February 2, 2012

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Carly Levy
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Argosy/Janelle Belyea large opera hall. The intimate setting enabled the audience to connect with the performers and become fully immersed in their stories. Several stand out performances included Ellory Clayton’s rendition of “My Ship” from the musical Lady in the Dark. Clayton’s rich, full tone filled the room, and the audience was captivated by her effortless ability to embody her character. I was thrilled when, in the final number of the show, “Le Nozze Di Figaro,” from Mozart’s Figaro, we got to hear Clayton sing in a more operatic style. Anna Bond’s performance of “Che faro senza Euridice” was also an afternoon favourite. Bond

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Small town, big city air pollution
A recent study conducted by Mount Allison Environmental Science graduate Alicia Daniel determined that carbon dioxide emissions in Sackville are comparable to levels found in a similar study done in Chicago. Using the university’s geographic information systems (GIS) technology, Daniel set out to determine the concentration of carbon dioxide in Sackville, and whether the quality of the air is poorer in areas of high traffic compared to low traffic areas in town. Chosen in consultation with the Director of the Tantramar District Planning Commission Lori Bickford, Daniel’s project included taking three samples at 120 random points within a three-kilometre zone surrounding town hall between October 23, 2011 and November 21, 2011. Her analysis found that the air quality in Sackville is similar to that of a much larger city: “The Sackville numbers compare to Chicago's numbers, meaning our small little community is experiencing approximately the same concentrations as Chicago is, which is a large city.” Daniel attributes this to many variables, including elevation, the hemisphere that the data is recorded in, and the time of day. Daniel was surprised to see such high concentrations of carbon dioxide in Sackville. She also found that there was no difference between high traffic areas and low traffic areas. According to Daniel, the major contributors to air pollution in town are transportation and farming, although more research is required to determine the exact distribution of these values. Daniel says there are a few things that can be done about improving air quality in Sackville. She says that her report should be shared with the public to increase awareness of how their daily lives affect

First annual Opera Tea delights audience
Julia McMillan
Arts and Literature Editor
The recurring image of opera as something reserved for a fat lady wearing a Viking hat has all but been put to rest at Mount Allison. This was dispelled during the student performances on Sunday, January 29 at the Conservatory of Music. Dr. Helen Pridmore, Dr. Jennifer Farrell and members of the Mount Allison Opera Workshop presented the event. Student vocalists gathered in the faculty lounge of Brunton Auditorium to perform to a packed room of spectators. The program was comprised of excerpts from various operas, including solo arias and ensemble numbers. Much to the audience’s delight, the musical selection was extremely diverse, and featured classical favourites like selections from Carmen and Figaro, as well as musical theatre numbers like “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady. The informal afternoon of opera featured entertaining student performances intermingled with tea and delicious homemade baked goods served by the performers. The talent of the student performers, as well as their abilities to take on different characters and personas, easily dispelled the notion that opera music is a bland musical genre, enjoyed only in the setting of a


Black Bowser Comics opens in Sackville
The new hang-out for comic fans
Elise Dolinsky
Features Writer
Comic book fans won’t need to spend too much time mourning the recent closing of Enigma Comic and Games, as a new comic book shop has already opened to fill all your needs. Black Bowser Comics, located at Mr. Movie in downtown Sackville, is now up and running and has already seen quite a bit of success. Andrew Black and Thomas Bowser share ownership of Black Bowser Comics. They are both Mount Allison alumni who graduated in 2007. “We always wanted to open a comic book store,” said Black, “and now was just the right time.” Before moving back to Sackville to manage Mr. Movie, Black ran Silver Snow Comics in Toronto for a year, an experience he said “absolutely helped” him with Black Bowser Comics. One of Black’s main incentives for opening a comic book store in Sackville was how much he missed working at a comic book store. A huge comic book fan himself, Black enjoys the customer service aspect of running a comic book store: “it’s so enjoyable working in a comic book store because you get to talk about comics all day long,” he said, “the other day one guy came in and we spent two hours talking about comics, it was great.” The shop offers a selection of comic books, card games, collectibles, graphic novels and trade paperbacks. Already many students and community members have stopped by to check it out. “I was kind of surprised by the success we’ve had so far,” said Black. Since it’s opening last week, the shop hasn’t done much advertising, but has already seen quite a few customers. One of the biggest surprises was the support Black Bowser Comics received from the student community, and Black stated that roughly seventy per cent of their business has come from students. Black and Bowser are planning to carry a number of collectable trading cards games and



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A night in a Japanese love hotel
Photographer Nathalie Daoust explores female sexuality and the subversion of gender stereotypes
Julia Whalen
The Aquinian (St. Thomas University)
FREDERICTON (CUP) — Photographer Nathalie Daoust spent several months in a Japanese love hotel exploring female sexuality and the subversion of gender stereotypes. She had no idea the people she met would be so special and kind. She also didn’t expect to be tied upside down by a shibari master — a specialist in Japanese bondage. “He said that I should try it if I was going to photograph his model in this position. I said, ‘Why not.’” Daoust lived in Tokyo’s Alpha-In, one of the biggest S&M — short for sadomasochism — love hotels in Japan. People who practice S&M are pleasured either by inflicting or receiving pain or humiliation from their sexual partner. Daoust photographed 39 women of all ages who took dominant roles in S&M. The photos show them in their private rooms, surrounded by the specialist equipment and costumes that define their trade of dominatrix. She believes in confronting stereotypes of gender roles that exist not only in Japan, but all over the world. Her goal is to provide an insight into the concept of women as dominant beings. “I would say that women are more oppressed in Japan, [but] of course not all,” Daoust said. “Even the dominatrix that I met would bow lower than their customers and walk behind them. Only when the hotel doors would close would

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The Aquinian/Nathalie Daoust they then have the power.” Love hotels, also known as fashion or boutique hotels, can be for short stays — up to three hours — or overnight. They’re operated around the world with the primary purpose to allow couples undisturbed time together, but they’re also used for budget travellers looking to share accommodation or prostitution. Daoust had the idea for the project after living in the Carlton Arms Hotel, also known as the Artbreak Hotel, in New York City from 1997 to 1999. Each room in the hotel was designed by a different artist: for example, British street artist Banksy decorated a stairwell. She lived in and photographed every room in the hotel, and it was during this time she met some Japanese tourists who told her about theme-decorated hotels in Japan. The purpose of these hotels, though, was for three-hour stays. “I was interested in documenting this and moved to Tokyo for two years,” she said. Daoust photographed many love hotels in Japan, but the Alpha-In didn’t allow it. When she published her first book, her New York Hotel series, she returned to Alpha and showed her work to the owner. “He then invited me to come back to Japan and do a project on his hotel, and now we are very good friends,” she said.


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University releases finances to public
Questions posed on discretionary funds
Rachel Gardner
News Editor
The Mount Allison University financial statements, independently audited for the 201011 financial year, show that the University is in excellent financial health. After expenditures are subtracted from revenues, the University Internet Photo/Reuters has discretionary funds of over $6.5 million, which have been allocated to various areas of how the decisions are made in allocating these the institution. discretionary funds. “The excess of ‘revenues Robert Inglis, the controller of the over expenditures’ indicates fine financial health University, explains that the $6.5 million has and a substantial quantity of discretionary been allocated to a number of key areas. “From funds,” states MAFA president Dr. Stephen an accounting perspective, the major themes Law. “This is a sign that there is room to make in our financial statements are accounting for adjustments for different priorities.” Law our pension plans, paying off internal loans, suggests that these priorities should be set preparing for the Fine and Performing Arts through strong consultation with the university Centre and accounting for investment income community during budget formation, at on our endowment funds,” comments Inglis. which point university The University allocated members are asked for $400,000 largely to The excess of ‘revenues over input into where they pension funds, which expenditures’... is a sign would like funding to have suffered with that there is room to make be allocated. “The input struggling investment adjustments for different may be received, but markets, $1.5 million not necessarily taken to both the Fine and priorities into account when the Performing Arts priority setting process Centre and to savings Dr. Stephen Law occurs,” states Law. for infrastructure MAFA President SAC president Pat Joyce expenditures, and $2.6 million to pay off iterates similar concerns internal loans for residence and dining services. with the budgetary process. “Our concern with $2.2 million was donated to University University budgeting is that it’s always about endowment funds through external donors, feedback rather than input,” comments Joyce. largely through donations outlined in the wills “They say, react to this, rather than help us of former alumni. create this.” MAFA has brought forward concerns about Some concerns surround budgetary

High concentration of CO2 in Sackville air, student study reveals
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air quality in the community and to think about what they can do to reduce their footprint. She makes the following suggestions to improve air quality: “avoid idling vehicles, running washers and dishwashers with full loads and hanging clothes to dry, turning off electronics when not in use, and buying and eating organic local produce.” Though there are currently no plans for continuing this study, Daniel says that more research is needed to test other air pollutants in Sackville to see their effect and to find out how Sackville measures up to towns of similar size. “At the moment, I don't know how it compares to other communities that are approximately the same size,” says Daniel, who explained that this would be something she would be interested in doing. “I would love to be involved with this in the future,” she asserted, confirming that although there are no immediate plans made for continuing her work, she would be up for the task. “If the town is interested in further research on this topic, I would love to do it,” she commented. Representatives from the town could not be reached for comment at the time this article went to press.

Where’s the money?
$6.5 million $400,000
Discretionary funds in Pensions

$1.5 million in Infrastructure $2.2 million $190 million

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concerns in Appropriation and Renovations (A & R), which encompasses replacement and maintenance costs of physical infrastructure at the University. Mt. A budget manager Chris Milner and Inglis state that generally accepted accounting principles suggest budgeting approximately two to four per cent of the entire value of academic buildings at an university institution to ensure that maintenance and replacement costs can be covered. Current A & R expenditures at Mt. A are estimated to be at around one percent of the value of academic buildings, which stand at a value of just over $190 million. A & R funding from last year was approximately $2.1 million. MAFA President Stephen Law questions the value of Mt. A’s academic buildings, which the University states is arrived at by a professional appraiser. Law states that MAFA is still investigating how these appraisers arrive at this value, and whether the money allocated to this particular budgetary purpose is necessary.

Human rights, disability and accommodation at Mt. A
Accommodating students with learning disabilities
Rachel Gardner
News Editor
With approximately eighty-five students who make use of Mount Allison University’s Meighen Centre for students with learning disabilities, Barbara Robert’s open discussion on principles of accommodation for students with disabilities resonated loudly with audience members. Held on January 25 at noon in the Wallace McCain Student Centre, Roberts discussed services and accommodations that institutions of higher learning should implement to ensure that all students are on a level playing field, regardless of a learning disability. Roberts quoted Eleanor Roosevelt in her presentation on human rights and disabilities, asking, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home… Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works.” Roberts asserted the need for accommodation for students with disabilities to provide equal opportunity for them within an institution of higher learning. Further, she outlined the need for appropriate documentation of disabilities by health professionals, the mutual process between students, faculty, and disability services coordinators, and rigorous creative problem-solving. The Meighen Centre for Learning Assistance and Research was established in its current structure in 1994 after a large donation from the T. R. Meighen Foundation of St. Andrews, NB was made to the university. The centre offers a variety of services to students with learning disabilities, including technology that converts voice-to-text and text-to-voice, as well as advocacy, peer tutors, note takers, counselling, test and exam accommodations, and assessments. “Our students have been successful academically,” asserts Disability Coordinator Jane Drover. “It shows that students with learning disabilities can succeed with adequate support. I’ve had students graduate from the university from every faculty.” Fifth-year student Theo Holownia was diagnosed with a learning disability as a child, and credits the Meighen Centre as being a major contributor to his success in university. “One of the reasons I can sit here and say that I’m applying to grad school, that I’m a TA, that I’m a tutor, is because of the Meighen Centre and the donors that pay for its services.” Holownia has experienced discrimination as a student with a learning disability, both from teachers and students who remain ignorant to its effects on an individual’s life. “When I was in ninth grade, I was told that I probably wouldn’t graduate on time and likely wouldn’t go to university,” stated Holownia in an interview with The Argosy held after Roberts’ session. “My last words in my high school yearbook were: And they said I couldn’t do it.” Holownia further stressed that accommodation is aimed specifically at creating a level playing field on exams, not creating an advantage. “A lot of people doubt us because they think we’re getting courses dumbed down,” comments Holownia. “It’s not a modification – it’s an accommodation. It’s the exact same exam. It’s not half the questions. It’s not easier questions. I’m still responsible for all the questions everyone else is responsible for and all the classroom material.” During Roberts’ presentation, one faculty member from the audience asked whether it would be appropriate to tell a student not to continue studying a particular subject because their disability would prevent them from succeeding in future subject-specific careers. Roberts responded that such a comment is extremely dangerous, as it assumes that the student is not aware of their own capabilities. Further, faculty members do not know where a student will eventually head or where the student’s skill set lies. Holownia said the question gave an accurate representation of the kind of ignorance and discrimination that he has encountered as a student with a learning disability. “I’ve had a couple of times at Mt. A where I’ve been speechless that people with PhDs can be downright condescending and ignorant of these things,” comments Holownia. “I don’t think anyone is trying to be a horrible person. I don’t think that he [the faculty member] was trying to be malicious, but it doesn’t prevent him from being horrifyingly offensive. Some people need a wake up call.” Next week, The Argosy will carry out the second part of an investigation into the application of principles of accommodation for Mt. A students with physical disabilities. Internet Photo/LearningDisabilities

Technological devolution
Equipment problems plague professors in Avard-Dixon
Carly Levy
News Writer
impression that Mt. A wants to be known as a school with twentyyear-old equipment and no use of multimedia. These classrooms just aren’t functioning anymore.” Dr. Grant Aylesworth, who also works in Avard-Dixon, commented that although technology is not the most important part of the class, it is a significant dimension. He described the classroom as the front lines of interaction with students on a weekly basis. “There’s a trend away from long lectures and towards writing, discussion and interacting, and these things need to be supplemented by multimedia,” he said. Aylesworth further explained Spidell. Thefts, which occurred just before the beginning of the fall semester, also left the department with greater financial constraints. “We were left scrambling at the end of August, which would have been challenging enough, but then the thefts happened,” said Spidell. The missing equipment was eventually replaced, but not before classes began, leading to some of the frustrations felt among faculty working in the building. According to Spidell, the cost of a projector is about the same as the cost to put security in place to protect them from theft. In total, the cost would be $50 000 to secure all



February 2, 2012

Vanessa Million
Argosy Correspondent

International student concerns raised during Council

International student concerns
International Representative Mitali Sharan mentioned a number of concerns that were brought to her attention by several international students. First, residence housing is not open for any of the facilitators at the beginning of international orientation, although it is open for Resident Assistants. The facilitators and presenters usually arrive on a Friday or Saturday, but they are not permitted to enter residence until Sunday. Consequently, the students have to incur the expense of staying in a hotel for one or two nights. Some international students also find that orientation is much too fast for them. “By the time regular orientation starts, they are so tired that they don’t go to all of the information sessions and speeches, and because they have the language barrier, they find that everything goes so fast in regular orientation that they can’t keep up with anything,” said Sharan. She also said that some of the students feel like they cannot go talk to the Student Administrative Council (SAC) about concerns because they are often sent to the International Centre. “A lot of students are complaining that when they come to the SAC with concerns, they are always turned to the International Centre. They are coming into the SAC because they are part of the Student Union, and they do not want to speak at the International Centre because they do not want to speak with the staff, who are working for the University. They want to speak to members of the Union.” Sharan made the suggestion that there should be a specific SAC presentation given to the students during their international orientation. “I don’t think that they know the difference between what the SAC provides and what the International Centre provides.”

Audiovisual equipment problems have been the source of frustration recently for several professors conducting classes in the AvardDixon building. A lack of A/V setups to support classroom teaching and student presentations, combined with dysfunctional and often unpredictable technology, has forced at least two departments to purchase equipment for explicit use by the faculty, and is taking time away from class to fix equipment problems. Anthropology professor Dr. Marilyn Walker is frustrated with the state of technology in the AvardDixon building. “Slow, improperly functioning equipment takes time out of the content of class to deal with the issues,” she said. A major problem is that professors don’t know what to expect in the classrooms they have been designated. “It really affects the quality of the teaching and the classroom experience for both instructor and students,” says Walker. The two departments that work primarily out of the AvardDixon building, Sociology and Anthropology, have been largely that “[i]t’s more than just technology. unable to use specific teaching It’s about student engagement materials because the technology with materials.” Aylesworth uses is not currently available in certain radio, podcasts, youtube videos and rooms. “A large part of our courses interactive websites, and comments is ethnographic videos and we have that “if the technology isn’t working, nothing to play them on,” explained the multimedia aspect just isn’t there. Walker, who recently had to move User Services Manager for the one of her classes to another room to Computing Services department view a DVD. Darren Spidell offers a variety Dr. Erin Steuter, head of the of explanations for why the A/V Sociology department, echoes this equipment and the availability that lament. “We have an extensive of equipment is suffering in Avardcollection of VHS that cannot be Dixon. First, upgrades to equipment used,” she said. Professors request in the building hadn’t begun in the rooms based on their technology building until the end of this past requirements and plan the semester summer. Upgrade projects, which around classroom layouts given to occur when the university is less them before the term. “I planned busy over the summer months, my courses and assignments around are dependent on funds becoming certain equipment and I was shocked available. Usually, this isn’t until to find out that mid-summer, wasn’t available,” Slow, improperly and according to commented Spidell, this is too functioning equipment Steuter. late for installers The Sociology takes time out of the who cannot be department has content of class to deal booked on short also purchased with the issues notice and aren’t cords for all able to come in their professors, Dr. Marilyn Walker until late August, and Steuter was which rushes the Anthropology Professor process. forced to purchase a laptop she “If we were wouldn’t have otherwise needed if it aware of how much funding we were weren’t for the lack of equipment in going to receive, that would go a long classrooms. “Preparing for class now way towards improving this situation involves a lot more lugging,” says for everyone,” says Spidell. This Steuter, who brings a laptop, extra would provide more time to install cords, and speakers, which she signs equipment, test it, and get it up and out of the Social Science department running for faculty to take stock of office. These resources are shared the rooms a lot sooner, he explained. and, as such, are not always readily Director of Administrative Services available or in good shape. Michelle Strain says that the final “My pedagogy has devolved draft of the budget goes to the Board because I can’t use multimedia for approval between April and May, [as easily],” Steuter shared, and which is the ideal time to receive concluded, “I’m not under the funding commitments, according to

Internet Photo/Mount Allison data projectors on campus. The IT steering committee, comprised of faculty members, students, the four Vice Presidents of the University, computing services staff, the Registrar, and an educational technical consultant, who meets monthly, has developed a five year plan for updating technology in classrooms across campus to make equipment more consistently available. This includes a plan to digitize the Social Science VHS library, which could then be put on a server and played from any laptop on campus. A request for funding has gone to the administration for consideration in the upcoming budget. Further problems relating to technological and A/V equipment in Avard-Dixon include faulty installations, done two to three years ago, that are just now coming to the attention of Computing Services who are attempting to resolve the problems while working around class schedules. The system for reporting a technical problem is flawed, says Spidell. Often the information is channelled secondhand through departmental secretaries, which results in a lot of time spent communicating information back and forth. Vibrations from the buildings mechanical systems, as well as people walking on the floor above, have had unforeseen effects on the data projectors, affecting the picture display. The department is looking into acquiring different mounts to counteract that effect. A few TVs and VCRs have also been removed because they were falling off the wall and were dangerous. Spidell’s team is in the process of fixing those now.

