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as part of a fourth-year Independent Studies Project. The pair split the production down the middle, LeBlanc taking the first act and Avery taking the second. What resulted was a production that explores characters, plots and ideas from two completely different perspectives, all the while maintaining a stylistic and thematic unity. The directors both took their own casts, making the distinction between the two acts all the more drastic. I was quite taken aback by the way that both sections of the production were able to function as a whole. The disconnection between the two acts initially seemed strange, but in the end it fit very organically into the plot. The entire production was set on a seventh story ledge in of a downtown apartment. The play's protagonist – a man killing time on the ledge, contemplating his life’s meaning – encounters a wide variety of whimsical and eccentric characters that live in the building. The cast managed to create a world within the audience’s mind using minimal room on the stage: all of the play’s action took place on a two foot ledge in front of the set building and within the well crafted windows of the set. Gregory McLaughlin played the protagonist in the first act, while Geoffery Hutchinson took the lead in the second. Both actors did wonders in manipulating the complex, quasi-existentialist emotions of the man on the ledge. While

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Windsor Theatre’s Out of the Box Series continues
Joel Young
Arts and Literature Writer
Windsor Theatre’s “Out of the Box” series continues to prove that Convocation Hall is more than an overwhelmingly huge shelter from the elements. The latest instalment of the series is Morris Panych’s “7 Stories”. The play taps into many human concerns, including the meaning of life and the endless possibilities of artistic interpretation. Mount Allison drama students Kayla LeBlanc and Hilary Avery jointly directed “Seven Stories” McLaughlin played a more light, humorous role, Hutchinson came off as a darker, more troubled character. I think this distention mirrored the general tone of both acts – “7 Stories” is indeed a tragedy, and the ability for the two separate casts to include this distinction in mood was very interesting in exploring their overall interpretation of the play and its dark ending. Both casts were extremely compelling: each character was important in creating the world of the play, and each actor did a great job of capturing the unique character traits. Many actors played several roles. Interpreting a work that takes on so many different human emotions requires incredible tact and delivery.

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MOSAIC’s cultural celebration
Emily James
Argosy Contributor
“Multiculturalism: It’s a way of life. It’s a way of thinking. It’s our way of looking at the world every day.” Those are the words of the Mount Allison Multicultural Society Club (MOSAIC) from their annual MOSAIC banquet last Saturday held in Jennings Dining Hall. 250 people from the Mt. A and Sackville community attended the event. Vice-Chairperson of MOSAIC Flora Chung said, “For me, it fascinates me every time I learn about a new culture or a new language, and I think people should have the enthusiasm and the curiosity to learn about others because it makes you more opened-minded and just makes you feel like the world is bigger.” Chung put much of the emphasis on MOSAIC members working together and the sponsorship they received. “I am so relieved it went well, and we could not have done it with everyone’s contributions.” The banquet started with different ethnic foods prepared by Mt. A students. The most popular dishes were the Green Curry Chicken (Thailand), Daeji Bulgogi (Korea Spicy Pork), Miso Soup ( Japan), and the two desserts, Sachertorte (German cake) and Acadian Sugar Pie (Canadian). During dinner, awards were given by Vice-President International and Student Affairs Ron Byrne. Shingo Yanagida and Stephanie Allen were awarded the Class of ‘33 Awards, while Flora Chung received the Barritt-Marshall Award. The Class of ’33 Award is presented annually to two returning international students who are recognized for their leadership,

Syphilis outbreak hits NB
Carly Levy
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Cases of syphilis, a potentially fatal sexually transmitted infection, are increasing in New Brunswick and are not expected to dwindle in the near future. The increases in infection rates are particularly affecting young people aged 20-25 and have risen by more than fifty cases per year in the last three years. The disease has been diagnosed among a variety of different people, including university students and professionals, ranging in age from seventeen to sixty-five. From 1993 to 2007, the province recorded an average of one syphilis case per year, and before 2008 fewer than five cases were reported each year. In 2009, there were nine reported cases of the infection, and just two



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Mount Allison SAC technology initiatives
Year-long negotiations will lead to a SAC-managed social network
Geoffrey Campbell
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After negotiations have wrapped up early this Spring, the Students’ Administrative Council will launch a private social network for Mount Allison students. Early in the Fall term, Square Crop Studios, a Toronto-based web development company, contacted the SAC with an offer to build a no-cost private social network for Mt. A students. After initial research and discussions with the company, then VicePresident of Sales Jason Krulicki presented to council on the proposed project on October 12. After further research and discussions, on November 16 council voted unanimously to enter into a cost-free contract with the company. Julie Stephenson, VP Communications for the SAC, explained the benefits of this network for students. “It is a unique online location for Mount Allison students to interact with direct access to Union services.” The SAC also spoke at length with the company regarding bringing services, including the Carpool Forum, the Lost and Found and the Used Book Sale, onto the site in order to make them more accessible to students, which is one of SAC Communication’s main focuses. Crystal Bennett, Community Development Coordinator at Square Crop, described the network as an easy way to meet people you know are Mt. A students, and have private marketplaces and discussions limited to Mt A students. In terms of the product launch, Stephenson states that timing is key. “We want to launch the program at the right time to catch student interest and when they can gain the most from it.” She said the challenge has been to ensure the platform is relevant and interesting for students. With negotiations with the company not yet complete, specific launch dates are unavailable. “We hope to finalize contract negotiations early in the spring and have the program launched shortly after that.” The SAC has taken a careful approach to adopting new technologies, rejecting an approximately $4,000 proposal from the student-created company MountApps Productions to create a mobile app for the SAC on February 8, due to concerns over product usefulness, price and longevity. On Square Crop, Stephenson continues, “We have been working intensely with the contract to make sure it suits our needs and we’ve also been working on making sure our resources are capable of handling the social network.” Regarding the gap between November and now, Julie explains that council’s approval was only the beginning of a lengthy but positive process. “The realities of the process are much more intense and lengthy than a mandate from Council indicates.” Stephenson has been mindful of the challenge that the similarities between the social network and Facebook poses, and they “want to make absolutely sure we launch the program to benefit students as much as possible.” Regarding the similarities to Facebook, Bennet explains that “The main difference is Facebook isn’t private, most people have their friends on Facebook, but they also have their co-workers, acquaintances, classmates, family and even their mom or grandparent.” Square Crop’s solution is creating a student only atmosphere centred around the school that “cuts out the clutter” and provides a stronger two-way communication tool between students and the SAC. In addition to the social network, the SAC is also working on a website redesign which will include a tender for an vendor to work on the site. While the process is only in planning stages, Stephenson did say that the yet-to-



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“Neither forgotten nor silent”
Guatemalan activist speaks out against violence against women
Rachel Gardner
News Editor
Neither forgotten nor silent – this is the slogan of the National Union of Guatemalan Women (UNAMG), who are speaking out about the approximately 650 women that have been killed on average every year in Guatemala. On Monday, March 12, in a lecture hosted by Breaking the Silence Mount Allison, Coordinator of the UNAMG Norma Herrera visited Mount Allison University to speak to students about the UNAMG’s advocacy work and the current situation regarding violence against women in Guatemala. “Today, violence against women is just a problem for women, not a social problem that we all need to take action to solve,” said Herrera. Herrera says that the group seeks to sensitize the Guatemalan population to the issue of violence against women, particularly against indigenous women who are three times more likely to experience violence than someone nonindigenous. The UNAMG facilitates workshops for women to speak about their experiences, uses art and graffiti to spread messages to the public, holds public demonstrations in the streets, uses radio shows and television to educate people, and networks with high-profile citizens to raise awareness. The Guatemalan Human Rights Commission defines ‘femicide’ as “the murder of a woman because of her gender”, while a similar concept, ‘feminicide,’ “holds responsible not only the male perpetrators but also the state and judicial structures that normalize misogyny, tolerate the perpetrators’ acts of violence, or deny state responsibility to ensure the safety of its female citizens.” The UNAMG has been active in working with various community

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Kenya fires health-care workers
The Government of Kenya announced late last week that it had fired 25 000 striking healthcare workers. These public health workers, including nurses, had been striking since March 1 over concerns that they were being overworked and were working in conditions where proper safety measures were not being taken to protect their health and safety. This latest strike comes one year after doctors went on strike last year in Kenya.

Norma Herrera (right), coordinator of the National Union of Guatemalan Women, speaks at Mt. A while Maritza Farina (left) assists in translating.
groups, political organizations, arriving at a protest in Halifax, NS, and high profile citizens to raise held March 8. “I was very surprised, national consciousness of the issue as there were about thirty people and achieve political action towards in the march. In my country, the change. Herrera credits the group’s protests are very large, especially social mobilization of Guatemalan when it’s about women. It’s a long citizens in allowing for greater column of people, and here, we only legal action against violence against went around the block,” commented women, including the elimination Herrera, laughing at her experience. of Article 200 of the Guatemalan She finished her presentation with Penal Code in 2005, which had a message for all those in attendance allowed a rapist to of her lecture: “The escape prosecution topic of violence if he married his The topic of violence against women, victim, as well as against women, it’s not it’s not just in the passing of a law just in Guatemala, it’s Guatemala, it’s against femicide everywhere – it’s everywhere – it’s here in April 2008, here too. We have too. We have to be which officially to be alert and to recognized it alert and to denounce denounce this type as a punishable this type of violence. of violence.” crime. Despite The Mt. this law, Herrera Norma Herrera A chapter of says femicide is Coordinator of Breaking the still occurring, UNAMG Silence (BTS) stating that ninetyhosted the lecture eight per cent of by Herrera. “[The cases of violence against women go chapter] is dedicated to supporting unpunished in the courts. the work of the larger BTS network Violence in Guatemala is often the by raising awareness on the issues result of drug trafficking, organized of both past and present situations crime, and the vulnerable work in Guatemala,” says Mt. A BTS positions held by women, according President Bri Miller. “We focus on to Herrera, where women have been the human rights issues of mining, murdered, subject to sexual violence, fair trade, and femicide.” This past torture, as well as dismemberment. March, several members of the Herrera expressed her surprise at Mt.A BTS group attend the Annual

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General Meeting held in Halifax, and several members may be going to Guatemala this August with a delegation from BTS. Fourth-year student Katie Pazia commented that she had attended Herrera’s talk in preparation for an upcoming trip to Guatemala this summer. “I’m interested in learning more about the indigenous women’s movement in Guatemala, as I’m going there this summer on an internship and wanted to learn more about the country.” The UNAMG was founded in March 1980 under a situation of high political violence, in which massacres of indigenous populations were being carried out by the Guatemalan army. A report compiled by the Guatemalan Commission for Historical Clarification (CEH) states that between 1962 and 1996, eighty-three per cent of identified victims of human rights abuses were of Mayan descent, with the peak violence between 1980 and 1984. In all, approximately 200,000 Mayan peasants were killed, a situation which forced the UNAMG group into exile in Mexico until the 1996 peace accord was signed to signify the end of the thirty-six year Guatemalan Civil War. Lecture translated from Spanish to English by Professor Maritza Farina.

Slovakian Castle engulfed in flame
A fire has done significant damage to a fourteenth-century castle in Slovakia. The Krásna Hôrka castle, a National Cultural Monument of the Slovak Republic, burst into flames on Friday, beginning in the upper levels shortly after the last tour group left for the day. The castle, located near the village of Krásnohorské Podhradie, was originally built as a part of a trade route that ran from Transylvania to Poland. It has been a national monument of Slovakia since 1961 and went through a lengthy restoration process before being reopened for tourist traffic in 2011.

A staff sergeant from the United States Army killed sixteen unarmed people in Afghanistan, including nine children, on Sunday. The soldier allegedly went absent without leave from his base in Panjwaii district outside of Kandahar at night, entered three homes in a nearby village, and opened fire on the residents of those houses. US forces have been deployed in Afghanistan since 2001 and are slated to remain in the country until the end of 2014.

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Sexually transmitted infection rates increase in province
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years later, that number jumped to fifty-seven. According to the NB deputy chief medical officer of health Dr. Denis Allard, ten cases had already been reported by last month. The highest concentration of reported cases is in Moncton and Fredericton, with an increasing amount of cases being recorded in Saint John. According to the January edition of the NB Disease Watch Bulletin published by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, ninetytwo per cent of cases reported since 2009 have been male, a majority of which reported only male sex partners. More recently, however, the province has noted an increase in female cases of infection. The report concludes that this outbreak “does not appear to involve traditional highrisk groups such as sex trade workers, patrons of sex trade workers or injection drug users,” and further asserts that the outbreak is most likely due to a small number of cases with a large number of partners, resulting in a disproportionately high percentage of sexual encounters resulting in syphilis transmission. Cindy Crossman, registered nurse/educator who works at the Mount Allison Wellness and Health Centre, is concerned that the outbreak is due to an increase in casual sex and said that “this increase in the number of sexual partners is likely contributing to the increase in sexually transmitted infections.” Crossman commented that unprotected sexual activity is one of her main concerns. “Individuals are not getting the education message,” she said, and explained that people are not always using protection. “I see individuals choosing not to use protection because of poor judgement impacted by drugs and/or alcohol consumption,” she said. To combat this trend, the Department of Public Health is providing information about the sexually transmitted infection on its website and through brochures and posters distributed to the public. The campaign is specifically targeted at young adults in their twenties, and, according to Allard, is directed at bars and websites frequented by gay men. Other provinces have experienced similar syphilis outbreaks prior to the one in this province. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of cases in Ontario skyrocketed from forty-three to 711 per year. During the same time, the number of cases in Quebec increased from seven to 374, and from fifteen to 271 in Alberta. Nationally, the annual number of cases rose from 174 to 1757 in the period between 2000 and the end of 2010. The Department of Health suggests strategies to prevent infection and reduce risk of transmission through infected individuals, including reducing one’s number of sex partners, as well as the correct and consistent use of condoms. Regular screening and prompt treatment of infection after it occurs is essential to a reduction in disease transmission. Syphilis starts as a sore on the genitals but can turn into a rash leading to fever and even death. Graphic/glogster



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International food and clothing showcased at MOSAIC banquet
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extracurricular involvement, and commitment to promoting cross-cultural awareness and understanding. The BarrittMarshall Award is awarded to a graduating international student whose contributions to the internationalization of campus and the community has helped to promote cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. “I was completely surprised,” said Yanagida with a huge smile after the banquet. “I just could not believe it!” After the meal, the “Clothing of Many Nations” Fashion Show was presented. The fashion show had originally been planned to be held in February, but was cancelled due to weather. Yet many guests at the banquet expressed that they felt the fashion show added even more multiculturalism and excitement to the banquet. The fashion show showcased the traditional clothing of a variety of cultures from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The fashion show was a cooperative effort of MAST (the Multicultural Association of Sackville and Tantramar), MOSAIC, TAG (the Tantramar Association of Grandmothers and Others), and the Mt. A International Centre. Many of the male audience members stood up with huge smiles on their faces to get a better look at all the female models. A few smiles slipped when Shingo Yanagida came out with an impressive moustache and a red rose in his mouth, which he tossed towards the first few females in the audience. Smiles reappeared as the females reappeared, including Noor Buzaboon from Bahrain, who showed off of her moving hips and the beautiful colors of her outfit. After the fashion show, the night concluded with a video of MOSAIC, interviewing members and explaining what MOSAIC is to them – “Diversity and family” (Hikaru Angel), “Leadership” (Ron Byrne), “Food!” (Haruho Kubota). On the MOSAIC Facebook page, Manager of International Affairs Adam Christie commented: “Great decorations, great food, great organization, great job. What I especially liked about this night’s event was how MAST, TAG and MOSAIC came together to put on a truly community-based international celebration of food and fashion.” Many commented on how this was perhaps the best MOSAIC banquet they have been to. “At this banquet, I hope you were able to meet new people, share culture, and have a good time,” said Haruho Kubota as the banquet concluded. “And I am so glad that you are all here to celebrate one of the most important things we have in the world today, which is multiculturalism.”

(Bottom) Students enjoy MOSAIC’s festivities, held at Jennings Hall. (Left) The MOSAIC banquet, held on March 10, was well attended by students, staff, faculty and members of the town. (Above right, left) Students showcased the traditional dress of a variety of cultures from around the world. All photos by Mary MacLean

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News Editor

SAC adjusts referendum to more neutral language

This meeting of the SAC was all about the referendum questions approved at the prior week’s Council meeting as SAC Chief Returning Officer, Willie McQuaid, stated that he had deemed two of the three referendum questions to lack the neutral wording required by the Referendum Act. While an amended motion removing the “whereas” clauses from the question regarding membership in the New Brunswick Students’ Alliance (NBSA) passed with relative ease, the question regarding a doubling of fees for the World University Service Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program (SRP) to eight dollars was met with more significant resistance when it was suggested that council remove the clauses. Some councillors, the most vocal being Arts Senator Ryan Harley, argued that presenting facts before a referendum question are beneficial to helping students make informed decisions, arguing that “it’s important to show exactly how this fee will be distributed.” The contrary opinion as presented by Off-Campus Councillor Stephen Spence was that the council collectively made a mistake in approving the question and that the question should have the same treatment as the NBSA question, stripping it of the “whereas” clauses. With several students in attendance who were supportive of the WUSC fee increase, the discussion regarding the question got emotional at times as students interchangeably argued in favour of the question and in favour of the fee increase. In the end, the vote split fifteen to fourteen in favour of removing two of the clauses but maintaining the remaining two clauses to inform student voters of what WUSC does. The SAC approved a motion to pursue a bid to host the Canadian Alliance of Students’ Associations Policy and Strategy Conference, likely held in July this year. SAC President Pat Joyce floated the idea of the SAC hiring a student to coordinate the conference, but would have to wait for budget discussions later this month. CASA will make a decision on where to host the conference this week at their Annual General Meeting in Halifax, NS where Joyce, VicePresident of External Affairs Mark Kroeker and Board of Regents Representative Sean McGilley are attending to represent the SAC. To wrap up the meeting, Joyce presented the proposal by Mount Allison President Robert Campbell regarding student consultation that generated very little discussion from members of Council. The document presented, one that Joyce hopes to have approved by the Board of Regents in May, details the budgeting process between the SAC and the university.

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Predicting your intro macroeconomics exam score
David Evans
Argosy Contributor
As more than two hundred students discover every year, student teaching assistants (TA) in the Mount Allison Economics department conduct weekly tutorial sessions for between fifteen and twenty-eight students in Introductory Macro or Microeconomics. Funding for TAs comes from the department’s discretionary funds and the Joseph L. Black Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Fellowship. About half of the material covered in the tutorial sessions is making sure students understand how to approach the problems on the assignments, which are assigned and designed by the professors. The other half of the tutorial sessions are designed by the TA to review material covered in class. There is no specific coordination between TAs as far as lesson plans. Being a TA myself, I sought to answer the following questions in my term project of Introduction to Econometrics (ECON2701): are the students of certain TAs earning higher marks on the final exam than the students of the other TAs? Does a student’s choice of TA matter? And are students benefiting from attending tutorials? With the assistance of the Economics department, I collected 220 observations of anonymous student data, sorted by TA, complete with midterm and final exam marks, as well as the assignment marks and attendance for each student. To estimate the importance of attendance, I created a binary dummy variable Keenproxy, which is 1 if the student has one or fewer unexcused absences and 0 if they missed more than that. I suspected Keenproxy may not turn out to be statistically significant because I expected there to be two very different types of students who would attend every tutorial: those who love economics and excel, and those who go to every tutorial because they are struggling and try to get all the help they can. Three different models were considered as I tried to estimate the best predictors of a student’s tinal exam. According to the results: a student’s midterm mark is the best predictor of their final exam mark; students who qualified as “keen” on average scored more than five percentage points higher on their final exam; and while average assignment mark was also statistically significant and positive, the coefficient on the assignment variable was small, meaning it is not a particularly good predictor of final exam marks. Model 1 explained approximately thirty-nine per cent of the variation in the final exam marks while Model 2 explained approximately fortyseven per cent of the variation in the final exam marks. Nearly all of the interacting TA variables in Model 3 were not statistically significant,


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suggesting that each TA is doing an equally good job. The end result is that attendance matters, and that all signs point to the TA program being a valuable part of the education experience for the economics students attending the tutorial sessions and the students leading them.

KONY 2012 hits social media
Activists face harsh criticism
John Fraser
Argosy Writer
KONY 2012, a short documentary film compiled by non-government organization Invisible Children, has been taking social media by storm. Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube have been filled with the thirty minute video concerning Joseph Kony, the leader of the military rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Invisible Children is a charity community devoted to bringing awareness to the twentythree year conflict involving the LRA, the Ugandan army, and the people of Northern Uganda. The description of the KONY 2012 film and campaign posted on states that it “aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.” The video depicts images of facial mutilations, as well as displaced children and refugees affected by war. One of the founders of Invisible Children, Jason Russell, is the narrator of the video as well as its director and has included video interviews of his son, Ugandan locals, and a small child named Jacob, who was abducted to act as a child soldier for the LRA. Jason Russell stated that “If more people knew who Kony was, then he would’ve been stopped years ago.” The video ends with a promotion for an event known as “Blanket the Night,” where the public is called to cover their respective cities with Kony 2012 posters in order to make him infamous in the public eye. Mt. A International Relations professor Dr. Dave Thomas, while not supportive of the KONY 2012 campaign, stated that “[i]t’s wonderful that the campaign has drawn so much attention to an important global issue.” Since being uploaded to Vimeo on February 20, the video has had 16.5 million plays. in return, like the pillaging and slaughter of In October 2011, the United States sent in villages. The fact that these risks aren’t being 100 military troops to Uganda to assist regional acknowledged is not tragic. It is irresponsible, forces in the removal of Joseph Kony under a short-sighted, and wrong.” Professor David “kill or capture” policy. The KONY 2012 video Thomas also elaborates on the caution need in requests that supporters “continue to show international humanitarianism, and what has politicians that they care” in order to “continue become known as the “white saviour complex.” the US mission to kill or capture Joseph “It’s dangerous to perpetrate the colonial myth Kony.” Rachel Gardner, an honours student of the African people being either savages in International Relations at Mount Allison or passive victims that need salvation from University, has been carrying out research on powerful outside nations,” comments Thomas. the LRA conflict in Northern Uganda and “The glimmers of hope that we have seen for applicable transitional justice mechanisms for the resolution regarding this issue have been in her undergraduate thesis. “There is no historical the peace talks with the LRA. I do not think evidence that sending the military solution in US troops would is the answer to this be a resolution to It’s dangerous to perpetrate the problem.” this conflict and no colonial myth of the African Other criticisms one knows how it people being either savages of the Kony 2012 would play out on campaign surround or passive victims that need the ground,” says its reflection of salvation from powerful outside Gardner. In addition the nature of the to the uncertainty of nations LRA’s involvement sending US troops Dr. Dave Thomas with Uganda. Tabu into the region, Professor, Politics & Butagira, a writer for Gardner elaborates International Relations the Ugandan paper on the complexity of The Daily Monitor engaging in combat says “[the video] with the LRA. “The has raised suspicion problem with trying to kill a man who has after its maker exhorts immediate American child soldiers guarding him is that you have military action at a time the rebel force poses to fight formerly abducted children. These are no threat to the country.” After negotiations children who have been brainwashed to believe that culminated in the Juba peace talks of that the outside world wants them dead, and 2008, the LRA forces moved to South Sudan. they will fight back, and ultimately be killed In addition to this, local people advocated for by the American soldiers.” In addition to this, and achieved government implementation of Gardner also asserted that failed attempts to the Amnesty Act of 2000, which gave amnesty kill or capture Kony would result in more child to ex-combatants who returned home from abductions and retaliations, as it would make the LRA. As of December 2006, over 21 000 it necessary for the LRA to replenish their children had applied for amnesty under the act. ranks to defend themselves. Yale Professor One of the biggest criticisms of the video of Political Science and Economics Chris is that there is no mention of the Ugandan Blattman, who specializes in child soldier army, the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces research, in a blog concerning the US mission (UPDF), whose crimes against humanity are in Uganda, commented that “I usually endorse documented in the Human Rights Watch symbolic gestures of support. Except, of course, report “Uprooted and Forgotten.” This has when those gestures lead to symbolic gestures also been reflected by popular opinion in

Internet Photo/Trend Update Uganda, as former Gulu District Chairman and Democratic Party President Norbert Mao said “Invisible Children seems scared to take on Uganda’s government, and if they are not showing atrocities committed by UPDF, we are not happy.” KONY 2012 does call for Joseph Kony to be brought to justice, a fact that the video reinforces by showing footage of Joseph Kony occupying the number one place on the International Criminal Court’s priority list of international criminals. In a statement on their website, Invisible Children defended these allegations by saying, “We do not defend any of the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Ugandan government or the Ugandan army (UPDF). None of the money donated through Invisible Children ever goes to the government of Uganda or any other government.” Kony 2012 is set to expire on December 31, 2012 and Blanket the Night is scheduled for April 20 of this year. A Kony 2012 group was approved at the SAC meeting held March 7.


