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SAC progress
With elections underway,
we ponder the uses,
abuses, successes, and
failures of the SAC
OP/ED, PAGE 5
Here we go...
Sackville is once again
pushing our cold
tollerance. How could we
survive in the extreme?
SCI & TECH, PAGE 18
THE ARGOSY
January 27, 2011 Braving the Sackville weather since 1875 Vol. 140 Iss. 15
Te administrators swung into action
to fnd an appropriate replacement
for the position of Vice President
Research and Academic when Dr.
Stephen McClatchie announced his
departure from Mount Allison at the
end of the academic year.
Dr. Berkeley Fleming, who has
thirty-three years of experience at
Mt. A and is the currently acting
Dean of Social Sciences was selected
by Dr. Robert Campbell, President
of the university, after consultation
with other senior administrators.
“Tis new job is a wide portfolio
but I’ve been sufciently involved
over my thirty-three years here...that
I can think I can handle it. Tere’s a
learning curve, but I don’t think it’ll
be that steep,” said Fleming, who
will begin his new one-year position
on July 1, 2011.
Te portfolio of the VP Academic
and Research includes overseeing
academic renewal, external reviews,
and hiring of new staf. Despite the
brevity of his term, Fleming has
plenty of ideas for projects that fall
under his portfolio.
He cites increasing the number of
faculty in the smaller departments,
such as sociology and anthropology,
consolidating academic advising
services for students, carrying on
with support services to new faculty,
and improving the registration
process as the main changes he
would like to see implemented. “Te
idea is to maintain the momentum
that has developed over the past
couple of years,” he said.
FLEMING, page 4
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Correspondent
New VP
Academic
announced
Dr. Berkley
Fleming named
interim while
search begins for
replacement
Lea Foy
If diamonds are forever, will the
mayhem surrounding them be
everlasting? Instead of admiring a
sparkling gem on display, consider
the indirect deaths it may have
caused on its journey to the store
window. On January 22, Ian Smillie
met with Mount Allison students to
share his take on the nasty diamond
trade and the violence that it funds.
Confict or “blood” diamonds
are illegal, but how do you know
if the gem is or isn’t tainted? A
diamond that is mined in an area
controlled by criminal forces, and
then sold in order to fnance hostility
against civilians or government, is
considered to be a “blood” diamond.
Smillie, a diamond expert, helped
link the trade to violence in Africa.
Smillie took interest in the topic
when he noticed that some countries
were importing
large amounts of
diamonds from
nations who
hadn’t produced
the product
t h e m s e l v e s .
Where were the
rocks coming
from? Answers
came in chaotic
fragments. In
1991 in Sierra
Leone, the
Revolutionary United Front (RUF)
ignited an eleven-year bloodbath
with incessant attempts to secure
illegitimate authority over the
nation. To fund this civil war, the
RUF looked to diamonds.
Te RUF took control of areas
where the high-valued rock was
being mined, and proceeded to
sell diamonds
for fnancial
support. Tese
blood diamonds
spill into the
stream of gems
that companies
i m p o r t ,
u n d e t e c t e d .
Trough lack
of regulation
and awareness,
every dollar that
consumers spent
on diamonds was a dollar in the
RUF’s pocket.
Smillie spoke at the Atlantic
International Studies Organization
(ATLIS) conference about the
issue of confict diamonds in Sierra
Leone and other afected areas. He
explained that diamonds are not the
cause of war and violence: they are
simply fuel for the fre. Smillie spoke
of the Kimberley Process (KP),
an organization that helps prevent
confict diamonds from being traded.
In 2003 the KP Certifcation
Scheme (KPCS) began to enlist
countries that were willing to
monitor the fow of diamonds
through their borders. Tis means
closely inspecting all diamonds
that are exported or imported, so
that a gem may be tracked from its
mined birthplace to its fnal retail
destination. In order to obtain a
KP certifcate and legally sell the
product, participating nations must
adhere to strict laws in order to
IAN, page 10
Anissa Stambouli
Features Writer
Battling blood diamonds
Ian Smillie speaks to students about the controversial diamond trade
It hadn’t occurred to us that a
member government would
actually kill people in order
to enforce the KP which is all
about stopping the killing of
people.
Ian Smillie
Author and independent
consultant
Olenka Krakus serenading the crowd on Friday night at the Vogue Cinema. Krakus was part of an all-star lineup that took part in Stereophonic
8 last weekend in Sackville. For more coverage, check out the full centrefold with reviews and pictures on pages 14 and 15.
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Information on Memorial Library fnally
accessible to students
Administration speaks to students directly about Memorial Library decision
News Writer
Carly Levy
An information session was held Monday for
students interested in learning more about
the recent decision to replace the Memorial
Library building with an entirely new building
that would house a Fine and Performing Arts
Centre.
Te information session featured a
presentation by Mount Allison Vice-President
Administration David Stewart followed by an
open forum moderated by SAC President Sam
Gregg-Wallace. Te session gave students a
chance to ask the administration questions that
are important to them.
After giving a brief introduction to the
history of Mt. A’s buildings, Stewart described
the four stage process of renovating several
academic buildings on campus outlined in
the Facilities Master Plan created in 2001.
Currently the university is moving into stage
four of the process: converting the Memorial
Library, the former student centre, into a new
Fine and Performing Arts Centre.
In early fall, the administration released the
results of an assessment by Zeidler Partnership
Architects which determined that it would be
imprudent to use the building in its current
state. Mt. A’s internal project managers then
assessed the feasibility of retaining the building
keeping in mind the requirements of the Fine
Arts department and Windsor Teatre.
After taking into consideration specifc
requirements such as sufcient head room in
studios and the load bearing capabilities of the
building, the report found an additional fve
million dollars would be required to convert
the present building into a space sufcient for
the new Fine and Performing Arts Centre.
Tese fndings were presented to the Board
of Regents at a meeting in early October.
Stewart elaborated that a clear consensus was
reached among the representatives present
at the meeting that the building should be
replaced by a new building. “It’s not a lack of
commitment to our buildings,” said Stewart,
who cited the main reason for this decision
as the extra cost, which would have to be
recuperated by a hike in tuition fees.
Stewart broke the fve million dollar
expenditure down, explaining that the money
would have to come from the university
operating budget which is comprised of fxed
government grants and student tuition. “We’re
not going to be able to fundraise the extra
money, it’s not going to come from the donors,”
explained Stewart.
He referred to the Wallace-McCain Student
Centre conversion project to explain his
reasoning behind this statement. “We made
a special appeal for funds for alumnus during
the construction of the student centre,” said
Stewart who went on to say that an additional
twenty thousand of a project estimated at 17.5
million dollars were raised.
Fourth year student Alex MacDonald raised
the point that the fve million dollars extra to
retain the current building would only mean an
increase in tuition of approximately 150 dollars
per student, to which Stewart contrasted the
point that the fve million could also pay for two
new full-time faculty members indefnitely.
MacDonald also asked Stewart why the
project couldn’t be put of until further down
the road, giving the university more time to
raise the necessary funds. Te answer to this
concern comes back to the students. Stewart
points out that the centralization of the Fine
Arts Department and renovation of Hart Hall,
which holds photography and print making
facilities and is in a desperate state of disrepair,
will be contingent on the completion of a Fine
and Performing Arts Centre.
Several students raised concerns about
the decision to replace the building. It was
questioned whether or not the Fine and
Performing Arts Centre could be built at
another site and the Memorial Library
building be used for something else. Stewart
explained that there is no real space to build
another building and that there is no use for
that building currently, claiming, “We have too
much square footage as it is,” said Stewart.
In a recent letter to the editor in Te Argosy,
Professor Emeritus Ronald Boorne noted that
the university had not made the report by
Zeidler Partnership public, and this was also
questioned on Monday. Stewart stated that the
university has several thousand documents and
contracts and that it would be inappropriate to
open up internal documents - especially one
that ofers advice to the university - for public
debate.
Fourth year student John Brannen raised
concerns over the fact that the building itself is
a memorial to Allisonians who lost their lives
in war. Stewart was adamant that the memories
of the fallen students will be retained, and
insisted, “We are very respectful of those who
died in the war and who came from Mt. A.” He
pointed out that moving the commemorative
plaques from the Memorial Library to the more
highly frequented Wallace McCain Student
Centre would make more sense instead of
being inside an unused building.
Finally some students wondered if the new
building would stay true to the look and feel
of the campus. Second year student Paras
Satija remarked the red sandstone façade of
the current Memorial Library is a critical
element that deserves to be retained. Stewart
reiterated that it is a goal of the administration
and Zeidler Partnership to incorporate echoes
of the old building and elements of other Mt. A
buildings into the new design.
Satija, who came to the information session
with the goal of fnding out more information
prior to forming an opinion on the decisions
surrounding the building, feels satisfed with
the presentation by Stewart. He thinks that
as long as we commemorate the soldiers the
building was meant for there’s no point arguing
about it. “You do what you have to do, and I
don’t think what we are doing is necessarily
disrespectful,” said Satija.
Kevin Geiger, a fourth year student, came
to the presentation because he wanted to
make sure enough information was available
for students and because he is interested in
budgeting for large scale projects. Geiger
thought that Stewart did a good job presenting
all the information and especially enjoyed
hearing the history of renovations on campus.
“Students should take advantage of David
Stewart opening his door for questions and
concerns, there is enough information out there
for students to be able to form an opinion,” he
said.
While there has not been a vote fnalizing
the destruction of the building, the board has
approved the expense of creating a design for the
new building to be completed in approximately
eighteen months. Stewart confrmed that
there will be conceptual drawings available
for viewing by the Mt. A community to give
feedback and comments, with another Board
of Regents meeting scheduled for March.
Stewart assured the students that there already
has been discussion surrounding the use of
certain structural elements such as the entrance
to the Memorial Library and including them in
the new designs.
Projected Price Tag of
Fine and Performance
Arts Centre
costs
Estimated Cost of Fine and
Performance Centre: $ 30
Million
Breakdown:
$20 Million from
donation
$ 10 million from
Operating Budget including:
- Provincial Budget
- Tuition
VP Administration David Stewart explains the reasons behind the university’s decision
to not include the Memorial Library in the new centre for Fine and Performance Art.
Maggie Lee
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NEWS
Te January 19 SAC meeting kicked
of after the all-candidates debate
speeches at 7:30 pm, with a number
of executive councillors absent until
the end of question period at the
candidates debate.
Under business of the union,
VP Finance and Operations Ryan
Sargent went over proposed changes
to the duties and function of the
ombudsperson. Tese included
changing the name from the SAC
ombudsperson to the ‘student union’
ombudsperson to create a broader
impression of accessibility of the
ombudsperson to the student body,
as well as a change from being an
‘impartial’ individual to a ‘designated
neutral.’
Tese changes were based
of the University of Waterloo
ombudsperson duties and functions.
Te proposed changes will be voted
on at the next SAC meeting.
Next was a presentation by Gregg-
Wallace on the budget submission to
the university. Under the sub-section
‘tuition,’ the SAC is advocating
that the administration reduce or
maintain tuition at $6,720 a year.
Edwards SAC rep Evelyn
Wainewright asked if it was possible
for the tuition to be maintained if the
NB government takes of the tuition
freeze. Gregg-Wallace replied that
it was the SAC’s responsibility to
advocate for tuition to be maintained
with the university.
Hunton SAC rep Natalie Brunet
commented that the SAC should
be pressuring the NB government
to keep funding the same, with
Social Sciences Rep Kevin Geiger
iterating that the SAC should lobby
the university to put pressure on the
government, and advocate on both
ends.
Under extended health and dental
plans, Gregg-Wallace stated that
the SAC would like administrative
support, not more funding, for an
opt-out health and dental plan. Te
plan would be set up in a manner
in which students pay fees to the
university, who transfer the fees to
the SAC, who transfer the fees to the
health and dental provider. Tose
wishing to opt-out of the plan would
be sent a refund by the provider, and
students would have the option to
be kept on a list to be permanently
opted-out of a plan.
Te SAC has additionally
requested that an external audit
SAC discusses budget proposal and MAFA negotiations
Te long-winded negotiations
between the Mount Allison Faculty
Association (MAFA) and the
university administration look to be
reaching an end after months of the
conciliation process. Te provincially
appointed conciliation board is set to
fnish by the mandated January 31
deadline. However, the sides have
yet to reach an agreement.
In an email to the university
community, Director of Marketing
and Communication Tony Frost
noted that the conciliation process
had ended on January 15 without an
agreement. Both sides are slated to
meet this week and again next week.
“Tere is still a lot on the table,”
says MAFA
P r e s i d e n t
R i c h a r d
Hudson. “Te
two sides are
very far apart on
some important
issues.”
T h e
c o n c i l i a t i o n
board is
scheduled to report by its January
31 deadline, set by Minister of Post-
Secondary Education, Training, and
Labour Martine Coulombe. After
the board delivers its report to the
Minister, both sides anticipate that
Coulombe will release the report to
the two groups.
Once the report is released to both
sides, the conciliation process will
be ofcially over. Under the New
Brunswick Industrial Relations Act,
seven days after the conciliation
process has ended, both sides will be
in the position to take job action.
For the university administration,
this means that they will have the
power to lock out MAFA members
Conciliation
process nears end
MAFA negotiations drag on
Editor in Chief
Noah Kowalski
Political Beat Writer
Rachel Gardner
be conducted for the security
department, for staf training,
funding, and include student
consultation.
Next under business of the union,
VP Academic Nathan Walker
expressed that the conciliation
process for the Mount Allison
Faculty Association had ended
unsuccessfully. Te minister now
has to report with her plan of action
by January 31, and seven days later,
either the administration or the
faculty are allowed to take job action.
Te administration could lock out
the faculty, or the faculty could
strike. Walker stated that he had
expressed in Senate the sentiment
that students “hope not to be used
as bargaining chips,” and that the
parties realize that students stand
to be most negatively impacted by a
strike or lockout.
VP External Mark Kroeker
reported on the new copyright policy
issued over the Christmas break,
stating that students currently pay
$3.83 for copyright issues, which is
added to the price of course packs.
Te university wants to increase
this to forty-three dollars because
of copyright issues associated with
online sources and Moodle. Kroeker
stated that he’d cross-checked Mt.
A’s policy with CASA’s position,
and the Policy Ofcer informed him
that it was “the most comprehensive
policy he’s ever seen.” Of-campus
councillor, Catherine Burrows,
asked where the new fees would be
seen, to which Kroeker responded
that it would be added to the ‘student
fees’ section of university payments.

There is still a lot on the
table...The two sides are
very far apart on some
important issues.
Richard Hudson
MAFA President
while MAFA will be able to hold a
strike vote. However, both of these
actions are last-resort measures that
are rarely taken.
Te last time Mt. A saw a strike
was 1999 when MAFA voted to
go on strike after a frustrating
semester of negotiations which saw
the campus embroiled in the ferce
negotiation between the two sides.
Te key issue during the 1999
negotiations was faculty salaries
with both sides refusing to budge on
their ofers. Te strike ended after
twenty-six days when a provincially-
appointed mediator brought together
a last minute deal between the two
sides.
During the latest round of
negotiations, both sides have
been tight-lipped about the issues
on the table. However, the most
recent update from the university
admi nistration
noted that, “the
c o n c i l i a t i o n
board process
helped to
focus talks on
fnancial issues,
on which issues
the University
believes it has
presented the
framework for a fair and reasonable
settlement.”
Te negotiation process began
back in May 2010. Each side has
appointed a negotiation team; the
two sides have met over sixty times
since the start of negotiations. In
July, MAFA called for a conciliation
ofcer to be appointed to help
negotiations and in November,
Coulombe appointed the three-
member conciliation board. Te
board, comprised of a chairperson,
MAFA representative, and
university representative, can make
non-binding recommendations to
both sides.
FREDERICTON (CUP) — A new
report shows students graduating
from Maritime universities are
largely satisfed with the quality
of education they received, despite
a fall in employment rates among
graduates.
Te  report, by the Maritime
Provinces and Higher Education
Commission, is a collection of data
gathered from a little more than
1,700 students who graduated in
2007.
“Two Years On: A Survey of
Class of 2007 Maritime University
Graduates” tracks the progress of
frst-time bachelor’s degree holders
two years after they fnished their
frst degree.
Ninety-fve per cent of respondents
said they were either satisfed or
very satisfed with the quality of
the education they received, says
MPHEC CEO Mireille Duguay.
“We’re looking at very high
Students satisfed with Maritime
education: report
Employment down among 2007 graduates
CUP Atlantic Bureau Chief
Jamie Ross
numbers in terms of satisfaction,”
said Duguay. “In terms of availability
of professors, class sizes, even access
to computer equipment.”
Duguay said thirty-four per cent
of those surveyed said their time
at Maritime universities developed
their skills of independent and
critical thought to an extent, while
sixty-four per cent believe those
skills were developed to a great
extent.
Graduates were also asked how
they fnd themselves fnancially after
two years out of university. By 2009,
seventy-three per cent of graduates
indicated that they borrowed money
to fnance their education.
On average, those students
who relied on sources like student
loans, lines of credit and borrowing
from parents to fund their studies,
borrowed $37,013 to fnance their
degrees, while one-third of those
students borrowed $45,000 or more.
Further, when it comes to paying
that money back, twenty per cent of
borrows still owed at least $45,000
two years after graduation.
Duguay said the other major
fndings in the study were related to
employment rates among graduates.
