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Argosy October 9, 2008

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October 9, 2008 Not your buddy since 1875 Vol. 138 Iss. 4
Argosy
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Independent Student Journal of Mount Allison University 
 With the new Pub’s o
cialopening, students have been giventhe opportunity to see another sideof the Student Centre, beyond thecoppered heritage plaques, andagglomeration of extracurricularfacilities. As previously reported, thePub’s transition into its new place,as well as their relations with theadministration, have been somewhatless than smooth. With dramaticchanges in the design by the buildingarchitects, the Pub sta
ff 
has beendealing with a much more testing setof challenges.One of the biggest stressors,according to Pub manager Jonathan“Scooter” Clark, has been the lack of a dance floor. “[W]e could put[one] in, but it’ll be small, and lessprofessional; not really solving theproblem.”
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e Tantramarsh Club o
cially opens on uneasy footing 
Smaller space, problems in design expected to cause decrease in weekend sales
Sasha Van Katwyk 
 Argosy Staff 
Another major issue is the tileflooring. While the Pub asked forcarpet to aid in the deadening of sound, as well as avoid too many broken glasses, the architects plannedin tile. Furthermore, the externalengines, such as cooler engines forthe fridges, were originally designedto be in the back, but were moved by architects.
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e changes to the generalspace design have resulted in “justhorrible acoustics,” said Scooter.
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is is just one more discomfortfelt by the first Pub customers overthe weekend, he explained, as theair conditioning had not yet beenturned on, there were problems withlighting, and the TVs for the wallshave yet to arrive.“It’s not a very optimistic story here,” Scooter explained. “[T]hesta
ff 
aren’t happy, in fact some haveRepublicanshate technology p. 25quit […] but we’re hoping for somepositive changes when we startopening during the day.”Indeed, students seem to be agreedon the fact that the new Pub space isnice, and will be good on the week days, but the Tantramarsh Club isnot a dance bar. As Scooter pointedout, “Mt. A students like to budgettheir time so on Friday and Saturday nights they can drink…if they don’tfeel comfortable doing that here, wehave issues.”However, there have been somepositive elements that have comeout through the move.
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ere hasbeen good feedback about the pooltables that have been refurbishedto display garnet and gold colours.Several students interviewed havesaid that they think the TantramarshClub will be good for afternoonrelaxing. And the sta
ff 
expects thatthe smaller size will make o
ff 
-nightsless awkward for the smaller group of people who are simply looking for anice drink at the end of a day.
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e smaller size has its benefits,”said Scooter, “and the Tuesday and Wednesday night events will be agreat deal better than at the formerlocation […] but the increase in weekday sales is not expected tomake up for the decreases in weekendsales.”
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e consensus seems to be thatthe Pub is not its old self. Withthe space being about 36 per centsmaller, and the potential logisticalproblems built in to the layout, there will be some maneuvering requiredby sta
ff 
and customers alike tobecome comfortable with the new  Tantramarsh Club.Much of this adjusting is expectedto take place today,
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ursday,October 9, at 8 pm at the Pub, wherea Club meeting is planned to discusspresent issues. It is open for allstudents to attend, and is expected todraw many more people than usual.Scooter hopes for a large attendance,and fears that without student input,the administration will not take hisconcerns seriously enough.“I’m hoping [that] as many peoplethat can come do,” he said, “becauseI know students can be apatheticabout a lot of things, but their bar isnot one of them!”
 Jessica Emin
 The new pub is not what students or pub staff expected. Changes in the design have caused disruption in the bar’s function, but have given the space potential for daytime hang-out status. The new pub hopes to draw large crowds for live entertainment during the week but doesn’t expect this increase to make up for loss of weekend business. The newpub lacks a dance floor, and the overall capacity has decreased by 100 from the old location.
 
