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Residents of 46 Bridge St. spent
Sunday night at the Marshlands
Inn, watching their house burn
“You could see the flames
coming out of the window, and
that was very terrifying,” said
resident Caroline Samp. “Smoke
was pouring out.”
e fire was reported at 5:46 pm,
and hot spots continued until after
11:00 pm. Sackville and Chignecto
fire departments were present, and
Dorchester was put on stand-by.
e site was monitored until 7:00
am the next morning.
e cause of the fire is suspected
to be electrical, but the Fire
Marshall is still investigating.
e RCMP affirm that it was
not suspicious, and no one was
Still, the 13 Mt. Allison students
residing in the house have been
forced to search for new housing
after fire and water damage left
the building uninhabitable.
“I found it very strange being
homeless in a place that I’ve very
much come to know as my home,”
said Samp. “But my period of
homelessness was very short.
It was very panicking, but very
Samp and her roommates have
found a new house, while others
have moved into residence or with
friends temporarily.
e residents were let into the
building on Tuesday to salvage
belongings. Much was lost, but
those from the first floor apartment
were able to retrieve things such
as books and clothes. However,
the third floor was completely
“I have to keep reminding myself
that they’re only things, and I don’t
necessarily always believe that,”
said Samp. “Ultimately, nobody
died and no one was hurt ... it
could have been so much worse.”
e support from the community
has been great, said landlord Mike
Duffy, a sentiment echoed by
“Within 15 minutes of us getting
outside, people from the church
were coming up to us and saying,
if you need a place to stay for the
night, we have that available,” she
“I’ve heard that people have
been asking, ‘ Where can I make
a donation? Where can I give
money, Where can I give stuff?’”
A benefit is being held at the Pub
this weekend for those affected
by the fire, a facebook group has
been created to collect clothes and
items, and the SAC are working
on a web page to help co-ordinate
relief efforts.
is was Duffy’s first apartment
building in Sackville, and he said
that it’s too early to say if he’ ll
Justine Galbraith
Argosy Staff
Fire leaves thirteen Mt. A students without a home; community shows support
Blaze at 46 Bridge St.
Sackville and Chignecto fire departments responded to a call early Sunday night, staying until the following morning. While some belongings on the first floor of 46 Bridge St.
were salvageable, the upper floors saw much more water and fire damage.
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SAC discusses JUMP Campaign
SAC Ombudsperson Katherine Joyce had the
first presentation of the meeting. She gave the
history of the JUMP Campaign and the first
referendum on mandatory student contributions
that happened in 2006. She then explained that
the SAC executive told the administration that
they had taken a neutral stance on issue, and
that the administration was not asking for a
referendum because they don’t want to have one
without the full support of the SAC executive.
It was then clarified that the SAC council could
still hold a referendum on the issue if they
wanted. e SAC made no motion on the issue,
meaning as of now, no referendum will happen.
Executive Reports
SAC President Mike Currie explained the
new procedures the SAC Executive elections
will be taking. e new election debates format
e happenings of student politics: January 7
will be decided by SAC Chief Returning Officer
Kyra O’Hanley.
SAC VP Academic Ryan Robski announced
to council that University Provost Stephen
McClatchie would be visiting the council the
following week, so they should all become
informed on the Academic Renewal Process.
He stressed the decisions made will affect non-
graduating students.
Mark Brister, SAC VP External talked
about a meeting the New Brunswick Students
Alliance (NBSA) had with the Minister of Post
Secondary Education and several other MLAs.
He says the NBSA pushed the issue of a debt
cap, and that the minister made reference to the
recession and committed to nothing. Brister
also mentioned that the Sackville town council
is beginning to plan the construction of a wind
farm, and that town councillor Margaret Tsuz-
King is organizing a conference on climate
change and small communities.
VP Finance and Operations Dan Wortman
announced to council that the total cost of
running SAC Bingo each ursday to help raise
money for clubs and societies will be $423.75.
He also announced that very soon there will
be a microwave in the new cafe. e previously
announced microwave had been delayed because
of legal issues.
SAC Councillors in trouble
VP Communications Abigail McGillivary
chided councillors for not sending out their SAC
e-mails. As of the meeting, SAC councillors
slated to have to give an official apology to their
constituents were: Ben Kropp, Tim Lang, Mike
Cronin, Victoria Munnoch, Mike Simpson, Reg
Ferguson, Doug MacClean and Cejay Riley.
Questions and Concerns
During councillor concerns, some of the
concerns brought up included: Tim Lang asked
if exams could end sooner, to which Ryan Robski
said that a more squished exam schedule would
enrage students. Reg Fergson asked how the dates
for Reading Week are picked, to which Robski
answered that the Senate decides while making
up the academic calendar. Paul Rasbach asked if
Uncle Larry’s had paid the SAC Entertainment
Director for the Last Class Bash. Pat Barry said
that Sandy Mackay and SAC administrator Joy
Estabrooks were working on it.
During the holiday break, students found
themselves unable to check their textbook
requirements for the new semester. e
inconvenience was caused due to a systematic
mistake, but did not affect online ordering.
“Every year we open the web site for ordering
for about one month before the university closes
for holiday break,” said Book Store Manager
Judy VanRooyen. “is year it was open from
the middle of November until December 22.”
is time frame allows staff to pack orders for
Books on Beds before the university closes for
Christmas break, and delivery of orders during
the holidays.
VanRooyen explained that usually, the
website remains open for textbook inquiries
after the ordering time frame, but that this year,
“the system faultered and [both] closed at the
same time.”
e issue was raised at SAC Council, said VP
Academic Ryan Robski, and the situation was
fixed when bookstore staff returned in January.
Glitch leads to early closure of online textbook inquiries
Justine Galbraith
Argosy Staff
Troubles with the website left students unable to check their required books
online, but ordering went ahead as usual.
Jessica Emin
On average, the bookstore receives 450-650
online orders in the fall, and around 70 for the
winter semester. Traffic in the store is the same
as in previous years, said VanRooyen.
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Many Europeans still without gas,
as supplies stuck in Ukraine
Europeans were momentarily relieved
after the signing of an agreement
between Russia, Ukraine, and the EU
to restart gas flow to the continent.
However, this relief was short lived,
as of this Tuesday, with the failure of
Ukraine to re-open pipelines through
the country. e original dispute
arose over how much Ukraine should
pay Russia for their gas, and from
Russian suspicions and claims of
over-due debt.
People across the continent
continue to feel the strain of the cut
and have been unable to heat their
houses during a week of particularly
low temperatures. While countries
such as Bulgaria, Slovakia, Serbia, and
Bosnia-Herzegovina were the worst
affected, a further eight countries,
including Germany and France, also
noticed problems in their supply. Mr.
Yushenko, Ukraine president, has
accused Russia of blackmailing his
country over the issue.
About a quarter of European gas
comes from Russia, and 80 per cent
of this is piped through Ukraine. ,
and some countries, such as Slovakia,
are now looking back to alternative
sources of energy in the event of
another cessation.
Gaza offensive continues
As talks in Cairo between Egypt
and the Hamas progress, the Israeli
is week in the world
offensive is continuing to advance
into Gaza, focusing on urban areas
where they claim Hamas militants are
concealed. Both sides have rejected a
UN resolution calling for a ceasefire,
claiming that it is their own decision
to fight.
e conflict has killed about 900
Palestinians and 13 Israelis, according
to reports on each side. Information
is difficult to verify given that foreign
journalists are forbidden to enter the
area. Aid agencies, including Save the
Children and the Red Crescent, are
finding it difficult to continue their
operations amid the violence and
frequent bombings, but assert that
there is an urgent need of food and
Outraged citizens around the
world are voicing their concerns over
the conflict, and especially over the
American financial support of Israel.
Protesters waved shoes in the face
of cameras in Somalia, and many
Malaysians are boycotting American
companies such as Coca-Cola.
250 missing after Indonesian ferry
Only 22 people have been rescued after
an Indonesian ferry sunk before dawn
on Sunday while many passengers
were still sleeping. As rescue efforts
by air and water continue, hampered
by bad weather, hopes of finding more
survivors are fading.
While the official number of
tickets sold is 250, along with 17
crew members, ferries are often
overcrowded. Over 400 people died
when an Indonesian ferry sank in
Candidate for South African
President faces corruption charges
Jacob Zuma, leader of the African
National Congress (ANC) party in
South Africa, faces 16 separate charges
of corruption, money-laundering,
and racketeering connected to a
contentious arms deal in 1999. ese
were previously overturned by a judge,
A weekly miscellany compiled by Rebecca Dixon
whom current state prosecutors state
“overstepped” his authority.
Zuma will still lead the ANC in the
upcoming elections and is considered
a favourite for the presidency. He has
stated that he will attempt to fight the
charges with all the lawful options
available to him, but that he will also
voluntarily step down if convicted.
Ugandan rebels call for ceasefire
Leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army
(LRA) are claiming that they desire
peace. is comes after coordinated
attacks against them by Uganda,
South Sudan, and DR Congo, all of
whom have suffered from the rebel
group’s raids for over 20 years.
e LRA have killed at least 400
civilians in the last month, and many
have been forced to flee from their
homes in fear. A letter delivered to
the UN envoy in Uganda and further
addressed to the governments of
several African countries, including
their attackers, calls for a truce but
specifies conditions, such as dropping
International Criminal Court charges
against the group’s commanders.
Glitch leads to early closure of online textbook inquiries
“If we want to think people are voting
for more than simply the pictures of
the candidates, our elections need
to become more politicized,” argued
Chris Durrant, Argosy co-editor-in-
chief, in his Editorial published on
November 6 of last year.
“Candidates need to take different
stands. ere may or may not be a
divisive issue, but every candidate
should represent different priorities
and new initiatives.”
ese concerns are not new.
Reaching quorum (a minimum
number of votes, which is 25 per
cent of the student body) has often
been difficult. e problem arose in
the by-election last October when
two positions were up for grabs due
to Brian Crouse’s resignation as VP
Academic and then Science Senator
Ryan Robski’s bid to fill that position.
Voting had to be extended by two
days and students had to be wheedled
into casting a ballot in order to reach
quorum and validate the election.
At the time, Mike Currie, SAC
President, felt that the low voter
turnout was due mainly to the
unexpected nature of the election.
“It’s a bad time of year, just with
midterms. Students are busy [... and]
to be aware of everything going on on
campus is just impossible.”
However, Currie agreed with
Durrant’s criticism in a subsequent
Helena van Tol
Argosy Staff
Argosy issue and took the chance
to welcome debate on any SAC or
student issue. e SAC was also quick
to propose a reform in the electoral
“Typically, the impression is that
SAC elections are rushed. ere’s
only a week of nominations, a week
of campaigning and then the voting
happens,” explains Currie.
is year, the nominations open
on January 26 and stay open for two
weeks, while the All Candidates
Meeting takes place on February 2 (a
week later). Usually nominations close
on this date and campaigning begins
the next day. Now, nominations will
stay open another week while those
who attended the meeting start
campaigning. e nominations will
close on February 9; there will be an
additional week of campaigning, and
then voting will take place the week
before spring break.
“So this means that if there’s only
one candidate running (and I know
this has happened before) and a
student feels that they could beat that
candidate, or that they’re not doing
a good job with their campaign, or
whatever, then they can challenge
them,” explained SAC VP External,
Mark Brister.
In the past, candidates have not
been allowed to criticize each other’s
campaigns or platforms. But such
debate will now be possible during
speeches and on posters.
“e only time that people talk
about the SAC and policies related
to the SAC is during elections,”
Brister comments, “It’s problematic
that in the past we’ve set a tone
that discourages candidates from
criticizing each other’s platforms.
at makes it difficult for candidates
to get the message out.”
e SAC is emphasizing that
the reform is a work in progress.
e new election format is meant to
promote a more liberal exchange of
ideas and increase competitiveness
among candidates. ere’s no telling
whether it will be easier to reach
quorum this time round. However, if
the candidates are able to up the hype
around elections, hopefully more
students will become involved in the
debate and vote.
“It would be a shame if most of
the candidates don’t reach out to the
student body through the speeches
[…] or just talking to students,” says
Currie, “I hope this extra week of
campaigning will drum up more
excitement and build awareness. And
I think that the obligation should
be on the candidates as much as the
SAC to keep students informed about
what’s going on.”
is speedy reform was accelerated
by the fact that much of the discussion
took place behind closed doors. “at’s
the administrative prerogative,”
explains Brister, “We don’t need
legislative authority to change the
rules of the election as long as it does
not clash with the by-laws”
For that reason, the main concern
was making sure that SAC Chief
Returning Officer, Kyra O’Hanley,
would be able to cope with the added
workload of an extended election.
“I just wanted to make sure she was
comfortable with the change,” says
Currie, “And to say that the rest of the
SAC would support her in making
this change.”
Previously, candidates have run on
the basis of experience rather than a
fully developed platform. But now,
the hope is that there will be the time
and competitiveness for candidates
to extend their ideas and really think
about what they are doing. e new
election format may bring other
changes as well.
“Potentially it could weed out some
people who might just decide to throw
their name in last minute […] because
the debate aspect allows people to
dissect your campaign,” says Currie,
“But, I also think it could also appeal
to more people because there is more
time to plan ahead and campaign and
organize your strategy for the two
weeks of campaigning.”
is year, a race for presidency is
expected, and there is hope that other
positions will have more than one
candidate as well. Some students are
anticipating a real political debate and
exchange of ideas.
Durrant is pleased with how things
have panned out.
“I don’t think all student unions
are so mature in how they react to
criticism. I’m looking forward to
following the new longer and more
democratic campaigns.”
SAC nomination and campaigning periods have been lengthened
Gloria Carnivale
Take your time this SAC election
Exec hopes that extra week of campaigning will increase voter turnout and excitement
once colourful back walls of New
Brunswick’s convenience stores are
now seas of grey.
An amendment to the province’s
Tobacco Sales Act that prohibits the
display of tobacco products or tobacco
advertisements in retail stores came
into force on Jan. 1.
is has left some convenience
stores with the so-called tobacco
power walls behind their cash
registers – including the University
of New Brunswick Student Union
Building Campus Convenience
Shoppe – looking quite different.
“I don’t think it’s going to stop
people from buying cigarettes,” said
Diane Storey, manager of the Campus
Convenience Shoppe.
Dan Bungay, a cashier at the
Shoppe, says that long-time smokers
aren’t really affected because they still
know what they want.
“I don’t think it really alters anyone’s
addiction,” said Bungay. “Most
questions that we get are from people
that don’t smoke all the time. People
know that [the tobacco products are]
there, regardless, so they won’t have
any effects in the long run.”
N.B. smokes out tobacco power walls
Josh O’Kane
The Brunswickan (University of
New Brunswick)
Bungay says that for store
employees, it will be more of a hassle.
“Employees that aren’t familiar
with tobacco products will have to
look through all the slots all the time,”
said Bungay. “It’s kind of ridiculous
from the worker’s perspective.
“As far as people coming in here, I
don’t think they have any qualms, as
long as the prices are the same,” he
Kenneth Maybee, President of the
Lung Association of New Brunswick,
says that the ban on power walls is a
victory for the association, which has
been fighting for this amendment for
four years.
“It’s a powerful step in the right
direction,” said Maybee.
Tobacco companies have used
power walls to draw in smokers for
far too long, he says.
Removing power walls, he says,
removes the temptations for people
susceptible to start smoking, or those
who are trying to quit.
“We believe that power walls are
one of the most important aspects of
tobacco control,” he said. “ese are
huge displays of tobacco products.
You have children and people trying
to quit smoking seeing it. It’s in your
face all of the time,” he said.
“We know a large number of
people want to quit smoking and
that people realize tobacco will kill
you. We know that anyone who
smokes for any period of time will
get acute bronchitis and emphysema,
following with early death. is will
go a long way toward our constant
vigil of reducing the power of tobacco
companies on Canadian citizens. It’s
been a long battle,” Maybee added.
However, Campus Convenience
Shoppe manager Storey believes it’s a
hindrance to tobacco vendors in the
“I think it’s an unnecessary thing
– an expense stores didn’t need,” said
She also thinks the mysterious
coverings appearing over power walls
across the province won’t help.
“What you can’t have is what you
want,” said Storey.
Maybee dismisses such claims as a
fabrication of the tobacco industry.
e New Brunswick Lung
Association’s next goal, says Maybee,
is to prevent smoking in cars with
children under the age of 19.
Hiemstra doesn’t think Nova Scotia’s
new liquor legislation is the right
way to deal with binge drinking and
public drunkenness in the province’s
university towns.
“I don’t see these laws as being
effective at all,” said Hiemstra,
a student at St. Francis Xavier
University in Antigonish, N.S.
On Dec. 19, the province
announced that bars could no longer
sell beer or alcohol for less than $2.50
Nova Scotia eliminates $1 drinks
Danielle Webb
CUP Atlantic Bureau Chief
a serving. A serving is defined as 12
ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or
one ounce of spirits.
e price increase is an effort to
curb public drunkenness and street
fighting – especially in university
towns – after public outcry over a
street brawl outside of Halifax’s the
Dome bar in December 2007 that saw
38 people arrested.
St. FX nursing student Kaileigh
Currie believes the minimum
price increase is a step in the right
“From a health promotion
perspective — which is concerned
with helping people change their
lifestyle — the increase is definitely a
positive move,” Currie said.
“Additionally, Nova Scotia is
not trailblazing here and initiating
something completely radical. Nova
Scotia is just finally stepping up to
protect and promote the health of its
citizens, as so many other provinces
have already done.”
Hiemstra disagrees.
“Just because dollar drinks are
banned doesn’t mean people are going
to stop drinking heavily. If people
want to get hammered, they are going
to do so, regardless of [price],” he
“I think it’s a poor solution to an
issue that the government shouldn’t be
involved in at all. What prices private
institutions choose to sell their goods
[are] not the government’s business.”
For Kris MacSween, manager of
the St. FX campus bar, the news is
welcome. Prior to the price increase,
the bar had been struggling to retain
patrons as competition offered alcohol
for $1 per serving.
“I see the new minimum pricing
as a positive step for our community
and our campus in particular. It’s
more-or-less a level playing field
now. We can put more emphasis on
our programming as opposed to what
price we are selling our drinks at,”
said MacSween.
MacSween believes that selling
servings of alcohol for $1 did have an
impact on business.
“Initially I think the novelty of
dollar drinks attracted people, and
for students on a budget, there’s no
arguing with the economics.”
“We purposefully chose not to
[reduce our prices] because it would
have meant cutting student jobs and
decreasing the level of security in our
bar, not to mention the potential social
and legal ramifications,” MacSween
VICTORIA (CUP) – e University
of Victoria may follow other universities
in B.C. in creating a positive spaces
alliance to visually recognize people
in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual,
trans) community and their allies on
Alliances have existed at the
University of British Columbia since
2002, and the University of Vancouver
Island since 2003.
Gabriel Bedard, a UBC equity
advisor who works on their campaign,
says the program continues to be a
huge success and their workshops are
always full.
To join the campaign and have
their name added to what is currently
a 17-page directory of LGBT-friendly
students, staff, and faculty, individuals
complete a 3.5-hour training seminar,
and they are given a poster and a
button to identify themselves on
UVic eyes LGBT positive space alliance
Other universities already have successful networks
Sam VanSchie
CUP Western Bureau Chief
“It’s amazing to see the posters
around campus and realize how big
the community is,” Bedard said.
UVic Equity Advisor Pamela
Brown thinks this would be a great
thing to see in Victoria.
“It might be the most important
thing in the world for a new person
to be able to identify people that they
can go to for support,” she said. “It
really shifts the environment of a
While alliance members aren’t
trained as councillors, they are usually
given a resource directory and will
refer people to services.
Brown will organize meetings
to compile a service directory and
training manual for UVic.
e alliance could start as early as
next September, but first Brown wants
to make sure stakeholders support the
“We don’t want to just target a
community and create something if
it isn’t want they want,” Brown said.
“I can take the lead in facilitating the
first few meetings to bring people
with similar interests together, but
the network needs to sustain itself
from there.”
Brown researched similar networks
while she was working at Trent
University in Ontario. When she
began at UVic last July, she thought
an allies network was already in place
“We had positive space
paraphernalia in our office and I’ve
seen it around campus, but it turned
out most of it was from different
universities,” she said.
When she asked around, many
people seemed interested in creating
an alliance, but despite an attempt
in 2004, nobody had successfully
organized one.
“It seems like such a natural fit
for UVic; the diversity on campus is
really incredible,” she said. “It’s in the
strategic plan to encourage diversity
of all types.”
According to Andrew Shopland,
UVic’s Pride Collective co-ordinator,
the university is a safe space for
people in the LGBT community, but
increased awareness that would be
created by a positive spaces alliance
would be beneficial.
“I think what’s so great about these
type of alliances is that it creates
something for our allies,” Shopland
said. “I think it’s good to encourage
more people to be involved in queer
issues and advocacy.”
Pamela Brown hopes to bring a positive spaces alliance to University of
Victoria to identify members of the LGBT community and their allies
Josh ompson/ e Martlett
Jessica Emin
A province wide ban on “power-wall” displays of tobacco has forced vendors to conceal their products.
Zoe Williams
Argosy Staff
Why do we have a student paper?
What is the role of a paper on campus?
How many students actually read the
Argosy, and more importantly what do
students think about the paper? ese
are questions I occasionally ask myself,
especially when it comes time to write
an editorial. As this is the first week
of the semester, I thought I would
devote this editorial to talking about
just these issues.
Before I began working for the
Argosy, I rarely thought about it.
During the past three years I was a
relatively regular reader of the paper,
but the entire process of producing
the Argosy was a mystery to me. Even
living for a year with a staff member
of the paper didn’t shed much light
on the operation, except that working
for the Argosy involved some very late
Tuesday nights. For me, the Argosy
was something that just happened
every ursday, and not something I
was at all included in, beyond paying
$26 for it every year.
