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Honduras activist Mount Allison remembers inspires Mt. A fallen students
Rachel Gardner
News Editor
A Honduran-based social activist and representative of the Central American coordination of the Hemispheric Social Alliance, Betty Matamoros visited the Mount Allison campus last Thursday to deliver a lecture on the plights of the Honduran people after the June 2009 presidential coup. Matamoros is working to build international solidarity with the non-violent resistance movement in Honduras that arose after the coup d’état that saw the removal of democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya and the subsequent swearing in of Roberto Micheletti. “I have always called myself a human rights defender,” stated Matamoros. “The struggle of my people is because of the problems that have been imposed on us. Our people haven’t had the opportunity to choose how they want to live.” Matamoros attributes the 2009 Honduran coup to increasingly socialist policies implemented by Zelaya. Prior to the coup d’état, Zelaya joined ALBA, or Bolivarian Alliance for the American Countries, an alternative to the Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement proposed

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Ceremonies take place around the country honouring veterans and lost soldiers
Carly Levy
News Writer
Students and citizens of Sackville braved the wet and blustery weather last Friday to honour the millions of Canadian service men and women

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who engaged in the Two World Wars, the Korean War, numerous UN peacekeeping tours, and operations throughout the world, including more recent battles in the Middle-East and Africa. They joined hundreds of thousands Canadians who gathered at cenotaphs, war memorials, churches, auditoriums, and gymnasiums across the country to remember those who have fallen and honour those who remain. Following a community service at Convocation Hall, residents of Sackville headed to Memorial Park to hear the names of Sackville citizens who lost their lives at war. University officials and several students made their way to the Trueman Atrium of the Wallace-McCain Student Centre

for a service exclusively honouring former Mt. A students who served as soldiers, nurses, and other personnel, sacrificing their lives for the war effort. The Mt. A service included contributions from the Chaplain Reverend John C. Perkin, University President Dr. Robert Campbell, retired Music Professor Dr. James Code, Alumni Relations Director Carolle de Ste-Croix, as well as several students. Religious Studies student Lindsay Sherrard read from scripture before Students Administrative Council President Pat Joyce read the honour roll of students who died in the Boer War and the First World War. English student Caitlin Semchuk

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Basketball
The Men’s and Women’s Mountie basketball teams started their season last week! Read on for scores. SPORTS, PAGE 32

WWI Poetry
Arts&Lit has WWI poetry and prose, originally published in The Argosy by past Allisonians. ARTS&LIT, PAGE 31

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Mount Allison University observed Remembrance Day at the Wallace McCain Student Centre with the reading of the names of the war dead and laying of wreaths in the Trueman Atrium. Nathan Rogers belts out one of his late father’s folk tunes. Mount Allison’s Mackenzie Gray goes up against UKC in Fredericton in Women’s Basketball.

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'Indian head' logo raises controversy
Group urges local high school to change name from 'Redmen'
Leah Davidson
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SASKATOON (CUP) — The fight over a Saskatoon high school logo refuses to die down. The controversy erupted last month over the name “Redmen” and the logo — a red-skinned man with braided hair — used to represent Bedford Road Collegiate sports teams. Erica Lee, a third-year University of Saskatchewan political studies student and Bedford alum, has undertaken a movement that calls for a change to the school’s name and logo. “The ‘Redmen’ name and ‘Indian head’ logo are offensive because they represent a stereotypical caricature of a First Nations person,” said Lee. Lee and four others have created a Facebook page called “It’s time for change.” The group argues that the logo objectifies aboriginal people and promotes negative stereotypes. “The style of the caricature, with a stoic face, braids and feathers in his hair — it’s not reality,” said Lee, adding that the image reinforces savage and warrior-like stereotypes of the “traditional” Indian. This symbol has an “explicit connection to ferocity,” stated Nancy Van Styvendale, a U of S professor specializing in aboriginal justice issues. This ferocity, she said, is typically associated with animal imagery, as many sports teams display; aboriginal people are therefore being dehumanized by the use of the fallacious symbol. Sheelah McLean, a doctorate student at the U of S and a Saskatoon public school teacher, classifies the issue as a human rights violation. She is a co-creator of the Facebook campaign. “This symbol contributes to the continuation of dehumanization and racism towards aboriginal peoples that already exists in Canada,” said McLean. “These stereotypes have real material consequences; every oppressive policy used against aboriginal people has come from ideologies and beliefs that were created from similar stereotypes.”

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Activist Betty Matamoros fights for rights and freedoms of the Honduran people

Canadian Military Operations Abroad: An Overview
Armed Forces continue to defend our allies and values around the world
Carly Levy
News Writer

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ranging from reconstruction to tribal diplomacy. The second largest NATO contingent assigned to this task, Canadian soldiers are expected to be in Afghanistan until 2014. Our troops have recently begun returning from Operation Mobile, the successful NATO-led mission to help Libyan citizens overthrow Dictator Moammar Gadhafi, which saw no Canadian losses. The overall NATO operation, known as Unified Protector, was headed by Canadian Lt.-Gen. Charles Bouchard, and included a large contingent of the Canadian Armed Forces. Over the course of the seven-month conflict, 635 personnel, seven jet fighters, and two patrol aircraft enforced a no-fly zone over the country, while two tankers and two frigates helped control the arms embargo in the region. Task Force Vancouver was the maritime component of Operation Mobile. HMCS Vancouver was deployed to the region to replace HMCS Charlottetown, which had been originally sent to Libya to bring Canadian citizens home. Upon its arrival, however, its mission had changed. It was attacked by shorebased artillery on May 12, the first time since the Korean War that a

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by the US. The agreement centres on regional economic integration through social welfare, bartering, and mutual economic aid, rather than free trade. Zelaya also implemented a sixty percent increase in minimum wage, raising minimum salary from $120 to $280 a month, and began to purchase fuel from Venezuela’s Petrocaribe. “What I believe is that President Zelaya started to take away from very powerful groups the mechanisms they need to hold absolute power,” stated Matamoros. “And he did it at the moment that the world economic crisis had started. This would have allowed the small groups to have power.” The day of the coup, Honduras was to hold a non-binding public referendum to determine whether or not to have a fourth vote in the November elections of that year, which would ask whether the Honduran people would agree with having a Constitutional Assembly. The coup d’état occurred as a result of accusations that this action was outside of the legal powers of the President. “The Honduran Constitution has articles called ‘Petrios’ - they are articles that cannot be modified,” commented Matamoros. “They established the Petrios in order to protect the Constitution so that nobody can touch it. It’s the only constitution in the world that has these articles that makes the constitution untouchable.” However, under Article Five of the Honduran ‘Law of Participation of the People,’ the Honduran President is allowed to call a referendum if two per cent of the population asks him to do it. “He had, at that moment, the support of 140,000 signatures that were asking him to call this referendum to change the constitution in the future,” commented Matamoros. “After the coup d’état, this law disappeared in order that the people cannot be

consulted or have a referendum." died and we believe that this must Human rights in Honduras stop happening, and that’s why it’s have continued to decline since the necessary that we keep talking, so coup, with forty-eight documented that education is kept free.” assassinations of anti-coup resistance The Mount Allison chapter of members since the coup. The LGBT Global Medical Brigades will be community in particular has been travelling to Honduras this February the target of violence, with its to assist with medical treatment community reporting forty-five of the local people. Fifth-year murders since the coup. Women student and former Global Medical have been the target of sexual Brigades participant Patrick violence, as well as indigenous and Forestell attended the talk and peasant communities. “Although commented on its personal impact we have been in a constant struggle on him. “She spoke to the death of of denouncing these crimes, with a University President’s son. To put the proof from international human age in that perspective, and to see rights organizations, we haven’t been what lengths people will go to, to able to take anybody to justice,” said make a political statement like that Matamoros. was challenging, but something you Matamoros is currently advocating can build on through reflection.” for the Constitutional Assembly Forestell will be going to Honduras that was originally again this February proposed by Zelaya. 2012. “The last time To put age in that “The Constitutional I went was before the perspective, and to National Assembly presidential coup, is a group of citizens see what lengths and now in returning that have the people will go to, afterwards, it will capacity of changing to make a political be interesting to the Constitution. see if we notice statement like that In the past, this the differences,” was challenging, but assembly was formed c o m m e n t e d by the different something you can Forestell. political parties. But build on through This past our struggle now is reflection. August, Canadian that we want this Prime Minister assembly to come Betty Matamoros Stephen Harper from the people, to Representative of the announced a new the people, not the Central American free trade agreement representative of between Canada coordination of the and different political Honduras, Hemispheric Social despite continued parties. This is what Zelaya was fighting Alliance documentation of for, and also my human rights abuses organization, this is what we want.” in Honduras. Protests arose in Recently, student protests San Pedro Sula, Honduras the day have arisen against the threat of following the announcement, with privatization of the education system claims that the deal would allow in Honduras, effectively creating Canadian businesses to further enormous economic barriers for exploit the rights of local workers, students to access education. “A particularly in textile and mining couple of months ago, the students industries. defended public education, but Thanks to Mount Allison Professor always there is a cost and sometimes Maritza Farina, who translated the cost is paid with life,” stated between Spanish and English during Matamoros in reference to these Matamoros’ lecture and The Argosy’s protests. “In this fight, a young man interview.

Canadians gathered around cenotaphs across the country last week to remember those who sacrificed their lives for freedom. For the first time in many years, Canadian troops were not actively at war as we observed a moment of silence. While there are still several hundred troops on the ground throughout the world, combat missions are at a standstill. As the troops pack up in southern Afghanistan, Canadian federal Minister of National Defence Peter McKay was in Kandahar, honouring the men and women who have recently joined the ranks of Canada’s veterans. Since 2002, 158 Canadian

Internet Photo/Canada.com soldiers, a Canadian diplomat, and a journalist have died in Afghanistan. In 2006, for the first time, Canada lost a female combat soldier and another became a deputy commander. Captain Nichola Goddard was killed during a firefight and LieutenantColonel Jennie Carignan became the first female deputy commander of a combat arms unit in 2003. According to a recent research report, women of the Canadian Forces played a larger combat role in Afghanistan than in earlier overseas missions. The study found 310 Canadian women were deployed to Afghanistan in combat positions between 2001 and 2011, more than triple the number that had frontline fighting roles in the 1990s. Currently there are 840 personnel, deployed in and around the Afghan capital Kabul for Operation Attention. Canadian troops are training officers of the Afghan National Army in the hopes that they will form a modern and effective armed force, skilled not just in war, but in other tasks, Canadian warship had come under fire. According to the Defence Department, HMCS Charlottetown conducted 313 hailings (call outs to other vessels) and five boardings of ‘vessels of interest’ over five months. Aside from escort and patrol missions, it was also involved in several defence operations against attacks by pro-regime forces launched from small boats. According to the Department of National Defence, Canadian personnel are also dispersed throughout the world, contributing support to several missions such as the U.S stabilization effort in Haiti, UN peace missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Southern Sudan, and Darfur, and the UN mission on the border between Israel and Syria. Canadian personnel have also periodically taken part in counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf, as well as in counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa.

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‘American Radical’ Finkelstein to visit Mt. A
ATLIS to host controversial Israeli-Palestinian speaker
Alex Dalton
Argosy Contributor
As part of the 2012 Atlantic International Studies Organization (ATLIS) annual conference, American political scientist Norman Finkelstein will be giving a public lecture at Mount Allison on Saturday, January 14 at 7:30 pm. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University, and went on to teach political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict at various American universities. Finkelstein’s research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the politics of the Holocaust. He is the author of five provocative books, including “The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering” (2000), and most recently “This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and consequences of the Gaza invasion” (2010), which critically examines the 2008 Gaza invasions. He’s been widely known as a radical and passionate figure, making highly controversial claims within his research. His talk will be co-hosted by Canadians for Justice and Peace

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FARC leader Alfonso Cano killed

Finkelstein, a highly controversial American Jewish activist for the liberation of Palestine, will be visiting Mount Allison as the keynote speaker for the ATLIS Conference on January 14, 2012.
in the Middle East (CJPME), a human rights organization whose mission is “to enable Canadians of all backgrounds to promote justice, development, and peace in the Middle East, and here at home in Canada,” according to its website.   CJPME promotes respect for international law, equal application of international law to all parties in conflict, and nonviolence. CJPME regularly hosts internationally known speakers in cities across Canada.   In 2011 alone, CJPME hosted twentyfour different lectures in fourteen different Canadian cities coast-tocoast. Finkelstein’s talk is only a single event of the ATLIS weekend conference. This year’s ATLIS theme is “Revolution: Reforming Structures and Rethinking Perspectives,” and will be taking place from January 13-15, 2012. Early-bird tickets for the entire weekend conference, including Finkelstein’s talk, are $20 if purchased before December 2, while tickets for admission to solely the talk are $10 for students and $15 for non-students. Cinema Politica will be screening the film ‘American Radical’ based on Finkelstein’s life and research on December 7 at 7:30 pm in Avard Dixon 118. For more information on his talk, the ATLIS conference, or about the film screening please email atlis@mta.ca, or visit atlismta.org.

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Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Saturday that the leader of the Revolutionary Armed forces of Columbia—People’s Army, more commonly known as FARC, was killed late last week. The announcement was made from a military base in Popayan in the province of Cauca. FARC leader Alfonso Cano, whose real name was Guillermo Leon Saenz, was killed in a gunfire fight with Columbian security forces. FARC is a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization that has been operating in Columbia in its current form since 1964.

Molina re-elected in Guatemala

Palestine enters UNESCO
United States cuts off funds to UNESCO based on US mandate
Vanessa Million
Political Beat Writer
Palestine recently gained membership in one of the United Nation’s main branching bodies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with 107 member countries voting in favour of Palestine membership. The UNESCO bid required approval by two-thirds of the agency’s General Conference and easily surpassed this mandatory voting approval. Only fourteen countries voted against Palestinian membership to UNESCO, some of the countries including Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, and Sweden. However, UNESCO will be facing a new challenge as a result of the recent vote. With the addition of the new Palestine member, the US State Department announced it would not be making the planned $60 million payment due in November to the UN body. Over the course of a year, the US provides about twentytwo percent of UNESCO’s budget Council, the US has the power to veto any decision made. Currently, the Palestine Liberation Organization represents Palestine at the UN and has observer entity status. If Palestine were to achieve full membership status, which would require nine out of fifteen votes in favour without any veto from permanent members, it would allow Palestine to participate in international treaties. It would also give Palestine the power to take Israel to the International Criminal Court regarding the occupation of territory and state boundaries. The Palestinian President has made it clear that Palestine wishes to be represented in the United Nations and recognized as a state by requesting formal membership in September. However, even if Palestine fails at membership to the UN as a whole, there are many UN agencies like UNESCO that are not subject to a veto power and have different criteria for admittance. As of November 11, 2011, the UN Security Council failed to reach an agreement on the Palestinian request for membership into the UN. Within UNESCO, each member has one vote regardless of the size of the country or the contribution to UNESCO’s budget. The General Conference meets every two years and determines the programs, the budget, and the main lines of work of the organization

Former General Otto Perez Molina has won Guatemala’s run-off election. Final results were released on Sunday. The sixty-year-old Molina received fifty-four percent of the votes cast, prevailing over his opponent Manuel Baldizon, who received the other forty-six percent of the votes. Mr. Molina was the candidate of the right-wing Patriotic Party, and will be the first former military leader to occupy the position of presidency since the state returned to democracy in 1986. The president-elect ran on a platform that promised to fight rising insecurity and poverty.

Floods in Thailand still claiming lives

The US and Israel have withdrawn funds from UNESCO after Palestine was voted into the organization on Monday, October 31.
through its membership fees. RosLehtinen said she supports the cutoff mandated under the 1990 law that disallows funds to be given to “any specialized agency thereof which accords the Palestine Liberation Organization the same standing as a member state.” On November 2, Israel stated that in response to the UNESCO vote, it plans to freeze the transfer of tax revenues owed to the Palestinian Authority and to build 2,000 new settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem, a region that Palestinians have claimed to be the capital of their future state. Israel has also halted funds to UNESCO, as of November 3. Representative Ileana RosLehtinen, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Washington Post that the vote to include Palestine in UNESCO decisions is ‘antipeace’. “It rewards the Palestinian leadership’s dangerous scheme to bypass negotiations with Israel and seek recognition of a self-declared ‘Palestinian state,’ and takes us further from peace in the Middle East,” said Ros-Lehtinen. The US Senate has put pressure on Palestinian Authority in a threat to cut off aid to Palestine if there continues to be push for statehood membership into the UN. When the application is reviewed by the UN Security Council to determine if Palestine meets the criteria to be recognized as a member state in the UN, as a member of the Security

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More than three months of heavy rainfall have caused disastrous flooding in Thailand. The floods have reportedly claimed the lives of more than five hundred individuals. Since the flooding began in July, approximately one-third of Thailand has been affected by flooding, causing the displacement of tens of thousands of people. One-fifth of the capital city Bangkok is under water and the city’s airport remains closed. Stagnating black-water has become a serious health issue and the government of Thailand has announced more than four billion US dollars’ worth of aid and reconstruction funding.

France to implement new austerity measures
The government of France has announced an austerity package that will reportedly save the European state one hundred billion euros. The plan, which will begin next year and last until 2016, is part of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to eliminate the state’s budget. This package follows August’s twelve-billion euro deficit cutting package in which the state of France raised taxes on the rich and closed tax loopholes.

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MOSAIC Coffeehouse in its second year
International music, dance, and poetry performances showcased from Mt. A campus
Rebecca Dixon
Argosy Correspondent
A crowd of over 100 students gathered in Tweedie Hall for the second annual MOSAIC Coffeehouse. Featuring musical performances, as well as dance and poetry, the event, held on Saturday, November 5, showcased Mount Allison’s diverse talents. MOSAIC President Fernanda Prats and Vice-President Flora Chung were pleased with the turnout. They cited MOSAIC’s active role on campus in the club’s first year as one of the main factors contributing to this year’s success. “People knew what MOSAIC was... from last year. We’ve gained some reputation and people actually appreciate what we’re doing,” said Chung. “All [MOSAIC’s] events are different, but they all share the same idea: that we want to get the two communities to come out and get to know each other.” The coffeehouse theme, “There’s No Place Like Home” was selected because of the cozy, welcoming atmosphere the group hoped to create. The organizers had couches and blankets as seating at the front, and served hot chocolate and Timbits to reflect this theme. The decor wasn’t the only element of comfort that MOSAIC wanted to emphasize. “The feeling is that we want people to feel at home in international settings,” explained Chung. This goal was closely to MOSAIC’s role on campus. It is a group dedicated to bringing international and Canadian students together and promoting multiculturalism at Mt. A. “This year, we’ve really tried to differentiate that [MOSAIC is] not just for international students,” Prats highlighted. “It’s also for Canadian students and faculty and the Sackville community.” The performers reflected a blend of Canadian and international performances. They included a popular Japanese song sung by Kaori Oyake, a duet by Kelly Yoo and Aislin MacDonald, an energetic dance by Riki Fukuriki, and poetry written and performed by Prats and Corey D’Entremont. Many others participated, and there were even spontaneous performances inspired by the students. Syrian student and performer OD Tabba described the event as “showcase[ing] the artists’ talents [and] Mount Allison as a multicultural university. We kind of present our flavour, our countries through the music for the Canadians” MOSAIC meets on Mondays at 7 pm in WMSC 125. Its upcoming events will include the World Bazaar on November 18 and International Education Week.

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Money and management matters at the SAC meetings

On November 2, the Student Administrative Council’s auditing company, AC STEVENSON & PARTNERS PC INC, gave a presentation on the April 2011 audit of SAC funds. The audit revealed that the SAC had an excess of revenue of $56,949 for the past year. The SAC budget comes from the SAC fees paid by students each year. A point was brought up during the meeting on whether the SAC would consider lowering the SAC fees. Joyce stated that this could pose as a problem to the SAC if there was a significant drop in student enrollment one year. President Pat Joyce suggested that the SAC look into investing the money somewhere that will serve its purpose to better students’ experience at Mount Allison at large. A motion was carried for the SAC to strike an ad-hoc committee that will seek a sustainable investment strategy for the Students’ Union’s operational surplus and present suggestions to council in the future.

Surplus of Funds

Ron Byrne gave a presentation to the SAC on November 9, stating that it is Mt. A’s goal to enroll 780 new students by 2015, equating to roughly 2,500 students in total for that year. “If we don’t meet our enrollment targets, what you’re going to find is that, inevitably, that is going to mean serious cutbacks in other areas of the operations,” said Byrne. Byrne stated that Mt. A has two main sources of income, government funds and tuition, indicating the importance of recruitment and retention in administrative goals. He stressed however, that the administration recognizes the benefits of a small university and wants to make sure Mt. A does not get too big.

Presentation from Vice President of Student Affairs Ron Byrne

A blend of Canadian and International performances graced the stage at the MOSAIC coffeehouse on November 5.

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Board of Regents Representative Sean McGilley passed a motion to create a residence staff ad-hoc committee for the purpose of reviewing the terms of employment for all Mt. A residence staff, including training, compensation, and human resources policies associated with the positions. After research has been done, the committee will look to present its findings to Council and make any possible recommendations. During councilor concerns, the issue was brought forward that Mt. A student cards do not have the year of study on them. This can pose a problem for students wishing to use their student ID cards at venues that offer student discounts. Michael Watkins said that if the year were to be printed on the student card, it would require students to pay an extra fee to get a new student card each year and also create more work for the Mt. A bookstore. A councilor presented the suggestion to give formal Mt. A stickers each year to students that they could put on their student cards stating the year of study.

