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April 4, 2013
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Garcia takes up unique project
MASU reforms the international student health insurance plan Gavin Rea News Writer
At Mount Allison, ten per cent of the population are international students, a statistic exhibited by the rows of countries’ flags that hang above the meal stations in Jennings. Along with many other issues faced by international students, adequate health coverage has been a subject of debate in recent months. Currently uninsured international students use the International Student Health Plan offered by the Mount Allison Student’s Union (MASU), a plan that is about to undergo major changes for the next 2013-2014 academic year. The new health care plan will cost has increased from 495 to 540 dollarsto insure students up to 250,000 dollars – as opposed to the previous amount of two million dollars – which will cover more basic needs such as annual medical exams and vaccines. One of the greatest benefits is the coverage of simple physician charges and diagnostic services such as x-rays and MRIs. The plan will also cover follow-up visits to doctors to confirm or update treatment. “Say you go to a doctor to get a prescription for acne medication, but you find out that it doesn’t work,” said MASU Administration Officer Sonali Kallianpur at one of the meetings announcing the change. “Under the old plan, you would be charged for the next follow-up appointment, but the new plan will cover it.” In addition, the plan will cover any emergency treatment outside of the Province of New Brunswick. Another policy voted on by the MASU council will take effect this coming year: all Mt. A students will be required to hold insurance under the extended health plan or similar coverage. The extended health plan covers acupuncture, chiropractors, massages, naturopaths, physiotherapists,psychologists,and speech therapists. “One of the things I don’t like is that the extended health plan is now mandatory for all students,” said Clay Steel, a first-year Mt. A student. “I went to the emergency room twice for pneumonia and then stomach virus and was covered by the old Medical/Emergency plan. If the extended plan covers things I don’t need as a reasonably healthy person, I’m just paying extra money. If it were up to me, I’d choose to stay with the insurance as it is.” As a dual citizen, Steel plans to apply for provincial coverage as soon as he turns nineteen and opt out of the extended health plan.
Images on the canvas from the print table at the Westmorland Institution were created over two years. (Lea Foy/Argosy)
Fine arts student brings art to correctional institution
While Mount Allison students all find their own ways to enjoy their weekends in the Sackville area, one student has taken up an activity that is entirely unique. Fifth-year fine arts student Kallie Garcia has found a way to make art accessible to a sector of society that she feels has been overlooked. For two years, Garcia has spent every Saturday at the Westmorland Institution in Dorchester, where she holds silk screening sessions for incarcerated men. By setting up a studio in the multi-purpose room of the institution, she has provided an outlet for artistry. “Every Saturday, the games room gets transformed to a silk screening studio where men can come and gather to make gifts and prints for their families and loved ones,” said Garcia. At first, Garcia’s project came with challenges. It took repeated calls to Westmorland to agree to allow her to set up her studio, and she found that her students were a little standoffish at the beginning. “They were all really wary of me at first,” said Garcia. But with determination and commitment, she developed positive bonds
with the men she works with. “I just continued to go every single weekend, and I kept my word, and I did what I said I was going to do.” Garcia refers to the men she works with as her students, but she stresses that the project is collaborative; the benefits are mutual for both. Through silk screening, “[the men] start to think of themselves as creators, and critical thinkers, and artists,” she said. Above all, Garcia’s aim is to provide an opportunity for feeling and expression. “I think self-knowledge is genius, so if you become self-aware, you can work through these situations and these problems.” In return, Garcia has greatly benefited from her work at Westmorland. “I’m there because I want to work with their demographic, but I’m also there because my liberation is tied up with theirs. I’ve met some of the smartest people in prison, and . . . some of the most honest and real people,” said Garcia. She has also developed a higher commitment to honesty and openness, and has come to understand issues in society that many people do not recognize. Along with silk-screening, Garcia and the men she works with are in the process of collaborating on a book. “It’s about the lived realities of incarceration and suppression, oppression, and depravation; the choices made in times of weakness, and the repercussions of those choices.” The book is targeted towards at-risk youth and young offenders, and Garcia hopes it will help end the cycle of crime. She also feels that it is important to have the content of the book come
from the men, not from her. She stressed her desire to stay out of this aspect of the collaboration, “I’m not going to pretend that I’ve broken my arm if I haven’t broken my arm.” In order to be accessible, the book will be aimed at all levels of literacy. As a part of the book project, each copy of the book will also include a CD. Commenting on her interest in taking on this project, Garcia noted, “[I’ve been] interested in giving these men voices because they’ve been silenced for so long.” According to the artist, there is a lot to be learned through someone’s voice. “I like the idea that you can get a lot from someone’s voice. You can hear hurt and you can hear sincerity and honesty, and I like that rawness…” Garcia was the recipient of a 500 dollar grant from the Crake foundation, which will go toward the production of the book. However, Garcia admits that funding her project has been her biggest challenge. If you would like to learn more about the project, Garcia is holding an art show from April 23 to May 3. Describing the show as a retrospective of all the work she and the men have completed, Garcia’s exhibit will also include a video of the men’s hands while silk screening. Upon graduation, Garcia is planning to continue with this project through a master’s degree at the University of Regina. She hopes to keep up her work well into the future, and to continue to do art with incarcerated members of society.
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Increased tuition, increased student aid New Brunswick students may receive financial help from the government Cherise Letson
The Brunswickan (University of New Brunswick) Tuition will be going up next year, but New Brunswick students may be getting more government help. These were the student highlights of the New Brunswick provincial budget, which dropped March 26. The provincial government announced that there will be a 150 dollar tuition cap, and there will be about a twenty million dollar increase in student financial aid, though which programs that money is going towards won’t be released until later this month. It was also announced the universities won’t get an increase in funding. Andrew Martel, President of the University of New Brunswick Student Union (UNBSU), said though the increase in student aid is good news, the tuition cap combined with no funding increase is not.
or academic support services [won’t be cut].” He said it may affect the quality of education “But there’s certainly a risk there, especially for students, since the university won’t be able to if these kinds of policies persist, that will raise tuition as much as they planned, in order to be a risk. So we’re a little bit concerned make up for it.The university needed a four per cent about that. We’re going to monitor it.” increase in funding to avoid raising tuition at all. The statement released by UNB president “In a way, it’s good for students, because Eddy Campbell after the budget announcement [although] we’re not getting all of what we would seemed to echo the possibility of tough times ahead. have gotten, we would [otherwise] have to pay “Our fourth balanced budget will be presented a lot more,” said Martel. “But the problem is— to our Board of Governors in April. But this has and this was something that was raised among come at a cost. As a result, we need to examine me and the other student leaders—that the the viability of many programs and facilities on quality of education is now going to [decrease].” our campuses and in our communities. UNB “Because the universities don’t have the will continue to make difficult decisions of its students to turn to, and they don’t have the own in the coming money from the months and years,” government, which said Campbell. they’re looking for. At some point, services are going Martel said They’re [UNB] already to have to be cut. What we hope that though the talking about cutting is that essential services such government talks thirty staff and fifteen about bettering the faculty, so with this as mental health or academic province and the extra percentage they’re support services [won’t be cut]. quality of life for going to be missing, it’s really worrisome.” Stephen Spence New Brunswickers, they keep avoiding Stephen Spence, NBSA President the importance President of the of education. New Brunswick “They talk about Student Alliance innovation a bit, and job creation, and again, job (NBSA), said potential for decline in creation; those are the buzz words they keep using the quality of education is concerning. … But they always seem to dance around the word “At some point, services are going to have ‘education’, and never quite say it,” said Martel. to be cut,” said Spence. “What we hope is “It’s like they don’t want to commit to it.” that essential services such as mental health
CFS fights blood donor policy Campaign cites unfair discrimination against potential queer donors Shane Belbin
The Muse (Memorial University) When donating blood in Canada, you are required to complete a confidential questionnaire before each donation. This starts off simple enough, asking, “Are you feeling well today?” From there it becomes more intensive, asking about medical background, travel patterns, and drug usage—legal or otherwise. And then, for male donors, comes a question that the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) has a major issue with: “have you had sex with a man, even one time since 1977?” If the answer is yes, then there will be no more questions and you will instead be politely asked to leave. This is because the current policy of the two groups responsible for blood collection in Canada—Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec—is a lifetime deferral for men who have had sex with a man (MSM). One of CFS’s longest-lasting campaigns, entitled End the Ban, hopes to repeal this policy on the basis that it is founded on outdated science and stereotypes of the queer demographic. With no regard given to the
usage of protection or a male’s knowledge of his sexual partner’s background being accounted for, CFS feels that the MSM policy, as mandated by the regulating organization Health Canada, is a clear case of discrimination. While not strictly a students’ issue, the Newfoundland and Labrador Chairperson of CFS, Michael Walsh, feels that it is an issue with major implications for the student population. “Not only are a number of our members identified by Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec as men who have sex with men, but also a large percentage of blood donation in this country comes from blood drives on our campuses,” said Walsh. “So it’s an issue that impacts individual members, and also [that] it occurs on our campuses.” To that end, CFS has played an active role on distributing information on the issue at a variety of events and occasions, such as World Blood Donor Day and Pride Day. Students are encouraged to become involved with local on-campus initiatives through the Memorial Students Union (MUNSU), as well as utilizing the campaign website to send their thoughts to the federal Minister of Health. While some students who are eligible donors may feel inclined to boycott donating blood in solidarity with the cause, Walsh emphasizes that that is not something supported by the campaign. “That’s certainly not the goal of the campaign. It’s incredibly important that we have an adequate, safe supply of blood donation in our country,” said Walsh. “These
negative attitudes that exist towards Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec are an unfortunate product of this discriminatory ban.” Although Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec have been essentially unchanging in their policy on MSM since it was first introduced in 1988, this may soon change. Both organizations submitted a proposal to Health Canada in December 2012 to change the policy from a lifetime deferral to a five-year one. Health Canada has at least three months to make a decision, and they can choose to extend the decision-making period. If approved, then the new policy could be in place as early as summer 2013. According to Marc Plante, Communications Specialist for Canadian Blood Services’ Head Office, this will then “open the door slightly for those men who either experimented, were abused, or decided to be celibate.” Walsh feels that this is still discriminatory and will not alter the trajectory of the campaign. “The force and effect of a five year ban is essentially the same as a lifetime deferral for most individuals,” said Walsh. “A five-year deferral is still based on an individual’s status, and not their behaviours.” Instead, the campaign praises the policy existing in a number of countries such as France, Spain, and Italy, where—in addition to other things—the screening process calculates risk based on a person’s sexual behaviour, regardless of the sex of the persons involved.
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MASU tries new election format Spring elections receive low number of votes Gavin Rea News Writer
The first-ever Spring Council Election at Mount Allison concluded last Thursday. The rushed change in election format raised questions about how effective the election would be, since there was only a weeklong window in which to declare candidacy before the nominations closed. “We did expect a shortage of candidates due to the election schedules,” said Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU) President Pat Joyce, “but in most cases we had the same excess of candidates for positions as we did last year, most races were contested.” However, a bi-election will have to be held in the spring to elect Residence Councillors for both and North and South Sides, as there were not enough candidates. Joyce admitted that this could probably be attributed to the short notice, stating that, “more students run for Residence Councillor in first year.” This will also be the first-ever Council elected for a twelve-month term. “They’re doubling the timeline that they have to do things,” said Joyce. In the past, Council only ran from October to early April. There were five months over the summer
with no Council in session and the executive holding power of Council and making decisions. Instead, this summer councillors will attend meetings by teleconference to reach the twenty-five per cent quorum for meetings and conducting business. Though it is currently up to next year’s Council, the two first-year Council positions elected in the fall will likely serve a twelve-month term beginning and ending in August out of sync with the main part of the Council. Along with a low number of candidates, voter turn-out was also low for this election. A large number of students cast abstaining votes in most of the elections, so that the actual number of yes-no ballots were even less. “A lot of students don’t know enough about candidates to feel comfortable voting for them, so they end up abstaining,” said Chris Zinc, the current Small Residence Community Councillor. Turnout for the election was lower than usual, ranging between thirty and forty per cent in Council races. “Next year’s Council will have to look at online voting and see whether or not there was an initial bump in voter turnout and if that’s going to start to decline, which has been the case in other schools,” said Joyce. However, the valedictorian race doubled the normal turnout. “It’s a fairly standard trend,” said Joyce. “Grads show up in significant numbers to vote for valedictorian, and the turnout to speeches is always very high because it’s a critical part of convocation. It’s important to have someone that can
speak in such a way to capture the essence of your experience,” he said. The final part of each ballot was a set of referenda, which had surprising results. “I was surprised to see 7 Mondays fail to pass, and also to see the winter carnival levy fail,” said Joyce. “Five dollars is a pretty reasonable amount for what is essentially a ‘winter orientation week.’” The MASU Quorum referendum also failed to pass for a second time. The amendment to the constitution needed a two-thirds vote and received only thirty-nine per cent of votes. “To me, that’s a pretty clear statement from students that they trust Council to make decisions for them, and that they have faith in their elected representatives,” said Joyce. “But under the current system, were there ever a scenario where Council was not being accountable to students or mismanaging funds, it would be incredibly difficult for students to get rid of that Council,” he said. According to Joyce, right now it would take around 650 students in a room to upend a corrupt Council. The main issue for the amendment was communicating its meaning. “I had no idea when I voted that the quorum was actually for the student body (MASU) rather than the Council itself,” said Lilly Nagy-MacArthur, a second-year Mt. A student. “It was a disappointing that we got fewer votes the second time round, especially since I ran a yes campaign to educate students,” said Joyce. “But in the end, it’s what the students want.”
Syringe robber pleads guilty Suspect pleaded guilty to charges of attempted armed robbery Emily James News Writer
Twenty-nine-year-old Clinton Belcher from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted armed robbery at Jean Coutu Pharmacy in Sackville on March 14. Belcher pleased guilty in Moncton Provincial Court on March 20.
