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September 15, 2011
Questions remain for Pavillion’s future
Satellite residence closed again for the year
Pavillion Bousquet residence has been closed again for the 2011-2012 year. The decision came as a great disappointment to the Residence Assistants (RAs), as well to students who anticipated their stay in the house. Pavillion is known for its tightknit and comfortable environment. Located on 57 Charlotte Street, it remains slightly isolated compared to the other bustling residences that Mt. A has to offer. It is said that the temporary closure was due to the lack of resident-interest among students who are new to Mt. A, as well as the building’s need of repair. An intended RA Stefan Noel had more to say about the house and why he valued his time there so much. Pavillion can house up to twentysix students, and the group of students who are assigned to this residence are unique from year to year. Noel, a fourth year International Relations student, was the RA for “Pav” in 2009-2010, and was re-assigned to the position this year. The decision to close Pavillion was a shame according to Noel, as it was “easy to become a family” there. Noel remembered that the people assigned to the house made a huge difference to the environment it created for its residents. He commented that many new students, who had yet to become involved in any Mt. A social circles, were hesitant to become close to the other house members. There was a significantly high rate of people moving from Pavillion to other residences, especially amongst new
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SHINERAMA’s major fundraiser of the year, SHINE Day was a rousing success, raising a record breaking $20,000 in a single day. For more pictures from SHINE Day, check out the centrefold on pages 14 and 15.
Windsor Theater braced for move to Convocation Hall
Mixed feelings as Drama Program prepares to move
Windsor Theatre will soon acquire a new home. The drama program was informed at the end of August that they would be moving out of the former University Centre/Memorial Library building over the month of September, using Convocation Hall as a studio space until the new Fine Arts and Drama Studies building is completed. The anticipated completion date for the new building is projected for 2014. On Sept. 6, approximately forty drama students attended a student meeting which informed them of the upcoming move. While many faculty and students are worried about its timing, drama faculty members and students have responded positively to the changes. “I’m really excited,” said fourth year Drama student Cat McCluskey. “Although I’m sad the building is being torn down because it’s been my home for two years, I think the new building will be exactly what the program needs.” To accommodate Windsor Theatre, the stage of Con Hall will be Technical Director will be hired to transformed into a convertible studio assist with the move over the next space. Current plans are to have both few months, and will help Production the actors and audience on the stage Manager Paul Del Motte with the of Con Hall for more more technical aspects intimate productions Theatre thrives on of the move. such as Tintamarre, Director of Drama with mobile seating challenge – there’s Glen Nichols risers, new lighting got to be teamwork commented that while facilities, and other and support. the suddenness of accommodations to Alex Fancy the move came as a ensure that the stage Prof. Emeritus surprise, the program can change back had already constructed and forth between plans in preparation for Windsor Theatre and a general stage the construction of the new building for University events. Further planning and simply had to implement the plans is needed to accommodate spaces for earlier. “Our Fall season should be the offices, costume construction, and set construction. A temporary Assistant WINDSOR, Page 4
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Tantramar region to be designated a sustainable community
Sackville and the greater Tantramar region will soon be recognized as a sustainable community under the United Nations due of the work of Environmental Studies Honours student Erik Fraser. To develop this comprehensive application, Fraser remained in Sackville this past summer working as the first United Nations-Mount Allison University Sustainability Education Intern. The Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) application is an initiative supported by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, and if successful, it will designate the greater Tantramar region including Dorchester, Port Elgin, and Memramcook - as communities committed to sustainability. Such a designation would have wide implications for the university, for local communities’ infrastructure and governance, as well as for schools in the region. Already, Tantramar Regional High School has committed to incorporate elements of sustainable education in the classroom as a part of this regional venture. Fraser jumped at the internship opportunity when he was approached by Geography and Environment department head Dr. Michael Fox, who said he was a “natural choice” to work on the application to the UNUIAS for both honours research and as a summer internship. “As an environmental studies major and a student government leader, [Erik]
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has a high level of understanding of the issues that are important to the people of this region,” commented Fox. “His work with the Green Investment Fund, the Farmers’ Market, and the SAC all came together in this project, where he is working to revise our curriculum to make it part of the community, not just theory learned in the lecture hall and regurgitated for tests.” Over the summer, Fraser’s research mainly consisted of soliciting relevant stakeholders such as the municipalities, EOS EcoEnergy Solutions (a local non-profit corporation promoting sustainable energy solutions for the Tantramar), UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve, and the New Brunswick Department of Education. Their responsibilities would include a commitment to RCE Tantramar’s goals and objectives, active participation in projects undertaken by RCE Tantramar, as well as contributing to RCE governance in the region. The application was recently submitted to the UNU, and Fraser and Fox expect to find out the results in November. Once the application goes through, they’re prepared to hit the ground running. “It’s expected
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Human rights group protest upcoming Troy Davis execution
Doubts shadow case for man on death row
delayed. Since Davis' conviction in 1991, in which the jury decision was made in little over an hour, seven out of the nine witnesses have recanted their testimony, with some alleging police coercion. No physical evidence was presented during the trial to link Davis to the murder of the officer. Public Relations Coordinator for the Mount Allison chapter of Amnesty International, Geoff Campbell, expressed his concerns with the trial. "Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception," stated Campbell. "This case especially shows just how easy it is for even one of the purportedly fair justice systems to make a fatal mistake." The execution date was issued on Sept. 6 by the Georgia Department
that we have projects ready so they can begin to be implemented as soon as we’ve been accepted. The first will be the Centre for Engaged Learning at the university.” The project currently remains in the hands of the Geography department, though plans for the new Centre will be officially presented to the university administration once membership is accepted. In coming years, the university also hopes to add a full Urban Planning program to the course calendar as a part of this sustainability initiative. Achieving RCE designation will also help advance the Tantramar 2040 Sustainability Plan. The thirty year plan, developed in part with Sustainable Sackville, aims to assist development of regional changes to the transportation networks, climate change adaptation and mitigation procedures, and local business developments to ensure greater sustainability of long-term initiatives. There are approximately eightyfive designated RCE’s in the world, eight of which are located in North America. The creation of an RCE in the Tantramar region will be the first in the Maritime provinces, as well as on the entire Eastern Seaboard.
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Troy Davis, age 42, is set to be executed on Sept. 21 for the murder of Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989, a sentence which continues to be shadowed by doubt as many key witnesses to the trial have recanted their original testimonies against Davis. Human rights group, Amnesty International, alongside several prominent celebrities and world leaders, are renewing a call for clemency for the man in the hopes that the execution date will be
of Corrections. In June 2010, U.S. District Judge William Moore heard from two witnesses who admitted to having falsely identified Davis as the killer, and two others who claimed that another man had confessed to being MacPhail's killer since Davis' trial. Moore concluded in August that several of the witnesses had already backed off their incriminating testimonies in the 1991 trial, so it wasn't new evidence, and that the others could not be believed. He ruled that while the new evidence casts some doubt on the conviction, "it is largely smoke and mirrors" and was not enough to prove Davis' innocence. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Davis' appeal in March. Currently, prominent figures including former President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
Davis is set to be executed on Sept. 21.
the former director of the FBI, and the Pope support Amnesty's efforts to grant Davis clemency. They are gathering petition signatures and urging the public to send letters to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to commute Davis' death sentence. In 2007, Davis was issued a stay less than one day from his execution date. Since then, US courts
have granted two additional stays after pressure from the international community. This marks his fourth execution date. Campbell encourages students who wish to take action or find out more to visit JusticeForTroy.org, write to the Georgia Pardons and Paroles boards, or sign Amnesty’s petition.
Student undertakes research in Ghana
Case study investigates gender bias in secondary education
Each summer, students take advantage of the many research opportunities and grants available at Mount Allison. Third year International Relations student Kristina Mansveld received a J. E. A. Crake Scholarship for summer research, utilizing the funding to carry out research this past summer in Ghana. Located in Sandema, a community in the upper eastern region of the country, Mansveld carried out a research project she developed after befriending a young woman from the village. “The difficulties that she faced and her incredible determination to pursue education despite them astounded me,” said Mansveld, describing the inspiration behind her research. “I wanted to learn more about the issues, the socioeconomic and cultural forces that shaped her life and opportunities.” The project, entitled ‘Gender, Social Capital, and Access to Secondary Education in Northern Ghana’, is a community-level case study of power relationships and interactions between genders. Using a research methodology that emphasizes the importance of indigenous knowledge, Mansveld interviewed young women, school administrators, community members and teachers, who were all included as researchers themselves. “[My role] was to act as a conduit for their knowledge, ideas, and analysis of the gender bias in secondary education in Ghana,” explains Mansveld. Now back from Ghana, Mansveld is currently preparing a report of the gender-based barriers to secondary education that were highlighted in her study. “My first priority is to ensure that the research that was conducted benefits the people of Sandema,” said Mansveld. The report will be distributed to various NGOs in the community, as well as
September 15, 2011
SAC Summer Initiatives for 2011-2012
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“This year coming up is going to be a pretty big year of celebration,” said SAC President Pat Joyce. Joyce is sitting on the Town's steering committee for Sackville’s 250th anniversary events as a student representative. The town is planning to apply for a grant to pay for upcoming events, one being a 'Town and Gown' dance. “We were thinking it would be kind of themed around the 1760’s, which was when Sackville was founded,” said Joyce. This dance would include students and town residents and will likely be held in Tweedie Hall.
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Vice-President Campus Life Michael Watkins is working in conjunction with the SAC and students to start a bike co-op for the town of Sackville. Any bikes that are stolen and picked up by the RCMP in Sackville have sixty days to be reclaimed, but often bikes are not retrieved. The RCMP will contribute these unclaimed bikes to the SAC’s initiative. The SAC is brainstorming ways to acquire helmets and locks and to pay for repairs to the bikes. “The whole concept is that is it going to be a Sackville and Mount Allison bike co-op, with everyone contributing to provide a free bike rental service,” said Watkins. The SAC is planning to hold a community bike ride on September 24 to launch this initiative and to inform students on how to get involved.
Vice-President Academic Eric Fraser wants to develop Departmental Advisory committees, which would be responsible for informing students about what is going on in their respective department. “[It’s] a really cool opportunity for students to have a say in what their Departments are doing,” commented Joyce. Mariam Adam
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Third-year student Kristina Mansveld traveled to Ghana this past summer to research women’s access to secondary education.
to community members. “Too often researchers visit places like Northern Ghana, ask questions, and benefit from local knowledge never to give something in return,” she asserted. She is determined not to do that along with her report, Mansveld is also fundraising to send her friend from Sandema to secondary school. Once back at Mt. A, Mansveld will have a chance to explore the research findings from a more theoretical perspective during an independent study this winter. “There is a lot more work to be done in Sandema,” said Mansveld, who plans to reapply for funding in order to continue her research next summer. “I honestly feel that having a chance to share their stories, to have their knowledge communicated in a codified way, was very empowering for Sandema's young women.” Mansveld’s faculty advisor, International Relations Professor Dr. Dave Thomas, had an important experience some setbacks with the move. The three students had been working on a site-specific theatre piece on the Memorial Library building, utilizing the entire building and using the stories of alumni, students, and University members in the writing of the play. “With the move to Con Hall, we can no longer carry out this piece,” comments Biskupski. “It was the only production in the season to have to change because of the subject and the nature of the play. We’re going to talk to Glen Nichols ke now.” Professor Emeritus and Director of Tintamarre Alex Fancy commented that he was not too worried about
role in the formulation and execution of her research plan. “Kristina's project was a remarkable success in many ways, and this was due in part to her thorough and long preparation for field work in Ghana,” commented Thomas. He pointed out that this was in large part due to her immense groundwork that included spending time in Ghana, taking an independent study course on her topic, and investigating academic articles on research methods and theory. This, he claims, was crucial for achieving her goal of creating a research project “that does not replicate the many neo-colonial interventions into African societies, which are unfortunately typical of Westerners trying to ‘help’ Africans.” Students can hear about other summer research projects at the Summer Undergraduate Research Fair (SURF) this Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm on the first floor of Avard Dixon G12 and 118 and 111. the new drama space. “One of my favourite books is The Empty Space by Peter Brook.,” commented Fancy. “His argument is that theatre can be performed anywhere. It’s the human dynamic that is important – the energy exchange between audience and performer.” With this in mind, Fancy continued to explain that it is important for students to have a regular and flexible space in which to carry out rehearsals, but was confident that any concerns would be worked out. “Theatre thrives on challenge – there’s got to be teamwork and support,” stated Fancy.
Watkins has been working in conjunction with Windsor Hall to implement a ‘Safe Walk Home’ program for their residence. This program will act as a trial for the University. “If you are feeling uncomfortable, and you don’t want to walk home alone, you could call a number and two students could come and walk you home,” explains Watkins.
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President Communications Julia Stephenson is planning on conducting video logs, or “vlogging,” to keep students at Mt. A informed. Last year, Council approved the spending of the innovation fund line, which the SAC used to purchase a new camera. One of its main uses is to give students an immediate update about what happened in a creative and interesting way, rather than just sending out an email. “If we can have video updates, and people can actually see what we are doing and what we are working on, then it’s a pretty awesome way for students to understand the roles that we play and engage with us more,” said Joyce. The SAC is also hoping to live-stream council, so students will be able to watch the meetings online.
The survival guide is an online resource for first-year students as an introduction to the university and student life. “[The survival guide] covers everything from safe drinking, and partying, to how to do laundry… It’s a good resource for students. Really well done and put together,” said Joyce. You can check out the Mt. A survival guide at http://www.mtasurvivalguide. ca/play-time.php
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Drama students adjust to new staging facility
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same,” stated Nichols. “Things can integrate quite well. Our Winter season may be affected with dates, but not in terms of the number of productions.” However, fourth year Drama Studies students Eric Biskupski, Spencer Yarnell, and Georgina Debley have one show that will
Windsor Theatre will move into Con Hall throughout October. Their first show in this setting will take place on October 26th.
Rebranding in final stages
Current students weigh in on University’s new brand
Mount Allison recently underwent a ‘brand positioning program,’ or 'branding' for short, according to the Mt. A website. “This involves the discovery and consistent presentation of verifiable strengths and attributes that make an organization unique to its competitors,” states the website. Students may have noticed a different logo appearing on clothing at the bookstore or received countless emails informing them of the project, but just how much does the average student know about Mt. A’s new identity? Now that the project is completed and the university is moving forward with its new identity, a brand guide has recently been published and distributed across campus. According to this guide, one of the most crucial findings of the research was that Mt. A’s profile outside of the Maritimes is “very low” and as the number of high school students in the Atlantic region has declined, this is considered a major liability. It has thus become essential to recruit students from outside the traditional recruiting area, mainly based in Atlantic Canada. This is where branding comes in, with the ultimate goal of creating a clear and consistent message to communicate its reputation. “A clearly articulated brand defines who we are, influences how our key audiences perceive us, and attracts students, faculty, staff, and benefactors,” states President Campbell in the branding guide. The current students are now in a sort of transitional phase in accommodating the University’s new brand position. Of approximately sixty students polled, seventy-five per cent could identify the new logo while the remaining twenty-five thought a former Mt. A masthead was the current logo in use. Of those sixty students, three of them thought both of them were being used and/or they looked the same. Several students were unsure of what exactly the Mt. A brand entailed; one student thought the brand was the signature torch, another said the Mountie duck, and one student thought “born to be” was the Mt. A. brand. Most students vaguely recalled that it had recently changed, but were unclear of exactly how. When the Argosy asked approximately forty-six students their opinions on an example of the new logo, twenty-one per cent didn’t care, twenty-one per cent liked the new one, forty-one per cent liked the old one better, thirteen per cent thought the old one looked more professional, and two percent thought both were the same. The new brand position is supposed to convey an “immersive learning community for independent minded leaders,” as described in the branding guide. Second year student James Adams disagrees with this statement. “Its not the reason I came here and I don’t think it describes Mt. A,” comments Adams. Fourth year student Paul Shaver agrees, saying that Mt. A is more abut what you make it. “I didn’t come to Mt. A because of any message and I don’t think it would have any effect on my choice,” said Shaver. Third year student Cat McCluskey thinks it’s interesting that the brand position has changed considering she and everyone else came here on a different message. “The old logo is more classic,” she said, stating that the new one looks more edgy and modern. “Mt. A is all about its history and the crest of the old logo reflected that - Mt. A is not edgy,” she laughed. Allisonian Editor Sarah Underhill thinks that a general consensus among this year’s grads is that they want to buy clothing with the old logo on it. “They just moved the flame; before it looked like a torch and it doesn’t anymore,” comments Underhill. She is also frustrated with the usage rules that come with the new logo, stating that it is going to be more difficult to work with in the upcoming yearbook. Led by the Marketing and Communications office and funded by a $165 000 donation from an anonymous alumnus, the project has taken place over eight months and has included extensive surveys of regional, national, and international high school seniors and university students, an audit of several universities seen as key competitors, and in-depth interviews with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and key external audiences. To help steer the project, a Brand Council, made up of representatives from across the University, was directly involved to provide insight and review of the project’s outcomes.
