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TOP: Marilyn Walker presented a
traditional Drum Circle
at Struts Gallery as part of their ongoingMember’s Projects exhibitions. Walker’s exhibition “Sacred Landscapes” will be on display at Strutsuntil March 17.BOTTOM: The
took place this past Saturday night at Jennings, serving a variety of
foods from around the world and also hosting an exciting fashion show displaying traditional outts.
MtA dance societies
gave wowing performances over the weekend, ranging fromhighland to jazz dance.
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Mount Allison SAC technology initiatives
Year-longnegotiations will leadto a SAC-managedsocial network
Ater negotiations have wrapped up early this Spring, the Students’ AdministrativeCouncil will launch a private social network or Mount Allison students.Early in the Fall term, Square CropStudios, a oronto-based web developmentcompany, contacted the SAC with an oerto build a no-cost private social network orMt. A students. Ater initial research anddiscussions with the company, then Vice-President o Sales Jason Krulicki presented tocouncil on the proposed project on October12. Ater urther research and discussions,on November 16 council voted unanimously to enter into a cost-ree contract with thecompany. Julie Stephenson, VP Communicationsor the SAC, explained the benets o thisnetwork or students. “It is a unique onlinelocation or Mount Allison students to interact with direct access to Union services.” TeSAC also spoke at length with the company regarding bringing services, including theCarpool Forum, the Lost and Found and theUsed Book Sale, onto the site in order to makethem more accessible to students, which isone o SAC Communication’s main ocuses.Crystal Bennett, Community DevelopmentCoordinator at Square Crop, described thenetwork as an easy way to meet people youknow are Mt. A students, and have privatemarketplaces and discussions limited to MtA students.In terms o the product launch, Stephensonstates that timing is key. “We want to launchthe program at the right time to catch studentinterest and when they can gain the mostrom it.” She said the challenge has been toensure the platorm is relevant and interestingor students. With negotiations with thecompany not yet complete, specic launchdates are unavailable. “We hope to nalizecontract negotiations early in the spring andhave the program launched shortly ater that.” Te SAC has taken a careul approachto adopting new technologies, rejectingan approximately $4,000 proposal romthe student-created company MountAppsProductions to create a mobile app or theSAC on February 8, due to concerns overproduct useulness, price and longevity.On Square Crop, Stephenson continues,“We have been working intensely with thecontract to make sure it suits our needs and we’ve also been working on making sure ourresources are capable o handling the socialnetwork.”Regarding the gap between November andnow, Julie explains that council’s approval wasonly the beginning o a lengthy but positiveprocess. “Te realities o the process are muchmore intense and lengthy than a mandaterom Council indicates.” Stephenson has beenmindul o the challenge that the similaritiesbetween the social network and Facebook poses, and they “want to make absolutely sure we launch the program to benet students asmuch as possible.”Regarding the similarities to Facebook,Bennet explains that “Te main dierence isFacebook isn’t private, most people have theirriends on Facebook, but they also have theirco-workers, acquaintances, classmates, amily and even their mom or grandparent.” SquareCrop’s solution is creating a student only atmosphere centred around the school that“cuts out the clutter” and provides a strongertwo-way communication tool between studentsand the SAC.In addition to the social network, the SACis also working on a website redesign which will include a tender or an vendor to work onthe site. While the process is only in planningstages, Stephenson did say that the yet-to-
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CORRECTION:In last week’s Argosy, Vol. 141, Iss. 19, Dr. Kathleen Lord was mistitled in the InternationalWomen’s Day centrefold as ‘Assistant Professor.’ She is, in fact, an associate professor.