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6 Contents

Augustana Medium December 2016

The Augustana Medium Volume 1, Issue V Cameron Raynor Melissa Wilk

Lane Anderson Emil Yim


Managing Editor Media Editor

Media Editor

Jessica Corcoran Tim Faltin

Associate Editor

Associate Editor

Wesley Cook

Advertising and Design Lead

Farshad Labbaf

Officer and Senior Reporter

Mikaila Perrino

Graphics & Comic Artist

Allison Ikenouye

Senior Reporter

Emily McIlroy

Senior Reporter

Tayla Koerber

Senior Photographer

Joedy Dalke Saif Hossain

Senior Photographer Senior Photographer

Carolyn Cook

Reporter, Graphics & Comics

Kelsey Marshall

Reporter & Photographer

Duncan Krammer Naomi Mahdere




Benjamin Byrnell Fahmid Uddin

Feature 18 - 23 What's next for Augustana. A first-look at the new three-week courses coming next Fall term, upcoming lab renovations, the Living and Learning Community and new programing coming to the Miquelon Lake Research Station. 26 - 31 The BeLaboured Project. Highlighted pieces Medium staff contributed to a Canadian University Press Canada-wide reporting project on the future of labour.

Interview 38 Les Parsons. Augustana’s distinguished alumni shares some of his experiences.



Raisa Salmin Purba Sarah Munter


Comic Artist

12 Combating racism on campus. Augustana is not immune from the racism currently visible on other campuses.


Andres Cardona Arias Poulida Phalatyotha

Accounts & Reporter


The Medium is a student led magazine servicing the University of Alberta Augustana Campus and Camrose communities. The Medium is published by the Augustana Free Press Ltd based in Camrose AB and is independently funded. The Augustana Free Press Ltd. is proud to be a member of the Canadian University Press. The Medium is printed by Star Press Inc., Wainwright AB. The Medium is printed and distributed in Treaty 6 territory. The territory on which the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta is located provided a travelling route, meeting ground, and home to the Cree, Blackfoot, and Métis, as it did for the Nakoda, Tsuu T’ina, Chipewyan, and other Indigenous peoples. Their spiritual and practical relationships to the land create a rich heritage for our life as a community. Contributions from all members of the Augustana and Camrose community are welcome. The Medium reserves the right to withhold publication of contributions for any reason. t: @augmedium Please address any compliments or complaints to the Editor: Office: 780-851-7824 Email: Contents © 2016 the Augustana Free Press Ltd.; all rights reserved unless otherwise credited. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior consent of the Augustana Free Press.

13 Meet Nordic Sports coach Lowell Niven. Niven takes on the newly created role of Nordic Sports coach. 14 Students shine at Augustana's Got Talent. Hundreds of students turned out for this year's event showcasing Augustana student talent. 32 10.5 Camrose holiday gift ideas. Locally sourced ideas for everyone on your holiday shopping list. 34 10 tips to study better. Advice to get ready for your final exams.

Commentary 8 Exams suck—and that's okay. Challenging times are often the most meaningful. 9 Friendships need to be reciprocated. Time and energy spent on friends should be mutual.

Recurring 10 News in brief. 11 Campus and community crime wire. 17 Chart of the month. 24 Word on the street. 33 Comics. 35 News in photos.


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8 Editorial

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Exams suck—and that’s okay Challenging times are often the most meaningful Cameron Raynor Co-Editor-in-Chief In some ways, it’s easy to believe the term is coming to an end. Every glance at the calendar reminds us that there are at least half a dozen deadlines to meet and exams are just around the corner. Exam season is one of the most challenging times for undergrads and, coupled with the slew of final projects typically due in the final weeks of classes, it’s easy to find oneself facing a daunting amount of commitments. While exam season is largely uncomfortable, stressful and taxing, those same attributes are what make it worth persevering. It’s easy to lose sight of any reason to do anything unpleasant in a culture that is dedicated to the “pursuit of happiness”—that is to say, comfort and pleasure. Too often, the pursuit of happiness can leave us empty and believing our lives are meaningless. And this is a problem, writes Emily Esfahani Smith in her Atlantic article There's More to Life Than Being Happy. "It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness." For the same reason millions of people choose to run marathons that are often unpleasant or choose to take on challenges no one is forcing them to take, challenging times offer us a sense of meaning beyond plain happiness or pleasure. Smith cites recent research that suggests living a life that feels meaningful increases “well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression.”

At the same time as exams and projects add to students’ workloads, it can feel like we’re constantly told to take it easy. You need to take a break. You shouldn’t work so hard. As international speaker Eric Termuende puts it, we define a work life balance as a checklist inscribed on the side of a Lululemon bag. If you feel unhappy, you’re not doing what’s right for you. I disagree. At a recent panel discussion hosted by the Peter Lougheed Leadership college, three accomplished Albertans—Sarah Chan, Giri Puligandla and Patti LaBoucane—discussed their take on work life balance. Two insights stood out to me: What is too much is relative. What feels like a reasonable amount of work increases as we take on challenges and push through to meet them. Friends and family make a big difference. All three panelists credited their peers with their success and said being around supporting and encouraging people with a similar mindset helped them through stressful times. Work life balance can be a “long game.” Getting the optimal amount of sleep, perfect amount of time to relax and the rest of the things we need for our wellbeing doesn't always happen every day, and it’s not the end of the world. When we talk about work-life balance and stress, we’re often describing a world in which there is no variation and every day we do the same things and can set aside the same amount of time for self care. In other words, a world that doesn’t exist. Of course none of this makes stress-inducing deadlines, hours of studying or late nights writing papers any more fun. Yet we all have our reasons for being here and those reasons are what make it worthwhile.

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Friendships need to be reciprocated Time and energy spent on friends should be mutual Melissa Wilk Managing Editor We’ve all experienced friendships or relationships where the other person doesn’t seem to care about our time, energy, or actions. As university students, we face immense pressures in all aspects of our lives - and our support systems have an impact on us. That’s why reciprocity is vital to our success. As students, we don’t have time for relationships, whether they are friendships or more serious, that drain energy or waste time. It’s important to make time for friends, especially when they might be struggling. However, if they are bringing you down don’t let them take away from your progress. Mark Manson, a personal development advisor and best-selling author, asks “why would you ever choose to be with someone who is not excited to be with you?” And it’s true, there’s no point to any friendship or relationship if you aren’t equally excited to be around each other. There is an “unspoken rule of reciprocity” in all relationships, says Amy Chan of the Huffington Post. Chan says that you should examine your relationships by thinking about whether you give back to your friends in the same ways that they give to you, and vice versa. A clear sign that your relationship is nonreciprocal is if you only talk to that person when you need to ask a favour of them, says Chan. It’s beneficial to ask each other for help so you can both be mutually supported. However, if you constantly ask the same person for favours without asking them if they need anything in return, it’s important to think about how they feel about it.

