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March 11, 2010 Bitching about fruit since 1875 Vol. 139 Iss.

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

Sackville’s newest buisness
has a tough shell
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Community event held with chancellor
Peter Mansbridge connects with students
Maggie Lee
Argosy Contributor
Aramark makes changes to fruit policy at Jennings
Health concerns mean students must ask staff for pieces of fruit
Susan Rogers
Argosy Staff
Callan Field
STUDENT page 4
CRO and
resign from SAC
Julie Stephenson and
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
Chrissy Leblanc
Mansbridge aked organizers to arrange for as many opportunities as
possible for him to meet with students, either formally or informally.
Mount Allison’s new chancellor, Peter
Mansbridge, visited the Mount Allison
campus this past Friday to meet with
students and to allow them to get to
know him better. Many different parts
of the university community collabo-
rated in anticipation of the visit of the
popular anchor from CBC Television’s
e National.
Mansbridge arrived in the early
evening to meal hall and was pre-
sented with his very own student card.
He joined the line up with students in
selecting his meal at the buffet, before
retreating to the banquet room where
he dined with representatives of the
on-campus student body including
House Presidents and Senior Resi-
dence Assistants, along with Student
Life Director Gayle Churchill and
VP International and Student Affairs,
Ron Byrne.
According to Jennifer Hanson, a
third year computer science student,
the presence of the chancellor in Jen-
nings received cheers from the stu-
e SAC’s “Meet the Chancellor”
event followed shortly after in Con-
vocation Hall. is consisted of a half
an hour interview with SAC President
Trevey Davis, and an address by the
chancellor himself. Both segments
were filled with humour, while audi-
ence members gained greater insight
to the chancellor, as well as more seri-
ous reflections on what it means to be
Davis explained that the seven
questions that he posed were chosen
because they reflected the most com-
mon “recurring” themes of the student
input that he received. e decision to
engage with Mansbridge in an inter-
view process was inspired by Mans-
bridge’s own legacy with one-on-one
discussion, and that the question and
answer method was felt to be most ap-
propriate “because it is important to
give Mt. A students the opportunity
to ask their own questions.”
e bantering exchanged between
Mansbridge and Davis onstage caused
much laughter, with Mansbridge
quipping “You keep telling me where
[the students] live, is there something
I should know about?” in response
to Davis specifically mentioning the
hometown of students who had sent
in questions.
Other questions were more critical,
touching on Mansbridge dropping out
of the formal education system, and
why he feels he has the credentials to
represent the university when he him-
self had not completed high school or
officially attended university. Others
sought for Mansbridge’s opinion in
areas of media and education, includ-
ing the emerging trends of technology
and alternative media and its implica-
tion towards journalism; the increasing
imprisonment and death of Canadian
journalists in conflict zones; as well as
the role of creativity in education.
In response, Mansbridge stressed
that while he left education early, the
learning he has received in journal-
ism has been ongoing and invaluable.
He pointed out that “the role of the
chancellor is a ceremonial figure […]
the main role is to confer degrees.” He
said that he is committed to represent-
ing and increasing further recognition
of Mt. A, and aspires to be a “willing
partner in change” and maintain a
“tangible degree of interaction and re-
lationship with students and adminis-
tration.”He noted that this had already
occurred earlier in the evening. Finally,
he stated that he hopes to “make that
really special day as special as he can,”
for each year of graduating students.
Controversy broke out on campus last
week when dining service provider
Aramark began requiring students to
ask for fruit from the salad bar, rather
than allowing them to choose their
own fruit from an open counter, as had
been the previous system.
A notice was posted early last week
announcing the change, and citing
health concerns as the reason behind
them. Aramark came under intense
fire, however, from students who al-
leged that the change was in order to
reduce the amount of fruit that stu-
dents were consuming.
Brian Slemming, Director of Din-
ing Services, said that the change was
for “health concerns only. It’s the only
reason were doing it.” It would have
been done sooner, he said, but the
problem was only recently noticed.
e problem was that students were
touching several pieces of fruit as they
tried to find a piece to eat, spreading
germs through all of the fruit.
Slemming hopes that this change
will reduce the spread of illnesses on
campus, pointing out that it is prime
cold and flu season, and that it is rela-
tively easy for a bug to go through a
student body with such a small popu-
lation. With exam weeks ahead, keep-
ing students healthy is key.
Slemming rejects the student charge
that the change was to stop students
from taking multiple pieces of fruit.
“People can go ask for five or six ba-
nanas, we don’t care,” says Slemming.
“is isn’t Oliver Twist,” said Slem-
ming, “you don’t have to beg.”
In response to another frequent stu-
dent accusation, that the system was
being changed to save money, he add-
ed that Aramark was not saving any
money as a result of the change, due to
the associated extra staffing costs.
Students responded to the change
in policy with angry comments on the
Aramark comment board, and via a
Facebook group. e organizers of the
group posted a letter to Aramark on
the comment board, which has been
gaining signatures. e letter stressed
that the students did not enjoy being
treated like children, suggesting that
they had the ability to make their own
choices about whether their fruit was
clean. ey also pointed out that there
are many other shared utensils at Meal
Hall that would promote the spread of
“Because we have sinks that students
can access, apples can easily be washed
before being eaten. is is where the
insult comes in - we are adults not lit-
tle children; we know how to peel and
wash fruit,” the letter said.
SAC ombudsperson Katherine Joyce
and chief returning officer (CRO)
Darren Mercer both recently resigned
after Joyce filed a complaint regarding
Mercer’s handling of the February 18
SAC executive election.
Joyce said Mercer had spoken with
her earlier that day and “informed” her
of his intent to disregard the new pref-
erential ballot bylaw and count ballots
that had been clearly marked with a
check mark or X as bearing a prefer-
ential 1.
e official complaint outlines that
Section 10.5.1 of the SAC Election
Policy states: “If a cast ballot does not
clearly indicate through numeration
which candidate(s) is preferred, the
ballot is spoiled.”
According to Mercer’s letter of res-
ignation, he made the decision to dis-
regard the election bylaw on February
However, this decision contradicts
Mercer’s original stance as outlined in
the minutes of the February 10 SAC
meeting, which was to act accordingly
with the SAC Election Act. Accord-
ing to Joyce and some SAC executive
members, Mercer did not inform them
of this decision until February 18 —
the final day of executive elections.
Joyce said that she was not opposed
to counting a ballot as a 1 if it gave
“clear indication of the first choice
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e SAC brings in guests on March 3, 2010
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After approval of the minutes and agenda, the
SAC got down to business with reminders con-
cerning the Mount Allison Open House, noting
that everyone should be on their best behaviour,
and about nominations for the Golden A Award,
which are currently lacking.
e first item of discussion was how the resi-
dence councillors feel about the fruit situation
in Jennings Meal Hall, which, judging by the
Councillors’ facial reactions, was not favourable.
e council confirmed that they are working on
getting at least “peelable fruits” out to the pub-
lic and discussed bacteria problems in relation to
Afterward, a discussion led SAC president,
Trevey Davis, focused on conducting a survey to
find out if there is interest in student health care
at Mt. A. Two representatives from Gallavin &
Associates, a consultant network and a possible
candidate for providing Mt. A students with a
health and dental plan, were also invited in to an-
swer any questions the council might have. Gal-
lavin & Associates would help in conducting the
survey in conjunction with the SAC. With the
floor open, well-thought out and representative
questions were posed, including how a student
could opt out of the plan if they already had one
or simply did not desire it/could not afford it; and
what would happen to service and prices if 80 per
cent of students hypothetically opted out .
In response it was revealed that in order to opt
out, a student would have to prove pre-existent
coverage through a very simple process online
or face-to-face. After having done so once, the
student would never have to do so again.e rep-
resentatives also stated that they had no quota
for keeping students on or off the plan and that
in future years the price would be based off the
number of students actually using the plan. It was
also pointed out that some schools have 50-60
per cent opt outs, but do not have any huge price
Eventually it was determined that, while being
mindful of the limitations of survey representa-
tion, it would be necessary in order to understand
student opinion on the matter, which will drive
any future decisions. e survey questions will be
vital for determining the reasons students would
want to opt in or out of the plan. us it was
determined that since Davis and VP Student
Life John Brannen are spearheading the issue,
they should take away the points brought in this
meeting and come up with their own questions
to present at the next meeting.
Other important points that were emphasized
by the guests were that students can choose ei-
ther dental or health plans, or both; that about
95 per cent of schools in Canada have health and
dental plans regardless of their size (the smallest
has only 200 students on the plan); and that the
plan includes out-of-country coverage.
e next order of business had to do with a
recount of the votes for VP External Affairs can-
didates, as ordered by the SAC judicial commit-
tee. In the original count, ballots that had been
marked by checks, and not numeration, were
still counted when such ballots were supposed
to be spoiled. However, the council came to the
conclusion that the overwhelming results of the
election would mean that even if the votes were
recounted, and the spoiled checks were left out,
the results would not change. ere was some
discussion of the possibility of overturning the
recount, as well as how to deal with these prob-
lems in the future in relation to the by-laws. One
guest attending the meeting pointed out that
when he went to vote, the system was incorrectly
explained to him as he was told to rank the first
ballot at the top of the pile, implying that that he
needed to rank the VP Campus Life candidates,
but not the VP External. One member of council
actually turned red laughing though the distinct
reason for this was not quite clear.
e next topic of discussion had to do with
the resignation of the SAC Chief Returning Of-
ficer (CRO) and Ombudsperson. e SAC has a
mandate which states they need to fill these posi-
tions within fourteen days, especially as the CRO
is paramount for upcoming election.
VP External Alex MacDonald gave a report
on the Canadian Alliance of Student Associa-
tions (CASA), explaining that Mt. A’s member-
ship would be ratified on March 7. Science Sena-
tor Nathan Walker pointed out that this might
be a problem, as CASA is at the moment in the
midst of a discussion regarding a change in the
fee structure. MacDonald countered that the
changes will not be huge either way and will
not represent any problem for Mt. A’s payments.
e motion to become full members of CASA
was then passed. Most of the SAC seemed very
pleased with this decision.
“Now that we have federal representation I
think it cements our status as a leading school”
commented Social Science Senator and the VP
External Elect, Mark Kroeker.
Davis presented some of the details about the
university’s draft budget, and then about a li-
brary focus group session with three or four small
groups of students to consult with the library on
space usage. Walker pointed out that members
should go there not as SAC representatives but as
students with concerns that may either agree or
disagree with that of the SAC. Finally, on receiv-
ing the news that Dr. Robert Summerby Murray
would no longer be a member of the staff at Mt.
A next year, the SAC passed a motion to former-
ly thank him for all the service he has provided
to Mt. A over the years, and to wish him best
success in the future.
e next SAC meeting will take place on
March 17 in Avard Dixon room 111. All are wel-
come to attend.
University draft budget break-down
Career counsellor, extra residence beds, and new staff to be included
Fraser Harland
Argosy Staff
e federal government budget wasn’t the only
budget to come out this week that is of interest
for Mount Allison students. On March 8, a draft
version of the university budget was released for
consideration by students, staff, and faculty.
Vice-President International and Student Af-
fairs, Ron Byrne, and Chris Milner, the Budget
Manager presented the draft-budget at an open
session for students, to a group of around twenty
students, most of whom were members of the
Byrne began by lauding the budget explaining
that we have no debt, deficits, or interest pay-
ments to pay off. He also explained that thanks to
lobbying efforts, the university will benefit from
extra funding from the provincial government,
which has increased funding by almost 8 per cent
(from $17,875,314 in 2009-2010 to $19,262,409
for 2010-2011). is is 3 per cent more than had
initially been expected.
e budget revealed increased academic sup-
port positions, new faculty positions, extra resi-
dence beds, but also some increased costs, par-
ticularly for certain groups of students.
A key element that Byrne emphasized was
Enhanced Student Support. As part of this, the
Academic Advisor position will be increased to
full-time, and a part-time Career Counsellor po-
sition will be added. Byrne said that this decision
was largely influenced by the suggestion of the
Indeed, Byrne closed his presentation saying,
“I would be remiss if I did not thank the SAC for
their submission.”
SAC President Trevey Davis noted that it was
clear the administration had taken the SAC’s
ideas into consideration.
“We’re thankful that the administration has
put as much stock in our budget as they have,”
he said.
Regarding academics, there are provisions in
the budget for a new tenure-track position in so-
ciology beginning next year, and a tenure-track
position for a discipline in the Arts beginning
in July 2011, which has yet to be assigned. ere
has also been a three-year contract added for An-
thropology and increased technical support for
Biology and Psychology.
e office of Research Services will also have
increased funding. Byrne said that this will help
more faculty win major research awards, and in
turn get more students employed, as they are
hired by faculty with new funding.
Somewhat of an unforeseen expense was a
one-time allocation to the library to help resolve
a structural deficit problem. On the positive side,
thanks to this funding and new endowed fund-
ing, the library acquisitions budget will be the
largest in its history.
Another additional expenditure will see seven-
ty-seven new beds added to residences. Accord-
ing to the Director of Administrative Services,
Michelle Strain, twenty-one of these will be in
the Anchorage, which will be renovated and con-
verted into a residence.
ere will also be seven beds added to the base-
ment of Bermuda house and thirteen added to
the basement of Windsor. e remaining thirty-
six beds will be put into Campbell where thirty-
six single rooms will be converted into doubles.
In terms of tuition, Canadian students will
have no increase in tuition next year due to the
provincial government’s freeze. However, inter-
national students will face an increase of approxi-
mately 5 per cent. Given that international stu-
dent tuition is $13,400 annually, this will mean
an increase of over $650.
Byrne defended this move saying that “in the
spirit of fiscal sustainability” the administration
could not delay further on this tuition hike. He
also cited the International Affairs Unit, Interna-
tional Office, and expanded international orienta-
tion as new elements on campus, which enhance
the experience of international students.
Another new element is the development of
a university Green Fund. According to Milner,
savings that are made on utilities in a given year,
through renovations or refurbishment, will be put
towards a green fund. is year, due to a boiler
being converted to natural gas, among other
things, $202,000 was placed in this fund. How-
ever, at this point, the administration is unsure as
to how this money will be spent.
e budget also covered points on faculty and
staff salaries, pensions, insurance, equipment and
maintenance, and an emergency reserve fund.
is draft budget has been released early so
that students can comment on its contents. Stu-
dents with questions or concerns are encouraged
to contact Byrne at rbyrne@mta.ca or Milner at
is week in the world
A weekly miscellany compiled by Kristina Mansveld
Julie Cruikshank
Iraqi elections full of violence
A security force of 200,000 stood by
in Baghdad alone as voters turned
out in what has been called the most
fiercely competitive election in the
nation’s history. A plethora of can-
didates, including many unveiled
women. Forty-nine year old Mahir
Jahil exclaimed that he cared “more
about changing the country than
about this intimidation” as he cast his
vote where mortars had hit only min-
utes earlier. Kamal Fadil, in charge of
a Baghdad voting station, explained,
“We are Iraqis. We have had it much
worse than this.” Meanwhile, Al-Qa-
eda attempted to impose a curfew
and warned that anyone who voted
would answer to “God’s wrath and
the Mujahideen’s weapons.”
Violence kills 120 in Nigeria
e village of Dogo Nawaha near Jos
was the scene of a pre-dawn mas-
sacre on Sunday. Residents say gun-
men swarmed into the village, firing
into the air to force villagers out of
their homes, only to attack them
with knives and machetes. Mostly
women, children and elderly people
were killed in the attack, as in similar
attacks in the nearby villages of Ratsat
and Zot. e attack seems to be the
latest in a string of violence between
Muslims and Christians; 300 people
were killed in Jos in January, while at-
tacks in previous years are said to have
left at least 1,900 people dead in the
Armed robbery at Poker Tournament
Six armed men stormed a Berlin
poker hall to stuff wads of 500 Euro
notes into a backpack and escape into
a shopping centre. e men, armed
with revolvers and machetes, overcame
security guards and threatened a bell-
man before making off with the bills,
the exact amount of which remains
unknown. e robbers were likely at-
tracted by the 1,000,000 Euro prize,
investigators say.
Chilean police crackdown on looters
Streets in the quake-ravaged city of
Concepcion, Chile were strewn with
sofas, televisions and crates of liquor
after Chilean police threatened to
search homes for looted wares. Police
had publicized plans to comb resi-
dential neighbourhoods armed with
riot shields and tear gas. Humberto
Cifuentes, a fifty three year old re-
pairman, described the looting as
“collective psychosis.” He explained
that,“One person went out to steal,
and then everyone followed. is was
not done out of necessity. I can’t ex-
plain it. It was unjustified.”
Swiss deny abused animals lawyers
e referendum proposing legal rep-
resentation for abused animals, and
hailed by Swiss animal rights activists
as an attempt to enforce the country’s
strict animal welfare, failed miserably
on Sunday. Switzerland’s lone animal
rights lawyer, Antoine F. Goetschel,
commented that authorities often drop
animal abuse cases because they are
unsure about animal rights law. Mean-
while the proposal’s opponents argued
that such a policy would burden tax-
payers with unnecessary expenses.
Earthquake hits Eastern Turkey
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Tur-
key early Monday morning, with
a reported death toll of fifty-seven
people at the time of printing. Over
forty aftershocks followed. e epi-
centre was in the village of Basyurt in
Elazig province. Houses in this region
of the world are built out of precarious
mud-bricks and were easily destroyed
by the disaster. Turkish Prime Min-
ister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that
“mud-brick construction is undoubt-
edly a local tradition. But unfortu-
nately, it has proved to have a heavy
price.” Meanwhile, local residents ac-
cuse the government of having done
little to assist with building projects
in the region, despite the fact that
it lies on the North Anatolian fault
line. is quake follows a 6.4 magni-
tude earthquake in Taiwan last week,
the Chilean earthquake at the end of
February, and the quake in Haiti in
Tuition for international students rises 2.1 per cent
Explanatory meeting held, but international student reaction to the increase is mixed
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
e release of Mount Allison Univer-
sity’s draft budget for the upcoming
year had a surprise for international
students: their tuition will increase
by 2.1 per cent, or around 5 per cent
per student. Meanwhile, domestic stu-
dents’ tuition will stay the same.
Domestic tuition can’t be raised by
the university, since tuition levels have
been frozen by the New Brunswick
government for the last few years.
“In actual fact those tuition freezes
we get fully funded for [by the pro-
vincial government], for domestic stu-
dents,”explained Ron Byrne VP Inter-
national and Student Affairs. “So there
has been no tuition money from gov-
ernment to make up for shortfall and
the increased expenses that come from
serving our international students.”
is means that the University can
fund rising expenses while the gov-
ernment pays what would have been
charged to domestic students through
their tuition. e portion of expenses
that international students would have
also covered is not paid, although the
University has not raised their tuition
in the last two years.
“is year we are going to move
forward with a change in the tuition
structure [...] and that comes about,
primarily because the overarching
theme of our budget […] is a sustain-
ability exercise,” said Byrne. For the
administration, this type of sustain-
ability means being able to provide the
same quantity and quality of services
to students in the future as is provided
to students now.
Additionally, the University has
greatly expanded the services offered
to international students – and to Ca-
nadian students who want to get in-
volved with International Affairs office
here at Mt. A, whether it be through
employment, a study-abroad pro-
gramme or a mentorship programme.
Some of the services that have ap-
peared in the past few years, and
planned for the next include: estab-
lishing the international affairs unit,
hiring a full time manager of interna-
tional affairs and expanding the role
of the international advisor, increasing
the level of student employment in the
centre, modifying the international
lounge, expanding the international
orientation week, and piloting a new
mentorship programme.
An Academic Success Programme,
including effective writing workshops,
has also been enhanced “to specifically
target international students at risk”
said Byrne. He sees sustainability as
key to being able to continue the ex-
pansion of these services.
Pronoti Majithia, the International
Advisor, agrees that in order to make
internationalization a priority in the
long-run, it has to be sustainable.
Many of the new services and activi-
ties offered for international students,
as well as the monitoring of these pro-
grammes have been added on to the
current staff’s normal workload, and
they will appreciate the extra staff sup-
port that the increase will allow.
Meanwhile, SAC International
Councillor, Gurleen Sidhu, com-
mented that “although many students
have acknowledged the recent services
introduced by the International Cen-
tre […] the majority of them have re-
mained unaffected by these programs.
ey have questioned the notion of
“some services being solely for inter-
national students” when in fact these
have catered to the demands of a select
few, within the international student
A special meeting was held with
international students to explain the
proposed increase. Student reaction
has been mixed.
“I think a clear connection between
the hike and the reasons why this hike
is necessary, is missing and this is lead-
ing many students to question its ne-
cessity,” said Sidhu. “Quite concerned
about the permanent nature of the
hike as well. With the removal of pres-
ent tuition freeze for domestic stu-
dents, the international student body
could end up paying even more in the
near future.”
Overall the students seemed to ac-
cept the circumstances.
“[Students] asked questions,” said
Pronoti Majithia, the International
Advisor. “Everyone understood and
didn’t think it was unreasonable,” she
said of all those who had spoken or
emailed her about their concerns.
Majithia referred to her own ex-
perience as an international student,
acknowledging that it is difficult but
that “there is an annual increase in the
budget and international students have
to expect and budget for it.” She also
pointed out the Canadian students’
families pay income tax in Canada,
which subsidizes their university fees,
and that, depending on where they
are from, most international students’
families would be benefitting from the
same in their home country.
First year student Justina Awe un-
derstood the explanations for the in-
“We just hope the International
students see the result of the excel-
lent services that will be provided next
year,” she stated.
Alisha Merchant, a first year Bio-
chemistry student expressed the diffi-
culties of having to pay higher tuition.
“It is really good that Mount Al-
lison cares about its international stu-
dents and wishes to help them in every
possible way , but I don’t think swell-
ing the tuition fees is the way. It gets
tougher for students to manage their
yearly budget,” she said.
Byrne explained that Mt. A’s schol-
arship and bursary programmes will
“continue to be fully accessible to in-
ternational students, which, by the
way is quite unusual [for a Canadian
university] [...] we know that for some
students that this is a pressure point.”
“Definitely the administration is go-
ing to continue looking for new fund-
ing,” added Majithia. She pointed out,
however, that donors are more eager to
give if they see a strong international
presence on campus, which requires
the funding for more activities.
e revenue from the tuition in-
crease will be split between the Stu-
dent Affairs Department and the Uni-
versity’s general operating budget . If
the target number of 160 international
students is reached then the increase
will provide $107,000 in revenue.
Student Affairs will directly receive
$45,000 of this.
Byrne does not feel that the in-
creased fees conflict with the aims
of internationalization that are a key
part of the University’s plans for the
“Tuition is always a factor that one
has to be sensitive to, but when we
compare ourselves across this country
and even in our region […] this per-
centage of 2.1 is by far not the most
significant formula,” he pointed out.
e University made a comparison
of international tuition fees across
the country and found that heading
west, the fee levels increased. Mt. A
also compared favourably within New
“We also are fully aware that Mt.
A provides a quality education and a
quality experience,” said Byrne, “and
in our experience our students under-
stand that, and their families under-
stand that and they’re willing to see
that as the investment that needs to be
He pointed out that while “one nev-
er jumps for joy with raising tuition” it
is a primary source of revenue for the
university. “We tried to keep it as low
as we could but at the end of the day
we have to be sustainable.”
International student Vivi Reich is the MASSIE Student Coordinator.
Employing more students in the International Centre is one of the
opportunities that has cost the university money in recent years.
Jessica Emin
Warchild hosts dance marathon
Participation low, but primary goals still achieved
Kristina Mansveld
Argosy Correspondent
Warchild executive members were on duty for the marathon all day.
Callan Field
e Pub closing on March 31
University will continue to use the space as a Pub in April
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
After months of financial troubles,
the Tantramarsh Club will be closing
permanently on March 31. However,
a pub venue run by the university ad-
ministration will continue to exist dur-
ing April.
“What I can say now is that the
space occupied by the Tantramarsh
Club will continue to serve students as
a pub after March 31

and all the usual
year end functions will take place,”
stated David Stewart, VP Administra-
e shift in management is not in-
significant, as the Pub has been stu-
dent owned and run since its inception
in early 1974. In 2003-2004, the in-
surance coverage for the Pub changed
significantly, and it began encounter-
ing financial challenges. e move to
the Wallace McCain students Centre
from the old building also had a detri-
mental effect on the Pub’s income.
e decision was made to close be-
fore the end of the academic year be-
cause the liquor license will expire as
of the end of March.
“We can’t [do] part year renewals, so
it didn’t make sense to purchase a full
year’s license for the end of the term,”
said Pub Manager Jonathan “Scooter”
Clark. He also pointed out that the
Pub would have closed after April 9
anyways, and that early April was un-
likely to be a busy time because of the
Easter weekend.
e University has temporarily sus-
pended the Pub’s rent for March and
April, when the lease ends. ey will
only be paid if there are leftover funds
after all other parties have been paid.
“Making sure that the government
is paid first is our biggest concern right
now, for HST and payroll taxes,” con-
firmed Clark. He said that the only
other major payments the Pub needs
to make are to the employees, and
then, if possible, the University.
Meanwhile, Stewart says that it is
too early to know the details of what
kind of establishment will be put in
the Student Centre to replace the
Pub. However, he is confident that the
university will be able to take over the
running of a pub in April.
“I can say this with confidence be-
cause we are experienced in managing
operations and there is nothing about
this specific operation that would pres-
ent us with any difficulties.”
He specified that the space will be
available to students “whenever the
building is open whether the bar is
open or not,” and that student employ-
ees will continue to work in the space.
“We want the space used by stu-
dents as much as possible and we want
to generate as much student employ-
ment as we can in that space,” he con-
firmed. Students will also be involved
“as we move forward to ensure that the
space is used to their best advantage,”
he said.
Before the Pub closes, its alcohol
inventory has to be emptied as it is not
legal to transfer alcohol to another li-
censee. Clark does not see a problem
with getting rid of the remainder.
“Our normal inventory has his-
torically floated around $10,00 to
$12,000. Right now, we’re floating
around $3000, and I’m pretty much
buying only the absolute essentials,
on a daily basis. We did a good job of
draining the inventory when the old
Pub closed, and I think we’re going to
be even more prepared this time.”
is is partly because of the major
events booked for the reminder of the
month, including trivia nights, and
members-only nights with larger than
normal drink specials.
Clark is encouraging students to
“take advantage of [the Pub] while
you can.”
“Students will be able to enjoy all of
the other downtown bars all year next
year, so our main priority is to make
sure that in our last three weeks before
closing, people enjoy the Pub as much
as possible.”
The Pub has to sell off all of its remaining alcohol before closure, so expect many special deals in March.
Callan Field
Student complaints are numerous
Aramark admits that there have
been some logistical problems with
changing the fruit policy, but they are
working on the problems. In response
to a student comment requesting a
wider range of fruit, more types of
fruit have been available to students in
the past few days.
Student opinion on the topic has
been varied, with many students pro-
testing the changes, and other agreeing
with the changes made. Even amongst
those on the Facebook group, there
have been arguments about the valid-
ity of the claims made by students.
Student organizers, who wished to
remain anonymous, provided the Ar-
gosy with a statement on Sunday.
“We are very happy with the new
selection of fruit, but see many chances
to spread bacteria and viruses with how
the staff are handing us our fruit. ey
go straight from whatever task they
are doing (handling containers, open-
ing cabinets, cutting vegetables etc)
to handing us the fruit. Even though
they are wearing gloves, not everyone
who has touched these things wore
them. ere is also the fact that we
know people who have said they did
not like the fruit they got and handed
it back and were given another. We are
no longer fighting for the fruit to go
back to where it was as we love the
extra fruit we have been getting and
hope it is permanent. However, we
would like to see meal hall staff at that
station take extra precautions to make
sure that they really are preventing the
spread of pathogens.”
