanging out are all the things students want to incorporate into our end-of-semester lives. The last things we feel like doing is shutting ourselves away to study for looming finals. So, after a long day of hitting the books, why not hit The Capital? The Last Class Bash (LCB) at The
Capital offers students the opportunity to relax and have a good time before the real studying begins. The festivities begin Dec. 8 and will continue to Dec. 10. The Capital hosts LCB activities twice a year and usually expects a good-sized crowd. Over the last few years, though, the crowds have varied, according to Zach Atkinson, booking agent. “We want to offer something that the university students can get behind, but
that the public can get involved as well,” Atkinson said. The Capital’s regular focus on live music throughout the week may give them an advantage over other LCB activities going on. “We’re not going to tell people to pick The Capital over anybody else, but we have a great clientele and a great group of friends there every week,” Atkinson said. He said they love getting introduced
Jonathan Ramirez and his wife run the new cupcake boutique uptown. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan
to new audiences to show them what they have to offer, though he believes most people already know. They have several bands and solo artists intending to perform at The Capital and Wilser’s Room for LCB and a rotation of DJs playing music upstairs in the Phoenix. Other events such as the monthly Major Rager will carry on as usual. Some of the bands playing at the Capital include local bands like the Midnight
Ramblers and The Love Triggers, who play Thursday. On Friday, solo performances can also be expected from Chad Hatcher, Jeremy McLaughlin of Oh No, Theodore, and Steven Lewis. On Saturday, bands from P.E.I. such as The Meds and Racoon Bandit will take the stage. Drink specials can also be expected at The Capital next week during the LCB.
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Heavenly winds at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Haley Ryan Arts Reporter Emily Carr would have turned 140 this year, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is celebrating with a movie night. Next Tuesday, a documentary on Carr’s life, Winds of Heaven, will be shown at the gallery free of charge. Adda Mihailescu, manager of public programs for the Beaverbrook, said the famous Canadian artist and writer is an important figure not only for art, but also for social movements of our country. Carr was a contemporary of the famous Group of Seven painters, whose art spread across the country in the first half of the 20th century. Their impressionistic pieces of rugged mountains and forests, all using brilliant colours, were proclaimed uniquely Canadian and the government came to use this art to define nationality. Originally from B.C., Carr differed somewhat in her art and practices from the Group of Seven. She made connections in the First Nations communities in her home province, which helped her access the totem poles she became known for portraying on canvas. “There’s the fact people continue to make movies about her, and are fascinated with her creative outlook,” Mihailescu said. “She died in 1945 and yet there’s still interest.” Michael Ostroff, director of Winds of Heaven, was never a particularly big fan of Carr’s artwork, but says after making the film he has a new appreciation for her life and work. He researched Carr for five years and said he got to know her character very well. It was the personal aspects of her life that he
Winds of Heaven, a documentary about Emily Carr, will be shown at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in celebration of Emily Carr’s 140th birthday. Submitted. found so interesting, Ostroff said. “It doesn’t take long to think of the caricature,” Ostroff said in a phone interview from his home in Ottawa, “but I wanted to show the more complex woman, and the sacrifices she made in her personal life.” Ostroff discovered she had once turned a suitor down who had travelled hundreds of
miles to propose to her, because she knew if she accepted a comfortable and traditional lifestyle, she wouldn’t have had the time and energy to pursue her art. The documentary also focuses on Carr’s relationship with Aboriginal people, and how she was caught up in the middle of the Canadian government’s attempts to
The great disappearing act Hilary’s spinach and artichoke dip The Garlic Press with Alex Kress
Got a holiday potluck approaching and want to be the one who made the dish everyone praises you relentlessly for? This spinach and artichoke dip is failsafe, tried and true. Hilary, our news editor, has made this dip a couple of times this semester for get-togethers, and it’s always gone in about five minutes. And by gone, I mean there are literally no traces of it left on the casserole dish apart from the bits that are mercilessly baked on. This is also a fabulous, although unhealthy, comfort food and study snack to indulge your stress. Friends don’t let friends gorge alone! I need to stop doing this. But honestly, it’s a great one to have in your back pocket as the frigid holiday season approaches because it’s sure to warm your insides (mostly because people can’t seem to wait until it’s cooled for even a minute to start attacking it).
assimilate them. Her paintings of totem poles and other aspects of First Nations culture were widely distributed by the government, and she essentially became its poster girl, at the same time hypocritical bills were being passed against Aboriginals. The film is more directed towards emo-
Keeping it casual: Hooking-up, friends-withbenefits and booty calls The New Position Sarah Vennier
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tion and social history, Ostroff said, than a scholarly art history background, so the average person will enjoy it. Winds of Heaven is being shown on the main floor of the gallery at noon on Dec.13, and coffee will be provided. If you’re seeing the movie you don’t need to pay admission, and can bring a lunch if you like.
