November 20, 2008 Grating cheese on those abs since 1875 Vol. 138 Iss.

I n d e p e n d e n t S t u d e n t J o u r n a l o f Mo u n t A l l i s o n U n i v e r s i t y
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Jessica Emin
“Policy change is needed to prevent
hypothermia amongst our youth,”
someone shouted, dressed in old
clothes, handing out pamphlets.
Behind him, a fire burned steadily
in an old oil drum, and others poorly
dressed individuals huddled around
to keep warm.
Not a usual sight on Mount
Allison’s campus by any means, this
was part of a demonstration that took
place last ursday to protest student
debt. is day of action, organized
by the SAC and spearheaded by VP
External Mark Brister, included
students dressing up as hobos and
constructing makeshift shanties.
According to a press release
circulated by the SAC, the striking
visuals of the event were meant to
connect the issues of student debt
and socioeconomic status to the
affordability of post-secondary
education (PSE). e day was was
designed to draw attention to the
failure of student financial aid in New
e demonstration at Mt. A was
part of a larger day of action, with
events taking place on university
campuses across New Brunswick. e
New Brunswick Student Alliance
Zoe Williams
Argosy Staff
(NBSA), a New Brunswick student
lobby group that is campaigning to
decrease student debt, held a press
conference on the same day.
Overall, the student reaction to the
protest was positive.
“I think it’s a good idea,” said
second-year student and off-campus
councilor Alex Mcdonald. “I think
it’s great that all New Brunswick
universities are doing this, but we are
making it a lot more visual.”
Fourth-year student Greg White
saw the issue as one that affects us
now and in the future. “Student debt
is important to everyone. If you don’t
have debt, your kids might.”
High levels of student debt are a
concern for many students at Mt. A.
“I’m screwed. We’re graduating
in six months and we have to start
paying it off. It makes me want to
throw up” said fourth year student
Jessica Comeau. When asked if she
plans to attend graduate school, she
said she does not have a choice “unless
I want to work at a call centre” which
will of course lead to more debt.
According to the SAC press release,
39 per cent of students at Mt. A rely
on student loans, with the average
loan size being approximately $8,000.
e total amount of government loans
taken out last year by Mt. A students
was over $7 million.
Although students across the
country must deal with student loans,
New Brunswickers are particularly
hard-hit, carrying a student debt load
that is significantly higher than the
national average.
e use of the hobo visual however,
was problematic for some.
“I’m offended by it. I think equating
middle class students choosing to
go to one of the most expensive
schools in the country to a homeless
person is offensive. Mt. A has one
of the best scholarship programs in
the country” said third-year student
Chris Roberts.
According to the organizers, the
university’s administration has been
fully supportive of this student-led
event. Both university president Dr.
Robert Campbell, and VP Student
and International Affairs Ron Byrne,
stopped by the protest.
“is is a really serious issue.
e capacity to access the Mt. A
experience is as important as any
other issue [to the administration]”
said Campbell. “On the one hand
we are working as hard as we can to
support students but it’s not enough.
e government has to step up. If it’s
a matter of government commitment,
it can be done.”
Government commitment on this
issue, however, has been lacking.
“We have been fighting this battle
for years and we’ve made incremental
progress” said Brister, of the NBSA.
“e government isn’t willing to put
resources into making the tuition
freeze work properly.”
e tuition freeze and the tax
breaks, policies of the government
of New Brunswick, are, according to
Brister, policies for the middle class
and do not help students who are less
well off. erefore, the NBSA has
proposed a number of policies they
feel will go further to improve the
e first of these is a $6000 debt
cap, that would ensure that no student
graduates with more than $24,000
debt load. Also advocated is an
increase in access grants and outreach
programs, and a debt repayment
program that ensures students pay no
more than they can afford, based on
their income, in loan repayments.
According to Brister, “given the
choice between a debt cap and these
Students dressed as hobos and sat on campus in a makeshift shanty town to protest and raise awareness on the high levels of debt graduating students face in New Brunswick
From Bachelors to bindles: protest advocates debt cap
New Brunswick students face the largest debt in the country upon graduation
I’m screwed. We’re
graduating in six months
and we have to start paying
it off.
- Fourth year student
Jessica Comeau
alternative policies, the debt cap is an
obvious choice.”
Byrne echoed this statement. “I
certainly feel that the approach of
moving away from ‘tuition freezes’
and trying to find ways to really drive
the funds to students who are truly
facing accessibility issues is absolutely
the right spirit and the right way to be
moving forward.”
Brister emphasized that these
protests are coming at the end of
much negotiation with the provincial
“is protest is the culmination
of two years of negotiation with the
government,” he explained. “is is
definitely not radical... and we get the
same old trash. At this point we were
forced into this.”
Brister feels that the protest was
modestly successful. e NBSA has
scheduled a meeting with Minister
of Post-Secondary Education Donald
Arsenault, and the protests across
the province garnered some media
“Most importantly, with this
province-wide campaign we have
shown that young people are capable
of mobilization to defend accessibility
and affordability of post-secondary
education,” said Brister.
“We must continue to insist upon
this political repercussion.”

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e meeting began with SAC chair Greg White
outlining to the Council what are and aren’t
acceptable reasons to miss council meetings.
SAC president Mike Currie said he is going
to have a meeting with the university Board of
Regents about the Pub. Issues he is going to bring
up included the pub being too bright, the lack of
a dance floor, and the bland walls. Off-campus
councilor Doug MacLean said the pool tables
were useless in such a small space and should
be taken out, and orton House rep Victoria
Munnoch added that there isn’t a stage for bands
to play on.
Notable during counselor concerns was
Campbell Hall rep Tim Lang voicing the
complaint that students on the unlimited meal
plan only receive three guest meals. Off-campus
councilor Sam Gregg-Wallace asked if there was
a list of student jobs available at Mount Allison
and VP External Mark Brister replied that the
government maintains a list of jobs available, but
he wasn’t sure Mt. A uses it. VP Campus Life
Pat Barry added that there is not central list at
the school, so students should visit student life,
the Meighen Centre, and all the individual
departments, and ask what’s available. Brister
then added that the government list is not useful
because all the hiring processes in Sackville
involve nepotism.
Barry and VP Communications Abigail
McGillivery then gave presentations on their
activities, which included tunnel tours to raise
money for Global Medical Brigades, Trick-
or-Eat, and SAC Awareness Week. Barry also
mentioned that campus security will now be
patrolling the King Street parking lot more,
and that eventually there will be video cameras
In Brister’s report to council, he talked about
his meeting with Sackville mayor Pat Estabrooks.
He mentioned he was impressed with Sackville’s
commitment to the environment which has
included the newly implemented Share-a-Ride
program, hosting a sustainability conference, and
working on a carbon-inventory for the town.
Brister also mentioned that in the future there
will be a student representative on the town’s
environmental committee. is was followed by a
lengthy discussion of his plans for a hobo-themed
protest of student debt in New Brunswick.
Question period’s most memorable question
came from Science Senator Nathan Walker, who
asked if something could be done about the exit
signs in the students centre, because he frequently
hits his head on the one near the SAC office.
e meeting began with James Grady and
Nicole Belair introducing themselves as Service
Canada Ambassadors. ey described their role
on campus as helping give people information on
careers in the public service, as well as help filling
out related-forms.
During councilor concerns, off-campus
councilor Sam Gregg-Wallace complained
Chris Durrant
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Student politics and chocolate chip
cookies were served on November 5
VP Ac’s first meeting accompanied
by ginger snaps, apples, and candy
bars on November 12
about bad tasting water fountains in the library.
Harper Hall rep Naomi Wheatley was concerned
that there are no philosophy professors with a
specialization in logic, and that neither gym has
a punching bag. Off-campus councilor Cejay
O’Riley wished there was more advertising of
intramural deadlines.
In his maiden report to Council, VP Academic
Ryan Robski discussed the events of the last
university Senate meeting. He mentioned the
Senate had passed a resolution reaffirming
their academic independence in response to the
provinces report on post-secondary education.
He also said that Senate has created a temporary
committee on teaching evaluations, which will
included Robski and one other student.
Robski then described a meeting he had with
University Librarian Bruno Gnassi. Topics of the
meeting included the possibly of getting a self-
check out system, adding more comfortable chairs
to the library, the unadvertised changes in library
rules (such as food being permitted anywhere in
the library, and the third floor and sub-basement
status as quiet floors). Additionally, Robski
mentioned discussing library hours, and said that
Gnassi wants more input about when students
want the library to be open.
When questioned by SAC Ombudsman
Katherine Joyce about why the third floor of the
library was so loud, Robski said that librarians
have been told to enforce quiet on third floors,
but no signs will be put up because library staff
believe that the new quiet system will not work,
as noise from the first floor floats up to the third.
e meeting ended with VP Finance and
Operations Dan Wortman reminding council
that the deadline for clubs and societies funding
is November 21.
Justine Galbraith
For the second year in a row, Mount Allison
earned the top spot on Maclean’s annual university
rankings. is year, the university is no longer
sharing the honour with Acadia, which dropped
from first to third on the list.
Rounding out the top five rankings are the
University of Northern Britsh Colombia in second,
St. FX in fourth, and Wilfrid Laurier in fifth.
e magazine bases its results on publicly
available information, and also publishes results
from student surveys, such as the National Survey
of Student Engagement (NSSE).
e rankings are divided into three
categories: medical doctoral university rankings,
comprehensive university rankings, and primarily
undergraduate university rankings. Mt. A is
included in the primarily undergraduate category,
and is judged on thirteen indicators concerning
students and classes, faculty, resources, student
support, library and reputation.
While the magazine has released its overall
rankings, the complete results in each category
will not be released until the November 24 issue of
Maclean’s hits the stands.
e bulk of the criteria categories deal with
a university’s resources, or inputs, said Mt. A
President Robert Campbell.
“e Maclean’s report is a kind of inputs report,
so it’s different from the Globe and Mail report
which is an outputs report.”
Campbell believes that Mt. A does well in the
survey because the university is organized and
spends its money well in important areas.
“It seems to me that what the Maclean’s rating
shows [...] is that we’re allocating our resources in
the right sort of way,” said Campbell.
VP International and Student Affairs Ron
Byrne agrees.
“I think that we’re consistently high [in the
rankings] because we’re very intentional about
what we do,” he said.
ese surveys, explained Byrne, are aimed at
prospective students considering their options.
Mt. A maintains excellence: Maclean’s
“We know that many prospective students
and parents pay particular attention [...] to the
Maclean’s survey,” he said.
e Maclean’s rankings had a large influence
on fourth year student Isabel Gertler’s decision
to come to Mt. A. In her home town of Toronto,
Maritime universities have low profiles, she
explained, and Maclean’s “seems like the most
authoritative [source] to me.”
Allison Carlson, another fourth year student,
agreed. “If I hadn’t know about [Mt. A’s spot in
the rankings], I wouldn’t have come here.”
e Maclean’s article also has an influence on
international students, who may not have other
sources of information on Canadian universities.
“All we hear about are the rankings when
applying towards colleges,” said Kevin Geiger, a
second year student from New York.
Still, Geiger stated that the rankings were not
the only factor in his decision.
To others, such as first year students Melanie
Richard and Sammy Lutes, the survey had no
effect at all on their decision to attend Mt. A.
“I don’t know what that is,” said Lutes on the
Still, many universities are concerned about the
methodology of the survey, and in the past some
have even refused to disclose information to the
Both Byrne and Campbell believe that the
Maclean’s rankings focuses on just one aspect of
the university experience, and that other surveys
such as the Globe and Mail and NSSE offer
relevant information on student satisfaction.
Campbell believes that the input surveys need
to be considered in unison with output, or student
satisfaction, surveys to give a comprehensive view
of how the university is doing.
“You can have the best inputs in the world and
be doing a lousy job,” Campbell explained, “and
you could have the worst inputs in the world and
have the greatest outputs.”
“I would rather have a good rating on the
According to Byrne, the NSSE is becoming
a more relevant tool for prospective students as
Canadians become more familiar with it.
“More and more are paying attention to what
that one says,” he explained, “because that’s
really talking about how students feel about their
experience at the campus.”
Campbell believes that a main purpose of the
Maclean’s rankings is to validate the school to the
external world.
“[ose who support us] want an accountability
check on if we’re doing as good of a job as we say
we’re doing.”
He also said that the survey serves as validation
for those involved with the school, whether it be
alumni, faculty, staff or students.
“I think that the biggest impact of the rankings
is on the moral of our community.”
Justine Galbraith
Argosy Staff
Mount Allison received top marks in Maclean’s survey of undergraduate universities
Eurozone enters first-ever recession;
Germany falls the hardest
On Friday, the European Commission
reported that the 15-country
Eurozone, which includes four of
the world’s seven most powerful
economies, had officially entered its
first recession in the history of the
euro. e gross domestic product of
the entity, defined as the total value
of all the goods and services produced
in the country, shrank by 0.2% from
June to September, with another 0.2%
drop in the quarter before, reported
the London Times.
Germany, the bellwether of
Europe’s economic health and also
the largest economy in the Eurozone,
reported that it was in recession on
ursday, as did Italy. is is the first
recession since 1999 when the euro
was created, and analysts forecast an
uncertain future for the next while as
markets adjust.
“Looking ahead, we can expect
further quarters of negative GDP
growth, until the third quarter of
2009,” Gilles Moec, a senior Bank of
America economist, told the BBC.
In recent times, the euro’s relative
strength compared to other currencies,
particularly the newly-weak American
dollar, has hurt exports, which are
becoming an increasingly crucial
part of the Eurozone’s economy. In
response, the European Central Bank
has cut interest rates to 3.25%, and
the Organization for International
Co-Operation and Development
(OECD) has predicted “prolonged”
is week in the world
A weekly miscellany compiled by Tom Llewellin
recessions across the board for the
Eurozone, the US and Japan, which
are now all officially in recession.
Citigroup cuts 75 000 jobs
In an addition to the steady stream of
economy-related bad news flowing out
of the US, banking giant Citigroup,
the world’s second-largest bank,
announced on Friday that it plans to
cut 75 000 jobs. e cuts represent
about 20 per cent of its workforce – 23
000 were already given notice earlier
this year, and the remainder were just
recently announced.
In the last year, the bank has lost
over $20 billion, reported Reuters,
due to its position as a consumer bank
and its stake in the mortgage market.
e cuts have attracted particular
scrutiny because the organization
is one of the beneficiaries of the US
Treasury’s “cash injection” bailout
program, to the tune of $25 billion.
e company’s total market value
is only twice that, and its plans to
increase that were scuttled when its
attempt to buy the Wachovia Group
failed when the bank went under.
e cuts will occur throughout the
world, said the company’s chairman,
Win Bischoff, and the bank’s
international presence will decrease.
e bank’s shares have fallen over
70 per cent in the last year. is
represents the second largest job cut
by any company in history, second
only to IBM’s cut of 65 000 jobs in
one fell swoop in 1993.
Ceasefire in Congo broken
In defiance of a United Nations
ceasefire, rebels in the eastern part of
the Democratic Republic of Congo
have launched an offensive near the
provincial capital of Goma, according
to the Associated Press. e rebels
claim to have captured the town of
Rwindi, 125 km north of the capital,
in a culmination of fighting that has
thus far has displaced upwards of 250
000 people.
Bertrand Bisimwa, spokesman
for the rebels, claimed that the
Congolese army has been pushed back
to just northeast of the town. Rebel
leader Laurent Nkunda told Agence
France-Presse that he would support
a reinstatement of the ceasefire in
order to effectively keep them there,
something which would have to be
brokered by the US.
Peacekeeping processes so far,
however, have done little to to cause
a break in the fighting or protect
civilians, even with a presence
of 14 000 troops – currently the
world’s largest peacekeeping mission
– in the country. Nkunda began the
conflict in 2004, with the stated
aim of protecting the country’s Tutsi
population, who were the targets of
1994’s Rwandan genocide, from Hutu
militias that had entered the country
from the nearby Rwanda border.
Since then, Nkunda’s forces
have sparred with the Congolese
government over control of the
Congo’s extremely valuable mineral
resources – which are essential in
the manufacturing of virtually all
consumer electronics.
Accused in murder of Russian
journalist go on trial
In an encouraging move for worldwide
press freedom, four people who had a
role in planning the contract killing of
Russian journalist Anya Politkovskaya
will go on trial in a Russian military
court that will be open to the public.
Politkovskaya, a senior editor and
reporter at the Novaya Gazeta (New
Gazette) newspaper, was highly
critical of the Russian government’s
treatment of the situation in
Chechnya. She was shot dead as she
rode the elevator up to her Moscow
apartment in October 2006. However,
the four named in the trial – an FSB
(Federal Security Bureau) officer, a
former Moscow police officer, and
two Chechen brothers suspected of
being accomplices – do not include
those who had originally ordered the
contract-killing, nor the man who
actually fired the gun that killed
An earlier attempt at a preliminary
hearing in October was prevented,
reported the Guardian, when Karrina
Moskalenko, the lawyer representing
Politkovskaya’s family, was poisoned
with mercury. According to Reporters
Sans Frontières, a French press-
freedom organization, Russia is the
third-most dangerous country in
the world for journalists to work in,
after Iraq and Afghanistan, due to a
pattern of censorship by the Kremlin
and contract killings, many of which
are suspected to also be ordered by the
Early on a Saturday morning, Beth
Briscoe sat at Mel’s Tearoom. e
Sackville resident was there to share
stories with Mount Allison students
on some of the charitable work being
done in the community.
e residents of Sackville frequently
contribute to Mt. A’s fund raisers,
collections, concerts, and activities.
Still, some students may not know
about the activities of volunteer
organizations within the town or
realize their scale.
e Sackville Community
Association is a group uniting
representatives from all of the
churches, service clubs, police, and
school principals. It began back in
the 1960s and has been organizing
projects to ease the difficulties of those
in need and to help integrate people
who have been marginalised for one
reason or another into the vibrant life
of the town.
One of its main programs is
Christmas Cheer, which last year
helped 625 individuals in the Sackville
area, including children, soon-to-be
mothers, and the disabled.
“Numbers of those in need are
greater this year,” said Fran Smith,
one of the founding members.
Christmas Cheer has a variety of
undertakings, most prominently the
‘Christmas Cheer’ in
Rebecca Dixon
Argosy Correspondent
collection of toys and clothing to be
distributed during the Christmas
season to families in need. ey also
accept monetary contributions, used
to fund things such as transport for
out-of-town medical appointments,
school supplies, and for sending
local children to summer camps. If a
need is expressed, Christmas Cheer
tries its best to provide some form of
Despite the name, the program
is active all year, and the group
encourages contributions from all in
the community.
“Every person who makes a
donation of clothing or money for
Christmas Cheer, who knits or sews,
who packs bags on December 10 or
distributes fruit baskets to the elderly
or shut-ins [...] are all part of the
Christmas Cheer committee,” said
Smith, explaining that this is truly a
community effort.
Last year over $30 000 of cash
donations were collected. While some
of this comes in through contacting
donors by mail, the biggest source
of finances comes from their yearly
“Christmas at Home” concert, held at
Sackville United Church. is event
features local performers and this
year’s line up includes Ivan and Vivian
Hicks, Bordertown, Royal Hicks, the
Fundy Fiddlers and more. Taking
place at 7 pm on November 22, tickets
can be bought at Jean Coutu for $10
or at the door for $12.
Since last April, the Toronto Stock
Exchange has lost 30 per cent of its
value. is has caused alarm in all
sectors of the country, including
university campuses.
Recently a rumour has cropped
up that there would be no Bell
Scholarships offered at Mount
Allison next school year because of
the financial downturn. According
to university officials, this rumour is
“e short answer is: it’s business
as usual. We expect to have all
of the scholarships next year,”
said Robert Inglis, Controller of
Financial Services, in reference to
the school’s entrance scholarships and
financial aid, in addition to the Bell
Mt. A’s plans to continue
scholarships as usual does not mean
the financial crisis is not having an
effect on the school. Inglis reported
that as of October, the university’s
endowed funds’s looked as if they will
provide 20 per cent less income next
year, as compared to this year.
VP Administration David
Stewart explained that the Bell
Endowment will be able to support
the scholarships, though the Fund’s
additional revenue won’t be able to
fund additional projects this year.
“e commitments of the Bell
endowment fund are not more than
Weathering the financial crisis
Chris Durrant
Argosy Staff
the fund can currently support;
nothing has happened at this point
that would change our plans for
spending from the Bell endowment
fund,” said Stewart. “Usually each
year we have additional monies which
we can spend on this that or another
project; this year we’re not doing
e newly-built Gemini
Observatory is one example of a
project funded partly by the Bell
ough endowments for other
scholarships have also fallen, Mt.
A is planning on maintaining the
current number of scholarships in the
upcoming year. Inglis explained that
the university will be able to make up
the difference through various means,
including support from the Operating
and Special Purpose funds, and new
donations for financial aid.
However, further declines in the
economic situation could change
the university’s plans. Usually, the
financial aid plan created by Student
Services is reviewed late in the fall
term by Financial Services to ensure
that it is feasible. is year, however,
estimates were made in October, and
will be made twice more before the
budget is made up in January.
Even if scholarships remain
unaffected, other areas of the
university that rely on endowed funds
are likely to see a reduced amount of
money in the next academic year. e
library’s acquisition fund, the Purdy
Crawford Teaching Centre, and the
Meighen Centre all receive most
to all of their funds from endowed
Softening the blow will be the
fact that many endowed funds carry
a cushion, meaning money avaliable
but not spent one year is carried
over to the next the year. Stewart
made it clear that the endowments
were prepared to weather the current
“You have to keep in mind, markets
go up too. We expect volatility. Our
spending is five per cent of market
value, and often our value goes up a
lot more than five per cent. We expect
that it’ll go up and down.”
e decline in the stock market
will not affect any financial matters
for the current year, because budgets
for each academic year use the revues
generated by endowments as of April
30 the preceding academic year.
As for whether students will feel the
effects next year, Stewart commented,
“you’re not going to see too much as a
result of this.”
Inglis highlighted that “the
endowments will not likely have
much of an impact, what’s a much
bigger is deal is how many students
we’ll get, and what the government
grant will be.
At $42 400, Mount Allison has
the biggest endowment per student
of any independent post-secondary
institution in the country. Only
Victoria University, which is part
of the University of Toronto, has a
bigger per-capita endowment.
While scholarships are safe, other areas relying on
endowments could see reduced funding
TORONTO (CUP) – A University
of Western Ontario researcher has
produced an experimental HIV
vaccine that is approaching human
Using a technique similar to
Jonas Salk’s famous polio vaccine,
which is now verging on completely
eliminating that disease from the
world, Chil-Yong Kang’s treatment
involves the injection of a killed whole
HIV-1 into the recipient.
Kang’s method differs from
previous attempts, which have only
utilized a portion of the HIV virus.
“We have engineered a virus in such
a way that it can be produced in larger
quantities in shorter periods of time
and . . . doesn’t cause the disease,” he
told Canwest News.
“We have tested animals and they
do respond to the vaccine and we now
have to try it in humans.”
HIV is the virus that leads to AIDS
by damaging the immune system. e
World Health Organization estimates
that there were 33.2 million people
living with HIV in 2007, and that 2.1
million died of AIDS.
On Kang’s UWO website, he
Western announces HIV vaccine breakthrough
University bids on $88 million facility to produce vaccine
Joe Howell
CUP Ontario Bureau Chief
describes his research as an attempt to
produce “an effective vaccine to prevent
AIDS” by creating “pseudovirions”
that “produce protective immune
“ese pseudovirions, carrying
many important regions of both
internal proteins and external
envelope proteins of AIDS virus, will
be used to generate the neutralizing
antibodies which will prevent the
virus infection and also generate
cytotoxic T lymphocytes, which are
designed to kill and destroy the AIDS
virus-infected cells in the body,” reads
the site.
e HIV breakthrough is only days
away from the toxicology testing that
will determine if such clinical trials
are safe.
Kang expects results from these
tests within three months, meaning
the first stage of testing on HIV-
Kang’s experimental HIV vaccine is nearly ready for trial in humans.
Meaghan Walton/ the Fulcrum
study shows that Canada is losing
fewer graduates to the United States
than anticipated, but it’s the smarter
students who are taking off in search
of greener pastures.
e study by David Walters, an
associate professor in the Department
of Sociology and Anthropology at
the University of Guelph, examines
the current state of Canada’s labour
market and whether or not graduate
trends have changed over time. “e
purpose was to investigate labour-
market outcomes of post-secondary
graduates, and also to compare
Canada’s most vital graduates drawn to U.S.
Kirsten Goruk
CUP Alberta and Northern Bureau
graduates of Canada with the U.S.,” he
said. “I think much of the inspiration
was [that] most of our knowledge was
guided by media reports, for example,
largely of medical doctors leaving for
the United States because they’d been
attracted by high wages.”
With the most recent data dating
back to the mid 1990s, it was no
surprise when Walters discovered a
difference from today’s graduates.
“e good news that we found
is that graduates aren’t leaving, not
nearly as many of them as we had
anticipated before the actual study.
Based on the media reports, we found
that lot of what we were anticipating
had been sensationalized somewhat,
or that the labour market was different
before,” he said.
But the downside is that Walters
realized Canada was losing some of
its brightest students to its southern
neighbour. “e bad news is that of
those who are leaving, they generally
tend to be the better students. ey’re
the ones who generally are more likely
to get scholarships, and if they get
scholarships, they’re more likely to get
more money in terms of scholarships.
And they generally tend to be in the
fields that are considered vital to this
new knowledge-based economy,” he
While engineers, computer science
graduates, and those in help-related
fields are at the top of the list, Walters
also uncovered a noteworthy statistic
about those in the medical field.
“What was interesting is that we
also found that of those help-fields
who are leaving, it wasn’t the medical
doctors, it was the nurses,” he said.
In fact, a Statistics Canada survey
of 6,700 graduates showed that about
6.9 per cent exported their labour to
the U.S., and very few were medical
e study itself excluded those
from the survey who were graduates
of a trade program or a community
college, as well as those from social
sciences and arts programs, as they’ve
been shown to remain in Canada for
their employment.
Despite the somewhat positive
results, Walters is adamant this
research could be used to influence the
role of employers and the government
when it comes to graduate retention.
He believes the government
might want to look into providing
tax incentives for particular types
of graduates, or making additional
efforts to keep them in Canada. He
also feels that businesses could profit
from this new information.
“Businesses might want to consider,
for example, recruitment strategies to
keep the more qualified graduates in
the country. ey might also want to
consider providing competitive wage
rates or other incentives that may not
be related to wages,” he said.
Regardless of what actions may or
may not be taken in light of the study’s
findings, Walters is confident the
knowledge will have an encouraging
effect. “I think that the importance
of it is to be reassuring in the sense
that people are worried that the best
people in our country are leaving
– and that’s true – but not as many of
them as we thought.”
WATERLOO (CUP) – is week,
the History Students’ Association
at Wilfrid Laurier University in
Waterloo, Ont. temporarily pulled
the sale of one of several t-shirts amid
controversy over its message.
e shirt depicted Josef Stalin, the
former leader of the Soviet Union,
with the text “Got Purge?”
e HSA’s t-shirt intended to
satirize the “Got Milk?” series of
advertisements, as well as reference
the Great Purge that occurred in the
Soviet Union in the late 1930s.
Stalin t-shirts spark controversy at Laurier
Morgan Alan
The Cord Weekly (Wilfrid Laurier
Sale of the shirts led to complaints
directed towards the HSA, as well
as the Office for Student Diversity,
which has since intervened to mediate
the controversy.
e HSA has been selling t-shirts
since 2005 as means to offset club
costs and pay for events.
ough shirts with similar
messages have been sold in the past,
only this year have they faced serious
e HSA argues that the shirts are
not intended to offend, but are meant
as a form of humourous satire.
“We’re not trying to be offensive,”
said Stephen Arnold, the vice-
president of HSA administration.
“We don’t support Stalin; we’re
ridiculing him.”
“It’s something humourous of
a historical event. It’s not to de-
humanize the event, or to say we
support it.”
Brian Bork, University Chaplain
for Laurier and the University of
Waterloo, has questioned the HSA’s
“e satire is a little out of
place, especially coming from very
comfortable, Western young people
who are 50 years removed from what
happened then,” said Bork.
“It concerns me that they are
making light of . . . one of the darkest
moments in human history,” he
e Office for Student Diversity
will hold an open meeting to attempt
to resolve the matter on Nov. 13.
Members of the Laurier community
who wish to voice their opinions about
the shirts are invited to attend.
Until this meeting, the HSA has
voluntarily agreed to remove the shirt
in question from public viewing.
Regardless of their stances on the
issue, many agree that to simply censor
the HSA is not a viable solution.
e Office for Student Diversity “is
not big on censorship, but we’re big on
creating an inclusive environment,”
said Student Diversity Co-ordinator
Adam Lawrence.
e open meeting “can be a
learning experience so that people
can really express why they don’t feel
the shirts should be there, and the
History Students’ Association can
explain why they have created these
shirts,” said Lawrence.
Arnold agrees with Lawrence’s
sentiments, stating that “a hopeful
resolution is one where we’re not being
censored, but we’re not offending
Bork also agrees that the meeting is
a good solution to the issue.
“Instead of shutting [the HSA]
down, have a discussion about how
we talk about history, how we do
historical inquiry, how we speak of
the horrors of the past in a proper way.
I think that’s a really constructive way
of going about it,” he said.
We have tested animals and
they do respond to the vaccine
and we now have to try it in
- UWO researcher Chil-Yong

