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I n d e p e n d e n t S t u d e n t J o u r n a l o f Mo u n t A l l i s o n U n i v e r s i t y
Shinerama scores shiney sum
Surpasses fundraising goal by $15,000
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
For many of us, simply accomplishing
all of our goals for the day can be
challenging. Achieving far more than
expected is rare. at, however, is
exactly what Mount Allison’s Shine
Team and student volunteers have
done.
“We were all blown away,” said
Mayme Lefurgey, this year’s Mt. A
Shinerama Committee Chair. She
had expected around $15,000 from
Shine Day activities to be added to the
$10,000 raised through fundraising
conducted over the summer. e
actual amount collected on the day
of the event was $21,000, allowing
the committee to send the Canadian
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF)
a total of $35,000 after subtracting
expenses.
“We knew we would come out
on top because of the secondary
fundraising,” she explained, but as
the money was being counted up
on Saturday evening they “had no
concept of what was coming in.” Due
to the current economic climate,
expectations of what the public would
be willing to contribute had been
lowered.
Shinerama is Canada’s largest post-
secondary fundraiser and has a long
tradition here at Mt. A. As one of the
biggest events at the very beginning
of the year, it brings together frosh
and upperclassmen who spend a day
out in the community working for a
good cause.
“It projects to new students that
we’re a place where people are
engaged,” says University President
Robert Campbell in support of the
campaign. In his speech to students
before the day’s events, he called
Shinerama “a tribute to the character
of Mount Allison.”
e new students certainly came out
in full force. At least 500 volunteered
(or were forced awake by noisy and
persuasive house executives), resulting
in some Sackville sites having over
twenty people.
“It was a lot of fun,” remarked
Bigelow House frosh David White at
the end of the day. “I was surprised at
how well known it was and the positive
responses from the community.”
Many of the sites encountered
people who had already donated at a
previous site – and sometimes they
donated again.
“A woman told me she donated
seven times,” remembers Greeshma
Chava, a site leader in Sackville.
Although students went out to
fewer sites than last year – forty-five
scattered around Sackville, Dieppe,
Moncton, Shediac, and Amherst
– there was a definite Mt. A and
Shinerama presence throughout the
day.
Students, the administration,
the community “all felt they had to
contribute...everyone did their own
thing,” remarked Lefurgey, who
believes a large part of Mt. A’s success
was due to the summer committee.
With more members physically
present throughout the summer
than ever before and various sub-
committees to plan out the specifics,
this team helped ensure the day ran
smoothly and fundraised throughout
the summer.
Committee member Alex Duguay
described their activities as being
“part fundraising, part awareness.”
One of the new projects entitled
“Helping Hands” involved volunteers
receiving donations for doing odd jobs
for community members.
“It allowed us to reach out to a lot
of people,” said Duguay.
Other groups joined in, with the
men’s and women’s soccer teams
participating in various fundraising
initiatives. Bennett House held
a barbecue for their frosh and
approached the committee to offer
the proceeds as a donation, while the
swim team organized an event Silver
Lake.
Although Shinerama’s traditional
activity is to shine shoes and wash cars,
many students got creative, bringing
instruments or choreographing
impromptu dances on the side of the
road. Kristina Mansfeld of Campbell
Hall notes, “ere were a lot of pretty
talented people who I wouldn’t have
known about otherwise.” She felt it
was important to introduce an event
with such a “positive motive” into
orientation activities.
However, she and many others
expressed some concerns over the
amount of waste that the day’s events
produced. With cardboard posters and
money-collecting boxes, plastic shoe
shine kits (many of which are never
opened), not to mention multiple
“Shine Cars” driving around to bring
refreshments and encouragement
to volunteers, Shine Day has a
considerable ecological footprint.
“It is a concern for me,” expressed
Lefurgey. Many of the issues can only
be dealt with at the national level, as
teams all across Canada are sent the
It was important to
introduce an event
with such a “positive
motive” into orientation
activities.
same supplies. “e CCFF needs to
look at alternatives,” she suggested.
e Mt. A committee will be sending
an email to the national organization
about reducing the environmental
impact of Shine Day, as well as saving
materials from this year and creating
a guide to assist future committees in
their planning.
“I don’t want [environmental
concerns] to take away from the
campaign,” said Lefurgey. Indeed,
cystic fibrosis is definitely an
issue students should care about,
considering it is the most common
fatal genetic disease among young
adults of our age. It attacks the lungs
and digestive system, necessitating
daily therapy. Canadian researchers
discovered the gene causing CF in
1989 and continue to explore new
treatments and to search for a cure.
Shinerama is celebrating its forty-
fifth year of supporting this work,
with Mt. A having one of the highest
per capita participation rates.
“Mt. A is a small school,” said
Duguay, “but we are still able to do
it if we try.”
Student effort and energy on Shine
Day certainly proved this to be true,
giving the entire university much to
be proud of.
For more information, please visit:
www.shinerama.ca
Over 600 Mount Allison students spent a sunny Saturday raising funds for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by shining shoes, washing cars and performing other odd jobs.
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2 September 17, 2009 THE ARGOSY • NEWS
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Car washes are among Shine Day’s best known activities, enjoyed by students and community alike.
Students cheered to catch the attention of passing cars. Volunteers used their varied talents to encourage donations.
Handmade signs and clothing in the signature bright orange and blue make groups more noticeable.
3 September 17, 2009 THE ARGOSY • NEWS
H1N1 plans and preparations
University prepares for possible spread of virus on campus
Susan Rogers
Argosy Staff
Recently surrounded by massive media
and public health hype, H1N1, known
commonly as swine flu, is bringing
challenges and changes to campus
this year, as the administration tries
to track new cases, educate students
on prevention, and plan for worst case
scenarios.
Students returned to Mount Allison
last week full of questions about the
implications of a widespread H1N1
outbreak on campus, following a
series of e-mails sent over the summer
regarding H1N1 preparations. Vice-
President International and Student
Affairs, Ron Byrne says that a
recommendation from Public and
Local Health Authorities would be
required before a shut down of campus
were to occur.
“Safe to say, it would have to be
a very significant infection spread.
Right now they are not recommending
anything like closing schools or
closing universities,” says Byrne.
“We have no intention, because there
is no reason at this point, to cancel
classes.”
e school’s administration is
asking students to be responsible for
their own health, and the health of
others. Faculty have also been asked
to be flexible and understanding of
students who are ill.
Says Byrne, “Doctors will not be
issuing notes for flu in the foreseeable
future, so consequently students
have no other choice, we are asking
them to exercise caution, to monitor
themselves, if they have flu like
symptoms to stay home until they are
cleared. Home being in their residence
room, or off campus apartment, or
house.”
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Amanda Cockshutt agrees, saying
that since we don’t know where this
virus will go or how it might mutate,
its spread needs to be limited. She
adds, “We have to encourage people
to stay home when they’re sick, and
we’ll have to be understanding for
labs and tests.”
H1N1 is a new strain of flu virus
and outbreaks have been reported
around the world in the past few
months. It was declared a pandemic
by the World Health Organization on
June 11. Its symptoms include cough,
fever, body aches, chills, and fatigue,
and it is spread person to person by
coughing and sneezing.
While New Brunswick hasn’t
been as hard hit by H1N1 as other
provinces have, Nurse Educator
Cindy Crossman says that they expect
the second phase of swine flu to hit
New Brunswick harder than the first
phase. is is the reason, she says,
for the publicity surrounding the flu,
they want people to be educated about
the signs and symptoms of H1N1, as
well as the differences between the
seasonal flu and the pandemic H1N1.
Mt. A and the public health
authorities have been preparing for
an expected influx of H1N1 cases.
Educational materials have been visible
across campus since the return of
students, particularly those outlining
proper hand washing techniques.
Students have also received a sample
bottle of hand sanitizer in their
mailbox along with information
on how to protect themselves from
H1N1.
e Wellness Centre on campus
is monitoring the flu, and tracking
numbers of students displaying
symptoms. is year, residence
assistants will hand in reports on the
number of students on their floors
who are ill. e data allows the health
authorities to make recommendations
based on the number of ill students on
campus. ere are also plans under
construction for a mass immunization
campaign beginning with people who
are part of a high risk group, when a
vaccine for H1N1 is released late in
the fall.
e Wellness Centre asks
that students with pre-existing
medical conditions that make them
Academics over politics
Former SAC President-elect explains reasons for leaving position and studies
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
is past spring confusion spread fast
over the Mount Allison Campus as
it was announced that Paul Rasbach,
the winner of the recent SAC
Presidential race, was stepping down
from the position. Equally confusing
was the news that Rasbach would not
be returning to Mt. A in the fall. e
confusion was only amplified by the
rumours floating around campus and
the initial lack of explanation from all
parties.
Despite school wide emails sent
out by both Rasbach and the SAC,
the Argosy contacted both parties in
May in an attempt to clarify what had
happened. Rasbach, although willing
to comment, did not submit any
comments by the time the issue went
to press. Rasbach recently contacted
the Argosy with answers to questions
that were sent to him in May.
On his decision to leave the SAC
and Mt. A, Rasbach said that it was
a choice made at the end of April.
He maintains that his involvement
in the SAC never faltered, but his
enthusiasm for academics had been
lost. “After contemplation and help in
the form of several discussions with
Jessica Emin
Former SAC President-elect Paul Rasbach during the winter elections.
Student Services,” explained Rasbach,
“I came to realize my [nonacademic]
interests at Mt. A occupied my
greatest attention and, as a result, I
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decided that entering the working
world would be a better fit.”
Rasbach had nothing but kind
words for the Mt. A community and
the experiences he had in Sackville.
“I was, and still am, very passionate
about Mt. A and the SAC,” admitted
Rasbach. Despite leaving, he explained
that he still believes the experience of
running for SAC President was an
enjoyable one and one that he would
repeat again if given the chance.
“My favourite thing to tell people
about my time in student government
is that the more I got involved at
Mount Allison, the more I realized
what a well run institution it is […].
Good luck with everything in the
upcoming year and my apologies for
not being able to continue as your
president.”
Rasbach is currently working at an
insurance company, something he says
is “a great job that plays well to [his]
competitive nature.” Former SAC
President Mike Currie was asked
to fill the position over the summer
following Rasbach’s departure. e
I came to realize my
[nonacademic] interests at
Mt. A occupied my greatest
attention and, as a result,
I decided that entering the
working world would be a
better fit
by-election to elect the new President
begins this week with campaigning
and ends next week on September 22
with voting across campus.
Doctors will not be
issuing notes for flu in
the foreseeable future,
so consequently students
have no other choice
[and] we are asking them
to exercise caution...
particularly vulnerable to H1N1
register with the Wellness Centre in
advance. is way, if a student begins
exhibiting symptoms, they will then
have priority access to health care
professionals.
“Students need to remember, I
always say, balance your rest and
activity. You really need to do that,
because this is viral stuff, you can’t
just pick up a prescription at the
drug store and treat it. You need to
look after yourself, and you need to
do prevention,” says Crossman. “Be
knowledgeable about what’s out there,
4 SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE ARGOSY • NEWS
Over 800 students at Mount Allison
have made history this week. Indeed,
they make up the largest incoming
class Mt. A has ever seen. ey
have been greeted with a wide array
of opinions regarding what such a
sizable class will mean for students
and for the university.
For Ron Byrne, Vice President
International and Student Affairs, the
influx of new students is nothing but
positive. He said that the new students
are “delighted to be at Mount Allison
University” and that their “energy is
amazing.” Brent Williams, this year’s
Orientation Chair, echoed Byrne’s
comments saying that the orientation
activities were highly successful and
full of energy.
However, Byrne did acknowledge
that without the university’s
comprehensive planning and
“proactive” efforts, such a large class
“could have been potentially very very
negative.”
For some upper-year students, the
university’s efforts were not enough.
Kyle Norton, a second-year student
from Bigelow House said he is
concerned about the lack of common
space in residence for meetings and
social events. Residence staff also
seem aware of these concerns. Joan
O’Neal, the don of orton House,
elaborated that the loss of lounges
will effect the ability of students to
work on group projects and hold a
successful house party.
e effect the frosh class could have
on class sizes has also been a concern
for students. ird-year student Mike
Lardner speculated that it may harm
the university’s reputation as Mt. A
has traditionally been known for its
small class sizes. When talking about
small class sizes being Mt. A’s selling
point, second-year student Andrew
Rust joked, “ere goes that!”
Several students have said that for
the university, the increased number
of students will have one key effect:
more money. Byrne recognized this
too saying, “e contributions to
the residences’ bottom lines, as well
as to the Students’ Administrative
Council’s bottom line, as well as to,
certainly, the university’s bottom
line are all positive. It allows us, and
positions us, to move forward with all
kinds of initiatives.”
But what do the first-year students
themselves think? Some new students
like Bernard Soubry found it was a bit
bizarre to come into a university that
is reputed for its small size and then
hear that they are part of the biggest
class ever. However, the vast majority
e good, the bad, and the frosh
Largest incoming class energizes campus but students remain concerned
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of first-year students seem mostly
excited about their upcoming year.
Many frosh commented that more
students will bring more variety and
energy to activities, residences, and
even the classroom.
Rob LeBlanc, the don of Harper
Hall, said that there have been no
major negative effects in residence
and that students will benefit from
ere have been no
major negative effects
in residence...students
will benefit from
“more diversity and
excitement”.
Jessica Emin
A student studies in one of Windsor Hall’s converted lounges. This kind of adjustment has taken place in
almost all residences accross campus, in addition to additional beds being added to singles and doubles.
“more diversity and excitement.”
Several new students acknowledged
that they do not have other years of
university experience with which they
can compare this one. So, while many
upper-year students seem concerned
about the effects of a rapid increase in
student population, the new students
are aware that they do not really know
the difference.
Whether the energy and diversity
of this record-breaking class will
outweigh concerns about its effects on
student life and class sizes cannot yet
be known.
As O’Neil said, “We should have a
better sense by the end of this term
of what the long term effect could
possibly be.”
is week in the world
A weekly miscellany complied by
Kristina Mansfeld
e European Union has
indicated that its sanctions against
Zimbabwe’s President Robert
Mugabe will not be lifted until
Zimbabwe’s human rights record is
improved and Mugabe agrees to a
power-sharing plan.
A rocket attack launched from
Lebanon on Israel last Friday has
been condemned by the United
Nations. Israel subsequently fired
between 12 and 18 rockets back into
Lebanese territory, and maintains
that it holds Lebanon’s government
and military responsible for the
initial attack. ere were no
reported casualties.
Two bombs exploded inside
a Shiite mosque on Sunday in
Baghdad, Iraq. e bombings
appear to be an attempt to worsen
sectarian tensions. ree people
died in the blasts and the whole
neighbourhood was shaken.
Authorities fear retaliatory attacks,
but none have yet taken place.
Al Qaeda’s production company,
As-Sahab Media, has released an
audio message purportedly from
Osama Bin Laden. e message
targeted the American people and
the Obama administration. It stated
that Obama is “a vulnerable man who
will not be able to stop the war, as he
promised, but instead he will drag it
to the maximum possible extent.” In
this message to the American public,
Al-Qaeda also stated, “e cause of
our disagreement with you is your
support of your allies, the Israelis,
who are occupying our land in
Palestine.” Whether Bin Laden was
in fact the voice in the message is yet
to be proven.
Guatemalan President Alvaro
Colom declared “a state of public
calamity” after a combination of dry
weather, poor soil, and a failed corn
crop have led to a food shortage
affecting 54,000 families in Eastern
Guatemala. e crisis is said to be
affecting women and children the
most; at least 25 children have already
died of starvation. e UN World
Food Programme and the Red Cross
plan to launch an international appeal
for funds to provide emergency rations.
In Guatemala, 50 per cent of children
under age five are malnourished.
Unrest in the Xinjiang region of
China continues after syringe attacks
on a total of 531 people. e attacks
followed increasing tensions between
two ethnic groups, the Uighur and
Han Chinese. Syringes were believed
to contain radioactive substances,
poison, or the HIV virus. However,
testing of samples has revealed that
these claims are false. e syringe
attacks took place following riots in
the region in July, called “the worst
ethnic unrest in the country for
decades.” e protests erupted again
earlier this month.
Venezuela and Russia have reached
a massive arms deal. Russia has offered
to lend Venezuela over two billion
USD to buy weapons, according
to Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez. e funds will be used to
buy a range of anti-aircraft systems
and close to 100 tanks. Chavez
hopes the new arms will “boost
Venezuela’s defensive capacity.” e
deal took place as tensions between
Venezuela and Colombia escalated
after Colombia agreed to allow
US access to military bases in the
country.
NATIONAL
FREDERICTON (CUP) – Atlantic
Canada is steadily becoming more
culturally diverse as international
enrollment numbers are on their way
up at universities in the region.
Despite high supplemental fees and
the cost of travel, many international
students are still choosing to come
and study in Canada, largely due to
the efforts of recruiters.
at’s how Danielle Bodie, a
student from Nassau in the Bahamas,
made it to St. omas University in
Fredericton, N.B.
“I was at a school college fair, and
at that time I was like, ‘OK, I want
to do journalism, but where do I go?’”
Bodie recalls.
“e recruiter had a lot of
information. I saw the campus and it
was gorgeous. I was like, ‘is is for
me.’”
Jerry Wang recruits international
students for the University of Prince
Edward Island. Final numbers of
international students enrolled this
year have not yet been released; an
increase, however, is expected.
Wang is setting out on a recruitment
effort at the end of the month to the
Middle East and China.
“Our percentage of international
students is close to 10 per cent,” he
says. “Some students are still getting
visas, so they might be late.”
Peter Halpin, Executive Director
of the Association of Atlantic
Universities (AAU), says bringing
more international students into the
Atlantic Canadian landscape has a
variety of benefits.
“First of all, international students
really enhance the overall educational
experience of all students, because of
the ethnic and cultural diversity they
bring to the campus,” he says. “at
really enhances the entire experience,
not just for them, but for domestic
students as well.”
He says the aging population of the
region is also an important reason to
focus on international students.
“Atlantic Canada is suffering a
real demographic challenge. Our
universities in the region are slightly
under capacity as there are fewer high
school graduates in the region to
attend our universities.”
If recruitment efforts are extended
into the international community,
Atlantic universities will operate
closer to capacity, says Halpin.
He says that the region is currently
home to approximately 6,500
international students between the
four provinces.
“at number is expected to grow
when official numbers are released on
Oct. 1,” he says.
Universities across the region
are doing their best to enhance that
number.
Asa Kachan, assistant vice
president of enrollment management
and registrar at Dalhousie University
in Halifax, N.S. says the school had
1334 international students as of
Sept. 4, up from last year’s 1184.
“We have a lot of students from Asia,
the Middle East, and the Caribbean,”
she says, with students from a total of
110 different countries.
“at has an interesting and diverse
impact on the academic experience
here,” she says.
“e traditional local market is
certainly changing due to the decrease
in high school graduates.”
at gap is being partially filled
with international students.
