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January 19, 2012 Drunker than Sir John A. Macdonald since 1875 Vol. 141 Iss.

Mount Allison’s Independent Student Newspaper
Ship’s Log
Finkelstein Talk
The famed American
scholar and activist
delivered ATLIS’s keynote
speech on January 14
So far, so perfect
Badminton Mounties are
victorious again. Sports
Editor Robert Murray
has full coverage of the
Walking on Sunshine
Reading Week courses face barriers to approval
Carly Levy
News Writer
John A. W. Brannen
Elise Dolinsky
Features Writer
Raising a Red
(and White)
e teaching of Canadian studies
in schools across Canada has
become increasingly problematic,
says Mount Allison professor
Dr. Michael Fox. In a lecture
last Monday, Dr. Fox stressed the
importance of Canadian Studies
and how students just aren’t getting
the education they need in this
Dr. Fox gave his lecture for
the Annual George F.G. Stanley
Lecture in Canadian Studies  on
"Raising a Red (and White) Flag on
Canadian Studies in our Schools:
A Challenge to the Ministers of
Education." e Stanley Lecture
is delivered each year by a member
of Mt. A faculty whose research
focuses in large part on the study
of Canada.  Mrs. Ruth Stanley
attended the lecture in honour of
her husband, who is most noted
for his role in the creation of the
Canadian ag. Dr. Fox is well
known in the Mt. A community as
a professor and as the head of the
Several students and faculty members were
surprised after learning that a proposal for an
intensive reading week course proposed by the
Geography department had not been approved.
One course, Geography of Aboriginal Peoples,
was proposed by Dr. Naohiro Nakamura and
developed with the help of the head of the
Geography department Dr. Michael Fox and was
to take place on-site at the Textile Museum of
Canada in Toronto.
Dean of Social Sciences Paul Berry had called
for proposals for courses in November and
Nakamura proposed his course in December. e
Argosy met with Dr. Fox, who was uncertain as
to why the course had not been approved. “I met
with the Dean several times on the logistics,”
explained Fox. “We developed a course syllabus,
but just before Christmas, he e-mailed me and
said that he had been thinking about it and
decided he was not going to approve it.”
Fox has been working on intensive courses
Mount Allison’s 2011 Shinerama
campaign, already reveling in the
success of its goal surpassing year,
received another boost when it was
given the award for ‘Best Overall
Campaign 2011’. “e judges had a
dicult timing choosing the winners
among all the fantastic Shinerama
campaigns,” Special Events Manager
Tracy Adams noted. “Every entrant
is to be commended on their eorts
in the ght against cystic brosis.”
Almost sixty university’s and colleges
in Canada participate in Shimerama
every year, with funds raised going
toward the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis
Mt. A Shinerama Chair Beth
Whiteld, a forth-year honours
biology student, was ecstatic at the
good news. “I could not be happier …
e summer squad worked so hard to
make this year’s Shinerama campaign
as incredible as possible.” ough she
was ill when she received the good
news from the national Shinerama
chair, her “crummy day quickly turned
into a great one.”
Mt. A is sharing the award ‘Best
Overall Campaign 2011’ with
University of Western Ontario. e
award is given out to the campaign
that “best represents the spirit of
Shinerama,” and is contingent on the
campaign meeting or surpassing its
goals, amount of funds raised (relative
to school/community size) and the
number of participating volunteers
to name a few. Aleka MacLennan, a
forth-year honours psychology student
noted, “Mt. A won received this award
because we did not only meet our goal,
but doubled it … and an amazing
group of enthusiastic dedicated
volunteers.” MacLennan was Mt. A’s
Orientation Chair and, according to
Whiteld, was her “partner in shine.”
“As Orientation Chair,” MacLennan
noted, “I strived to engrain Shinerama
into the culture of Orientation Week.”
For Whiteld, the award strikes a
for four years now, developing and teaching the
rst of such classes at Mount Allison himself.
“I've always had the view that if students want to
commit to a week of intensive learning, who am
I to argue with that, and I will put the quality of
their work against any other students,” says Fox.
“I don't know what the issue is with Reading
Week that this is now a problem.”
ird-year Anthropology student Bernard
Soubry was upset to learn that the class had not
been approved. “I was especially looking forward
to the possibility of taking an intensive course,
seeing as all of my friends who have taken one
in the past have remarked upon how refreshing
it was to concentrate on one subject, exclusively
and totally, for a certain period of time,” he said.
SAC VP Academic Erik Fraser has also been
investigating the non-approval of this course, and
through discussions with Berry, the Registrar,
Chris Parker and VP Academic and Research
Berkeley Fleming he learned that there are three
barriers to approving intensive one week courses.
First, “the calendar of events in the academic
calendar blatantly states that there are ‘no
Mt. A’s Shinerama
campaign wins
national award
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WouId wc miss hockcy ñghts!
As the nation ponders
university sport has
already cut them out
Kaan Eraslan
The Ubyssey (University of British
VANCOUVER (CUP) — “I almost died
from depression, suicide, drugs and alcohol
from the depression of violence. I’m living
proof that living a violent lifestyle can kill
When asked about the eects that ghting
has in hockey, that is what former NHL
enforcer Jim omson said. You might
remember omson as the recent subject of
the boisterous Don Cherry, who on Hockey
Night in Canada called omson a "puke"
and "ingrate" for advocating his desire to ban
ghting from hockey.
So far this year Derek Boogaard, Wade
Belak and Rick Rypien — three former NHL
players known for their penchant for dropping
the gloves — died from suicide or substance
abuse. It is believed all three suered from
While this year has provided more than
enough tragedy, the narrative on ghting in
professional hockey is still ongoing, with no
foreseeable end in sight. Yet one place where
the narrative has found a conclusion is at the
Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) level.
To the chagrin of purists, but to the delight
of advocates such as omson, ghting is not
permitted in CIS hockey.
e question is, should it be? As a
fundamental component of both the junior
and professional ranks, should players who
have created a niche for themselves protecting
their teammates, and one could argue,
symbolically protecting the game, be allowed
to bring their skill set to the university ranks?
Are the rules in the CIS helping or hindering
these players from joining the CIS, let alone
allowing to them to excel in the CIS game?
Discrepancies in league regulations
If ethics and morality are cast aside,
the appeal of seeing a hockey ght is
understandable. On its own, a ght may not
be for everyone to watch. In a fast-paced
game like hockey, there is already plenty of
excitement to see with highly conditioned
athletes competing in non-stop action.
However, there is something to be said
about seeing two men put aside the game
and the rules, squaring up and locking eyes,
succumbing to the suppressed violence and
chaos innate in human nature, and while
the moment may be eeting and ephemeral,
the audience becomes viscerally enthralled,
captivated by the image of competition at a
primal level.
online to the CUP Newswire at
TOP: Norman Finkelstein dcIivcrs his kcynotc
spccch on rcsoIving thc lsracI/PaIcstinc conñict at thc
ATllS confcrcncc on Saturday in Crabtrcc Auditorium.
BOTTOM: Garnet and Gold TaIcnt show
dcmonstratcs artistic abiIity.
looking for morc
grcat Argosy contcnt!
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e student press received quite
a shock this past week when the
National Canadian University
Press (CUP) Conference called
“Archipelago” was struck with what
is suspected to be the contagious
norovirus, a Norwalk-like illness
that causes vomiting, diarrhea,
stomach pain, headache and
fever. Of the 360 delegates who
attended the conference held at the
Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites
in downtown Victoria from January
11-15, it is estimated that about sixty
delegates were infected with the
virus between Saturday evening and
Sunday afternoon.
As a delegate to the journalism
conference, I noticed things were
strange when, after dinner, as I was
sitting through satirist Chris Jones’
keynote speech on journalism, the
man beside me picked up his coat
and ran out of the lecture hall.
Others joined him shortly, although
I justied this in my head by the
festivities planned for later that
evening. While taking the bus to
the University of Victoria for the
gala and celebration planned for that
night, I got o the bus and found
another delegate with vomit covering
the back of his head and down his
suit. Something was up. Within an
hour, the entire crowd of students
were bussed back to the hotel and
were told to remain in their rooms
and stay on the hotel premises until
further notice.
“It was about an hour after
dinner that I rst began to feel o,”
comments Argosy Features Editor
Anissa Stambouli, who fell may
have fell ill with the virus Saturday
evening. “It was slight nausea and a
pressure on my stomach. Other girls
in my room complained of feeling
something similar, but we all just
assumed that we had had too much
dessert, or something trivial like
e hotel dealt promptly with
the matter, contacting BC Health
and taking two students to the
hospital to identify the illness and
take necessary precautions. Having
two roommates already sick with
the virus, and another delegate who
had been moved into the room with
the virus, I was promptly put into
a new room at no charge to myself
or the conference organizers. By
midnight that evening, they had
announced their suspicions that the
outbreak was ‘norovirus’. is virus’
incubation period runs
f r om
Canadian University Press
hosts BarñpcIago
and crisis
procedures heave
out chaos around
Rachel Gardner
News Editor
kicks off the
New Year
Vanessa Million
Argosy Correspondent
Budgct Submission
e Student Administrative Council (SAC) will present a ‘points
for discussion’ document to the University to take into consideration
when drafting their budget for 2012-2013. e Council meeting
held a lengthy discussion on the most important requests to
include in the document. Discussion points included the funding
of a Teaching Chair, implementing a lower GPA requirement for
entrance scholarships, establishing a co-curricular record, and the
continued funding of Academic Support Services, Accessibility
Services as well as grants and bursaries. “I feel [that] Academic
Support services and Accessibility Services are very opportune
asks,” said SAC President Pat Joyce. “I think they are a top priority
for students.” Council was split on a number of voting counts
taken throughout the meeting to see which requests they thought
were most important to their constituents. VP External Mark
Kroeker believed six requests was too many. “I would say it is most
professional and more decisive to narrow our decision to a maximum
of four,” said Kroeker. e decision was eventually narrowed down to
increased funding for Accessibility Services and Academic Support
Services, the coordinators of which are both currently funded
by grant money, and continued access to grants and bursaries. “I
think we should support the grants and bursaries option… We are
focusing on students that physically need funding who can’t get it
normally,” said VP Communications Julie Stephenson.
OvcrIap Dcbatc Continucs
At the last Senate meeting, SAC O-Campus Representative
Meggie MacMichael informed Council that Senate struck down
the motion to limit overlap courses for Honours students. e
Academic Matters Committee brought forward the motion in the
fall as a result of ndings in the academic renewal process that took
place a couple of years ago. e ndings suggested that there were
inconsistencies with Honours students and overlap regulations.
After much discussion and a very close vote, Senate members
decided not to limit the amount of overlap credits a student can have
when they do their Honours if they wish to have a minor as well.
MacMichael said some members on Senate believed that there was
not enough consultation with faculty and department heads on the
issue to make an informed vote. “I am seeking student input and
the head of the committee is contacting various graduate schools to
see how they view an Honours degree, and whether it is positive or
negative to have one or multiple minors with an Honours degree,”
said MacMichael.
SAC asks for feedback from students on the
ncw finc and Pcrforming Arts Ccntrc
e Innovation Committee, a sub-committee of the SAC’s
Communication Committee, is looking for feedback, specically
from Fine Arts students, about the construction of the new Fine
and Performing Arts Centre. SAC President Pat Joyce is a part
of the Board Advisory Committee responsible for providing
recommendations to the architects designing the building. Joyce
said that the blueprints for the inside of the building have already
been made and they are very well done, but the architects are now
looking for feedback about the general appearance of the building.
Joyce said that the building will be one of the rst things people see
about the campus on their way into Sackville. “We want it to convey
the Mt. A community,” said Joyce.
Argosy Photo/Rosanna Hempel
SAC cxccutivc mcmbcrs sharc a Iaugh in thc SAC ofñcc.
twenty-four to forty-eight hours,
with symptoms remaining up
to twelve hours after its onset.
e Harbour Towers hotel
accommodated students extremely
well, automatically booking Sunday
night for all the delegates who
registered for the conference, oering
a discounted rate for delegates who
had to stay for each day after and
booking healthy delegates into
new rooms upon request. e hotel
also brought in health ocials for
delegates who were seriously ill to
avoid 911 calls.
CUP sta themselves stayed up
for the night, delivering information
via e-mail, twitter, and door-to-door
visits on how to avoid catching the
virus and precautions to take once
having acquired the virus. While
I left the hotel Sunday afternoon
after showing no signs of illness
and being warned to avoid the
hotel to evade catching the virus, I
personally had CUP sta come by
the door three times over the twelve
hours and had a consistent ow
of e-mails come into my phone to
keep me updated on the situation.
CUP National Bureau Chief Emma
Godmere was largely in charge of
keeping delegates informed of the
situation, posting announcements
from the hotel and BC Health and
informing delegates of changes to
conference schedules. CUP National
Conference Coordinator Jason
Schreurs went from room to room
wearing a mask and gloves to inform
candidates of the situation and made
himself readily available to delegates
with questions.
Editor-in-Chief John Brannen
found out about the development
via Twitter. “At rst, I thought it
was a joke. However, when I started
to receive texts from my sta, I
realized it was very serious.” After
several phone calls to Air
Canada and e
Ar gos y
Board, Brannen got me on
an earlier plane with e Argosy’s
Online Editor Geo Campbell. “I
need to commend CUPNASH sta,
especially National Bureau Chief
Emma Godmere on incredibly
ecient crisis communication at
NASH74,” tweeted Campbell.
While perhaps not the most
pleasant experience of my life,
there is a great deal worse that was
avoided by the mass communication
and all-night leadership of CUP
sta and conference personnel.
e use of social media via
Facebook and Twitter, as well as
consistent e-mails, and door-to-
door communication, ensured that
everyone was kept well-informed
no matter what form of technology
they had access to. e hotel was
equally accommodating during the
crisis, and should be commended
for its persistence to keep delegates
safe and healthy during the ordeal.
My only suggestion for next year – to
keep things less eventful.
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Though not ofñciaIIy quarcntincd, most studcnts wcrc conñncd
to hotcI rooms to prcvcnt thc sprcad of thc NorwaIk-Iikc virus.
January 19, 2012 NEWS
e student-run security
organization formerly known as
the Campus Police was transferred
from Facilities Management to
Administrative Services this
spring and now works as Event
Services. e change occurred
this past May and according
to Director of Administrative
Services Michelle Strain, “events
have run more smoothly since the
Strain explained that since the
changeover all Event Services
sta are cross trained to do door
control, ID checks, crowd control,
bar tending, event set ups, tear
downs, bussing tables, ushering
and anything else required for a
campus event. Strain says “the
service was revamped to cover all
aspects of student event support.”
e sta is now getting more
training to add to their skill set,
gaining expertise in areas such
as First Aid/CPR, Smartserve,
Food Safe, Conict Resolution
and Customer Service. “e focus
is now on all aspects of event
logistics and away from event
e apparent lack of emphasis
on event security has some
students worried about the
capacity of Event Services sta
to properly handle dangerous
situations at the pub and during
special ‘Super STUD’ events.
One student who wishes to
remain anonymous says she
witnessed an incident during one
of these events which escalated to
the point of physical violence and
acts of aggression. “It was really
odd how no one stopped [the
perpetrator] from pushing people,
yelling, and running in and out
of the student centre,” said the
According to the source Event
Services sta did not intervene
in the situation which occurred
inside e Pond and outside in
front of the Wallace McCain
Student Centre “It was ridiculous
how nothing was done,” the
witness said, noting that the
security personnel were dicult
to nd. “It was a big event but
it didn’t seem like anyone was
around [to diuse the situation].”
e student also claimed
that this was not the rst time
something like this has happened,
expressing that it aects the
feeling of security inside e Pond
negatively. “ere’s not enough
talk about safety on campus,” said
the source, “people don’t know
what their options are.” For this
student, options mean having
more automatic safety plans in
place so students are aware of what
to do in the event of an emergency.
e SAC Campus Life
committee is conducting a survey
to determine students’ concerns
about their safety and security on
campus. e need for conducting
this survey stems from VP
Campus Life Michael Watkins
goal of creating a ‘safe walk-home
program’. Following through on
this goal Watkins has developed
a short survey which will be
distributed to students through
email this week.
e results of this SAC survey
will determine the needs of
students surrounding their safety.
“e survey will show whether a
safe walk home program will be
benecial and will also include
questions about how students feel
about general safety on campus
and how it could be improved,”
explained Watkins who says the
SAC has not received any specic
complaints or concerns regarding
individual safety on campus. “It’s
only been rumours here and there,”
he said, “is survey will formalize
the process.”
e SAC is also currently
working on a proposal that will
be submitted to e Status of
Women Canada for a grant
entitled ‘Engaging Young People
to Prevent Violence against
Women on Post Secondary
Campuses.’ e grant is meant to
enhance opportunities for post-
secondary campus communities
to actively prevent and reduce
violence against young women and
to support measures to address
violence against young women on
post-secondary campuses. If the
SAC receives a grant, Watkins
says the money will go towards
conducting an external audit of
safety at Mount Allison.
Safety on campus is a concern
that aects all members of the
university community and also
includes residents of the town
of Sackville. In 1991 students
protested security cutbacks
when the administration had
cut the security force from one
dispatcher and ve ocers down
to no dispatch service and one
ocer who only worked evenings.
A group of students marched
to a Board of Regents meeting
demanding higher quality security
services. Currently, there is one
full-time security ocer and one
part-time security ocer working
under Facilities Management.
Part one in a
series of articles
about student
safety at Mount
Carly Levy
News Writer
Is student
safety a
is with Reading Week that this is
now a problem.”
ird-year Anthropology student
Bernard Soubry was upset to learn
that the class had not been approved.
“I was especially looking forward to
the possibility of taking an intensive
course, seeing as all of my friends
who have taken one in the past have
remarked upon how refreshing it
was to concentrate on one subject,
exclusively and totally, for a certain
period of time,” he said.
