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The Independent Student Newspaper of UNB Saint John

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 / issue 12, vol 9


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

a better UNB Saint John. A university that students get excited about applying to and studying at, and at the end of their academic career to be able to look back and say I will remember those experiences as some of the best days of my life. If we are a stronger and prouder school our voice gets louder, we speak together and we effect more change.

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Brad Trecartin

Running for: SRC President Current academic program and year: BBA 4th year Years spent on SRC in what position: 1st year liaison 2008/2009, Business Rep 2011/2012 Other UNBSJ activities: I was the founding president of the UNB SVU (Student Volunteer Unit), helped organize an entry for UNB Saint John in the Santa Claus Parade (2009 & 2011), BBA Co-op Student, and participant in the Student Abroad Program Winter 2011. Why are you running for the SRC President position? I have always had a true passion for Student Government and the role it plays in the education system, and I believe the SRC plays a large and important role in the overall student life. UNB Saint John is more than just a school to me - it’s an experience. As I come to the end of my degree I feel that I have the skills and the experience to do a great job with this position. What do you believe your strengths are that will improve the SRC office? One of my main strengths is communication, which I think is very important for an effective team. I am an energetic and enthusiastic person, which I think will help encourage council and keep things upbeat and positive throughout the year. I feel I have the skills and drive to lead council to be a more present, active and motivated student government. What do you think your weaknesses are? Keeping organized has always been a pain in my side, and it pops up little challenges now and

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again. However if I stay on task, and write things down in my agenda and prioritize I can save myself some stress! What are you looking to accomplish over the year in office? I want to see a team that works hard. That accomplishes the tasks we set out to accomplish and at the end of the year can be proud that we built a better student experience. My role in this will be to encourage my team to embark on ideas that are out of the box and run with them. To think about what issues we’ve experienced as students and how we can improve on those. I will meet with the right people to make sure that our priorities make a change and have a positive impact on the student experience. Building a better student experience is the broader goal that I would like to achieve and once I am able to meet with my team this summer, we will set real goals; real priorities and we will communicate them to students and follow through. How do you feel you can improve student involvement and participation on campus? Personally, I feel this is one area that needs great improvement. That isn’t to say that is the fault of the students. It needs to be a collective effort on all of our part to create awareness of events, issues that are affecting students and to spread the word so that we can create the best student experience possible. As an SRC, I think we can achieve this by doing more with our events by diversifying what we do and how we do it. I think there is a huge opportunity to rally around our athletics teams and build pride in the fact that we are all Seawolves. By doing this, by creating a better student experience we create

Is there anything you would like to focus on as something you have addressed as a problem on campus or that needs improvement? As I stated above the main goal for me this year will be improving the student experience. As soon as the election ends and our team is formed, I want to meet and discuss exactly how we do this. What does the SRC President job entail? What are your responsibilities? The role of Student Council President to me means lots of work. It is being a team leader with your executive, staff and council; communicating with them regularly so we can work together and accomplish as much as we can. The job means attending meetings at all levels within the University community and externally to ensure that students are represented and our voice is heard. It means listening to students and expressing their views, concerns and interests to Administration to help effect a change. What leadership roles have you had before? Throughout my academic career, I have been involved with many groups where I have played a leadership role. One of my biggest roles was starting the Student Volunteer Unit. With the help of some University staff and the Student Council at the time, I built a club that was about giving and volunteering. The club remains strong today with many students being deployed all over the city to be part of different events. I am also very active in my community taking on many leadership roles in my Church, Community Center, and local Curling Club where I run the Little Rock, Junior, and High School Curling teams. New Brunswick currently pays the highest tuition rates in Canada. How do you plan to address this? This Student Council has access to many resources that will allow us to addresses issues such as


these. Through organizations with which we are affiliated, like CASA (Canadian Alliance of Student Associations), we can reach high levels of government and be part of the greater discussion. Locally we can connect with our MLA’s and meet to discuss these issues. I also believe that there is power in numbers and so maintaining a healthy relationship with the other Student Associations in New Brunswick will allow us to communicate or issues with each other and unify our messaging to all levels of government. Noise pollution and lack of quiet space has been addressed as a UNBSJ concern. How do you plan to address this? Quiet study space is very important; after all, we are here to get an education. I feel administration is aware of student’s concerns in this regard and have confidence they will work on this in the near future. As they do come up with solutions and alternatives, I hope to be part of the discussion and provide a strong voice for students. Saint John Transit has been a concern – how do you plan to address this? Should Saint John Transit come back to the table with a proposal I feel that the SRC has a responsibility to listen and make sure students have an avenue to give their input. If Transit wants the opportunity and privilege of introducing a Universal Bus Pass on this campus, then they will have to listen and meet the diverse needs of the students on campus. Students beyond those on the SRC must have a voice on issues like these. These decisions are too big to just pass off and we need to ensure that we are making decisions with the students, not for the students. What involvement do you have with Administration? I have a great relationship with many of UNB Saint John’s administrative team. Through meetings, events and networking I have been able to meet, and in some cases, work very closely with these individuals on different issues that involve students. What is your campaign strategy? My strategy will be to talk to students, hear what their issues are and determine how I can fold those concerns and issues into our goals and priorities that we can look to achieve in the coming year.



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How to cast your vote online Know how and where to cast your ballot Your SRC Elections are happening and it’s time to learn (if you don’t already know) how to vote.

Ashley Macosky

Running for: VP Internal Current academic program and year: I am in my third year at UNBSJ. I will be finishing my Certificate of General Studies at the end of this winter term and transfering over to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree Years spent on SRC in what position: I have spent one year as the Mature / Non-Traditional Student Rep, serving on the finance committee and the nominating committee. Other UNBSJ activities: I have participated in the Backyard Book Club for two years, as well as the Promise Partnership for one year through Hazen White. I also belong to the Math Club and Mature Student Society. I am currently employed with the Athletic Department and have been on the broadcasting team for the past 2 seasons, announcing all Seawolves volleyball and basketball home games on our campus radion station. Why are you running for the SRC VP Internal/External? To put it simply, I am passionate about life at UNBSJ and firmly believe that I can contribute to the improvement of the university and student experience. What do you believe your strengths are that will improve the SRC office? I am older than most students are and have worked with a wide assortment of people, in a number of different capacities and environments. My experiences will provide the office with a broad range of skills and I hope councellors will be open to learning from me as much as I was open to learning from my past mentors. What do you think your weaknesses are? I can be forgetfull; I tend to over commit and end up with too much to do and not enough time to do them properly; over the last six months I have gotten into the habit of writing things down or emailing and texting myself notes as reminders. As a leader, I often set high standards for others based on my own experience and abilities, and get frustrated by those who do not put in a good effort or do not rise to their potential or my expectations.

What are you looking to accomplish over the year in office? My main goal will be to increase the membership numbers in the clubs and socities, and hopefully to create new ones that reach the interests of even more students. I also plan to work closely with the atletic department to develop ways to increase particpation in physical activity and to get more students out and supporting our varsity teams. Go seawolves! Is there anything you would like to focus on as something you have addressed as a problem on campus or that needs improvement? School spirit, Student engagement and participation. If anything is going to be done to improve the student experience, we (the students) need to demonstrate that we care about  our school, and get engaged with the decision making process by attending open forums and voting on campus and in choosing governments of all levels. Finding ways to get more students involved will likely be the most challenging aspect of my time as the VP. What does the SRC VP Internal job entail? What are your responsibilities? For an official list of duties, please check out the SRC By-Laws section thirty. Aside from the official duties, I believe the executives are here to improve the educational experience offered by UNBSJ. The VP Student Affairs should be seeking input from the students as to where they feel improvements can be made. What leadership roles have you had before? I have spent hundreds of hours as a job captain in the office systems industry, planning logistics and procedures for efficient installs and supervising co-workers activities on the job. For 7 years I was a supervisor in the food service department for the Calgary Flames. I was responsible for the opperations of up to ten concession stands and eighty employees per event, including things such as quality control and customer issues, staff training/ development. What is your campaign strategy? Simply follow the rules, be honest and keep it clean.

