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e Maritimes have been treated
to a slew of storms recently, and icy
conditions and power outages have
been causing a buzz on campus.
e SAC sees snow removal as an
ongoing issue that hasn’t improved
this semester, and has been soliciting
student emails on the topic.
“We’ve had quite a bit of response,”
said SAC President Mike Currie.
“We’ll certainly be making it known
to the administration that students
aren’t content [about the current snow
removal on campus].”
During a storm, the person in
charge of the grounds crew monitors
the weather overnight, trying to
determine the optimum time to gauge
conditions on campus and call in the
crew.
e grounds crew is responsible for
putting down salt, clearing snow and
ice, and removing fallen tree branches;
for an average storm, they should be
in at 4:00 am to have campus cleared
by 8:00 am. However, there’s no use
calling in the crew when it’s still
snowing.
“It is a science to predict when
to react to some of these storms,
Sackville’s got the winter blues
Students concerned about snow removal, dangerous conditions on campus after storms
Justine Galbraith
Argosy Staff
It may be a winter wonderland, but icy conditions on campus have been an issue for students and faculty this year
especially in this climate,” said
Director of Facilities Management
Rob MacCormack. “Sometimes we
can’t afford not to hit at the right
time, sometimes that’s not possible
because you never know what’s going
to happen here.”
Early in the morning, MacCormack
calls President Robert Campbell to
discuss conditions on campus, and
Campbell makes the final decision
whether to keep the university open,
cancel classes, or close the university.
In the case of this storm, phone
contact didn’t happen early on,
said VP Student and International
Affairs Ron Byrne. And in a couple
of occasions, the grounds crew hasn’t
responded as quickly as they should
have, stated VP Administration
David Stewart, and that is something
the university needs to work on.
Fourth-year student Brenna
Douglas thinks the university
response after storms has been a
problem this year.
“I think the biggest issue with snow
removal is how long it takes them to
get to it, if they get to it at all,” she
said. “We had an ice storm, and there
were parts of campus that were sheets
of ice, and it melted before anything
was done.”
ere are five people working on
the grounds crew, and a call-in list
from the custodial staff for shoveling.
However, the grounds superintendent
is currently on maternity leave, and
the replacement supervisor leaves the
crew short one person, which hurts
the response, said MacCormack.
ere have also been issues of
commuting grounds crew members
not getting through in the storms,
as well as a malfunctioning salting
machine.
Regardless of the weather, Stewart
noted that the university is a seven-
day operation; his view is to try
to keep it open as best as they can
without putting anyone at risk.
“e university never really is
closed, because we have essential
services [such as the heating plant,
security, meal hall, and the grounds
crew],” furthered MacCormack.
“We would like there not to be a
lick of snow on any of the sidewalks.
at’s not going to happen,” said
MacCormack. “And you can just
look around, people complain [to]
us because we still have ice on the
sidewalks. Well, what municipality
in this region doesn’t have ice on the
sidewalks?”
Stewart has stated that problems
with snow removal are not a result
of the budget, and that the current
facilities are adequate for our campus,
a sentiment echoed by MacCormack.
“We have enough money in our
budget to handle what we have to
do,” he stated. “And if not, then the
university’s been pretty good for us,
to help us.”
But Currie disagrees.
“I think it is a budgetary issue,”
he said. “We don’t think there are
enough people to be able to man all of
campus and ensure that it’s safe and
clean at the same time.”
MacCormack notes that he has
received a fair amount of complaints
this year, and takes the constructive
criticism that comes from it.
“We’ve got our fair share of
criticism, and somewhat deservedly
so,” he noted. “We have some work to
do this summer.”
I hate sliding down a hill
and not being able to stop on
my own, and it’s happened
far too often this semester,
-Brenna Douglas
Jessica Emin


Last tuesday’s ice storm was an
obvious case of where class should
have been cancelled due to dangerous
conditions and wasn’t, said Currie.
“All of campus was covered in
sheets of ice, and classes were still
going on,” he stated. “If we’re not able
to clean campus enough to make it
safe for students, then we shouldn’t
have class.”
What municipality in this
region doesn’t have ice on the
sidewalks?
- Rob MacCormack


However, students and faculty are
saying that the icy conditions are a
safety issue for campus, with stairwells
and hills difficult to traverse, and
many cases of slips and injuries.
“I hate sliding down a hill and not
being able to stop on my own, and it’s
happened far too often this semester,”
said Douglas.
MacCormack encourages students
and staff to email their concerns about
any areas to Fix-it. However, he notes
that there are times when storms
overwhelm not only Mt. A but also
surrounding municipalities.
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2 MARCH 12, 2009 THE ARGOSY • NEWS
VP Administration David Stewart attended
the SAC meeting to present on the developing
university budget.
e budget is based on 700 new students in
September, Stewart explained. He expects
NB’s tuition freeze to continue, and anticipates
compensation for 3 per cent of tuition fees for
Canadian students. However, the government’s
final position is uncertain.
ere are a couple of reserves built into
the budget, Stewart explained, to ensure the
university does not go into a deficit.
Revenues will be down in interest income
and endowment funds, although Stewart notes
that the university does not rely on these to
a great extent. Expenses will be down due
to a reduced utilities budget, and due to an
adjustment to student exchange fees. Increases
will be for technical support, federal grants
going to research activities, SEM addition,
scholarships, staff development and training,
library acquisitions, recruiting, and athletics
travel budget.
Presently, there is a $100,000 shortfall in the
working budget, but the numbers will still move
around.
Noting that there is no devoted fund to the
greening of campus in this proposed budget,
Mark Brister asked whether the university was
rejecting the student-proposed carbon strategy.
Stewart said that green initiatives were included
in the alterations and renovations budget. ere
are significant projects lined up that will involve
energy savings, he explained. Controls are
being replaced in the heating plant; buildings
on campus will be converted to natural gas; the
exhaust system in Barclay will be replaced; a
smaller boiler will be installed; and significant
funds are going into energy-efficient lights, and
ensuring that buildings are air-tight.
Robski asked which buildings are expecting
maintenance. ere is a long-term capitol project
lined up for the athletic centre; however, certain
mechanical systems need to be replaced sooner
than expected, and the university is trying to do
these renovations in line with the overall plan.
e library roof, the link between Hart Hall and
Barclay, the exhaust and fume hoods in Barclay,
the AVDX roof, the roof of convocation hall and
Brunton auditorium are set to see maintenance
as part of a five-year plan. An elevator will also
be installed in AVDX.
Brister asked why security issues are not
considered in the budget, noting that Mt. A
has the lowest security to student ratio. Stewart
responded that he thinks we have a very secure
campus, and doesn’t see how extra security
would stop people from breaking in. Dan
Wortman said there is no reason for security to
be stationed in an empty building when a room is
available in the new student centre, and Stewart
said the move should be happening soon.
Wortman asked whether there is a concrete
agreement for WUSC in the budget, and VP
Student and International Affairs Ron Byrne
said there is a multi-year commitment from the
university.
Stewart anticipates residence fees to increase
by 3 per cent in the coming year, with the
possibility of opening Anchorage. He notes the
the residence budget is completely funded by
student residence fees.
Robski said that students might be upset
about a fee increase for the athletic centre.
Byrne said that current fees cover only 60 per
cent of the budget, and that new equipment,
maintenance, increase in minimum wage, and
student demand for more hours went into the
decision to up the fee.
Following this discussion, Mike Currie talked
on the status of the SAC’s efforts to looking into
a health plan. Stressed in the discussion was
that this would likely be an opt-in plan, not an
opt-out plan. Joy Estabrooks, the SAC’s hired
administrator, was at council to examine the
amount of work that a health plan could cause
the office staff, but said the if it was the will of
council, they would implement it.
VP Finance and Operations Dan Wortman
then began a discussion of what questions should
be placed on an upcoming union referendum.
Mentioned in discussion were questions
relating to 7 Mondays, the Allisonian, library
acquisitions, and the WUSC refugee program.
Alex MacDonald said he would bring forward
a motion to vote on the SAC joining Canadian
Association of Student Associations, making
good on his election promise.
Wortman then brought forward numerous
by-law changes. Among them were a proposal
to split the SAC social affairs and environmental
affairs committee, and a proposal to require a
good standing in both CGPA and SGPA for
SAC executive candidates. Discussed with some
controversy was a proposal that would allow the
SAC council to appoint executive replacements
without a by-election, and a proposal to make
clubs sports receiving more than $35 a member
from athletics, ineligible to apply for SAC
funding.
Council accepted the resignation of orton
House councilor Victoria Munnoch.
VP External Mark Brister outlined a
motion he will bring forward criticizing the
Conservative government’s budget changes
that concentrate SSHRC funding on business-
related research projects. Alex MacDonald
stated he was uncomfortable that the motion
singled out the Conservative party.
During councilor concerns, Gillian Fraser
asked if it was possible for businesses to
get access to students’ transcripts without
permission. VP Academic Ryan Robski said
no, and that the SAC was trying to formulate
a position on whether professors should have
the access they do. Mark Brister noted that
student services may have given a transcript
to parents without the students’ permission.
Ben Kropp and Rachael Betuik spoke to the
problems with ice and puddles facing residents
of Bigelow and Bennett. Mike Currie told them
to get their entire houses to write letters to the
administration to get their point across. Alex
MacDonald raised a constituent’s concern that
a charitable group had spent a lot of the time
on their Reading Week trip drinking. Wortman
replied that no fund-raised money would have
gone to beer.
Finishing the meeting Abigail McGillivary
gave a report on plans to revamp the SAC’s
website. One of the revamps goals includes the
ability of students to be able to submit any SAC
form electronically from the page.
Your weekly dose of vitamin SAC
Chris Durrant and Justine Galbraith
Argosy Staff
e SAC is thinking of adopting a code
of conduct in response to Matthew Park’s
suggestion at council on February 11.
“A code of conduct for student leaders is about
ensuring they take their prominence and influence
seriously, and refrain from behavior obviously
detrimental to Mount Allison students,”
explained Park. “It provides a mechanism for
students to end their representation by those who
trespass egregiously against the safe environment
we want for everyone, one conducive to learning
and personal growth.”
Park hopes to encompass the SAC, athletes,
club heads, and other Mount Allison student
representatives under one code of conduct.
However, there has been some debate on
whether the SAC can force a code of conduct
onto other groups.
“We could consider being the role model of
this by creating a SAC code of conduct,” said
Behave yourself
Student council thinking about code of conduct
Helena van Tol
Argosy Staff
SAC President, Mike Currie. “And then we
could try to go to other groups and say ‘Well
listen, we have this code of conduct that we are
trying to adhere by and we hope that you might
consider doing the same.’”
As one of the co-ordinators for B.O.D.I.E.S.,
Park is aware of the negative effects that can
arise from discriminating words and actions.
e atmosphere on campus could be improved
by creating a set of guidelines and making
students aware of the consequences.
Although the suggestion does not arise out of
any specific incident, such a policy could reduce
discrimination at Mt. A based on race, gender,
or sexual orientation.
“I went to a couple of their Positive Space
seminars and stuff like that and there’s […] more
of this stuff happening on campus,” says Currie,
“But [this would] make it a broader sense and
having more strings involved with it so that we
can build a culture of positivity and acceptance
around campus.”
At council, Park said that he had heard of
codes of conduct at other universities where
violators could have their roles revoked or
were required to meet with a mental health
professional.
While still in the early stages, it is still unclear
what sort of code of conduct framework is already
in place through the university administration,
and to what extent it is applied. at in itself is
part of the problem, admits Currie.
“For the average student, and even for us,
some of these things are unclear,” he said.
“What I think, perhaps from our initiative
on trying to create this code of conduct for
ourselves, hopefully […] by doing this […] we
can become better educated to be able to inform
other students of what in fact the policies are.”
Park warns, however, that the wording in
such a policy must be chosen with care.
“It is not about penalizing anyone’s politics,
lifestyle, or limiting personal choice. erefore
it should pertain only to obviously harmful or
illegal behavior, such as demonstrable verbal
and physical assault.”
3 MARCH 12, 2009 THE ARGOSY • NEWS
• A $100 bail was granted to driver Chinoona Mwanda, whose lorry crashed
into a vehicle carrying Zimbabwe’s newly instated Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai and his wife Susanna. e crash killed her and hospitalised
Tsvangirai. Due to the former strong rivalry between Tsvangirai and President
Robert Mugabe, many suspect foul play. However, Tsvangirai has made a
statement saying that “if there was any foul play, it was a one-in-a-thousand
chance.” e Prime Minister has returned to Harare to begin work, as he
believes his wife would have wished. e two were married for 31 years.
• Seventeen-thousand extra American troops are to be sent to Afghanistan
as Obama acknowledges that NATO coalition forces are “not winning,”
especially in the volatile southern regions. Military commanders claim the
mission has been “under-resourced” and needs an increased “persistent security
presence” to stabilise the region. is comes as another Canadian soldier was
killed and four more wounded by a roadside bomb blast on Sunday.
• Five Chinese ships have “aggressively maneuvered” around the US navy
vessel USNS Impeccable in the south China Sea. e Pentagon is declaiming
this as a violation of international law, saying that their ship was conducting a
routine operation when the Chinese approached and dropped pieces of wood
in the path of the Impeccable. e Chinese government has not released a
response as of yet.
• Ten African Union peace keepers have been killed in a plane crash in
Uganda’s Lake Victoria on their way to Somalia. e group included soldiers
from Russia, Ukraine, Uganda and Burundi and an investigation is being
undertaken to identify the cause of the crash. e crash comes two weeks
after 11 Burundian peace keepers died in a suicide attack on their barracks
in Mogadishu.
• Ninety rebel fighters from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been
caught in the DR Congo since mid-December. is is about one fifth of the
force, and the joint mission by Uganda, DR Congo and Sudan to capture LRA
leader Joseph Kony has been extended for an unspecified amount of time,
despite pressures to get Ugandan troops out. e LRA has been involved in a
violent destabilisation of the region for the last 20 years.
is week in the world A weekly miscellany compiled by Rebecca Dixon
• A US $700 billion deficit will face developing countries in 2009, says the World Bank, warning that aid flows will
likely decrease right when they are needed most. Donors are already US $39 billion behind commitments made in
2005. For the first time since World War II, the global economy is set to shrink, with East Asian exporters being hit
the worst.
• President Obama has released an executive order to reverse a ban on public funding for stem-cell research instated
by former President Bush in 2001. Stem cell research has great potential for medical breakthroughs and the curing of
many infectious diseases. However, it is opposed by many religious groups on ethical grounds. Surveys show that the
majority of Americans support the research.
• Seventy-thousand supporters showed up for the final presidential rally of El Salvador’s incumbent Nationalist
Republican Alliance party led by Rodrigo Avila. He has accused his rival, former left-wing FMLN guerrillas, Mauricio
Funes of being too much under the influence of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. However, Funes has been leading in
the most recent polls. e vote is scheduled for Sunday, and current President Tony Saca has asked the public to ensure
a peaceful process.
• Two cars were damaged in a bomb explosion next to a Citibank in Athens. Luckily there were no injuries. Last month
a car bomb was detonated outside another Citibank branch, though it is not clear whether there is a connection between
the two incidents. Athens has experienced increased civil unrest and rioting since a police officer shot a teenager dead
in December.
Have you been asked for your
autograph lately? Students may have
noticed an increased demand for their
signatures as the SAC has initiated
petitions concerning student debt and
tuition.
Petition stations have been set up
at Jenning’s and in the foyer of the
Student Centre to gather signatures
supporting an NB provincial debt cap
of $6000, and a change to the current
tuition billing structure.
So far, the response has been good,
said SAC VP External Mark Brister.
Four-hundred signatures had been
collected on the first day - just 100
short of their three-day goal.
“We’re partnering with a couple
of other universities in NB, and
hopefully we’ll put all the petitions
together, and place them at the feet
of the legislature and let the cards
fall where they may on March 17
when the budget is introduced,” said
Brister.
Brister is hoping that the results
of the petition will give NB students
legitimacy in their lobbying, resulting
in government action.
“[A petition] sends a very clear
mandate. You have a clear resolution,
and then you’re conveying a very
obvious message to the government,”
he explained.
e other petition, which has
received less signatures to date, is on a
change to the tuition billing structure
at Mt. Allison. Last year, a group
Collecting your John Hancock
Justine Galbraith
Argosy Staff
called the DEBT Offensive lobbied
the SAC, resulting in the resolution
stating that the university’s current
billing structure is “disadvantageous
to students taking three or four
courses.” A tuition working group
is currently looking into billing
structure options.
Matthew Park, a founding member
of DEBT, stated that the purpose
of the petition is to raise awareness
about the current billing structure,
and having “some concrete tangible
symbol of [student] support that we
can take to the working group, take
to the administration to say, students
are aware of this problem and there is
a consensus to see a change on it.”
Still, not everyone is on board with
the initiative. One student openly
opposed the debt cap policy to Brister,
refusing to sign the petition.
“Oppositional dialogue makes us all
stronger,” said Brister, noting that he
expected more people to be opposed
and is pleased at how knowledgeable
students have been.
e petitions have been open
Tuesday and Wednesday, and will
end on ursday.
Students are being asked to sign petitions if they supported a pro-
posed $6000 debt cap and a change to the tuition billing structure
Jessica Emin
is isn’t just armchair politics.
Politically charged and socially
engaging films will be hitting Mount
Allison campus, courtesy of Cinema
Politica.
Owen Roberts spearheaded the
project, with support from the
International Relations Society,
by contacting the organization to
set up screenings on campus every
Wednesday. Cinema Politica had
previously run during the 2005-2006
school year, started by former Mt.A
student Ethan Cox.
Cinema Politica is a project that
began at Montreal’s Concordia
University and spread across Canada,
the United States, Europe, and Latin
America. ere is even a branch
in Indonesia. e idea is to screen
socially engaging independent films
and expose content that typically
doesn’t get published in mainstream
media.
“I think it’s a really important part
of university,” explained Roberts.
“Just learning about issues that face
the world and issues that are going
on that [students] might not know
about otherwise. It’s [topics that are]
not in the general media very often
necessarily or [perhaps] they don’t
watch the news. So, I think people
are hungry for it.”
About 25 to 30 people came to
the screening of e World according
to Monsanto, the first of ten films
that Roberts ordered from Cinema
Politica. e documentary investigates
Cinema taking a
political turn
Films to raise controversial issues
Helena van Tol
Argosy Staff
the history of Monsanto, a leading
company in genetically modified
organisms (GMOs) and herbicides.
Some its creations have gone down in
history because of their toxicity. You
may have already heard of Roundup,
Agent Orange, and PCBs.
“I’m planning to be a farmer myself,
so for me it’s very close and I think
that food security is probably the
biggest issue that society is going to
face, or at least one of them along with
water and other security issues,” said
Roberts. “And it’s also a good movie.
It’s engaging and jaw-dropping. It’s
good to come in with a bang for this
kind of stuff.”
Yesterday, is Is What Democracy
Looks Like was shown. e film tells
the true tale of the protests in Seattle
against the World Trade Organisation
(WTO) in 1999 by weaving together
over 300 hours of footage from street
videographers.
ese films are selected to raise
controversial issues and get people
talking. Sometimes the Concordia
screenings actually required the
presence of security teams, while
the organizers claim to have been
threatened by the university every
time they showed films about the
Middle East. A short introduction
and discussion period is held at at the
end of most screenings.
A hat will be passed around for
donations during the film. e money
goes towards shipping, as well as to
Cinema Politica who has to pay for
rights to the film. Any extra money
will probably go towards some sort of
political initiative, said Roberts.
SAC hopes petition will give student position on debt cap
legitimacy with New Brunswick government
NATIONAL
TORONTO (CUP) – A car
travelling at 250 kilometres an hour
could get from Toronto to Ottawa in
exactly one hour. So perhaps Antonio
Talarico had an emergency late-night
meeting at Parliament when he was
caught going that speed at 1:00 am on
Tuesday.
Once pulled over, the 26 year-old
did not justify his lead foot, merely
offering the officers that nabbed him
an apology, says Sgt. Dave Woodford
with the Ontario Provincial Police.
Most drivers caught “stunt driving,”
or going 50 or more km/hour over the
limit, will try to explain themselves.
“Usually, you’ll get an excuse
like, ‘I’m late for my kid’s basketball
game,’ or ‘I’m late for work,’” said
Woodford.
But this isn’t your average case of
speeding.
“It’s very unusual – it’s the only one
we’ve registered travelling that speed.
To put it in perspective, a Cessna
plane only has to go 240 km an hour
to get off the ground.”
Ontario has been cracking down
on stunt driving in recent years. In
2007, the special offence was created
for those speeding by at least 50 km/
hour, and over 10,000 people have
already been charged under the new
legislation.
e penalties are stiff: Stunt
drivers may now have their vehicles
Ontario puts the brakes on speed demons
Joe Howell
CUP Ontario Bureau Chief
immediately impounded, lose their
license, be fined up to $10,000, and
go to jail for up to six months. By
comparison, those speeding by less
than 50 km/hour generally only
receive demerit points and a fine.
e majority charged have been
men aged 16-25, but people over 80
have also been busted. Woodford says
the one thing they have in common
is that they’re “people who don’t care
about themselves; people who don’t
care about their families.”
e years since the crackdown on
stunt driving have seen a dramatic
shift in Toronto’s collision statistics.
At 635 injuries from collisions per
100,000 people, the city had the
second most accidents per capita in the
country, second only to Edmonton’s
staggering rate of 1,109 per 100,000,
according to statistics released by the
City of Toronto.
However, the fatality rate for these
collisions is now the lowest of any
major city in Canada. ere were only
52 deaths from driving in 2007, and
42 by the end of September 2008.
is is down from an average of 73.4
deaths per year over the previous 10
years.
e stunt driving legislation seems
to have helped. “When you get in a
collision going 50 over the limit, the
chances of surviving are about nil,”
said Woodford.
He also attributes this shift
to increased police visibility on
highways, as well as on-going
education campaigns.
Brian Patterson, president of the
Ontario Safety League, says the stunt
driving legislation was “developed by
the Safety League, in conjunction
with the province.”
Patterson is proud of the “major
impact” the law has had, but he
doesn’t like the official term for the
offense.
“We don’t call it stunt driving.
It’s extreme driving,” he said,
characterizing such offenders as
“scofflaws” – people who habitually
violate the law and ignore penalties.
He acknowledges the province still
has work to do. Indeed, Hamilton
and Ottawa are still the top two cities
for fatal collisions per capita in the
country.
Patterson sees two steps towards
further improvement: “One, we’ve
gotta make sure [police] have
resources.”
e second step might be a harder
sell, he says. His organization is
interested in legislation that would
require extreme drivers to have speed-
regulators installed in their cars. “It’s
under active discussion right now,”
said Patterson.
Legislation requiring all trucks in
Ontario to be limited to 105 km/hour
is currently being fought by Teamsters
Canada, a national labour union that
represents many transport industries.
William Wolfe-Wylie
“When you get in a collision going 50 over the limit, the chances of surviving are about nil,” said Sgt.
Woodford
VICTORIA (CUP) – In an ongoing
battle, the pro-life group at the
University of Victoria has once again
been denied student union funding.
e pro-life student club Youth
Protecting Youth was denied club
money again by the UVic Students’
Society, despite Clubs Council voting
in favour of the funding.
Clubs Council is made up of student
club representatives who meet each
semester to debate and decide how to
spend their money.
Clubs Council voted to allocate
funds to the YPY at their most recent
meeting. is was a change from the
fall meeting, when the majority voted
B.C. student union overturns pro-life funding
Sam VanSchie
The Martlet (University of Victoria)
against funding YPY.
e fall decision was upheld by the
UVSS board of directors, which has
the final say on funding issues. At the
time, all the executive members of the
board said it was best to uphold the
decision of Clubs Council.
“ose are students telling us
what they want,” Christine Comrie,
director of services, told the UVSS
last November.
But this term, Comrie, who chairs
Clubs Council, told the board the
recent vote in favour of funding was
less representative of students’ wishes
because fewer clubs attended.
However, both meetings had 18
voting clubs. At the fall meeting, only
four clubs supported funding YPY,
while at the more recent one, a 12-
club majority agreed they could have
funds.
Comrie and other board members
also said the meeting was undemocratic
because YPY brought over 10 of its
members to the meeting as well as
a reporter from a Christian media
outlet, which prompted students to
complain they felt intimidated to
speak – though each club present only
gets one vote on matters.
But YPY President Anastasia
Pearse says people who wanted to vote
against the club receiving funding did
so.
“We’re really frustrated,” said
Pearse. “Clubs funding is for Clubs
Council to decide on, not the
UVSS.”
Meaghan Kerr and Erin Lacharity,
the two directors-at-large who voted
to give the club funding in the fall,
were again the only ones who voted
against the motion to deny funds.
No YPY member was present to
defend the club’s position.
Pearse said she did not receive
notice of the meeting, despite a point
in clubs policy which states: “Clubs
must be given one week notice of any
Clubs Council or board of directors
meeting where a complaint against
them is to be heard, and must be
allowed to attend and state their
case.”
However, there was no specific
complaint filed against the club.
Luam Kidane, the board rep for the
Students of Colour Collective, added
the motion to deny funding mid-
meeting.
Pearse says the board also failed
to notify them after the meeting that
they wouldn’t receive funding.
She was only informed of what
happened by the Martlet, and
subsequently contacted the board
herself to appeal the decision at the
next board meeting.
But Comrie says it’s unlikely the
board will overturn their decision.
“eir feelings are pretty clear on
this. We’ve discussed it so many times
at different meetings,” Comrie said.
While clubs do not have to comply
with Society policy, the UVSS is
mandated to support freedom of
choice on the matter of abortion.