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Veteran’s Affairs faces cutbacks
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Students and citizens of Sackville braved the wet and blustery weather last Friday to honour the millions of Canadian service men and women who engaged in the Two World Wars, the Korean War, numerous UN peacekeeping tours, and operations throughout the world, including more recent battles in the Middle-East and Africa. They joined hundreds of thousands Canadians who gathered at cenotaphs, war memorials, churches, auditoriums, and gymnasiums across the country to remember those who have fallen and honour those who remain. Following a community service at Convocation Hall, residents of Sackville headed to Memorial Park to hear the names of Sackville citizens who lost their lives at war. University officials and several students made their way to the Trueman Atrium of the Wallace-McCain Student Centre for a service exclusively honouring former Mt. A students who served as soldiers, nurses, and other personnel, sacrificing their lives for the war effort. The Mt. A service included contributions from the Chaplain Reverend John C. Perkin, University President Dr. Robert Campbell, retired Music Professor Dr. James Code, Alumni Relations Director Carolle de Ste-Croix, as well as several students. Religious Studies student Lindsay Sherrard read from scripture before Students Administrative Council President Pat Joyce read the honour roll of students who died in the Boer War and the First World War. English student Caitlin Semchuk read the story of nursing sister Rena M. McLean, who was a student at the Ladies College and died during the First World War. President Campbell proceeded to read the names of students who died in the Second World War and the Korean War, which was followed by the echoing notes of The Last Post and Reveille, played by Code from the upper floors of the atrium. “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen was then read by student Sean McDonell before the wreaths were laid in front of the plaques outside Tweedie Hall. Among several special tributes given at the national Remembrance Day services in Ottawa was a ‘Farewell to Kandhar’. Coinciding with the tribute, the “Portraits of Honour Tour” made its stop on Parliament Hill Friday morning. Touring the country is a twelve meter long hand-painted mural, created by artist Dave Sopha, which features portraits of the 157 Canadian Forces members who lost their lives in Afghanistan. While we remember the important contributions our fellow patriots have made over the last century, including the hard work currently being done by brave men and women around the world, cuts are being made in Ottawa that will have profound effect on their lives. The recently announced $226 million in cuts to the Veteran Affairs department are claimed to be due to changing demographics. The number of traditional veterans from conflicts like the Second World War and Korea is decreasing, so the Veteran Affairs department claims that there is less need for assistance. Retired Colonel Pat Stogran, the former Veterans’ Ombudsman, whose outspoken defence of exsoldiers left him at odds with the Conservative government, spoke with the Chronicle Herald recently, expressing his discontent with the effect that these cuts will have on those coming back from Afghanistan and Libya. “It’s difficult to say the impact that these couple hundred million dollars in cuts will have on a system that is already grossly ineffective and not serving the purpose it was intended for – and that’s serving the veterans most in need,” Stogran told the Herald on November 11.

A question was raised during the meeting about why student are unable to waitlist themselves in a course after a certain date. Registrar Chris Parker responded that Mt. A tries to encourage early registration. “The point of early registration is so that we can plan and make sure that we have enough sections offered for the number of students who want to take courses,” said Parker. Parker continued to say that it is too late right before the term begins to open new sections if there is a need for them. However, Parker emphasized that if you are waitlisted for a course and a spot becomes available, you can also make other changes to your course schedule, including putting yourself on a waitlist for another course.

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Creation of Document to be sent to Town of Sackville
VP External Affairs Mark Kroeker made the decision not to submit a formal budget submission to the Town of Sackville. “I made this decision in consultation with the rest of the executive, because there hasn’t been as much feedback as I would have hoped on the submission, and the type of feedback I have received does not really lend itself to being a budget submission,” said Kroeker. Kroeker elaborated that the executive is thinking of creating a lobbying document for next year’s municipal election and putting the budget submission into the lobbying document. Kroeker believes there is “a clear political need to better deal with these issues in Sackville.” The External Affairs committee and the Off-Campus Affairs committee is working on putting together this document, which will include how to best deal with issues between the Town and the university students, such as noise complaints, and is going to present the document to Council.

World prepares for COP-17 International Market climate change negotiations raises funds for
Thailand flood relief
Challenges high as delegates arrive to form post-Kyoto agreement
Rachel Gardner
News Editor
The eyes of the world will soon fall on Durban, South Africa, as they host COP-17, the UN climate change negotiations which will act as the final opportunity for the international community to ratify a post-Kyoto Protocol agreement. About 25,000 guests will flood to the city from November 28 to December 9, including state decision-makers, indigenous groups, UN officials, activists, scientists, and media. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bono, and climate activist Al Gore are also expected to arrive for the negotiations. COP-17 is a negotiating forum of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and is a meeting for over 190 countries to discuss measures to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. COP-17 is the seventeenth session of the ‘Conference of Parties’ of the UNFCCC, and seventh meeting for those who signed the Kyoto Protocol, which entered into force in 2005. The Kyoto Protocol subjects thirty-seven countries under Annex I of the agreement to legally binding targets for cutting GHG emissions, which seek a minimum five percent reduction from 1990 levels before the end of 2012. The previous conference in Cancun saw countries commit to raising $100 billion annually by 2020 to help developing nations adapt to the cost of climate change. A Green Climate Fund was also agreed upon to raise and spend climate funds. In Durban, delegates are expected to discuss the design of the fund and where the money will come from. Further discussion will revolve around the former target of limiting global warming to no more than two degrees, which would require GHG emissions cuts between eighty and ninety-five percent. In preparation for the Durban negotiations, indigenous groups met in Oaxaca, Mexico from October 10-12, 2011, forming “The Oaxaca Action Plan of Indigenous Peoples”. The plan outlined the need for full participation of indigenous peoples in climate change measures, actions, and processes, increased access to the Green Climate Fund, and increased dialogue between state actors and indigenous communities within their borders on climate change issues. “We came together with the common understanding that Climate Change, including global warming, pose an urgent threat to all peoples, Mother Earth, and the natural world,” states the preamble to the plan. “We recognize that the Arctic, forests, and other natural ecosystems where Indigenous Peoples lives have an essential role in maintaining global climate processes on which all humanity depend.” In spite of some positive hopes for the negotiations, ratifying a new treaty will be a significant challenge due to continued international debates over responsibility for emissions, continued economic concerns, and a lack of unified action. China, a once under-developed actor, has arisen as the world’s biggest producer of carbon, causing debates over the environmental responsibility of this rising economic power. In the United States, Republicans and Democrats continue a long-standing climate change debate, making a political decision over the resigning of the protocol a particularly delicate matter. Neither China nor the US is willing to agree to a new deal unless the other does so first. Russia, Japan, and Canada have said that they will not sign a second commitment period unless the largest GHG emitters do too. The EU has taken a strong stance in its environmental commitments, adopting targets to cut carbon emissions and increase renewable energy, and has expressed willingness to extend the commitment period on the condition that major emitters demonstrate the intention to join. However, the bloc is responsible for only eleven percent of total global carbon emissions. Meanwhile, as countries warm up for the COP-17 negotiations, South Africa is facing problems in preparation of the influx of visitors. Concerns have arisen by right groups over actions taken by South Africa to accommodate incoming guests, including the handing over of street children to social workers and imprisonment of beggars ahead of the November conference. “It seems like we want to remove the embarrassment from the eyes of international visits,” commented Childline South Africa CEO Dumisile Nala to The Newage. “Why are they removing them only when there are big events and where are they taking them to? In the past, we have heard stories of children who were taken to places that nobody knew of.”

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A Sackville initiative is raising funds for the disaster relief effort in Thailand, where floods have resulted in over five hundred deaths.

Movement fundraises for humanitarian crisis in Thailand
Rebecca Dixon

Top: Internet Photo/UNESCO Bottom: Yuri Ozawa

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Over 25,000 delegates will head to Durban, South Africa at the end of the month for the UNFCCC COP-17 climate change negotiations to attempt to ratify a post-Kyoto climate agreement.

Market] taking the initiative to raise awareness about the issue! It’s nowhere near being resolved - rather Argosy Correspondent getting worse.” Each month the International Market will prepare and sell foods As authorities announced over and products from a different 500 deaths from severe flooding in region of the world. Its broader Thailand, a new student initiative goal is to promote intercultural has helped to bring awareness of communication and understanding the situation to Sackville. The in the Mount Allison and greater International Market held its first Sackville community. monthly international food sale at the Sackville Farmers’ Market on “The purpose of the International Saturday to raise funds for those Market is to get people to be more affected by the flooding. Sales of aware of what’s happening in the rest satay skewers, Thai green curry, and of the world and raise the importance coconut rice pudding helped raise of respecting other cultures,” said over $100, which will be donated co-founder Flora Chung. “In my to the Canadian Red Cross for their opinion, lack of recognition of projects in Thailand. other cultures is actually one of “We chose the fundamental Thailand in response problems in to the flooding that My family’s doing all International has been happening right, but the water Relations. We often since July,” explained levels at our house discuss in class about co-founder Daphne in Bangkok [are] still the loopholes of the Rodzinyak . “While rising, now above policies, as well as it is something in knee level and still all the administrative the global news, it rising... There are so problems of is surprising how many others who international many people haven’t have nowhere else organizations, but we heard about it.” to go and have lost overlook the fact that, They were also everything. not having enough touched by the fact understanding of that their friend, Net Chamaplin each other, causes Mount Allison Mount Allison 2011 one of the biggest 2011 alumna alumna currently challenges for Net Chamaplin, residing in Thailand states to reach an is currently in agreement.” Thailand and has had to be evacuated The Farmers’ Market was from her home in Bangkok. selected as the venue for achieving “My family’s doing all right, this purpose.“I realized that it’s but the water levels at our house also important to promote and in Bangkok [are] still rising, now spread multiculturalism to the above knee level and still rising... entire community, instead of just we’re trying not to become too focusing on students,” said Chung. stressed about it since we’re lucky we “Considering how small and intimate the Sackville community still have a place to stay. There are is, there are a lot of occasions where so many others who have nowhere town people and students interact, else to go and have lost everything,” such as the Farmers’ Market.” Chamaplin said in an email. “I really appreciate [the International

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Don contracts come under review
Students and SAC oppose dons’ inability for reapplication after 3-year term
position, while students questions continued for over an hour. All students expressed discontent with the administration’s decision to create the three-year don contract, and were concerned about the continuance of a good residence life experience without the stability of the dons. The SAC, which has been Rachel Gardner soliciting feedback from house executives, on- and off-campus councilors for the past few weeks News Editor since the decision was announced, has decided to take action against the contract. At the November 3 The eyes of the world will soon meeting, the SAC unanimously fRon Byrne announced that the passed a motion, stating “the don contract will be coming under Students’ Administrative Council review this month due to tremendous opposes the term of employment feedback from students and the for residence dons which stipulates Students’ Administrative Council. termination of the At an open position after three forum meeting held [The] administration years.” on November 1, has been receptive to VP Campus Life students consistently student feedback, and Michael Watkins raised objections we’re optimistic that and SAC President to the policy of students’ voices will Pat Joyce followed up renewal and change be heard and heeded with this resolution, advocated for by in the decision-making meeting with the University, process. Byrne on Tuesday, expressing their November 8 to desire to allow Michael Watkins discuss the position dons to reapply VP Campus Life of the SAC on the for the position. issue. “We told him The meeting, held that we passed the resolution, why by Vice-President of Student and International Affairs Ron Byrne, we passed it, and then had a frank had Byrne speak for about eight discussion as to the process he was minutes from the administration’s going through in regards to the dons

Argosy/Alex MacDonald VP Student and International Affairs Ron Byrne held a meeting Nov. 1 to hear from students regarding the three-year term of the dons contract. Byrne will be reviewing the contract over the next month to determine necessary revisions. contracts,” stated Watkins. “Ron’s taking two to three weeks now to reflect on the policy and come up with a new, maybe revised, maybe not, policy at the end of November.” While Byrne did not allow the SAC to take part in the revision process, he told the SAC that he would bring the policy to the SAC before he takes it public. “What I gathered from our talk is that he hopes to tell us what he’s come up with, and then we’ll give him our feedback,” stated Watkins. The SAC has yet to devise a clear alternative to the current contract, although they are looking to extend the don’s term. “Students don’t want three-years as the fixed term… Anything that will extend the length of time dons are here,” stated Watkins in response to a question on what alternative the SAC will be looking to. “Something that will continue the discussion or allow dons to stay longer.” Watkins stated that despite challenges thus far, he is optimistic that students will be heard. “Generally, I feel like the process has thus far been very positive. Administration has been receptive to student feedback, and we’re optimistic that students’ voices will be heard and heeded in the decisionmaking process.”

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STATEMENT FROM MOUNT ALLISON UNIVERSITY
The University is greatly concerned over false allegations reported that it received an offer of $5 million to retain the University Centre/former Memorial Library. These allegations undermine the well-earned reputation of the University along with its students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and friends. Mount Allison categorically rejects claims that it received an offer of $5 million to retain the University Centre/former Memorial Library. The University was never made an offer to retain the building and has not received any money towards its restoration. The University did not, as claimed, convince a donor to not make a pledge. Mount Allison defends its practice of keeping donor matters private unless the donor wishes to make them public. The Fine and Performing Arts Centre project is vital to the future of the University and the next generation of creative leaders. As such, a great deal of thought and consideration has gone into every aspect of the decision-making process. A large part of this process has included thoughtful reflection on the many options and different perspectives we have received. The decisions made in this project have been based on good governance and transparency and reflect what is in the best interest of quality and sustainability for Mount Allison, now, and in the future. If you would like to share your thoughts on any aspect of this project, please send them to yourthoughts@mta.ca Thank you for your continuing interest in and ongoing support of Mount Allison.

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Mt. A student Anti-violence messages dot campus represents Canada at Global Youth Summit

Rebecca Cheff
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Stapleton embarked on a three-month expedition, biking most of the way from her home in Powell River, B.C to Sackville.

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Freshman Alyssa Stapleton takes initiative
Anissa Stambouli
Features Editor
It began with a seven-day adventure course, became an area of interest, then transformed into a full-blown passion. Since high school, first year Mount Allison student Alyssa Stapleton has been actively involved in sustainable initiatives. After a short time on the “green scene,” Stapleton has already achieved impressive goals. She will represent Canada as a Global Changemaker (GC) in the annual Global Youth Summit (GYS) from November 13 to 19. After journeying from Powell River, BC to Sackville mostly by bike, Stapleton established a name for herself before arriving to the small Mt. A campus. While the usual bike ride to school may take fifteen minutes, Stapleton cycled for three months. When describing her experience, Stapleton told The Argosy, “[biking] correlates with using human power as opposed to fossil fuels, crude oil, and different natural resources that aren’t infinite.” Stapleton’s biking adventure marks one of the many accomplishments on her “green” resume. For a film project in high school, Stapleton directed and wrote a documentary about an often-ignored environmental issue: plastic-bottled water. Just under ten minutes in length, “The Toxic Footprint of Bottled Water” was a nutshell examination of a problem that students in Powell River had been fighting for several years. “The commoditization of water is a really ethical and moral issue now,” said Stapleton. The students of Brooks Secondary School had organized petitions, campaigns to raise awareness, and more to ban water bottles from vending machines. It wasn’t until a letter of request was submitted by Stapleton, to the Board of Education, that the ban was finally

approved in the summer of 2011. For such an active community leader like Stapleton, GC offered an exciting opportunity. Comprised of activists, volunteers, and social entrepreneurs between the ages of sixteen and nineteen, the GC program unites youth from over 100 different countries under common causes. Participants can share experiences, learn from each other, test ideas, and expand their social network in areas of interest. While topics explored at the GYS include a variety of pressing issues, Stapleton will focus on environmental problems. Though Stapleton was not accepted as a GC after applying last year, she is thrilled to attend the GYS in the United Kingdom this year. “This time I have a lot more stuff to talk about and more projects that I have been involved with,” Stapleton commented. Though the issue of bottled water was Stapleton’s initial passion, she intends to expand her areas of activist interest: “[Bottled water] is one fragment of the whole picture of environmental awareness and sustainable initiatives . . . I’m transitioning out of that phase.” Stapleton has created her own degree at Mt. A with permission from the Dean of Social Sciences. She now plans to pursue outdoor environmental education. Stapleton believes that, “formalized education undervalues different opportunities and different skills that are going to be needed in the upcoming global change that we’re going through.” As a result, Stapleton feels that reverting to natural ways of survival is the best way to move forward. “Skills like being able to live off the land and provide for yourself are really important, and I feel as though the education system . . . doesn’t offer opportunity to go and learn [basic survival skills].” Stapleton expects to grow with this flexible degree, and hopes to one day “educate youth about the environment, and how all of our individual choices ultimately affect the whole . . . everybody and ourself.”

The Mount Allison community may have noticed small green circles appearing around campus over the pass few weeks. Slogans such as “so what is your green dot?” or “‘that’s so gay’ is homophobic” accompany the symbol. The posters are part of the Green Dot Campaign – a violence prevention strategy that is being organized on campus by a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty. “It is a campaign by, for, and about everyone at Mt. A,” explained Melody Petlock, Mt. A’s SHARE coordinator who, along with Catherine Fawcett, is helping to support the student-led group. The Green Dot strategy was developed in the States and has since spread to schools and organizations around the world. Dr. Erin Steuter of the Sociology Department brought the idea to Mt. A. The campaign continues to build on the momentum of last year’s anti-violence SlutWalk. Green Dot focuses on powerbased personal violence; third-year sociology student and organizer Chelsey Condon clarifies that the campaign addresses “sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse, and

bullying.” The Green Dot strategy is based on the idea that if acts of violence are represented by red dots on a map, whenever someone decides not to tolerate violence, they have created a green dot. “[A green dot] can be telling someone to stop saying something that is hurtful, such as ‘that’s so gay’, walking a drunk friend home to make sure they get there safely, or reminding everyone that rape is wrong,” Condon explained. Michael Colburn, a second-year Computer Science student, described how individual actions can create cultural change: “If everyone here at Mt. A had just one Green Dot of their own, we’d be so much closer to having a safe campus for all.” While the campaign focuses on how individuals can change their values and actions to address power-based personal violence, Green Dot acknowledges that social understandings of gender, sexuality, age, and race contribute to the issue. “I think the two constructions of gender are working together to be highly problematic in terms of sexualized violence,” said Sociology professor Dr. Vanessa Oliver; “The way we construct masculinity as aggressive, the way we talk about sexuality in general, and the ways in which women have often been socialized to be passive about sexual encounters [are all problematic].” When discussing why she thinks

people have trouble speaking out about this type of violence, third year sociology and psychology student Heather Evans asked, “How many times have you witnessed a misogynist comment or homophobic joke come up in conversation, and in the end, it was simply laughed off or grazed over?” Her friend, Robyn Leblanc, also a third-year sociology and psychology student, believes that the campaign can change that: “Green Dot is a great way to start a conversation and raise awareness . . . mainly because it makes people go ‘what is with the green dot?’. [It] allows for a good conversation starter about important issues,” commented Leblanc. “It can be as simple as seeing a green dot and making a promise to yourself . . . to follow what that particular green dot says,” said Condon, as she described how the community can participate; “by becoming conscious of one’s own actions and words, [the community is] becoming involved.” Petlock agreed that intervening can be difficult, especially when addressing serious situations of abuse. Instead, she suggests seeking assistance from others: “a green dot can be asking a friend, don, security, or SHARE to help.” Colburn described the kind of shift that the campaign hopes to see: “It’s about changing the culture of our campus from [using expressions like] ‘that test raped me’, or blaming an assault-victim based on what he or she was wearing [at the time of assault], to a culture of . . . being there for the victim and helping him or her find the resources that he or she needs.” More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page: Mount Allison Green Dot Campaign. For confidential advice, individuals can contact share@mta.ca.

Troy Jenne & Lea Tex
Two Mount Allison students burdened themselves with the task of testing condom brands and styles…for the sake of the student body of course. Trojan: Twisted Pleasure It was a bit of an odd fit; more lumpy than twisted. The condom also had a ‘unique’ smell that I wasn’t a fan of. The only thing twisted about this condom was the unusual sounds it produced which bordered on funny. It didn’t really add anything fantastic to the sex and the noise could be a real moodkiller in the throes of passion. This is a condom to avoid. Durex: Performax It burns! It burns! The Performax condom uses benzocaine, a local anesthetic, as a numbing agent. to extend performance. Some men (myself included) will have an allergic reaction to this . Even by the time I was able to wash off my Johnson, it was still sensitive to the touch. So much for a de-sensitizer. Beware. One: Super Sensitive If these are their super sensitive, I’d hate to try their regular condoms. These condoms made it feel like I was having sex with a blow up doll. Despite the awesome case and the funny pictures on all of the individual wrappers, I haven’t used a condom this bad since that time I was in a pinch and had to get one from a bathroom dispenser in a Dooly’s. Trojan: Ultra Thin These guys are pretty fantastic. It’s almost like there’s nothing there. They are the standby, and if there were one criticism it would be that they go a little heavy on the lubrication. This is an excellent choice for those who want a nonrubbery feeling rubber. Trojan: Her Pleasure These are the ‘ultra-ribbed’ condoms that Trojan produces and they are amazing. While the condoms are designed to give that extra somethin’ somethin’ for her, the ribbed pleasure goes both ways. This condom had me tickled pink, loving the latex, and asking for more. The ribs on the condom were an appropriate size where they were not too obtrusive but you still noticed they were there. What may have been the best aspect of this condom was the lubrication: these condoms have found a balance between too much and too little lube. This condom balances everything and is by far the best product on the market.

