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Argosy September 25, 2008

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September 25, 2008 Calling our mothers since 1875 Vol. 138 Iss. 3
Independent Student Journal of Mount Allison University 
Argosy
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 Jessica Emin
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ere are many new faces aroundcampus, and perhaps many more thanMt. A has seen in a long time. While the numbers are still beingfinalized, Mt. A is set to “meet if notexceed the number of new studentsas seen in the budget,” said RonByrne, VP International and StudentA
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airs.
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e budget estimated 720 new students this year, representing thirty to thirty-five per cent of the overallenrolment.
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e numbers are astonishing,” saidDavid Torrance, Head of the History Department.According to Byrne, the key factorsin increased enrolment this year areextensive planning, better data analysis,e
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ective and e
cient recruiting,individual focus and attention, positiveexternal surveys, and most of all,campus visits. Students who see whatthe campus has to o
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er, including thenew student and fitness centers, andthe increasing focus on a green Mt. A, will be more likely to want to attend,explained Byrne.Next year, Mt. A is expecting 750new students.
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e university has been carefulto look at how we grow and why  we’re growing,” said Byrne. “We justgraduated our lowest number class. [...] We’ve planned for and have capacity in a number of areas.”Academic availability is a topicof concern, with many introductory courses filled to if not over capacity asseen on Connect. While still o
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eringa normal number of intro courses, theHistory department has doubled thenumber of student assistants for eachheavily subscribed course in order toensure classes get the opportunity tohave small group discussions. Still, with
Mount Allison set to see largest incoming class in years
Residence lounges converted to bedrooms to accommodate number of applicants
Justine Galbraith
 Argosy Staff 
the increasing numbers of students,certain departments like History  will “need more person power,” said Torrance. “We’re stretched pretty thinas it is.”However, the most notable part of campus that has seen the e
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ect of thelarge number of incoming studentshas been the residences. Lounges in Windsor,
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ornton, Hunton, andBigelow were temporarily convertedto bedrooms to accommodate twenty-two students. Most of these studentshave since been assigned to permanentrooms. Edwards House had four of its six lounges permanently convertedinto single bedrooms, because the“[d]emand for single rooms in Edwardsfrom new incoming students was very high,” explained Michelle Strain,Director of Administrative services.According to Byrne, theadministration did everything they could to accommodate as many students as possible, and the majority of students living in temporary rooms were late applicants.Lounge conversion isn’t a new practise. Byrne explained that the useof residence lounges as temporary bedrooms was more regular in thepast.“One of the benefits of the loungeconversions is that the University isable to expand or contract dependingon the number of new incomingstudents,” said Strain.Most students assigned totemporary rooms, like Jonathan Currieand Michael Allain in
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ornton, don’tmind the situation.
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e very idea of living in temporary residence at first wasn’t too reassuring,”said Allain, “but [after] a couple weeksinto living in temporary res, it’s actually not bad at all.”Upon the loss of one or more lounges,houses do experience inconveniences,explained Byrne. “
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at being said,there’s still capacity in these houses forstudents to get together.”Lucas Mol, president of Edwards,does not agree. Edwards House wasthe only residence on campus tohave lounges permanently convertedto rooms, and “it’s just been a mess,basically,” he said. With fewer lounges, residents havetaken to the hallways and laundry room to get together, causing moredisturbances in the house. Also, whilethe converted rooms are much larger,they were incomplete when studentsarrived. One room “was missing tenitems that appeared on the room’scheck-in list”, while another “had nocurtains,” Mol said. Students had touse their own money to furnish therooms.Also, single bathrooms are now being used by eight or nine people,more than the normal six.
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e bathrooms are actually runningout of supplies over the weekends. It’s abig issue,” said one Edwards resident. While there have been glitches,Byrne is “confident they won’t reoccurin the future.”And if the number of studentscontinues to increase beyond thecurrent capacity, there’s always theoption of assigning students to olderresidences.“We currently have two satelliteresidences closed,” said Strain. “If extra space is required we can openbuildings or we can open extra bedsin residences.”