positive humans could potentially
begin in the spring.
e work will have to be done in the
U.S., however, because Canada lacks
the facilities necessary for such testing.
UWO is one of four organizations
being considered by the federal
government to receive $88 million to
build the country’s first “Pilot Scale
HIV vaccine manufacturing facility,”
according to a press release issued by
the university on Wednesday.
Ted Hewitt, UWO’s VP of research
and international relations, seized
upon Kang’s breakthrough to bolster
Western’s bid for this facility.
“We have our work cut out for us,
as I am sure the competition will
be tough, but London and Western
have a great history of research
and manufacturing success. is is
exemplified by the leading research
of Dr. Yong Kang in developing an
HIV/AIDS vaccine,” said Hewitt.
e other three organizations
under consideration have yet to be
announced, but UWO is the only
contender from Ontario.
London Mayor Anne Marie
DeCicco-Best said that her city “now
has an opportunity to show that we
can play a key role in saving lives
around the world.”
“We are ready,” said Best.
Zoe Williams
Argosy Staff
Elections bring out the worst in
people. Lying, stealing, racism, sex-
ism - the last few American elections
have had it all. is year, with Barack
Obama’s less than overwhelming vic-
tory, has been no different. In fact,
with both a woman and an African
American in the race, the number of
inflamatory issues offensive attack ads
and deluded Fox News commentators
could address multiplied. From claims
that Obama is a Muslim married to
a Black Panther, and worries about
Clinton’s potential PMS-related mood
swings, it seemed that the civil rights
and feminist movements passed some
people by.
Luckily all this ire and idiocy lent
itself to some pretty hilarious pop cul-
ture; the SNL skit lampooning Sarah
Palin’s interview with Katie Couric
(almost as funny as the real thing) is
the obvious example. My favourites
though were the “Get Your War On”
cartoons, on the Left-leaning 236.
However, on the same website, there
are a series of fake ads mimicking the
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth cam-
paign, that played during 2004 elec-
tion. e Swift Boat ads were created
to oppose democrat John Kerry’s bid
for president. ey featured men who
served with Kerry in Vietnam, claim-
ing that many of the statements Kerry
made about the war were false, and
that, therefore, he was not fit to lead
the country. e fake ads on
are called Swift Jews for Truth.
e Swift Jews for Truth ads consist
of four or five obviously Jewish seniors,
expressing their concern over Obama’s
candidacy. ere are three videos, each
about a minute long. Solemn music
plays, and images of Obama, Muslims,
and African Americans flash by in
the background. “is other one, this
Obama, what I’m concerned about…
not that it’s a terrible thing” says one
woman against the backdrop of what
looks like a civil rights rally. “I’m
not judging, I’m just saying” says an-
other, with Obama in a turban in the
background. “is is white, this is not
white. John McCain, Barack Obama”
says a third woman, pointing to the
two sides of a black and white cookie
(of Seinfeld fame). “John McCain is
white” pronounces an old man.
is is supposed to be funny, and it
does lampoon Republican attacks ads,
which play upon people’s fears by us-
ing misrepresentation and outright lies
to skew an issue – something I would
usually appreciate. But, this is an in-
accurate and offensive portrayal of the
attitude of American Jews towards
Obama. Most American Jews claimed
to support Obama during the election,
most Jews vote democrat, and Obama
has been staunch in his support for
Israel (never mind that being Jewish
does not automatically entail unwav-
ering support for Israel).
So why Swift Jews? As mentioned
above, is an obviously Left
-leaning website. ey are unabash-
edly partisan, lauding Obama while
skewering Republicans. Given this,
I can’t imagine them using any other
ethnic group as the butt of this kind of
joke. But judging from the comments
on some other websites where these
ads are posted, a lot of people have
no problem with Swift Jews. Swift
Jews plays upon tired, offensive Jewish
stereotypes and presenting any ethnic
group, even as a joke, as an undiffer-
entiated whole, while placing them on
the “wrong side” of a popular issue is
irresponsible. e fact that this ad ap-
peared quite realistic, and was posted
out of context on other websites, makes
this all the more unsettling.
Racial Stereotypes: not just for conservatives
Swift Jews exemplifies bigoted political parodies
Swift Jews is just a drop in the ocean
of offensive and bigoted material that
came out of this election. e sexist,
Islamophobic, and racist rants that
were given legitimacy during the last
year by the mainstream media are far
more worrying to me, overall, than
Swift Jews. Unfortunately, they all play
upon stereotypes and misinformation
to achieve their goals – whether it be
to get yet another white man elected
as president, or make some college stu-
dents laugh.
Katherine Boyle -
My relationship with Cosmopolitan
(Cosmo) magazine has been a long
one. Age 12: surreptitiously checking
it out at the grocery store, knowing
that it was taboo because of the large
emblazoned word sex located multiple
times on the cover (I’ve heard that
it appears four or five times on each
cover). Age 15: poring over it with
friends; the information on proper lip
gloss application was more relevant to
us at this point than the wide variety
of unmentionable things to do with
pearls, saran wrap, and ice – but
everything was extremely interesting
nonetheless. Age 17: spending
countless days at the beach, using it as
a shield from the sun and covetously
checking out the models, clothing,
hot guys, and learning what I thought
were very useful relationship tips; don’t
tell him you are mad, bake cookies if
you get in a fight, flowers and cards for
all occasions should be expected.
I’m not sure what Cosmo and other
magazines of its ilk have that is so
enticing, but they always seem so thick
and full of pertinent life information
that it is hard to resist their charm.
ey are an easy read on a long flight,
and easy to slip in and out of while
trying to pass ten minutes. But reading
Cosmo at age 20 is quite different
then reading it at age 15; I no longer
believe that everyone can solve their
relationship problems by slipping on a
sexy negligee and serving homemade
cookies. e advice is dated, stuck in
the fifties’ housewife mentality, and yet
this advice has its allure; it is so easy to
buy into. I wish that problems could
be solved with double chocolate chip,
and I think that sometimes everyone
e changing
perspectives on Cosmo
wishes that the most difficult and
challenging aspect in their life would
be learning how to curl one’s eyelashes
with a heated spoon, or having really
shiny, healthy hair. It’s a cheap form of
escapism that draws on normal wishes
of young women but then magnifies
them into a grand proportion,
convincing me for a few minutes
every now and again that I absolutely
must invest in sparkly champagne eye
shadow or else my new years will be
absolutely horrible.
So at age 20 I still read Cosmo,
but somewhat ambivalently, knowing
that it is not the bible of life that Elle
Woods once told me it was. It is still an
enjoyable form of escapism, but now
more than ever I am often excited to
close Cosmo and return to real life,
where unsexy late-night Zoodle-dates
with friends and messy play-dates
with my dogs, not hunk of the month,
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
On November 6 I went to the
B.O.D.I.E.S. Coffee house at Bridge
Street Cafe, pretty much just to support
a friend who was reading a poem (which
she did brilliantly). But I am actually
very glad I went, because I learned a
few things, especially something about
Because the theme of this coffee
house was violence against women,
one participant read an excerpt about
“blaming the [rape] victim” from a
feminist book (I apologize, but I don’t
remember the book name or author).
After describing the phenomenon of
“blaming the victim” in the case of rape,
she mentioned some cases that had
come before a court in Italy in recent
years – I don’t have the exact quote,
but the basic idea was that the court
claimed the woman who was raped
was not actually raped because she was
wearing jeans, and she would have had
to help the rapist take them off. at is
just one example. Another point that
was brought up during this reading, and
the one that really got me thinking, was
that if a prostitute were to be raped, and
if she were to take her problem to the
authorities, the person who raped her
should think
about this
would probably never be charged – and
the prostitute in turn would be blamed.
I started thinking: “if I heard about a
case like this, what would I say?” and
I realized that I would probably think
what everyone else would think: “She
was a prostitute. Of course she’s going
to be raped at some point.”
As soon as I had that thought, I felt
ashamed, mostly because I am not the
kind of person who would have such
a thought, but also because I had the
thought at all, and also because I believe
that prostitution should be legal (which
would be a whole ‘nother opinions
article, so I will stop there). I had
read the “Sex Bomb” article in the last
Argosy issue just a couple hours before,
in which a college student’s career as a
“call girl” was described. After reading
that article, I had thought, “Yeah! Good
for her! She has made a choice to have
that career, power to her!” But then I
had an opposite reaction to the thought
about a prostitute being raped.
e point is: we need to look at
how we think about these things, and
whether or not we are agreeing with a
status quo that could (and does) alienate
people for their life choices. We need to
pay attention to whether or not we are
being hypocrites about, well, anything.
We are complicated human beings and
our emotions often contradict each
other, but when it starts to hurt other
people, or a race/group/class of people,
we need to stop and consider why we
are thinking that way. e problem of
alienation will not go away if we fall into
the habit of this thinking, and neither
will the problem of violence against
women – they will only go away if we
stop judging and start understanding
and listening.
What does Cosmo mean to you?
e word on the street
Blood Donor Clinic
November 20 2:00 - 4:00 pm, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre
For more information contact 1-888-2-DONATE
German Night
e German Club is hosting a night at meal hall to sample delicious
German food.
Jennings Hall
November 22, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Tickets are being sold to off-campus students for $7. You must email to reserve your ticket by 4:00 pm on the 22nd.
St. Paul’s Annual Christmas Bazaar
November 22, midnight
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Christmas Tea and Sale
November 23, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
St. Vincent’s Church Hall
MONTREAL (CUP) – e easy part
is over.
Barack Obama succeeded in
transforming his mantra from “Yes
We Can” into “Yes We Did.” After a
seemingly endless campaign, in one
giant sigh of relief, Americans made
history. Now comes the hard part.
ere are crises that need dealing
with. Obama faces a plethora of issues
threatening America and the world,
many of which have the potential to
wholly consume a president’s time.
At the top of Obama’s agenda is the
financial crisis. His current plan focuses
on helping those worst affected:
the middle class. While his goal is
laudable, it remains uncertain whether
the president and congress can have
much impact on the inherent structural
problems in the global financial system.
If there’s money to be made, even
imaginary money, can regulation really
constrain the bloodlust of CEOs and
speculators? New laws simply mean
new loopholes.
en there’s Iraq. In a New York
Obama’s got a ways to go
Mike Currie
In the past couple of weeks, I have
heard a number of concerns about how
the SAC (Student’s Administrative
Council) ran the recent unprecedented
by-election for VP Academic. Although
I know this is a vocal minority,
from seeing the voter turnout and
most students being unaware of the
election, I still think their concerns are
important to be heard. I will agree that
our current way of doing things may
not the best possible way. I have seen
firsthand throughout my four years at
Mount Allison – three of them being
on the SAC – that voter turnout for
SAC elections is a perpetual problem.
e question is: why?
It has been suggested by some that
we extend the campaigning period and
leave nominations open throughout
the process. is would hopefully
generate some excitement about the
elections and ensure that a lengthy,
healthy competition would take place,
resulting in the best candidate being
elected. Personally, I like this idea; we
can extend campaigning and also keep
nominations open longer. Another
suggestion is having an open debate,
which also makes sense. I will admit
myself, when I was campaigning last
year; I found it strange that candidates
running for the same position could
not criticize the other’s platform. As
long as it is done in respectful manner,
there is no harm in healthy debate.
However, the ultimate question
is…will this increase voter turnout? A
number of people during the election
period openly stated they were
opposed to the SAC and didn’t wish to
participate in the democratic process.
I can respect a person’s decision not to
vote if he or she has no idea what it
entails, but I still question the rationale
of actually being opposed to the SAC
and why we as the SAC have not been
more successful at getting students
informed. Mt. A is a busy place with a
lot going on, but that is still no excuse.
e SAC plays an important role with
every student going to class or living
in residence at Mt. A, and that is why
What do you think?
e SAC welcomes suggestions;
we’re here for you.
we have to let students know. e SAC
provides the avenue for student voices
to be heard… over 100 students sit on
various committees on all levels of the
university (e.g. the Board of Regents,
which is the highest governing body
at Mt. A, or Senate, which is the
highest academic governing body at
Mount A… just to name a few) and
obviously most of this advocacy is
never recognized or appreciated.
Much like anything political or like
life in general, it is easier to express
concern and complain than try to fix
a situation (sounds vaguely familiar
to the pub situation!). However, the
SAC unifies these concerns and tries
to make things happen. For instance,
the SAC organized a meeting between
students, administration and the pub
to try to resolve some of the issues
with the pub, and hopefully some of
the solutions we came up with will be
implemented soon! is likely would
not have happened if there was not a
unified body that represents students’
voices. at is just one small example
and it seems rather moot, so that is why
we try to vocalize our more tangible
services (e.g., orientation week, used
book sale, condom service, yearbook,
housing directory, bar services and
extended library hours during exam
time), just to show that even the small
tangible things the SAC provides have
an impact on our experience at Mt. A.
is letter is meant to welcome
criticism to the SAC, so that it can
continue to improve and also to
provide an inside look from a member
of the SAC. e countless hours your
vice presidents, senators, councillors
and other appointed/elected members
put in is incredible, and I extend hearty
thanks to them for a job well done so
far. ey are here for the students at
Mt. A, so I encourage all of you to
take advantage of their experience and
knowledge of Mount Allison and also
their approachability to reap more out
of your time here. anks for reading
and shoot me an email anytime at if you have any
questions… or just stop by the SAC
office; we always love visitors and good
chats. Times opinions piece published in
July 2008, Obama wrote that on his
first day in office, he would order
the military to end the war. is goal
would be accomplished by steadily
withdrawing all combat troops
within 16 months. With all the news
generated by the economy, it’s easy to
forget that Obama’s candidacy was
launched on the basis of his opposition
to the war.His final decision regarding
this issue is crucial, as it will be the
litmus test that proves whether he
can keep his word.Ending the Iraq
War will save the United States vast
amounts of money, build credibility
abroad, and save thousands of Iraqis
from a terrible fate, but Obama will
have to navigate between a too-slow
withdrawal, which alienates his base,
and a knee-jerk retreat that increases
violence throughout the country.
Once these current crises have been
tempered, he will need to tackle climate
change by reconciling the scientific
community with a once-hostile White
House.Obama’s ambitious energy
plan targets both America’s growing
carbon dioxide emissions and its
energy shortage, but will also reform
a lax culture of conservation, which is
just as crucial. His proposed solution
involves investing heavily into green
infrastructure and renewable energy
sources. e plan’s goals are nothing
less than slashing carbon dioxide
emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and
eliminating America’s dependence
on Middle East oil in 10 short years.
However, since Obama has four to
eight years maximum in which to
enact his plan, he will be forced to leap
onto some more measurable goals if he
wants to remain credible.
To make matters worse, underwriting
all these huge policy initiatives is a
wounded and angry Republican Party.
ough thoroughly trounced in last
week’s election, the Grand Old Party
is going to make sure they throw every
obstacle into Obama’s path.
Only after solving the above can
Obama turn his attention to the
issues on which he built the majority
of his campaign: America’s failing
healthcare system, its aging population,
immigration policy, education, the
budget deficit, Iran, Pakistan, and
Americans asked for leadership,
vision, integrity, courage, and yes, hope.
“Yes we can,” Americans told Barack
Obama. e question they need to ask
him now is: “Can you as well?”
Can Obama do it all?
Jessica Emin
Hamza Khan
The Concordian (Concordia
When they aren’t expanding minds
with art exhibitions and visual media
workshops, the good folks at Struts
Gallery like to kick back and put on
a rock show. On Saturday, November
15, Struts served up a pop feast with
locals Matt Lewis and e Skinks and
e John Wayne Cover Band, finished
by Cam Malcolm and e Owls of
Hamilton, Ontario.
Before I go on, allow me to be
serious for a moment. We here at the
Argosy are not immune to scheduling
mishaps. After stopping at the ATM
on the way to Struts around 9:00 pm,
a quick glance at a poster revealed that
the show had actually started at 8:00
pm. us I missed out on the opening
set from Matt Lewis and the Skinks.
Matt, Skinks – sorry I missed you, but
judging by the quality of the rest of
the acts on the bill it was probably a
terrific set. Readers, check them out if
you have a chance. In the meantime,
enjoy these fun facts about skinks. Did
you know that skinks are the most
diverse of the lizard families, with
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
close to 1,200 different species? Some
of the larger species, including the
Solomon Islands skink, can be as long
as 35 cm. Tell your friends! e John
Wayne Cover Band is a mysterious
bunch. ey are not, as their name
might suggest, a John Wayne tribute
act, nor are they a vehicle for the
songs of John Wayne Cover. Instead,
they’re a group of three Mount Allison
students, and they’re pretty good, too.
Joel Carr’s vocals float over a soothing
crunch of guitar chords similar to
Neil Young or Sun Kill Moon. It’s
road music – an atmospheric, dreamy
blend of power-pop and country
music, the soundtrack to leaning
against a passenger seat window and
watching the passing landscapes. Carr
also played a song from his previous
band, Conduct Becoming veterans e
Financial Group.
Cam Malcolm is an Ontario-based
singer/songwriter who hit Sackville on
the last night of his East Coast tour.
Accompanying him was e Owls,
which as of August is his backing
band. He played material from his
addictive EP A Little Bit of History,
as well as some unheard material.
On record, Malcolm’s songs are a
laid-back take on classic power-pop,
tinged with folk rock and psychedelia.
Songs conjured memories of unsung
pop heroes like the Apples in Stereo,
Fountains of Wayne and Matthew
Sweet. ey’re songs you can know
by heart before the first chorus is over,
but they’ll still keep you coming back
for more. In the live setting, e Owls
flesh out Malcolm’s solo tunes, with
muscular support from drummer/
brother Frasier Malcolm, bassist Adam
Melnick and guitarist James Taylor
(no, not that one), who added ripping
mini-solos. Sometimes it was too loud
for the confines of Struts, but even
though Malcolm’s guitar occasionally
overpowered Taylor’s, the hooks were
never completely submerged.
By all accounts, this was an excellent
concert with a slate of talented young
bands. Yet something troubled me
about it. e first part of the show
enjoyed a good-sized crowd, but
a large portion of the audience
disappeared before e Owls went on.
With shows of this caliber, we need all
the people we can get to come out to
these concerts, so keep your eyes on for news
on upcoming shows. See you then.
Guy Davis warms up George’s Roadhouse
Locals and birds, oh my!
Sackville students open up for Hamilton’s Cam Malcolm
Preceding the legendary Guy Davis,
George’s Roadhouse welcomed a
much less known artist to the stage:
guitarist Graham Isaacson.
While not known widely, this
Maine-based acoustic player is not
without serious talent. Jokingly
pointing this out several times between
songs, Isaacson is predominantly a
sad-song artist. Having a bit of a
Eels guitar sound and a heavy husky
voice, Isaacson certainly made good on
his warning of “turning George’s into
a bit of a cry fest.”
After you take a minute to get over
the hilarious image of a collection of
Roadhouse patrons bawling their eyes
out, I’ll clarify that while I myself didn’t
see any blubbering Sackville townies,
the mood was undoubtedly solemn.
Isaacson’s sound is the kind of thing
you’d love to listen to while looking out
the window at a rainy day when you’ve
got a heavy head or an even heavier
heart. It’s not emo; don’t think it’s emo.
While I would agree that if one were
to read out his lyrics it’d sound pretty
pathetically sentimental, I’d retort
with the challenge to read some of the
Ramones or the Smiths’ stuff.
Once you’ve taken the time to recall
their lyrics it’ll become evident that
cool music has very little — if anything
at all — to do with what’s being sung.
Getting past that, it must be pointed
out that there were a couple songs of
Isaacson’s that were a bit more of a
rock and blues styling than his usual
work. His rough and low singing voice
(which is amusingly different from his
soft speaking voice), however, didn’t
really mix well with a rock or even
particularly a blues style of playing.
While I wouldn’t say that Graham
Isaacson has a future in blues, despite
the fact that the blues-loving audience
and George’s received his stuff well, he
certainly has a sound of his own that
deserves some serious recognition and
perhaps a return tour to Sackville.
Isaacson’s music is what I would
— and now fully intend to — listen
to on a depressing and lazy Sackville
afternoon when the sky is gray and
I can’t see past the downpour of rain
at the window. It’d help too to have a
case of beer at my side, because even
on that particularly jubilant Friday
night, this guy had me feeling like a
beer is just what I need to get through
the moment. I mean that in the most
loving way.
ree out of five guitars by my
rating; come back again, Graham, and
I might bump that up with a preview
and an attendance to your gig.
Sasha van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
Jessica Emin
Graham Isaacson a good, but sad and somber affair
Guy Davis played a long but extremely
well-executed set at George’s ‘Fabulous’
Roadhouse on Friday, proving that
blues are not anywhere near lifeless,
archaic or even a little limp. During an
expansive set that spanned almost two
and a half hours, Davis, who plays in
the East Coast Piedmont blues style
that incorporates a lot of fingerpicking
and a more minimalist approach, led
Tom Llewellin
Argosy Correspondent
the audience through a wide variety
of blues standards, original material,
and Dick Cheney jokes. e New York
native, who taught himself to play
guitar on a train trip across America,
was touring to promote release of Guy
Davis On Air. His cover of Robert
Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues”turned heads,
and his thundering baritone shook the
room. Davis has an incredible prowess
on the harmonica, which he put to
good use on “Joppatowne.”His backing
band, with only an upright bass player
and keyboardist, lacked a drummer
but hardly needed one. e trio kept
a solid beat flowing through the set
virtually uninterrupted, and there were
plenty of catchy grooves that emitted
from his well-worn 12-string guitar,
coupled with impressive piano solos.
Davis and his band are clearly very
comfortable with the old-school 12-
bar blues formula, but they showed a
willingness to move beyond it in their
original material that characterized
them as outstanding. ere were a
total of three standing ovations - a first
for the venue. Jessica Emin
Davis pulls out all the stops in
a two-hour marathon
Mongol (2008, UK, starring Tadanobu
Asano, Sun Honglei, Khulan Chuluun,
Odnyam Odsuren; Directed by Sergei
Bodrov )
Epic battles, exotic places and a
foreign time; these are what make up
Mongol, the thrilling first film in a
trilogy about Temujin, the man who
would become Genghis Khan.
At first, I was a bit hesitant about
watching Mongol due to the description
given on the Film Society flyers. Not
in the mood for a gore-fest, I was
pleasantly surprised in the theatre when
I realized that there would be no guts
spilling out of torsos or unnecessary,
Betty Liang
Argosy Correspondent
drawn-out battles. e most gore
you will see is blood splattering and
swords impaling bodies. at is not to
say, however, that a large portion of the
film is not dedicated to awesome battle
scenes that will fill your system with
Of course, the action is balanced out
with storytelling, showing Temujin’s
struggles growing up in a hostile
environment and his brave efforts
to unite all of Mongolia. e more
biographical scenes in the movie were
not as enjoyable as the battle scenes
however. is is due to the sometimes
awkward transitions, involving leaps
in time where little is explained about
how point A got to point B. To be fair,
this may be due the fact that there are
significant gaps in Temujin’s history.
Young @ Heart (2008, UK; Directed by
Stephen Walker)
My favorite Film Society pick so far
probably has to be Young @ Heart. e
movie documents the weeks before the
Young @ Heart Chorus’ performance
and is able to captivate its audience
through its uplifting and touching
presentation of senior citizens.
By watching this film, you gain a
lot of respect and admiration for the
dedicated members of the Young @
Heart Chorus who, despite what may
deter them from rehearsals, are shown
to strive to make their performance
At first, the documentary just seems
a bit silly (these are elderly folks singing
rock ‘n’ roll after all). But the troubles
of having an all-senior-citizens’ chorus
quickly becomes apparent. From trivial
problems, like the generation gap
between the chorus members and the
Betty Liang
Argosy Correspondent
I enjoy crime dramas as much as the
next person, and Pride & Glory with
Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, and Jon
Voight is a very good one. e movie
centers on the conflict between the
duties that Norton has to to his family
and his job. It’s a family affair as Farrell
and Norton play two cops in a family
of cops - Norton’s father (Voight) and
brother are both cops, as is Farrell, his
brother-in-law. e film opens in the
middle of a football game between
precincts of the NYPD, and as the
game ends we learn that four cops
under Norton’s brother’s command
Alexandra Theroux
Argosy Correspondent
Redefining good cop/bad cop
have been killed in a shooting.
is is the point in the movie where
I almost walked out – not because of
the movie itself but because of the
camerawork. e camera is obviously
handheld and it seems like it is being
held by a two-year-old who thinks
it’s a rattle. Not only is the camera
shaky, but the shots go between visual
extremes: from shots dark enough you
have to squint to see what’s going on to
basically staring into a light bulb with
no warning at all. is isn’t enough to
trash the whole movie, which is good,
since the frantic camera only lasts for
about twenty minutes, although the
the transitions from dark-as-a-cave
to bright-as-the-sun (unfortunately)
don’t stop.
However, I feel that this could have
been easily remedied, especially since
director Sergei Bordov is said to have
taken artistic liberties in the process of
writing the script.
Storytelling issues aside, epic
battles were not the only thing worth
watching. Mongol was aesthetically
beautiful simply for its exotic settings.
Coupled with the fantastic costumes
donned by the actors, Mongol is able
to evoke a wonderful sense of the
exotic and faraway – every scene felt
somehow otherworldly, beautiful and
Despite the flaws in storytelling,
Mongol is a great film to watch purely
for the visual excitement to keep you
mystified. And as one guy said when
leaving the theatre, it “kind of makes
e Mongolians are coming!
Mongol’s exotic and lush setting a visual treat
songs they sing, to the more serious
topic of illness and death, Young @
Heart is able to prove itself as a film
about love of life rather than a film
about a group of old people singing.
What really make this documentary
wonderful are the endearing
personalities who show that you must
continue living even close to death.
e members of the chorus persevere
through personal hardships as well
as through stressful rehearsals. Such
a large amount of hope and love is
embodied in all the chorus members.
ough their bodies are not what they
used to be and there is both fear and
mockery of death, the members are
shown to live life to the fullest, to suck
the marrow out of the bone.
ere is really nothing left for me to
say because I cannot possibly express
in words all the emotions that Young @
Heart stirred in me as I watched it. is
is a documentary that is real without
being melodramatic; fun without
being mocking. e only thing I can
suggest is to watch it yourself.
You gotta choose
Young @ Heart
is top of the pops
Documentary is heartwarming
and endearing
After monopolizing the board
game world, the venerable
game of real estate capitalism
is heading to the big screen.
Hasbro and Universal
Pictures have signed a deal
for at least four major motion
pictures based on board games
over the next six years... e
first to make its silver screen
debut will be Monopoly, with
director Ridley Scott (Blade
Runner, Gladiator) tentatively
attached to direct. Really.
e Argosy ponders...
Back to the story; naturally every
cop in New York is as mad as the killer
bunny from Monty Python and the
Holy Grail, and no one more so than
Norton’s family. After much persuasion
from his father, Norton agrees to work
on the task force which is looking for
the killer. At this point we learn that
Farrell’s character is basically a hitman
for drug dealers – enter the film’s
central conflict.
When Norton learns of this it comes
down to a choice of whether or not
he should do the right thing for the
cops who died or the right thing for
his family. A twist in the plot makes
the decision even harder, and Norton’s
character’s choice is ultimately very
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Max Payne (Starring Mark Walberg,
Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges; Directed by
John Moore. 2008)
I’ll spare you the puns, but this one
really did hurt. As a part-time nerd, I
was unable to keep from getting my
hopes up for this one. Every time I
hear about another video game movie
adaption, I think maybe it will finally
be ‘the one.’ If any video game source
material can make a good movie, this is
it, but sadly all we have here is another
overdone, poorly-written mess that has
the additional offense of moving at an
absolute crawl for the first 60 minutes.
ere have been good reasons why
most big screen adaptions of popular
video games have been so poorly
received by critics in the past. Trying to
transform ten or more hours of wall-
to-wall action into a coherent plot is
an impossible task for filmmakers,
and sacrifices have to be made. e
original hope I had for Max Payne was
grounded in the game’s surprisingly
strong characterization and dialogue
(for a game at least) consistent with
an overall grim but darkly humourous
style. But you’ll find none of that in
the movie. In fact, it almost seems
like every effort was taken to remove
Dylan Cunningham
Argosy Correspondent
everything that made the game so
good. Let me explain.
First, the plot. In the game, things
jumped into the action right off the
bat, and while there were pauses to
flesh out characters and details, the
gameplay always advanced. e movie
instead takes a much more passive role,
meandering around for an hour or so
as if wondering just what to make of
itself. It was roughly an hour before
there was ever even a proper shootout.
e amazing thing about that is it
manages to sacrifice both a strong
plot and strong action at the same
time while characters sift through
papers vainly trying to convince the
audience that some sort of mystery is
What really hurts is the way the
characters are portrayed. Nerdishly
enough, I commonly cite the ‘real’ Max
Payne as one of the most convincing
video game characters out there.
He’s gruff, brooding and badass, but
also is very much human and flawed.
Even better, throughout the games he
narrates in a style that is as cheesy as
it is awesome, with lines like “It was
colder than the devil’s heart, raining
ice pitchforks as if the heavens were
ready to fall.” What makes such
melodramatic writing work is the
self-referential humour. However, in
the film, Mark Walberg’s Max barely
speaks; he only shows emotion when
it’s in the script and is just blank-faced
the rest of the time. Between this and
e Happening, the future isn’t looking
bright for Marky-Mark. Moreover,
formally likeable characters such as
Mona Sax and Jim Bravura (Mila
Kunis and Ludacris, respectively) are
reasonably portrayed, but are given so
few empty lines that no viewer could
possibly care about them.
I hoped this one could at least pass
as a good mindless action movie,
but what action there is, while nice
to look at and suitably intense, is
bizarrely short-lived. e style is there,
with a grim, washed-out colour to
everything as the snow falls, but that’s
about all that can be said. I think the
best indication of the simultaneous
contempt for the source material and
the audience is in the treatment of
Valkyr, a fictional drug. In the game,
after being injected with an overdose
by his enemies, Max suffers through a
nightmarish hallucination that brings
his survivor’s guilt to the forefront
and then he wakes up in a puddle of
his own vomit. In the movie he gains
superpowers. Really.
Gamers, action movie-lovers and
everyone else must avoid this one.
More than that. Shoot it. With two
guns. While diving through the air. In
slow motion.
A Debutante ball is a big step in any
girl’s life, especially if she is a member
of elite society. Unfortunately, Torrance
Caldwell’s (Scout Taylor-Campton)
big ball is ruined by a prank gone bad.
Since it’s April Fool’s Day, pranks,
and nasty ones, are to be expected.
However, the garden-variety tricks
are dispensed with and a devious
trick is planned on Milan Hastings
(Sabrina Aldridge). A compromising
video is to be made and then posted
on the Internet showing Blaine ( Josh
Henderson) and Milan knocking
boots, with the previous knowledge
of the former. However, the nasty
trick takes a bad turn when Milan
accidentally dies as the trick is sprung.
Milan, as it turns out, was poisoned
by a particularly nasty trickster. is
detail enacts a revenge plot, involving
Milan’s angry ghost, that will kill off
the accomplices unless the guilty party
comes forward. Not surprisingly, the
rest of the movie finds the friends
running around like chickens with
their heads cut off, unwilling to tell
the truth as to who was responsible for
Milan’s death.
It was a HORRIBLE FILM! ere
was a funny twist that was left to
the very end of the film, but it’s not
a big enough payoff to make it worth
Jocelyn Turner
Argosy Correspondent
As for the genre, I’m not sure where
you would place it. e plotline seems
to be that of a horror film, but when
you’re actually sitting there watching
it, it’s more like a comedy since you
spend a lot of time laughing. e
beginning follows all the conventions
of a standard horror story: girl dies,
ghost of girl comes back on anniversary
of her death to seek revenge on those
responsible, and many die. At the
end of the film when you find out
the identity of the poisoner, and that
everything that happened was a prank
to get the character to confess, you’re
kind of left wondering what kind of
movie it is, and after a while, that’s all
you focus on.
e acting was horrible. e way they
reacted to being attacked and murdered
each time leaves lots to be desired.
ere was no way it was believable.
When Charles was drowned, it was
supposed to be because he didn’t know
how to swim. Unfortunately when he
jumped into the pool to save his poor
Chihuahua, he was swimming. Now in
my experience, if you don’t know how
to swim, you don’t jump into a pool to
save a dog.
ere is a very good reason why I’m
not going to bother to recommend it.
When I did, as a kind of April Fool’s
joke, it was turned off within a few
minutes. It doesn’t even deserve a one
out of ten!
e vitals:
e Nuclear
e Mean
Something Delicious
George’s ‘Fabulous’ Roadhouse
Friday, November 21, 10pm, $6
e details:
ree Moncton bands descend
upon George’s with an unique
blend of punk and the eclectic.
Something Delicious defies
categorization. Perhaps likening
the band to the wild, unpredictable
sound of Mr. Bungle or the Mars
Volta is a compromise. e Mean
have a lo-fi, guitar heavy sound that
is the purest ‘punk’ sound of the
three. e headlining e Nuclear
have an upbeat pop/punk sound
that is reminiscent of old Green
Day (before American Idiot so it’s
not so bad).
Further reading:
Sackville nuclearized
Max Payne is painful
Movie lacks the fun of game series
Mark Walberg takes a crack at the game’s iconic slow-mo gun fighting
April Fool’s Day
Death by viewing
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Rae Spoon - Superioryouareinferior
The fourth album from transgendered Canadian folk country singer
Rae Spoon was written in a small-town in Eastern Germany yet it
carries throughout it the indelible mark of Canadiana. Like the red
maple-leaf, shorthand for the country whose imagery is present in
almost all the songs, superioryouareinferior is organic and lovely. The
rich sound of Rae's electric guitar tempts you to mistake it for an
acoustic while the accompaning electronic shakes and flourishes
sound like the nature that adorns the album art. Rae's voice fills out
the sound with its rich plaintive towns. Although some of the lyrics are
lost in the heavy production. Rae's messages are clear.
On the album opener Rae sings an odd to the Great Lakes. "Lake
superior you are inferior to the ocean, l wouldn't worry about " she
counsels playing psychologist to one of our natural treasures. 'Great
Lakes' sets up the theme for the songs to come; people and their
unbreakable spirits are as necessary to make Canada what it is as the
savage wilderness more commonly associated with this country we
live in. Rae's thesis might be found in the opening lines of 'l Can't
Wait to Hear the Noise', "our country is born" he croons. lt's hard to
superioryouareinferior is deep and refreshing like the lake the line is
directed at. -J.G.
Now Playing on CHMA 106.9FM
Highlight tracks: 1,5,7
Land of Talks - "Some Are Lakes"
Great Lakes Abound - a review.
First off, just so that we are on the same page, this is the first time l've
ever reviewed a record for publication. l'm not good at writing about
music, but this album has inspired me to try. lf you've been searching for
that new album that will help you make the transition from fall to winter
without forgetting what made this past summer so great, Land of Talk's
"Some Are Lakes" is for you. Please don't let my bias get in the way of
your objective reading of this review, but with tracks like the catchy and
infectious "Young Bridge" and the quietly inspired "Troubled", this band
can make you dance or reflect quietly on your life as you know it. The
lyrics mine your memories and lend an erie quality to the album as you
question how vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Powell knew what you've been
thinking and feeling all along. Driven by the drumbeats of Eric Thibodeau
and the bass playing of Chris McCarron, Powells' guitar licks satiate your
rock desires as her folk inspired roots shine through. "Give Me Back My
Heart Attack", builds into a palpitating jam whose intensity is only
surpassed by "Corner Phone". Produced by Justin vernon aka
Bon lver, this first full length album for Land of Talk is certainly a success.
Land of Talk is currently touring this album and have just finished a stint
with Broken Social Scene. lf you'd like to see them live, they are playing
the University of Saskatchewan this Friday, but if you want to catch the
fever tune into CHMA 106.9FM where "Some Are Lakes" is about to tear
up the charts. -C.R.
Now Playing on CHMA 106.9FM
Highlight tracks: 2,3,6
Rae Spoon
Land of Ta|k
SAT, NOV 22. 10PM. $5
George's Roadhouse
'Young Squire' cd release party.
Corey lsenor + Pat Lepoidevin
November 22nd 2008
George's Fabulous Roadhouse
5$ , 9:00pm
This Saturday local stalwart Corey lsenor will be releasing his new
disc 'Young Squire'. lt was fully recorded on-campus at Mount
Allison University (in the 2nd year fine arts studio, for those of you
who are interestedj.
Come out and support everybody's favourite alt-country troubadour
slash mixed media artist. Opening up for him is his longtime friend
and sometimes musical associate Pat Lepoidevin. A talented song-
writer in his own right Pat has been growing a lot lately. He makes
more noise than one-man should and it sounds oh so good.
Locals only shows are always good times to hang out with good
friends and enjoy good homegrown music. You're try to respect the
100 mile diet where your dinner plate is concerned, why not try the
same for your iPod.
Cindy Crossman
Registered Nurse / Educator
We spend the majority of our day
working indoors with little or no bright
light and then rush home to spend more
time indoors to read, watch television,
use the computer, listen to music, or
exercise. Is this impacting our health?
According to an article from the /
International Journal of Risk & Safety in
Medicine (1998), the following are the
common signs that may indicate that you
may not be getting enough bright light
in the beneficial wavelengths: Depressed
Mood, Low Energy, Irritability,
Difficulty Concentrating, Carbohydrate
Cravings, Social Withdrawal, Reduced
Libido, and Trouble Sleeping.
As the days get shorter, many
individuals find that they begin to
experience the “winter blues”. We feel
down and lose interest in things that
we used to enjoy, have less energy,
and find it difficult to wake up in the
morning. When these feelings persist and
affect the person’s ability to accomplish
simple daily tasks and performance
at school and at work, a person may
be suffering from something called
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
According to the Merrian Webster
medical dictionary, SAD is a medically
recognized sub-type of major
depression that tends to occur as the
days grow shorter in the fall and winter.
It is believed that affected persons react
adversely to the decreasing amount
of light and the colder temperature
as autumn and winter progress.
Research into the causes of SAD is
ongoing. As yet, there is no confirmed
cause. However, SAD is thought to be
related to seasonal variations in light
a “biological internal clock” in the
brain regulates our circadian (daily)
rhythms. is biological clock responds
to changes in season, partly because of
the differences in the length of the day.
So how is SAD Treated?
According to the Mood disorders
Society of Canada, many people
with SAD respond well to
exposure to bright, artificial light.
“Light therapy,”which involves sitting
beside a special fluorescent light box
for several minutes day. A health care
professional should be consulted before
beginning light therapy. However,
the use of anti-depressant medication
and psychotherapy is also though
to provide beneficial results.
How does the light therapy work?
Light therapy involves exposure to bright
light of a particular spectrum. Specially
designed Light therapy boxes or visors
have been designed to treat SAD.
It is recommended that 30 minutes
of light exposure (if you have a box
with 10,0000 lux), and one hour (if you
have a box with 5,000 lux) particularly
in the morning, can have a positive
benefit to lifting mood and energy. If it
is effective, you should feel some relief
within two to four weeks of initiating
treatment. Treatment is usually
continued throughout the winter
period when symptoms are present.
Some people with predictable episodes
of SAD initiate treatment in advance
of experiencing symptoms as a way of
pre-emptying the onset of depression.
Research has proven the effectiveness
in treating SAD with fluorescent light
boxes in approximately 65% of cases.
e most common side effects of
light therapy reported are: eye strain or
visual disturbances, headache, agitation
or feeling “wired”, nausea, sweating and
sedation. ese side effects are generally
mild and subside with time or by reducing
the dose of light. Hypo mania and mania
have also been reported as uncommon
but serious side effects of light therapy.
Please consult your health care
provider about the treatment and do
not start light treatment without an
accurate diagnosis by a trained clinician.
It is extremely important to let your
health care provider know if you are
considering light therapy because
exposure can cause severe reactions in
people with certain medical conditions,
like epilepsy, or with severe eye ailments
like glaucoma, cataracts or retinopathy
or if you are taking medication
which increase photosensitivity
before initiating treatment.
What is the procedure for light
Light therapy for winter blues usually
consists of 15 to 60 minutes of bright
light every morning as early as possible
upon waking – ideally before 8 AM.
Find a routine that works best
with your schedule. You may find it
easiest to get your light while eating
breakfast, exercising, applying makeup,
or while working at the computer.
Some people find a second exposure
of bright light in the middle of the
afternoon gives them an extra boost
of energy to make it through the day.
e Litebook should not be used in
the evening as it could interfere with
your normal sleep time. (there is an
exception for 50-plus adults desiring
to adjust their early sleep pattern)
Everyone is unique in their light
needs; you may have to try different
exposure times to find your best level.
Where is this “light therapy” available
on campus and how much does this
e litebook is available at the Wellness
Centre for all Mount Allison University
students to utilize. No appointment
is needed and there is no charge
for the utilization of this treatment.
General Usage Instructions of the
Position the Litebook approximately
12 to 24 inches (30-60 cm) from your
face, and offset it to a 30 to 45 degree
angle, like sunlight coming in a window.
Direct the Litebook’s light
beam at your eyes. Your eyes must
be open to achieve the benefit.
To provide benefit, the Litebook’s
light beam is very bright, like the
sun. As with the sun, you do not stare
at the Litebook, although it is not
harmful to glance at it occasionally.
Typically, you will know when
you have received sufficient light.
Most feel a sense of heightened
alertness, energy, and/or mood.
For people who are more severely
affected by SAD, counseling and
sometimes medications may also
be helpful for winter depression.
If you or someone you know
suffers from SAD and/or who is
interested in “lite therapy” please do
not hesitate to contact the Wellness
Centre at Mount Allison University
at 364-2163 to meet with the Nurse/
Educator or the Personal Counsellors.
New International Centre hopes
to increase awareness on campus
How important is light?
Christina Ashley
Argosy Correspondent
Over the past six months there
have been numerous changes in
the international field at Mount
Allison. From the creation of the
International Centre in the new
Wallace McCain Student Center, to
the change in title of Ron Byrne to
Vice-President of International and
Student Affairs, Mount Allison has
attempted to enrich the “international
experience” for its staff and students.
e office of the new International
Centre now serves as a centralized
information point for all things
international. With the creation of
this office came a new title for Adam
Christie, now Manager of International
Affairs. In this role, he will work
towards creating an international
atmosphere across campus, to
allow every student at Mt. A. to
have an “international experience.”
“I don’t want people to think they have
to go far to reach international; I don’t
want them to think it isn’t accessible,
or that it is impossible,” says Christie.
e “international experience” is
often seen as going on an exchange
or study-abroad program. e new
International Centre hopes to expand
this definition for students, promoting
the idea that an international experience
can simply be sitting down for coffee
with a student from Brazil and sharing
stories about life, past and present.
Ron Byrne’s new title as VP of
International, as well as Student
Affairs, ideally positions him to
contribute to this idea of a new
student “experience” at Mt. A.
“Our job is to facilitate the students,
to give them all the opportunities and
tools to have an international experience
at Mount Allison,” said Byrne.
Assisting Christie in the
International Centre is Pronoti
Majithia, recently appointed to fill a
vacancy in the position of International
Student Advisor. In her position,
she aims to help students smoothly
transition towards internationality.
From incoming international students
to students who are looking for
study-abroad and exchange programs,
and all the way to just wanting to
get involved, she is there to help.
As in previous years, the
International Lounge represents a space
where students of any nationality or
background can go to enjoy themselves
and find stimulating conversation and a
worldly experience, right here at Mt. A.
In addition, the centre recently
held an International Mini Fair to
promote study abroad and exchange
programs. is is one of many events
the centre is planning to promote
the international experience, and
allow students to get involved.
e International Centre hopes to
increase attendance to these events.
“When they see that [international]
heading,”says Byrne, “they automatically
assume that it is for international
students and only international
students. What we want to show is
that these events are for everyone and
that they are the perfect opportunity
to expand your horizons and enrich
your experience at Mount Allison.”
Recently, discussions have been held
with students across campus to find
new and creative ways to promote the
international experience and to create
events that will bring the community
together. Some of the ideas have been
quite innovative. An international
food crawl, for example, is one idea
that sparked the imagination of many.
is entails going from house to house,
tasting international cuisine. As well,
finding a way to finance international
experiences such as studying abroad
or going on an exchange is part of
the program’s initiatives; this includes
finding new scholarships and grants
within the academic community,
both inside and outside of Mt. A.
is week, for example, Mt. A has
been hosting a week of International
Education activities, along with other
university campuses. From Monday
to Friday, student presentations,
workshops, and foreign films have
been presented in the International
Lounge, between six and nine o’clock,
exploring such diverse cultures
as Ghana, China, and Germany.
Even with these new initiatives,
the toughest of all challenges may
simply be increasing student interest.
“I overheard a student ask why
international is important to Mount
Allison,” said Majithia, “and it struck
me that no matter what steps we
take to enrich the international
experience, none of it means anything
if the students are not behind
having an international experience.”
“International is a way of enriching
who you are as a person,” comments
Byrne, “so that you can go out into the
world and know that you have stepped
outside the prepared box of life and
are ready to experience every aspect
of life, not just that that is your own.”
with files from Darren Mercer
Going international
A student takes advantage of the Wellness Centre’s free “Litebook.”
Jessica Emin
Free “Litebook” for use at the Wellness Centre
Jessica Emin
Rev. John C. Perkin
University Chaplain
For the politically obsessed, it has been
a full fall. Now the Canadian election
is over, and after a lengthy process, the
American election is over.
It has been a fascinating process to
bear witness to; of particular interest
was the way in which the election
south of our border has re-shaped some
traditional alignments, particularly those
that link faith and political allegiance. I
wonder if Canada will feel the impact of
this re-shaping.
While on the one hand, the role
of religion in the election process in
the United States has been vastly
overplayed, on the other hand there
was a significant shift of support to
the Democratic ticket from evangelical
voters who traditionally have supported
the Republican platform.
e role of faith in the identity of
the leaders came under scrutiny more
as a tangential extra than a matter of
substance. e more substantial matter
was the shift among some evangelicals to
a platform that represented a larger look
at the nation and the world, particularly
among younger voters.
What has emerged in the fall of 2008
is nothing less than an indication that
there may be some significant changes
emerging in the American evangelical
community. Younger people are looking
out beyond a theology that, over the last
generation, has focussed on a personal
morality, and has sought to impose the
standards of that personal morality on
the state. Now, younger evangelicals
are becoming more concerned with
social values: from the environment to
the poor, from refugees to the traumas
of war, from rights of minorities to
rights of all sexual orientations, there is a
realization that the gospel of salvation is
also the gospel of concern and of justice.
As one religious commentator in
America observed, “Most elections are
just power rearrangements; this one was a
transformational moment in our history.
A fundamental shift is taking place
in America, and we saw the evidence
on November 4. It is a political shift, a
cultural and racial shift, a generational
shift, and a religious shift.”
e election drew in many people
from a diverse evangelical community,
which is not a monolithic bloc. ere is
the evangelical community with which
we may be most familiar: the white
middle-class evangelical community
in mega-churches in the suburbs of
large American cities, concerned with
maintaining white middle class values
under the guise of biblical values.
ere is also an increasingly large,
charismatic evangelical community
whose worship style is different, whose
theology is rooted in that same message
of a personal relationship with God, but
whose background is Hispanic, and often
rooted in Catholicism. ere is a black
evangelical theology which, again, is
rooted in a notion of a personal God and
personal Saviour, but which also holds
fiercely to the prophetic message of the
challenge to transform a corrupt world
into a just and equal society.
In the transformational message of
hope preached – yes, I use that word
advisedly – by Barack Obama, the
elements of transformation lined up
to create a perfect storm among the
evangelical community, resulting in
evidence of this change – time will tell
whether it is transitory or the beginning
rough stained glass
Argosy Staff
e death of Bloody Mary, Queen of
On November 17, 1558, Queen Mary
I died of a possible tumour in her brain,
grudgingly leaving the throne to her
sister, Elizabeth I (a Protestant), due to
the fact that Mary had no heirs.
e first child and daughter of Henry
VIII by his first wife,Catherine of Aragon
(daughter of the Spanish monarchs
Ferdinand and Isabella), Mary I was
known for her Catholic fanaticism, as she
had re-established it as Britain’s national
religion, rejecting her father’s break from
Rome to form the Church of England,
and the establishment of Protestantism
by her half-brother, Edward VI. Mary I
ascended to the throne on July 19, 1553,
after the death of Edward’s cousin, Lady
Jane Grey (who had become queen for
nine days after Edward’s death).
Soon after she became queen, Mary I
married Philip II of Spain, the son of her
cousin and advisor, Emperor Charles V
of Spain; Spain being a strong Catholic
country, made Philip the best possible
match for Mary. Also following Mary’s
coronation, an anti-Catholic rebellion
rose, objecting the new queen and
supporting her Protestant half-sister,
Elizabeth, to be named as queen.
Mary I had the insurrectionists
arrested and executed. is persecution
of Protestants would last for almost four
years, during which time, Mary had over
280 Protestants burned at the stake, in
attempt to decrease the people’s hatred
of her.
She even went as far as to arrest
Elizabeth and hold her in the Tower of
London, trying to exclude her Protestant
sister from gaining the throne when he
died. It was because of these burnings,
that she earned the epitaph “Bloody
Presenting Mickey Mouse in his first
sound cartoon
On November 18, 1928, Disney released
its third Mickey Mouse cartoon,
Steamboat Willie. is would be one of
the first animated cartoons to be featured
with a fully synchronized soundtrack.
e cartoon was directed and written
by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, in which
Mickey pilot’s Pete’s ship, all the while
trying to impress Minnie (at that time
Minnie had no name), and making
music with various farm animals.
Even though there had been two
cartoons featuring Mickey Mouse before
Willie,the Disney corporation recognizes
Nov. 18 as Mickey’s birthday. In 1994,
Steamboat Willie was nominated as
number 13 in the 50 Greatest Cartoons
of all time by members of the animation
e Piltdown man hoax
On November 21, 1953, authorities from
the British Natural History Museum
released evidence that the “Piltdown
Man” skull, believed to be one of the
most famous human skulls in the world,
was a hoax.
Fragments of a skull and jawbone had
been found in a gravel pit in a village
called Piltdown, East Sussex, England in
1912. Many experts believed the bones to
be the remains of an early human. Until
it was exposed as a fake, the specimen
was subject of much controversy as
several zoologists and palaeontologists
concluded that the jaw bone was that of
an ape and the skull being human.
In 1923,German anthropologist Franz
Weidenreich examined the remains and
reported that it was a modern human
cranium with a jaw bone of an orangutan
with the teeth filed down. Weidenreich
had easily exposed the hoax for what it
was; unfortunately it took thirty years for
the scientific community to agree with
his findings.
Also this week in history:
Nov. 16, 1384: Jadwiga is crowned King
of Poland, even though she is a woman.
Nov. 16, 1849: A Russian court sentences
A weekly compilation by Sarah Robinson
writer Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for
anti-government activities linked to a
group of radical intellectuals; however,
later, his sentence is reduced to hard
Nov. 16, 1885: Leader of the Métis and
“Father of Manitoba,” Louis Riel, is
executed for treason.
Nov. 17, 1502: Birth of Atahualpa, the
last emperor of the Inca.
Nov. 17, 1796: Death of the Dowager
Empress of Russia, Catherine the Great.
Nov. 17, 1903: e Russian Social
Democratic Labour Party splits into
two groups, the Bolsheviks and the
Mensheviks (the majority and minority).
Nov. 17, 2005: Italy’s choice for national
anthem,“Il Canto delgi Italiani,”becomes
the official anthem of Italy after using it
for nearly 60 years after the birth of the
Italian republic.
Nov. 18, 1307: According to legend, on
this day William Tell shot an apple off
the top of his son’s head with an arrow.
Nov. 18, 1985: e first Calvin and
Hobbes comic strip appears in 30
newspapers across the U.S.
Nov. 19, 1863: American President
Abraham Lincoln delivers Gettysburg
Address (“Four score and seven years
ago…”) at a military cemetery dedication
ceremony during the American Civil
War, now one of the most quoted
speeches in American history.
Nov. 19, 1990: Pop group Milli Vanilli
are stripped of their Grammy because
they didn’t actually sing on their album
Girl You Know It’s True.
Nov. 20, 1947: e future queen, Princess
Elizabeth marries Lieutenant (Prince)
Philip Mountbatten at Westminster
Nov. 20, 1962: e Cuban Missile Crisis
ends after the Soviets agree to remove
their missiles from Cuba and JFK lifts
the quarantine on Cuba.
Nov. 20, 1975: Death of Spanish dictator,
Francisco Franco.
Nov. 21, 1694: Birth of the French
philosophe, François-Marie Arouet,
better known as Voltaire.
Nov.21,1877: omas Edison announces
his invention of the phonograph, which
is able to record and play sounds.
Nov. 22, 1819: Birth of Mary Ann Evans,
the writer behind the pen name George
Nov. 22, 1922: Howard Carter and
Lord Carnarvon open the tomb of
Nov. 22, 1963: American President
John F. Kennedy is assassinated during a
political trip to Dallas, Texas; later that
day Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as
Nov. 22, 1975: Juan Carlos is declared
King of Spain after the death of Francisco
of a significant shift in the future.
is seemingly new faith perspective
has voted for a broad new moral agenda
for faith in public life. It is not about
imposing the trappings of Christianity
in the public sphere (posting the ten
commandments in court rooms, reciting
the Lord’s Prayer in school rooms), but
about much more sweeping changes; a
concern with racial and economic justice,
a new interest in the environment and care
for creation, a will towards peacemaking,
are among the keys of this growing shift.
e changing evangelical community
gave Barack Obama a net gain of four
million committed Protestants and
Catholics over the election of 2004, and
as a result provided significant shifts in
some key states. In many of these states,
along with the increased number of voters
who had previously not registered, there
were also real number gains among a new
generation of white evangelicals.
For instance, in Colorado, the home
state of evangelical leader (and Focus on
the Family founder) James Dobson, the
percentage of white evangelicals voting for
Obama nearly doubled from Democratic
support four years ago. Obama won the
state of Indiana by a margin of less than
thirty thousand votes, but indications
in polling are that upwards of two
hundred thousand votes came from
white evangelicals who had previously
supported the Republican party.
It is clear that the leadership of
the African-American and Hispanic
churches was more important than ever
before in an American election. But
alongside that shift,white evangelicals also
played a supporting role. e increased
support from white evangelicals – some
in spite of pleas to vote Republican
from pulpits around the United States
on Sundays leading up to the election
– marks a growing shift within the
religious landscape in which theological
conservatism is finding a kinship a
commitment to social justice.
Indications are also that there is a new
generation of younger evangelicals (post
baby-boomers,and even post-Generation
Xers), including church leaders and
ministers, who see the evangelical church
existing in a “post-conservative”future.
Conservative in theology (still holding
to some of the fundamental elements
of the faith, such as the inerrancy of
scripture, the literal reading of the
gospel stories, and the idea of a personal
relationship with the Saviour who has
won salvation in an atoning sacrifice),
this next generation is also seeing that the
gospel is not a call to personal prosperity,
but to global justice.
e goal of political victory is not to
regulate personal morality through law,
but to govern responsibly. Issues on the
agenda for this upcoming generation of
outward-looking evangelicals include
responding to poverty, genocide, war, and
climate change.ere is still an interest in
concentrating on families, and focussing
on healthy families, but instead of seeing
this in mid-twentieth century middle
class terms, the understanding of family
and challenges are also changing.
Jim Wallis, a progressive evangelical,
notes that “ese religious voters refuse
to be distracted by the culture wars of the
previous generation. is new generation
are not the evangelicals the country is
used to seeing and hearing about in the
media, and they are already reshaping the
future agenda.”
In part, there is a broadening of the
political agenda among evangelicals. is
past election was not, for them, going to
be decided on single issues, such as the
stance on abortion.
In the past, there has been a real focus
on the influence of religion on politics
in the United States. Could Kennedy, a
Catholic, appeal to the nation? Do the
Democrats represent religion enough
to appeal to evangelicals? Is Obama’s
church background acceptable?
In 2008, the influence has been in
another direction: political issues,and the
election, have been a focus in evangelical
circles so that religion, rather than
seeking to influence political process,
is starting to be shaped by the political
Seeing themselves in categories
other than traditional “left” or “right”
politically, some Christians in the United
States are also starting to see themselves
in categories other than traditional
“religious right” or evangelical. Still
holding to some foundational tenets
of the faith, they are looking beyond
the church doors and beyond personal
moralities to larger issues such as poverty,
equality, rights, peace, and caring for the
I am watching to see if this influence,
like the traditional evangelicalism of the
last generation, will also come north
of the border. While religion has not,
recently, had an overt shaping influence
on political process in Canada in recent
decades, it will be interesting to see
whether the politics of compassion and
concern will start to reshape religion in
Canada, in events such as the Liberal
leadership race.
As some look out to the churches,
synagogues, mosques and temples from
government and political offices, I will
continue to look out towards Parliament
Hill, through stained glass.
This week in history
Arr matey, thar be booty!
Vision in Blue
is past weekend, I went to a movie
night with some female friends. e
movie they decided to watch was Pirates.
No, not that Disney film, but rather the
highest budget porno ever produced.
When you think about watching porn,
it’s usually a guy thing. Most guys watch
porn, girls, well, not so much. It was
interesting to watch this particular movie
and make note of not only the plot (there
actually was one), but the sexual acts
themselves. For example, have you ever
been with someone who did something
in bed, and you were like “Where the
fuck did they learn that, because that was
SO not sexy?” Chances are, they got it
from a porno.
ere was a lot of ass slapping, and
while that sometimes can be hot, I’m
not entirely sure that vaginal slapping is.
Whether it was little finger slaps to full
out hand smacks, every girl in the movie
got her vag smacked during sex. As one
girl mentioned during the movie, hitting
a guy on his dick with as much force as
they were hitting the girls would have
them on the floor in tears.
Maybe some girls like this, I don’t
know of any who do, but keep in mind
that if a girl doesn’t like getting her ass
slapped, chances are a vag smack will
ruin the moment. If she likes it, hopefully
she’ll let you know, but until then, leave
this one for porn.
Some people say that saliva is the best
lubrication there is,and while that may be
true, I’ve never found spitting on genitals
to be sexy. It’s kind of gross.
If you can find a way to do it more
politely, maybe spitting on the hand
before giving a handjob or spitting on
the fingers before sticking them in an
orifice, or even drooling a bit when giving
oral, fine, whatever, but to blow spit on
someone honestly looks like you’re
horking it, and that’s just not sexy.
I was with this guy who had this thing
with his tongue in that he would use it
like a jackhammer. It hurt, and I never
understood where he got it from until I
watched this movie. When you go down
on a girl, and most guys might not know
this, the area is kind of sensitive. Some
girls like rough sex, and maybe rough oral
sex too, so the jackhammer tongue thing
might work there, but leave this one to
the vaginal area, ok?
Don’t go doing this tongue thing, say,
on her tits,or worse,in her ear.Yeah,that’s
right IN THE EAR.Just don’t.Also keep
in mind that in porn, those girls fuck so
much that they’re a little desensitized, so
you need to use this tongue force thing
to get them off. Normal girls who don’t
make a living by having sex, tend to be
more sensitive down there. If she wants
you to use more force, she’ll ask.
One chick was really annoying in that
she’d make this really weird high pitched
sound while getting fucked. It sounded
like a squeak toy for a dog. Do guys
actually like this? I understand that you
should probably make some noise during
sex so that the person/people you’re with
know that you’re enjoying yourself, but
try for believable and not annoying.
On a similar note, it’s weird when guys
don’t make any noise during sex. It’s fine
to be involved while doing your thing,
but if you don’t want girls to be starfish,
then some vocal involvement on your
part would be nice too.
At the same time, the whole “Oh
yeah, OH Yeah, OH YEAH, Oh baby,
YEAH!” thing is a bit much. Really, it’s
laughable. If you do this, you should work
in the porn industry. I’m sure you’d be a
highly paid actor.
One fun thing about this movie was
the costumes. I think more people should
incorporate role playing into their sex
lives, because it keeps things interesting.
When you dress up, it spices things up;
you’re still you, but maybe a different
version of you. It’s new and exciting, and
besides, how many people have secretly
wanted to fuck a pirate?
Oh, and how can I forget the cheesy
lines in the movie. Now, I was expecting
this, and they were pretty bad, but the fact
that this porn actually had a plot made
me slightly forgiving, however, cheesy
lines should never be used during sex.
If you’re trying to be funny, fine, but
if you’re actually looking to score, or say
something nice about your girlfriend,
then a line should never be used, mostly
because it comes off as pathetic and
unoriginal. She’s gonna know it’s a line.
All in all, the movie wasn’t actually
that bad. Most of the main male actors
were actually good looking, and the only
exception had what was probably the
biggest dick I’ve ever seen in my life. All
three men were built, and as a result, had
tons of stamina, which is always hot.
Most of the girls had fake tits, which
was to be expected. If I was a guy, perhaps
I would have enjoyed the giant tits aspect
of the film, rather than reflecting on how
they looked like water balloons with
nipples and that in certain sex positions,
you could even see the surgical scars (ick).
However, some of the girl-on-girl action
was kind of hot.
I’d recommend this movie to anyone
getting together with a group of friends
for a night in, or to girls who are just
starting to get into porn and want
something more like a movie, but with
lots of sex.
Corey Isenor and
James Goddard
Argosy Correspondents
Hong Kong Kitchen
170A Main Street