Belcher, along with another man, entered Jean Coutu and threatened the clerk with a syringe and demanded narcotic drugs. District four RCMP arrested Belcher in Sackville shortly after the incident. Belcher is in custody until his sentencing hearing on May 23, 2013. Three other men also charged in connection with the same incident are scheduled to appear in court on March 22 for bail hearings. The four men were arrested in connection with the robbery at the downtown pharmacy. Belcher and one other suspect entered the pharmacy in the afternoon while the other two suspects waited outside in a vehicle. Inside Jean Coutu, one of the suspects told the pharmacist he was armed with a syringe filled with
HIV and demanded narcotic drugs. The pharmacist refused to hand over the narcotics, and the two men fled. Two Jean Coutu employees then ran after the suspects down the street, leading the police in the right direction of the suspects. One of the men was tracked down by the RCMP’s Police Dog Service, which arrested him. The other three men were arrested shortly after being spotted by a Sackville resident who saw them entering a vehicle. The four men arrested were identified as Clinton Blecher, Jaime Culleton, Faren Reeves, and Blaine Bell. All were from outside New Brunswick: three from PEI. and one from British Columbia.
Inter-departmental collaboration Commerce and computer science students produce iPhone apps Carly Levy
The Mount Allison commerce and computer science departments have teamed up to produce and market iPhone applications for local groups and initiatives. The Argosy has seen the fruits of this collaboration
with upgrades to our website and the creation of a dedicated iPhone app. The Argosy’s improved online experience, which launches today, will feature a more streamlined website that is easier to navigate and is mobile-accessible to meet the needs of ‘on-the-go’ readers. Future Editor-in-Chief of The Argosy Richard Kent is looking forward to the updated website. “I’m excited to be able to offer students and community members up-to-the-minute news with more steady content updates and vastly superior aesthetics. We’re giving our readers a reason to experience The Argosy online,” he said. Students from each discipline
have combined their talents to create apps for the Sackville Cab company, the Mt. A Rideshare program, and the Town of Sackville tourism department. According to computer science student Tanner Brine, working in a group with such a diverse skill set was a rewarding yet challenging experience. “It was a test of everyone’s communication skills to keep the commerce and computer science teams on the same page,” he said and further commented, “[I found it] very interesting to have the opportunity to sit in on meetings where things like marketing and promotion were discussed and learn what goes into getting the product I create into the hands of the users.”
Global arms treaty
Last week, a proposed global arms treaty was stalled in talks in the United Nations after Iran, Syria and North Korea blocked adoption of the first international pact to regulate the arms trade. They claimed their move was in response to the failure of the treaty to ban weapons sales to armed rebel groups. Despite these objections, the treaty was voted upon in the General Assembly on Tuesday. The resolution regulating multibillion-dollar international arms trade won in the General Assemby with overwhelming support from member states. The vote was 154 to 3, with 23 absentions. This goal has been sought for more than a decade to try to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organized crime. The treaty will not control the domestic use of weapons in any country, but it will require all countries to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms, part and component and to regulate arms brokers.
Hunger Strikers at Guantánamo
Prisoners at Guantánamo Bay have been refusing food for nearly two months over intrusive searches and their continued detention without charge. Defence attorneys for hunger-striking prisoners are accusing military officials of imposing harsh conditions in an attempt to halt their protest. Allegations include denying prisoners water and keeping camp temperatures at extremely frigid levels to increase the discomfort of the prisoners. At least three prisoners were hospitalized for dehydration last week. The International Committee of the Red Cross has begun a fact-finding mission into the conditions of the protesters.
Novartis denied drug patent
The Indian supreme court has refused to allow one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Novartis, to patent a new version of a cancer drug. Health care activists are hailing this case as a major step forward in enabling poor people to access medicines in impoverished parts of the world. The case was a six-year battle, which ultimately ruled that small changes and improvements to the drug Gilvec did not amount to innovation deserving of a patent. The ruling opens up the way for generic companies in India to manufacture and sell cheap versions of the drug. Novaris says the decision discourages future innovation in India.
Pipeline leakage fires up activists
A pipeline of the energy giant ExxonMobil ruptured earlier this week, spilling more than 12,000 barrels of crude oil and water near Mayflower, Arkansas. Around two dozen homes were evacuated and efforts are being made to prevent the contamination of the nearby drinking source. This spill occurred only two days after a train carrying Canadian crude oil derailed in Minnesota, spilling 15,000 gallons of oil. It also comes just as the Obama administration prepares to issue a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline delivering Canadian tar sands oil to the Texas coast. Anti-Keystone activists have rallied around the spill, calling for a recognition of the dangers posed by the controversial Keystone pipeline.
Political crisis in CAR
On March 24, a coup d’ état led by Michel Dijotodia toppled Central African President Bozize. Dijotodia led thousands of Seleka rebel fighters into the capital, Bangui, triggering days of looting and drawing international condemnation. Self-proclaimed President Dijotodia has announced a caretaker government in which he has taken control of five ministries, including defense. Civilian opposition representative NicolasTiangaye will remain as Prime Minister. France and the United States are calling for the rebels to adhere to a power-sharing deal signed in January that mapped out a transition to elections in 2016 in which Bozize was forbidden to run. The transitional government has said it will respect the agreement by holding elections within three years. Seleka claims Bozize did not adhere to power-sharing agreements after seizing power in a 2003 coup and winning disputed 2011 elections.
The Ship’s L g An Argosy run down of coming events in Sackville Thursday Groovin’ at Gracie’s April 4, 9:00pm Gracie’s Cafe
Sunday Student Recital: Kirsten LeBlanc, soprano, with Bradley Hachey, piano April 7, 3:00pm Brunton Auditorium
Student Budget Presentation April 4, 7:00pm Wu Center
Student Recital: Michael MacMillan, piano April 5, 8:00 pm Brunton Auditorium
Mount Allison Symphonic Band April 10, 8:00 pm Convocation Hall
Windsor Theatre Presents: Experimental Beginnings April 5, 8:00pm, and April 6, 2:00pm and 8:00pm Convocation Hall
Montréal Guitar Trio (MG3) April 12, 8:00 pm Brunton Auditorium
Saturday Student Recital: Colin Frotten, piano, and Sujin Shim, piano April 6, 3:00pm Brunton Auditorium Student Recital: Amelia Shiels, horn, with Lynn Johnson, piano April 6, 8:00 pm Brunton Auditorium
Collegium Musicum April 10, 4:00pm Brunton Auditorium
Congratulations to the winner of the Big Hanna Naming Competition “Dirt & Ernie” Submitted by Liz MacDonald
Looks like another year of austerity Economic growth needs PSE growth John Trafford
Irish unification needs votes, not violence Kevin Levangie
Opinions Columnist This time of year, the Irish heritage, or wish for Irish heritage, of any and all comes out. Along with perverting beer with green food colouring, drinking all day, and upping the intake of potatoes and Lucky Charms, the more historically aware among us cursed the English or shouted “Up the republic!” this past St. Patrick’s Day. In the not too distant past, donations to violent Irish nationalist groups could be made in pubs up and down the East Coast of North America. A wave of nostalgia for the “home country,” which most of us “Irish” folk have never seen, often ends with us voicing irrational and nationalistic opinions. The legacy of the English relationship with their neighbours (and everyone else, quite frankly) is a rocky one, as they insisted on occupying and colonizing whatever they could get their hands on. Ireland was among the first to fall victim to British imperialism. The Irish and British crowns were united in 1542. Since then, there have been numerous independence attempts, or, since 1922, attempts to unify the North and the rest of Ireland. Throughout British rule, Irish Catholics found themselves discriminated against, both politically and economically. Laws limited the rights of Catholics to hold land, and such oppression came to a head during Cromwell’s invasion. The Penal Laws, along with famine and forced indentured servitude severely shrank the Irish population and left a long legacy of inequality. In response to these legitimate grievances, Irish republicanism flourished after successful republican revolutions took place in the United States and France. When Ireland received semi-independence in 1921, many militant nationalists were not content with a partitioned Ireland, because of the allegiance of Ulster’s gerrymandered electoral districts to the United Kingdom. Invariably, an argument about Irish unification turns to the conduct of the modern Irish
Republican Army, in all of its various incarnations. The self-described strategy of their armed campaign, from the late 1960s to the late 1990s, was that of “Armalites and ballot boxes,” meaning rifles and voting to unify Ireland. Undeniably, the IRA factions murdered many innocent people in their quest for separation from the UK, but the conduct of the British security forces was also reprehensible. Bomb attacks targeting civilians were committed by the IRA, rioting by Loyalist groups displaced families, and massacres and apathy from the British governmental forces aggravated the conflict. In the words of South African and former union leader Jay Naidoo, “Violence from any side is inexcusable, but deadly force from a democratic state is a cardinal sin. It strikes at the heart of democracy.” The violent conduct of illegal nationalist groups made up of marginalized citizens is obviously unacceptable, but a democratic, modern, industrialized country needs to be held to a higher standard. The violence resulted in 3,500 dead and 47,000 injured during the thirty-year period. The 1998 Good Friday Agreement brought the majority of hostilities to a close, as both sides turned to a political solution. There are still remnants of dissident Republican groups who plant bombs and try to reaggravate the conflict, and groups of Loyalists violently protesting the recent decision of the Belfast City Council to stop flying the Union Jack on a daily basis. Today, those sectarians, nationalist or unionist, who would plunge Ireland into violence are behind the times. If a government has even a hint of democratic legitimacy or popular support an internal armed insurrection against it cannot succeed. There was a time when armed conflict was necessary for the protection of the Catholic minority in Northern Ireland, but that time has passed. Our celebration of Irish history and culture, or at least of their alcoholic beverages, should be limited to those things that enrich lives, not destroy them. While I would like to see Ireland re-unified, with Northern Ireland it needs to come through legal, democratic means. Forsake the Armalites in order to make time for the ballot boxes.
The age of austerity. That is what I like to call the economic times we are entering. As economies around the world continue to produce only sluggish growth and some, such as Greece, slide back into economic crisis, it is easy to see that governments around the world will be looking to cut expenditure. Unfortunately, New Brunswick has also needed to claw back its spending in what seems like a futile effort to tackle its growing debt. There is no doubt in my mind that Mount Allison will come to be affected by the New Brunswick government’s inability to balance the books. The new budget contains a zero per cent funding increase for postsecondary institutions and allows for no more than a 150 dollar tuition increase. This certainly is not the worst news that post-secondary students could have received, but
it is not the best. The provincial government’s attempt to alleviate the hard economic times by cutting spending in a wide range of programs may be highly effective in the short term but they won’t necessarily give New Brunswick a longer term economic recovery and the kind of economy that can help the next generation of New Brunswickers flourish. We need a smarter economy, not a bigger economy. Something that will be critical to the economic survival of New Brunswick will be an increase to education funding. It is apparent that the days of a strong industrial economy providing plentiful and well-paid work are long gone. Most of these jobs jumped across the Pacific years ago for cheaper manufacturing costs. Those that are successful in the kind of economy we have now have done so with brains, not brawn. It is evident that as Canada, and New Brunswick with it, moves further into a technologybased economy that young people will need a higher level of education to stay competitive. The economic policy makers in New Brunswick not only need to keep education funding the same, they need to increase it by a huge degree. Yes, doing this will be extremely costly, but in
twenty years New Brunswickers will be in a much better position to interact with a changing economy. Higher levels of post-secondary education will not only allow for young people to find better work but it will also help to facilitate the kind of ingenuity that truly grows an economy. If we want our economy to not only grow, but grow effectively we need to start funding post-secondary institutions so that tomorrow’s generation will have the knowledge base to innovate in the economy. With lower costs for students, New Brunswickers will be able to stay in the province of their origin and help build a smarter economy. We need to be preparing young people for the economy of tomorrow and not attempting to fight economic problems like we would have in the 1960s or 1970s. Yes, increasing tuition funding will be financially difficult and many will label it craziness, given the current financial problems in Fredericton. This won’t have a shortterm benefit, but if we are willing to wait a few decades, cheaper education will immensely benefit the economy of New Brunswick. Tomorrow’s economy will be built on education, not budget cuts.
How to improve access to PSE It’s not just about a lack of funding John Trafford
Is it really the case that one hundred per cent of students that don’t attend a post-secondary educational institution don’t want to go? Of course not. Many are comfortable to never further their education after high school as the halls of academia are truly not for them. Many more would love to go to a place like Mount Allison but simply are not able too. Sometimes it is financial reasons; sometimes a person wants to go, but doesn’t want to be just another face in the crowd with an arts degree; and sometimes a person does not even know how to begin the process. Education is something that all people are entitled to equally, but as it stands now, access to post-secondary education in Canada is less than egalitarian; and not for entirely financial reasons. The question remains: how do we go about increasing access to post-secondary education? The first answer is the obvious one: there simply needs to be more government funding for postsecondary education in Canada. Not only would this have the effect of increasing access to higher education for those who come from lower income backgrounds, but it would also help young people learn the skills necessary to compete in the modern, globalized economy. The next answer, which is quite a bit less obvious, is that we need to change how we think about higher education. A university education
Potential PS students are shut out. (Kory d’ Entremont/Argosy) is not necessarily designed as job training; this idea really only serves to scare away people that are unsure if they want to pursue a degree or not. On the other hand, university is also not meant to be four years of noncommittal self-exploration that many bill it as. In reality, a post-secondary education is whatever you want it to be and whatever you make it into. This idea needs to be advertised, as many potential university and college grads are overwhelmed by something they do not necessarily understand. On that same note, Canadian high schools should start teaching teenagers what exactly postsecondary education is and what is expected of them when they further their education. When I first came to Mt. A, I had absolutely no idea how to write a first-year undergraduate level paper, do research (actual research, not the Wikipedia variety) or write an exam where the chances of having extra time are virtually zero. Clearly, something is wrong here. Young
people cannot be expected to make an informed choice about their future if they have never really been exposed to what post-secondary education is. Finally, we need to have a secondary education system that is committed to not allowing young people to slip through the cracks. I have known many people that did not achieve their full potential because they simply did not have somebody to push them; Canada’s high schools need to be that push. It is true that a post-secondary education is not for everybody but many are fooled into believing they don’t have what it takes to go because they lacked encouragement and guidance. Maybe someday we will have a more egalitarian culture surrounding education in Canada. Universities have an over-representation of students from higher-income backgrounds and many would love to go but are blocked for various reasons. To better post-secondary education, it might first be made easier to access.
