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In order to ensure the stability of our nutritional sources decades from now, we need to support the growth of local food providers to keep our plates full. (Nature’s Route Farm/Submitted)
Staying local to feed Sackville’s future
Keeping everyone fed will rely on homegrown meals Megan Ostridge
Features Contributor Canada’s population growth rate is approximately one per cent. This year, the global population is just over seven billion people, and it is expected that by 2050 that number will rise to eleven billion. This growth, in addition to climate change, places immense stress on the environment, resulting in environmental degradation. This has created an unforeseen state for the world’s food security. Food security depends on food systems availability, access and utilization. Food security is achieved when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Today, food systems are changing around the world as globalization and urbanization allows for faster distribution. As a consequence, food
has become global rather than local, as globalization allows food to be transported around the world with ease. In Sackville, the majority of residents rely on global food available at the local Save Easy and Co-op, as there are only a few local food suppliers in the area supplying the local farmer’s markets. Global climate change has shown diverse effects on the environment, which has inadvertently affected the agriculture industry. In the future, temperatures are expected to rise as well as the amount of precipitation. Furthermore, the intensity and number of floods and storms is also expected to increase. Each of these issues will likely affect crop production around the world. Increased temperatures may allow some crops to grow more quickly, but faster growth can also lead to smaller crop yields. This could negatively impact the agriculture industry, as the optimum growing temperature for many crops will be exceeded. Extreme flooding and repeated salt intrusions can also harm and reduce crop yields. Increased precipitation in the past has caused substantial economic loss for the agriculture industry. For instance, over the last fifteen years more than
fifty-seven communities in Atlantic Canada have been affected by flooding, resulting in over forty million dollars in damage. In conjunction with rising temperatures, global sea levels are also expected to increase. Together with temperatures, storms and precipitation the environment and infrastructure (including transportation routes and buildings) will be negatively impacted. If flooding destroys transportation routes it is likely that food security will be lost, globally as well as locally. The province of New Brunswick has a population of approximately 750,000 people. A population of this size consumes approximately 1,462,500,000 pounds of food per year, eighty-five per cent of which is imported. Since 1941, the number of farms in Canada has declined as globalization and urbanization increased. Globalization and urbanization have negatively impacted developed countries; humanity is isolated from natural processes and the countryside where food is produced. Therefore, it is important to change current food systems and begin mirroring the ways of traditional food systems by growing and buying food locally. Growing
food locally gives people a relationship with nature, more power and a sense of community and stewardship. In Sackville, a variety of different farms can be found. Census Canada suggests that the general Westmorland area is home to approximately seventy farms. Types of farms include cattle, hog and pig, poultry and egg, sheep and goat, oilseed and grains, vegetable and melons. Of these farms there are two prominent farms supplying the Sackville area with local food: Nature’s Root Farm in Point de Bute, and Dixon Farms in Aulac. Nature’s Root Farm grows vegetables and lamb in an ethical, sustainable and responsible way. It not only supplies Sackville with locally grown food, but they also sell at the Moncton and Dieppe farmer’s markets. Dixon farms, on the other hand, supplies the local food economy with a variety of meat products. In addition to local farms, Sackville also maintains a community garden. The community garden houses forty-nine plots and a community food forest contributing to the areas local food security. Local farms provide a semilocal food economy for the Sackville area. Conversely, community members
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who depend on the Save Easy or Co-op as their main food source still consume imported global food. In the future, food imports will impact food security as climate change might affect transportation routes present today. If an 8.9 metre flood were to occur, Route 2 and the CN rails from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick would be inoperable. On a local scale this destruction would place immense pressure on Sackville’s food security, as Nature’s Root Farm and Dixon Farms are located just outside of town. If Route 2 becomes inoperable transportation would not be possible between these towns and Sackville, reducing the amount of local food these farms could provide. Taking a closer look at how a local farm would be impacted by climate change and the potential loss of transportation routes would be beneficial. Nature’s Root Farm has been owned and operated by Kent and Ruth Coates since 2006. As previously mentioned, the farm currently grows a wide variety of vegetables and raises lamb. The owners have created a community supported agriculture farm (CSA).
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May 1, 2013 marked the official unveiling of the U4 League, a cooperative initiative involving four Eastern Canadian universities: Bishops University, Acadia University, St. Francis Xavier University, and Mount Allison University. The stated aim of the alliance is to “extend the institutions common objectives of providing students… with a high quality, undergraduate university education in a residential setting.” The alliance aspires not only to boost the public profile of the member schools, but also to promote collaborative projects among the member institutions. The possibilities raised by cooperation remain to be fully realized, but potential initiatives suggested by the U4 League include collaborative courses and exchanges, increasing professional opportunities for faculty at the four schools, joint research activities, mutual branding initiatives, and more. In many respects, the schools of the U4 League are natural competitors; all four are small, primarily undergraduate institutions. They are also all located in small towns, and offer similar intimate residential and educational experiences. Their relatively low student to faculty ratio further distinguishes them f r o m
other urban-based Canadian schools, as do their high percentages of courses taught by full-time faculty. Michael Goldbloom, Principal at Bishop’s University and Chair of the U4 League, said, “We have been—and will continue to be—friendly rivals, but we believe that this partnership of our four universities will accelerate our drive to improve and share our unique model of undergraduate excellence.” The league’s member institutions not only share similar characteristics, but also enjoy similar reputations. All four institutions were founded over 150 years ago, and have stood well in national rankings such as those carried out by Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail in recent years. In its public background information, the U4 League makes a direct appeal to the prestige of small American liberal arts institutions such as Amherst and Bowdoin colleges. They go on to explain that this perception is lacking in Canada, and the U4 League aims to increase public appreciation of the small, liberal arts, undergraduate experience. Prior to the official establishment of the League, collaborative events were already underway. In February, Bishop’s University hosted students, faculty and administrators from all member universities in Lennoxville, for a series of TEDx Talks and a student debating tournament. Mt. A professor Elizabeth Wells and Mt. A student Kylie de Chastelain both spoke at the event. Mt. A hosted its own TEDx series in March, focused on student contributions to undergraduate te ac h i n g. De Chastelain, who participated in both events, was unaware
that they were leading up to the establishment of the alliance, but she feels that it makes sense in retrospect. She said she hopes “the League will allow these schools to really strengthen one another” and was excited about the opportunities for resource sharing the new initiative will provide. Events are planned for Fall 2013 at both Acadia University and St. Francis Xavier University. While the public releases of the U4 League highlight student engagement in university life, the effects the alliance on student life at Mt. A remain to be seen, as well as to what extent cooperation among the institutions will be driven by students. While the Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU) was not directly involved in the establishment of the alliance, MASU President Melissa O’Rourke said, “The new MASU executive is interested in seeing what direction this initiative will take and is looking forward to seeing it implemented in a way that truly benefits the student experience.” She also pointed out that the MASU is fortunate that it enjoys good relations with the student unions of the other U4 League schools through the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. The members of the alliance will each invest $50,000 a year for the next three years, at which point the League’s program, goals, and membership will be reviewed. These funds are to be raised from outside the operating budgets of the participating universities.
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Graduating student Carly Levy was announced late last week as the latest recipient of the Crake-Sawdon Award. The Crake-Sawdon Award is given to one student per year who balance a full-time course load with “an outstanding contribution to The Argosy.” Hailing from Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, the anthropology student worked at The Argosy for three years: two years as News Writer, and most recently as Editor-inChief and President of Argosy Publications. As writer, she worked hard to keep students and permanent residents informed on changes in their community, covering everything
from the Memorial Library anti-demolition efforts to Sackville’s annual Winterfest. As editor, Levy retained her local focus, and worked to build the paper’s editorial content around students and the town. Levy also oversaw the culmination of a four-year redesign process, pursuing several design improvements, as well as overhauling the production process, resulting in a cleaner, more professional student paper. Crake-Sawdon Committee Chair Owen Griffiths said the Committee was impressed by Levy’s dedication and resumé. “This was someone who dedicated three of her five years here to The Argosy and its publication. We thought that was particularly meritorious,” Griffiths said. “It was a considerable investment of time and energy over a three-year period.” The Crake-Sawdon Award, first awarded in 2002, was named in memory of William Sawdon, Editor-in-Chief of The Argosy, owner and publisher of the Sackville Tribune-Post, and long-time board member of the Crake Foundation.
Levy poses with her work. (Lea Foy/Argosy)
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MASU GIF delivers year-end report
$24,000 spread between four local projects
Political Beat Writer
The Mount Allison Students Union (MASU) invested $24,000 between four local environmental projects last year, according to a recent report by MASU Sustainability Co-ordinator Adam Cheeseman. Cheeseman presented the 20122013 Green Investment Fund (GIF) year-end report at the April 10, 2013 Students’ Administrative Council meeting. Of the seven applications the fund received, six were accepted to the secondary application process, and four received funding: an initiative to ban plastic bags on the Mount Allison campus, an outdoor education centre at Salem Elementary, a proposed car-sharing initiative, and the Tantramar Planning District Commission’s home insulation upgrade program. Dr. Colin Laroque received $6,000 to develop an outdoor education centre at Salem Elementary School in Sackville, with the money to be spent on “solar panels, windmills, and other carbon reducing energy sources” at the site. EOS Eco Energy received $5,500 for its Transportation for Tantramar program, which is aimed at reducing the carbon output of Sackville residents by expanding opportunities for common transportation such as van or bus, carpooling, and car-sharing with others. A recent change in the Sustainability Co-ordinator’s mandate requires the co-ordinator to sit on the Transportation for Tantramar committee. The committee intends to institute a car-sharing initiative in Sackville.
If this plan goes through, Sackville would become the first town in New Brunswick to have a program of this nature. The Tantramar Planning District Commission received $11,000 to extend their basement insulation program. The money will be used to fund a rebate system for a second year. The program has encouraged local residents to insulate their basements, which can cut energy waste by as much as fifty per cent. Finally, graduating student Rob Burroughs received a $1,500 conditional grant to provide reusable bags on campus, with the intention of eliminating plastic bags at Mt. A. Cheeseman’s written report indicated that the application from Community Forests International was not funded because it “involved little indication of actual carbon reduction.” The Dancing Dog Café applied for funding to create a “local, organic garden” for the café to use to sell produce and use as ingredients. The application was denied because “Issues with directly funding and benefitting a local business were brought up.”
These expenditures left the Green Investment fund with $600 in its accounts, which will be used for promotional material for the fund itself. The Green Investment Fund (GIF) is a MASU initiative that seeks to lower carbon emissions in the Sackville area. In 2009, a referendum question submitted to students was approved, with just shy of seventy-nine per cent of voters in favour of paying an additional ten dollars on top of their MASU fees to support the fund. Students, staff, faculty, and the public can submit proposals to the Sustainability Committee, which allocates funding. The submissions then go through a two-stage selection process, which considers if they meet the GIF’s mandate by lowering the carbon output of the Sackville area. In past years the fund provided the initial funding for Sackville’s first Habitat for Humanity home and provided the Tantramar Planning District Commission with an initial grant to promote basement insulation in Sackville.
Mine closure adds to NB economic woes Northern NB unemployment hovers near twenty per cent Kevin Levangie
Political Beat Writer As of April 30, Northern New Brunswick has lost its largest employer: The Bathurst Brunswick Mine, owned by Spanish mining company Xstrata Zinc. The mine opened in 1964, with an annual production capacity of 3.6 million tonnes of ore, containing mainly zinc, but also lead, copper, and silver. The mine closed due to the depletion of the ore body, after 49 years of operation and 120 million tonnes of ore extracted. According to Xstrata, the Brunswick Mine employed 7,000 people over the course of its productive run. At the time of closure, the mine employed 700 people in an area of the province notorious for its underemployment. To ease the effects of the closure on
A project at Salem Elementary School recieved MASU funding. (Lea Foy/Argosy)
the employees, Xstrata, the provincial government, and the United Steel Workers Union have collaborated to create a “Mine Transition Centre,” aiming to increase the job-finding prospects of the workers. Finding well paying, labour-oriented jobs, such as those of the Brunswick Mine, will be difficult to come by without a move “out west” for these newly unemployed miners, as many other residents of the Atlantic provinces have found in recent years. The closure comes against a backdrop of tough economic times for New Brunswickers. In April, the unemployment rate for the province climbed to ten-point-five per cent. However the province-wide statistics do not tell the whole story: while Southern New Brunswick maintains unemployment figures in the single digits, the Northern region between Miramichi and Campbellton, including Bathurst, has an unemployment rate above twenty percent. And many New Brunswickers claim that the unemployment problem has been exacerbated by new federal policies restricting access to Employment Insurance. The new EI reforms require
workers to prove they are actively searching for a job every day that they are receiving EI benefits, and sorts workers into three tiers of applicants. The tier each applicant occupies determines what sort of pay cut he or she is required to accept in a new job, lest his or her EI be cut off. For workers in relatively isolated or economically struggling areas, these reforms could make life a great deal more difficult. As unemployed members of the potential workforce leave New Brunswick in search for work that allows them to maintain a familiar standard of living, the available workforce shrinks. As described by NB Liberal MP Dominic Leblanc, “employers can’t recruit employees, [and] it will have an economic impact that will hit the entire province.” Acadie-Bathurst NDP MP Yvon Godin expressed his concern about the recent Employment Insurance reforms, saying that the largest northern industries are “fisheries and peat moss. These are seasonal jobs.” With the closure of a reliable and well paying segment of Bathurst’s economy and new EI restrictions, the economic future of Northern New Brunswick looks uncertain.