On the first of July, 1997, Hong Kong
changed hands, going from a British
protectorate to a Chinese Special
Administrative district. We don’t know
what impact this had on Sackville’s
Hong Kong Kitchen.
History aside, the Hong Kong
Kitchen is located behind Sassy’s
convenience store and in the same strip
mall as Jack’s Pizza. It’s been around at
least as long as we’ve been in Sackville
and the interior seems to suggest
that it is something of a timeless
institution. e wall hangings and
general atmosphere are very much in
line with what one might expect from
a Chinese-Canadian restaurant.
We went for dinner around 7:30 pm
on a ursday night. When we arrived
there was one other table of people
just finishing their meal, so we had our
choice of table and received all of the
server’s attention. is meant that we
were expected to be ready to order as
soon as we looked at the menu. is
of course did not happen, and it wasn’t
until her third request for our orders
that we were able to comply.
Being the only patrons, our food
arrived quite soon after being ordered,
much to our pleasure. Corey chose to
create his own combo consisting of
Moo Moo Guy Pan, chicken chow
mein, and pork ribs. James and our
guest, Editor-in-Chief Zoe Williams,
chose to split a Vietnamese soup, basil
beef with pineapple, and special fried
e soup arrived first and it was
delicious. is set the bar high for the
rest of the meal and the Hong Kong
Kitchen did not disappoint.
Corey’s Moo Moo Guy Pan and the
chicken chow mein were quite good,
being both flavourful and filling. e
basil beef and the special fried rice
arrived at the table last, both steaming
hot. e basil beef with pineapple had a
savoury sauce which was complimented
by the fruitiness of the pineapple.
e fried rice was fried rice, although
the special fried rice comes with the
works, so there were many surprises
as we dug in. We all received generous
servings of food, having enough to take
home afterwards.
is brings us to the menu; Hong
Kong Kitchen has arguably the deepest
menu in town. Offering three full pages
of edible options, we’re not talking
spaced out, but a densely typed page.
ere are classics, specials, combo
choices, Canadian, Vietnamese, and
Chinese options; more offerings than
we could properly cover in one visit.
e combos consist of pretty standard
North American interpretations of
Chinese food, chicken balls and the
like. Many of the dishes had vegetarian
counterparts as well.
Given the amount of food and the
quality Hong Kong kitchen is quite
affordable. Corey ate for under $12,
while James and Zoe’s triple dish
meal came to just under $35. is may
sound expensive, but we chose to order
liberally and ended up with more food
than we could eat in one sitting.
Overall, we highly recommend
the experience of eating at the Hong
Kong Kitchen. One and three quarter
thumbs up.
Corey and James eat out
Emily Bird
Argosy Correspondent

