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THE September 19, 2013

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Mt.A farm operations put on hold Farm closes after a mere two years of operation

NSCAD Exchange Prints displayed in Gairdner Fine Arts Building

Jenna Gaudet Students who have eaten at Jennings Dining Hall within the past few years, might remember occasionally seeing “MTA Farm” lettuce and potatoes on the menu. These vegetables had indeed been grown on Mount Allison’s very own farm. Students will not see these products offered this year, as the farm’s operations have been shut down. As of this past summer, the farm will not be operating for the 2013/2014 academic year. Many were upset that the farm ceased operations, and were curious as to why the project would end so soon after its inception. The farm land on York Street (the erstwhile “Cow Lane”) had been acquired by Mount Allison University in the mid-sixties. The farm remained unused until the launch of the Mt. A Farm in 2011. It was in this year that Mt. A’s Director of Administrative Services Michelle Strain and experienced farmer John Killorn, along with volunteers and two summer employees, rebuilt the farm “from the ground-up.” Aside from supplying potatoes (some 30,000 pounds of them in 2011) and other vegetables to Aramark, this project was also part of the university’s efforts to encourage local food production. The farm also hosted vegetable U-picks during the fall, which engaged the broader Sackville community. Strain stated that the project was put on hold due to a recent lack of funding. She explained, “the farm did not operate this year as we could not afford to run the operation at a deficit. Residence students support[ed] the farm with their meal plan fees and given the numbers of students living in residence are down by one hundred we could not afford the farm this summer.” “The environmental fee that all students pay now goes to helping homeowners in town insulate their basements. Perhaps it is time this money was directed to a campus

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Due to lack of funds no vegetables will be harvested at the Mt. A farm this year (Nick Sleptov/Argosy) initiative like the farm operation?” suggested Strain. Students currently pay ten dollars a year toward the Mount Allison Students’ Union’s (MASU) Green Investment Fund. The funds go towards a variety of projects which aim to lower Sackville’s carbon emission, such as the Trantramar Planning District Commission’s basement insulation program which received $11,000 of the $24,000 spent in 20122013. Projects are brought towards the fund’s administrative committee for consideration. MASU VicePresident, Finances & Operations Josh Outerbridge indicated that the

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farm would be eligible to apply for students’ union funding. The farm also faced weather challenges. Sackville has a relatively wet climate, as previous farm workers explained, and heavy rains compromised the quality of the crops. Such weather made managing the farm very difficult. One former student volunteer stated that “it was a poorly managed farm” when the weather threatened the crops, but others described their volunteering experiences positively. Michelle Strain has previously stated that time is needed to invest in improving the farm’s soil quality

and suppressing weed growth. Such efforts may enhance the quality of the land for future harvests if the project is resumed. Fortunately, the farm is not the only place one can find locally-grown greens. Sackville has had a community garden since 2003. The garden grows pesticide and herbicide-free products, which can be purchased at the Saturday morning Farmers Market downtown. While many in the community would be happy to welcome Mt. A farm veggies back into their kitchens, the farm remains closed indefinitely.

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This week, stop by the Gairdner Fine Arts Building to take in the combined printmaking efforts of fine arts students from both Mount Allison and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). The art departments paired up to create a printmaking exchange that showcases work from both schools. The innuendo-themed art exhibit includes prints by fourteen Mt. A students and thirteen NSCAD students. These artists made thirty prints each for the exchange—a notably large amount of work considering the intensive nature of printmaking. The idea for the project was conceived last fall when NSCAD contacted Mt. A printmaking professor Dan Steeves with the proposal for the print exchange between universities. The project got underway in April. The prints featured in the exchange explored the theme of innuendo, as chosen by NSCAD coordinators Ericka Walker and Mark Bovey. “There is nothing quite like a little bit of humour to make introductions between strangers a little less tense and more enjoyable. Innuendo seemed to us at NSCAD as the perfect theme to approach our peers at Mt. A,” read the description of the innuendo exchange. Steeves said that the notion of innuendo is also an appropriate theme because it is open to a variety of artistic interpretations. Accordingly, the prints displayed in the exhibition offer diverse subject matter, ranging from French bulldogs leaking water, to subtle sexual innuendoes, to brazen expletives. Julie Whitenect, a fourth-year Mt. A student pursuing a fine arts degree, took a unique approach to the project.

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September 19, 2013

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MASU execs share goals for upcoming year

‘Vision’ meeting outlines students’ union’s plans Kevin Levangie

Political Beat Writer The Mount Allison Student’s Union executive kicked off the year by holding a “Vision for 2013-2014” meeting. The meeting aimed to share MASU’s upcoming projects and objectives. MASU President Melissa O’Rourke delivered the presentation, going through the projects in each vice-president’s portfolio. As O’Rourke said, the presentation not only focused on what MASU will “be doing for the next year, but also some things that the MASU is going to be lobbying on for the next few years.” The executive panel consisted of VicePresident, Academic Affairs Ryan Harley; Vice-President, External Affairs Ian Smith; Vice-President, Campus Life Heather Webster; Vice-President, Finance and Operations Josh Outerbridge; and Vice-President, Communications Matthew Ranson. The presidential portfolio includes the executive summer recommendation, consisting of O’Rourke interviewing each member of the executive and submitting a recommendation to MASU’s Student’s Administrative Council about the future of the project. This project compliments the “executive position review,” in which each position will have its relevance appraised.

The MASU executive listen to President Melissa O’Rourke deliver her vision presentation. (Kevin Levangie/Argosy) The academic portfolio includes an examination of the now operational online used bookstore. Harley will be “finalizing a lot of the processes with the bookstore,” mostly examining the logistics of storage and preparing for January. He will also be looking at the implementation of an emergency bursary program, to be finished by January. It will be along the lines of the St. Thomas program, which provides funds for “any last minute needs,” in the even of financial trouble, such as “student loans or textbooks.” Harley’s portfolio will also include an examination of grad school preparation resources. MASU will offer an opportunity to take last year’s LSAT and MCAT tests this fall, with a strategy session addressing any shortcomings in the following weeks. O’Rourke said, “[MASU] signed a contract over the summer with Princeton Review, which is an academic resource for anyone looking

Starbucks menu controversy English-only menu at Moncton restaurant prompts criticism Kevin Levangie

Political Beat Writer A new Starbucks with a unilingual English menu in downtown Moncton has brought official bilingualism in the province front and centre once again. Moncton’s fourth Starbucks, an international chain noted for its prolific expansion, has been criticized for offering menu boards in this restaurant exclusively in English. This is inconsistent with the other Moncton Starbucks locations. In an interview with CBC, Carly Suppa, manager of public affairs with Starbucks said that all signs in the store should be bilingual, and that the company will be looking into what had happened. Businesses in Moncton are under no legal obligation to erect bilingual signage. However, Moncton, while containing a 46.5 per cent Anglophone population, has a very large Francophone minority, sitting at 33.2 per cent. The number of primarily Frenchspeaking people in the area rises dramatically when considering that many citizens of the neighbouring city of Dieppe, 73.9 per cent, identify as Francophone and often go to downtown Moncton for work or pleasure. Many people see bilingual signage as more inclusive of this sizeable portion of the population, as well as simply good business practice. Jean-Sébastien Comeau, a francophone second-year Mount Allison University student

from Dieppe, said, “I don’t think the unilingual menu will affect many people in the Greater Moncton Area, but instead it will affect the many people who visit from northern New Brunswick and speak only French.” Mt. A Political Science Professor Geoff Martin explained, “What often happens is you have international chains that come into New Brunswick, and the French fact is invisible to them, and they go by standard operating procedures. They don’t realize that the francophone minority, and in various parts the majority, are very language conscious, and concerned about their rights in terms of government and the private sector.” Dieppe, which forms part of the Greater Moncton Area, has passed a law which says that not only publicly placed signs need to be bilingual, but also all new corporate signs. French must be more prominent than English on all signs in Dieppe. Proponents of these policies argue law is necessary in order to protect the French language and culture from being assimilated by the dominant English, while its detractors claim it violates their rights to free speech. The area’s linguistic diversity led Moncton to be declared Canada’s first officially bilingual city in 2002. This was the same year that New Brunswick updated the Official Languages Act for the first time since 1969. The New Brunswick Official Languages Act was updated once again this year, as per its mandated review every ten years. The changes were supported, in a rare step, by both the governing Conservatives and the opposition Liberals. While the changes clarified some ambiguities in the law, it did not dramatically alter the structure or content of the legislation. New Brunswick is Canada’s only officially bilingual province.

to take the MCATs, LSATs, the GRE, the GMATs.” The MASU will also draft a document weighing in on the labour negotiations between the Mount Allison Faculty Association, the Mount Allison Staff Association and the University. This will be done with an eye towards addressing concerns about possible negotiation outcomes, such as a strike. Finally, Harley will address the long-term potential for reading week courses and a fall reading week, with regular updates being provided at council meetings. Smith’s external portfolio includes continued fine-tuning of the bike co-op, with an official launch slated for the end of September. The viability of Mt. A participation in the Transport for Tantramar car-share program as well as a SafeRide program will be examined. The longterm viability of expanding the number of places where MountieMoney is accepted, such as the

Pond, will also be examined. Webster will continue to push for the hiring of a psychiatrist to work in the student centre, which will hopefully be done “in the next couple of months.” Another potential project to be examined is the installation of condom dispensers in high traffic areas on campus. Outerbridge’s portfolio will mainly focus on a review of student usage of the health and dental plan with an eye towards improving the plan. In particular, the executive will examine the possibility of expanding the plan to include mental health care. Ranson will produce an orientation report on behalf of the executive, recommending potential changes. A large number of MASU website changes will also be examined, with the intention of improving student services. Communications will also manage several awareness campaigns about MASU projects and programs.

Online bookstore opens MASU launches online bookstore service for students Taylor Losier Features Writer

This fall, students have a new way to buy and sell textbooks. The Mount Allison Student’s Union has recently launched an online bookstore, which offers a forum for students to sell used books directly to one another. The construction of the new online bookstore was organized by MASU Vice-President, Academic Affairs Ryan Harley, in collaboration with other MASU executives. The move to a virtual bookstore was prompted by a referendum last year, in which students were asked whether or not they supported a levy of seven dollars per member, in addition to the surplus funds from the previous year, which would go to website costs. MASU had previously operated a physical sale in the student centre, where students could browse and purchase used books. The online system is more efficient in that it allows students to connect directly with each other, and provides an easy search function. The design for the website was a collaboration between Harley, and MASU Vice-President, Communications Matthew Ranson. The site was developed by Norex Inc, a Halifax based company. The referendum marked the starting point of the website’s construction. With the budget established at the beginning of the summer, the union was able to buy a large quantity of production hours from Norex.