SAC VP Academic Erik Fraser
has also been investigating the
non-approval of this course, and
through discussions with Berry,
the Registrar, Chris Parker and VP
Academic and Research Berkeley
Fleming he learned that there are
three barriers to approving intensive
one week courses. First, “the
calendar of events in the academic
calendar blatantly states that there
are ‘no classes’ [during reading
week], which technically means that
the senate approved long ago that no
instruction should take place during
that time,” stated Fraser. “Reading
Week courses are proposed on an
annual basis and nowhere in the
academic calendar is it written that
they exist.”
Secondly, with the dissolution
of the Continuous Learning
Department, Reading Week courses
now fall into the winter semester
timetable. is means students could
potentially take a Reading Week
course as a fth course without
paying any additional costs for it.
e expense to oer the course
would not be covered and would
not be able to go ahead. “Together,
the administration sees these as two
factors that prevent any Reading
Week intensive courses from being
approved,” Fraser asserted.
According to Fraser, the third
obstacle to approving intensive week
courses is an ideological one, which
involves concerns about whether
it is possible for a student to learn
an equal amount of information
in an intensive week course as in
SAC Academic Affairs committee looking for a solution
Continued from cover
a regularly scheduled one. “It is
my understanding that the Purdy
Crawford Teaching Centre and the
Academic Matters committee will
be holding a public session on the
matter,” Fraser said. Students will
be able to voice their opinions at the
session on how these courses have
beneted them in the past. He also
encourages all students who have
questions or opinions about this issue
to get in touch with him and voice
their concern at  sacacademic@mta.
“Now we know what changes
must be made and what conditions
need to be met in order for the
administration to approve more of
these courses,” said Fraser. e SAC
has scheduled meetings to make
these changes happen. is will set
the foundation for future years. “e
SAC is working on removing the[se]
logistical barriers to intensive week
courses and promoting a positive
perspective on the  value  of these
courses to the administration, so
that this time next year there will
no reason for these courses to not be
e SAC Academic aairs
committee is also currently
contacting universities across the
country to determine the standard
for intensive week courses in
undergraduate education to gain an
understanding of how the Canadian
academic community views these
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e Argosy
e article entitled “Wheels turning for Tantramar Transportation” erroneously
reported the date for the EOS Eco-Energy workshop as January 29. It is in fact January
21 at the Marshlands Inn from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Guest speakers will discuss
transportation systems in their communities. It will be followed by a discussion about
what system would work best in Tantramar. e workshop is free and includes lunch.
Registrations must be received by January 18. You can still provide your feedback by
visiting: and lling out the online transportation survey.
American scholar, author and activist Norman
Finkelstein is known for his moral outrage and
blunt rhetoric on the Israel-Palestine conict,
speaking on the misrepresentation of Israel’s
human rights violations in the media, politics,
and public arena. At his keynote speech at
the Atlantic International Studies (ATLIS)
conference held at Mt. A this weekend,
however, he focused on a dierent topic: how
to nally end the conict.
“ere has been a remarkable shift in public
opinion... such that it’s no longer necessary
to... expose Israel’s crimes and violations of
human rights,” said Finkelstein to the crowd.
“ere’s now a broad knowledge... that the way
Israel is carrying on is unacceptable, immoral,
and it’s illegal... I
think there is now a
genuine possibility, if
we do things right, if
we’re clear-headed and
conscientious, there is
a genuine possibility to
resolve the conict.”
Recent events have
cost Israel its major
local allies, Turkey
and Egypt. eir
populations are notably
pro-Palestinian, giving Finkelstein optimism
for change and resolution to the conict.
Further, despite pro-Israeli foreign policy
of Canada, a recent BBC News World poll
showed that fty-two per cent of Canadians
said Israel has had a negative impact on the
world, compared to twenty-three per cent who
responded that it had been positive.
“e Harper government’s position is
certiably insane, that’s just a fact and it’s
completely out of sync with the rest of the world
[...]. And it’s totally unreective of Canadian
public opinion,” he explained.
Meanwhile, in the United States, around
forty-ve per cent of Americans support
Palestinian statehood, with twenty-ve to
thirty-ve per cent opposing it. is change
is also reected among liberal American Jews,
says Finkelstein.
“American Jews forced to choose between
faithfulness to their liberal convictions and
blind support for Israel have chosen the rst,
and that’s especially true of younger American
Jews, college-aged Jews... [T]hey’re young,
they’re idealistic, they’re liberal... and don’t
want to have to defend the way Israel carries
Finkelstein drew on the writings of
Mohandas Gandhi to encourage citizen
action and involvement. “Gandhi says the
purpose of politics... is to use non-violent
civil disobedience, civil-resistance, to shake
people’s consciences, what he called ‘quicken
the conscience of the public,’” said Finkelstein.
“But there’s one hitch, one qualication. Even
if you use the most moral means to get people
to act, to quicken
their conscience, it’s
not going to work
unless they agree with
your goals.”
Pointing to
r e c omme ndat i ons
from the UN General
Assembly and the
International Court
of Justice, Finkelstein
concludes that the
goal to which civil
disobedience should be directed is the two-state
solution.“e only resolution to the conict
that has resonance with the broad public in the
world today is a full Israeli withdrawal from the
territories it occupied in June 1967, providing
the Palestinians to exercise self-determination
in the whole of the West Bank, the whole of
Gaza, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the
just resolution of the refugee question on the
basis of the right of return and compensation,
namely United Nations Resolution 194.”
Finkelstein has devoted thirty years of his
life to the peaceful conclusion to the conict.
e son of two survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto
and the Holocaust, Finkelstein rst became
involved in the Israel-Palestine conict in 1982
when Israel attacked Lebanon. He received
his doctorate at Princeton University and has
continued to advocate for peaceful resolution to
the Israeli-Palestinian conict.
e events of the past year have helped him
maintain a positive outlook on the potential for
change and for peace.“is has been a hopeful
period, all around: the Arab Spring, the
Occupy Movement. I think people are freeing
themselves of a lot of emotions. It’s a hopeful
period. It’s a good time to be alive.”
Finkelstein was brought to Mt. A in
partnership with the organization, Canadians
for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
(CJPME), which has a local chapter in Sackville.
Mt. A student Aya Al-Shalchi became involved
with the organization over the summer and
was eager to continue her involvement back in
New Brunswick. As an international student
from the Libya, Al-Shalchi is motivated by
the organization’s eorts to bring peace to the
“ere’s a lot of conict in the Middle
East and there is a lot of misunderstanding
[...] because this [Israeli-Palestinian] conict
has been going on for so long, it’s actually
destabilizing the whole region, and if that
conict is solved, then a lot of the region’s
conicts can also be solved.” she said.
omas Woodley, the President of
CJPME, says local groups serve a two-fold
function of bringing the national campaigns
to local communities and bringing national
reinforcement on local Middle-East related
issues. In 2010, Mt. A garnered criticized for
its decision to grant an honorary degree to
Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo
Books and Music Inc., due to her links with the
Israeli military. “Had CJPME been around a
year ago, that would have been a great project
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lecture to Mount
Allison students at
ATLIS conference
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Correspondent
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for the local group. And it also would have been
an opportunity for the national organization to
bolster the local eort,” said Woodley.
e CJPME campus group is planning an
exhibit of Palestinian children’s drawings,
a lm screening, and meetings with local
representatives over the coming semester.
ey are also promoting a consumer boycott
of companies that do business with or in the
Occupied Territories. Anyone interested in
being involved can contact Al-Shalchi at
A video of Norman Finkelstein’s talk will
soon be available online at
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very personal chord. “I was inspired
to run this campaign by the Hierlihy
family from Miramichi, whom I
met through my years of highland
dancing,” Whiteld recalled.
“eir daughter Hannah has CF
and still dances at the national
level for her province.” Shinerama
as a national campaign has raised
considerable funds and awareness of
CF in Canada, and for Whiteld, it’s
simply “amazing.”
is is not the rst year that Mt.
A’s Shinerama has received a nod
from the national oce. In 2007,
Shinerama won ‘Best Secondary
Fundraiser’ for the Shine-On
pendants, which are still sold in the
Mt. A campaign to this day. In 2009,
$36 000 was raised and won the ‘Best
Overall Campaign’.
Other award winners were Acadia
University for ‘Most Improved
Campaign’, ‘Best Secondary
Fundraiser’ went to Saint Mary’s
University for the ‘Huskies Football
Team Car Wash/Rent-a-Football-
Player’ Day. “e applications were
all very impressive and deserving in
their own right,” Adams stated.
Shinerama is Canada’s largest
post-secondary school fundraiser
and has raised more than $21.5
million for  cystic brosis research.
Started back in the 1960s, it has
Continued from cover
Shinerama, Canada’s largest university fundraiser, has
raised over $21.5 million to date
involved small tasks such as shoe
shining, car washing and busking
for change. 2006 was a breakthrough
year when more than 35,000 student
volunteers in more than fty-
six Canadian cities, towns, and
communities. In 2008, the Carleton
University Students' Association
(CUSA)  sparked the ire of many
when they voted to drop their annual
Shinerama fundraiser, on the alleged
grounds that "cystic brosis has been
recently revealed to only aect white
people, and primarily men". CUSA
later announced plans to revisit their
decision, with CUSA's president
pushing for a reversal.
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Geography deptartment.
In 2010 he won a Golden
Apple Excellence in Teching
award, and is known for
having adapted a more exible
approach to university learning.
e primary focus of the
lecture was to address the gap
between what is being taught
in Canadian Studies and what
should be taught. Dr. Fox
stated that very few people of
authority know what Canadian
Studies really means, and try
to address the issue on a purely
supercial level. “We need to
raise a challenge
to government
to go beyond
s y mb o l i s m, ”
said Fox, giving
the example
of the recent
p r o m o t i o n
of a private
member’s bill
in parliament
that would prevent the display
of the Canadian ag in an
improper manner. “e issue is
not about simply raising a ag,
it’s the meaning behind raising
that ag and what it means to
be Canadian,” said Fox.
Dr. Fox spoke of the lack
of focus on Canadian studies
in schools, as many people do
not see its value. “It is very
easy for us to get a murky
view of Canadian Studies,”
said Fox, “because they are
often overshadowed by other
disciplines.” Math, science and
English classes are generally
considered the core courses
in schools, while the social
sciences receive nowhere near
the same amount of time
and attention. is causes
students to put less value on
social studies, giving them a
bad name and reducing the
number of students interested
in studying (and potentially
teaching) social studies in
the future. One of the largest
problems is that schools often
try to “infuse” Canadian studies
into other disciplines, however
“rather than strengthening
Canadian Studies, [infusion]
has lead to its dilution,” said
Dr. Fox hopes to bridge the
gap between what is being
taught in schools and what
ministers think is being taught.
Ministers of parliament are
under the impression that
students are getting a deep
of Canadian
s t u d i e s
based on the
c u r r i c u l u m
and guidelines
they provide,
when really
C a n a d i a n
studies is “not
very visible or
even available in schools,” said
Fox. “We are often very quick
to look down on the lack of
knowledge that Americans have
on their place in the world,”
said Fox, “[but] the truth is
Canadian youth’s knowledge
is less than spectacular.” At
the same time, there have been
several cuts to the funding
of education programs. Just
earlier this month New
Brunswick’s education minister
announced plans to cut the
number of school districts
in the province in half. Dr.
Fox believes “enhanced social
studies of Canada should be an
integral part of the curriculum,”
and this requires dedication
from schools, teachers and the
government so that everyone
can appreciate the importance
of Canadian Studies.
Continued from cover
Teaching of Canadian Studies
problematic, notes Fox Big Plans for 2012
The SAC’s high
hopes for the
winter semester
Elise Dolinsky
Features Writer
e Students' Administrative
Council (SAC) has ambitious plans
for the 2012 academic year. e SAC
is taking on new projects, and SAC
President Pat Joyce said he’s very
excited about this semester.
Campus Life is working on
having a Bike Co-Op starting this
May, where ten to twelve bikes will
be available for students to rent for
the day. Eventually the SAC wants
to have these bikes available to rent
for longer periods of time, possibly
for entire semesters if students are
When it comes to campus security,
a new survey is being formulated on
how to improve security at Mt. A.
e SAC hopes to secure funds from
a new federal grant for programs that
work on engaging young university
students in reducing violence against
women. Joyce says they plan on using
this money to create an audit of Mt.
A security.
e SAC is also very interested
in looking at how Mt. A stands in
comparison with other schools. e
resident sta advisory council is
currently comparing Mt. A’s resident
sta with that of other schools, to see
how our student employment stacks
up. is year the SAC structure will
also be compared to that of other
universities, to try and nd some
changes to make it more ecient.
e SAC plans on re-branding
itself in the near future, and is looking
into a new branding strategy to
make itself better known. Joyce says
they are looking into new methods
of communicating with students,
including social media sites like
Twitter and Facebook.
e fall used book sale was a
huge success for the SAC, with
prots increasing by fty-six per
cent. However, the popularity of the
book-sale has created some problems,
according to VP Academic Erik
Fraser: “It became clear to me that
the current system of selling books is
not ecient,” he said, saying that the
SAC plans on using the extra money
from the book-sale to build a digital
platform for the book-sale that can
track student’s books electronically.
Joyce believes this will be a very
positive venture as, “it will make it
a lot easier logistically on students
and sta, and help us work towards a
paperless oce.”
Examining and trying to make
changes to the university consultation
policy will be a major focus of the
SAC this year. “ere was a lot
of concern with the don process
last semester on how students
were consulted," said Joyce, “we want
to look into the policies regarding how
university gathers student  feedback
and uses this.” One of the SAC’s
major concerns is ensuring student
feedback is imputed into university
policy; something that Joyce said
would benet both the university and
students. If they manage to build
a system that ensures this it could,
“create a substantive dierence on
university governance,” said Joyce.
Another major focus for the SAC
in 2012 is its investment strategy.
ey are working to nd a socially
responsible plan for investing their
operational surplus. If they do
manage to invest properly, this could
result in the reduction of student fees
and/or more services being provided
for students. According to Joyce,
socially responsible investments are
“something the SAC has pushed
the University for in the past and
something we will now be embracing.”
Joyce believes “this is an opportunity
for us to say we’ve put out money
where our mouth is,” and if successful
“it could potentially change the long-
term culture of student governance."
e SAC also plans on trying to
get more needs-based grants and
bursaries, and more targeted bursaries
for Mt. A students: “We want to
make sure that any student who wants
to, and has the grades to attend Mt.
A, can," said Joyce, who stated that
one of the biggest hindrances that
prevents students from coming to
university is a lack of knowledge about
the grants and bursaries available
to them. e SAC plans to improve
the communication regarding that
funding, so that students are more
encouraged to apply.
A nal goal for the SAC this
year is improving academic support
services and accessibility services. e
SAC’s budget submission for this
year reected a need for both of these
things, as both need more sustainable
funding. is year saw a signicant
increase in the use of disability
services, and hopefully the university
will be able to meet the increase in
demand for these services.
For more information on the
SAC’s 2012 plans, stop by their oce
at the Student Centre, or attend a
SAC meeting which are held each
Wednesday at 7:00 pm in Avard
Dixon room 111.
Argosy/Rosanna Hempel
The SAC’s plans for this semester including launching the Bike
Co-op, comparing Mt. A’s residence staff policies to those
at other schools and embarking on a re-branding campaign.
Local air cadet squadron visits The Argosy
We need to raise
a challenge to
government to go
beyond symbolism
Dr. Michael Fox
Geography Professor
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gathered the information for this photo caption. The cadets meet every Tuesday night at 6:00-9:00
pm at MiddIc SackviIIc Baptist Church. for morc information, caII Capt. ]uIic SchoñcId: 364-7670.
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By: Your friendly neighbour-
hood condom provider
Through Stained Glass
Rev. John Perkin
University Chaplain
I used to contribute so often to
this column in past years. Much to
my satisfaction ,people seemed to
enjoy it, and hopefully came away
with some good tips. I have taken a
prolonged absence from this column
but have nally returned to instil
some tough love. No more saying
“guys” and “girls” and talking about
sex like a playful romp; we’re in the
big leagues of sex and I’m going to
speak bluntly and graphically.
e reason for the change in tone
is that something serious needs to be
rectied. Talking. You’ve been doing
it since you were two but suddenly
you crawl into bed and you may as
well be cave people for as much as
you communicate. “Oh baby” and
“Yeah, fuck me” isn’t dirty talk; it’s
the sexual equivalent of “Mummy!”
and “Gimmie!” Yeah, Freud just
ruined those phrases for you.
I’m going to take it step by step.
Yes, raunchy words will be used. I
will get letters from people who nd
this overly graphic for print. “It’s
bad for the children,” they will say.
e children have already Googled
all this, why haven’t you?
First of all, you need to know to
rules. What’s said in the bedroom
stays there. at not only means that
the dirty things you say shouldn’t be
said in a non-sexual context, but
that the occasional weird utterance
shouldn’t become a relationship
wrecker. Dirty talk is the most uid
exploration of sexual fantasy; there’s
some messed up stu out there
and recognizing the limits of your
partner can only be determined
by going there. Finally, respect
one another. Know that you’re
both playing around, appreciate
the game for what it is, and never
take advantage of someone who’s
throwing you a bone. Ok, now down
to the rank talk.
Start slow. Men, remember that
sex for a woman starts well before
you’ve even touched her. Tell her
what you’re going to do and how
badly you’ve wanted to do it all
day. e soft stu is as easy as: “I’ve
wanted to be inside you all day…I
want to kiss your neck/lick your
clit/do you hard…spread those legs
for me. I need to see your amazing
clit.” Women, remember that men’s
libido is only as long as his…well,
you know. He needs constant
reassurance and he wants feedback
to know he’s making you feel
amazing. e soft stu for women:
“I love when you grab my ass/
thigh…you’re making me so wet…
keep running your tongue around
my breasts.”
ese basic descriptions and
commands will take you most of
the way. Playing around with them
is eectively as far as the newly
experimental couple will want to go
for a while. e big one, women, is
saying “I’m cumming!” It’s like the
launch button for men; as soon as
they hear it they climax regardless
of what you’re doing to them.