Over the years that I’ve been here,
I’ve heard a number of complaints
about the paper, some of which I felt
Ask not what e Argosy can do
for you but what you can do for
e Argosy
were warranted, others not. Recently,
I overheard a couple of students
complaining that all the Argosy does
is criticize; this being in reference to
an unfavourable opinion written about
an on-campus event last semester. I’ve
felt similarly myself about the Argosy
in the past, but being one of the editors
of the paper has, of course, made me
see things differently.
According the Argosy’s constitution,
the paper is “an independent journal of
news, opinion, and the arts, written
and edited by the students of Mount
Allison University.”
Our specific mission statement is to:
“contribute to the intellectual and social
life of the Mount Allison community
by (1) keeping students informed
about events in the community, (2)
actively encouraging and undertaking
critical analysis of events affecting
Mount Allison students; (3) providing
a forum for reputable print media,
and; (4) providing a forum for the
expression of student opinion.”
I hope that we are fulfilling our
mission statement this year, but I
know that we can’t do it without
consistent input from the student
body. e way I see it, the Argosy is
a tool for students, both to inform
themselves about what is happening
on campus, around town and beyond,
and to express themselves, whether by
writing an opinion piece, an article or
drawing a comic. Most importantly,
the Argosy is an independent body on
campus: it’s paid for by the students,
and so we are beholden only to Mt. A
students, not the administration. As
with any other community, I believe
it is important that Mount Allison
has an independent media outlet,
and the Argosy fulfills this role. But I
also think we have a responsibility to
provide a service that Mt. A students
think is valuable.
We are a relatively small student
organization. We have eleven editors
and five staff writers and a slightly
larger number of regular volunteer
writers. On any given week, we can
only cover so much, and represent
so many opinions. at said, if you
disagree with our coverage of an
event, or interpretation of an issue, you
should feel free to write in and tell us
why we were wrong. Better yet, you
could volunteer to write the article
next time.
Once a semester, we hold an Argosy
Funders’ meeting, open to anyone
who pays a yearly fee for the paper
(that’s every Mt. A student) to come
and voice their concerns, look at a
copy of our budget and generally get
a glimpse into how we run the paper.
We also have an open meeting every
ursday at 5:30 in the Argosy office.
I hope that, this semester, if you have
something to say about the Argosy,
or anything going on at Mt. A or in
Sackville, you don’t hesitate to come to
an Argosy meeting, send us an e-mail,
or write us a letter. We want to hear
from you!
Michael Thibodeau
Dear Editor,
While the rest of the university
prepared for exams in the second week
of December, third and fourth-year
students in the Department of Music
were preparing for their yearly recital
juries. For those not familiar with this
procedure, these are panels seated by
four faculty members (three related
to the students instrumental area, and
the department head) who deliver a
decision, after hearing performances
by the candidates, on whether they
should be allowed to continue with
their application for a shared or full
recital in the spring. While almost all
Music Department policies are off-key
the candidates were successful, two
were not. Both of these individuals are
pianists in their third year of study at
Mount Allison, the only two applicants
from their piano studio, and entered
their jury confident of receiving
the shared recital for which they
applied. e resulting denial of their
application was an unjust statement
by the department, the problems of
which I will disseminate.
Now, the Department of Music’s
faculty will likely contest my grounds
for offering an opinion on this matter,
as I am a student and was not present
at either jury. As rebuttal, I offer my
background as musician and pianist,
whose success during four years of
study the university has been happy
to proclaim, and who, on numerous
occasions, has had the opportunity to
watch these two individuals perform.
For those in other degrees, it is
imperative to realize the importance
of recitals in the music degree.
Comparable to an honours thesis, the
denial of a recital can and most likely
will have serious implications on a
student’s career path.
e primary issue arising from
the department’s decision is one of
consistency. University policy states
that a student must have achieved a
minimum of A- in their last year of
study on their instrument to apply
for a recital. For those not familiar,
the grade of A- in the department is
not subjective: it is a fixed part of a
multi-tiered, descriptive scheme for
all grades, crafted and adopted by
the department almost a decade ago
to establish consistency throughout
our various studios. erefore, an A-
obtained by a second-year student in
voice would be equitable to a similar
grade obtained by a second-year
student studying clarinet. Consistency
in grading between studios is yet
to be achieved, but the department
still adopts the grading policy in its
performance syllabi, and so is liable for
it here. Forgive my digression, it has
reason: the two pianists in question
are not only the top pianists of their
year; they are, beyond doubt, amongst
the top musicians in their class and
their degree, who have also received
in-course scholarships for their
pianistic abilities (leaving aside their
lofty grade point averages!). erefore,
I would only be apt to consider the
department’s decision having known
that all their classmates had been
similarly denied their application for
I spoke with one of the pianists
to try to make sense of the situation.
I found only one plausible solution
for the departments decision. Both,
I discovered, prepared under the
apparent illusion that it was acceptable
to use music for a portion of their
jury (pianists perform mainly by
memory). is was different from the
other piano studio in the department,
whose two applicants were expected to
perform by memory. Contrasted with
the other pianists who performed by
memory, the other two would have
appeared less prepared by using the
music (despite their belief of being
prepared to the extent necessary!).
It is from here that blame must be
assigned. It cannot be placed upon the
pianists; they entered the jury prepared
to the extent to which they were told.
It is most likely not the instructor, as
previous students have been successful
under a similar standard of preparation,
and if the instructor had known of a
higher standard this certainly would
have been relayed to the students.
Rather, the responsibility rests on
a higher rung of the ladder, whose
failure to establish a clear expectation
of performance level for these juries, or
at least erase confusion, has resulted in
this predicament.
I encourage the department head,
Dr. Elizabeth Wells, and the rest of the
music faculty, to consider this: what
is the greater good in denying these
two students recitals? Is it setting an
example for the rest of the department?
Will the use of prestigious-calibre
marking for these two students
encourage enrolment by more gifted
pianists? I highly doubt it. Justify, if
you will, giving a voice student, yet to
reach the end of his first year of study
on the instrument, a recital, who has
no grade in the instrument from a
previous year of study nor either of two
prerequisite collegium performances
necessary to qualify (yes, reader, this
occurred), while denying two pianists
with more than a decade of dedicated
study and the prerequisite grades and
performances? Ludicrousness of the
highest order! Rather, I suggest to
you this: you’ve already slapped these
two on the hand, now give them both
the opportunity to perform their
recitals. ey are more than capable of
preparing and performing them, and
certainly more than deserving.
Concerned, disappointed, and sincere,
Michael ibodeau
Bachelor of Music ‘09
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Marburg, Germany, August 2008.
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Zoe Williams
e University community is saddened by the sudden death of Betsy Goodale at
her home in December.
Born in Perth-Andover on August 30th, 1987, Betsy was a fourth-year
Psychology major at Mount Allison University. Visitation with family and
friends took place at Brunswick Funeral Home in Perth-Andover on Wednesday
December 17 in the early afternoon. Following a time of visitation, a funeral
service was held that same day. e service was officiated by family friend Ray
Andersen. Mount Allison University Chaplain Rev. John C. Perkin took part
in the funeral service, paying tribute to Betsy’s work ethic, determination and
commitment to people. Betsy’s brother Barry also spoke at the service, attended
by family and friends from Perth-Andover and immediate friends from Mount
Betsy was the daughter of Robert and Charlotte Goodale. Besides her parents,
Betsy leaves behind her sister Rebecca Goodale, of Fredericton, and her brother
Barry, of Perth-Andover. She was predeceased by her sister Roxann Goodale.
Betsy will be remembered by her family, friends and community for her
concern for others, her desire to make a difference in the world, and her love of
animals. Our sincere sympathies and condolences are offered to her family.

From the Book of Revelation:
“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth” --
“yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labour,
for their deeds will follow them.”
In Memoriam
How was your experience
buying books this semester?
Sarah Smith-Eivemark
“Usually I go and buy books as soon as I
can and get the best used copies. I am
still waiting for a couple of books and it’s
frustrating. It’s the same as usual.”
Heather Hamilton
“ere were a few things late but my
teacher told us today that we would get 50
per cent off one of the late books which is
good. My frustration as an English student
is that we need to buy so many books and
the buyback would not take any of the ones
I brought back.”
Charlotte Edwards
“I always bring my books to the SAC Buy
Back and make a killing.”
Cory Pothier
“I found a lot of books from other students
who took the class before so my second
semester experience is considerably cheaper
than before.”
Luke Ekoh
“Very expensive. e lines weren’t bad.
Everything I needed was available.”
James Goddard
“I ordered most off the internet because
they were cheaper. I only bought one at the
By Jessica Emin, Argosy Staff
Jessica Emin
Wooster: If you ask me Jeeves, art is responsible for most of the trouble in the world.
Jeeves: It’s an interesting theory, Sir. Would you care to expatiate upon it?
Wooster: As a matter of fact, no Jeeves. The thought just occurs to me, you know, as thoughts do.
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If Sackville had its own dictionary,
“Stereophonic” would read legendary.
e sixth annual fundraiser festival
kicks off January 14 and ends big
with 2008 Polaris-longlisted Plants
& Animals and Wintersleep rocking
George’s Roadhouse on the 20th.
According to Sandy Mackay, this
year’s Stereophonic organizer, it is a
festival that “celebrates independent
media and community spirit and it’s
a fundraiser for our radio station.”
However, it is clear that Stereophonic
6 has far outgrown its roots as a simple
fundraiser for CHMA 106.9 FM, with
Mackay adding “I’m not even looking
at it as a fundraiser anymore.” As the
numerous, ubiquitous Stereophonic t-
shirts attest, Stereophonic is more of
an event than a mere fundraiser.
is year, a new position was created
to deal exclusively with the festival:
the CHMA Stereophonic Planning
Coordinator, which Mackay filled.
In past years, the Music Director
had organized the festival, alongside
their other duties in CHMA. is
branching-out of Stereophonic is
evidenced by the partnership between
William Gregory
Argosy Staff
Stereophonic Six
CHMA and SAC Entertainment
for the Plants & Animals finale. is
show is one of the highest-profile
this semester (rivaled by only the
Weakerthans/Constantines double bill
coming this March), but there will be
no advance tickets for the show. Instead,
only Stereophonic bracelets and door
tickets will be offered to integrate the
show into the Stereophonic festival.
Aside from some prominent
headliners, the lineup heavily favours
Sackville-based artists. Most shows
predominately feature Sackville artists
coupled with larger names from around
the region. CHMA Music Director,
James Goddard said “it’s nice to give
musicians that are gigging around here
frequently an opportunity to showcase
their talent to [...] a bigger audience.”
With nine different shows in six
days, Stereophonic is presenting a great
deal of music for Sackville residents.
Moreover, most of the shows are at
all-ages venues, with two big shows
taking place at the Vogue eatre
alongside shows at Struts Gallery and
the United Church. One of the most
potentially exciting and entertaining
shows, Woodhands and Ruby Jean &
the oughtful Bees, will transform the
CHMA offices into an electro-dance
party on ursday evening. Goddard
stresses the universality of the festival,
commenting that the “lineup is really
good and even if you haven’t heard of
some of these bands, [...] on any given
night of Stereophonic there’s going to
be a variety of different sounds and a
lot of quality.”
e festival will put student
musicians Pat Lepoidevin, Kellen
Barrett and Corey Isenor, who will all
have released original albums this year,
into the spotlight with high billing in
their appearances. Sackville mainstays
like Julie Doiron, Shotgun Jimmie and
Calm Down It’s Monday, all of whom
have attracted national attention and
acclaim, round out major Sackville
community names in the festival’s
is is all part of CHMA’s mandate,
says Goddard, since “one of the roles
of a campus-community radio station
is to promote local music,” adding that
“a big part of what community radio
stations do is they provide an outlet
for artists within that community,
and they provide assistance and
infrastructure for them.”
Mackay concludes that “we’ve got
the best acts we could hope for”.
e complete Stereophonic lineup
is available at www.mta.ca/chma.
ursday - 15 January
CHMA Office 5 pm
Woodhands - Sweaty Torontonian beeps and bops.
Ruby Jean and the oughtful Bees - Amazing Halifax
electro trip-hop.
Consider this a showcase of CHMA’s new digs in the
Student Center. Perhaps it’s worth mentioning that there
may not be much left of these offices after Woodhands
unleash a serious torrent of danceinitis. Come early as
this will definitely spill out into the hallway and into the
Argosy’s general meeting that will be happening next door
Friday - 16 January
Vogue eatre 7pm
Old Man Luedecke - Banjo plucker extraordinaire
Julie Doiron - Canada’s indie rock queen
Al Tuck and No Action - Strange stage mannerisms and
tuneful melodies
Pat Lepoidevin - Pipe-strum-sing repeat
Steve Fifield - Singer-songwriter from the moors of Cape
is is a similar lineup to last year’s Friday night Vogue
showcase which is no problem since it was one of the most
memorable from Stereophonic 5. Expect an intimate show
despite 300+ people in attendance, a feat that has to be
experienced to be believed.
Saturday - 17 January
Vogue eatre 2pm
Blue Horizon
Featuring two of the region’s most talented bluegrass
players. this show will feel like a party has been going on all
night that ends with a grizzled old-timer growling about
their porch and cats.
Struts Gallery 7pm
El Ron Maltan and the Dice - Internationally renowned
musicians combine
Calm Down It’s Monday - Lo-fi tune people
e Superfantastics - Bubblegum sweet harmonies and
West Ave. - e all ages zeitgeist
No Stereophonic is complete without a Struts rockout so
thorough that plaster and pieces of the roof rain down on
the sorry tenants living above the gallery.
George’s Roadhouse 10pm
Tom Fun Orchestra - Stereophonic and Last Class Bash
Shotgun Jimmie - Sounds like the pavement of Sackville
e Stolen Minks - Snarling garage rock with an edge
e Maynards - An energetic show that may include
e Stance - Halifax retro heart throbs
PheasantCougarBear - Giving ManBearPig a run for his
e classic Stereophonic closer is always a great affair and
this year’s lineup doesn’t threaten to let down this tradition
of great concerts.
Tuesday - 20 January
George’s Roadhouse 9pm
Plant’s and Animals - A psychedelic freakout courtesy of
Montreal faeries
Wintersleep - Atlantic Canada’s favorite sons give Sackville
another chance
New Royalty - Lobsters, potatoes POP!
is show has epic potential. It may well be that show
that legends are told to grandchildren for many decades to
e super festival returns bigger and better than ever for its sixth year
Just in case you missed the Wednesday doubleheader, the Argosy has included the rest of the
festival’s lineup so you can catch up on what’s what:
Tv on the Radio
Dear Science,
is is simply an amazing album and
easily tops my personal list. Since its
release this fall, I’ve had it on repeat.
ere are no real misses on this disc,
which is usually the case with even the
best albums. I thoroughly enjoyed their
Frightened Rabbit – e Midnight
Organ Fight (Fat Cat)
I was not prepared to like this one.
eir timid band name suggests
excessive mopery, and the album title
(which means exactly what you think
it does) promises post-breakup self-
flagellation. Both of which turned
out to be true, more or less – a quick
skim of the lyrics reveal classic sad-boy
subject matter of self-loathing, strung-
out despondency, bad nights and worse
mornings. But here’s the important
part – Frightened Rabbit sound
genuinely excited to be here. Led by
the uneasy Scottish brogue of guitarist
Scott Hutchinson, this Scottish trio
tears into jangly indie rock on “Head
Rolls Off,” the 2:00 am country bar
waltz of “Good Arms vs Bad Arms”
and the mischievous, danceable folk of
“e Twist.” While the subject matter
is bleak, it’s delivered with disarming
transparency, surprising bluntness and
some good old-fashioned profanity.
Hutchinson and co. aren’t trying to
be poetic – they just need to get a
few things off their chests so they can
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
William Gregory
Argosy Staff
e best of 2008
play some pop music. e result is the
most compulsively listenable album of

TV on the Radio – Dear Science,
TV on the Radio’s last album, Return to
Cookie Mountain, had a lot of exciting
ideas but aside from a few incredible
tracks, they didn’t quite translate into
memorable music. On Dear Science,
the band retains the characteristics
that made them famous – the vocal
interplay of Kyp Malone and Tunde
Adebimpe, politically-charged lyrics
and David Sitek’s anything-goes
production – but now they want to
make you move, too. From soft rock
to hip-hop to vicious funk, TVOTR
incorporates whatever genre they
can get their hands on. e rubbery
bassline of “Golden Age” and the sexy,
stadium-ready “Lover’s Day” are the
highlights. ese days, anyone can
write a song about Bush-era malaise
– but how many of them can make you
want to strut?
Girl Talk – Feed the Animals (Illegal
Some might say Gregg Gillis’ latest
mashup opus doesn’t belong on a list
with new, original music. But he’s
just doing what every musician does
– filtering the songs that matter to him
through his unique point of view. It’s
just that he’s actually using fragments
of those songs to do it. Feed the Animals
is a dizzying collage of pop music that
careens through hundreds of uncleared
samples. It’s always a fascinating
and fun listen, but its best moments
– Ol’ Dirty Bastard vs. Yo La Tengo,
Flo Rida and T-Pain vs. e Velvet
Underground, and a jawdropping
climax that mixes Journey, George
Harrison and Huey’s “Pop, Lock and
Drop It” – are transcendent, forcing
you to reconsider songs you thought
you knew. It’s still available online in
a Radiohead-style pay-what-you-can
structure, but it’s absolutely worth
throwing some d’s on.
Honorable Mentions: Of Montreal’s
deranged and oddly funky Skeletal
Lamping; Bon Iver’s wintry For Emma,
Forever Ago; e Bicycles’ sunny Oh No,
It’s Love; the hardcore punk epic e
Chemistry of Common Life by Fucked
Up; the noisy pop of the Magnetic
Fields’ Distortion and No Age’s Nouns.
last album, Return to Cookie Mountain
(2005), but found that the fifteen-
track disc often felt too convoluted
and stretched, detracting from the
overall effect. is overreaching is
happily absent on Dear Science, without
sacrificing content. Overall, the record
is a very coherent whole, offering ten
great songs that are all good in their
own right without draining the well
of a given sound. ere’s a variety of
different sounds as evidenced by the
difference in lead singles, “Golden
Age,” which sounds like an African
orchestra, and “Dancing Choose,” a
slick track with a great beat. “Family
Tree” is a sombre and haunting track
and definitely numbers among one of
my favorite tracks of 2008 let alone
on Dear Science,. is is a record with
a passion that does not overshadow
commitment to making great music.
Cut Copy
In Ghost Colours
It is a bit of a difficult choice to put
the Aussie electro trio on my list. It’s a
love-hate relationship with Cut Copy,
whose electro-pop is frighteningly
processed and polished. But don’t
be deterred: In Ghost Colours is very
much in the best tradition of Air and
Daft Punk with a flair for unabashed
pop sensibilities. All the songs blend
together with the intros and outros
conspiring to form the effect of one
seamless product. e result is purely
addictive and good dance music. Top
tracks: “Out ere on the Ice” and
single “Hearts on Fire.”
e Kills
Midnight Boom
e duo’s third album narrowly
makes my top three, beating out other
New York’s Tv on the Radio scores high with Dear Science, their followup to Return to Cookie Mountain
And what did Neil like?
contenders like Beck’s Modern Guilt,
and MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular
mostly on the consistency of Midnight
Boom. While Beck and MGMT’s
offerings may contain songs I like
significantly more than e Kills’,
they also have some big misses. ere’s
nothing particularly complicated or
innovative on Midnight Boom - it’s
just barebones rock and roll at its best.
ere’s an undeniable urgency and
energy throughout this disc that makes
a potentially boring disc shine. “Last
Day of Magic” is a standout, although
it’s one among many.
Honourable Mentions
MGMT Oracular Spectacular; Beck
Modern Guilt; Plants and Animals
Parc Avenue; Crystal Castles S/T; M83
Saturdays = Youth.
A very brief recap of Entertainment staff’s favorite discs of last year
No end of year list would be complete without mentioning the
runaway success of The Dark Knight. The film grossed approximately
$1 billion worldwide and is the second highest grossing film of all
time behind juggernaut Titanic. More important than earnings is
the fact that it was actually a pretty good movie, and maybe the
first superhero movie to earn an Oscar nomination, if only for the
performance of deceased Heath Ledger.
Na-na...na Batman
media.prefixmag.com Jess Emin
Pop music represents one of the few
artistic mediums that truly celebrates
the mundane. I am relying here on the
broadest definition of pop music, the
one that marks off pop music from
more theoretically complicated and
institutionalised musical forms such as
new music, classical or jazz. Pop songs
speak to us because they speak directly
to us. at may seem tautological
but when contrasted with movies or
television the significance becomes
Movies and television, for the most
part, and even many of the most
popular literary artifacts, succeed in
drawing us into alien experiences.
ey rely on our natural inclination
towards escapism. e pop song draws
us in with familiarity and relatability;
because we have all felt loss, or
loneliness, or love. Emo, pop punk, and
country music all revel in the discussion
of personal minutia. e stories told
in pop songs, from Tom DeLonge to
Justin Timberlake, are about palpably
human tales, events we can share with
the musicians. Listening to someone’s
music can create a strangely intimate
bond for the listener. Most of us can
think of at least one artist with whom
we can imagine being friends, though
never having met.
With the release of Kanye West’s
album 808s and Heartbreak, West
hopes to escape from the ghetto of
hip-hop and rap to become a full-
fledged pop artist (here I switch to
the more limited definition of pop
denoting a particular genre within
the broader umbrella of pop). He
chooses to wrestle with the most
clichéd of all pop themes: heartbreak.
Heartbreak may be a cliché but in
many ways that adds to its universality
and West’s broader project. Even if
James Goddard
Argosy Correspondent
Kanye West’s uncomfortable jump to mega pop star
Ambitions of universal appeal fall short in 808s and Heartbreak
you are unfamiliar with the empirical
object of ‘heartbreak’ you can at least
claim familiarity with its existence as
a pop trope. at’s half the battle won.
e titular heartbreak, in this case, is
the result of the breakdown of West’s
engagement with his fiancée. I don’t
know anything about her, but that
doesn’t matter; this is Kanye West’s
album and I do know a whole lot about
him and, after listening to this album,
his heartbreak.