“Last year our total percentage of
international students was just under
eight per cent. It looks like both the
true number and the percentage are
increasing this year to about eight and
a half per cent, and that fits in very
nicely with our overall goal . . . to
maintain our enrollment.”
Acadia University in Wolfville,
N.S. is also seeing an increase in
the number of students from other
countries.
Director of Communications Scott
Roberts is hesitant to cite numbers
since they are not yet official.
“What I can tell you,” he says, “is
our international numbers are up
modestly over last year. For us that’s
a positive sign. Overall international
enrollment is up this year from last.”
New Brunswick, too, has been seeing
a climb in the number of international
students due to extensive recruitment
efforts.
Kemale Pinar is in charge of
international recruitment for both the
Fredericton and Saint John campuses
of the University of New Brunswick
(UNB). She just returned from a 16-
day trip to India. is was the first
time for UNB to attend the tour,
which is put on by the Council of
International Schools (CIS).
“e target group was undergraduate
students,” Pinar explains. “We visited
around 20 high schools who usually
send students abroad.”
Pinar says India usually yields
graduate recruitments, but what
UNB is looking for is a “smaller but
very strong undergraduate sector.”
Currently, about 40 students from
India study at UNB’s two campuses,
according to Pinar.
St. omas student Danielle Bodie
has been studying in Canada for three
years now, and she has enjoyed the
experience.
“I’ve met a lot of nice people and
made everlasting friendships with
Canadians. Someone took me home
for anksgiving my first year – we
don’t celebrate it because we didn’t
have any pilgrims,” she laughs.
“I think Canadians are the sweetest
people.”
International student enrollment up in Atlantic provinces
Sarah Ratchford
CUP Atlantic Bureau Chief
Happy Canadians leave large eco-footprint
e cost of overpaying for our well-being
Caitlin Laird
University of Winnipeg
WINNIPEG (CUP) – We Canadians
are a jovial bunch, but we may be
overpaying for our sense of self-
worth.
e Happy Planet Index study,
published by the New Economics
Foundation, measures the well-being
of countries across the globe against
their ecological footprint. e results
show that although we have always
equated greater wealth – and hence,
exploitation – with greater happiness,
this may be false.
Canada ranked 89 out of 143
countries, meaning we have a high
sense of well-being and a fat footprint
to match. Costa Rica, which has
significantly lower income levels than
Canada, came in first.
ese findings suggest that while
a certain level of national wealth
contributes to happiness, excessive
wealth does not correlate to greater
well-being.
“Our patterns of consumption
are not sustainable,” said Randall
McQuaker, executive director of
Resource Conservation Manitoba. “If
other nations consumed and destroyed
at the same rate that we do, the planet
could not sustain it.”
e study suggests that adopting
more sustainable practices will not
lead to a lesser quality of life.
“ere is a reasonable link between
resource consumption and basic well-
being,” said McQuaker. “But if we
consume more are we necessarily
more well-off? To a degree, that may
be true. However, there is a point at
which more material consumption
doesn’t equate to more happiness.
Excessive consumption doesn’t make
you happier.”
Case in point: Costa Rica. How
they came out on top with high well-
being and a relatively tiny footprint
may in part be related to what
happiness means to them.
“In North American cultures,
- An ecological footprint is a measure of how much we draw from nature and the wastes we put back into it.
- e United States ranked 114 out of 143 on the Happy Planet Index.
- Canada had one of the highest scores in terms of happy life years and life satisfaction.
- e index indicates the ecological footprint of the most developed nations has increased 72 per cent in the last 45 years, while happiness has increased
only 15 per cent.
Happily ever after? Some of Happy Planet Index’s considerations and findings:
Students from all over the world come to Atlantic Canada to study.
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Canadians might not be so happy if this happened in their backyard.
wealth is seen as a better indicator
of satisfaction, whereas in Eastern
cultures, it is family connection
and social relationships which are
emphasized,” said Marian Morry, a
social psychologist at the University
of Manitoba.
Exactly how North America
can manage a shift in social values
and reduce our ecological footprint
while weathering current economic
hardships remains to be seen.
“If you look at how the crisis in
the auto industry was dealt with,
the solution the government came
up with was to produce more cars,”
said McQuaker. “at is not the
most sustainable solution. We require
transport of course, but we need to
look at other ways to get around.”
But the average person need not
feel completely helpless. McQuaker
emphasized that social change takes
time and advocated practical solutions
that can be implemented in everyday
contexts.
Winnipeg composter Margaret
Munn embodies this approach.
“We compost all of our vegetables
and fruit, which cuts down on our
waste,” she said. “en we use the
compost in our vegetable garden. e
vegetable waste from the food we eat
then goes to make more compost. It’s
a cyclical [approach]. It cuts down on
our rubbish and it provides us with
food.”
Find out more about the
Happy Planet Index at:
www.happyplanetindex.
org.
University recruiters targeting overseas students
OPINIONS
Stephen Middleton
Argosy Staff
ese are exciting times at Mount
Allison University. Just this weekend
I was sitting at the SACtivities fair,
signing up students – both frosh and
upper-years alike – to the Ultimate
Frisbee team. I can honestly say we’ve
never had it so good; the roster is bigger
than it’s ever been. While Ultimate
Frisbee is one of the coolest sports I
can name, I’m not convinced a similar
Ultimate appreciation among other
students is the cause of our boom.
A more likely explanation is that the
incoming class of 2013 is the biggest
Mt. A has seen in many years, perhaps
ever. Combine that with a larger than
average class of 2012, and the campus
is beginning to feel positively busy.
For many in the offices of University
Administration and Admissions, this
boom is the long-awaited return on
years of increased recruitment. at a
class this size could happen at a time
of demographic downturn in the
Maritimes is remarkable.
e position of the Administration
on this large cohort is unambiguously
optimistic. Pointing out that a class
size this large represents a return to
“historic” enrolments, the University
can look forward to increased
revenues from tuition and, with any
luck, matching increases in Federal
funding. While all of this may be great
for the University’s bottom line, I’m
not convinced that it will be equally
wonderful for its major stakeholders,
its students.
Let’s be very clear: Mt. A is not
a large school and this isn’t likely
to change anytime soon. More
importantly, this is not a problem to
be overcome, it’s a major advantage to
be valued and protected. Many of Mt.
A’s students, when asked, are quick to
tell you that the small class sizes and
the intimate learning environment
that they offer are the major reasons
for their choosing Mt. A. ose are
certainly the reasons I gave when
I transferred from the much larger
University of Ottawa.
With this in mind, I’ll admit that
I’m worried about how Mt. A will
accommodate 850 new students.
And with good cause. Residences
that a month ago were mothballed
and slated for replacement have been
brought back online. Single rooms
have been turned into doubles, doubles
into triples. Even most of the available
public space in residences has been
converted to rooms to accommodate
the surging numbers. From residence
libraries to lounges, public space is
being renamed “convertible space” and
under that new moniker is being made
to fill a purpose for which it was never
intended. is is unfair, both to the
students living in these spaces and to
the larger residence community that
now lacks a common area in which to
work and socialize.
e squeeze extends beyond
residence as well. Lab resources, studio
space, music practice rooms, treadmills
in the fitness centre, the one-on-one
face time with professors for which
Mt. A is rightly famed, all will be
stretched to accommodate the rising
numbers. e library’s study space
was crowded last year; I’m nervous to
see the rush for desks come this year’s
exam season.
Even if this year does represent a
return to “historic” levels of enrolment,
it is trying for this growth to be borne
by one cohort. As the class of 2013
moves through its years at Mt. A, the
smaller class sizes expected by both
professors and students in third and
A class all their own
Mount Allison welcomes its largest incoming class in recent history
ANNOUNCEMENTS & CLASSIFIEDS
Friday, September 18
1:00 PM - Mount Allison Homecoming
1st Annual Alumni Golf Fundraiser
Open to everyone! Texas scramble
format. Dinner and prizes to follow,
goodie bags for all participants, 36
teams of four. For more info contact:
Geoff Lebans, glebans@brooke-
ocean.com or Charles Scott scottc@
accesswave.ca
4:00 PM - Douglas Lochead book
launch: “Looking Into Trees”
Owens Art Gallery
Six local writers will read from
Douglas Lochead’s new collection
of poetry, “Looking Into Trees”.
Everyone is welcome. Refreshments
provided. Sponsored by the Centre for
Canadian Studie and the Department
of English. For more info contact:
Karen Bamford, 364-2550 or
kbamford@mta.ca
7:00 PM - Student Art Sale
START Gallery, 7 Lorne Street
Come out to the Student Art Sale
where 50% of proceeds will go to
the START Gallery to support the
exhibitions and events held there and
50% goes back to the student artists.
Contact Erin Canning, eecanning@
mta.ca for more info
8:00 PM - Faculty and Guest Recital
featuring the Beausejour Trio
Brunton Auditorium
A Faculty and Guest Recital featuring
the Beausejour Trio; Wesley Ferreira,
clarinet; Julia MacLaine, cello; and
Stephen Runge, piano. e program
will include classic works by Beethoven
and Brahms as well as newer pieces.
Admission by ticket, contact the
Music Department for further info:
music@mta.ca
8:30 - Fall Fair Music Fest
Bridge St. Tent
Featuring Hey Rosetta, the Novaks
and Boxer the Horse. Exciting Live
music for all ages will be in the Festival
Tent. Admission is free. ere will be a
Bar Tent for 19+ opening at
8:00 pm.
Saturday, September 19
6:30 PM - Jack Drover Recognition
Evening
Tweedie Hall, Wallace McCain
Student Centre
Join Allisonians and friends in
celebrating Jack’s many contributions
to Mount A! Newfie music, mingling,
and lots of fun! Hors d’oeuvres and
cash bar. Tickets are $25. Contact:
Mona Estabrooks: meestabrooks@
mta.ca, 364-2303
Sunday, September 20
12:00 PM - Summer Undergraduate
Research Fair (SURF) 2009
Wu Centre
A presentation of Mount A students
from all disciplines and their various
summer research projects. is event
raises awareness of fellow students,
as well as discoveries in different
disciplines and fields of study.
1:00 PM - Campbell Carriage Factory
Museum event
Campbell Carriage Factory Museum
e Tantramar Heritage Trust would
like to invite the public to the Campbell
Carriage Factory Musem (19 Church
St.) to celebrate a new plateau and the
unveiling of the reconstructed CCFM
compound. ere will be a short play,
music, tours of the factory, speeches by
dignitaries, and more. For more details
contact 536-2541.
2:00 PM - History of Quilting in
Canada
Owens Art Gallery
Friends of the Owens present Diane
Shink, co-author of “Canadian
Heritage Quilting”, to give a talk on
the history of quilting in Canada,
with a particular focus on a historical
exhibition of quilts from Sackville
collections. For more info contact:
Sara Williamson, 364-2574
7:00 PM - Vespers
University Chapel
A non-denominational service of
worship in music and the spoken
word open to campus and community.
Contact: Rev. John C. Perkin, 364-
2227
Wednesday, September 23
4:30 PM - “How I Got ere From
Here”
Windsor eatre
Crake Drama Graduate in Residence
Talk
is year’s Crake Drama Graduate
in Residence, Rachel Fancy --
Production Manager at the Great
Canadian eatre Company, Ottawa
-- will present a public talk on her
work in the professional theatre world.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Contact: Helen Pridmore, 364-2381,
hpridmor@mta.ca
8:00 PM - Struts Gallery Concert
Featuring Hot Panda (Edmonton)
with Wind Whistles (Vancouver) +
Paper Tiger (Holland)
All Ages Concert at 8pm
Struts Gallery
$5 Cover
fourth year may never happen.
Despite all of this, Facilities
Management and Housing are both
to be credited for the work they put
in over the summer getting ready for
the rush. While there were definitely
hiccups with the arrival of some
of our international students and
the university athletes who arrived
early, residence move-in by and large
happened without a hitch.
Ultimately, I trust the University
Administration to not take on more
than it can handle. However, I hope
that our reputation for the “Mount
Allison experience,”the very reputation
that brought us this large enrolment,
is not sacrificed for the sake of the
University’s bottom line.
Julie Cruikshank
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PAGE 7 • THE ARGOSY • OPINIONS • SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Happy Giant
Seeing you around campus makes my
day. You’re always smiling and you
have this incredible aura of energy;
people always seem to be laughing
around you. Maybe I can hear a joke
sometime?
Rice Krispies
We always seem to be at the cereal
station at the same time. You’re
always wearing an American Apparel
hoodie, but our conversations are
always stuck on cereal. How about
lunch, my treat?
Dear Neighbours
ank you for the warm summer
nights around the fire and the yummy
BBQs from the girl with the big hair.
Dear Film Music Composer
e girl in the yellow rubber boots
would like to hear more gong and less
french horn in your scores.
Generous
You were at the Pub when I was
working. e first time, you kept
tipping because you said you forgot.
e second night you just left a pile of
quarters. Buy you a drink next time?
Muffin Mädchen
You stand behind the counter in the
library cafe and provide our lifeline of
muffins and coffee. I just wanted you
to know you’re appreciated and vielen
Dank!
Psych Hottie
Every morning you come to Psych
1001 in PJs and messed up hair. I
think you wake up seconds before the
class. I’d love to wake up next to you
sometime.
History Hero
We were in Hist 1611 and I couldn’t
find a pen. You noticed and gave me
yours. I tried to give it back after class
but you walked out with your friends.
I’d love to pay you back sometime ;)
Singing Stranger
While walking down the street you
were singing to yourself and thought
no one could hear. I did, and I think
you sing beautifully. You brightened
my day and I hope you keep it up!
Cute German Boy
You came all the way from Germany
and were one of the only people who
stopped me on my birthday to actually
give me a hug instead of just saying
“happy birthday.” at was really nice
of you. So are we going whale watching
or what?
Star Kicker
You sit behind me everyday in POLS
1001 and kick my chair. Instead of
using my back as target practice, you
could always try out for the soccer
team!
Missed@MTA
Forget to get that cute guy’s name at the pub?
Did somebody make your day?
Want to shout out to your meal hall crush?
Send in your stories to: missed@mta.ca
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
It must be that time of year again as
Canadian politicians are becoming
increasingly similar to children fighting
for the last cookie. Just days or possibly
hours away from a declaration of yet
another Federal election, newspapers
across the country are closely tracking
the party leaders’ maturity downfall.
Try hard as you read this article to
remember that these people do, or
might one day, lead the country you so
proudly live in.
Both the Liberals and several media
figures recently criticized Stephen
Harper for his “enlightening” speech
to fellow Conservatives in Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario. e speech was notable
for Harper’s inflammatory comments
towards the Liberal Party, as well as for
the fact that a Liberal party member
subtly videotaped it.
Ignatieff was quoted as saying the
video showed the “real Harper” that
“always comes out when he thinks
he can’t be heard.” e irony of the
situation stems from the recent
controversy surrounding Ignatieff’s
new television ads. e Liberal Party
released two ads: a casual version
introducing the country to Ignatieff
and a harsher version with Ignatieff
heavily criticizing the Harper
government. e catch being that
the harsher version was only released
in Quebec. Someone might want to
ask Ignatieff exactly who it is having
multiple personalities.
Harper’s bizarre and slightly
ridiculous campaign strategies are well
known in Canadian politics. While
Ignatieff is a familiar name, albeit
missing from previous years’ major
headlines, his campaign strategies
remain to be seen. Although I doubt
the Liberal Party leader is a sweater-
vest and kitten man, I would feel
comfortable saying he is probably a
wool-knit sweater kind of politician.
All this talk of below-the-belt political
strategy and possible elections brings
about the question of whether
Canada’s major political leaders are
right in thinking we need another
federal election at this moment in time.
Personally, I was not impressed with
the last, rather pointless one. However,
it is glaringly obvious that we are not
accomplishing the things that we could
with a majority government compared
to the current minority.
Despite this, I think it is important
to consider the cost of an election, both
literally and figuratively. Last year’s
election seemed a waste of money,
time, and resources that didn’t appear
to amount to much. e 2008 Federal
election cost Canadian taxpayers a
staggering $300 million. Even if you
were to believe the quiet whispers that
the Recession is beginning to end,
that amount still seems giant to the
economy. I would pose the question
of you as to whether you believe an
immediate change is worth a nation-
wide bill of $300 million, even if we
were to elect a majority government.
Looking at the phenomenon others
use as an argument for a Fall election
– the constantly changing political
polls – I would have to draw on an
Name: Rena omas
Program: BFA, 2nd year
Where did you get your clothing?: “is dress is from one of my classmates
Kallie.She does silk screen and she was working for someone making clothing
and made this print even if it’s not her own design. I’ve been wearing rubber
boots for a while now, since the end of last year, but I don’t dress like this all
the time.”
Who or what inspires your style?: “I get my inspiration from art.”
“Do” of the Week...
Fashion at Mt. A
example from the 2008 American
Presidential election, when Barack
Obama was generously (although
prematurely) compared to such
American presidential legends as JFK
and Martin Luther King Jr. I am in no
way saying that Obama is not deserving
of high accolades; I am merely trying
to point out that the American public
fell in fast political lust with a man
who, although well-suited for the job,
put himself in the right place at the
right time. e media is rather unfairly
feasting on Obama’s current approval
rating, which at last look, was hovering
just above 50 percent. I think that it
is very often forgotten by many parties
that approval polls of any sort are not
the most real representations of a
figure’s approval.
Going back to the Canadian political
game, despite the Conservatives’ favour
in the polls having fallen for almost the
whole duration of the last election, they
still took the vote. e 2008 federal
election saw the lowest voter turnout
in Canadian election history. I feel the
low voter turn out could be construed
as Canadians trying to demonstrate
their lack of support for the election,
although in an unproductive way. It is
always important to cast your vote in
elections.
At the end of the day, the possibility
of yet another federal election is
on Canada’s horizon. e national
political atmosphere has been off the
charts this past year. I am sure that the
political situation in Canada needs to
change; however, I think that we as
citizens, as well as the politicians who
profess to run the country, need to
think hard about whether now is the
right time.
Parliamentary posturing
Political leaders threaten to bring down the government
Jessica Emin
HUMOUR
There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler’s mind
Meanwhile, At Rugby Practice....
Top Ten Signs You Might Be
Too Green To Sustain
10. In order to abstain from using plastic bags and to
make room in your compost pile for last night’s vegan
nutritional yeast flake stew, you stitch together used
banana peels into a bright albeit slippery satchel.
9. It takes you three hours to decide between local
apples and organic oranges in the produce section,
involving consultation with Al Gore and carbon
footprint charts, in the end picking whichever one
has not decomposed during the decision making
process.
8. You can smell Bisphenol A from across the room.
7. Your GPA has been steadily falling as you refuse
to answer essay questions or hand in assignments
exceeding three pages in length in an effort to reduce
your paper usage.
6. In an effort to keep your diet local, you brew your
own moonshine using stolen potatoes from the meal
hall and your own spit.
5. You purchase carbon offsets every time you use
your iPod.