Last week Alanah Duffy wrote a great piece for the Bruns on the downsides of casual sex and hooking up. There can definitely be some cons when you have sex outside of a relationship, but I want to take a minute to talk about one of the reasons we shouldn’t be so freaked out about the idea of casual sex. Alanah pointed out that people are less likely to date if they think they can get sex without any of the complications of a relationship. While there might be some truth to this, I think there is some kind of freedom in being less eager to date. If it is possible to have sex outside of a relationship, it means that you can wait until you actually find someone you want to date before settling down. One might ask, “why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?” But craving milk is not a good reason to invest in a cow and take it home to meet your parents. Jocelyn Wentland, a sex researcher doing her Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa, has been studying casual sex for the last several years. She points out that it’s silly for us to expect people to only have sex in relationships. Most of us start having sex in our late teens and don’t settle down (e.g., get married, live together, etc.) until our late 20s. That’s a whole decade of our lives where there are likely chunks of time where we’re not dating anyone. Sex, like milk, does the body good (and is good for bones? Okay, that’s the end of the bad bovine metaphor…), so why should we only be able to enjoy it when we’re in a relationship? Casual sex is definitely common.
About half of college students say they have had sex outside of a relationship. But does this mean we’re all a bunch of sluts who can’t be bothered to form meaningful relationships with other people? Absolutely not! The increase in casual sex culture isn’t a sign of a moral decline; it’s a sign we’re willing to stand up and define our sex lives and our relationships on our own terms. Sex and relationships are complicated and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to doing things. The willingness to step outside the box and forget about what sex or relationships are “supposed” to look like, and to change the rules to work for us as individuals, gets us one step closer to being happier, more satisfied and sexually confident people. Young people have a pretty clear understanding of the different types of sexual relationships that are possible. In one of Wentland’s most recent studies, she asked people to define terms like one-night-stand, booty-call, fuck-buddy, and friends-with-benefits. She found that people were pretty consistent in their definitions. This means that we all have a pretty similar idea of the difference between a one-night stand (a stranger, no future contact), booty-call (acquaintance, no cuddling, no obligations), fuck-buddy (repeat booty-call, okay to hang out socially), and a friend-with-benefits (friend you decide to have sex with, can hang out without having sex). The fact that people are able to agree on these definitions suggests that we are starting to share a new understanding of what different types of relationships can look like. I am a big advocate of sex in the context of a loving, committed, caring, romantic relationship, but until you meet that special person, why not have your cake and eat it too?
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Cloudburst: Thoughts on the film and a reflection on (the absence of) queer culture in Fredericton Shaun Bartone Special to The Brunswickan Note: This was originally published on the Fredericton Queery blog on Nov. 20, 2011 at www.frederictonqueery. wordpress.com Cloudburst surprised me with a clap of thunder and downpour of queer and oppositional theatre at Fredericton’s Silver Wave Film Festival in October. The premise of the film, two old dykes from Maine who go to Lunenberg, N.S., to get married, read like a quaint tea rose-covered greeting card touting gay marriage and the Maritime bed & breakfast industry. Boy was I wrong. Talk about qulture shock. Olympia Dukakis’ incendiary “Stella” exploded on the screen like a roadside bomb. Stella is an “old school” bulldagger who can blast a rapid-fire spray of rage, foul language and sexually explicit remarks with the slightest tug on a hair trigger. But Stella’s an exaggeration, of course, a mythical stereotype, an overblown caricature dreamed up for stage and screen. Right? Well, not in my book. Where I come from, Stella is not a caricature or an exaggeration: Stella is your typical bulldagger. But then there’s nothing typical about us bulldaggers–we’re an unusual breed to begin with. I say ‘we’ because I’ve been labeled a bulldagger and even labeled myself that for some time– back in the way queer 90s. I haven’t met any bulldaggers in Atlantic Canada since I’ve been here for the last three years. It’s a rare species of lesbian that seems to be missing here in Canada, except in Thom Fitzgerald’s imaginative world (Canadian author of the original stage play and film script for Cloudburst.) You see, Stella is from Maine, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s no accident that Stella is an American Bulldagger. But back where I come from, Northampton, Massachusetts, a.k.a. “Lesbianville,” American Bulldaggers are real women, and they look and act an awful lot like Stella. As I watched Stella wreak havoc on the big screen, the first thing that hit me was “Oh my god, this feels so good. Finally, a dyke I can identify with.” That outrageous swagger and militant desire to upend every social convention impinging on queer females is what’s missing from the lesbian scene here in Fredericton. If you met the dykes I knew in Northampton, they were every bit as full of piss and vinegar as Stella was.