Over 260,000 dead in Somalia famine
A recent study has shown that the 2010-2012 Somali famine killed nearly 260,000 people. Half that number were children under the age of five. The famine was caused by severe drought, and worsened by internal conflict. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation believe that humanitarian aid should have been provided more quickly. The famine is one of the many major hunger crises in Africa, with one of the most recent affecting Niger in 2010.
US admits it considered arming Syrian rebels
United States defence secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed that the US was reconsidering its option to provide weapons to Syrian rebels, but also says that no decision has been made. Although US officials are reluctant with regard to direct military intervention, many officials expressed the view that arming rebels is simply the “least bad” option. Since violence began in Syria in March 2011, over 70,000 people have been killed.
Iranians found guilty as terrorist threats to Kenya
Ahmad Mohammed and Sayed Mousavi are facing up to fifteen years in prison after having been caught with thirty-three pounds of explosives in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. They have been accused of belonging to a terrorist network planning to blow up British, US and Israeli targets in Nairobi and Mombasa. After their arrests in June of 2012, they denied all charges. Kenyan police maintain that another accomplice remains at large.
Ottawa couple can no longer care for autistic son
Phillip Telford, a nineteen-year-old with autism, was left at a provincial Development Services Ontario after his parents say they realized they could no longer care for him. His rare type of autism leaves Telford unable to speak, interacting as a two-year-old would. He also has been diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome and diabetes. The man’s mother said that she can no longer take care of him, and she did not feel that he was safe at home. He has been placed in a group home for the time being, and would also get medical care for his diabetes. Telford was left in the care of Services Ontario after his mother contacted various levels of government and been repeatedly told that there was no room for her son in the crowded, under-funded social system.
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An Argosy run down of coming events in Sackville Friday Alumni Reunion Registration May 10, 9:00am Campbell Hall CEO Forum May 10, 3:30-5:30pm Brunton Auditorium Alumni Welcome Back Dinner May 10, 5:30-7:30pm WMSC President’s Welcome Reception for Alumni May 10, 7:30-9:00pm Owens Art Gallery Mellotones Concert May 10, 9:00-12:30pm Jennings Hall
Sunday Breakfast May 12, 8:00-10:00am Jennings Hall Chapel Service for Alumni, Graduating Students & Friends May 12, 10:30am University Chapel Brunch May 12, 11:30am-12:30pm Jennings Hall Convocation Weekend Recital May 12, 2:00pm Brunton Auditorium Tintamarre presents: ALBUM May 12, 4:00-5:00pm Tweedie Hall
Breakfast May 11, 8:00-10:00am Jennings Hall
Regents, Members of Senate, Faculty and Graduating Class form the Procession May 12, 7:00pm Basement of Convocation Hall
Alumni Reunion Registration continues May 11, 9:00am Campbell Hall
Baccalaureate Service - Guest speaker: Bill Blaikie May 12, 7:30pm Convocation Hall
Alumni Annual General Meeting May 11, 9:00am Crabtree Auditorium
Parents & Family Reception May 12, 9:30pm Tweedie Hall
President’s Meet & Greet for Graduates & Parents May 11, 10:30-11:30am Cranewood, 113 Main Street
Alumni Class photos May 11, 11:30am-1:30pm Jennings Hall Mezzanine
Meet to form the Academic Procession including Regents, Senators, Faculty and Guests May 13, 8:45am Tweedie Hall
Mount A Scramble for Alumni May 11, 1:30-3:00pm R. P. Bell Library
Meet to form Students’ Procession May 13, 8:45am Athletic Centre
Alumni 25-Year Pin Ceremony May 11, 3:30pm Convocation Hall
CONVOCATION - Science, Commerce & Arts with Honours or Major in Commerce, Mathematics or Psychology Graduates May 13, 9:30am Bernard Richard will address Convocation Reception to follow, lower level WMSC Majorie Young Bell Convocation Hall
Opening Reception of the Fine Arts Graduating Students’ May 11, 4:00pm Owens Art Gallery Alumni 50-Year Pin Ceremony May 11, 4:30pm Convocation Hall
Luncheon for Honorary Degree Recipients & Invited Guests May 13, 12:00pm Owens Art Gallery
TD Meloche Monnex Alumni Reception May 11, 6:00pm Jennings Hall Mezzanine
Meet to form the Academic Procession including Regents, Senators, Faculty and Guest May 13, 1:45am Tweedie Hall
Alumni Banquet May 11, 7:00pm Jennings Hall
Meet to form Students’ Procession May 13, 1:45am Athletic Centre
Garnet & Gold Gala - A formal event with live music May 11, 10:30pm WMSC
CONVOCATION - Arts, Fine Arts & Music Graduates May 13, 9:30am Deepa Mehta will address Convocation Reception to follow, lower level WMSC Majorie Young Bell Convocation Hall
May 9, 2013
York’s student union has lost sight of what its purpose is Boycotting Israeli academics does nothing for students or peace efforts John Trafford Opinions Editor
Boycotts have done great things for worthy causes in the past. Boycotting can communicate a message that unacceptable actions will not be tolerated, and that people participating in a boycott will have no part of it. However, boycotts can also be based upon misunderstanding and misinformation. These kinds of boycotts can at best, do nothing for the betterment of a cause, and can, at worst, end up being nothing more than expressions of racism and bigotry. York University’s Federation of Students decision to encourage their university to not allow Israeli academics on campus and for York to sell its shares in companies that operate in Israel is an idea fuelled by good intentions that wholly lacks good sense to back it up.
The first problem with the York Federation of Students decision is that it steps so far beyond their mandated area of responsibility that I am puzzled as to why this vote was even considered. Student unions should advocate for students and issues directly affecting them. Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while indeed tragic, directly affects very few Canadian students unless they happen to be from the region, which is an uncommon occurrence. While student unions waste their time lobbying in areas that do not directly affect students, other important areas of student life go ignored. I’ll be frank: the government of Israel does not care at all what the students of York University think, and why would they? The government of Israel listens to other governments, not the concerns of university students. Areas where York University’s Federation of Students could actually make a difference is what the organization should be focusing itself on. Yes, activism is important but it must be directed toward issues in which one can make a real difference. Why could York’s student union not have taken a bold step on an issue that directly affects students? They absolutely could have done so. The only barrier they faced was a misunderstanding of their proper role as York’s student representatives.
Secondly, this move may be designed to encourage an end to hostilities in the decades long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it does little to further that goal. In fact, it only hinders what little chance for peace there is in the region. Lasting peace, the kind that allows societies and people to grow and prosper over the long term, can only be brought about through communication and dialogue. There are three sides to every story: yours, mine and the truth. Only by speaking to those we disagree with can we reach any kind of agreement or peace. Endorsing a move that would stifle Israeli voices on York’s campus would only serve to create an environment dominated by ignorance and misinformation. If Israel is not allowed to voice its side of the argument, how can the truth ever be found? By not allowing Israeli academics on campus, York University would be denied an outlet to receive information from the region, and a means by which they could question the beliefs they hold on the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Every good academic (and student for that matter) knows that questioning one’s beliefs is essential to learning. It would seem that York’s Federation of Students has no desire to learn, but wants only to wallow in their ignorance. Finally, I find the idea of banning academics
from a university campus based only on their nationality as bigoted and borderline racist. The Israelis have a vast amount of varying views on the wars and conflicts their nation has fought. It seems that York’s student union thinks that every single Israeli academic holds the same view, based solely on where they are from, and disregards any individual differences that might exist. Millions of people live in Israel and they have millions of independent views and voices. For York’s Federation of Students to lump Israelis into a single category displays ignorance on their part and does not reflect well on the education they have received at the university. Yes, the government of Israel has committed atrocities against the Palestinians, but the people of Israel are largely peaceful and not all that different from Canadians. Students at York should be ashamed of their student union, which has chosen to paint all Israeli academics with the same brush. Just because I’m a Canadian does not mean that I support Canadian government policies, and the same goes for Israeli academics. The IsraeliPalestinian conflict will never be resolved if we choose to do what the York’s student union has done, and refuse to communicate.
Unpaid internships are unfair, as well as bad for business Labour in exchange for “experience” excludes
but experience in return. It is simply unfair to thousands of Canadian students that have struggled to pay for a university degree to be asked to work for free. Instead of valuable
that use them could ask why I criticize something nobody is forced to participate in. The problem with this type of “volunteering” is that it does not contribute to the common g o o d ,
work experience, many students and graduates are forced to take work that contributes, little, if anything, to their resumes. Being forced to tree plant in B.C. may result in a fun summer and money in your pocket, but it will contribute very little to your career prospects if you, like most people, are not interested in making a living in forestry science. The time immediately following graduation is the time that students need money. To ask them to work for free is contrary to logic. Unpaid internships allow only well-to-do members of society to hone their work skills and advance in their chosen career paths. Its often said that the rich get richer while the poor get poorer; unpaid internships are part of the reason for this. Volunteering is certainly a noble endeavour. Since unpaid internships are volunteer labour, many businesses
but instead to the profits and gains of those firms that utilize unpaid internships. This is a perversion of all that volunteering ought to be. This type of “volunteering” serves only to enrich the pockets of businesses around the country and does little to help people or raise awareness of important issues as true volunteering does. If one allows a firm or business to profit, though their labour, they should be given compensation for that. Imagine if the Canadian Red Cross profited from the work of volunteers who freely donated their time and labour; the outrage would be unimaginable! Similarly, private business has no place using volunteers so that they can profit, offering nothing in compensation except vague notions of “experience.” I thought that we had moved beyond uncompensated labour, but it seems when it comes to young university graduates, uncompensated
labour is alive and well. Profiting off of someone and giving them no compensation is morally reprehensible
firm in the short term but in the long term they only hurt themselves. Firms are
At this time of year, many Mount Allison students are leaving Sackville for the bright horizons of an internship program. Practical experience is invaluable to finding and entering one’s dream career. However, internship programs often have a dark side that is not advertised. Many heading for an internship after graduation will find that, despite the huge amount of labour they may put into their work, and despite all they contribute, they will not be paid for their work. This archaic system is long outdated and does little good for anyone involved, including businesses that think they are getting valuable labour on the cheap. Unpaid internships limit those who can participate in them to the wealthy or those that are able to take out loans to pay for their living expenses. This eliminates many students from the running for internships. Though they may be more than qualified for the job, financial insecurity may prevent them from trading their labour for nothing
a n d bad for business. When firms offer unpaid internships, not only do they exclude thousands of lower income university graduates the opportunity to advance their careers, but they are excluding thousands of potential candidates that could do great things for their business. Sure, they save money in the short term by providing no salary, but in the long run, they unnecessarily limit the qualified talent they can acquire. Essentially, firms unnecessarily limit who can contribute to their operations based on nothing else but the financial security of applicants. A lower-income university graduate may be leaps and bounds ahead of an upper-income graduate in terms of knowledge and skills, but firms deny themselves this talent in their effort to save money. Unpaid internships may benefit a
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losing dollars by chasing after pennies. University graduates are coming out of school buried in debt and firms ask them to work for free. This is totally unfair and shows a callous disregard for forethought on the part of firms. Unpaid internships are a relic of a time when unpaid labour was acceptable, and should be done anyway with. I find it difficult to believe that large businesses are unable to afford minimum wage for an intern who does just as much work as a full-time employee.