Compared to students who
graduated in 2003, the employment
rates among 2007 grads is down
eight percentage points, from about
ninety-four per cent to eighty-six per
cent. She said the drop is indicative
of the recessionary times of 2008 and
2009, when there were fewer jobs
available.
But what’s more interesting, she
said, is the myth that a humanities
or arts degree might not be enough
to get you a competitive job in
the labour market. Tose students
make up about forty per cent of the
graduate pool of frst-degree holders
in the region.
“If they’re working full- or part-
time, they’re earning on average
around 32,000 or 33,000,” said
Duguay, which means they’re about
on par with the average worker’s
salary in the region. “Tat’s not bad
when you see the [regional] average
is between 34,000 and 37,000.”
Especially when those graduates
are only two years out of the school,
she said.
A recent study found that students graduating from Maritime universities are largely satisfed with their
education experience.
CUP Newswire/ Wikimedia
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NEWS
“[Registration] is actually much
improved over what it used to be, but
there are some new issues that have
arisen...What I want to focus on is
fnding ways of anticipating better
or earlier where the big enrolment
issues are...this requires fnding
resources within the budget,” he
explained.
Fleming who intends to retire the
following one-year term sees the
interim position as an exciting way
to end his career at Mt. A.
While Fleming is looking
towards the next few months as a
Continued from cover
window of opportunity to learn from
McClatchie, the administration will
begin the search for a permanent VP
Academic and Research shortly.
Te process will take a year,
with the goal of having the new
administrator start in July 2012. Te
frst stage is to form a committee
comprised of representatives from
all parties of the university: students,
administration, faculty from the
social sciences, sciences, and arts,
and the Mount Allison Faculty
Association, as well as the Deans
and other VPs.
As is standard among university
hiring at the VP and Presidential
level, Mt. A will hire a professional
search consultancy frm. “Te
mechanics of [the hiring process] are
pretty elaborate in terms of fnding
out who is in the market, getting
background on them, getting people
to apply, [facilitating] recruitment…”
revealed Campbell. Te frm will
help with networking and with all of
the logistics of the search.
Campbell also noted that Mt.
A should foresee new faces taking
responsibilities of many of the
university’s senior positions over the
next couple of years. Since many of
the VPs and Deans were hired at the
same time, their terms also expire
all around the same time. Over the
next couple of years, Mt. A will be
conducting searches for many of
these senior positions. Next year,
search committees for the Dean of
Science and the Dean of Arts will be
formed, although there is the chance
that the university will renew the
incumbents.
Students who are interested in
taking part in the search committee
should talk to the SAC, which will be
selecting the student representatives
in these types of university hiring
committees.
Campbell encourages students
to consider the role. “A search
committee is intellectually a lot of
fun,” he said. “You learn a whole lot
about how the university works...
it really is a moment when you’re
thinking hard about your school and
its challenges.”
Fleming eager to fulfll the position of VP Academic in his fnal year at Mt. A
Te candidates interested in securing
senior positions in next year’s student
government were in full campaign
mode last week in anticipation of the
upcoming election.
To all students who showed up
at the Students’ Administrative
Council (SAC) candidate debate
last Wednesday at Gracie’s Café,
candidates eagerly pitched their
respective platforms and showered
students with promises for a more
accountable, efective, and efcient
student governing body.
Te seven male candidates
running for the four executive
positions (President, VP Academics,
VP Campus Life, and VP External),
participated in the public debate. Te
evening discussion was structured in
three components: an introduction,
a formal debate, and submitted
questions.
Presidential hopefuls included
Mountie football team member
Ben Halpern, current VP Campus
Life Patrick Joyce, and former SAC
councillor and former VP External
Alex MacDonald.
Among the presidential
candidates, the fnancial
sustainability of the union’s
operating budget was addressed as a
key issue. Halpern suggested making
alterations to the existing budget,
while Joyce expressed interest in
exploring diferent strategies to meet
present and future needs of students
and the union.
Starting of the debate, Halpern
explained that “[As] SAC President,
my main responsibility would be to
ensure a responsibly run organization
that runs efciently and efectively
every single year.” He expressed
deep concern over SAC’s allocation
of $51,000 towards Te Allisonian,
the SAC funded yearbook, as an
expenditure that must be reviewed
regularly. “It should be re-evaluated
publicly every year. It’s a decision I
don’t feel has been made responsibly
over the past years,” Halpern said.
Joyce is aspiring to set the
wheels in motion for fnancial
sustainability. “We need to start
seeking out sustainable investment
opportunities…we need to set up
systems that will allow us to make
responsible decisions regarding
students’ money,” he explained.
Joyce hopes to seek professional
advice to see how to better collect
revenues that will result in direct
benefts to students.
MacDonald’s election platform
includes utilizing the existing
structural surplus in a more
efective way by extending
business opportunities through the
promotion of the ISIC (International
Student Identifcation Card).
He used the introduction as an
opportunity to express his support
for a health and dental plan,
developing relationship with the
Board of Regents throughout the
year beyond quarterly meetings, as
well as publishing minutes from the
summer meetings.
Meanwhile, Mark Kroeker and
Stephen Spence are going against
one another for the VP External
position. While Kroeker highlighted
his love for his adopted province of
New Brunswick, Spence, a Satellite
Councillor, laid claims on his
homegrown roots.
Kroeker, the current VP External
afairs, hopes to be re-elected next
year in order to continue the work
he has already done. “I ran last year
because I wanted to give back and
I am running again because I don’t
feel like I am done,” Kroeker told the
crowd.
Spence likewise expressed his
commitment for the students,
both as an on-campus councillor
for Anchorage and through his
involvement with the SAC over the
past two years. Spence’s campaign
is centred on four points: “I’m from
here, I love politics, I love the SAC,
and I want to make a diference.”
He attributed his knowledge of
provincial politics as an asset for his
position, saying, “New Brunswick
politics is in my blood, and [being
from New Brunswick] I have a home
feld advantage.”
Kroker’s platform focuses on
implementing better ways to access
landlord information and housing
issues, furthering the university’s
relationship with the town through
the farmer’s market initiative for
student engagement, and cultivating
Mt. A’s connections with provincial
and federal level governments
through the New Brunswick Student
Alliance and the Canadian Alliance
of Students Association.
Michael Watkins and Erik Fraser
are running uncontested for their
desired positions of VP Campus Life
and VP Academic.
Michael Watkins, a second
year biology student, believes his
experience in events planning and
relationships cultivated with Student
Life as Harper President will allow
him to transition into the role of
VP Campus Life. Watkin would
like to see Residence Assistants be
compensated for the cost of frst aid
training, implement safe walk home
programs, pledged his support for a
health and dental plan, and continue
with assisting in planning successful
events for Mt. A students.
Lastly, Erik Fraser, current Social
Science Senator, and VP Academic
hopeful, wants to see extended
library hours become a permanent
feature at the Mt. A library. In
addition, if elected, Fraser hopes
to lobby the administration to
implement a more lenient GPA
requirement for scholarships
by reducing the existing GPA
requirement of 3.7 to 3.5 in order to
facilitate scholarship retention.
Hopeful candidates debate key student concerns
News Editor
Maggie Lee
Recent executive election held for senior members of SAC for 2011-2012
Portuguese president
re-elected
Voters in Portugal re-elected
President Anibal Cavaco Silva to
another fve-year term on Sunday,
choosing the president in favour
of six other candidates. President
Silva has been in power since 2006.
Silva defeated his opponents after
receiving ffty-three percent of the
votes cast. Among the opponents
defeated were former two-time
prime minister and one-time
president Mario Soares and another
candidate named Manuel Alegre,
who claimed nearly twenty-percent
of the vote and was the frst runner
up. Te president of Portugal has the
power to dissolve parliament without
justifcation.
Coalition collapses in
Republic of Ireland
Te majority-holding coalition
government in the Republic of
Ireland has collapsed as the Green
Party announced early this week that
it was pulling out of the coalition.
Tis decision is expected to make the
election on the eleventh of March
inevitable. Te pull-out by the Green
party follows an earlier decision by
Prime Minister Brian Cowen to
quit his post as head of the leading
Fianna Fáil party and yet remain
Prime Minister. Prime Minister
Cowen is currently attempting to
push through a new fnance bill and
should he fail, he will be obliged to
step down.
Mile-long oil slick near
Mumbai, India
Te Indian state-run Oil and
Natural Gas Corporation announced
early this week that a leak occurred
in its Mumbai-Uran trunk pipeline.
Te leak was plugged and had its oil
supply diverted within two hours.
Although the leak was plugged
relatively quickly it is estimated that
twenty-fve thousand barrels of oil
spilled into the waters of of India’s
western coast. Tis is the second oil
spill near Mumbai in the last seven
months as an oil tanker spilled
fve-hundred tonnes of oil into the
Arabian Sea last August.
Trial begins for former
Guatemalan president
Te trial of former Guatemalan
president Alfonso Portillo for
embezzling public funds began last
Friday in Guatemala. Te former-
president was charged with, and has
subsequently denied, allegations of
embezzling ffteen million dollars of
funding from the defence ministry
after sending the money there
from the public purse during his
presidency. It is alleged that these
funds ended up in US and European
bank accounts.
Tis Week in
the World
A weekly miscellany
compiled by Scott Green
The seven candidates are aiming for the executive positions in the Students’ Adminstrative Council.
Maggie Lee
OP/ED
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Editor in Chief
At the end of a recent interview with
CBC anchor and Mount Allison
Chancellor Peter Mansbridge, Prime
Minister Stephen Harper touched on
a number of hot topics. Mansbridge
proposed a hypothetical situation
where Harper and the Conservatives
overcome their fve years of minority
governments to gain a majority. He
then asks about a number of issues
including abortion rights, Senate
reform, and the death penalty.
In the interview, Harper admits
that he personally believes that,
in some cases, capital punishment
is appropriate. However, he also
acknowledged that the majority of
Canadians are against the death
penalty and said that he has no plans
to bring forward the issue in the next
Parliament.
Members of the opposition
were quick to respond to Harper’s
comments. “Canadians have no reason
to trust Mr. Harper’s claims he won’t
seek legislation on the death penalty
after he already changed Canada’s
foreign policy so we no longer seek
clemency for Canadians facing the
death penalty in other countries,” said
one senior Liberal ofcial. Liberal
House Leader David McGuinty
added, “If Mr. Harper is genuinely
in favour of capital punishment ... he
should bring a bill to the foor of the
House of Commons so he can give
credence to his beliefs.”
Capital punishment was
eliminated in Canada in 1976 with
the last execution occurring in
1962. Te last capital punishment-
related legislation came up in 2007
when the Conservative government
reversed the longstanding policy of
automatically calling for clemency
for Canadians sentenced to death in
other countries. Te new policy is to
consider each instance on a case-by-
case basis.
Even in the United States, eforts
are being made to phase out capital
Examining the death penalty
SAC elections
Tese two words, when placed
next to each other, makes most of
us squirm or recall the acute carpal
tunnel syndrome from chronic voting.
I am referring of course to the SAC
of 2009-2010 when elections and
resignations of student politicians
became so popular that even Japan
and Italy were put to shame. Alas, the
year ended with one defnitive election
and the current SAC took the reigns
of governance. Fast forward to today
where we once again fnd ourselves
in the midst of an election with three
presidential candidates. As per my
democratic duty, I took the liberty
of preparing some questions for the
Q and A section. Little did I know
that I would become infuriated with
the questions, nay, accusations by my
fellow students who had questions
Missed@MTA
Forget that cute guy’s name at the bar?
Did somebody make your day?
Want to shout out to your meal hall crush?
Send in your “missed” moments to
missed@mta.ca
for candidate Alex Macdonald, a
member of the SAC executive in that
so-called annus horribilis.
Te majority of questions directed
at Macdonald were innocently
prefaced with statements such as,
“As a member of the inefective SAC
executive last year,” or “You were part
of one of the worst executive councils
in recent history,” and my favorite,
“Being part of the SAC that didn’t
get anything done…” Tese remarks
are about as loaded as a frosh on
homecoming. You know that feeling
you get when anger starts to rise
from within and you can feel yourself
turning red and beginning to shake?
Tat’s exactly what I was going
through, for I was a member of the
executive in that year. Nonetheless, I
composed myself for the duration of
the Q and A.
Tere appears to be some doubt
about what last year’s SAC did to
beneft students. Well, for all of those
who, like the uninformed gentleman
at the Q and A, who believe they
“didn’t get anything done,” and the
chorus of others, consider this.
In Finance and Operations, money
fowed into clubs and societies and
the SAC’s own constitution and
bylaws, not to mention the election
procedures, received a second sober
thought. Te electoral process was
completely overhauled into the
efcient system we enjoy today.
In External Afairs, Mount Allison
was well represented at the New
Brunswick Students’ Alliance. More
importantly, students voted Mount
Allison into the Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations, where we
now have access to federal politicians
and the ability to efectively lobby in
students’ interests.
Within the Campus Life portfolio,
great strides were made across the
board. First, Dish it Out, a new
campaign to address hunger in
the local community was created
and successfully raised more than
the previous campaigns. Let’s also
not forget the campus wide survey
conducted to address whether or
not a health and dental plan should
be ofered to students with roughly
the same results as the repeat survey
conducted this year.
In Academic Afairs, some of the
most apparent advancements were
made for students. Early in the year,
student teaching evaluations were
fnally made mandatory throughout
the university. Later, the frst student-
run teaching award was
successfully developed
and awarded at
Co n v o c a t i o n .
Perhaps the most
notably, however,
the executive
lobbied for a
career counsellor
and, with the help
of a petition signed
by over 1,000
students, the
admi ni strati on
actually took
notice and
created a position
for the 2010-2011
year.
Hard work and
sacrifce was put
into every day that
Anything but inefective
we worked on the SAC executive
and it is down right untrue that I,
Macdonald, and others were part of
the “least efective executive” or that
we “didn’t accomplish anything.” In
fact, we would venture to say that
we made some of the most dramatic
improvements seen on campus
in recent history. Even
m o r e
disappointing is when
the people elected to fll our
positions, the current SAC,
were silent as students
hurled these insults.
A wise man once said, “If
you aren’t being criticized,
you aren’t working hard
enough.” By this token,
our executive worked far
harder and achieved much
more by creating waves
than simply by riding them.
Recent comments regarding last year’s SAC untrue and unqualifed
punishment. Te Illinois’ state
legislature recently voted to ban
capital punishment, joining ten other
states who have outlawed the practice.
As well, the number of executions has
fallen to its lowest levels since 1976.
Capital punishment raises a
number of concerns including the
potential for punishment of innocent
people. Te permanence of the death
penalty means that those convicted
can never be exonerated and released.
In addition, the racial demographics
of death row inmates are alarming. In
the US, forty-one per cent of those
sentenced to capital punishment are
African-American while they only
make up twelve per cent of the total
population. As well, people who
murder white victims are more likely
to get the death sentence; a whopping
eighty per cent of death row inmates
murdered white victims even though
murders of white and racial minorities
are virtually equal.
In Harper’s interview, he declared
that he would not bring the issue up if
presented with a majority government.
With sixty per cent of Canadians
opposed to the death penalty, I would
think it would be political suicide to
introduce legislation to try to change
the standard. Maybe this was just
pandering to his conservative base to
give them something to rally around.
However, Harper has proven time
and time again that he is a cunning
politician who isn’t afraid to take risks
in order to get his way. Only time will
tell as we look forward to the next
federal election.
Beautiful Brunette
We met outside the Dunn
building when I opened the
door for you before class one
afternoon. You always look
amazing, and seeing your
smile is defnitely a highlight
of my week. Maybe we can
compare notes sometime.
Mysterious T
We love your Sherlock
Holmes hat almost as much
as we love you! Please be the
next professor interview in the
Argosy.
Dear snow on sidewalk
Could you please go away?
I need to walk to school.
Tanks. <3
Dear Mystery Man
I see you everywhere. STOP
STALKING ME! It’s creepy.
From, REB.
Rojo Caliente
I loved how bold you were
dancing on a chair Saturday
night at the Pub. Next time,
pull me up and I’ll go all night
with you.
New Face
Its a new semester and you’re
a new face, I see your yellow
jacket all over the place, your
house is having a party and
I wanted to know, if I went
would you like to give me a
show? - Mardi Gras Boy
Spilly Drinkers
Dear drunk students at the
pub: please learn how to drink
without spilling or go back to
high school. Seriously, drink
like you’re legally allowed to.
SAC Ofce
Yo exec, please treat it like an
ofce and not a motel. Tanks.
Rugby Rookie
You were iced in the library
on Monday morning. Watch
out! It’s going to happen again
soon. Xoxo.
Dear MTA,
Tank for writing - write
more!
From, Missed@MTA
Internet Photo/New Harper
Graphic courtesy of the SAC
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January 27, 2011 opinions@argosy.ca
OPINIONS & EDITORIALS
During frosh week, Mount Allison
hosted a guest speaker, Sue Johanson,
who brought up a very interesting
point about self-image. In the
beginning of her presentation, Sue
spoke about how women are not
aware of their bodies when they are
young and therefore are more likely to
develop a negative self-image when
they grow older. Men on the other
hand, wake up in the morning, look
at their bodies, and put on a show.
Even if their number one attribute
is the fab that they exhibit so nicely,
most still admire their bodies from
time to time. Meanwhile girls are
told constantly to look “pretty” and
are bombarded by advertisements in
Love the way you look and feel
Nicholas Alberts
Argosy Submission
the media showing skeletal-looking
women. I must say that this was the
frst time I had ever really thought
about the issue.