4. Instead of renting a gas guzzling U-Haul to help
with your next move, you organize a bunch of friends
and relatives to form a human chain to move objects
to your new apartment. In Toronto.
3. Instead of taking a disposable gown at the doctor’s
office, you let it all hang out.
2. You think a lively debate comparing active solar and
passive solar is stimulating conversation. Or more to
the point, you know the difference.
1. You keep romantic encounters under three minutes
to conserve energy.
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The Students’ Administrative
Council
Meet your 2009-2010 S.A.C. Executive
Inteirm President
Alex MacDonald is the Vice-
President of External Affairs
for the Students’Administrative
Council. Acting as a liaison
between Mount Allison
students and organizations that
operate external to the campus,
he lobbies for student interests
at the municipal and provincial
levels, as well as in a limited role
as a federal lobbyist. In addition
to the interactions with the
varying orders of government,
Alex helps students with off-campus housing concerns in an attempt
to improve the standards of housing for students living off-campus.
A third-year political science student who transferred to Mt. A from
the University of Windsor, Alex loves to make his own wine, play
scrabble, and take his bunny for walks at the park. Feel free to stop
by the S.A.C. office if you have any off-campus housing concerns,
or any other student concerns that you would like brought to the
attention of the municipal, provincial, or federal governments.
Sarah Carrigan-Kent is a
fourth year science student
doing honours in psychology
coming all the way from
Toronto, Ontario. She enjoys
feeding the swans, drinking
ginger ale and herding cats
all while listening to Beyonce.
e VP Academic Affairs
is responsible for handling
all academically related issues
for students. is includes
acting as a spokesperson
for student concerns
and as a liaison between
the university administration and the students, as well as
maintaining the exam database and administering the S.A.C.
Used Book sale each term. e VP Academic also sits on
Senate (the university’s academic governing body) as a non-
voting member along with the president and the six senators
representing each academic faculty, who are voting members.
If you have any concerns or questions relating to
degree programs, classes, professors, academic buildings,
the library or just want to chat, feel free to stop by the
S.A.C. office, call 364-3233 or email sacacademic@mta.ca.
Mike Currie is the Interim
President for the Students’
Administrative Council. e
president is the CEO of the
students’union and his main role
is to be the voice for students.
He acts as a liaison between
the university administration
and students, along with
working closely with the five
lovely SAC vice-presidents
and Jessie & Joy in the SAC
office, and attending the weekly SAC meetings on Wednesday
nights in Avard Dixon 111. e president is also expected to
hold weekly office hours, in addition to being visible and
accessible to the entire student body. On a more intimate
level, Mike enjoys livin’ the dream, wooing and telling jokes.
Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for the presidential by-
election! Speeches will be occurring September 22, 23 and 24, while
voting will take place on September 28 and 29 . If you have any questions
whatsoever, be sure to send Mike a message at sacpresident@mta.ca.
VP Academic
VP External Affairs
VP Campus Life
Patrick Forestell is your Vice
President Campus Life on
the Students’ Administrative
Council. He is in his third
year here at Mount Allison
and is from Rothsay, New
Brunswick. e role of the
Vice President Campus Life
is to look after any concerns
students may have regarding the non-academic aspect of student
life. Residence, Dinning Services, Athletics, Entertainment,
and any other non-academic aspects of on and around campus
life. Patrick holds weekly of office hours, drop in during the
day or you can reach him via email at saccampuslife@mta.ca.
VP Finance & Operations
Ryan Sargent is a third year commerce
student doing a minor in Psychology.
He is proud to call Northern New
Brunswick, more specifically Bathurst,
his home land!
As VP Finance and Operations,
he is responsible for overseeing all
financial aspects of the S.A.C. and
administering funds appropriately. e
VP Finance and Operations is also
responsible for ensuring by-laws are up
to date, being followed, and that our
acts and policies are accurate. S.A.C.
clubs and societies are also overseen by
the VP Finance and Operations.
If you have any questions about S.A.C. policies, constitution,
budget, or bylaws, or are looking to start a new club or society and
how to get funding, feel free to stop the S.A.C. office or email
sacfinance@mta.ca.
VP Communications
S.A.C. Fact
Orientation is primarily funded by the
S.A.C., we want to make sure you have
the best Orientation Week possible. We
hope you enjoyed all the amazing events!
We would also like to give a big thank
you to the orientation committee, the
yellow shirts, and everyone else who
helped out – it would not have been such
a success without all of your hard work!!!
Upcoming Events & Reminders
Get Involved In the S.A.C.!
Nominations are open for President,
Off-Campus Councilors, and Residence
Coucilors. Pick up forms from the SAC
oIfce. Deadline is Tuesday the 22nd.
Homecoming Football Game – Mt.A.
vs. St.FX Saturday September 19th
at 2:00pm. Tailgate party at noon in
Tweedie!
SURF - Student Undergraduate Research
Fair. Sunday September 20th Irom
12:30pm -5:15pm in Dunn 113 (Wu
Centre).
Contact Us
Anna MacKinnon is a fourth
year Honours Student in
Psychology. is is Anna’s third
year of involvement in the
S.A.C. - she was a Residence
Councilor for Hunton House
and a Student Art’s Senator.
is year as VP
Communications she is
responsible for ensuring that
students know about all the
upcoming events and everything
that is going on in the S.A.C. is
includes making this page in the
Argosy, advertising on the S.A.C. website, campus TV’s, banners, and
many awareness campaigns. If you have any quetions, concerns, or
ideas please feel free to contact me at saccommunications@mta.ca.
Email: sac(mta.ca
Phone: (506)-364-2231
Location: 1st Floor oI the Wallace
McCain Student Centre
2I¿FHKRXUV: 8:30am - 4:30pm week-
days.
Mounties Soccer - Mt.A. vs St.FX
Sunday September 20th.Women at
1:00pm and Men at 3:15pm.
Show at the Pub! - The band Mardeen
will be perIorming Thursday September
17th at 10:00pm. $2 with a membership
or $5 without.
Student Art and Bake Sale - Friday
September 18th. 7pm. at STRUTS/
START Gallery (7 Lorne Street).
Relay for Life Friday October 2nd
Irom 7pm to 7am. To get involved contact
Deanne Tucker at dntucker(mta.ca.
FEATURES
Last year’s Presidential Lecture
Series on climate change and global
citizenship was certainly, as Dr. Robert
Campbell put it in his closing address,
a great success. is year’s Lecture
Series, however, looks to trump its
predecessor in every way.
e Series’ theme is “International
Engagement”; purposefully evocative
of the university’s long-running internal
campaign to have an “internationally
aware campus and curriculum.”
e great success of last year’s
lecture theme, and the student and
administration initiatives it inspired,
necessitated a remarkable follow-up
act this year. e general consensus
on campus is that this year’s Lecture
Series line-up has met the challenge.
So far, those in charge of the
Lecture Series have announced
former Canadian ambassador to the
United Nations (UN), Stephen Lewis;
founder of Swami Vivekananda
Youth Movement in India, Dr.
R. Balasubramaniam; and former
president of the Nobel Peace Prize
winning organization, Médecins Sans
Frontières, James Orbinski.
With an impressive display of
varying perspectives, coming from
lifetimes of intensive and sometimes
harrowing experiences, the lecturers in
line are already creating waves across
campus.
ere have been reports, however, of
difficulty completing the Series. Some
members of the speakers decision
committee, who did not want to
go on record until the decisions are
completed, have brought up concerns
that the Series is dominated by
males. Predominantly white males,
additionally.
Attempts to get a more racially
varied and gender-even Series has
been reportedly underway thoughout
the summer. Evidentially, there has
simply been more success confirming
the white Canadian males of the
short-list.
While there have been certain names
circulating as to who will complete the
series, no one within the short-list
committee wished to comment until
there are some official decisions and
speaker confirmations.
Last year’s Lecture Series theme
was successful not only because of
the illustrious names that came to
the campus, but also what happened
within the campus itself. e efforts
of Eco-Action, ‘sustainable building’
construction, and Aramark’s waste-
Greater Expectations
e Presidental Lecture Series has a high standard to meet
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
reduction efforts each made their mark
in scaling back the ecological footprint
of Mount Allison. How those on
campus will be able to leave their mark
has yet to be seen.
Certain organizations such as
Human Rights and Democracy
(Droits et Democratie) and the
Atlantic International Studies
Organization (ATLIS) are expected
to greatly increase their visibility and
involvement on campus, given the
year’s favorable theme.
e ‘big fish’ of altruistic clubs on
campus such as Oxfam, UNICEF,
Global Medical Brigades, and Habitat
for Humanity may also look to make
their names even more well-known
while the ‘year of engagement’ is
upon them. And War Child has
already begun to engage everyone in
international issues with its lacing
of ‘land mines’ across campus that
triggered a flurry of discussion (and
ziz-zagged walking habits) across all
of Mount Allison.
As we are only in the second week
of the school year, it’s difficult to know
how well this year’s unofficial campus
theme will play out. While it might
not be fair or even sensible to compare
one year’s theme to the next, there’s no
questioning that last year’s campus-
wide engagement with the issues of
the environment were impressive
and immense. Whether or not Mt.
A will engage at the same level with
the international issues of the year is
largely on the shoulders of the related
student organizations and the student
body at large.
rough Stained Glass
We have begun another September
semester, another new year at Mount
Allison, another autum is upon us,
and this marks the possibility of
another election in Canada. If an
election is called, the outcome will
be uncertain. Opinion polls keep
showing significant shifts, which may
indicate a lack of accuracy rather than
wild political swings by the average
Canadian citizen. In fact, if anything,
the average Canadian citizen seems
to be disinterested in political
parties; to quote the Globe and Mail,
Canadians’ enthusiasm for their two
main national political parties has “all
the liveliness of a dead cod”.
It seems, in part, that the loss
of interest in political parties, and
the resulting inaccuracy of polls,
may come from a decline in social
cohesion. Michael Ignatieff, in his
recent book True Patriot Love: Four
Generations in Search of Canada,
writes that “we need a public life
in common”. He goes on to note
that we need “some set of reference
points and allegiances to give us a
way to relate to the strangers among
whom we live. Without this feeling of
belonging, even if only imagined, we
would live in fear and dread of each
other. When we can call the strangers
citizens, we can feel at home with
them and with ourselves.” But this
ideal seems far from assured.
We seem to be more than ever a
nation that is not only disenfranchised,
but also disenchanted and even
disconnected. We seem to be a
nation, like the United States, in
which individuality is not only
celebrated, but achieved. We live in
neighbourhoods, but fail to know our
neighbours. We drive to work in cars
with one driver, watch videos at home,
eat single serving pre-made dinners,
doing, it seems, all we can to avoid
contact with others – or perhaps we
are just too busy to have contact with
others. We may not only be alone, we
may be lonely; and we may not only
be living the life of the individual, the
nation’s well-being may be suffering
as a result.
e loss of a sense of community
and social obligation affects the
nation’s politics, its environmental
impact, and the sense of meaning
shared by its individual people. A
major social consultation in Great
Britain found that a decline of in a
sense of community weakened local
neighbourhoods, and left people
feeling isolated, lonely, and fearful,
particularly the elderly and those who
live alone. People spoke of a decline
of community in a more abstract
sense, referring to a lack of public
spiritedness or social responsibility.
In Canada it has been noted that
there has been a significant decline
in volunteerism – engagement in the
local sphere – over the last twenty
years. is has been combined with
a significant drop in givings to
charitable organizations, including
those that work to meet social needs.
e changing nature of traditional
rural communities has produced
worrying results; studies demonstrate
clearly that the “restructuring” of
rural communities affects individuals,
households, and community
relationships in varying ways, and
can have profound impacts on the
mental, physical and social health of
individuals and communities
While I do recognize that new
kinds of communities are emerging
(especially virtual or online
communities) these are an inadequate
substitute for the real, social, face-to-
face interactions of more traditional
local communities. Real community
is not just, as the Cheers mantra had
it, where everybody knows your name,
but where everybody knows your need,
and has the time, the motivation, the
interest in responding.
e church in Canada is mirroring
the larger trends and patterns in
North American society; churches
grow smaller, have less involvement in
their communities, and are less likely
to be interactive with one another. e
common public life, which also found
expression in the church, has given
way to a individual people acting for
their individual good, and while there
are many young people passionately
concerned to reshape and redeem the
world through doing good, the many
small groups of socially concerned
and active people are examples of
an increasing fragmentation and
disillusionment.
ere are many issues, and
many responses, but in part we
also need to recognize the need for
a greater vision of community, of
interrelatedness, of a larger social and
environmental responsibility, and of
shared life. Social cohesion is in part
about membership, recognized and
voluntary active membership in a
larger unit: it is citizenship in a state,
residency in a geographic community,
participation in a network or a culture.
It moves beyond just being in a place
to seeing oneself as part of a larger
whole, with a recognition of others
within the whole, and holding a sense
of obligation to and dependence on
that larger whole.
Community seems to be the word
we use easily, but a concept we live
out with increasingly difficulty and
in increasingly fragile forms. As we
begin another semester at Mt. A,
and create small communities within
the larger community of learning in
which we share, I can only hope that
the positive and beneficial lessons
we learn about being together in
communities of mutual obligation
and support – in faculty associations,
in student groups, in residences,
departments, in the chapel, and in a
myriad of other ways – will extend
beyond the walls of the campus and
be a model for others. We are made,
I believe, to be in community, and
it is in and through the expressions
of community that we best find
our expressions of meaning and
purpose, and organize ourselves
for engagement in significant and
transformative ways.
Rev. John C. Perkin
University Chaplain
Internet Photo/Chad Block
Upcoming guest lectuer, Stephen Lewis, at recent lecture.
Internet Photo/ Swami Vivekananda Dr. R. Balasubramaniam
Internet Photo/White Pine Pictures
Dr. James Orbinski
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e spectre of election lies once more
over Canada’s Parliament, which
resumed its fall session on Monday.
e exact issue provoking the return of
this particular ghost, however, remains
unclear.
A few weeks ago, Liberal Party
leader Michael Ignatieff declared that
his party would push for the defeat
of the government by voting non-
confidence at the earliest possible
opportunity, which would come
at the end of the month. At the
head of a minority government, the
Conservatives need the support of
either the Bloc Québécois or the New
Democrat Party to prevent their own
collapse.
e Liberals have criticized Prime
Minister Stephen Harper over his
foreign policy, saying that he is “giving
up Canada’s place in the world”.
Ignatieff himself promises to focus
No Confidence, in anyone
Liberals displaying ‘no confidence’ in Harper are unlikely to
gain any for themselves
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
foreign aid on Africa, and to “engage”
with China and India.
is was the subject of the first
of the Liberals’ election-style attack
ads on the Harper government. e
Liberals are expected to broadcast
weekly theme ads, with the second
focusing on employment issues.
Meanwhile, the Conservatives have
made a move on this issue, and while
it may not satisfy the Liberals, it may
be enough to secure the support of the
NDP.
On Monday, Harper revealed plans
to increase the extent of employment
insurance to workers who have been
paying into EI for years and created a
home renovation tax credit, the latter
considered popular with voters. While
this is far short of what an NDP-led
motion passed by Parliament in March
would have done, their leader Jack
Layton seems mollified, describing it
as a good first step.
“In a minority situation, parliaments
can get good things done,” Layton
said.
He leaves the door open: “It is the
Prime Minister’s choice ... Will he
work with us or will he provoke an
election campaign?” Political insiders
and commentators say that Layton’s
ambiguity likely means that the NDP’s
position is as yet undecided.
is fragile attempt to win over the
NDP has led Liberals to further accuse
the Conservatives of trying to strike a
back-room deal and supporting those
they had just recently and disparagingly
labeled “socialists”.
Although Harper has suggested
his party could win a majority if an
election were to occur, and polling
show the Tories in the lead, he seems
intent on avoiding one.
“Canadians do not want an election,”
he maintained during the latest
Question Period. Current polling
indicated that this statement is true
- seventy per cent of Canadians are
against an election in the near future.
is would be Canada’s fourth
federal election in just over five years.
TORONTO (CUP) – e revolution
will not be televised. Instead, it will
be uploaded, tweeted, blogged and
e-mailed to Flickr, YouTube and
Facebook newsfeeds, as Iranians
proved in the wake of their disputed
June presidential elections.
On June 12, Iranians witnessed
an 85 per cent turnout in the four-
way contested presidential election.
Afterwards, the world witnessed a
wave of humanity as Iranians hit the
streets and demanded “where is our
vote?” in an election that many believe
fraudulently re-elected presidential
candidate and incumbent Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad. As blood ran in the
streets of Tehran, and as amateur
footage immortalized young Neda
Agha-Soltan’s shooting death, the
Iranian community here in Canada
watched even more closely.
To understand daily life in Iran,
and to get a snapshot of some of the
opinions held by Iranians in Canada
on the situation back home, CUP
newspaper e Ryerson Free Press
sat down with three Iranian students
for a roundtable discussion. Because
Iranians who criticize the government
often face repression upon returning
to Iran, each has adopted a pseudonym
for this article.
July marks one year since Parasto
Hashemi and her family left Iran
to come to Canada. Hashemi is a
second-year sociology student at
Ryerson University. She remembers
the double life she lived in Iran. One
of those was her public life, where she
obeyed laws that forbid women from
being seen without their hijab, alcohol
consumption, dating, public displays of
affection and sexual relations outside
marriage.
“I was wearing a scarf, but I was
stopped in the streets for not wearing
my scarf properly,” the 23-year old
said.
But hidden from the watchful eyes
of the morality police, Hashemi lived a
different life.
“I had a boyfriend,” she quickly
said. “We have underground music in
Iran. We have underground literature
in Iran. I guess we have underground
everything in Iran.”
Ali Haghigat is a 22-year old
student in his third year of mechanical
engineering at Ryerson. He came
to Canada from the Iranian city of
Ahwaz.
“Life is very different compared to
the capital Tehran,” he said.
It had a small-town friendliness and
closeness.
“I was not involved in the
underground culture in Iran.”
But Hashemi interrupted Haghigat,
and said that every school had an
underground culture.
“Underground culture in schools
is the same thing you had between
your classmates, but not between your
classmates and teacher,” she said. “And
that’s something, I think, that everyone
experiences in Iran. I mean, you have
talks with your classmates that you
will never tell your teacher. And your
teacher is not supposed to know. Even
if he recognizes it, he has to ignore it.
at’s underground.”
But Haghigat said his school was
unlike other high schools in Iran and
his one year of high school in Canada.
“Our school is different. Teachers are
not allowed to say anything against the
government and students cannot say
anything which is not in the books,”
he said while laughing nervously.
Morteza Rahnama, 27, a graduate
student in mechanical engineering, sat
between his two colleagues at a table
in the centre of a Ryerson dining hall.
Bright lights illuminated the room.
Rahnama wore a pea green polo t-
shirt and matching green wristband
in support of presidential candidate
Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who has led
the movement protesting the outcome
of the June 12 vote.