March 15, 2012

Through the eyes of a former Somali refugee
for them, and the film focuses on how much both the refugees and Canadians students learn about each other’s—and their own—culture. Once every two years, WUSC sponsors a refugee to attend Mt. A. The SRP helps student refugees gain a post-secondary education in Canada through sponsorship and support. According to Lydia Blois, the SRP Coordinator, WUSC is legally responsible for sponsoring the refugee student’s first year in full. Mt. A, however, provides more funding so that the student can gradually get used to living in Canada and taking care of themselves financially. “We sponsor the student 100 per cent financially the first year, then fifty per cent in their second year and twenty per cent in their third year. This way we aren’t just abandoning them after their first year,” said Blois. The sponsor students also receive a lot of help from WUSC members, providing them with much needed assistance when integrating into Canadian society. WUSC Mt. A is encouraging students to vote on the referendum question next week, in order to increase their funding to make the student refugee program more sustainable. “We need more stable funding,” said Treasurer Vanessa Million, “our last student refugee, who’s in third year, had to postpone his studies in order to work because [tuition] was too expensive.” WUSC is going to referendum to increase the student While almost everyone receives levy by four dollars because of this. an elementary school education in This year Mohamed was lucky the camp, entrance into high school enough to be chosen as WUSC’s is very competitive. Mohamed was sponsor. He spoke after the lucky enough to be the first in his documentary was screened, saying family to go, as the youngest of seven. that he felt The Lucky Ones was a “One of the things that has forced me very good representation of his to work hard was to change the lives personal experience as a WUSC of my family,” he said. “In primary sponsor student, as he school I was not that too comes from the genius guy, but when Dadaab camp—he I reached high school even recognized some I believe the WUSC I saw that light in the of the teachers from program will tunnel, the idea that I the film. change my country. could go somewhere Mohamed was else, that’s when I had born in a small Somali hope and started to Mohamed Ibrahim work hard.” city in 1989, but when Mohamed the 1991 civil war M o h a m e d WUSC sponsored considers broke out, he had to himself flee with his family. student “the fruit of the “We had to look for a WUSC program.” life somewhere else,” He believes that the he explained. They program has really traveled to Kenya and settled in the improved the morale of people in the Dadaab refugee camp, which is now camp. It might take students an hour the largest and one of the oldest to get all the way to school, and school refugee camps in the world. supplies may be severely lacking, but Though they had escaped the “they are still happy to do it and to humanitarian crisis in Somalia, work very hard,” he said. “I believe Dadaab was hardly a paradisiacal the WUSC program will change my retreat. There are strict restrictions country . . . I’m so appreciative of the on their movement outside the camp; help they’ve given me.” Mohamed called it an “open prison”. Mohamed is currently studying The camp is overcrowded and Commerce. “My first priority is to underfunded, and the head of the try and go for my masters degree,” he United Nations Refugee Agency said. Then he hopes to help reestablish recently described it as “the most stability in Somalia, but would also difficult camp situation in the world.” like to raise his family in Canada.

Every two years, the Student Refugee Program sponsors a refugee student to study in Canada.

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WUSC, the SRP and their latest sponsor student
Elise Dolinsky
Features Writer

With more than 400,000 Somali refugees in Kenyan camps, the task of building a better life seems daunting. However, there is one solution that seems to be proving successful: education.

On March 6, the Mount Allison branch of World University Service Canada (WUSC) held a documentary screening of The Lucky Ones to raise awareness for the Student Refugee Program (SRP). Guest speaker Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed, who is WUSC’s current sponsored student, followed the screening. The 2007 CBC documentary follows the story of two Somali students that are chosen to study in Canada by the SRP. Ibrahim and Nabiho, Somali refugees from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, leave their families to attend the University of Southern Ontario and University of Regina. The transition is difficult

The haircut of a lifetime
Donating locks of love for cancer victims
Cancer Society. Originally she had planned to set her goal at $2,000: “My mom looked at [that amount] and said, ‘No. You’ve got to set that higher. If you’re shaving your head it needs to be worth it!’” As a result, Hill boosted her goal to $5,000, though she didn’t think Anissa Stambouli she would be able to reach it. A week Features Editor before Reading Week, Hill reached her fundraising goal and surpassed it, accumulating approximately a total of Cancer is no picnic, nor does it $5,500. “A bunch of people showed stick to a select type of victims. “It up at Hammond Lounge to help me doesn’t matter who you talk to— cut off my hair. Everybody cut off a everyone’s going to have a story about [sectioned] ponytail and somebody cancer, how it’s affected their family, went at it with the clippers.” them personally, or Inspired by her someone they know.” friend’s courage, On March 3, second-year student A bunch of people second-year student Maggie Higgins Maddy Hill organized [helped] me cut off followed Hill’s an event for friends my hair. Everybody initiative days later, and family to celebrate cut off a [sectioned] shaving her head for with her as she shaved ponytail and the cause as well. “I her head, donating was so amazed when somebody went at it I heard what [Hill] twenty inches of hair with the clippers. to a cancer charity. was doing,” Higgins “I’d been thinking told The Argosy, “Not about [donating my Maddy Hill only was she raising hair] for a while—a Second-Year Student money, but in the year. I wanted to do end she donated something big for her hair.” Higgins my nineteenth birthday, to try and admitted that, at first, “I had no ‘give back’,” Hill told The Argosy. On thought of doing it myself until I January 4 of this year, Hill began saw [Hill]—shaved—and I realized to fundraise through the Canadian that she followed through. I felt like

Argosy/Anissa Stambouli I had to support her in the only way I knew how, so I shaved my head too,” Higgins laughed. Despite living in a society where the bald look is rare among women, both Higgins and Hill had a surprisingly easy time letting go of their locks. “It’s weird. I felt like because I saw that [Hill] did it . . . I just didn’t feel like I was losing anything. I felt like it was worth it, it wasn’t in vain,” Higgins commented. “I didn’t really feel attached to my hair at all in the end,” Hill added. “If you’d have asked me to do it last year when I was first talking about it I probably [would have kept postponing it] . . . In the end, I put too much into it [by fundraising] to back out. [Backing out] just didn’t occur to me as an option.” Another one of Hill’s friends in Waterloo also donated her hair and fundraised, having been inspired by Hill. Through Facebook, emails, and an online fundraising page through the CCS, Hill raised $5,578 for the cause. She has yet to select a charity to donate her hair to. Higgins plans to donate her fifteen inches of hair to the Locks of Love foundation.

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We’re fat, get over it
Biggie Cox


What’s on your mind?
What’s your partner thinking about while tumbling in the sack? Do that again. Slow down. Speed up. Harder. Softer. The number of commands, requests and contemplations that flit through our head during sex is insane. If we could record the stream of consciousness it would resemble a marquee on speed. This week’s Sex Bomb will attempt to capture that stream and play it in slow motion. His thoughts: Take it off, strip it down! I’m going to be so slick and badass by taking off her bra with the snap of my fingers. Shit, that didn’t work, try it again. Fuck! Okay, two hands, crap, I wish I had more practice. Okay, calm down, pretend you weren’t even trying, maybe she’ll just take it off. Screw it I’ll just pull down the strap and work them with her bra around her waist. Sure I’ll go down on you… Is she going to go for it first? Didn’t think so. Here goes. Is she actually enjoying this? Am I doing it right? Finally, she’s done! Was that orgasm real? My turn! Just remember, I did you for a whole ten minutes. Helmet on the soldier. Don’t break the mood, keep it smooth and seamless. Crap this condom has a lot of lube in the packet. Nice and easy. Shit, it’s inside out. Pace. I am a sex GOD, she’s LOVING this. She’s almost there. Just a little bit longer. Just a—just a—come on don’t let me down penis, just hold on a little bit lon—uh—uh. Shit, she didn’t even finish yet. Her thoughts: It’s a clasp, not a Rubik’s cube. There are no nerve endings on my bra. That’s it; go for the clasp to undo it. You’re not trying to dismantle a bomb here—it’s a bra. Just let me unclip it myself before I lose the mood. While he’s getting a condom. Should I put in on for him? Is that sexy? Do guys like it when girls do that? Crap, I missed a spot when shaving. Gosh he’s taking forever, let’s just do it already. Is my assignment due tonight at 7:00 or 8:00? On bottom. Ouch, my legs don’t bend that far back, even if your last partner’s did. That’s good, hold it right there. Oh yeah, this is a great spot. No—don’t speed up, slow down, go back to that spot. Okay, we’ll start over. Man you’re getting sweaty. Yes, that’s good, keep it there, wait for it, wait for it, wait fo—did your sweat just drip on my face?

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The fight against body-image stereotypes
Elise Dolinsky & Anissa Stambouli
Features Writer & Features Editor
Fat, obese, extra-large, plus-sized: society uses terms connoting excessiveness to describe a particular body type. But is being ‘fat’ really a bad thing, or are we simply told that it is? Though International Women’s Day took place on March 8, coordinating committees arranged a week of events to address how today’s culture influences the  way that girls and young women perceive their gender, health and body. Drs. Wendy Mitchinson, Deborah McPhail and Jenny Ellison presented their lecture, “The F Word: Historical and Critical Perspectives on Fatness and the Obesity Epidemic” on March 8. By delving into their research on the medical history and cultural dimensions of the term “fat”, the speakers expanded the audience’s understanding of obesity. “I’m getting incredibly intrigued by the growing panic around obesity in Canada. Apparently half the population of the planet is now obese,” said Mitchinson, a History professor at the University of Waterloo and a Canadian Research Chair in Gender and Medical History. According to Mitchinson, panic around “fat” has been evolving slowly

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since the 1920s when the slender perceptions of obesity. “Fat activism body image became an ideal. She helps us to see that the boundaries explained that, while the condition between health and social norms are of being obese is factual—“it’s about very blurry,” Ellison stated, “Weight is some people weighing more than never just about health, it’s also about others”—the negative understanding social norms.” that society holds towards obese Fat activism has often been people is “constructed.” Though dismissed as unnecessary since many obesity was originally just a health people believe that being fat is simply issue, it has evolved into something the result of leading an unhealthy much more complex: society has built lifestyle. However, Ellison believes a system of ideas determining who is that fat activism is resilient against “fat” and who isn’t. these arguments: “Fat is a moving McPhail, a postdoctoral fellow at target, medical understandings of it Memorial University, took a more have changed over time;” updated present-day and gender-related research has the potential to correct approach to obesity. “Our culture’s misleading social norms of the obsession with obesity is unhealthy present. and it is gendered,” she explained, Ellison, McPhail and Mitchinson “I’m not saying that it doesn’t affect have received some criticism for their men, but overall if we work, however, mostly look at statistics, it does because people feel affect women more.” that their efforts are She explained that Pick a period of pointless. “People will anti-obesity sentiments time when your tell me that what I do is subject women to much body was in style. ridiculous,” said Ellison, scrutiny, and could Read it, and go “There’s a lot of push therefore be considered back . . . I think people through life with sexist. are uncomfortable with According to that body in your the word ‘fat’.” McPhail, scholars are mind. “More than a quarter beginning to challenge of college students think not only the idea of Dr. Marianne that getting fat is the fatness as something worst thing that could Parsons happen to a person,” negative, but also the Professor of Dr. Marianne Parsons idea that the obese Sociology, WGST informed listeners at population is increasing in today’s age. her lecture “Fat Phobia, In addition, McPhail Resistance, and the believes that the stigma created Politics Sexual Empowerment” on around obesity causes psychological March 9. “The body is the first frame stress like anxiety and depression. of reference.” However, while it is the negative Parsons explained that society stereotype that perpetuates such views fatness as “something that psychological conditions, researchers requires fixing.” Over-weight contribute these conditions to the individuals feel pressured to discuss individual’s extra weight. “The ‘fact’ dieting and weight-loss techniques, that obesity is unhealthy underpins as if “excusing [their] body when much of the research on it,” McPhail talking to other people.” Such anti-fat elaborated. “All of our ideas of obesity sentiments are unhealthy for society. are based on stats that are wrong,” As a professor of Sociology and she said, explaining that our ways of Women’s and Gender Studies at Mt. measuring obesity have many flaws. A, Parsons claimed that “fat is a social “What you need to measure is not issue” when obese people are treated as weight, but health behaviours,” such “second-class citizens.” Furthermore, as exercise and diet. McPhail also Parsons addressed fatness in relation claimed that, while we may never to misogyny. She urged listeners to fully understand what fat does to think about “thinness in relation to our bodies, the “stigmas associated patriarchy:” the model of femininity with obesity are more harmful [than is to take up as little space of possible. obesity itself ].” While men can take up space, it’s Ellison transitioned into the topic seen as problematic when women do. of an up and coming movement: fat When it comes to fatness and activism. A postdoctoral fellow in health, society is under the impression Canadian Studies at Mt. A, she chose that the two don’t go hand in hand. to centre her research on this social However, research shows that while movement which strives to change obesity may be correlated to health

conditions, it isn’t necessarily the cause. For example, sixty per cent of deaths worldwide come from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory disorders. While the risk factors that can lead to these conditions are associated with obesity, the conditions aren’t a direct result of obesity. So why is the media pushing “obesity epidemic” as factual? “There’s a lot of money to be made in constructing this notion,” Parsons observed, calling such media outlets “obesity epidemic entrepreneurs.” With plenty of diet pills to choose from, weight loss products and the like, Parsons explained that the obesity epidemic is worth billions of dollars in the American economy, describing the society as a “body obsessed, diet crazed and fat hating culture.” Indeed, fatness seems to hold a fascination for the public: “When a fat person walks into the room, everyone stares because they take up space,” Parsons commented, adding that obese individuals, especially women, are viewed as “other” and that “fat become an act of transgression.” The public’s fascination with fatness is noticed in Hollywood comedies. Melissa McCarthy, an over-weight actress, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress after her 2011 performance in the comedy Bridesmaids. When asked about McCarthy’s role, and how it presented obese people, Parsons commented: “Her fat body became the prank, what made people laugh.” While Parsons expressed that it’s “great to have fat women in film,” that McCarthy is “humorous and a great actress,” her acting was outshone by the hilarity of her oversized form and unfeminine behavior. “Even if a fat woman isn’t funny, the fact that [McCarthy] is fat made people laugh . . . But she has to work, [and] this is her art form,” Parsons concluded. According to Parsons, obese women are portrayed in two ways on the sexual spectrum: either hypersexualized and revolting, or totally non-sexual and invisible. In order to fight this misplaced view, Parsons looked to history, calling upon sculptures like the Venus of Willendorf and paintings by Peter Paul Rubens to show how physical ideals differ across time and culture. “Pick a period of time when your body was in style. Read it, and go through life with that body in your mind,” she encouraged her listeners.

8 FEATURES The Board of Regents: Part I
the Board; the Executive Committee of trustees” was established as the is responsible for making all decisions “permanent managing corporation that the Board would normally make, of the academy.” At this time, the when it is not logistically possible Methodist faith played a large role for the Board to meet. The Executive in the institution. Reid noted that Committee currently includes the the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Chancellor, the President, the Chair Society “retained by implication Anissa Stambouli of the Board of Regents, the Vicean indirect power to influence the Chair, a Regent selected by the institution’s government.” Features Editor Board, and the Chairperson of each However, as outside economic of the Standing Committees with the influences such as the World Wars exception of the Audit Committee. and the Depression slowly eroded the The Mount Allison University you “[Being a member] University’s traditional see today is the result of countless can be pretty financial supports, the decisions made by previous and At the end of the intimidating,” SAC “Body of Trustees”— current leaders of the University. They President Pat Joyce day, everyone has later the “Board of have steered the institution for well told The Argosy. a vested interest Governors”—began over a hundred years through thick “There are some in the University, to take an increasing and thin, for better or worse. Who are pretty powerful people whether it’s as a interest in the the movers and shakers of Mt. A? It on the Board.” This business aspects of the is undoubtedly the Board of Regents. student, employer, year both Joyce and institution. In 1883 Mt. A functions under two Board of Regents faculty member, the board of governors governing bodies: the Senate, which Representative Sean or Board member. had grown to twentyattends largely to academic affairs, McGilley occupy the six members, twentyand the Board of Regents, which sees students’ seats. “We to the fiduciary, financial and legal Pat Joyce four of which were advocate for students aspects of the university. The Board SAC President appointed by the on a myriad of issues. Methodist Church of is made up of twenty-four members, We try to steer the Canada. two of which are full-time students. course, in that all In 1958, Ralph The Mount Allison University the decisions benefit the students Pickard Bell, Mt. A’s first chancellor, Act of 1993 describes the Board to the best of our ability,” McGilley noted, “Mount Allison is still a as having “all the rights, powers, explained. Church institution—that’s the thing I privileges and immunities of every The Board’s influence over the don’t like about it.” Bell was not subtle nature or kind whatsoever which University has changed over the about his “mistrust” of the Church’s are vested in . . . Mount Allison.” In years. John G. Reid’s Mount Allison relationship with the University: addition, the Board is “subject to all University: A History serves as a “As I understand it, the the obligations and liabilities” relating portal into a time before Mt. A was representatives of the Church control to the University. In essence, Mt. A established as the institution that we the Board of Regents, and therefore and the Board are inseparable. recognize today. they control the policy. So what’s Like other universities, the Board In 1849, when the University was the good of discussing the policy has an executive committee made known as “the Wesleyan Academy, of Mount Allison, for example? up of ex-officio members, with the at Mount Allison”, a “new body Certainly the sort of policy that I exception of the Regent selected by would advocate for Mount Allison would not be acceptable to the representatives of the Methodist Church.” In 1963 a new University Act was passed in part to accommodate the institute’s new corporate name, Mount Allison University. The Act permitted only twenty of the now over-fifty board members to be appointed by the General Council of the United Church of Canada. With the establishment of the 1993 University Act, the Church’s membership shrank to two on the Board of Regents, where it remains today. The 1993 Act also diminished student representation on the Board. Whereas in 1963 the Board of Regents included six student members elected by the Students’ Union, only two are allotted membership today. In addition, the 1963 Act called for two students to sit on the Executive Committee. Years later, however, Next week - The Pickles Punk Explosion student representatives were not Astral Gunk - Go Get Fucked & Special Guests allotted this position in the 1993 Act. Due to “intensive and extensive March 29th - Rocket Science & Back Pocket lobbying efforts on the part of Material students,” according to 2005’s Board of Regents Representative Anthony S.C. Hampton, student involvement was reinstated; however, only with observer status. In an article submitted to The Argosy, Hampton asked, “Now that observer status has been achieved, should we as students be satisfied?” Over a decade later, that question remains. The Schnitzel Burger is back!! $7.49 Joyce, however, remains positive Have a Guiness @ Pickles on St. Patty’s Day - $5.00 about the relationship between students and the Board: “At the end of the day, everyone has a vested interest in the University, whether it’s as a student, employer, faculty member, or Board member.”

March 15, 2012

A history of governance at Mount Allison

Preaching hope from the edge, to the marginalized
headed now. The gospel message is that the Church can do its most vital work on the margins. University Chaplain It is not about assuming power and forcing the world to conform to Last week I spoke with two its moral vision, but rather offering journalists, one from a daily paper a moral vision of justice, a word of and the other from a weekly news hope, and a vital and meaningful magazine. I was interviewed about ministry about the value and worth two vastly different things: one was of human beings, even from the writing on the depopulation of edges of society; because the people rural Atlantic Canada, and wanted who are on those edges need this me to comment on the challenge good news, and they will hear it best for small country churches in from the edges. a time of aging and declining The Church, on the margins, congregations. can better act in ministry, love and The other was writing about compassion. This is a challenge to the myth of Mayan apocalypse in the existing order of the Church, 2012, and wanted me to comment in which traditionally it has been on things apocalyptic, specifically assumed that there are clear, binary on those Christian churches which categories of people: those of faith are oriented towards the end of the and the unsaved, those of strength world and await it with a sense of and the ungodly, those triumphant eager anticipation. In one scenario, and the lost. the world lasts, but the churches But Jesus, in rejection, provides don’t; in the other, the world the true model for ministry: Jesus ends, but the Church survives takes his stand with the lost and triumphantly. lonely, the marginalized and There must be powerless, the sinners another alternative and sorrowing. to these two Jesus was on the Church is not for scenarios, in which margins of his those who have it the Church is either own world . . . all together, but for dead or triumphant. from this position those who don’t. The It is high time that Church is not the the Church may the Church began to dwelling place of the explore its form and be better able to saintly, but the shelter expressions in this speak and act in for the estranged and emerging century; love and hope. the struggling. The perhaps it can look call of Jesus is not to back to models that enjoy the good life existed before the with the righteous, institutional church took on forms but to reach out from a sense of of triumphalism and control, and struggle, sorrow and doubt; to offer that can exist beyond the current the hope that we have to a world crisis of declining membership and which needs to hear and experience loss of power. it. It is time once again to think As the apostle Paul wrote to the about the Church as the servant of Corinthian church, “We are afflicted its people and its world; a church in every way, but not crushed; that does not have to disappear, perplexed, but not driven to despair; but can find in love and not power. persecuted, but not forsaken; struck It may be time for the Church to, down, but not destroyed; always once again, stand on the margins of carrying in the body the death of the world and address those who Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may are already marginalized. also be made visible in our bodies.” I think we are coming to a This is a call to be vital, even in point where the Church and its weakness. people are once again on society’s I don’t want to be part of a periphery; from this position the triumphant church that loses its Church may be better able to speak real meaning, but I am sure that the and act in love and hope. Jesus was Church will never disappear. It can, on the margins of his own world; instead, become a servant church of that is where the Church began servant people, with a message of and that seems to be where it is hope for the world.