What’s more, the whole gay community in the U.S. is militant, by comparison, to the quiescent community in Canada. Everybody was always on edge, always challenging everything in mainstream, heteronormative culture. Now of course that can go too far, and in the U.S., it usually does. But here in Canada, they don’t seem to have the American flair–or the stomach–for queer militancy. I missed that queer culture so badly, I almost cried seeing it embodied in the flesh of Olympia Dukakis’ “Stella.” But after the film was over, another piece of the qultural puzzle snapped into place. What I have experienced in Fredericton’s gay scene for the last three years is nothing less than culture shock, the clinical kind that you can diagnose. Stella’s outrageousness and militancy was part of my psychic world as a queer, and to be stuck in a gay culture where that element was missing has been disturbing and disorienting. In fact, it seems that the gay community here makes every effort to repress and erase any queer militancy, flamboyance and outrageousness one might be inclined to express. NOT ALLOWED, no sir, because expressing that kind of rage, militancy, and in-your-face uppity queerness would disturb the tacit agreement that gays and lesbians in Fredericton have made with the straight world. I call it the Canadian Contract of Closetedness. Gays and lesbians in Canada will be polite, quiet, “normal” and virtually invisible, for which, in return, they get to: 1.) exist, 2.) hold a job, 3.) go grocery shopping at Sobey’s without running into trouble with the het-police. Only as a newcomer, you don’t realize that this silent agreement is in effect until you unwittingly violate it. In comes moi, the militant gender queer cum American Bulldagger who never got the memo. Sorry, they don’t hand it out to you at the border with your IMM 1000 Certificate of Landing. But let me tell ya’ folks, I got the memo now. And what put that obscure piece of the puzzle into place was that damn film, Cloudburst. It reminded me once again how critical queer culture is for us queers, not just as an art form, but also as a means of psychic survival; the film wasn’t just entertaining, it was liberating and redeeming. It said in big, bold Stella terms: “Hold your head up as a proud bulldagger. And fuck ‘em all if they don’t like it.”
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When online radio programming came on the scene, it looked as though traditional radio might be facing a death sentence. Why would anyone choose to listen to anything they didn’t want to if they had the infinite freedom to choose only content that interested them? National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States has proven its ability to appeal to an audience during ever-changing times. On Nov. 14, NPR launched its Infinite Player, an application that acts like a regular, simple radio – if you never turned it off, it would play forever. There are only a couple of distinguishing features on the minimalistic player, but they recognize that Internet-savvy listeners don’t want to part with the major features of user-friendly Internet radio. There’s a rewind button that skips back only 30 seconds, and a skip button that allows listeners to jump to the next news segment. It’s an endless stream of segments ranging from stories under different categories, like “The Deep-Sea Find That Changed Biology” under Animals, to the “St. Vincent In Concert” from the lovely NPR concert archives under the category of Music. During the listening process, users can click the “thumbs up” button if they hear a type of story they like and want to hear more of, or they can click the “thumbs down” button if they would like to hear less science stories, for example. But honestly, at least in my opinion, NPR has a talent for adding the right context to any story to make it interesting
NPR’s Infinite Player allows online listeners to throw back to old fashioned, neverending radio. S.cindric / Flickr CC and relevant. in recent years and we’re all happy to acWhile this design is brilliant because it cept a personalized influx of information caters to listeners’ desire for customized that caters to our individual interests. The programming, it does raise a concern for advantage of this is the elimination of me; by listening to a constant stream of content we just don’t have time for during what we like, are we missing out on other a busy workweek – sometimes there really valuable information that we might not aren’t enough hours. otherwise find? As Andrew Phelps said on the Neiman That’s something I’ve always loved Journalism Lab website, “it’s like Pandora about public radio. It’s an intimate for public radio . . .” but instead of an intuimedium that exposes people to ideas tive online music programmer, the NPR and stories they might not have heard if Infinite Player channels some of the best they hadn’t been listening while driving stories in American public radio based on to work one morning, or hadn’t noticed the listener’s taste. while folding laundry one lazy Sunday With that said, I’m all for it. We may not afternoon. ever be able to return to the golden age of But I, like anyone else who appreciates radio, but this is at least a step in the right technology at least to some extent, must direction to paying homage to those days accept some leaking in of change. Niche when radio was infinite and you had to sit culture has become much more developed and hear it out.