Nehad Mohammed Ali Syed

Running for: VP External

Current academic program and year: 2nd year of Business Administration Years spent on SRC in what position: None Other UNBSJ activities: None Why are you running for the SRC VP External? I was always raised in an environment that preached that if one is not happy with the state of things, or there could be improvement in things than one should make the effort to improve the state of things. Furthermore, one should not wait for someone else to come and improve the state of things. Who knows how long will it take for simple tasks to be done. If something around me needs to be changed, then I must do it myself. What do you believe your strengths are that will improve the SRC office? My strength is my background and previous experience. I am a business major and understand the dynamics required to meet, network and represent an organization. I understand the soft and hard skills involved in making me an effective representative. I also plan on utilizing everything I have learnt through my experience as a sales associate of 4 years that you need to keep up with things, by being organized, providing advice to customers, and being very customer oriented. I learnt how to follow proper procedure and handling claims I feel I can bring my experience and skills that I have acquired and apply it to the SRC office and can ensure that the coming year is a success. What do you think your weaknesses are? The greatest “weakness” that someone could point out is that I am “inexperienced”. I understand this claim, but this only holds up when it comes to holding a position in the SRC. Part of the purpose of this job is allow young students to gain the required experience to succeed in the actual competitive market. I plan on bringing forward to the job all my previous experience and learning all the required skills to ensure I succeed as VP external. I also believe that the lack of experi-

Where do I vote? The beauty of technology allows us to vote online for the SRC Elections. To vote, log onto your E-Services, click the voting tab that appears at the top of the page. In the left hand menu, select the election you wish ence or young age is also a very bad to vote in and cast your balmeasure of one’s skill or what they lot. It’s that simple! may achieve.

What are you looking to accomplish over the year in office? Get more media attraction, more sponsorship; reach out to the Saint John community. Is there anything you would like to focus on as something you have addressed as a problem on campus or that needs improvement? There are various issues I wish to work on, however the most notable is sponsorship. In the past, we have witnessed the SRC VP External being unable to bring in sponsorship. I plan on changing this trend so that the SRC can do a better job in meeting the needs of our students. I would like to commend Ugie Ifesi, the current VP Internal, for his sponsorship efforts during Orientation week. While it was not his responsibility, he took the helm and delivered a wonderful orientation.

Do I have to vote on a university computer? You do not have to vote on a computer on campus. As long as you have internet access and a web browser you can vote from anywhere. Am I eligible to vote? Students who are enrolled for the winter term at UNBSJ as a part time or full time undergraduate student are eligible to vote in this election. What if I have trouble voting? If you have trouble voting, contact the Chief Returning Officer (Carley Schofield) through the SRC office.

When are the elections? March 19-23 is Campaign Week, Speeches will be heard March 21 and voting comWhat does the SRC VP Exter- mences March 26-29!

nal job entail? What are your responsibilities? This is simple. The role of each individual member of the SRC is listed by the By-Laws of the Company. If you would like to know more about what is expected of me, please refer to page 7 (Article 31) of the By-laws which is available online.

What leadership roles have you had before? I believe that you don’t have to be assigned a role as leader to be a great leader. I feel that it is something you should take upon yourself to make sure that everything goes smoothly and people work as a team. At my previous jobs I have always take on the leadership role and had always went above and beyond what was expected of me to become and show that I am leader and have all the qualities of one. I have taken on the role of a leader many of times while I did a lot of volunteer work at MANB Saint John. I would help organize events and event management. What is your campaign strategy? You will have to find out.

The following students are running for Students’ Representative Council positions but did not submit their answers. To maintain a fair race, we were unable to extend the deadline but we did want the student body to know the following people were running. These pages have been approved by the Chief Returning Officer, Carly Schofield in an attempt to create a fair and accurate representation of the students running for these positions. Jonathan Cogger Running for: Arts Representative, Board of Governors, Senate Current academic program and year: N/A Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A Other UNBSJ activities: N/A Why are you running for the SRC position? N/A What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? N/A Cont’ page 5


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Saeed Alghamdi Running for: Science Representative Current academic program and year: N/A Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A Other UNBSJ activities: N/A Why are you running for the SRC position? N/A What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? N/A

Carly Baxter Running for: Athletic Representative Current academic program and year: 2nd year Bachelor of Science Years spent on SRC in what position: 2010-2011 First Year Representative Other UNBSJ activities: UNBSJ women’s soccer, Golden Key Society, Peer Mentor

Why are you running for the SRC position? I am running for this position, as I would like to become more involved with the student body on campus, through representing athletics on the council.

Daisy Kankya

What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? I hope that the 2012-2013 academic year is full of not only fun and exciting events for UNBSJ students, but also academic and athletic success.

Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A

Running for: Arts Representative Current academic program and year: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies- 2nd year

Other UNBSJ activities: African Caribbean Society (Executive member as Secretary), Student Volunteer Unit, member of Political Science Association, member of International Love Studies Club, member of Cancer Association, member of the Multicultural Club, member of UNB Christian Fellowship, WUSC Saint John, and member at Tim Hortons. Why are you running for the SRC position? As I am in the Arts program at UNBSJ, taking

Courtney Boudreau Running for: Arts Representative Current academic program and year: I am in my 2nd year and I am working towards a double major in History and ICS with a minor in English. Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A Other UNBSJ activities: I have four on-campus jobs – The Bookstore, Staff Writer for The Baron, Student Researcher for Professor Marquis and a Tour Guide for the Student Recruitment Center. On top of that, I am the founder and Co-President of The UNBSJ History Society. During the summer, I volunteer as a mentor with the Backyard Book Club through The Promise Partnership Program at UNBSJ. Why are you running for the SRC position? I am running as Arts Representative for the SRC because, plain and simple, I love my university. I truly believe that experiences are what you make them, which is why I choose to

the position as Art Rep I would be able to attend to issues brought by my fellow arts students in relation to initiatives or changes to the Faculty of Arts that are to be taken into consideration. It is a perfect chance to listen and represent the views of the Arts students and to advocate for better course selections. What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? I would want to strengthen and maintain the connection between the current Arts students and the Arts Alumni as this is important to their relationship. I also hope to attend to the academic needs, fostering a strong community, and representing the interests of my fellow art students. Being a member of the SRC would give me a great opportunity to be involved in the UNBSJ’s community.

Yan (Maggie) Zhang Running for: Business Representative Current academic program and year: N/A Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A Other UNBSJ activities: N/A Why are you running for the SRC position? N/A What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? N/A Donald Bassey Running for: International Representative Current academic program and year: N/A Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A Other UNBSJ activities: N/A Why are you running for the SRC position? N/A What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? N/A Lucy Amakodike Running for: Business Representative Current academic program and year: N/A Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A Other UNBSJ activities: N/A Why are you running for the SRC position? N/A What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? N/A

be so involved with the campus. As Co-President of the History Society, I know how important it is to represent a department and I would feel honored to represent the rest of the Arts Faculty. I am extremely dedicated to my school and I would love to be the voice for UNBSJ Arts Students. I am an extremely open and honest person and am not afraid to address any issues, comments or concerns that students might have. What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? In the year 2012-2013, I hope to get arts students more involved on campus. I feel that UNBSJ lacks school spirit and I know that this university has a lot of potential. I want to represent the arts and make sure we are heard. I would love to see more events strictly for arts students in order to create a closer bond with them. I am a proud arts student at UNBSJ and I want to spread that attitude to everyone in the process of obtaining their BA degree, whether it be through an Arts Pub Crawl, a fundraiser hosted by the Arts or any number of other events.

Muhammed Owais Running for: Business Representative Current academic program and year: N/A Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A Other UNBSJ activities: N/A Why are you running for the SRC position? N/A What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? N/A

Olamide- Gafaru Running for: I am running for the social representative position. Current academic program and year: 2nd year Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A Other UNBSJ activities: I am a member at Tim Horton’s, am also part of the international studies association and African Caribbean society.