Rev. John C Perkin

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An Argosy run down of coming events in Sackville
ARGOSY FUNDERS MEETING and regular contributors meeting March 15, 5:30 pm, Third Floor of the WMSC Discussion: block plan program Leadership Mount Allison - Education Group Avard Dixon 116, March 15, 2012. 7:00 pm Discuss the “block plan” program of intensive courses currently being adopted at universities across the country (e.g. Quest) with fellow MTA students, professors, and administration. Leadership Mount Allison Review Michelle Cameron, Leadership Mount Allison Review Coordinator, WMSC, Room 288 March 15, 2012. 1:00 pm Mt. A is engaged in an internal review of the Leadership Mount Allison program. If you have thoughts or ideas to share about Leadership Mt. A and how it can best benefit Mt. A students, please feel free to join in the discussion. MTA High Society Documentary Screening Dunn 108, March 15, 2012. 7:30 pm Documentary screening of “Run From the Cure: The Rick Simpson Story” hosted by Mt. A foremost marijuana activism and education club, High Society. Entre Amis: A Student Concert Students from Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton Brunton Auditorium, March 15, 2012. 8:00 pm Students from both Mount Allison and l’Université de Moncton share in presenting a varied program of music in many styles. Come enjoy an evening “between friends”!

Student Recital Michael MacMillan, piano; Brunton Auditorium; March 17, 2012. 8:00 pm S.M.I.L.E (Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience) 5KM Walk/Run Wallace McCain Student Centre, Mount Allison University March 17, 2012. 10:00 am Cost: 10$ Registration begins at 9:00am Saturday (March 17) Check us out at Meal Hall and The Student Centre the week before and sign up! All proceeds go towards the S.M.I.L.E program :) “Rent” - Live Bait Theatre Saturday, March 17, 2012, 8:00 pm Black Tie Productions, presents “RENT” by Jonathan Larson Matinee Saturday , March 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 (advanced) and $12 (students/seniors) and $15 (general) at the door. Reserve tickets at 506-536-2248 or e-mail

Student Recital Fenton Corey, trombone with Colin Frotten, piano; and Justine Koroscil, soprano with Isaac Adams, piano; Brunton Auditorium; March 18, 2012. 3:00 pm Vespers Chapel Worship Service, Chaplain University Chapel, March 18, 2012. 7:00 pm

Lenten Organ Reflections Wednesday, March 21, 2012, noon Gayle h. Martin, organ. University Chapel, All are welcome! For additional information contact 506-364-2374 or MTA Cinema Politicia: Sharkwater Wednesday, March 21st, 2012, 7:30 pm, Wu Centre Driven by passion and lifelong fascination with sharks, Rob Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Bagtown Babblers Toastmasters 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Room 104 Dunn Building, guests and new members welcome

Student Recital Helen Tucker, organ; University Chapel; March 16, 2012. 8:00 pm Legion Luncheon Friday, March 16, 2012, 11:00 am–1:00 pm Menu: boiled dinner, dessert, tea & coffee Cost: $8.00 per plate Exhibition: Swan Pond , Oh Swan Pond Friday, March 16, 2012, All Day Owens Art Gallery, 61 York Street, On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the Town of Sackville, the Gallery proudly presents an exhibition which looks at one of Sackville’s most beautiful spots, the Mount Allison Ladies’ College Pond, or Swan Pond as it is more commonly known. An Attempt at Reformulating the Concept of Morality in International Relations for the 21st Century Lecture by Dr. Normand Perreault, CIS WMSC 125, March 16, 2012. 3:30 pm Dr. Normand Perreault is a highly esteemed professor of political sciences. his methodical teaching style guarantees that all will leave more knowledgeable of the world.

Next Week
Making it Matter: About Truth, Reconciliation, and Equity Day-long, faith-based workshop on Aboriginal issues St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sackville, Saturday, March 24th, 10 am to 4:30 pm; registration 9:30 Admission Free; light lunch provided, Please register by Thursday, March 22nd. Call 536-0498, 536-0408, or email The Rest Is Drag Fundraiser Friday March 23rd, 9pm, Gracie?s, $5/$2 students, Wet/Dry. Gender Boundary Challenging Performances by Local/Visiting Talent, Drag Kings & Queens. Prizes for best Drag and Formal Wear. Post-show dance party at the Pond!

Collusion illustrates how web browsing is tracked by third parties
Tim O’Brien
The Muse (Memorial University)
ST JOHN’S (CUP) — On February 28, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovaks announced the introduction of Collusion — an experimental addon for the Firefox web browser that allows users to see how they are being tracked online by third parties. Developed as a prototype by Atul Varma, Collusion will show, in real time, how a network of interaction is created by companies and other trackers. “Collusion will allow us to pull back the curtain and provide users with more information about the growing role of third parties, how data drives most web experiences, and, ultimately, how little control we have over that experience and our loss of data,” Kovaks said in a blog post. Mozilla has created an online demo of Collusion to show how user data ends up in the possession of several companies as users move through sites such as the Internet Movie Database, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times. Collusion currently taps into information from to explicitly identify sites that engage in behavioural tracking. With data drawn from users’ browser cookies — information that a website puts on your hard drive for future reference — and web history, the add-on creates an interactive diagram to show how website visits are tracked by companies. At the basic level, Collusion enables users to see the interactions between sites they browse and the advertising, marketing, and analytic services that can be used by those sites. Mozilla aims to build up a database of behavioural trackers and make it available for privacy campaigners, stating, “When we launch the full version of Collusion, it will allow you to opt-in to sharing your anonymous data in a global database of web tracker data. We’ll combine all that information and make it available to help researchers, journalists, and others analyze and explain how data is tracked on the web.” Mozilla states that not all tracking is bad, but that most tracking happens without users’ consent and without their knowledge.

March 15, 2012

New Mozilla add-on shows who’s tracking you

InternetPhoto/Mozilla “Few people realize the extent to which the tracking of our online activities is occurring, and who is doing it. At best, it would make most uncomfortable. And at its worst, it makes many of us outraged, particularly those of us who are parents,” said Kovacs. Collusion’s launch came just two days before Google’s new privacy policy was activated, which combines users’ history across all Google products, giving them more data to work with in making better assumptions for advertisers.

Sex can be stressful, but is stress sexy?
MASH Lab students research arousal and stress
John Fraser
Argosy Staff Writer
This week in our research series we are examining interesting laboratory studies in the Psychology department under the direction of Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, who specializes in the psychology of human sexuality. Dr. Hamilton currently supervises three honours students and four directed studies students in the Mount Allison Sexual Health (MASH) Lab. Although Dr. Hamilton’s lab has a whole host of research initiatives underway, the laboratory experiments that are being conducted by her three honours students examine the relationship between sexual arousal and forms of anxiety, such as stress and distraction. The participants for the studies are heterosexual males and females from the Mount Allison campus and the surrounding community who volunteered and were tested individually. Each participant viewed erotic films depicting heterosexual foreplay and vaginal intercourse. During the study, the participants are exposed to various types of distractions depending on the study, including buzzer noises and having the attention of the participants focused on non-erotic stimuli. Physiological arousal is monitored during the experiment as well as the participants’ perception of their own arousal.

The MASH Lab’s physiological measuring devices are pictured above, from left to right: vaginal photoplethysmograph, penile plethysmograph, and arousometer.
Individuals measure their own perception of arousal with the ‘arousometer’ (a lever device that can be moved from zero through to nine) to indicate their level of arousal throughout the test. Alex Anderson, one of three honours students in the MASH Lab, is running a study on the effects of distraction on sexual arousal in both men and women. Physiological arousal is measured in this study using vaginal and penile plethysmography. Vaginal plethysmography measures the amount of blood flow to the vaginal walls, which increases during sexual arousal. The penile plethysmograph, or strain gauge, is used to assess physiological arousal in men. The gauge loops around the penis and measures expansion during sexual arousal. Mitch Stewart is studying the ability of males to complete cognitive tasks when sexually aroused. He adds stress to the cognitive tasks in order to see how cognitive stress and sexual arousal are connected. Stewart employs the use of penile plethysmography to measure physiological arousal in addition to hormonal assays that assess stress hormone levels. Finally, Amanda Julian is studying the effects of task completion in men and women. This study uniquely focuses on the ability for men and women to complete tasks after previous sexual arousal, or vice versa. This study is a bit different from the other ones as the stress is applied before or after sexual arousal, as opposed to looking at the effect of stress that competes contiguously with sexual arousal. Julian’s method also makes use of hormonal assays. Each study has yielded interesting results concerning stress. It appears that stress affects males’ sexual arousal more than it does females.


Males also seem to have a more accurate subjective perception of their arousal level when compared to physiological readings (though this could be down to obvious anatomical differences between men and women). While these results are not yet conclusive, Dr. Hamilton hopes that with further testing they will be able to contribute to isolating the mechanisms that relate stress to sexual arousal. Dr. Hamilton will continue tests on this subject until the end of this academic year and will begin related studies in the fall, contributing further to the data on this subject. By understanding the fundamental connections between stress and arousal, it is Dr. Hamilton’s hope that sexual dysfunctions may be treated more effectively in the future.

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Solar storms continue to bombard Earth
Sun producing angry coronal mass ejections
Shawn Seeley
Science and Technology Editor
The largest solar storm in five years impacted Earth last Thursday in the early morning hours, passing over InternetPhoto/PublicIntelligence Earth’s atmosphere for several days. Active sunspots continue to produce solar flares that place Luckily, the solar storm did little more telecommunications, satellite, and power systems in jeopardy. than provide a beautiful showing of the aurora borealis for much of the having occurred in 2002. The sunspot Over the past weekend, two more planet. With one set of solar storms (Sunspot AR1429) responsible large flares erupted from the active having passed without significant for last week’s flares is still active, region, impacting Earth on Tuesday harm, more are on their way, and continuing to bombard the Earth and Wednesday. NASA has warned governments and with sizeable solar As the year progresses, NASA the public alike to storms. has warned that solar activity will not breath a sigh larger likely continue to increase in severity. of relief just yet. It’s growing, and it’s “The A strong storm could cripple the The sun is on a becoming more dynamic, [the sunspot] is, the more likely planet’s communications, financial reasonably reliable building energy. it’s going to and power networks, costing trillions eleven-year cycle produce another and trillions of dollars in damages. of solar minimums Phillip Chamberlin big flare,” Phillip Governments and utility companies and maximums. During solar Solar Dynamics Chamberlin of the are not adequately prepared for these maximums, Observatory Solar Dynamics events, and the effects of such a solar Observatory storm would be devastating. sunspots become explains. “It’s “We physicists have been more frequent growing, and it’s becoming more warning Congress,” theoretical and intense, producing solar flares dynamic, building energy.” physicist Michio Kaku stated on and coronal mass ejections that send Solar storms can knock out global a Fox News segment. “We have to clouds of highly charged particles positioning system satellites and reinforce our power stations, we flying at millions of miles per hour electronic systems on the Earth’s have to have redundancy in our through the solar system. While surface, as well as providing difficulty telecommunications systems, and flares send a rash of fast-moving for airlines operating in the north. our satellites. A giant [solar storm] subatomic particles, coronal mass In extreme cases, solar storms can could wipe out power stations, ejections are responsible for the more devastate our power grids. In 1989, communications, the Internet, radar, severe deleterious effects of solar a particularly strong solar storm left airplane travel… it would be a mess. storms, containing magnetic, radio six million people in Quebec without We’d be thrown back a hundred and radiation emissions. power by knocking out the power years.” The sun is currently entering its grid. solar maximum, with the last peak


Sci-Fi Fact or Fiction?
Laser Weaponry
Zhaoyang David Shi
Argosy Correspondent

Will laser weapons, popularized by science fiction, soon be a reality in the real world? Some may argue that they already are.
The use of weapons employing light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (lasers) is a common occurrence in science fiction, but are they feasible in the real world? Luckily, a handheld laser weapon does not exist yet, but the United States is experimenting with ‘directed energy weapons’, which is a catchall term for weapons that put energy on targets by using electromagnetic waves, or light. The mammoths of the lot are chemical oxygen iodine lasers. Chemical oxygen iodine lasers are actually an old technology from the 1970s involving the mixing of chlorine and hydrogen peroxide, which produces excited oxygen (among other products). An inert gas (usually nitrogen) is used to push the excited oxygen through a mist of iodine. As this happens, an energy transfer occurs and the iodine – undergoing stimulated emission – emits energy in the form of intense infrared light, which is then focused on the target. Their power output is in the kilo to low megawatt ranges, which is intense enough to immediately set fire to anything combustible. Given some extra time, these lasers will even melt some metals. Currently, due to their large size and mass, they are only mounted on aircraft and are designed for the purposes of ballistic missile defense or close air support. A lighter, more compact alternative can be found in diode-pumped solid-state lasers. Newer laser pointers are of this variety. In simple terms, this variety of laser shoots light from a diode into a solid medium to excite the atoms within it, causing the electrons to release energy when they return to a lower energy state. They are solid-state and more efficient, but have a lower power output. The chief hurdle is heat dissipation, as many diodes are often crammed together to achieve the necessary power rating. Given their entirely solid state, there are not many ways to keep them cool without hefty and complex cryo systems, negating their size advantage. All in all, offensive laser technology in military applications is still in its infancy. Certainly, instant destruction of a target is still a long ways off. Additionally, current laser beams don’t resemble those of the science fiction realm, given that they do not operate in the visible spectrum of light. Sadly, it unlikely that they will ever be visible, considering that an invisible death ray is a pretty good tactical advantage to have over one’s enemies.


Science paparazzi invade the privacy of atomic bonding time
Shawn Seeley
Science and Technology Editor
trajectory of the electron when it comes back to the molecule by adjusting the orientation of the laser that launches it,” said Louis DiMauro, the study’s principal investigator and professor of Physics at Ohio State. “The next step will be to see if we can hit the electron in just the right way to actually control a chemical reaction.” DiMauro’s methodology broke with the convention for observing atomic interactions. Previously, imaging techniques involved firing millions of electrons per second at molecules. “If we shot an electron beam from outside the molecule, there would only be certain probability that one of the electrons would scatter off the molecule,” said one of the study’s researchers, Cosmin Blaga. “In this case, when we use a laser to launch an electron from inside the molecule we are studying, we have a one-hundred per cent probability that it will fall back into the molecule and scatter.” The molecules the researchers observed in their study were molecular nitrogen and molecular oxygen, or N2 and O2. This choice was made because chemists and physicists know a great deal about their formations, and so they were excellent candidates for initial experiments with their new methodology. Beyond simply capturing magnificent images of atomic bonding, DiMauro’s method is already exhibiting promise for great new innovations. “You could use this to study individual atoms,” DiMauro suggested, “but it’s safe to say that we won’t learn anything new from an atomic physics standpoint. The greater impact to science will come when we can study reactions between more complex molecules. Looking at two atoms… that’s a long way from studying a more interesting molecule, like a protein.” The new technique, termed laser induced electron diffraction, will hopefully be developed to the point where chemical reactions can be controlled and poorly understood dynamics of matter can come into clearer focus.

Researchers at Ohio State University and Kansas State University have done the unthinkable, capturing the first images of two atoms bonding together to form a molecule. The research team employed the use of ultrafast laser pulses to move one electron away from its natural orbit in one of two atoms that were actively bonding. This electron, following its excitement, fell back down to its original orbit and emitted energy as it did so. The newly released energy scattered around the bonding atoms in much the same way that ripples emanate from a rock that has been thrown into a pond. The flow of energy around the atoms was then recorded, allowing the researchers to produce an image of what the atoms looked like as they came together. “Though these experiments, we realized that we can control the

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Ask The Experts! Top 8: Uses for a “Apparently the establishment has a problem with me walking textbook.. around town naked. Where can I find new duds in Sackville?” besides studying
Because what the hell is an “appeal to authority” fallacy, anyways?
Sean Baker and Taylor Losier
Argosy Correspondents Taylor: The problem here isn’t clothing; the problem is the establishment. How dare they direct what you can and cannot do! Who are they to say “Put some clothes on,” “Wear what we want,” “Don’t run with scissors”? It’s a free country, and we are free people! (Cue patriotic music.) If you want to walk around naked, than you should have that right! If you want to feel the gentle Sackville wind skip across your skin, than by all means go right ahead! (Patriotic music gets louder.) Indecency? Ha! Laugh in the face of indecency! What’s indecent is the institution, the man, taking away what is ours. How dare they limit towel or naked time to after you get out of the shower or to when your roommate leaves the room? Be free to dress how you want, when you want. There is no better way to show the world who you are. Show them your true colours! (Choir singers join in to patriotic anthem, adding a soulful touch.) Clothes are merely a way for us to be judged and a way for others to protect their own modesty. Why be inhibited by the society in which we live? Why follow social constructs? Where would we be today if the brave souls of the past hadn’t dared to be different, to do something radical? So go ahead, forget about finding clothes and streak across campus proudly! We salute you. (Patriotic music comes to a triumphant end.) Sean: You…You’re joking, right? Yeah, this is the Humour section, but usually the writers make the jokes. I mean, Sackville doesn’t exactly have an outlet mall. Finding ‘new’ clothes in Sackville is slightly harder than finding Jimmy Hoffa and the Lindbergh Baby having tea in Camelot. On the off chance that you’re serious *suppresses a smirk*, I might have some advice. The most obvious solution is, of course, exploitation. If you have something your fellow students need (i.e. food, knowledge, money, Kraft Dinner, mystical gemstones), you can easily trade goods for garments. If you have a moral problem with exploiting individuals, then perhaps you’d prefer to exploit extracurricular societies, which are only credible if they sell T-shirts. Once you have hundreds of shirts, take up sewing, and make an entire wardrobe out of MTA society T-shirts. It’s cheap, quirky, and colourful – the perfect university ensemble! If these ideas aren’t a good fit (see what I did there?), stick with nudism. It’s a political statement and a cultural lifestyle, so no one can really stop you. Besides, it’s defensible in every academic subject! Biology: “I’m embracing the purity and glory of human life!” Fine Arts: “The body’s form is beautiful.” English: “Like Hemmingway, I’m stripping away what’s unnecessary.” And if none of that works, then just stay nude: odds are, people will literally be throwing clothes at you and demanding that you put them on. Mission accomplished.


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Argosy Correspondent

1. It’s a worthy alternative if you’ve misplaced your ping-pong paddles 2. If all your dishes are dirty, you need SOMEWHERE to put your bacon 3. Hardcover books are great for sledding down the hill by Con Hall 4. If you open the book and peep over the top, you can stealthily check out the hotties in the library 5. Dropping a physics textbook from the top of a building would make for an ironic experiment 6. You’re going to need something hilarious to pile on your friend while they’re sleeping 7. If you cut out the pages in the middle, you can hide a flask inside while your profs think you’re a keen student who’s coming to class prepared. 8. You can get your friends together and pile all your textbooks into an epic game of Jenga: Textbook Edition

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March 15, 2012

And Now, For SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A MAN, WITH THREE NOSES. (Or maybe just some puzzles...)
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1- Designer Mizrahi; 2- Bizarre; 3- Measured with a watch; 4- Yom Kippur observer; In this quote, each letter has been switched with a corresponding letter of the alphabet. For example, ABC could become XNE. 5- _ -jongg; TIGER could become MAGIC. The pairings are completely random. Isn’t language wonderful? Got it? Good! Get ready, because 6- Betel palm; here we GOOOOO! 7- Rub vigorously; “WL BTJ PJXWLLWLX BTJ SLWQJGKJ DFK IGJFBJO. BTWK TFK UFOJ F YAB AV RJARYJ 8- Winged child; 9- I smell _ !; QJGH FLXGH FLO PJJL DWOJYH GJXFGOJO FK F PFO UAQJ.”- OASXYFK FOFUK 10- Taylor of “Mystic Pizza”; 11- When Hamlet dies; 12- Foot covering; 14- CD forerunners; Last Issue’s Quote: 17- Back talk; “Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that 21- Prince Valiant’s wife; none of it has tried to contact us yet.” -Bill Watterson 23- Acclaim; 25- Best; 27- Darlin’; 28- Not a dup.; 29- Rice-shaped pasta; 30- Give eats; 31- Actor Epps; Here we go again, ladies and gents: The most inane 32- Able was _ ...; comments to have reached our ears this week. 33- Former Fords; Remember, if you’ve heard someone say something 35- 100%; utterly ridiculous, send it to “”, with 36- Give up; the heading “Overheard”! 39- Fish eggs; 40- Killer whales; (Two very obviously hungover girls): “Ok, NEXT 41- Snake eyes; WEEK we’re gonna study, for sure.” 46- Boring tool; 48- Galoots; (A guy, referring to another guy): “He embodies 49- Interlocks; everything I hate in humanity.” 51- Pale bluish purple; 52- Convocation of witches; (Girl at a party): “It’s a pronoun. A PRONOUN! 54- Subway turner; ITS A PRONOUN!” 55- Keyed up; 56- Church instrument; (Frosh, in the library): “Man, university is so much 57- Dedicated to the _ Love; harder then highschool. This is ridiculous.” 58- South African grassland; 59- Pianist Gilels; (A guy, during the very high winds last week): 60- Ascended, flower; “Man, the 100-Acre woods ain’t got NOTHING 61- “... _ the cows come home”; on this shit.” 64- Fleur-de- _ ;



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15 How To: Survive an Awkward Situation
Geoff Hutchinson
Humour Editor It’s happened to all of us. You’re at a wedding and your Uncle Frank, who decided that he was going to have a beer or 16 before the ceremony, stands up and starts accusing the bride of horrible, terrible things. Things that we can’t reprint here. Everyone is shocked and appalled. It’s even worse, because Uncle Frank is the bride’s father. Wow, what a bummer. This is going to make for an awkward reception, let me tell you. The point is, we’ve all been in some terrible social situations, where someone laughs at a funeral, or you realize that you’ve chosen the same restaurant for your date tonight as your wife has. Awwwwkkkkwardddd. So what can you do? How can you survive this catastrophe of social faux-pas? Easy. Here’s what you do, in four steps. 1. STAY CALM It’s easy to completely lose your head in social situations like this, to try and just cut and run, especially if you’re the one who screwed up; the problem is, this will usually only make things worse. Everyone will label you as “The girl who threw up on the bar”, or “that one guy who accidentally took all of his clothes off and ran through the quad and into the gymnasium.” You’ve got to stay clam, and take charge of the situation. Remember the best time to mitigate a disaster is immediately after someone knocks over the ice sculpture. 2. LAUGH IT OFF The reason that most awkward situations become the things of an introvert’s nightmares is that people MAKE them awkward. If you don’t laugh at the poor bastard whose voice just broke up on the podium during the Best Man’s speech, then of course you’re going to see a sea of awkward turtles shifting uncomfortably in their seats. You’ve got to laugh quickly, and loudly, so that everyone will remember this as an adorable anecdote, and not a deal-breaking divide within your family. Just make sure that you don’t laugh TOO loudly - a compounded awkward situation is terrifying to contemplate. 3. JOIN IN If the situation is awkward because it was one person that made an error in judgment, you can change the entire atmosphere by joining in and looking like an idiot as well. Not only will this make it seem like an event that was planned, and not just a horrendous accident, but the person you’re saving from this awkward social hell will owe you a debt of gratitude. There’s nothing like having someone who owes you big time, especially when you’re in a tight situation yourself. 4. CHANGE THE SUBJECT Sometimes, the only way to save yourself and everyone around you from 5 minutes of long pauses and strained laughter is to change the subject completely, and do it quickly. Play the next song, start a conga line, ANYTHING to take the heat off of the current centre of attention. If no one is focusing on the awkward situation, then no one is going to talk about the situation and make it worse. Sometimes, the best offence is a loud noise in the opposite direction. Hopefully, you can begin to apply these ideas to your everyday life; if you’re a naturally awkward person, show this to your friends, and hope that they’ll be your knight in shining armour. And remember, the next time you find yourself in an awkward situation: Don’t freak out. No one remembers these things for that long anyways. What? They do? Like, FOREVER? Oh….well, shit.


