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Chinese New Year lacked punch... and food

A great event became lackluster because of confusion in the kitchen COURTNEY BOUDREAU

The Chinese New Year Gala, a huge celebration in the Chinese community, underwhelmed guests who were left waiting, or did not receive supper, part of the event. The Trade and Convention Center, run by Hilton, had the responsibility of feeding 400 guests, but the buffet quickly ran out of food. Dermot Collins, Hilton’s Director of Sales, explained that because the Hilton manages the Trade and Convention Center, they take full responsibility for what happened. According to Collins, they were unable to replenish food fast enough in the kitchen. Collin says, “[It is] too complicated to know what was going on unless you were in the kitchen at the time.” Collin also says that the Hilton has nothing to hide and that there was no excuse for not having enough food. Collin states that they knew how many people would be attending the event, and it was communicated to the organizers of the Chinese New Years Gala what was going on in the kitchen at the time. Jian Zhang, president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association stated, “Hilton informed us that they ran short of food. We all knew that the buffet station was mostly empty at the time.” continued page 6

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The Year of the Dragon On Saturday, January 21st, the New Brunswick Chinese United (NBCU) and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) hosted a Chinese New Years Gala at the Saint John Hilton Trade and Convention Center. The Chinese contribution has been very important to the Saint John community. This formal event was a great opportunity to dress up and show thanks to the Chinese community and everything they have done for the city of Saint John. There were a variety of performances throughout the night. This included a Dragon

Dance, Philippine Dance, Opera and Calligraphy performance. There were also two chances for the audience to participate on stage during the night for door prizes. Karen Palmer who had the opportunity to perform at the New Years Gala said, “[It is] great to be apart of it. More of Saint John should learn Mandarin.” The performances went well into the night, which made it long if you were not fed supper. Tim Maloney MC’d the Chinese New Years Gala, and did a fantastic job. Maloney said, “[It is an] honor to be the MC: [it is] interesting to

see the cultures and performances.” Yang Fu, who organized the Gala, worked very hard at making the event an amazing experience for everybody. Fu stated, “I haven’t slept for the past two days.” Fu also thanked everyone for coming out and was happy that the Chinese people are able to share their culture with the Saint John community. This event was a great way for the Chinese community to share their culture, as well as a variety of other cultures. Unfortunately for the NBCU and the CSSA, Hilton was

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unable to handle what they were responsible for, leaving many guests without supper early into the night. Yang Fu says that this incident was “very sad.” For more on this incident, see “Dining with Hilton.” The night overall was a positive experience and learning opportunity to be apart of. If the Saint John Trade and Convention Center had not been unorganized with the lack of food, the event could have went from good to great. Kathleen McNamara, one of the guests at the New Years Gala, said, “[This is a] great thing for Saint John.”


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opinion The Baron info@thebaron.ca Twitter: @UNBSJBaron Independent Student Newspaper of the University of New Brunswick Saint John Thomas J Condon Student Center, Room 230 100 Tucker Park Road Saint John, NB E2L 45L Telephone: (506)648-5676 Fax: (506) 648-5541 Publisher Anthony Enman publisher@thebaron.ca Editorial Staff Editor-In-Chief Samantha Tinker editor@thebaron.ca Staff Writers Thomas Johansen, Casey Shelly, Ocean Leigh Peters, Courtney Boudreau, Gina Ellefsen Contributors Lisa Armstrong, Laura Gordon, Jo Curtis, Circulation Samantha Thurlow Disclaimers The Baron is the bi-weekly, independent student newspaper of the University of New Brunswick Saint John. Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent The Baron staff or the Board of Directors. Student contributions through letters, articles, photographs, or comics are welcome. The Baron reserves the right to edit any submitted content for length, libel, taste, or non-verifiable information. Letters to the Editor must be signed, dated, and have contact information. Names may be withheld pending the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. Anonymous letters will not be published. The Baron reserves the right to not publish Letters to the Editor for matters of length, libel, taste or nonverifiable information. All materials submitted to The Baron and are subsequently published are copyright to The Baron. Materials cannot be reprinted without the written consent of the Editor-in-Chief.

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Letter from the editor: No rights to a higher education You woke up one morning with a grumbling in your stomach. You step out of bed and your body registers how cold it is in your one-bedroom apartment. You don’t bother going to the fridge – just like yesterday, there’s nothing in there. ‘Never enough’ is the thought constantly going through your mind. There’s never enough money for food, rent and heat. There’s never enough hours on your paycheck even though you’ve worked 27 days straight. There’s never enough food in the house so you’ve lived on pancakes and eggs the past week. There’s never enough time for yourself between sleeping and working. Even though there’s an application package for a local college on the table, you can’t even pay the 50 dollar application fee so it goes in the garbage can. Welcome to my world five years ago. Wikipedia went black on January 18 to support free knowledge, and keeping the internet free, and my mind started racing. I thought about how Canada has created a system in which only those with money are allowed to have the knowledge. When deciding whether you can go another day without food just to be able to afford rent, college and university are an impossible dream. How can one pay the application fee to be considered for a university – let alone the deposit once accepted – when they’re working sixty hours a week and still can’t afford all the bills? We are in a privileged position where we have access to limitless amounts of knowledge. We are able to learn freely, exchange information, and if we feel as though our education is lacking here, we can go

to another institution. Our government has created a tiered system, especially with parent’s finances affecting student loans, in which the people who have additional money are able to go to school, get better jobs, homes, nu-

times two or three, in order to finance our way through school. We take out loans, skimp on personal enjoyment, stay up all hours of the night and attempt to balance our lives. We work hard for that piece of paper called a diploma. We will

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Free knowledge? Not in our country. trition, and usually a better quality of life. Welfare can be of assistance if you quality for it; however, if you’re working enough hours and are scraping by, you don’t usually quality. Instead, you attempt to keep balancing your life and just hope you don’t get sick or injured. You hope you don’t need medicine, the bus fare isn’t raised again and you have enough flour to make another batch of pancakes. Yes, most of us have a job, some-

graduate in debt, but with the potential to have a secure career and a degree we can be proud to have. We are the ones who have the opportunity to change this tiered system. As I am sitting here now, writing for a newspaper, able to volunteer my time to different organizations and don’t need to work three jobs means that I am extremely lucky. I walked away from a troubled marriage and thankfully, had a family who was willing to support me while I was getting my life together.

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My parents paid for my application fee and deposit to UNBSJ. I will admit to being both lucky and blessed. From becoming an advocate of free or equal opportunity to education to understanding poverty and how knowledge can help change an entire future, starting change begins with education, knowledge and realizing you have the potential to make a difference. Write your elected government, join a group like the Saint John Free School to pass on your knowledge, or even actively protest. Make some noise and pass on the message that knowledge, education and the freedom that comes with it is not just for the people who can buy it. How much is your knowledge worth? Obviously we put a price tag on learning as we pay tuition as New Brunswick has the highest tuition rates in the country. Whether it’s Wikipedia shutting down for a day to raise awareness regarding copyright laws and free knowledge, or universities that are too expensive to attend and do not have enough assistance to help those who want to go, isn’t it time to start asking why our system is so screwed up? Why am I able to go to UNBSJ and learn, educate and hopefully better myself as a human being because I had a little extra money and a family willing to support me but people without that can’t? Why isn’t there more help for those who want to go and can’t find a way to make their budget work? I leave you with this question – when did we decide our bank accounts would be the determining factor in how much we would be allowed to learn?

