one running for the position: “Com

petition breed better results. I would
like to be opposed and challenged so
that I can modify my goals according
to your will.”
Nathan Walker is similarly the sole
candidate for the position of VP Aca-
demic. He mentioned three areas of
focus related to academics that he sees
as requiring increased student input.
“ings relating to university move
at a glacial pace. We need to keep the
pressure on [the administration]” he
ese points were continuing the
campaign for career counselling, get-
ting students more involved in the fac-
ulty hiring process by representation
on the hiring committees, and obligat-
ing faculty to make student evaluations
of teaching available to the deans.
Walker was asked what he would do
differently to make progress on issues
that have already been identified in the
past few years.
“We need to build great working
relationships where we can have a
dialogue and address the disconnect
through what we want and what [fac-
ulty and staff] want,” he responded. “I
can’t personally understand why any-
one would think a university doesn’t
need a career councillor. We need to
sit down and talk and find out the root
of the problem.”
February 18, 2010 Addicted to the sweetest since 1875 Vol. 139 Iss. 17
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

Pat LePoidevin releases
new album, Moonwolves
p 22
Candidate forums detail priorities
Executive hopefuls focus on improving the SAC’s image
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
Mount Allison alumni Pat LePoidevin plays for a packed crowd at
George’s Roadhouse on February 13, 2010. The concert was the
release of his newest CD, entitled Moonwolves. LePoidevin will be
continuing his tour in the Maritimes during the upcoming weeks.
Jessica Emin
FORUMS page 3
Sackville builds new town hall and emergency centre
Buildings to be efficient, effective, and environmental
Jennifer Musgrave
Argosy Staff
Construction has halted on the site for the winter, but work will continue with a completion date in 2011.
Chrissy Leblanc
TOWN page 4
On Monday November 9, 2009 the
Sackville town council approved a ten-
der for the preliminary site work for a
new building to house the Town Hall
and emergency services. e amount of
the tender is $635,315, with a $50,000
contingency and it has been given to
Beale and Inch Construction, a Sack-
ville-based company. Construction on
the site began this past November and
continued until January 2010, when
the work was stopped for the winter.
Construction will begin again in the
spring. So far they have managed to
relocate the sanitary and storm sewers,
as well as import the additional fill for
the site. It will be brought up to final
building construction standards in the
e RCMP have partnered with
the Town of Sackville on the building
project. e structure will include the
town hall, the Sackville fire depart-
ment, and the police station. Part of
this collaboration involves the RCMP
contributing a sum of money to the
project. e end of their fiscal year will
come in March, and as there has been
a little money left over, they are able
to contribute based on the expenses
that have already been incurred for the
“e money is going towards paying
the lease on the building, which means
that by paying up front for it, the lease
pay will be lowered,” explained Mi-
chael Beal, the treasurer and the for-
mer acting CAO for Sackville. Hiring
the architect alone cost approximately
$1 million, so the RCMP’s contribu-
tion will certainly help out.
ere have been many incentives
guiding the town’s decision to invest in
this project, in particular the outdated
buildings of the current emergency
centres and town hall. Sackville’s mu-
nicipal police station (as well as the
rural station) has no holding cells.
Meanwhile, the current fire station has
structural roofing issues, which often
requires shovelling it clear of snow af-
ter storms. e current town hall has
long needed improvements; a consul-
tant was hired to look into renovating
the existing structure, and subsequent-
ly informed the town that the cost of
the renovations would be equivalent to
constructing a new building. e only
difference would be would be less
storage space in a renovated building,
restricting it mainly to office space.
“is [project] will allow us to have
proper office spaces, a proper policing
station, and a proper fire station for the
year 2011 and beyond,” commented
e SAC candidate speeches that pre-
cede elections are an opportunity for
candidates and students to have their
say before voting time arrives. Candi-
dates were able to detail the most im-
portant issues in their platforms, while
students could pose questions that will
help them learn more about the candi-
dates and for whom they want to vote.
e SAC Off-Campus Forum took
place on February 11, while speeches
for the residences were on the fol-
lowing Sunday for South Side and
Monday for North Side. Each can-
didate spoke for a few minutes about
their priorities in the year to come, if
elected, and were then questioned by
students in attendance.
Presidential candidate Sam Gregg-
Wallace, the only student running for
the position, wants to focus on the
fundamentals of the SAC.
“Provide the union with your trust
again,” he said, “and we as students
will leave a legacy of good governance,
open communication, and most im-
portantly, proper delivery of the ser-
vices you deem are necessary.”
He wants to revise the Constitution
completely and to focus it on provid-
ing services that students expect; to
achieve a greater presence in the plan-
ning process of the university, and
with the unions representing faculty
and staff; and to expand the SAC by
encouraging greater participation with
students from all years, and ownership
of roles within the SAC.
Gregg-Wallace was asked about
how he would improve the SAC’s im-
age, visibility and accountability. He
outlined making the SAC more com-
mittee-based, as well as using monthly
video updates to communicate with
“I hope to begin bringing our ac-
complishments back to the students,”
he said, and pointed out that many of
the services the SAC offers are over-
looked since the organization is, on
those accounts “such a well oiled ma-
In the question period Gregg-Wal-
lace stressed the need for collaboration
with the university.
“It’s a question of reaction or proac-
tion. What the SAC has been doing, no
fault of individuals, but since I’ve been
here, has been reacting to the decisions
made by the administration…we can
have increased representation on the
Board of Regents, at the highest level,
so that we can be proactive and intro-
duce the issues we want to see happen
[…] so we need to be in cahoots with
the university and hold them account-
able at the highest level.”
Finally, Gregg-Wallace expressed
disappointment about being the only
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Spontaneous outbursts from Liberal MLAs
Tensions rising in the New Brunswick legislature due to power deal disputes
e latest SAC meeting featured a discussion of
the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA), with a presentation by the CASA ex-
ecutive and the president the student union at the
University of New Brunswick, which is a CASA
member school. Facebook groups for both sides
of the debate have been organized by students
Richard Kent for the No Campaign and Steven
Spence for the Yes Campaign.
is past week was the SAC awareness week,
and the members launched several initiatives to
make students more aware of their work for the
union. ese include the Dish It Out initiative
by VP Campus Life John Brannen; the SAC
monthly calendar by VP Communications Anna
Mackinnon; the SAC tequila wave at the Pub
on Friday February 12; the SAC Cupid’s Visit
across campus on Valentine’s Day; and finally the
SAC Races in the academic quad just this past
Voting turnout is expected to be high on
Wednesday and ursday, and with the new
optional preferential voting system put in place
recently by VP Finance and Operations Ryan
Sargent, conclusive results should be available by
the end of the week.
Finally, it was announced that the ASCARS
are coming up on March 20 at Convocation
e next SAC meeting will be held after the
break on March 3, 2010 in Avard Dixon Room
e New Brunswick Legislature has witnessed a
couple of curious events in the past month.
Two New Brunswick politicians, Abel LeB-
lanc and T.J. Burke, have been involved in abrupt,
spontaneous outbursts of unconventional behav-
iour. Both representatives are members of the
Liberal Party, and both spoke out against a fellow
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA)
who belongs to the Conservative Party.
Leblanc was recently was ordered out of the
House by Speaker Roy Boudreau after having
made an obscene gesture with his middle figure
toward the Opposition benches. His gesture was
particularly directed at Conservative member
Margaret-Ann Blaney, who, according to the
Opposition House Leader, Paul Robichaud, had
been the victim of Leblanc’s insults and “bully-
ing” in other circumstances.
When asked to apologize, Leblanc refused
and proceeded to continue his attacks, until the
Speaker instructed him to leave the chamber.
is event follows shortly after another mem-
orable moment in the New Brunswick Legisla-
ture. Just last month another Liberal MLA, T.J
Burke, stood up to criticize Conservative Oppo-
sition Leader David Alward on his government’s
plan to sell NB Power assets to Hydro Quebec,
and suddenly he broke into song.
“Pants on the ground, pants on the ground,
looking like a fool with his pants on the ground,”
Burke sang. His sixteen second musical interlude
was an imitation of the “catchy ditty” made fa-
mous by contestant, General Larry Platt on the
television show American Idol. Burke used the
song to demonstrate how he believes the Op-
position has been caught unprepared to discuss
their public utility plan.
e two incidents have been said to be caused
by tension within the legislature over the gov-
ernment’s plan to sell NB Power assets to Hydro
Quebec. Don Desserud, a political scientist at
the University of New Brunswick, commented
on LeBlanc’s behaviour saying that he believes
that the power deal, plus an upcoming election in
September has resulted in a high-pressure envi-
ronment in the provincial capital.
“ese are the things that happen when gov-
ernments are under incredible stress,” he said.
“e bigger question is why this is happening
now?” “e internal morale of the party is obvi-
ously starting to fracture, if not crumble.”
Yet, New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham
maintained that LeBlanc’s action was “unaccept-
able.” He insisted that business and politics in
the legislature cannot be distracted by such ex-
“ere are a number of debates occurring and
it’s important that we maintain decorum in the
House,” he concluded.
At the time e Argosy went to print, there
was been no further report regarding whether
LeBlanc has been expelled from the house. Since
Burke’s performance, the video of his rendition
of “Pants on the Ground” has circulated on the
video sharing and entertainment websites You-
Tube, TMZ, as well as U.S. television networks
such as CNN and Fox News.
Update on the Pub situation
March to be a good month, but Pub expected to close after this semester
Susan Rogers
Argosy Staff
e Tantramarsh Club held their monthly board
meeting on Monday, February 15 to discuss its
financial situation. While the fate of the Pub past
the end of the semester still has yet to be decided,
Pub Manager Jonathan “Scooter” Clark has rec-
ommended that the board send him a notice of
dismissal the following day.
e Pub is required to notify Clark seven
weeks before his contract is terminated, any less
than which and they are required to pay him sev-
erance. By giving Clark the notice now, they will
save some money if they do decide at a later point
to close.
Clark will continue working for the next sev-
en weeks despite the notice. Regardless of what
happens at the end of the semester, Clark, a key
employee for many years, will not be working for
the Pub - in whatever form it takes - on campus
next year.
e university is committed to having a pub on
campus next year, but the Tantramarsh Club as a
corporation is not expected to live past the end of
the semester. As the semester goes on the Pub is
reaching the point where it is financially difficult
to remain open.
“We’re in the process of working with external
accountants and legal counsel to make sure that
everything is done properly, in the event that we
do have to close at the end of term,” says Clark.
It’s hard to tell, says Clark, whether the changes
made to the Pub recently, such as Corey Isenor’s
paintings and the dance floor within the pub it-
self, are having an impact.
“Certainly there has been positive feedback,
but it may be a case of too little too late.”
Clark does expect March to be a good month
for the Pub, as the calendar of events hosted by
clubs, societies, and residences, is nearly full.
As they get closer to having to make a final
decision regarding the Pub’s fate, the board has
decided to meet more than once a month in or-
der to monitor the situation more closely. If the
Pub does decide to close at any specific date, they
will want to make the decision at least four weeks
before the day of closure.
For the meantime, the situation continues to
be up in the air.
In correction to the SAC Beat covering the February 9 SAC meeting, the Argosy would like to
make the following correction:
A student fees increase by the SAC, up to a maximum of four per cent, can occur without go-
ing to a referendum.
Ryan Sargent, VP Finance and Operations did not refer to the increase as automatic in coun-
cil and stated that “there is no yearly automatic increase in student fees.”
e SAC Beat in question was printed in the February 11 issue of the Argosy.
Internet Photo/CBC News
LeBlanc gives the finger in the Legislature.
FEBRUARY 18, 2010
e forums included time for speeches from the candidates and questions from the students
Continued from front page
is week in the world
A weekly miscellany compiled by Kristina Mansveld
Julie Cruikshank
Chrissy Leblanc
The SAC Executive candidates all participated in forums for on- and off-campus students last week.
Mayanmar’s military junta frees
opposition’s second in command
Tin Oo, the eighty-three year old
vice chairman of Myanmar’s Nation-
al League for Democracy (NDL),
was freed from house arrest Saturday.
Mr Oo had been held without trial
since 2003, when a pro-regime mob
attacked an NLD motorcade during
a political tour. Tin Oo and Nobel
Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi,
leader of the NLD, were both arrest-
ed in the subsequent violence, which
killed seventy people. Mr Oo is op-
timistic about Aung San Suu Kyi’s
future; he believes she may soon be
released. e military junta’s release
of Tin Oo likely relates to the visit of
United Nations human rights envoy
for Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana
on February 8.
Ivory Coast’s unity government
“dissolved” by President
Ivory Coast President Laurent
Gbagbo announced “the government
is dissolved” on February 12, stating
that Ivorian Prime Minister Guil-
laume Soro would be asked to stay
on and help form a new government.
Mr. Gbagbo’s term officially ended
five years ago, but elections have been
put off annually since that time. e
current unity government was the
result of a peace agreement between
the New Force rebel group and Mr.
Gbagbo’s government in 2007 follow-
ing a bloody civil war. Mounting ten-
sions currently abound in the country;
historical instability and a surplus of
arms could lead to violence.
Stray rockets kill 12 in Afghanistan
American President Barack Obama’s
“surge” strategy has begun with a grisly
mistake: two NATO rockets fired at
militants in Helmand, Southern Af-
ghanistan missed their mark by 300
metres and struck a civilian house,
killing twelve people. American forces
had attempted to leaflet the region
prior to beginning their offensive, but
NATO feared civilian casualties were
inevitable. Meanwhile, British Major
General Gordon Messenger main-
tained, “Nothing has stopped the mis-
sion from progressing.”
Brazilian Governor insists bribes
were to buy bread for the poor
Jose Roberto Arruda, Governor of
Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city, turned
himself over to police after Brazil’s Su-
preme Court voted twelve against two
in favour of his arrest. Footage from
a hidden camera showing Arruda ac-
cepting wads of bills was leaked in Oc-
tober and circled on the internet, caus-
ing widespread outrage. e Governor
retorted that he was accepting the
money to buy panettone, a sweetbread,
to distribute to the city’s poor.
Sixty-year-old Australian woman
successfully scares attacking shark
An Australian grandmother is jok-
ing that she will need a “remodelled
bottom” after successfully defending
herself during a vicious shark attack.
Paddy Trumbull repeatedly punched
and kicked the animal after it had bit-
ten off chunks of her body. Doctors
say she lost 40 per cent of her blood
by volume. Ms Trumbull explained she
had decided, “‘this shark’s not going to
get the better of me” and refused to
give up.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clin-
ton frustrated with Iran
Hillary Clinton explained that Ameri-
cans would not engage in discussion
with Iran “while they are building
their bomb” during the US-Islamic
World forum in Qatar. e three-day
tour of the Persian Gulf will include
the US Secretary of State’s first visit
to Saudi Arabia. e Americans are
pushing for a fourth round of UN
Sanctions against Iran, and looking to
rally support.
Turkish girl buried alive for hon-
our killing
e recent autopsy of a sixteen year-
old Turkish girl suggests that she
was buried alive in an honour kill-
ing. Medine Memi lived in Kahta,
a town in an Eastern Turkish region
where such killings are particu-
larly common. Medine’s father and
grandfather have been charged with
the murder; her mother was too dis-
traught to comment. Medine’s body
was found buried under fresh cement
beside the family’s henhouse.
Walker also explained that he has
learned from working under previous
VP Academics that “the combination
of forming the relationships and being
steadfast in your views is incredibly
e two candidates for VP Cam-
pus Life are Pat Joyce and Brittany
Joyce’s campaign plays on the
phrase “it’s as easy as ABC.” A stands
for accountability of the SAC to the
students, B is for Betterment of situa-
tions that students feel are detrimental
to their experience, while C stands for
communication, mainly between the
VP and residence staff but also stu-
dents at large.
“At the end of the day, we pay $75
in SAC fees[…]and we are the boss,
but it sometimes doesn’t feel like that,”
said Joyce.
Surette focused on a need for in-
creased unity of students, and the ad-
vantages this would bring in getting
students’ voices heard.
“Clearly the SAC has had their is-
sues this year. is is not a secret. I
would like to leave the personal issues
at the door.”
She specified building a stronger re-
lationship between on and off-campus
students, and a closer relationship be-
tween SAC executive and House ex-
ecutives, as well as demanding action
on the overcrowding of residences.
is problem requires students to
“demand a feasible solution, not a
quick-fix solution,” said Surette.
e candidates were asked about
how they would get students more in-
volved with the SAC.
“I don’t think the focus should be in
getting students interested in the SAC
but getting the SAC interested in the
students,” responded Joyce.
Surette commented that “a lot of
people focus on the negative of the
SAC. I would like to develop a strong
relationship with the SAC [represen-
tatives? If she’s in the position she will
BE within the SAC] to have them
promote it within their houses.”
Both candidates seemed to focus
mainly on residence life issues, and
were asked about how they would
identify the concerns of off-campus
“You go out to different clubs and
societies,” described Surette. “I would
go around to some off-campus hous-
ing to introduce myself.”
Joyce explained that to him, the
“most important way to be able to
listen to people and to get input is to
make them care. If you want people to
care, you need to appeal to them. e
best way to reach everyone is to make
sure that you’re appealing to them.”
e other contested position is that
of VP External Affairs, for which So-
cial Science Senator, Mark Kroeker,
and incumbent VP External Alex
MacDonald are vying.
Kroeker outlines his priorities as
enhancing the professionalism of the
SAC, having a more informed cam-
paign before deciding whether or not
to join the Canadian Alliance of Stu-
dent Associations (CASA), and get-
ting more involved with the town of
“Rebuilding the bridges that have
been burned, I would like to find a
way to merge the town events calendar
with ours. I want to expand the role of
the VP external role presenting to the
Town Council [and establish a] closer
more meaningful relationship with the
town community.”
MacDonald stressed the need for
continuity in the position of VP Ex-
“e problem with the SAC is less
about bylaws and more about reten-
tion. Retention brings stability and
progress to the organization.”
He described his plans for develop-
ing policies with the New Brunswick
Student Alliance (NBSA), of which
he will run for President if re-elected.
Additionally, he wants Mt. A to be in-
volved with federal advocacy through
lobbying with CASA, and to restruc-
ture the SAC’s off-campus housing
When asked about the progress
he had made on these issues during
his term this past year, he responded
that “position of VP external a lot of
the focus is on lobbying, [and it] must
take long-term approach, [with] much
development and research [into] that
A student raised concerns about the
cost of education.
Kroeker stressed that “we need to
have positive conversations with the
administration.” while at the same
time “we must demand more out the
quality of education and quality of life
that we get out of the university.”
MacDonald’s position is that “you
pay for what you’re taking; you should
be paying per course.” He mentioned
that the issue is “pure dollars and cents
for the university administration.”
e candidates were asked if they
had attended the most recent Town
Council Meeting on February 8.
Kroeker had been present; however
MacDonald explained that he had had
a paper due the next day.
Voting for the SAC President, VP
Campus Life, VP Academic, and VP
External Affairs continues today at the
Wallace McCain Student Centre, the
Ralph Picard Bell Library, and Jen-
nings Meal Hall.
With files from Noah Kowalski
Health of Canadian women needs more attention
Violence against women is a ccentral problem, especially among Inuit and First Nations
Terrine Friday
The Link
Vivien Leung
Protesters in Montreal rallied to bring attention to missing and mur-
dered Aboriginal women as well as the inequalities of social services.
“e lives of Aborigi-
nal women mean so
little that when they are
murdered or disappear
[that] their lives are not
being counted.”
Craig Benjamin
Amnesty International
MONTREAL (CUP) — Last week-
end, Montreal residents gathered in
the streets to call on the federal gov-
ernment to answer for missing and
murdered Aboriginal women, as well
as end the inequalities in social servic-
es, healthcare and instances of violence
against women.
Missing Justice held their first me-
morial march in Montreal on Febru-
ary 14, complimenting the movement
initiated by their Sisters in Spirit Vigil
last October.
“How many Aboriginal women in
Canada have been murdered or gone
missing in the last twenty years?” asks
Craig Benjamin, a spokesperson for
Amnesty International.
“e Native Women’s Association
of Canada has compiled 520 from
limited sources, but [they] were not
provided by police records. at list is
necessarily only part of the picture, but
why don’t we know the full picture?
Why don’t we know it? Because the
government of Canada is not count-
ing. e lives of Aboriginal women
mean so little that when they are mur-
dered or disappear [that] their lives are
not being counted.”
Amnesty International has recom-
mended that the federal government
create and implement a coordinated
national plan of action and work
closely with Aboriginal communities
to pursue data collection and analysis,
as well as address the staggering rates
of violence against Aboriginal women.
“We begin to get a picture of the
scale of this problem with the very
fact that the true number [of missing
women] is unknown,” Benjamin said.
“We get a sense of the scale of the
failure of Canada as a society [and the
failure] of the federal government in
their responsibility to ensure the lives
of women are valued and are protect-
Violence as a national health priority
— or not
On January 27, Prime Minister
Stephen Harper set out Canada’s year-
long agenda as 2010 President of the
G8 and announced his target issues
for the year: healthcare for women
and children in the developing world.
Since then, Harper has come under
fire from critics — including federal
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff — for
not addressing the health concerns
of Canadian women before tackling
women’s health abroad.
e Status of Women Canada’s
website states that the federal organi-
zation “promotes the full participation
of women in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.”
Besides acknowledging the 1989
École Polytechnique massacre, though,
there is no mention of violence against
women on their website [let alone First
Nations women], nor are there any
concrete plans to tackle these issues.
Although violence against women is
reportedly rising, there is no proposed
legislation, solutions-oriented plan-
ning nor a call to arms to promote
peace and equality.
Although SWC has proposed gov-
ernment-sponsored gender-based
analyses, this fifteen-year-old plan is
mostly preamble.
As of publication time, SWC was
unavailable for comment.
Intersecting issues
In Canada, the health of women in
marginalized communities is in crisis,
chief among them Inuit and First Na-
Health Canada’s 2003 report on
First Nations and Inuit health focuses
on smoking, alcohol consumption, fre-
quency of sexual activity, number of
sex partners, use of birth control and
body mass index in its statistical pro-
file. It also compares the occurrence of
Pap tests and mammograms among
the First Nations community to “the
general Canadian population.” First
Nations receive slightly more Pap tests
than other groups, but fewer mammo-
grams, meaning a greater risk of breast
cancer detection.
Health Canada’s report states that
“First Nations are in a unique position
in terms of health care in Canada,” but
fails to mention any violence against
women —though First Nations wom-
en are 24 per cent more likely to expe-
rience sexual assault and more likely to
experience severe violence than other
Canadian women.
Instead, it commends itself for the
increased services it offers First Na-
tions communities that are not avail-
able to non-First Nations: prescription
drug coverage, dental and vision care
and coverage for emergency transport
that is a necessity for isolated areas.
Gwen Healey, executive director of
the Arctic Health Research Network,
says that the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
and the Pauktuutit Inuit Women’s As-
sociation identified several indicators
(such as family planning, abuse and as-
sault, prevalence of traditional values,
mental health and depression) critical
to health in their communities.
In contrast, a 2004 report by the
federal Department of Indian and
Northern Affairs identified housing,
early childhood programs, family vio-
lence, women in urban areas and fetal
alcohol disorders as important health
issues affecting First Nations women.
e AHRC also states that “ethics and
meaningful engagement in activities
related to their health and well-being
are inherently linked to the settlement
of specific land claims.”
is rift in understanding of health
concerns is evident in the lack of quan-
titative and qualitative reports on the
status of Aboriginal women’s health.
Research either lacks depth, is non-in-
clusive or, sadly, non-existent. Without
a clear picture, we’re unable to fully ad-
dress the many complex problems that
plague women in Aboriginal commu-
He also said that it will be beneficial
to have the two emergency services
working so closely together, and better
connected to the town hall.
Other prominent features of the
new building include more meeting
rooms, the expansion of the council
chambers to seat more people and
make room for additional events. e
new building, Beal said, would also be
“built to post-disaster construction,”
meaning that it would be difficult to
destroy it. e building will have new
emergency features, such as a backup
e combination of the institutions
in one building will be a huge energy
saving measure itself, pointed out An-
drew Amos, the engineering consul-
tant with Celtic Consulting Manage-
ment Ltd.
