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The Argosy January 12, 20122

The Argosy January 12, 20122

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News Features Te Ship’s Log Humour Centrefold  Entertainment Op-Ed  Arts&Lit Sci/ech Sports 
Happy 80thFinal Thoughts
 January 12, 2012 It’s the end of the world as we know it since 1875 Vol. 141 Iss. 13
 Mount Allison’s Independent Student Newspaper 
Block-plan education
Elise Dolinsky
Features Writer 
Universities testnovel approach
 Tis is a problem that university students are all too amiliar with: it’s a ew weeks into the term and suddenly  you realize that you have an important assignment due or every single oneo your classes. Ten, only a ew  weeks later, you have to write all your midterms in one week. Te patterno intense stress and temporary relie replays itsel semester ater semester, but now many smaller Canadian universities are exploring an alternative course plan. While traditionally universitiesrequire studentsto take an averageo ve coursessimultaneously over a ve-monthsemester, anincreasing number o universitiesare now ofering “block-plan”educational programs, wherestudents take onethree-and-a-hal  week intensivecourse at a time. Te workload or each course is the same, except it isdistributed more evenly throughout the year.Schools that have tried block-plan classes have been very happy  with the resultsand claim that the new methodhelps to engagestudents in what they are learning.In addition, block-plan coursesgenerally make it easier or teachersto include eldwork in their scheduleand orce thestudents to ocusully on one class at a time.So ar there is only one university in Canada that ofers a block-plan-only curriculum. Quest University,a private institution in Squamish,B.C., launched its block programve years ago, and says it has beenquite successul; many students haveenrolled in the university primarily because o the program. A ew publicuniversities have begun to discuss theprospect o launching block courses. Te University o NorthernBritish Columbia will test out a block program or their geography courses, starting in 2013, and Algoma president Richard Myers is pushing or his university to start a block-plancurriculum.
The approach was particularly effectiveat developing collaborative and leadership skills among students.
Tom Herman
VP AcademicAcadia UniversityEMERGING, PAGE 9
For details about the current status of reading week coursessee next week’s
Volleyballin style
Robert Murray
Sports Editor 
Warm-uptournamentresults insuccessfulSaturday
 Te Mount Allison University  women’s volleyball team hosted aninvitational tournament last Saturday as a precursor to the 2012 portion o the ACAA volleyball schedule. Withsome solid play as a result o theteam’s determination and coaching by Andrew MacDonald, Mt. A walkedaway with a perect record ater threematches. Te University o New Brunswick at Saint John Sea Wolves(UNBSJ), Nova Scotia AgriculturalCollege Rams (NSAC) and a club levelsquad rom the University o PrinceEdward Island Panthers (UPEI) alltook part in the event. Te rst match, played bright andearly Saturday morning, eatured thesecond ranked Rams versus the ourthplace Mounties. Ater some back andorth action, the Mounties took chargeo the rst set 25-11. Te second seteatured both teams trading points at will. Unortunately, both sides gave upseveral points of o serves that sailed wide. Te Rams took advantage o the miscues, taking a 25-19 decision,setting up the decisive second set (thematches were shortened to best out o three sets or time purposes). Te thirdset again was even, but this time thebreaks went the way o the side romSackville, NB, as Mt. A took the nalset 15-11 beore an energetic homecrowd. Te next two matches or Mt. A went much easier as the sixth rankedSea Wolves rom UNBSJ aced theMounties. Te match was decided intwo sets with Mt. A winning both25-16 and 25-17 respectively. Tenal game eatured a club team romUPEI acing of against the deendingACAA champions and went much the
 Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn
The Mountie Women’s Volleyball team won three straight games over the weekend as they played UNBSJ, NSAC and UPEI at home.
 January 12, 2012 argosy@mta.ca
thursday january 12, 2012
  volume 141 issue 13
Ian Moat, Allison Grogan, John Fraser, Lisa Riley, aylorLosier, Kiera Foti
HE ARGOSY is a member o the CanadianUniversity Press, a national co-operative o  student newspapers.
Independent Student Newspaper of Mount Allison University 
62 York Street W. McCain Student CentreMount Allison University Sackville, New Brunswick E4L 1E2
506 364 2236
is published by Argosy Publications, Inc, a studentrun, autonomous, apolitical not-or-prot organization operated inaccordance with the province o New Brunswick.