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Sorting it all out: UNBSJ waste audit The Green Society gets down and dirty to see what’s up with your trash GINA ELLEFSEN What other way to spend a few hours on a Saturday dumpster diving and trash sorting than with some great company for a great cause. The UNB Green Society did just that! In UNBSJ’s first ever waste audit we had the opportunity to dig through a sample of the campus’ garbage to find out just what is going in all those trash bins. On November 26th, I took part in the first of a series of waste audits being held by the UNBSJ Green Society. These waste audits are done to quantify the amount and types of wastes generated by the University. It is a process that requires some dirty work, but the information collected will ultimately help improve our waste management practices here at UNBSJ. I know, sorting through waste sounds disgusting, but it really isn’t that bad. A sorting station was setup in a well ventilated area, the UNB parking lot, keeping smells minimal and all the protective and sorting gear was provided. After suiting up and collecting garbage bags from a few dumpsters around campus, the bags were brought to the sorting station. Together with Sean Haughian, organizer of the waste audit, Brenda McCallum, from the Fundy Region

Solid Waste Commission, Kristen Legault (another student) and I, the bag contents were sorted into eighteen separate categories, determined by the type of waste, like coffee cups, tissue paper, or milk containers. These were summarized into four larger categories, based on what we could be doing with the waste: recyclables, divertible, compostable, and things we must send to the landfill. One of the perhaps not so surprising, but attention-grabbing, results is that this university drinks a lot of java, and we have the trash to prove it. Not only did these cups make up 12% of the waste by volume, they’re also not recyclable, and with each of those cups comes one complimentary non-recyclable plastic lid. Students and faculty could greatly reduce UNB’s waste production by simply taking the initiative to switch to reusable mugs. By choosing a reusable mug you are easing the strain on the local landfill, and lessening the negative environmental and economical affects created by coffee cup manufacturing. Because of this, one of the Green Society’s new goals is now to give out as many reusable coffee cups as we can afford to our students. UNB has shown us that they are environmentally conscience with the construction of the first green

building on campus, the Hans W. Klohn Commons. Now it is up to the people who go here to show them we want green waste practices in place. Of all the waste collected and sorted only 16% was landfill “appropriate.” The other 84% could have been composted, recycled, or diverted by the consumer. UNBSJ does not currently have a sorting system for much of this waste, like plastics and compost, but there are ways to reduce our waste right now that are not being used to their potential. Despite the presence of the Green Society’s bottle and can recycling bins, and the university office-paper and cardboard recycling containers that are distributed around campus, we still found that mixed paper (7%), cardboard (5%), and bottles and cans (10%) made up a large amount of the total waste. This waste can be reduced or diverted from our trash bins by making a choice to be environmentally proactive. So grab yourself a reusable coffee cup and join us in improving our waste management practices at UNBSJ. For information on how to get involved in Green Society activities on campus, email unbgreensociety@ gmail.com.

The sorting process.

Recyclable 34%

To Landfill 16%

Compostable 22%

Divertable 29%

Composition of UNBSJ waste (by volume).

Laugh your school-related anxieties away at UNBSJ’s Comedy Night THOMAS JOHANSEN Students held their sides and bent over from laughter last Tuesday, when UNBSJ held a Comedy Night, bringing in live comedians to perform for the crowd. Coming from Comedy Records out of Toronto, they brought out their best material and succeeded in distracting our students from their crippling amount of schoolwork for a night, letting them relax and have fun, if only for a little while.

About 40 people showed up, making the crowd a humble, but easy to perform in front of. The headliner, Tim Nasiopoulos, was joined by Nick Reynoldson and Monty Scott. The three got lots of laughs out of the crowd, who overall enjoyed themselves. It being a modest sized group, there was plenty of time to tease the crowd and make the night more engaging for both the comedians and the audience. It was held in the bar, and gave

the night a far more relaxed and personal atmosphere. Holding it there instead of the cafeteria was the right decision, and will most likely impact decisions regarding where future events will be held. Overall the three comedians were well received by the audience, and were well worth coming in to see. Future comedy nights will be held on campus, and students are welcome to attend and laugh away their mountains of engineering work.

To the left of the yellow line is 84% of the waste (compostable, divertable, & recyclables), and to the right is the 16% landfill appropriate.

Instruments of Peace give to Self defense on campus a new UNBSJ community CASEY SHELLEY

and necessary class SAMANTHA TINKER With the memory of the indecent act committed on campus in September, safety has been on the minds of students at UNBSJ. Joe Hatfield believes there have been more assaults against women throughout Canada. A third degree black belt with ten years involved in mixed martial arts, Hatfield has good reason to be concerned about violence against women. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found people between the ages of 18-24 are at the highest risk of being victims of stalking. 1 in 5 women in post-secondary education are sexu-

ally assaulted (either attempted or completed). In the same age group, women also face the highest rate of intimate partner abuse. Hatfield, a graduate of UNBSJ, has started a self-defense program on campus beginning February 9. He said, “I don’t want to come in and make everyone master ninjas. I want to address the psychology of predators and bullies, what makes a target and what we can change [so we don’t look like targets].” The class will be held in three sessions and while it does emphasize ways to protect oneself through getting away from the assailant, and breaking away from grabs and

chokes, Hatfield wants people to understand a bit of self-defense so they can avoid a dangerous situation. “Having a bit of self defense knowledge goes a long way,” Hatfield explained. “[The indecent act in September] was one of the factors,” Hatfield said when asked about his reasons for starting the class. He continued, “I want to try to contribute back to the school. I don’t want this kind of thing to continue.” For more information about this class or to register for it, see Donna McCullum in Athletics or e-mail her at Donna.McCullum@unb.ca.

The UNBSJ Christian Fellowship and the Instruments of Peace joined together in an amazing effort to create the event entitled ‘Finding and Sustaining Peace Today: Post Christmas Reflections on Hope.’ The event featured Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, Honourable Graydon Nicholas, as the guest speaker. It brought the student body together in order to create a feeling of a positive and peaceful new year. Nicholas shared stories of difficulty in his personal life such as racism and career choice. The challenges thrown in the path of university students can be great – one of the many experiences that Nicholas himself can relate to. When explain-

ing the difficulty of maintaining peace, Nicholas said, “The key to maintaining peace is respect.” Following the presentation, audience members were invited to ask Nicholas their questions. Nicholas was asked what advice he had for university students when it comes to maintaining peace. Nicholas responded by stating, “Each one of us is an agent of peace.” He also gave the audience uplifting advice, “Never give up, always work hard and try something new.” The event was a definite success with a modest but extremely receptive audience. He was well received, as was evident when one audience member said, “You are an inspiration, I’m so glad to have had the pleasure of hearing you speak.”


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Accessibility Center a great resource for students

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Rob Mather is ready and willing to help students who need assistance throughout their university career.

COURTNEY BOUDREAU Rob Mather, a counselor at the Student Accessibility Center said, “The Accessibility Centre works with student with disabilities. We assist them in creating a plan to help them achieve their academic potential.” If grades are slipping or you find yourself having a hard time focusing, it may not hurt to ask about assistance offered at UNBSJ. “We provide a quiet place for students to write tests and exams, assist them in finding peer note makers and communicate with their professors,” Mather explained. Some students have speculations that the Student Accessibility center is an easier alternative to traditional methods of taking tests but Mather states this is not the case, “Awareness is a big thing we need to work on: we don’t want that opinion going around.” Mather says he often hears once people

understand what the Accessibility Center does, and that once they do, they wish they had used the service sooner. Mather takes many precautions regarding security when he prepares to give tests to students. Professors give him the test, which is kept in a locked file until handed to the student. There are always invigilators overlooking the testing area. The invigilators take the test when it is complete and it is given directly to the department secretary or professor (the tests are never slid under doors or left unattended). If it is written at nighttime, the test is put in a locked drop box in the accessibility center, which only Rob Mather has the key to. In order to use the Accessibility Center, you do need to have medical documents from a health professional. If you think you are having trouble, start looking for help, Student Services offers a variety of options for everybody. To contact Rob Mather, e-mail SJaccess@ UNB.ca.

Live classical music comes to UNBSJ THOMAS JOHANSEN After a two week stay in France and finishing up a European tour, a string quartet from Saint John, made up of two violinists, a viola and a cello player are back and bringing their music to UNBSJ. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. The group will be performing the Smetana String Quartet in e minor, in the Whitebone Lounge on the 26th of January, at I o’clock. Composed of violinists David Adams and Laurissa Chitty, violist Christopher Buckley and cellist Sonja Adams, the four play classical music at a variety of venues around the world, and have even performed for the royal family of Britain and our own Prime Minister. Anyone who knows music beyond the pop stations around Saint John should realize how complicated some classical compositions

can be. Performing such intricate pieces and trekking the globe while playing them would no doubt require a deep background in music and music studies, of which the group has ample doses of. David Adams earned a Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto, going on to become an acclaimed conductor and soloist. Receiving the same degree from the University of Toronto, Sonja Adams currently works with children in activities ranging from musical-themed summer camps to aiding and instructing youth orchestras. Laurissa Chitty studied at the University of Ottawa, eventually receiving a Master of Music.  She has participated in programs in both Norway and Ireland for musical training, and won the Kiwanis Nationals in Chamber Music in 2007. Leaving Canada for his education, Christopher Buckley studied

at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London England. CBC radio often plays his music, and he can also be heard performing privately at school concerts, and coaching kids in music. Forming their quartet, the four come together and bring all their individual educations to the table. As a group, they have won numerous awards, one being the “Best Classical Album of the Year” award, given to their second CD at the East Coast Music Awards. People indulging in other genres who may not fully appreciate Smetana on a regular basis can still make an appearance, if not just to look cool, because classical music is, as the name implies, classy. Come and watch this phenomenal group perform, enjoy the music, tap your feet to the 19th century tunes and see why this group is award-winning.