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Sweet Crude: The shocking truth of Nigeria’s Niger Delta
The social price of oil: painfully expensive says documentary
Elise Dolinsky
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A war rages in Africa’s primary oil producing country, Nigeria. The Nigerian people continue to fight against their government and oil company giants, which together have destroyed their environment, killed thousands, and caused immense devastation across the country. This fight has been slow to catch global attention, and when it does the result often causes more damage than good. The situation has become clouded, making it difficult to assess who is responsible, and what can be done to end it. Sweet Crude, a documentary shown on November 7 by Cinema Politica, attempts to shed light on the conflict in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. The filmmakers tried to show the audience a deeper story by talking to local people and gathering evidence on the ground. Sackville students, teachers, and community members who came to the viewing of the documentary were generally very impressed. Dr. David Thomas, an International Relations professor at Mount Allison, said he thought that the film was very well done. “It did a good job of showing the complexities of how people formulate resistance to internal conflict in a country,” Thomas said. The film has already been receiving awards and recognition around the world, including “Best Documentary” at the Strasbourg International Film Festival. Sweet Crude was originally meant to document the creation of the Niger Delta Friendship Library, but when the filmmakers learned about the growing instability and resistance in the country, the film took a dramatic change of course. The western media has managed to portray this resistance as militant rebels attempting to hurt the rest of

Documentary Sweet Crude exposes the battle between the Nigerian people in Niger Delta, their government, and powerful oil companies.
the world by cutting off oil supplies. the country has almost halved since The truth is that these “rebels” only the oil companies moved in, as the want to be able to control their own environmental conditions declined. resources. They want the world to If left unchecked, the consequences understand the of the conditions in consequence of Nigeria will be felt oil extraction on [Sweet Crude] did a worldwide. Yet the their lives. While good job of showing rest of the world it would generally the complexities of remains ignorant of be assumed that how people formulate what is really going the extraction of on. resistance to internal oil would provide Even in the money and support conflict in a country. face of repression, development in e c o n o m i c Nigeria, this has and Dr. David Thomas instability, been far from the communities being Mt. A Professor, truth. wiped out by International Relations the government, The fishing industry has Nigerians are not collapsed, drinkable about to give up water has vanished, civilian houses and surrender to the oil companies. and buildings are corroding from the “We will prefer to die on this land pollution, and schools and hospitals of our ancestors than give it up to are either in deplorable condition or oil corporations,” said one citizen. absent completely. Life expectancy in While the resistance began as peaceful protests, the result had little effect. Many of the rebels have been forced to resort to violence. Yet the problem remains unchanged, and the international community has done little to help better the situation. One of the most interesting aspects of this film was how hard it was to create. It took a long time for the filmmakers to earn the trust of the locals so that they could get interviews, and as Nigeria is a dangerous country, they had to watch be wary at all times. In April 2008 they were detained by the Nigerian military while traveling on the Niger Delta. They were taken into custody and held for seven days in a military prison before American and international pressure forced their release. Much of their footage was confiscated and some of it has still not been returned to the crew. The film was co-hosted by the Tantramar Alliance Against Hydro-

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Fracking (TAAHF). This group is currently engaged in their own battle with oil companies, though it is obviously much tamer than the situation in Nigeria. They believe that hydro-fracking is an “attack on the rural New Brunswickers,” and that the idea of getting the world to pay attention before it is too late is just as applicable to them. TAAHF plan to march and rally in Fredericton on November 19 to show their opposition to shale gas. Anyone interested should contact Heather Whalen at heathbob1983@gmail. com. Cinema Politca’s next film will be Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood, on November 21 in the Wu Centre. It documents how the marketing industry has managed to transform children into a multi-billion dollar demographic, and the resulting consequences for society.

From student to soldier
Neil Gray
Argosy Contributor
“Dear Mom and Dad, just a few lines to let you know I am still existing…” This is the opening line to one of the many letters sent home by Donald Norval Eddy, describing his service in World War II. A graduate from Mount Allison and Queen’s University, Eddy was described as a “light-hearted, compassionate and dependable person”, and a brilliant engineer. Although his life was cut short, his name still lives on here at Mt. A through the Memorial Pool. Born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Eddy was passionate about engineering and the army. He began his Canadian Officer Training while attending Mt. A, and after completing his four-year Engineering Certificate course in 1940, went on to Queen’s University for Mechanical Engineering. After gaining practical experience working at Northern Machine Works, combined with his COTC training, Eddy enlisted and won a commission of Second Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps in January of 1942. The first letter that Eddy sent home from London details his promotion to Captain. Eddy spent the next four years of the war repairing damaged vehicles and aiding the Allied cause with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. During his service Eddy regularly sent mail home to his family telling them stories of the war, the friends he met and lost, and the love he found while on duty. His more interesting letters usually described the wartime conditions throughout Europe: from the dusty, war-torn country of France to a quaint and comfortable home in Nijmegen, where Eddy was treated like family. Although Eddy’s unit was usually set up a mile or so away from the front line, they still had bombs and shells to worry about. Eddy was promoted to second-in-command of 3rd Division and led his men all the way to Germany. His story, however, was cut short. Donald Norval Eddy died in Holland following a Jeep accident on July 16, 1945. Before his death, a close friend described Eddy as, “much heavier and had grown a big blond moustache, looked as important as the devil, and was in a rare good humour all the time,” Eddy was twenty-seven years old at the time of his passing, leaving his parents and ten siblings behind. Thirteen years after Eddy’s death, Mt. A entered a period of construction and renovations. One of the many additions to the campus was the Memorial Pool, made possible through a donation given by Eddy’s parents. Honouring the fallen is essential on Remembrance Day. Remembering what they fought for, so that the mistakes of the previous generation are not repeated, is a point that is usually missed. Past wars are acknowledged tragedies for Canada, but the losses suffered by opposing forces are largely ignored. It is important to remember the loss of human life on all fronts. Remember the fallen and respect those who serve. They are not unlike us.

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Through Stained Glass
Rev. John C. Perkin
She was working there in the spring of 1915 when over 1,000 Canadian University Chaplain soldiers—victims of a chlorine gas attack at Ypres—were treated on For almost twenty years at Mount their way back to England. Allison, I have presided over the Later in 1915, McLean served laying of wreaths on November 11 in with a British army hospital in remembrance of the students from Rouen before transferring back Mount Allison—both the University to Britain. For a short period she and the Academy—who went to war was assigned to a hospital ship in overseas. It is an important exercise, the Mediterranean Sea, and was as the University community pauses then posted to the Number One to pay tribute to those lives lost in Canadian Stationary Hospital Unit the cause of their nation. in Salonica, Greece in 1916. Later We gather each year to observe that year, she was again posted to a time of silence, prayer, and hospital ship service. commitment to remembering our In March 1918, McLean received past. Each year, we read all the names her final posting to the hospital ship on the plaques commemorating Llandovery Castle, which transported students and alumni who died in the wounded Canadian soldiers back to wars of the Commonwealth, from Halifax. A committed and dedicated the Boer War to World War One, nurse in the service of the wounded, World War Two, and the Korean she found the work challenging War. but remained Among the committed to her names of seventy calling. On her men from Mount As the crew and last voyage back Allison University nurses of the to Halifax, around and the Academy Llandovery Castle the time of her who lost their lives evacuated into thirty-eighth in World Wars, birthday in June lifeboats, they were one woman stands 1918, she wrote: out; a separate gunned down and “Here we plaque is dedicated the lifeboats run over. are once more to the memory and Only a few survived approaching sacrifice of Rena to tell the story. Halifax, but still as Maude McLean, far from home as whose life was ever . . . This may lost in war. I have be my last trip over often wondered about the stories and, if it is, that means that I don’t behind the names, Rena McLean in get home until dear knows when, particular. for as soon as I get to England I am She was born in June 1879, in going to put in for France, and once Souris, Prince Edward Island. Rena there, it will be hard enough to get Maude McLean—nicknamed Bird, away.” perhaps because of her short stature On her way back to Britain and, but always cheerful nature—was a as she thought, to service at the student at the Ladies’ Academy at front once more, the hospital ship Mount Allison in the 1890s. She Llandovery Castle was torpedoed then pursued a career in nursing in by a German U-Boat off the coast the United States. of Ireland, despite its hospital ship McLean rose to the position of markings and Red Cross lights: Head Operating Room Nurse by the tragedy was a clear violation of 1914, a position she readily left international convention. Perhaps to volunteer for service with the realizing his error in attacking Canadian Army Medical Corps. a non-combat ship, the captain War had only just broken out surfaced his craft, U-86, and as the when she left Rhode Island and crew and nurses of the Llandovery returned to Canada, enlisting as a Castle evacuated into lifeboats, they volunteer in September 1914 at the were gunned down and the lifeboats age of thirty-four. Rena’s kindness run over. Only a few survived to and compassion for the wounded tell the story. All fourteen nurses soldiers was well-known for almost on board, including Rena McLean, the whole duration of the war among perished in the attack on June 27th Canadian troops. 1918, which left 234 dead. McLean was posted to Britain Nursing Sister Rena Maude immediately after enlisting; by McLean is remembered at Mount November 1914 she was working in Allison; she is remembered also in a Canadian Stationary Hospital Unit Souris and in Halifax. On this day, near the front in France. McLean she is remembered in York Minster, served as one of thirty-five Nursing England, along with more than Sisters (the title given to nurses at three thousand other women who the time), who quickly converted a served and died in World War I. We luxury hotel into an army hospital, remember her. completely staffed by Canadians.

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Silent night, holy night
Hope and humanity in Christmas truce of WWI
John A. W. Brannen
Editor-in-Chief
In late July 1914, the great powers of the world and their colonies mobilized for war. The assassination of an Austro-Hungarian prince in the Balkans had led to proposals and ultimatums, and like the gears of a clock, old alliances clicked into place simultaneously. The result was humanity’s first total war, which caused unprecedented cost, destruction, and death. Within the first few months, the two opposing armies had reached a stalemate, with labyrinth-like systems of trenches stretching from Switzerland to the English Channel. While Germany and Britain led propaganda campaigns demonizing each other, the men on the front lines struggled to see the alleged gaping differences between friend and foe. In December 1914, the festive spirit began to take hold in some parts of the trenches despite the harsh conditions. The Germans began by decorating the area around their trenches, placing candles in plain sight of the British. Eventually, each side was singing carols in their own languages and yelling Christmas greetings back and forth. On Christmas Eve, the artillery fire fell silent and some of the soldiers ventured out of the trenches. “No Man’s Land”, the thin stretch of artillery ravaged, mine-strewn earth between the trenches was known by war poet Wilfred Owen as “[A] hideous landscape, vile noises . . . everything unnatural, broken, blasted.” Yet it was in “No Man’s Land” that gifts and pleasantries were exchanged. The two foes--which only weeks before were actively bombing and shooting at each other--smiled, joked, and laughed. An unofficial truce was in effect. This seemingly miraculous truce continued into Christmas Day. At one point, it is alleged that one of the soldiers produced a soccer ball and an impromptu game occurred, although this is not confirmed. Everything from cigarettes to helmets were exchanged. More carols were sung as Germans and Britons came together in spontaneous choruses. When the press heard about the Christmas truce, it was strongly positive. The Times touted the “lack of malice” felt by Germans and Britons, and the  Mirror  regretted the “absurdity and the tragedy” that would begin again. However, this Christmas goodwill was not shared on all areas of the Western Front. Some who exited the trenches were shot at and killed by the opposing side. When the high commands of the respective armies found out about the unofficial truce, they were incensed and forbade any further fraternization with the enemy. German propaganda portrayed England as “a nation of shopkeepers who would do anything to keep their position in the world as the number one trade nation.” British propaganda in turn saw the Germans as brutal and inhumane “Huns”. The truce was also an opportunity for each side to retrieve their fallen comrade’s bodies and perform funeral services. There was little friendly interaction between the two opposing sides after military officers condemned the Christmas truce. 1915 arrived a few days later and brought with it more intense fighting. The war slogged on and deadly chlorine gas was introduced as a debilitating weapon. The ocean liner RMS Lusitania was sunk in 1915 off the coast of Ireland, killing nearly 1,200 civilians. This hardened each side to fight for victory. The futility of WWI was clear to those who exited the trenches that cold Christmas day. Why were they fighting? What were they fighting for? Few can adequately answer that question even today. But at least for a few days, the spirit of hope and generosity was victorious over the violence and destruction of war. “But, however, looking back on it all,” noted British soldier Bruce Bairnsfather, “I wouldn’t have missed that unique and weird Christmas Day for anything.”

Green team: What’s in the tap?
A look into Mount Allison’s water supply
Naomi Martz
Argosy Correspondent
In a place like Sackville, it is easy enough to take water for granted. From this past Friday’s monsoonlike weather, to the simple fact that the turn of a tap generates a flow of potable liquid, we are very lucky to be in such a position. As more and more people begin to look at where their food is grown and from which country their clothing has been shipped, it seems logical to take a look around the watershed and think about where your water is sourced. The Mount Allison campus is one of the Town of Sackville’s many consumers of treated water. Mt. A accounts for approximately one third of the town’s water demand. The water treatment plant, along with its two artesian wells, is located several kilometres north-west from downtown—by the Walker Rd. Exit, for those who venture that far from campus. The water treatment plant is operated under a contract with the company Veolia, which manages the site virtually from their central office in Moncton. Water is treated on-site using green sand filters that remove excess mineral content, chlorine that disinfects, caustic soda to maintain pH, and phosphate to keep pipes free from mineral build-up. Due to the plant being at a higher elevation than the area it serves, water flows naturally down to campus and residential Sackville. Because there is no pumping mechanism, the difference in water pressure between those living up King Street and those on Bridge Street can be quite remarkable. The large water tower that was built i n recent years can b e cause for confusion when wondering where our drinking water comes from. In reality, the primary purpose of the water tower is not for drinking; but rather, it is an emergency source of water in case the regular supply is depleted by a fire. Mt. A’s water consumption has been steadily decreasing over the past decade, from over 160,000L in 2001 t o just over 80,000L in 2010. This can likely be attributed to the number of efficiency-increasing projects throughout the years. In the Student Centre, for example, there is a system set up so that rainwater is used to flush the toilets and urinals. Residence buildings have all been equipped with water-efficient toilets, tap aerators, and low-flow shower heads. In academic

buildings, new fixtures are being installed at an increasing rate as renovations and replacements come to the forefront. In laboratories, many water-cooled appliances have been replaced with air-cooled ones. It is integral that improvements in efficient infrastructure be partnered with behavioural efforts in making conscious choices about the amount of water that each individual uses. This includes minor steps like taking shorter showers or, when on-campus, simply emailing fixit@mta if you notice a tap is leaking to avoid wasting water from a dripping faucet.

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Anti-shale gas movement intensifies in New Brunswick
Residents protest and say “frack off” to shale gas developers
Emily Phillips
Argosy Contributor
In Moncton, forty-five per cent of respondents—forty-one per cent in Saint John—were opposed. In both cities about thirty per cent of respondents remained unsure. The NB government’s reassurances don’t completely convince Mount Allison students either. Fourth year student, Jenna Strang, weighs the pros and cons: “Money, that’s the benefit, right? The thing is NB isn’t making an enormous profit and we’re sacrificing our land, water, air - our way of life! For me, the cost of losing our healthy environment to shale gas companies isn’t worth any amount of revenue, especially the little we’re currently getting.” Emily Mann, a third year student, takes an even stronger stand: “I feel extremely uncomfortable with the way in which the provincial government is handling this issue. They are allowing it to occur despite the fact that drilling sites are vulnerable to well blow-outs, explosions, pipe failures, fires, and uncontrollable flow of fracking fluids. It just doesn’t seem right.” The trustworthiness of shale gas development companies was called into question recently when Seismotion, a subcontractor for Windsor Energy Inc., began seismic testing in Sussex, NB the night before the Sussex Town Council was to vote on such testing. Seismotion went ahead early because it claimed the wait would cost $60,000. The

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Over the past several months the anti-shale gas movement in New Brunswick has gained tremendous momentum. This month, organizers prepare for a march in Fredericton on Saturday, November 19. This event is following four such marches which took place this summer and fall. Over 1, 000 people gathered in Fredericton to march in August, 600 people attended a September march in Moncton, seventy Hampton residents staged a protest in October, and about fifty-five people in Cornhill protested later that month as well. The NB government has failed to convince a significant number of residents of the necessity for and safety of shale gas development. In September, Corporate Research Associates surveyed residents in Moncton and Saint John about their opinions of shale gas exploration.

New Brunswickers are expressing concern over the casualties and dangers of shale-gas developing.
RCMP has begun an investigation of Windsor Energy Inc. after the NB Department of Natural Resources filed a complaint. Troublesome anecdotes circulate within the province concerning the experiences Penobsquis, NB residents, and people living in Dish, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania. The residents of Penobsquis are currently embattled with Potash Corp in a hearing before the New Brunswick Mining Commission (NBMC). The people of Penobsquis are attempting to gain compensation for lower property values and lost water they claim are a result of seismic testing and mining operations in their community. The level of legal expertise available to the two parties and the ability to finance this hearing is highly asymmetrical, favouring Potash Corp. This hearing is the first ever in NBMC’s history and sets a precedent for citizens challenging extractive industries for financial compensation. Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of Dish, Texas, toured NB in late October to share his experience with shale gas development. Within Dish there are eleven compressor

Internet Photos/ The Harbinger, The Purple Violet Press stations and over twenty pipelines. Before completing his second term as mayor, Tillman and his family moved because of health problems believed to be the result of poor air quality and noxious odours. Last year, Pennsylvania’s fracking woes were made public by the 2010 film Gasland. These events and reports have contributed to growing skepticism in the province as New Brunswickers develop a consciousness of the potential risks associated with shale gas development.

Mt. A tastes the “high life”
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Elise Dolinsky
Features Writer
There is a new, somewhat controversial club at Mount Allison this year. The Mt. A High Society held its first informal meeting earlier this semester, and is doing its best to become an official part of Mt. A student life. The society aims to “educate and create discussions about all aspects of cannabis culture, activism, legislation and contemporary marijuana issues,” according to its executive. However, the Mt. A High Society is still having some trouble getting students and the administration to take them seriously, and it could take a little while before the club can be fully operational. So far, the club has been playing it rather low-key. It can only be found through a private Facebook page, but will generally allow anyone to join. Though it was only created in mid-October, the page already boasts over fifty members. The High Society executive stress that the club isn’t just about getting high: they want to look at the effects of marijuana on the body, and society’s perception of it. They want to stress that they are a legitimate club approved by the Student Administrative Council (SAC) and want to be taken seriously. The group plans to hold guest lectures, movie screenings, debates and discussions, fundraisers, “outdoor adventures,” and The swiftness of the student parties. government’s approval surprised The society is also taking up political many students, but most are simply action by trying to raise awareness for happy that the SAC is being so Marc Emery—Canadian cannabis open-minded. “I think it’s great that activist serving a they are being so five-month prison progressive, even sentence in the [We plan to] educate if it’s just by not United States for and create discussions opposing [the selling marijuana about all aspects of High Society],” seeds online. said third-year Mt. cannabis culture, More recently, the A student William High Society has activism, legislation Ballantyne-Rice. been speaking out and contemporary However, the against Stephen marijuana issues. club has had Harper’s new some roadblocks, crime bill, which especially with the Mt. A High Society a d m i n i s t r a t i o n . increases penalties Executive The Director of for marijuana possession. Student Life, The SAC has Gayle Churchill, already been very supportive of the rejected the High Society’s request to group, and approved the Mt. A hold their first meet and greet at the High Society in early October as an Student Centre on October 27 and official Mt. A club. Patrick Losier, 28; the group is currently attempting VP Finance and Operations, says the to appeal the rejection. decision was made based on the club’s The High Society also had to mandate of marijuana education and postpone an information booth on activism. campus, and are still functioning and “Clubs and societies are formed interacting primarily on the Internet. around areas of student interest, and They ask that anyone interested in the SAC does not judge whether joining or getting more information these interests are valid, so long as on the club and its executive team they are safe, lawful, and open to all can join the Mt. A High Society’s students,” stated Losier. “So long Facebook group, or send them a as the High Society is open to all message, and they hope to hold an students, does not promote any illegal official meeting soon. activity, and promotes discussion on an area of student interest, it has every right to operate as a SAC society.”

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OP/ED
A student’s reflection on November 11
John A.W. Brannen
Editor-in-Chief

November 17, 2011

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Our choices matter
And that’s when it dawned on me: choices matter. The very choice that we have to attend or not attend a Remembrance Day service is assured because of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who gave their lives protecting that right to choose. Whether one attends a service or not, the price has already been paid in full. It is almost a cruel irony: they fought so that we may even choose not to remember their sacrifice. What happens if this becomes our choice as young people in Canada – if we choose not to remember? The consequences, I fear, would be dire. The old adage about ‘Those who forget history are bound to repeat it’ comes to mind. Our knowledge of Canada’s military history is already embarrassing, and we may already be on the road to forgetting. Our living connection to WWI ended with the passing of the last WWI veteran two years ago. With hundreds of WWII veterans dying every day, this link will soon be broken as well. The torch that Lt.-Col. John McCrae noted in ‘In Flanders Fields’ has been thrown to us whether we would catch it or not. It has been said that, “Choosing to live your life by your own choice is the greatest freedom you will ever have.” If you chose not to remember this Remembrance Day, I encourage you to reconsider that decision. It’s not too late to thank or visit a veteran. Hold the torch high and don’t break faith with those who’ve died.

It was heartening to see so many students at Mount Allison’s Remembrance Day Observance on November 11 – especially on a long weekend. The service was a poignant reminder that war does not discriminate between gender, religion, nationality, and ethnicity, but harms all. I know that many students did not attend the observance, for whatever reasons. But it is those who didn’t attend because they were busy, at the library, or in bed that interests me. How can one not be compelled to take an hour out of one’s day to remember? I then realized the answer was within this question. Canada and most Western societies are rarely compelled to do anything against our will. Certainly we are compelled to follow and respect the laws of the land, but beyond this, we live relatively unfettered lives of free and unlimited choices. This is exactly what World War Two threatened.

Argosy/Lea Foy Hitler compelled German citizens to marginalize specific ethnic groups, report dissenters to the secret police, and join the armed forces to fight for the Fatherland at all costs. In this case, as in many others, the state and the dictator took away the freedoms of its citizens and proceeded to do the same thing to other countries. It would be a stretch to say that soldiers who died in WWII did so for our freedom here in Canada. They fought to defend the freedom of Europeans who lived in fear under harsh occupations. It would be incorrect to say that Canada was ever in danger. The war came to Canada through submarines patrols around Halifax and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which resulted in the loss of numerous Canadian ships. I believe that they were fighting for the ideals of freedom and liberty and did so in Europe to prevent war and oppression from coming to Canada. Specifically, they were fighting to protect the right to do, say, go, and think whatever one wants – something that was threatened in Europe and would have threatened Canada eventually. While few support the motives of WWI, the veterans of WWII, Korea, Afghanistan, Libya, and other peacekeeping missions were, and are, fighting to protect those citizens’ rights as well.

