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September 16, 2010 So great you’ll puke since 1875 Vol. 140 Iss. 3
 News Features Arts & Lit Op/Ed Centrefold  Humour  Entertainment  Sci/Tech Sports
It’s not over
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Polaris preview 
 After much anticipation,the Polaris short list isreleased. We review thenominees.NT., PAGE 22
Lea Foy
A group of Mount Allison students partying for a good cause. Shinerama brought in $16,722 in one day.
Shinerama risesto the occasion
Mount Allison's campaign continues toexceed expectations
Noah Kowalski
Editor in Chief 
Looks like even rain can’t block outthe Mount Allison shine. Sporadicrain showers and heavy gusts of winddidn’t keep hundreds of Shinerama volunteers from hitting the streets of Sackville, Moncton, and Amherst.“I couldn’t believe the sheeramount of people who came outfor Shine Day,” says Liz Kerrigan,Shinerama Coordinator. “We hadclose to 500 volunteers out, which isamazing considering how dreary it was outside.”She says that her most importantmessage is for students to “know what you are doing, think ahead and planahead and always have safer sex.” If  you haven’t guessed, we’re talkingabout Sue Johanson, an eighty-year-old Canadian writer, public speaker,registered nurse, and sex educator. Johanson visited Mount Allison on her
nal tour as a part of 2010 Orientation week activities. She covered all topicsand had no restrictions. Before hershow, Johanson took a few minutesto sit down with Kate MacDonald for
e Argosy. Below is a transcript of her interview:
How did you gain interest in thisprofession?
“I never think of it as a profession.I ran a birth control clinic for kidsin 1970 and realized these kids werehaving a lot of sex.
ey didn’t know  what they were doing so I decided I wanted to go back to university andget my credits so I could teach. Istarted teaching at high schools andthen got into radio, purely by accident,and then television, again purely by accident, and then began writingbooks and articles for McLeans andChatelaine. And then along cameAmerican TV and the Americanchannel, Oxygen.
is was just forAmericans – no Canadian callers...
at went nuts so we did that untiltwo years ago. By now my teachingchanged from high schools toColleges and Universities.
en two years ago, the American channel wassold to NBC and they changed therules, as they are prone to do…So wesaid: ‘we have been at it for seventeen years so that’s it.’ And now we stick  with colleges and universities.”
 What do you think is your mostimportant and crucial message for students?
“For students, know what you’redoing, think ahead, plan ahead,
 TALKING, page 9Kate MacDonald
 Argosy Contributo
e Mounties learn sex from Sue
 While the
nal fundraising total isstill being calculated, Kerrigan notesthat the Shine Day e
orts raised$16,722.65 alone, bringing their totalto $28,000, shattering their goal of $20,000. While Shine Day is thebiggest one-day fundraiser, events areheld throughout the summer to bolsterfundraising e
e Shineramacommittee held a number of pubevents, bottle drives, bar blitzes,and a “Down to Your Shineys” event where committee members gathereddonations to ride the Crystal Palacerollercoaster in their underwear.
e day started with a freebreakfast at Jennings Meal Hall forall Shinerama volunteers.
ey werethen split up into various groups andspread out to thirty-six di
erent sitesin Riverview, Moncton, Dieppe,Sackville, and Amherst.Unlike past years, Shine Day coincided with Homecoming atMt. A. Shine activities took placefrom 9:00 am to 2:00 pm with theHomecoming festivities kicking o
at noon.“It turned out to be not a problemat all,” says Shinerama site leaderErik Fraser. “All the sites were
lled, everyone had a great time, and judging by the amount of money we
SHINE, page 3
 All the sites were 
lled,everyone had a great time,and judging by the amount of money we raised, the event was a huge success.
Erik Fraser 
Shinerama Site Leader
raised, the event was a huge success.”Kerrigan agrees: “It wasn’t easy,but I think it was worthwhile. OurSackville sites did amazing this yearand part of that seemed to be thetra
c coming in for the homecominggame.”Volunteers at the various sitesaround Sackville seemed to agree with Fraser and Kerrigan. “I think it’sa good idea,” says second year studentDanya Dziedzic. “We’ll already havemore people here for Homecoming.”Fraser added one particularanecdote that summed up his ShineAfter being elected to the positionof president of the New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA), SACPresident Samuel Gregg-Wallacehas spent the summer lobbyingNew Brunswick’s political partiesto address issues of post-secondary education (PSE) in the upcomingelection on September 27.Representing over 16,000 studentsfrom six campuses across the province,the NBSA is active in lobbying forstudent interests at the provincial levelof government. With the upcomingelection, Gregg-Wallace has beenbusy meeting with leaders of theLiberals, Progressive Conservatives,NDP, and Green Party to ask themto consider important student issuesand include them in their politicalplatforms.