April 4, 2013
Do you support the publishing of the Allisonian?
“Yes, but I feel like I was a bit disappointed with the recent one. It felt like things were left out of it.”
“Well, I think its important to continue it. It’s something you can take away from Mt. A with no lasting cost.”
“Yes, I do, except it would be beneficial if we could order them; that way everyone who wanted one could get one.” -Sophie Murray
“Yeah, I support it. It’s a nice memento to have.”
“I wonder if it doesn’t mean anything now but will later on, after Mt. A.”
The reality of event services at Mount Allison Recently, our Event Services team has received some public scrutiny. There has been a lot of misperception so I would like to provide you with the facts surrounding the roles and responsibilities of Event Services Staff. Our team consists of hard-working, welltrained, conscientious Mount Allison students. We are trained in First Aid, Smart Serve Responsible Alcohol Service, sexual harassment prevention and response, and Green Dot. Our student managers are trained to recognize the critical signs of alcohol poisoning and to provide alcohol overdose risk assessments. This spring we are increasing our training by implementing non-violent crisis prevention and intervention training for our entire staff.
Our student staff sacrifices their evenings, weekends, and sleep schedules to serve their community and their peers. Our team is frequently pushed, punched, kicked, yelled at, sworn at, spit on, vomited on, and threatened by their fellow students. Despite this behaviour, our team continues to come to work with positive attitudes and we aim to respond swiftly, professionally, and safely. We regularly respond to emergencies, assist students in crisis, walk students home, and arrange care with friends, residence staff, and emergency services. On a busy night, The Pond will maintain a ratio of approximately one staff person for every eighteen patrons. Our average wage is 10.50 dollars per hour, our average
shift is 3.5 hours long, and a typical night yields less than ten dollars per person in tips. I am proud of our team and it is an immense privilege to be surrounded by a group of students who are actively working on the front lines to make Mt. A a safer place. The suggestion that our staff is here for reasons of liability rather than protecting students’ wellbeing is incorrect and misinformed. Our staff strives to create a safe, secure, and fun environment for every student at Mt. A. We regularly engage in professional development, we give our time and effort to support groups and causes on campus, and we have continually and consistently improved at what we do and how we do it. However, we are not perfect, we will
never be perfect, and we will always welcome constructive feedback from our peers and customers. I would like to take this opportunity to invite concerned students to spend an evening working with us on April 11th, Last Class Bash. We will gladly provide you with an inside perspective, an opportunity for you to offer suggestions, and to actively work with us in making our campus as safe and secure as possible. If you would like to try working with us, or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly. -Daniel Wortman email@example.com
A response to “Why do cigarette smokers get all the heat?” This letter is a response to an article The Argosy published on the week of the 19 of March comparing the health risks of smoking tobacco to the health risks of smoking cannabis. In particular, this letter addresses the inferential shortcomings of this article with regards to a report by the British Lung Foundation (BLF). I write this letter on behalf and behest of the Mount Allison Hempology 101 club to address some confusion that this article may have elicited. As the only Mt. A registered club that deals with informing people about cannabis, Hempology 101 and its executive staff were appalled that there was no effort to consult us on the information put forward by this article. While our meetings and lectures are not arranged by medical experts, all members of our staff consider it their prerogative to offer the most up to date and accurate information about cannabis to students of Mt. A and anyone else who may take an interest in social, industrial, medical, and historical effects of cannabis. It is not our goal to oversee all articles published in The Argosy under the subject of cannabis, rather we encourage any informed exploration of its topic. Why we felt it necessary to speak out about this article is that the inferences made from the BLF’s report can be contradicted by published evidence, and that some of this contrary evidence is even cited as reference in the report. A problem we had with The Argosy’s article is that it posits cannabis smoking as more dangerous than tobacco smoking. This is a contentious issue, for many the verity of this
statement depends on the context of harm. It is the position of many cannabis’s legal policy makers that cannabis is harmful due to its social effects, citing it as a substance that inevitably leads to further and more extreme drug use; a “gateway” drug. However, medical surveys have determined no support for this claim, finding that users of cannabis are not more likely to become addicted to drugs like heroin, cocaine, or meth due to cannabis use. To say that smoking marijuana is more dangerous should thus be unpacked in terms of health. Here are some findings of a peer reviewed study to start. Of lifetime marijuana smokers, it was found that 9.1 per cent transitioned into dependence (medical term for addiction) compared to lifetime alcohol users, of which 15.4 per cent transitioned into dependence and of lifetime tobacco users 31.9 per cent transitioned into dependence. So, cannabis seems less addictive than alcohol and tobacco. To clarify the equivalent ratio of four joints to twenty cigarettes that was cited in the article in question, its context in study should be known. The BLF report cites Dr Tashkin’s work in comparing tobacco smoke to marijuana smoke. In his report, an equivalent amount of tar deposited on the lung can be seen between smoking three to four joints and smoking about twenty cigarettes. The point that Tashkin makes is that these are joints and cigarettes of the same weight which, Tashkin points out, isn’t the normal weight for joints. Joints usually weigh less than cigarettes. According to Tashkin, frequent cannabis smokers tend to have higher rates of chronic
bronchitis but tobacco smokers are equally troubled. With regard to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, one of the more common lung health issues, tobacco smokers are more likely to experience problems than cannabis smokers. Most importantly, and contrary to the inferences made in the article, tobacco smokers saw a twenty-one-fold increase in lung cancer while cannabis smokers saw a lower rate than even non smokers! According to Tashkin, this is evidence of a potential protective effect of cannabis smoking in terms of contracting cancer. Other studies serve to contrast cannabis’ anticancer properties. According to a 2003 study on the degree at which cannabinoids (chemicals found naturally in cannabis) serve to control the spread of cancer by Dr Manual Guzman: “Cannabinoids inhibit tumour growth in laboratory animals. They do so by modulating key cell-signalling pathways, thereby inducing direct growth arrest and death of tumour cells, as well as by inhibiting tumour angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids are selective anti-tumour compounds, as they can kill tumour cells without affecting their non-transformed counterparts.” Furthermore, in a 2008 study at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, it was noted that cannabinoids halt the spread of brain, prostate, breast, lung, skin, and pancreatic cancers as well as lymphoma. What’s more is that cannabis targets cancer cells without damaging surrounding cells as do radiation treatments. Another concern we had about The Argosy’s article is that it claimed cannabis smokers
are at a higher risk for certain cancers; this is based on the findings the BLF report cited. To contextualize this finding, I ask you to check the reference section of the report published by the British Lung Foundation cited by the article. Work by Tashkin is cited eight times! And yet the report indicates cannabis as more cancerous to smoke than tobacco. No doctor whether in support or against a political legalization agenda for cannabis would advocate recreational smoking as leaving lungs unscathed. However, cannabis happens to be a very healthy thing to put into one’s body nutrition-wise. Cannabis oil contains eighty per cent of the unsaturated essential fatty acids, linoleic acid, and linolenic acid ,all of which must be provided to the body externally. Cannabis is also comparable to soy as a source of easily digested protein. Thus it can’t be necessarily true that cannabis is bad for your body. The Hempology 101 staff have made it our burden this year to provide informative talks on the cannabis plant, commonly known by the moniker Marijuana. We have entertained group discussion about the many topics that have been extensively studied on the subject of cannabis, topics like cannabis’ effects on health. As members of the Mount Allison Hempology 101 branch, we observe the goals of our original branches “to educate the public about Hemp, Marijuana and prohibition.” In the future, we advise that you make use of Hempology 101 as a resource for further exploration of cannabis as a topic. -Joshua Carlstrom
THE CHMA 106.9 FM CAMPUS & COMMUNITY RADIO BULLETIN
APRIL 4, 2013
SO MANY DAYS EDITION
DOIRON LIVE AT STRUTS THE CHARTS JULIE INDIE DARLING PERFORMS IN SACKVILLE THIS WEEKEND FOR THE WEEK ENDING TUESDAY APRIL 2, 2013 RANK
01 THE MOUTHBREATHERS* Stone Soup EP (Killer Haze)
02 SHOTGUN JIMMIE* Everything Everything (You’ve Changed)
03 DANIEL ROMANO* Come Cry With Me (Normaltown) 04 JILL BARBER* Chansons (Outside) 05 LUCAS HICKS* Slower EP (Self-Released) 06 OLD MAN LUEDECKE* Tender is the Night (True North) 07 OLENKA & THE AUTUMN LOVERS* It’s Alright (Self-Released) 08 TWO HOURS TRAFFIC* Foolish (Bumstead)
09 COLD WARPS* Don’t Haunt Me, OK?/Stuck on an Island (Noyes) Internet Photo
10 GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR*
‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation))
11 BOATS* Marblemouth (Self-Released) 12 THE SOUPCANS* Good Feelings (Telephone Explosion) 13 PARQUET COURTS Light Up Gold (Dull Tools) 14 DIAMOND RINGS* Free Dimensional (Secret City) 15 SUUNS* Images Du Futur (Secret City) 16 BREAKBOT* By Your Side (Because Music)
17 MINOTAURS* New Believers (Static City)
Fresh back from touring across Canada and Japan, Julie Doiron will be in the Tantramar area to perform some new songs. Julie Doiron’s most recent album, So Many Days, is a favourite on CHMA because of its soft beauty and touching honesty. Check out the song “By the Lake”, which is a touching love song that moves from a rock to a log, to a house to a bed! Her gentle sound is easy to enjoy, and all of her ten albums are fantastic and varied. One of the founders of SappyFest, Doiron is no stranger to the local music scene. Doiron just moved back to Sackville, and her first return show is coming up soon! On Sunday, April 7th, Julie and The Wilderness of Manitoba are going to rock your socks off at
Struts Gallery, which is an all ages venue. The show will cost $10 at the door or $8 in advance, and the advance tickets are available at the Black Duck Inn. The Wilderness of Manitoba are a selfdescribed Canadian “chamber folk” quintet. Their rich, complex harmonies serve as the anchor for their wickedly pretty northern folk songs. They sound part Fleet Foxes and part Great Lakes Swimmers with a tiny bit of Cloud Cult-inspired unpredictability tossed in for good measure. The concert is a fundraiser for CHMA, so you know the money is going to a good cause. This concert will be one of the best, and you won’t want to miss it!
18 HAYDEN* Us Alone (Arts and Crafts) 19 VERSE THE SUN* And Moon (Strange Blood) 20 GHOST LIGHTS* Saltwater (Akashic) 21 DIVINE FITS* A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge)
22 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of GLory (Mom+Pop)
23 DRAGONETTE* Bodyparts (Universal) 24 BONOBO The North Borders (Ninja Tunes) 25 YOUTH LAGOON Wonderous Bughouse (Fat Possum) 26 WAKE OWL* Wild Country (Rezolute Music) 27 C2C Tetra (On and On) 28 BEN HARPER & CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE Get Up (Stax) 29 JACK DE KEYZER* Electric Love (Self-Released) 30 APPARAT Kreig Und Frieden (Mute)
31 VARIOUS* Sackville RPM Challenge Mixtape (Self-Released)
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MONDAY, APRIL 8 AT 7 PM
IN ROOM M-14 OF THE CRABTREE BUILDING The proposed agenda is as follows: 1) Registration 2) Call to Order 3) Introduction of Board, Outgoing Executive Staff and Station Manager 4) Procedures Governing Annual General Meeting 5) Additions to Agenda 6) Approval of Agenda 7) Reading, Correction and Approval of Minutes of 2012 Annual General Meeting 8) Business Arising From Minutes 9) Financial Report - Presentation of Financial Statements 10) President’s Report 11) Motion to confirm all resolutions of Attic Broadcasting Board of Directors. 12) Staff Reports 13) Other Business 14) Election of Attic Broadcasting 2013 - 2014 Board of Directors 15) 10 Minute Recess for Tallying 16) Announcement of 2013 - 2014 Board of Directors 17) Adjournment ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. ALL PROGRAMMERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE STATION MANAGER: CHMA@MTA.CA
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UPCOMING EVENTS & CONCERTS BOLIVIA & STEVE HALEY & JOSH BRAVENER SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013 GEORGE’S FABULOUS ROADHOUSE $8 - 19+ - 10:00 PM
JULIE DOIRON & THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 STRUTS GALLERY $10/$8 ADVANCE AT THE BLACK DUCK ALL AGES - 7:00 PM
April 4, 2013
Geography class shows Inuit film First feature for women’s film collective Trevor Donald
Beating the long-distance love woes The final weeks of the 2012-13 school year are now upon us, and with them comes the questions of proper sexual conduct that manifest during this unique vacuum. Four months of summer can be a painful separation inflicted on the relationships forged in the winter months. Unlike the typical high school summer, many students will find themselves returning to homes far-flung from the Mt. A campus, away from their lovers. The time away can prove difficult for relationships born early in the year, or budded more recently in the spring. That said, if you find that you are both on board to try and stick it out, the summer heat is certainly no reason not to try: if you both desire to give the long-distance relationship a shot, there is plenty to suggest that you will be successful (at least in terms of surviving the summer). For starters, what ends most long-distance relationships is when the end date for the separation becomes unclear. If you are both returning to classes in the fall, you can be certain that it is only four months apart from one another. If you can arrange to meet up over the course of the break, it can help ease the pain of being apart. Canada (not to mention the Earth, for international lovin’) is huge, and proximity and capacity to travel will play a huge role in whether or not this is feasible. If you can not arrange to get together over the course of a few months, make sure you arrange to call each other on a regular basis, or even use Skype (added benefit: it can be waaaaaaay more fun than simply having phone sex). Make sure you stick to your scheduled calls, but do not plan so many conversations as to oversaturate your time,
or run out of things to discuss. You also might consider focusing on more universal topics of conversation. Sackville’s gossip is an easy subject to waste an hour on, but without it, you might need to expand your horizons. The information age provides us with plenty to engage each other with while apart, from regular messaging via social networks, to online video games and video chat. All of that and plenty of other tips and tricks can keep things interesting during a summer separation. For those of a mind, the looming period of separation can alternatively create the circumstances for some wild sex with a clear-cut finish. Assuming both partners share this mindset, this can amount to a fun way to blow off a little steam during exam season without adding the responsibility of a relationship. However, if mutual physical activity fails to be mirrored in mutual emotional intention, then this can very easily become a case of unrequited love at the very worst time of the school year. Students engaging in sexual activity with new partners near the end of the year should make an effort to understand what exactly their partner is looking for, and ensure that they know what they themselves are after as well. There is nothing wrong with a little fun, but you don not want to waste the summer pining over somebody you developed feelings for during Last Class Bash. If you want to engage in a new relationship so close to the end of the school year, or simply want to guarantee the survival of an older one, make sure you discuss the subject with your partner and plan for it. Good luck, and have a great summer!