First year, Allesondra Roddick ar-
gues that “people touch the bagel
cutter about three to four times more
than they would touch fruit, so if we’re
going to go to the extreme route of
getting rid of fruit we may as well go
to the extreme of getting rid of forks,
plates, the bagel cutter, the tongs[…
]the cups and everything else that ev-
eryone touches.” She adds that several
times recently she has been given fruit
that isn’t yet ripe.
Vijay Jeyapalan, also a first year said
that the transition could have been
better done.
“I think the variety that they are of-
fering is better, but the method they
went about integrating us into this
new fruit situation, they went about in
the completely wrong way.”
For the time being student opinion
remains mixed, but it seems unlikely
that student demands to have the old
system reinstated will be met in the
near future.
Continued from front page
Jessica Emin
Eight decades of music were played
at the Pub on Friday as Warchild Mt.
A hosted a Dance Marathon. Held
from 1:00 pm into the wee hours of
Saturday morning, Mount Allison’s
Warchild group challenged teams of
students to dance for twelve hours
Tristan Roddick, one of the group’s
executive members, explained that
“the marathon was meant to be an
all-around event for Warchild.”
While the original aim was to have
teams of students sign up in advance,
this did not yield much participation.
However, Roddick said that the group
still considers the event a success. e
evening was aimed at raising “both
funds and awareness,” he continued.
Although Roddick admits that the
group “didn’t make the gains we’d
hoped” in terms of awareness, it was
still very useful in terms of the group’s
Sasha Van Katwyk, another
executive member, elaborated: “We
knew we were hitting people at a
bad time; we tried to create teams
so people wouldn’t have to devote so
much of their own time, but this didn’t
seem to inspire much participation.”
Individual students still came out to
dance, although not for the entire
time the Marathon was running.
Overall, Roddick is confident that the
group’s overarching goal, “to provide
our dancers with a good time” was
Collaboration with the Pub and
its staff was an important part of the
marathon. e upcoming closure
of the Pub means that events such
as this are numbered. How campus
groups will host fundraising events
in the future remains to be seen. e
Warchild group reports that the Pub
was very supportive of their effort.
Warchild is disheartened by the
loss of such a valuable fundraising ally.
“e Pub’s closing is inconvenient and
saddening for many groups on campus
who have relied on it as a great venue
for events,” Roddick noted. “We’ll see
what we can work with at that time,
and see what we can make of it.”
Van Katwyk added, “We hope
that any new establishment is as
appreciative of its customers, but
without a board that includes students
it’s very hard to know.”
For more information please
contact email warchild@mta.ca
Students absent from rone Speech
But might save on their next cell phone bill
Josh O’Kane
CUP National Bureau Chief
TORONTO (CUP) — Michaëlle
Jean referenced universities and col-
leges only once in Wednesday’s sev-
enty-five minute speech from the
Don’t worry about specifics, though
— they were only vaguely mentioned
as recipients of projects as part of the
federal government’s economic action
e speech opened the third ses-
sion of Canada’s fourtieth Parliament.
e throne speech, read by the Gov-
ernor General on behalf of the federal
government, traditionally outlines the
agenda for the upcoming parliamen-
tary session.
e speech did mention students
— aboriginal students, in the one ref-
erence — saying that the government
will work to “support (aboriginal) stu-
dent success and provide greater hope
and opportunity.”
No reference was made, however,
to the support that was entirely with-
drawn from the First Nations Univer-
sity of Canada last month — in a move
student representatives have called
“outrageous” — or any strategic plan
going forward for the school, which
may soon have to close its doors.
Canada’s youth, who saw their high-
est-ever rate of unemployment last
year, need not scour CPAC tapes or
scan the nearly 6,000 word speech for
a strategic plan to avoid the problems
of yesteryear. Unemployment — along
with poverty and homelessness — was
only briefly mentioned by Jean, who
said the government “will continue to
work on job creation and job protec-
e throne speech comes after a
two-month parliamentary hiatus,
which Prime Minister Stephen Harp-
er requested of Governor General Jean
in December so as to allow the Con-
servative government to “recalibrate”
their economic action plan for Ca-
nadians. e speech detailed plans to
curtail the federal government’s huge
budget deficit, largely by slashing ex-
Highlights from Jean’s speech in-
cluded opening up Canada’s telecom-
munications market to foreign com-
petition — meaning that, in light of
the lack of a post-secondary education
strategy, students might save on future
cell-phone bills if new competition
drives down prices. She also suggested
that Parliament “examine the original
gender-neutral English wording of the
national anthem,” which currently re-
fers to “all thy sons command.”
Harper’s political opponents were
quick to voice their displeasure. Op-
position leader Michael Ignatieff
called the speech a “sorry collection of
old stuff,” and told reporters that the
money-saving plan to freeze politi-
cians’ salaries is “not a deficit-reduc-
tion plan.”
NDP leader Jack Layton criticized
the lack of a “comprehensive plan to
get people back to work,” and Bloc
Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe said
the speech neglected Quebec.
For the full text of the speech, visit
Internet Photo/e Globe and Mail
e remainder of the interview was
upbeat and prompted antidotes from
Mansbridge that revealed his more
personal side. e audience learned
that in hockey he is a Maple Leaf fan,
and that he does not have an image
consultant. He recounted his experi-
ence wearing the signature garnet and
gold Mt. A scarf two weeks ago at the
Vancouver Olympics Games, where
his choice of accessory became the
focus with whomever he encountered,
most of whom were curious about
his affiliation with Harry Potter, or
whether he had once played football at
Florida State University, which shares
the same colours.
Following the interview, Mans-
bridge delivered an address on his per-
sonal history and career experiences.
Career highlights included his hu-
morous encounter with U.S. President
Barack Obama, and the occasion to be
on location at fall of the Berlin Wall.
“If there is one thing to retain,” said
Mansbridge, it was that as Canadians,
“caring is part of the legacy we get to
uphold and maintain […] don’t be shy
about caring as we work towards our
goals.” To contextualize this he cited
examples from his own experience
with the 2004 Asian tsunami, a com-
memorative event which celebrated
Canadian’s contribution to allow the
Dutch to regain their freedom, and an
encounter with women rights advo-
cates in Kabo, Afghanistan.
After the reception at Convocation
Hall, a reception hosted by Leadership
Mt. A was held at Gracie’s Café, where
students, staff and member of the ad-
ministration gathered to meet with the
Students’ and staff’s perceptions of
Mansbridge and the event were quite
“It was really cool to have him come
and talk about what it means to be a
young Canadian and for [the] school
to have him as a chancellor, so I am
quite honoured,” said first year politi-
cal science student Chris Mah Poy.
Pam omson, a third year psychol-
ogy student, especially appreciated
Mansbridge’s discussion as an oppor-
tunity to learn about him not only on
a personal level but also to hear his in-
sights on Canadian culture.
“ I didn’t know that he didn’t gradu-
ate from high school or didn’t go to
university,” she added. “I am really
glad that he gave us the opportunity
to know him more, and to hear his
story […] it makes him more human,
more Canadian and more than a fig-
Hanson, enthusiastically exclaimed,
“I just love the fact that when he went
to Meal Hall, they didn’t do anything
to try and cover up the quality of the
food at meal hall. He ate the same food
as us[…]that’s amazing!” However, on
a more serious note, she explained his
presence on campus and level of en-
gagement with the student, “make the
role of the chancellor more than a ran-
dom appointment, he’s actually here
and that it matters to him.”
“My favourite part was to hear his
answers to students’ questions […]
some of the questions were ambiguous
but he gave these wonderful, full an-
swers and related to things really inte-
gral to students”said Elissa McCarron,
a third year Psychology student.
Keleigh Annau, a second year and
Residence Assistant of Cuthbertson
was present at the dinner event. She
was impressed by Mansbridge’s level of
interest in student life and concerns.
“What I really appreciated our en-
counter at our dinner was how eager
he was to hear what was occurring on
campus […] he kept directing ques-
tions to what our concerns were. As
a Canadian icon, I didn’t expect him
to be so down to earth and I was very
ird year political science and Ca-
nadian Studies student, Sam Gregg-
Wallace, found that “to see him tonight
[…] on the other side of the table was
very intriguing, to see his Canadian
colloquium come through is I think
really impressive, it puts a human side
to e National.”
Gregg-Wallace added that Mans-
bridge’s assessment of Canadian cul-
ture was most intriguing. “He plays on
volunteerism, contribution to service
and new immigrants […] multicultural
heritage is a very good representation
of Canadian and gives us a perspective
through his thirty years of service.”
VP University Advancement, Gloria
Jollymore, who was responsible for the
logistics of Mansbridge’s Friday visit,
shared with e Argosy, that this visit
came from his own initiative.
“He expressed a real interest [to
come] while the students are still here
[…] he asked us to organize a number
of different things the maximize op-
portunity to meet with students for-
mally or informally.”
While the administration “were
quite involved with organizing the
logistics,” Jollymore credited the SAC
and Student Life office for their ideas
and leadership in the execution of the
Ryan Sargent, VP Campus Finance,
highlighted that this occasion allowed
for “a real collaboration between SAC,
House Presidents, Aramark, Student
Services, Housing, really everyone
on campus and every department on
campus came together.”
When Mansbridge was asked if he
felt his presence brought the commu-
nity together, he was cautious.
“It is nice people are feeling that way,
but it’s my first visit,” he laughed, “so
we’ll see how that continues.” How-
ever he also emphasized that “what’s
important here for me on this trip is
that it’s driven by students. at’s the
only thing I said when I said I’d like
to come here and hear from them. e
administration was great about that
and that’s how the day went.”
Mansbridge answered students’ questions about himself, the media, and Canadian culture
Continued from front page
Resignations overshadowed by SAC Election complaints
Continued from front page
Instead, her complaint focused on “the
manner in which the CRO’s decision
of February 18, 2010 was made.”
Members of the SAC executive
stated that when Mercer approached
them about his intentions around
counting ballots, they clearly explained
it was a decision for Mercer to make
and they could have no part in it. VP
academic Sarah Carrigan-Kent said
she explicitly explained to the counters
and scrutineers prior to counting the
ballots that the decision was exclu-
sively Mercer’s and did not reflect the
opinion of the executive.
Although Joyce’s complaint was not
made official until after the counting
process began, several parties were
informed of her intent to file a com-
plaint, including members of the ex-
ecutive, Mercer and Stephen Middle-
ton — who is SAC chair and judicial
committee member.
Joyce formally filed a complaint by
emailing Middleton the night of the
ballot counting, but after the counting
had begun.
Joyce was head of the judicial com-
mittee, but vacated the position in or-
der to submit her complaint as it cre-
ated a conflict of interest.
Middleton filled the position as
per SAC bylaws. Mercer explained
in an email to e Argosy that he re-
ceived official notice from Middleton
at 10:53 pm via email on February
18 that the judicial committee would
meet on February 19 at 8:30 am to ad-
dress the issue. Middleton also paid
Mercer a visit while ballots were being
counted to alert him to the complaint
and to request that the ballots not be
destroyed after counting as they were
in contention.
According to multiple sources, the
ballots were locked in the SAC of-
fices after counting had finished and
no further action was taken until the
judicial committee meeting took place
the next day.
e formal ruling of the judicial
committee was such that Joyce did
have the authority start an investiga-
tion into the issue, but that she would
recuse herself from any votes on that
topic. Secondly the committee agreed
with the complaint, that Mercer did
not have the authority to disregard the
bylaws. A recount was ordered to be
conducted according to the established
SAC policies. Any ballot that did not
have numeration would be deemed
spoiled. e results were sent out in a
student-wide email following the con-
clusion of the meeting.
Joyce, who handed in her resigna-
tion on February 19, said that her
choice was motivated by her mounting
frustrations with the SAC.
“I didn’t think I would have to re-
sign […] but I didn’t believe, and still
don’t believe, that I could put all my
issues aside — my personal issues —
and actually act impartial if someone
brought the complaint to me as om-
budsperson,” she said.
“is was an ethical problem […] I
know about it, I can’t not make a com-
plaint about [the problem].”
Mercer — who asked that his offi-
cial resignation letter given to council
on February 28 be used as his state-
ment to e Argosy — resigned be-
cause he felt he acted within his rights
as CRO, but did not have “the will or
desire” to appeal the judicial commit-
tee’s decision.
“I find myself unable to accept the
ruling of the judicial committee, yet
unwilling to be the cause of any fur-
ther delay in the business of council,”
explained Mercer.
e ballots were counted a second
time after the judicial committee’s rul-
ing and the results revealed no change
to the winners of the contested execu-
tive positions, though the number of
spoiled ballots changed.
After the second count, 110 ballots
in both the VP external and VP cam-
pus life races were considered spoiled.
Mark Kroeker won the former by 139
votes and Pat Joyce won the latter by
261 votes.
To read the full text of Mercer
and Joyce’s resignation let-
ters as well as Joyce’s official
complaint, visit www.argosy@
I woke up at 7:30am on Monday after
the break with a zest for the week.
Even as I lay in bed listening to the rain
pound my window I was still feeling
optimistic. Fortunate enough to live
in Harper Hall, I walked to breakfast
at Jennings through a dry and warm
tunnel. Getting to class through the
freezing rain wasn’t too bad either; I
couldn’t see through my glasses but I
wasn’t too worried. Sometime during
my 8:30 class the heavy rain had turned
into heavy snow. So. leaving Crabtree, I
brushed it off as maritime weather and
thought nothing more of it. Getting
back to res. I went to the CNN website
and saw headlines of damage from the
earthquake and fears of looting in the
tsunami defeated coastline of Chile.
Fifty-five people have died in the
European storms through Spain and
France, and grizzly bears are moving
into polar bear territory; all this a short
time after the disaster in Haiti. While
this may seem like a coincidence,
natural disasters are occurring more
and more frequently.
Now I’m not predicting the end of
the world; I’m just saying that I’m
getting a little nervous. No species has
ever had an impact on the Earth like
we have. Railroads have existed since
the Diolkos, a paved trackway near
Corinth, in the ninth century BCE
and evidence of the track remains
despite the 2,710 years that have
passed. Over time we have surpassed
any limitations to our survival by
constructing, circumnavigating, and
inventing. Now while I am impressed
by our abilities to invent our way out
of problems, I have become aware of
how this has made us complacent as
a general public towards the issues of
the environment.
It is not enough to wait around until
someone finds a new, more efficient
source of energy or a lower impact
way to produce materials. Large-
scale participation is key in making
a difference. Granted that while
unplugging your fridge or turning your
light out may not seem imperative, it
is this mindset that is so damaging.
Such ignorance is the primary reason
for our poor performance in the most
recent C3. To those of you who have
read through this article to the finish
I applaud your lack of complacency
and encourage you to participate in
the Lights Out event March 19, and
in all future green initiatives you may
Polar Bears, Railways, and
Light Switches
Peter Wellband
Argosy Submission
To the entertained:
e ‘chops are gone - but the smile
Dear Pretty Brunette,
I see you walking to class every and,
damn, you are cute! If I wasn’t so
nervous, I’d finally come out of the
bushes and say “HI!”
Sincerely, Bush Boy
Stranded Fitness Center Dude,
It was good that you didn’t fall asleep
on that bench on Saturday. You were
quite the trooper! I just hope you did
finally get home!
From, the Captain
Larry’s Boy in Jeans, Suit Jacket,
Blue shirt and tie:
At the Jersey Shore party, my drunk
friend and I sat across from you and
your two friends on the couches,
giggling away. I saw you look up a
few times at me, and I couldn’t take
my eyes off you. Maybe next time
we’re both at Larry’s we could chat
a little?
Cold nose, warm heart
A huge thank you to the staff and
faculty at Mount A. You all make
Mount A a home away from home,
rather than just a four year long
transition in life. I’ll miss you.
Dear partner,
I think about you a lot. and it’s not
just because of our project.
Signed, D.S.W.
Bike Swiper
anks for returning my bike
whoever borrowed it from the Dunn
bike rack. Now could you give back
my helmet too?
Bubble Boy
I saw you playing Bubble Spinner
2 in Computer Science one day,
and it looked fun so I tried it. Now
I’m completely addicted. anks so
Rockstar Killer
Seeing you with your yellow school
bag around campus brightens my
day. Let’s talk indie labels over
a pint sometime and plan some
extracurricular activities.
xo Just Friends
Dear Meal Hall,
I can handle the fact that you insist
on personally handing my fruit in
the morning. It’s ridiculous yes, but
bearable. What I can’t comprehend
is the fact that I need to wait thirty
minutes in the morning to get a
banana. I didn’t know that you had to
grow them yourself in the morning,
that’s the only feasible explanation
for the wait, but I understand.
Yours Sincerely, I Can Get My Own
Blue Cords Boy
You have bright blue cords, I have
pink. Wanna trade sometime? Our
pants are awesome, and so are you!
From Pink Cords Girl
Internet Image/UN
I would like to thank the Argosy for
furnishing some vital public space
in a valuable dialogue around the
importance of women’s studies as an
academic discipline. e insightful
article by Fraser Harland on February
11, 2010 entitled, “Mt.A. on Women’s
Studies: Important, Harmful, or
Irrelevant,” reflects a much more
localized response to the national
debate played out in the
national print and
broadcasting media
over recent weeks.
I also found
it quite
encouraging that
Harland’s impromptu
survey indicated
that so many Mount
Allison students – in
spite of never taking a
women’s studies course
– would see the value
of women’s studies, as
well as the significance
of various associated
feminist critiques
seeking gender equality.
As one of hundreds
of Canadian practitioners
in the field of women’s
studies, I’d only like to
address a few other key
points to extend this dialogue
a little further. First, I would highlight
the overall healthy state of Canadian
women’s studies in a brief look at
professional associations and university
programmes. Secondly, I argue that
it is important to understand that
women’s studies / gender studies, like
other interdisciplinary fields, are under
continuous scholarly development.
Finally, I would draw attention to
the rather complex relationship of
‘feminism (s)’ to these fields, which
necessitates a much more sophisticated
historical discussion than readily
available in recent national media
e Canadian Women’s
Studies Association/
l’association canadienne
des études sur les femmes
(CWSA/ ACEF) and
the Canadian Committee
on Women’s History / Comité
canadien de l’histoire des
femmes (www.ccwh-cchf.ca)
are only a couple of numerous
national organizations
in this field. According
to the CWSA/ACEF
executive, the organization
represents a ‘membership of
approximately 400 Women’s
Studies practitioners across
Canada.’ Presently, “most
Canadian universities offer
undergraduate degrees of
some sort…15 Master’s
Programmes (variably
called Women’s Studies and
Gender Studies) and 6 Ph.D.
Programmes in Women’s Studies (5
stand alone, and one collaborative
Programme).” [CWSA/ACEF
Executive, “Letter to e Current,
CBC” January 13, 2010, http://www.
yorku.ca/cwsaacef/] e Women’s
Studies Programme at Mount Allison
was established in 1999 due to
growing student demand and is now
administered jointly by the Faculties of
Arts and Social Sciences.
A rigorous and diverse scholarship
has significantly shaped the field of
women’s studies in the past few decades.
Just as ideas about ‘women’ have come
under scrutiny, so have ideas about
‘men’. Post-colonial, anti-racist, queer
theories and masculinity studies in the
1990s resulted in a growing focus on
the highly interconnected nature of
gender, sexuality, race, class and other
social indicators of experience. Today,
a significant degree of consensus has
emerged within the women’s studies
field that both ‘lenses’ - gender analysis
and woman-centered inquiry - are
necessary to more fully appreciate
the human condition. Clearly then,
it has been the responsiveness of
women’s studies practitioners to such
critical theoretical challenges that has
produced debate over the name change
from ‘Women’s Studies’ to ‘Gender
Studies;’ rather than a conspiratorial
or calculated attempt of ‘radical
feminists’ to appear ‘less controversial,’
as suggested in e National Post
editorial of January 26.
Founded in the early 1970s, women’s
studies courses in Canada (indeed
around the world) were initially
responding to the virtual absence of
women in a wide variety of academic
fields. Yes, women by then had the
vote, could work in the absence of a
marriage bar, and had been entering
universities in unprecedented numbers,
but women were conspicuously absent
in higher education, both in terms of
curricula and tenured professional
employment. Subsequent ‘radical’
calls for women’s inclusion within the
academy, along with other ‘second-
wave’ demands for equality (well-
documented in the Royal Commission
on the Status of Women
Report, 1970) led
to ‘man-hating’
s t e r e o t y p e s
vilifying the term
‘feminist’ in the
public imagination.
Anyone who has
watched the popular
and well-researched
TV series ‘Mad Men’
(on American cable
network AMC) will get
a small glimpse, not only
of women’s subordinate
social status, but also of
a profoundly entrenched
system of gender
relations giving rise to
the women’s movement
in the 1960s and 1970s.
Many Canadians
who now enjoy
the benefits of
contemporary feminism (for example,
paid parental leave) may not realize
just how recent these struggles have
been. Indeed, women’s history has
shown that the political or social gains
of feminism at any time or place should
never be taken for granted. From as
early as Christine de Pizan (fourteenth
century), François de la Barre
Poullain (seventeenth century), Mary
Wollstonecraft (eighteenth century),
and John Stuart Mill (nineteenth
century), European feminists have
long imagined women’s equality with
men in moral, spiritual, intellectual,
professional and legal realms, and in
ways that continue to resonate well
into the twentieth and twenty-
first centuries.
In the meantime, those
wishing to investigate the value
of women’s studies and gender
studies for themselves may
easily do so in a course without
prerequisites: ‘Introduction
to Women’s Studies’ (WOST
2001) offered in the autumn.
ere are also many other
courses students might explore
on women and gender in a wide
variety of fields.
All women, men, and
transgender people from across
the disciplines are warmly
welcomed in Women’s Studies
at Mount Allison University!

Dr. Marie Hammond-
Callaghan Associate
Professor History / Women’s
Studies Mount Allison
University Sackville, New Brunswick
(Currently on sabbatical leave,
Dear Editor,
I would like to respond to Fraser
Harland’s article “Mount Allison
on women’s studies” which was
published in the February 11 edition
of e Argosy. e question was
whether women’s studies programs
are important, harmful or irrelevant, as
discussed in editorials in the National
Post and e Walrus. ere were some
very good points made by students in
the interviews, such as the fact that
generally speaking, men are less afraid
to be outside alone at night than
women, and that stay-at-home dads
are marginalized by society (so, too, are
stay-at-home mums, I might add, but
in different ways).
I grew up in the days when feminism
was not just about equality, but was
more about getting ahead of men at
any cost. I chose to be a stay-at-home
mum, and was told by “feminists” that
I was selling out, or that I was not
contributing to society. So I am a bit
ambivalent about “feminism” as I have
experienced it, although contemporary
feminism is much more inclusive.
However, having revealed my
ambivalence, I would like to state that
I firmly believe in equal opportunities
for both men and women, based on
their abilities and interests, not their
gender. I also believe in equal pay for
equal work, and respect that is not
based on gender.
First of all, it seems to me that it
is important to make a distinction
between women’s studies programmes,
and feminism. ey should not, in my
opinion, be the same thing, although
feminist studies and perspectives are
necessarily a part of the larger whole
of women’s studies.
Second, it is disturbing to read
statements in this article by students
such as “the major issues have already
been addressed” and “it’s [feminism]
needless now.” e February 23 issue
of e Star includes an article on a very
recent report that Canadian women
are actually losing ground (“Canadian
women’s rights in decline”). Among
some of the statistics included in the
report are the facts that in 2001, the
wage gap between men and women
was actually greater than it was in
1981. Men with doctoral degrees
are twice as likely as women with
doctorates to be working as full-time
professors. 40 per cent of aboriginal
women over age twenty-five have not
completed high school and 35.6 per
cent of single mothers lived in poverty
after taxes in 2004. At every election
call, the media and politicians discuss
the underrepresentation of women
at every level of politics (although in
the last municipal election in NB, the
town of Port Elgin elected an entirely
female council).
Finally, I am shocked to read statements
from young adults, who have grown up
in such a globally minded society, that
contemporary feminism and women’s
studies are irrelevant, especially in a
year that Mount Allison has decided
to focus on International Engagement.
Even if you believe that the situation
for women in Canada is fairly positive,
I would have thought that there is
enough global awareness, especially in
a university community, to know that in
many other countries of the world, this
is not the case. ere are still countries
where children are not permitted even
the most basic of educations, because
they are girls. Women around the
world are denied basic health care.
China still has a one-child policy
which results in the abandonment or
Dear Editor,
abortion of countless girls. Half of
the Millennium Development Goals,
adopted by the United Nations in
2000, deal specifically with global
women’s issues.
I agree that any philosophy, taken to
extremes, can be harmful, and perhaps
this is what the National Post’s
editorial was attempting to convey.
Feminism and Women’s Studies
programmes should not be “angry,
divisive, and dubious.” ey should
be about working together, regardless
of gender, to improve the situation for
those who are most disadvantaged in
our society. Unfortunately, in 2010,
that still includes, to a large extent,
women and girls, not just in Canada,
but around the world.
Dodie Perkin
Internet Image/Britannica
I have been quite impressed with the
services offered by the Mount Allison
Music department in my years here.
e faculty are very accommodating,
skilled, and student resources seem
excellent. In particular, I wish to
commend the department for keeping
Music 2001 & 2011 available to non-
music majors. As someone who has
formerly taken this course, I enjoyed
it quite a bit, and have taken other
music courses since because I had such
a good experience with it.
I also enjoy that the many ensembles
and societies in the music department
are open to all students, not just
music majors. is really helps all
students express their love of music,
and provides a unique viewpoint of
a different aspect of the university
My only concern is the difficulty
that arises for those attempting to
minor in music. Specifically, my issue
is with Music 1101 & 1111. ese
classes meet at very odd times, five
days a week. is is extremely difficult
to work around for those not majoring
in music. As a science student, I
realized in my first year that it would
be impossible to minor in music, since
labs preclude me from ever taking
these courses.
is is not a good sign from a
purportedly liberal arts university. e
timing of these classes needs to be
changed to something non-music
majors can deal with. I have spoken
with three (3!) successive department
heads about this, and they agree that
while it is an issue, the current system
is too entrenched to change it. Well,
I say that an external review of the
department is an excellent time to
change this.
ank you for your consideration
in this matter. Best of luck with your
James Snelgrove
Dear Editor,
e exhibition Told Untold which
opened last Friday in the Colville
Room of the Owens Art Gallery is
a ‘must-see’ for anyone interested in
exploring the too-often untold stories
of queer persons in our society.
Rather than the one-dimensional,
sweepingly generalized portrayal of
queers that we encounter in the media
and have come to accept as “the whole
story,”the works in this exhibition arise
directly out of the infinitely complex
and interesting stories of “real” queers
themselves. Instead of showing us
art depicting colourful gays at Pride
Parades, flamboyant drag queens, and
images of bar scenes, Sara Williamson,
the curator of Told Untold, has chosen
pieces which gently, and with respect,
probe beneath the surface of “regular,
everyday” queers – work which
illuminates their stories from the
inside out.
In the subtle, heart-wrenching
painted portraits by Travis McEwen
from his series I Bet ey Can Tell Just
By Looking, in the video “performance
art” stories created by irza Cuthand,
Shawna Dempsey, and Lorri Mellan,
and in Larry Glawson’s astonishing
photographic series Anonymous Gay
and Lesbian Portrait Project, the
viewer is introduced to queers who are
three-dimensional individuals.
Of particular interest to me were
the Glawson portraits where the
photographer put into the hands of
each subject “the freedom to control
how she or he will be represented”
(quoted from the excellent catalogue
essay written by Sara Williamson).
is beautiful series was especially
meaningful because I knew that each
individual was represented in a manner
with which he or she felt completely
comfortable. Glawson’s portraits
allowed me to see something deeply
intimate and touching about each
person – something which may not
have been revealed were it not for the
relationship of trust created between
the subject and the artist.
I would like to encourage everyone
to see this superb exhibition, and to
thank Sara Williamson for bringing
these diverse works together into a
unique constellation.