e NBSA is focusing on the issuesof accessibility to PSE, the ability forstudents to complete their degree, andease of access to attain jobs after PSE,”says Gregg-Wallace.
e NBSAhas six major recommendations forthe 2010 election, outlined in therecently released lobby documentavailable on the NBSA website.
eserecommendations center aroundlowering interest rates on studentloans, addressing the underfundingof New Brunswick universities,expanding accessibility to the Timely 
NBSA pushes student issues at NB elections
Rachel Gardner
Political Beat Writer 
NBSA, page 3
SAC President lobbies, post-secondary education onto party platforms
 All New Brunswick political parties have beenresponsive to the NBSA’srecommendations, but onlytwo parties have released their o
cial post-secondaryeducation platforms.
Samuel Gregg-Wallace
SAC President
Completion Bene
t Program,instituting appropriate evaluationsystems of student
nancial support,and improving access to PSE throughearly outreach programs, includingmentorship, tutoring, and merit- and
September 16, 2010 news@argosy.ca
THE ARGOSY is a member of the CanadianUniversity Press, a national co-operative of  student newspapers.
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thursday september 16, 2010 
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Sackville welcomed two new shops in town thissummer, both located on Bridge Street. EnigmaComics and Hazel’s Bless your Heart Quality Used Clothing and Design are as di
erent asthey are unique.Enigma Comics opened on Canada Day, andis co-owned and run by Kirk Dollmont and his wife Sabrina, an Anthropology student at MountAllison. Originally from Edmonton, the coupleand their two children relocated permanently to Amherst, Nova Scotia in 2007 after spend-ing some time traveling in Europe. When they learned about the availability of commercialspace in Sackville, the two jumped at the oppor-tunity to open up a shop.Enigma holds an array of products, whichinclude Role Playing Games (RPGs), Collect-able Card Games (CCGs), board games, comics,graphic novels, and a number of other accesso-ries. “We are a Game Workshop stockist, whichis the largest mini war game series in the world.”Game Workshop produces tabletop games suchas “WarHammer 40k,” “WarHammer Fantasy,”and their newest, “Island of Blood.”Enigma also carries Heroscape and Dungeonsand Dragons miniatures as well as game manu-als such as Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Mas-ter Guides, and Monster Manuals. According toDollmont, the store also carries card games in-cluding Magic the Gathering which, with “oversix million players in the world… is understand-ably the most popular CCG.”“[Comic shipments] come in every Wednes-day,” Dollmont explained. Furthermore, the storealso accepts special request of individual custom-ers. Once the desired comic titles arrive and they are put in a drop box, which can be collected atthe customer’s convenience. “
ere are too many titles on the market, but we try and get in whatpeople will like.”Enigma tries to carry as many titles in com-ics and graphic novels as possible, some of whichinclude, but are not limited to: 5 Days to Die,Robot Fighter,
e Curse of the Mutant,
eBrightest Day, Dead Pool, and Waking Dead.He also explained that the lack of video gamesin the shop was deliberate due to his own per-sonal ethos. “Videogames lack social interaction,”he states, and he believes RPGs and CCGs canfacilitate greater social exchange since they al-low individuals to spend time with one another whilst still enjoying the game. “We run demosall the time and all are welcome,” Dollmont ex-plained. As for the name of the shop, when askedabout it, Dollmont simply replied, “that’s thequestion isn’t it?”
 Argosy Contributor 
Anahid Chujunian
Engima and Hazel: catering to Sackville’s niches
Expansion of new businesses on Bridge Street 
Further down the street, located directly across from the Scotia Bank, is Hazel’s Bless Your Heart Quality Used Clothing & Design.
e shop, which opened May 1, is owned by  Tammy Savoie, a Sackville local, and managedby Mt. A student Miriam Lapp. Tammy statesshe has always wanted to own her own businessin Sackville, and having grown up shopping inthrift and consignment shops was inevitably in-spired to open up Hazel’s. “
ere is a need for [athrift shop] here and there is a niche for it here;I wanted to create something with some artisticcharacter,” she explained.Although the shop is tiny, do not be fooled by its size. Hazel’s is certainly well stocked and fullof treasures. “We have something for everyoneright down to babies,” Savoie elaborated.
estore carries women’s, men’s, and youth’s cloth-ing, accessories, as well as plus sizes.
e clothesare mainly consignment, meaning the proceedsof the various articles sold are split between thestore and the consignee. However, Savoie, along with Lapp, continues to embark on bargain hunt-ing adventures to bring back pieces for their ownshop. “I’ve been collecting pieces in my basementsince November so when we opened we werefully stocked,” the owner explained. When asked about the store’s name, Lavoieexplains that the shop was named after her greatAunt Hazel, a name carried by her own daughter.As for ‘Bless Your Heart,’ the other portion of the store’s name, “that’s what she always used tosay to me as she gave me a big loving hug,” theowner reminisced.
ere is a need for [a thrift shop] here and there is a niche for it here; I wanted to create something withsome artistic character.” 