A stylish outfit never alludes to an empty
wallet. As many of us are constantly
managing a tight budget, the wardrobe,
consequently, loses it’s priority.
What little pocket money one has
goes towards gas, library photocopies,
and coffee runs.e wardrobe however, is
not dependent on new pieces in order to
evoke inspiring originality. A wardrobe’s
eccentricity is not representative of it’s
monetary value, but of the stylist’s creative
method of collaborating clothes, shoes,
and accessories.
rift shops are often treasure chests
of vintage glamour however, their price
tags have a few less digits than those of
Valentino and Christian Lacroix. Reflect
upon the saying “one man’s junk is another
man’s treasure.”
e key to a successful thrift store
expedition is open eyes and determination.
Don’t expect to be overwhelmed by
mountains of quality valuables, but the
effort makes your found piece ever more
treasured and representative of your style.
It doesn’t always have to be the fine
jewellery that one skimps on. Most
individuals accumulate a vast variety of
stones and gems over the years, so why
not take the opportunity to turn a unique
medallion into the centerpiece of an
Make the accessory a simple dress,
such as a black longsleeve cotton tunic
paired with slouchy leather boots. If it is
a large necklace that is to be on display,
pull the hair back away from the face, and
refrain from adding any more accessories
around the visage that may take away
from the necklace.
Now when it comes down to a last
minute party invite and there is no
time for thrifty spending, check out the
wardrobes of other household members
and friends.ere’s no harm in borrowing
one key piece to add to an old ensemble.
A staple item such as a vintage leather
belt can transform any timeless look into
a new modern twist.
It’s surprising to some, but it is the
minor adjustments that reinvent a look.
If you are in a muddle for evening wear,
grab a tunic top that you usually pair with
boots and leggings. Reinvent this casual
piece by slipping on a pair of coloured
slacks and a pair of killer high pumps.
Pull your hair back, throw on some
bangles and earrings, and accentuate the
frame with a skinny metallic belt.
When transforming one look from
casual day wear to evening wear, focus on
minor details. Notice that staples of the
night scene like sequins, metallics, and
patent fabrics are more exaggerated than
those worn in the daylight.
If you need an appropriate look for
the office, but are going to a formal event
right after work, wear that dress to work!
Simply throw on a neutral coloured
cardigan, a pair of dark slacks, and simple
accessories such as a pair of pearl earrings,
and a plain headband.
After work, take your hair out of that
loose ponytail and let it down, or pull it
up in a dramatic pouf. Remove the slacks
and cardigan, switch the work flats for
sexy heals, and frost yourself in a few
dazzling wonders.If you are one not afraid
of attention, smack on some deep red
lipstick for a full figure metamorphosis.
e reinvention of an outfit does not
depend on entirely different wardrobe of it as the sketch of an image
which everyone interprets differently and
originally. One plain short sleeve dress
can take on numerous modes, whether
it be mod, vintage, classic, or punk; it is
the foundation upon which a look comes
together to evoke a particular style.
All of these ideas may be too
overwhelming, but do not forget to focus
on the particularities. Glamour can fit in
a bag, ready for use at any time no matter
how short notice the party invite is. e
glamour bag consists of five essentials: red
lipstick, a black eyeliner/ mascara combo,
fabulous high heels ( the higher the better),
a vintage shrug ( think of seventies faux
fur or crochet; find one second-hand!),
and lastly, a metallic clutch.
Now, no one has an excuse for being
unable to treat themselves to a night of
shining style, no matter what the financial
situation. We have all been there, are
currently there, or will soon be, but these
quick tricks are for anyone’s use.Everyone
appreciates being knowledgeable of
shortcuts in some aspects of life.
Recipe for Reinvention
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Reinvent your wardrobe with a convertible dress.
Geoffrey Campbell
Argosy Contributor
I was born in Canada, but lived
most of my life in the United States
in a Chicago suburb. After years in
the U.S., I automatically became
an American and have since had
dual citizenship. But until a few
weeks ago, I was pretty averse to
admitting I’m also an American.
Whenever I admitted to it (or a
friend outed me to a stranger), the
automatic response has been an
almost universal “eww,” followed
by America-bashing, often related
to President Bush. I think a lot of
Canadians mistakenly believe most
Americans support the policies of
the U.S. government during the past
eight years, but with Bush holding
the record for highest disapproval
rating in decades, I think there needs
to be a distinction made between
actions of the Bush administration
and the views of most Americans.
I was ten years old when the Bush
took office, and since I was old enough
to care, I’ve been opposed to the
actions of the current government. I
joined the American Civil Liberties
Union and wrote to my Senators.
I watched the news almost every
day, watched the U.S. military drop
thousands of bombs in the days of
“Shock and Awe” in the Iraq War, and
was angry to have to go to alternative
media to see what happened when
all of those bombs hit their targets.
I closely followed the 2004 election,
and when I saw Barack Obama
speak at the Democratic National
Committee Convention in 2004, I
was excited. For four years before I
could vote, I was grateful to have him
as one of my Illinois Senators. I was
even more glad when Obama decided
to run in the presidential election.
I watched almost every debate.
When I saw the presidential
primary returns, and Obama won
Iowa, which is ethnically one of the
whitest states in the country, I was
optimistic about the future of the
country for the first time in years.
I had never thought about getting
involved in an election before, but
on a cold day in January, I took a
train into his Chicago headquarters
to call complete strangers to ask
them to vote for Barack Obama. At
the end of the day I had left more
messages than I can remember, been
yelled at, and hung up on, but I felt
proud that I had done something.
I donated what I could, saw that
he was behind in the polls, and
donated again. I found out that he
was going to speak in Wisconsin,
so I spent my entire day in a car, in
the cold, and then in a line to be
shoved into a crowd to barely be able
to see him speak for forty minutes.
I had two hours of sleep that
night, but it was more than worth it.
I walked through the cold and the
snow to vote early for him in the
primaries. When I decided to come
Mount Allison, I knew I needed to
be sure I got an absentee ballot, and
sending in my voter registration was
one of the first things I did here.
When people asked me if I was going
to vote, I asked if they were joking.
On election night, I saw more
people huddled around one television
watching American election results
than I had ever talked to in my
entire time here about Canadian
politics. I gladly stayed up all night
to see him become elected the
President of the United States.
I was exhausted and behind in my
work, but, more importantly, for the
first time in years, I was optimistic
about the future of the United
States and its role in the world.
After the election, most people I
knew were relieved, but held a “took
them long enough” type of attitude
towards the outcome. Some were even
annoyed at the amount of coverage
of the election and thought it wasn’t
very important who was in the
White House. ey have no idea how
much work was done by hundreds of
thousands of people to get him elected,
and how much of an impact President
Obama will have on the world.
Just the morning after, there were
already complaints and suggestions
that he was not going to be able
to accomplish what he set out to
do. It’s easy as an outsider to be
cynical about the chances of him
accomplishing most of his goals.
Obviously he’ll make mistakes, and
face roadblocks. Guantanamo will not
be closed overnight and all the troops
will not be home by the summer, but I
for one am proud of what happened and
am optimistic about what is to come.
Obama and I: An American-Canadian’s perspective
Rebecca Dixon
Argosy Correspondent
“While the Democratic Party has
won a great victory tonight, we do
so with a measure of humility and
determination to heal the divides
that have held back our progress,”
said President elect Barack Hussein
Obama in his victory speech in
Chicago on election night 2008.
A huge victory it was indeed, with
over 120 million voters mailing in
ballots or standing in long lines, doing
everything they could to tick off that
box. e BBC reports 66,361,433 of
those votes going to the Democrats,
or 52.7 per cent of the popular vote.
American voters actually cast ballots
for the electors of the Electoral College,
who then vote for the President.
Each state has the same number of
electors as the sum of its number of
senators (which is always two), and
the number of its representatives
(as determined by its population).
Obama won 365 Electoral College
votes, needing only 270 for victory.
While the typically Democrat
states of New England continued
in their strong support for the party,
they also gathered in eight of the 11
swing states, including Florida, New
Mexico, and Nevada. Some very
surprising gains were Virginia and
Colorado, which have not voted for
a Democrat president since 1964.
Pennsylvania and Ohio were also
picked up by the Democrats, states
that would have been crucial to a
Republican victory. When trying to
determine the reasons for Democrat
success in these states, many point to
Obama’s greater campaign spending
versus McCain’s limited budget. As
one example, the Democrats were
able to expand their number of offices
and campaign staff in Ohio, reaching
18 counties. When compared to the
2004 Democrat candidate John Kerry,
who only traveled to nine counties, the
potential affects of this are obvious.
With 55 seats in the Senate versus
the Republican’s 40, and 255 seats in
the House of Representatives against
a Republican 174, the Democrats
clearly have the power in Congress,
although this falls short of their ideal
forecasts. Still, the numbers have
increased considerably from the 2004
elections, when Democrats held 44
Senate seats and 212 House seats.
A key reason behind the Democrat
victory was Obama’s ability to attract
the support of specific groups of voters.
e majority of men voted for Obama,
which has not been the case since the
Clinton years. Larry Sabato, professor
at the University of Virginia also points
to the strong support of female voters
as being a crucial factor; 56 per cent of
women voted for Obama, an increase
from the 51 per cent who voted for
Democrat John Kerry in 2004. is
gain occurred despite a Republican
female Vice Presidential candidate,
Sarah Palin. In fact, 60 per cent of those
surveyed in exit polls considered Palin
unsuitable for the role of vice president.
e Democrats received significant
support from young people, non-
white voters, and new voters. Of voters
under 30 years of age, 66 per cent
voted Democrat. e Democrats also
had the majority of voters in every age
range below the 65+ category, signaling
a gain of middle-aged voters. 68 per
cent of new voters went Democrat,
to 31 per cent for the Republicans.
ough the appropriateness of the
use and abuse of the issue of race in this
election is debatable, there is no doubt
it has an impact on voters’ opinions. As
may have been expected, Obama won
95 per cent of black votes throughout
the country, but also made gains in the
Hispanic community, winning 66 per
cent. While McCain still held the lead
with white voters, the gap between
Democrats and Republicans shrunk
compared to the 2004 elections.
However, it is the economy that
seems to have been a key issue for
voters, 62 per cent of whom stated it
as their primary concern. ose who
were the most deeply worried about
economic conditions were stronger
backers for Obama, many blaming the
Republicans for the current situation.
e Democrats’ main success,
however, seems to have stemmed from
the rush of enthusiasm supporters felt
for Barack Obama. e Republicans
just could not seem to muster the same
feeling for McCain. One way that the
Democrats managed to connect to
their supporters was by putting a great
amount of effort put into personal
contact. Twice as many Obama
supporters were personally contacted by
campaigners than McCain supporters.
Finally, the composed confidence
of Barak Obama has won over the
hearts of many. Headlines hail him as
“the epoch-changer,” and the hopes
of people, both in the United States
and around the world, are that he
will bring change. ey see this as the
opportunity for America to improve its
international reputation and renew the
pursuit of its own dreams and ideals.
Democrats sweep presidential race and houses of congress
An early Obama rally in Illinois, attended by Geoffrey Campbell.
Popular vote (top), as compared with Electoral vote results (bottom, and
map to the right). All states have been projected to a candidate, with
the exception of Missouri, coloured Gray on the map, which has yet to be
projected. Green represents votes for all other presidential candidates.
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Geoffrey Campbell
Darren Mercer
Jennifer Musgrave
Argosy Correspondent
It may seem a strange question for a
more conservative audience, however,
there are those who truly want to
know. What exactly do the Republican
Party and John McCain have to offer
that would convince nearly half of
American voters to choose him?
McCain was said to have run a
fairly poor campaign, but despite
that, many Americans found his
policies appealing. One of these
was his support of American
innovation, one of his platforms
with the most popular support.
McCain said he would help improve
research and development and home-
grown technologies within America
by lowering of capital gains taxes. As
well, by educating the people for the
workforce and employing properly
skilled workers where needed, he
planned to help America remain
competitive in this “age of innovation.”
is declaration is very bold,
progressive, and certainly would
hold a lot of value for people of all
ages. However, that is just the tip
of the iceberg. McCain also stated
that he believed in a global market
place full of open and fair trade.
ough he is of an older generation,
McCain made the internet an issue. He
proposed that every American should
have access to high speed internet and
proclaimed that the internet should
be free of government regulation in
order to preserve consumer freedom.
Another important aspect of
McCain’s campaign was his promise to
protect inventors’ intellectual property
rights by looking at resolving some
of the challenges with the current
patent policies and even protecting
private industries from piracy.
In short, McCain recognizes
the rise of the “creative class” that
has steadily been receiving more
attention over the past several years.
As for the Republican platform in
general, there are a lot of concerns
and policies existing which have a
stronger priority in the minds of some
Americans. It supports government
reform, tax cuts, business’ and the
economy, fiscal responsibility, personal
accountability, law and order, homeland
security, anti-terrorism, and having a
strong border and military strength. It
is common to see moral issues and the
idea of preserving “American values”
as central to the Republican campaign.
e Republican Party also promised
to address the issues of climate change,
fostering independent sources of energy,
improving the quality and lowering
the costs of health care, and providing
proper education for Americans.
When looking at these promises,
the average American may feel
inclined toward supporting this party,
as fiscal responsibility and more tax
cuts translates into them having to
pay less to the government. As well,
the party promises to address many
of the issues that are immediately
on the people’s minds such as
climate change, health care, and
education. e priority these issues
will take once the party is in power,
however, is another matter entirely.
e Republican Party also appeals
for rich, upper class Americans, as
its platform supports lower taxes,
and has a strong pro-business tenets.
As well, there tend to be strong
family and personal allegiances to
parties in the United States. Some
voters, while finding some aspects
of the Democratic Party appealing,
may simply vote Republican
because they and their family
have “always been Republican.”
is is not simply a Republican
trend, there are also those die-hard
Democrats, even here in Canada
we see similar allegiances with
Liberals and Conservatives. For
these people, the idea of simply
switching parties is a wild and brash
thing to do, such that they would
never be caught doing so themselves.
Finally, it’s important to note
that many Republican voters
believed Obama to be too young
and inexperienced to lead properly,
instead deciding to cast their vote
for McCain, a veteran senator.
Really, why do people vote Republican?
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
Two weeks following the election of
Barak Obama and his Democratic
Party making strong gains in both the
Senate and House of Representatives,
the Republicans are now surveying
the damages and casualties over
the States-wide battleground.
In the Senate, the Republicans
lost representation in nine states,
with three still undecided, including
New Hampshire, Virginia, and North
Carolina. e House of Representatives
didn’t lose quite as much ground
proportionally speaking, with 24 of
the 375 seats available leaving the
Republicans with 175 seats in the
House. And, of course, losing the
biggest house of them all, the White
House, was certainly a harsh blow.
Now, Republican Party leaders are
insisting on reinflating the party’s
breath of support. As political
commentators and the public alike
could see, in the last few weeks
the spectrum of Americans being
targeted by the party was getting
very small and more extremely
right-wing than many moderates
and undecideds could go for.
“For the Congressional seats,
we knew we’d take a hit,” said
Tom Cole, head of the Republican
Congressional Committee, “the
Bush stigma was going to hurt us in
those runnings. Where we seemed
to have failed is in the presentation
of our presidential candidates.”
Indeed, many were disappointed
with the Republican Presidential
candidacy. While in the primaries,
John McCain came across as a strong
candidate that could potentially be a
insurmountable barrier to the then
still divided Democrats, the changes
to his platform once the campaign
began disappointed many supporters.
As e Economist exclaimed,
“Where’s our old John McCain?”
e John McCain that ran for
president was not the McCain
that was respected and known
worldwide as a realist, firm-headed
politician with a somewhat bad
temper that may have got him in
occasional trouble diplomatically,
but gave him the American cowboy
stereotype that many enjoyed.
e John McCain that ran
was docile, stuttered in front of
liberals, and looked, sounded,
and acted like an old white guy.
As one man was quoted on
CNN, “He looks weak; he doesn’t
look presidential…the John
McCain I knew was strong and
decisive, so I don’t know what he’s
trying to do in this election now.”
e John McCain many people
knew and respected would have
vetted his running mate too.
Which brings us to Sarah Palin, the
candidate described by Jon Stewart of
e Daily Show as “the hot hockey
mom moose killer who watches over
Russia with a hick-charming wit and a
hunting rifle while flawlessly applying
her non-bulldog approved lipstick.”
Governor Sarah Palin, in the eyes
of many, became a wall between
the Republican party and the
centrist voters. ere’s no denying
she brought energy and excitement
to her rallies; calling Obama a
godless terrorist socialist may get
the diehards going, but it didn’t
seem a great strategy for attracting
the other 60 per cent of America.
In fact, many people voting, as
well as abroad, were quite vocal in
describing Sarah Palin as an example
of the extreme right that pushed
them the other way out of fear.
Certainly fear played a role in this
election; American journalists spoke
widely of the Bradley effect, (the idea
that voters will tell opinion polls that
they will vote for a black candidate, but
at the time of voting, cast a ballot for a
white candidate) as well as how many
were voting for McCain because they
were scared of Obama’s liberal politics.
e McCain/Palin campaign
certainly fueled and took advantage of
that fear and—some would go so far
to say—racism. Many also showed up
at the polls being interviewed saying
that they feared more years of Bush
policies, of extreme rightist views
that would push the U.S. backwards.
Some were just terrified by the fact
that SNL’s Tina Fey was teasingly
impersonating Sarah Palin, and
using Palin’s actual words in her skits.
e Republicans lost because they
unwisely chose to pander to the too far
right. If America didn’t say on election
night that they wanted change, they
at least said “We’re more terrified
of you guys than we are of Obama.”
Why the Republicans lost, and they know it
Sarah Bell-Etkin
Argosy Correspondent
In the American election system,
‘swing states’ are states that are key in
both parties’ presidential campaigns,
because neither party has a clear hold
over the state. ey are also sometimes
referred to as the battleground
states, or the ‘purple’ states, a mix
of democratic blue and republican
red. A swing state is designated as
such from early public opinion polls,
where the race is too tight to call.
Much of the campaigning for both
Democrat and Republican presidential
candidates is focused on these few
swing states. It is essentially useless
for either party to spend its time and
resources campaigning in the states
where, barring some unforeseen crisis,
they have either an obvious lead in the
voters’opinions, or are so far behind that
there is no hope of gaining a victory.
In this November’s election, the
majority of the six swing states were
found on the eastern half of the
country. ese were Indiana, Ohio, and
Missouri; they were joined by coastal
states North Carolina and Florida,
and the western exception, Nevada.
In the 2004 election, all six of
the aforementioned states voted for
Republican presidential candidate
George W. Bush, edging him to his
victory over Democrat John Kerry by
6.3 per cent. However, only three of
this year’s swings were also undecided
in 2004 – Florida, Ohio and Nevada.
Republican tactics to woo the eastern
purple states (Florida, Ohio, Missouri,
and North Carolina) have involved
robotic telephone calls portraying
Democratic candidate Barack Obama
as “an extremist who has befriended
terrorists and Hollywood celebrities.”
One robocall has been reported as
saying: “You need to know that Barack
Obama has worked closely with
[1960s] domestic terrorist Bill Ayers,
whose organization bombed the US
Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home,
and killed Americans. And Democrats
will enact an extreme leftist agenda
if they take control of Washington.”
Obama’s official stand, however,
criticized the “despicable acts” for
which Ayers’radical group, the Weather
Underground, was responsible.
Other scare tactics created by
Republican supporters have been
reported by Jewish community
members, including opinion phone calls
that ask them whether their vote would
still go to Obama if they knew that
he was supported by Hamas, an anti-
Israeli militant group from Palestine.
Democrat tactics focused more
on rallying and strengthening
the support of the states’ already
Democrat voters via the Internet.
In the election’s final critical hours,
results had come in from all the states,
with the exception of Missouri, and all
five other swing states voted Democrat,
changing the three historical Red
states to Blue ones and contributing
to Senator Obama’s eventual win.
Missouri’s official results have still
not been released; unofficial polling data
tell the story of an extraordinarily tight
race. According to Missouri Secretary
of State Robin Carnahan’s website,
the Republicans, led by Senator John
McCain, won with state by less than
five thousand votes over the Democrats.
1.3 per cent of Missouri’s votes went
to independent candidates Bob Barr,
Ralph Nader, and Chuck Baldwin,
leaving a margin of only 0.1 per cent
between the two major candidates.
Swing States: states that actually mattered
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because within our own society it is intravenous drug
users, men who have sex with men, people in prisons,
aboriginal women who have been so acutely affected, they
are for too many people just out of sight and mind, or
people who are stigmatized, criminalized and deemed to
be reaping their just desserts.
Zoe Williams
Argosy Staff
“Oxfam works with people around
the world who are doing really
courageous and creative work
confronting privilege and power,
and trying to change relationships
so that power is shared more equally
within families, within communities,
within nations and globally.”
is, according to Robert Fox, the
Executive Director of Oxfam Canada,
is the most important aspect of the
organization’s development work. Fox
visited Mount Allison recently to deliver
a talk entitled “Beyond Charity: How
Active Global Citizens Are Changing
the World.” e talk emphasized
the fundamental role of women and
women’s empowerment in successful
development, and the importance of
active and engaged global citizenship.
e Argosy sat down with Fox earlier
in the day to discuss these issues and
others related to development. Oxfam
is an international non-governmental
organization (NGO) whose mission
statement is to build “lasting solutions
to global poverty and injustice.”
positions of power and bring their
agendas and concerns to the table that
we can have real substantive change.”
It can be difficult to promote
women’s empowerment when
privileged members of the
community are objecting, and
this is an issue that requires great
sensitivity on the part of the NGO.
It is important, Fox said, that “as an
organization from away we don’t arrive
to tell them their culture is wrong and
we are here to change their culture.
Rather there are many people living
within that culture who, for their own
reasons, reject that culture, who have
a different vision of human rights
and how those rights are expressed.”
It is these people, often women or
those who are otherwise marginalized
within their communities, with whom
Oxfam aims to work. Fox cited women’s
labour groups working in factories in
Latin America, and women working
to empower other women and girls in
Zimbabwe, as examples of these groups.
Differing degrees of power and
privilege between nations contribute to
the problem of the HIV-AIDS crisis.
“We have been completely
negligent,”said Fox, with respect to the
for people to know about the current
global food crisis, Fox immediately
replied that “It is huge, and it is deep
and it is urgent.” Fox went on to cite
policies originating in developed
countries, such as those promoting
ethanol production from corn (instead
of using the corn for food) and
agricultural subsidies that worsen crisis.
“ere is nothing you can produce
more cheaply than a chicken.” Fox
said. “A chicken basically will eat
chaff, bugs, stones. But women in
Ghana are finding their prices are
being undercut by chickens that
are being fattened and frozen in
Alabama and shipped to Africa.”
is is one example of what Fox
called the “lunacy” inherent to the
current neoliberal development
model, in which developing countries
are forced to accept cheap food
dumped in their markets by Northern
farmers who have over-produced.
“In the mania for free trade we are
undermining the capacity of nations
in the south to develop,” he said.
Often, development work is
criticized for ignoring these types of
structural issues and instead focusing
on charity. When asked whether
he feels this is a fair assessment,
Fox agreed that this is “a pretty fair
criticism of a lot of development work.”
Fox went on to clarify that Oxfam is a
charity organization, “But our work isn’t
about charity, it’s about human rights.
And it is only when we understand our
work from a rights framework that we
are going to address the privilege and
the prejudice and the imbalances of
power that create and sustain poverty.
Poverty is in someone’s interest,
or it wouldn’t continue to persist.”
Fox emphasized solidarity over
a charitable or patronizing attitude
towards the developing world. How
can Canadians express their solidarity?
“By being active citizens. By
challenging people’s comfort and
complacency, by challenging power
and privilege, and raising people’s
awareness and commitment to living
in a country and a world where we have
social justice and economic justice and
climate justice and gender justice, the
sort of world most of us aspire to live in.”
How active global citizens
are changing the world
Robert Fox, Executive Director of Oxfam Canada, addresses a group of students.
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
Twelve years ago, a band of machete
and small arms wielding Hutu
militias ended the lives of 800,000
Tutsi and Tutsi sympathizers in the
small nation of Rwanda in only 100
days. During the events, the rest of
the world took no substantial action.
However, after the carnage, UN
officials spoke out about the atrocities
that took place and said “never again.”
“Never again, we told one another,
would the world look on at the
atrocities of man and do nothing,”
Former UN Secretary General Kofi
Annan said recently, “and today a war is
unfolding in the Democratic Republic
of Congo (DR Congo) birthed from
the very ashes of Rwanda, and twelve
years on we’ve already lost our will.”
Ever since the end of the Rwandan
civil war and genocide, Hutu militia
members that took part in the 1994
genocide have been seeking refuge in
the eastern regions of the DR Congo
bordering Rwanda. From 1998 to 2003
the DR Congo was in civil war after
Rwandan militia forces—justifying their
actions partially because of implications
that the Congo government was
supporting Hutu genocidaires—
charged across the entire country to
install a new leader, leaving hundreds of
thousands dead in the ensuing conflict.
In recent months war has once again
come to the DR Congo, this time
due to the actions of General Laurent
Nkunda who has had his rebel forces
take over key establishments in the
easternmost province of the country.
General Nkunda,former Tutsi general
in the DR Congo forces, and known to
have relationships with key military
members in Rwanda, has escalated the
region’s conflicts under the mandate
of removing those supporting and
sympathetic to the Hutu genocidaries’
cause. He has gone as far as saying
more recently that this may include the
current DR Congo government and has
threatened to bring his army to Kinshasa,
the capital, clear on the other side of a
country the size of Western Europe.
While there are skeptics that
question whether Nkunda is indeed
capable of making the journey through
the thick jungle of a country were
roads are severely lacking, no one is
questioning the seriousness of his
actions. e most recent UN reports
describe more than 250,000 people
being displaced—over 100,000 of which
cannot be reached by humanitarian
organizations—and a suspected tens of
thousands killed, though hard numbers
have become difficult to accumulate
as the span of war fronts multiply.
e United Nations Peacekeeping
forces (MONUC), installed in 1999 as
a force to stand between the two battle
fronts and have since been attempting
to quell the violence, have reported
difficulty in knowing where to stand, as
Congolese civilians have begun running
not only from Nkunda’s forces, but from
the DR Congo government forces as well.
Reports of government troops
(FARDC) raping and looting have been
coming in daily. As Nkunda’s forces set
their eyes on larger cities, rebel militia
factions become formidable opponents,
and Angola threatens to involve
itself, MONCU officers have been
desperately asking for more troops.
ese calls for help have fallen on deaf
ears. United Nations officials have asked
for the Security Council to approve
another 3,000 troops to the area, but
even if approved, it will take months to
raise and supply the force.e European
Union has a battle ready contingent of
1,500 that can be deployed in a matter
of hours that the UN officials asked to
get involved, the EU wasn’t interested.
“At its heart the Rwandan story is
the story of the failure of humanity to
heed a call for help from an endangered
people.” Canadian Lieutenant-General
Romeo Dallaire who headed the UN
mission in Rwanda during the 1994
genocide said, “While most nations
agreed that something should be done
they all had an excuses why they should
not be the ones to do it. As a result, the
UN was denied the political will and
material means to prevent the tragedy.”
It is certainly not difficult to
draw the parallels between the two
conflicts and, as many are now
pointing out, it certainly seems less
has changed than many had hoped.
“Never again” has been proven wrong.
is is certainly not a conflict that
will end on its own. Nkunda seems
more than motivated and able enough
to achieve at least his most short-
term goals if not, in fact, turn the
entire country’s government on its
ear. e opening of multiple fronts
in the easternmost province of the
DR Congo as well as the potential
for the war’s escalation to include the
neighbouring countries that make up
the majority of sub-Saharan Africa
means the potential for unremitting
chaos for the entire continental region.
e conflict of DR Congo is sure
to escalate, involving the whole DR
Congo, if not breaking multiple
borders, and those who are already
suffering the most as a result are the
citizens. “Never again,” we said, we’d
see atrocities such as these and simply
look on or wait for the next news story.
will be inclined to do so themselves.”
Events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide
are echoed in the DR Congo
e haunting of a region
Zoe Williams
Oxfam Canada executive director visits Mount Allison
A displaced woman following an amputation surgery in the DR Congo.