Now for the more hard-core stu,
be careful. Know what fantasies
your partner is comfortable with
and which ones are o limits. Even
once you know that, however, you
can’t simply blurt out the most
vulgar things you’ve ever heard;
you need to give them a basic
sentence structure, otherwise you
just sound like a Tourrette’s case.
Men: “I want to (vulgar verb) you
with my hard (sordid noun) until
you cum all over me…I want to
(suggestive verb) your throbbing
(indelicate noun) while you suck my
(x-rated noun)…I love your tight
(indecorous noun) around my (lewd
adjective) (indecent noun).”
Dirty talk isn’t about dominance
and subservience; it’s about
command and mutual authority.
Women, when the language gets
hard-core you should direct him,
not serve him: “Get that sti (crude
noun) in my wet (lthy noun)…
[Do this] or I’ll (raunchy verb) your
(impolite noun)…make me cum
with your (your favourite of his agile
So there you are. Dirty talk is
wonderful, and yet so few are dirt-
literate. Just be sure to not only
talk in the bedroom but outside of
it as well; knowing your partner’s
limits, the words they don’t like
(nothing breaks the mood like a bad
derogatory term), and what really
gets them excited are all important
parts of sex and relationships.
Respect one another, and have fun!
We are still in the rst month of
2012, and the fear-mongering for
the end of the year, and the end
of the world, has begun in earnest.
With the Mayan long-count
calendar due to come to the end of
an almost four-hundred year cycle,
popular soothsayers and prophets
of doom have seen a convergence
between the end of the calendar and
natural or unnatural events that may
presage the end of the world itself.
e internet is replete with
sites proclaiming that the end will
come on December 21, 2012—
the date of the Mayan calendar’s
expiration; depending on which
site one lands on, the time has even
been announced, some claiming
eleven o’clock Greenwich Mean
Time, and others declaring four
o’clock Eastern Standard Time.
e means by which the world, or
civilization, or the planet, will come
to a dramatic end include the usual
forms: nuclear war, biological war,
an electro-magnetic pulse that will
destroy life, the burning out the sun
leading to continual darkness, a polar
shift, asteroid impact, alien invasion,
and the list continues.
If you choose to enter into the
developing hype and hysteria about
the world’s end, there are options.
For fty thousand dollars, the Vivos
organization will give you shelter from
the end of the world. Advertising on
the internet, Vivos warns of the end
of society, the rise of an evil one-
world government, and the ultimate
destruction of all life on planet earth.
It seems that as a culture we are
fascinated with ideas of a global
end, in part because we have been
unable to come to terms with our
own personal mortality. e prospect
of world destruction perhaps stems
from, and certainly speaks to, our fears
and anxieties about death, nding a
focus for our fears at a macro level.
e setting of dates of earth’s demise
have been a regular xation through
western history, but this practice has
become almost obsessive in the last
generation; despite dates coming and
going without event, as a culture we
seem ever more willing to buy into
the fears of this practice. Literally.
Vivos owner Robert Vicino has sold
over half of the 132 places in an
underground survival centre in the
Mojave Desert, and is planning
more in other places.
As I write this, there are 342
days left before December 21,
which means 346 days until
Christmas, a date which, for me,
signies hope. ere will be no
apocalypse on December 21, just
another solstice, another day,
another winter, another season
of hope or despair; and another
round of imagining and obsessing
about a coming end on another
In the meantime, the task, for
individuals and the world, is to
live well between our beginnings
and endings – to live healthily,
compassionately, lovingly, with
one another and the planet we
share. We need to know that we
are bound by birth and death in
our own lives. It is my hope not
that we will survive the apocalypse;
there will be none, and ideas of the
end of the world this year is simply
imagination gone wild. My hope
is that we will survive the voices
of apocalypse, those who are really
the prophets of doom.
CcIcbrating Sir ]ohn A.
Elise Dolinsky
Features Writer
January 11 marked the one hundredth
ninety-seventh anniversary of
the birth of Canada’s rst Prime
Minister. However, celebrations of
the birth of the Right Honourable
Sir John Alexander Macdonald, often
considered the founding father of our
nation, were few and far between.
Hamilton, Ontario is the only town
to ocially celebrate the day, holding
a small parade at Gore Park, while
throughout the rest of Canada the
anniversary passes unnoticed. ere is
now much debate regarding whether
January 11 should be a national
holiday in Canada.
Macdonald made an enormous
contribution to our nation. He
was the mastermind behind the
Confederation and oversaw the
creation of Canada, from a scattered
collection of colonies to a great nation
that reached from the Atlantic to the
Pacic. Yet very few people, both
within and outside of Canada, are
aware of his legacy.
is has prompted many people
to request that his birthday become
a national holiday, similar to the
American President’s Day, which
celebrates the birth of George
Calgary Herald columnist Naomi
Lakritz stated, “If Sir John A.
Macdonald had been some illustrious
U.S. statesman, someone would
be celebrating his day today—the
Americans, who know how to honour
their country's greats."
It is commonly believed that
Canadian politicians are simply not
as interesting as American politicians,
and therefore less worthy of attention.
In the case of Macdonald, however,
many are quick to point out that this
is far from the truth. Macdonald was
often known as a “frightful old rascal,”
and remains the only prime minister
to have resigned for dishonourable
It is often stated that Macdonald
abused alcohol—he once vomited
during a public debate in the House
of Commons. However he managed
to turn the situation around with
his good sense of humour by saying,
"I don't know what it is about my
opponent, but every time I hear him
speak, it turns my stomach.”
One group that did seem to
take note of Macdonald’s legacy is
the Harper government, who now
seem to be using it for their own
advantage. Last Wednesday they
held a ceremony to announce the
renaming of a government building
the “John A. Macdonald Building,”
in celebration of the former prime
minister’s birthday. e former
Bank of Montreal building is being
renovated to serve parliamentary
functions, and is located across
the street from Parliament Hill.
Renovations on the building will be
complete in 2015, and it will serve
as the Confederation Room to host
ceremonial events and large meetings
for Parliament.
At the ceremony, Rona Ambrose,
the minister of Public Works and
Services declared, “As Canada's
rst Prime Minister, Sir John A.
Macdonald played an instrumental
role in forming our great country. It is
a tting tribute to name this building,
which faces Parliament Hill, in his
honour, on his 197th birthday."
e government also said that
they hope to encourage schools
to hold their own celebrations
of Macdonald’s birthday; the
government gave $263, 250 to a
Canadian history organization so that
such a celebration could be achieved.
Macdonald seems to be on his way
towards replacing Diefenbaker as the
Harper government’s favourite Prime
Minister,and a dominant symbol of
the Conservative Party. is is all in
an eort to make the conservative
party the “natural governing party”
of Canada. Many experts are hopeful
that Harper will follow Macdonald’s
example and work on contributing to
nation building in Canada.
Do you know what dirty talk can do for your sex life? And do
you have the guts to try it?
January 19, 2012
Op/Ed Editor
In Rhodes we trust
The ethical
dilemma of a
e Rhodes Trust recently
announced that yet another Mount
Allison student has been awarded the
prestigious Rhodes scholarship. is
scholarship was created in 1903 from
the estate of British Imperialist, Cecil
Rhodes. According to the trust’s
website Rhodes’ vision in founding
the scholarship was to develop
outstanding leaders who would be
motivated to ght ‘the world’s ght’
and to  ‘esteem the performance
of public duties as their highest
aim’, and to promote international
understanding and peace.
ese aims are well and ne but
what the ne print reads is that the
international understanding and peace
are only under the rule of the British
Empire that Rhodes envisioned
ruling the African continent ‘from
Cape to Cairo’. While the Rhodes
scholarship uses words to distract
applicants from reading deeper into
what the scholarship is about, it says
something about those who accept
the nancial support of a man who
made his money in the worst of ways.
Rhodes made his millions in the
diamond mines of southern Africa,
founding De Beers, a diamond
company that has been a target of
numerous legal accusations of anti-
trust. Rhodes was also prominently
involved in the Jameson Raid, an
event that led to the outbreak of the
Second Boer War, a war that pitted
Great Britain against the Netherlands
for imperial control over southern
Africa and resulted in collateral
deaths of tens of thousands of native
Ninety-four university fellows
deplored the decision to allow Rhodes
on campus to accept an honorary
degree. Primarily the opposition was
regarding Rhodes’ involvement in the
Jameson Raid and his circumvention
of law in southern Africa. After the
Jameson Raid, Rhodes’ brother was
tried and convicted of murder. His
execution was commuted to a fteen
year sentence before Rhodes spent 30
million pounds (approximately 2.7
billion pounds in 2012) in order to
have him released.
Rhodes, more than anything
obsessed his time with personal gain
and expanding the wealth of De
Beers, his mining company. Even
at the outset of the Second Boer
War, Rhodes attempted to persuade
military ocials to protect his mining
interests, rather than Britain’s military
interests. Accounts of Rhodes during
this time of war exposed his eeting
concern for the lives of others
and sheds light on his patriarchal
perception of others who were not as
‘civilized’ as the British.
Mount Allison is quite proud
of their history and of the number
of Rhodes’ Scholars, but are the
achievements of those scholars
overshadowed by the atrocities
Rhodes committed during his
lifetime? Are the students receiving
scholarships concerned that the
$100,000 they receive from the
Rhodes Trust comes from imperial
exploitation and war-mongering
that Rhodes took part in? I know I
would be concerned about that. If
I claimed to care about corporate
social responsibility, I would not
be able to bring myself to accept a
Rhodes scholarship. Being nothing
more that a ‘C- student’ I don’t have
to create an excuse to deal with the
ethical dilemma of being awarded a
Rhodes scholarship; what excuse does
the current class of Rhodes Scholars
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Diamond magnate Cecil Rhodes created a Trust that provides
signiñcant ñnanciaI support for studcnts pursuing studics at Oxford
Thc story of Bobby Montoya
Emily Wilson
Argosy Contributor
Internet Photo/NY Daily News
Bobby Montoya who idcntiñcs as a fcmaIc was admittcd to thc GirI
Scouts in coIorado, sparking thc outragc of somc currcnt Scouts
Forget that cute guy’s name at the bar?
Did somebody make your day?
Wanna shout out your meal hall crush?
Send in your “missed” to
To Someone Fine,
e quality of my study music
at 9:00 pm on Mondays has
been sadly downgraded. So
long from the airways.
- Dedicated Listener
To the guy who eats spam,
You are such a bully but
somehow we are friends.
Please keep rockin’ that yellow
- Your 2 favourite Americans
To Math Boy,
Super tall+super skinny+ super
ski hat= super sexy.
- Distracted/ horny Math
To the Caveman,
But no more with the loss of
your blonde mane. Now you
are a sexy rugby player who
catches all the female eyes.
Merry Christmas.
To Beauty at Mr. Movie,
Every time I rent a movie
you get my name and phone
I’d ask for yours in return, but I
fear it be a blunder,
So the next time I come by for
a ick, I hope you don’t think
me a prick,
If I let you know your pretty
and ask, “every seen Tropic
To Moustache Man With Gaged
ey say good things come in
small packages...your cat t-shirt
conrms that.
- Your Meal Hall Admirer
To all the guys at the gym,
If you’re not going to use the
equipment, do not just sit on it.
ere are chicks who want to
actually use it!”
From sexy and I know it :)
Dear Prof,
It’s really ‘hard’ to concentrate
in psych classes when all I can
think about is getting in your
To RCACS 681 Tantramar,
anks for stopping by the
oce. I hope to read your stu
one day when you’re writing for
e Argosy.
To our favourite featurette,
I hope the uncontrollable
pooping and puking didn’t tire
you out too much. Can’t wait
to hear your awesomely smart
stories when you get back.
To all the SAC candidates,
Have fun on the campaign trails
and best of luck. I still refuse to
vote online though.
-Twice defeated
Accepting lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender (LGBT) into our
cultural norms are progressing more
and more every generation. Although,
even today there are perennial issues
confronting LGBT individuals,
especially for youth like Bobby
Montoya who is a seven year-old
boy who thinks like a seven year-
old girl. Yes, that is right, Bobby is
Bobby asked to join the Girl
Scouts in Denver, Colorado, and was
accepted into the troop. However,
he withdrew from the troop due to
protest once word spread that he was
a biological male.
Taylor, a teen girl from California
posted an eight-minute video on
YouTube asking for a nationwide
boycott of Girl Scout cookies. In
her video she explains that proceeds
support a pro-transgender agenda
that goes against the traditional
values of the Girl Scouts.
“I ask all fellow Girl Scouts who
want a true all girl experience not
to sell any cookies,” Taylor pleads in
her video. “I ask all parents who want
their girls to be in a safe environment
to tell their leaders why you will not
allow your girls to make any more
money for GSUSA (Girl Scouts of
the USA).” Taylor even created a
website to encourage boycotting – e website
includes their position on Gays,
Lesbians, Bisexuals, sex education
and abortion.
Many others, including the
Colorado Girls Scouts are standing
their ground in defence of Bobby
Montoya. “If a child identies as a
girl and the child’s family presents
her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado
welcomes her as a Girl Scout.” Bobby
is not the rst transgendered girl the
Girl Scouts have accepted.
For myself this issue makes me
want to buy twenty boxes of thin
mints, despite what it might do to my
waistline. e Girl Scouts do not ask
for proof of sex and if Bobby thinks
of himself as a girl and his parents
present him as one, then in his mind,
he is a girl, just in the wrong body.
Instead of protesting, we ought
to embrace it, because in reality, it is
becoming part of our cultural norm to
allow more individual decision rather
than societal direction in gender
Bobby is not endangering the
‘safe environment’. He wants to be
accepted for who he is and do what he
wants to do, despite what traditions
and societal stereotypes tell him.
Sometimes we have to let go of
tradition and old values to progress
toward equality and acceptance.
Finally, people are accepting
themselves and now it is our turn
to accept them. Taylor is only the
beginning of Bobby’s problems. But
hopefully, Bobby was born in the
right generation to be who he wants
to be, not what is expected of him.
e Argosy
ursdays at
Open Meetings
Canada Organic Trade Association
“If you had told me twenty-ve years ago that
some day I’d be standing here about to solve the
world’s energy problems, I would’ve said you were
crazy. Now let’s push this giant ball of oil out this
Write for the
Solve the
problems of the
One giant ball of oil
at a time.
]ust bccausc it's IocaI, it docsn't mcan it was raiscd sustainabIy.
Dear Editor,
Send Missed or Letter to
the Editor submissions to
In September 1995, newly-minted
Ontario Education Minister
(and high school dropout) John
Snobelen was literally caught-on-
tape telling a room of people about
his government’s plan to nance its
promise of income tax cuts. As head of
the province’s schools, Snobelen said
his contribution would be to ‘invent
a crisis’ in Ontario’s education system
in order to justify deep cuts to the
system.   After some public outrage,
Snobelen apologized for his remarks
adding that the invention of crises
to eect change is a fairly normal
piece of work inside of the business
consulting community.  Rarely do
those who hold public trust muse
aloud about corporate strategies, but
Snobelen was right.  e creation of a
crisis is a common strategy of change
management in the corporate world.
e recent events surrounding
Mount Allison’s residence
community remind one of Snobelen’s
gae.  Because what we’ve been
privileged to witness here has been the
carefully-orchestrated, well-planned
creation of a crisis.  Everything from
the dreaming-up of the farcical
3-year don policy a few years ago;
to the dramatic and stage-managed
public meeting with students; to the
Vice President of Student Aairs’
very public ‘period of reection’; to
the mid-year loss of two donships
and a committee struck to ‘review and
reect’ on our residence model, has
been a cynical and corporatist attempt
to problematize an element of Mount
Allison’s organization which, by all
accounts, was working just ne.
is hasn’t been undertaken in
a completely irresponsible manner
mind you.
Beginning with the turng of the
Dean of Students, the hiring of a
Director of Student Life, creation of a
Residence Life Internship, and nally
increased training and responsibilities
for residence monitors (now the
Americanized ‘RAs’); the careful
observer will have noticed how
over the last 4 years, the University
has been slowly and surreptitiously
changing the residence life model
to reect those at other institutions.
In this light, the creation of the ‘don
crisis’ has been a way to awaken the
community to a change that had
already been happening.
It is a textbook case, and those
who devised the plan should
be commended. Most Mt. A
students will not witness such
cynical, calculated and corporatist
maneuvering until moving into the
workforce on their own, and in this
way, the VP Student Aairs and
others have provided them with
a valuable teaching moment. Until
now, this particular cohort of students
had as their example of how to eect
widespread institutional change the
wimpy and wishy-washy consultative
model that was the academic renewal
process. Mt. A should be proud to
show its students that there’s a better
way to go about getting what you
want in the world; that maneuvering
and manipulation trumps open and
honest consultation every time.
is is not to say that there is no
merit in reecting on our residence
model.  Mt. A’s residence model
has moved glacially through the
late twentieth and early twenty-
rst centuries. Other schools
have changed to reect the needs of
increasingly independently minded
student bodies, but Mt. A has not
kept pace.  It is no longer clear that
our current residence model enhances
our position in the market in which
we are competing, and there is room
for improvement and change.
Unfortunately, in the context of
crisis creation, the committee struck
to reect on our residence model and
recommend those changes, regardless
of the competency and dedication
of its members, is operating in a
manufactured environment. Just
like Minister Snobelen and his
government, the VP Student Aairs
and others responsible for inventing
this crisis have already decided on the
change they want to eect. We can
now only hope that rather than being
focused on corporate gamesmanship
these individuals will refocus and
remember their responsibility to
safeguard the Mt. A community.
Tom Pipe
On January 12, e Argosy ran an
article about the local food movement
and some food-related problems that
aren’t always considered. I found
it a well-written article; Geo
Hutchinson clearly did some research
but there is still much to be said.