When YPY asked students at an
Annual General Meeting in 2005 if
they supported scrapping their pro-
choice stance, more than 600 showed
EDMONTON (CUP) – Researchers
at the University of Alberta have made
a leap forward in environmentally
friendly infrastructure.
A team of 10 people from the
University of Alberta’s National
Institute for Nanotechnology
has made a huge advancement in
Research to make green buildings cheaper
Kirsten Goruk
CUP Alberta and Northern Bureau
Chief
developing a model for cheap and
easily manufactured plastic solar
panel cells.
Solar panels – usually made with
expensive silicon cells – convert
sunlight into electricity.
“We’re looking at ways of being
able to make solar cells with much
cheaper materials and in a way that
is also much less expensive. You
look around us and we’re surrounded
by plastics,” said Jillian Buriak, a
chemistry professor at the U of A.
Unlike the silicon cells currently
used in production, the plastic version
will be available at a much lower
cost.
is breakthrough on the project
brings them one step closer to their
goal.
“is is our first big result that
we’re really happy to talk about.
We’ve actually been able to get the
bottom layer – the shiny glass layer
through which the sun will pass – to
be in very good contact with the first
plastic polymer layer. at’s led to
increases in efficiency of about 30 per
cent,” Buriak said.
ere are still three interfaces that
need to be perfected, and the team
estimates it’ll be another five to seven
years before the cell is ready for the
mass market.
While they remain realistic about
the efficiency of silicon over plastic,
Buriak says replacing silicon was
never their intention.
“I don’t think these polymer solar
cells will ever be as efficient, but
the point is cost,” she said. “at’s
where we think we can truly beat out
silicon.”
Buriak says this research will not
only reflect well on NINT and the
U of A, but also on the province as
a whole.
“It’s kind of important to get out
the message to Alberta that in terms
of energy, we’re more than oilsands.
We’re actually very interested in
alternative energy.”
OPINIONS
Sophie Wells
“I do not think it’s a good idea because it would
just give them more to fight over. As adults they
know how to act and they are representing a
student body, they were elected for that reason.”
Should the SAC impose a code of conduct
for it’s representatives?
Jessica Emin, Argosy Staff
Jean-Karim Traore
“I think there should be a code of conduct because
the SAC represents a student body and they should
be held to act in a responsible manner for the best
interest of the students.”
Chris Ricketts
“Well, I don’t think it’s necessary if the outgoing
executive does a good job of training the new
executives and if there is a comprehensive
orientation because the students who hold these
positions should know that they are role models
and hold themselves to a higher standard.”
Neil Gouder
“Yeah, there should be. If they are representing
the student body they should be acting in a away
which doesn’t put the student body in a bad
light.”
Caitlin Pasquet
“It couldn’t hurt but I don’t think they are having
any problems. ey already seem like responsible
people so I don’t think it’s necessary”.
Alexandra McLennan
“It seems a little extreme to me that SAC members
would be 100 per cent beholdened to their actions
but, at the same time, they are representing
our student body. ere should be an informal
expectation that they should behave in a certain
way.”
Jessica Emin
Doug MacLean
Here’s a disconcerting fact: If you
take two courses at Mount Allison,
it will cost you $672 per course. Your
third course, however, will cost you an
additional $2,016.
Last year, there was a lot of discussion
on campus surrounding the per-course
tuition debate. Most students, it
seemed, were in favour of moving
towards a more equitable tuition
structure. In fact, the representative
body of Mount Allison students, the
Students Administrative Council,
passed a resolution that acknowledged
the current structure is, for many
individuals, unfair, disadvantageous,
and a potential encumbrance for both
current and prospective students;
as such, it was concluded that the
enduring rubric needed to be re-
examined and ultimately restructured.
en, for a while, nothing happened.
is year, however, a working group
was commissioned to address student
grievances and explore the viability
of future changes to the current
structure.
ere are many other publicly-
funded institutions in Canada that offer
per-course tuition, including St Mary’s,
St. F.X., University of Lethbridge,
University of Winnipeg, UNBC, and
CBU. In the winter semester of 2008,
1127 Canadian students at Mount
Allison registered for five courses, 549
registered in three or four courses, and
89 students registered in six or more
courses. Students registered for three
or four courses comprise a number
is wasn’t in the brochure
How the current tuition structure is inhibiting the Mount Allison experience
over six times larger than students who
overload, yet they pay the same amount
as students who are receiving, in some
cases, double the class time. Although
it may sound comforting that our sixth
course is free, this is an avenue rarely
sought by the vast majority of students.
As such, the current structure does not
cater to the demands and needs of a
large section of the student populous.
While the lack of accountability is
egregious and the billing exploitive,
numerous concerns regarding the
current tuition policy move beyond
the realm of economic gains and
losses. Many of these concerns
have been addressed thoroughly by
D.E.B.T. (Demanding Equity in
the Billing of Tuition), a student-
organized group established in 2007
who have spearheaded the initiative
to resolve the inequality inherent in
the current billing system. (I suggest
reading their Facebook group page
for more information regarding
the group’s purview and a concise
description of their qualms.) One of
the groups primary aims is to combat
the propagation of a post-secondary
educational system that denies
accessibility to students, which fosters
inequality through the continuation
of inequitable billing policies. is
is a major concern that needs to be
scrutinized in the public discourse.
While the financial aspects of higher
education are burdensome for everyone,
it can be particularly harsh for those
who are dependent on financial
assistance. For many individuals,
financial obligations constitute
barriers toward higher education, and,
even with the aid of student loans,
many students are compelled to find
part-time employment in an effort
to subsidize their living expenses.
Whether it’s financial constraint, a
learning disability, or simply individual
preference, students are forced to
pay for services that they may/can
not experience. is denies the
implementation of individual learning
strategies, as those who enter Mount
Allison feel obligated to take five
courses, lest they pay for something
that they are not getting. One could
posit that, within the current rubric,
such students (those who take three or
four courses) are invariably penalized
in their pursuits. As a publicly-funded
institution, we can not accept this.
Increased accessibility for all current
and prospective students should be a
mandate prioritized by all institutions,
especially one as venerated as Mount
Allison.
Even those who are unconcerned
with the financial implications of post-
secondary life are forced to compromise
under the pressures fostered by the
current structure. Although the much-
touted “Mount Allison Experience”
is amorphous, it is not illusory. As
students at this institution, we are
afforded many unique opportunities,
including the ability to establish and
participate in clubs and societies.
Moreover, we’re encouraged to partake
in extracurricular activities, including
involvement in athletics, the performing
arts, and student government. All
of this composes a lively (and highly
marketable) campus, and, as a result, we
have an active and vibrant community
that facilitates the opportunity for
widespread participation. Students
who are compelled to take full course
loads may find it difficult to maintain
grades comparable to students who
don’t participate in extracurricular
activities. In fact, becoming a well-
rounded individual can be perceived
as disadvantageous. Ultimately, this
contributes to a dissonance between
policy and practice at Mt. A., as
fiscal responsibilities trump personal
desires, ultimately deferring valuable
experiences.
Many people are reticent about
changing the current billing structure,
as it is believed that tuition will
invariably rise, negating potential
savings for all students. is is a
falsehood. Reducing overall tuition
revenue does not necessitate increased
payments or cuts to programs.
Viable strategies have been offered
for the budget to accommodate an
overhaul of the current system. Mt.
A. would likely be able to offset this
cost through a number of means,
including external funding (this could
be done in the same manner as the
JUMP campaign, the ongoing Mt. A.
fundraising venture that has proved
quite lucrative), increasing student
capacity, broadening the demographic
of students targeted (a task aided
through the enticing prospect of per-
course tuition), and the reallocation
of funds. In addition, the retention
rate would likely rise, as students who
initially struggle academically will be
less likely to leave the institution due to
surmounting debt. For these reasons,
we can’t accept that a change in the
current structure is an impossibility
and we can no longer allow this venture
to be characterized as a goal that is not
worthy of striving to fulfill.
e fact that we have a working
group is encouraging, but we need
to show that equitable billing is still
a chief concern for Mount Allison
students. As discussed, not only is
the current structure exploitative to
current students who take three or four
courses, but enforced full-term tuition
has the potential to inhibit accessibility
to education, reinforce economically-
based social stratification, deny
individual learning approaches to
education, and prohibit unique
experiences afforded to individuals
in the Mount Allison community. I
encourage students to get involved in
this debate, read the interim report
that will be released this week and
check out the D.E.B.T. Facebook page.
Additionally, members of D.E.B.T will
be soliciting signatures this week for a
petition. If you feel that this is an issue
that needs to be addressed further and
desire to see a change in the current
billing policy structure, sign the
petition. Additionally, you can send
VP External Mark Brister (mcbrister@
mta.ca), the SAC representative on
the working group, an-mail expressing
your opinions regarding tuition at
Mount Allison. As a community, we
continue to want better. Our direction
is dependent solely on continued
student participation. e journey will
be costly, but we’ll make change.
6 MARCH 12, 2009 THE ARGOSY • OPINIONS
Nicholas Dubé
In the context of an informal chat about
current affairs last semester, one of my
best professors at Mt. A declared: “It
must be tough being a student today
- I mean, with the environmental and
food crises, the financial situation, etc.,
it must be hard to be studying all sorts
of things that won’t help solve any
of these problems.” I responded that
as a pre-med student, it didn’t really
bother me that my most significant
learning happened outside of classes. I
was hoop-jumping toward a vocation
useful and meaningful even in our
troubled times. Still, he did get me
thinking. Hence this letter, which is
not actually about “liberal arts in times
of crisis,” but instead uses today’s
“crises” as an excuse to question what
we’re doing here.
So, why is it we’re at university?
Although the reasons are innumerable,
I think (and hope) that everyone has
come here in part to explore: to explore
who they are, what they value, what
they love, how things are connected,
what they could do after Mt. A. is
kind of exploration, of course, doesn’t
happen in one place.
Given its centrality to so many
students’ journeys through university,
though, I have no doubt that our classes
ought to facilitate it. Indeed, they all
do to a certain extent. Most professors
incorporate an element of “is is
Liberal arts in times of Crisis
what academia is like in ___” or “ese
are the typical issues addressed in ___
and the means by which this is done.”
Great. But what about the rest?
What kind of exploration do
courses offer for the majority of
students who aren’t actually interested
in academia or “the typical issues”?
One might argue that the need to
balance exploration with intellectual
exercise and the teaching of specific
subject matter for a given course limits
the possible breadth of a course. Still,
that doesn’t mean evaluations have
to be done exclusively through essays
on prescribed topics and through the
same old exams.
Real learning can only happen if
students are interested in what they’re
doing and take ownership of it. is
is where things get tricky, because
if you ask a professor why they don’t
give students more opportunities for
self-directed learning, they’ll probably
say they’re totally open to it and,
in fact, encourage it; students just
aren’t interested. Of course, if you ask
students, professors are likely to get
the blame. Not surprisingly, things
aren’t so black and white; I believe
neither group is more to blame than
the other.
For truly engaged, self-directed
learning to become a reality at Mt. A,
we’ve all got to overcome our familiar
but outdated assumptions about each
other’s expectations. By no means do
I claim to have all the answers; in fact
the purpose of this letter is to ask you:
Based on your unique experience, what
do you think we can do to increase
students’ownership of and engagement
in their in-class learning at Mt. A?
Still, to get you thinking, I’ll
share a few suggestions of my own.
Assignments Students, our profs may
not be quite as trendy we are, but that
doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be open
(perhaps after a little convincing)
to our wildest suggestion for an
alternative assignments: creating an
animé adaption of a story for a lit class,
leading a discussion about the modern
significance of Greek art for a classics
class, composing a rap about epigenetic
effects for a biology class, etc.
We’ve got to stop assuming that
we’re locked into every exercise
proposed by our profs.
If you’re not interested in an
assignment, step up: propose something
creative - but equally challenging -
that you would actually enjoy doing,
that would allow you to explore the
things you want, and that would help
you develop the skills you value.
Professors, first off, those lecture
notes and syllabi from two, five, fifteen
years ago, they’ve got to be revamped:
not just updated to reflect academic
developments in your discipline;
they’ve got to change with the times,
with current affairs, with students’
interests. It’s not enough to be open
to the diversity of students and their
interests, you’ve to to promote them,
Corrections - February 19
e photo accompanying the article entitled “e passing of le grand-père de
Vimy” should be credited to Veteran’s Affairs Canada.
e author of “Love is blind” is Susan Rogers.
In “Obama hates Gossip Girl” should have been credited with files from e
New York Times.
An open letter to Mt. A
embrace them. No matter how hard
you try to be friendly and accessible,
there will always be a gap in authority
and power (especially the power to
determine grades) that is intimidating
to many students and will deter them
from questioning the relevance of
your assignments to them individually.
Keeping students interested isn’t
just about thinking up exciting ways
to present material and to evaluate
students, it’s about engaging students
in that very process. is, I concede, is
no easy task; but no one said it would
be easy.
Tests & Exams: “Is it going to be
on the exam?” e dreaded question:
to professors, it’s a sign of impending
regurgitation by uninterested students;
to students, it’s a degrading but
necessary submission to the System.
What’s it really about? First off, even
compared to leading universities in the
U.S. (where are a regular student covers
12 credits per 15-week semester), we
cover a lot of material in our 12-week
semesters! In fact, I think we cover so
much that a typical student with any
semblance of a balanced lifestyle rarely
has time to reflect on course material
at their leisure. With all the different
courses and activities competing for
our time, the average student simply
can’t afford to ponder course material
beyond what will be evaluated. I’m sure
both students and professors would be
happier if students could simply study
course material with a focus on that
in which they’re interested – not just
in terms of content, but also in terms
of connections. For that to become a
reality though, students need to know
that that accomplishment will be
worth something in evaluations. at
in turn will only happen if we demand
it: an open-ended question about
connections as an option in the
long-answer section of an exam, an
optional open-ended supplementary
assignment, whatever! I’m not
suggesting that this kind of individual
knowledge and understanding replaces
that of basic principles on which
courses are based, but rather that they
supplement this prescriptive core.
If a creative approach to evaluation
were implemented, students wouldn’t
have to worry about losing a few marks
on (to them, insignificant) details
because they could count on making
up for it with the learning that was
important to them.
Engaged learning isn’t a utopia; it’s
a vision – a vision which we’ve all got
to keep nurturing through discussions,
blog posts, newspaper articles, videos,
whatever you like. I know the vision
I’ve outlined in this letter is very rough
and incomplete. is is partly because
I don’t have all the answers, but mostly
because I know the vision isn’t just
mine. So if you do share this vision, I
challenge you to put in your two cents,
and together, who knows how much
we could save...
Chris Durrant
Argosy Staff
Is senioritis caused by knowing that
the end is coming soon? Or is it caused
by having turned up all the corners
of a given place and finding no more
surprises? Whatever the cause, senioritis
is the painful lack of motivation that
many people experience in their last
year of university. It’s like having
painted most of a barn, but then
struggling to finish putting on the final
coat.
What are we to make of this
phenomenon? I’ve already been
through a few painfully demoralizing
Sunday nights, idly checking my e-
mail rather than working and as much
as I hated it, I think there is a reason to
be thankful for senioritis. It may be a
hard lesson to learn, but like many of
university’s various obstacles, it may be
useful.
My case is this: It is doubtful this will
be the last time we’ll be bored, restless
and anxious to begin something else.
However, for many of us, it is the
Senioritis
last time we’ll be given a quantifiable
assessment of how well we’ve done
shaking off apathy and getting on
with it. Our grades this semester will
measure something more important
then our understanding of Bix’s article
about the culpability of the Showa
Emperor in the Pacific war, or whatever
hooey your discipline tests you on.
ey will measure the pure power of
our will.
Really there has never been a better
time to be a grade grubber, because
for those effected by senioritis, this
semester more than any other, will
exercise the muscles of our will.
What is will? In my mind, it the ability
to propel ourselves toward our goals no
matter what emotional obstacles lay in
front of us. Consequently, if you put
any importance in your goals, a strong
will is important.
Will is important, because as we pursue
our goals, bad things will happen.
ings we have loved will leave us.
ings will go wrong, setting us back.
We will know sorrow and fatigues
much worse than senioritis. But if we
care about our goals, we’ll have to will
our way through all of it. at means,
we might as well will our way through
this senioritis.
Sir Francis Drake once said “ere
must be a beginning of any great matter,
but the continuing unto the end until
it be thoroughly finished yields the
true glory.” Your marks this semester
probably aren’t your true glory, but
consider them a practice run. So make
your last GPA, your best GPA.
7 MARCH 12, 2009 THE ARGOSY • OPINIONS
Weekly Graffitti
Marina Wilke
The work of Banksy in Bristol, England. Summer 2008.
Mayme Lefurgey B.O.D.I.E.S.
e development of the HPV vaccine
has sparked great interest in today’s
society and is heavily advertised to
young women through the means of our
invasive mass media. Gardasil is a drug
that has been marketed as a mechanism
to make cervical cancer, the 11th most
common cancer in women, a thing of the
past.Scientific studies thus far have found
that the Gardasil vaccine is nearly 100%
effective in preventing diseases caused by
four HPV types, including precancers of
the cervix, vulva and vagina, and genital
warts. However, a less publicized and
underlying reality of this drug is the fear
that it has the capacity to become quite
dangerous through instilling a sense of
urgency. e advertisements for the drug
persuade young women to see Gardasil as
something they need in order to achieve
a ‘complete self ’. is common strategy
is comparable to the marketing used in
the beauty industry and brings female
consumerism to a whole new level.
e concern of this drug only being
administered to females is augmented
by a sense of apprehensiveness due to
the influence that the male dominant
medical world has had on women’s
health throughout history, and in the
way popular culture can expand beyond
fashionable high heels to very precarious
realms. Marketing the drug as something
that makes you an independent female in
control of your sexuality strays far from
the true intentions of the pharmaceutical
companies. e new ideal of women’s
empowerment through health instead of
beauty is but another capitalist interest
that continues to objectify women’s
bodies. When information is presented
as safe, ethical and well-tested, the
Gardasil: liberating or limiting?
consumers are vulnerable to yearn for
a desired lifestyle where women are in
control of their sexuality, a potential
misconception.
Some feel that the spread of HPV,
although serious, is not a pressing issue
needing immediate action and that the
costly fervor to have young girls injected
should be carefully considered. is
issue must be addressed in our society,
which is bombarded by male-dominated
ideals that have sought authority over
decisions concerning female bodies.
Canadian public health officials have
expressed the concern the vaccinating
all young girls would be “premature
and could have unintended negative
consequences,” either physically or on a
societal level. In western society, women
are often in a constant state of evaluation,
with their sexuality both exaggerated and
repressed.e introduction of a drug that
emphasizes females engaging in sexual
activity is gaining much controversial
attention. Western society’s institutions
have constructed a pessimistic correlation
between sexual activity and the morals of
women, leaving their sexuality objectified
in a media-saturated environment. e
debate of the HPV vaccine emphasizes
how women’s sexuality is always subject
to scrutiny and is very much controlled
by our society.
Many people in the medical
community stand firmly behind the
HPV vaccine, and it has been licensed
by the FDA as a safe and very effective
drug. It is said to have been tested on
over 11,000 young girls around the world
and that no serious side effects were ever
reported. However, despite the statistics
provided regarding the safety and
efficacy of the vaccine, some speculations
arise. A young American girl received
the vaccine and within hours suffered
from headache, neck and back pain,
followed by a state of delirium and the
inability to walk without assistance. Her
case was not uncommon, as many severe
reactions have been reported including
paralysis and seizures. Although these
occurrences are regarded as unrelated to
the drug by manufactures, one cannot
help but contemplate whether there is
enough known about the HPV vaccine
to warrant mass inoculation programs.
Are the manufacturers leaving women
in a state of coercion, leading them
to blindly give consent? Are these
pharmaceutical companies selling more
than an injection?
With a history of women being used
as guinea pigs in pharmaceuticals, it is
hard to trust the legitimacy of this drug
without fearing that yet another group
of innocent subjects has simply falling
victim to the uncertainties and dangers
of medical research. Until women are
part of an inclusive approach regarding
their health, a huge societal issue is at
hand. With advertisements of Gardasil
or similar drugs urging mothers to
‘protect’ their daughters and advising
young women to become ‘one less’;
women are not in control.Associating the
vaccine with a sense of empowerment,
community and moral responsibility
might be limiting instead of liberating to
young women seeking to make healthy
and informed lifestyle choices.is is also
an issue of retraining entrenched skills
that call for conformity and redirecting
current mass media ideals. With further
awareness of the harms of drugs, coupled
with more positive advertising techniques
that genuinely promote choice, our
society has the potential to redefine
patriarchal patterns that govern women’s
understanding of personal identity and
health.
Tim Jones
George’s Roadhouse isn’t the Best Live
Music Venue in Canada. If it were, we
probably wouldn’t like it. At the Best
Live Music Venue in Canada, things
probably start on time. You don’t have to
sit around and talk about your day and
try to figure out why the Clancy’s tastes
so skunky and wish it were summer so
you could play horseshoes in the back
yard, while the staff frantically tries to
rearrange enough furniture so there’s
room for a standing crowd in front of the
stage if anyone actually stands up. (At
the Best Live Music Venue in Canada,
people probably don’t stay seated during
amazing hip hop shows). Speaking of
staffing, the staff at the Best Live Music
Venue in Canada would probably be in a
good mood once in a while.
e Best Live Music Venue in
Canada probably has a stage manager,
so Jon Epworth goes onstage before 2:30
am, before he’s drunk enough to take
off everything but his chain mail guitar
strap. Speaking of nudity, e Best
Live Music Venue in Canada probably
has a dressing room, so when it books
a burlesque show, the burlesque dancers
aren’t just milling around naked in the
kitchen. e other thing about having
a dressing room is that the performers
have a place to go - they don’t have to
stand in the bar line with the rest of
the audience, and definitely won’t make
friends with 50 per cent of them (and
DEFINITELY won’t make out with
first year girls at 2:30 am when the sound
guy puts on Coldplay to try to clear the
room). e Best Live Music Venue in
Canada probably wouldn’t let Jon-Rae &
e River run up a 13-pitcher bar tab.
You probably wouldn’t do shots of
Jager with your professors in view of the
president of your university. When the
bassist of the headlining band gets drunk
enough to pee into his own mouth on
the front steps of the bar, the bouncer
probably wouldn’t let him back into the
venue, and certainly wouldn’t let weird
cougars from Moncton and fifth-year art
students dance onstage with him. (But
somehow it’s the only bar in Sackville
where I’ve never seen a fight.)
You’d never wake up with flakes of
ceiling tile in your hair; you’d never see
half the audience sprint outside to watch
a train go by, or watch Chris Ricketts set
off fireworks between sets. You’d never
see Hawksley Workman and a bunch
of Cape Bretoners have a dance-off to
a Raffi song. You’d never know every
single audience member by name. You’d
probably never wait three hours for
breakfast, and you’d definitely never eat
that breakfast with 75 per cent of last
night’s crowd. Someone would probably
take time to erase last ursday’s dinner
special from the chalkboard over the
stage.
e head of the Philosophy
department wouldn’t get to book shows
- neither would random second-year
university students. e Best Live Music
Venue in Canada probably won’t have
shows where there are only ten people
in the audience, but 20 people forming
an impromptu choir onstage. Shotgun
& Jaybird probably wouldn’t play 20
times a year. e best live music venue in
Canada would probably exist for reasons
other than the incredible generosity
and hard work of Darren Wheaton. It
wouldn’t have a summer pig roast and a
winter Boxing Day Bash.
I live in Chicago now. It has world-
class venues with million-dollar sound
and lighting systems, years of history,
and cold draught that doesn’t taste like
skunk. I barely go to anything, and
when I do, I don’t usually enjoy it very
much. I’ve been spoiled by George’s
Fabulous Roadhouse.
Tim on George’s
Dr. Jennifer Harris,
As, to my knowledge, I am the only
person on campus who actively researches,
publishes, and teaches in the area of
African American literature and culture
pre-1900, I feel compelled to respond
to the February 19th article, “Sweetest
little racist thing” by Kelly O’Connor.
e article title, in conjunction with the
material within,seems to imply that those
who participate in the cakewalk held at
the annual fundraiser e Sweetest Little
ing are in some way engaged in cultural
Dear Editors
appropriation or racial parody; this is not
the case. e Sweetest Little ing cake
walk bears absolutely no resemblance
to the cakewalk of African American
culture,or its caricature in minstrel shows.
e Sweetest Little ing cakewalk is
simply a version of musical chairs with
cakes as prizes. Calling it a cakewalk
invokes the use of the term to mean easy,
a usage which may or may not predate
the invocation of the term to refer to the
original dance (its etymology is hazy).
Moreover, while I don’t dispute the
actual historical content of the article,
extracted as it is from an excellent 1981
essay by Brooke Baldwin published in the
Journal of Social History, I do, however,
take issue with the title’s suggestion that
the cakewalk itself is inherently racist;
as an example of African American
innovation in the Americas it deserves to
be recognized first and foremost as such.
at it was a subject of racial parody
does not diminish it as a form of cultural
expression; that would be throwing the
proverbial baby out with the bathwater.
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If his 2005 Conduct Becoming offering –
titled “Short Story” – told us anything,
it was that Pat LePoidevin’s arrival at
Mount Allison was full of important
life questions. With the release of a
full length album, Blue Tornadoes, four
years later, it would appear that he has
finally been able to respond to a few
of the queries that marked his youth.
As many in the Sackville community
can testify, it has been a great pleasure
to witness LePoidevin’s development
as an artist. From his beginnings as a
simple piper and singer/songwriter, Pat
has evolved into a genuine performer,
exhibiting a clear level of pride and
professionalism in his craft. To say
that his music has matured would be
an incredible understatement. He has
proven himself as one of the most
exciting young musicians on the scene
to date.
