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Upcoming Students’ Representative Council (SRC) elections Stephanie Totten Students’ Representative Council (SRC) elections are fast approaching and the campus is gearing up for a whole new SRC. Nominations officially open on Feb. 21 and end Feb. 27. Anyone interested in a position on the SRC must be nominated and seconded, they then must gather support from students to prove that they are worthy of the position. Once nominations close, the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Tim Barton, will ensure that candidates are in good academic standing and are otherwise eligible to run. Campaigning will begin after March break, for
one week, followed by a week of voting. Elected executive positions, including vice president (VP) external, VP student affairs and president, as well as councillors positions (business, arts, science, first year, social, athletics, international and mature representatives) and member at large positions are open for nomination. Social, finance, residence and media representative positions are appointed at this time. “We want to make sure we get a voice and opinions from people that represent all students on campus,” says SRC president, Brad Trecartin. Trecartin does not plan on
running for SRC next year because he’s graduating but he has been involved in student politics during his entire career at UNBSJ. He started out as a first year liaison, then he became the business representative and eventually went on to become SRC president. “UNBSJ is a great campus and we have a lot to offer students, I wanted to see what I could do and see what position I could leave the SRC in when I was done.” Jon Cogger, UNBSJ’s arts representative, plans on running for Trecartin’s position. Cogger is seeking a position in student government to address certain
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BARON NEWS Use Your UCard and Save a Unicorn… In Fredericton UNB’s new and improved UCard, but not really Courtney Boudreau Are you tired of killing unicorns? Well prepare yourselves for UNB’s new plan to save the unicorns. Last year, students, faculty and staff were asked to rename the UNB Photo ID Card. For the past couple of weeks, UNB has been advertising the Photo ID’s new name, ‘UCard.’ A way for UNB students to start ‘saving the unicorns.’ According to the UNB website, UCard can be accessed through your myUNB Portal, where students, faculty and staff can deposit money onto the card. Here’s the catch...the money deposited onto the card can be used to buy food on the Fredericton campus. According to the UNB UCard Facebook page, “Saint John students who are in Fredericton for classes or to visit friends or family” will still be able to ‘save the
unicorns.’ The page also stated that the reason why the UCard service can’t be used at UNB Saint John is simply because the campus has decided to “opt out of this service for the time being.” However, this is simply not the case. According to David Gillespie, manager of the environmental health, safety & security department at UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton is simply “behind our service.” It was not an option to opt out. Gillespie states that UNB Saint John and UNB Fredericton have different food providers, making that the only real difference between the two card uses. UNB Saint John students have had the option of putting money onto their Photo ID Cards (UCards) for years in order to buy food at the food services on campus (Cafeteria, Tim Horton’s and the
Commons Café). And it doesn’t end there. Photo ID cards on the Saint John campus have had the ability to act as keys to doors (such as residence and the campus work out gym), as well as swipe cards at the photocopier in the Commons and more. “It’s being promoted like something new, but it’s everything we have,” states Gillespie. Gillespie explains that because of the size of the Saint John Campus, it makes it a lot easier for
his eventual draft into the NFL, he gave in to the pressures of a friend and found himself freebasing cocaine. Powell described the beginnings of his addiction as euphoric, “Let me tell you something,” he says, “drugs are great, but they ruin your life.” In the beginning, he was able to balance his addiction with his new career, but it wasn’t long before it began to take over his life. Two seasons into his stint with the Seattle Seahawks, Powell left the team and checked into a rehab centre, relapsing twice before cleaning himself out completely. He was given a second chance the following season with the Miami Dolphins, but he only lasted two games before bringing out the pipe again. Hooked on drugs and booze, Powell’s family disowned him and he found himself in Montreal alone, without much to live for. At the end of his rope, he purchased a speedball—a deadly concoction of heroin and cocaine— and was prepared to take it with the full intention of ending his life. At the last moment, in what he could only describe as a miracle, he found himself staring at an ad for an addiction clinic. He left the drug behind and checked in immediately. It was during his time participating in addiction groups there that Powell realized he had a real gift for helping those who spoke to him. Eventually, he got a job working as an addiction counsellor and after helping the 13 year-old daughter of a wealthy man, got the funding that he needed to start his own foundation.
Today, Saving Station operates out of Montreal and over the past 10 years has dedicated its services to helping anyone break ties to addictions of all sorts. The group’s oldest client is 63 and its youngest is 10. Powell has turned his life around completely and has repaired his relationship with his family. He spends his time working on his organization
the SJ campus to have the card service. As opposed to the large size of Fredericton, it’s harder for such a large campus with older buildings to have the services that UNB Saint John has. Thus, making the UCard something new and exciting for UNB Fredericton. Visit http://www.unb.ca/card/ for more information on UNB’s UCard. You can also visit http:// www.unb.ca/card/saveaunicorn/ index.html to find out how exactly to save a unicorn.
Former NFL player, Alvin Powell tells his story to UNBSJ Mercedes Peters Former National Football League (NFL) player, Alvin Powell made a visit to UNBSJ on Thursday, Jan. 31 to speak about his experiences as a drug addict and how he overcame his addiction to found his non-profit organization: Saving Station. The Whitebone lounge was silent as Powell stood up at the front with a white towel in hand. The 53-year old had the crowd’s attention before he had even begun to speak. After a quick prayer, he launched into his story, a charismatic, yet gut-wrenching account that had the audience captivated from beginning to end. Powell was born in Panama, but found himself going to school in the United States after a few run-ins with the law at home. His football career began in college, though in the beginning he wasn’t talented on the field at all. After a summer of running five miles back and forth to a job every day, however, Powell’s physique and skill level changed drastically. By the end of his graduating year, he had been drafted as a professional into the United States Football League (USFL); things were looking up. While Powell was learning the tricks of the game that was supposed to make him famous, he had also found a means of letting off steam that would kick-start the downward spiral that almost lost him his life. He began smoking marijuana in school, but after going through a rocky marriage and experiencing the excitement of
and travelling around the country making people aware of the consequences of drug abuse and educating others in prevention measures. You can check out the foundation’s website at: savingstationfoundation.com.
“Drugs are great, but they ruin your life”
SRC Elections WTF is up with D2L? Stephanie Totten
...CONTINUED FROM COVER issues that affect students. “There has been a lack of initiative in the struggle against the rising price of tuition and I believe the SRC and future ones should address this,” he says. “It is important that the SRC help students find their voice, for too long we have been under-represented and at times neglected.” According to Trecartin, there have been a number of times in the past few years that positions have gone uncontested or have simply not been filled at all. “We want everyone to know there are lots of different positions, of all commitment levels,” he says. “We want to bring as many people into the process as possible and find the best people to sit on council.” The SRC represents students and is responsible for a $350,000 budget, which students pay into with a $70 fee per term. “It’s important that if students are paying that money that they are electing people who are speaking on their behalf,” says Trecartin. Trecartin
says he is disappointed with the voter turnout in recent years and he would like to see students have more of a say in how their money is spent. “People don’t realize how much of a role we play on campus and people need to get out and vote.” The SRC was able to accomplish a number of things this year, such as improved communication with students. They were able to acquire new sandwich boards, a new website, a new logo and they were finally able to set up a mass email service to students. There were also changes made to the Thomas J. Condon student centre, new study lounges were set up and efforts have been made to make the Whitebone lounge and the cafeteria more appealing to students, such as couches and televisions. “Though it may be difficult to please all the students, all the time, we try our best to meet your expectation of us,” says Cogger. The election will be held in mid-March, with voting open from March 18 to March 22.
In the past week, UNBSJ’s learning platform, Desire2Learn (D2L) experienced outages that left many students unable to access their course information. When UNB’s previous online learning platform, Blackboard, announced that it would be discontinuing its service by August of this year, a committee set out to find a replacement. D2L was chosen and it underwent a pilot program testing phase before it was officially launched in May 2012. The launching of D2L gave students and faculty the ability to record and broadcast lectures, survey students, access course information via a mobile device and fulfill other academic needs, all on a Canadian platform. However, that service was interrupted for a few days at the end of last month. D2L service was very slow for some users and not working at all for others on Jan. 29. UNB issued a notice to students about the service interruption and estimated that the problem would be fixed by Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., however, D2L was
still down for emergency maintenance on Jan. 31. Students were unable to access any course material or download any files until 10 p.m., and many students experienced slow service for days afterward. First year students, Samantha Totten and Kayla Buckley-Warnock personally experienced the outage when they were prevented from taking an online test for their economics class. “The D2L outage prevented me from taking [the test] when I was ready to, during the time I had set aside for it,” Totten says. However, the economics professor was understanding and sent out a number of e-mail notifications and rescheduled the test. Unlike many students who are on a tight schedule, Totten and BuckleyWarnock were understanding about the outage, despite not being able to access a service that they had paid for. “It didn’t really fase(sic) me that it didn’t work as it simply prolonged when I could complete the quiz,” says BuckleyWarnock. In a press release issued on Feb. 1, Desire2Learn’s president, John Baker, apologized for inter-
ruptions in service, experienced by one in four of its users. “Digital technologies are now integral to [students’] learning and when technology fails the frustration is immediate,” he says. Baker urges users not to lose confidence in the D2L software. “We have to work to rebuild your confidence in our systems. It is a goal which I believe we can achieve. I pledge to you that we will amplify our efforts to provide the world’s most effective and reliable learning software,” he says. Mary Astorino, UNBSJ’s instructional technology consultant, was not available for comment.