my own experience), in relation to the lack of strong student advocacy, as well as deficiency of accessible information and transparency in the administrative process around sexual assault on campus. Here I would further highlight that my letter concerns addressing flaws of the process more-so than the people implementing the process. In conclusion, I will put forward what I want to see come out of my complaint process, and I would like to suggest some positive general directions which I think Mt. A might take towards reducing student vulnerability on campus. Sexual assault, as defined by the Canadian government, is: “A term used to refer to all incidents of unwanted sexual activity, including sexual attacks and sexual touching.” On Nov. 23, 2012, I was sexually assaulted by a Mt. A student while at the Pond. Immediately following the incident, I approached a security staff member who was standing nearby at the door and pointed out my assailant. He told me that he wasn’t able to help me and directed me to the Event Security The following is Student (ESS) a revised version Coordinator who of a letter I wrote On several occassions, in turn provided to President resolutions to the incident me with contact Robert Campbell offered, and information for outlining the were the Head of details of my subsequently rescinded Student Life and experience of Mt. A’s Sexual sexual assault Harassment at Mount d v i s o r . Allison University. I wished to share A On Nov. 27, I contacted the Head of this with the student body in the hopes of spreading awareness about Student Life (HSL) with my complaint serious issues both on our campus, and was told on Nov. 28 that she was and in our University’s policies. waiting on the incident report from the Pond before moving forwards. I expressed my wish to have the incident Dear President Campbell, dealt with before the end of term. On Nov. 30, I received an email My name is Heather Chandler and I’m a fourth year biology major from Mt. A’s Sexual Harassment at Mount Allison. After considerable Advisor (SHA). Due to the busy time reflection, I am writing to you as of year, we agreed to meet in January. On Feb. 13, 2013, I sent an email to a final attempt to get some clarity and resolution around a serious both the Head of Student Life and the incident – my experience of sexual Sexual Harassment Advisor, as I had assault - that took place on campus heard nothing regarding my complaint in late November of this past year. in the intervening time. I asked to be Unfortunately, it is now early April informed on the proceedings, as well and this issue remains unresolved. as asking to meet with the SHA, as For my part, I believe I have taken we’d planned to do so in January. The all the appropriate steps towards HSL responded, citing the Event achieving some resolution (as noted Security report and stating: “To further in this letter), but my experience date I also have not received other of the administrative process around complaints about this individual.” my complaint of sexual assault has She informed me that there was not left me utterly frustrated, confused, sufficient evidence to move forward and also feeling re-victimized. with a complaint. I wrote back, stating A lack of student advocacy and (for the second time) that the security transparency within the university staff had seen my assailant’s face when process appear to lie at the very I pointed him out, as well as the fact heart of this problem. This is clearly that my boyfriend had been with me evidenced through my encounters at the time of the assault. The Head with the Office of the Director of of Student Life told me that with this Student Life and the Office of the “new information” she was willing to Sexual Harassment Advisor. For continue her investigation. The SHA your information, I will briefly was CC’d in this email correspondence outline below how my complaint but still had yet to contact me. On Feb. 20, I informed the HSL that was handled—demonstrating the vulnerability of students within the I had set up a meeting with Pat Joyce current university process (based on (MASU President) to talk through Editor’s note: the following letter chronicles one student’s experience with sexual assault at this university, and her frustration with a system that is not, in her view, designed to accomodate victims’ needs. The Argosy recognizes that sexual assault is a difficult and sensitive issue for victims, witnesses, first responders, and university administrators, and our publication of this letter is not meant to imply wrong-doing on the part administrationor any employee of the university, nor to trivialize the legal structures that administrators must navigate in making our campus safe. Nor do we suggest that sexual harassment and assault are problems exclusive to Mount Allison University, or affect it disproportionately—they are not, and do not. Rather, we hope that through discussion, Mt. A will be able to position itself as a leader in sexual harassment education and response. We cordially invite President Campbell and Mt. A’s administration to publish their response to this letter in The Argosy, online and in print in our next edition. - Richard Kent, Editor-in-Chief
May 9, 2013
Mt. A’s policies regarding sexual harassment and assault and asked if she knew a better way to contact the SHA. On Feb. 21, the SHA emailed me to set up a meeting. I also met with Joyce, who talked me through the policies as well as sending me additional pertinent information in a follow-up email. On Feb. 22, the HSL emailed me with the following: “I have solicited witness statements from the persons you identified. There is sufficient information and I am prepared to move forward with the complaint. As the victim, I wanted to confirm what resolution you are seeking in this case (charges, education, etc.)?” It wasn’t until March 6 I had my very first meeting with the Sexual Harassment Advisor, at which time I had to remind her of significant details re: my complaint (eg. the name of the perpetrator). Subsequently, she proposed three recommendations: 1) that the individual should be banned from the Pond; 2) that the individual should receive education on sexual assault from the Sexual Harassment Advisor; and 3) [recommendation withheld]. On March 20, I was asked into my first meeting with the Head of Student Life to discuss the results of her investigation, when I was told that there was ‘insufficient evidence to move forward with the complaint.’ I asked if the recommendations that the SHA had included were still available for resolution of my complaint and was told that they were. On March 21, I sent a follow-up email to the HSL and the SHA, to inform them that I was planning on celebrating with my rugby team at the Athletic Banquet After-Party at the Pond. I wanted to confirm that the perpetrator would not be in the vicinity since the recommendations were still in place. To this, the HSL responded: “What I am faced with is inconclusive evidence. This means that the information that I have isn’t adding up to a cut and dried situation. There are missing pieces and until these pieces are determined, I am unable to lay charges. That is not to say that charges will not be laid but at this time, to act is premature.” In reply, I asked for her to explain what had changed between Feb. 22, when charges and education were offered, and this point, when nothing is being offered to me in terms of a resolution. As of March 22, after I had sent two requests for clarification around the complaint process, I was invited to set up a meeting with the Head of Student Life on March 25. Due to the time of year and the amount of time this process had already taken, I declined the offer to meet. President Campbell, in order to draw your attention to the overall issues of an absence of student advocacy and transparency in process around sexual assault at Mt. A, I am highlighting (below) some specific problems I faced personally, as I fought to have my complaint acknowledged,
validated and acted upon. to assist complainants through 1) As in the case of physical assault, the complaint process for sexual the security staff that I initially harassment and assault at Mt. A. This process also needs to be made approached on the date of the incident, Nov. 23, should have immediately much more transparent to students – followed up on my complaint. and properly implemented - on the 2) In an email on Feb. 18, the Head basis of the policy that is already in place. Frequent effective training of Student Life informed me that she had interviewed the individual who programs - for staff who could be assaulted me. I do not understand why front-line responders in the event I wasn’t offered the same courtesy, or of sexual harassment or assault of kept informed of my complaint. On students. For example, the security the basis of Mt. A’s Policy - #1003: staff at The Pond would need this kind Policies and Procedures with Respect of mandatory education on sexual to Sexual Harassment: “A complainant violence for the safety of students at has the right… d. to be kept informed Mt. A’s campus. As long as incidents of the status of any proceedings like the one I experienced are allowed under this policy, and e. to receive the to occur without repercussions from results of the investigation in writing.” the university, sexual assault on our 3) On several occasions, resolutions campus will continue to be a serious to the incident were offered, and problem. In addition, I know of many subsequently rescinded. The HSL other students who have had such initially offered to press charges in the negative experiences, or worse, at Mt. A. More generally Mt. A needs to email dated Feb. 22; but this offer was later withdrawn without clear reason focus on changing cultural climate as to why. In our meeting on March 20, and attitudes towards sexual assault when I asked if the recommendations through educational programs and that the SHA provided would still public speakers. This should be a be in effect, the HSL said that significant component of sexual they were. When I tried to confirm harassment and assault prevention this, so that I could feel safe while on campus. They could be brought attending a university event on the in to campus on an annual basis to university campus, I received an email educate students and staff about the from the HSL on March 21 saying terminology and the issues relevant that ‘nothing would be done,’ and to this serious problem on university apologizing for ‘any misunderstanding.’ campuses. For example, when This process has now taken up four Leadership Mount Allison organized months of my final year here at Mt. the visit of retired NFL player Don A. Not only was it not dealt with in McPherson to Mt. A in 2007, he a timely manner, but I’ve consistently gave an excellent public lecture on felt that there is a lack of respect Gender Violence, the Construction of and professionalism, as well as a Masculinity in the Culture of Sports, lack of transparency, in the process. and ran effective workshops with My statements were not properly the Mt. A Mounties. I am told that reviewed at times nor were they taken MacPherson’s positive impact and very seriously. I waited months for influence was widely felt at the time. President Campbell, I am writing to the university’s Sexual Harassment Advisor to schedule a meeting – you because I believe that you have the which I was forced to initiate. Finally, student’s interests at heart. And I don’t the university processes around the think students are currently being served well by Sexual Harassment the university and Assault process around Policy emerged This process has now such serious as inefficient and unclear. taken up four months of issues as assault. I hope I can Since this whole my final year at Mt. A finally get some ordeal has left me satisfactory feeling isolated answers and and in need of outcomes advice I have, writing you directly. in the meantime, approached by one of my professors for support Sincerely, and to act as a sounding board. Heather Chandler In conclusion, I would like to urge the university to bring about Since sending this letter, I have a satisfactory resolution to my own complaint process, and based on my received a response reiterating the experience, I would propose some statement that there is insufficient positive actions that Mt. A might evidence to move forward with my take to rectify the overall problems complaint. Sexual assaults frequently faced by students on these issues. occur without witnesses—a fact I propose the following positive that the policies of our university actions the university might take to are ill equipped to deal with. As improve the experience of Mt. A such, I am hopeful that the many students - particularly as complainants organizations and individuals on trying to get some resolution campus dedicated to positive action through the university process. will continue to support those in There needs to be a student need, and work towards making advocate made available specifically Mt. A a safer environment for all.
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MAY 9, 2013
SUMMER DAZE EDITION
COMMUNITY RADIO NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD CHMA 106.9 FM ENDS THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR WITH A BANG
CHMA’s programmers and staff group photo taken by Kim MacMilan
A Note from the Programming Director Vanessa Blackier At the end of each year I am involved here at CHMA I think: “That’s it, this is the best year CHMA has ever had, there’s no way we can outdo ourselves this time - we’ve plateaued” but each year I am pleasantly surprised when we do inevitably outdo ourselves. It never ceases to amaze me how many amazing people get involved at CHMA and how they up the standard for programming on our airwaves. From thoughtful spoken word programming, cutting edge music shows, to lighthearted talk radio shows; CHMA has great programming of every description, and it’s always a treat to tune in and hear what our
spectacular radio hosts are showcasing on the CHMA airwaves. This year we ended with a stocked schedule of programming each week. There were approximately 55 locally produced programs here on CHMA and over the course of the year more than 100 people involved here at the station. I’m not sure that the 2012-2013 school year was record breaking, but it definitely was one for the books! I would really like to thank from the bottom of my heart all of the staff here at CHMA who’s heartfelt efforts have kept things running like clockwork. Community radio is truly a labour of love, and clearly the staff here at CHMA love radio a lot! Our amazing board of directors also
deserves thanks for their commitment to the station and for always looking out for the best interests of CHMA. No bigger thanks should be sent out than to our wonderful Station Manager who’s kindness and support is the heart of CHMA. We don’t deserve him! Finally, to the wonderful programmers and volunteers, whether you know it or not each and every one of you are truly appreciated here at CHMA. Your enthusiasm and passion for radio is inspiring! To those leaving this year for fairer airwaves, CHMA will truly miss your presence; both on the air and off. It is my hope that you will always treasure your time here at CHMA, and that you will continue to be involved in community radio wherever you might find yourself.
GET INVOVLED WITH RADIO THIS SUMMER! Have you always thought about getting a radio show, but never really had the time? Well now might be the perfect opportunity for you to start! CHMA is looking for people to get involved this summer hosting their own radio shows, volunteering at the station, and contributing to Boardwalk Radio. What better way to chase away those summer doldrums than by finally taking the plunge and getting your own radio show! Whether you’ve got an amazing taste for music, an innate knack for interviewing and talking with people, or just a desire to get involved with community radio, CHMA is the place for you! There are plenty of ways to get involved and at various levels of commitment. CHMA offers weekly newcommer sessions throughout the summer every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm- no experience necessary! CHMA is located on the third floor of the Wallace McCain Student Centre. Orientation sessions are 15 minutes long and include a tour of the station. At the end you can find out more ways to get involved in your campus and community radio station! Getting involved in community radio is a wonderful experience, and once you start you won’t believe it took you so long to get on air! For more information please contact email@example.com or phone 364-2221. Alternate times for orientation sessions can be made upon request.
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May 9, 2013
Ducky’s the venue?
