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Opinions pp. 6 - 7
Letters to the Editor:
Gaza, technological determinism, and more.
Mark Brister (left) and Mike Currie sat on the SAC’s ad hoc committee that obtained legal advice and evaluated evidence from Last Class Bash; the committee brought forth their resolution
at an emergency SAC meeting on Sunday.The council voted unanimously in favour of a meeting with Larry Hebert; the other two resolutions to boycott Uncle Larry’s and bring Hebert to
small claims court passed, contingent on the results of the meeting with Hebert.
The dispute between Uncle Larry’s (pictured above) and the Student’s Administrative Council continues; the
SAC plans to bring Larry Hebert to small claims court and has issued a voluntary boycott of the establishment.
Jessica Emin
Showdown in Sackville
SAC votes at emergency meeting to boycott, take Uncle Larry’s to court if necessary
Justine Galbraith
Argosy Staff
Jessica Emin
A disagreement between the SAC
and Uncle Larry’s bar about payment
for Last Class Bash seems likely to be
settled in court.
e dispute which arose over a
revenue sharing agreement after the
SAC’s Last Class Bash last semester,
has resulted in an impasse between
the SAC and Larry Hebert, owner of
Uncle Larry’s.
e SAC believes that Uncle Larry’s
owes them $300. Hebert disagrees.
An ad hoc committee was formed
at the January 21 SAC meeting to
consult on the issue. at committee
was charged with gathering evidence,
consulting someone with legal
training, and evaluating options.
SAC President Mike Currie
approached David Stewart, who
has passed the bar. Stewart, acting
independently of the university,
explained to Currie the small claims
court procedures that could be used to
settle a procedure like this.
e SAC held an emergency
council meeting on Sunday to discuss
the issue and come up with a three-
part plan of action.
e first resolution to meet with
Hebert passed unanimously. e
second resolution, to call for a boycott
if necessary, passed fairly easily, said
SAC VP External Mark Brister. But
the third resolution, to go to court,
only passed by one vote.
“at’s why we felt we would only
use these tools if absolutely necessary,”
said Brister.
After their meeting with Hebert,
which was mandated by that motion,
Currie felt that “it was inevitable, that
we had to go to court over this.”
Currie and Brister said that
inconsistencies between Hebert’s
claims and their own view of the
events — including whether or not any
revenue-sharing agreement existed in
the first place — caused them to lose
faith in their ability to come to a fair
settlement.
“[Yantha and Michaelis] were
asking me for money for this DJ,” said
Hebert. He said that at the time he
had responded with “let me look at
the figures at the end of the night, and
I’ll let you know.”
Brister also said that because Uncle
Larry’s does not usually collect cover,
he had expected a cut of the revenue
resulting from the cover collected that
evening as part of their agreement.
Hebert explained that he decided
to charge cover on that night because
a previous event, Keith’s Crew,
was unsuccessful and he needed to
recuperate that revenue; he never
intended for that money to go to the
SAC.
Complicating the matter further, all
agreements between the two parties
were verbal, rather than written — a
matter the SAC intends to address in
all further dealing between themselves
and outside organizations.
e SAC, however, remains
confident in their ability to win a
court case and has served Hebert
with papers. Hebert now has up to
one month to write a response letter
before a court date is set.
According to Brister, there is only
one way to avoid a court case at this
point in time.
“If he chooses to come to us and
give us back our $300 and the legal
fees that we paid, we will drop the
lawsuit,” said Brister.
However, Hebert insists that his
story has not changed and is firm that
he does not owe the SAC any money.
“What they’re saying is if I give
them $300, this is going to go away,
but now it’s down to principle,” said
Hebert. “ere’ll be a counter claim
against the SAC.”
e SAC is also now calling for a
voluntary boycott of Uncle Larry’s.
Students, clubs and societies are
encouraged to find alternative venues
for their nights out.
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2 JANUARY 29, 2009 THE ARGOSY • NEWS
Student politics, cookies and tangerines were served at
the January 21 SAC meeting
Vivi Reich
Curiosity about the large four-story building
going up on Main and Bridge Street is mounting.
Some call it the tallest building in Sackville. Of
course that’s not strictly true. Across the street,
the United Church still stands tall. And across
the street there is a building of comparable
height.
Most people have realized that the top three
stories will contain rentable apartments. But
what will be at the bottom? Zoning laws say that
a business must occupy the street level.
“ere’s 3,600 square feet of rentable
commercial space, but nothing’s been signed,”
says landlord, John Lafford, “I would say in two
months I will have an idea who. ere’s been
some significant interest.”
When asked for further clarification, Lafford
remains tight-lipped. He and his brother, Joe
Lafford, want to protect peoples’ inquiries and
avoid a bidding war.
e lot has been empty for quite some time.
In 2006, there was a fire that burned the
original structure to the ground. Its causes were
presumed to be electrical, much like this year’s
Bridge Street fire. But this one soon got out of
control.
Some students still remember when the
bottom floor held offices for Sackville Cab,
Sounds Fantastic, and Pirate’s Cove – a fish
and chips place. Before that, Dave’s Snack Shop
occupied the space.
Although Lafford would like to keep things
quiet for now, he is looking for a business that
will be able to sustain itself and stay for a longer
Sackville grows up
e new, tall building at the corner of Bridge St. and Main St. will contain
both living and business space
Helena van Tol
Argosy Staff
period of time.
ere are twelve units in all, four on each
floor, the majority of which have been leased.
e apartments are targeted towards students
just as they were in the previous building;
however, Lafford doesn’t want to discriminate.
“When you build something you don’t say
this is the group of people that are getting in
there and that’s it. It’s geared towards a student
as opposed to a senior, just because of the height
of the building,” explained Lafford, “If there’s
local people from town who want to have an
apartment, and they’re people who are willing to
pay damage deposit, and they’re normal renters,
then I would of course let them in there.”
e thing about students, however, is that
the apartments have to be ready for the start of
the 2009 Fall term. But Lafford isn’t concerned
about the building not being finished by the new
academic year.
“Well that would be something I would deal
with at that time,” says Lafford, “But you know,
I built the building down there on time; so I’ll
be on time.”
SAC seizes inactive club funds
VP Finance and Operations Dan Wortman
explained that when SAC clubs do not renew
their constitutions for three years, the SAC seizes
their assets and no longer considers them a club.
Wortman then listed the clubs being removed
from the list this year, including the Ba’hai
club, the Skydiving club and the International
Studies association. e SAC received a total of
$178 from the bank accounts.

SAC Windfarm?
Mark Brister, SAC VP External, detailed
to council a meeting he had with Sackville
councillor John Higham about an opportunity
to invest in a wind farm.
Brister said that according to Higham, the
revenue estimates for the project were well above
profit threshold. Council then gave Brister
permission to form an ad hoc committee to
investigate the issue, with students at large being
selected based on scholarship and experience.
Councillors apologize
Due to forgetting to send out e-mails to
constituents, four SAC councillors gave public
apologies. In his apology, Ben Kropp said
that it was imperative for councilors to send
information to their constituents weekly, and
that it was childish of the Argosy to print his
name as being in trouble. Michael Cronin
apologized, saying there was no excuse for not
sending out e-mails. Doug MacLean outlined
the basic plot to the Kevin Costner movie e
Postman, and then drew a parallel for why it
was important for him to send out his SAC e-
mails. Cejay Riley apologized and promised to
do better in the future.
Councillor concerns and questions
Erik Johnson asked why the school had sent an
e-mail saying they could not keep up with the
ice but still decided to keep the school open.
VP Campus Life Pat Barry said that President
Campbell made the decision that campus was
safe, and that the e-mail was to warn people.
Rachael Betuik complained that the
ventilation system in the athletic centre wasn’t
working, making it very hot for employees.
Doug MacLean reported that he had received
the complaint that it takes up to a month to be
tested for STIs through health services. He also
mentioned an email complaint that the Argosy
was too expensive and that its fees should not
be renewed. It was clarified that the Argosy’s
fees are not up for referendum in the spring
like other publications, but are voted on at the
Argosy’s spring funders meeting; quorum is five
non-Argosy staff.
Joni Fleck-Andrews told council that she is
looking for feedback on the student art people
would like to see in the student centre.
SAC President Mike Currie announced that
the microwave has been set up in the new cafe.
Naomi Wheatley asked if someone can get
money from the Project Rebuild fund for non-
fire emergencies. Mike Currie responded that
yes, the fund covers many things, including
flooding and pipes breaking.
VP Campus Life Report
Barry reported that the recent pub bash brought
in large numbers, and that turnout hasn’t slowed
down. He also said that the 46 Bridge St.
fundraiser has raised over $2,300.
Barry then answered questions from previous
meetings. Getting rid of trays in meal hall has
resulted in cost savings, but people are also eating
more. Future banquet times will be attempted
to be scheduled to fit students’ classes. Salt and
pepper shakers in meal hall are one time use, as
permanent ones are often stolen.
Finally, meal hall refused to keep a list on
hand for students that have forgotten their meal
card, as such a list wouldn’t include students’
meal plans, and there wouldn’t be a way to verify
identity. Barry also added that he will ask about
increasing the amount of guest passes.
Exit signs in the students centre might be
moved as they keep getting broken, low-flow
shower heads may be soon installed in residence,
and Jack Drover has said there are no room for
punching bags, said Barry.
Councillors pan idea to move On-Campus
councillor elections
SAC President Mike Currie asked for feedback
on the idea of moving SAC on-campus
councillor elections to the spring so that
residence councillors would have a better idea
of the issues, and the response was generally
negative.
Objections included that second year students
don’t necessarily know more about the issues,
first year students wouldn’t get to vote for their
reps, and situations frequently change over the
summer causing fall elections. VP Academic
Ryan Robski then said that it was important
for councillors to know the difference between
a department and a faculty if the council was
going to run efficiently. Jaime Cochrane and Ben
Kropp both suggested that information sessions
on the workings of the SAC and university
would go a long way for new councillors.
The building has only gained more stories since last semester
3 JANUARY 29, 2009 THE ARGOSY • NEWS
• 93 children aged nine and upwards were forced to be child soldiers by omas
Lubanga, former leader of Congolese militia the Union of Congolese Patriots
(UPC). Lubanga’s trial at the International Criminal Court began this week.
• 9.6 per cent is the projected shrinkage of the Icelandic economy this year. e
country’s coalition government has resigned, after tensions between members
have increased with the collapse of their financial system in October.
• Over 100 civilians are feared to have died as the Sri Lankan army makes its
final advance into the rebel Tamil Tigers’ last corner of territory
• 14 US states are to be exempted from the federal Clear Air Act, allowing
them to set their own targets for reducing exhaust fume emissions. is
decision by President Obama reverses a national standard previously set by
Bush.
• 16 Afghanis were killed in a US military attack. President Hamid Karzai has
criticised the US for the deaths, the first since Obama has taken office.
• 20,000 troops helped maintain security in Dehli during a parade celebrating
India’s 60th Republic Day (January 26).
• An 11 year-old Mexican matador killed six bulls in a single fight, breaking
the world record for his age.
• Over 400 children were killed in the recent Gaza conflict. New evidence is
emerging of Israel’s use of white phosphorus shells, which can cause severe
burns, quite possibly breaching the Geneva Convention.
• $120 000 000 000 USD in health care spending was announced by the
Chinese government for over the next three years. Currently, an estimated
half of health expenses in China are paid by individuals themselves.
is week in the world
A weekly miscellany compiled by Rebecca Dixon
• 40 died in a ferry accident in Vietnam on Sunday. e search for survivors was postponed to allow for New Year’s
celebrations.
• $7 000 000 000 CAD is set to be spent on infrastructure in the Conservatives’ stimulus package. $4 billion is to be put
in a labour-intensive public infrastructure fund; $2-billion in a fund for repairs, maintenance and faster construction at
colleges and universities; and 1 billion towards environmentally-friendly projects.
• 3 years of fighting for their homes has not spared hundreds of Cambodian slum dwellers from being evicted, their
homes and possessions razed by bulldozers as property values rise. e area, Dey Krahorm, was an artistic and cultural
centre of the country.
• 26 officials, 36 companies were added to the EU sanctions list for Zimbabwe, raising the total of the blacklist to 203
individuals and 40 businesses unable to do business or travel in Europe.
After reading about the break-in
at the Fine Arts department in last
week’s issue of e Argosy, Security
& Safety Coordinator Paul Bragg
realized he had made a mistake
in his investigation. e intruder
had broken a door in the Hart Hall
Photography department, but Bragg
had gone to investigate the dark room
in the Gairdner building.
Obviously, after looking at that
door, he thought that a break-in was
unlikely. In any case, a carpenter was
called in to fix the latch, which wasn’t
working properly.
Karen Stentaford, first-year photo
professor and technician, had tried
calling the number for campus
security on Sunday morning to report
the break-in. She was, however,
redirected to the heating plant, where
she left directions to her office. Bragg
never received those directions.
“No wonder Karen said she had left
extensive directions because I would
never have found that as being the
dark room,” says Bragg after taking a
look at the correct door. “[And] I do,
believe it or not, know most rooms on
campus.”
e carpenter finally arrived
around 3:00 pm and fixed the door
in Hart Hall rather than the one at
the Gairdner building. Frustrated
with the lack of security response,
Stentaford went home around 3:40
pm without having met with Bragg.
“We do not have any security
officers on duty on Sunday afternoons.
We have only one eight-hour shift per
day,” explained Bragg, “It was only
by chance that I happened to be in
the office one time that Karen called,
although I did receive a call from our
heating plant of a reported break-
in. […] We do not have any on-call
Mix-ups and break-ins
efts may not warrant increase in security: MacCormack
Helena van Tol
Argosy Staff
security, and if I hadn’t been available
then there would not have been a
security person to attend the scene.”
Stentaford is disappointed with
the lack of follow-up, remarking
that Security could have called back
Monday to make sure everything was
in order. Few students or staff realize
that security at Mount Allison is not
a 24-hour service.
“I have 1.4 security officers which
translates to a full time guy and
someone who does two shifts a
week, and we have a replacement,”
explained Director of Security, Rob
MacCormack, when asked about
their budget.
Most of the budget for Security
goes towards salary, with a little bit
extra for uniforms and supplies. ere
is no designated Security vehicle.
“It’s Custodial vehicle by day and
Security vehicle by night,” joked
MacCormack.
MacCormack and Bragg estimate
their budget to be approximately
$83,000. When compared with
Security at other small town
universities, Mt. A is lagging behind.
“I think we do a terrific job
with what we have,” argues Bragg,
“Every department has room for
improvement, but the bottom line
is […] we don’t have any policy or
guidelines or procedure for contacting
or calling our persons.
“And it’s a hit or miss. If I’m there,
great. If I happen to be in the area,
wonderful. ere have been times I’ve
received calls when I’m in Moncton
or I can’t respond. […] We have
budget constraints like everybody
else. It’s what security protection
[has] been assessed will suffice for the
university”
MacCormack conceded that
Acadia has a little more security than
Mt. A, but further stated that we are
not comparable to Dalhousie or St.
Mary’s as these are in a much larger
city, Halifax.
“ey’ve got a lot of different
problems than we do,” said
MacCormack. “We’re in Sackville,
the environment here is pretty tame
and we get fairly good response from
the RCMP most times.”
It’s true that Sackville and Mt.
A aren’t hotbeds for real criminal
activity. Typically, the break-ins and
thefts that do occur are unprofessional,
probably orchestrated by one or two
minors looking for some quick cash.
Nevertheless, organized crime at
Maritime universities is not unheard
of. About eight years back, there
was a group from Halifax that stole
university projectors on a cyclical
basis. Eventually they were caught at
the Université de Moncton.
Avard-Dixon, Crabtree, and the
Dunn building were hit over the
Christmas holidays. e Golden A
Café also had a window smashed on
the same day as the Hart Hall break-
in. New security cameras installed
in the Wallace McCain Student
Centre should have picked up the
incident. However, the one focusing
on the smashed window was not
operational.
Bragg estimates 20 reported thefts
per year at Mt. A, while MacCormack
estimates the number to be under 10.
Joe MacDonald, Dean of Students
at St. FX, however, estimates their
average number of thefts per year to
be closer to five. Acadia could not
comment.
ieves are usually looking
for laptops and other electronic
equipment. About a year ago,
Centennial Hall was broken into,
all the doors were smashed, and the
thieves made off with some laptops
and stores of cash.
“I certainly don’t have an argument
as far as theft goes to increase the
security that we have, because the
amount of reported theft here is
far less than what we spend,” says
MacCormack, “To increase it, for
that reason only, I don’t think is
warranted.”
On top of that, the patrol officers
aren’t the only part of Mount Allison
security. Residences and buildings
have their own security structure,
which campus security is meant to
complement. Also, Campus Police
takes care of event security.
“Paul [Bragg] thinks that campus
security is underfunded,” says Chief
of Campus Police, Paul Rasbach,
“Campus Police, we’re fine in our
funding because we just charge by the
hour. So if there’s an event, whoever is
hosting the event just pays for us and
we bill them.”
Conversely, there is no formal
training for Campus Police; they are
expected to just learn the ropes as
they go. Rob MacCormack admits
that this has been a problem.
“We are going to beef up our
training,” he said. “We would like
to have our campus police First-Aid-
trained and know what they are able to
do. at’s probably a deficiency we’ve
known from this year so we intend to
solve that in the upcoming year.”
MacCormack would also like to
like to increase the dependability
of the phone number. Although the
security officers have first responder
training, defibrillators, and oxygen, a
call on Sunday afternoon is not going
to get a speedy response.
“Our goal is just to be here when
we’re required. We’re not going to be
able to solve everything but we hope
that everybody’s feeling safe because
we’re around,” says MacCormack,
“[We want] to be visible and make
sure people know where to go when
they need help.”
Stentaford remains convinced that
there is a problem with Mt. A Security.
Although nothing was stolen, the
slow and misdirected response does
not bode well.
Jessica Emin
Mount Allison
2,250 students
1 full-time officer
1 part-time officer
0 security vehicles
$83,000 estimated
budget
Acadia
3,900 students
14 full-time officers
35 part-time officers
3 security vehicles
Budget could not be
disclosed
St. FX
4,200 students
11 full-time officers
1 security vehicle
$600,000 budget
Calling Campus Security
NATIONAL
REGINA (CUP) – First Nations
University of Canada students are
calling the unexplained Jan. 7 firing
of their vice president of academics
the last straw in the institution’s
troubled administrative history.
“[VP Academic] Dr. Shauneen
Pete’s firing is basically the last we
can take,” said omas Roussin, the
FNU Students’ Association’s (FNSA)
VP communications.
“It seems like we’re firing the most
visible leader at our university. e
students feel alone now. We don’t
know what to do; we lost our beacon
of hope,” he said.
Roussin says Pete wrote her PhD
– the only one held by FNU’s senior
administration – in Aboriginal higher
education policy, making her “the
person to be at our university.”
No official reason has been given
Enough is enough, say FNU students
High-profile firing deals another blow to troubled First Nations University
Taylor Bendig
The Carillon (University
of Regina)
for Pete’s dismissal, and Roussin says
he can’t speculate publicly on the
issue. While FNU’s communications
department did not reply to the
Carillon’s interview requests,
university sources have previously
declined to discuss the firing, calling
it a matter of privacy.
Pete herself, who has since stopped
speaking to media, told CBC news
on Jan. 9 that her dismissal was small
surprise given the high degree of
tension between her and the FNU
administration during her 18-month
tenure.
“I came in, I sat down. [FNU
President Charles Pratt] said: ‘is
isn’t working. You are terminated
without cause,’” she told CBC.
Pete’s firing is the latest in a long
line of controversial departures by
FNU staff and faculty. According
to information gathered by the
University of Regina Women’s
Studies Department, over a third of
the school’s faculty, and roughly half
of the its support and administrative
staff – including one president, two
vice-presidents, and two deans – have
resigned, retired, or been dismissed
since 2005.
Staffing problems are not the
only difficulty the university has
faced recently. On Dec. 1, 2008, the
Canadian Association of University
Teachers (CAUT) censured FNU
because of its “ongoing failure to
resolve the serious problems with
the governance of the university,”
according to a CAUT press release.
“In most cases, university and
college administrations . . . look
for ways to resolve problems before
censure is imposed,” said CAUT
Executive Director James Turk.
“Unfortunately, while the FNUniv
administration and board were given
every opportunity, they refused
to show any serious willingness to
address the concerns.”
e censure – the first imposed
since 1979, and one that CAUT had
been considering since May 2008 –
means that academic staff, especially
CAUT’s over 60,000 members, will
be asked not to accept jobs or speaking
engagements at FNU, or to attend
conferences that it hosts.
Thomas Roussin addresses the crowd at a Jan. 13 rally to protest
FNU’s ongoing governance problems
Taylor Bendig/ the Carillon
EDMONTON (CUP) – Women
looking for a new take on an old
pain may be able to find relief at
Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan
College with help of the acupuncture
program’s new research into pre-
menstrual syndrome.
Gordon Grant, an acupuncture
instructor at MacEwan and the project
co-ordinator, believes this new study
could be the answer to many women’s
problems of extremely painful PMS,
or dysmenorrhea.
Dysmenorrhea is classified by
problems with menstruation that
aren’t due to something else, but are
so well defined as to require help from
a doctor.
e researchers are looking for
Acupuncture to treat PMS
Laurie Callsen
Intercamp (Grant MacEwan
College)
participants between the ages of
18 and 40 with dysmenorrhea that
has been occurring within the last
year, and who have never received
acupuncture before.
e research will involve three
groups of 20 women. One group
will receive the proposed treatment,
one group will be wait-listed, and
the other group will be receiving the
placebo treatment.
e treatment will work with
the body to balance it out, not to
dominate it.
“ere’s evidence that it works on
the autonomic nervous system, it may
work through neuropeptides, and also
there’s morphine-type compounds
called endorphins,” said Grant.
“It is shown clearly that acupuncture
stimulates these as well. It works
within the body’s own drug systems.
It’s not just about mitigating the pain;
it’s about creating balance within the
person weekly so the pain doesn’t
come.”
e treatment is also likely to treat
other symptoms unrelated to PMS,
such as sleeping and libido problems.
e acupuncture needles are
placed on five potent points of the
body (hands, forearm, feet, legs and
abdomen), casting a “big strong net
over the problem.”