UNB doesn’t hand pick the companies it invests in; instead, they hire external investment management from firms who decide which stocks and bonds to invest in within the approved asset categories. “The managers typically use pooled funds,” said Larry Guitard, assistant VP finance and cor porate services and treasurer, “which means they combine funds from many organizations into large investment pools, like mutual funds, so that members of the pool can benefit from economies of scale.” Guitard said UNB doesn’t have a policy concerning ethics in terms of investing. He said according to UNB’s investment objectives – which are on the university’s website – social objectives are secondary to the basic objective, which is to provide “a dependable and increasing source of income”. He said UNB is aware the larger pools it’s invested in have holding of companies involved in environmental and human rights issues. He said though the university doesn’t condone such activity, they don’t get involved with those aspects. “It’s certainly not in our approach today to get involved at [that] level,” said Guitard. “If you’re really asking, ‘do we review the holdings that are held by our managers in the
pools we’re invested in at that level?’ No.” Guitard said there are ways for the university to change its investments. “One option would simply be to say, ‘we’re no longer going to invest in that pool,’ and potentially move that money to a different manager and a different pool,” he said. He also said they could tell the manager of the fund they don’t like a certain stock, but because UNB is only a small owner in the overall pool, it wouldn’t have much effect. He said UNB is keeping track of what other universities are doing on those issues. “We are certainly monitoring what’s happening, particularly with other universities, in terms of socially responsible investing and how they’re approaching that,” said Guitard. Dr. Carolyn Bassett, an associate professor in political science at UNB, said the university’s distance from their investments isn’t a good thing. “Well, my understanding is, a lot of the investments are going into these fairly large funds that are pooled funds and so on,” said Bassett. “In many ways, it does distant the university from what’s going on in ways that I think are fairly inappropriate.” She said the fact someone has to file an RTI request to get the investments shows lack of transparency. “To have to put in an Access to Information Request when you’re a member of the university community is quite a dramatic step to have to take.” Bassett said the first step to
change UNB’s approach in investing is to start a campus wide discussion. “The most useful thing would actually be to actively engage in developing a set of guidelines of what’s outside of the limits of what the university should be investing in, and what the policy objectives are as well,” she said. Though she doesn’t think it’s feasible to put ethics way ahead of return on investment, Bassett said an ethical screen would help UNB invest more responsibly, by giving them a minimum standard of responsibility. “You don’t need to make such a trade-off,” said Bassett. “You can have an ethical screen, that narrows the pool of the companies you’ll consider investing in, and then make decisions based on return on investment.” Bassett said the current way UNB does investments contradicts the university’s mission statement, and in the long run, is crippling the world its students will enter. “If they continue to prioritize only return on investment ahead of other considerations as well, then they will actively contribute to creating a world in which it’s almost impossible for UNB students to be able to go forward and unleash and unlock their creative potential,” she said. “The focus on short-term profits overall, has been an enormously disrupted trend. To continue to cling to that, is to continue to promote a type of restructuring that has substantially undermined the situation for young people today.”
UNB’S INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO ALEX WALSH/THE BRUNSWICKAN
Do you know where the money from your scholarship came from? Many of UNB’s scholarships and bursaries for students come from the money the university makes from their investments. Through a Right to Information Request, The Brunswickan attained a list of all of UNB’s investments and the firms who arranged them. Some of the companies listed include, Haliburton, an oil and gas company who’s been ranked by Forbes Magazine as the fifth least reputable company in America. When Haliburton owned KBR, KBR faced multiple accusations of sexual assault against American female employees in Iraq, including the gang rape of Jamie Leigh Jones, whose case was dropped by the courts. Haliburton was also found jointly responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill due to poor practices that led to the explosion. Another company UNB invests in is Exxon Mobil Corporation. Exxon Mobil is responsible for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which dumped 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound. It was also responsible for the oil spill into the Yellowstone River, which affected 40 km of the river. The company also funds organizations that deny climate change. Other notable companies with questionable track records include, Lockheed Martin, Rio
Tinto, Gold Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, TransCanada Corporation, Chevron, Walt Disney Corporation, and Wal-Mart, among others. UNB invests the money it receives from donors, who usually donate the money for a specific purpose, typically for scholarships and bursaries. A large amount of money invested is endowed, which means the university can’t spend the donation itself. They can only spend the money earned from the donation through investing. No tuition or operation budget money is invested in the long-term trust and endowment pool; however, operating cash balances are invested in a separate pool, in short-term investments such as GICs, interest paying bank accounts, or short-term bonds. The Investment Committee of the Board of Governors (BoG) oversees the investments in the Trust and Endowment Fund. The committee consists of BoG members, outside investment experts, student representatives, and is supported by UNB’s administration. The committee decides UNB’s Statement of Investment Objectives and Policy, which outlines the type of securities UNB can invest in, such as stocks and bonds. It also outlines the extent to which investments can be made into each asset category.
“We are certainly monitoring what’s happening, particularly with other universities, in terms of socially responsible investing”
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Colonel Tuckers reduces hours of operation Carly Schofield UNBSJ’s own campus bar, Colonel Tuckers will be changing its hours of operation effective immediately. Last term the bar was open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. As of right now, the bar will only be open at 3 p.m. on Friday nights. Over the course of the term, the management of Tuckers watched the bar closely in order to try and calculate bar sales. This was done mainly by hosting events for different occasions in order to see how popular the use of the bar really was. In response to that initiative, the management of Colonel Tuckers looked at what could be changed in order to make our campus bar the best it could be. Due to the fact that UNBSJ
is far away from most student’s houses, it’s understandable that many students don’t make their way back to the university to enjoy a brew. Tuckers will however, dedicate a whole night to drinking at special events, such as bashes, karaoke nights and Shenanigans. By limiting the hours to only Friday, Tuckers can now focus primarily on creating a pub life atmosphere. More effort will be put into those nights rather than having to pay someone for much less popular nights and consequently losing money. Anthony Enman, bar manager, says that Colonel Tuckers isn’t the only bar in the Saint John area needing to make changes. “There has been a big shift in liquor consumption. When, how much and where, all play factors into the bar business,” says En-
man, “the trend has become to ‘pre-drink’ at a friend’s and then heading out to the bar to party.” By doing this, students are saving money but ultimately negatively affecting the growth of the bar. As the demographic for Colonel Tuckers is primarily residence students over the age of 19, it’s easy to see how it may be much less popular than the local bars uptown. While this is a change for students on campus, it is not predicted that it will negatively affect their university experience. Many students have commented that they have stopped into Tuckers a few times for a cold beer after class, but understand that that is not enough to keep a bar up and running. While it does act as a venue to promote student life, at the end
of the day, it is also a business. If students are unhappy with the changes to Tuckers, they are encouraged to suggest events that will draw in big crowds to the bar and ultimately increase the revenue. As of right now, keep your
eyes peeled for future events and think about making Colonel Tuckers your place to be on Friday nights. Editors Note: Anthony Enman, featured above, is also the Publisher of The Baron.
UNBSJ Financial UNBSJ’s New Assistive Aid: helping Technology Specialist students cover costs with scholarships and bursaries A position that will benefit students with learning disabilities Courtney Boudreau
Strapped for cash? This one’s for you Mercedes Peters As university students, we all know what it’s like to be strapped for cash and with tuition bills flashing an uncomfortable amount of digits these days, we’re poorer than ever. Of course, not everyone has the time to work the three jobs required to keep on top of student loans and university payments. Lucky for you, there are others who feel your pain and have developed means to help you pay off those hefty sums. We’ve all heard of scholarships, but for most people, the application period ends at graduation. That statement has never been more untrue. The conditions of a scholarship are flimsy and students can lose them very easily by doing something as simple as letting their GPA drop below a 3.7 in their first year; an A minus average isn’t easy to keep. Students who find themselves without money at the end of year one may start to panic, however, there’s no real need to fear. UNBSJ offers thousands of scholarships to undergrads currently attending the school and applying is easy: all you have to do is find the application in your eservices under the “Academic” tab. UNB takes each application into consideration, though their first concern is academic achievement. The higher your GPA, the higher your chances are of getting financial help. Now, not everyone can pull off A’s and B’s, however and financial issues don’t discriminate. Now, just because you don’t think
you’ll be able to get a scholarship, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t apply. Most people do get some sort of funding from the school. If you’re completely unsure of what to do or even if you would qualify, UNBSJ has set up resources to make sure that you get the help you need. Located in Student Services (Oland Hall G15), the Financial Aid and Awards Office can set you up with one-on-one advising sessions to explore all sorts of options, including helping you apply for bursary programs. The beauty of a bursary is simple: it’s the epitome of free money. Whereas scholarships mostly take into account scholarly achievement, bursaries are awarded based on financial need alone, no strings attached. If you’re really struggling, the office also offers emergency funding, not only with tuition payments but with parking and groceries as well. If you want to apply for money outside of the university system, sign up at studentawards.com, where you can get a personalized list of scholarships and bursaries that is updated frequently. It’s a great place to find applications suited best to you and the great part is, it’s all Canadian. For information regarding scholarships, student loans and bursaries here at school, visit the Financial Aid and Awards Office or email Nazma Shahria at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach her by calling 1-506648-5765.
UNBSJ students with learning disabilities who are looking for technological assistants can look no further. Rob Pafford is UNBSJ’s new Assistive Technology Specialist on campus. “I’ll be here to assist any students with hardware, software [and anything else on] their laptops. Or maybe even a separate device to overcome a learning disability,” says Pafford. With a B.A and B.Ed in one hand and a computer certificate in the other, Pafford believes that he has the tools he needs to be successful and thoroughly help students who need it. Students are not the only focus; Pafford states that he is also available to professors. “Part of the reason why I like this job is because I have a hear-
ing disability myself, so I know what it is like to go through school with a disability […] now that I have been through, I’m in a job where I can hopefully give back and help other students like me,” states Pafford. Pafford explains that one of the most common programs students with learning disabilities who use computer software is called Dragon. Dragon is a program that records what you are saying and writes it onto a word document for you. These programs are available to students on the basement computers in the Hans W. Klohn Commons building. Students who have disabilities can go to the accessibility center through student services, located on the ground floor of Oland Hall, where they will determine whether or not a stu-
dent is applicable for funding in order to help with their studies. “Lacking here [at UNBSJ] is someone who can help students with it [technology] if they have a technical problem, if they need training on it, if they get an error and they don’t know what to do. I would be the tech support for that,” says Pafford. Pafford states that part of the reason he was brought in to UNBSJ was to see what the demand is, what he can do with what UNB already has, and how he can use that to help students with a specific need. If students have any questions or would like to book an appointment, Rob Pafford is available through email at robert.pafford@UNB.ca or by telephone at 506-648-5840.
