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It’s good to be lucky and lucky to be good UNBSJ held its first Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament with $700 in cash prizes available. The tournament, held on Sept. 28, saw fewer players than expected. Approximately 16 people came out to Colonel Tuckers bar to play for a chance at one of the three cash prizes. The tournament was free for students and non-students were charged five dollars to play. The game started out with two tables of eight players, and each player was given chips. The blinds increased every 20 minutes. When enough people were eliminated, the tables
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were put together. Jen Brown, UNBSJ’s social director says the tournament wasn’t as successful as she hoped, “I’m a little disappointed that more students didn’t come out for this event considering there was $700 up for grabs,” she says, “but the students who were there enjoyed their time!” The top three players certainly enjoyed themselves; Dakota Lutes, who won first place left with $400, Armin Allahyari, who was in second place, got $200 and Rick Wood won $100, coming in third. Wood, the third place winner, says he enjoyed himself, “It was a good time, and free cash is always nice.”
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Campus cafeteria: is eating at the cafeteria healthy? hannah Kelly When you walk into the cafeteria, the first things that you see are baked goods, chips and candy. If you take the time to scan the menus and ask the cafeteria staff about the food that they offer, it becomes clear that our campus cafeteria has many healthy options that students may not know about. In fact the campus cafeteria not only offers healthy alternatives to the standard cafeteria meals, they also offer gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Much of the student body is completely unaware of the alternatives that are available, the diversity of the cuisine and the real reason why students may be gaining weight when eating at the
cafeteria. The organization that runs the cafeteria and food services in general across campus is called Aramark. When asked about the options in the cafeteria, Aramark employee, Linda Steeves says, “We make our menus customizable and accessible to all students.” Montague’s Deli let’s students build their own wraps and sandwiches and Grill Works offers healthy sides to their dishes, such as apples or salad, and they offer a vegetarian dish every day. Express makes salads, fruit salads and sandwiches on whole grain bread. Soups are offered daily and a wide variety of beverages, including milk and water, are provided as well. “Our chefs cook with natural flavours and do not rely on salt, MSG
or oil when seasoning,” says Steeves. “A healthy diet is a balanced diet,” says registered dietary consultant Deborah Ferguson, “You need proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats; you also need an abundance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals included in your diet.” Part of the problem could be that students are eating too many carbohydrates; excess carbohydrates are stored as fat. “Kids need to eat more protein,” says Ferguson, and her quick tips include: 1) Eat as much colour as you can (leafy greens, oranges, red peppers) and avoid anything white (breads, potatoes and rice). 2) Drink water, not juice or pop; although juice contains less sugar than pop you are still drinking carbohydrates. 3) Avoid packaged,
processed, denatured foods and anything with a long shelf life. Eat things that you can identify without reading the label. So the healthy options are available, but why isn’t everybody using them? “The cafeteria offers what students want, which includes cupcakes and chips and ice cream,” says Steeves. It is the simple concept of supply and demand; there is an abundance of unhealthy food in the cafeteria because that is what students are buying. Many students seem to be ignoring the resources that are laid out for them, potentially causing weight gain. Just feet from the cash registers in the cafeteria is a table full of brochures about healthy eating and making healthy choices, there is a
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suggestion board, and just past that are the offices of the Aramark employees that will take you through all of the different options offered in the cafeteria. “We push the unhealthy food just as much as the healthy food, because in the end it is a business and we have to make a profit,” says Steeves. “People grab what is convenient because they skip meals and their blood sugar drops or they are craving unhealthy food and don’t stop to consider what they are buying,” says Ferguson, “The key to healthy eating is to pay attention to what you are eating: look at what you are buying, don’t eat while distracted and focus on eating.” Ultimately, it is up to the students to choose the healthy options available to them.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Jiveney Trecartin and Courtney Boudreau
Some businesses view students as poor, naïve and not the demographic that they’re looking to give good service to. If you talk to anyone on campus we are sure that almost everyone has been treated poorly by a business that they have dealt with. Whether it’s servicing your vehicle, or dealing with a cellular company, sometimes businesses do not give students or young people the service that they deserve. It can become really frustrating and sometimes the answer is to have a parent or an “adult” deal with issues for you. Businesses that are providing
poor service to our generation need to realize that we are the buyers of the future. If we are given good service, chances are that we will tell our friends about it and continue to use that business for a very long time. Most of the time, businesses that provide good service, free samples or high quality products, will be used by an entire family—for example, when Jiveney was 13 she got a Bioré sample in a magazine. She loved the product and started using it faithfully. Now, her little sister buys Bioré products and recently Jiveney told Courtney about a cleanser. Courtney now loves it, uses it all the time and her boyfriend has begun using it as well. Bioré is now getting all of
this business from one free sample in a magazine. This being said, think of how much a company loses out when they are rude or don’t have good customer service. For example – a plumbing company went to Courtney’s apartment to fix her tub. They cut a hole in the wall that led to the apartment below. The company’s staff left for the day with plans to return the following morning. While the plumbers were working, Courtney was at school. When they left, they didn’t cover the hole in the wall and Courtney’s cat went into the hole and he fell through the floorboards/ceiling. When she called the plumbing company to address the issue, they didn’t care about the situation or sympathize
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about the lost cat. After this happened, Courtney posted it all over her Facebook, warning her friends and family not to use this company. (Don’t worry, the cat has since been found). Social networking has allowed society to spread the message within seconds to hundreds of people at a time. In turn, poor service toward one person can be detrimental to a business, damaging their customer-rapport and likely decreasing their profits. The next time you experience poor customer service, keep these examples in mind, stand your ground and remind them that you and your generation are the buyers of the future.
How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
Photography Maegan Boudreau, Leon Haggarty Contributors Barbara Roberts, Freeman Woolnough, Dominic Kent, Timothy Arthurs Circulation Stephanie Totten Disclaimers The Baron is the bi-weekly, independent student newspaper of the University of New Brunswick Saint John. Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent The Baron staff or the Board of Directors. Student contributions through letters, articles, photographs, or comics are welcome. The Baron reserves the right to edit any submitted content for length, libel, taste, or non-verifiable information.
Bethany Reinhart, Environmental Biology Student
Mike MacLeod, Business Student
Julia Leek, Psychology Student
“I would eat plants from the forest and hide in trees. I’d practice combat in my spare time.”
“I would treat it like the Holocaust and stay in an attic with a lot of weapons.”
“I would probably forfeit. Due to strength in numbers I’d live longer as a zombie, plus you wouldn’t be left by yourself.”
Anthony Pascon, Psychology Student
Stephanie Rancourt, Sports Psychology Student
Liz Daley, Science Student
“I probably wouldn’t survive, but my instinct would be to run.”
“I probably wouldn’t hide out. I’d constantly be on the move, travelling north because zombies don’t survive in the cold. I’d travel alone, taking out any competition on the way. Eventually I’d create a vaccine and I’d have survived on Twinkies the whole time.”
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“I would suicide.”
Chelsea Daley, Business Student
Ethan Macleod, Engineering Student
“I’d go solo; I wouldn’t want people to slow me down. I’d constantly stop for supplies and I’d never stay in one place too long.”
“Zombies are attracted to urban areas so I’d go rural with a small group of people. We’d live off nature and make sure to maintain weaponry.”
Zach Kennedy, Engineering Student “I’d camp out on a school roof-top with lots of weapons and bait zombies for fun.”
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
AGearmonth of moustache madness up and grow out for Movember
It’s that time of year again MoBros and MoSistas. Time to trade in that clean shaven face for a moustache mantel perched on your upper lip in support of prostate cancer awareness. Men and women alike from all over the world have been registering at movember.com since 2003 to grow their moustaches and spread the word. The movement has grown along with the stashes, jumping from a mere 30 men registered in the beginning to over 854,000 in 2011. Since 2003, Movember has raised $301 million in support of men’s health issues. UNBSJ and the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) have been proud supporters of Movember, arranging friendly moustache growing competitions, supporting moustache teams and yearly Movember pub crawls. Kristen Munro, a UNBSJ student also known as “Mustachio Munro,” is the authority on campus concerning Movember and is the team leader of the MoStache Riders. She facilitates the yearly pub crawl, which she started three years ago. The father of a close friend to Munro was diagnosed with pros-
tate cancer and the two friends decided to do something to support their loved one. When asking for donations, a co-worker refused to contribute saying that no one she ever knew was affected by it. This reaction kicked Munro into overdrive. “That was all it took; because of what she said, I knew I had to do something to help ensure the future health of the men I love in my life,” says Munro, “All cancer sucks, not just specific kinds and the statistics speak for themselves. One in five men [are diagnosed with prostate cancer], that definitely deserves recognition.” Movember is a fun way to get vocal about men’s health issues. Men can raise money by simply growing a moustache for 30 days, and women can demonstrate their support by standing by their MoBros. It’s an exciting way to raise awareness about a very serious issue. “[Movember] helps us ensure that being proactive about your health is viewed as important and gets rid of the stigma that can influence some men to believe that taking care of their health is considered being a wimp,” says Munro. Last year Munro and her merry band of MoStache Riders raised over $1,000 for their team dona-
tion, adding up to $2,300 from the annual pub crawl. This year the pub crawl registration was filled well over a month in advance, demonstrating that UNBSJ is ready to get growing for a good cause. For all of the potential MoBros out there who are weary on participating because they don’t know what
Safe Ride expanding to Quispamsis carly schofield The new safe ride program at UNBSJ has been in operation for about a month. So far the program has been quite successful in providing safe drives home for students from bashes, late study nights and to the grocery store. As the planning team constantly looks for ways to improve the program, the need to expand the Safe Ride route to Quispamsis was decided upon. The number of students using the Safe Ride program is constantly growing and many living in the outskirts such as the Kennebecasis Valley would like to use the service as well. Because students attending UNBSJ come from many areas outside of Saint John, a vast majority of the students don’t come directly from the city centre. The decision to expand the coverage is solely to encourage more users to take advantage of this great opportunity. With the new route in place, the Safe Ride van will travel
to Quispamsis, as far as the Old Coach Road. This option will be available to students during regular safe ride hours. All of the same rules concerning Safe Ride still apply for those travelling out to the valley too. The van is not permitted to drop students off at bars and they must be going to a valid home address. If students living further out than the Old Coach Road want to catch a cab or bus from there, this will prove to be significantly cheaper than having to travel all the way from campus. By expanding to Quispamsis, Safe Ride is making the lives of students living in Quispamsis much easier. Many of those living in Quispamsis, often miss out on events or opportunities on campus due to the stress of getting home. Laura Nause, a fourth year nursing student and Quispamsis resident thinks the new change will really benefit the students, “I think it’s a great idea for when I want to carpool into town and stay late to study,” says Nause “It will be much easier to not have to worry about finding a way home after.” Not only is the Safe Ride pro-
gram proving to be more convenient to students, but it also allows the university to take a more environmentally friendly approach to transportation. Anthony Enman, vice president finance, understood the need to expand the program and acknowledges new changes to improve it, “As with any new program we are always evaluating to see where our strengths are and where there is room for improvement,” says Enman. It is often difficult to identify the changes that will need to be implemented during the beginning stages. Expanding to Quispamsis is the first major change and as new needs are brought forth, the appropriate measures will be taken. If you see a need for improvement with the new Safe Ride program, do not hesitate to contact the coordinator at email@example.com. The Safe Ride program runs Wednesday to Friday from 6 p.m. until midnight and during special events. Drives can be scheduled by calling the hotline at (506) 650-0052.