“Putting the three groups together
[…] means that instead of building
three meeting rooms, they can have
one that they can all share.” is also
applies to all the washrooms, kitch-
ens, mechanical rooms, hall ways, etc.
which means they can make the build-
ing 20 per cent smaller than if they
had built three separate facilities. It
also means that there will be 20 per
cent less building material used (such
as carpet, brick, steel, glass, etc.) and
that the energy required to construct
and constantly heat that area will be
Amos was pleased with how the
project had come together: “[It was a]
real innovation where the town worked
together with all three stakeholders,
[…] looking at every single space and
asking ‘what can we share?’”
Other important features of the
project are its use of geothermal heat-
ing with an electric gas back up and
the inclusion of a solar panel for
pre-heating all hot water, such as the
showers and kitchen. It will have state
of the art insulation, occupant sensi-
tive lighting, and double paned win-
dows (which will only allow light, not
heat, to transfer through the panes).
As well, the building will have light-
sensing monitors so that the lights will
automatically adjust the level of light-
ing according to the amount of sun-
light entering the rooms. Arguably one
of the most interesting features, how-
ever, is the new green roof, which will
be completely vegetation. e rooftop
plants will work as insulators and will
absorb water, allowing rain water to be
recycled from the roof to irrigate itself
and to fill the tanks of the fire trucks.
According to the Model National
Energy Code, a building that meets
their standards of energy usage is con-
sidered to be a very energy efficient
structure; this new building will use 60
per cent less energy than that code re-
quires. In terms of water consumption
it will be 30 per cent under the stan-
dard, using low flow fixtures, water-
less urinals, and of course, the recycled
water from the roof top. Additionally,
many of the materials to actually con-
struct the building will have a high
recycled content. e sources of these
materials are being investigated, for
example, to ensure that the hardwood
flooring will be made from certified
rather than old growth forests.
e Town will display the details of
the project inside the building once it
is completed, including how much is
being saved in terms of energy usage.
“We wanted it to be a learning expe-
rience for anyone that visits the build-
ing” commented Amos. “Because it’s
a public building […] we assigned a
large portion of the budget to it.” is,
he said, was due to the fact that they
wanted to invest the money where it
have the greatest beneficial impact.
“Someone has to take the lead on
these things,” he commented, adding
that people have to look at issues like
climate change seriously and “tackle it
in your own back yard.”
During the beginning stages of the
project the RCMP was simply look-
ing for a new building. e fire station
soon jumped onboard the idea of shar-
ing a building, and the town council
joined later on. e three agreed that
the location for the shared building
had to be central, a need with which
the downtown revitalization commit-
tee was very pleased, as the final choice
will extend the downtown core further
up Main Street.
“It just fit what we needed and was
an ideal location for the building,”Beal
commented on the location.
Originally the emergency exit for
the building was to be on Dufferin
Street, however, in taking into account
the location of Marshview Middle
School it was decided that it would be
better located on Wellington Street.
Other safety measures will be placed
in the area, including amber lights
which will flash on the nearby streets
whenever fire trucks are leaving the
area. is will help cars realize that
they need to clear the way.
e intention is for construction
to last for roughly sixteen to eighteen
months, with everything completed in
2011. e town council will be apply-
ing for a loan in April, as the project is
likely to cost eleven to twelve million
dollars when finally completed. All the
work done so far has been with funds
already available. However, the real
benefit perceived by those involved in
the project is that it will pay for itself in
about ten years, due to the energy sav-
ings. As Amos explained, this means
that within the next forty years, the
town will in fact be receiving money
back from their investment.
e construction drawings for the
new town hall and emergency centre
will be completed in March, while
they expect to be breaking ground on
the project in June or July.
Town building will use a variety of energy and water saving features
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Joe Howe’s recent article, “e rebirth of
Keynesianism” raised some interesting
points about the economic stimulus
packages pursued by governments
around the world. However, the Mount
Allison Economics Society feels that
several of the conclusions made in his
article need to be addressed.
To begin, the Great Depression
became so great and depressing partly
because of the pro-cyclical actions of
governments and monetary authorities.
Contrary to what is claimed in Howe’s
article, Western governments ran the
opposite of fiscal stimulus during the
Great Depression. By obstinately
maintaining balanced budgets and
implementing protectionist trade
policies, governments turned what
could have been a run-of-the-mill
recession into North America’s greatest
Joe Howe is correct in noting that
the Second World War brought an end
to the Great Depression. e Second
World War is a perfect example of
how large scale government spending
can employ the masses and bring an
economy back to its feet. However,
governments could have pursued these
sorts of policies at any time during
the Depression with less deadly
consequences. Keynes comically
suggested in his 1936 masterpiece,
“e General eory of Employment,
Interest and Money” (which Howe
has certainly read) that governments
can stimulate the economy and reduce
unemployment by hiring workers to
dig up bottles filled with money from
abandoned coal mines. Keynes does
go on to suggest that hiring workers
to do something more useful such as
building houses or the like would be
preferable, but either option is better
than nothing.
Howe’s article also discusses the
issue of stagflation, a phenomenon
where prices rise while incomes remain
the same. Stagflation during the
1970’s was mostly caused by rising oil
prices (a situation created by OPEC,
not governments) and expansionary
monetary policy. Stagflation was
therefore not created or destroyed
by fiscal policies, but was rather a
byproduct of unstable oil prices and
poor monetary policy.
Inflation, as Joe Howe correctly
points out, is also not a present concern
for Canada. As aggregate expenditures
fall during a recession, demand-push
inflation will certainly not occur. In
fact, expansionary fiscal policies are
required to maintain similar levels of
aggregate expenditure and prevent
deflation. Cost-push inflation is also
not an issue thanks to stable oil prices
and Canada’s monetary policy in the
early 1990’s.
Fiscal stimulus, we’ll agree, is an
expensive endeavour that has and will
result in large government deficits. But
as the current recession began in 2008,
governments were faced with few
options aside from pursuing stimulus
policies. Monetary policy, with interest
rates approaching their lower limit,
could no longer be relied upon to propel
the Canadian or American economies.
As the banking industry collapsed in
various countries, creditors around
the world became overly cautious of
lending money, leading to the so called
“credit crunch.” Meanwhile, rising
unemployment brings with it lower
household incomes, while those with
jobs may become wary of spending
their incomes leading to an overall
decline in consumer spending, which
We’re all Keynesians now
The Mount Allison
Economics Society
Argosy Submission
Contrary to Vivi Reich (“What do
you believe?”, Argosy 139.16, 2010,
p.17) whose Canada seems to be
monolingual given the examples
she quotes, I believe in an officially
bilingual Canada which has great
writers in both, French and English
– not to mention First Nations artists,
and people creating in other languages.
What a pity that the two solitudes
seem to lead a perennial existence in
this country, in this bilingual province,
even on this campus…
Dr. Monika Boehringer
Modern Languages and Literatures
Dear editor,
After three friends and I made the
necessary preparations for the night’s
festivities, it was off to the Vogue
Cinema for a viewing of “e Last
Waltz,”the concert put on by e Band
and some of their closest friends (who
just so happen to be some of music’s
most influential persons). With drinks
and an excited demeanour we made our
way into the Vogue just before 9 pm
on Saturday night. We were met with
a hearty toast from multiple members
of the Mt. A English Society, glasses
filled, and faces beaming. Within the
theatre, the main menu of the DVD
continuously going, patrons were
chatting away happily waiting for the
movie to begin. After spotting some
other friends, located middle centre,
we took our seats. e clock ticked
9:05, 9:07, 9:10, and with each passing
minute, the theatre grew with the type
of people you’d expect to find at a
licensed viewing of e Last Waltz at
the Vogue; fun, happy, musically sound
individuals. For the next one hundred
A dancing lesson like no other
What should next year’s President’s Speaker Series theme be?
Ankur Ralhan
e potential
endangers of
advancing science.
Erin Canning
Influences on
contemporary culture.
Hannah Sim
Drug trade inolving
Zack Wheeler
e environment. We
still need to minimize
our carbon footprint.
MTA is really good
for it but there’s a lot
we could do better.
Sasha Nadeau
Innovation. To inspire
people to use their
skills here.
Kat Stobbs
Canada and the wider
Photos by Jenifer Boyce
brings with it further unemployment
and consumer wariness, resulting in a
vicious circle of deprivation.
is leaves government spending
as the only available option to propel
the economy out of the hole it is in.
By increasing employment insurance
benefits and creating jobs, the Canadian
and American economies have avoided
turning this recession into a depression.
Even as the American economy sits at
10 per cent unemployment with no
real recovery in sight, it is estimated
that even Obama’s watered down
stimulus packages have lowered the
unemployment rate by 2 per cent. e
Canadian economy has fared far better,
with unemployment rates only around
8.3 per cent. Howe again notes that
this is nowhere near unemployment’s
historical high, but this certainly does
not mean that governments should
remain idle until that apocalyptic
point is reached.
When the good times will
recommence is anybody’s guess, but
what is certain is that an economy
is not just going to heal on its own.
Indeed, as the sweaty men with shovels
and hard hats finish their work, there is
no reason to believe that “the economy
will most likely have fixed itself.” With
low consumer confidence and lagging
exports, it is doubtful that any economy
will fix itself without substantial
government intervention.
Certainly, the economic stimulus
programs pursed by governments
around the world are less than perfect.
e debt accumulated during this
recession will need paying back in the
future. However, the flip side of the
Keynesian coin comes into play during
expansions as governments increase
taxes and reduce spending, actions
that may actually be beneficial when
it comes to preventing the formation
of unsustainable bubbles and excessive
conspicuous consumption.
is is not the first time that the ideas
of John Maynard Keynes have been
debated. Indeed, questioning the status
quo in economics is what Keynes was all
about. Hopefully, letters such as this will
help this campus and the community at
large to understand the importance of
Keynesian fiscal policy.
Stimulatingly yours,
e Mount Allison Economics
and twenty minutes of pure bliss, e
Band and their musically inclined
companions jammed out on a gigantic
e singing, the dancing, and the
exhilaration was incredible. e largest
of props to the English Society for
putting on the best concert to come
to Sackville in recent memory. Well
Ben Turkel
6 FEBRUARY 18, 2010
I’d like to begin by letting everyone
know why I chose to run for VP
Campus Life. is year has certainly
been a challenging one for the
Students’ Administrative Council,
with elections, resignations, and by-
law confusion abound. e SAC seems
to be more caught up in its own issues,
and has lost sight, I believe, of its real
goal: representing and advocating for
students. It seems people no longer
see the SAC as “of the students, for
the students” but rather as a separate
organization, not as integrated in
student life as it could be.
I hope to bring a fresh new
perspective into the SAC and get
back to the basics of what student
representation is really about. As it
pertains to the portfolio of VP Campus
Life, I’d like to use events and activities
to engage campus and show people
firsthand what their SAC is doing for
them. I think there should be greater
SAC presence at club and society
events, and I believe there should be
more large-scale collaborative efforts
between the SAC and clubs, societies,
and residences. I cite the THUD event
this past Halloween as a great example
of collaboration between the SAC and
ornton House.
Another resource I’d like to tap
into is the SAC calendar – using it to
help promote club and society events
by letting students know when events
are going on, or even when clubs or
societies meet so that they can get
involved. Having served as Bigelow
House executive this past year, I’ve
seen firsthand what it takes to put on
successful events to really get campus
engaged, and that’s something I’d like
to bring to the SAC.
A common sentiment around
campus is that the SAC doesn’t seem
very accessible or visible to students
throughout the year. e SAC needs to
start off well from the very beginning;
working with the Orientation
committee to make sure that its
presence is known, but also distinct
from white and yellow shirts. e VP
Campus Life, in particular, should
make sure that they are visible during
this first crucial period – meeting new
students at welcoming activities, eating
Pat Joyce
Argosy Submission
Sam Gregg-Wallace
Argosy Submission
“Good evening friends.” e opening
remark of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s
regular fireside chats, which began
during his gubernatorial reign of
New York and continued through his
presidency. Regardless of the position
of the sun during your reading of this
address, these opening remarks are
fitting. Roosevelt, President of the
Great Republic to the south from
1933 to 1945, regularly addressed the
populace to promulgate the successes
of the New Deal, his reaction to the
Great Depression, and cajole citizens
into supporting his agenda.
Roosevelt is often credited with
curing the ailing United States from
the illness of the Great Depression,
yet often criticized for simply being
the subject of a series of fortuitous
circumstances allowing him to serve
four terms as President. In particular,
the advent of the Second World War
was perhaps the catalyst which sparked
the economy and expanded the
mythology surrounding his successes.
e importance of the thirty-second
President on this solitary, albeit
eventful and positive, campaign for
President of the Student’s Union rests
in his legacy of regular communication.
A tradition of weekly addresses to the
nation ensured that every President
since 1933 communicated with the
public in a regular address. It is this
tradition that I would like to initiate.
Although I will not abrogate the laws,
as Roosevelt did, and serve four terms
as President of the Union, I will ensure
a culture of collaboration and frank
e disconnect felt between students
serving on the Union and the general
population is not an impenetrable
divide but rather a bridgeable gap we
can couple with reasonably simple and
tangible adjustments to our governing
body. No longer can we expect the
student population to approach the
student government for information
or services, we must go to you.
Connecting with students through
your medium is essential to declaring
our successes and opening the lines
of communication. Beginning next
academic year a monthly multimedia
address will become available through
your medium. e beauty of modern
modes of communication is the
at meal hall, and generally making sure
students know who they are and that
they are there to listen.
In serving as president of Bigelow, I
spent my summer fighting to try and
keep our lounge space. I fought alone,
and I lost. I certainly hope that no other
students living in residence lose out on
their space because the administration
has a surplus of students, and I hope
that no future residence executive
have to fight alone to try to keep their
house’s space intact.
I want to work with upcoming
residence executive and administration
to come up with a clearly defined,
written agreement to differentiate
between designated lounge and
academic spaces, and “flex spaces”.
We also face a pub on the brink of
bankruptcy. One option that remains,
and something I plan to lobby for if
elected, is for the University to take
managerial control of the pub, and
invest funds into it that reflect what
students want out of a campus pub. We
can save the pub, and the university has
the resources needed to help. I plan to
make sure that they work with us, the
students, in coming up with plausible,
functional solutions to save our campus
pub. I believe that one of the most
important duties of the VP Campus
Life is to liaise between on- and off-
campus students, the SAC, and the
administration. I don’t believe that one
councillor in each residence is enough
to fairly represent an entire house.
With regards to residence, I hope to
work in collaboration with councillors
and house executive to really get a feel
for what’s going on in each house, and
how the SAC can help. I also hope
to work with off-campus councillors
more by way of forums held outside
of council. With thirty-plus voices in
the SAC, often councillor concerns are
not given the weight they should, so
I would like to take a more proactive
approach to getting councillor
concerns and making sure they are
dealt with appropriately. To sum it
all up, I hope to bring three things to
the SAC if elected: Accountability to
students, Betterment of conditions, and
Communication. It’s as easy as ABC.
So when you go to vote, I implore you
to demand more from your Students’
Administrative Council. Believe your
voice can mean something. Vote Pat
Joyce for VP Campus Life.
ease with which students can access
information and contribute praise or
Informing students about
events, recent successes, and
upcoming negotiations bridges the
communication gap but does little
to solve the underlying conundrum
of student government: providing
the services students deem necessary
at a superior caliber than available
elsewhere. In order to strive as a Union,
we need to increase our capacity as a
decision-making institution. Elected
officials who sit a term on the Student’s
Union often feel dissociated, the
main source of disconnect is reduced
participation and lack of education.
In order to expand the capacity of
our Union we need to actively train
the students who represent us. ese
students must be well versed in the
structure of our institution and the
university. A period of capacity training
will take place during the fall in
partnership with the university. As we
gain experiential knowledge through
the process of discussing with faculty
and administration we are able to
build strong relationships. Yet, annual
turnover rates prevent long-term goals
and encouraging results year after year.
We must foster a sense of ownership
among elected officials. As students
become experts in their field and are
able to contribute professionally to
Council they necessarily seek the
opinion of students and disseminate
their exploits, thus creating a more
effective and respected institution.
As a student body we have a number
of adroit elected leaders and intellects
but they are unable to create a valuable
student-centric institution alone. We
must actively seek students from all
walks of life who have may not have
the desire to be elected but can serve as
experts in specific fields and contribute
to the processes of the Union. Our
committee system is our most valuable
and underused structure; we must
use it to our advantage and create
educated and well-informed policy.
Educated decisions are those that take
proactive measures to enhance the
lives of students in conjunction with
the faculty and administration. Long-
term planning with the university
begins with mutual knowledge and
respect for our particular institutions.
Next year will be a period of
rejuvenation, but will necessarily be a
time of great accomplishments. It is my
hope that the elected members of the
2010/11 Student’s Union of Mount
Allison will leave a legacy of good
governance, open communication,
and proper delivery of the services
you deem necessary. Although self-
deprecating, if elected, I will strive to
be forgotten. We will create a better
foundation upon which the leaders
of Mount Allison’s future can build
and strive; we will leave a respected
institution with a vision for the future.
Sam Gregg-Wallace
Your hopeful candidate for President
of the Student’s Union
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is year has seen the SAC face many
problems with their image. Continuity
of the core principles of protecting
and expanding student rights, making
education more affordable, and
governmental lobbying are essential
to achieving a better quality of student
life. However, the organization is in
need of a fresh start in the way that
it goes about making partnerships
with the parties it has to work with
to get what students want. I believe
that effective student government is
student government that is respected
by both the people it works with and
the students that it is responsible too.
Continuity of policies is essential
to get ideas installed but when the
practices used to achieve them are
flawed and there is a constant need for
a public relations clean up there needs
to be change in the organization. I
have decided to run for VP External
for next year because I am passionate
about this university, the students, and
the principles of an undergraduate
liberal education and I want our
student government to be as effective
as possible.
e concentration for this year’s
VP External has been on provincial
and national issues which are very
important and I am committed to
continuing to lobby provincially and
federally, no matter if the students
choose to join the Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations or not, but
it means the VP’s portfolio has taken
place away from where the majority of
Mount Allison students spend their
time, the town of Sackville. is town
has grown over the past two and half
years I have been here and it continues
to look for ways to grow further. I
think the students have an immense
opportunity to become involved, not
only by participating in town events
and services but providing input on
new events and services to make this
town better for everyone. I have several
specific ideas on how to achieve that
goal. I would like to see an integrated
calendar where the SAC advertises
what happens in the town and vice
versa. If the SAC would encourage
the students to not only go to town
events but take advantage of the town’s
services, the relationship between the
town and the students here would only
be strengthened. I would also like to get
student input on what kind of business
they would like to see, for example,
different types of retail stores and
restaurants. Finally, in my conversation
with a town official, the issue of the
Farmer’s Market came up. e town
is looking to expand the Market and
I think this is a great opportunity for
the SAC to get involved through the
Green Investment Fund. It would allow
us to not only give something back to
the town that is so accommodating
to us but also provide a venue that
students could sell their artwork at
and get greater access to local food
and products.
e integration of the two
communities of Mount Allison and
Sackville will lead to a better quality
of student life. If the SAC would
encourage the students to not only go
to town events but take advantage of
the town’s services, the relationship
between the town and the students
would only be strengthened for the
future. In the past two and a half years I
have been here, I have learned so much
from this town, the students, and this
university and I have developed such
a passion for Mount Allison. I came
here from Vancouver and in very little
time I have come to consider Sackville
and Mount Allison my home. I would
love the opportunity to give something
back to this place and to help build a
better SAC for the future. I urge you to
get informed about the issues behind
this election, become informed, and
most importantly, go out and vote on
February 17 and 18.
Mark Kroeker
Argosy Submission
Editor’s note
e invitation to contribute a submission
to this section was extended to all six
candidates running for a position on the
SAC. e three candidates who chose to
submit are included above.
glimpse into what motivates them.
is is a letter of concern to all
Mount Allison students, whether you
are for the SAC, against it, or don’t
even know what the SAC is. I hope
you take something from this, most
importantly why you should care
about the SAC and take the time
to vote today. I am by no means a
wonderful orator or as skillful a writer
as many Mount Allison students, but
I need to express my opinion. Because
I call the brilliant, gifted, and talented
(especially off-campus) students at
Mount Allison, some people who don’t
care about this community by ignoring
and complaining about the SAC.
You are a lousy date.
I was sitting tonight in the Gracie’s
Cafe at the public Off-Campus SAC
debates as, like I have heard many
other Mount Allison Students describe
themselves recently, a disgruntled
student. I was angry, opinionated,
and asking a hell of a lot of questions
towards every candidate. I wanted to
know what they meant by being held
responsible, what makes them the
better than the other candidate, or why
I should vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on CASA. It
was during the last question when I
hit a wall. After sitting through the
speeches I looked around and suddenly
noticed something that I had not seen
before. Out of nowhere, there were
no students. I heard students but they
were the students at the pub. I saw
dedicated students who were running
for the SAC and many other current
SAC members (not even all the
SAC members were present). First,
I noticed that there were a lot less
students present at the meeting than
I anticipated. I suddenly saw the facts
that I was unwilling to notice before:
no one was present for a discussion
between next year’s SAC
candidates. Let me explain it
this way: there were only four
students left at the end of the
debates who were not in some way
affiliated with the SAC that is the
same amount of roommates I have in
my house. Let me put it another way:
the members of my house could have
represented the amount of informed
off-campus students left at the end
of the meeting. Most importantly, let
me define who was missing from this
meeting: You.
It’s easy to be angry at the SAC.
I love to complain because, honestly,
it’s pretty easy. It is easier to be cynical.
It is even easier to just not care, which is
exactly what you, half the student body,
has made evident to the SAC.
You just don’t care. Sure
you have been busy. e
timing may have been
bad to attend the SAC
debates but honestly,
come on. ere were
more students at the
university pub for
trivia then at
our own SAC
debates. at
is a worrisome thing to m e .
is plea is not going to tell you that
not caring is wrong, but this plea will
argue a reasonable solution if you want
change, go and vote.
I am calling and campaigning for
all of you to vote. Voting is pretty
easy. It’s really fucking easy actually.
Someone is there to show you how
just in case you get scared. e SAC
has adopted an optional preferential
voting system, which is not so scary
as it sounds, considering you will be
asked to numerically rank any number
of the candidates in preferred order
(like your favourite television shows:
1. West Wing 2. 30 Rock 3. How I
Met Your Mother… What up?). We
can all do this, so why not just vote?
If you don’t find someone accountable
for the job and that’s your excuse for
not voting, spoil your ballot. Show
your concern. Vote, so that the Mount
Allison Administration knows we are
a student body that cares about our
future, education, and our rights. If we
have the majority of our student body
voting in elections then we will look
united and look as if we care. Right
now, we don’t look like we care one bit.
So maybe it’s fair, for example, that
we don’t have a Career Counsellor.
Nathan Walker, who is running for VP
Academic, spoke at the debates about
the fact that Mount Allison University
is the only university in Canada
without at least one dedicated Career
Counsellor. He argues in his platform
online that the administration claims
that there isn’t enough demand to
justify the expense, but this year the
st udent
h a s
proved them wrong with a wildly
successful petition. So Mount Allison
students care about this? We want
a Career Counsellor? I certainly do,
and according to the petition you do
too! Well, a petition without a student
body that votes might not be able to
effectively achieve this. Sure we can
sign a paper, but maybe we also need
to learn how to fill out a voting ballot.
Vote + Want Change
I am angry, so you can be too. You
can’t be angry at the SAC, but you
can be frustrated at yourselves for not
showing you want change in the SAC.
You are allowed to want change. Not
changing with the times has left the
SAC where it is today. You still can’t
be angry at the SAC because you have
yet to show you care. e SAC is here
for YOU! ey are here to represent
you, the student body, but if you don’t
care then how effective can they be?
You should probably have been at the
SAC debates (off or on campus) to see
some students who cared. Every single
person who was there cared about the
future well-being of the students and
of Mount Allison University simply
based on the fact that they showed up.