The death of Gaddafi
Is it ever okay to celebrate the end of a life?
Anna Duncan
Argosy Contributor
On October 20, 2011, a grainy cell phone video was released of a battered and bloody Moammar Gaddafi, former Libyan leader and notorious dictator, in the final moments of his life. Shortly afterwards his death was confirmed by Libya’s Transitional Council. This video was in fact the first of many, some which showed Gaddafi being beaten despite his already gruesome state, and some of which even showed the lifeless body of Gaddafi being rolled around by rebels in the dirt. Although the death of Gaddafi marks the end of a reign of terror (something many can agree upon), I can’t help but feel sick at the thought of what he encountered in the moments before his death, and even more so at the mass distribution of the amateur videos which depict rebels mocking Gaddafi, both before and after his death. Following the release of these videos and the announcement of Gaddafi’s demise, many Libyan rebels and foreigners alike took to the streets and celebrated. I know for a fact that for some people, watching these videos brought great joy and a feeling of relief with the knowledge that ‘justice had been served.’ But is it ever okay to celebrate death? Have we become so desensitized to the sanctity of life that we have no issue with defiling that sanctity on the five o’clock news? In December of 2006, a low quality cell phone video was released showing the execution of Saddam Hussein. The video, which quickly went viral on the internet, shows Hussein standing at the gallows moments before he is hanged to death. While in the midst of reciting an Islamic prayer, he is mocked incessantly by onlookers. This so-called professional and private execution was criticized internationally for its lack of professionalism and respect for a man in his final hour. An official video was taken as evidence of his death, but this one had no sound and did not actually show the trapdoor being opened. This amateur video cannot be justified as a means to give satisfaction to those who doubted he was actually dead. This was simply a ploy to entertain the masses. Is this really what we’ve come to? I understand completely that for all those who suffered at his hands, the death of Gaddafi is a welcome occurrence. However, the airing of these videos for the amusement of the general public is far too reminiscent of an 18th century public execution. Have we not grown as a society

Whose university is it?
Who makes up Mount Allison as an institution
Alex MacDonald
Op/Ed Editor people that maintain them over the course of the year; the infrastructure that supports our attainment of higher education. A vice president at Mt. A may consider the university to be the legally reality outlined in the Mount Allison University Act, 1993: A corporation recognized by the Government of New Brunswick, nothing more, and nothing less. Legal definitions are great for lawyers, but for us students, the university is much more. Amid the don contract fiasco, I’ve heard and read administrators describing the ‘university decision’ to limit dons to a maximum of three years of service. While legally speaking they are correct but in the hearts and minds of many students, the ‘university’ was not consulted on this decision. If the decision was made by the university than input would have been taken. It would have been taken from students, from faculty, from staff (including the dons themselves). However, none of the above were consulted. The decision to limit don contracts to three years was an administration decision, not a university decision.

Internet Photo/Sprocket enough to respect life, in all its varying forms? Whether good or evil, wrong or right, Gaddafi was a human being. Did his death deserve to be aired and viewed by millions? Mocked and scoffed at in living rooms across the globe? It is difficult for me to empathize with those who have suffered at the hands of malicious dictators. I have lived my whole life in complete freedom and democracy. Perhaps these graphic depictions are blessed sights to those who can now look forward to a new age. But for me, death is death. People are becoming less and less sensitive to what they are exposed to. We must remember our humanity though, and retain the knowledge that some things must always be sacred. Without our humanity, we are nothing. The line needs to be drawn.

What is Mount Allison University? Is it the students? Is it the faculty? Is it the buildings? Is it Robert Campbell? A professor may consider the university to be a body that performs academic research and promotes critical thinking through higher education. A student may consider the university to be the students themselves that pay tuition, that go to class during the week, that drink at the Pub on the weekends, and curl up in a quiet corner of the library to work on their term paper that is due tomorrow. A staff member may consider the university to be the buildings and the

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A Pirate’s point of view
The NonDemocratic Party
James Wilson
Arrrrgosy Contributor
What has our Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, the New Democratic Party, been up to since last Spring’s elections? First off the NDP have put forward a bill that would ban Members of Parliament from joining a party other than the one that elected them by forcing a by-election. There are arguments that it keeps MPs from following their own ambitions for power and Cabinet positions. Also that the electors really voted for the party anyways so members should remain where they are. Individuals have many different reasons for how they vote. If this law comes into effect what is an MP to do if they honestly believe their constituents would be better served by them tearing up their membership card and crossing the floor? If the choice is between doing what an MP’s constituents or what the party wants to avoid being blamed for an ‘unnecessary’ election most MPs will choose the latter. More recently the NDP punished MPs Bruce Hyer and John Rafferty. Both are NDP MPs from Northern Ontario. Specifically, the punishment from the party leader was a ban on their speaking in the House of Commons and removal from their

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High profile MPs Scott Brison and Belinda Stronach both crossed the floor of the House, leaving the Conservatives for the Liberals
critic positions. The cause of this serious punishment? They voted with the Conservatives to end the Long Gun Registry. Regardless of the bill’s merits or flaws, both Hyer and Rafferty were able to point to widespread opposition to the registry in their ridings and their own campaign promises to justify their votes. Canadians regularly complain that our MPs are ‘trained seals’ and this kneejerk punishment for internal party dissent is the reason for it. These men should be applauded, not punished. To put this into perspective, the Conservatives have a majority, the NDP could have all voted nay and it would not have changed the final result one bit. A final point: when party officials tell MPs that they must vote the party line or ‘face the consequences’ they sound more like the mafia rather than a democratic party. The NDP are of course not the only ones guilty of these activities. When Conservatives in Atlantic Canada refused to stand up in defense of the Atlantic Accord they were just as guilty as the NDP. When Belinda Stronach crossed the floor and Conservatives were working themselves into a tizzy they toyed with the same idea to prevent floor crossing. The Canadian people

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want representatives that … well ... represent them. The parties can facilitate this but increasingly they are getting in the way. And as power consolidates around the party leaders the very relevancy of having MPs is called into questioned. This is not good for Canadian democracy. I for one can’t count on the Conservatives, Liberals, or NDP to fix this trend. They have all proven ineffectual, incapable, and unwilling.

Bringing Inuit concerns to COP-17
Links between climate change and human rights
Emily Mann
Argosy Submission
Since the beginning of November, Peter Kent, federal Minister of Environment, has made it very clear that Canada will not make any motions to continue into further stages of the Kyoto Protocol. When I read this I was extremely disappointed because I know that Canada is capable of further engaging with the targets of the Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement that is, in theory, legally binding on those countries that chose to adopt it. It was adopted on December 11, 1997 in Japan as part of the third Conference of the Parties (COP-3) and it is linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Protocol was unique in that it was the first global treaty to include tangible goals surrounding lowering global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The goal is to cut worldwide emissions by 5.2 percent below t h e levels of 1990 by 2012 and a new international framework will have to be developed in 2012. Canada’s past performances at the COPs are why I believe the next COP is so important for us, both nationally and internationally. In 2009, at the Copenhagen meetings of COP-15, Canada won the Fossil of the Year award due to its reluctance to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. This year, the conference will be held in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9. Throughout these negotiations, many issues will arise and I suspect that the major industrialized countries, such as US, UK, and China, will dominate the negotiations. These issues will likely include emissions by industry, economic factors in addressing climate change, and the future of the global environment. In contrast to previous conferences however, I believe that the smaller countries and groups that are directly affected by climate change will have their voices heard. While larger countries are contributing the most GHG emissions, it is often the smaller countries that are forced to deal with the effects of a changing climate. Even in Canada, certain groups are not immune. Inuit communities and culture are being threatened by global warming. As the waters warm, sea ice is melting and ocean levels are rising, which dramatically affects the Inuit way of life. The Inuit’s traditional means

Watt-Cloutier is a visiting scholar at Mt. A for the 2011-12 year.
of procuring food is being affected by changes in the environment. In addition to ocean circulation patterns changing, concentrations of persistent organic pollutants in marine animals have emerged, tainting the main source of food of the Inuit. This is forcing them to buy expensive and less nutritious foods, affecting their ability to be self-sustaining. This is just one example of the effect that climate change is having on certain groups of people – groups that are by no means substantially contributing to the cause of these climatic changes. Sheila Watt-Cloutier is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and was the International Chair for the Inuit Circumpolar Council for several years. In the spirit of her advocacy of

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Inuit rights, she will be delivering a public lecture in Convocation Hall on November 28 at 7pm. Arctic Environmental Change, a course facilitated by Ian Mauro and Sheila Watt-Cloutier has done an amazing job at highlighting the importance of Arctic issues and Inuit rights. As the world prepares for the negotiations of COP-17, consider attending Sheila’s lecture and allow her words to act as inspiration to some action within you. The Inuit and their changing environment act as harbingers for what is to come to the rest of Canada, so it is imperative that we make the connection between climate change and human rights in the north.

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Mount Allison don contracts
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it
John Trafford
Argosy Columnist
Sometimes life isn’t fair. Of late, this seems to be the approach Mount Allison administrators bring to their decision-making. Many students would agree that the don contracts are not fair to Mt. A, they are not fair to students, and most of all they are not fair to the dons of Mt. A. A policy of renewal is all well and good until it trades novelty to the detriment of progress. The complexity of a residence is not something that can be overstated. A strict three year don contract would remove many dons that have come to know the ins and outs of their residence and replace them with someone who may never have even stepped foot in the residence before. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it; there is no need for a rigid three year don contract at Mt. A. If one has consistently shown excellent work performance for three years, I fail to understand why a fourth year of employment for a don is an issue that the administration needs to remedy. Of course, I don’t have firsthand experience with all of the dons at Mt. A but I certainly do know that if students did desire new dons they would have voiced their opinions. I have heard very little by way of discontent towards their dons among students living in residence. Perhaps the administration should be entirely replaced with people unfamiliar with how a university is run in order to foster a culture of ‘renewal.’ This is of course is a ridiculous suggestion, as the majority of the administration has done well by the university and has no need to be replaced. Instead of a non-renewable threeyear contract, why not base a don’s retention of employment on a yearly review of job performance. If a don fails in the eyes of a university review board then yes they should be replaced, but they ought to have an opportunity to justify their continued employment before being replaced. It simply does not make sense to remove someone against their will from a job if they are performing up to standards (as the dons of Mt. A have consistently shown). Not only is the decision of the administration not fair, but also it is impractical to remove six dons from their positions and then try to fill the positions before the next academic year. Six dons might not be difficult to find in that time period, but six good dons will be exceedingly difficult to secure in time for the incoming Class of 2016. Luckily, it seems that the administration has somewhat addressed its short-sightedness by considering to allow some of the dons to stay longer than the initial three years. Mt. A students deserve dons who are experienced in the uniqueness of residence functions, but more than that they deserve an administration that understands this. A lesson for Mt. A’s administration to take away from this don contract fiasco is simple; if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Many, like myself, must have left last week’s information meeting with the Vice-President International and Student Affairs, Ron Byrne, regarding the don contracts, hoping there was a hidden agenda. The three reasons given were: First was renewal and change; apparently now a part of the Mount Allison vision, although nowhere to be seen in writing, and not to be enforced in any other department. Second, that the university has the responsibility to give the opportunity of such close involvement with residence life to others in the Sackville community; there was us thinking that the first responsibility of Mt. A was to the student, not to offer them out as any type of play thing. Third, that a Don, if the job has been done correctly, is burnt out after three years; the word from those in the know being the opposite, after three years the position has been mastered, with the best to come. Byrne tells us that this is not solely his decision, the President’s Executive Group (PEG) has been involved in

this and are in agreement. This leaves me wishing for that hidden agenda. If the PEG, Dr. Robert Campbell, President, Gloria Jollymore, VP University Advancement, Dr. Berkeley Fleming, VP Academic and Provost, David Stewart, VP Administration, and Byrne, with all their intelligence and experience, can honestly think this is good sense, then we need to worry about the hands that the future of our student experience are in. This also begs the question, is the position of VP International and Student Affairs supposed to, in any way, understand, listen to, and represent the needs of the student body? It certainly appears beyond him at present. I know I should sign my name but I also know, if I did, it would remembered by some in the near future. G. Fawkes

Dear Editor, The purpose of this letter is to clarify some confusion related to the implementation of set term contracts for dons. This was a departure for the university as previously there was no limit on how long a don could stay in residence.   The change was brought about in 2009 when the university faced a situation where five out of eight don positions became suddenly vacant. As no plans had been put in place to provide for a smooth transition during the changeover, the university faced some turmoil and invested a significant amount of time and effort to fill the positions. To ensure that this did not happen again, the university developed a policy that would minimize the potential for unexpected disruption by implementing set term contracts for dons that limited their engagement to three years, with a provision for renewal under extenuating circumstances as determined by the university.   The principle behind this change was and is to increase predictability, to ensure the quality and sustainability of the Mt. A residence experience. For the past three years, dons have known of the three year terms and the University has been able to plan for an orderly transition with the intention of continuing to hire the best possible candidates for the position, and providing them with the training needed. Previously, this kind of proactive planning in hiring and delivery of appropriate training was not feasible. Aside from the benefit of

predictability, a managed renewal process also makes certain that the university has a regular influx of new leadership perspectives through carefully selected dons. Such renewal is vital to the pursuit of residence and university communities that evolve, adapt, and improve to meet student needs.   It is also important to note the changes that have occurred over the past several years in the Student Affairs unit. We have worked hard to expand and advance our services. Today, the entire residence team (dons, assistant dons, residence assistants, house executives, and academic mentors) relies on Student Affairs for comprehensive training as well as year-round guidance, services, and support. The stability this has provided to our community cannot be overestimated and it continues to get better through our commitment to soliciting feedback from the community.   In closing, I want to assure all those who have raised concerns about this policy that we are actively considering their feedback and that, when we have an update, we will communicate it to the community. In the meantime, I wish to recognize the respectful, intelligent, and articulate manner in which this has been raised by those students who have expressed concerns. Almost without exception, they have been able to separate the issue from the persons involved and, for this, we are deeply appreciative. Ron Byrne

Dear Editor, I want to reflect on the sacrifices of the past, and the future that they were made for. In discussing the Memorial Library with interested Alumni, I often comment that the memorial plaques are far more visible in their new location then they were in the stairwell of the old University Centre - I think that’s a good thing and advances the cause of remembrance. I am also a big proponent of the amphitheatre, because the reconstructed facade of the library will not only make a beautiful backdrop, but will speak to the passion and generosity of those benefactors who had already given their friends, sons, and daughters to war. I also note that the Fine and Performing Arts Centre will mean great facilities for the Mount Allison

students of the future. Some argue that that’s not good enough, that you simply cannot take down a war memorial. They argue that  alumni did not pay merely for plaques, but for something more monumental to express their sadness. If you will permit me the liberty, I think those that subscribed to the call for funds in the days and years after the Great War had a purpose far greater than that. If remembrance was their only purpose, they might have built a beautiful monument of marble or a statue of bronze. To me it’s clear, however, that they wanted to build something the university desperately needed - a library. They built it so that such an unfathomable sacrifice would stand to benefit future Mt. A students. And so it did for

eighty years as a library and, as needs changed, subsequently the University Centre. Mt. A now desperately needs a functional, capable space for the fine and performing arts.  Those that sought to honour the seventy-three brave Allisonians that fought and died in the Great War chose to do so by building what the university needed most at the time. I would argue that those seventy-three men and women and their families would want us again to build what Mt. A needs most now.  The future of Mt. A itself was their greater purpose. Shouldn’t it be ours? Dave Rose President, Mount Allison Federated Alumni

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HUMOUR

November 17, 2011

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The Argosy Humour Section Proudly Presents:

Silly Sudoku!

Sudoku puzzle, for those of you that have been living underneath rocks or in caves somewhere, are puzzles of logic and math. The goal is to have the numbers 1 through 9 in each square, column and row, without any repetitions within a single row, column or square. There are two puzzles, one for beginners and one that’s SLIGHTLY more advanced. Happy sudoking!

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Top 10: Worst “first date” ideas

Trivial Fun with Roommates: Trivia! School
1. In what year did Thomas Edison invent the phonograph? 2. Which country gave the Statue of Liberty to the US? 3. Which parts of the atom form the nucleus? 4. Who wrote the novel 1984? 5. What team won the first NFL Super Bowl in 1967? 6. In what year was 7-Up introduced?
Geoff Hutchinson
Humour Editor

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Let’s be honest: a bad first date can kill a relationship before it even begins. So, no pressure, but when it comes to thinking up a first date idea, it better be good. Or, rather, it better not be any of these. Unless you want to scare them away, in which case, go for it! 1. Weddings: just a bit too soon, don’t you think? 2. We recommend avoiding family reunions. We all have crazies in our clans; best keep them hidden for as long as possible. Besides, what if they decide that you very well may end up looking like your nasty great-uncle/aunt when you get older? 3. Don’t sign up for any reality TV show first dates. The people are either crazy or desperate. Or just crazy desperate. 4. Satanic Cults. The thrill of human and/or animal sacrifice can really bond you together. Or scare them away forever. We’re guessing you have a 50/50 chance. 5. Dinner at McDonald’s. Why not just wear a giant sign that says “Cheap-ass”? 6. You should avoid inviting them to tag along with you to your therapy session. If you’re going to lie about your family problems, you might want to lie about your own. 7. The ex-girlfriend’s house. Need we say more? 8. Nude beach. Let’s not give them anything to compare you to. Besides, odds are it won’t help the awkwardness. 9. Don’t bring your date to a funeral. Unless they’re into that sort of thing, which in that case should bring up a warning flag. 10. Imaginary Dates. Yes, we realize that the dates in your head always turn out perfectly, but the other person not knowing they’ve been on a date with you is no way to start a relationship. Trust us, we’ve tried.

It occurred to me, somewhere in the bottom of my eighth beer this weekend, that I’ve yet to discuss one minor facet of our lives here at university: schoolwork itself. Now, I know many of you have varying opinions on classes, such as “I hate classes”, or “I love classes”, or “Who are you, and why are you always here asking me questions? Get away or I’ll call the cops.” No matter what your view of the discipline in which you have trapped yourself for 4 years, it can sometimes get a little difficult to finish all of your work. With this in mind, I present some tips for making sure your parents don’t kill you at the end of the semester, and that the many thousands of dollars you are paying to learn about beer-pong and “social dynamics” are actually somewhat worth it. Tip #1: We all need a quiet space for studying. If your roommate wants you to turn off the TV or the stereo so that that they can concentrate, be a pal and help them out; forcibly relocate them to the great outdoors with their book, then lock and bolt the door. Now, they have all the space and peace in the world! Tip #2: Let them back in at some point, especially if it’s winter. A manslaughter charge due to their freezing solid might inhibit your ability to study properly. Tip #3: Help your roommates be more efficient. Go through all of their textbooks, and cross out those things that sound stupid or boring with a permanent marker. This way, they only have to read what sounds fun and exciting. They’ll thank you later, especially the math majors; you just freed up their whole day! Tip #4: Ensure that you have one place in your house, be that your own dorm room, or a lounge or living room, where you can feel comfortable studying. Then, mark this territory. The way you go about doing this is entirely up to you. Think dogs. Tip #5: Surprisingly enough, going to classes will help you to assimilate the material. I know, it was news to me too. Tip #6: Asking questions in class because you don’t understand is fine. Asking questions because you’re a pompous twit who desperately requires the love and acceptance of your professor is not. Go make a friend, dude. Tip #7: Also surprisingly enough, professors DON’T want you to fail. Those office hours they have? They’re meant to help you learn, and if you don’t go, the professors get lonely. So very, very lonely. Tip #8: Make yourself a schedule, and stick to it. If you’re feeling hilarious, try to schedule all loud work such as instrument rehearsal or heated discussions on Nietzsche during the days right before a roommate’s big midterm. Listen, I know we all like to have fun. If we didn’t, we’d be going to Acadia or something. But the fact of the matter is, at some point in your life, you’re going to need to have skills other then flip cup. If you can make a living drinking beer, partying hard and sleeping until 2 am, congratulations, you asshole, I already hate you. If you aren’t a rock star or a Kardashian, you might consider learning just the teeniest bit here. Just saying.

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W War, a family affair

November 17, 2011

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One family’s struggle as they awaited this soldier’s return
Anna Robertson
Entertainment Editor

Just back from a year in France, I was jet-lagged and disoriented when my parents dealt me two pieces of unexpected news: one, that my father had applied to be a physician in a space station and two, that my brother would be serving in Afghanistan. Thankfully, my father kept his feet planted on firm ground, and wasn’t blasted out of our atmosphere, but for my brother, Alec, there was no doubting that he would have to leave. The months leading up to Alec’s departure were a strange balance between accepting that he would eventually ‘ship out’, and pushing the reality of it into the background of daily life. Readjusting to living with my parents, Canadian life, and getting ready to move to the east coast were easy distractions from the thought of the approaching departure date. My mother tried to seem amused

Alec Robertson, twenty-three years old at the time, served Canada in Afghanistan from 2009-2010.
by the whole situation, telling our friends anecdotes and jokes about Alec’s training: “Well last week we were delighted to a demonstration by his platoon where they showed us how they can kill people with piano wires! Can you imagine?” She sometimes even mimicked Alec being a “tough guy”; but while she was composed, my mother was not always seemed to coincide with times as calm about the situation as she when Alec would let us know that he seemed. was going on a mission (the details Sometimes she would comment, of which were always classified) to an “I just don’t understand it”—but unknown location (which he could I don’t think any of us did. Our not tell us about) for an indeterminate family comes from a long-standing amount of time, so not to worry if we pacifist tradition; my father was a didn’t hear from him. During these draft dodger in Vietnam and our periods my father would vigilantly Mennonite ancestors had moved comb the internet, T.V, and radio for continents to avoid war. Alec’s eagerness to join the army had news and be chastised by my mother caught all of us off guard; he was the and I for talking about anything first soldier in our family. Afghanistan-related. The day my brother left, my parents The year Alec left was filled with drove him to the Calgary airport to worry and despair, but it was never see him off. I didn’t hopeless. Our great go with them. Saying aunt Sophie, who goodbye to him in our rarely corresponded The year Alec left own home, without with us, wrote to let was filled with the military uniform us know that she had worry and despair, added Alec’s name on, seemed less of a final goodbye, and to her prayer list: but it was never for weeks after I a list of people she hopeless . . . A kept expecting him prays for every night year of missing to walk through the before bed. While someone, and front door. Alec’s my parents and I waiting for them absence was marked are not religious, we by two changes each found ourselves to come home, in our household. asking the forces to has changed my First, my father’s ensure Alec’s safe perspective of sudden obsession return. Remembrance with anything on After nine months, Day. the news related Alec did return to to Afghanistan. It us, but many of his was also the year he friends did not come got a Blackberry, home to their waiting and was able to read us the daily families. A year of missing someone, news on the war no matter where and waiting for them to come home, we might be. “Another soldier is has changed my perspective of dead in Afghanistan,” he would Remembrance Day. It remains a day announce sadly, which lead to my to honour the fallen, but it has also mother warning him, “don’t ever say become a day to think of the families anything like that unless you start off who are waiting for their loved ones with ‘Alec is fine’.” to come back. I hope that no one has Second, my mother and I became to wonder where their brother is, and irritable and extremely sensitive, whether he is alive or not; the life of a which lead to many displays of both soldier is not one that I would choose passive and overt aggression. These for anyone.