A recent Argosy poll showed that 21% of students were indifferent to the new Mt. A logo, and 41% liked the old logo better.
This Week in the World
A weekly miscellany compiled by Scott Green
The Group of Eight, also known as the ‘G8,’ comprised of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Russia, has pledged $38 billion to Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Jordan to be given from 2011-2013. This money, in addition to previous offerings by the G8 in partnership with the World Bank, nearly doubles the $20 billion originally pledged in May 2011. These funds are designated for reconstruction efforts in Egypt and Tunisia, as well as assisting these countries in the move towards democracy after protests toppled their respective autocratic regimes. The funds will moreover help with constitutional reforms being made in the monarchies of Morocco and Jordan. The son of the embattled Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi fled to Niger on Sunday, Sept. 11. Nigerian officials reported that Saadi Gaddafi arrived in the country with a convoy along with eight others, who were unidentified. They were allowed to enter the country on humanitarian grounds, despite the Nigerian government’s official recognition of Libya’s National Transitional Council, the successor body that has been recognized internationally after the current Libyan civil war ended the Gaddafi regime. A British couple was attacked during the night of September 10 to 11 at a resort in Kenya, leaving the husband dead and the wife kidnapped. The events occurred at a resort north of Lamu, Kenya, near the border of Somalia, where the two were vacationing together. There are currently no official reports concerning who is to blame for the murder and kidnapping. However, Kenyan maritime security personnel suspect that Islamic militants from Somalia are behind these activities. Seventy-seven United States’ troops were injured and two Afghan civilians killed by a suicide truck bomber at a US military base in the town of Bagram, Afghanistan. NATO has reported that none of the injuries sustained were life threatening. The attack took place Sunday, Sept. 11 on the tenth anniversary of the al-Qaeda-executed 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia.
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Bagram military base attacked
Age of student debt
The heavy burden of tuition
If your parents or grandparents went to university, debt was not as big of an issue compared to now. This is mainly because tuition was lower, and there were many non-repayable grants available. Today, the cost of university has skyrocketed. Most parents now have to help their children pay for university, while students have to take out larger and larger student loans to finance their education. Why is student debt such a big issue now? In part it is due to the rise in the cost of post-secondary education. Tuition rose ten per cent each year between 1990 and 1999, and continues to rise at an average of five per cent each continuing year. This has caused many students to demand that the government force universities to freeze tuition. However the universities themselves can’t take all the blame for increased tuition. Government funding for universities has also decreased over the years, forcing schools to raise tuition in order to compensate their expenses. The share of university operating budgets funded by tuition fees has risen from fourteen per cent in 1985, to thirty per cent in 2005. High university tuition means students are then forced to take out loans, which causes further problems due to high interest rates. Interest rates vary across Canada, and are currently between five and nine per cent (7.25% in New Brunswick). It now takes students a long time to pay back their student loans, with the average Canadian student taking seven and a half years to fully pay off their loans. There has also been an increase in youth unemployment. Fewer individuals between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four are being hired, and those who are face lower pay and benefits as employers try to lower costs. As a result it is harder to pay for school while studying in university and harder to pay off loans upon graduating. It has also been predicted that youth unemployment will continue to grow, making it increasingly hard for debt-burdened graduates to find work. There are many severe consequences to the high student debt problem. High student debt can prevent students from making post-secondary education a priority, especially when they come from lower-level income families. This then decreases the level of university completion and enrolment. Students are burdening their future finances with large student debt, leading to problems when buying a home or starting a family. An aside to financial turmoil is health issues, which can be attributed to the high levels of stress. An increasing number of graduates are even having to declare bankruptcy because of their overwhelming debt. Parents are also suffering from this, with many having to delay retirement or even take out second mortgages to help pay for their children’s education. The Canadian Federation of Students reported that Canadian student loan debt is approaching fourteen billion dollars, and the average debt for university graduates is around twenty-seven thousand dollars. Maritime student debt is currently the highest in Canada and is increasing at a rapid rate. From 1999 to 2004, student debt increased from $21,177 to over $28,000, according to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. This increase in student debt seems to conflict with the idea that post-secondary education should be available to everyone. If this trend continues, the number of students pursuing a post-secondary education may steadily decline, and a university degree may become a luxury that few can afford.
September 1, 2011
by: Libbie Doe
Have a bite of this ingenious diet and enjoy the ride!
We’ve all heard of those aphrodisiac foods that can turn a flickering moment into a blazing night of passion: strawberries, chocolate, even oysters. But if dishing out the tray of Venus is becoming a cliché, consider trying the orgasmic diet. By incorporating these key nutrients into your regular eating habits, hit the big “o” in no time, and louder than before. Marrena Lindberg shares her three-step diet plan for keeping that sex-drive peppy in her book, The Orgasmic Diet Action Plan. Ladies, ignore calorie counting and eat for the sake of your libido. Gentlemen, read on for some tips that will guarantee mind blowing orgasms. Daily do’s: Take a hefty multivitamin each morning, a dose of fish oil (1700 mg EPA, 1300 DHA), vitamin C, and recommended daily allowances (RDA) of calcium (1000mg), magnesium (400mg), and zinc (15mg). Don’t let the numbered amounts scare you—vitamin bottles always show how many milligrams each pill you pop contains. Forget-me-not: This is a special shout out to the menstruating ladies: every two to three days, remember to take a dash of iron (27mg) with your meal. Be a man: In the year 2000, The New England Journal of Medicine released a study* which concluded that testosterone enhances female sexual activity and desire. As such, Lindberg suggests increasing the production of this hormone by consuming more protein, magnesium, and zinc. Dopamine: Up the intake of your happiness inducing hormone by adding Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, to your list of supplements. Take fish oils… and dark chocolate: a piece a day keeps the doctor away—unless you’re role-playing… Serotonin: According to Alyce Warren in Psychology Today, too much serotonin may result in “overloading the receptors that control sexual arousal, and decreasing sexual desire.” Avoid caffeine and moderate your intake of starchy foods and sugar, which have the tendency to perk your serotonin levels. Sample Menu: •Multivitamin •Vitamin C (or orange juice) •Morning fish oil (2 pills) •Afternoon calcium/magnesium/ zinc (2 pills) •Afternoon fish oil (2 pills) •Evening calcium/magnesium/ zinc (1 pill) •Iron •Dark chocolate (1/2 ounce) Breakfast: French toast, heavy on the egg Lunch: Pecan-grape chicken salad (diced chicken mixed with 1 tsp of mayonnaise, 1 tbsp chopped pecans, 2 tbsp chopped grapes) on a bed of greens Dinner: BBQ pork tenderloin, a side of broccoli and a salad
Happy, healthy hummus
The recipe with a soundtrack
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It is rare to find a happy, healthy vegan who does not enjoy a hearty helping of hummus. You can buy this Middle Eastern spread pre-made at the grocery store, but it is much more economical (not to mention more fun!) to make it yourself. All you need is a bl–ender, some basic ingredients, and about twenty minutes. The trick is to take your time and continuously scrape the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula. Don’t skimp out on the tahini—it’s the secret ingredient! Use it as a dip for raw veggies and crackers, or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. 1. Place oil and half of chickpeas in blender, pulse several times, scraping sides of blender to move around
mixture. 2. Add remaining chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, water, jalapeño, cayenne and cumin. Continue to pulse and scrape until mixture is very smooth and creamy. For creamier hummus, add more water by the teaspoon. 3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Store refrigerated in an airtight container. Yields about two cups. Soundtrack: “Nuages” by Django Reinhardt, off of The Best of Django Reinhardt (Verve 1996)
- 1 Can (541 ml) chickpeas, drained and rinsed - 1/3 cup olive oil - juice of ½ lemon - 3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste) - 4 cloves garlic, crushed - ¼ cup water - 1 jalapeño pepper, minced - ¼ tsp cayenne powder - ½ tsp cumin - Salt and pepper
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Soldier among us
A bi-weekly look at Mount Allison’s e nv i r o n m e n t a l commitments
For those students enrolled in environment-related courses such as the Geography and Environment stream, questions about wind farms, polar bears, and global effects of climate change are waiting to be discussed. While these are all worth exploring, it seems appropriate that the ‘buy local’ movement that is sweeping the nation be accompanied with a ‘learn-local’ column. What is Mt. A doing to tread lightly on the Earth? Individuals can purchase local produce, but what about the food services on campus? Or how about the fuels used to heat the classrooms? This past summer, three students—including myself— worked for the university completing the sixth in a series of Environmental Audits since 1998. The document will soon be available online through the Environment Mt. A website to be read over several cups of imported coffee. In the meantime, it is advantageous for students to have a brief summary of the report on topics such as paper use, energy efficiency, and many others. Taking a step back, attention must be drawn to what Mt. A has committed to—meaning its policies. These can act as a means of accountability, both internally and externally. Students seem to fall into both categories and are therefore well positioned to be a driving force for change within campus, yet still able to ask critical questions. Mt. A has two policies that are most directly related to environmental concerns. The Environmental Policy has been in place since 1999 and states that the university “strives to be an innovative environmental leader by ensuring all members of the University community are aware of environmental issues”. This statement obviously leaves room for interpretation from both curious readers and university staff responsible for implementation. The policy continues, “Mount Allison seeks to minimize its impact on the environment . . . by implementing a feasible and comprehensive environmental policy with measurable and achievable targets.” It addresses topics such as hazardous materials, transportation and energy use. For example, it reads that “The University will endeavour . . . to minimize energy consumption, reduce emissions and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources,” and it suggests evaluating the technology in university buildings as an indicator of progress. However, no prescribed strategy is outlined in the document so it is up to the discretion of staff involved as to how it becomes a reality. On a related note, the Environmental Issues Committee, which is comprised of students, staff, and faculty, has expressed intent to revise Policy 2102 as it has not been altered since it was originally put into place over a decade ago. A more recent piece is the Carbon Emissions Reduction Policy, which was approved in 2009. Included in its purpose is, “to establish Mount Allison as one of North America’s leading universities in carbon reduction.” It addresses heating, electricity, and transportation and provides possible strategies for reducing the university’s impact on the environment. Since it has only been in existence a couple of years, this is the time for the campus community to ask itself what progress is being made. Of note is that the policy commits to establishing a baseline and targets for key energy and carbon emission metrics by the end of 2010. While work is being done for these calculations by the Financial Services department, targets have not yet been set and the end of 2011 is fast approaching. Be sure to keep an eye out for future articles to learn more about what is currently happening on campus to put Mt. A on the path to environmental sustainability
Far from friends and family, Motton maintains his sense of humour while serving Canada in Afghanistan
A young man’s experience in Afghanistan
While most of Mount Allison’s students spent their summers working, travelling, and relaxing, Canadian Army soldier Kevin Motton—at the time only twenty years old—spent a tour in Afghanistan. After the blistering heat—so hot that it once boiled the water of his Camelback system - incessant stress while being on duty, and homesickness, Motton shared his exclusive story with the Argosy. “Being there is like being on Mars, the difference is so extreme between here and there,” Motton recalled. The dry and dusty landscapes of Afghanistan provided a whole new world for the Québec-born Canadian. “The hardest part to deal with was the heat. We carried a minimum of five litres of water . . . two days before I left Afghanistan the air temperature was seventy-two degrees Celsius— zero per cent humidity.” He forgot to mention the thirty-pound armour that served as a scorching retainer for the intense heat. Canadian soldiers first trickled into Afghanistan in late 2001. Since then numbers have grown and missions objectives have altered. In 2010, Canada announced that their presence in Afghanistan would last until 2014, albeit with a new focus: rebuilding the nation to make it secure, stable, properly governed, and never again a
shelter for terrorists. The combat role When asked what his scariest that Canadian troops had played in moment was, Motton answered: Afghanistan in August 2011. “I was never ‘scared’ in the literal “Our specialty was mounted meaning of the term. As soon as an and dismounted patrols,” Motton incident happened training kicked explained. “These would last anywhere in immediately and you just reacted from an hour to a day, depending on automatically, almost mechanically, where we were going and what we to the situation at hand. Everything were there to accomplish.” Essentially always happened so fast and there Motton’s job required patrolling was so much adrenaline in your and ensuring the security of civilian system when it did that you never organizations. As a result his position thought about it in the moment, and required much waiting and irregular it was only after it was over that you’d scheduling. “When you got home you sit down and take a deep breath and were soaked from head think about it.” to toe in sweat and But being a soldier Training kicked in grime and in need of wasn’t his only a shower in the worst immediately and occupation. Motton way,” Motton added you just reacted had a girlfriend back humorously. home that he kept automatically When shifts finished Kevin Motton in steady touch with, and Motton returned Canadian Army as well as friends to the base for free and family who Soldier sent regular letters time, entertainment was minimal. “We’d and care-packages. spend at least two hours a day in our Internet stations were also set up so little make-shift gym . . . a bench press that soldiers could enjoy connecting was fashioned out of a tent pole with through Facebook, email, and anything from chains, tires and brake Skype in timed sessions. During drums for weight.” Greater luxuries deployment, soldiers are offered two like Tim Horton’s and KFC were weeks of leave, all destinations paid saved for bigger bases. “Eventually we for. While most take vacations in also got an Xbox . . . we weren’t bad exotic places, Motton returned home off, you could tell the effort [to offer for the brief opening offered. entertainment] was there.” Upon his recent return to Montreal, In a landscape filled with Motton had a hard time readjusting to unpredictable obstacles and people, “civilian” life. “The culture shock was Motton recalled suspicion as his incredible. Simple things, like waiting daily companion while off-base: “The for a red light or smelling freshly cut same guy who would shake your hand grass . . . were homey. People don’t today might go out and plant a bomb know what they have until it’s gone, tonight, and then he’d be waving and Afghanistan certainly made me at you the next day all over again. appreciate the little things in life a lot Repeat as necessary.” However, most more.” of Motton’s interactions were with Motton has re-signed with the Afghan children who “always wanted Army for the next three years and is water bottles or candy.” currently waiting to receive his post. A environment can maintain a close connection with campus, as well as the other residents in the house, despite Pavillion’s relative isolation. Many students who were associated with Pavillion did not comment on the closing of the house. However, according to Noel, there was not much to say. When asked what he knew about the house closing, which is of great interest to many students, he stated that they [Mt. A] “didn’t tell me anything”. Noel was reassigned with a job in Student Life, while the other RA was reassigned to a new residence. Despite the ambiguity as to why Pavillion was closed this year, it seems that circumstances relied heavily on the students who lived there. The potential of Pavillion may not be reached if students continue to be unaware of what it has to offer. Noel thought back on the Pavillion and said, “I never thought I’d care for a place as much as I cared for that place.”
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students who didn’t want to live so far away from campus. Noel suggested that another reason for consistent residence switching might have been because students found it more challenging to be social or outgoing in Pavillion, whereas larger residences seemed to hold more opportunity in that area. While it wasn’t necessarily a lack of demand or interest in Pavillion that caused the residence to close, the environment experienced within the house did rely in many ways on the people who lived there, and their willingness to create a family and positive living space. A solution to the drop-out rate, Noel suggested fixing the maintenance problems, as well as to make the house more appealing to upper class students who may not have even heard of the Pavillion—let alone considered it as an option. Noel
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Manaal Farooqui states that as an RA, the fact that the residence was isolated allowed for more of a kinship to develop between the RAs and the residents. He fondly recalled Super Bowl parties and gettogethers where RAs would “try to get everyone involved”. Currently Noel believes that the residence will work better as a house for upper class students. Such individuals who are part of the Mt.
