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The Argosy March 21st, 2013

The Argosy March 21st, 2013

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March 21, 2013 Exercising our democratic muscles since 1872 Vol. 142 Iss. 19
 
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Nominationperiod extendedfor lack of candidates
Richard Kent
Political Beat Writer 
 Te two-week old reorms to theStudents’ Administrative Council(SAC) o the Mount Allison Students’Union (MASU) aced their rst testthis week. Following changes to theelection schedule, voters in this year’sMASU spring elections will electcandidates to ll nineteen positions onCouncil. However, despite recent cutsto the number o elected positions onthe SAC, a lack o candidates orcedthe SAC’s Chie Returning Ocer(CRO) to extend the nominationperiod or some positions over the weekend, and changes to the timing o elections has led to students running inconstituencies they do not yet live in.In an email to candidates, SAC CRODavid Summerby-Murray wrote thatthe number o candidates did not “give[MASU] a ull compliment [sic] orsome o our elections,” and extendedthe nomination period or the positionso North Side Councillor, South SideCouncillor, and Arts Senator untilMarch 18. Te MASU Bylaws dictatethat three North Side Councillors,three South Side Councillors, and two Arts Senators should be elected to sitas members o the SAC, but only ourstudents led nomination papers orthose positions beore the close o thenomination period Friday aternoon.Many councillors, whethersupporting or opposing therestructuring o Council, viewed thereduction in elected SAC positionsas a way to increase competitionor those positions, one that wouldhopeully yield more dedicated andcompetent candidates. However, someelt that the timing o the changes tothe election schedule, which went intoefect the day nominations opened,contributed to the lack o candidates.“Because it is being implementedso ast, I can oresee that we are notgoing to get the same numbers that we usually would because there are asmaller number o positions, so thenumber o people running is alsogoing to go down,” said Councillor Andrew Johnston. Councillor SethPickard-attrie held a similar view.“I’m guessing [that] because o thetiming o the changes, there areewer candidates than we wouldnormally have,” Pickard-attrie said,noting that prospective candidates were given only a week and a hal to decide whether or not to run.In addition to the lower-than-expected number o candidates,some students are questioning whether the candidates running
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MOSAIC hosts third annual banquet
Mt. A and Sackvillecommunity cometogether to celebrate
Caroline Duda
News Contributor 
Mount Allison’s Multicultural Organizationand Social Arena or International Cooperation(MOSAIC), a student-run organization, heldtheir third annual Banquet last Saturday,March 16. Te banquet was a celebration o multiculturalism that included great oodand antastic perormances representingmany countries around the world. Te goalso MOSAIC are to bridge the gap betweenstudents rom dierent cultures and topromote multiculturalism and internationalinvolvement in the Mt. A and Sackvillecommunity. Te banquet demonstrated thesuccess o MOSAIC in reaching these goals. Te event was held in Jennings Dining Hall, which was beautiully decorated with balloons,globe centrepieces, and colourul paperornaments that dangled rom the ceiling. Teroom quickly lled with students, proessors,and Sackville community members o all ages,many dressed in culturally traditional clothing. Te evening started o with a delectablebuet-style dinner. It eatured a wide array o dishes rom twelve countries around the world.Guests began with a Mexican-style appetizero chips and salsa. Tey then had the choicebetween soups rom Tailand and Italy, saladrom East Arica, and various main dishes,including choices rom Brazil, Spain, India,Iran, China, and Korea, and nished withCanadian Nanaimo bars and Polish applecake or dessert. Each dish had a unique anddelicious favour, all prepared by MOSAICmembers and Jennings sta. “We had aroundteen cooks, and Che om and his crew  went above and beyond,” said MOSAICVice-President Margaret Kromminga, whocoordinated the meal preparation or the event. Ater dinner was served, there was a lineupo outstanding perormances that providedexcellent entertainment and a taste o many dierent cultures rom around the world. Mt. A’s International Choir was rst to perorm, with two members singing a beautiul Japaneseduet ollowed by a rendition o “Brother John”by the whole choir. Te audience even joined in. Tere were many other perormances, includinga Chinese fute perormance, a poetry reading,several dance numbers, a Bengali love song, andan acoustic version o “Oppan Gangnam Style.”“Te perormances were so good!” statedHaruho Kubota, the President o MOSAIC. Te audience agreed, cheering and applaudingenthusiastically ater each perormance. An award ceremony and a ‘Tank You’ videocreated by MOSAIC concluded the successulevening. Matali Sharan and Kubota received theClass o ’33 Award or promoting cross-culturalawareness and understanding. Te banquetran smoothly, and guests let satised ateran evening o great ood, entertainment, andmingling. But what guests did not see were themonths o hard work and planning behind thescenes. Te members o MOSAIC put a lot o time and eort into making sure the event was asuccess, and this presented challenges at times.“It was hard to get a lot o people at this timeo the year. Always having someone at ticketsales was a challenge,” Kromminga said, butin the end, “it has surpassed my expectations.” Te banquet proved to be an excellentchance to help bridge the gap betweenstudents rom dierent cultures and topromote multiculturalism at Mt. A and within the Sackville community. Kubotaclaimed that the best part o the experience was the, “teamwork. When everyone doestheir part, it comes together. And it did.”
MOSAIC hosted their third annual banquet lled with food, entertainment, music, and celebration.
(Tracy Bian/Submitted)
 aylor Losier, Andy Schweiz,Pat Joyce, Jennier Singh,Cameron McIntyre, JoannaPerkin, Chris Znick, Dr. janetHammock, Caroline Whidden,Caroline Duda, Sierra Lundy 
 