Dr. Janet E Hammock
Professor Emeritus of Music at
Mount Allison University, and Co-
facilitator at PFLAG Canada, the
Sackville NB Chapter
Dear Editor,
Speak Truth to Power: Write for Opinions
Internet Image/e Guardian
As a cast member of Mount Allison’s
production of e Vagina Monologues,
I am troubled by many aspects Vivi
Reich’s article “V-Day returns to
Mount Allison in support of all
women” in the most recent edition of
e Argosy. e majority of Reich’s
article focuses on reviewing each
individual performance (though for
an undetermined reason she fails to
mention only two performances) and
assessing each individual actress. is, I
feel not only undermines the hard work
and - in my opinion - commendable
intentions of the cast and production
crew, but in fact conflicts with all e
Vagina Monologues seemingly stands
To be clear, e Vagina Monologues
production is not and has never been a
space where drama students congregate
to gain experience and resume-build.
e production is certainly enriched
by the participation of said drama
enthusiasts and their contribution is
always greatly appreciated, but e
Vagina Monologues’ stage is opened
to all those (women, of course)
passionate about women’s issues, who
wish to act out a monologue. at
being said, it seems as though Reich
came down hard on certain actresses
– some who, thankfully, agreed to join
the cast at the last moment allowing
each of the chosen monologues to be
included. Statements such as “While
some of the performances lacked 100
per cent commitment to their roles…”
do not reflect the nature in which e
Vagina Monologues is, from what
I gather, intended to be portrayed.
Perhaps, had Reich been reviewing
the opening night of a production and
had her intended audience been those
presented with the chance of seeing
another staging of the production, her
comments would have been relevant
and useful to readers.
To be fair, the mentioning of most
individual monologues allowed for
the reader to gain a sense of the
precise subject matter addressed in the
production, and perhaps this will cast
the show in a new and more positive
or interesting light in the eyes of some
Dear Editor,
What should replace the Pub?
Alex Healy
Another, better
Meryl Youdjian
A meditation
centre, a peaceful
place for calm and
Stuart Ryan
A new pub run by the
school. One where
anyone can get in
with a student ID but
can only buy drinks if
they’re of age.
Courtney Harper
A lounge so that we
can have a place to
hang out that isn’t
primarily for doing
school work.
Mathieu de
A student-run film
studio. So we don’t
have to walk all the
way to the Vogue.
Wayne Crossman
A tutoring centre for
high school students
and university
students alike.
Photos by Jenifer Boyce
Internet Image/NyTimes
As a Canadian, I feel it is important
to follow American politics, since
what goes on south of our borders
has such a profound impact upon our
own economic system, as well as other
societal and political aspects. Like
everyone else, I was intrigued to see a
certain Ms. Sarah Palin nominated to
be the Vice-Presidential Candidate on
the Republican Party’s ticket.
Unfortunately, everyone else has not
seemed to share my growing horror
that such a (pardon my language)
dunderheaded ninny could possibly be
put in a position so close to the vast
power that is the American Presidency.
Granted, according to a recent
Washington News – ABC Poll showed
that about 37 per cent of respondents
hold a favourable view of Palin, and
less than half of her own party finds
her suitable as a presidential candidate
(which will, mercifully, put a damper
on Palin-Beck 2012; which Beck
incidentally dismissed out of hand, as
he would not play second fiddle to a
‘chick’), but the American Electoral
College is a fickle creature. Just take a
look at the presidential elections of the
past decade wherein Presidents where
a President was elected with less than
50 per cent of the popular vote.
is is context as to why Sarah Palin’s
visit to Calgary last week, to address
a crowd, on the Albertan taxpayers’
dollar, for $150-$200 a head has scared
the crap out of me.
It was not the fact that the talk was
sold out. Nor was it the fact that
Ms. Palin spouted the usual tripe
about ‘snake-oil’ scientists and their
climate change hobbyhorse, and how
Angliagate apparently moots all of the
science. It was not her call for “drill
here, drill now”, not her admission
of irony in seeking Canadian health
care in the past, not any policy of hers
that I find to be ludicrous; it was not
even the reporting of her down to
earth and ‘folksy charm’ that made me
be torn between a desire to just curse
as best I know how and a deep need
to just cover my eyes and ignore this
supremely misinformed woman. It was
the reporting of a teenager who, when
approached, espoused an emotionally
inspired admiration for Ms Palin,
claiming she was great, despite not
knowing much, if anything about her
I will say it again: this scares the crap
out of me. It is one thing to hold
viewpoints largely antithetical to
my own, it is another thing entirely,
blindly following someone because
they are just so gosh-darned down to
earth and just like me. I wish to god
that what I’ve seen in papers, on the
television or the internet has just been
a gross caricature of Sarah Palin and
the adulation she receives (alongside
the ridicule). One could enumerate
some her impressive mishaps such as
the old Katie Couric interview, the
recent hand-writing incident and the
equally lame excuse that God had done
the same. However I will not, instead I
will simply mention to patient readers
the time Mary Walsh, as alter-ego
Marg Delahunty, tried to corner Ms
Palin for a is Hour Has 22 Minutes
segment, and was actively blocked
from communicating. All right, fair
enough, Mary Walsh probably didn’t
look like a typical reporter, but more
interestingly, she did mention that as
she tried to pin down Palin, Walsh
neither once saw a single interview
granted, nor questions be taken.
It is for these reasons I hope that Sarah
Palin has been an elaborate hoax on
the world that has backfired. However,
I suspect that this mightn’t be the case,
and therefore will join her in denial,
though for my part it is not Climate
Change I deny the existence of, but
rather, Palin herself.
Sarah Palin
Benjamin Butler
Argosy Submission
Eloborate hoax or terrifyingly real?
Perhaps even more troublesome is
Reich’s neglect to mention the non-
profit status of the production, and the
upwards of $2,500 raised by Mount
Allison’s production of e Vagina
Monologues which will directly benefit
Amherst, Nova Scotia’s Autumn
So, while Reich succeeds at exposing
some of the fundamental objectives of
Eve Ensler’s e Vagina Monologues,
such as the V-Day spotlight campaign,
I felt as though her criticisms were
misguided towards insignificant details.
It is not as though her criticisms were
aligned with any feminist (or other)
critiques of the play – which do exist –
rather they were of a petty nature and
depicted e Vagina Monologues as
chiefly a drama-fest for veteran actors,
which it is not intended to be.
Kelsey Ryan
Mt. A 2010 e Vagina Monologues
cast member
To be clear, e Vagina
Monologues production is
not and has never been a
space where drama students
congregate to gain experience
and resume-build.
Kelsey Ryan
Academic Enrichment Funding
Final deadline is March 22, 2010
Grad Class Info
Yearbook deadline for grad photos is April 1, 2010;
you can book your grad photo sitting at Pridham’s
Studio, 12 York St. Sackville (536-0401) the official
photographer for the Class of 2010; this will ensure
you will be on the dept. composites (donated by
Pridham’s) and in the Allisonian yearbook.
SAC positions
The following positions are now open: Advertising
Manager, Advocacy Coordinator, Allisonian Co-
Editors, Appointment & Recruitment Chair, Student
Bar Services Manager, Chief Returning Officer, Chair,
Assistant Entertainment Director, Environmental
Affairs Coordinator, Judicial Ombudsperson, SAC
Ombudsperson, P.A.R.T.Y. Chair, Secretary of the
Union, Summer Office Manager/Shinerama Chair;
SAC committees: Academic Affairs, Appointment
& Recruitment, Campus Life, Communications,
Entertainment, External Affairs, Operations;
University committees: Academic Appeals,
Academic Judicial, University Appeals, University
Judicial, J.E.A. Crake Arts Internships, Liquor Policy,
Performing Arts, Student Governance, President’s
Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues/PACWI;
Board of Regents committees: External Relations
& Public Affairs, Finance & Administration, Student
Life, Investment, Property & Facilities.
Deadline is Friday March 12 (job descriptions &
applications available at the SAC office)
FTC Fashion Show
Fundraiser for Free The Children school building
projects in Sri Lanka, Friday March 12, 8:00pm,
Gracie’s Café, email ftc@mta.ca to reserve tickets.
Society of All Nations Banquet
Saturday, March 13 at Jennings (7-10pm); tickets
available at the SAC office - $10/students
Varsity Dance Show
Fundraising Show, Saturday, March 13 at 7:00pm, and
Sunday March 14 at 11:00am, in Brunton Auditorium.
Live Music
Featuring: Raccoon Bandit, Boxer the Horse, and Hot
Donna, Saturday, March 13, at 10:00pm, $5.00 cover
(ages19+), at Georges Fabulous Roadhouse
SMILE 5 km walk/run
March 20, 2010, registration at tinyurl.com/smilerace
OR for offline registration, please contact ekinloch@
mta.ca, Registration is $10, All funds go towards the
SMILE program
Club & Society Funding
The SAC is offering an additional club and society
funding opportunity. Applications must be submitted
by March 19, 2010 at 4:00PM.
The Ascars: Don’t Stop ‘Till
You Get Enough!
Mount Allison’s premier award show, The Ascars, is coming
soon!Come celebrate the good, the bad, the fun, and the brutal
of 2009 - 10. This year’s show will include live performances
from Mount Allison students, videos, and many awards.Who
knows, you may be one of the winners!
But wait, there’s more! This year’s Ascars are COMPLETELY
FREE! That’s right, no cover, no pay, no charge! Nothing
should hold anyone back from enjoying the spectacular and
fantastic experience that is the Ascars! Don’t stop ‘till you
get enough!
Nominations Needed!
Nomination forms and a list of all the awards can be picked
up at the SAC office. Can’t think of anyone to nominate?
Think again! There’s something for everyone. In fact, there
are two new categories that YOU or someone you know
would be perfect for! The catagories are: Residence of
the Year, Off-Campus Party of the Year, Brutal of the Year,
Band/Solo artist of the Year, Theatre Production of the Year,
Frosh/Upperclassmen of the Year, and new this year, Event
of the Year, Victory Lap of the Year, and many more!
The Official Ascars After Party
So you attended the Ascars and had a great time. Still didn’t
get enough? Well, don’t stop! Come to the OFFICIAL Ascars
After Party at Tweedie Hall and First Floor, which will be
held right after the Ascars. There will be specials, DJs, and
a atmosphere that could only be found at the Official Ascars
After Party.Too good to be true? Hold that thought. If you
bring your Ascars ticket with you, the official Ascars party
will be COMPLETELY FREE. That’s right, NO COVER!
Tell me where else you could attend a huge party that doesn’t
charge cover on a Saturday night. That’s what I thought.
S.A.C. Excellence in Teaching Award: Nominations
The Students’ Administrative Council designed an award to demonstrate that Mount
Allison students highly value strong teaching practices at Mount Allison University.
On February 17, 2010 council approved the creation of this award, which we are
extremely excited about. All members of the Sackville community are able to nominate
any faculty members, part time teachers/lecturers, and support staff who they believe
are eligible for this award. Nominations will be open for a period of three weeks (until
March 19, 2010) and must include a letter of recommendation from the nominator,
accompanied my 3 additional letters from current or past students. Following the nomination
period there will be a two week window where the nominees will be informed that he or she has been
nominated and he or she will be given the opportunity to submit additional information in order to
supplement their application. Nomination forms are available at the S.A.C. office, which outlines
further details about this process. If anyone has any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me
(ajsteeves@mta.ca) or sacacademic@mta.ca at anytime.
The SAC has released several
Press Releases this week, here
are the headlines:
“Mount Allison’s SAC Joins
“SAC Executive Reaction To
The 2010-2011 Budget”
“Mount Allison University’s next
chancellor visits with students,
staff, and S.A.C.”
Please check our Website for the
full documents.
The following motion was
also passed in council on Wednesday March 3, 2010: “The Students’ Administrative
Council wishes to formally thank Dr. Summerby-Murray for his service at Mount Allison
University, over his years here, and wish him the best of success in his newest endeavors.
(Carried Unanimously)”
Frames of reference
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
We enjoy having an enemy. is
is my conclusion when asked to
address the recent ‘fruit scandal’
that has gripped Jennings meal hall
this week. Time after time students
have stood up and, with loud and un-
resounding voices, demanded some
injustice to be righted; seemingly
pitting ourselves against some other
university institution, and with great
It’s not very logical and certainly
not coordinated, but it becomes the
talk of the campus for a little while
and they even get into the newspaper
through articles like this. We seem to
indulge ourselves with the thought
that we are tilting at windmills,
and easily identify antagonists in
Aramark, in the administration, in
the SAC, and sometimes even in one
another. Insert a cough that sounds
an awful lot like “commerce”.
Sometimes it is founded, but most
of the time, like with this fruit fiasco,
it looks a lot more like we’re irritable
and stupid and are simply looking for
ways to prove it. Before we dismiss
ourselves, however, I’d like to argue
that we’re not the only ones.
Everyone gets caught up in the
sensation and self-amusement
of conflict. It’s our deepest mob
mentality. With these little crises
comes the opportunity to get your
voice heard; to gain a little moment
of celebrity with the most humorous
derogatory statement on a comment
sheet or Facebook status; to be part
of a passionate group—albeit a
momentary one—that is surprisingly
united and steadfast for its cause;
to allow any frustrations you may
have with anything to be channelled
towards one bull’s-eyed target.
In this way, our over-the-top outrage
at something as menial as being handed
one’s fruit rather than sifting through
it yourself, is a very human response
and one that indicates to each of us
that indeed we’re mad as hell, just not
really at our food supplier.
We, students, faculty, staff, and
beyond, are all guilty of this creation
of antagonists. As Features editor, I’m
likely more guilty than most. While
journalists are supposed to simply
report the facts, we tend to also want
to entertain, stylize, and relate to our
readers. At a student newspaper I’d
argue this is especially true. Student
newspapers are clichéd to be snappy,
abrasive, and sharp, and with that
territory comes the inherent reflex to
confront everyone, even ourselves.
Readers don’t want just facts and
writers don’t want to present simply
fact-based reports of events; we do
that enough in class. We thrive off
the antagonist positions we place
on others; the Anarchy (the Argosy’s
joke issue) and most opinions pieces
relating to the SAC this year are
ideal examples of this trend.
Newspapers and other media
forms are just the manifestations
of this societal inclination. e
important thing is to know what it
is we’re all doing when confronting
an administrator’s methods, a group’s
motives, or a company’s behaviour,
and do our best to base our anger
on the issues at hand rather than
projecting the frustrations of a mob
on an unwitting adversary.
Tilting at windmills isn’t bad or
shameful or unethical, but it is pretty
irrational. So long as we can recognize
that in our own moments of being
Don Quixote—as well as recognize
when real issues present themselves,
and we act more seriously—there’s
little shame in flexing the muscles
we’re given the right to use, regardless
of the triviality.
In the meantime, Aramark, as a
friend I might suggest against any
change in practice that might ruffle
feathers in the middle of midterm
season. en again you were ready
for the fight this time; maybe
you’re becoming more a part of this
community than we give you credit
Mount Allison’s current Dean of
Social Sciences and Director of
Academic Support Services, Dr.
Robert Summerby-Murray, will resign
from his position on July 1st to accept
an appointment as Dean of Arts and
Social Sciences at Dalhousie University.
After nearly eighteen years at Mt. A,
the move will be “bittersweet,” he said.
It was only ever a combination
of luck and timing that brought
Summerby-Murray to Mt. A in 1992.
Once employed in the New
Zealand civil service, he arrived in
Canada in 1986 to pursue a doctorate
at the University of Toronto. “I had
no intention of staying in Canada
beyond four or five years to complete
the doctorate. But, in fact, there were
very few jobs in the New Zealand civil
service available when I completed
my doctorate,” Summerby-Murray
So the New Zealander found himself
applying for jobs in Canada, one of
which happened to be a sabbatical
leave replacement at Mt. A.
Here again, Summerby-Murray
expected the stint to be short lived,
saying, “I had no expectation that I
would actually be at Mount Allison
beyond ten months.”
However, he found himself offered
a two-year contract and then a tenure
track position in 1995.
en, through work as the Secretary
of Senate that began in 1999,
Summerby-Murray began to become
more connected with the university
He became an administrator himself,
as Dean of Social Sciences in 2003, the
position he still holds today.
Summerby-Murray speaks of the
community and people of Mt. A with
great fondness.
Two elements stick out more
than any other in terms of what he’s
appreciated about this university.
First, he noted, is student engagement
– both engaging with students in the
classroom and watching them get
engaged extracurricularly.
Summerby-Murray said that in
the classroom, “as a faculty member
you have a tremendously privileged
opportunity to watch people’s thinking
change and to be part of that. And
to see that growth, I still see as one
of they key privileges as being in the
In terms of extracurricular activities,
he has appreciated his great interaction
with student government and student
clubs and societies.
Second, Summerby-Murray lauded
the increased internationalization
of the Mt. A campus in recent years.
“We’ve been fortunate, at last, to be
able to move internationalization
beyond just getting a very small group
of students engaged in the wider world
to broadening that and reaching out to
all students as global citizens,” he said.
“We’re not quite where we need to be
yet, but the processes are very much in
play now.”
Given Summerby-Murray’s great
esteem for Mount Allison, the question
is: why would he choose to leave the
Ultimately, it comes down to a
question of how he feels he can best
contribute to society and the academy.
Summerby-Murray put it simply
saying, “At this stage I believe that I
can make a contribution as an academic
administrator beyond Mount Allison,
and that’s really what the motivation
He’s excited about “the new sets of
challenges will come from being in a
larger administrative structure.”
However, this wasn’t a choice that was
made lightly. “None of these decisions
when they’re taken are easy decisions.
I will be clear, there is nothing pushing
me away from Mount Allison. Mount
Allison is a great place to be right now,
the institution is on a roll in all sorts of
ways,” said Summerby-Murray.
In many ways Summerby-Murray
will bring Mt. A with him. “I hope
I can take some of the elements of
Mount Allison’s success and apply
them at Dalhousie,” he said.
So, after nearly eighteen years
Dr. Summerby-Murray is leaving
the Mt. A community to continue
the development of his career at
If his successes in creating
connections and internationalizing the
campus there are half as good as they
were here, Dalhousie will be lucky to
have him.
And though he’s leaving, Summerby-
Murray emphasized that, “Mount
Allison has been a great place for me
personally and a great place for me
academically. I have every expectation
that the many excellent things that are
happening here will continue in the
future. All I can really do at this point
is wish everybody at Mount Allison all
the best for what’s going to be a highly
productive and exciting future.”
Fraser Harland
Argosy Staff
Dr. Summerby-Murray’s
bittersweet departure
What is Beautiful Minds?
Beautiful Minds is Mt. A’s online
peer-peer advice forum. Students can
pose questions about anything from
midterm stress to dating to their peers
asking for advice or feedback.
How do you find Beautiful Minds?
Beautiful Minds is on Moodle as a
“course”. A link can be found on the
moodle homepage on the right hand
side of the screen under the coming
event feature. e course itself is
categorized under “miscellaneous” on
the main menu on the homepage.
Who can use beautiful minds?
Any student can use the forum as
long as they log in anonymously (see
next question) and obey the rules and
guidelines (see the question after the
How do you log in anonymously?
You use the forum you have to log
in moodle with the user name “mount”
and the password “Allison” because
there’s no way to anonymize your
regular moodle user account the way
we used to be able to on Connect.
What are the guidelines about
First, student posts most be
anonymous (see above). Posts are also
not allowed to contain any identifying
information about you or anyone
else. So you can’t mention things like
where you live or your roommate’s
or professor’s names. If you do this
the post may be edited to remove
that information. If any posts are
put up that seem derogatory or rude
moderators will take them down.
How is the forum moderated?
e forum is moderated by a team
of seven moderators, one who watches
it each day of the week and keeps on
top of new posts. Moderators can edit
or remove posts according to
our guidelines. ey are
also responsible for
new posts that go
up on their day.
ey watch these
all week, do some
research, and
post a “from a
moder at or ”
post one
week later
which could
sum things
up, give you
more options
or if necessary
highlight things your peers
may not have responded
Who are the moderators?
Moderators are upper year students
who have been trained in appropriate
research and helping skills by student
life staff. Many of them also have prior
experience in peer or student support
roles such (i.e. residence staff).
Can the forum be used in an
Yes and no. If you’re freaking out
about a paper the night before its’ due
feel free to post, someone else you
has been in the same boat may have
some great advice but a moderator still
won’t answer you for a week. However,
the forum is not designed to be used
as a crisis service if someone is in
danger (i.e. a threat to themselves or
someone else). If posts like this do
g o up moderators will
respond right away
urging you to seek
professional help
from residence
staff, student
life staff or by
going to the
hospital. We
are designed
to provide
any sort
of crisis
How can you
become involved?
First of all, you can use
the forum! Post a concern
or respond to someone
else’s post. e more
students who use the
forum the better our peer-peer support
model will work. Additionally, if you
are interested in being a moderator
next year you could email this year’s
student coordinator beautifulminds@
mta.ca , or if that doesn’t work the staff
advisor Jannah Tudiver at jtudiver@
mta.ca. A general call will also be
going out in the new few weeks for
a student coordinator for next year
Why we like to fight over fruit
Beautiful Minds: the basics
Sarah Ann Smith
Argosy Contributor
Sue Seaborn
rough Stained Glass
Anita Bartlett
Argosy Contributor
When evolutionary theory and
creationism meet at a crossroad, it
seems that only one path leads to
everlasting life. But what if there is
spiritual meaning in the process of
evolution? Science and religion may
be categorized as water and oil, but
they share many of the same general
outlooks. For instance, both attempt
to explain how we got here, where we
are going, and the underlying power
that keeps everything in order.
Until a year ago, I had lived much
of my life as a born-again Christian.
I wasn’t introduced to the theory of
evolution until the age of twenty-
nine, a point at which my creationist
beliefs were well-instilled (I hadn’t
taken many science courses in high
school as I had decided to study
fine arts whole-heartedly when I
entered university). Up until that
point, like other Christian believers,
I had rejected any notion of evolution
even though I knew very little on
the subject. At that time, my austere
understanding of evolution was that
human beings were the result of
apes undergoing a bizarre, overnight
transformation. In my opinion,
evolutionists were lunatics with crazy
ways of interpreting the world that
God had made.
Furthermore, they were ignoring
the central dogma of fundamentalist
religion – that we were put on Earth by
God in order to repent and reconcile
our unavoidable sinful ways. God had
purposefully devised the concepts of
right and wrong, good and bad to see
how loyal we would be to Him. God
was not a spontaneous power than
acted neutrally. Essentially, our real
lives would not begin until we died,
after which we would dwell eternally
in either heaven or hell.
After formally studying the
basics of evolution theory, I have
come to view God as the literal
power that operates the universe
rather than interpreting the Bible
literally. I now understand God as
the universal power that doesn’t
favour one person over another, that
doesn’t cut a life short for the sake
of revenge, that doesn’t choose our
paths for us. (Yet, to be honest, I
have come to be hesitant about using
the term God, mostly because of the
fundamentalist-creationist meaning
I still have associated with the name.
A biblical term that I am more
comfortable with, though awkward
to use in common conversation, is “I
AM WHO I AM,” a title used by
God himself in Exodus 3, a story in
which God appears to Moses in the
form of a burning bush.)
is power doesn’t seem to label
itself in the typical sense, it just “is”
– it is something greater and more
encompassing than something that
can simply be named.
ough evolutionary concepts
revolve around “survival of the
fittest” and the notion that natural
change is not necessarily moving
towards perfection, the development
of human consciousness, our ability
to love, to be compassionate, and
our capability to help others rather
than destroy them, has been a great
gift given to the human race by this
incredible power. at human beings
can have these attributes is truly a
life-enriching blessing. To think that
this power has led us to this point
is fascinating, and makes me want
to live my life carefully, making wise
choices concerning others in the
human race and our beautiful, yet
endangered, environment. It makes
me happy to be alive and want to
choose to live my life as though this
is heaven on earth. And just maybe,
this is what is meant by everlasting
life: to be made by something that is
so powerful and constant – this force
that seems to have existed forever
– that is capable of forming planets
and stars, but also human emotion
and consciousness.
I have found much happiness,
serenity, and thankfulness through
this understanding of the universe
thanks to scientists and their desire
to bring comprehension to our
existence. I would like to thank
Charles Darwin, and those with
curious minds who came before
and after him, for the boldness of
wondering if we were wrong in
our approach to understanding our
surroundings from a strictly biblical
Anita is a graduate of Mount
Allison’s Fine Arts programme in
2000; she has worked in the fashion
and design industry since graduation,
and is currently taking science courses
at Mount Allison. She also serves as a
Chapel Assistant.
ough it’s hard to deny Peter
Mansbridge’s Canadian celebrity, his
modesty and poise clearly overshadows
the commercial image. Well known
for his role in Canadian news and
his place on CBC’s e National, the
eighth Chancellor of Mount Allison
may not be able to belt out a tune like
Quebec’s Celine Dion, or push a puck
like Cole Harbour’s Crosby. He does,
however, inspire a certain amount
of trust and wonder, evident by the
intimate group of from the Mt. A and
Sackville communities who turned out
to see the news anchor during his visit
last week.
During an interview with
Mansbridge, I asked what it felt like
to walk onto campus in his new role.
He quickly pointed out that although
he has visited Mt. A many times over
the years and participated as a guest
lecture, advisor, and a Honourary
Degree recipient, this visit marks a
definite change. “It’s different, you
look at things in a different way...you’re
filled with a sense of pride in a) what
you see and b) who you meet. “
Decidedly more visible to students
than Mt. A’s previous Chancellor, the
entrepreneur John Bragg, Mansbridge
will no doubt be viewed as a role
model. He candidly and humourously
admitted he’s not sure students will be
too quick to turn towards him as “it’d
be hard to look at the guy who never
went to university as a role model
when you’re trying to get through
“You’re probably getting a mix of
both [Peters],” said Mansbridge rather
diplomatically when asked whether
Mt. A was the person or the name.
Repeatedly, however, in both the short
interview and during the session later
that evening, Mansbridge stressed
that the role of Chancellor is first and
foremost, ceremonial. Considering
his nightly hosting duties with CBC,
Mansbridge was not unrealistic about
the amount of face time students will
actually get with him. “You can only
get Peter Mansbridge the person if
Peter Mansbridge is here a lot [...] but,
you know, the name doesn’t hurt.”
Mansbridge isn’t shy about his
excitement for the position. He pointed
out during our interview that he had
planned his hours at Mt. A to be a
learning experience for both groups. “I
think I can offer [the students] some
insight into me as a person and to my
experience,” he explained.
A popular story for the night
concerned the Garnet and Gold scarf
he wore during a live broadcast from
the Olympics and the various reactions
he received because of it. “Nobody
called to say ‘Mount A scarf, that’s
great’ other than the people connected
[to Mt. A]. I found that interesting
because [...] I can help broaden name
recognition, and everywhere I go now,
whenever I’m introduced as speaker,
they talk obviously about my CBC
career, but they also talk about Mt. A.
at’s good...it makes people think.”
Considering Mansbridge’s
comments about the ceremonial and
narrative aspects of the job, it is clear
there’s still some room to grow in
terms of job description. Mansbridge
admitted that he hasn’t sat down and
committed to any goals, but since
each Mount Allison Chancellor has
brought something different to the
university during their time, the CBC
news anchor doesn’t have too many
guidelines to live by.
“rough my role on the advisory
board in the early part of this decade,
Mt. A was slipping somewhat. at’s
changed, and right now it’s doing
extremely well [...] As a starting point,
I would like to figure that it will be at
least as well regarded four years from
Almost defensively, Mansbridge
talked at length about the limited but
as he sees it, valuable time he will get
to spend with Mt. A students over the
next four years. “I want to hear what
[the students’] concerns are,”explained
Mansbridge, “ not only about life here,
but about life in this country, which
impacts the way I do my other job.”
However, there was a bit of guarded
hesitancy in Mansbridge’s voice as I
asked about how students could reach
out to him. “Well I’m never going
to say no to hearing from students
[...], but let’s remember what the
Chancellor is and what he does. I’ll
help wherever I can, but it is for the
most part a ceremonial function.”