Correction Notice: in an article about the Quebec Student protests in the previous issue, we stated that the two presenters were sisters. it was later brought to our attention that the two were not related. The Baron apologizes for the mistake.
kind of mo to grow, here are some suggestions. The Charlie Chaplin is a timeless classic, the Hulk Hogan is a masculine and intense statement and the Albert Einstein is an eccentric yet intelligent choice. Munro recommends some of her personal favourites including the Porn Star and the Makeout Bandit.
Next month let’s see some of these fine moustaches around campus. It’s a good cause that deserves some attention, so shave up and start growing to get people talking about the importance of men’s health.
Get to know your SRC: Jon Cogger
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Arts representative, Jon Cogger poses for a picture.
Mercedes PeTers Jon Cogger is a third year student who has been on the UNBSJ Students’ Representative Council (SRC) for two years now. This History and Political Science major sits on the SRC as the Arts representative; he is also a member of the senate and the board of governors. From the very beginning, Cogger has had one thing in mind, “My first priority is to increase the accountability and transparency within the SRC and to ensure that the best interests of the students are always taken into consideration,” he says. Cogger’s job is to represent the students in the Arts program; he acts as their voice, transmitting concerns and any questions that they may have to the SRC. His role on the senate is to review policies for school administration and make suggestions regarding student life from a current learner’s point of view. Cogger has an even larger job on UNB’s board of governors. As the only student to sit on the board, he represents both campuses, advising his fellow members on a variety of policies regarding the health and
finances of our university. He shares his position with many influential people in our community, including Eddie Campbell, the university’s president. On top of this, he is copresident of UNBSJ’s History Society and an active member of the Political Science Society. Cogger’s passion for school involvement is strong, “Volunteering goes a long way,” he says, “whether it’s a few hours here or there, it helps immensely.” He encourages everyone to take part in student life, and advises anyone with an interest in student government to stop by and listen in on the SRC meetings. Though his job description caters more to the Arts population, Cogger is willing to listen to anyone with something to say. In fact, it is one of his favourite things about being on the SRC, “I thoroughly enjoy meeting my fellow students on a regular basis. Whether it is to answer their questions, to facilitate their experience, or to simply chat— whatever the case may be, I am glad to be of service!” Cogger can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone at (506) 333-5876.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Additional study space in Student Centre
Carly Schofield With midterms in full swing, many students are seeing a need for additional study space on campus. In order to tackle this need the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) has recently converted two former offices into quiet study rooms. After the Ward Chipman Library closed its doors last year, students found that that the new Hans W. Klohn Commons library did not offer what they needed to complete their studies. The lack of study space has been a growing issue for some time and many feel that the university has not been able to meet the demand. Understanding this need, the SRC welcomes students to use two rooms, located in the Thomas Condon Student Centre as needed. The rooms are equipped with a desk and couches in order to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for students. Computers will also be added to the rooms in the coming weeks. The study rooms are available for use all day. They are opened first thing in the morning, and security will not be closing them until after 11 p.m.
The new study rooms allow the SRC to be more accessible to students, while providing a space out of the way from hectic campus life. As expected, a few clubs and societies aren’t thrilled about losing their private offices this year. Ashley Macosky, vice president of Student Affairs played a major role implementing this change and explains that four clubs occupied the two study spaces last year and that three were not actively contributing to campus life. “Clubs that were only concerned about having access to an office have been the only ones to raise any real issues,” says Macosky, “some have no interest in being a club as result.” For the most part, active clubs on campus have no issues with these changes. Although having an office on campus is a nice perk, it is not crucial for running a successful club. Clubs now have access to room 224 of the Student Centre which has been converted into a meeting room and those looking to use it are encouraged to book a time slot posted on the door. Clubs also have access to storage through the use of a locked closet for their supplies. Brad Trecartin, SRC president
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The study lounges, located in the Student Centre, are equipped with comfy seating and computers for students believes that the new changes will greatly benefit the student body. “We want the Thomas Condon building to be more of a student centre,” says Trecartin, “the new study spaces and televisions installed in the cafeteria will encourage students to spend more time here.” The
Whitebone Lounge is also open to students to hang out, play pool or study –although there is no guarantee how quiet it may be in there. While the new study rooms seem to be relatively quiet right now, the demand for additional space is sure to pick up in the next few weeks.
Next time you find yourself frantically looking for a space to settle down and get some work done, be sure to keep the new quiet study rooms in the Student Centre in mind.
Accommodating smokers on Campus Kyle Roberts Before entering every building on the UNBSJ campus, students come face-to-face with “no smoking” decals indicating smokers must stand ten metres away from all entrances to refrain from violation. In the quad this translates to a thirty-three foot safe haven for non-smokers. In respect to policies in the same vein as Dalhousie University’s smokefree policy, the UNBSJ campus remains smoker-friendly with public ashtrays provided outside. David Gillespie, UNBSJ’s environmental health, safety & security manager says it’s all about accommodating and compromising with students, faculty and staff; be they a smoker
or non-smoker. Tobacco use/smoking prevalence is highest in young adults between the ages of 20 and 24 at 21.1 per cent (Centre for Population Health Impact, 2012) which translates to approximately 121 nicotine users out of the estimated 2,550 students at UNBSJ. This number varies in consideration of those outside of the age group indicated who both do and do not smoke. When asked about smoking on campus, Gillespie says, “It is a constant issue that smokers violate the ten metre non-smoking buffer. There are more concerns on campus for security than simply protecting entrances from violators around the clock, but keeping the campus and
its population healthy needs to be a shared responsibility between all [...] parties involved anyway. The silent mentality of ‘it’s not my problem’ positively reinforces violation as socially acceptable behaviour.” In accordance with UNBSJ’s 1987 smoking policy, “the right of the non-smoker to protect his/ her health and safety will take precedence over another’s desire to smoke.” Smokers may be welcome on campus, but adherence to campus smoking policy is confused by the very placement of public ashtrays (most of which are located within the non-smoking buffer) and the proximity of the quad adjacent entrances. In order to smoke respectfully within the quad, nicotine
fanatics must cluster almost directly at the centre. The one and only semicovered outdoor space on campus (below the breezeway between the G. Forbes Athletics Centre and the Thomas J. Condon Student Centre) violates the ten metre buffer from both sides. “Smoking on campus sucks,” says second year Arts student and tobacco user, Katrina Pridgeon, “we have nowhere to go that’s covered when it’s raining or snowing.” Fourth year student and non-smoker, Courtney Vail says, “I don’t mind when students smoke on campus, it doesn’t bother me. I only really seem to notice people smoking when they are standing in front of doors that I’m going into. I think you should
be able to smoke if you do, but that you should respect people who don’t and stay away from the doors, crowded areas, etc.” Administrative smoker accommodation is also estranged by the possibility of charges for buffer zone violators. Gillespie says he has never seen it put into place, but under the student disciplinary code if someone is a repeat offender, charges can be laid by the student disciplinary committee. The charges vary but can be anywhere between a warning to a fine equivalent to seven per cent of tuition costs.