In examining his evolution, one
cannot deny the importance that
looping has had on the direction of his
work. To fully grasp the splendor and
talent that are hallmarks LePoidevin’s
music, one must first appreciate the
concept underlying his equipment.
Outfitted with a looper pedal – which
allows its user to record and playback
multiple segments simultaneously
– LePoidevin is able to build melody
upon melody, mixing dense vocal
harmonies, guitar, practice chanter
and a variety of whistles into a literal
tornado of sound. It demands a
tremendous level of skill, patience, and
artistry. e fact that he has gained
such commanding dexterity in such a
short time is a feat in itself.
Kellen Barrett
Argosy Contributor
LePoidevin recorded the album live
in CHMA 106.9’s studio space over
the course of a few months. While
many artists have been known to work
looping into their live show – Keller
Williams, KT Tunstall, and Craig
Cardiff come to mind – very few have
approached the actual recording process
with this technique. Despite this
unconventional approach, LePoidevin
tackles his method with ease. It seems
appropriate that he would include this
facet of his live show in the recording
process, as it is clear that Blue Tornadoes
was an album written to be performed;
many of the songs rise and fall in such
a way as to accommodate space for
layers of vocals and guitar. As well, the
recording lends an intimate quality to
the album; one is able to experience
the promised warmth and authenticity
of a LePoidevin live show in their
headphones.
e songs are consciously epic,
barraging the listener with an intricate
mix of simple sounds whose sum
is larger than life. His structural
approach produces a series of singular
riffs that work together to paint an
entire sonic scene. Isolated, the parts
are unobtrusive; combined, they are an
incontestable jackhammer. Despite
its power, the sum never disrespects
its parts; each construct is aptly mixed
to give space to every intricacy of his
sound.
Blue Tornadoes will rock more than a few trailer parks
Official CD release, March 13 at George’s ‘Fabulous’ Roadhouse
Jessica Emin
When “Cancer”collapses at the 3:00
minute mark, the listener is drawn into
five guitars playing descending and
incredibly dissonant scales. e result is
both tumultuous and beautiful, drawing
attention to the lyric’s pain. A troupe
of chanters blast out on “e Cougar
and the Night” to introduce force and
panic to the tale. At times like these, it
is difficult to imagine that one man is
capable of producing all of the music at
one time. It is very impressive. While
his music is indubitably complex,
LePoidevin accomplished the difficult
task of balancing scope and simplicity.
At first, Blue Tornadoes seemed to
mark a departure from LePoidevin’s
previous efforts; instead of mapping
out coherent narratives, LePoidevin
opts for the abstract to focus
harmonies that convey the emotions
behind cryptic lyrics. is theory
quickly became problematic upon
multiple listens. e lyrics are sparse,
but they are certainly not simplistic.
While the melodies are upbeat for
the most part, the lyrics often deliver
poignant insight into the underlying
implications of human language and
interaction. “Salt Lake War Memorial”
provides a vivid description of wartime
terrors by way of a straightforward
reflection of a commemorative
site. “Car Crash” pairs natural imagery
with a condescendingly angry tone,
resulting in a surreal dream-like
experience. e terror in “e Cougar
and the Night”, as well as “Cancer” is
truly suffocating. Songs such as “e
Bird and the Basement” and “What
About the Mouse?” explore how we
relate to one and other, as well as with
the world around us. Amidst these
new terrains, we are still provided
with a momentary glimpse of a classic
LePoidevin romance with “Toumba,
Texas” and “Make Sure It’s Blue”. All
of the songs are sung with contagious
sincerity, driving its audience to both
empathize with these very human
emotions and sing along.
If the introductory “Short Story”
was about the need to discover oneself,
then Blue Tornadoes is a convincing
manifesto from an artist who is
finally comfortable with his artistic
voice. Now that he has come into his
own, it will definitely be fascinating
to see where Pat LePoidevin goes
next. Blue Tornadoes will be released
this Friday (March 13) at George’s
Roadhouse
Pat LePoidevin, seen here performing at the Vogue Theatre as part of CHMA’s Stereophonic festival last
January will be releasing a full length album, Blue Tornadoes, Friday March 13 at George’s Roadhouse.
George’s Fabulous Roadhouse was my
first stop after seeing Watchmen which
had put me in a foul mood. So may I
say: Congratulations to e Bad Arts,
Rich Aucoin and e First Aid Kit.
You turned my simmering nerd-rage
into outright giddiness. For this, I shall
roll a twelve-sided die in your honour.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
e crowd was pretty small, but that
was just fine. It meant more room
for balloon fights, wrestling matches
and, that staple of any great live show,
Chris Ricketts crowdsurfing. It didn’t
hurt that the bands were more than
capable of holding their own (and
probably Ricketts too) in the midst of
the shenanigans.
e Bad Arts were an intriguing
choice of opener, specializing in jagged,
jittery post-punk that emphasized
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
texture and unusual rhythms. As my
good friend and George’s regular
Chris Weaver noted, they’re the
quintessential Halifax band. True
enough: they sweat their way through
an energetic opening set and left the
crowd hungry for more. Currently
without an online presence of their
own, these guys are worth watching
out for.
Rich Aucoin put on an excellent
show, as always. It was the same show
he played last October for the Halifax
Pop Explosion, though the acoustics
at George’s weren’t as sympathetic as
those at the Coconut Grove. Not that
it matters much: Aucoin’s songwriting
is improving, and he mentioned that
his next album is in production and
features contributions from some
4000 Canadians coast to coast. He’s
no longer able to sync his tunes with
How the Grinch Stole Christmas due
to a cease and desist letter from the
Seuss estate. Apparently they don’t
mind if you want to make a terrifying
Cat in the Hat movie starring Mike
Myers, yet they WILL NOT ABIDE
whimsical pop music that resonates
with the warm, imaginative charm of
Seuss’ best art. C’est la vie. He’s now
working on his own film syncs stitched
together from public domain movies
that work even better. And, as always,
there were balloons. Lots of ‘em.
e First Aid Kit returned to
Sackville for the first time in over a
year, bringing along their new EP Still
Standing(see sidebar for my review).
e crowd loved these guys and the
band reciprocated with an encore
and just generally being swell. eir
new material blended well with their
first EP Rocket Summer. e balloons
stayed up as keyboardist Amy Bollivar
held up signs (the craftsmanship of
which was notable) to get the audience
to sing along. e set dissolved into a
happy blur that lasted well into the
weekend, but which thankfully wore
off just in time to review Watchmen for
next week. e circle of life…
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Happy-Go-Lucky (Starring Sally
Hawkings, Elliot Cowan, Alexis
Zegerman; directed by Mike Leigh,
2008)
Given title of last week’s Film Society
movie, what images immediately
spring to mind? Maybe a bright ‘50s-
era young man with a comb-over
and a space between his teeth he can
whistle through? A person without a
care in the world, who breezes through
life without much thought or worry?
In our culture we sometimes have a
tendency of only taking those things
seriously which are heavy or dark
– for many people, bright and happy
implies lightness and frivolousness.
e movie Happy-Go-Lucky takes this
idea and turns it on its head making it
an interesting and maybe even slightly
controversial movie.
e movie’s main character, Poppy
(Sally Hawkins), is a British elementary
school teacher in her thirties who lives
with her best friend and roommate of
ten years. Her life isn’t perfect but she
has an unusually irrepressible cheery
nature, and nothing particularly gets
her down. For instance, in the first
scene of the movie when her bicycle
is stolen she laughs it off, and her
only regret is that she didn’t get to say
goodbye. She treats everyone in the
same jovial manner, but not everyone
is responsive to it. Many of the people
she encounters ignore her, while some
get downright angry, particularly her
driving instructor, Scott, who is her
polar opposite. He is incredibly stern
and serious, and as the audience later
discovers, is also racist and slightly
paranoid as well. He criticizes Poppy’s
chaotic nature saying that it will
cause her to “crash and die laughing.”
Ironically, the closest they come to an
accident is when Scott loses his temper
and attacks her in the moving car.
Some people who watch the
movie may come out of the theater
feeling that Poppy is flaky and even
patronizing, but I think anyone with a
reaction like this is missing something
in the movie. Poppy is an interesting
character because she is relentlessly
cheery, but she is also quite intelligent
and perceptive. It’s not that she doesn’t
notice the problems in her life or in
the world around her, it’s just that she
doesn’t let them get to her. In fact,
when push comes to shove she deals
with the conflicts that arise in the
story in a mature and sensitive way. It
is clear that she genuinely cares about
everyone she encounters. Even her for
driving teacher, who gives her more
than enough reason to hate him, she
does not harbour ill will.
Hawkins, who plays Poppy, does
quite an amazing job of portraying
this energetic character in all her
cheerfulness without making her seem
shallow.
e movie ends in a lovely way,
with Poppy and her roommate rowing
downstream in a boat because their
bathroom has flooded, talking and
laughing about their lives. ey don’t
have everything, but they live well with
what they have.
Happy-Go-Lucky is a funny, fast-
paced and charming look at what it
means to be happy, and how people
interact. Even though the main
character Poppy is lighthearted, even
frustratingly so to some audiences, she
may actually be the wisest and most
perceptive character in the film, which
makes for an interesting perspective
on the world. Personally I loved this
movie, and walked out of the theater
feeling like Poppy has something right
about living a good life.
Slumdog Millionaire (Starring Dev
Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal.
Directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen
Tandan. 2008.)
I’ll be honest - I know about as
much about India as I do about vector
calculus, so I come into this film very
ignorant, as I suspect many other
less-travelled North Americans will
too. Fortunately, cultural ignorance
isn’t a significant obstacle to enjoying
this work. In many ways, much of the
appeal comes from the culture shock of
being suddenly immersed in a society
so different at first glance, and yet so
similar once you look past the surface.
Maybe this is thanks to a plot that,
although told in a broken-up narrative
set over many years and locations, is
fundamentally simple and that anyone
can enjoy.
But this isn’t a documentary. While
it may take a few good close-ups of
the extremely impoverished, this isn’t
a film that’s going to change the world
or call people to action. Instead, it’s a
story about a young man who grew up
poor in India. However, both poverty
and India itself are the background,
not the subject. Nor is this story one
we have never heard before, though we
may be more familiar with the rags-
to-riches plot structure in movies that
involve guys named Rocky.
Now, this all may sound like
criticism, but it’s not. However, this is
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a simple story told on such a scale, and
with such precision, that it’s tempting
to interpret it as something much
more. Don’t. e fact that the credits
play over a whimsically colourful,
choreographed dance scene should be
indicator enough that we’re supposed
to watch Slumdog for no more reason
than to enjoy its compelling story. It’s
almost like a fairytale, albeit one that’s
a little too rough around the edges for
bedtime reading.
Such an admirably simple
commitment to storytelling helps
contextualize this alongside other Best
Picture winners. To many, its win may
come as a surprise at first. After all,
about a third of it isn’t even in English
(gasp!). But what puts it ahead of the
pack is its accessibility, the appeal
of tried and true formulas when
everything is dedicated to playing
them out just right.
Slumdog Millionaire accomplishes
this through a constant rush of action
and emotional impact, paced so that it
never seems to take a breather despite
allowing the audience a few of their
own when they least expect it. It
might not be something immediately
praiseworthy in viewing, but has
become harder and harder to find a
film in recent years that has the ability
to never drag while also never being
overwhelming.
is is of course about as subjective
as praise gets, but distinct enough to
note as I see it. Some might criticize
the portrayal of India’s rougher reaches
as being an unbalanced overall picture
of the country, but it’s important to
think back over the last few years’
Best Picture winners. To refresh your
memory on those, we have No Country
for Old Men, e Departed, Crash, and
Million Dollar Baby – all of which take
a pretty bleak look at the darker side of
America. e Academy seems to love
the seedy underbelly.
So, yes, herein lies a recommendation
of the highest variety. What it lacks
in deeper meaning it makes up for
with the sheer talent it has for saying
what it has to say. is is what makes
it must-see. It’s not going to save the
world, but it tells a good tale.
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Oscar darling is the definition of a ‘must see’
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As uninitiated westerners, we knew
that the East Coast was famous
for its landscapes, its lobsters and
its lighthouses but we never could
have guessed just how special the
music is too. We received a first
hand demonstration at 2009’s East
Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) in
Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. Over the
weekend we learned that this festival
stands for a lot more than just the
coveted silver treble clef statuette; it’s
a weekend to bring together musicians
and fans to celebrate the independence
and pride in Atlantic Canadian music.
What better way to celebrate than
to “Go Wild”; four Mount Allison
students took the festival’s slogan to
heart and danced our way through at
least a dozen shows pausing only to
make a few friends along the way.
Our first stop on Friday afternoon
was to see some familiar faces, e
Grass Mountain Hobos, winners of the
ECMA Bluegrass Award and Mount
Allison alum. We promptly dropped
our bags and joined in a spontaneous
hotel lobby hoe-down. We were
happy that these favourites were the
first among the thousand songs we
expected to enjoy over the weekend
but little did we know that we would
soon befriend the man of a thousand
songs, Newfoundland’s favourite folk
singer, Ron Hynes: the man who wrote
“Sonny’s Dream”, whose storytelling is
known around the world and who just
so happened to acquire four daughters
over the weekend. After taking in Ron
Hynes, Hey Rosetta!, David Myles,
and Damhnait Doyle from backstage
of the Arts & Culture Centre we
found Ron Hynes desperately looking
for a ride back into town. Without a
second thought, our rental car was
running and we had Ron Hynes riding
shotgun with his guitar in our trunk.
On Saturday afternoon we came
across former Mount Allison student,
Meaghan Blanchard at the PEI Songs
and Writers Showcase. She’s come a
long way from Conduct Becoming with
two ECMA nominations - the CBC
Galaxy Rising Star Recording of the
Year and Folk Recording of the Year.
At the Burnt Snow Showcase all
ages concert, we took in Smothered
in Hugs, Mardeen and Hey Rosetta!
But feeling our age, we headed back
for a quick nap and before taking in
the Music Nova Scotia Showcase
featuring Share, Carmen Townsend,
Christina Martin, Matt Mays + El
Torpedo, and e Tom Fun Orchestra.
With a twinge of homesickness, to cap
off the night we once again returned to
the New Brunswick Stage to take in
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DJ Bones.
Sunday morning dawned quickly,
in fact while we were still on the
dance floor, but being the dedicated
journalists we are, we knew we had to
make the most of our last day at the
ECMAs. And so with a traditional
Newfoundland breakfast of tautons
(translation: fried dough with
molasses), we started our day off by
attending the SOCAN Songwriters
Circle. Even though it was held in
the Pepsi Arena, the five talented
musicians made it feel like we were
sitting in a cozy kitchen somewhere
along the coast.
at night the kitchen party
grew to include over 3,000 people,
not to mention a cross-country
television audience for the ECMA
Gala Awards. With performances by
many of our weekend favourites the
award show was an opportunity to
recognize outstanding achievement
in Atlantic Canadian music. en on
to the after-party where David Myles,
another Mount Allison alum, kept
the celebration going. Described as
Fred Penner for adults, he took away
the ECMA for Folk Recording of
the Year along with all the hearts of
the audience from coast to coast. Try
as he might, our hearts had already
been stolen by our new-found-love
for Newfoundland and all that is the
ECMAs.
Happy-go-Lucky a joyful romp
ere’s a cod in my boat
Four Mount A. students recount their trip to the ECMAs
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VP External

March 10, 2009
The SAC has been
widely criticized by students
with ranging degrees of
extra-curricular involvement
and from across the political
spectrum on two perceived
failures: 1) the lack of
formal channels between
clubs/societies and the SAC,
and 2) the lack of direct
advocacy on issues students
are concerned about. SAC
involvement in holding the
administration accountable
on environmental issues
has been, to put it lightly,
wanting. Recognizing this, we
were particularly amicable to
suggestions raised this year
that the SAC should create
a social justice coordinator.
This position would be
created with the goal of
ameliorating the effectiveness
of clubs and societies by
coordinating their efforts and
serving as a conduit between
independent student groups
and student government. The
representative would also
serve as an environmental
conscious for the
organization. This proposal
was welcomed by the SAC
executive this year. It has
been our intent to reverse
the trend of de-politicization
that has plagued the SAC in
recent years. An effective way
to achieve this legitimately
would require deeper
involvement with clubs and
societies with a purview
to social justice. These
groups have proliferated and
strengthened in recent years:
they represent and effectively
engage a more signifcant
portion of the student
population than ever before.
After much discussion,
we are bringing a series of
bylaw changes to council on
Wednesday (the day before
the publication date of this
paper).
I recommended to
the Operations Committee
establish a Societies’ Social
Affairs and Advocacy
Committee. This committee
will be composed of
representatives of clubs and
societies that must frst be
vetted by council separately
from the process through
which clubs are merely
recognized by the SAC. Once
an application is submitted,
council would determine
whether the viewpoint offered
is oIfcially valuable to the
student body. This would
prevent societies without a
social justice horizon from
being represented. This
committee should be chaired
by an Advocacy Coordinator
to be given an honorarium.
He or she will also be
responsible for mailing out
clubs/societies activities in
the format that the social
justice coordinator was this
year. The VP External, who
would presumably understand
lobbying techniques and
politically relevant contextual
information, should work
closely with this group. The
Communications Committee
should also partner with the
Advocacy Committee on
information campaigns.
Obviously I have a
portfolio bias, so view my
comments in this light. This
year I have partnered with
clubs and societies on various
issues, most notably the
campaign to get students to
vote in the federal election.
There are several reasons
why it makes sense to use
the External Affairs portfolio
in concert and occasionally
in contiguity with clubs and
societies: 1) It allows us to
prioritize as a student body
which issues are important
and provide democratic
legitimacy on particular
issues. So if eco-action wants
to raise awareness on this
issue, one way would be to
bring it to the SAC to pass a
resolution of support, helping
both parties to achieve
their respective goals: eco-
action gets the support of
the student government, the
SAC adopts lobbying policies
that better represent student
concerns. However, this
rarely happens. Establishing
a formal committee focused
on institutional integration
between the SAC and
advocacy groups on campus
can facilitate this process, and
would promote cooperation
between societies on common
goals. 2) Even on issues
the SAC doesn’t explicitly
support (although the
societies in principle would
have to be vetted and their
participation in the committee
ratifed by the SAC`s
legislative body), it makes
sense to share resources
with advocacy groups to
maximize their effectiveness.
For instance, campus
groups would probably be
much better off advocating
environmental concerns on
the provincial level than on
the national level, especially
considering the resources at
their disposal and depending
on contextual circumstances.
Such collaboration can
sharpen our focus as a union,
maximizing our puissance. 3)
This will allow an expansion
of the number of issues the
SAC can lobby on without
saturation. While the External
Affairs committee may be
best delegated to handle
the grind of researching
and campaigning on, say,
the structure of funding to
universities, he or she could
also use the connections at
his or her disposal to lobby
on other issues with various
clubs with specifc felds
of expertise doing much of
the groundwork, including
representatives from these
groups in every step of the
process. 4) Finally, this will
help to legitimize the SAC in
the eyes of clubs and societies
by giving them a stake in
student government. The
point is to foster a healthy and
reasonably inclusive political
discourse, not necessarily
that all involved parties will
always agree.
Rather than have
the chair of this committee
be all things to all people,
we have determined that it
may be best to segregate
the environmental function
of the portfolio. A separate
Environmental Affairs
Committee will be formed
with an independent
Environmental Chair, to
work in concert with the
Advocacy Coordinator. He
or she will work closely with
the Advocacy Coordinator,
and essentially function
as an institutionalized
environmental consciousness
to continually hold the SAC
accountable for policies
on the environment. Since
this position requires a
distinctly different skill set,
we separated this from the
social advocacy coordinator
position.
In any democratic
system of government,
there should be formal
mechanisms through which
lobby groups can appeal
to elected representatives.
The Social Affairs and
Advocacy committee would
be constructed with the aim
of expanding the External
Affairs portfolio and further
politicizing the SAC in
concert with student concerns
while ameliorating the
effectiveness of on-campus
advocacy groups. Student
governments should adopt
such practices generally,
as their actions now play a
crucial role in determining
whether the political climate
we will raise our children in
will be morally bearable or
merely a bereft inheritance.
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1 JULlE DOlRON* l Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day (Endearingj
2 THE CONSTANTlNES* Kensington Heights (Arts & Craftsj
3 THE WEAKERTHANS* Reunion Tour (Anti-j
4 HEY ROSETTA!* lnto Your Lungs (Sonicj
5 SHOTGUN JlMMlE* Still Jimmie (You've Changedj
6 JlLL BARBER* Chances (Outsidej
7 LAND OF TALK* Some Are Lakes (Saddle Creekj
8 ANDREW BlRD Noble Beast (Fat Possumj
9 THE UNlTED STEEL WORKERS OF MONTREAL* Three On The Tree
(Weewerkj
10 BON lvER Blood Bank (Jagjaguwarj
11 CONSTRUCTlON AND DESTRUCTlON* The volume Wars
(lndependentj
12 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS* Forest Of Tears (lndependentj
13 A.C. NEWMAN* Get Guilty (Matadorj
14 THE ACORN* Heron Act (Paper Bagj
15 JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY* Ashtray Rock (Maple Musicj
16 JON-RAE FLETCHER* Oh, Maria (Weewerkj
17 GEOFF BERNER* Klezmer Mongrels (Jericho Beachj
18 JENN GRANT* Echoes (Six Shooterj
19 RUBY JEAN AND THE THOUGHTFUL BEES* Ruby Jean And The
Thoughtful Bees (Youth Clubj
20 NEW ROYALTY* Sleepover (lndependentj
21 THE MAGlC* The Magic (lndependentj
22 D-SlSlvE* The Book (Urbnetj
23 OLENKA AND THE AUTUMN LOvERS* Olenka And The Autumn Lovers
(lndependentj
24 CHRlSTlNA MARTlN* Two Hearts (lndependentj
25 PETE SAMPLES* The Jumper Cables (lndependentj
26 CADENCE WEAPON* Separation Anxiety (lndependentj
27 THE FlRST AlD KlT* Still Standing (lndependentj
28 MOKA ONLY* Carrots And Eggs (Urbnetj
29 THE ARKELLS* Jackson Square (Dine Alonej
30 COREY lSENOR* Young Squire (lndependentj
31 PAT LEPOlDEvlN* Blue Tornadoes (lndependentj

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After spending a winter away from it all Bon lver's Justin vernon produced one
of 2008's most well-received albums. ' For Emma, Forever Ago' was loved by
fans and critics alike. lt appeared all over best of lists, and lovelorn mixtapes.
You didn't hear it at parties because it was too precious for that kind of thing
but you probably heard it the next morning.
'For Emma,Forever Ago', however, was as much about the extraordinary
conditions of its production as it was about the music. This is not to say that
the music doesn't hold up, it does, but even in the listening it sounds process
based. The vocal layering coupled with the pared-down production and instru-
mentation suggest a certain experimental procedure.
'For Emma, Forever Ago' and its attendant success beg the question °What will
Bon lver do next?" The answer has now arrived in the form of the four-song
Blood Bank EP. Blood Bank is a wide-ranging, characteristically pretty, and
appetite whetting offering from an artist that wants and deserves your attention.
Each of these songs sound at times like they could fit easily onto the album;
while at the same time being somehow larger, and other. The title track Blood
Bank starts off with the gentlest most melodic guitar feedback. vernon telegraph-
ing to the listener that this is not 'For Emma', and that this time out he has a
full-arsenal of musical tools. lt shares its DNA with the previous album although
the simple filling out of the sonic space with electric guitar, a heavier drum sound
and are those strings in the background makes it seem immediately different.
This idea of staying broadly true to form while taking the music in new directions
can be heard on each of the EP's four tracks. 'Beach Baby' begins with the
simple and familiar acoustic guitar and vocals combination that defined the
album, then when the words stop a slide guitar joins in, adding another verse.
'Babys' inverts that pattern, beginning with an alien sounding piano twinkle
before slowly becoming more and more a Bon lver track, the vocals pile up and
the piano slows.
The final song 'Woods' is the simplest yet also the most startlingly different.
Cheekily dubbed 'Kan lver' and 'BonYe' on the internet, 'Woods' sees vernon
demonstrate his musical talent by tackling auto-tune. The exaggerated use of
auto-tune has in recent times become quite popular, particularly in hip-hop
circles, for the way it renders the voice alien. vernon uses it to great effect
looping and layering his robotized voice to create a soaring song with just three
simple lines: °l'm up in the woods/ l'm down on my mind/ l'm building a still to
slow down the time". With a studio trick and a looper vernon is able to perfectly
capture sonically the lyrical content of his song.
The four songs on 'Blood Bank' EP are all strong and engaging and seem to
suggest promising and inventive output from Bon lver in the future.
Who are some of your favor|te mus|c|ans?
Al Tuck, The velvet Underground, Dallas and Travis Good of The
Sadies,Jonathan Richmond from The Modern Lovers, Dylan, Dick Morello,
Townes van Zandt.
Do any of these mus|c|ans stand out above the rest?
Al Tuck is so full of grace, he knows his art form so well. Maybe it's all
he knows, but on a good night his presence on stage is unmatched.
Is there anyth|ng you |ook for when you are ||sten|ng to mus|c?
Sometimes l think originality is important, but l guess l just look for
signs that one is consumed by their art, and then... maybe not originality, but
progressiveness seems to follow from that. There's a lot of history in newer
music.
How much does what you ||sten to |nf|uence your mus|c?
Quite a lot of what l chose or don't choose to listen to influences me.
From outs|de of mus|c what th|ngs do you enjoy?
Typical things.
Upcom|ng shows or re|eases?