Safe Ride extends hours Tim Arthurs UNBSJ’s Safe Ride shuttle service just got better! Launched in September 2012, this program has been providing students with a viable alternative to city transit and expensive taxi cabs. Based on the success seen thus far, the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) has announced an expansion to the hours of operation, giving students more flexibility during the school week. The shuttle van can accommodate single passengers or small groups and now operates five days a week, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, with slightly reduced hours on Tuesdays (9 p.m. to midnight). Inquiries about the coverage area can made at www.unbsrc.
ca/services/safe-ride. Based on UNBSJ’s location, many students chose to drive themselves to school and back. For the rest of us, transportation can be somewhat tricky, especially during the evenings and weekends. Safe Ride alleviates many of these potential headaches. For example, Saint John’s city transit becomes problematic for those with evening classes, especially during the winter months, since bus service for many neighborhoods around the city stops by 10 p.m. These benefits extend to those who live on campus, allowing these students to easily transport groceries back to residence. The shuttle van can also double as designated drivers for students attending SRC events with alcohol, or those who have just been
studying for way too long. To book a ride, simply call the Safe Ride Hotline at (506) 6500052, or just press the Safe Ride button on the payphone located outside the cafeteria. For those who have forgotten the hotline number in the past (myself included), adding the hotline number as a cell phone contact serves as a great reminder. Lastly, Safe Ride is free, but remember to have a current Student ID available since nonstudents are unable to utilize the service. The only hurtle facing the program has been lack of awareness, so spread the word! Your pedestrian friends will certainly thank you.
New Brunswick government launches new program to keep grads in province The One-Job Pledge would provide businesses with incentives to hire NB grads Cherise Letson — The Brunswickan (University of New Brunswick) FREDERICTON (CUP) — The provincial government is launching a program that aims to grow the economy by creating new jobs and keeping recent graduates in the province. The One-Job Pledge initiative gives businesses wage incentives to create a new position for a new graduate, or a graduate of a postsecondary institution within the last four years. The business would get government support for a year, and is expected to continue the job afterwards. However, there is no way to ensure this. Danny Soucy, Minister of PostSecondary Education, Training and Labour, said the program will incorporate all types of businesses. “[We’ll work with] any type of business that has employees,” he said. “It could be a small business; it could be a larger business; it could be different groups that are creating new opportunities for New Brunswickers to work and stay in the province of New Brunswick.” The Brunswickan tried to con-
tact premier, David Alward, to comment on the new program, but was declined. Alward said in a press release, the program will help New Brunswick businesses to create jobs during tough economic times. “Slow global growth means New Brunswick businesses are having difficulty creating jobs, and New Brunswick graduates are having difficulty finding career opportunities here at home,” said Alward. “The One-Job Pledge initiative is an investment in our young people, as well New Brunswick businesses that are poised to grow, despite challenging economic circumstances.” Soucy said the program will help address the problem of recent graduates not finding jobs due to “lack of experience”. “A lot of the young people we’ve been talking to have been telling us that they’ve been having difficulty finding work because of lack of experience,” said Soucy. “We’re hoping, by having this initiative, and giving a wage incentive to employers, this will be able to help employers hire young people, and train them.” He said many employers seek employees with experience, so
they could start working immediately without having to pay for training. He said this program will help them with that.
“This way, they [the employees] may not be running as fast, but you’ll be able to train them, and it’s not costing the employer
as much; it allows them to take the time and train that new employee.”
Feminist porn is changing a male-dominated industry By changing the gender divide within the industry, feminist porn can create better conditions for sex industry workers Alexandra Downing and Veronika Khvorostukhina — The Ubyssey (University of British Columbia)
VANCOUVER (CUP) — Porn and feminism make odd bedfellows. Mention pornography to feminists of previous generations, and they’ll likely shudder. Porn at its worst is demeaning and sometimes even violent, which is in opposition to a movement that makes empowerment its goal. But a new generation of feminists has transformed these antiporn sentiments. Having grown up in an increasingly sex-positive culture, third-wave feminists began reexamining pornography in an effort to reform the industry. Thus, a feminist porn movement was born. “The legacy of commercial straight porn is one of racism, heterosexism and phallocentrism — none of which carries a positive, enriching sexual charge for female viewers,” says Becki Ross, the department chair of women’s and gender studies a the University of British Columbia. “Men have controlled pornscapes forever because they’ve owned the means of production, as Karl Marx would say.” Feminist porn tries to get more women involved in the production process. This in itself is
empowering. By upsetting the gender divide within the industry, feminist porn can create better conditions for sex industry workers, and depict women as enjoying sex. For five years, Toronto-based sex shop Good for Her has organized the Feminist Porn Awards. The awards have celebrated works of feminist pornographers such as Erika Lust, Tristan Taormino and Anna Span. Men have been honoured as well; male pornographers Carlos Batts and James Avalon won in 2010 and 2011, respectively. “Sex and porn are not inherently bad,” wrote Alison Lee, the organizer of the Feminist Porn Awards, in a 2009 article for This Magazine. “It’s exploitation, unsafe working conditions, coercion and advocating violence that are never okay.” The artificiality of mainstream porn body types are a big focus of feminist porn. John Ince is a Vancouver-based author, lawyer and politician. In his 2005 book The Politics of Lust, he worried that “the only porn available to a young person [depicts] a narrow range of body types, such as only slim women with big breasts and no stretch marks, pimples, or cellulite… constant exposure to such a narrow range of porn could produce a sexual appetite only for few body types.”
Feminist porn rebels against this narrow range, to the point of having a “Most Deliciously Diverse Cast” at the Feminist Porn Awards. Their films show straight, queer, transgender and transsexual men and women of various races and body types. “We need new kinds of porn that will allow everyone to have a healthy experience instead of restricting fantasies to a few stereotypes,” says Erika Lust, a pioneering writer, director and producer in feminist porn. Ross agrees. “It’s time for lesbians, disabled women, fat women, trans women, elders and women of colour to seize opportunities to imagine sexual representation on our own terms — juicy, messy, hot and liberatory.” “Traditional, male-dominated porn… shows a categorization of women into two groups: virgins or whores,” says Lust, “and in both cases it says that the role of women in society is sexual and tied to men. It denies women’s pleasure in sex and shows an artificial vision of sex based only on old stereotyped and sexist fantasies. “Many men don’t feel they can identify to this porn either, since it has nothing to do with the women they know, the situations they’re in every day.” “What’s been missing in maledominated porn is the evidence of arousal of women, and they’re
not particularly aroused often,” says Ince. “So much of the female response is not real and we can detect that. Really concrete stuff like an engorged vulva, an engorged clitoris, a flush on the chest. When women are really turned on they’re more likely to turn men on, and the failure of traditional male-dominated porn to give a lot of attention to female pleasure undermines its effectiveness.” For those involved in the feminist porn industry, this adds up to a simple conclusion: traditional mainstream porn can be
unhealthy. “Most of us saw our first porn film when we were teenagers,” says Lust. “The lack of quality sex ed and the easy access to mainstream porn results in us having to learn about sex from adult entertainment. “It’s completely normal to watch porn, but if traditional porn is the only kind of porn, there is nothing that shows another vision of sex, a healthier, modern vision.”
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Another member of the team Seawolves sports moms support their kids Ocean-Leigh Peters
We all know the obvious, that athletes are a vital part of sports on campus, followed by coaches and the Athletic Department staff, but there are other important members of the Seawolves team who are often forgotten. Sports moms, such as Lynn Munro and Alana Wilkins, are active team members, even though their positions are in the stands cheering on the Seawolves. Munro is the mother of John Kearley, number 21 on the men’s basketball team and attends all home and away games as long as the weather permits it. “The sport has grown on me over the years of watching my son play,” says Munro. This sports mom has enjoyed watching her son grow as a person and as an athlete. “I like to watch my son interact in a sport he loves,” says Munro, “To see the improvement from a small child to a young adult is amazing.” She has also enjoyed watching the basketball team grow over the season. Munro feels as though she has a solid relationship with the team, “I know all the players,” she says, “and encourage them all to do their best and play as a team.” She has also met Dave Munro, UNBSJ’s Athletic Director. Munro joked, “I think that means I hang out at the gym too much.” Despite spending a lot of time in the gym, Munro still feels it’s important for her to attend the games. “I feel as a parent it is important to support your children in whatever they choose to do,” she says, “I have always been a part of my children’s extracurricular activities.” Munro believes that if parents show sup-
port for their children, then they will do the same for their own children in the future. Wilkins may not have a child currently on a Seawolves team, but her daughter Stephanie Wilkins, works the score table at all the home games. Wilkins tries to support the Seawolves and her daughter at all of the home games, so long as weather permits, making her a dedicated sports mom. “My favourite sport is basketball,” says Wilkins. She has done everything from playing herself
to coaching and now she is a loyal fan. She attends the games because not only does she like to watch sports in general, but she also likes the atmosphere and excitement that comes from watching games. “It reminds me of when my children played,” says Wilkins, “and how important it is to have parental support.” One of the aspects of attending games that Wilkins enjoys is watching how the teams develop teamwork, working as a unit. She believes “it’s very important for
people to support the school and the teams because […] being a spectator shows moral support and helps urge the teams to play well.” “I have a very good relationship with the teams and the Athletics Department,” says Wilkins. “I have been going to Seawolves games for almost five years,” which has given her the opportunity to socialize with members of the department, players and other fans. Sports moms are obviously present to support their chil-
dren as they participate in various ways in the sports they love, but they are also important for overall team spirit. “Team spirit is one of the key elements in helping any or all teams,” says Wilkins, “to strive and do their best weather they win or lose.” Munro agrees that team spirit is crucial to the team’s performance. “Team spirit can make or break a team,” she says. In order to show her team spirit, “I make sure they know I’m there for them, cheering the whole way.”