September 15, 2011
Getting a Mt. A education from Sackville to India
Shastri Summer Program a new way of learning
tradition. One of the main highlights was a retreat where students stayed in the jungle and embarked on an early morning safari walk to watch wild animals in their natural habitat. Sights included wild elephants—an experience that completely amazed Elise Dolinsky the students. “The experience was definitely one Features Writer that I will never forget,” said Shabnam Sobhani, a fourth year student at Mt. A who went on the trip. Sobhani While most students spent their confessed that it was a little difficult summer working endless hours in getting used to Indian their hometown, a few culture—seeing lucky Mount Allison I can’t say I’ve animals as a part of students got to spend ever sat down and traffic on the streets the summer immersed and having to bargain in one of the world’s questioned my with store vendors and many unique beliefs as intensely taxi drivers. cultures. The Shastri and honestly as I Even the Summer Study in did in India. schooling there was India program allows Catherine Wight a great experience for students to spend June and July studying Mt. A Student Sobhani since it was much more handsin southern India. on than expected. Interesting courses Classes would venture to temples and such as ‘Science, Technology and ruins as they learned about ancient Sustainable Development’ were architecture, visited a women’s shelter, offered. Additional perks included and took part in a women’s group. field trips around the country and “I absolutely recommend this engaging in Indian culture and
The program offered interesting courses as well as exotic “field trips” and exposure to Indian culture.
program to everyone at Mt. A,” said Sobhani, “you don’t need to be majoring in Sociology, Religion, International Relations, History or Environmental Studies. If you visited India on your own, it would be practically impossible to experience the opportunities they provided for us at the school there. We often got to see things that were off limits for regular tourists.” Students took classes at the Vivekananda Institute for India Studies, located in the historic South Indian city of Mysore. They attended some classes geared towards their degree at Mt. A, but also had yoga every morning at six o’clock. Some students took dance, language and Indian cooking classes as well. Catherine Wight feels one of the best parts of the trip was the people she met. “It was amazing being David Eby, executive director of the BCCLA, says the move is a brash attack against free speech and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Eby says it would be one thing if an officer made a mistake and overstepped his boundaries, the fact that Wharf ’s complaint was dismissed means something drastic has to change. “When it come to [censoring free speech] it’s a very slippery slope. There will always be things around us that people don’t like to read, but you don’t have to read other people’s buttons,” Eby said, adding that that since the “fuck yoga” sentiment could hardly be considered hate speech, it most certainly falls under freedom of expression. “First we’re telling people not to disparage yoga, next we’re banning all political commentary altogether. Where do we draw the line?” Rollie Woods, deputy police complaints commissioner, said that two main issues have been identified in the case: The fact that Wharf did not pay the appropriate fare, and the fact that she was removed from the SkyTrain. The issue around the yoga button is “completely moot,” he says, adding the media and the Office of Police Complaints Commissioner able to learn about Indian culture from Indian students themselves,” she recalled. The instructors at Vivekananda Institute also received lots of praise from Wight, who said, “The professors at the Institute were some of the most passionate and interesting people I have ever met.” One teacher in particular, Professor Vombatkere, was especially influential: “Without pushing his beliefs onto me, he offered information in a question format where I had to question my own beliefs and other beliefs and decide what made sense for me. I can’t say I’ve ever sat down and questioned my beliefs as intensely and honestly as I did in India,” Wight commented. The experience wasn’t all fun and inspiring however, and the trip did have some downsides. Poverty is still very problematic in India, and for some, it is hard to avoid feelings have been given a different story. “This person is a fare evader, and that’s not being disputed, but our understanding is that she was detained and removed due to the fare not being paid — it has nothing to do with her button,” he said. Woods adds that it is within an officer’s right to physically remove someone who is evading fares, breaking the rules or being disrespectful of other passengers. Due to this, the commissioner dismissed Wharf ’s complaint, saying it had no
“It was amazing being able to learn about Indian culture from Indian students themselves.” - Wight
of guilt when comparing Canadian standards of living to those in India. Women’s rights are also an issue in India, and while it is improving, the treatment of women in India is still very different from Canada. Wight observed, “There are still signs in some restaurants that separate women and children from the men. It’s hard to think that sexism to such an obvious extent still exists—but it is something that I appreciate seeing first hand.” Yet overall the experience was a very positive one that left students with “too many stories to share,” according to Meghan Brown, who would recommend the trip to anyone at Mt. A. Students interested in the Shastri-Mt. A summer program. can visit the International Programs section of the Mt. A website for more information. basis for admissibility. However, he adds that if more information were to be brought forward the commissioner would certainly reopen the file. Yet Wharf says she’s not satisfied to leave it at that. What she really hopes for now is some acknowledgement. “I want an apology from the Transit Police, and for them to know that they can’t just bully people around,” she said. “We’re their customers. If I treat customers like crap at my job, I get fired.”
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Fuck yoga. That’s the sentiment Jean Wharf has been wearing in a oneinch button since November 2010, and the same sentiment that got her kicked off public transit this past January in Vancouver, B.C. “I wear it because so many people are doing yoga, but very few of them know why,” Wharf told media. “Yoga has been so industrialized that people have forgotten its purpose as a beautiful, ancient meditative practice.” Wharf, 21, rides Vancouver’s SkyTrain almost every day to travel between work and home. Before the incident, she had never been bothered about the pin. In fact, just the other day an officer saw the button and said to Wharf: “Is there anything you do like?” A few months ago, the story was much different. Wharf was caught evading the standard $2.50 fare, and an officer wrote her a ticket for $175. But, before he’d allow her back on the SkyTrain, he told her “that pin’s got to go,” says Wharf, because of the profanity. She refused, and the officer forcibly ejected her from the premises. “He knew he had me, and I admitted as much with the fare, but this was just a power trip,” she told Canadian University Press. “It’s just how people take things. I’m not bugging anyone, or going around asking them to share my views. I’m a peaceful citizen, who just wants to be allowed my opinion and freedom of expression the same as everyone else.” Wharf walked the remaining blocks home alone in the dark, which she says took her nearly an hour in the rain. On her walk back, she used her phone to send an official letter of complaint to the Transit Police. Weeks later, she got a message back from the Office of Police Complaints Commissioner saying that her complaint was dismissed as she had no grounds to stand on. Unwilling to let the issue drop, Wharf then sought the advice of a legal aid, and finally the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.
Wharf was kicked off a SkyTrain for wearing a “fuck yoga” button.
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HANDSOME DAN & HIS GALLIMAUFRY
THE BEST THERE IS, NEW ALBUM RELEASE
Handsome Dan & His Gallimaufry, a collective with ties to London, Ontario as well as this fair college town, are a six-piece with its heart on its sleeve and an admiration for humourous lyricism. The record veers from full on dude rock anthems to slow burning laments from song to song and in some cases within individual songs. On the group’s previous release, their debut EP Provincial Parks & Breaking Hearts, they introduced us to their style of folk-rock (to give them a fairly broad descriptor). The roots leanings are still present throughout the new full-length, but the guitars have been turned up to 11, or somewhere near it, and their take on love and sex has become even more funny and clever. To give an example of both Dan’s perspective on love as well as the sense of humour he brings to his music one only needs to look to early album cut “A Hobby” where he puts forth that “love’s a thing that boredom brings, A hobby more than anything”. A line like this, as well as others similar to it, showcase a frustration with such topics, but there is also a playfulness present and it shows that Dan doesn’t take himself too seriously. To compare them to bands in their (again, broad) genre, they’re more Entire Cities or Hold Steady than Cass McCombs or Son Volt (musicians as great as they are morbidly serious). As Dan says “the galley goes where the galley rows”. With a group of musicians like this, they can row just about anywhere. The possibilities are
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Songs of Man Songs of Man
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Ruby is fresh sounding; the tracks are all laced with innovative and original jazz licks on the electric guitar and all sorts of new ideas in sound. Afro-Cuban percussion pervades the entire album and grounds whatever eclectic new sound the trio brings with an earthy and traditional base rhythm. The effect is strong and phrases the collection of songs as a true album. The only criticism of this album I could imagine is that it is too rich. Like a lot of jazz, Eric St-Laurent’s music is rich listening and requires attention to listen to. The track that balances out this headiness and made me love the album is ‘Breaking at the Seams’. The trio takes a break from their soloing to allow guest vocalist Justin Bacchus to bare his soul. His singing is clear, strong and emotional. If anything, get Ruby for ‘Breaking at the Seams’. I’ve been humming it since I first heard it. -Matthew Berghuis
Eric St. Laurent Trio Ruby
Dog Day Deformer
With Deformer, Dog Day takes a stripped-down approach to recording catchy, noisy pop songs. The result is a cohesive album that that reveals duo Seth Smith and Nancy Urich’s ability to create dynamic, fun, and at times haunting melodies and soundscapes. Upbeat songs like ‘Eurozone’, ‘Scratches’ and ‘Part Girl’ reveal memorable hooks embedded in scratchy guitar and stripped down drums. The slow-burning ‘Mr. Freeze’ finds Dog Day at its most haunting and gloomy. This album is highly recommended for fans of punk-inspired pop music. This is lo-fi the way lo-fi should be. I still prefer Dog Day’s previous two releases, but honestly this album has me extremely excited to see what Dog Day comes up with next. Standout tracks: ‘Scratches’, ‘In the Woods’, ‘Eurozone - Joel Young Internet Photo/Dog Day
Carmel Mikol’s new release, Creature, is a treat for any folk music junkie. Her songs are sweet at times, brazen and jaded at others, with an earthy, edgy sound. It serves as the perfect soundtrack for the transition from summer to fall, as we watch our summer flames fade away and the leaves change from healthy green to a more mature palette of orange and yellow. Her lyrics are poetic and meaningful, revealing her views on society, politics, and the state of society in general. They’re something to sit down, listen to and think about. If you don’t want to do that, the catchy melodies make the album easy for anyone to enjoy. In the end, I think this CD is best for a big, fat freedom drive. So if you have a car, pop this CD in the player, crank up the volume, and drive somewhere beautiful. - Taylor Mooney Internet Photo/Carmel Mikol
Carmel Mikol Creature
The Golden Seals Increase the Sweetness
The reception of this album amongst indie reviewers is fantastic; they love it. My account is more lukewarm. Increase the Sweetness is a collection of hi-fi pop-rock songs with sweet vocals, clever lyrics and catchy melodies. Indeed, the formula for this album is simplicity. In the indie world many musicians seem to be striving for some kind of impressive complexity, and The Golden Seals’ less-is-more new arrangements really resonate with people who are tired of music that tries to make you scratch your chin. While I understand the appeal, I find Increase the Sweetness is not daring enough. Front man Dave Merrit has a lot of cred as a songwriter, his work has been used by Canadian artists Sarah Harmer and Rheostatics. There’s no mystery why. They did a good job; Increase the Sweetness is nine pleasant but not groundbreaking tracks. - Matthew Berghuis Internet Photo/Grayowl Point
Meet, Oh My Darling- bluegrass country queens
The smokin’ hot quartet tours New Brunswick this month
Do you have the city slicker blues? Do you find yourself longing for open fields and dirt roads? If so, then Oh My Darling can take you there. Oh My Darling is a bilingual, allgirl, country-bluegrass quartet from Manitoba, and their music has a fresh-off-the-farm sound. Having a pretty high twang-content, it isn’t for everyone, but you’ll enjoy it if you have any kind of appreciation for bluegrass. They employ a combination of string instruments with the sweet, flawless harmonies typical of bluegrass bands. With a combination of Appalachian old time, southern twang, bluegrass and Franco-folk styles, Oh My Darling’s sound is reminiscent of the Dixie Chicks, but more organic and stripped-down. This group of four brunettes is hot, and is becoming well-known for
Bluegrass powerhouse Oh My Darling will be setting off on an East Coast tour this month.
putting on an upbeat, entertaining show. The band is comprised of Allison de Groot (banjo), Rosalyn Dennett (fiddle), Vanessa Kuzina (guitar), and Marie-Josée Dandeneau (upright bass). Each band member has a unique and extensive musical background, bringing four very different and equally impressive sets of musical knowledge to their work. Known individually as some of the best musicians in Canada, they come together to form a dynamic group that cannot be ignored. The girls are rooted in the Manitoba prairies, and their authenticity as country
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girls shines through in their music. Each band member contributes their song writing abilities, and all four girls also work together to create layered harmonies that provide their music with a full, robust sound. After touring Europe and Canada extensively in promotion of their
debut album In the Lonesome Hours, Oh My Darling has recently completed their much-anticipated second full-length album, Sweet Nostalgia. It was recorded in only seven days in a straw bale house in Roseisle, Manitoba, with awardingwinning producer Steve Dawson, and captures perfectly the sincere sound that Oh My Darling is growing famous for. The new album is a little more upbeat than their previous work, but has serious lyrics addressing topics like infidelity and the captivity of city life and winter. ‘Roustabout’, a track from Sweet Nostalgia, is a playful, upbeat tune, driven by the banjo’s rhythm and embellished by the fiddle. It showcases deep, edgy vocals as well as the foursome’s signature harmonies. Oh My Darling will be touring through Eastern Canada, starting on September 15. The band will be visiting Ontario, New Brunswick, and Quebec in support of their new album. Their Maritime appearances include stops in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton. If you like bluegrass and country music, this band is for you. If you’ve never ventured into these genres, give Oh My Darling a listen. They just might convert you.
New horizons for Pickles
New space, new food, same great place
In January 2010, Sackville welcomed a new business to Main Street: Pickles European Deli and Specialty Foods. Students and Sackville residents alike were soon flocking to the fresh-made sandwiches, chocolate mousse, and soups, all made with a European flair. Owner Gabi Hunter’s husband, Dave, coined the name of the store itself, after Gabi’s love of European pickles and her habit of seeking them out while living in the Vancouver area. At its start, the popular eatery was standing room only, with customers quickly vacating the single table available in order for others to take their place. Wanting to give groups of people the opportunity to sit down and relax, seating was soon added, along with a Thursday night staple that delighted customers; Open Jam Night. The brainchild of Dave, Open Jam Night organically evolved into a melting pot for showcasing the area’s up and coming bands, which included The Bedroom Session, Noise Hounds, Morris Code and the Signals, Boxer The Horse, Eric & The Blues Band… just to name a few. Chris Meaney of The Bedroom Session and Zach Carriere of the Noise Hounds were both employees at the time of its genesis. Both Zach and Chris donated some essential equipment, and brought in a lot of the bands seen in Pickles last year. According to Dave, one night that stood out in particular was when Graham Ereaux (musical alias, Devarrow) showed up with his band, filled the house, and blew everyone away with the music they were projecting. The combination of great bands and great music led to a predictable crowd during the late shifts on Thursday nights. Music and sandwiches: what more could any night owl want? Now, Pickles has ample seating available to their customers with booths and tables filling the deli, and hopes to expand even further. It’s also now official: Pickles will be carrying high quality beers from around the world available for your consumption. There is also a menu change in the works, as Gabi’s brother (a five-star chef who helped with the original menu) will be visiting for a month to collaborate on new menu items and make changes to existing ones. A deep-fryer may also be obtained, for the creation of food appealing to the late night, greasecraving crowd, and possibly tapas. However, with all this change the Open Jam Nights have been temporarily postponed, since the addition of booths means there simply isn’t enough room to host them. But don’t lose hope Pickles continues to support musicians around Sackville. Open Jam Nights may be reinstated with a more acoustic feel; without the drums and audio equipment there’s enough room for a singer and a guitar. Pickles is still an artist-friendly deli, and Gabi is more than open to artists coming to her with ideas. In addition to sandwiches there continues to be albums from local artists available for sale, with Pickles taking no commission for selling them. The new seating, menu, and beer are all changes that Gabi has initiated under the original intention of observing the needs of the people. Even some of the sandwiches, like last year’s ‘Kevin Geiger Special’, have been created with Pickles-goers in mind. In response to customer demand, late hours at Pickles will be back on Thursday, September 15, 2011. That means sandwiches, soups, coffee, desserts and albums will be available for a study break from Thursday through to Saturday until 3 AM. Photo Credit: Rosanna Hempel
What’s happening at Mt.A
Julie Doiron Moonsocket Construction and Destruction
@ The Legion Beginnings
7:30pm @ The Vogue
Late hours return to Pickles this Thursday, along with delicious grub
9:00pm @ Bridge Street Fall Fair Tent
Larry McCray Band
Colleen Collins converses
Half of the duo from Construction and Destruction chats with us
In her gentle voice, Colleen Collins was kind enough to tell us about her music, an upcoming album and what it’s like performing as an introvert, among other things. Preparing for a tour of the Maritimes, Ms. Collins will be performing with her musical partner, David Trenamen, as the widely acclaimed duo Construction and Destruction. Be sure not to miss them when they land in Sackville on September 15 to play at the Royal Canadian Legion. Would you say the darkness of your music is representative of something existing within you, or something that you witness in your surrounding environment as an artist? To some degree it must be a combination of both, each of us feels that we bear witness to troubling things at different levels: little deaths and big deaths. In some of my work I speak specifically, at times in songs, about literal, historical images that existed before and perhaps we don’t know too much about them. That’s troubling, and I feel that the lack of extortion in the history of women is dark; some of it is a reaction to that. But there’s always the personal darkness that permeates everything. Is the historical aspect of women something you’re interested in or you’ve studied? I guess both. I’ve always been interested in history, and Dave is also interested in history. There’s a series of songs, unintended in some ways, which have departures points or ingresses that speak specifically to women like Queen Victoria, Hatshepsut, Charlotte Corday, Anne Boleyn, different images of people like that. I look about and see this desire to bring successful women down throughout history, and to have their histories documented by their detractors or enemies. So I’m interested in going back to that history and dredging it up to be looked at from a different perspective. I guess for me personally as a woman, and positioning myself and looking from that place, presumptuously [laughs]. Also just wanting it to be known that these women existed, not that it’s for me to say. That’s a very honourable standpoint to come from. Oh, I don’t know [laughs]. It’s interesting and challenging to do the research and then come to a place where you can actually write a song that isn’t heavy-handed and that occupies different voices simultaneously. Where you’re speaking as me, but also as this person and as this person’s enemy. Both you and Mr. Trenamen have been described as ‘soft spoken’ artists. Is there a jarring difference between who you are as people and who you are as performers? I hope not. I would say that to some degree I’m different with different people in my life, because I kind of reflect the situation and the environment. So perhaps I might be able to be a bit more gregarious. But there’s also a great deal of self-consciousness that happens with performance. Performing as an introvert can be excruciating sometimes, but it can also be pretty freeing. I think performance is still something we’re coming to, but I think we both desire to set ourselves down into a headspace that reflects the work we’re making as we’re performing it. We may not be thinking about the genesis of the song as we’re performing it, but it may mean a new thing that night. I guess trying to find trickle-down truths for the night, trying to deliver the songs from the same headspace. Is there a fifth album in the works? Yeah, we have most of the album written and we’ve just been sort of glancing at it and walking around it and trying to pin it. We’ve started to do some sketch recordings and stuff. It just seems like this one’s taking a bit longer to come together. We’re just trying to work it better, just trying to distill it, trying to really understand the songs, trying to do the work justice sonically and lyrically.