The John Wayne Cover Band is working on an album which will hopefully be
available in the coming weeks. Opening for the Blue Tornados release on the
13th at Georges, and the Feels Good festival at Ducky's the following
night.
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Most of my friends are guys, which is
weird at a place like Mount Allison, but
beneficial when you’re a sex columnist.
You find out about things you may
not have known about previously, like
Steak and Blowjob Day.
Yes, you read that right, Steak and
Blowjob Day - the male equivalent to
Valentine’s Day - which was established
a number of years ago. It happens in
March. ere’s a bit of debate as to
who came up with the idea and when
the date actually is; some say March
14 (exactly one month after v-day, and
coincidentally, also pi day), others say
March 20. I like March 14, which just
happens to be this Saturday, so mark
your calendars girls (or guys)!
As the story goes, a bunch of
guys were sitting around conversing
about the various lengths they had
to go though to get their girlfriends
something nice and thoughtful for
Valentine’s Day, and if you think about
it, most guys spend upwards of $30 on
that day for the flowers, chocolates,
teddy bears, and jewelry, all while not
getting much enjoyment out of the
day, as it’s typically a day for women.
One guy made some comment about
how there needed to be a male version
to even things out, a day where the guy
could get the things he wanted, and so
Steak and Blowjob Day was born.
In the v-day sexbomb, I included
ideas for that day, so to be fair, here are
a couple recipes for steak, followed by a
quick guide to giving head. Remember
to get your man a good cut of steak,
like a nice t-bone, at least an inch
thick, or a nice beef tenderloin, which
is my personal favourite. If you want,
you can make steak for two, so you can
eat some as well, before getting down
to business, or make it extra special by
blowing him as he’s eating his steak.
Either one works.
Dijon-Marinated Steak:
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 marinating steaks or grilling
medallions, 1-inch thick
Mix all marinade ingredients
together in a medium Ziploc bag,
add steak, seal tightly and put in the
fridge for 12-24 hours for marinating
steaks or 2-4 hours for grilling steaks.
Discard marinade. Grill, broil or sauté
steaks on medium-high heat for 6-7
minutes per side for medium. After
grilling, you can slice the steaks thinly
across the grain and serve with sautéed
onions, if you prefer, or with some
garlic mashed potatoes and some
grilled veggies.
e marinades are optional, you
can just cook the steak in olive oil or
butter if you prefer, but for the more
adventurous, here’s another marinade,
one that’s a little more prairie-style
(figures they’d get an Albertan to write
about steak, eh?)
¼ cup rye whiskey or brandy,
2 tbsp soy sauce,
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 minced garlic cloves
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. crushed black peppercorns.
is one is for 4 marinating steaks,
which can be marinated in the fridge
(in a Ziplock bag) for 8-24 hours,
cooked on medium-high 5-6 minutes
per side.
ere was a column on fellatio
earlier in the year, as well as in back
issues of the Argosy, but here’s a quick
guide just for Steak and Blowjob Day:
Don’t go straight for the kill right
away, tease him first; a little bit of
torture is nice. Maybe nuzzle his dick
with your face, or play with his balls,
maybe take a nut into your mouth (and
hope to god he groomed down there).
Work your way up to it. Lick slowly up
the shaft, before swirling your mouth
and tongue around his head.
Most of your technique will come
from practice as well as knowing what
the guy you’re blowing is into. Every
guy is different, but what most guys
do like is for you to take the penis as
far into your mouth as you can. You
don’t have to deep throat it completely,
as upchucking on his wang is not the
goal of the night, but as far as you’re
comfy should suffice. I like to shake
my head back an forth as I go down,
cause apparently that feels nice.
While you’ve got your lips on his
member (what a funny word), you can
do other things with your hands, one
hand can move up and down on his
shaft, while the other massages “the
boys”, or you can lightly nudge the
perineum (the ‘taint) with a knuckle.
Many fellatio guides will say to stick
a finger up his bum if you want to
hit that male g-spot, but it’s not
something I’m too keen on, as a) you’re
never really sure what else is lurking
up there and b) you don’t really know
if the guy’s into that or not (here’s a
tip: most straight guys aren’t).
One of the most important things
to remember when giving head is to
be creative, don’t stay with the same
move for the whole thing, change it
up every now and then; have a bunch
of signature or practiced moves so
you can throw them in sporadically
throughout. I like to wiggle my tongue
along the frenulum (the ridge thing
that connects the head to the shaft),
suck hard as I’m going down, or even
to employ some nice handjob action
as I’m doing my thing. You should
be able to hear murmurs of approval
when you’re doing whatever, so you
can go from there and figure out what
he likes.
For the end, most guys do like it
when you swallow, and yeah, it tastes
actually quite nasty (depending on the
guy). You can maybe compromise (by
swallowing if he drinks a lot of fruit or
pineapple juice), or of you can aim his
dick far back at your throat (so you’re
less likely to taste that nasty clam
juice and egg whites taste), and then
swallow all at once, followed quickly
by a breath mint or some gum (or just
pretend to enjoy it, as it is his day).
Honestly, sucking dick isn’t that
hard, just pretend it’s the tastiest, most
flavourful ice cream cone you’ve ever
had, and go from there.
Mar c h 14: St eak and Bl owj ob Day
Susan Rogers
Argosy Correspondent
Environment has really been the
buzz word here at Mount Allison this
year. We have seen the President’s
Speakers Series on the Environment,
the Go Green Video Contest and the
ECO-LOGIC Campaign. President
Campbell’s most recent newsletter is
dedicated to all the environmental
initiatives this year and, best of all,
the first things that go up when the
Jennings Hall dishwasher breaks
down are signs reminding us that the
disposable cutlery is all biodegradable.
What do we do about making sure
that our food is green, though? Like
it or not, most of our food comes
from a fair distance away. According
to researchers at Carnegie Mellon
University, food makes up about 11
per cent of most families’ carbon
footprints. It’s easy enough to say that
we simply need to buy local foods,
but let’s face it; we live in Sackville
New Brunswick. It started snowing in
November, and it hasn’t stopped yet. It’s
difficult to grow food when the fields
are buried under a few feet of snow.
People have been transporting
foods around the world for a long
time, and I can’t fathom where
this university would be if we all
gave up coffee. Most of us probably
wouldn’t know how to bake
without sugar or cook without salt.
Canadians are huge consumers of
processed foods, and the problem is
that ingredients come from all over
the world. Even the creators of the
100 Mile Diet don’t completely stick
to the rules; after a year they allowed
themselves to eat a few favourite
foods like chocolate that don’t come
If you do want to reduce carbon
footprints from your food, and you
don’t quite feel like cutting sugar
and meat out of your diet or making
the switch from coffee to roasted
dandelion root, e Cackling Goose
has a few suggestions for you. If you
buy large quantities of your staple
foods at once, then they only make
the trip once. Rather than buying
rice whenever you run out, work out
instead how much rice you need for a
year and pre-order it; it will all come
on one truck. If everyone were to start
buying their foods in larger quantities,
it could significantly cut down on the
number of trips a truck or a plane
would make to deliver the food.
Do some research and find out
which foods are local; most milk
at the grocery store for example
comes from New Brunswick.
Sackville also has a community-
supported agriculture group which
makes it easier to get local foods;
many other communities do as well.
Reducing the carbon footprint
of your foods is one of those things
where every little bit counts. Even if
you make the switch to local foods for
the summer when they are easier to
get (and better-tasting), it will reduce
the amount of greenhouse gases
released in connection to your food.
Once you’ve successfully decreased
the carbon footprint of your food,
you can go back to worrying about
those plastic forks in meal hall again.
How green is our food?
How far did this bottle of Pomegranate & Elderflower soft-drink have to travel to reach your mouth?
from within a 100-mile radius.
Consumer choice makes a
difference; as much as the Cackling
Goose would love to be a 100-mile
store, it’s just not possible in Sackville,
and their consumer favourites are
the foods that come in beautiful
packages from a long way away.
Another issue is labelling food
origins. First off it’s difficult when the
food has several ingredients coming
from every continent in the world,
and secondly, not that many people
pay attention. Coffee companies
do a great job of advertising where
their coffee comes from: “Colombia,”
“Brazil,” or “Vietnam” are all common
labels because people choose coffee
based on where it comes from. Other
food labels though don’t include a
location, or they list where the food
was prepared but not where it were
grown. Rice Crispies, for example,
are made in Toronto. Where the rice
comes from is a whole other question,
and one that isn’t answered on the box.
at being said, reducing the
carbon footprint of your food isn’t
a lost cause. You can eat local, and
it will reduce your carbon footprint.
It’s suggested that a family that
makes the switch to eating only local
foods would cut down greenhouse
gas emissions by the equivalent of
driving 1000 fewer miles. Becoming
vegetarian is an option as well, one
that would lower greenhouse gas
emissions the equivalent of 8000 miles.
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13 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES MARCH 12, 2009
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
e Israeli election was already going
to be a difficult one without the help
of two major parties declaring victory
simultaneously. Coming on the
cusp of a recursion into Gaza, new
signs of stable and self-determined
people in the quiet northern front
of the Golan Heights, and a fresh
fracturing of opinion over the peace
goals, Israelis have to reexamine
where their party loyalties lie.
e current prime minister-
designate, Binyamin Netanyahu of
the Likud party, is now in need of
a majority support base by April 2,
or the people go back to the polls.
Meanwhile, Tzipi Livni, the current
foreign minister and new leader of
the Kadima party, has been holding
to her largely moderate base and has
been steadfast in her insistence that
any new Israeli government must be
looking to achieve a two-state solution.
is argument of a two-state
solution has once again arrived at
the centre of Israel’s policy debate
— if it ever left. Netanyahu’s Likud
party argues that to think of a
two-state focused policy would be
“imprudent” given the weakness of
the government in the West Bank
and the “obvious death grip the
terrorist group, Hamas, has in Gaza.”
e two party leaders met on
February 22 to discuss the possibility
of creating a majority coalition. e
meeting didn’t go well by any account,
with Ms. Livni saying afterwards
that Mr. Netanyahu wouldn’t even
acknowledge the need of a two-state
solution or show interest in many
of the other moderate issues which
she’s arguing should take precedent.
is is a terrifying assertion for
anyone who sees Mr. Netanyahu
as an ideologue of the ‘old school
of Israel’ that dreams of a Greater
Israel which retakes the West
Bank and spans to the Jordan river.
Mr. Netanyahu’s record is mixed,
however, if you take into account
the agreements he achieved with the
Palestinians during his term as prime
minister from 1996 to 1999. But given
his hardnosed position of not forfeiting
land even in the stable Golan Heights
region, his Likud party is not holding
out hope of attracting moderates.
He also faces problems from the
right that he will have to rectify
before April 2. ere are Likud
tensions with the secularist Yisrael
e disputed election leaves moderates fighting for a voice
Israel at a parlimentary cross-roads
Beitenu party that gained 15 seats in
the election, and it will be difficult
to find a job for its leader, Avigdor
Lieberman, in the new government.
Lieberman, who campaigned on
an anti-Arab platform, is eyeing
the Defense Minister seat in Mr.
Netanyahu’s administration, presenting
some rather obvious undesired worries
in the Likud ranks. While he might
take the position of Finance Minister,
this may prove awkward timing with
the police currently investigating
him for money-laundering.
is may leave Mr. Lieberman as
Foreign Minister, another dangerous
position given the diplomatic edge that
is required of the job as well as a long
history of foreign ministers gaining
influence to take the prime minister seat,
Ms. Livni as the latest near example.
Mr. Netanyahu is facing a difficult
month and Ms. Livni, who gained
international prominence during the
Gaza invasion for being a somewhat
uncompromising yet alluring actor in
reestablishing the peace, is upholding
the more moderate front, a hard
spot to be in following another war.
Ehud Barak, head of the Labour
party and Ms. Livni’s counterpart, has
quickly fallen to the sidelines after a
miserable grab of only 13 seats. He
says that the Labour party’s position
in this new government will be as an
opposition minority, allowing them
the time to rediscover their base.
is seems to be the broad stroke
theme of the entire election. It would be
harder to say that this is an important
moment for Israel to make a change
given the country’s – and in fact the
whole region’s – tendency to take
two steps forward and one step back.
Nonetheless, the next decisive
Israeli government will have to present
a new methodology for addressing
Hamas, Fatah, as well as its own
far-spectrum parties. It will have to
figure out how to adequately respond
in kind to the West Bank’s weak but
relatively stable government, how best
to deal with the smuggling of weapons
into the country that continues
to be a top issue in public polls,
and Hamas will still be a problem.
If Mr. Netanyahu is going to still
have a functional government on
April 3, he’ll have to reevaluate which
moderate opinions he’s going to ignore
and which ones he will lend an ear to.
Binyamin Netanyahu (left) and Tzipi Livni (right): Can either of these leaders build a strong, multi-party coalition in Israel?
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Sleepy Luzerne county, located in the
faltering heart of Pennsylvania’s coal
country, is being rocked by a “kids
for cash” scandal. Two judges have
been accused of receiving more than
$2 million in kickbacks over seven
years for sending juveniles to jail.
Fourteen-year-old Phillip Swartley
swiped some change from unlocked
cars while at a sleepover to buy pop and
chips. When the police caught him, he
went to court without representation
and was swiftly sentenced to time in a
youth detention centre and nine months
in a boarding school for troubled youth.
Other incredible indictments include a
child who was detained for stealing a
four-dollar bottle of nutmeg, a 14-year-
old who was held for six months for
slapping a friend at school, and a 17-
year-old who was sent to five months
of boot camp for helping a friend to
steal some DVDs from Wal-Mart.
e turning point came with the case
of 15-year-old Hillary Transue, who was
sentenced to three months in a juvenile
detention centre in less than a minute.
She had been charged with harassment
for making fun of her vice-principal
on MySpace. It was her mother’s
protests that sparked the investigation
into what has turned into one of the
most serious violations of children’s
rights in American legal history.
Last month judge Mark Ciavarella
and presiding judge of the juvenile
court Michael Conahan pleaded guilty
to charges of tax evasion, tax fraud,
and conflict of interest. Prosecutors
allege they received $2.6 million from
the builder and co-owner of a private
detention centre for children aged
10 to 17. Court documents detail
how Ciavarella meted out sentences
to juveniles who committed non-
violent crimes that were harsher than
probation officers recommended, in
trials that lasted just a few minutes.
Up to 2,000 trials presided over by
Ciavarella are now being investigated.
e Juvenile Law Centre in Wilkes-
Barre, which began the probe, has
found that half of all juveniles who
stood in Ciavarella’s court had no legal
representation. While this is allowed if
children and their parents sign a waiver,
those who have no counsel in Luzerne
country were found to be more likely
to be sent to a placement, and there
was no record of Ciavarella telling
juveniles about the consequences of
signing the waiver. e Juvenile Law
Centre is currently entering into a
class action against the two judges and
other parties for 80 children it claims
suffered from a miscarriage of justice.
e prosecution charges that the
racketeering stretched from June 2000
to January 2007, during which time
Ciavarella and Conahan devised a
scheme to get themselves rich. rough
their ‘understanding’, the two aimed
to take the funding from a local state
detention centre and instead invest it in
a private company called PA Child Care
(PACC) to help build a new facility.
In January 2002 Conahan signed a
“placement guarantee agreement” with
the company to send juveniles to the
new facility, ensuring a steady flow of
teenagers to secure over $1 million a
year in public funding for PACC. In
2004 a long-term deal worth roughly
$58 million was signed with PACC.
In return, Ciavarella and Conahan
received about $2.6 million in
kickbacks, which they used to buy a
condo in Florida. Bob Powell, who
owned PACC during the scandal, has
not been charged. e company is still
operating and its spokesman denies that
its current owner knew of the kickbacks.
Despite the guilty plea, Ciavarella
maintains his innocence, claiming
the kickbacks were a “finder’s fee” for
helping to build the detention centre.
He defends his actions, claiming
that: “I wanted these children to
avoid becoming statistics in an adult
world. at’s all it was, trying to help
these kids straighten out their lives.”
e statistics tell a different story,
however; during the first two years of
his term, his rate of custodial sentencing
was a steady 4.5 per cent of all cases. By
1999, this had climbed to 13.7 per cent
and was 26 per cent by 2004. It was also
found that about half of all children
who waived counsel in Ciavarella’s court
were sent to a placement, compared
to the state average of 8.4 per cent.
While some children may have
their records expunged or get new
hearings, the damage has already
been done. Many who were sent to
detention centres or boarding schools
are now depressed and withdrawn.
Amy Swartley, mother of now 15-
year-old Phillip Swartley, explains her
frustration: “What do these kids see
of the legal system and of authority
figures? ese kids see people who
abuse their power. Now we have a whole
county and generation of children
who have lost trust in the system.”
“Kids for cash” scandal hits Pennsylvania
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Argosy Staff
e end of the First Punic War
On March 10, 241 BC, the Romans
sunk the Carthaginians fleet in the
Battle of Aegates Island, bringing an
end to the First Punic War.
By 275 BC, Rome had a good grip
on central Italy and also the northern
bits, but soon found its ever expanding
territory threatened by the presence of
the Carthaginians on Sicily. Carthage
(on the coast of modern day Tunisia)
was a great city-state, rivaling Rome in
power and wealth. It also had a military
hold on Sicily, which was too close to
Italy for the Romans comfort.
War broke out over Sicily in 264 BC,
fought mainly in Sicily and Africa, but
was largely a naval-based war. is was
a bit of a disadvantage to the Romans.
Where the Romans had large, powerful
standing armies, the Carthaginians
had a strong navy. e ships Rome did
have had been mostly destroyed during
the Battle of Drepana (near western
Sicily) and by a storm that followed
closely after the battle. Unfortunately
for Carthage, their general Hamilcar
Barca was slow in taking advantage of
this situation and the island, allowing
for the Romans to have enough time
to rebuild their fleet.
After 20 years of war, both the
treasuries of Rome and Carthage had
been depleted greatly, luckily for Rome,
the wealthy elite doled out money to
show their patriotism to finance one
ship a piece, either alone or in groups,
resulting in 200 quinqueremes, built
and equipped without public expense.
e Carthaginians, not wanting to be
outdone by the Romans and alarmed
by the enemy’s activity, built a new
fleet of 250 ships.
e Romans, in 242 BC, under the
command of the consul Gaius Lutatis
Catulus, laid siege to the Sicilian port
city Lilybaeum, on the western end of
the island, which allowed the Romans
to block the harbour and to cut off
Barca’s communications to Carthage.
Finally, a year later, Carthaginian relief
showed up led by the Carthaginian
politician and commander, Hanno
the Great; Hanno called the fleet to
a halt by the Aegates Islands in order
to wait for a good breeze that would
help speed up the pace of the fleet to
Lilybaeum.
Unfortunately for him, Roman
scouts spotted the fleet, leading Catulus
to abandon his blockade and go wait
for the enemy’s fleet. On March 10,
Hanno got his breeze, and despite
the unfavourable weather conditions
for the Roman fleet, Catulus decided
to intercept the Carthaginians rather
than let them get to Lilybaeum. e
Romans were able to take advantage
of their great mobility due to having
only the bare necessities aboard their
ships, while the Carthaginian ships
were weighed down by men, supplies,
and provisions for Barca’s men.
e Roman fleet gained the
upper hand of the battle and use
their mobility to ram Hanno’s ships,
resulting in the destruction of over half
of the Carthaginian fleet. Eventually,
Carthage admitted defeat and entered
a peace treaty with Rome, ending the
First Punic War, at least, that is, until
the Mercenary War the following
year.
Russian tsar blown up
On March 13, 1881, the Russian tsar,
Alexander II was killed when a bomb
was thrown at his feet.
Known as Alexander the Liberator
(born on April 17, 1818), he became
Emperor of the Russian Empire
following his father’s death in 1855.
At that time, Russia was involved
in the Crimean War, until the peace
Treaty of Paris ended the war in 1856.
e Crimean War made Alexander
realize that Russia wasn’t the military
it was formerly thought to be and his
advisors announced that Russia’s serf-
based industry was in no way able to
compete with industrialized countries
like Britain or France.
Alexander came to the conclusion to
abolish serfdom. Of course, the nobility
objected, but nonetheless, Alexander
issued the Emancipation Manifesto,
freeing the serfs and allowing them to
buy land from landlords.
All of his reforms didn’t satisfy
the liberals and radicals, who wanted
democracy and freedom of expression,
like that of the United States and other
European countries, and they began
forming secret societies, one such being
Land and Liberty (formed in 1876).
Some reformers preferred to refer to
terrorism as a way of making their ideas
of reform clear, like Alexander Soloviev,
who attempted to shoot Alexander
on April 20, 1879. Soloviev fired his
revolver five times, but missed as the
tsar had seen the gun before it was fired,
and managed to run for cover; he was
sentenced to hang a month later.
In October of that year, Land and
Liberty split into two groups, one
becoming the People’s Will, who hoped
to start a social revolution, and also set
up explosions on the railway between
Livadia and Moscow, but missed the
tsar’s train car. On Feb. 5, 1880, they set
up a mine in the Winter Palace, right
under the dining room, surprisingly in
the resting room of the palace guards.
e tsar, however, had the dinner for
the evening delayed due to his guest
running late, and escaped unharmed,
although around 65 people were either
killed or wounded, along with heavy
damage to the dining room floor.
Unfortunately, the tsar would not
survive the last attempt on his life.
On March 10, 1881, the tsar was
making his way to the Winter Palace (in
a bullet-proof carriage given to him by
Napoleon III of France, accompanied
by six Cossacks), when a young man,
Nikolai Rysakov, who had been
carrying a small white package, threw
the package. It missed the carriage and
it landed among the Cossacks. When
the bomb exploded, it killed one of the
Cossacks, wounding the carriage driver
and several people on the sidewalks, but
had only slightly damaged the carriage.
e tsar exited the carriage unharmed,
but slightly shaken. Rysakov was caught
immediately, but he managed to shout
to someone in the gathering crowd.
e Cossacks and the tsar’s guards
tried to persuade Alexander to leave
the area as soon as possible, but the tsar
insisted on checking on the condition
of the injured Cossacks. While he was
doing so, Rysakov’s accomplice, Ignacy
Hryniewiecki, threw another bomb,
which landed right at the feet of the
tsar. e bomb literally ripped the legs
right off of Alexander, causing him to
bleed to death.
A weekly compilation by Sarah Robinson
This week in history
Also this week in history:
Mar. 8, 1702: Anne Stuart, sister of
Mary II, becomes Queen of England,
Scotland, and Ireland.
Mar. 8, 1817: e New York Stock
Exchange is founded.
Mar. 8, 1978: e first radio episode of
e Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on
BBC Radio 4.
Mar. 8, 1979: Phillips demonstrates the
first compact disc.
Mar. 9, 1796: Napoleon marries his first
wife, Josephine de Beauharnais.
Mar. 9, 1959: Barbie makes her debut
at the American International Toy Fair
in New York.
Mar. 10, 1814: Napoleon defeated at
the Battle of Laon in France.
Mar. 10, 1876: Alexander Graham Bell
makes the first successful phone call by
saying, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want
to see you.”
Mar. 10, 1922: Mahatma Ghandi is
arrested in India, is tried to sedition,
and is sentenced to six years in prison
(only to be released two years later for
an appendicitis operation).
Mar. 10, 1940: Birth of Chuck Norris.
And the Earth quaked in fear.
Mar. 10, 1971: Birth of actor Jon
Hamm.
Mar. 10, 1977: e rings of Uranus
discovered.
Mar. 11, 1848: Louis-Hippolyte
Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin
become the first Prime Ministers of the
Province of Canada.
Mar. 11, 1888: e Great Blizzard of
1888 begins along the eastern seaboard
of the US, shutting down commerce
and killing almost 400 people.
Mar. 11, 1897: A meteorite enters the
Earth’s atmosphere and explodes over
West Virginia (no human injuries were
reported).
Mar. 11, 2004: e Madrid train
bombings explode simultaneously
during rush hour, killing 191 people.
Mar. 12, 538 AD: e end of the
Ostrogoth siege on Rome.
Mar. 12, 1868: An assassination attempt
is made on Prince Alfred, son of Queen
Victoria, in Sydney, Australia.
Mar. 12, 1912: Girl Guides (later Girl
Scouts of America) are founded in the
US.
Mar. 12, 1918: Moscow is renamed the
capital of Russia after St. Petersburg
held the title for almost 215 years.
Mar. 12, 1930: Mahatma Ghandi leads
a 200 mile march to protest the British
monopoly on salt.
Mar. 12, 1994: e Church of England
ordains its first female priests.
Mar. 13, 1639: Harvard College is
named after clergyman John Harvard.
Mar. 13, 1764: Birth of Earl Grey,
British Prime Minister and namesake
of the black tea.
Mar.13,1964: Death of Kitty Genovese,
who was stabbed to death in the
presence of 38 people who were aware
of what was going on (to some extent),
which led to the study of the social
psychological phenomenon which was
later known as the bystander effect.
Mar. 13, 1997: e Phoenix lights
are seen over Phoenix, Arizona by
hundreds of people, and by millions on
television; the lights are now a widely
debated controversy.
Mar. 13, 2003: e scientific journal
Nature reports the finding of 350,000
year old footprints of an upright-
walking human in Italy.
Rev. John C. Perkin
University Chaplain
We are now in the Christian season
of Lent, the time that the Christian
church focusses on the faith journey, on
contemplating the meaning and nature
of the faith, and preparing oneself
(often through spiritual exercises such
as fasting, sacrificial acts, or other acts of
devotion designed to assist the believer
in focussing on the elements of the
faith) to celebrate more fully the great
joy of Easter. And, of course, this is the
time that the press typically finds some
stories with some Christian element.
e Globe and Mail, for many years,
would conduct surveys of Canadians to
prove that people are leaving churches,
but not necessarily giving up on their
faith. Other news sources would
typically report on the minute or trivial
examples of divine activity in the world,
including instances of bleeding statues,
the face of the Virgin Mary appearing
in a pancake, water stain, or some other
unlikely area, some piece of religious
kitsch being marketed towards either
Christians, or those who see Christianity
as the scapegoat for all the ills in western
society.