Some even asked questions, such as
myself, who used to be and probably
will be every now and again, a student
who didn’t care. ey were stupid
questions at times,
A SAC manifesto
A call to the student body to care about our government
Kevin Geiger
Argosy Submission
but the reason I
asked them was
because it was
important, to
me and my
Nevertheless, I was
there, so I got a sticker (a
metaphorical sticker, with
shooting stars on it ‘cause
I’m out of this world’). You
don’t. No sticker for you.
But, if you want change and
want to be able to complain,
which so many of you students do,
well then check out the speeches of
the SAC debates on YouTube. ere is
still some time if you are reading this!
en you, the ones who didn’t care,
can be the ones (with stickers) who do
care, and can discuss the future of our
Want Change + Vote + Care =
is plea will end on that simple
equation. e same beautiful note
that Dr. Orbisnki’s lecture ended on
last week. Many of the Mount Allison
students, including myself, have lost
hope in the SAC, but really we have
lost hope in ourselves. In order to
effectively bring about change we
need to believe in hope. Hope that
we can get what we want from our
education. Hope that we can get a
Career Counsellor. Hope that we can
have a more effective student
government that will stand
for what we, the student
body, want. But first, we
must turn it around. Let
us have a student body that
shows that we at the very
least care. If you
want change you
will vote, which
will provide hope.
Chrissy LeBlanc
Graphic by Julie Cruickshank
Breast cancer has become the darling of
corporate Canada. From yogurt lids to
motor vehicles, the pink breast cancer
‘awareness’ ribbon is
showing up on
more and more
p r o d u c t s .
B r e a s t
cancer is an easy disease to market
since everyone loves to think about,
talk about, and look at breasts.
Marketing it is even easier when it is
seen as a feminist issue — without the
In the summer and fall of 2004, as
an intern with Breast Cancer Action
Montreal, I looked into
the nature of breast
cancer cause
in Canada.
I found
layer after
pink layer
of marketing
campaigns, both
national and
local, in the search
for transparency,
accountability, corporate awareness
of the breast cancer issues being
supported, and potential conflict of
interest. e results left me anything
but tickled pink.
What exactly is breast cancer cause
marketing? An on-line Canadian
marketing and publicity firm, Tri-
Marketing, defines cause marketing
as “a partnership between a for-profit
company and a non-profit organization
which increases the company’s sales
while raising money and visibility
for the cause.” Note that, in almost
all breast cancer cause marketing
campaigns, it is the consumers’ money
that raises funds for the cause, not
the corporation. e corporation uses
the pink ribbon to grab consumers’
attention and money while attracting
a little more visibility for the cause.
Yoplait splashes the pink ribbon on
the lids of their yogurt pots. However,
it is up to the consumer to mail the
lids to Yoplait before the company
donates ten cents to the Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation. is is
a lot of effort (and postage) from
the consumer. Most consumers will
purchase the product because of the
pink ribbon, and then throw out the
lid. Cause marketing uses the disease
to attract the sympathy of consumers
and to get their products to the cash
How much money is being raised
through cause marketing — and
is it being well spent? ese are
impossible questions, not only because
of the large (and growing) number of
corporations jumping on the breast
cancer bandwagon but also because
the money side of breast cancer
cause marketing transactions is
often explicitly confidential.
Belvedere International, a
company that manufactures
health and beauty products, puts
a pink ribbon on its Down Under
Natural’s, Salon Mode, Nature’s
Basics, and European Formula
products. However, Belvedere
refuses to disclose the portion of the
sales of these products earmarked to
breast cancer research, nor will they
disclose what specific breast cancer
efforts these funds support. Is it
because they simply don’t know?
ere are other examples: Chatelaine/
Flare Magazine claims to be
“committed to raising awareness for
breast cancer” but they have a strict
confidentiality agreement with the
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
and will not disclose any information,
financial or otherwise, about their
sponsorship. is lack of transparency
naturally raises questions: If they are
doing good works, why would they
hide this information? e problem
is compounded by the fact that
corporations are not accountable for
how these monies are used.
Clearly, money is being made for
breast cancer research. But most of this
money is directed to already wealthy
organizations; organizations known
to be conservative in their approach
to breast cancer issues and often with
troubling ties to major pharmaceutical
companies and/or corporations whose
products contribute to the incidence of
breast cancer.
A probe into breast cancer cause
marketing issues reveals conflicts of
interest or ‘two-timing’ corporations.
Profits in Pink
e Pink Ribbon marketing campaign has garnered public support but what’s really at stake?
Madeleine Bird
Argosy Submission - Breat Cancer
Action Montreal
e wealthiest and most visible breast
cancer charities rarely mention crucial
issues such as primary prevention
(stopping breast cancer before it starts)
or potential environmental links to
breast cancer. It forces one to speculate
that perhaps these issues are being
ignored because the environmental
toxins that lodge in the fatty tissue
of our breasts can be traced to ‘pink
ribbon’ face creams from our local
We all know Johnson & Johnson, and
this brand supports both the Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation and
Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.
Although Johnson & Johnson never
replied to my inquiries into their cause
marketing campaign, some information
is available elsewhere. e ‘Skin Deep’
section of the Environmental Working
Group’s website tests popular products
for toxins, possible carcinogens and
other health risks. Of the forty-two
Johnson & Johnson products tested,
seven contained possible human
carcinogens (and posed a cancer risk),
eighteen contained impurities linked
with breast cancer, and twenty-nine
contained impurities linked with
other cancers and/or possible human
carcinogens. (e numbers don’t add
up because often the products fit into
two or more categories.)irty-three
of the forty-two Johnson & Johnson
products tested are intended for use on
Ford is another example of a two-timing
corporation. Ford is a major sponsor of
the CIBC’s “Run for the Cure.” Ford’s
internal combustion engines, like all
internal combustion engines produce
1,3 butadiene and polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons (PAH’s), toxins linked
to breast cancer incidence. In cases like
these, breast cancer cause marketing
seems more like damage control than
As mentioned above, primary
prevention is an approach significantly
lacking in the literature issued by
wealthy breast cancer charities
involved in cause marketing. is may
well be due to the conflict of interest
deriving from funds received from
major pharmaceutical companies. An
example is AstraZeneca, the maker
of tamoxifen, the initiator of National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
and supporter of the Quebec Breast
Cancer Foundation and Willow
Breast Cancer and Support Resources
Services (in Ontario). e AstraZeneca
company, formerly known as Zeneca,
was originally owned by Imperial
Chemical Industries, a multibillion-
dollar producer of pesticides, paper,
and plastics. Along with tamoxifen,
Instead of thinking of toxins
in relation to environmental
aspects of breast cancer, the
focus is kept on the woman
herself. She is told to quit
smoking, to keep alcoholic
consumption to a minimum.
Madeleine Bird
Breast Cancer Action
Zeneca produced fungicides and
herbicides including the carcinogen,
acetochlor. Its Perry, Ohio, chemical
plant is the third-largest source of
potential cancer-causing pollution in
the United States. Major international
breast cancer awareness events like
National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month turn a blind eye to primary
prevention issues because any
discussion of the causes of breast
cancer would necessarily focus on
companies like AstraZeneca —major
producers of potentially carcinogenic
and certainly harmful environmental
With so much information purposely
hidden from the public concerning
questionable corporate involvement in
the development of breast cancer (such
as AstraZeneca’s), it is not surprising
that the issue of primary prevention
receives so little attention. In fact, less
than five per cent of all monies spent
on breast cancer research goes toward
true primary prevention. By not asking
where their money goes or how it is
spent, firms involved in breast cancer
cause marketing contribute significantly
to this appalling situation. Instead
of thinking of toxins in relation to
environmental aspects of breast cancer,
the focus is kept on the woman herself.
She is told to quit smoking, to keep
alcoholic consumption to a minimum,
to exercise, to eat low-fat foods, to
perform breast self-examinations and
to book regular mammograms. ese
are ways to maintain general health,
but none will prevent the disease. A
major problem with this imbalance
is that, if a woman gets breast cancer,
she may believe that it is her own fault.
And this attitude is widespread.
For example, WonderBra is including
two million manuals on breast self-
examination with their products.
According to the company, this
‘You’ve Got the Power’ campaign
helps connect Canadian women to the
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation,
while empowering them to take
responsibility for their own breast
No woman (or man) can be held
completely responsible for her/his
own health; there are millions of
factors that influence our bodies’
behaviour over which we currently
have little or no control. Corporations
like AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson,
and Ford produce toxin-containing
products that are absorbed into our
bodies no matter how many times we
run around the block. Breast cancer is
a public health issue, and not merely a
personal battle.
is is just a peek behind the pink
façade but it reveals a plethora of
pink ribbon bruises and blues. e
current context of breast cancer
cause marketing in Canada is lacking
in transparency, accountability, a
feminist agenda, and a public health
perspective. Corporate interests are
‘pinkwashing’ away the political issues
that become clear with a little probing.
Unfortunately our purchases cannot
sweep away the disease, no matter
what breast cancer cause marketing
would have us believe. What we can
do is sing our pink ribbon blues, to
corporations and to breast cancer
charities, loud and clear.
Internet photo/buzzsites
Apathy. at’s the word. e Editor-in-
Chief of the Argosy, Julie Stephenson,
said it herself in last week’s editorial
entitled, “Can one word describe the
state of this country?” She wrote that
“[s]tudent apathy, which is in line with
the general apathy that afflicts the
human race, needs to be eradicated.”
Well then, we have to ask – what
did she think our anti-prorogation
campaign was about? Did she really
think that it was simply a day for
us to go around “shaking our fists at
Harper”? Did she really believe that
there was no educational component
to the campaign? No message to be
delivered to students? No questions we
hoped to have students ask themselves?
If this is the case, then we believe that
she missed the point and goal of our
“I am tired about hearing about
prorogation,” said the Editor. Are you
really? Because from the point of view
of a group of students who believe
this sort of action to be something
that, as Ms. Stephenson states, “the
majority of Canadian citizens disagree
with,” we feel quite the opposite. We
should be talking even more about
prorogation; not just the act in itself,
but what it says, as we stated last
week, about the “agenda, leadership
style, and interpretation of what
democracy means” on the part of our
current Prime Minister. We find it
problematic and rather unnerving
that Ms. Stephenson answered her
question of whether or not we should
protest the “undemocratic decisions
[of ] the man we put in power” with:
“Well, we’ve already done that and
still put him back in power. Twice.”
Does the Argosy’s Editor truly believe
questioning or protesting the actions
of a democratically elected leader not
to be worthwhile? We admit, it is
very likely that our “well-intentioned
protest to show Harper how Canadian
students feel will get shoved under the
rug,” and that our box of photos will
likely “end up on a desk somewhere
or gather dust with the multitudes of
other unhappy letters to the Prime
Minister.” at, however, is not the
Ms. Stephenson described our
campaign as “a hyped-up attempt to
shake the student apathy cloud that
seems to hover over this campus”
– you’re damn right it was. We find it
hard to make sense of Ms. Stephenson’s
argument. On the one hand, she
bemoans the student apathy that is said
to permeate this campus and applauds
us for having our “hearts in the right
places.” On the other hand, she admits
that “it is better to act than to stand
idly by” and that “[i]t’s important to
voice your concern, especially to a
government that lacks the ability to
run properly.” is is exactly the sort
of attitude and behaviour that our
campaign was designed to bring about
and was successful in achieving.
e Mount Allison Young
Liberals’ anti-prorogation campaign
was intended to publicly question
Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue
Parliament this past December. Was
our goal to convince the Prime Minister
to reverse his decision and call our
MPs and Senators back to Ottawa?
No, even we wouldn’t be so naïve as to
think that Mr. Harper would take two
seconds to reconsider this controversial
move. While his cancelling of two,
week-long breaks during the regular
session of Parliament lead us to
believe that he is finally recognizing
the unpopularity of prorogation, this
is not enough for us. Stephen Harper
was not the target of our campaign
– you were. It was you, the students
of this institution, whom we wanted
to wake up, shake up, and challenge
to think about an issue which may not
affect you directly, but affects what it
means to be a citizen of a progressive,
transparent, and democratic country.
We wanted to push you to think hard
about what it means when the head of
government of a country can simply
stifle the discussion and debate of our
elected representatives. But what we
wanted most was to show you that
what prorogation cannot and should
not stifle is action. Ms. Stephenson
is right; “[w]hat this country needs
is more awareness and discussion. It
needs an education.” And as Young
Liberals, we’re proud to have been
a part of the increased political
awareness, discussion, and education
that happened on the Mount Allison
campus on Friday, February 12. And if
Ms. Stephenson would be so kind as to
provide us with the financial backing,
we would be more than happy to send
copies of our almost 250 photos to all
of our fellow Canadian citizens, as per
her suggestion.
e Mount Allison Young Liberals
One word CAN describe the state of this country
Mount Allison Young
Liberals Association
Argosy Submission
Jessica Emin
ursday, February 18
8:00 PM - House Show
is ursday, e Peter Parkers,
COP SHADES, We Are Action,
and Wham Bam Jam will be
playing a house show at Patches (14
Estabrooks). Cover is $5.
Saturday, February 21
3:00 - 7:00 PM - Blues Jam
ere will be a Blues Jam at George’s
Roadhouse (67 Lorne Street) every
third Sunday of the month. Come
and participate or just listen. e
Streamliners will be the house band
and food will be available. All are
Monday, February 22
7:30 - 9:30 PM - PFLAG Meeting
e Amherst/Sackville chapter of
PFLAG normally meets every month
on the fourth Monday night of each
month in Sackville at the United
Church Parlours. Everyone is warmly
invited to attend all meetings. If you
require further information, please
or phone Janet Hammock or Marilyn
Lerch at 506-536-4245.
Tuesday, February 23
7:00 PM - Public Meeting
e Town of Sackville is hosting a
public meeting on Tuesday, February
23rd, at 7:00 pm at the Tantramar
Veterans Memorial Civic Centre,
182 Main Street. is meeting is an
opportunity for the public to gain
insight on the progress of the new
building. e public is encouraged to
Saturday, February 27
2:00 - 5:00 PM - Sackville Legion
Join the Sackville branch of the Royal
Canadian Legion at 15 Lorne Street
for a Legion Hootenanny. e kitchen,
bar, and dance floor will be open.
Music will be provided by Steve and
the Boys. For more information, call
Monday, March 1
5:30 PM - Renaissance Sackville AGM
Renaissance Sackville Annual General
Meeting is scheduled for Monday,
March 1st, 5:30 pm at Joey’s restaurant.
All are welcome! For additional
information contact Janine at 364-
7:30 PM - Cinema Politica
Cinema Politica will be showing
“Refugees of the Blue Planet” in
conjunction with the Mount Allison
Geography and Environment Dept.
e film documents environmental
refugees from the Maldives to Alberta.
e film will be shown in the Wu
Centre. All are welcome. For more
information contact Rachel Gardner
at 939-4317 or
9:00 PM - eatre Auditions
Looking for a fun summer job? Feast
Dinner eatre in PEI is currently
casting for their Summer 2010
Season. If you are a talented Actor/
Musician/Singer please contact to
arrange an audition. Auditions to be
held mid March. Contact Sherri-
Lee or Mike at feastdinnertheatre@ for more information or
to arrange an audition.
7:30 PM - Meet the Chancellor
e Students’ Administrative
Council welcomes Mount Allison
University’s next Chancellor, Peter
Mansbridge, at Convocation Hall.
He will be answering questions
submitted by students. A reception
will follow at Gracie’s Café hosted by
Leadership Mount Allison. For more
information, contact Trevey Davis
at (506) 364-3230 or sacpresident@
Sunday, March 7
7:30 PM - Cinema Politica
Addicted To Plastic is a global journey
to investigate what we really know
about the material of a thousand uses
and why there’s so darn much of it.
On the way we discover a toxic legacy,
and the men and women dedicated to
cleaning it up. e film will be shown
in the Wu Centre. Contact: Rachel
Gardner, 939-4317, rlgardner@mta.
Flower luggers
at bouquet must have been
heavy, as it took two of you to
carry it through the Student
Centre on the February 10
around noon. If you need to
lighten the load, I’ll take some
roses off of you. Not in a creepy
way. I just want to spruce up my
Gracie’s and Meal Hall guy
I noticed you in Gracie’s in
your leather jacket and aviator
sunglasses. anks for smiling
at me in the line to meal hall
Wednesday night. I hope next
time I can get your name.
-Girl in the Leather Jacket
To my best guy friend
Your friendship means a lot to
me and you’ve been there from
the start. Now I want you to
tell you that you own all of my
I love you.
Cute Biology Major
I heard you live on a chicken
farm. Now every time I smell the
scent of roasting chicken, I sigh
and think of your stunning smile.
Too bad I’m a vegetarian.
Dear boy with glasses,
We have the same 12:30 French
class and I like how cheerful you
are everyday! I’d like to talk with
you some more, perhaps a date at
the theatre if there’s a production
you’re too busy working on?
Sincèrement vôtre,
Toilet Paper
Until recently, I was bored
whenever I perched upon my
porcelain throne in the Student
Centre. en you came along
and left a newspaper there for
me to peruse while I took care of
business. ank you, paper fairy!
Super Soccer Spaz
Whenever I see you on campus,
it makes me day! Your smile, your
energy, mostly your ridiculous
amount of energy, it all adds up
to make a great person. Let’s
play with clay soon.
Dear international advisor,
I really enjoy our heated
discussions about the state of
the world, especially because we
usually agree. anks for making
my time in the international
centre so lovely!
Girl with Coffee
I always run into you at Bridge
Street in the morning when
we’re grabbing our morning
coffees. I’d love to grab a coffee
with you some other time, my
Frames of reference
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
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I love the Discovery Channel.
I perhaps love it more than our
beloved SciTech editor, granted I
don’t know the scale of devotion he
has to this particular channel. I love
the environmentalist bandwagon that
they’ve become an axel of; I love that
they blow things up and get publicly
drunk under the guise of science; I
love the trivia shows and underwater
documentaries; I love that I can
watch “Daily Planet” and witness
1950s gender roles being played out
as if it were yesterday; and I love their
new show called “e Colony.”
“e Colony” is a reality TV series
that sets itself in post-apocalypse
California. Discovery has adopted
a whole segment of an abandoned
industrial park and has stuck a
collection of people without food,
water, electricity, or outside contact,
to see what happens.
e people have created a
cooperative community and so far
have provided themselves with the
essentials. Every week, Discovery
puts something new into the area
or sends in actors to mix it up and
present the community with very
specific sociological and survivalist
In all truth, “e Colony” isn’t
all that fantastic when it comes to
the reality of the circumstance. I
think we have Stanford to thank
for that high benchmark. But the
beauty of the show comes from
the sociologists, psychologists, and
scientists that study the interaction
and discuss what they see happening
to the community. ere is also, of
course, the Discovery touch, in which
a “survival expert” explains how best
to provide for yourself in the post-
apocalypse that we seem increasingly
willing to accept as a near-future
I like it because I am an intense
cynic when it comes the nature of
human interaction, but I’m also
a romantic hopeful in relation to
the future of humanity. is show
stokes my hopeful side far more than
it reinforces my schadenfreudist
cynical tendency—perhaps in an
unfair virtue, however, cynics tend
to still gain points in the moments
of hopefulness because it only
compounds our belief that we’re
naively diluting ourselves.
I’m sharing this with you for two
reasons. First of all, to increase the
viewership of this show; you most
likely figured out by now that my
‘love’ for Discovery precipitates from
my profound dislikes of the show
just as much as it does from genuine
Second of all, and more
importantly, I’d like to present you
with a question that I think we’ve all
asked ourselves—even if only in the
most fleeting of moments. How will
we do in a post-apocalyptic world?
Reverend Perkin has joked about
his obsession with the question of
human apocalypse; we’re seeing a
dramatic increase in post-civilization
films (from I am Legend and e
Book of Eli to the classic Terminator
plots), and the state of our planet and
environmental politics is painting a
grim picture of the future.
I strongly doubt we’ll go extinct, so
how will we live? Will we learn? What
will we tell our children happened?
What sort of communities will grow?
Will God still live post-apocalypse?
What kind of people will we need,
and are you one of them?
It’s a great area of discussion
because it can be discussed both in
profound seriousness and in absolute
ridiculousness. Either way, at the end
of the day, it’s not about preparing
for the day, it’s about recognizing
what we hold dear and who we are
at the core. e Discovery Channel
has not stuck philosophical gold
with “e Colony,” but they have,
once again, turned serious questions
into something we want to watch.
Sometimes, simply asking the
questions offers answers.
“e Colony”, or how we may live in the
post-apocalypse world
Serves: 6
Category: dessert
When it comes to desserts such as as
date squares or fruit crisps, I usually
prefer the less healthy alternative of
more starch-less fruit and that is exactly
what you’ll get with this recipe. e
fruit, once it has shrunk in the cooking
process, is equivalent to if not less than
the sweet and chewy crumble. is is a
one pan, no-fuss, winter comfort.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place about a third of the apples in
a loaf pan and evenly cover with a
third of the sugar and drizzle with a
tablespoon of honey.
Keep repeating and layering until all
apples, sugar, and honey is used.
Cooking with Jess
Abundance of Crisp - Apple Crisp
On the top layer of apples, use two
tablespoons of honey.
In a separate bowl mix oats, flour,
and brown sugar throughly.
Add the melted butter to the dry
oat mixture and stir until it has all
been moistened. Spoon the crumble
on to the apples, spread it evenly over
the top, and pat it down softly with a
e crumble only needs to be
flattened enough so that it is uniform
and that the crumble sticks together in
the cooking process.
Cook the crumble for 35 minutes or
until the crumble is golden brown and
the apples inside, when prodded with
a fork are forgiving.
Serve this dish warm or cold with
a few scoops of ice-cream or extra old
cheddar cheese.
Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon,
or if you’d like something a bit more
decorative, create a cinnamon heart, as
seen in the photograph, on the side of
-12 Granny Smith apples peeled,
cored, and sliced into 3/4 inch
(approx.) wedges
-1/3 of a cup of white sugar
- 4 tbsp of honey
-1 cups of oats
-1/3 of a cup of flour
-1/4 of a cup brown sugar
- 3/4 of a cup of butter, melted
-1 quart of french vanilla ice cream
-6 tsp cinnamon
Jessica Emin
Argosy Staff
Jessica Emin
your plate.
Cut a small heart into a piece of
paper about the same size as your
serving plates, place the piece of paper
on the plate and dust a teaspoon of
cinnamon over the area. Lift the piece
of paper straight up and steadily to not
ruin the borders of the shape.
For comments, questions, or recipe
suggestions please e-mail me at Enjoy!
Jessica Emin
Don’t these apples look so dilectable? Don’t you just want to cut them up, evenly cover them in sugar and
honey, spoon them with moist crumble, and place them in an oven pre-heated at 350 for 35 minutes?
As appealing as eco-friendly and
organic labels are becoming, how much
can we trust what a label actually tells
us? As we are being overwhelmed by
labels suggesting that their products
are better for the environment and our
health, it’s worthwhile to think about
which labels stand up to critique, and
which do not.
Controversies over labelling have
been flying around in recent years
in industries ranging from clothing,
to cleaning products, to food. Just a
few weeks ago, European clothing
companies H&M and C&A became
caught up in controversy as it was
discovered by a German newspaper, the
Financial Times, that their “organic”
clothing lines contained genetically
modified cotton from India.
In the United States in 2008, Whole
Foods Market, a grocery chain catering
to upper class neighbourhoods and
stocking mainly organic foods, ran
up against this problem, when ABC
News exposed that some of their
products carrying labels claiming to
be certified organic were in fact not
certified. e foods in question were
grown in China, and the organization
that certified the food according to the
package says they have never certified
a farm in China.
Some foods from Whole Foods
Markets were sent by ABC to a
certified lab. e frozen vegetables
came back safe, but a toxic pesticide
called Aldicarb was found in the
powdered ginger root.
And this isn’t the only time that labels
have proved misleading, even for this
same grocery chain. In the same year
they pulled three gluten free products
off the shelves because they did in fact
contain gluten, and chocolate bars sold
with labels that suggested they were
made in a way that was safe for those
with nut allergies were in fact not.