Why are you running for the SRC position? I am running for the SRC position because I want to make people get involved with different fun activities, socialize, increase participation in which would bring people together as one and also looking forward to knowing different people as much as possible. What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year. N/A

For more information on the SRC elections, drop by the office room 213 in the TJ Condon Student Centre. You can email Chief Returning Officer, Carly Schofield with any questions at carly.schofield@



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Rebecca VanSnick Running for: Athletics Representative Current academic program and year: 1st year, BSc Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A Other UNBSJ activities: Women’s Soccer and Volleyball varsity athletic teams Why are you running for the SRC position? I enjoy being involved in events in our school community and think I’d make a great addition to the SRC team.

Jessica Barrieau Running for: Arts Representative Current academic program and year: Bachelor of Arts- French Major Years spent on SRC in what position: N/A Other UNBSJ activities: VicePresident of the Spanish Student Society, Orientation Leader 2011, Bartender at Colonel Tuckers Why are you running for the SRC position? I am running for the position of Arts Representative because I believe, as an outgoing and mature student at

UNBSJ, I will be able to address the issues in the Arts Department as well as fulfill my responsibilities responsibly. What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? In the 2012-2013 year, I would like to get the faculty and the students of the Arts department involved by offering suggestion sheets, which could be looked at and brought forward to the Counsel of the issues (if any) that the department faces. By bringing this communication into play, I believe the Arts department could strongly improve and the changes that students, faculty and staff seek will be considered.

What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? I hope to help address any concerns people may have by being an involved, active and available member of the SRC.

Kem Ogoti Running for: Senator Current academic program and year: Second year majoring in Biology with a minor in French UNBSJ activities: Member of the UNB Student Volunteer Unit, Political Science Association, Green Society, International Love Studies Association, Cancer Association, Christian Fellowship and Multicultural Society(2011). I am also a student mentor at Hazen White School and lastly I am the treasurer of the AfricanCaribbean Society of UNB. I’ve worked for Campus Patrol starting September 2011 to present. Why are you running for the SRC position? I was a delegate and finally, vice-president of my high school’s Model United Nations. This was extremely exciting and educating for me. When I inquired more about what the senate does, I really wanted to be involved in addressing student issues and being part of the student government. Debating resolutions has been a passion of mine for a long time now.

Marion Fiona Leann Westgate Running for: I am running for the Social Representative position. Current academic program and year: I am in my third year of my History major and concurrent Education degree. Years spent on SRC in what position: I have not previously held a position on the SRC. Other UNBSJ activities: I have held a position on the Christian Fellowship executive for the last few years. I have also been involved with the international community and the exchange students on campus. This past

year I have also been involved with The Baron as a freelance photographer. Why are you running for the SRC position? My years that I have spent as an executive, has taught me how to listen to people and understand the commitment of planning and organizing events. What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year. I want to diversify the events held on campus. While bash nights are a popular event, I feel that the university is only involving a portion of school population. I hope to include a games night as well as other events that the student body shows an interest in.

What do you hope to achieve in the 2012-2013 year? I would like to raise awareness to the students that they may contact the senator if they ever have any problems, which will be addressed as soon as possible. I think it would be healthy to also review the current campus policy and see what changes can be made to better the life of the students.



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Letter from the Editor

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Tinker is defending your right to freedom of expression – even if she finds it a little twisted In taking the Editor position, I never thought I would be supporting rape, bestiality, underage erotica or incest but when PayPal asked certain e-book publishers to eliminate selling books with the mentioned topics, I was unimpressed. While my personal literary preference does not involve romancing a pony or sex with a cousin, I prefer to believe people should have the right to freedom of expression – which in Canada, is a right we all have. Admittedly, my first thought was this was a positive move – it makes it harder for young children to be exposed to adult material, right? Oh wait, we have Google search. Kids

are exposed adult content all the time but they probably aren’t going to be buying it from an e-reader site. I then questioned if this was the technological comparison to the 1950 book burning of Wilhelm Reich, a psychiatrist who saw (literally) tons of his books burned by both Nazis in Germany and the United States Food and Drug Association. As usual, my question is “What will they take away next?” PayPal is linked to pornographic movie sites, which generally have some form of teen fetish content as well as incestuous relationships. Even E-Bay is vague in what is allowed and what

isn’t. My opinion on the selling guidelines was “sell it but don’t describe it using these words.” I wonder if PayPal is willing to get rid of E-Bay or ask them to get rid of certain adult content. What about every other site that has sexual relationships between mothers and daughters? I’ll delve even further into my “what’s next” train of thought. In the Bible, Abraham married his half-sister, Sarah. Lot’s daughter’s got pregnant by their father. In the incredibly shocking story found in II Kings 13:4, Amnon raped his sister, Thomar. PayPal may want to look into such scandalous literature.

According to my Human Sexuality course, 62% of women have experienced rape fantasies, some at least once a week – the majority actually thought the fantasy was erotic. This isn’t saying women have the desire to be raped but perhaps banning material because some people deemed it inappropriate isn’t working with the human brain…in more ways than one. I’m not defending child molesters, assaulting a goat (even if they did ask for it), child porn or incestuous relationships (although if they’re consenting cousins, I just don’t care). I just believe this is the first step to censorship and we

Letters to the Editor

UNBSJ students write in with their thoughts of the week Last month, it was brought to my attention that a staff member on campus lost someone near and dear to their heart. Being the copresident of the History Society, I felt it was important to express our condolences by purchasing a sympathy card. After spending the money on the card, I saved the receipt and took it to the SRC office immediately in order to get reimbursed. On February 23, 2012, I received an e-mail from Andrew Kieu (SRCFinance), stating that I wouldn’t be reimburse for the card because I didn’t apply for funding. When I replied back asking why, it took almost two weeks to get a response. When it comes down to it, it’s not about the money for the card. It’s about how SRC is spending money. On March 6th, 2012, I received an e-mail from Ugie (SRC-VP Student Affairs), stating: “The SRC will not approve funds that we are not told of, we run on a tight budget and everything needs to be approved no matter how small it is.” Apparently SRC’s budget is so tight that they have no problem throwing $350.00+ at societies to spend on booze for a night out, and $400.00 for a speaker to bully other students about abortion in front of Tim Hortons on campus (this

is your tuition dollars at work, students of UNBSJ). But when one buys a sympathy card (which by the way, only cost $5.08), you better prepare your battleships and call Sir Francis Drake, because apparently SRC is ready to pull another Spanish Armada on your ass. It’s great that SRC follows a strict routine, as they should. But I believe that when it comes to something as important as a sympathy card, they should be willing to make exceptions. Apparently John Runcie (VP External) believes the same thing when he made the effort to contact me via Facebook on March 6th, 2012. Once I told Runcie what was going on, he immediately offered to try and get me reimbursed out of the external funding. I would like to express a huge Thank You to this kind man. I believe that Jillien Dewar, Andrew Kieu and Ugie Ifesi treated me extremely unfairly. At the end of the day, Sir Francis Drake better watch out because there’s a new Dragon in town ( John Runcie), who is truly here for the students, by the students. Courtney Boudreau, Co-President UNBSJ History Society