A brief summer festival guide
A look forward into what Ducky’s has got in store
Six Canadian music jamborees that could make your summer
One of Sackville’s best-loved bars experienced a return to the land of the living approximately one month ago, after starting off the year with a move across the downtown core. Though the move was marred by unanticipated issues, Ducky’s is finally open. In addition to crafting a slightly different atmosphere, Ducky’s new location opened a window of opportunity for the bar to redefine itself as a live music venue. A more spacious interior means that shows can be held there, while still leaving room to make it to the bar for another drink. On April 16, Ducky’s hosted its first show in celebration of local musician and Mount Allison student Lucas Hicks’s 19th birthday. The line-up consisted of former Haligonian and current Sackville music staple Jon McKiel, the Mouthbreathers, and, of course, Hicks himself. Every performance resonated well with the crowd, featuring music from the Mouthbreathers’ new Stone Soup and Hicks’s Slower EPs alongside McKiel’s customarily great lyricism and haunting melodies. The elevated stage adjacent to the bar proved itself
a perfect addition to the show, considering that, despite Sackville’s vibrant music scene, elevation is a rarity outside Sappyfest and George’s. Although the bar’s small stage, normally adorned with a foosball table, was not planned, having existed there before the bar itself, Ducky’s does plan to put it to use. Shows will be hosted in the bar approximately once a month, the next of which will be happening on May 17. On this day, Picaroons will be sponsoring a “taps takeover”, during which fourteen of their brews will be featured on tap, with Prince Edward Island trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin providing live entertainment. The band, who play a mixture of traditional Irish and francophone music, will perfectly match the wood panels in Ducky’s booths and the beers on tap that evening. Most folk music can stir up an East Coast crowd with ease but Ten Strings and a Goat Skin’s particular brand of live music is uncommonly easy to enjoy; their songs are at times so infectious that they leave the audience with nothing to do but clap along with the sincere and meticulous composed pieces. Their debut album, Tri, won the Roots Traditional Recording of the Year Award at the 2012 Music PEI Awards, and the group is making a name for itself around the Maritimes as a premium folk band. What will come next can only be speculated upon, but the future appears bright for Ducky’s. With Sappyfest quickly approaching, the bar is poised to take its rightful place in the heart of Sackville, as the microcosm of the Mt. A and Sackville communities at large.
Ducky’s new location allows the bar to take advantage of opportunities as a venue. (Lea Foy/Argosy)
Norman Nehmetallah Entertainment Editor
While the beginning of a typical university student’s summer is often marked by frantic job-hunting and blissful nothingness, partaken in as a reaction to the stresses imbued upon students by final exams, the month of May also tends to signify the stirring up of a restlessness, and an acute desire not to waste the precious four months ahead. With this in mind, we here at The Argosy’s Entertainment offices (which happen to be unkempt bedrooms of young men in mid-to-large cities in Ontario) have compiled a list of interesting and affordable music festivals to punctuate your summer. No matter what province or territory one lives in, there are almost certainly music festivals nearby to help whittle away a few weekends. Here are our top selections, chosen in an astoundingly arbitrary manner and listed by region (in accordance with the Canadian Senate divisions): Maritimes (New Brunswick): An obvious inclusion on this list, Sappyfest is arguably Sackville’s most highly anticipated event of the year. While all-inclusive passes are 19+, minors are free when accompanied by a passholding parent or legal guardian. As one of the country’s most affordable festivals, passes are a hilariously specific $106.19. Sappyfest, which will be held on August 2-4 this year, can be researched thoroughly at www.sappyfest.com. Newfoundland and Labrador: While little has been announced about the festival at the time of writing, the Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival is self-described in the following manner: “Wreckhouse speaks to the undeniable force of nature – the wind. Its aweinspiring landscape and hurricane force winds are truly legendary. It’s the windiest place in Newfoundland and Labrador (one of the windiest in Canada) complete with colorful folklore and harrowing tales that makes the place larger than life.” Transpiring from July 10-13, Wreckhouse is a beautiful typification of Atlantic Canada’s cultural diversity. Their website will provide more details about this year’s festival in the coming weeks: www.wreckhousejazzandblues.com. Territories (Yukon): Constantly described as one of Canada’s most diverse, intimate, and isolated music festivals, this year’s incarnation of the Dawson City Music Festival, which will span from July 19 – 21, is already endowed with an impressive line-up, which includes folk, hip-hop, and alternative country. The Dawson City Music Festival bills itself as, aside from
a stellar festival, a “gateway to the Klondike region, [where one can] hike in the Tombstone Mountains, pan for gold at the Discovery Free Claim, [and lazily] paddle down the Yukon River under the midnight sun.” Tickets are $135, although one should be wary of additional travel costs necessitated by the festival’s location. More information can be found at www.dcmf.com. Quebec: The Festival d’été de Québec is one of this country’s most musically, linguistically, and culturally diverse festivals, as well as one of its largest. At a scant $73, attending this tenday ( July 4-14) monolithic festival is sure to be the highlight of anyone’s summer. With a program that includes indie pop icons, 1960s groups, and the Wu-Tang Clan, Quebec City’s Summer Festival boasts this year’s best festival schedule north of the USA. Additionally, the Festival d’été de Québec hosts an award ceremony, complete with large monetary prizes, for those artists who are on its program. More information can be found, in either French or English, at www.infofestival.com. Ontario: Hillside Music Festival is “a notfor-profit music festival that celebrates creativity through artistic expression, community engagement and environmental leadership.” The July 26-28 festival is located on the scenic Guelph Lake Island and is one of the most environmentally friendly festivals in Canada, going so far as to offer kale seedlings to those who purchase their tickets at the festival’s offices. While Hillside’s incredible, renowned community often results in the selling out of weekend passes within a half hour, day passes are often easier to obtain and are well worth their price to experience the multitudinous food vendors, workshops, and performances of the weekend. Weekend passes are $125 and more information can be found at www.hillsidefestival.ca. Western Canada (Alberta): To put it simply and colloquially, the Calgary Folk Music Festival does not muck about; it is a behemoth event that must be experienced. Most notable, besides its line-up of established, marquee, and unwarrantedly unheralded musicians and groups, is the festival’s “collaborative sessions, [in which they] group disparate artists loosely by themes, encouraging them to collaborate on each other’s material, creating coveted oncein-a-lifetime opportunities for audiences and artists alike”. This four-day festival runs from July 25-28, with passes costing $175, although student passes are a scant $120. Research this festival at www.calgaryfolkfestival.com. Hop on a bus, plane, train, or pickup truck and get yourself to one of these festivals. You will not be disappointed. However, a word of warning may be warranted: Music festivals are, despite their carefree, communal nature, often infested with drugs, false moral superiority, and a devastating lack of hygienic consciousness. While navigating these perilous aspects can be daunting, the pay-off is nearly always worth it.
New History Warfare Volume 3: To See More Light is the third and final instalment of Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare project, released by Montreal’s Constellation Records. Throughout the seven year series, there is evidence of evolution in Stetson’s music that accompanies the ominous, apocalyptic sounds; a prevalent theme of isolation; and a constant push toward musical experimentation. To See More Light is sentimental in a way that the previous volumes are not, providing closure and a natural conclusion. This is fostered by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver’s signature falsetto vocals, which appear on a number of the tracks. The album is a masterpiece of technique; all of Stetson’s instrumentation was recorded in live takes using unconventional microphone placements to emphasize the perfection of his playing. His breathing and finger work can be clearly heard on a number of tracks, allowing the music to breathe and move itself. - Cameron McIntyre
≈ Volume 3: To See More Light
Sentimental reactions to the Sappyfest line-up Sackville’s Sappyfest 8 shaping up to be an event not to miss Cameron McIntyre Entertainment Writer
It’s already May and, consequently, Sappyfest is just around the corner. Frequently described as “the best music festival east of Montreal,” the yearly musical weekend never fails to disappoint, having featured in the past bands and artists like Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Arcade Fire, and Mount Eerie. Being consistently enjoyable for a diverse audience is a challenge with which even large festivals struggle, yet year after year Sappyfest never fails to have so many good shows, often requiring one to run around town in an attempt to catch every single aspect of the weekend’s itinerary. This year promises to be no different; despite only the first five bands and artists having been announced, it appears as if the festival is going to exceed expectations. Here is a brief overview of the five bands that are currently scheduled to play: The Luyas, a four-piece band hailing from Montreal, have a carefully curated sound of haunted beauty in their music. Their traditional pop aspects are accompanied by dark undertones and orchestral overtones, which lend the music a coldness that convey an unforced sense of dread and tension. These
subtleties help to differentiate the Luyas from other bands of the same genre, and often the same city. Featuring some very odd instruments in their arsenal, including the French horn, an electronic organ, and a moodswinger—a kind of electronic zither—with carefully placed electronic and strings accompaniment, they have a particularly complex and fascinating soundscape at their fingertips. Recently graduating to headliner status with the release of their new album The Animator in October of last year, the band has embraced the opportunity to experiment that is often a result of even minor success. If musical aesthetics are your thing, the Luyas are a band to be excited about. Washington D.C. garage rockers Chain and the Gang combine their early punk stylings with elements of funk, blues, and a multitude of other genres, resulting in an end product that can be described as fluctuating punk that ranges from the intensely politically-motivated to the downright hilarious. Most notably, their music exudes an air of political satire at times. A live performance promises to be a great one, considering their oath to “bring a movable riot into the local clubhouse” on their record label’s website, which isn’t surprising at all considering the openness and raw ability for their brand of music to draw in even an unfamiliar crowd. All music brings people together, but Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens’ blend of soul and gospel music forges a particularly powerful bond between audiences. The raw spirituality that can be felt in every song encourages belief in something transcendental and builds a true sense of community—all through a shared
musical experience. Shelton herself has a lifetime of experience in singing, hailing from a family of singers. According to a variety of reviewers, her voice is unique and capable, and is enhanced by the seemingly eternal youthful energy and power that she demonstrates while performing. Her long career has taken her from singing gospel in churches while growing up in Alabama, to the cultural Mecca of New York, where she spent a majority of her life performing soul music, as well as the international stage of our own Sackville, New Brunswick. This isn’t going to be one you want to miss, folks. When it comes to hip hop, the Underachievers may be right: “music ain’t been this good since, like, the ‘90s.” Representing the Beast Coast, a large New York collective, which includes Pro Era and A$AP Mob, the Underachievers released their first full-length album, Indigoism, in February of this year. The beats, which tend toward the ethereal and allow for their impressive lyricism to truly shine through, keep their flow relentless throughout the album. Despite the often contrasting pace of beats and lyricism, Issa Dash and AK, who comprise the duo, work well together because of their common psychedelic influences. As a whole, their influences are extremely tame, with none so overbearing as to dominate a listener’s focus, a fate that many hip-hop albums fall victim to; this self-awareness allows the album’s originality to exist as its focus. There are elements of ‘60s psychedelic rock, ‘90s era Wu Tang Clan, southern rap, ambient house, and countless other genres that are expertly blended to create something that feels new and instantly likeable.
Coming off the release of his fifth full-length album, New History Warfare Vol. 3 (a review of which is featured in this issue), Montreal saxophonist Colin Stetson is the fifth and final of the announced artists. As a contributor, Stetson is ubiquitous, having appeared alongside Bon Iver, Tom Waits, Feist, and the Arcade Fire, to name a few. His experimental take on jazz has resulted in the creation of his unique, often abrasive, and perpetually interesting sound. Various saxophones provide the backbone of his recordings, with a large amount of effects layered on that allow for massive variations in his sound – a sound that ranges from drones to melodic cascades; at various points in his music, Stetson can even be heard singing through his horn. Despite his range, there is very little overdubbing found throughout Stetson’s discography, with almost all music recorded as live, single takes. This means that during a live set, one may be justified in expecting the unexpected. Free jazz has a loose form by definition, but combined with Stetson’s mastery of the live take, this show will undoubtedly be a festival highlight. Sappyfest’s line-up focuses on artists with storied live performances, as every act announced thus far appears more than capable of proverbially burning the house down. And this is only the tip of the iceberg; to speculate on what is to come and get caught up in the rumour mill gets the heart pounding and makes it seem like sitting at a computer and hitting refresh on a page all night is a night well spent. While one can expect most of Sackville’s local favourites to be in attendance, the rest of line-up could consist of anyone.