Women partaking in the study
will come in for weekly treatments
and answer questionnaires about
their symptoms. e treatment will
continue for three months until the
end of April.
e study is the first of its kind,
different from other recent studies,
because it will use a control group that
believe they are receiving acupuncture,
but are really just getting shallow
pricks that don’t penetrate as deep as
real acupuncture.
“People who have had a lot of
acupuncture might be able to tell the
difference. e reason we do a control
like that is . . . to convince, through
scientific method, the medical
community that acupuncture is more
than placebo,” said Grant.
A similar study was conducted in
Germany, but without the control
group. e study proved that
acupuncture was a cost-effective way
to treat PMS.
e study is also an opportunity
for acupuncture students to get
experience before graduation.
Amanda Roth, a third year
acupuncture student, is happy to
get a chance to break away from the
textbooks and into real life.
“Books can give you a good
foundation and a place to start, but I
think hands-on [experience] is where
you learn the most, when you actually
solidify all the information, and make
it real. You’ve got to get out there and
put your knowledge in your hands.”
Grant says the students will play
an important part in all areas of
the study, from greeting patients
when they enter the clinic, to being
acupuncturists themselves.
Roth hopes the study not only
helps treat PMS, but spreads the word
about acupuncture.
“I hope [the study] will give more
awareness to the general population as
to the different problems or syndromes
that acupuncture can treat. ere is
a larger variety than pain. ere is
a whole crew of acupuncturists and
practitioners in Alberta who are very
qualified and ready to help people
and give them alternatives to our
traditional western treatments,” said
Roth.
HAMILTON (CUP) – When the
going gets tough, the tough get
learning. at’s what some experts say
is the reason for the increase in post-
secondary applications this year.
e number has not been higher
since the double cohort in 2003, and
the applicant increase percentage has
doubled for winter college programs
compared to last year’s growth.
e number of applications for
both colleges and universities has
been growing every year. Compared
to last year, Ontario colleges received
10 per cent more applications, while
universities saw an increase of just
over one per cent. With a closer look,
these numbers grow even more.
“We believe that it’s a sign of
the times in terms of the economic
downturn,” said Sally Ritchie, Colleges
Post-secondary enrolment higher than ever
Nathan Swyers
The Satellite (Mohawk College of
Applied Arts and Technology)
Ontario’s senior communications.
“We anticipate that more people will
be taking advantage of the training
and re-training provided by colleges.”
e increase compared to last year
in those not applying straight out of
high school is nearly 12 per cent for
Ontario colleges and almost 10 per
cent for universities.
Ritchie says people look to higher
education when facing a recession,
and they might think upgrading with
new skills is the best thing to do.
George Granger, executive director
of Ontario Universities Application
Council (OUAC), says this is a very
good time to go back and get a better
education.
“On one hand, you have the group
in high school looking down the road,
trying to prepare themselves for what
lies ahead,” said Granger.
“en you have this other group.
Many find themselves within the
certain reality based on the way the
economy is today. e jobs that were
there a year ago aren’t there now. e
prospects of mobility that might have
been there a year ago aren’t there
today.”
With the increase in applications
comes an increase in competition,
but Ritchie says College Ontario will
work with the government to ensure
the colleges can accommodate these
students.
“We certainly want to welcome
them with open arms,” said Ritchie.
“But there’s a limit.”
More students in the classroom
also means more classes, faculty, and
potentially larger class sizes.
Deborah Calarco, associate
registrar of admissions at Mohawk
College in Hamilton, Ont., says they
are prepared for what lies ahead.
“Many of the schools plan
additional sections just in case. With
[the business program], we’ve used
those sections,” she said.
Calarco says there won’t be any
negative impact to the admissions cut-
off, despite the substantial increase
in applicants. She says Mohawk’s
applicant pool is currently 11.7 per
cent higher than it was last year.
“ere are places where we had
demand, but we couldn’t take more.
In nursing, there is always a high
demand and we could not accept
everyone,” said Calarco.
Sam Maga, president of the faculty
union at Mohawk College, says he
doesn’t see there being a teacher
shortage, even if the increase in
applicants does translate into higher
enrolment come September.
“As far as being able to put those
students in classrooms and have
teachers there, that never seems to
be a problem,” said Maga. “What
category of teacher they will be in the
classroom with is hard to say.”
With increases in enrolment, the
college will have to hire more part-
time faculty, he says.
“I would prefer that they hire full-
time, obviously, to make sure that they
have good jobs. As opposed to being
part-time, being paid about a third
of everybody else that’s full-time,
without getting benefits, without
getting job security or any protection
of their rights,” said Maga.
But he says that Mohawk is one
of the best colleges when it comes to
maintaining an acceptable full-time
to non part-time ratio.
“When you look at some of the
other colleges, there are twice as
many non full-time as there are full-
time,” said Maga.
“e issue they have is funding.
With the new economic challenge
that we have in the country and in
the world, that’s going to be a bigger
problem in the future [than having
more students]. If people are coming
back to school or entering school
due to population shifts, then the
government has to respond, and they
really haven’t.”
OPINIONS
February 2 (7 pm, Crabtree Auditorium): Film – Flow: For the Love of Water (2008)
Presentation by Jason Blanch on the use and abuse of water in the developing world to follow.
February 3 (7 pm, Crabtree Auditorium): Key-Note Speaker – Michael Waring
Waring is a key supporter of PLAN Canada, sponsors six children, has funded two classrooms in Nepal, and has visited
PLAN Canada projects in Niger and Mali in West Africa. He will be speaking about the need for helping children, but
also drawing attention to some of the issues involved in such work.
February 4 (7 pm, Crabtree Auditorium): Presentations - How You Can Get Involved
A showcase of student and staff involvement in international development projects, past and ongoing. For people
interested in finding ways to get involved themselves, this is sure to be an informative and inspiring session.
February 2-3 (Wallace McCain Student Centre) – International Development Fair
A mini International Development fair with tables and displays set up by student groups and community organizations.
e information at each table will highlight the aims of each group, the issues which are of concern to them, and the ways
in which people can get involved. Feb.2 (1-5 pm) / Feb.3 (10 am-2 pm).
For more information about International Development Week, and what has been planned at Mount Allison, please
contact Adam Christie at achristie@mta.ca” tel. 364-2116.
Jeanna Fletcher and Horace
Karnes Jr.
e article recently released in the
Argosy, reporting on the events leading
up to the Last Class Bash and the
debacle involving the SAC vs. Uncle
Larry’s, was anything but balanced,
as it portrayed a biased and poor
image of Uncle Larry’s. e fact of
the matter is, Uncle Larry’s regularly
employs more than ten students like
ourselves (bartenders, bouncers and
DJs) and has hosted many fundraisers
for Mount Allison committees, groups
and the SAC in the past, including
Off-Campus Orientation, Global
Medical Brigades, Shinerama and
UNICEF, and has never asked for a
percentage of the take, the way many
other bars would do in fundraisers
for outside organizations. Concerning
the cover charge tirade, which was
completely blown out of proportion,
Corey Yantha (SAC Entertainment)
approached Larry Hebert, aka Uncle
Larry, to host a Halifax DJ whom
the SAC had reportedly already paid.
At first Larry was hesitant as there
was a scheduled Keith’s Crew for that
night and Larry did not want to blend
events. After Yantha made it clear to
Larry, and to Larry’s witness, that the
SAC had already paid for the DJ and
that no extra cover was needed (since
Keith’s Crew is $12.00 cover and Larry
didn’t want to raise that to $17.00) he
agreed to host the DJ because the SAC
did not have a venue for the DJ, and
the Tantramarsh Pub had no dance
floor as of yet. It wasn’t until the night
before the event that the SAC went
into Uncle Larry’s and left a message
with the witness for Larry, basically
demanding an additional cover charge
of $5 above the other cover. Larry didn’t
arrive at the bar until 1:00 am that
night, and realistically, he wasn’t going
to call the SAC members to discuss the
proposal at such a late time Ñ both of
day and before the event. According to
what he was told by Yantha, the SAC
had already paid the DJ, which was
confirmed by the witness of the oral
agreement; thus any charge additional
to the $12.00 Keith’s Crew cost
would be redundant. e staff at Uncle
Larry’s were under the impression
Cover charge chaos
A response
that the SAC had told the DJ Uncle
Larry’s would pay the DJ with cover
charges, while the SAC told Larry that
they already paid the DJ prior to the
event being held. No members of the
SAC showed up until 11:00 pm, when
a SAC member approached an Uncle
Larry’s staff member to ask “Where’s
the SAC table?” and was very surprised
and confused to find that there was
none. e staff of Uncle Larry’s was
also wondering why the SAC would
want to charge additional money from
those attending the bar. When the
DJ found out he wasn’t getting money
from a cover charge he stopped playing
and sat at the bar, leading to the loss
of even more customers. Finally, at the
SAC’s insistence, Uncle Larry’s began
charging a $5 cover after the Keith’s
Crew, but by 1:00 am they retracted
it since it was turning away customers
at the door. e SAC sent out its
weekly e-mail prior to this event, and
an unknown source had provided false
information telling students that there
would be a $5 cover charge, without ever
contacting an Uncle Larry’s employee.
In the same e-mail it was indicated
that the Pub was opening their dance
floor for Last Class Bash after holding
a SAC event at another venue. As a
result of the advertised cover charge,
the bar had a very slow night and this
is why Larry said that he lost money,
which can be validated by any other
employee of the establishment.
As for Yantha’s quote stating that
Hebert takes advantage of students,
we’d like to add that Uncle Larry’s
does not have cover charge regularly as
some other places do, but it has fallen
victim to a combination of libel and
slander as of late, and it is time to clear
the air. is reflects poorly on the SAC
leadership and its ability to organize
events with local businesses. Yantha
should have had a written agreement
and a witness of his own to confirm his
words as correct. Even Mike Currie, the
SAC President, was quoted as saying
see if it was a miscommunication. Well,
there clearly was and it has gotten out
of hand, gone too far, and now has
cost one local business money and
their reputation. Above all else, Uncle
Larry’s was unfairly depicted as the
‘bad guy’ in e Argosy.
losing weight and suffering frightening
breathless attacks.
She bore this bravely, determined to
fight, trying to eat well and sometimes
feeling some improvement -- but she
must have felt this was illusory, for once
she said to me: “I feel I’m getting better,”
then, after a pause and a wry smile, “but
of course I’m not.”
When she was soon returned to
Sackville Hospital, I was told that it was
as if she was breathing through a straw.
Only the oxygen apparatus and a cocktail
of medicines, steroids especially, kept her
breathing.
Daily, when I visited both hospitals, I
would see patients smoking outside. is
seemed ironic when one saw how much
terrible suffering that habit may have led
to for other patients on the Sixth Floor.
As Elin had done, knowingly, for 40
years: they were voluntarily inhaling the
deadliest cancer killer, hoping to escape
the worst consequences. (Elin would
often cite cases of family members who
smoked long and heavily, dying of some
other cause . . . . I have heard this from
other addicts).
I always feared the outcome and gave
up trying to reason her out of it, but I
could never have foreseen the suffering
that awaited her at the end. She was
terrified of dying of suffocation. Fear
and panic attacks further impaired her
breathing, although the effort to breathe
was lessened by the constant flow of
oxygen she received in hospital and,
finally, from the VitalAire breathing
apparatus installed for her last two weeks,
spent at home.
Once at home, her spirits rose despite
her growing need of aid, and we, my son
and I, dared to hope she might enter
the new year with us. She kept as active
as she could, using a walker to join us
for supper in the kitchen, enjoying the
family atmosphere she loved. She would
even talk of months ahead, of getting
into the spring garden and of writing
and teaching, if not in the classroom,
resuming correspondence course work
for Mount Allison.
But she became increasingly
dependent on sleeping aids, including
morphine, until a shocking and terrifying
attack early in the morning of her last
day at home.
She was panic-stricken, gasping for
breath, shrieked in terror, her only clear
words, “Help me!”
Her nurses did all they were permitted
to do, restraining her flailing arms firmly
but gently,frequently injecting morphine.
Nothing gave sufficient relief.
Had she been a dog or a cat her pain
and misery would have been ended in
minutes.
What we saw happening was
inhumane: no “passing away peacefully”
as so many obituaries claim. Eventually,
after some four hours of intermittent
torture, the nurses were permitted to
administer an anesthetic after which she
sank into a coma. She was then returned
to Sackville Hospital where she died,
without regaining consciousness -- if
“peacefully,” it was a morphine peace,
beyond conscious suffering and even any
apparent awareness of those watching
and touching her by the bedside. She
was, finally, allowed to breathe, faintly,
without a mask, for her last few hours.
No “death with dignity,” no sign of
responsive life, only fading away lawfully.
. .
ose who appose mercy killing, or
support its prohibition, should have
seen what my son and I, with her caring
nurses, helplessly witnessed. Elin herself
must have felt agonizingly conscious of
dying before she was at last anesthetized.
Not only the righteous opponents
of both mercy killing and euthanasia,
but those who cling, as she did, to their
deadly nicotine addiction should witness
such an end. It might convince them,
as no argument can, to stop the habit,
without the aid of drugs or patches, for
fear of such a death. It would, I believe,
be deterrent enough for her. Statistically,
lung cancer is the deadliest most certain
killer, as the numbers in this province
show.
I know addictions are hard to break;
but it’s within the power of medicine
to end needless suffering, and that the
law denied my wife, and even the most
compassionate doctor obeys that law,
though he may not respect it.
Why is it not a human right to choose
our death when that is certain and the
path to it unbearable, as it was for her?
In her last shaky note, given to my son
because she could not speak, she wrote: “I
want to sleep, be out of it.”
She had to wait too long for that.
Richard Dawkins has written, “When I
am dying, I should like my life to be taken
out under general anesthetic exactly as if
it were a diseased appendix.”
is is what Elin wanted, but her last
experience of life was of needless terror
and anguish.
Michael orpe is Professor Emeritus of
Literature at Mount Allison University in
Sackville.
Michael Thorpe
Previously printed in the Times and
Transcript)
In mid-December my wife Elin died of
lung cancer.
All who knew her were shocked and
surprised. She had always seemed fit and
active, a keen daily walker and cyclist.
She was barely 58.
But she had smoked for 40 years, not
heavily but steadily.
It was habitual: a cigarette with coffee
began her day, and kept her going at
certain times later. She wasn’t a chain-
smoker, averaging 10-15 per day at most.
She was highly strung, had much illness
and stress to contend with: smoking
relaxed her.
Before she died, she had made a
supreme effort and, remarkably, reduced
her use to one, the breakfast cigarette
with coffee.
She had reduced, not fearing lung
cancer, though she knew she ran the
risk, but because for some weeks since
early September she had struggled with
a persistent racking cough, diagnosed
as bronchitis, which her smoking
aggravated. As it worsened, her cough
impaired her breathing and kept her
awake at night.
Nothing helped: she became fatigued
and began to find walking and any
strenuous exercise too much.
By mid-October she couldn’t walk far
and avoided the slightest hill; at home
she could hardly climb the stairs or take
a shower; an X-ray revealed nothing
remarkable. At the end of October, I took
her to the Sackville Hospital, where she
collapsed in the lobby. She was at once
connected to a breathing apparatus and a
further X-ray taken, which was unclear.
She wouldn’t breathe naturally for the
mere six weeks left to her.
At e Moncton Hospital a CAT
scan revealed a tumour, a “mass” which
already engulfed her right lung, a Stage
4 cancer. To operate was impossible and
only palliative care remained.
While the medial staff may have
thought its progress would be rapid, they
would not speculate how long she had to
live: she needed room to hope.
Until her body adjusted to the battery
of drugs she lost clarity for a few days,
then became relatively comfortable,
able to speak freely and sometimes hold
quite lengthy conversations with visitors.
While this helped her to be hopeful and
positive, she remained confined to bed,
A needlessly terrible death
and a bad law
On Monday, February 9, the Amherst/Sackville Chapter of PFLAG Canada
will meet at the Sackville United Church Parlours, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Our guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Andrea Wall. Dr. Wall is
a young medical doctor with a family practice in Sackville, and she will be
joining us to speak from a personal perspective on the special medical concerns
which could face those in the GLBT community.
If you require further information, please email sacknb-amns@pflagcanada.
ca or phone Janet Hammock or Marilyn Lerch at 506-536-4245.
PFLAG: “A doctor’s view”
2009 International Development Week
Jessica Emin
Corrections for the January 22, 2009 paper
Emma Hicklin was misquoted in the Opinions Section. She said: “I am not entirely sure it would be nice to know that
they wouldn’t help students in a time of need”
6 JANUARY 29, 2009 THE ARGOSY • OPINIONS
Become an Agent for
Social Change
Post–Degree Bachelor of Social Work Application Deadline – January 31
For more information, please see www.stu.ca or contact admissions@stu.ca
· Understand the causes of societal problems
· Help those in need
· Address societal problems that create inequality and injustice
The fifteen-month post-degree Bachelor of Social Work at St. Thomas is the only
English-language programme in New Brunswick. Limited-enrollment in the programme
ensures a high-quality, student-faculty relationship. The programme is accredited by the
Canadian Association of Social Work Education
Kyle Greenway
Describing Allisonians as apathetic
seems unfair and inaccurate, right? After
all, we probably have one of the highest
number of charitable clubs and programs
of any school in Canada, per capita. Not
to mention the community’s response to
the recent Bridge Street fire; amazing by
any standard. And of course there are the
school’s numerous “green” initiatives -
though they may do somewhat misguided
things like purchasing a couple thousand
cheaply-made plastic mugs from China.
However, considering the extremely
important crises that take place constantly
around the world, and how our students
(fail to) react to them, we are pitiful. e
recent Israeli slaughter of over 1,400
Palestinians (the majority being civilians
and well over third children) in Gaza is a
great, tragic example. e only mentions
of it in the past two editions of the Argosy
from students were brief summaries
that stopped just short of repeating
the mainstream media line that the
massacre was an Israeli version of that
noble ‘war on terror’. e only proper
piece on the matter that showed any
sort of the appropriate outrage was from
community member and poet, Marilyn
Lerch, who correctly described Israel’s
actions as “unspeakable atrocities.”
is suggests a question: if a small,
non-corporate newspaper written mainly
by students of a liberal, public University
will not critically comment on the affairs
of the world, why won’t they?
Is it because the mainstream media
does such a complete job of covering
the events? Absolutely not, and to
ank you Marilyn Lerch
Mount Allison once had, and still deserves, the nickname
Mount Apathy for a good reason
demonstrate, here are a few stories on
this issue that are worth printing but
were largely ignored:
- Israel’s intentional murdering of over
50 civilians taking shelter in a UN school,
then attempting (and failing) several
different cover-ups, including a falsified
video.
- Israel’s use of white phosphorus against
civilians, which constitutes a war crime
under the Geneva Convention.
- e banning of Arab parties from
Israel’s so-called democracy.
- e fact that Hamas is one of only a
handful of democratically elected parties
in the Middle East, yet is still labeled a
terrorist organization of militants by the
West.
- e actions of a coalition of US Rabbis
urging Israel to end its siege, and this
being so ignored that they had to buy
ad space in the New York Times just to
publish it.
- e father of Obama’s chief of
staff Rohm Emanuel saying of his
son “Obviously, he will influence the
president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn’t
he? What is he, an Arab? He’s not going
to clean the floors of the White House.”
- Obama dodging all questions on Gaza,
and then later mirroring ex-President
Bush’s opinions on the issue.
- e US congress issuing countless
statements of support for Israel, and the
related story of the massively powerful
Israeli lobby.
- e American arms shipments to Israel
that took place even while the bombing
was going on.
- e massive propaganda war waged by
Israel via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,
etc.
- e barring of as much information as
possible from inside Gaza, and related,
unbelievably ridiculous comments
of the new media correspondent, Joe
the Plumber, about how no reporting
should be allowed during wars because it
provokes outrage.
And on, and on, and on.
Is it for lack of information available?
Partly, but despite the best efforts of
some important players, there are news
networks from all over the spectrum
dedicated to ending injustice, such as
the libertarian Antiwar.com or the leftist
Znet.
Okay, is it then because of general
disinterest? Bingo.
e fact is, the Argosy and its content
are not the responsibility of solely the
Argosy staff - they’re the responsibility
of all of us, the students, first. When
we lazily accept propaganda, when we
allow our concern for the world to only
manifest in activities that we can put on
our resumes, or when we spend our free
time narcissistically cruising Facebook,
we are failing at that responsibility,
leaving the slack to be picked up by
people like Mariyln Lerch.
at failure is the reason we may be
labeled Mount Apathy, and rightly so.
Despite all of our clubs and activities
that serve to demonstrate our wonderful,
benevolent motivations, we fail to
speak out on massive issues of extreme
importance and relevancy. We barely
even speak to each other about it.
And so if my writing comes off as
critical and angry, forgive me for being
glad that at least it isn’t apathetic. To
again quote Marilyn Lerch, “e least
you and I can do is break the silence.”
Paying for five courses
and only taking three;
not really an option
Owen Roberts
Have you noticed that if you want to take
three courses you still pay full tuition?
at means that you are receiving 60 per
cent what you pay for. How and why is
this even happening? If I want to take
five courses for whatever reason why
should I be penalized for it?
Last semester, I learned that last year
seven million dollars was loaned to
students at Mount Allison alone. at
reveals the financial situation of many
students here. e financial ramifications
of paying for five courses when you are
only taking three are so great that,without
a doubt, it actually forces people to take
four, five, or six. Of course, if you really
need to take fewer courses for whatever
reasons, the option is there. One can take
one or two courses and become a part-
time student without a problem; but,
when you become a part-time student
you cannot get the same loans and often
require a job. at’s all well and good,
but many people enjoy being full-time
students with all the associated benefits
and the active student lifestyle.
So, why not change this structure so
that those who want to take three courses
can pay for three and still be a full-time
student? e monetary argument is what
the administration uses against changing
it as they think it will lose money for
the university. is may be true, but the
amount is not large and the fact is, they
don’t really know how much money will
be lost. ey don’t know because the
choices people make are unpredictable.
However, we do know that the incentive
is for people to take more courses then
less, and in the end it may just mean
someone is here for five years instead
of four. Regardless, I strongly feel that
money should not be our primary factor
in determining whether or not this policy
changes. Here are three very important
points as to why. First of all, in principle it
is simply unjust, if we take three courses
we are paying approximately $1300 for
something we are not getting. Second,
it should be our free choice as to how
many courses we want to take and not
determined by our financial predicament.
irdly, and I think most importantly, is
if someone wants to engage in extra-
curricular things that take up a lot of time
such as sport teams,the SAC,or clubs and
societies they should not be practically
forced into juggling a heavy course load
at the same time. In my opinion, these
types of activities are equally important
to cultivating who we will become and
to contribute to Mt. A community and
beyond.
