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Augustana Medium March 2018

The Augustana Medium October 2017 Issue


Melissa Wilk Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Cook Associate Editor - Design Jessica Corcoran Associate Editor - Reporting Lane Anderson Associate Editor - Videography Wesley Cook Senior Designer Farshad Labbaf Reporter Muskaan Sakhrani Reporter Cameron Raynor Publisher


Dean Allen Berger reflects on the year


Nordic sports cut due to budget changes


Classical History and Literature Tour


Augustana Climbing Wall plans bouldering



Learn more about Massive Open Online Courses


Creative Showcase

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 a proud member of the Canadian University Press.


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Course Content: ANALYSIS: “The world around us” Examining and Assessing Local Communities and Ecologies - Road Trip: farm in transition to be announced Farm CONTEMPLATION: "Journey Inward" Learning to develop inner wisdom and clarity


- Road Trip: Maskwacis PRACTICAL LEARNING "Journey Outward" Learning practical skills to engage land, people and community - Road Trip: Takota Coen and Grassroots Family Farm Instructors: Professor Dittmar Mundel with Raj Rathnavalu and community members For more info: hmundel@ualberta.ca; rathnava@ualberta.ca; spiritoftheland1@gmail.com

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Augustana Medium March 2018

Dean Allen Berger reflects on the year Extended interview discussing the challenges and successes of 2017-18 Melissa Wilk Editor-in-Chief

With the start of the new academic calendar, the creation of the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP), and the opening of the Learning Commons, Augustana has had a year full of challenges and successes. The Medium sat down with Dean Allen Berger to discuss the past year and what’s to come. Q: Can you discuss your administrative leave and the search for a new dean?

The normal term for a dean is five years. My term was renewed a couple years ago, but I told the provost that I was more comfortable with three years over five. I'll be stepping down as of June 30, 2019. So, at that point I will be going on an administrative leave and that was something I decided with the permission of the provost, and for all intensive purposes, I will still be in faculty. I've already been in correspondence with the provost about getting an early start on the search for the next dean. I think that's hugely important because we want to be at the front of the market, not at the back of the market. I've advised that we use an external search firm to identify candidates who aren't necessarily looking for jobs right now or wouldn't see an advertisement. We may have an internal candidate, that remains to be seen, but even if we have an internal candidate, that person needs to be tested against the best candidates we can generate externally as well.

Q: What will you do after you leave Augustana?

I want to do some writing projects and after my administrative leave, I will be retiring. I will have more time with my grandkids. They are in Mexico and the USA, so I want to see more of them. It will be a welcome change of pace. Q: What have been this year 's main successes?

Most of our focus has been on the implementation of the First-Year Seminar (FYS) and the new academic calendar. All indicators suggest to me that the FYS program has been a smashing success. There is a lot of research that suggests FYS programs are a high impact practice. In other words, they are investments in student success which means that success is measured by grade point averages, retention in university, and graduation. I think the main reason FYS went well was because we had a cohesive team that was planning together, bouncing ideas off one another, and reaching agreements about a collective approach.

Q: What’s in Augustana’s future?

I'm also thrilled that we were able to open the Learning Commons. I hope that we will be developing the kinds of programs that attract students there and shift the daily rhythms of campus so that more students discover that the space belongs to them. It's an area that was underutilized in the past. Now student services is in a very visible space at the centre of campus. Another success was the lab renovations. If I could be allowed to dream, I’d like to see Augustana get funding for the next stage of renovations in the science extension. I'd love to see that happen in the short-term. We also worked on the LRDP this year, which will go to the board of governors later in the spring and hopefully be done by May. It's important because it has to do with the future development of Augustana. Q: What have been this year 's main challenges?

The biggest challenge is that the university is facing a very difficult budget situation. The province hasn't made a final commitment, but it's looking like we will be flatfunded. In addition, there is a tuition and instructional fee freeze. There's no new revenue coming into the university and costs continue to go up. The faculties, as well as the administrative units have all been asked to cut their budgets by 4 percent. That's a big ouch. We've been attempting to adjust to that and we've also been told to anticipate that there will likely be another 2.5 percent next year and another the following year. These are serious challenges. The whole university faces this challenge and Alberta post-secondary. We're just a small piece of a much larger trend. When I look overall at the calendar, we had some fantastic classes that could only have been taught in a block format. But, to be perfectly honest, the overall implementation was a bit more uneven than I think it was for the FYS. In hindsight, that's not surprising because individual faculty members were working in isolation rather than as a group in the way that the FYS instructors were. Going into next year, the challenge is, how do we share the pedagogical innovations and ideas that made some of our courses incredibly successful with faculty members? In any ambitious change, you have to be willing to accept that you're not going to get everything right the first time. We need to learn from the assessments and make needed adjustments.