Often a problem develops where
companies don’t know when their
products are contaminated. Organic
cotton from India comes from smaller
farms, often packed tightly together,
where cross contamin-
ation of GM,
convent i onal ,
and organic
crops is nearly
It’s unknown
w h e t h e r
the agency
that certified
the cotton as
organic knew
that the cotton was
indeed not certified.
Canada has several agencies
which are able to certify organic foods,
and several other common eco-friendly
labels. But for those companies who
don’t meet the standards, there are
always ways of stretching the truth,
particularly when it comes to green or
eco-friendly products.
Companies that label their products
“natural,”“100% Biocompatible,”“anti-
biotic free,” and even “hypoallergenic”
are not required to meet any standards
whatsoever, and these labels are not
backed up by any organizations.
One package of frozen vegetables at
Whole Foods prominently displayed
the label “California Blend” on the
front in large letters, while placing the
“Product of China”logo in small letters
on the reverse side of the packaging.
Whole Foods has since re-named the
product “California Style.”
“Dermatologist tested,” a label
widely seen on cosmetics and skin
care products actually does not require
the company to present proof that
the products were tested by a doctor.
In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration says that nearly all
cosmetics are likely to cause an allergic
“Certified Vegan,”a label certified by
the group Vegan Action, is a somewhat
meaningful label, as the manufacturer
must sign a statement saying that the
product contains no meat or animal
byproducts and has not been tested
on animals. Since no testing is done
on the products, however, this label
relies on faith in the manufacturer. It
is, however, a much better label than
“100% Vegan,” which is not certified
by any organization, has no public
standards attached, and is widely
It raises new interests to see the
conflicts in eco-policies. While there
have been many questions about the
organic foods sold at Whole Foods,
especially those from China, the
company was just last week one of the
first to declare a boycott on all fuel
linked to Canada’s tar sands. Whole
Foods and Bed Bath & Beyond were
the first two companies to declare
a boycott, and as many as thirty
Fortune 500 Companies are
expected to follow.
If you are
interested in
e x p l o r i n g
the labels on
their food,
Cons u me r
Reports has
created a
website where
you can input the
label on your food,
cleaners, hygiene and
paper products, and the
site will tell you which if any
organizations back up the claim, and
what conditions must be met in order
to place the label on their product.
Shoppers with a conscience beware-
if you are drawn to the eco or health
friendly label, do some research first.
Susan Rogers
Argosy Staff
Good conscience labels
gone awry
Graphics/Julie Cruikshank
Think you buy healthy or ethical food? Labels pretend that you are.
rough Stained Glass
Holly is a first year student at Mount
Allison, a member of the United Church
of Canada, and is interested in pursuing
a vocation in ministry. She puts her
imagination to work here to consider
the relevance of an ancient story to our
modern world.
What if Jesus went to Mount
Allison? What would he look like,
how would he acquire followers (if
he was even capable of it), and what
types of things would he try to do
to make a difference? Increasingly,
there is a feeling that the story of
Jesus is irrelevant to today’s people.
ere is technology, there are rights
for women and children, and there
is access to food from all over the
world: all things that were non-
existent in Jesus’ time. So how are we
to interpret the stories so that they
can be applied to life today?
Jesus was very much about doing
work for the people. ough he spoke
often in crowds, he generally put a lot
of energy into the individual, as they
asked the questions. If Jesus went
to Mt. A, I suspect he would teach a
lot of stories. He would explain how
to reach out to others, and he would
perform a miracle or two.
If he were to explain the story of
the Good Samaritan, he might tell
a story much like the following that
includes a student who goes through
hardships, but is saved by the glory of
a good-natured soul. Rob had been
a nice kid throughout his childhood.
He had been smart and had had a lot
of friends. Unfortunately, in Grade
12, his parents began fighting and he
needed a way out of the house. He
started partying on the weekends and
sometimes throughout the week as
well. In the summer before university,
his parents got a divorce and he was
forced to move in with his father. As
it turns out, his father had been seeing
another woman for the past year and
they were scheduled to move in with
her. Rob hated the woman for all she
represented. He spent most of his
summer couch hopping to get away
from the house. He was angry a lot
of the time and sometimes he’d take
that out by vandalizing her place of
work or by stealing the odd item.
By the time he got to university in
the fall, he was an angry man with a
criminal record. House-mates quickly
learned he had a temper, and friends
from high school simply ignored him
because he had ‘changed.’ At the
end of a particularly bad weekend,
an RA made a visit to his room and
confronted him about the issue. e
RA accused Rob of having insulted
many of the house members in the
past month and was curious to know
his personal story. Relieved to find
understanding, Rob opened up to
him bit by bit over the next few
weeks and they ended up becoming
good friends. In the story of the
Good Samaritan, a man is beaten
and robbed on his way home and
many pass by him without stopping
to help. Finally there is a nice man
who sees this poor hurt man on
the side of the road and chooses to
help him. e Good Samaritan is
also is found in the story of Rob as
it reveals misjudging and there is a
good person in the crowd willing to
step up and make a difference.
If Jesus was a student at Mt. A,
he would probably prove himself
by performing a miracle. In the
following imagined case, Jesus
acquires a follower by helping a girl
out academically with a miracle.
ere is a girl sitting in Gracie’s Café;
Jesus notices she’s been there all day
so he goes to her. He asks, “What
are you doing?” She complains
that she’s been studying Spanish
all day and will never be capable
of understanding it well enough to
form a coherent sentence. Jesus tells
her to pack her stuff and come for a
walk with him. ey go to Waterfowl
Park and he asks her to point out
things she knows the name of. After
a mere thirty minutes, he stops and
asks her to recite all the rules of the
Spanish language and to her surprise,
she succeeds without difficulty. She
decides at that moment that he is
something special and asks to hang
out more. Jesus says in order to
hang out with him, she just vows
not only to be a studier of academics,
but a studier of people as well. It
is important to care about those
around you and, whenever possible,
help them out.
Jesus was an amazing guy, and
though his parables seem somewhat
irrelevant in today’s society, they
can still be interpreted to make
sense to today’s people –with a little
imagination. is week I encourage
you to think creatively and try to live
as Jesus would. Try helping a friend
in need, or simply be increasingly
aware of people around you and if
everyone lived like this, maybe the
world would be a better place.
Holly Hagerman
Argosy Contributor
Very angry indeed.
Yet oddly adorable.
That’s how we roll.
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by Le Garçon
Morning sex. It’ll either enhance your
relationship, ruin it irrevocably, or
encourage strange morning traditions.
I’ve spoken to guys and girls alike
this last week, trying to get a feel for
their thoughts around good morning
coitus. I’ve done this by subtly asking
people I’ve never met, “What do you
think of morning coitus?”
e results were fascinating. Let’s
take it from the guy’s side first.
Nearly every guy I talked to loves
morning sex--or loves the idea of
it. It’s completely understandable;
a man’s morning wood is one of the
best erections a guy can get. Some
guys are uncomfortable with their
little man standing to attention before
they are, but I enjoy it. It’s like he’s
saying “good morning! Here’s hoping
you have a great day!”
Naturally, with such a welcoming
and fresh boner, you don’t want to
waste it if you don’t have to. Waking
up next to your beautiful partner
presents the most obvious answer to
your predicament.
But this is just a practical thing?
What makes morning sex great for
a guy? From what I can surmise, it’s
not that morning sex offers anything
special for most guys; it’s just one
more wonderful opportunity to have
sex. I demand more, men!
Morning sex is great because what
could be better than waking up next
to your girl (or guy), holding them
close, lightly kissing them; seeing
that first smile of the day from them;
letting your hand run along them as
their breathing gets heavier and you
watching them getting turned on by
you. Smoothly slipping yourself in
and getting both of you energized,
ecstatic, and sweaty all before the
morning shower... just wonderful!
But for the girls, is this at all
sounding appetizing? According to
my little survey, it’s a toss up. Some
girls love the opportunity to wake
up and have a man right there,
worshiping them from the very
moment their eyes are opened.
Other girls just don’t like the
concept of having to be ready for him
just as they wake up from a dream.
e reasons are different; some just
don’t get aroused in the morning,
others don’t like the idea that they’re
a mess just as they wake up and now
they have a guy all over them. But the
main reason is the reason everyone
agreed on: morning breath.
It’s just gross. ere’s no other way
to say it. Some couples can’t even
stand morning pillow talk without
first taking some Colgate to their
mouth. It’s so unnatural, but so
understandable. is brings me to
those ‘strange morning traditions’ I
mentioned before. I’ve been in that
circumstance where it’s just not going
to go until we get a bit cleaned up.
Seems to defeat the point of morning
sex; that whole John Lennon ‘never-
leaving-the-bed’ thing.
ere’s something sexy about the
concept that you and your partner
don’t even get the day started until
Callan Field
The best part of waking up is Folgers in a cup? Not really. . . hehe.
Valentines Day was this weekend,
and many people likely marked it
in a traditional way – with cards,
flowers, and chocolates. However,
Health Matters, a student group on
campus distributed less conventional
gifts: condoms and AIDS awareness
Although Mount Allison students
have heard lectures this year from the
remarkable humanitarians Stephen
Lewis and James Orbinski, the issue
of HIV/AIDS may still seem far from
Students heard about their
eyewitness accounts of the AIDS
epidemic which is ravaging countries
in Africa and Asia. However, Mt. A
students are able to feel fortunate that
this does not seem to be a reality for
To be sure, Canadians live in
a country where very little of its
population will face the disease, and
those that do will likely be assisted
with some of the best treatment and
medication that the world has to offer.
Yet, this does not mean that the
disease does not exist here, nor that
everyone is well informed.
For this reason, Health Matters,
a student organization run under
the purview of the Health Centre,
spent time last week using innovative
techniques to raise awareness about
HIV/AIDS prevention.
On Wednesday and Friday, members
of the group were selling ‘condom
To put a twist on the traditional
Valentine’s Day gift, they had condoms
colourfully wrapped in red to look like
is initiative kills two birds with
one stone as the product of the sale will
help to prevent the spread of sexually
transmitted infections on campus and
the money raised from the initiative
will go to HIV/AIDS research.
While the knowledge of AIDS
prevention is high for the average
student, there is still ground left to
For example, according to Canada’s
2006 report on AIDS to the Secretary
General of the United Nations, “82
per cent of Canadians over the age of
fifteen years found to have medium to
high levels of HIV/AIDS knowledge.
Knowledge was measured via an index
that included knowledge of HIV
transmission methods, methods of
detecting HIV, natural history of HIV
and prognosis. Young people ages
fifteen to twenty-four, however, score
lower on overall knowledge of HIV,
including transmission methods, than
those who are in between the ages of
twenty-five and sixty-four.”
is means then that around 20
per cent of people in our age bracket
are insufficiently educated on how to
prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
e same report also indicated that
the estimated number of Canadians
living with HIV at the end of 2005
was 58,000 while the number of
Canadians who have died of AIDS as
of 2005 was 13,300.
For Health Matters, with this as a
reality, their work could not be more
While she was not aware of these
statistics, Valeska Mengert the student
chair of Health Matters was clear in
the goal of her organization: “e
main goal is to promote safe-sex.”
e campaign was not a complete
success, however.
Mengert talked about how there
were not that many students who had
stopped at their tables set up in the
Student Centre. “Students seem less
interested in AIDS information than
they are in the condom idea,” she said.
So, while they view building student
awareness as an important task, it isn’t
always an easy one for the student
Health Matters has also been
involved in other awareness campaigns
including their ‘Smart Shop’ which
was an information booth set up at the
Relay for Life, and an AIDS awareness
campaign that they ran in January.
ey have more events planned
including an event for St. Patrick’s Day
to encourage moderation in alcohol
consumption, and “March into Fitness”
a competition that will pit residences
against one another, to see which one
exercises the most.
ose interested in these ideas and
initiatives should contact Mengert or
visit Mt. A’s Health Centre.
Rosalind Crump
Argosy Correspondent
Innovative ways to build awareness
Jessica Emin
Fraser Harland
Argosy Staff
Jessica Emin
Condom roses were a staple item to increase interest and awareness.
We all have to do laundry now and again. And often we toss it all in the dryer after, right? Wait! How about
trying something else? Take the laundry back up to your room, and hang it out to dry there… heat is already
being pumped into your room, so why not use it, and save energy and money!
Now, not everyone has a drying rack in their room, so try finding the most creative way you know to
hang out your clothes! Place hangers all around the room with shirts and pants on them; transform the
room with clothes hanging off of shelves, off the curtain rod... and if you open those two cupboard doors,
you have a grand “dryer” to drape big sheets over. Go wild and get dry!
ere’s something sexy about
the concept that you and
your partner don’t even get
the day started until you
each ravage one another.
ere’s also something
aesthetically pleasing
about not smelling like
stale airplane peanuts and
accumulated bacteria during
the ravaging process.
you each ravage one another. ere’s
also something aesthetically pleasing
about not smelling like stale airplane
peanuts and accumulated bacteria
during the ravaging process.
e solution seems to be that those
weird traditions are just necessary to
enhance the experience for everyone.
After all, any good sexual relationship
needs a good sense of humour on
both parties’ part.
So how about this guys: get your
girl a little frisky and then ask if she’d
like to freshen up. We all know that
consideration points are as good as
war wounds and roses.
And girls, especially those that
aren’t into it for whatever reason, how
about just having a bit of a talk with
your boy (or girl) and see if a little
tradition can make the morning love
flow a little easier. You don’t know
what you’re missing until you really
commit to it.
Treat each other right, guys
and girls. And have an excellent
In Obama’s recent State of the Union
address, he spoke of how the United
States would be working to fight
climate change in the coming years
through such energy measures as
nuclear power, off-shore oil and gas
drilling, clean coal technologies, and
Much of this speech talked of how
such measures (among others) would
help to create jobs and allow the U.S. to
lead the world in climate change action.
Most interestingly, Obama mentioned
that this would mean building a new
generation of safe, clean nuclear power
plants in the country.
What all of this is really getting at
is that the U.S. Senate needs to pass
a comprehensive energy and climate
bill. In Obama’s address he also spoke
of the plans for next year’s budget
and how this would mean billions of
dollars would be put forth in federal
guarantees for the new nuclear
e issue of dealing with nuclear
waste was also addressed, along with
a pledge from the administration to
close Yucca Mountain, a multibillion
dollar burial spot in the Nevada
desert for high-level radioactive waste.
e Department of Energy has also
officially announced that they will have
a bipartisan commission to investigate
the alternatives to Yucca Mountain.
is new focus on nuclear energy
can be seen as a major leap from the
U.S. President’s previous cautions
surrounding the issue. Much of this
new endorsement in nuclear energy
however, is to win over the opposing
Republicans and moderate Democrats
which might oppose this new bill in a
e White House passed a bill in
June to limit the emissions of heat-
trapping gases for the first time, which
led to Republican outrage in the
Senate for fear that the new bill might
run up energy costs (hence the caution
now about keeping the Republicans
happy). However, with this attempt
to gain Republican favour, Obama
may run the risk of losing some of
the support of liberal Democrats and
environmentalists. e same problem
exists for solutions such as ‘clean coal’,
an oxymoron to many eco-activists.
Obama reaffirmed this commitment
in his Union address, pushing the
“create new jobs” incentive, along
with the mention that they are going
to seek $54 billion in additional loan
guarantees from Congress for nuclear
power projects, as part of the 2011
Currently the U.S. has 104 nuclear
reactors (operating) which provide
about 20% of the nation’s electricity;
the reactors are also credited for 70 per
cent of the power coming from non-
polluting sources. However, this new
incentive could raise that number up
to (possibly) 180 reactors in order to
meet their 80 per cent reduction in
GHG emissions deadline for 2050.
A security question exists as well.
Obama previously gave a speech
on reducing the nuclear weapons
trade in the world, through taking
new measures in strengthening
international policies on nuclear trade,
smuggling, and proliferation. To some
international actors, including Iran,
it seems to be a strange paradox that
one who is advocating the reduction
of nuclear weapons is also promoting
nuclear factories. However, Obama
seems to be aiming towards taking
nuclear powers away from the
dangerous hands of those who would
abuse it in “securing nuclear materials”
while using that power instead for
With all of this attention to non-
polluting sources of energy, the
question needs to be asked: is nuclear
on the rise? It is a dangerous power, but
one which can also generate as much
heat as 59 million barrels of oil (or 435
billion cubic feet of natural gas) in just
over 4 years. An average nuclear power
plant also produces about 12.4 billion
Kwh per year (about the equivalent
to what 35, 428 wind turbines would
An energy source which costs
relatively little, produces a lot of
energy very quickly, and does not
take up much room, nuclear power
is exploding (figuratively that is)
with the ever increasing demand for
energy and the rising price of gas.
However, there are also important
things to remember with nuclear
power. e most prominent concern
is that radioactive waste will remain
active for at least 10,000 years after the
fact; more than enough time to cause
serious damage to the environment.
As well, no matter how you look at it,
there is also the ever present risk of a
meltdown. In a world in which nations
are developing the capabilities for this
power faster than ever before, the real
question to ask is increasingly, is this
the right way to go?
Internet Photo/Panoramio
Will these become increasingly predominant alternative fuel sources?
Jennifer Musgrave
Argosy Staff
Nuclear: e way of
the future?
A larger nuclear policy seems likely
What to know before
saying ‘yes, I can-nabis’
Marijuana (cannabis) has been a point
of contention for decades. It was not
actually made illegal in the United
States until 1970, and was added to
the Confidential Restricted List in
1923 in Canada. It is still federally
illegal in the United States, causing
a convoluted and shaky basis for
medicinal marijuana in that country.
In Canada, it is federally illegal
to possess or sell marijuana for
recreational use, but it is controlled
by the government for medicinal
uses. Patients utilizing the drug for
medicinal reasons have a considerable
amount of legal protection compared
to those in the United States.
is is the first article in a series
about this issue, and the pros and
cons of medicinal marijuana will be
highlighted in this first instalment.
In Canada, there are two categories
in which patients must fall under in
order to receive marijuana for medicinal
uses, according to Health Canada. e
first category is “comprised of any
symptoms treated within the context
of providing compassionate end-of-life
care; or the symptoms associated with
the specified medical conditions listed
in the schedule to the Regulations,”
which include: multiple sclerosis, a
spinal cord injury, spinal cord disease,
cachexia (loss of weight, muscle
atrophy, significant loss of appetite),
nausea due to cancer or HIV/AIDS
infection, pain from severe forms of
arthritis, and seizures from epilepsy.
e second category “is for applicants
who have debilitating symptom(s) of
medical condition(s), other than those
described in Category 1” (from Health
Canada). A specialist must confirm
the diagnosis and that conventional
treatments have failed or are
inappropriate to address the problem.
Health Canada has contracted Prairie
Plant Systems Inc. to cultivate a
standardized, homogenous supply
of marijuana. Some patients can be
authorized by Health Canada to grow
their own.
In the United States, fourteen
states (Alaska, California, Colorado,
Hawaii, New Jersey, Maine, Michigan,
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico,
Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and
Washington) approve and regulate the
use of medicinal marijuana.
In 2009, the U.S. Attorney General
under president Barack Obama
declared that “It will not be a priority
to use federal resources to prosecute
patients with serious illnesses or their
caregivers who are complying with
state laws on medical marijuana, but
we will not tolerate drug traffickers
who hide behind claims of compliance
with state law to mask activities that
are clearly illegal.” e number of
medicinal marijuana dispensaries in
the U.S. skyrocketed thereafter.
However, the regulation of the
drug is not cohesive, as every state
has its own regulations. Colorado
and Nevada are the only states so far
to have changed their actual state
constitutions to allow the medical
use of marijuana. e regulations for
obtaining a medicinal marijuana card
vary from state to state, as do the rules
for providing and obtaining the drug.
It is commonly accepted, however, that
it can be used to relieve the symptoms
of the same conditions listed above by
Health Canada. ere is also a drug in
existence in the United States called
Marinol, a pill approved by the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration.
It contains synthetic THC, which,
according to the DEA’s article on their
website, “has been found to relieve
the nausea and vomiting associated
with chemotherapy for cancer patients
3-4 cannabis cigarettes a
day are associated with the
same ... degree of damage
to the bronchial mucosa
as twenty or more tobacco
cigarettes a day.
e British Lung
and to assist with loss of appetite
with AIDS patients.” THC is delta-
9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the major
psychoactive substance found in
Of course, there are those who do
not believe marijuana is a solution to
certain health problems. In particular,
smoked marijuana is a worry of
many doctors, as it can damage the
brain, heart, lungs, and immune
system, according to John Walters,
the director of the Office of National
Drug Control Policy. e British
Lung Foundation also claims that “3-4
cannabis cigarettes a day are associated
with the same evidence of acute and
chronic bronchitis and the same degree
of damage to the bronchial mucosa as
twenty or more tobacco cigarettes a
e Wo/Men’s Alliance for
Medical Marijuana, based in Santa
Cruz, California, sponsors a website
of testimonials from those who have
benefited from medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana has helped these
patients deal with symptoms of gastro-
intestinal problems, aging, reduced
movement, arthritis, HIV/AIDS,
chronic pain, cancer, and multiple
One patient of breast cancer, Judith
Cushner, states on this website that
she tried Marinol, which gave no
relief from the nausea she experienced
during chemotherapy. Medical
marijuana, however, was of benefit to
her. Keith Vines, an AIDS patient,
states that he tried Marinol to regain
his appetite. e drug, however, made
him feel “stoned” for several hours,
which was unacceptable for his line of
work as an Assistant District Attorney.
“Marinol deprived me of something
I have always valued deeply: a sense
of control over my mind and body,”
he writes. But medical marijuana
caused his appetite to return. Using
medical marijuana is a self-medication
program, from which these patients
obviously benefited.
e next article in this series will
provide an overview of the various
means for medical marijuana intake.
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
Part 1 of a 3-part series on marijuana, and our relations to it
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Marijuana is one of the most common ‘taboo’ sights and smells of universities, bars, and some hospitals.
Maria Maute
Argosy staff
Writing a thesis, for better or for worse,
I should be writing my thesis right
now. Again, that thought never leaves
my mind, even now as I am writing
this editorial. A thesis is not like that
five page paper that is due tomorrow
morning, for which you stay up all
night to write, hand in the next day,
and you’re done with it. Writing a
thesis is a notion that gets stuck deep
between the mushy walls of your brain
in the second term of your third year
and only leaves you in April of the
following year.
In my last column I compared the
action of writing a thesis to an ongoing
romantic relationship. I have already
covered the puppy love phase, the little
rough patches of discovering some
not-so-pleasant-things stage, and the
seeking for advice and help step.
When I first stared at the
threatening, very white, and very
blank page of my Word document, I
panicked. What would the first word
of my sixty-some page thesis be?
What will the first sentence look like?
I wrote, re-wrote, and re-re-wrote
the first sentence a few dozen times.
I finally admitted my problem to one
of my friends, who simply said, “Why
don’t you start with the word ‘e’?”
I realized that I was complicating
things. I was thinking ahead of myself,
already worrying about the thesis as a
whole, instead of simply taking it one
word at a time. e same can easily be
applied to a relationship. Sometimes
we complicate things; we get ahead of
ourselves, instead of simply taking it
one day at a time.
When in a relationship, we tend to
give the person we love nicknames.
A similar thing can happened when
writing a thesis. e first time I saved
that one sentence that took me hours
to write, my computer program asked
me under what name the file should
be saved. I was still unsure about the
title of the thesis, so I simply called
the document esis. e name
immediately seemed intimidating
and unapproachable to me. It had to
be edited. Quickly ‘esis’ turned into
‘Tessi’, and not just on my computer
screen, but also when I referred to it.
e name spread, and now my family,
my friends, and my neighbours all use
the name Tessi when referring to my
thesis. “How’s Tessi doing?” or “Are
you working on Tessi?” are common
questions I get on a daily basis from
the people around me.
ere are also the moments where
I wish I was single; single in the sense
of not being attached to a thesis. I see
my “unattached” friends going out,
watching a movie, and I wish I could
simply “dump” my thesis and join
them. But it’s not that easy. Writing a
thesis is a long term commitment, one
that is not easy to get out of.
