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I n d e p e n d e n t S t u d e n t J o u r n a l o f Mo u n t A l l i s o n U n i v e r s i t y
Sackville passes by-laws for wind turbines
Councillors divided over zoning regulations
Wind turbines will only be allowed 750 metres away from dwellings.
Jessica Emin
Timothy Bancroft
Argosy Correspondent
Susan Rogers
Argosy Staff
Renovations to the Barclay building proceed
Exterior waterproofing, fume hoods and accessible washrooms among changes
The final work on Barclay will not be completed until March 2010.
Mount Allison’s forty-two year old
Barclay chemistry building is get-
ting some much needed updates this
year. With $4.3 million awarded to
Mt. A over the summer as part of the
Knowledge Infrastructure Program,
the building has been a zoo of activity
all semester.
e two most visible changes are
the waterproofing of the exterior of
the building - the reason for all the
scaffolding - and the new fans that
have been placed on the roof as part
of the updates and replacements being
done to the fume hoods. Other proj-
ects currently on the go include put-
ting in accessible washrooms, updating
sprinkler systems, deluge showers, and
adding backflow preventers to protect
the water system from contamination.
e replacement of the current
fume hoods, which are old and past
their life expectancy, is one of the ma-
jor projects. e old fans to blow the
exhaust out of the building were not
very powerful, and the exhaust would
sometimes come down the side of the
building and back into the labs, since
the labs are under negative pressure.
e new fans will blow the exhaust far
higher up into the air, greatly improv-
ing the air quality within the building.
e new fans are also far more envi-
ronmentally friendly, because, unlike
the old fans, they change speeds, and
use far less energy when the fume
hoods are not in use. A new space has
also been built on the roof called the
plenum, where all of the exhaust will
collect and be blown out of the four
large fans, as opposed to the fifty fans
that were previously used.
Most of the work will be done by
March of 2010, with the exception of
the renovation of the two basement
classrooms, Barclay 02 and 021, both
of which will be totally renovated next
summer. Most of the work however
will be done during the school year.
In the case of the fume hood replace-
ments, entire labs will need to be shut
down temporarily.
Rob MacCormack, Director of Fa-
cilities Management & Security, said
“we’re trying to work very closely with
the faculty in a methodical manner
to minimize the pain as best possible.
Hopefully it will be as seamless as pos-
sible.”
Debate about the development of
wind power within the town of
Sackville has been widespread in the
last two months, as the introduction
of bylaws by the planning commission
were tabled before the town council.
e by-laws cover both turbines for
individual use, and wind farms, with
a generation capacity exceeding three
megawatts. At the council meeting
on November 9, the by-laws passed
by a vote of 4-3, setting regulations
for both single turbines in Sackville’s
rural-residential zones, and wind
farms in the agricultural conservation
area.
e by-laws passed after several
changes were made to the restrictions
placed upon the location of the
turbines. Turbines on wind farms
need to be placed 750 metres from
any residence, and small-scale wind
turbines need to be set back least 1.5
times their height (measured from the
top of the blade) from any road, right-
of-way, or property boundary. In
addition, a restriction of forty decibels
was placed on the noise that can reach
any residence from any wind turbine.
Michael Fox, the Chair of the
Planning Commission and Professor
of Geography here at Mount Allison,
said that support for sustainable local
power generation amongst the faculty
here is generally positive, and the
new by-laws provide a framework
for balanced development within the
town.
“is new by-law was carefully
constructed to encourage alternative
energy generation on the one hand, yet
protect individual homes that might
be too imposing on their properties.
Sackville now stands as one of the
more progressive and carefully planned
communities in New Brunswick, in
terms of renewable energy options
and stringent guidelines for the
development of alternative energy
projects.”
Students of Mt. A have been
organizing in support of action to
prevent climate change, including
the development of sustainable power
generation, through the C3 project and
350.org’s Day of Action on October
24. However, there was significant
opposition to the development of
local commercial wind power from
other residents of the town.
“I fielded a lot of calls from people
who were opposed to wind farms,
and was not contacted by anyone who
was in favour of wind farms,” said
Virgil Hammock, one of the town
counsellors. “I am not opposed to
clean energy, but I remain opposed to
industrial wind farms within the town
limits,” he elaborated. “Sackville is a
large town. We’re seventy-five square
kilometers [the largest municipality
in New Brunswick by land area], and
the potential for wind farms here is a
real issue.”
Hammock was among the three
votes against the new zoning bylaws,
joining councillors Joyce O’Neil
and Bruce Phinney in opposing
the measure. However, Hammock
expressed no concerns about residents
who wished to place a wind turbine,
on rural-residential zoned properties,
for personal use.
Questions concerning larger scale
developments may be moot. With the
proposed sale of NB Power to Hydro-
Québec, the issue of local power
generation of any sort has become
extremely clouded. Hydro-Québec is
to take ownership of the entire power
grid, and will be entitled to max out
its transmission capacity with its own,
much cheaper, hydroelectric energy.
ough Hydro-Québec has recently
tendered bids for wind power within
the province of Quebec itself, there is
no guarantee that, even in the event
of extra grid capacity being built, that
transmission rights would be gained
by local power generation facilities.
Any extra capacity would have to be
bid upon by anyone wishing to use it,
players already on the market in Prince
Edward Island and Nova Scotia, as
well as Hydro-Québec itself.
Compounding these issues is the
reality that, despite its geographical
advantages, ideas for commercial wind
power development within Sackville
itself remain a hypothetical. “By
far, most of the interest has been in
small scale installation of turbines for
people’s use in their own residences,”
said Lori Bickford, of the Sackville
Planning Commission. With the
future of the local power grid still in
question, the passing of these by-laws
may be seen as a victory for personal
sustainable living, while the question
of using Sackville’s natural geography
in order to support its energy needs is
very much still up in the air.
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SACuring by-laws on November 12
Ankur Ralhan
Argosy Contributor
is week’s SAC meeting commenced with
CRO Darren Mercer explaining the upcoming
elections procedures. Surprisingly enough, only
one of the presidential candidates, Trevey Davis,
was in attendance while the council was discuss-
ing matters pertaining to the election. e other
candidate, Mike Glover, eventually arrived after
a short recess in the meeting. It was clear by the
tension in the room that his tardiness was noted
by the members of council. Mercer noted that the
last election was a fail due to spoiled ballots and
demanded that none of the election officials let
the ballot boxes out of their sights at any point.
Otherwise, he noted, this election, “will be a fail”
as well. However, as the meeting progressed there
were bigger problems to address regarding the
SAC election than who would be watching the
ballots from hour to hour.
First, VP External Affairs, Alex Macdonald
asked Mercer what the situation would be for
students who could not make it out to the bal-
lots on the voting days. Mercer had no definite
plan for absentee votes, suggesting that students
in this situation would have to email him if they
wanted to cast a ballot.
Next a debate about a discrepancy between the
Election Act and the Election By-Laws ensued.
It involved Social Sciences Senator, Sue Hum-
phrey and Science Senator Nathan Walker push-
ing for plurality on the first vote between the
SAC Presidential Candidates. Essentially this
means that a Presidential Candidate must earn
a majority to win the election, but not necessar-
ily 50 per cent plus one of votes. is may seem
redundant, but it implies that spoiled votes won’t
be able to push the election to a second ballot
unless both candidates end up getting equal por-
tions of the votes.
In the debate, Walker pointed out that “leav-
ing it [the By-laws] the way it is, leaves us with
the risk that this election goes exactly the same
way as the last one,” which is a fate that the
SAC wants to avoid at all costs. e motion was
passed with optimism from everyone except VP
Campus Life, Patrick Forestell who suggested
that the cause for the failed elections previously
was the tampering with the By-laws to fit these
new situations in desired ways. To close the dis-
cussion, Mercer suggested to “have an election
that actually works.”
e next SAC meeting will take place at 7 pm
on November 25 in Avard Dixon Rm. 111.
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
Mount Allison announces new chancellor
Peter Mansbridge to be invested at Convocation in May
e hype generated around Mount Allison Uni-
versity’s big announcement last week ensured a
full crowd of students, staff and outside media
to receive the news of the appointment of a new
University Chancellor. e role is to be taken on
by Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent of the
CBC’s ‘e National’ and host of “Mansbridge
One on One.” A widely recognized name, face
and voice throughout Canada, and amongst jour-
nalists throughout the world, Mansbridge said
that he was “humbled,” and “honoured to have
been considered” for the position.
e appointment follows the retirement of
John Bragg, a Mt. A alumnus who went on to
found Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd. but returned
to become the university’s Chancellor in 2005.
Bragg became very involved in fundraising for
the university, particularly for the JUMP cam-
paign. His background in business was an asset
for this type of project and his way of showing
leadership. However, as this campaign neared its
fundraising goal, he had made it clear that he saw
his role ending so that he could focus more on his
family and personal life.
Suzanne Crawford, Vice-Chair of the Board
of Regents, stated that Bragg represented “a solid
grounding in Maritime values.”She added that he
has “built a strong foundation to enable us to take
on an excellent chancellor like Peter Mansbridge,
who will give us another type of exposure.”
Indeed, Mansbridge was selected on the ba-
sis of his high national profile. Now, wherever he
travels and speaks, his introduction will include
that he is Mt. A’s Chancellor, which Campbell
hopes will bring recognition to the university.
“We’re a national institution...and we can
extend that image into parts of Canadian con-
sciousness where it’s not there,” he explained. “I
want people to have that mental association, that
when people think ‘quality liberal arts and sci-
ences education’ [...] what comes to their mind
right away is [...] a quality school like Mt. A’.”
Mansbridge was also selected on the basis of
his leadership in the field of journalism. More
generally he is involved in in literacy initiatives,
including a golf tournament in Moncton and
CODE Canada. He funds two scholarships for
students heading into their undergraduate de-
grees: one for students interested in journalism
and the other for “straight-up leadership.”
“I bring excitement and energy and a real sense
of pride in Canadian youth,” he claimed, when
asked about what he could offer in the position.
e role of University Chancellor is largely
ceremonial - he passes out the degrees at Con-
vocation every May - but it does involve sitting
on the Board of Regents, the university’s highest
governing body. Still, knowing that Mansbridge
will not be leaving his work at the CBC and, as
he admits himself, that he “probably won’t be [on
campus] a lot.” Current students may wonder
what the appointment adds to their experience
at Mt. A.
“at’s one thing you’ve got to use your imagi-
nation,” suggested Campbell. “ere may be ways
in which students can use him in terms of getting
introduced to people, getting into different kinds
of contexts or getting involved in different kinds
of activities.” Campbell is willing to discuss with
students how to make a connection with Mans-
bridge and to use him as a resource, but that is up
to individuals themselves to take the initiative.
Mansbridge will be officially installed as
Chancellor at Convocation in May 2010. His of-
ficial term runs from January 2010 to December
2013.
Mansbridge is to help spread Mt. A’s name and reputation as he travels the country.
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Dr. Glen Briand, Head of the Chemistry and
Biochemistry Departments, said that thus far the
construction hasn’t caused much inconvenience
for the department. e difficulties will come
when it’s time to tear out the fume hoods, as it
will shut down labs temporarily. If this work is
done while class is in session he says he doesn’t
expect it will be too difficult to move students
across the hall to another lab for a week or two.
at’s not to say that everything has been
smooth sailing. Over the summer, when workers
were cutting a hole in the new plenum floor to
put a pipe in, a cement circle fell through, falling
through the false ceiling in the third floor coat
racks, and landing in the hallway.
“ere was a big crash, a big cloud of dust
and we thought ‘is the ceiling coming down?’”
recalled Dr. Andrew Grant, whose lab is next to
where the circle fell. He says that no real damage
was caused. Of the sixty or so holes drilled in
the roof, only one got away.
With the noise of the construction being
heard during class times, some students wonder
if the work couldn’t have been finished over the
summer, but for the most part, it is business as
usual for the moment in Barclay.
“For my classes, it hasn’t been that bad” said
second year chemistry student, Sasha Benoit.
“e department has managed the change really
well so far.”
Fourth year biochemistry student Tiffany
Clouston, a student researcher and a TA agrees
that the change hasn’t caused too much trouble.
“It hasn’t inconvenienced anyone. Profs are
pretty generous with their fume hoods, if you
need one you can go next door and use theirs.
And in the teaching labs they are barely ever
used anyways. Half of them didn’t work.”
“It’s about time that things get updated,” adds
fourth year chemistry TA and student researcher,
Jennifer Melanson. “It’s definitely better [health
wise] for student researchers because we are in
the building the most.” However, she said, the
construction work can get in the way.
“It is slowing down my research because I
have to be out of the lab for two weeks.”
Most students and professors are simply
trying to work around the fume hoods that are
being taken offline in order to hook them in to
the new system.
And other than construction crews and some
caution tape seen around the building, the only
visible things out of the ordinary are the Chicken
Little cartoons that have been popping up since
the incident with the cement in the summer.
Construction closes labs, but otherwise not overly disruptive
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THE ARGOSY • NEWS 3 NOVEMBER 19, 2009 THE ARGOSY • NEWS
is week in the world
A weekly miscellany compiled by Kristina Mansveld
Julie Cruikshank
Obama petitions Burma
US President Barack Obama has
requested that the Burmese Prime
Minister release Nobel peace prize
laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from
extended house arrest. Suu Kyi has
spent fourteen of the last twenty
years in detention due to her work
as the country’s pro-democracy
leader under the Burmese military
government. Obama directly
petitioned General ein Sein in
a groundbreaking meeting of the
Association of South East Asian
Nations, breaking with the past
when American presidents have
refused to attend with Burmese
leaders present. Obama maintained,
however, that sanctions against
the Burmese regime would remain
until progressive change towards
democracy is made.
Hope for Nigerian peace talks
Nigeria’s main militant group in the
Niger River Delta has begun “serious,
meaningful dialogue” with the
Nigerian government following the
ceasefire that halted violence three
weeks ago. e country’s president,
Umaru Yar’Adua, found the peace
talks “fruitful and promising.”
Yar’Adua declared an amnesty in June
under which thousands of militants
have since given up their weapons,
and been provided with jobs and
education opportunities. While the
break in violence has increased oil
and gas production, former militants
reportedly continue to tap into oil
pipelines and sell stolen oil on the
international market.
Colombia frees Venezuelan troops
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe
has announced that four members
of the Venezuelan National Guard
detained by Colombian troops
Friday will be released. Mr Uribe
explained that the decision illustrates
the “unbreakable affection” between
the two countries. Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez deployed the
Venezuelan forces into Colombian
territory because of a new military co-
operative agreement between the US
and Colombia. Mr Chavez exclaimed
that the pact has set the stage for an
invasion of Venezuela. Washington
claims that the agreement is aimed at
fighting Marxist rebels and the drug
trade inside Colombia.
US and Russia impatient with Iran
American and Russian leaders have
cautioned Iran that time is running
out for talks over its nuclear weapons
program. Russia and France have
offered to reprocess Iranian enriched
uranium into fuel rods, which can be
used in Tehran’s reactor to produce
nuclear power. Yet Iran refuses
to cooperate, heightening foreign
suspicions that it plans to build nuclear
weapons. Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev
expressed his consternation with the
slow pace of the talks, adding that
“other means” could be used to further
progress if necessary.
Germany mourns football star
Germany’s national soccer team
lost its goalkeeper, Robert Enke, to
suicide on Tuesday. e Hannover
stadium was packed with 45,000 fans
who gathered Sunday for a memorial
service in tribute to the thirty-two
year old player. Mr. Enke’s widow,
Teresa, explained that Robert had
been suffering from depression for
six years, but had taken pains to
hide his disease from the public.
Enke’s death has prompted a debate
about whether players in the soccer-
obsessed country receive sufficient
psychological support.
Some Mount Allison students are
worried about the safety of those in
residence this year, after residence
fire procedures were changed and
fire training for Residence Assistants
(RAs) was postponed. Mt. A admin-
istration is stressing personal responsi-
bility when it comes to fire safety.
RAs normally do a day’s worth of
training prior to the beginning of the
school year, on fire safety, fire proce-
dures, and things like how to use a fire
extinguisher. Due to the unavailability
of the fire department during training
week, however, this training didn’t oc-
cur.
Gayle Churchill, Manager of Stu-
dent Affairs, said that as the semester
progressed and midterm season began,
it wasn’t fair to the RAs to ask them
to give up a weekend day to training
while they had school work to do.
e entire residence fire alarm pro-
cedure this year has been revamped.
Previously RAs were required to check
every room to ensure that students
weren’t still in bed, or hiding in their
closet, prior to leaving the building.
Says Churchill, “when I saw that,
Residence fire procedures changed
RAs no longer required to check inside each student’s room
Susan Rogers
Argosy Staff
and the extended period of time an
RA would have to have to do that, I
said this is putting our RAs at risk. If
it is not a test bell or a drill, if its a
real fire, there is a good chance that if
an RA is doing this that would delay
them getting out of the building and
put them at further risk than necessary.
So I changed the procedure, for them
to bang on the doors of their wing,
[saying] ‘Fire get out, fire get out.’ at
was the only message that I had them
do…and proceed quickly to the near-
est exit.”
Many students and RAs aren’t as
sure that this is a good idea however.
One North Side RA said, “I think the
old procedure worked well. is will
keep us safer, but now there is the risk
of people staying in their rooms and
we wouldn’t find out until afterwards.”
First year student Sarah te Bogt
agrees. “How would you know if they
were passed out on their floor, or
somewhere on Southside?” she asked,
adding that she thought her resi-
dence’s first fire drill of the year went
badly. Another North Side RA says
that while the new system of taking
attendance works for residents of the
house, she worries about other Mt. A
students who might be in the building,
but aren’t on the list.
is new fire plan stresses the safety
and the ability of the RAs to get out
of the building safely, even if it does
cause an inconvenience for students
forced to stand outside for roll call.
“I’m not sure where this plan of go-
ing in, opening curtains, pulling down
bedding, looking in the closets, came
from…I’ve worked at other universi-
ties and its never been more than bang
on the door and shout…and take your
roll and be gone,” says Churchill.
Personal responsibility is key, she
says. “I imagine you have experience in
grade school as to how everyone sort
of lined up at the door and walked out
orderly, and the teacher ensured that
there wasn’t anyone hiding under their
desk. at’s fine for grade three, but
when it comes to university there is a
bit of self responsibility. I’m responsi-
ble for myself and when there is a fire
drill, I need to proceed as normal. at
is what we’re expecting residents to do,
respond to a fire drill and get them-
selves out.”
at the fire training has been post-
poned until January worries many
RAs, including some who were un-
sure when training was to take place.
One senior RA said that he thought
more in depth fire training should
have been done before the beginning
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of the school year, regardless of how
busy it was. In his house he said, there
was confusion amongst the RAs about
what the fire procedure was, and they
wound up discussing it with their don,
and figuring a good system for them.
eir first fire drill did, however, go
well he said.
e information they were given at
RA training about SHARE, and deal-
ing with people who drink too much,
says the same senior RA, was useful,
but it could have been condensed.
Some parts he said, had mostly useless
information.
“It was like they’d forgotten what
we needed to hear.”
Churchill says that in other years
fire training consisted of the fire ex-
tinguisher and mattress training that
has been postponed this year, and a
video which was removed from the
program this year because it was badly
outdated.
e use of fire extinguishers is an-
other area of concern this year, since
RAs didn’t receive their regular train-
ing in how to use them. Meanwhile, all
of the RAs spoken to said that if there
were a small fire, or something that
was endangering their residents, they
would use the fire extinguisher.
“We have some very, very, good peo-
ple that know how to use things quite
quickly, and are quick thinkers, and I
guess Mt. A is blessed to have students
who are so quick to think on their feet
and are quick to act, so it’s good all
the way around,” says Churchill of the
RAs.
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THE ARGOSY • NEWS 4 NOVEMBER 19, 2009
SAC election candidate profiles
Presidential Candidates
Off-Campus Councillor Candidates
Trevey Davis Michael Glover Robert Downey Sean Rasmussen Kristina Mansveld
Board of Regents
Rep Candidate
Candidate photos by Jessica Emin
Trevey Davis is a fourth year Biology
student. Acting as the Board of Re-
gents Representative, he has grown
alongside the current SAC Execu-
tive, as well as gained valuable insight
into how the university operates. As
a member of the SAC Council he
built a firm foundation of institutional
knowledge.
Trevey’s platform stresses the im-
portance of By-law and Elections Act
reform, career counselling, and an eth-
ical investment policy.
Hi everyone,
As we all know, the reputation of the
SAC is at a bit of a low right now,
and that’s something that needs to be
changed.
I think that by pushing serious is-
sues forward and getting them dealt
with in a timely manner rather than
discussing them in endless circles, we
can restore people’s confidence in the
SAC as an organization that is truly
here to benefit students.
I am running for off campus counsel-
lor.
I’m a third year and I have lived off
campus for two years. I understand
the frustration that can come from
living outside of the communication
hub and the confusion of who to talk
to about issues.
I have attended all but two of the
council meetings this year and if elect-
ed will hit the ground running.
Make the right choice: vote Rob.
Recipe yields 2,300 satisfied students
3/4 cup hard work
3/4 cup packed commitment
1 cup compassion, softened
1 teaspoon reliability
2 1/4 cups all-purpose integrity
1 teaspoon ethical investment
3/4 teaspoon leadership
pinch of awesome
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a SAC President that will impress your
friends. VOTE MIKE GLOVER
FOR SAC PRESIDENT TODAY
While the SAC elections at the be-
ginning of the year were fraught with
complications and frustrations, this
next and decisive round of voting looks
to be more straightforward.
In accordance with the motion and
revised bylaws passed at SAC Coun-
cil meetings in October, the election
process started anew with open nomi-
nations for the positions of President,
Off-Campus Councillor, and for the
Board of Regents Representative. e
elections for President and Off-Cam-
pus Councillor had been contested,
while the Board of Regents Represen-
tative resigned and has since decided
to run for President. e winning can-
didate will only be required to have a
majority, not the 50 per cent plus one
previously required by SAC bylaws.
“e process will run as normal, ex-
cept that it is slightly abbreviated to fit
into three weeks,” said Chief Return-
ing Officer Darren Mercer.
Voting takes place today and tomor-
row, following a week of campaigning.
Candidates have attempted to get the
word out with the usual posters put
up around campus and speeches ar-
ranged for residences and off-campus
students. Turn-out to the speeches has
been high, and attendees have seemed
very engaged in the process.
“ere were twenty-three questions
at the off-campus speeches,” reported
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
Final round of SAC elections moves ahead
Open nominations yield new candidates for positions
Mercer. Most of the speeches in resi-
dences ran overtime, but he “wasn’t in
the mood to halt the democratic pro-
cess.”
is election brings forward a
number of new faces. For the posi-
tion of SAC President there are two
candidates, Trevey Davis and Michael
Glover.
Davis feels well-equipped for the
position, having been “a pseudo-mem-
ber of the executive group...and prevue
to their meetings.” His platform prin-
cipally focuses on careers counselling,
the Green Fund, ethical investment
and working with other SAC execu-
tive members on specific parts of their
portfolios.
“A platform is an interesting con-
struct” he reflected. “You’re essentially
promising to deliver certain things but
the reality of the bureaucracy is that
you [can only] commit to hashing it
out.”