808s and Heartbreak is being
touted as a departure for West.
Rap is almost absent, (Young Jeezy
spits a ferocious though ultimately
uninteresting verse on one track, and
West’s facile rhymes though slowed
still show rap’s influence) it is replaced
instead with auto-tuned crooning.
Breakbeats and hip-hop production
are replaced with bassy synth, string,
piano and drum arrangements. All
of this brings to mind pop music but
more importantly the pop star. e
hallmark of all the greatest pop stars
has been their mutability. e careers
of everyone from the material girl to
Britney Spears are characterised by re-
invention. A constant, prescient when
done correctly and contrived when
not, reconstitution of sonic identity.
is is even true of some of music’s
most lasting talents; I’m thinking here
of Elvis Costello, and, more obviously,
Bob Dylan: two artists accused of
using success in one arena of music
to sell out to others, accused even of
constructing musical identities that
they had always planned to slough off
at the earliest opportunity. If these men
are guilty of murdering their musical
personas, then what we see here with
West is manslaughter.
Faced with unimaginable success
and emotional turmoil Kanye West
found himself unable to go on being
the Kanye West we knew. West opens
the track “Welcome to Heartbreak”
with this telling couplet: “My friend
show me pictures of his kids/ and all
I could show him was pictures of my
cribs/ he said his daughter got a brand
new report card/ and all I got was a
brand new sports car.” Having realized
the American Dream and facing the
prospect that it netted him everything
but happiness, West is left with one
recourse: re-invention.
As the next step in Kanye West’s
very public development, 808s and
Heartbreak makes perfect sense, but
does it work as music? e answer
to that question is yes and no. West’s
credentials as a producer are well-
established. Having played some part
in creation of much of the last few
year’s chart-topping pop music, he
certainly knows how to craft a song.
at brilliant ear for good production
is in-play on 808s - the entire album
sounds good. e sparse, almost robotic
aesthetic that is evident on the singles
“Love Lockdown” and “Heartless”
carries across the entire album and it
works perfectly.
“I hear him talk the coldest story
ever told” West sings on “Heartless”
and we can hear the frost. A chill
that carries through every futuristic
hook and auto-tuned chorus. Even the
much-maligned auto-tune plays the
perfect alienating role: “I’m a monster,
I’m a killer, I know I’m wrong” sings
West on “Amazing,” a line that carries
so much more weight when it sounds as
if it is being emitted by the tormented
cousin of HAL.
Where West falters is where he
has always been weak - in the lyrics
themselves. Even pitch-perfect
delivery and immaculate production
can’t save over-wrought lines like
“when I touch your neck I touch
your soul” or “I wish this song would
come true/ I admit I still fant-a-size
about you.” e line “I hopped in the
cab and paid my fare / see I know my
destination and I’m just not there...”
would feel more at home on an De
La Soul track circa 1994 than a 2008
electro-pop album. Not that pop music
has ever been known for particularly
profound lyricism, but is it too much
to expect better from the “voice of
our generation of this decade.” at
said, it was the laughably raw lyrics of
“Heartless”that first endeared the song
to me. In interviews when questioned
about the impressively short turnover
on this album, West gets defensive.
“Is something better if it takes five
years than if it took five minutes?” e
answer, Kanye: sometimes.
is album bears almost all the
hallmarks of pop greatness - relatable
subject matter, amazing production, a
star personality in flux. e remaining
piece to the pop puzzle is there in
the genre title itself - Pop, short for
popular. West’s hopes for this album
are wildly ambitious, he hopes to be
the next Michael Jackson. A man who
went beyond popular, whose music
was deemed universal. West is hoping
for a kind of popularity that has
yet to be seen this century. is new
direction will necessarily alienate some
of West’s pre-existing fanbase, but will
it win over the masses to replace them
and then some? Only time will tell. If
early sales are any indication then the
answer could very well be yes, and we
may be witnessing the birth of the 21st
century’s very first pop super-star.
Fader Interview
When Oklahoma natives, e All-
American Rejects, hit main stream
radio waves in 2003, they seemed like
yet another skater, pop-rock band
following in the footsteps of Jimmy
Eat World and Blink-182. eir third
studio album, When the World Comes
Down, however, has shown growth
from the frat party sounds of their
first single and inevitable hit, “Swing,
Swing,” even if it gives the impression
that the AAR have merely gone the
way of the mainstream music. More or
less, I felt as though I was listening to
And the world came down...
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
a Top 40 chart radio show.
I am being a little harsh - I did
enjoy the majority of tracks on When
the World Comes Down. My main issue
was that they sounded quite a bit like a
lot of music being produced these days.
Since AAR reportedly cancelled tour
dates in 2007 to finish the album, one
might assume the songs would show
the dedication and effort the boys put
into it. Sadly, I don’t know if I could
distinguish many of the AAR songs
from other bands’ that are in current
e first single off the album, “Gives
you Hell,” is one of the first songs I can
remember all the words to. at being
said, that may be because the song’s
lyrics are pretty repetitive. e song is
an upbeat anthem that bitterly wishes
an ex angst as they hear the one they
wronged get a hit song on the radio
and move on. Just a little bit Avril
Lavigne-esque. e song is, however,
quite catchy. With some well-timed
clapping and group singing, the
song is probably destined to become
the break-up anthem of pre-teens
Although I do enjoy many of the
tracks, the whole album seems messy
and unpolished. ere is a startling
transition from the lead singer, Tyson
Ritter’s last, “I wanna, I touch…”to the
opening rifts of the upbeat and clap-
happy “Fallin’ Apart.” After listening
to the change a couple of times, I was
still mystified. Surely the band and
the producers who worked with them
must have heard the inconsistencies in
the hard rock rifts abruptly stopping
and launching straight into the next
song. ere is also a random pause
26 seconds into “I Wanna,” and a 30-
second blank track before an extra
unlisted track called “Sunshine” at the
end of the album. It just seems messy
and disrupts the flow of the album. If
the band was trying to be grown up
and experimental, they did not quite
make it.
ere was a great Canadian band
that debut in early 2002 named Hot
Hot Heat. I couldn’t help but think
of them as I listened to several of the
AAR’s tracks. e familiarities do not
stop there, as tracks such as “Breakin’”
and “Real World” recall recent and
earlier Jimmy Eat World songs. As
mentioned earlier, much of When the
World Comes Down reminds me of
music already out there. Sadly, it really
isn’t all that surprising, as most main
stream bands do fit a certain mould.
To avoid being solely negative,
I’ll admit the album does have some
winning elements. e violins on
“Fallin’ Apart” are delightfully placed
as are the female vocals on “Another
Heart Calls.” When the World Comes
Down is not a failure as an album, it is
merely a disappointment to someone
who was expecting more. e upbeat
rhythms and rock guitars make the
latest All-American Rejects album fun
to listen to, but not much more.
e All American Rejects’ latest disc is quite bland and derivative
You may have noticed that nerds
around campus are looking rather
worried these days. You see, many
members of the geekier persuasion are
concerned about a little movie called
Watchmen. It’s based on a highly-
acclaimed comic series – the only
graphic novel on Time Magazine’s list
of the 100 best novels of the century.
Since its publication in 1986, a film
version has been stuck in development
Hell with big names like Daniel Craig,
Jude Law and Arnold Schwarzenegger
reported to be attached. After more
than 20 years of fits and starts, the
once-thought-to-be-dead Watchmen
is coming out on March 6. e film,
directed by Zack Snyder (300), has
received excellent early reviews, and
the general consensus is that someone
finally got it right. But there’s a slight
Last year, 20th Century Fox filed
a lawsuit against Warner Brothers,
the current distributor of Watchmen,
accusing the studio of copyright
infringement and breach of contract,
among other things. According to legal
documents, Fox seeks “injunctive relief
to restrain [Warner Bros] from taking
actions that violate Fox’s copyrights”
and “damages to compensate Fox for
losses incurred.” How did two of the
world’s biggest film studios get into
this mess, and what does it mean for
Watchmen-hungry geeks?
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
e development of the film and the
subsequent allegations is a labyrinthine
mess of legal jargon. Briefly: Fox
acquires the rights to the Watchmen
graphic novel and early screenplays
in the late 1980s. In 1990, Fox enters
a domestic distribution deal for the
project with Largo Entertainment,
a joint venture including producer
Lawrence Gordon, and for three
years nothing much happens. en, in
1994, Fox renegotiates with Gordon,
now with his own independent
production company, and both parties
sign a “turnaround agreement.” is
entails that if Gordon were to enter
any agreement with another party
to produce Watchmen, he would pay
Fox a “buyout price,” reimbursing the
development costs and other profits.
Sounds simple. But there’s a big
catch involving “changed elements.”
According to contract, every new
development in the process of making
Watchmen had to be reported back to
Fox, effectively giving them ‘first dibs’
on any Watchmen movie. To use a real
world analogy, say your neighbor, Mr.
Fox, has an adorable yet rambunctious
puppy that just can’t be tamed. Mr. Fox
signs an agreement letting you take
care of the puppy, on the condition
that you inform him of anything you
train the dog to do. If, under your
guidance, this puppy becomes a world-
renowned show dog, sought-after stud
and commercial mascot, Mr. Fox,
under turnaround, is within his rights
to take back the dog and his “changed
at brings us to our current
situation. Fox alleges that Gordon
never paid the buyout price, nor did
he inform them of changed elements,
meaning that Warner Bros had no
right to make Watchmen. In other
words, it’s pretty serious. Producer
Larry Levin released an open letter,
stating that both studios had a pass at
the project in spring 2005, at which
point Fox executives “felt the script
was one of the most unintelligible
pieces of shit they had read in years.”
Yet Fox has copyright law on its side:
ere is buzzing of a Led Zeppelin
2009 tour. However, the anticipated
return of the venerable rock band will
be controversial, since it will likely be
without original lead singer Robert
John Paul Jones (bass guitarist/
keyboards) stated to BBC News that
after Plant took himself out of the
tour, they have been looking for a
replacement singer. Led Zeppelin
recently reunited for one show in
December 2007, bringing back the
three surviving members, Jones, Plant,
Jimmy Page, as well as drummer Jason
Bonham, the son of John Bonham,
whose death in 1980 stopped the
band’s original run. After the London
performance, the band wanted to
continue with or without Plant.
“We want to do it,” Jones says, “It’s
Is it Zeppelin without Plant?
Sheena Costain
Argosy Contributor
sounding great and we want to get on
and out there.”
So why did Plant opt out? In the
May 2008 issue of Uncut magazine,
the singer states that he “really enjoyed
it. And hopefully, one day, we could
do it again for another very, very good
Over the past year, Plant has been
touring with Alison Krauss (bluegrass
singer/fiddle player) in support of
their album Raising Sand, and he says
he does not want to tour for at least a
couple of years, but he has not ruled
out touring altogether (so don’t lose
hope!). e simple fact of the matter
is that the other band members are
ready now. But are their fans ready for
Zeppelin minus Plant?
Let’s look at some music history
shall we. Queen. Yes, I went there. I
am bringing up the issue of Freddie
Mercury vs Paul Rodgers. Let’s just
face it, no one can replace the man who
can sing, “underbolts and lightning-
very very frightening me- Galileo,
Galileo, Galileo Figaro-magnifico.”
We’ve all attempted it (I know you
have), and we’ve all failed. And why-
because no one can replicate that voice!
Sorry Paul Rodgers, you just don’t cut
it. Don’t take it too hard- how can you
replace the irreplaceable?
So is Robert Plant replaceable?
Apparently, he doesn’t have to be.
Jones, along with guitarist Jimmy
Page and drummer Jason Bonham,
agreed that they did not want another
Robert Plant. “ere’s no point in just
finding another Robert,” Jones stated,
“You could get that out of a tribute
band, but we don’t want to be our own
tribute band.” So if not Plant, then
who? Rumour (and I stress the word
rumour) has it that former Audioslave
and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell
has stepped up to bat. Well, batter
down! I recently listened to Cornell’s
version of Led Zeppelin’s “ank You”
and I thought his version was wanting.
Who will watch Watchmen?
Cornell may be good in his own line
of work, but when it comes to this
legendary band, he doesn’t make the
cut. On a personal note, if the band is
to continue touring without Plant, I
hope they consider changing the name
of the band altogether...perhaps even
forming a new band. In my opinion,
it’s just not Led Zeppelin without
Robert Plant.
There are a number of rumoured replacements for Robert Plant.
Despite singer’s disinterest, band wishes to tour and record
Graphic by Vivi Reich
In late December, Judge Gary Feess
ruled that Fox does, in fact, own the
rights. So the question remains: can
moviegoers realistically expect to see
Watchmen on March 6?
Surprisingly, things are looking
positive. e judge will release his
decision on January 20, at which time
he could level an injunction against
the film. As several commentators
point out, simply blocking the movie
is no good for either studio. Realizing
this, they are trying to settle as we
speak. A settlement is likely, especially
considering Warner Bros was in a
similar situation in 2005 with e
Dukes of Hazzard movie, which
settled and ended up being released
on schedule despite an injunction
(whether or not that’s a good thing, I’ll
leave up to you).
So, nerds of the world, rest easy. Dust
off your Watchmen trade paperbacks
and get ready for the big day. Despite
the long trip through development
and legal hell, it may finally be time to
watch the Watchmen.
Legal battle between Fox and Warner Bros threatens to prevent film’s anticipated release
Paul Rasbach
Mount Allison University SAC
Board of Regents
Campaigning for the
position of Board of Regents
Representative last winter, I
found my principal challenge
not to be convincing
students that I was right for
the job, but rather explaining
what the Board was.
The Board of Regents is
Mount Allison’s governing
council, with a makeup and
purpose similar to corporate
boards. It is comprised of
24 members, two of which
are Mike Currie and myself.
Its primary responsibility
is the University’s financial
management. The Board
members also review the
work of President Robert
Campbell and the Executive
Group, who are responsible
with the day to day running
of the university. The general
format of Board meetings
see the President and his
executive report on their
portfolios, one member
of the executive report
in-depth on a specific
project, followed by the
chairs of the nine Board
Committees (Academics
Affairs, Student Life, Finance
and Administration etc.)
reporting on their respective
The Board meetings occur
four times annually and
cover an extensive amount
of information. Planning
does not generally occur
at Board meetings, as the
President’s Executive Group
as well as Board Committees
meet throughout the year to
set objectives, plan projects
and organize the budget
among other things. These
groups provide substantial
reports to the Board. The
actual meetings give an
opportunity for 24 fresh eyes
to review the University’s
progress and plans. The
Board members participate
in the smaller committees
of which the university
administration are members.
This is where most of the
legwork takes place.
Academic matters have
stood out in this year’s
meetings, with Academic
Renewal and the direction of
the Commerce department
following Ron Joyce’s
generous gift generated
much discussion. The
discussion around the
Commerce Department
provides a useful example of
how the Board works. During
the November meeting, Dr.
McClatchie (Provost and
Vice-President, Academic
and Research) used the in-
depth portion to provide a
history of the department,
as well as initial planning
for its future. Dr. McClatchie
then presented his plan to
form an advisory committee
composed of members of
the University community
to evaluate the initial plan as
well as work further into the
details. The plan would then
be presented for the Board’s
approval following the
consultation with the wider
university community.
I often hear concerns from
students (well-informed
ones at that) that the Board
does not prioritize student
concerns. I assure you this
is false. Board members
often consult with Mike,
myself and students sitting
on Board committees on
a variety of issues. As well,
many recommendations
have gone through student
consultation prior to
reaching the Board. If the
S.A.C. feels an issue would
benefit by being brought to
the attention of the Board,
we do not hesitate to do so.
With that in mind, the next
Board meeting is in February,
so feel free to contact me at
pwrasbach@mta.ca or your
S.A.C. councilor if you have
any questions about the
Board, or comments you feel
the Board should hear.
Get on BOARD with University Governance
(What is your Mount Allison Board of Regents?)
Allisonian of the Month
Student Administrative Council
Abigail Dawn McGillivary
Mount Allison SAC
VP Communications
Congratulations to Jules Alie,
November’s Allisonian of the
Month. Alie was a return
student after graduating
with a commerce degree.
He played soccer with the
2008/2009 Mounties’ men
soccer team. Not only prov-
ing to be an amazing soccer
player, Jules Alie proved him-
self to be a very charitable
person in donating 100 dol-
lars worth of childrens books
to a local elementary school.
The NEW Students’ Administrative
Council Elections
(for the positions of President, VP Campus Life, VP Exter-
nal, VP Academic, and Board of Regents Representative)
Nominations are open:
Monday, January 26th, 2009
All Candidates Meeting:
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
Nominations Close:
Monday, February 9th, 2009
Campaigning Stops:
Monday, February 16th, 2009
For candidates putting their name in after the all-candi-
dates meeting, we will be compiling 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
provided for the candidates as well.
Paul Rasbach
Mount Allison University SAC
Board of Regents
Campaigning for the
position of Board of Regents
Representative last winter, I
found my principal challenge
not to be convincing
students that I was right for
the job, but rather explaining
what the Board was.
The Board of Regents is
Mount Allison’s governing
council, with a makeup and
purpose similar to corporate
boards. It is comprised of
24 members, two of which
are Mike Currie and myself.
Its primary responsibility
is the University’s financial
management. The Board
members also review the
work of President Robert
Campbell and the Executive
Group, who are responsible
with the day to day running
of the university. The general
format of Board meetings
see the President and his
executive report on their
portfolios, one member
of the executive report
in-depth on a specific
project, followed by the
chairs of the nine Board
Committees (Academics
Affairs, Student Life, Finance
and Administration etc.)
reporting on their respective
The Board meetings occur
four times annually and
cover an extensive amount
of information. Planning
does not generally occur
at Board meetings, as the
President’s Executive Group
as well as Board Committees
meet throughout the year to
set objectives, plan projects
and organize the budget
among other things. These
groups provide substantial
reports to the Board. The
actual meetings give an
opportunity for 24 fresh eyes
to review the University’s
progress and plans. The
Board members participate
in the smaller committees
of which the university
administration are members.
This is where most of the
legwork takes place.
Academic matters have
stood out in this year’s
meetings, with Academic
Renewal and the direction of
the Commerce department
following Ron Joyce’s
generous gift generated
much discussion. The
discussion around the
Commerce Department
provides a useful example of
how the Board works. During
the November meeting, Dr.
McClatchie (Provost and
Vice-President, Academic
and Research) used the in-
depth portion to provide a
history of the department,
as well as initial planning
for its future. Dr. McClatchie
then presented his plan to
form an advisory committee
composed of members of
the University community
to evaluate the initial plan as
well as work further into the
details. The plan would then
be presented for the Board’s
approval following the
consultation with the wider
university community.
I often hear concerns from
students (well-informed
ones at that) that the Board
does not prioritize student
concerns. I assure you this
is false. Board members
often consult with Mike,
myself and students sitting
on Board committees on
a variety of issues. As well,
many recommendations
have gone through student
consultation prior to
reaching the Board. If the
S.A.C. feels an issue would
benefit by being brought to
the attention of the Board,
we do not hesitate to do so.
With that in mind, the next
Board meeting is in February,
so feel free to contact me at
pwrasbach@mta.ca or your
S.A.C. councilor if you have
any questions about the
Board, or comments you feel
the Board should hear.
Get on BOARD with University Governance
(What is your Mount Allison Board of Regents?)
Allisonian of the Month
Student Administrative Council
Abigail Dawn McGillivary
Mount Allison SAC
VP Communications
Congratulations to Jules Alie,
November’s Allisonian of the
Month. Alie was a return
student after graduating
with a commerce degree.
He played soccer with the
2008/2009 Mounties’ men
soccer team. Not only prov-
ing to be an amazing soccer
player, Jules Alie proved him-
self to be a very charitable
person in donating 100 dol-
lars worth of childrens books
to a local elementary school.
The NEW Students’ Administrative
Council Elections
(for the positions of President, VP Campus Life, VP Exter-
nal, VP Academic, and Board of Regents Representative)
Nominations are open:
Monday, January 26th, 2009
All Candidates Meeting:
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
Nominations Close:
Monday, February 9th, 2009
Campaigning Stops:
Monday, February 16th, 2009
For candidates putting their name in after the all-candi-
dates meeting, we will be compiling 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
provided for the candidates as well.
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
I arrived at Cranewood Saturday
morning. e house was freezing
making me wonder what the engineers
of the home had in mind putting
stone flooring in the foyer. Just as I
get through the door, Dr. Campbell
pops out of the den to welcome me
in—the waft of warmth coming out
with him made it all more inviting.
“Sorry for the cold,” he
immediately starts in on, “it’s
the second time in a while that
the heat has stopped working.”
As he gets in on the story of
how he and the family warmed
themselves in that very room last
time with candles, the fireplace,
and one another’s conversation
pieces, I took a look at the set up.
Beside him were the newspaper
and a few papers, adjacent were the
fireplace that I strategically placed
myself next to and the English
Premier League playing on the
television. His team, West Ham,
was playing at 11 against Newcastle,
meaning it was a big morning for him.
“It’s nice to get my mix in of leisure
amidst the frenzy of my week,” Dr.
Campbell began, acknowledging the
game underway on the television.
For three years now, Dr. Robert
Campbell has been the president
of Mount Allison, and even in that
relatively short period of time he has
become a highly visible and well-
known person around campus far
beyond in his role as an administrator.
“I do the job with satisfaction and
excitement,” he immediately pointed
out, “Mount Allison, especially for
its size, has an incredibly active
student body with a hugely diverse
range of interests and a wide range
of opportunities for all kinds of
initiatives. is can, obviously, add on
competing pressures to distributing
money, time…and support, but I try
not to pick and choose too much of
what I get my hands into and instead
try to be available for everyone.”