Construction went through the summer until the final quality assurance tests were done in early August, in order to address a few final issues before its launch. While the online bookstore was not part of the MASU’s recent rebranding initiative, Harley credited the rebranding with having opened the doors to the new developments. “The previous website wasn’t built to last; everything had to be worked on specifically by people who knew the code. With the new website, we can do the editing through Word Press format, so it’s more accessible,” said Harley. “I’m very happy with how it turned out. People have reacted well and there is a good uptaking,” said Harley. “Buying textbooks is a part of the student experience, everyone buys and sells books at some point in their time at Mt. A, so we tried to come up with a solution that was the most convenient, easiest for our members.” Since the website’s launch September 6, the online bookstore has seen over 300 titles registered for resale and Harley recounts that he has received “overwhelming anecdotal support of the service.” Second-year psychology student Laura Sponagle is pleased with the new site: “It’s a great idea, and I’m glad we have it.” Others students remain skeptical: “I already have an online bookstore,” said third-year computer science student Benjamin Weichman, “it’s called Amazon.” While the website has been launched, there remains a list of glitches to be addressed. Harley wished to see the bookstore in action before addressing the half-dozen necessary changes. Harley said that with the funds available, they will be able to compensate the commissioner for handling any unexpected issues that may occur in the development process.


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Fair showcases clubs and societies 115 groups recruit members at annual MASU event Taylor Losier Features Writer

The Athletic Centre was bustling with activity on a rainy Sunday afternoon as the Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU) held their annual Clubs & Societies Fair. The September 8 event saw the gathering of over one hundred of Mt. A’s various clubs and societies in the Athletic Centre, all of whom were looking to welcome new members into their diverse groups. “I think the Clubs and Societies Fair is important for two reasons,” said MASU Vice-President, Campus Life Heather Webster, who was tasked with organizing the

event, “First, a big part of the Mt. A experience is the extracurricular activities. A lot of students want to be involved and this is a way to see what the university has to offer: they can sign-up and pick and choose. Second, it gives the clubs and societies a push to get started and organized for the year, and to be aware of the services we offer them.” Members of the various clubs and societies themselves were also pleased with the fair’s layout: “I really liked the setup; the two circles worked really well and it left space in the middle for people, like swing society, to dance or just hang out,” said Swing Society executive member Sarah Peverill, “I thought there was a good turnout of both first year students and upperclassmen; we had a lot of people sign up!” A call for clubs and societies to register was issued via MASU’s Facebook and Twitter pages prior to the start of the school semester. 115 groups registered, falling just short of the 120 maximum. The high participation numbers on behalf

of the club organizers meant that approximately 250 participants had a hand in running the fair. It also meant that there was a wide variety of options available to students, including academic societies, athletic groups, theatre groups, outreach groups and a multitude of other clubs. “The Clubs and Societies Fair was certainly beneficial for our group, as it allows for us to make ourselves known to interested students more so than at any other point in the year,” said Underbridge Press President Elijah Teitelbaum, “as a society whose publicly produced work only comes out a few times each year— that is, whenever we publish a work—the fair is excellent for having a campus-wide event at which we are able to make ourselves known.” “I saw a lot of people hanging out at the fair, and there was a real sense of community,” said Webster, “Most clubs seemed to agree that their numbers were up from previous years.”

Bill impacts international students International centre services compromised Christopher Balcom News Editor

A federal bill aimed at “crooked consultants” has had an unexpected impact on universities and colleges across the country. Bill C-35 stipulates that only federally registered and certified immigration consultants are allowed to give immigration advice. The stated purpose of the law is to crack down on illegitimate operators who were defrauding Canadian immigrants. Looking at the background and rationale of the bill, many universities and colleges, including Mount Allison, initially assumed the legislation would not affect their services. However, this spring, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) sent out a notice stating that the legislation also applied to university advisors. “Anyone who is not a certified immigration consultant cannot offer any kind of immigration advice,” said Christa Maston, Mt. A’s international advisor. Due to Bill C-35, she can no longer answer routine immigration questions herself, but instead must direct students to CIC resources. Students also have the option of working with privately-certified immigration consultants, although most would charge substantial fees. The international centre at Mt. A is not aware of any certified officers in Sackville. Mt. A Vice-President, International and Student Affairs Ron Byrne said, “I think the bill, as it’s currently being implemented, is a sledgehammer trying to kill a fly.” Universities are no longer able to advise international students on their immigration options after

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This Week in the World Joanna Perkin

Concerns arise over chemical weapons in Syria

The United Nations is investigating weapons used in Syria after an attack on Damascus suburbs on August 21 which killed hundreds of people. It is believed that poisonous gas was used in this attack, and many officials believe that the report from the UN will confirm this is evidence of chemical warfare. Many people say that the results of this report will determine whether the United States will decide to get militarily involved in Syria. The US and Russia are both hoping to secure the chemical weapons in Syria. It has not been confirmed whether it was forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or the rebels who used poison gas in August. As of September 14, the United States and Russia have agreed to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons by 2014.

Alleged husband-killer released after eight days

Twenty-two-year-old Jordan Linn Graham and twenty-two-year-old Cody Lee Johnson were only married for eight days when Johnson was reported missing in Montana. Reports say that Graham had told friends that she was reconsidering their marriage, and allegedly pushed her husband off of a cliff during an argument. Three days after Johnson was reported missing in, Graham told a park ranger than she had found her husband’s body because it was somewhere that he had wanted to see before he died. Since then, she has allegedly admitted to killing him. Since the July 2012 incident, Graham has been released, and been ordered for home detention in her parents’ home, and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

US consulate in Afghanistan attacked by Taliban

The Taliban attacked a US consulate in western Afghanistan using car bombs and guns. At least four Afghans were killed, but did not manage to enter the compound, and no Americans were injured during the 13 September attack. Many are saying that this attack shows that the Taliban will not let up as US troops reduce their presence in the year to come, leading to a full withdrawal of US troops. The attack began at 6 am when militants in various vehicles set off their explosives, while others on foot began firing at the Afghan security guarding the consulate. They were not able to breach the compound, although the front gate was allegedly badly damaged after rocket propelled grenades were fired.

Ethiopia’s child mortality rate has declined

The United Nations has just released a study showing that Ethiopia has cut the number of child deaths to sixty-eight per 1,000 births, compared to more than 200 deaths per 1,000 births in 1990. Ethiopia is one of Africa’s poorest countries, but has experienced economic growth in the past few years. Increasing household incomes have helped to improve people’s health, and it has been reported that Ethiopia is one of the few African countries on the path to realizing the millennium development goal of reducing child mortality. The government has also been expanding its primary healthcare network, offering one health facility within a 7 kilometre radius on average.

Map of first year students’ home countries. (Nick Sleptov/Argosy) graduation. Maston raised the point that this could have a negative impact on provinces, and Canada as a whole, if the process is more cumbersome than it is accommodating. Both Maston and Byrne raised concerns about CIC’s preparedness to deal with a massive increase in questions from international students. “It runs the risk of being impersonal […] and extremely inefficient for the students involved,” said Byrne. Maston also noted the bill’s ambiguities. At the moment it is not clear what advising means. For instance, the university is still legally able to provide translation services, and can presumably help students understand the wording of immigration documents. The certification process is extensive, and expensive. It takes nearly eight months, and to remain certified costs $1,700 a year. The program also covers all aspects of immigration law, such as family class, business class, and other issues that are not necessarily relevant to the demands of international students. While some schools with higher numbers of international student

have taken steps to certify staff, this option has not yet been pursued at Mt. A. Byrne noted that the school is looking at a wide variety of options, such as cooperating with regional partner institutions. University associations such as the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (AUCC) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) initially lobbied the government for exemption from the act. After those efforts fell on deaf ears, they have continued to argue for a revision. Mt. A is a member of both organizations and supports their efforts. Byrne, who sits on the board of the CBIE, was enthusiastic about that organization’s recent proposal to the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration that “there be a specific abridged and tailored certification process for education advising.” The ministry has not yet responded to that proposal. “We’re all having to react as if we’ve had a culture within Canada’s public colleges and universities of misleading and or gauging students for immigration fees and immigration advice […] when to my knowledge, nothing could be further from the truth,” said Byrne.

172 people missing after Colorado flooding

Severe flooding has devastated Colorado, leaving four dead and 172 people unaccounted for. Hundreds of people have been stranded by mountain flooding, while rescuers try to get to them by air and land as food and water supplies diminish slowly. The flooding began September 11. Helicopters have been flying in and out, both during the day and night, and have rescued nearly 300 people to date. If people choose to stay during this flooding, they will be faced with lack of power, cell phone service, water, and proper sewage. Although 172 people are still unaccounted for, they are not necessarily missing: they have simply not been heard from.

Four men sentenced to death for gang rape

Four men in Delhi have been sentenced to death for the gang rape and murder of a twenty-three-year-old student who was attacked on a bus. The woman died two weeks later, leading to violent protests across India for new laws against rape. Officials have said that this is a very rare case, warranting the punishment of death. The men were convicted to death by hanging, and the father of the victim has reported that he is pleased with this verdict, and believes that justice has been served. This attack started a national debate on the treatment of women; new laws were introduced in March allowing the death penalty to be handed down in the most serious cases of rape.

The Corrections Richard Kent Editor-in-Chief

The Wittgenstein quote in Marc-Alexandre’s obituary (“Remembering Marc-Alexandre Chartrand,” page 4, September 5) was incorrect. The correct quote

is: “Genius is talent exercised with courage.” The MASU-administered bike co=op (“Sackville Bike Co-op Up and Running,” page 3, September 5) also rents cycles to community members, as a condition of its Renaissance Sackville funding. If you wish to request a correction or to notify The Argosy of an error, please contact Editor-in-Chief Richard Kent by email at argosy@mta.ca.