He was listening and scribbling
notes on a white piece of paper as his
friends spoke. At his turn to speak,
Rahnama said that Iranian culture is
very diverse and influenced by many
traditions and ethnicities. us any
understanding of Iran cannot be
generalized as simply a fundamentalist
or radical Islamic country that clamps
down on the personal freedom of its
citizens.
“Although the title of the
government is the Islamic Republic
of Iran, it doesn’t mean that women
are forbidden from everything, or that
they cannot participate in anything;
that’s not true,” he said.
“Actually, fundamentalism is not
that powerful in Iran within broader
society. In other Arab countries, I can
say that fundamentalism is a part of
society and is strong in the society.”
Haghigat agreed, and said that
fundamentalist beliefs among citizens
are declining.
Clarifying, Rahnama said that
most Iranians didn’t see an Islamic or
religious government as the best way
to govern Iran.
But the public’s shift away from
fundamentalist interpretations
hasn’t fully changed the Iranian
regime’s current oppressive political
agenda, especially for women like
Hashemi. Talking about Iran’s June 12
presidential election, each student said
they believed the election was rigged.
“I definitely think the election was
rigged,” Hashemi said. “ere’s no
doubt it was rigged. If it wasn’t rigged,
why did they disconnect the cell
phones? Why didn’t they give a legal
e Iranian revolution will not be televised
David Thurton
permit for people to demonstrate?
Why did they shoot people? ese are
all questions.”
A shortage of ballots and the
closing down of Mousavi’s campaign
headquarters are also indicators the
election was rigged, the students
said. According to one analysis of the
election, BBC News reports that the
results left many questions unanswered,
including how Ahmadinejad’s share of
the vote increased from 17 million in
2005 to 24 million in 2009.
e study, conducted by the United
Kingdom-based Institute of Iranian
Studies at the University of St.
Andrews and the London think-tank
Chatham House, said that a record
voter turnout of 85 per cent could
explain that. However, province by
province, the districts with the greatest
turnout of voters for Ahmadinejad
weren’t the provinces that had the
greatest increase in voter turnout.
is creates what the study calls
“problematic election figures.”
Nearly 10,000 miles away from their
homeland, these three Iranian students
will continue to watch as the Iranian
people challenge their government.
ey watch with hope that some day
democracy, open discussion, freedom
of choice and economic equality will
come about in Iran.
“In 20 years, I want to see a free Iran,
but I want its culture, language and
history to stay,” said Hashemi. “I don’t
want it following any other country. I
want its identity to stay with it.”
Ryerson Free Press
(Ryerson University)
e public’s shift away
from fundamentalist
interpretations hasn’t
fully changed the
Iranian regime’s current
oppressive political
agenda, especially for
women.
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e damage reports have been pouring
in: students dodging mines, chalk
detonations littering the campus, and
an explosive awareness campaign for
War Child MTA.
Monday night, under cover of
darkness, more than thirty War Child
members and executives planted over
one hundred chalk land mines across
the entire academic campus. War
Child members described it as a covert
operation of the utmost clearance,
called Operation Carrot.
According to the club’s leaders,
the purpose of these stealthy
sidewalk chalked ordinances and
their accompanying factoids was to
raise awareness for one of War Child
Canada’s initiatives on land mine
effects in communities.
e mines were used as a way to
bring War Child’s message home, a
message about the horrible nature of
landmines in conflict zones, especially
as they affect children.
“For a club like War Child, where
so many of the issues we talk about
are taking place far away, it’s really
important to create a situation that
makes students stop and think, ‘Hey, I
grew safely here, but lots of kids aren’t
getting that chance,’”says Suzy Rogers,
co-founder of the Mt. A chapter of
War Child. “We want to bring a little
bit of other kids lives on to campus,
and get Mount Allison students really
thinking about how different life can
be in other parts of the world for
kids.”
In addition to the mines were small
facts that helped to explain what the
big deal was all about. Some of the
facts within and around the mines were
shocking, others simply depressing. For
instance, some mines explained that,
while it takes between $3 and $100 to
make a mine, it can cost between $300
and $1000 to remove them. Also, many
children who step on landmines do so
while walking to school, an image and
lifestyle brought close to home by War
Child’s campaign.
War Child MTA, co-presided by
Rogers and Brittany Sullivan, was
created in the 2009 winter semester,
but has already had some success.
During its first year, War Child sold
muffins during exam time in the
residences as a fundraising event, an
event that served also to let people
know that the group was around and
making progress.
Rogers said that there are many
more unorthodox awareness campaigns
and fundraisers planned for the year.
“We won’t be screaming in your face
or trying to take your money at every
turn,”Rogers said, “but you will see our
issues, and hopefully feel a little closer
to those we’re advocating for.”
A Blast for War Child MTA
Tristan Roddick
Argosy Contributor
Susan Rogers An unsuspecting student victim to War Child MTA’s campaign
One Girl, One Pan
First and foremost, I’d like to extend
a big welcome back to students and
staff for another year here at Mount
Allison, as well as a welcome to all
of this year’s freshmen and exchange
students.
Secondly, being that it IS a new
school year, most of us are so wrapped
up in all the excitement and stress
between classes and student life that
we become a little more forgetful
for even the simple stuff. So I’d like
to start off the year by throwing out
a reminder or two to everyone—
especially the newbies on campus.
Number One: Condoms! Whether
you plan on it, or not, it never hurts
to have a few kicking around in your
room just in case. After all, university
is, as we all know, a year of firsts.
Can’t afford them? Mt. A offers free
condoms delivered to your mailbox
on campus via the internet. You get
roughly three per term, so use wisely.
Number Two: If you’re living in
a dorm, please be courteous to your
neighbours. Just because you’re getting
some, that doesn’t mean that they are.
Besides, the four o’clock wake-up call
to a bed repeatedly banging on the
wall may cause retaliation of sorts,
which are not always so friendly.
Finally, I think we are all quite aware
of the risks of pregnancy at this point,
so I’ll leave that up to you. I would,
in its place, like to bring forward the
awareness of STDs, HPV, and AIDS
due to the steady rise it has had over
the last few years. So, I guess, that
makes ‘Number ree’.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases or
Infections. e LAST thing any of
us want to hear the doctor diagnose
that itch as after a rather murky
night spent at the Pub, followed by
a frolic in the bed of someone you
can’t really remember. But for some, it
will happen. We all know that saying
“don’t do it!” will be uttered upon deaf
ears, so instead all I will say is: heads
up! It’s out there, and if you don’t
protect yourself, it WILL find you!
Now, with all of that out of the way,
I’ll conclude this week’s segment with
the promise of a little fire for those
adventurous readers. Ladies and
gentlemen, the year’s first position-
of-the-week!
‘Desk Detail’—Sit your man down
in a chair with his legs spread out
comfortably in front of him and his
feet on the floor. Standing between
his legs with your back to him,
lower yourself down onto his lap.
Once he’s inside you, lean forward
and stretch out your arms until they
reach the desktop. Lift your feet up,
suspending them in the air. He then
grabs your hips tightly and thrusts in
small circles while you keep your legs
together. Unlike your typical doggy-
style sex, which can be hard on the
knees, your guy can sit back, relax,
and concentrate on your enjoyment!
Until next time, remember—Little
Frills, Big rills!
By Handcuffs for Hire
Savory Stuffed Pork and Spicy Tomato Couscous
Jessica Emin
Argosy Staff
Pork:
-1 pork tenderloin cut into 3 pieces
and filleted
-3 large Italian sausages
-1/2 tsp. rosemary
-1/2 tsp. savory
-1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
-a pinch of garlic
-1 tbsp. lemon juice
-1/4 cup of olive oil
-1/4 cup water
To begin, take your sausages and
peel the links or the skin off them.
Once all the ground sausage is out
of it’s casing shape it into three small
logs and place these in the folds of the
pork.
Once the pork has been folded
around the ground sausage secure the
rolls with either tooth picks or string.
Place the stuffed pork loins in a
glass dish a few inches deep, such as a
lasagna dish or a brownie pan.
Add the lemon juice, olive oil and
water to the pan then turn the meat
in the juices.
Evenly sprinkle the herbs and
seasoning on the pork.
Cook these at 400 degrees for 35 to
40 minutes or until the juices of the
pork run clear.
Couscous:
-1 package of seasoned couscous
(serves 3-4).
-1 ripe red vine tomato, diced
-1 yellow tomato (or other variety),
diced
-1/3 cup of pine nuts
-1/3 tsp. of cumin
-1/4 tsp. of chili powder
Cook the couscous as directed.
Fluffing the couscous with a fork
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and a tablespoon of olive oil helps to
avoid it sticking together.
Mix in tomatoes, pine nuts, cumin
and chili powder.
Serve these dishes accompanied by
a steamed seasonal vegetable and a full
bodied red wine such as an Argentinian
Malbec. Enjoy!
Serves three.
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Firstly, spread the word of your intentions. It’s how “What’s His Name” got Mariah Carey: tell all your friends, post a heart
with your initials in your window, randomly yell it out while crossing the street to meal hall, etc.
Do it peacock style: get noticed. Swagger through campus. Puff out your chest, flex your muscles, and drop it like it’s hot!
Show off that body. No, I’m not talking about the old showing off some skin… too typical. You’re a peacock remember?
Traditionalism won’t get you true love. We’re talking skin-hugging spandex here people. at’s right, show them buns! Best
results with neon colours.
Knock on their door and run. It’ll keep ‘em guessing. All part of the plan…
Make use of the cubicles in the upper floors of the library. Sit across from your beloved and breath heavily to get their
attention. en creep your head up over the divider and seductively lick your lips.
In the middle of the night, throw pebbles at their window, and (in keeping with the neon spandex wardrobe
update) partake in an interpretive dance proclaiming your intentions with them. Use backup dancers if desired!
Sit facing your darling at meal hall and stare at them while they eat. When they make eye contact,
bat your eyelashes, and fling a forkful of casserole at them, expressing your soaring heart.
Finally, if all else fails, give them this guide: drop to your knees, hand them a dandelion, and
say (in the words of Fatty Spins), “I can be your Big Bird and we can Snuffaluffagus?”
How to find true love at Mt. A
Melissa Woods
Argosy Contributor
A new year means a fresh start at getting that
special someone you’ve been waiting for. Not the
easiest task, however. erefore, I have devised an
easy-to-follow list for young Mounties with their
hearts, minds, and everything else set on that
special someone.
M If you have a class that ends at 12:20 and another class that begins at 2:30, that leaves plenty of time in between to
tutor a peer or two, do some planting at the community garden, or meet with a professor under the guise of notes clarification
when in reality you’re wringing out hints as to what will be on the midterm.
O Tuesday night is trivia night at the Pub. Spend your time between your last class of the day and trivia time meeting
with your ‘community service’ club, your ‘international awareness’ club, your ‘I don’t know what they do but their name sounds
impressive on paper’ club, and the three academic societies you joined to be well rounded. Ensure you bring one friend from
each club to trivia so you’re getting the best all-around team possible.
U Join Facebook groups that relate to your extra-curricular activities. at way the new FB friends that you still don’t know
the name of, can see your mom’s cute comments to your status updates.
N If your Friday night is just drinking, you’re bordering on slacker. Take in a Film Festival film or Cinema Political
documentary, followed by a highly visible intellectual discussion at Bridge Street.
T To maximize efficiency, practice your instrument in transit and work on stamina exercises by doing suicides on the
pathways between classrooms. Ideally, do both at the same time to stay ahead of the curve.
A Lastly, there is no such thing as over-extended. e more you do and the harder it is, the better your Mt. A experience
will be. And you’ll see, as you look back at your six years at Mt. A after having to do half your classes twice due to insufficient
marks, that it bettered your time here and prepared you for the real world.
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Sex Tips from a 78-year-old
Susan Rogers
Argosy Staff
Sue Johanson is a sex educator, a registered nurse,
and the former host of the ‘Sunday Night Sex Show’
and ‘Talk Sex With Sue Johanson’. Now retired
from television and radio after more than 35 years
of discussing sex, she travels to universities across
North America, bluntly talking with students and
answering their questions about sex.
What kind of attitude should university students have towards sex?
“First of all for me, know what you are doing, so that you don’t get carried away in the heat of passion over which you have
no control. at’s a lot of maturity. at means you have to stop and think, ‘Am I going to have sex? If I have sex, do I have
to wear a certain bra that makes it easy to undo? What positions do you get into to have sex? Oh my God that’s gross, you
don’t, oh I guess you do. Is he going to touch me? Oh no! I
can’t even touch myself!’ ink ahead. Plan ahead. ‘So ok, if
I’m going to do this, if I’m going to have sex with him, what
do I need to have? Ok, I need an easy access bra, I need clean underwear, I need some kind of birth control in case he’s too
stupid to have condoms. What else am I going to need? A box of Kleenex, what else am I going to need? A comb, I’m going
to need to comb my hair afterwards,’ ink ahead, plan where are we going to do it? Where would I like to do it? With your
roommate in your room in residence? Do we tie a sock around the door knob to indicate the room is ‘occupied’?”
‘What is he going to think of me afterwards, is he going to think I’m a slut or a sleazebag or a ho? How many females has
he been with before me? Is there any chance he has a sexually transmitted disease? Does he have herpes? Jeeze, I should find
out if he has herpes, because if he has herpes on his mouth, oral herpes, then I can’t let him go down on me.’”
“Never just let it happen, don’t get drunk, don’t tell me you got carried away by the heat of passion. Don’t do it to get a guy,
thinking he’ll love you forever and he will never leave you and you will walk hand and hand into the sunset. Not going to
happen. And don’t get involved in sex because everybody’s doing it and I’m the only virgin in the whole campus.”
“What’s in it for you? And I’m sorry that sounds so selfish, but you gotta stop and think, he’s thinking what’s in it for him.
You’ve got to think what’s in it for you. Is it going to enhance your reputation, you going to be known as a slut?”
What is your favourite sex subject to talk about?
“Probably, masturbation. Yea. Particularly for females. Guys its so normal, so natural, they never
think anything about it. Females, because you were raised as nice girls, you don’t touch down there,
tisk, tisk, tisk, dirty, dirty. A lot of females have never touched their own genitals, and certainly
never reached orgasm all by themselves. And he certainly has, so he knows about him, and he’ll
tell you what to do, ‘Touch me here, do this, oh don’t do that, don’t bite.’ Whereas you have like ‘
duhh’, you haven’t got a clue.”
Internet Photo/ Mount Allison Univeristy
Ice cold duck makes me wanna....
Ouuuu
Ahhhhhh
How to lose all
your free time
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
If you have a class that ends at 12:20 and another class that begins at 2:30, that leaves plenty of time in between to
tutor a peer or two, do some planting at the community garden, or meet with a professor under the guise of notes clarification
when in reality you’re wringing out hints as to what will be on the midterm.
Tuesday night is trivia night at the Pub. Spend your time between your last class of the day and trivia time meeting
with your ‘community service’ club, your ‘international awareness’ club, your ‘I don’t know what they do but their name sounds
impressive on paper’ club, and the three academic societies you joined to be well rounded. Ensure you bring one friend from
each club to trivia so you’re getting the best all-around team possible.
Join Facebook groups that relate to your extra-curricular activities. at way the new FB friends that you still don’t know
the name of, can see your mom’s cute comments to your status updates.
If your Friday night is just drinking, you’re bordering on slacker. Take in a Film Festival film or Cinema Political
documentary, followed by a highly visible intellectual discussion at Bridge Street.
To maximize efficiency, practice your instrument in transit and work on stamina exercises by doing suicides on the
pathways between classrooms. Ideally, do both at the same time to stay ahead of the curve.
Lastly, there is no such thing as over-extended. e more you do and the harder it is, the better your Mt. A experience
will be. And you’ll see, as you look back at your six years at Mt. A after having to do half your classes twice due to insufficient
marks, that it bettered your time here and prepared you for the real world.
One of the great things about Mount Allison that makes it so
impressive is its highly active student body. Being involved in
things other than ones classes are what make a Mt. A student,
a Mt. A student. Here are a few tips to get the complete Mt. A
experience. Follow these and not only will you feel like you’ve
beefed up your resume and been a useful member of the campus
community, but you will also lose any sense of relaxation or
personal time.
Jessica Emin
16 SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Polaris Prize A-Go-Go
Malajube – Labyrinthes (Dare to
Care)
I don’t know what it is about this
record. In the last twelve hours I’ve
listened to it three times, straight
through. Objectively I can say that it is
a fine record: the band has a good grasp
on dynamics, creating big soundscapes
that never become overpowering or
self-indulgent. ey blend the religious
stadium-indie of the Arcade Fire,
prog-rock flourishes, and Brazilian
tropicalia rhythms, while the vocals
entwine in winsome and never cloying
harmonies. Yet
Labyrinthes lacks the edge, personality
and sheer demented energy that landed
Malajube’s Trompe-l ’oeil on this very
shortlist three years ago. e record
rallies around its middle section, with
tracks like the lovely electric-piano
fantasy of “Heresie”, the power-pop of
“Collemboles”, and the shuffling bossa
nova of “Dragon de Glace”. e rest is
just bombast in search of a memorable
hook.
Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
(Nettwerk)
Like Ongiara, the 2007 album
that netted Great Lake Swimmers
their first Polaris Prize nod, Lost
Channels was recorded in a number
of isolated, sparsely inhabited islands
– in this case, the ousand Islands
near the New York border. Like
Ongiara, Lost Channels showcases
Tony Dekker’s hushed, awed vocals,
as he contemplates existence among
the Canadian wilderness. It is to the
band’s great credit, then, that Lost
Channels feels nothing like an Ongiara
retread. e band broadens – though
mostly deepens – its instrumental
palette without drowning out the
fragile, natural core that makes Great
Lake Swimmers so remarkable. e
album’s opening sequence contains
some of the jauntiest material the band
has set down yet, including the dreamy
“Pulling on a Line” and “She Comes
to Me in Dreams”, which sounds like
early REM with more
mandolin. A recording of castle bells
marks the albums segue into quieter,
downbeat material that’s more akin to
their debut, but it feels as natural as
the passing of a day.
K’naan – Troubadour (A&M/
Octone)
Here’s an album that tries very
hard to do almost everything and,
by and large, pulls it off. Troubadour
finds K’naan issuing the hip-hop
community an ultimatum: step aside
and let me show you how it’s done. A
rap-metal song – in 2009 – featuring
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett?
Why not? A club track with Maroon
5’s Adam Levine? A collaboration
with backpacker rap heroes Mos Def
and Chali 2Na? Check and check.
But a hip-hop album this varied
lives and dies by the personality of its
MC. Fortunately, K’naan is a superb
storyteller, reflecting on the rap game
and his formative years spent in
Mogadishu, Somalia with humour,
keen observations and vivid imagery.
His rhymes are buoyed by the excellent
production work courtesy of Track
& Field (Gerald Eaton and Brian
West) which blends a wide variety of
samples with live instrumentation. e
prevailing mood is one of hard-won
optimism, a celebration of just being
able to tell a story. K’naan sums it up
best: ”We alive man, it’s OK to feel
good”.