Glover has comparatively less SAC
experience, but considers himself “a
very hard worker and very dedicated,”
promising to put in 100 per cent and
lead by example.
“I feel not greatly limited in scope,
and from day one will start to make
changes and address the priorities in
my platform,” he said. ese priori-
ties include “addressing outdated SAC
policies and bylaws” and the Green
Fund.
“Mt. A is heading in the right direc-
tion [with the Green Fund] but I feel
there can be better communication
with students and that students should
have a larger voice in what technolo-
gies are purchased.”
e position for the final off-cam-
pus councillor is also being put to the
vote again. e candidates are Robert
Downey and Sean Rasmussen.
Rasmussen “would like to bring
some initiative to [the SAC]” where he
feels some of those involved just do it
out of habit or for their resumes. He
had applied for SAC Chair last year,
but believes that the off-campus coun-
cillor position “will really be a better
introduction to [the SAC] for [him].”
“I’m not going in totally blind [...]
I have friends who are councillors and
have been to a couple of meetings,” he
said.
Downey ran in the last contested elec-
tion, and was actually slightly ahead of
the other competing candidate. How-
ever, he did not obtain the necessary 50
per cent plus one. He decided to run
again after attending council meetings,
which he found “really fun.”
He doesn’t think the late start to the
term will present major challenges.
“I can hit the ground running.”
e final position on the ballots this
time around is for Board of Regents
Representative. e Board of Regents
is the highest decision-making body
at the university. e sole candidate,
Kristina Mansveld, aims to improve
students’ knowledge of what the Board
of Regents is and exactly why it is im-
portant.
“ere is a disconnect between what
goes on in students’ daily lives and what
is happening behind closed doors,”
she explained. Mansveld is “excited to
learn about the different perspectives
of students at Mt. A” and intends also
to communicate ethical investment as
“one of the most dominant issues in
the school” that she has noticed.
Polling stations will be open at Jen-
nings Meal Hall, in the library and in
the McCain Student Centre. Students
who are unable to make it to a station
but who would still like to vote should
contact the CRO via email to make ar-
rangements to cast a ballot.
Results should be determined by
Friday night, with no chance of a sec-
ond round.
The new candidates campaigned actively during the last week.
Julie Cruikshank
e position of Board of Regents
Rep is one avenue through which
the student body can be empowered
in the greater university community.
I love communicating with people
and I also feel that my experience has
provided me with the skills to do this
effectively. I chose to come to Mount
Allison because I wanted to be a part
of an active, vibrant campus that was
above all centered around students. I
see running for this position as one
way to contribute personally to that
cause.
THE ARGOSY • NEWS 5 NOVEMBER 19, 2009
Sackville holds restorative justice week
United Church works with prisoners toward social change
Jennifer Musgrove
Argosy Staff
Restorative justice is a community
approach based on having all people
who are affected by a crime engaged in
the process of reconciliation, including
the victim, offender, families and
communities. From November 15 to
22 Sackville has joined cities across
the country in holding a Restorative
Justice Week with the theme of
“communities responding to human
needs.”
Restorative justice in Sackville
began with one small group from
the United Church who approached
Carol Smith, the Facilitator of the St.
Luke’s renewal centre at the Spring
Hill institute. is support group met
regularly with an inmate from the
centre.
“[Restorative Justice] deals with
healing and transcending crime,
rather than going through life feeling
bitter about things” commented
Smith.
“It was about restoring connections”
said Jane Doull, one of the church
members who volunteered to meet
with the inmate. “Often [prisoners]
are incarcerated for a long time and
during that time live in an atmosphere
of distrust and suspicion.” As a result
of this, they often have a hard time
interacting with other people after
being cut off from the outside world
for so long. us the main goal of
this support group was to help build
relationships with someone who had
been away from them for a long time.
is initiative began when Smith
asked if it would be alright to bring
an inmate with her to church.
After proving themselves to be
well behaved, an inmate can earn
a package of Escorted Temporary
Absences (ETAs), which can then be
used to venture outside the institute.
Naturally a parole officer will set the
terms and conditions according to the
individual situations. is particular
inmate did not have family he could
visit at the time, which is why Smith
asked to bring him along.
She was pleasantly surprised to find
the entire church very accepting and
willing to work with this individual.
“ere was no trouble getting
volunteers,” commented Doull. After
getting an enthusiastic go-ahead
from the church council, they were
able to set up a support group for this
individual.
Of course, this involved a lot of
preparation. All parties involved
needed to be clear on expectations.
“We wanted to make sure things
went well” said Doull. rough
discussion they were able to identify
four restorative justice principles that
would drive the entire process: safety,
mutual respect, compassion and
commitment to seek reconciliation.
After getting clearance to go to
Spring Hill, they were able to visit
the inmate at the Renewal Centre,
as well as have him visit them here in
Sackville.
“We were very comfortable with
him” said Doull. “After the first
meeting the parole officer didn’t
even need to be there.” e meetings
worked out so well for both sides that
the original four ETAs were extended
to eight with each visit taking place
once a month.
During these visits they were
able to talk with the inmate and do
various activities including going out
to lunch, taking walks, visiting art
galleries, and going to some of the
shops around town.
“After you’ve been incarcerated for
years it’s been a while since you’ve
seen a dollar store” said Doull.
is method of restorative justice
contrasts the Canadian criminal
justice system because of its emphasis
on including all of the parties in active
roles. Involving an open dialogue
between them, all members are able to
benefit in some way; the offenders are
taking responsibility for their actions,
the victim can ask questions and talk
about the harm caused as part of the
healing process, and the communities
can learn about the root causes of such
conflicts.
e community involvement
aspect is a core component because it
involves the general public, allowing
them to respond to human needs
while understanding what those
true needs are and how to respond to
them effectively. Most of all they are
responding in ways that others cannot
and are helping to create safer and
healthier communities.
“It’s about reconciliation…
something where the inmate learns
to accept himself, the[ir] crime, and
give back to the society” said Beth
Briscoe, another church member who
participated.
e church volunteers were also able
to learn a lot about the circumstances
that often lead to crime. Family
origins, literacy, learning difficulties
in school, psychiatric illness or just
being in the wrong place at the wrong
time can lead to criminal acts.
“Often they’ve had some tough life
experiences and have not had good
responses to it,” commented Doull.
Restorative justice also works
toward helping inmates realise that
they need to make better choices in
the future, although this is no easy
task.
“How well it works depends on
different factors” said Doull. “e
person has to be willing to change…
we can affect their support and
environment but they still have to
make the choice to move forward and
that can be a challenging thing for
them to do.”
Overall the experience was very
positive for both sides.
“We learned as much from him as
he did from us” said Briscoe. Now that
particular inmate has moved on to
Westmoreland, a minimum security
prison, which generally indicates his
being on the right path.
Specifically, the importance of
restorative justice was emphasized for
the volunteers.
“e punishment mode only works
so far” commented Briscoe. “Someone
who spends a lot of time in there, with
no treatment, is going to come out
angry and mad at society... it doesn’t
make them want to change.”
“ere’s a tremendous need for
more of these programs” said Doull.
“ere’s more we can do to get people
involved and thinking about how they
can be a part.”
Last year San Patten, a sociology
professor at Mt. A, asked Smith if
some of her third and fourth year
students who were interested in social
reintegration could volunteer as part
of their research project. e group
took a community-based approach,
conducting surveys, interviewing
local businesses, the local police force,
and half-way houses.
“Carol wanted to do research
about attitudes in the Sackville
community and about restorative
justice,” said Patten. e students
also came to meet with inmates and
the support team. “We were really
encouraged by the whole project, and
felt that through education and a little
creativity restorative justice can take
place” commented Smith.
“e experience was a bit daunting
at first. We all have impressions
of prisoners and those impressions
are proliferated through television,
movies, and the news every day.”
said Kyle Lewis, one of the sociology
students who took part in the project.
“When we began to talk with the
men we met, we found that they were
intelligent, insightful, and generally
ambitious about their futures.”
One of the students’ essential key
findings was that “if the general public
helped in the reintegration process,
the prospect of re-offending would
greatly diminish,” reported Lewis.
Overall, Patten thought it was
important for the community to
remember that these populations
of people who have committed past
crimes are here.
“Everybody deserves a second
chance,” she said, also emphasizing
that it was important for people
to be made aware that there are
opportunities to volunteer in
restorative justice.
“Students can conduct research,
write papers, help raise awareness,
and work in advocacy around policy
changes…once people are in jail they
can also help them get reacquainted
with society and keep them
connected.”
ere is hope that more projects
will continue in the future.
“It was very enjoyable for people
because we were actually doing
something, not just learning” said
Smith. With more education and
community initiatives, restorative
justice can gain greater ground and
help towards creating positive social
change.
Volunteers often converse and play board games with inmates.
Julie Cruikshank
Gender-neutral washrooms do not exist in most Mt. A buildings.
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
Fake out of order signs cause confusion on campus
Campaign for gender-neutral washrooms at Mount Allison
Jessica Emin
Starting on Friday and continuing
sporadically into early this week, ‘out
of order signs’ were posted on the
doors of all washrooms in the library
and in the Wallace McCain student
centre. However, there was nothing in
fact wrong with the washrooms. e
signs were part of a campaign by stu-
dents on campus to press the issue of
gender-neutral washrooms.
ese washrooms would serve
transgender individuals who do not
wish to pick between using a male
or female washroom. ese individu-
als face the choice of awkward stares
and comments or using the bathroom
of a gender that does not express their
identity.
“We wanted people to realize that
some people can never use the wash-
rooms,” said one of the students in-
volved. ey put the signs up to “get
people aware, get people to think about
it,” and posted explanatory posters in-
side the washrooms the following day.
However, the custodial staff and uni-
versity administration were not in-
formed of this project, and the signs
were all removed.
Paul Shannon, Custodial Supervi-
sor of the Academic Buildings said
that the problem was not the issue of
gender-neutral washrooms.
“I didn’t find anything out of order
with it no. e person has the right to
express that opinion,” he said.
“e issue is where they’re being
put. Technically in the university post-
ers are supposed to be on billboards.”
ere were also problems with the use
of tape rather than sticky tack and the
covering of mirrors, which people use.
Most of all, the ‘out of order’ signs
were a cause of inconvenience to stu-
dents, some of whom called Facilities
Maintenance and approached staff in
the respective buildings, who then had
to investigate and provide correct in-
formation.
“It was a surprise to us also,” said
Shannon.
“Making people upset was not the
intention, it was not done to hurt any-
one,” explained one of the students.
“We thought that this would have the
most personal effect.”
e idea is not to change all of the
washrooms on campus, but that there
would be three washroom options for
students: male, female and neutral.
e students claim that the university
administration was approached about
the issue of gender-neutral washrooms
last year. Ron Byrne, VP Student and
International Affairs does not recall
receiving any communication about
this issue.
“If I’ve missed it I have to apolo-
gize [...] I’m certainly open to hearing
from [concerned students],” he said.
He says it is important for students to
raise these issues, but that any concrete
change would have to come in a for-
mal proposal so that they knew exactly
what students were asking for.
Catalyst is not involved in the cam-
paign and has not issued any comment
on the students’ initiative.
e students who organized the
signs can be contacted at washrooms-
forall@gmail.com and “invite not only
support but comments and construc-
tive criticism” on this issue.
OPINIONS
ANNOUNCEMENTS
AND CLASSIFIEDS
Beginning this past Remembrance Day,
McMaster University joined the ranks
of six other universities across Canada
– McGill, Carleton, the University of
Calgary, Concordia, the University of
Windsor, and Memorial University –
in offering a new scholarship to those
students who have lost a parent in
active duty with the Canadian Forces.
Called Project Hero, the program
is the brainchild of retired Canadian
Chief of Defence Rick Hillier and has
been actively promoted by Toronto
businessman Kevin Reed, an honorary
Lieutenant Colonel of service reserve
in Ontario. For those students who
qualify, a non-trivial challenge in itself,
the programme will provide students
with four years of tuition and their first
year of residence fees.
Lauded by Ann Tierney, Vice
Provost of the University of Calgary as
“an expression of support for Canadian
Forces soldiers and their families, and
a way of honouring those who pay
the ultimate price for serving their
country” and by Alan Rock, President
of the University of Ottawa as “a long-
term commitment by the University…
We’re going to stand by, we’re going
to have this commitment there for
them, and we’ll be there when we’re
needed.”
Despite the warm reception,
this program has received at the
universities listed above, and despite
Reed’s ambitious goal of having this
program in place at every university in
Canada, this is one citizen who’s not
convinced. At the risk of being polemic,
this “Project Hero” is, in my view, a
perfect example of an unfortunate and
dangerous trend in global affairs.
According to the Stockholm Peace
Institute, the years following the Cold
War saw global military expenditures
fall by more than 30 per cent, between
1988 and 1998. at trend has ended
and spending has risen in a profound
way. Expenditures are now at levels
higher than have ever been seen before,
rising 4 per cent since 2007 alone.
Bucking Canada’s reputation for being
slow to respond, as we saw during our
recent economic collapse and continue
to see with our government’s repugnant
handling of the global climate crisis,
Canada has zealously embraced this
global militarization by increasing
military spending by more than 20 per
cent since 2005.
All of this to say, the world is a
disappointingly militant place and if a
programme like “Project Hero” is any
indication, that trend shows no signs
of abating. However, more than being
a worrying sign of the times, “Project
Hero” is exemplary of precisely the
kind of thinking that is informing
these military conflicts.
I have never served in the military,
nor have I ever experienced war first-
hand, to that end I may be woefully
under-qualified to comment on the
appropriateness of labeling a soldier as
a hero. However, I do know that many
occupations other than soldiers also
involve the risk of death. Police officers
and firefighters also risk their lives
for the service of their communities.
en again, so do people who work
in the fishing industry, so do doctors
and nurses working in community
outreach clinics, so do journalists
covering the many war-torn locations
where conflict is rife. But I want to
push this issue a little further and
ask the question, why does violence
and danger need to be a part of how
we define our heroes? Most of us will
agree that a lifelong volunteer, a early
childhood educator, or an advocate
for social justice, among many others,
can also leave a lasting and positive
impression on their community, but I
have yet to see a Canadian university
create a scholarship for their children.
My point in all of this is that a
programme like “Project Hero,” and
the earnestness with which we use
eirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die
New scholarship shows that heroism may become synonymous with jingoism
the hero label in this way, betrays an
underlying mentality that is not so
black and white nor is it unambiguously
positive.
While Reed may claim, “is is
the least [he] can do and we can
do as people who are proud to be
Canadian,” and that, “We’re the people
who get to live under a blanket of
freedom that the military lays out for
us every day,” the reality is not so neat
and straightforward; the freedoms
Canadians now enjoy were won by
more than bullets and tanks.
While “Project Hero” is
commendable in providing a free
university education to children who
have lost a parent, its exclusivity to
parents killed in military service, as
opposed to any other employment or
any other form of heroism, is worrying.
I once read that the world would be
a far better place if it weren’t filled
with so many people willing to die for
their beliefs rather than with people
prepared to live for them; perhaps our
definition of hero could bear that in
mind.
Stephen Middleton
Argosy Staff
A recent of the edition of e Argosy
featured a spread highlighting live
music acts and the general excitement
that is Halifax Pop Explosion. I too
partook in the festivities attending
four shows during HPX; one of which
being the electro duo MSTRKRFT
and the variety of other electronic
musicians who opened for these
gentlemen. However the evening was
not to be enjoyed without enduring
the constant self-promotion of the
club in which the show was hosted
(e New Palace) in their advertising
the following evening’s ladies’ night
“Wicked Saturdays”.
Periodically a burly character
would emerge on the stage, work his
way through the gyrating bodies and
party photographers that crowded
MSTRKRFT’s mixing platform and
somehow manage to weasel the mic
into his hands long enough to pose
the question as to where the “ladies”
were at. e cause for our burly
friend’s concern: e New Palace,
whose website promotes itself as “the
hottest club” where “your dreams come
true” with “the hottest music and the
hottest girls” already hosts two ladies’
nights a week including “Tropical Soul
ursdays” and “Sizzling Saturdays”,
was hosting “Wicked Saturdays”
the following evening. At the New
Palace “Wicked Saturdays” consists
of slashing a lady’s cover and reduced
costs for shots (other intriguingly
titled evenings include “Hard and
Sexy Sundays”). e New Palace has
a clearly defined target demographic:
the young, the (hyper)sexy and the
heteronormative.
Originally ladies’ nights were created
in an attempt to increase the amount of
women at clubs or bars thus increasing
the ability for men to “socialize” with
women. Yet I would have to question
the quality of socialization that arises
when half the people at a club are
disproportionately inebriated. In
addition these ladies’ nights are not
just for any lady. In my investigation
into the experiences of women of such
ladies’ nights there were those who
described them as a “free for all” and
also those accounts of women who
have been turned away from such
ladies’ nights for appearing “butch”.
e threat of these ladies’ nights
actually evolving into genuine ladies’
nights in the sense that all women:
homosexual, bisexual, “butch” women,
and straight women alike can enjoy
each other’s company without burning
a hole in their wallet is apparently
a genuine concern for these “butch”
rejecting clubs.
As the promotional ads circulated
the audience it was clear that the
sense of independence that a women
may attain in such a setting as ladies’
night is a sexualized one as the S&M
inspired image of the ad suggested and
as we learn the media giants reify. is
furthered my hesitance to perhaps
consider that the fact that e New
Palace hosted such as ladies’ night
was simply being mindful of the fact
that women, or ladies as they say, earn
71 per cent the mean male income
in Canada and felt it time to give us
break by means of cheap booze.
It should be acknowledge that
ladies’ nights is a bastardization of
empowering female social bonding
as such a title might suggest. Ladies’
night is truly not a ladies’ night in
multiple senses, some of which were
described in this article. So the next
time one of the local watering holes
hosts one of these ladies’ nights, I ask
of men to question their motivations
in attending these events. I also ask
that women may consider that while
they pay a low price for their drink
monetarily, women pay a larger price
for buying into these manifestations
of systems of sexism/genderism and
heteronormativity. And to all I ask:
what is it at play in our culture and
society wherein ladies’ night in the
club is a socially constructed norm
that functions, floats, and works yet
the idea of a gentlemens’ night in the
club is not?
“What have you bought into; how
much will it cost to buy you out?”
–Saul Williams
Rosie Gripton
Argosy Contributor
No boys allowed
To the editors of the Features Section,
I am writing to let you know that I
was absolutely appalled to see that
the article “e raunchy art of war”
actually suggests removing a condom
before it has served its purpose!
I recognize that this is very much in
humour and not written to encourage
unplanned pregnancy and STI
transmission, but I feel like that joke
was absolutely unnecessary and in very
bad taste. Taking off a condom goes
against everything that universities
and health care organization have
been trying to teach/establish as a
mentality. I think there are so many
other, more harmless and appropriate
suggestions for “employing superior
trickery and douchbaggery” that it is
unacceptable that you allowed this one
to be printed.
ank you for having second
thoughts next time, and publishing a
response article from someone.
Sincerely,
B. Nelson
Dear editor,
Pennies for Parkinsons
All proceeds going to the Michael J.
Fox foundation to help find a cure for
Parkinson’s Disease.
Penny holders have been placed in
all the dorms, and the dorm to raise
the most money per capita will win a
pool party! (If you don’t know where
your penny holder is located just ask
your resident president.)
So, round up all your pennies/spare
change and place them in the penny
holders to help your residence win!
Friday November 20
7:30 PM - START Gallery Concert
Featuring Static Era and FiveStoryFire
with guests e Strawmen and e
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START Gallery - 7 Lorne Street.
$5 will gain you admission and free
pop.
Saturday November 21
All Day - Miyazaki Film Marathon
Taking place at the START Gallery
(7 Lorne Street)! Come down to
see films made by award-winning
animation director Hayao Miyazaki
as well as those of his animation
studio, studio Ghibli. Miyazaki
is the mastermind behind such
films as “Spirited Away,” “Princess
Mononoke,” and many more.
Entrance is $5 and includes pizza
and pop.
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6:15 PM - Live Bait eatre annual
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“UP ON THE ROOFTOP” a brand
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Wednesdays-Saturdays, December
2-19, 2009 Doors Open at 6:15 p.m.,
meal at 7 p.m. followed by show.
Tickets $39.50 per person, includes
dinner, show, taxes. Group rates
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One amateur BODIES columnist’s venture into the dark
world of ladies’ nights
7 NOVEMBER 19, 2009 THE ARGOSY • OPINIONS
“My Lord” one ‘enlightened’ student
says to another ‘enlightened’ student.
“Look at all of these sheep.” I often
chuckle whenever I hear someone
make this comment. Everybody it
seems, including me, has often labeled
the ‘rest’ of our society as mindless,
beer-driven, sex-fiending ruminants.
ough I love irony, the purpose of
this opinion piece is not to suggest that
Mt. A’s students are sheep, but instead,
to address the underlying causes of the
widespread apathy, disengagement,
and disempowerment felt across our
society.
In Paulo Freire’s famous book,
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Freire
scrutinizes the traditional education
system, suggesting that it instills
sentiments of disempowerment
and apathy in students. One of his
main arguments is based on the top-
down hierarchy of the classroom, a
pedagogical framework that students
have long been accustomed to. is
‘banking’ method of education that
Freire coins, is one in which the
all-knowing teacher disseminates
knowledge to students until
regurgitation is requested, allowing
students to formally demonstrate their
‘knowledge’ in an examination.
At the time of writing, the American
model of liberal arts education proudly
fought these convictions, touting that
liberal arts education supported a
healthy, vibrant and fully-functioning
democracy. In the midst of the Cold
War, independent and progressive
thought was the West’s key ally, for
it was civil sedation that would allow
Communism to thrive. As a progressive
force in society, universities were the
hub of some of the most widespread
social movements in human history,
forever influencing the path of our
society.
Today, change once led by youth
and housed by universities is no
longer apparent. While national and
global challenges are still present and
perhaps even worse than they were
in the 1960s, most youth seem to
just not care. Meanwhile, liberal arts
institutions such as Mt. A continue
to call themselves leading educational
institutions. Although Mt. A should
be proud of these strong traditions,
we must recognize the widespread
disempowerment and apathy among
our own student body. Acknowledging
the financial strains of being a small
institution and the serious need to
maintain enrollment, I believe that
with a slight shift in our educational
practices, we can substantially improve
our ability to harbor active and
engaged citizens whilst continuing to
better the strong reputation on which
we so heavily depend.
I make these grand statements with
a few assumptions and observations in
mind: (1)e world is already witness
to a myriad of social and ecological
problems that have been caused by
humans. (2) Education is the critical
first stage in effectively moving towards
any solution. (3) Human agency
is required to solve these human-
created problems. (4) Doing nothing
differently will not change any of the
already existing problems.
So, what can Mt. A do to be a
positive agent of change in the world?
Additionally, how can Mt. A take
advantage of the growing hunger for
global change?
First we must recognize a few of the
obstacles. e first is institutionalized
obedience. A few years ago, I
remember walking into my high-
school philosophy class and thinking
that it would be very nice to have our
class outside. Asking my teacher if it
was alright, he immediately laughed at
the request, asking the class whether
we really thought that it was up to
him. He proceeded to tell us that if we
wanted class outside, then we would
have class outside. A few minutes later,
he made a somewhat smug remark
about how incredibly obedient we
were in the classroom. is seeming
mockery aggravated the class and, being
filled with self-righteous philosophy
students, we quickly rallied to argue
against this. Ten minutes later, in the
middle of our class outside, he asked
us all to open our books to a specific
page and then turn them upside-down.