There’s a balance when it comes to university and, as millennials, trying to navigate between academic and social life is difficult. Putting pressures on other students to help you out, when you aren’t giving back is unreasonable. Further, letting other students take away from your experience by exploiting your knowledge can also be problematic. Make time for relationships that are reciprocal because you will feel better. If both people are equally excited and involved, then there’s nothing to worry about. Making time for these relationships and distancing yourself from relationships that aren’t reciprocal will help you be more productive in your busy student life. Navigating reciprocity in the age of texting and social media can be challenging. Most of our relationships are through text messages, people between the ages of 18-24 send over 2,000 texts per month, according to Business Insider. And that can easily eat at your time in a detrimental way if the people you’re texting aren’t supporting you. Aziz Ansari, comedian and author, says that “if your messages are in blue and the other person’s messages are green, if there is a shit ton more blue than green in your conversation, the person doesn’t give a shit about you.” Ansari’s humourous point rings true about reciprocity in relationships - if texting is an important part of friendships, and the other person seems to ignore you or send one word answers, it might be evidence of a relationship that lacks reciprocity. At the end of the day, relationships without reciprocity aren’t relationships at all, writes Glenn Llopis in Forbes Magazine. Llopis’ advises nurturing “relationships founded on the trust and mutual respect that comes from having each other’s best interests at heart. But, also know when to let go of a relationship that’s all about the other’s agenda.”

10 Briefing

Augustana Medium December 2016

The news in brief The pedway project has been delayed as a result of unexpected underground utilities, according to James Smith, assistant dean of finance and administration at Augustana. Smith said that the unexpected findings forced the team to reposition supports and re-engineer the structure. Now that the setback is out of the way, the pedway is now expected to be completed by the end of January on a revised schedule. That revised schedule is “currently ahead of schedule,” said Smith.

On Nov. 12 at the Crimson Ridge Golf Course in Sault St. Marie, Ontario, Augustana Vikings cross country runners competed at the national level. Matthieu Martin, Joedy Dalke, Bryce Turner, and Reece Bailey passed many runners on the eight kilometer course. Their final placings were 38, 41, 75, and 93 respectively. On the Vikings Athletics website, Dalke writes that “these runners destroyed personal best times by more than 30 seconds each.”

The Edmonton Journal reports that the University of Alberta law faculty’s vicedean is “investigating whether students who published a satirical article have breached the school’s code of conduct.” Canons of Construction, a newspaper run by University of Alberta law students, published a fictional humour story that told the story of a “desperate drunk girl.” The Edmonton Journal reported that “some law students said they were hurt, furious and uncomfortable when they read a purported humour piece” because of the sexist undertones.

Augustana’s men and women's soccer teams met in the Athletics Lounge this week to support Operation Christmas Child. According to the Vikings Athletics website, players donated bags of small gifts and worked together to pack 45 boxes, which will be sent to children in developing countries. Men’s Soccer Head Coach Tom McManus said that it was a great project and that “a little thing such as this will bring great joy to numerous children.”

The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference announced the North and South Men's Soccer All-Conference teams for 2016-17, which are selected by the ACAC’s soccer coaches. Augustana student John Aitken was selected as the men’s north All-Conference goalie. The Vikings Athletics website reported that head coach Tom McManus said that Aitken is “very deserving of the honour that he has received this year and I know it is going to be tough to replace him. He is a leader without being a Captain.”

Augustana athletes are aiming to collect 200 toys by the end of November. The toys will be donated to the Kinette Club of Camrose Silent Santa program and the Stollery Children’s Hospital. "Vikes for Tykes Toy Drive" is a student initiative started by the Augustana Vikings athletes. Students aim to give back to the community and “create a sense of unity amongst the Augustana Campus while continuing the University’s terrific traditions of service in the Camrose community”, according to the Vikings Athletics website.

Construction continues on the pedway project. Photo: Lane Anderson/Augustana Medium

Augustana Medium December 2016 The Augustana Students’ Associations (ASA) November “Save It or Shave It” event was successful in reaching the goal of raising over one-thousand dollars for Prostate and Testicular Cancer Research and Men's Mental Health & Suicide Prevention. On Nov. 28, students and faculty met in the forum to watch the volunteer participants be shaved.

The City of Camrose will celebrate its 110th anniversary of when the Village of Camrose became the Town of Camrose on Dec. 11, 1906. There will be a celebration at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on Dec. 11. “The event will celebrate Camrose’s past, present and future with a slate of multicultural performances. Music will range from Camrose bands to Ecuadorian pan flute, Mexican mariachi, Vietnamese music and Scottish bagpipes. Dance groups will showcase styles of Africa, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, the Ukraine and First Nations,” reported Jessica Ryan, of the Camrose Canadian.

Briefing 11 The Gateway student newspaper reported that undergraduates entering the Bachelor of Arts program in 2018-19 will be the first to encounter a new curriculum. On Nov. 24, the Arts Faculty Council passed the BA Renewal, a proposal to cut 21 credits from the Bachelor of Arts core. “This means that students in 2018 will only have to take three credits of English or Writing Studies, six credits of non-Arts courses (rather than Science), and will not have to take any “Breadth and Diversity” requirements (six credits from each of the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts),” wrote Jamie Sarkonak.

The University of Alberta is considering introducing a $4,000 international graduate student fee increase in an attempt to attract more students. The Edmonton Journal reported that the finance and property committee seeks board approval for the increase “to move the university’s low graduate tuition sticker price closer to those of its peers in the U15, the top 15 research-intensive universities in Canada.” The fee increase would be balanced by financial support and “in essence, would appear on paper only.”

Campus & Community Crime Wire On Nov. 5, a complaint was received of an unknown male lying in a backyard and crying. On Nov. 5, staff from a west end business called to report that a male was in their bathroom and was using cocaine. Police attended and the male came out of the bathroom stall and a quantity of cocaine was located on the lid of the toilet. The male was arrested and Police located a quantity of cocaine on his person. On Nov. 5, Police attended to the downtown area after receiving a complaint of a male dressed in a toga, passed out in a back alley. On Nov. 5, a heavily intoxicated male in a toga was found passed out in a downtown parking lot. A sober friend was located and agreed to take care of him. On Nov. 19, a downtown business reported that an unknown male had entered their place of work and stole a bottle of alcohol and then fled out the door without any attempt of payment. On Nov. 19, Police received a 911 complaint from a citizen that a male had attended her residence and requested potatoes. The male then proceeded to draw religious crosses on her door and siding with a Sharpie marker. The male was located and arrested by Police. On Nov. 20, while on patrol, Police located a vehicle parked in an abandoned parking lot. Checks on the vehicle revealed a strong scent of cannabis marijuana and a further search of the vehicle did not locate any cannabis.

Matthieu Martin and Joedy Dalke compete at cross country running nationals. Photo courtesy of Robert Renman

On Nov. 22, Police responded to a residence after a complaint was received of a male trying to break into a house. It was determined that the male was being inappropriate with a female and he was kicked out of the suite. The male punched one of the renters of the residence twice in the face causing him to bleed. After leaving, the male threw an eavestrough through a window and then proceeded to break more windows with a frozen mop. The male was arrested for assault, mischief, and breach of release conditions.

