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The Argosy April 5, 2012

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Remember theFalklandsAwardingAthletes
 April 5, 2012 Sailing of into the sunset since 1872 Vol. 141 Iss. 24
 Mount Allison’s Independent Student Newspaper 
The Argosy 
Conduct Becoming
Another CD lled withoriginal student music isreleased at Gracie’s
Entertainment, Page 18
Sheezer @ George’s
The Toronto-based all-female Weezer cover bandwill be playing at George’sFabulous Roadhouse onApril 14.
Entertainment, Page 21
Burn the Summer 
Samuel Wilson’s latestfull-length play was readpublically for the rst timeon Wednesday, April 4 atLive Bait Theatre.
 Arts&Lit, Page 26
Is anyone out there?
The age old question: isthere life on other planets?
Sci-Tech, Page 27 
Impromptu protest seesdecent turn out
A small but mighty group o studentstook to the streets o Sackville thispast Saturday to voice their concernsover recent budget cuts, governmentpolicies and alleged election raud.An impromptu protest organizedby a ew passionate students saw nearly 100 young people, aculty and community members, includingSackville own Councillors, marchingrom the Wallace McCain StudentCentre down the hill to Bridge Streetchanting, “Tis is a democracy - nothypocrisy!”, “Promote your right to vote!” and “Harper is a raud, hispolicies are awed!”. Impetus or thelast minute protest was sparked by thegroup’s desire to discourage studentapathy.At the centre o town, thedemonstrators solicited honks o support rom the passing cars, wavingtheir signs demanding accountability o the Harper government andencouraging students to educatethemselves on relevant political issues. Te mob marched on to the newly completed town hall, where the groupstopped to talk about issues as wideranging as the Keystone XL Pipelineto recent ederal budget cuts and new requirements or non-prot groups. Te small group o students behindthe protest came rom a range o disciplines and represent severalgraduating classes. “We’re simply agroup o concerned people who wantedto say something,” said co-organizerRuth Donald, who explained that thegoal behind the march was to promotea dialogue around these importantissues. “Tis is a decisive time inCanadian politics, and we are the ones who will direct the course,” she said.Coming on the heels o a nationaldemonstration calling or a publicinquiry into the robo-call electionscandal earlier in the month, one o the primary concerns o the protesters was raising awareness about theimportance o the student and youth voice. “We have an expectation thatother groups will take care o thesethings, but people need to be awareo their own voice,” said co-organizerLiam Cobbe. “We have such anamazing opportunity as students... and we want people to know the voicesthey have,” agreed Emily Bishop,another coordinator o the event.Environmental Studies ProessorBrad Walters marched alongsidestudents over the weekend, relishingthe opportunity to collectively stand upagainst the Harper government, which
New computersbound for library
 Te library will soon receiveorty new Dell all-in-one unitcomputers, thanks to a joint efortbetween the University and library in securing $30,000 in unds orstudent services. A project that will take place over the summer,students will be able to work onthe new computers come the all.University Librarian om Eadiestates that two computers willbe placed in the music library,twenty-one computers on themain oor, ourteen in the third-oor lab, while ve will be held inreserve. Approximately $10,000 was acquired rom the University’scontingency unds, while$20,000 came rom donationsto the University libraries. “InMount Allison terms, this is agood amount o money, and willmake a airly dramatic diferenceor students using computers,”comments Eadie. “I’m hopingto put in a ew more resourcesto make the computers moreaccessible, including getting GISsotware, specically ArcView, onthe computers so that studentsdon’t need to go to the Avard-Dixon lab.” Te majority o currentcomputers have been handed downrom University labs.In a survey o computer usageconducted between January 1and February 27, each library computer averages 4.7 logins perday, an average that was three timeshigher than the Dunn computerlab, which has the second highestuse on campus. VP AdministrationDavid Stewart approved the
Carly Levy
News Writer 
Rachel Gardner
News Editor 
 Argosy/Rosanna Hempe
Students, faculty and community members, marched, protesting Stephen Harper’s policies, budget and the robo-call controversy.