Alec Robertson

Alec prior to deployment. The young soldier served a year overseas and lost many friends in combat during that time.

Alec Robertson

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THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE
This battle marked the first time all four Divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought along side each other. It was a mixture of technical and tactical innovation, meticulous planning, powerful artillery support, and extensive training. It has become a Canadian nationalistic symbol of achievement and sacrifice.

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canada’s hundred days

1918
The largest amphibious invasion in the history of human kind. Tens of thousands of troops landed and establishment a strong hold in occupied France. Canada was one of the first nations involved, alongside the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. Canada’s objective, codenamed Juno Beach was met and Canadian armies were able to penetrate the deepest into France.

This was a series of attacks made along the Western Front by the Canadian Corps that later led to the November 11 Armistice. The Canadian Corps’ divisions of roughly 100 000 men, engaged and defeated or put to flight elements of forty seven German divisions, which represented one quarter of the German forces fighting on the Western Front. Canadians suffered twenty per cent of their war casualties during this period.

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Korean war
The war was fought between South Korea, who was supported by the United Nations, and North Korea, aided by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), with military material supplied by the Soviet Union. Canadians fought to ensure that an elected and democratic society would thrive on the Korean peninsula.

1942
Dieppe raid

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1939-1945

Battle of the atlantic
The convoys of ships that moved supplies to Britain were protected for the most part by the British and Canadian navies and air forces. This was the only theatre of war that was under the command of a Canadian. Had this vital link been severed by German U-boats, the Allies could have lost the war.

The raid was an Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe on the northern coast of France. Most of infantrymen were Canadian. The poorly planned attack failed to achieve its objectives and thousands of Canadians were killed or taken prisoner.

libya

Suez Crisis

1956

During this time, Canadian Foreign Minister Lester B. Pearson suggested the first peacekeeping force to the UN. Pearson went on to achieve the Nobel Peace Prize and become Prime Minister. Peacekeepers were able to diffuse the volatile situation so diplomacy could take place.

The Royal Canadian Air Force sent numerous jet fighters to protect the civilian population in Libya who were protesting against the government. The NATO sanctioned force aided in the removal of the tyrannical Moammar Gaddafi and the establishment of a democratic state in Libya.

afghanistan

2002-Present
In response to the September 11 attacks, a UN sanctioned mission to remove the Taliban from Afghanistan. Canada took on a large role starting in 2006 after the Canadian troops were deployed to Kandahar province. Roughly 950 Canadian Forces (CF) personnel are currently deployed in Afghanistan as part of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). This has been the largest and longest conflict that Canada has been engaged in since the Korean War. To date, Canada has lost 158 personnel.

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Stan Rogers’ memory lives on through his music
Taylor Mooney
Entertainment Writer

Nathan Rogers’ tribute to his father
Rogers passed away in 1983 at the age of thirty-three in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797. Though Rogers is gone, he lives on in his beloved contributions to Canadian folk music. Fast-forward twenty-eight years, and meet Stan’s son, Nathan Rogers. Nathan was only four years old at the time of his father’s death. Like his father, he grew up in Ontario, immersed in music and songwriting from an early age. With a childhood steeped heavily in traditional Canadian folk music, it’s no wonder that he has followed in his father’s footsteps as a musician. Nathan has been greatly successful in his life, holding a degree in comparative religion, founding his own record label, Halfway Cove Music and releasing two critically acclaimed albums. Throughout November, Nathan has been touring the Maritimes to play some very special shows: a tribute to his father’s music. On his website, Nathan states, “these are the only shows of their kind ever to go down.” George’s was more packed than I’ve ever seen it, but not with the usual crowd you would expect on a Saturday night. The chairs were filled with the original fans of Stan Rogers’ music, and many were left standing. Rogers took the stage and introduced his band, which included a fiddle player from Cape Breton and a bass player who had played with Stan in the eighties. As he began to play, the bar was overtaken by a captivated silence. Each song was played with profound feeling; behind me, I head one patron whisper, “he sounds just like his father.” He accentuated the storytelling nature of Stan’s music with theatrical hand gestures and facial expressions, and sang with a baritone voice as potent and rich as his father’s. He peppered his performance with stories and memories of his father, including a notable tale in which Stan found himself in a bar fight with a group of lumberjacks in Alberta, only to be sent to jail. Years later, Nathan returned to the bar to ask if anyone could tell him the story, and happened upon one of the men who had initiated the bar fight. He told stories of understanding Stan’s music more and more as he grew up, particularly a tune about raising children. Witty banter between the audience and band members was woven into the show. In one memorable instance, Nathan mentioned that his father’s greatest hits album, The Best of Stan Rogers, would be for sale. He jokingly interjected with the thought that it should be called The Second Best of Stan Rogers, because “I like to think that I am the best of Stan Rogers.” Nathan displayed masterful musicianship, his knowledge of sound evident in his onstage particularities. Combining impeccable playing with the emotional effects of performing his late father’s music, Nathan bequeathed Sackville with a show not soon to be forgotten.

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Stan Rogers’ contributions to Canadian folk music have made an impact reaching far beyond his time in the world. Born to two maritimers who had relocated to Ontario, Rogers is proof of the effects that family roots can have on a person’s personality and interests. Rogers grew up a musician, receiving his first guitar at the age of five, and beginning to sing shortly after he learned to speak. Though he was raised in Ontario, he spent many summers visiting family in Nova Scotia; these visits to the Maritimes later had a deep effect on his style as a songwriter and as a musician. Rogers’ voice was deep and rich, and his songs served as detailed accounts of the lives of various hardworking Canadians. They focused especially on the lives of people from fishing villages and the farms of the Canadian prairies and the Great Lakes. Rogers’ music reflects life as a Canadian in the simplest way possible: through the telling of stories.

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Reflections on Winter in Wartime

Nathan Rogers’ has been touring the Maritimes, performing in special shows that honour his father’s memory and music.

The Sackville Film Society screened Winter in Wartime last week, which tells the story of a young boy in Holland during World War II who aids a British pilot.

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Language barrier does not prevent a deep reaction in the viewer
Allison Grogan
Argosy Correspondent
In light of Remembrance Day, this week the Sackville Film Society showed the World War Two film Winter In Wartime. This 2008 Dutch film, its original title Oorlogswinter, follows a young boy, Michiel van

Beusekom, during the German occupation of the Netherlands. Though his family warns him to stay out of the war, when he comes across an adolescent British pilot hiding in the woods he feels compelled to help him to safety. The story explores the secrecy involved amongst the citizens to get through day-to-day life during this time period, and how the war affected everyone’s lives. Though the majority of the film is in Dutch with English subtitles, it is easy to be drawn into the film despite the language barrier for the English-speaking audience member. Reading subtitles does not detract from the film as Winter In Wartime has minimal dialogue, rather focusing

on the actions of the characters instead of what is said. Actions are a key component to making this film work- it is focused around what the characters do and why they do it. Michiel, no older than fifteen or sixteen, is forced to make difficult moral decisions, ones that he might not ever have had to make if he did not live during this time. When he comes across Jack, a British pilot wounded in the forest, Michiel makes the decision to risk his safety and help the injured man instead of abandoning him. Though he does not know Jack, Michiel disregards his father’s advice to stay out of the war and assists Jack anyway. The fact that he puts so much trust in a

man he has just met shows Michiel’s true and honourable character. Perhaps the filmmakers wanted to contrast a young boy’s ability to tell right from wrong with the adult soldiers who occupied his home. Despite the fairly minimal dialogue in this film, what is said stands out and a few phrases are especially important. One instance of this is when Michiel’s Uncle Ben, whom he holds in very high regard, gives him the advice to keep his mouth shut. This line emphasizes the secrecy and covertness involved with not only the actual war efforts but also in any person’s life. Winter In Wartime stresses the drastic changes the average family’s lifestyle undergoes as a result of the war,

and more specifically, the German occupation. The brutality and violence of war bleeding into everyday life is emphasized in starkly simple scenes -when Michiel goes into town to the blacksmith he witnesses a man being shot without question. Winter In Wartime is not a typical WWII film. Instead of focusing on the front lines and the physical battle itself, this film takes the time to explore one boy’s story in hopes of portraying a more personal account of what wartime life was like. This film is certainly an appropriate reflection for Remembrance Day.

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Darin Martin Everytime You Smile

Huddle All These Fires

Current Swell Long Time Ago

Ben Sures Gone to Bolivia

What’s happening at Mt.A

Nov. 17
Project Nim SFS

The music on this EP by Martin was extremely enjoyable. All the songs, but especially “My Heart” and “Nowhere to Hide”, set up an image of a lazy but peaceful summer day in my head. The music isn’t forced at all and is genuine overall. Along with vivid imagery, the songs also set a great inspirational tone , which extends from his playful and charismatic approach. The addition of the didgeridoo was well played and aptly used to build upon the already strong instrumental play of both Darin Martin and Deni Gauthier. The near perfect mix of smooth vocals and instrumentation created a peaceful setting that will no doubt leave fans wanting more. -Robert Murray

The debut LP from this Toronto indie-pop group is a catchy, wellproduced and utterly thrill-less effort. The song structures are well thoughtout, and the musicianship is fine, but the album lacks a certain human quality and depth that would make it a satisfactory work. Cliché pop hooks interwoven with well balanced guitars and orthodox 80s synth tones result in the disc’s ten tracks sounding more like the soundtrack to a teen drama TV series than a serious musical effort. The standout tracks are “Islands”, which is the catchiest, most dance-friendly track on the album, and “Dark Times”, which I found to be the most engaging song on the album, starting with a compelling guitar melody coupled with melancholic vocals and building into a slightly climatic section.. If there were any indication in the record sleeve or lyrics that this was an album satirizing 2011 Canadian indie-rock boy bands, this album would be an utter success. -Joel Young

Victoria B.C.roots-rock outfit Current Swell’s fourth studio album is a highly polished affair with a commitment to solid but diverse songwriting. Musically, Current Swell have some neat stylistic tricks–nimble percussion work, diverse instrumentation, melodic bass riffs–up their sleeves, but never seem quite at home inside the genre exercises of their highlyproduced “sound”. Vocalist Scott Stanton’s affected drawl seems right at home with lyrics that never stray far from pop-country platitudes of whiskey-drinkin’, prison life, and lost love. A penchant for oversized builds and “woah-oh” choruses often undermines the album’s funkier organic tendencies, but makes for a fun listen nonetheless. Overall, Long Time Ago shows that these guys are excellentwhen aiming for smaller emotions, but in this sadly post-Mumford era, it seems they’ve chosen to shoot directly for the gut. But then again, isn’t that what “country” does best? -Ian Malcolm

Ben Sures is a Canadian folk singer who has been in the music business for a long time, Gone to Bolivia is his newest CD. Many of the songs are comprised of cheerful and upbeat melodies that contrast sharply with unique lyrics. Out of the 13 songs on the album, 9 were written by the artist himself and they all tell a different story to listeners. Sometimes the tale is hopeful, while on other occasions it feels very sombre. His song “Everybody Matters” speaks to the insecure and lonely part of people’s hearts, just as “Embrasse Papa, Fais Dodo” and “Marie, Marie” do. With undertones of both blues and pop, Ben Sures’ Gone to Bolivia is perhaps different on the outside, bordering on weird, but his words show soul and thought, a combination that is not always apparent in music these days. -Taylor Losier

7:30PM @ the Vogue

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The Wondrous Missisipi Heat 9:00PM @George’s

Nov. 25
The Cave of Forgotten Dreams SFS 7:30PM @The Vogue

Bringing home the music
The Hunting Party debuts at George’s
Anissa Stambouli
Features Editor
Despite midterms and essays that kept most students in on November 5, a small crowd managed to make it to George’s Fabulous Roadhouse. Devarrow opened the show with relaxing tunes—a nice break from the stress of academic demands. Performing as if the house were full, The North Lakes tore up the stage with their blasting tunes and energetic beats. Corey Isenor, the main act, closed with a diverse set of songs, ranging from calm acoustic to heavier numbers. Opening the night with songs from his album The Coast, The Cottage, as well as new songs yet to be recorded, Devarrow’s sound prepared the audience for Isenor’s main act. With a guitar, harmonica, and a little help from his friends, Graham Ereaux set the tone for the night with minimal instruments and a melodious sound. With expression in each verse, incompatible with the folk sound of Devarrow and Isenor, a small group of fans jumped to their feet and danced enthusiastically at the foot of the stage throughout the upbeat set. A Maritime native and Mount Allison alumnus, Corey Isenor returned to Sackville to perform songs from his second album Frost, as well as his latest album The Hunting Party. Isenor began solo with an acoustic number, but supporting musicians gradually joined him on stage during the set with a banjo, bass, and more as songs quickened in pace. While Isenor’s set was interrupted by minor technical difficulties and a few other hiccups, his confidence remained unaltered. Isenor serenaded the audience with a simple stage presence, giving a natural and seemingly effortless performance. It felt as if both crowd and artist were sharing an intimate exchange of words and music, free of the stage’s barrier. Songs like “The Ballad of Emily” offered a calming effect for the listener while numbers like “Bend in the River” and “Radio Towers” brought a faster beat. Though the venue was not full, the music was fantastic. Keep an eye out for Corey Isenor’s new album, The Hunting Party, and his next performance in Sackville on November 26.

Nov. 26
Jon McKiel 8:00PM @ Thunder and Lightning

Nov. 28
Elliot Brood & Bradley Boy 8:00PM @ The Legion

Even though there was a small turnout, Corey Isenor delighted the audience at the CD release party for his latest album.
Devarrow seemed to feel his music, releasing a captivating effect that absorbed the audience’s attention. Standing in as the second opener, The North Lakes launched their set with energy and high volume. While some performers express a sense of boredom on stage, having performed certain numbers repeatedly, The North Lakes wailed and rocked as if playing each song for the very first time. The band members seemed excited about their music, and performed as if playing for a crowded stadium. Though the sound quality of The North Lakes was a bit too loud and

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Dynamic show provides an oasis for the audience on Wednesday
Taylor Losier
Argosy Correspondent
they clear the stage for the main act. As Charlotte Cornfield takes the stage, more people start to filter in, drawn in by the music. Among the crowd someone drops their phone, and Cornfield jokingly tells them to “hold it together” before she begins to play. Earthy and unique, her songs start off sounding almost playful, before turning into something more serious; lyrics that speak of belief in magic, risk and music. She rises on her toes with each note, her rich voice sounding extremely peaceful, one could say almost dream-like. She sings with a sadness you can feel, but smiles when she sees an old band member in the crowd, lighting the mood in the room once again. Soon enough she moves to the drums and they are joined on stage by Ben Caplan on the piano, Caplan sporting the biggest, bushiest Movember beard ever seen. The two groups playing together give off a distinctly jazzy feel, the drums and piano complementing the strings. The melody flows and you can feel the vibrations in the walls and the floorboards. They jokingly ask for ideas of stuff to do in Sackville, wondering aloud whether playing Frisbee in Waterfowl Park, using their CDs as discs, would be any fun. When Ben Caplan takes the microphone, testing it with some very exuberant and awkwardly charming banter, the crowd is again laughing

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Cornfield and Caplan Captivate

On November 9, if you took a walk down the street to the Struts gallery, you would hear the music of Charlotte Cornfield and Ben Caplan, folk at its finest, echoing down the road. Enter into the white-washed walls of the Struts gallery, where letters paper the wall and around the corner, everything is plastered in posters. It’s like the old, iconic garage where the bands practice; their instruments are perched on an old rug, where the bands themselves play. The show starts out with a local Sackville artist, Lucas Hicks. Bouncing off the balls of his feet, he and the drummer, Chris Meaney, seem to silently play off of each other, joking, making faces and exuberantly shaking a pair of maracas at the end of each song. They come to their last song with some surprise, seeming to have so much fun playing that it couldn’t really be called “work”. And, with a wave of the maraca good-bye,

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Charlotte Cornfield (above) gave a powerful performance, Ben Caplan (right) brought out the saxophone at the end of the night.
before he starts singing. His voice is deep and husky; a muffled sound that still digs in. Simple and lovely, he shows on his face the emotion he’s trying to convey and, like the artist before him, he manages to sound mournful yet oddly upbeat. The crowd is small but friendly and, while not everyone wis dancing, you would be hard-pressed to spot someone in the room who isn’t swaying or tapping their feet to the music. Caplan orchestrates an impromptu sing-along, and the crowd shows that they are not completely lacking in musical talent, although they may not want to quit their day jobs just yet. At the end of the night, when Ben Caplan breaks out his saxophone for an encore performance, you just close your eyes and smile, enjoying the music of the night.

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Celebration of music at STRUTS
Joyous release of Marine Dreams’ self titled album
Anna Robertson
Entertainment Editor
Opening the evening in the intimate gallery of STRUTS, was the punk rock ensemble of Astral Gunk. Thrashing on the Persian rug that served as a stage, Astral Gunk’s debut show was one brimming with energy. Although thoroughly aggressive, the tone was by no means violent, with melodies that incited ecstatic bouncing and dancing rather than angry moshing. Sweet lyrics were juxtaposed against the driving volume of the music, lending an almost nostalgic air. Although some of the lyrics were lost to the noise, moments of vocal talent shone through, with graceful transitions between groaning, screaming and carefully lilting tunes. Throughout their set, the boys of Astral Gunk played with huge smiles, matching those of the delighted audience. Hopefully, Astral Gunk will grace Sackville with their presence on evenings to come. After a brief recess, Steve Lambke, performing as the much beloved Baby Eagle, took to the stage. With the prowess of an experienced professional, Lambke delivered songs that were polished, settling over the audience with a welcomed, mellow tone. Rich lyrics held the

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Left: Marine Dreams Right: Astral Gunk

entertained the audience at STRUTS with songs off their newest album on Saturday night. opened the night with an energetic and passionate perormance of punk rock.
his supporting musicians, Matthew Charlton, and fellow band mate from Marine Dreams, Ian Kehoe. Celebrating the release of their self-titled debut album, Marine Dreams opened their set with Kehoe urging the audience to come closer. Already filling the room, the audience clustered nearer to the band and eagerly anticipated the first song. The vocals were projected beautifully across the gallery, sung without breaking or straining, and provided the roots for lyrics like, “I came for treasure that the path to god-hood yields/and if I find it lead me further/ If by seeking I will feel” to grow to new heights. Wavering in the noman’s land between pop and rock, the music of Marine Dreams is afflicting, and not one that evaporates from memory. With the first notes of “Fold the Sky”, the audience responded communally, shadowing the lyrics with their own lips: indicative of the lasting effect Marine Dream’s songs have on the listener. Upbeat numbers were balanced by a delve into moodier explorations with songs like “I Can Laugh”, which held the audience in a constant sway. The night ended with many thanks from Marine Dreams, for the audience’s dancing and for listening, while the audience chanted for an encore. Once the last notes of “We’ll Get Her Back in Your Arms” had faded, there was an invite to karaoke at the Legion.

intriguing quality of the unnatural, “she is dressed in coyote’s skin saying grace at the table,” without distancing the audience’s emotion. An undercurrent of country flooded through numbers, with colloquial twists like ‘darlin’ growled into the mike. The blend of crafted prose and melody drew a powerful response from within the listener, rising with each note and ending only with the last song. With the end of Baby Eagle’s set, Lambke gave thanks to

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Project Nim
Marsh’s latest “documentry” at the Vogue
Ian Moffat
Argosy Correspondent
This evening Sackville Film Society will be taking a well-deserved break from the previous two weeks’ spectacular, but undeniably heavy, films, Tree of Life and Winter in Wartime. Admittedly, Project Nim isn’t exactly ‘light’ –  Gayle MacDonald of the Globe and Mail calls it a “charming and deeply disturbing story”. Regardless, a documentary about a chimp named Nim (as in, Nim Chimsky) is a welcome change from Werner Herzog’s outrageous mushroom clouds and exploding stars. Directed by James Marsh, who won an Oscar for his hugely successful documentary Man on Wire, Project Nim is the reverseTarzan story of a chimp brought up by a bunch of dysfunctional behavioral scientists from upstate New York, looking to explore the boundaries between human and animal. The ninety-eight per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes (which gave Project Nim the very elusive standing of certified fresh) speaks volumes of the film. If Roger Ebert says it’s going to be awesome, then it’s going to be awesome. From the outset, it was Marsh’s intention to take a cool and detached approach to the story of the animal that was loved and betrayed by a cocky scientist, then rescued by a pot-smoking Grateful Dead fanatic. After reading the book Nim Chimsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human and becoming captivated by the story, Marsh set out to “objectively portray his development from a diaperwearing baby to a fully grown adult.” However, Marsh’s filmmaking style might complicate his noble – however, I believe, ultimately impossible – pursuit of objectivity. Project Nim blends the typical documentary conventions of archival footage and countless present-day interviews with dramatic reenactments of Nim’s story. Marsh, in this way, is a likely descendent of American filmmaker Errol Morris, who reinstated the convention in his landmark 2003 documentary The Fog of War. Many purists have argued that to mix ‘real footage’ (a deceptively slippery term) with reenactment is a disloyalty to the documentary form. But obviously, any documentary treason that Marsh may be committing hasn’t held him back. His much-loved Man on Wire brings together the supposedly genuine with the supposedly fabricated and the result is a spectacular documentary, one of the best this decade. Hopefully the results in Project Nim will be similarly impressive. Whether we call Project Nim a documentary or not, Marsh has found a formula that works. It should be a treat to see it in action tonight.