As we think about Augustana’s future and budget cuts, we also need to think about the future in the of context of declining rural demographics. Augustana draws disproportionately from small towns across Alberta. I tease colleagues from North Campus because I look at where undergraduates from North Campus come from and I would call it the University of Edmonton. If you want to see the University of Alberta, come to Augustana, because our students are from across the province and beyond. Augustana in my mind, needs to continue to be a place that is attractive to and serves communities and students from across Alberta and other provinces. Yet, we can't afford for that to be all we are - we've already said that we want to educate substantial numbers of Indigenous students and we want to diversify our campus with international students. We have to ask how Augustana plays a part in the U of A’s national recruitment strategy. I know this risks sounding artificial, but that means we need to think about our branding. How do we describe Augustana? How do we position Augustana in the minds of prospective students parents and policy makers? I think that we have something pretty special here and it's not offered in a lot of places, especially not in the province of Alberta. If the university recognizes the need to recruit nationally, we need to be a player. Q: What would your ideal hamburger look like?

It would have to be something that Fatburger makes, because they were so loyal to us when the ASA did the best burger in town fundraising campaign. A few years ago, they created the Allen Berger Burger. It would have swiss cheese, avocado, mushrooms, tomato, and salsa instead of ketchup. Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be and why ?

Time travel. I don't think I'd want to go forward because I like the mysteriousness of the future. Going forward would rob us of our free will. It would suggest that the future is already determined and I'd like to believe we have the capacity to shape it. I'm an anthropologist and what I do is try to understand the human situation. There would be so much understanding from a capacity to go back in time, and you could converse with all the neat people who are no longer around today.

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Augustana Medium March 2018

Athletics review results in changes for the coming year Nordic varsity sports will no longer receive funding Tia Lalani Augustana Communications Coordinator

With anticipated reductions in the operating budget across the University of Alberta, Dean Allen Berger has asked the heads of budget units at Augustana to consider ways to reduce spending. One such unit is Athletics. “Much of the current structure and program mix in Athletics and across the entire Student Life program were determined years ago; now with fewer resources available we’ve needed to undertake a comprehensive review,” says Randal Nickel, executive director of student life. “Athletics has been operating on a lean budget for several years and due to new budget realities, it has become apparent that the department is no longer in a position to sustain the breadth of its current programming,” says Greg Ryan, Director of Athletics and Recreation. “We’ve been in a difficult financial situation for a while now, hoping that operational support would improve.”

The main programming change is that Augustana will no longer offer operationally funded Nordic sports (Biathlon and Cross Country Skiing) as part of the varsity athletics program. The campus will try to sustain these opportunities as club sports and/or broader recreational programming. According to Ryan, “As difficult as it was to come to these conclusions, disbanding operational funding for Nordic sports proved to be the least disruptive with regard to student participation in athletics, spectator involvement and contributions to campus life.” Nickel adds: “One of the positive results from this difficult decision is that Campus Recreation, which is intended to serve all Augustana students, will see some modest investments through a reallocation of a portion of the anticipated savings.”

Much seems to have changed in the world of Nordic sports since the time Augustana first fielded competitive teams in these areas. There are not a lot of Cross Country Intercollegiate programs, and Augustana has had the only Universitylevel varsity biathlon program in Canada. “Our history at Augustana and our natural terrain within Camrose make Nordic sports important to us, yet we’ve struggled for years to find a rationale to maintain competition at a varsity level. It’s difficult to justify when we compete in a league conference (ACAC) that does not include these sports,” says Ryan. “Though a troubling and difficult decision,” Dean Berger notes, “Augustana is hopeful that with creative planning we can still provide opportunities to meet our students’ athletic and academic aspirations.”

For more information, please contact Randal Nickel at randal.nickel@ualber ta.ca.

Augustana’s Dean responds to nordic sports concerns Words from Allen Berger Allen Berger Dean and Executive Officer

On March 14, we announced a decision (initially by informing Coach Niven, the student athletes, program supporters Garry Gibson and Les Parsons, and Camrose Ski Club leaders Gerhard Lotz and Morten Asfeldt) to end funding from Augustana’s operating budget for biathlon and cross-country skiing as varsity sports. We also expressed hope that these teams, which have a long and proud history at Augustana, might be reorganized as club sports. Since then, I have received e-mails and telephone calls from alumni and community members who have concerns about the decision. Many have shared stories about Augustana’s Nordic sport program that go far beyond their love of the sport and include moving accounts of friendships, leadership development, and lifelong impacts. Not only are these stories compelling, I know them to be true, as I’ve encountered first-hand the impact that our Nordic program and many other programs at Augustana have had on students’ lives, both during their time at university and after as alumni. Many supporters have also pointed out the contributions Nordic sports once made to Augustana’s national and even international reputation. This background is part of what made our decision difficult. It is also why my colleagues and I are anxious to find a strategy, working with current student athletes, alumni, and community members, to preserve the Nordic sport tradition at Augustana. While some letter writers have expressed dismay about a decision to “cut” or “cancel” biathlon and cross-country skiing, our goal instead is to reorganize. But Augustana cannot arrive at an optimal strategy on our own. That will require engagement with our student athletes and the many