After every single student promptly
did as they were told, he chuckled to
himself and asked us why we did it. He
proudly declared in vindication that
we have been trained to obey his every
command.
In politics, top-down reform almost
always creates more problems than
it solves. In spite of this, there has
been a frightening trend away from
participatory democracy towards
undemocratic and non-participatory
approaches. Citizens have now
started to catch on to this, leading
to startlingly low numbers of voter
turnout, especially in youth. We do not
participate because it is not easy and we
do not think it is impossible because
we so rarely have the opportunity.
In the context of Mt. A, similar
problems exist. Elitism reigns here and
students are expected to fit into the
pre-determined academic programs
instead of creating their own. As an
Environmental Studies student, I
was shocked to hear that political
science was not a course-requirement,
despite the obvious connections to
environmental policy. Our Liberal
Arts institution is not about creating
individuals because we are told our
requirements and few students even
realize that we can actually create our
own degrees. Instead, the biology
student will have studied exactly this
and the IR student will have studied
exactly that. We are thus cookie-
cuttered into undergrads and the
‘required knowledge’ is thus taken
Mount Allison University – #1 Shepherd Again
Why Mt. A breeds apathetic and disengaged citizens and how we can change
Graeme Bousada
Argosy Correspondent
How do you feel about the university’s use of famous faces (Barack Obama, Diana
Krall, Bill Gates) for advancement and creating interest about an event?
from the textbooks and the journals
(i.e. university professors), while we
students remain here in Sackville,
waiting for the $6,700 delivery.
We have been told what we must
do to succeed, starting from when
we first entered the formal education
system and now, this has continued for
nearly two decades. As a society, we are
obedient, uncreative, and apathetic but
what does one expect after spending
twenty years of our most formative years
being told what to learn, how we learn
it, and how ‘successful’ we are? When
knowledge is treated as something we
learn at school, we believe that our
own thoughts, opinions and efforts are
not of value, thus promoting a sense of
disengagement and disempowerment.
Mt. A’s current framework assumes
that we are useless in our first year
and competent in our fourth. Starting
with the survey course, we write essay
after essay and attend class after class,
eventually earning our right to teach
ourselves in student-driven seminars.
But why start only in fourth year?
Students must realize that we all
have agency and that although the
world is big and complicated, we
can help to shape it. One means of
accomplishing this is through applied
student research (ASR), offering
credit for applying academia in the
production of practical and pragmatic
solutions in our communities as well
as practical and pragmatic skills for
students. As an institution, we already
showcase great community leadership
on occasion, but why not further
promote it? For example, Shinerama is
a wonderful event that brings together
our community for a day to help fight
cystic fibrosis. Last year, three Mt.
A commerce students won a New
Brunswick-wide business competition
to put their learned skills into action.
Working with a Mt. A chemistry
professor, the students won $125,
000 to kick-start their business plan.
Last year, a geography student did
her honours thesis on place-conscious
education and now she is working
with the Geography and Environment
department to make it a real course.
Mt. A already does ASR, though it
tends to be the exception rather than
the norm. We must reward professors
who wish to promote ASR and start
advertising ourselves as a truly intimate
and involved community. Here are a
just a few quick ideas for how ASR can
help our students and our community:
Offer credits to commerce students
who can help work out the financial
strategies of our institution. Offer
a course on marketing universities
to allow the creative potential of
our marketing students to solve our
enrollment issues. Offer credits for
biology students who work with the
Canadian Wildlife Services on the
marshes. Give credit to history students
for creating a Tantramar corner in the
student centre. Allow fine arts students
to showcase their final art projects
in our bland and prison-like student
centre. e possibilities are endless and
we will only benefit from promoting
practical ways to allow our amazing
students an outlet for their coursework.
Let us focus our energy away from the
dust-collecting essays, lab reports and
literature reviews and help us reinvent
participatory involvement with an
academic twist.
Our reputation will not weaken
by giving students more choice and
flexibility. Open up the administrative
walls and we will start to really
progress as an institution. Let us
combine our strong academic valour
with real engagement and we will
further become a Canadian leader. As
Canada’s number one undergraduate
university, Mt. A must quit being
sheepish and take a bold stand. As
Canada’s number one undergraduate
university, we are committed to being
the change that we want to see in the
world and not just promoting it.
Cat McCluskey
I think it does a great
job to raise interest and
excitement in the Mt. A
community. I think that it’s
a great tactic to use!
Andrew Dube
I think it can be effective,
but focuses more on Mt.
A’s reputation abroad than
the small things that make
Mt. A special.
Net Chamaplin
I think that it is really
effective. In the past it got
me and my friends really
curious. I couldn’t go to the
recent event myself since it
was during class time, but
I think quite a few people
came out. It definitely is
a more creative approach
than what I have seen before
from Mt. A.
Justin omas
I think that it’s good. e
posters I saw were definitely
effective, but unclear how the
announcement was related
to the poster. I think they
effectively used familiar faces
to market the event in that
particular case.
Aram Lofti
I can understand why they use
famous figures to promote an
event, however I can see issues
where people might argue
that we shouldn’t need the
image of famous people to get
excited about our university.
Tommy Smith
Having not attended the
recent event which used
those faces to promote itself,
I am still not entirely certain
as to how they were relevant.
at being said, it certainly
did stir up alot of publicity
for the announcement.
Photos by Jenifer Boyce
8 NOVEMBER 19, 2009 THE ARGOSY • OPINIONS
In Canada we are part of a society
that is fundamentally free to engage
in “freedom of thought, belief,
opinion, and expression”. To myself
as a journalist, this right is paramount
when it comes to reporting the news
and gathering differing opinions on an
issue. It is part of our responsibility as
critical beings to recognize that as parts
of a whole society and community,
there are several different opinions and
modes of thought other than our own.
While we don’t have to accept or live
by other’s opinions, it’s important to
listen and to respect others.
Despite sounding sorely similar to
your parents when they lecture about
being a responsible and active member
of society, I am leading into an issue
that is neither new to Mount Allison
nor one that will become non-existent
any time soon. When does it become
less about exercising freedom of
speech and more so about encroaching
our values on others?
A creationist writer is currently
handing out free copies of an abridged
version of Darwin’s “Origin of Species”
that is missing several chapters
and includes an “anti-evolution”
introduction to specifically targeted
North American universities. Five
University of Toronto students and
the school’s students’ union are facing
harsh critics over the students’ choice
of Halloween costume. Four students
darkened their faces to resemble the
teammates of the Jamaican Bobsled
team, while the fifth student lightened
his face to resemble the coach. All five
characters are from the nineties movie,
Cool Runnings.
is past Sunday night during the
off-campus speeches, an audience
member asked both off-campus
councilor candidates how they would
vote on the creation of an on-campus
Pro-Life club. e two answers were
significantly different as one chose
not to comment on the controversial
topic, while the other addressed a
more active, but not limiting approach
to monitoring the club. A commotion
arose on Monday as the custodial
staff removed intentional signs from
the external bathroom doors that
attempted to highlight the need for
gender-neutrality. e issue came
from the custodial staff’s vehement
insistence that the signs reading “out
of order” on the external doors “meant
nothing” and the signs inside the
bathrooms explaining the external
ones as meaning “less than nothing”.
e two occurrences at Mt.
A demonstrate two opposites; a
levelheaded response to a controversial
issue and a passionate rejection of
a demonstration meant to make
people think. I’m not condemning
the actions of the custodial staff. I can
understand their frustration at signs
that immediately disrupted normal
procedure. However, I am concerned
at their reaction.
To immediately denounce
something or someone because it
interferes with your own thoughts
and opinions is ignorant and narrow-
minded. For example, pro-life groups
have been assigned a negative or
cautionary label for groups’ tendencies
to be pushy and obstructive. Does that
mean they should be denied the right
to congregate and voice their opinions.
No, that would be a direct dismissal of
our fundamental freedoms.
I noticed a handwritten “out of
order” sign on a bathroom door the
Friday before and my first thought
was that the bathroom was not usable.
I would not have ventured in and
have seen the explanatory sign that
was posted by the mirror. So, while I
think the students had the right intent
in trying to raise awareness about
sensitive issues, I don’t necessarily
agree with their methods.
ere is a lot of room at Mt. A for
tolerance and educated acceptance.
While the people who posted the
“out of order” signs on the student
centre bathroom doors had good
intentions, their actions were
disruptive. I don’t deny that sometimes
it takes a disruptive approach to gain
recognition, but sometimes there
is a medium that allows for a more
widespread understanding.
How we as individuals and
members of this university – whether
as students, faculty, or staff – respond
to the issues and situations presented
to us is integral not only to how they
will be dealt with and how we will be
seen.
Once again we have been voted by
MacLean’s as the top undergraduate
university in Canada. A notable
Canadian figure has also been
appointed as our new Chancellor.
While Mt. A is certainly not a behind
the scenes school, we are currently in
the public eye more prominently than
usual. I am certainly not advocating
acting “proper” for the media or those
watching us. Instead I am urging
everyone in the Mt. A community to
react with tolerance and acceptance no
matter the issue.
It’s not always about the act, but the reaction
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
Forty years ago, precisely on November
10, 1969, the first episode of Sesame
Street was shown on U.S. television
and since that day Big Bird, Elmo
and friends bring home worlds
surprises to kids in preschool age. It
seems unbelievable that our coloured
and fluffy friends have been teaching
generations, for example, how to spell
words or how to eat properly with fork
and knife, always taught with a special
lightness so that kids at the age of five
can easily understand it.
Instead of senseless fights of
comic characters, Sesame Street is
entertaining and brings the entire
family together to watch. Preschool
audience gets interested, wants to learn
more about things and talk with their
parents about what they saw in the
TV. According to the Time magazine
in the seventies, “It is not only the best
children’s show in TV history, it is one
of the best parents’ shows as well.”
Despite the praise there was criticism
at the beginning of the show whether
it was adequate for little kids, and
people did not believe in the concept.
Sesame Street nowadays is shown in
more than 120 countries all around the
globe and is still famous – forty years
of success and 118 Emmy Awards are
more than enough evidence for that.
Whether the Count teaches kids
how to count in a playful way or
Ernie shows how to wash properly,
the key of its success seems to be the
unique mixture of great entertainment
and educational elements, always
accompanied with music. However,
Sesame Street has been very progressive
since the first show forty years ago. It
now covers country specific and rather
serious issues. Kami, in the South-
African version, a girl who is HIV
positive from a blood transfusion when
she was a kid. Furthermore Sesame
Street brings up confrontational
scenery in order help young kids respect
each other’s behaviour and feelings,
taught in trivial everyday situations.
Additionally, the newer episodes
of Sesame Street teach sustainable
behaviour and appreciation of nature
with its plentiful surprises. e Cookie
Monster now eats vegetables as well,
and in her cameo appearance, Michelle
Obama taught children how to plant a
seeds to grow vegetables for healthy
food. Many other celebrities already
have shown up at Sesame Street,
including Norah Jones, Jessica Alba,
and Plácido Domingo.
e range of topic try to give kids
the same level of basic education
before they enter school. While there
are new characters even some of us
might not be familiar with, the main
characters fortunately have stayed the
same – Elmo, Bert, and Ernie still are
the heroes of the younger generations
– and hopefully will continue to be in
the future.
Happy birthday Sesame Street, keep
it up!
Sesame St. celebrates its 40th
If you can hold the attention of children, you can educate them
Jens Holder
Argosy Contributor
Internet Photo/codinghorror
Missed@MTA
Perky
Your column is by far my favourite
contribution to the Argosy. I love
the variety of observations and depth
of thought that you put into each
article you write. ey open my eyes
and cast light on aspects of life with
news shades of nuance and vivacity
of colour... as through stained glass.
Unwanted Music Share
You were sitting behind me in the
third floor Library computer lab on
two different occasions, and on the
second floor of the Library countless
times. e (terrible) music blaring
from your headphones makes my
blood boil. You are not one person.
You are many. You are everywhere.
I don’t want to meet you. Just turn
down your music. Nobody wants to
hear it. Especially not me. K thx.
Quirky Girl
I see you everyday in the cafeteria
upstairs. I think you’re so cool and
so beautiful. But I never have the
courage to come talk to you…
Bridge Street Blonde Haired Tall
Boy
anks for the free coffee the other
night. Maybe we could sit down and
have another one sometime?
Honourary Swiss-German Girl
We don’t hang out enough. We need
to remedy this. Bridge Street, Mel’s,
or wasting time at either of our
places? Bis die Tage!
Dear Bridge Street Employee,
With the cute ribbon headbands, you
are great with people, especially kids.
I have a feeling you’ll be a great mom
someday (if you want to be). I doubt
you know who I am (I promise I’m
not a stalker!), but I’m always happy
when I come to order coffee and
you’re the one behind the counter.
Re: Damsel in a Dress
I was Snow White on Halloween
at the Pub with my fellow Disney
Princesses. My alter ego doesn’t have
seven other men in her life, she’d
prefer just one. So, don’t be bashful
and let me know who you are.
Dandy CHMA Listener
Many thanks for the positive vibes
and dandelion seeds. We couldn’t
help wondering, though: to which
lovely host were you referring? at
truly is something mysterious...
Girl in (usually) Yellow Shorts
My heart beats really fast when we’re
at the gym, but not because of my
workout...
Sidewalk Gentleman
I was carrying heavy sound
equipment across campus and you
helped me carry the trolley up the
sidewalk. anks for taking the time
to help! I owe you one!
If you’ve been missed and
would like to respond, email
us at missed@mta.ca and we’ ll
post your reply
The Students’ Administrative
Council
S.A.C. Fact
Upcoming Events & Reminders
Contact Us
Email: sac@mta.ca
Phone: (506)-364-2231
Location: 1st Floor of the Wallace
McCain Student Centre
2I¿FHKRXUV: 8:30am - 4:30pm week-
days.
The SAC wants to help ensure
that students know about all the
amazing events on campus! SAC
Clubs and Societies can email
saccommunications@mta.ca if they
would like to promote their events on
the SAC page in the Argosy, or put an
advertisement on the SAC website. You
can also submit events on the Calendar
on the SAC website – sac.mta.ca.
Advertising Avenues
SAC Meetings – Council meets every
Wednesday at 7 pm, in Avard Dixon, room 111.
Everyone is welcome to attend!
Clubs and Societies Funding – next application
deadline is November 23, 2009
Academic Enrichment Funding – next
application deadline is November 25, 2009
Logo Contest – the SAC Environmental
Affairs Committee invites students to submit
a design for the Green Investment Fund logo,
the winning logo will receive 50$, submissions
due by November 25 via email to camichaelis@
mta.ca
Yearbooks – 2nd, 3rd, & 4th, year students
please pick up your 2009 Allosonian Yearbook
Irom the SAC oIfce
Meal Exchange Trivia – Thursday, November
19 at the Pub
Sackville’s Midnight Madness – Friday
November 20 and December 11, 6:00pm to
midnight. Get into the spirit of an ‘Ole Fashioned
Christmas’, while enjoying a unique shopping
experience. If you would like to reserve a
fund-raising table for your organization or to
offer your musical talents, please contact Diane
Fullerton, dfullerton@nb.sympatico.ca
Red Shoe Lace Campaign – Friday, November
20, Get your Red Shoe Lace for a minimum
$1 donation to support the Stephen Lewis
Foundation. fnd them at the Student Centre and
at Midnight Madness downtown Sackville.
International Stand Up to Violence Day –
Friday November 20, wear pink and stand up
for bullying!
Mounties Volleyball – Mt. A vs Holland College,
Saturday November 21, 7:00pmm McCormack
Gym
Mounties Basketball – Mt.A vs Kings, Sunday
November 20, Women play at 1:30pm, Men
play at 3:30pm, McCormac Gym
Snowball Smackdown – Saturday November
28, 11:30am, in the Gym. Fundraiser collecting
winter clothes for the Sackville Community
Association, email jahayre@mta.ca to register
a team (max 10 members), by November 25.
Youth Mentorship – more volunteers needed!!
Applications can be Iound in the SAC oIfce.
Live Music Wednesdays!
Brent Randall and His Pinecones & House of Lancaster &
Rich Aucoin. Wednesday November 25, at the pub, 10pm, $3
with membership, $5 without
This is going to be a stellar show! Brent Randall and his Pinecones are an exciting and
interesting pop-group from city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Songwriter, Brent Randall,
conjures up fantastical musical fairy rhymes and nursery tales for the indie set.
Wistful crooning, backward ballads to magical fairground romps. The Pinecones, his
nimble and noble cast of caberet cowboys and bubblegum dandies, aim to please…
and please you, they will!
Joining Randall is the female duo, House of Lancaster, and Rich Aucoin, who I’m
sure will get the crowd in a festive mood with his Grinch soundtrack. If you’ve never
seen Rich before, I beg of you to come out! His most recent performance in Sackville
included a white suit, a trumpet, and climbing above the crowd.
See you there!
VOTE!!!
Positions
We will be electing a SAC President, an Off-campus
Councilor, and a Board of Regents Representative
Speeches
Candidate speeches were flmed and can be Iound online
at: http://www. youtube.com/user/SACElection09
Make an informed VOTE!
Voting
Polls will be open Thursday November 19 and Friday
November 20. Students living on campus can cast
their votes at the Jennings Polling station. Off-campus
students can vote at either the Library or Student Centre
locations.
By-Election Information
GRAD PHOTOS
Class of 2010, it’s now that time!
Pridham`s Studio (12 York St.) is the oIfcial Class
2010 Photographer. Call 536-0401 to make your
appointment. Pridham’s will submit your photo to the
Allisonian Yearbook Staff and will put your photo on
the departments composites.
SAC Entertainment
HUMOUR
Rose Migicovsky
Guess what?! It’s that time of the week again. Prepare yourself...
or don’t, it might be more fun. Since you attend university (or
that’s what you’re supposed to be doing), I thought it only fitting
to discuss some things which all of you should have learnt in
elementary school. But some of you must have skipped the days
were they taught basic spelling. So I’ll try to sum up what you
missed.
I don’t understand you people who can’t spell. Listen, if you are
unsure of how to spell a word, before you spell it wrong there
are several things you can do: a) sound out it out, this is usually
not the most effective way, I don’t recommend it; b) use spell
check, this is usually accurate; c) use a dictionary, I recommend
doing this. You know, a dictionary, it’s a big book, filled with
words. ey even have one on the internet nowadays. You have
no excuse to spell poorly. Do you think it’s a hilarious joke to
make spelling mistakes? To spell ‘huge’ with a ‘d’, as in, “at
house is hudge”? You might be shocked, but I’ve seen it happen.
Even worse is spelling ‘coming’ with two ‘m’s. Since when did the
ending ‘ing’ involve an ‘m’? Did I miss that class, or did you? I’m
pretty sure it was you.
And then there is the whole abbreviation thing. Basically, you
should leave your grade five mentality of thinking it is super
cool to use abbreviations behind. I remember when spelling ‘to’
with a number two was really cool, but, the time has passed. e
same goes for any crazy ways you have to spell any other words.
What’s worse is this whole “FML” phenomenon. Is it because
you lack the knowledge of how to spell “fuck my life” correctly?
I’ve just given you a hint on how to fix this before and now
I’ve spelt it out for you, so there will be no need to use FML
ever again. Also, is your life that bad that you actually need to
abbreviate “fuck my life” in the first place? You say it that often?
In that case, I would suggest getting counseling. Would you like
me to clarify how to spell LOL and LMFAO as well? at was
a rhetorical question by the way; I hope you don’t actually need
me to.
Sweet As Rose:
You’re Spellling Is Hugdely Annoying
a touch of grace
by Erik Fraser
11 THE ARGOSY• HUMOUR NOVEMBER 19, 2009
We find the obscure word, and you supply the
meaning. One of these is the correct definition,
and the rest are made up by your fellow classmates.
Can you tell which one’s right and which ones are
balderdash??
e Word: nihilarian
i. “that incompetent guy in English Lit. who
submitted a picture of a duck as their term
assignment”
Top Ten Worst Ideas For
A Top Ten List
Lindsay Laltoo
10. Top Ten Phallic Foods
9. Top Ten Common ings You Enjoy at Will
Give You Cancer
8. Top Ten Nickleback Songs
7. Top Ten Uses For Toenail Clippings
6. Top Ten Sailing Routes For Luxury Boats Off e
Coast Of Somalia
5. Top Ten Recipes For Expired Yogurt
4. Top Ten Dwarfs From Snow White
3. Top Ten Ways To Spread Animosity and Racism
Before e Holidays
2. Top Ten New And Improved Ways To Skin A Cat
1. is one.
Stressed To Impress by Lindsay Laltoo
Argosy InAction by Lindsay Laltoo Rvftujo n;
My girlfriend wants me to
take her out and celebrate
our anniversary somewhere
fancy, but I have a final lab
report due in two days I
haven’t even started! What
do I do?
B;!Noah, Sports Editor: First off, let’s put things
into perspective. Most likely, your girlfriend is
used to the wonderful spread Meal Hall normally
puts out or even worse, the diet of all off-campus
students, which includes a mixture of garlic fingers,
KD, and the occasional carrot. When she says she
wants something fancy, she probably just means she
wants you to put on pants while you’re eating and
not shotgun a two-four with your buddy Steve who
just “happened” to stop by. Here’s an easy solution:
buy her something pretty that sparkles. Shiny objects
easily confuse girls and that should distract her from
the fact that your romantic dinner is actually ordered
in and those tasteful candleholders are just your
empties from last weekend. She’ll be so overwhelmed
you can easily slip away for a few minutes here and
there to finish up that annoying lab report to leave
time after dinner for “relations”.
B;!Stuart, Sci/Tech Editor: Ah, a relationship
question! I can answer those! I’ve been doing plenty
of research on the topic via How I Met Your Mother,
and, more topically, Big Bang eory (I watch it with
friends; I explain the science and they explain the
jokes). I recommend being careful how you celebrate.
An anniversary is an important milestone to most;
your lady friend has tolerated you for an entire year
(to those twee individuals who celebrate ‘monthly
anniversaries’: first, no one cares, second, it’s called
a mensiversary). Of course, the fact that you are
a penniless student and Sackville is your location
reveals the cardinality of the set of ‘somewhere fancy’
to be countable on one hand. Without sounding too
Sheldon-esque, might I recommend slipping some
sort of entheogens into her repast? I daresay that with
the proper chemical stimulation, she might even enjoy
my colleague’s suggestion of something shiny.
Noah & Stuart’s
Q+A!
ii. “worshipper of the steam god nil and his mighty
coal powered throne.”
iii. “An unevolved alien.”
iv. “a self absorbed infant”
Answer: i. From the Latin nihil meaning nothing,
the correct definition is “one who does useless work”.
As in, “Everyday she filed the same files that would
only need refilling later, making Britt fear she was
becoming a nihilarian.”
Campus Balderdash!