Hutchinson cites a study wherein
a professor states that a pound of
chicken requires six pounds of grain,
and a cow even more so. Actually,
this is wrong. Chickens and cows do
not require any grain. Chickens are
omnivores who eat a combination
of greens and insects, and cows
eat grass. While it is true that the
industrial food system has decided to
stu corn-based feed down animal’s
throats (leading to monocultures,
another huge problem that the
locavore movement does its best to
combat), neither cows nor chickens
should ideally be eating the stu.
Many small-scale farmers who sell
directly to consumers use alternative
farming methods that are much more
sustainable than industrial food.
e article makes the mistake of
equating local meat with industrially
raised meat, which is not always the
case. e best thing to do is to ask
your local farmers how their meat is
prepared. What do their animals eat?
How are they raised? Its time we start
asking questions about our food.
All this being said, I have nothing
against vegetables. I eat them
frequently, and nd it sad that a lot
of people can’t name more than ve.
I’ve had people ask me what I had
in my hand while holding a turnip.
Vegetarians are great people; they
think about where their food comes
from and care enough about food
to make radical changes in their
diet. But ultimately, I don’t think
that vegetarianism is the long-term
solution. If we stopped producing
meat but maintained our culture’s
current large scale, eciency-driven,
monoculture-happy attitude towards
food production, new problems
would arise. Historically, animals
and plants were raised together, and
essentially sustained each other.
Livestock eat plants and then produce
manure; which could be distributed
to return valuable nutrients to the
earth. Without this closed circuit,
industrially produced fertilizer would
ascend to prominence, and problems
with pollution and sustainability
would arise from that. And that’s
not even touching the biological,
economical or cultural impact.
Eliminating meat is not the answer;
a fundamental change in the way we
consider food and how it is produced
and distributed comes much closer to
providing a real solution.
So, are we eating too much meat
as a culture? Probably. Would cutting
back on our meat consumption
help combat climate change?
Certainly. Is becoming a vegetarian
the unequivocal answer? I would
argue no. So in answer to Professor
McWilliams, if you want to make a
statement, become a vegetarian. If you
want to help support a sustainable,
long-term solution to the food
production dilemma, start supporting
local, sustainable farmers and, more
importantly, start asking questions.
Of course, that’s not as succinct as
McWilliams, but I think its much
more accurate. anks for reading,
David White
January 12, 2012
e Argosy hosts:
SAC Candidates Debate
Sunday January 22, 7PM
e Wu Centre
Meet your candidates:
SAC President
VP-External VP-Campus Life
Pat Joyce
Rebecca Hebb
Jacob Lavigne
Sean McGilley
Nikki Bhatia
Simon Murray
Britt Smith
Paris Satija
Kylie de Chastelain
Have questions for the candidates?
E-mail your questions to
Voting happens January 31 and February 1
The Ship’s Log
An Argosy run down of coming events in Sackville
The Argosy Meeting
January 19, 5:30 pm, Third Floor of the WMSC
Legion Luncheon
January 20, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Royal Canadian Legion
Ham, scalloped potatoes, ginger cake, tea and coffee
Pierrot Lunaire - A Centennial Celebration
Helen Pridmore and Guests, Brunton, January 21, 7:30 pm
2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Pierrot Lunaire,
Schoenberg’s chamber music masterpiece that has
artists as diverse as Cleo Laine and Bjork.
2012 Chinese New Year Party
Mt. A Chinese Students & Scholars Association
Jennings Dining Hall, January 21, 2012, 7:30 pm
The price will be $15 for each person and the price for
residents will be $8. The number of tickets is limited.
Transportation for Tantramar workshop
EOS-EcoEnergy, Marshlands Inn, January 21, 2012. 9:30 am
Workshop about transportation options for the Tantramar
region, including common transportation, carsharing, and
carpooling. It is FREE and includes lunch. All are welcome.
Registration required at:
Mountie Men’s/Women’s
Mountie Women VS UKC
Jan. 22, 1:00pm, AC
Mountie Men VS UKC
Jan 22, 3:00pm, AC
The Argosy hosts the SAC
Candidate Debates
January 22, 7:00 pm, Wu Centre
Send your questions for candidates to (see ad on p. 10)
Sackville/Amherst Chapter
of PFLAG Canada
January 23, Sackville United Church
Parlours, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
PFLAG’s guests for this meeting are
Helene Robb and Beth McLaughlin,
Moncton residents, who have been
partners for twenty-eight years. Avid
travellers, they have backpacked
on six continents and traveled twice
around the world.
Get Your Mind Out of the
January 23. Come on by and visit the
“Blue Monday” booth at the WMSC to
enjoy light therapy, pump-up music,
and Hawaiian-inspired décor that’s
reminiscent of summertime.
Josiah Wood Lecture —
President’s Speakers Series, Year of
Science and Discovery
January 23, 2012. 7:00 pm
Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Brunton
The Campus Climate
Challenge EcoAction
January 23, 2012, 12 pm
Jennings Meal Hall will be hosting
a local dinner to help start Mount
Allison’s C3 campaign on January 23
at 4:45 p.m. It is only $6 for off campus
students, and it is a great opportunity
to learn about the challenge!
Sign-up deadline: January 20, 2012
Examination Date: February 4, 2012
Graduating in 2012?
Thinking of taking the exam for the CERTIFICATE OF
Roah Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” (a Musical)
Janaury 19-21, 8:00 pm, Matinee January 21, 2:00pm
Convocation Hall, Sackville, NB
$10 Students/Seniors, $12 Gernal. $5 Children at Matinee
Tickets are available in Sackville at Tidewater Books, Joey’s
Symphony New Brunswick Trio Guest Recital
January 19, 2012. 8:00 pm, Brunton Auditorium
Music for Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano
Christie Goodwin, oboe; Patrick Bolduc, bassoon; David Parker,
horn; Stephen Runge, piano
Register now at the Department of Modern Languages and
Literatures Crabtree 310: For further information, please
contact Dr. Kirsty Bell <>
January 19, 2012
Pieces of Advice
I’ve Gotten From
my Family
Growing up as a child, I would often receive bits of wisdom
from my family, in hopes that I would become a mature
and responsible adult. While that has yet to happen, I
have learned a few very important things about life and
Two pickled eggs and a beer: that’s
the breakfast of champions.
You can solve any problem with
a bit of logic, and a few gullible
If you marry someone, you can only
if marriage. If you don’t, you have
to wait until your 25th wedding
anniversary. And if you do decide to
get rid of them, you can borrow my
Watch the pie; that’s all that matters.
When you choose someone to
marry, make sure they’re old, rich
and have a heart condition.
If your slushie keeps freezing, it
means there isn’t enough vodka in
Don’t send a man to get groceries;
they get distracted too easily.
If you’re going to annoy your sister,
don’t come crying to me afterwards.
Remember the law of the jungle:
If the little animal picks on the big
animal, the little animal better run,
or they’re going to get hurt.
If you’re doing a B.A. you may
want to do a math minor; that way
you can get a job.
Geoff Hutchinson
Humour Editor
One Night at the Office: In Which
Peter’s Attempts at mitigation
encouter a serious setback
Should Peter:
You can vote in
one of two ways:
send an email to
with the word “Hide” or “Door”
in the subject line
Go to the Argosy’s Facebook
page and VOTE!
Peter decided to hide under his desk. After all, his future self had warned
him, and no person’s future self would ever advise them to act in a way that
might cause their future self to not exist. Well, not unless their future self
happened to be a sadist masochist. Peter was at least forty per cent sure this
wasn’t the case.
Grabbing a pen o of the desk, just in case, he dropped to the oor,
crawled underneath his desk, and started sweating like a nun in a brothel.
e knocks on the door continued, momentarily. en they stopped,
momentarily. is was almost immediately followed by a noise similar to
a bull elephant in mating season, and then the splintering of the door as it
was bodily removed from it’s hinges, due to the fact that it was kicked in
A large man, bearing a striking similarity to Tom Cruise in Top Gun, and
wearing a ight suit decorated with the acronym “T.E.T.F”, stumbled into
the room, clutching a large, shiny piece of metal in the shape of a croissant.
He looked both agitated and very, very confused. He shouted, very loudly,
Peter was petried. is man was obviously in distress, and was obviously
looking for him, but his future self had explicitly stated that he was not to
talk to anyone. is, Peter thought to himself wryly, was a dilemma.
In this quote, each letter has been switched with a corresponding letter of the alphabet. For
example, ABC could become XNE. e pairings are completely random. Got it? Good! Get
ready, because here we GOOOOO!
e Argosy
Ten Children’s Books that would never be published
Part 1:
By Susan Rogers, Illustrations by Geo Hutchinson
(CUP) — Puzzles provided by Used with permission.
1- Filth;
5- Artful;
8- Soprano Gluck;
12- Cop _ ;
14- Cancun coin;
15- London jail;
16- Hackneyed;
17- Language of Pakistan;
18- Cornerstone abbr.;
19- Consist of;
21- Prepare to eat, in a way;
23- Classied items;
24- Bingo!;
25- Leb. neighbor;
26- French form of kick
30- Actress Woodard;
32- Beethoven dedicatee;
33- Act of impelling;
37- Cover;
38- _ and the Night Visitors;
39- Emaciated; 40- Disease of
42- Gravy, for one;
43- Prehistoric chisellike tool;
44- Beginning;
45- Attorney's org.;
48- Spar;
49- Dada pioneer;
50- Bog;
52- Astonishment;
57- Against;
58- Civil disturbance;
60- Tall and thin;
61- Parody;
62- Buck follower;
63- First name in cosmetics;
64- Achy;
65- Mohawk-sporting actor;
66- Makes a row?;
1- Not fem.;
2- As far as;
3- A type of bake;
4- Seaweed;
5- Shrivelled, without
6- Acid;
7- Young;
8- "A Death in the Family"
9- Wears well;
10- Like an unprotected
11- Tree of the birch family;
13- Add zz;
14- Cat;
20- Chemical ending;
22- British nobleman;
24- A, as in Athens;
26- Denomination;
27- Baseball family name;
28- Antidote holder, maybe;
29- Take _ at (try);
30- At full speed;
31- Convocation of witches;
33- Mingle;
34- Markers;
35- A single time;
36- Russian no;
38- Airmail letter;
41- Bumpkin;
42- Flexible;
44- Bruins great Bobby;
45- Accumulate;
46- Swindle;
47- Moving;
49- Car;
51- Bird of prey;
52- Smoke deposit;
53- Impetuous;
54- A big fan of;
55- _ -Ball; 5
56- Baby blues;
59- Discount rack abbr.;
The Argosy’s Fabulous Distractions!
January 19, 2012 CENTREFOLD
Top athletes hit
the ice
2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships arrive in Moncton
Figure Skating
promises to
be an exciting
Carly Levy
News Writer
Elite skaters from across
the country are in Moncton
this week for the Canadian
National Figure Skating
Championships. Nearly three
hundred amateur skaters
will compete for top national
rankings, which will earn
them a spot
on Canada’s
national team.
is will
mark the fourth
time the city
of Moncton
has hosted
the national
Organized by
Skate Canada,
the nation’s
gure skating
governing body,
the event includes male and
female skaters competing at
the novice, junior, and senior
levels in the disciplines of
singles, pairs, and ice dance.
“It’s always exciting to be
heading out to Canada’s east
coast, the people are friendly
and they love their skating,”
said William ompson, Skate
Canada CEO.
Reigning world champion
and four time national
champion twenty-one year
old Patrick Chan from
Toronto, Ontario, who trains
in Colorado Springs is back
in Canada to defend his title
after taking the Canadian
sports world by storm this
past year. Chan boasts several
achievements for his 2010-2011
season: after taking gold at the
2011 World Championships
in Moscow and setting world
records for his scores in the
short and long program, he
was awarded the prestigious
Lou Marsh Trophy, an award
given annually to Canada’s top
athlete as chosen by a panel of
He was also awarded the
Sportsnet Canadian Athlete
of the year, the QMI Agency
Canadian male athlete of the
year and the Lionel Conacher
Award, the Canadian Press’
male athlete of the year
designations. Chan won the
recent Grand Prix Final in
Quebec City and will be
guarding the top of the podium
from Kevin Reynolds, 2010
bronze medalist, and an up
and coming competitor Andrei
Rogozine, who is the 2010-
2011 World Junior Champion.
In the ice dance category,
Olympic champions Tessa
Virtue, 22, London, Ont.,
and Scott Moir, 24, Ilderton,
Ont., will be returning to
the Canadian Figure Skating
Championships after missing
last year due to injury. is
season they won gold at Skate
Canada International and
Trophée Eric Bompard in
France, and won silver at the
ISU Grand Prix Final. Virtue
and Moir are seeking their
fourth Canadian title.
T h i s
year the
compet i t i on
will be erce
in the Senior
Women event
with Cynthia
P h a n e u f
coming to
Mo n c t o n ,
h a v i n g
made some
changes to
her repertoire
in hopes of
defending her national title.
is November Phaneuf
left longtime coaches Annie
Barabé and Sophie Richard to
move to Toronto to train with
Brian Orser. e 2011 national
champion pair team of Kirsten
Moore-Towers and Dylan
Moscovitch will also be hitting
the ice this weekend
Skaters at the junior and
senior levels will be vying for
the chance to compete for
Canada at the International
Skating Union’s World Figure
Skating Championships this
spring in Nice, France and the
World Junior Figure Skating
Championships in Minsk,
Belarus. Competitors will also
be skating for the opportunity
to compete on the ISU’s
Grand Prix Circuit, a series
of international invitational
competitions, as well as a
host of other international
“is is a critical event
for any skater who wishes to
reach beyond the national
skating scene and advance to
the international stage. With
national titles on the line and
international assignments up
for grabs, this event always
brings the thrills and I am
sure it will be no dierent in
Moncton,” said ompson in a
This is a critical
event for any skater
who wishes to reach
beyond the national
skating scene and
advance to the
international stage.
William Thompson
Skate Canada CEO
What: 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships
Where: Moncton Coliseum (377 Killam Drive in Moncton, New
When: January 16th- 22nd, 2012
Tickets available by visiting; 1-888-720-5600; or in person
at thc Moncton CoIiscum Box Ofñcc.
Why: These events will help determine the representatives for Team
Canada at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, ISU Four Continents
Figure Skating Championship and ISU World Junior Figure Skating
Canadian ñgurc skating's top skatcrs arc in Moncton this wcck, compcting to bc caIIcd thc bcst in thc country.
Senior skaters will compete this weekend, but novice and junior level skaters (the two levels below senior
skaters) will be competing all week.
Top Left: Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are looking for their fourth Canadian title in Moncton after
missing Iast ycar's Canadian Championships duc to injury.
Top Middle: Patrick Chan is also looking to defend his title in a year where he has received numerous awards.
Top Right: Cynthia Phancuf is Iooking to dominatc thc womcn's compctition again this ycar aftcr changing
coaches and moving to Toronto to train under Brian Orser.
Middle: Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje are looking to challenge Virtue and Moir this year, having placed
on thc podium at thc past ñvc Canadian Championships.
Bottom Left: Patrick Chan (middle) is coming off a win at the 2011 World Championships.
Bottom Right: Ncw Brunswick skatcr Shawn Sawycr pIaccd 2nd at Iast ycar's championships. Thcrc arc no
Ncw Brunswickcrs compcting in this ycar's cvcnt.
e Argosy
2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships arrive in Moncton
Twenty years later
Mike Slipchuk
achievements, state of
sport in Canada
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
Few today can recall the events that
transpired leading up to the 1992 Canadian
Figure Skating Championships in Moncton,
NB. Mike Slipchuk had been awarded his
second straight bronze medal at the 1991 event,
and with three time defending champion Kurt
Borwning sitting out, a little known skater by
the name of Elvis Stojko was supposed to have
an easy time in the Men’s program. However,
Mike Slipchuk rose to the occasion and
achieved the highest level of success on the ice
in his career.
Now serving as the Director of High
Performance for Skate Canada since 2006,
Slipchuk has witnessed the sport’s style make a
complete 180-degree turn in all aspects. “I think
the biggest thing is that the judging system has
completely changed [from
the 6.0 system to the new
ISU judging rules adopted
in 2004].” He also noted
that the skaters with whom
he competed in 1992 would
nd the changes very
dicult to adjust to now
but that, “…its great to see
Canada still doing so well.”
Ahead of the
competition, Slipchuk was
focused on seeing how well
the top-level skaters were preparing themselves
for the World Championships in Nice, France,
in late March. He also noted that preparatory
events like these gives the skaters a chance to,
“…get into high level competition mode.” e
competitive atmosphere can test skaters for
what sort of pressure they’ll experience should
they make it as far as the Worlds. Slipchuk went
onto add that given the numerous divisions,
including novice and junior, “… it also gives
us a chance to see the depth we have in our
riving in his newest role for close to ve
and a half years as Director
of High Performance,
Slipchuk described his
experienced that helped
him land the job. “I went
through the system up to
the highest level, I coached
for twelve years and I
was one of the Technical
specialists when they
brought in the new system
in 2006 [Torino].”is list
of credentials and practical
experience brought to the job by Slipchuk
has already paid dividends for the Canadian
program, with eleven World Championship
medals (three gold, six silver and two bronze)
and two Olympic medals (one gold, one
bronze). As skaters have again converged on
Moncton, it has proven time and time again
that the championships are a launching point
for gure skaters of all ages for successful
careers on the international stage.
Mike Slipchuk, now Director of High
Performance for Skate Canada, won
thc mcn's skating cvcnt Iast timc thc
championships were held in Moncton.
I think the biggest thing is
that the judging system has
completely changed [from
the 6.0 system to the new
ISU judging rules adopted
in 2004].
Mike Slipchuk
Skate Canada Director of
High Performance
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Januarty 19, 2012
That one to the left, just a bit brighter;
stretch way up and climb on top.
Meld together in this hot space,
never look down.
Secret and separate, our perfect mold.
I’ll pinch your skin when you’re part of me is fading
to save your smile and stretch out the night.
Hands still warm.
One small crack, then a pattern, a web.
Our faces are a guide to all that we’ve been;
each thought and touch has left it’s mark.
A gallery of art.
See a big mass of black with one sparkle gone,
but the ones down below see it in full
and dream of our star.