others who wish to support the program, both in the near term and into the future. Our decision also needs to be placed in context. The main challenge affecting Augustana is a 4% cut in our budget and increasing operating costs that add up together to ~$1M. We are by no means alone; all Faculties within the University of Alberta are facing similar pressures. At Augustana, the reorganization of the Nordic program is just one budget-driven decision among many. Others include modest reductions in the number of courses offered, faculty positions that will not be refilled following retirements, the reorganization of work to gain operational efficiencies and reduce staffing needs, etc. Just as I am inviting friends and supporters of Nordic sports to help us imagine a different organization for this program, I have encouraged our faculty to reimagine aspects of our curriculum, treating the budget challenge as an opportunity to strengthen, not weaken, our longstanding commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to explore exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.Additional context for the Nordic program has included a decline over the years in the number of participating students—this past fall there were 14 student athletes, not all of whom were active in competitions. In addition, the fact that biathlon and cross-country skiing are not varsity sports within the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference allows us to explore options that might not otherwise be available. Some of my colleagues and I have already been in conversation with our Nordic student athletes. Their maturity and their determination to contribute their thinking to creative solutions are inspiring—as was the

poise and articulate advocacy of student athlete Annika Olesen in her interview on CBC radio. So where do we go from here? My colleagues and I believe that the club sport model, which has been very effective on the U of A’s Edmonton campus and elsewhere in Alberta, is a good option. This structure would require a new governance model, full participation by the Camrose Ski Club in decision making, and the active engagement of current athletes, alumni, and friends. I believe that drawing on models from the University of Alberta (North Campus) Nordic Club and elsewhere, it will be possible to develop a competitive program that is financially sustainable, effectively meets the needs of student athletes, and over time attracts larger numbers of participants. We already know that club-level programs in Canada effectively produce national-level athletes, coaches, officials, and community leaders. Redefining Augustana’s program to club status, if that is the will of our athletes, partners, and supporters, will allow Augustana biathletes and skiers to continue to be eligible for the same competitions, including the Winter FISU (World University) Games. To support our athletes, Augustana will continue to offer the current six donorfunded Nordic Sport Scholarships and will assist in seeking additional scholarship opportunities in the future. My sincere hope is that the passion of the Nordic community will help propel the Augustana program, in whatever way it is redesigned, to levels of success and prominence that are reminiscent of the program’s golden years. The initial work before us is organizational—e.g., developing a governance model.

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Augustana Medium March 2018

Augustana professors Brandon Alakas and Geoffrey Dipple spearhead Classical History and Literature Tour Three-week Greece and Italy trip offered in Winter 2019 Jessica Corcoran Associate Editor - Reporting A new study abroad course will be offered during the 3-week in January 2019 and will take participants on a journey through Greece and Italy. The Classical History and Literature Tour is spearheaded and co-taught by Brandon Alakas, assistant professor of english, and Geoffrey Dipple, social sciences department chair. The idea for the course has been in the works for about a year now. “It just so happened that Geoff has taught classical history, and I’ve taught classical literature, so this course kind of naturally grows out of our own teaching interests,” said Alakas. “I don’t know if there was a precise moment. The idea is just a natural collaboration. We work well together.” The Classical History and Literature Tour is offered to senior level students and may count towards core requirements, experiential learning, humanities, social sciences or global and development studies.

There are no prerequisites for the course. “Some students will have taken classic history with Geoff or classic literature with me, but in no way have we designed the course so that students need to do readings or take certain courses in advance. The course is selfcontained,” said Alakas. The course begins in Athens and will take participants all over Greece. “We are going to travel to Delphi to see the famous oracle to find out our futures. We are also going to Sicily,” said Alakas. Alakas noted that Sicily is a place he knows much better. “I’ve been there in the past, and we are going to do some really interesting things. For example, we will go to an ancient Roman villa that belonged to an aristocrat who had close connections with the Imperial Court,” said Alakas.

Participants will also see Agrigento in Sicily, an ancient preserved city with temples. “We will actually be able to cross the physical geography of an ancient city and experience what it was like, how large it was, and what it was like to go from say, a temple to a marketplace.”

The trip is open to both Augustana students and members of the community. “The range could be from 12-30 people but, the more the merrier,” Alakas said. “North campus students are on a different time table but members of the community, if they were interested, could come. You don’t have to strictly speaking be an Augustana student.” Alakas said that this course works perfectly with the new Augustana calendar. “I think this is exactly what the calendar is designed to do. It is designed to open up spaces for new learning experiences, and I think this course is a kind of model of what we can really do with this learning opportunity,” said Alakas. “I think reading the texts and being in these spaces brings them to life in ways that we can't recreate in our classrooms,” said Alakas. “I am a big believer in learning through place and recognizing the value of that place.”

Online registration begins Feb. 15, and the deadline is Mar. 30. Students can apply through loid at: https://loid.augustana.ualberta.ca/login/?return=apply/83.