Some of the attention gets a little
too heavy he admits: “It can get
to me when I see my face on the
homepage website…I have absolutely
no problem hosting events and
making calls for people, but there are
so many people running things that
can be gaining—and should gain—
attention that I don’t want to be seen
as getting in on their time or credit.”
As his team begins to take
the field, Dr. Campbell starts
to talk about his experience at
Mt. A over the last three years.
“One of the big challenges that Mt.
A always faces is that we have serious
people here doing so many different
things that really is comparable to the
diversity you see in the big universities,
but unlike those major institutions
that can make mistakes and ten or a
hundred thousand dollars, we really
have to manage very precisely and
effectively how we allocate resources
and we can’t afford to make mistakes.”
“People will always think at times
they deserve more attention or
resources,” he says, interrupting his
train of thought for a moment to
share a fan’s thoughts and concerns
about some of West Ham’s players
being shown on the screen. “We
feel that everything that the student
and faculty body wants to do has
important value in some way, but,
just like with any institution, we
sometimes have to list everything that
we do in terms of their effectiveness
or impact and cut out the things at
the bottom that we want to keep but
we’re seeing not produce the same
level of results or impact as others.”
In relation to students, he feels
that, while it can be a challenge
to meet the demands of everyone,
he finds it a good sign of student
interest and activity on campus.
“I can see it in the students I talk
to every day; Mt. A campus life is
so active and the students get so
serious about a diverse set of things
set in a really small space so that it all
interrelates, that the individual student
learns how to interact in a wide range
of social and professional scenarios.
It’s that kind of ‘soft skill’ experience
that adds serious value to the student
and can be a one-upping talent out
there in the world beyond Mt. A.”
As the game progressed, Dr.
Campbell talked further about the
Mt. A experience that he hoped
was being fully realized by students.
“ings like Campbell’s Cancun
house party last night are really
important to campus life, obviously.
I remember being that age—while
not being a big lover of parties and
instead filling the role of that guy
who complains about the bad music
and the like—but I always really
enjoyed myself. At the same time
you have so many of the students
getting heavily into their work and
doing some really fantastic things
and we try our best to really support
them and have more of that.”
“at being said,” he continues, “we
don’t want to be known as a place that’s
relentlessly serious. e ideal that Mt.
A pursues, and that I like to personally
encourage, is a situation where
students are intelligent and driven
but who can also put on a good party.”
When questioned further about
students who are achieving a lot at
Mt. A, Dr. Campbell brought together
all of what was said above into an
all-inclusive final statement: “I see
Mt. A as a community where a lot of
important work is being done well by
those students who are content with
themselves or who they are, and are
pretty happy with what they’re doing.
at’s really what a lot of what we’ve
been talking about comes down to and
what Mt. A, I think, is really good at
striving for with its students: there’s no
one way to be happy and successful.”
And with that, I left Dr. Campbell
to his game and braved the cold
standing just outside the door. West
Ham tied Newcastle, 2-2, and the
heat came back on later that day.
Dr. Campbell over a
soccer game
Katherine Lalancette
The Concordian (Concordia
Deck would like to go on record
saying he believes he’s the only
person in the history of the military
to ever have been promoted
while sporting a green Mohawk.
It happened last year. He had
been working for a microbrewery
all summer and had chosen to
leave the military come September.
“I can’t do anything with
my hair in the military, so why
the hell not?” Deck thought.
When he came in to sign his release
papers, he was informed that his rank
had been upgraded to Master Corporal.
Deck, 23, quit nonetheless and
is now majoring in sociology at
Concordia University in Montreal.
He decided to leave the army
behind upon his return from a 10-
month tour in Afghanistan in 2006.
“I’ve got 10 fingers and I’ve got 10 toes,
and I’d like to keep it that way,” he said.
“I’ve always valued life, and now I
value it even more. I did my tour. I got
to help some people out. I’m happy I
did it, but let somebody else go now.”
Deck joined the Canadian reserves
at 17 to help fund his education. A
few years later, he started “bugging
his superiors about going overseas.”
He thought he would be
deployed either to Bosnia or the
Golan Heights, which were the
two main missions at the time.
But just when he had given up on
the idea of leaving, Deck was offered
a tour to Afghanistan. He accepted.
“I didn’t want to be one of those
people in the military who just stays
in Canada and trains and never does
anything,” Deck said. “I wanted to
go somewhere and help people.”
for things like cleanliness and beds.
“I went without a shower for 40
days and slept in a hole I dug myself
for 40 days,” he said. “It sounds like a
cliché out of Fight Club, but everything
does get the volume turned down. You
look at the fact that a lot of these kids
[in Afghanistan] have nothing, but
they’re happy as a clam. It’s like, what
right do you have to be sad or pissy?”
Now that the Halifax native is
living in Montreal, he’s sometimes
hesitant to disclose his military past
for fear of being judged negatively,
as Quebecers are somewhat
notorious for their anti-war views.
Deck was reminded of this on
Remembrance Day, when he noticed
a large number of passersby didn’t have
poppies pinned to their coats, a marked
difference from his home-province.
“Down East, [Remembrance Day]
is a holiday,” Deck says. “You don’t to
school, you don’t go to work. Here,
it’s just like everyday life. It’s always
nerve-racking when I meet people
here and the cat finally comes out of
the bag. But I don’t ever feel a need
to justify it. It’s what makes me me.”
Even so, Deck doesn’t consider
himself to be a typical soldier, or
ex-soldier. He describes himself
as “a laidback kind of dude.”
He plays guitar in a band,doesn’t mind
if his bed isn’t perfectly made, and there
is of course the green Mohawk phase.
He believes the military gets a
bad rap from movies that depict
“person-eating killing machines
that yell at you every hour of the
day,” which he says is a fabrication.
Deck also blames the prejudice on
“the people who are too enthused,”
the daily head-shaving flock who spit
shine their boots on the weekends.
For him, the military was a job that
ended when the uniform came off.
“It’s like, dude, it’s the weekend,”
he said. “You can lay off a little bit.”
One student’s military experience
On the ground and
in the trenches
Press Photo
e Argosy’s Sasha Van Katwyk sits down with Mt. A’s
president on a Saturday morning
Aaron Deck / e Concordian
He left when Canada had just
begun to take on a larger role
in the mission, something most
Canadians were not thrilled about.
“I was there for the thick of things
when it’d just happened and everybody
in Canada didn’t want the soldiers to
be over there and that sucked because
it gets down to you,” Deck recalls.
“e public isn’t supporting you, you
come home and people hate you for it.”
“People need to support the troops
that are over there. You don’t have
to support the war, or support what
they’re doing, but support the people,
because that’s what they need.”
Deck’s time in Afghanistan
strengthened his already relaxed attitude.
He learned not to care about life’s little
troubles and gained new appreciation
Deck is now on the supplementary
reserve, which allows him to retain
his rank if he chooses to rejoin the
military in the next four years. It also
means that if he were to be called
upon to go to war during this time
and refused, he would be put in jail.
Although he doesn’t wish to return
to Afghanistan, Deck still believes
Canadian troops should remain in
the country for a while. In the case
of a pullout, he predicts the Taliban
would come back into power and
undo any positive change thus far
been accomplished by the mission.
“You fucked up their political
structure – you don’t pull out and
leave,” he said. “You made your bed,
now lie in it. Or as I like to say,
you laid in your bed, now make it.”
Rev. John C. Perkin
University Chaplain
Once again, Christmas has quickly
passed, and we move into the
beginning of a new semester, a
new year. As always, there are new
beginnings, some welcome and some
Each new beginning, whether real
or artificially created in some way is a
new opportunity. Each new beginning,
whether chronological, cultural or
personal, is a new opportunity to look
ahead and to think about direction,
hope, promise, and goals.
As a culture, we stand on the wave
of a new beginning, of seeing and
responding to our world differently,
as those who are committed to
seeing sustainability and renewability
for our environment. While the
environmental movement is not
new, each tick of the ecological
clock reminds us of the need for new
beginnings, new approaches, and new
appreciation of what we need to do to
ensure the survival of our planet. And
this beginning can also be part of a
larger spiritual rebirth.
e first book of the Bible, Genesis,
begins with a story of creation as told
by those who had lost everything they
valued. e first poem of creation, and
its creation in seven days, emerges out
of the experience of the Israelites in
exile in the sixth century before the
Common Era.
e affirmation given in this poem
of Creator and Creation is that while
they had lost so much that they
valued, they had not lost the earth,
the presence of the creator, the love
of the Creators, and desire to live
in that love. In a disordered world,
they recalled that the beginning of
creation is the coming of the world
into existence from chaos.
e beginning of the universe in
this poem is characterized by chaos,
confusion, a swirling emptiness; even
the sounds of the Hebrew words
suggest this mysterious disorder.
e image of Creator moving, even
sweeping, across the vast emptiness,
the abyss, is of a creative, life-giving
wind, for in the Hebrew wind and
breath and spirit are the same word,
In Biblical imagery, God spoke or
breathed the world into existence; in
twentieth century scientific language,
a big bang produced matter from
nothing. And in both the Biblical
telling and the scientific construct,
what emerged first was light.
Light is the first part of creation,
the essence of life. e ancients
suggested that the original light was
the light of awareness, the light that
orders creation.
e challenge of the first day of
creation is to use the light to see
the world as those who are part of
creation, who bear the breath of life,
the spirit. When we are disconnected
from the light of our souls, Jewish
ecologist and biblical commentator
Ellen Bernstein writes, the world
around us appears unremarkable.
It is easy to lose sight of the
everyday miracles and wonders,
and we are constantly searching for
more exotic, more fascinating, more
stupendous things. But when we see
with our souls, we see what is right
in front of us, but which we have
not seen before. When we recognize
beauty and mystery in everyday
things, when we read just for the joy
of having the world opened to us or
explained to us in beautiful prose or
poetry, when we look at the world
not as the object of consumption but
of beauty, the whole of creation can
become enchanted.
“Let the beauty we love be what
we do” wrote the thirteenth-century
mystical poet Rumi, “there are
hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss
the ground.”
To see the world as created order,
as mysterious and mystical, is to see
with the soul, and demands that we
respond to the world differently.
Emerging out of the image of the
first day of creation is the notion of
order. From the chaos of the deep
comes light, and darkness, evening
and morning. Light and dark have
their own roles to play. Plants
photosynthesize by day and rest by
night. Some animals are diurnal,
others nocturnal. Most people work
and create by day and find renewal
in sleep at night. All creation is
calibrated according to the rhythms
of day and night.
e root of the Hebrew word
expressing the notion of evening
refers to the blurring of boundaries,
while the word expressing morning,
or day, alludes to distinction,
boundaries, clarity. Perhaps, like me,
you know all too well the challenge of
bringing order to chaos, structure to
living without attempting to control
life or creation.
e suggestion of this first act
of creation is that we need to
recognize and honour the order
and structure inherent in creation,
acknowledging both the times of
light and celebration, and the darker
times of uncertainty and disorder.
We tend to value “light” and dismiss
darkness, without really working to
keep darkness in its place. We need
to establish rituals, rhythms, routines
– whether religious in focus or not
– as part of our spiritual response to
our world, and recognizing our need
to feed our spirits.
e work of nurturing soul is
intricately connected with our care
of the universe, one another and
ourselves. It begins with “deep seeing,”
what Jewish philosopher Abraham
Heschel called seeing with “radical
amazement.” en, as he expressed it
so simply, “just to be is a blessing. Just
to live is holy.”
And so I look out to the world, as
light shines through stained glass.
rough stained glass
Argosy Staff
Death of the ‘Queen of Crime’
Agatha Christie, known as the
‘Queen of Crime’ died on January 12,
1976, from natural causes at the age
of 86.
Christie was well known for the
80 some detective novels she wrote
throughout her life time, as well as
some short stories and plays. Most
famous for her characters Hercule
Poirot and Miss Marple, Christie
also wrote romance novels under the
pen name Mary Westmacott. Among
others, Christie has been named one
of the best-selling authors of all time,
along with Shakespeare.
Her books, only being outsold
by the Bible by about four million
copies, have been translated into
approximately 56 languages, and
several of which have been remade
into radio shows, television specials,
and movies (the most iconic being
Murder on the Orient Express).
Born in the town of Torquay,
Devon in the UK (also the setting for
John Cleese’s television series Fawlty
Towers) to an American stockbroker
and the daughter of a British army
captain on September 18, 1890,
Christie published her first novel
in 1920, e Mysterious Affair at
Styles. During World War I, Christie
worked at hospital and a pharmacy,
which later influenced her writing
(many of the murders in her novels
are carrying out through the use of
After a fight with her first husband
(over him wanting a divorce on the
account of his having a mistress),
Christie disappeared for eleven
days. After she was found, she gave
no reason for her disappearance or
account of what happened during the
Doctors dismissed it as amnesia
brought on by depression from her
mother’s death the previous year and
and the troubles with her husband.
Some people were led to believe that
it was a publicity stunt (or perhaps
that she was investigating a reaction
for a novel idea) or that she was
trying to make the police think that
her husband had tried to kill her.
After her divorce, Christie
remarried in 1930 to archaeologist
Max Mallowan who specialized in
Middle East History, influencing
Christie’s later novels, such as
Murder on the Orient Express,
which she wrote while in Istanbul.
In 1971, Christie was named a Dame
Commander of the British Empire.
Even today, Christie’s novels are
among one the most widely read
A weekly compilation by Sarah Robinson
This week in history
pieces of literature in the world.
But did they do it to Walt Disney?
On January 12, 1967, Dr. James
Bedford, a retired professor of
psychology from the University of
California, was cryonically frozen
after he died (age 73), making him
the first human to ever be preserved
using this method.
Bedford, who wrote several books
on occupation counselling, was
dying of cancer when he decided he
wanted to be preserved – suspended
in time, if you will – to be ready for
a later time when a cure for cancer,
or possibly, better treatments, would
become available.
About $4,000 later, Bedford was
supplied with a steel case and enough
liquid nitrogen to keep his body
frozen to about 200 degrees below
zero centigrade. e doctors began
the process by packing the body in
ice until he was completely frozen
and artificial respiration and external
heart mechanisms to kept his brain
from brain damage due to a lack of
oxygen, at least until they drained out
the blood and completely froze his
brain to pump it full of antifreeze.
Bedford remained in the liquid
Corey Isenor and
James Goddard
Argosy Correspondents
25 Bridge St. Potluck

In these increasingly tough economic
times, eating at restaurants seems more
and more opulent. at, however, is not
the only way to eat out. is week we
have chosen to discuss potlucks.
Potlucks are dinner parties where all
the guests bring a dish. ey offer an
excellent opportunity to enjoy a varied
menu and the company of friends
without the high cost of frequenting
a restaurant. While also proving to be
cost effective, potlucks also offer a large
array of many other benefits.
Firstly, you can eat anything and
everything. Restaurants are usually
somewhat restrictive to the types of
food you can order, but at a potluck, any
of your friends or yourself could choose
to make whatever meal you or they felt
like eating.
Another bonus of this that James and
I have encountered at previous potlucks
is that many of our friends are great
cooks; often better then many of the
chefs at our local eateries. We won’t get
into details about whom, but the quality
of a potluck is almost always sure to be
quite good.
Other varying choices to make a
potluck comfortable and inviting are
the options of playing whatever music
you would like, a relaxed a comfortable
seating environment (often involving
couches and comfy chairs), and the
company of many friends, something
that might be harder to accomplish if
one is wanting to go out to dinner with
many people. It’s easier to invite in then
go out.
is week Corey attended a potluck
celebrating the birthday of some close
friends and here are his thoughts:
e potluck wasn’t too large of an
event, nine people in total. Some of
us prepared dishes alone and some
together, providing a hefty amount of
On the dinner menu was an Irish
sausage stew with vegetables and barley,
spicy chicken muffins, Greek salad
with feta cheese, a garden salad with
vinaigrette dressing, quite extravagant
nachos with guacamole, sour cream,
and salsa for dipping, and naturally, for
dessert: birthday cake. To drink we had
white and red wines to choose from.
Now this might all sound quite fancy
and out of someone’s consideration to
make, but in reality most of the dishes
were pretty easy to prepare and cook.
e spicy chicken muffins and stew
do take some effort but, if you are the
kind of person who enjoys a bit of
cooking and has the time, why not try
making something new? Salads are
almost always easy to make and are
healthy and fresh, a good compliment
to the hearty stew and muffins we had.
As well, I am sure everyone is familiar
with nachos and the ease at which
it takes to make them. e cake was
bought, so no effort there and if wine is
too expensive an option, you can always
make some juice from concentrate or
serve the good old staple of water.
Everything was very delicious during
the meal, even the cake, but of course
the most enjoyable part of the evening
was just hanging out with friends, being
as loud and crude as we wanted (not so
much an option in restaurants) and
overall just having a great time.
Corey gives the potluck he attended,
not to mention many other potlucks he
and James have been to in the past, two
thumbs up.
Corey and James eat out
Continued on Page 15
Bec Groves
January 14-20, 2009 in Sackville, NB
For More Information: www.mta.ca/chma
e Argosy Takes You on a 3 Trillion Dollar Shopping Spree
Two leading economists place the total future cost of the Iraq War at Three Trillion US Dollars
Here’s what e Argosy would have purchased instead:
A gift of two heifers, five sheep, and five chickens
for 500 million subsistence farmers in the world,
donated from www.heifer.org
Buy a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for the over 12 million
households in Canada.
Convert every filling station in Canada and the USA to a Hydrogen filling station.
Full compliance with the Kyoto Protocol in the USA.
Forgive all debt currently owed by ird-World countries.
End world hunger completely for one year.
Finance a manned mission to Mars.
A bowl of rice for each person with an income of less than $5/day, about 3 billion people, twice a day for a year.
Acheive the UN Millennium Development Goals in their entirety by 2015.
Buy everyone in Canada and the US a copy of the complete series of the West Wing,
so we can all imagine exactly what a Gore presidency would have been like.
Achieve universal literacy.
New clothing, shoes, coats, and school supplies for ten million children.
Build the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai, which will stand over 818m high.
Buy a malaria net for everyone in Africa.
Fresh shrimp for every penguin in Antarctica.
A pony. For me.
Total Cost: 2,999,622,162,000
with $377,838,000 left in petty cash
ree trillion - yes, that’s with a
“T” - dollars. at’s the total cost
of the Iraq war, projected by two
economists in their book, e
ree Trillion Dollar War.
Written by Nobel prize-winning
economist Joseph Stiglitz, and
Linda Bilmes, a budget and
finance expert at Harvard’s
Kennedy School of Government,
this book examines the total cost
of the war in Iraq, not simply by
its operating budget, but by the
long-term macroeconomic cost of
the venture.
Pre-war estimates of the likely
costs were placed at $50 to $60
billion by then Secretary of
Defence, Donald Rumsfeld. Even
the highest estimate at the time,
a $200 billion cost postulated
by Larry Lindsey, an economic
adviser of the president’s, would
prove to be grossly incorrect.
e three trillion dollar figure
reached by Stiglitz and Bilmes
incorporate a wide variety of
factors into their final estimate,
not the least of which include
the basic operational costs for the
In 2008, the total operational
costs to date totaled $600 billion.
is figure included many of the
basic military costs for the venture,
including equipment, vehicles,
bases, and embassies, in addition
to combat pay and training for
the actual members of the armed
forces. Stiglitz and Bilmes
included an additional $10 billion
that can be indirectly attributed to
the war, in addition to inflation, to
increase this figure.
e two economists would
estimate that, before and after the
withdrawal, the operational and
peacekeeping costs would add an
additional $520 billion to this total
figure. ey also estimate that it
will cost $280 billion to restore to
the military to its pre-war state.
Health care costs for returning
veterans is estimated to cost the
government $590 billion in the
future. As well, the government
will have to pay approximately
$38 billion in Social Security to
veterans who can no longer work.
Stiglitz and Bilmes ensure
that they include not just these
costs directly related to the army,
but also the macroeconomic
costs of the war, in areas such
as lost productivity and interest
As much of the war is financed
by borrowed money, it is estimated
that the government will have to
pay $615 billion in interest on
this value in the future. As well,
the loss of economic output in
the nation is estimated to be $370
Finally, the economists’ attempt
to set a value on the impact of
the money being used to fund
this war, being diverted from
schools, roads, and research. As
well, they estimate the effect that
the abnormally high cost of oil
has had on the country during
this period. ey total this entire
macroeconomic impact to have
cost the country a staggering $1.9
trillion dollars.
is figure places the war as the
second most expensive military
conflict in American history,
second only to the Second World
War, which had a total, inflation
adjusted cost of $5 trillion.
However, in this war, the cost per
troop was less than $100,000. e
Iraq war is currently costs more
than $400,000.
Why three trillion?
Go on a $3 Trillion Shopping Spree yourself!
Launched by liberal film company Brave New Films, the $3 Trillion Shopping Spree
is an Amazon.com-style website which allows users to go on their own shopping spree.
It presents a large number of alternative goals and merchandise on which to spend this
staggering sum of money, rather than the seemingly indefinite occupation of Iraq.
Do you want to fund a top level Orchestra? What about clear 1000 land mines? You
can fight AIDS in developing nations, or promote sustainable agriculture worldwide. We
invite you to visit 3trillion.org, and decide for yourself. Happy shopping!
at 3trillion.org
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U.S. monthly spending in Iraq
in billions of dollars
ousands of troops currently
deployed in Iraq from the U.S.
Troops developing serious mental
health problems, upon returning
Journalists killed in Iraq,
including 14 by U.S. Forces
Clothing, literacy, and rice. Just three of the goals The Argosy would
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Vision in Blue
Have you ever been in a book
megastore such as Chapters, and
found yourself wandering past the
“Relationship” section to the “Sex
and Erotica” section?
It’s almost always tucked somewhere
in the back, away from prying eyes
and/or children. ough your sexual
experiences are as unique as you are,
based on your own individual (or
group) experiences, it still might not
hurt to take a look among these books
the next time you’re in a bookstore, ...
for educational purposes, of course.