12 Social Justice

Augustana Medium December 2016

Combating racism on campus Augustana is not immune to the racism currently visible on other campuses Farshad Labbaf Senior Staff Reporter “F*ck your turban”. These were the words on a poster in white capital letters across the image of a man wearing a turban, that brought national media attention to the U of A. “If you’re so obsessed with your thirdworld culture, go the f*ck back to where you came from!” the poster went on. The same day, Yadvinder Bhardwaj, president of the Indian Students’ Association at the University of Alberta told the National Post, “I don’t want this. We are students, we are here trying to get an education, we are not doing anything bad.” Like many minority students across North American university campuses, he said he is “no stranger to racism on campus.” He emphasized that acts like these leave a lasting and distressing impression on international students. The issue sheds light on a much larger problem, which is that racism affects minority students on a much more regular basis. In 2012, Mary C. Murphy, an assistant psychology professor at Indiana University, found that we live in a new age of racism. Whereas the “old fashioned” prejudice involved the belief in some sort of biological inferiority of racial minorities and the expression of racial hostility, contemporary forms of racial bias are more subtle but none-the-less prominent. Recently, there has been a surge of racist acts across campuses in Canada from the

racist posters on the University of Alberta's North Campus to the Islamophobic posters on the campuses of the University of Calgary and Western University. But why is racism still a problem today? Minority students not only have to battle institutional racism, they must also endure academic environments where microaggressions and stereotyping, though not always intentional, are prevalent. A study by Ebony McGee and David Stovall, professors at Vanderbilt University, found that the consequences of racism and living in a society marked by white privilege entails deprivation in the long-term physical, mental, emotional and psychological well being of the affected individual. The study also suggests that racism and discrimination adversely affect the mental health of minority students and faculty by diminishing their academic self-concept, confidence, and mental efficacy. According to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) there is an average of six to 10 thousand hate crimes a year in the U.S.— and the FBI expects that number to rise following Trump's election, with over 700 hate crimes already reported post-election. Post-election, the rise of hate crimes and harassments has also appeared at post-secondary institutions, such as an incident at the University of Michigan where a man approached a Muslim student and threatened to set her on fire with a lighter unless she removed her hijab.

There have also been incidents where students posted photos of a black doll hanging from a dormitory curtain rod on social media, swastikas being drawn on dorm buildings and muslim women being harassed for wearing their hijab around campus. These incidents highlight the challenge emboldened racism poses on university campuses all across North America—and there is little reason to believe Augustana couldn’t fall into the same pattern. These problems have real consequences for minority students and the growing strength of racially charged political movements is making it more difficult than ever to combat. In this fight against the resurgence of racism, it is essential that those who are privileged aim to leverage their privilege to help those who are the target of discrimination. This is the message of the Centre for Social Change & Social Equity at Murdoch University’s report Anti-Racism – What Works?, which recommends taking an anti-racist approach that goes beyond basic cultural awareness. Talking to one another, educating ourselves and understanding other people can be a major force of good in an era of uncertainty and fear. In order to address racism and all forms of discrimination it is essential that we redesign social systems by acknowledging their flaws. In the words of Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire, “education does not change the world, education changes people, and people change the world”

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Meet Nordic Sports coach Lowell Niven

Niven takes on the newly created role of Nordic Sports coach Andres Cardona Arias Staff Reporter Lowell Niven is a long-time resident of Camrose and a familiar face at Augustana. He has been a student athlete, head coach of the Augustana Vikings biathlon team and team leader of the Canadian Biathlon Team in the 2015 Winter Universiade in Slovakia. How did you first get into Nordic Sports? I started skiing when I was ten or eleven years old, I grew up just down the street from the university. Gary Gibson and Hans Skinstad coached me and it was an easy walk to the university every day so that's how it started. How is your new position as head coach of Nordic Sports different from your previous role? Well, I'm looking after both Nordic Sports, so cross country skiing and biathlon, before I was just looking after biathlon. It's been a little bit of a challenge just to get used to that new role, but I think that it's coming together quite nicely. What sort of challenges have you faced in your new role that you had not encountered in your previous role? We combine practices a little more now, so facilitating both of those teams into one practice has been a little bit of a challenge. Can you tell us about your experience in Slovakia last year? Slovakia was a fantastic experience. For university athletes, it's probably the biggest sporting event next to the Olympics that they will ever go to. It was well organized and the conditions were very challenging. We saw every possible skiing condition so that made our lives difficult as coaches and difficult for athletes because they were skiing in absolute everything from slush to pure ice to big chunky snowflakes. It was a good experience, the organizing committee did a fantastic job.

Coach Lowell Niven. Photo courtesy of Vikings Athletics Can you tell us about your expanded role for the 2017 university games? We're going to Kazakhstan for the World University Games in Almadi. It starts at the end of January [2017] and we're there until the first week of February [2017], basically it's exactly the same as the last university games that I've been to. This year it'll be a little bit different, there is an actual athletes village so that'll be an interesting experience for me as a coach and for the athletes because they haven't had the experience with close to 600-800 athletes and coaches. In what other university games have you participated? Italy in 2013, Slovakia in 2015 and the upcoming Kazakhstan games in 2017. In your opinion what makes Augustana a hot spot for Nordic Sports? We've been a Nordic community for a long time, and I think that people know that there is an opportunity to come here. We've had lots of athletes come through our program and ski with the national teams or go on to coach at different levels throughout Canada. It's a really great program, to have people, athletes, come through and have the entire experience of being a student athlete and managing both aspects.

14 Student Life

Augustana Medium December 2016

Students shine at Augustana’s Got Talent Hundreds of students turned out for this year’s event showcasing Augustana student talent Jessica Corcoran Associate Editor Madeline Killoh took the top prize with an original song taking home a thousand dollars in front of the nearly 450 people that filled the Lougheed Performing Arts Centre for this year’s Augustana’s Got Talent event. This year’s event, which took place on Saturday, Nov. 5, consisted of 15 acts all bringing a variety of talent. Killoh performed her own original song, called Paper Home, which she dedicated to her sister. The second prize of four hundred dollars went to Bjarke M. Dahl, an international student from Denmark, who sang four Brittany Spears songs, and rapped in Danish. A student performing as Tk Mah placed third singing Stuttering and Need You Bad, taking home the one hundred and fifty dollar prize. Killoh said she didn’t expect to win: “I just turned to my buddy SWK (Shane William Kimber) for a hug and went with the flow. It was a wonderful opportunity.” “I've been singing for almost five years now and started playing guitar around the same time,” said Killoh. “At first I was a lot more passionate about guitar but I soon realized how good of an outlet songwriting and singing was for me and pursued that.” This was Killoh’s second year performing at Augustana’s Got Talent. “Last year I did a cover of Home by Edward

Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.” Killoh said she finds Augustana’s Got Talent an event that “truly adds to the Augustana community that I love so much.” Adding that “to be able to showcase your talent while watching others share theirs as well is a really great way to spend an evening together.” Second place winner, Bjarke Dahl said he was very glad after realizing his second place win. “I am happy that people want to listen,” said Dahl. “I don’t even know if I would consider myself a singer.” “The days up to the event I was thinking a lot about what act I should do,” said Dahl. “I had to learn three new songs, both guitar and lyrics and put it at together into one act.” “People were in general really encouraging afterwards and I got a lot of good responses,” said Dahl. Third place winner Tk Mah said that she has been singing since the age of twelve. She said this year “was my first year performing at AGT, I hope to be around next year to perform again.” “I was shocked to have placed third since the talent line-up at Augustana is so strong and diverse,” said Tk Mah. “As well, I actually didn’t know about the prizes until the day of the performance.” This was the Augustana Students’ Association's (ASA) fourth year hosting Augustana’s Got Talent and ASA VP Student Life Christine Tran’s first year organizing the event.