A Move Unreserved
Bhreagh MacDonald
ere was once a young pilot who ew for a band of pirates. He had been
rescued by the crew as an orphan child and was raised by them among the
clouds and the ports of a tropical archipelago. He had become close almost
immediately with the previous pilot of the large sea plane that was their
lifeblood. He spent most of his time watching and learning how such a
lumbering machine could defy gravity. And when the position was oered
to him, he gladly took it on. He had a natural skill for ying and it took him
no time to learn how he should land in the water and approach ships so that
they could be plundered, or how to y away into the sunset so that they could
make their getaway. ey were not much in manner of a crew, but they made
up for it with heavy re power. And once their treasure was stolen, they would
go to port and spend lavishly, for that was the life of a pirate. He dreamed of
a dierent life, however, one where he could stay still for more than a few
nights, but he could never leave the crew, or the captain he loved so dearly.
ey were big and loud and rowdy, but they were the only family he knew and
they cared for him like a son. And how could he leave the sky he loved so, the
feeling of complete freedom when he danced among the clouds, he owned
them, they were his skies and he looked upon the dotted sea below as others
would look at the ground below their feet. His machine was big and stupid
and uncomfortable, but when it left the ground it meant home. It all changed,
however, and the culprit was, as usual, love. ey had landed and boarded a
large sailboat on a bright sunny day, its owner was a wealthy merchant, but
they sought not his merchandise, they wanted his money, and they could get it
easily because he would give it to them, in exchange for his beautiful daughter
who was his only family. Of course they had to hold her for a few days in order
for him to collect the ransom they desired, but the captain gave his word that
neither hair nor skin should be harmed on her body, and the captain always
kept his word. He trusted no other with the care of the lovely young girl but
the young humble spirited pilot. So he watched over her and fed her and
protected her while they hid in a small port town. She was like him, always on
the sea and dreaming of something more solid, but the waves where her home.
Together they talked endlessly for three days and two nights of their dreams.
ey fell hopelessly in love. But how could they possibly be together in a
world that separated them so, walls and pillars of hatred stood between them.
So on their last night they decided they would run away together. But how
could they make anything of their lives starting from nothing? ankfully
a large sum of money was about to change hands, and that made it easy for
them to get their own hands on it. e trade went as planned with the wealthy
merchant, but that very night, both parties met each other on the road again,
the merchant calling them scoundrels and demanding his daughter back, and
the pirates calling him a greedy pig and demanding he give back they’re gold
or his blood would be spilt. And in all the confusion, the two lovers stole away
into the night to begin their life together. Using the gold they stole from their
families, they bought their own small sea plane, and ew far away where they
would never be found.
Sam Page
The Pilot and The Beauty
On ursday, January 19, Garnet and Gold (G&G)
will be celebrating their 80th anniversary with a
production of Rohald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.
To kick o the upcoming opening of the musical,
the cast and crew presented a vibrant, high-energy,
and, comedic variety show entitled Spectacular
Spectacular! Held at Live Bait eatre, many theatre
supporters from both the university and Sackville
community were in attendance to share some laughs,
witness some jaw-dropping performances, and get
excited about the upcoming performances of Willy
e event was an opportunity for the performers
to showcase the many facets of their talent in a fun
and pressure-free environment. e actors got to
extend beyond the connes of their characters in
Willy Wonka, and perform dance routines, ensembles,
skits and more. e talent show featured music both
inside and outside the realm of the musical theatre
Rena omas, a Sackville native, has been involved
with Mount Allison’s musical theatre society, Garnet
and Gold, for seven years. As a fourth year student,
Willy Wonka will be omas’ last G&G production.
She performed in several variety show numbers,
including the society executive’s spirit dance to
“Reach for the Stars”, and a song called “Breath”from
the musical “In the Heights” which she performed
with her brother, and President of G&G, Justin
omas. She was also involved in a dance to “I’m
sexy and I know it,” which was an evening favourite.
omas notes that her favourite number to be
involved with was the spirit dance performed by the
G&G executive, featuring the omas’, Georgina
Dibley and Cait Doucette.
“ [e performance]pumps people up and reminds
us that we are a group and need to work together
to make the show be the best it can be. We have
been very fortunate this year to have a cast which
has bonded with each other either as a lead, chorus
member or youth chorus.”
Spectacular Spectacular! is an annual fundraising
eort for G&G. is year marks the society’s 80th
anniversary. e rst show presented by the G&G
was H.M.S Pinafore, which was performed in 1932.
G&G has come a long way since its beginnings,
and will continue its legacy this week with their
Spectacular Spectacle!
striking, stupendous
Garnet and Gold
presents a variety
show in anticipation of
opening of Willy Wonka
Julia McMillan
Arts and Literature Editor
performance of Willy Wonka. e classic story of
Charlie Bucket and eccentric candy connoisseur, Willy
Wonka, will be sure to captivate the hearts of audiences
of all ages. Assured to be popular for its nostalgic value,
comedic elements, and display of outstanding student
and community talent, the musical promises to be one
of the year’s most exciting productions.
omas notes that the audience can expect “a fun
story told through the genius of musical theatre of a
magical adventure through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate
Factory. e story teaches us morals while also making
use of the beauty of imagination. It is a great show for
all ages!”
e show runs January 19 - 21 at 8:00 pm at
Convocation Hall, with a matinée Saturday at 2:00
pm. Doors open thirty minutes before show time.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Tidewater
Books, Joey’s Pizza and Pasta, the SAC oce or
online at e cast
and crew will be hosting a “meet and greet” at Joey’s
following the evening performance on January 21.
It will be a fantastic experience to meet with your
favourite character and relive the show once again.
Members of the cast and crew of Willy Wonka
perform during the Spectacular Spectacular
Variety Show. All photos by Cat McCluskey
e Argosy
Art is a form of expression and it is this
expression that displays the beauty of the arts.
However, art is much more than a work of
beauty: it often challenges the beholder with
relevant issues present in the world. On January
13, the Owens Art Gallery opened its doors,
inviting the community to be faced with new
beauty and challenges. Enter Susan Wood and
D’Arcy Wilson. e art of Susan Wood and
D’Arcy Wilson is both beautiful and haunting.
Beyond the beauty they both convey, each artist
presents dierent challenges and perspectives on
nature, as well as the divide between humanity
and our fellow animals.
Susan Wood has numerous dierent
representations of animals. Her watercolours
and ink drawings represent a natural world in
either a state of withering existence or death.
In addition to withered or dead plants are birds
tangled in various death poses. Even though
Wood’s art does feature darker interpretations
of life, they are nevertheless ne representations
of nature. e displays honouring her work have
a very distinctive earthen tone, with moss green
and clay red splayed across her ink drawings.
Birds, dragonies and many dierent owers are
accurately and meticulous designed. Maritime
inuence is denitely present, as can be seen in
her large collages of Devil’s Purses (small sh
egg pouches commonly found on the shores of
Maritime provinces). ese are so wonderfully
represented that they leave the realm of art and
look to be biological displays of the actual Purse.
Another noticeable feature of Susan’s art is the
Japanese inuence in her watercolour collages
of dresses. ese classical Japanese dresses are
also very natural in their presentation. Browns,
clay colours and dark greens ll the dresses with
colour and enhance the nature imagery. Within
the frame of the dresses are faint human gures,
shades of arms and faceless gures mixed with
the roots of plants. No matter the inuence, one
theme resonates within her art: the preservation
of nature through art and humanity’s faint and
somewhat alien connection to it. ere are
drawings of birds twisted with death that have
a small price tag loosely tied to their feet, as well
as withered owers on a background of faded
script. is reinforces the
irony of our interaction with
nature; in order to appreciate
it we must destroy and
preserve it.
e video performance of
D’Arcy Wilson carries this
theme to a dierent level
of engagement. e short
lm features her wandering
through a museum lled
with preserved animal
trophies, softly singing
lullabies to the animals on display. Her tone is
very much motherly, as she sings lovingly to the
animals that are long gone. Her song is innocent
and pure, as though she were a small child. is
is really shown in her dress.
“I wanted the dress to be childlike. White (the
dress colour) is always associated with purity, I
am like a child playing the part of a mother with
pure intentions” explained Wilson.
e theme of humanity’s divide with nature is
ever present in her lm. e powerful dierence
between Wilson’s work and Woods is that
Wilson’s video presentation engages not only
the eyes, but also the ears. Her song is haunting
and lled with sorrow.
“[e lm] is very much about our separation
from nature. I wanted the overall mood to be
is sadness is not only for eect, it is for
challenge. We are again shown the irony of our
attempts to understand nature; that we have
to destroy and preserve it to experience it. e
silence between each lullaby sung by Wilson is
more eective as a haunting sadness than a song
transition in this respect.
Wilson adds that “I understand the implied
cruelty in this lm… that I would try and sooth
the suering of these animals although it is far
too late. [After every song]
there is the expectation from
the singer that the animals
will lay down and sleep, but
it is too late and the audience
knows that”
Both Wood and Wilson
have found ways to capture
and explore nature with
their art. Whether they are
preserved on paper or lm,
both artists have attempted
to explore the beauty of
nature, and our faint connection to it. e artists
have realized that nature is close and valued to
the human heart, even though we often nd
ourselves alienated from it. Despite this, the
artists challenge us to recognize the importance
of nature as we see the irony of our destructive
interaction with it. It is this haunting, yet
beautiful, reality of our divide with nature that
leaves the onlooker lled with wonder and
Crossing the Divide
Artists explore themes
of humanity, nature,
and mortality
John Fraser
Argosy Correspondent
about our separation
D’Arcy Wilson
Contributing Artist of
Owen’s latest installation
Large scale drawings of Susan Wood
and D’Arcy Wilson at the Owens Art
January 19, 2012
Carol Wainio is an artist and
researcher based in Ottawa, Ontario.
She uses age-old stories to explore
the connections between time, place
and experience. Her paintings, often
monochromatic, unite fragments
of historical iconography, classic
Flemish painting and tropes from
fairytales. In her work she raises
questions about place, history and the
relationships between stories and the
people who tell them.
Wainio gave a presentation at the
Owens Gallery on Monday, January
16, as part of the Visiting Artist
Program, a series co-sponsored by
Mount Allison’s Department of Fine
Arts, e Owens Art Gallery, and
Struts Gallery. e talk included an
overview of her work, as well as a brief
look at some of her ongoing research
Wainio spoke at length about
the theoretical foundations of her
practice and areas of research before
discussing her own artwork. She
spoke about a research project she
recently undertook in Frankfurt,
Germany, in which she studied the
work of German intellectual Walter
Benjamin. Benjamin, who is best
known for his essay “e Work
of Art in the Age of Mechanical
Reproduction” (1936), also harboured
Artist creates a
place for fairytales
Wainio gives
presentation at
Joel Young
Arts and Literature Writer
a deep interest in children’s stories. She
discussed Benjamin’s psychological
perspectives of experience, and used
them to raise interesting points
about the history of the images she
incorporates in her painting.
Using examples of developments in
iconography from popular fairy tales,
most notably Puss in Boots, Wainio
explained the ways in which certain
images diuse through cultures and
history with dierent purpose and
“You can see illustrations passing
through time, barely altered,” said
the artist, “there are copies upon
copies; are any of them original?” She
pointed out that often the same image
would be used in completely dierent
stories, complicating the idea that any
given image has an attachment to a
specic story.
is idea is perhaps the key to
unlocking the layers upon layers of
meaning present in Wainio’s work.
Her paintings often contain historical
images that continue the ongoing
discourse associated with the given
image, as well as giving reference to
the ever-changing nature of any given
object of art.
Wainio discussed the recurring
theme of scarcity and excess ever-
present in fairytales. She compared
GMOs marketed to farmers in the
global South to the magic seeds often
found in fairytales. One can clearly
see the connections between current
social and economic problems and
the narrative structure of fairytales
in works such as “Puss in the
Subcontinent” and “Le Chat Botté en
“[Seeing these images appearing
again and again] invokes the sense
of empty space and time … it speaks
to the lack of space between these
images,” said Wainio.
Maybe it isn’t so much empty
space between these powerful images
as it is an over-concentration of
meaning and human passion in the
moments highlighted by Wainio and
the fairytales she studies. Her work
takes rituals such as story-telling and
highlights their childlike and playful
nature before incorporating them
into clever and balanced paintings.
A collection of history and
fairytale inspired work by
Ottawa based artist Carol
Waino. (Top) Puss on the
Subcontinent (Middle)
Sagamie (Right) The Slipper.
Internet Photos/ carolwainio.
co. (Bottom) Wainio gives
presentation at Owens.
Photo credit/Fiona Cai
Artist talk: Q&A
with a Mt. A artist
Why did you go into Fine
I went into Fine Arts
because it was the only
thing I studied in school that
thrilled me. I love writing,
english, and history too,
but nothing quite made my
stomach turn like looking and
thinking about visual art. My
parents and teachers also really
enabled that spark and made
me feel that this was a viable
and important eld–a support
I wish more people could have.
What was your rst
memorable art project?
is could be something silly
as a kid, or a more serious piece
that you were proud of.
I think the rst time I
both found an artist and
made something that really
excited me was when I did
a reproduction of an Egon
Schiele self-portrait when I
was 14 and I still have that 8X
11 pastel drawing in my studio.
en when I was about 17 I
started exploring cityscapes of
my hometown of Saint John
and that body of work helped
me realize that developing
theme, and producing as much
work as possible is another way
to start making work that you
both like and that is usually
received well. I realized that I
could pursue this in the long
run and motivate myself to
make work.
If you weren’t studying
Fine Arts, what would
you be most interested in?
year Fine
Arts Student
Julia McMillan
Arts and Literature Editor
If I wasn’t studying ne
arts I think I would study
creative writing. I’ve always
loved to write and I have the
Hilroy notebooks full of bad-
angsty-teen poetry to prove it.
But I get very excited about
writing and its kind of a treat
when , every now and then, I
write something I’m proud of.
Who is your favourite
artist? How/ why do they
inspire you?
Wow, this question is
kind of impossible. My
fall-back answer is Schiele
or Kahlo, but I have so many
dierent favourites in dierent
categories. My oldest sister,
Carly’s, work is my favourite
in that I relate to it on such
a personal level, but am able
to view these personal things
communicated externally. So
many contemporary artists
become my favourite and are
discarded, re-picked and cycled
through on an almost weekly
basis. I attribute this to the
overload of great work shown
to me by my professors. Right
now every work I see becomes
my favourite, for one reason or
Is there a common theme
for the inspiration of your
art? If so, what is it?
I wouldn’t say theres a
steady theme in my work
but I do nd myself coming
back to looking at the home
and environment, and am
always interested in memory
both personal and cultural.
What is you “artistic
dream?” What would you
love to accomplish as an artist
after you nish your degree at
Mt. A?
I would love to get my
MFA. Where is yet to be
determined. en I’ll just nd a
way to produce as much quality
stu as I can and hopefully that
will lead me to a good place.
Make good stu, get good stu.
Maggie’s reproduction of this Egon Schiele portrait was one
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e Argosy
The Skin I Live In: return
of the mad scientist
latest thriller
has shadows of
classic horror
Allison Grogan
Argosy Correspondent
With his younger brother Agustín by
his side as producer, Pedro Almodóvar
directs his rst psychological thriller
titled e Skin I Live In. A throwback
to Old Hollywood thrillers, e Skin I
Live In (or in its Spanish title, La Piel
Que Habito) features an unsettling
storyline with a cast of convoluted
e Skin I Live In stars Antonio
Banderas as Dr. Robert Ledgard,
a scientist gone mad after losing
his wife to a terrible car accident in
which she burned to death. After the
accident, Ledgard began crafting an
indestructible skin that protects one
from burns, cuts, and other injuries.
However, every crazed scientist needs
a creation, something on which to
test his intricately thought out work.
For Dr. Ledgard, his creation is Vera,
a woman with his newly created skin
who stays locked up in a room in
Ledgard’s mansion for safekeeping
and experimentation.
e Skin I Live In is not a thriller
in the sense that it features a copious
amount of violence or gore. Instead,
it instills fear in the audience by
drawing on themes that leave the
viewer with a sense of discomfort.
Rock bands kick
off 2012 with
a fresh feud
Patrick Carney
blames death
of rock 'n' roll
on Nickelback
Taylor Mooney
Entertainment Writer
Drummer of the Black Keys,
Patrick Carney, has accused
Nickelback of helping to kill
rock ‘n’ roll. e Grammy-
winning band has been
enjoying a great amount of
success lately, particularly in
wake their newly released
album, El Camino. During an
interview with Rolling Stone
Magazine, Carney passionately
stated that “rock and roll is
dying because
people became
OK with
Ni c k e l b a c k
being the
biggest band
in the world,
so they became
OK with the
idea that the
biggest rock
band in the
world is always
going to be
shit. erefore,
you should
never try to be the biggest rock
band in the world. Fuck that!”
Not stopping at this
acrimonious condemnation
of Nickelback’s music, Carney
goes on to express his chagrin
at even being considered part
of the same musical genre as
the group. “Rock and roll is the
music I feel the most passionate
about, and I don’t like to see it
fucking ruined and spoon-
fed down our throats in this
watered-down, post-grunge
crap, horrendous shit. When
people start lumping us into
that kind of shit, it’s like ‘fuck
you,’ honestly.”
Nickelback responded
gracefully to the remarks,
tweeting, “anks to the
drummer in the Black Keys
calling us the Biggest Band in
the World in  Rolling Stone.
One would think that the
success and fan base possessed
by the Black Keys might put its
members in a better mood, but
Carney appears to be aected
by a persistent glass-half-empty
demeanour. He later berates
himself in the interview: “I suck
at the drums, so it’s terrifying...
Just trying to keep it together,”
he said, discussing stage fright.
“I see a lot of comments on
Twitter and stu about how
ugly I am, how bad I am at the
drums, how awkward I look,
and I’m like, yeah, I agree with
most of those things.”