UNB students rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life Stephanie Totten
On Friday, Sept. 28, Canadian Blood Services brought their mobile blood unit to UNBSJ for the second annual blood drive. Students came out in groups and were lined up outside of the gym doors waiting to give. Samantha Tinker, a UNBSJ student and organizer of the blood drive, says it’s important to bring the mobile clinic to campus to motivate students. “University is really busy, you’re stressed out, it’s not the first thing on your mind to go down and give blood, but when it comes to you it’s a lot easier to do,” she says, “It fosters more of a community atmosphere, it sponsors volunteerism and gives people the opportunity to go and do something for others.” Right now, Canada is in active blood signal mode, meaning that the need for blood is very high. Every 60 seconds someone in Canada needs blood. It can take up to 50 donors to save a car accident victim
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Giving blood can save a life. and up to five donors to treat a cancer patient. Tom Bishop, Canadian Blood Service’s community development coordinator for the Saint John area, says that the need for new blood donors is crucial, “We have a good donor base,” he says “but as our regular donors start to age, they’re going to be the people that
need blood, so we need the youth.” The reality is that one in every two Canadians are able to give blood, but only one in 60 actually donate. With such a crucial need for donors, the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) has generously donated a $250 tuition credit to be drawn amongst the students who
donated. On top of that, Dominos Pizza donated 10 free pizzas and a few professors are even handing out bonus marks to students that donate. UNBSJ is part of a program called Partners for Life, which means that it pledges a certain amount of blood every year. “UNBSJ pledged to
donate something like 30 units [of blood] last year,” says Bishop, “we’re already [at] 200 per cent of our goal, which is fantastic!” Everyone involved was very impressed with how things went. “I think the students at UNBSJ are unbelievable,” says Bishop, “Compared to other schools, [UNBSJ] is head and shoulders above the rest. When you have line ups of 10, 15, 20 people waiting to [give blood], it shows [that] the [students] here really take the cause to heart.” Any students unable to donate at the mobile clinic are invited to give at the permanent clinic on University Avenue, open Monday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments can be booked online at blood.ca or at 1-888-2-donate. Walk-ins are also welcome. Be sure to mention being a UNB student to help UNBSJ reach its goal for 2012.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Motion 312 redefinition of life defeated shocking votes spark controversy Hannah Kelly
Motion 312 was brought forward by Conservative Member of Parliament, Stephen Woodworth, to study the Criminal Code’s definition of a human being. The current definition states that a child is considered to be a human once it has fully left its mother’s body. The motion was carried and put to a free vote, allowing individuals to vote on the issue based on their personal opinion rather than that of their political party, also called a conscience vote.
On Sept. 26 the motion was defeated after voting took place, however the results of the vote revealed some surprising truths about certain political figures. Many say that Motion 312 was simply a way to reopen the abortion debate. Women’s rights activist Kimberly Blue says, “One cannot generalize an issue that is so case sensitive, every choice holds different circumstances, pressures and issues. A blanket law will just not cut it.” Blue says that both sides of the argument are present in the female community, but it is ultimately a
matter of personal choice. The vote itself yielded interesting results. Although almost half of the conservative party voted in favour of the motion, Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted against it. “He most likely just doesn’t want to deal with the abortion issue. It was politically motivated; the free vote let him off the hook,” says Blue. Harper himself told the public that he had no intention of re-opening the abortion debate in a CBC interview in January of 2011. He states that the abortion issue is one that he has been trying to avoid his whole political career.
Another shocking vote was that of public works and status of women minister, Rona Ambrose. There was outrage in the female community when Ambrose voted in favour of Motion 312. She has been publicly criticized by women’s rights critics and numerous petitions against her have been created, “It would have been a huge step backward for women’s rights,” says Blue. The motion was defeated 203 to 91 and the abortion debate has been put to rest at least for now. Blue says,”I wish they wouldn’t waste time, there are so many issues in
need of attention that rehashing old arguments that have already been put to rest by the legislation makes no sense.” The female community would gain nothing from motion 312,” says student Christine Stewart, “the pro-life women aren’t going to get abortions anyway, so it would have just taken away the freedom of the women who do want a choice.” But their votes have kept them safe and the freedom to choose lives to fight another day.
Midterm and exam anxiety How to keep your calm and your hair when the big tests roll around Mercedes Peters When it comes to school-year anxieties and overwhelmed students, Leigh-Ellen Thomas has seen it all. Now that midterms are in fullswing and exams are looming in the distance, stress is on the rise, which means more students are seeking help to ease their minds. Thomas, the student development coordinator at UNBSJ, has many tips and tricks to keep students organized and on track during those hectic weeks so that they can stay relaxed and in a good mood when times get tough. Believe it or not, preparation for midterms and exams doesn’t just happen during the days before the big test. “Don’t think of studying as what you do the day or two before the midterm. The entire semester is actually helping you prepare for these tests,” says Thomas. Lectures, textbook readings, even assignments—if you stay on track with them, you may find exam preparation a whole lot easier than you thought it would be. However, stay-
ing on track doesn’t mean putting the information away as soon as you’re done learning it. Quickly reviewing old notes on a weekly basis can keep them fresh in your mind, so that when it comes time to study, you’ll already have a general idea of what you need to know. But how do we stay on track when most of us have classes, jobs and extracurricular activities to keep on top of ? One of the most common things Thomas sees in her office are students looking for ways to better manage their time. According to Thomas, time-management is one of the most important ways to keep students ready for not only testing time, but the entire school year. This is where an organized schedule can be very useful. Calendars are an important tool. Use them make sure you have a very clear view of what is coming up in the next week, a pretty good idea of what is happening over the next two weeks, and a vague idea of your whole month’s schedule. That way, due dates and test times won’t take you by surprise, adding
to your stress level. Important class dates can be found in your syllabus, so keep that on hand--the professor gave it to you for a reason. Knowing your calendar allows you to plan your study, work, and downtime in advance, creating structure and killing anxiety. “One of the best ways to stay on track is to write down what you need to get done for the day,” says Thomas. She suggests writing a todo list that ranks your tasks in order of urgency. Get the most important things done first, and then move on to the less urgent items on the list. With the most important tasks out of the way, you’re more likely to relax. In fact, practising time management can help you in the long run. The better you become at it, you’ll find fewer urgent items at the top of your list. When you can organize your time, you can organize your work as well. Keeping all of your class materials together saves a massive amount of stress when you start cracking the books for midterms and exams. Lecture notes are a huge part of your
study material and whether you take them with a computer or a pen and a piece of loose-leaf, make sure you’ve got a good organization system; don’t let papers or desktop files float around on their own where they can be misplaced easily. Three ring binders are one of the best ways to keep your notes organized because you can insert handouts, completed assignments and tests to keep them safe. Keep your notes and materials for each class separate, and for classes that don’t follow the textbook in chronological order, make sure to have coloured tabs to mark what needs to be studied. Remember: constant review of your notes keeps you from getting overwhelmed when it comes time to prepare for the big test. For larger study sessions, know your learning style. Visual learners may want to try different coloured pens and diagrams while audio learners may want to record themselves reading their notes. Everyone is different; try other methods and see what works best for you. Thomas also suggests setting aside
some time after midterms or exams to do what you love and let off a little steam. Whether it’s reading your favourite book alone, planning a trip or an outing with your friends, reward yourself for the work you’ve done and relax, “Just keep it legal, and healthy,” says Thomas with a laugh. Midterms and exams can be scary, but if you use your time wisely and keep organized, you may find yourself wondering what you were worrying about in the first place. Examtime worry is common, “You are definitely not alone,” says Thomas, “so many students are struggling with anxieties who are afraid to speak up.” If you need help coping with stress and fears, or are feeling overwhelmed with too much on your plate, you can contact Thomas email@example.com, or stop by her office at Student Services, Oland Hall G16.
Situation improving for Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue Stephanie Totten Most people in Saint John have probably heard about the hardships that the Saint John Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Animal Rescue has recently been facing. Fortunately, with the out pouring of support from the Saint John and surrounding communities, the future is already looking brighter. The Animal Rescue League, formerly located on Taylor Avenue, and the Saint John SPCA merged in September 2010 to become the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue. Following the merge, the SPCA governing board’s inspection of the Taylor Avenue location came up short and the organization was given 30 days to find a new location. The group had, years prior, purchased a lot on Sandy Point Road in hopes of building a brand new shelter, a dream that would cost the organization about $4 million. With this sudden eviction in the dead of
winter, the organization decided it was not feasible to fundraise and to try to build on their land. The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue started to look for a new place to call home for the many dogs and cats in their care. The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue finally found their new home at 265 Bayside Dr., a building formerly owned by Hickey Bros. Ltd, who offered the shelter a private mortgage. The new location set the shelter back $750,000 and with limited interest in the Taylor Avenue location, the organization was struggling financially. Melody McElman, the shelter’s manager, decided to announce their struggles to the public and turn to the community for support. “We had to move forward, we had to be truthful and tell them what’s happening because no one knew,” she says “they were driving by this big new shiny building and they were thinking ‘oh, it’s great, everything is wonderful!-it was everything but.”
With the threat of having to close their doors for good, the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue pleaded for the help of the community. With a short term goal of $200,000 and a long term goal of $1 million, volunteers took to the streets to raise much needed funds. Harbour Con-Fusion, a local non-profit group of comic book fans, dressed up as superheroes and raised money with donation bins and a bottle drive. Other volunteers took to the streets of uptown Saint John with donation bins during the busy Labour Day flea market, and donations from individuals as well as small and medium businesses poured in. In the past four weeks $100,000 has been raised. “It’s unbelievable and it’s a clear message that the community truly supports us,” says McElman, “I’ve never seen anything like it!” The shelter has some future events planned to continue to help them reach their fundraising goals. Bif Naked, who will be performing
The SPCA Animal Rescue needs to raise several thousand dollars to continue to operate in the city. in Saint John on Oct. 20, is endorsing the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue, allowing them to set up in the lobby to fundraise. Club Tonic is holding “Party 4 Pets” on Oct. 12. The five dollar cover charge and one dollar from every drink sold will benefit the Saint John SPCA Ani-
mal Rescue. “People understand, they know. And people get very emotional when it comes to animals in need,” says McElman, “We’re pleased, we’re a lot better [off ] than we were but the real work is just beginning.”