Sappyfest has never failed to blow us away. These photos present just a taste of what last year had to offer those fortunate enough to attend Sappyfest 7. (Lea Foy/Argosy)
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May 9, 2013
The Frances S. Allison Award Jenifer Boyce
The Don Norton Memorial Award David Summerby-Murray
The Crake Foundation William B. Sawdon Award Carly Levy
Golden A Awards Laura Boyd Patrick Joyce Stephen Spence Michael Watkins
Dear Class of 2013, It is with great enthusiasm, deep admiration and a touch melancholy that I write to congratulate you at this special time. You represent one of the largest and most successful classes in Mount Allison’s history – and for that alone you will always be remembered. You have made an enormous impact on me and on my family. It has been great fun and a real privilege to meet, chat and engage with you over the years, whether at events or in activities, while walking across campus, in classrooms, at events or at Cranewood or in downtown Sackville. You have been enthusiastic, terrific and engaged students, and you have added so much to our Mount Allison and to Sackville communities. I applaud your capacity to have taken in and benefited from all the
Contemporary Community Award Eric LaPointe ‘00
J.E.A. Crake Teaching Awards Dr. Andrew Wilson Dr. Tyson MacCormack Dr. David Thomas
Paul Paré Medal Dr. David Hornidge activities, people and experiences of our community, while at the same time surviving and indeed excelling in your academic programmes. The Mount Allison and Sackville traditions represent a long, historical extension of the grand University experience, whereby students leave their home environments to enter a new world and a new community. And, in this new environment, you have been asked to find yourselves and to help build your own community. You have done this in an enormously successful and consequential way. I am confident that you have gone a long way to discovering who you are, what your values are, what makes you ‘tick’, and how you want to live your lives. And I am also confident that - now that you have learned to survive and flourish in this social laboratory called Mount Allison,
Sackville, New Brunswick - you are ready to go on and do the same in the communities that you join. I appreciate that for many of you, this is a bittersweet moment – perhaps even a melancholy moment – at a point of moving on from this memorable, halcyon Mount Allison stage in your life. But I feel that you will ‘live forever’ at Mount Allison and that you will always be a part of the Mount Allison community – and that the Mount Allison experience will in turn be a part of you forever. So – to the Graduating Class of 2013: well done, thanks for the memories, good luck in the future, and do keep in touch. It has been terrific, and we are proud of you. Robert Campbell President and Vice-Chancellor Mount Allison University
Approximately 500 students make up Mt. A’s 150th grad class: B.A.: 268* B.Sc.: 154* B.Comm.: 37* B.F.A.: 23* B.Mus.: 15* M.Sc.: 1* About 100* students to graduate with distinction About 60* students to recieve internal prizes and awards
* All figures are approximate
Charles Frederick Allison Award Sandra (MacMillian) Murray ‘59
The Charlie Hunter Award Stephen Bradford
Lifetime Acheivement Award Alex Morrison ‘68 The BarrittMarshall Award Caroline (Xiao Tong) Wong
30th Herbert and Leota Tucker Teaching Award Dr. Fiona Black
Class of ’33 Award Mitali Sharan Haruho Kubota Gil Latter Memorial Award Chris Vizena Sources: The Crake-Sawdon Committee, the Mount Allison University Alumni Office, Marketing and Communications Office, and Registrar’s Office.
Dear Class of 2013, The Argosy welcomes over 400 alumni and friends for their reunions this year: Classes of ’43, ’48, ’53, ’58, ’59, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93 ’98, ’03, ’08 The Commerce Reunion The Swimmer’s Reunion
We first and foremost wish to congratulate you on this immense achievement – graduating from one of the top universities in the country is certainly no small feat. Your contributions to the Mount Allison community, both academic and extra-curricular will be remembered and cherished for years to come. As members of the Mount Allison Students’ Union during your time at Mount Allison, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks for your support and contribution to the betterment of students’ lives at our university. It has been our utmost pleasure to serve you, your interests and to provide you with the best services that we can in the interest of improving your experience at Mount
Allison. Without your support, our union would not be possible and the goals we strive to achieve would remain unfulfilled. As you leave our school and venture into your lives beyond the walls of this institution, we wish you the best of luck and success in all of your future endeavors. We take great pride in the accomplishments of our student body, both as current students and as alumni. Your achievements within and without our university have made not only the university proud, but have also made your fellow students proud to be Mounties. Our graduates have gone on to achieve great things; from being in the top of their fields in research, to enjoying successful careers and most of all going on to enjoy fulfilling lives beyond the worlds of
academia and business. Our alumni set examples and act as role models not only for students at this school, but also help us to learn how to better serve students as the Mount Allison Students’ Union. Their work in bettering student lives will continue on for years to come, and for that, we owe them our greatest thanks. To the graduating class of 2013 – thank you and good luck, we know that you will all go on to achieve great things, and as clichéd as it may be, the sky truly is the limit. Sincerely, Melissa O’Rourke President Mount Allison Student’s Union
ARTS & LITERATURE
May 9, 2013
Fine Arts graduates featured in Owens exhibition
Mount Allison’s outgoing class of Bachelor of Fine Arts students are exhibiting some of their best work at the Owens Gallery. The grad show will remain open until June 23. (Richard Kent/Argosy)
A great variety of artwork from talented grads Daniel Marcotte
Arts & Literature Writer The Owens Art Gallery’s current exhibition features a culmination of the collective and individual talents of the 2013 graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Mount Allison University. Over twenty students contributed selected artistic projects to showcase their abilities and display a final commemoration of both their shared and personal experiences in the undergraduate
stage of their artistic careers. The most impressive aspect of many of these projects is their diversity and scope. Danica Lundy’s project entitled “The Bruise Bank” consists of hundreds of “bruises” made from felted wool that represent a collection of photographs of actual bruises and wounds. Another popular favourite was Carson Isenor’s “Nest”, a walkin beehive-like structure crafted entirely out of plywood and planks of poplar, cedar, and birch. Finally, Claire Ellen Paquet awed observers with “Ursula”, a bedroom area filled with paintings, a Ouija board, prayer beads, and other symbols of mystic or even spiritual import. Other exhibits were smaller or more simplistic in composition, but just as meaningful and effective.
Diana Goodwin’s “Ten and Two” is a collection of detailed drawings that invoke vivid images of Alice in Wonderland using only ink and graphite. Danielle Jongeneel’s monotypes, entitled “A Night in the Park”, “Light over Water”, and “Rainy Night” also utilize a brilliant interplay between dark and light. This list is not exhaustive due to the vast array of these artistic pieces; however the quality of each piece and the exhibit as a whole hardly requires explanation. For some students, this exhibit along with the graduation season as a whole is a time of reflection and contemplation. The Argosy interviewed Nick McDonald from Vancouver, British Columbia, a fifth-year Mt. A fine arts graduate who discussed his experiences with the program. He
said the greatest skill he learned from the program was the development of a “sense of style and art” and a realization of his own creative method or niche through experimentation. The Owens currently features McDonald’s abstract painting entitled “Through the Trees”, a style and medium that he was less familiar with. Because the Fine Arts program requires students to explore a wide variety of techniques and styles, students are often confronted with projects and assignments that challenge them and expand their artistic repertoire. “It was different to do something abstract, but I really enjoyed it and I learned quite a lot”, says McDonald in response to this process. While he intends to pursue non-art related professions after
graduation including ESL learning and a Bachelor of Education at Acadia or UNB, McDonald does not regret his time at Mt. A and hopes to continue his passion for artistic expression. He laments the difficulty and competitiveness of the world of a freelance artist, but reminds us that there are always alternative methods to explore one’s passions in achievable ways. “I really want to teach kindergarten and preschool... but I could probably find a way to teach art as well”, says McDonald. The exhibition has been on display since April 19, and will continue to be available to the viewing public until June 23.
Struts Gallery’s long-time co-ordinator retires John Murchie bids farewell
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Last week, one of Sackville’s most active galleries bade farewell to one of its most prolific contributors to the arts, as John Murchie retired as Coordinator of Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre on March 31. Murchie had served in the position since 2003. Since moving to Sackville in 1990, Murchie has been an integral part of the artistic community, becoming Chairman of the former Atlantic Waterfowl Celebration, serving on the boards of CHMA Radio, Eyelevel Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, and ArtsAtlantic magazine, as well as helping draft a cultural policy for the Town of Sackville. In his time as Coordinator of the Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre,
Murchie played an important role in the growth of the centre’s media arts facilities, residencies, annual festivals, and programming, as well as serving as a mentor to students, artists, and community members. Murchie’s influence as an advocate for the arts extends far beyond Sackville. Murchie had previously served as Director of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Library from 1972 to 1990, and Associate Curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from 1995 to 2000. He has undertaken national curatorial projects and has exhibited performance art, installations, and paintings in galleries and festivals across Canada, including Eyelevel Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Mercer Union, Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre, Nickle Arts Museum, Khyber Art Centre, Stride Gallery, Latitude 53, SAW Gallery, and the Mountain Standard Time Festival.
Murchie’s likeness came in handy for revellers at Struts’ 30th Anniversary. (Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Arts Centre/Submitted)
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History and art come together for an emotive showing “Army Dreamers” features trench art and war brides
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In a display of the emotional and artistic elements of the world wars, the Owens Art Gallery presented a historically oriented collection entitled “Army Dreamers” from March 15 to April 28. Curated by Rebecca Blankert, the collection featured an assortment of “trench art” created by soldiers during World War I, in addition to contemporary pieces by Bev Tosh that highlight the perspectives and experiences of Canadian and European war brides. Trench art was often constructed using rifle casings, empty artillery shells, gas masks, grenades, pins or buttons, and virtually any item commonly accessible to soldiers in trenches or dugouts. Because World War I was historically the first highly “mechanized” war due to technological advances in modern weaponry and warfare, these items would be viewed by soldiers as possessing immensely devastating associations and capabilities. As this exhibit demonstrates, however, these objects of war were viewed by some as outlets for expression and escape in such a terrifying world. Many of the pieces displayed in the Owens’ exhibit consist of domestic objects, such as Corporal Frank Alexander Cameron’s “Tea Set” from 1905 and a lamp created by the Red Chevron Association of Nova Scotia. The striking contrast between the deadly purpose of the pieces utilized and the domestic purpose of the finished product could suggest an attempt to restore humanity or even household practicality to a place where both of these were frequently absent. In addition, Blankert points out that the Red Chevron Association’s collaborative effort on their lamp also represented a culmination
“Army Dreamers” approaches the two world wars through artistic and emotional expression. (Richard Kent/Argosy) of the regiment’s “camaraderie and connection” that identified them as “brothers in arms”. In response to these memoirs and artistic products of war, Bev Tosh’s contemporary collection reflects the experiences of women who married soldiers and emigrated from Europe after the conclusion of World War II in order to make a new life in Canada. Tosh’s art showcases the leap of faith made by tens of thousands of women in an attempt to highlight their collective and individual bravery, which is often underrepresented in our history books and cultural narratives.
Tosh’s collage of photographs, drawings, and written messages entitled “Whispering Wall” introduces the exhibit, and is arranged to illustrate the vastness of individual experiences that are all a crucial part of our Canadian heritage. Each photo and drawing portrays each war bride in a different light, accentuating the complexity of the emigration experience and the impact that it has upon identity. A similar effect is achieved with Tosh’s collection entitled “Shoulder-to-Shoulder”, a series of painted wooden boards that also feature a diverse array of war brides and an invocation of their importance
with regard to both Canadian and world history. Through the Owens’ exhibit, both Bev Tosh and the collective trench artists successfully shed light upon perspectives and aspects of war that are not commonly discussed or explored. Trench art and the war brides demonstrate that the battles themselves are only a small part of the effects and experiences of these historical events. The exhibition also highlights the important truth that the shock of war can occasionally be countered with glimmers of opportunity and hope.
Getting to the bottom of those guilty pleasures Embracing artistic nostalgia Julia McMillan
Arts & Literature Editor
Admit it, music snobs: amid your grandiose collection of hip, undiscovered indie music lies the ever embarrassing Flo Rida, Pussycat Dolls, and Black Eyed Peas albums. Art snobs, you’re not completely innocent either. Even though you’re all about your carefully composed and artfully developed film photographs, the favourite photo you’ve ever taken is the duck-faced digital selfie you took of you and your friends in high school. And let’s not ignore the film geek who revels in foreign art house films, but hides an unconditional love
for Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Even though we might try to pretend that we have only the most refined artistic taste, it’s clear that sometimes all we want to do is watch the The Notebook or read Us Weekly. But these so-called “guilty pleasures” don’t mean that our artistic standards have lowered. They don’t make us shameful posers. We shouldn’t even feel guilty about loving these things in the first place. The fact that I will forever dance my heart out to the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good eighteenth century opera aria or an emerging Canadian band. These things are not mutually exclusive. The reasons we love things that would seemingly contradict our usual artistic tastes are simple: common experience and memory. Art creates a profound and tangible connection to memory that is unmatched by
anything else we know. Art is history. It’s a way to access the past in its most realistic, vivid form. I believe that art, in any medium, has the power to connect a group of people who otherwise have nothing in common. Let’s refer back to my love for the Black Eyed Peas. In my first year at Mount Allison, “I Gotta Feeling” was our frosh week anthem. The Orientation Committee would blast this song back to back for hours, all the while forcing us to repeat hipthrusting cheers and chants (and if you remember your own frosh week, you know I’m not exaggerating). By the end of the week, this song had become the unifying element among a group of students who didn’t yet know each other, didn’t know Sackville, and didn’t know what they were in for as they began their first year of university. Amazingly, this stupidly catchy song was able to create a lasting connection
between everyone in the class of 2014. However, this art-induced nostalgia isn’t limited to music. Virtually any artistic medium can evoke the same connection to a person, a place, or an experience. A film, for example, can transport us back to a distinct aesthetic state of being. It doesn’t matter if the film you love is a revered feat of genius, or a guilt-ridden love affair like High School Musical (not for me, obviously…). Movies take us out of our own skin and remind us of a memory or a version of ourselves that we sometimes ignore. Literature is another powerful way to remember a forgotten version of yourself. As an English major, I’ve read Jane Eyre about a million times. However, each time I read it, I discover something new, and oftentimes these discoveries are not limited to the text. I can remember who I was the last time I read it, or who it reminded me
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of, and what it taught me then. Even though the words don’t change, my experiences and maturity levels have. This is the wonderful thing about a work of art: it doesn’t change. We, the audience, change. And we can measure these changes by revisiting a piece of work time and again. Art is our connection to the past. Overtime, our personal tastes evolve, and we might grow out of things we once loved. We begin to feel embarrassed by those things, just because they don’t “fit” with who we are now—hence our guilty pleasures. But a guilty pleasure is a pleasure for a reason. It’s an extension of ourselves and our experiences. So go ahead; read People Magazine with pride while rocking out to Fall Out Boy, and revel in your nostalgia without pretending that you’re reading Kafka and listening to some band you’ve probably never heard of.
