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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Transition Camp Helps First Year Students Adjust

Transitioning from high school to university can be scary for many students, but a boot camp offered by UNB this past summer is designed to make the move as smooth as possible. 

The assistant Dean of Engineering, Frank Collins, tells CHSJ News incoming engineering and science students had the opportunity to take UNBetween, which is basically a week-long simulation of university life. The experience can help the students get over some of their fears and apprehensions before classes actually begin.

Classes at both UNB campuses started on Thursday.

Asthmatic Students Vulnerable To Attacks In Sept.

It's a dangerous time of year for asthma-sufferers, especially if you're a student. 

President of the Asthma Society of Canada Dr. Robert Oliphant tells CHSJ News about a quarter of the yearly hospital admissions for asthma happen in a two week period called the September Asthma Peak.

Oliphant says the students are especially vulnerable to attacks at the beginning of the school year because of the mold and dust mites that have collected in the schools due to them being closed up during the summer months. It's also because many of the students are still in vacation-mode and not taking their medication regularly, and thirdly, because of the common cold going around.

To keep it under control, Oliphant suggests a asthma action plan. He says students should be keeping a diary of the kinds of things they need to do to control the condition, including taking their medication every day, usually twice a day. He says regular use makes the lungs less susceptible to an asthma attack.

Car Collides With City Bus

Emergency crews and paramedics checking people for injuries after a crash between a car and a city bus. 

Platoon Chief Barry Oickle of the city fire department says it happened just after 10am yesterday at 55 Union Street. 

No word on whether or not anyone was hurt.

Man Arrested For Drunken Boating

A man slapped with handcuffs after driving a boat drunk. The 56-year old was arrested and charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle. 

Sergeant Glenn Hayward tells us the way he was driving on the water at Tucker Park first drew attention to him from swimmers. Once he anchored the boat on shore he started throwing empties in the water and insulting the people on the beach, who then called the police to the Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club.

The city fire department was also called in to tow the man's boat to shore.