For those of you who are just
starting to build your sex book
library, here are some titles, authors
and publishing companies you might
want to consider.
I’d like to suggest Tracey Cox. is
author calls herself a ‘sexpert’ and has
such notable titles such as Super Flirt
and Super Sex, the latter is probably
my favourite sex book of all time.
It has pictures (for those of you
who are visually inclined), and covers
everything from having sex for the
first time, interesting sex positions,
kinky stuff for more advanced sex
encounters, troubleshooting tips, and
sex when you’re older. As well, the
book details signs the opposite sex
might be interested in you (and we’re
not talking the wishy-washy Cosmo
variety here).
Dorling Kindersley publishes those
two books, but she uses a variety of
publishers for her books. Dorling
Kindersley actually publishes a lot of
good books, including ones by Anne
Hooper who has a popular miniseries
with them.
By miniseries, I mean mini versions
of books, which can easily be slipped
into a pocket or briefcase for some
light reading during the day. She
covers such topics as Sex Toys, Sex
Games, the Kama Sutra, etc. ese
are books that give an interesting
light introduction to things you may
be already familiar with, or things
that you’re looking for to spice up
your relationship.
Many girls also look for books on
the fine art of stripping, and there are
a lot of books out there, but my advice
for those of you looking for striptease
authors is that you look for girls who
do that kind of thing for a living.
Strippers probably know a lot more
about a sexy dance than a sexologist
with a Ph.D., for example, and can
teach you how to dance and take off
those panties without tripping over
them, or how to work that pole.
Another thing you might want to
use caution when reading or buying
is the Kama Sutra itself, which is
actually more than a book about sex
positions and covers everything from
how to be a suitable wife and how to
deal with marriage. However, if you
are rather flexible, and are intrigued by
the Far East (Asian fetish, anyone?),
then this might be the one for you! I
do stress the word flexible, though, as
this was the culture that brought us
yoga, so naturally their book on sex is
rather intricate.
Watch the author again with
this one, I’m not saying that you
should buy one directly from India,
but a book that pays tribute to the
culture that produced the book and
the meanings behind each position
should be what you look for when
You also should look for books that
cater to your lifestyle. For example,
one of my favourites is called e
Lazy Girl ’s Guide to Great Sex, by
Anita Naik.
Now, I’m sure much of it is a
marketing ploy, but I am rather lazy,
and I do love great sex, so this book
and I were made for each other. It
provides information for people who
are interested in both males and
females, information on that first
time, STIs, safe sex, and things to try
in the bedroom.
ere are lots of books out there for
people of various sexual orientations,
though the variety may differ by store,
and you may have to order books over
the internet, or go to certain sex stores
to purchase books. A friend of mine
recently purchased a book entitled
e Straight Girl ’s Guide to Picking Up
Chicks, which can be found at Venus
Envy in Halifax.
University IS about
experimentation, after all, and this
is a sex column, so of course I would
encourage sexual experimentation. So
next time you’re in a bookstore, you
should check out that sex section.
If you’re embarrassed, say you’re
doing research for a sex bomb, but
just take a glance at what’s there. You
might find something fun.
nitrogen with his family until 1982,
when he was transported to the
Alcor Life Extension Foundation in
Arizona; Alcor being a non-profit
organization holds cryonically frozen
bodies in a legal death until such cures
for their various illnesses (generally
cancer) can be found in the future.
Also this week in history:
January 12, 1173: e first American
museum opens in South Carolina.
January 12, 1866: e Royal
Aeronautical Society forms in
January 12, 1895: e National Trust
is founded in Britain.
January 12, 1930: Birth of hockey
player/coffee and doughnut genius
Tim Horton.
January 13, 1822: e design for the
Greek flag is adopted.
January 13, 1893: e Independent
Labour Party (of Britain) holds its
first meeting.
January 13, 1938: e Church of
England accepts Darwin’s evolution
January 13, 1941: Death of Irish
writer James Joyce.
January 13, 1942: First use of an
ejection seat in an aircraft by German
test pilots.
January 14, 1957: Death of actor
Humphrey Bogart.
January 14, 1967: A “Human Be-In”
is conducted in San Francisco at the
Golden Gate Park as a prelude to
the summer of love and part of an
American counterculture.
January 15, 1559: Coronation of
Elizabeth I at Westminster Abbey in
January 15, 1759: e British
Museum opens.
January 15, 1870: A political cartoon
is released in Harper’s Weekly using
a donkey to symbolize the United
States Democratic Party.
January 15, 1892: e first official set
of rules for basketball are published.
January 15, 1815: Death of Emma,
Lady Hamilton, mistress of Lord
(Admiral) Nelson.
January 15, 1947: Murder victim
Elizabeth Short (‘e Black Dahlia’)
is found in Los Angeles.
January 16, 27 BCE: e title
‘Augustus’ is given Octavian (grand-
nephew and “son” of Julius Caesar) by
the Roman Senate.
January 16, 1412: e Medici family
become the official bankers for the
January 16, 1547: Ivan the Terrible
becomes Tsar of Russia.
January 16, 1581: English Parliament
outlaws Roman Catholicism.
January 16, 1945: Adolf Hitler moves
to his underground bunker, known as
“the Füherbunker”.
January 17, 1929: e first appearance
of Popeye the Sailor Man in a
newspaper comic strip.
January 17, 1985: British Telecom
announces the retirement of the
iconic red telephone boxes.
January 17, 2007: e Doomsday
Clock is reset to five minutes
to midnight as a response to the
North Korean nuclear testing.
Continued: is Week in History
Emily Bird
Argosy Correspondent

A new year, new schedules, and new
collections reel in the hints of the soft
whimsy of a spring to come.
Although the distinctive complexion
of winter still faces us each day, with
arctic winds, frostings of snow, and
threatening sheets of ice, one can
still bring about the friendly warmth
of spring by reminiscing on visual
reminders of what has been obscured
for the past nine months. is season
lightens up the days both mentally and
Spring. Take a deep breath; the
novelty of this word evokes visions of
florals, layers of sorbet silks, luxe fabrics
and breezy silhouettes.Honeyed aromas
consume the free-spirited atmosphere
as delicate hyacinths and tulips arise
out of the dew of nature’s floor, and
daffodils brighten the cool spring days.
However, much we still cling to
layers of thick knits and heavy wools,
spring remains as the season of the
dress. Modernity has transformed the
dress into both a formal function as
well as an endearing casual appeal. e
cumbersome abundance of layers of
separates takes a seat as simple feminine
one-piece ensembles take precedence.
Everywhere one seeks inspiration for
this entrancing season, chemises, tunics,
and baby-dolls are found spread across
magazines and on window displays.e
spring catwalks are adorned in mini
spring hemlines however, as particular
trends of fabrics, embellishments,
shape, and accessories particularly catch
the eyes of audiences.
e accentuated waist remains to
parade throughout collections as this
desired shape accents the feminine
figure. is defined silhouette is easily
acquired with the use of a simple belt,
sash, or satin ribbon that can anchor
much volume. However, the abundance
of ruffles and layered sheaths of
lightweight fabrics, mixing in a bold
thick patent waist belt, such as that of
Fendi, balances the plenitude of flowing
Dresses have been liberated from
their restrictive structured winter shapes
and evoke the freedom spring offers
with frothy layers of ruffles, slouchy
breezy cuts, and feminine finishes in
fun happy. e ideal silhouettes of
spring evoke delicacy and femininity
with ensembles of simple comfort -
what could be more enticing?
Make the best use of that little
black dress while you can this winter,
because once spring makes its entrance,
that piece is to be left on its hanger.
Designers played up their spring
collections with an abundance of
multicoloured and multi-toned frocks.
Stylists have adhered to pieces adorned
in a multitude of warm spring pastel
hues and sugary tones such as the gowns
presented by Versace and Chanel.
In particular, magenta strutted
its pleasant glow across numerous
magazine spreads and catwalks such as
that of Valentino spring 2008 couture,
as well as happy tones of pinks and
bubblegum. Soft neutral tones graced
catwalks of BCBG in easy loose tops,
pants and dresses, while other designers
played with pops of bright neons. Loose
flowy pieces are ideal to invest in as they
can easily morph a casual ensemble into
a professional or evening look.
is spring, designers enhanced the
plain neutral canvases with brocade and
rich fabrics, such as Dolce and Gabbana
that played up simple silhouettes with
brocades in rich prints, again enhancing
the ideal femininity of spring.
Accents, such as the beloved oversize
bow, appeared as a feminine detail
playing a multitude of roles such as
a cinching waist belt as applied by
Valentino, or a whimsical ponytail, or
a sleek blouse collar as was its role in
several of Marc Jacobs’ designs. Detail
in other notions of the ensemble,
including bags and shoes, enhanced the
lure of femininity.
Spring colour is a key change from
the wardrobes of winter, however so are
prints and patterns. Floral prints were
unsurprisingly praised by notorious
designers, such as Dolce and Gabbana,
although they took a western prairie
approach inspired by native American
patterns and bohemian accents.
Heavy velvet heels took a break
from the spotlight as patent took
the lead in adorning the grounds of
fashion. Patents immediately evoke a
modern pop of spring, particularly in
this season’s neon tones. If you are not
one to comfortably sport a neon dress,
play with the brights in a small doses by
wearing heels.
Spring remains as a mere fancy of
mentality, however, it does not hurt for
one to reminisce in the warmth this
season has to offer. By keeping these
feminine perceptions in mind, one can
slowly prepare a spring wardrobe. In
this manner, there won’t be a panic of
reinvention once the sun comes out.
We are still driven towards soft
warm cashmeres of the winter season,
but when one spots a delectable floral
sundress, do not hesitate to invest in a
personal treat for the seasons rapidly
morph from one to the next. What
better way to begin the spring season
than with a new piece you savoured to
wear until that perfect day blazoned in
rays of the sun?
Bringing in 2009
The Milly Spring 2008 Collection.
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Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
Georges Clemenceau called war “a
series of catastrophes that end in
victory.” omas Mann called it the
“cowardly escape from the problems
of peace.” James Frederick Green
said that, “organized slaughter, we
realize, does not settle a dispute;
it merely silences an argument.”
If there is a conflict of the modern
world that is best described by our
catalogue of quotes condemning war,
it is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli-Palestinian relations have been
called everything from “a war with
interruptions of peace,” to “getting
the sheep to invite the wolves to
dinner, and who are the sheep?”
No matter what one would call it or
even on who’s “side” one might be, the
conflict between Israel and Palestine
is one of the most misunderstood,
complex, and relentless relational
challenges facing the modern world.
e latest outbreak of violence in
Gaza between Israeli military and the
(currently) more militant of Palestine’s
two major political entities, Hamas, is
the just latest evidence to prove that.
And while “blame” for this clash
is being distributed between both
sides and ceasefire cries are coming
in droves, the Israeli pounding of
Gaza—one of the densest and poorest
areas in the world—won’t stop until
either Hamas plays by some rules,
or Israel’s pretext of being provoked
runs out of political credibility.
“War does not determine who is right
- only who is left,”said Bertrand Russell.
e events that led up to the reigniting
of violent hostilities was Hamas’
refusal to renew a six-month truce
brokered by Egypt on December 19.
Using more sophisticated weaponry
obtained through its relations with
Iran, Hamas militants fired almost
300 small rockets into southern Israel,
rarely killing, but often injuring Israeli
citizens. In reply, Israel played by the
diplomatic rules, as it had been for
quite a while knowing that Hamas was
sneaking in weapons in preparation,
until, on the 27, they stopped talking.
e ferocity of force that came
down on Gaza was truly something
to behold. Disturbing images began
to stream onto televisions and front
pages of civilians crushed by the
might of F-16s and Israeli infantry.
While international agencies
immediately began to scream for a
cessation of hostilities, remarking at
the truly unacceptable rate of innocent
casualties, the message Israel is sending
is clear: if Hamas fights, Gaza will lose.
“Never think that war, no matter how
necessary,nor how justified,is not a crime,”
once remarked Ernest Hemingway.
ere is relative consensus among
international political observers that
Hamas was incredibly stupid to pick
a fight it knows will result in Israel
attacking them in civilian centres.
eir strategy to pick at the whiskers
of a lion by peppering Israeli suburbs
with rockets delivers to the hearts
of anyone watching the news that,
in this war, the blood shed these
days is on the hands of both sides.
at being said, the strategy of
Israel seems to be set on some rather
disquieting terms as well. Israel entered
this conflict with no set mandate or
purpose beyond the military virtue of
tit-for-tat, and as seen in Lebanon in
2006, Israel’s response to small rockets
is not based on another military virtue
known as a “proportional response.”
In fact, much of Israel’s strategy
might be based on attempting to “make
up” for the relative failure of its military
to debase Hizbullah in Lebanon. While
that may seem like a ludicrous notion to
those who watched much of Lebanon
Gaza on fire, and who’s to blame?
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get flattened by the hourly bombing
runs of the most active air force on
the planet, it does provide a potential
explanation for many of Israel’s politics.
Israeli Prime Ministers from as far
back as Moshe Sharett (1954-55),
as well as numerous other sources
both within and outside Israel, have
remarked that, more than any other
country, Israeli security and social policy
is designed for the purpose of survival.
is is not an irrational basis given
the threat of destruction Israel has faced
from its founding and even more so
today. While Fatah, the majority party
in the West Bank of Palestine, has been
on what passes for good terms with
Israel lately, Hizbullah to the north and
Hamas to the south are both constant
militant threats and both are backed by
Iran. Iran is potentially the largest threat
for Israel given its heightened military
and economic means as well as the fact
that nuclear capacity is within its grasp.
“A great war leaves the country with
three armies - an army of cripples, an
army of mourners, and an army of
thieves,” goes the German proverb.
Israel’s acts of war are appalling and
decidedly heavy-handed, and that’s
hard to refute. Its level of legitimacy
for committing the acts, on the other
hand are certainly debatable. Much
news analysis is dedicated to this, but
settling whether or not Israel acted
rightly is not going to alter their actions
if doing so means innocent Israelis
will die at the hands of militants.
is is when one must look at the
motivations of Hamas, Hizbullah, and
other extremist groups. It doesn’t take
long to recognize that much of what
they desire,like the complete destruction
of the Israeli nation, is iniquitous and
the methods by which they attempt
to achieve these goals are malicious.
is does not mean, however, that one
stops listening to what they have to say.
Many of the militant groups
point out Israeli’s exploitation of
Palestinian Authority land, such as
limiting the depth of Palestinian wells
while sinking their own wells that
are triple the depth in the same
area, depriving the people of much-
needed water, morally questionable.
No one knows what will happen in
this new clash in Gaza, and while there
will most likely be a ceasefire before
too long, the chances of Hamas being
demilitarized is slim.One hopes that the
people of Gaza recognize to a substantial
enough degree that the bombs falling on
them are in large part the fault of their
own majority party’s militant actions,
but that’s perhaps the only “good”
that may come out of this violence.
In the larger terms of where this
will leave the relations of Israel and
Palestine, most experienced observers
have a pessimistic outlook that very
little will be different. Any peace
that comes may just be another
interlude to war unless something
drastic occurs within the internal
relations of both groups of people.
Indeed, the continued hostilities and
disintegrated hopes of those around
this area paints a dark future for
humanity that is perhaps best captured
in a quote, this time by Albert Einstein:
“I know not with what weapons World
War III will be fought, but World War
IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
Andrew Gwyn
Argosy Contributor
What happened in Ottawa
last November and December?
Unexpectedly, we started reading
that the Prime Minister, Stephen
Harper and his party were about to
be forced out of office by a Liberal-
NDP Coalition, supported by,
though not including - an important
distinction - the Bloc Quebecois.
is so-called parliamentary crisis
began on November 27, when the
Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty,
announced that a fiscal update, a
sort of super-small budget, would
be introduced to the House of
Commons the following week.
What the Liberals, NDP, and
Bloc expected from a Conservative
financial statement in the early stages
of economic crisis, we don’t know.
What the opposition did not expect
was that the update included an
elimination of the $1.95 per-elector-
vote government subsidy that all
political parties are entitled to receive.
e elimination of this subsidy would
have financially strangled all three
opposition parties, who depend on
the subsidy for the major part of their
revenue, rendering them functionally
impotent, without the funds necessary
to wage viable election campaigns. e
Conservatives, for their part, finance
their party primarily in a way similar
to that of Barrack Obama’s presidential
campaign, depending on large numbers
of small donors at the grassroots level,
and thus would be considerably less
affected by the elimination of the subsidy.
If this per-vote subsidy were
eliminated, the Conservatives would be
able to wage the next election with far
more funds available to their campaign
than those available to the opposition.
is would have placed the Conservative
party on much more stable ground than
the opposition parties for future federal
elections,or at least until the Opposition
parties had managed to recalibrate
their party financing strategies.
e financial lifeblood of their
parties on the line, the three opposition
leaders, Stéphane Dion, Jack Layton,
and Gilles Duceppe,moved like wildfire
to prevent the fiscal update from
passing the House of Commons. But
to defeat the Conservatives on a money
bill like the update would ordinarily
have precipitated another election.
Not only would this be the fourth
federal election in as many years, but
the Opposition would be going to
the people of Canada on the issue
of their own party finances in this
time of common economic worry.
us, the idea of a coalition began
to germinate. With the support
of the Bloc MPs, the Liberals and
NDP would form a joint coalition
government. eir formal declaration
of cooperation, called ‘An Accord
on a Cooperative Government to
Address the Present Economic
Crisis’ committed the Liberals and
NDP to a coalition government until
June 30, 2011, with a cabinet of 24
ministers, including Liberal Prime
and Finance ministers and six NDP
cabinet ministers. is coalition would
have provided the NDP with their
A look into the dramatic and tragic winter days of November and December
e New Words: Prorogation and Coalition
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first ever-federal cabinet positions.
As the NDP and Liberal parties
could not form a majority in the
House of Commons, vital for passing
new legislation, those two parties
had to call on the support of the
Bloc, which committed itself to
supporting the NDP-Liberals for 18
months after the formal declaration.
Dion and Layton then wrote to
Governor General Michelle Jean urging
her, in the event of the Conservatives
losing the House of Commons vote
on the fiscal update, to call upon the
Liberals and NDP to form a coalition
government with the support of the
Bloc. It is the Governor General’s
responsibility in Canada to choose the
Prime Minister, based on his ability to
ensure the support for himself in the
House of Commons.e Prime Minister
then selects his cabinet ministers.
e Conservatives conceded to
Opposition pressure and dropped
much of the offending legislation,
including the elimination of the
party subsidy, on December 1.
Interestingly, this had no effect at all
discouraging the Opposition parties
from pursuing their idea of a coalition.
e Conservatives moved quickly
to drum-up mass support amongst
its membership, with the purpose of
turning public opinion against the
proposed coalition. Rallies were seen
in Canadian cities from coast to coast.
To avoid a vote of non-confidence
promised by Coalition leaders
in the House, Harper asked the
Governor General on December 4
for a prorogation, or postponement, of
Parliament until January 26. As we all
know,the Governor General acquiesced.
Polls from the week of December
1-7 revealed massive gains in public
opinion by the Conservatives, 20
points above the Liberals. Other
polling revealed that, even more than
the involvement of the Bloc, the
possibility a Prime Minister Stephane
Dion proved to be the biggest turn-off
for the average Canadian. After all, his
own party had wanted him gone after
the disastrous October 15 election,
now how could he be Prime Minister?
e prorogation of Parliament
and its necessary postponement of
the coalition had several short-term
effects, most importantly for Mr. Dion.
On December 8 Dion announced
that he would step down as leader upon
the selection of his successor. Once
Dominic Leblanc (Sackville’s own
MP) and Bob Rae had bowed out the
race to succeed Dion, Michael Ignatieff
was left as the last man standing.
Mr. Ignatieff is widely thought to
be less enthusiastic about the coalition
with the NDP, and more interested
in cooperating in Parliament with the
Conservative government, provided
Harper’s next piece of fiscal legislation
is friendlier to the Liberal party.
With the deepening of the economic
crisis, it seems increasingly likely
that the Conservatives will produce a
budget come January that is stimulating
and conciliatory enough for the
Liberals to support, leaving the future
of the possible coalition uncertain.
Prime Minister Harper speaks during Question Period.
Israeli reserves enter the Gaza strip
We hear about it all the time, but
how many of us actually know what
the Canada Council for the Arts is,
or what it does? I experienced a deep
moment of shame this week when
I realized that despite being an art
student myself, I actually don’t know
either. So, I decided that it was time
for that to change. If you too are fuzzy
about the purpose and workings of the
Canada Council, then read on.
According to its website, the
Canada Council for the Arts
“supports, promotes, and celebrates
the work of Canadian artists and arts
organizations.” Seems appropriate
for an institution called the Canada
Council for the Arts. But what exactly
does that mean? Well, the main
function of the Canada Council is
to provide grants to artists. Not just
visual artists, mind you. Grants are
also available in the areas of dance,
inter and media arts, music, theatre,
and writing and publishing. e grants
are available to professional individual
artists, and also to non-profit arts
groups, such as theatre companies, art
museums, public galleries, orchestras,
film and dance collectives, and artist-
run centres (like Struts). ese grants
provide the funding for individual
artists and groups to create work that
will be brought to the Canadian public,
and are given based on the review of
requests by a panel of artists in each
e Council itself is based in
Ottawa, and operates as an arm’s-
length agency, reporting to the Crown
through the Minister of Canadian
Heritage. It has six main divisions,
each co-coordinating the giving of
grants in different areas of the arts.
ese divisions are Visual Arts,
Media Arts, Dance, Music, eatre,
and Writing and Publishing. ree
complimentary groups work within
all three sections: the Aboriginal Arts
Secretariat, the Equity Office, and the
Inter-Arts office. ese groups ensure
that First Peoples’ art is represented in
all media, encourage diversity in the
funding given, and deal with grant
proposals that combine areas of artistic
In addition to providing grants, the
Council also funds and administers over
70 annual awards to Canadian artists
and scholars, such as the Governor
General’s Literary Awards. e
Canada Council is also responsible for
supervising the Art Bank – the largest
collection of Canadian contemporary
art in the world. Its purpose is to
make this art accessible through its
rental program, which loans the pieces
to public and private corporate and
government clients both in Canada
and abroad. e working collection
contains some 18,000 pieces of art.
e Council also operates the Musical
Instrument Bank, which loans valuable
instruments to Canadian musicians,
and the Public Lending Right
Commission, which provides annual
payments to Canadian authors whose
books are in Canadian public libraries.