Needless to say, writing a thesis
can be challenging. Some days I
love it, some days I really don’t. Like
everything else, it’s an experience,
an adventure, and a great learning
opportunity. I have learned how to be
more disciplined with my time, how to
use our library effectively, and how to
cite in MLA style while sleeping.
by Chase Foster
Pieces of childhood slip away
One by one
Memories beyond memory
Collapsing into shadows
Fit neatly in cardboard boxes
Tangible and yet not whole
Visions from the past remain
Images, sounds, thoughts and
Imprinted in the dusty closets
Shelves to hold my childhood
Now belong to someone else.
“e Secret”
Have you ever had a secret
that could rip you apart
from the inside out
painful truth.
Something that could drown
steal the breath right from your
oetr y corner
The fine lines of mental illness
Brennan Neill
The Concordian
illness is one of the few social taboos
that is still completely ignored,
misrepresented, or flat-out denied by
much of the Western world. Von Allan
experienced the toll mental illness
can take firsthand — his mother was
diagnosed with schizophrenia when
he was eleven.
“It was when she starting having
nervous breakdown episodes and
being hospitalized that I realized ‘She’s
not well at all,’ ” says Allan. “She was
having problems, and the problems
were such that I couldn’t help. ere
a really strong sense of powerlessness
that goes with that. ere’s nothing I
could do.”
Reality paints a much different
portrait of those suffering from a
mental illness than many people see it.
In fact, 20 per cent of Canadians will
personally experience a mental illness
in their lifetime, and schizophrenia
affects one per cent of the population.
An illustrator and author, Allan
translated his experience into his new
graphic novel, the road to god knows…
Set in Ottawa during the fall
of 1988, the road to god knows… is
centred on Marie, a thirteen-year-old
[Allen’s guideline was]
“Don’t be up on a soap
box, don’t be preachy, don’t
be didactic, don’t try to be
lecturing, or anything like
Von Allen
girl coming to terms with her mother’s
schizophrenia. e novel opens with
Marie returning to her family’s small,
barren apartment following her
mother’s release from a clinic after
another mental breakdown.
While the graphic novel is fiction,
many events and elements are based
on Allan’s childhood. It’s deeply
personal, and as the plot unfolds there
are a series of increasingly stomach-
churning breakdowns. With each
episode, Marie is forced to confront
her mother’s mental illness and with
the help of a friend, Kelly, begins to
comprehend her mother’s struggle.
What is particularly interesting is
has planted some of his personality
in Marie; take, for instance, her love
of tag-team wrestling. e result is
a well-thought out and completely
likeable tomboy that you’ll root for.
Allan’s art is simple, but fitting for
the stripped-down storyline. What
is most surprising is that Allan only
began drawing just over ten years ago
at age twenty-five. Easily the most
memorable panels come when Marie
is visiting her mother in a mental
hospital. Allan subtly bends the
straight lines of the black-and-white
checkered hallways, adding to the
already unsettling atmosphere. It’s a
nice touch that enhances his style.
When Allan set out to write the road
to god knows… he approached the plot
and theme with one simple guideline:
“Don’t be up on a soap box, don’t be
preachy, don’t be didactic, don’t try
to be lecturing, or anything like that;
certainly don’t say anything like mental
illness is bad or the person who has it
is bad.”
Allan has succeeded in every
measure. “e road to god knows…”
portrays only a tiny slice of life for
those with a mental illness. It’s
gripping, dramatic and will leave you
with a deeper understanding of the
relationship between those who are
afflicted and the people who love
that Allan has decided to tell his story
through a girl in her early teens. It’s
quite difficult for an author to develop
a central character from across the
gender divide, but Allan has succeeded
in Marie. It’s also clear that Allan
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A group of Mount Allison female
students were at it again – performing
Eve Ensler’s the Vagina Monologues
on February 11-13. e production
features monologues about an area
of the female body which has been
taboo for so long, in hopes of creating
a more positive attitude about it. e
performance is unique at Mt. A, as
each girl who performs a monologue
is paired with their own personal
director for one-on-one attention and
direction to make the monologues the
best they can possibly be.
e Vagina Monologues are
performed in conjunction with V-Day,
an organization that uses the play and
other works to end violence against
women worldwide. At Mt. A, e
Vagina Monologues supports Autumn
House, a shelter for battered women,
in Amherst, Nova Scotia through
funds from ticket and merchandise
sales. V-day has raised over $70
million and “educated millions about
the issue of violence against women,”
according to the program from the
Mt. A production. e “V” stands
for “Victory, Valentine, and Vagina.”
is year, V-Day also spotlights the
campaign “Stop Raping Our Greatest
Resource: Power to Women in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo,”
supporting women who are sold for sex
slavery. One monologue of this year’s
production was devoted completely to
this issue.
Because each performer is
paired with their own director, the
performances varied greatly. is was
a positive aspect of the show, as each
monologue was reflective of the story it
was trying to tell, and as unique as the
performers and the women they were
representing. e cast was made up of
twenty performers. It was produced
by Sarah Smith and Ferron Olynyk,
and the directors were Emily omas,
Breanna Moore, Tara MacPherson,
Anna MacLennan, and Amy MacKay.
One highlight of the evening was
the monologue, “Vagina Workshop,”
performed by Hanna Button. e
speaker had a very prim and proper
English accent, which made the subject
matter (a workshop where women
come to learn to love their vaginas)
comical, while still a serious issue.
Button performed flawlessly, imitating
the workshop coordinator and her
eccentricities, causing eruptions of
laughter among the audience. e
British accent she utilized also caused
the metaphors for the vagina in the
monologue to be very dramatic and
Another highlight was certainly
“Because He Liked to Look At It.”is
was performed by Naomi Vogt, who
obviously worked hard to prepare. She
used furniture as a metaphor for the
vagina, and as she described this, she
rubbed a chair and spun it on one leg.
When speaking the lines of the male
character with whom her character has
a sexual experience, her whole body
language and voice changed to become
more masculine, a perfect touch for the
audience to differentiate between who
was speaking.
“A Teenage Girl’s Guide to
Surviving Sex Slavery” was the
monologue emphasizing the sex trade
industry in the Democratic Republic
of the Congo. e performance by
Seonaid MacNeill was effective, but
also a confusing juxtaposition to the
intense and disturbing words she was
speaking. She stood as if she were
uncomfortable on the stage, and
spoke as if she were a five-year-old
North American girl uncomfortable
in her own skin, rather than a teenager
from Africa. e discomfort that she
portrayed, however, was effective for
the subject matter of the monologue,
and the audience hung onto every
word. At the end of the monologue,
MacNeill seemed to be relieved to be
done as she bounded off the stage as
soon as her last line was spoken.
“My Vagina Was My Village” was
a powerful performance by Alexis
ibeault and Melissa Godbout, who
represented two parts of the same
character. ibeault performed as a
carefree woman, while Godbout’s
performance as a tortured woman after
multiple violent rapes was chilling. e
next monologue, “e Little Coochi
Snorcher that Could” performed by
Ilannah Donahue was very different.
When describing memories as a
little girl, Donahue truly embodied
the attitudes of a child with short,
simple sentences and a sweet, innocent
disposition. But the next performance,
“Reclaiming Cunt” by Jenifer Boyce,
was truly a juxtaposition to the prior
two. She completely committed to the
role, jumping around the stage while
the audience yelled “Cunt! Cunt!
Cunt!” In previous years, the audience
was very uncomfortable yelling this
word, but this year, it seemed no one
had any problems with it.
A monologue with a feminist twist
was “e Woman Who Loved to
Make Vaginas Happy,” performed
by Emma Fowler-Ros. e character
begins a profession to please women
exclusively. She seems to be reclaiming
the idea that women can be expressive,
especially when having sex. In the
past, the climax (no pun intended) of
the monologue was always the most
daring and expressive part, when the
speaker demonstrates the different
kinds of moans. While Fowler-Ros
did commit to performing this part
in an exaggerated way, she did not go
as far with it as past performers have,
and seems to have held back in her
expression of these different types of
e last two monologues approached
the subject of the vagina in a different
way. “ey Beat the Girl Out of
My Boy” approaches the subject of
transgender people. Words like want,
ache (to belong), and wonder were
repeated in the performance. One of
the characters made an interesting
point: we are “assigned” a sex at
birth, which sometimes has nothing
to do with who a person is. Another
character describes that with her first
hormone shot, she “got permission
to be myself.” e monologue was
performed by Caitlin Semchuk, Kelsey
Ryan, Sarah McQuaid, and Jenifer
Boyce. e very last monologue of the
evening, “I Was ere in the Room,”
expresses Eve Ensler’s fascination
with birth. It was performed in a very
honest way by Hannah Allen, and she
truly expressed the beauty of giving
birth with her entrancing words,
mesmerizing voice, and engaged
mannerisms. An especially effective
line of this monologue was, “We forget
the vagina. What else would explain
our lack of awe?”
e evening was a success
overall, with unique attitudes and
performances by each actress. While
some of the performances may have
lacked 100 per cent commitment
to their roles, the subject matter was
relevant and engaging. Power to you,
Vagina Monologues of Mt. A!
Vivi Reich
Argosy staff
V-Day returns to Mount Allison in support of all women
The cast and crew of the Vagina Monologues in the Dunn’s Wu Centre after a successful production.
Vivi Reich
Orpheus, the famed musician who
could charm the gods of Olympus
with his music, is the featured
character in this year’s production by
the Mount Allison Opera Workshop.
e ensemble presented “e Two
Faces of Orpheus”on Sunday, February
14 and Monday, February 15. Both
performances took place in Mount
Allison’s Brunton Auditorium.
e first half of the program
featured scenes from the classic opera
Orfeo ed Euridice by C.W. von Gluck.
is beautiful opera tells the story of
the newlyweds Orfeo (performed by
Heather Flemming) and Euridice
(performed by Megan Buffett) who
are separated by Euridice’s death.
Orfeo, determined not to lose his
bride, persuades the gods to allow him
to enter the underworld to retrieve his
In contrast, the second half of this
year’s program included scenes from
the comic operetta by Offenbach,
Orphée aux Enfers. In this satirical
take on the classic myth, Orphée
(performed by Landon Braverman)
and his wife Eurydice (performed
by Jennifer Berntson) are tired of
each other’s company and seek new
adventures. ey ultimately find their
way to the underworld; however, this
time the gloomy depths of hell have
become a party scene.
e Mount Allison Opera Workshop
is made up of student singers and
pianists. Director Helen Pridmore
also oversees costumes, sets, props
and lighting, assisted by the students
A workshop was surely never so
interesting or entertaining. e first
set, Orfeo ed Euridice, was passionately
performed with such finesse and
sophistication that it was truly a
credit to the student performers. e
musicians and singers were in perfect
sync and the hours of preparation came
through in the flawless performance.
e most powerful moment came
when Flemming, as the male lead role,
sang her solo part. Her melodious
voice swept the audience away to the
time and place where Orfeo went to
the depths of the underworld to claim
his bride.
e passion of the music coupled
with the costumes, sets and props,
and appropriate lighting moved the
plot of the story along, pulling the
audience in. At times, the costumes
seemed understated, and served as a
tool rather than the focus, allowing
the performers to be the centre of
attention. e director’s choices
both in set work and in direction of
performers was masterful, and, to the
credit of the wonderful musicians,
their hard work and dedication made
this a truly remarkable first half of the
e second half of the program was
equally amazing. e seamless switch
from the passionate and moving story
of lovers to the next performance,
which ascended onto the audience
with a light heartedness, changed the
energy of the building. e performers
came out and claimed the hearts of the
audience again, taking them on a new
adventure of the same base theme of
death and the underworld, yet with a
new twist.
e “Fly Duet” absolutely stole the
show until the moment when they enter
the underworld, the interpretation
artfully and creatively carrying over
to a party scene that allowed once
again for the artistic persuasion of the
performers to transcend any previous
works on this piece.
e audience was left begging for
more after the performers graced
Sackville once again with a mastery
that surpasses their position as student
performers. is production left the
promise of a career for the students,
about which we will have said, “We
saw these stars birth to greatness on
the Mount Allison stage.”
Jessica Emin
Mt. A music department’s students shine in opera workshop
Rebecca Caissie
Argosy correspondent
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e Sweetest Little ing is an event that
happens every year on Valentine’s Day. It
is the most important annual fundraising
event for the Owens Art Gallery, the
Struts Gallery, and the Faucet Media Arts
Centre. e money raised goes directly to
the on-going programming of the galleries.
e event is now in its eleventh year and
combines a contemporary art auction with a
cake walk and dance. e event has become
an annual highlight for the community,
featuring artists, friends, and supporters
from across the country and beyond.
Most of the money is raised with the
silent art auction. e art is donated
by artist from around Canada as
well as third year Fine Arts students.
is year over 120 works of art were
donated and bid on during the auction.
e event is held at the Owens Art
Gallery, which is turned into a festive space
with plenty of red and pink decorations.
e walls are decorated with pink, white,
and red balloons; free candy and punch is up
for grabs to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth
and fun music ranging from the 1920s to
the 1980s echoes through the gallery from
a record player. Raffle tickets are sold for
artsy prizes and the cakewalk is always a
popular activity for both young and old.
If you’ve missed it, not to worry. e event
happens every year on Valentine’s Day.
You can count on it. Now isn’t that sweet?
A sweet little event
Maria Maute
Argosy Staff
Cake Competition
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Jessie Dodington’s “e Honeymoon Sweet“
Melinda Musgrave’s “Owl”
Jessica Emin’s “A Vase of Tulips”
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Hérménegilde Chiasson
Marina Cupido
Phoebe Robertson
George Woodburn
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Top 10 highest bids of the silent art auction
Submitted by Sara Williamson
10. John Haney- ‘Duet/Happy Anniversary You Sweet Little ing!’, $220
9. Alexandra Flood- ‘Delilah in the Woods’, $250
8. Private Eye- ‘Sweetest Little ing- Paris 2, 2010’, $250
7. Julian Forrest- ‘Run Away’, $255
6. Mario Doucette- ‘Soldats Anglais’, $300
5. Susan Wood- ‘Lay Me Down to Sleep’, $315
4. Eric Walker- ‘Mackenzie King Bridge’, $325
3. George S. Zimbel- ‘A Piece of Marilyn (1954)’, $360
2. Tom Forrestall- ‘I draw to fill my head and paint to empty it’, $400
1. Graeme Patterson- ‘Portable Record Player’, $450
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Jessie Dodington’s “e Honeymoon Sweet“
Melinda Musgrave’s “Owl”
Jessica Emin’s “A Vase of Tulips”
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Marina Cupido
Phoebe Robertson
George Woodburn
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A paper making and dyeing workshop at the EcoArts festival.
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Students can attend affordable arts festivals across Canada
When you spend most of your time
in Sackville, it can sometimes be easy
to forget that there’s an outside world.
But, as the end of the school year
slowly approaches and people start
talking about heading home for the
summer, most of us tend to have two
important revelations. e first: “ere
is life beyond Sackville!” e second:
“My friends are all from different
places! I could go visit them!” ere’s
no question that, come April, there’s
a countrywide scattering of Mount
Allison students heading home,
following friends, and pursuing jobs
to places all across Canada. But once
we’ve all reached our destinations, the
burning question then becomes: “What
do I do now?” On top of this, there are
those of us who will be graduating
and will be in need of cool things to
do outside of the summer months as
Well, fear not – it may be a little
early to cement our summer or life
plans, but it’s never too early to find
out about cool stuff to do. And so,
the Argosy is bringing you a guide to
cheap festivals throughout Canada.
Let’s start with the Atlantic region.
e Maritimes are most active with
tourism during the summer months, so
it makes sense that a lot of the festivals
are then. But if the Charlottetown
Lobster Festival isn’t quite your cup
of tea (or shellfish), and you’re looking
for something geared more to the hip-
cash demographic, the Cape Jourimain
Nature Centre EcoArts festival might
be for you.
Held every year in September, the
EcoArts Festival aims to get people to
interact with and respond to nature in a
creative and environmentally sensitive
way. It includes works by a diverse
number of artists, and explores visual,
musical, and dramatic works with the
common theme of environmental and
nature issues. e artists involved
create performances and installations,
and also host interactive workshops
and demonstrations to give the public a
more hands-on experience with nature
and the arts. Last year’s array of artists
included participants from Sackville
such as Kip Jones, Peggy Sue Payne,
Chris Down, and Linda Rae Dornan.
Festival By the Marsh has also been
involved, conducting readings and
workshops for eco-based dramatic
plays. Best of all, entry is only $4 for
students and $6 for adults. More info
on the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre
EcoArts Festival can be found at
If you’re going to be spending any
time in Eastern Canada, there are a
number of other great festivals that
are worth checking out. Quebec offers
several film festivals, both Francophone
and Anglophone, not to mention
several gay and lesbian festivals. But
if you’re looking for something in the
Ontario region, a great festival to check
out is the annual Puppets Up! festival
in Almonte. Started by puppeteer
Noreen Young of Under the Umbrella
Tree fame, Puppets Up! is held the first
weekend in August, and features two
days of workshops and performances
by puppeteers and troupes from around
the world. In the past, workshops have
been held by talented artists such as
Trish Leeper (Fraggle Rock, Sesame
Park) and John Pattison (Puppets Who
Kill), and on such diverse topics as
puppets in television and the history
and performance of the Punch and Judy
show. ere are also fantastic shows
that have included diverse performers
from places like Iceland, the Czech
Republic, England, Hungary, and
Mexico, not to mention local talent.
Although Puppets Up! doesn’t offer a
student rate, an adult day pass is only
$15, and the whole weekend is $25.
e passes give you unlimited access
to performances throughout the day,
although workshops are separate. For
more info, check out http://puppetsup.
If you plan on being in Alberta
for reading week and you’re on the
lookout for cool art events, check out
the Calgary/Banff Exposure Festival.
Ongoing through the month of
February, Exposure is a photography
festival that features work by
both Canadian and international
photographers. Primarily exhibition
based, the festival has events in the
Calgary, Banff, and Canmore areas.
ere are also lectures, workshops,
and educational events. e theme
this year is “perception,” and some of
the highlights include a session on
February 20 at Calgary’s Glenbow
Museum about the changing role
and value of photography books with
the advent of self-publishing and the
internet. Kanai: People of the Blood,
an exhibition at Banff’s Whyte
Museum of photographs by George
Webber made on the Alberta Blood
Reserve will also be there for your
viewing pleasure, and a lecture on
February 19 at Canmore Collegiate
High School by Larry Towell, one of
Canada’s premier photojournalists,
will take place as well.
Admission varies by event. In some
cases the exhibitions are included with
the price of museum admission, and in
others there is a small charge to attend
lectures and presentations. For more
information, check out http://www.
Going to be in Vancouver in the fall?
Be sure to check out the Vancouver
International Film Festival (VIFF).
Held in late September/early October,
it is one of the largest film festivals in
North America. e festival is one of
the biggest showcases of East Asian
and Canadian films in the world, and
also has a strong focus on documentary
films. e festival’s mandate includes
the goal of encouraging international
understanding through the medium
of cinema, and the chance to bring
together filmmakers from around
the world. ere is a mandatory $2
membership for the entire festival
(you must be over eighteen to see
most of the films, as many of them are
unrated), and regular adult admission
is $11 per film. Weekend matinees are
$9, and matinees on weekdays are $8.
ere is also a special student ticket
pack of five films for $40. Check out
the VIFF website at http://www.viff.
org/home.html for more details.
So whatever your plans for reading
week, the summer, or just life in general,
now you know of a few cool things in
some different parts of Canada that
you can check out. But don’t stop here
– there are literally thousands of arts
festivals throughout Canada that are
just waiting for you to discover them.
Julie Cruikshank
Argosy staff
Christan Nicholson graduated from
Mount Allison University with a
Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinctions
in 1973. e artist is known for his
many famous portraits, amongst them
paintings of Ted Roger, C.E.O. for
Rogers Communications, Claude
Taylor, chairman of Air Canada, and
Canadian author Margaret Atwood. He
has also painted numerous chancellors
and presidents from universities across
the country, including Mount Allison’s
own Ian Newbould, who was president
for ten years from 1991 until 2001.
e most notable portrait Nicholson
has created is that of former Governor
General Roméo LeBlanc, who was
Honourable LeBlanc was born in
Memramcook, just a few minutes
outside of Sackville. He passed away
in June 2009 at the age of eighty-one.
is year on February 8, Canada Post
released a stamp commemorating
LeBlanc by using the portrait painted
of him by Nicholson. e painting
depicts the profile of LeBlanc in a
simple grey vest on a warm red-orange
background. “All I ever hear back from
everybody who has ever known him is
that the portrait really represents the
kind of man that he was, the roots that
he came from,” says Nicholson in an
interview with the CBC.
Roméo LeBlanc began his career
as a teacher before turning to
journalism. He worked as a foreign
correspondent for Radio-Canada and
in 1965 he became founding president
of the CBC Radio-Canada Foreign
Correspondents Association. LeBlanc
also served as a Press Secretary for
Prime Ministers Lester B. Pearson and
Pierre Trudeau. He started working in
politics in 1972 when he was elected to
the House of Commons, representing
New Brunswick’s Westmorland-Kent
riding. He later served as Minister
of Fisheries under the Trudeau
government, becoming Canada’s
longest serving minister in this
position. During this time, LeBlanc
directed the expansion of Canada’s
coastal fishing zone from a twelve-
mile limit to its current 200-mile limit
and helped create the United Nations
Convention on the Law of the Sea.
He was also appointed to the Senate
in 1984 and Speaker of the Senate in
1993 before being appointed Governor
General in 1995. Not only was LeBlanc
Internet photo/Canada Post
“I am particularly
noted for capturing
some aspect of the
sitter’s personality on
the first Acadian Governor General of
Canada but also the first from Atlantic
Nicholson is recognized as Canada’s
foremost portrait painter and his
prices range anywhere from $10,000
to $30,000 per portrait. He gives credit
to Mt. A for his achievements in the
artistic field. “My training at Mount
Allison University was academic,”
writes Nicholson in his website,
“learning from techniques developed
during the Italian Renaissance
through the Parisian Academy period
under the tutelage of Lawren Harris,
David Silverberg, and E.B.Pulford.
is means I completed thousands of
hours of figure drawing and painting,
learning chiaroscuro to create form,
and the structure and proportion of the
human body.” Nicholson was a grade
A student at Mt. A and graduated
with distinction. “I was always first
in my class and, as a result, was the
first person in the history of Mt. A to
graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts
cum laude,” explains the alumnus. e
painter describes his work as realistic
but contemporary: “I am particularly
noted for capturing some aspect of the
sitter’s personality on canvas. is is
innate to myself, and cannot be taught.
Just as there is a life-like quality to
my work - as if the person is about to
speak, or is looking at you or about to
walk off the canvas.”
Christian Nicholson
Canada’s first Acadian governor
general from 1995 to 1999. e Right
Mount Allison alumnus
Artwork of Mount Allison alumnus now featured on stamp
Maria Maute
Argosy staff
It took Sackville artist Donna Sharpe
years before she realized she was
an artist. It’s a good thing she did,
because the world would have one less
amazing artist if she had never found
this calling.
At a young age, Sharpe was told
she would go blind. As a teenager,
her vision was bad and she visited the
hospital many times. To top it off, in
high school she never had a chance to
take an art course, as her family moved
constantly. Because she was creative,
she decided to try English literature.
“I enrolled in English literature,”
Sharpe says, “thinking I would write.
I was very unhappy. […] I didn’t want
to become a critic and tear everything
apart. I don’t like that negative
approach. I wanted to be able to write
like the people I loved reading.”
Her family moved to Ontario, where
she finished grade thirteen. en she
went on to Capilano College (her
family moved to British Columbia),
then Vancouver City College, and
then Simon Fraser. At the latter, she
tried her hand at theatre, but was not
able to receive credit. To make things
more discouraging, when she was
twenty-one, she underwent a corneal
transplant, and thought there was no
point in doing art.
But after leaving Simon Fraser,
she went to work for an insurance
company and saved enough money to
go to Europe. “I couldn’t walk past a
museum [without going in],” Sharpe
says with a smile. She returned to
Canada and passed through Toronto,
deciding to look at some universities
there. She enrolled in York University.