In 1988, nearly 25 years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada abolished the abortion law stating that it was unconstitutional. They ruled that the abortion law violated Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it infringes on a woman’s right to life, liberty and security of person. A man who played a large role in this advancement was Henry Morgentaler and upon receiving the Order or Canada, he is quoted as saying that Canada “is one of the few places in the world where freedom of speech and choice prevail in a truly democratic fashion”. The reason that Canada is such an amazing country and the reason that this is possible is simple, we respect each other. With that, I am having a really hard time understanding the choices made at UNBSJ with regards to an event held by Life Link - a ProLife organization, called “Silent No More”. The organization used a PA system to voice their opinions on abortion and talked about triggers for people who have had an abortion. Posters promoting this event displayed the quote “I regret my abortion”. Their opinions were made available in classrooms and were inescapable for people just wanting to get their coffee or study. What really gets me is that our student rep-

resentative council sponsored the obviously religious event while they claim to have no religious affiliation. The controversy surrounding this issue comes down to a complicated question, at what point does our freedom to say what we feel about controversial issues impinge upon our right to be free from discrimination. In my experience, the decision to have an abortion is not one made in the blink of an eye and not something that people feel especially excited about doing. It is a hard choice, but as woman it is our right to do it under the law. I respect that some people feel that it is wrong and I respect their right to discuss it with people who want to discuss it. What I don’t agree with is for their opinion to be forced down my throat at my school and for their opinion to make students feel bad about themselves. I’ll end with this quote by Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura that I think represents Morgantaler’s belief in the goodness of Canadians. “Remember I’m human. Before you judge me or decide how you’ll deal with me, walk awhile in my shoes. If you do, I think you’ll find with more understanding we can meet in the middle and walk the rest of the way together.” Krisanne Stout, UNBSJ Student

Dear Editor, There are some people who are upset with LifeLink’s event on Tuesday, Feb. 28th, where they hosted a presentation put on by the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC). Among other reasons, these people were upset with that this prolife event was sponsored by the SRC and the volume level of the presentation. I would like to explain these factors from LifeLink’s viewpoint with some input from students who witnessed the presentation. Firstly, it is important to note that the SRC does not show favour to any specific clubs on campus. The goal of the SRC with respect to clubs is to be as objective as possible with their support and approval of club events. The SRC feels that if a club is willing to put in the effort to host an event and that it is in the

interest of the students, it should be allowed to happen. With respect to sponsorship by the SRC, it is important to note that LifeLink held a fundraising dinner during the fall term to raise money for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC) event. From the fall dinner LifeLink raised $500 to put towards hosting the SNMAC event. In terms of the volume of the presentation, one of the speakers of SNMAC, Angelina Steenstra, addressed the crowd in the Tim’s area by asking if the volume was loud enough. The crowd responded by saying that it was not loud enough, therefore the LifeLink executives turned the microphone up to the crowds’ preferred level. It is important to note that not one of the executives was addressed during or after the presentation, therefore we did not have any feedback if the mic had

been louder than an optimal level. One student who had been working in the Alumni lounge shares her thoughts: “I was in the study room all day long and I didn’t hear a thing” – Melissa Barnard. Even though there were many interested in the presentation who took the time to stop and listen to what these women had to say, there were some who were upset by the volume level. LifeLink would like to apologize to those who were bothered by the volume level and invites those who are bothered by any of our approaches to let us know so that we can be more accommodating to students. As a prolife group on campus, we understand that speaking about abortion is a very difficult and emotional affair, but we also find that it is something that is not spoken about enough. A student present during the presentations shares his

thoughts: “It was really interesting from a guy’s perspective. I think the subject is an important one to speak about however difficult it may be” –Aziz Al-angari. The women who speak on behalf of SNMAC are women who have had abortions and have been severely affected by them. They are women who want to be a voice to those who may be contemplating an abortion so that they may be fully aware about the reality behind the abortion procedure. On a university campus, it is crucial that all persons be allowed to speak about whatever issue they wish. We salute the SRC for their openness and efforts to be an objective administrator so that all varieties of clubs may be given a chance to exist on campus. Sincerely, UNBSJ LifeLink

should be concerned. Why is PayPal banning certain books from e-Readers but not others? What about pornographic movies? Is it because a book can be written as real and we create real characters in our minds but we understand the people on the TV are actors? If a book does not sell, it will be taken off the shelves but it is still available. Taking away books because of moral policing just doesn’t seem right...even if I don’t want to read the content.

I feel compelled to write this letter to express my opinion regarding the recent “Silent No More Awareness Compaign” hosted by Life Link at the University of New Brunswick Saint John. On the day of Tuesday February 28th a group of individuals gathered outside the Tim Hortons’ venue carrying anti-abortion posters and with the use of a microphone invited two guest speakers to share their abortion experiences. This event has disturbed me for the following reasons:  Firstly, I feel that this event violated my right to go about my daily university studies. According to the Student Disciplinary Code – Appendix A:  (General Regulations on Conduct) Section B, I should “have the right to work and/or study in an environment which affords [me] respect and dignity, and is free from danger, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and behaviour which is destructive, disruptive or unlawful.” This event infringed upon my rights as outlined above. In the same Student Disciplinary Code – Appendix A:  Section D, I note that “unacceptable types of behaviour include, but are not limited to ...harm or threat to any person ... “ and, also, “disruption or obstruction of any authorized activity, event, class or service of the University, or interference with any person’s rights to carry out legitimate activities, speak or associate with others”. I consider that this event disrupted lectures, student and staff interactions and normal day to day University activities. More importantly, however, I am concerned that this graphic presentation and the demonstration violated some of our peers’  psychosocial health and their ability to continue coping with an abortion experience. I consider our Campus to be a safe place for women (as well as men) who have struggled to come to terms with a previous life crisis and hope that it continues to provide such a space for my peers. Furthermore, I am devastated that our SRC provided the money to fund this event.  The total expenditure for this demonstration is $481.96. I am hoping that the SRC will reconsider their position when they determine support for future groups visiting our Campus as well as the support they have provided Life Link. Respectfully, Kathryn A. Ketchum 4th year BA/BEd



Tuesday, March 13, 2012


To whom it may concern: It has been brought to my attention that during the “Silent No More” abortion awareness rally which was held yesterday many students felt attacked and disturbed by the message. As the director of the Sexual Health Center student club here on campus, I am saddened that nothing was done to prevent such an imposition on many students for whom this is an emotional trigger. Our club promotes safe sex including abstinence, has spoken out on gender based violence and strives to provide a safe, bully free space on campus. We also put aside our personal beliefs when assisting students find help. Abortion, no matter what side of the issue you stand, is a hot button and very polarizing topic. Whether or not I agree with the hosts of the rally isn’t the issue. The way the message was delivered is the problem. The reports of the Life Link sponsored event is that they used a PA system. This meant that students who may have avoided the rally area on purpose were unable to get away from the highly emotional and personal issue. We should be focusing on inclusion on our campus, and this event, in my opinion, is akin to bullying. A very specific and religious based message was forced onto the student body at large, disrupting classes and causing one female student to leave in tears. It is almost ironic that the SRC supported what turned out to be a hostile message to those who have been faced or have supported those who have faced such a choice on the day prior to the National Anti-Bullying Awareness Day (Pink Shirt Day). Sincerely, Laura Gordon Director UNBSJ Sexual Health Center

The end of the year is almost upon us and there is only one more issue of The Baron left to come out. With this in mind, I asked staff writers to give their comments on what it means to them to write for the paper. Take a look at what they have to say and maybe we’ll see you in the office next year. In the past year, I have been privileged to write for The Baron as a columnist and as a staff writer. It’s been an experience that has helped me grow not only as a writer but also as a student. I have learned, through the guidance of Samantha Tinker the Editor, how to improve the quality of my writing and make it more professional. Writing for The Baron is not only educational, it’s fun as well. It doesn’t feel like a job where you’re forced to work, rather it’s an enjoyable pastime where you make your own hours and get paid for it. When I’m finished with University I hope to find a career that involves writing and I know that the work I have done so far with The Baron will be beneficial to me and my future career. I’ve enjoyed my time with The Baron and I look forward to hopefully another year of learning, growing and writing. -Ocean Leigh Peters Writing for the Baron has given me an opportunity to express myself, to talk about what matters to me. It has challenged me (more

deadlines!) but it’s been great trying something new and conquering it. One thing that is nice is being listened to; I feel like my input is valued, and my ideas are appreciated.   The structure of the paper is such that there is room for writers to try new things.  I definitely want to return next year! -Lisa Armstrong Becoming a part of The Baron staff has been such a positive experience for me. Not only have I gained experience writing for a campus newspaper, but it has also allowed me to become involved on campus. I always know what is going on around campus and this allows me to meet many students. On top of that, I am always informed about what goes on in SRC. This is important to me because I love my University and knowing what is going on around campus. I don’t consider my ‘job’ work. I love what I do and I couldn’t ask for anything better. I have made a few good friends and created many positive memories at The Baron, and I am more than excited to continue writing for the paper for many years to come. I would recommend this job to anyone who has a passion for writing, staying involved, and meeting new people. -Courtney Boudreau When I got hired as a Staff writer for The Baron eight months ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I figured that with my love for writing it would be a good on-campus job, I expected to get some writing experience and to learn some new writing techniques.