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The Argosy’s weekly rundown: upcoming events in Sackville EVENTS R e s e a r c h E t h i c s Wo r k s h o p Thursday Sept. 19, 10:00am Student Centre, Room 125

D e a n’s R e c e p t i o n M o n d a y, S e p t . 2 3 , 7 : 0 0 p m Tw e e d i e H a l l

M e d i t a t i o n Yo g a Thursday Sept. 19, 5:30pm Chapel Manning Room Yo g a / m e d i t a t i o n c l a s s e s ( n o c h a r g e ) Tu & T h 5 : 3 0 6:15pm in the basement of the Chapel. All levels welcome.

P F LAG F i r s t M e e t i n g Monday Sept. 23, 7:30pm S t . A n d r e w ’s P r e s b y t e r i a n Church on Bridge Street

Film Society - Before Midnight Thursday Sept. 19, 7:30pm Vo g u e C i n e m a Public Lecture - Andrea Bear Nicholas Fr iday S ept. 20, 7:00pm Owens Art Gallery Public Lecture by Rania Martin Saturday Sept. 21, 11:00am Crabree Auditorium Meeting Places Conference- Readings S a t u r d a y, S e p t . 2 1 , 7 : 0 0 p m Owens Art Gallery Wr i t e r s R e a d i n g f e a t u r i n g Herménégilde Chiasson and Aritha van Herk. ExxonMobil Recruitment Presentation Monday Sept. 23, 11:00am Student Centre Multipurpose Room A Career in Law: Advantages of a Legal Education Monday Sept. 23, 12:00pm L i b r a r y R e s e a r c h Wo r k shops for Students Monday Sept. 23-25 4:00pm & 7:00pm

R e s e a r c h E t h i c s Wo r k s h o p We d n e s d a y S e p t . 2 5 , 10:30am Sir James Dunn Room 406 M I TA C S I n f o r m a t i o n S e s sion We d n e s d a y S e p t . 2 5 , 1:30pm Sir James Dunn Room 111 Physics Speaker Series We d n e s d a y, S e p t . 2 5 , 1:30pm Sir James Dunn Room 106 Physics Speaker Series p r e s e n t s D r. V i q a r H u s a i n from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Brunswick. Sackville Far mers’ Market AG M We d n e s d a y S e p t . 2 5 , 7:00pm Royal Canadian Legion

A RT S & M U S I C Facult y Recital - S oprano Gould and Stephen Runge Fr iday S ept. 20, 8:00pm Brunton Auditorium Soprano Monette Gould and pianist Stephen Runge perform a recital of German, Frenc h, and English art songs inspired by the

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Wo m e n ’ s S o c c e r - A w a y Saturday Sept. 21, 1:00pm Mt. A vs. StFX

Music Society Gong Show Saturday Sept. 21, 7:00pm Brunton Auditorium Fe a t u r i n g p e r f o r m a n c e s by students and special guest judges.

Wo m e n ’ s R u g b y - H o m e Saturday Sept. 21, 2:00pm M t . A v s . U KC

Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys & The Blues and Juno Award-Winning Monkey Junk Saturday Sept. 21, 7:30pm Te n t o n B r i d g e S t r e e t Free and open to public. Family S unday Sunday Sept. 22, 2:00pm Owens Art Gallery P o e m s i n S o n g s a n d Wa l k s Tu e s d a y S e p t . 2 4 , 4 : 3 0 p m Owens Art Gallery P o e m s i n S o n g a n d Wa l k s with Elizabeth Bishop CD and DVD Launch featuring Suzie LeBlanc, Linda Rae Dornan, Herménégilde Chiasson. Everyone welcomed. S ac k v i l l e E a r l y M u s i c Fe s tival We d n e s d a y, S e p t . 2 5 , 4:00pm Chapel Manning Room, Chapel Sanctuary C o l l o q u i u m - L i n d a Pe a r s e and Kevin Morse We d n e s d a y, S e p t . 2 5 , 4:00pm Brunton Auditoriium SPORTS Fo o t b a l l - H o m e Fr iday S ept. 20, 7:00pm Mt. A vs. SMU

M e n’s S o c c e r - A w a y Saturday Sept. 21, 3:15pm Mt. A vs. StFX Lacrosse - Away Saturday Sept. 21, 6:00pm Mt. A vs. Dal Wo m e n ’ s S o c c e r - H o m e Sunday Sept. 22, 11:00pm Mt. A vs. Memorial M e n’s S o c c e r - H o m e Sunday Sept. 22, 1:15pm Mt. A vs. Memorial M e n’s R u g b y - H o m e Sunday Sept. 22, 2:00pm & 4:00pm Mt. A vs. STU Religious Calendar Autumnal Equinox Sunday Sept. 22 (Pagan - inc luding but not limited to Wiccans, Druids, Odinists, Sacred Ecologists). The time when the sun crosses the plane of the equator away from the Northern Hemisphere, making day and night equal length; a significant day for Pagans who celebrate the passage of the sun and the e a r t h’s l o n g e s t , s h o r t e s t , and equal days. Short Series from the book of Acts Sunday Sept. 22, 6:00pm Chapel


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Disregarding Quebec’s multiculturalism The PQ is trying to fix an issue that does not really exist Tessa Dixon Tensions are running high in Montreal this week, as protestors take to the streets to voice their opposition to the Parti Québécois’s (PQ) newly proposed charter of values. The charter, pushed for by Premier Pauline Marois, aims for religious neutrality in the province. The reason? No one really knows. The PQ government has yet to provide sound reasoning and evidence for the necessity of the charter in Quebec, a province with deep-rooted pride in its multicultural and multiethnic society. The charter will disallow all provincial public sector workers from wearing any copious or overt religious apparel or symbols. Copious and overt? The Muslim hijab, Sikh turban, and Jewish kippah, integral symbols for individuals to pay respect to their identity and religion, have essentially been called a nuisance. As helpfully explained by simple pictogram advertisements plastered around the city, small crosses and Star of David rings and necklaces are permitted. There has been no word on sizing

regulations. Elected officials, such as representatives in the national assembly, are exempt from the charter. If she wishes, Marois can sport a cross, Star of David, hijab, and turban, all at the same time. All the while, should the PQ form a majority government, minority groups will be stripped of their constitutional right to freedom of religious expression. But the exceptions continue. The massive cross that sits atop the infamous and beloved Mount Royal in the heart of Montreal will not be removed. The same exception applies to the cross hanging in Quebec’s provincial legislature. According to Bernard Drainville, the minister responsible for democratic institutions and active citizenship, the crosses are cultural and patrimonial symbols that pay respect to Quebec’s past, built upon institutions supported by the church. During a recent news conference, a reporter stumped Drainville, bringing up the future usage of the Bible to swear witnesses in to court. “Oh, my God,” he replied, slowly, “we’ll get back to you.” Clearly, Drainville was not prepared to answer for the discrepancies that riddle the incomplete and inconsistent charter. Most frustrating, the charter is making a mockery of the province by addressing a problem that does not really exist. Hijabs and kippahs don’t hurt anyone. However, crumbling

infrastructure, a failing economy, and widespread corruption do. If the PQ is using the charter as a distraction from the real problems Quebec faces, it’s working. The PQ government has begun silencing critics of the charter. Maria Mourani, currently an independent member of Parliament, was ousted from the Bloc Québécois caucus for speaking out against the charter, stating that she could not adhere to a policy that would deny a citizen work for expressing his or her religion or faith. The Jewish General Hospital in Montreal has announced its refusal to comply with the charter, stating, “any individual is entitled to employment in a hospital setting, regardless of whether or not his or her clothing includes an overt religious symbol.” Justin Trudeau immediately spoke out against Marois’s choice to push for the charter. The charter points a finger at minorities, alienating them from a society that once promised them acceptance. The presence of religious symbols is not what makes Quebec a multicultural province. It is not the multitude of churches, synagogues, and mosques, nor is it the festivals and food. It is the citizen’s pride in the diverse and varying population that makes Quebec multicultural, and it’s a shame that the government is trying to take that away. If the PQ is truly setting out to unite the province, they’re doing it wrong.

Dying for equal pay and equal treatment

Unpaid internships are exploiting students Ashwini Manohar While unpaid internships have traditionally been a useful means for a student to gain relevant experience in the field of his or her choosing, the recent flux of deaths reported in the media related to these internships has spotlighted its glaring inequities. If you are a company that is only worried about the bottom line and cutting cost, there is nothing stopping you from taking advantage of the free labour that you have been so gratuitously presented with through the education system. This is when forcing your unpaid interns to work very long hours—consecutive overtimes, late nights, and early mornings—under threat of not granting the necessary credits for their graduation, becomes the accepted norm. Never mind that those hours are far beyond what is required of them to graduate; never mind that doing so places these interns at serious risk of bodily and psychological harm. While reading through the comments on a CBC article about “unpaid intern hell,” I came across one in particular that struck a nerve: “A student studying at some school shows up at THERE [sic] CHOICE OF A WORK PLACE PROVIDER, suddenly expects pay, suddenly cries out that ‘experience’ is looking more like ‘work’ , then pulls out their ‘union card’ with threats isn’t going to appeal to many future work site employer sites. Whats [sic] the difference if a student spends four weeks in class or work site. Do they get paid to be in class? Maybe the School program should cover the student travel expenses.” It unfortunately continues on, in the hell pits of grammatical folly, but the idea that somehow being given “THERE [sic] CHOICE” of a workplace means forgoing one’s right to be treated with dignity and respect is quite outdated.

Criticism has recently been leveled against firms that use unpaid interns for long hours. (Photo Illustration by Nick Sleptov/Argosy) And that’s not even the case—in almost all of the reported student deaths, the unpaid internship was in fact required in order for the student to graduate. Slight aside here, but I used to have a friend who once proudly proclaimed, without a shred of irony, that he was ready to work for his “capitalist overlords.” There were other gems that came out of his mouth that day (“I intend to use my privilege of education to further oppress my fellow men”), but what’s striking in what he said was that he perfectly understood the system he was eventually going to be a part of—if not already—and all of its power imbalances. We have established labour laws and unions for a reason. History has taught us that unfettered access and power over labourers is a foolproof way for exploitation to occur. According to the Canadian Intern Association, there are few laws

in Canada defining or regulating internships directly. In New Brunswick, the Employment Standards Act sets the minimum wage at ten dollars per hour for most employees, but it is unclear if this amount would apply to interns. If unpaid internships worked the way they were supposed to work, like a reasonable exchange of labour for knowledge, we wouldn’t even be having this talk. I’m not sure I agree with the calls to completely abolish unpaid internships, since ideal versions of them still do exist, but governments should recognize and close the legal loopholes that allow for student labour exploitation to occur in these settings. Schools, such as Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, who require students to pay tuition fees even while on their mandatory unpaid practicums, should truly be disgraced to call themselves educational institutions.