Although he refused to comment on
more current issues such as the Federal
government’s initial bid to change the
national anthem, Mansbridge surprised
me when he admitted to raising
another issue regularly. “e story that
I feel most engaged on and in some
ways responsible for the telling of, is
the changing arctic,” said Mansbridge,
“I think that’s an incredibly important
part of the Canadian story...the
North is changing in a huge way and
as a result the rest of us are going to
change to.” It was a rare glimpse into
the personal interests and opinions of
a man who maintains a neutral stance
on many issues affecting our country
and world.
Considering he now sits as the
ceremonial leader – take from that
what you will – of our university, I
had to ask about the possible situation
of Mt. A appearing on e National.
“at is an issue – it depends on what
it is, obviously, “conceded Mansbridge,
“If it’s an issue of some controversy,
it would be a conflict. I would have
to think very hard about whether I
should be doing the program. It’s
not a matter of whether not [Mt.A]
would be on the program; it would be
on the program if it was of national
Mansbridge is certainly a man in
demand; his stay at Mt. A was brief
but packed. Originally given almost
fifteen minutes, my interview with
Mansbridge was almost cut to five
minutes. e Chancellor himself
bartered for a bit more time, which
ending up almost doubling the time
we talked. Mansbridge may always
be in demand, but he knows priorities
lie with the connection he can make
with students. After all, it’s hard not
to appreciate a man who would good
humourously spend a majority of his
visit to campus in meal hall and then
comment that “it’s better food than
[he’s] ever seen in a CBC cafeteria.”
I can help broaden name
recognition, and everywhere
I go now, whenever I’m
introduced as speaker, they
talk obviously about my
CBC career, but they also
talk about Mt. A. at’s
good...it makes people think.
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
One on one with Peter Mansbridge
e Argosy’s editor-in-chief talks with Mt. A’s new chancellor
Rosalind Crump
Argosy Correspondent
Well -- winter seems to be teetering on the brink of departure.
For that not-too-distant spring, why not instigate some grand new
habits? (Or initiate them with more vigour, if these are already a part
of you?)
Cloth bags are your friend. Slip one in your backpack, and carry
one with you always. is way, there’s no need to take those plastic
bags at the store, the ones for the vegetables and fruits (think about
if you really need it!) and those bags used for the entire grocery
purchase, which both inevitably wind up in a landfill.
Cloth bags...Sometimes something simple is all it takes!
Chrissy Leblanc
Peter Mansbridge
CBC Chief News
Correspondent &
Mt. A Chancellor
by Velvet Vulva
Top Five Sex Fails: the Funny, the
Freaky, or the Just Plain Sad
5) In the UK a twenty-eight-year-
old man from Hartlepool accused
of flashing his penis had charges
dropped because the woman didn’t
mention any “distinguishing marks”
on his penis when the accused
actually had a two inch long lizard
tattoo. e man had to be reminded
he was under oath when he claimed
the tattoo to be “seven inches long”
in court. ere’s a court room call out
for you.
4) Wiltshire police arrested a thirty-
two-year-old man in 2008 for having
“sex” with a lamp-post. e news
article covering this story reads,
“is is the latest in a series of bizarre
incidents in which people have been
caught having sex with inanimate
objects. Other objects police have
arrested people for having sex with
include a bicycle and pavement.”
3) An Austrian village was forced to
install CCTV near all the place name
signs to try and keep horny tourists
from having sex in front of them.
In 2004, the villagers were called
to vote on whether they wanted to
change the name because of the cost
of replacing stolen signs. e name
of the village? Fucking.
2) After a honeymoon gone awry, an
Illinois couple discovered that the
woman was allergic to her husband’s
semen. For two years the couple had
dated and diligently used condoms,
waiting until their marriage to have
unprotected sex - only to discover
on their wedding night that the
proteins found in the husband’s
semen caused his wife to have inner
allergic reactions, known as “seminal
plasma hypersensitivity.” Talk about
not having chemistry!
1) An idiotic Louisiana couple
decided to make their own sex toy
by duct taping a dildo to a sabre
saw. Obviously the saw cut through
the dildo and seriously injured the
woman, who was airlifted to Prince
George’s County Hospital Centre
to be treated. She was released
several days later to recover from
her injuries, and to reflect on her life
Last week, health risks, benefits, and an
introduction to the legality of medical
marijuana in Canada and the United
States was discussed. Read on this
week to learn about the various ways
of ingesting marijuana (for medical
Canadian website Medical
Marijuana, which assists patients
with finding doctors and growers,
has published a comprehensive and
comprehensible list of uses. “Although
smoking marijuana is thought to be
the most common form of ingestion,”
the website states, “there are many
alternatives to smoking.”
First, baking. An Associated Content
article points out that dangerous
chemicals, like carcinogens and tars,
are left behind when marijuana is used
in cooking. Medical Marijuana reports
that marijuana infused butter can be
used in baking and cooking. e effect
is more calming, as the marijuana
must travel through the bloodstream,
instead of going right to the head as
it does when smoked. Higher amounts
of the drug have to be used to make
the product effective. erefore,
“edibles” as the pastries and candies are
commonly called, are fairly expensive.
Many patients also will not have to
eat a whole brownie, for example, to
get the amount of the medicine that
they require. While the edibles are
expensive, they can last a long time
to make up for that cost. Marijuana
infused olive oil can also be used for
cooking and baking.
Second, drinking. Medical Marijuana
writes, “Try steeping your favourite tea
with some marijuana in it, don’t put in
too much the first time as it can give
you a different effect than what you
are used to.” e Associated Content
article claims, however, that THC,
the psychoactive substance
found in the cannabis plant,
can be absorbed through the
digestive tract, but it must
be bound with fatty acids.
It seems a more effective
way of ingesting marijuana
is by cooking with it.
ird, vaporizing. is
is a much safer alternative
to smoking cannabis.
According to Medical
Marijuana, “A vaporizer
heats the material in a
partial vacuum so the
active compounds
contained in the
plant boil off
into a vapour
without releasing
carcinogens, tar, or
any other harmful
properties.” e
German company
Storz & Bickel is a
manufacturer of the
“Volcano” vaporization
system. is is a highly recommended
machine for the ingestion of marijuana,
but it costs around $539 USD to
purchase on the Storz & Bickel website.
Vermont-based VapeNow offers a
vaporizer for $169 online. Vaporizers
can be found in local dispensaries for
hundreds of dollars less.
With the private dispensary
boom in the United States, literally
hundreds of marijuana strains have
been developed. ere are three types
of medicinal marijuana on the market:
Indica, saliva, and a hybrid of both.
Indica is short and denser, with
broad leaves. It has a wide
array of flavours and aromas,
and creates a much heavier
high, causing users to feel
more sleepy. Sativas are tall,
thin plants with narrower leaves.
ere is a higher percentage of
THC than Indica, so users feel
more energy as brain activity is
stimulated. Prices depend on
where the user is purchasing
the marijuana, but generally,
thirty to forty USD per
gram is common. In
Canada, it also depends
on the strain that is
purchased. e site
Medical Marijuana
can assist patients in
finding growers with
strains they can afford.
e final instalment in
this series will appear next
week with information on
the struggle and push to legalize
marijuana in the United States and
Baking just became a lot more fun
Part 2 in the marijuana series
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
Internet Photo/Learnivity
Students may have noticed changes
in the Mount Allison homepage that
occurred over the recent spring break.
In a campus-wide email on
February 19, Director of Marketing
and Communications, Tony Frost,
addressed the upcoming changes,
stating that “the revised design is
temporary as the university will be
engaging in a much larger project that
will involve the Admissions web site.
is project is due to be completed by
this fall.”
e current homepage may seem
simplistic, but Frost insists that while
the university would prefer to a full-
functional and completed website, it
isn’t realistic at this time, given the
large scope of the project.
e university is switching to a
new Content Management System
(CMS) which requires an initial small
changeover to facilitate the larger
upgrade in the fall.
“We want to focus primarily on the
recruitment section of the website,”
explained Frost. However, he points
out that it will be necessary to change
the entire site, which houses multiple
pages, as well. “e new system will be
a template-based system, which will
allow easier uploads and usage for all
those involved in the website.”
A large concern in the redesign is
feedback. While Frost says they have
received some responses in the past
two weeks since the re-launch, there
is a time of increased feedback ahead.
“We want the [website] to work for
everyone, as much as possible,” said
In response to questions of the
timing – why now instead of a full
re-launch in the fall – Frost says they
are trying to avoid overlap in learning
curves. “We don’t want students to
have to learn now and relearn in the
e current homepage – which is
not the only changed page in the site
– hosts a minimalist appearance and a
condensed news section. Frost’s email
to the academic community explained
that “all university news has been
organized under one heading, Campus
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
University website redesign
First stage launched during the break
It’s a political battle...we
need to sit down with people
and discuss what’s needed
and what’s not. While we
can’t use everyone’s opinion,
we can get informed
Toni Frost
Director of Marketing &
Beat. is section will feature ten items
from ‘Media Releases,’ ‘Other Stories,’
and ‘In the News.’ ‘Other Stories’
will include people and program
spotlights, as well as interesting
campus happenings.”
e aim is to bring events and news
up to eye level on the initial page load.
Frost explained that with the previous
design, most standard computer screens
would not show the three categories of
events; one would need to scroll down
the page to view them.
“We want to give an idea of campus
community,” said Frost, “and to be able
to tell all of our stories.”
e current design is simplistic but
functional. It amalgamates several
event sources into one and provides
more accessibility.
Students, faculty, and staff will
notice that Frost and his team did
not remove the QuickList drop down
menu or any of the links listed along
the top of the homepage.
“It’s a political battle...we need to sit
down with people and discuss what’s
needed and what’s not. While we can’t
use everyone’s opinion, we can get
informed feedback.”
Frost is adamant that the new launch
in the fall will not “delete”anything, but
instead bring a consistency through
the Mount Allison website. “We want
to address everyone; prospective and
current students as well as faculty and
Jessica Emin
What would you do with a jar of peanut butter and a table lamp?
In the typical health care setting
of our day, true health promotion
is often overlooked. Most wellness
self help books agree that health
promotion activities involve healthy
people and serve to encourage growth
and improvement in well-being.
Health and wellness clinics can be
very instrumental in planning and
implementing primary prevention
During International Woman’s
Week, the Mount Allison Wellness
Centre implemented one of the
above mentioned primary prevention
programs otherwise known as a Well
Woman’s Clinic. During this clinic,
three clients were seen by three different
health professionals in one hour.
During the hour, the client received
a clinical assessment with each health
professional lasting approximately
20 minutes. Clinical assessments
consisted of breast exams, pap smears,
testing for sexually transmitted
infections, height, weight, body mass
index, label reading and how to balance
work and play including resources
on time management, relaxation
strategies, and career choices. An
education programming component
was also part of this process.
Providing health and wellness
education is one of the primary functions
Cindy Crossman
Wellness Centre
of a University Wellness Centre. e
provision of accurate information
regarding health promotion and
disease prevention reinforces healthy
choices. e approach is holistic,
emphasizing health promotion and
the determinants of health. Choosing
projects that focus on the “cause” in
order to avoid the “effect” is a good
example of this approach.
With the focus on prevention, this
type of clinic offered young women the
opportunity to start to enhance their
health throughout their lifespan. After
all, the goal of the Well Woman Clinic
was to provide comprehensive women’s
health care, including education with a
focus on prevention....How better to
kick off International Women’s Week?
e Gist
-Rotaract is a Rotary-
sponsored service club
for young men and women
ages eighteen to thirty.
-ey are more than 7,000 clubs
in about 163 countries worldwide.
Rotaract Week is a global campaign.
-Mount Allison’s Rotaract Club was
re-established in the winter term of
2009 and, similar to Rotary Clubs, has
“Service Above Self ” as its motto.
Rotary International was founded in
Chicago, IL by Paul Harris in 1905
and soon expanded to Winnipeg,
Manitoba. e resources and talents
of members were pooled to help serve
communities in need, the motto always
being “Service Above Self.” As the
world’s first social service organization,
Rotary has played key roles in and
after WWII, in the promotion of the
formation of the UN and UNESCO,
and in the elimination of polio through
mass vaccination campaigns.
Rotary International is expanding
its service efforts to address
pressing issues such
as gender equality,
e n v i r o n me n t a l
degradation, world
hunger, illiteracy
and children at
risk. Today, 1.2
million Rotarians
belong to over 32,000 Rotary clubs in
more than 200 countries world wide.
More than 8,000 young people
participate annually in Rotary Youth
Exchange. roughout dozens of
countries they live with local host
families, attend high school, learn
a new language and represent their
country, while learning a great deal
about themselves. Several Mount
Allison students have gone on year-
long exchanges to countries including
Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, and
To take part in Rotaract week, head
to Bridge Street Café on Friday, March
12 from 4:00-5:30 pm to enjoy the
sounds of talented Mt. A musicians. Be
sure to stop at the Rotaract
table and make a
donation. Also,
enjoy tasty
treats sold
by the
C l u b
at the
Hunt on
Ciera Desilva
Argosy Contributor
Rotaract week
- e Mount
Allison branch’s
local service project is
the formation of a local Interact Club,
a similar version of Rotaract at the
high school level. As our international
project, we are raising funds and
creating awareness about water
deprivation in Sub-Saharan Africa
through the Blood:Water Mission.
A Well Woman’s Clinic
Preventative health care for all Mount Allison women
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3. Racism is hilarious! I mean, who doesn’t get a kick out of
Peter Pan’s What Makes e Red Man Red? What’s with those
Injuns and their asking “how” all the time? Silly buggers! Or how
about that merchant who opened Aladdin by singing about those
intense Arabian Nights, “where they cut off your ear if they don’t
like your face”. Crazy Arabs! And let’s not forget the jive-talking
crows from Dumbo, lead by Jim Crow and sporting pimpalicious
hats. Ain’t that fly?
2. Drugs and alcohol make cool things happen. In Dumbo,
things are moving along at a fairly pedestrian pace until the
titular character and his mouse friend stumble upon a giant jug of
liquor and get plastered. Suddenly dancing pink elephants appear!
Who doesn’t want to see more dancing pink elephants in their
life? en in Alice in Wonderland, Alice munches on a magic
mushroom and suddenly grows to gigantic proportions. For every
kid watching that who just wants to be big, the message is clear:
get your mitts on some ‘shrooms.
1. To be great, it’s best to be missing a parent or two. While
an intact family unit is great for making Sears Family Portraits,
it’s not so hot for rising out of the gutter to greatness. In e
Lion King, Simba is more preoccupied with riding ostriches
and pestering hyenas until his dad bites the dust. Belle, Jasmine,
Ariel and Pocahontas have absent mothers, while Snow White
and Cinderella are stuck with evil stepmothers. Quasimodo, the
hunchback with a face only a mother could love, unfortunately
had his mom die on the steps of Notre Dame. And let’s not even
get started on Bambi’s mom. Sleeping Beauty managed to have
two living parents, but she was still separated from them for
sixteen years, and let’s face it, the only things she accomplished
was sticking herself with a needle and sleeping a lot. Any heroin
addict can get that done.
starved, take a nap and someone will wake you up with True
Love’s Kiss. Keep this trick in mind the next time your rent’s
overdue or a flesh eating virus spreads up your leg.
6. If someone’s pissing you off in life, take them up somewhere
high and erosion and gravity will take care of them. As a good
hero or heroine, you can’t go about offing people, but you also
can’t be expected to live with pricks messing up your day either.
Fortunately, such folk have the tendency of plunging to their
death – the Queen in Snow White, Cruella in One Hundred and
One Dalmatians, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and Frollo
in e Hunchback of Notre Dame are just a few of the ne’er-
do-wells who went splat. For some reason, these cartoons never
mastered the Loony Tunes skill of forming a crater upon impact
and then emerging with a 10 inch bump on their head and a
picket sign reading “Ouch!”.
5. Who has time to get to know someone when you’re horny?
Face it – thorough courtships are not Disney’s forte. Instead,
it’s all about lust at first sight. Snow White had never even seen
her prince before he slobbered on her face, yet after living with
a baker’s half dozen of hobbits, a full grown male was enough to
win her over. e Little Mermaid barely glimpses Eric on his ship
before she swears off surf in favour of turf. And in Bambi, the
cute little furrballs waste about five seconds after emerging from
winter’s chill before finding the nearest like-species critter to get
it on with. All of which boils down to this: it’s Friday night, and
the pub’s crowd is thinning out....who are you to be picky?
4. Lying bastards and abusive fucks make good boyfriends.
Good news guys! e bar is set so low for you, a worm could
hurdle it. You could model yourself after Aladdin, Agrabah’s Most
Wanted Criminal, who impersonates a prince and compulsively
lies to cover up his tracks. Or perhaps you’re more like the hero in
Beauty and the Beast, who’s selfish behaviour got him cursed into
looking like a hungover Russell Crowe, and kept his girlfriend
under house arrest in his castle and always seemed one wrong
look away from smashing everything within sight to pieces.
10. Tall, lean people are not to be trusted. ey are suspicious
at best, but more often than not, downright evil – just look at
Cruella deVille, Maleficent, Jafar, the creepy old dude who tried
to lock Belle’s dad up in the insane asylum, and the anaemic
Scar (who may not be tall, but it’s hard to tell with lions). It
seems starving yourself is not only damaging to your health, but
destroys your moral fibre too. us confirms our suspicion that
supermodels are not to be trusted. (NOTE: Some may read this
assertion and point out the pole-like stature of the Argosy’s very
own Features Editor. We would like the record to show we have
no proof of this editor’s evilness, and we have no idea where that
dead baby under his chair came from).
9. ere’s no problem a Broadway number can’t solve. Can’t
figure out Question 19 on your exam? Belt out a show-tune.
Having an argument with your lover? Express your rage in
melody. If Aladdin can evade the sultan’s army and transform into
a dashing prince with a few tra la las, there’s no reason you can’t
fix your clogged toilet by serenading it.
8. Girls looking for a companion should visit the zoo. Forget
about girls nights out; those bitches are just waiting to steal
your fancy glass footwear and run off with your boyfriend. If
you’re looking for a true friend, you need to go animal – birds,
bunnies, dogs, cats, deer, owls, tigers, and crabs all make better
confidents than other young women. If you’re hard pressed, a fairy
godmother or talking furniture will also do the trick.
7. Got a problem? Wait. Who says you have to deal with your
issues yourself when everyone else is falling all over themselves
to do it for you? If someone rips your favourite shirt, a fairy
godmother will show up and mend it; if you’re romantically
Kevin Geiger and Alex Thorp
is is the inaugural submission of what will be a weekly column
bringing you, as you may have guessed, the best from the worst
actions taken by Dictators, Warlords, and your own duly elected
and esteemed political figures. Here goes:
Saparmurat Niyazov may not be a household name, but perhaps
he should. Which is why we’ve chosen him to kick off e Best
from the Worst. Enjoy.
While most would identify Stalin, Mussolini, or Peron as the
Worst in recent times, perhaps you overlooked the leader of
Turkmenistan, self-proclaimed Leader of Turkmens and Founder-
President of e Association of Turkmens of the World. On
December 28, 1999, Parliament declared Niyazov President for
Life; parliamentary elections had been held a few weeks earlier in
which all candidates were hand-picked by the president.
Among his best decisions were renaming the town of
Krasnovodsk “Turkmenbashi” after himself, and renaming
schools, airports and even a meteorite after himself and
members of his family. His agricultural policy consisted of the
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establishment of ‘Melon Day’, which has continued even after his
untimely demise in 2006. He was, at the least, very proud to be
a Turkmen; so proud in fact that he renamed all the months by
presidential decree, one after himself, one after a book he wrote,
and another after his well-loved mother (awwww). Saparmurat
made sure the true beauty of his fellow Turmens was shown by
banning the usage of make-up of all reporters and TV anchors.
He also renamed every day of the week (and, in case you’re
wondering, ursday is Justice Day). At one point, he proclaimed,
“[l]et this humane act on the part of the state serve strengthening
truly moral values of the Turkmen society. Let the entire world
know that there has never been a place for evil and violence on
the blessed Turkmen soil.” at which point, he released 18,000
convicts (we suspect not on ursday). He also decided that
dog and cat ownership in the capital would be restricted to one
animal to restrict the keeping of herds inside the city. His health
policies are particularly astute. He ordered all hospitals outside
of Ashgabat, the national capital, to close, permanently, with
the inspired thought that everyone in a country the size of New
England should come to the capital for their healthcare. On top
of this, he forced physicians to swear an oath to him, replacing
Submission to Humor (yes! Humor, not humour, we’re American)
The Best From the Worst: Saparmurat Niyazov
the universally respected Hippocratic Oath. His governing
philosophy is perhaps best summed up in this quote on his
dental policy, which consisted of banning gold teeth: “I watched
young dogs when I was young. ey were given bones to gnaw to
strengthen their teeth. ose of you whose teeth have fallen out
did not chew on bones. is is my advice…”
Stressed to Impress by Lindsay Laltoo
How to create the perfect
A Short Guide To Selecting at Flawless Nickname
Benjamin H. Turkel
Nothing is worse then having a crumby nickname. However, this isn’t always the
nicknamed-persons fault, but rather the uneducated nicknamer who has created a poor
nickname, now stuck to an unfortunate individual for up to life. is short guide will help
you discover various techniques to come up with the perfect nicknames for your friends,
family, or that complete stranger you always see talking to himself while eating a muffin
(‘sir-Muffin-Talker’ just is not going to cut it). Let us view a few ways in which to create that
‘to-die-for’ nickname.
1) Embarrassing moments are always a good place to start when coming up with a
nickname. While the moment itself might be an inside joke, most people will have the
common sense to identify “Crazy Naked Heather” with an awkward moment.
2) Physical attributes are always a good call, just as long as they’re not too inconsiderate, or
easy (just try and stay away nickname like ‘nose face’ or ‘hairy mole’).
3) e random word can be the perfect fit for any person. e next time you are with a
group of friend, or just in the quad, yell out a certain word or phrase like “Bone Crusher!” or
“Magician!” and whoever looks back at you, BAM, they’ve got the nickname they’ve always
wanted (even if they wont admit it).
e creation of the perfect nickname will be a bonding moment for you and whomever
you so happen to name. Just remember that if the nickname doesn’t stick, then it was never
meant to be. Like a symbiotic relationship of a tic-eating bird and a water buffalo, the
nickname and the person must work together and become like one. So let your creative
juices flow and start shouting out those awesome nicknames!
e customs officer eyed me over the top of my passport, com-
paring the immaculate photo with the sunburnt, exhausted and
bleary-eyed youth before him.
“So you’re a young woman who travelled to Central
America for one week by herself,” he intoned. “Are you some kind
of drug mule?”
I froze up for a moment. Was he joking? Could I re-
spond in kind? Lift up my meteorology textbook and tell him it
was filled with coke? I vetoed this, and responded hesitantly “No?”
e officer seemed bored with me, and brought his
stamp down on my passport book with a bang. “Enjoy New York,”
he yawned, and waved the next person in line forward.
I stumbled ahead, giddy to have cleared that hurdle.
Unlike some who were stuck spending Reading Break reading, I
managed to find a cheap flight to Costa Rica for nine days (it was
lovely, thanks for asking). Unfortunately, cheap flights don’t always
have the best itinerary, meaning coming home saw me leave San
Jose at seven AM for Mexico City, where I killed nine hours in
the airport playing pinball before catching a flight to New York,
getting in at close to eleven PM. Still ahead of me were flights to
Montreal and Moncton, but first I had twelve hours to kill in the
city that never sleeps. Unfortunately, that was all I wanted to do.
I wandered around the Arrivals area of Terminal 8 in
JFK for a bit, dodging luggage carts and impatient business travel-
lers trying to catch a cab to their hotels. I wasn’t; after spending a
week in five dollar hostels, I was not prepared to shell out a hun-
dred bucks on a hotel close to the airport. All I wanted was a bench
to lie down on, perhaps an abandoned hockey bag. However, JFK
was turning out to be an airport of chairs with poor lower back
support and uncomfortable arm rests.
Undaunted, I took the escalator up to the Departures
level. At that hour, the place was ghostly, with the only things go-
ing anywhere being an aloof security guard and the odd tumble-
weed. Peace and quiet at last; perfect for a snooze. Best of all, every
few metres there seemed to be a bench. e problem was I wasn’t
the only person looking to bed down for a bit; every bench was
taken by a harried traveller, wheeled luggage stowed beneath them
and carryon bags acting as impromptu pillows. Some were even so
prepared as to bring an inflatable air mattress and a stolen inflight
pillow. With growing dismay, I plundered forward. Finally, past the
coveted spots by the windows and bathroom, I found a spot by
the janitorial closet: not so much a bench as an outcropping of the
wall, a narrow ledge that if I lay sideways and sucked in my breath
I could remain balanced on. However, it was better than nothing,
and using my backpack as a pillow I shut my eyes and willed myself
to sleep as the sound of descending airplanes filled my ears....
...planes that descend closer....and closer....
I sat up with a start, tumbling off my perilous perch in
the process. My contacts (which no, are not supposed to remain
in my eyes during sleep, but desperate times, desperate measures)
blurred into focus, revealing a custodian cleaning with an earth-
rumbling floor polisher. He glanced up at me, smiling cheerily.
“Good evening!” he barked over the racket. I waved
limply in return.
I got to my feet and started searching again. I passed the
people on benches (who I now could see also had the foresight to
bring ear plugs), eventually arriving at the elevator to the AirTrain.
Which sounded to me like a transit service connecting the various
New York airports together, and since my flight was out of La-
Guardia the next day anyway, I decided to take a ride. Turns out the
AirTrain just connects the many terminals of JFK and provides a
link to the New York subway system, which after several confusing
and increasingly panicked connections, I finally figured out.
It was now two AM. I stood on the subway platform of a
relatively quiet station (meaning no one was screaming about tiny
robots in their brain or trying to sell me unidentified bottled sludge
out of their red Radio Flyer). Wearily, I found a bench and sat
down – only for a moment – leaning my head against the backrest
and closing my eyes – just for a quick rest.....
I woke with a start, the blare of a passing train echoing
in my ears. Again I waited for my contacts to swim into focus,
and found myself looking into a pair of bloodshot eyes boring a
hole into my skull. eir owner, a man who looked like Samuel L.
Jackson if he electrocuted himself and then dressed up as a pirate,
blinked once but never averted his gaze.
“Oh,” I managed, my mouth suddenly dry. “Um. Hello.”
“You didn’t ask,”he spat. He brought a hand down on the
backrest, rattling the whole thing. “My bench. Miiiine.”
“Oh, I didn’t....I’m sorry,” I said quickly, making a move
to leave.
“No!” He flung an arm out in front of me, blocking my
escape. “Stay. You stay now.”
Time stopped, the silence punctuated only by his intense
nose breathing. I glanced around, but there was no one to help me,
just someone down the platform who was singing in German and
stroking a baseball glove. I looked back at Pirate Samuel L. Jack-
son, then over his shoulder, my eyes widening.
“Oh my God,” I gasped.
Pirate Samuel L. Jackson spun his head around, follow-
ing my gaze. By the time he looked back I had fled, racing up the
stairs to the streets of New York.
One taxi ride later, featuring a cabbie who thought a
blaring car horn made for soothing ambience, I had made it to the
relative refuge of the LaGuardia International Airport. As the sun
rose and the mentally stable began to re-emerge, I thought long-
ingly of clean sheets and my comfortable bed. e adventure of
travel will never grow stale, but neither will the welcoming feeling
of returning home, or the security of my own mattress. Such heart-
warming thoughts filled my mind as my plane touched down at the
Moncton airport a mere thirty-one hours after leaving Costa Rica,
and were about the only things that kept me from biting off my
mom’s head when she proclaimed “Wow, don’t you look tired.”
Wannabe bench warmer?