Middle school was a gauntlet of
bullying and gossip for a chubby kid,
but even when I waddled my rotund
fgure into the bathroom I would
Tere is a mathematical equation that
almost everyone knows, but hardly
anyone wants to solve. It’s called the
‘when was I conceived’ equation, and
it involves tracing back nine months
or so from your birthday to identify
the general time-frame wherein a
romantic evening brought you into
existence. Perhaps it was punctuated
with fowers, or two glasses of red
wine, or a bubble bath, but let’s not
talk about it.
My beginning was, by my best
guess, sometime in January 1988 —
just a week or two before a ruling
was announced in R. v. Morgentaler,
the case wherein legal action called
into question the constitutionality
of the Canadian legal system
regarding abortion. Te ruling from
the Supreme Court of Canada on
January 28 of that year found that the
section of the criminal code regarding
abortion regulation in Canada was,
indeed, fawed.
What happened next was, well,
nothing much. Te ruling from the
Supreme Court had eliminated the
Abortion and the tests of tolerance
restrictive force of the law, but stayed
out of the redrafting process, on the
one hand stating “Te interpretive
approach to the Charter adopted by
this court afords no support for the
entrenchment of a constitutional
right of abortion,” but then qualifying
it with “it is unnecessary for the
purpose of deciding this appeal to
evaluate or assess ‘foetal rights’ as an
independent constitutional value.”
So where did that leave Canada?
It left us with a redrafting of the law
that died on a tie vote in the Senate.
Since then, there has been no law
regarding abortion. Abortions can be
carried out legally at any point and for
any reason during a pregnancy. Tere
are somewhere around 100,000 per
year in Canada. Te legal freedom
doesn’t necessarily make abortion
universally accessible, though.
Tere are provincial regulations and
diferences on issues like access and
payment.
An Angus Reid poll from August
showed that Canadians apparently
have all sorts of mixed opinions about
abortion. For example, over half
of us think that abortion is legally
restricted to the frst trimester. But,
like our parents’ romantic evenings,
we’d prefer not to talk about it. Over
half think the debate should remain
Martin Wightman
Argosy Columnist
closed. However, only one in fve
Canadians is actually aware of the
true nature of abortion regulations
and laws in Canada.
Tis suggests to me that we need
to be careful. It can be dangerous to
put any issue permanently ‘of-limits.’
In a sense, it’s irrelevant that most
Canadians prefer not to reopen the
debate, because that’s not how we
decide what we can talk about. But,
you may ask, how do we decide?
Te Charter — the document that
in a sense initiated full-scale legal
abortion in Canada — guarantees
freedom of conscience and freedom
of thought, belief, opinion, and
expression, and freedom of the press.
(Granted, certain legal limits on our
freedom of speech exist, but I would
respectfully suggest that they do not
apply here.)
I can easily recognize why it is
such a volatile issue: the stakes are
extraordinarily high on both sides.
Each side can, in their own view,
couch their argument in terms of
‘rights.’ So in a certain sense, it gets
discussed; it just doesn’t tend to be an
open or informed discussion.
But it is precisely our ability to
allow open, informed, non-violent
discussion (from any perspective)
about volatile issues that is the test of
our tolerance. Canadians ought to be
mature enough to sufciently educate
themselves, usefully debate an issue,
and, through established, agreed-
upon democratic means, implement
or choose not to implement
legislation within the parameters
set for legislation that exist in the
constitution, particularly the Charter.
So, Canada, are we truly tolerant
of open debate, or do we restrict our
tolerance to opinions that are easy to
tolerate?
“Do” of the Week...
By Rena Thomas
Name: Cindy Ochieng
Area of study: Fourth Year Biology and
Anthropology
What is your inspiration? Colour and
contrasting things
How many pairs of PJs do you own? Three
Favorite Disney movie? “The Lion King“
Sparkle or raindrop? Sparkle because they
shine
do a quick Herculean pose before I
jumped into the shower. Now, after
I’ve lost nearly ffty pounds, I can
not help but admire my new fgure
(which is in no way perfect, nor does
it resemble the likes of Matt Damon’s
or Hugh Jackman’s bods....much).
It’s exhilarating to admire my body.
It’s powerful and energizing. And
more importantly, it gives me the
confdence to continue my day.
So I have a message to all the girls
out there who think they don’t look
beautiful.
You ladies are beautiful. Te
perfume you wear, the way you
toss your hair across your face, the
innocent smile you give, the swing
in your step, your mesmerizing eyes,
THE CURVES, your gorgeous
skin, be it pearl white, rosy hued, or
freckled. All of it, it works on us guys.
And we are so taken back by it that
all we can manage is a quick, manly
grunt and we go on our merry way
blushing like a ripe tomato.
No one is perfect. And for every
guy that doesn’t respond to your
feminine wiles, there are fve others
staring at you from across the room
trying to get you to turn their way.
Love your bodies, because they are
simply amazing.
Meanwhile I’m going to strut my
stuf next time I catch myself in the
mirror. And when I have a daughter
and she asks, “Daddy, can we go to
the beach today?” I’ll respond, “Not
until you tell yourself you’re beautiful
in every way.”
Beauty is much more than skin deep
Sue Johanson, famous for her “Sex with Sue“ series, often challenges stereotypes regarding our bodies.
Internet Photo/Gavel
Internet Photo/SFU
Rena Tomas
The Argosy www.argosy.ca
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OPINIONS & EDITORIALS
Dear Editor,
After the Great War, the Alumni and
Alumnae Societies resolved “an efort
should be made to erect a library as a
memorial to the loyalty and heroism
of Mount Allison men and women
in the war. No greater service could
be done for Mount Allison than to
provide such a memorial building.
Te Mount Allison boys who are
out there ‘in Flanders felds’ to stay
deserve all the honours a grateful
country can bestow on them.” It was
a time of grief and fnancial difculty,
but fnally in 1927, under the
presidency of Dr. George Trueman,
the Memorial Library was completed.
For forty years this bold edifce
served as the library and heart of the
university. For the last forty years
the Memorial Library has been part
of the student centre known as the
University Centre. Tere are several
reasons why Mt. A should repurpose
the Memorial Library to be part of a
contemporary Fine and Performing
Arts Centre.
1 Te Memorial Library is
its legacy, one of only six heritage
buildings that remain on the main
campus, and one that writes in
physical form a heroic chapter in the
history of Mt. A.
2 Te Memorial Library is the
keystone of the campus that Sir
Charles G D Roberts referred to
as “the most beautiful campus that
I know in Canada.  It is the most
picturesque, varied and well-treed
campus I have seen in Canada.” 
3 Te Memorial Library was
conceived and constructed as a
memorial to the seventy-three
members of the Allisonian family
who made the ultimate sacrifce
during the Great War. It has stood
proudly on the campus for over eighty
years in honour of its brave heroes.
4       Te Memorial Library is an
architectural treasure, designed by
“one of Canada’s great architects,”
Andrew Randall Cobb. Its Tudor
Revival exterior envelops a grand
reading room, the most impressive
interior space on campus. 
5 Conservation of the Memorial
Library refects the necessity in
this age to be good stewards of our
planet. Mt. A has an environmental
responsibility to recycle and repurpose
its older buildings to provide sound
functional use. Sustainability includes
a social and cultural consideration.
6 Te residents of Sackville have a
degree of ownership in the Memorial
Library. For several generations it
has been a signifcant object in the
streetscape of the town, standing
frmly on the campus edge as a
reliable marker on the well-traveled
Main Street.
7    Te Memorial Library would
bring a lyrical air to the composition
of a contemporary Fine and
Performing Arts Centre. It would
enrich the educational experiences
of future generations of students
and enhance the imagery of
a gateway building desired
to be the refection of a
progressive educational
institution. 
8    Te Memorial
Dear Editor,
 
I remember spinning vinyl at CHMA
in the 1970s in a tiny but adequate
studio at the top foor of the Memorial
Library building. It is strange and odd
that we should be having a discussion
at all about this seemingly under-
used and elderly building on Mt. A’s
Campus. It has been characterized as
an old, dilapidated building after all.
What actions should we be taking
to encourage a better re-use of this
building?  Would its parts be better
sold of to a real estate developer
who could use some of that precious
antique hand-quarried sandstone for
some of their upscale clients?  Should
we consign parts to create a “folly”
like the MacKenzie King Estate in
Gatineau, Quebec?  Or, should we
instead take a braver path?  I have
lived in both small towns and large
cities and have seen the ruin that can
become of beautiful historic buildings
when decisions based on convenience
or greed rather than preservation and
Dear Editor,
I write in response to Hannah
Saunders’s recent article entitled “My
body’s nobody’s but mine?” Saunders
explains the allegations that “Bodies…
Te Exhibition,” which displays
plastinated (preserved via plastics)
human cadavers, has unethically used
the bodies of people that may not
have consented to such treatment. I
take no issue with the article’s points
about Premier Exhibition’s history of
failing to document proof of consent,
and the possible involvement of
human rights abuse in China. All
reasonable people should agree that
only those who have consented
to plastination and display should
receive such treatment. In that vein,
I would suggest that people who are
interested in seeing such an exhibit
look into “Body Worlds,” which is the
frst such program and has a strong
history of proof of consent.
While the article states, “Tis
exhibition might have some
educational content for the general
public” I would like to contend
that these exhibits ofer incredible
educational benefts. In the same
way that learning more about how
your car’s engine works would lead
to better maintenance, learning about
how your body functions ofers the
chance to be a better caretaker of
your own health and safety. In a
Library is the only building on
campus that is entrenched in the
memories of all Mt. A alumni living
today. For its eighty years, frst as the
library and later as part of the student
centre, it has been the social heart
of the campus, where many a Mt. A
friendship was fostered.
9    Mt. A is known as a school
that teaches respect and cherishes
its traditions; surely Mt. A does not
knock down its history.
10 Te best reason for the
conservation of the Memorial
Library was related to me in a recent
conversation with a delightful fourth
year music student. During her stay
at Mt. A she has performed several
times in Windsor Teatre and is very
familiar with the Memorial Library.
Her comment to me was: “Mt. A is
special because there is so much
history …if you take down
that old building it is like
taking away some of
the *magic*.”  She said
it perfectly.
restoration are made.    
Most places in Canada require
that any development of property
deemed to be of architectural and
historical value (this  building’s bona
fdes speak for themselves) should
include signifcant elements of
the  historic property.  Tis would
mean preservation of a facade and/or
other unique elements, all the while
developing behind, above or around
the historic property.  Tis may
require a partial destruction of parts
of the building to better “envelop”
this gem of history. On a project
of this  scale, to argue that a couple
of million dollars might be added
to the  project, and this somehow
gives the planners the moral right
to tear down the whole building, is
indeed a red herring. Cost over-runs
generated by construction delays will
be more costly than that!
Would Chancellor Mansbridge be
interested to know that CHMA had
a long run in the Memorial Library
building or that many of Canada’s
most talented performers entertained
thousands at its pubs and cofee
houses?  We should all be caring
enough to ensure that this most elder
and stately memorial of the fallen is
not consigned to the rock crusher or
made into some ornamental feature
next to the pond!  In truth, none
of us “owned” the school when we
attended.  We paid for the privilege
of attending.  We did however, along
with many alumni, invest in the care
and upkeep of all buildings, included
this star-crossed one. Tis is why we
all should care.
Te smart advice is to listen to the
local architect who wants to save what
is to all of us a gem of memory in
sandstone.  Please decide in favour of
keeping this wonderful old building
as part of the new Fine Arts space. 
Lorey Miller
world so closely monitoring health
and wellness, this type of knowledge
is valuable. I have had the beneft of
working with cadavers, learning from
people who donated their bodies to
science and medicine. It is always
a tremendous experience. I have
also viewed interactive displays of
plastinated bodies, and they are the
closest thing to a standard cadaver the
general public can access. To dismiss
them as gawk-fodder is disrespectful
to those that would learn from them,
and to the people who made such a
signifcant donation.
Al Mac Farlane
Dear Editor,
On behalf of the Health Matters
Society I would like to thank all
of those who kindly donated to
our AIDS awareness campaign on
December 1 (World AIDS Day).
With all your spare change and in
only a short period of time, we raised
$56.39. Tis money was donated to
CANFAR, the Canadian Research
Fund for AIDS/HIV. CANFAR has
had many breakthroughs in research
including, but not limited to, the
discovery of the antiretroviral cocktail
and reduction of transmission rates
between an HIV-positive mother and
her baby. CANFAR also takes these
breakthrough technologies to other
countries, such as Africa, to work with
children afected with HIV/AIDS.
Every little bit of money raised makes
a diference so thank-you once again
for in participating in our campaign.
For more information on CANFAR
and AIDS/HIV research visit www.
canfar.com.
Jenn MacKenzie,
Chair of Health Matters Society
2010-2011.
Internet Photo/Bodies
Ainslie Moss
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with the SAC
elections?
Were they fair and
balanced?
Write opinions@
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FEATURES January 27, 2011 features@argosy.ca
As the winter term picks up pace,
hurtling us deeper into assignments
and somehow leaving us feeling as
though we are already charging into
busy, academic mayhem, we can lose
sight of things outside of class and
assignments. But keep your head
up – C3 is headed our way! Te
Campus Climate Challenge (C3) is
just around the corner, taking place
throughout the month of February.
Mount Allison University‘s
EcoAction group has been holding
C3 for fve years, with the goal of the
inter-residence competition being to
conserve the most energy. Bennet and
Bigelow residences won the last C3
with a thirty-four per cent reduction
of energy consumption.
Te winning residence not only
gains campus bragging rights but also
a prize awarded by EcoAction with
the help of Facilities Management.
Last year, much debate was held
over the mysterious “goat” prize that
was advertised. Tis year’s prize will
be a cofeehouse for the winning
residence – you provide the talent,
and EcoAction will provide the funky
venue, treats, and door prizes.
Rosalind Crump
Argosy Contributor
C3 returns with a new twist
Tis year, the Campus Climate Challange goes Maritime
Strategies for conserving energy
have included a variety of options
from diligently switching of all
electronics, swearing of the use of
elevators for the month of C3, and
even stretch as far as taking cold
showers at top speed to save on heat.
Each year, Mt. A students continue
to increase the levels of energy
conserved during this month-long
challenge, the impacts of which are
felt and appreciated by the university.
Academic buildings will also be
pitted against one another, and the
university departments are invited
to challenge one another in attempts
to conserve the most energy. Te
winning department will also receive
a prize. Te event will kickof on
February 1 with a meal of all local
food and a movie at Jennings from
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Te cost for of-
campus dwellers is six dollars or fve
dollars with Mountie Money.
With the help of the
Environmental Trust Fund of the
New Brunswick government, C3 has
gone Maritime. Tis year EcoAction
is extending the Campus Climate
Challenge to universities across the
East Coast. As a result, not only will
Mt. A be competing within its own
community, but the stakes have been
raised to outdo the other campuses
in the creativity of ideas to conserve
energy. Te winning Maritime C3
campus will be voted on according to
photos illustrating the ingenious and
creative conservation tactics posted
on the website. Everyone is invited to
vote; for more information visit www.
mta.ca/c3.
C3 doesn’t end on campus, there
is also opportunity for students of
campus to get involved. EcoAction
has some treats for everyone who
participates. Tey encourage everyone
to try switching of power bars at
night, showering in the dark, draping
your laundry across your room to air-
dry, and feel free to come up with
your own ideas on how to conserve
energy and join in the challenge.
5 ways to conserve energy
1. Unplug all your appliances when you are not using them.
2. Turn of the water in the shower while you lather up.
3. Turn of the lights everytime you leave the room.
4. Hang your clothes to air dry instead of using the dryer.
5. Wash your clothes in cold water.
Argosy Photo Archives
This year students across the Maritimes will participate in C3 by
making moves to conserve energy in their homes and on campuses.
Rosalind Crump
Students try a variety of tactics to conserve energy for C3 at Mt. A.
Trough Stained Glass
Rev. John Perkin
University Chaplain
As we approach African Heritage/
Black History Month my mind
turns again to the great leader of the
American civil rights movement, the
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A
new biography was recently released
on King, the author suggesting a
new biography was warranted in
order to more fully explore King not
just as a civil rights leader, but as a
spiritual leader.
We often forget that King was an
ordained minister, and served a pulpit
in Atlanta as preacher and pastor;
his leadership and his oratory in
the civil rights movement emerged
from his deep personal faith and
c o mmi t me n t
to the church.
King is, for
me, one of the
great “protestant
saints”, one of
those individuals
who, out of
his faith and
c ommi t me nt ,
a c t e d
c our a ge ous l y
and boldly,
accomplishing great things for
people.
I have often thought I would
like to put together an inspirational
volume about some of the great
men and women of faith who are,
in the real, but not the specifc
or Roman Catholic sense of the
word, saints of the church. I might
explore the lives of people like John
Wesley, the Methodist evangelist of
the eighteenth century, and Albert
Schweitzer, the biblical scholar
who turned to medicine to practice
what he believed, moving to serve
among the people of Africa. I
would include Toyohiko Kagawa,
the Japanese Christian who worked
among the poor of Osaka to form
labour unions, to save unwanted
children, and who chose to live in
poverty among people who were
impoverished.
Closer to home, I might include
Tommy Douglas, the Baptist
minister in western Canada who
acted on his beliefs to build a better
way of doing things, founding the
CCF, the forerunner to the NDP.