Application pitch to the SAC
There was an entrepreneurship presentation given to the SAC by MountApps Productions Inc., an incorporated company consisting of twelve student shareholders within Sackville. MountApps Production wants to create an ‘app’ for the SAC that would be accessible from students’ smartphones. VP Communications Julie Stephenson asked the presenters if there had been a survey done on the Mt. A campus specifically to determine how many students have smart phones. “We’ve done general research surveys understanding the market itself… not particularly on campus, definitely something that a survey group would be interested in doing,” said Giacomo Vecia, one of the representatives. The SAC would have the option to charge students to access this application, but according to the representative for MountApps Production, it is more beneficial to use for awareness and social media purposes. “You can definitely charge for apps, but from a social perspective and a service perspective, it’s not beneficial in that kind of market,” said Vecia. Brian Laidlaw, the head of the research design portion of the entrepreneurship, listed three application prices which ranged from $10 500 plus tax to $18 000. These fees would include developer charges and fees, software, launching costs, marketing costs, and the product itself. “We believe that there’s enough of a market out there and enough of a client base, especially with the increasing app market,” said Vecia.

Academic Affairs branding
The Academic Affairs Committee is planning to create a logo and begin branding to make their services better known. Senator Ryan Harley is heading the initiative and the Committee plans to carry out this branding throughout the remainder of the semester. VP Academic Erik Fraser said that the Academic Affairs Committee’s work is not always clear because much of it is carried out within Senate and on Committees. “A branding will help us to advertise some of the academic services that the SAC provides, as well as highlighting some of the resources on campus that we support,” said Fraser. Fraser also said that branding would be useful for things like the Used Test Bank and for advertising the Book Sale. “It is also hopefully going to be the mechanism by which we connect the student body a bit more with Senate issues so that we can more easily solicit feedback on matters like the Independent Study Week courses and Honours overlap rules,” stated Fraser.

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Through Stained Glass
A new binary in the church of the twenty-first century
History/African Heritage month, it is worth noting the significantly different role played by the black University Chaplain or African heritage churches of North America, and the growing When it comes to religion, through African churches of apostolic and the twentieth century we have pentecostal forms. The churches tended to think of Christianity in of Africa, and many of the black binary or dualistic terms; as two opposite sides constantly in conflict churches of North America, fall or opposition to each other. This is neither into the Evangelical nor certainly true in the way in which the liberal camps. church was portrayed or understood, Often pentecostal are charismatic pitting evangelical against liberal, in worship, to many observers they traditional against seem to represent progressive, another element individual salvation We should pay in evangelical against ideas of larger attention to C h r i s t i a n i t y. societal change. Certainly they tend these Spirit-filled This binary churches of the towards a focus on a division dates to the personal relationship African and black early years of the with God, or with traditions, where twentieth century Christ, which has theology has a and the emergence been seen by many as of fundamentalism practical and social an evangelical form. as a potent force side. But the passion for rising against those social justice, the who understood the way in which they need for Christianity to come to have engaged in mission to right terms with changing times and a wrongs, to change systems, to make changing world. Theological debate a difference at a social level, has was largely seen in terms of tradition not always matched the evangelical in conflict with progress, or views passion for the soul and salvation of rooted in a particular understanding an individual. of scripture as a literal word of The black churches of North God challenged by those who took America, and the emerging churches a more critical perspective of the of Africa, are focussed on a different sacred text as being conditioned by model of spirituality: one in which its own times, and needing a new the personal experience of faith is understanding for a new time. centrally important, but within the In this binary division, the context of a community of people Evangelical churches of North who are experiencing a much America have come more to the more material or social concept of forefront in the last generation and salvation as social change, justice, brought their theology, and often and rights. their informal style of worship, into The distinction in the church of the public consciousness. Liberal the twenty-first century will not simply be between evangelicals and churches, meanwhile, have tended liberals, but will increasingly be more to tradition in their forms of between those for whom faith is not worship, but less so in their outlook just doctrine or work, but those for regarding mission, service and social whom faith is an experience and an justice theology. expression in life. The distinction will This particular division of be between those who think about Christianity has impressed itself faith and those who experience faith on our minds, with a great sense in the power of the Spirit. of authority; the equally arbitrary We should pay attention to these division between the church of Spirit-filled churches of the African the northern hemisphere and the and black traditions, where theology churches of the “two-thirds” world has a practical and social side, but has been characterized in the same where the individual experience of ways, as the internal challenges faith, and the community’s vibrant, of liberalizing influences in the and one might say pentecostal, Anglican church in matters of expression of worship are hallmarks. sexuality has not been shared in the There is room for personal churches of the African continent. experience, passion in worship, and But this does not, of course, capture praxis in theology that will motivate the full expression of the church, people, as groups and communities either in the differences between as well as individuals, into social, western and African theologies, or environmental and even political in the differences between churches activity. This may well be a faith that in North America. that will move mountains. At the beginning of Black

Linking body image and self-compassion
Mt. A student research, on students
Elise Dolinsky
Features Writer
One of the most interesting aspects of any university is the research that students and professors undertake every year in their various fields. Mount Allison is lucky enough to have a wide variety of research studies going on throughout the year, and students are doing a lot of this research. The Psychology Department has a number of exciting studies this year, including that of Aleka Maclellan, a fourth-year Honours Psychology Student studying the role of selfcompassion on body image. Working in the Personality and Health lab under the supervision of Dr. Wasylkiw, Maclellan is looking into the relationship between how compassionate people are towards themselves—their self-compassion— and their body image. Her research follows up on a paper she wrote last year, which was accepted for publication in Body Image: An International Journal of Research. Maclellan is now looking into the mechanisms responsible for the relationship between self-compassion and body image. Self-compassion is a fairly new idea that was only recently introduced to psychology literature, making it a unique and growing area of research. Maclellan was drawn to the field of psychology of the self in high school, when she encountered the quote, “the most important relationship any individual can have is the one with the self.” For Maclellan, this quote shows “how important it is for individuals to regard themselves in a positive light, as the self is a person’s one, guaranteed life-long relationship. I wanted my study to focus on improving individual well-


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Psychology students can participate in their peers’ research.

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being by targeting a common struggle Like other psychology students, frequently experienced by people all she hopes to be able to publish her over the world.” work in a psychological journal if she Body image is a significant issue finds significant results. “I feel that for women and men of all ages and my study is particularly beneficial around the globe. because it strives  to Maclellan considers improve individual My study focuses the idea of body image well-being through a and self-compassion on identifying mental perspective,” important: “According protective factors she said, “Whereas to the National Eating that may minimize past research tended Disorders Association, the negative to focus on identifying eighty per cent of factors that lead to consequences of women report being body dissatisfaction, dissatisfied with their being dissatisfied my study focuses on appearance,” she stated, with one’s identifying protective “[body dissatisfaction] appearance. factors that may often leads to minimize the negative negative physical consequences of being Aleka Maclellan dissatisfied with one’s and psychological Honours Psych. appearance.” consequences including Student Anyone interested eating disorders, an obsession with in learning more about thinness, negative Maclellan’s research or affect, and low self-esteem. Any any other research going on at Mt. A investigation that addresses this issue can attend the annual Research Day is well worth the time and resources on April 5, where students present put into the research process.” their findings. Psychology students So far, Maclellan is finished her can also participate in the research literature review and performed process by participating in one of the tests on 150 young women for her Psychology Department’s studies. study, and is now analyzing her data.

Grand opening set for this February
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role playing games as well, with tables set up so customers can come by and play in the shop. “We are trying to push for this to be a place where people can come and play whenever—a kind of hobby central,” said Black. For them, the store is “a business but also a passion,” and their goal seems to be more oriented towards enjoyment than profit. Is there any fear the shop will fizzle out the way that Enigma Comics and Games did? Black seems to be fairly confident that with his experience from Silver Snow Comics and his and Bowser’s knowledge of comics, their comic shop will be successful. Black has owned Mr. Movie for two and a half years, so their financial overhead is already paid for. Black

Readers can browse and shop for their favourites in Sackville’s newest comic store, attached to Mr. Movie.
says he thinks of the comic book store as “an add-on to the current business.” Black and Bowser plan on holding a grand opening for Black Bowser Comics in February, where there will hopefully be a Marvel comic book signing. Anyone interested in comics is welcome to stop by their shop at 69 Main Street.

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6 FEATURES Adoption rates at Animal House drop
Residents still committed to foster pet care
Anissa Stambouli
Features Editor
A house is not a home without a pet, according to the residents of Carriage House, also known as the Animal House, which has attracted animal lovers to foster pets for the past three years. Raised in a house full of pets, Emily Schmidt knew that she wanted to maintain regular interaction with animals when she attended university. Fortunately, Schmidt found her residence match in Carriage House, one of Mount Allison’s Satellite residences. “I asked the tour guide if there were any unique houses [on campus] that I could get involved in, and they mentioned Carriage House,” Schmidt, now in her second year at Mt. A and Resident Assistant for Carriage House, recalled for The Argosy, “I thought it was really cool that [students] were able to have animals in the house and foster them.” In 2008, the Animal House program began in Carriage. The smallest of the Satellite residences, housing eleven people at the most, Carriage became the foster home for some of Moncton’s Society for the

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Argosy/Rosanna Hempel Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) animals. At the SPCA, animals get human contact from volunteers when possible, but they don’t get the experience of living with a family until they are adopted. “The whole point of this program is for the animals to learn how to behave when they’re with a large group of people and living in a house . . . before they move on and get adopted,” Schmidt explained. But housing multiple pets— ranging from dogs and cats to guinea pigs and rabbits—under the same roof is no picnic. Animals are separated on each floor of the house by baby gates, though they usually get along together and roam freely. In addition, chores are divided among residents, “primaries” and “secondaries”. Each animal has a chart that lists tasks which must be completed daily in order to properly care for the animal: some chores include feeding the animal, cleaning litter boxes and caged areas, playing with the animal, taking the dogs for walks and more. Primaries ensure that the chart is completed each day, while secondaries assist when needed in completing chores. Secondaries are also responsible for advertising the House’s latest pets across campus and Sackville to ensure adoption. As the RA of Carriage House, Schmidt acts as the liaison between the house, the SPCA, and the university: “It’s my responsibility to call and make sure that we can go and get animals, to make sure that we get the right [temperamental] mix of animals,” she said, explaining the importance of taking in social animals, as pets with animosity towards other animals cause tension in the Animal House atmosphere. Lily Nagy-Macarthur, a first-year student living in Carriage, came to Mt. A because of the Animal House program. Having enjoyed “being one of the primaries and being able to spend time with animals,” Nagy-

Macarthur plans to apply for next year’s RA position. While those interested in adoption can only visit the animals by appointment, Mt. A students are welcome to stop by at any time, even walk Animal House’s dog Houdini, as long as a Satellite member accompanies them on the walk. Recently however, Animal House program seems to be at a lull. “This year has not been good,” said Schmidt regrettably, “Over the passed year [adoption rates have] died down and gone into a bit of a slump. Hopefully it’ll go back up soon.” According to Schmidt, Animal House isn’t the only one experiencing a drop in adoption interest. She told The Argosy that the SPCA has received an overload of animals, and are seeking more foster homes to house them. If she receives the RA position for the 2012-2013 year, Nagy-Macarthur hopes to bring the animals to senior residences and elementary schools in order to raise awareness and encourage adoption: “Animals have a lot of compassion and can give people a lot of joy,” she concluded. Though the Carriage House residents intend to keep the program strong, Sackville’s low demand poses an inconvenience. Schmidt concluded, “Even if we don’t adopt a lot of animals out, [Animal House is] still a good program to have because it gives pets a chance to be able to be in a family environment, even if we just have a few animals.”

Hollywood hits puberty: Part I
Tracking the film industry from infancy to its teenage phase.
Anissa Stambouli
Features Editor
If you’ve ever watched any of “the classics”, glorifying stars like Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Katherine Hepburn and more, you may have noticed that kisses were a blushing matter, graphic sex scenes were non-existent, and “potty-mouth” jokes were unheard of. Indeed, when cinema was in its infancy—not to be labeled Hollywood until 1920, roughly—movies were tame in content, and all scandals in plot were referred to implicitly. By watching recent hits like The Hangover, sexually charged TV shows like True Blood, drug related films like American Gangster, and let’s not forget the gory appeal of the Saw series, Hollywood has charged through the toddler phase and entered puberty. In 1922, cinema kings united to form the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association of America (MPPDAA) to appease the government’s demand for censorship on American films. To preserve the movie industry’s self-censorship, MPPDAA’s leader William H. Hays established The Production Code— also known as the Hays Code. This MPPDAA was later renamed the nots” is quite extensive. So how did society take the leap from giggling at kissing scenes, to laughing hysterically at the awkward sex between Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm in 2011’s Bridesmaids, not to mention finding the unfortunate bowel movements of that film hilarious? It would seem that Hollywood and cinematic audiences have developed a teenage taste for film content. Just as raging hormones seek out butterfly-inducing moments with a significant other, audiences crave the excitement of seeing bedroom action—which was Argosy/Rosanna Hempel previously private—on screen and Contemporary audiences up close. Seeing someone else’s facial amused by toilet-humour on expressions on the john is suddenly the big screen. funny, as are the unique bathroom Motion Picture Association of noises—similar to the ones that America, a title which remains today children imitate at the dinner table (MPAA). before they are conditioned to use The Motion Picture Code (MPC) “table manners”—burst from theatre of 1930 was enforced from 1934 to speakers. the 1950s. Under this Even as late as the code, all plot material It would seem 1950s, showing a toilet basically had to scream, on screen was banned that Hollywood “Life really is a box of and considered vulgar. and cinematic chocolates; welcome The MPC attempted to Pleasantville.” Evil audiences have to cut the scene in never triumphed good, developed a Psycho (1960) when “badass” characters were teenage taste for Janet Leigh flushes just plain immoral— some papers down a film content. never alluring, and toilet. And yet, in 2011, seduction could only audiences nearly wet be mentioned if it was essential to their pants laughing as girls in films the plot, and “should not be explicit like Harold & Kumar Go to White or represented in detail where there Castle and Bridesmaids release their is likelihood of arousing wrongful bowels. emotions on the part of the audience.” Catch Part II in next week’s issue: The lists of “shoulds” and “shouldWhy Humour Evolves.

The Sexpert

Your quirky questions, answered.
You’ve submitted, I’ve answered. This week’s “Sex Bomb” is all about answering your most awkward, kinky, or simply odd questions. Keep em’ cumming Mt. A! Why don’t men get more oxytocin than women? Shouldn’t their potential for bonding during intercourse equal ours? I mean, they’re doing us. Dear Frustrated, To begin with, for those who don’t know what oxytocin even is, and are only reading the Sex Bomb for titillating kicks, oxytocin is—in a nutshell—often referred to as the “love horomone”. Both men and women release oxytocin at orgasm, and also possibly through nonintercourse activity like cuddling, massage and more. However, for males, vasopressin seems to be more relevant to their bonding. Vasopressin is very similar in molecular structure to oxytocin.  Science mentions an AVPRIA gene—a “monogamy gene”—who would have thought? Research led by Hasse Walum found a link between

shaky monogamous relationships among men and a particular genetic variant of AVPRIA, known as 334. According to his studies, Walum noticed that men who had gene 334, tended to have twice the chance of developing relationship problems within a year of partnership. So where does this leave you, Frustrated? It would appear that men are capable of bonding in bed just like women. It would seem that oxytocin levels aren’t to blame. What affects my personal “flavour” and smell down there? Dear Scent-Conscious, You are what you eat. The foods that you take in is digested by the body and carried through the bloodstream to various glands and tissues, some of which are the prostate and seminal vesicle where seminal fluid is created, and the Skene’s glands and vaginal wall where vaginal lubrication is created. Everything digest can change the way that your bodily secretions taste and smell, for better or for worse. Avoid high doses of alcohol, garlic, asparagus, red meat, dairy and broccoli if you want to smell and taste delicious, and eat citrus fruits like pineapple if you want to sweeten and improve your flavour.