Madeline Killoh (left) and Bjarke Dahl (right) performing at Augustana's Got Talent. Photo: Emil Yim/Augustana Medium

Tk Mah performing at Augustana's Got Talent. Photo: Saif Hossain/Augustana Medium “I learned a lot from the past experience of others on the event and hoped to improve on the feedback of what worked and what didn’t,” said Tran, adding that she also wanted to incorporate some of her own ideas as well. “We did a few things differently this year, we changed the voting system in which members of the audience voted for their favourite act(s),” said Tran. This year, members voted by texting the hashtag of their favourite act to a temporary phone number. “The act with the most audience votes had 10 extra bonus points added to their final scoring from the judges, the act with the second most had 5 extra bonus points,” said Tran. “This helped with tie breakers.” Winners were decided by combining judge’s decisions with points earned through votes from the crowd. This year’s

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The Trio—consisting of Ken Winder, Qais Alizada and Glenn Abalayan—performing at Augustana's Got Talent. Photo: Emil Yim/Augustana Medium

judges were Fall 2015 Augustana’s Got Talent first place winners Ian Skinner and Adam Mckenzie, Augustana’s Executive Director or Student Life Randel Nickel, Lougheed Centre Events Coordinator Kristen DeCoste and Students’ Union VP Operations and Finance Robyn Paches. Another difference to this year’s AGT event was that 2014 contestant Tarisai Mbudzi entertained the audience with a standup comedy act during intermission. “Those who did not wish to leave for refreshments during that period could stay and enjoy the entertainment,” said Tran. This year’s show was hosted by local morning show host from 98.1 Cam - Fm radio Lucas Banack and Students’ Union VP External Mike Sandare. Also competing this year were The Trio consisting of Ken Winder, Qais Alizada and Glenn Abalayan; Luke James; Shane William Kimber; Tea Kieftenbeld; Micah

Friesen; Ozan Ardic; Todd Yaremcio and Cade Scheck; Lane Anderson; Karen Wagner; Katelynn Cook; Parker Dean; and Brynn Markowsky. “Overall I was excited for all the new talent but also some familiar faces and I’m incredibly happy with the outcome of the event,” said Tran. “I couldn’t have thanked the judges, hosts, performers, the hardwork of my team and the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre enough for dedicating their efforts and contributing to its success.”

Katelynn Cook performing at Augustana's Got Talent. Photo: Saif Hossain/Augustana Medium









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Chart of the month

Moi | 6%

RHS | 5%

The Forum | 14% Library | 10%

Faith and Life | 5%

Anderson 3%

Bergh | 1%

First-year | 27%

Garbage and recycle contamination

Classroom Building | 13%

Convocation 7%

Marken | 4%

Solheim 3%

Ronning %

Auxillary 1%

Garbage contamination by building above. Recycle contamination below.

The Augustana waste sort measures the amount of contamination in the garbages and recycle on a particular day each term. Contamination is recycle in the garbage or garbage in the recycle. It's hard to say how accurate the results are since they only measured on one day, however, contamination has been about 16 percent each term since 2010. This is despite many programs to improve these numbers. Some buildings are worse than others. On the right, each building's contamination this term is represented by the relative size of the area.

Faith and Life | 15%

Library | 9%

Founders' Hall | 2%

First-year | 23%

Forum | 19%

Convocation | 14%

Solheim 2%

Classroom | 6%

Moi 1% Bergh 2%

Marken 2%

Ronning 1% RHS 1%


30% Garbage Bin Contamination Recycling Bin Contamination


Average Contamination Linear (Average Contamination)

20% Change in contamination = - 0.04%(t) + 15.63% 15%


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Augustana lab renovations moving forward

2.2 million dollar renovation of first-year labs scheduled for Summer 2017 Cameron Raynor Co-Editor-in-Chief Augustana science students and faculty can expect new labs next September, just in time for the Fall 2017 term. A 2.2-million-dollar renovation of three science labs in the Classroom building extension and one research lab is slated for summer 2017. “I think it’s going to be great,” said Augustana Science Department Chair Peter Berg, who has been part of the project since the initial application for funding. “A huge chunk of Augustana students go through these labs,” said Berg. “Roughly one-third of Augustana students will take first-year chemistry and one third will take first-year biology.” Following the renovations, the labs will be up to modern standards with brand new equipment. “The project will involve the complete gutting of each of these labs,” said Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration James Smith, who has been very involved in the project. “It will be a big improvement for both the students and science staff.” The project’s timeline stems from stipulations attached to the funding Augustana is receiving that the project must be done by September 2017. “The project is funded on a 50/50 basis by the province of Alberta and the federal government,” said Smith. “There’s a lot of pressure to get them done on time.”

That’s not to say there’s not concern that the project may experience delays that set back the completion date. “If it is delayed we’d know well in advance and we’d make arrangements,” said Smith. Such arrangements would likely include using temporary trailer labs that the University of Alberta can access. Neither Berg or Smith think delays are likely. “The good news is right now we’re ahead of schedule,” said Berg. At this point, a contractor has been found and the architect has been fast. The new upgrades are a significant improvement over the existing facilities. Even simple upgrades such as new fume hoods make a big difference. In terms of energy savings, “replacing the old fume hoods with new ones is the equivalent of taking several homes off the grid,” said Berg. Decreases in lab equipment prices mean students will likely be getting their hands on more advanced equipment. For example, the department is looking into a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MNR) machine, used to identify chemical compounds, which used to cost “way into the six figures” and is now approximately $60,000. While University of Alberta infrastructure projects are typically administered from North Campus, this project has a local team consisting of two lab technicians, Smith and Berg. The local team has been involved in the design of the labs so they can be tailored for Augustana’s unique needs.

When building on Augustana rather than North Campus, “it’s not just another lab,” said Berg. Adding that the labs must be more flexible. “The design has to be smarter.” So far, the architects have been able to accommodate all the Augustana team’s requests. “The vision is to design this so it’s more conducive to group work,” said Berg. “Closer to how it really works in modern labs.” The Augustana Students’ Association (ASA) has been representing students throughout the project. ASA President Ben Curry said he is glad to see the improvements happening and would like to see more done for upper-year students. “You need to start looking at long term students and upper year students,” said Curry. “Students are going to stay here for more than their first year.” The choice of the first-year labs in the classroom building also reflects long-term plans for the facility. “We have other labs but they weren’t chosen because when we do something with that building it will be with the whole building,” said Smith. “So it made sense just to do these ones that are in the extension.” If plans for a new science building go through, “we have designed the labs so that they will be very good teaching labs,” said Berg. “At the same time, we can very easily convert them into research labs.”

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Living and Learning Community coming to Augustana Students will be able to apply to new campus living option in Winter 2017 Andres Cardona Arias Staff Reporter A new type of residence experience is coming to Augustana. The “Living and Learning Community,” will house a small group of five to seven students and will be located on the land bank east of the soccer field. The Living and Learning Community is a pilot program with an intended length of about two to three years. If the program is deemed a success by the administration, it could influence future campus residence projects. Executive Director of Student Life Randal Nickel said that the idea for the project is “to have the houses sitting on the land bank be a living and learning community for 5-7 students.” A central feature of the Living and Learning Community that is not currently

present in current campus residences, is the opportunity for the student group living in the residence to commit to the undertaking of a learning project while living in the residence. The project will be designed by the students and could be a variety of things as explained by Dean Allen Berger. “It could be a place where everyone pledges to only speak a second language during the course of the year…or it might be a place where students would propose to undertake an experiment in sustainable living for a year.” The learning component of the new residence is tied with the Augustana philosophy of education. “Students come here to become members of the community, an academic community where they are learning together,” said Berger. “Learning from one another as much as they are learning from faculty members.”