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It took years before I, Bartney, was
able to eat cauliflower again. In grade
nine sex ed, I learned that the number
one Sexually Transmitted Infection
(STI), genital warts, looked like my
beloved vegetable... in the “no no”
spot. It was a hard blow, but learning
about these symptoms advocated a
proactive and preventative approach
to sexual health. In hind sight, this
education may have proven beneficial
for many of my peers at an earlier
age. Imagine a heated moment with
candles (okay, dim-lit lighting if you
are in res), soft music, and a very keen
partner; you’re not likely to kill the
atmosphere by saying, “Hey hottie,
you lookin’ damn fine tonight! BUT,
I brought my flashlight and I’d like
to get to know you better... down
there!” ing is, youth are becoming
more sexually active and expressive at
younger ages, but it’s never too late to
start to learn, so here are the basics.
Smell. e peanuts, gina, coochie
- whatever you want to name what
you’re getting intimate with - have
distinct smells from natural body
aroma. Yet, it’s better to be cautious
here: too much of anything is not
good. Smells are also an obvious
way to find something is wrong with
your own “peanuts” or “coochie”.
You are the only one who is truly
familiar with your normal odour, so
if it smells abnormal, go to the doctor.
Your intuition may be one of the best
guides in the land down under.
Sight. Cauliflower aside, private
parts are home to some of the most
sensitive areas on our bodies. While
you can (and should) take advantage
of this dainty region, it may be a
worth while endeavour to consider
that everyone covers it up. Likely,
you know your way around from
experience, but that means you don’t
know what to not look for. ere
are a few brief tricks that can help
differentiate. Firstly, colour. If there
is good lighting, you want to look
for soft pinks. Red, white, grey, and
yellow are precarious colours that
are symptoms of a number of STIs.
With texture, you want to look for
consistency. A bump (no matter
the size) may indicate a number of
things, none of which is good. Rough
skin, raw skin, and abrasions are clear
metaphorical markers for a YIELD
sign. You can also look for these
symptoms on yourself by using a
mirror for the hard-to-see parts.
Taste. Ideally, your tongue will
never encounter an STI; realistically,
it can happen. By sight and smell,
you can avoid contagious contact.
Sometimes, this is not the case,
though. Never forget to continue
assessment: use your tongue to
sense funky taste or texture. If
you do pick up on something odd
with your tongue while using it on
another person, it may be too late,
and you may in the danger zone
for contracting something from the
other person. But if something seems
odd, stop immediately.
Knowing symptoms is all fair
and well, but what if you become
suspicious? What if there appears
to be pus and you see some yellow,
or worse yet, green? How do you
protect your health without being
offensive? We strongly urge you to
consider not going forward. Many
STIs are incurable. Yup, that means
if you don’t inform yourself with
knowledge, then you cannot possibly
protect yourself.
Everyone has different tricks and
as the authors of this article, we are
not
going to profess we know them
all. We are going to start a topic on
Beautiful
Minds, Mount Allison’s
anonymous online peer support, if
you would like some informal advice
- however, we are not professionals.
If there is something “fishy” going on
(no pun intended... yikes...), a doctor
is always your best bet. But, we’ll see
you online!
ere has been calamitous talk about
print media’s decline. Info-tainment
television on the rise; blog-news
taking over; and editorial commentary
steering public opinion. e crisis
talk has become as epidemic as the
emergency itself.
Why this is all so bad, however, is
getting a back seat to the chatter of the
problem itself; perhaps an empirical
example that proves the rule.
e concerns around the loss of
print media is broken between the two
formats of print. e local newspapers-
-even the papers with wide circulation-
-have been unable to sustain adequate
revenues to compete, leading to
cutbacks that are quickly punished by
readers, further dwindling sales.
Special news magazines such as
Time, Newsweek, and e Atlantic
have also been faced with dwindling
sales and subscribers for a plethora of
reasons. Some of the major reasons
being argued are waning interest in
the news stories that consumers feel
they can get for free through other
media, and boredom with the formats
and a greater interest in tabloid-style
magazines such as ‘Us’ and ‘People’.
Many argue, however, that the
ultimate underlying reason is a fledging
interest in journalistic stories and
unbiased reporting by the consumer
community, and its replacement by
‘info-tainment’ news channels, internet
blogging, and public figure editorials.
ere are true foundations to this
argument, but it still fails to recognize
the full picture of what is really going
on.
Unfortunately, public access to news
is going in a counterintuitive direction
to the global trends. We live in a
world where more information and
personal accounts are accessible. With
more people telling more stories and
more access to date by journalists, one
would expect the news revolution for a
more aware global citizenry would be
underway.
is has not occurred with such
utopian and streamlined vision.
Instead, news networks have
increased their editorial content, and
the ‘news’ content has become difficult
to differentiate from entertaining
anecdotes and opinionated
partisanship.
ese networks are largely bent to
the consumer demands of simplified,
localized, and editorialized content.
is is evident in the dramatic shift
of major network prime time such
as Fox, MSNBC, and, increasingly,
CNN. CBC has recently changed its
look to make it, according to the news
reel the day before the change, “more
presentable to the public.”
“More presentable” is a good way to
put it. Presentation of news has been
utilizing more resources on the air
than the news itself; one can think of
CNN’s smart screens, holographs, and
steely graphics that transition each
story to the next as if it was ESPN
between plays.
Blogs and other online content
has increased, like expected with
the internet revolution, however the
results have been mixed. Surveys taken
on those under the age of twenty-five,
show a 110 per cent increase in the
number of people who consider online
blogs--not online news magazines-
-the number one method of gaining
their news, in comparison to the same
demographic only five years ago.
While there are certainly some
more responsible bloggers out there,
the majority of material is uninformed,
unreliable, and often motivated by hate
views.
e amount of news covered,
the quality of the reports done, and
the journalistic ethics of presenting
an unbiased and informed story,
have all deteriorated drastically and
dramatically.
Despite this, however, there are
news networks and print material
alike that has become increasingly
popular as a result of, to put it simply,
the smaller consumer group desiring
higher quality news.
e Atlantic reported several months
ago about a competitor magazine, e
Economist, and the success it has had
amidst this print media crisis. e
Economist, e Atlantic argues, has
extended its reader base due to the
clear school of thought that informs its
analysis as well as the style of writing
itself.
Indeed, e Economist presents
itself as a fiscally conservative and
socially left-leaning community. While
its material is also largely commentary
and editorial-style, it does so across
a wide spectrum of issues with a
perceived in-depth analysis. Readers
of e Economist get a sense that they
are part of the small London club of
intellectuals that the writers make
themselves out to be, and yet with
informed discussion, the magazine
also presents the illusion that they have
people in every corner of the world
that have a perfect sense of the pulse
of even the most remote regions.
e Economist is a high quality
magazine that deserves to survive this
print media ‘crisis’. ere are news
networks and online journalists that
are carving out similar niches; catering
to those that see Edward R. Murrow
as the muse of journalism. e BBC,
Al Jazeera, and der Spiegel are each
amongst the proud and few news
organizations that are also fulfilling
this need.
e equation is simple: consumer
demand drives the style, quality, and
journalistic integrity of the news.
While being angry at networks and
fledging papers would be easy, the
shame truly falls to those that believe
CNN is still the “number one in news”
and newspapers have nothing good in
them.
Frames of reference
e media crisis isn’t all bad news
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Place the ground beef in a frying pan
with salt, pepper, garlic, and cilantro.
Cook the beef on medium heat,
stirring frequently, until it has fully
browned. Let the beef cool while you
prepare the tortillas. After mixing the
chili powder into the mashed avocado,
spread it evenly on 5 tortillas. Spread
the avocado down the middle of the
tortilla, leaving room for the tortilla
to be folded. ere are instructions on
most tortilla bags for the best stuffing
and folding procedures. Place desired
amounts orange pepper, green onion,
yellow tomato, and jalapeno on the
tortillas. Place some mango into the
enchiladas but keep at least 5 pieces
to place on top once they have baked.
Spoon equal amounts of the cooled
ground beef into the enchiladas then
roll them. Place the rolled enchiladas
side by side in a shallow baking dish,
such as a lasagna pan, with a small
amount (1 tbsp) of olive oil spread over
the bottom to prevent from burning.
Sprinkle the grated cheese over the
tops of the enchiladas. Bake them for
15 minutes or until cheese has melted
and enchiladas have turned golden
brown in color. Remove the enchiladas
from the pan with a long, narrow,
spatula if they are very close together.
Garnish these with salsa, sour cream,
cucumber, and mango to taste. Enjoy!
-300g lean ground beef
-pinch salt
-pinch pepper
-1/2 tsp. dehydrated cilantro
-1/2 tsp. garlic powder or 2 cloves
finely diced
-2 avocados, peeled and mashed
-1/2 tsp chili powder
-5 soft tortillas, white flour or whole
wheat
-jalapenos, pickled or 4-5 fresh, cut
into thin slices
-1 mango, peeled and julienned
-half an orange pepper, julienned
-green onion (3-4 sprigs), cut into 1/2
inch pieces
-1 small yellow tomato, cubed
-1 small jar of salsa
-1 container of sour cream
-1/3 english cucumber peeled and
cubed
-1/2 cup old cheddar cheese, grated
Cooking with Jess
Beef and Mango Enchiladas
rough Stained Glass
13 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES NOVEMBER 19, 2009
Maria Maute and Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
Tear down this wall!
Imagine you’re taking a leisurely
stroll downtown: what do you see?
Does it include armed troops sipping
coffee at Bridge Street Café? Does it
include military aircraft flying over
the Waterfowl Park? How about
the knowledge that everyone you
know, eighteen to twenty, could be
involved in armed combat at any
time? ese scenarios are not likely
to occur during your walk into the
heart of Sackville, but for the vast
majority of Israeli youth this is
everyday life. From May to June of
2009, I called Israel my home, or at
least my home away from home, as I
engaged in an excursion I will never
forget. While the immense military
presence was a strange sight, the
contrast between Israel and Canada
was less pronounced than I had
expected. A greater contrast could be
found in the citizens, particularly in
the youth. Immersed in a lifestyle of
separation and division, Israeli youth
see the world, and most importantly
themselves, in a completely different
light than a young adult in Canada
does. e troubles of teenage life
in the west seem to wane when
we compared to that of its eastern
counterpart.
We take so much for granted in
our docile lives that we often fail to
recognize the trials and tribulations
that many others go through. e
feeling of security we have, that
we feel, is something unparalleled
when compared to Israel. In Israel,
the constant threat that devastating
violence is always moments away; as
is the idea of an ever-lasting war. I
remember a military officer explaining
to me, “We’re always in conflict, they
just call it a war when they give it a
name.” e officers’ use of ‘they’ is
in reference to the government, the
conflict in reference to the constant
operations, patrols, and military
presence. It’s hard to imagine a
constant state of war, always on
alert, consistently watchful for that
spark that might erupt in flame. is
environment breeds a certain type
of behavior, a mindset, that compels
the survival instinct to become
heightened and hyperactive. Still, the
citizens of Israel are not paranoid nor
in a constant state of terror. Pay close
attention to the next few hundred
words for they are crafted not from
flashing Internet sites or dry pages of
books, but from raw experience and
first hand encounters. e similarities
and differences between the lifestyles
of Canadian and Israel youths are
without a doubt different, but their
hearts, minds, and ambitions are
incredibly similar.
e trip I went on was called
‘Birthright’, a trip for Jewish youth
to visit, explore, and connect with
Israel. One of the greatest aspects
of the trip, and my first encounter
with Israeli youth, came when seven
IDF (Israeli Defense Force) soldiers
were assigned to my group of forty
Canadian youths, aged eighteen to
twenty. ese soldiers weren’t there
to protect us, but to connect with us.
ey were all twenty to twenty-one
years old, at the end of their military
conscription. One must remember
that every Jewish Israeli citizen is
conscripted into military service after
high school for three years (two years
for women). e IDF personnel we
had were seven navy officers, three
women and four men, whose job it
was to train new recruits in survival
and combat operations. In lay terms,
they were trainers, prepping others
for combat and the basic operations
of naval life. When we met them at
Caesaria (an ancient Roman port city
on the northern coast of Israel), they
didn’t look like soldiers at all. eir shy
smiles, expressive eyes, and temperate
voices reminded me of most of my
high school friends. ese were the
kinds of kids I saw at meal hall or
in the library, the same young adults
that window-shopped at malls, played
intramural soccer, and waited in line at
the pub.
e guys talked about sports, girls,
fast cars. e girls discussed fashion,
boys, and how they needed to get off
that “fattening army diet”. Each soldier
had different goals but a similar dream.
It was very common, almost expected,
that after their conscription they would
travel, often to South America. After
their soul searching excursion they
would return and work, saving money
for university and further studies. Much
of this sounded incredibly familiar
to my own ambitions. ey still were
worried about self-image, the opposite
sex, parents, and the future, like every
other teen. However, they also had to
worry about a constant war, falling
rockets, and exploding bombs. Even
with these differences we still laughed
at the same jokes, told the same types
of stories, and before you knew it the
IDF soldiers and Birthright travelers
were the best of friends. No longer was
it seven Israelis and forty Canadians,
but forty-seven eighteen to twenty year
olds just hanging out. On the surface
it was all the same, but underneath
something unique, perhaps troubling,
began to surface.
My curiosity had gotten the better of
me; I had to ask the question that had
been burning my tongue since I met
the troops. As the bus drove down the
sand strewn roads of the transnational
Israeli highway, I leaned back and
opened my mouth, “Do you hate the
Arabs?”is did not seem like a radical
question considering the ever-present
tension within the Middle East, felt
particularly strong within Israel. One
of the IDF soldiers, a girl, looked at
me and said in a calm tone, “Hate, no,
I do not hate them. I just do not want
them living in my country.” e rest
of the soldiers nodded in unison. at
stuck with me -- “not in my country”
-- something that would have never
crossed my mind. I was perplexed at
the idea of not hating someone, not
even minding someone, but being
incredibly persistent in the idea that
you did not want them living next
door. Even further it connected with
the issue that so many lay claim
to this land as ‘their country’. Yet
here she was in a tan outfit with a
weapon counting down the days
until her service was complete. Here
I was taking to a twenty year old girl,
trained to kill and who was training
others to do the same, and she didn’t
even hate the people she was fighting
against.
As the discussion continued, I
relieved my thoughts on the issue,
which was met with the response, “We
don’t have to hate someone to defend
against them. at is why we are the
IDF, Israeli Defense Force.” en
and there it dawned on me, ‘defense’
was the key word. No other military
establishment in the world is labeled
as a defense force, strictly speaking.
For their entire lives Israelis have been
taught what their military training
has only gilded further, defense of the
Israeli state, defense of the faith and
the homeland. From when they were
small children military conscription
loomed over them, a dangerous rite
of passage that every citizen goes
through. Many of them do not look
forward to the time that they serve,
but are nevertheless happy to stand
guard for their homeland. In fact most
of them dread the idea of service with
its long hours, harsh conditions, and
loss of freedoms. is is an aspect of
life that does not exist in our western
world where the Canadian military is
based on volunteers, not by mandate.
ey do it with a hard-pressed smile
knowing they are fulfilling their
social obligations to their homeland,
though the term ‘homeland’ is more
loaded than the rifles hung around
the checkpoint guards’ neck. Many
different peoples claim this narrow,
mostly barren, and desolate, strip of
land.
I racked my mind to find a
similar feeling, to try and share
their sentiment and I came up with
nothing. Here, staring at me was
a girl, just like any other girl, who
was just living her life, like any other
Israeli girl. Her upbringing, training,
and faith had all fastened the idea
that she was to defend this land with
her heart, soul, and if need be, her life.
She was a patriot, her body the future
of the state and if she fell in battle, in
the defense of the state, she would be
hailed as a hero. Her idea of growing
up has always included the military;
there was never a second guess in
that. e idea of donning a uniform
and surrendering two years of a young
life, perhaps all of a young life, is
something Canadians will never have
to face. She was just twenty years
old; she had brown hair and brown
eyes. She had a name; an aspiration
that did not include the military, but
a desire to attend university, and a
craving for travel. She was barely an
adult but she held an automatic rifle
and had an automatic response; “I
do not hate them. I just do not want
them living in my country.” She had
a thousand and one cares about her
world, but she didn’t have a care for
weapons or for walls.
Ben Turkel
Argosy Corespondent
On November 9, 1989, twenty years
ago, the concrete wall that divided
Germany finally fell. e 1,378
kilometre long wall was built to divide
East Germany (German Democratic
Republic) from West Germany. After
the Second World War, Germany was
divided into four occupation zones
each controlled by one of the allied
forces: Britain, France, United States,
and the Soviet Union. To prevent
emigration from the Soviet sector,
in August of 1961 the GDR began
blocking off their sector with the
means of barbed wire and tanks. Soon
after, the Wall, which the GDR called
the “Anti-fascist protection wall”, was
erected overnight.
e Wall was much more than a
simple concrete obstacle. First, there
was a wall which was made up of
concrete segments with a height of
four metres with a rounded top so
that refugees would slide off if they
tried to climb it. Behind this wall, on
the “eastern” side, was an illuminated
open control area also known as the
death strip. Refugees who had reached
that area were shot without warning
from soldiers in the watch towers. A
trench followed which would prevent
vehicles from breaking through. en
there was a fence that would send a
signal when touched, a patrol track,
a corridor with watchdogs, bunkers,
and a second wall. At least 100 people
were killed at the Berlin Wall, trying
to escape to western Germany. is
includes Peter Fechter, an eighteen-
year-old, who planned in 1962 with
his friend to jump from a building
into the death strip, run across it, and
scramble over the next wall into West
Berlin. Fechter’s friend successfully
escaped, but Fechter was shot in the
pelvis and bled to death, while West
Berliners watched helplessly. He
received no help from the West or
the East, despite his screams. An hour
later, his body was carried off by GDR
soldiers.
Around 5,000 people did escape,
however. In the Wall’s early days,
tunnels that led easterners to West
Berlin were dug underground, before
they were discovered and closed off,
flooded with groundwater, or collapsed.
On Bernauerstraße, a tunnel dug in the
basement of a house led twenty-nine
people to West Berlin. In addition,
people were able to escape by building
hidden compartments in their cars that
would usually fit one person inside.
ey would then be driven into West
Berlin by a westerner, undiscovered by
the border patrol. Others tried simply
hiding people inside their trunks, but
many were easily discovered.
When the Wall was erected, families
and friends were separated. One Mount
Allison student’s great aunt and uncle
planned to go to West Germany, but
stayed because there was still laundry
to be done. e next morning, they, like
so many others, awoke to find the Wall
separating them from the other half of
Germany. East Berliners employed in
West Germany were cut off from jobs.
Oddly enough, a wall was built also to
separate Germany in half, but Berlin
itself, including West Berlin, was
surrounded by Eastern Germany and
separated by its own wall, the famous
Berlin Wall. West Berlin’s mayor,
Willy Brandt, criticized the United
States, which occupied part of West
Germany, for not doing anything to
bring the Wall down. With a special
East German visa, West Germans
and others from western countries
could easily visit East Berlin, but East
Berliners were limited to a few visits
during Christmas time.
In 1987, US president Ronald
Reagan spoke in front of the
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin,
declaring, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down
this wall!” (Mikhail Gorbachev was
the president of the Soviet Union
from 1990-1991.) Sure enough,
in the year 1989 things began to
change. Massive flights of inhabitants
from the GDR through Hungary
and big demonstrations in Leipzig
on Mondays rose more awareness.
After some discussion about a new
travel law, the leader of East Berlin’s
communist party (SED), Günter
Schabowski, declared on November
9, 1989, that the border would be
opened for “private trips abroad”.
Soon, a rush of East Berliners towards
West Berlin began. Celebrations
were held at the Brandenburg Gate
and at the Kurfürstendamm in West
Berlin. e fall of the Berlin Wall and
the freedom of the people of East
Germany is seen as an international
event which marked the fall of the iron
curtain between Western Europe and
the Eastern Bloc.
To commemorate this important
occurrence a great number of events
were held to celebrate and remember.
Berlin hosted the “Festival of
Freedom” during which over 1,000
foam dominos over eight feet tall were
stacked and toppled along the former
border of the Wall in the city. A mob
called “Mauer Mob” (Wall Mob) was
organized, where thousands of people
would recreate the Wall with their
bodies. An international project called
“Mauerreise” ( Journey of the Wall)
was held in different countries. Twenty
symbolic Wall bricks were sent from
Berlin to countries such as Yemen, the
Palestinian Territories, Israel, Korea,
Mexico, China, and Cyprus – all
countries where division and borders
are still present. e bricks were used
as canvases by local artists of these
countries and returned to Berlin to
celebrate the “Festival of Freedom”.
e Berlin Wall, twenty years on
Internet Photo/Panoramio
14 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES NOVEMBER 19, 2009
The Student Centre
under review
Mount Allison students, staff, and faculty have been using
the new student centre for nearly a year and a half now. So, it
seemed time to check in with the people that use the building
every day, to see if they think it’s up to snuff. e answer:
depending on where you spend your time, you love it or hate
it.
Some locations in the new building have reported nothing
but good things about the move to the new student centre.
Interviews by Fraser Harland
All pictures by Jessica Emin
CHMA
In the old building, the radio station was located in what student Alex MacDonald
describes as “a closet”. For Pierre Malloy, the CHMA Station Manager, the new space is a
huge improvement.
Laughing when asked what he thinks of the new space compared to the old one he
explained, “It’s awesome. We’re really enjoying the new space. It’s bigger, it’s brighter, we have
a nice communal area. It’s more than we could have expected really. We’re very fortunate,
this is probably one of the nicest university radio stations in Canada.”
Jessica Emin: “I really love the new CHMA space; the communal area and office is much
bigger than it was in the previous centre. But the size of the CD library leaves something
to be desired. e production studio is overflowing with boxes of CDs and records, and
perhaps these could be stored in another area if there was more emphasis on supplying
storage space.”
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SAC Oce
SAC Office Manager Jessie Boorne said, “I really enjoy the space that we have. I think
we’re very lucky and fortunate to have this kind of room compared to what we had over in
the old student centre.”
Students who work for the SAC also seem very pleased. Social Sciences senator, Sue
Humphrey, put it simply: “is SAC space is way better than the previous SAC space.”
All the boxes shown reportedly contain CDs; to search for a CD out of this pile is a lost cause
Anne Comfort, the
“is student centre will serve to enhance the campus
experience for present and future students of Mount Allison by
providing a single, modern facility to house a variety of activities
and services.” -Mt. A Press Release
Learning Assistant
and Assistant
T e c h n o l o g y
Coordinator at
Meighen Centre said that
their offices now have more space,
are better designed, and that having closer proximity to
other offices has been a great help. Comfort noted that “when the opportunity
came for us to move into the new centre and help design our space we were very
thrilled about that. Our new space has been wonderful for us.”
Meighen Centre
Julie Stephenson, Editor in Chief of the Argosy, also feels mixed about the
newspaper’s new space.
On the bright side, for Stephenson, there are definitely updated facilities and “a
better place to work in terms of a new building and desks.”
However, in terms of atmosphere and the needs of a student newspaper, the space
comes up lacking. She explained that “the lengthwise room does nothing for us.
Our old office was more of an open square where we could have a giant space in the
middle to talk.”
She went on to say that the administration has strict rules about the kind of
decorating that can happen in the room which “is a reminder every day that we are
renting the space from the administration.”