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Smiles are contagious
SMILE Awarenes Week celebrates fifteen years on campus
parents a nice two-hour break every Saturday morning. But if you asked them why they volunteer, they would likely say it is the bond and friendship they develop with their buddy and the amount of fun they have together each Saturday morning that makes that 8:00 am alarm worth it. Fourth-year geography student Courtney Cook & Lauren Macdonald described Jefferson Hayre the experience as something special:“Once you have attended Argosy Contributors SMILE you realize how much more there is to your education at Mt. A than just the classes. It is an Each Saturday morning, experience you want to share with approximately sixty Mount Allison everyone.” students travel to Amherst, Nova SMILE, based off of a program Scotia to spend their mornings in at Acadia University, started in the a meaningful way as part of Mt. fall of 1997, when a couple of Mt. A’s Sensory Motor Instructional A students got driven over to help Leadership Experience (SMILE) Cumberland Early program. Students are Intervention Program partnered for the year (CEIP) with the with a child, age three Once you have attended SMILE you Saturday morning to twenty-one, each program. Now in 2012, with different mental realize how much the SMILE program or physical disabilities, more there is to and partner CEIP are abnormalities or your education at marking their fifteenth delays. Mt. A than just the year with an Awareness Students devote Week this February. an hour leading the classes. SMILE Awareness children through Week will kick off games in the gym, Lauren Macdonald baking, doing crafts, Fourth-year student on Sunday, February 5 with the launch of reading and much a promotional video. more. An hour is then Monday will be filled spent in the pool, with chances for students to learn purely for the purpose of having fun. more and educate themselves. A Fifteen-year-old participant Rylan booth will be set up in the student loves SMILE “because it is a place I centre with information available can relax and be myself.” along with various facts posted Students benefit by gaining around campus in classrooms. valuable leadership experience working with children, and also offer

Tree-mendous challenge


The toils and rewards of tree planting
Anissa Stambouli
Features Editor
Imagine a summer job that is physically exhausting, mentally gruelling, but socially and financially mind-blowing. Welcome to the tree planting seasonal occupation. Fourth-year student Rena Thomas camped out in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia for a short time as a tree planter in the summers of 2010 and 2011. “It was really good to be outside all day,” she told The Argosy, instead of cooped up indoors at a nine-to-five job. Working for Brinkman & Associates Reforestation, Thomas’ main objective was to plant as many trees possible in a working day, as employees are paid per tree. “It’s kind of like a competition,” she recalled, “everyone is trying to plant more trees than everyone else, and it was tough to feel that motivation—to take that extra step every second.” The repetition involved in tree planting is physically trying: “You’re basically just bending over, using your body and momentum for hours on end,” Thomas shared, “it’s also in the elements. It’s either extremely hot and you’re dehydrated, or it’s pouring rain . . . you plant no matter what.” In addition, planters must remain mentally focused, paying attention to their work in order to plant efficiently and rapidly—no day-dreaming allowed. “[Tree planting] is definitely more of a mind-fuck than anything else,” Thomas confessed. While being in shape is helpful before arriving on the job is helpful, the greatest challenge surpasses physical ability; “mostly it’s forcing yourself to go as fast as you can, as hard as you can, all day long, doing the worst job ever. That

“It felt good to work really hard and push your body, and make something of it.” -Rena Thomas (bottom, left)
was really really tough.” continuing until the assignment While on the job during is done for the day, Thomas’ her first summer, Thomas crew enjoyed relaxing together developed tendonitis. Not by the fire and even partying heeding her body’s warnings, when energy allowed. Thomas finished the planting Thomas also enjoyed living season and au naturel, returned to explaining that, Brinkman the The camp life is while some following year. really fun; you’re planters chose As a result, she to maintain living outside, it’s was forced to regular hygiene, quit her second like an adventure she and other season early every day. It’s about women enjoyed on due to the community. the liberty of injury, which allowing their has affected her body hair to Rena Thomas grow without daily life and Fourth-year student the artistic abilities regular as a Fine Arts intervention of student. razors. “You’re However, despite the in the middle of nowhere, who exertion of the job, Thomas cares? A lot of girls just let asserted that, “[Tree planting their [body] hair grow, it was is] a really amazing experience awesome,” she laughed. . . . You meet amazing people— However, Thomas warned you gain friendships that you’re against idealizing the going to have forever.” Similarly, environmental benefits and Luke Patterson, a 2009 Mount natural lifestyle. She stated Allison graduate and six-year that tree planting is not the planting veteran, claimed that place to be one with nature his greatest reward for tree and romanticize the act of planting was also bonding replenishing the earth: “It’s with teammates: “that, and the good if you’re an outdoorsy money. Cold. Hard. Cash,” he person, and it’s really good if said in an email to The Argosy. you want to make money,” she While planting for concluded. Brinkman, Thomas lived on At the end of the day, tree a campsite: “The camp life is planting is a tough job, but a really fun; you’re living outside, rewarding one. “It felt good to it’s like an adventure every day. work really hard and push your It’s about community,” she body, and make something of shared. Though the working it.” hours are long, beginning with breakfast at 6:00 am and

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Crake-Sawdon Award
For Outstanding Contribution to Student Journalism

Value $1000
Applications/nominations should include the following: • A completed application/nomination form • An unofficial copy of the nominee's/applicant's transcript • A list involvement in print journalism at Mount A • A discussion (no longer than one page) of the applicant's/nominee's contributions to student print journalism at Mount A. Applicants or nominees must also arrange for two let letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Mark Lee by the due date. At least one letter must be from a person familiar with the applicant's/nominee's work in print journalism at Mount A. Applicant's can include other relevant material if they so chose. All materials should be submitted by Feb 15, 2012. Application forms are available at The Argosy or Modern Languages & Literatures, 3rd Floor Crabtree. Completed applications should be submitted to Mark Lee, Modern Languages & Literatures Dept Office, 309 Crabtree. Questions can be directed to:


February 2, 2012

Animal Cruelty

Searching for the next Jack Layton
John Trafford
Argosy Columnist
Many have wondered if the NDP will ever be able to find a candidate that can outstep the shadow of former leader Jack Layton. After viewing Sunday’s debate between the candidates for the New Democrat leadership I’ve come to believe that, for the time being at least, Mr. Layton’s shadow will loom large. It seemed to me that none of the candidates could truly replace the late Jack Layton and only a select few would be able to successfully lead the NDP into an election against Stephen Harper. Perhaps it is naïve to expect otherwise, but I could not help but notice that throughout the debates, the candidates were talking past each other and not really debating the issues. The NDP are going to have to step up their game if they hope to defeat the Conservatives in the next election. I heard a lot of rhetoric on Sunday about helping Canadian families and how Stephen Harper is their mortal enemy. It is obvious that Canadian families need help against a static economy and chronic unemployment, but none of the candidates seemed to present a clear vision for achieving this goal. When asked what government expenditures should be cut and which should be protected under all circumstances, a general consensus was reached for tax cuts to the wealthy and social services, respectively. I realize that social services are arguably the number one thing Canadians expect from their governments, but it seemed to me that many of the candidates were playing to this Canadian value without really saying anything. Broad support for social services is a good thing, but what exactly is a social service? What qualifies as a social service? These are questions that went unanswered on Sunday that every candidate will have to address as leader of the opposition, or possibly as prime minister. Peggy Nash was a candidate who stood out in my mind, and not in a good way. Examples of some of the outlandish claims made by Ms. Nash are that her NDP government would lift every

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impoverished senior out of poverty and provide a home for every Canadian. Again, perhaps I am naïve, but I prefer my politicians to make promises that are humanly possible to deliver. How could these goals be accomplished in the midst of a recession? The answer is that they cannot. Ms. Nash and the other New Democrat candidates know the folly of the promises they make, but make them all the same. Many of the candidates wondered how Canada, as a wealthy Western nation, can allow many of its citizens to slip into poverty, and why the Prime Minister seemed not to care. Poverty is endemic to human civilization and rather than trying to implement a utopian pipe dream, I’d prefer whoever wins the leadership to concentrate on achievable social democratic goals. The NDP need to realize la belle province is no longer Fortress Quebec, and their massive gains there could easily be swept away if the party does not tread carefully. Realistic promises are what is needed to hold Quebec and expand throughout the country to form the next government. The NDP have a real opportunity here; for their sake, let’s hope they chose a leader who knows what to promise and what not too.

You’ve got mail
A need for policy
John A.W. Brannen
This year’s Students’ Administrative Council (SAC) election has witnessed an explosion of aids to help candidates reach their ultimate goal: election or reelection. The campus has seen the proliferation of posters, hashtags, Facebook groups and giant banners of candidate’s faces. This year’s campaign featured incumbent Pat Joyce vying for the position of president once more. With this in mind, I was alarmed to see that in the course of the campaign, two student wide e-mails were sent by the current SAC president. Though they weren’t about the campaign, and indeed were for important reasons (a security survey and feedback on a University VP), the fact they were sent by from the SAC, by the president, from the ‘sacpresident@’ e-mail, to all students, was troubling. I don’t believe this was a malicious act perpetrated by the current SAC president. He certainly has a duty to carry out his responsibilities. I do believe that it was inappropriate that Joyce was the sender with his name appearing in bold at the bottom. Would the president have reneged on his job if someone else, like the VP Campus Life, had signed his name to the security e-mail? Could the VP Academic, as the president’s right-hand person, have taken on the responsibility of sending the e-mail regarding the focus group? Could the VP Communications have filled the role as designated e-mail sender to students for the Council? I believe that all of these things were possible. Though the election will have concluded by the time this goes to print and the results will have been confirmed (hopefully!), there is still a need to address these issues for future elections. In the interests of a fair and transparent student union, I hope the SAC election team will look back on the need for improvement to this file. In all other ways, this election has been very exciting and eventful, with a great lineup of candidates passionate about issues facing students.

I want to call attention to an issue very dear to me. Two dogs were found shot and dumped off a rural road in Reserve Mines, N.S. this past weekend. It pains me to even acknowledge that animal cruelty still exists, but I must raise the issue once again. Now I usually don’t align myself with the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), but I tend to lean more towards their views based on this and several other terrible acts of violence against animals. When I first went to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Dartmouth after I finished the third grade in June 1998, I’ll admit it, I didn’t have much of a connection with pets at all. That soon changed after adopting a border collie-german shepherd mix named Duke (think of Duke Ellington’s song “Black and Tan Fantasy”). Whoever committed these unspeakable acts has obviously never experienced the bond anyone could ever truly feel with an animal, and I feel sorry for them. How many deaths will it take before we eventually realize the important contribution to society animals make? It is baffling how many of us can treat animals so poorly, and that that culture still exists today in society. I will never understand how a human being can intentionally cause physical harm to someone or something that is weaker than them. I only know that morally, it is vehemently wrong and should be punished and enforced more strictly. We all get that chance to share a special bond with pets. For me, it was having Duke watch me walk home from school at the end of the day so I could let him out. He was always there. Animals, not just dogs, need to be treated with a sense of civility. As for Duke, he struggled with several health-related issues for a while (he tore one ACL in his hind leg, followed by the other and then a bad infection in his front right leg). He ended up collapsing back in mid-August of 2010 trying to walk to my father one night. I prefer to think that Duke knew what was about to happen, and was trying to be with those he loved most in his final moments. I, meanwhile, still feel miserable to this day that I couldn’t be there for him as he passed on. Pets should never be treated as the two dogs in Reserve Mines were this past weekend. Animals deserve to be treated as equals with humans and not simply disregarded as expendable. For me, Duke will always be the best friend I could ever have. It is seriously time to change how we as a society view animals and, more importantly, how we view those who abuse them. Robert Murray

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SAC Elections
awkward position. You may be my friend, but I may prefer an alternative candidate, or wish to keep my political opinions private. Instead, I propose that you simply make those materials available to me, and I will offer my support for your campaign on my own terms, if and when I decide that you are the candidate I wish to support. Second, please don’t assume that your audience does not care—we are your audience. If we did not care, why would we bother listening to your speeches? We have limitless other things that we could be doing instead of watching your speech. This does not disqualify issues of voter apathy or the need for a stronger brand or anything like that—it simply means you ought to stop accusing us of indifference. Third, replace “you” with “we”: This is a corollary to the last point. When speaking of issues that pertain to a social group (e.g. students) that you are a part of, use the first person. As a member of the SAC, you create and implement policy that affects our entire collective in one way or another, a collective of which you and I are a part. You are not simply selling me (the voter) your platform or an exclusive good. Rather, you are asking the collective of which you are a part to delegate to you a responsibility that would be unwieldy in the hands of each and every one of us. You are asking permission to perform a task on behalf of us. This provides a nice segue into my next criticism… Fourth, please do not talk down to me. If I could ask of you only one thing, it would be that you treat and address me as your equal. Holding an executive or legislative position on the SAC means that the wider student body has delegated to that individual a power to make decisions that affect MASU in its entirety. It does not alter our fundamental and legal equality, nor does your candidacy necessarily imbue you with some quality that renders you our saviour in these troubled times. You are not the European on his civilizing mission to Africa, and we are not some backward nation suffering in the darkness without you. I am not attempting to tar you with one brush; rather, I am asking you to be conscious of the unequal power relationship between us, and to treat me with respect—if you do, you may expect the same from me. I promise. Those are my four critiques of our SAC candidates. I hope they will not treat this letter as a personal attack: it is not. I ask that all candidates take a step back, think about what would make you a better candidate (and, by extension, a better student representative), and implement whatever changes you are comfortable with. You have come so far; why stop now? Richard Kent

Fitness Centre

During this SAC election cycle, I was fortunate enough to attend three nights of speeches, discuss aspects of candidates’ platforms, and engage with what was a rather innocuous campaign. The polls will be closed and the winners confirmed by the time this reaches print, but I do not believe that it is too late to share with you some of my observations, and provide a constructive critique of the campaigns. First, I would like to acknowledge the individual and collective willingness to put it all out there and actually run for a SAC position, for which I thank you. However, I wish to draw your attention to the things that many candidates need to improve upon. In the spirit of many of the campaigns, I present four criticisms: First, don’t ask me to support your campaign: I cannot imagine a campaign going far without the public support of one’s peers. However, before directly asking me to publicly support you, realize that you may be putting me in an

I understand that community members are paying to use the Fitness Centre, but I do not think priority of spots should in any way be given to them. It is a Mount Allison University facility on the Mount Allison University campus that is cleaned and staffed by Mount Allison University employees. If townspeople want access to a fitness centre, they should not be complaining to the Students’ Administrative Council but to the town. If you don’t want all the spots taken by students, then don’t go to a student gym. Tori Morning

Gender Equality
be. An increasing detachment from the issue of gender equality is the greatest challenge we face in leveling the playing field. Becoming engaged in the conversation is the first, and most important step to be taken. From the outset of university we are able to recite, “sex is a biological fact, gender is a social construction.” However, how often do we stop to reflect upon how one constructs their gender? Or perhaps worse, how it has been constructed for them? Parenting evidently plays a huge role. Before a child is even born, parents struggle with the ‘make it or break it’ decision of paint colors. Yellow and green are acceptable ‘gender-neutral’ shades, but cross the line into pink or blue and suddenly you’re pre-determining the sexual orientation of your unborn child. Today, our social construction of gender is strongly rooted in the media. Perhaps as university students we have progressed enough to identify when a music video is hugely degrading to women, or when a perfume ad hyper-masculinizes men, but would we trust an 8-year-old to do the same?  Society today spends more time exposed to the media than ever before and this is evidently altering our construction of gender. Whether it be Eminem and Rihanna’s music video or an edition of Men’s Weekly, our notion of gender is constantly being manipulated. However, none of this is news, it’s textbook sociology. But when a music video of a man throwing his girlfriend against a wall and punching through drywall that’s

ROUNDS for Gender Equality Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 To open conversation on gender representations in the media. Donations accepted at the door, coffee and snacks provided.
Hosted by Leadership Mount Allison’s Social Inequality group.

Growing up, I was always aware that my mother earned a larger income than my father. Although I always knew it wasn’t considered the societal ‘norm,’ having my father prepare most weekday meals never really fazed me. Gender equality is an ever-present issue in our society today, although many people have come to dismiss it as a completed task. The reality is, however, that your potential thought of “that’s unusual” is proof that we are not yet there. Wherever “there” might

inches from her head has been viewed close to 440 million times, you begin to wonder where we are … or at least you should. It has become clear, however, that people aren’t thinking twice about such images, and this has

become the disturbing reality— the absence of critical thought. Today, it seems as though the concept of gender equality has become ‘played-out’. “Aren’t we there yet?”… mention the word feminism and the instant reaction is to picture a large lady wielding a rolling pin, not a socially progressive woman who believes in equal pay and pushes for more female representation in government. All of this is evidence that no, we have not yet overcome the gender inequality obstacle. Every individual has a role to play, and it’s as simple as reflecting on the lyrics of a song, or thinking twice about a degrading advertisement. Become a part of the conversation, it’s your gender that is being constructed. Emma Jackson

Internet Piracy
them illegally. He states that piracy doesn’t involve the owner “being deprived of their property”. It does. It denies them their legal and moral right to control how what they have created is sold and distributed – the foundation of their livelihood. Whether piracy has spin-off benefits in publicity is irrelevant – if ‘free’ is beneficial, authors and publishers will figure that out – that’s the nature of a market economy, and copyright allows creators to give away anything they care to. But the decision is theirs to make, just as much as it is your decision to sell your house for whatever you want to sell it for, whether or not your neighbour thinks he can get you a better price, or get you useful publicity by giving it away for free. Copyright is a more abstract form of property than houses, true. That’s because we live in a complex civilization that can’t function without such abstractions. We don’t live in a pre-industrial, pre-copyright world where all property is tangible. Most of the other ‘arguments’ – such as that some “don’t see piracy as bad because pirates spend their money on other things” or that “in a market economy, we care only that producers make enough return to cover their costs” are too absurd, or obviously false, to bother countering; they’re certainly ironic, placed next to the article entitled “The Death of Critical Thought at Mount Allison”. The majority of what is pirated is entertainment: i.e. you don’t need it; you want it. If you aren’t willing to pay for it, and are too lazy to go to a library for a free copy, you should have the common decency – not to mention maturity and self-control – not to take it illegally, exploiting the creator’s hard work simply to get yourself free amusement. As John A. W. Brannen wrote earlier in January in another Argosy article on a different subject, “have the courage to care not about what’s popular, but about what’s right.” Chris Paul

Dear Sir/Madam,

As an alumnus, and a publisher whose entire business is founded on copyright, I was disappointed to read James Wilson’s recycling of old self-righteous rationalizations for theft in his “In defence of digital piracy.” I (and the authors I publish), put years of work into producing books. Why? Because legally and morally our work gives us the right to control how the books are distributed, and by controlling the fruits of our labour, we’re able to continue to produce things. We don’t put our work and money into books so that people who have a childish sense of entitlement to all of the free entertainment they can download, can copy, and distribute

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Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba’s forests drying up

February 2, 2012

Prairie provinces losing forests to climate change

Shawn Seeley
Science and Technology Editor
A recent article published in The National Academy of Science delivers an unsettling blow to Canadians: the Northern forests of the Prairie Provinces are shrinking from drought conditions which have been attributed to climate change and global warming. A research team lead by Changhui Peng of the University of Montreal has been collecting data from ninety-six different tree plots across Canada. The plots had to be chosen carefully, as the trees needed to be mature, healthy and not influenced by industrial practices. The researchers also needed to be able to access longterm information and history about the trees themselves and the weather InternetPhoto/earthrangers that affected them. With climate change to blame, the boreal forests of the prairie Carefully observing each individual provinces are not only shrinking rapidly, but also failing to year from 1963 to 2008, Peng and replenish themselves. his colleagues calculated the biomass change (or the total growth) of the trees. continue to rise. Pen suggests that Peng’ research echoes findings in the “We found the Boreal East and the since 2000, the reduction in tree Amazon and some American forests. Boreal West is a totally different growth and survival rates has spiked, Drought appears to be radically story," Peng said. While the Eastern increasing the rapidity of the changes. changing the Earth’s forest systems, and Western forests are both The Western forests have also stopped and some concerns have been raised experiencing absorbing carbon about foresting practices. As forests earlier tree death, Maybe your goals for the dioxide, and now are shrinking, it is only sensible to the Eastern forests contribute more of assume that foresting regulations year are not sustainable. the greenhouse gas must also change. are rebounding more quickly You need to take into to the environment Peng voiced his concern that perhaps, because the account these climatethan they take at some point, the Western boreal remaining trees change effects up. Some of the forests would no longer be able to are growing with Western boreal sustain the practice of forestry as it increased speed. forests have been currently stands. "Maybe your goals Changhui Peng net carbon sources for the year are not sustainable. The scenario in the University of Montreal since 2003. Western forests You need to take into account is much worse. The results of this these climate-change effects,” Peng Trees in the West alarming research commented. are both dying younger and growing also debunk the idea that warming Further work will have to be done more slowly. The effect of this temperatures could make Canada’s to ascertain whether or not forestry change in tree lifespan and growth is northern climate more favourable practices can continue as they have significant: in 2008, trees in the West to tree growth. "Yes, global warming been, and to establish to what extent produced two tonnes less wood than may be beneficial for the shrub and this trend will continue to deepen. In they did in the early portions of the tundra area," Peng stated. "But in the a place rarely thought of as having 1970s. Southern Boreal, the summer water drought problems, Canada’s north Western Canada is experiencing deficit is a huge problem, particularly stands as an example of the fardrought-like conditions, with annual in Alberta, Saskatchewan and reaching effects of climate change. precipitation falling as temperatures Manitoba."