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Ombudsperson investigates SAC restructuring
Changes torepresentationdrew formalcomplaint
Richard Kent
Political Beat Writer 
Following the receipt o a ormalcomplaint, the Mount AllisonStudents’ Union ombudsperson will investigate the Students’ Administrative Council’s (SAC)legislative process. In a shortstatement, MASU OmbudspersonRebecca Hebb inormed councillorslast week that she would investigatethe recent controversial changesto Council’s structure and electionschedule. Hebb told Council thatshe would report her ndingsat the March 20 SAC meeting. A member o MASU led ananonymous complaint with MASU’sOce o the Ombudspersonlast week about the changes tothe structure o Council, whichreduced the size o Council by our voting members, eliminatedresidence-specic councillors inavour o North Side and South Sidecouncillors, and reduced quorum ora meeting o Council. While theOce o the Ombudsperson is not vested with any authority to resolvecomplaints, the ombudsperson canrecommend solutions to the SAC.Hebb said that she would review the process by which the SACamended its structure and comparethe ndings with best practices romother similar organizations. “I will beidentiying which areas [o MASU’sBylaws and Constitution] Councilshould look at, and which areas wereareas o concern or students,” Hebbtold
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and elaborated, “whois to say that the way things havebeen done over the years has beenthe correct way?”Hebb said that while there wasonly one ormalcomplaint, herconsultation with otherstudents revealedthat many students wereuncomortable with the changesto the SAC’sstructure. “Tere was one initialcomplaint. I thensubsequently spoke to otherstudents who agreed, or alsoexpressed opinions. Tere was only one ormal complaint, but I don’t see why that is not sucient to look intothe issue … I got the sense that there were many students who were notone hundred per cent satised with what happened,”Hebb said. “It was somethingthat students hadopinions aboutand an interestin, and they  would have likedto be consulted. Tere was someconsultation,but it was notexhaustive.” A vocalminority o councillors haveopenly criticizedthe process thatsaw the recommendations o the Ad-Hoc Committee on SummerExecutive Accountability enactedby the SAC, citing an absence o consultation with MASU members.Councillor Andrew Johnston votedagainst the restructuring; whilehe believed that the changes toCouncil would make MASU’sExecutive more accountable, he didnot think that students had beengiven adequate time to considerthe changes. “Te average student would not have time to establish anopinion on [the restructuring], letalone decide whether they would begood or bad or the students’ union,” Johnston said. Te investigation isthe ombudsperson’s second oray into the Council restructuring.Prior to the March 13 meeting o Council, Hebb alerted SAC ChairGiacomo Vecia to the confictbetween MASU’s constitutionand a bylaw attempting to lowerquorum or SAC meetings, orcingthe repeal o the quorum change.
The average student would not have time toestablish an opinion on[the restructuring], let alone decide whether they would be good or bad for the Students’ Union.
Andrew Johnston
Hunton HouseCouncillor
Suspects threaten pharmacy staff with syringe
Four out-of-province menface charges
Gavin Rea
News Writer 
 According to the police reportled by Sgt. Paul Ouellette o theSackville RCMP, a man entered Jean Coutu pharmacy on MainStreet in Sackville on March 14,shortly ater 2:00 pm, claiming tobe armed with a syringe inected with HIV. Employees described himas tall and wearing sunglasses anda hoodie. He demanded narcoticsrom the two emale pharmacistson duty. Te pharmacists reusedand called the store manager, Aaron Lloyd, who chased them outo the store and down the street. James Steeves and Cheryl Sears were the two Jean Coutu employeeson duty at the time o the attemptedrobbery. “Te pharmacy girls hadthe worst o it,” said Sears. “I justtook care o the cleanup, xing thedoor they broke on the way out.But when they called Aaron up,that’s when shit hit the an andpeople started running. It’s a smalltown; the robber didn’t realize thatpeople don’t always back down.”“Te girls called me up andsaid there was a young man who wanted some drugs,” said Steeves.“I never actually saw the syringe,”claimed Steeves, “so I wouldn’tlet him have them. We were arenough away rom him that wecould keep surveillance on him.” Tey called the policeimmediately, and all nearby ocersresponded, establishing a perimeterto prevent anyone rom leaving thearea. Te robber discarded his toqueand other clothing and attemptedto get away, but was held up by theocers. Te RCMP’s Police DogService tracked the man rom hisdiscarded clothes to the perimeterand arrested him. Tree other men were arrested a short time later aterbeing spotted by a Sackville resident who saw them entering a vehicle.