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Local church tries something new to draw in members
Stephanie Totten For the UNBSJ students who travel to school on Sandy Point Road every day, there have been some curious signs along their route. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Saint John (UUCSJ), whose congregation has hovered around 50 members since the mid 90s, is trying something new, and slightly controversial, to attract new members. The congregation came together to brainstorm slogans for their reader board sign. Among
them, “UUCSJ where evolution is sacred,” as well as, “Where atheists are welcome,” and most recently, “Freethinkers gather here.” When asked about the purpose of these messages, Wendy Vowels, the organization’s president of the Board of Trustees says, “[The signs] were meant to be controversial to grab people’s attention.” Vowels says that the board is trying to emphasize the welcoming atmosphere of the church, “You can be someone who believes in a higher power, you may believe in God in a very traditional way, or you may be an atheist or an
agnostic, all of those people can be comfortable within the UUC.” The Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC) is a faith organization without any of the typical religious requirements. “There is no requirement that you believe in anything in particular,” says Vowels. The principles of the UUC focus on social justice concepts, “We focus on building community and [...] on personal development; spiritual and intellectual.” The UUCSJ is officially a welcoming congregation, which means that its official stance is to welcome
and embrace people of any sexual orientation. Members of the congregation have taken special training to promote and welcome these people. “We think that’s a very important step,” says Vowels. The congregation meets every Sunday morning. They have a consulting minister who travels from Maine two Sundays of every month and a traditional service is held. On the remaining two Sundays of the month, the congregation gathers for less traditional activities, “They would include things like films followed by a discussion and book
studies,” says Vowels, “We often bring in guest speakers and they can be a wide variety of people from different segments of the community, in the past we’ve brought in people to talk about addiction issues, or talk about living in poverty, social action groups, that sort of thing.” The UUCSJ is also involved in some community outreach work including volunteering with Romero House every week and heading the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice committee who organize letter writing campaigns and other social justice demonstrations.
Student Party Night a small success Celebrating Alexander Keith’s birthday country style Mercedes Peters Alexander Keith’s birthday was celebrated at UNBSJ in a big way on Friday, Oct. 5. To kick off the festivities, the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) hosted a breakfast at Colonel Tuckers where students could get a great meal for just two dollars a plate. Proceeds from this event went to support the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Friday’s most anticipated event happened that evening as Colonel Tuckers was transformed from a breakfast nook into a full-fledged
country fun-zone. Students ditched the books and pens for cowboy hats and flannel to take full advantage of the free Student Party Night. Doors opened at 10 p.m., and a crew sauntered in, ready to dance, hang out, and forget the worries of upcoming Midterms. Drink specials that had been in place throughout the day in honour of the 216 year-old draft king continued into the night. Party-goers could get themselves a cold Keith’s for just three dollars. The SRC’s social director, Jen Brown, was excited about the festivities, “I just love doing this. It’s very, very fun,” she says. After the success of First Class
Bash on Sept. 14, Brown knew that this party was a no-brainer, “I wasn’t stressed at all,” she says, “where it’s a smaller event, the numbers are cut in half. I wasn’t as worried about [this party] as I was [with the first bash].” Though it boasted a smaller crowd, the students who did attend were very pleased with the outcome. UNBSJ can look forward to more party nights in the future. For a heads up on future party nights and other SRC events, keep an eye on the walls of UNBSJ for posters and promotions, or check out their Facebook page at: www. facebook.com/unbsrc.
“This program will aid in the process of helping international students get some of their first work experience in Canada” says Woolnough, “a task that can be quite difficult when you consider things such as work permits and entry visas.” UNBSJ has partnered with Mount Allison University for the duration of this program. They had implemented the GPS last year and have much experience running it. The province is also aware of the skills and contributions international students bring to the workforce and want to encourage them to stay in N.B. after graduation. Through the department of PostSecondary Education, Training and Labour, funding has been given to the university to develop this program extensively. So far, the students have taken part in a very successful career fair at UNBF and a “tips and tricks” workshop prior to the event. Students have also been meeting one on one with career counsellors in order to try and pinpoint their goals and plans for the future. Coming up this term, students can expect to see sessions on developing an online presence, volunteering opportunities and an alumni
panel preparing students for the challenges they will soon face. In the new year, the focus will primarily be on how to survive an interview, job hunting, resumes, cover letters and how to adapt to life after school. A trip to Mount Allison for those taking part in the GPS will also be offered in the new year. The program has been well received by those involved and plans are already in progress to offer the Graduation Prep Series next year. Students that have taken advantage of this program have found it to be useful and informative. They are gaining valuable skills crucial for landing their dream job. The program is also connecting students to resources that are often forgotten about, not just to international students but domestic as well. There is definitely a need for this at UNBSJ and as long as international students continue to attend there will continue to be such a service offered. The planning team looks forward to answering questions and continuing to provide students with useful information to jump start their career goals. Any questions about the GPS can be forwarded to Freeman Woolnough at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Folks gathered at the bar to enjoy a drink and celebrate the birth of the great Alexander Keith
Inside enrollment at International students UNB Saint John preparing for graduation Carly Schofield The thought of finally graduating can be a very stressful time for many university students. Having to put your skills to the test and entering the workforce can be both challenging and intimidating, especially if you lack the skills to snag a job. This year, a brand new program is being introduced to international students in order to teach them how to plan and prepare for life after UNB. Students participating in the Graduation Preparation Series (GPS) are being offered information through a variety of information sessions in order to prepare themselves for the real world. Although these sessions are offered to all students on campus, those participating in the GPS are required to attend. As an incentive for attending all of the workshops, the end of the program will include interview opportunities for local internships throughout the city. Ase Kelly Berg and Freeman Woolnough of student services are heading up this program. They are very excited about what it has to offer and encourage all international students in third or fourth year to take part.
Enrollment statistics at any university is important. A drop in enrollment can affect all areas of a university, especially financially. How does UNBSJ keep track of such an important statistic? The enrollment statistics for UNBSJ are calculated four times every year; during the first semester, preliminary data is collected in October, while the final data is collected in mid-December. “This year’s preliminary data has reached the status quo,” says registrar, Mark Bishop. Overall UNBSJ enrollment has been increasing over the past decade. This is likely due to the increased demand for university education among the job market. According to Statistics Canada, in 2009 82 per cent of the adult population with post-secondary education were employed, as opposed to the 55 per cent of adults with less than a high school education. What typically causes the enrollment to drop at a university can have very little to do with the university itself and more to do with outside demographics. “Three or four years ago we had a drop in enrollment and it was caused by less students enrolling in high school,”
says Bishop, “The university hired more recruitment staff and boosted the recruitment budget in order to get the enrollment back to where it should have been.” The university has both domestic recruiters and international recruiters who travel to try and attract students to UNBSJ. These recruiters typically operate in two ways, the first being the fair format, where Canadian universities will travel together to fairs where organized tours are set up and conferences are given. The second way that students are recruited happens with individual school visits, where recruitment staff travel to schools with specific potential where they give presentations in classrooms as well as meet with students individually. “We’ve had a good couple of years,” says Bishop, “our goal is to reach more international students; our goal is to have 20 per cent of our student body comprise of international students. We are currently at 12 per cent.” The student body can rest easy knowing that the enrollment trend is heading in an upright direction and shows no signs of stopping.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 8 Seawolves attempt to tackle Red Bombers
UNBSJ takes on sister school UNBF
Seawolves Sports recap
Women’s Soccer: at St. Thomas University Sat. Oct. 13 0-0 final vs St. Thomas University Sun. Oct. 14 1-0 final (Seawolves) Ocean-Leigh Peters/The Baron
The Bombers charge the Seawolves as they look to secure the win
Ocean-Leigh Peters On Saturday Oct. 6, the UNBSJ football team played UNBF at the Canada Games stadium on campus. The Red Bombers took the lead early with a touchdown in the first quarter of the game. Shortly after, their quarterback scored another touchdown, bringing the score to 16 to zero for UNBF.
Before the second quarter UNBF was in the lead 18 to zero. The game was at a standstill before halftime with no touchdowns or points for either team. The second half of the game continued much like the first. The Seawolves were dominated by the Red Bombers and only managed a score of 25 to eight at the end of the game for UNBF. Saturday’s game left UNBF still undefeated and UNBSJ without a win this season.
Men’s Soccer: at St. Thomas University Sat. Oct. 13 0-0 final vs St. Thomas University Sun. Oct. 14 1-0 final (Seawolves)
upcoming home games
Women’s Basketball: vs Mount Saint Vincent Univesity
Sat. Nov. 3
Sat. Nov. 3
vs Mount Saint Vincent Univesity
Sat. Nov. 3
vs Mount Allison University
Sun. Nov. 4 @ 2pm
Men’s Basketball: vs Mount Saint Vincent Univesity
Men’s Volleyball: MacKenzie Tamblyn
Name: MacKenzie Tamblyn
Name: Cara Savoie
Hometown: Saint John, N.B.
Years playing: first year with the Seawolves
Hometown: Quispamsis, N.B.