Isak Gerson, founder of the Church of Kopimism, promotes file sharing as a spiritual act.

New religion worships file sharing as sacred

that exemplifies the qualities of a copy-ist. The Church also holds the symbols Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V (for the copy and paste shortcuts on a keyboard) to be sacred as well. In order to join, one must simply be open to sharing their files or information with the church. John Fraser The Church of Kopimism adds an interesting dynamic to a fierce Argosy Contributor international debate concerning piracy and internet file sharing. Throughout history information While governments around the has existed in many forms and world are trying to crack down has been gained through various on internet pirates, the church means: experience, oral tradition, of Kopimism clearly aligns with or the written them. To them, word. In There’s still a legal stigma the act of the past few sharing files is around copying for many. d e c a d e s , so sacred that A lot of people still worry branding it as information has assumed a about going to jail when illegal is a form new form – one copying and remixing. of religious that has given I hope in the name of persecution. As its transmission Kopimi that this will a new religion, a m a z i n g the church change. speed and of Kopimism a c c e s s i b i l i t y. holds very little The internet has Isak Gerson sway over the opened doors Founder of Kopimism activity of the for immediate government. sharing on However, as a global scale. With this, new their membership has tripled in challenges have risen in the form the last few months from 1000 to of piracy and the downloading 3000 members, Kopimists hope of easily accessed information. that the rising popularity of the Multiple solutions have been church will force governments to created to deal with this problem, reconsider their position on file but none as interesting as the sharing. Church of Kopismism in Sweden The Missionary Church of – an organization that assigns Kopimism was founded by Isak religious value to information. Gerson, a philosophy student from The main idea behind the Sweden. “I think that more people Missionary Church of Kopimism will have the courage to step out is that file sharing is sacred. as Kopimists. Maybe not in the Kopimists believe that freely public, but at least to their close sending information to other ones,” Gerson told TorrentFreak. people is a holy act, and trying “There’s still a legal stigma around to impede this process is morally copying for many. A lot of people wrong. This religion could easily still worry about going to jail when exist as a philosophy without copying and remixing. I hope in religious implications, yet it does, the name of Kopimi that this will finding obscure justification change.” from Biblical Scripture as well The church was just a smattering as faint influence from Dharma of individuals as it began, but quite philosophy. recently received official status as The Church of Kopimism has a religion just before Christmas no concrete doctrine, only the 2011. Gerson believes this to be a one guiding ideal of maintaining big step for the church, hoping that “hardline Kopimi” (Kopimi the day will come when his church being Swedish for “Copy me”). is not persecuted by copyrighting In addition to this, the church or anti-piracy laws. has free membership and a priest

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Escaping the technology loop

Science Shorts:
On Lightsabers
Star Wars fans have longed for a working, real-life model of the legendary lightsaber for decades.

David Shi
Argosy Contributor
The lightsaber: an advanced civilization’s elegant weapon from a time long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Most people know that lightsabers are a figment of George Lucas’ imagination, but some still wonder if we will ever have lightsabers back home in the Milky Way. Given human ingenuity, I like to be optimistic and say we will eventually have something akin to Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (laser) swords. For now, however, several problems remain. As you may have noticed, light tends to travel in a straight line and doesn’t just stop unless it is reflected or absorbed. It is tough to have some kind of absorber or reflector on the tip of your sword without detriment to the overall ‘Star Wars’ experience. Aside from that, miniaturization, energy requirements and heat dissipation are all very real hurdles that make the design of real-life lightsabers difficult. Keen observers and Star Wars fans will note that perhaps the biggest theoretical problem of them all is that light beams do not ‘woosh’ through the

In today's world, we find ourselves constantly wired in. Some may even find it difficult to put down their laptops, cell phones, and iPods for fear of 'missing out'.


Tips for overcoming addiction to social media
Alan Piffer
The Martlet (University of Victoria)
VICTORIA (CUP) — People concerned that they can’t stop checking their Facebook, text messages, email and Twitter over and over again can take heart that they’re not alone. In fact, this affliction can happen to anyone. Perhaps the TV show Portlandia explains the condition best, in a scene where Fred Armisen’s character can’t pull himself away from his computer and smart phone, constantly checking for new texts and Facebook updates. When his best friend discovers him in his trance-like condition at his computer, she realizes he’s been caught in a “technology loop,” yanks him away from his desk and drags him outside. Although it’s easy to make light of, with social media firmly entrenched in our culture and smartphones exploding in popularity, technology addiction is actually having a large impact on society. A recent report by Ofcom, an independent regulation authority of the U.K. communications industry, says that of smartphone owners, 37 per cent of adults and 60 per cent of teens describe themselves as “highly addicted” to them. The report notes that smartphones have intruded on peoples’ lives in many ways, including their use while socializing with surrounding people, during mealtimes and even during trips to the bathroom. In his book Virtual Addiction: Help for Netheads, Cyberfreaks, and Those Who Love Them, Dr. Dave N. Greenfield explains that the way people’s brains react to the constant stimulation of these technologies can be compared to a gambling addiction. “All of these behaviours most likely involve an elevation of the neurochemical serotonin that we experience as a temporary sense of exhilaration. This process is short-lived, but very intense, pleasurable, and habit-forming,” explains Greenfield. In the article “Smartphone addiction: Nine telltale signs” from the website, a test determines signs that someone can be addicted to smartphone use.

Thankfully, there are solutions that people can use to break free of their tech addictions. In his book The Digital Diet, author Daniel Sieberg outlines a four-step procedure though which people can reduce their digital intake. The first step technology addicts need to take is to stop and consider the effects heavy technology use has on their general well-being. The second step is monitoring their regular amount of technology use, via a “Virtual Weight Index.” The next step is to consider the personal relationships that may have taken a back seat to compulsive social media use. Finally, people have to determine how to minimize their technology use by using it as efficiently as possible. As Greenfield explains, internet and social media are best done with an “everything in moderation” approach. “The Internet’s addiction potential is simply the opposite side of the coin and represents a dialectic of the good it can do,” says Greenfield.

air and clash with other light beams while giving off epic impact sounds – definitely a big problem, in other words. In the near future, as appropriate power sources become readily available, an equivalent to the lightsaber could be a form of plasma weapon. Plasma for cutting purposes would be in the form of super-heated gas, which would be conveniently ionized, and therefore can be contained within a strong electromagnetic field. Clashing two plasma swords together would still be problematic, but cutting through foot-thick blast doors would be a cinch. In the present (if you absolutely cannot wait!) a laser-type apparatus one can acquire without getting involved in bureaucracy and complex physics is a high-powered laser emitter. For a few hundred, you can be the proud owner of a one-watt weapon. By comparison, a run-of-the-mill, class presentation laser pointer your professor might use typically does not exceed 5 milliwatts. The one-watt emitter will pop balloons, set paper on fire, irritate skin, and instantly and irreversibly damage retinas. Sadly, in clear air, the laser beam will not be visible from the side. In order to see the laser, you would have to look right into it, at which point... oops.

Good for economy, bad for environment: report
Stephen F. Power
The Muse (Memorial University)
ST JOHN'S (CUP) — A report written for the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) on the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games has detailed the immediate benefits and costs that the Winter Olympics brought to Vancouver. According to the 152-page report, the games created jobs and increased revenues and funding for the city, but also resulted in massive increases in greenhouse gases and solid wastes. Workers, businesses and the public sector benefited the most from the Games. Jobs, tax revenue and businesses were all created as a result of Olympic activity. Vancouver also received a massive cash injection provided by tourists and other sources. According to the report, Vancouver’s housing market likely received a boost in part due to Olympic activity. It hypothesizes that price increases in the Vancouver housing and real estate market could have been spurred on by “greater public exposure of the region surrounding the Olympic Games,” which contributed in turn to an increased “attractiveness” of Vancouver and the surrounding metro region. Whether or not the metro region received a net gain of residential housing could not be calculated, as the report states that data was “not [available] for housing areas destructed for Olympic venues and context activities.” Along with the public cost of the event, the deep environmental impacts of the event have been cited many times by anti-Olympic activists in other cities. The report lists “a predictably large increase in [carbon dioxide] emissions” from August 2009 through to April 2010, in addition to “staggering" increases in energy consumption in Vancouver and Whistler. VANOC data shows an eight-fold increase in gases during the games themselves. The report also describes a tenfold increase in the production of solid waste due to Olympic activity. Other quality-of-life indicators, such as water and air quality, were not addressed by the report due to a lack of collected data. The report is the third in a series of four Olympic Games Impact (OGI) reports. All host cities are required by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to carry out OGI reports, which gauge the effect the Olympics have on their host cities and countries. Two previously released reports surveyed Vancouver in the run-up to the games. A final report detailing the game’s long-term impact is due for 2013.

Are you a phone addict?
Do you use it while you drive? Do you use your smartphone longer than you had intended? Do family and friends call you on your regular smartphone use? Do you always crave your smartphone when it’s not on hand? Do you send text messages about an event as it’s happening to the point that you miss significant parts of the event? Do you take your smartphone absolutely everywhere? Do you feel helpless without your device? Is checking your smartphone the first and last thing you do every day? Do you post messages on social media so much that it diminishes your actual, physical human interaction?

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

The Argosy Open House and Contributors’ Meeting
February 2, 2012. 5:30 pm, 3rd floor, WMSC If you’re interested in writing or taking photos for The Argosy then join us and be a part of journalism at Mount Allison! Hiring will begin soon and our writers, editors and design team will be there to answer questions.

Faculty Recital
Brunton Auditorium February 3, 2012. 8:00 pm James Kalyn, clarinet and Stephen Runge, piano Admission is by ticket


Women’s Volleybal vs. UNBSJ, 7:30 pm

Possible Worlds

Women’s Volleyball vs. UNBSJ, 1:00 pm

by John Mighton Directed by Glen Nichols Live Bait Theatre February 2, 2012, 8:00 pm (pay-what-you-can night); February 3, 2012, 8:00 pm; February 4, 2012, 8:00 pm Tickets $10 General and $5 Students/Seniors.

Chili Cookoff

February 4, 2012. 2:00-5:00 pm, Sackville United Church Mount Allison Rotaract and the Sackville Rotary Club are hosting their second annual Chili Cook Off. All proceeds go towards the Blood: Water Mission.

Conservation Garden Initiative Launch

Aboriginal Culture Celebration Atlantic Wildlife Institute Learning Centre 220 Cookville Road, Cookville, N.B. February 2, 2012. 10:00-4:00 p.m. The project is dedicated to the conservation of native plants, the restoration of native ecosystems, and the preservation of traditional knowledge about herbal medicines.

Starry Sackville

Louise Edwards and Angus Findlay February 4, 2012. 7:00 pm, Wu Centre A public lecture titled “Orion”, followed by a viewing of the night’s sky at Mount Allison University’s Gemini Observatory.

Bottle Drive

Film Screening
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner Zacharias Kunuk Wu Centre, Dunn Building February 5, 2012. 2:00 pm Free and open to the public. Inuk film director Zacharias Kunuk’s award-winning film, Atanarjuat (2001) will be screened.

Mount Allison Habitat for Humanity February 4, 2012 9:00 am A bottle drive fundraiser. Support the cause by donating any empty bottles or cans that you may have. Email with your address and the location where you will be leaving them. Hee Haw Karaoke Sackville Legion 9:00 pm -1:00 am

Panel discussion and film screening Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change. February 6, 2012. 7:00 pm. The Vogue Cinema. Free. Inuk film director Zacharias Kunuk and Mount Allison Canada Research Chair Ian Mauro will hold a panel discussion ahead of the screening of their film.

Women’s Basketball vs. NSAC, 1:00 pm Men’s Basketball vs. NSAC, 3:00 pm

International Development Week
Day 2: HIV/Awareness Day International Centre and Roots/African Heritage Society February 7, 2012. 12:00 pm Information table with information about National Black HIV/Aids Awareness Day. WMSC Atrium.

International Development Week

Day 1: Universal Primary Education Wu Centre, February 6, 2012. 7:00 pm The International Centre is hosting a film screening and discussion of the Academy Award-winning film “Precious”.

C3 finale at Swan pond

EcoAction Swan Pond. February 6, 2012. 4:00 pm Come join us for the C3 finale! Capture the flag! $2 soup and hot chocolate bring your own mug or cup.

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Top 10: Pros and Cons of Snow
Taylor Losier
Argosy Correspondent

Five Things that bears wouldn’t be very good at:
Humour Editor Playing the blues: What do bears have to be sad about? They don’t have taxes, or mortgages, and if a bear’s wife tries to leave him, he wouldn’t know, because he’s a bear, and they don’t tend to practice matrimony. Also, bears don’t have opposable thumbs. Working in an office environment: Bears are terrible at presentations, and they’re notoriously difficult to collaborate with. I’ve never met a bear that wasn’t completely involved in his own work. Bears don’t even know how to USE water coolers. Also, I’ve heard that koalas are terrible gossips. Telemarketing: Bears always call you right during dinner. So rude. Plus, good luck trying to find a headset that would fit a grizzly. Also, they tend to try and eat their coworkers, which is terrible for company morale. Surfing: Have you ever seen a bear “hang ten”? No. You haven’t, because bears lack the proper motor skills to stand upright in that way. Also, there aren’t any bears in Hawaii. Bears hate dancing the hula. Writing their memoirs: Not only are bears terrible at grammar and syntax, but most bears don’t live lives worth remembering. I mean, honestly, “Today I had a salmon and some honey, and then killed a family of campers when they attempted to stick a tie on my neck and a picnic basket in my hands”. Boring stuff. Bears have no sense of rhythm in their prose.

To love the snow or to hate it? That is the question. To help you decide whether or not you will curse or rejoice at the weather, we’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons of the winter season. 1. Pro: That awesome moment where you witness and laugh at someone’s wipe out. 2. Con: That terrible moment when karma bites you in the ass and you wipe out. 3. Pro: Building giant snowmen that last for weeks. 4. Con: When someone knocks down your snowman, causing lifelong trauma. 5. Pro: Sledding at ridiculous hours of the night with a large and boisterous group of people. 6. Con: Someone will eventually suggest creating a “Human Sled centipede”, which will remind you that that actually exists. 7. Pro: Throwing a snowball at someone and the satisfaction of when it hits its mark. 8. Con: It’s hard to run away in three feet of snow while wearing awkward winter boots. 9. Pro: Snow days. Need I say more? 10. Con: Unless you’ve prepared for a zombie apocalypse, you probably won’t have anything to eat in your house, and you won’t want to/won’t be able to leave due to the snow and will be reduced to eating toilet paper. Yum.

Geoff Hutchinson

Argosy InAction

Geoff Hutchinson


February 2, 2012

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TriviAL Trivia
1. Who wrote “Heart of Darkness”? 2. What superhero was created by Bob Kane? 3. What was the title of Bruce Lee’s biography? 4. Samuel Clemens, a famous author, is better known as who? 5. Who directed Blazing Saddles? 6. What year was “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” released? 7. From which movie comes the quote, “Go ahead, make my day!” 8. The graphic novel ‘Watchmen’ spawned a film directed by whom? 9. Who wrote “A Game of Thrones”? 10. What is the nearest galaxy to our own?



1- Arabian republic; 6- Falls short; 11- Family man; 14- Hersey’s bell town; 15- Capital of Jordan; 16- Afore; 17- Senate attendants; 18- “Cheers” waitress; 19- Adult males; 20- Blunted blade; 22- Healing plants; 24- Exacted retribution; 28- Pleasing; 30- Inhabitant of Tripoli; 31- Hebrew prophet; 32- Agent;

33- Wife of Akhenaton; 37- Attila, e.g.; 38- Rich cake; 39- _ de mer; 40- Skewness; 43- Jewish scholar; 45- Brooklyn’s _ Island; 46- Flat roofing tile; 47- Lease holders; 50- Engage in textual misprision; 51- Single things; 52- Pith helmet; 53- Actress Ruby; 54- Group of eight; 57- Chancy; 62- Tolkien ogre; 63- Midway alternative; 64- Bert’s buddy; 65- Fish eggs; 66- Sherpa’s home; 67- Chairs;

1- Mouth, slangily; 2- Writer LeShan; 3- Periodical, briefly; 4- Chemical ending; 5- Posy; 6- Washed out; 7- French friend; 8- _ little teapot...; 9- PC linkup; 10- Athletic shoe; 11- Brit’s discharge; 12- Staggering; 13- Compact; 21- Compose; 23- Endure; 24- A, as in Athens; 25- Infectious agent; 26- Black-wooded tree; 27- Greek goddess of night; 28- Towering; 29- Aha!; 31- Joyous;

33- Short letters; 34- Permeate; 35- Small hand drum; 36- Greek epic poem; 38- Canvas shelter used on camping trips; 41- Future doc’s exam; 42- Rainy season; 43- Dwells; 44- Cabinet dept.; 46- Apex; 47- English royal house; 48- Diciembre follower; 49- Bridget Fonda, to Jane; 50- Standard for comparison; 52- Skater Lipinski; 55- Friend of Fidel; 56- Faucet; 58- Metal-bearing mineral; 59- Kind of fingerprint; 60- Obtain, slangily; 61- Affirmative answer;

In this quote, each letter has been switched with a corresponding letter of the alphabet. For example, ABC could become XNE. TIGER could become MAGIC. The pairings are completely random. Isn’t language wonderful? Got it? Good! Get ready, because here we GOOOOO!


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“A fanatic is someone who cannot change his mind and will not change the subject.” —Sir Winston Churchill Solve the quote, bring it into the Argosy Office, and be entered to win an ACTUAL prize from the Humour Editor! SERIOUSLY!