March 15, 2012

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the attention of an employer,” said Yorke. “Direct them to a blog if you want to be a writer. If you’re applying to a radio station and you have some experience, link them to a small mp3 or mp4 file of a previous radio segment. I think the important thing to keep in mind is that although resumes and cover letters are the norm, it doesn’t mean you can go outside those requests.” Being proactive during the job search is the most important factor in securing a job, according to Yorke. “Rather than waiting for jobs to be posted, just approach the organization – the Town of Sackville, urban tree-planters, a bank – approach the organization and talk to someone about what opportunities they are. Students should seek out ‘information interviews’ where you actually speak with a manager or business professional and you ask for opportunities and qualities they are looking for.” For those currently searching for jobs, Yorke states that they are most likely to find positions in day camps or overnight camps, municipal government positions, tree-planting organizations, or applying through the Federal Student Work Experience Program. For those students unable to secure employment, provincial loans are available through organizations such as Enterprise South East and Enterprise Greater Moncton that offers interest-free loans to students wishing to start up their own business. “A lot of Mt. A students that I’ve spoken to talk about finding a job, not creating one,” comments Yorke. “Entrepreneurship is a risk, but it does attract certain students.” Yorke encourages students not to get discouraged if no jobs appear on the horizon come May, stating that it is necessary to remain flexible and persistent in your search for employment. “Anytime you restrict yourself in terms of geographic situation, then you’re limiting yourself. It’s going to create some barriers,” states Yorke. Be persistent… if May 1 rolls around, and you haven’t secured a job… don’t get discouraged – keep searching throughout the summer and see if a part-time position comes up – funding might not come through until later on.” Yorke also comments on the importance of networking and letting people know you’re searching. “Talk nicely to your family members, use social media on facebook, twitter, and other sites to let them know you are looking. Some people say that it’s who you know, but I think it’s more so who you’ve told, and then they can look for you too.” Students in need of help with resumes, cover letters, and other job advice can schedule an appointment with Career Services at careers.

Yorke responds to late season job hunters
Rachel Gardner
News Editor
As the summer approaches and tuition costs rise, many students have taken to securing a summer job. While many of these jobs have application deadlines in January and February, for those of us yet without a summer job, there is still time to pick up some extra change come May. In a recent interview with The Argosy, Career Services Coordinator Scott Yorke spoke on how to get a job during the late season search. Yorke recommends creativity in the job application process. “There are all sorts of unique ways to catch

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I am writing to apply for the position of events coordinator for the town of Springfield. I was told about the position by Hannah Saunders who served in the position last year. The opportunity presented by this position is a perfect fit for my unique skill set; I bring the perfect combination of talent and experience to the program. As noted on my resume, I have served as the Head Counselor at Camp Sunshine for the past two summers. In this role, I was responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating a staff of 30 counselors and 200 campers. This experience will serve me well in the role of events coordinator as I have extensive experience working as a team leader; a role required by this position. Currently, I am a student at Mount Allison completing my first year of a Bachelor of Arts in English. I have gotten involved on campus, joining The Argosy, the student newspaper, as a staff writer. In addition, I have served on my residence council, a body that plans and hosts social events for our on-campus residence.

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The Argosy Editors’ Tips:
Geoff Campbell, Online Editor:
I recently had a successful graduate scholarship interview via Skype and I have a couple pointers that may be helpful. 1: Look at the camera, especially when you’re talking. While it may seem awkward to have a conversation without looking at them if you look at their video screen it will look at though you’re looking down and away from them. Be confident and maintain a sense of eye contact by focusing on the camera. 2: Be mindful of your background. Ensure whatever they see reflects well on you. A blank wall is best- the less distracting the better. 3: Zero distraction. Although they’re miles away treat it like they’re in the room with you. If you can’t take 30 minutes to land a job why would they think you’ll be dedicated once you have it?


Rob Murray, Sports Editor:
The cliché statement that people form the majority of their opinions of you in the first thirty seconds couldn’t be truer. This shows how important it is to put your best foot forward almost immediately when meeting someone. When it comes to preparing or setting the perfect tone for an interview, nothing says professionalism like dressing up. Whether that means shaving, cutting your hair or putting on a tie, its important to put your best foot forward as your potential employers will likely have never met you before. Even if you are doing general administrative work or another relatively less challenging task, dressing to fit the role shows professionalism and also says that you are willing to fulfill the duties of the job in a professional manner.

Julia McMillan, Arts&Lit Editor:
When I go into an interview, I find the best thing you can do is act confident. If you’ve done your research beforehand and feel like you’d be a great candidate for the job, then show it! As cheesy as it might sound, forcing yourself to smile for a couple minute be entering the room will boost your mood and make you feel a lot more relaxed. The worst thing to do is think about all the reasons you might not get a job. You’ll go in nervous, probably fumble with your words, and get discouraged with yourself. Your insecurities will also be evident to the employer.

A word on networking:
Networking is a powerful ally. When searching for a job, ask friends, family members, previous fellow employees, and trusted adults. Letting these people know that you are in need of a job can open the hidden jobs that haven’t been advertised in papers or on the web. They can further act as strong references if their employer asks for a personal comment on your ability to work with the company. A friend of mine secured a job without an interview through a personal reference that I gave to my employer about their character – use these connections. In the case of a job where you have no connections, introduce yourself to people higher up in the company – whether this be at a conference, at the place of work, or a job fair. Ask them for a business card and follow-up with them. Personal informal meetings are a great way into a company.

Anissa Stambouli, Features Editor:
Research the company that you’re interviewing for in advance. Know they’re mission statement, their greatest achievements, their mistakes—find out whatever you can. Knowing the company will give you a better idea of what you can offer them and how you can fit in with what they need. Formulate a list of questions that you have for the company—be it how things are run or why they’ve made certain decisions in the past. Being open to learning more, but also honest enough to offer modest feedback, will allow them to take you seriously as a professional adult.

Shawn Seeley, Sci/Tech Editor:
Eye contact is a pivotal component of any great discourse. In a job interview, even the best of us can get nervous. If staring into your interviewer’s eyes is making you feel even more butterflies, try looking at their eyebrows instead. You’ll feel better, and they’ll never notice the slight difference!

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The Argosy - Staff Writer

September 2010 - Present

Responsible for developing and maintaining contacts throughout the Sackville and university community. Drafted two articles per week for publication in weekly newspaper. Camp Sunshine – Head Counselor May 2008 – August 2010

Managed staff of 30 counselors. Responsible for planning and coordinating activities for over 200 campers at summer camp. Irving Gas Station – Attendant September 2007 - April 2008

Responsible for handling incoming cash and credit payments.

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Mount Allison University – Sackville, NB September 2010 - Present

Planned Bachelor of Arts, Honours English. Awarded merit-based entrance scholarship. Served on residence council. Citadel High School – Halifax, NS September 2006 – May 2010

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Two sport varsity athlete. French immersion.

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Noah Kowalski Argosy Editor in Chief Phone: 506-364-2236 Email: Steve Jones Camp Sunshine Director Phone: 902-333-3333 Email:

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45 million die as delegates set blame
Amanda Bergmann

World Span News

in News: Global crisis takes 45 million lives. Blame and credit seeking create uproar at global summit

in Financial: Extreme poverty completely eradicated, despite international slump in economy

in Editorial: Global Foundation faced with unforseen challenges and heavy international criticism

ragedy struck this weekend as over 45 million people and 30% of the world’s wealth was lost in devastating flooding and disease. In the last segment of the simulation, participants were faced with an international crisis and charged with donating the resources and cash necessary to deal with it. The catch? No one knew exactly what it would take in order to stave off this mystery disaster. Thus, independent actors were charged with selflessly giving up their chips and resources – items that could continue to help them throughout the game – in order to promote the betterment of all. It became a question of the individual versus the collective. Teams had 5 minutes to decide. Quickly, the superpowers of the world stepped up. They expressed that because they were the most infrastructurally sound, rich, and resource-wealthy, that they would be willing to bear the brunt of the international burden. Japan was the hero of the day, donating all of its resources – a staggering 36 points (which was more than the starting levels of many nations) – to the cause. Europe and North America tied for second with 28 points, Continues on next page


Extreme poverty completely eradicated
Sasha Van Katwyk he gap between rich and poor countries is definitively smaller according to the global economy measures. The poorest regions of Africa and the Middle East have pulled themselves out of poverty and into higher economy measures. Additionally middle income regions such as Latin America, India, and


Southeast Asia made considerable gains in their own economies. China considerably rose in wealth and is now considered a Superpower among North America, Europe, and Japan. On the polar side of superpowers Europe gained the ultimate status as a Responsible Power above the superpowers however it, along with North America and Japan,

took considerable losses as they attempted to abate the impending crisis. “We knew, as super powers, that our contribution to avoiding the crisis would have to be substantial” one Japanese delegate said, “it was a hard hit when we not only lost economic value as a result of our contributions but then the crisis occurred anyway.” Despite the blows to their

economies, all the superpowers retained their high economic status. The ability of the poorer regions to develop is largely a result of aggressive trade policies, impressive support by the Global Foundation, and considerable attention by NGOs to meet the needs of the poor. The eradication of extreme poverty is being hailed as a great step forward for all of humanity.

What am I reading and what is it doing in the middle of my Argosy?
Good question. The Centre for International Studies (CIS), a centre in its second year of existence here at Mount Allison, recently hosted a global game simulation in Tweedie Hall. This game was entitled ‘Run the World’, as it was all about putting students in leadership roles of governments, corporations, NGOs, and global media, as well as putting professors in the managerial roles of the United Nations, and letting them loose one Saturday morning to see what would happen if WE ran the world. The outcome was interesting, to say the least, and now occupies the pages of this mini-paper CIS has produced. As you read, keep in mind that the parameters of the game were this simple: 3 rounds occupying a ‘decade’ of time each Teams have established levels of wealth and the job is to increase your total wealth There are no limits or rules as to how you increase your wealth CIS is a joint student and faculty run organization designed to engage students, faculty, and the wider community in innovative collaborative action. While we achieve this mandate through a variety of initiatives including weekly expert speakers (including Dr. David Menashri this week, Hans von Sponeck last week, Vandana Shiva the week before, and Dr. Normand Perreault tomorrow) we feel this simulation was one of our greatest successes in innovative engagement. We would like to thank all the participants for their impassioned involvement, with a special thanks to the professors—Dr. Craig Brett, Dr. Rosemary Polegato, Dr. Richard Baker, Dr. Frank Strain, Dr. Gina Grandy, Dr. James Devine, and Dr. Dave Thomas— for their involvement and willingness to incorporate the simulation into their courses. Enjoy!

Published by the Centre for International Studies

Global Foundation criticized for its inaction in global crisis
Sasha Van Katwyk s the scale of the international crisis was fully realised those of the international community began to point fingers towards the Global Foundation. Several actors, including the World Span News editorial team, identified the finances still available in the World Bank treasury and Cultural Promotion fund as the resources that could have averted disaster, yet remained in the Global Foundation’s coffers. The Global Foundation panel of professors, faced with a variety of core responsibilities


including financial assistance, review of infrastructural solutions, and cultural programme promotion, was quick to reply to the criticisms. “Not a single team approached us with a request to devote resources to the impending crisis” Dr. Frank Strain of the United Nations—I mean, Global Foundation—was quoted saying. Some regional team members acknowledged the lack of a request as a sad oversight by the international community for not taking more time to consider all the possibilities. Other team members were more adamant in their criticism, however. “As the body concerned with the well-being of the world, you would

“I was shocked that teams did not take more advantage of the Global Foundation’s capacity” “That doesn’t sound familar at all”

Professor panelists (L to R): Dr. Craig Brett, Dr. Rosemary Polegato, Dr. Frank Strain, Dr. Gina Grandy, Dr. Rick Baker

assume any help they could offer would be given without a request” one member stated. Undoubtedly as the world reels from the crisis’ far-reaching affects the role of the Global Foundation will continue to be debated. “I was shocked that teams did not take more advantage of the Global Foundation’s capacity” one professor said in a follow up discussion, “it suggests that perhaps the teams did not have much interest averting crises if it meant cooperation at the expense of individual priorities.” One eavesdropper remarked “that doesn’t sound familiar at all.”

Financial Analysis
he World Span News’ financial assessment team has uncovered some miraculous trade patterns in the global economy’s service providers. While the four major corporations came to enact more competitive price-setting trends, the NGOs remained ignorant to one another’s pricing schemes and set dramatically different prices based on perceived regional demand. The realisation has drawn extreme criticism from regions attempting to advance their quality of life, several regional delegates stating that “NGOs need to start acting like NGOs and leave the money-making to the corporations.” One Health NGO representative responded to the criticism saying “NGOs can only provide the solutions for regions if we have the money to do so. We were fast to [provide services] for the poorest regions, but the richer regions just weren’t willing to pay what we needed to keep producing global solutions.” One superpower delegate retorted “corporations were giving us reasonable prices for technological advances. We expect similar prices for our health, human rights, environment, and education programmes and we were willing to pay handsomely in human capital, intellectual property (technological expertise), and natural resources but NGOs only wanted money.” WSN financial analysts point out that while NGOs are bound by the fact that money is the only

Corporations competitive while NGOs turn monopolistic

Russia criticized for giving $0 to avert crisis
Continued from cover although they later expressed that, had they known Japan was going to donate more, they would have as well. Even smaller nations joined in, with the Middle East donating 30% and Africa donating 20% of their total wealth respectively. Other actors were not so generous, however. Russia, the technology firm Miyazaki, and the Global Foundation donated nothing at all. “We knew we wouldn’t make the end target”, remarks a representative from Russia, “so we saw no reason to disadvantage ourselves.” The Global Foundation offered another perspective: according to one member, they received no requests for aid. The Global Foundation was later criticized for its inaction, with players agreeing they should have acted independently as opposed to relying on nation and corporate support. World Span News was also criticized for not creating a world-wide forum on the issue. In a world of economic globalization, social media, and the internet, we are becoming more and more connected. As a result, we tend to forget more and more how connected we truly are. Terrible crises have the ability to remind us just how interconnected we truly are, and how the world will only become a better place if we all work together toward a common goal. As demonstrated, short-term individualist goals at the expense of communal long-term goals will result in global chaos.


Sasha Van Katwyk

transferable currency for more solutions in this limited world, they were not thinking long term. Acquiring resource cards from regions could be saved until after the regions have developed to higher levels of infrastructure, making those resource cards worth considerably more than at purchase. “NGOs, while in the business of development, aren’t investing in regions’ development by taking advantage of long-term returns” one corporate delegate pointed out

when observing the NGOs’ trading practices. “If NGOs had come to us with resource cards and promised us that the source region was close to a new level of development, we would have paid for them. NGOs would have money and we would have region stocks on the verge of increasing in value.” Corporations were more willing to trade in a variety of currencies and resources in pursuit of longterm gains. Regions, while occasionally accusing corporations

of corrupt practices, largely considered trade with corporations to flow more smoothly and with better results. “There was better response by corporations to the needs of regions and the prices of their competitors” an India delegate pointed out, “NGOs knew they had a monopoly and their products and weren’t as willing to negotiate. The Global Foundation’s financial assistance was really the only reason we could pay for NGOs and advance our economy as a whole.”

A review from International M Marketing
Dr. Rosemary Polegato e arrived a bit blearyeyed, and left energized! The event was well-organized by Amanda Bergmann, Sasha Van Katwyk, and Jennifer Malone (external facilitator). Everything was set out and ready to go as we entered Tweedie Hall and the preassigned teams took up their parts enthusiastically. Students quickly became engaged in applying course learning and personal values to the challenges that Run the World set before them. Time moved surprisingly fast as participants became involved in their decisions and action plans. As a member of the five-member Global Foundation (aka the UN), it was gratifying to hear the logic and empathy expressed in requests for Financial Aid, cultural proposals, and solutions to health and environmental problems. I was also impressed by the post-game discussion of students’ strategies, frustrations, and ideas on how to change the simulation so that it reflects more completely Mount Allison perspectives. For example, various organizations suggested that inclusion of human capital dimensions would add to the realism. However, the “wish-list” did not distract from the value of the event in creating global awareness; the interconnectedness of the decisions of various stakeholders, the political impact of resources (or lack thereof), and the need to be cooperative and creative were readily apparent. There wasn’t a dull moment; the students adapted quickly to the flow of the game. The media team, called World Span Media, did apt and very entertaining reports that created a sense of unity and added a bit of comic relief.

Editorial I am Africa, hear me roar!
Amanda Bergmann ove over Celtic and South East Asian Tigers, the African Lion is on the prowl! Although Africa began the game with the lowest infrastructural level, the most worthless resources, and the smallest bank account, by the end of thirty years’ worth of development it had surpassed both its low-development counterparts and joined the ranks of the Middle Powers. The African delegation attributes this dramatic rise to a combination of factors, including trade, strategy, and ruthlessness. Firstly, Africa’s fearless trade minister pushed for solutions using Africa’s abundance of natural resources –people and agriculture- instead of its dwindling bank accounts. Not only did this allow the African continent the ability to create and supply jobs and industry, but also meant that Africa –unlike other developing nations- could afford the exorbitant cash-only prices that organizations such as Human Rights charged for their services. Secondly, Africa’s crafty strategic specialist created and participated in a number of bloc alliances in order to ensure the best deals. This includes but is not limited to Africa’s alliance with the Middle East against the


A professor as a global leader?
Dr. Craig Brett

Human Rights NGO, and its friendly relationships with the Education and Health sectors, and the technology firm Matthews & Matthews. The specialist notes that, “these close ties meant that Africa was able to quickly overcome its lacking in areas such as information technology, primary education, and basic health.” And finally, Africa’s financial minister was not afraid to use any means necessary in order to provide for his

people, including robbery. Africa is famous for its Somali Pirates – the most effective pirates since the times of old. Unfortunately for China, their decision to move wealth close to Africa’s borders was a poor one, as Africa was able to easily pillage its resources and cash in order to double its own GDP. Better luck next time, China! In a move that surprised the Global Foundation, Africa did not use its rich heritage and traditional

values in order to obtain coveted ‘cultural cards’, which could have helped them increase infrastructure levels even more. The African delegation expressed its fear of essentializing its image and people, as well as using its history and culture for commercial reasons. Therefore, perhaps we should all take Africa as an example that one does not have to ‘Westernize’ in order to ‘modernize’.


have never been an international power broker before. The simulation showed me just how difficult that job is. As one organization, we were busy overseeing transactions, judging cultural projects, assessing solutions to regional problems, and fielding requests for development aid. I often found it difficult to finish whatever I was working on before the next group came knocking. I guess that is the nature of international organizations. I was also struck by how little we knew about the simulated crisis and that we had no idea of what it would take to avert the crisis. I hope that part was an over-simplification of global reality.

Member of press weighs in the on the merits of the game
he simulation, in my opinion, was a resounding success because not only was it enjoyable it was also insightful. One of the things I realized, rather early on in the simulation, was that the players, myself included, would steadily become more competitive and less cooperative as the game progressed. Over the course of the simulation for every positive story a team or individual wanted reported, three or four would want to use the media to disparage or shame. Interestingly, I only realized that when the simulation ended. Even the professors, who represented our United Nations (the simulation’s Global Foundation) took part in it! One accused the others of bribery and corruption, another said they were ashamed of the world for the lack of ‘cultural development’ (one of the simulation’s various mechanics), and one even blamed the entirety of the world’s economic crisis on Greece! While these may have been instances of tongue in cheek rhetoric and general light heartedness, I’m curious as to what their effect on the game


Aram Lotfi

was. If the professors can’t get along, can we? Maybe there’s a broader point to be made here. Bright minds, from across the disciplinary spectrum, composed of years one through victory lap, with all their unique backgrounds and experiences were, despite all the good they accomplished, ultimately self serving and competitive. Now this isn’t a critique of my peers, the world we ended with was generally better than the one we started with and for that they should be applauded. Smaller gaps in wealth, distribution of aid, and the rise of those nations at the bottom of the simulation’s scale were all achieved. We still lost 45 million people at the end though. I am just as at fault for this as the rest of the

players in the game. The reasons for our inability to avert the disaster? There are probably a fair few but I’d like to discuss one in particular. Communication. Stick a hundred some odd people in a room, each with their own agendas, goals, and objectives and communication is bound to break down. There are implications for real world issues at hand. We were all in the same room and still we had difficultly communicating effectively. We weren’t trying to communicate from around the world while coordinating thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people and material assets. If communication broke down when everyone was in the student center there seems

little hope of it not breaking down at the global level. Would an improved ability to communicate help rectify some of the world’s issues? Its often a topic of discussion (especially if you’re in IR) but the answer was made explicit, at least for me, during the simulation. Yes. Unfortunately this realization comes too late as only now do I realize that the press would have been an ideal medium for communication and interaction during the crisis. Instead I played my part in bringing the (simulation’s) apocalypse to fruition. I was more concerned with reporting the world as it is ( or was ) and not reporting on how the world should have been. Generally I find myself having failed to report on anything that could have averted the disaster. Going one step further some my news reports, and some of my team-mates probably exacerbated an already dire situation. Its easy to see real world media doing the same. Looking back I should have been less concerned with playing the reporter and more concerned with playing the critic.