Fucked Up – e Chemistry of Common
Life (Matador)
Here’s a fun little experiment for
those reading along at home. Find
a parent / teacher / sibling who isn’t
following the Polaris Prize, give them
a copy ofthis record and ask them to
listen to “this relaxing baroque music
quartet I discovered”. Watch their
expression change as the lilting, forty-
five-second flute intro gives way to
creeping guitar and synthesizer riffs
before being blown apart by one of
the great rock n’ roll screams of the
aughties.
e Chemistry of Common Life is full
of surprises like that. Fucked Up takes
massive multi-tracked slabs of thick,
shoegazey guitar tracks, and molds
them into a unique, widescreen take
on hardcore punk. On top of that, the
record is dappled with instrumental
curveballs like tablas, brass, and the
aforementioned flutes, as well as guest
spots from Sebastien Grainger, City
and Color, and the
Vivian Girls. Damian Abraham’s
vocals will be a sticking point for many
– they were for me, initially – but
give it a chance and the thoughtful
and sometimes even funny lyrics will
start to reveal themselves. It may not
be perfect – some songs could stand
to trim a minute or two – but it’s a
compelling listen from
start to finish, and a striking tatement
from a band that has completely nailed
the ideal mix of brains and brawn.
Elliott Brood – Mountain Meadows
(Six Shooter Records)
Elliott Brood might have, at one
time, labeled themselves as “death
country”, an image somewhat
strengthened by naming their album
after an 1857 wagon train massacre.
But that notion goes up in smoke as
soon as the album starts playing. With
their unflagging energy and intimate
production, Elliott Brood bring to
mind the Rural Alberta Advantage in
cowboy boots. Highlights include the
technicolor tattoo of “T-Bill” and the
fuzzy “Garden River”. Even the closer,
“Miss You Now” is a few “ba ba ba’s”
away from being a pop standard. It’s
enough to make you want to buy a
pickup truck and head out on the open
road. Alt-country has rarely sounded
this spry and fun.
e Argosy’s entertainment crew examines the 10 finalists for the 2009 Polaris Prize
Metric - Fantasies (Metric/Last Gang)
I’ve just recently become a fan of
Metric, so unfortunately I’ve listened
to their music more or less backwards.
e new album seems to be much more
upbeat than their earlier work and
absolutely more pop accessible than
Emily Haines’s solo album. Fantasies
starts off strong with “Help I’m Alive”,
with strong but smooth vocals. Lead by
Canadian Haines, Metric’s synth-rock
has been accurately described as “deep,
danceable and anthemic album”. Metric
is one of the few bands that doesn’t get
degraded to the point of annoyance by
dance parties. Fantasies boasts an array
of quality songs with catchy lyrics. Not
to be missed are “Gimme Sympathy”’s
sharp-tongued existential questioning
and the biting “Gold Guns Girls”
and the energy of “Help I’m Alive”.
All in all this is a strong contender.
Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs
(Sonic)
I hadn’t heard of Hey Rosetta! until
I came to Mount Allison and was told
they were the best thing since sliced
bread. Canadians seem to have this
sense of ownership of anything that’s
from their region, and especially after
it’s gotten any sort of recognition. I
assumed it was like other mediocre
things people like because it’s local...
but after listening to Into Your Lungs
(and around in your heart and on
through your blood) I am convinced
the praise and recognition is deserved.
e lulling folk-rock intro of “New
Goodbye” smoothly gains strength
into a confident, but not overly acidic
screw you symphony that crashes into
noise.
e better known “I’ve Been Asleep
for a Long, Long Time” bemoans
missing out on life and fits perfectly
in the 9/11 Canadian documentary/
made-for-TV movie Diverted. e
mournful words are hard to glaze over.
“All the schools that I went to have all
been closed/And all of my teachers
are dead I suppose/e songs that
we sung have all gone quiet/What
happens below as you sleep at night?”
(Full disclosure: I have to admit the
expertly crafted catharsis of “Holy Shit
(What A Relief )” won me over.) All
in all when it comes to piano/violin/
cello mixed with Canadian folk rock
you can’t go wrong with Hey Rosetta!.
Not my favourite, but if you like Hey
Rosetta!, then Into Your Lungs won’t be
a let down.
Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
(Flemish Eye/Sub Pop)
From the get-go, Chad VanGaalen’s
Soft Airplane is a surprising album. Lo-
fi indie pop with lyrics like “Take my
body/ Put it in a boat /Light it on fire/
Send it out to sea” over twanging banjo
this album isn’t exactly what I expected.
Chad’s sound has been described as
Neil Young meets urston Moore,
and that I can’t seem to disagree with.
e songs do seem disjoined from one
another and I wasn’t surprised to learn
that it had been recorded on a tape
recorder and boombox. I find his voice
sometimes goes past the good side of
whiney and it distracts from the lyrics.
Besides an occasional overuse of
synthesizer, the same with this morbid
fascination with death seems to be on
repeat playing the album once. I did
enjoy the background vocals and more
traditional guitar of “City of Electric
Light”. e fresh imagery of lines like,
“And I thought you were the moon in
disguise/but it turned out you were
just a pair of eyes/You were lurking
ike a creature in the night” were a
pleasant surprise in an otherwise slow
and downbeat album. ere were some
highlights... but not enough to pay for
the album.
Joel Plaskett - ree (MapleMusic)
A talented, successful Canadian rock
musician - the fact that he hasn’t moved
south of the border yet surprises me as
well. I can imagine Joel winning the
Polaris Prize and getting signed to a
major label... but somehow it seems he
wouldn’t defect to the states entirely...
there’s something that’s too Canadian
about him and his music. Unlike
almost all other Canadian content on
the radio, I wouldn’t assume the DJ
played Joel Plaskett because he/she
had to.
From the energy at the start I
got more than I expected from Joel
Plaskett’s album: a “you left me song”
without the melodrama and bore. It’s
always nice to hear something that’s
usually boring done right. “Table seats
four and a couch seats three/Bed for
two and a chair for me/Tweedle Dum,
where’s Tweedle Dee?”
e energy and quality stays high up
until track five. “Wait, Wait, Wait”...
waiting for the song to actually start.
I really don’t like the slowed down-
so-much-I’m-falling-asleep track. e
tempo gets back to listenable with
the seedy “Drifter’s Raus”. All in all
an impressive collection of Canadian
content.
Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms (Secret
City)
A bit of a slow warm up with
“Fireweed” missing the rock aspect
of the eclectic orchestral-rock. e
album seems to slip by with the slow,
soft vocals. I would have to say that
“Beijing” was the most listenable of
the first half as the others seemed to
just fade away before the song really
got started. “Traveling Salesman”
gets a bit more interesting with more
of story. “Big Bird in a Small Cage”
conjures up a great beat and the vocal
harmony is soothing. “You open up
your ears and hearts/You put a big
bird in a small cage and it’ll sing you
a song/at we all love to sing along
to the birds that wants”. “Where the
Wild ings Are” (which especially
caught my attention as the Maurice
Sendak book is still one of my top ten)
does a bit of redeeming and the faster
beat and slightly spooky electric guitar,
and interesting instrumental was a real
treat.
Ending with “Machinery of the
Heavens” was a good choice - enough
energy throughout most of it and
slowing down into nothing was a nice
finale.
ere were some really good bits of
the album but in the end it’s a bit too
experimental for my tastes.

Jessica Emin
The 2009 Polaris Prize finalists. Not pictured are Elliot Brood and Great Lake Swimmers.
Geoffrey’s Picks
WILL WIN:
Joel Plaskett
SHOULD WIN:
Metric
Neil’s Picks
WILL WIN:
Hey Rosetta!
SHOULD WIN:
Fucked Up
or
Chad VanGaalen
Geoffrey Campbell
Argosy Staff
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
ENTERTAINMENT
Betty Liang
Argosy Correspondent
Adoration (2008, Canada; directed by
Atom Egoyan and starring Rachel
Blanchard, Scott Speedman, Devon
Bostick, and Arsinée Khanjian)
Four months – four months of
blurry summer skies and idling on the
patio with drinks and a book. Four
months of sweaty city air and working
menial retail jobs. Four months of
missing people and places and, more
specifically, Sackville.
After being away for what seemed
to be an agonizingly long time,
coming back to Sackville following
a 14 hour drive was a surreal event.
It was a flurry of faces and hurried
‘helloes’. Everything seemed to be
happening through a filter of dreams;
every meeting seemed to be a strange
coincidence, gaining some cosmic
significance.
Almost a week after returning, I re-
experienced the surreal trance I had
been put in while watching this year’s
first Film Society pick, Adoration, a
film concerning the internal struggles
of an orphan named Simon who lives
with his uncle. After a translation
exercise in Simon’s high school French
class, he begins to seriously question
the cause of his parents’ death, leading
him to explore notions of love, family
and racism.
Adoration is a movie that relies
heavily on fractured chronology and
the viewer’s faith in Simon’s version of
events. is makes the opening scenes
of the film somewhat disorienting.
Although this effect is beneficial to the
overall storytelling as well as achieving
a beautiful surreality, the execution is
not as effective as it could have been.
For the first half hour of the film, there
seemed to be so much going on and
so little explained that I felt as if I was
suffocating in information. Despite
the importance of this information to
the resolution of the film, the amount
of information was a bit overbearing
and made the introduction confusing
and weighty in comparison to the rest
of the film.
However, as the story unfolds
and more is revealed, I found myself
engrossed in what seemed like a
modern fairy tale with a defining
overtone of pathos. Childhood
experiences are related to the audience
through dream-like snippets filled with
mournful violin music and morning
lights. It deals with love that never
really dies and such extraordinary
coincidences that you wonder if fate
exists after all.
is prevailing sense of the surreal
is further accentuated by beautiful,
slow pans of scenic locales and highly
emotive music throughout.
My only real gripe with Adoration is
with its portrayal of technology. ere
is something annoying about the way
that so much information is presented
through scenes of people discussing
Simon’s story via video chats online.
is felt out of place with the pacing
and overall feel of the film, breaking
the dream-like spell that Adoration
puts on its audience. Although crucial
to the films more political statements
about prejudice and racism, there could
have been other ways to incorporate
these thoughts without the use of
something that clashes with the film’s
atmosphere.
Adoration is a movie that at first
glance appears to be more political
than anything else. However, upon
further viewing it opens up themes
of love and family loyalty. Although
Adoration may not be one of those
films that immediately captures your
interest, it is one worth a second
viewing in order to appreciate some of
its thematic nuances.
Searching for the truth amid terror and technology
A review of Atom Egoyan’s Adoration
Music Hall Homecoming
ree local favorites perform at the Sackville Music Hall
He was very well prepared, and his
connection with the audience put him
another step ahead of the opening
acts. Overall, Pat’s performance was
Internet Photo/All Movie Photo
Rachel Blanchard and Noam Jenkins in Adoration.
Geoffrey Campbell
Argosy Staff
Going to Sackville Music Hall, the
dilapidated shell that apparently once
was a great performance venue, was an
interesting experience.
It was here that people gathered last
Saturday for one of the first concerts
of the year, featuring Joel Carr, Corey
Isenor and, returning from a cross-
Canada tour, Pat LePoidevin.
Since its peak, the Hall has been
left in a state of disrepair with obvious
signs of aging all around. ere was
probably space for at least a couple
hundred in a standing crowd, but the
official capacity was 80, which I was
glad of because the floors didn’t seem
able to sustain many more. ere
were plastic lawn chairs set up facing
a stage, with the odd inclusion of an
upside-down milk crate and a lamp.
Light bulbs were hanging over the
stage from what could have been an
extension cord.
Joel Carr was first up. His music
was reminiscent of Bob Dylan before
he became famous. e lyrics were
somewhat relatable though not all that
catchy, but that was the point. Carr’s
first spoken words were: “Well this is a
creepy place, eh?” It was.
e songs flowed more freely after
Carr warmed up, but everybody was
reminded that it wasn’t a professional
show with the words “I’ll probably
forget a few verses here.”
It was all in all a good warm-up act,
but by the seventh song, the crowd
seemed ready for something new.
One audience member commented
that Carr “really nailed that E chord...
over and over again.”
Corey Isenor was up next. His first
song was a slow one about getting
his baby to stop taking it slow – a
seemingly contrary combination. For
the rest of the performance, Isenor
played songs with different guitar
tunings, causing multiple abrupt breaks
between otherwise quality tunes. e
songs increased in energy and the
mood became more relaxed, with one
member of the audience shouting,
“at better be water in there,” when
Isenor drank from a water bottle
between songs.
ere were some issues with
remembering words mid-song and
tuning, but the overall mood and quality
of the show was as I expected. Despite
minor mishaps, leading Isenor to say
that he “should have practiced more,”
he is clearly a talented musician, and in
another circumstance his performance
may be improved.
Last, but absolutely not least, was
Pat LePoidevin. After warming up
on the ukulele, and singing about a
fox drinking wine outside a bar in
France, he wasted no time in leading
the crowd with “Car Crash.” As with
many performances, the audience sang
along knowingly. “Toumba, Texas” was
up next, with more people joining in
for the catchy chorus. LePoidevin had
some new material which fit well with
his established set list. He continued
with songs from from his CD,
including “What about the Mouse”
and “Cancer”.
Pat LePoidevin has grown
noticeably as a musician; at this
show he seemed much more at ease
and comfortable with the audience
than in past performances I’ve seen.
Jessica Emin
Joel Carr onstage at the Sackville Music Hall.
Pat LePoidevin performing at the Sackville Music Hall.
Jessica Emin
Describe a typical day on tour
across Canada.
e sun is usually shining in the early
morning as I hop into my car to get
to the nearest Tim Hortons to get a
large coffee with milk and a breakfast
sausage sandwich... I would have
much rather gone to nice cafés in the
morning that served better coffee, but
at 5:30 am there usually is not much
choice. On a typical day, I then spent
eight hours passing trees, rocks, and
water, arriving at my destination for
a show. For the remainder of the day,
I met amazing people, ate incredible
food, enjoyed some of the most
fabulous microbrews Canada has to
offer, and most importantly played a
show with people who are sharing all
of my experiences. Come midnight,
it’s bedtime until the next 5:30 am
wake-up.
What was the most memorable
show you played?
e most memorable show I played
was in Bruno, Saskatchewan.
Bruno is a village of 450 about 45
minutes northeast of Saskatoon.
Two artists from Vancouver set up
an art shop called the All Citizens
Shop, which is now also a venue
with the capacity of 20. When
we turned onto the Main Street,
we immediately wished that the
car would break down. A small
historical jail, community square,
and a bench dedicated to Julie
Doiron are just a few of the gems
Bruno has to offer. Once showtime
hit, the shop reached capacity and
an eight year old presented me
with a personalized glass plate
commending my cross-Canada tour.
I never wanted to leave Bruno.
What are your plans following the
tour?
I am now comfortably working at
a wonderful coffee shop in Halifax
and playing as many shows as I
can. I am releasing a new EP this
fall that will feature a new sound
dominated by a baritone ukulele,
percussion of sorts, and possibly a
traditional Chinese instrument that
my father gave to me. I plan to set
out to tour Canada again in the
spring of 2010... on a horse or in an
excellent. Sackville is fortunate to have
a musician of Pat LePoidevin’s quality.
I’ve seen him play three times and can’t
wait until he comes back again.
Catching up with Pat LePoidevin
ultralight, I haven’t decided yet.
18 SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ENTERTAINMENT
Jake Bastedo
Argosy Contributor
Mount Allison Frosh were treated
to quite the musical exhibition on
Tuesday, September 8, along with any
upperclassmen who were wise enough
to come – few would have regretted it.
e evening began with Shotgun
Jimmie, a Sackville singer-songwriter
who claimed to be “Sackville’s
ambassador to indie music.” His
electrically-charged folk originals and
covers would support that claim. A
multi-instrumentalist of a different
kind, Jimmie kept time by attaching
his feet to snare and bass drums while
playing guitar. is showed talent,
but he killed a bit of the emotion by
ending every song with a “cha-cha-
cha” – funny the first time, consistent
the second, but a little too much for
the next five.
Jimmie was followed by Tim
Chaisson and his band, Morning Fold.
e PEI native infuses traditional
East Coast folk music into energetic
pop to create a style that might very
well find its way to the mainstream.
Chaisson sat at the piano for several
powerful ballads, and showed his violin
technique with an amped up version of
a good ol’East Coast kitchen party. His
ability to craft energetic and crowd-
pleasing songs shone throughout.
en came the showcase: e
Trews.
e band, hailing from Antigonish,
Nova Scotia played a relentless hour
and a half set that spanned all three
of their major albums. Starting with
the fast-paced crowd-mover, “Burning
Wheels” and all the way to the new hit
rocker “Hold Me”, e Trews had the
audience captivated. Along the way,
we were exposed to a new song, “Sing
Your Heart Out”, from their coming
acoustic album; entranced by lead
singer Colin MacDonald’s haunting
incorporation of the King of Pop’s
“Billie Jean”into their Den of ieves hit
“I Can’t Say”; shaken by a five minute
solo from drummer Sean Dalton; and
absorbed by an epic sing-along version
of “Tired of Waiting”. e encore,
the balladesque “Man of Two Minds”
acted as perfect denouement to the
evening as the crowd peacefully swayed
and sang despite the bruises sustained
earlier that night.
As frosh activities are designed to
do, the concert truly united a group
composed largely of strangers, making
them move, dance, and sing together.
And crowd-surf. Many who had never
tried the latter were hoisted up without
question by friendly veterans of the
sport to join the incessant ceiling of
bodies, further creating friendships, or
at least conversation starters.
e energy in front of the stage
was quite tangible, noticeable when a
stray fist-pump ventured too high and
escaped the bubble of heat, sweat, and
body odour. en one noticed how
cold it really was outside, even though
we weren’t feeling any of it. ere was
another, more subtle indicator of the
energy of the crowd: the notoriously
pouty lead singer MacDonald actually
smiled.
Across Canada, frosh got the chance
to see many great artists. e trend
was big school, big band: University
of Toronto had k-os and M.I.A., the
University of Guelph experienced
Metric, McGill saw illScarlet, and the
list goes on. e opposite – little school,
little band – was most certainly not
true here, as our humble congregation
of little more than four hundred got to
rock and roll with one of Canada’s best
bands.
Trewly, Madly, Deeply
A first year student’s perspective on Shotgun Jimmie, Morning Fold, and the Trews
Jessica Emin
Shotgun Jimmie warms up the crowd at the frosh concert.
e Novaks roll into Sackville
An interview with singer/guitarist Mick Davis
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
“e Maritimes are like a giant party
town. We’re a party band, so we look
forward to playing for everybody,
hen…hopefully we’ll wrangle up
some people and have a party.” So says
Novaks guitarist and vocalist Mick
Davis when I asked him about coming
back to Sackville. e St. John’s-based
rock trio – also including drummer
Eliot Dicks and bassist Mark Neary
– will be arriving on September 18 to
play the annual fall fair. at statement
is at once accurate and misleading.
eir sophomore record, ings Fall
Apart, is the kind of muscular, leather
jacket rock and roll that’s perfect
for your next raucous party. It’s also,
however, the work of a maturing young
band whose hard work is paying off in
unexpected and exciting ways.
e goal for the ings Fall Apart
recording sessions was, according to
Davis, to “try to record the band as it
is onstage”. It was recorded “in about
ten days because of money and time
constraints, things like that,” explains
Davis. “But it’s what we need right
now, anyway, because I think we’re at
our best as a live band and I wanted
the record to represent that.” With the
band playing together live, with only
vocals and guitar parts overdubbed.