If you think we should do something
about this talk to your SAC representative.
e SAC debated the issue last year and
came to the conclusion they support
change in the way we are charged.
e students who brought this to the
SAC formed a group called D.E.B.T.
(students Demanding Equitable Billing
of Tuition), of which I am a part of, and
are actively attempting to change the
current tuition structure. e SAC and a
few students are currently talking to the
administration and there is a working
group looking at the issue. So, look up
the group on Facebook and join it, we
will need your help. I believe when we
have enough support from students we
can change this policy!
Weekly Graffiti
Split, Croatia, August 2007
Erin Jemczyk
Send your images of graffiti to argosy@mta.ca. Include where and when you took
the photo.
Jessica Emin
7 JANUARY 29, 2009 THE ARGOSY • OPINIONS
Claudia Lazaro-Lopez
“I do think they should, it just makes
more sense because more students
would be connected to those banks.
Also, there is the fee that students
have to pay unless they’re part of TD,
which is unlikely.”
A call to action
Ryan Lebans, Sue
Humphrey & Keleigh
Annau
e House of Commons resumes this
week after enjoying a hiatus of almost
two months.e reason for this unusually
long respite from work for our elected
representatives is by now a familiar story.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, certain
of an impending confidence vote, asked
the Governor General to put Parliament
on hold in order to preserve the power
of his government. is strategy was
unprecedented and controversial. e
reason for Mr. Harper’s desperation,
however, was also unprecedented and
controversial; Canada’s three progressive
parties, outraged at the Prime Minister’s
unrealistic view of the extent of the
global economic downturn, formed a
parliamentary alliance to oust the Harper
government and replace it with a Liberal-
NDP coalition. e fate of the Prime
Minister’s budget is still in doubt at this
moment in time, but even if he does gain
sufficient support to remain in power, the
reality of a minority parliament means
that the situation in Ottawa will remain
unpredictable.
Over the course of our country’s
history, hung parliaments have been
seen as a temporary aberration between
a return to majority rule. e current
political climate, however, suggests that
they have become the norm.
Canada has outgrown the two-party
system of old. e rise of smaller parties
Mt. A’s Young Liberals
and the reality of the regional power
of the Bloc Quebecois have made it
increasingly difficult for one party to
control Parliament outright. If this is the
case, we are truly wading into unfamiliar
waters. Last month, the Prime Minister
made the case that the formation of a
coalition government was undemocratic;
it was his party that controlled the most
seats and the greatest percentage of the
popular vote and as such, he had the
legitimate right to govern. Of course,
the very fact that a coalition government
is possible contradicts the argument of
the Prime Minister. When their forces
are combined, parties other than his
own command a majority of the House,
both in terms of their percentage of the
popular vote of the last election, as well as
with respect to the number of seats they
occupy in the House of Commons. How
can a government which can securely
control this kind of majority not be
perfectly legitimate?
It must be said, however, that the
formation of a government of this
kind would be novel in the Canadian
parliamentary experience - if a coalition
government does come into power, it
would represent a marked change in
our democracy. Paradoxically, while
our Parliamentary democracy has
been undergoing tremendous and
exciting changes, Canada’s youth has
been becoming increasingly apathetic.
However,trends show that our generation
is one of the most concerned and active
when it comes to issues regarding
the environment or social justice - so
why then, do we fail to show up at the
polls and vote? Why is it that when
we are given an incredible opportunity
to influence the direction that our
government takes with respect to the
issues that concern us most, we remain
silent? Political participation is so much
more than casting a ballot - it is about
having your voice heard, making your
views and concerns known, and about
doing your part to influence the policy
that will shape our country and its future.
It’s about getting to know your country,
your government, your constitution and
your parliamentary democracy. is is
what we challenge you to do, and this is
what the Young Liberals advocate and
represent.
Mount Allison has had a long
tradition as a university which attracts
the best and the brightest of students
from across the country and around the
world - often, these students are known
for their political activism, interest and
positions. e Mount Allison Young
Liberal Association encourages you, no
matter your year, discipline or major, to
challenge yourself politically,to participate
in policy-making, advocacy and change.
If you are a student who identifies with
the principles of the Liberal Party of
Canada, or who wishes to know more
about these principles, our country and
our system of governance, we hope you
will join us at our first official meeting on
Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm in the
Student Centre Cafe. Come be a part of
the change which is sweeping through
our political system, and make your voice
heard.
Brennan McConnell
Reading Chris Durrant’s recent
article on technophobia in last week’s
Argosy, I couldn’t help but feel that
the issue of the individual’s relation
to technological innovation had been
haphazardly discussed to the detriment
of the Argosy’s community. An issue
of such centrality to contemporary
lifestyle choices should not be left
without a slightly broader perspective
on the implications of technological
change.
Durrant seems to recently
have undergone a personal shift
in relation to the constantly
“developing” technological realm.
is transformation left him in
such opposition to his previously-
maintained technological skepticism
that, by its end, he had been driven
to a radically contrary notion of his
relation to technological change (‘is
is the kind of attitude that means I will
fail’). rough my brief examination
I hope to sway Durrant, along with
some of his faithfully affected readers,
back to a more nuanced understanding
of technology - an understanding
which neither views its constant
evolution as being irrelevant nor leaves
people thinking that technological
development is inevitable, irreversible,
and operating in a progressive and
linear fashion.
Durrant’s argument focuses in on
a recent event in order to ground his
new resignation to faddy trends in
technology. is event was the arrest
of an American journalist by Egyptian
police. e journalist managed to get
a text-message out to his friends and
Technophobia: a response
family alerting them to his being
arrested by the Egyptian police and
subsequently managed to bail him
out. Durrant’s extrapolation of a
lesson from the American journalist
seems a rather shallow argument for
any given technology. Could we also
presume from this reasoning that
radio is “bad” because of the Taliban’s
recent use of it to spread their fearful
message in Afghanistan, or that
movies are predestined to fascism
and bigotry because of the immensely
successful films Birth of a Nation and
Triumph of the Will? Obviously, these
are not adequate assessments of the
technologies’ broader impacts. To
adequately judge the utility of a given
technology, the full spectrum of its
demonstrated benefits and dangers
must be assessed. Singular examples
without broader contextual analysis
cannot argue for or against the
widespread societal adoption of any
technology.
e question that Durrant began
with seems the most pertinent and
also the one most frequently ignored
in our reckless abandon to embrace
all things technologically innovative:
‘How could being able to send one
or two lines of text to some strangers
ever be of any use?’ e bigger question
being posed here is “what is the utility
of X new technology, and is it worth
adopting?” is is the million-dollar
question (multi-trillion, actually)
which we all need to be asking if we are
to be sensible “consumers” - or more
specifically, a sane and responsible
citizenry.
e question that I have just
recommended may seem an odd one
at this point in history. Collectively,
we sit at the apex of a little more
than a hundred years of constant
technological ‘progress’. e radio, the
automobile, refrigerators, dishwashers,
televisions.... the list goes on and on -
and it expands with every passing day.
For over a hundred years now, citizens
of many ‘developed’ and ‘developing’
nations have learned to compare
and compete with one another with
technological sophistication as the
basis-point for measuring quality of
living.
Now, to be sure, the television/
computer makes being an Ottawa
Senator’s fan a lot more convenient
on the East Coast (and cheaper!),
the radio makes driving to work and
avoiding traffic accidents a lot less
difficult, and the rapidly-expanding
Internet is a force both socially and
politically liberating (at least outside
of Chinese government supervision...).
ese are indisputable truths, or are
they?
Another way of understanding
technology is that it is never simply a
means of satiating pre-existing human
ends. e motivation to advance
technology may stem from practical
and pre-existing concerns; however,
the reality is that once adopted,
human beings and human societies
are themselves necessarily adapted to the
technology they believe that they wield.
In effect, technology is both a means
to an end, and an end-generating
medium which through human
interaction generates new human
needs. Obviously, these are not new
ideas; rather, they have been reiterated
by many critical thinkers - ranging
from Jean Jacques Rousseau through
to Canada’s own Marshall McLuhan
- who have deconstructed the myth
of the supposedly benevolent and
innocuous thing we call “technology.”
Unfortunately, these critical
perspectives have been silenced by
the blaring ear-buds of the iPod,
the pleasantly numbing sensations
of the HD TV, and the inescapable
convenience of cell phones, text
messaging, and laptops. e question
of how these innovations have
transformed us is nearly universally
disregarded as being aligned with some
kind of technological antiquarianism;
in the words of the Borg (that
magnificently underappreciated
Star Trek metaphor for the steady
economical and technological
assimilation of humanity), “Resistance
is Futile” - or at least that is what the
legions of advertisers directed by Steve
Jobs would whisper into our ears to
promote the strikingly trendy iing.
Technological determinism, the
notion that technological improvement
is unavoidable and those who do
not adopt will be left in the dust or
somehow forcefully converted, is a neat
little notion that few find convenient
to argue with. Unfortunately, danger-
signs that give the lie to the purported
omni-benevolence of our techno-
theism remain swept to the side in the
photography of Edward Burtynsky
and the Mercury-readings of fresh-
water bodies studied by David Suzuki.
If only the photographic questions
Burtynsky poses were splayed across
the pages of electronics magazines
for a single week, citizens may stop
to wonder where their old televisions,
computers, cell phones, iPods, radios,
or cars actually go when they are no
longer useful.
Regrettably, we do not have cell
phone trees, nor do we simply drive
the spade into the earth to reveal the
2009 Ford Focus; these are not the
things of compost or reusability either,
their industrial waste is the necessary
outcome of our overriding priorities
of convenience and sensation - their
slow deterioration mirrors that of the
more dire degradation of our planetary
ecosystems.
Nearing the end of Durrant’s
article, he wrote, ‘I don’t think there’s
any virtue in not understanding
how the world is changing, or being
ignorant of the new skills that world
demands. Whether we like it or not,
technology always affects the way the
world works.’ I will not feign to find
fault in the conclusion that ignorance
of the ways that technology changes
the world represents undue negligence.
It is Durrant’s final conclusion
that technology is ‘important,
because whether or not you become
interested, your competition probably
already is,’ which I cannot help but
decry. e reality of technology’s
extraordinarily complex relationship
with contemporary society cannot
be disregarded in favour of the
simple view that you should adopt
technological change for fear of being
outcompeted in our all-important
labour market. Technology ‘must’
be understood in all its complexity,
and every new “innovation” must be
measured with a view to its full cost
and consequence prior to its complete
adoption by consumer societies. In the
final analysis, how often do you really
find yourself sitting in the back of an
Egyptian cop car?
Do you think the ATM in
the Student Centre should
be Royal Bank or Scotia
Bank instead of TD Bank?
Jessica Emin, Argosy Staff
Amy Bernard
“It works out for me because I belong
to TD, but I think, generally, it would
benefit students if it was Scotia or
Royal. TD is in Moncton and I work
there so it works for me that way.”
Mark McCumber
“It would make sense to me that
it would be either of those banks
instead, just because most students
are from the Maritimes and I don’t
know of anyone who uses TD bank.”
Jessica Emin
ENTERTAINMENT
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
When Corey Isenor released his album
Young Squire at George’s Roadhouse
in November, the atmosphere was
buzzing. e Enfield, NS native
already has one EP and dozens of live
shows under his belt, and is a fixture
of the Mount Allison community to
boot. Demand for Young Squire was so
high that it topped the CHMA charts
for the week of November 25. is
made it all the more embarrassing that
the Argosy didn’t run a story about the
show. To correct this oversight, I met
Corey at the Bridge St. Café to talk
about the making of the record.
Corey’s first foray into recording
came with his 2006 EP +Love+A
rt+Country+Music+. In terms of
instrumentation, it was a stripped
down affair consisting of “simple guitar,
harmonica, and a bit of bass”. Recorded
with a family friend in a basement
recording studio, the album was a new
experience for Corey. “I just kinda
wanted to put some songs down,” he
remembers. “It was really comforting
to be with somebody I knew. We just
took it easy.” e experience taught
Corey the importance of “just knowing
what you want it to sound like when
you came into the recording studio”.
Just what Corey Isenor wanted
on Young Squire came – quite
appropriately – from moving into his
home on Squire Street after a summer
working in PEI. “I was really busy
there so I couldn’t play a lot of music,”
Corey explains. “And so when I came
back I had this flood of – I don’t
know, not inspiration, necessarily – I
wanted to play because I hadn’t done
it in a while”. Lyrically, much about
the album will be familiar to anyone
who’s spent a couple of years in town.
Even when they aren’t explicitly about
Sackville, they’re imbued with the
close-knit friendships that come with
student living. “A lot of [songs] are
just about me relating to friends of
mine... who are usually going through
something in their lives. I like to write
about these things and maybe offer
some comfort through the song.”
Corey keeps his friends close on
Young Squire. His main collaborator,
Mark Geddes , recorded and mixed the
album in addition to playing mandolin
and banjo, before moving on to further
education in Nova Scotia. “I played
half the instruments and he played
the rest,” recalls Corey. Luke Patterson
stepped in to record drum tracks, and
Rebecca MacKenzie played trombone.
e record also features an appearance
from the Sackville Citizen’s Choir, a
staple of his live shows. “I wrote [the
song “Are You Ready?”] with the
idea of having people singing behind
it. We played the song for last year’s
Stereophonic show, so I thought
I’d ask all my friends and see if they
want to sing along. en we just came
up with a clever little name”. For his
live show, Corey is helped out by
Patterson, bassist Matt Watson, and
his brother, guitarist Carson Isenor.
“[Carson] filled out a lot of the sound
since Mark’s been away,” he recalls.
So what does Corey think of the
record? It’s “more of a promotional
kind of record, where I’m just trying
to get my sound out there and maybe
if it takes off then it’ll allow me to
record more in the future,” he told
me. But it’s also a strikingly mature
sophomore record that expands beyond
the boundaries of its predecessor.
e production is one of the most
surprising things about Young Squire,
especially since I was told that “this
isn’t a full production album”. Isenor,
Geddes and co. negotiate the growing
breadth of instrumentation like pros.
Opening track “Go Tie Your Shoes”
features insistent acoustic chords
entwined with warm electric guitar
strums and a light electronic drum
Synecdoche, New York (2008, USA,
starring Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton;
Directed by Charlie Kaufman).
William Shakespeare’s famous
quote, “All the world’s a stage, and all
the men and women merely players,”
could not be truer than in Charlie
Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York.
e film tells the story of Caden
Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a
playwright whose bleak life and failing
marriage leads him to conceive a play
that epitomizes both art mimicking
life and life mimicking art.
At first glance, Synecdoche, New
York seems to be just another film
about dysfunctional families, geared to
those who enjoy deadpan humour and
watching other people suffer. However,
it is evident after the first few moments
that this movie is far more than your
Betty Liang
Argosy Correspondent
Mount Allison’s knight in waiting
Corey Isenor chats about his album Young Squire
A trip into the fantastical reverie of being
Synecdoche, New York is a
film worth a second viewing
track. e autoharp-and-banjo shuffle
of “In Your Arms Tonight” invites
the listener to imagine Old Man
Luedecke and Basia Bulat jamming
in a room together. When the band
moves into six-minute-plus territory
the results are just as good. e album’s
best track is “Are You Ready?”, where
the Citizen’s Choir adds a spectral
hum that pushes the track into the
stratosphere. Even the sequencing is a
highlight: each song blends nicely into
the next, culminating in the sparse
“Burning in Your Hands”. Corey’s
vocals sometimes falter in comparison
to the rest of the song, but that’s a minor
complaint at best. Each time I listened
to Young Squire – and I listened many
times – it was hard not to be impressed
by his accomplishment.
As for future plans, Corey notes that
he’s currently writing new material
and he adds that “I’m hoping to play
it for an audience”. As for recording,
he says that he’ll likely wait a while to
hit the studio again. “You have to have
a good space of time where you’re not
too busy,” he told me, “and [you] know
what you want to do.”When he does, he
intends to expand the production style
of the songs. “It would be nice to have
a producer who has a pretty good idea
of what a record should sound like,” he
says. Corey does offer one hint about a
possible sound for new songs: “I always
find myself really easily writing songs
on my ukulele, so I’m going to try and
keep that going and write some songs
for it, if I do record again.” For now,
Young Squire is an excellent, enjoyable
step in a promising career.
average comedy. Blurring the lines
between what is real and what is
merely imagined, Synecdoche, New York
delves into the human psyche, hitting
upon notions of identity and personal
success.
Parallels between Hoffman’s Cotard
and Death of a Salesman’s Willy
Loman are quickly drawn through the
film’s introductory scenes, letting the
audience obtain a glimpse of what is
to come from Cotard’s search for his
idealized life.
Starting with an injury to Cotard’s
head caused by a malfunctioning sink
faucet, the film becomes stranger and
stranger, leading him and the viewer
through a world of perpetually burning
houses and lost little girl’s magical
diaries, giving the film a fairytale-
like quality to Cotard’s attempts to
put his life together. After receiving
the MacArthur Foundation “Genius
Award,” Cotard focuses not on
living, but rather immerses himself in
creating a play based upon everything
that happens to him in everyday life.
Believing that this will somehow
give him peace of mind, Cortard’s
“true” and “fabricated” lives begin to
merge. e already dream-like world
of Synecdoche, New York becomes even
stranger as Contard’s life literally
becomes a stage and a warehouse
filled with actors hired to be people in
Cotard’s life, including Cotard himself
- the fantasy takes on a life of its own
where identities are lost to others.
Soon, everyone plays everyone else,
but no one is “themselves.” e film
continues in this fashion, causing more
and more confusion as to what defines
an individual’s identity.
e film is fraught with symbolism
and wordplay, Synecdoche, New York –
the title in and of itself a play on words
– and is a movie that requires more
than a single viewing. And despite the
humourous tone that shines through,
nothing in this film is arbitrary.
However, what prevents Synecdoche,
New York from becoming a favorite
of mine is its drawn out fashion.
Arguably, this may be required to
emphasize the passing of time which is
vital to Cotard’s deteriorating pathos.
Nonetheless, I found myself starting
to lose interest at certain points of the
film feeling as if certain scenes did not
necessarily need to be as long as they
were.
But ultimately, Synecdoche, New
York is a beautiful tragicomedy that
questions what it means to live, proving
to be a film worth a second watch.
www.slashfilm.com
Jessica Emin
9 JANUARY 29, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ENTERTAINMENT
While it may not be for everyone,
this is in my very humble opinion my
definition of a Must See.
What it all comes down to is
whether or not you can admire a film
for its gimmick. Clever and well-
implemented or not, it’s still bound to
drive some people crazy and others to
dismiss it as pretentious, or maybe just
an attempt at being pretentious that
ends up looking silly.
I’m almost, only almost, embarrassed
to reveal what a wild fan I am of this
film. It has all the ingredients of a
great work, yes - it’s well acted, well
written, makes the most of its low
budget, innovative as hell and directed
in a admirable neo-noir style.
But why this one? Maybe it’s simply
the very exact amount of ambiguity.
In the closing few minutes of the
film, which also reveals the beginning
of the main narrative, the audience is
bombarded with so many revelations
that it almost starts to sound like a
Shyamalan movie. But, instead of a
major plot twist just being thrown in
Dylan Cunningham
Argosy Correspondent
there as a smug “gotcha!” that leaves
the audience feeling snubbed, it opens
question after question, creating
countless ambiguities and borderline
philosophical questions that are still
discussed today by arts students (like
me) with nothing better to do.
Anterograde amnesia may not
sound like the most exciting thing to
make a movie about. If anything, the
constant state of forgetting all the
significant events that have happened
since a certain point in time sounds
like the recipe for misery and no
advancement of plot. While this may
be true for actual sufferers, Memento
refuses to have any of that. It`s not
just the story of one man’s memory
loss, but his memory loss as it relates
to his investigation into his own
wife`s murder. at’s where things get
interesting.
Everything about this film screams
“cult hit,” and like any cult hit,
however good it might be, there is
always a reason for its limited appeal.
In this case, it’s a gimmick. Yes, I said
gimmick, not “refreshing narrative
structure and pacing.” At the end of
the day, it’s just a matter of taking
what would otherwise be a relatively
ordinary film and warping it around.
Of course, what elevates it from
simple director indulgence is the
seamless use of the jumbled narrative as
a means of portraying main character
Leonard’s struggle with his memory
disorder, leaving the viewer sharing
the same knowledge as the character.
But I promised myself this would be a
real review, not a fanboy tirade.
Oh, I know. Gee, us university
students have never heard of this
one before, and we certainly haven’t
watched it repeatedly and don’t dub
it our favourite movie ever even over
old classics like e Godfather. In
my experience, the fan base for this
wonderful little director’s experiment
is about as devote as a major religion.
Of course, this is the same ambitious
director who went on to direct Batman
Begins and e Dark Knight. With
those kinds of (future) credentials,
those of you who haven’t yet seen this
one may be more inclined to have
an open mind towards its unusual
presentation. I wasn’t overly fond
of e Prestige, but aside from that,
Christopher Nolan has to be one of
the most consistent directors in the
business today. (Starring Guy Pierce,
Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano;
Directed by Christopher Nolan. 2000.)
Memento
Here’s a memento for you
Mind-bending thriller gimmicky, but still a definite must see
I will admit to being a trailer junkie
(after all the first step is admitting you
have a problem); whenever I see any
ad for a movie, I will immediately try
to find the trailer for it online. Often
times, the teaser trailer is enough to
make me want to run to the box office
right away and see the whole thing, the
only problem is that the teaser trailer
tends to come out a year (if not sooner)
before the movie is even slated to
release in theatres; which means that
the studios will inevitably come out
with yet another, more informative and
longer, trailer which shows characters,
adds lines from the movie, adds fight
sequences or plot twists, and tries its
absolute hardest to cram as much of
the feature into the trailer.
is is sometimes alright if the
movie is three hours long and it’s
impossible to fit all the twists and
turns which make it interesting into
that small clip. However, movies these
days are rarely three hours long, and
Hollywood screenwriters are just not
coming up with enough twists in one
movie to keep them out of the trailers.
Now, you’re thinking to yourself “the
companies that make these trailers do
it for a living, they know how not to
spoil a movie in five minutes, right?”