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Augustana Climbing Wall plans bouldering addition Students seek support for wall expansion Melissa Wilk Editor-in-Chief

Students hope to see the Augustana Climbing Wall facility reach new heights with the implementation of a boulder wall expansion project. With a goal to hit $7,000, climbing wall employees are raising money to support the project. The project is spearheaded by fourth-year environmental studies student, Nils Asfeldt, employees of the Augustana Climbing Wall, and Greg Ryan, Augustana athletic director. “The Augustana Climbing Wall is home to a growing community of climbers in Camrose. Part of that growth includes the need for a wall expansion, to allow more people access to the benefits and joys of climbing,” said Asfeldt. First built in 2001 by the Augustana Students’ Association (ASA), the climbing wall is now an essential part of Augustana, serving students, faculty, community members, and the surrounding Camrose County. The demand for these facilities is growing as climbing lesson programs, birthday party bookings, and drop-in climbing sessions have become more popular. Asfeldt has been involved with the climbing wall since his first year at Augustana. “I began as a volunteer climbing lesson instructor and have spent the past almost three years as the manager, facilitating all the

climbing wall activity from kids lessons to Build-Your-Own-Hold events to Junior Forest Warden groups,” said Asfeldt. Asfeldt said that a bouldering addition would benefit both Augustana students and the Camrose community. Bouldering is a type of ropeless climbing that is limited to short heights and requires crash mats. Currently, the wall offers toproping and bouldering. However, there is little space to do both at once. A bouldering wall expansion would increase the size of the area, allowing for more than twice the climbing. “From my own experience, I can say that the climbing wall is special. Both visitors and staff have always gone above and beyond the expectations, spending their own time and money to improve the wall and make others feel welcome,” said Asfeldt. “Staff and visitors alike mentor each other, push each other, and have fun with each other.” The plan is to build the expansion to the left of the existing wall, allowing for people to boulder on a wall with a better layout. Joe Sartison, third-year outdoor education student and wall employee, said that it is primarily fundraising that will make the expansion happen.

“A bouldering wall is an amazing place to relax with friends, both old and new, while working together to build new routes and challenge each other to push for that next move,” said Sartison. Sartison climbed recreationally in Saskatoon before he was a student at Augustana. “The gym gave me a community of people willing to work together to push for new ideas and challenges regardless of how diverse our skill levels were,” said Sartison. “I would be thrilled if Augustana could have a bouldering addition installed to expand the wall and facilitate the

expansion of our climbing community.”

Visit https://ualberta.useed.net/projects/1015/home/ to donate to the project. Photo: Climbing wall employee Lane Anderson's rendering of a possible bouldering wall expansion design

Learn more about Massive Open Online Courses Fulfill requirements with a different style of course Carolyn Cook Associate Editor - Design

With enrollment for the 2018-19 academic year now open, students face the dilemma of fulfilling all the requirements for their core, major, minor, and certificates while selecting courses that fit within a schedule. There are roadblocks like conflicting class times, courses being unavailable depending on the year, and courses that require special permissions; these add another level of stress and dismay to students wanting to graduate within four years. For those who only require elusive senior science credit without taking another 100-level course, there is a solution. The University of Alberta offers several Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that give you direct credit without the hassle of transferring. MOOCs can be taken for free by anyone who has Internet internet access or by students for university credit either online or in-class. Augustana students are required to write their exams at north campus, however, other than that they can go through to course at any pace. The following is a list of MOOCs available through the U of A:

NS 201 - Indigenous Canada: Looking Forward/Looking Back (3 credits, Fall 2018) EAS 215 - Introduction to the Arctic: Climate (1 credit, Fall 2018) STS 351 – Understanding Video Games (3 credits, Fall 2018) PALEO 200 - Dino 101 (3 credits, Fall 2018) PALEO 202 - Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution (1 credit, Winter 2019) PALEO 203 - Paleontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles (1 credit, Winter 2019) PALEO 204 - Paleontology: Theropod Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds (1 credit, Winter 2019) INT D 280 - Mountains 101 (3 credits, Winter 2019) To access these courses, enroll on Beartracks and create an account on the hosting site, Coursera (www.coursera.ca). At this point, you will have access to all the materials from the courses by enrolling in the free versions. To get credit for the course, you must pay tuition and ensure you are enrolled on Beartracks. If you’re not interested in course credit and just want to take them for fun, you can still get access to all the materials through the free versions of the courses. Find more information here: https://www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/online-courses