  John Brannenargosy@mta.ca
Rachel Gardnerargosy@mta.ca
Anissa Stambouliargosy@mta.ca
 Julia McMillanargosy@mta.ca
 Tomas Alexanderargosy@mta.ca
 Carly Levy & Kent Blenkhornargosy@mta.ca
Carly Levy 
 Vanessa Million
Elise Dolinsky  
  Joel Young
 aylor Mooney  
Marc-Alexandre Chartrand
 Wray PerkinSimon Murray 
Comments , concerns, or complaints about the Argosy’s content or opera-tions should be rst sent to the Editor in Chie at the address above. I theEditor-in-Chie is unable to resolve a complaint, it may be taken to theArgosy Publications, Inc. Board o Directors. Te chairs o the Board o Directors can be reached at the address above.
 Te Argosy is the ocial independent student journal o news, opinion,and the arts, written, edited and unded by the students o Mount AllisonUniversity in Sackville, New Brunswick. Te opinions expressed herein donot necessarily represent those o the Argosy’s sta or its Board o Directors. Te Argosy is published weekly throughout the academic year by Argosy Publications Inc.Student contribution in the orm o letters, articles, photography, graphicdesign and comics are welcome. Te Argosy reserves the right to edit or reuseall materials deemed sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise unt or print,as determined by the Editor-in-Chie. Articles or other contributions canbe sent to argosy@mta.ca in microsot word ormat, or directly to a sectioneditor. Te Argosy will print unsolicited materials at its own discretion.Letters to the editor must be signed, though names may be withheld atthe sender’s request and at the Argosy’s discretion. Anonymous letters willnot be printed.
 Susan Rogersargosy@mta.ca
 Audrey Bagnell, Kyra Jones,& Laura Gallivanargosy@mta.ca
 Danica Lundy argosy@mta.ca
Rosanna Hempelargosy@mta.ca
Published since 1875 Circulation 1,800
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Shawn Seeley argosy@mta.ca
Rob Murray argosy@mta.ca
Geo Hutchinsonargosy@mta.ca
Georey Campbellargosy@mta.ca
Helen Pridmore, Dave Tomas, Scott Green, Britt Smith
All materials appearing in the Argosy bear the copyright o Argosy Publica-tions, Inc. Material cannot be reprinted without the consent o the Editor-in-Chie.
ISSN 0837-1024
Te Underbridge Press is a student-run publishing organization at Mount Allison University.
 Sasha Van Katwyk argosy@mta.ca
Mount Allison's women'shockey player
ghts for the puck.
Mount Allison won 8-1
against Saint Mary’sUniversity.See full photo library andbreakdown of the game atargosy.ca!
 Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn
Windsor Theatre
displays a previewof upcomingperformances.
I everything goes as planned, Mount Allison will have a brand new website this summer. Te website redesign comes at the heels o the now-complete branding project and willeasily incorporate the school’s new visualidentity.Te project, a joint eort betweenMarketing and Communications andComputing services, will involve contractinga web design rm to create a website created with input rom students, aculty, sta, andalumni. Te website has become an importantcommunication tool or new students and itis important the site meet the expectationso a range o audiences, not least o which isperspective students.Marc-Alexandre Chartrand, a ourth year international relations student said that when he was considering coming to Mt. A,the website was the only outlet he had to ndout more about the school. He said he oundit dicult to navigate and was concernedthat the current graphics and layout o the website would not impress current studentslooking at it. Others were more concernedabout navigability and ease o use. Geo Hutchinson noted “It needs to be easy tond what you’re looking or. It needs tobe streamlined. It needs to be intuitive.”Current students are not alone. Accordingto the 2011 E-Expectations Report by Noel-Levitz, one in ve students said they removeda school rom consideration because o a badexperience on an institution’s website. Te administration, or its part is takingonline communication seriously. In hiscommunity-wide e-mail in December,President Campbell seemed in agree inhis e-mail, “As many in our community appreciate, a university’s web site is integralto the way it communicates internally andexternally, to making a good rst impression,to strengthening our reputation... Each yearour community and audiences expect morerom our web site, and we must be able todeliver on those expectations i we are toachieve our mission.” Julie Stephenson, VP Communication orthe SAC thought it was a step in the rightdirection. “Te website redesign projectshows Mt. A is interested in developing theironline presence and the services they canprovide to students.” ony Frost, Director o Marketing andCommunications noted that the new websiteis needed or a number o reasons, to makeneeded upgrades, to integrate the new brandelements, and the ability to publish content onthe website more easily. He said the websiteupdate an important project or the university’sreputation. “It has huge implications orstudent recruitment, or undraising, oracademics,... campus lie” and other currentstudent needs. Mt. A