8:00 pm @ Sackville Music Hall
Pat LePoidevin Steve Haley
7:30 pm @ Bridge Street Cafe
BA Johnston The Pinecones Men’s Wrestling
10:00 pm @ George’s Fabulous Roadhouse
September 15, 2011
Joel Plaskett rocks Con Hall
Frosh excited into a frenzy of off-beat clapping
half-accurate. As Pat LePoidevin began his set with the gorgeous harmonies of ‘Forest Fire’, the crowd loved it and began cheering midsong. And it did sound amazing: Pat LePoidevin has his own brand of Ian Malcolm densely layered vocal loops down to a science. With Con Hall’s acoustics, Argosy Correspondant I was blown away by not only his technical proficiency (dude is really, When I first walked into the Con really good), but also the emotion Hall auditorium the evening of the he was obviously putting into it. But, sixth, I saw exactly what I expected: sadly, my suspicions weren’t entirely a 70:30 split between tired drunk unfounded, and as Pat started his freshmen–simultaneously pumped third straight nature-centric folk up and exhausted by anthem (every their res exec– and song prominently Despite four (you everyone else. Not featured the word read correctly) to be a total downer, ‘fire’ and at least but I’d have to bet one season name encore tunes, the that the majority of -- I counted), the audience tired the former didn’t audience started and exhilerated , have extensive getting restless. Yocould’ve done with knowledge of, say, yoing between tired more the Thrush Hermit “enthusiasm” and back catalogue…not total ambivalence, that there’s anything the frosh were wrong with that. As the lights the only ones trying (one-hundreddimmed, eliciting hollers of “BRING percent unsuccessfully, can’t stress OUT JOEL BRO”, I began to this enough guys) to clap along. Mr. wonder how many of Mount Allison’s LePoidevin soldiered on, though, promising new additions knew who rounding out his 45-minute set Pat LePoidevin was, let alone that he with some new material (!!!), and was going to be opening that evening. finishing beautifully with the stirring My cynicism seemed only to be acapella title track ‘Highway Houses’. for the “loose-but-professional” vibe. After the first song, time pretty much disintegrated, swallowed up by the sweaty, cheering black hole of leftover frosh-week energy in front of the stage. ‘Through and Through and Through’ was a hands in the air moment where everyone either knew the words, or faked them admirably. A brief acoustic interlude midway through the set ended when Joel called back his band, along with a certain firearm-named Sackville vet as a special guest. The ensuing ‘Jimmie’s still Jimmie’ line “All right boys, let’s all get drunk” was, of course, the most triumphant moment of the evening. For all you die-hards who didn’t make it, Joel mentioned his new album on the way, and played a cut from it: the understandably upbeat ‘Island Girls and Harbour Boys’. Although they tell me the set was a little over an hour, it ended just as it started, or maybe even beforehand. Despite four (you read that correctly) encore tunes, the audience, tired and exhilarated, could’ve done with more. The general vibe was that this was unanimously the best way to kick off the new term, and for a lot of frosh, this was the perfect capstone to a week of binge drinking, sleep deprivation, and verbal abuse. I couldn’t agree more.
Joel Plaskett gets intimate with the audience in Convocation Hall
As he thanked the audience for the umpteenth time before leaving the stage, he got a genuine standing ovation. There’s hope yet, class of 2015! Now Joel: After the opening act, the audience spared no time flooding the aisles to get the best possible view, forming a densely packed mob at the foot of the stage. They were “ready to rock”, as it were, and for good reason: As Joel Plaskett took to the stage in a black western curlicue shirt
and addressed the crowd, the energy level instantly shot up to a bazillion. He spared no time, launching into an upbeat greatest-hits set, and the audience couldn’t help but sing and dance along. Let me interject that Joel Plaskett et. band are tight as shit. They’ve been at it since 2001, and Joel himself has been a recorded artist since ’94, so his stage presence, energy, and persona should be the gold standard to other acts aiming
First Class Bash: the after party
DJ Bones delivers beats, dancing, and lollipops
Last Tuesday night, not long before the First Class Bash headliner, Joel Plaskett, started to sing ‘Nowhere with You’, the students of Mount Allison were heading somewhere with the friends with whom they had just recently been reunited. That somewhere was the Student Centre, where the First Class Bash After-Party was taking place at Gracie’s and The Pond pub. Organized by the wonderful Orientation Committee, the event could definitely be classified as a success; even though everyone was tired out from both Frosh week and the first day of class, people were still lined up at both the front door and the back, waiting to be let in. Some had left the concert early to prepare for the event, while others still came directly from Con Hall, still humming to themselves the songs they had heard (off-key, of course). Once inside, lights of all colours danced off the ceiling and the walls of the café, which had been cleared of tables and chairs in order to make room for the dance floor. At the end of the room was DJ Bones, coming to us from the far-away and exotic city of Moncton. Not only did he have a pretty impressive moustache, but he also snapped pictures of the crowd throughout the evening and invited people to help themselves to a sucker from a giant bowl of candy on his DJing stand. (A week into class and we’re already taking candy from strangers…what would Drew Dudley say?) The songs flowed together flawlessly, students cheering wildly in appreciation when they heard their favourite tunes reverberating through the speakers. DJ Bones did his job well, making sure the crowd stayed on their feet the entire night. The Pub was also running a steady business of students who were taking advantage of the wet/dry title of the night to enjoy some drinks and exchange stories of various summer exploits with their friends (the stories surely getting less and less believable as the night wore on). Many people also used the After-Party in order to let go of their back-to-class worries and fears and chose to lose themselves in the beat. Then there are the select few who actually did get lost in the crowd, but managed to meet some new people while searching for their missing friends. It was a great way to meet the neighbours you didn’t know you had, as well as the people from different residences and off-campus. Good company, good music and good drinks; it goes without saying that the student body of Mt. A knows how to bid good-bye to summer in style. We have more than 80 days until the end of the semester; that means 80 days to plan the Last Class Bash. However, until then, we still have plenty of time for other celebrations.
From the vault: Freaks (1932)
A vintage horror film takes a stab at morality
I’ll get right to the point. This is a movie called Freaks. It’s from 1932, and it features prominently — and pretty exploitatively at times – a variety of physically and/ or developmentally… different individuals. And here we come to our first hurdle: I don’t claim to know the proper terminology with which to talk about the aforementioned folk in a politically correct fashion, nor do I really want to. Do people still say “differently abled”? Should I still say it? Would using it somehow be a disservice to the decidedly non-PC historical context that birthed the film? See, it’s tricky! So rather than risk offending people by accident– which I’m totally terrified of doing– I’m going to instead risk offending you outright, with the hope of convincing you otherwise. So here we go… Tod Browning, the director, was no stranger to people of difference. Before turning to film, he spent much of his youth in a travelling carnival and as a result had plenty of interactions with sideshow performers. He got his name in film directing successful but low-budget horror movies, including Dracula. So it’s worth noting that Browning approaches the film’s subjects in a way totally out of character with the movie’s 1932 release date. The freaks are the good guys! And yes, I did just call them freaks. In a later interview, Browning himself vehemently defends his use
of the word, saying that a large part of accepting peoples’ differences involves first reco g niz ing t h e m . Therefore, “freaks” will be my term of choice throughout this review The Human Torso casually lights a cigarette. An when referring exploitation of the physically disabled? You decide. to these actors. Internet Photo/ One Line Review Offended? Take it up with Browning. around in some capacity, it was pretty What made this film revolutionary much a requirement in the ‘30s. And and somewhat controversial at the it’s necessary to mention that despite time of its release was that Browning its egalitarian intentions to do away himself chose to use real carnival with this stereotype, Freaks is a horror sideshow performers as opposed movie with very little horror besides to costumed professional actors; the titular freaks themselves. While conjoined twins, microcephalics, Browning does treat said freaks with amputees,Virchow-Seckel syndromean endearing screen presence, it’s hard sufferers, intersex people (pretty for a film like this to feel fair when progressive for a time when using it features extended voyeuristic scenes “screw” as a verb caused gasps among of amputees going about their daily audience members). Less than an hour tasks in their own peculiar way. One in length, the plot of the story is pretty scene of dialogue seems to exist only to simple: a beautiful but sadistic trapeze showcase “the Human Torso” rolling artist learns that one of the travelling and lighting a cigarette using only his carnival’s performers (a “little person” tongue. Because of this, Freaks ends named Hans) has inherited a large up striking a weird balance between fortune. Conspiring with an equally a saccharine morality tale and, well, discriminatory strongman, she a freak show: something meant attempts to seduce and marry him to to be ogled at and, at times, elicit make off with the money. Of course, horror. But this isn’t supposed to be a things go wrong, and her nasty movie that condemns sideshows and intentions are never fully realized. exploitation; it only demands that The film’s billed novelty was that we accept all people and give them a while the freaks were the protagonists, chance. And while that message isn’t the “normal” people are the ones who perfect, or even very subtly portrayed, suffer character flaws. And at the time, it’s one that’s hard to disagree with. this was out of the ordinary. While the cliché of the deformed villain is still
Tantramarsh Blues Society and the Town of Sackville presents the:
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Rod Allen’s Used Cars
September 15, 2011
Shiners beam over day’s success . . .
“It generates a big feeling of community between the students.” Rebecca Sly 1st Year, Bigelow
Lindsay (left) and Sly (right).
“It’s a day when you think about other people and not just yourself.” Adeya Lindsay 1st Year, Bigelow
“It has turned out to be exactly what I thought and people have been very generous.” Allison Knight 1st Year, Anchorage
Knight (far right).
Money Raised: - Drew Dudley: $1,318 - Residences raised money from online fundraising (Edwards raised the most as of Aug. 31) at: $4,134 - Pub Night (Aug. 31): $1,300 - Total online as of Aug 29: $8,941.90 - Shine Day: $20,000
Political Beat Writer
Even though students had just woken up at 7:30 or earlier on a Saturday morning, the energy from the people participating in Shine Day was dazzling. Decked out in orange and blue, students showed their spirit with bright spandex, bandanas, and face paint to show they were ready for the day’s events. The morning began with a complimentary breakfast in Jennings Dining Hall for all students participating. There were short speeches made by Beth Whitfield, the Chair of Shinerama this year, Dr. Campbell, and Mayor Pat Estabrooks. Whitfield gave an emotional speech to members at the breakfast when she began mentioning the hard work and effort that so many students have brought to the campaign this year. Students all around were inspired and took to cheering, as students stood in appreciation of all the team efforts that were put together to create such a dynamic and successful campaign. Dr. Campbell presented a light-hearted address that congratulated Whitfield on her success with Shinerama this year. It was announced that $22, 000 had already been raised over the summer through different events, individual fundraising, and online fundraising. Mayor Estabrooks officially declared September 10th as Shine Day and shiners began their adventure by meeting with their Shinerama leaders.
“I didn’t know completely what Shine Day was, but everyone was so excited about it that I had to come out.” Sophia Murray 1st Year, Bermuda
“I was honestly extremely proud of our frosh for getting so involved as well as many of our upperclassmen for doing so much work this summer!” Hilary Morgan 2nd Year, Harper President
“I got up to raise money and to do a lot of cheering . . . [it’s] a good way to have fun and help the cause at the same time.” Emily Schmitt 2nd Year, Carriage
“Over 100 Shinerama leaders took part as either site leaders, Shine Car helpers, or Super Shiners. On top of that we had at least 500 more people show up . . . This spirit brought Shine Day at Mount Allison to new levels this year!” Beth Whitfield Shinerama Chair
Currently, Cystic Fibrosis is the most common genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. This disease affects multiple systems within the body, especially the lungs, where mucus can build-up and lead to severe respiratory problems. This mucus can also build up in
other parts of the body, such as the digestive track, which can make it hard for the body to digest and get the nutrients it needs. There is no cure for this disease. One in every 3,600 children born in Canada have cystic fibrosis and eighty-six per cent of individuals with the disease must take pancreatic enzymes to digest food and absorb nutrients (Cystic Fibrosis Canada).
Mounties in the groove of orange n’ blue for Shine Day
Political Beat Writer
Argosy: Why did you originally get involved in the Shinerama campaign? Beth Whitfield: I participated in Shinerama in my first year just like all other first year students at Mount Allison. I didn't really understand what was going on but I was ready to try something new and make new friends. In my second year I was a site leader and in the summer between my second and third years I fell in love with Shinerama when I helped out with the Summer Shine Squad. A: How did you find the turnout this year? W: We had an amazing turnout! Over a hundred Shinerama leaders took part as either site leaders, Shine Car helpers, or Super Shiners. On top of that we had at least 500 more people show up. A: Did you have any favourite fundraiser event(s) this year? W: This summer we hosted a 'Garden Party' with help from the president of the university, Dr. Campbell and his wife Dr. Verduyn. The night involved a silent auction, refreshments and performances by SappyFest artists Pat LePoidevin andAdrian Teacher. It was my favourite fundraiser because students, professors, staff and even people from the town of Sackville showed up to support. The Summer Shine Squad also took a lot of time and effort in planning this event A: Would you say there was an aspect of the campaign that was most successful this year? What made it different from other years? W: This year has been absolutely Lea Foy amazing. So many students were so inspired and wanted to make a difference in the lives of those with cystic fibrosis: many students planned their own fundraisers for the Mt. A Shinerama campaign in their home towns. This spirit brought Shine Day at Mt. A to new levels this year!
Fun with roomates #2: Cohabitation.
So, you’ve been here for a couple of weeks. University! Academia! Co-ed dorms, late nights, early mornings and enough embarrassing stories to keep your friends from home entertained all through Christmas Break! That’s fantastic. Now, comes the fun part: you still have to live with these people, some of them for the next few months and some for the next 4 years. The following are some tips to make your accommodations slightly easier to deal with. Tip #1: If you share a room, try to remember that you both have equal rights to do whatever it is you want to do. So, if your roommate insists on playing video games until 4 in the morning, get up at 7:30 the next morning and practice your gong for an hour. Remember, equality. Tip #2: If, for some strange reason, you happen to be unclothed or engaged in something that might require the smallest amount of discretion, please lock your door… There are few things more unwelcome in this world then a sudden and unwanted look at the nether reasons of your roommate. Tip #3: Ask before you borrow. Apparently, things like toothbrushes, underwear, significant others and medicated creams are off limits. Who knew, right? Some people can be so selfish. Tip #4: Try to be clean. It’s easy to lose things like papers, textbooks and roomates if you let too much pile up. Tip #5: You can either get along really well with your co-inhabitant(s), or you can have everything the way you like it. Choose one. Tip #6: Bathrooms are for hygiene, not for conversation. This applies both in residence and off-campus. Seriously, it’s creepy. Tip#7: Lounges, living rooms, and common areas are for conversation, not hygiene. SERIOUSLY, IT’S CREEPY.
September 15, 2011
Why I could never Top 10: Thoughts Frosh might have had during Commencement be a Screen Writer.