May 9, 2013
NASA discovers planets capable of supporting life Keplar telescope finds two far away planets Allison O’Reilly
NASA’s Keplar telescope has discovered two new planets in distant solar systems that seem ideal for life to flourish. These planets are the best candidates for habituation found so far by NASA’s planet-hunting telescope. According to scientists, the planets are just the right size and distance from their star to support life. These factors point to the possibility of having water, which is a pre-requisite for some sort of life to exist. Since 1995, over 700 planets have been discovered outside of Earth’s solar system (these planets are known as exoplanets). Many of these planets are not in the habitable zone, an area that is neither too hot or too cold for liquid water, an essential component for supporting life. Only a handful of exoplanets have been found
in the ideal zone, but are too big to support life. Scientists suspect these planets to be gas balls like Neptune. The two new planets, named Keplar62-e and Keplar-62-f, are just right. They both circle the same orange dwarf star in the Lyra constellation, and are close together in distance—closer together than Earth and Mars, our neighbour. The star they orbit is 7 billion years old—
approximately 2.5 billion years older
than our sun. The planets are 1,200 light years away from Earth (a light year is 10 trillion kilometres). Both
planets are wider than Earth. Keplar-62-e has warm temperatures,
comparable to Hawaii, and Keplar-
62-f has cooler temperatures, comparable to Alaska. Debate is ongoing as to which planet is likely to be better suited for life: researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggest that both planets are potentially water worlds,
meaning that their surfaces are completely covered by a global ocean with no land in sight. A third planet, Keplar69-c, is 70 percent larger than the size of Earth, and also orbits the habitable zone. Astronomers are uncertain about its ability to support life, due to its size. It is suggested that this planet’s composition is similar to that of Earth’s neighbouring planet Venus. The detection and confirmation of planets is an enormously collaborative effort. The mass and composition of the new planets are not yet confirmed, but previous studies of exoplanets that are similar in size allow the planets’ masses to be estimated by association. The discovery of these planets in the habitable zone marks an important milestone in the search for planets where life could exist. Through this discovery, scientists are able to support their academic theories on life supporting planets with newly acquired knowledge.
Gamers benfit from coaching Conference hosts green leaders XBOX tournament unites Canadian gamers Martin Omes Science Writer This past weekend I attended the Ultimate Gaming Challenge in Niagara Falls, Ontario as the coach of a gaming team. The event brought the top gamers from around the country to decide who Canada’s greatest teams are at Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, and NHL 13. Even though I have not been able to contribute that much on the competing side recently, I decided to use my knowledge of gaming with teamwork and coach a Halo team that weekend. What might surprise many people who are not familiar to the gaming scene is that a coach is crucial to success. Gaming teams rely upon the coach and has a huge impact on more than just sports in the world today. With the timing of power weapons, strategies, formation changes, and even mental toughness, the coach is an integral part of the competitive gaming world. I was able to bring a friend of mine with me this weekend, allowing him to experience his first gaming event in person. There is so much more you get to see by being there live rather than watching it on television or on the computer. With only one game being streamed at a time, you are able to experience many different games, meet many different people, and being able to build lasting friendships, just by attending.
Having a weekend with a gaming team is a feeling similar to having a reunion with your high school buddies who you have not seen in years, and want to make the best of while you have the chance. My team consisted of three top players from Ontario, including TBS’s King of the Nerds show champion Celeste “Bittersweet” Anderson, one of the top female gamers in the world, and a player from Indiana who drove 9 hours to attend this event with their squad. For many Americans in attendance, this was their first chance to experience the Canadian culture, and they were very impressed with the hospitality they received from their Canadian hosts. In many ways, the social aspect of the community getting together as one and being able to meet, re-kindle, and start friendships was more important than the gaming itself. My team had a great bonding experience. On the gaming side, our team achieved top six status at the event, which is a rousing success in my eyes, but could also be viewed as a disappointment as we knew we had the ability to continue on further into the tournament. With the powerhouse team “Swarm” winning the Halo event, and 2nd place finishers at the World Championships team “EnvyUs” winning the Call of Duty tournament, we knew we were in elite company. For those who are into gaming, casual or competitive, going to events and being able to experience the thrill and excitement of a tournament is a must do. Even as a spectator, you can learn a lot from the top players, get an opportunity to talk with them, and make a lot of friends from around the world that come to the events.
Environmental community gathers for CANECT
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From April 29nd to May 1st, Canada’s environmentalist community gathered for the annual Canadian Environmental Conference and Tradeshow (CANECT) in Toronto. CANECT is Canada’s leading environmental management and compliance training forum, annually attracting some 300 conference registrants and speakers as well as thousands of additional tradeshow attendees. CANECT registrants included environmental managers, plant personnel, government policy-makers, lawyers, and consultants with responsibilities for environmental affairs. Over seventy top-notch presenters, representing Canada’s leading-edge environmental trainers, lawyers, consultants, managers, administrators, and health and safety practitioners, were scheduled to participate in the nine courses during this year’s event.The event also gathered over 400 exhibitors for Canada’s largest environmental and health and safety exhibition, showcasing the newest technologies and products that would help bring Canada to a greener future. The event played venue for a number of highprofile speakers. Clara Hughes, a medalist in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, spoke about the obstacles she overcame to achieve her Olympic dream. She is also the designated spokesperson for Bell Canada’s “Let’s Talk” campaign, which raises awareness and encourages
dialogue about mental health. Leonard Brody, who has been called “a controversial leader of the new world order,” spoke on how technology will continue to revolutionize the workplace, and how corporations can steer toward innovation and growth. And Dr. Linda Duxbury of the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University spoke about the balance between work and life, and how a change of attitude can change environments in both the public and private sectors. As an attendee, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the booths and speakers that were brought to this event. Though the exhibition was free of admission charge, and not many people appeared to take advantage of it, leaving them unable to see all of the potential solutions that people had come up with for Canada. For a country that was known as “the fossil of the world” for our environmental procedures and action, CANECT takes a step forward and shows the progress that our country has made over the past few years. Since this is an annual event, it is shocking to see how much this event has expanded over the past year, which shows how Canadian attitudes toward the environment are shifting. Speaking with some exhibitors, I was able to discuss solutions to specific problems, such as the enforcement of regulations, as well as gain insights into new standards and the best management practices to start the process. I found that this event offered something to people from all sorts of fields, from geography, economics, or the arts. CANECT brought considerable knowledge and solutions that could be implemented into our everyday life. The attempt to get these solutions from the prototype phase to the final product will be an exciting event for all to witness.
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May 9, 2013
Sackville’s best summer activities It’s easier to keep busy in Sackville than you think Taylor Losier Features Writer
What have we learned? A university campus is a hotbed of academic pursuit, lifetime friendships, and well, hotbeds. Mount Allison is no different, and for many of the graduates this convocation weekend, the time spent in Sackville was one where learning happened both above and below the belt. From the moment we were given freedom from parental oversight, many of us began to explore our sexual identities and interests in earnest. With this in mind, The Argosy asks “what did you learn about sex and sexuality since arriving at Mt. A?”
“Who needs a ‘walk-home service’ when you can just get your crush to ‘walk you home?’”
“University sex is going to be better anyway; you don’t have to worry about parents!”
- Anonymous, F
- Anonymous, F “Don’t sleep with someone on the same res floor as you. Different floor? Better.” - Anonymous, F “It’s nothing like the movies” - Anonymous, M “Always keep protection around, even if you’re not going to Ducky’s looking to score. You never know, and you don’t want to kill the moment fumbling around to find a condom.” - Anonymous, M “After you get over the fact that it’s not really a big deal, it becomes a lot easier to relax about it.” - Anonymous, F “The most important thing I learned was to talk with my roommates about what we were comfortable with. That way nobody felt uncomfortable in their own home when one of us brought somebody back with us.” - Anonymous, F
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- Anonymous, M “In residence my boyfriend and I started making use of the furniture in my room. That opened up a lot of possibilities for our sex life.”
“Skype is a life saver when it comes to staying in touch over the summer. Long-distance relationships are hard enough as it is, but seeing the other person can really make the difference.”
Maybe you’re taking some summer courses, maybe you managed to get one of the rare jobs in town, or maybe you just couldn’t handle the idea of being five hours away from your friends. Either way, you’ve found yourself in cozy little Sackville for the summer. The question remains, what do you do to make the four months of your mother nagging you to come home worthwhile? If you’re looking to stay active while in town, you can go for a run through Waterfowl Park. Or you can take a bike ride down to Silver Lake, where you can soak in the sun or go for a swim. It’s the perfect place to fish, boat and just generally have a good time. It’s a bit of a hike across
the highway, but it’s worth the trip. If you’re looking for something a little closer, then embrace your inner child and go to the park. See how high you can go on the swing, ride the ferocious dinosaur and crawl through the tunnel. You can also rent a plot in Sackville’s community garden, or take a stroll down Bridge Street as it transforms and comes alive for the Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday morning throughout the summer, you can enjoy fresh food, cool handmade items and friendly conversations. Sure, you may not be a morning person, but the éclairs you can buy when you get there will make it all worthwhile. After all, sugar is the breakfast of champions. Keep in mind that rainy days do happen, but that doesn’t mean the only thing you have to do is clean your room for the twelfth time. Go to the Vogue and barricade yourself in the theater and enjoy the latest movie, or better yet, make it a date. Another rainy day possibility includes a visit to the bowling alley. It doesn’t matter if you’re the worst bowler in the history of bowling; it’s still fun, especially
when you’re with friends! Looking to meet new people? Besides the above, there are a few places that can help you with that: Ducky’s, Larry’s and George’s Roadhouse, among others. There are also some excellent festivals taking place throughout the summer. Want to get in touch with your inner Shakespeare? Well, there’s a festival for that! Every summer, the Festival By the Marsh is held in July, where various Shakespearian plays are presented at Swan Pond. However, if Shakespeare isn’t your style, but you’re still looking for your daily intake of festivity, do not despair! Sackville is a musical place; you can head down to the bandstand on Main Street every Thursday night for the Concert in the Park Series. And of course we can’t forget Sackville’s crown jewel of festivals, SappyFest! No matter what your mother tells you in the hopes of getting you home, Sackville is a great place to be during the summer. You will find that there are endless opportunities for adventures and they will come to you if you are willing to have fun and explore.
- Anonymous, M “You can’t really sleep around in a small town like Sackville without everyone finding out; word travels nearly as fast as the wind here.” - Anonymous, F “I don’t think I learned anything important about sex. I guess when it happens it happens. Have an open mind! If you didn’t learn it in high school, I don’t think there is too much more to learn now.” - Anonymous, M “Pulling an all-nighter to get the attention of a crush is never a good idea.” - Anonymous, F If you have any Mt. A sex advice you want to share, admittedly a little more publically, tweet them to us @The_Argosy on Twitter, or email us at email@example.com! Congratulations grads, and be sure to have a safe and stimulating weekend!
Volunteers tending to plots and preparing crops for the summer season at the community garden. (Lea Foy/Argosy)
A refreshing strawberry dip A sublime summery treat Taylor Losier
Whether you have family coming down to Sackville to celebrate your big graduation day, or you’ve invited a few friends over to have a good time, there is one thing that you will need: food. So, if you’re looking for a quick, cool treat, try this simple dip with your favourite fruit. The Necessities: - 8 oz. package of Neufchâtel cheese, softened - ½ cup of vanilla yogurt - ½ cup of strawberry jam.