Another organization operating
within the Canada Council for the
Arts is the Canadian Commission
for UNESCO, which promotes and
mobilizes the participation of Canadian
So what exactly is the Canada Council?
A look into the organization listed on so many arts flyers and catalogues
Julie Cruikshank
Argosy Staff
individuals and organizations in
UNESCO mandates. e Council also
operates the Killam Program, which
is separate from its regular funding
programs, and are funded through the
bequest of Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam. e
Killam Prizes, awarded annually to
Canadian scholars in health, natural
and social sciences, engineering, and
humanities. e Killam Research
Fellowships provide two years of
release time to professors at Canadian
universities and research institutions
who have a notable reputation in their
At the heart of it all the Canada
Council for the Arts is a government
organization that promotes and
funds the arts through the giving of
grants, the purchasing of Canadian
contemporary art, and the awarding of
prizes in different artistic areas.
And now you know.
Amanda Fauteux might possibly be
one of Sackville’s sweethearts. In a
town where it is not uncommon to run
into someone who has just released a
CD, been published, or had an exhibit
opening, Fauteux’s art work is a greatly
welcomed part of the town’s colours.
A myriad of paper, fabrics, yarns,
and inks, her work seems to capture
fanciful child-like visuals with more
complex intimacies and stories weaved
I got a chance to talk with Fauteux
right before the opening of her latest
exhibit, a joint project with two other
local artists Paula Jean Cowan and
Tara Wells. e exhibit “What’s in a
Frame?” is on display at the Owens
Art Gallery. After a brief mix-up about
identitiy, Fauteux and I sat down at the
Bridge Street Café to talk about the
artist and her work in Sackville.
After graduating from Mount
Allison with a Bachelor of Fine Arts
in 2006, Fauteux stayed in Sackville
and worked on her art. roughout
her time at Mt. A, Fauteux worked at
both the Struts and Owens Galleries.
During her time at Struts, Fauteux
began showing her work through the
gallery. By the time she graduated, the
artist had become well known within
the Sackville community.
During an interview, Fauteux
mentioned that it can be hard to adjust
to the new pace out of school where
it becomes about finding a balance
between making art and working.
On her way to finding her “ideal
situation,” Fauteux says she divides
her time between her art and working
at a bank in town. She gladly admits
that the Faucet Media Arts Centre
has especially been a support for her
art both throughout her schooling and
Fauteux credits Sackville as a
supportive and comfortable place
to make that adjustment. In trying
to develop a profession art practice,
Fauteux says that Sackville presents
considerable accessibility to inspiration
and support from peers. “e people
are really talented,” says Fauteux, “and
you are getting experiences here that
you couldn’t get in [larger] places”
Besides her art, Fauteux has become
well known for the sewing bees she
runs monthly at the Struts gallery.
“I love the opportunities and ever-
changing people,” says Fauteux, as we
talk about her project. After receiving
large interest in the private sewing
lessons she was giving, Fauteux saw
an opportunity for workshops which
eventually evolved into the sewing
bees. “Struts was really helpful,” says
Fauteux of getting the sewing bees
running, as well as continuing to
support them. While the bees are on
hiatus for the moment while she goes
on vacation, Fauteux says that people
should keep their eyes open in early
Also coming up in February is the
Deconstructing Hairy Workshop,
which will be lead by Fauteux. In its
second formal year of operation, the
workshop as a creation site for the
teddy bears that are won at the Sweetest
Little ing at the Owens. “It’s a good
share of ideas,” says Fauteux, “we just
let scissors fly.”
In addition to the workshops and
sewing bees, Fauteux has continued
to show her work with exhibits at the
EyeLevel Gallery in Halifax, Salle
Sans Sous at the Gallerie Sans Nom,
and the Dawson International Short
Film Festival. She also has a website
called neverbemean.com, which Paul
Henderson from the Faucet Media
Centre and Tara Wells helped put
Fauteux has also been involved
in “e Living is Easy” artists’ show
at Struts that takes place annually
during the summer. She explains that
the atmosphere is very informal and
“a great way to try out something
new.” A big part of the appeal is also
the opportunity to document work.
Fauteux says that some of her work
happens on surfaces or in ways that are
not always permanent and the Struts
show gives her the chance to create
and take something away from the
When talking to Fauteux about
leaving Sackville, she seems a little
taken aback. “I’m not in a rush to leave,”
she explains, “but I’m not ready to
commit to living here forever.”Fauteux
goes on to talk about how being
an emerging artist in Sackville isn’t
You should meet Amanda
An interview with Amanda Fauteux, local Sackville artist
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
I’m not in a rush to leave
[Sackville]...but I’m not ready
to commit to living here

” that scary. She says there is so much
support and how one opportunity
tends to lead to another. It is clear
that Fauteux has captured the reasons
most arts students stay in Sackville
after graduation; the community,
opportunities, and experiences are
much more available here than in
larger university communities.
Talking with Fauteux was a lovely
experience – although we both admitted
we were nervous. Surprisingly for the
same reason, that neither of us sees
ourselves as very good at interviews.
Nonetheless, Fauteux gives a good
impression through interviews, much
the same that she exudes from her art.
Amanda Fauteux is a local Sackville
artist that all should meet.
Last semester second year psychology
and music student Blair Ellis suggested
the creation of an informal group for
students to “learn to sit down or even
lie down, relax, and allow their ears and
bodies to open up to the sounds around
us”, a relatively new concept known
as Deep Listening. is semester the
suggestion becomes reality as the first
gathering happens on Friday January
16th at 2:30pm in Hestler Hall.
Deep Listening is a practice that
uses different sound oriented exercises
that are “intended to calm the mind
and bring awareness to the body,”
as Pauline Oliveros describes. Ellis
hopes the group will develop its own
practices, through improvisation and
collaboration. e possibility exists
to develop performance pieces. Ellis
says there is a lot of room for risks.
While the meetings will be primarily
run by Ellis, Music Professor Helen
Pridmore will be attending to engage
in the group and help lead the
activities. Ellis maintains that he does
not want people to feel uncomfortable
because of disorganization. “Deep
Listening can be a foreign concept for
some people so I would like the first
meeting to be organized,” says Ellis, “I
want people to feel included and not
uncomfortable because of a lack of
structure, and we have ideas to introduce
concepts as clearly as possible.”
e group will learn new exercises
and concepts at their leisure, working
within the parameters of possible
meetings and their own interest. Since
the concept is new for both students
and community, the group will focus on
certain exercises for longer than others.
e majority of the time will be spent
discovering new concepts and Ellis
wants to explain the techniques that
Pauline Oliveros – the musician and
composer who both coined the term
“Deep Listening” and has pursued the
study of the concepts – teaches in her
school and on retreats. “We want to
dispel people’s thoughts that what we
are doing is stupid,” says Blair, “ey
don’t need to know anything about it
to participate. Anyone can enjoy it.”
Ellis, who is spear-heading the group
as a new comer to Deep Listening,
understands he is not qualified to
lecture about this practice. e
second year student merely wants to
introduce it to others and further his
own understanding. “I want people
to come this group whether they are
involved in music or not and have
them take away something genuine,”
Ellis says, “It’s not about what you
already know. It’s about what you can
As the New Year begins, so does a new group
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
Jessica Emin
When we dance, blush, and see things in miniature
A review of the Owens newest exhibition, “What’s in a Frame?”
Julie Stephenson
it back down, you almost get the sense
that the woman sees it as a job rather
than a delight. In the other animation,
perhaps naïvely, you get the impression
that without the clothes, the woman is
freer; although, the act of dancing in
one’s underwear must require quite a
bit of freedom of mind. Cowen’s work
is beautifully natural and the clean
lines of the animation add a level of
sophistication to the art.
Fauteux’s work, ings for Now,
is perhaps the most inviting. Set in a
corner of the room, a small television,
placed on the floor and surrounded
by two circular rugs and pillows, plays
Fauteux’s work. While there is no sign
inviting people to sit and watch, they
inevitably do. e animations, which
carry the familiar paper and cut out
appearance of much of Fauteux’s work,
follow more intimate moments of life
that apply to all. Described by Paul
Henderson in the exhibit’s catalogue
as “a series of gifts and whispers
made from all those things you might
expect to find here…and some you
may not…,” the animations are as
inviting as the soft carpets and pillows.
Using a mixture of words and images,
Fauteux has created animations
that are mixtures and combinations
of moments, feelings and beauty.
In addition to the intrigue of the
animations themselves, it is a wonder
to see people sit and close distances by
watching them.
Before even noticing the animations
upon the miniature movie screen, it is
hard not to notice the size of Wells’s
work. e artist has beautifully crafted
a miniature drive-in movie theatre
complete with light-up sign, ticket
Argosy Staff
It is hard not to smile. ere a number
of things about the “What’s in a
Frame?” exhibition – which had its
official opening last Friday at the
Owens Gallery – that makes it hard
to suppress the upward tilting corners
of the mouth. Each of the three
local Sackville artists the exhibition
features, Paula Jean Cowan, Amanda
Fauteux, and Tara K. Wells are smilers
themselves. Each artist’s work is set
into its own space within the gallery
and has its own presence that easily
lures viewers.
Cowan’s work consists of two
animations running simultaneously. A
larger screen displays a heavy woman
running on screen in her bra and
underwear, and beginning to spin.
While the woman spins, her face seems
to minutely change emotions and her
clothes disappear. e clothes reappear,
the woman stops spinning, and runs
off screen. Next to the large screen sits
a small television screen, on which the
animation of the same woman eating
desserts plays. e desserts eventually
turn into people which the woman
seems to enjoy more than the actual
e work is intriguing as it is hard to
concentrate on both animations at once.
Each pulls your attention away from
the other. e animations present an
interesting contrast. In one animation,
the woman is almost professional in
the way she goes about choosing and
eating the pastries. As she chooses
each dessert, tastes it, decides, and puts
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Glittering pathways like diamonds and jewels,
Leading, beckoning, lighting my way home,
Flurries of soft gifts drifting down from heaven,
A cloak of black and blue velvet hanging above.
No souls, no breaths, no hums of life,
Just me, and the air, and the frigidness of night.
Golden Calves
I stand in your awe grasp.
Pass you brilliant billboards—
Oh faces of who I want look down on me!
Stand tall alters of greed and lust!
I bow.
I weep for I am small;
I weep amongst refuse and you are tall.
Cover me.
Trembling in your shadow (small…cold).
I am obscure in your scrutiny;
You press me into obscurity
(hiding in your cast image).
You are evil,
I base.
You scream at the back of my face
And I check my growing malice:
For fear of fruitless force.
A side of poetry
Owens curator Gemey Kelly introduces the exhibition and
artists Paula Jean Cowan, Tara Wells, and Amanda Fauteux.
Tara Wells’s animation installation consisted in part of a hand-crafted miniature Drive-In.
An animation from Paula-Jean Cowan at the Owens.
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stand, concession building, picnic
tables, swing set, and movie screen.
e only thing that is full sized is
an old fashioned individual speaker
to hang on a car. On the screen play
four animations created by Wells. In
between the “movies” commercials for
snacks recalling the old concession
advertisements of earlier eras play,
lacing the work with gravelly, coercive
voices. e flickering light from the
screen is entrancing as the animations
replay. Each animation had elements
of humour and eerie atmospheres. One
animation in particular, “Dawn of the
Pixies,” uses children’s dolls, an image
that becomesa little bit sinister within
the low lights and ghostly voices.
Wells’s work perhaps seems the largest
in the room – save its literal size – and
creates a world of interest.
For me, one of the most captivating
moments was during the opening
speeches for the exhibition. John
Murchie and Leah Garnett played
tag team with a series of competing
toasts that expressed the heartfelt
affection that Murchie, Garnett, and
the community have for the artists.
While Garnett said it best when she
described Cowan, Fauteux, and Wells
as “fraternal triplets brought together
through animation,” Murchie played
it the best as he brought out his iPod
and miniature speakers and invited
the artists to dance to Cyndi Lauper’s
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”
As I said before, it is hard not to
smile. Especially when confronted
with three artists who are much loved
within the Sackville community and
present beautiful and thoughtful
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On a snowy Sunday in January, a
crowd of music enthusiasts braved the
weather to attend a concert by the New
Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO)
in Convocation Hall. eir efforts were
well-rewarded with an afternoon of
truly beautiful and memorable music.
e NBYO has been “inextricably
linked since its founding” to Mount
Allison University, explained Dr.
Robert Campbell, Mt. A President
and the concert’s master of ceremonies.
Begun over 40 years ago by Philip
Oland, a Mt. A faculty member, the
orchestra has since had two other
directors from the university, including
the current conductor, James Mark. In
addition, students from the university
have always been involved in the
orchestra, at one point constituting the
entire winds section. Currently, there
are 12 Mt. A musicians involved and
they must travel regularly to Moncton
for rehearsals.
Sunday’s repertoire would have been
suitable for any professional orchestra,
challenging these young musicians
and enchanting their audience. After
accompanying the singing of “O
Canada,” the orchestra proceeded
to Giuseppe Verdi’s “Overture to
Nabucco,” a dramatic and contrasting
piece. Beginning with low brass that
then alternated with a frenzied section
led by the violins, the musicians did an
excellent job of transitioning from one
mood to another. e piece also called
for enthusiastic percussion, though
this sometimes threw off the balance.
e orchestra was joined by the
red and white clad choir “Les jeunes
chanteurs de l’Acadie” for the next two
pieces. e group of over 35 singers,
aged 11 to 18, began with Georges
Bizet’s “Avec la garde montante,”
from Carmen, singing a rhythmic,
onomatopoeic “ra-ta-ta” mirrored in
the orchestral accompaniment. While
this was reminiscent of Spanish
dancers, the next piece shifted the
tone completely, to a gentle, rolling
Scottish folk song “Will Ye Go, Lassie,
Go.” e enunciation was very clear,
allowing one to enjoy the words of the
songs while still being able to attend
to the orchestra hard at work. e
young choir, entering its fortieth year,
is led Nadine Hébert, the grandniece
of its founder, and tours all over the
is half of the performance finished
with Holst’s “Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity.”
While some of the faster, fluttering
parts of the piece seemed rather
laboured, the orchestra effectively
captured its spirit and emotionality
and it was truly delightful to listen to.
Before the intermission break,
NBYO manager Peter Warren came on
stage to reflect and recognize director
James Mark’s 15 years of leadership
with the orchestra. Receiving an
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra rises to the challenge
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Argosy Correspondent
engraved glass sculpture, a standing
ovation and sincere applause from
the musicians, he gave thanks and
laughingly commented that the
students “keep me young.”
e second half of the performance
was directed by guest conductor Jean-
Philippe Tremblay, a well-known and
well-travelled conductor and violist.
Currently, he is Artistic Advisor to the
Tremblay Ensemble of New York, and
involved in the Jeunesses Musicales du
Canada and the National Arts Centre
Young Artists Programme.
Under this auspicious direction,
the orchestra performed the entire
“Symphony No. 9 in E Minor” by
Antonin Dvořák, which is better
known as the “Symphony From the
New World.” While most people are
familiar with the gentle and uplifting
melody of the second movement, it
was a special treat to be able to hear
the piece in its entirety, including the
powerful allegro sections of the first
and fourth movements. Suggesting
grandness and movement, the piece
ended with a triumphant dissonance
resolving gently into the last few notes.
e audience rose eagerly to show their
appreciation, and were gifted with one
more piece from the NBYO’s trip to
Christian Bök, one of Canada’s
favourite experimental poets, has taken
“those ‘corridors of breath’ we call
vowels” and turned them into Eunoia,
or beautiful thinking.
Eunoia, the shortest word in the
English language which uses all five
vowels, is the title of his 2002 Griffin
Poetry Prize -winning book. e
work is a univocal lipogram, whereby
Bök uses only one vowel for each of
the book’s five chapters. Although it
took seven years and five readings of
Webster’s Dictionary (once for each
vowel) to write, the Canadian public
thought it was worth the wait. e
book has gone on to sell over 20,000
copies since its initial publication in
2001, making it the best selling book
of poetry in Canadian history and the
first book of poetry to crack the Globe
and Mail’s bestseller list. In November,
Bök read excerpts from Eunoia on
BBC’s Radio 4, and within 48 hours
the entire British print of the book
(some 6,000 copies) had sold out.
Bök hopes his book’s wild success
might encourage a more receptive
public for other experimental poets:
“I always express hope that the
mainstream appeal of my book
might encourage jurors on grants and
awards to rethink their biases against
funding experimental work produced
by, otherwise ignored, writers—but
so far, not much has changed in the
prejudices of the Canadian literati,
despite the critical acclaim of our own
experimental writers internationally.”
Bök did not choose to write
such a challenging work just for
the masochistic pleasure of it; he
believes that his book showcases the
distinct personality of each vowel
and the flexibility of the English
language. Mr. Bök’s other works
include Crystallography, a pataphysical
encyclopaedia which was nominated
for the Gerald Lampert Award for Best
Poetic Debut, as well as conceptual art
Five vowels and five stars
Christian Bök’s Eunoia
Kelly O’Connor
Argosy Staff
From the moment I read the back
cover quote, I was sold. “is is the
story of my mother’s death, my father’s
lighthouse, my slutty sister and the
dog I betrayed.”
And then I read the blurb by an
author who said that she herself was
immediately hooked by the opening
paragraph, “How many angels can
dance on the head of a pin? ‘All you
need is one,’ my father said, back when
he still said things.”
Tantramar, Eric Sparling’s first
book, is a novel of genuine sentiment,
quiet wisdom, and darkly funny prose.
e story follows a boy through some
of our most cherished and sometimes
most undesired certainties of life
including death, family, first loves, and
first wet dreams. Sparling confronts it
all with an unremitting authenticity
and emotion that suffuse only the best
of coming-of-age stories.
e boy, Dante “Inferno” Devins
Tantramar is a novel for the dark-humoured child in all of us
A review of Eric Sparling’s debut novel
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
e NBYO’s mission is to “inspire
musically talented youth through the
learning and performance of orchestral
music.” Not only did its performance
on Sunday showcase this through an
ambitious collection of pieces, but
it further developed their versatility
in being able to work with different
groups and directors. Beyond this,
those of us in the audience, whether
musically gifted ourselves or not, were
certainly inspired by the beauty of
great music.
(in case the ‘Dante’ trip through
Hell reference didn’t catch the reader
immediately), describes his life
following his mother’s death, and
the narrative manages to reaches truly
profound depths regarding our lives
and relationships with one another.
With characters played out realistically
and with hints of true humanity, the
unfolding of Dante’s story can hit a
cord within every one of us.
Sparling writes simply and subtly,
making the only 131 page book a
fast read, but also one that leaves you
turning back to page one to start all
over again. ere are elements for
every reader; from those who enjoy
finding hidden truths and literary
references to those who are looking for
a wonderful story that lets you sink in
deep and finish the book fulfilled.
While there are moments when the
pushing of underlying meanings and
droll side notes got a little heavy for
my taste, the quality and meanings
pervaded in the writing was high.
To speak of the humour in it alone,
it’s like a British man and his martini;
Jessica Emin
and artificial languages created for TV
shows including Gene Roddenberry’s
Earth: Final Conflict and Peter
Benchley’s Amazon. Bök has also been
hailed as a virtuoso performer of sound
poetry (in particular, the Ursonate by
Kurt Schwitters), and is currently an
associate professor of English at the
University of Calgary. Below is an
excerpt from Chapter U of Eunoia.
“For Zhu Yu” Gulls churr: ululu, ululu.
Ducks cluck. Bulls plus bucks run thru
buckbrush; thus dun burrs clutch fur
tufts. Ursus cubs plus Lupus pups hunt
skunks. Curs skulk (such mutts lurk:
ruff, ruff). Gnus munch kudzu. Lush
shrubs bud; thus church nuns pluck
uncut mums. Bugs hum: buzz, buzz.
Dull susurrus gusts murmur hushful,
humdrum murmurs: hush, hush. Dusk
suns blush. Surf lulls us. Such scuds
hurl up cumulus suds (Sturm und
Druck) - furls unfurl: rush, rush; curls
uncurl: gush, gush. Such tumult upturns
unsunk hulls; thus gulfs crush us, gulp,
dunk us - burst lungs succumb.
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Student Isabel Gertler
opens exhibit at START
“From Everywhere” runs
January 10th to 16th
dry, sharp, and heavy on the conscience.
For anyone who appreciates their own
cynical side and mixing it into their
wit, this book will be your kindred-
If you catch it at the book store, I
highly suggest it as that book you
have on hand while slogging through
textbooks. Its short chapters and high
readability mixed with excellent writing
and a true character in the centre of it
all makes it perfect for just picking up
to momentarily engross yourself in a
world just over the Tantramarsh.
How to spot
Pictures by Tanith Wallebeck

Scientists have found that Tetris can be used as a “cognitive
vaccine” to prevent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder... (see p. 26)
But come
it really?
Vivi Reich
ARIES (March 21-April 20) — Happy New Year Aries! Try to stick to your resolutions this
year, no one likes a broke, fat, alcoholic smoker. Well, no one but TV show execs.
TAURUS (April 21-May 21) — Taurus! I hope you had a good holiday because the next three
weeks are going to kick you in the ass. Be prepared for pain. Start a countdown to Reading
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) — So this may be a little more information that you want, but my
ass is actually in pain because of all the stairs I need to climb to get to my classes. Hit the Stair
Master this week Gemini and feel the burn. Or don’t and be like me.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) — Word to your mother.