“We had tremendous supportrom the public on this case,”said Sergeant Jamie Graves.It was later discovered thatone o the men had been in thestore at the time o the robbery onlookout. All our men appearedin Moncton Provincial Court thenext day to ace charges relatedto the robbery, and have sincehad a bail hearing last Monday. Tey are all currently in custody. Te our men arrested rangedin age rom twenty-three to ty-seven years old and were identiedas Clinton Blecher, Jaime Culleton,Faren Reeves, and Blaine Bell. All were rom outside New Brunswick—three rom Prince Edward Island,one rom British Columbia. Temen have past criminal records.
Dion gives nal talk of Presidents Speaker Series
ImprovingCanadiandemocracythrough reform
Gavin Rea
News Writer 
 Te President’s Speakers Seriesconcluded last Tursday in Brunton Auditorium. Te nal installmenteatured Stéphane Dion, ormerleader o the Liberal Party o Canada. Dion delivered a candidspeech on electoral reorm, whichincluded his view on the pitallso current proposals under theHarper Administration and hisown plans or a semi-proportional voting system. “Can electoralreorm re-involve Canadians in theirgovernment? Yes, i done correctly,”Dion said and continued, “whattells us that we need to involveCanadians in their government?Recent studies have shown thatthe average citizen’s satisaction with their government has droppedrom seventy per cent to ty percent in the past couple o years.”Dion cautioned that not allinstitutional reorms are or the best. According to the MP, reorms otenend up complicating things andintroducing unintentional gridlock to an already struggling bureaucracy.Dion cited proposed changes tothe Canadian Senate, which wouldsee Senators elected rather thanappointed, as one such mistake.In the past, the Senate has alwaysdeerred to the House o Commonsstance on bills, since they moreaccurately represent the Canadianpeople. “I can count the number o times the Senate has blocked a billrom the house since World War IIon one hand,” said Dion. He claimedthat changing their positions romappointed to elected would serve only to create the same partisan gridlock that plagues the US government. TeUS House o Representatives andthe Senate are at odds because they hold dierent majorities, making itimpossible or them to pass necessary laws like an acceptable budget.“Introducing this system to Canada would be a mistake,” said Dion.However, Dion did believe thatcareul electoral reorm was possible,and proposed his own two-part planto change Canada’s current systemto semi-proportional elections.First, he proposed to lower thenumber o ridings per province,preventing unair boundaries thatcan lead to parties with less thanhal the popular vote winningnearly all o the parliamentary seats. Te second part o Dion’s planintroduces ranked ballots in nationalelections. “People have argued thatthis method is too complicated,but I believe it is not beyond thereach o the average Canadian. Yousimply rank the competing partiesby preerence and rank the ocials within your top party. Simple,” heexplained. In this system, the party  with the smallest votes is droppedand its votes reassigned to the nextpreerred party until the correctnumber o parties exist. People who might vote green, or instance, would not lose their vote i theirparty did not win; the vote would bereassigned to their next preerence. Tis could potentially increase the voter’s investment in the outcome. Te ranked ballot system wouldalso decrease political attack ads, as politicians need votersrom other parties to considerthem as a valid second choice. While proportional representationseems like the most democraticchoice, Dion agued that it wasdangerous on the grounds thatit could divide parties alonggeographic lines, as is the currentcase in Belgium. Semi-proportionalelections orce parties to be nationalby appealing to the needs o each province across the country.Changes will not take eect by thenext election, but Dion hopes thatcandidates will run with it in theirplatorms. “Normally, parties whoare in power don’t pursue electoralreorms, so, as a Liberal, I have my  work cut out or me to convince my own party that this is a good idea.”Dion concluded his speech witha question and answer periodin which he urther explainedand deended his plan. “Tesystem I have proposed may seemcomplicated,” admitted Dion, “butit is a change that Canada needs.”
President’s Speakers Series concluded with Stéphane Dion last Thursday.
(Sierra Lundy/ Submitted)

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