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Women’s Centre’s annual event has people once more talking about vaginas

This year’s Valentine’s Day weekend will feature the Vagina Monologues—an annual event put on by the UNB/STU Women’s Centre.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. on both Feb. 12 and 13 in Marshall D’Avary, room 143. Entry is by donation and proceeds will be used to support the Women in Transition and Gignoo House.

Matty Murray is the president of the Women’s Centre this year, and says the group is excited, since the event will provide an opportunity to give back to local women’s initiatives and that they’re looking forward to reaching a wider audience than usual in their advocacy for open discussions and safe spaces.

“Besides the Vagina Monologues being a fun way to look at different issues that women face, it is a space that can connect women-identifying folk. It opens a discussion about pressing topics while still having comedic relief,” said Murray.

“For those who don’t identify as a woman, it is a creative way to learn about the experiences of women—good and bad. This is a fun show that will leave the audience speaking.”

Room 203 in the SUB is getting a queer makeover, and it debuts this month

UNB will be the home of a new LGBTQ+ Resource Centre after the Feb. 8 opening, from 3-5 p.m. in the ballroom of the Student Union Building.

Nadine Violette, co-president of Qmunity and third-year student at Renaissance College, has played a central role in bringing the centre—which will be located across from the SUB ballroom in room 203—into existence.

“The 203: Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity is a social hub, a resource center, a positive/safe space, a space for knowledge building, community partnership and intersectional advocacy work,” said Violette.

The centre’s opening will coincide with the launch of fellow Qmunity member Jackie Toner’s LGBTQ+ poster campaign. There will also be an opportunity to see the centre, ask questions and sip on provided refreshments.

Violette hopes the centre will eventually provide resources that include regular programming—such as info sessions, social events, LGBTQ+ reading materials, mentorship, counselling and academic advising opportunities specific to LGBTQ+; Violette also hopes that the centre seeks programming ideas from the community.

“Within the next few weeks we are going to establish a volunteer program—similar to that of the UNB Women’s Centre—so that students can volunteer their time in the space in order for others/the public to access it openly,” said Violette.

“A space like this is not easy to maintain without support from the university community—and even then, nothing is certain…We need everyone to be involved in the ongoing project of de-stigmatization around the LGBTQ+ community and of LGBTQ+ spaces.”

The UNBSU is hosting an entire week’s worth of sex-y events this month

This year’s Valentine’s Day is lasting all week long at the UNB Student Union. Sex Week is happening from Feb. 12-16, and the UNBSU is working with both campus and community partners to bring Sex Ed back into student’s lives—in an inclusive and empowering way.

Sex Week will feature interactive resources, aphrodisiac taste testing, performances and movie screenings, seminars and workshops on “Sexy Communication 101” and “Toxic Masculinity,” and an LGBTQ+ experience panel.

“With so much misinformation out there, Sex Week is an important time for those looking for information about sensitive subjects to find it.” said Jackie Toner, LGBTQ+ councillor and lead organizer for the events.

“Sex Week also plays an important role in providing a space where students can openly discuss and engage with many topics surrounding sex and gender-related issues such as consent, sexuality, sexual health—and so much more.”  

This month the search is on for the new UNBSU student leaders

Nomination period for this year’s UNBSU annual general elections started on Jan. 29 and will extend until 12 p.m. on Feb. 9. A mandatory candidates meeting will take place later that day at 4 p.m., and its conclusion will signal the start of the campaign period.

Candidates will have until Feb. 25 at 11:59 p.m. to campaign, and then a week-long polling/voting period will decide our future UNBSU Executive and Council. The results will be announced on Sat. March 3, at 12:01 a.m.

Candidates must be full-time undergraduate students at UNB and be in strong academic standing. Nomination forms can be found in the SUB Welcome Centre.

Faculty of Arts to host “Solidarity Sidewalk”

This Valentine’s Day, UNB’s faculty of arts will be hosting a “Solidarity Sidewalk” in the spirit of “love, solidarity, compassion and inclusion.” This event was inspired by the appearance of white-supremacist posters found on campus in January.

“Given recent events on our campus aiming to revive white supremacist and fascist ideologies, The Office of the Dean of Arts encourages students, staff, and faculty to educate themselves on these issues and support groups taking action against racism and bigotry in our communities,” said Sasha Mullally and Ted McDonald, acting associate deans of arts, in an emailed message.

“There is value in speaking out against such views in statements and public forums. It is at least as much, if not more, important that such statements lead to actions of solidarity and unity against hate.”

The event will take place in the lobby of Tilley Hall. According to the event’s Facebook page, participants are invited to write “creative messages of solidarity, compassion, inclusion.”

“Coming together physically to show support for one another is a powerful way to oppose and resist hateful messages meant to divide us and target members of our community,” said Mullally and McDonald in their email.

“It is in this same spirit that we invite you to help us reclaim our campus space by sharing messages of love and solidarity.”

The event will take place on Feb. 14 in the Tilley lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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