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On the bandwagon

Bong Jovi

From left to right: David Hadaad, Jesse Briggs, Tyler Hayden, Joshua Landry and Chris Lee. Bong Jovi may have started as a joke, but evolved into much more.

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Taylor Mooney
Entertainment Writer

The essentials
Interviewing: Josh Landry Website: www.facebook.com/therealbongjovi Albums: Old Number Four (EP), Play Insane (release date TBA) At Mt. A: Second year, studying physics and math Band members: David Haddad (vocals), Joshua Landry (guitar), Tyler Hayden (guitar), Chris Lee (bass), Jesse Briggs (drums)
White Stripes, and Motorhead, though Landry amended that the music they produce doesn’t sound much like what they listen to. “None of us really listen to anything that’s close to what we play… We just draw little pieces of what we listen to and make something.” Landry chose Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All when asked who he would play with if he could choose any band, saying “if I had the rest of the guys in here we’d probably all pick something different, but I think that the one thing we could agree on would be playing a show with a hip hop band.” Landry says that Bong Jovi plays more often in Moncton than Sackville, “over the summer we must have done about twenty shows in Moncton and the surrounding areas. I’d like to do more in Sackville, but it’s kind of hard to get shows here, mainly because the only real venue where you could do something is George’s. Aside from that, there are the ones that do maybe smaller, on-theside acoustic things, whereas we’re a full band where we use electrical equipment, and we’re pretty loud... the venues are more limited here, unfortunately.” Although there was mention of a possible CD launch in Sackville once Play Insane is finished.

What’s up with the name? Guitarist, Josh Landry, explains: “We actually had the name before we were a band. Someone I know wanted to write that their favourite band was Bon Jovi on Facebook, but they misspelled it and wrote Bong Jovi... when I saw that, I wanted to start a band just to use that name. It started as a joke, 100%, but it evolved into something much better.” Bong Jovi has released a 6-track EP, entitled Old Number Four. Upon listening to a few of the tracks, I was under the impression that the band endorsed a heavy metal sound, but Landry explains that this isn’t the case. “We’re not really that metal. It’s more experimental stoner-rock… there’s a lot of punk rock influence as well. We’re not quite as heavy as everyone initially assumes us to be. We’re still pretty heavy, but we’re not screaming about Satan and stupid stuff like that.” The band has been working on a new, full-length album, titled Play Insane. Though Landry is as of yet unsure of the release date, he expects that it will be finished sometime this winter. When asked about artists that inspire that band, Landry cited Title Flight, Modest Mouse, the Pixies,

Project Nim documents the life of a young chimpanzee who was raised like a human being as an experiment in upstate New York.

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RANK ARTIST TITLE (LABEL) 01 MARINE DREAMS* Marine Dreams (You’ve Changed) 02 DELORO* Deloro (Idée Fixe)

SACKVILLE’S BEST MUSIC VENUES
Revealing the Music Scene Hot Spots
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Metals (Arts & Crafts)

04 DOG DAY* Deformer (Fun Dog) 05 JON MCKIEL* Tonka War Cloud (Saved By Vinyl/Youth Club) 06 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS* Songs of Man (Outside) 07 CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD* Two Horses (Self-Released) 08 COREY ISENOR* The Hunting Party (Self-Released)

George’s Fabulous Roadhouse – It’s probably the farthest distance you’ll ever have to walk in Sackville, but always worth the trip! It’s no wonder it was of the nominees for Top 10 Music Venues in Canada in 2008 as some of the biggest acts in Canada have passed through the doors of this tavern. Most notably: The Constantines, The Weakerthans, Wintersleep, and all of the world famous Tantramarsh Blues Society acts! Catch Jon McKiel’s Record Release party November 26th. Sackville Music Hall – This is the Sackville’s best-kept musical secret… hosting only a few concerts and events every year, the Music Hall is located above the Bridge Street Café, Blooms, and Pickles at 2 ¾ Bridge Street. It’s a little rough around the edges inside, probably haunted, no indoor heating, but completely magical nonetheless. Jenn Grant and Pat LePoidevin have played wonderful concerts there. The Vogue Theatre – For very special occasions The Vogue changes from a quaint movie theatre to one of the coziest places to enjoy a concert; complete with popcorn. Dan Mangan played there most recently, but this venue has also housed Timber Timbre & Little Scream, and many more! MTA Alumni David Myles will be playing there on December 3rd. Thunder & Lightning – Tucked away in the Post Office Parking Lot is Thunder & Lightning, a.k.a. Sappyfest Headquarters. Here you will see some of the most intimate small concerts like Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck & Jenny Omnichord. Nick Ferrio & Tin Vespers are playing an afternoon show this Sunday, Novemer 20th. The Pond – Fully equipped with a dance floor, this is a good spot to dance close to your band or sit back and enjoy a lovely evening of music. Jadea Kelly and Devarrow played a lovely show this fall, but By Divine Right, BA Johnston, and Rich Aucoin have all put on amazing shows at the campus pub. Bridge Street Café – This café is beloved by many touring bands for a place to grab a bite to eat, but also some of the best small acts coming through town stop at the Café to treat patrons to a little music. Open mike night is held every Thursday night, not an event you want to forget about! Struts Gallery – Great music, intimate setting, great art on the walls, and it’s always all ages show! The Marine Dreams Record Release party held there this past week was unbelievable. Uncle Larry’s – During SappyFest Uncle Larry’s is your go to venue. Hooded Fang, Rich Aucoin, and The Burning Hell all played sets at Uncle Larry’s this past year during SappyFest, and there are also many shows booked during the school year. The Royal Canadian Legion – Not only is it the cheapest place to get a drink in town, but it’s quickly becoming one of the best places to see live music. Yukon Blonde, Ohbijou, and Sackville’s own Shotgun Jimmie have all played and on Nov. 28th Elliott Brood is going to put on a raucous show!

09 APOLLO GHOSTS*
Money Has No Heart 7-inch (Geographing)

10 THE SHEEPDOGS* Five Easy Pieces EP (Atlantic) 11 BEN CAPLAN & THE CASUAL SMOKERS*In The Time Of The Great Remembering (Self-Released) 12 LUCAS HICKS* These Parks (Self-Released) 13 SANDRO PERRI* Impossible Spaces (Constellation) 14 JENNIFER CASTLE* Castlemusic (Flemish Eye) 15 GROWN UPS* Stopped Caring (Self-Released) 16 DEVARROW* The Coast, The Cottage (Self-Released)

17 COLIN STETSON*
Those Who Didn’t Run (Constellation)

18 THE GERTRUDES* Till the Morning Shows Her Face To Me (Apple Crisp) 19 WILL CURRIE & THE COUNTRY FRENCH* 20 DAVID MYLES* Into the Dun (Little Tiny) 21 SHOTGUN JIMMIE* Transistor Sister (You’ve Changed)
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22 YUKON BLONDE*
Fire//Water (Nevado)

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23 SISKIYOU* Keep Away the Dead (Constellation) 24 THE SKELETONES FOUR* Gravestone Rock (Label Fantastic) 25 THE LUYAS* Too Beautiful To Work (Idée Fixe) 26 AL TUCK* Under Your Shadow (Maple Music) 27 CROOKED FINGERS Break in the Armor (Merge) 28 WILCO The Whole Love (dBpm) 29 ADAM & THE AMETHYSTS* Flickering Flashlight (Kelp) 30 LIBRARY VOICES* Summer of Lust (Nevado)

31 JULIAN KOSTER
The Singing Saw at Christmastime (Merge)

Since the release of the 2008 instant holiday classic The Singing Saw at Christmastime, Julian Koster and his singing saws have toured North America spreading holiday cheer to the over 450 homes to which they had been invited. Today, he has announced the dates and proposed route of his 6th Caroling excursion. Julian and his ambassadors will accept invitations to carol at homes along the east coast of the USA and Canada from November 28 to December 12. Sharing his excitement that his caroling trips have now become a grand tradition, Julian said, “We’d surely like to thank everybody for the extraordinarily magical times and adventures, and wonderful welcomes, and to thank you all for making them happen! As well as our selfless volunteer Caroling Ambassadors!” For more information about sending an invitation to host an evening of carols, games, stories and other holiday magic, email: musictapescaroling2011@gmail.com.

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SCI & TECH
Remembering the emergence of penicillin
Shawn Seeley
Science and Technology Editor
It is difficult to imagine that one of the greatest contributions to the preservation of human life emerged from war – the very thing that we conceive as a time of death and despair. The active component of the mould Penicillium notatum, now a staple in the pharmaceutical and medical communities, was isolated by Sir Alexander Flemming in 1928, previous to World War Two. Until the war created a massive and urgent need for antibiotics, Flemming’s finding was not viewed as the medical breakthrough that we recognize it as today. World War Two was a terrible and nightmarish thing. New weaponry and the devastatingly barbaric conditions of trench warfare fostered infections that were beyond the help of surgeons on the frontlines. Gangrene, one of the most prevalent conditions treated by wartime doctors, is the death

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The medical contributions of World War Two
would sometimes have to wait up to fourteen hours to receive surgery for wounds they had incurred during battle, during which time infections such as gangrene could set in. The process of adding penicillin to wraps, compresses, and bandages allowed surgeons enough time to attend to as many soldiers as possible without infection ensnaring their waiting patients. Penicillin was a crucial advantage for the allies. Flemming, Florey, and Chain went on to win the 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine, and today, the results of their efforts are a critical element of contemporary western medicine. It is easy for modern science to dispute the usefulness of antibiotics and be critical of the health hazards they may have introduced for future generations, but they have been essential in saving immense numbers of lives and reducing the impact of several pandemics, such as tuberculosis. Hundreds of new antibiotics have been synthesized since World War Two. Although it is hard to say whether or not antibiotics will remain the key player in our arsenal against bacterial infections or not, their contribution over the past century both on the field and in the emergency room alike is irrefutable.

The medical applications of penicillin, perfected in World War Two, have been invaluable to society.
of tissue resulting from bacterial infection. If the spread of infection is not stopped, the afflicted individual will die. The treatment preceding the advent of penicillin was amputation, but this was not satisfactory. Soldiers often died from blood loss, shock, secondary infections from the amputation itself, or a continued spread of the gangrene. Finding a better option for treating infections was clearly a necessity. Though not explicitly meaning to pursue medical interests or aid in the allied efforts during World War Two, Howard Florey and Ernst Chain built off the research conducted by Flemming, allowing

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for the industrialization of penicillin production. The process employed by Florey and Chain created purified penicillin, called penicillin G procraine, which was available exclusively to the allied troops. Penicillin’s heroic debut as a staple on the battlefield was exemplified by its use following D-Day. Soldiers

New viruses exemplify the growing threat of cyber attacks
Part two of a three part series on cyber-security
Marc-Alexandre Chartrand
Science and Technology Writer
A new breed of increasingly complex and undetectable computer viruses have been uncovered in computers in Iran and China, as well as in the computers of many other large organizations. The Duqu and Stuxnet viruses have shown governments, big businesses, and large industries that they are no longer safe from the threat of cyber attacks. As computers have evolved in this increasingly digitized age, so too have their viruses and worms. The Stuxnet virus, which appeared in the summer of 2010, seemed to indicate that entire industries and large corporations were becoming increasingly targeted. The discovery of the new Duqu virus in early September confirms this belief, and leads many to speculate that a new era of cyber-warfare is only beginning. Stuxnet and Duqu are viruses that are aimed at espionage and gaining control over industrial systems, thereby granting hackers the ability to sabotage these systems. The origin and ultimate goal of the Stuxnet virus is not known, but it is clear that it allows its creators to undetectably give false instructions to industrial machineries, as well as false readings to their operators. According to the computer security company Symantec, the Stuxnet virus was the single most advanced piece of malicious software at the time of its discovery. They also determined that Stuxnet was meticulously coded to specifically seek out a certain varieties of industrial machinery software manufactured by Siemens. By gaining control of this software, the attackers are able to tamper with the operations and processes of these machines. S t u x n e t succeeded in disabling several centrifuges in the Iranian nuclear programme. By taking advantage of flaws in Microsoft Windows, the attackers not only succeeded in disabling the centrifuges, but also spurred on the further spread of Stuxnet. Symantec tracked the virus and found that it had infected computers and machinery primarily in Iran, India, and Indonesia. The success of Stuxnet caused Vanity Fair to describe Stuxnet as “one of the great technical blockbusters in malware history”. The Duqu virus is thought to be closely related to the Stuxnet virus, to the extent that experts believe the same group may have created them. The viruses are similar in both structure and coding. According to the Financial Times, the virus has been detected in more than two dozen companies. Reports of cyberattacks are becoming increasingly more frequent. Approximately 80 computers and servers were recently hacked at the factories of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan’s largest defence contractor. Hackers had successfully infiltrated their computer systems, and gained potential access to important information related to the technology and production. W i t h cyberattacks on the rise, it is clear that industries and governments need to begin protecting themselves. The gravity of warfare with computerbased technology at its core will be determined by the level of protection that targets assume and the skill with which attackers proceed.

Asteroid YU55 comes for a visit
Large asteroid passes between Earth and Moon
Shawn Seeley
Science and Technology Editor
On the night of November 8th, an asteroid detected by astronomers in 2005 passed between the Earth and the Moon. At its closest distance to Earth, asteroid 2005 YU55 was only 320,000km from Earth. Close encounters with an asteroid like 2005 YU55, which measures 1,300km in length, serve to remind the population of our planet about the risk of an impact from potentially hazardous near-Earth objects. If 2005 YU55 had made impact with Earth’s surface, estimations indicated that the crater would have been 6.9 km across. The risk of tsunamis, earthquakes, and a dimming of the sun from such an impact is something humanity has feared above all other threats from space. 2005 YU55 would have been visible to amateur astronomers employing the use of strong binoculars had a gibbous moon not been present, but as such, only those using a telescope would have caught a glimpse of the asteroid as it rendezvoused in our neighbourhood of the solar system. Hollywood movies such as Deep Impact have presented the threat of impact to terrified theatre audiences previously, but nothing is as jarring as a real-life flyby of a gigantic rocky object. 2005 YU55 presented not only an opportunity for humankind to realize that our planet is fragile and susceptible, but also for NASA scientists to make indepth observations of the asteroid as it passed by. 2005 YU55’s pass was the closest an object of its magnitude has approached Earth in 35 years. The asteroid is not scheduled to return until 2056, when it is expected to pass Earth at roughly three times the distance of its latest voyage past our pale blue dot.

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Bright future for consumer electronics
Innovators release plans for future products
Marc-Alexandre Chartrand
Science and Technology Writer
Over the course of the last few months, many of the big household names in the consumer technology sector have released their projections and visions for the future of the industry. By the looks of it, consumers have a lot to look forward to. The fierce competition between many of the leading brands, including Apple, Nokia, Sony, Microsoft, and an array of smaller start-ups in the Silicon Valley, is sure to produce dramatic results. A few weeks ago, Microsoft posted an impressive concept video entitled ‘Productivity Future Vision’ which forecasts what Microsoft technology will look and feel like within the next ten to fifteen years. The video showcases a vision of the future where technology is literally all around us – embedded in furniture, windows, and clothing. Kurt DelBene, President of the Microsoft Office Division, stated that “all the ideas in the video are based on real technology,” and that “some of the capabilities, such as speech recognition, real time collaboration, and data visualization, already exist today. Others are not yet available in specific products, but represent active research and development happening at Microsoft and other companies.” The video is one of many that have been released over the course of the last few months by a series of tech companies. Nokia has been working on a concept called Morph, which demonstrates the kind of possibilities recent advances in nanotechnology will bring to communication devices. Morph is a flexible two-piece device that can adapt its shape to different usage modes, sense its environment, harvest energy from the surroundings, and even clean itself. The Morph concept is also based on technology that has been in development for the last few years, and is in its initial stages of testing. Nokia has suffered from declining handset sales and have looked to diversify their services in order to remain a big player in the tech world. Sony Ericsson has produced a short twenty-minute documentary called ‘Networked Society On the Brink’ in which they “discuss the past, present, and future of connectivity.” The video highlights the opportunities that will emerge in a world without borders and the creativity that will come with new business models that emphasize openness and global connectivity. Apple, who found a lot of success under the innovative genius of Steve Jobs, are also beginning to lay out plans for the next generation of computers and smartphones. Their iPhone4S was recently released to ample scrutiny from critics, but given their technology market share, the possibilities for future directions are endless. The New York Times reports that at a meeting to be held at Google X (a top secret lab sponsored by Google) a list of 100 “shoot-for-thestars” ideas will be tackled. Among the ideas proposed are refrigerators connected to the internet that could automatically order groceries when you are running low, or dinner plates that could post to a social network what you are eating. Developments over the next few years will play a monumental role in shaping the future of technology. With innovations like these on the horizon, the future of consumer technology looks very bright.

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The Ship’s Log
An Argosy run down of coming events in Sackville

The Nokia Morph will be a two-piece device that changes shape, harvests energy from the environment, and even cleans itself.

Thursday

The Golden Age of Liberalism: The Life of Romeo Leblanc
November 17, 7:00 p.m. Owens Gallery

Saturday

Ingrid Jensen and Friends November 19, 8:00 p.m. Brunton Auditorium; $35, $20 for students International Transgender Day of Remembrance November 19, 7:00 p.m. Mississippi Heat November 19, 9:30 p.m.

Global Entrepreneurship Weekguest speaker Sean Fahey, CEO Vidcruiter
November 17, 7:00 p.m. RJCBS Lounge, AVDX

Friday

Pancakes for Parkinson’s Research
November 19, 9:00 a.m. Royal Canadian Legion

A Second Look at Living & Working Abroad
November 18, 3:30 p.m. Centre for International Studies WMSC 125

Hee Haw Karaeoke

November 19, 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Royal Canadian Legion

Midnight Madness!
November 18, All day! Town of Sackville

Monday

Conduct Becoming
Auditions will be happening very soon! If you’re interested in being an artist on this year’s CD, get in touch with Patrick Edmonds (predmonds@mta.ca) or John Brannen (jabrannen@mta.ca). Stay tuned for more!

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
November 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Wu Centre Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multibillion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car.

ARTS & LIT
Choir commemorates the legacy of Canadian Soldiers
Julia McMillan
Arts and Literature Editor
Amidst midterms, essays, and final projects, November can be a time of stress and study for students. It can be easy to gloss over November 11counting it as just one day closer to your looming deadlines. However, on November 4, a full house of spectators gathered at The Chapel to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who fought and are fighting for our in war and conflicts by partaking in the Elliott Chorale’s performance entitled “In Memoriam: Songs of Remembrance.” The Elliott Chorale, directed by Gayle H. Martin, has a long-standing reputation of excellence, and this performance was no exception. The group stunned the audience into a contemplative silence with their first piece, “Requiem” by Eleanor Daily. A requiem is a mass for the dead, and with movements entitled “ And God Shall Wipe Away out Tears,” “In Remembrance,” and “ I Heard a Voice From Heaven,” the music effectively conveyed the theme of commemorating the lives of the deceased. The singers beautifully expressed the sentiments behind the music, and set a solemn and

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The Elliott Chorale makes music to remember
front of the church to the upper level, above the audience. This interesting placement added a sublime and spiritual element to their subsequent rendition of Gabriel Fauré’s “ Requiem in D Minor.” The last post was performed by Dylan Maddix, and Brannen returned for the reading of The Act of Remembrance, which led to a collective moment of silence. Standing alone in the front of the church was Corporal Alex Carter of Air Cadet Squadron 681 Tantramar who bore the Canadian Flag, symbolically raising and lowering it throughout Brannen’s reading. The most moving performance of the evening of was the Chorale’s rendition of “Amor de mi alma” by Z. Randall Stroope, which translates into “You Are the Love of My Soul.” The opening of the piece was sensitively executed, and the overall effect was stunning, moving many audience members- including myself- to tears. Though I could not understand all the words of the piece, the overarching message of the song rang clear. The music is set to the words of the Spanish Renaissance poem, and in English the poem reads “ For you I was born, for you I live,/ For you I must die, and for you/ I must give my last breath.” The singers bore the message with incredible tenderness and profound, contemplative emotion. The music itself is technically challenging, featuring heavily layered harmonies and rising and falling dynamics. In particular, the song features a gradual crescendo towards the end of the piece that resolves into a quiet stillness. The choir could not have executed the feat more powerfully, and the effect of their voices ringing through the church was chilling and incredibly touching. The choir also beautifully performed “A Farewell,” by Alfred Tennyson, with music arranged by Molly James. In the poem, Tennyson compares the timelessness of a river to his own life, thereby creating a “remarkable picture of the human soul.” The more traditional choral arrangement served to emphasize the message of the poem. The power of the singers’ voices was at its peak during the last half of this song, and the magnitude of their sound was absolutely bewitching. To conclude, the choir performed Frank Ticheli’s “Earth Song.” The a capella piece is replete with complicated, dissonant harmonies. The choir turned their backs to the audience to perform the song, which perfectly mirrored the somber, yet hopeful mood of the song. It was an effective end to a stunning and deeply moving performance. Elliott Chorale member and third year student Thomas Littlewood said he couldn’t make it through the performance without getting emotional. “Remembrance Day is a very important day for me. To sing these pieces, honouring the soldiers that have died, and also those that lived, is incredibly special.” Other members of the Elliott Chorale include Erin Taylor, Elizabeth Stockall, Colin Frotten, Heather Webster, Mark Hamilton, Helen Tucker, Mike Kinney, Dylan Maddix, Ruth Houtby, Samara Ripley, MacKenzie Stone, Nikki Martin, Kevin Dupris, Taisha Lesser, Jordan Fiser, and Michael MacMillan.