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Zoe Williams
 Argosy Staff 
Last Wednesday, the StudentAdministrative Council (SAC) had its first weekly meeting of the year. In attendance atthese meetings are the various SAC counselors,and the SAC executive.
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is week, accordingto Brian Crouse, VP Academic on the SAC,the items on the agenda were primarily basic“house-keeping.” Issues of note included theAcademic Renewal process, and the federalelection, both of which will be discussed atfuture meetings. Next week, Dan Wortman,VP Finance, will be reporting on the yearly audit of the SAC budget.
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e weekly SACmeetings are open to all students of MountAllison. When asked if students often comeout to meetings, Crouse says no, “but we’redefinitely going to try to push the idea thatthese are open meetings, and people cancome any time and play an equal role in themeetings – the only di
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erence is they can’t vote. We would love for people to come.” Soif you are interested in where your SAC feesare going, or how the SAC works in general,drop by the SAC o
ce Wednesday nights at7 pm.It was all flags and applications as the firstever Mount Allison International Exchangeand Study Abroad Mini Fair kicked o
ff 
this past Tuesday in Crabtree auditorium. It was a nightfilled with information as students flocked tothe auditorium to hear about the many di
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erentprospects for exchange and the applicationprocess. It was a chance to go international in just a few moments and still gain enough insightto engage students’ interest.
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e evening began with the crowd floodinginto the auditorium to hear newly assignedManager of International A
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airs, AdamChristie, introduce the concept of the fair. He viewed it as a way to bring things together, andallow the students to gain an idea of what Mt. Ahas to o
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er in the International department.“It is a great chance for students to see the variety. It used to be that students had to go toseparate info sessions on each program, but now it is easier for them to create a broader focus,”said Christie.After the main introduction, students heardfrom Jocelyn Ollerhead who gave a quick overview of the application process. Students were then given the chance to browse themany tables set up around the foyer. Withover 20 countries and 60 exchange and study abroad opportunities the foyer was abuzz withinternational spice. From the Norway andDenmark table to the Strasbourg (France) tableand then over to Mid-Sweden and India studentshad the choice to explore all the options.
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e tables were equipped with brochures, andpast and present exchange students from bothMt. A and other universities.
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e exchangecoordinators, the professors that serve as liaisons, were also present, acting as an information bank to help students with the exchange and study abroad process. Students had the opportunity toask all their questions, gather information andlearn more about international prospects. VP,International and Student A
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airs, Ron Byrne was quick to note that he strongly supports theinternational program and feels that it is “a life
How to go International at MTA
Mini fair informed students on the exchange and study abroad programs
Christina Ashley
 Argosy Correspondent 
changing opportunity that we wish each studentcan in someway experience”.Although the fair was a means of bringing allof Mount Allison’s international opportunitiestogether and informing students, it is not the only  way to get information. For students that wereunable to attend the fair, or simply did not know about it, there are still opportunities. First, theinternational website, which o
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ers frequently asked questions, financial information,fellowships, coordinators, application formsand a run down on all of the programs. As well,there is the new International Centre, locatedon the second floor of the Wallace-McCainStudent Centre. Built to bring more focus andorganization to the international program,the centre is a great resource for all students.Not only does it o
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er a quick and easy way toget information on all that Mt. A has to o
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erinternationally, it also o
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ers a chance to have aninternational experience right on campus in theInternational Lounge, where anyone can go.
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ecentre is also planning to provide internationalnews publications.All in all, the night seemed to be a hugesuccess. It introduced students not only to thenumerous opportunities to go international atMt. A, but it also introduced them to the key players. Among them were Christie, who alsoserves as MASSIE coordinator, and PronotiMajithia, International Advisor.
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e mini fairgave students a chance to broaden their horizonsand think about venturing abroad.
A poster outside of the International Centre showcasing the many areas of the worldwhere Mt. A students have the opportunity to study abroad. The International Centre islocated on the second floor of the new Student Centre.
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e happenings of student politics
On homecoming weekend, two individualsbared it all at the football game.
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ese streakersare now facing the prospect of a hearing in judicial, and a $100 fine for public indecency.Paul Rasbach, Chief of Campus Police,explained that the school’s code of conductcalls for the security at Mt. A to enforce rulesconcerning gross indecency/obsenity.“[G]enerally, the guideline for it is a $100fine,” said Rasbach.In the case of the two streakers at homecoming,the campus police typed up a report on the eventand a recommendation for the charges, and sentit to Rob MacCormack, the Director of Security at Mt. A. Rasbach explained that the reportshould then be forwarded to the acting Dean of Students - although he is unsure of who it willbe this year - and the o
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ender should head toUniversity Judicial to make a plea.If the student pleads guilty, he explained, they simply need to talk to the Dean of Students, pay the fine, and go on with their life. However,it takes time for the report to go through thenecessary hands.
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ese things take a week or two,” saidRasbach.One of the streakers, Taggart
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omson, hasheard no o
cial word by mail or email on beingcharged, fined, or having to go to judicial.“I didn’t formally get caught by a security guard when I did it. [...] I wasn’t formally spokento by a security guard either,” said
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omson,explaining that he found out about the possibilitof a fine when he ran into a security guard at thepub.“As it stands right now, I’ve received norepercussions, but I’m expecting an $100 fine inthe mail.”He isn’t happy about the prospect of a fine,but admits that “it could be a lot worse.”
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omson will be remembered by students asthe streaker running across the field during gametime wearing moon boots, which he admits wasa di
cult endeavour.“I practiced running in them before and they kept breaking,” he explained.
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omson received the moon boots forChristmas as joke gift from his uncle, and“thought it would be pretty funny to streak inthem.” Without them, he probably wouldn’thave ran naked across the field, he explained.Furthermore, he was initially undecided asto whether or not he would streak during thegame, but when the time came, he forgot about amask, leading to his identification through wordof mouth.Head Coach of the football team, Kelly  Je
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rey, explained that the interruption of gameplay had no adverse e
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ect on the team.“I don’t think anyone on the field gives it asecond thought,” he said.Still, he mentioned that “[usually] the streakerpicks a moment when game play has been halted,it’s streaker etiquette.”
Homecoming streakers facepossibility of University  Judicial, fine
Justine Galbraith
 Argosy Staff 

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