There ain’t no prairie wide enough...(Ryan Burnham/Argosy)
The Inuktitut language film Before Tomorrow will be screened on April 8 at 7:00 pm in room 108 of Mount’s Allison’s Dunn building. Directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu and released in 2008, the film is an adaptation of the novel For Morgendaggen by Danish writer Jørn Riel, and is the first feature film to be made by Arnait Video Productions, a women’s Inuit film collective. Set in a small Inuit community in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec in the 1840s, an Inuk elder is isolated with her grandson after most of their community perishes from smallpox transmitted by strange traders. The film garnered numerous Genie Award nominations at the thirtieth Genie Awards, including
Best Motion Picture, Best Actor (Paul Dylan Ivalu), Best Actress (Madeline Ivalu), Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. This event is being hosted by students in Dr. Ian Mauro’s Arctic Environment class, and is sponsored by Mount Allison’s Department of Geography and Environment and RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) Tantramar. Cousineau will join the audience at the end of the screening via Skype to engage in a question and answer period. The film screening event was organized to promote IsumaTV, a web video platform for indigenous filmmakers to be accessible in a contextualized space. Indigenous people are increasingly concerned with producing their own images; they are either working with accomplished filmmakers like Cousineau or entering film and video themselves, like producer and director Zacharias Kunuk. Kunuk created the innovative IsumaTV project, a broadcasting internet platform made in Nunavut. IsumaTV was launched in 2008 by Iglooik Isuma Productions, independent producers of The Fast Runner trilogy
of award-winning Inuit-language films. It is an independent interactive network of Indigenous multimedia and uses the power and immediacy of the Web as a new vehicle for internal and external communication. These tools enable Indigenous people to express their reality in their own voices, whether it be views of the past, anxieties about the present, or hopes for the future. The goal of the multimedia project is to use new networking technology to build a new era of communication and exchange among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities around the globe. Following the example of Youtube or Dailymotion, IsumaTV hosts 4,435 videos, including all of the Isuma award-winning videos, which are available in HD and caters to fifty-six different languages. Created in the beginning very modestly by and for Inuit people, it has quickly opened to other indigenous people. Currently, Cousineau is finishing Uvanga, a feature film which should be released during the summer. Information for the film can be found at http://uvangamovie.com.
Fixing weaknesses in dykes Learning from the disaster in New Orleans Emily Hogan
Features Contributor On August 28, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a category three storm, touched down in the city of New Orleans. With a storm surge over twenty feet in height, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico swelled up the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), breaching the area’s levees and flooding the city. Over the course of a few hours, approximately eighty per cent of the city’s land area was flooded. In the days and weeks that followed, experts reported on the damage caused by Katrina. With about 300,000 homes destroyed, hundreds of thousands of jobs lost, and over 115 billion dollars of total economic damage, the city was reeling from combined financial and cultural devastation. As a result, various investigations into the incident were published. It became clear that numerous governmental bodies were well aware of New Orleans’ vulnerability. During the very summer the disaster had taken place, national natural disaster experts had gathered in Louisiana to model and prepare for future potential storms. The scenario that they modelled predicted Katrina almost identically, and yet, nothing had been done to prepare the city for such a disaster. As for the weakness of the dykes, the responsibility for maintaining the dykes surrounding the MRGO was offloaded to different agencies before failing on the day Katrina swept through. What’s more, vulnerability was literally built into the city. As the
urban area expanded in the decades disasters, and the planning profession. following the 1950s, New Orleans The lesson that Ford emphasized was accommodated a growing desire for that unlike New Orleans, Sackville low-density housing by developing has yet to experience a catastrophic sub-divisions in drained swamp event. While her city was exhausted, areas. These low-lying areas were hurt, and economically devastated below sea-level and thus extremely when it chose to pursue unsustainable vulnerable. It was these areas, such land-use planning, Sackville faces as the city’s now famous ninth ward, no such challenges. She stressed that suffered the most from the storm. the importance of the town ceasing Historically, citizens of New to develop in vulnerable areas and Orleans built in a manner that was preparing citizens for the event of conscious of the area’s flood-sensitive a flood. Students and community location. At the turn of the twentieth members are lobbying to adopt century, most homes were built on the a new land use plan that forbids levees’ naturally elevated floodplain. development on land that stands to Other homes were built atop stilts be inundated in times of flooding. made of indigenous and naturally Ford emphasized the need to water-resistant cypress wood. prepare for a disaster by establishing By the time decision makers sat an emergency evacuation plan. down to develop a new land-use plan, This spring, the town’s Emergency waves of weary citizens expressed Measures Organization (EMO) will their desire to return home. Planners begin simulation activities in order who desired to redesign New Orleans to prepare for a potential evacuation to return to the resilient and mindful event. Information is available on the layout of the past were overcome Town of Sackville website on how to with pressure to rebuild the homes assemble a seventy-two hour survival and historic buildings as a way of kit to sustain you and your household bolstering the memories of the prein an emergency; in the words of disaster city and lifting the spirits of Sackville’s EMO President and Fire those who had lost their Chief Craig Bowser, “It’s not a matter homes and of if, it’s a matter of when.” livelihoods. A new plan was established for the city; it was to be rebuilt the same as it was before. Like New Orleans, Sackvillians are also drawn to the land alongside the dykes. Many farmers seek out the fertile land overtop the marsh mud for growing crops. It is this land that will be most vulnerable in the event of a large flood. On Thursday, March 28, former New Orleans planner Kristina Ford of Columbia University came to Bridge St. could be underwater if Mount Allison to speak about her the dykes were to fail. perspective on climate change, natural (Katrina Zidichouski/Argosy)
Sustainable business in Sackville Local entrepreneurs share their experiences Hannah Sears & Britt Smith
Features Contributors Many independent businesses in Sackville take commendable initiatives to be environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Sackville’s independent business turnover is unlike many other small towns. The persistence and drive of small business owners to share their dreams and passions with the town is admirable. We sat down with some of the local cafés and restaurants and became more acquainted with their sustainable initiatives. Katie Yeoman, the owner of Dancing Dogs Café on Bridge Street, specializes in desserts, but also offers dishes that appeal to a wide range of consumers. She strives to incorporate local ingredients in her products, and offers gluten-free and vegetarian alternatives on her menu. She likes to know about everything that goes into her products, from the milk in her homemade ice cream, to the origins of her lettuce. Not only does Yeoman offer a reasonably-priced menu, but she endeavours to promote social sustainability. For example, she provides customers the opportunity to purchase goods produced by local Sackvillian artists, cooks, and craftspeople. She also recycles as much as possible, donating proceeds from recycled cans to the Animal Shelter in Amherst. At the end of the day, when she closes her shop
for the night, she hopes to have made a positive difference in her own way, and know that her efforts are going toward meaningful causes. Lara Ross, owner and manager of Mel’s Tea Room, offers a variety of diner foods including burgers, fries, and milkshakes, but also works to ensure Mel’s supports local farmers and businesses. The business works to offer local and high quality products that originate from areas as close as Memramcook. Currently, all the restaurant’s efforts are spread by word of mouth, but Ross knows they “are new, and have a long way to go.” Ross consistently seeks to support environmental initiatives and local fundraisers to support the town and do her part. Marsha Lemos, owner and manager of Aliper’s Hearth Bakery, goes above and beyond what could be expected from your average bakery. The bakery specializes in organic baked goods, homemade pesto and hummus, and soups and sandwiches. They are all extremely affordable, ranging from approximately one to seven dollars for her everyday products. She caters to dietary needs such as vegetarianism, veganism and those with gluten intolerances. Most importantly, she wants to educate consumers. “When someone needs advice you just have to stop and allow them that. Everyday is an outreach. That’s what I do to make [my business] more sustainable,” Lemos said. Lemos is constantly looking forward with big plans to one day become completely sustainable, right down to a wood-fired oven run by sustainable forestry-recycled wood pellets. Sarah Evans and her partner Alan Barbour are setting the bar high for sustainable businesses far and wide with the newly established Black Duck Inn & Cafe. Socially, they are providing an accommodation alternative for those passing through
Sackville with their innovative hostellike inn located above the coffee house. This inn is the first of its kind located right in the heart of town. When you walk into the café you are immediately enveloped by their eclectic style. The music is just right, the vibe is relaxed, and you instantly feel at ease. Food-wise, they source all of their ingredients for their main dishes locally, and only use in-season produce. They acquire their specialty coffee from a roaster in Halifax called Java Blend. They also offer specialty bagels straight from St-Viateur Bagel in Montreal, which you can buy by the half-dozen. As they are still in the beginning stages of their business, we look forward to seeing what their future endeavours will bring. We hope that everyone is wellacquainted with Amanda Feindel’s Cackling Goose, a sustainable grocery market and gluten-free bakery located on York Street. Feindel carries a mixture of glutenfree, organic, and specialty food products that you won’t find at Save Easy or the Co-op. She also sells material goods sourced from fairtrade artist coops primarily located in Northern Thailand. Feindel promotes a one-hundred per cent gluten-free initiative, and can tell you every single ingredient that goes into each of their baked goods made fresh in store daily using organic ingredients and local when possible. They offer pre-made gluten-free frozen pizzas and soups among other items made in store. I Love Local Sackville is a group of community-minded independent businesses that are committed to supporting and strengthening our community and making Sackville an exciting and vibrant place. By shopping at Sackville’s local independent businesses, you are helping strengthen the local economy.
Businesses in Sackville have flair and personality, each as unique as our town. (Lea Foy/Argosy)
Rev. John Perkin
University Chaplain In the mid-eighties, while a student at McMaster Divinity College, I had the opportunity to hear some renowned scholars and writers who were guest speakers at the University. One such figure was Hans Kung, spokesperson for ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue; he had, in his career, alienated himself from Catholic authority by his broad-ranging vision of different religions in dialogue with one another, and his implicit suggestion that Christianity was not the only truth. He had led what was essentially a new phenomenon, that of ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue, which really only began to emerge in the 1960s, as the shrinking global village brought people into increasingly regular contact with those from other faith traditions. An earlier attempt to bridge the divide between religions was seemingly made when the first Parliament of World Religions was convened as a side element of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893; criticism hurled at that event was that it was a thinly-disguised attempt to assert the predominance and the exclusivity of Christianity. One of the leading figures at the 1893 gathering was Swami Vivekananda, a spokesperson for Hinduism; he brought an awareness of Hinduism and India to North America. Separated by almost one hundred years, by continents and theologies and religion of practice, both Vivekananda and Kung spent their own lifetimes speaking of the need for interfaith awareness and understanding and acceptance. In our contemporary world, we speak of tolerance: a weak word. What is needed, of course, is much more than simple religious tolerance, but what Vivekananda had sought, and what Kung proclaims is necessary: acceptance and understanding. The same, of course, can be applied to principles, ideologies, issues, rights beyond the religious sphere. “Certainly tolerance and acceptance were at the forefront of my music,” says musician Bruce Springsteen, and many musicians and celebrities jump aboard the politically-correct bandwagon to espouse equality, rights, and tolerance. But more than mere tolerance is needed, especially with regard to religion. Religion, specifically Christianity, has been subject to much abuse of late – it seems it is socially and culturally acceptable to dismiss religion and especially Christianity. Certainly, the tradition of Christian religion has elements that lend itself to severe criticism: religious war, pogroms, marginalization of people. But there is much more to the history of Christianity that is often overlooked: the founding
of hospitals and social justice works, the acts of philanthropy and generosity, the establishing of educational institutions and social programs, to name only a few. We have just passed the most significant weekend of the Christian calendar, Good Friday and Easter. And the culture in which Good Friday is a statutory holiday, and then Monday an extra holiday for government and school workers, is a culture that seems to know less and less about the significance and meaning of such holy times. We are learning, slowly, about religions and their followers, including Hindu holy days, Muslim observances, and First Nations spiritual traditions. Perhaps our culture, rather than being quick to offer criticism of the faith that has dominated over the centuries, should take the same care to learn some of the stories and practices, and to generate the same respect towards Christianity which, although in eclipse in the Northern Hemisphere, continues to grow in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Christianity, it seems, is often dismissed, and the central narratives and theologies of the faith are given critical comments by those who do not know them well enough to understand them, let alone condemn them, displaying a lack even of civil respect. What is needed, beginning in our multicultural and multireligious world, is more than tolerance. There needs to be acceptance that ideas, practices, and theologies which are not ours are still held dearly by others. There needs to be an understanding of the significance, the meaning, and even the stories held by others. Gone are the days of mandatory religious instruction in schools and universities; and yet, for well-roundedness, for learning to open our minds and our hearts to others, it seems that we should be encouraging, nurturing, and urging people to do more than simply scoff at religion, but to understand it. In a global world where Christianity may be shrinking in around us, but is still growing, expanding and developing in the Southern Hemisphere, in a world where religion still shapes the lives of most of the world’s population, where religious conflict still looms large and where religious fundamentalism creates danger, it is perhaps even more important that we not only learn about the religions in our midst and beyond, but that we come to an understanding of them, an acceptance of the role they play, and an appreciation of the meaning they hold to their adherents. This might begin, perhaps, with just learning the stories and knowing what the holidays are, and why they are important, from Anglicanism to Zen Buddhism, from Bahai to Zoroastrianism, and everything in between, including Christianity, for all our on our doorstep, and seen through the windows of where we live, and also through stained glass.