Mt. Allison campus is filled with new and returning students. The incoming class of 2012 is set to meetif not exceed the estimated number of students in this year’s budget. Some introductory classes haveadapted to meet the needs of the students, and many residence lounges have been temporarily alteredin order to ensure a spot for everyone. Most students assigned to temporary rooms have since beenrelocated.
Reaganomicsp. 12
 Jessica Emin
 
PAGE 2 • THE ARGOSY • NEWS • SEPTEMBER 25, 2008
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 What do you want out of your Mt. Allisondegree? As part of the Academic Renewal process,students, faculty, and the greater community arebeing given the opportunity to discuss importantissues and have their input shape the future of academics at Mt. A.
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e process began with a discussion paper written by Provost and VP Academic andResearch Stephen McClatchie, entitled
Changing to Preserve: Renewing Academic Programming at Mount Allison.
After initial student, faculty and community response, working groups wereassigned to research, discuss and report onfive areas of interest: outcomes and literacies,chaired by Mark Blagrave; course and programdelivery, chaired by Frank Strain; distributionrequirements, chaired by Rob Ireland; credit,chaired by Carrie MacMillan; and graduatestudies, chaired by Nancy Vogan.
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ere seemed to be a real consensus that[these five areas] were topics that people wereinterested in talking about,” said McClatchie.
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e working groups are designed to broadly represent all stakeholders’ interests, and includestudents, faculty, and sta
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volunteers. “
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e people[in each working group] are interested in thatissue and are there because they want to be there,”said SAC VP Academic Brian Crouse.
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e Academic Renewal process is coordinatedby a steering committee, responsible for keepingthe working groups interconnected, informed, and working together. Its members are McClatchie,Crouse, the chairs of the working groups, the
A call for input in the Academic Renewal process
Justine Galbraith
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three academic Deans, and Chris Parker, theRegistrar.
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is past Saturday, students were invited todiscuss four of the five main topics of the workinggroups at the Academic Renewal Forum.
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ediscussion of graduate studies has been a longerprocess, explained Crouse, and more informationis forthcoming.
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e forum was co-ordinated by the steering committee and moderated by EileenHerteis, director of the Purdy Crawford TeachingCentre.
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is is the first opportunity for students tocontribute and engage with the process,” saidMcClatchie, explaining that faculty had beenpresented with the working groups’ findings on Teaching Day at the end of summer.At the forum, working group committeechairs gave updates on their topics, informingattendants of their considerations, conclusions,and continuing questions. About forty-fivepeople were in attendance, and about eighteen of those people were students.Crouse and McClatchie were pleased with theturnout of the forum. “I was really excited thatpeople came and that there was great discussionbetween students and faculty,” Crouse said. Topics that came up in the forum wereflexibility in delivering courses, joint degreeprograms, concentrated course blocks, eveningcourses, integration of speakers with academicprograms, credit value, challenge for credit,certificate programs, distribution requirements,faculty advising system, first year seminars,possible language requirements and making thepre-existing learning outcomes explicit.Discussion focused on whether or notdistribution was valuable, the benefits of afirst year seminar, the importance of programadvising, the conflicts of evening classes withextracurricular life at Mt. A, and whether or notlearning a second language should be required orencouraged. While agreement was not reached,individual concerns were brought to the attentionof the working groups, who will take them intoconsideration for their final report.
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e Academic Renewal process continues this week with four student discussions on credit,outcomes and literacies, distribution, and courseand program delivery. Crouse, who organized thestudent discussions, explained that the topics athand a
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ect all students, and as such input andfeedback is critical.
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is could have very real e
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ects on students’degrees in the near future,” said Crouse.“Everybody’s opinion at this university counts inthis.”McClatchie will attend the October 2 faculty meeting and one of the first SAC meetings toreport on the process, and will present anotherreport to the community before the workinggroups are required to submit their findings andrecommendations on November 15.
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e reports of the groups will be reviewedby the Academic Matters committee and thenpresented at university Senate.As for the future, McClatchie sees thisas a multi-year process. Depending on theoutcome of the reports, next year might see theimplementation of easy program changes, such asa pilot program of the first year seminar.Still, according to McClatchie, “many outcomesof academic renewal will have to be phased in”over time.