 April 5, 2012 argosy@mta.ca
thursday april 5, 2012
  volume 141 issue 24
Rosanna Leitner, Sam Page, yler urcotte, ZhaoyangDavid Shi, Ian Moat, Alli-son Grogan, Haruho Kubota,Ryan Burnham, NaomiMartz, Nick Manuel, aylorLosier, Sean Baker, John raord, Lisa Riley, LiamCoughlan,
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
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is published by Argosy Publications, Inc, a studentrun, autonomous, apolitical not-or-prot organization operated inaccordance with the province o New Brunswick.
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Rachel Gardnerargosy@mta.ca
Anissa Stambouliargosy@mta.ca
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Carly Levy 
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 aylor Mooney  
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Comments , concerns, or complaints about the
content or opera-tions should be rst sent to the Editor-in-Chie at the address above. I the Editor-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
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.
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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.
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Job Searching for the Class of 2012
 With the Canadian economy stalling andthe unemployment rate in New Brunswick growing to 10.1%, graduates this year need allthe help they can get i they want to nd a jobin the province.It’s important to stand out in a tough jobmarket. Human resources consultant andormer Mount Allison proessor PierreBattah says that there are skills job huntersneed to demonstrate in order to attract hiringmanagers. Most important is demonstratinga strong work ethic. “Grads will impress aprospective supervisor with a commitment togetting the job done right, with the necessary attention to detail and the perseverance tosee an assignment through to completion with enthusiasm and a genuine concern orquality work,” Battah says. He also stressedthat sot skills were important, specically noting negotiation skills, time management,proessionalism and group cooperation skillsas being the most valuable abilities to have intoday’s competitive job market.In addition to traditional skills, Battahstressed that graduates need to be mindulo their behaviour online as well as oine. While noting that employers in Canada aregenerally not as aggressive in doing socialmedia background checks as elsewhere,Battah nevertheless noted that managing youronline identity is now vital.“Remember that diligent employers check reerences by telephone and also veriy prospective employee's online presence. Isuggest that photos on social media sites beedited to ensurethey are appropriate or viewing by prospective employers who may be negatively infuenced (rightly or wrongly) by photosdepicting a party liestyle,” says Battah.Mt. A’s Career Counsellor Scott Yorkeagrees, adding that graduates should rampup their privacy settings on social networks.“Facebook can be very useul in promoting thereasons why you and your social-sel should behired; take the time to ensure it is not a reasonto toss your application in the trash.” osome, these warnings may seem like an over-reaction, but in a recent study by UK businesspsychology rm OPP, 56 percent o employerssaid that they were likely to check out thesocial media presence o potential employees,and the trend towards increasing social mediachecks shows no sign o slowing.Battah explains that employers in AtlanticCanada or the most part are not currently  very active in using social media to recruit,but those that are use Linkedin. He namesthree main takeaways that job searchers needto include: direct contact with employers,scouring job postings, and expanding one’snetwork in person and online “LinkedInis a great network-expander but must beaccompanied by ‘eet on the street’ networkingas well.” Yorke also believes in the utility o LinkedInor proessional networking. LinkedIn hasbeen called “Facebook or Adults” and is asocial media website that serves not only as your virtual resume but also allows users todirectly connect with potential employers.
Geoff Campbell
Online Editor 
 Argosy/Geof Campbell 
Employers access public accounts. Are there things you wouldn’t want him to fnd?
 Yorke explains the value o the concept o the site, “For those students who have lackedon the networking ront throughout theirundergrad, or even or those who are very wellconnected, LinkedIn will not only expand your connections across a diverse group o organizations and locations, but will alsogive you the opportunity to be noticed by HR proessionals who may be looking or a speciccandidate with your experiences.” Tere are many dierent eatures to the website that can help new grads in their jobsearch. Once connected to ellow graduates,proessors, and ormer employers, you canrequest recommendations that will be viewableby others on the site. You can then inorm yourconnections that you are looking or work ina specic area. As well, through a centralizedproessional prole, potential employers willbe more likely to see that listing above thanany possible negative content (photos o thatlast party) o you.“Tere are many other benets to buildinga diverse LinkedIn prole,” Yorke says, “andI encourage all students to create one upongraduation (i not beore).
Above: More photos of the Stop Harper protests
will be available at ickr.
com/theargosy shortly.Below: Greg Sharp,participating in theStrasbourg exchange,shows some love for theleaning Tower of Pisa.Above: KelleyHumphries performs atthe Conduct Becoming2012 CD release party
last week.