Another favourite story line is the
discovery of some fragment of the first
century world, which is immediately
linked to the life of Jesus. A first century
boat, dug out of the mud in the Sea of
Galilee when water levels had receded
in 1988, suddenly became not a Jewish
fishing boat, but the “Jesus boat.”Shards
of alabaster pottery dug up in Jerusalem
many years ago suddenly became the jar
the sinful woman used to anoint Jesus in
Bethany.A burial box with an inscription
“James son of Joseph” was fraudulently
re-worked so that the inscription read
“James son of Joseph brother of Jesus.”
Recently, in the archaeological dig
being undertaken in the Galilean ruins
of Magdala, a team of archaeologists
working with the group Studium
Biblicum Franciscanum unearthed
some vials of perfumed ointments from
the bottom of an ancient mud-filled
pool. Immediately claims were made
not of the significance of the find from
an archaeological perspective, but from
a biblical perspective. From the British
paper, e Telegraph, the report was
clear, with the subtitle of the article
reading “Archaeologists have discovered
vases of perfumed ointment which may
have been used by Mary Magdalene to
anoint the feet of Jesus.”
is, naturally, strains the limits of
one’s credulity. It is quite incredible that
of all the perfume vases in the ancient
world, the first ones the archaeologists
dig up at Magdala are related to this
biblical event. And, to ensure that we
understand the long-shot odds that
these perfume vials might have actually
come from Mary of Magdala, and were
used to anoint Jesus, it is worth checking
the evidence of the New Testament.
Mary, known as Magdalene, was
from the town of Magdala, of that we
can be reasonably certain. If the legends
are to be believed, Jesus had a special
relationship with Mary Magdalene. In
one post-medieval tradition that has
been popularized by Dan Brown in e
DaVinci Code, Jesus and Mary were
married, and the “holy grail”sought over
the centuries is nothing other than the
descendants of the union of Jesus and
Mary.
In the biblical reference to Mary, she
appears as one woman among others,
as we read in Luke’s gospel: “as well as
some women who had been cured of
evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called
Magdalene, from whom seven demons
had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of
Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna,
and many others, who provided for them
out of their resources ”(Luke 8:2-3).
is story has been conflated with
the account, in the preceding chapter of
Luke’s gospel, of an unnamed woman in
an unspecified location who anoints Jesus
with precious perfume, a theological
foreshadowing of his death: “And a
woman in the city, who was a sinner,
having learned that he was eating in the
Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar
of ointment. She stood behind him at
his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his
feet with her tears and to dry them with
her hair. en she continued kissing
his feet and anointing them with the
ointment”(Luke 7:37-38).
e woman was identified in Luke
as a sinner, and legend has brought this
story together with the brief reference to
Mary Magdalene, and pronounced her
to be a prostitute.
Since there is no record, biblically
or otherwise, that Jesus was ever in
Magdala, it is unlikely that his feet were
anointed there. We might speculate,
perhaps, that Mary carried the almost
empty bottle back from wherever this
event took place, and returned it to
Magdala (who knows, perhaps they had
a bottle redemption centre, and were
centuries ahead of us in recycling). at,
of course, would have us believe that
Mary used only some of the contents of
her perfume vial, and returned the rest to
be discovered by archaeologists centuries
later.
Matthew and Mark both refer to
the story of the anointing of Jesus as
taking place at the home of Simon the
Leper in Bethany in the days before the
crucifixion of Jerusalem; Matthew does
not identify the woman. John tells the
same story and identifies the woman as
Mary, but given the context of Martha
serving and Lazarus in their company,
we are left to assume that Mary is the
sister of Martha and Lazarus, a resident
of Bethany. Luke does not identify the
woman who pours perfumed oil on
him, but does clearly locate this story in
the context of Jesus’ Galilean ministry,
and does clearly indicate that she is
recognized as a “sinner” or one unclean
and impure.
e find is surely significant, even
without the comment from the head
of the dig, who noted that “the mud-
filled condition of the site allowed us
to find these truly extraordinary objects,
which were intact and sealed and still
contain greasy substances. We think
these are balms and perfumes and if
chemical analysis confirms this, they
could be similar to those used by Mary
Magdalene in the Gospels to anoint the
feet of Christ.”
Indeed,but why highlight that unlikely
connection,which perpetuates legendary
ideas that only do a disservice to what
scholarship is able to communicate
about the origins of the Christian faith?
One wonders how many more stories
we will have to endure between now and
Easter.
rough stained glass
15 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES MARCH 12, 2009
Emily Bird
Argosy Correspondent

Earrings are a historical form of art
existing in many cultures and societies.
Earrings can refer to religion, personal
beliefs, status and accomplishments.
Soldiers wore earrings to display
an accomplishment, and in ancient
Greece even statues of soldiers were
ornamented with earrings. e pierced
ear became a male fashion among sailors
and, depending on the location of the
piercing, represented a great conquest,
such as having sailed around the world
or across the equator, or having survived
a shipwreck.
Some societies held the belief that
the puncture in the ear improved
hearing and eyesight. In other cultures,
such as southern India, piercings are
a celebrated religious ceremony for
infants and young children.
Piercing is also a marker of masculine
status in cultures such as the Xingu
tribes, who are thought to have
regarded ear piercing as a symbolic
ritual of male menstruation and right
of passage. Young men had their ears
ceremonially pierced in front of the
community, accompanied by a series of
steps including communal dances, songs
and the consumption of medicines. e
piercings connect the group of boys as
they go through life with this bond.
Pierced ears became a popular
trend in North America in the 1920s
among woman, but was soon outrun
by the popularity of the clip-on earring.
Piercing did not re-emerge until the
1960s when it was became a practice
done at home. e market for piercing
had yet to become popular enough for
it to be commercial, so women did ear
piercings at home. Often girls hosted
ear piercing parties and they performed
the piercings on one another.
By the 1970’s, jewellery and
department stores embraced the
fast-growing commercial trend and
supported earrings and ear piercings.
Department stores often held ear
piercing events, enticing thousands
of women who pursued this trend
of beauty. By the 1970s and 80s, ear
piercings had acquired popularity
among men. Hippies, musicians and
athletes adorned the ear for diverse
symbolic reasons in various forms,
ranging from safety pins to exquisite
diamonds. e 1970s was also the time
in which it became attractive for women
to bedeck themselves with multiple
pairs of earings.
Not until after the 1990’s did
male celebrities come out with the
trend of having both ears pierced,
heavily adorning themselves with
ridiculous amounts of diamonds. After
experimenting with the array of ear
piercing possibilities, with numerous
earings and piercing placements such as
the tragus, industrial, orbital and helix,
people began experimenting with other
parts of the body including the tongue,
lip, and eyebrow.
Exquisite earrings illuminated
the catwalks of Spring and Summer
Exquisite earrings for Spring
Corey Isenor and
James Goddard
Argosy Correspondents
On Monday, March 2, before Sackville
was turned into an ice town for a few
days, Corey and James were privileged
enough to attend the special dining
event Beauty as Sacrifice. Put on
by local chef and fine arts student
Jon Cleveland and a fellow chef
Gil MacNutt from Fredericton, the
event was a six-course gourmet meal
centered on simplicity and flavour.
Tickets to the event were $60 and
so before going any further, Corey and
James would like to thank the donor
of their tickets, who wished to remain
anonymous, for providing us with a
wonderful evening and for supporting
the event.
Fine dining experiences are few
and far between in Sackville, New
Brunswick, likely a product of the
small population size and student-
driven economy. As such, Beauty
as Sacrifice, the second of what will
hopefully become an annual event, was
a rare opportunity to enjoy the kind of
food you read about in the pages of
big-city newspapers’ food columns.
As neither Gil nor Jon have their
own kitchen in town the meal was
held at the Olive Branch Restaurant
in downtown Sackville, which offered
a lovely view of the falling snow as we
ate our meal. e Olive Branch looked
much as it always does, although the
place settings were a little nicer and all
the wait staff was decked out in classic
black and white.
Upon being seated a waiter
approached offering the wine pairing
for the meal which Corey and James
both agreed to have. Six glasses of wine
for twenty dollars; each wine chosen to
match a particular course.
e meal began with an amuse-
bouche that Jon announced was
inspired by the insistence of the chef
that taught him that simplicity was at
the heart of every meal. e appetizer
consisted of a homemade chip covered
in aioli with a truffle. It was indeed
simple and salty, and the aioli give it a
rich creamy texture.
After the amuse-bouche the first
of the wine-pairings arrived. It was
a pinot blanc and accompanied by
an oyster served with white whine,
shallots, sea salt and melon. e melon
offered a nice sweet contrast to the
salty flavour of the oyster.
e next dish was once again a
seafood dish. Halibut with tarragon,
pepper and red beet purée in a blood
orange sauce. e beets were a creamy
compliment to the bitter fish and were
enhanced by the wine (another white
although this time much subtler). e
blood orange provided a little extra
tang.
e next dish was an interesting
innovation on the classic palate-
cleansing salad. It was literally a shot
of salad. e salad involved a blend of
frozen vegetables in a shot glass. It was
delicious and demonstrated the chefs’
sense of play.
After the salad shot, the heavier
main courses began. e first was a
chicken pot pie. Served in a particularly
hard but delicious pie crust, this dish
included apple, ricotta cheese, and
rosemary for spice. It was creamy
and satisfying, and the way in which
the different flavours played off each
other made it more complex than in
the other dishes. is was paired with
a fruity but not sweet sauvignon-blanc
that got earthier as it warmed.
e chicken pot pie was followed
by a cold sweet pea soup with bacon,
applewood and marscapone. e fact
that the soup was cold was a pleasant
surprise. e soup had a fresh woody
flavour, which was highlighted by the
creamy cheese and salty bacon. is
dish was accompanied by a chardonnay.
Unlike the earlier wines this one had a
more vegetable flavour that was bold
and clear.
e final entrée was beef with
potatoes. Again an incredibly simple
dish. e use of rootbeer and vanilla
was another example of the chef ’s
playfulness and complimented the
meat well. Duckfat was also used
which added a hint of saltiness to the
dish. e beef was perfectly cooked,
medium rare. is was paired with a
Shiraz that had a warm inviting taste.
At this point both Corey and James
were feeling a little light-headed;
maybe it was the delicious food or
maybe the wine. Dessert arrived at
just the right time. Coupled with a
sparkling rosé, dessert consisted of
butter biscuits with (and here we quote
directly from the menu) peaches, chilis,
chocolate, and creme fresh. It was a
wonderful ending and went along
with the the simple theme of the meal,
while demonstrating just how complex
flavours can play together.
Corey and James give Beauty as
Sacrifice an unequivocal two thumbs
up. ey encourage everyone to keep
their eyes and ears open for the next
Gourmet Brigade dinner. Although a
night like this would be too costly and
time-consuming to make a habit of,
once in a while it is a nice change of
pace to eat like big-city royalty.
Corey and James eat out
Earings from Zac Posen’s Spring 2009 collection.
Jessica Emin
Argosy Staff
Serves: three
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Mussels are a great way to start a
meal and very inexpensive as well.
For best results mussels should be
bought as fresh as possible and cooked
the same day. Mussels become toxic
very quickly after they die, therefore
after rinsing them it is important to
take all the open mussel shells and see
if they are alive.
To see if the open mussel is safe to
cook tap it on a counter and if it slowly
closes then it can be used. If the mussel
does not close it must be discarded. If
the mussel is closed it is safe to cook.
Conversely, after the mussels have
been steamed, if one has not opened
it should be thrown away, not pried
open.
Ingredients:
- 3 pounds of mussels
- 1 ½ cups of Clamato or vegetable
juice
- 1 cup of water
- 1 lemon squeezed for juice
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1/3 cup of butter
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- 1 tomato
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- pinch of chili powder
Instructions:
In a large pot, on medium heat, mix
together juice, water, lemon juice, olive
oil and butter. Let the liquid simmer
while you rinse the mussels and chop
the garlic, tomato and onion. Add
the vegetables, salt, pepper and chili
powder to the liquid and turn up
to maximum heat until the mixture
comes to a boil.
Let the vegetables boil for 4-5
minutes and stir occasionally. Add
the mussels to the pot; mix them with
the juices and cover. e liquid is not
intended to cover all the mussels; it
only acts as a steam for cooking.
Keep the mussels at a boil for 5-7
minutes or until the shells appear to
have opened. Pour the mussels and the
juice into a large serving bowl with a
side plate for discarding the shells.
A garlic bread or French baguette
would be a nice addition to this
flavorful shellfish.
Jessica Emin
Gourmet Brigade Dinner – Beauty as Sacrifice Bloody Caesar Mussels
Cooking with Jess
2009. ese finely detailed pieces of
art directed the focus of admirers to
the delicate anatomy of the nape, lobe
and decolletage. ese striking fancies
all belong to a novel crop of elegance
and architecture inspired by a diversity
of eras including the 1960s, 70’s and
80’s. Earrings ranged from incredibly
overwhelming sizes, such as that of
Louis Vuitton, to delicate pieces such
as those of Prada. Some designers
took audiences to a world of new age
architecture with elements such as those
used by Zac Posen,who presented pieces
constructed out of dangling overlays of
chains and coins.
Other designers whose fancy reflected
the 1980s assumed the allure through
retro plastic pieces, vintage shapes and
ethnic styles from around the globe.
A ubiquitous theme this season is the
bigger, the better. is includes multi-
strands,audacious jewel embellishments,
and dominant bright colours such as
coral and turquoise. Co-ordinating
with designers’ Spring/Summer fashion
trends, global inspiration has flourished
through all realms of the season to come,
and has set the platform for months of
sprightly dress-up.
millionlooks.com
Evan Rensch
16 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES MARCH 12, 2009
Mount Allison’s first-ever GMB brings health care and enthusiasm to Honduras
Rebecca Dixon
Argosy Correspondent
“e goal of this work is not to simply
address a one-dimensional issue,
but rather to foster the motivation
of students and translate it into
improving the lives of others.” says
Global Medical Briagdes (GMB)
Mount Allison Co-President Gillian
Gibson.
“e overarching vision behind the
organization is one of sustainability,
envisioning a future where need for
emergency medical relief is replaced
with empowered communities who
hold the tools to provide themselves
with ongoing health care.”
e 33 students who make up
GMB Mt. A, had been preparing and
fund raising since the fall for a week
of volunteering and learning alongside
10 medical and dental professionals
and Honduran GMB staff.
e process began last summer
when a friend told biology student
Laura Stymiest, now Co-President
of the group, about an organization
that would allow her to volunteer
and explore her interest in medicine
and development abroad. Excited,
and realizing the potential of such an
organization, Stymiest set off to make
a team to bring GMB to Mt. A.
Co-President Mayme Lefurgey
remembers the beginning stages in
which it may have seemed “a crazy,
far fetched idea,” but also recognised
that an interest in making a positive
contribution while gaining a cultural
experience was shared amongst Mt.
A students. ere was a “demand for a
tangible, eye-opening experience,” she
notes, adding that it was “exciting yet
seemingly beyond the reach of a group
of undergraduate students.”
After promoting the group to the
Mt. A community, the organizers had
to select from over ninety applicants.
As only the third university in Canada
and the first in the Maritimes to start
a Brigade, there were many challenges
to overcome in the organizing process,
but as Lefurgey explains “the common
goal of wanting to actively contribute
to global humanitarian aid and do so
as innovative, ambitious students” kept
the group motivated.
How is a medical brigade
implemented?
Each day the group traveled over an
hour to set up a day clinic in small
villages lacking access to health care.
ere, they were met by crowds of
people as large as 100 at a time, waiting
to be treated.
After passing through intake,
patients presented their basic
information to triage. ere, nurses
with the help of student translators
took vitals such as blood pressure,
blood sugar and weight, and then
narrowed down each individual’s basic
symptoms.
Next, the patients were sent to
one of the six physicians on Mt. A’s
brigade. e group was fortunate
enough to have specialists among
the professionals who were matched
as often as possible to patients with
corresponding health problems.
Physicians further developed each case
by building on the symptoms presented
in triage and asking about the patient’s
medical history. From this they would
make a diagnosis or refer the patient
for further care at a free local clinic.
Mt. A was also able to operate a dental
brigade in which three dentists, two
dental assistants, and student helpers
worked throughout the day extracting
teeth in a mobile dental unit.
Family physician Dr. Ann Francis
D’Intino said she “didn’t have any
preconceived notions” going into
the trip, but found that “many of
the conditions were the same, for
example, respiratory conditions and
hypertension.”
While the more unusual problems
made it all the more interesting, certain
aspects were emotionally challenging.
“Wanting to do more than you can
and knowing that people at home
have access to more services and
medications” were difficult realisations
to make.
Patients made a final stop at the
student run pharmacy, one of the
busiest stations of the brigade, to
receive their medication. Each night
the medication was carefully sorted,
packaged and labelled in Spanish in
order to explain timing and correct
dosage to patients. GMB aims to have
a group of students visit each village
once a month, to ensure that patients
are able to refill their month’s worth of
medications.
“e system they have is so nice,”
second year student Nicole Robichaud
reflects, “it’s set up like an actual
hospital.”
One of GMB’s most promising
and sustainable projects is the online
patient database. Each of the 1519
patients seen during Mount Allison’s
brigade will now have a chart within
GMB’s files and thus, as patients return
to brigades, a history of medical care
is available to physicians and dentists.
is will be especially important in
implementing permanent health
clinics staffed by trained Honduran
professionals. Each GMB group is
challenged to raise funds to open, staff
and run the clinics which are organized
by Global Brigades.
Honduras Quick Facts
• Named “depths”by Columbus in 1502 for the deep waters off the
coast.
• Population of 7,639,327 with 38.7 per cent under age 15 (compared
to 18 per cent in Canada).
• Second poorest country in Central America.
• Economy dependent on exports of bananas and coffee.
• 52 per cent of families in Honduras are single parent families.
• Honduras is home to 70 per cent of AIDS cases in Central America.
• Strong historical ally of the USA and supporter of its foreign policies.
• Strongly in favour of a pan-Central American passport.
Global Medical Brigade Takes Flight
All photos submitted by Rebecca Dixon.
17 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES MARCH 12, 2009
Mount Allison’s first-ever GMB brings health care and enthusiasm to Honduras
So what is “Global Brigades”?
The largest international student-led volunteer organisation
in the world. It joins professionals and university students in
assisting with development programmes in Honduras, Panana,
Ghana, India and Vietnam.
Types of Brigade:
Medical, Law, Environment, Business, Architecture and more!
Co-operating and looking
forward to the future
Reciprocal learning and respect
is an important part of GMB’s
efforts in Honduras. e Global
Brigades programs are coordinated
in partnership with a Honduran
organization called Sociedad Amigos
de los Niños (SAN) which in the last
42 years has operated orphanages,
health care facilities and schools.
Our group was fortunate enough
to be able to meet and hear the story
of Sociedad’s founder, Sister Maria
Rosa Leggol. An orphan herself, she
is reputed to have helped raise over 40
000 orphaned or neglected children,
some of whom go on to work in and
help run programmes within SAN
such as GMB.
As her story unfolded with sincerity
and humour, it became evident that
with a bit of resourcefulness – or as
she asserted “being alert” - dedication
and courage to be “a bit crazy,” one can
accomplish truly great things.
“You have to fight a little bit
for everything, you have to push,”
she insisted, belying her gentle
demeanour.
Mount A GMB members are ready
to push, that is certain, with many
already looking forward to how we can
extend our impact in future years.
“e foundation for a strong and
efficient group has been laid,” reports
Stymiest, who alongside Gibson, is one
of the Canadian coordinators for the
entire Global Brigade organisation.
Gibson feels “there will be a huge
response across Canada towards the
work Global Brigades is doing” and
notes that “With Mt. A as ambassadors,
we are excited about the opportunity
to share this organization with the rest
of the country.”
An experience that will be
remembered
In addition to the Medical and Health
Brigades that traveled this year,
the executive hopes to incorporate
Public Health and Water Brigade
components to the existing structure
of the Mount Allison group. is will
be an important part of implementing
the holistic model of Global Health
Brigades that makes the organization
so special.
is year’s team was fortunate
enough to be able to take part in the
pilot of the Public Health Brigades,
with 12 students heading off each day
to take part in the projects in a hillside
community called Pajarillos.
Teresa Taverno, the GMB in-
country intern explained the reasoning
behind the Public Health Brigades:
“doing the Medical Brigades, we were
seeing the same illnesses...after talking
to people about the biggest concerns we
chose four projects as most important.”
ese projects, building cement floors,
sanitary latrines, proper water storage
units or pilas and ventilated stoves,
are part of a “sustainable health care
solution” to combat illnesses such
as parasites, fungus and respiratory
problems.
e projects were “a lot of hands
on work” says first year student
Corey Hunter, but he joins the rest
of the group in feeling very satisfied
– if aching and dirty – after a day of
mixing cement, laying bricks, and
sawing plastic pipes. Most students
really enjoyed the opportunity to work
alongside one family for the entire
day.
e Public Health Brigades are
conducting pre and post surveys of
the projects, and initial results are
positive. “e effects are immediate,”
says Teresa, who agrees that “without
getting feedback from the community,
we are not really doing anything”.
While the long term goal is to
empower Honduran citizens to provide
care independent of the brigades, at
the moment students from universities
in North America are currently an
important part of the process.
“We have the manpower but not the
resources,” explains William Vallejos,
the group’s in-country Brigade
Coordinator, “and it gives a chance
to students to have a different view of
life.”
Mt. A students Alexander Duguay
and Daniel Caux were certainly deeply
impacted by the experience.
“We don’t realise how lucky we
are, how many things we take for
granted,” Duguay reflected after a day
of brigading.
“Almost everything is given to us,”
agreed Caux, “people here just don’t
get the opportunities.”
While the Mt. A group feels they
learned a great deal, Vallejos said
they “taught me a lot...the passion
and energy to keep going were very
impressive.”
What is most appreciated, he says, is
for students to “treat us like equals”and
to build friendships and memories that
will last them long into the future.
With the group settling back into
life on campus, Stymiest sums up the
experience eloquently and succinctly:
“Each member of the group has
gained a new sense of responsibility
and awareness [of ] the existing issues
that hinder development within
Honduras, but also an appreciation
and understanding of the beautiful
people that live in the country and the
potential that each one possesses when
presented with the opportunities we
may take for granted each day.”
Interested? Inspired?
Mount A students please contact Mayme Lefurgey:
malefurgey@mta.ca

Visit our blog at: http://www.gmbmta.blogspot.com/
Health professionals, students from other universities, or to make a
donation, please contact Laura Stymiest: lcstymiest@mta.ca
Visit the following websites for more information on:
• Global Brigades: http://www.globalbrigades.org/
• Global Medical Brigades:
http://www.globalbrigades.org/project/medical/
• Sociedad Amigos de los Niños:
http://www.honduranchildren.com/about_sociedad.html
Global Medical Brigade Takes Flight
Mount Allison Global Medical Brigades would like to thank Ron Byrne,
Leadership Mount Allison and Rev. Perkin, Dr. Campbell-Verduyn, External
Relations, e SAC, and everyone else who helped make this experience possible. All photos submitted by Rebecca Dixon.
ARTS & LITERATURE
In 1996, Eve Ensler first debuted her
now-iconic play, e Vagina Monologues.
irteen years later, it is still just as
relevant, poignant, and empowering.
Consisting of fifteen monologues
performed by thirteen actresses, the
play focuses on the vagina as a positive
tool of female empowerment. e
monologues are written from the
perspectives of women of varying ages,
sexual orientations, and walks of life.
In 1998, Ensler created V-day
– a movement to end violence against
women. Part of the movement involves
putting on performances of e Vagina
Monologues to raise money benefiting
the female victims of sexual abuse and
violence. For the past decade (with
the exception of last year), Mt. A has
put on a student performance of the
Monologues as part of International
Women’s Week. e proceeds from
this year’s performance will be going
to Autumn House – a women’s shelter
and transitional house serving Amherst
and Cumberland County.
Rather than being run as a
production of Windsor eatre or
another theatre group on campus, e
Vagina Monologues is being run by an
independent group of students, and
is co-produced by Sarah Smith. e
play is available to any student group
wishing to perform it, for no royalties,
provided that the group follows a set
of guidelines provided by V-day. e
most central of these guidelines is that
all proceeds must benefit a women’s
charity group. Mt. Allison’s rendition
of the show is being sponsored by
the Mt. A Women’s Studies Society,
the President’s Advisory Council
on Women’s Issues (PACWI), and
SHARE.
A viewing of e Vagina Monologues
is meant to be a positive, empowering
experience for everyone involved. “I
wanted to create a space to talk about
things that people might not have
talked about before.” Explains co-
producer Sarah Smith. “is isn’t about
raging feminazis who hate men – this
is about women talking about their
bodies and their experiences – positive,
negative, and sometimes comical.”
When asked who the play’s intended
audience is, Smith says simply “anyone
who is a woman, loves a woman, or
knows a woman.” Traditionally the
play’s audience has been largely female,
but as Smith points out, this more
than likely the result of the university
demographic.
Just say Vagina (Monologues)
Student group to stage Eve Ensler’s famous play
Julie Cruikshank
Argosy Staff
e actresses involved in Mt. A’s
production are all female students and
faculty, cast through an audition process.