Lindsay Laltoo
a touch of grace by Erik Fraser
Argosy InAction by Lindsay Laltoo
Cooking with Jess
Quick and Easy Recipes for Students

-4 large fresh salmon fillets,
-3 tbsp coarse salt
-3 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
-1 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
-4 tbsp maple syrup
-1/4 cup orange juice
-1/2 tsp dehydrated basil
Sweet and Salty
Blueberry Basil
Category: Main dish
Serves: 4
is salmon is flavourful and moist. It surprises you with its bold blueberry and salty after flavour. e key
to a good salmon fillet is to not over cook it. Salmon is best served medium and, like steak, if it is well done
throughout it often looses its flavour and becomes very dry. So remember if it is fresh salmon, once the outside
is sealed in the cooking process it only needs a few more minutes in the pan.
Mix salt and pepper in a plate to create a rub for the salmon fillets. Place each fillet in the plate and cover both
sides of it with the mixture. With your fingertips lightly rub in the salt and pepper each time you flip the fillets
to ensure that the seasoning sticks.
Place one cup of the blueberries, maple syrup, juice, and basil in a blender. Blend until smooth and set aside.
Set the extra 1/3 of blueberries aside as well. To cook the salmon, place in frying pan on medium to low heat.
You may have to use two frying pans to cook all the fillets at the same time. e cooking time of fish can vary
drastically depending on the heat of the element and the thickness of the fillet, but I tend to find that once the
meat that is visible to the eye has turned colour on both sides it only needs to be left on the grill for a few more
minutes. With a 1’ 1/2 thick fillet, cooking for seven to eight minutes on both sides should suffice. Remove the
salmon from the pan and put them on serving plates. Pour the blueberry puree into the frying pan with the
whole blueberries. It will only take two to three minutes to heat. e puree should thicken slightly as it heats
and the whole blueberries will get darker in colour. Spoon a desired amount of blueberry sauce on to each fillet
and serve.

-2 dinner rolls, white or whole wheat
-2 extra large eggs
-2 tbsp of milk or cream
-1/4 cup of green apples, chopped into small cubes
-1/4 cup of extra old cheddar cheese, cut into small
-pinch of salt
-pinch of pepper
-2 small slices of extra old cheddar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Gouge craters into the top of each dinner roll. Empty
the rolls as much as possible without puncturing any
holes in the sides or bottom.
Scramble eggs, cream, apples, cubed cheddar, salt, and
pepper in a small bowl.
Pour an equal amount of egg mixture into each hollowed
roll and place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20
Serve with a fruit salad.
Cheddar and Apple Breakfast “Egg-
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 2
-1 English cucumber, cut into wide, thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler or
-15-20 large mint leaves, ripped in half
-5 cups of baby romaine lettuce
-2 tbsp lime juice
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1 tsp coarse salt or sea salt
-7-8 cherry tomatoes and a few lime wedges to garnish
Place romaine lettuce on the bottom of a salad bowl followed by the
cucumber ribbons, then the mint leaves and garnish. Pour olive oil and lime
juice over the salad. Sprinkle the salad with salt. Serve with a stir fry or Asian
style soup.
Fresh Mint and Greens Salad
Category: Appetizer or side
Serves: 2
-4 tbsp of olive oil
-1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
-1 1/2 tbsp honey
-20 large asparagus
-150g of thinly slices prosciutto, cut into inch wide long ribbons
To begin, you will need to par-boil the asparagus in a small, but,
deep pot. Bunch the asparagus together like a bouquet with all the
arrows pointing upwards and secure the bouquet with a long strip of
aluminium foil. Twist the aluminium foil around the vegetable like
you would a twist tie. Place 2 1/2 inches or so of water in the bottom of
the pot and bring to a boil. Once the water has come to a boil place the
asparagus standing straight up in the pot. e asparagus should half
cook once, therefore for about five minutes, so that it is edible, but still
firm. e last part of the cooking process will occur once the asparagus
has been wrapped with prosciutto and placed in a frying pan. Unwrap
the asparagus and dry them with a paper towel. In a small bowl mix
olive oil, dijon, and honey. e honey tends to settle in the bottom so
be sure to mix throughly. Once you are done making the glaze pour it
into a shallow dish and roll the pieces of asparagus in it, covering them
from top to bottom. en tightly wrap the asparagus with prosciutto,
covering about 2.5 to 3 inches of the stem. You may need two to three
strips to cover each piece of vegetable. Place asparagus is a frying pan
on low heat. Cook for five minutes or until the prosciutto is crispy
and the asparagus has softened but is not limp. Serve in a glass - like
picking a flower out of a jar - with sliced nectarines, brie cheese, and
focaccia bread with oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping.
Sweet Honey Dijon Asparagus in Prosciutto
Category: Appetizer or side dish
Serves: 4
All photographs and recipes created by Jessica Emin
Cooking with Jess
Quick and Easy Recipes for Students
2 eggs, divided
1 egg
7 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted, cooled
1 tub (1000 ml) whipped topping, thawed
3 tbsp icing sugar
1 1/2 tbsp chilli flakes
2 cups fresh blackberries
Separate two eggs into two medium sized mixing bowls.
e whites should be in one bowl and the yolks in the
other. Set the whites aside for the moment. Mix the melted
chocolate, single egg, and chilli flakes into the egg yolks.
Fold 500ml of whipped topping into the chocolate mixture
and set aside. Beat the remaining bowl of egg white with
electric mixer until it is frothy. Gradually add icing sugar to
the egg white and beat until it forms soft peaks. Carefully
mix the egg whites into the chocolate until it is uniform
then scoop the mousse into four small bowls. You may want
to line the bottoms of the bowls with blackberries before
spooning mousse into them. Top each dessert with a dollop
of remaining whipped topping and several blackberries.
Serve immediately or cool for two hours for a firmer, colder
Chocolate Chilli Mousse with Blackberries
Category: Dessert
Serves: 4
-2 endives, washed and separated
-250g cream cheese
-3 tbsp real mayonnaise
-2 tbsp freshly grated parmesan
-1/3 cup diced yellow peppers
-3 tbsp diced sun dried tomatoes in oil
-2 tbsp diced kalamata olives
-1 tsp chili powder
-1 tsp pepper
-1 tbsp lemon juice
-a few branches of parsley to garnish
is appetizer is a nice alternative to carbohydrate heavy plates such as brochettes or crackers and cheese. e
endive is tart, crunchy, and light.
Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, yellow pepper, sun dried tomato, olive, chili powder, pepper, and
lemon juice in a small mixing bowl. Scoop a rounded teaspoon of the cheese mixture on to each endive leaf and
stick a small sprig of parsley on each. Arrange endives on a plate to form the shape of a flower and place either
more endive leaves or another vegetable, such as slices of tomato, in the center of the plate to create the middle
of the flower.
Creamy Endive Bites
Category: Appetizer
Serves: 5
In a frying pan on medium heat, cook the chicken breast with olive oil until the surfaces are sealed.
In a separate large pot, on low to medium heat, cook leek and garlic with remaining oil until the leek is soft
and lightly browned. Add potato, carrot, and parsnip to the pot. Increase to medium heat, stir, and cook for five
minutes covered. Add mushrooms, butter, broth, lemon juice, tarragon, and rosemary to the pot. Stir until butter is
melted and the herbs are evenly spread through the content. Cover and simmer on medium to low heat for thirty
minutes, stirring frequently. At the end of the thirty minutes, check the tenderness of the vegetables. If the carrots,
potatoes, or parsnip are still too firm simmer for an extra five minutes.
Remove from heat and add cream, pepper, and salt.
Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat when desired. N.B. Cooked chicken should be eaten within three days
of it being cooked to avoid contamination. Pair with an equal rustic side such as a beet salad with goats cheese,
apple, and nuts.
Harvest Chicken Stew
Category: Main course
Serves: 4
-4 small chicken breast, cut bite sized
-4 tbsp olive oil
-1 leek, washed, trimmed, and chopped
-3 cloves of garlic, diced
-8 white baby potatoes, washed, and quartered
-1 large carrot, sliced into 1/4 inch medallions
-1 large parsnip, sliced into 1/4 inch medallions
-15 button mushrooms, washed (cut thawed
mushrooms that are bigger than bite sized)
-1/4 cup butter, softened
-2 cups chicken broth
-2 tbsp lemon juice
-1 tsp tarragon
- 1 1/2 tsp rosemary (or the leaves from 3 fresh
-1 cup of cream
-1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
-dash of salt
-1 English cucumber, cut into wide, thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler or
Place romaine lettuce on the bottom of a salad bowl followed by the
cucumber ribbons, then the mint leaves and garnish. Pour olive oil and lime
juice over the salad. Sprinkle the salad with salt. Serve with a stir fry or Asian
Parsley Roasted Potatoes with Sweet
Chilli and Ginger Dip
Category: Side Dish
Serves: 2-3
- 20 baby potatoes, washed, and halved
-4 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped fine
-5 tbsp olive oil
-1/2 tsp coarse salt
-1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
-3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
-1/3 cup thick style sour cream
-1/2 tsp garlic (diced fresh or dehydrated)
-pinch of ginger
Instructions for Potatoes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Toss potatoes with parsley, oil, pepper, and salt in a large
mixing bowl then spread them evenly on a baking sheet.
Bake potatoes for forty minutes or until tender. Flip
the potatoes with aid of a spatula halfway through the
Instructions for Dipping Sauce:
Mix sweet chilli sauce, sour cream, ginger, and garlic in
a small bowl. Spoon the mixture into desired amount
of ramekins and place them on the plates. Serve these
simple potatoes with burgers or fried fish.
-4 vine tomatoes
-1 1/2 cups goat’s cheese
-2 tbsp fresh basil, diced
-1/3 cup of pine nuts
-4 tsp olive oil
-1 lemon cut into 6-8 wedges
-4 tbsp shredded asiago cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut tops off of the vine tomatoes as you would a pumpkin,
keeping the tops for lids. Empty the content of the tomatoes
with a spoon. Sometimes squeezing the tomato upside down
will loosen much of the liquid and seeds. Mix goat’s cheese,
basil, and pine nuts in a small bowl. Squeeze two of the lemon
wedges into the mixture and mix again. Stuff each tomato
with as much of the goat’s cheese mixture as possible and
replace the lids of the tomatoes on each.Place the tomatoes on
a baking sheet and drizzle each with 1 tsp olive oil and a dash
of salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.Garnish each tomato
to serve with a lemon wedge, a tablespoon of remaining pine
nuts, and a tablespoon of asiago cheese. If desired serve on a
bed of mixed greens.
Goat’s Cheese and Pine Nut Baked Tomatoes
Category: Side dish
Serves: 4
All photographs and recipes created by Jessica Emin
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
As mentioned a few weeks ago, I have
been making a film with a friend of mine.
e project has grown since my last
article, and things are coming together!
We have acquired many more crew
members in the past few weeks. We
now have added an assistant director
(assists the production manager and
director, ensures the atmosphere of
the set is one in which the director
and actors can work, and oversees
day-to-day management of the set),
costume designer (in our case, this
position involves finding appropriate
costumes to purchase), make-up artist,
hair stylist, accountant, sound recorder
(balances sound in post-production),
foley artist (creates and records sound
effects in post-production), sound
editor (assembles and edits all sounds
effects), props master (in charge of
finding all props that will appear), and
a set dresser (plans the placement of
furniture and objects in the scenes,
including background objects such
as paintings that may appear on a
character’s wall). Casting was finished
in mid-February. We held auditions
for an afternoon, and ended up casting
most who auditioned, or invited
them to take part in the film in some
way, such as for crew. When this issue
goes to print, I will have had one
table read with the cast, to go over
the script, make any changes in terms
of fluidity and continuity, and to talk
about the motivations of the actors.
In terms of production, a friend of
mine has supplied us with excellent
quality equipment, such as cameras,
lenses, lights, and microphones.
Because the story involves a woman
(the lead) who plays guitar, our music
composer has written the first song
that she will sing in part of the film.
e assistant director has been hard
at work scheduling shoots according
to actor availability. As screenwriter
and director, I have met with the
make-up artist, costume designer,
and hair stylist to discuss the look
that pertains to each character’s
personality. We have figured out
most of our locations, but still need
to secure a few more. is involves a
lot of phone calls, and a lot of luck.
Come to think of it, most of this
process involves luck. When we first
started, we had no idea how big the
project was going to get. Now, we have
learned so much about what goes on
behind the scenes in films, and so
many people have stepped in to help,
which I am very grateful for. I cannot
tell a lie - it has been stressful, but
as we get closer to actually starting
with our shoots, it has gotten more
exciting. I truly am motivated to
pursue the path that I have discovered
is one of my passions - filmmaking.
During a snowstorm last ursday, a
very warm lecture and recital called
“Music in the Times of Don Quixote”
was held in the Mount Allison chapel.
Manuel Minguillón, a Vihuela, Lute,
Baroque Guitar, Archlute, and eorbo
player, came directly from London,
England to perform for the Sackville
community. Minguillón was born in
Madrid, Spain and holds a Doctorate
degree in Early Plucked Instruments.
e talented Minguillón presented
three different instruments and three
different styles of music which were
popular between 1536 and 1776
in Spain. e first instrument, the
Vihuela, is a guitar-like instrument
which was very popular in Spain during
the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Minguillón presented various types of
sheet music written specifically for the
Vihuela, which used a very different
method of writing music than we have
today. e composers of the time used
different symbols and even the alphabet
to illustrate the music on parchment.
After introducing the Vihuela and its
history to the audience, Minguillón
performed a few original pieces
written specifically for the instrument
over 400 years ago.
It was enchanting to hear the music
that was played in the courts for the
kings and queens of the Iberian
Peninsula echoing off the stone walls of
the chapel on a stormy winter evening.
Whilst the wind was whistling outside,
the high pitched harp like sounds of
the Vihuela filled the chapel with an
ambiance reminiscent of the warmer
Spanish climate.
e second instrument Minguillón
lectured about was the Baroque
guitar. is instrument, also called the
Spanish guitar, was popular between
1596 and 1732. e guitar originally
consisted of strings made of lamb guts.
Minguillón’s guitar, however, did not
have gut-strings because, as he told the
audience, it would be completely out of
tune now due to the rapid temperature
changes, pointing to the snow storm
outside. e guitarist explains that
“baroque performers spent half of their
time tuning, and the rest of their time
playing out of tune” because of the
sensitivity to temperature changes of
the gut-strings. As with the Vihuela,
Minguillón played a few songs on his
Baroque guitar originally from the
medieval period.
e third and final instrument
Minguillón presented was the Six-
course guitar. is instrument was
popular from the eighteenth century,
up until 1776, and became the bridge
between baroque and classical music.
Very few manuscripts with music
written specifically for the Six-course
guitar were found and only one book
was published with music dedicated to
this instrument.
It was very interesting to see digital
copies of the primary manuscripts and
the way music was represented on paper
during this time period. e lecture-
recital was both informative and
entertaining. Minguillón performed
the medieval songs, and the audience
could look at the original scores of the
music he played.
e lecture-recital was organized
by Dr. Lauren Beck from the Modern
Languages department who teaches
a Medieval Spanish Literature course
this term.
Medieval music on a stormy night
Maria Maute
Argosy Staff
Maria Maute
Maybe just being sheltered from
Sackville’s drizzling, windy weather
had something to do with it, but the
atmosphere in the Struts Gallery
seemed to be extremely warm and
welcoming. e room atmosphere was
so casual and relaxed that it felt more
like a group of friends hanging out and
engaging in friendly conversation than
anything else. e air was buzzing with
chatter bouncing off the wintery white
walls. is would have had to be a
rather large group of friends, however,
because the small, quaint room was
crowded with an abundance of people.
Although there were generally many
different kinds of people there, for the
most part it was an older, more mature
crowd. It was the sort of event where
everyone either had a beer or cup of
coffee in hand.
e room itself was interesting, which
matched the artwork. Fluorescent
white lights made the rectangular walls
seem whiter. ey also successfully
brought out the vibrant colour in the
artwork that was creatively pinned to
the walls by the sort of thumbtacks
residence housing would forbid. e
artwork was so beautifully odd and
peculiar that their abnormalities made
for more interesting illustrations. ey
were pieces of work that you couldn’t
simply dismiss after first glance,
drawing everyone in.
e evening was casually structured
with self-guided tours of the artwork,
followed by brief ten minute
presentations from each artist. ere
was then a question and answer
period, a break, and finally, a musical
performance. In the presentations,
each of the four artists gave some
insight into their artwork and narrated
their development as artists.
James Kirkpatrick explained
through his presentation how his
artwork started off as simple graphite
on trains, and, of course, the occasional
wall. Intriguingly enough, he stopped
his graphite artwork because it became
too trendy in his eyes. He talked about
his transition from simply imposing
artwork on things to actually working
with the surfaces he painted on.
Jamie Q talked about her period
of expressing her creativity through
Sharpie marker drawings. She then
went on to elaborate on how she
took things found in garbage cans
and turned them into innovative
pieces of art. Jamie’s paper sculptures,
from which she showed pictures in
a slideshow presentation, could only
be described as being ridiculously
amazing. Mark Bell simply, but quite
thought provokingly, decided to read
passages. Interestingly enough, Mark
used to write comics for e Argosy
once upon a time and currently has a
show at the Owens. Peter ompson
talked about his work with the show
Pulp Fiction. He also explained that
some of his artwork had been subject
to water damages, and how he decided
to incorporate the damage into the
e Q&A session was equally as
informative as the presentations. After
viewing all of their work and being
let in on little parts of their lives, the
audience got to see more of their
personality come out in the way they
answered questions. e spectators
were able to hear more about their
journey as artists in the world. “It
seemed like no one in London liked us
until we started doing things outside
London,”expressed James. It was funny
to hear about other people’s means of
getting to where they are now.
I was very impressed with the
Artists-in-Residence talk and I
honestly didn’t want to leave the Struts
Gallery. Sackville’s drizzling, windy
weather outside definitely seemed
colder and more unwelcoming on the
way back after that presentation.
Artist in residence speaks at Struts
Mira Le-Ba
Argosy contributor
On now at the START
Olivia McNair’s work is now displayed at the START gallery. e artwork will be
up until March 17. A closing reception will be held on that day.
Callan Field
Callan Field
What does an armadillo, a puppy
named Flash and clothes from the
Salvation Army all have in common?
ey are all, in one way or another,
connected to Kallie Garcia and her
new and innovative community project.
Kallie Garcia is a second year Fine Arts
student and she will be opening her
own silk screening workshop called
e Little Armadillo Print Shop on
Monday, March 15. e shop is located
at 25 Lorne Street, in the same space
as the old second hand store used to be.
e shop will specialize in silk
screening and designing unique
clothing. Silk screening is a printing
technique used to print designs and
patterns on cloth. To do this, Garcia
stretches silk over a wooden frame
to create a screen. e screen is then
soaked in photo-sensitive emulsion
which makes it light-sensitive. e
preferred design, shape, drawing or
pattern is then shone onto the screen
so that it is burned into the silk. is
creates an open space in the silk through
which the ink can then be transferred
onto the cloth. It is an easy process
which anyone can use to create, print,
and wear their own unique designs.
Garcia realized that there was no
real space for youth to hang out and
get creative in Sackville. “I wanted to
create an open space for the community
to use,” says the Fine Arts student as
she adds the finishing touches to her
new workshop. “Silk screening is an
easy enough medium for everyone to
learn,”she explains, “I want to get other
kids interacting with others –because
you learn the most from each other.”
Garcia hopes this new space will
encourage everyone, not only Fine
Arts students, to get creative. She
wants to host workshops for students
and community members of all ages.
During the workshops, everyone will
be able to design their own clothes
with the guidance and instructions of
Garcia. e workshops will cost $25
and include all the materials, machines
and ink needed. e print shop will
not only be hosting workshops. With
a minimal membership fee, anyone
can become a member of e Little
Armadillo Print Shop and use the
space. Garcia wants the shop to be
an open and creative space for anyone
to use. e membership fee of $20 a
month would include access to the
generous space, light table, sewing
machine, serger, iron and all other
machines needed for silk screening.
Garcia is not in it for the profit. “I
just want to break even,” she explains,
“I don’t want to make money. I want
this to be an open collaborative.”
On top of creating a communal,
creative, and affordable open space for
the community to use, Garcia’s project
also promotes eco-friendly ways to
create fashionable and unique clothing.
All the material she uses is used clothes
from the Salvation Army. “I never
buy any new fabric,” explains Garcia,
“there is no point in it, there already
is an overabundance of clothes. Why
buy into it?” By reusing old clothes
that no one wants to wear anymore,
Garcia creates new and modern looks.
Kallie Garcia has worked very
hard over the past few weeks to bring
her project to life. It is inspiring to
see that, even though she is still in
university, she is already planning
ahead and creating innovative projects
for the entire community to benefit
from. e Little Armadillo Print Shop
will be another distinctive and creative
complement to Sackville’s ever-
growing arts scene. As Garcia describes
in her own words, the shop will surely
be “a nice environment for people to
make and create art, wearable art.”
Fine Arts student opens a collaborative clothing print shop
e Little Armadillo Print Shop will host a creative and open space for everyone to use
Maria Maute
Argosy Staff
Kallie Garcia and her dog Flash are surrounded by the unique clothes created through silk screening in the
Little Armadillo Print Shop locted at 25 Lorne Street, where the old second hand store used to be.
Maria Maute
Owens Gallery intern Sara Williamson curates her first show
Vegan cupcakes took over the Owens
Art Gallery on Friday, March 5. But
more importantly, so did queer art.
Told Untold, curated by Owens
intern Sara Williamson, is a rare
insight into the lesser-known world
of gay and lesbian art. At the opening,
Williamson was greeted with smiles
and congratulations, followed by
some words of welcome by Lucy
MacDonald, the curator of education
and community outreach at the gallery,
and Williamson herself. MacDonald
remarked, “We’ve had [an internship]
program since 1995, and it’s one of
the oldest such programs in Canada.
One of the focuses of the interns’ time
is curating an exhibition. [...] [Sara
has] been tirelessly working on this
exhibition in such a dedicated way. [...]
We’re happy she’s with us until July.”
Williamson then thanked those who
helped with the exhibition, including
Lucy MacDonald, Gemey Kelly (the
gallery’s director/curator), and Roxie
Ibbitson (the gallery’s registrar/
To accompany the exhibition,
Williamson wrote an essay about
the works which are featured. It was
included in a catalogue printed by Zab
Design & Typography and distributed
at the show. Williamson discussed the
layout and design in detail with the
designer, involving a dialogue back and
forth between Sackville and Toronto
before the show’s opening.
e exhibition features work by
irza Cuthand (video), Shawna
Dempsey and Lorri Millan (video),
Larry Glawson (photography), and
Travis McEwen (painting). Cuthand
explores the fact that she is of Native
and European descent, while also being
a lesbian, and more readily accepted by
the white population than the Native
population. Millan and Dempsey
“deal with a different kind of story
[...] that of a prominent figure, both
historical and mythic, representative
of those who aberrate from the norms
and expectations of their societies,”
according to Williamson in her Told
Untold catalogue. Glawson features
subjects who are gay and lesbian, giving
them complete control over how they
are represented in their photo shoots.
And McEwen depicts adolescent gay
boys, who are insecure about their
bodies, as all adolescents are.
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
When I walked into the gallery, I
was struck by the paintings of McEwen
first. Each subject has a feature that he
was criticized about as an adolescent.
ese features are very clear, while
the rest of the painting is blurry. e
paintings show “flaws”that the subjects
can’t help having. e fact that the
features they are uncomfortable with
are so clear reflects a teenager blowing
their flaws out of proportion. In
actuality, it is doubtful that these flaws
are that bad. ere is also, of course, a
level of the painter’s perception present
- it is not like a photograph, which has
more potential of showing the reality
of someone, such as Larry Glawson’s
approach to photography.
e photography by Glawson was my
favourite part of the show. Williamson
also noted it was her favourite.
Glawson’s series of photographs
portrays queer people as just that -
people, in loving relationships, and
not as taboo “others” as some people
see them. e photographs strip
away any stereotypes to show them
as people who should be taken as
seriously as everyone else. e most
moving photograph for me was a large
photograph of two lesbian women
with a rainbow-striped flag wrapped
around their shoulders, in sepia tones,
except for the flag, which is colour.
Cuthand’s rough the Looking Glass
is a witty, clever, and at times very funny
telling of an Alice in Wonderland type
story, in which the Red Queen and the
White Queen fight over “Alice’s” (aka
Cuthand’s) identity. It is determined
at the end that Cuthand is what she
is, and she states, “When I am Queen,
I am going to be self-reliant and self-
sufficient, be an independent young
woman, a wild-eyed loner, a rogue
heroic marginalized outlaw, proud
of my isolated, othered status in the
world:” e video is entertaining,
though the audio quality was not very
clean at times.
Millan and Dempsey’s Calamity,
featuring the well-known character
Calamity Jane, is a video depicted in
a grainy film style, evoking the feel of
old western movies. In five minutes,
Jane mentions topics that could be
discussed for hours and even days on
end. One of the most striking lines
was, “I dress like a man, but I prefer
women. Plenty of rumours from the
Wild West about Jane: [...] that I
mothered illegitimate children, and
fathered a few, too.”
As the night wound down, friends
parted ways with Williamson with
smiles and congratulations again. e
vegan cupcakes Williamson baked for
the occasion were munched as visitors
Told Untold is a flawless depiction of
non-mainstream gay and lesbian art,
steering away from camp and overtly
sexualized images and showing the
real essence of real people. Hats off to
Williamson for an excellent opening
night. e show is on display at the
Owens until April 18. In conjunction,
Ivan E. Coyote, an adult storyteller, will
visit the Owens on March 12 at 7:30
pm. e latter is free to attend, and
also sure to be excellent. All students
who are interested in seeing how their
education can be applied in practical
ways should attend Told Untold.
Vivi Reich
March in Sackville means a lot of
things. It means gradually warmer
weather and the tentative emergence
of the first few spring flowers. It means
the pre-exam crunch of final papers
and assignments, and the frantic
scramble to sign a lease for next year
and to find some roommates you think
you won’t kill. And, of course, it means
the annual Black Tie musical. Now in
its sixth season, Black Tie Productions
has built up a reputation for staging
shows with hilarity, enthusiasm, and
just the right amount of pandemonium.
is year the company is taking
a lighter tone with the 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee. Based
on the book by Rachael Sheinkin with
music and lyrics by William Finn,
the musical tells the story of a group
of misfit sixth grade spelling champs
who have come together to compete
for the Putnam County title. e
winner of the Putnam County bee
will go on to the nationals. e bee
itself is run by Rona Lisa Perretti,
(Francesca Barnett-Cowan), who acts
as commentator, and Vice Principle
Douglas Panch (Brian Hawkes), who
reads the words and definition. Panch
has just returned from a five year
hiatus following a nervous breakdown.
e competitors include Chip
Tolentino (Scott Lloyd), the reigning
champ and an avid boy scout who
is finding puberty to be more
than he bargained for; Logainne
Swhartzandgrubenniere (Cat
McClusky), a politically astute little girl
with two gay fathers; Leaf Coneybear
(Bernard Soubry), the home schooled
son of a large hippie family who have
serious doubts about his intelligence;
William Barfee (Eric Biskupski),
a rather strange, maladjusted child
with a variety of bizarre allergies and
health problems; Marcy Park (Crystal
Chettiar), the poster child for the
overachieving Asian student; and Olive
Ostrovsky (Rosalind Krump), a bright
but very shy young girl with absent
parents. Rounding out the cast are
Mitch Mahoney (Spencer Yarnell), an
ex-con who is getting his community
service hours in by comforting the
losing participants, Logainne’s dads
Carl Grubeniere (Tommy Smith)
and Dan Schwartz ( Justin omas),
and Olive’s parents (Leah Boulos and
Marcel D’Entrement), who appear
only in their daughter’s imagination.
Large parts of the play, which
is performed in one act with no
intermission, rely on audience
participation. Four audience volunteers
are chosen before each performance,
and participate in the spelling bee
onstage along with the actors. If they
spell the words they are given wrong,
they are kicked out, but if they spell
them correctly they remain onstage.
is means a lot of improvisation is
required on the part of the actors as they
react to what the volunteers are doing.