– wrong and to prove my point I will
recall some examples for you to reflect
on.
Trailer spoiler one is Transformers.
e original announcement trailer
(first teaser) was all of one and a half
minutes long. ere was a clip of the
launch of the Beagle 2 Mars rover
and it’s landing, we see it take a few
scans of the horizon before something
terrible (has to be giant if it makes
that much noise) hits the planet and
attacks the rover, we see a shadow
and a silhouette that looks a lot like a
giant robot, and then the screen cuts
to a picture of Earth and the word
“Transformers” cuts across the screen
and the date of release and then it’s
done. Honestly, when I saw that, I
turned to my dad in the theatre and
said, “I want to see that.”en the next
trailer came out. ey called this one
a teaser too (all five minutes of it) this
trailer shows the main characters, how
the Transformers come to Earth, what
alerts us to their presence, how we
try to stop them and a really big plot
twist which doesn’t happen until far
into the movie (and without the trailer
we would have been totally surprised
by it). en another full length trailer
came out, this one’s eight minutes
long, and shows practically everything.
Especially after having seen the movie,
watching this trailer just makes me
cringe at all the spoilers they put in it.
And trailer offender number two is
Iron Man. Honestly, even the teaser
trailers for this one didn’t keep the
plot safe. From the first teaser we get
what Stark was like before he became
the titular superhero, what made him
make Iron Man, and what the robot
looks like. e first trailer has almost
the entire opening sequence of the
movie, then goes on to tell us the same
things that the teaser did, on top of
that it shows who the big bad guy is!
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw
this one (in the movie you don’t get to
know who he is until there’s about a half
hour left in the movie). But, the trailer
for the DVD (this one makes my head
hurt) is even more revealing. It lasts
all of five minutes but still manages to
show EVERYTHING: who the bad
guy is, why he’s bad, how he tries to
beat Stark, all the funny situations and
witty remarks Stark makes throughout
the movie, his practice runs with the
prototype, and I could continue but I’ll
start ruining the movie (for those of
you who haven’t even seen the trailer).
ere are of course movies whose
trailers show all the funny parts and
after that you might as well not even
watch the movie: Tropic under and
Mr. Woodcock both come to mind. ere
are also trailers which make the movie
seem like it’s something it isn’t (i.e., an
action movie when it’s really a drama;
or a tense western when it’s really just
kind of boring): Bangkok Dangerous
(this one was bad for that – if I hadn’t
seen the trailer I could have liked the
movie), and Appaloosa.
Yet, the spoiling continues in 2009,
with the upcoming Star Trek movie
being the latest culprit. e initial
teaser, which shows a bunch of workers
building the Enterprise, was more
than enough for me. en they came
out with the eight minute long trailer
which shows how they recruit Kirk
and Spock, what they were like when
they were kids and how they react to
each other, who sleeps with who, and
some more of the conflicts. Honestly,
if they come out with another trailer
before the movie comes out I will
know everything there is to know
about the movie in the trailers, they’ll
have to play a different one to surprise
me at all (which is too bad because it
looks good).
In my opinion, with trailers, as with
reviews, less is more.
How much is too much?
Some movie trailers can ruin a movie before you even see it
Alexandra Theroux
Argosy Correspondent
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10 JANUARY 29, 2009
In mid-November of 2008, Nickelback
released their sixth album, Dark Horse,
to rampant commercial success. e
album features hits (and future hits, no
doubt) such as, “Gotta Be Somebody,”
and “Something in Your Mouth.”
eir sound is comforting, and as
usual, involves a sexual encounter of
some sort. e album has a mix of
soft and hard rock, oscillating between
squishy sentimentality that tugs at
your heart strings, and making you
scream profanity at the world and tell
your exes where to go and how to get
there. For die-hard Nickelback fans,
the album will not disappoint, but only
for die-hard fans.
And sadly for my reception of Dark
Horse, I am not in their ranks.
e songs are only about sex,
partying and drinking, with a few
songs about love. I would liken it to
Kid Rock’s transformation with his
hits “All Summer Long” and “Only
God Knows Why.”
All the songs sound essentially the
same and smack of complete conformity
to the pop-rock status quo. It’s obvious
that their songs are meant to appeal to
teens who party constantly, for use as
boring and generic background noise.
Moreover, they’re content to recycle
their old material, sounding like a bad
Nickelback tribute or cover band in the
process. “Something in Your Mouth” is
Nickelback’s Dark Horse
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Argosy Correspondent
a dead ringer for “Animals” from their
previous album All the Right Reasons,
and “If Today was your Last Day” is
extremely reminiscent of their top-40
hit “If Everyone Cared”. ey’ve even
sunk so low as to allow one of their
music videos, “Gotta Be Somebody,”
to use the same scenario and format of
U2’s “Vertigo” video.
It seems that Canada’s best-selling
rock band of all time is following a
similar trajectory to Bon Jovi’s career
– from decent rock to dazzling glam
rock, and on to country. Nickelback
have moved from an extremely tame
metal sound (which was their best) to
the glam rock which is an appeal to
teens and young adults.
eir songs now are so cheesy that
it’s ridiculous; they’re almost not even
worth downloading, let alone buying. I
can see why the audience was throwing
rocks and bottles at them during one
of their concerts in Portugal (the video
is online if anyone wants to view it, by
the way).
To be honest, some of the songs,
like “S.E.X.” and “Just to Get High”
are actually nice to listen to and save
Dark Horse from being a 100 per cent
waste. ey aren’t your usual lovey-
dovey ballads, but they tell stories and
make you want to sing along. As for
the band and lyrics, I’ve lost all the
respect I ever had for them. ey have
completely conformed, and on Dark
Horse, Nickelback are simply dolling
out bland glam rock.
e Nuclear employ potent melodies
and a driving rock beat to create a
winning formula. eir self-titled
debut is a long time coming, as the
Moncton-based punk band first
formed in 2005. It has not garnered
a wide release however, and this may
have ceased production of a sophomore
effort. From this, the Moncton punk
band created my first impressions
upon hearing said debut was curious
intrigue (due to UFO abduction
themes), accidental toe-tapping, and
eventual pleasure in having a single
room for dancing in.
However, palatable their sound
may be, e Nuclear’s style is quite
honestly a hetero-homogenized
batter of their influences as stated on
their Myspace page. e lyrics are
their own, however, and they meekly
criticize how we are a “sick, sick
world/ full of sick, sick people,” and
take a stab at shocking the listeners
with the obscurity of “Abducted by a
UFO Pt. 1.” Most enjoyable are the
lyrics’ tenaciously upbeat rhythm &
rhyme style with pleasant and carefully
placed refrains. Each song is a creative
mixture providing white (and fluffy)
Love and nuclear power
Judi Keefe
Argosy Correspondent
noise allowing the music and lyrics to
weld together a homogeneous mass of
guitar solos and drum beats.
e clear-cut consonants of
Marco Rocca’s lyrics stand out as the
diamond in the rough for this album
because the cheerful, rich overtone
of these lyrics put an outline of black
ink around the vibrant colour creating
the melody. Preaching familiar fodder
about love/hate relationships, war, and
money, the sermon of the album is
elaborated and richly defined around
modern issues facing the pop-punk
generation. ough it’s all been done
and said before a million different
times – in a million different ways
– I found this style of presentation
equally comforting, and refreshing in
its conformity.
It is brilliant music by a skilled
team of musicians, (Moncton’s Marco
Rocca, Pak Twisted, Tommy Antle,
and Derek Robichaud) though it is
unfortunate that like the thousands
of Picassos and Lichtensteins who
were never showcased to the public,
e Nuclear may never find a place
in the hearts of “pop-punk, punk rock,
rock-folk, and rock-n-roll” fans of the
post-modernist world. As a potential
new energy source for music lovers
everywhere, I give it 3 atoms out of 5.
e stages have been struck. e
guitars have been tuned and tuned
again. e hangovers have been nursed.
e bracelets have been ripped from
wrists and pressed into scrapbooks.
Yes, a sixth Stereophonic has come
and gone like a pheasant in the night.
As you replay in your mind memories
of drunken dance parties at George’s,
the good people at CHMA 106.9 FM
are using the funds raised to continue
developing our beloved campus radio
station. I had a chance to talk with
station manager Pierre Malloy about
the success of the fundraiser.
How much money was raised?
“CHMA raised close to $12,000 in
ticket sales, beer sales and donations
thanks to the generous support of our
sponsors - CBC Radio 3, Picaroons
Brewing Company, e Tantramarsh
Blues Society, and the SAC. e bills
are still coming in, but we expect that
we’ve raised more money this year
than ever before.”
How many people attended the
shows?
“Attendance at all the shows was as
good or better than in previous years.
We had crowds of 100 or more for
every show and more than 200 for
the two shows at George’s Fabulous
Roadhouse.”
Pheasant economy
A look at Stereophonic by the numbers
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
How many bracelets (full
Stereophonic passes) were sold?
“We sold close to half of the 100
bracelet passes before the festival even
started and by the end we had only a
handful left, with close to 200 sold.”
The Stance (top) and Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees (botttom)
were part of one of the most successful Stereophonic festivals ever.
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FORMER CHMA MUSIC DIRECTORS PICK THEIR 5 FAVOURITE SONGS OF 2008.
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1. The Hold Steady - Slapped Actress (Stay Positivej
The biggest guitars and one of the best sing-along choruses of 2008.
2. Bry Webb - Big Smoke (This Beautiful City OSTj
Maybe Toronto isn't as bad as l thought it was. 2009 will belong to the Constantine
frontman's band The Harbourcoats.
3. Sigur Ros - Gobbledigook (Med Sud l Eyrum vid Spilum Endalaustj
lnstead of stretching it out for eight minutes, the lcelandic band gives this song a
name and compresses it into a three-minute pop gem.
4. Okkervl River - Calling and Not Calling My Ex (The Stand-lnsj
Okkervil River summon an upbeat and catchy rhythm, and this song's protagonist
manages to summon the strength to accept saying goodbye.
5. Hayden - Weight of the World (ln Field and Townj
Hayden's old enough to know that one girl isn't going to solve all your problems. But
he's also young enough to understand why you'd believe it in the first place.
1. Kada Manja (classicalj - The very Best
A curveball from out of London's rich DJ scene. Kada Manja (classicalj reminds us
that the world is a big place and that people all over it have been making amazing
music for a long time. lf this song has a message l think it is that even a traditional
song in foreign a language can have big hooks.
2. Lykke Li - Tonight
The chorus of Little Bit has Lykke Li revealing that she may in fact be a little bit in
love with a certain "you" but only if that "you" is a little bit in love with her. That's a
good song. Here, however, Li, just wants a friend, she doesn't want to be left alone.
And it is a better song.
3. Cocoon - On My Way
The breathy vocals, simple (yet effectivej drums and soft guitar line make this song
seem to be barely there. The obtuse lyrics then are made to do the work of drawing
you in. And from the opening line they do just that. lt will be okay.
4. The Kramer - Wale
l don't agree with everything Wale says in this song. Yet, the fact that the sample of
Michael Richards rant continues to send a shiver down my spine, after countless
listens and the election of Barak Obama, suggests that this song and the issues of
racial identity it addresses are every bit as topical now as they have ever been. lt
might not hurt that l also am an "insecure N*****".
5. The Soirée - lnvited Too
There's this party, right. You got an invite but so did this other person. You know,
THAT other person. A friend you had a falling out with, an old flame, something like
that. Don't worry though, here is just the peppy little melody to get you through it.
Wordy and bouncy this is a pretty little song about an awkward little situation.
CHMA CHARTS
* indicates Canadian artist. Chart ranking reflects airplay during the week ending
20-Jan-2009.
Top 30
20-Jan-2009
RANK ARTlST TlTLE (LABELj
01 WOODHANDS* Heart Attack (Paper Bagj
02 RUBY JEAN AND THE THOUGHTFUL BEES*
Ruby Jean And The Thoughtful Bees (Youth Clubj
03 OLD MAN LUEDECKE* Proof Of Love (Black Hen Musicj
04 PLANTS AND ANlMALS* Parc Avenue (Secret Cityj
05 MOUNT EERlE Lost Wisdom (P.W. Elverum & Sunj
06 THE SUPERFANTASTlCS* Choose Your Destination (lndependentj
07 THE OLYMPlC SYMPHONlUM* More ln Sorrow Than ln Anger
(Forward Music Groupj
08 JlLL BARBER* Chances (Outsidej
09 THE MAYNARDS* Date & Destroy (lndependentj
10 THE STOLEN MlNKS* High Kicks (New Romance For Kidsj
11 JENNY OMNlCHORD* Charlotte Or Otis (Label Fantasticj
12 GlANNA LAUREN* Fist ln A Heart (lndependentj
13 TOM FUN ORCHESTRA* You Will Land With A Thud (Company Housej
14 RAE SPOON* Superior You Are lnferior (Washboardj
15 vARlOUS* Attack ln Black/Shotgun Jimmie/Ladyhawk Tour 7 (Dine Alonej
16 COREY lSENOR* Young Squire (lndependentj
17 ENTlRE ClTlES* Deep River (lndependentj
18 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS* Forest Of Tears (lndependentj
19 SEBASTlEN GRAlNGER* Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains (Outsidej
20 vANCOUGAR* Canadian Tuxedo (Mintj
21 KALEY BlRD* Kaley Bird (Boxj
22 LADYHAWK* Shots (Jagjaguwarj
23 SANTOGOLD Santogold (Downtownj
24 GARRETT MASON* Love & Sound (Soul ln Soundj
25 MOTHER MOTHER* O My Heart (Last Gangj
26 THE SOlREE* Minor Details (lndependentj
27 JANE vAlN AND THE DARK MATTER* Love ls Where The Smoke ls (Rectanglej
28 ANNl ROSSl Afton (4ADj
29 GHETTOSOCKS* l Can Make Your Dog Famous (Alpha Flightj
30 STACY LLOYD BROWN* Automatic (Musical Chairj
31 RAE SPOON* Superioryouareinferior (Scratchj
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“It is a truth universally
acknowledged…”
On January 28, 1813, Jane Austen’s
Pride and Prejudice was first published,
becoming her second published novel.
Originally titled First Impressions,
the novel was written between 1796
and 1797, and was initially rejected
in London in 1797 by a bookseller to
whom Austen’s father had offered it for
publication. e bookseller, however,
hadn’t even bothered to look at it.
Finally, after she was able to publish
Sense and Sensibility in 1811, Austen
became more confident and reworked
the manuscript for First Impressions
between 1811 and 1812, renaming it
Pride and Prejudice. Austen most likely
renamed the story because between
1811 and 1812, two other works had
been published under the name of the
original story.
Part romantic comedy and part
exploration of the manners and social
life in Georgian England, Austen
created the well-known characters
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy
without realizing just how much more
popular this novel would be than all
her others. e novel portrays life
in provincial England, and revolves
around the general misunderstandings
and bad first impressions between
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
Other novels by Austen include
Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger
Abbey, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion.
Lord Nelson’s daughter
Born on January 29, 1801, Horatia
Nelson (christened Horatia Nelson
ompson) was the illegitimate child
of Lady Emma Hamilton and Lord
Nelson.
Going with the cover story that
Horatia was the daughter of Vice-
Admiral Charles ompson (and with
his consent), Nelson and Emma acted
as her “godparents” until the death
of Emma’s husband, Sir William
Hamilton, in 1803, and they adopted
her as an orphan months later.
According to many sources, Nelson
was completely enamoured with his
little daughter, doting on her and
Emma as often as he could whenever
he was onshore; especially since the
death of Emma’s husband, it was
easier for them to be together. Nelson
left to her £200 a year in his will and
asked only that she take his surname
as her own and discard her “surname”
of ompson.
Some time after his death at the
Battle of Trafalgar, Horatia found out
that Nelson was her biological father
and agreed to take on his last name,
but never fully excepted Emma as her
actual mother (probably due to the fact
that they spent ten months in a prison
cell as a result of Emma’s financial
difficulties after Nelson’s death). In
spite of Nelson’s status as a national
hero, his requests to the government
to have Emma and Horatia taken care
of were ignored.
After being released from the
debtor’s prison, Emma ran to France
to avoid more creditors, where she
died on January 15, 1815. Horatia
made funeral arrangements with the
British Consul, and later returned to
England (disguised as a boy, due to
the debt Emma had built up while
in France), where she was met by one
of Nelson’s brothers-in-law (Nelson’s
sisters adored her as much as her
father had).
In 1822, Horatia married Reverend
Philip Ward. Several biographers of
her life described it as being one of
the better things that happened to her,
along with their ten children.
Horatia was involved in several
negotiations to buy Nelson’s uniform
coat and waist jacket (although it
was later bought by Prince Albert in
1845). However, the growing national
interest in Nelson (the Nelson column
was erected in 1845) brought her
recompense for the national neglect
after Nelson’s death.
Years later, she divided the money
she had been given among her three
sons in military service. Queen
Victoria had also stepped in and had
raised funds to give each Nelson-Ward
daughter £100 as an annual pension.
Horatia died in 1881 at the age of
80.
Also this week in history:
January 25, 41: Claudius becomes
Roman Emperor.
January 25, 1533: Henry VIII marries
Anne Boleyn.
January 25, 1759: Birth of poet Robert
Burns.
January 25, 1918: e Ukrainian
people declare independence from
Bolshevik Russia.
January 25, 1949: e first Emmy
Awards at the Hollywood Athletic
Club.
January 26, 1788: e British First Fleet
sails into the future Sydney Harbour
to establish Sydney, becoming the first
permanent European settlement.
January 26, 1958: Birth of Ellen
DeGeneres.
January 26, 1961: Birth of hockey star,
Wayne Gretzky.
January 26, 1965: Hindi becomes the
official language of India.
January 26, 1988: Andrew Lloyd
Webber’s Phantom of the Opera
opens on Broadway in New York for
the first time.
January 27, 1606: Trial of Guy Fawkes
and other conspirators of the Gun
Powder Plot.
January 27, 1756: Birth of Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart.
January 27, 1967: e Doors release
their first (self-titled) album.
January 28, 1547: Death of Henry
VIII.
January 28, 1754: Horace Walpole
coins the word serendipity.
January 28, 1958: e Lego Company
patent their design for their Lego
bricks.
January 28, 1986: e Challenger
space shuttle breaks apart after lift-off
and kills all seven astronauts on board.
January 29, 1845: Edgar Alan Poe’s
“e Raven” is published.
January 29, 1860: Birth of Anton
Chekhov.
January 29, 1963: Death of Robert
Frost.
January 30, 1649: Charles I of England
is beheaded.
January 30, 1790: e first boat used as
a life boat is tested in England.
January 30, 1847: Yerba Buena,
California is renamed San Francisco.
A weekly compilation by Sarah Robinson
This week in history
January 30, 1862: e first American
iron-clad warship is launched.
January 30, 1889: e Crown Prince
(Archduke) Rudolf of Austria is found
dead after apparently committing
suicide with his mistress.
January 30, 1948: Death of Mohandas
Ghandi.
January 30, 1969: e Beatles’ last
Rev. John C. Perkin
University Chaplain
Like many others, I was transfixed by
the proceedings of the inauguration of
Barack Obama as 44th President of
the United States last week.
In an interesting coincidence, in my
class just that morning, I had shown
a brief clip from the 1998 film, Deep
Impact, in which the role of U.S.
President was played by an African-
American actor, Morgan Freeman.
e parallels between the film and
the inauguration prompted some
reflection on the way in which life
sometimes imitates art.
e course I was teaching on
Tuesday was the Apocalyptic
Consciousness, and we spent some
time exploring the use of apocalyptic
imagery in popular culture, particularly
film. Films were assessed under various
headings of apocalypse, including the
traditional or biblical version, post-
apocalyptic or dystopian worlds, and
the threat of cataclysms of apocalyptic
proportions from various sources,
including humanly made disasters
of viral outbreaks, environmental
collapse, and nuclear warfare. We also
looked at those films that contain the
threat of “apocalypse” or extinction of
life on earth from outside the earthly
sphere, in the form of alien invasion or
asteroid impact.
Deep Impact tells the story of the
threat posed to planet earth by a huge
asteroid. Plans are devised to save one
million people in huge underground
shelters, and to attempt to destroy the
asteroid before its impact on earth.
In a sometimes hokey script filled
with blatant symbolism designed to
suggest hope and faith in humanity,
the spaceship Messiah is dispatched to
destroy the asteroid. In this film, as in
many others in this genre, the threat of
complete annihilation is apocalyptic in
scope, and the hope of the earth lies in
the sacrifice of heroes and the steady
but firm hand of leadership.
Salvation is to be found in human
ingenuity and human leadership, and
the inevitable emergence of a saviour
figure or figures. e messianic role is
adopted by the astronauts who must
surrender their lives in a final act
of heroism to save the world, flying
the not very subtly named spaceship
Messiah, and also by the President.
roughout the last two decades
of the 20th century, numbers of
films with apocalyptic themes were
produced, most of them holding out
hope in the face of either threatened
destruction or in the aftermath of
massive conflagration or cataclysm.
One of the dominant motifs through
such films was the emergence of the
saviour figure, messianic in scope, who
would lead by example, bind survivors
into community, inspire hope, and offer
a sense of a new tomorrow.
Kevin Costner as the Mariner in
Waterworld (1995) not only saves the
remnant few from the hands of the
evil Smokers, but delivers them to the
promised land, Dryland. Mel Gibson,
in the Mad Max trilogy, helps survivors
of a post-nuclear world to discover
hope in themselves and each other.
In Independence Day (1996), the
threat of annihilation by aliens is
thwarted by people banding together
to fight back; as the movie tagline
proclaimed, “Mankind’s best weapon is
still its will to survive.”
e President in this film, played by
Bill Pullman, inspires by his speech:
“Mankind. at word should have new
meaning for all of us today. We can’t
be consumed by our petty differences
anymore. We will be united in our
common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that
today is the Fourth of July, and you will
once again be fighting for our freedom...
Not from tyranny, oppression, or
persecution... but from annihilation.
We are fighting for our right to live.
To exist. And should we win the day,
the Fourth of July will no longer be
known as an American holiday, but as
the day the world declared in one voice:
‘We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!’
We’re going to live on! We’re going to
survive!”
And his words are matched by his
example, as he steps into a fighter plane
and leads the battle.