“e album turned out to be a bit
heavy, amps on ten sort of thing,”
recalls Davis. e band also underwent
a lineup change, with the departure of
founding guitarist Chuck Taylor. e
experience gave the Novaks “a kick in
the ass, to step it up a bit and make
sure we’re still powerful as a trio”.
e songs themselves came together
without any particular influences in
mind. “e band doesn’t listen to
records together, we can’t really agree,”
Davis told me. “It’s not like we’re all
Led Zeppelin fans and we all want
to make a Zeppelin record. While
I’m at home, I’m listening to Oscar
Petersen [while] eating dinner.” His
favorite music comes from the 1950s:
“Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Chuck
Berry, that kind of stuff”. He credits
the Novaks’ touring schedule as a big
influence on their new record, Davis
hears “more Black Sabbath on there
than anything. I wasn’t listening to
that - it’s just because we’ve been on
the road a bit and the band got a bit
heavier and a bit more exciting.”
Along the way, the Novaks attracted
attention from a number of rock
legends. E Street Band guitarist and
garage rock enthusiast “Little” Steven
van Zandt started playing the Novaks
on his satellite radio show after the
Canadian release of their first record.
“We had no idea he had ever heard
it,” remembers Davis. “en I got
an email from him and I ignored it
because I didn’t get it, it didn’t occur to
me who Little Steven was.” Suffice to
say, the band realized who it was, and
Little Steven released the record on
his Wicked Cool label, and “played the
shit out of it for months and months”
More surprising still was the band’s
collaboration with keyboardist Ian
McLagan, originally of the Faces, a
British band that also introduced the
world to Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.
Davis. An avowed Faces fan, he credits
former Big Sugar singer Gordie
Johnson, who worked on ings Fall
Apart, for making the collaboration
happen. Johnson and McLagan
frequent an Austin, Texas recording
studio owned by Willie Nelson, and
the connection was made. “It still
hasn’t really hit me yet,” Davis says,
“We just don’t think about things like
that. It is what it is and that’s it.”
Since the release of the record, the
band has been touring extensively,
including playing an opening slot for
KISS in Halifax (“it was a riot”).
ey’re looking forward to
performing with labelmates and
fellow St. Johners Hey Rosetta!, with
whom they’ve shared a stage before.
“Everybody knows everybody in St.
John’s,” Davis tells me.
I get the feeling they’ll fit right in
here.
e Novaks will perform at the
Sackville Fall Fair with Hey Rosetta!
and Boxer the Horse on September 18.
Adam Penney
The Novaks, preparing to rock.
Pop-pourri
Weekly pop cultural musings
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
Have you ever had one of those
Christmas mornings where you wake
up to find that the biggest box under
the tree - you know, the one wrapped
in beautiful gold paper - has your
name on it, right under a jaunty “from
Santa”? Do you remember how you
tore at that paper, because the box has
the exact dimensions as that special
toy you wanted so much: the toy that
would make you the envy of all the
neighbourhood kids who made fun
of you? And do you remember the
sinking feeling as you discovered that
the contents of the box was actually...
pajamas? Oh, they’re comfy, sure. But
they’re also functional and boring and
non-Christmassy.
is year’s Polaris Prize is a lot like
that.
e gold-wrapped box that is the
forty-album strong longlist - where
most of the year’s finest albums were
located - has given way to a solid but
uninspired shortlist. While many of
the records we discussed above are
good - even great in some cases - the
fact remains that seven (seven!) of these
bands have been nominated before. So
let’s take a moment and remember
some of the albums that didn’t make
the final cut.
Handsome Furs – Face Control (Sub
Pop)
Sometimes when a man and a
woman love each other very much, they
start a band, get married, tour Eastern
Europe and write an album about it.
Case in point: Handsome Furs (Dan
Boeckner and Alexei Perry), whose
Face Control is a noirish collection of
sexy, pseudo-Cyrillic synthpop. Perry
programs the sparse but affecting beats,
while Boeckner wails on his guitar and
sings to the rafters. Something tells me
these crazy lovebirds are gonna make
it.
Pink Mountaintops – Outside Love
( Jagjaguwar)
When west coast man-about-rock
Stephen McBean opens this album
with the question “how deep is your
love?” over a wall-of-sound production
that lumbers like a giddy drunk, it’s
evident you’re in for something a little
different than his work with 1970s
sludge revivalists Black Mountain.
McBean and company have crafted
an ecstatic throwback to Phil Spector,
gospel 45s, psychedelic country music
and schmaltzy 1970s pop. And the
ballads! “While We Were Dreaming”,
sung by Ashley Webber, will break
your heart, until the barroom sing-
along “And I ank You” puts it back
together again.
Japandroids – Post-Nothing
(Unfamiliar/Polyvinyl)
e first time you listen to this
record, you’ll want to listen to it again.
e fifth time you listen to it you’ll
want to tattoo the band’s name on your
upper arm. e tenth time you listen,
you’ll be recruiting a friend to start
a band of your own, complete with a
sublimely terrible Japan-related name.
Guitarist Brian King and drummer
David Prowse pare each song down
to the bare essentials, then pound it
out ‘til you feel the blood and sweat
coming out of your earbuds. Expect to
see this one at the top of my list come
the year’s end.
Julie Doiron – I Can Wonder What You
Did With Your Day ( Jagjaguwar)
Yeah, yeah, it wasn’t even on the
longlist, but I’m including it anyway.
Call it Sackville bias if you will, but
this album would hit me the same way
if I lived in Cleveland, Dallas, or even
Narnia. Everything Julie has attempted
during her career – the fuzzy dream-
punk of Eric’s Trip, the lo-fi rock of
her tenure with Shotgun and Jaybird,
and the confessional songwriting of
her solo recordings – is touched on
here. But it’s hardly a retread – the
songs, both new and old, feel fresh
and vital. Rick White and Fred Squire
provide rock-solid backup, and Julie
herself sounds like she’s having the
time of her life.
of works by more contemporary names
such as Edward Burtynsky, June Leaf,
Murray Favro, Janet Werner, and
Mary Elisabeth Scott, to name a few.
It also features works by local Mount
Allison talents (both past and present),
such as Jeff Burns and Eric Edson.
“Look” does more than to simply
show off some of the incredible
works of art that the Owens has
in its permanent collection. It also
creates a comprehensive picture of the
diversity of Canadian art over the last
twenty years. Far from being limited
to landscape paintings and lone pine
trees, the show includes works of
photography, sculpture, mixed media
ARTS & LITERATURE
When I’m home in Colorado, people
are always fascinated by the fact that
I go to school in Canada. ey always
ask if I go to McGill, or if I’m in
Toronto. I shake my head, and say,
“Nope, Sackville, New Brunswick.”
None of them know where Sackville is,
and most don’t even know where New
Brunswick is. So I proceed to tell them
about our sleepy town in the middle of
nowhere, and I am constantly reminded
about how diverse Sackville really is,
especially when it comes to the arts.
Many reading this will be familiar
with the arts and literature “scene”
in Sackville. With the largest
incoming class in quite a few years,
I think it’s worth it to point out - in
no particular order - some of the
highlights of Sackville’s art scene.
First, we have the Windsor eatre.
eir performances feature work
written and directed by students,
stories relevant to the Maritimes and
Tantramarsh area, and works from
outside the Sackville community.
Students are even involved in the
work behind the scenes. e theatre
is an epi-centre of education and
real-life experience for the drama
students and any students who
want to be involved in theatre.
Second, the Struts Gallery is an
artist-run gallery, which also houses the
student-run START Gallery. Students
are involved in both galleries, however,
including as assistants to the artists
running Struts and as the START
Gallery coordinator. START gives Fine
Arts students a place to display their
work, a requirement of their degree
program. e content is therefore
fresh. If you visit the START Gallery,
you may be one of the first people
ever to see the student artists’ projects.
e Mount Allison Owens Art
Gallery was opened first in 1895 and
is the “oldest university art gallery in
Canada”according to their website. e
exhibitions feature national artists, as
well as art from the gallery’s archives.
Poetry and novel readings, speakers,
and other events often take place there
as well. e museum is housed in a
beautiful, old building on campus across
from the Student Centre. Any student
can go in at any time – wandering
the galleries is a great study break!
One thing people probably do
not realize is that the Students’
Administrative Council (SAC)
has quite a few clubs and societies
dedicated towards art in some form.
e Anime Society focuses on the
art form of animation and graphic
Our (Art)istic Rea(lit)y
A weekly column by Maria and Vivi
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
If you haven’t made it to the Owens
Art Gallery on campus yet and don’t
really know what to expect, right
now is a fantastic time to get out
there and experience a show that
exemplifies the gallery’s diversity.
“Look,” curated by gallery director
Gemey Kelly, comprises twenty
years of work purchased for the
gallery by the Friends of the Owens.
Filling the entire gallery space on
both floors, “Look” is an excellent
exploration of the last twenty years
of Canadian art, and of the diversity
of work that the Owenså displays.
Let’s back up a little bit. e
Friends of the Owens is a committee
of donors who raise funds towards the
purchasing of contemporary Canadian
art for the gallery’s permanent
collection. For the last twenty years,
the Friends, with additional funding
from the Canada Council for the Arts
and Owens endowments, have made
it possible for the gallery to acquire
works on the cutting edge of Canadian
contemporary art. e permanent
collection includes pieces from artists
such as Alex Colville and Christopher
Pratt – well known staples of the
Canadian art scene – but it also consists
Argosy Staff
LOOK: Twenty years of support
Julie Cruikshank
Friends of the Owens celebrate anniversary
paintings and drawings, printmaking,
and installation. In short, the show
is an excellent example of how much
more there is to Canadian art than the
Group of Seven and Bill Reid’s Spirit
of Haida Gwaii. For anyone who has
never really been exposed to it, “Look”
does a wonderful job of establishing
contemporary Canadian art in all its
diversity as a serious contender in
the international art scene, especially
in terms of originality and ingenuity.
“Look” runs at the Owens Art
Gallery until October 11. Whatever
your definition of Canadian art is, go see
it and have your horizons broadened.
is past Friday, September 11, the
Music Department hosted its annual
Gala, a faculty run concert to raise
money for music student scholarships.
It is always a highlight of the year’s
music performances and this concert
was no exception. Taking place at
Brunton Auditorium, in the Majorie
Bell Conservatory, the event was met
with a full house and an enthusiastic
audience.
A wide variety of faculty
participated this year with a mix of
solo, duet, and trio performances of
many old favourites, as well as alumni
Alasdair MacLean’s most recent
composition “Nature Suite.” is
particular piece was performed with
the exceptional vocals of Monette
Gould (soprano), the clear, melodious
notes of Copper Ferreira’s clarinet, and
the skillful Stephen Runge on piano.
Runge also collaborated in
several other pieces, such as along side
Wesley Ferreira on clarinet for Nikolai
Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the
Bumblebee.” His own solo (Claude
Debussy’s “L’isle joyeuse”) served as an
excellent opening to the show with its
soft, light melodies along with Runge’s
own emotions that were seen clearly in
every key stroke.
Another exceptional pianist was
clearly David Rogosin who played his
own solo, Maurice Ravel’s “Jeux d’eau”,
in which he took the audience from
moments of blissful calm to intense
melodies and back again. Rogosin
also played in accompaniment to
Helen Pridmore (soprano) for the
piece “Si, mi chiamano Mimi” (from
La Boheme). For this piece, not only
Music to my ears
Music Department’s Gala Faculty recital a great success
Jennifer Musgrave
Argosy staff
was the energy there in the clear, loud
notes of the music but also in the
expression and feeling of the song. An
interesting part of music performances
is the expressions on the faces of the
musicians especially when you can see
how involved they are in the music.
Pridmore was certainly able to express
her feelings for the song with just her
eyes and movements.
In the entire performance
however, the most prominent
musician for this quality was Peter
Groom (baritone) who sang the pieces
“General William Booth Enters
into Heaven” (Charles Ives) and “In
the Alley” (from Five Street Songs).
In both cases he provided a rather
humorous introduction before starting
into a piece in which he was not only
showing his reactions to the music he
was playing but was also slightly living
it. With gestures, movements, and
facial expressions he truly engaged the
audience, even eliciting vocal responses
from some.
Besides vocals and piano there
were many other instruments used in
duets for some interesting matches. For
instance, one such piece was, “Trio in
A minor, OP. 188 – Allegro moderato”
(Carl Reinecke) which was played
with an oboe (Belinda Code) and the
French horn ( James G. Code), along
with a piano accompaniment played
by Lynn Johnson. Both interesting
instruments by themselves, they made
an excellent compliment with James’
rich sound qualities and Belinda’s
dynamic timbre. Another interesting
duo was Danise Ferguson on the cello
and Peter Higham on guitar. e two
really created a resonating feel with
the piece “Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22,
No. 1” (Pablo de Sarasate), making it
seem as though one should only have
to close their eyes to be walking down
a road in Spain.
One of the main highlights of
the gala however, was probably Michel
Deschenes’ performance of “Wind
in the Bamboo Grove” (Keiko Abe)
on the marimba. While playing with
four mallets, Deschenes used some
interesting techniques to produce
the sound effects of this piece. It was
Breastplate by Linda Rae Dornan
Suburbs Standing West by John Christopher Platt
Photos by Jessica Emin
I am constantly reminded
about how diverse
Sackville really is,
especially when it comes to
the arts.
novels; the Artists Anonymous club
is pretty self explanatory; Black Tie
Productions puts on several plays each
year; the Creative Writing Society
experiments with poetry and fiction;
the Dance Society teaches jazz and hip
hop classes and is involved in a show at
the end of every year; the Swing and
Salsa Societies also teach classes in
their respective dance forms and join
the Dance Society in the year’s end
show; the English Society is a club of
literature appreciation; the Garnet and
Gold eatre Society features a musical
every year...the list goes on and on (I
apologize for any I did not mention).
Sackville may be small, it may
be unknown to most of the world,
and Mt. A may not be at the top of
the list of well-known universities
in places like Colorado, but the art
scene is present, alive, and thriving.
It also depends on people like
you, students or not, to support its
accessibility now and for years to come.
probably one of the most enjoyable
performances because of its recreation
of the sounds one would hear from the
rustling of leaves or the impact of a
branch hitting the ground; all through
striking keys. e enthusiasm and
vigor with which he played also helped
in really engaging the audience.
e final performance of the
evening was with Alan Klaus on
trumpet and Lynn Johnson on piano
performing “Caprice” by Joseph
Turrin. It served as good finale for the
concert with both musicians very into
the work and ending on an abrupt,
yet perfect note. e Gala itself was
a wonderful opportunity not only to
hear some great music, but also to be
introduced to the music department’s
faculty. If you missed this performance
don’t hesitate to go the department’s
other performances this year. Whether
you’re a music student or not, anyone
can appreciate the beauty of good
music.
[Deschenes’ performance]
was ... the most enjoyable
because of its recreation of
the sounds one would hear
from the rustling of leaves
or the impcat of a branch
hitting the ground.
21 SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ARTS & LITERATURE
From September 11 to October 3 at
the Struts Gallery, Dennis Austin
Reid, a Mount Allison graduate, will
be treating Sackville to a taste of his
journey home. e main focus of the
exhibit, entitled “Check Points,” is an
exploration of home, which Reid defines
as “that place where you have grown
up or where you have spent a large
part of your life.”e images represent
checkpoints of the journey back to
Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, a trip
Reid says his family makes once a year.
With this theme in mind, it is
obvious why the paintings at the
exhibit all feature landscapes - rivers,
roads, waterfalls, trees. Representing
a state of travel, the first three images
contrast to the last of rooted trees,
which imagines a person who has
found home. Reid uses large canvases
and layers of paint to create images
that are not realistic, but naturalistic in
that they are very obviously paintings.
A characteristic which John Murchie,
the Struts coordinator, points out is
Reid’s very intention. e paintings
reveal an immensity that the viewer
can get lost in, invoking the feeling
of diving into the painting - a
fitting sensation for works featuring
water. ere are also stark contrasts
in shading, creating a rugged, but
beautiful, representation of landscape.
Not only is Reid a graduate of
Mt. A, he also started an art supply
Traveling Home
Maria Maute and Vivi Reich
Argosy staff
A cross dressed version of Queen
and the Von Trapp family singers
shared the stage during the Music
Society’s first “Mount Allison’s Got
Talent Gong Show” on ursday
night at Brunton Auditorium. e
main hall as well as the balcony were
full with a lively audience, leaving
some spectators standing in the aisles.
A total of 24 performances kept the
show going for almost three hours.
e judges, composition professor Dr.
Alasdair MacLean, piano professor
Dr. Stephen Runge, and voice student
Sarah Short, were comfortably seated
on a couch set off to the side of the
Music society brings
“more gong” to Brunton
Maria Maute
Argosy staff
stage to watch the show. Performances
ranged from songs by e Beatles
to the Spice Girls in addition to
stand up comedy, poetry reading, and
contemporary dances. Only a select
few of the performances were gonged
off the stage. After each act, the judges
critiqued the presentation and gave their
professional advice to the performers.
e Music Society raised $285
without charging admissions and
simply asking for donations at the
door. e event was not inclusive
to music students only, but instead
stretched out to all departments.
Sarah McKim, President of the
society, was thrilled by the outcome
of the first-time project and hopes
to have another show in the future.
store in Sackville called the Art
Shack, which now finds its home
in Dieppe, New Brunswick. e
store features an abundance of art
supplies and even offers art courses.
Any art enthusiast who wishes to
get a glimpse of the work of a Mt.
A alumnus, or simply is interested
in reveling in works of landscape,
should take a stroll to Struts soon.
Certain academic buildings host more
than just lecture halls, labs, and the
offices of professors. Specific areas
on campus are designated to exhibit
the works of students and members
of the Fine Arts Department. e
hallway on the first floor of the
Barclay building and the second
floor of the Music Conservatory are
used to display various forms of art.
e art on the main floor of the
chemistry building has an interesting
history. It all began several years ago
when Dr. John Read, the department
head at that time did not like the big
vending machine at the end of the
hallway. He did not want this to be the
first impression someone had of the
Maria Maute
Landon Braverman tap dances in front of the judges.
Maria Maute
The executive of the Music Society opens the show with a song by the
Spice Girls.
to display the art, some changes had to
be made to the hallway: bulletin boards
were removed and the walls repainted.