Argosy Contributor We’ve all been Frosh (some of us more recently then others) and I’m sure everyone can remember the anticipation they felt while attending their commencement ceremonies. I’m sure we also remember the thoughts we had that were not specifically related to the matter at hand. It is after all a long ceremony, and the mind does tend to wander… 1. Hey, that dude in the Chancellor’s chair looks just like Peter Mansbridge! Oh my God, it is Peter Mansbridge!! Peter – Pete – over here! 2. After spending all day in the sun and in a sweaty gym with hundreds of other frosh, the cool metal of the seats feels very nice on the back of your legs. 3. Umm… What are the words to God Save the Queen? Or the tune to the Alma Mater Song? Wait, O Canada! I know this one!! 4. Where can I get one of those hat and robe ensembles like all the Profs have? 5. The organist, Dr. Gayle h. Martin, must have really wicked leg muscles from all that pedal work. 6. If only everyone were wearing their Mount Allison scarves, then I could pretend I was at Hogwarts. 7. I wonder if I can match the portraits on the walls with anyone who may be sitting on stage. 8. Food… 9. Charge and Response of New Students… This isn’t a blood oath or anything, is it? 10. Mount A; here I come! You may want to alert the proper authorities.
I think we all agree that there are a few movies out there that are…. unrealistic, to say the least. Star Wars? Luke would have turned to the dark side for sure. He made out with his sister, for god’s sake. Land before Time? None of those dinosaurs were from the same part of the prehistoric period! The Sex and the City movie? Someone actually finds Sarah Jessica Parker attractive. THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN. Despite these rather glaring oversights, I can still suspend my disbelief easily enough to watch and enjoy some of these tremendous movies (For those of you wondering? I’m a Samantha fan). None of these kinds of make-believe are actually ridiculous enough for me to turn off the movie. Some movies, however, make me so angry I have to turn off the film almost instantly. You’re probably wondering, “Why is that?”, or, “What movies?”, or “Is this guy seriously under the impression that he’s at all funny?”. As far as the first two questions are concerned, I’ll tell you: any movie with an obvious bad guy, that exists in any dimension where there is a common grasp of “good” versus “evil”. You see, humans have this rather awesome quality known as a survival instinct, which motivates us to create weapons with which to further our existence and remove those who would harm us from existence. Guns, swords, knives, what have you. So, in any realistic universe, where you can identify a bad guy, it would seem prudent to SHOOT HIM IN HIS STUPID HEAD. Harry Potter? Shoot Voldemort. Batman? Shoot the Joker. Spiderman? Shoot the Green Goblin. Any crimebased thriller on television or in the theatre? Shoot the sketchy person. IN THEIR HEAD. And that’s why I could never write films; they would be five minutes long, and probably be better used as the scripts for PSA’s in Gotham or NYC, rather then a summer blockbuster. That being said? I love Die Hard. Also Indiana Jones. Bruce Willis and Harrison Ford could kill the bad guys right off the bat, but it’s proven fact that they let the bad guys continue with their plans for the sole purpose of being badass for a full two hours. Yippee Kiy-Yay.
1. Every 100 years, you celebrate a centennial. What do you celebrate every 150 years? 2. Jimmy Page was the guitarist of what rock group? 3. When the Prince of Wales is crowned King of England, he will be known as King ____________. 4. In Arabian mythology, who uses the term “Open Sesame”? 5. What was Walt Disney’s first fulllength feature cartoon?
1. Sesquicentennial, 2. Led Zeppelin, 3. Charles III, 4. Ali Baba, 5.Snow White
Serving the interests of some students since 1995
Many would think that student advocacy takes a break during the summer months, while we spend our days hard at work, earning minimum wage, trying to pay our bills while still somehow saving our meagre paycheques to fund our education. This is not the case. Over the summer organizations like the New Brunswick Students’ Alliance (NBSA) or the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) are hard at work trying to make your education accessible. CASA set its priorities this summer when our SAC President and Vice-President External were flown to Hamilton, Ontario to let other students know what were the priorities of those at Mount Allison. Those priorities are reflected in CASA’s federal lobbying efforts, including the recently released budget submission to the federal government.
September 15, 2011
CASA Lobbying Priorities: 2011-12
We need to spend resources on those most in need first. CASA’s first priority does not serve those most in need. Of the potential priorities, there are many which better serve low-income students who have difficulty attaining higher education. They could have focused on repayment assistance, up-front grants for low-income students, or interest rate reductions. Of particular interest should be reducing the cost of borrowing for students. Our federal government could be convinced to reduce interest rates. This is a very positive public policy decision for all parties to support. In fact the first political party to eliminate interest rates was the Progressive Conservative Party in Newfoundland and Labrador. When I lobbied for CASA in 2009, all political parties were supportive of the idea behind reducing interest rates yet CASA has evidently given up on pursuing that issue since those days. I do not blame CASA’s misplaced priorities on its staff, but rather its membership. A membership that seems to be less in touch with the travails of the common student and more concerned with the needs of middle and upper income students with the disposable income to buy expensive cars.
CASA’s advocacy efforts to elimate the cap on car value opens the door for potential abuse of loans.
Unfortunately, I found that I was not well represented in this important lobbying document. In fact, I found the document failed to represent the issues that face those that, like myself, struggle to finance our education. The failure to represent low-income students in CASA’s lobbying efforts is demonstrated by its first priority - to move from a $5,000 vehicle exemption on student loans to a one vehicle exemption instead. This opens the door for students on loans to finally buy that Porsche or BMW or Lexus. Why a student on loans needs a car of such high value is beyond my knowledge, and is perhaps a question students should bring up with our SAC President and V-P External, the two representatives
that our fees pay to fly to CASA conferences across the country. Who is CASA representing? Students who have difficulty paying for their education, or students who want to be able to own expensive cars while sucking from the teat of our country’s financial aid system? We live in a country where fiscal restraint needs to become more prominent.
Education as a right or a luxury
Forget that cute guy’s name at the bar? Did somebody make your day? Wanna shout out your meal hall crush? Send in your “missed” to firstname.lastname@example.org
To the classiest brunette on campus, There’s no denying your beautiful head of hair, freshwater pearls, dazzling smile and your killer confidence. I heard your birthday is around this time. So is mine, and I’d love to spend it with you, lost in your gorgeous green hazel eyes. To the cute girl at Sackvegas, Sorry I’m not actually Australian… Come find me this week though and we can pretend. -Not Hugh Jackman To the apple of my eye, You are as pretty as the moon. With you, I like to spoon. One day we should cartoons. Or even chase raccoons. Hey Roomie, Call of Duty isn’t a major, although it is entertaining. Sorry. -Moonpie To my favourite sea cadet, I’ve seen you around campus and am fascinated by your delicious spectacles and equally exciting beard. I hear you are in International Relations. Want to sign my Geneva Convention and give me a (Henry) Kiss(inger)? To the centerfielder on the other team, That was an excellent throw from outfield to first base, but you hit my teammate on the leg with the ball. She now has a large bruise and is forced to cover it up with pants during these last weeks of the summer. I wish you had been more apologetic about that cannon of a throw. To the brunette girl working at the fitness centre, Lady you sink my ship every time.
Student financial challenges in New Brunswick
Education may be the single best way to lift oneself out of poverty and despair. What education can give someone is something that little else can - movement up the social ladder. An important question to ask is whose responsibility it is to provide education: the individual, the state, or a combination of both. In the era of public healthcare and social assistance in Canada, it strikes me as archaic that the federal and provincial governments of Canada do not provide free post-secondary education to every Canadian citizen. Non-government funded postsecondary education is a throwback to the days of ‘every man for himself ’ society when programs like public healthcare were unheard of and existed only in the minds of idealists. As we move into an increasingly competitive and global economy, the government of New Brunswick fails to understand the vital importance of education and even has the audacity to make cuts to its student financial services in New Brunswick. Student loan funding, along with education in general, has been cut this year as New Brunswick struggles to deal with its overwhelming debt.
Students line up in the student centre to receive financial aid
I am all for balanced budgets, but how they are balanced is a very important precaution to manage, and funding for education is not the appropriate department to trim from. When attempting to trim the fat from a budget one must be careful to avoid the vital organs; the provincial government has missed the fat and nicked the carotid artery. Cuts to student financial services are the last thing that New Brunswick needs because it will only facilitate the graduate emigration that much of Eastern Canada is experiencing. A high school education is simply no longer sufficient to succeed in the world. It is time that the provincial government commit serious investments to higher education. Cuts to student financial services are a huge step in the wrong direction for New Brunswick. I find it to be reprehensible that private companies
in New Brunswick can receive free public money, but citizens of New Brunswick cannot finance their education because of government reluctance to provide sufficient loans. Instead of private industry receiving public money and students being forced to pay back massive amounts of debt, why doesn’t the provincial government make an about face? Many companies are perfectly capable of paying back government loans, when many students are not. It is time that our government show compassion towards everyday citizens and did less to serve private corporations. Education is not something that governments can toy with; it is crucial that they support it at all times. Governments should be there to assist their citizens, not make it more difficult to obtain postsecondary education.
OPINIONS & EDITORIALS
From the Argosy Editorial Board:
Students across Canada were shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely death of a student at Acadia University. Jonathan Andrews, 19, was originally from Alberta but came to the Maritimes to embark on his university career. Acadia President Ray Ivany noted that Andrews was “a member of the Acadia family and, during his brief time on campus, established many friendships.” Ivany went on to say that, “This tragic accident is a reminder to all of us of how fragile life can be and how quickly future promise can be replaced by grief and sadness.” What is striking about this tragedy is not just Acadia’s proximity to Mount Allison, but how closely the two universities resemble each other in size, character, and demographics. Rarely is an institution such as Mt. A afforded an opportunity for comparison, self-examination, and reflection. This will be crucial to spare the heartbreak here at Mt. A that Acadia is now dealing with. Dear Editor, While working a station at the Garnet and Gold Rush on the 3rd, and again while manning a table at the SACtivities Fair, I was overwhelmingly elated at the enthusiasm of students both new and returning to get involved throughout their Mount Allison careers. As I handed out job descriptions, nomination forms, and applications to eager students hoping to get involved with their students’ union, affectionately known as the SAC, I realized how palpable the energy that September brings truly is. Before this energy inevitably becomes dedicated to study, the new clubs and societies that students will inevitably join and start, the causes they will champion, treasured time spent with new friends, and the precious few moments left for sleep, I want to plant a seed in the minds of Mount Allison students. As president of your students’ union, you ask a great deal of me, and rightfully so. The one thing I would now like to ask of you is to ask even more of me, of my fellow SAC executive, of your councillors, and of your students’ union as a whole. In his September 1st article on due Many students have been elected and appointed to positions of great responsibility. House executives and resident assistants (RA) are on the front-lines of organizing and hosting parties, events, and orientation activities. This responsibility must not be taken lightly. Officially, ‘initiation’ has been replaced with orientation, but the dangerous residence practices and activities haven’t changed. We must remember, changing the name of a beast doesn’t change the threat it poses. Without a doubt, as an exec member, the temptation to over-serve someone at a party is strong. As a RA, the temptation to let heavy drinking occur in residence is strong. As an ordinary student, the temptation to let someone else deal with intoxicated persons is strong. But this must change. Though the details surrounding Jonathan’s death are few, we know he was found unconscious after a night of heavy drinking and died the next day. A similar event occurring at Mt. A is not out of the process, Alex MacDonald highlights some of the mistakes we made last year, and he is absolutely right. We are an imperfect offering, and as your undergraduate peers, we always will be. This is why we need your help to make us better. Our goal is not to deny our mistakes, but to learn from them and improve, striving always to offer the best service and representation to you, our members. Representation is, of course, a two-way street, an interaction, and an ongoing conversation. Therein lies my challenge to you. This week, nominations opened for councillor positions to be a part of the Students’ Union’s highest decision-making body, the Students’ Administrative Council. I encourage you to pick one up, come in to the SAC office, talk to any of us about the position, and seriously consider running. If you don’t fancy yourself a councillor, come take a look at our committees, and apply for as many as you like. If you choose not to formally involve yourself in either of these ways, don’t think that you shouldn’t or can’t be involved with the SAC. We make decisions that will directly affect you – positively, we hope – and I imagination and that should be cause for alarm for those responsible for the well-being of new students. As students, we must all care for each other. When you go to the next residence party or off campus party, don’t over-serve younger students; don’t walk away from someone who is clearly past his or her limit. Jonathan’s death is a wake-up call for us all. We all want to have a great time and be remembered as fun-loving people. The residence executives and residence assistants have acted responsibly thus far. However, when alcohol flows without restraint in a residence, the stakes are far too high to let our guards down. Jonathan will be remembered as a first-year student ready for adventure and ready to meet new people. Let’s honour his memory by doing all within our power to ensure that no one else’s life is cut short by peer pressure and ill-planned and -prepared parties.
Dear Editor, I have just returned from the fair city of Dublin, there enjoying the calm and serenity of the attractive campus of Trinity College, one of the top universities in the world. In his forward to a walking guide, the Provost Dr. John Hegarty says: “Trinity College’s mission is to provide a liberal learning and research environment which values independence of thought and encourages students to achieve their full potential, while developing skills in questioning, problem solving and communication. For over 400 years Trinity College has nurtured some of the world’s great minds and today graduates are found in every sphere of achievement and excellence.” The beauty, elegance and sense of history are striking as soon as you walk upon the grounds. You see fine classical architecture as well as the best in
around Fellows Square. Freestanding at the west end of the Old Library is the Hall of Honour, constructed to commemorate the 454 members of College, including one woman, who lost their lives in the First World War. One of them, Captain Clement Robertson, died at Passchendaele in 1917 and was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military medal for bravery. The building was designed by Sir Thomas Manley Deane in 1920 and opened in 1928. Above the entrance columns is the name NIKH, the Greek goddess of victory, and the theme continues with victory garlands around the pediment. The octagonal Reading Room is now a peaceful postgraduate study centre opened on 2 July 1937 by the President of the Executive Council, Mr. Eamonn de Valera. What a wonderful ongoing
encourage you to remain engaged with us. We will begin weekly Wednesday Council meetings on October 5th. These meetings are always open to all students, so come to Council, find out what we’re working on, and ask us questions. You will soon begin to receive a weekly email from your councillor. Read these emails, ask your councillor questions, and tell them what you think. The SAC office is located on the first floor of the student centre, and all students are welcome throughout our entire office, so please do not hesitate to come talk to us. Our duty is to students, and we need to hear from you to help us perform at our peak. Disagree with something the SAC has done? Come talk to us. Criticize us – constructively, not for the sake of criticism alone, but so that we can learn how to improve. You pay for us to serve and represent you, so help us be the best we can be. Hold us accountable. Get the information you need to make an informed opinion, and share that opinion. Your voice is the fuel that runs our organization. Pat Joyce
The Long Room at Trinity College. Could the former University Centre/Memorial Library be used for extra archive space at Mt. A?