In Deep Impact, the power of the
presidential speech comes after a piece
of the asteroid has hit earth, causing
massive tidal waves and untold damage
to the coastal regions. President Tom
Beck, played by Freeman, stands in
front of a severely damaged Capitol
Building, and speaks in words of hope,
encouraging the massed crowds in the
Mall to work together, to build again.
e speech is intended to inspire
Americans to work together, to have
hope, to build again.
Last week, when Barack Obama
mounted the dais and gave his inaugural
address, I was immediately drawn back
to final scene of Deep Impact, which I
had seen only a short while earlier. e
parallel of an Afro-American President
was obvious, but it was not that one
that caught my attention: it was the
speech itself.
rough stained glass
e inaugural address has already
been analyzed by most news agencies;
CBC’s Rex Murphy and Michael
Enright have both criticized its generic,
predictable images and themes, and
perhaps expected more from it. But
I was fascinated more by the tones of
inspiration: work together, have hope,
build again (in economic terms).
It struck me that the speech was less
about the platform, the opportunity
to say something that would be
remembered for its oratory, to embrace
the historical moment, than it was
an entering into the needs of the
Americans gathered in the Mall or
by television or through the internet.
Obama spoke, almost in movie-speech
terms, in ways designed to inspire good
feelings, hopefulness, encouragement.
It was a speech that shifted the
focus less to the words being spoken
than to the feelings being inspired.
And in this Obama seemed to live up
to the messianic or saviour role that he
has been thrust into in recent months.
While the economic shifts of recent
months are not, truly, apocalyptic in
proportion, the impact is perceived
in that way. And apocalypse is less
about the events of the world than the
perception of the events of the world.
e fear of apocalypse is not about
reality, in its history, than in the fears
that are engendered through change
and shift. In the changing economic
times of the last several months,
apocalyptic visions have loomed large
in the public mind, and, as in the
world of Hollywood film, the answer is
found in looking to a messianic figure,
a saviour, a deliverer who will inspire,
lead, make changes, and offer hope.
e world of film has prepared the
nation to long for and expect a hero,
a saviour, a messiah. Such has become
the expectation of Obama, and in his
inaugural address he did not step away
from this mantle of responsibility and
leadership.
But this is not Hollywood. I only
hope that his message to the millions
listening about taking responsibility,
about working together, about not
losing hope, will not be lost. We are all
in this together.
Springsteen sang in 1975, “You can
waste your summer praying for a saviour
to rise from these streets,” and he has
now celebrated the inauguration by
singing, “Come on up to the rising.”
Time will tell whether we have
prayed in vain and invested our hopes
in one who, by virtue of desire, has been
turned into a saviour, or whether we
can indeed all come out to the rising,
of a new age.
public performance on the roof of
Apple Records in London, which was
later broken up by the police due to
complaints about the “racket.”
January 30, 1972: Irish Bloody Sunday;
British paratroopers kill 14 civil rights
marchers.
January 31, 1606: Guy Fawkes is
executed.
January 31, 1929: Leon Trotsky is
exiled from the Soviet Union.
January 31, 1930: 3M begins to market
Scotch Tape.
January 31, 1956: Death of A.A.
Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh
stories.
January 31, 1956: Birth of John Lydon,
aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.
13 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES JANUARY 29, 2009
Emily Bird
Argosy Correspondent

One of the most prominent
difficulties in life is conquering one’s
impatience. With every season, as
soon as designers debut their lavish
collections, one anticipates the current
season being whisked away, allowing
for the entrance of new collections of
extravagance.
However, one can now look forward
to the upcoming months and refrain
from disregarding an entire wardrobe
from previous seasons. e frills, bows
and ruffles that ruled the cool runways
of fall and winter have been refined to
take on the light warm breeze and sun
rays of spring and summer months.
September debuted almost five
months ago, as did feminine collections
from designers such as Alberta
Ferretti, Elie Saab and Alexander
McQueen, all of whom embraced
this spring’s exuberantly emphasized
bohemian luxury.
So what is Bohemian luxury? How
does one define it?
Well, as everyone’s style is a collage
of individuality, one’s notion of
bohemian luxury is just as unique. is
part-peasant-part-rock-chick vision
of spring can be adapted with ease to
one’s personal concept of style.
However, there are several key
elements to assembling spring 2009’s
harmonious trends. When investing
in new articles that are to be key pieces
in your spring wardrobe, be open to
embroidery, paisley prints, charm and
coin belts and jewellery, tooled leather
pieces, fringed boots, billowy peasant
tops, smoky eye makeup and bed hair.
A particular theme that appeared
throughout several fashion designers’
spring 2009 collections was the flapper.
ese dazzling creations evoked the
sexy and feminine rather than the
party-theme flapper. Browse through
the array of 1920s-inspired dresses in
the spring 2009 collections of Alberta
Ferretti, Elie Saab and Alexander
McQueen, all of whom embraced
a vision of the adored flapper in
characteristically distinctive fashions.
McQueen realized his ideas with
structure and slinky body-clinging
creations, accentuating the romantic
feminine figure. Alberta Ferretti takes
on the fringe by maintaining spring
ideals and accentuating a feminine
silhouette with movement. Fringe is a
creative approach to adding movement
to a piece, however, choose the delicate
fabric wisely; look for a quality fabric
that won’t clump.
e sheer trend, which has come
and gone in previous decades, has
reappeared in numerous spring
collections. Sheers evoke the delicacy
of femininity, as well as a blissful
carefree season of sunshine and fresh
spring blossoms.
e uncontrolled free-flowing
fabrics were displayed in layers of
delicate draping seen in shirts, dresses
and skirts. Elegance plays a key role in
this year’s fashion trends and continues
through the cool winter months into
spring.
Do not feel overwhelmed by the
assortment of spring accents and
trends. Peruse through vintage fashion
spreads, particularly from the 60s and
70s, and discover to just what extent
this season has been inspired by
history. A particular style is not to be
overdone with an incredible amount of
the same accent, such as an ensemble
made up purely of fringes.
An outfit is complete when it is a
well-balanced combination of personal
taste, neutral bases, and several accents
of the present season’s trends. Fashion
and style are not intended to be
scrutinized.
Embrace any style and take it
down your own runway of pleasure
and chic happiness. Connect with
bits of this and that of which you are
fond, without conforming to a style
intended to please others.
Fashion is meant to be altered to
assume individual taste and style. So
embrace the upcoming fresh months
and freely adorn both yourself and
your wardrobe in spring of ‘09.
Looking out over the edge
Corey Isenor and
James Goddard
Argosy Correspondents
Long a favoured hang-out for Mount
Allison students, staff and community
members, the relaxed environment,
large bay windows and dorm room
poster decor of the Bridge Street Cafe
have made it an institution.
ey host a regular open mic night
every ursday and on any given
evening during the semester you are
likely to be surrounded by students
at least pretending to work. e cozy
informal environment and the sale of
Fair Trade coffee are some of the most
appealing parts of the Bridge Street
Café.
Corey and James stopped by the
Café for a quick lunch on Monday
afternoon. e service at Bridge Street
can vary considerably, depending on
who is working, how busy it is and
other less obvious factors. On this
particular day, however, the service
was quick and smiley. We had our
food on our table within 10 minutes
of ordering.
James ordered the wrap of the week
and a double chai latté. Corey, not
waking up in time to have breakfast
before class, decided to order a falafel,
the soup of the day (Boston clam
chowder) and a hot apple cider.
e wrap of the week, despite
constantly changing, is one of the most
consistently good food items offered
at Bridge St. Often a little more risky
than their standard menu items, it is
always a surprise. Besides, if you don’t
like it this week, it will be different the
next time. is also goes for the soups,
although they are often more reliable.
One other positive aspect to
ordering a wrap of the week or soup
of the day, is the affordability. Bridge
Street Café is not exactly known for
their low-cost menu options, especially
when accounting for food quality and
portion size. Both Corey and James’
meals came to around $10.00.
e soups and wraps are the
exception to this being reasonably
priced and tasty. is also goes for the
coffee, which is fairly priced for the
quality of the brew and the fact that it
is Fair Trade.
Corey’s Boston clam chowder was
very flavourful, as was the hot apple
cider, a favourite of his. e falafel
however, was nothing special. e
tzatziki did, however, add some much
needed flavour. James argued that the
Bridge Street Café falafel ranks among
the worst he has tasted.
As for James’ wrap and latte, the
wrap was not as good as some of the
past wraps of the week (notably the
spicy peanut chicken wrap) yet was
still relatively tasty, and probably pretty
healthy, due to the addition of all the
lentils. e chai latté certainly hit the
spot on such a cold day.
It should be noted that not all the
menu items offered at Bridge Street
are made fresh on the premises. is is
is not necessarily a drawback, although
it is a little disappointing. If it seems a
bit too labour intensive for a small café
to serve, it probably came in a package.
is is something to consider when
ordering food there.
Overall there is nothing about the
food or the ambience of the Bridge
Street Café that is particularly
offensive. At the same time, it isn’t
particularly wonderful. While it is
a good place to get coffee and a nice
alternate study spot, it is an expensive
lunch or dinner option. Corey and
James give it 1 thumb up.
Corey and James eat out
Twiggy, one of the world’s first supermodels.
Jessica Emin
Argosy Staff
A homemade dressing makes for a light
and flavorful salad.
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Serves 4
Ingredients
For Dressing:
-½ cup of olive oil
-3 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce
-1 tbsp. of lemon juice
-1 heaping tsp. of Dijon mustard
-1 bulb of garlic sliced into small
pieces
-2 rounded tbsp. of fresh, shredded
parmesan cheese
-1 tbsp. of Hellmann’s mayonnaise
-pinch of salt
-pinch of pepper
-a few capers (if available)
For Salad:
-Croutons (homemade or store
bought)
-1 large head of romaine lettuce
washed,
dried and torn into bite-size pieces
-6 slices of Bacon cooked, cooled and
ripped into small pieces
-extra fresh shredded parmesan, to
taste
Take all of the dressing ingredients,
put them into a blender, and puree until
smooth.
If you do not have a blender, you may
mix the dressing ingredients by hand,but,
make sure to chop the solid ingredients
(parmesan, garlic) before mixing.
Once the dressing is smooth, pour
it over the romaine lettuce in a large
mixing bowl, and toss. Add the bacon
bits and croutons to the salad and toss
again. Once the salad has been divided
into individual portions it may be
garnished with a slice of lemon and extra
parmesan cheese.
Serve with pasta or try adding
chicken or seafood to the salad to make
it a meal.
Jessica Emin
Bridge Street Cafe Authentic Caesar Salad
Jessica Emin
Cooking with Jess
14 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES JANUARY 29, 2009
S e v e n y e a r s a t wa r
On the seventh anniversary of Canada’s deployment to Afghanistan, we examine what’s been accomplished, and what the future holds
Prelude to war
Oct. 10, 2001 - e U.S. and
Britain launch the first round of air
strikes on Kabul, focusing on Taliban
and Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda
militants.
Oct. 17, 2001 - Canada supports
the mission by sending three ships,
the HMCS Charlottetown, the
HMCS Iroquois, and the supply
ship Preserver to join US and British
forces.
Entering the fray
Jan. 25, 2002 - Canada reestablishes
diplomatic ties with Afghanistan for
the first time in 23 years.
Feb. 2, 2002 - 140 soldiers, the first
major wave of Canadian troops, arrive
in Afghanistan.
April 18, 2002 - A nighttime
American training session accidentally
drops a bomb on Canadian forces,
killing four and wounding eight more.
ese are Canada’s first casualties.
May 21, 2002 - Canada announces
the withdrawal of its 750 soldiers on
the ground in Afghanistan by August,
though sea and special forces are to
remain.
Increasing involvement
Feb. 12, 2003 - Defence Minister
John McCallum announces Canada
will send a contingent of more than
1,000 soldiers to join the international
security force in Kabul as early as the
summer.
July 17, 2003 - Canadian Brig.-
Gen. Peter J. Devlin takes over
command of the Kabul Multinational
Brigade, composed of soldiers from
19 countries. A Canadian contingent,
1,800-strong, joins him, intended to
maintain order in the Afghan capital.
Jan. 20, 2004 - Nearly 2,000
Canadian troops head to Afghanistan
to replace the first wave of troops, who
are at the end of a six-month tour.
Feb. 9, 2004 - Canadian Lt.-Gen.
Rick Hillier takes command of the
International Security Assistance
Force in Afghanistan for the next six
months.
April 15, 2004 - Mission extended
by PM Paul Martin until summer
2005.
Feb. 10, 2005 - A new six-month
tour begins for 700 Canadian troops
in Kabul.
May 17, 2005 - Canada commits
to sending as many as 1,250 troops to
Kandahar.
Moving to Kandahar
Aug. 5, 2005 - Canadian troops
move to a new mission near
Kandahar, where the situation is more
dangerous.
Jan. 15, 2006 - A Canadian
diplomat is killed and three Canadian
soldiers are injured after a suicide
bomber strikes a military convoy near
Kandahar. is is the first death of a
Canadian diplomat abroad.
Feb. 24, 2006 - A battle group from
Canada’s Princess Patricia’s Light
Infantry takes over frontline duties in
Kandahar province.
March 3, 2006 - Five Canadian
soldiers are injured by a suicide
bomber near Kandahar.
Harper visits the troops
March 7, 2006 - Prime Minister
Stephen Harper rejects the idea of
a debate on Canada’s presence in
Afghanistan and says any attempt to
pull them back would show a lack of
support for our troops.
March 12, 2006 - Prime Minister
Stephen Harper arrives in Afghanistan
on an unannounced visit.
A wary public
April 16, 2006 - e Canadian
International Development Agency
(CIDA) says it is suspending aid
projects in Afghanistan as a result of
increasing dangers.
May 1, 2006 - Nov. 1, 2006,
Canada obtains command of one of
the main military forces in the area,
called Multi-National Brigade for
Command South. During this time,
Operation Medusa, a major offensive
against insurgents in Kandahar
province, takes place.
May 9, 2006 - Foreign Affairs
Minister Peter MacKay pays a
surprise visit to Canadian troops
in Afghanistan. Recent polls had
suggested support among the public
dropped below 50 per cent.
Continued casualties
May 17, 2006 - Capt. Nichola
Goddard, age 26, becomes the first
Canadian female soldier killed in
active combat.
Sept. 4, 2006 - Two U.S. aircraft
mistakenly fire on Canadian forces
taking part in NATO’s massive
anti-Taliban operation in southern
Afghanistan, killing one soldier.
Oct. 1, 2006 - e head of the
International Red Cross praises
Canada’s painstaking attention to
the rules governing the taking of
prisoners.
Oct. 03, 2006 - Two Canadians
soldiers are killed and five others
injured when providing security
for a road construction project 20
kilometres west of Kandahar.
Nov. 9, 2006 - Canadians pinpoint
Taliban militants’ position and call in
a NATO air strike.
A controversial extension
Jan. 22, 2008 - PM Stephen
Harper asks Former Liberal Deputy
Prime Minister John Manley to lead
a panel to study the questions and
recommend a way forward.
January 7, 2009 - Most recent
death of Trooper Brian Good from
Ontario.
February 2009 - Proposed pull-out
date of Canadian forces, subsequently
extended.
A final exit?
2011 - Latest proposed end-date
of the Canadian military mission in
Afghanistan.
Playing with the
Numbers
31
per cent of civilians in Kandahar
had met Canadian aid workers
37
number of nations contributing
the 31,000 troops in Afghanistan
A timeline of the conflict
e phrase “9/11”conjures in each of
us an instantaneous rush of memories
and emotions, along with a certain
residual sense of dread. e terrorist
attacks on the World Trade Centre in
New York City shocked the world and
set off a series of events that continue
to shape the current international
scene, including the so-called ‘War on
Terror’.
Canada has played a role in this
war since its beginning through its
presence in Afghanistan. In October
2001, a small naval force was sent
to the Persian Gulf to support US
and British troops. In February of
the following year, Canadian forces
from the Princess Patricia’s Canadian
Light Infantry were sent on a six-
month stint to Kandahar in the rather
idealistically-named “Operation
Enduring Freedom,” joining other
international forces against both the
Taliban and al-Qaeda.
From the end of summer 2003 to
December 2005, Canada’s military
forces were mostly based in the Afghan
capital of Kabul assisting in “rebuilding
the democratic process.” National
elections were held in 2005, seen at
the time as a sign of great democratic
progress. In a poll in 2007, 59 per cent
of Afghans felt the Karzai government
represented their interests, though the
opinion has since turned against the
government, due in part to perceived
corruption and inefficacy.
In 2006, NATO became responsible
for all military operations in the
southern provinces of the country, and
2,500 Canadian soldiers were deployed
as part of this force. Kandahar soon
became the main region for Canada’s
military operations – and the
deployment marked the beginning of
the rising death toll.
Casualties and Kandahar
In 2007, 60 per cent of citizens in
Kandahar took at least a “somewhat
positive” view of Canada’s role in
Kandahar, with 48 per cent believing
that Canada is doing a better job than
other countries.
is is high praise coming from
a country that has the right to be
suspicious of outside intervention since
the Soviet invasion in 1979. However,
what have the costs of this approval
been for the Canadian forces?
Since the beginning of the mission,
106 Canadian soldiers and one
diplomat have died, including one
soldier already this year. Over half
of the deaths have been caused by
improvised explosive devices (IEDs),
small bombs that are easy to make and
to plant. Less than a quarter of these
causalities occurred before September
2006, indicating that being stationed
in Kandahar is far more dangerous for
Canadian troops than being in other
regions of the country.
Indeed, in recent years, security has
become an increasing worry in the
region.
Afghan National Army Sgt. Lahor
Shah Watanwal says that several years
ago, “out of every 100 persons, 95 per
cent were secure.” e sergeant, who
works with Canadian forces to clear
highways of IEDs, now claims that
the number of Taliban supporters has
risen from 5 per cent to 20 per cent.
e past year’s rising number
of causalities could be the sign of
deterioration in the relationship
between international forces and local
Afghans, say experts.
Kandahar Quick Facts
• It is the second largest province, with a population of one million.
• The main ethnicity is Pashtun.
• A former stronghold of the Taliban and still inclined to
insurgencies.
• Kandahar city is strategically important for its airport.
• There is economic potential for agriculture but the region
requires proper irrigation.
• This January, diplomat Ken Lewis entered the role of the highest
Canadian civilian official in the region: the Representative of
Canada in Kandahar (RoCK).
Kandahar is the province coloured green on this map,
located in the south of Afghanistan.
picasaweb.google.com
Canadian Leopard C2 tanks, and a Blackhawk helicopter, near the town of Bazaar-e-Panjwayi.
15 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES JANUARY 29, 2009
S e v e n y e a r s a t wa r
On the seventh anniversary of Canada’s deployment to Afghanistan, we examine what’s been accomplished, and what the future holds
• When do we leave? 2011 – but we
need the continued support of other
international troops.
• He says: “Not only have we done
our bit at that point, I think our goal
has to be after six years to see the
government of Afghanistan able to
carry the lion’s share of responsibility
for its own security.”
• Staying Involved? Conservatives
would see very limited numbers of
Canadian troops may remain to aid
“in technical capacities.”
• Changing views? In 2006, on an
unannounced visit to Afghanistan,
Harper told the troops that they were
key players in Canada’s international
leadership, and had the government’s
full commitment as long as he was
Prime Minister.
• When do we leave? 2009 – beyond
this date, the mission is not supported
by the party.
• She says: “e Afghan mission is
not some political game, it is life and
death”
• Staying Involved? e Green
Party would like to see the mission be
under UN leadership rather than US.
• Changing views? May has been
very vocal in denouncing the Prime
Minister’s “incompetence, duplicity
and disrespect for democratic
government” when it comes to
transparency in these issues.
• When do we leave? 2011 – even if
President Obama asks us to stay.
• He says: “We’ve made a decade-
long contribution and we think it’s
time to come home.”
• Staying Involved? Liberals
support Canada continuing to help
on the diplomatic and humanitarian
fronts.
• Changing views? Former
Liberal leader Stephane Dion had
argued in previous years in favour
of withdrawing troops before 2009.
He called the current mission “ill-
conceived and misguided.”
• When do we leave? A safe
immediate exit has been the party’s
position since 2006.
• He says: “It’s the wrong
mission for Canada...We should be
withdrawing and trying to use our
diplomatic abilities and influences
to try to engineer a process of
comprehensive peace in that whole
region.”
• Staying Involved? e NDP
backs negotiation and increased UN-
directed involvement after our troops
come home.
• Changing views? Two years ago,
Layton was criticised for suggesting
dialogue with the Taliban, though
this is consistent with his views on
Liberal Party
Michael Ignatieff
Conservative Party
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
New Democratic Party
Jack Layton
Green Party
Elizabeth May
18.1
Canada’s expected total spending on
Afghanistan mission by 2011, in billions
107
Canadian deaths in total
2
accidental but fatal bombings by
US forces on Canadian troops
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Exit Strategies
Canada’s Six Afghan Priorities
• build the capacity of the Afghan National Army and Police,
and support complementary efforts in the areas of justice and
corrections in order to maintain a more secure environment;
• provide jobs, education, and essential services, like water;
• provide humanitarian assistance to people in need, including
refugees;
• enhance the management and security of the Afghanistan-
Pakistan border;
• build Afghan institutions that are central to our Kandahar
priorities and support democratic processes such as elections, and
• contribute to Afghan-led political reconciliation efforts aimed at
weakening the insurgency and fostering a sustainable peace.
[from www.afghanistan.gc.ca]
What do Canadian’s Want?
• 71 per cent of respondents believe Prime Minister Stephen
Harper should say no if Obama requests an extension of the
Canadian combat mission in Afghanistan.
• 23 per cent said that Canada should extend the mission if Obama
requests it, but only for an additional two years.
• Six per cent said that Canada should say yes to a full-term, four-
year extension.
from a CBC 2008 poll
Where now?
In January of 2008, an independent
panel report headed by Former Liberal
deputy prime minister John Manley
recommended extension of the mission
beyond 2009 on two conditions: that
NATO and its allies bolster our troops
with an additional 1,000 soldiers,
and that forces in Kandahar receive
an influx of helicopters and high-
performance unmanned aerial vehicles
for intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance purposes.
afghanistan.gc.ca], elaborates greatly
on these measures, as “reference points
that help assess progress in specific
priority areas.”