The Argosy
15 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES NOVEMBER 19, 2009
The Student Centre
under review
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Pronoti Majithia, International Advisor, was pleased that the
“is student centre will serve to enhance the campus
experience for present and future students of Mount Allison by
providing a single, modern facility to house a variety of activities
and services.” -Mt. A Press Release
other offices has been a great help. Comfort noted that “when the opportunity
came for us to move into the new centre and help design our space we were very
International Centre has been given its own
unique space and enjoys working
there. “I love this space.
It’s very cozy,” she
explained.
I nternational
Centre
Café employee, Nancy Delaney feels that the new café is, without a doubt,
superior to the Flying A. She said, “It’s all new and there’s more room. It’s
brighter, there’s a nicer work atmosphere. It’s definitely nice over here for
sure.”
Student Andrew Lipsit is also happy with the new café which he says
provides him with a great alternative to the library when he’s looking for a
place to study.
Gracie’s Café
For Judy VanRooyen, bookstore employee, the move has been a
mixed blessing.
Obviously, a more central location for the bookstore has been a
good thing. She said that, “Having the bookstore in the centre of the
campus made perfect sense.”
However, the space has not been without its challenges. In her
opinion, there could have been better accommodations made for the
bookstore staff and their new office and desk space.
She explained that their space is cramped and could be organized
better saying, “e space is tight out back. It would have been nice
to not have office space or desk space on the sales floor.”
Bookstore
Fraser Orr-Brown said, “I know that a lot of the offices, like the registration office, are quite
small. I just think they could have built it a little better.”
Jessie Boorne: she has heard many other departments are cramped. “I think I’ve found that a
lot of other departments are crowded with a lot of people in a smaller space,” said Boorne.
Ben Turkel: “e move of student pub has been highly detrimental and to the dismay of all
students and even some staff.”
Sue Humphrey said, “It would be nice if there were study spaces. ere’s a lot of empty quiet
space here that could be more productively used.”
Andrew Lispit echoed the need for more space saying, “I wish they could open the conference
rooms a bit more when they’re not being used.”
Finally some are concerned that not only floor space is being used, but that the walls need to
be better used to give the building some character.
Humphrey says that the building is, “less ‘studenty’ than the old one. ere’s no character, it’s
just very beige.”
Student Hanna Button thinks this problem should be fixed by adding artwork. She explained,
“I’m somewhat disappointed that we haven’t filled it with the art that the place really deserves.
It just seems sad that we’re stuck with this building that seems like a halfway point of what we
truly want to see.”
At a glance...
ENTERTAINMENT
ere’s something about Lady Gaga I
like.
It’s not her music. It’s not bad, I
guess, but it lacks personality. If it
weren’t for her live performances and
her videos, I wouldn’t be surprised if
it were generated by some top-secret
government-issue pop-song-generator.
No, there’s some indelible factor that
makes me think there’s something
more at work. en, at 6:00 am on a
Tuesday, I discovered it.
She humps a whale.
I should qualify that statement. e
whale is (a) a pool toy and (b) there
is some air between the whale and her
Ga-groin. But the fact of the matter
is, one of the biggest pop stars on the
planet sees fit to hump a whale at the
3:07 mark of her “Just Dance” video.
I am going somewhere with this,
and it is important.
Since we hit the two thousand’s
– but especially in the last few years
– pop music has tried to become a
serious and important medium. Part of
it is atonement for the glut of squeaky
clean boybands and girlbands that
flooded the market in the late nineties.
Ex-boy band members grew out their
beards, picked up guitars, and tried to
really feel. e music didn’t necessarily
deepen, but the visual presentation
tried to. e most memorable example
was Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty”,
whose status as a pop song was dwarfed
by its status as an Important and
Controversial Video. Pop music took
this idea and ran with it – pop stars
were repackaged as important, mature
artists. Technology – in the form of
videos and minimal electronic beats
from the likes of the Neptunes and
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
Timbaland – turned pop music into a
sleek, stylish machine. It was forward
thinking, but it was still as calculated
as it had been in the late nineties. It
felt important, though, and record
labels knew it. Consider the video
for Rhianna’s smash hit “Umbrella”, a
somber affair that could be mistaken
for a luxury sedan commercial.
Enter Gaga. e music isn’t much
Lady Gaga and the pleasures of shallow pop
Pop-pourri examines how one of the world’s biggest entertainers is letting pop stars be wacky again
Internet Photo/Ticketorder24
Lady Gaga’s album The Fame has gone triple platinum in Canada.
Remembrance Day night at the Pub
e Danger Bees and Crush Luther entertain into the early morning hours
Geoffrey Campbell
Argosy Staff
Remembrance Day has many different
meanings, depending on who you ask,
but it’s safe to say that nobody would
rush to associate it with upbeat pop
music. Yet that’s just what concertgoers
got when they checked out the Danger
Bees and Crush Luther at the Pub
Wednesday before last.
With fewer than two dozen in
attendance it was quite an intimate
gathering. e first act was Dartmouth’s
the Danger Bees, who opened up their
set with clear vocals on a powerful
ballad about a breakup. e band fit
the traditional indie mould, lookswise,
with the lead singer wearing a white
Oxford shirt, thin black tie, and thick-
rimmed Buddy Holly-style glasses.
ey continued with a song about being
an alcoholic, which seemed fitting
for playing at a pub on a Wednesday
night. Lead singer David Macmichael
had a false start which he attributed
to just getting over the swine flu, a
statement that garnered many nods of
recognition. ey also noted that they
would be doing things a bit differently,
and would return after Crush Luther.
ey made good use of their first set,
playing really good indie rock for about
an hour to a steadily growing audience.
eir low-key take on up-tempo rock
was very entertaining and would be
worth seeing again.
e headliner Crush Luther was up
next. eir set-opening number - a loud
rock ballad about anonymous sex - was
marred by annoying feedback from the
sound system, yielding an awkward
first impression. Next up was “e
Cools” a song about being in a crappy
band in high school which signalled a
shift into smoother jams. ings were
continuing nicely until they decided
to do a hip-hop rap cover. Offering
the choice between Wu-Tang Clan
and the Notorious B.I.G., the crowd
demanded Biggie. ey performed a
decidedly less hip-hop rendition of
“Ten Crack Commandments”, which
was pretty impressive for what could
have easily been an unexceptional
performance. Moving along to the
melodic “Don’t Fight About It”, lead
singer Luther Mallory took a minute
to point out he was wearing a purple
velour sweater because he wanted to
stay true to his Tinky Winky vibe. A
funny enough comment considering
the environment, it was probably the
first Teletubbies reference I’d heard in
twelve years.
Crush Luther got off the stage
just after midnight and it was 12:40
am when the Danger Bees started to
finish the concert they began. Despite
the wait and the oddly planned line-
up, they played so well that they kept
one group of girls dancing past 1:00
am on a ursday. ey kept the crowd
up with a self-proclaimed love song
that repeated the verse “baby we can
fuck all the time” twenty times or
more. Another, more predictable, ode
to vices played, followed by a drunken
crowd request for “Hammer Man”,
which reminded me of ey Might
Be Giants’ “Particle Man”. Finally, at
a quarter past one, the Danger Bees
decided to play one last song for the
“thousands in attendance and millions
watching at home”, bringing the three
hour joyride to a close. It may not have
been the most typical Remembrance
Day event, but it was pretty enjoyable
nonetheless.
Within the glossy
framework of stiflingly
cool pop videos, [Lady]
Gaga amps up the
signifiers of wealth and
fashion to an absurd
degree. ere’s no real
meaning behind it all,
no capital-I Importance;
just goofy aesthetics for
their own sake.
Internet Photo/flickr
Luther Mallory of Toronto’s Crush Luther, crushin’’ the crowds. They
performed with the Danger Bees at the Pub on November 11, in
support of their album Some People Have No Good to Give.
Internet Photo/boredLA
Dartmouth’s The Danger Bees, pictured with many scarves.
different from what we’ve heard
before, but the visuals are. “Just Dance”
transplants a typical music video
party/orgy from the usual futuristic
nightclub to a remarkably convincing
suburban basement. And adds whale
humping. Delving deeper into her
video collection, “Poker Face” finds our
Lady taking a moment to serenade a
dog with the song’s ubiquitous chorus.
“Paparazzi” and “Bad Romance”
are out-and-out bonkers, featuring
dancing on leg braces, a homicidal
Gaga in a Mickey Mouse like costume,
latex wrapped mummies, charred
corpses and sparkling bras. Within the
glossy framework of stiflingly cool pop
videos, Gaga amps up the signifiers of
wealth and fashion to an absurd degree.
ere’s no real meaning behind it all,
no capital-I Importance; just goofy
aesthetics for their own sake. ere’s
an odd, captivating honesty to it all: of
course the music is fake, it suggests, so
let’s just go nuts and make out.
I’m not trying to suggest that
Lady Gaga is some sort of pop
revolutionary, but her over-the-top
shallowness deflates some of the more
self-important impulses of modern
radio pop. For better or for worse,
Lady Gaga is the pop idol for our
generation. So stay frivolous. Hump
whales. Just dance.
17 NOVEMBER 19, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ENTERTAINMENT
Apocalyptica has come a long way
from novelty cover band.
Most famous for their
reinterpretations of Metallica, the
Finnish group rocks hard without
needing guitar, bass, or any the usual
workings of a modern rock band,
aside from a drummer they picked
up somewhere along the way. Mainly,
though, they rock the cello, and they
rock it good.
eir sound is a combination
of amplification and distortion,
unorthodox playing methods, as well
as more traditional use of the classical
instrument. Simultaneously an asset
and a danger in their music is the
fact that they have transformed, or
reinvented, the core basic sound of
the cello to the point that it’s almost
unrecognizable. Keyword here is
almost, for if it was just another guitar
there wouldn’t really be any point
to their talents. ey avoid this by
blending their shredding (if indeed a
cello can be shredded) with the more
recognizable cello sound, creating a
symphonic kind of rock that brings out
about every kind of noise a cello can
make. Whereas some rock bands might
add a string accompaniment to back
their guitar, Apocalyptica uses strings
to back their own strings, allowing a
single instrument to play in contrast to
itself. It certainly sounds odd on paper,
but the way the music here plays out,
it almost seems a wonder that the cello
isn’t considered a core rock instrument
in the first place.
As said, this is an especially
mainstream release for a band of
cellists. Not that the string acrobatics
of their past releases are absent, but
they occasional go hand in hand with
some unexpected guest vocalists. Corey
Taylor of Slipknot, Adam Gontier of
ree Days Grace, Till Lindemann
of Rammstein (doing a David Bowie
cover in German); they’re not the kinds
of names that are typically associated
with this kind of music. Apocalyptica
is no stranger to well-known hard rock,
but they maintain their classical roots
even when working with some huge
mainstream names. ey end up more
progressive than the mainstream rock
and metal acts they emulate and work
with. What it hurts for mass appeal
it makes up for by being musically
diverse and creative. Not a bad trade.
Guest vocalists aside, this is a
primarily instrumental album. Heavy
and speedy, but also sprawling and
elaborate, not unlike Metallica in
their better moments. e choice of
instrument alone lends to a bigger,
more complex sound that’s a step to
the side of traditional guitar and bass, if
not ahead, but the style of song writing
also has a distinct method of its own.
Dark and brooding, as the name of
the band suggests, this is the kind of
music that’s far too heavy to be heard
in the orchestra pit, but it remains a
clear anomaly in the worlds of rock
and metal. Judging by the title of the
album, that’s right where they want
to be, calling for the ideal listener in
the form of the rocker with an ear for
more than just a good chord change.
Apocalyptica delivers in this regard.
e Cove is a 2009 documentary
chronicling the plight of the
thousands of dolphins slaughtered
each year in Taiji, Japan. Directed by
former National Geographic director
Louie Psihoyos and produced by his
organization, the Oceanic Preservation
Society, it follows former dolphin
trainer Richard O’Barry and his
team as they try to expose this under
reported travesty.
is well-crafted documentary
is immensely informative, covering
an almost overwhelming amount of
facts and revelations; not only is the
massacre in Taiji explored, but the film
touches on issues of mercury poisoning
in Japan and discusses the sad state of
activism in our society.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect
of this film, however, is the tale it tells
of one man’s guilt and his attempts to
atone for the series of events he set in
motion. O’Barry, now an avid activist
for the dolphin cause, began his career
as a dolphin trainer, responsible for the
five dolphins used in the 1964 television
series Flipper. e show sparked a
nearly worldwide craze for dolphins,
and institutions like SeaWorld started
popping up all over North America.
O’Barry recounts his realization of
the gravity of the situation he had
created, when one of the young female
dolphins who played Flipper died in
his arms. Immediately inspired to free
the rest of his dolphins, O’Barry has
spent the rest of his life fighting for
the freedom of the animals he grew to
love in captivity.
A large portion of the documentary
focuses on the action movie-esque
footage O’Barry’s team took in Taiji’s
secret cove, where dolphins not fit for
sale to dolphin shows are slaughtered
en masse. Constantly followed and
supervised by the local police, their
late-night escapades documented with
heat-seeking cameras are incredibly
suspenseful and very effective; even
for those wary of documentaries, these
exciting interludes will make e Cove
a worthwhile watch.
And e Cove is worth watching.
O’Barry’s story is one of complete
and utter passion, and the discussion
that takes place regarding the decline
in activism is an important one. If the
dedication of O’Barry and his team,
among whom two Canadian free-
divers can be counted, does not inspire
you, I have no idea what will.
Personally, I have encountered
dolphins both in captivity and in the
wild, and the issue of dolphin slaughter
was one I had not really thought about
at all. e film mentions that the
majority of Japanese citizens also have
no idea of the numbers of dolphins
killed and sold as food in their country.
e issues addressed in e Cove, it
seems, would definitely benefit if the
film were made readily available to
the Japanese people, yet it seems to
distance itself from the nation. Perhaps
it is simply an unavoidable by-product
of documentary as a medium, but the
Claire Paquet
Argosy Contributor
Dylan Cunningham
Argosy Correspondent
If you attend Mount Allison, the start
of a new year means a brand new
Conduct Becoming project.
Conduct Becoming is an annual
showcase for local talent, assembled
to raise money for a very worthy
cause. I chatted with organizer Patrick
Edmonds about what the organization
has planned for the upcoming year.
Conduct Becoming was established
in 2000 to honor the memory of Mount
Allison student Jason Abraham, who
passed away after a battle with cancer.
e organization released an album of
recordings by musicians from the Mt.
A community, a tradition which has
continued ever since. e process will
begin later in the month with a series
of auditions for hopeful musicians.
“e direction for the album will most
likely come together as the acts are
chosen,” Edmonds explained, adding
that “there will be an experienced
panel […] selecting the artists” for the
CD.
Edmonds will act as producer for
these recordings, promising to “take
the vision, and try to make it come to
life”. Having performed in a number
of ensembles and bands in Halifax,
Edmonds is looking forward to getting
involved in the Conduct Becoming
process for the first time: “e idea
of getting to produce an album with
proceeds going to the Canadian
Cancer Society is just awesome”. e
sessions may also give participants a
chance “to add extra instrumentation
to their songs that might not have
been an option for them before”. To
mark the release of the album, a CD
release party will be held around the
end of March, featuring artists from
the album performing their featured
songs and more.
If you aren’t a musician but would
still like to get involved, Conduct
Becoming is asking students to submit
personal artwork; one design will
be chosen to be the cover art for the
upcoming album (rules and guidelines
are forthcoming). However you get
involved, Edmonds assures that
Conduct Becoming “is always a great
time, and for a great cause.”
overarching lack of sympathy in the
tone of this film is a bit distressing.
To say the situation dolphins
face in this secret Taiji cove is
distressing, however, would be a
gross understatement. O’Barry is
an interesting man, with something
incredibly important to say, trying to
do what he feels will make our world
a better place. To learn more about the
dolphin situation in Japan, or how you
can contribute to O’Barry’s cause, you
can visit www.takepart.com/thecove
or www.savejapandolphins.org.
Come on out to this week’s Film Society
presentation, Francis Ford Coppola’s
Tetro, November 19 at 7:30pm.
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
e secrets of e Cove are a wakeup call to wildlife activists
Acclaimed, controversial documentary uncovers the dolphin slaughter of Taiji, Japan
When cellos collide, everyone wins Conduct Becomes you
Student music and art for a good cause
Internet Photo/Pop Stars Plus
A look at Apocalyptica’s string-laden Worlds Collide
Internet Photo/Cut Print Review
Canadian free-diver Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, in a scene from Louie Psihoyos’ documentary The Cove.
Conduct Becoming Auditions
will be held on the evenings of
Monday November 30th &
Tuesday December 1st
Interested artists must contact Patrick
Edmonds by Friday November 27th at
predmonds@mta.ca
For whatever reason, Canadians in general have a bad habit of
ignoring the culture produced in their own country in favour imports
from below the border, however exciting the stuff cooking up here
may be. Until relatively recently, this was especially true of music.
There’s the idea floating around that Canadian content rules for
radio stations, introduced in 1971, helped ‘create’ Canadian
music, as if nothing existed before save for a few scattered country
artists and dance hall bands. And for a while I thought this was
true: Canadian music of the 60s was Neil Young, Joni Mitchell
and a few others here and there that had a hit or two. While
CanCon definitely birthed a commercial market, there was way
more happening on the ground floor of Canadian music in the
1960s than most people realize: all it takes is a little digging. For
me, it was searching for more Canadian content to play on my
radio show. You can only play Gordon Lightfoot or The Guess
Who so many times before you need something fresher. One day
on the internet (all stories will begin like this in the future) I stumbled
across a series of compilations called Wyld Canada featuring
exactly what I had been searching for: white hot slabs of Canadian
garage rock from the early to mid 60s. I haven’t shut up about it
since: these kids were producing some of the dirtiest, hippest and
most-forward sounding tracks this side of the border.
“Garage” is a pretty apt term for these bands. Their total
output usually consisting of one or two limited-run 45s released on
small mom-and-pop record labels with names like Red Leaf, Sir John
A, New Syndrome and Yorkville records, these groups formed
around the tiny high school-dance, local radio play-driven music
THE CHMA 106. 9 FM CAMPUS & COMMUNI TY RADI O BULLETI N
NOVEMBER 19, 2009 THE UNSEASONABLY WARM EDITION
Dynamic, evocative, and compelling are only three words to describe the
music created by the band Clues. They blew away audiences at the Sappy
opening for Julie Doiron, Attack in Black, and Wintersleep and sold out of
CDs before listeners could make there way to the merch table (I speak from
personal experience). Their debut self-titled album has a prophetic quality
which lures you in more on every listen.Lovers of Radiohead looking for a
Canadian alternative should give this album a spin, in songs like "Remember
Severed Head" there are similar moments of experimental rock reminiscent of
OK Computer. This band is aggressive alternative rock and uses complex
changing melodies within every song which challenges listeners but does not
push them past enjoyable listening threshold. Clues may be a little weird, but
they're a refreshing change from more conventional rock.
Recomended Tracks: 1, 4, 8
www.cstrecords.com/bands/clues
GOOD THI NGS COME I N THREES: A TRI UMVI RATE OF ALBUM REVI EWS
ATTIC TRANSMISSIONS
THE CHMA CHARTS WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 17, 2009
THE CHARTS
RANK ARTIST TITLE (LABEL)
01 DANIEL, FRED & JULIE* Daniel, Fred & Julie (You've Changed)
02 SHOTGUN JIMMIE* Still Jimmie (You've Changed)
03 THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC* And The Ever Expanding Universe (Arts & Crafts)
04 THE HIDDEN CAMERAS* Origin: Orphan (Arts & Crafts)
05 SHARE* Slumping In Your Murals (Forward Music Group)
06 HORSES* Bortherly Love (Self-Released)
07 A HISTORY OF* Action In The North Atlantic (Noyes)
08 DEEP DARK WOODS* Winter Hours (Black Hen)
09 ROSE COUSINS* The Send Off (Old Farm Pony)
10 SEAN SAVAGE NICHOLAS* Sunshine Melodies/Weird Daze (S/R)
11 DRAGONETTE* Fixin' To Thrill (Universal)
12 WAX MANNEQUIN* Saxon (Zunior)
13 SAID THE WHALE* Islands Disappear (Hidden Pony)
14 CONSTRUCTION & DESTRUCTION* Video Et Taceo (Self-Released)
15 SIDNEY YORK* Sidney York (Self-Released)
16 ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL* At The Moment of Our Most Needing (Paper Bag)
17 JULIE FADER* Outside In (Hand-Drawn Dracula)
18 MONEEN* The World I Want To Leave Behind (Dine Alone)
19 THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW* Invisible Girl (In The Red)
20 COUSINS* Out On Town (Youth Club)
21 OROMOCTO DIAMOND* Le Choc du Futur (P572)
22 VARIOUS* Friends In Bellwoods 2 (Out Of This Spark)
23 KAREN O AND THE KIDS Where the Wild Things Are (Interscope)
24 KNOTS* The Blistering Sun, The Pale Moon, HaHaHaHa (Self-Released)
25 FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE Lungs (Universal)
26 MATTHEW GOOD* Vancouver (Universal)
27 TWO HOURS TRAFFIC* Territory (Bumstead)
28 YORK REDOUBT* York Redoubt (Noyes)
29 THE GOT TO GET GOT* Sahalee (Noyes)
30 KILL THE LIGHTS* Fog Area (Self-Released)
31 CLUES* Clues (Constellation)
DOUG HOYER
scenes from coast to coast: Halifax, Montreal, Toronto (especially
the Yorkville area), Edmonton, and Vancouver. A few of them
brushed with brief success like Nova Scotia’s Great Scots, known
for their stage costume featuring matching kilts. Playing top shows
such as “American Bandstand,” they were for a time almost as
popular as The Beatles in terms of press volume. This all tragically
folded when their bassist, by virtue of his permanent working visa,
was conscripted into the Vietnam War in 1967. The rest of the
band escaped back to Canada.
Compared with some of the other stuff from the Wyld
Canada compilations, the Great Scots are almost mainstream.
Listen to the pained screams, yelps and distorted organ of
Vancouver’s Painted Ship if you need convincing that Canadian
garage was a teeming land of pre-punk. Or the tragic tale of
Edmonton’s King Beezz, whose cover of ‘Gloria’ got them a
big-deal record contract, only to be passed over following the
commercial flop of their third single, the remarkable, sneering
“Found and Lost”. Luvin’ Kynd, Collectors, Northwest Company,
Luke and the Apostles and Satan and the D Men – some of the
most swaggering, hormone-driven and downright gnarly tracks
I’ve ever heard. And many of these bands have been long
forgotten, a few copies of their 45s here and there. Thanks to the
other nerds on the internet, they’re beginning to resurface. Get out
there and check it out – Wyld Canada Vols 1-4 are available for
download on the music blog O Canadarm.
www.ocanadarm.blogspot.com
PROGRAMMER HIGHLIGHT
ATTIC LUNCH
WEEKDAYS 12PM
High speed chases, police investigations, and gang blowouts are
only three of the topics which you probably won't hear weekdays
from 12:00 – 1:00pm on Attic Lunch. Instead you can look
forward to interviews with Sackville celebrities, coverage of local
events, and in-studio performances from musician traveling through
our thriving metropolis. Let the members of the CHMA team fill
your lunch hour with a daily dose of community events and
Canadian music!