arts and science research facilities. “All of these combine to create an exceptional centre of learning for our students and a pleasant place for visitors.” Trinity is as famous for its splendid Georgian architecture as it is for the excellence of its graduates. The Old Library is the earliest surviving buildings, constructed in the early 1700’s and designed by Thomas Burgh. Thousands of people visit the Old Library each year to view the Book of Kells, the exquisitely decorated 9th century Christian manuscript of the four gospels. The main chamber of the Old Library is the magnificent two-story Long Room, which runs the entire length and today houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books. There are several more recent library buildings located adjacent to the Old Library
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use for this special memorial building. I am compelled to draw a comparison to Mount Allison. Would it indeed not be wonderful if the Memorial Library were refurbished to provide badly needed space for the University Archives? The handsome old reading room would be given new life to proudly continue “as a memorial to the loyalty and heroism of Mount Allison men and women in the war” where names placed there will “go down through the years cherished and revered by successive generations of grateful students”. It will not be ‘structural fatigue‘, nor will it be an ‘extra 5 million dollars’, but simply ignorance that destroys the Memorial Library. Robert Eaton
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SCI & TECH
Wide eyes for starry skies
Professor creates public astronomy lecture and observation series
Science and Technology Editor
September 15, 2011
Students and Technology
Part II: Finding Course Content
Science and Technology Writer
In this week’s installment of the Students and Technology series, I will be exploring a number of online resources that can be invaluable when preparing for tests, exams, or otherwise familiarizing yourself with course content. Over the course of the past few centuries, the university was the exclusive place where higher learning was possible; it was the center for academic dialogue and scientific research, and it was only at the university that the lifelong information passed on from professor to student was accessible. With the advent of the internet, the way we access information has been revolutionized, and with the simple click of a mouse, anyone interested in anything can find a wide array of sources which can help them learn about a particular subject. The benefit of the internet is that the learner can take an active role in choosing what information they want to see, when they want to see it, and how they want to see it, including new media forms such as video and interactive graphics that are not accessible in the traditional classroom setting. Once you have established what you need to know for a given class, the following websites may be useful in providing ways for you to better understand, and use, what you need to know for class. SparkNotes http://www.sparknotes.com The first resource is SparkNotes, which many of you may already be familiar with. In 1999, Sparknotes came online, offering students study guides, which condensed summaries and analyses of books such as Shakespeare and other literary classics. Since then, the website has greatly expanded to include concise, detailed, and illustrated summaries of all subjects from Macroeconomics to Modern Philosophy, which are all free and viewable directly on the website. Sparknotes have also turned many of these study guides into three of four page SparkCharts which are available for purchase for under ten dollars, which include easy to understand graphics and layouts – perfect for exam preparation. Alternatives to SparkNotes include CliffNotes (http://www.cliffnotes.com) and BookRags (http://www.bookrags. com) which feature similar content. Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org Khan Academy was created in 2006 by a graduate of MIT, and their mission statement states their goal as “providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.” Khan Academy has been sponsored by Bill Gates and has received a lot of media attention in recent years. The website offers more than 2000 “micro-lectures”, or short videos which aim to teach specific lessons in various disciplines including math, finance, and history. The website has been used by professors as well as students, and features a large selection of exercise questions which you can use to practice whatever you have learned. Good alternatives to Khan Academy are Open Yale (http://oyc.yale.edu/) and Open MIT (http://ocw.mit. edu/index.htm), which provide free lecture videos from professors at the prestigious universities of Yale and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. OpenStudy http://openstudy.com OpenStudy is a social learning network where students can connect with each other and help each other out with homework assignments across various disciplines. The website operates on a points system whereby people that provide a meaningful answer to a question can be rewarded with points by other users. The project is part of a recent startup that seeks to change the way we learn and educate other people, and thousands of students benefit from the knowledge of their peers on a daily basis. Their mission is to “make the world one large study group, regardless of school, location, or backgrounds” and is catching on with high school and college students all over the world. If you are in need of academic help, there is a good chance that someone on OpenStudy is willing to assist you, and any contributions you make are always greatly appreciated. In closing, always keep in mind that if you are taking an intro-level course in macroeconomics, physics, or precalculus, the course content is going to be the same regardless of whether you are in Canada, the USA, or China. It is helpful to remember that though attendance is critical to be a successful student, how you learn the material presented in class is up to you, and in many instances learning outside the classroom using online resources can be much more efficient and effective.
The physics department’s newest addition, Dr. Louise Edwards, is excited to be at Mount Allison, regardless of the fact that it’s not as warm as her previous home in Pasadena, California where she worked for Caltech. In her research, Edwards makes use of optical spectroscopy and photometric data from X-ray, optical, infrared and radio wavelengths to study the formation and evolution of galaxies in pairs, groups and rich clusters. Going above and beyond doing her own research, Edwards has wasted no time in making an impact in her new community, designing and delivering a public lecture series titled “Sackville Starry Nights.” The series offers attendees the opportunity to learn about astronomy for free in a classroom setting, but also provides the unique experience of looking through the Gemini observatory’s twin telescopes. The first lecture took place August 27th and covered the topic of star birth and death.
Rosanna Hempel “I enjoy doing outreach. Ever since I was a graduate student, public talks have been an important part of my career,” Edwards said. When asked about why she decided to get a series started in Sackville, she was quick to respond, “This series just made sense - because I’m so excited about astronomy myself, I find it impossible to believe that anyone else wouldn’t be.” Considering Edwards is doing her series on a volunteer basis, it made sense to ask her what her expectations were, and what sort of milestones would mark the series as a success for her. “If someone attending one of my lectures has been looking at an object in the night sky the same way forever, and leaves with a different perspective on it, that would be a success. Imagine someone seeing mountains and valleys on the moon for the first time. That sort of thing changes how they will look at the moon for the rest of their life.” This lecture series is a wonderful opportunity to expand your understanding of life and science, regardless of how old you are, or what your background is. “To understand how big the sky truly is can change your perspective on life. It can allow you to see the larger picture,” Edwards said. The Sackville Starry Nights series is open to both the student population and the public community alike. The next lecture is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th, at 8:30 p.m in Dunn 108 (67 York Street). The topic to be covered is Jupiter and it’s moons, and the observation component will give attendees a breathtaking view of Jupiter and its largest moons through the Gemini’s telescopes. Should weather rule out the possibility for observations, the in-class component of the lecture will still continue.
Science and Technology Writer Findings at NASA appear to challenge climate change theory
question the scientific integrity of Spencer’s findings. Speculations of conflicts of interest involving various oil and gas lobby groups have brought the legitimacy of his work into question. Nevertheless, Spencer has stood firmly by his position on climate change has published a number of books in which he powerfully argues his case, such as the popular book Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies that Hurt the Poor. from a variety of ancient civilizations including Egypt and Greece, Professor Rosalie David concludes that cancer was “extremely rare in antiquity” and that “the disease rate has risen massively since the Industrial revolution, in particular childhood cancer – proving that the rise is not simply due to people living longer.” Their study is important because it offers a historical perspective to the disease that tracks its growth using data spread over millennia, including the first ever historical diagnosis of cancer in an Egyptian mummy by Professor Michael Zimmerman. Zimmerman explains “In an ancient society lacking surgical intervention, evidence of cancer should remain in all cases.” According to the researchers, that there is little to no evidence of any tumours or malignancies in all the remains examined points to the fact that cancer must have extremely rare in antiquity, indicating that the environmental factors that cause cancer are only present in modern societies that have been affected by industrialization.
According to a new study published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Remove Sensing, NASA satellite data has shown the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than the most recent computer models have predicted. The data, most of which has come from NASA’s Terra satellite, has revaluated that as the climate warms, Earth’s atmosphere is much more efficient at releasing excess energy into space than scientists have previously believed, which is heavily based on the models that have been used to forecast climate change. According to Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientists at the Earth System Science Center, “the result is climate forecasts that are warming substantially faster than the atmosphere”. Despite these findings, many
Scientists suggest that cancer may be man-made
Scientists at the University of Manchester have conducted a comprehensive study on the origins and incidences of cancer throughout the ages, and have concluded that cancer is a “modern, man-made disease caused by environmental factors such as pollution and diet”. In much of the developed world, cancer is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death. However, this has not always been the case. After spending years studying human remains and medical literature
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Apple’s future uncertain as Steve Jobs resigns
Science and Technology Writer
various commercial and technological aspects of the company, through thick and thin, for decades. Under the direction of Steve Jobs, Apple was transformed from a firm on the boundaries of bankruptcy into a dominant player in global technology markets. His business knowledge, combined with his charisma and knack for innovation, have given Apple the edge of competitors such as Microsoft and Nokia, and the success of the iPod and iPad now has a near monopoly in markets for consumer electronics such as music players and tablet PCs. Jobs’ tenure at apple was never passive – he took an active role in shaping the direction of the company, from marketing to accounting and business strategy. Jobs structured Apple in such a way that the decisions of high-level company executives are an integral part of progress and profitability. According to the Financial Times, “Apple’s structure allows for rapid decision-making at the top and unwavering discipline and efficient execution at the bottom, both vital in this era of ever faster product cycles.” Many fear that the resignation of Jobs will be a serious blow to the leadership of the company, and other have doubts about the ability of other executives to fill this void. The fear that Apple’s fortune will fade with the departure of its founder Steve Jobs, has been reflected by changes in Apple’s share price in the stock market. Last month, Apple surpassed ExxonMobil to become the world’s largest company based on market capitalization (share price multiplied by the number of shares). However, just hours after news of Jobs’ resignation reached investors, Apple’s shares fell by more than 5 percent. Only time can tell whether Apple will be able to continue shining brightly in the shadow of entrepreneur, visionary, and creator, Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple, resigned as chief executive officer last week, after taking seven weeks off on medical leave, and requested that chief operating officer Tim Cook succeed him as the head of the consumer electronics and software giant. The resignation of Jobs has left many questions surrounding the future of Apple. Investors and tech enthusiasts alike wonder how the company will cope with the loss of the creativity and charisma that Jobs brought to the table, and how the business structure established under Jobs, a system that secured profitability for more than a decade, will change. Jobs had been battling with cancer, and was also facing organ treatment
issues and appetite problems, according to a person close to him. In a solemn letter of farewell to his company, Jobs explained: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you
know. Unfortunately, that day has come.” While Jobs and his family deal with the trials and transgressions of his personal illness, the company he left behind is struggling to manage the consequences caused by his departure. Jobs has been at the core of Apple, providing oversight for the
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Students need to adopt healthy sleep habits
Research shows students are not sleeping enough to support memory consolidation
Science and Technology Editor
It’s a new semester, and whether you’re in first year, second year, or taking the much favoured ‘victory lap’ in your fifth year, it’s never too late to adopt adequate and proper sleep habits. When your parents told you to get a full night of rest (or eight hours), they were actually telling you the truth. Recent findings by Adam Knowlden, a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, indicate that university students are getting far less sleep than they should to be. In a sample of 197 students between the ages of 18 and 24, only 24 percent of the students reported getting an adequate amount of sleep. 20.8 percent of the participants were getting more than 8 hours of sleep at the time of the study, while the majority (54.8 percent) of participants were getting under seven hours of sleep. Figures like this should raise read flags for students. Sleep, through the help of several neurotransmitters, facilitates the process of memory consolidation and builds stronger connections for memories that matter the most. If you consider that your brain doesn’t stop studying and
Lea Foy tidying up once you go to sleep, you may be a little less hesitant to close those books and get some shut-eye. In order to ensure that your grades at Mount Allison don’t suffer, try following these pointers from the science community: 1. Don’t consume caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol before bed. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol doesn’t improve sleep quality – rather, it diminishes it. 2. Begin dimming your lights and not using bright electronics an hour before bed. This allows the neurotransmitter melatonin to exert its effects on time. 3. Try not to cave and use Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace right before bed. Social networking has been shown to fire up brain activity, so make sure you get your fix of creeping in nice and early in the evening. 4. Naps will increase your daytime fatigue if not done properly. Try to keep them between 15 and 25 minutes for an optimal midafternoon recharge. 5. Do not, under any circumstances, study in your bed. Although it may be both comforting and comfortable while you are working away, your brain will be conditioned to respond to your bed in an aroused and stressed out fashion. This will become a problem when you actually need to fall asleep. The library is your friend! 6. Try not to exercise at least an hour before bed. Although it may feel like a great way to tire yourself out, you’ll actually be stimulating your body and mind to be aroused, which is not particularly conducive to falling asleep. 7. Maintain a normal sleep schedule. Whether you have class at 8:30 everyday, or just on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, make an effort to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. Just like your own daily routines, your brain wants to follow a routine for sleep. You wouldn’t dream of driving a vehicle half asleep and unable to think quickly, so why would you attend classes or write exams feeling like a zombie? Your mother and welltrained scientists agree: make this the semester of well-deserved rests.
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ARTS & LIT
Faculty Gala Concert reveals exciting renovations and welcomes new music department faculty
Arts and Literature Editor
September 15, 2011
Many reasons to celebrate at the Brunton Auditorium
Dorm Room DIY
Melted crayon postcards
Arts and Literature Writer
The best part of this project is the fact that it is easy, and the sky is the limit as far as color combinations go. The downside? You’ll have to sacrifice some crayons--but it’s totally worth it. Don’t be skeptical, after one postcard you’ll be hooked! At the very least, you will still have some crayons left over with which to write complaints to the Argosy’s arts and crafts section. Give ‘em to your friends, give ‘em to your family, give ‘em to your dog. What you’ll need: -some boring post cards -crayons, in any condition (approx 8 per post card) -hot glue gun -heat tool or a hair dryer with a diffuser or low blower setting 1. Cover your work surface in Rosanna Hempel
On September 9th, the excitement and pride buzzing within the newly refurbished Brunton Auditorium was palpable. Crowds of music lovers gathered to celebrate the re-opening of the beloved hall, and welcome new faculty members into the Mount Allison family during the annual Faculty Gala Performance. The Brunton Auditorium had been undergoing extensive renovations for several years, and the changes were finally unveiled to a full house of attendees prior to the performance. The well-worn orange seats had been replaced along with the floor and the stage was refinished. The space was transformed with a new “tone and sense of class [that reflected] how far we have come, and where we want to go,” as Elizabeth Wells, head of the Music Department, eloquently stated during her opening address to the audience. President Campbell and the Hon. Michael Olscamp were present, with the latter announcing a $100, 000 donation towards the restoration of the hall on behalf of the the Government of New Brunswick. The first half of the concert highlighted the new faculty members. Soprano Jennifer Farrell opened the show, accompanied by Stephen Runge. She sang a rendition of “ Qual farfalletta giro a quel lume” by George Frideric Handel. Saxophonist James Kalyn also took the stage, performing Robert Muczynski’s “Sonata, Op. 29.” Karen Aurell followed by performing the world premiere of “Invocation,” a piece by Mt. A alumni and new tenure professor, Kevin Morse. The hypnotizing contemporary flute piece featured intricate and challenging extended techniques such as flutter tonguing, where the flutist rolls her tongue while simultaneously breathing into the instrument. The piece showcased the incredible talents of both performer and composer. Trombone player, Linda Pearse closed the first half with a sensitively executed performance of “Concert Allegro” by Alexey Lebedev. Her beautiful tone resonated throughout the hall and her attention to the
newspaper. Scribble a cute (or menacing) note on the back of the postcard. 2. Decide what kind of color spectrum you are going to do. This is a chance to really put into use those skills you develop with your BFA. Alternatively, this is a chance to piss off your roommate who is taking a BFA while you take a break from biochem homework. 3. Take the wrappers off all the crayons you’re going to use. 4. Lay out your crayons along the top edge of your postcard until you like how the sequence of colors looks. 5. Hot glue each one down right next to one another with the tops flush to the top of the card. Allow a few minutes to cool. You’re done! These guidelines were taken from www.instructables.com, where you can find tones of other crafty ideas. Be sure to read the Arts and Lit Section next week for another smart DIY, or submit your own to firstname.lastname@example.org
Karin Aurell performed the world premier of “Invocation” composed by new faculty member Kevin Morse (‘02).
difficult low ranges throughout the artist Richard Gibson on the bass piece was noteworthy. Returning and Michel Deschenes on the drums. professor and pianist, David Rogosin Additional performances showcased also flawlessly performed three of Gayle h. Martin performing Duetto Domenico Scarlatti’s piano sonatas. II by Johannes Sebastian Bach on Standout performances from the organ, a french horn/oboe duet by second half of the Belinda and James G. concert included Code, accompanied “The pianist Stephen by Lynn Johnson, Runge’s tribute to Shawn Bostick with performances Franz Liszt. He played a modern vibraphone were very Liszt’s arrangements piece by Tim inspiring and of Franz Shubert’s Huesgen, Soprano virtuosic in “Underguld,” S.565, Monnette Gould everything they No.2, “der Müller performing All mein und die Bach,” S. Gedanken, Op. 21 did.” 565 No.2 (from Die Luc Vaillancourt and Morgen! By schöne Müler) and First-Year Music Richard Strauss and Die Forelle (2nd a second performance Student by Pearse as she played version), S. 564. Runge introduced Daniel Schnyder’s the arrangement “Kislev.” to the audience, The show was well explaining how the original vocal received by spectators, and it was a line was transposed into a piano wonderful introduction to the faculty, part, thus adding a narrative element both new and returning. First year to the music. I was struck by how music student, Luc Vaillancourt was beautifully the plots and emotions thrilled with his initial impressions of were conveyed through the music. the department and his new teachers, The final number of the show was also stating that “the performances a crowd favourite. Uncharacteristic were very inspiring and virtuosic in within the context of a academic everything they did. Professor James music concert, the show closed with Kalyn said he aimed to teach through a toe tapping rendition of Charlie example, and I think it was clear Parker’s She Rote. This featured that he, and everyone else was doing improvised solos by Kalyn on the exactly that.” clarinet, Rogosin on the piano, guest
How to be ‘artsy’
More ways to get involved with the arts community at Mount Allison
Arts and Literature Editor
It’s already been established that Mount A offers innumerable opportunities to develop your artistic side- now you just need to know about them! Here is my next Tip on how to get involved in the university’s arts community : Develop a Flare for the Dramatics Whether you are a captivated spectator or an enthusiastic performer, your life will not be short on drama in Sackville. For those musical theatre lovers, day dreaming about Glee’s latest hit cover and Broadway’s bright lights, The Garnet and Gold Society offers an opportunity for you to strut your stuff onstage in one of their colourful, mainstream musicals. Black Tie Productions also offers an opportunity to try your hand at musical threatre. The student run group mounts one high quality, offbroadway show ever year in March. Keep an eye out this month for the announcement of the production and early performance dates. For drama, comedy, student plays and so much more, look no further than Windsor Theatre, the school’s black box theatre. The theatre issues frequent calls for actors, stage managers, and production teams. If you drool over Saturday Night Live, you could try your hand at impromptu comedy with Mount A’s Improv team. They are a campus favourite with their Thursday night performances at the Pond. For French comedy, music and a glance at some of today’s most pressing social issues, get involved with Tintamarre, a bilingual student theatre troop directed by Alan Fancy. A newly formed group, Memorial Theatre Group (MGT) is a society of “dedicated actors, directors, writers, designers and dramatists in general who are focused on bringing theatre into hitherto unknown territory.” To join the daring the theatre group and embark into a world outside your comfort zone, email email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Furthermore, be sure to check out the events taking place at Live Bait Theatre in downtown Sackville. If you have even a remote interest in drama, join the new Drama Studies Society for the inside scoop on all things dramatic taking place at Mount A!