Canada is also adopting three
‘signature projects’. ese are major
development activities: rebuilding
the Dahla Dam and its irrigation and
canal system; building or repairing 50
schools; and trying to eradicate polio
through vaccinations.
ese projects seem to contrast with
the controversial military involvement
Kandahar. Since then, the death count
has spiked upwards, causing some
to question the effectiveness of the
entire mission in terms of the relative
cost. e area is one of the most
challenging in the country; its poverty
and unmonitored border with Pakistan
make it a prime area for insurgents to
conceal themselves while spreading
fear and corruption. Many Canadians
question how effective our presence
there at the moment may be, when
military force seems to only further
provoke sporadic insurgent offensives.
While heads bash over the specifics,
consensus seems closer on a few general
issues. Most Canadians applaud the
bravery and sacrifice of our military
forces, each new loss greeted with
mourning and outrage. Even among
those who most strongly advocate
leaving Afghanistan, and leaving it
fast, there is acknowledgment of a
continuing humanitarian role.
Whatever the arguments for or
against Canada’s Afghan engagement,
the Conservative government is
holding firm to the military withdrawal
date in 2011. Defense minister Peter
MacKay told press last week: “We have
to be practical and pragmatic and also
respect our parliamentary decision.”
It appears that, regardless of
potential please from the Obama
administration, NATO or the UN, in
two years, Canada will be out.
“An immediate military withdrawal
from Afghanistan would cause more
harm than good,” said the report,
influencing Prime Minister Stephen
Harper to officially prolong Canada’s
military presence there until 2011.
In the meantime, the Canadian
government has worked with the
Afghan government to determine
some key priorities and appropriate
benchmarks. e government’s
Afghanistan website, “Canada’s
Engagement in Afghanistan” [www.
our country has had so far. While
development efforts have been part of
Canada’s mission in Afghanistan since
the early years of our involvement,
these have proved difficult to measure
and even more difficult to sustainably
institute.
e Canadian government hopes
that with clear targets selected in
consultation with the local government,
and specific criteria to measure the
degree of success, the final impression
left of the mission will be that of being
able to successfully help move the
country forward.
Why all the controversy here at home?
Support for our presence in
Afghanistan, though reasonably high
after 9/11, has dwindled in subsequent
years.
ere have been several disturbing
“firsts” for Canada: the first diplomat
and the first active female soldier have
both been killed abroad. While these
are not any more tragic than each
individual loss of life, they have been
highly publicised and undoubtedly
involve a certain shock factor.
e clamor of criticism has increased
since 2006 with Canada’s shift to
It has cost about $1.1 million for
the first 12 months, to establish
a Tim Hortons location in
Kandahar. Today, this location
serves more than 1,000 cups
of coffee a day to more
than 7,000 personnel from
Canada and other countries.
Coffee in Kandahar?
Canadian Leopard C2 tanks, and a Blackhawk helicopter, near the town of Bazaar-e-Panjwayi.
forces.gc.ca
By Rebecca Dixon
16 THE ARGOSY • FEATURES JANUARY 29, 2009
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
“Her soul cries out for justice”
was all Pippa Moss needed to
hear from a Kenyan mother
whose child was struggling to
overcome complications from HIV.
It all started for Dr. Moss years
before the young girl’s birth, when she
began to sponsor a Kenyan man named
William Gatuse after she brought
home her first pay cheque as a teenager.
Pippa and William kept in only
minor contact — as much as could be
expected of a Canadian sponsor and a
Kenyan sponsoree — until the day she
received a call from him saying that
his wife, Damaris, was having a baby
and that if it was a girl, they were to
name her after their Canadian devotee.
Indeed Damaris bore a girl to be
called Pippa, but she was also born
with the HIV virus. For her first
few years, young Pippa struggled
relentlessly to stave off HIV’s grip,
but she was dramatically weakened;
smaller for her age, easily prone to
infections and disease, and fighting
a battle few expected her to win.
“It opened my eyes to the problem
facing thousands of AIDS orphans in
Kenya,”Dr. Moss said in a speech held at
Mount Allison last semester, “I wanted
to get more involved than just being
that woman that sent them money.”
At age three, Pippa’s condition
worsened when the virus converted
to AIDS. Her mother and father gave
constant care to their weakening child.
A depiction of the AIDS tragedy
reverberating through Kenya and the
rest of Africa, William told his long-
time friend what his wife had said one
evening: “her soul cries out for justice.”
“I knew I needed to do more,”
Dr. Moss said, “and that was the
beginning of ‘Pippa’s Place.’”
Dr Moss began making several
visits to Kenya and putting on ad hoc
fundraisers in Canada in continued
alliance with the local Scotiabank staff
in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. After
a long and arduous process, Pippa
Moss was able to raise the money
and support, not only to supply the
treatment necessary for young Pippa
but also to begin building a fully
integrated school for AIDS orphans
Hope for Pippa
in and around Nakuru, Kenya.
Partnering with the Fundy Peace
Foundation, a New Brunswick-
based NGO, Dr. Moss was able to
gain the support, funds, and advisory
information to initiate the project.
Today it has burgeoned into an
established regional organization,
fueled almost entirely by the continued
efforts of Pippa Moss, her friends
and family, and the Gatuse family.
“Never doubt that a small
group of committed people can
change the world,” Dr. Moss said
to Mt. A students, “indeed it is
the only thing that ever has.”
e property itself is still a work in
progress. Today, Pippa Moss is still
conjuring what support and money
she can to initiate another phase of the
process that will cost $25,000. Already
half-way there, she consistently has
in mind the driving reminder of the
spunky young girl that inspired her.
Now young Pippa is six years-
old, attending school and, while
still struggling with her disease, is a
continued inspiration and reminder to
those around her of what a small group
of committed people can accomplish.
How one Nova Scotian woman changed the life of a
young Kenyan girl, born with AIDS
drmoss.ca
Six year-old Pippa Gatuse attends school despite her illness.
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Katherine Gottli
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ST. CATHARINES (CUP) – Facebook
tells me I’m fat almost everyday. Or at least
that is how it makes me feel.
Call it lack of self-confidence or a
distorted body image, but being constantly
bombarded with advertising for Oprah’s
miracle achai diet or ways to cut down the
flab on my mid-section,I can’t help but feel
like there is something I need to improve,
and as a result, I spend time scrutinizing
myself in the mirror.
According to the Wardenburg Health
Centre at the University of Colorado,
women overestimate the size of their hips
by 16 per cent and their waists by 25 per
cent. But, the same women can correctly
estimate the width of a box.
However, women are not the only ones
who struggle with the way they look and
how society tells them to look. e same
study from the Wardenburg Health Centre
discovered that one out of four men is on a
diet at any given time; for women, it is only
one in three.
Most people, both men and women,
have things about themselves they would
change if they had the chance, and Kim
Gammage from the Department of
Physical Education and Kinesiology at
Brock University,says it relates to a society’s
given gender ideals, and how many of us
strive to achieve them.
“ere are a couple of major differences
between men and women.First,the ideal is
different. For women it is thin, toned, not
too muscular,and young.For men,the ideal
is muscular, with a V-shaped torso, broad
shoulders,narrow waist,”she said.“Women
tend to be more concerned with the lower
body – hips, thighs, buttocks – while men
tend to be more concerned with the upper
body – chest, arms, back.”
“e other major difference is the
direction of dissatisfaction – women
pretty consistently want to be thinner than
they are and often will overestimate their
body size, while men are more equally
divided between wanting to be thinner
and wanting to be bigger, more muscular,”
Gammage added.
“Because of these differences, women
are more likely to use diet – dietary restraint,
eating disorders – to achieve the ideal.Men
are more likely to use exercise.ey are also
more likely to use steroids and supplements.
However,there is some shifting going on in
what is ideal; it is becoming more muscular,
slightly, for women.”
Women, as it seems, are fuelling the
$40-billion diet industry, which includes
diet food, drugs, and programs. I too have
been guilty of this, trying fad diets in place
of eating healthier and exercising more.For
many students juggling work, education,
and a social life it is just easier to pop a fat
burner after lunch rather than going to the
gym.
e results are certainly faster than
working out three times a week, but I
quickly understood the damage I was
doing to my body.
Gammage whole-heartedly agrees.
“From a body image perspective, any
extreme dieting can be dangerous,“ she said.
“From a physical perspective,they don’t give
the body all the nutrients it needs. From a
more psychological perspective, it can lead
to feelings of deprivation,which can lead to
binging. Also, if people attempt to diet to
lose weight and fail,it can lead to poor body
image, depression, anxiety, etcetera.”
So why do we continue to purchase the
latest diet aid or starve ourselves for months
before a bikini-clad reading week? We all
know how we should be living a healthy
lifestyle, but how many of us actually do?
For Gammage,it is not about education,
but rather our own behaviours.
“I think in most health matters,education
is not the problem. You would be hard-
pressed to find people who didn’t know
they should exercise, not smoke, eat low
fat, etcetera, and yet they still do not follow
through with health behaviours,” she said.
“Most studies that try to increase health
behaviours through providing knowledge
or education do not usually result in any
change in the behaviours. What is more
important are people’s attitudes about
behaviours. Are they motivated? Is it too
hard or unpleasant? Are they embarrassed?
Or the attitudes of significant others, such
as family and friends.”
Brian Roy, also from the Department
of Physical Education and Kinesiology
at Brock, believes our school system is
implicated in creating the diet craze.
“I feel that not enough attention is paid
to health in both primary and secondary
school. Much more time is spent on math,
history, and English, as compared to the
single largest expense of the provincial
government; health. If people were better
educated in the area of health, perhaps the
costs of health care would be reduced,” he
said. “Curriculums should include more
emphasis on health and healthy living, and
should be taught by educators with a strong
foundation in health education.”
In regards to body image, there is little
that can be said to change the way one feels
about themselves. We will all continue to
strive for the ideal, and potentially damage
our bodies in the process.
But, in regards to health, there are small
things that we can all do to improve on a
basic and relatively easy level, says Roy.
“ings such as sleep, diet, and
physical activity are all very important in
contributing to health,” said Roy. “Time
management is a key skill that is necessary
to facilitate health and allows for adequate
amounts of sleep.”
“As for diet, healthy eating is not easy,
as cooking skills and costs associated
with healthier food can be challenging.
Furthermore, sometimes individuals feel
that cooking healthy food takes too much
time. In some cases, cooking healthily
can take some added time, but there are
many healthy meals that are very easy to
cook.ere are many cook books available
that describe very healthy, yet very easy to
prepare meals.”
Next time when you log on to Facebook
and Kim Kardashian is staring you in the
face promoting the latest celebrity diet, try
to not to reach for the measuring tape.
Understanding men and women’s body image issues
Dario Ayala/the Brock Press
SAC
Student Administrative Council
A perspective inside the SAC
Vice President of External Affairs
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The NEW Students’ Administrative
Council Elections
(for the positions of President, VP Campus Life, VP External, VP Academic, and Board
of Regents Representative)
Nominations are open:
Monday, January 26, 2009
All Candidates Meeting:
Monday, February 2, 2009
Nominations Close:
Monday, February 9, 2009
Campaigning Stops:
Monday, February 16, 2009
For candidates putting their name in after the all-candidates meeting, we will be com-
piling a list of rules and regulations and require each canididate to read it and sign
it to indicate their knowledge of the procedures. A copy will be maintained at the
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Pat Barry
Mount Allison SAC
VP Campus Life
The main purpose of the
Vice President Campus Life
position is that of advocacy
for students. This position
represents students in the
non-academic areas of
residence life, athletics, food
services, security, health
and the extra-curricular
activities of the Students
Administrative Council. In
dealing with Residence
Life I help to support
each residence in all of
their activities, as well as
address any concerns that
residence students may
have regarding people, the
building or events. When
addressing Food services
it is my job to bring up
the concerns, comments
and questions of students
directly to ARAMARK
and the Administration.
Dealing with Security and
Health on campus allows
me to address the current
issues facing students and
work toward a safer and
healthier campus. My role
in Athletics is to provide
support on the varsity, club
and intramural levels. I act
as a liaison to address the
concerns of anyone involved
in athletics at the university.
Finally, in dealing with the
Extra-curricular activities
of the SAC I am involved in
everything from charitable
events, like Trick-or-Eat, to
concerts and award shows,
like the Ascars as well as
overseeing the Student
Activities Office. This position
also requires that I chair
multiple committees. These
committees include the
Campus Life committee,
Ascars committee, Athletic
Vice President of Campus Life
Affairs, Gil Latter Memorial
Award Task Force, and
Golden A Award Task
Force. As a VP I am also
required to sit as a student
representative on University
committees such as, the
Board of Regents Student
Life committee, Residence
Council, Security Issues
committee, Food committee,
Social council and Allisonian
of the Month. If you have
any questions regarding
this position please feel
free to contact me at
saccampuslife@mta.ca.
Mark Brister
Mount Allison SAC
VP External
The Vice-President
External deals loosely with
matters that go beyond
the university itself. He
or she is responsible for
sitting on various town
committees such as the
housing committee,
Renaissance Sackville, and
ad hoc environmental
committees, and keeping a
working relationship with
the Mayor and appropriate
town councilors. This
relationship is crucial to
maintenance, particularly in
a small community such as
Sackville, where town and
gown relations can be easily
strained (for example, with
the Matt Mays concert in
September). The VP External
also typically sits on the
board of the co-op, and he
or she will typically keep
abreast of town issues more
generally as they relate to
student concerns. In addition
to representing student
interests on a local level and
serving more generally as
a liaison between the town
and the SAC, the VP External
undertakes provincial-level
lobbying through the New
Brunswick Student Alliance.
For example, the Day of
Action protest and a number
of meetings with provincial
representatives were
organized through the NBSA.
Other more spontaneous
political events shape the
purview of the VP External.
During the federal election
this year, the elections
party at the pub, our first
on campus polling station,
proof of residency slips,
and a voting information
campaign was organized
through SAC External
Affairs. This is a project
driven, malleable portfolio
that requires knowledge of
political affairs and a strong
sense of student advocacy.
Any further questions can be
directed to Mark Brister at
mcbrstr@mta.ca
SAC Entertainment
THURSDAY:
Snowboard/Sledding
Competition!
SHOWS YOUR STUFF AT
THE SWAN POND HILL!
Reggae Music @ the Café!
WARM YOURSELF ON
WINTER RHYTHMS!
SATURDAY:
9 PM
Justin Rutledge with Pat
Lepoidevin and Field
Museum @ George’s
Roadhouse
Calendar
FRIDAY:
Winter Carnival at The Pub
(Snowball Formal)!
“Winter Carnival Friday
Night Dance Party at the
PUB, with drink specials
provided in appreciation
for the SAC’s sponsorship
of Pub Events.”
ARTS & LITERATURE
Struts Gallery has always been known
for its visiting artist program, which
brings practicing artists from outside
of Sackville into town to create and
interact with the community. Faucet
Media Arts Centre, the new-media
centre that operates within Struts, also
offers a visiting artist program; Ease
On Down the Road is a residency
program designed to allow artists
with little to no experience working in
media arts to learn how to use digital
and audio video technologies, and also
create work within the space.
e current Ease On Down the
Road resident is artist Jamie Ashforth,
who will be joined by Bronwen Moen
on Saturday, January 31. Ashforth is
no stranger to Sackville, having started
her BFA here in 2002. After two years
she took some time off, finishing
her degree and graduating from
Concordia in 2008. She and Moen
have never made work together, but
they have collaborated on ideas and
critiqued each other’s work in the past.
Although Ashforth isn’t certain at this
point whether they will create work
together as part of their residency,
they will both be learning new skills in
digital media.
Ashforth’s work is based largely in
printmaking. She works in monoprint
and stone lithography, and also makes
assemblages with found objects. Her
work, she says, is very concept-based,
and she tends to do what the piece needs.
Although printmaking and sculpture
are her main areas of focus, she also
has a strong reliance on drawing, and
will incorporate painting or whatever
else she feels is vital to the piece. Prior
to her residency, audio recording was
Ashforth’s only foray into the world
of digital art. Since arriving at Struts
on January 15, she has already begun
learning to use Photoshop on the
centre’s iMac, and has taken a series
of digital photographs that she hopes
to splice together into an animation
using FinalCut Pro.
e photographs are of Ashforth
wearing a moose hat – as she explains,
when she and her mother were on a
road trip several years ago, they nearly
hit a moose. Ever since then, her mother
has been sending her humorous moose
paraphernalia. Hence the hat. e
concept of the animation, for Ashforth,
is that it is proof that her mother
loves her. She is very interested in the
moving image and sound recording –
particularly how the sounds in nature
and the world can mimic or mirror
the sounds of the body. e body is a
strong conceptual theme in Ashforth’s
work, as she explains. For her, how the
body interacts with objects and the
environment is a fundamental part of
how identity is defined. “Where we
create a relational space, that ends up
defining who we are.”
ere is also a strong performative
aspect in her work – the interaction
between the body and the paper when
she makes a print is just another of the
interactions that help to define identity.
“We’re always re-creating ourselves,”
Moose paraphernalia and independence
Struts visiting artist Jamie Ashforth
Julie Cruikshank
Argosy Staff
says Ashforth. Her practice explores
the idea that we gain a sense of who
we are through our relationships with
people, places, and things; she sees
identity as a process.
As Ashforth explains, she never
really expected to be an artist in
residence at Faucet, but is impressed
with the accessibility of the residency.
She is returning to Sackville as an artist,
as opposed to a student, which for her
carries a strong sense of independence.
Although she has not yet been greatly
involved in the Mt. A community, she
says that she hopes to be more present
on campus in the coming weeks, and
also hopes to host an artist’s talk this
Friday to converse with students about
what it means to be a practicing artist
after graduation; there are always a lot
of questions among undergrads in art,
and it can be helpful to talk to someone
who has been there. As she explains,
conversation is her favourite part of
being an artist, and she welcomes
anyone who wants to head down to
Struts for a chat about art and gain
some common ground. It is clear that
for Ashforth, her residency is about the
process – making art and conversing
with people, and experiencing and
interacting with the space she’s in.
Artist Jamie Ashforth studied at Mount Allison before finishing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia.
Amisdt chaste kisses and
energetic dance numbers
Garnet and Gold’s production of Fame met
with mixed reviews
Joe (Niall Nemecek) and Carmen (Anita Ayling) embrace onstage.
The chorus for Fame consisted of elementary, secondary, and
university students.
If you have five minutes....
...stop by the Owens Art Gallery
Since the Owens is the oldest university art gallery in Canada, it boasts
phenomenal archives accessible to students.
From curator Gemey Kelly to intern Kerri George, everyone working
at the gallery is completely awesome in their own way.
If you have more than fifteen minutes, attend the Sweetest Little ing
fundraiser on February 14th!
Julie Cruikshank
Jessica Emin
Jessica Emin
Jessica Emin
19 JANUARY 29, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ARTS & LITERATURE
Landscapes and lights
Fourth-year Sara Williamson’s exhibiton “is Present Piece of the Landscape” opens at START
Vivi Reich Vivi Reich
Art for a cause
e second annual WUSC art auction brings in bids and raises funds
On Friday January 23, student
art lined four walls in the START
gallery. Beginning at 7 pm, one wall
would close every 15 minutes.
WUSC members circulated to
help remove art from walls and
encourage bidders.
Food was donated by WUSC
members and volunteers.
Pictured in the centre photo are
Olivia Charters and Gill Graham,
the co-presidents of WUSC.
Jessica Emin
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Jessica Emin
20 JANUARY 29, 2009 THE ARGOSY • ARTS & LITERATURE
While the official year of Sackville as
a Canadian Cultural Capital is over, a
legacy has been left in the community.
“ere’s big things and big visions
in Sackville. It’s an impressive place”
said Sackville Cultural Capital Project
Coordinator, Warren Maddox, during
a conversation reflecting on the past
year. Sitting down with Maddox at
Bridge Street Café, a cultural hub
of sorts in Sackville, we began a
conversation that covered the events
themselves, naysayers, paper work and
Ottawa.
Looking back over the year,
Maddox said “...90 per cent of what
was originally outlined in 2006 was
delivered.” Since each municipality
has to apply for the grants a few years
in advance, Maddox admitted that
not everything originally planned was
available two years later. However, the
committee worked to supplement the
unavailable events with “some other
very, very worthy projects.”
e last event to take place was
moved due to weather and time
concerns. e Arts Hall of Fame is
set to launch in the spring of this year,
once the usual Sackville weather has
tempered. Maddox explained that the
Hall of Fame will be different from
what people might assume. “…What’s
most commonly thought of is when
they do a sports wall of fame where it’s
inside. What we’re looking at is doing
it outside in a public space.” While the
Hall of Fame will be the last official
event, it more than likely will not
mean the end of Sackville’s large scale
cultural endeavours.
“e program itself was set up to
allow a lot of community involvement,
said Maddox, “What we did was
something I’ve always believed in, in
terms of not-profit funding…which is
to provide [the community] with some
core backup…to say ‘we’ve got your
back, if you want to try something
that’s a little bigger than what you
would normally tackle…that is a little
more out there than what you would
normally tackle’.”
When speaking of endeavours he’d
like to see continue, Maddox reflected
with enthusiasm about Sappyfest, the
annual music festival held in Sackville
during the summer. “…In about
three years they’re going to be able
to make it, so that marketing, and
the word of mouth and the spin, all
start feeding off each other.” Maddox
commented that the festival has some
great infrastructure going for it and
is gaining a wider audience base for
local artists that extends far beyond
Sackville.
“What really blew me away about
Paul and John, and all the gang,”
said Maddox, “…[was] 40 or 50
kilometres up the road, you have this
monster event with…e Eagles...
and Sappyfest still managed to do
something that no one else has ever
been able to do, which is fill the
town, and bring people in and there
was money falling into economic
development and there was great
audience participation. It was just a
fantastic time.”
Maddox mentioned that the
influence of the funding on other
areas in Sackville such as Tantramar
Heritage and the Campbell Carriage
Fund will had an effect for years to
come. “Generations looking back
and being able to see how incredibly
relevant Sackville was,” Maddox
described the historical aspect of the
celebrations just as passionately as he
did the musical. “ere are…legacies
we hope will carry on.”
As with any government funded
affair, there are always guidelines
to follow and people to please. “It
wasn’t just [here is] a bunch of money
‘Wahoo, let’s go!’”said Maddox, “ere
were mandates to fulfil, to develop
audiences, to try and show some
growth in the tourism sector, to try to
show economic development”. e
Cultural Capital committee worked
with local groups and business owners
to ensure an enjoyable experience for
all involved.