Despite having sold nearly
fty million albums and
winning twelve Junos, the
band is regarded by many as
being the joke of the Canadian
music scene. For example,
when searching
“ Ni c kel bac k”
on Urban
Dictionary, one
may discover
such vibrant
d e f i n i t i o n s
as “the act
of willfully
a l l o w i n g
one’s ears to
bleed,” and “a
band whose
music is the
auditory form
of swallowing
Satan’s semen.”One of the more
creative contributors refers to
Nickelback as “a mediocre, and
undeservedly popular “post-
grunge” band from Alberta.
eir uninteresting, dull-as-
dishwater, profanity-free music
can be heard on pretty much
every single radio station in
the country, and is the kind of
the music I like to call ‘Soccer
Mom Rock.’”
Nickelback has been
assigned as the prototype of a
terrible rock group. e same
way society looks to Brittney
Spears as the prototype of
celebrity melt-downs and to
Rick Perry as the prototype of
unsavoury American values,
Nickelback has earned itself
a special place in our cultural
Patrick Carney, of The Black Keys, has received criticism
for slamming Nickelback in a recent Rolling Stone
Internet Photo/ American Rock Scene
I don’t like to see
[rock and roll] fucking
ruined and spoon-fed
down our throats in
this watered-down,
post-grunge crap,
horrendous shit
Patrick Carney
Drummer of The
Black Keys
Elena Anaya plays Vera, the object of Dr. Ledgard's
obsession in Almodóvar's latest thriller The Skin I Live In.
Almodóvar explores several themes
throughout the story, including
anxiety and gender identity, with a
focus on the dysfunctional family.
ough it is not labeled as a science
ction lm, e Skin I Live In has
elements of sci- that add a layer of
uncertainty. Almodóvar’s e Skin I
Live In draws many parallels to Mary
Shelly’s Dr. Frankenstein, as both
play with the boundaries of where
man’s exploration in science should
end. Almodóvar takes this idea and
tweaks it for his own story-telling
purposes to walk the blurred line of
gender identity, to explore what it
means to be a man or woman. ere
are similarities between Shelly’s
Dr. Frankenstein and Almodóvar’s
Ledgard, but where Frankenstein
would stop Ledgard steps just beyond,
driven even further by his obsession.
Behind every scientist lies a reason
for their seemingly derange actions,
for Ledgard his madness is fueled
by revenge. Almodóvar points out
how quickly love can be transformed
into full-edged revenge and how in
drastic cases this revenge can slowly
become obsession. e Skin I Live
In traces Ledgard’s character from
love to obsession and points out that
what he loves in the beginning may
not be connected to his obsession
after signicant time has passed. It
is Ledgard’s love for his wife and
daughter that lead to his extensive
experimentation and willingness to
cross the line. In addition to Antonio
Banderas’ compelling performance,
Elena Anaya, who portrays Dr.
Ledgard’s experimental subject, was
impeccably cast. With few lines in
the lm relative to Banderas, Anaya
perfectly depicts the damaged
product of Ledgard’s infatuation.
ough several of the supporting
actors don’t quite stand up to the
lead performances, e Skin I Live In
is successful in its story-telling and
serves as a unique reinvention of a
Hitchcock era lm.
Internet Photo/ ion
The Way: coming soon
Ian Moffat
Argosy Correspondent
Exploration of
the relationship
between father
and son
is evening, Sackville Film Society
will be screening Emilio Estevez’s
hotly anticipated spring release, e
Way. Peter Travers of the Rolling
Stone gave it 3 out of 4 stars, calling
it a “thoughtful, moving personal
adventure, and a unique personal
experience, and Jim Sloteck of Jam!
calls it a “modest, heartfelt and utterly
unpretentious spirit quest that is too
sincere to mock.”
e Way. is a powerful story,
exploring relationships between
fathers and sons, and the challenges
we all face while navigating a
changing and complicated world.
A real pick-me-upper: Estevez
called the lm “pro-people, pro-
life – not anti – anything.” e lm
is really a collaborative eort, with
Estevez taking the helm as director,
and his real-life/in-lm father, the
iconic Martin Sheen (of Badlands
and Apocalypse Now fame) starring
as Tom, a successful American
ophthalmologist. Tom is comfortable
and content living in a Californian
bubble of golf, wine and cigars, until
he receives news of the premature
death of his adult son (Emilio
Estevez), who was killed in the
Pyrenees while trekking the world
famous pilgrimage, the Camino de
Santiago. Tom — an inexperienced
outdoorsman — resolves to pick up
where his son left o, and complete
the trail, scattering his ashes along
the way. What emerges is a poignant
and at times humorous portrait of one
man’s journey to make some sense of
his relationship with his dead son,
and collect the detritus of his own life.
What’s most exciting about e
Way, is the promise of a lm steeped
in the beautiful seaside scenery of
southern Europe. e Way. was lmed
exclusively in Spain and France, along
the actual Camino de Santiago, giving
the lm a very real and authentic
e Way. is a lm not to be missed.
Tickets are nine-dollars for non-
members, and six for members. For
more information, visit the Sackville
Film Society Facebook page, and to
see the Sackville Film Society’s full
line up go to
Internet Photo/e Daily Rotation
January 19, 2012
Juicebox: part of a balanced musical lunch
Parent approved
censorship of
music videos
Now you can leave your kids in
front of the TV, carefree. Juicebox
is the newest music video channel
available on cable TV, aimed at
the demographic of eight-year-
olds to thirteen-year-olds. Taking
parent control to a whole new level,
each music video on the channel
is approved by a volunteer parent
committee. Purchase of the channel is
essentially purchase of peace of mind
for parents who are worried about
soiling of their children’s innocence
through music videos.
When I rst saw the Juicebox
launch commercial I felt unusually
enraged. ose happy children,
dancing to Justin Bieber, playing
on cardboard musical instruments,
wearing miniature leather jackets; all
of it made me want to smite them.
“e non-stop parent approved
playlist: for kids!” But the cheery
narrator could not drown out
the cold, unfeeling cynicism
that was ooding my soul.
I’m sure that some other
portion of humanity
felt the same way as I
did upon viewing
it, although maybe
not to the same degree.
For those who haven’t heard of
Juicebox, it’s the newest TV child
born to the Bell Media Family,
conceived to replace PunchMuch.
Remember PunchMuch? at music
video channel where viewers could
request music videos via text message,
back when text messaging was still
a novelty. Well, PunchMuch isn’t
popular with the kids anymore,
so Bell Media has now launched
Juicebox; boasting non-stop music
videos 24/7, commercial free and
most importantly, only “parent-
approved” music videos.
e channel was launched back
in November 2011, oering artists
like Justin Bieber, Done With Dolls,
Cody Simpson, Selena Gomez,
Destinee and Paris and Neverest to
pre-teens across the country. Juicebox
seems to be shamelessly catering
watered-down sexuality mixed with
poor lyrical content for parents
to shovel into their
c hi l dr e n’ s
ears-at least that w a s
my rst impression. Sure, the girls
don’t wear dresses quite as short as
they do on ‘non-parent-approved’
videos, but the smoky eyes, the hands
through the hair and the arching
backs are all still present. Trust me,
kids pick up on that; they’re not
stupid. And yes, the lyrics are about
‘dancing crazy’ and ‘just having
fun’, but the visuals exhibit
kids sneaking out of their
houses to party, preteens
DRIVING CARS and riding
bi c yc l es …WI THOUT
HELMETS; how is that
parent- approved?
But after much
contemplation and
careful thought, my anger
subsided. I’m not the type
of person to hold a grudge,
and hating on Juicebox
takes more energy than
it’s worth. Really, it’s not
much dierent than any
other music video channel,
but with more clothing.
I suppose the thing that
made me upset was the
thought that parents could
purchase Juicebox, sit their
kids down in front of the
TV and be done with it. It’s
like only feeding your children white
bread, when there are so many other
delicious (and nutritious) foods for
them to eat- music that’s appropriate
for kids doesn’t always have to be
Justin Bieber. When I was growing
up most of the music I listened to
was from my parents: Joni Mitchell,
Bob Dylan, e Grateful Dead,
Les Séguin, Allison Krauss, Stan
Rogers, e Beatles, Pink Floyd. ey
grudgingly purchased a Spice Girls
cassette at my insistence, but “Spice
Up My Life”is not a tune that sticks in
my memory like “Uncle John’s Band”
does. Now, when I see the Juicebox
launch commercial, it just makes me
sad- those sparkly-eyed eight year
olds, grooving to Selena Gomez and
not having a clue who Jerry Garcia
was. In short, I desperately hope that
parents who purchase this channel are
not relying on it to be the only source
of “parent-approved” music that their
kids listen to- they should approve
of some of the music themselves.
Sharing music with my parents was
an integral part of my childhood, and
any music that I listened to on Much
Music is eclipsed in my memory
by ventures to music festivals, long
road trips, sifting through my Dad’s
old vinyl and singing “Northwest
Passage” by the campre. I hope the
Juicebox generation can experience
much more that what Juicebox has to
oer them.
High energy at the Jagermeister Tour
Keys n’ Krates and
Grandtheft grace
Mount Allison
On Saturday, January 14, with the support
of both the Pond and Jagermeister, SAC
Entertainement hosted a hip-hop/electronic
show unlike any other before seen at Mount
Allison. Playing one of only four Maritime
concerts, were Keys N’ Krates and Grandtheft,
two renowned Canadian DJs taking part in the
Jagermeister Music Tour. e night was labelled
Wet/Dry and the event entrance fee had been
lowered to only ve dollars, a deal that drew a
large crowd. Students made their way to the
show and, despite a slow start, once the music
got going Gracie’s was packed. Members of the
crowd clambered excitedly to get to the DJs
at the front of the room, where the speakers
reverberated loudly.
e rst act of the night was the Montreal-
based DJ Grandtheft. Recently highlighted
as one of the DJs for Canada’s 2010 Winter
Olympics, they lived up to their reputation.
Playing for a large portion of the night, they
mixed old sounds with new music, combining
some current Maroon 5 with the Jackson
5- an unlikely combo that worked well. ey
encouraged the crowd to sing and jump and just
go absolutely wild, and the students were more
than happy to oblige. Adding further to the
intense atmosphere were music videos playing in
the background and lights ashing around the
crowd. Despite a few minor technical diculties,
with the music stopping occasionally and the
lights ickering on (which were dubbed as the
“Ugly Lights”) it was a great time; the perfect
opening for the next act to come.
Once Grandtheft were done and the drum kit
and keyboard set up, at 1:00 am they introduced
the main act: Keys N’ Krates. Hailing from
Toronto, these musicians have toured with
artists like Skrillex, Kid Cudi and Lotus, just to
name a few. Playing live at Gracie’s, the sound
was always changing; remixes were exotic and
familiar all at once. e solid and steady beat of
the drum was infused with a sense of grandeur
from the turntables and the keys, before it was
all switched up into something a little funkier.
Energy was running high and students danced
non-stop. With the dance oor more packed
than ever, more than one brave soul got the
chance to surf the crowd.
Overall it was a memorable night. e crowd
loved it, and the show wasn’t nearly long enough
for the students. e DJs were assuring Mt. A
that they had been the best crowd they had had
so far on their tour, an announcement greeted
with much enthusiasm. It was pure electronic
madness-madness that was, without doubt, the
best kind.
Taylor Losier
Argosy Correspondent
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Yellow Teeth
Josée Caron: Guitar, Psychology & Philosophy at Mt. A
Nic Wilson: Guitar and Vocals, Fine Arts at Mt. A
Evan Matthews: Drums/miscellaneous, Studied Music at Mt. A for two
years, now taking time off
Upcoming shows: January 21 at George’s
Album: Tentatively to be released in February
The essentials
Taylor Mooney
Entertainment Writer
Comprising of Evan Matthews, Josée
Caron and Nic Wilson, Yellow Teeth
will be kicking o Stereophonic’s
grand nale at George’s on Saturday.
eir music is self-described
as being aggressive, hard pop.
According to Caron, the band’s lead
guitarist, “it’s sludgy. It’s angular
sometimes, with jagged, angry
sounds, and it’s really energetic.”
e band laid its foundations
four years ago, when Wilson rst
saw Matthews playing at a frosh
party, sitting in as a drummer for
Band Before Time. “It was kind
of a long process,” says Wilson. “It
really only started
forming seriously
last summer.”
Wilson did most
of the writing in the
beginning, but now
all of the members
contribute. Caron
has recently written
a song that has been
added to their setlist
for Stereophonic, a
song that she will
be singing herself.
is is a departure
from their normal
routine; usually Nic
is the one in front
of the microphone. In reference to
themes behind the lyrics in the songs,
Wilson states, “when I started writing
(From left to right) Josée Caron, Evan Matthews and Nic Wilson, are the members of Yellow Teeth, who describe
their music as energetic, aggressive, hard pop. The band will be playing at George’s Roadhouse on January 21.
A lot of it’s
just streaming
consciousness. I don’t
spend a lot of time
writing lyrics. I’m kind
of part of the Sonic
Youth school of just
saying things, because
a lot of the time no
one can hear what I’m
saying anyway.
Nic Wilson
the songs, I was just angry about
people being stupid to me. Some
are about not getting laid… other
things, sometimes
less petty, sometimes
more petty,” he
laughs. “A lot of
it’s just streaming
consciousness. I
don’t spend a lot of
time writing lyrics.
I’m kind of part of
the Sonic Youth
school of just saying
things, because a
lot of the time no
one can hear what
I’m saying anyway.”
In reference to
playing music in
Sackville, Wilson
describes the town as a good
musical hub. “ere’s a good pool
of musicians… I always joke with
friends who are in bands that it’s
hard to not be in a band in Sackville.
ere’s a ridiculous amount of
venues too, which is strange for a
town this size.” Caron adds that,
“everyone’s really receptive to new
acts and open-minded.” “I think
that’s where the university comes
into play,” says Matthews. “ere’s
a large pool of late-teen and early
twenty-year- olds with not much
time on their hands and open minds.”
e band members cited a
few dierent favourite venues in
Sackville: “I have dierent favourites
for dierent reasons,” says Wilson.
“I always love playing house shows,
and George’s has a great sound
system.” Caron adds that, “Pickles
is the next step up from a house
party. ere’s no broken glass or risk
of beer being spilt on electronics.”
e future of the band is as of yet
uncertain, with each of the members
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being at dierent stages in their
education and their lives. Caron has
two more years at Mt. A., and Wilson
is currently unsure what his plans
are for next year, but mentions that
he may stay in Sackville. Matthews
has applied to study jazz at Humber
College in Toronto. However, despite
the members’ diering aspirations for
the coming year, the group collectively
expresses their desire to continue
playing together. “At this point, I
want to keep this going by any means
possible,” says Matthews. Caron
adds, “being apart would probably
be a really fruitful writing period.”
One thing is certain for Matthews,
as he sums up the goals of his band.
“At this stage, we should be playing
for fun. We don’t really have anything
with which to engage in the industry
and machinery that can actually take
it places. Once that happens, we can
try to take it places and have fun.”
What’s on
at Mount
By the time you read
this, Stereophonic
will already be
well under way!
Things kick-off
on January 18, and
lasts until Saturday
January 21. Here’s
a schedule of the
events (be sure
to check out last
week’s centrefold
for more deets):
Jan. 19
7 PM
Bridge Street
Cafe FREE!
Jan. 20,
4 PM
Thunder &
Lightning FREE,
7 PM
The Vogue $18
Wet / Dry,
10 PM George’s
Roadhouse $10
Jan. 21
7 PM
Struts $5
All Ages,
10 PM George’s
Roadhouse $12
January 19, 2012
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Is standardized
testing really
necessary or
Ethan Yang
The McGill Daily (McGill
More questions than answers
GRE, MCAT — you probably have
or will encounter at least one of these
necessary evils during your academic
career. Besides being confusing
acronyms and money-making
opportunity for many institutions, all
of them involve lengthy standardized
Standardized tests are
administered according to strict
criteria that must be the same for
all test-takers. e material and
environment must be equivalent for
all test-takers. Most of these tests call
for months of preparation. Also, they
are astoundingly expensive. Taking
the MCAT, for example, can cost
upwards of $300. So, why do students
spend painstaking amounts of time
and money for such torture?
Jon Bradley of the department of
integrated studies in the faculty of
education at McGill points out that
“tests test something!”
“Every test has a specic
orientation and a specic goal,” he
explains. “Further, every test is aimed
a specic clientele; that is, a group of
a certain age or experience.”
In this regard, standardized tests
can be necessary as an objective and
comparable criterion that allows
admissions ocers to understand the
applicants’ ability in a way that is free
from the bias that might be a part
of the nonstandard grades that each
teaching institution provides.
But a university should be a
community of teachers and scholars,
not a place of test-taking experts
and test-prep masters. Yet, most
of us wishing to attend any highly
ranked prestigious university, such
as McGill, simply have no choice
but to take these tests — and to try
to do well on them. Although some
people are simply geniuses who can
breeze through these tests, this is
not the case for most. However, the
continual perpetuation of these tests,
as well as their ubiquitous inuence
on admissions processes, leaves
little room to doubt the validity and
necessity of these tests.
Many tests are achievement tests
that indicate how well students
have mastered a specic subject.
ese include the SAT subject tests,
GRE A-Level, AP, IB, the French
Baccalaureate, Ontario Secondary
School Literacy Test, the Provincial
Achievement Test administered by
the Alberta government, as well as
the British Columbian Provincial
Other standardized tests are
aptitude tests — they attempt to
predict how well you will be able
to succeed in whatever institution
to which you are applying. Most
standardized tests fall under this
category, including the TOEFL, the
SAT reasoning test (now known as
SAT I), LSAT and the MCAT. In
most of these tests, examinees are not
expected to truly understand all the
material due to the predictive manner
of these tests and the broad scope
of their subject matter. However,
many aspects of these tests depend
upon the students’ past experiences
and, in that regard, are more like
achievement tests passing themselves
o as aptitude tests. For example, the
MCAT has two sections just to ensure
that students have sucient scientic
knowledge. ese past experiences are
not necessarily indicative of a student’s
future abilities and aptitude. In fact,
this reliance on past achievements
and opportunities simply continue
the cycle of inaccessible education.