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Years playing: four years with the Seawolves
vs University Saint Anne
Sat. Nov. 3
vs Mount Saint Vincent Univesity
Sat. Nov. 4 @ 11am
Why play: Tamblyn’s favorite part of the game Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Sociolis winning. ogy) Future plans: Tamblym hopes to someday Why play Soccer: “I continue to play soccer make it to the national level. because I enjoy the sport. The people who I play soccer with tend to have a good sense of humour Tamblyn has been playing soccer since he was which makes the sport much more enjoyable,” six years old and has dedicated himself to ad- says Savoie. vancing as far as he can. He has played AAA and on the N.B. provincial team. Tamblyn also came Future plans: “It’s been a great experience close to making the Canada Games team when he playing for this school. I hope to continue to play was training with them. soccer in the future on a recreational team. I’m still deciding what my plans are for next year. I’m thinking about enrolling in a graduate program but I haven’t made any decisions yet,” says Savoie. Savoie is an excellent player who has really shown her natural talents on the field this season. She demonstrates strong control over the game and ensures that she is the one to dictate the pace. Savoie is also an enthusiastic team player who enjoys the experience with her teammates.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Mixed feelings on Mix Martial Arts
The city bans MMA fights in Saint John Ocean-Leigh Peters Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a controversial sport that has raised its violent, yet somehow entertaining, head across Canada. Atlantic cities such as Moncton and Saint John are no exception to this growing trend. Moncton has been hosting MMA fights and it has been extremely popular in the hub city. Edward
Hoyt, owner of Hoyco Productions, is interested in hosting MMA fights in Saint John but was turned down by the city. The Criminal Code of Canada forbids prize fights, such as MMA, other than boxing, unless there is a Boxing and Wrestling Commission set in place to ensure that the safety codes are followed. Since Saint John does not have a commission like Moncton, fights are not permitted
in the port city. Some believe that MMA is too violent and should not be allowed in Saint John. “MMA is violent, that’s the appeal to most people and a turn off to some,” says Justin Young, an MMA fighter from Sussex, “[it’s] not for everybody but everyday it becomes a passion for more and more people,” making it one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Young has competed in Monc-
ton and believes it could be a good thing for Saint John as well. “When there’s [an] MMA event, hotels [...], restaurants, and bars [all benefit]. It gets people into the city and hopefully coming back,” says Young. Mike Melvin is a supporter of MMA and the co-owner of the Okuden gym in Saint John. He also believes MMA events would be good for the city. “Having events in the city builds a strong community,”
says Melvin, “which creates an opportunity for young people to have something to work towards and experience growth.” Ray Strowbridge is a city councillor who supports MMA and is challenging the city’s decision not to allow these events to take place. For now the city council has put a hold on this issue. “It will take a good deal of pushing for them to revisit it any time soon” says Melvin.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Zombies take over Port City
Edible Material: Whole Wheat Pancakes from Scratch
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The undead walked the streets of uptown Saint John for the annual zombie walk.
Erin Bodechon The undead came out to play on Saturday, Oct. 6 for the fourth annual Saint John Zombie Walk. Zombies could join the horde with a five dollar fee and a donation of a non-perishable food item, given to Romero House. Zombies gathered in King Square starting at 4:30 p.m. to register and the walk down King Street began at 6:00 p.m. There was a hearse present for zombies to register, which created an excellent eerie atmosphere for the walk. This is the fourth year in a row that a zombie walk has taken place in Saint John, and has been a trend in bigger cities for many years. This year marks biggest walk to date for Saint John, with over 200 zombies in attendance. Interesting entertainment was provided at the event with fire dancers performing in the square to entertain the undead. Performers with blazing hula-hoops and batons danced around the square with music blasting from a decorated van. This year the host of the walk, Kayla Abrams, had special “Saint John Zombie Walk” rubber brace-
lets made for attendees, who were given one with registration. There was also an official zombie afterparty which was held at the Pub Down Under on Main St. and people dressed as zombies attended for free. “We hope that this year will be the biggest yet,” says Abrams, “and hopefully we have continued support to do it every year.” Prizes were given out for some of the best zombie costumes. However, not only zombies were present for the walk, many people dressed up as “survivors” of a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. Some of the categories included Best Zombie, Best Zombie Kid and Best Survivor. There was also a draw for a mechanical zombie baby if you purchased a ticket. A table was set up where you could pay two dollars to have your zombie gore done up by a volunteer. One of the prizes was a “Zombie Snack Pack” from Gamezilla, which included edible zombie skin, zombie toenails and zombie blood for Best Family. Other prizes included an autographed book from U.K. zombie author David Moody “Hater,” a family prize package from Freak Lunch Box, Zombie Card
Game from Reads, gift certificates from Value Village, Jungle Jim’s and Taco Pica, Rick Grimes Halloween costume, Walking Dead t-shirt from Second Spin, and some Walking Dead comics from organizers. Many creative costumes came out for the walk. There were zombie doctors & nurses, zombie Disney princesses, zombie brides, zombie prom queens and even zombie babies. There were also some students from UNBSJ participating in the walk. UNBSJ student, Mallory Moseley, says that this was her first year doing the zombie walk but she plans on doing it again. Another UNBSJ student, Caitlin Robertson says she participated in the walk, “because it [was] my birthday! It [was] perfect for my birthday party.” Also present and zomified was UNBSJ professor Dr. June Madeley. The Zombie Walk continues to grow every year as zombies are becoming increasingly popular in pop culture, especially with mega television hits such as The Walking Dead. You can find more out and get involved next year by joining the Facebook group “Saint John Zombie Walk.”
Jiveney Trecartin Pancakes are delicious and are so easy to make. I’m not talking about the crap that you buy in a box and just add water or some eggs. I’m talking about pancakes from scratch-don’t panic! It’s actually super easy, so keep reading. Pancakes can be tailored to your own personal taste. You can eat them plain, with semi-sweet chocolate chips, bananas, apples and cinnamon, raspberries and the list goes on! Personally, I prefer blueberry pancakes and just throw a few handfuls of frozen blueberries into the batter. Mashing up some freckled bananas and adding them to the batter with some chocolate chips is also delicious—pancakes are so versatile, don’t be afraid to just grab some things and throw them into the batter. These pancakes in particular have whole wheat flour in them and not very much sugar. Of course the sugar comes later when you smother your stack in syrup, but it’s not so bad if you’re using real maple syrup, which is more natural than the fake stuff and it definitely tastes better. Pure maple syrup can be expensive, but if you have a Costco membership you can get a one litre jug (Kirkland brand) for a very reasonable price. This recipe makes a lot of pancakes, so you can eat as many as you want and then freeze them (or if you think you will eat them quickly, put them in the fridge for up to three days). Leftovers, whether frozen or refrigerated, can be heated up in the microwave or the oven (don’t put them in the microwave for too long or the edges will become hard). One more thing! Since this recipe makes so many pancakes, I usually heat the oven up to about 120°F and
put a baking sheet in there so that I can transfer the cooked pancakes from the stove into the oven and keep them warm until I am ready to serve the pancakes. Whole Wheat Pancakes 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour, 1 ½ cups all purpose flour, 3 Tbsp sugar, 2 Tbsp baking powder, 1 ½ tsp salt, 2 eggs beaten, 3 cups milk, 3 tbsp canola or vegetable oil, 1 Tbsp vanilla extract In a large bowl with a wooden spoon combine flours, sugar, baking powder and salt In a separate bowl whisk together all wet ingredients Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mix until all ingredients are wet but batter is lumpy Stir in your choice of fruit (add as much or as little as you prefer) or a few small handfuls of chocolate chips Heat a pan to medium-low and cook pancakes using ¼ cup of batter per pancake (unless you prefer larger ones). Flip when bubbles form all over the pancake and bottom is golden brown. If you aren’t a fan of syrup, homemade jam can be a delicious alternative. I usually serve mine with some fresh cut up strawberries and bananas. I make these pancakes almost every weekend and everyone who has tried them, loves them. If you are starving and only have these basic ingredients, you can also enjoy pancakes for supper. So throw away that chemically pancake mix and do it from scratch! You’ll be surprised how easy it is. If you have a recipe that you would like to see in The Baron, or have tried a recipe and would like to comment, please contact me at email@example.com.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Human Rights & Positive Environment Diversity Learning from working in Malawi: a student’s cross-cultural experience Barbara Roberts, Human Rights Officer One objective of this column is to explore the cultural diversity among us, and learn about one another. This week we are fortunate to hear from John-Eric Teehan, a student who worked abroad in Malawi under the Students for Development Program with the Centre for Property Studies. Here is an excerpt from what John-Eric said about his experiences. Barbara Roberts: What has working in Malawi done for you in terms of personal knowledge and growth? John-Eric Teehan: Working in Malawi challenged many of my preconceived notions of what life in Africa is like, and what working in the field of development actually
entails. In Malawi, I was challenged by navigating complex cultural and political landscapes, and living in an environment where malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and malaria affect families on a daily basis. However, despite the complexity of these challenges – or perhaps because of them – my resolve to pursue a career within international development has only become stronger. BR: What did you learn that surprised you, in a positive way?
Kauma village, I would be mobbed by hordes of smiling children darting from their huts and wrapping their arms around me. On one occasion, the crowd reached roughly 40 kids and followed me through the village maze all the way to work, apparently singing songs about harvesting vegetables in the garden! It was a surreal experience. Malawian hospitality and friendliness only exceeded its already glowing reputation. BR: What is one cultural element or social value of your host community that you learned to understand and appreciate?
I haven’t been sleeping well at night! What can I do? If this has been happening because of those “weird” dreams that you’ve had since you turned 13, you’re probably looking at the wrong column. However, if you are having difficulties falling asleep, or are waking up much earlier than you normally do, keep reading.