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Campus & Community Crime Wire The following reports are from the Camrose Police Service news section; they are condensed for space. On Feb. 26, police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and gathered grounds to believe that the man had drugs in his possession. He was arrested. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of: 240 grams of marijuana, 56 grams of shatter, two cell phones, and $1,080 cash. A search warrant was then obtained for his residence in the southside trailer park, which resulted in seizing the following additional items: 413 grams of marijuana, 102 grams of hash, 23 grams of shatter, 9 ecstasy pills, and $3,015. The total potential street value of the drugs seized in the investigation was $12,396. On March. 2, police were contacted by a local bank after they located a counterfeit $50 bill in their ATM. The bank note was quite easily recognizable as counterfeit due to the texture of the bill and the numbers on the clear panel were from a $5 bill. If you suspect that a note may be counterfeit the first item to check is that the hidden numbers on the clear panel when held up to a light source matches the value of the bill. On March. 7, the grandparent scam victimizes once again after a senior transferred $2471 to her “grandson” who stated that he was in trouble and needed money. Police and the bank are investigating. On March. 8, a male reported that two chainsaws were stolen out of the back of his pick-up. The male had parked his vehicle outside a local bar and when he returned his property was missing. On March. 15, a west end business apprehended a shoplifter and then contacted police. The 22-year-old female who was caught stealing $80 worth of cosmetics had no prior criminal record and was referred to the Alternative Measures program and issued a trespass notice. On March. 17, police were called to a complaint of an intoxicated female who was refusing to leave a licensed premise. The 20-year-old woman was identified and charged with public intoxication. For more police reports, visit: http://camrosepoliceservice.ca/police-news/

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Walking on Thin Ice By Maven Boddy

The breath of morn does make the spirits rise. Moments of peace through tranquil trails unwind, So howls the cold north wind up in the skies, Fresh flakes of powder’d snow her snowshoes find.

Unseeing eyes but freeing feelings fly, Yet frantic thoughts, mind swirling like a tree: Bombarded by the ice, still standing by. Her frozen foot placed forth with lacking glee;

Unsatisfying ventures undertook, So up she climbed to glean a better look “Inspire!” she jotted quickly in her book, “The Fire!” her pencil writing swiftly shook.

Her heart aglow with purpose she descried: “To cherish every moment I’m alive.”

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Augustana’s Cutest Pets

Bebe is a rescued German Sheppard Whippet cross who loves to run around, sleep by the fireplace, and eat any kind of meat she can get her paws on. Melissa Wilk Mila Moo’s favourite things to do are to watch TV and “moo” at other animals on the screen while sitting on one of her humans laps. Unfortunately, Mila has problems with walking and her family is trying to raise money for her surgery and treatment. Support Mila Moo here: https://www.gofundme.com/keepmilawalking

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Here is my family’s dog, “Jopie” (Dutch name). She is a Golden Retriever and in this photo approximately 2 months old! Isabella De Goeij

This is my baby Ruger. He is a 9-week-old German Shepherd who absolutely loves eating shoes and playing in the snow. Vanessa Lievers

This is Glory, a Dutch Warmblood/TWH cross, when she was 3 months old. Carolyn Cook

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Above: Women's volleyball. Photo: Arlyss Stewart. Below: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" fall drama production at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre. Photo: Paul Johnson

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Above and below: Augustana students and community members attend the Round Dance on March. 16 Photo: Arlyss Stewart

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Meet internationallyrecognized chef, Kyle Guerin Guerin’s journey to Camrose Farshad Labbaf Reporter

Born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Kyle Guerin grew up cooking with his dad. “When Halloween came along, we made candy apples, and it was so much fun. When Christmas and Easter came, my dad went all out with food. That is how I fell in love with cooking. I always did it with him.” In high school, Guerin was fortunate enough to enroll in a student-run restaurant. Guerin learned the essential skills of cooking, such as knife use, sauteing, deep frying, and other techniques. Then Guerin went to the Culinary School of Niagara where he completed a two-year coop program in culinary management. “After my first year, I travelled to Moraine Lake Lodge. It was my first time travelling. I knew I wanted to travel and gain experience.” Guerin noted that a career in the culinary arts is different from other careers. He emphasized that if you are moving from job to job every year, you will be viewed as having an unstable work life. “In this career, it’s looked at differently. You want to go from place to place every year because when you are young, you want to gain as much talent as possible under the guidance of the best people possible. So you have to travel. That is what I did.” When Guerin finished school, he worked as an apprentice at the prestigious Vineland Estates Winery. Vineland holds a four diamond rating, earning them a spot in the top 20 best winery restaurants in the world by Access Magazine. “I apprenticed under phenomenal chefs in one of the most internationally trained kitchens in the whole region.” Vineland was a place where fine food and high standards were essential. “There were stringent rules. It is like what you see when Gordon Ramsay is yelling and calling someone a cow. In some kitchens, you can get away with that. I was once singled out, yelled at and almost fired for wearing a blue shirt under my chef jacket. One time, I showed up with some stubble on my chin, and I can barely grow any facial hair even now, when I am almost 30,” said Guerin.

