As I walked down to the University of the New Brunswick’s Student Union Building, I was terrified and excited.
My goal: to figure out what UNB students thought about St. Thomas University and whether or not a rivalry exists between the two schools who share a hill.
After the first few students I spoke with either claimed that they didn’t think that there was a rivalry at all or that they just didn’t care, I was starting to believe that I was the crazy STU student who was bitter and petty.
Although that statement is only half true, I did finally get through to some people, hopefully with my impeccable and charming personality.
However, this was not before someone said that if we talked about the rivalry, it would “start a war between the campuses.” Rule #1 of UNB campus: don’t talk about STU.
STUDENT #1: Julia, Biology
Julia was the first person I talked to and to be honest, her response to my questions was shocking. I never expected for students to outright say that UNB was better than STU but she surprised me with the exact opposite. She was understanding and I hope genuine.
Her interview gave me confidence, so I continued, hoping to find an asshole, and well…
STUDENT #2: Draydon, Engineering
This is Drayon. He was friendly, and more than willing to talk to me about his thoughts on STU.
When he told me the story about the class he was taking at STU, it sounded oddly familiar. What he didn’t know was that I’m in that same class! By the time this interview happened, we didn’t have out midterms back yet so…I’ll just give him the benefit of the doubt.
After Draydon, I was expecting more of the same, but when I walked up to a table with three gentlemen, I was shocked to learn that they understood what STU students go through.
STUDENT #3: Seth, Renaissance College
Seth was understanding of both ends of the hill but he recognized that sometimes UNB students tend to think of STU as a different planet.
At first glance, one of the students sitting at that table didn’t strike me as the type to be understandable to the situations of Arts students but he knew exactly what STU students go through.
STUDENT #4: Will, Renaissance College
One of the three students recognized that there is even a territorial rivalry for some UNB students, as the library that the two schools share is on their campus.
STUDENT #5: Liam, Renaissance College
After hearing five responses from strangers on the UNB campus, about what they think about STU, I think it’s safe to say that there is a rivalry, but it only matters to some.