Commit to club sports They only exist if you’re interested Ocean-Leigh Peters Clubs sports are ready and available to students at UNBSJ, but in order to keep the various programs going, there needs to be an interest and commitment from those who want to play. Gary Leslie is the head honcho as far as club sports go on campus and he is stressing that students should get involved. In the up coming year “we are offering or hoping to offer the following: women’s hockey, women’s field hocking, women’s rugby, co-ed badminton and men’s football,” says Leslie. Baseball and men’s rugby are also in the mix, but there’s currently not enough interest or commitment to form a club. Club sports are a great way to get involved on campus. “The benefits of sport club participation may include the development of leadership skills,” says Leslie, “a team oriented environment, enhanced physical fitness,
development of skills in a particular sport, stress reduction and friendship.” “It is more difficult than you expect to get students involved,” says Leslie. There seems to be a great deal of initial interest in forming and participating in club sports, but the number of those committed to the club seems to dwindle. For example, women’s rugby had 49 people interested in the beginning, but only 20 made the commitment to move forward. All it takes to get involved is contacting a club that is already formed through their executive or the athletics department, or you can contact the department about forming a new club. “We would love to hear from those interested in any form of club sport,” says Leslie. “I would love to see more involvement with all the clubs,” he says. Each club needs four or five good members to form the executive and rally other students to
get and stay involved. If there’s no interest in various clubs, then they slowly deteriorate and are left at the wayside. “Sport clubs that have no interest do not survive long,” says Leslie. They get put on hiatus until there’s enough interest to keep them going. There are many benefits to joining or forming a club sport on campus. “Being involved in extracurricular activities looks just as good on a resume as a
course and are sometimes even more important,” says Leslie, “the whole co-curricular notion of sports, education and activities working together to form a learning environment is so true.” Club sports can also benefit the university as a whole. Potential students are interested in coming to UNBSJ based on the club sports available. “This is exciting for the department,” says Leslie, “first, it brings students to UNBSJ in line with the Strategic
Plan we have for the department. Second, it brings more athletes to the UNBSJ campus that have the ability to play other sports too.” “A sport club can be a great way to add to your university experience,” says Leslie. Now that you know a bit more about how to get involved with club sports on campus and how it can benefit you, the question remains, are you ready to commit?
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
MSVU defeats UNBSJ in Domination by Hurricanes women’s Volleyball Mystics cruises to victory over the Seawolves in 3 straight sets
UNBSJ suffers an extreme loss against HC
The Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics were in Saint John on Jan. 26, visiting the home of the UNBSJ Seawolves. The first set started off well for UNBSJ, with the Seawolves up 15-14 over MSVU midway through. However, MSVU quickly countered by going on a nine-point run. The Seawolves couldn’t recover and MSVU took the first set 25-17.
The second set featured UNBSJ coming out flat-footed and falling behind early to the Mystics. MSVU continued their dominant play and cruised to a 25-13 victory. The third set started off well for the Seawolves. They managed to keep the score close, and tied 10-10 with MSVU during the set. However, the Mystics continued their dominant attack, ultimately winning the set 25-17, and the match with a 3-0 score. Taylor Conrad, who was named
player of the game for MSVU, led all players with nine kills. Meaghan MacDougall and Sarah Anne Smith both chipped in offensively with MacDougall picking up 15 assists and Smith with 12 assists. Alison Stymiest and Veronique Bastarache countered for the Seawolves with six kills each, while Megan Fitzpatrick had 13 assists. Jazmine Campbell was named player of the game for UNBSJ, chipping in with one kill and one block.
Jan. 26 was a disappointing day for the men’s Seawolves basketball team, as they lost against the Holland College (HC) Hurricanes 109-41 in a home game. It was clear where the game was going at the beginning of the first quarter, as HC took an early lead. UNBSJ was clearly suffering as it took them almost five minutes to score some points. The Hurricanes’ defence was strong and they wore out the home team quickly as they moved faster, handled the ball better and shot more often. The quarter ended with a score of 31-6 for HC. All six of UNBSJ’s points were scored by number six, Kayden Roy. Four minutes into the second
quarter, the Seawolves finally hit the double digets, but it was no use as the Hurricanes continued to own the court. UNBSJ played valiantly as they continued to slip behind and finished 60-17 at half time. UNBSJ regrouped after half time and attempted to push through the domination of HC. The Hurricanes held on to a 42-point lead for much of the quarter. The final score of the fourth was 77-29. HC continued to increase their lead towards the end of the game, never letting up on the home team. All hope was lost as the game came to close, but the Seawolves never stopped trying and continued to make attempts to lessen the gap. Unfortunately for UNBSJ the final score was 109-41, giving the Hurricanes a big win.
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The Seawolves took their second hit of the weekend Ocean-Leigh Peters UNBSJ once again took on the first place Holland College (HC) Hurricanes on Jan. 27 and suffered another loss with a score of 106-55. The Seawolves upped their game from the previous day but there was little hope as they faced off against the high scoring Hurricanes. The home team started off trailing behind with a score of 32-11 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter played out in the same fashion as UNBSJ continued to slip even fur-
ther behind only scoring seven points. Efforts were thwarted and the Hurricanes proceeded to finish the half with a score of 56-18. The third quarter didn’t improve for the home team, but they continued to give it their best effort. UNBSJ improved their scoring and advanced the score slightly, but the Hurricanes finished with a 92-43 lead. The final quarter had the same results as the rest of game and even though the Seawolves didn’t give up, the first place Hurricanes won 106-55.
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UNBSJ’s women’s basketball team score a win Ocean-Leigh Peters On Jan. 26, the women’s Seawolves basketball team trumped their competition, the Holland College (HC) Hurricanes, 69-44 on the home court. The first quarter began with UNBSJ and HC battling it out to see who would own the court. The score was fairly close but the Hurricanes struggled near the end, missing a great deal of fairly simple shots. The quarter finished with a score of 22-13. The second quarter started with strong play from the Seawolves and the Hurricanes continuing to miss the mark with their layups. UNBSJ played some good defence, which was quickly matched by HC. As the visiting team closed in on the Seawolves with a score of 28-27 for UNBSJ, the home team stepped it up a notch and finished 34-29 before half time.
The third quarter followed the same pattern as the previous half, with the Seawolves continuing to hold the lead. The handful of excellent players from HC seemed to lose confidence which affected their game. UNBSJ closed the third with a score of 55-37. In the final quarter the Seawolves continued to play well and secured a 20 point lead over the Hurricanes. The final score resulted in a win for the home team at 69-44.
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UNBSJ cuts it close with McGill Team Holland College Challenge The women’s Seawolves basketball team make a close win against the Hurricanes Ocean-Leigh Peters On Jan. 27 the Holland College (HC) Hurricanes were looking for redemption over their loss the previous day to the Seawolves. However, UNBSJ didn’t allow the competitors to take the win and finished with a final score of 59-54. The first half of the game looked bleak as HC took an early lead in the first quarter. They came with something to prove after being beaten by the home team on Saturday. UNBSJ fought hard but they fell behind with a score of 16-12. In the Second quarter the Hurricanes continued to demonstrate how much they wanted the win. The Seawolves were sluggish and slowly started to fall further behind. Before half time the score was 37-28 for HC. After the half time, UNBSJ stepped up their defence and came back strong to lessen the gap between them and the visiting team. The Hurricanes began to miss some shots and lose the majority of their lead. HC was still up 47-44 before the end of the third quarter. As the fourth quarter got underway, both teams increased their defensive game and fought for the lead. The Seawolves were missing some shots that could put them in the lead, but with only minutes left in the game UNBSJ brought the score within two points. The home team continued to fight and with moments left, took and secured the lead. The final score was 59-54 for the Seawolves.
UNBSJ students represent the Varsity Reds at McGill Ocean-Leigh Peters On Jan. 25-26, the UNB Varsity Reds track and field team, featuring students from both Fredericton and Saint John campuses, competed at McGill in the eighteenth annual Team Challenge. The Varsity Reds placed seventeenth overall out of 27 universities from all four CIS conferences (Quebec, Atlantic, Ontario and Canada West). From the Varsity Reds, the top female finisher was Alexandra Black from UNBF who was fifth in women’s shot put with a throw of 12.05m. As of Jan. 28 she was ranked first in the AUS and twelfth in the national CIS rankings. From UNBSJ, Rachelle McDonald ran a new personal best in the 300m at 42.26s.
For the men, the top finisher was Ryan Larsen from UNBF. He placed twelfth overall in the high jump with 1.80m. He is also, as of Jan. 28, ranked third in the AUS. From UNBSJ, Dan Brown was second in the AUS as of Jan 28. and ran 36.73s in the 300m at the McGill Team Challenge. Jason Reildel, the coach for the Varsity Reds, commented that the McGill Team Challenge had a high level of performance with upwards of four Olympians present. “While we didn’t come back with any medals, the student-athletes did learn a lot about what CIS competition is all about,” says Reindl, “seeing these Olympians who are also student-athletes, same as our athletes really, shows them that it is possible to achieve a high level of preformance.”