LEO (July 23- August 23) — Try to stay away from alcohol related binges for the month of
January, Leo. You drank far too much at Christmas, and Christmas Eve, and New Years, and
Last Class Bash, and Monday.
VIRGO (August 24-September 22) — Stay away from people trying to sell you things this week.
You`ll eno up broke ano alone, trying to nno what`s lelt ol your oignity in a pile ol George Iore-
man Grills, ShamWOWs, and Snuggies.
LIBRA (September 23-October 23) — Try not to sleep around as much as you did last year. No
one has any respect for the kid that gets crabs more than twice.
Well, I do but I’m not really a beacon of morality.
SCORPIO (October 24-November 22) — SEXAY TIMES! That is all.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23- December 21) — Hey Saggie, how was your break? Mine was
kinda dull, but relaxing. We should hang out, maybe eat some chips and dip and catch up. I’m
free on Saturday morning.
CAPRICORN (December 22- January 20) — Capi. Capi, Capi, Capi. I saw what you did dur-
ing the break and I am both shocked and appalled at your behaviour. Shame on you. SHAME.
AQUARIUS ,January 21-Iebruary 18, Have you noticeo that construction in Sackville is
perpetual? I lelt, there was construction. I came back, more construction. Iuck a construction
worker this week Aquarius. They’re everywhere you want to be.
FISCES ,Iebruary 19-March 20, The holioay was gooo lor you, Fisces, ano I think you
shoulo take matters into your own hanos ano give yoursell another two weeks ol holioays. Iuck
school, go somewhere warm and happy. Tell your profs I told you to.
c z ! N b e b n f ! T u b s c f b n
A pretty bad drinking partner...
Dresses up as Indiana Jones...but
only on weekends
Knows VictoriaÊs
real secret...
Sleek, vigilant puma. Principal of the mountains.
Stuart: As with many questions that cross my desk
(and by desk, I mean the piezoelectric protein that
coats the back of my eyelids upon which I display
new emails), this seemingly complicated question
can be broken down into manageable chunks with
some applied science. Behavioural psychology holds
just the techniques necessary to modify your behav-
iour (as the name hopefully makes clear). I recom-
mend some manner of electroshock device, placed
unobtrusively about your person and controlled by
a trusted confederate (normally I would provide a
better solution than ‘use people, not technology’ but one of my own New Year’s
formation; as soon as it can see, expect some useful code snippets). Whenever
the undesirable behaviour occurs, a shock is received. Simple. Eloquent. Attain-
able. After all, if it works on rats, why shouldn’t it work on people (that said,
when engaging a human in a Morris water maze, keep in mind the high prob-
ability of your test subject eventually escaping and contacting the authorities)?
WhatÊs the best way to keep my new yearÊs resolution?
an arts student
Words by the Humour Editors


Loved American Pie so much
because of that one dang line...
Knows all the names of AbrahamÊs sons...
Can angrily scream your name in 5 different
Noah: Ah yes, the New YearÊs resolutions.
That timed-honored tradition of deciding to
change something in your life, to better oneÊs
self through self-proclaimed goals. Most peo-
ple go with the typical grand statement like
„IÊm going to cure world hunger!‰ or „IÊll
make a new friend every day!‰ Please. If you
set your goals that high, youÊll never attain
them. IÊm not saying you should stop dream-
ing, but come on Peter Pan, stop fantasizing about Neverland. I like to
make my resolutions something I know that I can do. For example, on
the top of my list this year is „I will wear a hat.‰ Simple. Eloquent.
Attainable. Also on there is „I will eat something every other day.‰
I plan on having at least one meal in the span of 48 hours for the
whole year, so I figured I might as well make it official with a resolu-
tion. What was my last resolution? Stop writing these damn advice
columns because no one ever reads them. Except for my mom. And
then she just gets worried that IÊm just goofing off at school and not
getting a good education. Screw this. IÊm going to go wear my hat.
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A medical breakthrough just around
the corner promises to make life vastly
easier for the over four thousand
Canadians who are waiting for organ
transplants and grafts, and for the
tens of thousands more who struggle
with debilitating post-transplant side
effects every year.
Xenotransplantation, whose name
literally translates from Greek into
“transplant of a foreign object”, takes
advantage of the vast number of genes
humans share in common with other
mammalian animals, particularly pigs,
by transplanting their organs or tissue
(along with a hefty cocktail of steroid-
based antirejection drugs to stop the
host immune system attacking them),
into a human patient.
Xenotransplants have been
contemplated on an on-again, off-
again basis since the first successful
heart transplant was performed
by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in
1967, with practical and ethnical
concerns always ultimately ending
the discussion. However, a new
consensus has been reached at the
World Health Organization-run
Changsha Communiqué, a worldwide
conference of leading transplant
surgeons, clinicians and ethicists, the
New Scientist reported. In the past, a
major concern has been that porcine
retroviruses – dormant varieties of
viruses in the pig’s DNA - could cross
the species barrier and wreak havoc.
Retroviruses are notoriously hard-to-
attack because they undergo an almost
infinite number of mutations while
inside a host, making it imprecise and
ineffective to target them with the
brute-force approach of drugs. HIV,
the virus responsible for AIDS and the
most well-known retrovirus, originated
as a retrovirus in chimpanzees and
spread to humans. However, the long
shadow that porcine retroviruses
cast may be no more, as genetic
engineering has been very successful
in either eliminating the viruses from
the pigs’ DNA entirely, or inserting
“interference molecules” that are
able to succesfully kill any dormant
Another major breakthrough
discussed at the conference was the
Robarts Institute in London, ON
reportedly nearing human trials for
its xenografting program aimed at
diabetics. Xenografting is much less
of a pie-in-the-sky idea, and will likely
be the main practical application for
pig parts for years – if not decades.
e cells that produce insulin in the
pancreas are known as islet cells, and
the institute was able to inject, or
“graft”, pig-derived islet cells into
diabetic monkeys, who were “cured”
of diabetes for roughly 100 days. Dr.
Rafael Valdés-González of Mexico
City has seen varying degrees of
success with the technique on a small
sample of diabetic children, whose
immune systems are less receptive to
foreign “invaders” that adults’. Human
trials are also slated to begin in the
next several years in Russia and New
Zealand; both are comparatively
regulation-free when it comes to the
subject, eliminating traditional policy
Remember those childhood years
where you refused to believe that
eating your vegetables was good
for you? You may have had a point.
New research from the University of
Minnesota shows that by eating fruits
and vegetables we may be ingesting far
more antibiotics than we are aware of,
which could be dangerous for people
with antibiotic allergies and may play
a role in the emergence of antibiotic-
resistant bacteria.
How do these antibiotics get into
our food? Some of them come from
directly spraying crops with antibiotics
to kill bacteria that may be damaging
the crop; most, however, come from
feeding antibiotics to cattle and pigs.
Seventy percent of the antibiotics used
yearly in the United States are fed to
livestock, which are often perfectly
healthy to begin with.
is is done because, simply
put, feeding antibiotics to livestock
can make them grow larger, faster.
Research has found, however, that the
antibiotics we pump into our livestock
don’t remain there.
When animals are fed antibiotics,
nearly 90% are excreted, and the
manure is commonly used for
fertilizer. Experiments show that crops
grown with such manure have high
levels of antibiotics, and the levels
increase as the levels of antibiotics
in the soil increase. Tests were run
that showed that vegetables grown
in typical factory-famed livestock
manure contained high levels of
chlortetracycline and sulfamethazine,
both antibiotics commonly given to
Many of the crops that absorb
antibiotics have a key place in our diet
in North America, and include corn,
potatoes and lettuce. e University
of Minnesota team say that they aren’t
as concerned about corn and soybeans
since we don’t tend to eat them raw,
or eat their leaves (in which antibiotics
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Argosy Correspondant
research surging
Veggies vector for animal antibiotics?
easily concentrate). Cabbage and
lettuce, on the other hand, cause
problems because we usually wash
them and eat them raw. is means
that the antibiotics aren’t being broken
down while the food is prepared. e
other worrying group includes potatoes
and carrots, which are in direct contact
with the soil; potatoes showed higher
levels of antibiotics than any other
vegetables in the study.
Antibiotics aren’t like pesticides
either; you can’t avoid them by simply
eating organic foods. In fact, many
organic farms use manure to avoid
using chemical fertilizers, meaning
that antibiotics could easily be present
in their crops. Antibiotics are also
likely to leech out of the manure and
soil into the area’s water table.
By the time crops reach the grocery
store it would be impossible to tell
which crops were grown in antibiotic-
containing soil and which were not,
causing a potentially serious problem
for the many people around the world
with antibiotic allergies.
One of the main goals of the
Changsha Communiqué was
to reach a “global consensus” on
xenotransplantation ethics. e
document released after the conference
stipulates that human trials should be
“banned in all countries incapable
of effective regulation” – which,
judging by the WHO’s famously
strict standards, may put a damper
on the research underway in Russia
and the former Soviet Union. It also
imposes strict controls on the breeding
environments of “donor” animals,
esssentially making the growth of pigs
for transplants a specialty industry
that would ostensibly be controlled by
health authorities or drug companies.
However, the document makes it very
clear that the technique is still in the
very preliminary stages of development,
and full general-population rollout may
be many decades away. All recipients, it
pledges, must be carefully chosen and
monitored for signs of diseases. us,
the days of pig organs, or even pig islet
cells, replacing human ones must first
be preceded by trial and error.
Rednet.cn, a Chinese government-
controlled news site, reported that
the country’s “conscientious and
responsible” government and medical
agencies were committed to laying
the groundwork for international
xenotransplantation standards.
However, China is notorious for its
ever-growing trade in illegal human
organs, which has proven more difficult
than expected to clamp down on.
No matter the ultimate decision, the
road to xenotransplantation’s fate is an
uncertain one.
Genetically engineered pigs might one day provide safe, transplantable organs for humans in need
It is also suspected that antibiotic
use has given rise to the increase in
asthma and allergy prevalence in
children in the last twenty years.
When we take antibiotics to treat a
bacterial infection, we take them over
a long period of time, ensuring that the
bacteria are killed off by the antibiotics.
When antibiotics aren’t used for a
long period of time however, weaker
bacteria are killed off and the stronger
bacteria with more resistance to the
antibiotic live on to reproduce, creating
more antibiotic resistant bacteria. e
more antibiotics we consume, the
more likely it is that bacteria in our
bodies will become immune to them,
especially if we are consuming them
through meat and vegetables in small
and sporadic doses.
Since we are ingesting multiple
types of antibiotics in our food, we are
further at risk of producing multiple
drug resistant bacteria. As the name
implies, it’s difficult to treat diseases
that are resistant to many antibiotics,
and they spread quickly through our
hospitals; 100,000 people a year die
in the United States from resistant
bacteria contracted through health
care centers.
More studies are now looking at how
to possibly eliminate antibiotics from
manure before it is used as fertilizer.
It appears that many of the antibiotics
could be broken down by bacteria if
the manure were composted at high
temperatures. Currently there is no
law in the US regarding antibiotics
in manure. To stop feeding animals
antibiotics wouldn’t solve problems
either; farmers say that if they were
to now stop treating their livestock
with antibiotics, it would lead to more
outbreaks of diseases and illnesses
amongst livestock.
It appears that we have reached a
catch twenty-two; we raise animals
on antibiotics in order to ensure
our food supply; yet that very action
might endanger the food supply, and,
indirectly, us.
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Welcome to the world of
Chindogu, the
Daa da da daa da da daa da da daa da
da daaa da da da Tetris song…finally,
that insidious Tetris track which has
haunted the minds of generations of
video game players has been found to
have a purpose which may actually help
humanity rather than simply distract
it. Playing Tetris has been recently
identified by scientists at Oxford as
a potential “cognitive vaccine” and
treatment for Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD).
Researchers took forty healthy
volunteers and showed them a film
“consisting of real injury and death,”
including grisly advertisements against
drunk driving. After thirty minutes,
participants were randomly assigned
to either play Tetris for ten minutes or
do nothing. After a week, researchers
found the incidences of gruesome
flashbacks, one of the hallmarks
of PTSD, had been significantly
Scientists are excited about this
treatment not only because they get to
play one of their favourite video games,
but also because there is currently no
way to prevent PTSD after exposure
to a traumatic event; treatment only
becomes available after full-blown
symptoms develop.
Study leader Dr. Emily Holmes
of the Department of Psychiatry
at Oxford University encourages a
cautious optimism about this potential
breakthrough: “is is only a first step
in showing that this might be a viable
approach to preventing PTSD. is
was a pure science experiment about
how the mind works from which
we can try to understand the bigger
picture. ere is a lot to be done to
translate this experimental science
result into a potential treatment.”
e apparent success behind the
Tetris treatment relies on a few
neurological idiosyncrasies. Cognitive
science research suggests that the brain
has two separate tracks of thought;
one deals with all of the physical
information we receive through our
senses, while the other is mainly
conceptual and allows us to analyze and
contextualize the sensory information
we collect. is allows us to not only
see a painting, but also appreciate
that it is an abstract representation of
the real world and analyze its deeper
As the brain has a limited amount
of resources or energy to dedicate
to these distinct processes, there are
limits to our ability to operate both
streams of thought at one time. is is
why cell phone use has been banned
while driving, as drivers cannot fully
concentrate on what is happening on
the road while having a conversation.
Finally, there is a short window after an
event in which it is possible to modify
the formation of any memories of that
particular experience.
e theory follows that by
concentrating on the characteristic
Tetris building blocks shortly after
a traumatic event, the image of the
blocks would compete with those
of the film that would otherwise be
stored in the sensory part of the brain.
e second stream of thought which
gives meaning to the film would be
unaffected. “We know there is a period
of up to six hours in which it is possible
to affect certain types of memories that
are laid down in the human mind,”
explains Dr Catherine Deeprose. “We
have shown that in healthy volunteers,
playing ‘Tetris’ in this time window
can reduce flashback-type memories
without wiping out the ability to
make sense of the event.” Dr. Holmes
elaborates on this point: “Tetris may
work by competing for the brain’s
resources for sensory information. We
suggest it specifically interferes with
the way sensory memories are laid
down in the period after trauma and
thus reduces the number of flashbacks
that are experienced afterwards.”
While virtual reality games have
been developed to help alleviate pain
in children being treated for severe
injuries and even aid traumatized
military staff returning from Iraq, Dr.
Holmes emphasizes that these are
preliminary results that do not allow
any further conclusions to be drawn
about computer games and their
potential therapeutic qualities.
Kelly O’Connor
Argosy Staff
Tetris found to help
prevent PTSD
January 15, 2009:
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aware that this was a problem. Perhaps he should start reading Sex Bomb more regularly.
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Stuart Townsend
When former football coach Steve
Lalonde resigned unexpectedly in June
of 2008, many were worried about that
position and who would occupy it
during the next seasons.
ose worries no longer exist.
Kelly Jeffrey, the man who was
hired on an interim basis for the 2008
season following Lalonde’s departure,
and who led the Mounties to their
first earned playoff berth since 1998,
was hired on a three-year contract just
prior to Christmas.
is decision came as no surprise
to many players, staff, supporters of
Mountie football, and Jeffrey was all
smiles when the official announcement
was made.
Jeffrey led the Mounties to a 2-6
record and a playoff berth in 2008, and
was an assistant coach the previous two
years with the Mounties. Coaching
quarterbacks and special teams in his
two seasons as an assistant, Jeffrey built
arguably the best special teams unit in
the country, headed by two-time All-
Canadian returner Gary Ross, as well
as developed Kelly Hughes into an
MVP-winning quarterback.
One of the most popular head
coaches at Mount Allison since Marc
Loranger left in 1996, Jeffrey drew up
a whole new offence for 2008 designed
specifically for the people it would
employ, and the Mounties boasted
the AUS’s leading passer (Hughes),
receiver (Ross), and scorer (Olivier
“Jeffrey pulls off the rare feat of
being universally liked and respected
by his players in equal measure,” says
freshman defensive lineman Ben Lass.
“You often see nice coaches that players
don’t listen to, and tough coaches that
players hate; he has found a way to be
both without being hated at all. Most
importantly, he’s made the team expect
victory against every opponent.”
Jeffrey has coaching experience at
various colleges in the United States,
including San Diego State, which
produced NFL legend Marshall Faulk,
and University of Nevada Las Vegas.
“Coach Jeffrey has already begun
moving this team forward both
on and off the field and will only
keep improving us,” said freshman
linebacker and Sackville native Justin
Junior cornerback Bradley Daye,
who recently underwent successful
surgery on his knee, says Jeffrey is
“exactly what the team needs, and he
is the best man for the job.”
In other AUS football news,
2007 Hec Creighton winner Erik
Glavic of the Saint Mary’s Huskies
transferred to University of Calgary
in a surprising move that reunites
him with head coach Blake Nill, who
recruited Glavic to Saint Mary’s. is
leaves Jack Creighton as the number
one quarterback in Halifax; good news
for the Mounties, who picked him
off twice and sacked him three times
in their final meeting of the regular
e search is still ongoing in
Antigonish for a new head coach
of the St FX X-Men, who relieved
John Bloomfield of those duties in
Kelly Jeffrey hired as head football coach
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
One of Canada’s most popular
Christmas traditions was bigger
than ever this past holiday season.
e annual World Junior Hockey
Championship set new attendance
and viewer records this year, smashing
the records set three years ago in
Vancouver. e tournament takes
the best under-20 hockey players the
world has to offer and puts them on
the world stage.
is year’s tournament, held in
Ottawa, saw the Canadian national
junior team win record tying fifth
consecutive world junior title with a
5-1 victory over Sweden in the gold
medal game. While victory for Canada
in the final may have been easier than
anticipated, the road to the final was
far from smooth. A New Year’s Eve
matchup with the USA for top spot
in the group produced one of the most
exciting games in World Junior history
with Canada erasing a 3-0 first period
deficit before eventually winning 7-4.
However, just three nights later
Canada met their old rivals Russia in
a game that became an instant classic.
Canada led the game four separate
times, but each time the Russians
equalized before taking a 5-4 lead
with just over two minutes remaining.
Canada appeared on the ropes, but a
scramble along the boards saw the puck
come to 18 year-old Jordan Eberle
alone in front of the net, who put
the puck past the Russian goalkeeper
with just five seconds left in the game.
Canada went on to win in a shootout,
with Eberle scoring there as well.
e tournament is known for giving
the world a look at the future stars of
hockey, and it’s often at this tournament
that stars are born. One such star this
year was 18 year-old John Tavares.
Tavares scored a hat-trick in the come
from behind win over the USA, and
also set up Eberle’s dramatic tying
goal against the Russians, finishing
the tournament with eight goals and
15 points in six games. Tavares also
equaled the tournament career goal
scoring record with 12 (four in last
year’s tournament), was named top
forward, and tournament MVP. He
is the odds on favourite to be selected
first overall in the June entry draft and
in a few years may be mentioned in
the same breath as Sidney Crosby and
Alexander Ovechkin.
Canada wins hockey gold
Ryan Esch
Argosy Correspondent
hitter Calia
attacks the
ball past
and Jillian
The Lady
UNBSJ 3-0.
With the New Year upon us, I think
it’s only fair that we take a moment
and reflect on everything that 2008
gave us. It’s hard to believe all of the
amazing moments that happened in
those 12 short months, from January
to December. Not only did we get
the normal highlights from the usual
suspects, but we also got the Beijing
Olympics, a 16-day spectacular display
of athleticism with records falling left
and right.
In 2008, we saw one swimmer race
to a record eight gold medals. Sure, in
some of those races he was helped out
by his teammates, but no one can deny
that Michael Phelps’ accomplishment
was nothing short of miraculous.
However, the stunning thing is that his
story was only one of many headlines
coming out of Beijing. Usain Bolt
jogged to the world record in the 100
metre dash, and also took the gold and
the world record in the 200 metre dash
as well. A record 87 countries won
medals at the 2008 games, along with
43 new world records being set and
132 new Olympics records.
2008 also saw the Boston Celtics
triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers
for their record 17th NBA title. It also
saw the New England Patriots go a
perfect 16-0 in the regular season, only
to lose to the New York Giants, and
Eli Manning’s Hail Mary pass in the
final minutes of the Super Bowl. 2008
was also the year of the Euro 2008
final between Germany and Spain, the
all-out battle between two soccer crazy
countries. Also, it wasn’t the Red Sox
or the Yankees who won the American
East this year., it was the Tampa Bay
Rays and their roster of youngsters
who made it all the way to the World
Series. It also had the magnificent
Wimbledon final, that epic five hour
slug-fest between Rafa and Roger.
at amazing match is already being
replayed on ESPN Classic with many
fans dubbing it the greatest match of
Finally, 2008 had Sid the Kid in
his first, but definitely not his last,
NHL Finals. Yes, his Penguins did get
destroyed by the Red Wings, but he got
there, and that counts for something.
On behalf of sports fans everywhere,
thank you 2008! ank you for all of
the amazing memories. To 2009: you
have some big shoes to fill. Good luck.
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
ank you, 2008!
Sue Seaborn
Sue Seaborn
Will 2009 bring us more epic sports moments like the Rafa-Roger final
at Wimbledon? Only time will tell...
Source: www.welt.de
Signs three-year contract with Mounties
Captures first place at World Junior Hockey Championship
It should come as no surprise to anyone,
that with the world’s current focus on
climate change, the major world cities
vying to host the 2016 are trying to
outdo each other in their bids to host
the “greenest” Olympics to date.
It’s not the first time a city has
billed its Olympics as being “green,”
both Beijing and London did so
when bidding for the 2008 and 2012
Olympics, and Vancouver has plans
to make the 2010 Olympics green
as well. For the Olympics in 2016
however, decreasing the impact on
the environment seems to be the main
focus of all four of the cities still in the
running: Tokyo, Chicago, Madrid, and
Rio de Janeiro.
