UNB prepares for COVID-19, launches awareness website and suspends international travel

UNB administration has begun efforts in preparation and awareness for potential local effects of COVID-19, also referred to as the novel coronavirus, in suspending university sanctioned international travel and launching an informational website. 

Though at the time of writing this article, only a single presumptive case has been recorded in New Brunswick, the threat remains prevalent, especially with increased travel happening over the March break.

The university announced on March 13 that all travel to Europe, the Middle East, China, South Korea, Singapore, Hong-Kong and Japan have been suspended until further notice. This includes exchange programs, travel studies, international internships and practicums, and other university sanctioned travel. 

In order to maintain access to accurate information, UNB launched a website detailing everything you need to know to be aware and prepared for COVID-19. 

The site, unb.ca/coronavirus, details what UNB students can do to take caution against the virus, and also lists various resources and informational support to ensure the UNB community is not ignorant to the threat. 

UNBSU 2020/2021 executive and representative elected 

Next year’s Student Union was chosen in a general election, which ran from Feb. 24 to 28. 

Sean Mackenzie was elected as President, Kelsi Evans was elected as VP Advocacy, and Vishnu Vardan was elected as VP Student Life. 

Grace Pelkey ran unopposed for VP Internal and Adriana LeFort ran unopposed for VP Finance and Operations, and both were elected with large support. 

This general election also saw a significant drop in voter turnout from the 2019 election, with only 13 percent of registered voters casting a vote. 

The transition to the new student government will take place over the next few months, with the new team beginning full time in the Summer semester. 

UNB International Student Advisor Office hosts the “World of Talent” 

On Feb. 22, the International Student Advisor Office (ISAO) held the third annual UNB World of Talent showcase, highlighting the talent that UNB international students have to offer. 

The show consisted of various student acts showcasing singing, dancing and playing instruments for the enjoyment of students, faculty and the public. 

The World of Talent was judged by a panel who chose the top three performances of the evening. 

Marcel Pefang and his band were awarded the first place prize.

PTSU Rally to Advocate for First Contract

Members of the Professional and Technical Staff Union at UNB have been working without a contract since 2013, and have been in negotiations for the duration of that time. 

To combat the university’s lack of response, a rally began at noon on February 13, beginning at the UNB Student Union Building. 

It was followed by a march on campus that was led by Tabatha Armstrong, as the group of supporters chanted and demanded recognition for their work.  

For more information visit thebruns.ca.