During her time there, she went to
Florence, Italy and studied Italian in
the morning and spent time in the
afternoon at the Bargello Museum.
She befriended a guard, who brought a
stool out for her every day so she could
sit and draw mock-ups of sculptures
by Michaelangelo. She also traveled to
Sri Lanka.
After returning to York, Sharpe
Vivi Reich
Argosy staff
graduated with a bachelor of arts degree
in art history with a number of studio
courses and honours in visual art, and
also received a bachelor of education
in 1976. However, she suffered a bad
accident and broke her pelvis. Unable
to walk, she ended up not starting a
teaching job and went back to British
Columbia. She taught elementary
school for two years and created an
arts club there as well. She also went to
the Otis-Parsons Fine Arts Institute in
Los Angeles, an expensive endeavour.
Unfortunately, unable to afford it, she
returned to British Columbia and
studied lithography at Emily Carr
University of Art and Design. ere,
she did not do much painting, and
loved lithography, but found it was not
a very realistic profession to pursue.
“You can’t do it outside a great big
city,” she explains. “You spend a lot
of money because you can’t have your
own lithography studio easily, and
you need concrete floors because the
presses weigh a ton.”
Sharpe learned printmaking on
her own working as an assistant in
a printmaking studio, and did not
receive a degree. She would spend
time at a senior’s home in the evenings,
painting portraits. She says she became
interested in death because of her close
call with it in her accident. She drew
many patients who were around 100
years old and often dying. She set up an
art show with their portraits, hanging
all pictures at wheelchair height.
In her thirties, Sharpe ended up
going to Japan with her two children
to teach English classes. Japan was a
great inspiration for the artwork she
does today. She was there for twelve
years and married there. “When I
was in Japan, I purposefully made an
effort to not look at European art,”
she says. She would visit museums on
Sundays with her children and saw
tens of thousands of paintings. She
began to love Japanese composition,
and explains, “I think in my work,
it’s more an attempt to take Japanese
composition and Italian renaissance
or European colours and make a real
combination of eastern and western
art. Western people pick up on the
colour right away, and Japanese people
pick up on the Japanese sense in the
composition.” While in Japan, there
was a ten year gap when she did not
make any artwork, busy with teaching
and her family. Finally, she began
painting again. “I don’t feel like as good
a person if I’m not doing any work!”
she explains. Around three times per
week, after putting the kids to bed,
she would paint. She had a small desk,
and she would cut her paper to fit it.
Because of her busy lifestyle, she also
started making collages. is was easier
to manage, as she could paste a portion
down, then go about her day, and come
back and change things around if she
felt the need.
e time in Japan made Sharpe
appreciate the small things in life: the
beauty of a small Japanese bowl, or the
spaces the Japanese reserve for flowers
in their city apartments. Says Sharpe,
“[You] have to look at the small things,
otherwise you’re overwhelmed by the
terrible crowd. I lived in the Tokyo
area at that time. It’s invasive, and I
don’t mean that in a bad way, but they
have no choice to be crowded. I’m
used to having lots of space and being
in nature.” She likes tranquility, and
wants to make the already vivid colours
of life even more vivid, and cites the
example of the red of a tomato. e
colours Sharpe uses are certainly an
aspect that a viewer picks up on right
away. Sharpe also likes to use gold leaf
and subtle glitter in her work.
In 1995, Sharpe moved to Sackville.
She owned a bed and breakfast, which
she also used as an art gallery to show
her work. She began working as an
English as a Second Language teacher
in Mount Allison’s MASSIE program.
Eventually, she closed the bed and
breakfast down, much to the dismay of
her kids. She now has her own small
studio in her house in Sackville, where
she lives with Danny, her current
partner. She has shown her work in
a variety of places in New Brunswick
such as the St. John Arts Centre,
McCain Gallery, CBC Gallery in
Moncton, Dieppe City Hall, Moncton
City Hall, and Fog Forest Gallery here
in Sackville. She has never gotten a
government grant.
A huge challenge for Sharpe was
her battle with her eyesight. She
had a second corneal transplant four
years ago. She says her eye doctor in
Nanaimo, British Columbia (where
she lived for a short time after
graduating from York University)
was extremely encouraging. “He said,
‘Everyone has different sight, and
everyone sees everything differently
anyway. […] Go for it. Don’t worry
about your eyesight.’” While she has
struggled, she says she feels “blessed
that I’ve been able to [paint] this
long. […] I also know my sight could
diminish at any time.” She has to rest
her eyes often when working on art. To
close the interview, she states, “ere’s
no reason why I can’t have another
successful transplant.”
One would never be able to guess
that Sharpe combats bad eyesight.
Her artwork is vivid and colourful, but
tranquil at the same time. She captures
aspects of nature all around us that we
sometimes overlook or take for granted.
Everyone should check out her work
on her website at
and see her remarkable work.
After years of moving, Donna Sharpe makes Sackville home
An example of Sackville artist Donna Sharpe’s renditions of nature.
Vivi Reich
Music students present student and faculty compositions
Professor Alan Klaus’ brass class showed their talent to the rest of the university in a brass showcase Wednesday February 10. The performers played a total of twelve pieces, amongst
them a piece called “Song and Dance” composed by retired faculty member Dr James G. Code and a piece titled “Composition VII” by fourth year music student Jeremy Gaudet. The
fun and upbeat piece “Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson, arranged for the group by Code, was a big hit amongst the audience.
Photos by Maria Maute
Arts and souls: Spotlight on artists
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 one’s balderdash??
e Word: Obnubilate
i. “to obscure or darken”
ii. “when disgruntled, savvy internet users
obliterate message board newbies
iii. “absent-mindedly rotating the roller ball on
your computer mouse when bored”
iv. “to lose an excessive amount of weight”
Answer: i. From Latin obnubilare, obnubilate
is defined as “to cloud over, obscure, or
darken”, as in, “In answering Jacob’s question,
the professor only obnubilated the material
Q: How do I study for a midterm
while I’m in the Caribbean during
reading break?
A: Noah, Sports Editor: Hold the phones Stu, we have a serious problem here. A
Mountie is in dire need! We can’t let their sunny beach escapades be stopped because of
homework. Oh no! ey need to be sipping Pina Coladas while soaking up the sun, not
worrying about those naughty little trigonometric formulas. Who needs those anyways?
e only skills you need is just the right amount of flirt so that you don’t appear too easy
in front of your friends while also working the bartender to give you free drinks. Your
mind should be burden-free while you buy a kitschy shot glass for your girls back in the
Sack. Take that homework and just ignore it. Most of the time, it goes away. And if it
doesn’t, just bring back your prof some of that fine Caribbean rum. It’s a great way to
bribe them for an A on your exam, they drink that stuff like water.
A: Stuart, Sci/Tech Editor: My super-cardiod VOIP microphone is held, but
I’m not sure I see the problem. I sometimes feel like I’m in the wrong advice column;
a man who keeps an emergency packet of sunscreen on his person at all times has no
place talking about how best to enjoy the Caribbean. Hmm, let’s see... I believe that the
Raëlians founded their ridiculous cloning corporation somewhere in the Caribbean, and
perhaps you could locate their equipment. I don’t expect you’d be able to clone yourself in
one measly week, but think of it as an investment; once you get it right, imagine all the...
oh yes, “Pina Coladas” you could consume as your clone goes out and lives your life for
you. Or, of course, as your clone consumes them and you live your life. Either way, you are
having a great time. Hmm, perhaps I ought to change my spring break plans after all...
Noah &
Q + A!
Show -
In Odder News....
....a 51 year old man in Ohio set the record for
the most hugs given in a 24 hour period this past
Valentine’s Day, dishing out 7,777 embraces (e
Associated Press)
a touch of grace by Erik Fraser a touch of grace by Erik Fraser
....a case of drive-thru rage flared up at a McDonald’s
in St. John’s when a man angry the vehicle in front
of him did not move forward fast enough blared his
horn, provoking a violent outbreak in the other driver
leading to an arrest (QMI Agency)
....more than $10,000 worth of clothing was stolen
from bridal and formal wear shops in London,
Ontario, in a two-day period last week, leading to
speculation the thieves are cash-strapped and with
wedding plans (QMI Agency)
the Winter
trump the
Lindsay Laltoo
5. e US and China don’t
win EVERYTHING. (Yet.)
4. e probability of
competitors breaking out
into a spontaneous snow
fight is greatly increased.
Although the tragic death
of a luger in Whistler
and should never even be
mentioned within spitting
distance of the Humour
section (,
it highlights the fact
that during the Winter
Olympics, nearly every
event has the possibility
to kill you. Flinging your
unprotected body off a
mountain in the sky jump?
Blazing down an icy track
face first at Autobahn
speeds in the skeleton?
Skiing with a gun? Even
dainty figure skating
involves breakneck spins
and jumps performed
with throat-slitting blades
attached to your feet. All of
this creates more thrilling
viewing than a tennis match
or a bewildering triple jump
(will one leap not do?). So
far you only seem to be safe
in curling, and we’re sure it’s
only a matter of time before
they start sliding exploding
rocks down the rink to mix
things up some.
2. Canada has hosted the
Summer Olympics once
before in Montreal, and the
second Winter Games in
the country are currently
underway in Vancouver.
us, we have a 50 per cent
greater chance at landing
the Winter Olympics
within our borders than the
Summer ones!
1. Canadian pride gets more
chances to shine. Admit
it; it’s nice to do well on
the world stage. We may
never dominate the beach
volleyball scene, but if it’s on
snow or ice we have more
than a decent shot at the
podium. So GO CANADA
Stressed to Impress by Lindsay Laltoo
a touch of grace by Erik Fraser
Pat LePoidevin howls at the moon
Sackville troubadour releases Moonwolves into the wild with the help of Babette Hayward and friends
Matt Thomson
Argosy Staff
is past Saturday, George’s
Roadhouse hosted the official release
of Pat LePoidevin’s latest album,
Moonwolves. Expectations were high
for the new album, as the acclaimed
Blue Tornadoes was a success, topping
the CHMA charts for several weeks.
Babette Hayward provided the
opening set for the anxious crowd.
is was my first time seeing Hayward
and I was impressed with her range
and musical ability. e one negative
aspect of the set was that her songs
blended together and got repetitive.
Perhaps in the future she might like to
consider throwing in a cover here and
there, to play something the crowd
can recognize and avoid becoming
background music. at being said,
her strengths far outweighed her
weaknesses. I look forward to seeing
more from the songstress.
LePoidevin took the stage just
around midnight. George’s was
quite crowded, with most of the
concertgoers up against the stage. In
order to add some thickness to his
sound, LePoidevin paired with friend
and drummer Matt Sarty for the show,
and the two showed much musical
chemistry. e minimalist drums had
a maximal effect, and added richness
to Pat’s familiar looping sounds.
e addition of Sarty is something
LePoidevin should consider more often.
His biggest challenge is matching the
power of his voice with his music, as
the former often overpowers his loops
and rhythms. After all, a mandolin
can only produce so much sound, and
even when he added a guitar and some
fiddle, he still had a tendency to “out-
sing” the music.
Nevertheless, he put on a great
show and used his looping techniques
almost perfectly. e one snag saw him
recording the mandolin and fiddle
in 4/3 time, and then try to match
this on top of a 4/4 guitar rhythm.
Realizing the mistake, however, he
simply dropped the loop and played
it acoustically. He also encouraged
group song with crowd favourites like
“George the Polar Bear,” during which
he walked through the crowd while
playing and singing. For his last songs
of the evening, he ran through Neil
Young’s “Helpless” and Bob Dylan’s
“I Shall Be Released,” bringing to
the stage Hayward on vocals, Corey
Isenor on harmonica, Chris Roberts
on trumpet, and James Goddard on
saxophone. e crowd, drunken and
singing along, loved it. He more than
accomplished his goal of promoting
his new CD, and had great fun doing
I would highly recommend
purchasing Moonwolves; it does a great
job of capturing the best of his vocals
and is extremely well put together. His
lyrics are memorable and his melodies
will have you humming for days. A
good showcase for a great album.
Photos by Jessica Emin
Clockwise from top: Pat LePoidevin; Matt Sarty; guest musicians James Goddard and Chris Roberts.
e Stolen Minks steal our hearts
Halifax punks say “goodbye for now” at George’s with friends Bike Rodeo and the Kamalas
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
You wouldn’t know it from their
performance, but Friday night’s
performance at George’s represented
the last Stolen Minks show in
Sackville for the foreseeable future.
Guitarist Stephanie Johns is heading
to Korea to teach, which would make
band practice rather difficult, hence
the “Goodbye for Now” tour through
the East Coast. No goodbye messages,
no misty-eyed retrospectives on the
band’s seven-year history; the Stolen
Minks just did what they do best with
two like-minded bands in tow.
Bike Rodeo, like the Stolen Minks,
hail from Halifax. ey are the newest
band on the bill, having formed in
2009. eir sound has the reckless
forward motion of a great punk single,
but their chords unfurl in fascinating
and surprising ways. Imagine the
messy precision of a math rock band
covering the Ramones, and you’ll have
something close to the Bike Rodeo
experience. eir forthcoming album,
produced by Charles Austin (e
Super Friendz), is worth looking out
e Kamalas are from Moncton,
and frequently share the stage with
e Stolen Minks. ey play a much
more direct, straightforward take on
punk, and it riled the crowd into the
first mosh pit of the evening.
At this point, I’d like to digress and
talk about mosh pits. is night saw
the first proper mosh pit at George’s
in some time, and it gave me a chance
to observe the phenomenon in action.
ere are three types of people present
in a typical mosh pit. ere are the
outliers, those who want to bop along
but don’t want to be plowed into the
stage; there are the conscientious
mosh-ers, those who aren’t afraid to
mix it up but try to protect the smaller
ones; and finally, the instigators, the
scientists of the mosh pit, who plan
their bumps with flair and precision.
It is this group that is responsible for
most post-pit cuts and bruises.
It was this ecosystem that welcomed
the Stolen Minks to the stage. With
little fanfare, they launched right into
their set. e Minks blend lo-fi indie
rock, classic punk and riot grrrrl tropes
with lots and lots of humour into two-
minute long nuggets of rock ‘n roll.
After seven years of recording and
touring, they haven’t missed a beat.
By the time their set ended with the
band putting down their instruments
and searching for a lost beer, the crowd
was sore, sweaty and satisfied. We’ll
be right here waiting when the Minks
come back again. Jessica Emin
The Stolen Minks take a rest between sets at George’s Roadhouse in this photo from Stereophonic 2009.
Contrary to what their name implies, A Sunny Day in Glasgow have put out one of the best rainy day albums of recent
memory; the vocals seem to be coming from the other side of an abandoned cathedral, and the music is heavy on
shimmer, echo and reverb.
But the band doesn’t mistake tedium for bliss like so many of its ilk do; Ashes Grammar plays like a collage of genres
refracted through a dream-pop prism. “Shy” sees Ben Daniels’ bass and Adam Herdon’s drums lock into a krautrock-style
groove; “e White Witch” opens with a nod to Blur’s arena-rock standard “Song 2,” and “Starting at a Disadvantage”
and “Nitetime Rainbows” have jangle guitar parts reminiscent of e Smiths or classic REM. But these are all starting
points; the songs on Ashes Grammar are constantly in flux, with an unpredictable sense of play rarely associated with
this genre of music. Above it all, the vocals from Annie Frederickson tie the record together in an ethereal but focused
During recording, the band was forced to reshuffle their lineup due to serious injuries and educational pursuits. But in
spite of the difficulties, A Sunny Day in Glasgow made one of the best, most underrated albums of 2009, Ashes Grammar
deserves some serious headphone time.
-Neil Bonner
Internet Photo / Paper Darts
A Sunny Day in
Ashes Grammar
(Mis Ojos Discos)
Internet Photo/Band Camp
. .
e Stance
I Left Love Behind
a Long Time Ago
( Just Friends)
e Stance play revivalist garage rock, and they do it quite well. ey hit all the right notes - the tambourine that rattles
behind the chorus on “Sweet Tooth,” the stomping drums that introduce “School Pride,” the generally loose feeling of
the record. Some of the songs bear repeat listens, particularly “Sweet Tooth” and “Jenny Jitters,” and I get the feeling that
these guys will slay live.
But I Left Love has a distinct lack of personality. is is a problem, considering garage rock is built on personality, on
naked and barely sublimated and sometimes uncomfortable desires. ere’s no danger or swagger here; it just feels like
the band is singing about girls and school pride like they’re checking them off a list of rock clichés. While the record is
catchy, well-recorded, and nicely produced, I get the feeling that anybody could have written these songs. ere’s nothing
really wrong with e Stance, they just need to take one.
-Neil Bonner
. .
Odd Blood
(Secretly Canadian)
Internet Photo/Secretly Canadian
Yeasayer’s followup to their 2007 debut All Hour Cymbals doesn’t present a case of sophomore slump but sophomore
“huh?” e album opens with “e Children,” three minutes of creepy, barely-comprehensible vocals, before shifting into
the lead single, an infectious mix of acid-fried afropop percussion and chin-up lyrics called “Ambling Alp.” is opening
one-two punch is indicative of the mixed bag that the band’s glossy, electronic-heavy approach to songwriting has yielded.
First, the good: drippy as the lyrics are, “Ambling Alp” is a rush. “Madder Red” boasts a gorgeous, wordless chorus.
“O.N.E.” might be the album’s high point; a groovy number where each element of the band’s quirky instrumental force
finds a hook.
e album closes gracefully with “Grizelda,” but not before the band takes some confidence-shaking missteps. e
album’s electronic sheen is simply too thick on “Rome;” it seems like the band is playing along with a malfunctioning
Sega. “Mondegreen” takes a stab at TV on the Radio’s futuristic funk, but Chris Keating’s vocals can’t pull it off, and he’s
swallowed whole by the self-consciously zany production.But that pales in comparison to when Yeasayer try to get sexy.
“Love Me Girl” is almost unbearable, a puffed-up combination of prog-rock and spacey R&B that’s queasy rather than
But these are the types of mistakes that could only come from a band with a clear vision and a willingness to
experiment. Odd Blood is uneven, fun, and distinctly odd.
-Neil Bonner
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New
Orleans is a perplexing beast. It bears
the name of the 1992 movie starring
Harvey Keitel, a dead-serious, gritty
look at the salvation of a strung-out,
depraved cop. But while the plot
hits similar beats, this is a complete
overhaul. In both cases, though, what
could have been strictly boilerplate
police pulp is given a jolt by equal parts
high-mindedness and near-insanity.
If you’re looking for a solid cop
procedural, Bad Lieutenant probably
isn’t worth your time; plot points about
drug lords and threatened witnesses
are shuffled off without much care.
is is a character study, and its object
isn’t Lt. Terence McDonough, the cop
whose incidental act of heroism leads
to crippling back pain which begets
a worsening spiral of drug addiction,
criminal activity and gambling beyond
his means.
No, this is a study of Nicolas Cage,
an actor whose days as a critical darling
are long behind him, and who is,
according to popular opinion, drifting
precariously close to self-parody
and flat-out badness. His role here
is essentially one giant fuck-you to
naysayers, one that calls into question
how we evaluate film acting. Cage
plays McDonough with complete
disregard for realism, politeness, or any
other Oscar-worthy bullet point, and I
couldn’t take my eyes off him.
Cage, committed though he may be,
simply wants to entertain, with a mass
of tics and quirks that he conducts like
a maestro. e film’s most outlandish,
directly comic scenes - his coked-out
rant about elks and football, or his
slack-jawed gazes at the breakdancing
soul of a dead bookie – play up this
element. But it’s in the film’s darker,
supposedly more serious moments
that the genius of Cage’s work
manifests itself. By infusing the more
tragic scenes of the movie with the
same humour, he keeps the audience
off-balance. In between uneasy laughs,
I found myself genuinely uncertain as
to where the film would go next.
In spite of all this, Bad Lieutenant
achieves a zen-like harmony that keeps
the whole enterprise seeming like,
well, a movie. at’s largely thanks to
director Werner Herzog, who ensures
that Cage is never the weirdest one
onset. A veteran director, Herzog has
chronicled weirdos and outsiders in
documentary and fictional films with
bracing weirdness. Bad Lieutenant is
no different; Herzog shoots the film
with a low-key naturalism that can
be, without warning, turned on its ear.
is is normally where I would tell you
about the “iguanavision” scene, but I’d
rather you found out about it yourself.
Bad Lieutenant is what happens
when the lunatics take over the asylum
and make a movie. ere’s nothing
about this that should work, but
thanks to a complete disregard for the
rules and some genuine inspiration,
this is one of my favourite films of the
year. I’m still not sure what to make of
it, but I loved every last kooky frame
of it.
It’s good to be the Bad Lieutenant
Nicolas Cage’s performance drives Werner Herzog’s completely loony police drama
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
Internet Photo/Cinema is Dope
Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes star in the awkwardly titled Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.
Photos by Jessica Emin
24 FEBRUARY 18, 2010
Kyle McDonald plays with Cop Shades
and e Woods, and runs Superbob
Maria Brine: Why don’t you tell us
a bit about what you do, because it is
pretty elaborate and I don’t want to get
the details wrong.
Kyle McDonald: Well, I am the
drummer in Cop Shades; we are a
new three piece band that formed
sometime in August. It was myself
and Colin Muir, who plays bass in the
band. We had been jamming around
as a side project to our other band e
Woods, in which I sing in and play
bass. Our good friend Remi Cormier
was in a period where he had a little
bit of free time and we got together,
started playing and jammin’ and it is all
history from there.
MB: Remi plays for quite a few other
bands, does he not?
KM: He does. He is the front man in
e Peter Parkers who have been in
the local East Coast scene since about
1996 or so. ey have a little Sackville
connection, actually; they have a 7”that
came out in 1997 on Sappy Records,
which was one of the first Sappy
releases aside from the Eric’s Trip
stuff. He is also a part of the Colonial
Quarrels, which is more of a folk band,
whereas e Peter Parkers are sort of
a nois[y], shoegaze kind of thing. He
is a busy cat, but despite that fact he
has had a lot of free time and has been
having a good time with what we got
going on.
MB: Your wackier side shows quite a
bit through the title first track of the
Cop Shades EP that you guys have out
there now, with a song called “I Shit
KM: Yeah, well that might have a little
bit of an inside joke involved, but we
won’t go there. e song names are
something that a lot of people have
commented on, they have really taken
to them. Basically all the song names
that we have used so far have been
potential band names. We actually sat
around one night, had a few drinks, a
discussion and the band names kept
piling out. Some of them were getting
a little funny and a little wild, and we
decided it would be neat to put those
to use and name the songs after the
potential band names.
MB: It is great to hear that you guys
are just having fun with this.
KM: Well really what this is, for all
three of us, is really a fun and stress free
project. For Colin and I, our baby is
e Woods and we are very meticulous
with it. We have been getting ahead of
ourselves with it really. Basically [Cop
Shades] was an outlet for us to have
fun and just do it, not to worry too
much about it or over think it. It’s kind
of just exploded because the having
fun took over and is almost our main
focus now.
MB: You were mentioning record
labels earlier, specifically Sappy
Records, but you have your own record
label do you not?
KM: I do. I sort of inherited it from
Ken Kelley of e Monoxides, who
formed Superbob back in 1993 as a
home for the Monoxides primarily. It
then branched off into this community
for any local band who was friends with
Ken or who were out there just doing
it. If they were interested Ken would
take them under his wing and record
them. What happened is around 2000,
Ken started getting really busy and the
Monoxides went on a bit of a hiatus
and he kinda left it. I was interested
in doing the exact same thing, so we
had a little chat and he was all for it.
He still wanted to be involved and
Ken still has a hand over it, but it is
more or less me who is getting out
there and making it happen. So we’ve
got the Colonial Quarrels record out
on Superbob, e Peter Parkers last
record and quite a few different things.
e Cop Shades EP is available for
download on the Superbob website
e website is in a reconstruction
phase at this point but will be
launching in full of March 1, 2010,
but in the meantime the Cop Shades
EP is available for download. We are
going to step into the studio around
the first of March to track our record
which will probably be out around this
MB: Cop Shades played at George’s
for Last Class Bash last semester.