Te Argosy www.argosy.ca
 Words o change, connection andencouragement were shared last week at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church when Migrant and IndigenousRights Program Coordinatoror KAIROS Canada AlredoBarahona acilitated a workshopentitled “Making It Matter: ruth,Reconciliation and Equity.” Teevent, held on March 24, was hostedby the Outreach Committees o Sackville United Church and St.Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Te workshop advocated orthe country’s continued eorts increating an equitable uture orCanadian Aboriginal peoples, andprovided an opportunity or Sackvilleresidents to acknowledge both pastand present injustices regardingAboriginal rights in Canada. Teevent was held in response to thePrime Minister’s 2008 apology to ormer students o IndianResidential Schools in Canada, andthe subsequent launch o the ruthand Reconciliation Process, as wellas Canada’s 2010 endorsement o the United Nations Declaration onthe Rights o Indigenous Peoples(UNDRIP). Workshop leader Barahona statedthat the event was an eort to expressa commitment to work towards rightrelations by stating that “they matterto us!” Te day-long workshop began with a prayer and opening welcomerom Chie Joe Knockwood rom theFort Folly First Nation community. Te opening address was ollowedby what is known as the “BlanketExercise,” an interactive exercise thattakes people through the history o colonization o urtle Island, romrst contact with Europeans settlersto present. It details historical treaty agreements between settlers andAboriginal peoples, emphasizingCanadians covenant to share andrespect the land. Te aternoon was spent discussing the UNDRIP,and the role it plays in ensuring theprotection o the right o Indigenouspeoples.Barahona stated that the workshop’s main objective was toensure people’s participation andengagement. “For the most part,people acknowledged that they werenot aware o most o the inormationand the issues which came upthroughout the day. So in that sense,the workshop is an eye-opener.”He has been involved in providinga connection or the local SackvilleKAIROS group to the KAIROSnational oce. KAIROS is anCanadian Ecumenical JusticeInitiative that unites Canadianchurches and religious organizationsin a aithul ecumenical response tothe call in Micah 6:8, to “do justice,and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”Barahona explains the importanceo linking social change to religionby stating that“[w]e are all motivated by something. For KAIROS, we aremotivated by God to make changethroughout the world and promote justice in our own communities.”KAIROS has long beencommitted to protecting Aboriginal
Making it matter onestep at a time
KAIROSworkshoppromotesAboriginal rights
 Julia McMillan
 Arts and Literature Editor 
Ater undergoing a University-wide review,Vice-President International and StudentAairs Ron Byrne has been approved or asecond term. Set to begin in December 2012,Byrne hopes to ocus on student judicial,leadership development and programming, andthe deeper internationalization o the campus inthe new term.“o have the opportunity to work withstudents again or a second term is really exciting,” states Byrne. “It was a vindication o the work that I’ve done.”Mount Allison President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Campbell announced Byrne’srenewal on the Mt. A website on March 13. “Ilook orward to working with Ron Byrne in hissecond term to urther improve student servicesand processes, and to extend Mount Allison’sreputation and reach externally,” said Campbellin a press release rom the University.In the Students’ Administrative Council’s(SAC) review o Byrne’s rst term, studentsexpressed varied opinions on the perormanceo this administrative member. “I renewed oranother term, it is crucial that Byrne adopt amore collaborative and substantive approachto addressing studentconcerns; students haveexpressed that they eel disenranchised by this member o senioradministration, whosetitle alone should mostpreclude him romdoing so,” states theSAC submissions o recommendations onByrne’s renewal. “Tatsaid, the areas in which Byrne excels haveseen considerable improvements and Byrne’scontribution to said improvements cannot beignored.” Te majority o student concerns regardingByrne’s renewal centred on his approach tothe don’s contract issues. Te report states that“[w]hile students were appreciative o Byrne’s willingness to share inormation through a
Second term approved for Ron Byrne
Rachel Gardner
News Editor 