Tere are many more, theologians,
writers and artists, dreamers and
doers, people whose lives have
epitomized a commitment and a
practice that has set them apart, and
whose lives are witness not only to
faith but to the fully engaged life to
which faith calls us.
In fact, if I were to write of the
saints in my life, many of the names
would be unknown to most people.
Te list of saints would include
those who have in their own way
accomplished signifcant things
at the local level, in their own
way making a diference to their
communities and to lives around
them, based on their own witness
and understanding of the urging of
God in their lives.
Tere is biblical precedence for
overlooking some of the heroes,
or saints, of faith; in the New
Testament letter to the Hebrews,
the author writes of Noah,
Abraham, Isaac, Moses, and then
goes on to write “what more should
I say? Time would fail me to tell of
Gideon, Barak, Samson...” Barak
is the unsung hero; we all know of
Gideon and
Samson.
A n y o n e
who has
opened the
drawer of the
bedside table
in a hotel can
tell you that
Gideon is not
an unknown
name, known
for his
leadership of the Israelite forces in
the period of the judges, and for
refusing to be acclaimed as king.
Samson is known for his great
strength, and the ability to yield
a weapon still used in war and
politics: the jawbone of an ass.
But Barak ... who knows Barak?
Despite his accomplishments
in battle, all that is recorded in
Hebrews is that “time would fail
me to tell....” Te Book of Judges
records his military deeds, under
the direction of the prophetess
Deborah, and then records that
Barak and Deborah sang a song of
victory on that day – but the song
has been passed on in scripture
and in tradition as Deborah’s
song. Barak is the unknown, and
there are many in faith who have
accomplished great things, but are
not remembered.
I can certainly think back to
the church I grew up in; some of
the saints there will not be known
beyond that community, but they
made a signifcant diference to my
life and others. Tere may be saints
in your background, outstanding
individuals who by faith or service
have made a diference and made
the world a better place. Tere may
even be a Barak or two, an unknown
or unsung saint, on the campus. I
will be watching for them, through
stained glass.
There may be saints
in your background,
outstanding
individuals who by
faith or service have...
made the world a
better place
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9
FEATURES
As you enter Dr. Aiken’s ofce, your
eye is met with some very intriguing
pieces of furniture and some unique
decorations. Among these is a large
tapestry of bears frolicking in the
woods, which hangs behind Dr.
Aiken’s desk, something his aunt gave
to him when he was younger and
which he has held onto ever since.
As a young boy, Dr. Aiken enjoyed
collecting frogs and toads, and it
was his love of nature which made
the study of biology a natural ft for
him. Now he teaches marine biology,
animal behaviour, and other such
courses at Mount Allison.
Where did you complete your
undergraduate?
I went down to the States for my
undergraduate. I was in the University
of Maryland. At the time, all told,
Maryland was about 60,000 students;
it was huge. It was quite a bit more
impersonal. We wouldn't have dared
to go see a professor until about third
year, and even then you had to make
an appointment with the department
secretaries to see a professor. It was
during the middle of the Vietnam
war too. Quite a turbulent time on
the campuses: a lot of upset and
rioting and tear gas and all sorts
of good things, so it was a strange
time to be in university. I fnished
up my undergraduate with National
Guard troops on all the doors of the
buildings, guarding them. It was a
very strange experience, especially for
a Canadian.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Scarborough. When
we frst moved to Scarborough, it
was farm country, and then it became
suburbia. My father was a printer.
He was the one who pushed all the
kids to university because that was
what he thought was the best route to
having a good life.
What is a favourite childhood
memory?
I guess the strongest thing is that
we used to spend summers up on
Lake Huron. Te beaches and the
water—essentially out of the city in
nature, really.
What do you do for relaxation?
Well I have two large dogs that
I like playing around with. When
I have time, I do carpentry and
woodworking. I built our frst set of
living room furniture. I am presently
in the process of building my own
workshop.
What type of music do you listen
to?
Oh anything. I have a fairly wide
taste. I guess my least favourite would
be things like opera; I just don't get
it. Te best music is the stuf you had
when you were about twenty, so the
late 1960s and 1970s stuf—all that
rock era. My iPod here has everything
from Willie Nelson to Gregorian
chant.
What country would you like to
visit someday and why?
I would like to visit Italy, Greece,
and North Africa—around the
Mediterranean there—mostly for the
historical and archaeological aspect.
If your house were on fre, what
would you grab on the way out?
Assuming my wife could get out
on her own, I'd make sure my dogs
were out.
What is one thing you would
encourage your students to do?
If something grabs your interest,
take a shot at it. Students come to
me and say, “I’d like to do this, but
I’d never get accepted.” I tell them,
“Go for it.” If it’s something you're
applying to, that is someone else’s
decision to make and not yours, so
give it a shot.
Andrew Nicol
Argosy Correspondent
Portrait of a professor: Dr. Akin
Bernard Soubry
Argosy Contributor
Know your nation. Tis mantra will
be a key focus for Mount Allison’s
Model United Nations members.
Hosted by McGill Model UN
(McMUN) in the Sheraton Resort,
delegates representing assigned
countries will arrive and
attend multiple sessions.
Tere, teams will discuss
current issues facing
the UN and attempt
to fnd a solution that
best promotes their
assigned country’s
needs.
Mt. A’s MUN
Vice President,
Amanda Bergmann,
shared information
on the group’s focus
points for the 2011
conference. Bergmann
explained that due to the
team’s large member count
(nineteen students this year
while past conferences attracted
only seven to ten Mt. A participants),
delegates will be representing a
combination of several member
states, NGOs, and specifc council
members.
In early December, the Allisonian
troop received their roles and country
assignments. “Within the next
few weeks background guides and
specifc positions were given to each
delegate so that they could narrow
their research to relevant topics,”
Bergmann explained. It is imperative
for the delegates to learn as much
as possible about the issued subject
during this allotted time in order to
triumph over competing schools such
as Harvard and Yale.
While Benin and the Bahamas
will be represented by most of Mt. A’s
group, four students will be sitting on
the NGO Forum as representatives of
the International Rescue Committee.
Bergmann reported that each of the
four students will be covering one
of the following: Netherlands in
the Arctic Council, NHL Board of
Governors as a representative of the
Pittsburgh Penguins, MOSSAD, and
fnally, WADA as a representative
from the International Olympics
Committee.
When asked about the reward
for victory, Bergmann joked, “Tere
is no prize other than bragging
rights.” However, she expressed the
true benefts of winning, by adding
that, “an award refects well on the
represented university, as it shows
that the university’s students are
applying their classroom education
to real-world purposes successfully.”
She continued to explain that
coming out frst in a competition is
always impressive on a resume, not
to mention an excellent way to form
social networks and advantageous
connections for future career
prospects in UN afliated careers.
McGill University has been hosting
annual McMUN conferences since
1990. McMUN’s staf—over 350
McGill students—welcomes 1,400-
2,000 participants from eighty-
fve universities around the world.
Tough 2011 marks McMUN’s
twenty-frst year of operation, no one
knows exactly how the concept
of Model UN (MUN) came
into existence.
Signs of student-run
simulations began in
the 1920s, before
the UN itself was
ofcially founded.
Beginning as a
group of students
organizing mock-
discussions about
global issues,
MUN became a
conference that is
recognized world-
wide today. Tere
are now an estimated
400 MUN conferences
per year, according to the
organization’s main web source.
While McGill may be renowned
for its ability to host McMUN year
after year, Mt. A has a pride of its own.
In 2006, a Mt. A student competed
in the Canadian International
Model United Nations conference in
Ottawa and brought home the prize.
Charlene Taylor was awarded “Best
Delegate” for her in-depth research
and understanding of her assigned-
nation’s dilemma.
On January 26, Mt. A’s delegates
left for Montreal, the famous
nightlife hotspot of la belle province.
Te McMUN conference will run
January 27-30.
Anissa Stambouli
Features Writer
Mount Allison’s Model UN team competes in the big city
Wanted: your junk
Freecycle.org opens group in Sackville
Andrew Nicol
Internet Photo/UCCS
Freecycling will be a
great way for students
to obtain furniture and
other awesome things!
Emily Mann
Second year student
Sackville has a time-honoured
tradition of garbage pickups: every
fall and spring sees students and
townspeople alike wandering the
streets in pickup trucks, looking for
furniture and hidden treasures from
one's proverbial trash.
But what about the time in
between? How do you get rid of that
chair that's been hanging around
your back room, or fnd a cheap
table for your new apartment? Some
have found the answer by trying to
Freecycle.
Freecycle.org, a
website that has
existed in large
cities since 2003,
has opened an
online chapter
in Sackville,
allowing residents
and Mount
Allison University
students to
exchange goods through its forum.
Founded by Darren Beal, Freecycle
has 4,909 groups with a total of
8,103,367 members across the globe.
It is non-proft, free to join, and
regulated by volunteers.
Freecycling follows a simple
concept: if you don't want it, someone
else probably does. And if you
want something, it's probable that
someone's got one—and that they
don't want it anymore. So add the
Internet into the equation, and you
get a remarkable tool: a site to give
and take stuf for free.
Following a few simple rules, no
payments, no lying about items, and
no dangerous materials, the chapter
works like an online forum. If a
member has a couch that they don't
want, for example, they can post it up
for ofer on the site; another member
who wants it can claim it and come
pick it up.
Freecycle is a project based in
communities. While many people
would turn to Kijiji or the Salvation
Army to fnd what they need or get
rid of unwanted goods, Freecycle
allows people to do this in their
community without any cost.
Joining the Freecycle movement
allows students and townspeople
to inexpensively obtain furniture,
utensils, video games, and
assortments of oddities—known as
“grab boxes”—while kicking a whole
lot less stuf to the curb. “Tere aren't
too many retail options in Sackville,”
says Emily Mann,
a second-year
Envi ronment al
Studies student.
“Freecycling will
be a great way for
students to obtain
furniture and
other awesome
things!”
With so many
students moving into Sackville in
September and moving back out at
the end of May Freecycle ofers an
innovative way to save money while
being environmentally friendly.
“It's a really easy way not to buy
things”, say Rosalind Crump, another
second-year student. “Especially if
you're already spending money paying
rent and tuition,” Brie Nelson adds.
Any Sackville resident who wishes
to join can create an account at www.
freecycle.org, then search the site
for Sackville, NB and begin posting
almost immediately.
More information can be obtained
at www.freecycle.org, or at the
Sackville group: http://tinyurl.com/
SackvilleFreecycle.
Watch out McMUN
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January 27, 2011 features@argosy.ca
FEATURES
Continued from cover
Ian Smillie talks to students about a controversial practice
Emily Lewis
Ian Smillie was the key note speaker at the recent ATLIS conference
at Mt. A. He spoke on the issue of confict driven by blood diamonds.
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Cosmopolitan Magazine is
known to many women, and
some men too, as a great source of
advice about sex and relationships.
However, the suggestions of
things to try in the bedroom (or
other various places) that Cosmo
gives are not always good...
actually, sometimes they are
downright awful. Here at the Sex
Bomb we are always encouraging
people to experiment and try new
things, however we do not suggest
anything that could be painful,
or cause a potential hospital visit.
Tis week the Sex Bomb presents
Cosmo's worst sex advice: a list of
things you should NEVER do in
bed.
Te hurtful hand-job: Cosmo
has put out a lot of advice on how
people can
give their
partners a
unique twist
on a hand-
job, however
this piece
of advice
i n v o l v e s
a twist
(literally) that would bring any
man to tears. Te suggestion
went something like this; hold
your man's penis with two fsts
and instead of rubbing up and
down like you normally might,
hold frmly and twist your fsts.
In opposite directions. First of all
unless you have really tiny fsts or
your man is very well endowed
(and if that's the case, lucky you!)
chances are you are not going to
be able to ft both your fsts on
his penis. But more importantly,
twisting your fsts in opposite
directions like that on someone's
arm would be painful, I don't
think we even need to imagine
what it would feel like on a penis.
Just don't do it.
Pepper: According to Cosmo
sneezing it a little bit like having
an orgasm. It's kind of true,
who doesn't love a good sneeze,
however, I'm sure most of us
would prefer not to sneeze during
sex. Cosmo suggests combining a
sneeze with an orgasm could make
it absolutely mind blowing. How
do they suggest you make this
happen? Well by sprinkling some
pepper under your partners nose
just as they are about to come. It's
true, I kid you not. Tink about it
this way, when you're having sex
you're about as close to a person
as you can get, where do you think
they're going to sneeze? Yup, right
on you, nothing says sexy like spit
and mucus.
I love (to hurt) you: Cosmo
has suggested that when doing
it missionary style you should
use your fngernails to “etch” the
words I love you into you partners
back so they can read it in the
mirror later. Yes, some people
like sex a little
rough and
some scratches
can happen in
the heat of the
moment, but,
this is extreme.
First of all you
have to scratch
pretty hard to
leave a mark that your partner will
be able to see later. Second of all,
even if your partner would enjoy
this, the amount of coordination
it would take to write that legibly
is ridiculous, not to mention your
partner will most likely get really
confused about why exactly you
are putting such random scratches
in their back.
Knot a good idea: Cosmo
recently suggested a new way to
experiment with the basic sex
position, girl on top. Tey say to
take a scarf and tie it in a knot
around your man’s balls and penis
and then get on top, apparently
the knot helps stimulate clitoraly.
I can’t imagine too many men
want anything tied around that
area, even for a sexual purpose.
Also, the scarf would probably act
something like a towel and take
away any natural lubricant which
could potentially cause some nasty
chafng.
adhere to strict laws in order to ensure
a confict-free diamond trade.
“Te KP is quite good,” Smillie said.
“It’s really ingenious. It’s voluntary,
but you have to be in if you’ve got any
kind of diamond industry, otherwise
you’re going to be working in the
outside gray or illegal trade.”
But even the most promising
plans can fall through. With twenty
tons of diamonds being mined per
year, tracking each individual gem is
no easy task. Smillie, a cornerstone
of the KP, recently resigned due to
a loss of faith in the organization’s
standards. “I left the KP with a bang,”
he comments. “I made quite a lot of
noise about it and I’ve been talking
about it ever since.”
According to Smillie, holes in the
KP’s morality frst emerged during
the communication confict with
Venezuela. “Venezuela just fell right
of the radar,” Smillie said regretfully.
Te government stopped issuing KP
certifcates and ceased reporting their
annual production statistics to the KP,
as if they had withdrawn from the
diamond trade entirely.
At frst the KP assumed that the
government had lost interest in the
trade, or lost control over its authority.
However, further investigation
uncovered unsettling news. “One
hundred per cent of Venezuela’s mined
diamonds were being smuggled out,”
Smillie declared. “[Te Venezuelan
government] simply wasn’t paying
attention [to monitoring smuggled
diamonds] anymore.” After heated
discussion, it was concluded that the
KP would not expel Venezuela from
the organization. Instead, the nation
was placed on a two-year suspension
period during which time they were
expected to “get their house in order”.
Te issue with Venezuela was strike
one for Smillie, who believed that by
failing to take action, the KP was
indirectly endorsing the smuggling
of diamonds. Strike two occurred
eighteen months ago in Zimbabwe. A
diamond rush was discovered in the
land and citizens fooded the area with
sparkles in their eyes. Te government
of Zimbabwe was determined to
uphold its commitment to the KP.
In order to protect the regulation of
diamonds and prevent people from
stealing and smuggling unmarked
gems, the government released
their air force power. Two hundred
artisanal diamond diggers were shot.
Beatings, theft, and rape of civilians
ensued.
But since Zimbabwe, technically,
hadn’t ofended its relationship
with the KP, its government wasn’t
reprimanded. According to Smillie,
the KP doesn’t include human
rights in its minimum standards for
They say to take a scarf
and tie it in a knot
around your man’s balls
and penis...
participating countries to abide by.
Smillie and concerned NGOs had
a mouthful to say in protest to the
gruesome event:
“Countries that don’t have a
good human rights record in the
KP should be taken to task. And in
the case of Zimbabwe, there was
major smuggling—no rule of law,”
he argued. “We said that Zimbabwe
should be expelled—it should be
suspended from the KP. Tat didn’t
happen, [...] and Zimbabwe continues
to export diamonds today.”
To conclude his reasons for leaving
the KP, Smillie fnished, “Te KP
was simply covering up a lot of bad
things that were going on, and in the
case of Zimbabwe, you clearly have
blood diamonds. It hadn’t occurred to
us that a member government would
actually kill people in order to enforce
the KP which is all about stopping
the killing of people. Te logic doesn’t
scan.”
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A confict diamond is one that is mined in an area controlled by illegal groups and then traded to fund
hostility against civilians or government. Diamonds worn across the globe can be connected to conficts.
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HUMOUR January 27, 2011 humour@argosy.ca
So you think
you know
Mt. A...
Q: With all of the concerts going on it got me thinking: is there ever a
time and place for crowd surfng...when you’re not a rock star?
A. Geof Hutchinson:
Great question. I too sometimes have
the urge to throw myself into a crowd
of strangers, who have no regard for
my personal space and relative well-
being, hoping beyond hope that
they’re going to catch me safely and
not just let me eat asphalt.
I personally don’t see a reason
why you can’t crowd surf any time,
anywhere there’s a crowd. Would your
high school graduation not have been
better if you could have been handed
your diploma, followed quickly by a
quick kick to that moronic principal’s
genitals, some hilarious one-liner
and then a running dive into the
waiting arms of your now-adoring
class mates? Or maybe you went to
the clinic, and the doctor tells you
that it’s actually not herpes? I’d say
that’s a situation that calls for you
to sprint into the waiting room and
jump directly at the gaggle of elderly
woman in the corner, right? Tey look
Do you pee in the shower?