Amanda Bergmann

Who was to blame for global failure?

orld Span News was the target of criticism this weekend as participants rallied against the news agency. According to witnesses both WSN’s live feed on Twitter, as well as their personal announcements every decade, focused on the negative aspects of the simulation. This included reporting on corruption, strategies that put one above the rest, and shady deals on the side. Even when the WSN intended to do good they


were negative in their language, recalls a representative from North America. WSN was not alone in criticism, however. Many technological firms and Russia were among those teams that contributed zero to the Global Crisis, causing outrage. Others accused China of cultural hegemony as they annexed the cultural table for their own means. Finally, those responsible for the Environment and the Global Foundation itself were criticized for a lack of organization. “I could hardly keep up with the masses” one Global Foundation member admits. This begs

the question: is the world really in capable hands? For many, the job of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is to ensure the betterment of all. However, those in charge of Human Rights and Health focused on opposite sides of the spectrum. Human Rights was charged multiple times for overcharging less-developed regions for their services in order to offer a subsidy for the world’s Superpowers. It is speculated that the elusive ‘1%’ is behind this action as they continue to perpetuate inequality and

suppress the masses. On the opposite end, the Health organization ignored the pleas of the Superpowers and invested the majority of their capabilities in bringing health to those lessdeveloped nations. Health experts attribute this discrepancy to numbers: more people could be helped with less resources in lowerlevel regions. This appears to be a sustainable solution, as the Health team was able to come out of the simulation with the exact wealth it entered.

Competition over Cooperation
Miranda Neerhof

Cultural recognition stagnates, Global Foundation representative laments
Sasha Van Katwyk he world’s cultural heritage has been dramatically undervalued according to the Global Foundation’s Cultural Promotion Fund. Amidst dramatic growth of economies and global trade, the abandonment of regions’ cultural recognition is being called a “serious undervaluation of an important part of [the world]”, according to one panellist. The realisation came when, after two decades in existence, the Cultural Promotion Fund was barely tapped by regions, corporations, or NGOs. “It’s not that we don’t want to promote our culture” one delegate from North America said, “it’s that the [Cultural Promotion Fund] is stingy in their allocation of resources,” in reference to the Fund’s allocation of only one currency chip of each cultural project. “With that sort of pay, it’s not worth focusing on culture when more money can be made in trade” the same delegate said. The World Span News acknowledged a few major cultural contributions that did take place. North America produced a First


uring the simulation I acted on behalf of one of the four corporations. As a corporation we had technology resource cards that we could trade to regions for either coins or regional cards that represented shares in their countries. My team quickly discovered that our approach to gaining wealth was going to be far more complex than simply trading technology to other regions. As we became invested in particular regions the growth of our company’s wealth was dependent on whether the regions we had invested in were able to progress. Therefore, my team decided to focus not only on providing technology to particular regions, but also ensuring that they were able to acquire the other resources that they needed in order to progress to the next level of development. However, we had difficulties in convincing many of the NGOs, who could provide the other resources that these regions needed, to willing coordinate their efforts with us. It was really interesting to observe how focused each organization was on achieving their own particular goal independent of other actors even when cooperation could have led to greater economic growth for everyone.


Nations totem pole, the Middle East produced a mosaic of Arabian Nights, and Japan created a bilateral commission with China to overhaul Japanese history textbooks to more accurately reflect the events of World War II. The bilateral commission nearly derailed when Japan simultaneously submitted that they would change their flag to the original ‘Rising Sun’, however cooler heads prevailed.

Did you have the pleasure of knowing Dr. Normand Perreault?
He will be at Mount Allison on Friday, March 16 (tomorrow!)

3:30 pm WMSC 125


r. Normand Perreault is a highly esteemed professor of political sciences. Currently hailing from UNB, past experiences have placed him all over the world, from rural Sackville, NB (Mount Allison) to bustling Bratislava, Slovakia (Comenius University). He has published on topics such as democracy, communism/post- communism, corruption, civil society, and central/ eastern Europe, yet his knowledge extends to all fields of political science, including Canadian politics and political theory. Students have often revered him as a superb professor, lecturer, and mentor; critics have accused him of being a communist. Yet regardless of ones’ background or creed, his methodical teaching style guarantees that all will leave more knowledgeable of the world.

Following the event, the Centre for International Studies will be electing its governing Board Members for next year. If you are a member of CIS (if you get our newsletter) you are encouraged to attend to have a voice in the direction of the Centre!

Varsity Dance team hosts talented performers and musicians
Carly Levy
News Writer
The gymnasium was a flurry of pirouettes and soulful music this past weekend when dancers and musicians from several disciplines showed off their talents at the annual Varsity Dance show. With the varsity athletic banner as a backdrop, the evening proved that Mounties have skills that go beyond the field or court. Mount Allison’s swing, salsa, and highland dance societies joined the Varsity Dance team for their much anticipated yearly showcase, which also included musical performances by some hidden gems of the Mt. A music community. The show, which is the major fundraiser for the Varsity Dance team, was held in the athletic centre gym for the first time this year, having outgrown Brunton Auditorium. Show organizer and Varsity Dance choreographer Jacquelyn LeDrew was positive about the choice to move to the gym, “Brunton is just too small and Convocation Hall is expensive to rent,” she said, and explained that they were able to do the show in the gym for free. The team is raising money in advance of Halifax Cheer Expo, a dance competition at the end of the month. Last year the group took home first prize at the event and was invited to compete at an international dance competition which takes place in Florida. The team was unable to raise enough money to go, however, and this year they are starting early so they will be ready if they get the opportunity again. The group performed five routines of a variety of styles including, a classical ballet number performed to Vivaldi’s Spring, an emotional contemporary dance to the Adele song Someone Like You, and the group wowed the crowd

March 15, 2012

Students dancers heat up Mountie gym

with their high energy hip-hop performance and complex jazz routine, both of which they will perform at the upcoming competition. The group also debuted their modern dance routine choreographed by professional dance instructor Evelynn Germain. Varsity Dancer and choreographer Jackie Zorz commented on the chance to work with Germain, “It was really nice to have a teacher with so much experience, and the opportunity to try a different style than we would normally do.” The night also offers the opportunity for Mt. A’s large contingent of dancers the chance to try out their skills for an audience. A large crowd filled the bleachers on one side of the gym in anticipation of the event which is a venue for beginner salsa and swing dancers to show off the skills some of them have only been learning since September. The swing society performed four routines. Couples from beginner to advanced jived their way into the audience’s heart’s, showing off their strength and acrobatic prowess with some high flying moves. A particular crowd favorite was the beginner number performed to the popular

(Top Left) Members of the Highland Dance Society perform a self-coreographed routine. (Top Right) A couple from the Advanced Swing group pose pose during their ‘Disco’ number. (Right) Varsity Dance’s modern routine was an elegant combination of picturesque motions. Photos by Rosanna Hempel

nineties song, Lou Bega’s Mambo #5 which included a sequence where the couples switched partners, a unique flair to the routine. The advanced group also won over the crowd with their disco choreography imagined by veteran swing dancers Chelsea Poole and Max Pistner. Further highlights of the evening were a pop and lock routine choreographed and performed by Tristan Kean and a contemporary solo self-

choreographed by Fiona Dowling. Students from the Highland Dance and Salsa Societies also put on enjoyable performances punctuated by interludes of musical performance. Fenton Corey, Heather Evans and Agnes Flanagan all performed covers of popular songs and though the acoustics of the cavernous gymnasium were not ideal, the singers added pleasant variety to the evening.

RENT Opens at Live Bait!
Black Tie Theatre group presents musical theatre favourite
Julia McMillan
Arts and Literature Editor
Get ready to live La Vie Bohème this weekend during Black Tie’s performance of RENT! The theatre group’s premier performance of the musical opened last night at Live Bait theatre, and will run until this Saturday, March 14. Black Tie is a student run musical theatre group that is not afraid to break boundaries and stir up a little controversy. Last night, the troupe proved that to be true with their opening performance of RENT, one of the most celebrated, yet provocative, musicals of our generation. As the group’s press release accurately describes, “based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city... How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.” Filled with memorable characters and catchy things. Even though the show is really difficult to put on, we’ve got an amazingly talented cast and crew, and everyone has worked hard to make it a great success.” But the show is about more than just power rock ballads and quirky characters. The musical delves into themes of sexual orientation, acceptance, and the AIDS epidemic. As Ricky Buchanan, President of Black Tie, reveals, these themes are just as important as the performance aspect of the play. To raise awareness, the society has decided to put on a special fundraising campaign. “We’re doing a Red Ribbon Campaign in support of AIDS and HIV research.The proceeds will all go to the organization in Moncton” said Buchanan. “It’s really important to raise awareness about these issues, and it’s great to be doing it for a fairly local organization.” RENT continues its run at Live Bait Theatre tonight, Thursday March 14, at 8:00 pm, and will be performed on Friday and Saturday night at the same time. There will also be a matinee on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $12 for students and seniors, and $15 for the general public, and will be available at the door. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact Black Tie through Live Bait Theatre at 506-536-2248 or

Argosy/Rosanna Hempel rock ballads that will be stuck in your head for days, RENT is a performance no theatre lover should miss. The cast of the show has been working steadily since October to make the production a success. The show features challenging musical arrangements, complex chorus numbers and a cast of fully developed characters, making the show a huge project to take on, both for performers and production crew alike. However, despite the difficulty of the show, the Black Tie cast and crew manage to put on a production that rivals any Broadway performance. Second year student David LeMesurier plays Mark, a nerdy and slightly lonely filmmaker. LeMesurier says he’s had a great experience working in his first musical at Mount Allison, and is pleased with how the play has come together. “I think the audience can expect really great

The Argosy



Tyler Turcotte
Argosy Contributor
PART II of IV The number of savage souls in this county between the ages of twenty four to thirty five is near five hundred and fifty, of these a mere ninety have a high school diplomas, only forty of which are breeders. The question, therefore, is how, other than welfare, can a squaw obtain the proper provision for her children, which, as I have said, under the present situation of affairs, is utterly impossible by the habits of the mother afore mentioned. I am assured by the corporations in this fair nation that our efforts would rather be employed in the construction of F-35 bombers than in creating social assistance programs on reservations. For what reason should our majesty be employed in providing for the savage race, it is well known that their pursuit of higher education is of no cost, only a burden of the tax payer. It is unnecessary to compute to the public that few savages are able to obtain a degree and assimilate into the white world, for it can be seen at this institution. At home this is much more prevalent, where the county’s

high blood invests the same level of interest into savage affairs as the Royal Mounted invested into the recovery of Hilary Bonnell. Perchance more savages would obtain their white papers to work in the new world if they had been educated about their culture by their own culture, but surely it is unorthodox to think that savages could be taught

been assured by a very knowing American that “the difference between a savage and a trampoline is that you take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline”, followed by, “there are no savages on Star Trek because they do not work in the future either.” If we are to assume that this hierarchy of social order exists both consciously and subconsciously, I shall humbly propose

rug slung over his white chair in the background. Let it then be offered into public consideration that the next generation of savages, at the age of five, may be reserved for breed, and the next generation for sale. It is well known that a clean scalp with hair intact is a great delicacy in China, and will sell for 30 shillings with the proper buyer, where it is braided and weaved into

A Modest Proposal: For preventing the savage children of Northumberland County from Being a Burden to Their Parents or to the Tax Payers, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public
Mi’kmaq in a public school. Is it not sufficient that the tax payer should support their addictions, gambling, and FAS toddlers? It is irrational to even consider a school board offering a savage curriculum open to whites as well as these wagon burners, one that teaches Mi’kmaq alongside French immersion and English. The savage’s rudimentary lifestyle is inherited; it entails non-conformity and complete dependence, but there is an alternative. I have at this moment my thoughts, which I intend only as an objection to the current state of affairs in the reservations of this great county. David Alward humbly stated at a sermon once that, “A savage kept to a healthy diet at five makes a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or ragout.” The honourable Stephen Harper can be seen posing in a portrait with a braided savage hair rugs, mittens, and hats, then sold for nearly five times in profit. In trade, the flesh is sure to outweigh the value of sheep, black cattle and swine. This food will be somewhat dear and therefore very proper for soldiers and government officials. Since I have already computed the charge for the course of the savage children at the age of five I humbly offer that this extends in the first year of application to savage criminals installed in the Renous maximum security prison, in

order to be sought out and turned into food rations for the other prison in the province, ultimately creating a great savings for the province and surely an increase to the economy. Savages have made the claim they are entitled to their rights, but this behaviour disrupts law and order, thus savage boats and lobster traps in the Miramichi Bay must be destroyed. What gives one the right to trap and fish on the land of their ancestors when ever they please? For the sake of our economy and years of imperialism in the west, this proposal stands. Should the efforts of the Royal Mounted in 1996 afore mentioned been shifted to removing these poachers from the reservation when they were five, the veteran officers may have eaten them in a reasonable dish and profited from the scalps. I grant this food would be wholesome and delicious. Savage flesh will be in season throughout the year, given that the Royal Mounted takes savage children at the age of five beginning in the New Year. Rest assured, they would meet little resistance from parents and guardians because they are likely to be submersed in a bottle or indisposed in another repulsive fashion.

Vocal Duo perform Canadian tunes at Brunton
Julia McMillan
Arts and Literature Writer
Vocal duo Simone Osborne and Tyler Duncan performed alongside pianist Erika Switzer during the Performing Arts Series concert last Saturday evening. The pair delighted audience members with their relaxed, melodic and diverse repertoire. The group is touring Eastern Canada as part of the Debut Concert series, and graced the stage at the Brunton Auditorium for an intimate night of music. The song selection for the evening was largely well known contemporary or folk tunes, such as “She’s Like the Swallow,” “Simple Gifts,” and “She Walks in Beauty.” It was completely refreshing to hear old favourites. The familiar songs gave their performance a nostalgic air, and I was fondly reminded of my days of singing the same songs in choirs growing up. However, the duo’s performance was far more sophisticated than my choir concerts ever were. Osborne is a world-renowned opera and concert performer with a voice that achieves the very difficult balance of soft and gentle mixed with power and authority. Her high and melodic voice blends nicely with Duncan’s deep baritone tone. Duncan’s voice was full and expressive, and at times took on a distinctly musical theatre style. Aside from their voices, the performer’s interactions with each other were also extremely charming and entertaining. The clever introductions to each piece and personal anecdotes added a friendly atmosphere to their performance, and they had the audience laughing throughout the night. The diverse song selection for the

Vocalists Simone Osborne and Tyler Duncan perform with pianist Erika Switzer as part of Debut Concert Series in Brunton Auditorium.
evening added interest and excitement to the performance. With repertoire ranging from the intimate songs of Reynaldo Hahn to the soaring melodies of Rachmaninoff, and including vocal works by Canadian composers as diverse as Oskar Morawetz and Stan Rogers, their recital truly had something for every taste. Perhaps the most interesting piece was a group of songs arranged by John Greer that the group had recently commissioned. The medley held a distinctly East Coast aesthetic, and combined the songs “Log Driver’s Waltz”, “Mary Ellen Carter,” and “Banks of Newfoundland.” As a Maritime native, it was a joy to hear songs that evoke such strong East Coast images, and the music left me feeling a deeper connection to my roots. Another intriguing and beautiful performance was a contemporary song cycle composed by Morawetz that paid tribute the poetry of beloved Canadian poet, Bliss Carmen. The musical arrangement perfectly complimented the sentiment behind Bliss’ work. Listening to Osborne, Duncan and Switzer was an enchanting way to spend a Saturday evening. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere the performers created combined with familiar Canadian musical selection established the concert as one of the most enjoyable Performing Arts Series shows this year. The Mount Allison Performing Arts Series will continue on Wednesday, April 4, with the annual J.E.A. Crake Concert featuring the Ballet Jörgen Canada production of Anastasia. This elegant full-length ballet features an original orchestral score, sumptuous costumes, lavish sets, and exquisite lighting -- a wonderful event for the entire family. Tickets for the vocal recital are $28 for adults and $15 for students, available at the Mount Allison Bookstore (62 York Street, lower level) and at the door. A limited number of complimentary youth tickets (for ages 4-18) are available as part of the “Bring a Child Free” program; concert goers who wish to take advantage of this offer are urged to place their orders as soon as possible. For information and ticket inquiries phone (506) 364-2662, e-mail performarts@mta. ca, or visit PerformingArts/

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Insider style
It was time to take fashion to the trodden paths of our lovely campus; I tracked down two outgoing and fashion-forward individuals who were kind enough to share their knowledge with the student and faculty body.


March 15, 2012

Rosanna Leitner
Argosy Fashion Correspondent
Pat Joyce Speaking with Pat Joyce was a refreshing experience; his view on fashion is similar to mine in terms of using surprise elements in one’s attire. He says that socks are one of his staples. The day of the interview he wore women’s socks with orange and green polka dots. A fashion statement indeed. Define your style in 5 words “Turkey dinner with spicy vegetables”: this quote defines Pat’s outfits. He goes on to explain that he learned this tactic from an online article. The metaphor is applicable when one digs a bit further. The turkey is the star in the traditional holiday meal, similar to everyone’s main pieces, such as a good quality pair of jeans, a few jackets and a blazer. The “spicy vegetables” are the accessories that we wear to kick our outfit up a few notches and that we change up to keep things tasty for the eyes. Who inspires you? Two people came to Pat’s mind, John F. Kennedy and Will Schuester from Glee. Will Schuester is a great example of how to flaunt the skinny ties and carnigans. What would we be surprised to find in your closet? Aside from his new swim trunks (which are actually women’s running short), one would be surprised to find a vintage-inspired purple bedazzled rose print dress shirt that Mr. Joyce wears with pride. Do you have any favourite designers or stores? Like any student, Salvation Army and hand-me downs are the top picks. Pat enjoys receiving hand-me downs from his Grandfather especially, who for Christmas gave him golfer printed socks and a tie that has all the UN flags printed on it. Pat also exclaimed that he “likes to buy the 4-value pack of V-neck t-shirts from Wal-Mart". Best second-hand store find? A prized find for Pat was at Hazel’s Bless Your Heart: a “pair of brown wing-tipped shoes”, which still make him smile.

Style wisdom? “Don’t be afraid to experiment” Favourite childhood outfit? Every 90’s child will appreciate this answer, we have all been there: Mr. Joyce fondly recalls his “matching forest green sweatsuit with had multicolored fish scattered on it.” Dr. Kelly-Spurles Crossing the threshold into Dr. KellySpurles’ office, one realizes that this woman has style. Trendy décor with fresh flowers on the desk creates an inviting and warm space. The Anthropology professor has a unique style that combines her love for other countries with her small town roots. Define your style in 5 words Pondering this question, she responded with “serviceable, fun, environmentally-conscious and hopefully beautiful.” Who inspires you? After travelling to Morocco and India and seeing the women’s bright outfits, Dr. KellySpurles found a new appreciation for colourful attire and incorporates the bold patterns and colours into her daily ensembles. What will you never, ever wear? “Anything that is uncomfortable, especially shoes!” Do you have any favourite designers and or stores? Aside from the typical Frenchies and Salvation Army, she balances out her purchases with designer pieces from Hermaze, Come Des Garson, Donna Karan and Puchi. When you are not on campus or at a social gathering, what do you like to wear? Comfort is key for this fashion forward woman; therefore “leggings and a t-shirt” are her go-to weekend wear. Dr. Kelly-Spurles plays it up in the summer by tying a scarf in her hair and adding funky accessories as well. What fashion advice would you give students? “Don’t feel inhibited to wear what you love” As we know, fashion comes in cycles, what are you most looking forward to come back? To her delight, wearing tights under ripped jeans are coming back in style, however Dr. Kelly-Spurles cannot wait for the return of the doc marten boots, the tall, 18 hole lace-up type.

Struts Gallery is presenting “Time to Play,” a series of member’s projects that started March 4 and will run until April 28. Sarah Hamilton and Marilyn Walker were among the first to start off the two month long project. Hamilton worked at the gallery for two weeks to create a series of wall drawings, and Walker is showing an exhibition entitled ‘Sacred Landscape’. She also presented a traditional drum circle earlier this week. Both projects will be on display at Struts until Saturday, March 17. Photos by: Fiona Cai

French Kiss Pizza Pie
Student art returns to Thunder and Lightning
Joel Young
Arts and Literature Writer
incorporate just about anything into colourful drawings and scribbles. Chamandy’s work is extremely detailed, and often images recur over and over. “This show is about seeing the positive in obsessive behaviour. Taking back activities that have been condemned as wastes of time,” said Chamandy. With the exception of a few pieces, “French Kiss Pizza Pie” is comprised almost wholly of work Chamandy has made since moving to Sackville last September. “I said it’s a hundred pieces on the flyer because it sounds enticing, but to me it’s all one giant piece.” Chamandy likes to present his work that showcases the creative process, avoiding over-editing at all cost. “The full title of the work is ‘French Kiss Pizza Pie: The story of a romantic slob’. But really its not about anything. Although there are no prices on the work, it’s all for sale. Make me an offer! My number is 540-1529.” “French Kiss Pizza Pie” will be on display at Thunder and Lightning, Inc until the beginning of April. You can see more of Chamandy’s work at

If I had a cigarette for every time I saw a nipple or a penis drawn inside Thunder and Lightning, Inc. This week, I’d have enough cigarettes to match every cigarette I saw on display too. Joe Chamandy, the Mount Allison fine arts student responsible for this, doesn’t see a problem. “Classic art has been putting human genital on display for centuries, doing so in high rendering,”, Chamandy told The Argosy. “Why is it ‘obscene’ if I scribble a crudely drawn dick or two?” Chamandy is the first Mt. A Student to have work on display at Thunder and Lightning in a number of years. The downtown Sackville headquarters of SappyFest usually reserves itself for general music business and small-scale arts

Argosy/Rosanna Hempel events, but Chamandy managed to convince them to play host to his first Sackville solo exhibit, “French Kiss Pizza Pie.” According to Chamandy, the show includes more than one hundred pieces. It seems a bit overwhelming, but the show manages to maintain continuity. Featuring drawings, zines, paintings, a comic book and show posters, “French Kiss Pizza Pie” has something for everyone. Especially if you like drawings of nudes and cigarettes. I say this in jest, but it is interesting how Chamandy manages to

MARCH 15, 2012


RANK ARTIST TITLE (LABEL) 01 BOLIVIA* Bolivia (Self-Released) 02 BABY EAGLE & THE PROUD MOTHERS* Bone Soldiers (You’ve Changed)

Checking Out the Band and the New EP ‘Tracks’
KENT BLENKHORN Charlottetown-based band Coyote released their rst EP ‘Tracks’ on the weekend. One of the stops they made on their release tour was in Sackville on Saturday. It was an exciting night as they played with Hot Donna and Yellowteeth. An energetic crowd gathered at George’s fabulous Roadhouse to check out the new songs by the local favourite for what turned out to be a great show. ‘Tracks’ is lled with uplifting rock songs that are sure to energize you with euphoric sounds. Their songs are an interesting blend of folky melodies and jazzy guitar licks. There are steady, upbeat songs on the EP such as the single “Fossils”. But the album as a whole has an athematic quality to it. At times, the songs can be a bit drawn out, with long, integrated jams for bridges, build-ups and dance beats. But hey, if that’s the kind of music you are into, then you should take a listen. In addition to this new EP, the band has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming weeks and months. Their ‘Tracks’ tour will continue making stops in Halifax, Antigonish, Amherst, and Charlottetown. So if you missed them over the weekend, or if you have yet to get your ll QUAKER PARENTS No Crime When Covered in Grime (Self-Released)
Quaker Parents, hailing from Halifax, NS, nab the number thirty-one spot on our charts this week with their EP No Crime When Covered In Grime which, incidentally, is available as a free download on their bandcamp website. This short dose of four songs is scrappy, punchy, math pop which features fast changes in tempo, abrupt endings of songs, and also includes noises not normally heard in popular music (such as a smoke alarm). It’s a joyful mix that can be confusing at rst, but richly rewards after multiple listens. Give it a chance; you won’t regret it.