Art projects from past Fine Arts
students line the hallways of the
main floor, as well as from a former
Chemistry Technical staff member, Bob
Morouney. Some of the art was either
Barclay: more than just chemistry
Maria Maute
Argosy Staff
chemistry department when walking
through the main doors of Barclay.
Passionate about art, Read decided
to turn the hallway into a permanent
gallery. With the help of Dan Steeves,
the printmaking technician of the
Fine Arts Dept., various works were
collected from past and present
members of the department. In order
MTA alumnus brings Newfoundland to Sackville
Nicole Sharp’s “Stitch Stitch Tug,”September 12th at the
START Gallery
Photos by Jessica Emin
Passionate about art, Read
decided to turn the hallway
into a permanent gallery.
loaned or donated to the chemistry
department by past and present
members of the fine arts department,
including the works of Jeff Burns,
Erik Edson, addeus Holownia,
Kip Jones, Jennifer Macklem, and
Dan Steeves. e big sculpture in
the entrance of the building was
created by former student Maskull
Lassaire who was commissioned
by Read to produce this art work.
e art in Barclay has not changed
since then, however, the gallery in the
Music Conservatory is constantly
updated. is space is used to highlight
pieces by the current Fine Art students.
Next time you have some time left
before your next class, why not check
out some art? Instead of rushing
through the hallways, take the time to
enjoy the projects on display for you.
Jessica Emin
22 7+($5*26<‡6&,(1&($1'7(&+12/2*< SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
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Sci/Tech
News Ticker

Settlers of Catan app for iPod and iPhone hits beta
It wasn’t so long ago that going to class
at Mount A meant something very
different than it does today. E-mail and
laptop computers gradually entered the
classroom over the last two decades,
revolutionizing the
way we learn and
communicate. Now, a
new device threatens to
improve even further
the efficiency of our
learning environment,
and you may be able to
find it in your pocket.
e iPhone,
manufactured by
Apple Inc., created
quite a splash when it
hit the shelves in 2007.
One-uping virtually
every comparable
device on the market
at the time, it boasted
exclusive access to
Apple’s “App Store.” Here, users can
wirelessly download applications to
turn the phone - or the similar-looking
iPod Touch - into just about anything.
e University of Saskatchewan is
the first Canadian university to cash in
on the platform’s versatility. Students
now have access, free of charge, to a
campus-centric App Store application
known as iUSask.
Since the app’s launch last month,
from the touch-screen hand-held
device, students can get help finding
classes with their personalized schedule
and map, access their library account,
and even get updated marks including
feedback from the course instructor.
e application also has up-to-date
information regarding sports, campus
events, and research as well as showing
live streaming feeds from webcams
placed around campus - perfect if
you want to check out the progress
of a game from the
confines of the library.
e excitement
of digitizing our
campuses has long
since passed, making
way for this next
step in convenience:
mobility.
Although iPhone
sales in Canada
have been hugely
successful (ordering
one in August would
leave you waiting at
least a month before
backlogged orders
were filled), New
Brunswick has seen a
comparably low number of units being
purchased. As a result, it’s unclear
whether a similar app could now be
viable at Mount Allison. However,
rest assured: for those of you who can’t
muster the willpower to drag yourself
to your desk to check your marks, a
mobile future is certainly on its way to
all schools.
SciTechLink:
iUSask app wiki
http://bit.ly/3rz9cX
Ross MacLean
Argosy Staff
Mobile U
University of Saskatchewan gets App’d
Many of us may remember the
adventures of ‘ASTAR the robot from
the Planet Danger’. ASTAR was
part of the War-Amps public safety
campaign in the 80’s and 90’s, and was
known in particular for his saying:
“I am ASTAR, a robot. I can put my
arm back on. You can’t. So play safe!”
Decades later, this mantra, ingrained
into many young minds, may be
beginning to show its age. As such,
for the sake of the legal and financial
security of the Argosy I should
probably make it very clear: You are
not a robot. You cannot put your arm
back on.
Well, not yet anyway.
One of the latest advancements in
the science of electronically interfacing
with biological brain processes was
made just last year at Eberhard E. Fetz’s
lab at Washington University. ere,
researchers were able to electronically
“replace” the neural pathways in the
subject monkeys’ arms with external
wiring going from the head to the
arm.
Although these movements allow
for little in the form of dextrous
movement, the wiring is indeed the
only connection between the brain and
the arms (as the neural pathways had
been temporarily blocked) and so this
progress is quite incredible.
is development is just one of
many that may one day provide a cure
for paralysis. Nerves are the biological
pathway through which the brain
gives orders to, and receives signals
from, the rest of the body, and so
most forms of paralysis involve severe,
irreparable nerve damage. For instance,
quadriplegics have lost both sensation
in and the ability to use any muscle
from the neck down, usually as a result
of having damaged or severed their
spinal cord neurons, which form the
core of the body’s neural pathways.
It would then seem obvious that the
solution would be to reconnect these
neurons, however, this is a non-trivial
problem biologically. Instead, scientists
sought to use external replacements,
such as wires, and now wireless signals,
to imitate these pathways.
e challenge has been to translate
between the brain’s signals and those of
conventional electronics. e solution
that has surfaced has been to implant
chips in the relevant parts of the brain,
record the signalling, and decode it so
that it can be worked with externally.
e signals can then be sent over wires
or wirelessly to electrodes implanted in
the muscles, stimulating them.
Of course, artificial signalling
research has not been without some
problems.
For instance, early brain chips were
found to be degraded by bodily fluids
and tissues, and the threat of hackers
breaking into the wireless system
controlling people’s limbs is very real.
Artificial signalling must also contend
with an alternative proposed solution
to nerve damage, stem cell treatment.
Stem cells are a special type of cell
found in most multi-cellular organisms
that have the unique ability to renew
themselves as well as the ability to
change into many different forms
of cells that they are in proximity of.
Considering these properties, stem
cells have obvious promise for healing
broken neural pathways by “filling in”
the missing links.
Artificial signalling does not have to
be limited to repairing nerve damage.
People with severed limbs, after all,
have no neural pathways to repair or
imitate in a limb that isn’t even there.
However, this is where ASTAR may
have been wrong, because if we can
imitate neural pathways, we can put
the same artificial receivers inside
robotic limbs, can’t we?
ese “bionic limbs” promise to
provide not only accurate movement,
but also accurate sensory feedback, an
important, if oft-forgotten, piece of
limb capability. Although the current-
generation “bionic limbs” are clumsy,
just like limbs animated by artificial
neural pathways, the future is full of
better, finer, and less bulky machines
for use by amputees - or the occasional
mad scientist.
SciTechLink:
Brain-computer
interface researcher
http://bit.ly/A2lUl
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Robotic limbs moved by brainpower
Groundbreaking research may lead to cure for paralysis
Tyler Valdron
Argosy Contributor

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Microsoft Word may contain thievery
American software giant accused of stealing Canadian software in latest version of word processor
Matt Collett
Argosy Contributor
Like a contemporary adaptation of the
battle between David and Goliath -
one where each combatant is a software
developer, and instead of a slingshot,
Goliath is slain by the US District
Court - software giant Microsoft has
been dealt a blow by a much smaller
foe; a small Canadian company called
i4i Inc. i4i claims that Microsoft
intentionally stole their patented
custom XML technology, and, as
“eye for eye” goes, they reciprocated
Microsoft’s theft with a legal counter
of their own.
i4i is a small Toronto-based
company specializing in mostly
text-based software technologies
for the repackaging and distribution
of digital information . Since its
founding in 1993, i4i has amassed an
impressive array of clients ranging
from pharmaceutical giant Bayer
to divisions of the Smithsonian
Institute. Beginning in 2001, i4i and
Microsoft worked cooperatively in
employing i4i’s patented custom XML
technology into Word as a purchasable
add-on. XML or eXtendible Mark-up
Language is essentially a means of
encoding documents electronically
that is renowned for its simplicity and
cross-compatibility. e technology
which is in dispute is a unique XML
authoring code that was patented
by i4i in 1998. When Microsoft
incorporated XML into Word in
2003 it used i4i’s technology without
permission. It did so again in 2007
when a new edition of Word was
released. When i4i discovered their
code made another undisclosed cameo
appearance in Microsoft’s proverbial
summer blockbuster, they made the
decision to stick it to the man.
e current legal proceedings
begin in March of 2007 but like
anything caught in the whirlpools of
bureaucracy, it takes some time before
anything of interest resurfaces. Now,
over two years later, the fruits of i4i’s
labour are beginning to ripen. is past
May, a Texas jury at the District Court
where the proceedings have been held
(which is notoriously popular for
unbalanced patent infringement cases)
ruled that Microsoft did knowingly
infringe i4i’s patent which resulted in
a significant revenue decline for the
tiny Canuck company. In August, the
court ordered that Microsoft pay $290
million in fines and damages to i4i and
issued a permanent injunction against
Microsoft selling any current or future
editions of Word that use i4i’s tech.
However, earlier this month, Microsoft
was granted an appeal and a stay of
this ruling pending a final verdict. A
panel of three judges will oversee the
case in the Court of Appeals for the
Federal Circuit. e first hearing is set
for September 23.
e implications of this case’s
outcome are monumental should
Microsoft lose. Microsoft Word,
which plays an integral role as the
word processor of choice for the
majority of PC users, would be yanked
from the shelves. e financial impact
on Microsoft will be considerable and
the impact on its distributors like Dell
and HP, both of whom have defended
Microsoft vehemently in court, will
be noteworthy too. It will likely also
result in the ascendancy of currently
fringe-market free-to-use programs
like OpenOffice, which i4i has
specifically stated performs the same
XML functions but without the stolen
technology.
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is all comes only months after
Microsoft was slapped with a $90
million lawsuit from PalTalk Holdings
resulting from patent infringement
concerning the Xbox console and
the popular Halo franchise. In May
of this year, a small security software
developer called Uniloc was awarded
a $388 million judgement against
Microsoft following accusations
of patent infringement. Even just
this month two more companies
An artist’s depiction of the titanic, exhilerating legal battle.
Stuart Townsend
have filed suits against the software
behemoth. Allvoice Development US
and EMG Technology both claim
patent infringement was committed
by Microsoft.
Ironically, this article was written on
Microsoft Word.
SciTechNet:
Summary of
legal proceedings
http://bit.ly/VfWgh
New scientific studies show that
playing Tetris may actually change the
structures in the brain
Remember the days when all you
wanted to do was play your video
games but your parents told you it
would melt your brain? Well, in the
case of the infamous video game
Tetris, the opposite may be true. New
scientific studies have been conducted
that show playing Tetris may do more
than just kill an hour. One study,
which took MRI scans of adolescent
Jennifer Musgrave
Argosy Staff
New study shows Tetris may improve efficiency of your brain, providing excuse for millions of players
girls before and after three months of
playing Tetris, revealed that certain
areas of the brain showed an increase
in grey matter, while others became
more efficient. e conclusion drawn
from this evidence was that focusing
on a visual special task (like a video
game) has the power to alter structures
in the brain along with increasing
brain activity.
is idea, of course, is nothing new;
another similar study was conducted
in 1991 by Richard Haier of the
Irvine Department of Psychiatry and
Human Behaviour, at the University
of California. In his research Haier
scanned the brains of Tetris players
and discovered that good, long-time
players of Tetris actually use their
brain more efficiently than newer
players. Even the new players, after 4-8
doses per week of the game, showed
decreases in their GMRs (cerebral
glucose metabolic rates; these measure
how much glucose your brain uses as
fuel) while their performances at the
game increased tremendously. What
this means is that Tetris can actually
help your brain get more proverbial
miles per gallon.
is research is important because
such evidence shows that playing
mentally stimulating games such as
Tetris may have long term benefits,
such as to fighting off mental decline.
Another study at the University of
Oxford even found that playing Tetris
could help to reduce symptoms of
post-dramatic stress disorder.
is simplistic yet deviously
addictive game celebrated its 25
th

birthday this past June. It owes its
existence to an unlikely inventor, a
Soviet computer scientist named
Alexey Pajitnov. Back in the day, Alexey
was just 29 and working on advanced
computer science research (such
as artificial intelligence and speech
recognition) at the Moscow Academy
of Sciences, but loved to solve puzzles
and math riddles in his spare time. It
was when the department acquired a
new Elektronika 60 computer that he
was able to start turning some of his
favourite puzzles into video games.
Alexey was originally inspired by the
ancient Roman puzzle “Pentamino”
and came up with the title of the game
by combining “tennis” (his favourite
sport) and “tetra” (a Greek word
meaning “four”). Despite its primitive
graphics, the game was an instant hit
once it began circulating Moscow on
floppy discs after it was converted to
an MS-DOS program.
e huge popularity of the game
immediately caught the eyes of some
major publishers, namely Nintendo.
However, because Alexey was an
employee of the Soviet Academy of
Sciences, he was not able to claim any
rights to the game after it was sold by
the government to Nintendo. After
the collapse of the USSR, however,
the Tetris rights were reclaimed by
Tetris: improves brain, procrastinating
Tetris, the incredibly addictive, yet simple, puzzle game, might actually be good for your brain.
Pajitnov with which he formed the
Tetris Company with his friend Henk
Rogers (a game industry entrepreneur
who had assisted Nintendo in acquiring
the Tetris license).
e game’s co-release with the
Gameboy was a smash hit, and still
remains highly popular, representing
10% of all mobile games sold in the
US. To this day it has sold over 35
million cartridges and over 125 million
different derivations of the original
Tetris have been created, breaking
the Guinness World record for most
variations on a single game. e game
now exists everywhere from mobile
phones to graphing calculators and
even on the sides of buildings. Online
alone, Tetris is said to be played at least
a million times per day.
One of the reasons Tetris has
outlasted its competitors in popularity
is simply its addictiveness. Each and
every game is different, and each level
becomes progressively harder, making
it impossible to completely master.
is key aspect is what makes it so re-
playable; there’s a constant to drive to
try again. Most of all however, Tetris
can be related to life as a struggle to
make sense out of and cope with the
random and unpredictable things
which are thrown at you.
Whether Tetris improves the ability
to pack suitcases in the back of a car
remains uninvestigated.
SciTechNet:
Tetris on the
side of a building!
http://bit.ly/13tmjf
Jessica Emin
SPORTS & FITNESS
e soccer season kicked off with a bang
on Saturday as the Mounties hosted the
Memorial University Sea-Hawks. e
first game saw the women end their
four-year quest for a victory, as they
triumphed over the Lady Sea-Hawks
3-2, while the men also won 2-1 over
the Sea-Hawks in the second game.
e Lady Mounties, with Coach
Barry Cooper at the helm for the first
year as Head Coach of both squads,
fell behind early. ey then settled
down for the second half of the game,
providing the Lady Sea-Hawks with an
unexpected fight. Second-year striker
Kailey Bower shot in the equalizer in
the fifty-sixth minute, only to have
MUN go back ahead with a goal by
Heather Williams in the sixty-first.
However, the Lady Mounties
weren’t done, charging back with a
goal from third-year Sara Laking,
and then with the game-winner from
Bower in injury time off a beautiful
feed from first-year Megan Spicer.
Fourth-year Captain Lauren
Ledwell said afterwards, “MUN is
usually considered one of the top
three teams, so it felt amazing to beat
them.” Coach Cooper agreed, saying,
“After such a long time without a win,
we knew this team would do so soon,
we just did not expect today or for it
to arrive with such quality […] We
asked [the] captain Lauren Ledwell,
to set [the] example, which she did.
e team stepped up beside her, with
central defenders Trissa Dunham and
Allie MacLean being outstanding.”
e men’s side came out of the
gates hoping to replicate the success
of the women. However, the first half
remained scoreless with the Mounties
unable to develop their passing game.
At halftime, Cooper emphasized
defense which would in turn bring
chances. e second half was rough,
but saw the Mounties strike twice
with fifth-year Iain MacLeod and
first-year Femi Adegbidi scoring to
lead the Mounties to a 2-1 victory.
Sunday saw the Mounties play host
to the UNB Varsity Reds with the
Mounties emerging with a win and a tie.
In the first game, the Lady Mounties
put themselves on a winning streak,
beating up on the Varsity Reds 5-
1. Sara Laking recorded a hat trick,
while first-year striker Megan Spicer
and first-year midfielder Emma
Young scored their first AUS goals.
e men faced a tougher challenge,
going up against the defending AUS
champions. e Mounties’ first half
was a stark contrast to their efforts
against MUN the day before, playing a
strong and confident game against the
defending champs. First-year student
and Sackville native Connor McCumber
scored his first AUS goal, and the
Mounties stuck with the Varsity Reds
and pulled out a respectable 1-1 tie.
Following this weekends action,
both teams must now stay focused
and hope to continue their success
on the field. For the first time in
many years, the Lady Mounties sit
Soccer success
Lady Mounties end four-year losing streak; men grab four points
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
Saturday’s Scores
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Sunday’s Scores
Women
5
Men
1
1
1
e Mount Allison Mounties
football season got off to a rough
start on Saturday in Wolfville, as
the hometown Acadia Axemen
pounded the Mounties 58-15.
e Axemen used a strong
balanced run-and-pass attack on
offense to get up on the Mounties
24-8 at halftime, and left their
starters in for nearly the whole game.
Jason Bertrand got the start for
the Mounties as quarterback, in his
first ever CIS action. Jake Hotchkiss,
another rookie, saw playing time as
well before suffering a head injury
following a helmet-to-helmet
collision with an Acadia defender.
Acadia opened the game with an
82-yard drive that featured three
conversions on second and long.
Bertrand opened the game
with a completion to Jarrett King
for a first down but was unable
to move the Mounties down the
field, and on Hotchkiss’s first series
he fumbled after a five-yard gain.
Olivier Eddie put the Mounties
on the board with a 48-yard single,
and after a terrible punt by Acadia’s
Kyle Graves, Bertrand found Adam
Molnar on the sidelines for an
unbelievable catch setting up the
Mounties deep in Axemen territory,
and Scott “Train” Brady ran it in from
the one to narrow the lead to 10-8.
Acadia scored twice more
before the half, and scored
again early in the third quarter.
A heads-up play by Jermaine
Oram on special teams put the
Mounties in excellent field position,
and the Brady Train ran it in again,
this time from 11 yards to complete
the Mounties’ scoring for the day.
Acadia would score three
times in quick succession in the
fourth quarter, and would score
again late to finish the game.
Despite not showing sparkling
signs of brilliance, Bertrand and
Hotchkiss held their own in
their CIS debuts, combining for
159 yards on a 61% completion
rate, and only one interception.
Brady led the Mounties with 46 yards
and the two scores on the ground, while
Hotchkiss showed he can scramble
by gaining 43 yards on 4 carries.
Th r e e - t i me Al l - Ca n a d i a n
Gary Ross was held in check all
game, with only five receptions
for 33 yards and no returns at all.
Akwasi Antwi led the defence for the
Mounties despite only playing the first
half, accumulating 8.5 tackles. Matt
omson had 8 tackles, Jeremy Snider
had 7.5, and Ben “Mad Dog” Halpern
also had 7.5, as well as 2 tackles for losses
and the Mounties’ lone sack of the day.