Tokyo, which scored the highest on
the International Olympic Committee
evaluation of the seven cities that
originally bid to host the event, has
plans to provide carbon free transport
between Olympic venues. ey are
hoping to place as many of the venues
as possible in the centre of Tokyo so
that transportation is less extensive,
and to turn the Yumenoshima landfill
site into a forest island for use in some
equestrian events. Tokyo is also hoping
to be able to completely recycle all
waste from the games, and to use some
solar and renewable energy sources as
Madrid, which scored the second
highest on the IOC’s evaluation, is
already promoting energy efficient
sports venues; the three largest soccer
teams have gone green in support of
Madrid’s bid for the Olympics by
supporting events and venues that
minimize the environmental impact
of their games and teaching green
values in the clubs’ academies. Madrid
also bid for the 2012 Olympics with
promises that trains, buses, and other
public transport would reach 82 per
cent of the venues in Madrid and
reduce automobile pollution during
the games.
ird place in the IOC’s evaluation
was given to both Chicago and
Doha, but Doha did not become a
finalist because of their plans to hold
the Olympics in October, when the
weather would be better suited to
outdoor events. Chicago’s plans for
green Olympics include joining the
Chicago Climate Exchange, which
allows them to pay to offset the indirect
emissions through 2010, and using as
many existing or temporary structures
as possible to host the games.
Rio de Janeiro, the fourth city
with a chance to host the games has
promised to use biodegradable fuel in
all buses carrying athletes, journalists,
delegations, and authorities throughout
the game. Last year’s Pan American
games showed a huge decrease in gas
emissions in Rio de Janeiro, which
the city hopes to recreate for the 2016
It seems difficult to carry out
a green Olympic games, however
in Beijing, the air quality was still
poor throughout the games, despite
promises by the Chinese to improve
air and water quality, and while some
buildings were energy efficient, others
were decidedly not. e London
Olympics in 2012 are being attacked
by environmental groups who say
that a goal of a 50 per cent decrease
in carbon emissions shows little
commitment to the cause, when the
government requires all new homes to
be zero carbon emitting by 2016. In
Vancouver, many of the environmental
sustainability plans for 2010 are falling
apart; plans to use hydrogen fuel-cell
technology for transportation have hit
a wall because the technology simply
does not yet exist, and the highway
expansion between Whistler and
Vancouver threatens rare ecosystems.
For the four countries still in the
running to become the host of the
2016 Olympics, the race to host
green Olympics sometimes seems to
be more a point of pride than actual
environmental initiative. Tokyo is
promising the “greatest urban and
environmental transformation ever,”
while Chicago promises a carbon
neutral event; and yet plans for how
to bring about these goals seem vague.
Tokyo is planning to reclaim land
from the bay in order to build all of
the venues at the heart of the city,
but reclaiming the land has its own
associated environmental risks. For
Chicago and Madrid, plans for green
Olympic Games seem to stop at the
idea of working with the community
towards greener games, while Rio’s
plans seem are based on their having
been environmentally friendly before,
and therefore should be able to do it
Some of the ideas for an eco-friendly
Olympics were quite original; Prague,
for example, who bid for the Games
but was eliminated in June of 2008,
planned to build any new venues out
of entirely recycled materials. ey
also planned to have a path that ran
through the city, making each of the
venues within easy walking distance
of each other, to reduce the need for
transportation between venues.
e final decision as to the host of
the 2016 games will not be made until
October of 2009, so the four remaining
cities have some time to develop more
solid plans for the “greening” of the
Olympics. In the meantime, there
are still questions that need to be
addressed; how will the cities offset
the pollution created by airplanes for
travelers to and from the event and
will they continue to let off fireworks
during ceremonies? Waste disposal
and using renewable energy are still
a question for some of the cities
and Chicago has not yet dealt with
transportation issues. ough they
should be congratulated for putting in
the effort, it appears that it will still be
some time before we will see a truly
green Olympic Games.
Susan Rogers
Argosy Correspondent
Green revolution hits the Olympics
Potential 2016 host cities compete to “out-green” each other
e men’s and women’s basketball
Mounties each suffered similar
fates this past weekend in ACAA
Basketball action. At home against
the undefeated Mount Saint Vincent
Mystics, both Mountie teams were
beaten handily. e following day at
King’s, both teams found themselves
on the high end of the scoreboard.
e women’s Mounties lost to
Mount Saint Vincent by a score of 83-
41, and defeated King’s 54-41, while
the men lost 76-40 to the Mystics and
beat King’s 83-70.
On Saturday at home, the women
were outmatched from the get-go.
Five turnovers by the Mounties in the
opening minutes had the home squad
down 10-0 early on. A little energy
and intensity were added off the
bench by Marlon Smith and Danielle
Trenholm, and the Mounties began
to cut into the lead, but Mount Saint
Vincent’s transition offence took over
the second quarter, and the Mounties
found themselves down 37-18 at
More quick passing and strong
offensive rebounding by the Mystics
had them up 57-29 after the third
quarter. e visitors then opened up
the fourth quarter with an 18-2 run.
Rookie Laura Chapman had a team-
high seven points for the Mounties,
while Smith, Allie Mayberry,
and Catherine Cox each had five.
Mayberry also hauled in a game-high
four rebounds.
Kali Van Vulpen paced the Mystics
with 17 points in 32 minutes of
playing time, and Chelsea Mackay had
15 points.
e men fared slightly better,
actually leading Mount Saint Vincent
for most of the second quarter until a
buzzer beater put the Mystics up 27-
26 at halftime, and they never looked
back, outscoring the Mounties 49-14
in the second half.
Josh Graham led the Mounties with
nine points, while Dennis Hopper and
Jeff Sadler each had six. Ibrahaim
Toulany had a game-high 16 points,
and Jason Carlson scored 13.
In exhibition matchups January 6,
the Mounties played the University of
Maine Machias Clippers. e women’s
Mounties won by a score of 49-35,
while the men lost 82-74.
Shannon Parlee led the Women’s
Mounties with ten points and nine
Basketball Mounties swept by Mystics, sweep King’s
Men and women still in third place
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
rebounds, and Danielle Trenholm
had eight points. For the men, Akil
Smith scored 17 points, while Dennis
Hopper and Jeff Sadler had 14 and 12
points respectively.
Both the men’s and women’s
Mounties find themselves in third place,
the women a little more comfortably
than the men. e women sit in third
with a 6-3 record, three games up on
fourth-place Holland College. e
men, at 5-4, are only one game up on
4-4 Atlantic Baptist University, who
have Saint omas and King’s right on
their heels, making the home stretch
interesting for all teams involved.
Second year Stephen Buhon drives to the basket. Jenna Tracey runs past a MSVU defender.
Sue Seaborn Sue Seaborn
Happy New Year Mounties! It’s time
to start following that New Year’s
resolution, you know, the one that says
“get back into shape” or “lose some
weight.” Most people avoid going to
the gym because they don’t know how
to use the equipment or what kind of
workout to follow. If you want to start
losing that holiday bulge, but have no
idea what to do, just begin by following
these simple steps.
Start by motivating yourself to
make it to the gym. Most people plan
on going to the gym, but never actually
end up there because they have too
much work, or are too tired. You
need to schedule exercise into your
weekly routine so you can begin the
process of getting into shape. Make
it as important as a class or a doctor’s
e next step takes place in the
gym. You’ve scheduled gym time,
now you need to start your workout.
Always start slowly to warm up your
muscles. Walking on the treadmill is a
good way to warm up.
Not everyone needs to run for
exercise, walking is also a great way
to stay fit. However, strolling along on
the treadmill isn’t going to do much
for you. It is important to walk briskly,
at a setting (on the treadmill) of at
least 3.5. Sweat is the best indicator
that you’re working hard.
If you want to try running, which is
better for developing different muscles,
then you should work your way up to
it. Walk briskly for about five minutes
and then run for one to two minutes.
Repeat this pattern throughout a half
hour workout. Every time you come
back to the gym, you can slowly work
your way up to walking a minute and
running for five. You can manipulate
this program to work within your
limits, however you should always try
to push yourself while working out.
After your time on the treadmill
it’s extremely important to stretch.
Stretching promotes a better range of
motion in your joints, improves your
flexibility, balance, coordination, and
it also helps prevent injury. While
stretching, don’t push too hard; it is
important to keep it gentle and to
breathe freely as you hold the stretches.
You should not bounce while holding
a stretch. Everyone has different levels
of flexibility, and if you feel a pain
you’ve gone too far. While stretching,
it’s also important to concentrate on
the major muscle groups you used
during your workout and to hold the
stretch for 10 to 15 seconds.
After stretching, I would recommend
starting off with a basic, light weight
workout, with the handheld weights,
or an abs and back workout. Crunches,
push-ups, and sit-ups always help to
trim the tummy fat and build muscle.
is simple guide will help you get
started on building a healthier body.
Stick to exercising by working it into
your schedule. Follow these steps
regularly and you can begin to live
healthily and keep that New Year’s
Fitness Column
Lose the holiday pounds!
Natalie Butler
Argosy Contributor
I was all set to do a nice little write-
up on the Raptors, about what’s gone
wrong and what we (they) can do
about it. But then I watched them lose
to the Celtics, got really frustrated and
decided I wasn’t going to devote any
more of my time or thought to the
Raptors for the rest of the day. So I
left without any sort of real plan- and
it shows. I decided to fill the space
with some scattered thoughts. Is this
a literary cop-out? You bet.
-Eric Gordon is the best rookie in
the league. Not really, but he’s on my
fantasy team, so that doesn’t hurt his
-Okay, ONE Raptors-related
thought: after watching Brian
Scalabrine (yes, the pasty one himself )
try to punk Joey Graham during the
recent Celts game, I came to one
conclusion: the NBA needs to bring
back fighting. Graham was jockeying
for position with Scalabrine, and the
two started kind of shoving each other,
then the two had words. Graham
looked like he wanted to deck him, and
Scalabrine looked like he knew it and
feared the consequence. But Scalabrine
just kept chirping, because its 2009,
and nobody fights in basketball
anymore and it needs to stop (or start,
as it were).
My campaign to bring back fighting
to professional basketball is starting
now! Who’s coming with me? e
Fish? Dorothy Boyd? Hear me out:
fighting used to be a major part of
professional basketball.
Back in the day (not my day-
the 1950s through to the 1980s),
everything on a basketball court would
be settled through displays of violence,
as opposed to anything basketball-
related. ere was such a large focus
on fucking with your opponents’ head
that it added an element of battle-like
intensity to these relatively meaningless
games. If a player was called up mid-
season, the way you earned the respect
of your teammates was to go out and
clock the biggest guy from the other
Coaches would literally put bounties
on player’s heads - the most famous
being on ABA tough guy John Brisker.
As the referee threw up the ball for
the opening tip-off, while all of the
players on the court were looking up
at the ball, one of the Pacers’ blatantly
sucker-punched Brisker sending him
to the floor immediately, and to the
hospital shortly thereafter. I mean,
that’s just awesome. Is it justified
behaviour? Probably not. Did cocaine
consumption attribute to this? Oh,
most definitively. Is that a civilized way
for professional athletes to conduct
themselves? Hell no, but it is hilarious,
and it needs to return.
- On that note, I’m happy for the
reemergence of Chris ‘the Birdman’
Anderson. So what if he had a coke
problem? How else was he supposed
to prove to strangers in clubs that
he in fact was a rich basketball star?
Also, can we stop penalizing these
guys for smoking weed? What kind
of performance enhancer is that?
If I’m playing in an NBA game, I’m
hoping to God that Josh Howard and
Rafer Alston are on the other team.
Although, I will grant you that it will
let you see passing lanes you had no
idea ever existed.
- Free Eddie House.
-e NBA needs to find a way to
control the online voting for the All-
Star game. Yi Jianlin has more votes
than Kevin Garnett. And Chris Bosh.
And everyone else in the league not
named “Dwight Howard.” I mean, I
could understand if it was Sun Yue,
the Lakers self-described ‘Asian Magic
Johnson,’ but Yi? C’mon!
-Enough about Lebron and the
Knicks. Lebron’s not going to the
Knicks- he’s going to the Nets,
remember? Remember how “Bron is
like this (I’m making gestures with my
hands, you just can’t see it) with Nets
owner Jay-Z? And how the Nets are
moving to Brooklyn within the next
couple of years for the sole reason that
Lebron can be in New York City?” So
what if the Knicks are clearing cap
space? Lebron and Jay-Z are taking
over the world… that’s the plan. And I
don’t even like Jay-Z.
- What’s wrong with the world
when a police officer won’t let Charles
Barkley run a stop sign to catch up with
a hooker with other-worldly... “skills”?
I mean, it’s Charles Barkley! I didn’t
think I lived in North America, where
a former professional athlete-turned-
cable TV host would be persecuted
for chasing tail while driving around
loaded in Scottsdale. at’s not MY
North America!
DCZ for three
A look back at the NBA this week
David Charles Zarum
Argosy Contributor
Saturday afternoon the Mounties
women’s hockey team took to the
ice in an exhibition game against the
Bishop’s Polar Bears, and emerged
victorious 5-1.
It was a close game until the third
period, when the Mounties poured in
four goals. Bishop’s struck early on in
the first period, and Mount Allison had
multiple chances to tie the game while
shorthanded, but failed to convert.
Less than a minute into the second
period, Lisa Riley squeezed a bad-
angle shot through Bishop’s netminder
Maryse Richard to tie things up.
Halfway through the same period, with
two Bishop’s skaters in the penalty
box, Andie Switalski wired a slapshot
off the crossbar, which was the best
chance on a long two-man advantage
the Mounties failed to capitalize on.
Mounties win hockey exhibition matchup
Defeat Bishop’s 5-1
ings opened up for the Mounties
in the third, with Kate Ehrhardt, Jenica
Bastarache, Switalski, and leading
scorer Jenna Briggs all scoring for the
hometown Mounties.
e Mounties clearly were the better
team on the ice, controlling the puck
for most of the game and outshooting
Bishop’s by a large margin.
Alison Heard and Meghan Corley-
Bryne shared the victory in net for
Mount Allison, while Richard took
the loss for the Polar Bears.
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
Left: Jillian Greene takes a shot
on net against Bishop’s goalie
Maryse Richard.
Guard Danielle Trenholm fights for the ball against a scrappy MSVU player.
Jillian Greene moves the puck up along the boards in Saturday’s action.
Sue Seaborn
Sue Seaborn
Sue Seaborn
is past weekend two members of the
Mount Allison wrestling team traveled
to Halifax, along with several members
of the Mountain Top Wrestling Club
from Moncton, to compete in the
Nova Scotia Open. ere were many
teams from Nova Scotia, PEI, and
New Brunswick that made the journey
to the tournament, which was also used
as a mandatory training competition
for Canada Games eligible athletes.
e competition began around 9:30
am and continued until approximately
5:30 pm.
Mt. A wrestlers Greg McLean and
Cejay Riley were the only two wrestlers
to represent the school; McLean
competed in the senior men’s 66 kg
weight class, while Riley competed in
the senior women’s 63 kg weight class.
Every member of both the Mt. A and
Mountain Top teams that went to the
tournament captured a medal.
Riley’s first match ended in a loss
and a possible season ending injury,
despite this she was still able to
compete in her second match where
she pinned her opponent to capture a
silver medal in the category.
McLean unfortunately was the only
individual in his weight division and
attempts were made to add him to the
sr. men’s 74 kg weight class, but this
were unsuccessful. Several exhibition
matches were set up for McLean for
the end of the tournament, but due
to time constraints they had to be
dropped; McLean was awarded a gold
medal as a result.
e next competition for the Mt. A
team is the UNB Open on January 31.
e team is training extremely hard
for this upcoming event and in the
past four years they have performed
extremely well at the tournament,
capturing bronze and silver medals
as well as several top five finishes
against very seasoned and national
calibre athletes. Mt. A is slowly
regaining its reputation for wrestling
success amongst local maritime teams.
e team also hopes to compete
at the Atlantic Championships in
Charlottetown this March and to host
a tournament sometime this semester
here at Mt. A.
e team would like to express
thanks for the support they have
received so far from the community
and they urge more students to come
out and show your Mountie pride
when our wrestlers compete. It takes
a lot of hard work and dedication to
compete successfully against the level
and calibre of athletes from other
schools and this could not happen
without your continued support.
Mountie wrestler Cejay Riley grapples an opponent to the mat.
Mount Allison wrestlers capture gold and silver
Cejay Riley
Argosy Correspondent
I recall watching the New York
Rangers opening round playoff
matchup in 2007 against the Atlanta
rashers, whom the Rangers easily
dispatched in a four game sweep. e
player I was most impressed by in the
series was none other than Sean Avery.
He was throwing hits, making good
plays, and really getting the fans into
the game. Every time I watched him
play I liked him more. e problem
was every time he talked I liked him
less. He just never said anything worth
listening to.
His on ice antics once comical, such
as painting his nails black to intimidate
opponents while fighting them, soon
dropped to the level of juvenile. Most
notably his attempts to distract New
Jersey Devils goaltender Martin
Brodeur during last season’s playoffs;
actions which were widely derided by
both players and pundits alike, and
banned in what is usually called the
‘Sean Avery’ rule. However, his ability
to get under opposing players skin, and
occasionally show flashes of hockey
talent, kept him in the NHL. But in
December, Avery, now a member of the
Dallas Stars, reached a low point from
which he may never recover. He made
derogatory comments about his ex-
girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert and Calgary
Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf,
whom Cuthbert is currently dating,
which were unanimously criticized
throughout the hockey world, even by
his own team mates. e NHL gave
him a six game suspension, the Dallas
Stars have suspended him indefinitely,
and his hockey future is uncertain.
But what many may not know
about Sean Avery is that he leads
a double life. What do Sean Avery,
David Beckham, and Roger Federer
have in common? ey’re all fashion
aficionados. Who knew? If one where
to look at the magazine selection Sean
Avery took on road trips the expected
Sports Illustrated, and Hockey News’
would not be found. Rather one would
find the latest editions of American
Vogue, French Vogue, British Vogue,
V, V Men, and so on. His area of
fashion interest is women’s fashion,
“(With men’s fashion) you do suits
and pants and that’s about that,” he
told Newsweek “Women’s clothes tell
a story. at’s what’s interesting to
Will the real Sean Avery please stand up?
Ryan Esch
Argosy Correspondent
Avery has also worked as a guest
editor for the Men’s Vogue website,
and last summer worked as an intern
for Vogue. On one of his first trips to
the Vogue cafeteria he took a large
serving of beef stroganoff, which
probably would have been the most
anybody working for Vogue had ever
eaten, had he not spilled it on another,
surely horrified, Vogue employee a
short time later. At the most recent
Fashion Week in New York, who was
seen sitting between Martha Stewart
and Winona Ryder? You guessed it,
Sean Avery.
When asked by Newsweek what
his teammates thought of his off-ice
interests, Avery said, “ey call me a
fag, and I laugh, it’s so narrow-minded
and stereotypical.” Male athletes
with interests such as these are not
uncommon, as Beckham and Federer
demonstrate. However, Avery is not
cut from the same mold as them. ey
are gentlemen athletes who prefer
elaborate dinners and fine wines. Men
of Avery’s skills and personality tend to
prefer a beer with their steak dinner.
So, it would seem that if Sean Avery
is finished with hockey, he has a career
path already lined up. Not that the three
and a half years and approximately
12.5 million dollars he is still owed by
the Dallas Stars give him any sense of
urgency to find a new career. Indeed
one does have to ask who is the real
Sean Avery? Is he a hated hockey
pest or the next big name in fashion?
How much do you think a hand bag
designed by Sean Avery would go
for? New Line Cinema has found the
story of a hockey player with a great
fashion interest so intriguing that
they have commissioned a screenplay
to be produced with the possibility of
creating a movie about Avery’s double
life. Calls to New Line Cinema’s by
the author wondering if the title would
be “e Avery Wears Prada” went
Source: cache.gawker.com
Cejay Riley
Athlete of the Week
Laurie Marchbank
Five-foot-six defensive libero
Laurie Marchbank of the
women’s volleyball Mounties
has been honoured as Mount
Allison’s Athlete of the Week for
her play in both of the Mounties’
weekend games against St.
omas University (STU) and
UNBSJ. Marchbank led her
team to a 1-1 weekend record
in ACAA women’s volleyball,
improving the Mounties’ record
to 6-3 overall and retaining first
place in the standings for another
On Saturday against STU,
Marchbank collected 18 digs in
a 3-0 loss (17-25, 21-25, 21-25),
and in an important 3-0 victory
on Sunday over UNBSJ (25-17,
25-23, 25-22), collected 16 digs,
and recorded a near perfect serve
reception average
of 2.83.
A resident of Kensington, PEI,
she is a former student from
Kensington Intermediate
Senior High School, where
she previously captained the
basketball team and was a PEI
volleyball all-star and captain
with her high school team
coached by Richard Yonker. As
well, she is a past member of the
2003 winter games, and the 2005
Summer Canada Games teams
coached by former Mountie
all-star Lynn Boudreau. Always
a defensive wizard on the
floor, Marchbank is enrolled
in fourth-year Commerce and
hopes to continue on with an
MBA and a career in marketing
and advertising.
Other Athlete of the Week
nominees were: Dennis Hopper
(men’s basketball), and
Jenna Tracey (women’s
Upcoming Mountie Sports
Friday, Jan. 16th
Badminton @ Kings; 7:00 PM
Saturday, Jan. 17th
Badminton @ Kings; 7:00 PM
Volleyball vs. NSAC; 2:00 PM
Hockey vs. Dal; 2:30 PM
Women’s Basketball @ Holland College; 12:00 PM
Men’s Basketball @ Holland College; 2:00 PM
Sunday, Jan. 18th
Women’s Basketball vs. UNBSJ; 1:30 PM
Men’s Basketball vs. UNBSJ; 3:30 PM
Hockey vs. St. FX; 2:15 PM
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