“I was inspected by the executive chef and told that I had two options. Either leave and never come back, or go downstairs to use the razor and shave off the stubble without any shaving cream.” Guerin acknowledged that many people would give up. However, he said that if you are passionate about something, you have to look at the challenges and obstacles with a different perspective. “Learn from it and grow as a person.” After finishing his apprenticeship at Vineland, Guerin travelled and started working under Toronto City Line and Canada Food Network chef Massimo Capra at the Rainbow Dining Room, located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls. After a year of working with chef Capra, Guerin obtained a position as a sous chef at the Elk Ridge Resort, Saskatchewan’s only four-star resort and golf course. “When I was there, I worked under chef Michael Card who is now the executive chef of the Camrose Resort Casino,” said Guerin. “In between my time there, I was fortunate enough to serve as a personal chef for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former NBA Commissioner David Stern, the Jonas Brothers, 90210 star Jason Priestley, Judge Judy, and Canada’s first astronaut, Marc Garneau.”

After two years he resigned and travelled back to Peterborough to open his first restaurant, Cravings Bakery and Cafe. Guerin’s restaurant has won numerous awards and was recognized by Canadian Living Magazine as serving the best butter tarts in Canada. After this success, Guerin began investing and co-owning several other restaurants.

In 2014, Guerin was asked to be a member of team Canada in the Expogast Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg, where he scored the silver medal competing against 3500 chefs from 53 countries. “That was perhaps my biggest achievement; I thought it was something totally out of reach, especially because only nine people are allowed to compete for team Canada, and I thought to myself, how the hell am I gonna get into that,” said Guerin. “I worked hard, got noticed, made the team, and had the pleasure of competing with them.” Guerin ended up in Camrose because he came to visit chef Michael Card, and then met Kayla. “Love brought me here. There came at a time where I knew I was young, but I also noticed that I had accomplished what I wanted to accomplish,” said Guerin. “I told myself it was time to focus on life and settling down. I was only supposed to be in Camrose for a week, which then turned into a month with WestJet luckily screwing up my flight, which solidified my relationship. I decided to leave everything I had in Ontario and come to Camrose and make a name for myself here.” Guerin now works at Hart House Wine and Tapas, located close to campus near downtown. He hopes to take a different approach to tapas (small plates). “Hart House creates an atmosphere for guests to have an experience,” said Guerin. Hart House has elements that are appealing to students. “We have great beer on tap, all local, and from microbreweries. You can share a large meal and you may spend $12. You do not have to order a main course; you can come as a group, share a meal, have a good time and not break the bank.” From the sauces to the pastries, Hart House serves food that is all made from scratch by Guerin. “I put in the hours slicing beef and doing essentially everything. It is through this process that I have managed to succeed, because I care about the experience. Not just the food on the plate, but the ambiance.”

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Word on the Street What is the best prank you have ever pulled? Braeden Kelly Photographer

Kelsey Nottveit One time my friend brought home a stinky moldy piece of cheese from switzerland. We took pieces of it and kept hiding it in each others stuff.

Hillary Kemp When I was a student at CLBI one of our classmates was away for the weekend so we moved all the furniture from his room into the courtyard. It was the middle of winter.

Matthew Caffaro My highschool had a talent show and I tricked my German exchange student friend into thinking new students had to perform. I told him eventually, but he was worried all day.

Joe Sartison Me and my friend knew two other friends locker combinations so we switched their locks.

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Augustana Medium March 2018

Augustana Sexual Assault Committee spreads awareness and education Interview with Calista Stoyles Melissa Wilk Editor-in-Chief

Last month, Augustana students raised concerns over anonymous sexual assault allegations posted on the popular social platform, Chillabit. The Medium interviewed Calista Stoyles, co-chair of the Augustana Sexual Assault Committee, to learn about how the group intends to support students, provide consent education and create safe spaces. Q. What is the Sexual Assault committee and what role do you play at Augustana?

The Augustana Against Sexual Assault Committee is an organization on campus, made up of students at Augustana who are passionate about spreading awareness and educating individuals about sexual assault. Considering our committee is rather unknown at the moment, our goal is to be acknowledged more on campus and be known as a resource for individuals looking for supports or information regarding sexual violence. We are unable to provide any counselling to individuals or survivors because the committee is run by undergraduate students, so our primary focus is education and reducing the stigma around sexual assault. We want to make sure people view Augustana as a safe, supportive environment and that survivors of any violence or assault feel they have resources and options available instead of feeling like they are alone. Q. How does the Sexual Assault committee raise awareness about sexual assault on campus?

Rather than focusing on raising awareness specifically regarding sexual assault and surrounding our goals to adhere strictly to the statistical data, the focus of the committee lies in educating the population about the multifaceted issue of sexual violence on college campuses. This involves much more than showing people the numbers; it includes things like creating environments where survivors or individuals feel they can disclose their experiences, as well as informing people about consent and what constitutes as sexual assault. The lack of understanding surrounding sexual assault is quite remarkable. The committee is by no means experts on sexual violence or sexual assault, but each member is passionate about making a change across campus and making it a goal for a safer environment. Our main event happening this semester to raise awareness is the Sexual Assault Awareness Week happening the first week of April. During this time we will have events such as meditations and safe areas for individuals across campus to raise awareness of the issue. We will also be having a “Take Back the Night” Walk in which we will be inviting people to walk around Camrose to raise awareness of sexual violence in the community. Other than this significant event, we hope to be posting resources and more information around campus to give people easier access to resources and information.