Like Ensler’s original production,
it will be performed against a black
backdrop with minimal set pieces;
the actresses will all wear back with a
red accent. As far as the experience of
putting on the play, Smith focuses on
the sense of empowerment felt by both
the cast and crew and the audience. “It
creates this energy between the cast
and the audience that I perceive as
empowering,” she says.
e Vagina Monologues run Friday
and Saturday, March 13 and 14 at 8:00
pm in the Wu Centre. Tickets are $5
for students, and a suggested $10 for
non-students, with all proceeds going
to Autumn House. ere will also
be buttons on sale outside the show,
featuring various vagina-positive
slogans and designs. To truly complete
the Vagina Monologues experience,
chocolate vagina suckers will also be
available for purchase (in case you ever
wanted to eat pussy).
Tickets to the show will be available
all this week from 11:30 am to 1:30
pm in the student centre. Like Smith
says, if you are a woman, love a woman,
or know a woman, get out there and
show your support. Be vagina friendly.
Mount Allison English Professor
and Head of Windsor eatre Mark
Blagrave says “it was a total surprise”
when his publisher told him his book has
been chosen for the Commonwealth’s
Best First Book shortlist. e novel,
Silver Salts, is set in Saint John during
the early twentieth century and follows
Lillie Dempster, a young woman who
is given the opportunity to live out
her movie fantasies after she is cast
as double for a famous movie starlet.
is, like so much in her life, doesn’t
end up the way Lillie hopes. Silver
Salts follows her journey through
Saint John, Hollywood, and the terrors
of the First World War.
“It’s really exciting to think that
[with] my first Canadian novel, I
managed to get at least number seven,”
says Blagrave, “e fact that it’s Canada
and the Caribbean is a little bit more
[profound].”e Commonwealth Best
First Book Award is one of two of the
Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, offered
by the Commonwealth Foundation.
Aimed at encouraging “new
commonwealth fiction” and to spread
coverage of new writers past their
regional areas, the Commonwealth
Writer’s Prize was first given out
twenty-one years ago.
e recognition has been an
interesting experience for Blagrave.
“I’m sorry to say that I googled myself
to see where it’s appearing…in [a]
Kingston Jamaica paper and then a
paper in Grenada and that’s pretty
funny to have my name in those
papers.” Several papers have covered
the announcement as well as the
release of Silver Salts in May of last
year. Blagrave admits he hopes the
announcement sells more books. e
book has done well in the Atlantic
region, for which Blagrave is glad,
adding that this is “not a huge surprise
and kind of neat, because sometimes
the hometown crowd isn’t that
interested in reading about its own
place.”
Silver Salts was inspired in part by
Blagrave’s discovery of a film done
by Norma Shearer – the real-life
actress for whom the character Lillie
Dempster doubles in the novel – while
researching material for another book
about the history of the Saint John
eatre. e film, Blue Water, hadn’t
appeared in any records Blagrave could
find, and that immediately caught his
interest. “[Blue Water] was filmed in
Saint John, but Saint John doubled
for Boston. [It] was one of those
Maritime stories […]; it was written
in the Maritimes, about a Maritimer
who goes to Boston.”
“I thought it was a weird story.
Here’s this story that was made in
Saint John, never heard of it, doesn’t
exist… why did it get erased from the
records? at was kind of an academic
paranoia.” Blagrave says that his long-
standing interest in the connections
between the ways history and fiction
are respectively written is evident in
the book. “I think there’s a blurring,
a huge blurring in the book between
what’s fact and what’s fiction. Some
people find that frustrating […]; it was
Silver Salts might just get the gold
Professor’s debut novel shortlisted for prestigious book prize
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
I thought it was a weird
story. Here’s this story that was
made in Saint John, never
heard of it, doesn’t exist…
why did it get erased from the
records? at was kind of an
academic paranoia.


a lucky chance that I found a historical
event that I wanted to write about.”
e novel, which was released
from Cormorant Books last May, isn’t
the first work from Blagrave. “I have
seven or eight short stories published
in various literary journals. I kind of
started my career as a playwright…
that’s a different style of publication
obviously.” Silver Salts marks
Blagrave’s first published novel, which
he says has been a long time coming.
“is one took basically took seven
years from the time I started writing
it to the time it came out. So it’s a
real exercise in patience.” e novel
now sits alongside the other works
already produced by professor as an
accomplished playwright. “I have a play
being produced in Fredericton in the
summer, so I’ve got some rewrites to
do on that… and I’m starting work on
a novel […] at is summer’s work.”
e winner of the Commonwealth
Best First Book Award will be
announced on March 19 along with
the winner of the Best Book Award. If
Blagrave wins, he will join past winners
such as Ann-Marie MacDonald, Mark
Haddon, and Tahmima Anam.
Mount Allison Symphonic Band
Director Wesley Ferreira
March 12, 8:00 pm
Convocation Hall
ursday Painters’ Group
Watermedia instruction
Every ursday, 1:30-4:00 pm
$10, first visit is free
Tantramar Civic Centre
Contact Margaret Myles (902)667-8790
J.E.A. Crake Concert
Mount ALlison Performing Arts Series
Symphony Nova Scotia
March 13, 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall
e Vagina Monologues
Profits go to the Women’s Shelter in Amherst
March 13, 14, 8:00 pm
Wu Centre
Contact Sarah, sasmith@mta.ca
FeelsGood.ca First Anniversary Art Show and Concert
Shows at STRUTS, Ducky’s, George’s Fabulous Roadhouse by Gordon
Gets Lost, Andy Brown, and local musicians. Art work from e
Fredricton Big 3, Alice Fudge, Joey Haley, and other Feelsgood.ca members
March 14, 7:00 pm - 2:00 am
STRUTS, Ducky’s, George’s Fabulous Roadhouse
Student Recital
Copper Ferriera, Danise Freguson, Michael obodeau
March 14, 8:00 pm
Brunton Auditorium
Advanced Final Cut Pro
With Chris Campbell
March 14
Free Bellydancing Workshop
Hosted by the Anthropology Society, Our Best Times are Not Wasted, and
Mt. A Clubs and Societies.
March 15, 1:00-4:00 pm
For more information visit www.studiosephira.com or contact
elbeauregard@mta.ca
Mount Allison Elliott Chorale and Choral Society
March 15, 3:00 pm
Pay What you Can
Technical Tuesdays Workshop
With Amanda Dawn Christie
March 17, 6:00-10:00 pm
Artistic Happenings
Julie Cruikshank
www.cornorantbooks.com
19 MARCH 12, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ARTS & LITERATURE
Beauty may have been sacrificed but taste was not
e Gourmet Brigade’s dinner at the Olive Branch
Chris Durrant
Argosy Staff
What do you get when you combine
two Mount Allison students and two
years of hard work? A musical that
highlights the trials and tribulations
of the first year of university. Entitled
Salad Days, the show’s music and
lyrics were written by third-year music
student Landon Braverman, and the
script was penned by fifth-year drama
student Jason Swan.
e show debuted in workshop
format with two performances in
Windsor eatre last weekend,
completely filling the seats during the
Saturday night performance.
Not only did the show pack it in,
but the crowd was widely appreciative
throughout the entire piece. It seems
a particular achievement since, in
workshop format, the performance
was the bare-bones of a musical.
Actors sat in a semi-circle of chairs
with their scripts on music stands in
front of them. Landon Braverman
provided the piano accompaniment
for all songs, with occasional violin
and guitar accompaniment. e lack
of full orchestration did not stop the
essence of the songs getting across,
or from the singers giving strong and
spirited performances.
Indeed, while the cast only had nine
or ten rehearsals, lead Eric Biskupski
gave a solid performance, adding his
own character to the every-man role of
Sam. Library faculty member Ben Peck
impressed in his game performance as
Mike, adding particularly strong pipes
to the ensemble. My praise could go
on and on; the cast shone, right down
to the bit parts, with my personal
favorite being a drunken back and
forth between Braverman and chorus
member Tommy Smith.
e material which this able cast
was presented with was certainly
impressive for a student collaboration.
Also encouraging was that the
authours seem aware of some of the
current problems. For example, some
audience members commented that
the first act relied mainly on low-key
and softer numbers that lacked overall
contrast. As Braverman pointed out
during show, however, a fast-paced
caffeine-themed number is still in the
works. e same issue was not present
in the second act, with the booming
“Welcome to the Shit!” number
pleasing the crowd with its different
sound and dramatic turn.
Humour abounded in the script,
and particularly crowd-pleasing was
a reoccurring bit featuring different
comedic answering machine messages.
e plot however, was not afraid
to venture into emotionally-heavy
territory. Many of the particularly
dramatic moments came as result
of homosexual characters making
negative choices, something this
reviewer found a little regressive.
Main character Sam’s journey as well,
Bare-bones performance reveals students’ hard work paid off
Salad Days recieves standing ovation from workshop audience
...my personal favorite
[moment] being a drunken back
and forth between Braverman
and chorus member Tommy
Smith.


aside from the main dramatic point,
seemed well-worn, tracing the first-
year experience, with little original
commentary. Much more interesting
was the subplot involving characters
Mark and Sylvie (effectively played by
Fraser Orr-Brown and Juliet Manning
respectively) struggling to integrate
their cynical world view with their
growing attachment to each other.
Clocking in at around two-and-
a-half hours, clearly Braverman and
Swan had plenty of material to wrestle
into a more succinct show, and the fact
that the crowd was more than willing
to jump to their feet at the end of it
shows that Mount Allison (and the
world) has much to look forward to
from these two new artists.
Chefs Gil MacNutt (left) and Jon Cleveland (right) make up The Gourmet Brigade. The small chicken pot pie was accented with rosemary, ricotta and apple.
Guests at the art inspired Beauty as Sacrifice dinner enjoyed a bright green sweet pea soup was served cold and garnished with thick bacon morsels (left photo) and a piece of
halibut steak rested in a puree of red beets and was highlighted with blood orange and tarragon (centre photo). Guests dined in the Olive Branch Restaurant on Monday March 2.
MacNutt dishes out the night’s dessert
with assitance from partner Cleveland.
Waitress Crystal Trueman shows off a tray
of palette-cleansing salad shots.
The amuse gueule was a homemade potato chip with a dot of aioli and a thin slice of truffle
was served to excite the palette and prepare guests for the rest of the eight course meal.
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20 MARCH 12, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ARTS & LITERATURE
Walking into the Colville Gallery
at the Owens during the Within You
Without You exhibition is a bit of an
unsettling experience. Amidst faint
sounds of lapping water and an gurgles,
there are life-saving devices with skin
like texture and sometimes unsettling
images on the wall. Exhibition curator,
Kerri George, says she knew people’s
reaction might be discomfort but that
was part of what she was trying to
create.
“e viewer comes in and they’re
interacting similarly physically and I
wanted to draw attention to the body
of the visitor and the body of the
work of the art.” George was looking
to emphasize the physicality of the
work in relation to the viewer, not only
through placement of people and space
but through reaction and association
with the body. e exhibition includes
the work of Edith Dakovic, Lyla
Rye, and Joyce Wieland, three female
Canadian artists.
e work is connected through
George’s study into feminine art made
with the mouth. Originating from
a humorous gift from her brother,
George explored the work of two well-
known American female artists, Janine
Antoni and Ann Hamilton, before
concentrating on the three included
in the show. “[e] people that are
chosen, it’s not necessarily the artists
themselves, it’s the conception based
on the work that brings them together.”
e work of the three artists considers
the use of the mouth in various ways.
Dakovic’s unique sculptures take the
form of life-saving devices but have
the startling texture and appearance of
skin. e subtle details of veins and
moles are disconcerting but almost
hypnotic. e mouth is incorporated
as each device must be inflated with
air, providing life in more ways than
one. Water-wings, 36°N @ 14°19’E,
and ouch eech ouch were the three of
Dakovic’s pieces incorporated into
George’s exhibition.
Byte, Rye’s looping, manipulated
video of herself paying a game with her
infant daughter is perhaps the most
discomforting and thought provoking
piece in the exhibition. e game
requires Rye to sing into her daughter’s
mouth, which the infant eventually
bites resulting in Rye crying out. e
clip replays several times, manipulated
in different ways each time. Some
give a clear view of the game, though
none provide easy conclusions about
the work. Viewers are left to discern
their own feelings about the piece and
consider their place around the work.
Joyce Wieland’s O Canada initially
seems tame in comparison to the
works of Dakovic and Rye. However,
the inclusion of the work is a clever
decision by George. e work is
a beautiful recreation of Wieland
mouthing the national anthem onto
the lithography stone. e piece is
an intriguing exploration of relational
aesthetics and the use of breath and
mouth (as in singing the anthem)
to the physical application of them.
Wieland’s work seems subtly just as
thought-provoking and connected as
the other two artists.
ere is a noticeable divide and
spacing of each work within the gallery,
prompting the viewer to take in each
work as a whole and yet be constantly
aware of the presence of the other
works. George explained that she felt
the spacing of the art considered how
the art related to each other more than
to the space. She acknowledges that,
“each visitor or view is going to have
a different a different response and
appeal to one piece as to another,” and
explains that, “[she] needed them to
have breathing space so that they can
live on their own.” Despite the almost
minimalist display of the artworks,
there is an intimacy within the room.
Curating her future
Talking with Owens Intern Kerri George
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
The skin-like Water-wings (2007) sewn carefully together by Austrian born Edith Dakovic.
O Canada by Joyce Wieland was made by mouthing the words and sounds of the National Anthem.
No doubt created by the soft sounds
emitted from each audio visual piece
and the familiarity of the body within
the pieces.
Each work requires more than
a moment’s glance to discern,
prompting the viewer’s curiosity and
consideration. George has created a
unique setting in which viewers must
question what they see not only as the
physical parts in front of them but also
the ramifications of the ideas the work
presents. “e…thing that I came up
while I was putting these three artists
together was art…the way we look at
art and the way we make art deals with
references and relationships and so
you’re navigating around concepts and
ideas and materials.”
Within You Without You marks
the major curatorial project George
completed as part of her role as Gallery
Intern at the Owens. e internship
includes spending a year learning from
and working with the gallery staff. “I
didn’t realize how unique it was until…I
discovered it was only one of a handful
in Canada that gives professional
experience to a new grad. ere are
very few entry level jobs in the arts
field. So, just the idea that there’s such
a great team that’s so supportive and
wonderful,” explains George. During
the creation process for Within You
Without, George worked with Owens
Curator, Gemey Kelly. “She guided me
through the stages of what you need
to do [such as] contacting the artist
or even just saying you’re interested in
considering their work for a show and
getting a relationship started.”
George also curated the Small to
Big exhibit that is currently showing
in the Owens. Originally set to open
closer to Christmas, George explains
that the show was moved because it
held such an interesting comment. It
relates to the Within You Without You
show by “work[ing]…on that premise
of the person in the gallery or the
person relating to the art.” Conceived
completely by George, the show
includes work from the Owens vaults
and ranges from the smallest work (the
size of a postage stamp) to the largest
(approximately 9 feet by nine feet).
“Some of the pieces are nice but never
come out of the vault for one reason or
another. I thought it would be special
to bring some of it out.”
For George, completing the Small
to Big show was a much smaller
commitment than Within You Without
You. e process for this show involved
planning and work throughout the
internship. “Edith was very excited…
Lyla, I feel as though she’s really
seasoned…so she [was] just sort of
pleased and very inquisitive about the
other works in the show,” explains
George as she talked about working
with the artists. After her death in
1998, Joyce Wieland’s estate was given
to the National Gallery of Canada
which meant a process of applying for
permission to print Wieland’s work
for George. “What surprised me the
most is the National Gallery doesn’t
own the rights to any other artist, just
Joyce Wieland.”
Including the time it took to apply
to the National Gallery for permission
to print Wieland’s work, the power
shortage during the week leading up
to the opening meant the power went
off for two hours during the exhibition
set up. George brushed it off, saying it
worked out fine. e printing of the
exhibition catalogue also provided a
scare as the soft velum George chose
for the cover needed longer to dry. “It
was down to the option of ripping off
the cover and giving it with just the
middle section at the opening…the
choice of using this kind of clear
velum…apparently it doesn’t absorb
the ink as readily as other materials
and its not something that they let
us know,” explained George. Luckily
enough of the catalogues were dry
in time and everything worked out.
George explained that the choice in
velum for the cover related to the feel
and idea of the show so it was important
to the end result. “I wanted it to feel
comfortable in the hand. I wanted it
to be soft and sort of melt into your
lap. e cover was a particular desire of
mien because it represents kind of the
skin as well as because its transparent
there’s sort of airiness to it.
Rye was originally scheduled to give
a talk before the opening of the show,
however conflicts arose and the artist
would have been unable to make it.
George explained that…”the only thing
that would have made it better would
have been to have the artists there” but
unfortunately it wasn’t feasible. “I was
really pleased [with how the opening
went]. It was a stormy day, so we got a
great turn out. I was amazed…I think
it was something like 55 people, which
was good. I’m so lucky to have such
great support from the community
and old friends from school.”
George seemed relieved and pleased
to have the experience over but only
for the moment. “It’s been such a busy
week, its crazy. I’ve been running on
steam…maybe my brain isn’t so…there
right now,” laughs George. George
credits many people for helping her
along the way saying she wouldn’t have
been able to do it alone. “It’s a lot of
work, but it’s really a lot of fun and I
can’t wait to do it again. I’m applying
for jobs that are in curating. I want
someone to let me do it again.”
Lyla Rye’s controversial video Byte causes the viewer to look closer.
Jessica Emin
Jessica Emin
Jessica Emin
21 MARCH 12, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ARTS & LITERATURE
Amy Kitchen is pretty much a
superhero. A fourth-year Fine Arts
student, she somehow manages to
remain involved in extracurriculars like
WUSC and Pancakes for Parkinson’s,
TA a first-year Art History class and
tutor individual students, all while
maintaining a full course load and
applying to grad schools. On top of it
all, she also makes and sells buttons,
handbags, and other accessories that
demonstrate a unique blend of artistic
integrity and personal style.
Begun as part of her fourth-year
studio work, Kitchen now makes and
sells the accessories for fun. “I really
like crafty things,”she says, recalling the
handmade linoleum-print wallpaper
she hung for her START show last year.
Kitchen is also drawn to repetition as
a motif. Her buttons come in different
sizes and blend collage, drawing, and
wit. Everything from candy wrappers
to pictures from magazines are fodder
for these miniature works of art. In
addition to the buttons, Kitchen also
sews handbags, makes bracelets out of
old toothbrushes, and creates fabric
flower-brooches. She has also been
No two the same
Sean Corscadden’ s exhibition opens at START
The exhibition, Two, opened Friday March 6 at START Gallery. The
show will run until March 13. Following Corscadden, Bec Groves will
open her exhibition, Frederick A. Turner: Wear with Grey or Blue Suit. All
photos are courtesy of Jessica Emin.
Buttons, handbags, and a cape
Julie Cruikshank
Argosy Staff
known to sew dresses and neckties.
e handbags and dresses are made
from quirky, interesting fabrics that
reflect the wearer’s personalities. She
has also figured out how to coax a laser
printer into printing on fabric, and
some of her creations bear sewn-on
photographs printed this way.
For Kitchen, part of the allure of
making and selling her accessories
comes from seeing what individual
buyers will choose. “I just like seeing
people wearing stuff that’s interesting.
It’s the stuff you pick – you have to be
interested.” She explains how pieces
that feature song lyrics, quotes, are
like inside jokes – only certain people
will understand and buy them. Part
of the process is about seeing what
individual people are drawn to, and
what combination of images, text, and
materiality will speak to them.
Before she sells any of her pieces,
Kitchen documents them all digitally
so that she has a record of her work.
She sells the pieces mainly through
word of mouth, e-mail, and Facebook.
Also look for her at the Fine Arts
Show and Sale towards the end of
the semester. Buying one of Amy
Kitchen’s accessories might just teach
you something about yourself.
Talking to Amy Kitchen about being a student and a practicing artist
a
pocket
of
poetry
“Tereu”

Endeavours to engage her in caresses
Which still are unreproved, if undesired

Time fumbles with our bra clasps
As we hold
Indifferently our hands on his back.
He kisses us, wet and sloppy;
his passion breeding a certain pathos
and we would laugh
if we didn’t feel so dirty.
untitled
sun picture shining
& raw iron
bare
light in the
shadows
there is always beauty
after all
Midday Concerts in March are underway at St. Andrew’s
Presbyterian Church, 36 Bridge Street, Sackville..
Each Wednesday, 12:15 to12:45, music students from Mount Allison
University are sharing their music. Shawn Potter, Organist and Choir
Director at St. Andrew’s and Mount Allison Music Conservatory student
organized the presenters. Wednesday, March 4 found the Mount Allison
New Music Ensemble sharing an Improvisation and work by Piotr
Grella while the Mount Allison Brass Quintet with special guest Alan
Klaus played selections by J. S. Bach, Alan Hovhaness, Victor Ewald and
Howard Cable. On March 11 – Soprano, Jennifer Berntson and Flutist,
Danielle Leroux shared the program.
Please come and enjoy the next two Wednesday concerts: March 18
– Megan Matthews, piano and Angelina Davies, Hand bells March
25 – Sopranos Sarah McKim and Hilary Ready. Coffee and tea are
available following each concert. Feel welcome to bring your lunch, but
do come, bring a friend and enjoy these talented musicians at St. Andrew’s
Presbyterian Church. by k.dime by Kory d’Entremont
Julie Cruikshank
22 MARCH 12, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ARTS & LITERATURE
If last Sunday’s student recital,
featuring sopranos Anita Ayling,
Megan Buffett, and Jody Smith, was
any indication of what is to come, then
the fourth-year music students must
be a remarkably talented group. Both
Ayling and Smith were performing
their fourth-year final recitals, while
Buffett, a third-year, was performing
a half recital. Collaborating alongside
the sopranos was fourth-year Caitlin
Bowers and first-year Amy Dalziel.
Ayling began the performance with
a selection from Joshua, an oratorio
by George Frideric Handel, looking
well composed. Ayling was somewhat
theatrical with her second piece, as
her expressions followed the music.
She engaged her hands and was a
bit more expressive. roughout
the several pieces Ayling performed,
which ranged from Vivaldi to Mozart,
her voice was distinct and clear. e
range she demonstrated while singing
Gaetano Donizetti’s ‘Chacun le sait’
was beautifully powerful. Ayling is
no doubt a well-trained singer with
exceptional musical personality.
Buffett showed amazing skill and
beautiful vocal talents. Her stunning
voice was clear and strong as she sang.
Despite a rough start to ‘Chanson
d’avril’ by Georges Bizet, the song was
easily her best. Buffett pairs beautiful
expression and a soft but rich voice as
she performs. Dalziel kept amazing
time with Buffett and the two were
excellent complements to each other.
Again Buffett demonstrated great skill
in the clarity with which she sang a
composition by the Austrian Alban
Berg.
e ree Sopranos hit the right notes
A review of a recent student recital
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
With a distinctly deeper sound
than the other two sopranos, Smith
began with a piece from Mozart’s
Le Nozze di Figaro Opera. As Smith
began her appearance on stage, it was
obvious she has an excellent grasp of
diction as the piece was sung clearly
and confidently. Smith demonstrated
amazing enunciation as she continued
to perform several pieces in French.
Perhaps one of Smith’s greatest
strength is the ease she demonstrates
as she sings each piece, looking
completely comfortable on stage.
Each of the girls showed skill with
their ability to take on the character
of the pieces they sang. It must be a
testament to the teachings of Monette
Gould that each of the three thanked
in her in their biographies. Each piece
clearly demonstrated the skill of each
soprano and appeared well-suited
to their musical personalities. Both
Caitlin Bowers and Amy Dalziel
showed amazing skill and poise as
they complemented the performances
on the piano. e first of the student
recitals, e ree Sopranos, featuring
Anita Ayling, Megan Buffett, and Jody
Smith, was a beautifully orchestrated
event.
Everyone has heard of the Guinness
World Records and the bizarre records
that are associated with it. Every now
and then there’s always some record
that has inspired or disturbed people in
some way. Well, how about imagining
that same thing, but with a Mt. A
letterhead stamped in the title?
Professor Ferreira of the Music
Department has suggested such an
idea; an Mt. A Book of Records.
Ferreira has also been a key figure
in the resuscitation of the Pep Band
traditions at Mt. A; a tradition that
has been lost at many institutions. He
has proposed the establishment of the
Mt. A Book of Records, which will
hold records by students and possibly
staff and faulty as well e Records are
set to begin on ursday March 12 at
Convocation Hall.
e goal of this activity is namely to
promote the spirit of the students as a
collective, create bonds and according
to SAC President Mike Currie, still
“provide a healthy dose of friendly
competition.” Details concerning this
initiative have yet to be finalized, but
it is likely that there will be a small
committee of judges that will approve
of proposals, including a member of
the SAC. is committee would set up
dates for record events, and regulate
the details concerning each record.
ere has not been a final decision
made on whether a physical book
will exist; it seems that an accessible
online version is likely. Records can be
submitted by groups or individuals, and
there are currently no limits as to subject
matter. So let your imagination roam
free - whether it’s the most number of
marshmallows in one’s mouth, or the
largest human pyramid of students in
a specific program, propose whatever
you like and who knows - you could
be the next record-setter and become
a part of Mt. A Book of Records
history. ere have been talks urging
the implementation of this initiative
during Orientation week, as well as in
all the Mt. A residences, so stay tuned
for upcoming proposals.
e first record event is the largest
audience at a Symphonic Band on
ursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. in
Convocation Hall. Names will be taken
down as you enter into Convocation
Hall to help set the record. e concert
itself is free, though donations for the
Canadian Cancer Society will also be
accepted. One of the residences has
videotaped their proposal, which will
also be shown on the night of the
concert. Everyone should come out
and support this event, and Book of
Records Initiative itself!