Holiday movie preview Your guide to Yuletide movies
See it or Skip it? Thorstan Gerlach gives us the heads up on holiday releases. Submitted Thorstan Gerlach The Link (BC Institute of Technology) BURNABY, B.C. (CUP) — With award season just around the corner, it’s time to preview some of December’s most anticipated films. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — Dec. 9 Oscar may just be calling to Gary Oldman for his performance as George Smiley, a disgraced British spy who is hired in secret by his government which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets. The film is based on John Le Carre’s Cold War novel of the same name and like the book, expect a thrilling ride. See it. New Year’s Eve — Dec. 9 New Year’s Eve in New York City can be quite exciting but don’t count on it in director Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve, a film that reunites Marshall and writer Katherine Fugate, who collaborated in last year’s Valentine’s Day. In this ensemble romantic-comedy of intertwining stories of love, heartbreak and second chances, expect the usual schmaltz and a bevy of
A-listers. IfValentine’s Day was an indication of anything, it’s that a score of Alisters doesn’t make a movie good.Skip it. The Sitter — Dec.9 What happens when three horrible children are placed in the care of the world’s most irresponsible babysitter? Hilarity, of course! Jonah Hill stars as the titular sitter who, after a phone call from a hot and horny girl across town, takes the three children on a wild adventure across New York City. Expect a few shallow laughs but not a great movie. David Gordon Green directs. Skip it. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol — Dec.16 When the Impossible Missions Force is shut down after being implicated in bombing the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his new team of badasses go undercover to clear the organization’s name. Ghost Protocol is the fourth film in the Mission: Impossible series and it will be interesting to see how the makers of this film bring new life to the franchise. However, with J.J. Abrams writing and Brad Bird directing — and a solid cast to boot —Ghost Protocol sounds very promising. See it. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows — Dec. 16 Robert Downey Jr. is back as Sherlock Holmes as he attempts to catch the nefarious criminal mastermind, Dr. Moriarty — a man who may just be Holmes’ toughest case yet. The toughest case for audiences, however, will be sitting through another confusing and hapless Guy Ritchie film. Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, who played Lisabeth Salander in the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, costar. Skip it. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — Dec. 21 The first installment of Columbia Pictures’ movie adaptation of Steig Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (the first book alone has sold 50 million copies worldwide) will be the biggest movie of the year. Directed by David Fincher, the director responsible for last year’s masterful The Social Network,
this American adaptation is sure to make everyone forget about the Swedish movies and propel Rooney Mara — who plays heroine Lisabeth Salander — to stardom. Daniel Craig and Christopher Plummer star. See it. The Adventures of Tintin — Dec. 21 Already a huge hit in Europe, where the film premiered in October, this is Steven Spielberg’s take on Herge’s beloved tale of a young intrepid reporter whose pursuit of a good story lands him on a wild adventure. Tintin is sure to be a huge hit across the pond as well. Jamie Bell stars as Tintin and Daniel Craig co-stars as the treacherous Red Rackham. See it. We Bought a Zoo — Dec. 23 Matt Damon plays a father who moves his young family to the California countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. This marks Cameron Crowe’s first picture since 2005’s Elizabethtown and, like that film, expect much of the same disappointment. Scarlett Johansson costars. Skip it War Horse — Dec. 25 Oscar is sure to be calling on Steven Spielberg for his story of a young man named Albert and his horse, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Spielberg’s exploration into the friendship between a young man and is horse is sure to be a powerful one. See it. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — Dec. 25 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tells the story of a young boy on an impossible journey. After his father (Tom Hanks) is killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a 9-year-old boy searches the streets of New York for the lock that matches the mysterious key left by his father. Though the film sounds promising — a stellar cast with the excellent Stephen Daldry directing — the film will have to try hard in avoiding the clichés that usually bring down a movie which promises too much. See it, but don’t be surprised if the film does not deliver.