will be contracting anoutside vendor in order to update the websiterom HML-based templates to a ContentManagement System (CMS) which aims togreatly improve the appearance and ease o use o the website. Currently, the school usesHML templates that ew people can work  with, but the new CMS will be orms based which will allow content managers to editcontent rom any internet-enabled computer.Speciically,the site willlead to allsta andaculty havingpersonal pagesthey can updatethemselves,in addition tocontent editors who will managepages at dierentlevels (academicdepartments,administrativedepartments, etc).In December,the University sent out a requestor proposals and receivednearly a dozen submissions. Teschool plans to select a rm ordesign process and discovery phase by the endo the month and hold the rst o the ocusgroups as early as February. Various groups will provide input at dierent stages o theprocess, including having usability groupstest the website to ensure that people caneasily nd what they’re looking or.Frost said that while there will beallowances made or dierent groups thatrequire some fexibility there will be anemphasis on consistency across the site.“Students are coming rom all over the worldand they’re accessing your site rom dierentareas... and they need to know they’re on theMt. A site, they’re not on some site that’s notassociated with the University.”Asked about the school’s social mediapresences, Frost noted that it is, in act, agrowing part o communicating and it will beintegrated into the site, but that it needs to beused strategically.He ended by saying that the project is longoverdue at the school and that the university needs to adapt to changing technology. “...it’s vital that what we have makes it easy toconnect with each other right rom the startbut also on an ongoing basis.” Tere will bea dedicated website toupdate thecommunity as the projectprogresses.Anquestions orcommentsshould bedirectedto ony Frost attrost@mta.ca.
Graphic/Te Argosy
University plans website redesign
Geoffrey Campbell
Online Editor 
Te Argosy www.argosy.ca
One o the last remaining ‘Occupy’camps in Canada was dismantledearlier this month without incident.Protesters camping in PhoenixSquare outside Fredericton City Hallreceived an eviction notice orderingthe encampment to end by January 1. Te mayor o Fredericton, Brad Woodside, announced via his witter account that the camp hadbeen "dismantled without incident”ater the camp was removed by city sta, accompanied by a singlepolice ocer in the early morning o  January 3.Fredericton protesters began theiroccupation o Phoenix Square onOctober 15 and had built a structureconsisting o a wooden rame andtarps in which a ew protesters were living at the time o the orcedeviction. According to the City o Fredericton, the shed-like structure was in violation o several city by-laws.Mayor Woodside hand-deliveredthe notice and met with theprotesters to explain the decisionto evict the group. Woodside eltthat public support or the protesthad decreased in recent weeks andconcerns about sanitation ultimately led to the eviction.Although the camp has been torndown, Woodside, who was present when the camp was removed,encouraged protesters to continue inspite o this decision."I hold the right to protest as asacred right, I support it, and I haveinvited them to be at city hall romdusk to dawn every day with theirprotest signs, like anybody else."Fredericton protesters aren’ttaking the eviction lying down. Tey have declared that they will bechallenging the decision in court. Te group’s lawyer plans to argue thatthey have a rightto remain, basedon provisionsin the Chartero Rights andFreedoms dealing with reedomo expressionand reedom o assembly.One occupierlegally changedhis address toPhoenix Squarein the hopes thatthis would help their argument orcontinuing their occupation. Julian Renaud, an Occupy protester, said he wants to challenge Woodside’s eviction order in ront o a judge."I wish the mayor had taken
Occupy Canada loses itslast remaining stronghold
Carly Levy
News Writer 
it to court actually and fled or aninjunction against us in the court,”he said.Renaud explained that i the courtdecides the group doesn't have a legalright to stay outside o city hall, thenthey will respectthat ruling. Te Occupy Movementhas become aninternationaleort to protestincome inequality and socialinjustice.Prompted by a suggestion in aVancouver-basedanti-consumeristmagazine to standup against the disproportionatepower o the US corporate elite, agroup began to accumulate in New  York’s Zuccotti Park near the New  York Stock Exchange and FederalReserve.Since then, the movement hasgrown exponentially and spreadthroughout North America andacross the Pacifc to Hong Kong, okyo, and Sydney. Te Occupy Movement was justone o the major social and politicalprotests that occurred in 2011,but it had the arthest reach, andcontributed to ime Magazine’sdecision to name ‘Te Protester’ asthe person o the year. Te movement, which actually started in Canada, has fzzled outover the past month with many camps being dismantled across thecountry.