Taking a moment to give back in February UNBSJ Blood Drive looking to be a successful event COURTNEY BOUDREAU On February 17th, The Baron will be hosting a blood drive in the Baird Dining Hall held by the Canadian Blood Services. “Giving blood is extremely important and doesn’t cost anything,” said Samantha Tinker, Editor-in-chief of The Baron. The blood drive will be held at the back of the cafeteria with partitions held up to make it private. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to donate blood from 12pm until 3pm. Tinker stated this is a great opportunity for students to get in-

volved with campus life. It’s also a benefit to students to make contacts with outside groups getting involved with UNBSJ. “Students often complain that there is never enough student life around campus,” Tinker says. “Lets do something about that,” Tinker believes that other people can get involved in both volunteer and recreational activity on campus to broaden student life. Also, she said it looks great on a resume. Tinker admits you need to know your limits, regarding how much time you can donate, but almost everyone can get a little more involved.

The blood drive will be a great opportunity for UNBSJ to give back to the community and it doesn’t take a lot of time and is free to do. Tinker says she is hoping to have at least one blood drive every semester and pave the way to keep blood drives on campus even after she’s done school. To book an appointment to donate blood, or to find out more information about donating blood, call 1-888-2-DONATE. If you have any questions about the blood drive, you can contact Samantha Tinker at editor@thebaron.ca

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UNBSJ Grad Class 2012 does Dominican with flair CASEY SHELLEY The UNBSJ Grad class of 2012 is being offered an opportunity to travel to the beautiful and tropical Dominican Republic. The exact location is Samana, Dominican Republic where white sand, welcoming locals and aqua waters await student tourists. The all-inclusive resort that will be home to accompanying travellers is a four-star hotel located in the town of Las Galeras on the Northeast coast of the island. Graduating students who decided to partake in this great opportunity of travel will have the opportunity to partake in many different excursions like catching a catamaran-a yacht with twin hulls in parallel- to a private island, zip-line adventure, the chance to

experience a 200-foot waterfall on horseback or even cruise to a national park. The trip also maintains a humanitarian aspect; participants will be given the opportunity to help make a change in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity both is Saint John and Santo Domingo (the capital city of the Dominican Republic). Lissette Serrano, the group coordinator for the trip, explained, “We have planned one day in in each location to assist with the ongoing projects making this opportunity and trip one of a kind!” The trip is sure to be a student bonding experience that will create life-lasting memories. Hurry up and get your deposits in, graduates- the blue beaches of Samana are waiting for you!

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Zhang also said, “An MC announced during the dinner that more food would be coming out soon, it was just a matter of time.” Zhang said the Hilton knew there would be 400 guests at the events. 391 people showed up. “There should have had enough food!” Zhang said. Zhang said, “[This has an] extremely bad effect on our Chinese community and the local community, however, I believe that Hilton will come up with a solution to overcome this matter.” Tim Maloney who MC’d the New Years Gala stated that he has MC’d for many other Hilton events. He said, “[There were] four or five events haven’t been properly prepared for.”

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Collins stated that these previous situations were never brought to his attention. Yang Fu, the organizer of the Gala, stated that it is a very sad situation. Fu continued by explaining the Chinese people have given a lot to the Saint John community and it is unnecessary that the Hilton was not able to do them justice for their very special night. Cora Higgins, the Circulation Manager at the Hans W. Klohn Commons, stated that there was a time during the evening where she had to go find someone to serve her coffee. Collins states the Hilton will be willing to reimburse the guests who were not fed supper during this event. COURTNEY BOUDREAU/THE BARON

Music was one of the many aspects of entertainment at the Chinese New Year gala.

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Three women dance on stage during the gala.

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St. Thomas University residence lifts alcohol ban Some regulations to stay in place for remainder of year STEPHANIE KELLY — THE AQUINIAN (ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY) A meeting was held earlier this month to discuss the future of the alcohol ban. The house committee submitted a proposal to the university’s dean of students, Larry Batt, suggesting alternatives to the prohibition. A compromise was reached and new rules for alcohol were put in place on Jan. 16. They include prohibiting glass bottles and drinking in the lounges, and guests must leave after moderate quiet hours unless signed in. In two weeks, the changes will be reviewed. If residents cooperate, the rules will gradually ease back to what they were before the ban. St. Thomas University spokesman Jeffrey Carleton said some regulations will remain in place for the rest of the year. “The only one that won’t be eased is open liquor in the hallways.” He said the alcohol ban was a matter of health and safety and was impressed by how the house committee handled the situation. “We are pretty pleased the house has taken leadership.” Residence manager Clayton Beaton said listening to Harrington’s house committee and the RA team was important when deciding what

step the residence should take next. “What we’re looking to do is to

Alcohol was banned from Harrington Hall late last semester after

paper on fire and discharging a fire extinguisher.

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After six weeks of prohibition, the Harrington Hall residence at St. Thomas University is no longer dry. re-focus the house and start second semester fresh,” he said.

a string of events led to safety concerns. They included setting toilet

House president Caitlin Doiron said though the ban wasn’t popular

at the time, it’s important to look back and see the positives that have come from it. “I feel like this was a drastic step, but it was one that was necessary. The ban is a way of showing the residents of Harrington that a change must be made,” she said. She said the alcohol ban hasn’t damaged the house or its spirit. The residents turned to dry activities, including a video game tournament. “The Raider pride is still portrayed through the halls and our spirits have not been crushed, but rather it has made us stronger,” she said. First-year student and Harrington resident Corey Arsenault said the ban was a good idea at the time. “I think that everyone behaved themselves and it definitely helped, but I think everyone kind of learned their lesson,” Arsenault said. As for Harrington’s reputation, Doiron said the ban showed there’s more to her residence than drinking. “Harrington Hall will always be known for our spirit, pride and at times loudness. If anything, the ban will have a positive change on the way people view us because we will be focusing on the good things that the house is doing.”

Journalism conference goes viral More than 160 student journalists fall ill at national conference in B.C. DYLAN WILKS — NEXUS (CAMOSUN COLLEGE) VICTORIA (CUP) It spread very, very quickly. Just one person likely hadn’t washed their hands properly; that’s how a norovirus-like illness infected more than 160 delegates attending the Canadian University Press national conference at the Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites in Victoria, B.C. “It’s highly likely that a student brought it in,” said Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) spokesperson Shannon Marshall. “There were no reports of illness from the hotel staff at all [before the conference], and our health protection officers have ruled out food poisoning.” Norovirus isn’t a pleasant experience. Sufferers feel like death. Symptoms include nausea, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting and diarrhea. It’s a common cause of gastrointestinal illness — what used to be called simply the “stomach flu” — and spreads very quickly. Anyone can get it because of how easily it’s transmitted. The virus can survive on surfaces, and touching any contaminated surface and then touching your mouth can spread it. Exposure to those who have vomited due to the virus can also contaminate others. The trouble started as Chris Jones,

a writer for Esquire, gave the final keynote speech on the evening of Jan. 14. He noticed delegates began getting up to leave while he was still speaking. After the speech ended, event organizer Jason Schreurs approached Jones and informed him that people had left due to illness. The severity of the situation didn’t become apparent to Jones until much later. “After the speech, I talked to quite a few people and shook a lot of hands,” said Jones, “and I went to bed because I was pretty tired and jet-lagged. And then Jason called at 11 o’clock to see if my wife and I were okay.” They were. But it didn’t last. “About five minutes later, it was just the most calamitous vomiting of my life, and there was just no holding it back. I was puking out of my eyeballs; I was screaming at the toilet.” Since he was only ill for about 20 minutes before feeling better, Jones thought he had simply been food poisoned. But when his wife returned from the hotel lobby she came back and let him know the situation: that it wasn’t food poisoning at all. The national conference had gone viral. “I gotta tell ya,” Jones recalled. “I have never puked like that — and I went to college.” Delegates left Jones’ keynote to bus to the gala event at the University of Victoria’s Vertigo nightclub. On one of the buses, unfortunate

delegate Brennan Bova from the Fulcrum in Ottawa had someone vomit on his head. Twitter exploded with reports of illness from delegates. There weren’t just a few people sick; there were dozens. Conference organizers quickly cancelled the gala event. Management at the Harbour Towers and B.C. Ambulance Service notified VIHA that conference delegates were getting sick. People were vomiting in elevators and on stairwells — it was getting messy.