A challenge to
Mount Allison
Proposed Book of Records gets its start
Net Chamaplin
Argosy Correspondent
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm believes
“everyone can tell stories but not
everyone can be a Story Teller”. During
her recent visit to campus, Akiwenzie-
Damm spoke to several groups of
students and gave a formal reading at
the Owens Art Gallery. Akiwenzie-
Damm is an Anishinaabe writer
who has contributed to Canadian
and Aboriginal literature through
her own writing and compilations
and beginning Kegedonce Press, a
publishing company that strives to
highlight Aboriginal writing.
When speaking of the difference
between telling stories and being
a Story Teller, Akiwenzie-Damm
was referring to the idea that some
non-Aboriginal people believe they
understand more than they do about
certain cultures and traditions. e
subject came up after an audience
member questioned how Akiwenzie-
Damm felt about weekend workshops
that proposed being able to teach
the “Art of Story Telling” from
Aboriginal tradtions. Akiwenzie-
Damm explained that it takes training
to become a Story Teller, it can’t be
picked up in a weekend.
roughout Akiwenzie-Damm’s
reading at the Owens, the writer read
several poems and short stories. Many
of the poems read were written at a
time when Akiwenzie-Damm was
heavily considering the Oka Crisis,
a violent land dispute between the
Mohawk Nation and the city of Oka,
Quebec, and the Ipperwash Crisis
that resulted in the death of Dudley
George. Akiwenzie-Damm’s ‘is
Earth, A Burial Ground’ is a beautiful
spoken word poem that examines the
idea that the ground being fought
for is sacred, but so is the rest of the
earth.
Akiwenzie-Damm speaks with a
beautifully measured voice. e more
spirited of her works such as ‘Native
Sexuality 101’ and ‘e Feast’ call up
an expression that is hard to place.
Akiwenzie-Damm certainly takes
on the tone of her work, but it is
sometimes hard to discern whether the
writer is being serious or humourous.
She has said that she prefers to laugh
about everything as it takes away the
stigma of certain negative aspects
of life. Akiwenzie-Damm’s work
with erotic literature such as that in
her anthology, Without Reservation:
Indigenous Erotica, holds a certain sense
of humour and playfulness. e writer
says that she was surprised how much
occurred but found it reassuring.
Akiwenzie-Damm admits she thinks
her sense of humour is perverse, but it
is also obvious that she has observed
a certain roadblock from society in
people’s reservation to engage. While
Akiwenzie-Damm was working with
her friend, Raven Polson-Lahache,
and the CBC on an experimental radio
program, a producer called the writer
to tell her they couldn’t “air my cunt
at eight o’clock”. Akiwenzie-Damm
had submitted her poem ‘e Feast’
to be on the show but the producers
had had a problem with her use of
the word “cunt” in the final lines of
the poem. Shamelessly, Akiwenzie-
Damm admits she teased the producer
by pretending not to understand but
eventually gave in and removed it from
the version being aired on the CBC.
Despite being what this country
labels as a minority writer, Akiwenzie-
Damm has a strong spirit and relentless
wit. It was a valuable experience to
hear a woman talk who has done
so much for Aboriginal culture and
literature. A woman who writes, raps,
and finds inspiration in the “rhythm
of the land”, Akiwenzie-Damm is an
inspiration to writers and lovers of
erotica everywhere.
Humour, erotica, and Indigenous
Literature
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm visits Mount Allison
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
Jessica Emin
www.mta.ca
Vivi Reich
HUMOUR
And “if”?
A conjunction meaning... “in the event that’’ or
“on condition that.’’
T a t t o o s t o N e v e r Ge t
(Please, for the love of anything holy!)
Concept: Vivi Reich
Artists: Tanith Wallebeck, Trina Noftell, Vivi Reich,
Cameron Milner
Models: Various Argosy editors
Liger: Bred for its skills in magic!
No won der i t ’ s i n an eas i l y cov er ed pl ace. . .
The face of this person will remain anonymous due to this embarrassing tattoo...
And my other car is a...?
By Madam Starbeam
The laziest horoscopes ever!
Aries (March 21-April 20) — Big bears ahead.
Taurus (April 21-May 21) — Stop crying, freak.
Gemini (May 22-June 21) — Happy, love, sex!
Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Clean your room.
Leo (July 23- August 23) — You smell funny.
Virgo (August 24-September 22) — Bad marks ahead.
Libra (September 23- October 23) — Get it checked.
Scorpio (October 24-November 22) — Scary man mullet.
Sagittarius (November 23-December 21) — Sleep is needed.
Capricorn (December 22-January 20) — I hate you.
Aquarius (January 21-February 18) — I want you.
Pisces (February 19-March 20) — In my pants.
The tattoo you got when you were five.
24 THE ARGOSY• HUMOUR MARCH 12, 2009
Rejected Argosy Headlines
• “Getting on top of Jack Layton”
• “Won’t somebody please
think of the CEOs?”
•Coming out week a
Stonewall-laugh-riot
• “Break-in and takin’ at the
Dunn”
• “Mount A student body:
pathetic”
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
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Kahtoola Microspikes
Porn in the USA
Researcher finds state-based trends
Stuart Townsend
Argosy Staff
As your grandmother used to say,
“people are the same everywhere”.
As it turns out, at least according
to Benjamin Edelman, an assistant
professor and spyware researcher at
the Harvard Buisness School, this
statement now extends to the purchase
of online pornography in America.
Edelman, in a recent article in the
Journal of Economic Perspectives,
explained how the consumption
of porn doesn’t vary significantly
between states; “when it comes to
adult entertainment, it seems people
are more the same than different,” he
says. However, there was one solid
predictor of a state’s increase in online
porn purchases - how ‘red’, politically,
said state is.
Edelman’s research interests involve
internet advertising and the fraud
thereof, and his consultancy has
aided such big-name corporations
as Microsoft and AOL. Known for
potentially contentious studies - like
his January 2006 survey finding that
sites with TRUSTe certification (the
world’s largest internet ‘privacy seal’
program) were 50% more likely to
violate privacy policies than uncertified
sites - Edelman is nontheless widely
respected in the field and has served as
a testifying expert in court for the likes
of the NFL and the ACLU.
Another consulting client of his
runs dozens of adult websites, and
through them Edelman was able to
obtain anonymized credit card data
from said client, complete with postal
code prefixes. Once adjustments for
bandwidth access and population
density were made, Edelman was
able to construct a fairly thourough,
national-scope picture of how
Americans purchase porn.
When he noticed patterns like the
fact that eight of the top 10 porn-
consuming states voted for presidential
candidate John McCain in last
year’s election, Edelman combined
his newly-minted porn data with
a previous study on social attitudes
towards religion. is revealed some
more interesting tidbits: church-goers
bought less porn on Sundays, residents
of the 27 states which have banned
gay marriage buy more porn than the
rest of the country, and Utah, long
known for its religious homogeneity,
had the most porn purchases per 1000
broadband-equipped users at 5.47.
“One natural hypothesis is something
like repression: if you’re told you can’t
have this, then you want it more,”
Edelman says.
Of the ten lowest-consumption
states, seven voted for current President
Barack Obama. e internet’s armchair
pundits have already began to make
snide comments, but Edelman refuses
to overly politicize his study, merely
saying that “some of the people who
are most outraged turn out to be
consumers of the very things they
claimed to be outraged by”.
Mediscene
A weekly leap to the frontiers of medicine
A team of Dutch researchers has
found that beta blockers, a type
of drug commonly used to treat
hypertension and heart attack
patients, may be able to banish fear-
filled memories. Pundits hope it can
be used to help people recover from
traumatic experiences and alleviate
anxiety disorders.
Researchers created a fearful
memory by showing volunteers
images of spiders and shocking them
immediately after. e group was
then split in two, with half given a
placebo and the other a beta blocker
known as propranolol. In order to
measure fearfulness, scientists tested
the “startle response” by playing
sudden noises and calculating how
hard subjects blinked.
e beta-blocker group was
shown to have a diminished “startle
response”, even after the drug had
left their system the next day. While
volunteers were still able to recall the
connection between the spider image
and electrical shock, the emotional
content of the memory had been
dampened. is suggested to the
researchers that the fear memory
was either completely erased or
inaccessible.
While these results are exciting
for millions of people suffering
from emotional disorders, study
leader Dr Merel Kindt cautioned
that the treatment is years away
from being a viable cure for complex
conditions such as Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD), and studies
looking at the long-term effects of
the drug are needed.
e current and most effective
treatment, cognitive behavioural
therapy, entails exposing patients to
the object of their paranoias without
the feared consequences. e returns,
however, are often short-lived and
anxieties usually return with time.
e innovation of Kindt’s research
stems from the fact that its target is
the weakening of the fearful memory
itself, while cognitive behavioural
therapy relies on the creation of new,
positive ones.
Past experiments with animals
support the finding that beta
blockers can interfere with how
the brain interprets scary events.
Propranolol has even been banned
in the Olympics, where competitors
(especially shooters and archers) use it
to slow their breathing and heart rate;
double-medallist shooter Kim Jong-
su from North Korea was stripped
of his winnings at the 2008 Beijing
Olympics for testing positive for the
substance. Musicians have also been
known take it to tame stage fright.
Dr Kindt and her team explained
that when consolidated memories
are accessed they are returned to a
pliable, protein synthesis-dependent
state through a process known as
reconsolidation. By manipulating
the production of neurotransmitters
(such as norepinephrine) and thereby
altering protein synthesis in the
amygdala, changes may be made in
the expression of a given memory.
Propranolol also blocks adrenaline
receptors in the brain, preventing
reinforcement of the fearful memory.
Others, however, are not so
enthusiastic about the findings.
Professor Neil Burgess of the
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
explained that the research simply
showed how beta blockers diminish
the startle response and thereby break
the connection between the spider
and an unconscious reaction.
Dr Daniel Sokol, lecturer in
Medical Ethics at St George’s,
University of London, pointed out
that by fiddling with our memories
we may be fundamentally modifying
ourselves: “Removing bad memories
is not like removing a wart or a
mole. It will change our personal
identity since who we are is linked
to our memories. It may perhaps be
beneficial in some cases, but before
eradicating memories, we must reflect
on the knock-on effects that this will
have on individuals, society and our
sense of humanity.”
Paul Farmer, chief executive of
mental health charity Mind, also
raised concerns over the study’s
“fundamentally pharmacological”
approach and warned that it may
lead to an “accelerated Alzheimer’s”
method of treating emotional
disorders.
In any case, it seems the best
strategy for us arachniphobes would
be to foster friendships with those
who do not share in our phobia, at
least until Dr Kindt and her team can
fine tune their treatments.
Kelly O’Connor
Argosy Staff
Beta blockers, like the propranolol above, can strip memories of fear
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SPORTS & FITNESS
e Mount Allison volleyball
Mounties are the ACAA champions
after knocking off the top-ranked
and defending champions St. omas
Tommies at Mount Saint Vincent
University in Halifax. e second-
ranked Mounties faced off against the
Tommies for the third time in as many
years.
e Mounties rushed out to an early
8-6 lead in the first game, only to lose
the lead and the game to the Tommies
27-25. However, they regrouped and
behind strong play by ACAA Rookie
of the Year Caila Henderson, fourth
year Laurel Carlton, along with
solid blocking from middles Sarah
MacDonald, Sarah MacQuaid, and
Vanessa Gray, and a rigid defense from
libero Lauren Hatch, the Mounties
stormed back into the match winning
games two and three with scores of
25-19 and 25-16.
After falling behind 8-1 early in the
fourth game, the Mounties regrouped
and relied on a strong defensive
game to win 25-23, securing the
championship 3-1.
Henderson had a tremendous game
with 17 kills and 19 defensive digs,
while senior Laurel Carlton added 12
kills, and Sarah MacDonald had ten.
e Mounties advanced to the
championship game after defeating
the host MSVU Mystics 3-1. ey
now advance to the CCAA Women’s
National Volleyball Championships,
hosted by Nippissing University from
March 12-14.
In addition to the team
championship, several Volleyball
Mounties were honored with
individual awards. Laurel Carlton
was named a 1st team all-star while
Laurie Marchbank, Caila Henderson,
and Lori Joyce were all named to 2nd
team all-stars. As well, Henderson was
named the ACAA Rookie of the Year.
In the last weekend of February, the
Mount Allison badminton Mounties
fought to a first place finish in the
ACAA Championship tournament
hosted in Sackville, winning the
championship title and bringing the
conference banner back to Mt. A after
a year-long absence.
With wins across the board,
the Mounties fended off a strong
performance by the Université Sainte
Anne Dragons. Tied at 38 points
apiece after the first day, the Mounties
won the title through tie-breaking
procedures after claiming three first
place finishes out of five against the
Dragons.
Each match proved to be critical
for the Mounties and they responded
by posting three strong wins in three
matches that stretched to three sets
each.
In women’s doubles, the battle of
the sisters was won by Mountie pair
Carrie and Heather Murray who
defeated Holland College, King’s
College, and the equally ferocious duo
of sisters Monique and Mirelle Hogan
of the USA Dragons in an exhilarating
three game final with scores of 21-14,
22-24, and 21-19.
Men’s doubles also had a Mountie
victory with partners Brent Barkhouse
and Carsten Hempel finishing off
their Dragon opponents to capture
first place.
Mixed action saw the doubles team
of Justin Barkhouse and Sally Ng fend
off a strong USA Dragon squad in
three sets, winning 21-23, 21-12, and
21-19.
In women’s singles, rookie Alexina
LePage put up a feisty battle against
strong opponents from Sainte Anne’s
Dianne Boudreau and the top
conference female Elysia Atkinson of
Holland College. LePage was able to
defeat Sarah Kraus of King’s College
to claim third place. In men’s singles,
rookie Callan Field played some of his
best badminton of the year, but had
to settle for fourth place in a highly
competitive division.
In addition, several Mounties
secured spots on the All-Conference
team that will travel to nationals
at Humber College in Etobicoke,
Ontario this month. e Mounties
will be well-represented with four out
of the eight spots filled by Mounties.
e brother duo of Brent and Justin
Barkhouse qualified as the men’s top
doubles team, and the Murray sisters
also qualified as the top female doubles
team. Other qualifiers were Elysia
Atkinson of Holland College who
upset Dianne Boudreau at the end
of the day in women’s singles, Ryan
MacIntosh of University of King’s
College who dominated in men’s
singles, and Julien LeBlanc and Ariel
Aucoin from Sainte Anne who won
the mixed doubles category.
Traveling with the All-Conference
team will be coaches Nil Doucet of
USA Dragons and Janet Robinson of
the Mounties.
At the end of the year banquet,
several Mounties earned individual
conference honors:
Female Rookie of the Year: Heather
Murray, Mt. A
Male Rookie of the Year: Justin
Barkhouse, Mt. A
Male Player of the Year: Brent
Barkhouse, Mt. A
With files from Sue Seaborn
Volleyball Mounties reclaim ACAA title
Badminton Mounties capture ACAA title
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
Far Left: ACAA
Rookie of the Year
Caila Henderson
spikes the ball.
Left: Senior Laurel
Carlton pokes
the ball past STU
defenders.
Bottom Left:
The Volleyball
Mounties pose
with their new
banner.
Bottom Right:
The Badminton
Mounties
show off their
championship
banner.
Scoreboard
Volleyball Semi-finals
3 1
Volleyball Finals
3
1
Badminton Championships
38
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27 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS MARCH 12, 2009
With the end of the 2008-09 women’s
hockey season came the end of the
tenure of Mount Allison’s Jack Drover
as head coach. e season finale at
home against Saint omas marked
the end of his coaching career with
the women’s hockey Mounties, which
started in 2002-03 when women’s
hockey was introduced to Mt. A.
Drover’s Mounties were unable
to pull out a win in his final game,
losing 5-1 in a game that had no
bearing to playoff position for either
team. e game also marked the end
of the playing careers of defenceman
Laura Lighthall and captain Heather
Morgan, who scored the Mounties’
lone goal halfway through the third
period.
“We had a young team this year,” an
emotional Drover said after the game.
“75 per cent of our team was first and
second year, and we knew (Katie)
Tobin would leave at Christmas, so it
was a little tough.”
Saint omas struck twice early on
in the first period, 45 seconds apart,
while Mt. A couldn’t muster a shot
until 11 minutes in on the powerplay.
More good chances followed on the
powerplay, with Katelyn Morton
setting up Andie Switalski a couple of
times, but the Mounties were unable
to capitalize.
e Tommies outshot the home
team 16-5 in the second, which saw
Jillian Greene save a goal early on
by diving through the crease and
blocking the shot. However, seven and
a half minutes in, Switalski blew a tire
skating behind her own net, and the
puck was centred to a wide open Jillian
Coughlin, who fired it past Meghan
Corley-Byrne for the three-goal lead.
Moments after Corley-Byrne
stopped a STU player stone cold on a
breakaway, Coughlin took advantage of
a weird bounce on the powerplay. e
shot from the point hit Corley-Byrne,
bounced off the crossbar and landed
still on the ice, and the Sackville native
was in the right place at the right time
to slide in her second of the game.
Six minutes after that, Dominique
Bernier fired home a shot high stick-
side, earning her third point of the
game and a five-goal lead going into
the third.
After a couple of powerplays with
good chances coming from Morton,
including one where she danced
around a pair of STU defenders before
firing the puck just over the net, the
Mounties finally capitalized on the
five-on-four advantage. Morgan took
the puck behind the STU net, walked
in front and wired a wraparound shot
top corner for her career-high fourth
goal of the season
Corley-Byrne finished off the season
making a flurry of breakaway saves in
the dying seconds, as the final shot
tally was 36 to 11 for Saint omas.
Morgan finished off her career
with nine goals and four assists for
13 points; Lighthall, in her three-year
career, tallied four goals and ten assists
for 14 points.
Greene finished the season as the
Mounties’ scoring leader, with 11
points, while Jenna Briggs and Morton
each scored seven goals to lead the
squad. Five of Morton’s goals came on
the powerplay. e future looks bright
in net for the Mounties, as rookie
netminder Corley-Byrne was in net
for all four of the Mounties’ victories,
and posted a franchise record .916
save percentage
“I think the third period of that
game is indicative of the future of
Mountie hockey,” commented Drover.
“e girls know how to battle away,
and I hope they are successful as they
push forward.
ere is still a bit of a question as
to who will lead the Mounties in their
push forward. All indications are that
assistant coach Zach Ball will step up
and take the reins.
“I want to get that all settled away
in the next week to ten days,” said
Drover, who had less control of the
team post-Christmas, letting Ball have
more coaching time.
ings will soon be in place for
next season, and things should be
interesting in what this season became
a very interesting and competitive
AUS conference.
ings will also be interesting in-
house; Drover has essentially named
the hockey coach for next season,
but it is still unknown when the job
of Athletic Director will be posted.
Drover, who has held the job since
1991, will be vacating those duties as
well upon his retirement in June.
ere are some rumoured names
being thrown around as to who will be
the replacement, but nothing is known
for sure yet.
All good things come to an end
Season over, Drover coaches last game
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
Top Left: VP of Student Affairs Ron Byrne presents Coach Jack Drover with a jersey with
Mounties Jillian Greene, Heather Morgan, and Laura Lighthall standing by.
Top Right: Graduating senior Heather Morgan races against a STU defender.
Bottom Left: Frosh phenom goalie Meghan Corley-Byrne makes a stop against a STU
attack.
Bottom Right: Winger Jenna Briggs fights for the puck against two Tommies.
Sunday’s results
5
1
Mounties Final Stats
39
Total Goals
3
Overtime Losses
1.62
Goals Per Game
84
Total Points
Sue Seaborn
Sue Seaborn
Sue Seaborn
Sue Seaborn
28 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS MARCH 12, 2009
While neither of the Mounties’ basketball teams made it past semi-final Saturday, the ACAA Basketball Championships, hosted by Mount Allison, were very well attended, and fans got to see some exciting matchups.
e Saint omas Tommies won their first women’s championship since 1993 on Sunday, with an exciting 60-53 win over two-time defending champion Mount Saint Vincent. On the men’s side, MSVU
won their fourth consecutive league title with a convincing 76-43 win over upstart Atlantic Baptist University.
What follows is a game-by-game description of the tournament, with detailed reports on the hometown Mounties’ games.
Mounties host ACAA Basketball playoffs
Tournament has ups and downs
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
Mt. A (3) vs. UNBSJ (6): e
Mounties were able to outmuscle a
smaller UNBSJ Seawolves squad with
the help of an outstanding second
quarter, leading to a 68-34 Mountie
win to open the tournament in style.
e game went back and forth in
the early minutes, until a pair of free
throws by Catherine Cox put the
Mounties ahead 10-9, and they never
looked back. Rebecca Himmelman
scored at the buzzer to end the
quarter 21-11 for the Mounties.
e Mounties went on a 17-0 run
to start the second quarter, and forced
back-to-back shot clock violations by
the Seawolves. e third quarter also
started well for the Mounties, with
Natalie Owens going end-to-end for
an easy layup right after Cox scored
and got the foul as well, putting the
MSVU (2) vs. Mt. A (3): Not only
did the Mounties have to battle a
tough MSVU Mystics squad, but also
questionable officiating. e Mounties
were unable to find their groove and
it showed on the scoreboard, as they
were eliminated with a big 58-34 loss.
e Mystics got up early on the
Mounties, leading 7-0 when Laura
Chapman came off the bench for the
Mounties, adding a spark of energy
to the team. A great pass to Parlee by
Chapman led to the former cutting
Holland College (4) vs. Atlantic
Baptist University (5): e ABU Blue
Tide pulled off the tournament’s first
upset with a 67-51 game that was
fast-paced and energy-filled from the
opening tipoff. ABU led up until the
third quarter when Holland College’s
Maria Younker sank a long three to
go ahead 35-32. Former Mountie
Brittany Carter scored her third three
Women’s Quarter-final #1
Mounties up 44-18. A nice pass
from Megan Plummer got Second-
team All-Star Shannon Parlee two
more points to push the lead to 30 by
the end of the quarter.
Plummer started off the fourth
with a circus reverse layup, and a steal
by Laura Chapman led to another
layup by Sarah Sutherland to extend
the lead even more.
Every Mountie got on the
scoreboard, with Parlee leading the
way with 14 points on 70 per cent
shooting from the floor. Kristen
Atkins scored ten points, and Cox and
ACAA Rookie of the year Marlon
Smith each hauled in six rebounds.
Pauline Waggott led the Seawolves
with 12 points and eight rebounds in
a game-high 32 minutes.
Women’s Quarter-final #2
pointer of the game to put the Blue
Tide back in front moments later,
and the third quarter was back-and-
forth until Ashley Robichaud took
command, and the Blue Tide did not
hold back after that.
Robichaud led the ABU side
with 18 points, and went three-for-
three from beyond the three point
Saint omas (1) vs. ABU (5):
Although the first points came 2:30
into the game, there was an explosion
after that, leading to a convincing
75-37 Saint omas victory. ABU
was unable to get their big shooters,
Carter and Robichaud going, while
the Tommies shot 25 per cent from
beyond the arc.
In a game that saw little excitement
Women’s Semi-Final #1
line. Carter chipped in with 16
points, including a trio of three-
pointers of her own. First-team All-
Star Meghan Dickie pulled in ten
rebounds for the Blue Tide. Kristen
Walker scored 16 points for the
Hurricanes, while Younker added
13 points and ten rebounds in 38
minutes of action.
and lots of travels and fouls, league
MVP Alicia Sterling scored a game-
high 15 points to lead STU, while
Pam Carvell scored 14. Heather
Atherton and Jillian Lamoreau each
had seven rebounds for the victors.
Robichaud, who fouled out early in
the fourth, led the Blue Tide with
eight points while Erin Keoughan
grabbed seven rebounds as well.
Women’s Semi-Final #2
the lead down, and then Chapman
nailed a pair of free throws to pull the
Mounties closer, but turnovers proved
costly for the underdog Mountie
squad, who trailed by seven after one
quarter and 12 at the half.
ings opened up for the Mystics
in the third, and pulled ahead by 20
by the end of the quarter. A chippy
fourth quarter followed, with Marlon
Smith scoring four of her six points
in the quarter. An emotional moment
occurred with 20 seconds left when
the five Mountie seniors, playing in
their final game, were subbed off to
a minute-long, heartfelt standing
ovation of appreciation from the
hometown faithful.
Parlee again led the Mounties with
16 points and seven rebounds, while
Katherine Brien paced the Mystics
with 15 points. e five Mounties
who played their final game are
Catherine Cox, Natalie Owens,
Sarah Sutherland, Jenna Tracey, and
Shannon Parlee.
Final: STU (1) vs. MSVU (2): e
Tommies knocked off the two-time
defending champs in a close, hard-
fought game 60-53. e Mystics,
who were champions four of the
previous six years, never led by more
than three points, while the Tommies
led for most of the game.
e first quarter saw the Tommies
leap out to a 10-0 lead, only to see
no points scored for over six minutes
until Brien got the Mystics on the
board to end the quarter 10-2. e
opening minutes of the second saw
much of the same as the first, as
neither team seemed to find their
shots going in, until things got going
about four minutes in. A flurry of
points by both teams had STU
leading 22-18 after the first half,
setting up for an exciting second half
that saw the lead change hands five
times.
MSVU’s shot clock violations and
fouls ended up killing them, as STU
rode the bonus through the final five
and a half minutes of the fourth.
Pam Carvell shot three-for-four
from three-point land, leading the
Tommies with 16 points. MVP
Sterling scored 13, including eight off
of foul shots, and Heather Atherton
scored nine points and nine rebounds
on her way to being named Player of
the Game.