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Sometimes we forget. We all have the Right to Play
Bronté James The Brunswickan With the right to freedom of speech, the right to practice religion and the right to freedom of expression, how many people are forgetting that everyone has the Right to Play? Melissa Foster from the Varsity Reds women’s basketball team and Heather Ambery from women’s soccer are Kinesiology students at the University of New Brunswick. They believe all children have the right to participate in sports and decided to take action. “I find a lot of kids in Canada don’t realize how fortunate they are to have the opportunity to play, and a lot of us are guilty for taking it for granted,” Ambery said, “So we’re showing them that every child in the world doesn’t have that opportunity.” Greeted with a “shoe check” at the soccer home openers at the beginning of the year, fans and coaches alike showed their support for Right to Play by going shoeless. “Basically, coaches across the country coached that day without wearing any shoes. So that was our first big fundraiser,” Foster said. Going Shoeless was just the beginning for the campaign to create opportunities for children around the world. A flag football event was also held to raise money for Right to Play, where houses on campus participated in a flag football tournament to show their support for underprivileged children who do not have the opportunity to participate in sports. “Recently, we partnered up with other organizations on campus, such as Center for Property Studies, to raise awareness through different events,” Foster said. “We did the Children of Awareness Week, where we hosted a play day titled ‘Random Acts of Play.’”
Melissa Foster and Heather Ambery talked with the Brunswickan to discuss why everyone has a Right to Play. Bronté James / The Brunswickan The University of New Brunswick, particularly the Kinesiology faculty, have been involved since the beginning. Through promoting events, discussing the program in class and purchasing the Right to Play UNB attire, they are doing the best they can to support the program. “Our big focus for second semester is going to be Play Day. We want to go into middle schools around the community
and run games with kids, teach them about Right to Play, and raise awareness,” Foster said. Many people, especially ones in Western countries, are unaware of the situations happening in other countries. Children living in Atria, Foster said, do not have something as simple as a soccer ball to kick around. They are playing soccer with a long-sleeved t-shirt wrapped up into a ball.
“When you hear stories about that it makes a big impact, and makes you realize how fortunate you are,” Foster said. CIS and Right to Play Canada are working together to create a place where all children have the ability to participate in sports. Through fundraising and awareness campaigns, particularly through sports teams themselves, they have already begun to create a change in the way people think.
“For me just realizing, this is kind of a cliché, but the power of sport has been huge because, if you think about, if I wasn’t involved in sport I would be a completely different person,” Ambery said. “I think, just realizing how powerful it is, it teaches you life lessons and it has been really amazing.”
What Santa has in his sack: What some NHL’ers will get for X-Mas Sean O’Neill An Opinion With this being the last issue before the Christmas break, I have a bombshell to drop. I have officially obtained a list -- which I’ve checked twice -- of what Santa Claus will be packing in his sack and giving to people in the hockey world on Dec. 25. Most don’t want to know what they get from Ho Ho until they see it under the tree. But in the spirit of Boxing Day specials and long return lines, we’ve decided to publish the presents. First, for Kevin Lowe and Brian Burke, a set of boxing gloves and trunks so the two can duke it out like they had planned. Even though Burke claimed to The Score that Gary Bettman caught wind of the idea of the two settling their feud over -- of all people -- Dustin Penner and would have suspended both, Santa is providing the tools for both GM’s so they can fight and break all pay-per-view records in Canada. Santa’s next stop is Washington. When he visits the Ovechkin residence he has a movie for him. No, not From Russia W it h L ove. T he
not-so-great eight is getting The Wizard of Oz because Ovi bares a strong resemblance to the Tin Man. Both have no heart. Santa will do his best Robin Hood impersonation next, but instead he’ll give to the rich while stealing from the poor. The itinerary says he’ll fly to Calgary, steal Jarome Iginla while he’s sleeping, stuff his 6’1, 215 lb. frame into his bag and fly to Pittsburgh and leave him under Sidney Crosby’s tree. If Sid is still living at Uncle Mario’s house, he can kill two birds with one stone. If the Blue Jackets continue to embarrass the game of hockey and state of Ohio by next December, R ick Nash will get the same treatment. Just so Flames fans don’t feel left out, Santa will give them the first lump of coal on his travels. When you have the best winger of his generation in your city and the best you can provide for him for teammates are Daymond Langkow, Olli Jokinen, Craig Conroy and Matt Stajan, it’s well deserved. W h i le watchi ng t he