It is unequal power relations
– not only between women and
men, but among nations – that are
at the crux of many of the barriers
to development discussed by
Fox, including the HIV-AIDS
pandemic and the global food crisis.
Gender relations are central to
Oxfam’s work because, as the NGO
has concluded, “[…] until women
have more power, we aren’t going to
be able to make the sorts of changes
we need to make to end poverty and
discrimination. And the reverse is also
the case. It is by having women assume
developed world’s response to the crisis.
“ere is no question that if HIV
had the prevalence in North America
or in Europe, the response would be
completely different. But because it
is black people in Africa, and because
within our own society it is intravenous
drug users, men who have sex with men,
people in prisons, aboriginal women
who have been so acutely affected,
they are for too many people just out
of sight and mind, or people who are
stigmatized, criminalized and deemed
to be reaping their just desserts.”
When asked what is most important
“We’re more interpreters instead of
dancers,”explains one of the performers
after the Performing Arts Series’ latest
show, which took place at Con Hall on
November 7th.
Mocean Dance, a company founded
in 2001, tours across the country every
year, performing pieces by different
North American choreographers.
e group likes to collaborate with
choreographers that use “physicality
in their work,” says Susie Burpee, who
herself choreographed the second piece
of the performance. She adds: “We like
to be expressive and emotive.”
e two pieces, 5 Breaths and Rescue
Left Her to Her Plight, certainly
displayed these characteristics. 5
Breaths began with a single dancer,
sitting on a chair, talking. It was the
beginning of a monologue that was
continued throughout the piece by
the various dancers, in which events
from normal life were timed down to
exact seconds. is idea evolved into
the timing of less mundane moments,
such as the time Hurricane Katrina
spent over land, or the time it takes
someone to die. e audience was
left with the question “how long is a
Set to Finnish accordion music
by Kimmo Pohjonen, the concept of
time was illustrated in a regularity of
movements reminiscent of a clock,
while still being elegant. Precision,
obsession, and the resultant stress were
also concepts that came to mind. e
audience was struck by the repetition
of intricate hand movements that were
later revealed to come from a traditional
Indian dance style, one much favoured
by choreographer Roger Sinha.
An emotional
spin with Mocean
Rebecca Dixon
Rescue Left Her to Her Plight, with
music from American indie band e
Rachels, did not have a linear story, but
allowed each dancer to share a unique
aspect of the general themes. As its
title suggests, rescue was the dominant
of these, but a complex tension was
created between the group struggling
to help one another and consistently
finding their efforts futile. Each
dancer had a solo, going through crises
of drowning, being unaware of those
attempting to help, and blindness
– each one clearly depicting the grief
and desperation of the individual.
More frantic than the first part
of the performance, but also more
intense, Rescue Left Her to Her
Plight had the dancers truly working
together, in tetrads or duets. eir
bodies intertwined and spun across
the stage as they gasped and shook,
embraced each other and broke from
the group.
e performance was well put
together with excellent lighting and
effects. Unfortunately the sound quality
of the recordings was not the best and
there were awkward transitions with
the music in both pieces. e dancers
would continue dancing, but there
would be a short silence until the new
piece gradually came on. While this
may have been an artistic decision, the
gaps seemed particularly messy since
the dance continued.
Mocean Dance spent a portion of its
time in Sackville holding workshops
for both new and experienced dancers
at local elementary schools. ey also
conducted one for the dance society
here on campus. ey described these
as “extremely rewarding,” and the fact
that they “really enjoyed Sackville”
can give us hope for future wonderful
A review of Mount Allison’s third
Performing Arts show
Argosy Correspondent
Mocean Dance, a dance company out of Halifax was brought to Mount
Allison as part of the Cultural Capitals initiative.
Mocean Dance
Doubt withered him.
Words fell like stones from his
He made a xylophone from a ribcage.
Prayed for rain.
His hair remained curly.
His eyes were still blue.
e sounds of a bee’s wings echoed
from the glass sky.
e drunk he danced to was memory,
the tight skin stained with mistakes.
-“D,4/4”, MacKenzie