“e hardest thing for our actors is
working with improvised stuff. During
rehearsals it’s a lot of me coming in and
pretending to be audience volunteers,”
says Black Tie president Emily Jewer.
e role of Vice Principal Panch is
particularly tricky, and requires that
actor Brian Hawkes make up sentences
and definitions for the words he gives
the participants to spell. “at’s why
we picked the show,” explains Jewer,
“because it’s very different from
anything Black Tie’s done. is is one
of the only shows that I can remember
where no one dies. Also there’s no sex.”
But the 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee isn’t completely without
mature content or adult themes.
Political correctness, homosexuality,
and family drama are all explored
in the musical, not to mention the
sometimes inconvenient effects of
puberty on the adolescent male.
e show is also on a very tight
schedule. Rehearsals began the first
week of February, and the show opens
March 17, giving the cast and crew
just over five weeks to prepare. “I’m
very confident in the cast,” says Jewer.
“ey’re very enthusiastic. We have a
much younger cast than we’ve had in
the past for Black Tie and they’re just
raring to go and up for adding things.
It’s great to have this enthusiasm.
We also have a few of our Black Tie
alum [sic] back, so it’s a nice mix.”
e 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee also comes with a unique
set of challenges for its stage manager,
Net Chamaplin. “It’s challenging, but
really fun because you never really know
what’s going to happen,” Chamaplin
says of her job, which includes taking
attendance at rehearsals, writing down
stage directions, making calendars,
establishing set deadlines, allocating
tasks with regard to props and costumes,
and acting as a liaison between the cast
and director. Chamaplin has also found
the improvisational element of the
show to be a challenge. “You can only
prepare so much,” she says. “ere’s
a good deal of luck involved. […]
at’s a good thing, because you can
keep the actors on their toes and keep
them expecting something new every
time. It’s definitely not the archetypal
spelling bee you would expect.”
If an audience member is a
particularly good speller, the cast has
several tricks up its sleeve to make
sure that the show doesn’t keep
going forever. For instance, Hawkes’
character (Vice Principal Panch) can
refuse to give a definition of a word,
or give an extremely difficult word that
will likely be spelled incorrectly. e
improv element also allows for more
personal input from the cast, and in
some cases they write their own lines
and jokes. e character of Logainne
writes her own soliloquy at one point.
“My place as a manager is that I can
see everyone’s enthusiasm for the show
and it makes my job more interesting,”
says Chamaplin. “It’s more fun that
way, because you’re not stuck with
what’s been predetermined. In this
case, it’s something new every time.”
e interactive aspect also allows the
cast to make references to local places
and events that will be more engaging
to the audience. Events at Mt. A and
in Sackville are mentioned in the show.
“at way you engage so much more
and you open a lot more doors. I think
the audience will enjoy it in the end.”
Director Karen Valanne also has
her own unique perspective on the
show. One of the biggest challenges
from her end is making sure the
show feels improvised. “e audience
will leave feeling like a lot of it was
made up, but in fact it was scripted,”
she explains. Unpredictability is
also an element that she has to
work with as a director.
e 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee has been difficult to
direct and rehearse because the entire
cast is on stage for the majority
of the show, which means that it
can’t be broken down into smaller
chunks for the rehearsal process.
e 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee opens March 17 at 8:00
pm and runs until March 20. ere
is a matinee show at 2:00 pm on
Saturday, March 20. If Black Tie has
taught us anything about the calibre
of their shows, it should be a stellar
performance made more exciting by
its unpredictable element. So bust out
your dictionary and study up – come
Wednesday, it could be you on stage.
New Black Tie show spells unpredictable F-U-N
Julie Cruikshank
Argosy Staff
It is challenging to maintain the
audience’s attention when performing
in a one-act musical which consists
of only two characters, but Landon
Braverman and Sarah Bell did it.
e ninety minute show without
intermission kept the audiences
captivated and entertained for the
entire duration of the musical.
e Last Five Years is the story of the
relationship between Jamie Wellerstein
(Braverman) and Cathy Hyatt (Bell)
which the author, Jason Robert Brown,
based on his own relationship with his
ex-wife. Jamie is a rising novelist who
publishes his first book at the beginning
of the play. Cathy, on the other hand,
is a struggling actress hoping for a
breakthrough in her career. Both
sides of the relationship are displayed
through each character’s perspective.
Cathy’s side of the story was told in
reverse, starting the musical with the
first scene where she found a goodbye
letter from her husband on the day he
left her for good. In parallel and in the
next scene, the audience witnessed the
beginning of the relationship, five years
earlier, through Jamie’s songs as he
sang about the girl he just met. Cathy’s
songs were filled with hurt, frustration
and anger as the spectators observed
their marriage slowly slipping away.
We saw her struggles as an actress and
her annoyance at Jamie’s progressive
success as a writer. At the same time
and in a chronological order, the
audience followed Jamie’s songs as he
sang of his new found love and how
everything is going so well in his life.
e two characters never sang
together and rarely shared the stage
at the same time, except for when
their two paths met in the middle,
on the day they got married. is
was a particularly powerful and
moving scene where both characters
sang in unison, the song “e next
ten minutes”. ey promised to be
together “forever” and it appeared to
be the only time in the musical where
both characters were happy and in
love at the same time. From this point
forward, the character’s moods were
reversed: Cathy was happily in love as
she sang about her first impressions
of the guy she just met, whilst Jamie’s
songs expressed his frustrations of
being married. e musical ended
in a final scene where Jamie wrote a
goodbye letter to his wife, the same one
which Cathy found at the beginning
of the play; at the same time as Cathy
recalled their first date. Both characters
sang “goodbye”, but the husband’s
farewell was one forever, whilst Cathy
sang goodbye until tomorrow as she
wished her new lover goodnight.
Two very particular songs
highlighted both of the actors’ talent
in both performance and singing. Bell
sang “See I’m Smiling” which begins
softly and happy with Cathy sitting
on a pier with the hopes of fixing her
marriage. e song ended with a very
powerful and emotional performance by
Bell as the song voiced her frustration
and anger for Jamie. Bell yelled and
cried on stage during this immaculate
performance which touched the heart
of every member of the audience who
undeniably felt Cathy’s pain through
Bell’s compelling performance.
Braverman’s performance of “e
Schmuel song” was both entertaining
and captivating for the audience.
It provided a digression from the
original story of the two characters
by singing a song about an old tailor.
Braverman did a fantastic job of both
performing the song with the help
of actions and dancing, as well as
through voice by singing in a different
accent. He made the audience
laugh and forget about the tragic
love story about to enfold on stage.
Another wonderful and unique
aspect about this musical was that
the musicians were directly on stage.
is gave the audience a chance
to visually appreciate the work of
pianist Maren McLean, violinist
Rachael Anderson, and bassist Patrick
Edmonds. e set designed by Corey
Isenor was simple but beautiful.
It is needless to say how impressive
and emotional this musical was.
Members of the audience shared
their emotions after the show
amongst themselves and summarize
it pretty well: “I had tears in my
eyes,” said one spectator as another
one described his sentiments with “a
single tear rolling down my cheek”.
e Last Five Years musical leaves audience in tears
Maria Maute
Argosy Staff
Emily Jewer
Julie Cruikshank
On Wednesday, February 17, the Pub
wrapped up its concert series with
a fantastic show headlined by the
United Steel Workers of Montreal.
As the band’s title indicates, they hail
from the great city of Montreal, and
the combination of their gypsy-folk
grooves and detailed, gritty storytelling
produced a great musical experience
for the eighty or so pubgoers, who
prioritized a night of great music over
studying for mid-terms.
I managed to catch up with the three
members of the group, Gern F. and
Felicity Hamer, and asked them a few
Matt omson: So, should I be saying
welcome back to Sackville? Have
you guys played that Bagtown scene
Gern F.: Yeah, actually we played
George’s last year. It was a Wednesday
night, chicken wing night. It went over
just fine! is is only our second time
here, but we hope to come back many
more times actually, this is a really nice
MT: Ha, chicken wing night indeed!
Well welcome back. Maybe next time
you’ll be able to hit one of our other
music venues, since you’ve now done
George’s and the Pub, next you could
Felicity Hamer: Your house!
MT: Right above Ducky’s! Sounds
like a plan.
GF: We actually hope to come back
and do the whole trident!
MT: Well no complaints on my end.
I hear you guys are just wrapping up a
maritime tour. How did that go?
GF: So far, so damn good! We missed
every major storm on the East Coast
by twelve hours. So, this trip: YES!
MT: Glad someone doesn’t mind the
weather here in the Maritimes. So
back to the music, during your show
I was writing down in my notebook
that you guys have a Tom Waits, Janis
Joplin-esque folky sound. How would
you guys describe your music?
FH: If Tom Waits ate Janis Joplin
GF: …and had indigestion in the
form of a cello and amps!

It’s hard to describe their sound
better than with that analogy. But in
order to capture their spirit, I would
make reference to British gangster
films Lock Stock and Two Smoking
Barrels, or perhaps Snatch, and say that
the entire band could not only produce
the gritty music for the motion picture,
but also star. With a “rough and tumble
Cockney” style, they could definitely
each play a character in either those
films. When asked if they could see
their music in either of those films,
their response was, “Yes, but also your
bathroom. We’re striving for both ends
of the spectrum.”
As for the concert itself, it was a
great way to end the Pub’s live music
series. It was eclipsed only by Shaun
White’s gold medal half pipe run that
occurred moments before they took
the stage, but then again it’s hard to
compete with a “Double McTwist
Debbie Davies holds court
Veteran blues guitarist sets heads a-nodding at the latest Blues Society show
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
Matt Thomson
Argosy Staff
Steelworkers unite in Sackville
United Steelworkers of Montreal give the Pub’s live music series a great sendoff
ere’s a unique phenomenon you can
observe starting about fifteen minutes
into a blues show, especially if you
stand behind the pool tables, facing
the stage. Once the band locks into a
groove, every head in the place starts
nodding in near-perfect unison. From
the scattered university students to the
profs to the older patrons, the whole
roadhouse was exercising their necks.
Of course, they had a lot to nod about
following the latest Tantramarsh Blues
Society show. Blues guitarist Debbie
Davies and her band, touring behind
her latest album Holdin’ Court, visited
the roadhouse. A veteran performer
who has been playing guitar since
age twelve, Davies has released twelve
solo records and performed with blues
artists like Ike Turner, John Mayall,
Peter Green and Duke Robillard.
A word of full disclosure: I didn’t see
the whole set, as I once again forgot
that blues shows start on time. But I
saw enough to get a sense of Davies’
– and her band’s – style. Davies is
a talkative and funny performer,
frequently apologizing for her lack
of CDs and cracking jokes with her
On that note, Davies’ band was
smaller than the ones we usually see at
the Blues Society, consisting only of a
bassist and a drummer e band was
notably tight – the lockstep rapport
between the bass and percussion
accounted in large part for the head-
nodding. Of course, the smaller band
meant that Davies’ was the only guitar,
but she did an excellent job balancing
rhythm with lead-guitar flourishes. In
fact, for the first few songs, I was stuck
behind a pillar and couldn’t see much
of the band. Going by the sound, I
assumed there were two guitarists. So
yes, you could say she does a very good
Davies’ sound – inasmuch as I
can accurately describe blues styles
– was rooted in traditional forms but
frequently touched on swaggering
classic rock, something that could
appeal to fans of Buddy Guy (whom
she covered) and Eric Clapton. Song-
wise, she performed original material,
as well as a ballad by her drummer.
In a timely fashion, Davies worked a
number about bankers and accountants
into her set.
For a packed house of all ages,
Debbie Davies and her band provided
a solid evening of blues-rock. If anyone
asks if you’d like to go see her, I’d
recommend nodding your head.
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The United Steelworkers of Montreal: what happens “If Tom Waits ate
Janis Joplin [...] and had indigestion in the form of a cello and amps!“







Debbie Davies, who brought her band to George’s Roadhouse
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
e Oscars are, and always have
been, a celebration of millionaires
celebrating millionaires. So let’s accept
that it’s nothing but bread and circuses
and ask: this year, was it stale Wonder
bread or fine, stone-baked foccacia?
Read on. In the spirit of the Oscar
telecast, this week’s column will be
presented in chunks of entertainment
of varying quality.
e media overcooked the non-
existent James Cameron vs. Kathryn
Bigelow feud – they divorced in
1991, but by all accounts it was an
amicable split – but it was still kind
of heartening to watch e Hurt
Locker sweep the show, winning six
of its nine nominations. Yes, it is the
lowest-grossing Best Picture win of all
time, which conspicuously won over
what would have been the highest-
grossing Best Picture. Yes, Bigelow is
the forth woman to be nominated for
Best Director and the first to win it.
But the real story is this: the woman
who directed Point Break now has a
much-deserved Oscar. Somewhere,
Patrick Swayze is smiling.
is might be the first Oscar ceremony
where the short film categories were
more exciting than the major awards,
most of which were given as expected.
Not only were these categories
contextualized by the Academy (clips
comparing the Oscar-winning short
films of major directors with their
best-known features were shown), but
they blessed the Academy with the first
post-Kanye awards show interruption.
While director-producer Roger Ross
Williams was accepting the Best
Documentary Short Oscar for Music
by Prudence, a strange, purple-clad
woman interrupted him with a speech
of her own. Turns out she was Elinor
Burkett, a former producer who left the
project following creative differences
and a lawsuit. Regrettably, she did not
say what she considered to be “the best
documentary short of all time.”
Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin: it was
a pairing that looked good on paper
but ended up curiously flat onstage.
e material was pretty hit-and-miss
– a joke about Meryl Streep and Hitler
memorabilia was an early highlight
– but really, these are two guys who
are amusing enough without a script.
Case in point: following an emotional,
halting speech by Precious screenwriter
Geoffrey Fletcher, Martin quipped: “I
wrote that for him.”
I love breakdancing, really I do. But
whenever I see it in a big forum like
this, I’m filled with dread. Turns out
that was justified. Somewhere along the
line, it was thought that the nominees
for best score could best be expressed
with group breakdancing. So viewers
got to see a cavalcade of dancers
– including some So You ink You
Can Dancers, apparently – popping
and locking to orchestral music from
Sherlock Holmes, e Hurt Locker
(which was pretty minimal), and Up.
Dwarfed by the massive stage, it was
hard to even make out the details of
what the group was doing until the
massive Avatar routine. Memo to
the Academy – if you want to have
breakdancing at the Oscars, make the
acting nominees face off for breakin’
e evening’s biggest hero? Tom
Hanks, who took all of fifteen seconds
to present the Best Picture Oscar.
After the endless, flowery “actors
thanking actors” presentations, Hanks’
brevity was sweet manna from heaven.
ough it did rob Lady Kanye of her
opportunity to interrupt him.
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The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, who won Best Director
MONTREAL (CUP) – Martin Cesar
never questioned whether he was
listening to the right kind of music.
As a kid who never quite fit in, he
fell in love with the rock of bands like
Sonic Youth and never looked back.
Relating to the alienation he heard in
that music, rock became a refuge for a
teenager who says he always felt like
an outsider.
But a few years ago, Cesar
— lead singer of Montreal-based
experimental pop band ink About
Life — suddenly found he didn’t fit
the definition of what an indie rocker
was supposed to be.
It was around that time that the
genre started blowing up in popular
media, and with it came images of the
kids who were supposedly the only
ones involved: “vintage” clothes, thick-
rimmed glasses being adorned
by the overwhelmingly white
of the middle class.
Cesar, who was
born in the
Seychel les
off the
coast of
Africa, found
himself suddenly
“weirdly self-
“Race has never even defined me,”
he says now. “I’m Creole, and that’s
a long history of races and cultures
But that stereotypical image of a
white indie rocker, he says, “put my
cultural standpoint into question,
and whether my race is what people
see more than the actual person that
I am.”
We might like to think the only
black and white in music comes on
piano keyboards, but pop music history
tells a different story. White people in
North America have been eating up
“black” music since the nineteenth
century, but it’s been harder for
black people to cross into white
milieus; black musicians in the
American South during the
1940s would sometimes get beat
up just for daring to have a drink in
the same “white” venue they had just
played. e hostility softened further
north, where Detroit-based Motown
Records propelled black artists
with soul sensibilities into the pop
Chuck Berry, a black American
singer, songwriter and guitarist
considered by some to be the father
of rock ‘n’ roll, pioneered a new sound
that was picked up by white artists
like Elvis Presley. Presley brought a
love of black gospel into “white” pop
music — a winning formula that some
have decried as exploitative of black
Craig Morrison, an
ethnomusicologist and Concordia
professor, disagrees with that notion.
“For him it was just all music,”
argues Morrison. “So when it came
out, it came out as this melting pot,
If black musicians were marginalized,
it was not because of the wishes
of white musicians, says Morrison.
Rather, it was a product of big record
companies and a mass culture that still
valourized white achievements over
those of minorities. Some cities were
so opposed to integrating black and
white, he says, that they banned rock
‘n’ roll altogether — a music genre he
called a “black and white hybrid.”
“e great coming together that had
been rock ‘n’ roll and soul music kind
of splits apart again for many reasons,
the simplest and strongest (being)
the assassination of Martin Luther
King, Jr.,” says Morrison, adding that
the rise of the militant Black Panther
Party made race relations more about
opposition than harmony.
e impact,
Morrison says,
was black
musi ci ans’
t r ans i t i on
t o w a r d s
p r i d i n g
upon what
t h e y
considered “black music” and rejecting
the “whiteness” of rock.
“After Jimi Hendrix, who was huge
and black in rock?” Morrison points
out. “You weren’t finding new rock
performers that were black because it
was separated.”
ere is still a noticeable absence of
black faces in both indie rock bands
and audiences, but is the reverse true
for traditionally “black” music forms?
“e real truth about hip hop today
is it’s post-racial,” says music journalist
Morgan Steiker, who wrote a hip-hop
column for Montreal weekly paper
*Mirror*. “So you can’t say anymore,
‘Oh, it’s just a black thing.’ or ‘It’s a
black thing that white folks took.’ It’s
become this absolutely global culture
that’s almost like a blank slate. People
appropriate it for themselves.”
ough he admits he doesn’t think
we should ignore that hip hop started
as a way for black musicians to work
around “particular social contexts,” he
says it can still be hard for white kids
to prove they’ve got the life experience
to back up their lyrics.
“ere’s the self-consciousness of
putting on a front and spicing up your
life to have that cred,” Steiker says.
Artists who are neither white nor black
are more likely to find relevance in the
narrative of struggle, he continues.
“Hip hop was born out of revolt
and rebellion. It’s a much more
believable narrative to say, ‘I’m an
Asian-Canadian with an immigrant
background and I’m an outsider and
I’m revolting against the system.’ It’s
more respected than, ‘I’m a white kid
from the suburbs.’”
On the flip side, Cesar says his skin
colour has prompted others to question
his credibility, too. His band has always
worked from a “punky, DIY” ethos, he
says, but reviewers didn’t seem to think
he could pull it off.
When he started releasing music,
Cesar says the reviews “basically
concentrated on my lack of authenticity,
as a black person falling into punk rock
— as if it was just this new thing I
was getting into, like I didn’t know
what I was doing.
“I found it really offensive,
because it just makes me come off
like I have no connection to it.”
And then there were the
comparisons to TV on the
Radio, a successful indie rock
band boasting an almost entirely
black lineup. Cesar, the only black
member of ink About Life,
thinks the similarities between
the bands are more visual
than aural.
He says he’s started
to think, “a good music
journalist is when you see
a finished article (about
our band) and it doesn’t
include TV on the Radio
or other bands where one
of the band members is
black. at’s great.”
Steiker may say
that hip hop is a “blank
slate,” but there’s still a lot written
on the surface of indie rock. Narrow
definitions of who will want to listen
to the music — and ultimately take
part in the communities that grow
around it — could be alienating to
those who don’t feel they fit the bill.
What was a refuge for outsiders could
end up pushing people out.
Cesar says there’s “a lot of bigotry
indie rock right now,”with an emphasis
on race that taints coverage of artists
any darker than ecru.
“It just has to do with the over-
commercialism that has been
happening in indie rock in the past
four, five years,” he says. “We’ll get over
it, but it’s a shame.”
Artwork by Alex Manley
Madeline Coleman
The Link (Concordia University)
“Hip hop was born out of revolt
and rebellion. It’s a much more
believable narrative to say,
‘I’m an Asian-Canadian with
an immigrant background
and I’m an outsider and I’m
revolting against the system.’
It’s more respected than, ‘I’m a
white kid from the suburbs.’”
Morgan Steiker
Race in indie rock and hip hop
How skin color can cause reviewers to jump to conclusions
If you don’t know about Clipse, now might be a good time to find out. As it turns out, they are “back by popular demand.”
e Virginia brothers released their fourth album, Til the Casket Drops, in December of 2009 and it shows a considerable
amount of growth, both lyrically and rhythmically. While it certainly differs from their last release, the critically acclaimed
2006’s Hell Hath No Fury, Clipse’s most recent release is engaging though not entirely clear. e album is a mix of several
different styles and sounds. While it’s clear the once angry boys have grown up and have figured out the hip-hop industry
for themselves, it remains to be seen if they are happy with their chosen methods. Til the Casket Drops is wholly commercial
with multiple collaborators, including Malice and Pusha T’s mentor, Pharrell Williams, and industry favourites Keri
Hilson, Kanye West, and Kenna. Several tracks sample more melodic backtracks, which provides a striking contrast to
the still controversial lyrics of the duo. e lyrics recall the rappers’ status, running from authority, and their all around
greatness. However, amusing lines such as “Life is with your kids watching Madagascar” manage to make the album a gem.
Just in case you’re still scratching your head on who exactly Clipse are, think back to Justin Timberlake’s debut solo single
– they were the boys in the middle of the video, rapping out about JT picking up girls and how “heavy” the track was. Til
the Casket Drops isn’t the raw, hardcore rap of Clipse’s previous albums, but it does showcase a mix of the old and new in
a way most rappers have missed. It may be main-stream and a little crooked, but it’s just a superficial wrapper to the solid
base waiting beneath.
-Julie Stephenson
Vampire Weekend’s debut album was surprisingly controversial; even before it came out, authenticity-obsessed critics
slammed the band for harnessing afropop tropes for songs about being rich, preppy college kids. Which is an absurd
criticism: after all, there’s nothing wrong with writing what you know, and do you really want the band who wrote a song
about the Oxford comma to tackle the world’s ills?
Contra makes two things clear: first, that Vampire Weekend have developed an almost uncanny knack for writing hooks.
e band uses space, melody, and a bracing blend of real and artificial sounds to create a sunny, carefree record that will earn
Contra a place in the stereos of summer road-tripping cars. Second, that lead singer Ezra Koenig has read every criticism
– too preppy, too rich, too snotty – and is determined to live up to them. “Horchata,” the album’s opener and first single,
makes this dreadfully clear as he listlessly rhymes “horchata” with “masada” and “aranciata.” I’m all for a little hater-baiting
now and again, but Koenig’s biggest strength on the first album was his boyish sense of enthusiasm. Here he seems removed
and, at worst, smug: a line like “A vegetarian since the invasion / she’d never seen the word bombs blown up to 96 point
Futura” could have some satirical bite, but Koenig just wants to thumb his nose at critics with empty hipster clichés.
e best material here finds Koenig dropping the schtick; “White Sky” is near-perfect, a simple vignette about city
life with an infectious, wordless chorus. Album-ender “I ink UR a Contra” is a well-constructed, syrupy ballad and a
reminder than Koenig can be a capable performer when he actually sounds engaged in the words coming out of his mouth.
e sincerity and joy of these songs is what Vampire Weekend does best; they need to explore these avenues further or risk
working themselves into a rut.
-Neil Bonner
For Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, ere is Love in You isn’t just an album title but a statement of intent. His fifth full-length
album finds him wringing warmth and humanity from a blend of electronic and post-rock music, with gorgeous results.
Opener “Angel Echoes” finds those words chopped up and repeated for four minutes. In less-skilled hands, this could have
been a static exercise in repetition and self-indulgence; but Hebden makes it fascinating and shockingly re-listenable by
the shifting backdrop of hi-hat, kalimba and string-instrument plucks, and the tension between the yearning vocals and its
processed presentation.
One of the best things about ere is Love is its willingness to change things up. “Love Cry” starts out mired in dusty
static before a jazzy drum loop carries the song and a sexy yet alien vocal turn it into a modest nine-minute epic. “Circling”
will appeal to fans of Boards of Canada, approximating a round performed by timeless-sounding synthesizers and distant
female singing. “is Unfolds,” well, unfolds; the dry dubstep beat that opens the song is embroidered by guitar and multi-
tracked celesta. Closer “She Just Likes to Fight” pairs a Do Make Say ink-style guitar line against playful percussion.
What sets this album apart is its modesty. Hebden’s songs stick around just as long as they need to, and even in the
more ambient moments he never loses track of the beat. With no filler and exquisite balance, ere is Love in You is a small,
graceful masterpiece.
-Neil Bonner
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Til the Casket
(Re-Up Gang)
Vampire Weekend
Four Tet
ere is Love
in You
Terry Gilliam’s Imaginarium is dazzling and flawed
Heath Ledger’s final film is an imaginative and superbly-cast, but still a little bit shallow
Betty Liang
Argosy Correspondent
It’s been quite a long time since I’ve
been to a Sackville Film Society
movie. A combination of school work
and prior commitments always left
me with little time to go out on the
weekends let alone on ursday nights
to immerse myself in a good film.
Last week, however, was a welcomed
Not surprisingly, the theatre was
packed with an audience abuzz,
eager to see Heath Ledger in ‘his
last role’ as Tony in Terry Gilliam’s
e Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
I’ve never been one of those people
who have swooned over him since
his performance in 10 ings I Hate
About You; I was more keen on seeing
Lily Cole in an acting capacity than to
witness the last performance of a great
actor, but who was I to pass up what
was sure to be a visual treat?
As the film began, I was not
disappointed. roughout the movie
Monique Prodhomme’s theatrical
costume designs coupled with the
fantasy landscapes of the Imaginarium,
created a world that blurred the
real and the imaginary. e perfect
melding of the textural live action
footage and CGI landscapes added
to the film’s rendition of a surreal, yet
modern, Britain, allowing viewers to
glimpse into a beautiful dreamscapes.
Despite the sometimes tacky nature of
the CGI, it reinforced the fantasy of
the movie, making the imagery of the
movie bigger and brighter than life –
and helping acknowledge the ongoing
battle between the film’s harsh realities
and the flights of fancy that consume
each character.
Ledger’s death during production
was dealt with in a satisfying manner,
working into the narrative a way to
exploit the talents of Johnny Depp,
Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. ese
additions to the cast did not seem
out of place with the overall story
and perhaps even added to character
development as well as a sense of the
film`s overarching whimsy.
In addition, both Cole and Tom
Waits were ideal choices for the
characters they played. Although
an international supermodel, Cole
proves herself to be not only a pretty
face, playing the role of Valentina,
the Doctor’s daughter. While the
character of Valentina herself may be
somehow agitating to watch on screen,
Cole is able to emote a wider range
than what her fashion photo shoots
would lead one to believe. Waits was
also a great pick to play the devil, or
as he is called in the movie, ‘Mr. Nick.’
Delivering his lines in a dry, husky, and
curiously seductive voice, Waits creates
a devil that is all at once menacing and
However, as beautiful and whimsical
as e Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
was, I could not help but leave the
theatre wanting more. Fascinated by
the characters, I yearned to learn more
about Tony and Anton. Having had
alluded to personalities that go deeper
than what they are initially portrayed
as, I was disappointed that there was
not as much character development as
I had hoped. Although it is possible
to create a movie that is nothing more
than eye-candy, e Imaginarium of
Doctor Parnassus had the potential to
be a greater and more polished film
- hackneyed plot lines don’t matter
when there are fleshed out characters
and great artistic direction.