After hesitating to ensure the
delicacy of his answer, Maddox
explained that there will always be
those people who object. “Were there
complaints?…Yeah, there was some
complaints about some of the stuff
we did. It was coming from people
that, I think, even on their best day
don’t like any kind of change what so
ever. …Again it really comes back
to the people that got it, got it and
benefited from it,” said Maddox. He
disdainfully commented that “We
[would] get someone who comes in
and goes ‘this is just really screwing
up my traffic flow’, well, you know,
gee…my heart…it bleeds, go away.”It
is obvious Maddox has dealt with his
fair share of naysayers. Fortunately,
the committee kept their goal in
focus.
“I used to say to Janet Crawford on
a regular basis when we were sitting
down trying to develop a music
program…and figure out who was
going to do what, and how we were
going to get this person, and could
we get this person…‘we’re going
to be damned if we do and damned
if we don’t, so we might as well do
something.’ So, that was a lot of the
attitude, you know, let’s just make it
happen.” Maddox also admitted that
the committee was grateful for what
whatever constructive criticism or
advice they received.
One thing about which Maddox
was quote vocal and visibly thankful
for was the support the committee
received. He named the town of
Sackville and Mount Allison as
supporters that “stepped up to the
After the paper work is done
Talking about Sackville as a Cultural Capital with Warren Maddox
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
...we’re going to be damned
if we do and damned if we
don’t, so we might as well do
something...


plate” continuously. Because the
program was largely community
based, Maddox identifies groups and
individuals from Sackville and the
surrounding areas as integral to the
process.
“It was, ‘what can we do, how can
we get involved?’ and it really wasn’t
always ‘what can we do, how much
money can I have.’” Said Maddox,
though he admits with a smile it was
not necessarily in that order. “In a lot
of cases it was really a sincere ‘how can
I get involved, what can we do, this is
great, I want to become part of this’
and it was great, it was wonderful.”
As any artist who has interacted
with the government might attest,
government funding comes with a
series of requirements. e Cultural
Capital program is no different. “I
wish we could have done more, but
there was a limit to what we could do
and part of that limit was how that
original proposal was developed and
us having to maintain it and adhere to
what Ottawa expected us to do. We
weren’t masters of it by any stretch of
the imagination,” said Maddox.
“[e process has] got to be tempered
a bit, because dealing with Ottawa
is…breathtaking!” exclaimed Maddox,
“In complexity, in depth, in micro-
managing budgets…it’s phenomenal.”
It was evident in Maddox’s demeanour
that he is, even now, still in disbelief
over the amount of effort is needed
specifically in dealing with the
administrative side of the event. “…
Since November 46 hours a week [for
me] and 26 hours a week for Mary
[Longpre] has been just interacting
with Ottawa.” Maddox said that the
contribution from Ottawa, which will
total somewhere around $450,000
plus, has generated almost 200 pages
of report material.
“It really is a double edged sword…
but go into it with your eyes open.
ey ain’t giving you the money…
you’ve got to work to get the money
out of them…you go out and talk to
any artist, in and around the area, and
…ask what is it like to deal with the
Canada Council [for the Arts]…it
is a hell of an onerous proposition.”
Maddox maintains that any artist
looking for funding from Canadian
Heritage is going to be spending
approximately 15 per cent of their
time creating reports. “And that ain’t
creative writing,” He says.
When talking about whether the
recent arts cuts from Ottawa have
affected Sackville’s year as a Cultural
Capital, Maddox replied, “On a
personal level, it pissed me off to no
end, but on a professional level here, it
had no impact.” Maddox commented
on the recent interview by Heritage
Minister James Moore on the CBC’s
Q cultural affairs radio show. “ey’re
saying ‘we’ve increased the money to
Canadian Heritage’, yeah, you have, but
you dumped it into the Olympics.”
Maddox admits to supporting
sports and does not deny that a more
structured promotional model from
Ottawa would be great. However, he
is adamant that sports and arts and
culture are two very different areas of
concern. “…you can’t lump the two
together and say ‘there we go, we’ve
just increased the budget.’ Well, no you
didn’t. You cut a bunch of programs
that people were using.” Maddox said
his own personal issue was the capacity
and sustainability grants that were cut
from Canadian Heritage.
“ose were specifically designed
for arts organizations, to help develop
strategies, models, [and] governance
models, to make them more sustainable.
To cut that funding is just ludicrous.
at should be increased. So, yeah, I
am really sceptical of some of the spin
that comes out of all of it.”
Ultimately it is no secret that
Maddox and many others in the
community and on the planning
committee are extremely pleased with
the outcome of Sackville as a Cultural
Capital. Although at present there are
no concrete plans to re-apply, Maddox
admits it is a highly tempting idea.
“I don’t know…these are quite an
ambitious lot of people down here. I
don’t know …say they do it again…I
hope they give me a call.”
Sappyfest is a music festival with
some “fresh, new Canadian talent.”
An internatonal event with lasting effects, Scultpture Sackville.
[e process has] got
to be tempered a bit, because
dealing with Ottawa is…
breathtaking!


Little corner of poetry
Familiar Stories
Family-are stories.
ey make me dissent,
create social confusion,
trick me twain
and press me between ancient
mammoths:
State and Blood.
Behind me stands
Influenced DNA;
In my face screams
a false duty to pride.
And in this choiceless chaos
I forget there is more—
this is not Me.
To Catch A Wandering ought
pigeons
subtly coo
and dumbly forage
to and fro.
I
absently stare,
and know not
how to do.
Moving,
captive intent
to know closely,
sends them flying.
Penned by scribbles
Jessica Emin
struts.ca
HUMOUR Not I, the man who drafted the
Paris Peace Accord.
MTA Fire Safety Takes a Turn For the Worst!
Beatles Themed!
By Madame Starbeam
ARIES (March 21-April 20) · Often, I find myself in times of trouble Aries. I often
wonder when the broken hearted people living in the world will agree. You know
there is still a chance that they will see. I guess weÊll just have to let it be.
TAURUS (April 21-May 21) · PENNY LANE IS IN MY EARS AND IN MY EYES. I love
that song. So much fun to scream in the streets.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) · ItÊs been a hard days night (as a hooker) cause IÊve been
working like a dog (I have kinky customers). You know I work all day (investment
bankers on their lunch breaks) to get you money to buy you things (like cocaine).
DonÊt do drugs kids.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) · IÊll tell you something, that I think youÊll understand.
I wanna hold your hand. Please say to me, youÊll let me be your (wo)man. When I
touch you(r naughty area) I feel happy inside. ItÊs a such a feeling that my love, I
canÊt hide. Wink wink.
LEO (July 23-August 23) · Ahh look at all the lonely people. ThereÊs Elenor Rigby.
Someone tell her rice is on sale at the Save Easy.
VIRGO (August 24-September 22) · You say you want a revolution, well. No dice.
LIBRA (September 23-October 23) · Words are f lowing out like endless rain into a
paper cup. Certainly not endless coffee. Man I need some coffee right now.
SCORPIO (October 24-November 22) · Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it seems I have the clap. Yesterday came suddenly.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21) · CanÊt buy me love. Wait, yes you can.
My love is cheap.
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) · I need somebody, not just anybody. So not
you. BURN!
AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18) · Have you guys seen Desmond? I thought he
was in the market place but I canÊt seem to find him. I bet heÊs fooling around
with the whore Molly, the singer in the band. Bitch.
PISCES (February 19-March 20) · Here comes the sun darlinÊ. Hang in there.
Well it seems that only 2 people in
this University are truely Canadian
and they are...
Keith Walsh
Tim Lang
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the Editors-In-Chief, or Argosy Publications, and are hopefully not the opinions of Stuart or Noah.
Dear Noah and Stuart, Help! I’m dating a commerce student! What should I do?
Noah, Sports Editor: Hmm, you’re dating a Commerce student?
Wow, so tell me, do you enjoy those Sunday lunches at the
country club? How about those vacations at the lake house?
I had a friend who dated a commerce student once. She got
dumped because she wasn’t interested in tennis or polo. The
best thing to do when you are out with your Commerce lover,
make sure that you remember your fancy clothes. I like to suit
up when I’m trying to woo a Commerce lady. I also abandon
my usual plaid shirt and trucker hat and throw on my sexin’ suit and power shirt.
That’s how I roll…the old money way.
Stuart, Sci/Tech Editor: Hmm. Interesting “problem.” I’ll be hon-
est - for someone in my position, “dating” isn’t a problem to
be weaseled out of. I can, I suppose, give you some advice
on getting out of a relationship. Someone in my position
definitely has that pinned down. Might I recommend show-
ing him/her your voluminous collection of anime (if you don’t
have one, feel free to borrow mine)? I also recommend making
lots of demeaning puns at their expense (“Did those clothes
Lacoste a lot? So you wanna hang out at ten-ish?”). If that
doesn’t work, go work for an NGO.
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
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Mediscene
A weekly leap to the frontiers of medicine
Researchers at Cedars Sinai Medical
Centre in Los Angeles, California
have discovered a potential new way
to overturn a death sentence. By
stimulating the immune system of
rats, these scientists were able to coax
their white cells to devour deadly
brain tumours, some completely,
with few negative side effects. ey
hope that the same can be done in
humans.
Most people with glioblastoma
multiforme (GBM), the most
common and deadly form of brain
cancer, do not live to see to see the
first anniversary of their diagnosis;
only one in twenty make it to the five
year mark. e cancer is so aggressive
that current treatments are fairly
powerless to stop its spread.
GBM possesses a few distinctive
traits which make it extremely
difficult to treat: its tumours grow so
rapidly they are often fairly advanced
by the time a diagnosis is made, and
affected, cancerous cells are highly
mobile and often migrate through
neighbouring tissue to establish
themselves in other areas, making it
a challenging task to remove them all
through surgery alone. Chemotherapy
and radiation therapy have thus far
proven ineffectual in removing these
residual cells, which usually develop
a resistance to these treatments. e
blood-brain barrier presents a physical
barrier to chemotherapy treatments
which cannot reach the tumour in
any meaningful concentrations.
Not even evolution is on our
side; in an adaptation meant to
protect the brain from damaging
immune responses, dendritic cells,
which normally kick-start immune
responses by alerting other immune
cells to the presence of foreign bodies
(or antigens), are naturally absent in
the brain. As the tumour grows, it can
even develop ways to outmanoeuvre
the immune system; one such
way is by reducing the production
of proteins the immune system
recognizes as foreign. Once it gets
big enough, the tumour can affect
memory, concentration, and balance
and causes headaches, seizures, and
changes in mood.
By using gene therapy, researchers
were able to overcome all of these
barriers. Two proteins were inserted
into a virus stripped of its disease-
causing genes and injected into the
tumour. One protein, called FMS-
like tyrosine kinase 3 ligand (Flt3L),
attracts dendritic cells into the brain.
e second protein, herpes simplex
virus type 1 thimidine kinase (HSV1-
TK) was combined with antiviral
gancyclovir (GCV) to kill the tumour
cells. e dendritic cells drawn into
the brain by Flt3L detect the proteins
released by the dying tumour cells.
e activated dendrites then alert
other immune cells to the presence
of a foreign body in the area, which
swarm and destroy the tumour.
e treatment not only shrank the
tumours, increased survivorship to
70 per cent, and conferred long-term
immunity to the rats tested in the
lab, but also produced no significant
negative side effects and helped to
recover normal brain function and
behavioural skills. e technique
proved effective in the treatment of
other brain tumours as well.
Dr. Maria Castro, co-director
of the Board of Governors Gene
erapeutic Research Institute and
principal investigator of the study,
called the findings “a significant
milestone”in the treatment of GBMs.
“is therapy significantly improved
survival rate, induced long-lasting
systemic anti-tumor immunity,
and resolved the neuropathological
abnormalities caused by the tumors,
which has been a stumbling block to
many promising treatments.”
Dr. Castro was also hopeful for
the potential ramifications of the
treatment: “In the fairly near future,
this combined gene therapy may
work synergistically with current
therapies, including chemotherapy
and radiation therapy, allowing
doctors to reduce dosages and avoid
side effects. But with the safety,
effectiveness and curative potential
seen in these studies, we are hopeful
that gene therapy for GBM could
become the new standard of care.”
Kelly O’Connor
Argosy Staff
A brain scan reveals a glioblastoma multiforme tumour
in the left hemisphere.
www.wnyneuro-oncology.org
Chicago going green?
Jennifer Musgrave
Argosy Correspondant
We’ve all seen how cities across North
America have worked to change the
fossil fuel dependent society we’ve
become, in order to combat the nasty
effects of global warming. Many have
started their own initiatives due to the
gross inaction of national governments
to implement a proper plan.
However, one city in particular
has decided to undertake a complete
overhaul of its greenhouse gas
producing system. at’s right, the city
with the nation’s worst air in terms
of chemicals and toxins, Chicago, is
going to go green.
In September, the Chicago
government revealed its plan to reduce
CO2 emissions to 25 per cent below
1990 levels by the year 2020. Now, that
may seem a bit of jump for Chicago,
but Mayor Richard Daley, one of the
instigators of this plan, feels confident
and has stated that they will reach their
goal and continue to have reductions
through to 2050, with a total emission
reduction of 80 per cent.
Chicago is a good example of the
typical U.S city – aging infrastructure,
hulking factories, old power grids, and
filled with citizens who have formed a
strong addiction to fossil fuels. If this
city is able to pull together and cut out
its emissions, this would would set a
great example for cities worldwide.
Basically, if they can do it, anyone can.
e men in charge of making the
“Chicago Action Plan” a reality are
Sadhu Johnson and Daley. Daley
originally hired Johnson from the
Cleveland Green Building Coalition
five years ago, and together they
decided to turn the image of Chicago
around with the implementation of a
green economy. In doing so, they hope
to be able to attract alternative energy
manufacturers and create thousands of
new jobs in the process.
Basically, their plan to reduce
Chicago’s annual emissions by 15
million metric tons is broken into thirds
of five million each. One third of the
reduction will come from renovating
buildings to be more energy efficient.
Another third will be from upgrading
pollution prevention technology in
existing power plants, and making
25 per cent of their electricity output
renewable. e final third is broken
up into a 20 per cent reduction, which
will be made from creating better
public and commercial transportation.
e rest will be from reducing
industrial pollution and recycling old
refrigerators and air conditioners that
leak out hydro-fluorocarbons.
It’s a daunting task to say the least,
but under these two, Chicago has made
some green strides. Already they have
extended Chicago’s bike lanes by 120
miles, encouraged 400 building owners
to plant vegetation, and developed
a waste-to-profit network by which
the leftover plastics and chemicals of
one company is turned into useful raw
materials for another.
However, these actions are only
a drop in the bucket, as Chicago
emits about 37 million metric tons
of greenhouse gases annually. Having
6000 roofs with vegetation on top
only cuts down about 170,000 metric
tons, while 500 miles of bike trails
only takes out 10,000. All this only
brings the total a reduction of a half
a per cent. Despite this, the plan is
still a step in the right direction for
Chicago’s future.
Daley and Johnson have done
their homework about which areas to
tackle for green house gas emissions.
rough satellite images, they found
that the hottest spots in Chicago
for emissions were areas with poorly
insulated houses and an absence of
greenery. Buildings are accountable for
about 70 per cent of greenhouse gas
emissions, while 21 per cent are from
cars and trucks. With this information
in mind, they were able to make a plan
that would have the greatest impact on
emissions.
Chicago’s action plan also contains
steps for home owners to take in
reducing their emissions: replacing
their light bulbs with incandescent
ones (which saves $108 annually);
unplugging the TV, rather than leaving
it on standby (saves $23); turning
down the thermostat three degrees in
the winter; keeping car tires properly
inflated; and driving 10 miles fewer
each week. If even half of Chicago
followed this plan, 800,000 metric tons
in emissions would be saved yearly.
Despite the hope that comes from
this plan, there are still some flaws and
skepticism as to whether or not Daley
will be able to follow through with his
word.
Many environmentalists are
disappointed with Daley for not
addressing the big polluters in the city,
like the Crawford and Fish coal plants.
ese industries are emitting about
4.8 million tons of CO2 a year, which
would take care of one third of the
reductions if it were eliminated.
e mayor could theoretically shut
them down if they were to create a
mandate that they must install costly
scrubbers for nitrogen and sulphur
oxide emissions, effectively putting
them out of business with the cost.
However, in reality, the plan can only
suggest they install the scrubbers.
Another industry that is also
being ignored is the Midway airport,
however, this has become a common
trend in most cities due to the fact that
the airlines are an important source
of wealth for the city. is creates
another issue for fulfilling Chicago’s
green plan as extending bus and train
routes requires state and federal funds
which aren’t likely to happen. Another
issue, and perhaps the greatest is that
in order for Chicago to meet its 2020
targets 40 per cent of the residential
and commercial building owners have
to participate in the plan. However, it’s
too soon to be dismissing Chicago’s
plan just yet, or the resolve of Daley.
e man is determined, but only time
will tell whether all this is just hot air
or a real promise for the future.
Mayor Daley to turn Chicago green by the year 2020
SPORTS & FITNESS
e Mount Allison basketball teams
each played a pair of games this past
weekend in ACAA action, and both
teams moved up in the standings, with
the women splitting their games, and
the men winning both.
Saturday, the Mounties played
in Truro against the Nova Scotia
Agricultural College Rams. e
women’s game saw the Mounties come
away with an easy 74-45 win, with
Kristen Atkins’ 14 points leading the
way. Marlon Smith had nine points,
and Shannon Parlee, Catherine Cox,
and Jenna Tracey each had eight.
e men’s game was a little closer,
but the Mounties still managed
a comfortable 68-50 victory. Josh
Graham led the way for the Mounties
with a game-high 15 points, while Jeff
Sadler had 13, and Dennis Hopper
12.
Sunday afternoon the Mounties
played host to the Saint omas
Tommies. e women’s Tommies sat
in second place coming into the game,
one game ahead of the Mounties.
e Tommies would expand their
lead, winning 63-53 in front of an
enthusiastic Mt. A crowd.
e Mounties got out to a quick 12-
2 lead, which was quickly relinquished.
Before the end of the first quarter,
Marlon Smith sank a three-pointer,
and Allie Mayberry a long two-pointer
to put the Mounties ahead 19-16 after
one quarter.
Another Smith three-pointer in
the second put the Mounties up by
eight, but again STU came back, and
a buzzer beater cut the lead to 37-35
at halftime.
e Tommies gained the lead
halfway through the third quarter, and
did not give it up, leading the rest of
the way.
A scary incident in the fourth quarter
had Mountie fans worried. Rookie and
Sackville native Jenny Robinson took
a charge in the defensive zone, and
hit her head on the floor. She seemed
to recover, following the play down
into the other end. As the teams were
setting up for an inbound play, she
suddenly collapsed to the floor.
She remained on the court for several
minutes, being attended to by Mountie
therapist Al MacFarlane, who called
in paramedics within moments of
Robinson’s fall. She was taken away on
a stretcher to the hospital in Moncton.
She has since returned home, and is
expected to make a full recovery.
Smith led the Mounties with 11
points, while Parlee scored ten. Rebecca
Himmelman and Sarah Sutherland
chipped in with eight.
In the men’s game that followed,
the Mounties had a bit of an easier go,
emerging victorious 82-70. Although
falling behind early on, the Mounties
got back into it with a Kent Matheson
three-pointer. Stephen Bohan put the
Mounties in the lead, and Josh Graham
extended the lead with a couple of
floaters in close. Another three by
Kylan Estabrooks put the Mounties
ahead 23-14 after the first.
e Mounties wasted no time in the
second quarter, with Dennis Hopper
forcing a steal and going end-to-end
for an easy layup, and then fighting
hard down low for another layup to put
the lead at 11. STU would make a trio
of three-pointers in a row to cut into
the lead, but Matheson and Graham
answered with threes of their own. Jeff
Sadler made a pair of free throws with
0.7 seconds left in the half to make the
score 48-33 at the break.
e third quarter saw much of
the same from both teams, with the
Mounties building up big leads only
to see the Tommies drain three-
pointers to keep themselves in the
game. Matheson made another three
to extend the lead, and a great pass
from Sadler to Graham led to another
Graham layup. Kevin Monaghan also
Basketball Mounties near perfect on weekend
Frightening incident scares Lady Mounties Saturday’s Scores
Women
74
45
Men
68
50
Sunday’s Scores
Women
63
53
Men
82
70
[Robinson] was taken away
on a stretcher to the hospital
in Moncton. She has since
returned home, and is expected
to make a full recovery.


made a nice-looking reverse layup to
extend the lead to 17 at the end of
three quarters.
e fourth saw that lead cut swiftly
down to six points, and the Mounties
were unable to score until four minutes
had passed in the quarter. e Mounties
got going again when Matheson had a
huge block on defence, leading to his
layup at the other end, and they never
looked back.
Graham led the Mounties with 16
points, and also had five rebounds,
while Matheson continued his steady
play with 15 points, ten rebounds, and
three assists. Bohan had 11 points
and eight rebounds, Sadler scored ten
points, and the always reliable Hopper
chipped in with eight.
e women’s Mounties sit in third
place, with a five-game lead over
fourth-place King’s College. ey also
sit two games behind the Tommies,
who have played one more game than
Mt. A, who probably has the easier
schedule of the two.
e men moved into second place
on the weekend, passing Holland
College. e Mounties have played
two more games than the latter, but
all of the Mounties’ remaining games
except two are against teams with a
record below .500.
is Saturday the Mounties will
play host to the UNBSJ Seawolves.
e women’s tip-off is at 2:00 pm, and
the men will follow at 4:00 pm.
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
e women’s hockey Mounties lost
a pair of games over the weekend,
knocking them out of a playoff spot
for the time being.
Friday night at St. FX, the Mounties
were outshot 57-9 by the number two
team in the AUS en route to a 6-0 loss,
and their third shutout loss in a row.
Sophomore goaltender Alison
Heard stopped 51 of 57 shots in the
loss, dropping her record to 0-8 on
the season. Katie Harvieux stopped all
nine shots she faced in net for St. FX.
e X-Women got a pair of goals
from Erin Brophy, and five other
skaters had multiple points in the win.
Less than 24 hours later, the
Mounties faced off at home against the
UPEI Panthers, and although playing
better than the three previous games,
the Mounties still found themselves
on the low end of the scoreboard in a
3-1 game.
e Mounties came out firing,
with two good chances in the first
90 seconds, including a breakaway
opportunity by Jenna Briggs.