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Atlanta Thrashers during its tenure may have felt like getting a lump of coal every game, the devoted followers of this franchise are blue this Christmas without their mediocre team in town. So Sa nta is giv ing a l l 21 Thrashers fans a Blu-Ray DVD, 11 Years of Irrelevance: The History of the Atlanta Thrashers. (Santa will be in Phoenix next year to do the same thing, Coyotes fans.) With HBO’s brilliant 24/7 series shooting the Rangers and Flyers this year, the world will hopefully see prickly New York coach John Tortorella drop as much French as former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau did in 2010. But the other coach in the show -- Philly’s Peter Laviolette -- has as much charisma and personality as a jar of peanut butter. While Boudreau is unavailable to return to Home Box Office after getting hired by Anaheim (lump of coal for you,
GM Bob Murray), Santa’s gift to viewers is kidnapping Laviolette and bringing him to the North Pole so we don’t have to be subjected to any rubbish from him. After the Winter Classic, he can go home. Finally, at said Winter Classic, Santa brings snowy weather to Philadelphia so the players don’t have to play on a slightly harder version of water
like in Pittsburgh last year. We all remember what happened that night, and who knows how the course of history would change if the weather cooperated and playing conditions were better. Sorry, Leafs fans, Santa didn’t bring you that playoff spot that you have been waiting for since 2004. (And for those hoping for the Stanley Cup under the tree: puhleeze.) That’s something you actually have to earn on your own. But you’ve been much better boys this year so perhaps your wish will come true in April. That’s all from Santa for 2011. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
14 • Dec. 7, 2011 • Issue 14 • Volume 145
UNB doesn’t renew coach Cameron’s contract
K. Bryannah James Sports Editor
After nine years as the head coach of the UNB women’s soccer team, Andy Cameron will not be returning next season. “We’ve decided to go in a new direction, and decided that we needed new leadership there,” said UNB athletics director, John Richard. “We constantly evaluate, and we thank Andy for his nine years and just felt that the program needed some new energy.” Richard said that it’s nothing coach Cameron had done, or didn’t do, but the team itself needs to head into a new direction for the upcoming year. Cameron’s contract was up for renewal this year, and after deliberations, wasn’t renewed. “We wouldn’t be in a position to advertise right away; we need to really step back and evaluate what we’re looking for,” Richard said. For the remainder of the year, assistant coach Joe Crossland will take over as the intermediate head coach, while the team begins looking for a new head coach. “Joe is a long time assistant coach and former player here and is one of the current assistants,” Richard said. Crossland, a local schoolteacher and former UNB soccer player, will be splitting his time between teaching and helping to fill the position while UNB begins looking for a new coach. “The next few months [will] allow us to really evaluate what’s going on and what we
want to do with that position before we open it up for a permanent coach.” UNB is looking to keep things internally and in transition, Richard said. “That’s what I told the student athletes when I met with them, that we would put something in place as soon as we could to kind of get us through the next few months,” Richard said. “And that will also allow our team to keep functioning in the off season, but also to really evaluate what we’re really looking for.” According to Richard, multiple steps will be taken in order to secure the best direction and coach for the team, next season. “That’s why we’re really pushing to find a short-term solution and get a short-term solution approved,” Richard said. “So it does give us a time to really evaluate and get the buy-in from the stakeholders, and get the buy-in from our student athletes and find out what the best case scenario is before we open it up for competition.”
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Let’s keep that holiday weight off Tova Payne The Brunswickan l’d give you the secret for how to eat whatever you want in whatever quantity you want over the holidays and not gain a pound. But the truth is, there is no such secret. Countless magazine covers will tell you to “eat what you want and not gain a pound,” but the moment you read the article they will tell you exactly what not to eat. Advertisements will boast how their herbal pill will absorb excess sugar and fat, or keep you full for longer, but being full has nothing to do with gaining weight over the holidays. If fullness was all there was to it, we wouldn’t need a magazine or product luring us into their secrets. Our bodies are extremely intelligent and through a combination of physiological neural-hormonal mechanisms, our digestive systems communicate with our brains to let us know when enough is enough. The problem is our perception of fullness, not listening to our body. Let’s begin with the concept of “perception of fullness.” Our bodies can be trusted to let us know when we are full, but it takes our brains 20 minutes to feel full. So, if you slow down your eating, not only will you be able to taste and enjoy your food more, and break down you food better, but your body will register that it is full. The more you chew your food, the more you help your body absorb all