Students input will be key for the Living and Learning Community’s success, as the project is student driven. Students will be able to “help develop what the housing rules are going to be and decide what learning project will be undertaken,” said Nickel. Further details regarding application deadlines, group selection criteria, and the application of food contracts have not been finalized. The property where the Living and Learning Community will be located is undergoing renovations which are expected to be completed in the Winter term of 2017. The current plan is for the Living and Learning Community to be operational in the 2017- 2018 academic year, with tours of the residence and applications being conducted sometime in the latter part of the Winter term of 2017.

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August 2015 course participants. Photo courtesy of the University of Alberta.

Field studies course revamped A closer look at environmental science in the new three-week session next Fall Tim Faltin Associate Editor One of the new courses coming in the new Augustana calendar three-week session next September will be the Environmental Field Studies course taught by environmental science professors Glen Hvenegaard and Glynnis Hood. Previously run in August 2015, the course is already suited to the three-week time schedule. The field studies course will have a similar schedule since it was previously run over a 15 day period. According to Hvenegaard, “The first time offering this course worked very well and we’ve made improvements since then so it will be even better this time around.” Hvenegaard said he is excited about the possibilities for the new course slot in Sep-

tember. “September provides lots of opportunities for this course, many flowers still in bloom, trees with leaves, migrating birds and animals are active. It’s a fun course.” The course is focussed around self-directed research projects led by each student. Students in the course collaborate with each other on their projects. One of the students Melissa Tollitt, who took the August 2015 offering of the course, said, “Being able to pitch in on other projects gives great experience with different field sampling techniques.” Last year, projects included park interpretation, wetland mammal impacts, water quality, aquatic invertebrates, and reclamation. “It’s like there are twelve different studies going on where everyone is going through the same steps,” said Hvenegaard. “The process involves identifying a problem,

writing a research proposal, constructing a plan, executing the plan, analyzing results and creating a research report and presentation.” Hvenegaard said the course offers a very intense time of research. Students live on site, share chores, go on hikes and field trips, and build strong community through time spent together. “Be prepared to spend evenings in lessons and writing and analyzing data,” said Tollitt. “But it is worth the stress to see a project from idea to fruition.” Tollitt adds that the park is gorgeous and nights spent outside are like a vacation. In addition, guest speakers and visits from experts in different fields of study add to the course material and experience. An information session regarding the course is planned for Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in F1-305.

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GDS and political studies capstone changes

New calendar allows changes to global and development and politics capstone format Melissa Wilk Managing Editor Global and development studies and political studies students will have a different opportunity to complete research for their capstone projects with the implementation of the new Augustana calendar. Augustana’s new calendar will consist of a three-week session in which students will take one course for three hours a day, followed by an 11-week session in which students will take four courses. With the new calendar comes changes to the capstone course, which is offered every year to fourth-year global and development studies and political studies students. The course was previously taken as six credits over one academic year.

Sandra Rein, associate professor of political studies and acting associate dean of research, will be partnering with Karsten Mündel, associate dean academic and associate professor of global and development studies, to deliver the six credit capstone course over both the three-week and the 11-week sessions in Fall 2017. In the new structure, students will complete a qualitative research project that will be largely community based and involve interviewing people. Students will learn how global and development students and politics can fit into their future pursuits. Rein said that in the first week of the three-week session, students will formulate and refine a research project question. “The three-week term will be a lot of concentrated work, along with meeting community mem-

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bers and focusing on research, without having to worry about other things,” said Rein. Rein said that in the past students haven’t been able to have large chunks of time to work on their capstone, because of all their other commitments. Instead of being a full year six credit course, it will only be in the fall semester. “The more traditional aspects of the capstone will take place in the 11-week semester,” said Rein. Rein said that her and Mündel are excited to implement the course in a new format. “It’s largely focused on local learning, which will be enhanced with the three-week period,” said Rein. “Students will collect and analyze their own data, becoming experts in their areas.”

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Three-week Spirit of the Land course will allow students to visit local farms Course has been modified to take advantage of the new Augustana calendar Melissa Wilk Managing Editor Next fall, the Spirit of the Land course will be offered as a three-week course in the new Augustana calendar, commonly known as 3-11. Students will have the opportunity to experience time in nature and learn about ecology, sustainability, local farming practices and reconciliation. Dittmar Mündel, religion and global and development studies professor at Augustana, and Rajan Rathnavalu, supervisor of the Spirit of the Land project, will be involved in facilitating the land-based Road Scholar

course over the three-week session. “The first week will be about analytical thinking and learning about sustainability in rural farms and communities. Students will engage in independent work and collaborative work, with tasks such as tree of life analysis and photo journaling,” said Mündel. Mündel said that the second week will be about contemplation. Students will have the chance to spend time outside and visit the land to become more engaged with nature. “In the third week, we will shift to more practical elements of the course, potentially engaging in workshops about ways that students can apply their new knowledge. For

example, learning how to grow microgreens or working with solar panels,” said Mündel. In the current schedule, students meet once a week for a soup supper, and go on several evening road trips to local farms. In the 3-11 structure, Spirit of the Land will be an immersion experience that is “truly landbased,” said Mündel. “We won’t spend much time on campus and we’ll be able to spend full days on the land.” “Students will engage in discussion with each other, learn about the environment, go on day trips to farms and visit Maskwacis,” said Mündel.

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More opportunities coming at Miquelon Lake Research Station Research station in Miquelon Lake Provincial Park opens new opportunities for Augustana Tim Faltin Associate Editor More opportunities for students, professors, graduate students and community groups are in the works at Augustana’s research station at Miquelon Lake. 20 minutes north of Camrose, the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station (AMLRS) provides a “great opportunity for teaching and research involving undergraduate students,” according to Environmental Science and Geography professor Glen Hvenegaard. “Many Environmental courses will make use of it for field trips and research opportunities. Directed studies courses are already making use of it,” said Hvenegaard. “Summer research projects, profs on sabbatical, graduate students, and community groups (NGO’s, counties, etc.) could make use of it as well.”

Hvenegaard said the Environmental Field Studies Course, which took place in August 2015, was the first time using the research station in an intense way. Possibilities to use the station include undergraduate teaching, professor-led research, directed studies projects, field trips, residential courses, and community meetings. “Many science courses could benefit from the research station,” said Hvenegaard. "The wildlife diversity course, new soil science course, freshwater ecology, and there is even the possibility of an astronomy course as the Beaver Hills area is a dark-sky preserve.” “We would also love to see the station used for field-based opportunities by diverse groups at Augustana, including athletics training, art or writing retreats, and studies on the sociology or economics of parks,” said Hvenegaard.

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Large meeting room for discussion and collaboration Office for working Big kitchen for group cooking Common lounge for relaxing Two bathrooms Two bunkrooms that sleep eight Garage for vehicles with workbench Picnic tables, firepit, and large field outside Tent cabin available with wooden platforms and canvas wall/roof donated from the park to increase the capacity for researchers. Lab setup

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Water measurement equipment Wildlife telemetry equipment Weather monitoring equipment Sampling gear Refrigerators Drying ovens Microscopes Sinks Tables Nearby Miquelon Lake Park attractions

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Word on the street What would you do with $30369.25? Emil Yim Media Editor This number is the estimated international student tuition living on campus at Augustana for the 2016/17 academic year. Participants were not told what the number represents at the time they provided their responses.

Kayla Rick I would pay off my student loans and use it for future education. I would put the rest in a high interest savings account, pay for my brother and sister’s education, buy a house, start my career and save some money for retirement.

