As a third year St. Thomas University student, I’ve heard every joke in the book, whether it’s the claim that saying ‘bless you’ will earn your a religious studies degree or that arts degrees lead students to a life of flipping burgers.
And we can’t forget my all time favourite and a classic: “STUdents are STUpid” — because that took a lot of brain power to come up with.
So walking down to the University of the New Brunswick‘s Student Union Building, I was terrified and excited. We St. Thomas students can get insecure about being the only exclusive liberal arts university in Canada and that also means that we’re an easy target.
Resting on a hill that overlooks the University of New Brunswick, our neighbours, our campus is basically a sore on UNB back, or at least that may be how they see it.
We do share a hill, but can we really share a rivalry if the other school barely acknowledges our existence? Do they care that two of our students just won the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Geneva, Switzerland this past summer, beating out Oxford and Yale Law School? I don’t think they have the right to say STUdents are STUpid, but they do anyway.
After the first few students I spoke with claimed they just didn’t care, I was starting to believe I was the crazy STU student who was bitter and petty.
Although that statement is only half true, I did finally connect with some UNBers, hopefully with my impeccable, charming and humanistic Tommie personality.
Still, this was not before someone told me 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 (but that’s exactly what I did).
STUDENT #1: Julia, Biology
Julia was the first person I talked to and to be honest, her response to my questions shocked me. 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 Draydon. 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 but recognized that sometimes UNB students tend to think of STU as a different planet.
At first glance, one of the students didn’t strike me as the type to be sympathetic to arts students but he knew exactly what STU students go through.
STUDENT #4: Will, Renaissance College
One of the three gentlemen 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
So rivalry? Barely.
Jokes? That’s normal.
War between the campuses … hardly a puff of a grapeshot.
I think I can accept that.