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I’m afraid of my own boner! Ask a counsellor Freeman Woolnough “I’m, uh… frightened of my own boner. What the *%& do I do?” Well. Let’s just put it out there that this one is rare. That being said, it’s still possible to have any one (or more) of a number of sex-related phobias, which can certainly lead to decreased selfesteem and heightened anxiety, among other issues. Specific phobias (not just the sex-related ones) are relatively common in the general population; around five per cent of people will develop at least one in their lifetime. If you happen to have a phobia of erections, don’t fret – there are some options for getting help, though it may be a bit hard at times. It’s important, first and foremost, to recognize if what you are experiencing can actually be considered a phobia. Everybody has aversions, which are things that we tend to avoid (for example, trying not to walk into the locker room immediately following your grandma’s sexual fitness class). And everybody has fears, which are things that have a legitimate or very real basis for causing nervousness (such as wanting to back away from a grizzly bear that is showing you its, um, member). A phobia, however, is an irrational fear that almost invariably triggers an anxious – fight or flight – response, sometimes
even by just thinking about it and can sometimes lead to panic attacks, as well (becoming scared to the point of fainting every time you get aroused is a perfect example). Many phobias are, by their very nature, avoidable – unfortunately (in this case), your own penis is not. The best way to deal with any phobia is by talking with a professional. Medical professionals may be able to prescribe some medication that deals with the anxiety itself, which sometimes helps with tempering the response so that you’re able to manage or work on the fear. Even if you do find that medication helps, speaking with a mental health professional is often best for addressing the fear itself. One popular therapeutic Phallophobia Ithyphallophobia Medomalacuphobia Medorthophobia Eurotophobia Gynophobia Coitophobia Erotophobia Parthenophobia Gymnophobia Malaxophobia Pternophobia
method involves addressing and possibly changing the thoughts associated with the fear. Another involves incrementally increasing your exposure to the trigger… for the record, we generally don’t use this method when it comes to the sex-related phobias! In any case, if you feel that you may be behaving a little irrationally around your (or your partner’s) erection, or suspect you may have any of the phobias listed below, please feel free to contact a counsellor to set up a firm appointment time. As per usual, feel free to talk with a counsellor about any issues you may have! If you have a question for a counsellor, you can also e-mail it to email@example.com, and see it featured here!
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How to pick up and hook up on Valentine’s Day Stephanie Totten
Valentine’s Day is geared toward couples-there’s no denying that, but this doesn’t mean that they get to have all the fun. What better time to score than on a day designed to make single people feel lonely and vulnerable? Banish those V-day blues and get out there! Since Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year, there is likely to be at least a small crowd at the bars uptown. Most couples are spending time in, or out to dinner, so the bar should be full of either people who don’t give a sh*t about Valentine’s Day, or single, lonely people, ripe for the pickin’. Of course, it’s not cool to take advantage of vulnerable people, but there are probably plenty of folks looking for a no-strings-attached good time. All you have to do is try not to act like a creep and you’re in! Act like a gentleman (or lady!). You don’t want to come off as a jerk, or be too weepy about spending Valentine’s Day alone. Straighten up, be polite, don’t talk about your ex and keep the drinks flowing. No one wants to wake up on Feb. 15 (a Friday, no less) next to the biggest a**h*le from the bar. Many single people are lamenting their lack of love, not sex, on Valentine’s Day, so turn on the charm!
Another place people often overlook is the local “toy store.” This can be a tricky one because some couples like to incorporate toys into the bedroom, but there could also be plenty of single folks looking for a little pick-me-up. So make conversation, but remember not to come on too strong here, because after all, you’re in a sex store! If all else fails, there is always your ex. A lot of us aren’t on “talking terms” with our exes, some of us are still on f**king terms. As long as they’re not seeing someone new, chances are that on Valentine’s Day, they’ll be thinking about you and maybe you’re not looking like such a bad option. Text them asking if they remember last Valentine’s Day, or some other funny story when you were together and see where the night takes you. Finally, no matter what happens, make sure your place is clean! Nothing kills the mood like stale pizza and half-empty beers. Clean up a little, make the place smell good and have the fridge stocked. You wouldn’t want all of your efforts to go to waste by looking like a slob, would you? If you do end up at home to spend another Valentine’s Day alone, it’s a lot easier to cry into clean sheets.
What to listen to while you have sex Five sexy albums Alex Ross To elaborate, this is the goofy side of me that I keep bottled up. What you’re about to read is questionably disturbing, maybe a bit funny, but mostly just gross. Put these albums on and have some fun. An Awesome Wave by Alt J(∆) This is an album that I listen to a lot and talk about a lot and ramble on about a lot because it’s really, really, really good. As you listen to it from start to finish so many times, you can actually sort of feel like each instrument is a string guiding your body, flowing from within, with each peaceful harmony. And it’s glorious to listen to while having sex. With each instrument you notice something new about your partner’s body and how it moves and reacts. The pace changes so much, but in a good way, like it’s timed to come in at the right moment when you’re thinking to yourself whether you left the stove on. Usually I did, which is another conversation (which is timed with one of the interludes, crazy how it works out). But then we’re back at it and it’s moist. Novo Piano by Philip Glass There’s a romantic lust in everyone and nobody seems to ever
realize it. Romantic novels are not written by Asexual frogs, but by romantic and passionate people. This is what this album does, it clues you in to the subtle beauties of her body, her eyes and her life. Say no to one night stands, it’s not ever worth the effort. Get a serious partner, have some class and don’t be ashamed to tell your parents, after all they did have sex and make you, so it’s really not a taboo issue. Anyway, this album is just one pianist doing covers of a wider variety of songs and they all have such passion and beauty in them. The last time I listened to it I had it playing next to a big open window, candles and a beautiful woman. And then we went at it like rabbits, so you know I did well. Self Titled, Death From Above 1979 I saw these guys live in Moncton not too long ago and honestly, every chick there was just dripping. You could smell it in the air; it was pretty gross. The guy I was standing next to lit up a cigarette and I was all “Niiiice,” (like an after-sex cigarette, which you shouldn’t have, because it’s gross), but then it clued in to the big security guard that we were indoors. So the smoker dude got whooped and kicked out which was cool to see.
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There was a mosh pit, but honestly, it might as well have been an orgy. Everyone was so pushy and sweaty. When I got home that night I was on fire and went straight to Google images and turned off safe search. Pro-tip: Sexy Results (Track# 11) leads to sexy results. Mezzanine by Massive Attack To me this song just makes me want to be dirty and really sink my teeth into it. Every beat is timed so perfectly for the thrust that keeps you going and going,
it’s straight up scandalous how sexy this album is. It’s also an extremely good album and really should be essential in any collection no matter who you are and really nothing turns me on more than a woman with good taste in music. Except girls doing a bachelor of science, because knowledge is power and power is sexy. Reptilians by STRFCKR I don’t know about you guys but I like slapping butts sometimes. Not in public, that’s just rude and embarrassing, but when you’re all snuggled up and she reaches over
to check her phone and it’s just in your face and you can’t help it. Then the jiggle is all in slow motion and you can’t help but do it again, just to see how many you can get away with. That is what that this album does for me; it has a really cool bass groove that carries throughout the entire album and makes you notice every rhythmic movement of her body (or his). It hypnotizes you and you become so lost in the moment. It’s blissful, but fast and above all, passionate.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Faces of UNBSJ Buddy up to Bill McLeod Ocean-Leigh Peters Bill McLeod has been a familiar face on campus for many years now. Some students may know him as the helpful security guard while others may know him as the friendly evening cleaner on campus. McLeod came to UNBSJ in 2006 when he was hired as a campus security guard. In 2011 he sought a change of pace and became a Floor Tech for Spruce Grove, the cleaners who are contracted by the university. “I’m a jack of all trades,” says McLeod in reference to his job switch, “and a master of none.” McLeod didn’t want to divulge is exact age, but he did say, “I’m old enough to know better, but still too young to care.” He was raised by his parents,
Bill and Eleanor and grew up in Forest Hills, East Saint John where he went to Milledgeville North High School and was a member of their last graduating class. As a kid, McLeod says he had a perfect childhood. He says he liked to do the same things as most kids; bike riding, listening to music and hanging out at the playground. Even though he had fun in his childhood, “I was the type of child where we respected our elders and did what we were told,” says McLeod. Growing up, McLeod had aspirations of becoming a cop or a physical educator, but instead of seeking secondary education he joined the reserves. He was a Private in the 31 Service Battalion for four years. If given his choice of careers now, McLeod would go in the
complete opposite direction. “I’d probably like to be an actor because I can make people laugh,” he says. “On my days off I like to do anything. Play games, chill, have a few drinks, watch movies or TV,” say McLeod. His favourite shows include Californication, The Walking Dead, and The Glades. However, he admits, “I couldn’t get into Dexter.” McLeod plays everything from Wii to PS3, but no matter what system he’s playing on, the James Bond games are his favourite. When it comes to working on campus, McLeod has enjoyed his time as a security guard as well as a cleaner. As a security guard, “my favourite thing was the people. I’ve seen a lot of kids come and go,” he says. As a cleaner he says it’s not the same as security where he knew all of the students. “There’s not really one particular thing I like about cleaning, it’s a whole.” He does however enjoy “scrubbing and
waxing floors, I feel like I’ve accomplished something,” says McLeod. McLeod believes, “I’m a problem solver, an ear to listen and to offer advice. People can come to me,” he says. That includes students who may need someone
to listen when they can’t talk to anyone else. McLeod would like the students to know he’s there for them if they need him, and “if you can do anything with your life, then go for it, do it.”