For anyone with an interest in poetry,
here is a book worth the read. John
MacKenzie’s Letters I Didn’t Write
immediately grabs the reader with
its conciseness and its poignancy.
MacKenzie seems to derive much of
his creative power from his solid use
of peculiar yet striking similes, a strong
sense of rhythm (most noticeably in
his dedicatory “Hank” poems at the
beginning of the collection), as well as
his use of repetition and consistency of
MacKenzie was born in P.E.I.,
and after years of writing poetry and
traveling across the nation he has
settled down in Charlottetown, which
is his home base for writing and
publishing poetry. Writing since he was
19 years old, and crediting his intuitive
grasp of verse and rhythm to his devote
Christian upbringing with the King
James Bible, MacKenzie has created a
unique poetic persona which is all his
own. However troublesome the idea of
reading a conservatively educated poet
may seem to a largely liberal student
body, don’t let your preconceptions
taint your interest in this talented
Canadian poet. From what I have read
there is no evangelical motive to his
verse and, although his poetry is very
inward-looking, there appear to be
few or no religious projections. Instead
MacKenzie is exploring a much more
deeply-rooted human anxiety.
e title alone speaks to something
I think we all share. Letters I Didn’t
Write focuses on plans unfulfilled,
anxieties that lie fixed in the past,
and, at the heart of the collection, the
tragedy of a life cut short in the middle
of its creative youth. MacKenzie draws
inspiration from the Spanish poet/
matador Federico Garcia Lorca who
died an untimely death from fatal
injury in his last bullfight.
MacKenzie’s collection is also
influenced by the tumultuous life and
mysterious death of singer/songwriter
and country music legend Hank
Williams. Williams, at 29 years old,
having won several prestigious music
awards, achieved countless chart-
topping singles, and after having
defeated a long addiction to alcohol,
died in the back of a limousine on
the way to a performance. Although
background knowledge of the lives of
these people is not necessary for the
enjoyment of MacKenzie’s poetry, it
certainly allows the reader to catch the
many allusions MacKenzie includes
in his “Hank” poems, which evokes
certain emotions, images, or tones
important in interpreting the deeper
meanings within the verse.
When asked about his thoughts
on Canadian Literature and its
creators, MacKenzie writes, “I
suppose my only complaint about
“Canlit-makers” would be – and this
is a gross generalization – that the
ongoing arguments between writers
about regionalism, provincialism etc,
ignore the fact that an inward-looking
literature – by which I mean something
which can be described as “Canlit” and
held up as a goal to be striven towards
– is in itself a regional and provincial
literature. Limiting oneself as a writer
or as a reader to what is produced in
one’s own country is, in my opinion,
Saving paper and postage
A review of John MacKenzie’s Letters I Didn’t Write
Justin Kerr
Argosy Correspondent
stupid, arrogant, cowardly, and, worst
of all, counter-productive to writing
From this perspective on Canadian
Literature, one can see that MacKenzie
is striving to write something that
resonates beyond Canada, and is
looking for a deeper, and more global
truth. I’m not sure what the final
conclusion is in this collection, or
if indeed the poetry actually goes
beyond reflection, but I will say that
MacKenzie does hold merit in the
field of poetry. He has set his goals
high and strives for deep meaning in
his writing. His variety of imagery
and simile present the reader with a
familiar world and re-creates it in a
beautiful way. He evokes the youthful
spirits of life cut short and celebrates
their colorful legacies with rhythmic
verse and a dark, mournful tone.
Regret in things lost, forgotten, or
simply put aside is something we have
all experienced, it is something we are
constantly re-living in our minds; we
frequently find ourselves wishing for
a chance to do something over again.
MacKenzie calls on us to realize
that this is not something isolated in
ourselves, and that it is something we
are each still able to change. After all,
the collection itself is a testament that,
although there may be things you have
left undone; papers you didn’t write,
things you didn’t say; there is yet time
to reanimate these hopes and goals
and see them through to the end.
If MacKenzie’s other published
works Sledgehammer and Shaken
by Physics are anything like Letters
I Didn’t Write, they will not let you
down. It’s Can Lit. Check it out!
John MacKenzie, a P.E.I. native, is famous for poetry that is a mix of
science and myth.
On November 14, Dr. Wanda Campbell gave a poetry reading at the
Owens entitled “Looking for Lucy”.
Poetry by Scribbles
“At the end of a dead end”
e steely gape mouthed howl-
of the green iron giant over there,
standing in the flat windy plain,
spanning ‘cross gentle sloped terrain,
of mud, floating ice and frigid flow-
deafens my ears.
Atop it sits of rough hewn stone,
carried from some distant pit,
with feathered sentinels still, alone,
‘top iron ramparts, rust and rivet.
It echoes the screaming path of cars,
creating a barrier- or border –o’er,
these seemingly dry and barren
Oh highway that’s to never cease,
Oh border ‘twixt man and beast!
“Keep clear you friendly mallard!
Keep clear you careful heron,
keep clear!”