April 4, 2013
Bolivia looks back before moving on First Canadian Screen Local group to Awards a success disband after final performance
Recent broadcast spectacle celebrates film and television
Ian Malcolm Entertainment Editor As the term winds to a close, the end of an era in Sackville music is upon us. After almost three years as one of Sackville’s most recognizable musical groups, folk-pop ensemble Bolivia are gearing up for their final performance, after which they’ll be laying the best name to rest—at least for the time being. The Argosy caught up with Bolivia frontman Graham Ereux and cellist Liz Kent to hear about their memories of Bolivia and possible visions for its future. Bolvia’s musical partnership began like any other: through a shared interest. “Luke [Trainor] and I played in a band back in high school,” Graham reminisced. “I later met Jake [Bastedo] here in Sackville in first year, and then when Luke showed up the year after, we just all started jamming together. It just kind of grew naturally from there.” Ereux, though, is quick to downplay his own influence in the group’s formation. “Bolivia really came about because of Jake because he knew Liz [Kent] and Zoë [Caddell] from Windsor Hall and wanted to have some people play on his Conduct Becoming song (Roots).” After this recording, the the group continued playing together, sharing songwriting responsibilities, and eventually becoming the South American-named pop powerhouse they are today. However, with many of its members planning on departing Sackville after graduation, Bolivia have collectively decided to lay the group name to
Elizabeth MacLeod Entertainment Correspondent
A packed 2012 Vogue show was a career highlight. (Lea Foy/Argosy) rest—at least until everybody can find time to reunite. “We always laugh about how many parallels there are between being in a band and being in an actual relationship,” Ereux said. “I guess Jake and I just need to go ‘explore’ and ‘get some distance’ now that we are going to be graduated. But I definitely wouldn’t say that this is the end of Bolivia. We are all hoping that things will come back together once we have all had our free time back.” Cellist Kent also agrees that Bolivia has occupied an important role during her time at Mount Allison, and the many shows that she’s played have left a wealth of fun memories. “One of my favourites was our first Stereophonic performance. It was pleasant and went very smoothly, plus, we got to meet David Simard, who inspired us to write a song about him.” A charity show at 15 Allison is another performance fondly remembered by Kent: “A lot of people came out, so
the place was packed. Everybody knew our songs, and people were singing along, which made for good vibes.” While those left behind will feel Bolivia’s absence, nobody will have a bigger hole to fill than its remaining members. “I’ll have pretty much nothing to do with my time,” Kent said, deadpan. “I won’t have an excuse to get out of town and go to fun places, and make things I’m proud of. It’ll be hard to make up for an entire band when I’m just here with an out-of-tune ukulele.” However, Bolivia is going out with no mere whimper, but a bang. “We just finished recording a new EP last Sunday,” Kent says, “so that should be out soon. End of April, early May, probably.” The band will also be playing a final farewell show at George’s on Saturday, April 6, after the CHMA party. Be sure to come out and bid farewell to Bolivia in a celebration not only of the group’s past, but what’s to come.
Last month, on March 3, the first ever Canadian Screen Awards were held in downtown Toronto, hosted by Martin Short. In 2012, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced their decision to merge the Genie Awards, held for film, and the Gemini Awards, held for television, into a single ceremony. Some may have had criticism regarding the merge, but the Academy’s decision ultimately paid off in the form of an incredible ratings boost, attracting 2.9 million viewers throughout the CBC TV broadcast, with an average audience of 756,000 viewers. Clearly, this new contender is here to stay. The ceremony’s categories were divided into Film and Television, and subdivided into Programs, Actors, News, and Sports – and a new category, Digital Media. The big film winner of the night was the drama film War Witch, directed by Kim Nyugen, which won ten of its twelve nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Achievement in Direction for Kim Nguyen. James Cromwell won Best Actor in a Leading Role for Still Mine, and Seema Biswas won Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role for
Halifax-based singer-songwriter Gianna Lauren’s second effort, On Personhood, can only be described as both gloomy and quiet; even the album art gives off a vibe of silent mystery. The six soulful songs slink along in a peaceful and calming manner thanks to Lauren’s gentle vocals. The brooding melodies and warm guitar tones make this album perfect to listen to while studying or as serene background music. Despite this, the songs lack certain memorability. Lauren gives off a vibe akin to Cat Power or Julie Doiron, but fails to create much of a voice of her own. Regardless, Lauren is evidently skilled in the art of whispery vocals and atmospheric guitar twang. “Trouble” and “Bitches Brew” are recommended.
Seabed ≈ R&S
It’s safe to say that the gulf between electronic music and indie rock has been eroding quickly in the twenty-first century’s teenage years. Now that any mass-market computer can take the place of a production studio, styles, genres, and expectations have been thrown into a stylistic melting pot. And if bands like Vondelpark are what emerge, the future looks bright. Opener “Quest,” with its summery tremolo and minimal percussion, is simultaneously Real Estate, James Blake, and something wholly other. “Dracula,” the obvious standout, occupies a perfect position of melancholy with its blurred lyrics and sharp percussion settling into an easy groove. Overall, with its combination of UK bass music, nostalgic guitar textures a la Ducktails, and plaintively catchy vocals, Seabed resists all classification and surpasses all expectations—it might just be the perfect spring album. -Ian Malcolm
Midnight’s Children, while Sarah Polley and Anita Lee’s documentary, Stories We Tell, won Best Feature Length Documentary. Haligonian Ariel Nasir won Best Short Documentary for The Boxing Girls of Kabul, after having received an Oscar nomination this year for his short film Buzkashi Boys. In television, the police procedural Flashpoint, now in its fifth and final season, won Best Drama Series while Enrico Colantoni, Flashpoint’s main actor, won Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Less Than Kind won Best Comedy Series, and its main actress, Wendel Meldrum, won Best Actress in a Comedy Series. The Borgias won Best International Drama, and Dragon’s Den won Best Reality/Competition Program or Series. In the news category, CBC News: The National was awarded Best National Newscast, while The Fifth Estate won Best News Information Series. Lastly, in the digital media category, the web series Guidestones won Best Original Program or Series, Fiction, and The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour won Best Cross-Platform Project, Fiction. Overall it appears that the Canadian Screen Awards are here to stay. The average audience for the ceremony was double that of the Genie and Gemini Awards in the past, and the 2.9 million viewers made up nearly ten per cent of Canada’s population. From The Globe and Mail to CTV News, the reviews for the ceremony were stellar, and Short, best known for his comedy work on Second City Television and Saturday Night Live, did a fantastic job, giving a reverent and entertaining performance as host, with Seth MacFarlane’s Oscars attempt falling flat in comparion.
Gianna Lauren ≈
On Personhood ≈ Forward Music Group
Pickles double feature packs the house over the holiday Max Grizzly and the Burning Hills, back to back Kent Blenkhorn Entertainment Writer Despite the short-lived holiday, Pickles was a busy place this weekend, with some great musical groups spreading cheer. The deli hosted live music both Thursday and Friday nights, all while entertaining a surprisingly steady flow of patrons. Friday evening began with the Kate Rogers Band and ended with a portion of Moncton-based Burning Hills. Then, to the delight of those in attendance, came Sackville’s own Max Grizzly and the Entertainment. For these guys, it was no weekend off in Sackville’s transformed downtown feeding trough, which has become one of Sackville’s premier music venues this year. First to strut their stuff was the Kate Rogers Band, who opened the show on Thursday night. Right off the bat, KRB got the crowd into their highly energetic and soulful sound. Kate Rogers, who has had some success across the pond, was performing songs from her latest album, Repeat Repeat. And her success is no shocker when you hear the band perform. Rogers and her musicians stunned the crowd with their ability to create a whirlwind of emotion with their music. Songs like “Good Fortune,” “Messages,” and the title track off her latest album, “Repeat, Repeat,” were perfectly balanced mixes of downtempo and upbeat.
Once Rogers cleared the stage, it opened up for Moncton’s folk powerhouse, The Burning Hills. At first glance, one would think that they were being sold short (if you can be so pompous to think that at a ‘pay what you can’ show) because only four out of the five band members were present. However, this feeling was short-lived. On hand were Ashley McNally playing guitar and belting it out, accompanied by back-up singer Amy Stone. Behind these two lovely ladies were The Burning Hills’s rhythm section, with Daniel Logan rocking the bass and Pascal RaicheNogue keeping time on the backline. However, even with back-up guitarist Ryan Hillier missing, The Burning Hills did not disappoint. Along with the speech-slurring goodness of Mont Blonc beer available at Pickles, Friday night also featured the musical stylings of homegrown group Max Grizzly and the Entertainment. A fitting name, overall, because that was exactly what they were. Sure, they may not have always known which chord to play next, and some of their vocals may have been pretty inaudible over the din of the other instruments, but they put on a show nonetheless, moving and jiving, shedding and head banging—and as a night-cap, they even did a bit of twistand-shouting. Max Grizzly and the Entertainment are surely something to look out for, if they stick around. This double-decker night doesn’t mark the end of Pickles’ concert lineup, however—if you’re looking for good food, good times, and everso-slightly overpriced foreign brew, (O Ducky’s, where art thou) then head down to the town’s only green deli on April 4 for some more music.
Max Grizzly and the Entertainment laid down grooves for sandwich-shop spectators. (Lea Foy/Argosy)
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April 4, 2013
Photo by Justin Thomas and Sally Hill
April 4, 2013
Co-ed Volleyball: The Blueballs
Co-ed Dodgeball: The Dodge Fathers
Co-ed Curling: Harper Alumni Stoners
Intramural Tennis Participants
Gold Hockey: The Flash
Co-ed Softball: Master Batters
Men’s Garnet Basketball: Hunton HC
Women’s Gold Basketball: VBall does BBall
The one varsity team Mt. A should add?
CCAA Men’s Volleyball
CIS Track and Field
CIS Women’s Rugby
The future face of Mt. A Athletics?
Sue has been at Mt. A since the early 1980s. (Judy Smith/Dalhousie)
Emily van Diepen
Capturing Mount Allison for thirtytwo years Wray Perkin Sports Writer
Most famous alumni Coach of the year Éric Lapointe
Emily Baadsvik Ross Yates
Jacqui Wong Bill Budd
64.3% 16.7% 11.9% 4.8% 2.4%
John Peters Barry Cooper Duane Starratt
Andrew Kennedy Kelly Jeffrey
33.3% 20.0% 8.9% 2.2%
Athletic performance of the year
Maddy Crowell winning ACAA Championship
Michael Miller and Gillian Tetlow fifth at CCAA Nationals
Swim team at AUS Championships
31.1% 28.9% 26.7%
Women’s Soccer team making playoffs/ Football team making playoffs
If there’s been an event in the past thirty-two years at Mount Allison, chances are Sue Seaborn has been there covering it. Seaborn is Sports Information Director as well as a Communications Officer in Marketing and Communications, and her photos have been all over Mt. A, the Maritimes, and Canada for years. “My complete job description is rather all-inclusive,” she explained. “For Athletics, it includes gathering information about all of our athletes and passing it all on to the various governing bodies, fans, and the media all season.” This data includes head shots, player information, media and digital signage, web content, game day programs, results, and of course action photos. Seaborn takes thousands of action shots a year, and says it is something she really enjoys doing. “I enjoy trying to get good action shots of our athletes doing their thing,” she said. “It still excites me when their hometown papers publish my photos. If I can get photos and related info to all parts of Canada and beyond, I consider it free advertising for Mt. A.” One of her favourite action shots is a close-up of All-Canadian basketball player Josh Graham, which was printed in full colour on a half-page of the Saint John Journal. “As long as the photos are in focus, filled with lots of emotion, effort and success, and display the big old Flying A or Mounties’ insignias across our uniforms, then they are my favourites,” Seaborn said. As if that wasn’t enough for her, she spent tewnty-two years as the head coach of the Women’s Volleyball Mounties, from 1981-2003. In 198990, Seaborn led the Mounties to
the Atlantic Universities Athletics Association (AUAA, now the AUS) championship and a berth in the national tournament, a moment she says is her favourite in her time at Mt. A. “Winning the AUAA against Moncton in our jam-packed gym was something we collectively had worked so hard to achieve,” recalled Seaborn. She adds that her smartest move was getting Andrew Kennedy involved with coaching the volleyball Mounties. Kennedy is now the head coach, and has been for three ACAA championship Mountie teams. “I left the program in great, honest, hard-working hands!” Seaborn has seen her fair share of influential athletes put on the Mountie uniform in her thirty-two years at Mt. A, but says nobody had the impact that star football player Eric Lapointe had. “Eric not only made a really big impact through his play and ability as a Mountie, but through his continued level of prominence. He has remained a Mt. A icon beyond the CIS and into the professional ranks, and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. His celebrity status continues to put Mt. A on the map.” Seaborn also praised the influence of the current Athletic Director. “Pierre Arsenault’s efforts to unite our athletes through standardization of their sports gear, uniforms, and commitments have made an impact and have our athletes, coaches, administrators and fans thinking the same way and believing in similar values. Hence, the ‘family’ emerges,” she said. “I think a new belief has emerged over the past couple of years that our Mounties understanding that we may be small in numbers, but there is great pride in knowing that it takes a really successful person to multitask like our athletes do so well.” Seaborn will be busy over the next month in preparation for Convocation Weekend, but rest assured she will be taking plenty more action photos in the 2013-14 Mounties’ seasons.