What is your impression of Sackville?
KM: Oh, it was great! I mean every
single person there that I met was
so hands on to tell you right to your
face how great of a show it was; it was
MB: Do you have anything to say
about the other bands that you are
playing with this week?
KM: Yes, We Are Action [is] actually
a Sackville band, fronted by Ken
Mikalauskas who is a musical genius.
He is one of these guys who has his
own studio set up, on Squire Street,
who constantly writes songs and fully
tracks the songs himself. e band
itself is great, two of the members
are also members of the Peter Parkers
and then there is Justin Delaney, who
is a bit of a trendy cat. And e Peter
Parkers, of course, they have been
playing for a long time and are one of
the longest running bands in Moncton
active at this point. It’s great that they
are still giving it a go and writing new
material. I really urge anyone who
hasn’t seen them to at least check these
guys out, and they are headlining to
the show on ursday. ey are all
really great bands and I really hope
that people are there to check them all
out, it is going to be a great show, so
check it out.
On February 14, Mississippi blues musician and recent Tantramarsh Blues
Society performer Lil’ Dave ompson was killed in an automobile accident
just outside of Augusta, Georgia. ompson, along with his band, were
returning home after their most recent tour. No one else was seriously injured
in the accident.
Born in Hinds County, Mississippi on May 21, 1969, ompson began
performing in bands at age fourteen. Since then, ompson released four
albums to widespread acclaim among blues fans.
According to an e-mail from the Tantramarsh Blues Society, a fundraiser
for ompson’s family is in the works. Information regarding donations for his
family is currently available at
ompson was forty years old.
Lil’ Dave ompson: 1969-2010
If you’ve just picked up this Argosy
fresh off the racks, and you’re looking
for something to do on the last
ursday night before reading week,
look no further than Patches house
(14 Estabrooks) for a Maritime punk
showcase. New Brunswick’s Cop
Shades are on the verge of a cross-
Canada tour, so why not check them out
before they hit the road? “Death From
Above 1979, e Liars, Kyuss, and
Shearing Pinx decided to have sex and
reproduce,” is how the band describes
their sound on their Myspace, and if
this concert is a fraction as awesome
and messy as that four-way coupling,
this will be an amazing show indeed.
Moncton stalwarts e Peter Parkers
and local bands We Are Action and
the Wham Bam Jam! e show will
cost five dollars and starts at 10:00 pm.
Check below for an interview of Kyle
McDonald of Cop Shades.
And for those looking for a show
to shake them out of their reading-
week induced stupor and back into the
hustle and bustle of school life, check
out the Royal Canadian Legion on
February 28. Sackville mainstay and
renaissance man Shotgun Jimmie
will play with Port Grenville, Nova
Scotia art-poppers Construction and
Destruction, as will e Burning
Hell, returning for their first Sackville
appearance since their triumphant set
at Sappyfest.
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
Live music preview
Cop Shades, Shotgun Jimmie and more acts to check out
Maria Brine
Argosy Contributor
Maria Bowler
The Manitoban (University of
WINNIPEG (CUP) – If hip hop’s not
dead, then according to Timbaland,
it’s at least seriously ill. e producer
recently said publicly that rap’s just not
the same, and while there are some
acts he deems still “acceptable,” he’s
done with hip hop and most of his
generation is too. In a time when Jay-
Z seems more prone to give props to
Grizzly Bear than anything hip-hop
related, how much credence should we
give to Timbaland’s doubts?
Timbaland is the man behind some
of last decade’s most beloved and
critically acclaimed rap singles. Lately,
however, he has made a mystifying
digression into the dingiest alleys of
pop music — now listing amongst his
collaborators Miley Cyrus, some guys
who got famous for a song on Grey’s
Anatomy and Canada’s own source
of ceaseless embarrassment, Chad
It’s not that the shift was entirely
sudden: his work with Nelly Furtado
and Justin Timberlake was surely met
with one or two raised eyebrows when
they were announced. Still, the products
of those collaborations, by and large,
stood their ground. He seemed to be
one of a handful who could operate
within the pop framework with one
foot still firmly planted in his hip-hop
Indeed, if there is a signature
Timbaland sound, it has been to his
credit that it defies easy categorization
in the previously segmented spheres of
the hip-hop universe. He was always
equally as likely to dip into crunk
beats, jungle undertones, or world
music samples. But those spheres are
beginning to collide, most would agree,
with the most recent work of M.I.A.,
Gnarls Barkley, and Mos Def being
stark examples. ese crossover records
predict a momentous future of hip-
hop production, for which Timbaland
would have once seemed to be the best
candidate to spearhead.
e arguments of hip-hop music
forgetting its urban roots and promoting
overzealousness for a gangster
lifestyle now seem moot points at the
beginning of the new decade. In 2003,
Timbaland produced Missy Elliott’s
“Back in the Day,” a song which
looked back on the hip hop of the late
eighties as being “all about the music,”
and earlier artists abounded who were
issuing clarion calls for hip hop to take
a more conscientious attitude towards
its new-found success. But it has since
been shown that the worst aspects of
any genre or art form will always find
commercial success, as long as they
sufficiently imitate their more talented
peers and beef it up with a dose of
what the public wants — in hip hop’s
case, swagger.
Timbaland may complain his
audience has changed and grown
more diverse, and indeed this has
been a problem that hip hop has
confronted since the late nineties.
But retreating into phoned-in tracks
and over-generalizations on hip hop’s
fundamental nature are hardly valid
reactions to cultural ubiquity. ere
remains plenty for rap fans to be
optimistic about.
e popularity of region-specific
genres like the crunk and Southern rap
phase of the mid-thousands has now
died down, leaving us with a broader
sound. While it is true that rap doesn’t
monopolize the charts the way it did
several years ago, or culturally set the
pace like it did in the nineties, it is
disingenuous to declare it “over” as
soon as it stops being the avant-garde,
as though hip hop’s fundamental
qualities have somehow disappeared.
It would be naïve to say that any
genre isn’t influenced by its own
commercial success. Sure, hip hop’s
evolution is moving more slowly than
in decades past, but this is a sign that it
no longer needs to prove itself. Rather,
it is a convincing force which emerging
styles can measure themselves against.
Timbaland is only accidentally
expressing one of the inherent
inevitabilities about a genre like rap,
which strives to be both original and
authentic — that the built-in nostalgia
for classic hip hop when the form
was “pure” starts to interfere with the
inventive energy that made it potent in
the first place.
Let him move on, then. Miley needs
Jessica Emin
Hip-hop is...what?
Timbaland and the state of rap music
Behind the Cop Shades
An interview with Moncton musician Kyle McDonald
Internet Photo/I Heart e Music
Internet Photo/Myspace
Top: The Burning Hell. Bottom: Cop Shades at George’s Roadhouse. Both will play in Sackville soon.
Although, Hard Drugs played the material featured on this album at SappyFest back in 2008 it seems appropriate that
Hard Drugs, a gritty rock opera about Vancouver's oft-discussed Eastside, be slated for a 2010 release. Just as that city is
coming into the spotlight for its million dollar development projects, Stay Gold records has seen fit to put out a record that
draws attention to the less savoury aspects of the West Coast metropolis.
Hard Drugs front-man and former Blood Meridian guitarist Jeff Lee has commented in an interview with that he
was motivated by a desire to create a rock opera that was more easily understood than the highly conceptual pieces, like
Tommy or The Wall, that spring immediately to mind when someone says rock opera. On that count Hard Drugs is a success.
Hard Drugs tells the story of Aline, a prostitute looking for a way out, and her hapless boyfriend Lloyd, a petty thief. The
album tells the story of their attempts to free themselves from their lot in life.
Hard Drugs is a success from a musical perspective as well. Drawing on the western country inflected feel of Blood
Meridian Lee and his band have created a kind of western saloon band sound. A further reflection of the place they are
trying to capture. His and her vocals are provided by Lee himself and his wife Jenny Nelson, while a number of other
musicians provide the voices of the other characters as well as a full orchestra. The story and the sound fit together
seemlessly. Hard Drugs is a fascinating, inventive record deserving of some attention.
Recommended tracks: 2,3,8,12
Eighth Annual Homelessness Marathon
Marathon sans-abris 8ième annuaire
The largest discussion on homelessness and poverty in
Canada marks eight years
This year's Homelessness Marathon will broadcast live from
the streets of Montreal on
Tuesday, February 23rd,
starting at sunset (5pm EST) and running all night long until
sunrise (7am) on
Wednesday, February 24th.
The eighth annual Homelessness Marathon will once again serve up 14
hours of people-powered radio, broadcasting this year from multiple cities
across Canada. With the goal of being a consciousness- raising event, the
Marathon will provide an opportunity for homeless people and their allies
to take to the airwaves, and allow a nationwide discussion on homelessness
issues and possible solutions. The Homelessness Marathon is annually
carried by 40 campus, community and native radio stations.
Listeners are invited to call-in with their questions
or comments toll-free: 1-866-594-7729
For more information or to participate, contact
Gretchen King: 514.448.4041 x6788.
La plus longue émission de radio sur l'itinérance et la
pauvreté au Canada marque son 8ième anniversaire
Cette année le marathon sera diffusé dès le coucher du
soleil (17h) mardi 23 février et se poursuivra
tout au long de la nuit pour se terminer au levée du soleil
(7h) mercredi le 24 février.

Ce 8ieme marathon annuel offrira 14 heures de diffusion radiophonique
provenant de plusieurs différentes villes à travers le Canada. Dans le but
d'eveiller la conscience sociale sur cette problematique, le marathon
permettra aux sans-abri et à ceux qui leur viennent en aide de discuter de
cet enjeu et de ses solutions sur les ondes d'un bout à l'autre du pays. À
chaque année, 40 radios étudiantes, communautaires, et autochtones
rediffusent le Marathon des sans-abri.
Les auditeurs sont invités à appeler avec leurs questions
ou commentaires au 1-866-594- 7729, appel gratuit.
Pour plus de renseignements, ou pour en fare partie,
joindre: Gretchen King, 514.448.4041 poste 6788.
01 DANIEL, FRED & JULIE* Daniel, Fred & Julie (You've Changed)
02 PASTORALIA* Across Living Room Floors (Self-Released)
03 CONSTRUCTION & DESTRUCTION* Video Et Taceo (Self-Released)
04 THE BALCONIES* The Balconies (Self-Released)
05 OLENKA AND THE AUTUMN LOVERS* Papillonette (Self-Released)
06 SEAN NICHOLAS SAVAGE* Spread Free Like a Butterfly (Arbutus)
07 THE WOODEN SKY* If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone (Blackbox)
08 VAMPIRE WEEKEND Contra (XL Recordings)
09 THE XX XX (Young Turks)
11 THE PINECONES* Sage (Just Friends)
12 BASIA BULAT* Heart Of My Own (Secret City)
13 RYAN MCGRATH* In My Own Company EP (Self-Released)
15 POSTDATA* Postdata (Self-Released)
16 FRIENDO* Cold Toads (Bart)
17 CFCF* Continent (Paper Bag)
18 WOODPIGEON* Die Stadt Muzikanten (Boompa)
19 LITTLE GIRLS* Concepts (Paper Bag)
20 YUKON BLONDE* Yukon Blonde (Bumstead)
21 SHARE* Slumping In Your Murals (Forward Music Group)
22 THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA* Hymns of Love & Spirits (S/R)
23 SEX WITH STRANGERS* The Tokyo Steel (Boutique Empire)
24 RICHARD LAVIOLETTE & THE OIL SPILLS* All of Your Raw Materials (S/R)
25 THE JOHN WAYNE COVER BAND* The Flatlands (Self-Released)
26 OWEN PALLETT* Heartland (Domino)
27 BAHAMAS* Pink Strat (Nevado)
28 JENOCIDE* Machines To Make Us Wet (Self-Released)
29 THE HIDDEN CAMERAS* Origin: Orphan (Arts & Crafts)
31 THE POLYMORPHINES* Transistor Sistor (Get Bent)
By James Goddard
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whose powerful lungs are matched only by her athletic
prowess. Occasional guests and up-to-the-minute updates
are only the beginning. End your weekend right, it's
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Photo: Jeremy Janssen
Geek Chic
of the Week
February 18, 2010:
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Supine Reading
e Hammacher Schlemmer Supine Reading Glasses, while at first seeming ridiculous, have readily
apparent value to anyone who has ever tried to read upright in bed without pillows of very specific
density. is paen to high-quality optics (and laziness) bends your vision 90 degrees, for but $50USD.
Hammacher Schlemmer
News Ticker
‘Combat expert’ Roy Kirby takes world-record nutshot (1100lbs force) from MMA fighter
China cracks down on texting
WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) — People
in China might want to reconsider
next time they decide to engage in
According to the government-
owned newspaper *China Daily*,
authorities will now be monitoring
text messages.
Mobile phone companies such as
China Mobile and China Unicom
have been ordered by Beijing to be on
the lookout for “unhealthy” words and
Although there is no official
statement on what language is deemed
unhealthy, China Mobile stated that
it is required to flag any inferences to
pornography, violence, fraud, terrorism,
instigations to crime and gambling.
China’s other state-run media
outlet, *Xinhua News*, reports that the
government is pursuing a nationwide
Nikicia Phillips
The Cord
crackdown on sexually explicit text
messages, including “expressed or
obscure sexual behaviour,” “teasing
or insulting content,” “descriptions of
some specific parts of the human body”
and anything “that could provoke
people’s imagination about sex.”
e exact repercussions for being
caught sending such messages remain
ambiguous, though they include at
least the suspension of the ability to
send text messages, and possibly the
permanent disabling of a person’s
phone number.
China Mobile, the world’s largest
mobile network, has reported that if
an unhealthy message is detected, the
company must immediately disable
the text-messaging feature and send a
report to the authorities.
e mobile provider must wait to
hear back from the police before they
can re-activate the instant messaging
feature again.
ere are many concerns over this
new policy. e 700 million cell phone
users in China are increasingly worried
about getting in trouble for sending a
harmless dirty joke or sending sexually
implicit text messages to their spouses.
Many users feel that their privacy has
been violated.
e Chinese Constitution
guarantees freedom of correspondence
— “except in cases where, to meet the
needs of state security or of criminal
investigation, public security or
procuratorial organs are permitted to
censor correspondence in accordance
with procedures prescribed by law.”
Monitoring text messaging is part of
the government’s campaign to censor
the Internet, as many use their mobile
devices to access the Internet.
Chinese efforts to censor
communications have encountered
some difficulty this year. In January,
Google announced that it will not
hand over the content of personal e-
mail accounts to government officials
and threatened to withdraw its
Chinese search engine.
the future, soon
Stuart Townsend
Argosy Sta
Let’s talk about manipulating
I don’t even have to give the
concept an introduction -- the very
mention of the term conjures visions
of Nazi propaganda, the dark alleys
of Renaissance Italy, and modern
PR firms warping the minds of our
impressionable youth.
But the awesome power of
manipulation that the above
institutions wield isn’t exactly what
I’m trying to bring to mind, so let’s
try a little rebranding. Wait, maybe
that’s the wrong word.
I’m talking about tricking people
-- into doing the right thing.
Consider the Schiphol Airport. In
2005, maintenance crews decided to
install, en masse, fly-shaped targets
in the Amsterdam airport’s urinals.
Why? Simple. You’re giving the, er,
patrons something to aim at.
Seriously, folks, this works; the
Schiphol Airport’s maintenance
crews are taking much longer
breaks because of it. According to
the airport’s Deputy Director, Aad
Keiboom (don’t laugh, you jackass,
he’s Dutch), this measure has
decreased, er, spillage by 80%.
Is this really manipulating
people? Definitionally, I’d say so;
you’re using your knowledge of an
aspect of a person (ie, men liking to
aim at targets, or, possibly, kill flies)
to bend them to your will, without
their even noticing.
But this kind of ‘passive upgrade’
is really helping us, tricking us
not into giving our bank account
information to Russian hackers or
Nigerian scam artists, but helping
our fellow man (or woman; surely
there are female janitors in the
Or helping ourselves. e Green
Bank of Caraga in Mindanao,
Philippines has a peculiar kind of
savings account called Committed
Action to Reduce and End Smoking.
A Filipino smoker wishing to quit
deposits all the money he or she
would have spent on cigarettes
weekly into the account, for six
months. If the smoker then passes
a urine test for nicotine, they keep
the money (and the interest it has
garnered). Otherwise, it is donated
to charity.
is exploits another human
weakness, in the form of a cognitive
bias known as loss aversion.
Humans will work quite hard to
avoid losses; much harder, in fact,
than they will to acquire gains
(such as the health and monetary
benefits of not smoking). MIT’s
Poverty Action Lab (themselves
a group of economists working
hard for the public good through
the kind of rigorous randomized
controlled trials more often seen in
psych departments) found that this
increased the chance of a smoker’s
successfully quitting by 53% -
- better than any other technique
known to science, even the patch.
Behavioural psychologists
know well the power of nausea in
conditioning; rats who experience
nausea after a particular taste cue
learn to avoid that taste unreasonably
quickly, and so do humans. We all
know someone who can no longer
drink, say, whiskey because of “that
one night”, or who won’t eat some
type of food after getting food
Is this really
manipulating people?
Definitionally, I’d say so
Smell, light affect generosity
A psychologist at the University
of Toronto has been conducting
small, simple experiments on human
behaviour, measuring the differences
that lighting and smell alone can
Dr Chen-Bo Zhong, a psychologist
of organizational behaviour at U of
T, along with other researchers in the
US, designed a series of experiments
to expose unconscious reactions to
minute changes in the environment.
e first experiment, involving two
differently-lit rooms, gave participants
$10 and 20 math problems. e goal
was to complete as many problems as
possible in five minutes. Participants
Stuart Townsend
Argosy Sta
were told to give themselves 50 cents
for each problem correctly answered,
then to return the rest of the money
to an envelope. Because this test was
anonymous, with no names or numbers
(or supervision) involved, participants
could easily keep as much money as
possible without getting caught.
“What we found was that
participants randomly assigned to the
dimmer room … were more likely to lie
or cheat compared with participants in
the well-lit room,” Dr Zhong explains.
e rooms with dim lighting provide
what Zhong calls ‘illusory anonymity’,
making us think that others might not
notice potentially unethical behaviour.
Sunglasses, as opposed to glasses with
clear lenses, were associated with
similar behaviour.
Scent, long associated with strong
memories, was another factor Zhong’s
team manipulated. Participants in this
experiment played a simple trust game
with an ‘anonymous partner’ in another
room (really a research assistant). In
citrus-scented rooms, participants
were more likely to honour the trust
that the ‘other player’ displayed.
Zhong thinks this last effect might
have a psycholinguistic basis, and
wants future research to investigate
“metaphorical and psychological
connections between physical
cleanliness and moral purity.”
Sci/Tech Link:
Prior research,
entitled ‘Smells
Like Clean Spirit’
ranting about nudges
since, uh, we forget
Disulfram is a drug useful
in helping alcoholics kick the
habit that works precisely on this
principle. It blocks the metabolism
of acetaldehyde -- an intermediate
step in the metabolism of alcohol,
and a leading cause of hangovers -
- into harmless acetic acid. e way
the drug blocks this critical last step
causes blood levels of acetaldehyde
to rise to five to ten times the level
that would occur during normal,
drug-free metabolism of alcohol.
is means that five minutes after
drinking disulfram-laced booze,
even the hardiest lush will be
crippled with a severe hangover for
several hours. Worse yet, there is no
tolerance to disulfram; the more you
take, the stronger its effects.
I’m sure that you don’t like being
manipulated. No one wants to
get fooled into a course of action,
no matter the trickster’s intent.
at said, I don’t see this sort of
thing as real manipulation. It uses
manipulation’s tools, as it were, but
it’s not malicious or destructive.
Rather, it’s constructive, patching
holes in our behaviour that
otherwise would, for example, make
life that much worse for the janitors
of Schiphol Airport.
So what’s next? Flies are all
very well, but could we further
increase urinal accuracy? Maybe a
laser pointer, flickering around the
porcelain? I mean, hey, it works for
As time goes on, I predict
we’ll see more and more of little
behavioural nudges of this sort
popping into existence. As you
can see elsewhere in this section,
research of this sort progresses
steadily, and it won’t be long before
governments and businesses decide
to start implementing it. Maybe
one day I’ll be getting ‘points’ for
remembering to recycle bottles, or
competing with my neighbours
to see how many days we can stay
under the speed limit during our
commutes. All I know is, it’s going
to be the future soon.
SAC Positions now open
VP Finance & Operations, VP Communications and
Entertainment Director; close: Friday, February 19; all
other SAC positions and committees, and university
committees opening Febaruary 8

and closing March 5

(complete list and application attached and available
at the SAC offce)
Academic Enrichment Funding
Deadlines: February 19

& March 22, 2010
Nominations are now open for the Gil Latter
Memorial Award and the Gold ‘A’ Awards which
will be given out by the S.A.C. at the Grad Banquet
on Thursday, March 11, 2010. Nomination forms are
available at the SAC and must be returned to the SAC
offce by March 3, 2010
GRAD Banquet March 11
The Class of 2010 executive are looking for photos
for the Grad Banquet video show; please add your
favorite pics to the Class of 2010 facebook page!
Green Investment Fund
Extended application deadline: February 19, 2010, 4pm
at SAC offce

Yearbook deadline for grad photos
Is April 1, 2010; you can book your grad photo sitting
at Pridham’s Studio, 12 York St. Sackville (536-0401)
the ofucial photographer for the Class of 2010; this will
ensure you will be on the dept. composites (donated by
Pridham`s) and in the Allisonian yearbook.
`Don't Stop `till you get Enough!' - March 20 at 7
pm, Convocation Hall, followed by Offcial Ascars
After-Party at the Student Center. Nominations are
open andforms can be picked up at the SAC offce -
Deadline: March 15, 2010. Be sure to check out the
new categories.
Clubs & Societies
Wish to advertise an event? Add it to the Calendar of
Events on the SAC website ‘Entertainment’ page; you
can also Submit an Event on the homepage
under ‘Events’
Polling Times
Polls will be open at the following times TODAY, Thursday February 18:
Off-Campus Students:
Wallace McCain Student Centre & Main Library - 10:00am to 7:00pm
On-Campus Students:
Jennings Dining Hall - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Candidate Speeches
Did you miss a chance to hear your candidates at the forums? Speeches and Q&A’s are
available online. We also have speeches with representatives from the “Yes” and “No”
sides of the upcoming CASA Referendum. View these at:
Preferential Voting
The SAC has adopted an optional preferential voting system, which means that for elections
with more than one candidate, students will be asked to numerically rank any number of the
candidates in their preferred order, with the number “1” representing your first choice for a
position, the number “2” representing your second choice, and so forth.
B.O.D.I.E.S is pleased to present to you our 2010 calendar
featuring the MTA Varsity Men’s Soccer, Women’s Varsity
Soccer and Women’s Rugby teams. This project is a part of
our campus-wide campaign, which seeks to promote a variation
to the narrow media representation of athletic bodies. Overall,
this calendar aims to provide alternative conceptions of the body,
which refect a natural depiction of reality. By challenging popular
culture we aim to unveil the invasiveness of the media and it’s
effects on young athletes perceptions of their bodies. In an industry
with great pressures, competition and a prominent focus on aesthetic
we seek to reframe what it means to have a young, healthy body in
today’s society that is bombarded by hegemonic, hyper-sexualized
ideals. While acting as a fundraiser for the Mount Allison Chapter of
Global Brigades, B.O.D.I.E.S seeks to build optimal development
of students through education and awareness about media and body
image related issues. B.O.D.I.E.S. works to raise awareness of the
effects mass media exert on us all, encouraging students to analyze
and engage critically with the images of popular culture. Focusing
especially on issues of body image, self-esteem, consumerism,
commodifed sexuality, violence against women, and gender roles, B.O.D.I.E.S. seeks to help
students challenge their status as passive recipients of cultural stereotypes and become active
and engaged about these issues.