Ken Winder Natalia McGill I would buy twelve-thousand-one-hundredforty-seven-point-six packages of cookies.

First, I would pay off my credit card, then I’d set aside five-thousand for long-term investment, two-thousand savings and 10-thousand in an RRSP; and then go to Ireland to backpack with the rest.

Mateya Bluett Honestly, it would probably go towards school.

Astra Vaughan Forrester I would buy all the instruments because learning is fun. I would also pay for school and not be 15-thousand in debt.

Kai Johnsen I would first buy five five-cent candies to make the number better. Then I would pay off some student loans and travel Europe. Also, I would get lots of Steam games.

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I would use the money for my wedding and use the rest to pay off student loans.

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Capturing Alberta’s changing workforce

The energy downturn in Alberta changed the nature of employment for much of the province's work force Tayla Koerber Senior Staff Reporter

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Cliff Drever has worked in the industry all his life after inheriting his business from his father. “The oil industry is famous for getting ahead of itself and I think our regulatory bodies need to do a better job.” Drever hopes the downturn will serve as a wake-up call to better manage the industry.

Mike Dowker President at Denarii Well Services Mike is a respected figure in the local industry. “He’s a good guy”, a colleague reflected. The downturn affected him significantly as he was forced to lay off many of his workers whose families he knew personally.

“We’re looking for more professionals. We’re tying to make a better industry. [...] Now I look to see if they’re competent. If they’re trained." Mike is in the process of moving his business to another facility. There is only one machine left in the shop and his work clothes lay in a folded pile on the steps of the rig.

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David Bonneau Queen's University Engineer - Pit Wall Designer Jessa Burke Rig Worker Like many young people who initially go up to work the rigs, Jessa sought to make some money for her post secondary schooling, which she later attended. “They called me petal. The guys in the camps, they wouldn’t say my name. They called me petal, like a flower petal.” Jessa experienced sexism and harassment by her fellow workers and superiors that led her to leave the camp she was working in.

David, a Queen's University Engineer, seized the opportunity presented by his university to work at the rigs in a field of his interest. The money was definitely a factor, he says, and credits his superiors at the rigs as one of the reasons he decided to pursue a Master’s degree. “They’re definitely part of the reason I got pushed into doing a masters. They really were encouraging that.” It's common perception that people go up North to the oil patch to avoid getting an education but that was not always the case.

Lowell Niven Role: Rig Worker Lowell is one individual who wasn't enticed by the money he was making in oil and gas. Having already earned a degree, Lowell worked hard to save money and then left the industry to further pursue his coaching career. He recently coached the Canadian biathlon cohort at the World University Games. “There was a lot of guys I’d work with that would barely make paying their bills but they’d have every toy there is to have. We live in a world where the oil industry can provide that.” "I'd never go back into the oil industry."

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The lack of women in Canadian municipal governments Canada lags behind in terms of gender representation at the municipal level Melissa Wilk Managing Editor In a large urban municipality in Southern Ontario, a female councillor—a fresh six months into her term—was asked to meet with the mayor. The mayor sat her down and said that it was his duty to provide her with a report card on her performance. He gave her a failing grade. Joan Lougheed has heard it all before. Lougheed spent 15 years in municipal office listening to many such tales of women in municipal politics. Lougheed was recently elected the mayor of Deep River, Ont. in 2014 with 84 per cent of the vote. Lougheed, who was a councillor in Burlington, Ont., and also worked for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for nine years, started her career in nursing and palliative care. She also started her own

business, Educare, that focuses on providing education and skills enhancement for healthcare professionals. Lougheed says she’s heard from women who have been drawn to tears, harassed in the council chamber and subtly abused in municipal offices. “I’ve heard tragic accounts from across the country from women experiencing hardship in their political positions,” says Lougheed. The woman above is just one of them. Clearly, barriers and challenges still exist for elected women, which might explain why only 22 per cent of all Canadian municipal government leaders, including mayors and councillors, are women. According to the United Nations (UN), 30 per cent female representation is the critical mass required in a government body for the system to reflect women's issues sufficiently. Canada’s 22 per cent is significantly

lower than some countries in Africa and Latin America, some of which have garnered a high level of respect for having women adequately represented in many of their municipalities. Often, women who run for municipal office also hold positions in the nonprofit sector, on school boards, or in other city led organizations prior to announcing their candidacy. However, women in these roles don’t always consider politics as a potential career. Lougheed had never considered running for city council. But she was interested in how changes in the workplace and the community could improve the health of patients. “A lot of people commented that I was leaving behind my nursing career – I just saw it as an opportunity to help change and shape communities. I had the support of my community behind me,” says Lougheed.

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When Lougheed began working for FCM, she realized that her biggest challenge was after the election. Many of the organizations that helped her throughout her campaigns did not stay with her. “Many of the women’s organizations that were delighted to have a women running and have a woman that they felt confident in, didn’t stay with me after I was elected,” says Lougheed. Lougheed says she’s heard from other women in elected office that the networks they built during the election process were not always a continuum. “I needed help and support after I was elected, and that is probably the same for other women too,” says Lougheed. Through her work with FCM, Lougheed heard stories of women who were forced to take their concerns and issues to male councillors, because otherwise their ideas were not valued. “I’ve seen places where women were sent down the hall and two flights of stairs to a washroom, whereas the men had a washroom right off the council chambers— it’s as basic as that.” She says it’s not about criticizing or diminishing the work of men: “It’s about bringing everyone together, building a stronger team, understanding each other, and valuing experience. We all experience

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“It’s about bringing everyone together, building a stronger team, understanding each other, and valuing experience." community in a different way. Everyone’s voice and experiences are important.” In 2004, FCM approached the issue of women’s involvement in municipal government by commissioning a report entitled Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Decision-Making, which highlighted the problems and concerns of women in local government. FCM worked with Equal Voice, a national nonpartisan organization that is dedicated to getting more women into

elected office, and Status of Women, a federal government organization that promotes equality for women, to evaluate women’s roles in municipal government. In Canada, women's representation at the municipal level is comparable across provinces. In 2015, 23 per cent of the mayors in Alberta were women; in British Columbia, 28 per cent of the mayors are women; in Ontario, 17 per cent. In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the number of women who are mayors are 10 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively. “When FCM first approached this issue, there was a lot of resistance. Knowing that we are still working on women’s issues and highlighting the importance of having good people in elected office is more important today than it has ever been before,” says Lougheed. She says it’s not always about changing the size of the table, it’s about changing the shape of the table. “It’s about having good people in decision-making roles. We make better decisions when we have a diverse council and being inclusive improves the quality of life in the community.”