Brien led the Mystics with 16
points and ten rebounds, while
three other players each scored eight
points for the Mount, who outscored
STU 38-29 in the second and third
quarters.
e championship is Saint
omas’s second in the 34-year
history of the ACAA, and they will
represent the ACAA at Nationals
March 19-21 in Ste-Foy, Quebec.
Women’s Final
Kristen Atkins drives up the lane, Mountie and ACAA Rookie of the Year Marlon
Smith looks for some help.
Senior Sarah
Sutherland
gets in
position
against a
UNBSJ player.
Mounties Award Winners
Callan Field
Callan Field Callan Field
Shannon Parlee
2nd team All-Star
Marlon Smith
ACAA Rookie of the Year
29 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS MARCH 12, 2009
Josh Graham runs through the UNBSJ defense for the layup
MSVU (1) vs. ABU (2): e hotly-
anticipated men’s final was not all it
was hyped up to be, as the Mystics
punished the underdog ABU team
76-43. It was a battle of the big men,
as MVP Jason Carlson went head-
to-head with ABU’s Clint Bateman
for most of the game.
e Mystics climbed out to an
easy 16-0 lead with help of a long
Carlson fadeaway and some hard
work down low by All-Star Ibrahaim
Toulany. Bateman made his first
basket of the game, a three-pointer,
in the final minute of the first quarter
to narrow the lead to seven, but that
was as close as the Blue Tide would
get all game.
With Sweezy in foul trouble early
in the second, the Mystics took
advantage of it and started to run
away with it, holding the Blue Tide
to only nine points in the quarter,
eight of which were scored by Brian
Durkee.
Carlson’s second three of the game
beat the shot clock to open up the
third quarter, which was answered
by Durkee’s third three –pointer.
Soon after, Bateman made his most
impressive play of the game, with a
Mt. A (4) vs. UNBSJ (5): In what
was probably the biggest upset of the
tournament, the underdog Seawolves
came back from a 14-point third
quarter deficit to shock the host
Mounties and a packed gym on
Friday night by a score of 76-74.
e first quarter saw plenty of
back-and-forth action, with the lead
changing hands six times en route
to a 19-19 score at the end of the
quarter, thanks to a Kevin Monaghan
three and a spinner by Akil Smith in
the closing moments.
After a huge block by hometown
boy Stephen Bohan led to a layup for
Second-Team All-Star Josh Graham,
Jeff Sadler extended the lead to
six, and appropriately enough, just
seconds after that, the Spirited Six
arrived in full gold garb and loudness
to support the home squad. Moments
after the arrival of the Spirited Six,
led by Paul Rasbach and company,
Bohan hauled in another offensive
rebound and kicked it out to Matt
Sarty who nailed the three-pointer,
helping the Mounties take an eight-
point lead into halftime.
An energized Mountie squad opened
up the third quarter dominating the
offensive rebounds, but First-Team
All-Star Scott Hachey managed to
keep the Seawolves down by no more
than 14 points. Mounties Second-
Team All-Star Kent Matheson pushed
the lead to fourteen with an easy drive
to the hoop.
e resilient UNBSJ squad began to
creep back in the fourth quarter, but
the Mounties kept on scoring as well,
with Smith, Matheson, and Graham
all slicing and dicing their way through
the Seawolves’ defence for easy layups.
Hachey orchestrated some good
offence by UNBSJ, and with 1:25 left
to play silenced the crowd putting the
Wolves up 72-71.
After another quick basket put the
underdogs up by three, Josh Graham
brought the capacity crowd to a
deafening roar with a huge layup and
a foul with 25 seconds left. He made
the foul shot to tie the game at 74,
but Hachey then did the unthinkable.
Using the 24-second shot clock to his
advantage, Hachey waited until three
seconds remained to put up a shot
over a pair of Mountie defenders,
and the shot went in, stunning the
Mountie faithful.
Hachey played all 40 minutes for
the Wolves and had a game-high 24
points, while Al Rivers-Bowerman
scored 22 and added a tournament-
high 15 rebounds. Akil Smith led
the Mounties with 17 points and
11 rebounds, and Bohan scored 13
points and 10 rebounds in a team-
high 35 minutes. Sadler added 12
points, while Matheson and Graham
each netted 11 points.
Men’s Quarter-final #2
Holland College (3) vs. King’s
(6): Second-team All-Star Jacob
Ayangma scored the first six points
of the game to put the Hurricane’s
ahead; however they would have to
come from behind for an impressive
79-58 win.
After an even first quarter,
Holland College came out shooting,
but unfortunately they would miss
the majority of those shots. is
allowed King’s to go on a 13-1 run to
take a five-point lead thanks to some
nice baskets by Kenneth Reardon.
e Hurricanes climbed back, with
a reverse layup by Aaron Brown
narrowing the lead to one. Brown
would take the lead just before
halftime, only to see King’s reclaim
it early in the third.
With King’s up 38-36 early in the
third, Holland College exploded,
starting with four consecutive three
pointers by Matt Fowler, Brown,
Fowler, and Brown again to take a ten
point lead, which they would expand
to 16 by the end of the quarter.
Brown seemed to take over the
second half, controlling the ball and
the play, while Fowler was dominating
on the boards, leading to the win.
Brown ended the game three-for-
three in three pointers on his way
to 21 points. Steve Brown added
13 points, while Matt McKenna
had a game-high ten rebounds for
the Hurricanes. Brandon Burke
led King’s with 25 points and five
rebounds in 36 minutes of play, while
Reardon chipped in 14 points.
Men’s Quarter-final #1
MSVU (1) vs. UNBSJ (5): In the
third game featured on Sunday,
following the trend set by both the
women’s semi-finals which preceded
it, the first of the men’s semi-finals
was an unexciting, lopsided game in
the favour of Mount Saint Vincent
by a count of 82-51.
Hachey was essentially shut
down by the Mystics defence, and
was held to no points in the first
quarter. League MVP Jason Carlson
dominated down low for the Mystics,
who took a 24-9 lead to end the first
quarter.
e Mount Saint Vincent guards
then began to dissect their way
through the Wolves defence just as
Graham and Matheson had done
the night before, and First-Team
All-Star Adam Jewkes sank a pair of
three-pointers in the second quarter.
It really was a mismatch in terms
of size, with the five tallest players
from UNBSJ averaging 6’2”in height
contrary to the 6’6” average height of
the five tallest from the Mystics.
e 6’7” MVP Carlson scored 11
points and amassed seven rebounds,
while Ian Baker scored a game-high
22 points. Hachey was held in check
with only 19 points, most of them
coming in the third quarter, while
Jamie Gaudet had 13 points and 11
rebounds for the Wolves.
ABU (2) vs. Holland College (3):
In what was without any doubt the
most exciting game on Saturday,
the ABU Blue Tide continued their
unlikely run for a championship. In
their first playoff appearance, ABU
never trailed on their way to an
81-72 victory to put them in the
finals.
ABU got their big guns going
early on, working Kemoy Shaw
down low, and big Clint Bateman
opened things up with a three
pointer. ABU led by seven after the
first, and then in the second Karl
Frederick started off with a pull up
jumper followed by a spectacular
end-to-end rush to put the Blue
Tide up by eight after Matt Fowler
made a pair of free throws for the
Hurricanes.
In the third quarter, both
Fowler and Matt McKenna found
themselves in foul trouble, and
Men’s Semi-final #1
their absence from the court opened
up the door for Frederick to take
over. As the frustration began to set
in for Holland College, Frederick
made multiple circus shots and pull up
jumpers to have the Blue Tide up by
16 after three.
McKenna scored back-to-back
three pointers to open the fourth,
but Bateman beat the shot clock
for his second three of the game.
Aaron Brown answered with another
three for Holland College, but again
Bateman was money from beyond the
arc to keep the lead in double digits.
e Blue Tide led by as much as 18 at
one point, but the Hurricanes weren’t
going down without a fight, clawing
their way back to an eight-point
deficit.
ings were looking good for
the Hurricanes until Steve Hardy
committed a flagrant foul on Matt
Sweezy, who made both subsequent
foul shots, and while the Hurricanes
kept on fighting, the game was
essentially over at this point. After
a key rebound by Shaw, Hardy
committed his second flagrant of
the game on Sweezy, resulting in
both benches rising to their feet in
anticipation of a little dust-up, and
Sweezy had to be restrained, but
nothing arose from this. Hardy was
ejected from the game at this point,
with seven seconds remaining.
Bateman shot 75 per cent from
beyond the three-point line on his
way to a 25-point outing, while
Frederick scored 24, most of them
coming in the third quarter. Shaw
also had a monster game, scoring 14
points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Aaron Brown led the Hurricanes
with 19 points, and Hardy and
McKenna each scored 13.
Men’s Semi-final #2
lengthy three-pointer plus the foul to
complete the rare four-point play.
e fourth was largely uneventful,
with Durkee continuing his strong
shooting, making his fourth three-
pointer of the game.
Toulany scored a game-high 22
points and pulled in eight rebounds
for the Mystics, while Carlson
won the battle of the big men with
16 points and 7 boards, and held
Bateman to only nine points off of
a pair of threes and a trio of foul
shots. Durkee led the Blue Tide with
20 points, while Karl and Kareem
Fredrick each hauled in six rebounds
for ABU.
Mount Saint Vincent’s men enter
the national tournament ranked #1
in the country, and rightly so as four-
time ACAA champs.
Overall, the tournament featured
some good matchups, and was
witnessed by many fans, but
unfortunately the number of blowout
games greatly outnumbered the closer
ones. e four teams who qualified
for the finals were the expected ones,
with both first and second ranked
teams in the conference facing off for
ACAA supremacy.
e Mounties women lose five key
players, but if this season is any
indication of the future, they should
feel very confident in their young
players. Marlon Smith, the rookie of
the year for the conference, will be a
tough competitor for the next three
years, and Laura Chapman quickly
developed into one of the best passers
in the league. e local talent does
Men’s Final
not stop there, as both Jenny Robinson
and Danielle Trenholm should see a
significant hike in playing time next
season.
On the men’s side, it is obvious
that they missed the calming veteran
presence of Dennis Hopper in this
tournament, but sophomore Stephen
Bohan showed signs of brilliance
down low. e six-foot-six Sackville
native needs another big presence
to complement him down low, but
watch for freshman Ryan Clarke to
fill that role next season.
It will be a busy off-season for both
teams, as they both have holes that
need to be filled, but should remain
confident in the abundance of local
talent that should carry the teams
through the next few years.
Mountie Outlook
Callan Field
Mounties Award Winners
Josh Graham
2nd team All-Star
Kent Matheson
2nd team All-Star
30 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS MARCH 12, 2009
e “Boys in Red”… ever since
the devastating January 2008 crash
involving the Bathurst High Panthers
basketball team, we have associated
that phrase with grief, shock, disbelief,
and deserved remembrance. Well, now
we can add words like “triumph” and
“bravery” to that list following the
teams capturing of the 2009 New
Brunswick provincial AA basketball
championship. e Panthers, who lost
seven teammates in the crash, dressed
only eight players all season yet still
finished the season with an unbelievable
34-3 record, including 26 straight wins
leading up to the championship game
versus Campobello High.
It is so often that we look to find
the greater significance of events
in the sports world, that we end
up misguidedly placing a greater
importance on “sports”than it deserves.
I know it hurts, but it’s true. I mean,
really, at that end of the day, what
difference does it make if A-Rod took
steroids? Or if Kobe scored 81 points
in a game? As a sports fan, these stories
interest us and gain momentum simply
because they are out of the ordinary. It
is a departure from the more mundane
daily dose of box scores, injury reports,
and trade rumours.
ese “important” sports stories are
deemed as such mostly because they
offer something different from the
everyday life in the world of sports.
And, after all, what sports normally
offers us is a distraction from real
life. Much like sitting in a movie
theatre for two hours, watching or
following your favourite team or sport
is ultimately nothing more than a
means of escaping any semblance of
real life. If Andrea Bargnani scores 35
points, fans are going to be excited,
but twenty minutes later, when they
realize Bargnani’s scoring efforts hasn’t
netted them a future career, or brought
health to their sick dog, or made a lick
of difference to anything in life that
actually matters, it becomes clear that
at the end of it all, sports carries no real
meaning.
Until, of course, events like the
Bathurst Panthers title takes place.
After trying to grasp the astronomical
significance and sheer emotional
weight of such a performance, it
becomes clear: this is why sports plays
such a big role in society. It’s not about
breaking records or winning the MVP;
we love sports because, as we saw with
the Boys in Red, it gives us a forum to
truly pay remembrance in a way that
granite monuments and memorial
plaques never can.
Many of the parents of the children
lost in the Boys in Red tragedy were
not in attendance for the championship
game at UNB in Fredericton—the
thought of watching another basketball
game is understandably too much for
them to bear. What they would have
seen were eight kids, giving their all, in
tribute to their fallen teammates. While
the teams’ coaches tried their best to
focus the players’ minds on this team
and “one game at a time”and all of that
business, watching the team celebrate
on the court for what seemed like
hours following their championship
victory made it abundantly clear
that for those who now represented
the Panthers and the community of
Bathurst, it was about way more than
this team, or this season. Talk about a
sense of the moment.
Ultimately, this story of triumph
over tragedy should and will live
on in Canadian history. It will be
a shining example of the power of
amateur sport in our country, and
more importantly, a reminder of the
extraordinary capabilities we possess.
As more than one of the Panthers
parent’s commented, “I’ve never seen
my son play like that in his whole life.”
Maybe because he never had anything
to play for.
Here at Mt. A, we undoubtedly
dropped the ball. Last year the inagural
Boys in Red basketball tournament
was held at Tantramar High School,
which was a great success in raising
both money and awareness. is year?
Nothing. No tournament. No flag-at-
half-mast-in-remembrance. Nothing.
e province of New Brunswick has,
for their part, addressed the accident
by disallowing certain vehicles to be
used for transporting student athletes,
as well as seeing that school principals
and superintendents play a larger role
in judging whether a commute is safe
or not.
At Mt. A, we may have been short-
sighted in failing to mark the tragic
events of last January, but hopefully
somebody was able to comprehend
the magnitude of what happened two
weeks ago in Fredricton, and we’ll be
honouring the Boys in Red here for
years to come. e Bathurst Panthers
never forgot about January 12 2007,
and neither should we.
To contribute to the Boys in Red
Foundation, visit boysinred.ca

DCZ for three
A tribute to the Boys in Red
David Charles Zarum
Argosy Correspondent
Healthy eating and active living are
essential for maintaining a good energy
level and keeping your body healthy.
is means your everyday choices
make a difference. In this article, I’ve
made a basic health quiz so you can
figure out if you are leading a healthy
life or not.
What you need to do is read each
statement and assign yourself points
based on your lifestyle. If it describes
what you do every day or week, give
yourself two points; if it describes
what you do sometimes, give yourself
one point, and if the statement never
applies to you, zero points. When you
are done, add up your score. Here are
the statements:
1.I eat a minimum of two meals a day.
2. I eat a variety of foods at each meal.
3. When I choose fruits and vegetables,
I look for colourful ones.
4. I eat foods with good sources of
fibre.
5. I have a minimum of three servings
of milk products (milk, cheese, yogurt)
a day.
6. I have a good source of protein (i.e.
meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, legumes)
at least twice a day.
7. I have a moderate intake of fats.
8. I eat my meals and snacks with my
friends or family.
9. I eat at least two fruits and two
servings of vegetables a day. (small
salad = 1- 1 1/2 servings)
10. e food I eat is safe and fresh.
11. I eat whole grain products instead
of white breads or pastas (when
available).
12. I don’t eat rich desserts every
night.
13. I only eat fast food a few times a
year.
14. I don’t drink alcohol more than
once a week.
15. I have little or no caffeine each
day.
16. I don’t smoke.
17. I include enjoyable physical
activities in my weekly routine.
18. I exercise aerobically (to get my
heart rate up) at least twice a week.
19. I take the stairs instead of the
elevator.
20. I try to regulate my sleeping
patterns (to get the necessary amount
of sleep).
Now that you’ve answered all the
questions, add them up. If your total
score is: 0-16 – You deserve better.
Your eating and lifestyle habits put
you at risk of developing different
health problems. You should talk to
someone about a plan you can follow
to improve your exercise and diet. 17-
30 – Your habits could be improved
to get more strength and energy, but
you’re doing well. 31-40 – Excellent!
You understand that healthy habits
make a great difference in your quality
of life.
If you have received a low score, you
need to work on improving your
lifestyle so that you can live a healthier
life. You won’t only feel better, but you’ll
also feel less stressed and happier too!
If you scored high, congratulations,
you are leading a fairly healthy life and
should keep it up. Good luck everyone
and don’t forget to stay healthy with
exams coming up soon!
How healthly are you? Quiz
Nicole Butler
Argosy Correspondent
Last Wednesday saw one of the biggest
annual traditions in the NHL: trade
deadline day, where playoff-bound
contenders try to add the piece that
they feel is missing from their Stanley
Cup puzzle, and struggling teams can
sell their better players to the highest
bidder in order to secure more draft
picks and/or talented prospects.
e trade deadline has been an
important part of the NHL season
since the 1980 season when the New
York Islanders proved the value of
deadline acquisitions by trading for
little-known Butch Goring. Goring
would be a key part of four consecutive
Stanley Cup championships for the
Islanders.
e 2009 trade deadline was a
slower day than has been seen in the
past. Regardless, some big names
did move and some playoffs teams
went from being outsiders to serious
contenders.
e Calgary Flames made probably
the biggest move of the day by
acquiring high scoring centreman Olli
Jokinen from the Phoenix Coyotes.
Jokinen should provide that top line
centre that the Flames have been
lacking for years, and if he fits in well
next to Jerome Iginla, the Flames may
become a serious Cup contender in the
West. In his first game Jokinen gave
every indication that it was the right
move by scoring twice. It seems likely
now that Jokinen will end a streak of
bad luck that had given him a dubious
NHL record. Jokinen has played
almost 800 regular season games
without appearing in the playoffs. e
Flames also added to their defense
by re-acquiring Jordan Leopold from
Colorado.
e Toronto Maple Leafs improved
for the future by trading away Nic
Antropov and Dominic Moore for a
second round draft pick each. Ottawa
placed goaltender Martin Gerber on
waivers (claimed by Toronto), and
traded Antoine Vermette for goalie
Pascal Leclair and a second round
pick. e Montreal Canadiens were
very quiet during the day, which is
creating concerns about their chances
in their 100th season. Especially with
the way the Bruins are playing, and
after the Bruins strengthened their
defense, through the acquisition of
Steve Montador, and offence, by
adding Mark Recchi.
Boston continues to look like the
power in the East, although New
Jersey looks very strong with the
return of Martin Brodeur from injury.
All season the West has looked to be a
battle between the San Jose Sharks and
Detroit Red Wings, although with the
moves made by the Flames, they just
might mix things up. Certainly, the
next month, and into the playoffs, will
very interesting out west.
NHL Roundup
Ryan Esch
Argosy Correspondent
Something we all strive for in life is to
be healthy. Whether or not we aim or
accomplish this is completely another
story. In a university atmosphere this
feat can often be a difficult one, because
most of us tend to eat what is fast, easy,
and usually unhealthy. e first step to
a healthier body is knowing what is in
your food. is article will explain how
to read parts of the nutritional guide,
located at each station in Jennings,
and what to look for when you read it.
At a first glance, the nutritional guide
can look confusing and overwhelming,
however, once you break it down its
fairly simple.
Many of us find calories overrated
and confusing. is is because they
are deceiving, we’re taught that too
many calories is bad, but then we are
told certain fruit are high in calories,
but still good for us. So what exactly
are calories? Calories are energy, and
the nutritional guides provide us a
measure of how much energy that
serving of food will give us. Most
dietitians’ recommend that a 2,000
calorie diet is a healthy amount for a
teenager / young adult.
Carbohydrates are another confusing
component of the nutritional guide.
Carbohydrates are starches that are
broken down into sugar in your body
and then used as “fuel .“ ere are two
different types of carbohydrates: simple
and complex. Simple carbohydrates
are your sugary foods that tend to
have little or no nutritional value. Due
to their high amounts of sugar they
spike your sugar levels up fast and give
you a short burst of energy, then once
that is done it leaves you tired and
sluggish. Complex carbohydrates are
what your diet should be full of, these
include your whole grains, pastas, bran,
brown rice and so on. ese complex
carbohydrates break down slower,
giving you an extended burst of energy.
ese are good nutrients to have before
going to the gym. As recommended
by most dietitians university students
should get 40 to 65 per cent of dietary
energy from carbohydrates, this usually
works out to be 300 grams per day.
Fat is the sneakiest of all nutrients
as it can be very misleading. Each
day your food choices should contain
65 grams of fat or less; making 30 to
40 per cent of your calories from fat.
However, this does not mean you
should eat 65 grams of fat in one meal,
it should be spaced out. Although we
are told fat is bad and that we should
avoid it, it is actually a necessity
in order for your body to function
properly. ere are a few different
kinds of fat listed under the guide, such
as: saturated fat, monounsaturated fat,
polyunsaturated fat, and trans fat. Out
of these fats you want to limit your
intake of trans fat more so than any
other, which is synthetically produced
protein, meaning it’s not produced in
nature. However, not all fats are bad.
Omega-3 oils, found mainly in fish,
are extremely good for you, and it
makes your hair shiny. Each day your
fat intake should be 20 to 30 per cent
of total calorie intake.
e last nutrient is protein. Protein
is said to be as vital to your cellular
metabolism as oxygen. Some high
protein foods include: meat, nuts and
seeds, peanut butter, and tofu. It’s
recommended that a healthy adult
should have .8 grams of protein per
kilogram of body fat (one kilogram
= 2.2 pounds ). However, males that
are gym addicts should look to up
their intake to 1 -1.5 per kilogram.
e reason protein is so important to
your body is due to its effects. It builds,
maintain and repairs all of your body’s
tissue; such as muscles, organs, skin,
and hair.
Hopefully this will improve your
choice of food, now that you will have
some background knowledge on these
numbers and how they are important
to you.
Healthy eating in Jennings
Ellen Williams
Argosy Contributor
31 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS MARCH 12, 2009
Athletes of the Week
Feb. 23 - March 2
is week’s Athletes of the Week are the
members of Mount Allison’s women’s
volleyball team who are champions once again,
after defeating the hometown MSVU Mystics
3-1 in the semi-final, and then beating the
reigning champion and number-one ranked
STU Tommies in the 2009 ACAA Volleyball
Championship final on Sunday afternoon, in
Halifax.
In the final, the Mounties jumped to an
early 8-6 lead in game one, only to see the
lead slip away with the Tommies taking a 27-
25 victory in the opening frame. Not to be
discouraged, the Mounties re-grouped, and
thanks to some steady play from all of the
Mounties, the Sackville squad stole games two
and three by
scores of 25-19 and 25-16. Early in game four,
the Mounties trailed the Tommies 8-1 after
a number of missed opportunities on serve
receive. However, the Mounties pressed hard at
the net and completely turned their defensive
game around, grabbing a slight lead over their
opponents at 18-17 and never looking back
— winning game four 25-23, and securing
the championship title by a 3-1 score.
ACAA Rookie of the Year Caila Henderson
from Mt. A had an outstanding final with 17
kills and 19 defensive digs, while first-team
all-star Laurel Carlton had 12 kills, and
middle, and Sarah MacDonald had 10. Mt. A’s
second-team all-star setter, Lori Joyce, used
her hitters effectively and libero Lauren Hatch
made several key digs over the course of the
match.
Other nominees for the Week were:
Heather Morgan (hockey), Shannon Parlee
(basketball), and Akil Smith (basketball).
Volleyball Mounties
Athletes of the Week
March 2 - 9
Carrie and Heather Murray
For the second time this year, the smashing
siblings from the Badminton Mounties have been
recognized as Mount Allison’s Athletes of the
Week. Sisters Carrie and Heather Murray were
honoured for their performance at the Canadian
Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) national
badminton championships that were held
this past week in Etobicoke, ON, at Humber
College.
Carrie and Heather Murray, the ACAA
champions in women’s doubles, represented the
Atlantic conference in the three-day tournament
and were one of the Maritime teams to defeat
their Canadian counterparts. In round four of the
tournament play, the Murray Mounties defeated
the host Humber College team, and in round five
of the competition they narrowly lost in three to
the Alberta wild card team. ey competed on
the last day, and once again defeated the Ontario
host team to take fifth place.
Heather Murray was selected as the
conference’s Female Rookie of the Year, and
the two sisters were named ACAA Conference
All-Stars for their wins and advancement to the
national championships.
Residents of Belleisle, NS, both athletes are
former standouts with Annapolis West Education
Centre and the Annapolis Royal Badminton
Club. Carrie was coached by Mike Scott while
in high school, and was winner of the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s
Award, and three Coach’s Choice
Awards in softball, swimming, and badminton.
When she arrived at Mount Allison, she
continued her winning ways, capturing the
Mounties’ Badminton Rookie of the Year in
2006-07, and the team’s Female MVP in 2007-
08.
Heather was her high school’s Female Athlete
of the Year last season (07-08), her team’s MVP
in 2004-05, and the winner of numerous fair
play, leadership, and coach’s choice awards over
the past four seasons. She was also the Moncton
Atlantic Open mixed champion and the Junior
Atlantic Doubles champion in 2008. In her first
year at Mount Allison, she has captured the
women’s doubles championships with her sister
and was named the ACAA Female Rookie of the
Year for 2008-09.
T h i r d - y e a r
Carrie is enrolled
in English, while
her first-year
sister Heather is
in Mt. A’s science
program.
Sue Seaborn Sue Seaborn
IS YOUR LIFE
BORING?
SPORTS
AREN’T
BORING.
SPORTS ARE
AWESOME.
WRITE
SPORTS.
Sue Seaborn

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