 Tammy Savoie
Owner of Hazel’sBless Your Heart
Kirk Dollmont, the co-owner of Engima, hopes the focus on interactive table top andcard games will encourage social interaction and exchanges among his clients.
Lea Foy
Hazel’s store owner, Tammy Savoie, and manager, Miriam Lapp, poses in front of the store.
Anahid Chujunian
The Argosy www.argosy.ca
Fraser added one particularanecdote that summed up his Shineday experience. “A big rig parked onthe street nearby.
e driver walkedin the store and when we asked fora donation, he said, ‘I’ll get you onthe way out,’” Fraser explains. “Onthe way out, he stopped, handed usa twenty dollar bill, and thankedup for everything we were doing.He let us know that his girlfriendhas cystic
brosis and it was thenthat we all realized why we wokeup at 7:00 am to do Shinerama.”Vice-President of Internationaland Student A
airs Ron Byrnepoints to the work of Kerriganas the key for success. “
e work by the Shinerama Coordinator iskey and once again, we have seenKerrigan show the dedication andleadership that is required to geteveryone behind the cause.”Shinerama is Canada’s largestpost-secondary school fundraiser.It began in 1964 and now encompasses over sixty di
erentuniversities across Canada andaround 35,000 students. In 2009,Shinerama campaigns raised$988,069 for the Canadian CysticFibrosis Foundation. Cystic
brosisis the most common fatal geneticdisease a
ecting Canadian childrenand young adults. Currently, thereis no cure for the disease.
Shine day raises money for CF research
Continued from cover
Quran burning aborted
Controversial Rev. Terry Jones of Florida noti
ed NBC's "Today" onSaturday that he and his congrega-tion would not go through with theirplan to burn copies of the Quran.
e burning was slated to take placeat 6:00 pm on September 11th, theninth anniversary of the attacks onUS soil by the al-Quaeda militantIslamistgroup.
e much publicized planresulted in protests in the Muslim world and has led US PresidentBarack Obama and US Army Gen-eral David Petraeus to call for itscancellation.
 Tolerance spreads in Botswana
e government of Botswana haspassed an amendment to its Em-ployment Act that will bring an endto employment termination basedon sexual orientation and HIV orAIDS status. Liberal commentatorsin the country are calling this a posi-tivestep as HIV and AIDS are highly stigmatized in the workplaces of Botswana.
Body of Venezuelan Governor Lara located
Venezuelan governorof Guarco state William Lara wasfound dead in the Paya river in Ven-ezuela on Saturday after his car leftthe road and plummeted into the river.Governor Lara's long history of pub-lic service includes time served as thepresident of Venezuela's National As-sembly and as Information Ministerto President Hugo Chavez. His body  was located after a relatively brief search. As of Sunday there were nosuspicions of foul play.
FARC rebels strike again
After an attack staged against a po-lice barracks in close proximity to theColumbia-Ecuador border, the policeaccused the Marxist-Lenist Revolu-tionary Armed Forces of Columbia(FARC) of the deaths of eight Co-lumbian police o
cers and the injury of four others.
ese eight deaths in-crease the number of Columbian po-lice killed by FARC to twenty-eightsince Juan Manuel Santos becamepresident of Columbia in early Au-gust. Recent FARC’s operations, along with the rebels’ alleged use of Swedish weapons originally intended for Ven-ezuela, have contributed to precariousrelations between Columbia and itsneighbours.
Near miss in Balochistan, Pakistan
A bomb was detonated in the home of Balochistan's minister of 
nance MirAsim Kurd Gailoo in Quetta, Pakistanon the ninth of September. Four ser- vants and a bodyguard were killed, butthe minister was not harmed, having just departed for his o
ce momentsbefore. No group had yet claimed re-sponsibility and as of Sunday there hasbeen no indication of whether this at-tack has any connection tothe recent political scandals in thePakistani government or if it wasstaged in response to the govern-ment's handling of the devastating
oods that have ravaged the country since late July.
Future release of misguided hiker re-mains unknown
Iran has delayed the planned release of American detainee Sarah Shourd, who was hiking with two other US citizensin Iraqi Kurdistan when they strayedinto Iranian territory.
e three werearrested and were accused of espionageby Iranian authorities.
ey have beendetained since July 2009.
e UnitedStates has denied allegations of spyingand has demanded the immediate re-lease of Ms. Shourd and the other twohikers. Ms. Shourd is reportedly in illhealth. Ja
panese Ambassador summoned tosmooth out dispute
e government of China summoned Japan's ambassador for the third timein a week after the seizure of a Chi-nese
shing trawler and the arrest of its captain o
the waters of the Di-aoyu Islands last Wednesday. Follow-ing a chase and collision between theChinese trawler and two Japanese pa-trol boats, the captain was arrested for"obstructing o
cers on duty." Ten-sions have arisen due to the disputedownership of these islands. Currently the islands are claimed by China, Ja-pan, and Taiwan (Republic of China).