rights. According to Barahona, theorganization eels that althoughprogress has been made towardscreating a more just uture orCanadian Aboriginal peoples, westill have a long way to go.“Unortunately there are stillquite a ew issues that are importantand which need to be addressed,including education, housing andhealth. We are also concerned withthe right o Indigenous children andhow they are being let behind.”Because o the magnitude and thecomplexity o the issues surroundingAboriginal rights, Barahona notesthat he oten encounters individuals who eel overwhelmed by thesituation, and oten eel as thoughthere is little hope or an optimisticuture. But he proposes that there ishope, and that people must learn tolook at the bigger picture.He suggests that the way peoplecan do this is by continuing to learnmore about Aboriginal peoples andthe issues aecting them. He callsor a sense o connectedness betweenIndigenous and non-Indigenouspeople. “Here in Sackville, you canget involved with local groups likethe KAIROS group who are tryingto change the relationships betweenIndigenous and non-Indigenouspeoples,” explains Barahona.“One thing you can do is to invitestudents o Mount A to reach outto indigenous peoples in this regionand to work with them. Changetakes time, but every little step andhelp is important. Keep your eyesand ears opened or uture eventsrelating to indigenous peoples.” Te event was part o KAIROS’ongoing series o workshops held allover Canada. o learn more aboutthe organization, visit http://www.kairoscanada.org.number o orums, a number elt that theiropinions were not adequately considered and thatthe end result o orming an advisory committee was reactive rather than truly collaborative.”Due to these concerns, the SAC passed theollowing motion atthe February 8 Councilmeeting: “Be it resolvedthat Council endorsethe perormance review o Ron Byrne whichstates that i Byrneis to be renewed, itmust be with a caveato increased attentionand improvements toResidence Assistantand House Executive training; resources oeredthrough the Meighen Centre; the LeadershipMount Allison program; coordination betweendepartments, particularly during Orientation;career services; and the International Centre;as well as greater student engagement andincreased opportunities or students to take partsubstantively in decision-making processes.” Te SAC will be ollowing up on theserecommendations with Byrne in the upcoming week.President Campbell directed the review renewal process and is in charge o makingthe nal decision on the renewal o a position.Feedback was requested via e-mail and onthe website, which helped to inorm the naldecision. Te review and renewal process istypically held every ve years, according toDirector o Marketing and Communications ony Frost. “As with most organizations, thereview process and results are condential,” saysFrost. “Only those with a need to know haveaccess to it. In this case, the President reviewsand evaluates input rom the community,discusses matters with the Vice President, andmakes a decision and announcement to thecommunity with some characterization o theprocess in the announcement.”Byrne came to Mt. A in December 2007 romthe University o Regina, taking a position as VPStudent Aairs. Tis title was changed to VPInternational and Student Aairs in September2008 to refect attempts to internationalize thecampus.
Student activists expressoutrage
“he says is systematically destroying this country. “Canadianshave become ar too comortable and complacent with theirgovernment,” he said. “I think it’s great, and also encouraging,to see students take this kind o initiative and go public withtheir concerns about the ederal government.”Among the major issues discussed at the rally were recentdecisions by the ederal government made in an attempt to save$5.2 billion a year by 2015. Te budget, released last Tursday,saw cuts and major changes across the board. O particularconcern to the student activists is a plan to cap reviews o majorresource development projects at twenty-our months, includingthe Northern Gateway pipeline. Te budget also introduced aprovision that will require non-prot groups to provide moreinormation on their political activities and a plan to increaseaudits o these groups to enorce the current stipulation that nomore than ten percent o their unds are spent on advocacy, in amove that some are saying is specically targeting environmentalgroups. Further concerns include the elimination o theKatimavik program or youth, the reduction o over 19 000ederal public sector jobs over three years, reductions o unds orinternational aid and diplomacy, the halting o unds to the CBC,and the eradication o three institutions whose primary unctionis to inorm government decisions: the First Nations StatisticalCouncil, the National Round able on the Environment and theEconomy, and the National Welare Council. Te protest coincided with a nationwide call or Canadiansto “Stand or Democracy” on March 31. Te organizationDemocracyCanada combined “Bill C-10, C-30 Internet”and “Get Fraud out o Parliament” rallies to create maximumexposure or these issues. DemocracyCanada is a nonpartisanonline organization committed to the health o Canadiandemocracy and democratic institutions.
Continued from cover
 Argosy/Rosanna Hempe
To have the opportunity to work with students again for a second term is really exciting 
Ron Byrne
Vice-President International andStudent Affairs

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