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September 19, 2013

Let’s be aware of bigotry 24/7 Rather than only when a mistake is made John Trafford Opinions Editor

University is not as welcoming to new students as orientation week organizers at various schools would have you believe. This can clearly be seen in the controversy surrounding a chant that took place during Saint Mary’s University (SMU) orientation week. The controversy surrounding SMU began with a chant that I doubt any student organizer or first year participant thought twice about. That is, until a video appeared on the Internet and the media picked up the story and ran with it. Soon, even the premier of Nova Scotia was throwing in his two cents about the controversy. The chant in question was an acronym of the word young: “Y is for your sister, O is for ‘oh so tight,’ U is for underage, N is for no consent, G is for grab that ass—Saint Mary’s boys we like them young.” It is obvious that the student organizers at SMU made a stupid mistake by approving this

chant for use in orientation week. However, stupid mistakes are not something that students at SMU have a monopoly on. University is a time when many young adults find their way in life precisely by making profound errors in judgment, witnessing the consequences, and learning for the better because of it. As we evaluate what occurred at SMU we must keep these truths in mind, and remember to take a critical look at ourselves. When I was a starry-eyed, greenas-grass frosh in the fall of 2010, I participated in a chant, while differing in lyrics from the one at SMU, that expressed intolerance for others and a disregard for the welcoming environment that frosh week should be. Orientation week leaders (who shall remain nameless) walked students from Campbell Hall over to the south side residences. While we performed our relentless, Bud Lightfuelled march, we chanted, “hickory dickory dock, south side sucks the cock.” I was a participant in a sexist and homophobic chant, and I didn’t think twice about it until years later. Rather than taking this opportunity to solely criticize SMU, we should take it as a reminder of the bigoted and

intolerant actions we have all taken part in and the thoughts we have all had. The student organizers of the chant at SMU are you and they are me. The ignorance that drove their willingness to chant about sexual violence is something that exists within all of us. And it is something that we must constantly be on guard against, rather than only thinking about it when controversies like this rear their ugly head. The controversy at SMU, while attention-grabbing at the moment, is something that will eventually fade away as students, faculty, and administrators at the school return to normalcy. This is why bigotry is so insidious. It receives attention for a short time while a video trends on YouTube, but then attention drifts and we forget about our prejudices. We realize certain aspects of our prejudice for a short time but then soon forget while the new episode of Breaking Bad plays. The time must come when we realize the need to address bigotry at all times, and not just when student leaders make a mistake. Please join me in remembering the SMU chant in the spring, in ten years, in twenty years, and for the rest of your lives. And please remember that to rise above the bigotry and ignorance embodied in this chant is to not only become a better student, but a better human being.

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Performance-based pay doesn’t make the grade Reform is needed, but not this kind Mitchell Gunn Imagine a world where all workers are paid based on the quality of their performance; after all, it only makes sense, doesn’t it? The most money should go to the architects who design the most beautiful buildings, the chefs who cook the most delicious food, and the teachers whose students are the most successful. It only seems natural. Of course, if one simply looks a little closer, the whole idea starts to break down. Who is to say what skyscraper is the most aesthetically pleasing? On what scale do we quantify the taste of a meal? And how do we define the success of a student, much less tie that back to the instruction provided by a single teacher? According to a new study from the Fraser Institute, that’s exactly what governments and school boards need to do if they want to see improvement in the effectiveness of teachers. The thirty-five-page report, published earlier this week, advocates a number of reforms for the procedure of hiring and retaining public school teachers, namely the implementation of increased salaries for teachers based on the performance of their students. The report seems almost deliberately unclear on exactly how this should be done, but other research on the subject generally seems to favour standardized test scores as the ideal method of evaluation and, thus, for establishing a teacher’s salary. This raises a number of concerns. First, every student is different, and some may simply not be good at writing tests. This is why many school boards are increasingly calling for a wider variety of student evaluations,

a fact that this new report openly acknowledges. How, then, could we hope to accurately assess a population of students with just one test? Standardized testing has another enormous flaw: it fails to acknowledge progress. Who has truly learned the most: a student who continues to receive grades in the ninetiethpercentile range in all courses and has done so for years, or a student who used to get fifty percent and has now worked up to a seventy-five percent? Under the proposed plan, the teacher of the first student would receive a higher salary than that of the second. Is that really fair? Furthermore, such a program could also be dangerous. Previous experiments of a similar nature have led to cases of teachers attempting to cheat the system, either by teaching their students specifically to succeed on the tests or by directly providing answers. A program like this could also discourage teachers from working in more difficult subject areas like the sciences, where average grades are typically lower than in the arts, for fear of losing income. The report also suggests that, in order to facilitate the hiring, retention, and promotion of teachers based on effectiveness and not seniority, teachers’ unions would have to be dissolved or majorly revised. This is a frightening concept, particularly considering last year’s unrest in Ontario when the provincial government tried to take away teachers’ rights to collective bargaining. That case resulted in workto-rule arrangements and strikes. What would happen if the unions were abolished entirely? The Fraser Institute’s report is not entirely without merit. The root idea— that Canada’s public education system could benefit from reform—is sound. However, the proposed solutions are poorly devised, and in many ways would result in more harm than good. Changing the system is fine, but this isn’t how we should do it.

Letters to the Editor Your September 5 front-page photo of the backside of the new performing arts building jars my Sackville sensibilities. Is this the “striking Allisonian presence at the northwest corner of the campus core” as promised by President Robert Campbell in the winter 2012 issue of the Record? Your article speaks to the question of spending priorities, and in particular I note the contribution of $10 million from operating funds over a six-year period to the cost of this project. Does this not fly in the face of what Vice-President David Stewart professes in the summer 2010 Record as ‘intergenerational equity’ at Mount Allison? Clearly students of today are paying a significant portion of their tuition for the benefit of future generations, in other words, students are not getting the education they pay for. In 2012, the School of Art at the University of Manitoba moved into a new building adjacent to the historic Tache Hall named ARTlab. With the same $30 million project cost, ARTlab

provides roughly forty percent more floor area. This would suggest that the budget of the new building at Mt. A is extravagant. Savings in the project cost could lower student tuitions and enhance academic programs. Recently a friend recounted an anecdote illustrating the ‘striking Allisonian presence at the northwest corner of the campus core’. A motorist arriving in town was travelling west along Main Street looking for Mt. A. Approaching the sandstone monument at the corner of Salem and Main the driver stopped and asked my friend the question “Where is the university?” - Robert Eaton

The inaugural Allison Avenue barbecue was held on Monday September 9 at the home of John and Janet Crawford. Although the wind was rather cold that afternoon, the friendship was warm and the event was well attended. There were a dozen Mount Allison students who are newcomers to the street and about a dozen full-time residents on hand to meet and get to know each other. A good time was had by all. John and I wanted to help get the year off on a good foot. Getting to know your neighbours is always the best way to work together and should any problems develop everyone is in a better position to deal with them The food table quickly filled with potluck offerings from Helen Phinney from the Allison Arms apartments to remarkable meatballs prepared by the boys at 16 Allison, and of course the brownies made by Emily at 3 Allison were a big hit. There were a number of people who were very generous and helpful with this event. Andy Rose of Sackville

Save Easy generously donated many of the food items, David Hunter of Pickles loaned us his barbecue, and Matt Allen helped transport the food cart to our house. The Town of Sackville assisted by loaning us a picnic table. Thanks to all very much. John Cooney, a fourth year student from Ireland who is returning to Allison Ave to live for a second year commented on the barbecue. “I think the main thing from our perspective was that living on Allison for the full year last year, we literally didn’t even know our neighbours when we saw them. We probably walked past one another countless times, without a notion as to who the other was. After the [barbecue] we have certainly crossed that basic threshold, recognizing who actually lives on the street, and feel as though we could stop them in the street and say hello, etc. It’s certainly an invaluable first step toward building better relations, and something which the rest of the town could undoubtedly benefit from!” Last spring, thanks to the initiative

of Sackville Town Councillor Shawn Mesheau, a group of concerned citizens started some informal meetings to discuss how we could better resolve some of the problems that have developed in some of our neighbourhoods due to late night parties and excessive noise. These meetings were greatly assisted by Michael Fox, who has been involved in town and university relations for a number of years and has served on a number of committees in Sackville, and Ian Smith, who is the vicepresident of external affairs for the Mount Allison Students’ Union. All of these individuals were very helpful in getting our first event started and they were all in attendance. Many people in the town have expressed a positive interest in this initiative and anyone wishing to host a get to know your neighbours party is encouraged to do so. If you’d like some assistance please contact any of us: Shawn Meshau, Michael Fox, Ian Smith, and Janet Crawford. -Janet Crawford


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Mary Scobie’s art impresses Sackville community Mt. A alumna returns with nostalgic exhibit Daniel Marcotte

Arts & Literature Writer Sackville’s own Fog Forest Gallery found itself packed with art enthusiasts for the opening reception of Mary Scobie’s exhibit entitled “Close Encounters.” The event, which took place on September 12, features a collection of oil paintings inspired by the Maritimes, as well as by her travels in Europe and Western Canada, offering a perspective that is warmly familiar with a unique twist of creative liberty and personal reflection. Raised in Sackville, New Brunswick, Scobie acquired her music degree at Mount Allison University before proceeding to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) to explore the visual portion of her artistic talents. Currently, Scobie works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in Victoria, British Columbia, an occupation that allows her to combine both her musical and

artistic skills into a successful career. All sixteen of Scobie’s paintings in the gallery are done in oil paint on canvas, a medium that she deliberately switched to after preferring watercolours for many years. With oil paint, Scobie explained, she can “sum up a figure in loose strokes” by using the textural aspects of this medium to her artistic advantage. Scobie often paints figures and people that she knows intimately, such as her family and friends, as well as anonymous passersby that she has observed in her travels. Rather than painting them in a purely realistic light however, Scobie prefers to create impressionistic representations of people and their environments. “I like doing paintings of people without making them portraits,” she explained. “When I paint I want to capture the essence of a subject.” Travel is often a fundamental aspect of Scobie’s art, and many of her paintings are direct memoirs of specific places and occasions. “I love travelling,” said Scobie, as she recounted her experiences in Newfoundland, British Columbia, New York, France, and Spain, glimpses of which can be seen in pieces such as “Red Coat,” “La Journal,” and “La Passeggiata.” “When I travel, I

relax and start looking at things in a different light.” Mt. A students are frequently presented with opportunities to attend a diverse variety of art exhibitions courtesy of students, guest artists, and personal collections of the university and its affiliates. However, Mary Scobie’s exhibit is interesting in the sense that it offers insight into the life of an individual who has successfully embraced both a practical and a personal side to her interest in fine arts. “There is that balance of practicality and pursuing your passion,” she mused, looking back on her career and education. “When you’re at university, that’s the time to experiment and try out different things,” she advised, regarding her time at Mt. A and NSCAD as a crucial factor in her current success, continuing, “explore and pursue all the things you’re interested in, because you never know.” As one who has actively pursued her passions in both music and art and been rewarded handsomely for the time and effort she has invested in her chosen field, Mary Scobie’s life and artistic repertoire serve as a reminder that knowing one’s self is just as important as knowing the job market.