Mount Allison artists in the real world
Q&A Art Talk with a Mt.A Fine Arts graduate.
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artistic endeavors) are you currently working on? A:Currently I am in preparation for a residency that I have at Vermont Studio Center in October through to November, which will be in the discipline of painting. I also have an exhibition coming up at Toronto’s MOCA Gallery for the graduate work I did at Mount Allison entitled Praxis, for which I will be featured in Canadian Art magazine for the Bank of Montreal’s “1st Art!” Competition. Q: Why do you think it is important for artists to study art at an academic level? How did your university experience shape the way you think about, talk about, and create art? A:I think that the 21st century wants smart artists. This doesn’t mean that every artist should be able to write their statements in artspeak or ramble jargon on command--it simply means that artists, like writers, scientists, journalists and so on, require research and context for their work. What we learn about the world and art incites our abilities to produce good work, so if you broaden your mind to the work and writings of others, you are bound to become better for it. I have to say that the classes I took at MTA and the profs that I had encouraged me to go beyond myself and make difficult work that I would never have made otherwise. That is invaluable. Q: What advice would you give to Mount A students who are currently studying Fine Art? A:Well, art is hard. But if you’ve gotten this far, you know that. If you don’t take it seriously yet, maybe you should switch majors. Taking art seriously just means that you have to give yourself and your practice the respect it deserves: You must care about what you’re producing even if your audience is just one person. I only graduated four months ago, so I’m by no means an expert, but I’m currently working two ‘joe’ jobs just to get the money to go to Vermont state and paint huge scale work. It’s already worth it. Justifying your passion and work to yourself is enough. No one else matters; others can smell passion a mile away, and they’ll come.
A new post office in town
Allison Creba’s City Mail opens at Struts Gallery
ARTS & LIT
Haftner’s piece “Praxis” in Owens Art Gallery May 2011.
It can be daunting to enter the ‘real world’ after four years as an undergrad. For many, shaking President Robert Campbell’s hand and receiving a diploma at Convocation represents a passage into a world in which you are truly on you own. But no need to worry, you are hardly alone! This year, the Argosy will be catching up with recent BFA grads to see what they have been keeping busy with postgraduation. This week, I was lucky enough to speak with Keeley Haftner (BFA ’11). Here is what she had to say about the future, the past, and life as a MTA grad. Q:What is your background as an artist (before coming to Mount A), and how has it shaped your work? A:As with many young would-be artists, positive reinforcement based on visual proficiency got me a long way. Thank god Mount Allison’s incredible, contemporary-minded young staff of professors put to rest my hungry need for red ribbons at the fair. Q:What projects (and other
I had no idea what to expect as I stepped into Alison Creba’s City Mail opening in Struts Gallery on Friday. How was this artist going to creatively transform Struts into a post office and how would it draw an audience? Upon walking inside the space, I knew exactly why her project was so appealing. Creba has collected worn wooden tables, desks, file cabinets, and even a metal “post box”, which are gathered into a cluster in the center of the room, creating a little island of antique office pieces. Hovering above the furniture are metal keys hanging on invisible strings, as if to be stars floating at eye level. Creba has set up little boxes filled with scraps of maps, flyers, postcards, and collaged stationary, as well as jars filled with markers and pens. There are ink stamps and all sorts of crafty tools available for our use, and you immediately become enchanted into playing with her stationary! “People throw away the best stuff,” says Creba, when asked about how
Kiera Foti Creba’s recreation of a 1950s post office can be seen at Strut’s Gallery she set up her space. She also spoke of get to explore wherever you want if her interest in the deconstruction of you have a purpose. the post office in juxtaposition with Prior to her residency in Struts, creation of mail. “I wanted a structural Creba previewed her free postal place that could only be built once,” service during Sappyfest, as well Creba explains, and as in Halifax at the it’s clear her space “Nocturne” arts festival. has an organic feel “You can explore “Nocturne was my that one would never first introduction to an wherever you expect when entering actual space. It’s like a post office. It has an want if you have looking into a different antique atmosphere, a purpose” world and people really with old jazz playing Allison Creba got a kick out of it!” in the background of Creater of Creba exclaims. She a typewriter clicking City Mail explains that a main and dinging away. It theme behind the reminds you of a time project is her interest when the postal service was a more in the postal service as “conversation integral part of social communication. about public goods” and how it plays I admired the magical floating keys as into “complicated social dynamics” she informed me that “this project is within the people. like a key to the place I am living. You Once you write a letter and decorate it as elaborately as desired, it is placed in her mailbox outside of the gallery. From there, she delivers it, by hand, to the local destination that the letter sends her. The experience is interactive for both the viewer, and the artist. I, as an audience member, took part by creating mail with the use of her tools. I also had some control over her journey by choosing where she takes my mail as she wanders through Sackville. Creba’s post office is a great opportunity to write a letter (which I hadn’t done in years!) and just peak around her beautiful, creative space. Visit her at Struts Gallery on Lorne St. or drop a letter off in the mailbox outside, no stamps needed! Kiera Foti
An “A” on style
summer rainstorms, and I loved them. Hunter boots are not your average
Mount A Fashionistas talk about practical style appropriate for the less than fashionable Sackville Weather. If you’d like to contribute with your own style ideas, email artsandlit@ argosy.ca
As I ascend from Freshman to Sophomore year, I have decided that I need to upgrade my decisions on
footwear for the long winter to come. My choices last year showed me that I was unprepared for New Brunswick winters and downright dumb on a lot of occasions. I trudged through the wet, deep snow in footwear that was less than ideal. When the snow would finally melt on a sunny Sackville day, my shoes would be destroyed with salt stains. Things could be worse, but these are problems that I could live without. Therefore, I have done some research on great snow boots that are not only attractive, but perfect for our harsh winters! Last winter, I noticed many students with Hunter rain boots. They had the right idea. I’d loved them, but I’d never imagined wearing them in snow! The Hunter Regent Boot has a tall and slender shape but also contains a sturdy lining that is made of nylon. I used them often in the
Internet Photo/Hunter boots heavy snow or rain boot, they are totally light and easy to walk in! Slip a pair of thick wooly socks on and grab your Hunter boots and you’re ready for a long walk in the snow. Next, I went straight to the L.L. Bean site. They have some really classic looking snow boots that are completely durable, cozy and very well made. The ones I am coveting are the shorter navy rubber capped leather snow boots. On the site, it states that they are “sewn from full grain leather” with a “steel shank and
rubber chain-tread bottom”. Sounds strong to me! I also found that there was no possible way to slip and fall in these boots; they have a lot of traction. This will help you to avoid being that person who face-plants on the hill going to meal hall. Furthermore, the color of the bright caramel leather compliments the navy clue toe really nicely as well. It’s a good look! Finally, I looked up some information for one more hardcore boot that I have wanted for years now. When I went on their site, I found that Dr. Martens is designing a new thing that sounds phenomenal: “Dr. Martens For Life Products”. These are boots
Internet Photo/Docmarten and shoes that you will own for many years (if not the rest of your life). On their site, it states that they have changed the soles of these “For Life” boots by using new leather called “Hardlife” while also altering the weight and thickness of the cores. Even when these shoes do wear and tear, Dr. Martens will repair or replace them, guaranteed. Sounds like a steal! I hope that these ideas help you decide what shoe you are going to choose for this winter. I definitely have some decisions to make, but now I have a few ideas about how to be Sackville stylish.
24 ARTS & LIT
September 15, 2011
A patterned life
A lecture with Jeannie Thib
Although I had researched artist Jeannie Thib’s work and thoroughly enjoyed what I’d found, I found myself unsure how many bodies would occupy the seats laid out in the main foyer of the Owen’s Art Gallery to listen to her speak. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised to see a room full of students and faculty alike gathered to hear the words of the internationally renown artist, who has exhibited in Europe, the USA, Mexico, Cuba and widely across Canada. I took this as a sign of the good things ahead. I soon learned that Thib was born in North Bay Ontario in 1955 and went on to receive her bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in 1979. This is where her love for printmaking began, and this affection and curiosity concerning the reproduction of images has infiltrated her work ever since. As the lights dimmed, and Thib began her hour-long discussion, I knew that I would be constantly wrestling with my desire to explore each line and contour of the slides in front of me while also scribbling furiously to keep up with her interesting insights into her work. One of my favourite pieces was Fret, an artwork created in 2000, which was a laborious task for many reasons. First of all, the material Thib was working with neoprene rubber, a particularly challenging material. Secondly, Thib was exploring ornamentation as an entity itself, and so, the piece was to be hung in mid air. I was struck by the interesting shadows cast by the Rorschachlike patterns and by the ability the audience had to view it from many different angles. The finished product became a presence in the Quebec museum where it was housed not only because of its size, but also because of the dichotomy created in pairing the industrial smell and material with the beauty of the design. Throughout her career Thib began to expand into the public art realm, where she developed a fascination with architecture and the transformation from two-dimensional objects to three-dimensional structures. This shift in interest led to the production of many interesting pieces such as Model in 2003. Thib created a threedimensional structure in her piece by building up each section of the print to a different degree with the use of carrara marble slabs while it with isometric drawings to emphasize the connection to architecture. What struck me most about this piece was the beautiful polarity between the precision of the cut and the elegance of the marble. Throughout her entire body of work, Thib’s meditation on the reproduction and the silhouette of patterns allowed her to create many divergent pieces held together by a cohesive fascination. In observing these works, I felt she was creating a linear language of art that spanned across many generations through her reproduction of diverse historical fabric sources, and-as a viewer-I was asked to interpret it. Thib’s work is featured ‘Paper Dolls’, an upcoming exhibition opening on September 16th at Owens Art Gallery.
Review of Günter Grass’s acclaimed Novel The Tin Drum
Jeannie Thib’s piece ‘Fret.’
Some novels are stories well told. Others are explosions. Like plants in an unkept garden details seem to erupt from the ground and spill over onto the surrounding plants and properties, and, despite the attempts of our eyes to cull the profusion of beautiful chaos, our reason fails us, and all we as readers can do is delight in the absolute unadulterated richness of the novel. Such a novel is Günter Grass' The Tin Drum. Written just over fifty years ago and re-translated in 2009, The Tin Drum follows the life of the dwarf Oskar in suburban Germany in the years surrounding WWII. However, such a plot synopsis, indeed, any plot synopsis, of the novel is more or less utterly futile: no schematization, no diagram or map that could be drawn of all the is occurring at the molecular level in this novel would even nearly approach the impression of the whole. The simple reason for this is that the novel is just too rich. Lovers of detail, readers who like a writer who is a practical encyclopedia, will be very at home in this novel, with its endless torrents of mind-bending specificity (architecture, clothing, rocks and minerals, not to mention music and the Polish/German countrysides, are vividly summoned in the course of Grass' work). And then there are the marvels: a woman driven to her
Internet Photo/Biblio grave by eating too much fish, a man skewered alive while attempting to couple with a cursed figurehead, a Polish man who imagines his family still alive after the war, keeping house as if they require food and bed. There is a considerable undercurrent of darkness throughout the novel, it is, after all, set largely in Nazi Germany, and yet, the darkness is drowned in the fantastic details of Oskar's life. Grass does not neglect history, but neither does he allow it to devour the rest of the novel. Almost too frank sexuality also appears constantly at the fringes or centre of events, adding perpetual intrigue and not a little spattering of the grotesque. Though the novel is long and occasionally episodic, it is a mind-blowing feat of literary mastery, a novel to relish, to explore. It is, in other words, a book to be lived as much as if not more than a book to be read.
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muscle mass deteriorated. While researching online, Tezuka came across a company that provided special services for the severely disabled, including personalized computing systems. One method that was offered tracked retinal motion and blinking, a series of eye-movements controlling the path of the cursor on the screen. Struck by the novelty and elegance of this system, Tezuka bought the company and redoubled his design efforts, now convinced that his idea was within the realm of possibility. During the planning stages, the dimensions of the box were changed many times. Initially, Tezuka liked the idea of a ten foot cube, this providing a certain range of physical freedom. However, after the collapse of his oxygen tent one afternoon and the necessary 3-hour repair process by his nurses and care staff, Tezuka decided that motion was an annoyance another variable complicating his busy schedule. After a lengthy email correspondence with an engineering consulting firm under his control, it was decided that the box would be eighty-four by twenty-eight inches at the widest section of its base, slightly tapering in width, and twentythree inches high, with the monitor on what would effectively be the ceiling. The base of his box would be constructed with the kind of formfitting foam found in many hospital
This piece is the first of an ongoing work of creative fiction written by Ian Malcolm. Keep reading the Argosy to keep up with Ian’s work!
One evening after a conference, prominent Japanese politician and mercantile magnate Masuharu Tezuka decided that he would prefer to live in a box. At the time, he resided almost exclusively in an oxygen tent in the darkened basement of his seaside Hokkaido estate, and was astutely aware of the inconveniences this presented. Tezuka therefore set out to find a more elegant solution. There were many difficulties to consider with regards to the proposition-
mainly logistical-but after setting his mind and full efforts to the idea, the obvious problems were solved with relative ease. Breathing holes seemed a necessity, but as per Tezuka’s specifications, these could not allow any ambient light into the box. Additional slots for food delivery and waste removal were considered at first, but Tezuka later decided that if he was going to commit his mind to living in a state of total separation, his body should participate as well. These slots were replaced in his blueprints with an IV system for nutrition, which spurred his mind to the decision to have the box sealed off entirely, an oxygen mask providing him with air. As would be necessary to perform his work and duties, one wall of the box’s interior would be a computer monitor. At first, the method of interaction with the computer itself seemed a potential problem; a keyboard or touch-screen would prove undesirable, as repeated and confined motions of the hands would be infeasible over time as his
beds-antibacterial in order to prevent bedsores-holding his slight form in a near-reclining position while allowing him full view of the screen above. Tezuka’s small army of personal physicians worked diligently in the later stages of design to assess and deal with the inevitable physiological effects of living out the remainder of one’s life in a small confined space. The IV formula and breathing apparatus were simple enough, and most concerns about the loss of muscle-mass were waived away as negligible by Tezuka himself, who was concerned only with maintaining a very specific form of homeostasis. For Tezuka, potential “problems” such as a halt in hair and fingernail growth caused by the necessary nutritional exigency of his intravenous feeding solution, were simply added bonuses. When one of Tezuka’s more junior medical staff thought to mention in an email the possible mental effects of his voluntary confinement, Tezuka simply replied that it was none of his concern, and suggested his transfer (with reduced pay) to the nearby Sapporo University Hospital. With the details of the computerand climate-control systems finalized, a communication strategy was simple enough to design. At this late stage in his new home’s planning, Tezuka was fully aware that his vocal cords would become collapsed and useless as early as three years in. He immediately bought, installed, and begun practicing the use of an artificial
voice through his retinal tracking system, and found that this came much easier to him than physical speech. With this consideration out of the way, he decided to go ahead with his box’s construction. He called his board of directors and senior officials to a private meeting in his basement in order to reveal his plan. After the hour-long computer-aided presentation had finished, many of those he had invited stood outside his tent in confused silence, while others looked at their feet. After what seemed like a half-hour, the obviously drunk Turkish C.I.O. of the shipping division pointed dumbly to the presentation’s final slide-a dutch angled mock-up of Tezuka’s long, narrow, tapering box-and said, “You built yourself a fuckin’ coffin!”