Little Mountain (Hidden Pony)

04 COEUR DE PIRATE* Blonde (Grosse Boite) 05 PAPER BEAT SCISSORS* Paper Beat Scissors (Forward Music Group) 06 MARINE DREAMS* Marine Dreams (You’ve Changed) 07 JOHN K. SAMSON* Provincial (Anti-) 08 COUSINS* The Palm At The End Of The Mind (Saved by Vinyl)

Don’t Reach Out (Noyes)

10 ANDREW SISK* Treelines (Self-Released) 11 THE WOODEN SKY* Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun (Black Box) 12 BANDED STILTS* By The Back Stair (Self-Released) 13 YUKON BLONDE* Fire//Water (Nevado) 14 ARIANE MOFFATT* MA (Audiogram) 15 THE BLACK KEYS El Camino (Nonesuch) 16 DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE Codes & Keys (Barsuk)

of Coyote, you can catch them in Amherst on Saturday, March 17th at Teaser’s Pub. They are also playing at the ECMAs on Thursday April 12th, at Plan B and/or Friday April 13th, on the Breakout Stage presented by CBC and RBC Financial Group.

Interested in listening to Coyote? Check out their music at:

I Can’t Keep All Of Our Secrets (Saved by Radio)

18 NOISE HOUNDS* Noise Hounds (Self-Released) 19 SLOW LEARNERS* Grocery Store (Scum Buzz) 20 MIKE O’NEILL* Wild Lines (Zunior) 21 ADAM MOWERY* St. Joseph’s Mechanical Penthouse (Self-Released)

Old Ideas (Sony)

23 B.A JOHNSTON* Hi Dudes (Mammoth Cave) 24 GRIMES* Visions (Arbutus) 25 CRISSI COCHRANE* Pretty Alright (Self-Released) 26 KATHRYN CALDER* Bright and Vivid (File Under: Music) 27 CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD* Two Horses (Self-Released) 28 LAKE NAMES* Echo (Self-Released) 29 KATHLEEN EDWARDS* Voyageur (Rounder) 30 ROCOCODE* Guns Sex & Glory (Head in the Sand)

Attic Broadcasting Co. Ltd. will hold its Annual General Meeting on April 2nd at 7 pm in Room M14 of the Crabtree Building on the campus of Mount Allison University. Financials and end of year reports will be presented. The election of a new board of directors will take place. All programmers and staff are required to attend. All members are invited to attend. For more information, visit our website:

No Crime When Covered In Grime (Self-Released)




Illustration by Danica Lundy

On the bandwagon

March 15, 2012

Baby Eagle

Ian Moffat
Argosy Columnist
The Apocalypse is coming to Sackville Film Society for a second time this winter—now in the form of Take Shelter, a new film by young American director Jeff Nichols. Well, sort of. Take Shelter presents viewers with an unstable and deeply paranoid hero, frantically constructing a bunker in his suburban backyard in anticipation for a seemingly imminent catastrophe. Armageddon is nothing new in film, and the medium is ideally suited to the subject matter. Directors have for a long time embraced the anticipation and panic of impending disaster. As far as sheer spectacle goes, the end of the world is a difficult cinematic target to miss. Colliding planets, exploding stars, pulverized cities and civilizations — these imaginings have captivated movie goers since the days of the advent of the atomic age and the popularizing of the now iconic images of the dropping of the A-bomb. Given our culture’s continuing obsession with this kind of over-the-top Armageddon, as well as its rich potential for on-screen extravaganza, its little wonder why the past seventyfive years have spawned such an abundance of apocalyptic films. The lead up to 2012 has bestowed upon movie-goers a new strange breed of apocalyptic cinema. Earlier this term, Film Society screened Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, which

imagines earth on a collision course with the planet Melancholia, and last term Terrence Mallick set his tour-de-force Tree of Life against the inevitable end of all things. What’s most interesting about this most recent batch of End Times movies is that directors seem to be tending towards a more speculative approach to the subject. No longer are viewers presented with vivid and graphic depictions of a horrible celestial finale—that part is left up to us. Instead, what takes place on screen is more an anticipation of what’s to come: a pre-emptive flinch. So, the shift that is taking place, if there really is one, is a shift from post-apocalyptic devastation to pre-apocalyptic contemplation. We are given a glimpse into a terrifying reality and confronted with the incomprehensibility of our own non-existence. The conventions of this emerging “pre” or, perhaps “speculative” apocalypse, from what I can tell based on my impressions of each of these three movies, are not totally divorced from what has come before in the cinema of End Times. They all seem to exploit the hugeness of the big-screen and evoke a sense of human inadequacy in the face of the cosmos. But it is certainly a quieter kind of movie. Highly formalistic, hyper-stylized and classicallyscored, the aesthetic is deliberately constructed and totally dazzling. Three cheers for the Apocalypse! End Times: this evening at 7:30 at The Vogue with Take Shelter.

Baby Eagle and The Proud Mothers will be performing in Sackville on April 11 at The Legion as a part of their upcoming tour.

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Anna Robertson
Entertainment Editor
Steve Lambke is a veteran, but not a hard-ass general; in fact, he’s probably one of the nicest people you could possibly talk to. After ten years of playing with The Constantines, performing as Baby Eagle for six and co-founding You’ve Changed records, he has a lot to say. Over a couple of beers at Ducky’s we talked about his newest album Bone Soldiers, and his upcoming tour. Bone Soldiers is rife with military imagery, not something done intentionally, according to Lambke, but it became a way for him to link the songs together. “It sort of naturally evolved. I feel like in each song it means something a little bit different, but reusing those sorts of metaphors, with references to teeth as well, it’s just a way to link the songs, so that they sort of fit together in a happy album, you know? But like I said, the meanings of those things aren’t static; the military reference in one song does not carry the same meaning for me as it does in another.” His latest album tends more towards punk rock than previous records that Lambke has released under his feathery moniker, “Baby Eagle started as much more quiet music and I grew less and less excited by that and more excited by punk rock and stuff again, which is what I grew up on and still love. I mean, this isn’t a punk rock record but there are elements of that.” The album was recorded live over the course of two days in studio at 6 Nassau in Toronto, right after weeks of touring in Ontario. Ian Kehoe and Spencer Burton (both of Attack in Black), Nick Ferrio (of His Feelings) and Will Kidman (of The Constantines) joined Lambke

The essentials
Baby Eagle- Steve Lambke The Proud Mothers -Ian Kehoe -Spencer Burton -Will Kidman -Nick Ferrio Online: - - Latest Album: Bone Soldiers, released on March 6 2012, available at Thunder & Lightning Upcoming Shows: April 11 in Sackville at The Legion
on tour and during the recording as The Proud Mothers. “We did almost twenty shows, fifteen or twenty shows, a lot of shows. And they were bad shows, there was nobody at any of the shows, they were terrible shows. But we were just playing these new tunes and working on that, so it was super rewarding and invigorating artistically, but businesswise it was a fucking disaster.” Despite the marginal success of the tour in terms of business, the band was still excited to begin recording Bone Soldiers. Recording began literally the day after the tour ended, playing their last show in Hamilton and driving to Toronto that night to begin recording the next day. “It was really fun to just dive in,” explains Lambke, “and everyone was really focused on it and it was awesome. And they’re all songwriters and stuff, so they’re always thinking about the song, and we talked about what we were doing and stuff, so it was just a great way to do it, live off the floor.” After many years of performing and contributing to Canadian music, Lambke continues to be captivated by writing and performing music. Not being dogmatic about the process, Lambke believes “it should be a process of discovery every time, that’s when you make good stuff. Or at least, that’s how you stay excited and engaged by it, and if you’re excited by it you’re probably making good stuff.” Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers will start their tour on March 28, and will be playing in Sackville on April 11 at The Legion.

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The hero of Take Shelter sees visions of an apocalyptic storm and must choose to protect his family from the storm or from himself.

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A Coyote named Hot Donna with Yellowteeth
A rock show with a dash of punk gets loud at George’s
Rosanna Leitner
Argosy Correspondent
calm and collected before hitting the stage, not daunted by their peers in the least, but rather confident and excited to be playing at such a great venue. All the members of the band were very open and friendly, and proved that their growing recognition is not going to their heads. I would say that their songs have a distinct rock feel, but nevertheless the band comprises of strong bass and drum players with unique twists to make their sound original. Hot Donna brought the crowd to their feet, and received a generous applause after their set. The band is also named after their friend’s mom, named Donna, which I find rather endearing. The night continued with Yellowteeth, a three-member band; Josée Caron from Prince Edward Island, Nic Wilson from Fredericton and Evan “Tuttle” Matthews from Amherst. I’m personally not a fan of the frantic, scream-induced music of Yellowteeth, but nevertheless they deserve props for their special talent. When asked how they define their music, Carron states “heavy with a pop sensibility”, while their inspiration comes from the goal of “getting laid.” The crowd enjoyed their performance by showing their enthusiasm with crowd-surfing, headbanging and countless first pumps. To conclude a colourful night, Coyote, a band from Charlottetown, PEI, took the stage. The band has been together for about a year and a half and consists of five men; Josh Carter, Bruce Rooney, Evan McCosham, Bradford Rooney and Mike King. They play a mix of rock, indie and pop tunes, and have recently released their first EP. The crowd demanded that they “play them all” and showed their love by dancing and shaking things up. Coyote is a prime example that practice makes perfect; their experience showed in their engaging conversations with the crowd and the positive vibes they radiated. I caught up with them after their outstanding performance and they shared that their inspiration is a result from “cartoons, friendship and good friends”, something I and am sure others can relate to. My personal favourite was their song “Fossils.” The uplifting tune brought my feet to dance, and who cannot smile when singing about dinosaurs? Overall, it was a great night, and George’s Roadhouse never disappoints in terms of lighting, sound quality and outstanding service. People from all walks of life enjoyed the night with a few drinks in hand, and it was a treat to experience the wide range of sound.

George’s Roadhouse once again hosted a wide array of talented young men and women who showcased their musical brilliance this past Saturday. Despite the small crowd, the people made up for it in character, dancing and singing to all three bands. The night opened with Hot Donna, followed by Yellowteeth, and Coyote tied it all together with a phenomenal ending. Hot Donna, a band that started in Springhill, NS but now resides in Sackville, warmed up the crowd at George’s. Hot Donna describes their music as rock and indie with an infused country twist. The four members, Phil Legere, Daniel Legere, Kent Blenkhorn and Brendan Allison were excited to be playing in their university town. They seemed cool,

Hot Donna (above) opened up the show on Saturday night at Georges, while Coyote (below) provided an upbeat finish.

Argosy/David Shi

Argosy/David Shi

For Marc LeBlanc, music runs bone deep
DJ Bones: electronic music pioneer on the East Coast
Taylor Mooney
Entertainment Writer
so you will rarely see me on a stage.” Bones’ creative process is broad: “I don’t really have a process, per se; I just find music that goes well together and try to layer similar sounds that I think complement each other or blend well. I try to mix music that people are familiar with alongside more obscure or unknown bands, so it creates familiar but hopefully new sound. I can plan songs from independent East Coast acts such as Rich Aucoin and then play a song from Radiohead, The Strokes, or Metric, sandwiched in with Caribou, Crystal Castles or Franz Ferdinand. I’m what some people might call a party DJ… just trying to play music that people can party to.” Bones sits on several different music panels and juries, most recently acting as a juror for the Polaris Music Prize. He was also a judge for the electronic music category in the 2011 Juno Awards, and is currently working to promote an electronic music category for the East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs). For the future, Bones plans to continue his regular Moncton/Fredericton/ Charlottetown DJ circuit, but mentions that he would also like to host IPN events in Newfoundland and Montreal. Bones notes that he’s been compiling a list of the best IPN songs throughout the years, and hopes to release the list on the website he’s currently constructing. “My main goal is to make people have a great time,” says Bones. “The reaction I’m looking for is nonstop dancing. I like to create a place where people can be themselves, be with their friends, dance to good music, and have an awesome time.”

Marc Xavier LeBlanc, better known as DJ Bones, has been in the DJ business for quite some time— fifteen years, to be exact. “I started DJing at our old student bar, Le Kacho, at  Université de Moncton. I had been organizing a lot of gigs for bands in and around Moncton, and would DJ before shows and in between bands.” Best known for his mobile Indie Pop Night (IPN) events, Bones is something of a jackof-all-trades. Besides his work as a DJ, Bones works as a photographer, scene reporter, freelance music journalist, show promoter, and radio host. Bones has been musically and artistically active for as long as he can remember. “Our household was filled with music; my mom bought my dad’s first guitar, and my dad later played in a band. I would often dive into our family’s record collection and listen to music for days at a time.” It was in university that Bones began hosting his own radio show and began crafting his own musical identity. Bones’ IPN events began in 2004. “We originally started playing at a bar called Players Lounge. A few months after the first event, we invited a few bands and musical acts to play with us, including the Hidden Cameras and Julie Doiron. In 2005, Players

DJ Bones (left) is the man responsible for the madness at many shows in the Maritimes (right).
Lounge was closing down, but IPN was just getting a reputation for being the place to go dance to cool, different music. I found another venue in Moncton interested in having me host solo events – The Paramount Lounge.” After the move to Paramount Lounge, IPN became a monthly fixture in Moncton, and word about the events was quickly spreading throughout the Maritimes. “I started hearing that people in other cities were coming to Moncton for the weekend for IPN, and was then asked to host it as a monthly event in Fredericton, and in Charlottetown not long after that. I’ve been DJing monthly events on a regular basis since then,” says Bones. Not only does Bones play a diverse range of eclectic/dance music hybrids, he completes the experience by taking pictures and giving out candy. “I love taking the photos and putting a small comic book effect on it; it’s become an IPN trademark. Since my events

Photo Credit/Marc LeBlanc

Photo Credit/Marc LeBlanc

are called Indie Pop Night, I started giving out all kinds of ‘pop’ candies, like Double Lollipops, Life Saver Lollipops and Ring Pops. It looks way cooler than smoking, and it gives people something to do with their hands besides hold a smoke.” Bones also adds that he enjoys partaking in the events himself: “I’m not just a performer; I like to be part of the event and be equal to the crowd. I try to be on the same level as the crowd to get a sense of who I’m playing for,

Five bands plus one charity equals one amazing time
Anna Robertson
Entertainment Editor
Whether you wanted to see great live music, donate to a charitable cause or just drink at a house party, 15 Allison was the place to be last Friday night. Cover for the show was three dollars, which bought you five live musical acts with all the proceeds going to CHAT, a charity that supports orphans in Uganda. The crowd quickly gathered in the spacious living room that served as a stage, and eagerly anticipated the musical treats that they had been promised. New on the Sackville music scene, Sedna Way opened up the evening with Celtic tinted folk tunes. The all female quartet, comprised of Nina MacEachern, Amie MacDonald, Julia McMillan and Amy-Mae Jewell, explained the meaning behind their name; Sedna is the Inuit water goddess, and in the ladies’ own words, an independent and badass woman. Their first song, ‘Ptarmigan Fledgling’ lulled the crowd into silence with a beautiful instrumental opening, followed up with some gorgeous vocal harmonies. There were a few hiccups in the performance, but any slips were followed by a smile or an apology from the musicians that was so endearing that the error was instantly forgiven. “For our first show you couldn’t have asked for a better crowd,” said McMillan. “Anytime we felt like we might have messed up there was so

March 15, 2012

Feel good Friday night at 15 Allison

Photo Credit/Sam Wilson

The Bedroom Session (left), Bolivia (top right), Sedna Way (bottom right), Keith McFadden and These Hands performed Friday evening.
much support from them that it didn’t even really matter.” Sedna Way is a band to keep an eye on; with more experience performing together and performing live they are on the path to becoming a musical tour-de-force. Delivering a change of pace from the gentler melodies of Sedna Way was Keith McFadden. With more people flooding through the front door it quickly became standing room only, with most of the audience inches away from McFadden. The close quarters worked though; McFadden’s performance was casual, ridiculous and utterly hilarious, and I mean that in the best possible way. Lyrically the guy is all over the map, and the audience was actively engaged in those lyrics, cringing at his words, “I coughed up something this morning that looked like you,” and cracking up over a song involving bacon shits. These Hands, a new trio composed of Chris Meaney, Evan Matthews and Mike Hanson took to the stage after McFadden. Hansen recently moved to Sackville after playing at Stereophonic this year. “I was excited to play with Bolivia for one thing,” says Hanson. “ And I heard that it was a fundraiser for children in Uganda, so I was happy to support a cause like that.” These Hands’ performance was more abrasive than what the audience was treated to at Stereophonic, but still maintained an almost dreamy folk tone that had the house swaying and jumping with the music. The Bedroom Session is another musical project involving Meaney and Matthews, who were joined on stage by fellow band-mate Garet Ogden and former bassist Ben Buchanan, kicking off their set with beat boxing and a loop pedal. In a change of style for the Bedroom Session, the music was pop inflected and had the crowd sweaty and dancing within a few moments. “The main motive for us was we want people to have fun, dance and have a good time being here,” said Ogden. ”Because we’re having fun on stage and we just want to share that with people.” The Bedroom Session have developed beautifully as a band; they sound polished, they sound strong, they sound confident, and they approach their audience with the goal of involving them in the experience, resulting in a great night for both the band and the listener. Ending the evening was Sackville’s darling, Bolivia, who had trouble setting up because of the mob that had gathered practically on top of the stage in anticipation of their set. “Rudy’s Call” opened their set, with most of the audience screeching with excitement and singing along. Up and down the stairwell people were dancing, and the hallway caught the spill over audience that couldn’t fit into the living room. The night ended as one big joyful mess, with The Bedroom Session joining Bolivia onstage for a huge sing-a-long of “This Little Light Of Mine.” An impromptu jam session followed, the perfect end to a truly beautiful night of music that could only have happened in Sackville.

Photo Credit/Sam Wilson

The Mill and The Cross, Bruegel comes alive
Art rather than action takes centre stage
Anna Robertson
Entertainment Editor
between the brushstrokes and is rich with symbolism. The occupation of Flanders by the Spanish, and the brutality carried out against ‘heretics,’ is also a subject of the painting. Majewski’s film follows a handful of characters within Bruegel’s masterpiece, weaving their stories into the resulting painting. The film is a combination of on-site filming, studio filming, backdrops and blue screens; the multiple layers create a tableau that is aesthetically pleasing, with rich, deep colours paralleling renaissance art mixed with a fantastical aspect mirroring the world of the painter. Symbolism from the painting is carried over into the film, the symbol of bread as the body of Christ surfaces frequently, an execution ground is taken as a symbol of death, and the miller stands in for god, ever present and forever grinding out the daily struggle between life and death. The Spanish occupation of Flanders is violently depicted, and as in the painting, serves as a metaphor for the Roman occupation of Palestine; within Bruegal’s painting and the film, it is the Spanish who nail Christ to the cross. The acting follows the lead of the visuals, with the actors delivering stylised, poised performances rather than raw emotion. Perhaps in homage to the peasant-life tableaus that Bruegel was famed for, the film is interspersed with bursts of everyday life, children fighting, women cleaning, and lots of dancing. Although the film boasts actors like Rutger Hauer (as Pieter Bruegel), Michael York (as Jonghelink) and Charlotte Rampling (as Mary), their individual performances are unremarkable. However, their performances together carry the narrative of The Mill and The Cross; combined they are a powerful medium for Bruegel’s and Majewski’s vision. It’s important to go into this film knowing that it is not a light hearted rom-com, it is not a shoot-emup action flick, and it is not a dark mystery-thriller. Some people left half way through the movie, which I don’t think speaks to the quality of the film, but to the expectations the viewers had going into it. The Mill and The Cross can be coarsely described as a moving portrait, more finely put it is Majewski’s analysis, interpretation, homage and appreciation for Bruegal’s art and message. You probably won’t laugh, and you probably won’t cry; but it is itself a work of art, something that can be reflected on and definitely a film that draws your attention and keeps it.

Christ falls while carrying his cross, and Simon is torn from Esther to help carry it. Mary, mother of Christ, mourns next to the tree of death and bits of a dead heretic cling to its branches, still uneaten by crows. A crowd of one hundred people stand by, unaware of the monumental events that are unfolding, while the miller looks down from his tower in the heavens. This is the scene that Lech Majewski’s film The Mill and The Cross projects the viewer into. The Mill and The Cross takes its inspiration from Pieter Bruegel’s famous painting, “The Way to Calvary.” The renowned Flemish painter lived in the mid-1500s and was well known for his landscapes and scenes of peasant and country living. “The Way to Calvary,” however, has an overarching religious metaphor

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A heretic is sentenced to death in the film, The Mill and The Cross.

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Pussy Riot protests Russian politics
All-female punk band sings out against Putin reelection
Emily James
Argosy Correspondent
Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot was arrested over their antiPutin protest at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour cathedral in February. On March 3, the day before the presidential election that saw Vladimir Putin return to power, six band members were charged in connection with hate crimes and violation of public order. Two of the band members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhin, are currently in prison. Tolokannikova and Alyokhin continue to protest the conditions of their arrest in prison with a hunger strike. The band was taken into custody after their gig at Christ the Saviour on February 21, where five members broke into the Moscow cathedral, performing a “punk prayer” at the altar; a song titled “Holy Shit” with the lyrics, “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin, chase Putin out!” Pussy Riot, in their colourful balaclavas, miniskirts and tights, criticizes Russia’s authoritarianism,


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The members of Pussy Riot performing in their signature balaclavas, tights and mini skirts.
pushing for judicial, educational and cultural reform. “Russia did not have enough explosive punkfeminism groups, pushing people to the development of the culture of protest,” band members explained to after the arrest. “Our concerts were to become a pure protest saying: superheroes in balaclavas and acid bright tights seize public space in Moscow.” If Tolokonnikova and Alyokhin are found guilty, they face up to seven years in prison. The two women “will starve in jail until they are returned to their children,” Pussy Riot explained on their website. They both have young children: Tolokonnikova has a fouryear-old son and Alyokhin’s daughter is five. They have been refused bail and neither one of them has admitted to being part of the group. “These citizens were taken in on suspicion of committing a crime,” the government’s press service declared, “one involving a gross violation of public order, including inciting religious hatred as part of a planned conspiracy.” “Our patriarch is not ashamed of wearing watches worth $ 40,000, which is intolerable when so many families in Russia are on the edge

of poverty,” Pussy Riot explained. “Our position is to think critically, to doubt all ‘natural’ things, and find lies.” Russia may perhaps be suffering from poverty, but Putin has overseen a return in political stability and economic progress to Russia, ending the crisis of the 1990s. During his last presidency, the Russian economy grew for nine years, seeing the GDP increase by seventy-two per cent, poverty decrease by more than fifty per cent and average monthly salaries increase from $80 to $640. However, Pussy Riot is not alone. 15,000 gathered in the city centre in support of the band on March 10. Many citizens are standing by their side, including Lina Moiave, a charity worker and Orthodox Christian, who sent a petition to the head of the church appealing for them to ask for the criminal case to be closed. What the group did was “intolerable” she said in the letter, but “what is more intolerable is the reaction to the events”. Protesting through music is not uncommon; the abolition movement, women’s suffrage, the labor movement, civil rights, the anti-war movement, the feminist movement, animal rights movement, environmentalism, and even vegetarianism and veganism, have all used songs to communicate their message. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described freedom songs as “the movement in a most significant way; these freedom songs serve to give unity to a movement.”