“About five minutes later, it was just the most calamitous vomiting of my life, and there was just no holding it back. I was puking out of my eyeballs; I was screaming at the toilet.” –Chris Jones Conference co-coordinator Kristi Sipes understood how the virus could have spread so easily before people became aware of what was happening. “In the midst of the crisis, you can touch things and not know,” she said. “Our advice was that from all indications of the illness and the way that it presented itself, that it was a norovirus-like illness,” said Mar-

shall, “and because of the nature of norovirus, in a generally healthy population such as the students at this conference, the symptoms will resolve on their own within 40–48 hours of onset.” There’s no treatment for norovirus. According to Marshall, most people will recover within two to three days after becoming ill. But they will continue to be contagious for up to 48 hours after their last symptom. On the morning of Jan. 17, Sarah Petz, a delegate from the Manitoban who had made it all the way back home from the conference without experiencing symptoms, reported via Twitter that she had become ill as well. “I really thought I was in the clear until this morning,” said Petz. “I woke up feeling fine, but at about 11 I started to feel queasy and cramping. I’ve been vomiting. I’ve been rather violently ill.” By the end of the day on Jan. 17, all delegates and volunteers for the conference had checked out of the hotel. Many had waited days to leave to allow symptoms to subside. While WestJet and Air Canada provided flight re-bookings to some affected delegates with no added fees, at least one delegate was turned away at the airport and returned to the hotel. More than 75 delegates, 15 hotel staff and two speakers became ill throughout the ordeal. More have

fallen ill since their return home. And despite the outbreak of a norovirus-like illness, most who attended still considered this year’s conference to be a resounding success. Petz, who has attended CUP national conferences since 2009, said that this one stood out for her. “It was definitely an amazing conference. I think anyone that goes to the conferences will tell you that they’re so valuable for your progression as a journalist.” She laughed, and added, “I was kind of joking to one of my friends that the puking now was totally worth the conference before.” Note: It has been noted in the media that some CUP delegates vomited on the dance floor at the gala. While this makes for a lovely story, it has been confirmed as untrue. All CUP delegates were ironstomached and held their lunch until they reached public or hotel washrooms, hallways, outdoors, or buses. It is unconfirmed (and will remain as such) whether The Baron’s Editor-in-Chief left her jacket in a garbage can on the bus due to norovirus.


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Men’s basketball hurt by fouls OCEAN-LEIGH PETERS On Sunday January 22, the Seawolves played a home game against the Holland College Hurricanes. UNBSJ started the game well by taking an early lead, but it was not long before the Hurricanes caught up by making several foul shots. The Saint John boys were working hard and did not let the opposing team take the lead for very long. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes got a feel for the home team and managed to take the lead for the first quarter with a score of 24-22. Holland College upped their defence in the second quarter and were killing with impressive offensive rebounds. The first half of the game finished with UNBSJ trailing the visiting team, 43-35. In the beginning of the second half, the Seawolves made a couple quick baskets, showing that they had the will and the drive to

catch up with the Hurricanes. Their will and drive was not enough however as Holland College made their plays and baskets look more than easy. The third quarter finished with the Hurricanes increasing their lead by 69-51. In the final quarter, there was a multitude of foul shots for both teams. Coach Steve LeBlanc commented after the game, “Foul trouble hurts us.” This was evident in the last part of the game. The UNBSJ boys had obviously given up and did not have their heart in the game anymore. The final score was evidence of the boy’s shortcomings: Holland College beat out UNBSJ by 101-60. LeBlanc acknowledged the boys were not doing their best, “It was not our best effort, but it’s something to build on.”

Women’s Basketball strong finish against Holland College OCEAN-LEIGH PETERS

A decent sized crowd was present on January 22 to watch the women’s Seawolves basketball team host the Holland College Hurricanes. The UNBSJ girls started the game off well, taking the lead or keeping the score tied. The Hurricanes seemed to be having issues with getting a good shot at the basket; it took them several tries before they would make the basket. They also ran out the shot clock several times, due to hesitation on taking shots and good defence by the Seawolves. The first quarter ended with both teams neck in neck with a score of 14-15 for Holland College. The UNBSJ girls started the second quarter with a burst of energy, good plays, ball handling and 3-point shots. The Hurricanes were struggling to keep up but the Seawolves overtook them and finished the first half with a score of 42-27. After half time, Holland College

ceased running out the stop-clock but they still had troubles making their baskets. UNBSJ managed to stay 20 points ahead of the Hurricanes for most of the third quarter. The Hurricanes caught up slightly by the end of the third quarter but the Seawolves still stumped them with a score of 53-40. In the final quarter, the Hurricanes appeared discouraged and were missing easy shots and rebounds. UNBSJ did not back down even though they were in the lead. They finished the game with a winning score of 68-49. Number 14, Rachel Jefferson, was named the player of the game for the Seawolves for her effort and contributions the game. “We played good defence and we shot the ball a bit better,” Coach Kevin Munroe said, very satisfied with the girl’s performance. He continued, “We played hard for 40 minutes, even when we weren’t shooting”.

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Women’s Volleyball down Holland College in match OCEAN-LEIGH PETERS On Saturday January 22nd the UNBSJ women’s Seawolves volleyball team hosted the Holland College Hurricanes. The Seawolves looked promising during their warm up and did not disappoint during the match. UNBSJ took an early lead, obviously enthusiastic and prepared for the game. They went on to win the first set with a score of 25-8, not even allowing the Hurricanes to hit the double digits. The home team continued to dominate as they won the second set with a score of 25-16. Coach John Hooper was heard from the

stands shouting words of encouragement to the girls as they started the third set of the match. The last set was similar to the first and second as UNBSJ continued to own the court. They won the final set with a score of 25-18. The Holland College girls improved slightly near the end of the match, but it was too late. The Hurricanes tried to make a come back but were to slow to respond and often watched as the ball hit the floor with out moving towards it to give UNBSJ easy points. Coach Hooper commented on the match, “Our serves and serves received are better.”

During the match it was clear that the Seawolves have been working on their serves, which helped them to their victory. Seawolf number 3, Veronique Bastarache, a powerful hitter and number 14, Samantha Jubinville-Mah, are examples of two of the girls who demonstrated the progress they have made on their serves. Number 11, Rebecca Van Snick, was named player of the game for the UNBSJ girls. Hooper said, “She blocked and played well.” Van Snick was quick to compliment her teammates when asked about the game, saying, “We played well as a team and let the other team make the mistakes.”

Good start didn’t lead to strong finish OCEAN-LEIGH PETERS

The UNBSJ men’s Volleyball team faced off against the Holland College Hurricanes and ended up losing the match on January 22. Coach Wayne Manuel said, “We played nervous today [and] it was us not executing the way we feel we should”. The Seawolves started off admirably with a slight early lead. Unfortunately, the lead did not last long but they did manage to keep the score tied at the beginning of the first set. As the set progressed, the Hurricanes took over despite nice points achieved by UNBSJ with soft taps

over the net by number 8, Dakota Lutes, and dramatic floor slides by number 2, Thomas Harris. Despite the effort, the Seawolves lost the first set to Holland College with a score of 25-21. During the second set, the Hurricanes took the lead almost instantly, but the UNBSJ boys were not far behind. The most exciting (and perhaps funny) event of the second set was when one of the Seawolves, number 6 Benoit Allison, was going for the ball but had to much momentum and fell into the curtain that separates the courts in the gym. Even though it was entertaining, Holland College still won the sec-

ond set by 7 points. In the third set the Seawolves were evidently getting tired and frustrated but that did not stop then from trying to make a come back. Harris continued to make friends with the floor by diving for the ball and number 10, Alex Langille was enthusiastic and encouraging to his teammates while they were on the court. In the end, UNBSJ lost the final set with a score of 25-15. Coach Manuel was clearly disappointed in the loss, he said, “[The boys] ran most of the game but, [they] played a little flat- to many unforced errors”.