‘The Dog Show’ by Ben Egli at START gallery

This week, stop into START Gallery to check out Mt. A fine arts student Ben Egli’s exhibition, ‘The Dog Show.’ Egli’s show opened on Friday, September 13, and runs until September 24. (Nick Sletpov/Argosy)

Sackville artist Mary Scobie’s work is currently on display at the Fog Forest Gallery on Bridge Street. (Nick Sleptov/Argosy)

Creative Corner Noel M. Candles For a while we made spring rolls. Gary brought spring rolls, Chelsea brought spring rolls, Judith brought spring rolls. I’d bring them too. We all did. They were just a little different at first, but became more complicated as we tried to top each other: fresh jalapeño, unpasteurized miso, chili oil, chinkiang vinegar, lotus root, tomatillos, Thai basil, carrots cut into butterfly-shapes. Greg made one with Japanese mushrooms from a fruit stand downtown. Kayla fried garlic in peanut oil. Becca made her own cream cheese. It was ridiculous. We sat together on the floor because no one owned more than three chairs, each of us with something like forty dollars worth of stuff on our plates. It was more than ridiculous. It was unsettling. I felt unsettled, with a plate of goddamn cold-smoked quinoa rolls at a potluck. But I forgot that feeling when I sat down with the group, because when I sat I mostly wondered where Lisa’s quiet came from. Months earlier she was boisterous. We took turns putting dishes on her head: five, six, seven plates all balanced on her crown. Her eyes flickered, rolling back and forth until the plates toppled, but she caught the pile so that not a single plate broke. And I was puzzled that she asked, “What are we doing?” It was before the potluck. We were lying in a park. It was a moment like when you huck a stone across a gorge and it clacks against the foot of the opposite cliff: a moment that solidifies distance, that says the space that exists between two points. “Hanging out?” I said. “Just that?” Lisa’d worked at a sushi place. A tupperware of tightly-wrapped spring rolls sat in her bag on the grass between us, just as the sloppilywrapped rolls on my plate sat in their rustling green grocery bag. When I’d put my spring rolls together I hadn’t played music, because no music I played seemed to sate what my ears craved, and it seemed like there was a sheet of distorting plastic between myself and the actions of my

hands. “We should go.” I’m a little worried about sharing all of this… vanity, I guess. But I think sometimes you have to share in spite of reservations, when sharing makes you look bad. I try to believe that. It was a cold May. On cheap night Lisa and I went to see Melancholia after the potluck. And, well, afterwards I asked if she’d let me go down on her. “Sure,” she said. I sometimes wonder if I’ll arrive at a point in my life when silence is less painful, understanding more complete, messes less inevitable. She shrugged off her pants and sat down on the couch. No kisses. Lisa’s hands were small and the joy I felt nuzzling her came from those small hands turning rings in my hair. That was all the affection she showed. And I was on my knees, on the floor of her living room. I cut through the cold park on my way back. My teeth chattered. I passed one man in a brown jacket. A silvery bread bag dangled from one hand, the other hand buried in a pocket. He nodded as he walked by. I realized that he was coming from the grocery store. The potluck was tomorrow and I wouldn’t have time to get groceries and I didn’t have the stuff I needed except rice paper, but it didn’t end up mattering. Summer was looming. It brought with it the ‘slider’. At first I just wanted to use up the rice paper I’d accumulated but I kept buying rice paper and making spring rolls even though everyone else brought tiny burgers. Spring rolls became expected of me. Lisa’s quiet left her. She got boisterous again. She balanced objects on top of her head. I wish I could say this was a love story but it really wasn’t, it was just something that passed incidentally between two people. Since then I haven’t been able to shake the sense that’s all that really happens: incidents coursing between, and sometimes they converge and sometimes they don’t.


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September 19, 2013

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A musical ‘Tour de France’: Trio Arkaède reunites at Mt. A

Faculty and guest recital offers a tour of French music Daniel Marcotte

Arts & Literature Writer

A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered in Brunton Auditorium on for a faculty and guest recital featuring Trio Arkaède. Their program, entitled Tour de France, is a collection of breathtaking pieces by several late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French composers, and employs the unique yet powerful arrangement of flute and violin with piano accompaniment. The concert took place Sunday, September 15. In addition to Mount Allison’s own flute instructor Karin Aurell, Trio Arkaède’s members include Julien LeBlanc, who works as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist at McGill University and Université de Montréal, and Isabelle Fournier, who studied at the Royal College of Music in London, England and now performs regularly with Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax. Both Fournier and LeBlanc grew up in the Moncton area and are therefore intimately familiar with Sackville, Mt. A, and much of its musical community. However, because the

Trio Arkaède features an unusual musical arrangement. Their repetoire echoes their unique instrumental ensemble. (Nick Sleptov/Argosy) three are now effectively spread across Eastern Canada, performances with Trio Arkaède are perhaps more difficult to arrange than the group would like. “We miss each other,” Fournier lamented, “so when we do play together it’s very special to us.” The concert featured pieces by Mel Bonis, Philippe Gaubert, Maurice Duruflé, and two sonatas by Francis Poulenc, to commemorate his life and work; this year marks fifty years since his death in 1963. These lesser known

composers were initially chosen by LeBlanc to accommodate Trio Arkaède’s somewhat unusual instrument arrangement. “There are not a lot of trios written for piano, flute, and violin,” LeBlanc remarked, “so we have to do a lot of research to find music to play.” Despite this, certain pieces provide excellent opportunities to feature each performer’s area of expertise. Duruflé’s “Prélude, Récitatif et Variations,” for example, is a dynamic and beautifully complex piece with a variety of

Suzie LeBlanc to perform at the Sackville Early Music Festival New Brunswickborn soprano a festival highlight Visitors to Sackville between September 24 and 29 may well suppose that the town has declared it “Suzie LeBlanc Week.” The internationally-acclaimed soprano will be featured in three different events in the course of six days: a solo concert, an appearance with the period instrumental ensemble ¡Sacabuche!, and the launch of a CD and DVD. The New Brunswick-born singer, a native of Edmundston, has a worldwide reputation for excellence, as demonstrated by the comment of an Italian music critic who wrote after a concert in Turin that “the evening’s success is due above all to soprano Suzie LeBlanc with her fresh and melodious voice.” As Wendy Burnett, president of the Sackville Festival of Early Music puts it, “For the many music lovers who admire LeBlanc’s superb vocal artistry, the coming week offers a feast of opportunities to hear, see, and meet her.” The first item on the menu is the CD and DVD launch at the Owens Gallery, which starts at 4:30 pm on September 24 and celebrates the Canadian roots of famed American poet Elizabeth Bishop. LeBlanc will sing a number of Bishop’s poems set to music by various Canadian composers, among them Alasdair MacLean, formerly of Sackville. Other poems will be read by Herménégilde Chiasson and there will be a premiere screening of “Walking With EB,” a short film

sections that separately showcase Aurell’s speed and precision, Fournier’s emotional depth and resonance, and LeBlanc’s rich, sweeping arpeggios. Throughout the performances, the trio also demonstrated their acute knowledge of music history and an intimate understanding of the composers they represented. After concluding their performance of the “Suite for Flute, Violin and Piano” by Mel Bonis, LeBlanc explained the importance of recognizing and appreciating compositions by women and the frustratingly oppressive conditions of the late nineteenth century that interfered with Bonis’s musical career. In addition, the performance of Poulenc’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano” was prefaced with an explication of the composer’s familiarity with tragedy and loss that is reflected in the tone of the piece. By understanding the lives of these composers on this level, the members of Trio Arkaède act as both musicians and storytellers, by whom the listener can receive a glimpse into the minds and emotions of some of the greatest composers of our time. Trio Arkaède plan to begin recording their second album this coming December, and will likely include many selections from their Tour de France lineup. In the meantime, both the Mt. A and Sackville communities can look forward to more opportunities to experience this talented trio in the near future.

Sackville celebrates Culture Days 2013 Students and community unite for Culture Days Heather Atcheson

Suzie LeBlanc to make three appearances next week for the Sackville Early Music Festival. (Tara McMullin/suzieleblanc.com) featuring LeBlanc and Sackville artist and filmmaker Linda Rae Dornan as they recreate a walking tour of coastal Newfoundland made by the poet in 1932. There will be no admission charge for this event. Next in this trio of events will be the performance of a solo recital entitled “The Wedding Day/Le jour du mariage,” a featured concert of the Sackville Festival of Early Music, scheduled for the Mount Allison University Chapel on Friday September 27 at 8 pm. The program, which has been greeted with enthusiastic ovations in previous performances, features works by Claudio Monteverdi, Michel Lambert, and other sixteenth century composers, as well as traditional Acadian songs rooted in the same period. On this occasion, acclaimed harpsichordist Alexander Weimann and percussionist Nick Halley will accompany LeBlanc. Tickets for this concert will be sold at the door only. LeBlanc will make her third Sackville appearance on Sunday

September 29 at 8 pm in Mt. A’s Brunton Auditorium, where she will join ¡Sacabuche! in the world premiere performance of a multimedia presentation entitled “Venetia 1500.” The production, based on a celebrated Renaissance map of Venice, explores the music and mood of that great city at a turning point in its history and, in the process, invites comparisons with experiences of Maritime Canada. Recently returned from performing in China, ¡Sacabuche! is an international ensemble of musicians led by Dr. Linda Pearse of the Mt. A Department of Music. Their appearance in Sackville is the result of a joint collaboration between the Sackville Festival of Early Music and Mt. A Performing Arts. Tickets for this concert will be available at the door or by subscription to the Mt. A Performing Arts Series. Further information about the Sackville Festival of Early Music can be found on-line at http:// sackvilleearlymusic.ca .