the vitamins, minerals and nutrients the food has to offer. So the first message is: chew your food, and slow it down, so that you brain has a chance to clue into what’s happening. Secondly, the quality of your food will also play a big role in how you perceive fullness. When you eat empty processed foods, your body is still searching for the nutrients it needs to build and repair itself. ThiWs is why eating whole natural foods, basically homemade food, is much better for your body than anything that comes pre-made in a box, can or bag. When you eat wholesome natural foods, your body is able to receive the nutrients it needs. Lastly, there is your perception of what it means to be full. You probably know what hungry is – you may feel shaky, weak or hear your stomach growl. On the other end of the scale there’s extreme fullness, where you feel uncomfortable. But this feeling actually isn’t healthy or helpful for your digestive system. When you overeat, you overburden your digestive system, and food will often wait or “sit on top,” waiting to make its way down through the digestive system. So if you think of a scale from 0-10 where zero is shaky/growling stomach and 10 is bursting full, a healthy place to stop is a six or seven. Also, it’s a healthy idea to stop eating at least two-to-three hours before bed, and to have 12 hours between the last meal of the night and the
next day. Your body needs this time to clear out and detoxify. So the secret for the holidays is slowing down as you eat and listening to your body. This is probably where the real challenge lies. No magazine or pill can fix or help your ability to listen consciously to what your body is telling you – only you have that power. With that being said, a few last tidbits that may help: watch your alcohol intake as alcohol certainly loosens inhibitions and perceptions in general, including your perception of fullness. You can try watering down your drinks with club soda or water or simply drinking less. Watch out for creamy drinks, as they tend to be loaded with fat and sugar. Take what you want, moderate your portion size, enjoy your food, and then practice listening to your signs of fullness. Also take the opportunity, with your time off, to go outside and play. Whether that means walking, skiing, taking a yoga class, or going to the gym, don’t stop exercising just because it’s the holidays. Your body needs daily movement, even if it’s not as intense as your regular routine. Make sure you keep moving, even if it is a lower intensity workout. Finally, if you go overboard one day, your body will usually balance out by making you feel less hungry the next day. The moment you start to tune in and listen to your body’s signals, you will be right back on track to your healthy weight.
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Julio Fernandez: For love of the game
Jennifer Bishop The Brunswickan At the age of four, he started playing baseball, like everyone else from Venezuela. “Then I started playing volleyball in high school, just for fun, and I really liked it,” said Julio Fernandez. “I started going for practice with a provincial team and I just kept going every day and I fell in love with this sport.” Fernandez is a third-year outside hitter for the UNB Varsity Reds men’s volleyball team. After playing 11 years of provincial volleyball, he decided to leave his home and come to Canada to live his dream of playing volleyball. “I was playing with my provincial team, I was going to university and I said ‘well, I think this is the time to take this to a different level, so why not just go to a different country and try to do a different thing?’” But it wasn’t as easy as that. After choosing a university, he had complications getting approved for a visa. He didn’t make it to Brandon University in Winnipeg early enough to take the mandatory English course he needed because he didn’t speak any English. Determined to reach his goal, improve his game and play volleyball in a different country, Fernandez sent videos to UNB head volleyball coach, Dan McMorran. After watching the videos, Fernandez said McMorran told him he could come try playing for his team. “When I finally got my visa – it was actually really quick – I got my visa one day, two days after I bought my ticket, and I came here to try it. I was really happy that I chose UNB.” Dedication and determination got Fernandez through the beginning of his time at UNB. The level of play wasn’t the only different thing about playing for an Atlantic University Sport team. Learning the language was the biggest challenge. “I went to my first practice and the coach was talking and explaining the exercises and
Reds pull it together in OT FROM HOCKEY PAGE 1 ent third period. “There’s confidence that you can say okay, being down and going into the third period you have ammunition that the offence can come back,” said UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall. The Tommies came out fighting early in the third and 4:37 into the frame Randy Cameron scored STU’s second goal of the night with assists from Mike Reich and Sanza, tying the Varsity Reds 2-2. Both teams continued to go shotfor-shot until the last few seconds of play, where if not for V-Red veteran goalie Travis Fullerton, UNB could have seen its first Battle of the Hill loss in 29 games. “He’s a proven winner,” MacDougall said, referring to Fullerton’s save in the last 20 seconds of play. “With 20 seconds left, Fullerton made that huge save,” Stamler said. “He saved the game.” As the clock ticked its way down to the last second, the Reds were faced with an overtime battle against the Tommies. Stamler would score his second goal of the game 1:54 into overtime from the top of the faceoff circle with assists from Matt Fillier and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers to win the game 3-2. “When we got our backs to the wall we found a way to stay from falling off the cliff,” MacDougall said, “and found a way to win it in overtime.”