Men’s volleyball: victory at last OCEAN-LEIGH PETERS The UNBSJ Men’s Seawolves Volleyball team had their first victory of the season on Saturday January 28th against the Université Sainte-Anne Dragons. The first set foreshadowed how the match would end. The Seawolves took the lead, clearly excited and full of energy. The Dragons had difficulties the entire set; they had trouble setting up the ball, they watched the ball hit the floor within bounds several times and were not able to hit the ball often or they hit it right out of bounds. The final score for the first set was 25-16 for the home team.

In the second set it was clear that Sainte-Anne was not giving up so easily. They upped their game and proved to be a challenge for the Seawolves. The UNBSJ boys lost points by thinking the ball was out a couple times when it was really with in bounds. The points for the second set went back and forth between the two teams, but the final score was 25-23 for the Dragons. After such a close loss in the second set, the Seawolves stepped up their game and won the third set with a score of 25-12. The crowd expressed their excitement with some unusually loud cheering for the home team. In the forth and final set

the encouragement and confidence could be seen radiating off the boys. The last set consisted of great plays by the Seawolves and little effort from the Dragons to catch up. The final score of the match was 2512 for the Seawolves. The player of the game for the Seawolves was number 2, Thomas Harris, who was encouraging and on point the entire match. Coach Wayne Manuel was impressed and proud of the UNBSJ boys. Manuel said, “The win is good for them, they’ve come a long way and they’ve been practicing hard and deserve a win.”

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Have freezing fun: things to do during Whatsup, UNBSJ the Maritime winter Upcoming events CASEY SHELLEY

The familiar green tapestry of grass that usually covers the ground has vanished; the forever-present sun makes shorter appearances and days at the beach seem like a distant memory. Blankets of snow, sheets of ice and frost, have replaced all of these wonderful summer activities: you guessed it- the Maritime winter is upon us. Check out some activities that will get you outdoors and make winter memories abundant. The presence of snow creates many fun and free activities for people of all ages- sledding is an activity that never fails to please. Grab a sled, some friends and head to your local hill for the ride of your life! One extremely popular sliding hill in Saint John is located at the airport. It is a great opportunity to get outside, breathe some fresh air and feel a rush of adrenaline while you speed your way down the hill. Once you are finished sledding, why not take part in a snowball fight? Grab some snow, roll it into a ball and give your arm the best swing possible while throwing it at opponents. You can even create teams to have a “snowball war”. If you are seeking a more casual activity to indulge in, try making snow angels. This can be done by lying on snow-covered ground and moving your legs and arms up and down simultaneously- the finished product will be the figure of an angel on the ground! Sleigh rides are another relaxing snow-related activity. This service is offered in the city at Rockwood Park- hop aboard a sleigh with friends or family and be escorted around Saint John’s beautiful Rockwood Park by large horses while enjoying the scenery. Sleigh rides can be booked by calling 506-633-7659. Cross-country skiing and snow-

shoeing are also activities offered by Rockwood Park, the park is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Crabbe Mountain and Poley Mountain are areas to head if you’re interested in going downhill skiing.

ping Centre and at the Quispamsis town hall. Grab your ice skates and head to your local pond that is sure to be frozen. Ask around if you’re unsure about the safety of the ice. Hockey, of course, can be played

in your area. Overall, just because winter is upon us does not mean that you have to worry about being attacked by the abdominal snowman- it just means that you are being given

Feb 2- If you need some extra time, Leigh-Ellen Thomas might be able to help you manage yours better. Check out her seminar in Oland Hall G31 at 2:30 or e-mail her at lethomas@unb.ca. Feb 3- Traffic Light Party: If you’re wearing red, you’re taken, in green means your single and yellow is just complicated. The fun begins at 10pm at Colonel Tuckers. Drink specials and prizes will be given out!! Feb 5- Super Bowl XLVI party at Colonel Tuckers bar! Free pizza, no cover and 2 for 1 beer specials!

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While this sport may look dangerous, UNBSJ student Douglas Mallock assured us he knew exactly what he was doing. Both these areas are about 90 minutes outside of Saint John and everyone tends to have their personal favourite. For more information, check out their websites at www. poleymountain.com and www. crabbemountain.com. If there is an absence of snow this winter, don’t fear- there is still fun to be had. Ice-skating is a fun and free way to enjoy the winter- there are numerous public skating rinks located around the city of Saint John including one near East Point Shop-

during the winter months- players can even create their own rink of ice on which to play by covering a solid ground surface with water and allowing it to freeze over. Ice fishing, another popular Maritime past-time, is a fun community oriented activity. Build your own ice-fishing shack from wood, find a safe and secure location (on a river inhabited by fish) to place your shack and fish with friends and family partaking in the same activity. Check if you need a licence to fish

more opportunity to have creative fun. If you’re cold and bored don’t sit inside next to the fireplace- dress warmly and head outside in the snow because adventure is waiting for you! Casey Shelley is a staff-writer at The Baron. She is currently in front of her roaring fireplace with a fortress of heated blankets, hot chocolate, mittens and plane tickets to Cuba.

Aiding student’s in their resolutions Johansen helps you keep up your goals for 2012 THOMAS JOHANSEN The month of January has gone by, and everyone knows what that means: so have the resolutions of many New Year’s Eve party-goers. Old habits are beginning to creep back, and The Baron, being the humanitarian newspaper that we are, can’t sit idly by and watch people fall back onto what was last year’s routine. That’s why we have decided to publish a cheat sheet of sorts to help propel those life changes off the ground. These are a few pointers to help make your resolutions more permanent. There are a few common things people try to change about themselves toward the end of the year. If you can’t relate to any of these, try to work on being less of an individual, because you’re making the rest of us look bad. If you do relate, have fun bettering yourself ! Losing weight is a big one. Although thanks to the internet and its slew of self-help websites, no task is

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insurmountable. Paige Waehner, author of About.com’s “How to Lose Weight - The Basics of Weight Loss” says: “To lose one pound of fat, you must burn approximately 3500 calories over and above what you already burn doing daily activities.” While this sounds like a pretty hefty job, it’s broken down into four steps further into the piece. By figuring out your basal metabolic rate as well as your level of activity and your calorie intake, and adding them all up, you can find out just how much weight you’re losing (or gaining). In order to calculate this, Waehner writes: “take your BMR number and add your activity calories. Then subtract your food calories from that total. If you’re eating more than your BMR + your activity calories, you’re at risk for gaining weight.” Besides weight loss, quitting smoking is another common resolution made on New Year’s. The Canadian Lung Association recommends making for yourself a “quit date,” a

day on the calendar that you decide to stop. Look up various methods for quitting, from the Nicorette patch to self-help groups, and when the date comes, take the helm and use whatever method works for you to quit. Making an effort to help people, more often than not the less fortunate, is also a popular resolution. This one isn’t too difficult; instead of splurging on that $200 pair of shoes, donate that money to various charities instead or save it for a time when you really need it. Money is a problem everyone faces, so naturally, getting around to managing your finances is another common New Year’s resolution. Now, there isn’t nearly enough room to get into economic theory or cite financial advice to any degree that would be useful, so let’s just take solstice in the fact that other people besides you are dealing with money problems and move on. A rather big and vague resolution is made by many people, phrased

something like ‘being happier’ or ‘enjoying life more.’ This depends purely on the person. Kenneth Branagh, for instance, takes to meditation and casting himself as the lead in Shakespeare re-enactments. Do whatever makes you happy this year, be it sitting cross-legged on a rock or trying to pass yourself off as a Danish prince who is half your age. There are obviously more life changes than these few that people decide to go through, but they all share a common theme of initiativetaking. It seems it isn’t just your professors that expect you to manage yourself and make sure you keep your act together; life has to be on you about it, too. No matter, do what feels right and you’ll end up being happy in the end – probably. With that said, happy New Year and good luck this term from the Baron, or at least from me anyway.

Feb 6- Alexander McLeod will be reading from his book “Light Lifting” at 7pm in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre as part of the Lorenzo Reading Series. Feb 9-If you need help with making notes or just want to get better, stop by Leigh-Ellen Thomas’ seminar on better note taking at 2:30pm in Oland Hall G31. Feb 9- Joe Hatfield will be holding a female self-defense course in the Games Room of the Athletics Center at 6pm. Anyone interested must preregister by emailing dmccullu@unb.ca or drop by the Athletics office. Feb 9&10- Grad photos in the Whitebone Lounge. The signup sheet can be found in the SRC office. Feb 17- Blood Donor Clinic to be held in the Cafeteria between 12-3. To book an appointment call 1-888-2-DONATE or just drop by. Feb 22- Mass on Campus in the Whitebone Lounge at 12:45. For more information, call Sister Roma at 635-5505.