1. Joseph Conrad 2. Batman 3. Dragon 4. Mark Twain 5. Mel Brooks 6. 1975 7. Sudden Impact 8.Zack Snyder 9. George R. R. Martin 10.Andromeda
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Ask the Experts!
Geoff Hutchinson and Taylor Losier


“Dear Experts: What are some things to do on a weekend in Sackville, other than getting really drunk and making poor decisions?”
Taylor: Whoa, wait. You’ve never heard of the Secret Underground
Awesome Adventure Park that Mt. A has? No wonder your life has been so miserable and pathetic! Boy, have you been missing out. I mean, who doesn’t know about it? Have you just been spending the entire year with your head in the dirt? I am very disappointed; you clearly didn’t read the school information package closely enough. Because I feel bad for you, and because I’m such a kind, caring person, I guess I’ll tell you about it. Basically, a few years back a student like you asked the same question: “What can I do over the weekend instead of getting drunk?” (this was during prohibition, so it was a serious problem). Now, the school had been doing some work on the service tunnels (didn’t know we had those either? Noob…) and they had come across this large cavern underneath the Swan Pond. They weren’t sure what to do with it, but the students asked if they could use it, and the faculty agreed. Using alumni donations they created this awesome Adventure Park, with a bunch of sweet rides, a couple of hot tubs, etc. It was a huge success and the students loved it! However, soon prohibition came to an end and everyone went back to getting drunk on the weekends, and the Secret Underground Awesome Adventure Park was closed up. If you want to go see it, the entrance is at the bottom of Swan Pond. Go ahead, jump in. You can trust me.

Geoff: Um….. sleep? Or study, maybe?
I’m not sure if it’s a better commentary about the state of extra-curricular activities at a university, or if it’s just the town of Sackville, but it seems to me that the activities available to you on any given weekend are always drowned out by the incessant underground buzz about who’s throwing what party, or what’s going on at such and such a residence, or what D-list electronic music is going to be playing at Gracie’s and the Pond on Saturday. I mean, I know full well that there are lots of fun things to do in Sackville. You could go out to the old bridge, which gives Bridge Street its name. If you’ve never gone, you’re missing out, and if you’ve been before, then just pretend to be excited for your newbie friends, ok? If you don’t feel like a two-hour schlep, then perhaps you could go bowling, or maybe go to a concert at Brunton. You could throw your own party! It could be, like, a video game party! Or a bear hunting party! Or a Piñata party! Or a bear hunting party! Hell, maybe even a Tupperware party! OR A BEAR HUNTING PARTY! The problem with all of these super fun events, though, is that they all seem to be overshadowed by the numerous drinking events going on during the weekend. I mean, to be completely honest, I’m trying to remember the last time that I stayed in on a Saturday, and there don’t seem to be many relevant memory matches. This is kind of a shame, because my house has some of my favourite things, like my video games, and my fridge. And no bears. Absolutely no bears. So, honestly, I’d suggest going out and exploring Sackville this weekend. If you don’t want to drink, chances are you’ll find something fun to do, but you’re going to have to work for it a little. Hey, it could be fun! You can pretend to be a European explorer in the Age of Discovery! Hell, that even counts as studying, if you’re a History major! Just try to steer clear of the woods around the quarry. That’s Aztec land, and they don’t take prisoners.


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Agricultural options for all
Alex MacDonald
Op/Ed Editor
I feel a little more optimistic about the world every week that I buy groceries. I see a lot of what I feel like is more variety in the choices I make about what goes into my body. I can buy natural, or organic, or local. One day I may even be able to make the choice to eat genetically engineered foods. For now, I assume anything with corn, soy, canola or sugar has been genetically engineered to resist carcinogenic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Sorting out the alternatives to conventionally grown foods can be difficult, and for me there is only one option that stands up. It’s not natural. Natural products are not regulated by government. There are some third party regulators, but there is no consensus on what the term natural means. Products that claimed to be natural in the past include corn chips grown using genetically engineered corn. That doesn’t seem very natural to me. Natural is a terminology that is meant to mislead the consumer into believing that their food was grown sustainably, that the livestock in natural meat was treated ethically and was allowed outdoors, or that there were no harmful pesticides used in production. None of this is true. Natural food labels should raise alarms when you are looking at produce in the grocery store. It’s also not local. Local is a popular option. I understand the appeal, you feel like you are supporting your neighbours. We’d also like to believe that our neighbours are growing crops and raising livestock in an ecologically beneficial manner. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. You should be particularly wary when you see local produce in a grocery chain. There are no guarantees attached to local food. Government doesn’t regulate local food. You could be buying genetically engineered tofu, thinking to yourself that you are being socially responsible because it was produced at a farm 30 minutes from your house. You would be wrong; you were simply supporting the destruction of the ecosystem closer to your own home. What do I buy when I’m buying food for the week? I go organic every time. The only way to know how your food is produced, and to give yourself peace of mind knowing it was grown in a manner that respects its ecological conditions and increases biodiversity, is by supporting organic agriculture. It is the most regulated and most transparent food production method in Canada, and the only option for those of us who believe that improving biodiversity and limiting our carcinogenic chemical consumption is important. I have committed nearly three years to working as an advocate for agriculture that provides benefits to the environment. I can spend years more advocating to Agriculture Canada, Health Canada, and International Trade Commissioners that organic agriculture needs to be supported by government on all levels. However, there is nothing more powerful that we can do than voting with our wallets and making the switch to organic food on your next visit to the grocery store.

February 2, 2012

Choose the eco-friendly option by Rosanna Leitner Plastic to Reusable:
*Avoid the awkward moments of using plastic cutlery and carry sturdy, reusable cutlery with you instead. Many people do it; they simply hide their spoon buddy well. While you’re at it, carry a reusable mug with you; every time you buy a hot beverage at the Flying Bean, you will save a paper cup and reduce your purchase by ten cents.

Buy recycled paper. Regular Coffee to Organic Coffee:
*Organic coffee plants are grown using natural fertilizers, and no pesticides or herbicides are used during the process. This means better-for-your-body coffee, since you won’t be ingesting artificial sprays, and the earth will be able to breathe easier as well, since it was not penetrated with synthetics. Organic coffee is also better because the producers do not harm the environment as much through clear cutting, which allows birds to remain on the land. There have been huge decreases in bird populations due to coffee plantations, the loss of habitat, and also due to the pesticides that enter the food chain through the insects. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic farms have twenty five per cent more birds at the field edge.

Toothpaste to Baking Soda:
*Now would be a good time to brush your teeth, swap your conventional, fluoride induced toothpaste for the all-natural one, yes, they come in peppermint flavor. If the price tags have you thinking of simply never brushing your teeth, try baking soda. Cheap and found at all your local grocery stores! Aside from your toothpaste, why not buy a reusable toothbrush? Instead of buying a new one and contributing to the landfills, you simply exchange the toothbrush head. Yes, you are still throwing something out, but it is minimal.

Go biodegradable:
*When the urge strikes, use biodegradable condoms. Sex can be messy, and won’t you feel much better if you know you’re reducing your land-fill impact?

mate Challenge
Why small changes lead to larger differences
Graham May
Argosy Contributor
A friend’s recent Facebook post, “what does C3 mean to you?” got me thinking. What makes the Campus Climate Challenge worthwhile? After spending the past few months on the EcoAction organizing team, I’d feel a little guilty if the whole thing proved “cute, but unhelpful,” as I’ve heard it called. C3’s website expresses its mandate “to reduce energy use and promote sustainable living habits.” I think these are valuable goals, and I think EcoAction is successful in achieving them. If nothing else, C3 is valuable in its concrete energy savings. The current record is a hefty thirtyfour per cent, set by Bigelow and Bennett in 2010, and almost all residences have ended up in the double digits as well. Multiply that by the six years that C3 has been running, or by the six other universities that are now taking part, and you can get an impression of how sizeable C3’s impact has actually been on our energy consumption. A much larger impact, however, results from the sustainable living habits promoted through C3. Ultimately, C3 is not about going without showers for the rest of your life, but making easy changes that conserve energy, but cost us almost nothing – like washing our clothes in cold water to save ninety per cent of the energy your washing machine uses (choose the ‘brights’ cycle), or turning off an unused light to save 100 per cent of that. A recent Halifax newspaper article criticized C3 and commented, “No one really cares about the environment until it actually saves them money.” I disagree that people, once educated, would be so short-sighted or selfish. If we are aware of these options, and how little effort they require, we won’t simply ignore them at a cost to humanity and all life. Relatively speaking, C3 is extraordinarily successful in achieving and inspiring initiative. Having spent the past four years pushing environmentalism in high schools around British Columbia, I’ve been shocked by the level of support for C3 displayed in all levels of the Mount Allison campus: house executives, frosh—even staff are getting onboard in a big way. Skeptics claiming that most off-campus students don’t know or care about the challenge are also incorrect. After manning the Ugly Sweater Photo Booth last week and receiving positive feedback from off-campus upperclassmen, I’ve come to realize that they are still as fond of the challenge as they were while in residence.

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What does C3 mean to you?
Mt. A has put its weight behind C3 this year. For example, I vividly remember the ‘Harper Goes Green’ floor crawl held in the opening weekend of C3. Yes, there were people wearing reusable bags as loincloths, but the enthusiasm was palpable. That night, environmentalism was cool, and we all felt part of a common cause, fighting for our planet. While I’m no fan of environmental commercialization and “Greenwash,” it’s hard to stress just how important this popular opinion is in social change. Harper Hall, incidentally, shares its energy meter with Jennings, so it stands very little chance of reducing its consumption by a significant amount. Yet to their credit, Harperites are enthusiastically taking part in the challenge, even without a competitive incentive, which proves that for students, there is evidently more to C3 than a prize and bragging rights. So in conclusion, will C3 save the world from Global Warming? No. Grand systemic changes are needed for that. A binding treaty on greenhouse gas emissions might have been a good start, although after last year’s Climate Conference in Durban, this doesn’t seem imminent. But if we can become educated citizens, understanding and caring about the environment, then we can help our governments finally get their act together. And when that happens, those systematic changes will come so much easier, for us and the whole world. Investing in big changes down the road, while making small changes today, is what C3 means to me.

What do you think?
I think some people are missing the point. The idea of the competition isn’t just to compete, win against others, and get the prize… the idea is to learn sustainability practices. I do appreciate the idea of the competition, because I think it does aid in building better habits in the student population, but as I said… I think that idea is lost on some.
-Lindsay Sherwood, Psychology major Fifth Year,

Reducing emissions to send a message to big oil companies.

-Ian Malcolm, 2nd Year, English Major, Fredericton, New Brunswick

A competition where people use energy at other places than their residences (doing laundry at the STUD) to create the illusion of less energy consumption.
-Eric Sin, 2nd Year, Biology Major, Cranbrook, British Columbia

Although it’s impossible to make everyone follow the C3 challenge in residence, I still think it’s a great way to make everyone more aware of the environment and their (in some cases) harmful lifestyle.

Everyone playing a small part in the conservation effort.
-Julie Melanson, 4th Year Anthropology, Halifax NS

-Sophie Pon First Year BA. English Gatineau, QC

Getting free lightbulbs that last a long time.

-Haruho Kubota, 2nd Year, International Relations Major, Rokunohe, Japan

I worry that the ethics behind sustainability are lost in the presence of competition and prizes.
-Tyler Turcotte, Fourth Year, English

“It made me think about the environment. The campaign posters and notices helped remind me to make small changes that I probably wouldn’t have made otherwise. If there’s a poster that says to take a shorter shower, I probably will.”
-Paula Buckley, Third-year, Psychology and Biology, St. John, NB

C3 is as simple as brushing your teeth in the dark and opening your blinds to study in natural light rather than by lamp. C3 is an important, yet simple, initiative that should encourage students to develop everyday habits to help to create a more sustainable campus.
-Lauren Gauthier, Second-year History, Hunter River PEI

C3 is cold showers, and wet laundry.

-Michelle Kidd, 4th Year Pyschology, Sackville NB

The problem with most—if not all—environmental initiatives is that the public will only care to act if their community or living environment is directly affected. While I would tend to advocate green ecology, a “radical” approach would hardly win any public support; hence the promotion of more human-focused measures, like competition, would perhaps work more effectively to achieve environmental improvement. As a supporter of Eco-Action and their events, I think that C3 has its value, however limited it might be, but C3 is just the spark to spur better environmental policies. The way we perceive and handle worldly affairs in all aspects needs to experience a systemic, thorough reinvention. The power of the formal structure—government policies and legislation—has had a profound impact on the societal mentality.
-Ian Chew, first-year student, Kuala Lipis, Malaysia

This year’s Oscar nominations are anything but expected
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
The 2012 Oscar nominees were announced last Tuesday, and while many of the announced nominees were deemed “shoe-ins” prior to the official listing, there were a few surprises that left some scratching their heads. Among the nine nominees for Best Picture are Moneyball, The Tree of Life, The Help, War Horse, and this year’s surprise nominee Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. The film, which follows a family whose patriarch is lost in the 9/11 attacks, came out of nowhere to nab the nomination. The Artist, The Descendants, Midnight in Paris, and Martin Scorsese’s animated feature Hugo are the other Best Picture nominees. Best Actor is the category where perhaps the biggest surprises and omissions come from. It was widely believed that Ryan Gosling (Drive) and Michael Fassbender (Shame) would be nominated, along with George Clooney (The Descendants or Ides of March) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist). Brad Pitt (Moneyball) and Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) were expected to compete for the final nomination in the category. As it turns out, Pitt and Oldman both achieved nominations while Gosling and Fassbender were shut out, the former’s omission inspiring an angry tweet from famed actor Russell Crowe, who said “that’s some bullshit right there.” The Best Actress category has once again proven that in order to merit a nomination, a woman must simply dress up differently or display a different physical appearance for the duration of a film. This is in reference, of course, to Charlize Theron’s unexpected win in 2004 for her role in Monster. 2012 features two such nominees, Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs). Neither one had received much buzz prior to the nominations, contrary to Tilda Swinton, whose dark role in We Need to Talk About Kevin had her considered to be guaranteed at least a nomination. It all might be for naught though, as Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady appears to be in line to get her a third Oscar win in seventeen nominations. One other intriguing surprise comes in the Best Original Song category, a fan favourite of sorts since the 1990s, when winners included names like Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, and movies such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Titanic. This year, only two nominees will compete for the Oscar in this category. “Man or Muppet” from The

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Oscar nominations full of surprises
Thrills are unlimited at SFS movie
Internet Photo/Overdose Muppets and “Real in Rio” from Rio are the two songs. The reasoning for why there might be two songs is due to the voting process. In order for a song to qualify for the category, it much achieve an average rating of 8.25 out of 10 by the voters. If only two songs average the score of 8.25, then they will be the only nominees. If only one song qualifies, then that song and the one with the next highest average are the nominees. One recurring Oscar trend seen this year is the constant snubbing of Steven Spielberg. Though his film War Horse is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Spielberg was shut out of the Best Director category, and his film The Adventures of Tintin did not earn a nomination for Best Animated Picture. While accumulating thirteen total nominations as a producer and director, Spielberg, who has been hailed as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, has only won three Academy Awards, all for World War II epics (Best Director and Picture for Schindler’s List, and Best Director for Saving Private Ryan). Other notable nominees include, for Best Supporting Actor, funny man Jonah Hill (Moneyball), underdog Nick Nolte (Warrior), and veteran Max Von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close). No real surprises in the Best Supporting Actress category, which features Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy and The Help’s Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer. Non-nominees which can be added to the snub list include Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar, which was completely shut out after garnering some pre-nomination buzz around Eastwood as Best Director and star Leonardo DiCaprio in the titular role for Best Actor. 50/50, a film written by Will Reiser based on his own personal experience with cancer, didn’t earn a writing nomination, nor an acting one for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, while the film Take Shelter, which was expected to earn an acting nod for Michael Shannon as well as a Best Picture nomination (it is currently rated ninety-two per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, higher than five of the nominees) was also ignored. The Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, will take place on Sunday, February 26, and if the nominations are any indication, it is that nothing is quite certain with this year’s Oscars.

Allison Grogan reviews Limitless
Allison Grogan
Argosy Correspondent
Originally based on Alan Glynn’s novel The Dark Fields, Limitless is a science - fiction actionthriller that explores the futuristic possibilities of pharmaceuticals. Limitless is based on the concept that humans only use twenty per cent of their brains’ function and that the remaining eighty per cent is potential waiting to be tapped into. Bradley Cooper stars as Eddie Morra, an aspiring author who can’t seem to get his act together long enough to write the first sentence of a novel. After a run-in with his ex-brother-inlaw he acquires some newly designed (and not yet marketed) pills called NZT that allow him to access the full potential of his brain. Suddenly able to remember the most insignificant facts that he had tucked away in his subconscious, Eddie is able to write an entire book in four days. However, this limitless ability has its shortcomings that land Eddie in trouble with New York City’s mobster scene. As a an action-thriller the film has many artistic elements not typically attributed to the genre. Director Neil Burger takes creative control with many scenes in the film and enhances them stylistically. One instance of this can be found when NZT comes into effect and Eddie’s writer’s block is cured. As he writes his novel with increased speed animated letters fall from the ceiling of his home office and fill up the room. This extra step takes the audience further into the futuristic or science fiction aspect of Limitless by playing with technology itself. Other sequences in the film incorporate time-lapse to explore the buzzing night and day of Manhattan, while some show Eddie being followed by a double and even a triple of his body when he is on NZT. By changing the colour of the image and contorting the camera angles, Limitless allows the viewer to feel as though they are taking the drug as well. Though the film was creative in its concept and execution, where Limitless falls short is in its script. Relationships between characters such as Eddie and a powerful businessman by the name of Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro) could have been enhanced by more believable dialogue. Despite the fact that the dialogue may have been lacking, De Niro and Cooper both deliver excellent performances. The “fiction” half of science fiction is especially relevant to Limitless. The idea that we only use twenty percent of our brain’s power is entirely false, whether fortunately or unfortunately. Regardless, the premise is still captivating and though it is not in the slightest bit true, the concept makes for an exciting and thrilling plot. It is this eagerness to stretch the bounds of science without hesitation that makes the audience so willing to believe it. As viewers, we often want to believe the impossible, and Limitless serves perfectly to fulfill this inclination.