What I did get was much better- I have formed friendships that never would have happened if it wasn’t for The Baron. I have been given great advice both about writing and life, had the chance to attend and participate in many campus events that I would have never taken the time to involve myself in otherwise and have had the chance to talk to many interesting people along the way. For me, working for The Baron isn’t just a job- it’s an experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything else in the world. It has made my first year of university unforgettable in many different ways and I feel lucky to have been chosen to be a part of the team. -Casey Shelley Being on a roll when you’re writing is a lot like being on drugs: you feel amazing while it’s happening and that tempts you into doing it often as opposed to just that one time (as you promised your friends and family you would), chasing after that high each and every time you take hours out of your life to do it. Sometimes you’ll feel it, but over the course of a few years the pleasure will turn to mere habitual meanderings, then to dependence on it. Then before you know it you’re addicted to writing, bent over a rickety table in a dark room eight hours a day, convinced you can quit any time you want…well, now you know why I applied for work at The Baron. I must have a problem. -Thomas Johansen When I started writing for The Baron last year, I never thought it would develop into a passion – but it did. I’ve always been the sort of

person to delve into trouble, get my hands dirty and throw myself into my job – and being editor this year gave me that opportunity ten-fold. Being a student journalist gave me the opportunity to meet amazing people on and off campus – from the staff writers who throw their lives into this 16-page project, to professors, and students who are out to change the world. I’ve even had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite bands, ‘The Mahones’ and listen to Anna Maria Tremonti with other wide-eyed journalists. This job that really requires constantly thinking about things differently and attempting to leave your bias and personal opinions behind, something I personally struggle with. Looking back on this year though I believe, because of this crazy gig that I have grown to love, I’ve gained more leadership experience, writing experience, and best of all, self-confidence than I ever could with just five classes per term. -Samantha Tinker

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012


ACAA Quarter Finals: Finished by Fouls OCEAN-LEIGH PETERS On Friday March 2nd the women’s Seawolves basketball team suffered a devastating loss in the quarter finals of the ACAA championship tournament at Holland College in Prince Edward Island. Unfortunately UNBSJ had the disadvantage of playing the host team, the Hurricanes, on their home court which must have put a lot of detrimental and unwanted stress on the Seawolves. Another factor to the girls crushing loss is the unusual amount of fouls UNBSJ received. The hurricanes had a mere 13 fouls throughout the game, where the Seawolves had over double that amount with 29 fouls given to the girls. The game began with the Seawolves going full force against the Hurricanes but it

was clear that they were having trouble sinking their baskets. As the first quarter progressed the foul shots began to add up and the score was 2013 for Holland College. The start of the second quarter was promising with the UNBSJ girls making a few baskets and the Hurricanes slowing down, but that was short lived as the Seawolves continued to have trouble with their baskets. Frustration was obviously taking over the girls as UNBSJ player #10, Hannah McLeod, slammed the ball into the ground out of anger. The half time score was 39-26 for the Hurricanes. The second half of the game proceed much like the first. The UNBSJ girls continued to have trouble sinking baskets, but despite their basket blunders and annoying noise makers from the Holland College

fans, a couple players like #11, Emily Dowling and #8, Christie Smith, were able to make a few nice baskets. The third quarter ended with the Hurricanes in the lead again with a score of 53-42. The final quarter of the game resulted in two Seawolves players being sat out due to reaching the maximum amount of personal fouls. #14, Rachel Jefferson and #8, Smith, were benched before the end of the game. The final score of the game was 75-56, to give the home team a win and end the Seavolves’ championship dreams. #11, Dowling was named the player of the game for the Seawolves. Head coach, Kevin Munroe did not have much to say about the games other than it was disappointing and the girls had a decent year.





ACAA Championship Tournament OCEAN-LEIGH PETERS

The ACAA championship tournament took place in Prince Edward Island from March 2nd-4th. The first game of the women’s quarter finals was Holland College vs. UNBSJ. The Hurricanes won, advancing to the Semi Finals. The second women’s quarter finals games were played by the University of Kings College and Mount Allison with Mount A coming out on top. The men’s quarter finals had Holland College playing Mount Allison

and the University of Kings College playing Crandall University. MTA and UKC advanced to the semi finals. The semi-finals were won by Mount Saint Vincent and St. Thomas University for both the men’s and women’s teams who only began playing in the semi finals due to their standings in the regular ACAA season. St Thomas University went on to win both the men’s and women’s finals in the 2012 ACAA championship game.



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Keeping tradition ‘Hockey was the sport for me’ UNB goaltender learns to deal with hearing disadvantage with the Kingston Cup LIAM MCGUIRE — THE AQUINIAN (ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY)

The game that is more than just a rivalry match OCEAN-LEIGH PETERS In 2000, Doug Kingston came forth to the UNBSJ athletics department with a personally hand carved trophy – the Kingston Cup – dedicated to his late wife, Mary. The Athletic Department wanted to honour Kingston’s wishes to keep the memory of his wife alive through the Kingston cup, so they arranged for UNBSJ and Mount Allison (two respected rivals) to face off for the privilege of winning the hand-crafted trophy. The first official Kingston cup game was played in February 2001, and has been played at UNBSJ every year since. The Kingston cup was originally awarded to the winning men’s and women’s team by Kingston and his son, Harold. After the passing of Doug Kingston, Harold and his wife Juanita continued to present the award to the winning teams. Now Dave Kingston, Doug’s son, and his wife Kathy present the plaques and trophy to the victors. The Kingston family has continued to be huge supporters of the Kingston cup, never failing to attend a game. This year, three generations of Kingston’s were present at the UNBSJ and Mount Allison games. Dave continues to enjoy coming to the games with his family. As he

watched his granddaughter play in the stands, he said, “Words can’t say enough about what it means to the family and the players.” The Kingston cup is also a way to provide a financial award to one male and female athlete every year at the Athletic Awards Banquet. The Students’ Representative Council matches the gate proceeds to be split between the two players who demonstrate dedication to athletics

“[My dad] just made the trophy and brought it out. They didn’t know how far it was going to go.” -Dave Kingston as well as academics, and shows that they are a good leader, respectful and has a positive attitude. The Kingston cup has certainly turned into an important part of UNBSJ basketball. When asked about the history of the cup, Dave said, “[My dad] just made the trophy and brought it out. They didn’t know how far it was going to go.” Doug would be proud to know that the Kinston cup is still being played years later, and his family is still honouring the memory of his beloved Mary.