If you have events happening on or off campus that you would like featured in What’s Up UNBSJ send us an email to editor@thebaron.ca. Be sure to include in your subject line “campus event”.


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Ways to increase your productivity in the Hans W. Klohn Commons

Mobile Learning Technology and the UNB Saint John iPad Pilot Project

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A nursing student enjoys the benefits of working with an iPad.

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THOMAS JOHANSEN With the erection of the University’s new Commons, many students have taken to studying in this exciting new domain of glass and chandeliers because it looks, and let’s not mince words here, nothing short of beautiful. But sit down and make yourself comfortable for more than a few minutes and you’re bound to realize that working quietly there is about as achievable as making it out of Wal-Mart alive on a Saturday. You may be able to make it through, sure, but not without giving up a rather sizable portion of your sanity. Can’t study for your midterm with all the calamity going on around you? Try these tips and in no time you’ll have ample room in the commons for studying, all to yourself. Tip 1 – Stop showering. One of the first rules of socializing is that no one wants to talk to you if you

smell. Come to school in the same clothes you wore yesterday, and see the difference. Once a strange green vapour starts seeping out the sleeves of your t-shirt every time you raise your arms up to stretch, you can bet it’ll be pretty quiet around you. Tip 2 – Buy an MP3 player (no free endorsement for Apple on my watch) and bring it with you to study. Load it up with gigabytes of death metal, and crank the volume up when you sit down and crack open your textbook. The angry screaming and guitar solos lacking actual melodies will drive away all sentient life from your area, giving you plenty of time to yourself. Tip 3 – Practice giving dirty looks in the mirror. A true grimace of rancid proportions can scare away even tigers. Master this, and no frat boy, no matter how loud and obnoxious, will dare to talk about how rocking of a weekend he had while

he’s in your vicinity. Tell them with your eyes that tables are for books, not beer pong. Tip 4 – Talk to yourself wherever you go. Walking through the tunnels alone and someone passes you by? Start muttering about how much of an idiot you are and how your parents don’t understand you. In the lineup at Tim Horton’s beside total strangers? Cock your neck forward a bit and whisper to yourself about all the different people you hate. You’ll have silence at your work area, but you may still be hearing voices regardless. Tip 5 – Sit outside.

well, they can last you years. Is your boot leather, suede, rubber or a combination or just plastic? If it is plastic, it likely will only last the one season and all you can do is just keep them clean and dry to hope they make it to April. There are spray-on sealants you can buy from any shoe store. Just tell them what your boot is made of and they will help you pick up the right one to ensure your leather, suede or rubber boot will withstand the winter weather. The spray has to go on before you wear the boots otherwise, salt and dirt will get in the way and you will not get a true seal. Often you will need two to three coats of the sealant, which smells rather bad so spray them outside or in a shed. Remember, this sealant is mostly for water

resistance. Even while wearing your boots, there are proper ways to care for them. Clean and dry is always best, but it is winter in Canada. Also, just because you’re wearing boots doesn’t mean you should go ahead and walk through that giant puddle of icy water. Water resistant does not mean waterproof. Take the time to wash off your boots, especially if you had to walk through slush. Any salts on the roads will get all over your boots and start to break them down. This is why it is so important to wash them off, especially before you put them away until next year otherwise, next season, you will find them corroded by the salt or see the rubber sole split open.

If this article seems to end abruptly, it’s because Johansen thoroughly tested each of his tips and is now sitting in the hospital with frostbite on his hands, feet, and other unspecified areas.

Winter footwear do’s and dont’s JOE CURTIS

These are a few of the obvious truths of our fine winters but there are many things that even Canadians don’t think about such as winter boots. Boots are an investment purchase that helps keep us upright as we walk outside. Take a moment to examine your footwear with these fine tips. Invest in winter boots, not just the fashionable faux-fur lined and especially not high heel. These boots tend to have little to no traction. With the risk of winter falls resulting in broken bones, this is one winter weather tip you really want to pay attention too. Make sure your boots are cared for properly. If you care for them

Mobile technologies, such as cellular telephones and tablet computers, are increasingly changing the manner in which we do business, connect and collaborate with each other, and participate in the online world. Now, mobile technology at UNB Saint John is beginning to dramatically change the way students interact and learn in the classroom. Last year a portion of the Student Technology Fee (STF) was used to purchase 60 iPads for use in a campus wide pilot project. Subsequently, faculty members were given the opportunity to submit an application to have specific courses included in the trial. After a thorough screening process, courses in the Department of Nursing as well as the Faculty of Business were chosen as successful candidates to pilot this emerging technology in the classroom. Karen Keiller, Director of the Information Services and Systems department (ISS) at UNB Saint John, has stressed that mobile devices are playing an increasingly larger role in the academic process and that this pilot project “is a wonderful opportunity to test out the potential of the iPad to enhance teaching and learning”. It is beginning to be widely understood that technology in the classroom has the potential to drastically change the way students learn and interact during the traditional lecture. This is true not only in higher education but instead the impact of technology is being felt throughout the entire educational system from the primary grades through postsecondary. As Keiller states, “Faculty can look for applications that are specific for their discipline, use those resources in the class, and also start integrating applications that can help give the professor immediate feedback in the class.” This is not your traditional university lecture and presents an incredible opportunity for student engagement. Further to simply changing the way students engage in the classroom lecture is the notion that eTextbooks may soon render the traditional textbook obsolete. The entire textbook industry may be on the cusp of a substantial overhaul. In fact, it was revealed in the Steve Jobs biography (former CEO of Apple)

that Jobs felt the textbook industry was ‘ripe for destruction.’ Earlier this month Apple launched two products that marked their entry into the eTextbook market. iBooks2 for the iPad and iBook Authour (for MacOSX) seemingly have the potential to revolutionize the eTextbook market. iBooks2 allows consumers to download digital versions of textbooks onto the iPad while iBook Author enables anyone to create their very own eTextbook. If you have not yet experienced eTextbooks on the iPad I encourage you to download the title “Life on Earth” to begin to appreciate the enriching experience that fully interactive digital textbooks can offer. These tools permit us to start imagining a time when instead of purchasing $100’s of dollars of paper textbooks (that are out of date as soon as they are printed), we can imagine a student with a tablet computer or e-reader having access to up-to-date resources in an easy to carry format. The project is still young but the feedback from involved students and faculty has thus far been encouraging. Professor Pam Pastarik, who successfully piloted the technology the year states, “Millennial students feel that professors who use technology as part of the classroom experience are valuing their unique ways of knowing and learning in the world.” Indeed, mobile technology is having a significant impact on the learning process and the iPad pilot is only one example where this is taking place. Apple may or may not transform the eTextbook marketplace through iBook but what is clear is that mobile technologies will continue to play an increasingly prominent role in our digital lives. The UNB Saint John iPad pilot project is a terrific example of how a physically small University can embrace technology and become a leader in providing leading edge technology to faculty and students. The project is still young but the feedback from involved students and faculty has thus far been encouraging. Wayne Hansen is the Manager of Student Technology at UNB Saint John. He can be reached at whansen@unb.ca or follow him on twitter @WayneDHansen.