On September 27, Sackville residents may expect to encounter a few uncommon sights like singer on the street corner, a painter in Mel’s Diner, or an actor reciting a monologue in the Jean Coutu. These impromptu performances in unconventional venues will mark the town’s third annual Culture Days Event. Culture Days, a movement celebrated in communities across Canada, is aimed at raising awareness and engaging people of all ages in the arts and culture scene of their communities. New Brunswick is hosting hundreds of different Culture Days activities across the province from September 27 to 29. Festivities will be held in downtown Sackville on September 27, from 1 to 2 pm. Culture Days provides the opportunity for people to travel around and experience first-hand the rich culture of their communities and to enter the world of various creative and culturally-oriented individuals by interacting with them and seeing them in action. In 2008, Sackville was named the “Cultural Capital of Canada,” which is a fitting title for such an active community in the Culture Days initiative. The student-led projects provide a platform for student artists and performers to showcase their creative talents to not only their

peers, but to the Sackville community at large. The events will take place at ten high-traffic business locations in the downtown area: Canada Post, Fog Forest Gallery, Jean Coutu, Joey’s Pizza & Pasta, Mel’s Tea Room, Royal Bank, Salvation Army Thrift Store, Save Easy, Scotiabank, and Tidewater Books. Community members are sure to have various arts and culture related encounters as they commute through town. The organizer of Sackville’s Culture Days activities is Rosemary Polegato, professor of commerce at Mount Allison University. She spearheaded the first culture day festivities in 2010 by getting her arts and culture marketing class engaged with the event. Students in Polegato’s course work together to plan, design, and implement the project. The lineup of creative artists and performers participating in the Culture Days project is composed of volunteers that Polegato recruited through the heads of the departments of drama, English, fine arts, and music at Mt. A. Student participants can do anything, from reciting poetry, to acting out scenes from a dramatic work, to displaying their artistic projects, to filling the streets of Sackville with music. Sackville’s Culture Days initiative engages local businesses, residents, and university students in a fun and enriching event in celebration and recognition of the diverse arts and culture scene that lives in this community. Take a walk around Sackville during Culture Days—you never know who and what you might see!


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Super 8 films bridge gap between past and present Sackville native Rena Thomas presents film screening at Struts Julia McMillan

Arts & Literature Editor Rena Thomas’s enticing promise of an evening of Super 8 films and lemon meringue pies drew an enthusiastic crowd at Struts Gallery for a screening of her film project, “Faces and Feet.” The event was held on September 11, as part of Struts’s ongoing series of members’ projects entitled “The Living is Easy.” The screening featured five films respectively titled “Papillion de Nuit,” “Faces and Feet,” “Longing,” “Pink,” and “Water Girls.” As audience members enjoyed slices of pie, they were transported into the artist’s dreamlike world of whimsy and romance. Her films feature recurring themes of sisterhood, women’s bodies, and the paradoxical emotions associated with leaving home. “Papillion de Nuit,” (French for butterfly, or moth, of the night) demonstrated the complementary nature of the Super 8 film medium with Thomas’s playful themes. The slow reel and jerky quality of the film lend a thematically appropriate contrast to Thomas’s dynamic and fluid subjects. In this piece, Alisa Haugen-Strand performs an improvisational dance in the dimly lit Sackville Music Hall. Haugen-Strand’s flowing and impassioned movements provide an interesting visual contrast to the film’s choppy quality, creating a building sense of tension and relief within the film. The visual contradictions inherent in the work mirror the emotions Thomas and HaugenStrand felt the picture conveyed. “It became about the internal struggle between haven and home versus escaping and

Rena Thomas screened five Super 8 films from her ‘Faces and Feet’ series at Struts Gallery. Her film ‘Pink,’ pictured above, explores Thomas’ love of Valentine’s Day. Homemade pies were also a crowd favourite. (Lisa Theriault /Argosy) being independent,” Thomas explained. She related it to her own experiences of graduating and moving away from Sackville for the first time, experiences Haugen-Strand also shares. “We’re in sort of a transitional period, and so ‘Papillion de Nuit’ sort of took on the meaning of new beginnings. We were thinking about a cocoon, and how escaping the cocoon is also a kind of transitional zone and a transformation at the same time.” Because Super 8 cameras are relatively outdated, the black and white film and muted colours lend a nostalgic, yet otherworldly

aesthetic quality to Thomas’s work. “Water Girls,” in particular, feels like it was filmed decades before Thomas actually produced it in 2012 before moving to New Zealand. In this piece, shot by her brother Justin, Rena is joined by three girls as they remove their clothing with a devil-may-care attitude and jump into a lake in a youthful, romantic act of freedom. “‘Water Girls’ is about a sisterhood who are free and strong, and there is also this kind of innocence and playfulness to it,” Thomas reflects. The notion of sisterhood and women embracing their bodies are both recurring themes in Thomas’s work.

“I really feel strongly about sisterhoods. I feel like there is a missing gap… a disconnect between women and the way they pass down their history and their stories.” By using a vintage method of film production to comment on modern society—specifically the media pressure on women to maintain an ideal body—and by featuring close-knit, empowered female figures in her art, Thomas manages to close this gap through her film narratives. Her imaginative settings, in a way, mirror Thomas’s own vision of how women should interact with each other, as well as with themselves.

Continued from cover Her prints presented “images where you can see the production crew filming a romantic scene.” Whitenect attempted to capture the dichotomy between the film’s final product and its creation process. “It’s interesting that we get caught up in films, but they are orchestrated to evoke certain emotions in us,” she said. “Somehow they draw us in, but we don’t think about the process.” Whitenect said that the print exchange offered a different perspective by presenting art students with the opportunity to experience the type of work produced in other schools. “We often see our classmates’ work, what kind of art they make and what they are interested in,” she explained. “It is really interesting to see what other schools are doing in the print shops.” Steeves agreed, noting that he decided to take on this project in an attempt to increase collaboration between students, and motivate them to work harder than usual—albeit within specific parameters. The Fine Arts Department, which holds weekly art exhibitions in Gairdner, is also considering another print exchange, this time with Université de Moncton. Steeves considered the success of this exhibition by stating that the Mt. A students rose to the occasion and performed well: “We want them to be proud of what they have done. We want to show that we [the faculty] are proud of what they’ve done, and we want others to see that.”

NSCAD and Mt. A fine art students join forces for a collaborative innuendo themed exhibition in the Gairdner Fine Arts Building. Their prints will be on display until Monday, September 23. (Nick Sleptov/Argosy)


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Over 3,000 fans came to MacAulay field on Saturday, September 14 to watch the Mounties take on the McGill Redmen in interleague action. The Mounties opened the scoring with a Jordan Botel touchdown just two minutes into the game. The Redmen were two much for the Mounties to handle, winning by a final score of 48-17. At half-time, Director of Athletics and Recretation Pierre Arsenault led a ceremony that retired Éric Lapointe’s number five jersey that he wore as a Mountie. Lapointe is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and a Grey Cup champion. (Sue Seaborn/Mount Allison) The Varsity Soccer teams had a rough weekend, losing a combined four games. (Bronté James/The Brunswickan)

Mounties drop homecoming game Benjamin Foster The McGill Redmen came to Sackville this Saturday and invaded the Mount Allison football Mounties’ Homecoming with a victory. The Mounties jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead off of a McGill turnover on the Redmen’s second offensive snap of the game. The final deficit made the game look very lopsided. In fact, the first half was very exciting to spectate. Unfortunately, the Mounties were shut out in the second half, which

allowed the score of the game to get out of hand. The Mounties scored fourteen of their seventeen points off of Redmen turnovers, but both of those events occurred in the first quarter. MacAulay Field was packed all around as fans came out to see the Mounties play their home opener. Mt. A came out of the gates quickly. Te Nguyen intercepted the Redmen’s first pass of the game inside the Redmen twenty yard line, and the Mounties quickly capitalized with running back Jordan Botel’s first touchdown of the year. McGill scored thirty-nine seconds later to tie the game up at seven. The Mounties then recovered from a fumble, and quarterback Alex Field threw a ten yard pass to freshman Rodreke Joseph. This made the score

14-7. But once again, the Redmen retaliated quickly, this time just two minutes later. From that point on, the game was controlled by McGill, as they outscored Mt. A 34-3. Joseph talked about how the quick start was something to build on for next week. “The first game of the season we didn’t start off good but this game started out really well and the intensity was there. We have a few things to work on but we will definitely be ready for next game,” he said. It wasn’t all negative for the Mounties, as their defence played well in the first half, causing three turnovers. Defensive lineman Jordan Redding agreed: “We keep getting better every week,

we’ll just keep improving against our upcoming opponents,” he said. The three turnovers allowed quarterback Alex Field and the offense to go toe to toe with the Redmen in the first half. McGill had 738 yards of total offence compared to Mt. A’s 238. Redmen quarterback Jonathan Collin led the game in passing with 368 yards and two touchdowns. Mounties fans got to see McGill’s explosive running back Luis Guimont-Mota rush for 141 yards and a touchdown. Mounties quarterback Alex Field got his first start of the season and notched 129 yards through the air. Nguyen and former Tantramar Titan Michael Bohan had interceptions for Mt. A, while Nguyen and Christian Plante recovered fumbles. At halftime, Mounties legend Éric

Lapointe had his number retired. He is third all-time in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rushing yards with 4,666, and was the only Mountie ever to win the Hec Crighton award for CIS Most Outstanding Player, being selected twice (1996, 1998). St. FX gained a game on everyone in the Atlantic University Sport conference this week as Acadia and Saint Mary’s lost their interleague match ups. Mt. A plays their next game this Friday night at 7 pm on MacAulay Field against Saint Mary’s. They lost to Saint Mary’s 32-7 in an exhibition game two weeks ago in Halifax.