The Chapel was a fitting venue for The Elliott Chorale’s performance.
thoughtful tone for the rest of the evening. SLt John Brannen then approached the pulpit to read John McCrae’s poem “In Flander’s Fields.” Brannen read the poem with a very appropriate level of sensitivity and conviction. The

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familiar words of the poem deeply resonated with the audience, and served as an important reminder of the significance of the Canadian soldiers’ war efforts. During the reading, the choir shifted their placement from the

A new kind of experiment for theatre at Mt. A
Memorial Theatre Group offers a unique theatrical experience
Julia McMillan
Arts and Literature Editor
At the heart of theatre lies expression and experimentation. Memorial Theatre Group (MTG), the latest addition to Mount Allison’s theatre community, explores just that. The experimental theatre group was started by Justin Smidt and Samuel Wilson in 2010. What began as a creative outlet and an opportunity to gain playwriting experience has grown to be one of Mt. A’s most unique theatre groups to date. The group follows an unconventional approach to theatre. Instead of producing well known, established plays, the members of MTG work together to create their own show. They plan to produce plays that evolve organically, and stem from the combined scene writing efforts of the group’s members. First year student and MTG member, Lauren Latour, explains that “MTG is collaborative theatre group. We come together and collectively figure out a general theme for the show, and the general direction we are headed in. Anybody is welcome to be in the show, write a scene, or come up with an idea […] We put a lot of emphasis on the fact that it is a collaboration - input is always welcome, and because its not written by any one person, it really becomes a joint effort. This allows the piece to evolve into whatever it wants to be.” Sam Wilson, director of MTG, saw the need for an extra dimension of diversity in terms of theatre and Mt. A, and was inspired to create a group that would “push actors beyond their usual comfort zone.” “We are the only group on campus that offers that possibility.   I [also] strongly believe that this form of theatre offers not only more room to grow, but also more depth.   Actors are encouraged to ask themselves questions not only about narrative and character, but about how they see their place in politics, the community, Although the prospect of showing one’s writing in such a public context may seem daunting, Latour tells The Argosy that most people “seem really willing to put their work out there.” Furthermore, MTG’s creative collaboration is an interesting and exciting deviation from the methods of more conventional theatre companies. “I’ve always been involved with musical theatre, and as fun as it is, it can be very structured; as in you know what you’re supposed to do and when you’re supposed to do it. With this, it’s very free flowing and it can become it’s own thing- which I really like.” Although the group has a strong collection of core members, they are always looking for new writers or performers to join the company. Getting involved with the Memorial Theatre Group is a great opportunity to explore one’s creativity in an open and inviting environment. A Medea is scheduled to be performed in early to mid February. To learn more about the Memorial Theatre Group, or become a member, join the “Memorial Theatre Group” on facebook, or email sjwilson@mta. ca.

The cast and crew of MTG’s performance of The Ghost Sonata.
and the world at large. You don’t get that kind of opportunity with the highly structured variety of theatre that is encountered so often.” The performers meet every Tuesday and participate in workshop format exercises, usually run by Wilson. “We play different theatre games, and work on new techniques,” says Latour. “A couple weeks ago we worked on Bio-mechanical theory, and how you can use that in a theatrical context. From there, anyone can go home and write a scene for the show, and we put it all together to create a new collective work.” Wilson adds that “this is the first year that we have used the collaborative  approach. Our last show, The Ghost Sonata was written by a playwright named August Strindberg (in 1907).   We used a lot of the   techniques we do now Biomechanics and various spatial and sensory  direction.  The working title of our play this year is A Medea and presents an absurdist revision of the classic tale of Medea.”

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Suit up and sing out: A review of the ‘Black Tie Affair’
Community theatre group impresses audience at Live Bait Theatre
David LeMesurier
Argosy Correspondent
When I was 8 years old, my mother took me to see my first musical, a high school production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Bouncing my way into the theatre, I was quickly mesmerized by the voices and wanted nothing more than to hop up on stage and join the sea of performers. Although now I am much more familiar with appropriate public conduct, fully aware of how strange it would be to jump up on stage, part of me was still very tempted when watching ‘A Black Tie Affair’ on Sunday, November 6. The production—featuring the cast of the upcoming show RENT—was presented by Black Tie Productions and reviewed musical numbers from all the shows performed by the society in their past seven seasons. According to current Black Tie President, Ricky Buchanan, “Black Tie truly tries to focus on professional mindset and work ethic as closely as possible. We expect a lot of our actors and production staff, but it’s nothing more than we know they can handle.” The Black Tie Affair itself, performed at the local Live Bait Theatre, prominently featured the vocals of a multitude of cast members, while using minimalistic costuming and props. The company executive sporadically interrupted performances by the cast to inform the audience of the mostly unknown musicals from which the night’s material was drawn. The first highlight of the night came in the form of Matthew Berghuis and Tristan Roddick, performing “Agony” from the musical Into the Woods. The two men, acting as Princes both reduced to anguish due their respective relationships with Cinderella and Rapunzel, had the audience laughing from their initial appearance as haughty princes. The deterioration of their wits and attempts to one-up one another created a scene of effortless comedy and lovely vocals. Another especially bright point came during ““Aquarius and Hair” from the musical Hair. Second year student Laura Gallivan raised the hair on my arms with her voice while the rest of the cast moved throughout the crowd, stroking the hair of audience members before making their way to the stage. This led into an entertaining performance of the show’s title track, thanks in part to both the vocals of Garrett Ogden and Tristan Roddick, as well as the various wigs the cast whipped around

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Matt Berghuis and fellow Black Tie members perform at the Live Bait Theatre on Sunday,November 6.
during the performance. After a brief intermission, the show continued, covering the three most recent productions by the company. Tricia Black, possessing one of the stronger voices in the group, belted out an impressive performance of “A Joyful Noise” from the musical Batboy followed by a notable solo from last year’s satirical show about marijuana, Reefer Madness. Although the subject matter—referencing abuse and rape—would normally be met with a much different reaction, it was offset by moments such as pianist Jennie Wood clapping her hands while Black feigned being slapped along with the expression painted across her face after she took a drag of her marijuana cigarette, which sent the audience into fits of laughter. The show—which concluded with a vocal performance of RENT’s most well known tune, “Seasons of Love”— was truly entertaining, and the joyful attitude of the cast as well as their clear love of the theatre emanated from the performance. After the show, Matthew Berghuis voiced his opinion that theatre changed his life: “I became a lot more positive and confident and I also learned how to truly work hard at something.” In a similar vein, Becca Guilderson felt that participation in a small theatrical company such as Black Tie allowed for greater bonds to form between cast mates: “You get so much closer to the entire cast. You become a family.” It reminded me of the powerful effect theatre has, not just on the performers, but also on the observers. Although my connection to the art form runs very deep, whether you are 8 years old or 19, theatre can still be a form of escapism, a way to express yourself, a way to work through difficult experiences, or anything you want it to be if you are willing to open yourself up to the opportunity. There is no doubt that if Black Tie Productions was able to accomplish such success in a week, their brazen tackling of RENT has the potential to be outstanding and the future of the company is very bright indeed.

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Pops concert
Mount Allison Symphonic Band plays first concert of year
Joel Young
Arts and Literature Writer
Last Tuesday the Mount Allison Symphonic Band played their first concert of the year to a packed audience of school children in Convocation Hall. Under the direction of the Mt. A music department’s own James Kalyn, the ensemble played a fun program that mixed jazz, pop, and western classical music. The children, coming from elementary and junior high schools in Sackville, Moncton, Amherst, and Parsborough, seemed to really enjoy the program. Kalyn was really good at talking to the audience, and explaining what to listen for in each piece in simple terms that all in attendance could understand. The concert began with a suite of several Dave Brubeck jazz standards arranged for concert band. The suite began with “Take 5”, with it’s legendary minor melody and 5/4 meter. It sounded a bit strange being played by a large symphonic ensemble, but the Mt. A Symphonic band held it together quite well. Kalyn conducted every beat, which I suppose is not that strange given the size of the ensemble, but it really made the piece sound a bit overwhelmingly metrical. Luckily, drummer Scott Cuzner was an absolute Jedi behind the kit throughout the entire suite, breathing a lot of much needed life into the piece. The program proceeded with J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, BVW 147”. This piece was executed with precision and musicality. The ensemble seemed to be much more comfortable with this piece. They played with emotion, and there was a very good balance between the groups of instruments. The rest of the program consisted of an upbeat number with a plethora of fun percussion parts (which the children in attendance no doubt adored), a Spanish march, and a suite of music from The Lion King. These pieces were all well played, and the ensemble managed to maintain the attention of the young audience without sacrificing musical integrity. The Mt. A symphonic band certainly proved that they can play a concert of pop music well. I am very interested and curious to see where this ensemble will go this year. They certainly show a great potential, and I predict it will be very rewarding to hear them play a program that is more classically oriented.

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Ingrid Jensen and friends bringing jazz to Brunton
In this Sackville appearance, Ingrid will be joined by her sister, the gifted saxophonist Christine Jensen, and Swedish pianist Maggi Olin -- both frequent collaborators from Nordic Connect, a progressive jazz ensemble formed in celebration of a shared Scandinavian heritage. Rounding out Ingrid's group of musical friends are Torben Waldorff (guitar), Pat Reid (bass), Jon Wikan (drums), and Sackville native Joel Miller (saxophone). A jazz masterclass led by Ingrid Jensen, featuring students from Mount Allison's Department of Music, will take place in Brunton Auditorium on Friday, November 18 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. This presentation is free of charge and members of the public are encouraged to attend. Tickets for the Saturday evening concert with Ingrid Jensen and Friends are $35 for adults and $20 for students, available at the Mount Allison Bookstore (62 York Street, lower level) and at the door. A limited number of complimentary youth tickets (for ages 4-18) are available as part of the “Bring a Child Free” program;   concert goers who wish to take advantage of this offer are urged to place their orders as soon as possible. For information and ticket inquiries phone 3642662, e-mail performarts@mta.ca, or visit www.mta.ca/departments/ PerformingArts/.

Bigger is not always better
One act plays prove that quantity is not quality when it comes to theatre
Anna Duncan
Argosy Correspondent
Emotions, the human mind, and the absurd notion that we are in control of our every thought, feeling, and action are all concepts brought to life by Windsor Theatre’s Out of the Box production of Pith! and The Zoo Story. What these one acts lacked in extravagant sets and an excess of actors, they gained in being what theatre is truly supposed to be: thought provoking. The Zoo Story, which recounts a fateful meeting between two strangers whose lives are forever changed in the process, brings light to the idea that we as people are constantly trying to make sense of life, love, hate, and all the milestones that we are supposed to be comfortable with. Dallas Burns plays Peter, a quiet, seemingly content man who is abruptly confronted with the notion that his “normal” world is a mimicry of what society has deemed suitable. Burns’ representation of the everyday married man, horrified by what he can’t understand, truly demonstrates that making sense of the absurd reality is all that is keeping us sane. His transition from indifference to insanity is well crafted and chilling. Jerry, played by Geoff Hutchinson, is an obnoxiously odd man who seems to have no place in the world, but inadvertently (or advertently) raises questions about why we rationalize and try to fit into the cookie cutter reality. Hutchinson’s eerie portrayal of a man haunted by the world around him left chills throughout the audience. He captured the essence of that corner of society that we would all rather pretend does not exist, in fear that our pity of those who don’t “have it all” might consume us. Pith!, with its lighthearted yet honest message is a delightful contrast. This story of mind over matter raises the question, are we our own worst enemies? Do we perpetuate our own misery? Crystal Chettiar plays Virginia Tilford, a cold and distant woman unwilling to accept the loss of her husband and caught in a cycle of perpetual misery. She is brought back to life by her employee Nancy, played by Alexis Thibeault, and a mysterious gentleman named Jack Vail, played by Eric Biskupski. The trio goes on an imaginary journey which brings about a realization that the mind is a powerful tool, and it can be used to either build us up, or break us down. Biskupski is brilliant and excels at the plethora of characters he portrays. His use of comic relief and occasional breaking of the fourth wall makes Jack Vail an audience delight, and the ultimate protagonist. Both these one acts reinforced my belief that it is not quantity over quality when it comes to theatre, and that the best performances are those that truly reach the audience member, and leave a memory that resonates beyond that time from when they sit down to when they leave.

Trumpeteer Ingrid Jensen will perform at Mt. A on November 18.

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Performing Arts Series features world renowned jazz musicians
Jazz enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hear some of North America's hottest performers at Brunton Auditorium (134 Main Street, Sackville) on Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 pm, when the Mount Allison Performing Arts Series presents a concert led by jazz trumpet sensation Ingrid Jensen. Raised in Nanaimo, B.C., Ingrid Jensen has been a mainstay of the New York jazz scene for over fifteen

years.   Her performances as a band leader and featured soloist have taken her around the world, from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, South Africa, the Caribbean, and to almost every county in Europe. Hailed as “one of the 25 most important musicians of the future” by Downbeat magazine, she has been nominated for several Juno Awards, including a win for her debut album, Vernal Fields. An influential teacher and clinician, Ingrid Jensen was professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Bruckner Conservatory of Music in Austria from 1990 to 1992, and is currently artist-in-residence in the Department of Jazz and Improvisation at the University of Michigan.

Mount Allison’s singers shine in regional voice competition
Music Department hosts NATS SongFest competition
Julia McMillan
Arts and Literature Editor
On Saturday, November 5, singers of all ages from across Atlantic Canada gathered at Mount Allison to showcase their talents and compete in the Atlantic Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) SongFest. NATS is a professional organization based in the United States, with widespread membership in Canada.  It runs conferences, workshops, online seminars, and publishes the quarterly “Journal of Singing”, a peer-reviewed journal.  In addition to these ventures, NATS’ also hosts Songfest. The competition is open to all students who study under the direction of teachers belonging to the Association. The Music Department’s voice instructors Monette Gould, Jennifer Farrell, and Helen Pridmore are each NATS members, and this year Mt. A had the pleasure of hosting the Songfest Competition for the third time. The divisions, and the young singers come event attracted vocalists hailing from with their families and get to see the all four Atlantic Provinces, and range campus, especially our lovely music in age from fifteen to fifty. building and Brunton Auditorium This year, Mount Allison’s vocalists with its very fine pianos and acoustics.  excelled in the regional competition. I think it gives those high school Kirsten LeBlanc won first place and singers a nice impression of Mt. A, Mackenzie Stone and encourages them won second place to think that it might [NATS] is a in the Division II be a good place to wonderful competition, while continue their music Justine Koroscil studies.” opportunity to get placed first and The NATS together with other Morgan Traynor S o n g F e s t singers and voice placed second in competition is teachers. the Division III divided into six competition, the categories, based upper-year university Helen Pridmore on the age and category. Associate Professor experience of the Helen Pridmore, of Music contestants. There Associate Professor are special divisions of Music at Mt.A, for adult beginners. organized the event In the first round this year. Having had experience with of competition, singers perform two the organization of the first Atlantic or three songs and receive written Region NATS Songfest competition adjudications from two judges. Each in 2004, and another event in 2009, judge then awards each singer with Pridmore knew what the job entailed. a mark out of 100.  If the average of She believes the competition ran these marks is eighty-five or over, the smoothly, acknowledging that vocalist goes on to compete in the without the help of her colleagues final round. Pridmore explains that “ Songfest would not have been such a the first round is really a competition success. with yourself. If everyone gets over “It’s a wonderful opportunity to get eighty-five, everyone advances to the together with other singers and voice finals. It’s really quite democratic!” teachers in the region, and I like to The event this year was a wonderful think it is an excellent recruiting tool way to highlight the talent of the for Mount Allison.  We always have student vocalists and the Music a good turnout in the high school Department faculty.

Eric Biskupski, Alexis Thibeault, and Crystal Chettiar perform in Pith! The play was directed by Drama Professor Glen Nichols.

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The following poems were published in the Argosy between the 1914- 1919, and reflect past students views on the First World War. Poetry has truly immortalized the sentiments and struggles of the war efforts, as the essay “England’s Battle in Verse” written by an unnamed authored suggests. We must realize the importance of taking the time to reflect upon the great lengths that past Allisonians went to in order to ensure that we, today, would have the opportunity to study in safety at Mount Allison University.

Poetry from our Past...
been celebrated in English verse. We have English poems, in which the author has written of events which date back to the earliest days of our nation's history. Cowper's poem, "Boadicea," suggests to us that the state of Britain at the time of its invasion by the Romas, and the bravery by which the "British Warrior Queen" met defeat. "The Passing of Arthur, the real ruler of the Britons, was defeated by his nephew, Modred, assisted by his allies, the Saxon; and a short poem by Wordsworth, " Alfred and His Descendants," gives us an account of the work of that great monarch, and also of the influence he had on his successors. These poems, like many others dealing with early times, are somewhat mythical, but they no doubt contain an element of truth. England's present glory has been sung by many poets, best perhaps by Kipling. Today, we are engaged in the greatest struggle the world has ever known. All over Europe are suffering and death; and sacrifices are being made by young and old to aid the motherland, and defend the truth and right. Such a great crisis is sure to

"England's Battle in Verse"
Literature is the expression of a people's thought and in it we find depicted their history, growth and ideals. Especially this is true of Poetry. Any great crisis in history is sure to bear fruit in Poetry, and the thrilling deeds of the past have afforded subjects and inspiration for many of the great poets. Hence, practically all England's famous battles and the heroes associated with them, have

bear fruits in poetry, and already a few poems have been written, which we do not doubt will have lasting fame. Among these might be mentioned " The Night," by C.W Lane, and Rudyard Kipling's on Lord Roberts. At present, when grave issues are at stake, and as yet the outcome is undecided, we seem most impressed with the horror and awfulness of the war; but finally peace will come, and our brave soldiers will return home. Surely then, "Our song and feast will flow To the praise of the name, When the storm has ceased to blow;

When the firry fight is heard no more, And the storm has ceased to blow." Today every heart beats loyal and true, and we, one and all, join in this prayer for our country:"God keep her and still make her To triumph o'er her foes, His hand to lead the battle, His hand to make it close; His hand to lead to nations, When all its horrors cease, To lay the firm foundations Of universal peace." O.S (L.C. '15)

R.I. P
(To the Memory of an Unknown Canadian Solider) To distant climes of far-off sunlit strands Where spreading prairies extol their golden one Or where the spruce trees dot their bushy lands He bade adieu, that fateful August morn. Perchance it was a modest Bluenose home A cottage girl with maple, in the dell, Where tender, wrinkled mother stood forlorn With flooded eyes to kiss her son farewell. To sterner toil his cunning hand he plied And weary months brot waiting to an end, When forth he sallied- comrades side by side To those in direst need, a hand to lend. The ceaseless flash, and gun's infernal clang Light up to the darkness with the Very Lights. And with loud noise the Pig and whiz-bangs ring As if Dread Demon had proclaimed his might Amidst the fiendish surging of the ground Which shakes and groans as fiery shells explode The foemen mass, come forward with a bound And thru the serried ranks they force a road. Out numbered, but unvanquished still they strive; The foes are shattered but the hordes sweep on; The British line seems shrivelled with the drive And men are falling, and there lives but one.

THE SAILING OF THE FLEET
There is wee[ping and wailing, there is loud voiced commotion There is praying and praising o'er hilltop and lea, There is laughter and shouting from the shore to the ocean When the Ships of the Battle Fleet put out to sea With the wind breathing low on the foam-crested water, With the sun of the sailor all gold on the flag, Saluting in thunder, awaking the hauter The echoes which answer from headland and crag. With smoke blowing thick from their slanting grey funnels With the wild waters churned to foam in their wake, Snoring deep down through the snoring sea tunnels, The bloodhounds of battle are up and awake And they glide slowly by, like the gaunt ghosts of ocean Enveloped in haze of hurricane breath, And the sons of the flag go forth in devotion To conquer in triumph or perish in death The light laughter dies on the lips left behind them, The bright rapture fades form the cheek and the eye, The hearts that will wait, need naught to remind them That few go to glory, but many may die The long, lonely night on the tear-stifled pillow The heart-haunting face that is seen nevermore The slow silent wash on of the corpse-laden billow Are the dreams which they dream of the glories of war While the great ships go down on the breast of the waters Grim gaunt iron heralds of murderous hate, And the sons of our mothers, the love of our daughters, Go down with the ships to the shadows of Fate. There is more on shore than the loud-voiced commotion, There is more than conjecture of battles to be,For the hearts of a nation go forth o'er the ocean When the Ships of the Battle Fleet put out to sea. -R.V.S., '16

TO ARMS
"Ad arma, ad arma, et fangere imperium." - Horace Arise, O Britons, 'giants the War Lord's rule Whose mailed first was quickly raised to smite His Belgian friends with all his Empire's might, Destroying towns, inflicting tortures cruel On victims helpless, innocent- the foolBecause foorsooth, the Belgian King would fight For country, freedom, honor, truth and right Rather than in his hands be the tool To aid in his thrice infamous design Of cursing France and conquering the world, To arms! ye British, join thin red line, To arms! advance with battle flag unfurledThis is no time for idle joy and mirthQuick! strike the Prussian eagles down to earth. - Harold Garnet Black, '07

THE CYNIC'S NOTEBOOK
There is a vast difference between the man who knows that people are laughing at him, and the mean who only knows that people are laughing. The devil sat looking over Europe with a disgusted air. "Aw, what's the use of running Hell any longer" he asked. Every time a wise man opens his mouth, he loses an opportunity to be wise. War has one good use, anyway. It makes a lot of men very fond of their homes. Think what you like, believe what you like- but don't say it, or you'll not be liked.

WAIT AND THINK
When you dream you dream, and the thing you do, That your heart went into, the world refuse; And you see the false set over the true, And your soul revolts at the world's abuses; And you curse at Fate, and in bitterness Turn from the path of Soul's Distress, To follow the path of Heart's Delight; Before you take to the wider way, Just listen a moment,- it may repayAnd ask yourself if the road be right The fault of age is mad endeavour To leap to heights that were made to climb By a burst of strength, of a thought most clever, We plan to forestall and outwit Time We always fall on the side we ourselves have weakened.