Dana Simpsons, instructor
of expository writing at Boston
University, believes that graduate
level standardized tests are necessary
to ensure that applicants have the
skills necessary for more specialized
education ahead. But she thinks
otherwise for the undergraduate
admission tests: “It is an oxymoron
that a liberal arts program, which
is supposed to develop universal
competencies — critical thinking,
collaborative learning, communication
skills, problem solving and creativity
— uses a standardized system to
screen those who are competent in
the other intelligences.”
To rephrase in a more blatant
manner — how can multiple
choice questions even come close to
demonstrating the true intelligence of
an individual? e ability to circle the
right answer in the multiple choice
situation does not totally depend
on the person’s understanding of
that topic. Luck and test-taking
techniques are also important factors:
everyone has heard about not circling
an answer with grammatical errors,
picking C when in doubt or not
having more than four of the same
letter in a row. Since there is no way
to show that we were just guessing on
a question, two identical scores do not
dierentiate an individual who knows
the material without hesitation from
one who is simply a good test-taker
(or really lucky).
And what if some people are
simply not good test-takers? ere
is no way they could explain that
through the test score, and it would
be unprofessional to write that on the
An interesting phenomenon
thus appears: teaching to the test.
ough companies such as Kaplan
oversee the test preparation process
for the graduate entrance tests, some
high school standardized tests —
most notably the AP and IB tests
— are left under the purview of
the instructors. Instead of actually
teaching the AP and IB curriculum,
many teachers are accused of focusing
on materials that will be covered on
the test, as well honing test-taking
techniques. And who can say that
the blame truly lies with teachers?
Few students exhibit interest in the
subject matter. Many more students
are much more concerned with what
they will be tested on. If students are
always asking for what will be on the
test, it is only logical that teachers will
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teach for the test.
To this, Bradley responds: “A
common complaint regarding specic
academic tests is that teachers will
‘teach to the test.’ In other words,
it really does not matter what the
overall curriculum states, teachers will
want to make sure that their students
do well on the test. However, is this
such a bad thing? If the test is a true
example of the overall curriculum,
then teaching to the test is actually
teaching to the curriculum.”
In fact, though still hoping to have
other options beyond standardized
testing, Simpsons notices that many
standardized tests, especially the AP
program, are beginning to explicitly
accommodate for the students’
multiple intelligence. “e SAT I now
has a writing section that is graded
holistically. e AP language tests
changed from simply lling in the
verb tenses to interpreting a picture in
written and spoken words.” AP studio
art has a portfolio aspect, as does AP
music theory. ese changes have
also been observed with the TOEFL
test, where students have to listen to
mock lectures and answer questions
regarding the information presented
Yet, no matter whether these
tests are fair, Bradley is right on
one thing: “ere is no question
that a test written by a student at a
desk in a room is the work of that
student, without help from outside
sources, computers, friends and the
like. erefore, tests are signicant
measures of ability.”
Some suggest that standardized tests are invalid measures, despite the objectivity they feature.
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Russians blames America for
Mars probe failure and crash
Shawn Seeley
Science and Technology Editor
Radar station is
the likely culprit
in Phobos-Grunt
Internet Photo / Apricity
1. Dihydrogen Monoxide is toxic
to humans and should be banned.
While it is true that dihydrogen
monoxide has killed innumerable
people through inhalation, can
destroy sensitive electronics
entirely, and has even been found
in deleterious acid rain, dihydrogen
monoxide is not particularly
dangerous. ose of us without a
quick chemistry vocabulary would
not recognize this compound as
H2O, or water, but that is indeed
what dihydrogen monoxide is.
2. e North Star is also the
brightest visual star
If you try to nd you way north
by following the brightest star you
see, you may nd yourself terribly
o track. e brightest star in the
Northern hemisphere is in fact
Sirius, and if you follow that, you
will not be going north. e North
Star approximates a northward
directionality because it lines up
with the current North Pole. e
North Star, also known as Polaris,
just happens to be situated above
the North Pole now. As the poles
shift, Polaris will become ‘just
another star’.
3. e Moon has dark and light
While the terminology used
indicates that one side of the
moon is darker than the other, in
reality, this is not true. Both sides
of the moon receive light from the
Shawn Seeley
Science and Technology
sun. e Moon does not rotate,
but it does orbit. As the Moon
orbits earth, the ‘dark side’ will be
illuminated. While it is untrue that
one side of the Moon is darker than
the other, it is true that we can only
observe one side of the Moon from
Earth. Owing to this occlusion
from view, the side we cannot see
from a terrestrial perspective has
been colloquially termed ‘the dark
side’ of the Moon.
4. Rubber tires on cars protect
against lightning strikes
Although it may come as a
surprise, rubber tires do not protect
you. In fact, being inside a car
is not even entirely safe! While
safer than being outside, being
inside a car does not guarantee
you will survive or be uninjured by
a lightning strike. It is actually a
combination of the ground and the
metal frame of a car that reduces
the danger. Rubber tires will be of
little help to a bolt of 50,000 degree
(Fahrenheit) electricity.
5. Men think about sex every six to
seven seconds.
Despite how incredulous this
sounds, many people believe
entirely ctional tidbit. As it turns
out, men truly don’t think about
sex every six to seven minutes, let
alone every six to seven seconds.
According to recent sex research
ndings from Ohio Statue
University, men think about sex
about nineteen times a day. What
about the ladies? Fortunately, no
one seems to be thinking about sex
this often, as females were found to
think about sex only ten times daily.
e recent Russian attempt at
exploring Mars’s moon Phobos,
the Phobos-Grunt probe, met an
untimely demise before it could even
leave Earth’s orbit, crashing into the
Pacic Ocean on Sunday. Turning
their attention to a radar system in
the Pacic, some Russian scientists
are now blaming the United States.
In the Kommerant Daily, an
unnamed source said “Experts do not
dismiss the possibility that the probe
could have accidentally come under
the impact of emissions [from a U.S.
radar device in the Pacic, on the
Marshall Islands], whose megawatt
impulse triggered the malfunctioning
of on-board electronics.”
While the unnamed source urged
that the failure of the Phobos-Grunt
probe was likely due to mechanical
failure or technical oversights on
behalf of the design team, the ocials
from the Russian government on
the commission responsible for the
investigation refused to comment in
the Kommerant. Until January 20
when the commission submits the
results of their investigation to the
Russian Federal Space Agency, there
is not ocial word on what caused
the failure and re-entry of Phobos-
Grunt. Further, the results of the
report will not be made public until
January 26.
As a vestige of the Cold War, the
Space Race still seems to be a touchy
subject, and it would seem that
opinions on the demise of Phobos-
Grunt will be without consensus until
the report is published at the end of
the month.
Phobos-Grunt was originally
planned to reach Phobos, collect
rocks and soil samples, and bring
them back to Earth. During the
launch on November 9, the probe’s
engine failed, causing it to remain
trapped in Earth’s orbit, ultimately
resulting in its unplanned re-entry on
NASA states that of the seventeen
Russian attempts since 1960 to
reach and study Mars, all have been
unsuccessful. Previous to Phobos-
Grunt, the last attempt was in 1996
with the Mars-96 orbiter, which also
failed during launch.
e current US expedition to
Mars, Curiosity, is still on track, and is
expected to arrive on e Red Planet
in August.
The Phobos-Grunt’s engines failed, preventing it from leaving orbit
Phobos-Grunt is Russia’s seventeenth failed voyage to Mars.
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World’s smallest frogs found
Shawn Seeley
Science and Technology Editor
discovered frog
is only seven
millimetres long
A newly discovered species of frog,
Paedophryne amauensis, measures in at
less than one centimeter. Being only
seven millimetres in length, these tiny
frogs are quite possibly the smallest
vertebrate that science knows about.
e Paedophryne genus is a relatively
new one, comprised of several species
native to the forests of eastern Papua
New Guinea, all of which are tiny.
“ey’re occupying the relatively
thick leaf litter of tropical forest in
low-lying parts of the island, eating
incredibly small insects that typically
are much smaller than insects that
frogs eat,” said the research leader,
Professor Austin, who is based out of
Louisiana State University in Baton
Rouge, told the BBC.
How exactly does one go about
nding such a small frog? “e New
Guinea forests are incredibly loud at
night, and we were trying to record
frog calls in the forest, and we were
curious as to what these other sounds
were,” Austin explained. “So we
triangulated to where these calls were
coming from, and looked through the
leaf litter. It was night, these things
are incredibly small, so what we did
after several frustrating attempts was
to grab a whole handful of leaf litter
and throw it inside a clear plastic bag.”
e researchers were shocked to
look inside the bag and see these
undiscovered, minuscule frogs leaping
about the litter in which they were
otherwise reasonably camouaged.
Small frogs, with members of
the Paedophryne genus included,
tend to occupy niches with ne leaf
litter present. e size of frogs like
amauensis has caused them to replace
sh species as the smallest vertebrate
biologists have discovered.
Although this newly witnessed
species of frogs is certainly novel, the
title of smallest vertebrate is not yet
completely decided upon. Males from
the anglersh Photocorynus spiniceps
are slightly smaller than amauensis,
measuring only six millimetres
in length, however, the males are
attached to the females throughout
their life. e female anglersh
spiniceps are much longer - nearly ve
millimetres– and thus, there is some
debate about which species actually
the smallest of the vertebrates.
Regardless of which species
eventually wins the title, amauensis
are a fascinating nd. In addition to
amauensis, the relatively untouched
and wild forests of eastern Papua
New Guinea may harbour many
other undiscovered species, just as
fantastical, and waiting to be found.
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The smallest amphibian (pictured here on an American dime
for size comparison) is only seven millimetres in length.
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26 ATLAS SOUND Parallax (4AD)
28 CHARLES BRADLEY Heartaches and Pain (Daptone)
07 LONG WEEKENDS* Warmer Weather (Self-Released)
11 YUKON BLONDE* Fire//Water (Nevado)
01 LUCAS HICKS* These Parks (Self-Released)
12 WILCO The Whole Love (dBpm)
18 KURT VILE So Outta Reach (Matador)
08 INGRID GATIN* Time Will Change Us, Vol. 1 (Pipe and Hat)
15 DEVARROW* The Coast, The Cottage (Self-Released)
23 DEER TICK Divine Providence (Partisan)
06 ANDREW SISK* Broadcaster (Self-Released)
30 YUCK Yuck (Fat Possum)
24 THE KICKDRUMS Meet Your Ghost (Last Gang)
21THE BLACK KEYS El Camino (Nonesuch)
19 ELLIOTT BROOD* Days Into Years (Paper Bag)
27 AMY WINEHOUSE Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Island)
25 ESCORT Escort (Silent Voice)
04 COREY ISENOR* The Hunting Party (Self-Released)
29 ALEX TURNER Submarine (Domino)
20 JUNIOR BOYS* It’s All True (Domino)
14 BRY WEBB* Provider (Idée Fixe)
16 MARINE DREAMS* Marine Dreams (You’ve Changed)
The Wheel
Paint For Barns
13 AL TUCK* Under Your Shadow (MapleMusic)
The Deadly Hearts
05 QUAKER PARENTS* Tap Turns Off (Self-Released)
10 TIMBER TIMBRE* Creep On Creepin’ On (Arts & Crafts)
SAPPY: Photograph Exhibition
Thunder & Lightning Ltd. in conjunction with Stereophonic 9 presents: SAPPY:
Photographs by Aaron McKenzie Fraser. An opening reception for the exhibition
will take place Friday, January 20th, 5pm at Thunder & Lightning Ltd located at
6 Ford Lane. The photographer will be in attendance and refreshments will be
served. The exhibition is free and open to the public until February 10.
Shot during SappyFest 2010 & 2011 (years 5 & 6), these simple street portraits
show a selection of musicians, artists, writers and supporters of this small
summer gathering that collectively make it so special.
“I see these intimate photos as a visual autograph book of some of the most
talented and genuine independent artists in Eastern Canada at Sappyfest, the
best little festival on the East Coast, in Sackville New Brunswick.” says exhibition
artist McKenzie Fraser, “I used to sneak into the darkroom at Mount Allison and
process my own black & white lm when I rst got interested in photography, it’s
nice to return to Sackville to shoot photos again during Sappy.”
For more information contact SappyFest at or call (506)
939-3339 or visit:
Upcoming Shows Tonight, Tomorrow AND Saturday!
Kevin Brasier and Jess Palmer
Thursday, Jan 19.
Bridge Street Café (7 PM) FREE
INGRID GATIN: Winnipeg native crafts her own eclectic and
beautiful sound in the indie/roots music genre.
POPLAR PINES: Progressive folk musicians making sounds from
EL RON MALTAN: Sometimes you have to roll the hard six. El
Ron rolls it every day.
with lyrical hooks.
Friday, Jan 20.
The Vogue (7 PM, All Ages / Licenced (w/ Photo ID) $20/18
LUCAS HICKS: Local hearthrob does really well.
GIANNA LAUREN: Graceful music to set your heart and your
cardigan ablaze.
OLYMPIC SYMPHONIUM: Crafters of delicately arranged folk-
pop that drips with bittersweet melodies and soaring harmonies.
BANDED STILTS: Songs embodying a distinct aspect of
Canadiana, regaling narratives about the woods, workers,
wars, dreams, and ghosts.
George’s Roadhouse (10 PM, 19+) $12/10
BEDROOM SESSIONS: Nice guys, unbridled energy.
THE NORTH LAKES: Ready, ready teddy to rock ‘n roll.
heart sweller, endangered species.
LAKE NAMES: Swimming trunks, ginger snaps, baseball glove,
SPF 30 - all things you should have when listening to the verbed
out pop rock of Lake Names.
BOXER THE HORSE: An honest but sneaky sounding jangle-pop
foursome for fans of Pavement, The Kinks, and Modern Lovers.
Saturday, Jan 21
Struts Gallery (7 PM, All Ages) $5
THESE HANDS: The world’s best bedroom-folk band.
COREY ISENOR: Four out of ve middle-aged mothers agree.
ADAM MOWERY: A home-recording enthusiast churning out
his own brand of endearing jangle pop since the turn of the
George’s Roadhouse (10 PM, 19+) $15/12
YELLOW TEETH: The best projectile vomit you’ve never heard.
Newfoundland tuxedos.
OLD AND WEIRD: This quartet of lady rockers knows how to
get down to business.
LONG WEEKENDS: Long Weekends make watery garage pop
for sad sacks.
QUAKER PARENTS: Trying to squeeze something out of a
minute and a bit of melody. Mostly.
e Argosy
e badminton Mounties took their second
tournament victory, this time at home, to
remain perfect on the season overall. Split into
A and B sections, the Mounties competed
against teams from the University of Kings
College Blue Devils (UKC), Holland College
Hurricanes (HC) and Université Sainte-Anne
Dragons(USA.) Overall the team took eight out
a possible ten titles to nish with a total team
score of ninety points. e Blue Devils nished
in second place with a total of fty-nine points,
with the Hurricanes earning fty-two and
Dragons bringing up the rear with forty-nine.
On the men’s side of play, Mt. A took three
of a possible four titles with victories by Feng
Li in the Men Singles section B and both men’s
doubles categories. e A double’s team was
comprised of veterans Justin Barkhouse and
Bryan Downey, while the B team featured Li
and rookie Tristan Kean.
Kean was eager to begin his rst home
tournament saying, “Well, since it was my rst
tournament representing MTA I was a bit
nervous when I rst started playing, as I didn't
know the competition, or how well I would
do,” before adding, “…but after my rst game
I gained condence, and my play became a lot
more consistent afterwards. I felt like I played
fairly well but I always want to improve.”
e women’s team also won three titles but
dropped the B section of Women’s doubles with
rst-years Olivia Onyia and Laura O’Brien
taking second place. Heather Murray and
Alexina LePage posted victories in the Women’s
singles A and B sections respectively. Erin
Stewart and Carrie Drake picked up from last
season’s success to take the Women’s doubles
section A title.
Both teams then combined forces for a Mixed
Badminton Mounties clean up at home tournament
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
Doubles tournament that resulted in victories
for the teams of Greg McGuire and Lori
McKnight in section A and Kean and LePage
in section B. Other titles went to the Dragons
for Men’s A singles and the Blue Devils for
Women’s doubles. e Mounties currently
lead the overall ACAA badminton standings
with 187 out of a possible 200 points after two
tournaments. e Blue Devils sit in second with
112, slightly ahead of the Dragons who have 101
points, and the Hurricanes who have 97.
e next tournament comes a week from now
with all four teams converging on Halifax, Nova
Points out a possible two
hundred earned through two
ACAA events this year
Titles won by the Mounties at
the most recent tournament
Sections (Women’s Singles,
Women’s Doubles and
Mixed Doubles) swept by the
Smashing Success
e Mount Allison women’s
basketball team dropped a 70-
52 decision this past weekend in
Fredericton to the St. omas
University (STU) Tommies in ACAA
action. Despite holding the talented
Tommies squad, who are undefeated
on the season (9-0), to just thirty-two
half-time points, the Mounties were
challenged physically throughout
both halves.
e main challenge to the success
of the Mt. A side was nding the
basket at the start of both the rst
and third quarters, as the team went
scoreless through the rst half of
both of the aforementioned quarters.
By the time the Mounties got on
the board, the Tommies had built
an insurmountable lead that was
challenged at several points, but was
never overtaken.
MacKenzie Gray, Marlon Smith
and Kayla Robichaud led the way
for the Mounties on the court,
challenging the physical game played
by the Tommies. Some positives for
the Mounties to take away from the
game were the improvement over
their last match against STU in the
season opener, a 90-32 result for the
team from Fredericton.
e Mounties, whose game relies
heavily on the three-ball, were quelled
eectively by the Tommies who
limited the inside chances and then
eectively threw the women o their
game from beyond the arc, although
Mt. A still managed to sink their fair
share of baskets from beyond the arc.