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Womens’ soccer still looking for first win Owen Beamish The Mount Allison Women’s soccer team looked for their first win of the season last weekend as they took on the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Varsity Reds on the road in Fredericton, and the Dalhousie Tigers at MacAulay field for their home opener. The first game took place on September 14 when the Mounties visited UNB. Despite suffering a quick flyer only four minutes into the match against UNB, the Mounties were able to tie it up with a goal by Amanda Volcko before the half. The second half saw UNB really open the game up with four goals in under ten minutes. The Mounties could not catch up, losing by a final score of 5-1. On Sunday, the Mounties took on the Dalhousie Tigers in what turned out to be a tight defensive struggle for both sides. It was an impressive outing for the Mounties. The Mt. A team played well, and averted

Men’s Mounties drop both weekend fixtures Owen Beamish Coming off a win against the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Panthers, the Mount Allison Varsity men’s soccer team was looking to build momentum as they took on the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds (UNB) and the Dalhousie Tigers (DAL) in back to back action this weekend. Despite some positive play, especially against DAL, the Mounties lost both games and fell to a 1-3 overall this season.

any Dalhousie scoring chances. The Mounties were able to have several chances of their own in the second half in what turned out to be a very competitive match. A Dalhousie goal in the sixty-fourth minute by Kristy McGregor-Bales, her first of the season, notched the Tigers ahead one-nil. The goal was scored off of a Dalhousie corner kick. The Mounties couldn’t recover and succumbed to the Tigers, one-nil the final score. Megan Entwistle had a strong outing for Mt. A. She applied great pressure to the opposing defense in the second half. Entwistle had this to say after the game: “The game was a positive step forward for the team, on a number of levels. We moved together as a unit and kept our defensive shape, which allowed us to close down quickly on their runs and shots. We put pressure on their players all over the field, creating chances on the counter-attack. Dalhousie is a skilled opponent; although it was not the result we wanted, we can take many positives away from the game,” she said. The Mounties will continue to press for their first win of the season as the take on Saint Francis Xavier and Memorial University in back to back action next week. On Saturday the men travelled to Fredericton where they were blanked three to zero by a strong UNB squad, who were unbeaten at the time before a loss to the University of Moncton Aigles Bleus. The Mounties allowed a penalty kick thirteen minutes into the game before allowing another goal at the twenty-seven minute mark. Mt. A was unable to claw itself back into the game, and eventually fell 3-0. After a loss to Acadia last week, striker Bradley Joseph talked about how the team “put it behind [them] and went to UPEI with a new mindset and strategy which allowed [them] to gain a well deserved win.” A similar situation played itself out again the following week, as the Mounties looked to put the loss to UNB behind them as they took on the Tigers the day after for the home

Quotes Rodreke Joseph:

“It’s crazy. I’ve never experienced anything like it, I came out a little bit nervous but as the game went on it was pretty good.”

Jordan Redding:

“The atmosphere, the crowd, the week building up to it, and the alumni coming back.”

Owen Beamish:

“The best part of homecoming is seeing all of the Mount Allison community come together and support Mt. A athletics.”

Célina Boothby:

“I felt it was a really nice way to incorporate the alumni back into the MTA community before the big game started.”

opener at MacAulay Field. For the second straight game the Mounties suffered an early penalty. A hand ball in the box three minutes into play allowed for an early penalty shot. DAL scored another one only eight minutes later on what many thought should have been an offside call. Federico Mora added a goal only two minutes later. Unfortunately that was all the scoring that would occur in the match. Mt. A pressed late and had a good chance off a free kick. This had the Mountie fans screaming for a penalty kick, but the referee did not bother with the complaint. It was a good effort for the Mounties who matched the level of play by the Tigers. You can catch the Mounties next week as they take on Memorial University at 1 pm on MacAulay Field.

Éric Lapointe:

“All of it, to see the former players coming back, that’s when you realize how strong Mount Allison is. We all feel like we’re part of a family. To share it with them makes everything better.”

Alex Bates:

“Being able to see the Mount Allison community enjoy watching the Mounties as much as I do.”

Benjamin Foster:

“I really enjoyed watching the football game with the big crowd. The atmosphere around campus was amazing with all the alumni and students.”

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Mount Allison Lacrosse suffers second straight loss Owen Beamish The Mount Allison Lacrosse team took a tough loss at home against the Acadia Laxmen on Homecoming Saturday. For the second straight game the Mounties jumped ahead with a goal right off the faceoff by Ali Rehman. This propelled them to an early lead. The score remained close until the second half where Mt. A seemed to lose their composure somewhat. The team ended up losing by a final score of 19-10. Individually, the Mounties seemed to stack up well against Acadia, but could not put it all together as a cohesive unit. Look for the Mounties to bounce back and have a strong game as they take on the Dalhousie Tigers next week in Halifax.

What I like about homecoming Full disclosure: this is my fifth year at Mount Allison, and I have never attended the homecoming game. Not even once. I can’t even tell you if I’ve attended an after-party. Well, okay, in my second year, I walked past the game. As I was on dry contract, the sea of day-drunk students clad in fresh garnet-andgold, sneaking vodka so indiscreetly from water bottles didn’t look appealing, so I kept walking. I’m not a football guy. I’m not even a sports guy. I just don’t get it. And as far as I’m concerned, day drinking is an activity best reserved

for the inside of a bar. What I do get is that plenty of other people like homecoming a whole lot. People for whom homecoming is meaningful: Fans. Sackville residents. Alumni. Freshmen trying to make the most of an indian summer. Lots of these people are my friends, and I want them to experience all the joy a day at a game can bring--even if I don’t understand the appeal of the game itself. So, am I a big fan of homecoming? You bet. -Richard Kent


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Attending Mt. A was the ‘best decision of my life’

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Éric Lapointe has a full resumé of records, awards, and trophies to his name, but you probably wouldn’t know it if you bumped into him on Bridge Street. Sporting a fresh Mount Allison Athletics pullover and a Boston Red Sox hat, Lapointe looks like he could still return to the gridiron and take a couple of snaps for the Montreal Alouettes. A true Mountie, The Argosy was able to talk to Lapointe about his time at Mt. A and in the Canadian Football League (CFL). So why would someone of Lapointe’s calibre decide to attend Mt. A in tiny Sackville, New Brunswick to play football anyway? “Football has changed quite a bit since then, there was no football program at Laval, Sherbrooke, we had to go somewhere else. A lot of Francophone’s were going to the Maritimes. Marc [Loranger] was the head coach here, and he was a francophone, and because I couldn’t say one word in English, I decided to go to a place where I could understand the head coach. When I came for a visit I fell in love with the place, it was the best decision of my life.”

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Lapointe (centre), was voted the best CIS athlete of all-time by fans. (Sue Seaborn/Mount Allison) Sporting his gigantic Montreal Alouettes Grey Cup ring from 2002, Lapointe said his time with the team wasn’t always enjoyable. “I heard my coach say the only weakness we have is [Éric] Lapointe. It was a conversation I wasn’t suppose to hear. I wanted to quit, but my teammates wouldn’t let me. I came back and I started running after practice. I lost my job [as a] running back, but I was still on special teams. The Eastern Final, the starting running back got hurt and I took his spot. I ran for 115 yards and scored three times and we won. When I looked at that coach that told me that I was the weakness, he didn’t say anything. It was all worth it. It’s when you go through something that’s really bad and you don’t give up, it’s when you really enjoy it.”

Sex Bomb IUDs are a birth control option worth considering Sex lovers, gather round: there’s a form of birth control that is quickly gaining popularity. The intrauterine device, or IUD for short, is a T-shaped pliable plastic rod with an attached thread that measures over an inch long and is inserted into the uterus through the cervix. According to a study, female doctors use IUDs two-to-five times more often than women who aren’t doctors. IUDs are safe, low-maintenance and effective. There are two types of IUDs to choose from: the Mirena and the Paragard. The Mirena helps prevent pregnancy by releasing a small amount of the hormone progesterone locally in the uterus each day. The Paragard uses a tiny copper filament that’s wrapped around the ‘T,’ making your uterus a toxic environment for sperm. This type of IUD does not use any hormones of any kind. There are many advantages to this type of birth control. First of all, they work. They are ranked as one of the most effective birth controls on the market, on level with irreversible methods such as getting your tubes tied. They’re also small, with the whole device being the same size as an iPod shuffle. And they are affordable. Most insurance providers cover IUDs, reducing the cost significantly (I only had to pay five dollars for mine). They last a very, very long time. For example, the Mirena lasts for up

to five years, and the Paragard can last up to ten. They can be removed at any time, and fertility is not affected whatsoever. But there are disadvantages, as well. Insertion isn’t a pleasant experience, and some women experience mild to moderate pain when the IUD is put in. Cramping and backaches occur for days, and some woman experience spotting for upwards of a month after insertion. The Mirena can cause three to six months of irregular periods, and the Paragard can cause heavier periods and painful menstrual cramps. These are all things to discuss with your doctor during a consultation visit, as everyone experiences these symptoms differently. One thing to understand is that the IUD prevents pregnancy, but does not prevent STIs. Make sure that secondary birth control such as condoms are used in order to prevent infection transmission with new partners. The bottom line is that IUDs are safe, effective, and incredibly easy to use. IUD use jumped from one to three per cent in 2008, and those numbers are expected to rise. A whole new generation of women is discovering just how awesome IUDs can be. If you feel that your lifestyle may benefit from having an IUD, talk to your doctor and book an appointment!

Lapointe also talked about the differences between playing in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and the CFL. “Speed,” he said, “Everybody’s better, but blocking-wise I thought it was a lot better. The [defensive backs] are a lot faster, you go through the line and think you’re going [to run for] fifty yards, and you only get ten.” In the interview, it was pretty obvious that Lapointe is a “all for one, one for all” kind of guy. “I would have loved [to win] the Vanier Cup. The Hec Crighton was nice, but it was just you by yourself in Toronto. You’re alone,” Lapointe said. Winning the Hec Crighton was of course an individual accomplishment, so he wasn’t with his teammates. “I was so jealous watching the teams playing in the Vanier Cup. I

would have traded that trophy for a Vanier Cup any time and play that game with my teammates because they all deserve to be on the same podium.” Now member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, as a Mt. A Mountie Lapointe spoke for over fifteen minutes about how much he enjoyed living in Sackville. The patrons talked about his touchdown celebrations by kneeling in the end zone and letting kids hug him when he scored. There wasn’t one bad thing said about Lapointe the entire Homecoming weekend. He is certainly one of Mount Allison’s favourite alumni, and will always be remembered by the new number five banner hanging above MacAulay Field.