It’s budget time again! What budget you ask? The University
budget of course. We wanted to keep you abreast of the
issue so here are two pie charts from last year’s budget:
Dish it Out
The new “Dish-it-Out” campaign, an independent partnership
between Aramark, Joey’s and your SAC, facilitates the
donation of money from your meal plans to purchasefood
for those who can’t afford it in this community. Everything
raised will be going to the Sackville Food Bank. It is an
important local fundraiser for them as many people within
the community are dependent upon the food that we raise.
e Mounties’ trademark all season
has been strong goaltending, and
this past weekend there was no
shortage of that, as over the two
home games they surrendered 101
shots but still managed a split.
Friday night, Jenelle Hulan stole the
show, stopping all 41 shots she faced as
the Mounties defeated the Dalhousie
Tigers 2-0. Fellow Newfoundlanders
Chelsea King and Jill Greene scored
the Mounties’ goals to sweep the
game’s three stars for the Rock.
“Jenelle played an outstanding
game,” commented head coach Zach
Ball. “It was a great game to watch,
we rolled four lines all game and our
girls overworked Dal every period.”
A back-and-forth first period
saw King score her first career CIS
goal on a nice wraparound goal,
with the Greene sisters Jill and Ally
recording assists. Greene scored
her team-leading sixth goal of the
season with 27 seconds left in the
period to round out the scoring early.
Hulan played a stellar second period
which saw the Tigers outshoot the
Mounties 18-4, and made several key
saves in the third period to keep her
shutout intact. She did however give
the Mounties’ faithful a scare late in
the third after being struck by a stick
in the neck, but stayed in the game to
preserve her shutout. Ashley Boutilier
stopped 19 of 21 shots in the loss.
On an eerie, flashback note, Hulan’s
shutout comes a year almost to the day
after Meghan Corley-Byrne turned in
a stellar performance stopping over
60 shots for her first career shutout;
Corley-Byrne’s shutout happened
February 15, 2009 at home against
STU while Hulan’s came February
12 at home against Dalhousie.
On Saturday, the Mounties faced off
against the nationally-ranked St FX X-
Women, but came short of victory this
time around, as the X-Women rode
three power play goals to a 4-1 victory.
Meghan Corley-Byrne stopped 56
of 60 shots in the loss while Katie
Greenway stopped 16 of 17 for the win.
“Meghan played phenomenal,”
said Ball following the game. “It
was the last home game for three
of our girls but they were all on the
ice together for the last 90 seconds
and there were lots of smiles.”
Kate Ehrhardt, Jenna Briggs, and
captain Greene played in their final
home games for the Mounties, with
Ehrhardt scoring the lone Mounties
goal on the power play in the second
period from Briggs and Ashlyn Somers.
Carolyn Campbell started the
scoring for St FX halfway through the
first on the power play, followed three
minutes later by another power play
Mounties maul Tigers
Split weekend home games
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
goal this time from Jessica Shanahan.
Ehrhardt’s goal cut the lead in half but
Campbell scored the only even-strength
goal of the game three minutes into the
second before Abygail Laking rounded
out the scoring six minutes later.
e Mounties have one game
remaining on the schedule this season,
as they have been officially eliminated
from playoff contention, and travel to
Moncton to face off against the UdeM
Aigles Bleus to finish off the season.
Tom Reid
e Basketball Mounties spent the past
weekend in Halifax, facing off against
a pair of ACAA rivals. Both squads
grabbed wins over the University
of King’s College Blue Devils on
Saturday, but dropped narrow games
to the first place MSVU Mystics.
On Saturday, the Mounties faced off
against the Blue Devils. For the women,
the third-place Lady Mounties held
off a determined Blue Devils squad
for the win. Down at the half 44-
37, the ladies from Sackville charged
back to take the 80-77 win over the
hometown Blue Devils. e men also
fell behind early with the halftime
score at 36-29 for the Blue Devils.
However, the Mounties woke up in
the second half to take the 73-66 win.
On Sunday, the Mounties sparred
with the first place Mystics. For
the women, the Lady Mounties fell
behind early with a halftime score of
33-16. However, they clawed their way
back in the second half and challenged
the Mystics until falling late to the
hometown MSVU team with a final
score of 65-51. e Mounties were
led by second year forward Jenny
Robinson (15 points) and third year
forward Meghan Dickie (13 points).
In the men’s game, the Mounties lost
a close battle with the Mystics. While
the Mounties were down 33-29 at the
half, they charged back in the second.
With several lead changes throughout
the game, the Mounties get the game
close throughout the entire time, but
the MSVU showed their resilience
and held on for a 69-62 win. e
Mounties were led by second year
big man Stephen Bohan who scored
a game-high 19 points and All-Star
Josh Graham who nabbed 13 points.
With the split, the Lady Mounties
sit in third place with 24 points, well
ahead of fourth place UKC. For the
men, they sit in fifth place with 16
points, only 2 points behind the fourth
place UNBSJ Seawolves. With four
games remaining, both squads are
in good position to make the trip to
Truro for the ACAA playoffs. e
Mounties hit the road on Saturday to
travel to Fredericton for a showdown
with the STU Tommies and return
home Sunday for their final home
game against the UNBSJ Seawolves.
Basketball Mounties split games
Beat Blue Devils; lose squeaker to first place Mystics
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
e Volleyball Mounties had a
busy weekend, travelling to Saint
John on Friday to face off against
the first place UNBSJ Seawolves and
then heading to Halifax on Saturday
to take on the third place MSVU
Mystics. e road trip had both a high
and a low of emotions for the ladies
as they grabbed a key win over the
hometown Seawolves, but endured a
tough loss against the MSVU Mystics.
On Friday evening, the Mounties
rolled into Saint John with purpose,
determined to take down the first
place Seawolves. Led by second year
players Alexina LePage (12 kills)
and Caila Henderson (10 kills), the
Mounties clawed their way through
a ferocious five-set match in a tangle
of the top two teams in the ACAA.
Down 2-1, the Lady Mounties
fought their way back to grab the 3-
2 win with game scores of (19-25,
25-21, 21-25, 25-21, and 15-13).
Saturday, the Mounties headed to
Halifax to face off against the tenacious
MSVU Mystics. However, the hours
spent on the bus may have gotten to
the Mounties as they dropped the
tight matchup to the Mystics 3-1.
e top half of the standings in the
ACAA remains incredibly close with
the top four teams separated by a mere
four points. e UNBSJ Seawolves
remain in first place with twenty-
eight points with the Lady Mounties
close on their heels with twenty-six
points. e Mystics, with their win
on Saturday, sit in third with twenty-
four points, while the STU Tommies
are in fourth with twenty-two points.
e Mounties final match of the year
is Friday evening at home against the
last-place Holland College Hurricanes
in what will be captain Laurie
Marchbank’s final home game as a
Mountie. e Mounties then head back
to Saint John to take on their ACAA
rivals for the ACAA championships.
Volleyball Mounties up and down
Win thriller over first place Seawolves
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
TORONTO (CUP) – e first
rule of Fight Club is that you
don’t talk about Fight Club.
is is the code followed by so many
university athletic teams. Because
there is such a strong emphasis on
team cohesion in sports, athletes must
succumb to the additional pressure
of protecting their adopted family.
At Ryerson University, this has
meant everything from the mass
suspension of members of the women’s
volleyball team because of a drinking
violation to the departure of the men’s
basketball coach. Athletics teams are
one group that always keeps quiet.
Tessa Dimitrakopoulos, a fourth
year member of the Ryerson women’s
hockey team and former soccer player,
has been one of few athletes willing
to consistently speak publicly about
team drama. While she was willing
to discuss the reason she stopped
playing soccer — being driven out
after too many headaches with coach
Peyvand Mossavat —she knows it’s
not an easy task to go against the team.
“When it comes down to it, you
don’t want everyone outside (of the
team) to know what’s going on or
know the weaknesses of the team,”
she said, noting that speaking up
is “what a leader has to do. Just to
clear things up, you don’t want to
hide things from people or not tell
them the truth. at’s just one role.”
But breaking the code of silence
can’t be done with just any member of
the team. Depending on the culture of
the room, some athletes may feel they
don’t have the authority to speak out.
Richard Dean certainly believes in a
hierarchy of powers. Dean coached
Ryerson basketball teams for eighteen
years before the axe fell this past fall.
“Everybody has a certain role. For
a player, their role is to play the game
and listen to what their coaches have
to say. To speak to the media, it might
fall to another person like the athletic
director or the coaches,” Dean said.
Athletes also feel the pinch of
peer pressure or worry they may
get left out from the rest of team
if they spoke out on a prickly issue.
“Without conformity, athletes are not
going to be able to produce world-class
times or personal bests,” Fuscos said.
“How do you produce these
performances by taking into
account everybody’s identity?
Well, it’s not possible.”
When the locker-room be-
comes a chamber of secrets
Adrian Chung
The Eyeopener (Ryerson)
Without conformity,
athletes are not going to be
able to produe world-class
Caroline Fuscos
Assistant Professor, UofT
Caroline Fuscos, an assistant
professor at the University of Toronto
who has researched the sociology of
athletes, says that athletes are “not really
people who rock the boat often when
it comes to challenging team norms.”
Last year, Ryerson Rams men’s
basketball coach Glenn Taylor
abruptly left the team, and to date no
coaches or players have been willing
to talk about his sudden departure.
“We really as a team decided that
none of us are going to make any
comments on this,” said star forward
Boris Bakovic after Taylor’s exit.
ere is one thing athletes can
agree on, however — that the
code of silence does indeed exist.
is was supposed to be a feel good
story about the sudden abundance of
star-power in the NBA. Considering
the monster seasons of Josh Smith
and Carlos Boozer weren’t enough to
translate into all-star selections, I would
have argued, the days of appearances
by the likes of Shareef Adbur-Rahim
and Glenn Robinson (I actually liked
the Big Dog, but still) are likely over.
e NBA talent pool, it seems, is
overflowing to the point where every
team has at least two or three superstars.
Or so the story would have gone.
Instead, I feel I need to address the
elephant in the room: for all its hype,
All-Star Weekend was downright
awful. Now we can finally confirm
that, when mama said “there’d be days
like this”, she was referencing the 2010
NBA all-star experience. Go figure.
e weekend got off to a rocky start
thanks to, of all things, a snowstorm in
the host city Dallas. Ideally, we could
look to the weather and subsequent
travel delays as a catalyst for the general
lethargy on display, yet in actuality, the
whole charade is just played out. All-
Star Saturday Night has long been the
NBA equivalent of a punt-pass-and-
kick competition (read: boring), but
at least the slam dunk contest always
makes up for it. Well, almost always.
e warning signs for the demise of
the dunk contest were apparent as far
back as 2002. at years’contest featured
a roulette-type wheel that contestants
spun to determine their dunk. is
led to Gerald Wallace attempting
Dr. J’s Statue of Liberty dunk (with
the Doctor as one of the judges, no
less) and unsurprisingly, failing. It
was a lose-lose situation. ough
they smartly got rid of the wheel, the
dunk contest has been on a downward
spiral ever since, with the exception of
2003’s epic showdown between Jason
Richardson and Desmond Mason.
Luckily, I have a simple solution:
more money. We know that one
thing NBA players respond to is
cash. e formula is simple: NBA
players + an opportunity to get paid =
incentive to try. I guarantee it works.
While we’re at it, consider these
proposed tweaks to all-star weekend:
- Expand H-O-R-S-E: In the
1970s the NBA experimented with a
bracket-style Horse tournament that
saw a series of one-on-one match-
ups featuring stars like Pete Maravich
and George Gervin. Why not bring
that back and make a day of it?
Actually, if we’re going to go there...
- 1-on-1 Tourney: Same idea as
Horse: let’s say a sixteen player bracket
pitting the likes of Tyreke Evans and
Derrick Rose against one another. At
the very least we can turn the celebrity
game into a 1-on-1 tournament. What
could be more riveting than a first
round matchup of PGA star Anthony
Kim vs. Dr. Oz? (ose two actually
competed in this year’s celebrity
game. I couldn’t make that up.)
- Bring back the Legends game:
Featuring retired players, the Legends
game was a staple for years and provided
classic moments like Tommy Heinsohn
giving an oxygen tank the Doug
Benson treatment during time-outs.
- All-Star Pickup Game: e All-
Star game is already considered a
glorified pick-up game, so why not
embrace it? e fans choose two
captains who subsequently pick their
teams from the remaining all-stars.
Mainly, I just want to see how Chris
Kaman will react to being picked last.
- NBA JAM: e premier basketball
video game of my youth is being
re-released sometime this year. In
honour, the NBA should adopt an
NBA Jam tournament where each
team sends two representatives to
this 2-on-2 league-wide tournament.
To make it interesting, we’ll add an
under-twenty-five stipulation. Kevin
Durant and Russell Westbrook
are the perennial favourites.
So, in summary, NBA All-Star
Weekend can return to relevancy by
dusting off some classics, re-thinking
the familiar, and keeping it relatively
simple. Also, I just want more brackets
in my life. All-star weekend will always
have mass-appeal, but its current
unrealized potential is agonizing.
American poets/blues band Canned
Heat once sang, “a change is surely
gonna come”. I hope they were right.
All-star tweakin’
David C. Zarum
Argosy Correspondent
Internet Photo/All Hip Hop
Sorry Nate Robinson. Your win in last weekend’s dunk competition
was anything, but exciting. It’s time to rethink the All-Star Game.
With the 2009-10 NFL Season now in
the bag, let’s have a look at the Good,
the Bad, and the Ugly from the past
few months in American Football.
- Obviously the feel-good Saints
have to top this list. From the ‘Aints to
the Champs, from Hurricane Katrina to
where they are now, they’re number one.
- New York Jets – We all found
out this year that Rex Ryan is
the man, and when a team boasts
the number one-rushing offence
and number one-defence in
the league…that’s pretty good.
- Houston Texans – ey achieved
their first winning season in franchise
history, barely missed out on playoffs,
and have one of the most explosive
QB-WR duos in the league. I like it.
- Chris Johnson – Man he’s fast.
- Brett Favre – e guy is older
than most of our parents and still
has what it takes to take a team
to the NFC Championship game.
- Sean Payton and Drew Brees
– I know the Saints are already on
the list, but these two guys are the
two main reasons why the Saints
made it to where they are today.
e good, the bad, and the ugly of the NFL
A season in review
- Peyton Manning – Just
because he’s so awesome.
- San Diego Chargers – Why oh why
can’t they win in the playoffs? Maybe
the NFL should start scheduling the
start of the playoffs in December…
- Pittsburgh Steelers – ey played
well against good teams, sucked against
crappy teams, and nobody knows why.
- Brett Favre – Yeah yeah, I know,
why him? Too many retirements,
for one, too many game-losing
interceptions, for another. It’s time
the only footballs you threw were
in those jeans commercials, man.
- Terrell Owens – Just shut up and play.
- Whoever runs the stadium in
Miami – Make up your mind as to what
to call the stadium! In the last five years
the stadium has been called Pro Player
Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin
Stadium, Land Shark Stadium,
and now it’s Sun Life Stadium.
- e Madden Curse – Troy
Polamalu misses half the season
due to injury, and Larry Fitzgerald’s
Cardinals get crushed in the NFC
Division Final. Yep, it exists alright.
- JaMarcus Russell – Can you say
bust? JamJam can’t, but by now he
sure as hell better know how to spell
“Fumble,” “Interception,” and “Sack.”
- e entire Oakland Raiders
organization – see above, add Al Davis
and just a pinch of Tom Cable and
you’ve got a sitcom waiting to happen.
- Jay Cutler – Instead of being the
Bears’ saviour, he sucked this year.
- e NFL in Toronto – Lots of people
care (or do they?)….but nobody goes.
- St. Louis Rams – Maybe a
bit of a surprise that they appear
under “ugly” but they have Steven
Jackson and they still had fewer wins
than the Detroit Lions. at’s ugly.
- Cleveland Browns
quarterbacks – Just…ew.
- Jacksonville Jaguars fans
– I bet there’s more of them here
at Mount Allison than in Florida.
- Brett Favre – Just because I can.
Internet Photo/NFL
Has Matt Schaub finally ascended into the ranks of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks? Wray certainly thinks so and with the help of Andre Johnson,
we may be seeing a Texan invasion into the playoffs next season as Houston is on the prowl for its first playoff berth in franchise history.
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
e Big ree: Part 1
Dexter Van Dam
Argosy Correspondent
Editors Note: e information contained
in this article are the express opinion
of the author and are not replacement
for medical advice. You should consult
a physician before starting any diet or
exercise program. If you choose to follow
the program outlined in this article
without consulting your physician,
you are doing so at your own risk.
ere are three exercises in the fitness
world so important they are simply
referred to as “the big three”, when
someone wants to assess another’s
strength, they don’t ask how much
they calf raise or how much they can
hammer curl, they ask about “the big
three.”ese exercises are essential for
building overall body strength and a
strong core. If you want to get into the
esteemed and respected “1,000 pound
club” these are the exercises you will
be doing to prove your worthiness.
You will see these exercises performed
time after time in the Athletic Centre.
Anyone that gets fairly buff while
leaving out these three essential
exercises will often end up with poorly
proportioned bodies and inconsistent
strength, due to an overemphasis
on those isolation exercises.
e first of these big three, known
as the king of all exercises, is the squat.
Many people shy away from this
exercise for reasons such as “I don’t
want to hurt my knees, the barbell
hurts my back, etc.” ese excuses are
poor and there really isn’t a substitute
exercise that is going to give you the
same strength and size gains in your
legs that the squat will provide. ere’s
a reason it’s often called “the ultimate
mass builder” and a reason there are at
least fourteen variants on this exercise.
To perform a proper squat, have
the bar set at a height that is about six
inches below the base of the back of
your neck so that you can come up and
under the bar lifting it on your back
and off the stops of the rack. Grip the
bar as if you were performing shoulder
presses with your forearms close to
parallel to the bar. Take a few steps
back once you lift the bar from
the rack; so that you won’t hit the
stops as you perform the exercise.
You want your feet positioned
slightly wider than the width of
your shoulders and your feet angled
slightly outwards. Keeping your
back straight, slowly lower yourself
down; be careful not to let your back
round (which can result in injury).
e motion should be similar to
that of sitting in a chair; remember
to stick your butt out and lower
yourself until your thighs are at least
parallel to the ground. Once you are
parallel or further, simply reverse the
motion, keeping your back straight
and return to standing position.
So get out there and start busting
out some squats but remember to
make sure you keep your form correct
and if you are unsure, always ask
somebody. e squat is an incredibly
effective tool for building up the leg
muscles you’ve always wanted and
is an essential part of any workout.
Internet Photo/Steve Nellis
When doing a squat exercise, make sure that you do not take on too much weight. Knowing your lim-
its is key to any weight training regime; too much weight can lead to serious injury or possibly death.
I recently found myself in attendance at
the SAC Candidates speeches for Off-
Campus students. How I got there,
I’m not entirely certain - although I
do feel like my roommates promised
me treats if I attended. However, once
the speeches started, I was glad I was
there. e first two candidates to speak
were the candidates for VP Campus
Life, Brittany Surette and Pat Joyce.
While each candidate had the typical
“rail against the status quo of the SAC”
and a cheesy punch line to accent
the end of their speeches, their three
minutes left much to be desired. One
key area that irked me, especially in
my position as Sports Editor, was the
complete lack of attention spent on
the Mount Allison sports programs.
at’s right folks. From their three
minute prepared speeches to their
Facebook groups, neither candidate
has spent any time focusing on what
I believe to be an integral part of
our campus life. Apologies to both
candidates, but last time I checked,
residence life was not the end all or
be all of the Mt. A experience. From
listening to their speeches, you might
start to ask yourself if off-campus
students actually exist. At a school
where around 10 percent of our
student body is on a varsity sports
team and countless others participate
with our club programs, to ignore
these students is just plain wrong.
I have lobbied countless times
for increased support of our sports
programs. Not only are you supporting
your fellow students, it’s also a free
form of entertainment. On a student
budget, nothing really ever beats free
(unless there are free treats as well, in
which case…game over.) However, it
currently seems that the two candidates
we have to choose between to direct
our lives on campus for the next year
are completely oblivious to these
events, a fact I find shocking especially
since both tout their experience as
House Presidents this past year. As
house executive members, they should
have been going to games for the
President’s Spirit Award competition.
Prior to writing this column, I felt it
was only fair to email both candidates to
inform them that I would be writing a
fairly critical piece regarding this issue.
One candidate, Pat Joyce, pointed out
“[h]aving been a member of the Mt. A
rugby team last year, I don’t feel enough
is done to promote our sports teams,
both varsity and club.” I agree with you
Mr. Joyce, not enough is being done to
promote our sports teams. In fact, you
yourself aren’t promoting our sports
teams. He claims to have incorporated
the sports programs into his speeches
following ursday’s event, however
he still has failed to mention them in
his ABC campaign. Perhaps ABCS
just isn’t as catchy. Surette blamed the
lack of mention of athletics on nerves
rather than disregard. As well as Joyce,
she claims to be mentioning athletics
during her on-campus speeches and
says that they are a very important
part of Mt. A. at’s great to say, but
athletics shouldn’t be something that
you can simply forget about during a
speech for the position of VP Campus
Life. at’s like forgetting about
off-campus students…Oh wait…!
I implore whichever candidate is
our next VP Campus Life to bring
a focus back to the Mt. A sports
teams. From everything I’ve heard
or read so far, I’ve been incredibly
underwhelmed. Please prove me wrong.
From the Sports Desk...
anks for disappointing!
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
Sue Seaborn
Athletes like Brent Barkhouse need to be supported, not ignored.
Olympic Quote of the Week
“I’ve never been on
a chairlift with an
umbrella before.”
- Jen Heil, Canadian silver medal-
winning skier on conditions at Whistler
From the Sports Desk...
anks for disappointing!
Athlete of the Week
Jenelle Hulan and Stephen Bohan
Sponsored by Joey’s Pizza and Pasta
Hockey goalie Jenelle Hulan
and the Mounties’ hard court big
man Stephen Bohan have won
duo honours as Athletes of the
Week for their performances over
the Valentines’ Day weekend.
Hulan turned aside 41 shots on goal
en route to a 2-0 shutout victory over
the Dal Tigers on Friday night. She
was selected as the Mounties’ Player
of the Game for her standout efforts.
On the road Bohan scored a total
of 31 points in two close games
against Kings and Mount Saint
Vincent. In an 80-77 win over Kings,
Bohan grabbed five rebounds and
shot 5/11 for 13 points. e following
day, against the number seven-ranked
Mystics, he shot 9/13, scoring 19
points and pulling in 12 rebounds.
A former Athlete of the Year with
Stephenville High School, Hulan
played hockey with the Spartans,
the Western Newfoundland midget
AAA team, and the provincial/
Canada Games teams. A Stephenville,
NL resident she is currently in
her first year of science at Mount
Allison and majoring in biology.
Bohan was a standout with the
Tantramar Regional High School
basketball team and is a former
provincial NB high school all-
star. He was a past member of the
Sackville and NB provincial teams
from 2005-07. At six-foot-six
Bohan has been a big contributor to
the Mounties’ success over the past
two seasons. A resident of Sackville,
NB, the big forward is currently in
second-year arts at Mount Allison.
e other athletes of the
week nominees were: Laurie
Marchbank (volleyball), and
Jennifer Robinson (basketball).
Mountie Sports Weekend
Friday, February 19
Volleyball vs Holland College; 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 20
Badminton Championships @ Mount A; 12:00 PM
Hockey @ UdeM; 2:00 PM
Basketball @ STU; 2:00, 4:00 PM
Sunday, February 21
Basketball vs UNBSJ; 3:30, 5:30 PM
Thursday March 11 at 5:30 pm
- Ratify incoming EIC
- Status report
- Financial report
- Selection of incoming board members
Come one, come all!
Run the Ship!
The Argosy is hiring its Editor-in-Chief for the 2010-2011 publishing year
Honorarium $5000 Paid Quarterly
Term: May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011
Please submit a cover letter and
resume to Dan Wortman c/o Arogosy
McCain Student Centre or
Applicants must be Mount Allison Students
Candidates must secure a faculty member to sit on the Board of
Directors for a two year term before submitting an application
Excellent leadership skills;
Interest in student journalism;
Experience in editing and design an asset
19, 2010

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