Plan of Attack: 1. In a medium sized bowl, beat the Neufchâtel cheese until creamy. If you don’t have any Neufchâtel, or if you can’t pronounce it in order to ask someone where to find it, you can substitute it for a light cream cheese. 2. Add in the yogurt and the strawberry jam and beat it until smooth. If you want, you can replace the strawberry jam with another flavour. Try raspberry, blueberry, among others. 3. Let cool in the fridge for one hour, or until serving time. Tastes great with chunks of cantaloupe, apple slices, or pineapple. Bon appétit! An easy dip. (Taylor Losier/Argosy)
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May 9, 2013
“Food sustainability”: local food options abound Continued from cover This means that the goods produced are grown for customers signing up for weekly vegetable packages. Nature’s Root Farm helps protect Sackville, Moncton and Dieppe’s food security as they supply these areas with a large quantity of goods. In 2012, the farm’s top five crops included carrots (twenty per cent), potatoes (ten per cent) and lettuce, broccoli and beats (five per cent). In 2013, a total of eight acres are being prepared for production. However, to supply customers in Sackville, Kent and Ruth must take the TransCanada Highway Route 2. As the effects of climate change increase and worsen, 8.9 or even 9.7 metre floods are more likely to happen. If either of these flood scenarios occurred, Route 2 would be flooded and transportation would not be possible between Aulac and Sackville. If transportation ceased as a result of flooding, Sackville’s food security would be jeopardized. Today, the United States economy depends on tractor-trailers to deliver seventy per cent of all freight annually. Even if climate change does not affect Sackville in the immediate future, it may affect other transportation routes that could damage Sackville’s food security, as the seeds and fuel used by Nature’s Root Farm are global commodities. For instance, the seeds used by Nature’s Root Farm come from around Canada and the United States (PEI, Ontario and Maine). If transportation routes are even remotely affected, global commodities such as fuel will cause large changes to Canada’s globalized society. If Kent and Ruth, like other farmers in the same situation, are unable to acquire seeds or fuel, production of crops may be hindered. So, how can you help protect Sackville’s food security?
Locally grown produce benefits the local economy and helps buttress the security of our meals over the long term. (Nature’s Route Farm/Submitted) As the world becomes increasingly globalized the Canadian society must revert and become more local. How can a single individual help out? You can first start to buy local. Buying local supports local farmers like Ruth and Kent of Nature’s Route Farm. This supports local
economies, as well as reduces carbon dioxide emissions due to shorter transportation routes when compared to long flights or shipping routes for global food transport. You can also start driving less, use energy efficient light bulbs, choose renewable power, recycle, reuse, reduce
and fly less. Reducing carbon emissions is the first step in reducing the effects of climate change. This will protect our transportation routes as well as our food security. In the future you may not live in Sackville, but these practices can be used around the world. Eat locally and live sustainably.
Mt. A’s 2013 honorary degrees announced Mt. A’s 150th Convocation to be university’s biggest yet Ryan Burnham
Features Contributor In addition to the nearly 500 degrees to be presented at Mount Allison’s 150th convocation ceremonies, the university will also be awarding four individuals with honorary degrees this Monday. Mt. A President Robert Campbell, who will be presiding over the weekend’s events with Chancellor Peter Mansbridge, stated in a press release that “Mt. A’s Class of 2013 is a historical one for many reasons. This group of exceptional students is one of our largest — with approximately 500 graduates — and this year marks the 150th anniversary of Convocation. I am pleased to welcome them, and our outstanding honorary degree recipients to the alumni community, and congratulate them all on this wonderful accomplishment.” The aforementioned recipients include Deepa Mehta, Dr. Janet Rossant, Bernard Richard, and James Irving. Deepa Metha is an award-winning director and screenwriter, whose work includes the Elements Trilogy: Fire, Earth, and Water. In particular, Water received tremendous international attention, collecting fourteen honours including a nomination for Best
Foreign Language Film at the 2007 Academy Awards. More recently, Metha produced a film covering Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnght’s Children, which was released at the Toronto Film Festival last year. As the chief of research at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Janet Rossant’s work deals primarily with developmental and stem cell biology. Rossant helped expand the research programs at Brock University and Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital for almost twenty years, starting in 1985. She is also a Fellow at the Royal Societies of London and Canada, and a Distinguished Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Rossant has been a dynamic element of the developmental biology field for many years, serving as an editor of the scientific journal Development, President of the Society for Development Biology, and most recently as the Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research working on stem cell research. Serving as an M.L.A. in New Brunswick from 1991 to 2003, Bernard Richard was more recently appointed as the province’s first Child & Youth Advocate in 2006. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of Plan Canada, and Fondation Nationale de l’Acadie. Plan Canada was formally the Foster Parent Plan, and the Fondation Nationale de l’Acadie an initiative to protect the identity of the Acadian people and their heritage. Richard’s work has largely been in association with the promotion of children’s rights and issues and in 2012 was he named a Trudeau Foundation Mentor.
The (clockwise, starting at top left) Deepa Mehta, James Irving, Bernard Richard, and Janet Rossant. (Lea Foy/Argosy) Finally, James ( Jim) Irving, coCEO of J.D. Irving Ltd. will be receiving an honorary degree from Mount Allison University. J.D. Irving Ltd. is based out of Saint John, operating primarily in the industries of forestry, transportation, shipbuilding, construction, and consumer products. Forbes currently lists James, with his brother and co-CEO Arthur Irving as
the fifth wealthiest person in Canada with an estimated 4.5 billion dollars. Irving has served on the Federal Finance Minister’s economic advisory council, and has been active in fundraising efforts for wild Atlantic salmon research and conservation with the Atlantic Salmon Federation. A selection committee consisting of the University President, Chancellor,
Chair of the Board, VP Academic and Research, four members of the Faculty, two members of the Board of Regents, and one student chooses the recipients of the honorary degrees, to be awarded at spring convocation. Individuals selected to be venerated in this way typically need to be among the very best in their chosen field, and relevant to the Mt. A community.
SPORTS Danica Lundy
Women’s soccer midfielder Lundy to graduate. (Sue Seaborn/Mount Allison)
It is safe to say that Danica Lundy will not be forgotten by the Mount Allison Women’s Soccer team after she graduates. Mt. A’s midfielder has made contributions to the team not only on the field, but off the field as well. Lundy, a graduating Fine Arts student majoring in painting and printmaking, currently has a piece in the Owens Art Gallery called “The Bruise Bank.” Lundy, in an interview with The Argosy, said that “The Bruise Bank” is all about her “fascination with bruises.” Lundy has made a collection of bruises that started with the Women’s Soccer team. She would photograph postgame or post-practice bruises from the pitch and then create a portrait of each individual bruise. “They’re freaky and fuzzy and made of wool, sculptures if you can call them that.” The piece is a testament to Lundy’s well-rounded personality. She said that she considered going into medicine before getting a fine arts degree at Mt. A, and still hasn’t ruled it out if things don’t work out in her pursuits to be an artist. An Academic All-Canadian every year of her Mt. A career, Lundy was selected as a second team allstar in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) this past season. She was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates and received the Gigi Hicks sportsmanship award. In her first season with the soccer team, Lundy didn’t get a lot of playing time. As she showed Head Coach Barry Cooper that she was serious about becoming an integral part of the team, she earned more and more playing time. Lundy says that she would try to always stay behind after practices and work on her striking with Cooper. Her hard work definitely paid off. This season, Lundy started eleven of thirteen games for the Mounties. “I’ve never been one for fancy footwork, but I do have tenacity
and I really love the game. It was a long process, but I am glad I remained hungry and determined to play; things turned out okay in the end.” Lundy says one of her favourite memories was when graduating music student Fenton Corey came to play the bagpipes for her when a game coincided with her birthday. She also talked about her experience playing alongside her sister, Sierra this year. This was Sierra’s first year at Mount Allison, and Danica said she had the best seat in the house when it came to watching her younger sister play this year. Sierra is a forward for the Mounties and also a fine arts student. This goes along with Danica’s least favourite memory: watching her younger sister tear her ACL in September. The Mounties were playing a game against perennial powerhouse, the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers (UPEI) when Danica witnessed the incident. Danica joked that Head Coach Barry Cooper nearly had to restrain her from taking out all eleven opposing members of the Panthers that day. The Lundys were able to have their vengeance when Mount Allison faced the Panthers again on October 12th of the same season. In the mud pit of MacAulay field, the Mounties defeated the Panthers onenil. For the first time in nine years, the Mounties defeated the Panthers, and made it into the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) playoffs. Off the field, Lundy does graphic design work for a clothing company back in her native British Columbia. Lundy will not be soon forgotten, and will certainly be back to support Sierra and the rest of the soccer team in the fall. From her work in the art department, to her contributions on the pitch, there will be shoes to fill come September.
May 9, 2013
Basketball Mounties look to the future Can Mounties thrive without Chisholm? Owen Beamish Sports Contributor
If you were fortunate enough to attend a Mounties basketball game this past season, you were in for a treat. Both the Mount Allison Men’s and Women’s varsity teams proved they were good enough to play with anyone in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA), but they played inconsistently, and granted inferior teams a chance to beat them. Next season, both teams will try to shed that inconsistent play and move into the upper echelons of their respective leagues. For the men, the biggest challenge this upcoming year will be to find a replacement for graduating forward Ben Chisholm. Averaging nineteen points and ten rebounds per game, Chisholm was the most outstanding player for the ACAA this season, and the only player who averaged a double-double per game.The men’s team finished with a record of twelve wins and nine losses, good enough for fifth place in the ACAA standings. The Mounties relied on their tight defence, allowing only sixty-one points per game, and will have to be even better on their side of the court with the departure of their leading scorer. Look for guard Tyrell Laurent, a first year who joined the team halfway through the season, to play a key role on defence. For the women, their highpoint of the season actually came in a close loss to the St. Thomas University Tommies, who were one of the top collegiate teams in the entire country. Like the men’s team, Mt.
Chisholm has been one of the Mounties best. (Sue Seaborn/Mount Allison) A finished fifth in the standings, but with a sub .500 record of nine wins and thirteen losses. Forward Mackenzie Gray was the team’s best player, averaging fourteen points and 9 rebounds a game, third best in the ACAA in each category. The main loss for the Mounties women will be coach Al Hart, who will not return as coach after seventeen seasons. New coach Matt Gamblin seems to be just what this team needs as he brings a commitment to winning. “We return a strong core of players from last year’s team,” Gamblin said, “and we have championship aspirations.” He also demonstrates a strong commitment
to hard work, saying, “For our goals to be met we need to establish a winning culture, which we will be working towards day-in and day-out.” These commitments to hard work and winning will help with what has been inconsistent play quality at times. It is shaping up to be an interesting season for both teams this upcoming year. The men look to finally join the upper echelon of the ACAA, something they were close to achieving last year. The women hope to remove some of the inconsistent play that hindered their season last year, and a new coach with a winning attitude looks to see them to a stronger finish this season.
What university sport means to me The power of university sport is unlimited Robert Murray Sports Contributor
Sports have been the driving force behind every major point in my life. I developed my reading skills through reading box scores and game stories as a child, and I learned my basic geography skills based on the locations of sports teams. Every major moment in my life can be tied in some way to sport, and I can unequivocally state that university sport means the world to me. University sport provides a perfect combination of events that, when combined, make for inspiring stories on and off the field. University sport continues to be a medium in which amateur athletes can express their desire and passion for their sport. For some, the next step will be representing their nation on the international stage or making it to a professional
league and signing a big contract. For most student athletes though, they will never see international competition. There are no professional teams or big contracts waiting for them at the end of their university careers. For them, university sport is the highest level of competition they will ever reach. But that doesn’t stop them. They show up every day, whether it’s 6 a.m. fitness, a practice late at night, or a weekend game. They endure long bus rides, greasy fast food, and for some, surgeries in order to play the sport that they love one last time. They still do whatever it takes to compete. To the university athlete, it’s not about the money, and it’s not about the fame: it’s about leaving it all on the field every weekend. I’ve seen athletes, some of them friends that I’ve known my entire university career, battle broken bones, surgeries and concussions. Each time they get knocked down, they get back up. University sport is their chance to go out on top. What’s even more inspiring is how communities come together around university sports teams. At each game, parents will fill the seats and community members will gather.
They will be ready to cheer on their son, daughter, or favourite player one more time, because they might not get another chance to do so. From the opening play until the final whistle, the fans cheer. Whether the team is winning by a large margin or losing terribly, the fans still cheer. There are no fair-weather fans on the sidelines of an Atlantic University Sport or Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association match-up. That is what makes university sport so great. For some student athletes, it’s just the beginning. For most, it’s the end. Regardless of the realization that their career is coming to an end, they’ll put their bodies through another major surgery. They’ll take that one last bus trip. They’ll put on their uniforms one last time. When they grow old, they’ll tell their children and grandchildren about how they didn’t make it to the Olympic Games or the big leagues, but how in their last moment of glory, they gave everything they had and went out on top; even if they didn’t win. That’s what university sport means to me.