Jessica Emin
“Everyone was gonna win it but
me,” explained a slightly shaken
Joseph Boyden. Despite some tough
competition, Boyden took this year’s
prestigious $50,000 Giller Prize for
his novel rough Black Spruce along
with the most generous cash prize yet
in the Giller’s history – $50,000 going
to the first-place winner and $5,000
for each runner-up. e contest was
presided over by a panel of four judges,
including literary legend Margaret
Atwood, Liberal MP Bob Rae, and
Irish writer/critic Colm Toibin.
A total of 95 books from 35 different
publishers were submitted this year,
with the Giller Prize representing the
crème de la crème of the Canadian
literary scene. Surprisingly, this year’s
list of finalists for the nation’s highest
award for fiction was full of relatively
fresh faces, making the competition
extremely hard to predict. Boyden’s
fellow short-listers included Rawi
Hage for Cockroach, Mary Swan for e
rough Black Spruce takes the top prize
Joseph Boyden took home the prestigious Giller award on November 1 during Toronto gala
Kelly O’Connor
Argosy Correspondent
Boys in the Trees, Anthony De Sa for
Barnacle Love and Marina Endicott for
Good to a Fault. Despite the diversity
of authors, the Giller does seem to
follow some predictable patterns, as
seen by a brief examination of its past
winners; usually, the award goes to an
Ontario-based male author (either by
birth or residency). In the 15 years of
the Giller, only five women have taken
home the first-place cheques, and only
two winners have bucked the Ontario
tradition (Montreal’s Mordecai Richler
in 1997 and Winnipeg’s David Bergen
in 2005).
Boyden, who has a mixed heritage
of Métis, Scottish and Irish roots,
was raised in the Toronto suburb of
Willowdale. He now splits his time
between Northern Ontario and New
Orleans, where he and his wife teach
English and creative writing at the
University of New Orleans. Boyden’s
Giller odyssey actually began three
years ago, with his debut book ree Day
Road. Despite his novel being widely
predicted as a shoo-in, the Giller went
to another author that year. Ironically,
Boyden gets the last laugh, as rough
Black Spruce is a sequel to ree Day
Road. Boyden claims he harbours no
ill-will for the past snub, and describes
this year’s panel as “people who know
how to think for themselves.”
Somewhat analogous to his own life,
Boyden’s novel jumps between the wilds
of Northern Ontario and the frenetic
world of downtown Manhattan. e
story is told by an alternating pair of
narrators: one is Will Bird, a Cree bush
pilot (and grandson of Xavier Bird
from ree Day Road) who is in a coma
in a Moose Factory hospital following
a brutal beating by drug dealers. e
other narrator is Will’s niece Annie,
who is searching for her missing sister
Suzanne in the drug-fueled world of
high-fashion New York. While Will
does battle with his personal demons
of revenge, loss, and memory, Annie
retraces the steps of her beautiful sister
from the depths of aboriginal poverty
under the Gardner Expressway to
glitzy downtown New York. By
exploring the sharp urban-rural divide
that characterizes much of aboriginal
culture today, Boyden delves into the
contradictions which are destroying
the First Nations of Canada. At one
point in the novel, Annie observes
that her fellow Cree have “gone from
living on the land ... hunting, trapping,
trading in order to survive, to living in
...Boyden...describes this
year’s panel as ‘people who
know how to think for
Joseph Boyden has been nominated for the Giller before with his eariler novel
Three Day Road. Through Black Spruce is a sequel to Three Day Road.
Globe and Mail
Several internships for the winter semester are available for projects involving collaboration with faculty and staff
in Fine Arts, Music, and Drama. Students involved in these areas are invited to submit applications. Internships
carry a stipend of $500, payable in two installments; they can be awarded for curricular or extracurricular projects,
and they can be proposed by either students or faculty/staff. Deadline for applications is January 16, 2009. For more
information, look for the posters around campus or contact Dr. Peter Brown in the Department of English Literatures.
ursday Painters
Watermedia instruction by Joan Gregory and constructive Critiques. New participants of an ability level are welcome.
Every ursday, 1:30 - 4:00 pm
$10 per session, first visit is free
Please contact margaret Myles (902)667-8790 or Laurell Hamilton (902)251-2619.
Mt. A Department of Music, Faculty Recital
Stephen Runge on piano. Works by Beethoven, Schumann and Tsontakis Ghost Variations.
November 21, 8:00 pm
Brunton Auditorium
For more information contact (506)364-2374 or
Christmas at Home Concert
Featuring Ivan and Vivian Hicks. is concert is in support of the Sackville Christmas Cheer program.
November 22, 7:00 pm
Sackville United Church
$10 purchased at Jean Coutu or $12 at the door
Canadian Music Centre Atlantic Fundraising Concert
Performances by: Copper Ferreira, Bob Bauer, Wesley Ferrerira, Alan Klaus, Evan Mounce, Sarah McKim, Jackie
Logan, Landon Braverman, Angelina Davey, and e Mount Allison Music Ensemble featuring Jonny Smith, Evan
Phinney and Derlis Gonzalez.
Music by: Michael Parker, Harry Freedman, James G. Code, Denis Bedard, Jean Coulthard, Violet Archer, Gladys
Davenport, Jordan Nobles, and John Beckwith.
November 22, 8:00 pm
Brunton Auditorium
Mt. A Collegium Musicum
Students of the Department of Music
November 26, 4:00 pm
Brunton Auditorium
Tintamarre eatre: “Argument”
“Argument” is a bilingual comedy about family, friendship, and conflicting lifestyles. Written and directed by Alex
November 26-27, 8:00 pm
Windsor eatre
$10, $5 for students and seniors
A.R.T.S. H.A.P.S.
The Art Gallery of Ontario has recently re-opened, redesigned by Frank

clapboard houses and pushing squeaky
grocery carts up and down aisles filled
with overpriced and unhealthy food;”
in other words, as Annie puts it, they
have become “civilized.”
“We always hear about the diabetes
and the suicide rates among Canada’s
Native peoples,” explained Boyden.
“But there is such a beauty in them -
and in the land. I wanted to get that
across to people in this book.”Winning
the Giller Prize meant “that I am
allowed to continue writing and I will
always write about the First Nations
of Canada and I will always celebrate
and be behind the First Nations of
Canada.” Boyden also suggested some
of his prize money would be used to
fund “a fellowship for young students
in Moose Factory and the Georgian
Bay area, native students, to help them
get into university.”
In the meantime, Boyden is
anticipating “a quiet winter and some
hard work” back in New Orleans,
working on the final installment of the
ree Day Road trilogy, a novel about
the arrival of the Jesuits in the 17th
century in modern day Ontario, a dual
biography of Louis Riel and Gabriel
Dumont, as well as a few screenplays.
rough Black Spruce will be published
in Europe and the United States next
To any that have glanced at the
papers and news programs of late, the
economic crisis the world seems to
heading towards is no secret. While
some countries – Canada included
are still managing well, others such
as the United States are quicker to
panic. Various markets have been
affected of late including the art
realm – surprisingly the Canadian
art market has taken a turn for the
better. Canadian paintings – some
by the notable figures Emily Carr and
Tom omson – have been marked for
sale at surprisingly unexpectedly high
e Canadian branch of the
prestigious auction house Sotheby’s
has released optimistic prices for
their upcoming auction on Canadian
artwork. Representatives from the
auction house have commented
that they realize the auction will
undoubtedly be affected the financial
situation of the country. However,
there has been a gradual but noticeable
rise in interest in Canadian art. Art
dealers aren’t sure whether the interest
lies in an overall turn towards Canadian
work or if it has something to do with
the political and cultural climate the
country has recently encountered.
e group of Canadian artwork
for the upcoming Sotheby’s auction
shows a great range of work. e
collection includes works by Emily
Carr (Skidegate, 1912), Lawren Harris
As finances go down, the art market goes up?
Canadian auction houses estimate Canadian work will rise in prices despite troubled economy
(Northern Painting 25, Northern
Island II), and Tom omson (Fall
Woods, Algonquin Park, 1914). ere
are also several more contemporary
pieces. Estimated selling prices range
form $200,000 to $1.2 million.
Rob Cowley, the VP of Joyner
Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art,
commented on the appeal of Canadian
art saying that it holds incredible
...the appeal of Canadian art
saying that it holds incredible
appeal to collectors through
emotional connection and
appeal to collectors through emotional
connection and rarity.
When looking at the state of US and
overseas markets, Canada definitely
has the optimistic upper hand. A
recent auction of Russian art at the US
Sotheby’s brought a sadly lacklustre
response from buyers. Most paintings
did not sell for their asking price;
most fell below. While an auction
selling works that included Degas and
Munch brought in high prices – it also
brought many unsold items.
e US art market has been said
to reflect not only its own financial
situation but also overseas. More and
more collectors both personal and
corporate are feeling the weight of
the financial struggle. While in the
past galleries and buyers have placed
bidders in auctions to facilitate biding
wars to drive prices higher – a tradition
method used to drive up the worth of
other works by the same artist – it
seems the wars have died down.
If the collectors and buyers have
been right, Canada may yet be shielded
from the economy’s harsh effect on
the art realm. While the country has
only had a taste of the crisis other
countries now face, markets such as
art and design could feel the effects
sooner than later. e first things
to go in economic crises are usually
the luxury items. e true appeal of
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
Lawren Harris’s Northern Painting 25. Northern Island II is estimated to
sell for between $1 to $1.5 million at the upcoming auction.
e only place you’ ll find
Fidel is on the back cover
Former Cuban leader absent from new
book release
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
On November 12, Cuban leaders
gathered to celebrate the release of a
book titled Peace in Colombia by the
country’s rarely-seen former leader
Fidel Castro. It relates the story of
Cuba’s involvement in Colombia’s
peace process and also describes
Castro’s memories of Colombia from
his 82 years of life. e communist
Cuban newspaper “Granma” described
the book as the result of “400 hours of
intensive work.” e kicker is – Castro
did not show up to his own book
release, which is odd in and of itself,
but not surprising since the leader has
not been seen in public since July 2006.
In the absence of Castro’s public
comments on the book, the Cuban
News Agency reports that Abel
Prieto, the Cuban Minister of Culture,
claims, “It is an essential reference
for intellectuals and people in social
movements in Latin America and
other regions.” It “sets the record
straight” on Cuba’s involvement in
Colombia, an effort to “bring peace”
to the country. Jose Arbesu, deputy
chief of International Relations at
the Central Committee of Cuba’s
Communist Party commented that
Cuba’s efforts to create a fair peace
agreement in Colombia have been
hidden up until this point. Arbesu was
also allegedly a witness of the facts in
the story. e Cuban News Agency
writes, “[Arbesu] stressed that Cuba
never sent weapons to Colombia and
did not gave anyfinancial assistance
to any Colombian organization.”
Cuba continues to deny claims
that Castro is suffering from terminal
cancer. It was reported that on
December 24, 2006, a Spanish surgeon
was flown to the island by the Cuban
government to allegedy operate on
Castro. It was reported thereafter that
Castro is not suffering from cancer,
but mere intestinal problems. e
truth remains that Castro has not been
seen in public since 2006, and Cuban
citizens are aware that he is seriously
ill, whether or not it is cancer, and are
worried about a future without their
revolutionary leader.
Fidel’s book focuses on his involvement with Colombia during the
span of his life.
When you live in the Mount
Allison bubble, it’s sometimes easy
to forget that there are accomplished
artists practicing in the wider Sackville
community. Until December 14 at
the Owens, you can see a sampling of
some of the art being created by people
in the Tantramar region. e Sackville
Art Association’s Annual Members’
Exhibition opened on Sunday to an
impressive turnout, despite gale force
winds as November established itself
in true Sackville style.
e Sackville Art Association has
been around for quite some time
now; in two years they will celebrate
their 75th anniversary. Many of the
members, including this year’s featured
artists, attend ursday painting
classes with instructor Joan Gregory.
e ursday painting group began
in the early nineties as a group of six
Home-grown work
2008 Sackville Art Association Annual Members’ Exhibition
The Sackville Artists’ Association welcomes artists from surrounding areas.
Julie Cruikshank
Argosy Staff
ladies with a desire to paint, and has
grown tremendously since then, with
watercolour classes being held at the
Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic
is year the exhibition had two
featured artists: sisters Anne Crowell
and Shirley Barnes of Amherst, N.S.
Both work primarily with watercolour,
and produce mainly landscape works
of maritime vistas. Barnes’ body of
work showcases a variety of fall-
colour landscapes and several larger
floral works. Her focus is primarily
on colour, and her use of watercolour
as a medium achieves a good balance
between controlled, painterly marks
and allowing the medium to speak for
Her sister, Crowell, also works in
watercolour. Her subject matter is also
landscape, but includes buildings and
farms, and even some portraiture. Her
paintings feature an interesting use of
negative space, and she is not afraid
to allow the paint to take its own
direction within the work.
e majority of the pieces in the
exhibition are watercolour landscape
works of locations in the Tantramar
and maritime regions, however artists
Joan Blakney and Alicia MacIntyre
Jessica Emin
Jessica Emin Jessica Emin Jessica Emin interesting use of
negative allow the
paint to take its own direction
within the work...

have contributed some fibre-based
work. A number of photographs are
also included in the exhibit, as are
some interesting ceramic pieces by
artist Indu Varma.
e Sackville Art Association’s
Annual Member’s Exhibition is a
good opportunity to see some of the
work being done by local artists in the
Sackville community, and to experience
some art that truly celebrates the
The exhibition includes several
local artists including a pair of

Canadian work remains to be seen as
the Sotheby’s auction takes place on
November 24.
Making fun of science since 2008
Arts vs. Science by “the Enigmatic Doctor Thantos”
Ho w t o S p o t a S c i e n c e S t u d e n t
Wo r d s : Th e Hu mo u r Ed i t o r s
Pi c t u r e s : Ta n i t h Wa l l e b e c k
The worst
getting laid
advocate on
campus for
Never wants
to skip a lab...
a meth
Can’t we have one meeting that doesn’t end with us digging up a corpse?
Serious¹ Answers to Serious² Questions
Hey Mount A! Do you have a serious² question and a burning desire to have it answered by real* Ar-
gosy editors**? Drop your question in the folder on the Argosy’s door or send it to, and
get real†, honest‡ answers! We’re to help youº!
“How was the universe created?”
Noah: Some people would try to give you some crazy explanation
using weird sounding theories and scoffng at other ideas that aren't
“intelligent” enough. We shouldn’t worry about these crazy questions,
after all, will knowing how the universe was created help you at that
party on Friday night? Probably not. Unless the girl (or guy!) is into that
kind of thing. In which case, I recommend that you casually drop that
you happen to have your own particle accelerator and that you would
like to smash some protons together later, if they are interested. And if
that doesn’t work, wave something shiny in front of their face and then
quickly hide it. Most science students are easily distracted by shiny
things, like a quarter for instance and will be entertained for hours.
Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
Stuart: Well, in the beginning, there was nothing. Then it exploded. After this
initial event, the next 10^-35 seconds saw a very hot, very pressurized, very en-
ergetically-dense 'universe'. As it cooled, things got strange. This next step, infa-
tion, is not _offcially_ currently understood, however Ì believe Ì've come up with
a passable, mathematically sound explanation. Ìt's diffcult to summarize, but
it’s simple enough to understand: [Oh I’m hella deleting this. Can we get Stuart
to write something shorter? Seriously. What the hell is he talking about? -Editor]
And that’s that! Remarkably simple, eh? As I’m sure you noticed, the two lem-
mas I had to introduce can, with some obvious manipulations, also be applied to
physical chemistry and social psychology (for the transmutation of lead into gold
and the aquisition of true inner peace, respectively).
¹Not serious at all
²I guess they could be serious
* ”Real” is such a harsh word; think “caricatures of”
** Well, sort of
† Seriously, they aren’t real, come on now have you even read them?
‡ Hey they might be honest, nobody’s stopping ‘em
º Please don’t really take our advice...We won’t be held responsible if you do, though.
Horoscopes : The Science Edition!!!
By Madam Starbeam - what what???
ARIES (March 21-April 20) — Hey Aries (or ramus uptheassum),
I know my Calculus. It says You+Me=Us. Sexay times later?
TAURUS (April 21-May 21) — Taurus, or stuborrnus bulltesticulus
can be found in the wild licking their balls and groping inanimate
objects. Has it been a hard week?
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) — Gemini, or greedybastardthatstealsmyshittus
can be found dancing on tables or jerking off barstaff at Club L.
Moral of this story? Don’t go to Club L.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) — Cancer, or crabulusmaximus may be found
skulking in a corner of the library, praying one of their profs
“forgets” that the assignment is due tomorrow. Response? Drop out
of school. Do it now. Save us all a lot of time and grief.

LEO (July 23-August 23) — Leo, or leonidus, I’m only going to tell
you this once. Back the fuck up.
VIRGO (August 24-September 22) — Virgo, or virginus hemotobinae
enjoys long walks on the beach, moonlit nights, and piña coladas.
Call 1-800-Hott-Sex now to chat for 15 free minutes!!!!!!
LIBRA (September 23-October 23) — Libra, or frigid bitch, is a
hooker and is no use to anyone at all. Yeah, I said it.

SCORPIO (October 24-November 22) — Scorpio, or sexaytimae cockringus
and I are going to learn some anatomy...OH YEAH.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21) — Saggittarius, or saggie, can
be found in many places, doing multiple things. Such is the nature
of the natural world.
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) — Capricorn, or capulus montegu-
can be found in the dictionary under “a plague on both your houses.”
Get it? If you’re an Arts student you should.
AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18) — Get a fuckin’ job.
PISCES (February 19-March 20) — Pisces, or
whattowearthisweekedus, good luck with everything.
Q & A - “News That Sounds Like a Joke”
By: Mutton
Q: What has the world come to, A?
“In an attempt to find out if octopuses are right- or left-handed, er, tentacled,
scientists from the Sea Life Center in England, have provided 25 of the beasts
with colorful Rubik’s Cubes to play with in the centre’s aquariums across Europe
[Daily Mail (London), 07-03-08].”
A: I don’t have the answers to everything you know. But if I were to comment I’d
say that our tax dollars are going down the drain, into the sewer, onto water
treatment facilities, and finally cropping up in the world’s oceans.
Q: Whadoyoumean?
A: Since everyone in the 80s HAD to have their own Rubix Cube, we’re now fac-
ing a surplus. As of 2005, over 300,000,000 of these toys had been sold! Way
to go 80s child! Didn’t they teach you “sharing equals sustainability” at school?
This is so typical — every time we have too much of something it ends up in the
sea. First, garbage, now Rubix Cubes!
Q: What next?! Can you say e-x-c-e-s-s-i-v-e?
A: Don’t patronize me. Not now...AND I don’t even want to think about the
toxic plasticizers or carbon that went into producing 300,000,000+ of them.
Heavens! If the government took the “climate crisis” seriously they would not
condone the proliferation of Rubix Cubes.
Q: I mean, I agree? Isn’t it enough that we know that polar bears are left hand-
ed?! What do they expect to be able to do with the data? Write trivia cards?
A: Well, “[they] hope the study will help the overall well-being of octopuses. [Oc-
topi] are very susceptible to stress so if they do have a favourite side to be fed on,
it could reduce risk to them.” It is all rather trivial though; the Rubix Cube could
be replaced with a myriad of objects that’would not seem counterproductive since
the animals aren’t expected to solve the puzzles.
Q: How will they keep track of their preferences, if one in fact exists?
A: It says, “A diagram of an octopus will sit alongside the tanks with the arms
on the right labelled R1, R2, R3 and R4 from front to back. The left arms will
be numbered in the same way but with an L instead of an R.”
Q: Ah, so Artoodeeto (R2-D2) was right hand dominant?
Moral: (1) Rubix Cubes are responsible for climate change. Curb your
consumption. (2) Leave the name calling on the playground. Stop referring to
octopi as “beasts”. Wouldn’t that upset you too?
Want to be famous, be known all across
campus. BE POPULAR? Well then draw us
a comic, submit a funny text or Photoshop
something. If we use it you’ll get credit and
be cool.
Why did HAN SOLO say he made the
Kessel Run in 12
Parsecs when this is a unit of distance?
First person with right answer wins
something. ARGOSY@MTA.CA
Cameron Milner
Student Administrative Council Page
(your student senators)
Joni Fleck Andrews
Mount Allison SAC
Arts Senator
Hey folks, I’m Joni and I’m
one of the Arts Senators
this year. I’m a fourth
year student studying
Philosophy, Environmental
Studies and Commerce. I
enjoy exploring the great
outdoors, sports, music,
art and education. The
departments that I’m
responsible for include:
Philosophy, Fine Arts,
Classics, History, Drama,
Canadian Studies and
American Studies. If
you have any questions,
concerns or ideas that you
would like to share about
any of these departments,
academics in general or
the SAC give me a shout!
I look forward to hearing
from you. Cheers!
Anna MacKinnon
Mount Allison SAC
Arts Senator
Hey! I’m representing all
you fabulous people in
Arts! But no matter what
program you’re in, feel free
to stop me on campus and
let me know any of your
concerns, questions, or
ideas... We’ll getter done
for you!
Justin Oake
Mount Allison SAC
Science Senator
Heyyy Mount A! My name’s
Justin Oake and I’m one of
your Science Senators for
the year! I’m a third year
Bio student pursuing an
honours and I hail from
that beloved beautiful
rock, Newfoundland. I’m
also a crazed Habs fan
and a huge fan of Seinfeld
and The Office If any of
you have any concerns or
questions please feel free
to contact me anytime. If
you wanna stop me for a
chat if you see me around,
that’d be great! And
remember, I’m not only
here for science students,
but for all students at
Mount A as well!
Gillian Fraser
Mount Allison SAC
Social Science Senator
HEYO! I’m Gillian Fraser.
I’m in my fourth and final
year, working towards a
B.Comm. I’m from Calgary,
Alberta and love Mt A
with all my heart. I’m super
excited to a part of the
SAC again this year and
can’t wait to hear from you
Erik Johnson
Mount Allison SAC
Social Science Senator
What’s up friends? I’m
a fourth year honors
Economics student here
at Mt.A. In my spare
time I play ultimate
frisbee and go to model
UN conferences. I have
been known to cook
(exceptionally well might
I add), read books, and
generally appear to be
a little bit too excited.
I am also one of two
exceptional social science
senators (although there
are six terrific student
senators in all). It’s our job
to ensure that students
have a fair and meaningful
say in the academic affairs
and academic future of
this university. I am also
charged with the task of
helping to resolve student
academic issues arising
from courses, about
professors, or anything
else academic related
in the fields of Political
Science, Economics,
International Relations,
and Sociology.
A student senator is an
integral part of Mount
Allison University’s Student
Administrative Council.
What are their duties?
As a SAC Senator, they
are required to meet
regularly with student
representatives on
departmental committees;
sit on two Senate
Committees and sit on
the SAC Academic Affairs
Committee. It is also their
responsibility to provide
timely reports to the
SAC on the policies and
decisions of the Senate
and be responsible for
accurate and regular
communication of SAC
policies and decisions
to the Senate. The most
important is that they be
aware of the specific issues
that are important to
students, that may include
but are not limited too:
Senate, Academic Judicial,
Academic Appeals,
Admissions, Research, and
Degree programs. Their
term in office is from the
first of June to May 31.