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30 BeLaboured Project >> Continued from page 29 The issue presents itself at the bargaining table: few women are running for office in municipal elections. In Alberta alone, women comprised 24.6 per cent of candidates in 2007, 25.3 per cent in 2010 and 27 per cent in 2013, according to a report by Angelia Wagner, a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Alberta. Based on FCM’s current numbers, to achieve adequate representation of women by the UN’s minimum, Canada would have to elect 1,408 more women into municipal offices. Organizations such as the Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton Committee (WAVE) are working to help encourage more women to make this happen. WAVE focuses on women's engagement as a continuum, and also helps women build strong campaign teams for their candidacy. It currently runs the “Opening the Potential: Women Leading in Edmonton” which has over fifty women taking part. The program consists of eight three-hour evening sessions from September until April. Kaylin Betteridge, the women’s initiative coordinator at WAVE, says that cities need to encourage more women to run in municipal elections — but also to be involved in campaign planning and fundraising. Betteridge says that women do not necessarily see themselves represented in municipal politics: “It is not something that comes to mind for women who are exploring career choices. One of the big things that gets women running is having people ask them.” “Women still tend to do the bulk of the household labour and child care - so the idea can seem overwhelming. We don't really put this pressure on men in the same way,” she says. Another issue is campaign financing — here is where the wage gap rears its ugly head. According to a 2015 Parkland Institute report, full-time working women earn about 37

Augustana Medium December 2016 per cent less per year than men, making Alberta the province with the largest wage gap in Canada. “Many developers will fund men and women, but they will give less to the women,” says Betteridge. She also mentioned that the media treats women who are running differently than men. People will pay attention to what a candidate is wearing and whether she has kids, which might make it less appealing for women to run. "There are different expectations around how people conduct themselves - leadership styles are interpreted differently; a man can be seen as a strong leader, and that's not necessarily the way a women will be seen even if she leads in the same way,” says Betteridge. In 2014, a Hewlett Packard (HP) internal report showed that men apply for a job when they meet only 60 per cent of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100 per cent of them. Betteridge cited the HP report, and said that often women are hesitant to run for office unless they feel they meet all of the qualifications completely. "Research shows that gender-balanced councils are more productive and represent the community better. It is going to take long-term systemic change to switch the gender imbalance in municipal politics,” said Betteridge. Halena Seiferling, a past researcher with FCM, and a Simon Fraser graduate with a master’s in public policy, completed her thesis on barriers for women in municipal government. “There’s been studies that tell us women spend 10 per cent more on their campaign than men do at the municipal level. This accounts for things like child care, but also things like having to do more advertising or more outreach in order to overcome the perception that they aren’t a good candidate,” says Seiferling. She also agrees that media scrutiny is still an

issue. “A lot of the women that I interviewed for my thesis work would talk about how in every article that’s written about them, something was mentioned about their appearance.” Seiferling says that there is also a common perception that these barriers don’t apply at the municipal level: “My research showed that a lot of women are still facing these barriers, even in municipal politics. Furthermore, people tend to think that these are issues that remain in the political realm. I think these barriers exist for women in all workplaces, and one of them is politics.” The 2011 UN General Assembly resolution on women’s political participation notes that “women in every part of the world continue to be largely marginalized from the political sphere, often as a result of discriminatory laws, practices, attitudes, and gender stereotypes.” Bev Esslinger, who is currently the only female councillor in Edmonton says that she’s fielded comments on what she looks like and been questioned for why she was running, but she just “ignores it all.” Esslinger was encouraged to run in the 2013 municipal election by former Ward 2 councillor, Kim Krushell, who Esslinger had worked with when she was a school board trustee. “I think women don’t generally think about politics as a potential career. I think you can see that even in Edmonton, a lot of women are working for non-for-profits, but they aren’t thinking of running for politics. They don’t think they can, but they are certainly able,” says Esslinger. Esslinger also says that women tend to have a harder time fundraising for their campaigns, and that the time commitment also might be a deterrent for women who are considering running for office. “I get asked all the time how I juggle everything,” she says.

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Augustana Medium December 2016 Esslinger believes that the council should reflect the city—in Edmonton, 50 per cent of all citizens are women. She says it would be beneficial for more women to be in municipal roles. “I want to be elected because I’m the best candidate. I think the skills and the perspective I bring are different,” Esslinger says. Esslinger thinks that too many women underestimate their value or think that they can’t do the job. “Women shouldn’t underestimate themselves when they run for office,” she says. Miranda Jimmy, who went through WAVE’s “Opening the Potential” program several years ago, is running in Edmonton’s fall 2017 election for Ward 5. She thinks that the current city council doesn’t have a good diversity of voices on it. “Culturally and ethnically, there’s not a lot of diversity. I feel like our council should be more representative of the people who live here,” says Jimmy. Jimmy, whose background is the nonprofit sector, says that women have a hard time raising funds for elections compared to men. “I’m not sure if that has to do with the willingness to go out there and ask for money, or if it has to do with having connections to people who have money,” she says. “Gender is just one of those easy and obvious ways to battle diversity, but it’s also age and stage of life, ethnicity, language, and experience – all of those add to the diversity of a council and all of those strengthen the council to make good decisions,” says Jimmy. FCM’s Standing Committee on Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government, which Lougheed was highly involved with, has a goal to hit the 30 per cent crit-

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ical mass set out by the UN by 2026 – they, and other organizations across Canada are helping encourage more women such as Miranda Jimmy run for municipal office in the coming municipal elections. According to FCM, the more women who become involved in municipal politics, the more women will become in-

ome involved in municipal politics, e involved in all levels of politics."

volved in all levels of politics – it is also the path to reducing the barriers for women in all workplaces and fields. When Justin Trudeau was asked about why he made the decision to make Canada’s cabinet completely gender balanced government with 15 men and 15 women, he merely responded, “because it’s 2015.”

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10.5 Camrose holiday gift ideas Locally sourced ideas for everyone on your holiday shopping list Tim Faltin Associate Editor It’s that time of year again - exams and deadline are approaching, and so are the holidays. In Camrose, there are many options in the downtown area that will prevent you from driving to the city or spending hours searching online. Taking some time to shop in Camrose is a great way to support local business and find items that are small-town unique. Here are some of the best places in Camrose to shop this holiday season: Vinesations For the aspiring chef or anyone who wants to add a little something special to their cooking, Vinesations offers a wide range of specialty olive oil and vinegar. There are gift baskets available. Norsemen Brewing Co. A growler jug from the Norseman Brewing Co. is the gift that keeps on giving. At $10 for a refill of local craft beer you might want to stick around Camrose over the holidays.

Twig Twig carries apparel, accessories and home decor items with lots of winter wear to choose from. It is also the place to go for those blanket scarves you’ve been hearing so much about. Why not be both warm and fashionable? Fiona’s Coffee Fiona’s Coffee has a wide variety of bulk coffee and tea, mugs and steepers. One Tooth Whether you’re looking for yoga pants to lounge in over the holidays or workout gear for that New Year’s resolution One Tooth is the place to go. The Bali Shop The Bali Shop has a variety of women’s attire that is vibrant and unique – including fabrics made from bamboo and organic materials. Fringe Benefits Clothing, handbags, scarves and jewelry – Fringe Benefits has items that are out of the ordinary and great for gifts.

Candler Art Gallery Candler’s has a beautiful collection of arts and crafts designed by numerous artists. You can find artisanal gifts, handmade pottery, rocks and minerals, and professional art supplies. Martha’s Music Martha’s has a great selection of sheet music, musical supplies and instruments. Find stocking stuffers like guitar picks, capos, and tuners. The Bank The many bank branches downtown have the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list. Value Drug Mart While you’re walking back from the bank stop and pick up a card to put those dolla bills in so it looks like you didn’t just forget to buy a gift.

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10 tips to study better Advice to get you ready for your final exams Jessica Corcoran Associate Editor As exams approach, learning how to study and avoid procrastination is the key to a successful semester. The ability to learn information quickly and efficiently is an important skill that benefits people throughout their entire lives. Ace McCloud, full time professional author is committed to studying and executing in speak performance strategies, with a speciality in business, health, and the world’s best success strategies. McCloud’s book Study Skills: Discover How to Easily Learn Anything In The Most Effective & Time Efficient Ways Possible discusses different study tips to help students get good grades and be more successful. Here are McCloud’s top 10 tips for success:  . Make a special study schedule before 1 exams Prepare a special study schedule that you can use to get the most out of everything you've learned. 2. Get organized If your work area is littered with clutter, you may end up becoming more stressed out. It can also make you waste time by searching for the materials you need. It also helps to make sure to turn off your electronics and eliminate any other distractions.