The hectic lives of student parents
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Many students are often overwhelmed with part-time jobs, extra-curricular activities and heavy course loads. Balancing everything can be quite difficult, especially if proper time management skills aren’t used. For some students, not only do they have to deal with typical university stresses, but also the added pressures of parenting. Attending university while raising kids at home can be a very challenging, yet rewarding experience. It takes a very strong individual with a good work ethic, a great deal of patience and dedication in order to manage everything. So how do these parents stay on top of both their school and home responsibilities? Here are some suggestions: Choosing the right courses to fit your lifestyle are important. Being conscious of the need to find full-time sitters or after school care might motivate a student to pick courses offered at night or online. While managing your time is crucial for any student, it’s extra important for parents. You must be willing to squeeze in homework whenever you can. Meaning homework may need to be done late at night when the kiddies are finally in bed or even on the sidelines of their soccer game. Being flexible and adaptable are important traits that student parents definitely have. Keeping on top of assignments and not procrastinating will definitely lighten the stress on a parent making their way through school. You never know what sort of mishaps are going to happen in your family life and one bad day could set your whole routine off. Finishing your assignments early will ensure that you have spare time (yeah right!) at the end of the day.
Another way that students with kids survive the chaos of school and family life is by staying focused. It can be overwhelming studying with people that are much younger than you or have very different priorities. While they may be chatting about drinking and partying all weekend, you may have diapers and bottles to look forward to. This contrast in interests can sometimes create frustration and only add to the stress. Keeping up with day to day activities can seem next to impossible with kids. Errands, chores, appointments and all of the other things that parents are expected to do can certainly add up. When you’re in the thick of classes, projects, studying and finals, you’ll often need help from others. Accepting this help from loved ones can definitely decrease your stress level. A spouse, family member or close friend is usually more than willing to help out with the children when needed. There is no shame in asking for a little help! Leeane Gormley, a nursing student here at UNBSJ, gave birth to her son in August of 2012. She went back to school in September when he was only three weeks old and understands the challenges that many parents in university face. “I used to do my homework the night before,” says Gormley, “now I have to do it in advance and around the baby’s schedule.” She also agrees that having a support system is crucial, “I would never have been able to do this without the support from my family and boyfriend.” With the right mindset and determination, students with children can be just as successful in university as those who don’t. Kudos to those strong students of UNBSJ who are actively shaping the future students of UNBSJ.
Diversity Column Nine
Workplace bullying often begins subtly and insidiously so that bullied individuals (targets) have difficulty recognizing, understanding and labeling their experiences as bullying. This is a problem because they may tend to minimize bullying behaviours (e.g., she’s just having another bad day) and blame themselves (e.g. maybe there’s something wrong with me). This lack of recognition extends periods of self-doubt, delays identifying bullying, prolongs the negative behaviour and increases ill effects on health. For these reasons, it’s important to name and address the problem as bullying sooner rather than later. Although it is often difficult to recognize and identify bullying, there are some early warning signs. Targets often report having noticed or felt some things before they knew it was bullying. Initial feelings and responses that indicate bullying include sensing a change in relationships with people at work, having consuming thoughts about experiences, dwelling on or replaying incidents over and over, doubting or continually questioning self and work abilities,
having difficulty concentrating and dreading going to work or school. Targets of bullying often report noticing health symptoms, sometimes before they recognize they’re being bullied. Some of the early consequences that you might notice include increased stress, more anxiety, changes in sleeping patterns (insomnia or sleeping more), changes in weight and eating patterns (over- or undereating), and upset stomachs. Later on, more severe health effects often occur if bullying continues. If you find that you’re experiencing any of these feelings or symptoms in response to work experiences, there are some things you can do. It’s important to take time to reflect and consider those experiences and compare them to your past work experiences so that you can see changes more clearly. Some people find it helps to seek information and learn about workplace bullying from sources such as the internet, journals, books, workplace policies and resource people. Many people find it helps to talk to trusted friends, family members, co-workers, or health care professionals. Talking to someone can sometimes validate your feelings and confirm your suspicions that the unac-
ceptable behaviours you’re experiencing are workplace bullying. They can also help you to identify what options you have for doing something about it. There are different ways of handling workplace bullying. First, becoming informed about what it is and what it isn’t, helps to empower a target person to recognize bullying behaviours for what they are and to understand that what feels hurtful is not their fault. From there, one can use what’s called “I statements” to create an initial response that presents some simple resistance, such as “I find criticism in front of others to be unacceptable. Please speak to me privately if there’s a problem.” That way, there is no doubt that the behaviour is unwelcome. If the behaviour still doesn’t stop, seek support and assistance in making your point. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity in the workplace. While there might be disagreement and problem solving required, those can be done respectfully. For more information, please visit Towards a Respectful Workplace at http://www.unbf.ca/ towardarespectfulworkplace/ or contact the Office of Human Rights and Positive Environment at www.unb.ca/humanrights.
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When people hear that I volunteer in the Sexual Health Center, I always get asked about questions that are affecting students’ sex lives. Many encounters with students here on campus, as well as in online forums, seem to produce the same questions (sometimes worded a little differently but similar nonetheless). So here are a few inquiries I face on a regular basis. Dear Lola, my boyfriend is interested in anal sex. As in, me performing anal sex on him with a strap on. Does this mean he’s gay? Should I be worried? NO! You have no need to be worried. Anal sex is no longer the taboo topic it once was and many women find it a pleasurable experience. Lots of advice is given to women on how to deal with the request from their partners, how to say no if they aren’t interested and how to be safe and have fun if she did happen to be interested. What isn’t discussed as much is the phenomenon of straight males enjoying anal stimulation. It may not seem likely, but there are many straight men who do like to be “pegged.” Having worked at an adult video and toy store for a few years, I quickly got over my amazement at the number of hetero couples who wanted some type of strap on for the lady to use on her male mate. Why? Doesn’t liking a dildo or a finger up his bum mean a guy is gay? NO! Let’s get one thing straight: if
you’re a guy who is sexually attracted to other men, you are homosexual. If you’re a guy who is sexually attracted to women, you’re heterosexual. It doesn’t matter what you want your partner to do to you, what matters is who you’re actually attracted to. If it’s vital to label sexuality at all (and many people think that there’s no need to statically label sexual preference, but that’s a discussion for another day) then heterosexuals like members of the opposite sex and homosexuals like members of the same sex. It doesn’t matter where they want their partners to put it. Okay? Got it? So if you and your partner are curious about pegging, then go ahead and explore! It can be a lot of fun for both parties involved. Dear Lola, I am a 22 year old guy and I have never had sex. I haven’t had an actual girlfriend and have never gotten past feeling a girl up at high school parties. What do I do? Won’t women get freaked out when they discover I am a virgin? This is a tough one. I come from a generation when being a 22 year old virgin wasn’t a rarity. I have a suspicion that there are many more members of the V club than you suspect. One source states that 29 per cent of males aged 15-24 are virgins. Contrary to what you might think, that number had actually increased over the past 10 years, from 22 per cent in 2002. So you’re not alone. Over a quarter of males in your age group are virgins as well, (and the number of females is even higher). That doesn’t necessarily relieve the anxiety and apprehension at feeling that you are missing out.
Especially when faced with the idea of a partner who is more experienced. So should you just take the plunge and pay someone to take your virginity? My advice is no. The thought of removing the pressure may be appealing, but really think it through. Should everything go well, you had sex and enjoyed it and now you’re stuck knowing what you’re missing, still unable to get sex because you didn’t solve the root problem. Should everything not go well, your first experience will now always be remembered as a negative one. The root of the issue is meeting females who may turn into sexual partners. The best advice here is to get involved! Get out and join a club or organization on campus, start a hobby and join a related group, or socialize with friends and make an effort to connect with new people. By expanding your social circle you increase your likelihood of meeting someone that is interested in you as well and won’t be freaked out at your (not so unique after all) situation. Don’t dwell on your sexual status, your confidence will grow and what woman doesn’t want a confident man? Dear Lola, my boyfriend of two years broke up with me. It has been three months and I still can’t seem to get over it. I don’t know what went wrong and he doesn’t want to talk about it. What can I do? Breakups are hard. They hurt both parties, but when someone gets dumped it can feel even worse. When long term relationships end, it’s life changing. Your day-in and day-out habits change
The “Fifty Shades” curse: Why men should fear Christian Grey Mercedes Peters Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s a book like no one has ever seen before… at least on the bestseller list. For years, erotic novels have been sitting quietly on their reserved shelves at the back of the bookstore, waiting for mothers to distract their children so that they could sneak in and grab the next serial novel without being noticed. It’s not like book-porn hasn’t existed before, but for some reason this story and it’s unassuming title has found its way into the hands of moms, wives and girlfriends everywhere and for once, they aren’t hiding it behind the latest issue of Cosmo. This means two things: first, an author has finally created the perfect man—deliciously sexy, ridiculously intelligent and great in the sack… or with a pair of handcuffs, apparently, causing the next factor to come into play: Every sexually frustrated woman on the planet has taken to the novel and judging by the sales records, the number of unfulfilled ladies out there has hit an all-time-high.