 Julie Cruikshank
is Week in the World
A weekly miscellany compiled by Scott Green
nancial assistance.
e NBSA’s current priority is toget the parties to respond and makePSE a vital part of their platform. When asked by the
e Argosy whichof the four parties have been the mostresponsive, Gregg-Wallace respondsthat “all New Brunswick politicalparties have been responsive to theNBSA’s recommendations but only two parties have released their o
cialpost-secondary education platforms.”Gregg-Wallace states that these twoparties (the Liberals and Progres-sive-Conservatives) have expressedinterest in changing the Timely Completion Bene
t, committed to along-term completion program withthe universities, and recognized that
Continued from cover
NBSA President Gregg-Wallace lobbying hard for studentissues during the 2010 New Brunswick election campaign
e NBSA is focusing onthe issues of accessibility toPSE, the ability for studentsto complete their degree, and ease of access to attain jobsafter PSE 
Samuel Gregg-Wallace
SAC President
there are programs, particularly bur-saries, , that need to be expanded. Allof these are changes that re
ect New Brunswick student needs. However,according to Gregg-Wallace, neitherof the parties have taken a stance ontwo of the most pressing issues forthe NBSA: interest rate reductions onstudent loans and expanding access tonon-repayable grants.“To make sure student issues are onthe forefront, students must vote,” saysGregg-Wallace. “In the NBSA alone,there are 16,000 students. Voting isthe most visible and tangible way toensure that these voices are heard.” Inthe last provincial election, just under5,000 people voted in the Tantramarregion. Gregg-Wallace emphasizesthat “if all Mount Allison students voted for one candidate, that person would win.”
SAC Review: What we missed during those lazy summer days
Political Beat Writer 
Rachel Gardner
e new executive transitioned intothe new year as they went througha short “boot camp” to learn aboutuniversity and student governance.
e executive reviewed the past year’sevents and goals, and then set outgoals for the upcoming year’s events.2. In May, SAC President SamGregg-Wallace and VP External Af-fairs Mark Kroeker were elected to thepositions of President and Secretary of the New Brunswick Student Alliance,respectively.3. Gregg-Wallace and Kroeker at-tended two conferences held by theCanadian Alliance of StudentAsso-ciations (CASA), one hosted in theAtlantic provinces at UPEI in Char-lottetown, PEI. At these conferences,the general assembly, made up of twenty-
 veschools, agreed on re-search and lobbying priorities, andapproved a budget forthe upcoming year.4. Gregg-Wallace and VP Aca-demic Nathan Walker drafted andsubmitted a document of recommen-dations to both the faculty and ad-ministration in regards to the MountAllison Faculty Association contractnegotiations. Recommendations in-cluded the mandatory submission of student evaluations when professorsare being evaluated and/or consid-ered for tenure or promotion and themandatory selection and appointmentof a voting student member to searchcommittees at the time of hiring a new faculty member.5 After Mount Allison University recently awarded an honourary degreeto Heather Reisman, who has ties tothe Israeli military, Gregg-Wallacelooked into hosting an academic dis-cussion over the Israeli and Palestin-ian con
ict and investigated how theuniversity selects candidates for hon-ourary degrees, and on what basis they are chosen.6 LEAP (Landlord Energy Assess-ment Program) kicked o
this sum-mer as the
rst initiative supportedby the newly-instituted Green Invest-ment Fund. Developed by second-yearMount Allison student Emily Mann,the program provided a free serviceto landlords and did an assessment of each of their property’s energy usage.Mann provided cost-saving tips andconnected landlords with governmentprograms to reduce energy usage andmake the rental property better for theenvironment.7. Gregg-Wallace proposed atwelve-month completion program tothe university administration to as-sist members of student governmentin completing their schooling in atimely and cost-e
ective manner.
ey recommended that students on theexecutive, who often take a number of summer courses to complete their de-grees in the typical four years, be ableto complete thirty credits in the twelvemonths in which their term occurs.
ey hope that this will allow morestudents to get involved in studentgovernment.8.
e SAC will unveil their new  website on September 16, including anupdated housing website and rebrand-ed logos. SAC members have addi-tionally connected into social mediasites, including Twitter, Facebook, anda personal website, allowing studentsto connect with them more easily andkeep them up-to-date on student ser- vices and events.

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