FREDERICTON (CUP) — Kristy Edwards has to focus. Making sure the puck is covered, she looks to her defencemen to make sure they aren’t yelling at her, and then looks at the referees to make sure the play has been blown dead. There are many things to focus on as a goaltender, but for Edwards, being deaf means she has to pay special attention to detail. “I am a very visual person. I rely more on my eyes than my hearing,” she said. In a game of speed and sound, Edwards, a first-year student at the University of New Brunswick, has always had to use sharp concentration towards the speedy game around her. You may have to speak up when talking to Edwards, but the pintsized blonde doesn’t mind sharing her thoughts and experiences playing hockey, the game she loves. Living with a family that loved hockey, Edwards grew up rooting for the Toronto Maple Leafs. She always wanted to play goalie, listing former star goaltenders, such as Patrick Roy, Gerry Cheevers and Jacques Plante as some of her favorite players to put on pads in the National Hockey League. Because of her disability, medically defined as profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, her hockey-loving family was apprehensive about putting Edwards into organized hockey. In a fast-paced game full of plenty of contact, Edwards’ family was afraid the contact would be too much for Edwards to handle. “The first person that told me I couldn’t play was my parents, but

you have to understand that they were just looking out for me.” At 13, Edwards got her Cochlear implant, a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound behind her ear. The device allows Edwards to hear out of her right ear. After the implant, her parents decided to let the hockeystarved Edwards play the game. “I did a lot of sports at first, I’ve done swimming, I’ve done basketball, I’ve done volleyball. None of them worked out for me, and then finally I get to try out hockey, which my heart was set on for so long.” When she received the opportunity from her parents to play hockey, she didn’t play goalie right away. She played her first season as a forward, learning the basics of the game. After one year of learning how to play, she quickly made the change of position to goaltender. She says the change of positions was a struggle at first and wasn’t easy to adjust to. “When I look back at starting to learn to play goaltender I laugh at it, because I often fell and didn’t know what was going on, didn’t realize that my skates were different,” she said. The Nova Scotia native says playing goaltender and following in her idols’ footsteps makes it the perfect position for her. “I never felt overly disadvantaged. Goaltender is an independent position.” Once she got to university, Edwards wanted to continue to play hockey. She signed up to be the starting-goaltender for the Harrington Hall Raiders hockey team and says the experience is something she has never felt before. “It is not what I expected, but

in a good way. It’s a majority men’s league, and I am shy with guys,” said Edwards. Edwards knows however, that being a deaf goalie has its challenges. “The disadvantage of being a deaf goalie, often it’s hard to hear the whistle blowing, especially when my helmet is so close to my Cochlear Plant, it just muffles. I often have to keep an eye on everything, not just the puck alone. I have to watch the referees, the players, everything.” Goaltenders are often known for having an open communication with their fellow players. Since she is so focused on so many different things on the ice, Edwards says she struggles with communication. “Defencemen come up and ask me questions. It is hard to hear them when they are shouting at me when we play, because I can’t listen and focus on the same time.” Hockey players usually thrive on the motivation from the crowds, but Edwards says since she doesn’t always hear the crowds like other players, it makes her able to focus more. “Even when there is a crowd, I am still able to focus — it is sort of a disadvantage but I still deal with it. I know the crowd just wants to cheer us on and motivate the team. I just deal with it in my own way.” Because of her disability, Edwards knew that many sports didn’t necessarily work for her, but the independence of a goaltender is a big reason why she says hockey works for her. “I am not saying hockey is a superior sport, I am not saying hockey is better than others — but I am saying that hockey was the sport for me,” she said. “This is what I love to do, it makes me happy.”


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Abortion awareness presentation on campus Bill C-30 CASEY SHELLEY UNBSJ Lifelink hosted the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. It was held as an awareness presentation to educate people about the reality of abortion. The presentation took place on the ground floor of the Ward Chipman Library building, just outside of Tim Hortons where official representatives of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign could be witnessed holding signs stating “I regret my abortion” and “Men regret lost fatherhood.” The Silent No More Awareness Campaign arrived at campus after first being contacted by UNBSJ Lifelink. Lindsay Beers, President of UNBSJ Lifelink explained why the presentation was deemed necessary, “Often, people are educated to believe that abortion is the only choice when faced with an unwanted pregnancy, the negative side effects that many people face years after the abortion are rarely discussed.” Joe Murphy, Treasurer and Communions Liaison of UNBSJ Life-

link explained the situation from the male perspective, “I feel that even as a guy, the topic is not any less my responsibility. It’s up to all people to support women and the dignity of life.” Murphy explained the goal of the Lifelink organized

“Often, people are educated to believe that abortion is the only choice when faced with an unwanted pregnancy, the negative side effects that many people face years after the abortion are rarely discussed.” -Lindsay Beers, UNBSJ LifeLink President presentation “our goal is not to force one decision or the other, but to present an organization [Silent No More Awareness Campaign] that reaches out to offer education and

counselling for women in need.” Throughout the two hour presentation, two speakers using microphones from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign were featured to share their personal testimonials. Angelina Steenstra, the National Regional Coordinator of the campaign, shared her story “I was fifteen when I was date-raped. Upon becoming pregnant, abortion was offered to me as the only solution. I heard about the campaign from a girl who shared a similar experience and have now been involved in campaigns in almost every Canadian province.” The other featured speaker, Dale Barr, also shared her testimonial through a series of tears explained “I was sixteen when I became pregnant and was terrified to tell my mother and father. Since the abortion I have suffered four miscarriages. It has been thirty-two years since I had the procedure done and it still affects me on a daily basis.” When asked why they felt such a strong need to share their stories,

Steenstra explained “We are silenced in the media, so that’s why we stand up to tell the truth. Abortion robbed my daughter Sarah Elizabeth from me, of her life and from the rest of her family.” Barr explained her reasons for sharing, “For years following the abortion, I am still reminded of it on a daily basis. The sight of blood, the sound of a baby crying or the sound of a vacuum [which was used in the procedure] all bring me back to that day.” Steenstra continued, “Women in our society are so often told that “its okay, it’s legal, it’s safe”- it’s a big lie. It’s not balanced-informed consent.” The abortion awareness presentation that took place on February 28 was surprising to many with its public nature. It was not well received by some members of the UNBSJ community, but was successful in getting its message across. UNBSJ Lifelink urges women and men with concerns or questions regarding abortion to contact the Silent No More Awareness campaign at www.




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slammed by UNB students THOMAS JOHANSEN Bill C-30 is a new bill being proposed in Parliament. It will grant governmental agencies the power to search any hard drive without a warrant. Public Safety Minister Vic Towes has stated being against Bill C-30, means you are helping and supporting child pornographers. Bill C-30 has been marketed as the new way to crack down on child pornography and other criminals who attempt to use technology to circumvent the law. Their newest idea on stopping cyber criminals, Dr. June Madeley, an Information and Communications Studies Professor at UNBSJ embellished on this point when asked about the bill. “Searching our hard drives should be the same as searching our houses,” she said. “Without a warrant, they shouldn’t be allowed to do it.” “It’s not a little ‘peek for our own safety’ as the government liked to

“If you actually look into it, you’d see that they could actually be able to check on whatever it is you are doing. A couple of weeks ago there was a rant about it on the Mercer report, and I agree with that- we don’t need this bill to pass, we need our privacy.” -Neelab Rahimi, UNBSJ Student put it,” said Neelab Rahimi, a UNBSJ Student. “If you actually look into it, you’d see that they could actually be able to check on whatever it is you are doing. A couple of weeks ago there was a rant about it on the Mercer report, and I agree with that- we don’t need this bill to pass, we need our privacy.” Bill C-30 has not yet been passed but despite its apparent unpopularity it is still alive, albeit it is currently being amended by Parliament.



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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quebec student tuition protest ends in violence

Riot police stop attempted occupation of CREPUQ offices, student may lose eye


Police contain a crowd of students as they protest increasing tuition hikes

PIERRE CHAUVIN AND JULIAN WARD — THE LINK (CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY) MONTREAL (CUP) — An impromptu and lively student protest against tuition hikes worked its way through Montreal’s busy downtown streets March 7. The protest started at Square-Victoria where urban studies students

from the Université du Québec à Montréal wrapped trees and other objects in the park in red fabric, a symbol of the student movement against tuition increases. It soon turned violent when students attempted to block the entrance of the Loto-Québec building, which also holds the offices for the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities

(CREPUQ). CREPUQ’s offices were being protested due to the organization’s support for the government’s tuition hikes. “[CREPUQ officials] are the first to waste public money in advertising and investing in real estate firms,” said Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois on radio station 98.5 FM March 7.