Casey: Yes, it’s actually quite eco-friendly and progressive. Google Brazil’s Pee in
the Shower Ad campaign, you’ll see.
Emily: Many people even drink the “midstream of their morning pee” and call
it urine therapy…I don’t go that far.
Describe your frst kiss.
Casey: I am not sure what her name was. I prefer anonymity and a lack of
emotional connection… knowing a person’s name kind of ruins it for me.
Emily: It was in a coat closet in kindergarten…I can’t remember his name…oh
dear, setting a bad precedent early.
Have you ever woken yourself up from a fart?
Casey: No, I have the uncanny ability to sleep through most things, including
fre alarms but excluding my roommate having sex.
Emily: I didn’t know that could even happen until Noah cared to share with us
the fact that he has woken up repeatedly from violent farts, so no.
Do you pick your nose?
Casey: No, I fnd that too disgusting and plebeian… that’s why I get the maid
to do it for me.
Emily: …with a tissue? Sometimes it’s necessary. But on the whole, not
frequently.
Would we date each other?
Casey: I am not the dating type. I am more of a wham, bam, you’re welcome
ma’am type of guy. It’s nothing personal, Emily, but this tiger refuses to be
chained down.
Emily: I’m holding out for Eric Bana…sorry Casey.
Do we fnd Noah attractive?
Casey: Noah’s not really my type. I like my men like I like my cofee: dark,
strong, and ready to go. Unfortunately for Noah he is Asian and currently
limping, thus he fails two out of three of the requirements.
Emily: Well, now that I know about Noah’s violent farts, no.
Isabel Turk
sprightly, and you’ve been dieting. I’m
sure it’ll be just like jumping into
the crowd of twenty-somethings at
Warped Tour.
A word of warning; Crowd surfng
technically isn’t even really welcome
at concerts (ever try to reason with
one of those security guys? Tey will
beat you in the face as a WARNING),
so doing it in public places that aren’t
usually privy to crowds or surfng may
get you some strange looks, jail time
and a new girlfriend by the name of
Crusher. Surf Accordingly.
A. Sean Baker:
No. Tere isn’t. Only certifed rock
stars are allowed to engage in this
activity, for only certifed rock stars
are deaf, intoxicated, and drug-addled
enough to believe that surfng on
people is a good idea. Also, they
have proper training and certifcation.
Years ago, an amateur who lacked
this training literally picked up a
surfboard and fung himself onto a
crowd of people. Several were injured
and the surfboard was irreparably
damaged. Since this incident, crowd
surfng has been strictly monitored.
If you are interested in becoming
a certifed crowd surfer, you must
pass a written exam to prove that you
are a rock star (example questions
include: “What are your feelings on
the establishment?” “Defne: groupie”
and “How many litres of alcohol do
you consume daily?”) before enrolling
in a two-year course on the physics,
anthropology, musicology, sociology,
and psychology of crowd surfng.
Only then will you be qualifed
to throw yourself onto a crowd of
strangers who will grope and/or
pickpocket you. What fun!
Should you attempt to crowd surf
without proper certifcation, the
Board of Xtreme Xports (BXX) will
fnd you, and imprison you. Do not
tempt them. Tey are everywhere.
Ask the Exprts
ACROSS
2. Last word of acronym MASSIE
4. Campus Climate _
6. Te largest lecture hall on campus
7. Floor of the library with blue carpet
9. Annual music festival organized by CHMA
12. Largest party of the year
14. Last word over the athletic center
15. Te Owens is the _ art gallery in Canada
17. One of Mt. A’s colors
18. A Mt. A notable graduate
DOWN
1. Mt. A ofers certifcates in
3. Te objects Mt. A founder Charles Frederick
Allison’s family ofended Irish tax collectors with
5. Mt. A has produced more numbers of _ per capita
than any other university in the Commonwealth
7. Mt. A’s bilingual theatre troupe
8. Name of Mt. A’s observatory
10. Mt. A’s international house
11. Legend of Hart Hall
13. First female graduate of Mt. A
16. Location of the physics department
Since we’re still fairly new to the Argosy, Casey
and I agreed to answer a few or our fellow editors’
questions. We learned a bit about them as well...
With Geof and Sean
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CENTREFOLD
Peter Bohan
Sackville’s own began the night with acoustic guitar and harmonica.
Bohan’s songs, as he tells in his banter, are drawn from his experiences of
moving between Ottawa and Sackville, being sorely left by his ex for an
older lawyer, and serving cofee to yuppies. His lyrics often deal with the
complications that arise from living in two places; his songs are full of love
and loss, train whistles, and people growing apart. His set was well received
and seemed to ft nicely into the cozy atmosphere that the Vogue provided.
- Becky Martin
El Ron Maltan
I felt truly sorry for the poor drummer of this duo. He had to sit helplessly
and watch as the guitarist/ lead singer tuned his guitar between EVERY
song while muttering incoherent phrases into the microphone. While
the genre of music would be most easily classifed as rock, they did try to
play a somewhat more avant garde piece, which ran far too long and was
painful to listen to. Anytime there were lyrics in a song it was difcult to
resist squirming in discomfort. Te lead singer even said it himself, “this
microphone has an aversion to my voice, it keeps moving away.” During the
last song he was also quoted as singing, “blah blah blah, I don’t know the
words to this song, but I’m sure glad you all are here, I hope you sing along.”
Needless to say, we didn’t.
- Anna Robertson
Olenka Krakus
Te lead vocalist of Olenka and the Autumn
Lovers played the fnal set of the evening,
curiously without her Autumn Lovers. With
roots tracing back to Poland, but residing
out of London, Ontario, Krakus’ songs
have a distinctly European tone. Tey are
often politically charged but still maintain a
haunting quality to them. Rather, the politics
form a compelling backdrop for their nostalgic
and emotional quality. Krakus seemed a bit
like a stowaway with a rich lovely voice up
on stage, and her songs had the transporting
quality of great stories.
- Becky Martin
Klarka Weinwurm
Gracing the stage was the petite but powerful front-woman Klarka Weinwurm, lending
her cool voice to the microphone and sending waves of intoxicating indie rock music over
the crowd. Weinwurm’s voice is a smoky blend of Nina Simone, and Tegan and Sara, the
soul of jazz with the sound of a seasoned folk singer. While the band seemed fairly reserved
on stage they were clearly invested in the moment, a state that bled into the listeners. Te
only disappointment was fnding that an album wasn’t available for sale at the merchandise
table. Listening to more of her songs would defnitely be worth the price of a CD.
- Anna Robertson
Baby Eagle
Following Bohan was the night’s second
replacement act, Baby Eagle, which is the solo act
of Steven Lambke, who is known for singing and
playing guitar in the gritty Canadian rock outft, the
Constantines. Baby Eagle is perhaps just as gritty
as the Cons but more pared down; the minimalist
guitar and Lambke’s unusual voice compliment the
poetic nature of his songs. Being one of Sackville’s
most reputable acts, Baby Eagle is a mainstay
around town, but I’ve never seen him perform in a
quieter sit-down venue like the Vogue. With only
vocals and guitar, it was easy to focus on Lambke’s
surprisingly compelling lyrics. He closed the set with
two Constantine songs of their album Kensington
Heights, “Shower of Stones” and an upbeat version
of the ethereal “Windy Road”.
- Becky Martin
Mount
Whaley
Landon
Braverman
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Hayward
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CENTREFOLD
El Ron Maltan
I felt truly sorry for the poor drummer of this duo. He had to sit helplessly
and watch as the guitarist/ lead singer tuned his guitar between EVERY
song while muttering incoherent phrases into the microphone. While
the genre of music would be most easily classifed as rock, they did try to
play a somewhat more avant garde piece, which ran far too long and was
painful to listen to. Anytime there were lyrics in a song it was difcult to
resist squirming in discomfort. Te lead singer even said it himself, “this
microphone has an aversion to my voice, it keeps moving away.” During the
last song he was also quoted as singing, “blah blah blah, I don’t know the
words to this song, but I’m sure glad you all are here, I hope you sing along.”
Needless to say, we didn’t.
- Anna Robertson
Mike Evin
Changing it up from the usual indie rock/indie
folk bands was the pop stylings of Mike Evin on
the piano and vocals, with Andy Creeggan, former
member of Te Barenaked Ladies, on percussion.
It has to be mentioned that Creeggan’s percussion
instrument was not a drum set, but a wooden box
that he sat on and slapped with his hands, along
with an array of tambourines and maracas laid
out next to him. It was amazing to watch this
showcase of great talent and creativity combined.
Mike Evin did not cease to impress, smiling
through all of his songs and playing the piano with
so much energy that he appeared to be hovering
over his stool instead of sitting on it. His energy
transferred to the audience, who joined in the
lyrics for the last songs, to which Evin got down
on his knees and began conducting. Te pair are
not only great musicians but amazing performers.
Tey connected with the audience and left behind
a memorable show.
- Anna Robertson
Jon McKiel
Living up to the glowing reviews of his critics, Jon
McKiel performed fawlessly on Saturday night. Pulling
songs of his new album, like “Motion Pictures”, McKiel
transformed the crowd into a sea of foot tappers, body
rockers, and wolf whistlers. With an afecting voice that
you can’t help but respond to, McKiel’s performance was
well worth the wait. Even with the addition of electric
spacey sounds, his songs sounded as beautiful as they do
on his album. He even indulged the crowd in a much-
desired encore, choosing the resounding and deep notes
of “Monster of Miramichi” as the fnal song of the
evening.
- Anna Robertson
Construction
and Destruction
Fluttering her hands across the strings of a
guitar and wailing into the microphone, Colleen
Collins of Construction and Destruction was
a great example of alternative rock done right.
David Trenaman was equally impressive, singing
until his face turned red. Te quiet demeanor of
the duo between songs was a far cry from their
personas while playing, an interesting contrast
to witness. Raw and unassuming, their lyrics
and music had a haunting efect over the listener
and commanded the attention of the audience.
Both Collins and Trenaman alternated between
instruments, demonstrating the range of their
musical skill without hampering the fuidity of
their performance.
- Anna Robertson
Pat LePoidevin
Te frst of the originally listed acts, LePoidevin took the stage next. His set covered
a lot of new material from his yet to be released album Highway Houses. If you’ve
never seen Pat perform, it’s well worth making it out to see him. With just guitar and
vocals (and occasionally a small pipe or some other instrument) he builds up a wall of
sound, using a pedal to loop diferent layers of the song together. He has received some
merit among critics lately in Canadian media; Vish Kahn wrote of his performances
in Exclaim! Magazine, commenting that “LePoidevin is winning over fans with his
earnest voice and lyricism, for sure, but he’s all the more intriguing for his composition
with a loop pedal that captures his acoustic instruments one layer at a time.” Keep on
keepin’ on, Pat!
- Becky Martin
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Researchers have identifed a genetic
link in certain sockeye salmon on their
way to spawn in British Columbia’s
Fraser River, which they believe
makes the fsh more susceptible to
viral infection. Te infection may be
linked to the dramatic decline in the
number of salmon returning to the
Fraser River basin. In 2009, a mere
1.5 million salmon returned to the
spawning grounds, compared to the
average of eight million.
Sockeye salmon found in the
ocean were 13.5 times more likely
to die during their migration to the
spawning grounds in the Fraser
River basin if they were found to
have a specifc genetic signature,
according to a recent CNBC report.
Salmon tagged in the Fraser River
and found to hold the genetic profle
were ffty per cent more likely to die
before spawning. A research team
led by Kristina Miller, a researcher
with Fisheries and Oceans Canada
investigated the salmon deaths. Tey
predict that a virus infects the fsh at
sea, and that the infection progresses
while on route to the spawning
grounds. “We tend to think that
it’s the conditions in the river that
determine whether the fsh makes
it up there or not,” stated Professor
Tony Farrel, research chair at the
University of British Columbia’s
department of zoology, in a recent
CBC report.
Researchers still have doubts about
whether or not the genetic faw is
truly linked to a viral infection. Scott
Hinch, one of the paper's authors told
the Argosy that research was ongoing
to characterize the infectious agent,
and that well characterized salmon
viruses had been ruled out.
Te researchers don't believe that
river conditions are at fault in this
case. "Salmon carrying the signature
predictive of survival in the river
carry this signature >200km before
they reach the river, which shows
us that salmon are physiologically
compromised before river
entry.  Tese data suggest that river
conditions alone may not be the only
factors associated with high salmon
mortality. Tat is not to say that they
are unimportant, as we expect that it is
the combined stress of a compromised
fsh entering a stressful (high water
temperature) environment that may
be most detrimental to their survival,"
said Hinch.
Another possible cause of the
rising deaths of the sockeye salmon
population is the introduction of
sea lice from aquaculture operations
in open-net fsh farms along the
BC coast, although a University of
California study found no evident
to support this claim. Miller and
her colleagues also suggest that
warming water temperatures, linked
to reduced delivery of oxygen to the
salmons’ tissues, may be related to the
rising fsh deaths. Implanting radio-
transmitter tags in about 150 salmon,
researchers observed which salmon
passed receivers placed periodically
along the river. Tese receivers
allowed researchers to investigate
Fishy salmon deaths linked to
genetic faw
Rachel Gardner
Political Beat Writer
along which stretches of river the
fsh were most likely to die. While
researchers can tell how far along the
river the salmon travelled, difculties
arose in identifying the cause of death
for fsh travelling along the river. “We
just know that they just disappeared...
Tey might have run out of energy,
they might have been eaten by a bear
or eagle,” commented Farrell.
While more research is needed,
the dominant hypothesis is a viral
infection linked to a specifc genetic
signature found in certain salmon.
“It may not be a virus... but the
hypothesis is that it is,” stated Farrel.
“We need to fnd out if it is a virus –
and if it is picked up somewhere, we
need to fnd out where... there’s still a
mystery out there.”
In 2010, thirty-four million fsh
returned to Fraser River basin, the
largest salmon run since 1913. Tis
was an anomaly to the declining fsh
populations that have been noted
since the 1990s.
Internet Photo/UBC Zoology
Last September the astronomy
community was abuzz as scientists
and enthusiasts alike marvelled
over the discovery of Gliese 581g, a
planet located some twenty light-
years from earth. At the time, it was
thought that the planet, which is
about three times the size of Earth,
might be potentially habitable. Initial
analysis showed the planet was likely
rocky and in possession of temperate
regions and an atmosphere. But most
importantly, it was located at a sweet
spot in relation to its star where it was
neither too hot nor too cold; a place
where liquid water could exist.
However, soon after the duo of
American planet hunters named Vogt
and Butler announced their discovery,
scores of independent researchers
plunged into the data as they sought
to see if they too, could fnd a trace
of the new planet. Te results are now
beginning to surface and the verdict is
out: Gliese 581g might not even exist.
Before delving further it is
important to note that nobody has
Matt Collett
Science and Technology Writer
ever claimed to have seen Gliese
581g. Most exoplanets, that is planets
beyond our solar system, are far too
distant and tiny to be seen with
telescopes. Tey usually cast less than
one-millionth the light of their parent
star and even that little light is usually
lost in the star’s glare. In fact only ten
exoplanets have been directly imaged
with telescopes.
In order to discover these planets,
scientists must rely on a variety of
indirect methods of observation. Te
most common technique, which also
happens to have been the one that
‘discovered’ the disputed Gliese 581g,
is called the radial velocity method.
Using this method, scientists are
able to detect variations in the speed
with which a star moves towards or
away from earth. Since a star moves
in its own tiny orbit, the presence or
absence of planets around it will afect
its movement ever so slightly. Using
this data, scientists can then infer
the approximate size, position, and
composition of the suspect planet.
Evidently, when staking any
claim on a new exoplanet there are
plenty of numbers involved and
Phillip Gregory, an astrostatistician
at University of British Columbia
is in the business of analyzing such
numbers. Gregory recently released
a study to the Monthly Notices of
the Royal Astronomical Society in
which he outlines his months of
analysis and delivers his dismissive
conclusion. Vogt and Butler’s eleven
year set of observations that ended
in the discovery of Gliese 581g has
a 99.9978 per cent chance of being
false. A separate European team has
also arrived at a similar conclusion
stating that their data has not ofered
any corroboration of the fabled planet.
So for now at least, it seems that
the possibility of a habitable planet
is still one of science fction and
not fact. However, if the current
rate of planetary discoveries can
be extrapolated across our entire
galaxy, then we can surmise that
billions of planets are still waiting
to be discovered. To date we’ve only
discovered 519 exoplanets so there are
certainly plenty more to fnd.
Internet Photo/Universe Today
Dashed hopes for a
habitable planet
Science
Briefs
January 27, 2011
Curious like a cat?
Te world’s newest species of cat, the Sunda Clouded Leopard, which was only discovered as a separate species of leopard
in 2007, was recently discovered to actually be two diferent species of cats. One lives in Borneo, while the other lives in
Sumatra, and the two are thought to have diverged over one million years ago, despite the fact that we only tracked them
down four years ago.
Learning by writing
According to a recent study done on 200 college students in the States, it's best to write down what you are studying, in
order to retain it. Te study showed that students who wrote a free-form essay about the topic they were studying retained
more of the information. Te study also showed that although students who studied by mind mapping and cramming
didn’t do as well as the students who wrote essays, they felt like they remembered more of the information.