CHECK IT OUT ON 106.9FM
KAREN O
MY LOVE/
YOUR LOVE
OF CANADIAN GARAGE ROCK
BY GRANT HURLEY
LIGHTNING DUST
INFINITE LIGHT
JAGJAGUWAR
As the album cover of Infinite Light proudly proclaims, Lightning Dust is a
side project of Amber Webber and Josh Wells of Black Mountain. But when
listening to the album there are few moments when their heavy, alternative-
rock mountain roots show. This album is rock inspired folk with beautiful
results. The crooning voice of Webber is sincerely sweet but powerful and
captivating and in the duet “Honest Man” when paired with the vocals of
Wells' haunting results are achieved. Add gospel inspired keyboard,
echoing drums, and harmonizing guitars to the mix and each song becomes
more beautiful than the next. It is hard to highlight specific songs because
each flows beautifully into the next. This collection of songs is for album
lovers and is enjoyable from start to finish.
Recomended tracks: 1, 6, 8, 9
www.lightningdust.com
CLUES
SELF TITLED
CONSTELLATION
YOU SAY PARTY! WE SAY DIE!
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PAPER BAG RECORDS
This high energy electro-punk rock group has been hovering around the top
of the Canadian independent music charts for weeks, and for good reason.
Often it's hard for bands to translate the energy of a live performance into
and album, but You Say Party! We Say Die! achieves this with their latest
album XXXX. This band had audiences at the Halifax Pop Explosion in a
sweaty frenzy and their performance marked the beginning of crowd surfing
in the audience (to which lead singer Becky Ninkovic joined in). Starting
slow and trance-like with the first song "There is XXXX [love] (Within My
Heart)" the tempo of the album quickly evolves into a self contained dance
party but there is time for slow dances too with songs like the sweet love
ballad “Laura Palmer's Prom”. This album is a moltov cocktail of 80's
inspired synths, punky vocals, and rock guitars with explosive results for
listeners and dancers alike.
Recommended Tracks: 2, 5, 7
wwwyousaypartywesaydie.ca
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ARTS & LITERATURE
Christmas is here! Well, almost. e
display windows all over town are
already decorated with Christmas
ornaments and possible gift ideas. As
I begin to think of things I could give
to my family and friends this year, I
remember some of the best gifts I have
received over the years.
My family has always been very
practical and creative. My mom enjoys
making homemade gifts. Every year I
know I can expect a colourful woolly
scarf, matching mittens and a hat,
which she spent evenings and nights
knitting in front of the fireplace in
our living room. e best Christmas
present I got when I was little was an
entire kitchen set that my grand-father
and my mom made for my sister and
I. It was life size and took up half of
our play room. ey made a little stove
and a counter top with a sink all out
of wood. A matching table and a set
of chairs came with it, and everything
was painted in a beautiful red and
blue. ey had made everything by
hand. None of those plastic kitsch sets.
Another Christmas my mom made an
entire doll house out of a shoe box. e
house was very elaborate and beautiful
to the smallest detail. She had even cut
out little windows and made curtains
from cloth scraps. No one could have
known it once was a shoe box.
My mom did not make these gifts
for a lack of money. She could have
easily bought me a plastic kitchen
from Fisher Price or a dollhouse, but
making these things herself made them
so much more valuable. Knowing that
she had spent hours making me little
presents, making sure that I was not
around, and probably having a hard
time hiding them from me made me
appreciate them so much more.
I know it sounds cheesy and cliché,
but should we really value presents by
how much their retail price is? is
Christmas, be creative! Make your
own presents! Go and buy some fancy
beads and make your own jewellery.
Earrings, bracelets and necklaces are
easier to make than you think and all
the supplies you need can be found
in Sackville. And yes guys, your mom
and girlfriend will love them! Get
your favourite picture developed and
decorate a nice wooden frame. Make
a scrapbook for your family or friends,
using candid photos and special items
you have saved over the years such
as ticket stubs and event pamphlets.
Make your own wrapping paper or gift
bag. Design your own Christmas card.
I can guarantee you that whoever is
on the receiving end will love whatever
you have made for them...no matter
how much it cost.
Our (art)istic rea(lit)y
Maria Maute
Argosy Staff
From St. John’s to Berlin
Arts & souls: spotlight on artists
A weekly column by Maria and Vivi
Maria Maute
Argosy Staff
Former Mount Allison student John
Haney is a talented photographer who
is presenting his work internationally.
He grew up in southern Ontario and
graduated from Mt. A with a Major
in English and a Minor in History
in 2001. Even though he completed
a Bachelor of Arts, his main interest
is photography. Now, Haney is back
in Sackville and working as the
photography lab technician for the
Fine Arts department. is month
Haney will travel to Germany where
a series of his work entitled Island will
be exhibited in the Emerson Gallery
in Berlin until February 7, 2010.
Haney’s interest for photography
developed in his second year of
university when he saw a friend’s print.
“In retrospect it wasn’t a fabulous
print, but I was completely enthralled,”
explains Haney, “I never knew that a
photograph, as an object, could have
so much weight and be so beautiful—
a thing unto itself.” Haney asked his
father, who was a photojournalist,
to send him an old camera. He then
asked a friend to help him load the
camera, shoot negatives, develop film,
and make prints. “I filled the shoes of
the Ghost of Hart Hall and came in
late at night, under the radar, and put
together enough prints,” quips Haney.
He graduated with English and
History, but with a lot of photography
experience under his belt. After
university, he decided not to pursue his
major areas of study, but rather follow
his passion for photography.
Haney sees photography as a
revelation. He has always been
creative, painting seriously until the
end of high school. He did not pursue
his creativity, but rather enrolled in a
Bachelors of Arts degree. “I probably
didn’t have the direction or confidence
to actually call myself an artist,” he
explains, “Photography led me back to
creativity as a medium I hadn’t really
experienced properly.”
For the artist, making photographs
is the ticket into everything. You can
travel, get to know a person, a place.
“It is an excuse to research deeply
or to skim many surfaces cursively,”
states Haney, “I love the process and
the finished product. I love the beauty
of the object of the finely printed
photograph. When that can double
as something that communicates
something, it’s quite special. It
is a deeply aesthetic and deeply
communicative medium.”
In photography there are two ways of
taking a picture: digitally or with film.
Haney does not have to think twice
about which one he prefers: “Film has
a warmth and a greater dimension to
it. Film grain is round and organic, as
opposed to the square, reproduce-able
pixel. It’s like the difference between
vinyl records and cds, or a home-
cooked meal versus a microwave
dinner.” For him, something magical
is lost in the process when taking a
picture with a digital camera.
It is hard to define Haney’s subject
matter in his work. “My subject is
wide-ranging,” he begins, “I like order
and I seek it in disorder. I like patterns
and typological investigation. I’m
interested in things as they are. Fact,
not fiction.” He describes himself as
being ecologically minded, but it is
not necessarily an evident theme in his
work. “However, I do like humour and it
sneaks into my work from time to time,
or as often as I let it,”he jokes. “Perhaps
I’d be labeled a recovering fatalist. I
like order, structure, the deliberateness
of close scrutiny and thinking about
things deeply.” e majority of his
work focuses on landscape and
architectural photography. He likes
setting up relationships between
things in his photographs or pointing
out things that he would like people
to think more deeply about. Over time
his photography has become more
formal, composed, and intentional.
“However, when I get too mired in my
own seriousness, I like to walk around
with a manual 35 mm around my neck
and shoot negatives like a buffoon,” he
laughs, “at’s when harsh light and
shadow make wonderful shapes inside
the frame; it’s a nice counterpoint
to the methodology of large format
photography. Balance for me is key, I
think.’
In November 2004 Haney
volunteered as a documentary
photographer for a startup theatre
John Haney’s work will be displayed in Berlin until February.
Jessica Emin
Beautiful, exotic, young, classic; all
words that could describe the young
artist and her work. Off the beaten
path at under and Lightning studio,
a small informal crowd gathered to
share in the newest collection of Ladies
shown by one of Mount Allison’s own
2007 graduates. On Friday, September
13, the edgy and talented artist Moorea
Hum showed a collection of her works
that seems inspired both by time and
by the very essence of the artist herself.
Upon entering the studio, there
was an old turntable burning vinyl,
wobbling out a tune that set the mood
off perfectly. e unpretentious air
of the gathering fit the theme as the
collection was displayed on a back wall
where Moorea reigns like the queen,
mingling with her admirers, and fans
of the Ladies collection and her tattoo
artistry. On display were collections of
her work so classic and refined, like
tattoos put to paper instead of skin,
they mixed perfectly with the eclectic
air of the gathering and the display
of body art; the crowd was bedecked
in artistry, many of whom Moorea
herself has inked. Moorea, as recently
as June, made the move to Sackville
from Montreal to set up a studio. So
far it seems Sackville has welcomed
her back with open arms as she has
participated in Sappyfest and now has
moved on to holding a private showing
of Ladies, which was a resounding
success. Welcome home Moorea!
For more information about Moorea
and her work please visit her website at
www.myspace.com/forkeepstattoo.
Moorea’s back in the Sack
Rebecca Caissie
Argosy Correspondent
Jessica Emin
company, DaPoPo eatre in Halifax.
“ey are all friends of mine, and my
partner Amanda was working with
them on their inaugural project, which
was to be taken to Berlin,” adds Haney.
During his time in Berlin, Haney
met Russell Radzinski, a New Yorker
who had recently started Emerson
Gallery Berlin. e two talked about
photography and Radzinski asked
Haney to show him some work. “at
went well,” recalls the photographer,
“and it became a good relationship,
and he then took me on as one of the
Gallery’s artists.”
At the end of this month, Haney’s
photographs will be on display in that
same art gallery. e Island series is a
collection of seascapes photographed
in St. John’s over the course of the last
two years. e photographs all depict
the same piece of land, a cliff high
above the water. Haney describes his
photographs as “pure, formal, elemental
meditations; they are discrepancies, in
that, they depict a specific location, yet
a universal location.” Haney explains
that he wanted minimal colour, and
minimal reference points: nothing
solid for the eye to rest on.
Hopefully some of his work will
soon be on display here in Sackville.
“I’ve been meaning to get some work
up at under & Lightning, a space
I share with two wonderful artists,
Jon Claytor and Paul Henderson,”
says the photographer. He might
not have photographs to show, but
he will have an embroidered pillow
for sale at under & Lightning as
part of the Sackville Crafters’ Union’s
Midnight Madness sale on December
11. As for the future, the photographer
hopes to keep working as a full-time
artist. “at and finding a hundred
acres somewhere around here with a
good view of the Bay,” he adds. “ I get
completely inspired by my immediate
surroundings - by land, so I want to
Moorea Hum w ith her work displayed at Thunder and Lightning.
e sculpture of a wolf lives on the front
steps of the Owens Art Gallery, facing
York street. is steel figure was created
by Canadian sculptor John McEwen.
It was completed and installed at the
entrance of the Owens in 1995. e
wolf was commissioned by the Friends
of the Owens Art Gallery in honour
of the gallery’s centenary celebrations.
McEwen works with flame-cut steel.
He is the sculptor who created the
star-spangled “Search Light, Star
Light, Spot Light” outside Toronto’s
Air Canada Centre. His cutout profile
sculptures of wolves, just like the one
in Sackville, can also be found roving
around the city of Toronto. According
to Michael Mitchell’s article about
McEwen’s work on the Canadian Art
Foundation’s website, McEwen tries
to understand a non-verbal part of
our consciousness with his sculptures.
When they are looked at head-on, they
are merely a few inches of steel. When
Sackville arts series
Maria Maute and Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
one walks around them, however, the
profile of a predator is revealed. It is
the human fear and triumph as well
as life and death that exists in our
psyches that are tapped into with this
experience.
Callan Field
Moorea reigns like the
queen, mingling with
her admirers.
20 NOVEMBER 19, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ARTS & LITERATURE
One Sunday out of every month, the
Owens Art Gallery does something a
little different. We all know the Owens
as a gallery that brings the art world
– both classical and contemporary – to
Sackville. Family Sundays are geared
toward bringing art to a younger
audience. e program, which has
been going on since January 2006, is a
two-hour drop in session that happens
once a month during the academic
year. e afternoons focus on a current
exhibition, and participation is always
free. Rather than operating on a strict
“first Sunday of the month” schedule,
Family Sundays is planned around the
exhibition schedule and operates on an
approximate three to four week basis.
Family Sundays represents a fairly
loose definition of “family.” Parents
and children, aunts, uncles, friends,
grandparents… basically all groups
of adults and children are welcome.
“e main thing is that it’s adults
and children exploring art together,”
says Lucy MacDonald, the gallery’s
curator of education and community
outreach. e program is always about
children looking at and talking about
exhibitions, and then doing an art
activity inspired by what they have
seen. Past projects have included
making dioramas, 3D sculptures,
bookmaking, exploring pattern and
texture, rubbings, and many others.
e November 8 edition focused on
the exhibition e Art of the Copy.
Children and their families were
invited to make their own “creative
copies” – a loose interpretation of a
work in the exhibition, followed by
the creation of a small gold frame.
Craft supplies are always provided,
and activities for younger children also
exist. For e Art of the Copy, younger
children were given felt cutout pieces
to construct their own portraits. e
workshop gave children the chance to
learn some Owens history – students
once studied art by copying works right
in the gallery space – and to see some
current student copies being made.
Turnout for the sessions can vary.
Last year Family Sundays averaged
about 19-20 participants per session.
e workshop has also received very
positive feedback from participants
and many families are repeat visitors.
“It’s very positive,” says MacDonald.
Family Sundays is the first family
programming to be done through the
Owens, and has been changing and
evolving since it began.
So if you have a young niece,
nephew, or sibling that is going to be
in town, or just a small friend, and
are looking for a fun activity that is
educational and creative, consider
giving Family Sundays a go. e next
session happens on Sunday, December
6 from 2:00-4:00 pm, and is a great
opportunity for learning, creativity,
and fun.
Looking at the paintings and drawings
of Halifax artist Sara Hartland-Rowe,
it isn’t always easy to tell what’s going
on. A cloud walks around on several
pairs of feet; tiny people climb from
a fissure in the ground, or look out
from where they are cradled in cloths
held for them like hammocks by much
larger god-like figures. ese pictures
operate like visual puzzles: if you keep
looking, you start to get a sense of
what might be happening—and there’s
always something happening.
is sense of narrative, as Hartland-
Rowe explained to the audience that
filled the Owens Art Gallery on
November 4 for a talk about her art
practice, is what she has continually
looked for through her work and in the
world. Hartland-Rowe’s narratives can
range from the very simplest—such as
a stitched drawing of two monkeys,
in which “one monkey has something
the other monkey wants” and the
story begins and ends there—to a
wall painting in which people emerge
from the ground on Judgment Day to
examine their own history. Another
wall piece displays silhouettes on a
stage which illustrate the story of a
love-stricken prince, a paranoid king,
and a plotting uncle. In yet another
work, abstract shapes stand in for Mary,
an angel, and the word of God in the
story of the Annunciation. Despite her
own atheism, Hartland-Rowe finds
much of her work gravitating toward
biblical narratives and references to
medieval frescoes.
Hartland-Rowe’s work, already
lively and engaging in its own right,
is only further enlivened by her own
manner of describing it. Energetically,
she flipped her way through two slide
carousels, like a tour guide pointing
in every direction at sights on a route
through an exciting world full of
colour, detail, and bustling activity.
Hartland-Rowe’s work does
reveal a different world: one with
its own language, a unique syntax,
and unconventional systems of logic
and chronology. Much of this world
seems to spill from her intuitively; she
discusses the importance of “hunches”
and the “Unthought Known,” a.k.a.
tapping into the things you know but
don’t know you know yet.
During her visit to Sackville, Sara
Hartland-Rowe shared her insights
and methods of working not only
with her talk on Wednesday, but also
through a drawing workshop and
individual studio visits with students
in the Fine Arts Department. Her
visit is a part of the Visiting Artist
Program, co-sponsored by the Owens,
Struts, and Mount Allison’s Fine Arts
department.
Families working on their own creative copies in the exhibition The Art of the Copy at the Owens Gallery.
Lucy MacDonald/Owens Art Gallery
Family friendly Owens Art Gallery
Julie Cruikshank
Argosy Staff
Halifax artist visits
Stitched monkeys and the Last
Judgment
Sara Williamson
Argosy Correspondent
ese pictures operate
like visual puzzles: if
you keep looking, you
start to get a sense
of what might be
happening.
Internet photo/Sara Hartland-Rowe
A work in progress by Struts Gallery artist in residence Michael Young. Offensive? See it while you still can and decide for yourself, before December 12.
Callan Field
Kids experience a whole world of art first hand
21 NOVEMBER 19, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ARTS & LITERATURE
Keeley Haftner’s work at START,
displayed starting November
15, models everyday items. e
descriptions of how, where, and why
Haftner acquired the objects, however,
is not something seen every day. Each
item has a unique background, and
they have each been there through
Haftner’s life experiences. Get to the
START Gallery soon to see these
mundane items given a life and a
history of their own.
Photos by Callan Field
Keeley Haftner gives new meaning to every day items at START
Remembrance Day began with song,
hope, and memory in Live Bait’s
performance of We’ll Meet Again on
November 10. e piece is directed
and written by Karen Valanne in
cooperation with Jennie Wood, the
musical director. Wood and Valanne
compiled poetry, real letters, and
wartime songs for just over an hour
of cabaret. Wood also sang and acted,
along with Francesca Barnett-Cowan,
Jason Swan, and Spencer Yarnell.
e show began on an optimistic
note, when the soldiers first left Canada
for both World Wars, excited about the
expected glory and defense of freedom.
While the show remained optimistic
and hopeful throughout, the general
mood did begin to wane to pessimism
and disillusionment by the end. e
performers’ monologues and the letters
they read aloud became despondent as
the show went on, caused by various
areas of war the soldiers, their wives,
and others involved experienced. Hope
was, however, a solid theme, clearly
seen in the title of We’ll Meet Again.
Most of the audience members were
from the generation that witnessed the
wars firsthand.
e performers were a well-chosen
group. eir voices were clear, expressive,
and touching. Sometimes, the female
voices actually drowned out the males’.
Overall, however, the voices matched,
while it was still possible to hear each
individual, unique articulation. Songs
included “Don’t Sit Under the Apple
Tree,” “Lili Marleen,” “Boogie Woogie
Bugle Boy,” and “As Time Goes By;”
many audience members sang along
throughout the whole show. Barnett-
Cowan also sang “Berkley Square,”
her voice full and lush with romance.
During this solo, it was as if she had left
the stage and mentally was immersed
in a romantic atmosphere. Wood and
Barnett-Cowan’s performance of
“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was light-
hearted, including simple dance steps.
e choreography, however, could
have been slightly more interesting.
ough the space did not allow for big
dance movements, it would have been
possible to add some more motion.
“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” did
deliver more of a peppy performance
German, has been translated into
many languages. During the war, it
was an “enemy love song that’s become
a favourite of two opposing armies,”
according to Wood’s monologue. e
song was adapted from a poem by
German soldier Hans Leip into music
by Norbert Schultze, and is a love song
that helped the soldiers keep their
spirits up. Yarnell’s performance was
met with a very long applause. Another
classic, “As Time Goes By,” was sung
by all four performers, with melodies
not typically heard in versions of the
song. ese harmonies were arranged
by Wood “on the fly,” as Barnett-
Cowan remarked after the show.
As for the poetry and letters, the
audience’s heart strings certainly were
plucked as the performers read or
recited them. Monologues ranged from
the voices of women whose husbands
were fighting, women working in
factories, to soldiers, as did the letters.
It was clear that soldiers who were
once excited to go into battle quickly
became disenchanted with life in the
trenches. One soldier’s letter, however,
proved that some were still inspired and
hopeful; he wrote that if he died soon,
he would at least die happy. Another
soldier wrote, “I would not wish to see
the death of a spider,” after seeing the
atrocities of war. Other soldiers dealt
with the experience by making jokes,
a monologue Yarnell performed with
much laughter from the audience.
Women who were left at home often
worked in factories to support the war
efforts, and one monologue indicated
that these women could read each
other’s bodies and see who had received
a letter from abroad, and who had not.
Swan was very animated when reading
his letters, but his performance was a
bit distracting, as he did not perform
the letters from memory and looked
back and forth between the audience
and his script. His monologues,
however, were recited by heart and
captivating. e show ended with
Barnett-Cowan’s recitation of the
poem “In Flanders Fields.”
After the show, the performers
were happy to answer questions and
speak about their experiences with
this show. Swan mentioned he had
not had relatives in either war, but his
grandmother remembered “doing drills
in school, like salutes and marching.”
He remarked that when reading letters
on stage, “I see the image of someone
getting that letter, and it really hits
home.” Yarnell mentioned his great-
grandfather had been captured at
Dieppe, but that he wrote in his
journal that German prisons were
Poems, letters, and cabaret for Remembrance Day
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
Jennie Wood and Francesca Barnett-Cowan boogie woogie at Live Bait.
Vivi Reich
e performers were
a well-chosen group.
eir voices were clear,
expressive, and touching.
[...] Overall, the voices
matched, while it was
still possible to hear
each individual, unique
articultion.
– the performers were paired into two
couples, Wood with Swan, and Yarnell
with Barnett-Cowan. ey all clearly
enjoyed themselves performing this
piece. Yarnell and Swan both reacted
like any boyfriend might when his
girlfriend tells him not to sit under
an apple tree with anyone else but her,
with facial expressions and gestures
clearly promising they wouldn’t, but
with a hint of fear of what the girlfriend
might do to them if they did.
Yarnell’s “Lili Marleen” solo was
sung with obvious love; it was clear
that the song made life for soldiers
in the trenches a bit easier. Before
Yarnell sang, Wood remarked that
“Lili Marleen,” written originally in
“good.” Yarnell remarked, “he would
write things in his journal like, ‘we had
good bread today.’” Barnett-Cowan
appreciated working with the group
very much. She remarked, “I love
when we are all connected as a group.
[…] We each might be sending a
different message, but we’re united
by the music.” About her singing and
arrangement of harmonies, Wood said
laughingly, “I have a natural aptitude,
and I can also thank my bachelor
of Music at Mt. A and my class in
arranging and theory! Your university
degree does pay off!” Wood also said
about Remembrance Day in general,
“It’s less about glory and more about
hope, as well as celebrating sacrifice.
We can reach our dreams.”

Veterans and families comprise large percentage of audience at We’ll Meet Again at Live Bait eatre
A i s f o r Aw e s o m e . An d a l s o f o r Ar t s . Wr i t e i t .
22 NOVEMBER 19, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ARTS & LITERATURE
Remember the Odyssey? at epic
poem by Homer, and a popular pick
for middle and high school teachers’
reading lists? It was brought back to
life when e Classics Society, Dr. Ivan
Cohen’s Epic Poetry class, professors,
various university departments
(particularly Classics and English), and
students took turns reading the whole
book in one sitting on November 5.
It lasted eleven hours, starting in the
early morning, with over forty readers.
Initially, the marathon started as
a project for the Epic Poetry class.
Dr. Cohen then wanted the Classics
Society involved, and it grew. While
the book was read aloud in the Owens
Gallery lobby from a podium set up
in front of an audience, information
about the book being read at that
moment was projected onto a screen
to chart the progress of the story.