Ultimately, e Imaginarium of
Doctor Parnassus was a beautifully
conceived film whose execution didn’t
do itself justice. However, despite its
flaws, I will commend it for being
endlessly inventive, beautiful, and
wonderfully casted.
Stop by the Vogue tonight at 7:30pm
for the Pirate Radio, starring Philip
Seymour Hoffman.
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A lavish set from Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
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satellite radio. Classic records plus your favourite MC’s in one fully
uncensored late-night hour of strictly hip-hop.
Wake up, it’s lovin’ time! For romantic advice set to a passionate
up-beat soundtrack look no further than Wednesday mornings.
Baby co-hosts, good vibes and down home album appreciation. Heidi
G. knows what you need on Wednesday mornings.
Grandma’s home cooking, Mom’s favourite music and your lovable
host. Mike brings the magic of the misty mountain home.
He might be a self-proclaimed amateur, but host Lucas delivers a show
of witty banter and indie rock like a pro.
Join Chris and Chris for an hour of Chris talk. News, events and music
all discussed with an edge only a Chris can provide.
Canada’s Next Prime Minister lives right here in Sackville. Tune in for
political content and great music.
Each week Julie showcases music that is new to the her and hopefully to
you as well. An exploration through Canadian content new and old.
If you're feeling blue and need a guy to talk to, Corey's your man. He'll
play whatever he feels like, but don't worry; it's always good.
Democracy Now! is an international, daily, award-winning news program
hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez that provides
listeners with perspectives rarely heard in corporate-sponsored media,
including those of independent journalists, and ordinary people around
the world affected by U.S. foreign policy.
CounterSpin is a weekly show, hosted by Janine Jackson, Steve Rendall
and Peter Hart that exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news.
Time of Useful Consciousness, hosted by Maria Gilardin, is an excellent
compendium of long-format speeches, interviews and readings on
compelling suppressed issues of the day. Investigative, informative and
interesting, TUC is alternate news at its best.
The world’s first commercially syndicated world music radio show now
heard internationally on more than 170 commercial and non-commercial
stations, including CHMA 106.9FM.
Radio Ecoshock offers a variety of Green news, features, and Indie music,
with reports on endangered species, toxic technologies, deforestation,
smog, climate change, nuclear weapons and reactors, overfishing in the
oceans, and more.
Deconstructing Dinner was created to dispense and discuss current food
issues. Make more educated choices about what you eat.
Each week, Planetary Radio visits with a scientist, engineer, project
manager, advocate or writer who provides a unique perspective on the
quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond.
An award-winning, one-hour weekly radio program on public affairs. It
seeks to build bridges across boundaries of background and belief and
discover solutions to longstanding challenges through penetrating
conversations with pragmatic social innovators, leading policy analysts
and big-picture thinkers on key national and global issues.
Some Assembly Required features work by a variety of artists who work
with bits and pieces of their media environments, giving something back
to the cultural landscape from which they so enthusiastically appropriate.
An all-woman independent radio production company that produces and
distributes news and current affairs programs by and about women
around the world.
"This Way Out" is the award-winning internationally distributed weekly
LGBT radio program, currently airing on over 175 local community radio
stations around the world. The half-hour "magazine"-style program tackles
news and issues important to the LGBT community.
What’s the Word is the ultimate companion for the English major (or the
average English speaker!)
Cutting-edge solutions to major environmental challenges and crises, along
with broader social approaches for ecological and cultural restoration
Drug Truth Network is dedicated to exposing the fraud, misdirection, and
wastefulness of the war on drugs.
Showcasing the best of Broadway and Hollywood – songs from the turn
of the 20th century to today.
Radio Goethe presents the best in European electronica. The driving beats
of the newest groups are the audio setting for a fantastic voyage into the
mind of host Arndt Peltner. Tune in, and let out your inner dance beast.
Earthbeat’s co-hosts Daphne Wysham & Mike Tidwell bring you an hour of
ground-breaking environmental news and interviews live from Washington.
Focusing on a different climate change related theme each week, the hour is
devoted to the latest news from the front lines of the climate crisis.
The Green Majority is a radio program produced at CIUT in Toronto,
Canada aimed at raising awareness about Canadian environmental
issues, connecting listeners with their environmental communities and
encouraging green values, philosophies and lifestyles.
Michael Johnathon’s Woodsongs is a worldwide multi-media celebration
of grassroots, Americana music. Get ready to explore the beautiful world
of folk, bluegrass, songwriting, literature, worldwide radio and concerts.
The KingPup Radio Show blends tongue in cheek humor and live acoustic
country music performances, emphasizing the tradition of local country
music radio programs that flourished throughout rural America during the
20's 30's and 40's
Join host Kwesi as he brings everything that is good from the
background to the forefront. From nuJazz to neverFunk and dub-step,
all get play on Lounge Elements.
Niall keeps your radio balanced with a mix of acid rock and equal
parts bass beat. Tune in for music that is anything but neutral and inert.
Bacon, eggs, orange juice and radio, all part of D-Skillet’s complete
musical breakfast. Great morning chatter with music for the struggle.
For those who like their music furious with sound, host Lyndsey presents
an eclectic mix-up of the crème de la crème of the past 50 years.
Host Ferron brings you an hour of 60s era soul and r&b, combining
Motown and Atlantic hits with lesser known gems. Bring the love
back into Thursdays.
Whatever host Scott is in the mood to play is sure to be an exciting
variety of new and old, Canadian and international artists. Weekly
jams with everything from Wilco to Daft Punk.
Host Maria makes your wimpy clock-radio seem gigantic. Big
sounds, big talk, big news, gigantic radio.
After 23 years Banzai! is still going strong. Host Jack brings classic
rock back to MTA.
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Nic will help
you fend them off with smooth jams and extensive musical (and
Soviet) knowledge.
Everyday is a holiday when you're Jess and Becky. Tune in to 'Toast
on the Wall' to discover new ways to celebrate every day.
Let Linda bring you into the world of audio art with a full hour of
original compositions as well as examples from across the world.
Vanessa and Adriel bring you debates, advice, and upbeat music for
today’s zombie minority. Tune in to Zombie Breakfast – radio that’s
good for your braaaaaaains.
Discover the force of female voices united across the airwaves, with
Vanessa. Listen for a grass-root female singer/songwriter wake up call.
Your weekly email commentary show. Great Friday music and
interesting themes combined with some of the best new pop music.
Marlisse and Lia know exactly what you want at the end of the week.
With independent music and the sweetest radio voices, they are your
boombox champions.
A real music lover, Meaghan attempts to provide snapshots from
each different genre. Along with intelligent commentary, she is sure to
be your radio hero.
Strange new sounds and unique insights on music you may not have
heard before. Luke endeavors to introduce and educate.
The one and only Wilson Moore continues to bring us the best of
bluegrass, twice a week on CHMA.
Open your ears. Brendon can seduce you with sound and leave you
begging for more. Your ears won’t be stubborn for long.
The best pre-rock recording that most radio has forgotten. Extensively
researched and prepared by Alex, one of the most knowledgeable
hosts on CHMA.
Host Landon gets in your face every Sunday to give you the best in
new international and Canadian indie music, plus interviews with
special guests.
Experience the unconventional and provocative sounds of industrial
and that fast break beats of drum and bass. Let Vivi be your guide to
mechanical noise. Don’t forget your hard-hat.
Don’t stare too long because Aly and Theo can see right through to
your soul with their bedroom eyes. Fun music and cheerful friends on
a Sunday afternoon.
Every week, host Neil chooses sixty minutes of fresh music from
across genres and eras. Unless you like things that are boring and
non-awesome, Super Electric!! will be a surefire hit.
If you don’t remember the 60s, you should start here. All the classics
plus a touch of indie thrown in for taste.
Sackville’s best blues, programmed by a knowledgeable bluesman
and local legend, Shawn.
With the best of oldies soul and current NHL talk, David White ends
your weekend right.
Raise your glass to the best of East Coast music. Rock, pop, folk and
everything else, Kent and Steven celebrate East Coast music.
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Critical acclaim
Film critic regains speech thanks to tech
Roger Ebert, the esteemed veteran
film critic, lost his ability to speak,
eat, and drink in 2006 as a result of
complications with a surgery to remove
cancer near his jaw. Ebert was host of
the long running television show “At
the Movies.”
For the past four years, Ebert has
continued his work through writing,
and has relied on a computer-
synthesized voice for speaking needs.
Computerized voices have existed for
some twenty-five years, dating back
to the introduction of the original
Macintosh computer in 1984, though
they are infamous for their unpleasant
and robotic sound. However, a
company in Scotland has set its sights
on fixing this problem.
Cereproc, a company that works to
manufacture more naturally sounding
Patrick Losier
Argosy Correspondant
voices, has painstakingly gone through
the many hours of commentary that
Ebert has done for various films to
identify and catalogue each individual
syllable that Ebert speaks. e result
is a surprisingly natural-sounding
computerized voice. Ebert can type
what he wants to say into his computer,
and it is synthesized using his own
Ebert showed off his new voice on
Oprah last week, saying, “In first grade,
they said I talked too much. And now
I still can.”ough the voice still needs
refinement, it is a remarkable turn of
events for Ebert, a man who made
his mark in broadcasting with his
recognizable voice.
Sci/Tech Link:
Cereproc’s other
voices, in
gallery form
E. coli candidates for biological computing
Hardy gut bacteria might power your computers - in a few years of study
My computer looks like something
out of the stone age – I’m pretty
excited to be ordering a new one
this week. My dilemma is the choice
between Windows 7 and Vista… is
the expensive new OS really worth it?
Someday, though, questions like this
will be obsolete. And incredibly, the
secret to unlimited computing power
may be found in the least complex of
creatures on the planet.
A team of American researchers
have been examining properties of E.
coli, that friendly bacterium that lives
Ross MacLean
Argosy Sta
Ebert, above, lost his voice due to jaw surgery. but now speaks anew.
A curious immortality
50s era cancer patient indirectly resposible for saving millions
Henrietta Lacks is a name few
have heard, but her contribution to
twentieth century medicine has been
A mother of five, Lacks succumbed
to cervical cancer in 1951 at thirty-one
years old. Dr. George Gey, a medical
researcher, was responsible for a biopsy
of Lacks’ cancer cells and was intrigued
by their activity in vitro. Grown in
culture, these cells curiously behaved
unlike any other cell line known at
the time. e cells have been termed
“immortal”- they can divide an infinite
number of times. Normal human cells
reach a period of “senescence,” usually
after fifty or sixty divisions, meaning
they cannot divide anymore, but Lacks’
cells have been growing in culture for
over fifty years.
Lacks went to the grave unaware of
the use of her cells in medical research,
and her family was not informed
until twenty-four years after death.
Although the family brought the
medical institute in question to court,
fighting for the rights to this cell line,
a controversial law classifies tissues
removed from patients as “waste” and
it is the property of the hospital where
it has been removed.
Henrietta’s cells, now affectionately
called the HeLa cell line, arguably
Ross MacLean
Argosy Sta
constitute the most important cell line
around today. ey have been involved
in over 6,000 scientific publications.
e most important use of the cell
line was by Jonas Salk who used HeLa
to develop the polio vaccine, saving
hundreds of thousands worldwide.
ey have also been used in research
into cancer, AIDS, the effects of
radiation and toxic substances, gene
mapping, and countless other scientific
Scientists complain of high
contamination rates when using
Henrietta’s cancer cells. Often,
laboratories house many different
cell lines, and analysis of other lines
shows that the HeLa cells do not
stay put – they often infect other
cultures. e virulent nature of the line
leaves no surprise that Lacks lost the
fight against her cancer, and shows
that because they are found in many
different cultures, they may have been
involved in even more discoveries than
they have been given credit for.
e average adult human body
contains approximately a hundred
trillion cells. Estimates, however,
suggest that from that small biopsy
in 1951, far more cells have been
propagated than would have been
found in Lacks’ entire body. One
scientists speculates that the weight
of all daughter cells from the last fifty
years would exceed fifty million metric
in your lower intestine, that make it a
good candidate to be the next super-
Computer programmers today use
binary code to get computers to do
just about whatever they want, but
the more biologically-minded see the
genetic code, the series of nitrogenous
bases that make up your DNA, as a
much more efficient storage space for
Imagine a community of a million
bacteria, all living in a millilitre
of solution. When these bacteria
reproduce, which may be as often as
every few minutes, the DNA sequence
sees small, random changes. Setting
up a system such that only E. coli with
desired mutations can survive means
that only those with the a proper
genetic message carry on into the
next generation, and your message is
e advantage of replacing a
microchip with a culture of E. coli is
that a bacterium can reproduce and is
therefore under the influence of natural
selection. is way, a computer’s power
may increase over time. My old clunker
seems to be doing just the opposite.
While the idea of an organic
super-computer might seem a little
far-fetched, preliminary studies have
shown some promise. In a puzzle called
the “Hamilton Path Problem,” one
must find the quickest route between
ten UK cities. With over 3.5 million
possibilities, this is no easy feat. An
ordinary computer must look at each
solution in turn, taking up a lot of time
and power.
A culture of bacteria, however, could
look at each solution simultaneously. E.
coli were altered to glow yellow once
they had evolved the correct solution,
and they worked out the problem
faster than a calculator.
Of course, the genetic code of E.
coli would be as arbitrary as binary
code; it would mean something totally
different to the bacteria than it would
to an interpreter. Bacteria cannot
actually determine the fastest route
between two places, scientists just
assign letters to the correct solution
and wait until it evolves in culture.
We’re certainly a long way away
from computers you need to feed, so
for now I’ll still have to decide between
Vista and Windows 7. It’d still be
pretty cool, though, if your grandkids
had to hook up a petri dish instead of
pressing “start.”
Sci/Tech Link:
Study referenced in
article: Hamiltonian
Path Problem
solved by bacteria
Last semester, I wrote an article
about Ashkenazi Jews like Albert
Einstein who possess a unique
telomerase enzyme giving them
the gift of long life. is enzyme is
responsible for capping off the ends
of chromosomes that are broken down
during cell division, thereby limiting
the number of times a cell may divide.
Usually, this enzyme is only active
when sex cells are produced, such that
as an embryo our chromosomes are
actually longer than when we reach
adulthood. e success of the HeLa
cells lies in their active telomerase;
capping off chromosomes following
each cell division means the daughter
cells are no worse for the wear in each
successive generation.
Although her name is rarely
uttered, Henrietta Lacks’ posthumous
contribution to the world of
science is diverse, far-reaching, and
unacknowledged. Her cells may help
save thousands daily. Henrietta, it
seems, is doomed to join such names
as Rosalind Franklin and Lise Meitner
whose cardinal sacrifices remain
Sci/Tech Link:
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of Henrietta Lacks’,
a book on the topic
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Geek Chic
of the Week
March 11, 2010:
Martin Jetpack
at’s right, a jetpack. OK, it’s not actually a jetpack;
Martin Aircraft, the geniuses behind this invention,
noticed that even though they clearly made an
‘experimental ultralight aircraft’, laypeople tended
to point and exclaim that they had seen the product
in underball, so the name stuck. Two ducted fans
powered by a 200-horsepower engine provide for 30
minutes of flying on a full tank, at speeds of up to 95
kph. Pitch and roll are controlled by one hand, yaw and
throttle by the other.
e $100,000USD ‘jetpack’ is expected to be delivered
to Martin Aircraft’s first ten customers early this year,
presumably just in time for Iron Man 2.
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All of us in Sackville share at least one
thing in common: we all enjoy the
beauty and nature of the Tantramar
Ian Luddington
Argosy Contributor
region. Many of us know that the
word Tantramar actually comes from
the French word for noise or racket,
tintamarre. is reflects the noise made
by the many birds feeding among the
marshlands that early settlers heard
and that we experience even now.
It turns out, however, that the
tintamarre we hear today may be quite
different from the one heard when
this region got its name, thanks to the
presence of at least one new bird and
the decline of others.
e starling is a songbird originally
native to Europe, but is now widespread
in North America. e population,
now in the hundred millions, can be
traced to a single population of one
hundred and sixty birds released into
Logging out after snuffing out
TORONTO (CUP) — Before the
Internet, property was a physical object
in the physical world. Movies were on
tapes and DVD. Photographs were
stored in real photo albums. Diaries,
letters and personal mementos were
kept in a box somewhere.
Now photographs go to Flickr,
personal movies are on YouTube, blogs
have replaced diaries and the number
of headshots scored in Halo could be
considered a personal memento by
Online presence has a large impact
in real-world social and professional
lives. We now bank online, shop online,
date online and work online.
But what happens to our digital
footprint when we die? In the physical
world, a will instructs friends and
family what to do with money and
assets. But online lives and their impact
may not be taken into account.
Adele McAlear, a Montreal-
based marketing consultant who
runs *DeathandDigitalLegacy.com*,
advocates appointing a digital executor
Vincent McDermott
The Eyeopener
to take care of online assets after
“ere’s sentimental value with a lot
of what we have online,” says McAlear.
“It’s something young people should
absolutely think about, considering
how digital and online everyone is
these days.”
Speaking at Ryerson on Feb. 27,
McAlear showed different ways
to make plans for digital remains,
such as saving information in a text
McAlear also suggests creating a
special Gmail account where users can
send passwords, letters, photos and
videos. e account would be opened
by a friend, family member or lawyer
upon death.
“It’s not uncommon for family or
friends to go into someone’s online
accounts and delete everything, which
could be contrary to the deceased’s
actual wishes,” she says.
“It’s a real issue for a lot of people,”
says Ryerson online journalism
instructor Wayne MacPhail. “Some
people make a living working online.”
MacPhail, who also advises different
groups about social media and up-and-
coming technologies, says he has spent
the last few months thinking about the
fate of his vast online presence.
“If something were to happen to
me as I crossed the street, my wife
wouldn’t know what to do with the
things I have online. She would have
no control over them,” he says.
“We really do cram a lot of our
lives on the Internet,” says Ryan
Oliver, a fourth-year Ryerson theatre
production student. “In some ways,
Facebook does a better job at showing
who you are than a résumé.”
Facebook allows the account of
a deceased person to be made into a
memorial account, which removes
contact information and statuses and
disables login ability. Only confirmed
friends are able to view the profile.
A close family member has to send
Facebook proof of death before any
action can be taken.
“I haven’t really thought about it,
and I don’t really care,” says Oliver.
However, he plays the online role-
playing game World of Warcraft and
says it would be nice to either give his
character to someone else or have it
deleted permanently.
“Yeah, and maybe get someone to
delete my Facebook, too. I don’t care,
though,” he says. “I’ll be dead.”
MacPhail is not surprised students
have not started thinking about their
online assets after death. “Especially for
an 18- or 19-year-old, a person might
not have a lot of practical applications
beyond Facebook party pictures.”
“But some of that might be
sentimental to a girlfriend or family.
It could be emotionally devastating
to someone when they suddenly don’t
have access or control to maintain that
ere are also a number of companies
Sci/Tech Presents: Invasion Biology
New York City’s Central Park in the
1890s by Eugene Schieffelin. Some
claim that the release was part of a
plan to introduce all of the birds ever
mentioned in Shakespeare’s works
and others claim the introduction was
due to an attempt to control a pest.
Whatever the reason, it’s chattering
and distinct calls now dominate the
ambience of the Tantramar region.
e presence of the starling has
reduced population levels of black
capped chickadees, flickers, and other
cavity nesting birds by competing for
nesting space. is reduction in native
songbirds also contributes to a change
in the song we hear.
It isn’t only the tintamarre that has
changed over time. In fact, due to the
presence of other invasive species,
those who lived here in the past might
find it hard to recognize their home.
Purple loosestrife, glossy buckthorn,
European common reed, and reed
canary grass are just a few of the
invasive plant species that have invaded
the Tantramar region. ese plants take
over and change the composition and
appearance of the area. ey also cause
harm to native plants by competing
for resources and space and lead to a
reduction in biodiversity.
Add to that list a number of invasive
animals. Rats, mice, cats, dogs, pigeons,
and insects like the gypsy moth are all
non-native and all cause damage to the
ecosystem in their own way. Rats, mice,
and cats all contribute to the death
of birds; pigeons leave unsightly
messes and carry disease; and gypsy
moths devastate native plant life.
Invasive phytoplankton populations
in the Bay of Fundy also cause toxic
blooms, shellfish poisoning and
closure of shellfish beds.
So what does this mean? e
beauty of the Tantramar region has
certainly changed since the first
settlers enjoyed it and some of these
changes could potentially damage
that beauty. Invasive species are
a significant problem around the
world and legislation, control and
most importantly prevention must
all be undertaken to ensure that our
home will always be there to enjoy.
Welcome to Sci/Tech Presents, the
first of (hopefully) many spotlights
on topics pertaining to science and
technology in our community. For
the next several weeks, Dr Georgia
Klein and her BIOL 3911 Invasion
Biology class will be presenting the
impact of invasive flora and fauna
on both a global scale and right
here in Sackville.
- Stuart Townsend
Sci / Tech Editor
that specialize in holding on to digital
information until death. Websites like
Legacy Locker and Entrustet work
the same way as McAlear’s Gmail
system, but with the added bonus of
a team of people providing security to
protect your account. However, these
websites can charge annual fees and
there is no guarantee the companies
will outlive you.
“It’s just so overwhelming for us to
start planning for death,” says Oliver.
“I’m still in school. I don’t really think
about death.”
e Hockey Mounties rounded out
their 2009-10 season on February 20
in Moncton with a 4-1 loss to the
Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleues.
e Mounties not only had to battle
a strong Moncton team who would
go on to lose out in the championship
game, but had to deal with terrible
officiating which saw Moncton have
seven players on the ice for sustained
time multiple times. is resulted in
a very physical game which produced
several high-calibre bodychecks.
Moncton got two goals apiece
from Janelle Ouellette and Kristin
Labrie, the latter of whom opened
the scoring on the first shot on goal
thirty-one seconds into the game.
Mount Allison tied the game
halfway through the second period
when Katelyn Morton ripped a strong
shot through a screen past Shona
ibodeau. Labrie scored her second
of the game nearly six minutes later
to put Moncton in the lead again,
and Ouellette’s goals both came in
the third period, cementing the lead
and the win for the hometown Aigles.
Meghan Corley-Byrne played a
strong game despite giving up four
goals, stopping 36 shots and making
sure nobody gave her problems
in front of her crease. ibodeau
stopped 13 of 14 shots for the win.
e Mounties finished out of playoff
contention with a 2-21-1 record, and
had a very back-and-forth season, a
great example of which can be found in
losses of 7-1 and 8-1 to the Dalhousie
Tigers, but also defeating the same
Tigers 2-0 in their final meeting.
Corley-Byrne was a bright spot
over the course of the season for the
Mounties, earning Second-Team
All-Star honours for the AUS at the
goaltender position. In twenty games
she faced the most shots per game
than anyone else in Canada (43.95).
She becomes only the fourth Mountie
to be named to the AUS All-Star
team, the first since 2005-06. She is
also the first Mountie net minder to
be an All-Star. No Mountie has ever
been named a first-team All-Star.
Morton led the Mounties in scoring,
with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists), and
tied with captain Jill Greene for the
team high in goals. Ashlyn Somers
led all first-years in assists and points
with six and eight, respectively, while
Darla Frizzell led the first-years in
goals with four, including three on
the powerplay, also a team-high.
Head Coach Zach Ball was very
encouraged by the Mounties’ effort
in the final game, and points to
their play as an indicator of what
is to come in the 2010-11 season.
With several strong young players
on the roster, Ball and the Mounties
are taking aim for the 2011 playoffs.
Hockey Mounties finish season
Corley-Byrne named to AUS All-Star team
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
Sue Seaborn
e Mount Allison Volleyball
Mounties had their season end in a
shocking upset in the first semifinal
of the ACAA playoffs, falling to a
determined MSVU Mystics squad
3-0 with game scores of 27-25, 25-
15, and 25-16. e Mystics also
upset top-seeded UNBSJ to grab the
ACAA crown with a 3-1 win over
the Seawolves. e Mounties end the
season with a 14-4 record in ACAA play
and a total of 28 points, only 2 behind
the first-place UNBSJ Seawolves.
e Volleyball Mounties also raked
in numerous individual honours at
the ACAA awards banquet. Fifth
year libero and team captain Laurie
Marchbank was named a first-team
all-star as well as the ACAA Most
Valuable Player. Marchbank averaged
4.55 digs per game to lead the
Volleyball Mounties to a second place
finish during the regular season. As
well, second year Caila Henderson was
named a first-team all-star. Last year’s
ACAA Rookie of the Year, Henderson
led the ACAA in kills (128), service
aces (33), and was second in digs
(171) behind Marchbank. In addition,
first year Allison Settle was named
ACAA Rookie of the Year, bringing
the award back to Sackville for the
second straight year. Settle, who
led the league in assists (403), was
also named a second-team all-star.
While the 2009-2010 season
ended in disappointment for the
Volleyball Mounties, the young squad
has a promising future. Marchbank’s
graduation will be a tough loss,
but the squad has a strong core of
young, talented players who will
keep the team at the top of the
ACAA league standings next year.
Volleyball Mounties fall in semis
Grab handful of league awards
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
Left: ACAA Rookie of the Year Allison Settle (4) and All-Star Caila
Henderson (6) go for a block against the MSVU Mystics during the
ACAA playoffs at the end of February. The Mystics went on to win 3-0.
champions with STU taking on MSVU
with the Mystics knocking off last year’s
champs 68-37. e men’s final saw the
Mystics capture the ACAA crown for
the fifth straight year with a 72-55 win
over the Holland College Hurricanes.
e Lady Mounties finish the
season with a 15-6 record and
in third place in the ACAA. e
men finish in a tie for fourth place
with UNBSJ with a 10-11 record.
e Mounties also saw three players
garner all-conference honours. For the
Lady Mounties, second year guard
Laura Chapman was named a second-
team All-Star and third year forward
Meghan Dickie grabbed a first-team
All-Star award. For the men’s team,
fourth year phenomenon Josh Graham
snared a first-team All-Star nod.
Looking forward to next season,
the Lady Mounties will be hit with
the loss of their two centres, captain
Kristen Atkins and backup Rebecca
Himmelman. However, the core
of their team remains intact. For
the men’s squad, they lose four key
players to graduation. Graham, Jeff
Sadler, Kent Matheson, and Kylan
Estabrooks are all in their fourth
or fifth years, leaving the Mounties
without a number of key starters.
Basketball Mounties dropped in ACAA playoffs
Chapman, Dickie, and Graham named All-Stars
e Basketball Mounties headed to
Truro to take on their ACAA rivals in
the conference playoffs last weekend.
Both teams fought hard, but fell in the
semifinals with the third-seeded Lady
Mounties losing a heartbreaker 55-53
to STU while the men lost to eventual
champions MSVU Mystics 89-46.
e quarterfinals saw the Lady
Mounties take on a feisty Holland
College Hurricanes squad with the
Lady Mounties taking the 47-23
victory. e men’s team faced off
against the UNBSJ Seawolves and
triumphed 71-56. e women’s final
saw a matchup of the past two ACAA
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
All-Star guard Josh Graham drives to the hope surrounded by a trio
of MSVU defenders. The Mystics defeated the Mounties 89-46 en
route to their fifth consecutive ACAA men’s basketball title.
Sue Seaborn
Robert LeBlanc
Check out the next page
for a more in-depth look at
the the Mountie Basketball
e Mount Allison women’s soccer
team spent the past reading week in the
sun. On February 19, seventeen young
athletes, accompanied by coaches and
supporting faculty, boarded a flight to
Bermuda carrying little, but their soccer
gear and beach towels. Upon arrival,
they were warmly welcomed by their
alumni hosts and were whisked away
to various nooks and inlets of the small
Commonwealth island. us began
a memorable team trip that would
later be talked about with big grins,
sunburned shins, and great fondness.
e trip to Bermuda was born out
of a desire to achieve three simple,
yet significant goals. e first was to
offer the team an opportunity to play
together against strong opposition
in the off-season. After experiencing
significant success against their AUS
rivals, playing in Bermuda provided
a focus for the women’s post-season
training sessions. e aim was to arrive
on the island as a fit and cohesive
group of soccer players, ready to step
onto the field and play well as a team.
is was achieved in the fullest sense,
as the Soccer Mounties played and
defeated the Bermudian National
Team in both games, with scores of
2-1 and 3-0 respectively. As well,
the Mounties defeated the Bermuda
Football Association’s U17 squad by a
score of 2-1. ese scores represented
the high energy and quality with
which the Mounties played; there
was no evidence of any three month
rust. Instead, it was exceedingly
evident by the quality of play that
all of the women were revelling the
opportunity to practice their sport in
a sunny outdoor arena, and against
a skilled Bermudian opposition.