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An annual tradition for The Baron once again has Bruce delving into who will win and who will lose JONATHAN BRUCE As the year of 2011 ended, audiences were treated to several great feature films, but only one will receive the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture at the 84th annual ceremony. Although the notion of a black & white silent film made in 2011 raised eyebrows in the ‘Best Picture’ category, The Artist has been the subject of massive critical acclaim and the recipient of several awards. Hugo is also a tribute to the early days of cinema- except it is shot in colour with sound. Based on the true story of the Oakland A’s, Moneyball has been described as one of the greatest sports films of all time. Critics have described the character drama The Descendants as touching,

funny, and moving. The Tree of Life has been critically praised as a moving exploration of life and death, but it faces great competition in its fellow nominees. Based on the children’s novel, War Horse is another strong contender for its historical accurate portrayal of World War I, but the strength of the previously listed films might prevent it from winning Best Picture. Of all the nominees, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is unique for having received negative reviews due to its use of 9/11 as a plot device and forced attempts at overly sentimental drama. Despite receiving positive review and strong box office returns, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was not given a nomination. Although George Clooney’s critically lauded

The Ides of March was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, it did not receive a Best Picture nomination either. Having been subjected to accusations of historical inaccuracy, Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar was also ignored by the Academy. The ‘Best Actor’ nominees are quite diverse in their performances and types of films. Previously unknown to audiences outside of France, Jean Dujardin has shot to fame for his role as a down-on-hisluck silent film star in The Artist, and he appears to be a dark horse contender for the Oscar. In The Descendants, George Clooney played against his smooth-talking, womanizing image as a troubled parent who learns to connect with others, and he could provide strong competition to Dujardin. Brad Pitt gives

a good performance as the real-life manager of the Oakland A’s baseball team in Moneyball. Over a thirtyyear career, British thespian Gary Oldman has been woefully overlooked for past performances, but he has earned his first nomination as secret agent George Smiley in the period drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Rounding out the candidates in Demian Bichir for A Better Life. Despite winning praise for his transformation into J. Edgar Hoover, Leonardo DiCaprio was noticeably overlooked for his role in J. Edgar. Out of all the categories, the tightest competition will be in the race for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Glenn Close has received rave reviews for her role as a woman posing as male in Albert Nobbs, while

Michelle Williams is being lauded for her portrayal of troubled actress Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn. Despite being accused of portraying a black maid stereotype, Viola Davis’ strong performance in The Help has struck a chord with audiences and critics alike. Rooney Mara scores her first nomination as the troubled computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. However, it is Meryl Streep’s performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady that has filmgoers gushing with praise. This could be Streep’s fourth Oscar win. All will be revealed on February 26th, 2012.

cafeteria. Roommate Code 2- Thou shall do thy dishes in a timely manner: If you dirtied it, then you clean it. Don’t let the sink overflow with greasy, crusty or mouldy dishes. Dishes shouldn’t sit too long, but allow your roommate a grace period of 24 hours before you get on their case about it. Remember we’re all busy students and may not be able to get to them right after dinner. Roommate Code 3- Thou shall not be a slob: You’re roommate is not your maid, so be considerate and pick up after yourself. This includes throwing out your old food and garbage; that stuff can stink as well as attracts bugs and vermin (gross) which no one wants. You’re responsible for your personal space but try and devise a cleaning schedule for common areas. Roommate Code 4- Thou shall not hog the bathroom: Be considerate of each other’s schedules, you

both need time in the bathroom but you need to work around when you and your roommate have classes, work etc‌ Exceptions to this code include if you’re roommate has to get ready for a special even such as a date or job interview, or if they violate code 9 (see below). Roommate Code 5- Thou shall replace the roll: It’s never a good experience when you sit down on the throne and there’s no toilet paper. With that in mind you should always replace the roll if you see cardboard. This code also includes sharing the duty of purchasing toilet paper, you need to take turns. Roommate Code 6- Thou shall respect thy roommate’s personal space: Don’t touch your roommate’s thing unless authorized. Some people can be a little touchy about their personal effects, so be respectful and get permission first. Roommate Code 7- Thou shall be considerate: Before you play

loud music or have friends over think about your roommate and whether or not they have an early class or have to study for a big midterm. Also consider their feelings, if they’re having a bad day or personal problems, try and be understanding and compassionate. Roommate Code 8- Thou shall not sweat thy roommate out: Find a happy medium with the heat in your room, a temperature you’re both comfortable with. Avoid the extremes, not everyone likes a sauna or the arctic. Exceptions to this code would be illness or hypothermia. Roommate Code 9- Thou shall not stink: Shower regularly, don’t just bathe in Axe or perfume. No one likes BO and your roommate might be sensitive to strong perfumes. If a roommate violates this code due to extended time at the gym or work, code 4 can be amended to fit the situation. Roommate Code 10- Thou shall

be open and honest with thy roommate: Everyone is different, which can make it hard for two people to live together. So if you have any issues take them up nicely with your roommate and try to work out your problems. This works both ways, be understanding and patient with your roommate if they have issues with you. If all else fails get in touch with your Residence Advisor, and they will help you sort it out. For many res students this is your first time living with another person that’s not a family member and it can be hard. If you follow the Roommate Code you’ll have better luck cohabitating with your roommate and you might even end the year with a new life long friend.

The Residence Review: The Roommate Code

OCEAN-LEIGH PETERS

As a residence student, chances are that you have had, will have or do have a roommate. Some roommates are good, some are bad, but if you follow an unspoken set of roommate guidelines then you are more likely to survive the year without being killed by the person you live with, or charged with murder yourself. The following code has been devised with the safety and sanity of those who live together in mind. Roommate Code 1- Thou shall not eat thy roommate’s food: We’re university students and thus we are broke, making food a valuable and expensive resource. So when you reach for your box of Cheerios and it’s empty, you’ll get a little cranky if you’re roommate ate it all. To avoid a food fight, get permission from your roommate to eat their food or better yet invest in a meal plan at the monday 7.00am

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the record box andrew chiasson open format alt-country, rock, pop, folk

friday local 107.3 top 30 brian cleveland & anthony enman all the colours of the CFMH rainbow!

local 107.3 top 30 brian cleveland & anthony enman all the colours of the CFMH rainbow!

the karma police cynn dukes & shawn goff open format music and youth topics

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john acker early blues, folk, C&W     anthony enman, jud crandall & peter macdonald new/local music, topical topics

a breath of fresh air philip ward easy listening, C&W, jazz, folk

the music of your life don scott classic sounds & styles of pop, easy listening, classical, C&W and more

the green majority        news hour, from toronto’s CUIT-fm

 

national canadian community radio news magazine terra informa international & canadian environmental news

from tucker park road (encore) arif hussain, jonathan simmons & jason melanson      

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     social, political and cultural news

 TGLB news, arts and more

 TGLB news, arts and more

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a breath of fresh air (encore) philip ward easy listening, C&W, jazz, folk         john acker early blues, folk, C&W

rock o’clock derek wurts open format pop & roll music for your tea time with the mayor of rock.

   aaron daigle spreading the gospel of damn good music

A-PAC tim morgan comedy radio north meets south joaquin zubizarreta cultural music and talk from all points on the compass girl on girl jessica aucoin rock, trip hop, acid jazz and anything else goes for ladies’ night! 90 minutes of pure delight stefan warner & nicholas hamilton open format rock, pop, indie        dj hawk from the programming archives vinyl & classic funk, soul, hip hop, R&B

carnival n’ caravan vaults jordan vail rock, psyche, world, jazz

tin can beach doug anderson the wind is perfect, the air is salty and it’s time to stetch out a pair of stiff wings...

the elements rob p & dj ziggaloop hip hop

51% the progam about women the green majority        news hour, from toronto’s CUIT-fm

     social, political and cultural news  

national canadian community radio news magazine

rock contours (encore) mark o’connor rock, pop, indie, new music pushing buttons gavin downes amazing weekly theme shows!

the mixed tape brian cleveland & tom o’connell local, indie rock, psychedelic rock/pop

eclectic cauldron shakti topics from the goddess realm   sabrina jacques & adam mowery dusty weirdness and pop punch-outs! hump day hootenanny mikey hotrod country & western, bluegrass & honky tonk electronic intelligence greg hickman the spectrum of electronic music

rock contours mark o’connor rock, pop, indie, new music departures wayne hansen & andrea bainbridge travel tips, talk and tunes

rusty rail saloon kim blackier roots, folks & alt-country



      sean boyer eclectic rock, jazz & avant-garde noise

hump day hootenany (encore) mikey hotrod country & western, bluegrass & honky tonk

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 santos ruyan latin rhythms

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the nameless nancies nancy 1 & nancy 2 open format nancy-boy tunes

the mixed tape (encore) brian cleveland & tom o’connell local, indie rock, psychedelic rock/pop

    (encore) anthony enman, jud crandall & peter macdonald new/local music, topical topics

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melancholy mike’s mystical music mike mcgillivray smooth pop & fusion

wednesday

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from tucker park road arif hussain, jonathan simmons & jason melanson       4.00pm

under the radar linda minor open format spanning genres of weird & wooly booly pop, rock & roll & psyche.

sunday afternoon jazz & blues daniel ‘the man’ leger cool jazz, cookin’ blues and world music

rusty rail saloon kim blackier roots, folks & alt-country

smashed blocked sir lord bobby babylon the wooly, booly, weird bleak rock & roll underbelly

    dj hawk from the programming archives vinyl & classic funk, soul, hip hop, R&B

digital syrup julius malco & rob parsons gaming, computers & technology

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   scott livingstone goth, metal

late night special adam & alex open format

peanut butter jam daniel lapp dance, hip hop, urban electronic and more in a block party style!

smashed blocked (encore) sir lord bobby babylon the wooly, booly, weird bleak rock & roll underbelly

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     tune in and let both classics from the CFMH archives as well as new broadcasts from the week take you into the wee small hours!