Local musicians stage Youtube invasion
Sackville based music videos on the rise
Taylor Mooney
Entertainment Writer
Sack City, Sackville’s premier rap group, made international news this fall with their first music video, “Speedo Love.” The video was featured on a bisexual blog dedicated to the love of speedos (a.k.a. speedo love). The blog was subsequently sued by Speedo for what they deemed to be an undesirable representation of their product, thus evoking the coverage of the video on the Australian news. The video has been around for two years, but really gained popularity after the news coverage. “It didn’t happen until October,” says Mitch Peters, member of Sack City. “It was always around two-thousand views, and then it just exploded.” The landslide popularity of “Speedo Love” is a good example of how quickly music videos can gain an audience. Peters mentions that the rap group has plans to release another album and more videos in the future. Astral Gunk, a Sackville-based “gunk rock” band, has recently released a video for their song “Modern Life.” The black-and-white video features various layered images. Notable combinations include a scene of women washing dishes layered with a scene of the band members wearing cartoon masks

Stills from Sackville based band Astral Gunk’s newest music video for their song, “Modern Life.” Many local bands have explored the medium of film in recent years, including Corey Isenor, Ingrid Gatin, Baby Eagle, OD Tabbaa and Sack City.
and playing their instruments, and a scene featuring Joel Young’s face layered with an image of an egg being cracked over a frying pan. A major highlight of the video is the scene in which Zach Carriere shreds up a violent guitar solo while standing in a bathtub wearing a Mexican wrestler mask. “We were basically just curious about film and thought it would be fun – none of us have ever made a music video before,” said Young. “I think the video parallels the song in many ways. Sometimes life seems boring, and that’s a tragedy. We try to find the extraordinary in the mundane.” Young reported that everyone contributed ideas, which accounts for the grab-bag quality of the images. Everyone shared filming duties, and Fine Arts student Joe Chamandy did the editing. “The shower scene was a little messy. There were bubbles and bathwater everywhere, and no room for the camera,” said Young. “We ended up smoking way too many cigarettes, but in general, the filming went smoothly.” Another recently released video featuring Sackville scenery is “Need Your Love” by Mount Allison student OD Tabbaa. “Need Your Love” was written by Tabbaa, and features vocals from Sean MacLean. “The music video is a direct reflection of the story in the lyrics,” says Tabbaa. “Although it is a music video, I would say it’s also a dramatic mini-film illustration of a common event that occurs in many people’s lives. [That is], the loss of a loved one because of cheating, and how memories of such events linger on.” The video for “Need Your Love” was filmed, edited, and directed by Morgan Murray and Michael Pierce, both Mount Allison students. “Arranging two weeks of filming with our studies and classes was a little challenging for us, but all in all, everyone did a great job coming to locations on time and making extra efforts to move from scene to scene quickly.” The video features Tim Wingate, Ekaterina Reymarova, and Britton Johnson, all friends of Tabbaa’s. “After several days preparing the screenplay and roles, Mike and Morgan went shopping for some lights and equipment, set up the recording gear, and we started filming scene by scene going along exactly with what the story in the lyrics is telling.” The video took two weeks to shoot, and was released on Valentines Day. “I was sure people had relevant experiences that compared with the song story, so they might have been able to relate,” says Tabbaa. While we already know that the music coming out of Sackville is unparalleled with any other tiny town of seven thousand, many artists are moving beyond simply producing music to creating elaborate videos. For other videos based out of Sackville, check out Baby Eagle, Corey Isenor, and Ingrid Gatin.

Photo Credit/Joe Chamandy

Photo Credit/Joe Chamandy

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Lessons learned from Mount Allison
Alex MacDonald
Op/Ed Editor
I continue this week my campaign to purify higher education of the evils that consume it. Addressing the inequality that results from the fiscal situation students are born into is important in making education accessible to all. While it is a problem that low-income students are saddled with an unfair burden in funding education relative to their well-established classmates, there is also discrimination that exists in how universities evaluate students. Perhaps it is simply a by-product of the competitive nature of individuals, but the current grading system turns students into commodities. A students, B students, C students, and D students are how we market students after graduation. Since only A and B students are valued and have the opportunities to pursue further education, we sacrifice the creativity of the pool of individuals who pursue higher education for the sake of a grade. Imagine for a moment if, as a student, you didn’t write papers to fit an

March 15, 2012

The con of higher education
into have also stripped students of an authentic academic experience. I have often wondered if I gained anything from the $45,000 I have spent on tuition fees over a span of eight years at two different institutions. Where I feel as though I gained anything intellectually is outside the classroom: in conversations with other people in cafes, at pubs, and at parties. Of course at the pubs is where I have been most free to discuss ideas. In the classroom, as soon as we talk about novel ideas, empiricism destroys our ability to discuss implications of these ideas. If I could do my university experience over again, I would have skipped it, bought some books, and got together with friends and discussed them over a bottle of scotch. The idea of a community of individuals gathering to discuss ideas is what university should be about, and that doesn’t cost $7,000 in tuition every year. A university education has become a commodity, and institutions like Mt. A have become the assembly line. This is the reason why decisions are made with the bottom line in mind, rather than the quality of the students’ experience. If there is one thing I can take from my in-classroom experience at Mt. A, it is that I will take more time to properly assess the value received from significant investments of tens of thousands of dollars. Also, repaying my debt for a piece of paper with some nice calligraphy on it should be a lesson in avoiding the big con artists.

Could she get just as much of an education without the thousand-dollar debt?
arbitrary rubric, but instead could pursue other mediums to communicate ideas. Students could instead be evaluated by the ideas they produce rather than the grade attached to their paper, contingent on writing in a narrow fashion with specific parameters on expression. This is how we develop a groupthink mentality in academia. This is the biggest threat to producing a population that is capable of independent critical thinking. While grades are a part of the problem, the diploma factories that universities have devolved

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Questioning the fused powers of parliament
John Trafford
Argosy Columnist
Politics is often seen as the domain of thieves and crocks masquerading as public servants. While on occasion this is correct, it can be easy to dismiss misconduct on the part of politicians as inherent to public office. The truth of the matter is that scandals like the recent robocall incidents of the last election can and do take place. This is not because some politicians are naturally immoral, but because the system they operate in has fundamentally broken down. Some politicians are going to be undeserving of their office, but the Canadian political system has actually made the job of the corrupt politician or public servant much easier. The checks and balances that were built into the parliamentary system in Canada have not fared well over the years. In fact, it can be argued that they hardly function at all in today’s political climate. Stephen Harper will without a doubt face scathing criticism from members of the opposition and the public over the issue of what he knew regarding the shenanigans that were going on in ridings all around the country at the time of his historic triumph over the Liberals and the NDP. What will not happen, however, is any kind of actual consequence for those who knew or should have known about the calls. Sure, a few mid-level conservative staffers may be thrown under the bus and maybe even some Members of Parliament will be truly investigated, but of lasting reform there will be none. Unfortunately, we live in a Canada where Stephen Harper is more than the Prime Minister; he is the de facto master of parliament. Parliament was originally conceived of without political parties, where the government was formed by alliances between individual MPs and no member had any official allegiance. This system insured that parliament could, in fact, oust the government at any time and protect those good old-fashioned values of peace, order and good government. Political parties have such control of their MPs that a majority government cannot be challenged by Parliament. The system in which parliament was to oversee the government has dissolved into a system where a majority government is a majority of parliament, and thus the government controls what was intended to be a check on its own power. As long as Prime Ministers continue to wield ironclad control over their parties, the system will continue to fail us and scandals like the robocall incidents will continue into perpetuity because there is no true government accountability. Canadians need to remove the wool that has been so gracefully pulled over their eyes. We are certainly not living in a post-Orwellian country, but I believe that without a total revamp of the federal political system, Canada could one day be a very different country. There is something very wrong when the Prime Minister can make major policy announcements without informing the minister in charge, and free votes in parliament are virtually non-existent. The sky will not be falling anytime soon, but Canadian democracy is under siege. Canadian prime ministers have unequaled power among other political executives in the western hemisphere, and this corruption of the parliamentary system has taken place gradually, with few taking the time to notice except when other ‘scandals’ erupt. Argosy Graphic/Rosanna Hempel

An open letter on Grassroot Soccer

Rob Burroughs
Argosy Contributor
I must apologize, first, for having poorly followed up on the tremendous effort that our community put into committing enough funds to graduate 100 African youth through Grassroot Soccer’s programming. We have partnered with their Zambian operations to sponsor their newlyformed Girls Club (girls-specific programming) and the training of thirty coaches. Our target this year should be to match the same $2000 barrier that we set for ourselves last year. This is a challenge that I set again to the Mount Allison community. From residences to academic departments to athletic teams. If each group donated twenty-five dollars to the MTA Gets Inspired project, the difference that we could make on the AIDS epidemic in Zambia would be substantial. Success stories are always wonderful, and Zambia is a success story for Grassroot Soccer (GRS.) Partially because they are the beneficiaries of GRS’s

Internet Photo/SportandDev most progressive and innovative fundraising project right here in Sackville, but also because they directly contributed to Zambia’s recent success at the Africa Cup of Nations. Anyone who knows a thing about soccer will be familiar with the continent’s most important sporting championship. In Africa, soccer is religion. What better message to send to the hundreds of thousands (millions, even) of atrisk youth: overcome HIV/AIDS and you could win the Cup of Nations. Six players from Zambia’s starting line-up graduated through Grassroot Soccer’s programming in the country. I understand that we haven’t directly contributed to their success, but with our continued support of Grassroot Soccer’s programmes, especially in Zambia, who knows how many more winners we can deliver. Mt. A, your challenge has been issued. Time to accept. Get Inspired. Save Lives. If you are looking to get involved or would like to donate, please do not hesitate to contact me at for more information!

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High Society
MTA”, it’s more than a project, it’s an educational revolution. Current Canadian policy is to suppress scientific studies in favour of fearpromoting propaganda. Hempology 101 aims to overturn this policy and put in place an honest, progressive policy of uncensored information sharing. Our goal is to greatly expand the information people have access to, as well as to target student’s attitudes towards marijuana laws and issues in Canada, and allow for them to reevaluate them critically. To start this revolution the club is looking at supplying literature that would be most beneficial for educating the university populace. One book, which is soon to be published, is Hempology 101 by Ted Smith. Smith is a leading Canadian marijuana advocate, promoter of cannabis activism and lecturer at the University of Victoria. It is the latest edition of the textbook, reviewing all aspects of marijuana: its recreational use, medicinal value, and the law. The Soma Solution by Chris Bennett is another illuminating read. It looks at the traditional usage of marijuana in various religions across history. These texts promise to be useful resources for students across a number of disciplines. In order to accomplish these and future goals, the club has several planned fundraising strategies. The society will be selling freshly baked goods and homemade California rolls, a commodity sorely lacking elsewhere in Sackville. Selling will be done door to door in residences, and at a booth in the student centre. No firm date has yet to be set for these sales, but watch for posters around campus in the near future. Another possibility which the society is considering to raise money is by hosting a coffeehouse with a small admittance fee. For those interested in joining the society, it is possible to join the facebook group, by looking up “MTA Hempology 101” and requesting to join. Alternatively, membership can be gained by sending an e-mail request to the club president at skfaryna@mta. ca. The new website is at hempology. ca, and information on discussion with the Mount Allison branch can be found under the forums section of the website. Currently membership has been flaky, resulting in subpar attendance at societal events; however, if it becomes apparent that there is enough interest, weekly meetings will be arranged. Also, it should be noted that the club is not about doing drugs, all students are not only welcome, but eagerly encouraged to join the society and help further the conversation surrounding marijuana. Rene Schuller

Board of Regents
Going into a meeting, there is no preparation and no advice. As a former representative on the Investment Committee, I know that this can be quite concerning. Second, there is currently no policy alignment at the level of our lobbying efforts. Students are not given a proper background on the SAC’s efforts at the board and University level and are thus undereducated and under-prepared to represent students. Finally, meetings of the board of regents are largely a mystery to students who may seek to provide input to the policy development of the students who do sit on the board and its committees. Efficiency is an often-used word in election, but this time, it can actually mean something. I hope that candidates for the position will take this into account. It is an often-told joke in economics that it cannot be possible that someone walking down the street could find money just lying on the ground. If this were the case, it is argued, someone would have already picked it up. There is money on the ground, ladies and gentlemen, and I hope our board of regents candidates will notice it. Stephen Spence

Mount Allison High Society was founded in October of 2011 as a means to inform the Mt. A community about the latest news and unbiased facts on marijuana. Since its inception, the club has hosted several events including movie screenings, several informal meetings and a potluck. Through events such as these and future discussions, the society aims to debunk common misconceptions about marijuana and serve as a panel for change in Canadian legislation. The society has grown rapidly during its short existence, and now boasts over sixtyfive members. High Society has recently merged with an international marijuana activism organization, and has undergone a name change in the merger to MTA Hempology 101. This grants the club access to greater resources and connections with leading experts in the movement. Currently Hempology 101 is undertaking an initiative to further educate the student body. The aim is to purchase up to date cannabis related literature for the Mt. A library. Boldly entitled “Project Educate

The Board of Regents representative is, first and foremost, a lobbyist. While they do sit and vote in council and on the board itself, this elected position in our union must spend the bulk of his or her time organizing a concerted effort to convince the university’s governing powers of our views and values. In this task, we have been afforded the convenience of student representatives on six of the board’s eight (or ten, depending on your metric) committees, of which five are students-at-large appointed by the SAC. A lot of talk in any election – federal, provincial or at the level of our union – involves talk of efficiency. And so it should. There is deadweight loss in any organization. The lack of organization with respect to the general proceedings of the board of regents representative is one area where this loss is highly concentrated. First, these committee representatives are untrained.

A story from the Drew Nursing Home
EOS Eco-Energy
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Accessible transportation is a key concern for the Drew Nursing Home in Sackville. The majority of the 118 residents require an accessible vehicle to travel outside the Drew — primarily to medical appointments, but also to participate in community events and visit family and friends. The Tantramar Region is limited when it comes to accessible transportation, making it difficult for those who rely on it to get where they need to go. Several years ago, the Drew owned and operated an accessible van that would take residents to their medical appointments. They also organized regular trips within the Tantramar Region. However, running and maintaining their own van became no longer financially feasible. “We used to plan social outings that gave the residents the opportunity to visit the Tantramar Region and see familiar surroundings, places they used to live”, said Linda Leroux, the executive director of the Drew Nursing Home. Leroux recounted one particular occasion when they took a trip to see the then newly completed Confederation Bridge. One of the residents was from PEI, so the trip held particular meaning for him. “He couldn’t believe that a bridge had actually been built. It was a really special opportunity for him to be able to see it.” An accessible transportation system would provide the Drew Nursing Home with the means to ensure transportation for their residents. It would also be much more efficient than owning and operating a vehicle, as it would be shared by other community groups and residents in the area. Most importantly, it would allow the residents to participate in community life, and go on regular social outings. “If an accessible vehicle was available, we could begin planning regular outings for the residents again. Trips to see the Christmas lights or fall leaves, or even something as simple as visiting Tim Hortons, would be special for the residents,” Leroux said. For more information on the Transportation for Tantramar project please contact EOS EcoEnergy at or 5364487.

We are all Joseph Kony
An indictment of the (neocolonial) self
Richard Kent
Argosy Contributor

The controversy over Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign has left few people unaffected or neutral. The debate has largely been centred on the merits of Invisible Children. The result is ugly: the internet is awash with argument. However, critiques of Invisible Children and the campaign have largely avoided issues that are much more serious in nature. The problem with the Kony 2012 video arises from what is being said by whom. Despite Invisible Children’s claims to the contrary, there is evidence that many in Northern Uganda prefer a political solution. Furthermore, the Ugandans that appear in the video are members of the Ugandan government, an institution nearly as antagonistic to Northern Ugandans as the LRA. Voices from other affected areas are entirely absent. The imposition of western values and the denial of voice to those affected is unacceptable. It is not up to us to decide what to do about Kony; any sustainable solution to this conflict must come directly

from those involved. Then again, we live in a world where a range of serious problems permeate our lives. The biggest threats to personal security in this world are not African warlords, but issues like poverty, hunger, and infectious disease. Globally, one billion people face increased health risks (including death) because they do not have enough food to eat. In comparison, conflict involving the LRA has resulted in approximately 100,000 deaths over twenty-six years. Those suffering because of Kony should not be ignored, but there are a host of bigger problems which require urgent attention. Canadians can do little to bring peace to central Africa, but we can end or mitigate many other problems quite easily. The biggest problem of all is our collective failure as those who can relieve the world of many of these ills to do so. We must ask: “do we have the right to condemn Joseph Kony?” For most, the answer must be “no.” The Kony 2012 campaign is

notable because of the attention it has received. If every problem was taken as seriously as Kony, the Millennium Development Goals would have been unnecessary. Yet, our problems remain. Canadians have already forgotten about Attawapiskat, a crisis of human dignity in our own backyard. What does that say about us? What does aiding and abetting regimes that are a fundamental source of insecurity for those within their borders say? At best, we are hypocrites; at worst, we are responsible for an unfathomable amount of human suffering, and we have blood on our hands. Indeed, we should be wondering what the material impact of the Kony 2012 campaign will be. It could be great; it is far more likely that it will be negligible. Everyone is at fault for the perpetuation of injustice on this planet. As long as we continue to allow these injustices and behave as we do, we will be as guilty as Joseph Kony.

Spring Election Candidate Profiles
Board of R e g e nt s C a nd id a te s
Michael Watkins
Vote Michael Watkins for Board of Regents Representative, the candidate who will: reinvigorate student committee members through training and monthly meetings; solicit student feedback through dinner/lunch meetings in order to gain the thoughts of the students to inform my vote; better update students about board meetings through detailed reporting, and; advocate for full voting rights for student representatives on the Executive Committee of the board. Email or check out Facebook to learn more.

Arts S e n a to r C andidates
Ryan Harley
My name is Ryan Harley and I am running for re-election as one of the SAC Arts Senators. My campaign re-imagines the obligations and possibilities of the senator’s role. I am going to re-imagine the ways in which senators inform students of the academic issues up for discussion, and employ innovative new ways of soliciting feedback. I am also committed to enriching our university’s intellectual community with new SAC sponsored initiatives.

Rob Burroughs

We have a choice in this election. We can banish politics that breed division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can influence the decision-making process at this school. The potential for this position to do incredible things is tremendous. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit. Let us form a more perfect union. Choose Rob, our Regent.

Nick Godsoe

As an active musician I know the arts, and I know them well. Currently, I’m a tuba-rockin’ music student and a Residence Councillor on the SAC. I feel that my experience with the SAC, combined with my thriving passion for the arts, would make me an informed and productive Arts Senator. My general goal is to represent, defend, and empower the arts on the stages of the SAC, Senate, and University like never before. So PICK NICK, and let’s get crafty.

Stephen Spence

Stephen’s main goal as Board of Regents Rep would be to ensure that the Union gets more out of the position. Issues like Safety, Inclusive Student Life and Fair Pay for Residence Staff are critical, but meaningless if we don’t have a plan to address them. Stephen has three years of experience with the SAC and is ready to hit the ground running. If you would like more information, please visit www.sjspenceNB.blogspot. com or email

Jessie Dale

I am a motivated, energized B.A. Psych student running to be your Arts Senator. I am passionate about all that I do and know I can make a positive impact on our council. I have gained considerable experience working as an RA this year and want to stay involved with Mt. A’s fantastic community. I have tons of great ideas for the coming year and hope to share them with you this week. Questions?

Social Sc i e nc e s S e na t o r C a n d id a te s
Ian Smith
I am a second-year political science major and I know that if elected, I can do a lot not only for students in the social science faculties, but in all academic areas. Two of my main goals are for higher SAC to student communication & availability, and much more funding for classroom maintenance. I have a lot of ideas and even more ambition; give me the chance to make them reality.

A rts S e n a tor C andidates
Jacob Lavigne
Hey Mounties, As a third-year biology major, I have now served two years on the SAC, last year as Campbell Hall’s house rep and this year as your science senator. I now wish to capitalize from my experiences with a second year as senator to develop projects in order to maximize the quality of your life as a Mountie. Shout or reach me via facebook or twitter @jllavigne if you have any questions about my platform or opinion on a recent issue.

Ali Rehman

I am a second-year commerce student and I would be honored to be your Social Science Senator. The responsibilities of the Social Science Senator are to be an informed advocate of student concerns & issues, while representing the educational, social and personal concerns of Mount A students. I believe that I am the best candidate for this position because I am a knowledgeable and assertive leader.

Scott McKinnon

My vision for next year includes: guidelines for course selection with a focus on upper year alternating courses, more academic events such as advising fairs, individual licensing for academic computer software, and increasing the availability of study rooms accessible to students. To be the best you can be, you need to be as informed as possible about the academic opportunities and regulations. Let us build your academic community together. Next week vote Scott McKinnon ( for Science Senator!

Marina Bertram

I am a second-year B.A. student majoring in Anthropology with a double minor in Mathematics and Philosophy. I am running for Social Science Senator because I want to stay involved in the Mount Allison community, and be an advocate for students. I want to improve the roles of senators by increasing two way communication between students and faculty, maintain a high level of accountability and be a visible member throughout the year.

Ryan Murphy

I am a second-year student here at Mount Allison taking a double major in Psychology and Commerce. I have been involved with several SAC committees in the past year such as the Appointment and Recruitment committee. I have three main goals for next year if elected: improve student’s awareness of the Senators roles and how they can help students, improvements to physical aspects of the labs and classrooms, and enhancing the AcMen service.

Va le d ic to ria n C a n d id a te s

Alex MacDonald

My fellow classmates, I hoped to take some space in this most glorious of news publications to announce that I will not be able to remain a candidate to serve as valedictorian of the Class of 2012. I have also realized I will not be able to present myself at the speeches today. You deserve a better person than I to serve as valedictorian. You deserve Geoff Hutchison.