Julio Fernandez sees the UNB men’s volleyball team as his family, as they grew together both on and off the court. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan I was like ‘what the heck is going on?,’” he said. “I had no idea.” At first his inability - later his difficulty with speaking English helped to bring the team together. The team made sure he felt at home offering to help with anything he needed. Many times they even helped with homework. “Sometimes I say stuff that doesn’t make sense and they say ‘woah, what are you saying,’ and then I have to repeat it,” he said. “But now we just make fun of everything that I say and how I acted before and
we always remember the first day when I was here and we just laugh about it.” The first season Fernandez came to UNB, he only started playing in January. He used that time to improve his skills and they carried over to his second year. Toward the end of the season, he started to play a lot better. He and Jacob Kilpatrick became a powerhouse. Not only were they friends on the court, but off as well. Fernandez said that the whole team has become his family now. He and Kilpatrick were major players last year, as they played a large part in the success of
the team during the AUS championships. “Jake was the first one who went to pick me up from the airport. Every time you need him, he was there for anything,” he said. After a rough start to the season, Fernandez says that he’s ready for the second half. He feels confident in himself and the team that they can pull things together. “Now is when the second part comes, there’s another half and I’m pretty excited for it. That’s the time when we have to play or play because we don’t have any other choice.” Fernandez didn’t give up when he real-
ized how much work coming to university in Canada would be. That’s why he still has big dreams. With one year left of his degree, Fernandez is starting to think about the future. “I think I’m going to try to play one year and live the experience,” he said. “I think I’m going to try to do that – stay in shape, grow up as a player and maybe if I get better, I’m definitely going to try that.” Like he once did with volleyball, Fernandez has fallen in love with Canada and says when he’s finished playing volleyball, he’d like to live and work here.
Aaron O’Brien doesn’t regret coming to UNB Heather Uhl Staff Reporter The UNB V-Reds men’s basketball team is full of new faces this year, adding six new players to the bench for the season. One of those new faces is Aaron O’Brien, a rookie from Pasadena, Newfoundland. Playing centre position, O’Brien wears the number 21. O’Brien has been playing basketball since he was in grade three. “When I was a kid my dad started coaching a team in elementary school. With my height it was something I excelled at. I didn’t have much coordination.” “Basically it was just something that I enjoyed doing and keeping active.” In high school, basketball turned from something O’Brien simply enjoyed to much more. “Then, in grade 10, our basketball team became successful and my passion really started. Since then I’ve been living and breathing it.” Born in Labrador City, O’Brien has lived in Pasadena for the last nine years and was originally looking at attending Memorial University or Dalhousie University. Fortunately for UNB, Varsity Reds coach Brent Baker called O’Brien last year and O’Brien flew down to take a look. “I fell in love with the campus,” O’Brien said. “Brent Baker was probably one of the funniest people I have ever met and, as well, he is a great guy and great coach.” “You walk into this building (Currie Center) it’s a brand new atmosphere. It’s just a new experience, a new adventure.” O’Brien is a first-year engineering
student, with a focus on renewable energy, and a rookie to AUS games. After completing his engineering degree, O’Brien hopes to study for a master’s degree. The biggest difference between high school basketball and AUS basketball is intensity, according to O’Brien. “There’s not one time where you’re just walking up the court. It’s not like that. You’re always trying to see what’s going on, trying to keep up, trying to get the ball.” Adjusting to this new level of play is taking time, but O’Brien can see improvement in his play. The team dynamics and skills for the Varsity Reds are also going well, O’Brien said. “The more games we play, the more we practice, so the more we come together (as a team). I really think that the best is yet to come.” O’Brien practices with the V-reds six days a week, with each training session running nearly two hours, a sharp contrast to the three training days a week in high school. “Probably my most nervous game was the first game I played against Memorial, because that’s my hometown,” O’Brien said. “My first game I was more nervous, but my second game was better. I didn’t do so excellent, but that’s what being a rookie is about.” There were no clashes of loyalties for the Newfoundlander on the court, despite the familiarity with the Memorial Sea-Hawks coach Peter Benoite. “My best game of the season so far has been against Cape Breton, so I’d definitely like to try that game again,” O’Brien said. “As a team, it wasn’t our best game
O’Brien first saw basketball as something he was good at, which quickly developed into a love for the game. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan of the season. Every game is a learning experience for us, since we have so many new players. I would like to tackle CBU again.” The UNB Varsity Reds next game will be in Montreal for the Citadins Classic tournament. The next AUS game will be on Jan. 6 in Antigonish
against the StFX X-Men. UNB ranks fifth in AUS standings. O’Brien stands at a solid 6’9 at 18-years-old and has taken well to UNB. “Now that I’m here, I know I made the right choice. I love the city of Fredericton.”