May 9, 2013
Mounties look for fresh start Mounties will have fresh blood on the sidelines in Paul Settle Alex Bates
Be sure to indulge in leafy green vegetables Anna Robertson Sports Contributor
Spring has sprung, and Sackville has suddenly burst from a monotonous grey landscape into a canvas of green grass and colourful flowers. Finally, the bags of potatoes, carrots, beets and whatever other roots vegetables have been lasting you the winter, can soon be replaced by mouth-watering asparagus spears and delicate leaves of spinach. In addition to their enticing flavour, green vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and folate. But for some consumers, green leafy vegetables are either too time consuming to prepare, too expensive or not enjoyable to eat, but in these spring months eating green has never been easier. The nutritional benefits of eating green leafy vegetables have been remarked upon for years, and by eating several servings of them a day you can easily fill your recommended dose of vitamins; a cup of raw kale contains 206 per cent of your daily vitamin A, 136 per cent of your daily vitamin C, 684 per cent of your daily vitamin K and twenty-six per cent of your
daily selenium. Abundant in photosynthetic plants, vitamin K is overflowing in dark leafy vegetables and is necessary for blood clotting activity within the human body. Recent studies have also suggested that vitamin K may protect gene promoters against methylation, which could reduce an individual’s risk of cancer. Vitamin A (twenty per cent of daily intake provided by one cup of asparagus and fiftysix per cent of daily intake provided by one cup of spinach) is necessary for growth and development, as well as maintaining the immune system and vision. While vitamin A is more abundant in carrots – 428 per cent of daily intake provided in 1 cup of raw carrots– changing up your vegetables and varying your vitamin sources will make your diet more exciting and enjoyable. For those who are normally adverse to green vegetables or simply not used eating them everyday, it can be difficult to find appetizing ways to incorporate them into meals. For vegetables like Brussels sprouts and asparagus, roasting them in a pan with some olive oil at 450 degrees Fahrenheit can bring out their sweetness and make them more appealing than served raw or steamed. Similarly, kale can be turned into chips when cooked in the same manner – sprinkle them with nutritional yeast for some extra vitamin B12 and for a delicious cheesy flavour. If you’re not opposed to raw vegetables, try shaving your asparagus into thins strips with a vegetable peeler and tossing them into a spinach salad with your favourite dressing.
For the second year in a row, the Mounties advanced in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA), losing against the St. Thomas University Tommies. The Mounties finished third in the ACAA, earning a berth in the playoffs, but failed to advance to the finals against the eventual champions, the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics. There will be a lot of excitement towards the 2013-2014 volleyball season as many of the current athletes will return to the court for Mt. A. In fact, all of the athletes will have a chance to make the team, except for graduating Mountie Brittany Cain. The five rookies from this season, Lynne Arsenault, Sydney Umlah, Maddie Coats, Meghan Adams, and Kayla Vande Kemp, will now have a chance to fit into bigger roles on the team. To complement the energy from the now sophomores, the Mounties will have veterans Caitlin MacDonald, Erica Cronkhite, and
Georgia Sibold, who should be able to provide knowledge and experience for the sophomores, as well as new recruits, to continue to grow into team leaders as the veterans leave Mt. A. The big question mark that will surround this team is the coaching staff. Head Coach Andrew Kennedy has done a fantastic job with this team, always forcing the team to work their hardest and forcing every last ounce of success out of the team the last few years. In Kennedy’s ten years as coach of the team, Kennedy won three ACAA championships, and never missed the playoffs. But Kennedy has stepped down from his position and will be replaced by Paul Settle. Settle has a wealth of experience and training at several levels of volleyball, various other sports, refereeing, and education. Along with over twenty years of coaching and refereeing experience, he has a Bachelor of Education from MSVU and an Associate of Education degree from Nova Scotia Teachers College. Settle has won several provincial championship titles and has been recognized for his contributions through the Cobequid Educational Centre Coaching Excellence honour. If there is a smooth transition for head coaching, the Mounties should be able to make a promising run at another championship in the upcoming season.
The Mounties volleyball team is looking toward a strong season. (Sue Seaborn/Mount Allison)
Lapointe’s jersey to be retired Soccer looks to rebuild Homecoming ceremony will honour alumnus Alex Bates
The Mount Allison Athletics Department will honour former Mountie Éric Lapointe on Homecoming weekend by retiring the number five jersey, Lapointe’s number during his time at Mt. A. “Sir Éric,” as he was commonly referred to around the Maritimes, set the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) single-season rushing record in 1996 with 1619 yards, despite participating in just eight games. Lapointe, a native of Broussard, Quebec, was part of the Mounties 1997 team that won the Atlantic University Athletic Association (AUAA) title. He rushed for a career total of 4666 yards, only playing four of the five years he was eligible to play Canada Interuniversity
Sport (CIS) football. Lapointe won the Hec Crighton Award twice as the Most Outstanding Player award in the CIS in 1996, and 1998. In 1999, Lapointe went on to be drafted twentieth overall by the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was soon released only afterward to be signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, going on to win the Grey Cup as CFL champions that same year. Lapointe finished the 1999 campaign with 691 rushing yards, finishing eleventh in the league. Lapointe retired to become a financial analyst after a short stint with the Toronto Argonauts in 2001. Later that same year he returned with the Montreal Alouettes and was the starting running back in the 2005 Grey Cup. In 2005 he was voted by a national panel as the best Canadian football player of all-time. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2012 as a player alongside notable CFL stars Damon Allen and Milt Stegall. Lapointe’s thick résumé makes him one of Mount Allison’s most recognizable alumni, and certainly
there should be a lot of excitement surrounding the game. Mt. A will play against McGill University in the homecoming game. The Mounties will be in tough against their Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) foes. Last year the Mounties travelled to Montreal to play the Redmen in a losing effort 36-9. The Mounties had a promising 2012 season, and are hoping to build on the success coach Kelly Jeffrey has had with the team. The Argosy was able to talk to Athletic Director Pierre Arsenault about the ceremony. Arsenault told The Argosy, “[w]e are really looking forward to Homecoming 2013 and we are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the most successful Mountie football player of all time. With Éric’s induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, it is clear that the time is right to properly retire Éric’s number five as a permanent part of our Mounties history and tradition.” The game will take place at MacAulay field on September 14th, where the Athletic Department will retire the number five jersey, and raise a banner in Lapointe’s honour.
Men look for better results in coming season
The Mount Allison Men’s Soccer Mounties had a disappointing season in 2012. While the women’s soccer team made the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) playoffs, the men’s team had a hard time establishing momentum throughout the season, only managing to win three games for the entire thirteen game season. That is not to say there were no successes in the campaign: The team beat Acadia on the road 3-0 on September 23rd. At the time, Acadia had not lost a game, and it was definitely a turning point for the worst for the Axemen. There has been solid play from members of the team throughout the season. Aaron Gagnon did a superb job, not only playing his usual midfield position, but also filling in for full back Femi Adegbidi while
he was absent due to a suspension. Rookie Jeffrey Owen also provided solid support for striker Connor McCumber, and in a limited amount of appearances managed to score one goal in the 2012 campaign. The team will lose key players Chris Vizena, Femi Adegbidi, Allen Fowlis, Pat Burtt and Alex Zscheile: all five will be graduating. Vizena appeared in all thirteen of the Mounties games this year, and the Osgoode, Ontario native will be missed in the midfield. Adegbidi has always been the heart and soul of the team and the energy and support he brings to the locker room will certainly be missed. Burtt was part of a three-way tie for team scoring. His two goals on the campaign were tied with McCumber and Cale Saunders for the lead in team scoring. Zscheile and Fowlis have been long-time members of the defensive unit for the Mounties, and Head Coach Roy Chineh will have a hard time trying to replace the two. Mt. A will have the chance to wipe the slate clean in September as they try and improve on their 2012 campaign, where they finished second to last in the AUS.
May 9, 2013
Dear students, faculty, and staff, I write this email to assure you that the recently announced strategic alliance known as the U4 League is not, in fact, an evil organization of university administrators devoted to systematically exploiting Maritime students and/or building giant and very evil looking monuments. When I wrote of “promoting our institution’s common objectives,” I did not, in fact, intend to mean that we are planning on raising tuition for the next century in order to offset the considerable cost of constructing an evil-looking U4 headquarters on St. FX’s residential quad. Similar rumours about the new performing arts centre being, I quote, “actually a very giant and very evil robot,” are equally unfounded.
A message on behalf of the recently a nnounced
While some have suspiciously pointed their fingers toward an increased cape allotment in this year’s annual budget, I assure you that the motive behind this increased cape-oriented spending is wholly and entirely non-evil. Regards, Dr. X. Evil President, Principal, Vice-Chancellor, and Chief Holder of Titles
‘Round these parts, respected journalist and Mount Allison chancellor Peter Mansbridge is, despite his name, more god than man. Descending every year from his icy blue see-through chair at the CBC headquarters, he points his flaming chariot to Convocation Hall to bestow diplomas upon we lowly and mortal students. Manbridge, however, is a jealous god, and the ritual of convocation may be the only opportunity in your short, short life to please him. Here are a few tips to avoid his fury while onstage this weekend: FIG. 1) In a job interview, the quality of your handshake serves as an overall indicator of your character and drive. When Mansbridge hands you a diploma, however, you will feel the entirety of your sad, frail mortal life crumble in the contours of his grip. Needless to say, special attention must be paid to the way your fingers move to accept the rolled-up vellum sheet he’s handing you. Left hand just won’t do, and long fingernails or callouses will be repaid by a lifelong curse. FIG. 2) As all folk anthropologists and Mansbridge scholars will tell you, Mansbridge’s philtrum is the Across
epicentre of his remarkable presence, the locus from which his journalistic integrity emanates in radiant beams. However, to peer directly into this sacred space between his nose and upper lip is to enter the holiest of holies as an unwashed heathen. Looking at Mansbridge’s philtrum while receiving your diploma will likely turn you into a pillar of salt, open a brimstone pit beneath your feet, or cause something similarly weighty and biblically plagueworthy to be inflicted upon one’s self. FIG. 3) Flashy jewellery distracts the diploma recipient from matching Mansbridge’s intense levelling gaze, and shows a lack of respect. While a subtle grad-ring may pass unnoticed, prepare for a soul-sickening telepathic exchange with The Man Himself of you decide to rock anything above eighteen carats. You’ve been warned. FIG. 4) Contrary to what they told you at high school graduation, the side of your cap upon which its tassel hangs is imbued with all kinds of weighty cosmic significance. Picking up on this is like a ninth sense for Mansbridge, who can actually smell if your tassel is hanging
incorrectly. The fates of those who have inadvertently hung their tassels from the left in the presence of Mansbridge are awful indeed, as they will be dismantled into mere particles of dust onstage while the audience of Convocation sits in reverent silence. FIG. 5) Like gazelles meeting a lion on the open Veldt, your appearance on the convocation stage is life-or-death levels of serious.
Answers will be posted to The Argosy’s website
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26- Clear as _ ; 29- Hair goo; 32- Small hand drum; 36- Subterfuge; 37- Sullenly ill-humored; 39- Former nuclear agcy.; 40- Like afterschool activities; 43- Digit of the foot; 44- Alarms; 45- Actress Campbell; 46- Abrasive mineral; 48- HST’s successor; 49- Feels for;
50- DDE opponent; 52- Tomcat; 53- Specter; 57- Of great size; 61- Nobleman; 62- Get to know; 64- Accent; 65- Choir member; 66- _ con pollo; 67- Slang expert Partridge; 68- Abound; 69- _ lift?; 70- Go out with;
13- Spoollike toy; 21- Black gold; 23- Early Mexican; 26- Aggregate of qualities that make good character; 27- Full-bosomed; 28- First name in cosmetics; 29- Melon, e.g.; 30- Made a mistake; 31- TV producer Michaels; 33- Farm machine; 34- Depart; 35- Green _ is the place to be; 37- AT&T rival; 38- Bro’s counterpart;
41- So far; 42- With undiminished force; 47- Without pattern; 49- Op. _ ; 51- Gannet; 52- District in Tokyo; 53- Land map; 54- Gap; 55- Commedia dell’ _ ; 56- Nothing more than; 57- Stepped; 58- Asta’s mistress; 59- Monogram ltr.; 60- Gospel singer Winans; 63- 100 square meters;
1- Room in a casa; 2- Composer Khachaturian; 3- Slammin’ Sammy; 4- He owns the place where backpackers crash in Europe?; 5- Nobles; 6- Just; 7- Fabled bird; 8- Some Ivy Leaguers; 9- Hindu ascetic; 10- Hemoglobin deficiency; 11- Abstruse; 12- Cartoonist Peter;
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To withstand the soul-searching scrutiny of Mansbridge requires a firm grip and show of charisma, but one must remember not to overstep their boundaries. Avoid appearing taller or larger than Mansbridge at all costs, as this shows hubris which will be rewarded after Armageddon with a couple unpleasant years spent in some bottomless pit or another. FIG. 6) Do not speak to Manbridge
directly. Many who have encountered him state that when he asks questions in his gruff but milky-sweet tone, the answers leave their mouths involuntarily parched by the glory of his presence. Asking Mansbridge for a photo op or fist-bump, however, will cause your diploma to symbolically wither into a hawthorne swatch on your way to grad prom.