Gray led the team on the
scoreboard, scoring fteen of the
team’s fty-two points. Rounding out
the top three for scoring were Smith
and Robichaud, who each added
eleven in the losing eort. On STU’s
scoresheet Jillian Lamoreau had a
game-high sixteen points to go along
with eleven rebounds for the double-
double. After the weekend, the
Mounties have two players in the top
ve for points per game with Amherst
resident Marlon Smith fourth with
15.0 ppg followed immediately by
Gray in fth with 14.8 ppg.
On the injury note, rookie Sara
MacKellar took an inadvertent elbow
to the face but team trainer Melanie
Wagar later conrmed that no serious
injury occurred and that MacKellar
was more startled by the whole
process and was able to eventually
return to the game.
In other action around the ACAA,
Mount Saint Vincent University
(MSVU) split their weekend games,
topping UNBSJ 62-46 on Saturday
before falling to STU Sunday 66-
40. Holland College split a pair of
weekend games with against the
Blue Devils from Kings College in
Halifax, Nova Scotia winning 71-45
before losing 76-63. STU and MSVU
remain the only teams ranked in the
CCAA standings at seventh and
thirteenth respectively.
Up next for the Mounties is a trip
to Halifax to face o against MSVU
on Saturday before they return home
to face the UKC Blue Devils Sunday
January 22. Tipo is at 1:00 pm.
Tommies top women
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
Mounties in the top ve
for points-per-game
Points for Mounties
leading scorer Mackenzie
Slam Dunk
Mount Allison’s six-foot-ve
forward BEN CHISHOLM has
won University Athlete of the
Week honours for his tough play
against STU over the past weekend.
Chisholm played the entire game
except for the last minute, and was
the leading rebounder with eight.
He also had three assists and scored
seven points in a tough 60-49 loss to
the Tommies in Fredericton.
A third-year player with the
Mounties, Chisholm comes from Fall
River, NS, and is a former standout
from Lockview High School where
he was coached by Scott Lancaster.
He was also a member of the Fall
River Rebels coached by Neils Daigle.
e former high school all-star was
the Basketball Mounties’ MVP and
a second-team ACAA all-star last
Chisholm is currently enrolled in
his third year of Commerce.
Ben Chisholm
Caila Henderson
Power hitter with the Volleyball
Mounties, she has won female
Athlete of the Week honours at Mt.
A. Henderson, November’s Athlete
of the Month, led the Mounties
oensively this weekend as the home
team cruised to a pair of victories
over Holland College (3-0) and Nova
Scotia Agricultural College (3-1).
Henderson was named player of the
match in the win on Sunday against
NSAC. e wins push the Mounties
into third place in the ACAA with a
6-3 record, one win behind second-
place NSAC (7-3).
Henderson, always the epitome
of steadiness, recorded six kills and
a 71% spike eciency against the
Hurricanes and against NSAC,
where she rallied with 13 kills. Over
the two matches she totalled ve ace
serves, 12 defensive saves, and three
stued blocks.
A fourth-year co-captain with
the squad, Henderson is a former
student at South Colchester
Academy where she captained the
volleyball team and was her school’s
athlete of the year. She played for
the Central Nova Volleyball Club
between 2004 and 2008, is a past
Mount Allison University Rookie
of the Year (2008-09), and was an
ACAA Conference Rookie in the
same season. Henderson, last year’s
Volleyball MVP, has been a two-time
ACAA all-star over the past three
years, and led her team to the national
championships twice.
A resident of Brookeld, NS,
Henderson is currently enrolled in
her nal year of the environmental
science program and is also a member
of the Mount Allison Athletic Aairs
Also nominated were Carrie
Drake and Erin Stewart (badminton
doubles), Marlon Smith (basketball),
and the Hockey Mounties’ Courtney
sponsored by:
Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn
Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn
January 19, 2012 SPORTS
National non-smoking week began
January 15 and continues until
January 21. e main objectives
of this promotional week are to
raise awareness about the dangers
of smoking, to help prevent those
who do not smoke from beginning,
to help people quit, and to assist
in keeping a smoke-free society
in Canada. Weedless Wednesday
was also incorporated into the
national non-smoking week to raise
awareness about the concerns around
recreational smoking and issues such
as the fertilizers used for the mass
production of weed, and their eects.
is week tries to promote quitting
smoking with a “one day at a time”
Smoking is extremely harmful
to your lungs. It is the cause of
approximately thirty per cent of all
cancer deaths and is responsible for
about eighty-ve per cent of all lung
cancer cases. Smokers also experience
higher risks of heart disease. e
inhalation of smoke replaces oxygen
with carbon monoxide which causes
the heart to work harder to push the
blood through the arteries. Nicotine is
an addictive property of many tobacco
products. Nicotine causes plaque to
build up in the arteries which narrows
them and may lead to coronary artery
disease. e tars and other chemicals
from the smoke irritate and damage
the lungs making it dicult to breath.
is can lead to chronic bronchitis,
emphysema and, eventually, heart
failure. Smoking and use of other
smokeless tobacco products such
as chewing tobacco can also lead to
health problems. ese products can
lead to cancer in the mouth, pharynx,
larynx, esophagus, digestive and
urinary tracts.
Many people do not realize the
dangers of second hand smoke;
however, it can be just as damaging
to your lungs if you are a non-smoker
and are breathing in polluted air. If
you are a non-smoker living with a
smoker your chances of death from
heart disease increases by twenty to
thirty per cent.
After smoking for a long period
of time, people often feel that it is
pointless to quit because they think
the damage has already been done.
However, our bodies begin repairing
themselves within minutes of the last
cigarette. Within twenty minutes of
quitting smoking your blood pressure
Mount Allison University’s women’s volleyball
team extended their winning streak to ve
straight games (including exhibition) this past
weekend with dominant home victories over
the Holland College Hurricanes (HC) and
the Rams from the Nova Scotia Agricultural
College (NSAC). e victories, pushing the
team to 6-3 on the season, pushed the Mounties
into a tie with St. omas for third place in the
ACAA standings.
Coach Andrew Kennedy commented on his
team’s play, saying, “Overall, we did not have a
great serve receive day on Sunday however we
blocked well and kept their left side attackers at
bay for most of the match, and stayed focused in
a fairly close match; something that we did not
do well in November in Truro.”
On Saturday, the Mounties defeated the
Hurricanes by a three sets to none score. Caila
Henderson led the Mounties with six kills on
just seven attempts, for a hitting percentage of
.714 to put her into the top three in hitting
percentage for the whole ACAA. Also starring
in the game was rookie Caroline Tremaine, who
was second to Henderson with ve kills. Allison
Settle led both teams with eighteen assists in the
Volleyball Mounties still perfect in 2012
Volleyball women’s
team pick up pair of
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
match as the Mounties won the sets 25-17, 25-9
and 25-9.
Sunday provided more of a challenge to
the Mounties from the NSAC Rams, but the
Mounties were able to pull out a three sets to one
victory to avenge the season opening loss by the
same score back in early November. Both teams
fought competitively for control of the match,
with each side putting together consistent runs
of several points. Most of the points for both
sides were scored o of defensive miscues by the
opposing side, but the Mounties were able to
win the opening set 25-23. e Rams took the
following set by a score of 25-22 before losing
the nal two sets 25-22 and 25-20.
Georgia Sibold nished second in team kills
with ten while Caila Henderson again took top
honours with thirteen. Senior Vanessa Gray
added seven kills for the Mt. A squad in the
victory while Allison Settle had thirty-one of
the team’s thirty-three assists in the game.
While the Mounties had a below average 8.3
service percentage, they continue to have several
of their players at the top of the individual
ACAA hitting eciency standings, with
Henderson in third, Jane Delahunt in seventh,
and Georgia Sibold and Caroline Tremaine in
twelfth and thirteenth respectively, with Gray
sitting at seventeenth.
Being cautious, Kennedy also added, “Again,
it was a good win for us but we still have a little
room to improve on.”e Mounties will look for
a pair of victories this coming weekend as they
head to Pointe-de-l'Église, Nova Scotia, for a
pair of matches against the Université Sainte-
Anne Dragons who currently sit at 3-6 and in
fth place out of seven teams.
Mounties in the top 17 for
individual service percentage in
the ACAA
Assists for Allison Settle over
both weekend games
Times the Mounties have lost
back-to-back games this season
You’ve been served!
Mount AIIison's CaiIa Hcndcrson of BrookñcId, NS attacks from thc
Icft against thc NSAC Rams' Sarah Mathcson and Cassic McDonaId.
e Mount Allison University Men’s
basketball team lost a battle for
sole possession of second place and
ended the weekend in a tie for fourth
after dropping a 60-49 decision
to St. omas University (STU)
in Fredericton. e loss snapped a
four-game winning streak after the
introduction of Head Coach Duane
Starratt in mid-November.
e rst quarter highlighted the
defensive capabilities and missed
oensive chances by both teams, as
the score was limited to nine points
between the two teams, with STU
leading 7-2 to start the second
quarter. On a positive note for the
Mounties, fth year starter Kevin
Monaghan managed to achieve the
rare feat of scoring all the points for
his team in a single quarter.
After the game fourth-year guard
Akil Smith spoke about the teams
eort saying, “We’ve got to play a lot
better, we weren’t comfortable on the
oence enough to win the game but
the defence was there...” reecting the
team’s defence giving up 60 points,
lower than their usual of 71.9 points-
against per game. While the whole
team was upset with the loss no one
took it harder than Kevin Monaghan,
who was hard on himself for some
missed shots. However, the coaching
sta noted that the team missed
twelve free throws throughout the
game that could have changed around
the nal decision in the Mounties
e rest of the game featured a
STU team lead by Richard Wilkins
against the ACAA’s fourth leading
scorer Brandon Malally. e Tommies
defence and physical play limited the
third-year forward to only thirteen
points, tied with Akil Smith for the
team lead. Monaghan added nine
points in the loss for the Mounties
who slipped to 5-4 on the year.
e Mounties rookies shone in the
game as Ian McShane put in a solid
eort holding onto his ACAA lead
in eld goal percentage. First year
Commerce student Trevor Mann
also saw action on the court adding
solid depth to the Mounties strong
starting ve, including Tim Crouse,
who moved the ball eciently and
eectively in a north-south manner.
e Valley, Nova Scotia resident
controlled the ow of the game for
Mt. A, hitting open Mounties with
ease and skill to make the game close.
Looking at the current ACAA
standings, (excluding last nights home
game against Crandall University)
the Mount Saint Vincent University
Mystics continue their perfect season
with an 11-0 record followed the
Tommies at 6-4 and Holland College
Hurricanes at 6-2. e Mounties sit
in fourth place with UNBSJ sitting
at the bottom of the standings at 0-9.
e MSVU Mystics are currently
the only representative in the CCAA
national rankings sitting in eighth
Up next for the Mounties is a date
with the Mystics in Halifax, NS on
Saturday with a return to the Athletic
Centre Sunday, January 22 with tipo
scheduled for 3:00 pm.
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
Men drop battle for
second place
National non-smoking week
Jenn MacKenzie
Health Intern
returns to normal, by eight hours the
carbon monoxide levels in the body
drop and oxygen levels return to
normal, within twenty-four per cent
the chance of heart attack begins to
decrease, by 48hrs your sense of smell
and taste improve, after a week the
body is free of nicotine, after a month
shortness of breath decreases, after
nine months circulation improves
and the body’s energy increases, after
a year your risk of heart disease is
reduced to half that of a smoker, after
5 yrs your risk of dying from lung
cancer will have dropped by fty per
ere are many smoking cessation
programs available to smokers. To
learn more about these programs or
products associated with smoking
cessation visit your doctor, pharmacist
or visit/contact the Wellness Centre
on the ground oor of the Wallace
McCain Student Centre (506)-364-
Internet Photo/Top News
Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn
e Argosy
Unhappy athletes are becoming an
unfortunate but very real fad in the
world of pro sports, and, thanks to
the expansion of media outlets and
the emergence of social media, are
coming to the forefront more and
Two recent examples include the
train wreck that is becoming the
New York Jets’ football team, and the
bizarre situation regarding Michael
Cammalleri’s trade from Montreal to
Calgary this past ursday.
Rex Ryan, head coach of the Jets,
and always one to stir the pot, made
headlines following the nal regular
season game when he said he didn’t
have the pulse of the team.
is came o of the actions of team
captain Santonio Holmes, who got
into an argument with his teammates
on the eld, leading to his subsequent
benching. Holmes spent the rest
of the fourth quarter of the afore-
mentioned season nale sitting on
the bench, gazing awkwardly into the
crowd, at the jumbotron; essentially
anywhere that was not the eld. Not
the type of reaction (or actions) you
want from a team captain.
After, Ryan said he didn’t have
the pulse of the team, a player who
wished to remain unnamed told
the New York Daily News that
quarterback Mark Sanchez is “lazy”
and “a slacker.” To make matters
worse, backup quarterback Greg
McElroy was reported as saying that
the team was full of selsh players
and a “corrupt mindset.”
Now travel a little bit to the North,
and the hockey-crazed city that is
Montreal, whose beloved Canadiens
are quickly becoming a train wreck
themselves. After the ring of coach
Jacques Martin, general manager
Pierre Gauthier hired Randy
Cunneyworth as the interim coach.
is caused an uproar in Montreal,
as Cunneyworth doesn’t speak French.
Gauthier apologized to the fans, and
promised a bilingual coach for the
2012-13 season. Cunneyworth now
becomes obsolete, and as one TSN
analyst described, a “lame duck” for
the rest of this season.
Amidst all this, enter Michael
Cammalleri. As quoted by TSN and
RDS last Wednesday, the veteran
forward said “I can’t accept that we
will display a losing attitude as we’re
doing this year. We prepare for our
games like losers. We play like losers.
So it’s no wonder why we lose.”
Sounds like a disgruntled athlete
to me.
en things got weird; during
the following day’s game in Boston,
Cammalleri did not return to the
bench after the second period.
Eventually word got through to TSN,
who was broadcasting the game, that
Cammalleri had been traded. During
the game.
While Gauthier insists that the
trade had been in the works for a long
time, one has to admit the timing is
odd. And trading a player during a
game? Cammalleri admitted he had
never seen that happen before.
In a sports age of overpaid players,
inated contracts, and lots of self-
righteous players, disgruntled players
are becoming all too common. e
worst part is, there doesn’t seem to
be a right way to handle it. Bench a
player and he sulks. Trade a player
and everything looks shy.
What happened to the good old
days, when gruntled players were a
dime a dozen?
DisgruntIcmcnt aII thc ragc
Pro athletes
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
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Mounties sit in
e Womens’ Hockey Mounties
played a tough game on Saturday,
losing 3-2 in overtime to the
visiting UPEI Panthers. Both
teams entered the game with 14
points, tied for third place in the
AUS Standings. e win puts
the Panthers in sole possession
of third, with the Mounties only
one point behind.
ings started well for the
Mounties, who got on the board
only a minute in with a goal by
defender Emily Van Diepen. Her
shot from the left face-o circle
bounced o a Panther and eluded
Kristy Dobson for Van Diepen’s
third of the season.
Less than ve minutes later,
the Panthers equalized it, with
Ferran Brown scoring her rst
of two goals on the night, after
a scramble in front of Mounties
netminder Jenelle Hulan, making
her rst start since November 13.
e second period, while
scoreless, saw no shortage of
chances by both teams. Both
goaltenders played strong games
throughout, and the Mounties
failed to capitalize on their
opportunities, including several
2-on-1 rushes, most of which
didn’t even result in a shot on
In the third period, the
Mounties were forced to kill
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
o a 5-on-3 Panther powerplay,
which they did seemingly with
ease. Shortly after the penalties
were done, and with UPEI’s
Jessica Rosenbaum in the penalty
box, the Mounties were able to
Ashlyn Somers’ centring pass
missed everyone in front, and
went all the way back to the point,
where Kristen Cooze corralled
it and put it on net. Courtney
King, standing in front of the net,
deected it past Dobson to put
the Mounties back in front 2-1.
Shortly after, it was a weird
sequence of events which found
the game knotted up.
With UPEI on a powerplay
of their own, Brown picked up
the puck in the slot and red it
past Hulan into the top corner.
e puck bounced right back out,
but as the referee did not blow
the whistle, the play continued
until Hulan covered it up. As the
Panthers celebrated, the referee’s
initial signal was of no goal. After
consulting with the linesman, and
checking with the goal judge, the
referee corrected the call to that
of a goal, tying the score at 2-2.
With time winding down
in regulation, Katelyn Morton
had a glorious chance to put the
Mounties ahead with seconds
left, but Dobson somehow got
across and made a diving save
with her stick to send the game
into overtime.
After an unsuccessful Mountie
powerplay early in the overtime,
it was another scramble around
Hulan that put the game away, as
Jamielynn Donaldson found the
puck and put it home, giving the
Panthers the win and third place.
It was a bit of an unusual game
at times, with the puck bouncing
over sticks and with each team
having players almost putting
the puck in their own nets,
but the Panthers were able to
overcome a pair of decits while
the Mounties’ inability to score
on the 2-on-1 rushes or on open
chances in front of the net cost
them dearly.
Hulan made 33 saves in her
rst loss of the season, now
sitting at 3-0-1, while Dobson
also made 33 saves for UPEI.
e Mounties sit at 6-5-3,
with 15 points, one behind UPEI
at 8-7-0 for 16 points. UPEI lost
on Sunday to Saint omas 4-2.
ST FX still occupies rst place at
13-2-0, while U de Moncton sits
in second place with a record of
Mount A returns to action on
Sunday in Halifax as they visit
the reeling Saint Mary’s Huskies
(1-12-1) and return to Sackville
the following weekend with a
pair of home games against STU
and Moncton.
lindsay ]amcs of HaIifax, NS ñghts for thc puck
against UPfl's Anjar Wcisscr from Gcrmany.
Career high in points
for Michael Cammalleri
Calgary Flames
Points for Montreal
through thirty eight
games this season
Millions of dollars
owed to him each year
for the next 3 seasons,
including this one
Career Stats
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