Jeff O’Hara

Hi everyone! I’m Jeffrey O’Hara and I am hoping to be your Class of 2012 Valedictorian! I’ve been involved all over campus over the past 4 years, and am in awe at every experience I have been able to have in that time. It would be my absolute honour to represent you all at our convocation, as I feel that I can best represent the everyday student. I hope you will give me the opportunity!

Kiera Kent

Hey Mount A Grads of 2012! Can you believe that the end is in sight? This school has been our life for the last four (or more) years and we have been through so much together. If elected valedictorian, I want to ensure that our memories over the years are celebrated and remembered. We are all family and when we all come together during convocation, it would be my honour to give the valedictory address.

Beth Whitfield

I am a fourth year Biology student and I am  running to be your valedictorian. If elected, I promise that I would give an upbeat and personable speech that would help us relate together as a graduating class. We have accomplished amazing things during three, four, five or six years, and we  deserve to celebrate them together! Best of luck on the last stretch of your Mount Allison life!

Erik Fraser

My fellow graduates, to be your Valedictorian would be an honour. Like you, I have had incredible, enlightening and sometimes embarrassing moments at Mt. A. As Valedictorian, my goal at graduation would be to help you do three things: Reflect, Connect, and Project. It’s important we reflect on experiences, we connect to each other to celebrate our success, and project to think about our futures. I hope that you consider Erik Fraser when voting for Valedictorian.

Geoff Hutchinson

It’s nice to meet you. My god, you have the nicest eyes, has anyone ever told you that? As I don’t have much space here, I’ll be brief. I want to be your Valedictorian. My reasons are many and varied, and they can be found on Facebook, but if I had one sentence to sell you? I can promise that you will never see another speech like this one. Guaranteed.

Rachel Gardner

Class of 2012, you’ve challenged, encouraged, and motivated me. It’s the clubs, the classes, the plays, the music, the sports games, that have defined this experience. But most of all, it’s the people, and while our time here may be coming to a close, these friendships need not do the same. You’ve shaped my time here, and it’s my hope to give back to you at Convocation if you’ll let me. Vote Rachel for Valedictorian!

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Truro Sevens: rugby uncensored and uncut
Behind the scenes at the Maritimes’ biggest, grossest, and best rugby event
Taylor Mooney
Entertainment Writer
Truro Sevens. Rugby Christmas. Essentially synonymous with “shit show,” this infamous rugby tournament holds special meaning for ruggers all over Canada. Rugby culture is complex and multi-layered. Besides the obvious valorization of physical strength, toughness, and stamina, rugby culture is infamous for its preoccupation with all things bawdy and alcohol-related. Truro Sevens embodies all of these values in a neat little package consisting of three days and a barn. Anyone who doesn’t play rugby or who isn’t friends with a rugby player is probably wondering what Sevens is. If you were to ask any rugby player “what is Truro Sevens?” they would probably reply only by saying, “sloppy.” But beyond being sloppy, messy, and dirty, Sevens is a rugby tournament held in a large horse barn in Truro, Nova Scotia. Men’s and women’s rugby teams from all over Canada flock to Truro for three days of drinking, rugby and general debauchery. Most people will tell you that Truro is less about rugby and more about shenanigans. Sevens rugby refers to rugby using only seven players per side (as opposed to fifteens, which employs fifteen per side). In Truro, these games are played in the horse barn on a big “field” of mud/potential horse shit, and are usually played drunk. The first thing you’re taught when being

popular by Mt. A.’s women’s team, is to take the ironing boards from as many rooms as you can to create a giant game of beer pong in the hallway. Another great method, if you have a camera, is to walk around taking pictures of people you don’t know (this is my personal favourite). If you’re looking more than just friendship, you’re in luck! There are plenty like you, looking to act like… Trurhoes. The term “trurhoe” refers to anybody, man or woman, who wishes to find some good, wholesome Truro lovin’ for one or two nights and never see nor hear from their rugby paramour ever again. This behaviour is both accepted and expected. In fact, you are something of an anomaly if you don’t partake in being a Trurhoe. Walks of shame in Truro aren’t shameful. They’re just walks. Truro’s nightlife enforces this behaviour enormously, particularly… Chevy’s. I’m pretty sure it’s called something else now, but everyone calls it Chevy’s anyways. Chevy’s is packed for the full weekend – if you get there before ten, there’s usually no line and no cover. Chevy’s is a magical place. Going through those doors is like entering into another world. One of Chevy’s most distinctive characteristics is its stripper cage, which is usually filled with both men and women, sometimes wearing clothes, sometimes not. At Chevy’s, everyone wants to make out with you. Saturday night is particularly outstanding because every team chooses a theme and dresses up. This year, Mt. A.’s women’s team played off of Dr. Suess’s Things One and Two, and dressed up as Things Seven. The men’s team dressed up as construction workers. This article can’t come close to summing up the magic that is Truro Sevens; the tiny bit that I was able to tell you is but the tip of the big, beautiful, sloppy, dirty rugby iceberg that is my favourite weekend of the year.

Katie Rob (far right) gets welcomed to Truro Sevens in brutal fashion.
briefed on what you should expect in Truro is that you should be ready to be chirped. Jeering at the players is one of the best trademarks Truro has to offer. A sure-fire way to get yourself booed at is to kick the ball. Normally acceptable in rugby, kicking the ball in Truro is completely taboo because it endangers the lights hanging from the ceiling. If there’s anything you want to avoid in Truro, it’s extra expenses. A great way to cut costs is through the unconventional approach to… Hotels. Most teams book two rooms for as many as thirty people. Vets get the beds, rookies get the floor. The hotels in Truro completely

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change their rules for the weekend (and by change, I mean abolish). Drinks are allowed in the pool. There are no quiet hours. Pubic intoxication is allowed, and expected. Nudity is fine. At one point last weekend I walked past a wall with a large hole in it. In the hole were a knife and a full beer. Under normal circumstances, this would be strange. Under Truro circumstances, this was normal. Mount Allison’s usual hangout is the Glengarry, where you’re sure to meet lots of… Truro friends. Truro friends are special people who you only talk to at, or about, Truro. It’s very easy to make Truro friends. One way, made

Social Media and Sports: the good
Part one in a two part story
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
Tradecentre 2012. I bet you had heard enough of that by Sunday evening, a full day before the NHL’s trade deadline and subsequent coverage by TSN. Tradecentre’s coverage has reached ridiculous proportions, but that’s another story for another article. What makes it so useful is the use of Twitter by its analysts, tweeting the most recent trade rumour before they even make it to the air, meaning that you don’t even need to watch the actual coverage, you can sit on your Twitter receiving the updates. This is but one of the benefits that social media has brought to sports, keeping people in the know as it happens. Instantaneous news updates to phones and computers everywhere connect the sporting world in seconds, bringing fans up to date within minutes after something has happened. In addition to keeping people up to speed on the latest in the world of sports, social media has also allowed fans the opportunity to interact with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. His character and personality has him as one of the fan favourites among players in Phoenix, but most of his fame has been garnered through his use of the social media website. Formerly known as “PaulBizNasty,” his account was shut down by the league a couple of years ago, but he re-entered the twitter world as “BizNasty2point0,” and continues his refreshingly honest and insightful tweeting. It’s all he can do sometimes, as he frequently finds himself to be a healthy scratch from the Coyotes’ lineup. Some highlights from recent days include “Since the price of fuel went up I find siphoning my neighbours gas helps me save money. #Finance” (Feb. 29), “Finally got a chance to read the new SI swimsuit issue. Great literature” (March 2), and “Didn’t think it was possible but these trading card companies make me look like an even bigger plug.” (March 9). His willingness to poke fun at himself along with many other people has endeared him to fans; even his description reads “Play in the NHL for the Phoenix Coyotes. Well sort of.” Baseball too has its entertaining tweeters; Travis Snider of the Toronto Blue Jays also enjoys poking a bit of fun at himself, as “Lunchboxhero45.” Most of his tweets do involve food, as his twitter name would suggest, and include Sunday’s tweet, “I officially have the Mexican meat sweats.” It’s these simple, funny, yet relatable tweets which make these players endearing to us fans, who are always looking for humanizing traits among our sports heroes who we watch daily on television. Next week I’ll look at the bad side of Twitter and social media among sports, but for now I’ll leave you with the top 5 Mountie athletes you should be following:

Top Five Mt. A athletes on Twitter

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Justin Richard (Football)@picnics_over Katelyn Morton (Hockey)@Katelyn_Morton Nick Kukkonen (football)@kokobuttchug Mitchell Cormier (football)@TheRealCormchi Caitlin MacDonald (volleyball)@CaitMacDonald

Katelyn Morton (left), along with a growing number of Mt. A atheletes, actively takes part in the ‘Twitterverse‘.
their favourite players. Via Twitter, and the act of “tweeting at” somebody, fans can “tweet at” their favourite players to congratulate them on a game well played, console them on a game lost, or even trash talk them a bit. But it’s not just players who fans can follow and tweet at, it’s coaches, management, owners and even (gasp) broadcasters! That’s right, your favourite sports personalities and analysts are probably all on Twitter! So now, even when they’re not on air, or sometimes when they are, you can converse with them via Twitter. One of the best tweeters out there has to be Paul Bissonnette of

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Brandon Malally
Lisa Riley
Argosy Correspondent
Brandon Malally from Truro, Nova Scotia, is a power forward and center (for those of you who don’t know, that means he plays “in the paint”, right under the net, and gets all the rebounds) and is a third-year Psychology student. Brandon plays basketball all year round, which takes up a lot of his time, but he still finds time to volunteer in he community. As a multi sport athlete in high school, he has knowledge in football as well as baseball, and during the summer he puts that to good use. He helped coach the Bantam Football team in Sackville in a past summer. Along with playing baseball during the summer months, his team runs a camp for the first month of their season to help teach younger players basic skills to help improve their game. Not only can he play ball, but he can coach too. He helped to coach a junior high basketball team before coming to Mount Allison. Playing basketball in university did not make Brandon forget his old high school team or coach. Whenever he has the time he always goes out to support them and has a great relationship with his coach, and is still friends with some of the players. This has afforded him the unique opportunity to become an informal mentor to some of those players. They will ask him questions about his experience on and off the court, how to balance school and basketball, as well as ask him for tips and pointers to better their game. Balancing school work and athletics had been a challenge for Brandon in the past, but he has been making a concentrated effort to better each aspect. It is challenging to play a sport that requires gym time, because their practices change on a daily basis. He has to plan out his day based on what time they have practice. He finds it easier to get school work done during the season because he has a physical commitment. Though the commitment is always there in the background, it’s easier to remember when you have practices and games to go to rather than just think about going to. He also likes to study, especially for exams, with another player on the team. They have a great sense of team and having another person to study with always helps keep you motivated. His best experience on the team so far was his three-point basket to win their opening game in the ACAA playoffs this year. Playoffs is a one game elimination round robin, so to extend the season, and in such an intense way, was fantastic. They had a few seconds left on the clock and

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Malally’s play thrived this season under the guidance of Coach Duane Starratt who took over in mid-November.
were moving the ball up the court; while he is normally “in the paint”, he saw an opening on the baseline at the edge of the three point line. He got the pass, shot it and it went in, luckily, he says, and they still had to play defence so the euphoria did not sink in until after the game was over. After Mt. A, Brandon plans on entering the police force. Basketball has prepared him though the use of teamwork and dedication. He also plans on coaching, starting at a younger level, then, if the opportunity arises, a higher level like high school or university. Next year promises to be even more exciting than this year, as they are only graduating one player and the rest are returning. That being said, the change in coaching staff this year was tough, but Brandon is hopeful that now that their coach is in place they will be even more dominating next season. This year Brandon was a third-year captain and a three-time Mt. A Athlete of the Week, and there is no doubt that Mt. A can expect to see even bigger things from this Mountie.

A two-time Athlete of the Week winner, Mount Allison’s five-footeleven guard KEVIN MONAGHAN has won University Athlete of the Month honours for his tough and hard working hard court play in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) men’s basketball championships.  Providing much leadership over the month, Monaghan was the game’s leading scorer in both the barnburner quarter final (68-67) win over the hometown Hurricanes, and again against the tournament-favoured MSVU Mystics. He scored 23 points in the first game, and in the 74-50 loss to the Mystics he scored a gamehigh 19 points, and was selected as Player of the Game.

ACFL resumes play in 2012
thriller against Destiny’s Child, Alex Field’s squad came back from behind to squeak out a last-second 41-40 win over Vandelay Industries. Field hit Nick Kukkonen on a two-point conversion with no time left to win it for Hoosier Daddy. The league has not been without its controversy this year, as Destiny’s Child was forced to fold by the league last week when it realized its roster was not enough to field a full team. The remaining members were dispersed by form of a draft to the other teams, and the season marches onwards. The ACFL, which is more or less exclusive to members of the football team as a form of off-season training, is a competitive league which features four-on-four touch football play in the gymnasium. Two receivers, a lineman and a quarterback make up the offensive look, while the defence usually consists of one rusher and three defensive backs. Anyone wishing to rush the passer must start five yards back of the line of scrimmage, while the blocking lineman can use regular blocking techniques. Teams have four downs to advance the ball the length of the gym into the endzone; failure to score in the four downs results in a turnover, and the opposing team takes possession at their own goal line and now have four downs to score. Conventional strategy is often thrown out the door when it comes to the ACFL; teams will sometimes draw up plays prior to their games or drives, but I’ve both seen as well as been a part of championship-winning teams who have had absolutely no pre-planning of any sort, and have made everything up on the fly. In fact, the past two championship-winning teams have relied on making things up as they go to win, and it does seem to prove effective offensively. Defensively is somewhat of a different story; one can put together a game plan, but it will likely change a few times throughout the game, as teams will eventually wear down the defence one has in place. Foolproof strategies are hard to come by, as teams must mostly rely on their athletes defensively. With the regular season winding down, it’s hard to determine who is a favourite; Get Money is holding down a record of 3-0, but the Gorlaks are right behind them at 2-1. Hoosier Daddy closes out with a 2-2 record, while Vandelay Industries is currently in the basement with a 1-2 record. MVP is also a tough call at this point; two receptions separate the top three pass-catchers, while Jake Hotchkiss (The Gorlaks) is boasting a Touchdown-Interception ratio of 18-2 presently. Next best is Mike Lowe of Get Money with 19 TDs and 4 INTs. For all the up-to-date information on the ACFL, visit the website at Mount Allison/Sue Seaborn

Heather Murray
HEATHER MURRAY of the Badminton Mounties went about her month and year quietly, and successfully — competing in Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) conference play, and going undefeated along the way (180). She led her Mounties to their fourth straight conference title, and took her fourth trip to the national championships in Kamloops, BC. While the competition was fierce at the nationals, Murray twice defeated the host conference team (PACWest) in women’s singles in four straight sets, to finish fifth in the overall tournament. She was also honoured with the prestigious Eileen Harle Fair Play Award, a trophy which she has won for the past three years at the nationals. She was just recently the ACAA and CCAA Badminton Athlete of the Month for January, and has been a four-time CCAA All-Canadian.

Nick Kukkonen (10) is one of several Mounties getting extra off season training through the ACFL.

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League resumes play after one year hiatus
Wray Perkin
Sports Writer
In my days as a commissioner, I encountered my fair share of problems, not the least of which was the fact that I was also a player on one of the league’s five teams that year. After a one-year hiatus, the Athletic Centre Football League is back in full swing, with two firstyear players leading the charge. Cocommissioners Richard Deschamps

and Brandon Maj revived the league this year, despite the fact that neither of them had even seen an ACFL game before. With the regular season now winding down, and only four teams remaining in existence, let’s look at the highlights of the season so far: -Chris Munn is first overall draft pick. Drafted by the Gorlaks, Munn has yet to live up to his Lineman of the Year status from 2010, with only nine catches in two games. -Donovan Saunders drafted ahead of vets Snider, Kukkonen and others. The true rookie has impressed, leading the league in defensive touchdowns and, until recently, also led his team in receptions. -Hoosier Daddy close games. After coming out on top 47-45 in a

Correction: In last week’s Argosy Vol. 141, Iss. 19, the cover photo was attributed to Sue Seaborn. The photo was in fact taken by Tom Reid.

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Indoor soccer league in full swing
FC Blue Balls handed second regulation loss
Robert Murray
Sports Editor
While MAVISL (Mount Allison Varsity Indoor Soccer League) might not have the crowds of other varsity sports, the competition level certainly did not let up with the FC Blue Balls (FCB) losing only their second match of the regular season to Team Dece by an 11-7 score. In the other fixture of the week, Dynamo Moncton survived a second half onslaught by Les Phoques to escape with a 9-8 shootout victory. In the first match up, Team Dece jumped out to lead 3-1 at the half on route to an 11-7 victory over table leaders FCB. The first half was kick started almost immediately by Bradley Joseph who was assisted by Stuart McAdam. Team Dece countered with the first two of three goals from Ryogo Kanda eleven minutes apart before Phil Nguyen took a feed from Femi Adegbidi, who collected his second assist of the night. The second half saw fourteen goals scored as FCB attempted a comeback. Femi Adegbidi scored a hat trick for Team Dece to go along with a second half assist to finish the game with six points. For the first twenty minutes of the second half, FCB looked to be gaining momentum with a late stage comeback seeing them outscore Team Dece 6-4 on the heels of a hat trick by McAdam. However, the comeback was short lived as Jonathan O’Keefe potted two goals in the final five minutes for Dece to seal the victory. Nick McDonald picked up the victory for Team Dece, while Adegbidi was named game MVP. Also picking up game honours were Stuart McAdam for FCB and Ryogo Kanda rounded out the three stars. The late match saw a barn burner of sorts as Dynamo Moncton were able to steal their second victory of the season in a shootout over Les Phoques. Moncton stormed out to an early 7-3 lead at half on the heels of a hat trick by Justin Baglole, while Aaron Gagnon added a pair of goals. The second half saw the emergence of Kevin Seeley as a MAVISL elite after he potted a trio of goals in a three-minute span. Les Phoques reeled off five straight goals thanks to Seeley, Curtis Michaelis’ second goal of the night, and a goal from Sam Bliss, which opened the second half scoring. With the score now favouring Les Phoques, Gagnon completed his hat trick in the forty-seventh minute to send the game to a shootout. Baglole potted the first goal of the shootout before Michaelis tied it in the second round. Keeper Greg McGuire scored the game winner in the shootout to help Moncton escape with the victory and two points. For their offensive outputs, Baglole was selected as the first star of the game with Seeley and Gagnon selected as the other two stars. First star Justin Baglole commented after the match saying, “The competition is really good this year. All the games are close, anyone can beat anyone on any given night.” Be sure to come on out to next week’s matches on Monday, March 19. Be sure to follow @Argosy_Sports on Twitter for schedule updates. All Photos Argosy/Rob Burroughs

From top to bottom: League leaders FC Blue Balls (Blue), second place Les Phoques (Yellow), last place Dynamo Moncton (black) and third place Team Dece (Green) are all the teams currently competing in MAVISL (Mount Allison Varsity Indoor Soccer League)

The dangers of gambling
Jenn MacKenzie
Health Intern
The odds of being struck by lightning are more likely than winning a Powerball jackpot. Gambling problems are more prominent than one may think. Youth and college students are at greater risks than adults for developing gambling problems and caution should be taken when participating in any gambling activities. Excessive gambling has led to numerous problems for many people. Each person who has a gambling problem experiences their own unique problems, but there are many that they all have in common. Debt is a huge issue for any person with a gambling problem. People have lost their houses, cars and even families due to compulsive gambling. University and college students are two to three times more likely to have

a gambling problem than adults. It is estimated that seventy-five percent of all students attending post secondary education have gambled at some point over the last year. The most common gambling activity reported for students is the lottery followed by card games and betting on sports. Approximately sixty-seven percent of all university students bet on sports. Athletes are more likely to gamble and are at a higher risk of developing a gambling problem because of their competitive personalities and behaviours. University students who gamble have reported that they started betting and gambling in high school. Many students have started out with social gambling. This is when you only play with a set of money and when it’s gone you’re done playing. This way

there are no IOU’s. Social gambling also avoids high-stake games and does not have large pots, and limits play to only once or twice a week with friends. Pathological gambling is more serious than social gambling. University students who have gambled in the past year have had greater involvement with binge drinking, marijuana, cigarette and illegal drug use than those who do not gamble. Not only does the game itself require money, but supporting the above activities can also be expensive and cause detrimental effects to your body. The signs of a compulsive gambler are; personality changes such as irritability and restlessness, alienation from family and friends, lying to friends and family, stealing or committing an illegal act to finance

gambling, excessive borrowing to relieve financial debt caused by gambling, decline in grades, suicidal thoughts and being distracted due to a preoccupation with thoughts about gambling. Technology is making it easier and easier to gamble so it is important that you set limits for yourself. Being educated about gambling will help you know the stakes involved with gambling and being able to identify if you, a family member, or a friend are suffering from a gambling problem. For more information about gambling you can call the gambler information line 24/7 at 1-800-461-1234, or you can visit a counsellor at the Wellness Centre on the bottom floor of the Wallace McCain Student Centre.

Picture yourself with MASSIE in 2012!
A big thanks to the roommates, conversation partners, residence assistants, and partner families who helped to make the 2011 programs such a success. Applications are still available for the summer and fall 2012 programs. English Conversation Partners (Summer 2012) Spend at least one hour per week in conversation with a MASSIE student. Application deadline = April 30 (or until all positions are filled) English Conversation Partners (Fall 2012) Spend at least one hour per week in conversation with a MASSIE student. Application deadline = April 30 (or until all positions are filled) Partner Families (Summer 2012) Share part of your summer with a pair of MASSIE students. Students live in residence but meet their families for a meal/outing at least once a month (May-August). Application deadline = April 30 Roommates (Fall 2012) Spend the fall semester with a MASSIE roommate. Have the option of a super-single for the winter semester. Please contact the Housing Office ( if you are interested in this amazing opportunity!
For more information, visit or call 364-2124. Applications are available on-line & can be submitted directly to the International Centre 2F, Wallace McCain Student Centre (62 York Street, fax: 364-2130).

You are an Argosy Funder!
Want to have a say in your student newspaper? If so, then you are invited to the Argosy Winter Funder’s Meeting happening this Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Argosy Office (3rd floor, Student Centre). Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided! A number of business items will be taken care of at this meeting including: - Ratification of the new Editor-in-Chief, Carly Levy; - Election of two new student representatives to the Argosy Publication Board, and; - A review of the year from the Editor-in-Chief and Business Manager.

The two student representatives will serve two-year terms on the board which is responsible for the operations of Argosy Publications Inc., the parent corporation of The Argosy. Students in their final year of study may serve on the board for a one-year term. Students who serve on the Publication Board cannot be members of the Argosy staff. For any additional information about the board positions or any other business, please e-mail

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