3. Find a quiet place Finding a quiet place to study is important for maintaining proper focus. It’s difficult to study in a place that is full of distractions, because it’s difficult to retain information. The library is great place to start. Dorms also have a designated quiet study areas. 4. Create "master" lists When you're studying at home and organizing your notes, make master lists of key terms, themes, and anything else that is relevant to the class. 5. Use flashcards Flashcards can be effective study tools, especially when you have to memorize many different key terms. Making them lets your brain process the information and you can adjust your deck based off your studying needs. Another benefit is you can carry them around with you and quiz yourself whenever you have free time. Further, you can quiz yourself in both ways - by identifying the key term by its definition or the definition by its term. 6. Memorize things with literary tricks Some people find it helpful to memorize things by creating rhymes or using alliteration. You can also come up with a mnemonic devices, which are memory techniques you can use to help improve your ability to remember something.

7. Brain wave music Brainwave music is a combination of waves that help your brain absorb information for storage in your long term memory. The frequencies in brainwave music tracks help balance your brain into a state which it can learn better. This music type can be found on YouTube. 8. Find a study buddy Your classmates can be a valuable source of "study power.” Study groups can be a fun and memorable way to learn and memorize your notes. Study buddies are also good for sharing resources and for teaching/quizzing each other. 9. Take breaks in between studying When you're studying by yourself, your eyes can easily glaze over after a short time. When this happens, give yourself a break. Take a walk, grab some food, do something for fun and then go back to what you were doing. The point is to let your mind rejuvenate so that you can refocus on the task when it is time to get back to work. 10. Reward yourself Rewarding yourself can be a great way to stay motivated. If you try to barrel through a task without stopping, your attempts might not be as effective. Many students find giving themselves some free time to be the ultimate reward.

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The news in photos

Top-left: Dean Allen Berger addresses first-year students at a pizza with the Dean event on Sunday, Nov. 27. Photo: Emil Yim/Augustana Medium. Top-right: The Augustana politics club hosted an election watching party for the U.S. Presidential Election. Photo: Emil Yim/ Augustana Medium. Bottom: The Vikings play Red Deer College in a home game. Photo: Lane Anderson/Augustana Medium.

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Top-left: The Vikings push their advantage in a November home game. Photo: Lane Anderson/Augustana Medium. Top-right: The Vikings Women's Basketball team drives towards the basket. Photo: Lane Anderson/Augustana Medium. Bottom: The Vikings Men's Basketball team moves up the court. Photo: Lane Anderson/Augustana Medium.

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Top: Vincent Major performs in the senior drama student's production A Letter in Scarlet. Photo: Lane Anderson/Augustana Medium. Bottom-left: Students enjoy pet therapy as a part of Wellness Week, hosted by the Augustana Students' Association (ASA). Photo: Emil Yim/ Augustana Medium. Bottom-right: ASA President Ben Curry presents at a Students' Union meeting. Photo: Emil Yim/Augustana Medium.

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Interview with Les Parsons Augustana’s distinguished alumni shares some of his experiences Cameron Raynor & Jessica Corcoran Augustana Medium

 ould you describe where you grew up and C where you went to university?

Les Parsons is a familiar face and is well respected among many students and faculty at Augustana. Mainly known for his enthusiasm and support for the Augustana Cross country ski team, Parsons continues to be a role model for many students. A University of Alberta alumnus, Parsons is a long time guide on the Nahanni River where he has guided many famous Canadians. He has also helped teach several courses in the Augustana outdoor education program—most recently an arctic trip in the summer of 2015. As a cross country skiing coach, he has coached top athletes including 2002 and 2006 Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist Becky Scott, and 2011 World Championship Gold Medalist Alex Harvey. His coaching has taken him to five Olympic Games. He has also travelled extensively, including to 30 of the world's poorest countries where he has volunteered and practiced his philosophy of servant leadership.

I was born and raised on our family farm in Lacombe. I chose the University of Alberta to study sports and I tried out for all the sport teams. Then I fell in love with outdoors stuff so my professor suggested Camrose Lutheran College [now Augustana] to study outdoor leadership. I did Spring Course and I gained a lot of leadership development.  hen you graduated university, where did W you go from there? The first thing I did was move to Boyle Street to see what life was like for the poor people and to just walk a mile in someone else's shoes. I hung out with the poorest of the poor; the street people, the prostitutes, the beggars and the mentally ill people. What stands out for you about that time? Probably just the humility, and how humbling it is to think that those people

are so tough. I thought I was pretty tough because by then I was running marathons and stuff but these people were way tougher than me. Can you talk about Nahanni guiding? My first trip was in 1984 and I have done something between 50 or 100 trips all over the North of Canada on all these wilderness rivers. For me, it is a chance to share pure wilderness with people to help get more people connected with nature. I go to get disconnected so I can get reconnected to the land. I did a snowshoe trip in the Yukon, some solo canoe trips, and solo backpacking trips.  o, you have run for parliament seven times S in Canada? I used to sit on an advisory committee for Don Mazankowski who was the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Finance and Minister of Transportation. He was the guy that ran the whole thing so

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when he retired I decided to run. I chose to run as independent the first time and I finished third. I ran again in ‘93 and in ‘95. Then I moved to Quebec and I ran there three times. Recently, I always run for the Green Party because they have a long term, realistic perspective. They are tough but it has to happen so that's why I run for them.  an you tell me a little more about coaching C Becky Scott and how that all came to be? I moved to Vermillion to go to Lake Land College to teach and one of the parents convinced me to coach their jackrabbits. From that group, four of the athletes went to the worlds championships, one of which was Becky Scott in cross country skiing. I don’t take credit for it, I give all the credit to the parents. an you talk a bit about some of your C travels? I went to Central America, and spent 4 months with a backpack. I did a whole year

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starting in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and then Levenson, Jordan, Israel, then Kelio olympics to help Becky Scott at Nagano. Then I did the rest of the middle east. I went to Nagano, Japan and after the Olympics I went to Korea, China, Siberia, and then across Russia. I took a whole year to do that, and then four years later I started in India, then Nepal, Tibet, China, Northeast China, and then over to Pakistan.  hat’s the best piece of advice anyone has W ever given you? The best advice was from Gibber. He told me to remember this: “you are not coaching cross country skiing, you are coaching people who cross country ski”. There is a huge difference in coaching a sport and coaching people.  H ow has that spirituality?




I really have high ideals for how a human being should live and I try to practice those high ideals and live by them. That’s where

I focus, being an idealist with an optimistic attitude.  hat is your most recent adventure and W what you have been up to this year? I just started this program called Ski Fit North Alberta and my mandate is to reach out to the Aboriginal communities in Alberta through cross country skiing. I am just visiting all the treaty and Meti schools and using cross country skiing to help with reconciliation.  or a lot of students, going to school means F going away from home and they don't always have the same connection to Augustana as they did to their home community. How have you dealt with that? I encourage people to take risks and get out of their comfort zone. There is lots to be gained by risking and lots to be lost by not risking.


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