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Several outstanding movies have been nominated this year. Top to Bottom (Number of nominations): The Artist (10), The Help(4), Moneyball (5), Midnight in Paris(4), War Horse (6)

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Margin Call
An exploration of the 2008 financial crisis

Ian Moffatt
Argosy Correspondent
This evening Sackville Film Society will be screening J.C. Chandler’s Wall Street drama Margin Call. Inspired by real events, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm struggling to make sense of the absolute pandemonium of the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. Chandler, in his first feature film, takes an in-depth look at the tumult of those early, confusing weeks of the downfall, as financiers struggle with decisions both financial and moral – forever changing our world’s economic, social and psychological landscapes. There have been a number of films released in the past three years dealing with the financial disaster of 2008. Michael Moore’s 2009 documentary Capitalism: A Love Story was a largely unsuccessful venture; it received poor reviews and is Moore’s lowest-grossing film ever. From the same year, Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, starring George Clooney, was picked by many critics as one of the top films of the year and it went on to earn six Oscar nominations, grossing over $160 million worldwide. More recently, Charles Ferguson’s documentary Inside Job has received enormous critical acclaim, along with an Oscar nod, being called “the most important film you see this year, and the most important documentary of this young century,” by Andrew O’Hehir. Margin Call’s very young writer and director, J.C. Chandler, has few of the prerequisites for a film of this breadth and implication: he has made a few documentaries and directed some commercials, but his CV pretty much peters out at that. In fact, his only obvious qualification for the subject is that his father spent forty years working for the financial magnate Merril Lynch, which, in 2008, went under like so many other firms. Despite all this, Margin Call has done remarkably well since its release this past October. David Denby of The New Yorker has called the film, “one of the strongest American films of the year and easily the best Wall Street movie ever made.” Phillip French of The Guardian has called it a “confident cinematic debut of writerdirector J.C. Chandler … the best fictional treatment of the current economic crisis. It’s altogether superior to Oliver Stone’s hollow Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and in the same class as Charles Ferguson’s revealing, piercingly intelligent documentary Inside Job.” Margin Call is a film not to be missed. Tickets are nine dollars for nonmembers, 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

Chris Meaney, Evan Matthews and Garrett Ogden are the member of The Bedroom Session, born out of a high school jam session in Meaney’s bedroom.
“Our friend Brendan told us that there’s no such thing as talent. It’s time. The more time you put into it, the better you’ll be. Even if it’s someone who’s naturally gifted, if you think about it, Entertainment Writer this person has more fun playing guitar, so they’re going to put more time into it. It almost The Bedroom Session describes their music always directly balances out to being time that as something of a melange. “We all listen to matters, so we’re trying to put the time into it.” a wide variety of different Matthews credits Sackville’s music, and so that comes audiences as a huge part of through in various points Our friend Brendan the musicians’ success within in the style of our playing. told us that there’s no the town. “People will actually We try to make it a cohesive such thing as talent. listen to you. I’ve heard a sound overall, but what’s It’s time. The more lot, even from performers at going on within that sound time you put into it, Stereophonic. I was talking is often coming from very the better you’ll be. to Adam Mowery, and he different places, sometimes all Even if it’s someone was saying how nice it is to at the same time, sometimes who’s naturally gifted, play a show when people are within the same song,” says if you think about it, actually listening and getting Evan Matthews, the band’s this person has more into it and participating in drummer. “Coming from fun playing guitar, so the experience of the music, writing them, I really didn’t they’re going to put because often if you’re a quiet want to have a genre,” adds more time into it. act and you’re trying to do the Chris Meaney. “As a writer, bar circuit, people just talk over I’ve always tried to do that. We you. People actually appreciate try not to label it with genres.” Chris Meaney live music here. I played a Hailing from Amherst, NS, Guitar/Vocals, The few sets at a house show The Bedroom Session began as Bedroom Sessions last night and people were a high school band. “The first moshing in a tiny basement. jam was with my good friend Ethan Gaudet. Getting that kind of response from We had a jam in my bedroom and I recorded people, especially in a tiny town, is rare.” keyboards, bongos, guitar, and then he did some baselines. We took this recording and were like ‘man. This is sweet. We need to make a band.’ We took pictures of ourselves that day too, and it was all in my bedroom, so we decided to call it The Bedroom Session. After that, the name just stuck. I would do all of this recording in my room and send it to the guys and they would Chris Meaney: Sound engineer/dish bitch at George’s learn it, and we’d show up for the jam and we’d Guitar and Vocals sometimes be one step ahead of the game. And obviously there’s the sexual innuendo there, Evan Matthews: Working in Sackville and playing in a we just kept it and thought it might be funny.” Aiming to release their first album at the end shit-ton of bands of March, the band has progressively gotten Drums more serious in the years following high school. “We’ve been playing together for four years and Garrett Ogden: Working for the man, music on the side still don’t have a CD. Not many bands can say Keys and Vocals that they’ve been together for four years and still don’t have a CD. We have had a whole bunch of songs, but we haven’t felt that they were what Album: To be released at the end of March we wanted to do. At this point I think we’re all feeling a lot better about the songs,” says Meaney.

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Office play-time for In-Flight Safety
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If you’ve never heard of Halifax’s Long Weekends, you’re probably not alone. With a handful of strong tunes strewn across limited releases (and available on the group’s bandcamp page), these guys are definitely deserving of your attention. Combining glimmering newwave riffs with a clouded, menacing low end, Long Weekends manage to infuse this release’s five quick post-punk tunes with a tense, angsty energy that shows considerable songwriting depth. If you happen to be an obsessive vinyl-junkie, you’ll find nothing new here – the CD in question combines twin tracks from the “Don’t Reach Out 7” with previously released bonus content. In any case, the collection of songs on display here serves as a good introduction to the sound of this rising group. Keep an eye on ‘em. -Ian Malcolm

GNATS To the Hands of the Heathens
A soundscape for lonesome ears. The debut cassette from this Calgary duo is heavy, to-thepoint, wet and mathy. It’s full of classic hardcore/ grindcore idioms without ever compromising originality. The first track, “Coffinwood”, packs everything that is great about this band into a blisteringly intense 1:19. Huge guitar tone, ambient effects, blast-beats and fuzzy, desperate vocals remind me of both Discharge circa 1982 and Fuck the Facts’ later releases. To the Hands of the Heathens is a perfect example of music that is simultaneously thoughtful, innovative, artistic and hardcore. The ambient and melodic passages found on the title track remind me that hardcore doesn’t have to be about riffs and aggression: melody and texture are just as important as anything when it comes to making amazing punk music. A+ -Joel Young

Halifax band brushes with prime-time television
Taylor Mooney
Entertainment Writer
Two songs by Halifax band In-Flight Safety were featured on the most recent episode of NBC’s The Office, “Pool Party.” The news was announced on the band’s website on January 19: “This just in. Tonight’s episode of The Office (NBC) will feature two In-Flight songs! As long time fans of the show the band is pretty darn excited.” The songs in question were “Model Homes” and “Big White Elephant,” both from the band’s second album, We Are An Empire, My Dear. Now based in Halifax, In-Flight Safety has its origins here in Sackville. The group met while studying at Mount Allison, where each of the group members were studying subjects not related to music. Nicholson was enrolled in Art History and Classics, Ledwell studied Fine Arts, Mullane majored in Computer Science, and Goodsell studied Geography. When the band received a short, encouraging note from David Bowie concerning their basement-recorded EP, Vacation Land, In-Flight Safety was inspired to devote the majority of their time to making music. Mullane purportedly only found out

that the songs were being used on the day that the episode was airing. “I think someone just dropped some songs on the desk of the people who do the show and they were all like ‘yo, I like this stuff, let’s use it’,” says Mullane. “And that was that. Wow.” Mullane also states that his favourite Office character is Andy. “Maybe because I liked the fist Hangover movie. I dunno.” As summarized on, during the episode “Robert considers selling his expansive and expensive home in the wake of his divorce. Meanwhile, Kevin puts forward the idea that Robert should throw an office pool party, and Erin flirts with Dwight in a bid to make Andy jealous.” The news was also shared by Mullane via Twitter: “friends, tonight’s episode of @theofficenbc will feature two of our songs!! Double-the-pleasure, double-thefun (and dance forever).” This is not In-Flight’s first brush with prime-time television. The band has also had songs featured on NBC’s Chuck, as well as Canadian TV shows Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Listener. Ledwell also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, alongside Kathleen Edwards. Speaking to OpenFile, Mullane had this to say: “Daniel was onstage with Kathleen on Letterman on Tuesday night and our music was in an episode of The Office on Wednesday. The world gets smaller but at the same time you still get [up] in the morning and work your ass off to create something meaningful to share with people, hoping to strike a chord. One week, network television, the next week, cleaning cat litter. It’s a real trip.”

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RANK ARTIST TITLE (LABEL) 01 BOLIVIA* Bolivia (Self-Released) 02 QUAKER PARENTS* No Crime When Covered in Grime (Self-Released)

A Showcase of Concerts to be Hosted by Our Favorite Local Deli
One of our lovely CHMA staffers had the opportunity to sit down with Dave from Pickles and ask him about the new Pickles Concert series. The rst of cial show begins TONIGHT with Tameka Dye.
So Dave, what is the inspiration behind having shows at your restaurant? Being a musician myself, I wanted to do something I was really into while also bringing in business. We started with jams in the restaurant, then played around with the idea of concerts and realized there was enough room to have actual shows. The rst show we had was with Noise Hounds and Bedroom Sessions because a couple members from the band are on staff. It’s built up from there. How many shows are you hoping to have? We’re hoping to have a show every Thursday until the end of the semester in April. The Thursday shows will hopefully feature a few bands, depending how long they can play. I would really like to have some up-and-coming artists play; even if they only have a couple songs, we can feature them with other bands. That way they can get experience playing in front of an audience. Who are some of the artists you plan to spotlight? So far we’re hoping for Yellow Teeth, Hot Donna, Lucy Niles and the Mouth Breathers, Astral Gunk, Noise Hounds, Devarrow, Bolivia and the Bedroom Sessions. But we’re on the lookout for others (we might bring in bands from Moncton and Amherst if we can’t ll the bill). It’s great to have some many local bands to chose from though. What makes Pickles a unique venue? The fact it’s a sandwich shop! A music venue in a sandwich shop? That’s what makes Sackville! In Sackville, if there’s space for a drum set, music is going happen. You have had shows here in the past; have they been successful? There hasn’t been a show yet that was unsuccessful. Even if a few people show up, it helps the bands get experience performing. For example, the members of Tameka Dye are underage. So there’s not many places they could play in

The Hunting Party (Self-Released)

04 FOSTER THE PEOPLE Torches (Columbia) 05 MARINE DREAMS* Marine Dreams (You’ve Changed) 06 THE JOHN WAYNE COVER BAND* The Wheel (Self-Released) 07 JULIE AUBE* The Kitchen Table EP (Self-Released) 08 INGRID GATIN* Time Will Change Us, Vol. 1 (Pipe and Hat)

By The Back Stair (Self-Released)

Sackville. Pickles gives them an opportunity. From a business standpoint as well, the concerts bring in people that may not have normally come in to Pickles, and then they continue to come in… its always great to get new customers! Who are are you excited to have perform? I’ve seen all the bands before, but I’m most excited that the local bands are able to build a fan base by playing at Pickles. We’re a stepping stone to a bigger show. If I had to pick one though I would say Lucy Niles. She’s like a modern day Janis Joplin or Joni Mitchell and is someone to watch out for… she has de nitely taken a step up in the last year. Any other thoughts on the Sackville Music Scene? I suppose how the scene has changed so much over a short period of time. A year ago the music was more “indie or folk”. Now it has changed to more of a punk scene. The music is in general more raw and heavier.

10 DAREDEVIL CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT* The Longsuffering EP (Self-Released) 11 JOHN K. SAMSON* Provincial (Anti-) 12 DAVID SIMARD & THE DA DA’S* Slower, Lower (Self-Released) 13 PAINT FOR BARNS* Paint for Barns (Self-Released) 14 FREDERICK SQUIRE* Sings Shenandoah and Other Popular Hits (Blue Fog) 15 DANIEL ROMANO* Sleep Beneath The Willow (You’ve Changed) 16 THE WILES* Painted (Self-Released)

St. Joseph’s Mechanical Penthouse (Self-Released)

Interested in playing in a show at Pickles or have questions about an upcoming show? Feel free to stop by Pickles or email Dave at:

18 LONG WEEKENDS* Don’t Reach Out (Noyes) 19 LAKE NAMES* Echo (Self-Released) 20 LIGHTS* Siberia (Last Gang) 21 WILL CURRIE AND THE COUNTRY FRENCH*
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PROVIDER (Idée Fixe)
Former Constantines frontman Bry Webb recently released a beautiful folk album, and it’s been getting some attention here at the station. Those familiar with his songs for the Constantines will be surprised to hear a different sound on this record; this group of songs is dedicated to his son, Asa (for whom one song is named) and is mostly slower and gentler, although his signature vocal style is still present. This album is the perfect companion for a winter walk or cup of tea and a good read, and comes highly recommended from the Music Department at CHMA.

Tonka War Cloud (Saved By Vinyl/Youth Club)

23 COEUR DE PIRATE* Blonde (Grosse Boite) 24 PAT LEPOIDEVIN* Highway Houses (Bridge Port Falls) 25 BONN SMITH* Bonn Smith (Self-Released) 26 NATALIE MACMASTER* Cape Breton Girl (El Music (eOne) ) 27 GRIMES* Visions (Arbutus) 28 SNAILHOUSE* Sentimental Gentleman (Forward Music Group) 29 ANDREW SISK* Treelines (Self-Released) 30 THE SHEEPDOGS* Five Easy Pieces (Atlantic)


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Possible Worlds to open at Windsor Theatre
Gregory E. McLaughlin
Argosy Correspondent
Murder, mathematical philosophy and parallel lives and are but a few of the intertwining themes explored in Windsor Theatre Out of the Box’s first show of the season, Possible Worlds, directed by Glen Nichols. Mathematician, philosopher and playwright John Mighton’s award winning play is brought to life in spectacular fashion in a show that audiences can’t afford to miss.   The play begins with murder and missing brains as detectives Berkely and Williams attempt to solve a case that seems to lead to far more questions than answers. As they delve further into the mystery, they are faced with questions of intelligence, perception and human limitation. Simultaneously laced into this plot are the multiple love stories of George and Joyce. The audience is exposed to several different versions of their relationship as George struggles with his own grip on reality and consciousness. Plots twist and turn and culminate by raising important questions on scientific advancement and ethics. The play will leave audiences thinking, and perhaps even questioning their own reality.   From the moment they walk in the theatre, audiences will feel like they are stepping into the human brain, surrounded by dendrites, axons and neurons. The set, despite being fairly minimalistic, is extremely well used by the actors. The use of a thrust stage means there isn’t a bad seat in the house, and the actors take full advantage of the space. The exceptional lighting and sound design of the show brings the scenes to life, and transport the audience from beaches to laboratories to crime scenes with flawless transition. Underscoring for the entire show was done by fourth year Drama major Crystal Chettiar. “Sound tries to take the audience to not only where the characters are in ‘reality,’ but also cues the audiences into clips of the character’s own imagination” says Chettiar. The overall artistic design of the show

February 2, 2012

Windsor Theatre’s latest play makes the impossible, possible

Simon Docking kicks off Performing Arts Series
The Mount Allison Performing Arts Series invites music lovers to Brunton Auditorium (134 Main Street) on Saturday, February 4   at 8:00 pm for a recital by pianist Simon Docking, a Halifax-based   concert artist praised by the Globe and Mail for his "effortless   virtuosity" in contemporary music. One of Atlantic Canada's bestknown musicians, Australian-born Docking has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout North America, Europe and Australasia. He holds a doctorate in piano   performance from SUNY Stony Brook and received a Thayer Fellowship for   the Arts following his graduation. A sought-after performer in new   music festivals, Simon has given premières of dozens of new pieces and  collaborated with composers from around the world. Docking's career has focused on the music of our time and his repertoire includes works by key figures of the modern era. His Sackville  performance will open with three pieces by masters of the Second Viennese School: Sonata, op. 1 (Alban Berg), Six Little Piano Pieces, op. 19 (Arnold Schoenberg), and Variations for Piano, op. 27 (Anton Webern). Two, more contemporary, works will round off the first half: Djilile (Peter Sculthorpe), a piece based upon an Aboriginal melody collected in northern Australia, and "becher" ( Jennifer Walshe), a   madcap collection of musical quotations which whiz past like  selections on an iPod shuffle.   Elliott Carter's Night Fantasies, a meditative piano work "suggesting the fleeting thoughts and feelings that pass through the mind during a period of wakefulness at night",   will conclude the concert program. A piano masterclass, led by Docking and featuring students from  Mt. A's Department of Music, will take place in Brunton Auditorium on Friday, February 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. This   presentation is free of charge and members of the public are  encouraged to attend. Single tickets for the Docking piano recital on Saturday evening are $28 for adults and $15 for students, available at the Mt. A Bookstore (62 York Street, lower level) and at the door. A   limited number of complimentary youth tickets (for ages 4-18) are available as part of the "Bring a Child Free" program; concert goers who wish to take advantage of this offer are urged to place their orders as soon as possible. For information and ticket inquiries phone   364-2662, e-mail, or visit   w w w. m t a . c a / d e p a r t m e n t s / PerformingArts/

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Windsor Theatre will present Possible Worlds fom Frebruary 1-4 at Live Bait Theatre. Tickets are $5 for $10 for non-students.
immerses the audiences in a way that truly stimulates the senses.     Spencer Yarnel, a fourth year Math major and Drama minor, plays the protagonist, George. “[Possible Worlds] is such a great mix of theatricality and science and imagination and I think it really meshes a lot of technical elements and I think it really is a spectacle. It’s really a smart show. George is the most difficult character I’ve ever played. Even to this day I still have questions about him, and maybe that’s for the best, it’s the kind of play where you’re always going to have questions because for every answer there are two more questions” says Yarnel.   Possible Worlds is playing nightly at 8:00 pm from February 1-4 at Live Bait Theatre. Ticket are $5 students/ seniors and $10 general. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by calling the Windsor Theatre box office. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see a wonderfully creative, unique and entertaining show!

Art show is a “Great Event”
Joel Young
Arts and Literature Writer Sometimes the title of a work says it all. In the case of Claire Ellen Paquet’s first solo exhibition, “I am a Great Event”, I think this statement couldn’t be more accurate. The title comes from a Sylvia Plath poem, “Three Women”, and the exhibit attests to this budding artist’s sense of self and the images she projects in her work. Paquet is currently in her third year of the BFA program at Mount Allison University. She uses painting, drawing and printmaking to explore the relationships between the self and image, body and representation. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Paquet chose to come to Mount Allison because of some family connections. Her mother earned a BFA from Mt. A, concentrating in sculpture. “My mom was an army brat,” said Paquet, “She lived all around the Maritimes. We would take trips to the east coast during the summer. Because of that, I knew Mt. A had a good art program. I decided apply because I knew I could take lots of outside courses.” “I am a Great Event” opened at START Gallery last Friday, and ran through to January 31. One of the most striking features of this show is its personal, earnest presentation. Paquet’s work includes several selfportraits, using painting, mixed media and embossing. Many of Paquet’s pieces take women as their subject, channeling a variety of sentiments and perspectives. “I find it weird that it’s mainly women that I paint – I think it’s mostly about finding people that are relatable. I relate easier to women because I am a woman, but that is probably oversimplifying. I have done some paintings of James Dean, I really like him as a character and a subject.” Paquet thinks of her subjects in terms of projecting – both literally and figuratively. She has recently been doing some projections with her drawings using an overhead projector. “I feel like my subjects are the people who I project onto myself. I can see a lot of my self in Edie Beale and, well, maybe not so much Marilyn Monroe, but I’d like to. I think part of it has to do with starting from a place where women are allowed to be whatever they want to be.” Reflecting on having completed her first solo show, Paquet feels both optimistic and cathartic. “It feels better than I thought it would. This is my seventh year in art school – I did visual art at Canterbury High School in Ottawa, and did a commercial show when I graduated, but this felt a lot better because it was all my work. I think the show really helped me get some motivation back. I feel I’ve been in art school too long at this point. Before I hung the show I was really nervous about it, but once it was up it all sort of made sense.”