There are three series
of senators. Two that
represent each of the
faculty. There are two
Social Science Senators,
two Science Senators,
and two Arts Senators.
The senators are elected
to help you with your
academic concerns. They
are a valuable resource
that the student body
should take advantage of.
Nathan Walker
Mount Allison SAC
Science Senator
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anks to a bone marrow transplant,
a 42 year old American patient has
been declared ‘functionally cured’ of a
decade-old infection of HIV. Since the
procedure 20 months ago, the patient’s
organs and blood have been clear
of both the HIV virus as well as the
leukemia he had been suffering from.
Identified only as an American
living in Berlin, German researchers
acknowledge this patient’s case is
an extremely rare one. Professor
Rodolf Tauber from the Berlin-based
Charite clinic explained the cautious
optimism surrounding the surprise
cure: “is is an interesting case for
research. But to promise to millions of
people infected with HIV that there
is hope of a cure would not be right.”
Professor Andrew Sewell, from the
Department of Medical Biochemistry
and Immunology at the University of
Cardiff, highlighted that “the problem
is most people with HIV live in sub-
Saharan Africa and this is hugely
expensive, you have to find a matched
donor, and it’s a pretty severe and
painful operation. So it’s going to be
an option for very few people.” Paul
Ward, deputy chief executive of the
leading HIV and sexual health charity
Terrence Higgins Trust, elaborates on
these reservations: “is case gives us
something to explore in future studies
but it’s certainly not a quick fix as gene
therapy is complex and expensive.
With no cure in sight, prevention
should be our number one priority.”
e success of the operation hinges
on being able to find a compatible bone
marrow donor with a rare, inherited
genetic mutation which prevents HIV
from attaching to and destroying the
immune system’s white cells. Alleles
for the mutation must be inherited
from both parents.
Estimates place only about one
in 1 000 Europeans and Americans
with this HIV resistance, which was
discovered in the late 1990s. e
mutation effectively locks out the
HIV virus by modifying the shape
of the protein ‘door handle’ (called
CCR5) which would normally allow
the virus to enter the cell. When
the American patient received a
bone marrow transplant to treat his
leukemia, doctors chose marrow from
a patient with the CCR5 mutation.
As the patient’s blood was slowly
regenerated, it was produced with the
CCR5 mutation which effectively shut
out the HIV virus.
Given the difficulty of repeating
this treatment on any meaningful large
scale, researchers are continuing their
search for other HIV treatments. A
recent study coming out of San Diego
based company Sangamo has shown
promising results with zinc-finger
proteins in mice. ese proteins act as
molecular scissors, effectively ruining
the CCR5 ‘door handles’ of white
Another team of researchers at the
California Institute of Technology are
following the same line of thought
by using small interfering RNAs
(siRNAs) to disrupt the construction
of the CCR5 protein.
Ironically, there is concern that
these potential treatments could
spur the development of even more
resistant HIV strains. A second
‘door handle’, known as CXCR4, is
sometimes used by HIV to bypass
the CCR5 protein to enter the cell.
Edward Berger, discoverer of the
CCR5-HIV connection, explains the
challenge: “ere’s always a concern
that if you block CCR5, you favour
virus evolution.”
Although humans are able to
do without the CCR5 protein,
experiments have shown that mice
lacking the CXCR4 protein often
die as embryos. It is not yet known if
humans also depend on the CXCR4
protein for survival.
Geek Chic
of the Week
From the sysadmin’s Tokyoflash watch, looking like a prop from Back To e Future, to the movie aficionado’s official
Swatch Bond Villian watch, proudly wearing Dr No’s official timepiece on his wrist, geeks do love their watches.
Perhaps more importantly, geeks love their strange watches. at said, the “Cycle Life” watch, which provides not
only a 24-hour readout of the time, but also which sedentary activity you’re probably engaged in, might hit a little too
close to home.
November 20, 2008:
“Cycle Life” Watch
Kelly O’Connor
Argosy Staff
Bone marrow transplant leads
to functional cure for HIV
HIV cells interact with cell-surface receptors and molecules such as
CCR5 and CXCR4 to attach themselves and gain entry to white cells.
Internet users can look forward to a
decrease in their received amounts of
spam, thanks to a webhosting provider
that had its connection terminated
by its Internet Service Provider on
November 12. McColo was shut
down after several reports, made by
the security research arms of famed
anti-virus providers McAfee and
TrendMicro, claimed that its users
were sending a significant amount of
McColo Corp., located in San
Jose, California, was an American
web hosting and colocation service,
meaning that it provided both the
hardware and the internet connection
for customers’ websites and Web
services, and allowed them to plug
their own systems into one of the
company’s data centres. According
to the Washington Post, aggregate
estimates at the levels of spam traffic
flowing through McColo servers place
it at about 70 per cent of the world’s
total, making a significant decrease
likely. is flies in the face of continued
claims over the last decade by the
American internet security industry,
which point to Russia as the physical
source of much of the world’s spam.
e provider’s services were used by
groups with a wide array of ties to the
hacking/spamming community, as well
as organized crime, primarily overseas.
According to London Times figures,
the fact that only one out of every 12.5
million spam messages receives a reply
doesn’t significantly impact profit.
Before McColo’s demise, estimates
put the number of spam messages sent
daily as high as 100 billion. is figure
is about 90 per cent of all email sent
It has been known for several years
that the majority of the world’s spam
is sent by a relatively tight-knit group
of spammers, numbering around 200
in six main organizations. Instead of
making significant investments in
infrastructure to send spam directly
through personally-owned systems,
like the ones that sat in McColo,
‘botnets’ are commonly employed.
rough this strategy, spammers
take control of systems employed by
Windows users across the world that
are inexperienced in the finer points
of properly protecting an Internet-
connected system, and direct their
computers to send email en masse.
UNIX-based systems, such as Linux
and Mac OS, are immune to all
known attacks. If a botnet is large
enough, there is virtually no limit to
the sheer volume of spam that can be
sent out from hundreds of thousands
of remotely-controlled distribution
points, or ‘bots,’ often without their
owner’s knowledge. Americans can be
charged under new anti-spam laws if
their systems are part of a botnet, and
if their Internet provider places a cap
on the amount of bandwidth they use,
they can face hefty bills for spamming
their way past it. e servers that sat
in McColo’s data centre served only
to co-ordinate the vast botnets, so
once the plugs were pulled, the entire
network crumbled.
As McColo is only a hosting
provider – much in the same way as
Canadian phone companies provide
us with phone lines without tapping
them or telling us what we may talk
about – it only provides access to the
internet, and does not directly control
what its customers do. However, the
US Digital Millennium Copyright
Act has some of the broadest Internet
provider liability laws that do exist.
McColo may face charges if its users
were found to have disseminated either
child pornography or “infringing
material” – that is, pirated software,
films or music. A TrendMicro report
fingered the company’s customers as
distributors of child pornography, but
the company cannot be found liable
unless they know about the material
and neglect to take measures to remove
Perhaps most importantly, can we
look forward to a permanent 70 per
cent decrease in spam? Probably not
– spammers are an infinitely adaptable
bunch. Five days after McColo’s demise,
Rustock, a Russian organization
that had McColo-connected servers,
moved its control servers to a Russian
provider, as ITWorld reports. “is
is a temporary reprieve,” the London
Times quoted Nihesh Bandari of
IronPort as saying. “We should enjoy
it while we can.”
Tom Llewellin
Argosy Staff
Spam subsidence
Seven of Mount Allison’s fall athletes
were recently named AUS all-stars
for their outstanding individual
performances this season. Five
Football Mounties were awarded
with all-conference status, while
quarterback Kelly Hughes won
the AUS Conference MVP and
nominated for the Hec Creighton
award for the nation’s Most Valuable
Player. In additional, Soccer Mountie
Curtis Michaelis was awarded the
AUS’ Student-Athlete Community
Service Award, while Ian Kelly was
chosen as a first-team striker.
Hughes led the AUS in virtually
every passing statistic for the second
year in a row, passing for 1870 yards
and 11 touchdowns, while completing
a conference-best 54.6 per cent of his
passes. He also finished second in league
rushing with 616 yards on 89 carries,
also scoring a pair of touchdowns on the
ground. He becomes the first Mountie
quarterback to win conference MVP,
and the first Mountie to win it since
running back Eric Lapointe in 1998.
Hughes was also named the AUS all-
star quarterback, becoming only the
second quarterback this century to be
an all-star not from Saint Mary’s.
Hughes’s main partner-in-crime,
Gary Ross, was a shoo-in for all-star
this season. Ross has now been named
all-star receiver, returner, and Special
Teams Player of the Year for the AUS
all three years he has been in the league.
In 2008 he caught a team record 47
passes, totaling 675 yards, and a pair
of touchdowns. Not only did he lead
the AUS in receptions and receiving
yards, but he also led the AUS with
488 punt return yards, including a 92-
yard touchdown return. e defending
CIS Special Teams Player of the Year
led the AUS in all-purpose yards with
1601, nearly 700 more than the next
Receiver Adam Molnar gets his
first all-star nomination in his second
season with the Mounties. He finished
third in the AUS in receptions with
30 and receiving yards with 452. e
son of former CFL-er Steve Molnar
used his precise route-running and
great hands to earn this nomination,
and this will certainly not be his last
all-star season.
Defensively, the Mounties had a pair
of all-stars. Defensive lineman Scott
Sheffer is an all-star for the second
year in a row, while free safety Callan
Exeter gets his first nomination in his
sophomore season.
Sheffer led all AUS defensive
linemen with 34.5 tackles, and also
had 8.5 tackles for a loss and added
five pass knockdowns. Sheffer spent
most of the season rotating between
defensive tackle and defensive end,
and his injury in the first quarter of the
AUS semi-final against St. FX really
sealed the Mounties’ fate.
Exeter had a superb season, leading
the country with 77.5 tackles in eight
games, a total that would have places
him sixth in the CFL’s 18-game regular
season. He set an AUS single-game
record with 16 tackles in week three,
and also had games of 14 and 12.5
tackles. His season total smashed the
AUS record, and in only two seasons
has already moved into the AUS top
20 in all-time tackles, with 107.5. He
also had what may be the hit of the
season in the CIS, in week two against
Michaelis was chosen for the
Community Service Award for his
outstanding soccer skills as well as his
academic excellence and involvement
within the community. A two-time
All-Academic Canadian, Curtis is
a fourth year Dean’s List student
majoring in sociology and geography.
In addition to his academics, he
has diverse interests and generously
donates his time to a number of events
around campus and in the greater
community. An avid performer,
Michaelis has volunteered with many
groups such as, Relay for Life, Society
of All Nations, Eco-Action/Music as
a Cure, Free the Children, and Mount
Allison’s Conduct Becoming project.
For the second straight year, Kelly
was named an AUS all-star, being
named a first-team striker for the
2008 season. ‘Captain Intensity’ led
an improved Mountie squad with his
four goals and inspired play to several
wins over conference rivals. Kelly is
a former two-time ree Oaks High
School MVP, as well as the 2004-2005
Mt. A Rookie of the Year. He is a
fifth year Commerce student with an
honours major in economics.

With files from Sue Seaborn.
Seven Mounties receive AUS all-star recognition
Kelly Hughes up for Hec Creighton Award
Wray Perkin and Noah
Argosy Staff
Sue Seaborn
Sue Seaborn Sue Seaborn
Sue Seaborn
Above: Mitchell Peters swims hard on Saturday. Peters led the Mounties with three first place
finishes as they took third place.
Below: Mountie swimmer Marisa Smith comes up for air. Smith had two first place finishes to
power to the Lady Monties to third place.
Below: Katie Tobin fights for the puck against SMU.
Above: Caila Henderson rises up for a spike against MSVU.
Sue Seaborn
e Mount Allison Basketball
Mounties split a pair of home games
with Holland College this past
weekend in Sackville.
e women’s team kicked off the
doubleheader with a 55-43 victory
over the Hurricanes in a game which
saw a total of 35 fouls and a pair of
technical fouls.
Shannon Parlee led the Mounties
with ten points and seven rebounds.
Danielle Trenholm and Kristen Atkins
each added eight points, while rookie
Marlon Smith scored seven.
Kirsten Walker scored 11 points for
the visitors, while Katie McCormack
had ten. e Hurricanes committed 39
turnovers in the game to the Mounties’
27. Holland College also went only
nine-of-20 from the free throw line,
while the Mounties were 17-for-27.
In the men’s match, Holland
College was able to withstand a
furious comeback by the Mounties to
emerge victorious by a score of 77-71.
Holland College was an impressive 52
per cent from beyond the three-point
line, while the Mounties shot only 18
per cent from the same distance.
Josh Graham and Jeff Sadler each
scored 13 points for the Mounties,
Stephen Bohan scored 12, and Kent
Matheson scored 11. Graham was also
a perfect five-for-five from the free
throw line.
Aaron Brown led the Hurricanes
with 15 points, while Matt McKenna
scored 14, including four three
e Mounties were unable to take
advantage of Holland College’s 35
turnovers in the game, and made only
47 per cent of their free throws.
e Mounties next play Saturday at
King’s College, and then host Atlantic
Baptist University the following
Wednesday. Game time on Nov. 26 is
6 pm for the women, and 8 pm for the
Mounties split basketball games
Women win, men lose at home
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
e Mount Allison Mounties Football
squad has begun their off-season
training in preparation for the 2009
One group of players, however, has
also begun reaching out to the greater
community. Organized by fourth-year
linebacker Mike Glover, a group of
six Mounties recently visited Salem
Elementary School in Sackville and
shared their personal experiences with
bullying in an attempt to cut down on
the amount of bullying at school.
“We did it as part of the Players’
Club initiative to have an impact in
the community surrounding us,” said
Glover. “It really was just a group of
guys who have been influenced by
bullying in one way or another, and
because of it have the passion to help
others with bullying.”
e group of players who shared
their stories with students from
Kindergarten through Grade four
were Glover, fifth-year defensive
tackle Andrew Blencowe, third-year
quarterback Jake Maxwell, third-year
receiver Scott Brady, second-year
receiver Dylan Leblanc, and freshman
defensive lineman Tyler Doak.
e players shared their stories and
then took some questions from the
students and teachers.
Glover says the group is already
looking at going to speak at more
schools in the area.
Heroes in the hallway
Football players visit Salem Elementary
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
Canada’s biggest annual sporting
event is coming up this Sunday, and
this year it promises to be exciting
and emotional battle. Montreal’s QB
Anthony Calvillo may be playing
his final game, leading the only
competitive team in the Eastern
Division. Calgary’s Henry Burris, who
is nominated for Most Outstanding
Player in the West (as Calvillo is in the
East) is looking to finally lead a team
to victory in the Grey Cup. Montreal’s
home field advantage could prove
influential as Olympic Stadium is
expecting over 60,000 spectators. is
will be the first time Montreal has had
home-field advantage in the Grey Cup
since 1979.
Look for big production from
Montreal’s offensive squad to be
a determining factor in the game.
Runningback Avon Cobourne needs
to play well on the rebound from an
ankle injury, and receivers Cahoon,
Richardson, and Watkins need to be
consistent. Aditionallly Calvillo must
utilize them all to keep Calgary’s
defence at bay. On Calgary’s side of the
ball, consistency from Henry Burris
is crucial to their success. Joffrey
Reynolds needs to find his stride
while running the ball, and Ken-Yon
Rambo needs to light up the field with
some spectacular catches to silence the
Montreal crowd.
Bottom line: expect a great game
from a great football league.
Grey Cup preview
Battle of the mega-QBs
Martin Wightman
Argosy Correspondent
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Wray Perkin
Above: Kevin Monaghan drives to the basket against Holland College
Above: Jennifer Robinson avoids a Holland College player.
Six-foot quarterback Kelly Hughes has won
Mountie Athlete of the Month honours for his
outstanding play throughout October. Hughes
led his team to the AUS playoffs breaking
school and conference passing records along the
way. Leading the league in most of the passing
categories, Hughes was recently selected as the
AUS conference’s MVP and currently is a strong
nominee for the nation’s most outstanding
player award — the Hec Crighton Trophy.
A former Burlington Braves quarterback,
Hughes is also a past two-time Braves’
MVP and All-Canadian high school player who
attended St. Augustine Secondary School, in
Brampton, ON. Coached by previous Mountie
all-star Jason Kana, and Craig Davoran,
Hughes was an all-conference player in the
Ontario Junior Football League before coming
to the Atlantic University Sport conference as
one of the top Mounties’ recruits. Last season
he was the Mounties’ Offensive MVP and is
currently enrolled in third-year Commerce at
Mount Allison.
Male Athlete of the Month
Kelly Hughes
Female Athlete of the Month
Rebecca Sutherland
Halifax resident Rebecca Sutherland has won
female Mountie Athlete of the Month honours
for her steady and gritty play in over 440
minutes of grueling AUS soccer action this past
October. In a 2-2 tie with Moncton on Oct. 15,
Sutherland was responsible for creating several
of her team’s scoring opportunities, and two
days later, in a hard fought 3-1 loss to SMU,
where she scored the Mounties’ lone goal. On
the following day, Oct. 18, Sutherland notched
the only goal against Moncton in a difficult and
heart breaking 2-1 loss for the Mounties. In
the last two games of the season against UPEI
(3-1 loss) and UNB (1-1), she created several
scoring opportunities allowing the Mounties
to remain threatening offensively throughout
both games.
Sutherland has captained the Mounties for
the past two seasons and remains a quiet but
exemplary leader on and off the field. Coach
Sheri Gallant pleased with the play of her wing
forward says, “Becca’s strong performance on
the field this past month has been a key in the
Mounties’ offense. She has lead our team with
determination, intensity, and pride and she will
be greatly missed next year by all on the team.”
A 2006 Mount Allison Soccer Rookie of the
Year, Sutherland is a former star from Halifax
West High School coached by Roy Snook, and
a member of the Halifax City Soccer team
mentored by Martin Shannon.
In fourth-year Arts, majoring in French and
Canadian Studies, Sutherland hopes to pursue
a teaching career.
Athlete of the Week
Nov. 3 - Nov. 10
Forward Jenna Briggs of the women’s hockey
team has been honoured as Mount Allison’s
Athlete of the Week for her play in the Mounties’
two games over the past week against UPEI
(4-3 OT loss) and SMU (3-2 win). e SMU
victory marked the Mounties’ first win over the
Huskies since the league started in 2003.
In the Mounties’ game against UPEI, Briggs
scored two goals, including the one that tied
the game at the end of regulation time, and in
the second contest she scored twice more and
received Player of the Game honours.
A former Grade 12 hockey star from Trinity
College School in Port Hope, ON, Briggs
also previously played with the Dartmouth
Whalers and Team Nova Scotia. A resident of
Dartmouth, NS, Briggs has had a successful
career Mount Allison winning Rookie of the
Year honours in her first season (2006-07), and
qualifying for an Alumni Athletic-Academic
Achievement Award this year. She is currently
at Mount Allison taking third-year Commerce,
and hopes to pursue a career in law.
Other Athlete of the Week nominees were:
Laurel Carlton (volleyball), and Stephen Bohan
Jenna Briggs
Athlete of the Week
Nov. 10 - Nov. 17
First-year power hitter Caila Henderson of the
women’s volleyball team has been honoured as
Mount Allison’s Athlete of the Week for her
play in the Mounties’ two home victories over
King’s College (3-0) and Mount Saint Vincent
University (3-1).
In the Mounties’ games over King’s, Henderson
tallied up eight kills, four service aces, and four
digs, and in the tighter match against MSVU,
she led the Mounties with 14 kills, one service
ace, and 11 digs. Her swift attack and strength
on defense were key components to the team’s
important victory over the always-tough
Mystics. In the MSVU match Henderson was
selected as the Player of the Game.
A former Athlete of the Year from South
Colchester Academy (SCA), in Brookfield, NS,
Henderson also previously played provincial
championship volleyball with the Central Nova
Team from 2004-08. A past 2007 MVP with the
SCA volleyball squad, and coached by former
Mountie Teri Kennedy, Henderson made a
big impact in many ways while attending high
school. She won Rookie of the Year honours
(2005), the Sportsmanship Award (2006),
Athlete of the Year (2008), and was selected as
Valedictorian for her class in 2008.
A resident of Brookfield, NS, Henderson has
already made a positive difference with the
Volleyball Mounties. Despite her first-year
status, her steady and dynamic play as a power
hitter has contributed greatly to the Mounties’
success this year. A multi-sport athlete,
Henderson was also a member of this year’s
ACAA championship cross-country team at
Mount Allison.
She is currently at Mount Allison taking first-
year science, and hopes to pursue a career in
medicine or conservatory research.
Other Athlete of the Week nominees were:
Danielle Trenholm (basketball), Jeff Sadler
(basketball), Meghan Corley-Byrne (hockey),
and Mitchell Peters (swimming).
Caila Henderson
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Upcoming Mountie Sports
Friday, Nov. 21
Saturday, Nov. 22
Sunday, Nov. 23
Badminton @ USA Tournament; 7:00 PM
Volleyball @ UNBSJ; 8:00 PM
Badminton @ USA Tournament; 9:00 AM
Volleyball @ UNBSJ; 1:00 PM
Swimming @ DAL meet; 11:00 AM/6:00 PM
Hockey vs. STU; 2:30 PM
Women’s Basketball @ UKC; 2:00 PM
Men’s Basketball @ UKC; 4:00 PM
Swimming @ DAL meet; 10:00 AM/4:00 PM
Hockey vs. UdeM; 2:30 PM
Josh Graham floats towards the basket.
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Argosy Funders’ Meeting
Thursday November 27th
6:30 in the Argosy Office

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