JT: What really impressed me about Malawi in general was the diversity of ethnicities and religions that coexisted quite harmoniously. When you think of Africa, the most
Sleep is an odd thing and we need to remember that a few nights here and there of less-than-perfect sleep is completely normal – as is taking up to 30 minutes to fall asleep. Recent studies have shown that it is also very normal for people to wake up naturally about three to four hours after falling asleep. Historically, people would take advantage of this time to read, do some chores, have sex, or generally mill around for about half an hour before go-
ing back to sleep for another two to three hours. With this in mind, try not to stress yourself out about waking up in the middle of the night! That being said, there are quite a few things that can interfere with a good night’s sleep, at either end. Try not to eat anything at least one hour before going to bed; if you really must eat, avoid meat and cheese as much as possible. In that same time frame, avoid any sort of screen time – TV, computer, etc. – opt for
reading, talking, or doing chores instead. During the day, try to stick to a regular eating routine; your habits during the day (e.g. a late breakfast) affect your nighttime schedules (e.g. late sleep). Finally, ensure that you are using your bed only for sleep or sex; studying in particular should happen outside of the bedroom. By doing this, your body is associating only sleep and sex with your bed, rather than studying or other activities, which can make your body feel ready for a study session, rather than feeling ready for some rest If you feel that your sleep has
lady in the cafeteria for help with those funny coins; you can’t flush the toilet because you don’t know where to find the button; pizza doesn’t taste the same; pasta doesn’t taste the same (for goodness sake, these are Italian dishes, you’d expect them to be the same, right?); bread is not the same, not even McDonald’s cheeseburgers are exactly the same, because Canadian ketchup is sweeter than ours (wow, look how easy the us-them-thing suddenly becomes) and I could go on. Ok, that ketchup-thing was my personal trigger. I cried over a cheeseburger, craving something, just anything, that tastes familiar. People who discuss their abroad experiences usually end up talking about food as it is obviously a central issue in our lives. Yet, I also think it serves as a brilliant metaphor for something much harder to express. When you’re away from home, eventually you start craving familiar tastes, not only in a literal way. What you miss the most is the
feeling of belonging. Did you know, for instance, that it takes forever to pick up another language’s humor? I might find something funny that I want to talk about, but I can’t because I’d have to take the time to explain everything. In Germany, I’d just crack a joke. Likewise, sometimes Canadians have casual conversations and laugh their heads off but I just don’t get it. Being fluent hasn’t helped me at all. The question is: what do you get in return to make the abroad time worth this struggle? Personally, I don’t rely on this experience to be best time of my life. It might be, and it might not be, I will find out. In any case, it makes me rethink my home country, what I believe in and what I take for granted. I can begin to appreciate what a person who dares to start from scratch in a foreign and strange environment must suffer through if they decide to make their chosen country their home.
Culture shock Christa Stiehl In my last article I promised to philosophize about my culture shock. Luckily, this side-effect of any proper abroad experience hit me just in time to share it with you. Initially, I hoped to skip feeling shocked and get right on with feeling whole and happy about my new Canadian life. After all, I spent my junior high school year in the United States and thanks to my university program, I am confident and fluent in English, that’s got to count for something, or does it? Sadly, you can’t not experience culture shock. Suddenly, from one second to the next, it hits you in the face and feeling homesick comes crashing down. Let me give you some examples of my triggers. You lock yourself in the house because you don’t understand the porch door’s mechanism; you can’t walk to the grocery store because there’s no sidewalk; you are extremely embarrassed because you have to ask the
BR: Is international experience a valuable learning experience, and why? JT: International experience pushes you from the comforts of your own culture and thrusts you into an alien environment. This is very much a character building experience that can leave an indelible mark on your personality. St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel
JT: I figured that my level of affluence relative to the locals might generate some hostility or resentment. This simply was not the case. I never felt threatened and only received the warmest of welcomes – sometimes into the homes of complete strangers. Day after day on the dusty morning hike to our NGO in
Ask a counsellor-Can’t sleep! Freeman Woolnough
common images that come to mind are often those of ethnic strife and conflict. However, from my experience in Malawi, Christians, Muslims and traditional religions lived side by side in mutual respect and tolerance. It was surprising to find such a level of religious tolerance in Malawi when it doesn’t necessarily exist in the western world.
only read a page.” The result might be getting introduced to new food, a language or maybe even an alternative way of life. It forces us to broaden our horizons and comprehend the possibilities beyond our doorstep […]. Experience abroad has the effect of breaking down […] cultural and racial stereotypes that we tend to subconsciously consume and internalize at home. It deepened my conviction to pursue social change and improve the disparities that exist between the developed and the developing world. BR: Thanks for sharing your perspective, John-Eric. And thanks to Veronica McGinn for connecting me with John-Eric.
worsened considerably, or that it has been many weeks since you have had a decent rest, consider talking with somebody. Contact a counsellor on campus (sjcounsellor@unb. ca), or alternatively the Student Health Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org) to speak with a professional about other options available to you. Have a question for a counsellor? E-mail it to email@example.com to see it featured here!
Geoff Hartley PhD candidate, Applied Health Sciences. Goals: Explore how cold, heat and altitude can impair physical and mental function. Increase survival times.
For both sides of the brain. At Brock University, our exceptional people and facilities help to shape well-rounded graduate students. Just ask Geoff Hartley. Geoff’s research will impact the survival of people working or playing in extreme climate conditions, from the tops of mountains and glacial environments to tropical forests and oceans deep. And when he’s not making discoveries in the lab of Canada Research Chair Stephen Cheung, he’s exploring new territory as part of a cycling club. Brock is a place that celebrates both sides of the brain, where people become better versions of themselves. For more information about our 42 graduate programs, check us out at brocku.ca
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
SJ Boys and Girls Club is recruiting volunteers! Katie O’Connell Do you love kids? Are you looking for a fun volunteer opportunity that can accommodate your schedule? You are in luck—the Boys and Girls Club may be exactly what you are looking for, and they are currently looking for volunteers for various programs. Tracy Stuart, the coordinator of the Learning Center at the Boys and Girls Club of SJ, was on the UNBSJ campus on Sept. 26 to speak with students about the organization. After speaking with Stuart, I quickly realized that this non-profit organization has something unique going for it: the coordinators are very flexible and want to accommodate volunteers as much as possible. A former UNBSJ student herself, Stuart understands that students
may not be able to commit a lot of time to a program, but she wants to include anyone who is willing to share their talents with kids in our community. When first meeting a new volunteer, Stuart likes to find out what his or her interests are, so she can put you in contact with the best person to help you set up your own program. Creative individuals are welcome to share their talents and interests with kids from the community, “Whatever you like and want to do, if it’s knitting, arts and crafts, chess, Zumba, yoga, a particular sport, whatever,” says Stuart. Volunteers are encouraged to introduce their personal hobbies to children and youth in the program and may tailor their group to a specific age group. The Boys and Girls Club operates
a number of programs which students can help out with: Daycare: Practice for your future life as a parent by hanging out with two to five year olds on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. These youngsters need volunteers to do crafts, play in the gym and go on field trips with them. Hot Lunch Program: This is ideal for the casual volunteer who can’t commit every week. If you can only spare a lunch hour, help out once a month with serving lunch to 100 students from Prince Charles School. Afterschool Program: Aimed at children in kindergarten to grade six, this afternoon program (1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.) has lots of room for volunteers to be creative and start their own program in areas such as art, music, or health and wellness.
Evening Youth Program: One of the largest programs offered, this is for children and youth aged five to 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Volunteers are desperately needed to offer lead art, music, and sports programming. Again, this is an opportunity to share your talents and favourite hobbies with others. For example, novice DJs are welcome to DJ on a Friday night at the weekly dance. Learning Center: This is a tutoring/mentorship program that will be starting in October, running from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Volunteer tutors are paired with a child based on the age and subjects that you would like to tutor. All tutoring materials are provided by Stuart, but tutors are also welcome to bring their own supplies. Students may also get involved with ongoing fundraising initiatives
throughout the year. This is an awesome opportunity for any student who would like to make a positive impact in the Saint John community. Due to the sensitive nature of working with a vulnerable population, prospective volunteers must fill out an application form with some sensitive questions, as well as provide three references from people who have known you for at least three years (one must be a family member). Volunteers will also be asked to provide a criminal record check and allow the Boys and Girls Club to complete a Social Development check. Don’t let these deter you from being part of a great organization! For more information, check out www.sjbgclub.com or contact Tracy Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (506) 634-2011.
Different strokes So, you want to write a book? for different folks E P Kent
There is a lot of focus on gay rights lately, which is a wonderful thing, but it seems a shame to me that so many other non-traditional relationships are still being ignored, disapproved of or even shunned. Monogamy (an individual having only one partner at a time) is the most popular type of relationship in our western society, but it’s not the only option. Many people have found themselves in very happy, healthy and loving relationships with more than one partner at a time. Polygamy vs. polyamory: Many polyamorous people tend to shy away from the term “polygamy” because it has a bit of a negative connotation associated with it. Polygamy, meaning many marriages, is often associated with religion. While the term itself has no religious basis, it is usually associated with religious extremes, child marriages and male domination. This is obviously not true of all poly relationships but the stigma still stands. The term polyamorous, meaning many loves, is not as widely used, but holds more positive connotations. People who engage in polyamorous relationships are not necessarily looking to marry many people. Polyamorous relationships can be anything from dating or living together to raising children together, or they can be purely sexual relationships. Gender roles tend to play a huge part in the misconceptions about poly relationships. A common belief holds that poly relationships are always male-dominated, involving one male with many female
partners. In reality, polyamorous relationships can be any combination of male/female participants. There may be a hierarchy in poly relationships, such as a “primary” partner that holds a higher priority than other partners, but this is not necessarily determined by gender roles. Many modern poly relationships (with the exception of extreme religious partnerships) are egalitarian, where the partners are free to have as many partners of either sex as they want. So, that must mean polyamorous people are addicted to sex, right? Not necessarily. Of course sex can be one of the reasons people choose these not-so-traditional relationships, but that’s definitely not all there is to it. People engage in poly relationships for a whole bunch of reasons, it could be anything from replicating the large family they grew up in, to creating a community atmosphere for their children, or taking a stand against religious or cultural norms. The reasons for engaging in any kind of sexual activity are just as diverse as the individuals who choose to do so. Basically what I’m getting at is just because something is not “normal” to one person doesn’t make it wrong. Monogamy is kind of the default relationship and there are plenty of people who are happy committing to one person, which is really cool, but for some people, monogamy doesn’t do it for them. Everyone has the right to choose what is right for their lives and judgment from other people doesn’t achieve anything but bitterness and hate.