Claire’s pieces were on display at START Gallery
Photos by Claire Ellen Pacquet

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Come ,Thou Tortoise makes its way to Sackville
Author Jessica Grant reads from award winning novel at Owens Art Gallery
Julia McMillan
Arts and Literature Editor
In literature, there are a few rare characters who stay with the reader long after they have closed the pages of the book. After reading Jessica Grant’s novel, Come Thou Tortoise, I can now add two more names to my list of unforgettable literary characters: Audrey (or Oddly) Flowers and her tortoise Winifred. On Monday, January 30, Sackville literature lovers were thrilled to hear Grant read from her novel at the Owens Art Gallery, bringing Oddly and Winifred to life once again. The reading was presented by the Department for Canadian Studies and the Canada Council for The Arts. Grant is a Newfoundland native, and a member of the Burning Rock collective, a literary group featuring a number of accomplished authors, including Lisa Moore (Alligator and Open) and Michael Winter (This All Happened). Although she is a relatively new face on the Canadian literary scene, Grant has a long list of critical acclaim and prizes under her belt. Come Thou Tortoise is the winner the 2010 Evergreen Award, the Globe and Mail’s Book of the Year, and most recently, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The novel is a delightful journey her point of view…. Actually, the first time I felt confident writing this book was when I started writing from Winifred’s perspective. It was the first time I felt like the book was mine. “ Grant later discovered, however, that Winifred was more than just an endearing narrator. “I realized much later that I needed Winifred. Without her, questions would be left unanswered. She is also a metaphorically significant character: she carries her home on her back. The book constantly explores the question of ‘where is home?’” Grant went on to describe the idea of people existing as “a walking universe.” Much of the novel examines themes of people as finite and infinite beings. However, Grant professed that she did not realize Winifred’s character would touch on those themes when she first wrote her parts. In fact, Grant stated that she rarely knows the full significance of the themes and symbols in her writing until long after a piece is written. “I couldn’t imagine sitting down and trying to think of symbols, and metaphors. I just write from my gut, and do what feels right. I don’t feel like I know I’m in control when I’m doing it, but I somehow find the language. Often times these things will reveal themselves to me afterwards, and I’ll realize that maybe there was a reason I needed that character or that event.” Grant is currently working on a new novel. She has also sold the movie rights to Come Thou Tortoise, so readers can expect an exciting screenplay adaptation of the novel in the near future. To learn more about Jessica Grant and Come Thou Tortoise, visit

Jessica Grant reads an amusing except from her novel, Come, Thou Tortoise at the Owens Art Gallery.
through the life of the quirky, and somewhat scatterbrained Audrey Flowers. Audrey returns to her home in Newfoundland after her father dies from being knocked down by a Christmas tree. As Christl Verduyn so accurately stated during her introduction to the novel at the Owens, “with a beginning like that, you know this is a book you need to read until the end.” Indeed, the novel is a joy from start to finish. Readers can expect to find an uncanny grain of truth and humour in every page. Filled with puny language and kind hearted critiques of modern life, the novel is at once light-hearted and poignantly insightful. During Grant’s reading at the Owens, the author spoke of her obsession with planes, and her fascination with flying. Appropriately, she read a hilariously clever excerpt “I don’t know where exactly I found from the novel wherein Audrey Audrey, but I found it very natural to “disarms” an Air Marshall aboard write in her voice. I would say that her flight to there are times Newfound land. when Audrey The comedic I couldn’t imagine sitting is a part of me, reading set the down and trying to but she is also tone for the think up symbols and her own person,” informal evening, Grant revealed. metaphors. I just write and opened the floor to audience from the gut and do what Following questions and feels right. the examination discussion. of Audrey’s Upon hearing character, the Jessica Grant Grant’s reading inevitable Author Come Thou Tortoise question of the novel, I was felt that her voice asked: why the fit perfectly with the voice I had Tortoise? imagined in my head while reading “ Well originally I had been writing the book. Grant said that Audrey’s in the voice of the mouse. Somehow character was indeed modelled I decided to ‘test drive’ Winifred the partially from herself. tortoise, and I loved writing from

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Guest pianist Evgeny Starodubtsev shines at Brunton
Joel Young
Arts and Literature Writer Friday’s guest recital, presented by the Mount Allison University Department of Music, proved to be both pleasing and perhaps a bit inspirational. Russian pianist Evgeny Starodubtsev took to the stage and dazzled the audience with his astounding technical proficiency and idiosyncratic mannerisms. The first thing that struck me about Starodubtsev was his age – or rather his lack thereof. This laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition is not yet thirty, but his playing and interpretations were hardly immature. Starodubtsev has performed around the globe, giving solo concerts and recitals in Canada, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Spain. For this recital, he chose to perform an entire program of Chopin. This also surprised me – after reading of his passion for twentieth century music, I was expecting a more contemporary program. Starodubtsev began with four of Chopin’s Scherzos, relatively short, dark and dramatic pieces. ‘Scherzo’ means ‘joke’ in Italian, but for the most part these pieces were anything but humorous. The mercurial nature of these compositions fit perfectly with Starodubtsev’s personality. The first Scherzo began with furious yet delicate linear runs full of chromaticism, but soon cooled to a soft, dark, lyrical passage. Starodubtsev played with elegance and taste, his ability to produce delicate, light chords that pierced the room like ice was impressive, but it did not overshadow his command of the bold and fiery passages in fortissimo. Scherzo No. 2 was a joy to take in. Its animated nature was perfectly executed. Starodubtsev’s physicality and stage presence, combined with his delicate and tasteful touch, really made for a splendid piece. The final Scherzos were played with just as much brilliance as the first two. After the intermission, Starodubtsev played Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in B Minor. Perhaps this was an even greater showcase of Starodubtsev’s ability to artistically

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Russian pianist Evegeny Starodubstev gives unforgettable performance at Brunton Auditorium on Saturday, January 29.
blend lyrical passages with stately ‘allegro’ passages. Usually you expect a player who approaches these intricate pieces with such speed to compromise either tone quality or forcefulness, but this Russian virtuoso really maintained the Sonata’s momentum without compromise. Starodubtsev made use of deep pedal tones in the Largo movement that seemed to beautifully freeze the treble melody in time. Starodubtsev’s bold and fiery interpretation of these Chopin pieces was commendable. He pulled off each of these incredibly difficult pieces with a refined grandeur, confidence and poise that made for a memorable performance. Starodubtsev, who was trained at the Moscow State Conservatory’s Central Music School, splits his time between piano and composition. This season, he will perform Balakirev’s Piano Concerto with the St. Petersburg Capella Orchestra, and will make his Berlin Konzerthaus recital debut in April 2012.

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26 ARTS & LIT Getting intimate with vaginas
“The Vagina Monologues” to be presented in conjunction with V-Day
Julia McMillan
Arts and Literature Editor
It’s time to talk about vaginas. Yes, ladies (and gentlemen), once again Internet Photo/diskordchicago Mount Allison will be presenting the provocative “Vagina Monologues.” The play will run from February from living free of violence and 9, 10 and 11, and is presented abuse.” The remaining ten percent in conjunction with V-Day, an of the proceeds will go to V-Day international day of awareness for International. violence against women. Mt. A. students have been working Originally written by Eve Ensler, The hard to make the production a Vagina Monologues is a production success since October. The interest meant to empower women and to level in The Vagina Monologues raise social awareness about various has been steadily growing, and this women’s rights issues, including rape year the play features a cast of about and violence. The monologues were twenty five actresses, along with eight inspired by interviews conducted directors, three lighting technicians by Ensler, and each draw upon true and three producers. stories and events. Performed by an all “Everyone is welcome to be involved,” female cast, the monologues explore said producer and director Melissa themes of sex, love, birth, genital Godbout. “Anyone who wants to mutilation, transgendered sexuality help can. It feels like everyone in the and more. The play is a form of activist audience, and everyone on campus, theatre, meant to provoke thought really, is helping by even being aware and conversation about issues usually of the show and supporting it in kept private. It whatever way creates a public they can.” forum for people [Men] don’t think the show Despite the to explore what female dominant is for them. But, really it’s their own bodies cast, men are more for everyone.” and sexuality than welcome mean to them, as to be involved Melissa Godbout behind the scenes well as bring to light the issues Producer and Director of of the production. surrounding “The Vagina Monologues” This year, Bernard feminism and Soubry and Eric gender equality. Biskupski are In keeping with taking on the the theme of roles of directors, women’s rights, ninety percent of while Tommy Smith is involved as a the proceeds from the performances lighting technician. Godbout believes will go to Autumn House, a women’s it is important that men do not feel shelter in Amherst, Nova Scotia, deterred from the production based dedicated to “working collaboratively on the female-centric themes and the with other equality seeking play’s bold title. organizations to address barriers that “I think the issue with getting men prevent women, and their children,

February 2, 2012

Opera Tea gives first performance
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has a beautiful low tone to her voice and is an engaging performer. She appeared to be fully connected to the dramatic tale from classical Greek mythology, and portrayed Orpheus flawlessly. The “Trio” from Carmen featuring Bond, Justine Korosil and Holly Hagerman was one of the most entertaining numbers of the program. Korosil and Hagerman are both skilled performers, and comically portrayed women who are overly pleased with their fortuitous tarot cards. Bond plays the brooding and disturbed Carmen upon the discovery that her cards foretell death. The Opera Tea was a fundraising event for the annual Opera Workshop tour of high schools in New Brunswick, which will take place in April 2012. Dr. Pridmore began the Workshop’s touring tradition in 2001, and believes that it is a valuable experience for the high school audiences, the performers, and even the University. “It’s a way to introduce opera to people who may not have been exposed it before. It’s an opportunity for high school students to discover opera, and its connection to life. The stories told through operas are all still relevant today– they’re all about love, sex, and death.” Pridmore adds that the touring experience is a great way for student performers to learn how to adapt to the touring lifestyle. “Because we’re performing primarily at school, the schedules can be unpredictable. The performers have to learn how to be ready to sing opera at 8:30 am if necessary.” Beyond the physical demands of touring, the students also get the opportunity to learn to create a touring program. “The singers get to create a collaborative script that ties that stories [of the operas] together. The scripts can be traditional, or a little more wacky.” Pridmore goes on to tell an instance where the performers created the script in the likeness of popular reality TV show, The Bachelor, as there was only one male in the ensemble. As well as being a chance for performers to flex their creative muscles, the tour also offers valuable recruitment opportunities for the University. Often, high school students who attend the opera performances will be interested to learn more about it, and the programs offered at Mt. A. The performance was a preview for the upcoming Opera Workshop performance “The Lives of Girls of Women”, to be held on Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 pm and Monday, February 13 at 8:00 pm. Both performances will be held at Brunton Auditorium. For more information regarding the fully staged performance, or for questions on how to donate to the Opera Workshop, contact Helen Pridmore at

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The “Vagina Monologues” will be performed at The Wu Center on February 9, 10 and 11. Proceeds go to Autumn House.

to go is the fact that it’s called “The Vagina Monologues,” and they don’t think its for them. But, really it’s for everyone.” This sort of male involvement sends an inspiring message that feminism is not just a woman’s issue, and that men play an integral role in achieving overall gender equality. “It’s important for men to help end violence for women– the issue is really a two way street. It is fundamental for men to be involved in such an activist and great play, and we need everyone to be on board with its meaningful message.” Met with much critical acclaim, as well as opposition, The Vagina Monologues has been described by The New York Times as “probably the most important piece of political theatre in the last decade.” The performance is sure to give students an unforgettable evening of insight into the most personal aspects of a woman’s life, and a glance at the larger issue of women’s rights all over the world. The Vagina Monologues will be performed at the Wu Center in the James Dunn Building. Tickets are $5 for students, and $10 for nonstudents and community members. Audience members are encouraged to bring extra cash to buy the clever, yet delicious, chocolate vulva suckers that will be on sale as part of the fundraising campaign for Autumn House. The doors open at 7:30 pm, and the show starts at 8:00 pm. For more information, contact Melissa Godbout at mdgodbout@

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AUS: tough enough on headshots?
Stricter penalties don’t go far enough
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
The surge in head injuries in major professional leagues across North America has prompted a response to the same issue at the university level. Atlantic University Sport (AUS) recently imposed tougher and stricter penalties for headshots, given the serious medical consequences that can arise. The story, first broke by the CBC, centred on the notion that the AUS was concerned with the amount of academic time lost due to these injuries. The most recent example provided was for a suspension which occurred in the men’s hockey division, where Saint Thomas university defenceman Chris van Larsen was the recipient of an eight-game suspension when he hit Christian Gaudet of the University of Moncton Aigles-Bleus. Second-year Mountie midfielder Melanie Wagar initially offered an overwhelming response in favour of tougher rules because of her injury, which limited her to seeing action in only nine games this year (of which she started six). She commented that "… although I’m happy, I’m not sure if I agree with the AUS’s reasons for the tougher rules,” also adding, “They say [students] need to go to class, they need to study, they need to do their projects … but concussions come with much more serious problems than that.” Wagar touched on several mental health issues including, but

February 2, 2012

Caila Henderson
Serving up aces off the court
Lisa Riley
Argosy Correspondent
Caila Henderson from Brookfield, Nova Scotia, is a fourth-year volleyball player in her final year of an Environmental Studies degree. She has been playing volleyball since her arrival on the scene in 2008 as a power player. For anyone who does not know what that means, it is backcourt defence. She is versatile Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn though, and played middle for Caila Henderson is tied for twentieth in the nation in kills. her entire second year, which is a lot of blocking. She describes it as challenging, but nothing felt better Volleyball has one of the longest always remember: the two ACAA to her than stuff blocking a tough sport seasons.” She has perfected championships the team has won hitter. her time management skills and during her time with Mount Not only is she a talented is quite proud of them now, in Allison Volleyball. volleyball player, but she is quite fact, she could not imagine having After graduating from Mt. A, active in her down time as well. She any more free time. She praises Caila is not sure what she would is an executive on the Right To Play volleyball as one of the reasons her like to do. She is very interested committee, which has been very restricted schedule makes her work in aquaculture and would like successful this year thanks to the more efficiently. She enjoys the to pursue research in improving amazing co-presidents. For a second satisfaction of seeing all of her hard systems to make an environmentally year in a row she was a member of work and sacrifice pay off. sustainable industry, but where and the Orientation committee and she When asked if she has a favourite when this will happen she still does is a Research memory, one not know. Volleyball will not have Assistant for would be hard an effect on her immediate future, I cherish this sport and Dr. Litvaks’ fish pressed to get a but she does plan on coaching and aquaculture straight answer someday, explaining that it would my team so much. The lab. Volleyball from Caila. be a rewarding experience. She best experiences are is not her only “I cherish explains the gratitude she has for those spent with the sport, which is this sport and all her past coaches and present team not surprising; my team so coaches, and the dedication they Caila Henderson much. The best showed to the sport; she would like she also plays intramural Team Captain e x p e r i e n c e s to give back too. basketball are those The next home Volleyball game and ran crossspent with the will be February 3 at 7:30 pm at country for three years here at team.” She describes every good the Mt. A Athletic Centre against Mount Allison. and bad experience as something UNBSJ. Come out and support Caila is a student athlete and takes to learn from and loves the caring Caila and the rest of the Volleyball her studies very seriously; though and supporting nature of her team. team. she was also a talented, multi-sport She likes that they push each other athlete in high school, she admits to to play better on the court, as a bit of a struggle in her first year well as road trips and team meals, with time management. “I have “everything that makes being on worked very hard to abide by a tight a team so special.” Finally, she schedule to make everything work. adds a tangible aspect she will

not limited to, depression, personality changes and psychological issues. The new rules, introduced this year, have been described as “applying to all sports where players risk concussions.” However, an extensive search of the AUS’s website came up empty. Also, after consulting a Head Athletic Director at an AUS member school, they replied that they themselves weren’t entirely clear about the new sanctions, raising further questions. While the rules remain unclear for the time being, the new rules aren’t setting a good tone at all with one AUS athlete at Mount Allison who has been personally affected by a concussion. Wagar, who also works as a trainer for the Women’s Basketball team (who play in the ACAA), returned later having digested the article fully and offered a new opinion, stating, “The more I think about it, the more mad I get. I’m pretty offended they didn’t mention mental health once. Recently a lot of work is being done to inform athletes how serious concussions are, and this article makes it seem like the most dangerous thing about head injuries is missing class.” Another AUS athlete in Mt. A’s hockey program noted a long list of players (some former and some current, including herself ) who had dealt with a concussion during their athletic career at Mt. A. As the list of concussions (properly diagnosed or not) continues to grow exponentially, the AUS’s focus on the student-athlete perspective has been significantly altered. To end, Wagar added that, “Some symptoms may not even appear until later in life. That’s the scary part of concussions. I would like to think that the AUS is looking out for the well being of its athletes, not just their GPA.”

Women’s basketball sweeps weekend games
Mounties’ put stranglehold on third place
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
The Mount Allison women’s basketball team separated themselves from the middle of the pack with weekend victories over the Seawolves at the University of New Brunswick at Saint John (UNBSJ) on Saturday, followed by a beating of the Holland College Hurricanes (HC) on Sunday. On Saturday the Mounties traveled to Saint John to face the UNBSJ Seawolves and picked up a 75-74 win that went right down to the wire. Jennifer Robinson, a Sackville, New Brunswick product led the Mounties in scoring with seventeen points, fifteen of those coming from beyond the arc. Starters Marlon Smith and Mackenzie Gray added fourteen and thirteen respectively for the Mounties. On the other side of the ball, third-year guard Christie Smith dropped twenty-four for the fourth place Seawolves (6-6), to lead all scorers on both teams. While both teams remained very close to each other after the first quarter, Mt. A pulled ahead, scoring twenty-nine points in the second quarter to close out the half with a nine-point lead. The Seawolves came out strong in the second half but, despite winning both quarters, came up short by one point. Rookie Danielle Broome led all scorers off the Mt. A bench with six points, which came courtesy of two three pointers. Ainslie Oland, the only other three-pointer off the bench for the Mounties, shot 12-38 (31.6%) from the land beyond. On Sunday the Mounties benefitted from another outstanding effort by fourth-year students Jennifer Robinson and Marlon Smith, who each drained five shots from the outside to pace Mt. A to a 93-57 victory. The Mounties improved on their performance from the threepoint line, shooting 40.5%. After the match forty percent from the three-point line that’s almost like fifty percent from the two-point line.” Leading the attack for the Hurricanes from Holland College were Lindy MacDonald and Rachel Scoville, who scored twenty-three and fifteen respectively. Scoville also added five offensive rebounds to lead the Hurricanes (48) who now sit in sixth place in the ACAA standings. The ninety-three points is the second highest total put up by the team at home this season, and their third highest overall this season. The win is the second straight over the Hurricanes this season as the Mounties defeated them in their last trip to Sackville back on November 6, 2011, by a score of 66-55. The Mounties will take to the court next on Sunday as they face off against the 0-13 Rams from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College at home. Tip-off is at 1:00 pm at the Athletic Centre. Holland College will play a pair of games against Halifax area teams, facing the second place Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics on Saturday before going up against the UKC Blue Devils the following day.