Q. When anonymous allegations (from platforms such as Chillabit) arise, especially against an anonymous member of the ASA, what action should we take, if any?

Because the allegation was anonymous, there is a limited amount of options available. The committee is not directly affiliated with the ASA however, allegations of any nature occurring on campus should be taken seriously. There’s an assumption that because Augustana is such a small campus, sexual assaults don’t occur here but that is not the case. Unfortunately, there’s no direct action that we can take because of the anonymous nature of the accusation. However, this should be a wake-up call for college campuses and people everywhere to truly understand the definition of consent and the nature of healthy, non-coercive relationships. We need to continue the conversation surrounding sexual assault to ensure that people are getting educated and the stigma surrounding survivors is eradicated, and these individuals feel the support they deserve. Q. What resources are available for students on campus?

For students seeking support after having experienced the trauma of an assault, Augustana campus has several options. There’s a pdf handout available on the Augustana website under “Health, Wellness, and Accessibility” that lists the resources and options available which include counselling on campus with one of the two counsellors available and pastoral counselling. There’s also the protective services office available on campus that you can contact to disclose a sexual assault. Augustana also has access to the Sexual Assault Centre at north campus and all of the resources available there. I’ve contacted the team of volunteers at the centre, and they are more than willing to send individual’s down to Augustana if a survivor requests someone and is unable to make the travel to Edmonton. Q. If a student experiences sexual assault, what should they do?

Students who have been sexually assaulted ultimately have the decision on how to handle the way they deal with their experience. The trauma experienced by each individual is unique, and it’s imperative that they handle their recovery in the way they see fit. They have several options available; they can choose to disclose to a trusted individual and say nothing after that. If someone discloses an assault to you, it’s very important that their choice is respected and you don’t push that individual into doing anything that makes them uncomfortable. If they do want to report, however, they can choose to do so by contacting the protective services on campus or going to the police. If they require medical attention, the St. Mary’s Hospital is also an option. The counselling services at Augustana are also available for people seeking support.

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Gender inclusive housing offered in 75 percent of ravine complex Augustana provides accessible residence options Melissa Wilk Editor-in-Chief

In September 2017, Augustana residence implemented gender inclusive housing to meet the needs of students and to create more accessible options. 77 percent of the 176 respondents in the January 2017 residence survey were interested in gender inclusive housing, which informed the number of rooms set aside. Student Experience Coordinator, Angela Chytracek, hopes that students will remember this option when applying for residence. “We've had a lot of students ask about gender inclusive housing over the years and part of it is just about being able to live with someone that they choose, who may be a different gender than themselves,” said Chytracek. Gender inclusive housing makes Augustana a safer space for trans and genderqueer students, as it provides students with the opportunity to have roommates, canmates and floormates of any gender. “Thereby, reducing any stigma for students that do not fit the binary gender focus of a traditional residence,” said Executive Director of Student Life, Randal Nickel. Nickel said that student interest and feedback about this initiative has been positive. “I think it's really important that we offer accessible spaces for everyone at Augustana. I'm particularly thinking about transstudents, and other students who may just have a preference to live with a really close friend,” said Chytracek.

“A lot of it is about making housing accessible for trans students and providing more options so they can choose a situation that is good for them,” said Chytracek. Chytracek said that traditional housing is still available, and will not be eliminated. “There are students that prefer traditional for various reasons. Ravine is already set up really well for gender inclusive housing,” said Chytracek. Within each building, there will be both traditional and gender inclusive housing in different wings. “It equals out to about 75 percent gender inclusive over the whole ravine. We wanted to blend it all together,” said Chytracek. At room draw, students who have opted for gender inclusive housing choose both their roommate and canmate. Residence assistants choose their preference when applying for a position. The layout of first year dorms does not allow for gender inclusive housing without significant renovations. “We can offer students gender inclusive housing in Ravine even if they are a first year student, if they request it,” said Chytracek. “It's great for us to be able to offer this option. I think it gives us the opportunity to be as flexible as possible with housing,” said Chytracek. “We are able to ask what students prefer, and what's best for them. Students are experts on themselves. The challenge is that we need to provide the right platform. We try to be as communicative as possible. ”

Meet three Augustana musicians Learn about the life of a music student Muskaan Sakhrani Reporter

Augustana is home to many talented students, the Medium sat down with three musicians and had them each answer ten questions.

3. What skills/personal attributes are most important to being successful in the music field?

Patience, it definitely requires a lot of endurance and being ready to fail. Being in the music profession, you are not always going to make progress. Things happen and so you have to be able to work past them, be able to fail and just keep going.

4. How do you balance your music with other obligations?

Samantha Woodruff is an instrumentalist

and member of the choir.