Green motives
People choose environmentally friendly goods instead of luxury goods when they are looking to increase their social status,
reports a new study from the University of Minnesota. Participants in the study chose green products over luxury items
in public, while they were more likely to buy the luxury items online when their behaviour wasn't being judged by peers.
Worm Sperm
Researchers studying nematode worms have shown that the sperm of the Rabditis nematode worm that would produce
male ofspring are paralysed. Te sperm are unable to move and fertilize eggs, meaning that large numbers of daughters are
produced. Overall it means that the population of nematodes can multiply very quickly.
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
A:
Q: What are the signs of
frostbite and what can you
about it?
Susan Rogers Science and Technology Editor
Tis week’s drop in temperatures has
probably had some thinking about
wintertime survival techniques.
Today we address a compelling issue
for Canadians, and particularly New
Brunswickers: How to Survive a
Blizzard.
On Foot:
While it may feel that we survive
blizzards every few weeks here, in
reality blizzard conditions include
ffty kilometer per hour-plus winds,
near zero visibility, and extremely
heavy snowfall. One hopes that in the
event of such weather, readers would
fnd themselves at home, or as FEMA
puts it, in a ‘warm shelter’. If you fnd
yourself out of doors in a blizzard,
the disaster relief organization
helpfully suggests getting inside. If
even an abandoned building like a
barn or shed is not in sight, it’s time
to build a shelter out of whatever
is available – most likely snow and
perhaps cardboard. Remember that
deep snow acts as insulation, so piling
some extra on top of your structure
might actually help keep heat in.
Keeping out of the wind and staying
dry and warm are the keys to survival
in this situation – so if you can build
a fre, do so, and remove wet clothing
if possible. Most importantly, try
to stay hydrated, but avoid eating
snow. Te energy used by your body
to melt the ice in your mouth is
energy that is being taken away from
the important task of keeping you
warm and frostbite free. Instead, you
can collect snow in a container and
keep it close to your body for a more
energy efcient melting process.
On Wheels:
Although being trapped in a car
is infnitely preferable than being
trapped outside with nothing but a
cardboard structure and a snow bank,
your number one aim is also rescue.
While you are in a signifcantly better
position, you also need to focus on
staying warm and attracting attention
so as to aid discovery and rescue. Te
number one rule is not to leave your
vehicle – you are much easier to fnd
in your Cadillac Escalade than as a
Madeleine Northcote
Argosy Contributor
Getting caught in a blizzard
tiny, stumbling fgure in a white out.
Make sure to run your engine every
ten minutes or so – not only to reheat
the car, but also to ensure that your
engine doesn’t stall. Try and keep your
mind active by playing cell phone
games, writing the Great Canadian
Novel, or staying up to date with the
radio weather report. If it is safe and
possible to do so, consider drawing
attention to your stranded state by
either popping the hood of the car, or
tying something brightly coloured to
your radio antenna. When out in the
elements, it is essential to stay awake
– falling asleep will further lower
your body temperature and put you
at greater risk of hypothermia and
death.
On Couch:
If you are at home during the onset
of such weather, congratulations,
as it is the ideal location to sit out a
blizzard. It is also the safest place for
your children and pets, so don’t forget
to bring them in from outside – it’s
alarming how often dogs and cats are
locked out in storms. First, you need
to be ready for an extended period
indoors – make sure you have enough
of the essential foods, particularly
non-perishables that don’t need
electricity to be prepared. Wrap your
water pipes up with newspaper and
foam and leave the tap dripping –
both help to prevent freezing pipes.
You should fll your bathtub and
extra buckets up with water in case
it happens anyway. Also, while a gas
or kerosene stove may prove handy,
remember that many forms of gas
stoves produce dangerous fumes -
so only use them in well-ventilated
spaces. Abstain from cafeine and
alcohol – both open up your blood
vessels close to the surface of the skin,
speeding loss of heat.
If you have the luxury of being
well prepared for a blizzard, a fnal
consideration would be those around
you- don’t forget about elderly and
vulnerable neighbours in the area.
If you know they might be alone or
unable to cope, check in and make
sure everything is all right, that they
too know the steps and are able to
follow them.
Lea Foy
Do you know what to do if you are caught outside in a blizzard, with no chance of getting indoors?
Frostbite is an injury that is caused by freezing body parts, and
your nose, cheeks, chin, fngers, and toes are the most vulnerable.
Since severe frostbite can require amputation of limbs, keeping
an eye out for the warning signs is a good idea.
Te frst signs of frostbite are redness and pain in the skin,
followed often by white or grayish yellow skin, frm or waxy
skin, and numbness. Just because you can’t feel your skin freezing
doesn’t mean you aren’t getting frostbite; your skin may have
gone numb without you realizing it.
As soon as you realize that you have frostbite (though its better
if you realize before hand) get inside to a warm room. You can
immerse the aficted area in warm water, but don’t use hot water.
Instead you can use body heat to warm up your frost bitten limbs.
Try using your armpit to warm up your frozen fngers.
Be especially careful of frostbite when the temperature drops
blow -28 degrees Celsius with wind chill. When the thermometer
drops to -40 degrees with wind chill, exposed skin can freeze in
fve to ten minutes. Below -48 degrees, just stay inside. Trust us.
And if you get frostbite, get medical help.
Stay Safe
Keep bottled water on hand
Don’t eat snow for water
Instead melt the snow with your
body heat
Keep a blanket in your car
Run your car engine every
ten muinutes
Keep your mind occupied
-10 to -27 °C
Risk of Hypothermia
Dress in warm layers
Wear a hat and mits
Stay Dry
-28 to -39 °C
Risk of Frostnip and
Frostbite
Skin can freeze in 10
to 30 minutes
-40 to -47 °C
High Risk of Frostbite
Skin can freeze in 5 to
10 minutes
Cover all exposed skin
-48 to -54 °C
Very High Risk of
Frostbite
Skin can freeze in 2 to
5 minutes
Check your face and
extremities frequently
for numbness and
whiteness
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Geek Chic of the Week
Want to never have to subtly snif at your deodorant ever again? How about bringing a breath of fresh air to every room
you walk in to, especially while impeccably dressed?
Try the “Herself ” dress for your next classy party. Te dress, which is designed by Catalytic Clothing as a project
between the University of Shefeld, the University of Ulster, and the London College of Fashion, is potentially the
world’s frst air purifying dress.
Although at the moment the dress is being presented as art and is actually made of concrete imbued with the ability
to clean the air, the science behind it stands, and could one day be used in order to make wear-able clothing that has
the ability to improve the air we breathe.
Fifteen years after General Motors
controversially released and
subsequently redacted the world’s
frst mass-produced electric car - the
EV1, they’re once again ofering us a
taste of the future with the release of
another electric car; the aptly named
Volt. Unlike its predecessor, however,
the Volt is not fully electric. As a
“plug-in hybrid electric vehicle” or
PHEV, the Volt features an electric
engine with batteries that can be
charged by plugging the car into an
outlet in addition to a conventional
combustion engine.
Te plug-in hybrid certainly is
looking to be the automotive story
of 2011 with the introduction of the
Volt but that isn’t to say that the Volt
is the only PHEV on the road today.
Matt Collett
Science and Technology Writer
Te rise of the
plug-in hybrid
General Motor’s ‘Volt’ leading the eco-
friendly auto race
For example, owners of the Toyota
Prius can modify their vehicle to plug
in, and hybrid transit buses are often
outftted with extra batteries and plug-
in capabilities. With the exception of
the Volt, PHEVs in North America
are currently user-modifed and not
available from the manufacturer.
However, to date Toyota, Ford, Volvo,
Suzuki, and Audi have all stated their
intent to ofer plug-in hybrid models
to challenge the GM’s Volt.
General Motors claims the Volt
can run between forty to eighty
kilometres on its lithium-ion battery
alone. Once the batteries are depleted
a small four cylinder combustion
engine kicks in which powers a
generator that delivers power to the
electric engine. At highway speeds,
the combustion engine can also
combine with the electric engine
for added propulsion. If the electric
engine isn’t being strained too hard,
any excess electricity then gets sent to
the batteries to be used later.
Already, the Volt has a number of
awards and distinctions under its belt.
It has unseated the Toyota Prius as
the most fuel-efcient car sold in the
United States and has received car
of the year titles from Motor Trend,
North American International Auto
Show, and a host of others. Te Volt
can currently only be purchased in
the United States after having been
made available to a handful of states
in mid-December. Te rest of North
America can expect to experience the
Volt by late summer 2011 with prices
likely starting at US $40,000.
Tere really seems to be nothing
negative to say about the Volt or the
prospect of PHEVs in general. A
problem that North Americans in
particular have had with the concept
of an electric car is the issue of range
anxiety. Since batteries will run out
and outlets are not always available
many fear that they could be stranded
if power runs out. With the Volt,
however, the presence of a small
gasoline engine efectively resolves
this conundrum. Te only real
problems that may arise are for those
who rely on parking their vehicles
where power isn’t available such
as on streets or in parking garages.
Tis is where public and private
investments will need to be made in
order to ensure that these PHEVs are
available for those without personal
driveways and garages.
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Te Argosy’s Pat Losier chooses iPhone and iPod apps so you
can get the best out of your technology.
Angry Birds
Clickgamer.com ($0.99)
 
Angry Birds is simply the best spend of $0.99 in the App Store.
Tis simple game ofers an addictive getaway for today’s busy
student.    With over 200 unique levels, this game will bring
countless hours of entertainment.    Te premise of the game is
simple: launch your birds and knock out the pigs; a challenge
that is easy at frst but becomes progressively more difcult as
you unlock more levels.  Angry features achievements that allow
for competition with friends to determine who is the best gamer,
or perhaps, the most addicted to the game. 
Nike+ GPS
Nike, Inc. ($1.99)
 
Te Nike+ GPS app takes the technology that has existed through
Nike’s iPod-enabled sneakers, and makes it so that anyone with
an Apple device can take advantage of the powerful running app,
without the need for Nike shoes.    Nike+ uses the power of the
iPod/iPhone’s GPS technology to track a runner’s route, distance,
and pace.  It then plots out your run onto a map, showing areas
of speedy running, and areas of the run that could use some
improvement.  Best of all, by analyzing your run, it’ll be able to tell
you just when that “power song” of yours will help you most.  Run
to the App Store and check out this app for $1.99.
Instagram
Burbn, Inc. (Free)        
 
Instagram is any aspiring photographer’s dream.  Te app allows
the transformation of regular iPhone photos into amazing works
of art.  It features over a dozen artistic flters, all of which can take
a bland photo and transform it into something more.  Instragram
has provides a fun and addictive social side to photography,
allowing you to upload your photos to social networking sites such
as Facebook and Twitter and enabling you to fnd extraordinary
photos created by others using the app.  Best of all, it’s a freebie
available for download on the App Store.
January 27, 2011:
Herself
Pat’s app picks
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January 27, 2011 entertainment@argosy.ca
Two seasons ago, Jenny Slate made
a rookie error in the taping of her
debut sketch episode – she let the
f-bomb slip. As a common term in
practically everyone’s vocabulary, it
really doesn’t seem like a big deal. On
a live, syndicated, prime time show
however, it can mean the death of a
career. In her frst season, Slate
parodied famous celebrities
like Lady Gaga, Ashley
Olson, and the
queen of
t e e n a g e
a n g s t ,
Ki r s t e n
Stewart.
S h e
was not
outright fred
for her language
but then her contract
wasn’t renewed for
another season. Was
her past misdemeanor
the culprit, or her lack of skills as a
comedienne?
According to the number of hits
Slate earned when she frst went viral
with a short, animated flm, “Marcel
the Shell with shoes on”, I would
say her comedic skills are more than
sufcient. In August of last year, Slate
collaborated with her partner, Dean
Fleischer-Camp, to co-write and
record, in stop-motion, the woes of a
shell: “One time I nibbled on a piece
of cheese and my cholesterol went
up by nine hundred”. Slate voiced
the shrill voice of Marcel, a character
she imagined up to entertain some
friends at a wedding. “I was sharing
Marcel the Shell with shoes on is a
little voice with great expectations
Michelle Cielen
Entertainment
Editor
ANTIGONISH, N.S. (CUP) —
Double Rainbow, Te Bed Intruder
Song, Old Spice commercials,
Greyson Chance singing Paparazzi,
Keenan Cahill lip-synching Teenage
Dream, Katy Perry singing with
Elmo, Teach me how to Dougie,
Kanye West’s Runaway, and a three-
year-old crying over Justin Bieber are
all YouTube videos of 2010 that you
have likely seen.
In fact, we as Canadians are the
most likely of any nation in the
world to have seen these cultural
phenomenons. A recent report from
comScore has declared Canada the
undisputed “king of YouTube.”
Canada has the largest percentage
of Internet users that visit YouTube
on a regular basis among the G8
nations, at seventy-one per cent,
topping even the U.S., who comes in
with only ffty-fve per cent.
One cannot deny the cultural
infuence and power that YouTube
has over society today. With each new
trending video, it seems like almost
everyone is quoting lines from said
video, trying to recreate something
they have seen, or posting their own
video responses to it. If I say, “Swan
dive into the greatest night of your
life,” or “Hide your kids, hide your
wife,” you most likely know what I’m
talking about.
Some observers have claimed
that sitting in front of our computer
screens watching random videos is
quickly becoming our new national
pastime. While this may seem
laughable, it is not far of from the
truth.
Tere is great concern that our
culture is spending more time in
front of a computer or television
screen, rather than getting outside
or being physically active in one way
or another. In regards to our ofcial
national pastime of hockey, which
we love so much, there are fears that
it actually may be slowly dying in
Canada.
No, our love for the sport has
not diminished, as evidenced by
the obsession with the 2011 World
Juniors competition, and the painful
reaction to our loss to Russia that
flled cyberspace shortly after.
However, the fact remains that
enrolment and actual participation
in the playing of hockey is on the
decline. Te well-respected magazine,
Te Hockey News, recently dedicated
Canada rules the
world of Youtube
Is the new national pastime something to be proud of ?
Sean McEvoy
The Xaverian Weekly (St. Francis
Xavier University)
its cover story to this pressing issue.
While we cannot place the sole
blame for our inactivity on YouTube,
it is interesting to speculate what life
would be like without it, and how
we would spend those hours instead.
Would we be a more ambitious
society, instead of simply marvelling
at the amazing accomplishments of
others, or have we in fact used the
site as a means of inspiration for
ourselves? Te debate can easily be
made for both sides.
Whatever your opinion of the
issue, we cannot deny the good that
has come out of it; the careers it has
made, and the dreams it has made
come true. We need look no further
than the homeless Ted Williams, who
had a “God-given gift” of a perfect
radio voice. Mere days after a video of
him was posted this past week, he has
already landed jobs with Kraft Foods
and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
So while we will for the foreseeable
future continue to love the site, it is
important to not get caught up in
it all, and take time to appreciate
our own world. Get out there and
live your life cause who knows, you
may fnd a double rainbow of your
own? Just make sure to upload it to
YouTube, so I can see it, too.
a hotel room with my boyfriend and
three other people – we were all just
packed in there because everyone
was trying to save money, and I felt
pretty teeny tiny,” explained Slate in a
USA Today interview. “I just started
doing the voice, which I’m pretty
sure was pretty annoying for my pals,
and at like four in the morning I was
still doing it.” Little did Slate know
that an inside joke posted online
for fun would become an online
phenomenon.
Te diference between SNL
skits and animated videos is that
SNL sets up a face to the
voice. Comedians are
automatically judged
before they even
set up a punch
line, and this
is even
m o r e
prevalent
for female
c ome di a ns .
Tis viral
video is
a perfect
example of when
the public judges comedy based
on its content rather than who the
comedian is. Slate is a great comedian,
and she is in her element when she
records character voiceovers.
Marcel the Shell charmed many at
the recent American Film Institute
Festival, so many in fact that it ended
up winning the Audience Award for
Best Animated Short. Slate hopes
to continue making viral videos,
and introduce new characters with
little voices. Check out for yourself,
“Marcel the Shell with shoes on”, on
Youtube. I defy you to watch it only
once.
Top: Old Spice launched its
fastest growing viral campaign
ever in July 2010, garnering 6.7
million views after twenty-four
hours.
Right: Keenan Cahill has one of
the most well-known faces on
Youtube, after he hilariously lip-
synched Katy Perry’s “Teenage
Dream.
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In 2009, Jenny Slate played a raunchy biker chick in her debut skit on
SNL, and shocked audiences everywhere when she swore on live tv.
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ENTERTAINMENT
Bryan Ferry
Olympia
On frst glance, this album looks
like a pretentious fashion shoot.
It is full of glamour shots of
Kate Moss, posing as a 1940s
vixen swathed in silk bed sheets.
Truthfully, before I played the frst
track I was biased. Upon listening
to the frst track “You Can Dance”
I was confused at the song’s
atypical structure. Te entire song
followed the same beat, with no
bridge and an undefnable chorus;
the same song pattern continued
throughout the album. Tat is
except for “Shameless”, a dance
track that borrowed eighties
synth elements, and the only track
that I really enjoyed. Ferry’s vocals
have an interesting aloof quality,
like David Bowie circa 1970, but
they are lost in the instrumental’s
numbness.
- Michelle Cielen
Life Without
Buildings
Any Other City
Life Without Buildings was a
Scottish indie-rock band that lived
for two years in early 2000. Created by
students at the Glasgow School of Art,
they played simple pop songs, with
choppy rhythms and spoken lyrics.