However, playing good soccer was
not the sole focus of the women’s
island visit. A second major goal of
the Bermuda project was to build and
maintain existing friendships between
the university, the Mt. A soccer program,
and Bermudian alumni and supporters.
Consistent with its beginnings, Mount
Allison has boasted a strong historical
connection to Bermuda with a number
of accomplished alumni hailing from
within the island’s oceanic borders.
roughout the week, the women
were successful connecting with these
alumni, who generously welcomed the
Mounties into their homes, offering
up not only their time, but also their
friendship. ree of these Bermudian
alumni, Jack Rhind, Rob Steynor,
and Rick ompson, were especially
integral to the arrangement of games,
training sessions, and presentations
with various teams and schools on the
Island. ey also hosted wonderful
functions which allowed the women
to meet Mt. A alumni and prospective
students. Without the support of
these superb Allisonians, the trip
could not have taken place, and
certainly without such great success.
e third and final aim of the trip
was to recruit young Bermudian
talent, both academic and athletic, to
complete their undergraduate degrees
at Mount Allison, hence continuing
the historical relationship between
the island of Bermuda and Sackville
into the future. In this venture, the
team and recruitment officer Josh
Bragg were again very successful. No
fewer than six Bermudian students
committed themselves to applying
to Mount Allison for next fall.
Aside from achieving our goals, it
is evident that the week was enjoyed
in the extreme, as all the women
returned to their homeland with sun-
kissed faces, sore legs, and big smiles.
ird year defender Allie MacLean
commented, “e trip was not only
an opportunity to explore and enjoy
the island, but it opened our eyes to
the longstanding relationship between
Bermuda and Mount Allison. We hope,
with our games played and training
sessions which encouraged high school
students to participate, that we have
continued to foster this relationship so
that it will remain strong in the future.”
Fourth year captain Lauren Ledwell
added, “e alumni night was one of
my favourite nights. We got to talk
with them…about their experiences at
Mt. A dating back to the 1950s. It was
incredible to hear stories from back in
the day and to look at how much things
have changed since then.” e team
wishes to extend their warmest thanks
to all alumni and faculty contributors,
coaches, trip photographer Sue
Seaborn, recruitment officer Josh
Bragg, and the very friendly
Bermudians that they encountered.
For further information about the
Bermuda project, please email Coach
Barry Cooper at bcooper@mta.ca.
Sue Seaborn
It’s always sunny in Bermuda
Women’s team spends Reading Week recruiting and balling
Elissa McCarron
Argosy Contributor
A quartet of members of the Mount
Allison Football Mounties will be
in Toronto this coming weekend to
participate in the National Invitational
Combine, where they will test and
perform in front of scouts, coaches, and
general managers from the eight teams
of the Canadian Football League.
Defensive backs Jermaine Oram
and Luke Ekoh, offensive lineman
Aaron Harper, and defensive lineman
Taylor Pritchard are the Mounties
who will be at the Combine, which is
designed to give players not invited to
the CFL’s official Evaluation Camp a
chance to show the scouts their skills.
Pritchard, a big man at 6’5’’, did not
play in 2009 for the Mounties, but did
represent Mt. A in the 2009 East-West
Bowl, a showcase of the finest CIS
players entering their draft-eligible
year. In three years as a Mountie, the
Ontario native has accumulated 32.5
tackles, 3.5 for a loss, and one sack.
Lloydminster, Saskatchewan native
Aaron Harper was also a 2009 East-
West selection, and in 2009 helped
lead the Mounties’ offensive line to
the second best rushing attack in the
AUS. Currently in his third year as
a Mountie after transferring from
University of Manitoba, Harper
was named to the AUS All-Star
Team in 2009 at the tackle position.
After sitting on the sidelines
watching for two seasons, Luke
Ekoh emerged in 2008, earning a
starting job out of training camp.
at year, Ekoh finished eighth in the
AUS in tackles with 34, and in 2009
duplicated it with 34.5 tackles. e
man known as “African under” is
in his fourth year of studies, and was
also a 2009 East-West participant.
Jermaine Oram, though battling
various leg injuries throughout his
career, has been a constant in the
Mountie secondary over his four-
year career. e corner currently sits
in fifteenth all-time in AUS history
with 115 tackles, 12 shy of Acadia’s
Elliott Richardson for the most ever
by a defensive back. In 2007 Oram
finished third in the conference
with 43 tackles, and is hoping that
his deceptive speed will help propel
him onto a CFL roster in the future.
ere are 12 other players from
the AUS attending the Combine,
six of whom are from the Saint
Mary’s Huskies. With four players
at the Combine, the Mounties
faithful are optimistic that the next
Mt. A alumnus to play in the CFL
might be coming to a CFL training
camp near you sometime soon.
Football Mounties
heading to combine
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
Sue Seaborn
The Mount Allison women’s varsity soccer team pose at the home of a Mt. A alumunus in Bermuda.
Fourth year guard Josh Graham, third year forward Meghan Dickie, and second year guard Laura
Chapman were recently named ACAA All-Stars for their performances during the 2009-2010 season.
JOSH GRAHAM: Quispamsis,
NB resident Josh Graham has been
selected as one of the best in the
2009-10 Atlantic Colleges Athletic
Association’s (ACAA) basketball
conference. Making the first-team
all-stars Josh averaged 18.5 points per
game over the season and shot 86 per
cent from the foul line. Usually the
Mounties’ top scorer, Josh’s ability to
slash to the basket, pull up and hit a
three-pointer, or put down clutch foul
shots made him a valuable asset to the
Mounties all season as he led them to
the playoffs.
A former two-time MVP with the
Kennebecasis Valley High School
basketball program in Quispamsis,
NB, Josh was Rookie of the Year for
the Basketball Mouanties in 2006-07,
and a second-team ACAA all-star
last year. Coached by Dennis Rollins
while at high school, Josh was also the
school’s Athlete of the Year in 2004-05,
and was a member of both the KV Rep
team coached by Wayne Crawford,
and the 2005 Canada Games squad
mentored by Fred Collins.
Currently in his fourth year of
Commerce, the six-foot guard was
Mount Allison’s Athlete of the Week
in November and January, and was
also named the Athlete of the Month
for January.
NB resident, Meghan Dickie was
recognized for her outstanding play
over the year as she too was selected as
a first-team all-star. Scoring an average
of 14.5 points per game Dickie led the
Mounties all season in most aspects of
the game.
A past Mountie of the Week,
Meghan is a former soccer and
basketball MVP and all-star with ABU
in 2008 and 2009, and prior to that
was the school athlete of the year at
Miramichi Valley High School where
she played four years with coaches Jim
Watters and Rick Stewart.
Dickie is currently enrolled in third-
year Arts, with future plans to pursue a
career in teaching.
NB resident Laura Chapman cracked
the second-team all-star team this
year, leading the Mounties at her
point guard position. A former three-
year star from Bernice MacNaughton
High School, Chapman was a past
member of the provincial “AAA” team
that won two consecutive provincial
Laura is in second-year Arts at
Mount Allison.
Basketball Mounties
named All-Stars
Sue Seaborn
Argosy Correspondent
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For reading week, Argosy Contributor
Tatum Buckley headed to Vancouver
for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
rough the magic of Twitter, she
kept us updated on all the haps at the
Friday 11:00 PM PST: Driving to
hotel, passed the Olympic rings.
ey’re gold; just found out Canada
won gold in men’s skeleton!
Saturday 10:00 AM PST: Heading
into Vancouver to be “touristy”
Saturday 11:30 AM PST: Way too
many lines, don’t want to be tourists
anymore. Heading down to check out
the Olympic flame!
Saturday 4:00 PM PST: Going to our
first Olympic event: short track speed
Saturday 4:30 PM PST: Evgeni
Malkin and Alex Bilodeau are here!
Trying to tell people speed skating was
awesome. Getting ignored.
Saturday 6:30 PM PST: ree
Canadians made it to the finals!
Tania Vincent in women’s 1500m
and Charles and Francois Hamelin
in men’s 1000m, we’re bound to get at
least one medal!
Saturday 7:00 PM PST: Vincent came
eighth...out of eight. Embarrassed.
Saturday 7:15 PM PST: Hamelin
brothers finished fourth and fifth in
the race of five, whatever happened to
working together?
Saturday 7:30 PM PST: Leaving
disappointed. ink we’ve jinxed
Canada by coming to Vancouver.
Sunday 11:00 AM PST: Watching
the ski cross on TV. Should have been
there... stupid standing room tickets.
Oh well, only finished fourth when
expecting to sweep the podium. Come
on, Canada!
Sunday 2:00 PM PST: Arrive at
Richmond Ozone. is place is BIG.
(Editor’s note: 60 acres) Watching
USA Canada men’s hockey game on
the big screens.
Sunday 7:00 PM PST: Definitely
jinxing Canada.
Sunday 9:00 PM PST: Sweden vs.
Finland hockey game, repeat of last
Olympics gold medal game, going to
be awesome!
Sunday 11:30 PM PST: Cheering for
Sweden who won 3-0. Finland had
no good chances. Not close; definitely
Sunday 11:50 PM PST: Got into the
Bay Olympic superstore, avoiding
three hour line, had ten minutes to
shop before closing. Pure chaos.
Monday 12:00 PM PST: Arrive late
(traffic accident) to USA-Sweden
women’s semi final hockey game,
already 2-0 USA
Monday 2:00 PM PST: Not even close
9-1 USA. At least Sweden scored ...
such an exciting minute.
Monday 3:00 PM PST: Saw Jenn
Heil (mogul skier) signing autographs.
Another long line to avoid.
Monday 5:00 PM PST: Woooo, ski
aerials!! Coolest sport ever.
Monday 7:00 PM PST: All three
Canadians advance to the medal
round, one’s in third!
Monday 9:00 PM PST: Text from
mom and sister: Saw Canada’s ice
dancing gold.
Tuesday 6:00 AM PST: Not jinxing
Canada, but okay to be leaving ...
Tatum Buckley
Argosy Contributor
Okay, so they ripped the label off my
Aquafina Spring Water, whatever,
at least they didn’t pour it out. No
biggie. But still, it’s a little heavy
handed. How they rifled through my
bag looking for it. As if I was hiding
marijuana (If only I knew what that
was). So that was my raw experience
of the commercialization of the
Olympics. Not even at the entrance
to an Olympic venue, but in line
to see the Canada Pavilion. People
were stopped and searched for any
offending labels….oh, and security
threats. During the Olympics, it
was forbidden to display corporate
symbols and brands other than those
of the official sponsors at the Olympic
Venues or any of the related pavilions.
Everyone knows by now the names
of sponsors. From around the world
there’s Visa, GE, Samsung, Panasonic,
Omega, as well as the twin gods of
Olympic sponsorship, Coca-Cola and
McDonald’s. Canadians sponsors
include RBC, HBC, Bell, and Rona.
e Olympics are a hefty undertaking
at anytime. e Vancouver Olympic
Committee’s forecast operating
budget of $1.75 billion US is actually
low for recent Olympics (Beijing had
a projected operating budget of $43
billion US). Numbers such as these are
prohibitive for local government, and
so companies have the make up the
difference. e companies turn a profit
by a) the exposure, obviously, through
their exclusive right to advertise at the
games, b) sales, through their exclusive
rights to sell in their sector (soft drinks,
hard drinks, etc.) during the games,
and c) prestige, the prestige of being
an official Olympic sponsor (can make
a Big Mac look like a cordon blue).
Since the companies have been so
generous helping Vancouver out with
putting on the Olympics, the sponsors
have been given exclusive rights to
advertise on public property in the city.
So if you take a bus in Vancouver, you’ll
see no local information or advertising,
for instance for crisis hotlines. All
there is is the occasional Coke (not
that kind) and Samsung flat screen TV
ad. is exclusive right to advertising
on public property was taken by the
sponsors to almost ridiculous extremes.
e Vancouver Public Library has
had to cover up logos of competing
companies in A/V equipment
and even books in some cases.
All this heavy-handedness is the
the cost of Olympic Games in this
day and age. Everything else aside, the
corporate sponsors gave us TV-viewers
hours of entertaining ads to watch.
From the RBC bowler-hat guy to the
McD’s chomping Olympians, we got
their money’s worth. e sponsors
seemed to dominate this Olympics
more than any other in living memory.
Heck, during the Games’ first week,
I knew many Allisonians who were
more excited about corporate ads than
our athletes’ performances (which
says more about us than the athletes).
And these sponsors were merely
part of the larger commercial project
that is the modern Olympics. e
amount of buying and selling at the
Olympics is truly magnificent in its
sheer abandon. Everything except
Sushi was over-priced. A normal
restaurant routinely would charge
$20+ per plate. e line up for the
Olympics store at the Bay went
around the block and all sorts of odd
places were selling official Olympics
gear. But that’s the point, that’s why
a city will go to all this trouble - not
for some vague monument to the
spirit of sport - but to jump start its
economy. Let’s hope it was worth it.
is article brought to you by McDonald’s
Commercialization at the Olympics
Andrew Gwyn
Argosy Correspondent
The Olympics and McDonald’s: best friends for life? Andrew Gwyn looks at sponsors at the 2010 Games.
As the dust settles on the hugely
successful Ice Hockey tournament at
the 2010 Winter Olympic games, fans,
media, and players are all left asking
the same question: will this be the last
time the world’s best hockey players
participate in the Olympics? Following
Sidney Crosby’s dramatic overtime
goal in the gold medal game between
Canada and the US, North American
fans are now eagerly anticipating
the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.
However, the NHL has refused to
commit to taking another mid-season
break to allow its players to participate
in the Olympics. is decision
remains confusing, especially after
the gold medal game set a Canadian
ratings record with over eighteen
million Canadians watching at least
some part of the game, and being the
most watched hockey game in the
USA since the 1980 Miracle on Ice.
e biggest problem is the time
difference. A 4:00 pm hockey game
in Sochi would be on at 8:00 am in
Toronto, and 5:00 am in Vancouver.
With the majority of Olympic games
being played during the week, few
people are going to be able to watch
games at this time. Indeed the hockey
games in Nagano and Turin received
marginal viewership. Most of those
who saw the games watched them
on prime time tape-delays. In the
US, live games weren’t shown at all.
Owners of NHL teams are also strongly
against the continued participation
in the Olympics. Since the Winter
Olympics are held in February, they
take place just over a month before
the NHL Playoffs begin. However, for
many teams the playoff atmosphere
begins in February as they battle for a
spot in the playoffs. Owners feel that
the Olympics pose an unnecessary risk
of injury. In 2006, the Ottawa Senators
were one of the strongest teams in the
NHL, but their star goalie Dominik
Hasek suffered a season ending injury
playing for the Czech Republic in
Turin. is forced Ottawa to go
into the playoffs playing their back-
up goalie and had a disappointing
second round elimination.
e decision not to return isn’t
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just in the hands of the NHL or
team owners. e players have a say
because participation is covered under
the NHL’s Collective Bargaining
Agreement with the NHL Players
Association. e players are adamant
in their desire to continue participating
the Olympics, including those whose
participation is unlikely since they get
a nice two week mid-season vacation.
It’s likely that the NHL will use the
Olympics as a sort of bargaining chip
in order gain concessions from the
players such as raising the age of Free
Agency, lowering minimum salary, etc.
Alexander Ovechkin has stated that
nothing is going to stop him from
playing in front of his country in 2014
regardless of fines or suspensions from
the NHL or the Washington Capitals.
Fan pressure is also huge, especially
from Canadians who are desperate
for success given that no Canadian
NHL team has won the Stanley Cup
since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.
Given the immense desire to see the
world’s best at the Olympics, after all,
that is what the Olympics is all about,
it is likely that one way or another, the
NHL will be at the 2014 games in Sochi.
e future of Olympic hockey
Ryan Esch
Argosy Correspondent
Alex Ovechkin has already stated he’ll be in Russia for the 2014 Games. What will the rest of the NHL do?
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Samantha Scribner
Argosy Correspondent
With less than one week until St.
Patrick’s Day, many of us are looking
forward to the Irish celebrations filled
with green clothing, green hats and
of course, green beer. Although this
holiday is filled with lots of laughs and
at least one sing along to “e Night
Pat Murphy Died”, it is also one of
the highest risk occasions for binge
drinking. Binge drinking is defined
as more than five drinks for men and
more than four drinks for women in
two hours. Many readers are probably
surprised to find out that they have
actually binged on several occasions.
It is especially common among
university students because they may
not go out for one or two weekends
during midterms and feel that they
have to make up for it when they get
the chance to go out and drink again.
A Canadian Campus Survey done
back in 2004 revealed some startling
statistics that shed light on the
seriousness of binge drinking.
- 30 per cent of college failure is
alcohol related.
- One in every three suicides
involves alcohol.
- 1,700 college students between
the ages of eighteen and twenty-four
die each year from alcohol-related
unintentional injuries, including motor
vehicle crashes.
- 599,000 students between the
ages of eighteen and twenty-four are
unintentionally injured under the
influence of alcohol.
ese are some pretty scary numbers.
In order for you to enjoy your night,
here are some tips on how to drink
responsibly. As a bonus, most of these
tips also prevent getting a hangover.
- Try not to drink on an empty
stomach; eat something – preferably
carbohydrates - before you start
drinking. e food will help slow the
body’s absorption of the alcohol.
-Avoid dark coloured drinks
if possible. ey contain natural
chemicals (congeners) that can worsen
the hangover.
-Drink plenty of water or soft drinks
in between alcoholic drinks.
In order to help you out, the Health
Matters society will have a booth set up
in the entrance of the Wallace McCain
Student Centre around lunch time on
March 17 where you can test your
alcohol IQ, get free drinks, free candy,
and learn more alcohol facts. Your goal
for the day/evening should be to have
fun honouring the Irish, not to get as
drunk as possible and hear about what
happened the next day.
Celebrating the Irish
e results speak for themselves: a
9-1 victory over the defending world
champion New York Yankees, a
14-6 trouncing of the reigning NL
champion Phillies, and a gritty 9-7 win
over the Tigers courtesy of a clutch
walk-off homer by catcher-of-the-
future J.P. Arencibia. Major League
Baseball, be warned: the Toronto Blue
Jays came to play. Sure, we’re only a
week into spring training, but I’ve seen
enough to be convinced that current
edition of Canada’s team will be the
one that finally, finally, gets past the
AL East and those damned Yankees.
Ok, I’m being facetious. Don’t get me
wrong- if this were any of the previous
ten or so years I would unquestionably
allow a minute sample of Blue Jay
spring-training victories work me into
an unhealthy fervour, but this year
something feels different. is season,
you see, there are no dreams of division
titles or wild card berths- expectations
that had been undeservingly placed
on the Jays for the past decade.
And yet despite the widespread
acknowledgement by Jays fans that this
won’t be a season defined by winning,
there is a sense of unprecedented
clarity that has manifested itself in
the form of optimism. e 2010 Blue
Jays represent arguably the first true
rebuilding effort witnessed since the
teams’ early expansion years. Built
around a slew of promising, if largely
unproven prospects like Arencibia,
the truth will set you free. Or so I’ve
heard. is past winter saw no Frank
omas signings; no hundred million
dollar paydays to guys named BJ and
AJ; no trades for Corey Koskie (hey,
it was a big deal at the time). Instead,
new GM Alex Anthopolous acquired
young, cheap talent like first baseman
Brett Wallace, infielder Jaret Hoffpauir,
and pitchers Kyle Drabek and Brandon
Morrow to complement the existing
roster, creating promise and, more
importantly, flexibility for the future.
Despite Anthopolous’ best efforts
in reshaping the roster, the scars
of the 2009 season, the last of the
Ricciardi era, still exist. Alex Rios
was allowed to go to the White Sox
for literally nothing in return, and JP’s
refusal to trade Halladay (who, now
in Philadelphia, is poised to break
Jack Chesbro’s 1901 record of 41
wins) resulted in an eventual haul of
uncertainties like Wallace and Drabek.
And still, as I mentioned, there is
optimism in Blue Jay land. For the first
time in years, fans and management
alike know what this team is and what
it most definitely is not; it’s the kind
of clear-minded, rational thinking
that the franchise has been void of,
and is the lone reason for Jays fans
to keep showing up to the ballpark.
Clearly for the 2010 Toronto Blue
Jays, honesty is truly the best policy.
Truth at last
David C. Zarum
Argosy Correspondent
“[D]espite the widespread
acknowledgement by Jays
fan that this won’t be a
season defined by winning,
there is a sense of unprec-
endented clarity that has
manifested itself in the form
of optimism.”
21-year old Travis ‘Lunchbox’ Snider,
and Marc Rzepczynski, along with
young stars like Adam Lind, All-
Star second baseman Aaron Hill, and
pitcher Ricky Romero, the focus has
shifted from the familiar adage of ‘this
year’ to next season and (well) beyond.
If we’re being honest, the Jays have
been in a quasi-rebuilding mode for
years. Yet former GM JP Ricciardi
never seemed to be able to come to
terms with this, acquiring one or two
big name veterans every off-season,
creating transparent hope year after
year. I hate to knock the same guy who
brought us Eric Hinske and JFG ( John-
Ford Griffin, for the uneducated), but
2010 Blue Jays have a new policy: honesty
Athlete of the Week
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Mount Allison’s women’s doubles
players, Carrie and Heather Murray,
were honoured with the National
Fair Play Award while at the National
Badminton Championships at
NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute
of Technology) on March 4-6. e
pair played a round robin series
with teams from across Canada.
Against very strong competition
the girls were out played by the
strong western teams, but were very
competitive with a near upset over
the Ontario team, and then took two
convincing wins over the Alberta
host team, to end their national
ranking in fifth place overall.
Mount Allison was also
represented at the national
tournament in men’s doubles and
men’s singles with brothers Brent
and Justin Barkhouse, and singles
player Braden Freeman. e three
players had a realistic opportunity
to be in contention for a bronze
medal, but their hopes were dashed
with two very close losses against
the Alberta host team and Ontario.
Carrie and Heather the previous
week won the right to advance to
the nationals by first winning the
ACAA team championships title
and then defeating all competitors in
the national qualifying tournament
on day-two of the Atlantic
championships held at Mount Allison.
Residents of Belleisle, NS, both
athletes are former standouts with
Annapolis West Education Centre and
the Annapolis Royal Badminton Club.
Carrie was coached by Mike Scott
while in high school, and was winner
of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award,
the Lieutenant Governor’s Award,
and three Coach’s Choice Awards in
softball, swimming, and badminton.
When she arrived at Mount Allison,
Carrie continued her winning ways,
capturing the Mounties’ Badminton
Rookie of the Year in 2006-07, and
the team’s Female MVP in 2007-09.
Heather was her high school’s
Female Athlete of the Year in 2007-
08, her team’s MVP in 2004-05, and
the winner of numerous fair play,
leadership, and coach’s choice awards
over the past five seasons. In her first
year at Mount Allison, she captured
the women’s doubles championships
with her sister and was named
the ACAA Female Rookie of the
Year for 2008-09. is season she
was named the CCAA (Canadian
Colleges Athletic Association)
Badminton player of the month
for January, and was also named
again to the ACAA All-Conference
team for a second consecutive year.
Fourth-year Mountie Carrie is
enrolled in English while her second-
year sister Heather is in Mount Allison’s
science program studying psychology.
Also nominated for Athletes
of the Week were Lauren
Antworth (basketball) and
Akil Smith (basketball).
e Boston marathon, two hours and
seven minutes; the Ironman triathlon,
eight hours and four minutes; only the
eight day long Iditarod dog sled race
gives the Mount Allison Varsity Soccer
Team’s twenty-four hour Soccer-a-
thon a run for its money. Fifth year
men’s soccer player Trevey Davis has
participated in this event for the last
two years. is is what it’s like:
e first hour (8:00 pm): Everyone
is gung-ho and fresh. e first game
which is supposed to be a warm up,
but mostly, it is spent wearing yourself
Second to fifth hours (9:00 pm to 1:00
am): is time period is spent playing
soccer, a normal amount of soccer. e
event should really end right here.
Sixth hour (2:00 am): is hour will
feature another matchup with the
football team at 2:00 AM.
Seven-tenth hours (3:00 am to 5:00
am): e dreaded ‘ten hour’ wall. At
this point, a number of teammates have
taken to napping on the bleachers, and
a few lucky ones claim the trainer’s
tables. However a select few keep
playing… deliriously.
Eleven-nineteen (6:00 am to 2:00
pm): A second wind! Although the
yellow hum of the gym’s lights have
keep the play going all night the new
daylight adds a bounce to your step!
Twenty-twenty four (3:00 pm to 8:00
pm): e finish line approaches and
Twenty-four Hour
“e finish line approaches
and you break the tape with
twenty-four layers of game
sweat. Blisters, pain, and
chemoreceptors are over-
whelmed by the salinity of
your skin...”
you break the tape with twenty-four
layers of game sweat. Blisters pain,
and chemoreceptors are overwhelmed
by the salinity of your skin, but after
twenty-four hours of soccer these pains
are mere figments of your imagination,
or are they?
Come check out the Twenty-Four
Hour Soccer-a-on in the Athletic
Centre Gym starting at 8:00 PM
Friday night!
Trevey Davis
Argosy Contributor
Cover the Soccer-a-Thon.
Meet sweaty athletes.
Take their pictures.
They’ll be too tired to stop you.
E-mail applications to argosy@mta.ca or drop off at
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27 Staff Positions Open
Live Bait Theatre is seeking students for the summer of 2010 to
fill the following positions.
J.E.A. Crake Theatre Internship - May 17 ~ August
28, 2010 (15 weeks). The intern will participate in 2010
summer events as follows: production work on one dinner
theatre and one mainstage play; assist with building sets,
finding and building costumes and props, assist in directing and
the Young Company Program; repair, maintain and clean theatre
space; and other related duties.
Campbell-Verduyn Theatre Internship/July 5 ~
August 28, 2010 (8 weeks). The intern will work closely with
an experienced theatre professional in a selected area of interest.
Possible internships include intensive experience in stage
management, set and costume design or arts administration.
Box Office Assistant ~ June 14 ~ August 22, 2010
(10 weeks). This position involves learning box office policies
and procedures, answering phones, selling tickets, copying
programmes, ushering, bartending and related administrative
tasks. Candidate must be fluent in both official languages and
have strong customer relation skills.
Qualifications for all three positions are as follows: ability
to work independently and without supervision, as well as in a
team environment; excellent written and verbal communication
skills; highly organized; and ability to meet deadlines. Must be
willing to work flexible hours. Experience in the performing
arts an asset, but not required. Internship positions are available
to Mount Allison students or recent graduates, while the Box
Office Assistant job is available to all post secondary students.
To apply: please send a resume and cover letter to: Live Bait
Theatre, PO Box 6441, Sackville, NB, E4L 1G6 or by email
to info@livebaittheatre.com by MARCH 17, 2010.
We appreciate all applicants, however, only those selected for
an interview will be contacted.
Tickets are available at
• Tidewater Books • The Cackling Goose Market •
• SAC Office, Wallace McCain Student Centre, Mt A campus •
The Mount Allison Society of All Nations (SAN)
cordially invites you to our
Annual Banquet
Join us for a night of
international food
and performance
brought to you by Mt A
Saturday the 13th of March
Jennings Hall on the Mt A campus
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Argosy is Hiring
* writing samples only necessary for editorial
and writer positions
Applications due
Friday March 19

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