The two absolute most important lessons to becoming an author are: number one, read and number two, write. I know it sounds redundant; of course you’re going to read, how else would you understand the layout of a book and no sh*t you’re going to write … you’re writing a book. The point I’m trying to make is that these two components cannot just be pastimes, they need to be your life. Novels aren’t like essays or poems, they have their own textual format and it is absolutely vital that you become fluent in its language. The greatest element of writing that sets it apart from all other artistry is that you always have examples If you’re an ambitious young writer and there is anything to take away from this piece, let it be this: practice your writing every day; I don’t care if it’s on paper, receipts, napkins or bathroom stalls; you need to not only want it but crave it, and once you’ve done all that, read twice as much. Okay, you’ve done the homework and now it’s time to write but … where to start? I’m sure there’s hundreds of internet articles that would advise you to first choose an idea, map out your plot line, generate characters blah blah blah; you can give that a flip of the bird. It’s bullsh*t. When I first started working on “The Veranda” I didn’t know I was writing a book; I didn’t even know I was writing a story – just write, and I promise the ideas will come. The same goes for writer’s block, there’s no such thing, only people who stop picking up their pencil; nothing is ever worth not writing. As you progress you will constantly find yourself lost in thought, fantasiz-
ing your plot’s next steps to a point bordering on obsession, but it’s necessary; nobody just thinks up a four hundred page story on the spot, it takes time and dedication. Let’s jump ahead a few months; you’ve finished your first manuscript– congratulations, have a beer, maybe even two, you’ve earned it, but keep the champagne in the cupboard for now, there’s still work to be done. A manuscript is only the bone structure to your story, now you’re going to need muscles and to do that is going to require editing. It’s a word most writers cringe at, it just has to be done. After you’ve strived through the painstaking hours of revising each and every word within the story, you’re going to want to revisit the pages of your labour but you need to refrain from looking, you’re preparing for your final edit. Like anyone who has ever glimpsed at an optical illusion, it’s near impossible to distinguish until returning to the same image a little later, this can also be said about writing; all of those lines that appeared to be flawless you will later see are sloppy with much required tuning, but it’s not your fault, it can be hard to see them without refreshing your mind. After it’s all done, you will be proud to call the work your own. As for where it goes from there, only God can tell. The truth is that I could never really tell you how to create a novel, writing has no formula, like a fingerprint, every author has their own literary identity, more commonly known as voice, that they and only they can discover. There is one thing however that unites us all, and that is passion. To create something truly beautiful and genuine you need to find
your niche. There will be times when you’ll just want to throw down your pencil and quit, I assure you that I was no exception and endured my own episodes of near defeat; but that’s when you take that motivation, you channel that inspiration into every word you put down and when you step back you realize it’s not only by you, but a part of you, and that makes all the difference. On a final note I would just like to say this: writing is not just a tool, it’s a gift and one that can’t be taken lightly. Literature can move mountains and bottle up seas, it has influenced the world for centuries and will continue to do so for many more; it takes a very special kind of person to be able to put his or her pencil on paper and have people sit for hours gawking at their work. It will act both as your sword and shield leaving you to judge, so I will leave you with the wise words of Ben Parker, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Zolas and Hey Ocean! live at Peppers!
Alex Ross The evening of Saturday, Oct. 6 was quite a thrill. I got the chance to see The Zolas and Hey Ocean! perform live at Pepper’s Pub. The two bands gave great performances, both musically and energetically. It was a full house as music fans cramped around the stage to witness quite the spectacle. This was the first time I had heard of The Zolas. Hailing from Vancouver, The Zolas provided not only powerful rhythms complimented with guitar work and fun vocal styles, but also offered a unique brand of entertainment. By incorporating catchy and fun lyrics with a driving bass line, they successfully pulled the crowd in while everyone danced and sang along. Once The Zolas had finished
their set, tension in the air grew as the crowd anticipated Hey Ocean!’s performance. As the lights dimmed, David Beckingham (vocals and bass) and Ashleigh Ball (vocals and flute) took to the stage followed by their respective band members as the bar began to shake from the applause. Hey Ocean! brought forth many interesting grooves and sounds from their combination of almost-retro bass lines and interesting guitar riffs that seemed to cut the air in an almost nonchalant fashion. Ball demonstrated not only her wide vocal range, but flawlessly incorporated her impressive flute skills. It would come as a surprise to no one that in no time at all, the entire crowd was completely fixated on the music. Throughout the night everyone either clapped in unison, or sang along at the top of
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their lungs. Everyone had a genuinely great night. Hey Ocean! is currently completing their annual Canadian cross-country, with opening act, The Zolas not far behind. These
are bands that you won’t want to miss, so keep your eyes peeled for their tour dates. Check out their websites at thezolasmusic.com and loveheyocean. com
Be sure to check out my favorite songs by them at The Baron’s YouTube page, www.youtube.com/ thebaronsj
Deer Tick to appear live at Pepper’s Pub Alex Ross If this is the first you’re hearing of Deer Tick, then you are in for quite a treat. The Rhode Island based rock/alt country/who-cares-aboutgenres group has made quite a name for themselves, most notably appearing live on the David Lettermen show. Currently touring their latest album, Divine Providence, they’re landing here on our doorsteps on Oct. 16 at Pepper’s Pub. Deer Tick is an energetic band and is very unique in how they op-
erate. I had the chance to have a phone-in interview with Rob Crowell, the keyboard and sax player, and he provided some insight. “We’re not very good with rehearsals. Once everything comes together we just sort of go with,” says Crowell, “just before the tour began we had one rehearsal, and away we went.” Rob Crowell is from Canada, currently residing in Ontario, and was raised in Fredericton. Although not a founding member of the band, he’s proved himself to be a valuable member none the less. “On one oc-
casion our drummer broke his arm and I ended up having to cover for him. We, as a band, know each other well so it was an easy transition into his place,” says Crowell. With this latest album, Deer Tick demonstrates their musical abilities as well as their song writing skills. Infusing elements of what every rock band should have, they deliver a strong variation of sounds with spot on vocals that make the package that much more whole. Divine Providence will be the fourth album that Deer Tick has
released, as it takes a dramatic shift from their last album, The Black Dirt Sessions. I made the mistake of asking Crowell if the folk influence was something they wanted to keep incorporating with their music, to which he hastily replies with a laugh, “We are not a folk band. Just because there’s an acoustic guitar doesn’t make us folk! We do what we want, and we have the creative freedom to do so.” Divine Providence is louder with more emphasis on quick chord progressions that attribute to an almost punk, noise
rock feel. Deer Tick is a band that you can’t afford to miss. With so much energy and suave to their act, it’s a show anyone will be able to have a good time at. Deer Tick just isn’t a talented group of musicians; they’re cool and fun. They are what a rock band should be and most definitely have a promising future ahead of them. Come see them on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Pepper’s Pub! Be sure to check out my favorite songs from Divine Providence at: youtube.com/thebaronsj
Bandwich 2012 at the Somerset Alex Ross “What do you get when you take a roomful of musicians, put their names in a hat, randomly put them in bands together, and give them seven days to create music to be performed at The Somerset on Sept. 29? Bandwich 2012!” For a mere five dollars, audience members were given the chance to vote up to five times (or pay an extra dollar for an additional vote) for their favourite act. All of the proceeds for this charitable event went to the Local 107.3 fm radio station. The organizers did an excellent job to ensure that the event went smoothly. Great time and effort were put into Bandwich 2012 and it clearly paid off. The event was hosted by the one and only Anthony Enman, who did an excellent job of keeping the audience entertained between acts and bringing a high level of energy to the show. Keeping to a tight schedule is no easy task, but the staff met expectations flawlessly. The music performed had a very strong, fun atmosphere to it, fitting well with the vibe from the audience. Given the limited amount of time that the musicians had to prepare for their performance, the artists still managed to keep themselves well-coordinated together; featuring a wide variety of talents and sounds, with some unique ideas for songs. The opening group, Hot Freaks,
played an intense set, with tracks ranging from a chaotic garage-rock cover of Outkast’s Hey Yeah, all the way to some intense guitar solo playful showdowns between members who demonstrated their abilities. Fool Animal managed to create a very natural variety of sounds that had a nice flow throughout their songs, almost feeling like they had been an improvisational group that had been playing together for years while creating an interesting dynamic between instruments. Next on the stage was Pen15. The group incorporated steady riffs and rhythm with quirky lyrics and vocals that seemed to be in overdrive the entire time. The result was something that almost felt like it grew from the early death rock scene during the 80s. The last act to play, Legendary Sword of Onothimanos, had an interesting approach to their creative process. The group took the jingles you would hear at a circus and produced a psychedelic instrumental song, complete with a chugging bass line. It came out reminiscent of something you would hear in a horror film. All of the acts put on a fantastic show, and The Somerset was packed. Everyone who attended had a great time and this was an awesome event for a radio station that is dedicated to a supportive community. Local 107.3 fm is an award winning station for the same reason that this
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Fool Animal rock out as one of four bands to compete in this year’s Bandwich competition event was a success. These creative and innovative ways to keep the community involved provide the backbone to keep ideas and events like this possible. To everyone who attended, and
all involved, thank you for the support! Remember to come out next year for Bandwich 2013! Interested in watching the bands? Watch the Facebook event page closely for updates as the organizers
will soon be uploading video recordings from the night, www.facebook. com/groups/402580999808340.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Wine, treats and glitter tattoos Fashion Forward was a fabulous night full of treats and promotions!