Halfway through the period, the
Mounties found the scoreboard on
the powerplay when Alison Greene
banged home a centering pass from
her sister Jillian Greene. UPEI would
answer less than two minutes later,
however, tying things up at one.
e Mounties got some outstanding
goaltending from Meghan Corley-
Byrne, who stopped 29 of 32 shots,
including multiple diving saves and
point-blank stops on players left alone
in front.
UPEI took the lead early in the
second, 14 seconds into a two-man
advantage. Mount Allison would spend
nearly five of the first seven minutes of
the period on the penalty kill.
Mt. A got its own two-man
advantage later in the period, but got
no shots on goal even though creating
a couple of good chances.
At the tail end of the third period,
UPEI sealed the deal with another
powerplay goal with 71 seconds
remaining in regulation.
“As the game went along, we got
more intensity,” said Mounties’ coach
Jack Drover. “We were making some
things happen. Meghan played an
excellent game in net, the first period
in particular.”
e Panthers outshot the
As the game went along, we
got more intensity. We were
making some things happen.


Mounties 32-23, and went 2-for-7
on the powerplay, while the Mounties
mustered only six shots on eight
powerplay opportunities, including
Greene’s goal.
e Mounties are now in the home
stretch with nine games remaining in
the regular season. Currently, they sit
in seventh place, one point behind the
Panthers and the Huskies. All three
teams are battling for the final two
playoff spots, and have all played 15
games. Since the Panthers are playing
host to the AUS championships, they
are automatically entered into the
tournament, leaving the Mounties and
Huskies battling for the final playoff
spot.
e Mounties have two upcoming
road games, Saturday afternoon
against the number one team in the
AUS, the U de M Aigles Bleus, and
Sunday afternoon at Saint omas.
Saturday’s Score
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Sunday’s Score
1
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Hockey Mounties drop to 7th
Still fighting for playoff spot
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
Far Left: Josh Graham looks for
an open teammate in Sunday’s
action against STU.
Left: Natalie Owens tries
to shake a STU defender in
Sunday’s loss over the visiting
Tommies.
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25 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS JANUARY 29, 2009
Montreal is a city known for its love of
hockey. And, boy was that love alive last
weekend. Montreal played host to the
2009 NHL All-Star Weekend. After
two days of celebrations, the big events
everyone had been waiting for finally
began on Saturday with the Honda
NHL SuperSkills Competition.
e evening at the Bell Centre
began with a mini-concert, but it
only really started when the players
were announced and skated out onto
the ice. e Western Conference
skaters were introduced first with
the cheers from the crowd growing
loud for Montrealer Jean-Sébastien
Guigère, goalie for Anaheim, and
Sheldon Souray, formerly of the
Montreal Canadiens, currently with
the Edmonton Oilers. e crowd
erupted into a frenzy when the Easter
Conference team was announced.
First onto the ice was Mark Streit,
who has good memories of playing
for Montreal. Vincent Lecavalier,
the Quebec-born star of the Tampa
Bay Lightning, received a standing
ovation from the crowd. Alexander
Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals
and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh
Penguins, as well as Montreal-born
Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis,
were cheered for loudly on arrival.
Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple
Leafs and Zdeno Chara, captain of the
Boston Bruins, were booed slightly,
however the overall reception was
positive. Last to be announced were
the four All-Stars from the Montreal
Canadiens. e crowd stood as Mike
Komisarek, Andrei Markov, Alexei
Kovalev, and Carey Price emerged from
the dressing rooms. e atmosphere
was electric, both in the stands and on
ice.
NHL Fastest Skater
e first event to take place was
NHL Fastest Skater, where Zach
Parise (New Jersey Devils), Jeff
Carter (Philadelphia Flyers), Brian
Campbell (Chicago Blackhawks),
Jay Bouwmeester (Florida Panthers),
Mason Raymond (Vancouver
Canucks), and Andrew Cogliano
(Edmonton Oilers) competed for
bragging rights as the fastest skater in
the NHL. e surprise winner was 21-
year-old Cogliano who completed his
lap in 14.31 seconds. e next fastest
skater was Jeff Carter, whose time was
14.43 seconds.
NHL Breakaway Challenge
Next came NHL Fan Fav Breakaway
Challenge, where each participant had
one minute to make as many attempts
as possible at scoring. e main goal
was to impress the audience with great
moves, as fans were responsible for
voting via text message. Patrick Kane
(Chicago Blackhawks) went first,
attempting but failing to score with
the wrong end of his hockey stick.
He scored one goal right before his
time ran out. Martin St. Louis was up
next. He tried out some fancy twirls,
but failed to defeat the goalie. Ryan
Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks) scored
twice, in one case skating around
the net before shooting the puck in
the top. en came Alex Kovalev of
the Montreal Canadiens, who tried
to score twice by bouncing the puck
between his hockey stick and his
shoulder. Finally, he got the puck in on
his third try, by twirling around with
what can only be described as Russian
grace, earning great cheers from the
crowd. He scored again with a move
obviously inspired by soccer, a sport he
quite enjoys. Steven Stamkos (Tampa
Bay Lightning) made several attempts
at scoring, but ultimately failed, despite
impressing the crowd with some sleek
moves. Last, but not least, was last
year’s Breakaway Challenge winner,
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington
Capitals), who started by rolling on the
ground, then zigzagging. After his third
unsuccessful try, Ovechkin skated over
to the bench, where Evgeni Malkin,
with whom is rumoured to have a
bitter rivalry, handed him a Tilley hat
adorned with the Canadian flag, along
with white-rimmed sunglasses. He
then grabbed a second hockey stick
and proceeded to score.
Ovechkin’s stunt let the audience
see the entertainer behind the athlete.
He later said he decided to embellish
his act with props, because he didn’t
feel he really had the skills for such
a competition. When the result was
announced 40 minutes later, it came as
no surprise that the young Russian had
one the event for a second time. He
received 42.8 per cent of the fan votes,
more than twice as many as runner
up Alex Kovalev, who got on 19.7 per
cent of votes. Kovalev held no grudge,
but did comment that he “didn’t come
here to win a fashion show.”
Youngstars Game
e third SuperSkills event was
the Youngstars Game, a Sophomore
vs. Rookie Challenge, in which first-
and second-year players played three-
on-three hockey for three six-minute
periods. e rookies opened the scoring,
with Patrik Berglund defeating Carey
Price. David Bolland soon evened the
score by getting the puck past Pekka
Rinne. By the end of the first period,
the score was 3-1 for the rookies. e
second period began with another goal
against Price, followed by two goals
scored by the sophomore team. e
rookies then went on to make two
more goals, bringing the score to 6-
3. With just over four seconds left in
the second period, Marc Staal scored
the sophomores’ fourth goal. While
there seemed to be only enough time
for a face-off, Steven Stamkos sent the
puck past a surprised Price, bringing
the period to an end with the score
7-4 in favour of the rookies. e third
period saw a similar trend, with the
rookie team scoring twice more, and
the sophomores only scoring once.
e final score was 9-5 for the rookies.
Boston Bruins rookie Blake Wheeler
took home the MVP trophy for the
game, for his three goals and one
assist.
Accuracy Shooting
e fourth event was the Accuracy
Shooting, in which eight players had a
limited time to shoot up eight pucks in
an attempt to touch four targets, placed
on the extremities of a net. Evgeni
Malkin and Dany Heatley both hit all
four targets in that many tries, so they
proceeded to a tie-breaker. Malkin
went first and hit three targets in four
attempts. Heatley only hit two targets,
thus making Malkin the winner. e
young Russian player looked genuinely
happy, and somewhat surprised, to
win. Despite his broken English, he
was able to communicate his joy to
reporters.
NHL Hardest Shot
e second-to-last event was the
NHL Hardest Shot, which saw six
players take two shots on goal from 30
feet away. Mark Streit started out with a
98.3 mph shot, but was soon beaten by
Shea Weber, who clocked 103.4 mph,
setting quite a high standard. Mike
Komisarek’s score was respectable, as
was Vincent Lecavalier’s, but neither
produced anything amazing. Sheldon
Souray came close with 102.3 mph,
but it seemed Weber would be taking
home the trophy. at is, until Zdeno
Chara took his second shot—he hit
the puck at 105.4 mph, defeating the
previous record set in 1993.
NHL Elimination Shootout
e evening ended with the NHL
Elimination Shootout, where each
player took a shot at alternating goalies.
e twelve players who survived the
first round continued until there were
only three left: Shane Doan, Marc
Savard and Milan Heijduk. None of
the scored the first two times around,
then Doan and Savard both scored.
Doan beat Jean-Sébastien Giguère in
the tie-breaker, but Savard was robbed
of a goal by Henrik Lundqvist. Doan
appeared radiant as he accepted the
award.
NHL All-Star Game
Finally, on Sunday, came the 57th
NHL All-Star Game. It began with
an impressive display by Cirque Éloize,
complete with a violin-playing trapeze
artist. Don Cherry himself declared
Montreal puts on the best hockey
show. en, the Western Conference
coaches and players were introduced
to thunderous applause. e noise level
peaked, however, when the Eastern
Conference team was presented. Often,
the applause began before the player’s
name had fully been pronounced. e
starters for both conferences were
saved for last. First to be introduced
for the Eastern conference was Sidney
Crosby, who was unable to play due to
injury. Once everyone was on the ice,
kids in matching uniforms joined each
player for the singing of the Canadian
and American National Anthems.
e game began at a fast pace, which
grew as it went along. Due to the nature
of the game, players took extra care to
avoid possible injury—thus, there was
no checking, limiting the chances of
penalties being called. Indeed, there
was no animosity among the players,
who all seemed to be there to have a
good time. Keith Tkachuk scored the
first goal for the Western Conference,
defeating Carey Price at 1:16 in the first
period. Many great saves were made by
Price and Western Conference starting
goalie Jean-Sébastien Giguère, before
Ovechkin evened the score. Eric
Staal scored the Eastern Conference’s
second goal, assisted by Malkin and
Kovalev. roughout the game, great
Canadiens players, such as Serge
Savard and Yvan Cournoyer, were
welcomed to the Bell Centre during
breaks. Kovalev brought the score to
3-1 unassisted on a breakaway. With
36.8 seconds left in the first period,
defenseman Andrei Markov made it
4-1 for the Eastern Conference team.
Before the period ended, however,
Patrick Marleau retaliated, bringing
the score to 4-2. Carey Price redeemed
himself by only letting in two goals,
as opposed to the nine he conceded
during the Youngstars game the
previous evening.
e second period net minders
were Henrik Lundqvist (Eastern
Conference) and Niklas Backstrom
(Western Conference). Goals just
seemed to keep happening, first with
the Eastern Conference scoring twice,
then being matched by their opponents,
to bring the score to 6-4. Malkin
then scored the Eastern Conference’s
seventh goal, but the other team
quickly rallied a tie. Kovalev retook the
lead with another breakaway goal, but
Jarome Iginla evened the score before
the end of the period.
e final period of the game saw
Roberto Luongo in the net opposite
Tim omas. Less than a minute in,
omas let the puck in, giving the
Western Conference the lead. Dany
Heatley turned it back into a tie-game,
but not for long. Jonathan Toews
scored the Western Conference’s tenth
goal. St. Louis eventually got one past
Luongo, but a Kane breakaway once
again gave the West the lead. With a
few minutes of play left, Bouwmeester
tied the game with a pass from
Ovechkin.
With the score even, the game went
into four-on-four overtime, during
which both goalies made some very
impressive saves. e only penalty of
the game (and indeed the first in many
years) was called during overtime,
against Mike Komisarek of the
Eastern Conference team. He laughed
sheepishly as he entered the box, but
seemed perfectly happy. e next two
minutes of four-on-three were tense,
but omas and his team succeeded in
fending off their opponents. e crowd
gave the players a standing ovation as
the overtime ended.
e first player to take a shot in the
shootout was favourite Lecavalier,
whose attempt was easily blocked by
Luongo. omas then made the save
on Shane Doan. Kovalev beat Luongo,
earning himself a hat trick. Rick Nash’s
try was thwarted by omas. Ovechkin
then proceeded to score the winning
goal for the Eastern Conference. Both
teams were smiling as the crowd rose
to their feet.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
and the president of Honda Canada
joined the players on the ice to hand
over the award for MVP as well as the
keys to a Honda SUV. Unsurprisingly,
the award went to Alex Kovalev, who
had made no secret of the fact that he
wanted to win it. Kovy had two goals,
one assist and seven shots on goal
during the game. In an interview with
the press, Kovalev said, “Being named
for the All-Star Game, then the
starting lineup, then the Captain, then
this. I’m not going to forget it.” He
added that he plans to sell the vehicle
and give the money to his charity.
All in all, everyone, players and fans
alike, left the celebration happy.
NHL All-Star Weekend
Eastern Conference wins 12-11 in shootout
Anastasia Llewellyn
Argosy Correspondent
Far Left: Martin St. Louis
scoots the puck past
Roberto Luongo.
Middle: Evgeni Malkin
gives his countrymate
Alex Ovechkin a squirt
of Gatorade before his
breakaway challenge
Right: Alex Ovechkin
scores the winning
goal in the shootout
for the East against
Luongo. www.si.com www.si.com www.si.com
26 THE ARGOSY • SPORTS & FITNESS JANUARY 29, 2009
e DeEvolution of Kevin Garnett
With the Celtics assaulting
opponents as of late, I can’t help but
think about how Kevin Garnett’s
perception has changed so dramatically.
In the past, Garnett was always a
player with the skills and desire to
succeed, but his Minnesota teams
always lacked a killer instinct. Crunch
time would come and Garnett would
almost always defer to his teammates.
ere’s nothing wrong with that when
Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are on the
floor with you, but when your team’s
next best options are Latre...
Tangent!
As I was typing the previous
sentence, I had an eye on the Raptors/
Kings game when, toward the end of
the 3rd quarter, Sacramento’s Francisco
Garcia shoved Andrea Bargnani from
behind under the basket. As I’ve talked
about before, in a perfect world, when
a reserve player from a shitty team
pushes one of the marquee players from
another, in the words of the blowhard
Aspen ski-instructor in South Park,
“You’re gonna have a bad time.”
However, as we’ve seen with
recent Raps games, this team has no
intentions to defend themselves. No,
the Raptors have proven that, when
given the choice, they will always opt
to get in the proverbial fetal position
and play dead… Until now. Perhaps
fueled by the teams ten plus point lead
at the time or their recent impressive
win over the equally unimpressive
Bulls, Bargnani stood up to Garcia
and did the whole Rocky/Drago
stare-down-in-the-middle-of-the-
ring thing. It was cool. Joey Graham
even came over as hired muscle, and
Bargnani proceeded to talk trash to
Garcia in Italian while shooting his
free throws (Garcia was assessed a
technical for his move). e Raptors
have been a lot more physical in the
past couple of games, and that most
definitely has something to do with
the return of the confrontational (ask
the fan on the court from the Malace
at the Palace) Jermaine O’Neal. If
(when) the Raps deal O’Neal, it will
likely be for the better, considering the
emergence of Bargnani, but the team
will definitely have to address losing
the toughest player on a team bereft of
toughness.
Back to the point:
Gone are the days where we consider
Garnett “soft” down the stretch.
Now he’s in a role where he can be a
significant contributor in crunch time
without needing to shoot the ball-
which is just how he likes it- and he’s
the emotional leader of maybe the best
team in the NBA. Soft? Definitely not.
But Garnett has known that for years,
as displayed in this 2002 interview
with ESPN’s Chris Palmer.
“Q: Word on the street is that you’re
soft in the fourth quarter.
KG: F— you talkin’ about? at’s not
what I hear.
Q: What do you hear?
KG: at KG is the mother—ing shit.
N—-s know .”
Other highlights of the interview
included:
“Q: Are you and Wally (Szczerbiak)
better than Kobe and Shaq?
KG: [Long pause] No … it hurts me
to say it but we’re not. I just … [sigh]
… we just aren’t.”
And, “Moments later, KG was in
his Ferrari Spyder heading home to
shower and change.”
You’ve gotta love the NBA.
Send your questions, comments, or
gushing fan mail to dczarum@mta.ca
DCZ for three
Comments on the past week in the NBA
David Charles Zarum
Argosy Correspondent
You’ve been running the treadmill like
mad and peddling those bikes like
crazy, but you still have “the bulge.”
Sorry, but there’s only one way to
lose it and that is through “abdominal
workouts.” In this article, you’ll learn a
15 minute workout for the abs that will,
if done regularly, tone and strengthen
the abdominal area.
Everybody knows how to do sit-ups,
but, although helpful, sit-ups alone
won’t tone the entire abdominal area.
Crunches are also a great exercise and
easier than sit-ups. To do crunches,
you must be in the sit-up position on
the floor and begin the motion, except
stop halfway through. A crunch is a
half sit-up that should be done slowly
and with control. Try side crunches,
where you have your hands behind
your head and bring your left elbow
towards your right knee and vice versa.
You should start off with at least 10-
20 crunches per rep and work your way
up to 40.
Next, bring your knees up over
your stomach while lying on your
back. Don’t bring them down to your
stomach, but keep them comfortably
above. Now straighten one leg slowly
while keeping it at the same height as
the other leg, and then bring it back.
Repeat with the other leg. While this
seems easy, and resembles the motion
of biking, remember not to move your
legs in a circular pattern, but keep
them constantly at the same height.
Start by doing 20, and work your way
up to 40 or more, and do several reps.
You may not feel anything at first, but
eventually you will feel the burn.
Another, more difficult ab exercise
requires you to lay flat on your back
on the ground with your legs stretched
out. Now, keeping your legs together,
lift them until they are straight in the
air and bring them back down. While
doing this keep your back pressed
against the floor to prevent hurting
the lower back. Repeat this motion
again. If it is too difficult, alternate
doing a couple with other ab exercises.
Another version of this is to start
the same and bring your legs off the
ground and to stop and hold when
they are about a foot off the ground. A
more difficult way to do this exercise
would be to move the top of your body
up and down with your arms extended
straight out, while doing the same
with your legs.
My final exercise is the plank. is is
the best all-around core exercise and if
you only have time for one, then this is
it. e plank is when you prop yourself
up off the ground by your forearms and
feet, while facing downwards. You have
to clench your ab and butt muscles to
keep yourself perfectly straight, like a
plank, and to prevent your butt from
sticking up. You should try to hold this
for at least 20 seconds and work your
way up to longer times.
ese are only a few exercises that
you can do to build your abs while not
leaving your room. You can do these
after a gym workout or in the morning
before class. e gym also has a couple
of machines for abdominal workouts
and there’s always working with the
exercise balls as well (i.e. crunches on
them). If you use these exercises and
push yourself to work harder each time,
then you’ll quickly be on your way to
losing flab and gaining some abs.
Lose the flab, gain some abs
Nicole Butler
Argosy Contributor
Victory without honour
A high school basketball coach in
Texas was fired this past week for
refusing to apologize for his team’s
100-0 thumping of an opposing team.
e coach, Micah Grimes, defended
the victory and in a statement to the
Dallas Morning News said that “my
girls played with honor and integrity.”
e team they defeated, the Dallas
Academy has not won a game in five
years and is in fact, a small private
school for students with learning
disabilities. Once the news of the
victory became public, the winning
team, the Covenant School, issued an
apology and asked the league to forfeit
the victory because “victory without
honour is a great loss.”
Where should teams draw the line in
games? After the Rose Bowl this year
and USC’s thumping of Penn State,
my best friend commented that he
wishes that Peter Carroll, the USC
coach would allow his team to run up
the score more often. Should a clearly
superior team be conscious of their
opponents feelings or should they play
hard, despite the score? In my brief
career as a high school athlete, I know
that I would have been more hurt if
a player had “played down” to my
ability in order to make me feel like
the match was more competitive. e
girls from the Dallas Academy felt
the same way, with players saying that
they were playing for more than the
win. Dallas Academy player Lauren
Click put it best when she said “Sports
are basically about learning leadership,
learning how to deal with other people.
It’s not just about winning.”
Australian Open Update
Is anyone else really excited for the
Andy Roddick - Roger Federer match-
up that is coming up? A-Rod managed
to knock off Novak Djokovic, the
defending champ and the player who I
was predicting to win the tournament.
Federer, after being pushed to five
rounds by Tomas Berdych, is looking
like the Roger of Old. I hate Roger
Federer with a passion. His stupid
hair, stupid humbleness, everything
about that man, I despise. I can admit
that I have a definite tennis crush on
Rafael Nadal. After seeing him up
close two years ago in Montreal, how
could I not? Federer always acts so cool
with his amazing shots just coming
naturally and shrugging them off like
they are no big deal. With Nadal, you
can see the passion and the intensity
and honestly, tennis needs more of
that.
Steroids
I’m tired of having to hear about
Roger Clemens and the whole “Did he
lie under oath to a grand jury?” Major
league sports have come a long way in
cleaning up their steroids practices,
thanks in part to the Mitchell Report
conducted by Senator Mitchell for
Major League Baseball. Interestingly,
Senator Mitchell is currently serving
as President Barack Obama’s envoy
to the Middle East, traveling around
the region in hopes of calming the
tensions there.
From the Sports desk...
Reflections on the past week in sports
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
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Athlete of the Week
Mitchell Peters
Six-foot-two Mitchell Peters of
the Swimming Mounties has been
honoured as Mount
Allison’s Athlete of the Week for
his performance in the UNB pool
against four
other AUS teams.
In the AUS pre-championship
meet, Peters swam for two silvers and
a bronze in
the 200 Free, the 400 Free, and the
50 Fly respectively. To date, Peters is
only one of two male swimmers in
New Brunswick who have already
turned in a qualifying time for the
2009 Canada Games.
A resident of Sackville, NB, Peters
is a former student at Tantramar
Regional
High School and a past eight-time
MVP with the Sackville Swim Club,
coached by his father, and current
Mounties’ coach, John Peters. Peters
is also a member
of Mount Allison’s championship
men’s Atlantic Colleges Athletic
Association’s (ACAA) cross-country
team, and a former eight-time
provincial all-star swimmer for New
Brunswick.
Along with Olympic aspirations,
Peters is currently enrolled in first-
year
Arts and majors in archaeology at
Mount Allison.
Other nominees were: Caila
Henderson (volleyball), Kristen
Atkins (basketball), Josh Graham
(basketball), and Andrea Switalski
(hockey).
Mountie Sports Week
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Men’s Basketball vs. UNBSJ; 4:00 PM
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