In other words: it’s seriously bad news for the male population. This is for you, boys. If you come home from work and find the gray necktie picture cover sitting open on your ladyfriend’s bedside table, you’re in trouble. We’re talking “woman in love with a fictional character” trouble and that’s the worst kind. It’s called the “Disney Movie Curse” and it has plagued every female whose parents let her watch Cinderella before the age of five. It gives little girls false hope that their perfect cartoon prince will come and sweep them off of their feet one day, resulting in the setting of unreachable standards that even real life nobles can’t match. The one defence mechanism men had was sex—Disney movies don’t talk about the dirty, so you’ve got something different to woo her with. At least you did, until E.L. James came out with her BDSM fantasy. It’s the Cinderella of the bedroom and though some couples have said it has done wonders for their sex life, most women are complaining that the regular routine just isn’t doing it for them anymore. Some say, according to “Mis-
sion: Husband,” that they haven’t looked at their boyfriend the same way since Christian Grey stepped onto the scene. Some have even pictured getting wild in the shower with the supernaturally handsome businessman while making love to their significant others. Another few have actually put off sex because they weren’t getting what they wanted. Blue balls is reaching epidemic
because someone who was very important to you isn’t there anymore. There is a hole and it can make you feel very empty. The first thing you need to do is understand that as much as you want an explanation, you may not get one. Sometimes, when something doesn’t work out, we want to examine it and solve the problem. We want to know how to make it better. Unfortunately, relationships take two people and if the other half is not interested in fixing things, there’s no chance. So the best thing you can do is just let go. Let go? Oh, it’s that easy? No. I’m not saying it’s easy. It can be one of the hardest things you’ll face. You can do it. The sun will rise tomorrow and you can face it. Accept that you can’t change your ex’s feelings. Letting go can be freeing. You also need to start filling your time with something new. Start a workout plan, join a yoga group or make a goal to run in
a marathon. Exercise has been shown to help with many depression symptoms. Start a new hobby. Getting out and meeting new people will allow you to fill the space left by your missing partner. Reconnect with friends you might have neglected during your relationship. Make the effort to look good, even when you don’t feel it. Trick yourself into thinking you’re feeling fabulous by looking fabulous; pretty soon you’ll actually be feeling fabulous again. As time passes, you’ll find yourself no longer needing your ex. The efforts you’ve made to look and feel good, to be active and pursuing your interests will make you irresistible to someone new. Well, that’s all for this time, stay tuned for my next round of advice when I’ll be tackling questions about oral sex, IUD’s and whether or not ladies should shave their nether-regions. Make sure to have fun and STAY SAFE!
status; we’ve got an international crisis on our hands. Things like this really make you think. The imagination is endless and can conjure up the wildest and most perfect scenarios in ten seconds flat. We’ve all been taught the difference between fantasy and reality, yet we base our opinions of others—and their…ahem… performance—on things we’ve read in books. Women find themselves fawning over words on a page, basing their expectations on something that is literally physically impossible to achieve. Not to mention the fact that books like this are degrading to women everywhere.
Of course, men aren’t off the hook either; the internet is a big place, after all and the first time they realize that their girlfriend’s boobs aren’t made of plastic is probably really disappointing. Women get prince charming, men get porn. It’s no wonder no one is satisfied anymore. We really should stop setting standards based on poorly written fan-fiction and videocamera sex-capades. Of course, the chances of that happening any time soon are slim to none; after all, Fifty Shades did outsell Harry Potter. On that note, you’re doomed.
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The sexiest top three video games
Sexuality has never been hard to find in video games. In fact, ESRB ratings have been telling gamers which games contain sexual content since 1994. The rating is right on the box! The challenge is finding games that use sexuality well. I don’t expect many people would be actively looking for this kind of game, but for the sake of this month’s theme, I have chosen the three games that I feel make the best use of sexuality. Mass Effect 2 Mass Effect 2 is an obvious goto example for great use of sexuality in a video game. The game itself is an RPG experience that no science fiction loving gamer should miss. It uses an engaging gameplay design where dialogue and gameplay choices actively affect the relationships between the player and characters in the universe. This unique and well-implemented system leads to heavy investment and attachment to the characters that the player shares their adventure with. Now add the ability to have relationships
on top of that. The relationships are scripted and it’s painfully easy to get laid, but the great writing and atmosphere give the sequences value. There are three full blown relationship options for each sex. You can also have sex with three other less-prominent characters, regardless of what sex you play as. A skilled player can get it on with all six options in one playthrough, but the point of the game is to challenge you into making a decision. For male characters the choice is the iconic decision between the ultra-sexy Miranda and the nerdy, alien Tali. There is also Jack, but Jack is an a**h*le. I could talk for hours about the choices in Mass Effect 2, but instead I am going to let the game talk for itself. Fable 2 Fable 2 is far from a perfect game, but its RPG elements are a lot of fun and the main storyline is worth at least one playthrough. Where Fable 2 lacks in depth, it makes up for in freedom. The player is given near complete sexual freedom. No matter what sex, the player can get it on with
It’s a Disaster, not a disaster KyLe roBertS When an individual is in the beginning stages of a new relationship, the situational hurdles that need to be cleared can be numerous. Meeting friends and family can often be awkward and in Todd Berger’s It’s a Disaster (2012), audiences partake in a fresh approach. Glenn Randolph (David Cross) is going to a friendly brunch with his new girlfriend, Tracy Scott (Julia Stiles). Glenn is socially awkward, but excited about meeting Tracy’s friends. In reallife, situations like these can make or break a new relationship and from the beginning to the end, the audience is left unsure about how well Glenn and Tracy fit together. As things begin to feel tense due to impending divorce and adulterous transgressions, it looks as though Sunday-brunch is becoming disastrous. Disaster being the key word, the film remains bottled in the house as the brunchers are confronted by a neighbor in a full hazmat suit. He goes on to tell them about bombs going off in the city and the scene is set for the end of the world as they come to realize that the bombs contain life threatening nerve-gas. The rest of the film dwells on the eight brunchers barricading the house and preparing for their inevitable demise. When one thinks of disaster movies, films like War of the Worlds (2005) or 28 Days Later (2002) come to mind. They’re usually fast-paced and full of gratuitous special-effects and CGI. In a twist, It’s a Disaster stays away from these methods completely. It’s slow-paced, mundane and darkly comedic.
Sheri Linden of the Hollywood Reporter says, “The script excels at character-driven laughs, cerebral yet goofy, without resorting to sitcom stereotypes or genitalia-focused stupidity,” which gives the viewer an appreciation for what they’re watching. Instead of the standard sit-com based material we see in most relationship movies, we have a smart script and characters played with depth. Unfortunately, this is far from a Citizen Kane (1941) or a Casablanca (1942). It’s kept interesting due to cinematography and camera techniques, but at its plainest level, Disaster is stuck in one house as events occur outside. It would’ve worked much better as a short film or a play, but the movie format seems like a forced fit. It drags on too long and although the real-time approach is appreciable, the rewatch-ability of this film is minute. Much like Memento (2000) it’s just not as good the second time. All in all, Disaster is worth watching. The ending alone makes sitting through any downtime worth it to the audience. It’s a nice spin on the over-done apocalypse genre and it feels a lot more organic than traditional relationship movie. Its only downfall is the format, which spreads the content a little too thin, but it’s worth at least one viewing. (6.8/10)
almost anyone in the game given the right circumstances. The entire concept is approached from a humorous standpoint, with gameplay statistics for contracted STDs and achievements for sexual endeavours. Condoms are a key mechanic of the game and unprotected sex can lead to children, bad moral alignment or STDs. It’s possible to have non-marital sex, extramarital sex, sex with multiple people or any combinations of the previous. Depending on who you marry, your wife may require sex in order to stay happy. The family system in the game is decently fun, while not imposing too much on the main gameplay. The act of sex is just a black screen with humorous dialogue and it lasts about five seconds. Bayonetta Bayonetta is Devil May Cry with a truckload of boobs and ass dumped on top. It’s easily one of the best action games I have played this generation. Bayonetta plays similar to most action games in terms of hack-n-slash gameplay and leveling. It features an awesome Japanese style and is creative and exciting.
The main character is an overly sexualized female witch, whose hair acts as her skin-tight suit and special attacks. The game is a satire of the over-sexualisation of female characters in Japanese games. This approach is both genius and hilarious. The promotions for the game even advertised an autoplay mode that could be played with one hand. Bayonetta got mixed reviews as many reviewers did not enjoy the game’s aggressive sex appeal. The thing about a game like this is that you get exactly what the box says you’ll
get. If you’re looking for a great Japanese-style action game with plenty of mindless combo mashing, or to get some one-handed game time, then Bayonetta is for you. Just be forewarned, Bayonetta is a game that screams, “Look at my breasts and be in awe!” and it doesn’t take no for an answer. For more gaming content or to leave feedback, head over to my YouTube channel at youtube.com/Vok250. You can also read my other articles online at www.thebaron.ca.
Hooking up, f**king, and the like Are these types of relationships right for you? CarLy SChoFieLd
Engaging in sex can be a complicated thing. While your physical self longs to do the dirty on a regular basis, your morals can sometimes get in the way. From booty calls and one night stands to f**k buddies and friends with benefits, all of these relationships can make or break your sexual fun. So before you jump into the sack with one of these unconventional ties, be sure to know exactly what you’re getting into. A one night stand is a sexual encounter that only occurs once. The calls and texts surrounding the plan to meet up are confined to a small 24 hour window. These relationships are typically formed around situations such as weddings, recent breakups, travelling and drunken nights at the bar. The connection between the two involved is very brief but intense. Some common feelings associated with one night stands are: “wanting to get it out of my system,” “I was so drunk,” or “I’m just looking for fun.” It’s important to make sure that both parties have the same expectations for this hookup and always use protection! Booty calls are relationships solely meant for having sex. They’re often kept secret and although the pair may chat often, it’s usually only done through text messaging. The majority of chats revolve around planning
when and where the two people involved will be doing it. Hanging out in public together is discouraged and spending the night afterwards is usually frowned upon. In a booty call situation, both people must be on the same page, acknowledging that they’re only in it for sex. Neither one should be interested in a relationship and emotions are often avoided. Getting to know each other isn’t important and dating other people is acceptable. F**k buddy relationships are much more casual and friendly. Their plan to meet up often revolves around messages enquiring about the others plans for the night. These buddies seldom make plans with each other but are fine being seen in public. The meetings are often spur of the moment or happen when nothing better is going on. F**k buddies are social play friends. Their relationship is built on fun, casual sex and can continue until one the members starts seeing someone else romantically. However, if that
partner returns to single status, a f**k buddy relationship may start up again. Friends with benefits are actually friends outside of their sexual encounters. They make plans to hang out with each other and are part of the same social circles. They aren’t interested romantically but may feel extra comfortable in the bedroom based on the foundation of their friendship. They don’t always engage in sex when they hang out, but are fine if it does happen. Friends with benefits genuinely care about the welfare of each other. Your view on these atypical relationships may vary based on your religion, culture, morals and experiences. Regardless of your current sexual situation, being on the same page as your partner is crucial so that neither one of you get hurt. Society will continue to have mixed feelings on what is sexually right and wrong, but remembering that you’re in control of your sexual self is key!