1. What got you involved in music in the first place?

Getting into the music in general, it was honestly because I wanted to be better than my dad. I love listening to my dad play the piano and I just wanted to see if I could be a better player than him and to accomplish my goal I just kept learning and playing. I came to love a piece that I was taught and so it was just something that I knew I wanted to continue doing.


Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition? How do you overcome it?

Absolutely. I try not to think about what I am about to play because I know that I already know it and if I continue thinking about it, it's just going to slip from my mind.

That has been a hard one. It takes a lot of scheduling and prioritizing. One of the reasons why I love being in the music program is because you know, I do have to practice and learn my music and that's most of my obligations now but you still have to recognize that it does take some scheduling and that's really all that you can do.

5. What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue music?

Be confident and I think it takes some initiative and some leadership qualities because you have to take charge of yourself.

7. What has been your biggest challenge with music?

Definitely, getting up after failing. I really didn't know how to fail at first and so having to fail again and again has been something really challenging for me.

8. How has your music evolved since you first began playing?

One of the things I have noticed is that I was always afraid of playing when I first started. Specially, when you first start to practice on a piece and you are not very good at it at all but, I have been able to see that now I am given a new piece and I am excited to go and perform it. It doesn’t matter who’s listening because I know that it's not going to be perfect but I also know that I can see where it’s all going.

9. What are your plans for the future? 6. Who are your major influences?

I absolutely love rock and Beethoven. I love rock style and Beethoven’s motivation. I also know that the piano teacher that I had while growing up has been a huge influence on me. I almost gave up on music multiple times but with her influence and my parents pushing me, that’s what kept me going on through the hard times.

I am planning to teach. I have been teaching piano for the past three years and it's something that I would like to continue doing on a higher level.

10. What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Fake it until you make it.

3. What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue music?

Don't think that you are going to make it in a day. It's just getting yourself out there and knowing the right people is a lot of it. You got to have the right kind of connections everywhere and you just need to have the right kind of confidence in yourself and believe that you can make it because if you don't then you are not going to.

Travis Dolter is a singer and songwriter. 1. What are your most fond musical memories?

Just playing my guitar and songwriting, that’s something you can do whenever, it doesn't matter what kind of mood you are in.

2. How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Just keep going on. I have had it enough that it doesn’t really phase me anymore because it happens all the time.

7. What has been your biggest challenge with music and have you been able to overcome that challenge?

I started late because most people start when they are like eight and know what they want to do, but I didn't until a year and a half ago. That’s when I really started pursuing it and now I have been really building it up. I have been able to overcome that through hard work and practice.

4. Where do you usually perform? What are your favorite venues?

8. What are your plans for the future?

5. Which songs do you perform most frequently?

9. What changes would you like to see in the music industry to allow you to make a living from your music?

Usually dances are the most fun. The people are feeling your music and they get up and dance to it, so it's the most fun.

I do country music. And just whatever the crowd wants really. I perform both covers and originals.

6. What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Beer and Women. Well, it depends what you are feeling. I have written many party songs so that's the beer part and then there are relationships and breakups so that's where the woman part comes from.

To continue with the way everything’s going now. We are actually going to record my originals this summer so that will be the highlight of the summer.

I guess it is what it is and it’s not as if it’s going to change. But, if there wasn’t streaming like Apple music that would be better. But, people like that more, so that’s not going to go away.

10. What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Life’s too short to not chase your dreams, so go for it.

Jillian Alexandra Cross is an instrumentalist and member of the choir.

1. What got you involved in music?

When I was a little kid, I was really into music so I kind of just want to do music because it’s something I am good at.

5. What are your most fond musical memories?

In my last year of high school, we went to music fest and we won superior which is like the best that you can get and in grade five which is one of the hardest categories so it was really satisfying.

2. What instruments do you play?

I started playing flute in in junior high and high-school through my school band and I really enjoyed that. s. I also play piccolo which is somewhat a flute. I was also in my school jazz band where I played alto saxophone and trombone.

3. Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition? How do you overcome it?

I usually just try to breathe and be calm and remember that I have done it so many times before that there is no reason that I would do badly.

4. How often and for how long do you generally practice?

I don’t practice as much as I should. But, I don’t really have a set time that I practice for. I just practice until I feel that I have done enough. So, sometimes that’s really long and sometimes it’s really short.

6. How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

I just play through them and pretend that it didn't happen.

7. Who are your major influences?

I really love Elephants Gerald and like a lot of other jazz artists like Dave Brubeck. Also, lots of the classical composers like Mozart.

8. What has been your biggest challenge in the music stream?

I feel like its a challenge for me not to feel inadequate because like there are so many people who are at higher years who are so good and you’re just like oh my god and it feels like you won’t be as good as them but you just have to keep working at it.

9. How has your music evolved since you first began playing?

It has certainly become a lot easier. I’d say it's more fun because the challenge is in doing difficult songs rather than actually playing the instrument like in the case of flute. But, once you get used to the instrument it's more of a fun challenge because it's just like you know what you are doing and you just try doing better.

10. What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Always look on the brighter side.




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