SPORTS
Mounties down Holland College, UKC for wins
Simon Murray
Sports Writer
On Sunday, November 6, 2011, the Mounties engaged in an exchange of culture with the Holland College Hurricanes, sharing it all up and down the court. In the home opener of the regular season the audience sitting in the stands at the Athletic Centre witnessed a thrill ride like no other. The Mounties rode their enthusiasm and teamwork to a 66-55 victory over the Holland College Hurricanes. As promised, Coach Al Hart gave most of his rookies time on the court and made good on his promise to give them floor time. Early on, weak passing by the Hurricanes cost them, giving up four of their first five trips down the court. However, the Mounties' offence couldn’t capitalize, losing possession on superfluous fouls and a failure to get it to drop on the inside and out, and the Mounties found themselves down by fourteen before a timeout was called by Mt. A. After the time out, the Mounties relied heavily on fast break plays to move the ball down, a strategy that seemed to work by either drawing a foul or slipping by Hurricane defence. This strategy proved effective and cut the Hurricane lead in half by the end of the first. In the second half,

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Basketball Mounties earn season’s first wins
the Mounties stormed back with a strong amount of shots and rebounds per possession. Led by Sara McKellar, Mt. A overwhelmed the Hurricanes' defence and continued to work their magic, drawing fouls by charging to the basket. Tribute should be given to Kayla Robichaud and Mackenzie McHatten for leading a spirited advance, which used a well distributed offence to put Mt. A back in the lead. The second half brought more excitement. Chelsea Putnam started strong off the bench taking the lead up court. Robichaud made it look easy knocking down her signature threepointer ball to give the Mounties a comfortable lead. Sara McKellar continued her excellent work on offence, making impressive drives and providing the Mounties with feeds to the inside for the teams’ advantage. Respect should be given to Bridget Foley of Holland College who kept up her strength as a defender despite the Mounties speed advantage which put the Hurricanes in a hole they could not get out of. The Mounties scored a big boost beyond the three-point line to boost fan and team morale, just what the Mounties needed. Fast paced exciting play was interrupted regularly by the referees handing out plenty of fouls to either side. Robichaud then made her final of six three pointers on the night to close out the game effectively. She finished the game with thirty points in just under thirty-four minutes on the court. This past weekend, the team split their two games the same as the men, downing the University of Kings College Blue Devils before

Mount Allison's MacKenzie Gray, from Woodstock, NB, drives to the hoop past the Hurricanes' Brittany LeBlanc. The Mounties (2-2) defeated Holland College 66-55 in Sackville.
losing to the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics. On Friday, Mackenzie Gray scored sixteen and Marlon Smith added fifteen as the Mounties garnered their second victory of the year, winning 76-43. Sunday was a different story, however, as Gray dropped nineteen and Smith contributed twelve as the Mystics walked away with a 92-58 victory. The Mounties next match takes place on home turf as UNBSJ pays a visit to Sackville on Saturday. Tipoff is at 2:00 pm. Come on and cheer your Mounties.

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Hockey Mounties use offense to roll over Tigers
Riley's two goal effort powers Mounties to third straight win
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
The Mount Allison Women’s Hockey Mounties rolled over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers on Sunday afternoon, using five second-period goals to power their way to an 8-4 victory. The win is the Mounties’ third in a row, after starting 0-3-1. They now sit in third place in the AUS standings at 3-3-1, only one point ahead of Saint Thomas and UPEI. The Mounties wasted no time getting things started on Sunday, with Lindsay James and Kristen Cooze scoring 1:17 apart just five minutes into the game. A powerplay goal by the Tigers put them on the board halfway through the opening period to make the score 2-1 after the first, but the Mounties came out firing on all cylinders in the second. Thirty-two seconds into the second period, Emily Van Diepen’s point shot found its way in to give the Mounties a 3-1 lead. Lisa Riley then went to work in front of the net, scoring twice in a row 1:51 apart, with almost identical goals from opposite sides of the net, expanding the lead to 5-1 with only 4:56 expired in the second. Just thirty-six seconds after Riley’s second, Chelsea King’s shot from the right wing eluded the Tigers’ netminder, giving the Mounties an even more commanding 6-1 lead. The Tigers responded with a goal halfway through the period, but Ashlyn Somers scored sixty-two seconds after that to bring the lead back to five goals. The Tigers attempted a charge in the third period, outshooting the Mounties 10-8, but were only able to solve goalie Jenelle Hulan twice more. Lauren Oickle scored the eighth goal for the Mounties with just over two minutes left. Somers added three assists to her points tally, while Cooze added a pair of assists. Oickle, James, and Riley each had an assist in addition to their goals, while Katelyn Morton chipped in with four assists. Hulan made 28 saves in the win, improving her record to 3-0 on the season. Zoe Zivolak and Brittany McMacken split the loss, stopping 23

Mounties goaltender Jenelle Hulan makes a stop Sunday against Dalhousie in AUS action.
of 31 Mountie shots. The eight goals is the most by a Mountie team since they put up eight against UPEI in February 2008, and the most under current Head Coach Zach Ball. The Mounties return to the ice on Saturday at UPEI, and on Sunday they come back home to take on the first-place U de M Aigles Bleues. Faceoff in Sackville is at 2:00 pm.

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Mt. A volleyball earn wins over HC, UNBSJ
Mt. A rack up wins against Holland College, UNBSJ
Benjamin Dunfield
Argosy Contributor
After a strong 2010/2011 season, the Mount Allison University Women’s Volleyball team opened with a strong first set in their first home game against the Holland College Hurricanes this Sunday. The Mounties scored a series of quick, successive points early and built their lead. They had a level of communication that the Hurricanes did not. which was made clear with smart, early plays by Allison Settle, who, on multiple occasions managed to score quick, light taps to corners where the Holland College players simply couldn’t reach in time. Poor communication on the Hurricanes side set up the Mounties for an excellent first set, as they capitalized on Holland’s mistakes, taking the first set 25-9. The second set seemed like it would play out very much as the first did with strong precise smashes by Jane Delahunt and Vanessa Grey. But, a few errors in communication and poor blocks gave Holland College a chance to come back, and they took it. Going from 18-8, MTA, the Hurricanes closed the gap to 18-14. But with words from the coach and a time out, the Mounties were able to pull it together and take the set 25-17 Wear began to show through in the third set as the Mounties had a questionable start, and were down 8-2 in the first few minutes. The Mounties called a time out and managed to turn it around for a few minutes, closing the gap to 10-8, but proceeded to have a series of bad serves and turning over the ball. The teams went back and forth turning the ball over, leading to a 16-16 tie. Delahunt then turned the tides of the game with a five point serving streak, and, with a few other serves, the Mounties took the third set 25-20, taking the game three sets to the Hurricanes' zero. This past Sunday the team shutdown UNBSJ winning the match in three straight sets (25-15, 25-20, 25-21). Jane Delahunt led the way with elven kills, one ace, and five digs while Settle led the team with twenty-five assists. The women (2-2) capitalized on many good opportunities during the game and will look to continue the trend from last season with a banner win. The Mounties are done their home schedule for 2011 as they hit the road for three straight contests. Up next for the Mounties is a trip to Fredericton to face STU this coming Saturday in a double header. Game time is 7:00 pm on Saturday, followed by an afternoon tilt at 1:00 pm Sunday.

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Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn Mount Allison's rookie of the year last season, Jane Delahunt of Halifax, NS, hits out of the middle against the Hurricanes'Ashley Howell, and Kelsey Julian.

St. Thomas takes ACAA rugby Mounties finish crown over Mount Allison fourth at Acadia
Mounties defeated 30-7 in Fredericton
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
The Mount Allison University Women’s rugby team ended their season on the first Sunday in November, falling in the final to St. Thomas University 30-7. The game, played in Fredericton, featured solid play from both teams, but STU managed to break through the Mounties line early and set that the tone for the rest of the game. After the game, when asked about what STU did effectively to beat Mt. A, second year prop Taylor Mooney commented, “One of the main reasons we lost the game was because of STU's ability to get in our heads. We were physically ready to take them on, but as soon as they scored team morale was knocked.” The Mounties came out strong with Ashley Edwards dodging STU players left and right for a great run, but was ultimately stopped in her tracks. While they appeared evenly matched in the beginning of the game, an early penalty led to a 3-0 lead early in the first half. Two quick tries by STU got the better of Mt. A, despite a key tackle by Bethany Toczko. Fortunately for Mt. A, the side from Fredericton missed both kicks to keep the lead within range going into halftime. The Mounties came out flying in the second half, with a sense of urgency and determination to put some points on the board early. Though the team battled hard, STU once again exploited an opening to punch in a try to make it 18-0 after their kicker missed their third attempt of the game. The Mounties did get on the scoreboard as ACAA co-rookie of the year and player of the game for Mt. A, Sydney Mann, stormed through STU players to score Mt. A’s first try of the game before she booted it through the uprights to make the score 18-7. Unfortunately, STU responded with two more tries and one converted kick to make the score 30-7. Mt. A shone during the awards banquet where a quartet of players, Bethany Toczko, Abby White, Lauren Feindel, and Taylor Mooney took home All-Conference team honours. Another pair of Mounties were also recognized as Katie Robertson and Sydney Mann took home Co-Rookie of the Year honours for the ACAA. Looking forward to the 2012 season, many players already have their sights set on facing STU again. Mooney commented, “to take down STU next year, we're going to have to use their own trick-- score early and let them know there's no way for them to beat us, and play with confidence.” With a strong core of rookies featuring Anne Haley, Sydney Mann, Brittany Thibodeau, Sophie Murray, Katie Robertson, Ashley Edwards, and Whitney Callaghan, the women Mounties will look to build upon a strong season next year. were missing a few of our female swimmers, but even with a small turnout, we still managed to do pretty well,” said captain MacGregor Grant. Emily Byrne, Kate Frise, Marya Peters, and Léa Raiche-Marsden were a part of the Mt. A women’s Taylor Losier relay team for all three of the relays; the 400m freestyle, the 200m freestyle Argosy Contributor and the 200m-medley relay. They finished fourth in both of the freestyle In their second competition of the events and fifth for the medley. year, the Mount Allison Swim Team As for the men, their medley competed at the third annual Jack relay team, Colin Vale, Andrew Scholz Invitational. The meet was Reeder, Mikhel Peters, and Mitchell held from November fifth to sixth at Peters, came in third. The men’s relay Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova team for the 200m freestyle relay, Scotia. The Mounties earned 133 Mitchell Peters, Kellan DeSilva, points and came in fourth overall; Andrew Reeder, and Mikhel Peters the men’s team finishing third and finished in third, while the team the women’s team finishing fifth. for the 400m freestyle relay, again Dalhousie University finished in first comprised of Peters, DeSilva, Reeder, place. and Peters, had an equally impressive Veteran Mitchell Peters had performance and earned themselves a another impressive meet, finishing silver medal. second in his 100 meter (m) freestyle, Of the results, Coach John Peters earning bronzes in the 100m said: “The plan was to swim through butterfly, 400m freestyle, and tied for the Acadia meet in preparation for third place in the 50m freestyle. He Dal, but we still managed to get also tied for fifth more than ten best place in the 50m times.” The next The plan was to swim backstroke with meet the Mounties his brother, Mikhel through the Acadia are training for, Peters. Mikhel also meet in preparation the Dalhousie did well, finishing for Dal, but we still Invitational, will fourth in the 200m managed to get more be held November backstroke and sixth 18 to 20. “It should than ten best times. in the 50m butterfly. be a good meet Other noteworthy against some of the John Peters bigger, faster teams, swims for the men’s team were made Mountie Swim Coach so hopefully our by Colin Vale, who times will improve managed to snag when we come up fifth place in the against the tougher 100m backstroke, competition.” and Kellan DeSilva, who finished said third year swimmer, David sixth in the 100m butterfly. Summerby-Murray, who earned On the women’s side, rookie Marya three best times over the course of the Peters earned bronzes in the 50m and weekend. Coach Peters has said that 200m freestyle and fourth in the 50m he and the rest of the Mount Allison backstroke, also tying for fourth place swim team are looking forward to the in the 100m freestyle with Dalhousie next meet at Dalhousie eagerly. swimmer Mary Claire Lynch. “We

Peters lead the way for Mt. A swim team

Scrum-Half Abby White (8) and flank Bethany Toczko (left) chase and reach for the ball during a lineout at the ACAA Women’s rugby finals in Fredericton. The Mounties dropped the game against STU 30-7.

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Basketball men record first win
Mountie Men win against UKC, lose to HC, MSVU
Simon Murray
Sports Writer
A fast paced home opener dazzled all those in attendance at Mount Allison’s Athletic Centre, but ended in an unfortunate home opening loss of 90–72 to the visiting Holland College Hurricanes. The first quarter of this game looked promising for the young Mountie squad. Fresh faces came off the bench strong, confident, and even well organized on offence and defense. The defense was particularly effective at forcing the Hurricanes to make weak shots from the perimeter. Nolan Hanson must be given credit for the hustle he showed all first half. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes found a way to make the tough plays, scoring from the outside and making unstoppable, aggressive drives to the hoop. The second half was truly dominated by intense fast paced basketball. Keegan Meyer and Benjamin Chrisholm used their seize advantage on the inside to keep the Mounties in the game. Meyer proved his ability from the arc, and put up two amazing three-point jumpers. The Hurricanes answered right back, with a three pointer of their own. The competitiveness is something that could’ve been missed by some, but the spirit of these two teams

Mackenzie Gray Basketball
sponsored by: MACKENZIE GRAY BASKETBALL Basketball Mountie MACKENZIE GRAY led her team in two games this past weekend against University of Kings College (UKC) and Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). On Friday afternoon in Sackville, Gray scored 16 points, and made eight rebounds, three assists, and four steals in the Mounties’ 76-43 victory over UKC’s Blue Devils. Then again on Sunday, Gray had another great game, notching 19 points and six rebounds in a loss to the Mystics. Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn

Mt. A’s Brandon Malally of Truro, NS, drives to the basket against Mystics Kenneth Reardon of Halifax and Kareem Frederick of Thornhill, ON. The Mounties sit sixth in the ACAA through four games at 1-3.
was quite an amazing spectacle for all athletic sports fans watching the game. Tim Crouse got involved in a big way, making his presence on offence known in a commanding display of intensity. Ian McShane gave him a hand and showed the rookies some of that veteran offensive spark. Akil Smith, another great versatile veteran, after scoring a three, retrieved his ball from the Hurricane offensive man and brought the ball back down court for another two with a beautiful lay-in. However, the Mounties looked weak on defines, and were kept at a ten-point trail behind the Hurricanes for most of the last quarter. After the game Coach Bruce McMillian gave me a succinct explanation for the disparity in scores, “We’re not ready to play defence and our shooting is inconsistent … we’re going to have to do a lot of work in a short amount of time.” The Mounties rebounded last Friday with an 87-82 victory over University of Kings College Blue Devils. Ben Chisholm led the Mounties with twenty-two points, while Brandon Malally score nineteen and Akil Smith chipped in fifteen to round out the scoring. The Mounties also played host to Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics, dropping an 88-55 decision this past Sunday. Malally had fourteen points for Mt. A while Kevin Monaghan chipped in ten in a losing effort. The Mounties take on UNBSJ at home this coming Saturday. Action gets underway at 4:00 pm.

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Risks of poor oral health
Jenn MacKenzie
Health Intern
Good oral health is important, especially to prevent cavities, oral infections, and diseases, but can deterioration in your oral health have a negative impact on your overall health? Oral health refers to the health of your mouth and teeth. It includes the health of the tissue (gums, tongue, throat, etc.), bone, and teeth. Maintaining your oral health decreases your chances of oral disease and infection, as well as cavities. Good nutrition is also needed to build strong teeth and to prevent disease. A well balanced diet also aids in healing. Oral health can affect a person’s quality of life, so it is important to spend time maintaining oral hygiene. Poor oral health can lead to pain, infections, and disease. Missing teeth can result from poor oral health which may also affect speech, eating, and socialization. It has even been linked to behavioural and developmental problems in children. Periodontal disease (disease of gums and the supporting bone structure) has been linked to various health problems such as diabetes, respiratory illnesses, pre-term babies, or low birth weights from women who have poor oral health, and cardiovascular disease. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that, if not removed, can contribute to gum infections. Plaque can easily be removed from your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. If not removed it will thicken and harden into tartar. Smoking is also a major risk factor for poor oral health. The toxins in smoke are harmful to the gum and other tissues in your mouth. They can also cause oral cancer and bone damage to the gums surrounding the teeth, which can ultimately lead to the loss of teeth. Smoking is one of the biggest factors for gum disease and oral cancer. Brushing your teeth is one of the most important and effective ways to remove plaque from your teeth. It is recommended that you brush your

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The importance of oral health has grown exponentially. Poor oral care has been linked to serious health issues.
teeth at least twice a day for at least 2 minutes. Flossing once a day is also an important tool to remove the plaque between your teeth that your toothbrush may have missed. Fluoride rinses can also help prevent or in some cases even reverse tooth decay. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth which contribute to the build up of plaque. According to the Canadian Dental Association there are five steps in maintaining good oral health. The first step is to visit your dentist regularly. Step two is to keep your mouth clean by brushing and flossing. Step three is to eat healthy foods and limit your consumption of sugars and beverages that are high in acids, which may lead to dental erosion. Step four is to check your mouth regularly and look for warning signs of periodontal disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay. The final step is to avoid all tobacco products because all forms are dangerous and can negatively impact your oral health. Internet Photo/US Air Force KEVIN MONAGHAN BASKETBALL Basketball Mountie KEVIN MONAGHAN of Moncton, NB, was solid on the hard court this past weekend in both games against UKC and MSVU. A 5'11" guard, Monaghan played tough for two games grinding out six points in the win against UKC, and contributing 10 points against the visiting Mystics. Monaghan is A past Moncton High School Athlete of the Year in 2007, and a NBIAA basketball and football all-star (AAA.)

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Don Norton: A student-athlete like no other
Mounties athlete Norton, paid ultimate price during WW2
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
Don Norton (Class of ’42) was by no means an ordinary student-athlete during his time at Mount Allison. The outstanding student-athlete from Milltown, New Brunswick, owned the sports spotlight during his time at Mt. A from 1938 through to 1942. It was, however, his military service, time at Mt. A, and the subsequent loss of his life in June of 1944 over the skies of Europe that will carry on his memory forever. Among the many contributions made by Norton to the university, his mark will be forever remembered in the role of athletics at Mt. A. Norton is credited with at least thirteen trophies to his name. In addition to his many accolades as a track star, including titles such as the 100yard dash, Hop Step and Jump, and 220- yard dash, he is credited for a tennis trophy in Men’s Doubles from 1938. Norton also excelled outside of the athletic arena. Besides graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, he was secretary for the Junior Class, member of the Men’s Council and finance committee, business manager for the yearbook, and president of the Student Union. After Norton graduated, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and resided at the “M” Depot in Lachine, Quebec. The RCAF, established in 1920, was not considered a major force by the end of the 1930s, but provided an essential service during the war. It grew to become the fourth largest allied air force, thanks to the support of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, which still remains as one of the largest aviation training programs in history to this day. During the Second World War, the RCAF took part in several missions around the United Kingdom, the Mediterranean, and Northern Africa, in addition to defending our coasts at home. His passion and drive for athletics didn’t stop once he left Mt. A. He managed to claim first place at a RCAF track meet, and was the sole double event winner at the opening of the Navy League Recreation Centre in Halifax. Norton’s presence is still visible on campus today, through an award established by the graduating class of 1942 to be awarded to a male student in his graduating year, who makes the greatest overall contribution

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A hurdles competition at Mount Allison (above) is one of the many events in which Don Norton excelled at between 1938-1942.
to university life. For this studentathlete, the call of duty proved greater than that of a civilian life. His ultimate sacrifice, despite his promising future, helped ensure the freedom that we Internet Photo/NBA Live now enjoy today. Courtesy of Mount Allison Archives Accession 8435/1/63

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Lacrosse Mounties finish season in fourth place
Mt. A downs Acadia, lose to champs from DAL
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
The lacrosse Mounties closed out their season during the first weekend in November, beating Acadia in the quarterfinal 12-6 before losing to the eventual champions from Dalhousie on Saturday 13-8. Friday evening, Mt. A got help from their whole roster to take down their rivals from Wolfville for the third time this season. Peter Burns, who was held pointless during the regular season, exploded for four goals to stand as the leading scorer for both sides. Wayne Crossman, Ali Rehman, and Kevin Isherwood all chipped in two goals each to provide the difference for the Mounties. After the match, attacker Wayne Crossman shared his thoughts on the team’s effort against Dalhousie, saying, “It was a tough loss but we know the team is heading in the right direction.” The Mounties finished the season fourth overall, ahead of Acadia in the final regular season standings for the Maritime University Field Lacrosse League (MUFLL.) Dexter van Dam contributed one assist for Mt. A with Ryan Scott and Ben Leger rounding out the scoring for the Mounties. Saturday was a statement game for the Mounties. After losing consistently by wide margins for years to teams like Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s University, and St. Francis Xavier (see stat box), the Mounties only lost by five goals to DAL on Saturday. Six

Mt. A and Acadia faceoff Friday night in Halifax. Mt. A won the game 12-6 before dropping their semi-final matchup against Dalhousie.
different Mounties found the back of the net and a total of eight players found the score sheet. Jason Gray scored two goals and Ali Rehman had his second two goal game in as many days, as the Mounties made great strides against the eventual champions at Dalhousie. For the first time in four years, goalie Tyler James sported a GAA under 10 in the playoffs, and finished with a 9.5 GAA over two games, second only to Mike Cowan’s (DAL) GAA among goaltenders in the 2011 MUFLL playoffs. Looking forward to next season, Crossman sees opportunity for improvement saying, “We just need to keep doing what we did this season, take it one week at a time…” He then went on, adding, “…and have confidence that we’re gong to make each game tough on our opponents whether we win or lose.” While the result on the scoreboard Saturday may not have favoured the Mounties, they took home arguably the most important individual award as Kevin Isherwood won MVP honours for the league. The Vancouver native, currently in his second year with the team, capped off a 31-goal season by taking the award. Mt. A’s coach Gary Wallace, who received two nominations for Coach of the Year (but lost to Dalhousie coach Glen Dunbar), will look towards putting more of a stamp on the team as they progress and develop. Despite enjoying another successful season, matching their career win record, the Mounties face big questions heading into the offseason as standout goalie Tyler James and others graduate.

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