10 Food myths busted by nutritionist, Vanessa MacLellan Stephanie totten
protected title and they are not controlled by a regulatory body. Dietitians are required to take a four year Bachelor of Science in applied human nutrition followed by a yearlong internship. Dietitians also pay dues to the New Brunswick Association of Dietitians that ensures the public is provided with credible, science based information. Myth #2: Avoid carbs. MacLellan emphasizes the difference between white breads and cereals
Vanessa MacLellan, registered dietitian and owner of All Foods Fit Nutrition Consulting, recently visited the Saint John YMCA to bust common food and nutrition myths. Myth #1: Dietitians=nutritionist. An important distinction MacLellan addressed is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist. Nutritionist is not a
and “good carbs” that come from fruits and vegetables. “Cutting carbs will make you lose weight because most likely you will be cutting out groups that are more calorie-dense,” she says, “but starving your body of essential nutrients is not healthy.” Myth #3: Late night snacking with make you gain weight. MacLellan says that late night snacking could make you gain weight but it’s the calorie intake, not the time of day. “It all depends on what we’re eating after eight o’clock,” she says. Myth #4: Everyone should be gluten-free. MacLellan says that while gluten free diets are trendy, it’s not necessary for anyone without gluten sensitivities to omit gluten from his or her diet. Myth #5: Super-foods. Berries, garlic, Açai juice, etc have gotten the reputation of “superfoods” that will make you “super healthy.” “The bottom line is that no one food is going to give you super powers or fight any kind of diseases on its own. You need a variety of food,” she says. Myth #6: Fresh and organic is better. Processed, frozen and canned
foods do have a place in a healthy diet. Frozen and canned foods are equal in nutrition to fresh food and may be even more so because the freezing process locks in a lot of nutrients. Myth #7: More protein is better. Many people think that eating protein will build muscle, but that’s a myth, according to MacLellan, “If you’re body building or working out a lot, your protein needs are going to be higher, but you have to figure out how much protein you need per day and beyond that, it’s not going to build muscle…it’s just going to be a waste,” she says. “What builds muscle is more than just your protein intake, it’s a good nutrient program, it’s adequate sleep, it’s good hydration and a number of other things.” Myth #8: Reading food labels is too hard. MacLellan has some tips for understanding a food label: look at the serving size and per cent daily value when comparing products. If a product has five per cent or lower of a certain nutrient (sodium, for example), it has a low amount of that nutrient. A high amount of that nutrient would be 15 per cent or more of the average person’s daily intake. Myth #9: Multigrain and whole grain bread are the same. A grain
consists of three parts: the cereal germ, endosperm and the bran. Whole grain products contain all three parts of the grain, compared to multi-grain products, that may have several different kinds of grains but those grains only retain the endosperm, which is the starchy part of the grain. Myth# 10: Cooking meals takes too much time. This myth is especially important to university students who are always crunched for time and money. MacLellan suggests taking time on weekends to plan ahead, make a menu and shop accordingly, planning for leftovers by making extra food for lunch the next day and picking up convenience foods like pre-cut vegetables and fruit, which may be more expensive but are also a huge time saver. MacLellan’s philosophy is that all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle, but it’s important to understand moderation. “I believe that if you do have a sweet tooth or you like your salty snacks, we can incorporate those things into a healthy lifestyle, the key is to know how and when to enjoy those treats,” she says.
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DOWN 21. A noble gas 25. Vipers 26. Storm 27. Radiate 28. Kick out 29. Part of a stair 30. Ancient Greek marketplace 31. 2,000 pounds 34. Curtail 35. A Freudian stage 36. Rate 38. Prohibit 39. Cooperation
41. Angered 42. Remain 44. Pursuer 45. French of "Woman" 46. Electronic letters 47. Streamlets 48. Positive pole 51. Gestures of assent 52. Gait faster than a walk 53. Large 54. Bright thought 55. Agitate 56. Sea eagle 58. Lyric poem Page 1 of 2
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A freshman’s nemesis: The in-class erection Kyle Roberts
Here is a hypothetical situation: It’s a Monday morning and a male student (let’s call him Johnny) sits at his desk taking notes. There are twenty minutes left as his professor tries to convince the class that “Victorian Aesthetics” is an important concept to understand for the final exam. Johnny begins daydreaming about taking contemporary technology back to the Victorian era just to freak people out, when Betty (the attractive blonde in the front row) stretches and yawns. The peripheral view of Betty’s lower back and thong distracts Johnny from his time-travel fantasy, but the impending erection now looming under his desk is cause for alarm. If he’s called to come to the front of the class, or it persists until the end of class, he’ll need to find a way to conceal it. Erections happen for many reasons. Mainly due to physical or psychological stimulation, one may think every “Raging-Rodney” is due to something sexual; in Johnny’s case, this is true. However, there are a range of situations which cause unwanted erections to appear. There is the “sitting for too long” boner, caused by long periods of immobility; the “pre-coffee mo-bo,” a variant on the morn-
ing boner, which occurs about an hour after waking because the individual is still in the same frame of grogginess; the “baffled by awesomeness” boner is rare, but when witnessing something mind-blowing it’s not uncommon for some men to become halferect; and the “I’ve had to pee for the last thirty minutes” boner occurs if a man has had to wait for an appropriate time to urinate. Needless to say, inappropriate erections (or No-apparentreason-boners-NARB) plague the male existence. There are a variety of other reasons a man may encounter untimely erections, but the nagging question here is what to do when dealing with an in-class NARB In Johnny’s case, he shouldn’t call attention to the situation. It’s a lot harder (pun intended) to conceal a fresh “pants-banana” if he suddenly looks panicked and concerned. The calmer Johnny stays, the sooner it goes away. Distraction is his next step. He needs to think of something other than Betty’s bodacious body and replace those thoughts with their opposition. So, instead of beautiful Betty, Johnny should think ugly or unattractive thoughts, like swimming with grandparents or visualizing oral diseases. Once the mind is far away from the arousing subject matter, Johnny will be
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on the cusp of flaccidity. Alas, Betty has pulled a tootsiepop from her backpack and is attempting to see how many licks it takes to get to the center. Johnny was close, but he now needs to resort to extreme measures. He has five minutes left in class and so, getting rid of this “stiff-Stallone” has now become his top priority. Re-routing blood-flow might be his only hope. Johnny should, at this point, pinch, slap or rub his forearm vigorously. This will confuse the brain and send blood somewhere other than his penis. Just as he starts applying this method, his professor calls class early and students start packing their things and shuffling toward the door. If Johnny is to leave the classroom now, he has two options left, both equally risky. The first is using his textbook as a shield, but he did not buy his textbooks yet because his student loan is lost in the mail. The final protocol, which should only be applied in the most extreme situations, is known simply as the “waist-band tuck.” Johnny, with the situational awareness of a ninja now adjusts his bulging apparatus vertical, tucking it into his waistband. Successful, John walks calmly to the bathroom and no one is the wiser.
Album Review: Anhedonia by This Hisses
Based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, This Hisses is a dramatic death rock/post punk, three piece band infused with a much more dramatic feel than what you would typically expect from the genre. Led by Julia Rychman’s opera trained voice (also playing keyboard), she delivers an emotional, beautiful, yet sinister, album. Backed by Patrick Short and JP Perron, both of whom are well versed in the genre through years of playing with a variety of different acts. The overall feel of the album is a memorable one, Rychman’s voice carries her thoughtful lyrics from start to finish in each track and the instrumentation is timed well in response. However, some tracks feel oddly out of place. Toward the beginning of the album is the vibe that you’d expect to carry the album through and there’s a comforting reoccurring pace that accompanies them. Track number four, Farm Boy Lovin’ cuts what they had accomplished in the tracks leading up to it. It’s not necessarily a bad song, but it
was haphazardly placed. The rest of the album carries through with phenomenal vocals and delightfully elaborate and dramatic guitar riffs that are speckled throughout each song. The album feels really cinematic and like Rychman is more of a shadow, watching dramatic, love lusted events pan out. What she delivers is the intensity and darkness that one would expect to find from a psychological thriller inspired by Nozferatu. This Hisses have definitely a large repertoire of influences in their heads. However, there still remains a strong, consistent post-punk sound that emanates a strong appreciation for the old and the new of the genre. There is a bit of a mash up of genres here, but there is nothing wrong with that, provided that the finished product keeps everything tied together, which This Hisses have done wonderfully. Check out YouTube.com/TheBaronSJ for their music video Blacksmith and thishisses.com for their tour dates and more.
Boyshorts v. Thongs/Boxers v. Briefs
Photos by: Leon Haggarty
Aaron Duplessis second year Business “Boy Shorts”
Daniel Brown first year Arts “Boy Shorts; female athletes wear them”
Emily O’Reilly fourth year Bio-Psych “Boxer-Briefs; they don’t get sticky and bunched up like the other ones”
Adena Peters first year Sciences “Briefs”
Kristen Kelter first year Arts “Boxers”
Victoria Melanson first year Arts “Boxers; looks better and leaves more to the imagination”