April 4, 2013
Getting a supplemental education The truth behind athlete nutrition Robert Murray Sports Editor In 1992, Concerned Children’s Advertisers broadcasted a commercial with the simple message “don’t you put it in your mouth.” Over two decades later, that message has taken on a whole new meaning for athletes across all sports who are taking supplements. “Knowledge is everything when you’re putting something into your body,” commented local bodybuilder Nicolas Harquail. Supplements have existed for many centuries, but have gained notoriety in the past few decades as athletes in all sports push themselves to be harder, better, faster, and stronger. The rise in supplement use over the past few decades has had a dark side. As athletes’ demands for training become more rigorous and complex, they are searching high and low for the product that will help to put them over the top. A large part of the detestation for supplement use stems from the amount of information available on the topic. Harquail is sponsored by Canadian sports nutrition company Popeye’s and uses his studies in Biology at Mt. A to educate himself on the topic. “I always got quite a bit of negative feedback for using supplements from
people that aren’t involved in the sport and it’s simply because it’s unknown,” noted Harquil. Information on the topic comes through so many mediums, including but not limited to: suppliers, health awareness organizations, and the Internet. One of the organizations in Canada that deals directly with education on the issue is the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). In an interview last week, their President and CEO, Paul Melia, talked about the CCES’s reasoning for being concerned about supplement use. “Where our concern stems from is, number one, that most of the athletes are doing this on their own without the guidance of a dietician or sport nutritionist, so they’re really just going on information they get in the gym or online.” He also discussed the risks of ordering over the Internet or from mysterious suppliers, who can spike the products with banned substances. Melia also referenced the use of strict liability, which places the responsibility of the person (in this case the athlete) for what they put in their body. The CCES provides product education to a wide variety of athletes. They currently provide educational resources to all Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) athletes, junior hockey players in the Canadian Hockey League, as well as high performance athletes that have competed at the Pan-American Games, Olympics, and Paralympics.
For Quinn Everett, a defensive lineman for the Mount Allison Mounties, taking his supplements has become a way of life. “I definitely plan my day around working out and supplements to get the full potential out of them,” he commented. Everett also added that he has a schedule at home that helps him plan out when to take his supplements for them to be most effective. In some cases, that has involved him taking pills or mixing nutritional shakes in class, which has prompted several weird looks from his classmates. Harquail stressed that the use of supplements aren’t for everyone. “Unless your diet is perfect or unless your watching everything you put in your body supplementation will have very minimal effects,” he said before adding, “[Supplements] might be responsible for five per cent of my gains.” Although the penalties for using a banned substance are harsh, the CCES is looking to provide athletes with the necessary education in order to protect them. They have recently initiated plans to reach out to athletes at a younger age in order to establish their knowledge. In the meantime, Melia referenced the National Science Foundation as a resource for finding reputable nutritional supplement suppliers. Despite all the misinformation, to athletes like Everett, there’s only one thing that matters: “it’s all about finding the right one that your body reacts to.”
Harquail flexes with supplements. (Kory d’Entremont/Argosy)
Best Buddies ‘Hoop-It-Up’ fun game,” remarked one of the Buddies, “it keeps us all connected.” Businesses from the local community, such as Pickles, Mel’s, and Tidewater Books, donated gift cards and other prizes to go into gift bags for the top winners. In addition, Best Buddies Canada donated gift cards for Chapters. Lauren Kervin, a third-year student studying Psychology, is the current president and coordinator of the Mount Allison Best Buddies Chapter. Kervin has been involved with the John Fraser society since its creation in the winter semester Arts & Literature Writer of 2011. Best Buddies enjoys a supportive national community that has been reaching out In an effort to raise money for a good cause, all over Canada since 1993, although there are members of Mount Allison’s chapter of Best other societies at Mt. A. doing similar outreach. Buddies Canada launched their event, “Hooping “Our event was about promoting inclusivity and It Up!”, which aims to raise money to maintain the acceptance,” said Kervin, “at the end of the day everyone who came local society’s events. out had fun and that For the first time ever was our ultimate goal.” at Mt. A, students In total the event and community Our event was about promoting raised 200 dollars. members were able inclusivity and acceptance “We plan on using to go out and enjoy an active event with Lauren Kervin the money to plan and create events for the the Buddies and peer President of Mt.A Best Buddies Buddies,” said Kervin. (student) buddy group. There was a lot of The event was interest not only from simple: a free throw the campus, but also competition in the the local community. Many Athletic Centre. Participants had the opportunity from from Sackville Basketball to shoot a basketball for every dollar donated. members Students were ranked against each other on appeared sporting their respective jerseys. Best Buddies Canada is an organization that a campus and national level. The scores were submitted with prizes being awarded to the specializes in building one on one relationships top male, top female, and top Buddy shooter at with people who have intellectual disabilities. the campus and national level. Four nets were Students looking to be paired with a Buddy must available to shoot at, with two rebounders to undergo an interview and criminal record check in keep the balls moving, as well as a scorekeeper to order to be eligible for membership. In addition, keep track of all the bank shots and total failures. the pairing isn’t random: “we look at personality The members of the Best Buddy society were and interests,” said Kervin. Down syndrome is around on rotation, engaging with their Buddies the most common condition that the Peer (or and integrating them with the participants for student) buddies work with, but Best Buddies a maximum amount of fun. In addition to the Canada promotes working with any intellectual fundraising, participants were welcome to come disability, such as autism or Williams syndrome. and play games with the Buddies. “It is a really
Successful charity event combines basketball with awareness
The keys to having a great summer Melissa Meade Health Intern We are yet again nearing the end of another school year and heading into a much-deserved summer break. For most students, summer is a great time to relax and revitalize before the next school year begins. It is beneficial for your mental health to take advantage of this relatively stress-free time without the demands of the school year upon you. However, it is also important to keep your physical health in mind entering into the summer months. If you are not working a full-time day job, it can be tempting to stay up all night some nights, and sleep-in late some days. This type of deregulated sleep-wake cycle can actually have a negative impact on your circadian rhythm, which is regulated by sunlight. Disruption of the circadian rhythm can result in sleepiness, poor sleep, loss of concentration, poor motor control, slowed reﬂexes, nausea, and irritability. It is difficult to avoid sleeping-in without any reason to get out of bed, but try to keep your sleep cycle regular and in line with the rise and fall of the sun as much as possible to avoid the negative consequences of sleep loss.
Summer is a prime time for alcohol consumption, given the reduced work load compared to the school year. Unfortunately, in the summer, high levels of alcohol consumption coincide with an increased risk of dehydration and can put your body at serious risk. Hot weather increases body temperature and alcohol increases water loss through urine, since it is a diuretic. This results in increased dehydration and risk of heat stroke. If you are drinking alcohol in hot weather, remember to eat lots of food and drink lots of water to help keep your body hydrated and safe. Also, keep in mind that it is always smart to drink in moderation and not surpass a level where you lose conscious control. I know you have all heard this before, but it really can’t be said enough: use sunscreen. The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun damage elastin fibres in the skin, making it weaker and more sensitive. And we all know the pain of a really bad sun burn after a long day outdoors. By simply applying sunscreen or covering up, you can avoid the pain and skin damage. If you do happen to get sun burnt, take Advil to reduce inflammation in the skin and be sure to moisturize, as all your skin’s moisture will have been depleted. If the short-term pain of a sunburn isn’t enough to stop you from going out without sun screen, keep in mind that skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. The risk of getting skin cancer is increased for fairer skin types; however, everyone who spends time outdoors unprotected from the sun is susceptible.
SPORTS Mark Cohon visits Mount Allison
CFL Commissioner speaks of aspiration, turnaround after five seasons in charge Wray Perkin Sports Writer The commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL), Mark Cohon, was in Sackville last week as part of the Ron Joyce Centre Presents speaker series, speaking about how he has helped turn the CFL around since being named commissioner in 2007. During his speech, delivered to a fairly crowded Brunton Auditorium, Cohon recounted some of the trials and tribulations he encountered in his early days as commissioner, which included in-fighting among the owners and teams close to bankruptcy. Mixing in personal stories and recollections, Cohon described the turnaround the league has experienced since then, and his role in getting things kickstarted. He also cracked jokes about his first CFL Draft as commissioner, as well as having Justin Bieber headline the halftime show of the 100th Grey Cup this past November. “Being a fan myself growing up, and going to [Toronto] Argonaut games, I could definitely see it’s a fan-driven league,” Cohon said following his
speech. “My first visit to Regina was amazing, just seeing the passion that the fans have there, and their receptiveness and willingness to interact.” Cohon mentioned the new franchise in Ottawa several times during his speech, and said it was something he had on his agenda even before taking the job. “My first question was, how do we get back into our nation’s capital? It’s taken a while to get the stadium deal done with the city, but it has been resolved.” Ottawa will be fielding a team in 2014 for the first time since the Renegades folded after the 2005 season. “Over the next few months we’re going to be pretty involved in the decision-making in terms of the logo and name; our league’s marketing people are working hand-in-hand with the team’s.” With the third Touchdown Atlantic game in the past four seasons upcoming this September, Cohon said the conversation has been started towards getting a tenth franchise, but says it is still only a conversation at this point, and the right people have to be in place for a tenth team to arise once Ottawa’s new team is off the ground. Using a couple of videos as evidence, Cohon explained how the 100th Grey Cup helped show off the league to the whole country, explaining how it was a culmination of the turnaround. “We had to put everything in the window to understand and appreciate how much this sport means to the country,” said Cohon. “It really re-awakened the passion in Toronto and Southern Ontario.” Cohon said afterwards that presenting the Grey Cup is his highlight every year.
“I have to pinch myself and ask if it’s real every time I do it,” he smiled. “I have been lucky enough to be present for Anthony Calvillo’s passing yards record, Ben Cahoon’s receptions record, Geroy Simon’s receiving yards record; those are memorable moments.” Another highlight for the commissioner is phoning the inductees to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame to inform them of their selection for induction. “Telling them they’re being inducted and hearing these tough warriors break down on the other end of the line…you’re a part of something that is historic and exciting.” Cohon also answered questions as to how Canadian Interuniversity Sport is valuable to the CFL, and how the CFL can help promote those athletes.“Through things like the East-West Bowl, new regional Combines, and using the media exposure we have, we’re helping build a profile.” He described the growth of the CFL draft, for example, which is now an annual special on TSN, contrary to his first year, which “felt like something out of Wayne’s World” with its low budget and profile, and distribution on the web filmed in his Toronto office. Using the term “aspirational” several times throughout his speech and his interview with The Argosy afterwards, Cohon said the important thing is being the best. “Having the best players, the best product on the field, the best broadcast; it’s about getting young people to play or be a fan. Aspiration can be a powerful thing moving forward.” Looking ahead, Cohon said the league is set
For the love of the game Oland wraps up career at Mt. A Robert Murray
Mark Cohon visited Mount Allison on March 26. (Wray Perkin/Mount Allison) for a very bright future over the next few years. “With new stadiums opening in Winnipeg this year, Hamilton next year, and Ottawa coming back in 2014, there’s an unbelievable momentum,” said Cohon excitedly, also mentioning a new television deal extension with TSN starting in 2014. “It’s a great starting line for our next generation of fans of the CFL.”
Mt. A’s curling blues Should varsity curling return to Mount Allison? Richard Kent
Political Beat Writer University sport has the ability to bring out the exceptional character of each athlete, whether they are on the bench or in the middle of the action. Throughout her time at Mount Allison with the Women’s Basketball team, Ainslie Oland has been a shining example of what being a university athlete is all about. For university athletes, their sport isn’t just a sport; it’s a way of life. Oland’s first choice wasn’t to come to Mt. A. Instead, the Rothesay, NB native originally attended McGill University in Montreal. After a year in the big city, Oland was looking for a change. She chose to return to her home province and to basketball, the sport she had played since she was young. “I played with Kayla Robichaud growing up so I was talking to her before I came [to Mt. A],” commented Oland in an interview. Before donning the garnet and gold, the two had quite an extensive playing career together. Describing their playing history on the hard court Robichaud said, “we played on numerous different rep teams together and if I wasn’t on her team, I was playing against her, like I did all through high school.” In their high school years, Oland played for Saint John High School while Robichaud suited up for Rotheasy High School. Unlike most athletes, Oland’s job wasn’t just to battle against Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association
Oland (right) with her award. (Sue Seaborn/Mount Allison) (ACAA) rivals each weekend throughout the season. After arriving at Mt. A, she took on the role of Team Manager and Trainer. After a successful year and a half at Mt. A, it seemed as though Oland had found her perfect fit. Then in February of 2012, the unthinkable happened. Oland tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), meniscus, and medial collateral ligament (MCL). After surgery in May of 2012, the six to nine month recovery timeline provided a bleak outlook, but Oland was determined to get back onto the court. Oland admitted that there were some rough patches during the recovery process. “One of the most upsetting parts of hurting my knee in third year was that I was unsure whether or not I’d be able to play the next year because they didn’t know how long the recovery would be.” After returning to practice this past October, Oland returned to game action in November. In a cruel twist
of fate, Oland tore her meniscus for a second time in February. This was it; no more basketball. Sure she was still the manager of the team, but there would be no more on-court action for her. “If that were me, my attitude would have been shot,” commented Robichaud. “I think this whole process has made Ainslie a very strong person. Going through a process like she did is very discouraging and she handled it better than anyone I have ever seen.” Getting knocked down once is hard; getting knocked a second time is even harder. After she graduates in May, her number six won’t hang in the rafters and there won’t be any championship banners with her team on it. What will stay at Mt. A though is the strong sense of character established by Oland. A perfect representation of what a university athlete should be, Oland has shown that it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down. It matters how you get back up.
Mount Allison University has not had a curling team since the early 1980s, but some Mt. A students think it is time for the Mounties to hurry hard once again. Second-year Mt. A student Martin Omes says an official Mt. A curling team would hold numerous benefits for aspiring curlers, such as the ability to compete against the other university curling teams in the Maritimes, and a good shot at competing nationally. Omes is not sure why the Athletic Department does not recognize a curling team, but said that student curlers have been pushing for a couple of years. He said it is possible that the sport’s reputation might be working against it. “People don’t even consider it a sport. That’s the hardest part. I guess when you would say you are on the Mt. A varsity curling team, most people would say you are not an athlete. That would be our hardest goal: to show the Athletic Department that it takes a lot of athletic ability,” Omes said, noting that his teammates in other sports just laugh when curling enters the conversation. While some people may be skeptical as to the athletic merits of curling, more serious roadblocks exist for would-be Atlantic University Sport curlers: neither Atlantic University Sport (AUS) nor the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic
Association (ACAA) post curling standings, schedules, or statistics on their respective websites—through respective parent organizations Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) both offer coverage of national curling events. However, the real hurdle is the Athletic Department itself: in an email, Athletics Director Pierre Arsenault told The Argosy that the Athletics Department’s priority was buttressing the sports it offers, not adding new ones. “Adding new sports only complicated [sic] the ability to invest in our current teams and student athletes,” Arsenault said, adding that sustained student interest coupled with a sustainable financial model could change Mt. A’s mind about curling. Despite these challenges, Omes believes Mt. A could field a competitive team if the University chose to do so. “I believe we would have the ability [to compete nationally]. We have people who have been provincial champions, or have been close to that ability,” he said. “I believe we would have a good shot to make nationals with the calibre of players we have,” he continued. A team of Mt. A students placed third at mixed provincials last year. Mt. A’s curling community is small but dedicated: Omes says there are about ten students who regularly play and participate in the area’s non-university leagues. “We have a really nice club. We have the practice time, we have people in the community who would help us, we already have someone who would volunteer to coach our team—all we need is the okay to represent Mt. A in tournaments,” Omes said. A curling team could compete in the AUS or ACAA.