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   the war and peace report with amy goodman and juan gonzalez

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friday at one catholic and christian community talk

   in-depth and unbiased news from frontlines and at home

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the record box (encore) andrew chiasson open format alt-country, rock, pop, folk

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   in-depth and unbiased news from frontlines and at home

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   the war and peace report with amy goodman and juan gonzalez

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saturday the other black music / ambiance congo dj graybeard / david noyes soul, afrobeat, hip hop, reggae, from WRIR 97.3 FM in richmond, VA

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campus & community radio saint john

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LOCAL 107.3fm programming schedule • Summer 2011

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     tune in and let classics from the CFMH archives as well as new broadcasts from the week start your day!

The Baron has been informed that Peters is a lovely roommate but has made prospective future roomies, sign and follows all her own rules, holding Code 9 to highest regard.


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arts and entertainment

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

On Words Top 10 Annoying Misuses of the English Language LISA ARMSTRONG My friends assume I am a freak about language; they affectionately call me a nerd when it comes to words. However, I know that I am not alone in feeling annoyed at some of the more blatant misuses of English heard or read every day. Maybe you, too, get that “nails on a chalkboard” sensation when you hear someone mangling the language. Language evolves this way, I know, and I try not to preach too much. After all, without people butchering English, we would still be saying “brid” instead of “bird”, and “deru” instead of “tree”. Nonetheless, I have compiled my first ever Top Ten List (with some contributions from friends), and am dedicating it to my (absolutely subjective) choice of the most exasperating sins against English. 10. Their/There/They’re – I know I’m not alone in this one; you’ve all shaken your heads at your Facebook friends who get

this wrong. Learn the difference, please. They all mean different things. (To/too/two can also be substituted here.) 9. Accept/except and Affect/ effect – I can’t get too mad at these ones; they are tricky sometimes. Accept means consent to receive, while except means not including. Look up affect and effect in the dictionary. Really, as soon as you can. 8. Apostrophe Abuse – A fellow linguistics student pointed this one out to me, but it does bug me to see people carelessly throwing apostrophes around as if they’re free. Watch for it: “My friend’s like my new puppy.” Stop exhausting the poor apostrophe – use it only when needed. 7. Disorientated – I am begging you on bended knee to stop saying this word. Apparently it can be used in the same way as disoriented, but please stop saying it. Orientation is a thing – ‘orient’ is an action. Stop blending them. Please.

Suduko

6. New Verbs – This one is admittedly anal and peculiar of me, but I hate it when nouns become verbs. I remember when

access was something you gave or received, not something you did. Again, I realize that language changes in just this way, but it still

Crossword 1. Leans (6) 4. Huge (8) 10. Appraises (9) 11. City in Nebraska (5) 12. Weaving machines (5) 13. Occurring (9) 14. Carried the bag of a golfer (7) 16. Precious (4) 19. Gun sound (4) 21. Evading (7) 24. An extravagantly theatrical

Take a moment to match up the celebrity with the quote thatthey are known for. 1. “I shall never use profanity except in discussing house rent and taxes.” 2. “You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is ‘never try’.” 3. “Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?” 4. “I’ve been looking for a girl like you - not you, but a girl like you.”

a. Homer Simpson b. George W. Bush c. Groucho Marx d. Mark Twain

of doing it, but I sympathize. My husband’s hair stands up when I say ‘Natch’ instead of ‘naturally.’

I’m trying hard to give it up... 3. Me and You – One would think this would be obvious: ‘I’ is a subject and ‘me’ is an object. Nobody would dream of saying “Me went to the movies last night,” but add someone else to the sentence and it all goes to hell. ”Me and Joe went to the movies last night.” Ugh! 2. Of instead of have. This one really makes me cringe! “John must of stayed home today.” No, no, no! I understand where this comes from; in speech, the contraction for ‘have’ (‘ve) sounds like the word ‘of ’. In writing, however, please use the correct term! 1. Desert Island My biggest pet peeve! Surprisingly, the Oxford English Dictionary notes usage of this term as far back as the 17th century, but it still irritates me to no end! Clearly, people are referring to a ‘deserted’ island when they use this phrase, not to an island in the desert. Maybe I’ve hit a nerve with this list; I am sure you feel I’ve missed some really annoying offenses. Please email me and let me know your choices: werdigurl@gmail.com.

FOR THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF THIS ISSUE’S PUZZELS, GO TO PAGE 3. Across

Who said what? Celebrity Edition

grates. Ditto for ‘impact.’ 5. Texting Speech – ‘WTF’, ‘OMG’, ‘LOL’...this is just not a cool way to talk. And think about it: saying ‘WTF’ actually takes five syllables, while saying the whole words takes only three. 4. Shortening words – This one isn’t mine; in fact, I am very guilty

play (9) 25. Persists (5) 26. Scour (5) 27. Scornful or morose (9) 28. Apprehensiveness (8) 29. Ermine (6) Down 1. Detective (slang) (8) 2. A large arboreal boa (8) 3. Guided journeys (5) 5. Flavorless (7)

6. Mentioned earlier (9) 7. Very sad (6) 8. Mountainous (6) 9. Irritated (6) 15. Not hearable (9) 17. Family relationships (8) 18. The exterior of an egg (8) 20. Spectacles (7) 21. Fireplace (6) 22. Entertains (6) 23. Dins (6) 25. Big (5)


arts and entertainment

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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An Extremely Loud Review and an Incredibly Close Call

THOMAS JOHANSEN

If Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was a person, I’d be tempted to file as many restraining orders against it as I could get away with. Plain and simple, it’s just flat-out annoying. It would be the type of person that raises their hand in class only to state the obvious, grinning snidely all the while as though they just solved one of the Millennium Problems. They then go into great detail for the next ten minutes as to how they stumbled upon this great new discovery – two plus two equalling four perhaps – and continue their pseudo-intellectual ranting until you honestly consider jumping over rows of people to get to the door, just to get a break from them. The point of my own ranting being that Extremely Long and Incredibly Cheesy is, when it comes down to it, an irksome film. That doesn’t mean it’s bad but I am disappointed. This film had so much potential, considering what it was about and the themes it dealt with, it could have easily been the best movie of the year. A young autistic boy named Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn), loses his father (Tom Hanks) in the September 11 attacks. Unable to cope, Oskar suddenly finds a key belonging to his late father and journeys across New York to find the lock to which it fits. Having always gone on journeys like this with his father, who orchestrated them, he believed this to be the last hunt his father

had in mind for him, and goes on his quest in an attempt to find closure. Along the way he meets various people, and from those encounters he (supposedly) grows. The movie doesn’t do enough with the encounters. A few of them are shown, and then the rest are blown off and shown in a montagelike skimming over of all his visits. This is one gripe of many, but there’s a fundamental flaw in the film that I think drags it down – the movie is too straightforward. On paper, it sounded like a harsh coming of age story, having to come to terms with the loss of a fatherfigure during the attack on the World Trade Centre. It also makes statements, illustrating that not everything in the world can be explained, that not all questions have answers and ultimately, the fact that humans are finite beings refers to more than just our mortality. Extremely Lanky and Incredibly Clumsy has no subtlety to it whatsoever, and this is where it falls through. Having to listen to little Oskar explain to us how he’s feeling every five minutes (as opposed to us inferring it from what’s happening in the scene) is not only boring, but at some parts downright painful. Being beaten over the head by concepts and being practically instructed to feel bad by the narrator isn’t the right way to make a tear-jerker film. A worrisome concern I felt was the film’s treatment of 9/11. It’s

brought up a few scenes, during which I couldn’t help but feel that the movie was talking to me. It was saying, “We’re talking about 9/11 now, you should feel bad.” It really feels as though it crosses the line into flat-out exploitation a few times.

Extremely Lame and Incredibly Corny wasn’t good, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a bad movie. It’s an experience; take that however you want. I won’t recommend it, but I won’t tell you not to see it. It really does leave you with an odd

feeling after you watch it, like going back out to dinner with your ex. You don’t have that bad a time catching up with them, but you wouldn’t go as far as to say you enjoyed yourself.


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