New Brunswick government rules out seperate wage for servers Minimum wage set to rise to $10 next month in the province KARISSA DONKIN — THE AQUINIAN (ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY) FREDERICTON (CUP) — The New Brunswick government has decided not to pursue a separate minimum wage for tip-earning workers. Martine Coulombe, minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, announced the decision Feb. 23, reminding people minimum wage is set to rise to $10 an hour on April 1. Minimum wage is $9.50 per hour now. A press release says Coulombe decided not to pursue the separate wage after “consultations with stakeholders and members of the public.” David Murrell, an economics professor at the University of New Brunswick, said Coulombe made the right decision. “The government’s plan not to have a tip-differential system is sound, since it is difficult to judge the differences in tips across restaurants and bars. Tips vary widely. And all people in the hospitality sector must get at least the mini-

mum wage,” Murrell wrote in an email. Had the proposal gone forward, everyone else earning minimum wage would have seen their hourly rate go up, but servers’ wages would have stayed the same because they earn tips. The move was panned by some working in the service industry in New Brunswick, but Luc Erjavec, vice-president Atlantic of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association — a group that represents businesses in the country’s food services industry — said it was a good idea. In a previous interview with The Aquinian, Erjavec said the tip differential system is needed to help solve the province’s economic problems. He also said it would help restaurant owners balance the books and provide more hours for servers. While Murrell doesn’t like the idea of a tip differential system, he said there should be a lower minimum wage for people aged 15 to 17, “since they are legal dependents and a higher wage is not as crucial for

these young people. “For them, job experience is more important.” The minimum wage increase to $10 an hour was supposed to come into effect last September, but the province postponed it to look into the tip differential system and to give small- and medium-sized businesses a chance to plan for the wage hike. Increasing minimum wage is part of the province’s poverty reduction plan, which aims to cut deep income poverty by half by 2015. Minimum wage has increased by $2.25 since the beginning of 2009, when it was just $7.75 an hour. After April’s increase, New Brunswick will join Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labour, which all have or will have a $10 an hour minimum wage. The hourly minimum is only higher in Nunavut and Ontario, which are set at $11 an hour and $10.25 an hour, respectively.

Riot police quickly stepped in and removed the students. “We were peacefully blocking the CREPUQ building. The police decided to clear up Sherbrooke St. with a violence hard to describe,” said Nadeau-Dubois. “It was really peaceful, except for when we were at Loto-Québec when the police set off flash-bombs,” said Noémie Roy-Gibeault, a student at the protest. Riot cops used tear gas to disperse the students, four of whom were injured, as well as one police officer. The Coalition large de l’ASSE, an umbrella student union representing over 80,000 students, issued a statement late on March 7 reporting that a CÉGEP Saint-Jérôme student had been hit by a stun grenade in the eye from point blank range and had to be rushed to the hospital. According to a spokesperson for CLASSE, there is a strong chance he will lose sight in that eye from the injury. “For the second time in two weeks, the police violently repressed a student protest,” said Nadeau-Dubois, referring to last week’s protest in Quebec City, when police fired tear gas at students. “The police have to respect the

students’ right to demonstrate.” The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) arrested five students in total. “They just charged into us. They were really brutal,” said Jean-Luc Wyman-Grimard, a student from CÉGEP Vieux-Montreal, whose student union has been on strike since Feb. 16. After leaving the Loto-Québec building, around 600 students marched haphazardly through downtown with the police following behind. “Going from Square-Victoria to Loto-Québec, I’m pretty sure, was probably planned, but the rest of it was improvised,” Wyman-Grimard said. “There was no real target; basically just moving around and students deciding together that they want to act.” After stopping for a few minutes in front of the Education Minister’s office, the students came back to Place-des-Arts Metro and dispersed onto separate metro cars. The SPVM was unavailable for comments as of press time.

features Whatsup, UNBSJ Upcoming events that are happening on your campus and in your community. If you’d like to include your event, e-mail with all the information! March 14 – You are invited to the launch of the new Policy and Procedure on Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Harassment between 11AM and 11:55AM in the Whitebone Lounge. March 15 – UNBSJ students are invited to the Imperial Theater to watch the Atlantic Ballet Theater Company of Canada’s presentation of “Ghosts of Violence,” regarding gender-based violence. For free tickets, call the Imperial Box office at 674-4100 and use the code “Hope for Change.” March 15 – Students, staff and faculty are invited to the Whitebone Lounge at 5pm for a forum regarding concerns surrounding our university beginning at 5PM. All are welcome to attend. March 16 – The UNBSJ Sexual Health Center invites you to an information center about your sexual health with snacks and gift bags for all who attend. It will be held 12-5 with the location to be announced via Facebook group at UNBSJ Sexual Health Center presents: All about your sex life! March 16 – Students are invited to a pre St. Patrick’s Day Bash! Starting at 6PM in Colonel Tuckers, the SRC is sponsoring a DJ, Pizza, and there will be beer specials all night long. Dust off your green gear and get ready to dance a jig. March 17 – Student Spanish Society will be hosting a Gran Fiesta Latina at 6:30PM. Cost is $12. For more information, check out their Facebook page at SSS Gran Fiesta Latina March 18 – WUSC Bottle Drive being held at the Hampton Community Center and the Rothesay Arena between 10am-5pm. Come out and support WUSC with your donations! March 19 – It’s Campaign Week for your new SRC! Check out slogans, meet the candidates and ask them your questions. March 20 – Last Class Bash. In the caf. Be there. Check for more details. March 20 – Join the AUNBT in the Whitebone Lounge as Professor Jon Thomson discusses ‘Academic Freedom in Reactionary Times’ at 5:30PM. March 22- Starting at 1PM in the Whitebone Lounge, the Saint John String Quartet will present Mozart String Quartet. The cost is free and everyone is welcome. March 23- The Multicultural Society will be hosting an ‘International Cocktail Night.’ For more details, check out their Facebook page! March 26 – Come dine and dash with your SRC at 12:30PM in the Cafeteria. Ask them your questions and let them know your opinions! March 27 – Do you have what it takes to be a dodge ball champion? If you’re interested in playing, email Gary Leslie at gary.leslie@unb. ca to play or just drop by at 5PM to watch the mayhem.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


On Words: Communication rants and raves LISA ARMSTRONG There are many people (probably older people like me) complaining about the way we communicate now. In fact, I was just complaining about it myself yesterday. My beef was cell phones; specifically, how so many people I know react like Pavlov’s dogs when their cell phone rings or vibrates. I ranted about the good old days when I was a child and we had only one phone, and how excited I was when my parents bought an extra long phone cord and I was free to wander around the dining room while I was talking. Awesome!

However, if I am honest with myself, I really do appreciate all the new ways we have of communicating nowadays. I would be lost without voice mail, answering machines, call display, email, and Facebook. It’s great to call someone and not get a busy signal. I love the freedom of deciding whether or not to take a call based on what number pops up on the little display window (Oh, it’s my editor. I don’t feel like talking to her tonight.) As well, it’s great to be able to call family and friends across the country for very little cost (or free if you Skype). I guess the main problem I have is the lack of genuine connection with

some of these technologies. When talking on the phone, you are lacking vital clues in the conversation: namely, the other person’s facial expression and their body language. That can make for some misunderstandings. But how much worse is it when you’re texting? In a text message, we lack even the clues of tone of voice that we get in a phone conversation. “The same words stated in person and written via text can have vastly different meanings. It is difficult to convey sarcasm, anger, joy or playfulness through a text message,” says Amber Alexander on It can be hard to talk about seri-

ous issues face-to-face, but surely it’s better to talk to someone in person than via text message. I’ve seen many arguments start that way (or even by e-mail). You all know I love words, and I have to admit I miss the old-fashioned custom of writing letters (it was always exciting to receive a letter from a friend, or my grandfather, in the mail). Indeed, reading and writing are important to our world, but words are not the only tools in communicating. Don’t underestimate the power of a smile, a shrug, or the lift of an eyebrow to get your message across.