April 4, 2013
Scientists’ speech restricted Signs of life on Mars
Government report lists rules Clay Steell Science Contributor A major step against the silencing of government scientists in Canada took place earlier this month. A coalition of scientists working with the non-profit Democracy Watch submitted a 128-page report to the Federal Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault, to investigate the “muzzling” of Canadian government scientists. This report comes in response to the increasing difficulty Canadian government scientists have in bringing their research to press, as well as obstacles journalists and reporters face in interviewing them for publicly-viewed media. Since the Conservative government gained majority in 2006, the ability of government scientists to communicate their work to the public has become increasingly restricted. The scientists most often barred are those whose research contradicts Conservative government policy, such as oil sand development in Alberta, conservation of Canadian biodiversity, or the delay of building sustainable energy infrastructure. Cited in the report, Environment Canada in 2007 established its Media Relations Policy in order to improve “limited coordination of messages
across the country.” However, the policy severely restricted the free speech of Environment Canada scientists, requiring any press requesting an interview to be routed through a bureaucratic approval. The Minister of the Environment himself reserves the power to decline interviews between Environment Canada scientists and the press. Since the inception of the Media Relations Policy, coverage of climate change science has dropped eighty per cent in Canadian media. The adoption of nearly identical m e d i a relations policies have stifled scientific transparency in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans,Natural Resources Canada, and the National Research Council. According to the report, these media restrictions on publicly funded scientists violate the 1983 Access to Information Act. Ushered in under the Trudeau government, the Act states “The purpose of this Act is...to provide a right of access to information in records under the control of a government institution... [and] that necessary exceptions to the right of access should be limited and specific.” The report believes that restricting media access to government scientists violates and exceeds these “necessary exceptions,”
originally designed to prevent the spread of questionable media. The report’s findings will be reviewed and investigated by the Office of the Information Commissioner, and conclude whether the new media relation policies violate the Access to Information Act. If the Office finds the report’s claims to be valid, it will file a judicial review case with a Federal Court. Given the scope of this report’s findings, such a case could be appealed to the Supreme Court to analyze the constitutionality of these access to information l a w s . C a n a d a’s freedom to information policies have faced criticism from world governments and watchdogs in recent y e a r s . An article published in Nature last February criticized Canada’s treatment of government scientists, comparing its decreasing transparency to recent information reforms in the United States under the Obama administration. Canada falls fifty-first in a recent international freedom of information ranking, placing lower than developing countries such as Angola and Niger. Graphic by Katrina Zidichouski
Rock sample shows evidence of drinking water Madison Downe Science Editor The slow march of scientific discovery treks onwards as NASA announced last week that the Curiosity rover on Mars found evidence of past water on the planet and conditions to potentially support life forms. The Curiosity rover drilled into a rock near its original landing site on the planet. The rock sample was analyzed by lab instruments onboard the rover and identified the various minerals in the rock. This rock sample provided the first evidence of a past fresh water environment on Mars. The lakebed sedimentary rock contained traces of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen that would only be present if the rock had previously been located in a fresh water environment. Clay and sulfate minerals were also present, which indicated that the rock formation occurred in a watery environment. This rock sample has informed the NASA team that Gale Crater, and perhaps all of Mars contained habitable environments to support the sort of life forms that appear on Earth. Curiosity’s project scientist John Grotzinger explained in the
NASA press release, “We have found a habitable environment that is so benign and supportive of life that probably if this water was around and you had been there, you would have been able to drink it.” Previous missions to Mars have confirmed that the planet supported a tropical climate billions of years ago and an environment where microbes “could have lived in and maybe even prospered in,” Grotzinger said. The current arid desert of Mars is constantly hit with radiation and is unable to support any signs of life. This sediment analysis is significant because it contrasts with all previous research regarding the quality of water on the planet. Records in sedimentary rock layers have indicated signs of water at many other sites on Mars, including the Meridani Planum where the rover Opportunity has been located since 2004. All previous rock analysis has shown far more acidic water that would not support the same possibility of life. The rock record at those sites showed an environment that was wet very infrequently, with highly acidic and salty water. Scientists speculated that the Curiosity drilled into an ancient lakebed, which would explain the relative lack of salt in the sample and all indications of a neutral or slightly alkaline region. The next step is for Curiosity to uncover evidence of complex carbon compounds, which are necessary in order to support all forms of life.
BioShock: Infinite an exciting new release Solid storyline and atmosphere set game apart Martin Omes Science Correspondent Irrational Games has struck again with the third instalment in the BioShock series. This game was released on March 26, and has become an instant hit among gamers around the world. Although this game is not part of the storyline of the previous titles, it keeps its core mechanics, with similar concepts and themes. Personally, I think it is the best game in the series, which is saying a lot about the game. Irrational Games has created this American utopia that I feel is very reminiscent of where we as a country stand today. The gameplay is top notch, and the shooting creates multiple ways you can approach each encounter that all feel unique and fun in their own regard. What really sets this game apart, though, is the storyline. It is the absolute polish of the story, the solid gun play, and atmosphere like no other game that makes it such a pleasure. Set in 1912 during the growth of American exceptionalism, the game’s protagonist, Booker DeWitt, is sent to the floating air-city of Columbia to find a young woman, Elizabeth, who has been held captive there for the last
twelve years. Though Booker rescues Elizabeth (this is the first level, so, no, it’s not a spoiler), the two are pursued by the city’s factions: the nativist and elite Founders that strive to keep the city for pure Americans. Unlike the limited spaces of the underwater city of Rapture in previous titles, the openair city of Columbia provides for more combat challenges, and the game has a special feature called the “1999 Mode.” Similar to the Black Ops 2 campaign, the decisions made by the player will have a more permanent impact on the game, possibly leading the player to an unwinnable situation, and could require a restart from an earlier saved game. After five years of development the characters are near perfection. The key to this story is Elizabeth and how everything is tied back into her story. She is intelligent and artistic, having spent the majority of her life studying while gaining some practical skills such as cryptography. She also has the ability to perceive and interact with the dimensional tears across Columbia. She really helps keep Booker alive throughout the story by bringing supplies as the game goes along, and even helps you when you are in mortal peril. Also, fans have been disappointed by endings in the past, but Infinite has one of the best endings I have ever experienced, as the story is very complex. It’s a similar feel to watching Inception and having trouble figuring out the ending. Overall, this is a must buy, and an easy 10/10 score.
Satisfying new title could be a contender for game of the year. (falcier sp/WikiMedia Commons)
Potential end to bargain bin games Changes to consoles worry gamers John Trafford Opinions Editor Every five to seven years, video game fans are treated to a new round of console offerings from the industry giants. A jump in graphical quality and a plethora of new features are usually what await players when Sony and Microsoft unveil their new consoles. Unfortunately, there are rumours circulating that, if they prove to be true, could hold video gaming back from unprecedented new heights. Both Sony and Microsoft have been reported to be considering two new additions, with disturbing implications, for their consoles that will likely be launching for this coming holiday season. These new changes would be the inability to play used games and the inability for a console to function without an internet connection. I can’t count the amount of times growing up that I would scavenge through the bargain bin at my favourite video game store in search of the perfect used game. Usually I’d strike gold and fork over around twenty dollars for an old game I hadn’t played in years or one I’d missed out on while it was popular. For me, used games were one of the best parts of the video game experience and I can’t imagine a video game world without them.
Casual gaming may soon require an Internet connection. (Kory d’Entremont/Argosy) From a strictly business point of view I can understand the rationale behind a move to restrict the use of used games. There is simply more money to be had by selling the same number of games, but for full retail price. What Microsoft and Sony might not understand though is that many gamers will reject any move to restrict used games and will move to cheaper, often free, online and
mobile games on platforms such as the iPhone. If Sony and Microsoft were to actually take a look at the trends in the video game industry, they would realize that moving to prohibit used games on their new consoles would only accelerate the ongoing shift to free, online games that is currently underway. On the surface, no used games may make good business sense but it will
only hurt Microsoft and Sony in the long run. Continuous internet connection in order for the system to function is another rumour that has been batted around about Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles. And once again, I hope that this proves to be a rumour only. What big video game companies fail to realize is that not everyone takes part in the online side of gaming. When I played Halo 2 on my original Xbox and later the Xbox 360, not once did I play competitive multiplayer. I played Halo 2 as a strictly campaign game and to this day it remains one of my all-time favourites. Microsoft and Sony are pushing the idea that their consoles can be more than only video game machines and a constant internet connection would play into this idea. What these companies don’t realize is that the more they focus on aspects other than video gaming, the more chance they stand to alienate their base consumer: the video gamer. Appealing to non-traditional video game consumers with things like music and video streaming are all well and good, but if Sony and Microsoft go through with a required constant Internet connection for their new consoles they risk losing the consumers that have made them billions. With any luck the rumours surrounding used games and internet connections on Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles will prove to be just rumours. I am looking forward to this holiday season to see the next batch of consoles, but if Sony and Microsoft move to block used games and make Internet connections mandatory, I might just rock out with some Halo 2 and an original Xbox.
Gene trial forces remission Halo on the decline: can it be saved?
Man ‘cured’ of terminal illness in eight days
Large gaming community must adapt to changes
Richard Kent Political Beat Writer
Martin Omes Gene therapy may hold the key to treating what is both the most common cancer among children and a dangerous cancer for adults. A study released last week showed that three adult leukemia patients were successfully treated with their own genetically modified white blood cells after their illnesses relapsed. Doctors assumed that one of the participants, David Aponte, was terminally ill after his chemotherapy treatments stopped working; however, just eight days after beginning the targeted immunotherapy, Aponte’s leukemia was in remission. The study, published last week in Science Translational Medicine, focused on five people suffering from relapsed B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Researchers took healthy T cells from each of the five participants. The New York researchers exposed the T cells to a harmless virus which caused them to attack B cells and replaced them in the participants’ blood streams. Once exposed to the virus, the T cells will seek out a surface protein called CD19, and destroy any cell carrying the protein. B cells carry CD19 whether cancerous or not. This method of treatment is called targeted immunotherapy. A press release from New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, where two of the lead researchers are based, states that
Targeted immunotherapy yields positive results in initial leukemia trial after eight days. (Wetzel und Schaefer/WikiMedia Commons) the five patients achieved complete remission within eight weeks, with four of the five patients receiving bone marrow transplants, and three surviving beyond the transplants for periods ranging between five months and two years. Two patients died: one patient was unable to receive a bone marrow transplant, and died following a relapse; the other died while in remission from a blood clot which researchers deemed “unrelated” to the treatment. Last year, The New York Times reported that a six-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, Emma Whitehead, received a similar treatment for the same disease following two remissions after failed chemotherapy. Her T cells were altered by doctors at the University of Pennsylvania with the help of a genetically modified strain of HIV, with similar effects. This method does not require a bone marrow
transplant, and small quantities of the genetically modified T cells remain in Whitehead’s bloodstream. At least three adults have been successfully treated using the Pennsylvania method. B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia is typically mild for children, with a ninety per cent survival rate, but for adults, the survival rate is only forty per cent. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a rapid-onset cancer, developing in just days or weeks. The New York Times reported that Aponte went to his doctor believing he had a bad case of tennis elbow. The press release from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center says that the next phase of the study has been planned. In this next phase, fifty patients with relapsed B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia will receive the experimental treatment.
Halo 4 has been perceived as a flop for the Halo community that really relied on 343 Industries to keep the core mechanics of the game and after Halo: Reach really gave Call of Duty the upper hand in the battle for the top first person shooter on the market. What really has been the most demoralizing for the competitive community has been the dropping of Halo from the competitive gaming circuit, as Halo was the game that brought competitive gaming to life back in 2004 with the original Halo title. So why has Halo become increasingly less viable? Starting with Reach, the inclusion of armour abilities like a jet pack and armour lock changed the game in fundamental ways that were too big to ignore. Halo 4 took it even further. Even though they scaled back a few of the armour abilities, they still exist and mess around with the important parts of the game, such as line of sight. At the top levels of competitive gaming, players used to know where anyone could be on the map, where they could hit them from, and where they were likely to run to, but give anyone a jet pack and suddenly all that knowledge has gone out the window. To sum it up, the real problem is that Halo 4 introduced more
randomness than ever into multiplayer gameplay. This may be fun for casual players, but for competitive gamers, this has become a huge nuisance. So why is Call of Duty sticking around? Well, that is where barely changing over the years has worked to its benefit. The newest titles have largely been cosmetic, where there are new guns, levels, kill streaks, perks etc., but relatively little about the core gameplay has changed, unlike Halo. Luckily for the community, they have pressured 343 into introducing their own competitive game types into “Team Throwdown” and designing their own maps using the forge ability on the game. Also, 343 has finally announced that the one-fifty rank that was used in the first three titles to rank players will finally return into Halo 4 on April 8, 2013. Although this will bring de-rankers or boosters, the ranking system helps bring players of similar game skill together into one competitive game. Frankly, I have had enough of winning games fifty to twenty or losing games while going positive fifteen; the ranking system and newest map pack finally bring maps that can be used in a competitive atmosphere. Although it may be too late to save what once was the largest gaming community in the world, it can be competitive again and possibly return to the circuit. If you would like to know up to date news on Halo or even join in on the revival of the game please go and check out www. halocouncil.com to see what the gaming community is doing to try and bring this game back to the top.