 Internet Photo/New Brunswick Beacon Internet Photo/New Brunswick Beacon
I hold the right to protest as a sacred right, I support it, and I have invited themto be at city hall from dusk to dawn every day withtheir protest signs, likeanybody else.
Brad Woodside
Mayor of Fredericton
Students and residents o Sackville may soon be fndingtransportation issues a biteasier. EOS Eco-Energy isnearing completion o anumber o community consultations as part o atwo-year project to developa sustainable transportationsystem within the antramarregion.Ater carrying out researchon various community transportation systems acrossthe country and conductinginterviews with theirrelative sta and volunteers,EOS is proposing a three-pronged transportationsystem within the antramarregion. Tis will includecommon transportation viabus or shuttle, a car-sharingcooperative, and a carpoolingprogram that will be availableor all residents and students.“A sustainable transportationsystem will not only addressenvironmental concerns butalso address social barriers andboost economic activity,” saidExecutive Director o EOSKatie Friars.Each o thethree proposedtransportationstrategies isaimed at a variety o agesand individualneeds.Commontransportation would involvea scheduled service through antramar communities, as well as a dial-a-ride service orindividuals, typically seniors, who need a vehicle to getto medical appointments oror groceries. A car-sharingcooperative would involvea process wherein members would buy into the cooperativeand have access to a pool o  vehicles. Te membershipee would be reundable, and would pay or maintenance,insurance, and gas costs ortransportation. Tere arealso plans to create a region- wide carpooling network tocoordinate people commutingto work. With students expressingconcerns about transportation within antramar, the initiativehas the potential to acilitatestudent transportation withoutthe need or individual studentcar-owners. “ransportationoptions in Sackville areinadequate,” commentedourth-year Mount Allisonstudent Geo Campbell.“With the bus strike, peoplehad trouble getting homeor the holidays. Getting toAmherst or Moncton is alwaysa challenge and arrangingor a time to carpool can bedicult.” Te idea or a ruraltransportation system wassparked last year duringcommunity discussions heldin Port Elgin, Sackville,Memramcook, andDorchester. Tese discussions were a part o antramar2040, a sustainability planbalancing social, economic,and environmental concernsthat was developed by EOSand the antramar PlanningDistrict Commission.EOS hopes to have a drattransportation proposal ready or March 31, with plans todevelop a business plan andseek out unding or the endproposal in the upcoming year.EOS Eco-Energy willbe hosting a ree workshopon January 29 at theMarshlands Inn to discussthe implementation o transportation systems in antramar communities.Guest speakers will discusscommunity transportationnetworks inNova Scotia,as well as acar-sharingprogramin BritishColumbia. here will be anopportunity orparticipants to provideeedback on transportationoptions or the Sackville area,and help develop the modelor their community. Te workshop will run rom 9:30am to 3:30 pm, and lunch willbe provided.EOS is a non-proftorganization, incorporatedin 2003, that is “dedicatedto energy sustainability in antramar and pursues thatgoal by active collaborationon research, education,projects and action withindividuals, communities, andorganizations in the region,”according to its website.
Wheels turningfor Tantramartransportation
Rachel Gardner
News Editor 
Transportation optionsin Sackville areinadequate
Geoff Campbell
Mt. A Student
Protesting Numbers$405,000
Average yearlyearning of Canada’s 1%
Percentage of total incomegrowth takenby the 1% overthe last decade

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