Te songs aren’t always coherent, but
the lead singer Sue Tompkin’s weird
spunk make them compelling. Tey
weren’t well known or acclaimed, but
their single album Any Other City
managed to make an indelible mark
on a few ‘die hards’ - critics, DJs, and
teenagers with an afnity for that
which is obscure. If you’re looking to
impress someone with your atypical
taste in music, congratulations! You
may now use Life Without Buildings
as a conversation piece. Regardless of
social agendas, Any Other City is an
interesting and evocative album from
a band that could have been big in an
alternate world.
- Becky Martin
Despite both the album title and
band name, Spring Breakup’s It’s
Not You, It’s Me has a simplistic
humour. It resonates not only in
their lyrics, but in the plucking
of Mathias Kom’s ukulele and
the strumming of Kim Barlow’s
banjo. Tis album might attract
heartbroken lovers, but provides
the perfect catalyst to get over a
relationship gone sour: humour.
Te sixth track, “Mother &
Wife,” was the butter cream icing
on this delicious pound cake of an
album, persuading the listener to
abandon their drowning wife and
save their drowning mother: “I
can always get another wife, but
I can never get another mother in
my life.”
- Anna McLean
Hailing from Ontario, Blackie and
the Rodeo Kings represent the best
of Canadian folk rock. Te trio,
Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, and
Tom Wilson, formed almost ffteen
years ago, and they have been going
strong ever since. Each of them is a
well-known artist in their own right,
but in tribute to Willie P. Bennett
they collaborated to create what they
thought would be their only album as
a group. Tey defnitely meshed well
together because they abandoned
their own successful solo projects and
have been musically inseparable ever
since.
Since the band’s start in 1996 they
have produced six albums; currently
they are touring across Canada to
promote their latest, Kings and Queens.
Tey travelled across North America,
from Toronto to New York, to Los
Angeles and to the home of country,
Nashville, to record. Every song has
classic story telling woven within the
lyrics, from upbeat jigs to mystifying
grooves. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
are truly men of the blues.
Tis album has a distinct Southern
edge to it, greatly due to the fact that
they were able to work with some
astounding and iconic Nashville
vocalists. Emmylou Harris, Serena
Ryder, Lucinda Williams, and
Roseanne Cash (the daughter of
the late Johnny Cash) are only a
few of the big names you will hear.
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are set to start February of right, with a good dose of old country roots
Bennett lives on through these kings
Michelle Cielen
Entertainment Editor
Spring Break -up
It’s not you,
it’s me
Fittingly, Roseanne’s vocals are a
perfect addition to BRK’s style in
the song “Got you Covered”; their
sound is reminiscent of Johnny Cash’s
signature, and they do him justice.
In 1999, BRK received the Juno
award for the Best Roots and
Traditional album for Kings of Love.
Tey also received nominations for
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High or Hurtin’, Bark, and Let’s Frolic
in 1996, 2003, and 2007, respectively.
Willie P. Bennett passed away in
2008, but his musical infuence lives
on through the craft of BRK – in the
past and in their promising future.
To get a taste of what BRK is all
about, I recommend checking out
their popular song “Stoned”. Blackie
and the Rodeo Kings will be playing
at Live Bait Teatre, located on 87
Main Street, this Tuesday, February 1
at 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased
in advance at the Live Bait box ofce
for twenty-fve dollars, or for thirty
dollars at the door.
Bottom: Blackie and the Rodeo
Kings formed as a band to pay
tribute to Willie P. Bennett.
Left: Tom Wilson, Colin Linden,
and Stephen Fearing (from the
left) all had promising futures
individually, but together they
are a force to be reckoned with.
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15 BAD VIBRATIONS* Bad Vibrations (Self-Released)
14 LONG LONG LONG* Shorts (Self-Released)
30 SUFJAN STEVENS The Age of Adz (Asthmatic Kitty)
29 CARIBOU* Swim (Merge)
28 THE BESNARD LAKES* Are The Roaring Night (Outside)
27 THE NATIONAL High Violet (4AD)
26 THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH The Wild Hunt (Dead Ocean)
24 THE SADIES* Darker Circles (Outside)
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Kickin’ off the Boardwalk week, I bring you an
assortment of previews for the week’s events and
am the frst to report on the past weekend’s raddest
events. It is a fast paced hour full of tunes and the
best of the best of Sackville happenings.
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The best cure for a case of the Mondays: feel-good
tunes and local news focusing on art and music
happenings around town and worldwide, dosed out
at noon by someone who loves the beginning of the
week! Tune in weekly for best results.
Want to hear some of the latest albums in Canadian
music? So does David White! Tune in as he checks
out an album for the frst time on the air, punctuated
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Host Vanessa takes you through the hour with the
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Don’t let the middle of the week blues get to you...
unless they’re the musical blues! Join me as I sift
through new and old music, keeping you up to date
on the news and the happenings in Sackville, and try
to create a playlist to match your day.
Marc and co-host Mel’s boardwalk hour is flled with
music and engaging conversations and debates.
Topics are usually related to Sackville community
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Seussical premiers tonight
Tis year, Mount Allison University’s
Garnet and Gold Musical Teatre
Society happily presents a “high
energy, super colourful, and ultra-fun”
musical, “Seussical”. Ali Grey-Noble
the president of Garnet and Gold
this year, says that it will be a great
family show that will keep audiences
of all ages entertained. “Seussical” is
a new show that combines all sorts
of classic Dr. Seuss tales into a jam-
packed two hour-long performance.
It is mostly based around “Horton
Hears a Who,” and “Horton Sits on
an Egg,” but there’s so much in this
show that everyone will certainly
have a fun time picking out as many
references as they can. Te show
premiers in Convocation Hall at 8:00
pm tonight, and runs every night
until January 29. Doors open at 7:30
pm and tickets are twelve dollars for
adults, ten dollars for students. People
can get purchase ticket at the door, or
get them ahead of time at the SAC
Ofce, Tidewater Books, or Joey’s
Pizza and Pasta restaurant. If you can’t
get enough Dr. Seuss, closing night
there will be an after party featuring
Kalamazoo Cocktails at Joey’s.
Horton the Elephant takes the
leading role as protagonist in this
quirky cast of around forty actors.
When the crazy Mayzie La Bird
leaves Horton to take care of a
neglected egg, he fnds himself
with all sorts of new problems to
solve. Tis weekend, Con Hall will
be the home to “a place where the
powers of friendship, loyalty, family,
imagination, and community are
challenged but emerge triumphant in
the end,” as it should be. It’s a fast-
paced performance, and the show
really zips by. Te costume designs
from Sarah Underhill are really fun
and look amazing. Te cast has been
rehearsing diligently since September,
when casting frst began. Tey’ve been
practicing almost every day this past
month and have since become a super
close-knit community. Hopefully it
will show on stage; Director Karen
Valanne chose to do “Seussical” this
year because she wanted to “make a
show that was aesthetically pleasing
that brought people together.”
Everyone involved with the play
says that compared to past years,
everything is really running smoothly.
The Seussical cast rehearsing on Con Hall stage the last weekend before the show premiere. The cast has been rehearsing almost every night this month in preparation.
Some might say that everyone uses
their time however they please.
People get up; they go to school or
work, eat, sleep, and socialize. People
do whatever it is that they decide is an
important use of time that day, never
stopping to question what it sounds
like. William Engelen, a Dutch artist,
appears to question this through his
music, which is a refection of daily
activities. Listening to the sounds
he creates, we start thinking about
how they all ft together. We see how
they are all connected despite their
contrasting diferences.
Motion Ensemble,
a group that
focuses on neo-classical and new
music, performed songs composed by
Engelen for a week. Te six musicians
were instructed to keep a diary from
January 7 to January 14. Eugelen
then transformed the diaries into
six solo compositions. Teir weekly
activities were broken down into fve
categories: eating, sleeping, traveling,
working, and leisure. Each hour was
equated to twelve seconds of music.
Te categories were then given - not
notes, but tones with specifc pitches
and lengths. In addition, the level of
improvisation and the categorization
of major and minor were determined
for each category. All of this was
afected by the individual’s emotions
at the time. Tis was brought out in
the music through the vivacity and
intensity of the performance.
In Engelen’s piece “Verstrijken,”
Motion Ensemble performed their
six solos all together. It was very
interesting not only
to follow
along with the days of the week the
musicians were performing, plotted
out with colour bars on the walls, but
also to see how the patterns of the
individual lives difered and coincided.
Slowly, one by one, they’d go to sleep
and the notes would become long and
low; when suddenly one would get up
in the night. Others perhaps would
be having a conversation, speaking
indecipherable sounds, while others
would be working, perhaps tapping at
their computers.
Another interesting piece by
Engelen was titled “Can you tell me a
joke?” and was composed with similar
methods. Helen Pridmore, soprano,
had asked each of the musicians in
the ensemble a series of questions and
recorded their individual responses.
Engelen then translated those answers
into music. In the performance
Pridmore would ask a question and
each musician would respond with
his or her musical answers at the same
time. Te questions all related in some
way to their vocation: “What’s your
profession?” “What type of music do
you like playing?” “Can you describe
the character of your instrument?” A
written record of their answers was
posted along the walls for people to
read.
Also performed this evening was a
piece titled, “Falten Rock” performed
by Nadia
Francavilla on
violin and Engelen on
Haegum. Two pieces by the composer
Kunsu Shim were performed
“Piece Japonaise” and “verbunden,
aufgelost.” Te frst piece was
particularly interesting, and delicious,
as the audience was invited to partake
in eating chocolate. Te catch was
that they could only make noise
eating the chocolate (unwrapping,
biting, and chewing) when they
heard a specifc instrument (Richard
Hornsby on Clarinet) play. Te
performance became a sort of musical
chairs game; each individual had to
stop eating, even if they were in mid-
bite, through diferent intervals. Tis
brought strong attention to the sound
qualities of a collective group eating
the same food.
Te concert overall was well received
with a healthy balance of comedic
and introspective refection. Engelen’s
exhibit can
be viewed at Struts
Gallery; it’s a smaller version of
his piece, located at the UNB arts
centre, entitled, “Can you tell be me a
joke about your profession?”
Motion Ensemble has been
performing concerts since 1998 and
was founded by musician Andrew
R. Miller. Miller performs in the
group as a bass player, along with
Nadia Francavilla on violin, Richard
Hornsby on clarinet, soprano Helen
Pridmore, Karin Aurell on fute, and
Darcy Philip Gray for percussion
and electronics. Te ensemble will
be returning again to Sackville on
February 5 at the Struts Gallery for
another concert.
Lea Foy
Mira Le-Ba
Arts and Lit Editor
Space, time, and motion
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Internet Photo/motionensembleblog
Jennifer Musgrave
Arts and Lit Writer
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January 27, 2010 artsandlit@argosy.ca
ARTS & LIT
How does a person truly empathize
with the character’s situation in a
story? Tis was the question Keith
Oatley presented to his audience last
Wednesday evening at the Owen
Art Gallery. Oatley, a psychology
professor, is also a novelist and has
written three books to date. His latest
book, Terefore Choose, was the book
he decided to read from.
For the past ten years Oatley
has conducted research on the
cognitive and emotional processes of
reading and writing fction. Oatley
aspires to write fction novels which
enable readers to experience the
psychological events. “Art enables you
to experience your emotions,” claimed
Oatley. Pushing this idea further,
Oatley says that this way people who
read are experiencing the emotions of
others as their own. Readers can thus
experience empathy and in so doing,
be more empathetic towards other
people.
His novel, Terefore Choose, is a
test of this experience. It follows the
lives of the characters George and
Anna who cross paths during the
summer in 1936 in Germany. Te
subject of war presented in the novel,
for many, brings the important issues
in human relationship into sharper
focus. However, as Oatley explained,
his job as a novelist is not to tell
you his emotions but rather to tell
you of a situation and ask you, as a
reader, what you think. Tis is part of
Oatley’s broader theories of fction,
that the novel is a simulation run
through the human mind.
Oatley supports this idea by
arguing that fction is a product of the
imagination; our brains are actively
working to recreate the experience
or simulation of the novel’s narrative.
Oatley cited a couple psychological
studies that showed that when a
person experiences an action visually
or mentally, the neurons which react
are the same ones that react when
he or she is actually performing the
action. A very interesting study,
conducted by Nicole Speer and
Jefery Zacks, was mentioned in
which a subject read a narrative while
an FMRI scanned their brain activity.
Amazingly enough, areas in the brain
activity corresponded to events in
the narrative. For example, when a
character looks at her stove in the
narrative, the subject’s brain region
which analyzes landscape or scenery
is activated.
Tese types of studies fall in
line with Oatley’s idea that people
experience the emotions of the
character they read about. “We don’t
feel the character’s emotions because
they are abstract,” said Oatley. “Rather,
what we feel is our own emotions in
reaction.” We imagine the situation,
yet as we do so we also stimulate
the neurons which experience those
emotions. However, Oatley explained
that not everyone’s experience is
the same. Te more emblematic the
theme of the simulation, for example
with the subject of love, the more
we can relate. Even though Oatley
has memories of when he was young
during the Second World War, he
does not necessarily place those
emotions within the novel. Rather he
externalizes those experiences into
a simulation, a question which the
reader can fnd his or her own answer
to. “My job is to transmute these
emotions into an external experience,”
said Oatley. Tis is one idea, amongst
others, which everyone who came to
hear the talk were greatly interested
in.
Much of Oatley’s education
and teaching focuses on cognitive
psychology. He was a professor
in New Glasgow before taking
up a position at the University of
Toronto as a Professor of Applied
Cognitive Psychology. He is now
professor emeritus as well as a
former president of the International
Society for Research on Emotions.
His research has specifcally focused
on physiological psychology, visual
perception, artifcial intelligence
human computer interaction, and
epidemiological psychiatry. His other
two novels include Te case of Emily
V., a novel which involves both Freud
and Sherlock Holmes working on the
same case in 1904. His second novel, A
Natural History, revolves around the
mechanisms of a scientist’s mind as he
tries to grasp the nature of infectious
disease (set in 1849). His frst novel
also won the Commonwealth Writers
Prize for Best First Novel in 1994.
Lessons in empathy
Keith Oatley gives talk on the psychology of reading and does a reading of his latest novel
Junot Diaz’s debut novel, Te Brief
Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is
the story of a nerdy boy from the
Dominican Republic growing up in
New Jersey attempting to become a
famous writer and fnd love.
Te title of this novel is a reference
to Hemingway’s short story, “Te
Short Happy Life of Francis
Macomber,” which in efect generated
high expectations for Diaz’s novel.
Since its publishing in 2007 the book
has been a critical success, winning
numerous accolades and awards, most
notably the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Te title obstinately insists that
this is the story of Oscar Wao’s life,
however large sections of the novel
are focused on Oscar’s sister and his
mother. His mother’s history of abuse
and neglect allows the reader insight
into why she is the way she is, and
how this afects Oscar. Te family
travels back and forth between the US
and the Dominican during the course
of their lives. During their travels,
they believe that a curse, known as
a “fuku”, is haunting the family. Te
magical realism of the family’s curse
and other aspects of Oscar’s story are
reminiscent of writings of Gabriel
Garcia Marquez.
Te novel is peppered with
references to the Trujillo dictatorship
of the Dominican Republic and
the history of the country, which is
explained in lengthy footnotes for
readers lacking this knowledge prior
to reading. Additionally, sentences
throughout the book are written in
Spanish without translation. Tis
creates a further obstacle for the non-
Spanish speaking reader.
Diaz seems to be very similar to his
protagonist; they both share a love of
science-fction and nerdy activities.
Tere is a considerable amount of Te
Lord of Te Rings and comic book
references. Diaz says, ”I know I’ve
thrown a lot of fantasy and sci-f in
the mix but this is supposed to be a
true account of the Brief Wondrous
Life of Oscar Wao. “ Oscar is a
character the reader is supposed to
root for though he ultimately never
catches a break.
Tis novel may be one of the best
new works of contemporary fction
but it’s an uphill climb for a reader
not familiar with Dominican culture.
Te narrator changes frequently and
remains unclear for the frst portion
of the novel. Diaz’s command of
language is impressive but perhaps is
better suited for the short stories that
he is known for. Te backgrounds of
Oscar’s family members are described
in incredible depth despite serving no
apparent literary purpose.
Te Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar
Wao is a fascinating, if deeply fawed
book. Te lack of cohesive theme
and brutal language may limit the
enjoyment of this book for many
readers. However, Diaz has a knack
for narrative and the characters are
enough to leave a lasting impact on
the reader.
Keith Oatley is an author and professor of psychology. In his presenation at Struts Art Gallery this past Wednesday, he shared his facination with how the two subjects relate to one
another. He also did readings from the latest of his three novels, Therefore Choose. He is a former president of the International Society for Research on Emotions.
Correction
In Volume 140, Issue 13 of Te Argosy published January 13, 2011,
the author of “More than just ‘words, words, words’ was incorrectly
identifed as Alex Macpherson. Te correct author is Alex MacPherson
Te Argosy apologizes for this error.