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April 4, 2013
What’s in a name? Students launch Joypuke Meet Joypuke, Mt. A’s newest literary journal Richard Kent Political Beat Writer Last month, Mount Allison’s studentrun publishing company, Underbridge Press, announced its latest project, Joypuke, an annual literary journal for fiction and creative non-fiction. With submissions open until May 20, Underbridge Press intends to have the first issue of Joypuke ready for sale by next fall. The publishing house hopes the journal’s name will aid in its launch. “The title is very much
[intended] to grab people’s attention,” admitted Elijah Teitelbaum, President of Underbridge Press. While submissions have been open for only a few weeks, Underbridge Press’s announcement of Joypuke has already garnered a response from students and a variety of works have already been received, including “stories, poetry, and a small graphic story!” said Joypuke’s editor, Alexandra Francioni. Teitelbaum said Joypuke (much like Underbridge Press itself ) is designed to publish a variety of works, with few stylistic limitations. “Our mission statement, as it stands, is to facilitate student publishing at Mt. A. We put a lot of emphasis on accessibility, because we believe there is a lot of quality work that is being produced at the university level that is being passed over, or that is not able
to get out there, and so we have set to complement 7 Mondays by accepting ourselves up as the means of getting different works and writing styles, and things published that deserve it,” by publishing at a different point in Teitelbaum said, noting that securing the year. Underbridge Press hopes an agent or a publisher is much easier Joypuke will allow for a plurality of once an author has published work. voices in student literary publications on campus. “I think The press that 7 Mondays is a release from [W]e have set ourselves valuable publication Underbridge declared the up as the means of getting on campus … [but] published that one of the reasons we i m p o r t a n c e things started Joypuke was of publishing deserve it. because we do not shorter works want a monopoly to budding Elijah Teitelbaum of a [single] journal a u t h o r s ; Underbridge Press on campus,” Teitelbaum said Teitelbaum said. Joypuke will be The idea of able to publish Joypuke germinated student literary works that fall outside the criteria earlier in 2013, after Underbridge of Mt. A’s existing literary journal, 7 Press published Mt. A student Taylor Mondays. His intention is for Joypuke Losier’s Ragged. The publishing house
sought a longer-term publishing commitment when its involvement with Ragged dropped to marketing and sales after the comparatively intensive period of preparing Losier’s book for publication. Underbridge’s members perform multiple roles in the publication process, from editing content, to layout, to creating a working business model for the publisher. “It gets so complicated, because we promote fluidity,” Teitelbaum said, “since we see ourselves also as an educational organization for people looking to get involved in publishing.” By his estimate, five or six members of the publishing house will be involved in editing and publishing Joypuke, which is aligned with their mission to provide a realistic opportunity for involvement in publishing.
You know more about art than you think artists in things like silk-screening, embroidery, knitting, zine making, animation, etc. These events are aimed at all students—not just those in Fine Arts. You don’t need any special skills or experience to take part in the Study Breaks, and they are really fun.” So are those involved in fine arts Lisa Theriault and those who are not really so Humour Editor disconnected? I decided to bring Chris Balcom, a Mount Allison student A lot of people feel they know nothing who describes his knowledge of art about the visual arts. They think they as “pretty slim,” to the Owens Art need a wealth of artistic knowledge Gallery to see how his views compared before they can properly understand to those of art history students, as my artwork. But whether you’re an art Canadian art history class recently connoisseur or a casual viewer, art visited the Gallery to discuss works that are currently on has no cleardisplay in the lobby. cut answers. Initially, Balcom P e r h a p s Everyone brings their own the biggest perspective to the art on did not have much issue when view. It’s one of the things to say about the it comes to that make art interesting. works, but after a bit of prodding understanding he started to share artwork is Dr. Gemey Kelly more and dig deeper. getting people into the gallery Director of Owens I was not surprised to find many of his in the first comments where place. Front almost identical to desk attendant of the Owens Art Gallery Katie those of my art history classmates. In particular, his description of a Patterson, shares that “the majority of those who visit are community painting by John Christopher Pratt, members, and if there are students, called “Suburbs Standing West,” as they’re usually in fine arts.” “a boring suburb neighbourhood In fact, Dr. Gemey Kelly, director of that was very standard to North the Owens Art Gallery, makes it part America,” was very on-par with of her mission for the gallery to bring comments made by our class. in people outside of the art world. “One of the things we started a few years ago are the Hand Made Study Breaks which take place in the evenings. These are workshops led by local
Fine Arts student explains that art is for all
Kelly had this to say about experiencing artwork: “Well, for sure, tip number one would be that there are no right answers to looking at art. Value your own reaction and response. The second thing is that those of us who work in the arts don’t know it all. Everyone brings their own perspective to the art on view. It’s one of the things that makes art interesting.” If you are still craving more information about the work on display, Owens offers plenty of opportunities. Exhibition openings, artist talks, workshops, or a behind-the-scenes tour during one of their Open House events are all valuable resources, not to mention the receptionists at the front desk, who are more
than happy to talk about the works on display.
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Mount Allison dancers leave it all on the Brunton stage Swing Society show includes a wide variety of dance styles Bhreagh MacDonald Arts & Literature Editor From hip hop dancers to salsa dancers, Mount Allison students busted a move on the Brunton stage last Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The Swing Society invited Dance Society, Salsa Society, Varsity Dance, and Highland Dance Society to join in the fun of their annual performance, and this meant that there was a style to appeal to everyone. Swing Society charmed the audience with “I Want To Be Like You,” an impressive number, considering its beginner level. Each pair got a moment to show off their best tricks, and the piece concluded with a special moment that highlighted the adorable Melanie Nadeau and her partner Paul Boon. Ending the piece with a romantic dip, their sparkle had everyone in the audience smiling. Another notable swing performance was “James Bond,” which was performed by the society’s advanced dancers. This unique performance brought the house down and was a great finale
Swing Society members share a celebratory moment backstage. (Chelsea Poole/Swing Society to the evening. It truly showed the host society’s talents and abilities. Tristan Kean is always a crowd favourite at Mt. A dance performances, and this show was no exception. Proving his theatrical skills by lip synching the opening to “Moustache,” Kean also added diversity to the show through his improvised popping and locking. Drawing on hip hop, Varsity Dance presented “Back In Time,” which was choreographed by Brittnay Sutherland. This high-
energy number followed the theme of Men in Black, with fancy tricks and an intricate tutting section. Jackie Zorz’s piece, entitled “Wanna Get Hype,” showed off the talents of some of Mt. A’s advanced jazz dancers in brightly coloured costumes. Varsity Dance’s jazz piece also caught the attention of audience members, who cheered loudly as the group performed synchronized fouettés and danced each movement with precision. Though ballet is often perceived as a
7 Mondays loses support Students vote against publication John Fraser Arts & Literature Writer In the wake of this past MASU spring election, the publication known as 7 Mondays received a majority vote against maintaing its student levy when put up for referendum. For students who are not aware (if you’ve never checked your mailbox, for example), 7 Mondays is a student publication that includes poetry, literature, and photography submitted by students. For many students, 7 Mondays is a way to express their literary talents and get their work out into the public. Now, after being voted against for referendum, students involved with the publication are forced to re-evaluate 7 Mondays. Many are lamenting the loss of 7 Mondays, claiming it was an outlet for development of interesting writing and photography. Many other faculties have access to various extracurricular programs to expand their interests, and 7 Mondays was one that catered to a variety of student writers and photographers. Many aspiring writers and artists found an outlet to express themselves in the positive space that was 7 Mondays. The small fee that is asked of students is made even smaller when considering the volume of students published through 7Mondays. “We usually publish just over thirty poets,” said Sean McDonell, an editor for 7 Mondays. “That translates to less than ten cents per person.” His disappointment in Allisonians’ unwillingness to give ten cents to aspiring artists is evident, and many students have similar reactions. Not only do aspiring writers lose an outlet to channel and hone their creativity, but Mt. A loses a time-honoured tradition that would have marked its twentieth issue next year. Why would students vote no to 7 Mondays? The levy asked of the students for a three dollar fee to support the continuation of 7 Mondays.
That does not seem to be that large of a deterrent, or is it? When asked about the cost, some students declared that “it all adds up,” and that even though the cost seemed small to them, the total cost that is demanded of the entire student body seemed unreasonable. Thirty students benefit from 7 Mondays, but that is a small minority of the thousands of students who are paying to make it happen. Another opinion is that 7 Mondays could still exist, but as an online publication that would be more cost-effective and open to students submitting work. Some even remarked that 7 Mondays is not effectively marketed to students; while every student receives a copy in their mailbox it can often be mistaken for countless other pieces of seemingly useless advertising that get stuffed in student mailboxes and tossed aside. Perhaps the real explanation for 7 Mondays’s loss of support is its under-appreciation, not its financial requirement or importance to the campus. Students who have been blessed by the service that 7 Mondays offers know the real impact it had on their lives, and maybe if the rest of the campus fully understood that, 7 Mondays could be resurrected. The 2012-2013 7 Mondays editorial board had this to say: “7 Mondays is not dead. We plan on launching a revival campaign, starting over the summer, and we will be putting the question for continued support back to referendum during next year’s MASU fall elections.” For all the students who were saddened by the loss of 7 Mondays, know that there is still hope and that the publication is not lost yet.
In the March 21 issue, the graphic on page 21 is credited to Sally Hill. This was an error, as it was drawn by Katrina Zidichouski.
delicate and soft dance style, Kaydi Maillet and Emily Wishart brought an edginess to the classical style. Dancing to an instrumental version of “Sail,” Varsity Dancers combined agility and complex formations to create an avant-garde ballet piece. The Salsa Society always impresses, and they continued this legacy this year. The beginner class presented “El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico,” choreographed by Chelsea Poole and Max Pistner. Their sultry style was
contrasted by the Celtic flare of the Highland Dance Society. Dressed in traditional kilts, this group of four dancers stood out through their originality in “Catharsis,” and their smiling faces spread a wave of joy over the entire audience. Not only did dancers entertain the audience, but musical performances brought variety to the show. Kelly Humphries, along with friends, performed a soothing tune called “Hear.” The acoustic feel brought a relaxed folk vibe through the melding of various sweet voices. Laura Gallivan, along with Tricia Harrity, made jaws drop in the audience with their performance of Florence and the Machine’s “Shake It Off.”Laura’s strong voice wowed the audience, and the harmony with Harrity was captivating. Accompanied by guitar and shaker, this performance brought an air of professionalism to the show. Rounding out the musical performances was D’Arcy Blunston, who sang “I Believe in You.” The strength of her voice made for a stand-out performance. If you missed Swing Society’s show, there is still an opportunity to see many of these performances at Dance Society’s show, called “Twisting and Turning in Tweedie.” The show will run this Friday and Saturday evening at 9 pm in Tweedie Hall. Tickets are five dollars for Mt. A students and ten dollars for the general public.
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HUMOUR Across 1- Expel gas or odor; 5- Castle water pits; 10- Competitive advantage; 14- Asta’s mistress; 15- Alert, knowing; 16- Tatum’s dad; 17- Chicago paper, for short; 18- Gastropod mollusk; 19- Big rig; 20- Outcome; 22- Changed; 24- Appomattox figure; 25- Too;
Down 1- ___’acte (intermission); 2- Additional; 3- Eye part; 4- ___ rasa; 5- Perfected; 6- Have title to; 7- Battery size; 8- Experiment; 9- Hawks; 10- Scottish Gaelic; 11- Textile worker; 12- Amusement; 13- Oklahoma city; 21- Wreath of flowers; 23- Puccini opera;
26- Restored; 30- More wise; 35- Period of history; 36- Antiquity, in antiquity; 37- Long for; 38- Anyone; 41- Sporting dog; 43- Rest atop; 44- Russian space station; 45- Heston’s org.; 46- Unite; 47- Grotesque likeness; 50- Take ___ Train;
25- Append; 26- Kingdom; 27- Bert’s buddy; 28- One forking over; 29- TV Tarzan Ron; 31- Prince Valiant’s son; 32- Profits; 33- Tennis champ Chris; 34- Cooperative race; 39- Wet spongy ground; 40- ___ a customer; 41- Title of a knight; 42- Custom; 44- 1959 Kingston Trio hit; 48- Compete;
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53- El ___; 54- Dainty restaurant; 58- Tried out; 62- Hindu music; 63- Turkish palace; 66- Harper’s Bazaar illustrator; 67- Coup d’___; 68- Early computer; 69- In ___ of; 70- “___ quam videri” (North Carolina’s motto); 71- Love deeply;
72- Flat sound;
49- Ford flops; 51- Old Testament book; 52- Edit; 54- Branch location; 55- Consumes; 56- Turkish titles; 57- Appraise; 59- Speaker of Cooperstown; 60- French summers; 61- ___ ex machina; 64- Carnival site; 65- Swiss river;
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1.The wind. Continuous gusts of air. All the time and everywhere. Ruining your hair. (Bam. Angst-filled poem about it. That’s how bad it is.
6.Meal Hall serves all the good desserts on the same day… Forget the Freshman Fifteen; I’m going for the Freshman Fifty.
2.The campus pub doesn’t accept Mountie Money. Think how convenient going to the pub would become! No more trying to stuff five dollar bills and toonies down your bra
7. There are always great shows going on to remind me that I have no talent. Damn genetics…
3.The brochure shows you all these pictures of smiling students sitting on the green grass, but really, you only get that chance for one month out of the year. The rest of the time, campus is buried under three feet of snow 4.I’m not a part of the Graduating Class of 2013. Stop sending me emails and rubbing it in my face. 5.It’s a small campus, so you recognize faces from class but don’t know their names. Instead, you just make awkward eye contact and continue walking.
8.If you live on Southside: the walk to meal hall. If you live on Northside: the walk to the gym. Depending on where you live, you’ll either be continuously hungry, or fat. Maybe I should move into one of the satellites… 9.People think that our mascot is either a RCMP officer or just the letter “A.” No one knows that it’s a duck. 10.You only get to spend four years here. That’s it. Unless you decide to go for the victory lap.
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