split the rest of your bills then you and your roommates can save a few bucks, and when you’re a university student every penny counts. One of the downsides to living off campus is the commute to and from school. It could be a lengthy bus ride depending on where you live, or there could be the extra cost of buying and maintaining a car. That also means you would have to get up earlier to make sure you get to class on time. Residence is right on campus so you can always get to class in five minutes or less. You don’t even have to go outside and brave the cold to get to your classes which is definitely a plus. Also, if you do happen to wake up late for class, you can still make it on time by going in your pyjamas and slippers. Apartments are less distracting

and constricting than residence. There isn’t the constant temptation of socializing with your friends that live down the hall. Apartments also don’t have the residence rules to follow. You’re more independent when you live off campus and you have more freedom than you do in res. On that note if you do live in residence, you are never alone. You always have someone close by to talk to and cure your boredom. The friends you make in res are friends you will cherish for a life time. And the rules that have been set in place are there for your safety and wellbeing. So if you are able to accept and abide by them residence is a great place to be. Food is never a concern when you live on campus. You always have access to the cafeteria, Tim Hortons and Java Moose. That means that

you don’t have to buy groceries or cook your own grub. But it also means that you might be subjected to eating the same food all the time and it may not always be up to your healthy standards. If you live off campus you can eat whatever you want whenever you want, which is better for picky eaters, but it means that you will have to make a trip to the grocery story and cook the food yourself. There are benefits and downfalls to living in residence and living off campus. The trick to deciding is thinking about the pros and cons and figuring out what will work best for you. You may be someone that needs the independence of an apartment or you may be someone that requires the ease and security of residence – either way, the choice is yours.

Residence Review: The choice is yours OCEAN-LEIGH PETERS As the school year is coming to an end, some students may be weighing the pros and cons of living in the MacKay or the Dunn residence buildings versus living off campus. There are benefits and detriments to both living arrangements; the key is figuring out what works best for you. Residence is perfect for those who like the ease of having all your bills lumped into one. You don’t have to worry about making sure you pay your rent, hydro, phone, cable and internet bills each month. All of this is included in your residence fee. On the other hand if you choose to live in an apartment or share a house with some friends, it can be more cost effective. If you can find an apartment with cheap rent and

Movie Mayhem: “Forks Over Knives” takes a stab at informing its audience about food COURTNEY BOUDREAU

Before the March Break began, students were invited to the Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre, for a showing of the documentary “Forks Over Knives.” The documentary was primarily about using food instead of medicine. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. T. Colin Campbell show evidence in favor of a plant-based diet for health. They believed a whole foods, plant-based diet could be the answer to America’s obesity and health crisis. Personally, if the book is anything like the documentary, I will be staying as far away from it as possible. As someone who loves documentaries, “Forks Over Knives” was probably one of the most boring I have seen. The information within the documentary was extremely unorganized and it really lacked the shock factor that documentaries like “Food, Inc”

and “Earthlings” possess. I can’t see many people emptying out their cupboards and fridges after finishing this film. In fact, I had supper at Swiss Chalet when the documentary was over. If people want to create a documentary that will grab someone’s attention, make sure the first half hour is interesting – something this film lacked. The second half of the film resulted in real life studies, which is what grabbed me personally. Seeing the results of people who have taken on the plant-based diets was incredible. Because of this, I would recommend it to anyone who is trying to become healthy. “Forks Over Knives” will not create massive, cultural change, unless society is literally forced to watch it. I was not moved by this documentary and will still be eating my Canadian back bacon and drinking my 2% milk.


What we eat is important but “Forks Over Knives” didn’t sway this viewer to put down the bacon.



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

“John Carter” is definitely no “Avatar” JONATHAN BRUCE Does Disney succeed in bringing one of the most well-known science fiction stories to life? Having been published in 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars series is considered to be the grandfather of the science fiction genre; it has influenced Star Wars, Flash Gordon, and Avatar. However, it has never been successfully adapted to film. However, Walt Disney Pictures has finally brought “John Carter” to the big screen in time for his centennial anniversary. Set in 1881, the frame story involves a young man reading the journals of his deceased uncle John Carter (Taylor Kitsch). Carter is shown to be a disillusioned Confederate captain who is losing his humanity. Transported to the planet Mars (or ‘Barsoom’), he learns that he can run, jump, and fight with superhuman strength under the red sun. The natives of Barsoom do not take kindly to this stranger, because they are currently involved in a civil war for the dying planet’s resources. Despite being initially seen as a


threat, Carter wins the respect of the green-skinned Tharks, becomes a leader, and falls in love with the beautiful Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). As he grows confident in his new life, Carter is pitied against the villainous Matai Shang (Mark Strong) for control of Mars. It comes down to a final battle in which Carter must decide what he must do to save the planet. Director Andrew Stanton is known for his work on Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E,” but he makes the transition to liveaction with ease. By keeping Burroughs’ story intact, he ensures that the essence of Carter is not lost on the audience. The production design and visuals successfully recreate the Old West of the 19th Century and bring the desert planet of Mars to life, which echoes the desolate barrenness of Star Wars’ Tatooine. While those not familiar with John Carter will draw comparisons with Avatar, the former is vastly different, because it focuses on the growth of a hero rather than commenting on the war machine or capitalism (as in Avatar). The use of motion-capture

Who said what? March Break Edition March Break is over and it’s time to start thinking about exams. Match up who said these quotes surrounding exams.

1) “Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.” 2) “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” 3) “Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.” 4) “Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never.”

A) Alexander Pope B) Yoda C) Albert Einstein D) Winston Churchill

and CGI on the various races, such as the Tharks, results in characters looking and acting with a degree of realism. Composer Michael Giaccchino has created an elegant score which provides the appropriate themes for the story and characters. Taylor Kitsch does an admirable job as John Carter in his journey of self-discovery and heroism. Lynn

Collins projects vulnerability and confidence as Deejah, who is shown to be no damsel in distress. The biggest surprise is Willem Dafoe’s motion-capture performance as Tars Tarkas, who goes from being an enemy of Carter to reluctant ally to friend. There are also solid supporting appearances from James Purefroy, Daryl Sabara, and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. The use

of Sabara as the young Burroughs is a neat example of meta-fiction. Despite having similarities to “Star Wars” and “Avatar,” Disney has done a fine job in adapting “John Carter” for audiences. If it proves to be financially successful, there is a good chance of a sequel within the next few years. Three out of four stars.





UNBSJ speaks out!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Students are asked, “What do you want to see done with the Ward Chipman Library Building?

Ahmet Guney, 3rd year Business “More Window computers because I hate Macs. I want more quiet study space.”

Elizabeth Darrah, 2nd year Arts “Ideally, I’d like them to remodel it and move the books in. Failing to do that, I’d like to see it transformed into a quiet study space.”

Nico Petrakis, 3rd year Computer Science “I would want to see a quiet study area because I hear a lot of people complaining and it wouldn’t cost a lot of money.”

Natalie Silchenko, 3rd year BBA “I want it to be study rooms. Make another lab for students not courses, with Window computers, not Macs.”

Laura Nause, 3rd year Business “We need study space because there is none.”

Faraz Ahmed, 3rd year BioPsych “I want to see study space or recreational space with pool tables etc. All the other universities have it, why don’t we?”

Rahmyar Mahrahbee, 2nd year BBA “Please re-open the old library and make study rooms. The Commons doesn’t have enough and it is too far away from other buildings at UNBSJ.”

Fidelis Asiago, 3rd year Nursing “The Commons is hard to study privately in. Open the old library and create private study rooms. The Commons is too isolated.”

Andree Stephen, 3rd year, Business “I want it to be a quiet area to study.”

Rebecca Caissie, 3rd year Arts “It would be nice if a part of the WCL could be used for students, example: SRC Clubs. Possibly take the Science Fiction section and make a library upstairs because we have the largest collection in Atlantic Canada.”

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Issue 12 of UNBSJ's student independent newspaper

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