Environmental artists use Sackville as their canvas
Storm, vandalism destroy two of ten sculptures
Helena van Tol
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by U.S. artist Rob Staab
 Jessica Emin
 Ten internationally acclaimed environmentalartists converged in Sackville this summer. Usingpieces of local history and their surroundings,these sculptors created works of art in and aroundthe community, with only the landscape as theircanvas.Some artists stayed as long as a month working on their projects, educating the publicand beautifying the town in the process.
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e tenartists included: Gilles Bruni (France), YolandaGutierrez (Mexico), Nils-Udo (Germany), BobVershueren (Belgium), Roy Staab (USA), JerileaZempel (USA), Michael Floman (Canada),Francesca Vivenza (Canada), as well as Kip Jonesand Paul Gri
n from Sackville.Now, only eight out of ten sculptures remain.Zempel’s piece, entitled
Homeland Security(Blanket)
, was an SUV covered in crochet, andcould be found just outside the Waterfowl Park,near the Swan Pond. Zempel’s artist statementexplains how he turned an oversized, macho, gas-guzzling vehicle into a technological ghost by shrouding it a white, fuzzy cover, reminiscent of  women’s handwork from another time, anotherplace.” It was torn up in a storm and had to betaken down soon after.Environmental art, by nature, has to beconstantly maintained. Other pieces, such asFloman’s flag-like structure that twists and turns with the wind, have also su
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ered storm damage,but will soon be repaired.However, Francesca Vivenza’s piece wasactually trashed by vandals.Vivenza’s
Tentative Itineraries
, was constructedfrom five painted polystyrene spheres, placedaround the Ladies’ College Park, becoming lostmoons that make reference to the world’s highesttides that occur in the Bay of Fundy.Virgil Hammock, Sackville town councillorand retired Mount Allison Fine Arts professor,explains the situation.“We rather expected that [this] might happen,and we certainly documented the work. We werehoping that people would leave it alone, butI guess it didn’t last the second week into theuniversity year.”Hammock and the artist considered putting afence around the sculpture, or leaving the security tape, but decided against it, believing that it wouldtake away from the work. But a fence wouldn’tstop vandalism anyway.Hammock proposed the sculpture project asSackville applied for cultural capital status.
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eidea came several years ago as he was visiting aFinnish community, about the size of Sackville.
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e town was home to a national arts schooland was built on a peat bog. Every other year,that town invited artists to do environmentalsculptures out of natural materials from the area.Now, with the money from the town’s culturalcapital status, Sculpture Sackville is set to becomea regular exhibition, occurring once every two years.“It’s been embraced by the people goingthrough the Waterfowl Park,” says Hammock,
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at’s why we hope to repeat this and make ita regular thing in our community. It can bringtourists into our community, it can bring beauty to our community, and it can enhance ourunderstanding of the environment.”Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates thee
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ort and talent invested in this project.
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ere areno leads, so far, as to who vandalized
Tentative  Itineraries
and it’s unlikely that there will beany charges. Nevertheless, Hammock has somesuspicions.“I would say it was a bunch of drunken studentsbecause they really smashed the hell out of them[…].
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ey were just too vulnerable. One likes tothink that university students are art-loving andintelligent, but I would say not all of them.”Even so, university students may not be theonly community vandals. Another piece, BobVershueren’s
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, found near the UnitedChurch side entrance to the Waterfowl Park, wasalso vandalized during construction. However,there has been no damage since.Over the summer, another series of environmental art sculptures, with four of thesame artists, were installed in the HamiltonRoyal Botanical Gardens, a larger town outsideof Toronto. Sackville was able to ‘piggyback’ onsome of the costs and avoid charging admissionfor the exhibition.
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e same curator, John Grande, was used for both exhibitions, the only two of this type in Canada. Sometime this term, Grandeplans to give a talk to the Fine Arts department.“I was hoping that it would last because the whole idea of public installations is that they arefor the public and to add beauty to the landscape,”laments Hammock, “It’s unfortunate that thereare people out there who vandalize and destroy such things, and particularly unfortunate if it wasuniversity students because they’re also part of this town.”

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