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Te Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Madison Downe
Argosy Correspondent
Jennifer Musgrave
Arts and Lit Writer
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ARTS & LIT
Mira Le-Ba
Arts & Lit Editor
I fnd it ironic that students don’t
read enough good books anymore
because they’re too busy reading their
textbooks. If you live on campus,
you’re never more than a fve-minute
walk from the Bell Library, but after
talking to the library staf, it became
clear that even though every student
with a Mount Allison University ID
can borrow books for free, very few
do so for nonacademic purposes. A
lot of graduating students, who have
gone to Mt. A for four, fve, or even
six years, have never taken a book out
of the library unless they had to for a
course. I’m not going to lie; I’ve gone
to Mt. A for almost two years now,
and I’ve never even thought of taking
out a book for fun. When I think of
the library, I think of a place to study
because I have to, not a place to read
or get good books because I want to. I
don’t think I’m alone in this, because
whenever I see people at the library,
it’s always to study. Also, at the end
of the day, most students probably
have just under a million books they
have to read for school; the last thing
they want to do with their free time
is read some more. When they do get
a free moment, everyone generally
likes to balance the learning they did
all day with television, video games,
and drinking in the evening. Reading
has become more of a chore than
anything.
Te lack of interest in taking books
out of the library still doesn’t make
sense to me though. I sometimes get
sick of reading because I do it all day,
but that doesn’t mean I don’t ever
read. Almost everyone has a favourite
book, and all of my friends read a ton
over the summer. People like reading.
Why don’t we do it more often then?
Not having enough time is defnitely
an important factor, but that can’t
be all there is. Maybe it’s just that
the Mt. A campus is such a social
environment that the idea of reading
for fun, alone in your room, is a lot
less appealing than hanging out with
friends.
More importantly though, I think
that we’re just not getting these books
from the library. Tis seems silly
when considering how many great
novels are available to us for free. As
students, we don’t take advantage of
the great resources, like the library,
because again, we’re too busy. Even
though, as students, we’re all broke,
people are buying the books they read
in the summer, instead of reading
these same books for free during the
school year.
It makes me wonder how many
other great, free things Mt. A ofers
that we don’t actually take advantage
of, but later pay for in the summer.
A musical centred on how to make
a musical is an interesting concept.
It presents certain challenges that
can be very difcult for a director
and cast to overcome. However, it
also grants insight into the creative
process. “Title of Show” is a play
about many things, but above all, it is
a play about the power of dreams and
the human audacity to dream big. Te
show follows the lives of four friends
wanting to produce a hit musical
and rewrite their drab lives. “Title
of Show” may on the surface sound
like many other feel good flms and
plays that have been produced, but be
assured, it is much more than that.
Te show opens with Jef, played
by Tommy Smith, and Hunter, played
by Eric Biskupski, contemplating
sending a script into a drama festival
competition; Jef and Hunter have to
overcome their insecurities and fear
of rejection. Teir play is met with
acclaim and the two have a chance
to take their show to Broadway.
Heidi and Susan, played by Rebecca
Guilderson and Alexis Tibeault,
respectively, are friends of Jef and
Eric and are involved in the process
of this play. Tese four friends are
almost torn apart by the demands of
producing “Title of Show.” Te plot
of this musical does serve well in
advancing the themes; however, there
are some issues with it. It was a bit
confusing at times.
Te acting in “Title of Show” was
great. Smith and Biskupski interacted
with each other seamlessly and as the
lead characters, this was essential to
the play’s success. In one scene, Jef
and Hunter began to question each
other and their motives for producing
the musical; the actors handled this
delicate scene very well. Smith and
Biskupski were able to replicate
a real friendship, and portray real
challenges of friendship, opposed
to the unrealistic, fake, Hollywood
friendship. “Title of Show” also has
well presented themes to go along
with the good acting.
“Title of Show” held nothing back
in its portrayal of what it takes to
succeed in the drama department.
Te characters struggle at every turn
to produce their musical and it was
a challenge even getting noticed by
critiques. Te play says a lot about
what it takes to be successful. It takes
hard work and perseverance to make it
big and “Title of Show” demonstrates
these truths wonderfully. Te
friendship of the four characters
is almost torn apart by the stress of
taking a show to Broadway. In the
end, success is great but friendship is
much more valuable.
It has been a long time since I’ve
watched a performance like this
before. Te acting was excellent, and
the message was well delivered and
resonated well. What makes “Title of
Show” so great is its message on the
power of friendship, and the way it
got across to the audience. “Title of
Show” was a well-done musical.
Students don’t
read for fun
anymore; they’re
too busy studying
Windsor Teatre shows
We don’t often think about how
music and culture are imported
into Canada as easily as electronics
and food. In the case of Portuguese
immigrants, the majority of whom
have been moving to Canada since
the 1950s, music has been an integral
activity that reminds people of their
homeland, friends, family, and society.
In the past few generations, however,
children have been losing interest
in this music that has been passed
down. What has been a Portuguese
tradition in Canada, forming bands
known as “bandas flarmonicas” to
play Portuguese music, could be a
dying tradition.
“Only time will tell,” said Professor
Wesley Ferreira at his Colloquium
Musicum presentation this past
Wednesday in Brunton Auditorium.
Ferreira, of Portuguese descent
himself, is a member of the Music
Department at Mount Allison and
has been involved with music in this
diaspora community for his entire
life. His talk “Bandas Filarmonicas
in Canada: Cultural Retention in the
Diaspora” was an informative lecture
on the music of Portugal: how it
began, how it developed, and how it
has come to change within Canada.
It isn’t often that people have
the opportunity or motivation to
learn about a genre of music other
than popular music. Te bandas
flarmonicas sound similar to
American marching bands at frst,
which most people are probably more
familiar with. A more discerning
ear, however, could pick out many
interesting diferences, many of which
Ferreira discussed in his lecture. For
example, many instruments that we
take for granted are missing from
today’s music: fute, oboe, bassoon,
and timpani. As a result, bandas
flarmonicas have a unique timbre
that would be unlikely to be heard
anywhere else.
Music has been an integrated
part of society for thousands of
years, from simple monophonic
melodies to the dense and intense
textures of Brahms’ symphonies.
In this colloquium, Ferreira shared
with his audience the Portuguese’s
cultural signifcance, and how that
signifcance has changed upon its
migration to Canada. In Portugal,
music performances are highly social
events, and are most often performed
in the open air at sacred and secular
festivals and celebrations. One thing
that stayed with me after the lecture
was the fact that music actually ended
the dictatorship of Estado Novo
in 1974 when the country staged a
military coup with bullets exchanged
for carnations, which were placed in
the barrels of guns and tanks alike.
Te music, marching feet creating
John Trafford
Argosy Correspondent
A review of “Title of Show”
BOUFFE!
Tintamarre’s new bilingual comedy!
Directed by Alex Fancy
February 2-5

Good Night Desdemona (Good
Morning Juliet)
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Directed by Mary Vingoe
March 23-26
Te Whole Shebang
by Rich Orlof
Directed by Robin Munro
and
Te Terrible False Deception
by Rafe MacPherson
Directed by Hallie Walsh
March 11-12
Lea Foy
the accompaniment for solo and
harmonizing voices, was played over
the radio to cue the coup. After its
success, red carnations became a
symbol of freedom for the people.
While bandas flarmonicas are an
important and prominent vehicle
for music in Portugal and now the
expatriates in Canada, it is interesting
to note that choral music never
developed in the same way. Instead,
instruments were the musical voices
of this society.
Ferreira, while a private instructor
of clarinet and saxophone, is also
a musical director of bands in
and outside of Mt. A. He will be
performing chamber works by
Brahms, Babin, Lutoslawski, Kocour,
and Mandat February 10 in Brunton
Auditorium with David Rogosin,
piano, and guest artists Mark Adam,
percussion, and Nhat Viet-Phi,
piano. He will also be conducting the
Mt. A Bands on March 19 at 2:00
pm in Convocation Hall in a joint
concert with Mt. A choirs, directed
by Gayle H. Martin, and a visiting
choir. Be sure to mark it in your
calendars because it is assured to be
a promising performance if the joint
piece “Cantica de Sancto Benedicto”
that will be performed by Choral
Society, Elliott Chorale, Symphonic
Band and Wind Ensemble is any
indication!
A talk by Wesley Ferreira
Morgan Traynor
Argosy Contributor
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SPORTS January 27, 2011 sports@argosy.ca
What must have seemed like a dream
run for the world’s 152nd ranked
tennis player (and a Canadian, no
less) came to an end earlier this
week at the Australian Open in
Melbourne. After beating the
twenty-second and tenth
seeds and becoming the frst
qualifer to reach the round
of sixteen at a Grand
Slam in twelve years,
Tornhill, Ontario
native Milos
Raonic lost in
four sets (4-6,
6-2, 6-3, 6-4) to
seventh-seeded
David Ferrer. Had he won,
Raonic would have become the frst
Canadian to reach a Grand Slam
quarterfnal. Not that Canadian
tennis fans are exactly complaining.
Equipped with one of the
most powerful serves on tour
(ESPN commentator Patrick
McEnroe called it the
strongest he’s ever seen) and a
6’5” frame that lets him cover
the court with ease, nineteen
year-old Raonic is the most
promising player to come
out of Canada in years. His
confdence steadily grew
throughout the week as his
Aussie Open performance
showed that he had the ability to
compete amongst the tennis elite.
“Tere’s a lot to learn from today
Te Great Canadian Hope
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
Mount Allison pool reopens at last
Dave Zarum
Sports Editor
and from the whole two-week
experience,” said Raonic, who
unleashed ffteen aces in defeat. “Te
biggest thing is I’m not that far away
from this level on a week-to-week
basis. Tis is a great motivational
thing for the work I’ve done.”
Of course, anyone in attendance
on the opening night of last
summers’ Rogers Cup
tournament
in Toronto
k n o w s
w h a t
Raonic is
capable of
against tennis’
top dogs.
On what
had already
been dubbed
“Tennis Canada
night” at the
s p o r t i n g
organizations newly
revamped Rexall
Centre on the campus
of York University, the
Canucks shone bright.
In the evening’s frst
match, local kid Peter
Peter Polansky (ranked
200th in the world at the
time) upset Austrian Jergin Melzer –
ranked ffteenth -to the delight of the
capacity crowd in attendance. Still,
the best was yet to come.
When Raonic and Alberta’s Vasek
Pospisil stepped on the court, they
looked like they were about to be
fed to the lions. And, in a way, they
were. Roanic and Pospisil, ranked 217
and 329, respectively, were set to take
on the world’s number one and two
ranked players, Rafa Nadal and Novak
Djokavic, in a highly anticipated
frst-round doubles match. It marked
the frst time that the top two players
in the world had teamed up since
Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe in
1976. Two closely-contested sets and
a nail-biting 10-8 tiebreaker later,
the Canadian Kids had beaten Nadal
and Djokovic in what could only be
considered a Tennis Canada Night
miracle. Until now.
For Raonic, that match was the
Big Bang of his career, the instant
when everything changed and his
game rapidly expanded. He moved to
Spain in September to train full-time
under Tennis Canada coach Galo
Blanco, and has shown steady signs of
improvement ever since.
At the Aussie Open this week,
Raonic gave a global viewing audience
a taste of what he is capable of (in
his four matches, he recorded over
seventy-fve aces), and his electrifying
skills didn’t go unnoticed. As he left
the court after his loss to Ferrer,
those in attendance Down Under
gave the kid from Canada a rousing
ovation. It was their way of letting
him know that, in their eyes, he was
no fuke, and had been accepted as
the real deal. Tough he entered the
tournament an unknown, the Great
Canadian Hope with the big serve
is surely one of the most intriguing
players to watch as 2011 unfolds.

It’s been a long and
challengnig process,
but we will all beneft
from these important
upgrades
Pierre Arsenault
Director,
Athletics Department
After several long months of waiting,
the Mount Allison swimming pool
re-opened on Tuesday.
“We are pleased to fnally have
arrived at the point where our
students, faculty and staf and the
community can start to enjoy the pool
once again,” said Pierre Arsenault,
Mount Allison’s Director of Athletics
and Recreation.
Te pool was flled with water last
week, and was fnally opened for use
after several delays and setbacks.
“It’s been a long and challenging
process,” said Arsenault. “[However],
we are absolutely convinced that as
users we will all beneft from these
important upgrades.”
Te actual renovation of the pool
area did not start until well into
the summer months, after an early
prediction of starting in May. In
addition, the Decktron unit which
works both in ventilating the pool
area and regulating the water, arrived
on December
13, almost two
months after
its scheduled
d e l i v e r y ,
according to
Arsenault.
“As you
can imagine,
the process
couldn’t have
been completed
without this
unit,” Arsenault
said. “Once it fnally arrived, work
has progressed on schedule and as
planned.”
In addition to community and
campus users, the pool will welcome
back the Mt. A Swim Team, who has
been forced to commute to smaller
pools in Amherst and Moncton for
the past few months. With the AUS
Championship Meet only two weeks
away, the timing couldn’t be better for
Head Coach John Peters and his team
of swimmers.
Along with
the addition of
the Decktron
unit, which sits
in a fenced-of
area behind the
Athletic Centre,
the renovations
i n c l u d e d
resurfacing the
bottom of the
pool itself, and a
complete re haul
of the ceiling and roof, including
interior lighting.
It was the frst time the pool had
been renovated in any way since the
early 1990s.

Twenty year-old Milos Raonic has what it takes to be Canada’s frst tennis star
Sue Seaborn
For more information on pool times
and programs visit athletics.mta.ca
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Mountie swimmers are happy to be back in their natural habitat.
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Former Mounties’ Women’s hockey
coach Jack Drover said it best: “I
don’t sleep well when we lose close,
and I don’t sleep well when we win
close…I haven’t been getting much
sleep lately.”
For the fourth time in a row
since the calendar fipped to 2011,
the Mounties took the game into
overtime, erasing a 4-1 third period
defcit to beat the UPEI Panthers
5-4 on Saturday afternoon in
Sackville.
Katelyn Morton scored two goals,
including the overtime winner, and
added an assist while Darla Frizzell
and Andie Switalski picked up a
goal and two assists each.
Te Mounties found themselves
trailing 53 seconds into the game
after the Panthers’ second shot
eluded Meghan Corley-Byrne, who
allowed an uncharacteristic four goals
on 20 shots.
For the second game in a row,
the Mounties were down after two
periods, but were not out. With
Jenelle Hulan between the pipes at
the start of the third, and facing a
4-1 defcit, the Mounties’ comeback
began.
Two and a half minutes into the
period, Switalski took a pass from
Morton and fred a cannon that
defected in of a Panther defender.
Four minutes later, Chelsea King
pounced on a rebound and put it past
PEI goalie Bailey Toupin to cut the
lead to one.
Te comeback was completed
halfway through the period on the
power-play when Frizzell walked
around a sprawling defender and
wired a shot through a crowd to knot
the game up at 4-4.
In the four-on-four extra period,
the Mounties were forced to kill of
a penalty, and in what is becoming
a recurring theme, the penalty kill
led by Kristen Cooze held strong,
allowing the Mounties to extend the
game and led to the game winner.
With two minutes remaining in
overtime, a hard shot on goal by
Switalski was jumped on by Frizzell,
whose rebound bounced right in front
to Morton who had a wide open net
and made no mistake for her ninth
goal and team-leading thirteenth
point of the season.
Hulan picked up the win to
improve her record to 3-1-1 this
season, stopping all 12 shots she
faced, while the Mounties peppered
Toupin with 53 shots, the most by
a Mountie team since they had 58
against UNB in February 2004.
“Our confdence is really high
now,” said Switalski. “[It’s] higher
than ever before. We know we can
come back now and pull through.”
When asked about the consecutive
comebacks, Morton said “We are
focusing more on telling ourselves
that we can win this, instead of
thinking that we might lose or have
Cardiac Kids earn 5-4 OT win vs UPEI
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
already lost.”
In a game with many exciting
moments, it’s difcult to decipher
what the turning point in the game
was. Some, like Morton, will say
Switalski’s goal to open the third and
put the Mounties back on track was
the turning point, while Switalski
points to King’s goal as the moment
where the team realized “Wow, we’re
actually doing this again.”
Just as in the comeback victory
against Moncton last week, the
penalty kill and the face-of circle
were huge factors in determining the
outcome. Winning 41 of 31 face-ofs,
the Mounties were led by Ashlyn
Somers, who won 13 of 18 face-
ofs including a big one that led to
Frizzell’s tying goal.
Tough the Mounties did surrender
one power play goal on fve attempts,
a key penalty kill in the second and
another in overtime seemed to swing
the momentum towards the home
squad.
Te third-place Mounties, sitting
at 8-6-1, face of at St FX this coming
Friday before traveling to Saint
Mary’s on Sunday. Tey return home
February 4, when they host the STU
Tommies.
Morton, Frizzell, Switalski lead the charge for Hockey Mounties
4
5
AUS Hockey
All photos courtesy Sue Seaborn
Sue Seaborn
Mounties’ Caila Henderson and Erica Cronkhite in action.
RUN
THIS
SHIP!
The Argosy is hiring a new Editor in Chief
for the 2011-2012 publishing year.
Excellent leadership
skills
Interest in student
journalism
Experience in editing
and design an asset,
but not required
QUALIFICATIONS:
Honoraria:
$5000 paid quarterly
Term:
May 1, 2011-April 30,
2012
Deadline:
Friday, February 18,
2011
Please submit a
cover letter and
resume to the
Argosy Business
Manager Justin
Baglole at
jvbaglole@mta.ca
Candidates must
secure a faculty
member to sit
on the Board of
Directors for a
two year term
before submitting
an application.
Questions or
comments? Email
argosy@mta.ca

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