Katie O’Connell On Oct. 4, the fashionistas of Saint John gathered in Market Square for a celebration of all things fashion. Fashion Forward was an evening event highlighting the shops of uptown Saint John. When I arrived at Market Square for the kick-off, I was greeted with a map of all of the participating stores, a catwalk of models wearing things I can only dream of affording, a chocolate fountain, and free wine. The organizers clearly read my mind; Thursday is basically Friday, and wine helps me spend money irresponsibly. I grabbed a free glass of
wine and hit the shops. Although Fashion Forward officially ran from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., keen shoppers arrived before 4:45 p.m. to get their hands on a gift bag full of uptown swag. Reserved for the first 100 shoppers, these bags were in such high demand that a Market Square security guard had to guard them! What were the contents of these mysterious bags? They included a treat bag of candy corn, caramels and chocolate, a bracelet from the Butterfly Shoppe, a perfume sample, some advertisements, and my personal favourite item: a complimentary drink ticket for Cougars. If you didn’t get one, be
jealous. Many of the best boutiques in uptown Saint John participated in Fashion Forward. Several shops in Market Square and Brunswick Square participated, including Envy, Je Suis Prest, Baubles and Walsh Luggage. Shoppers also hit the streets of Saint John (King Street, Canterbury Street, Germain Street and Princess Street) to explore the chic offerings of various boutiques. I revelled in funky jewellery, gorgeous shoes, fun dresses, and more free drinks. My lesson of the night: the casual Saint John shopper might be missing some shopping gems hid-
den uptown. A couple of great consignment stores, SoJo Boutique and Exchange at 45 Canterbury St. have unique pieces from labels that would never grace the racks of your typical Saint John store. I also discovered Heartbreak Boutique at 80 Princess St., which offers unique retro clothing and fun accessories which would make great gifts. There were great promotions and giveaways all night as well as fun demonstrations being offered at various locations. There were appetizers from the Ale House at Samuel and Co. and Churchill’s provided appetizers for Manchester Shoe Salon. I filled a treat bag with candy at
The Butterfly Shoppe and sampled homemade pumpkin donut holes at Silver Daisy Designs. A makeup artist at Heartbreak Boutique was transforming shoppers into pin-up girls, while Made You Blush cosmetics offered free glitter tattoos at Silver Daisy Designs. I couldn’t help myself; in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I got a festive sparkly orange bird under my collarbone. Two weeks later, I will still have an orange glittery bird on my chest. Thanks Fashion Forward, for a very memorable evening.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Taken 2 – Taken, in Istanbul Erin Bodechon
“I have a very particular set of skills...” you may have heard this chilling quote countless times from the surprise sleeper hit, Taken. Taken surprised viewers and critics alike when it became a smash hit at the box office in 2008, revitalizing Liam Neeson’s career and turning him into an in-demand action star. Neeson plays a badass with extreme brutality as ex-C.I.A. agent, Brian Mills in Taken, who must rescue his daughter from a European human sex trafficking ring. After making an unexpected $24.7 million at the box office, it’s no surprise that a sequel hit the screens. Taken 2 brings Neeson back as Mills, who must once again save his family from kidnappers who are out for revenge due to the events of Taken. While the ending of the first film didn’t really leave room for a sequel, the writers managed to pull off a semiconvincing storyline for the sequel. After brutally killing dozens of men with his bare hands and singlehandedly fighting his way through an entire organized crime organiza-
tion to get his daughter back, why would you want to mess with him again, right? Well you wouldn’t think anyone would, but they did. This time Mills finds himself, his wife Lenore (Famke Jenssen) taken and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) on the run in Instanbul. Taken 2 lacks the in-your-face, non-stop intensity of the first film and the premise is even more ridiculous. However there are some good combat scenes and an exciting (yet far-fetched) car chase scene. Despite lackluster critic reviews with a disastrous nine per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it destroyed the box office with an impressive $49.5 million opening weekend. Though it’s a weak sequel, Neeson is still badass and manages to carry the movie giving some great one-liners. It may not be the smartest or most believable action movie, but if you can turn your brain off for 90 minutes you can still be fairly entertained. I’m pretty certain after the box office success we can expect Taken 3 in the near future, or you know “Taken…One more time!” (2.5/5 stars)
Electronic Arts flags thousands of YouTube videos Vincent O’Connell
The video game publisher Electronic Arts, or simply EA, has recently begun to claim the copyrights on any YouTube video featuring their games. The main game that is being flagged is Battlefield 3, a game which has a huge YouTube community that was growing daily. EA’s decision to claim their visual content will have a huge impact on their already poor reputation. A copyright flag on YouTube is not as bad as it sounds. It is simply
a notification to the user that someone has claimed copyright on some content in the video. In this case EA is claiming all of its visual content; the gameplay footage. By claiming the footage, they also claim a portion of the ad revenue for the video. As the legal owners of the content, EA has every right to do so. This action does not affect the uploader’s copyright infringement status. EA has one of the worst reputations in the gaming community, trumped only by Zynga. Personally I think that the hate on EA is
exaggerated far beyond what they deserve. One thing that is often repeated is the idea that EA is only in it for the money. The recent actions by EA on YouTube play right into that accusation. Currently most game publishers are happy to let users share video content of their game because it acts as free advertising. They do not take actions against large YouTubers profiting from their copyrighted content because they know that YouTube now drives a large portion of game sales. For EA this must not
have been enough. EA also wants to claim the one or two dollars that each small Battlefield video will make every month. Over millions of videos that number adds up to quite a chunk of change for EA. Can you really blame them for the decision? Did EA figure that their actions would go unnoticed? I doubt it. The victims of this new policy are people whose hobby is informing and entertaining. YouTubers specialize in getting their message heard by as many people as possible.
It will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds over the next few months as more and more people get flagged videos. Knowing the internet, this could explode out of proportions and damage EA’s reputation or it could simply go unnoticed and become a norm for gaming companies. I hope other companies have more loyalty and respect for their YouTube communities and that this does not become industry standard.
Singularity: A throwback to the old-school FPS formula Vincent O’Connell Are you looking to have some good old-fashioned fun with a shotgun and some demented baddies for less than $10? Then I have the game for you! Singularity, a 2010 game by Raven Software and published by Activison, is a great first person shooter (FPS) which follows the old formula that made FPS the popular genre it is today. FPS games weren’t always huge free-roam games like Borderlands. They also weren’t side-thoughts to multiplayer games like BF3 and MW3. They used to be well-design single player experienced that delivered high-tension, excitementfilled entertainment. They revolved around great level design that kept the player on a scripted linear sequence, varied enemies, areas and bosses, and awesome weapon progression. By restricting the gameplay to a linear story and world, the game designers could exactly construct how the experience would unfold. These old FPS games usually lasted anywhere from 8 to 20 hours and were a ton of fun. The player was not stressed by inventory, decisions or repetitive side-quests. This for-
mula worked for years and was used in many successful series like Bioshock, Half-life 2, FEAR, and Halo. Recently, FPS releases include RPG elements, are open-world, or are half-baked and bland additions to multiplayer. When an FPS that follows the old formula comes out, I find it highly refreshing and enjoyable. Of course the game also has to be well made and polished. Singularity was one of those games. Singularity did not do well upon release. A lot of high pull reviewers, *cough*IGN*cough,* said that the game was corny and “by-thenumbers” (http://ca.ign.com). The game flew under the hype radar and quickly dropped in price. I picked it up for $10 about a month after release. I named Singularity my game of the year for 2010, putting it above a lot of big-hype releases like Halo: Reach and Mass Effect 2. I did this simply because it was one of the few games that year that I just could not put down. It was like the first time I played Halo CE. I was so engaged and entertained by Singularity that I played it twice in one week to get both endings. What some people call corny for this game, I call genius. The game
pulls inspiration from many successful game design strategies used before and uses a fairly common storyline and enemy combination. It’s almost like a tribute to all of the great FPS games of my childhood. The storyline puts US marines in an abandoned USSR base where time-manipulation and radiation from a broken reactor have created a horror-filled island that jumps through space time. It all revolves around an alien metal that acts as a fuel source and currency. The game features a linear storyline that goes through noticeable stages of level design that revolve around the weapon progression. It has an unarmed Amnesia-style be-
ginning, a shooter style section in offices and labs, a duck and cover style section outside on catwalks and highways, a stealth section in subways and sewers, and high-excitement sections with a mini-gun. The game revolves around a device called the TMD, Time Manipulation Device, which gives the player different powers as you level it up. The player can also upgrade the main weapons using collected currency and switch their load-out at locker-style checkpoints. My favorite feature is that the game uses a health and power bar like Bioshock. I have never been a fan of regenerating health. This game is great because these
various “by-the-numbers” elements come together smoothly to make a unique and entertaining game. All of the mechanics are well-executed and add entertainment. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes oldschool FPS games. It is a one weekend playthrough, but as the game only costs $10, it is totally worth it. You can visit my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/Vok250) to see footage of this game. It is one of my first videos so the commentary is horrible, but the footage is varied and well-edited. It shows many mechanics that I have not described here.