Many in the audience followed along
with their own copies of the book.
Refreshments were served as well.
Audience members came and went,
as they obviously had places to be and
things to do and were not able to stick
around for eleven hours. e reading
never stopped. At various points of
the day, audience members could be
seen making themselves comfortable
while lounging on the floor to listen,
or sitting in the chairs provided.
Emily-Jean Alexander and Natalie
Stewart, co-presidents of the Classics
Society, remark that those involved
learned more about the Odyssey than
they had previously known, because
it was necessary to break up the
books for multiple people to read.
“e event itself helped us and the
class particularly because we had been
dealing with the Homeric question of
authorship, composition, and
performance of the epic,” they
commented, “an eleven-hour reading
of the poem definitely helped us to
conceptualize our own opinions and
helped us to relate to the original
method of an oral performance.”
One Classics student also notes, “ere
were many approaches and voices
to the reading of the books, which
made it a really varied and engaging
experience.” In particular, Dr. Bruce
Robertson of the History department
was animated and used different voices
for the characters. Dr. Cohen even
read a portion of his assigned book in
ancient Greek.
e marathon was met with a
positive response, according to the co-
presidents, who were excited about the
turnout. Would they ever do it again?
In answer to this question, Alexander
and Stewart reply, “although the event
took a lot of preparation, the result was
well worth it and it would definitely be
worth doing again.”
Windsor eatre’s production of one
act plays this past Saturday delivered
two engaging and thought-provoking
one-person shows written by James
O’Reilly (not of Mount Allison)
and Mt. A. student Breanna Dunn
Moore. e former writer’s Work was
performed by Padraigh MacDonald,
and Moore starred in her production
of What are you Trying to Say.
Work is a cynical, sarcastic, and
outrageously funny story about James
( Jim) O’Reilly and his past work
experiences. e stage is literally Jim’s
subconscious, in which the audience
takes part experiencing, as it is
performed directly to them. Because the
audience witnesses the subconscious,
the play is sometimes confusing,
seeming to jump forward and back in
time. Jim tells us his memories, some
from childhood and teenage years
with his parents in the projects of
North York, Ontario, and others from
his more recent years of employment.
e show topic is centralized on work,
and Jim is frustrated with and angry
about it. He worked as a waiter, in a
meat-packing plant, in the sewers, and
in an office - though the play is one act,
it is broken up into three parts. In the
last part, Jim’s office job, the audience
thinks he may have pulled himself out
of his hardship, but in the end, he’s
really just in the same situation he
has always been in, with a dead-end
job, a life smoking pot, listening to
music, and not doing much else that
is productive.
e dialogue is full of metaphors
and imaginative descriptions that
emphasize the disgustingness of
working in the sewer, the frustration
of working for a boss you don’t like,
the annoyance with customers in
a restaurant, and the irritation of
working at a meat packing plant with
a few inches of brine on the floor that
eats away at uniforms and shoes. Two
stories that surely will stick in the
audience members’ minds: the man
who pulls some sort of earwig with a
hooked tail out of his date’s ear, pulling
parts of gray matter with it; and Jim’s
experience in the sewer, using a
bucket to fish out substances creating
blockage, only to have the bucket fall
on his face so he gets covered in feces.
MacDonald’s performance of
the piece was priceless. His use of
different voices and attitudes for
various characters he talked about was
hysterical, and truly showed his acting
potential as he became the other
characters, then seamlessly switched
back to the character of Jim. He
adopted a lisp when imitating the voice
of someone who annoyed him, and,
as an example of another character, a
perfect New York mafia thug accent,
the owner of an Italian restaurant.
His imitation of another restaurant
manager, a middle-aged ex-dancer,
was brilliant – it was amusing to see a
bearded, shaggy-haired male dancing
across the stage with fluttering hands
and ballet movements. e energy he
brought to the piece did not falter
through the whole show. e audience
was constantly laughing, and were
sympathetic when they were supposed
to be. In addition, his portrayal of an
erratic character who just cannot get it
together brought more humour to the
show. e piece ended with a much-
deserved standing ovation.
What are you Trying to Say switched
gears completely after a fifteen-
minute intermission. e piece follows
Moore’s experience of not speaking for
seven days, “to prove I can talk without
talking,” as she says in the play. e
story was based on a real experience,
with some fictionalized instances for
comic effect. With each new day in the
story, Moore held up signs indicating
Day 1, Day 2, etc., so the story is easy
to follow. ere was no set or props
at all, and Moore mimed everything
clearly so the audience would not
be lost. Moore’s switches between
characters were also seamless. With
the introduction of a character, Moore
took on their unique stance, voice, and
mannerisms, and because of this, the
audience clearly knew what character
she was playing without being told
again. Not only was Moore’s acting
superb, but she moved naturally
across the stage, at one point doing
a bump-and-grind dance at a party;
and at the beginning, imitating the
dance performance she witnessed that
inspired her to take the vow of silence.
e sign language she developed was
also easy for the audience to follow,
and sometimes very creative.
roughout the seven days, Moore
demonstrated the hardships she
encountered while not being able to
speak. Her brother harassed her, trying
to get her to talk again. e character
she simply called “Middle Sister” read
her private journal and left an angry
note for Moore, who wrote an angry
letter back. e anger was expressed
by Moore miming writing on a piece
of paper, with the words become
bigger bigger, until Moore jumped
around the stage thrashing her arm
up and down and back and forth as if
writing big, angry letters. In the story,
some people yelled at her as if she was
unable to hear. She began to notice
things she had not noticed before,
such as her grandmother’s lips when
she helps her put on lipstick because
she cannot explain it to her in words.
Most importantly, she realized that a
conversation does not have to entail
only speaking. Towards the end, when
she approached midnight of the day
she would be able to talk again, she
made a list of things she wanted to say,
as if vowing to say these things, just as
she had vowed not to say anything at
the beginning. is was the closing of
a balanced story that came full circle.
Funnily enough, her first word on
day one of speaking again was simply,
“Hi.”
After her show, Moore answered
questions from the audience. She was
asked when she decided to write the
story, and answered, “I got the Crake
Correction: Georgina Dibley
also took part in Dancing at
Lughnasah.
Want to dance, be thrown through the
air and share a few good laughs? en
getting involved with Mount Allison’s
Swing Society may be the right idea.
With over forty paid members and
plenty of new participants each class,
Swing Society is one of Mt. A’s most
popular non-academic groups.
e Swing Bash has been a regular
event since 2004. It brings together
students at all levels of experience to
dance the night away. A beginners’
session before the full event allows
people who have never tried swing
before to learn and join in the dancing
for the rest of the evening.
Katie Pazia had never attended a swing
class, but came to the Bash.
“It was really fun,” she said. “e intro
lesson really helped and I was able to
pick it up very fast. It was really neat to
see all the different people at different
levels of swing ability.” She has since
decided to start attending lessons.
Mt. A teaches East Coast Swing,
explained Ariane Wiley, one of the
instructors. East coast swing evolved
from the earlier Lindy Hop style,
but generally preserves the six-count
beat and can be danced competitively,
although West Coast swing is more
often seen in contests and shows.
Swing dancing of all varieties evolved
alongside swing music toward the
end of the 1920s and throughout
the thirties and forties and also has
African-American roots.
“Swing is a social dance,” said Wiley,
“which is why it is so good to have
[events like] the Swing Bash.”
e Bash included a small
performance by the instructors as well
as dance games, including a version of
“Simon Says” in which dancers had to
do different moves as they were called
out. e King and Queen of Swing
were chosen after a dance-off between
different couples. is year it was a
dance couple from the beginners’ class,
Elizabeth Nagy and Connor Muir.
e Swing Society has had a bit of
a revival this year, as last year there was
a delay in getting a space to practice
in. Now two beginners’ sessions are
taught in Tweedie Hall on Tuesdays
at 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm, and an
advanced session on ursdays. New
dancers are always welcome, whether
alone or as couples. Notably, this year
there has sometimes been an excess of
male dancers, which is a rarity.
Fellowship grant at the end of last year
and a research grant in the summer. I’ve
been writing since August and working
with Mary Ellen MacLean [an actress
who has performed in Sackville and
directed Moore’s piece].” She is on her
thirteenth draft, and says she will start
writing another one soon. An audience
member asked if Moore had learned
how to move so expressively during
the vow of silence. Moore answered,
“I’ve played charades. I dance at the
Pub sometimes. Actually, I went in
blind. I’m a better listener because
of it. And I’ve never felt so isolated
in my entire life! I also didn’t know
real sign language.” Another member
asked, “Are people afraid of silence?”
to which Moore answered, “Definitely.
It’s amazing how people ramble when
someone is silent. We feel we have
to fill that space. It sucks.” e last
question of the evening was, “Would
you do it again?” Moore replied that
she would like to take a vow of silence
once a year.
e two pieces performed that night
were very different – one, an erratic but
entertaining story not written by the
actor; the other, a very personal story
that the actor can connect easily to
because she had written it. ey were
both insightful, creative, and amusing
in different ways. Both performers
undoubtedly have a successful road
ahead of them.
A part of something epic
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
Dr. Robert Campbell reads for the
Odyssey marathon on Nov. 5.
Dr. Robert Lapp also took part.
Photos by Ivan Cohen
One + one = two great one acts
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
Paul Del Motte
Paul Del Motte
Jessica Emin
“In the mood” for swing
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Geek Chic
of the Week
e X-Flex Blast Protection System is, literally, bomb-proof wallpaper. Berry Plastics, in partnership with the US
Army Corps of Engineers, have created this sandwich of Kevlar-like fibers between sheets of elastic polymer, and
while it’s military-only as of the moment, civvie versions are already in the pipeline. Popsci tested the material by
swinging a wrecking ball at a sheet of X-Flex over a brick wall - the wall survived the impact.
Unfortunately, this product is not available for purchase at this time.
November 19, 2009:
X-Flex Blast
Protection System
the future, soon
ranting about books for
9.58268243 × 10^-5 millenia
Stuart Townsend
Argosy Staff
Bought a book lately? Well, probably
not, as we university students don’t
really have time to read for fun. I
don’t really, either, but when I got my
beloved iPhone some months ago, I
discovered it does have several eBook
reader apps. I investigated, and
entered a seamy underbelly of the
publishing world -- and discovered
that books, as they exist, might be on
the way out.
at’s right, dear reader. As more
and more words are being read
off more and more screens, and
technology like Amazon’s Kindle (a
sheet of paper-sized device dedicated
to displaying digital versions of
the humble novel) becomes more
prevalent, we just might see a radical
change in the publishing industry
that threatens us all. Well, not us,
because we don’t have time to read.
Let me give you an example
using the Kindle. e Kindle has
onboard storage upon which Kindle
owners store ebooks, purchased from
Amazon. Once a user, uh, reader,
buys a book from a store, it is theirs
inviolate, right? Right. Amazon
apparently reserves the right to
mess with you, as demonstrated
last July. On July 16, Kindle users
across the world awoke to discover
that Amazon had snuck into their
Kindle systems via the same service
that allows Kindles to synchronize
with computers and deleted books.
Which books? Er, 1984 and Animal
Farm.
is deeply ironic “Big Brother”-
esque move outlines a disturbing
trend in publishing: that of the user’s
rights.
A reader owns a book; a user
licences an ebook, and this means
(unfortunately) that Amazon was
fully within the law by stealing into
its customers devices and deleting
works about the abuse of power by
monolithic organizations.
at said, Amazon had a pretty
good reason. e people who sold
said copies of 1984 and Animal
Farm did not, in fact, want electronic
versions of their copies of the book
sold. And Amazon promised not
to do it again -- uh, unless it had a
court order to do so.
A new study shows that the common
cold (technically known as a rhinovirus)
may actually help to fight off H1N1.
It’s an interesting thought and could
Jennifer Musgrave
have many implications for epidemic
prevention, but one has to consider
the facts first. e H1N1 wave has
been slow this past autumn in some
countries and researchers have been
asking why?
It’s mainly been in European
countries that this flu
has not been showing
a lot of epidemic
activity, which could
be explained by swine
flu research in France.
e flu cases that
rose there in early
September (about
160 in 100,000
people) suddenly
began to drop. It was
shown that for the
cases of throat swabs
that tested positive
for swine flu, the
percentage began to
drop just with a rise
in rhinovirus cases
(a virus that causes
colds).
Normally the
effects of interactions
between rhinovirus and the flu are
never seen due to the fact that flu
epidemics usually spring up in the
winter while rhinovirus tends to
appear in the late summer (at least in
the Northern Hemisphere). However,
this year, because of the pandemic, the
flu arrived early and coincided with
the appearance of rhinovirus.
e theory is that rhinovirus may
actually be blocking the spread of the
flu through viral interference. is
process, in theory, is when an infection
turns on your antiviral defences thus
excluding other viruses from the body.
Other countries have also reported
similar trends of flu cases declining
with the rise of rhinovirus during the
back to school months (late summer),
such as Sweden, Australia, and
Norway.
However, there have also been cases
where there was no interference and
the patient simply caught two illnesses
at the same time. However, Ian Mackay,
a researcher in Australia, reported that
people with Rhinovirus were less
likely to contract a second virus than
people who had other viruses. Only
about one third were as likely to have
simultaneous flu symptoms.
e question, though, is why the
United States hasn’t seen such dips in
the pandemic with the back to school
months. Mackay has hypothesized that
interference will not be effective when
someone is repeatedly being exposed
Rhino vs swine
As it turns out, the common cold may, like this poster, ‘blast the flu’.
Although they seem like the most
boring component of DNA, recent
evidence shows that the tips of
chromosomes could hold the secret to
longer life.
Called telomeres, these bits of DNA
don’t function in the cell in a manner
we’re used to thinking about – they
make no protein and are in no direct
way involved with cell regulation, but
their job is a pretty neat one. Every time
a cell divides, the chromosomes must
replicate. When this happens, some of
the tips of the chromosomes are lost –
about 50 to 200 units of that infamous
genetic code. If this loss encroached on
important genes, the effect on the cell -
and us - could be dire, so having these
expendable bits of DNA at the tips
is a protective measure. ink of the
plastic doohickeys on your shoelaces
that prevent unraveling.
is constant loss of DNA puts a
limit on how many times a cell can
divide. Some estimates put this limit at
about fifty in humans. After this, cells
enter a state called “senescence” where
they cannot divide. As a result, vital
Telomeres key to eternal youth?
organs may begin to fail and the signs
of aging commence. e effects of this
are gigantic: running out of telomeres
means the end of one’s life. e secret
to long life might not be in your eating
habits or physical activity but in your
genes.
Last month, the Nobel Prize was
awarded to a group of scientists at the
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
for finding an enzyme more prevalent
in very old people that helps rebuild
telomeres. Also, these people had very
long telomeres to begin with. ose
with this enzyme were spared age-
related diseases such as diabetes and
cardiovascular disease, which cause
many deaths among elderly people.
e results of this research are
huge. It may one day be possible
to manufacture drugs that mimic
the enzyme capacity found in these
centenarians.
Ashkenazi Jews were used for the
study because they are an endogamous
population with a very high life
expectancy. ey observed 86 elderly
men and women (mean age 97), 175
of their offspring, and 93 controls
(offspring of parents who had lived a
normal lifespan).
e enzyme of interest in this case
was telomerase, an enzyme found in
all humans. It is most active in the sex
organs, since gametes (sperm and egg)
must have very long telomeres in order
to support a whole new person. It is
also present in cells like bone marrow
that must continuously divide, but it
is not found in such senescent cells as
neurons and cardiac tissue.
SciTechLink:
More on telomeres
http://bit.ly/HylZn
Ross MacLean
Argosy Staff
Jessica Emin
to the illness and there are now many
more cases in the US than in Europe.
However, this research could
have many implications for how we
traditionally few illness prevention,
and may possibly lead to a drug that
will induce the antiviral state without
the side effect of cold symptoms. e
effects of rhinovirus are too often
dismissed, since it is only a “cold,” but
it may in fact have the ability to block
swine flu and save lives. is was the
case in France as it bought the country
time before the vaccine was able to
arrive and ended up saving many lives.
So what’s the verdict? You may
possibly be saving yourself by catching
a cold if you are later exposed to swine
flu, but there’s no guarantee that this
will always be the case. Honestly,
when in doubt, it’s just best to play it
safe and try to keep your health and
stamina up by exercising, eating well,
keeping stress levels down, and getting
enough sleep.
SciTechLink:
‘Viral’ videos
http://bit.ly/3Pam3I
Oldest humans’ bodies prevent telomere degradation with protective enzyme
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SPORTS & FITNESS
Five Fall Mounties named AUS All-Stars
Five Mount Allison fall athletes were
honoured as 2009-2010 conference
all-stars for their performances this
season on the field for the Mounties.
Receiving honours for the Mounties
were Iain MacLeod and Allie MacLean
(second-team All-Stars; soccer), Mike
Filer and Aaron Harper (offensive
line, AUS football), and Gary Ross
(inside receiver, special teams, and
conference MVP, AUS football).
In addition to being named
conference MVP, Ross is nominated for
the Hec Creighton Award as Canada’s
top university football player. Ross led
the conference in receptions, receiving
yards and touchdowns, and all-
purpose yards on the way to breaking
three AUS records. Last season, he
was lauded with All-Canadian awards
twice. A two-time University Athlete
of the Year and four-time AUS all-star,
Ross is a fourth year Science student.
Both Filer and Harper were both
highly decorated high school players,
winning Lineman of the Year awards.
In addition, Harper was selected to
participate in the past East-West
Bowl for Canadian university football.
Fifth-year midfielder Iain MacLeod
was an integral part of a young Mounties
squad and was the leading goal scorer
on the team. ird year defender Allie
MacLean was one of main forces
behind the Lady Mounties strong
season, anchoring the defense with
her veteran leadership and strong play.
Both MacLeod and MacLean were
honoured with second team honours.
With files from Sue Seaborn
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
e Mount Allison Hockey Mounties
accomplished something they have
never done before on Saturday night,
earning their first win of the season
with their first ever win over the St. FX
X-Women in a thrilling 3-2 shootout.
e Mounties rode an incredible
performance from sophomore
goaltender Meghan Corley-Byrne,
who made 59 saves in regulation and
in the shootout, but it wasn’t until
the third Mountie shooter, captain
Jill Greene, that they were able
to solve Greenway again. Morton
scored on the next Mountie shot to
put the home squad up by two, and
Corley-Byrne made a great save on
Carolyn Campell to end the game.
“Meghan played outstanding, like an
all-star goalie,” said first-year Mountie
Head Coach Zach Ball, who earned his
first CIS win as Head Coach. “She held
us out for sixty-plus shots, and kept us
in it. It was a great win in a great game.”
e following day the Mounties
were right back at it against the
Dalhousie Tigers and the conference’s
leading scorer, Jocelyn Leblanc.
e Mounties were able to contain
Leblanc for fifty-nine minutes, but
with one minute left in regulation in a
tie game, Leblanc broke the Mounties’
hearts with her fifth goal of the season
to give the Tigers a tough 3-2 win.
With the Tigers leading 1-0 halfway
through the first, Morton buried her
second in as many games to tie the game.
Seven minutes into the second, Jenica
Bastarache put her first of the season
past Dalhousie’s Emelie Ederfors to
give the Mounties the lead, which they
would hold until Robyn Nicholson
scored her second of the game on
the powerplay to tie the game at 2.
With just over a minute left,
Leblanc walked in on goal and slid
the game winner past Corley-Byrne.
“We deserved to have overtime in
this one,”Ball commented following the
game. “We made some bad decisions,
and Dalhousie is a good team; if you
do that against someone like them
they’re going to take advantage, and
they did that in the last two minutes.”
Corley-Byrne played another solid
game in goal, stopping 50 of 53 shots,
while Ederfors stopped 24 of 26 shots,
and got lucky a couple times when
Mountie forwards walked in alone
and just missed open-net chances.
“e girls played two really good
games this weekend,”said Ball. “We had
lots of girls stand out in the two games,
from Meghan to Jenica to Ashlyn
Somers to our captain Jill Greene.
“We’re going to keep working hard
and getting better every week; nobody
is going to get anything for free.”
e Mounties are now 1-7 on
the season, but are only one game
behind UPEI in the standings for the
final playoff spot, with lots of time
to achieve that. ey now face two
tough road games this weekend, as
they will pay visits to Saint omas
on Saturday and Moncton on Sunday.
“We’re playing our best right
now, finally playing like we can
and should,” Ball added. “is is a
‘Look Out’ to all the other teams.”
We’re playing our best
right now...[t]his is a
“Look Out” to all the
other teams.
overtime and stopped all four shots she
faced in the shootout. Two goals in a
span of forty-five seconds at the end of
the first period was all the X-Women,
the fifth-ranked team in Canada at
the time, could get past Corley-Byrne.
Down by a 2-0 count in the second,
the Mounties got on the board on a bit
of a lucky goal on a bad-angle shot by
Katelyn Morton that somehow eluded
X-Women goaltender Katie Greenway.
Rookie forward Jill Hunt would tie
the game up two and a half minutes
into the third period with a nice
deflection off an Alison Dolan shot,
and the Mounties played maybe their
strongest period of the season to force
overtime, and held on through the extra
period to bring the game to a shootout.
Mount Allison had the first shot
Hockey Mounties pull off huge upset
Play strong pair of weekend games
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
3
3
2
2
Mount Allison’s All-Stars (left to right): Mike Filer, Aaron Harper, Gary Ross, Iain MacLeod, and Allie MacLean were all honourd with AUS Conference All-Stars as top athletes.
Sue Seaborn
Sue Seaborn
Mountie Offensive Leaders
Katelyn Morton
3
1
Goals
Assist
Jillian Greene
2
2
Goals
Assists
Ashlyn Somers
1
2
Goal
Assists
Mountie Defensive Leader
.934
Save Percentage
2.94
Goals Against Average
Meghan Corley-Byrne
25 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS NOVEMBER 19, 2009
Gary Ross was only missing one
piece to complete what has been a
truly illustrious and incredible CIS
football career. is past week he
got that piece, being named as the
Atlantic University Sport Football’s
Most Outstanding Player. e fourth-
year receiver and returner was selected
by the four head coaches in the
conference as well as being awarded
AUS Special Teams Player of the Year
and an All-Star receiver, which he has
been all four years at Mount Allison.
Ross broke a trio of AUS records this
past season, including single-season
receptions with 60, enough to lead
the country. His 818 yards through
the air is a Mt. A team record, and
brought his career total to 2,582,
which surpasses the previous record
of 2,470 held by Grant Davy of
Acadia, who accomplished it in five
years compared to Ross’s four. Ross
also broke Davy’s record for career
receptions, with 172 all-time, which
is also ninth-best in CIS history.
e electrifying native of Windsor,
Ontario also is the AUS leader in
career all-purpose yards with 5,990,
a list that includes names like Eric
Lapointe and Grant Keaney among
others. He added 467 total return
yards, remarkable considering he
was rarely kicked to this season.
A pair of Mountie offensive
linemen were honoured as AUS
All-Stars as well; second-year guard
Mike Filer and third-year tackle
Aaron Harper were each given
their first All-Star recognition.
Filer, from Brampton, Ontario, had
a very strong sophomore campaign
that saw the Mounties rank second
in the AUS in rushing yards.