Olivier Eddie had a very strong day
kicking the ball, averaging a career-best
41.1 yards a punt, and 60.7 yards a kickoff.
e Mounties did not escape the
game without injury, as receiver Jarrett
King suffered what at first appeared
to be a serious knee injury in the
second quarter, but is now believed
to not be as bad as it first looked.
However, it is expected to keep him
on the sidelines for two to three
weeks; a huge blow to the Mounties’
receiving corps and special teams.
Freshman linebacker Shane McGilly
was also forced to leave the game in the
first half with a shoulder injury, and
Hotchkiss did not see any time after the
aforementioned helmet-to-helmet hit.
e Mounties are a very young
team, and showed many signs of it,
but also showed signs of promise; Jon
Senman and Nick Kukkonen collected
their first CIS receptions, early in their
career. Local product Tyler Nadolny
had a strong game on special teams,
and fellow Tantramar alumnus Justin
Richard saw a lot of time as linebacker.
Andrew Gillingham and Mario
Basque made their first career starts on
the offensive line, which surrendered
only two sacks to the Axemen defence.
e Mounties will regroup and
host the St FX X-Men (1-0) this
coming Saturday, September 19
in the Homecoming Classic. e
Mounties have won the last two
Homecoming matches against the
X-Men, and will go for the hat
trick in the 2009 home opener.
Game time is 2:00 pm, so come
out and support the Mounties!
Football Mounties lose opener
Lose key players to injury
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
e Rugby Mounties started off the
season in the same way that they
ended the last one; undefeated. e
teams headed to Fredericton to face
off against St. omas University
in a Sunday afternoon showdown.
e women’s team started the
afternoon off with a penalty kick
that put them on the board with
three points. Shortly thereafter, STU
came back to score a try, taking on a
5-3 lead. Before the end of the first
half, Mount Allison recaptured their
lead by scoring another try. At the
end of the second half, the Mounties
came out on top with a 27-10 victory
with Jean Baker scoring two tries,
along with Hilary Nichols and
Meghan MacDonald each scoring
one. Cayleih Robertson was Player
of the Match for the women’s side.
At 3:00 pm, the men kicked off their
season with a whopping 44-5 victory,
ending the first half with 29 points. Ben
Lass scored two tries in his Mountie
Rugby debut as well as being named
as Man of the Match. Among the try
scorers were Chris Clements, Connor
Meagher, Keith Walsh, Reg Ferguson,
and Josh Davis scored two converts.
During play, the men made some big
hits, acting like superheroes to stop
STU from gaining any advantages.
e Mounties face off next against
Holland Collage under the lights on
Friday, September 18, starting with the
women at 7:00 pm. Come out to the Park
Street field to support your Mounties.
Rugby dominates
Men and women crush STU
Rachel Betuik and Amanda
Stewart
Argosy Contributors
Sunday’s Scores
10
27
Men
5
44
Women
Men
Women
Sue Seaborn
On Sunday, September 6, the Mount
Allison Varsity Swim team was
getting ready to set out to swim the
12.9-kilometre Northumberland
Strait. However, after receiving
reports of white caps and three to
four-foot waves, and consulting with
Vice-President Ron Byrne and Dr.
Alison Dysart, it was decided that
it was unsafe for the swim team
to attempt a crossing of the Strait.
Undeterred by the weather, the swim
team set out to make good on their
promise. Local waterbody Silver
Lake provided the perfect venue for
their swim, as each member swam
across the lake and back, a distance
of approximately two kilometers.
In total, this meant the Mounties
swam approximately 28 kilometres or
about twice the distance of the strait.
While the team still does not know
how much money was raised by their
swim, it was an excellent event that
raised awareness across campus and
also encouraged the team to attempt
swimming the Strait next year.
Swimming for a cure
Duncan Bowes
Argosy Correspondent
Football
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atop the AUS standings while the men are in a tie with UNB for first.
25 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
For the first time in eighteen years,
there is a new face at the head of Mount
Allison Athletics. Following the
retirement of Jack Drover, a department
mainstay for thirty-five years, a
nationwide search was conducted to
find the next Athletic Director for the
Mounties. e search committee didn’t
have to look far, turning to Pierre
Arsenault, former New Brunswick
Golf Association Executive Director.
Arsenault is a graduate from
New Brunswick University in
Physical Education and the
University of Ottawa with a master’s
degree in Sports Administration.
Something Mt. A students will soon
come to learn about the new Athletic
Director is his commitment to the Mt.
A sports community. Every aspect is
a consideration; intramural, club, and
varsity sports are all priority. Arsenault’s
goal for intramural sports lies with a
priority to protect involvement and
to include more of the student body.
Varsity teams have impressed Arsenault
with the commitment, the passion of
the coaches, and the student athletes.
Arsenault is optimistic about
the upcoming fall sports schedule
and is also excited for the return of
2008-2009 championship teams in
rugby, cross country, and women’s
volleyball. Arsenault hopes to get
involved to help the Mounties in any
way. Creating support for the teams,
extending resources, and drawing
the right environment for coaches,
athletes, and fans on game day are
some of the steps he plans to take
in making the right atmosphere.
Using the foundation that Jack
Drover established, he intends to move
forward by creating more opportunities
for students and establishing a
program the Mt. A community can
get involved in (students, athletes,
staff members, and community
members) and get excited about.
Each sports team comes with an
assessment process. With respect to
clubs like women’s rugby, lacrosse,
and men’s volleyball, a variety of
considerations are looked at including
the foundation of the current program,
how it fits into the school, and its
potential league of competition.
As for the men’s hockey team,
because of the embedded history, it
is not close to making a comeback.
Arsenault does not plan on
coaching any teams for the upcoming
season, nor in the near future. He
sees his role more as a leadership
and administrative responsibility
and preparing the teams by finding,
creating, and maintaining support with
sponsors, and the Mt. A community.
His roots with Mt. A go beyond the
title of Athletic Director. Arsenault
would come to Mt. A to visit his
girlfriend, now wife Karen, and catch
the odd football game. Now settling in
Sackville and creating a new chapter
in his life, Arsenault looks forward to
everything the Mt. A and Sackville
community has to offer his family.
Son Jack, five, and daughter Jamie,
three, have already become fans of
the football and soccer practices and
cannot wait to cheer at homecoming
along with one-year-old brother Ben.
Arsenault has had the opportunity to
work with many different organizations
in both hockey and golf atmospheres.
When asked how life in Sackville
would compare to living in larger city,
Arsenault said that he and his family
are humbled to be in Sackville, and at
the best undergraduate university in
Canada. Arsenault is very excited and
privileged to have this opportunity
to be part of the Mt. A community.
Arsenault, the Athletics
Department and all participating
sports teams welcome all students to
come out to homecoming weekend
to cheer on the men’s football and
men and women’s soccer games. is
year the Athletic Dept. will have
game day t-shirts on sale for $12 at
the bookstore, and in the Athletic
Emma Kinloch
Argosy Contributor
Pierre Arsenault, the new Mount A Athletic Director has hit the
ground running since he got to Sackville.
Sue Seaborn
An interview with Pierre Arsenault
Welcome back Mounties, and welcome
all new Frosh! I hope everyone’s been
enjoying their first week of the 2009-
10 school year with some awesome
parties and welcome back activities!
It’s a new school year and, like
at New Years, resolutions are often
made such as: no more procrastinating
(that’s one of mine), fewer late nights
(I mean both at bedtimes and in
Jennings), and going to the gym to
work off some pounds. Unfortunately,
motivation is the hardest inspiration
to find when starting these resolutions.
If you’re like me, you’ve just
finished a busy, working summer
and are looking forward to some
relaxation and fun. Exercise doesn’t
always factor into that description.
However, you can still relax while
maintaining or improving your fitness;
it may even help you to relax more!
e first thing you need to do is
motivate yourself to start exercising.
Going to the gym is great, but if you
like walking or running, head over
to the waterfowl park for an easy
but beautiful walk. e fresh air will
keep you energized longer, and there
are several different paths you can
take. Try to do a minimum of twenty
minutes of hard cardio – that means
walking fast, not strolling! You have
to get your heart rate up in order for
the exercise to be really effective.
If you don’t think you have the time
to exercise or if you get easily distracted
by your friends, schedule exercise into
your day-to-day life. Add exercise
to your class schedule at least three
times per week. Schedule it an hour
before or after class; if you schedule
it in, it will get done. If you forget to
check your schedule, write sticky notes
and post them in places you’ll see to
remind yourself to go to the gym.
Motivation also comes easier if you
have a fitness buddy. Find someone
who wants to get into shape or already
goes to the gym and buddy up. ey’ll
motivate you to exercise on your lazy
days and you can do the same for
them. An added bonus: you’ll have
someone to talk to on your walks, or at
least on the walk to and from the gym!
It doesn’t take much to start
exercising. e most you need on a nice
day is a pair of sneakers and your iPod
or a friend. Exercise doesn’t only make
you look good, but it helps you to sleep
better at night, helps you to feel more
awake and less fatigued during the day,
and helps you to feel less stressed. It
may be hard to start, but exercise will
come to you easily after a couple weeks
of regular training. Motivate yourself
and push towards a healthier lifestyle!
Strive for exercise
Nicole Butler
Argosy Contributor
e majority of CFL fans have
strange traditions such as riding
horses in fine hotels and drinking
warm beer when it’s minus 30 and
windy. However, while the fans may
represent an anomaly in terms of
social behaviours,the League is after
all the Canadian Football League, and
the players are typical Canadians - as
Stephen Harper might say: folks who
work hard, pay their taxes, and play by
the rules. When it comes to Labour
Day, it’s no surprise that CFL players
log a solid day’s work. Labour Day is a
Canadian tradition, instituted because
the work week was too long, but work
is never done when you play in the
CFL, so our teams take to the field
in a series of highly emotional games
over the first weekend in September.
Labour Day always represents the
transition from fooling around with
a pigskin to a serious playoff race and
this year the stakes are high. After the
Labour Day Classics and the rematches
last weekend, Montreal tops out the
East at 8-2, followed by Hamilton at
5-5, Toronto at 3-7, and Winnipeg at
3-7. Montreal QB Anthony Calvillo
says he will continue to do what’s in
the best interests of Quebecers. e
West, in contrast, is incredibly tight:
Saskatchewan and Calgary both sit
at 6-4, Edmonton at 5-5, and B.C. at
4-6. My growing up years were very
formative, and I confess that the idea
of the Hamilton Ti-Cats sitting at or
above .500 blows my mind. I watched
them take on the Roughriders when I
was in Saskatchewan this August, and
it was a highly entertaining game. e
Ti-Cats were quite good, considering
they were just visiting (apparently
a tribute to Michael Ignatieff).
It’s that unpredictability that
characterizes Canadian football.
Unpredictability in the weather, the
teams, the fans, and how far the Prime
Minister blasts the ceremonial kick-off
at the Grey Cup. Excitement is what I
miss most when I watch the NFL (no
wonder everyone thinks the best part
of the Superbowl is the commercials).
So this year, if you’ve never followed
the best football league on earth, I
recommend changing your policies
CFL Report
Football and politics
Martin Wightman
Argosy Contributor
and taking in some CFL magic. It’s
a great study break and it might even
inspire you more than EI Reform and
election hype. Grab some warm beer,
throw on that old sweater vest, and
gather around the TV somewhere here
in the cold white North. Somewhere
the ghost of Jack Layton is reiterating:
this was a policy from the kitchen
table, not the boardroom table, and
ordinary Canadians responded.
It’s that unpredictability
that characterizes Cana-
dian football.
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26 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Note: is is the first in a two-part series
covering Wray’s time with the Montreal
Alouettes at their summer training camp.
is past June I was extremely
lucky to have the opportunity to go
and work in the Canadian Football
League for the training camp period,
lasting three weeks at the beginning
of June. I was an equipment assistant
with the Montreal Alouettes, and
it was a whirlwind three weeks that
flew by, but they were three weeks I
am very thankful to have experienced.
e camp was held at the St-Jean
military college in St-Jean-sur-
Richelieu, about half an hour outside of
Montreal. e first person I met upon
my arrival was Marcel Desjardins, the
Assistant General Manager. Within
five minutes, he had called Ronnie
James, the head equipment manager,
and Ronnie was walking me back to
the equipment room based in a squash
court in the sports complex, where
I would spend almost all my waking
hours over the next three weeks.
e other equipment people were
quite a crew; there was RJ, Ronnie’s
son, Serge, a quiet man full of
Quebecois wisdom, Serge (or Sergio),
a very short and rotund old guy
whose favourite sayings all involved
profanity, and Greg, a kid my age who
was blamed (jokingly... sometimes)
for pretty much any kind of mishap.
Our first task was assembling all of
the helmets; we did the rookies first
since they were already at the camp
and would start practicing the next
day. One of the first veteran’s helmets
I was handed was that belonging to
veteran offensive lineman Bryan Chiu.
“Holy crap,” I thought. Chiu is
pretty much a legend, and there I
was putting together his helmet,
his first line of defence against
injury on the O-Line. It all seemed
surreal, and I’m sure my eyes must
have been the size of the helmet to
which I was attaching the face-mask.
e surreal-ness didn’t stop there;
the first player to walk into the
room upon my arrival was Dylan
Steenbergen, the Alouettes’ first-round
draft pick this spring. e freaky thing:
he reminded me exactly of a baby-
faced, slightly toned-down version
of Mounties’ O-Lineman Mike Filer.
e next day, Ronnie assigned me
to be the equipment assistant for
the offensive line during practices.
Interestingly enough, Jon Himebauch,
the O-Line coach, used to coach with
Mounties’ head coach Kelly Jeffrey at
San Diego State. We hit it off really
well, and before the end of the week
he had me holding the offensive script
and O-Line rotation chart for all the
team sessions, which may seem trivial
to some, but it is a big deal, trust me.
I spent most of the week in practice
getting accustomed to “Himey”and his
drills, and what he needed for them.
What time wasn’t spent in practice was
spent doing and waiting on laundry, as
well as finishing all necessary tasks to
be completed by the start of the full
veteran training camp on the Saturday.
It soon became clear that some of
the rookies were just as nervous and
wide-eyed as I was; but unfortunately
for them as players, that meant they
usually didn’t last too long. Cuts came
quickly, and the ominous presence
of head scout Uzooma Okeke in the
players’ dorms was usually a nervous
time for the rookies, as “Uzo” had
the unfortunate job of informing
players it was time to pack it in.
Rookie camp flew by fairly quickly,
and the number of players diminished
from about sixty-five to twenty by the
time Saturday came around. Friday
evening was a really nervous time for
me; that was when most of the veterans
rolled into camp. Here came the guys
whom I have watched on TV for years
in some cases, but they all embraced
me as a part of the team, temporary
though I was. e next two weeks
have become ingrained in my memory
forever as just an incredible time.
Life with the Als
Working a dream job with a CFL team
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
e four months of summer are a time
to take a break from school, work on
getting a killer a tan, and load up on
lots of barbecue. However, for the
varsity Mounties, summer is a time
when personal training becomes key.
Apart from the support of their teams
in Sackville, these student athletes must
juggle their time between summer jobs
and late night bonfires to schedule
in workouts and fitness training.
For Trevey Davis, a fourth year men’s
soccer player, “summer fitness and
training [are] key.” Davis is a member
of the Maine Sting, a club soccer
team in the National Premier Soccer
League. In addition to playing on the
Sting, Davis was also motivated by a
friendly challenge posed by Lauren
Ledwell, the fourth year captain of
the Lady Mounties soccer squad who
claimed to be able to run the furthest
distance in twelve minutes. Ledwell’s
motivation for the challenge stemmed
from an email from Barry Cooper, head
coach of both Mountie soccer squads.
“Players perform the twelve minute
run once a week and email the team
with their distance,” she explains.
“If you see one girl is getting 1.75
miles, you work extra hard to meet
or surpass that standard.” Coach
Cooper also regularly emailed the
top scores around to both squads,
using competition to motivate players
on both sides to push themselves.
Other athletes have taken a more
personalized approach to summer
training. ACAA Rookie of the Year
Caila Henderson focused her training
on two aspects of her game: her
vertical jump and strength. While
she played on a weekly co-ed team,
her training was more self-motivated,
including plyometrics, free weights,
and running at least four times a week.
Not even severe illness could stop the
Mounties’ summer programs. Second
year soccer player Hilary Hamilton
didn’t let a bout of swine flu slow
down her training regime, staying in
shape by playing with the Dartmouth
United Senior Women’s Team in
the Eastlink Premiership Division.
Once recovered, Hamilton kicked her
training to the next level, throwing
in more personal training routines
and running to match the training
regimes of the rest of her teammates.
Across the board, the Mounties
are ready to hit the ground running
and hopefully, the time spent training
will pay off this season on the field.
Summer fun? Try summer run
Mount A athletes stay in shape over the summer
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
ACAA Rookie of the Year Caila Henderson is hoping her
summer workout will help out this winter on the court.
Sue Seaborn
Pictures from camp
The Mountie fall sports teams were back in Sackville early to start
preparing for the upcoming season.
All photos by Callan Field
27 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Athlete of the
Week
Sara Laking
Mountie striker Sara Laking has
won Mount Allison Athlete of
the Week honours for her major
contribution to double weekend
soccer victories over both the MUN
Sea Hawks (3-2) and the UNB
Varsity Reds (5-1). With the two
huge wins, the Mounties now lead
the conference, and Sara is currently
the league’s top scorer with four goals.
In addition, Sara has also been
named the AUS Female Athlete
of the Week for the week
ending September 13th, 2009.
On Saturday, against MUN, Sara
scored the tying goal at 65 min-
utes, after which teammate Kaily
Bower broke the tie with an excit-
ing game-winner at the 90th min-
ute. e victory marked the Mount-
ies’ first win since October 12, 2005.
On Sunday, with the monkeys
off their backs, the Mounties
again showed they are a team to be
reckoned with this season, as they
handed the UNB Varsity Reds a
5-1 loss. In this match, Sara
scored three goals to solidify the win.
Coach Barry Cooper, obviously
very happy with his team’s
improvement, was amazed
by Sara’s performance, saying,
“While the change in fortunes of
Mount Allison Women’s Soccer was
bought about by a superb team effort,
there can be little doubt a major factor
was the ability of Sara Laking to get
the goals when we needed them. In
the tough encounter with Memorial,
she turned the game during the
second half, with an individual effort
that leveled the scores for a second
time. en, on Sunday, against UNB,
she almost single-handedly blew away
the resistance from the opposition
with three goals in five minutes.”
A multi-sport athlete, Sara is a
former star from St. Paul Catholic
School and also played soccer with the
Nepean Hotspurs and coach Bruno
Lavecchia. She is currently in third
year Arts, and majors in Geography.
Other Athlete of the Week
nominees were Chris Vizena
(soccer) and Scott Brady (football).
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The Lady Mounties celebrating one of their many goals from the weekend.
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