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Mounties give up 49 unanswered points in the 2nd
Second half meltdown costly for Mt. A
Montgomery, and Halpern had the other sacks for the Mounties. Despite only playing one half of football, Halpern had a team-high six tackles, while Downe, Mitch Cormier and Kwame Adjei each had five. Richard, Ekoh, Downe, and freshman tackle Jacob Leblanc each had two tackles for losses, with Richard’s totaling 30 yards lost. Despite all this, the Mounties surrendered 248 yards on the ground, mostly in the second half. In the other AUS game last weekend, the Acadia Axemen easily handled the St FX X-Men 43-10. Many questions remain for the Mounties, but the good news is that there is still lots of time in the season to answer them. Week 2 is the interlock week with the AUS and the Quebec league, which will see Saint Mary’s travel to Montreal to take on the U de Montreal Carabins, and St FX will visit the Concordia Stingers. The McGill Redmen travel to Wolfville to play the Acadia Axemen, while the Bishop’s Gaiters will be the visitors for Mount Allison’s Homecoming weekend this Saturday. The Gaiters lost 25-18 to Concordia last weekend, and surrendered six sacks to the Stingers’ Defence, so watch for the Mounties’ front seven to match up favourably against the Gaiters’ offence. Kickoff is at 2:00 pm Saturday!
Cliches do not an article make. But to use one here, what could have gone wrong went wrong for the Mounties in the second half of their AUS Football season opener at Saint Mary’s on Friday night. The Huskies used 49 second-half points on their way to a 54-14 win over the Mounties, who led 14-5 at halftime but couldn’t get anything going after the break. The breaking point came just under five minutes into the third quarter, when Mounties’ defensive stalwart Ben Halpern went down with a serious leg injury on a punt. Saint Mary’s scored on the following play to take the lead. The Huskies scored 29 points in the third quarter, including 15 off Mountie turnovers. The other two touchdowns came aided by a long punt return by Jahmeek Murray and an unnecessary roughness penalty. The first half was a completely different story for the Mounties, who
Saint Mary’s fullback Craig Leger (37) advances the ball against Mt. A.
were able to move the ball offensively and essentially not allow the Huskies’ offence to do the same. The Huskies had five drives resulting in total negative yardage, and only managed one drive of more than thirty yards in the first half, and it ended with an interception by Mount Allison’s Matt Kenny which took the ball all the way down to the one. Nick Kukkonen, who got the start at tailback, punched it in from there to open the scoring. Two possessions later, freshman Donovan Saunders electrified the Mounties’ fanbase by picking off another errant pass by Huskie quarterback Jack Creighton, and taking it 62 yards to the endzone. That was all the Mounties would be able to do though, as it seemed they fell asleep to start the second half, and the injury to Halpern took whatever wind was left in the Mounties’ sails away. 2010 All-Star quarterback Jake Hotchkiss didn’t look himself, going 8-21 for 128 yards and four interceptions. Kukkonen rushed for 63 yards on 20 carries, and scored his
InternetPhoto/AUS first career touchdown. The Huskies used all three quarterbacks on their roster, with veteran Creighton being pulled in the second quarter following his two interceptions. Rookie Jesse Mills was a modest 8/16 and 109 yards passing while Mack Blewett was good on both pass attempts for 25 yards. Defensively, the Mounties racked up 6 sacks, including four in the first half. Fredericton’s Ryan Downe led the way with two sacks, upping his career total to a team record 11.5. Justin Richard, Luke Ekoh, Matt
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Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams open season
Women earn split, Men take close losses
The Women's Soccer team earned their first win of the season this past Saturday on the road against U de M. Hilary Hamilton scored the only goal of the game just a minute into the second half. The team was outshot 16-3 by a determined squad from U de M but goaltender Robin Bessemer squashed all their chances with ease. Lindsay Cormier and Danica Lundy added the other shots for Mt. A. The strong Moncton side were not able to capitalize on their chances. They had all seven of the corner kicks allotted throughout the game but could no muster any offence. The following day, the Women were in Halifax to take on a strong Dalhousie team that only lost once in thirteen contests last year. In the end the dynamic offence of Dalhousie overpowered the Women Mounties to the tune of a 4-0 decision. The Dalhousie side started the scoring just before half time after a solo effort by Joanna Blodgett. Then seemingly out of no where, veteran star Rieka Santilli drove home another goal before the half expired. In the second half Dalhousie added insurance markers from Megan Wilcox and Dorianna Homerski. The men had a tough weekend in Moncton and Halifax. On Saturday in Moncton, Kasper Ciepala scored the only goal for the Aigles Bleu as the team escaped with a 1-0 win in their home opener. Much of the credit for keeping the score within striking distance goes to Travis Sandberg who made 10 saves throughout the game. The Men's Mounties were
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September 15, 2011
An editorial from the Sports Editor
Don’t take it out on the official
Think back for a second to any sports event you have ever attended or watched on TV. Regardless of your level of interest in the game at the time, you have probably witnessed an official, referee or umpire make a controversial call. How many of us have since used every single expletive in the dictionary to describe said call or official? I nearly went crazy in 2006 when referees missed a high call on Montreal Canadiens forward Saku Koivu that changed the dynamic of their playoff series. That said, officials do deserve the benefit of the doubt and take a lot of unnecessary abuse for their work. Throughout five years as a football official, 3 years as a baseball umpire and a brief stint in softball umpiring in Nova Scotia, I’ve seen and taken a lot. I’ve been forced in some cases to eject parents and coaches. What is increasingly concerning to me though is the culture of hatred towards officials in mainstream sports. Whether it's playing “Three Blind Mice” when hockey referees and linesmen step out onto the ice or the absolute hatred of football officials, something went wrong along the way. It is one thing to hold officials to a higher standard, but it's another to set unrealistic expectations for them. Consider an example if you will. C.B. Bucknor was the home plate umpire for a MLB game this past Friday night in Pittsburgh. He made 328 calls on balls/strikes alone. Even if he happened to miss 15 calls, his percentage of correct pitches called would stand at a staggering 95.43%. However, with the stigma against officials, fans tend to overlook those 300+ correct calls and focus on a few small missed calls. Officials don’t have the luxury of a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) to slow a play down and determine if someone is safe or out. The best you can hope for is that another official on the field saw the play from a better angle and will give a different perspective on the play in question. Officials are subject to constant testing. The biggest challenge to officiating associations is trying to think up the craziest plays or situations and determine what proper ruling to make. Officials are subject to testing every year in the classroom to upgrade or hone their skills, in addition to learning continuously with each game. The most unfortunate form of heckling comes from fans who are sometimes misinformed, do not fully understand the rules of the game, or are unjustly biased towards one side or another. Now, as much as the general public can be unaware of the challenges facing officials, the culture of officiating does have to change in some regard. Officiating should be handled so that officials can maintain control of the game swiftly but with grace. Officials I have worked with have instituted a system of education, rather than penalizing, for players. They will make the right call when they have to but will let players know what they can or cannot do, to help the players learn for next time. It is through respectful appreciation by both officials and teams that the culture of abuse on officials can become more relaxed. However, there are some officials who do not perform their job well. These few are not representative of all officials in all sports. Officials like Tim Donaghy are few and far between. The truth is that no one person is perfect in every sense. Most officials joke that they will only make 50% of the players and fans happy at the end of the game regardless of what they do. Hopefully we can finally reach the day when officials can publicly admit they messed up on a certain play, and be accepted for it by their peers and the public. Fans, officials, players and coaches can learn to coexist. It’s hard to admit as an official that you messed up. In some jobs outside of officiating, it can get you fired. The most important thing to take from this is that the people out there on the field are held to an extremely high standard but in the end they are still human. They deserve to be treated with some level of respect for the effort and pride they put into their work.
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Soccer women get first road win since 2005
Achieving a healthy balance as you adjust to university
Our first year of university is a huge step from attending high school. Studies are more intensive, spare time is limited and new relationships are formed. But how do you balance that and still lead a healthy lifestyle and a successful academic career? The transition from high school and living at home to university and living on your own can be an exciting, yet stressful time in your life. Although you may have more freedom you do need to be safe. It is important to make new friends and participate in university activities but you also have to make time for your studies and take care of your physical health. Time management is the key to achieving this. Diet is extremely important but is often difficult to regulate while adapting to university life. University students tend to gain weight during their first year. Many people refer to as the “freshman 15”. The first step in ensuring healthy eating habits is to make a regular eating schedule. Don’t eat large meals all hours of the day and have set times for each meal. Snacking between meals is alright but be conscience as to what type of food you choose. It may be convenient and inexpensive to grab a bag of chips for a snack as you study but consider grabbing some fruits or vegetables like apples and carrots. They may cost a little more but your body will thank you for it. You may also want to regulate how much you eat. Smaller meals or healthy snacks throughout the day will be more beneficial than overeating during smaller numbers of meals. Eating breakfast in the morning is also essential. You need to fuel your body to help with concentrating in classes and studying. Eating breakfast starts your metabolism but skipping it will prolong it. Eating properly is very important, but making sure you also stay hydrated is equally important. Exercise is also another important component to maintain your physical health. Visiting a gym regularly can keep you in shape but it also helps prevent many diseases such as coronary artery disease. It is recommended to spend 60 minutes a day participating in physical activity so allow yourself a study break and visit the fitness centre in the Wallace McCain Student Centre. Although drinking and partying with your friends can be fun it should be done in moderation. Not only can excessive drinking be dangerous it will cause hangovers that will make keeping up with your studying difficult. If you have important deadlines or exams you should moderate your drinking and learn to say no. Just because your friends are going out doesn’t mean you have to. You’re an adult now and are responsible for making smart choices for yourself and not what your friends want you to do. As you may know or will find out sleep is very important as a university student. Hectic deadlines and heavy course demands will challenge your sleeping patterns. Cramming is never a good idea not only will you lose sleep you also will not retain that information. Adults need around 7-9 hours of sleep per day. Being sleepy during the day will impact how you perform in classes and in your studies. Not getting enough sleep can cause health problems and being sick is not pleasant while trying to complete assignments, attend class, and study for exams. You need to learn how to prioritize your extra-curricular activities while attending university. Achieving a balance among your academics and social life is a fine science but it is defiantly achievable. Time management is the key to balancing your lifestyle and once you have learned how to balance you will be on the fast track to success. If you are looking for help in managing your course load, or have any questions relating to your overall health and well being at Mt. A, be sure to check out the Wellness Centre on the Ground Floor of the Wallace McCain Student Centre.
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unable to get any shots past Moncton Goalkeeper Arnaud St-Jacques who recorded his first shutout of the season. The men encountered more tough opposition the next day in Halifax as they faced off against Dalhousie. The Tigers were the only able to muster one shot on net but they made it count, with Tyler Lewars slipping a shot past Travis Sanberg around the twenty-seven minute mark of the first half. The men also earned four yellow cards, including two for Marcus Greenlaw. Despite the results over the weekend the Men are learning to be patient as they implement a new system. The Mounties will be hosting UPEI this weekend at MacAuley Field. The women will start the action with kickoff at 1:00pm followed by the Men at 3:15pm.
Women prevail in season opener Caroline Whidden
Rookies shine in debut in Halifax
This past Sunday in Halifax, the women got their season of on the right foot with a 29-8 win over the University of King’s Blue Devils. There were many questions surrounding the team that came off a heartbreaking loss to the STU Tommies in last year’s ACAA final but those questions were answered quickly and swiftly. Sydney Mann was the most the most of her rookie debut scoring 2 Trys. As the new kicker she also
Center Forward, Women’s Soccer
Simon: Where are you from originally? Caroline: Hatchet Lake, Nova Scotia(just outside Halifax). Simon: What program are you in? Caroline: I’m in a 5 year program with a double major of Biochemistry and International Relations. I’m currently in my 4th year. Simon: How long have you played for the Mounties Women’s Soccer? Caroline: This is my second year on the team. Simon: Are you involved in any extracurricular activities? Caroline: Swing Instructor with the Swing Society. I’m vice president of Microfinance for Global Brigades. I’m on the executive of ATLIS. I teach Highland Dance for the Celtic Society. This past summer I was the student facilitator for Mount Allison’s summer program in India. We stayed in Mysore for 2 months and I did some travelling with a friend for 3 weeks. Simon: What is your position on the team? Has it changed this year? Caroline: Centre forward. We’re playing a new system this year. Simon: Can you add to that? Caroline: We’re playing 4-3-3. Whereas last year we played 4-42. Although I played forward last year as well playing centre this year is different and is a new challenge.
Our team is adapting really well to this new formation and I think it’s working well with the new players we have. It highlights individual assets and qualities of specific and individual players on the field. Simon: Do you find it difficult to balance course with playing for the Mounties during the season? Caroline: It’s definitely a challenge especially during the soccer season. To balance courses soccer and everything else and everything else I’m involved with. It’s just a matter of being on top of things and planning. You have to manage your time well and be efficient with the time you’re given including small breaks in between activities. I feel and most of the girls agree that we’re even more on the ball at being organized and well managed with our time during the season when we’re playing soccer. Simon: What would you like to accomplish on the team? Caroline: On a personal level I want to continue to improve certain aspects of my game such as finishing (scoring) and challenges in the air. I want to continue to enjoy this quality of soccer because it’s the highest I’ve ever played and will probably ever play. For the team I want to continue on how far we’ve come in recent years and to continue to be a competitor in the AUS. Our team has come really far in the past few years. This past Saturday we won our first away game since 2005.
made 3 conversion kicks throughout the game. The twins Lauren and Michelle Hutchison both had a great game with Lauren scoring one try for herself and Michelle coming off an injury to assist greatly in the backfield. Other veterans Lauren Fitch and Rachel Betuik scored a try each. A new Captain, a new president and a new season may have left all those doubts in the dust. Lauren Feindel, the new team Captain, made it very clear that she is extremely confident in her young ladies team. Veteran player Lauren Hutchison (not to be confused with her sister Michelle) was pleased with the effort, commenting, “We got a lot of girls (rookies) who came in ready to work.” Many of the new girls had some or plenty of experience before coming
to Mount A so a lot of time that may have been spent teaching the basics was used instead to focus the girls on more technical aspects of the game. Maddy Wong was also noted by her fellow teammates for making a smooth adjustment as a rookie into a starting spot. The real story however appears to be the fact that in a rebuilding year the ladies have received several utilizable players, which will make their strong team even stronger. Veteran star Abby White will be looked to provide a strong leadership presence. Also, Bethany Toczko who went from playing the 13 to the number 8 position took on a strong leadership role, which she should have no problem carrying out throughout the season. The Mounties next game is this coming Friday at Park Street.
Men crush STU in opener
Men dominate from start to finish
The Mount Allison’s Mens Rugby Football Club (MTARFC) started the year strong this past Friday night at Park Street Field with an offensive outburst against St. Thomas University ending in a 58-5 win. The Mounties dominated ruck after ruck. Forwards and back worked together with impeccable teamwork and effort to keep on the ball all the way through. Formation of the backs was perfect with forwards assisting heavily. The first try of the season was scored by rookie Ben Kinden; his first try ever as a Mountie. Other rookies putting in solid efforts were Callum McNab and Kale Guay, who impressed the veterans in their debuts. Continuing with the night of firsts, 4th year Commerce student Stewart Miller scored his first try ever as a Mountie. The score at half was 18 – 0, but despite this the Mounties kept up their pressure maintaining a huge advantage in the rucks with their speed and strength keeping them in the right place, doing the right things to keep possession. Justin Vaughn, making his transition to Fullback allowed for great field position throughout the game. Keeping a strong lid on the ball from advancing too far into the Mounties end. David Maxwell scored three. Other scoring for the Mounties included Conor Anson-Cartwright, Ben Lass and Luc Boyer all got one each. Peter Wellband’s try was a great example of the team chemistry. It was quite a sight for rugby fans on both fans to take in. STU held their own in the scrums but Mt. A proved to be too strong. Josh Davies was already looking forward to next weeks game, saying, “Next week we’re playing UNB, we’re happy about our positive outcome tonight but at the same time we’re looking forward to next game.“ This humble statement should be considered a testament to the amount of work that goes into each and every player before he steps on the field. Again, the work that actually takes place we as spectators only see part of it the tacit knowledge of the team is superior but they stay focused regardless. The Men's team are taking on a bigger challenge this year and the level of commitment from all players is contributing to the success of the team on and off the field. The Mounties take to the field Friday against UNB at 6pm at Park Street Field.
Mounties Weekend Scoreboard and Weekend Wrap Up
Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer
Photos courtesy of Lea Foy and Rosanna Hempel. Logos courtesy of acaa.ca and logos. cup.ca
Member’s of Mt. A’s swim team (left) pose after a Lake-a-thon at Silverlake. The lacrosse team (above) lost a nailbiter to SMU 14-10.
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