Harper has started every game
in his three-year career at Mt. A
since coming over from Manitoba.
e left tackle from Lloydminster,
Saskatchewan has been integral to
the Mounties’ offence each year, and
represented the Mounties in the East-
West Bowl, a showcase for the top
Canadian college talent, in the spring.
ese three Mounties now become
eligible to be voted as All-Canadians,
and Ross is up for the Hec Crighton
Award, awarded annually to the
country’s Most Outstanding Football
Player. Ross becomes the second
Mountie in as many years to win AUS
MVP, as last year it was quarterback
Kelly Hughes up for the Hec Crighton.
e last Mountie to win the award was
legendary running back Eric Lapointe,
who captured it in 1996 and 1998.
Ross will have tough competition in
the nominees in the form of a trio
of quarterbacks from the other three
conferences. Laval’s Benoit Groulx,
Calgary’s Erik Glavic, and Western’s
Michael Faulds, who is the CIS all-
time leading passer, are the other
nominees. Faulds set a CIS record
for most passing yards in a season
with 3033 in ony eight games, while
Glavic and Groulx have led their
respective teams into the national
semi-finals this coming weekend.
Saint Mary’s captured the AUS
Championship with a 31-22 win over
the St FX X-Men, and will now face
Glavic and the Calgary Dinos in the
Uteck Bowl in Halifax on Saturday.
e Dinos defeated Saskatchewan
with a last-minute 39-38 score.
Laval easily handled the Montreal
Carabins 31-7, and will face the
Queen’s Golden Gaels in the Mitchell
Bowl. Queen’s emerged victorious
in a thrilling shootout that featured
the top two passers in CIS history,
with Queen’s’ Danny Brannagan
outlasting Faulds and the Western
Mustangs 43-39 in one of the most
exciting CIS battles in recent memory.
e winners of the two semi-finals
will face off in the Vanier Cup, which
will be played in Laval’s Stade PEPS
on November 28. All-Canadians
and Major Award Winners will be
announced at the end of the month.
Ross named AUS most outstanding player
Harper, Filer named to All-Star team
Joe Chrvala
After a record breaking season, Gary Ross has been namd the AUS
Football’s Most Outstanding Player and an all-star receiver.
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
Dating back to the 2000-2001 season,
ACAA Women’s Volleyball has been
dominated by the STU Tommies
and Mount Allison Mounties. Last
weekend, the Mounties travelled to
Fredericton to take on their ACAA
rivals in their first matchup of the
2009-2010 season. In a two match
weekend series, the Mounties and
Tommies each drew blood with each
squad winning and losing a match each.
On Saturday, the Mounties were
playing from behind for much of the
match against an aggressive Tommie
squad. Despite strong play from
reigning ACAA Rookie of the Year
Caila Henderson (17 kills, 3 aces,
9 digs, 1 stuff block) and first year
player Alex Logue Storr (14 kills, 3
aces, 7 digs) the Mounties dropped
the first match 3-1 with game scores
of 25-23, 25-23, 15-25, and 25-23.
Sunday, the Mounties came out of
the gates with an aggressive serving
game, overwhelming the hometown
Tommies. With Henderson again
taking charge with 13 kills, 2 digs, and
2 stuff blocks, along with strong games
from second year player Alexina
LePage, and first years Allison Settle
and Alex Logue Storr, the Mounties
rolled to a 3-0 win with game
scores of 25-17, 25-19, and 25-11.
Head Coach Andrew Kennedy
commented after the matches “It was
our first opportunity to see the “new
STU” this season, and we learned a
great deal from both matches. ey
have some big hitters, but take them
out of the equation, and they are a very
beatable team, as we saw on Sunday.”
With the weekend’s results, the
Mounties are currently ranked
eleventh nationally, the highest ranked
ACAA team while they sit second
overall in the ACAA. ey host the
winless Holland College Hurricanes
on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.
With files from Sue Seaborn.
Volleyball Mounties earn split with STU
Sit in second place behind UNB-Saint John
Saturday
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Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
Sometimes I wonder what drives
people during the playoff hunt. It
could be the desire to prove someone
right, or wrong. It’s often the pursuit
of that top-of-the-world joy that you
get when you win the big one. On
occasion, players play for the memory
of someone passed. And when it comes
to the CFL, you top all your motivation
off with the best trophy out there, the
Grey Cup. us, the hunt for the Grey
Cup begins alongside the hunt for deer,
and they’re not far off in their emphases
on strategy and cunning. Sometimes
the trick play or the stakeout or luring
in your prey on the blitz is what
you’ve got to do to bring home dinner.
And what a dinner it is, the Grey
Cup. Canada’s biggest annual sports
event centres on a beautiful silver mug
donated by the Governor-General
Earl Grey exactly a hundred years ago.
Although some have argued that a guy
named Earl Grey should really have
donated a tea cup, clearly he knew
that real men drink from mugs, and
that’s what he got them. So every year,
when the CFL season draws to a close,
the pursuit of this beast begins. Get
your ammo and head out to the hunt.
Unlike in America, it actually gets
cold up here and we don’t play all
winter in sissy domes. So the first round
has already passed, and two teams are
headed for the hockey rink, or the hot
tub, or wherever you go in lieu of a golf
course in November in Canada. e first
two matchups consisted of Edmonton
visiting Calgary, and Hamilton
hosted the British Columbia Lions.
Calgary succeeded in keeping
their hopes of a Grey Cup repeat
alive. e Stamps struggled past their
Alberta counterparts, the Edmonton
Eskimos. With the final score of 24-
21 reached by the half-way point of
the fourth quarter, you can imagine
the frustration of the Esks as they
failed to gain those 3 points back in
the last eight minutes. e Stamps’
victory gets them a date in Regina with
the Roughriders. What better place
to go for a date than Saskatchewan?
e Hamilton Tiger-Cats hoped
to continue their success after making
the playoffs for the first time in . . .
shall we say, forever? Sadly for them,
they ended up with an Allerednic
story (the reverse of a Cinderella
story). Pushing the visiting B.C. Lions
to overtime only made the Lions’ 34-
27 victory sweeter and harder to take
for all those Ti-Cats fans shouting a
resilient “Oski-wee-wee Oski-wa-
wa.” e presence of Casey Printers
as the Lions QB also added to the
drama. e Lions earn a plane ticket
to Montreal for a more European
experience, where they hope to partake
of some Montreal smoked meat.
I know you’re starting to think
about another kind of finals, a non-
football related kind of finals, but keep
your priorities straight and study up
the CFL Division Finals, East and
West, this Sunday. You only live once.
Martin Wightman
Argosy Correspondent
e playoffs begin!
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26 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS NOVEMBER 19, 2009
Predicting outcomes in sports is
a daunting task. Team officials,
sportswriters, and your average sports
fans regard the off-season as a time
to channel their inner-Nostradamus,
figuring out what teams will surprise
people (I knew Drew Brees was
good, but aren’t the Saints supposed
to perpetually suck?), which coaches/
GM’s won’t last past anksgiving
(take a bow, Byron Scott), and how
certain players will perform. e latter
is always the hardest to foresee. Steve
Nash looked like his prime was coming
to a close, Elton Brand was finally
healthy three years removed from an
MVP-caliber season with the Clippers,
the list goes on and on. e point is that
until the ball is in play, there is no way
to really know what is about to happen.
With that in mind, did anybody see
Brandon Jennings coming? e Buck’s
rookie point-guard is lighting up the
NBA in the early going to the tune of
a stellar 25.6/4.4/5.1 line while leading
the Milwaukee’s to a division best 5-2
record. But it’s not just the numbers-
Jennings, who turned twenty during
the pre-season is the clear-cut go-to-
guy on his team (granted, we’re talking
about the Bucks…with Michael Redd
out, who was never a leader, Jennings
competition in the ‘main man’
department is Luc-Richard Mbah-A-
Mouhte) and has been the one with
the ball in his hands with the game
on the line. In a recent game against
a formidable Nuggets team, Jennings
scored 32 points in a 108-102 come
from behind victory, including two
three pointers within a minute of
each other in the fourth quarter to
tie the game, and six points off of free
throws to ice the game. What’s more
impressive than the sheer numbers and
the heroics was Jennings demeanor-
cool, collected, laughing at the free
throw line as if he were playing a pick-
up game on his buddy’s driveway- a
far cry from what was expected of him
when he fell to the Bucks with the
tenth overall pick in this year’s draft.
And don’t be mistaken, his draft-day
fall would have resulted in some form
of hip-displacement for most, but not
Jennings. Not much longer than one
year ago, while finishing his senior year
of high school, Jennings was considered
the top prospect of his draft class. Due
to paperwork issues, Jennings was
ineligible to play in the NCAA leaving
him to venture overseas to play for the
euro-league’s Lottomatica Rome team.
e move was truly revolutionary and
the subject of considerable criticism.
While the season offered Brandon the
opportunity to play with grown-men
and legitimate professionals, his playing
time was extremely limited. e lack
of exposure in Europe, combined with
his unspectacular numbers made it
difficult for GM’s to warrant spending
a top pick on him over routinely
nationally televised prospects like
Jonny Flynn or Tyreke Evans. He went
from being a surefire top three pick to
a skinny, unproven point guard with an
iffy jump shot (ironically, Jennings has
made 49.6 per cent of his field goals
thus far, and is an incredible 56.7 per
cent-17 for 30- from behind the arc).
Yet, the amazing start to Jennings’ pro
career isn’t a surprise simply because
he had a mediocre season in Italy. In
the off-season, Jennings did very little
to prove that he was a sound draft
prospect: He continually bashed top
PG prospect Ricky Rubio as being “all
hype”, denounced many of the league’s
veteran point guards and famously
showed up to Madison Square Garden
for the famed David Stern draft night
meet-and-greet for picks late, creating
significant confusion when Earl Clark
was announced as the Suns fourteenth
overall selection, followed by Jennings
emerging from backstage. Two days
later Jennings appeared on a New York
radio show to offer his unique ‘insight’,
which included gems like “F*** the
Knicks, them n***** is always going
to be weak” and, on his draft night
debacle: “I had the best appearance
out of all them n******. And I was the
best dressed, they said, by the way. I
was the best dressed”. Jennings was
essentially written off as just another
NBA loony in the vein of Starbury-
supremely talented, yet tarnished by a
lifetime of being in the spotlight. At
the end of the day, though, Jennings
fell into a perfect situation: a point
guard drafted on a team bereft of any
substantial talent, with Luke Ridnour
as his only obstacle to playing time.
At some point during the summer,
Jennings must have realized the
opportunity presented to him, and he
has flourished in his role as one of the
leagues young superstars. Two nights
after writing this, Brandon Jennings
went off to score 55 points including
eight for nine from downtown in
another come from behind victory over
the Golden State Warriors. With that
he broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew
Alcindor, at the time)’s Bucks rookie
scoring mark, and three shy of Wilt
Chamberlains record of 58 points. Wow.
is week’s Delonte West Watch:
West’s future with the Cavs is now in
jeopardy, as he has stopped traveling
with the team. e reason? At some
point in the last two weeks, Delonte
West has manifested a legitimate fear
of flying and refuses to board the team
plane. I really couldn’t make this up.
e month of December is quickly
approaching. is month signifies
the end of semester, time home with
family and friends, and of course,
the E word: exams. Many students
experience stress and anxiety during
exam time, especially those who
are counting on exams to boost
their final marks. A little anxiety
and worry can be very useful.
“e Relaxation and Stress
Reduction Workbook” explains
that thinking something bad might
happen in the future if you don’t take
appropriate action motivates you to
study for that test. However, stress
and anxiety, as most of you know,
can also have negative effects. e
book states that anxiety becomes
a problem when it is triggered too
frequently, is too intense, or if you
can’t turn it off. While you won’t
go crazy from it, long term anxiety
and worry are likely to cause sleep
problems, fatigue, irritability,
and poor concentration that can
negatively impact your performance
and productivity. While stress may
seem inevitable, there are many
things you can do for yourself
to alleviate it and get back to
enjoying your life. Mt. A’s Student
Development councillor, Jannah
Tudiver, has compiled a list of her
favourite stressbusters and has
graciously given it to me to use in this
article. I have elaborated on each tip.
Stressbusters
• Eat a balanced diet - Well-
nourished bodies are better
prepared to cope with stress. Start
your day off right with breakfast,
and keep your energy up and
your mind clear with balanced,
nutritious meals throughout the day.
• Get enough sleep – Do not
underestimate the importance
of a good night’s sleep. Sleep
is as vital for proper brain
function as air, water, and food.
• Take breaks - Make time
for leisure activities that bring
you joy, whether it be watching
a TV show, socializing with
friends, or any other hobbies.
• Be gentle with yourself
– negative thinking damages
confidence, harms performance, and
paralyzes mental skills. ink of all
that you have accomplished instead.
• Stay organized & keep a
day planner – Prioritize your
“to do” list so that you focus
on the most important jobs to
do, and drop unimportant jobs.
• Reward yourself - is
is not self-indulgent; it is an
important part of keeping yourself
functioning effectively and
avoiding the problems of burnout,
anxiety and depression that come
with intense, sustained stress.
• Choose your battles wisely: Take
perspective of the stressful situation.
Ask yourself how important it will
be in the long run. Will it matter in
a month? A year? Is it really worth
getting upset over? If the answer is no,
focus your time and energy elsewhere.
• Visualize the positive: If you
find yourself feeling sad and do
not know why, take a moment
to reflect on all the things you
appreciate in your life, including
your own positive qualities and
gifts. No one person has everything,
but every person has something.
• Manage your time
effectively – Assess the value
of your time, understand how
effectively you are using it, and
improve your time use habits.
• Manage and avoid distractions.
- As concentration wanders,
mistakes are made. As our energy
declines, work production becomes
sloppy. Try to stay focused to get
the job done quickly and efficiently.
• Keep breathing- Changing your
breathing is one of the quickest and
most effective was of changing how
you feel. Pay attention to the inhale,
then the slight pause, followed by
the natural exhale, and then another
slight pause. Aim to have your
breathing become shallower and
slower. Do this for three to ten minutes
• Be moderate with caffeine - e
temporary "highs" caffeine and sugar
provide often end in with a crash in
mood and energy. By monitoring
the amount of coffee, soft drinks,
chocolate, and sugar snacks in your
diet, you’ll actually feel more relaxed.
• Stay physically active - Physical
activity plays a key role in reducing
and preventing the effects of stress.
Make time for at least thirty minutes
of exercise, three times per week.
• Release the tension- is includes
the ability to laugh at yourself. e
act of laughing helps your body
fight stress in a number of ways.
• Remember to have fun
– this is quite self explanatory.
An important thing for students
to always keep in mind is that
school is only eight months of the
year. e work will come to an
end. Let’s all take a big breath in
and relax . For anyone who would
like more information on stress
reduction, http://www.mindtools.
com/stress/rt/ThoughtAwareness.
htm is a fabulous website that offers
many tips to help you understand
and conquer stress and anxiety.
Samantha Scribner
Argosy Contributor
DCZ for three
David Charles Zarum
Argosy Correspondent
Mountie forward Meghan Dickie drives to the basket Sunday against NSAC. The Lady Mounties beat the
Rams 66-57 while the men triumphed 79-68.
Sue Seaborn
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27 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS NOVEMBER 19, 2009
Last week, the NHL continued one
of its longest traditions with the
annual induction of new members
to the Hockey Hall of Fame in
Toronto. e Hockey Hall of Fame
has been criticized for not being
selective enough in its selection of new
members. However this year sees one of
the best lineups of inductees ever. e
four players inducted, Steve Yzerman,
Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille, and Brian
Leetch, combined for 2348 goals,
5568 points, and seven Stanley Cups.
Long time New Jersey Devils
general manager Lou Lamoriello was
also inducted to the Hockey Hall of
Fame as a builder. Lamoriello began
his career in hockey as the coach of
the Providence College hockey team
from 1968-1987, while at the same
time working as a high school math
teacher. In 1987, the New Jersey
Devils hired Lamoriello to serve as
team President, and he named himself
general manager, a move that surprised
many considering he had never played
or managed outside of college hockey.
Lamoriello soon began a rebuilding
process that would turn a perennially
losing team into yearly cup contenders.
In the coming years the Devils would
draft future stars Scott Niedermayer,
Martin Brodeur, and Patrik Elias and
acquire Scott Stevens and Claude
Lemieux. In the twenty seasons that
Lamoriello has been the Devils GM
they have made the playoffs in all but
two of them, including three Stanley
Cup victories in four finals appearances.
In addition to working as President
and GM of the Devils Lamoriello
has on two occasions stepped in as
an interim head coach of the Devils.
Most notably in the 2005-2006 season
he coached fifty games going 32-14
with four overtime loses, leading the
Devils to first in the Atlantic Division,
before being eliminated in the second
round of the playoffs. When asked
if he was interested in coaching
the Devils full time Lamoriello’s
response was “Absolutely not.”
Steve Yzerman was raised in Ottawa,
Ontario, and excelled in Junior hockey.
Taken fourth overall by the struggling
Detroit Red Wings in 1983 Yzerman
jumped straight to the NHL as an
eighteen-year old rookie. Prior to the
1986-1987 season, Yzerman, then just
twenty-one, was named team captain.
A position he would hold for the rest of
his career. Early in his career, Yzerman
was often outshone by the likes of
Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux,
often missing out on the bigger awards
from the NHL, despite multiple 100
plus point seasons, including 1988-
1989 where recorded 155 points, the
most by any player other than Gretzky
or Lemieux. In 1997 however he won
the sweetest award of all, leading
Detroit to their first Stanley Cup in
forty-two years. He would win the
Cup again the following year, winning
the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff
MVP along the way, and a final time
in 2002. Yzerman has been voted
the most popular sports figure in
Detroit history, and is often referred
to as simply “the Captain.” Yzerman
suffered from serious knee problems
later in his career and he eventually
retired from playing following the ‘05-
’06 season, and took up a management
position with the Detroit Red
Wings. His final stats read: G:692 A:
1063 P:1755 in 1514 games played.
Yzerman will also be the GM of
the Canadian Olympic team at the
2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Luc Robitaille had possibly the
quietest career of all the inductees, due
in large part to spending most of it
with the Los Angeles Kings. Drafted
one hundred and seventy-first overall
in 1984, he made his debut in the
1986-1987 season, winning the Calder
Trophy as the top rookie. He entered
the spotlight in 1988 when Wayne
Gretzky was traded to the Kings,
although his numbers were already very
respectable prior to Gretzky’s arrival.
In 1992-1993 he recorded 125 points,
which still stands as the record for left
wingers, although his goal record of
63 has been surpassed by Alexander
Ovechkin. Robitaille played three
stints with the LA Kings, separated
by short stints with the Pittsburgh
Penguins, New York Rangers, and
Detroit Red Wings with whom he
won his only cup in 2002 with 577
goals as a King Robitaille holds the
franchise record, more than players
such as Marcel Dionne and Wayne
Gretzky. His final stats read: G:668
A:726 P:1394 in 1431 games played.
e son of one of the greatest
players to ever play the game Brett
Hull was faced with great expectations
his entire life. Drafted one hundred
and seventeenth overall by the Calgary
Flames in 1984, Hull never fully
developed in Calgary under Coach
Terry Crisp. However upon being
traded to the St Louis Blues in 1988,
Hull reached a level that few could
have foreseen. Between 1988 and
1992 Hull, paired with centre Adam
Oates, went on one of the greatest goal
scoring binges the NHL has ever seen.
In those three seasons Hull scored 72,
86, and 70 goals, leading the NHL in
all three years. His tally of 86 goals in
1990-1991 is the second most ever
recorded in one NHL season, he won
the Hart trophy as MVP as well. He
also scored 50 goals in 50 games twice
in his career. Adam Oates was traded
mid-way through the 1991-1992
season and Hull would never return
to those numbers again. However
he remained one of the premier goal
scorers in the NHL for the remainder
of his career. In 1999 as a member of
the Dallas Stars Hull scored possibly
the most controversial goal in NHL
history. In double overtime of Game
5 in the 1999 Stanley Cup final Hull
scored the cup winning goal for the
Stars against Dominik Hasek of the
Buffalo Sabres. e play was never
reviewed, despite there being clear
evidence that Hull skate was in the
crease before shooting the puck,
at the time this would have been a
crease violation. Hull would later
join the Detroit Red Wings for three
seasons winning another Stanley Cup
in 2002. His final tally of 741 career
goals sits third all time behind only
Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe.
Brian Leetch enters the Hall of
Fame as the best American defenseman
of all time. If not best American player
of all time, a title he competes with
Brett Hull for. Drafted ninth overall
by the New York Rangers in 1986 he
made his debut at the beginning of
the 1988-1989 season, and would go
on to win rookie of the year honours
and set a record for rookie defensemen
of twenty-three goals which still
stands. By 1992, he had developed
into one of the premier defensemen
in the NHL, and won the first of two
Norris Trophies as top defenseman.
at season he recorded 22 goals and
80 assists for 102 points, to date the
last defenseman to score 100 plus in
a season. During the Rangers 1994
playoff run, he recorded eleven goals
and a league leading thirty-four points
in twenty-three playoff games. When
his Rangers won the cup he became
the first non-Canadian to win the
Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP
and remains the only American to
ever win it. Following that Stanley
Cup victory the Rangers began to
fade, but Leetch remained one of
the NHL’s top defensemen, winning
another Norris Trophy in 1997, and
staying with the struggling Rangers
for another nine full seasons. With his
career nearing an end in 2004 he was
traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs
near the deadline and recorded fifteen
points in fifteen games. Following the
NHL lockout he played one more
season for his hometown Bruins before
retiring. His final stats read: G: 247 A:
781 P: 1028 in 1205 games played.
Hockey HOF new members
Yzerman, Hull among those inducted
Ryan Esch
Argosy Correspondent
Athlete of the Week
Josh Graham
Sponsored by Joey’s Pizza and Pasta
Quispamsis, NB resident Josh
Graham has won Mountie Athlete
of the Week honours for his career-
high 34-point scoring exhibition
in a 79-68 victory over the NSAC
basketball Rams on Sunday,
November 15. He was 12/17 from
the field with three of four of those
being three-pointers, he scored
seven-for-eight at the free throw
line, pulled in eight rebounds,
contributed two assists, and grabbed
two steals over the evening’s contest.
A former two-time MVP with the
Kennebecasis Valley High School
basketball program in Quispamsis,
Josh was Rookie of the Year for the
Basketball Mounties in 2006-07.
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.
A standout with the Basketball
Mounties from his first day on the
court, this six-foot guard is always
a fan favourite and is in his fourth
year of Commerce at Mount Allison.
Other athletes of the week
nominees were: Meghan
Corley-Byrne (hockey), Caila
Henderson (volleyball), and
Marlon Smith (basketball).
Mounties Sports Weekend
Friday, November 20
Badminton @ USA; 7:00 PM
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Saturday, November 21
Swimming @ DAL; 9:00 AM
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Basketball @ UNBSJ; 1:00, 3:00 PM
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Hockey @ STU; 3:00 PM
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Volleyball vs. Holland; 7:00 PM
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Sunday, November 22
Basketball vs. Kings; 1:30, 3:30 PM
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Hockey @ UdeM; 2:00 PM
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