Mt. A’s Marlon Smith of Amherst.

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Mount Allison's Ashlyn Somers of Murray River, PE, and Courtney King of St. John's, NL, both close in on Moncton goalie Kathy Desjardins.

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Tough weekend for Hockey Mounties
Clinch playoff spot despite two losses
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
The Mount Allison Womens’ Hockey Mounties are playoff-bound, despite dropping a pair of close home games this past weekend. A 3-1 loss to the Saint Thomas Tommies on Saturday put the Mounties briefly in fifth spot, but the Mounties reclaimed fourth place and clinched a playoff spot, earning one point in a thrilling 4-3 shootout loss to U de Moncton. In Saturday’s game the Mounties didn’t seem to wake up until the second period; a sloppy first period allowed the Tommies to gain a 2-0 advantage going into the intermission. A much better second period followed for the home squad, who fired 21 shots on net in the frame, including Ashlyn Somers’s shot from the left faceoff circle which snuck past Julia Sharun for Somers’s sixth goal of the season. It was the only goal the Mounties would get in their onslaught, however, as Sharun stood tall the remainder of the game, and while the third period was not as good offensively, the Mounties were still able to outshoot STU in the third, surrendering one goal in the process. Jenelle Hulan, in her first regulation loss of the season, stopped 27 shots for the Mounties, while Sharun stopped 40 of 41 shots. Sunday’s game was a much different story against the CIS #5-ranked Aigles Bleues. Marie-M. Poirier scored a pair of goals for Moncton, including the goal that opened the scoring with five minutes left in the opening period. On the powerplay two minutes later, Courtney King tipped home Emily Van Diepen’s point shot for her third of the season to tie the score. After Kristen Cooze pounced on a loose puck to make it 2-1 for Mt. A, the Aigles Bleues replied quickly, with Janik Robichaud scoring ten seconds later to tie the game again at 2-2 after two periods. Poirier’s second of the game early in the third gave the Aigles the lead again, and after lots of good chances by the Mounties, with the extra attacker on the ice, Cooze again found the loose puck in front of the net and put it past U de M’s Kathy Desjardins to tie the game with only 1:22 on the clock. Overtime was back-and-forth, with Desjardins looking uncomfortable with the Mountie shots; Meg Davies’s bad angle shot was clumsily handled, while Somers’s weak shot from the slot nearly squeaked through the fivehole. Despite the chances, the game remained tied 3-3 after the overtime period. It took four shots in the shootout before the first goal; Katelyn Morton and Lindsay James were turned away by Desjardins, while Robichaud and Johannie Thibeault were stopped by Meghan Corley-Byrne. The next two Moncton shooters found the back of the net, while King and Cooze were stopped by Desjardins to seal the victory. Corley-Byrne made 35 saves in regulation and overtime, while Desjardins stopped 42 shots. As Mounties head coach Zach Ball commented after this game, there would be no nightmares about it, but only four goals on 86 shots in the two games wasn’t enough. With the point on Sunday, Mt. A (7-6-4, 18 pts) sits in fourth place in the AUS Standings, and clinches a playoff spot. Right behind them are the Tommies (8-9-1, 17 pts) and the Mounties are chasing UPEI (10-7-0, 20 pts) for third place. Coming up for the Mounties are two big road games against Dalhousie on Saturday and #4-ranked St FX on Sunday. UPEI played St FX on Wednesday evening, but the result was not available at the time of publishing, while STU takes on last-place Saint Mary’s on Sunday.

How to ensure a good relationship with your roommate
Jenn MacKenzie
Health Intern
Living with a roommate is a lot different than living with your family. Sometimes your roommate may be a friend, however, when coming into residence, you may be paired with a complete stranger. Many people say that their roommates have become their friends, but in other cases having a roommate can be a nightmare. The rule of thumb for a successful relationship with your roommate is the 3 C’s: courtesy, comprise and communication. Respect one

another’s space and privacy and be considerate of your roommate’s things. It is normal that you and your roommate will encounter problems while living together, but solving these problems usually is a result of comprising and determining what works the best for both of you. Efficient communication also leads to a successful relationship with your roommate. If you don’t like the things your roommate is doing, getting upset and not discussing these problems will not solve anything. Bottling up your emotions will eventually lead to more problems. You and your roommate should discuss your expectations for cleaning, sharing and what each other’s sleeping, studying and socializing habits are. Cleaning can be one of the biggest annoyances in a roommate relationship and can lead to many disputes. You can save frustration by figuring out a schedule for chores that need to be done and how often they should be completed. Discussing what things are going to be shared

and setting out boundaries are ways to avoid the invasion of privacy. If things are going to be shared, determine who is going to pay and replace them if they are gone or running low (i.e. cleaning supplies, printer paper or ink). Being familiar with each other’s study schedule will make it easier for both of you to complete your work. A few key questions to ask your roommate about their socializing habits upon moving in together are: the time they go to bed, if they sleep with lights or music on, how late is too late for guests to come over, how they feel about people staying overnight and if they are able to study with the music or TV on, or people talking. If you do get in a fight with your roommate there are ways to resolve the conflict. It is always beneficial to confront your roommate about

your differences soon after a situation has occurred. Find an appropriate time to talk to your roommate so that they have the time to figure things out with you. When stating your case be assertive but make sure to listen and keep an open mind. Don’t always assume your position is right because there may be something you’ve been doing that has been driving your roommate crazy that you are not aware of. Finally,

figure out solutions that both of you will be comfortable and happy with. If roommate problems become too overwhelming, sometimes a mentor or a third party can help. The Wellness Centre on the bottom floor of the Wallace McCain Student Centre offers counselling services so don’t hesitate to make an appointment by dropping in or calling them at 3642163. Internet Photo/Lynn


February 2, 2012

Giants and Patriots ready to duke it out
But it’s not quite a rematch
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
Before everyone gets all caught up in the hype surrounding a potential rematch of 2008’s Super Bowl, I would like to dispel that theory using the philosophy of a current CFL head coach. The New York Giants and New England Patriots will meet on February 5 in Indianapolis to decide NFL supremacy. Four short years ago, the Giants defeated the Patriots 1714 in Phoenix to take an undefeated season away from the Patriots. The reason that it’s not a rematch is because both teams are very different than they were four years ago. This idea comes from the philosophy of Montreal Alouette head coach Marc Trestman, who, after his team’s 2009 Grey Cup victory, was asked about the possibility of a repeat. Trestman responded by saying that there could be no repeat, as the 2010 team would be different than the 2009 team due to personnel changes. This could not be truer of the two teams in this year’s Super Bowl. worst defences in the NFL. Manning and the Giants exposed the Packers successfully to advance to the Super Bowl, and the Patriots are hoping they aren’t the next team to be crossed off the list. This isn’t to say there aren’t some parallels to the teams from four years ago. The Giants still have a frighteningly good pass rush. Last time around, it was led by Michael Strahan, and now it’s youngster Jason Pierre-Paul. Justin Tuck and Osi Umeniyora are still around, and it was the Giants’ defensive line that was the difference four years ago, harassing Tom Brady all game. Wes Welker is one of the Patriots’ constants. The diminutive but dangerous receiver led the NFL in receptions this season, just as he did four years ago. He has almost become a forgotten factor with the emergence of Gronkowski and Hernandez, but still plays a crucial role in New England’s offence. Eli vs. Tom. Patriots O-Line vs. Giants D-Line. Giants linebackers vs. Gronkowski. However you want to look at it, Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis seems, on paper, to be shaping up to be an exciting championship which could go down to the wire. Just like four years ago.

Internet Photo/CheckDownChatter In 2008, Manning’s offence revolved around a strong ground game complemented by a pass game targeted around Plaxico Burress. Now, Manning has an arsenal of receivers which have become the focal point of the offence. Running backs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw have now arguably become the complement to Manning’s passing game. Victor Cruz, a rookie, set a Giants franchise record for receiving yards in a season, overshadowing Hakeem Nicks’s 1,000-yard season, and Mario Manningham is always a threat as well. Tom Brady, in 2008, had Randy Moss to throw it deep to anytime he wanted. Now, he has two massive, athletic, and downright scary tight ends in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, who he can go deep to or find underneath and let the young tight ends go to work. Gronkowski set records for receiving yards by a tight end (1,327) and touchdowns by a tight end (17) this season. The Patriots use these two dynamic tight ends in various formations; lining one up out wide, both tight in the box, and, as they

Internet Photo/River City Sports showed in their divisional playoff game against Denver, can line Hernandez up in the backfield. The defence of New England in 2008 had names like Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison. Now, not even some Patriots fans can name more than three defensive starters, one of which is Vince Wilfork. The Patriots’ defence was statistically one of the worst in the league this season; prior to the playoffs beginning much was made of both number-one seeds (Green Bay being the other) having the two

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For a third time this season, Mount Allison’s six-foot-four forward Brandon Malally has won University Athlete of the Week honours for leading his Mounties’ men’s basketball team to a 68-56 win over UNBSJ, and scoring 28 points in a tough 88-78 loss to Holland College. He was the leading scorer in both games, pouring in 15 and 28 points respectively, and pulling in five and six rebounds. Malally was Mount Allison’s November Athlete of the Month and is averaging 17 points per league game so far this season, ranking twelfth in CCAA national stats. A third-year player with the Mounties, Malally comes from Truro, NS where he is a past two-time MVP with the Cobequid Educational Centre team. The former high school league all-star was the Mounties’ Rookie of the Year in 2009-10. At six-four and 235 pounds he has been a dominant player every game for the Mounties. Malally is currently enrolled in his third year of Arts and is majoring in psychology.


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Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn A five-foot-10 forward with the Basketball Mounties, Jennifer Robinson has won female Athlete of the Week honours at Mount Allison. Besides playing a tough zone defence, Robinson had a 40-point weekend, and also grabbed 15 rebounds. She scored 17 points in a 75-74 victory over UNBSJ on Saturday, and on the following day she continued her stellar play as she scored 23 points, for a career-high game total. She shot 63 percent from the floor and had six rebounds to propel the Mounties past Holland College by a 93-57 score. A strong and steady fourth-year post and a resident of Sackville, NB, Robinson is a former basketball MVP and Athlete of the Year from Tantramar Regional High School. With plans to pursue a career in social work, Robinson is currently enrolled in fourth-year Arts and is majoring in sociology. Also nominated this week were Erica Cronkhite (volleyball) who led her team to a pair of victories over MSVU and NSAC, and the Hockey Mounties’ Kristen Cooze who scored a pair of goals in the Mounties’ overtime shootout loss to Moncton.

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Men’s basketball split weekend games
Mounties down UNBSJ, lose to Holland College
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
Mount Allison’s men’s basketball team split its weekend games against the UNBSJ Sea Wolves and Holland College Hurricanes (HC) to remain in fourth place in the ACAA standings at 7-7. On Saturday the Mounties won a fierce battle in Saint John, downing the Sea Wolves 68-56 before returning to Sackville to drop an 88-78 decision to the visiting Hurricanes Sunday. On Saturday the Mounties visited the G. Forbes Elliot Athletic Centre for the first of two trips to Saint John. The Mounties and Seawolves played a close game for the first half, with the Mounties giving up a first quarter lead to trail by two heading into halftime. However, on the strength of 41.8% shooting from the field and 62.1% from the free-throw line, the Mounties rebounded in the second half to overtake the Seawolves with four Mounties finishing in double digits for scoring. The Mounties were led by Brandon Malally scoring fifteen point followed by Akil Smith and Ben Chisholm who added twelve of their own. Kevin Monaghan rounded out the top scorers with ten of his own. On the other side of the ball, the Seawolves had only three players reach double figures as Alec MacKinnon scored fourteen and two other Seawolves added thirteen a piece. The biggest difference came in bench scoring, however, as the Mounties limited UNBSJ to


Part one of a two part report
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
It all started the day after the Grey Cup. The morning after losing in the championship game to the BC Lions, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers fired offensive coordinator Jamie Barresi. Since then, the coaching carousel has been in full swing, with unprecedented change being seen across all eight of the league’s teams. As follows are the changes among head coaches and offensive and defensive coordinators from around the league. BC Lions: Following the Grey Cup win, head coach Wally Buono stepped down from his coaching duties to focus more on his General Manager duties. Mike Benevides relinquished his role as defensive coordinator to step into Buono’s shoes, and Rich Stubler was added as defensive coordinator from Edmonton. Offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine remains in his current role. Calgary Stampeders: Head coach John Hufnagel and offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson remain, while 2011 linebackers coach Dave Walkosky earned a promotion to defensive coordinator with the departure of Chris Jones. Dickenson remains despite being interviewed for the head coaching jobs in Saskatchewan and Hamilton. Edmonton Eskimos: Head coach Kavis Reed and offensive coordinator Marcus Crandell stay in the same roles as last season, while linebackers coach Mark Nelson will be the defensive coordinator in 2012. Saskatchewan Roughriders: Richie Hall, the Riders’ defensive coordinator last season, is the only main member of the staff to return in the same role. Bob Dyce was promoted to offensive coordinator by new head coach Corey Chamblin, who was Hamilton’s defensive coordinator last season. Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Paul LaPolice stays on as head coach, and NCAA veteran Gary Crowton (formerly of LSU and Oregon, among others) joins the team as their new offensive coordinator. Tim Burke returns as defensive coordinator. Hamilton Tiger-Cats: An all-new coaching staff, led by George Cortez, who will likely run the offence in addition to his head coaching duties, includes Casey Creehan, departing his job as Winnipeg’s linebackers coach to replace Chamblin as defensive coordinator in Steeltown. Toronto Argonauts: Scott Milanovich was named head coach soon after the Grey Cup, leaving his former job as offensive coordinator in Montreal. Jonathan Himebauch was signed on to hold that job in Milanivoch’s staff, but his recent departure for the NCAA leaves a void in the staff which could very well be filled by Milanovich himself. Chris Jones arrived from Calgary and will run the defense. Montreal Alouettes: The departure of Milanovich led to the promotion of receivers coach Marcus Brady to offensive coordinator, and the departure of defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar to the NCAA means the Alouettes are in the market for that position. Marc Trestman should return as head coach after being interviewed for the head coaching job in Indianapolis. Next week’s Argosy will feature a more in-depth analysis of these changes which have gone on in the CFL’s off-season.

Mount Allison's Tim Crouse, of Valley, NS, battles for a rebound with the Hurricanes' Matthew Morrison, of Charlottetown, PEI.
only three points off the bench, while Neal Beckett dropped seven for the Mounties as they scored seventeen from the bench. On Sunday the Mounties dropped their second straight game to the Hurricanes from Holland College by a score of 88-78. The offence for the Mounties was consolidated between Brandon Malally, who scored a season high twenty-eight points in the losing effort, and Fall River, Nova Scotia resident Ben Chisholm, who scored twenty-four for the Mounties as they fell to 7-7 with the loss. After the games, Malally, who sits fifteenth in the CCAA for points per game, reflected on the team’s efforts, saying, “We started slow during the UNBSJ game but fed off our defensive play and forced some key turnovers late in the game.”

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Malally gave credit to the victorious Hurricanes (9-3), “…they did a good job with penetration and finding the open guy.” The Mounties remain in fourth place in the ACAA standings and will split their remaining six games against teams above or below them in the standings. Mount Saint Vincent University continues to run the table with a perfect 14-0 record followed in second by St. Thomas (104) and the Hurricanes (9-3.) Up next for the Mounties is a home date as they play host to the 1-13 NSAC Rams this coming Sunday with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 pm. Be sure to Follow @Argosy_Sports on Twitter for live updates of the game as it takes place!

Volleyball Mounties upend MSVU
Mt. A upsets nationally ranked Mystics in five sets
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
The Mount Allison women’s volleyball team accomplished a previously unaccomplished feat this past weekend downing the 11-0 Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics before a raucous home crowd. The Mystics, who had only lost four sets the entire year, were ranked ninth in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings coming into the game. That soon changed as the Mounties responded to every surge by the Mystics, pushing the first set to extra points with the Mounties eventually winning 27-25. The second set would then require extra points as well as the Mounties eventually won 30-28 to build a two sets to none lead. This accomplishment for the Mounties was significant due to their previous match earlier in the season ending in a three sets to none loss. The Mystics then showed why they were perfect throughout the whole season, taking the next two sets by force, 25-19 and 25-22 respectively. The team then duked it out in a final set with Mt. A pulling away for a 15-10 victory that brought everyone in the Athletic Centre to their feet. After the match, third-year setter Brittany Cain expressed her team’s feelings on the victory saying, “There are no words to describe how all of us girls felt after that game. We played the best game we have all season.”

Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn The electricity in the Athletic Centre left everyone buzzing Saturday afternoon, riding on the team’s performance. As Brittany Cain noted, “…anyone that was in that gym on Saturday could see how determined we were to play our best volleyball and come away with the win.” Captain and defending CCAA Athlete of the Week Caila Henderson led the Mounties with twenty-four kills while second-year left side Georgia Sibold contributed thirteen kills of her own in the victory. Rookie Caroline Tremaine also had nine kills and a service ace to add to an impressive rookie season that has seen her amass forty-seven kills, twelve service aces and a respectable 0.119, which is good for twelfth in the ACAA and eighty-first overall in the CCAA in the same category. Allison Settle set a season high with fifty-five assists vaulting her into first place nationally for overall assists, as well as a tie for first in assists per set. She is also ranked fifth in the CCAA for service aces/set. In other Mountie action, the volleyball team defeated the Rams from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College on Sunday, winning in four sets (25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22). The wins put Mt. A into second place in the ACAA standings at 10-3, sandwiched between the first place Mystics (11-1) and third-place Tommies from St. Thomas (9-3). The Mounties will open up a pair of weekend games at home when they face the visiting UNBSJ Seawolves. Games are on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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