E-cigarettes rising in popularity Are these new devices a fad, or a way of the future? Célina Boothby E-cigarettes (or electronic cigarettes) are rising in popularity all over Canada, but are they truly a health tool or a sneaky gateway device? An e-cigarette is a small vaporizing device that is scent-free and tobaccofree (some are even nicotine-free). They can contain liquid nicotine that is vaporized by a small battery and can range between gummy bear flavour to vitamin C flavour. Just what e-cigarettes are and the role they play in our health varies greatly, depending on whom you speak with. There is great debate as to whether these are small health devices that can condition heavy smokers into weaning themselves off consistent smoking, or whether these machines have become gateway devices for many younger and more curious members of our society. In a recent Centers for Disease Control & Prevention study, there has been a rise in middle- and high-school students trying such e-cigarettes.

With eighty-eight per cent of today’s adult smokers beginning when they were adolescents, many health professionals are worried that e-cigarettes could be that initial exposure to tobacco related products that spark a lifetime of addiction. Health Canada told stores to pull e-cigarettes that contain nicotine off their shelves in 2009, but people are still purchasing them online. Contrarily, others are praising e-cigarettes. Due to the fact that the harmful part of cigarettes is during the combustion of the tobacco and up to 4,000 other toxins, e-cigarettes eliminate that aspect, while still providing a nicotine fix. Nicotine isn’t everything though; the physical habit of smoking a cigarette is what people crave just as much. These e-cigarettes can provide an alternative to this familiar action of puffing, but without the harmful effects. So these little devices are eliminating virtually all the chemicals, all the smoke, and are not poisoning the people around us. Evidently, there are many different positions on the pros and cons of e-cigarettes but always remember it is up to each individual to make an informed decision. Stay healthy folks!

Célina Boothby is Mount Allison’s Health Intern.

Second-year football defensive back Michael Bohan has been named the Joey’s Pizza and Pasta male athlete of the week. Bohan was the Mounties best player during a weekend loss to McGill during CIS interlock play. Playing as part of a depleted defence due to injuries, Bohan had four tackles, two pass breakups, and an interception. He also had a strong day on special teams, playing on both units, including serving as the Mountie spiny returner. Bohan is a Sackville native who arrived to Mount Allison as the twotime NB High School Football Player of the Year. During his first year, Bohan was part of a defensive unit that helped get the Mounties back to the playoffs. His strong play earned him the Mounties male Rookie of the Year Award. Bohan and his Mountie teammates will host Saint Mary’s this Friday.

Amanda Volcko

Sue Seaborn/Mount Allison Second-year women’s soccer Mountie Amanda Volcko of Halifax, NS has been named Mount Allison’s female athlete of the week. Volcko played two strong weekend games from her striker position, scoring her first goal of the year on September 14 against UNB. Volcko had several chances in both games, as she continues to lead the Mounties offensively. Volcko burst onto the scene during her rookie campaign in 2012-2013, scoring five goals for the Mounties in thirteen regular season games and helping the Mounties to earn a playoff berth for the first time in twelve years. For her work, Volcko was recognized as Mount Allison’s female Rookie of the Year in 2012-2013. Volcko and her teammates will host the Memorial Sea-Hawks on September 22 at 11 am.


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Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 game announced at PAX Crowdfunding campaign used to fund new game Sam Moore At a panel discussion that took place during Seattle’s Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) on September 1, veteran game designer Keiji Inafune announced plans for Mighty No. 9, a game that many are calling the spiritual successor to the popular Megaman series. Mighty No. 9 is being crowdfunded through Kickstarter, a website that has revolutionized the way entertainment is created and consumed. The highly anticipated game is being developed after having met a daunting $2.2 million goal. Inafune is best known for his work at Capcom, a large Japanese game developer and publisher, where he helped to create Megaman, and oversaw the production of games like Lost Planet: Extreme Condition and

Dead Rising. Inafune left Capcom like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, in October 2010 over his growing where anyone can contribute to a dissatisfaction with the company. project. This marks the first time In December of the same year he that a Japanese developer has used founded his own development Kickstarter to fund a game, a practice studio, Comcept. Recognizing that that has become quite popular Capcom would among Western have nothing to developers. satisfy an already $170.63M was pledged Over the last content-starved many high to games on Kickstarter year, fanbase after it profile games 2012. $149.20M and developers cancelled the last in three Megaman of sought that figure was have games (Megaman funding through Universe and pledged to successful Kickstarter. In M e g a m a n projects, resulting in a March of last Legends 3 in Double success rate of 34.98%. year, 2011, and the Fine Productions, projects are the developer p r e v i o u s l y Game u n a n n o u n c e d Kickstarter’s largest behind games Maverick Hunter like Psychonauts, in April of this source of revenue. Brütal Legend, year), Inafune and Iron Brigade, and his team at raised over $3.3 Comcept began million for their work on Mighty No. 9 this year. game Double Fine Adventure (now Inafune announced at PAX that the renamed Broken Age). Double Fine game would be crowdfunded through has since gone back to Kickstarter Kickstarter. Crowdfunding is form of to successfully fundraise for fundraising, made popular by websites another game, Massive Chalice,

which raised over $1.2 million. The involvement of crowdfunding in entertainment media has marked a shift in game development. Gamers now have more of a say in the kinds of games being made; they have the chance to put their money where their mouths are. In fact, Kickstarter campaigns are often created in direct response to feedback from fans of a game. Star Citizen is a well-known example of a game that was created in response to fans constantly petitioning creator Chris Roberts for a new Wing Commander game. Unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine and daisies in the land of Kickstarter. Much like campaigns in other fields on the site, games are not always guaranteed to come out. Double Fine’s Broken Age has been repeatedly delayed and was recently announced that due to budgeting problems it will be split in two, with the first half to be released in July 2014 and the second half coming sometime in 2015. The Ouya, an open source, Android operating system-based console, was released with many technical problems and a relative dearth of quality games.

Games also don’t always get funded. Over the summer, Precursor Games launched a campaign for Shadow of The Eternals, what some are calling a spiritual successor to the Eternal Darkness series, but failed to meet fundraising goals not once but twice. On Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing. If a project raises $100,000 but needs $110,000, it receives no funding. It is in this environment that Inafune and his team, made up almost exclusively of developers who worked on the Megaman games, launched their Kickstarter campaign. The game made headlines as it raised over $1 million in just over a day and has since raised over $2 million. Mighty No. 9’s Kickstarter campaign ends October 1. The game is scheduled to come out on PC and Mac in 2015 and will later launch on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. Sam Moore is a video game lover and frequent contributor to the Argosy. He often writes reviews of films.

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Released in the fall of 2012, Coyote is Canadian artist Matt Mays’s fifth album, and it debuted on the Canadian Albums Chart at number seven. Mays wrote it after his return from a hiatus, during which he travelled the world in search of new sounds and influences. This soulsearching has paid off, and we find ourselves with an album that breathes with the passion of old school rock, some fantastic guitar hooks, and an eclectic mix of horns, organs, and even island rhythms. Tracks like “Indio” and “Zita” feature a dense classic rock sound that deserves to be played over and over on a jukebox. Even in his ballads, such as “Loveless” and “Chase the Light,” he doesn’t try to go too deep in his lyrics, though any attempt to do so proves cliché. These few clichés remain intelligible to the listener and, more importantly, are easy to sing along to. -Taylor Losier

Matt Mays ≈ Coyote

If anyone other than Greta Gerwig had starred in Frances Ha, it would have easily been one of the most depressing films of the summer. For those worried by my prior statement, don’t be. Frances Ha is an absolute joy; the dialogue is sharp, the music delightful, and the black and white aesthetic looks great. The story revolves around the titular Frances as she struggles to make ends meet by working as a dancer in New York. I say that this movie would be depressing had anyone other than Gerwig played Frances because, quite frankly, throughout the movie Frances struggles: she struggles with her friends, her money, her job. It is often hard to watch as things fall apart, yet Gerwig makes all of Frances’s problems seem small, as if they were all just bumps on the road to success, or at least to stability. Frances Ha is one of the most uniquely entertaining movies in recent memory, in that it takes seemingly unrelated moments of sadness or insecurity and compresses them into one comedic diamond. - Sam Moore

Noah Baumbach ≈ Frances Ha

Who puts out a 7” these days, anyway? Well, it turns out that the classic 45 is the perfect format for some of songwriter Barber’s self-described odds and ends. Recorded in an old schoolhouse with backup band The Spades, the record maintains an intimate tone throughout, with its requisite jangliness giving way to one too many pentatonic guitar solos. The A-side track “The People Got to Know” is a swung sing-along anthem that veers closer to Fred Penner than Spoon, but lacks an accessible hook. The B-side, “Fool for You,” is where Barber and co. really get to shine: its old soul construction and meaty sincerity smack of Snailhouse without the sugary lyrical embellishments. If brevity is the soul of wit, then I’ll admit that Matthew Barber and the Spades have made one funny little vinyl disk that’s well worth ten minutes of your time. - Ian Malcolm

Matthew Barber and the Spades ≈ September Seventh Fire Records 7”

Following in the footsteps of their interestingly titled LP Suck it and See, the Arctic Monkeys have returned with a vengeance on their fifth studio album, AM. The title presumably standing for ‘Arctic Monkeys’, it’s jammed pack with brilliant beats from the British boys. The extremely catchy “Do I Wanna Know?” is clearly influenced by Queens of the Stone Age’s (QOTSA) riffladen rock. This may be due to the collaboration between Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner and QOTSA’s Josh Homme earlier this year. Easy listening “Knee Socks” is one you’ll definitely want to keep on repeat. Characterized by expert lyrics, a sense of fun (check out “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High”) and a highly refined alt-rock sound, AM provides evidence of how far the Sheffield boys have come since their debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Representing the evolving British music scene, the Arctic Monkeys have done it again with AM. -Jennifer Singh

Arctic Monkey ≈ AM


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September 19, 2013

Pleasant cacophony at Struts Two local acts and a touring band play noise show

Mixed Tape Send it to Your Lover - Lucas Hicks Each week, the Argosy asks a member of the Sackville community to create a mixtape playlist on a theme or topic of their choosing.

Cameron McIntyre Entertainment Writer

The stark light and minimalist art of Struts Gallery was a nearly ideal setting for last Thursday’s noise show. The show featured Sackville local JFM, Germany’s Jealousy Mountain Duo, and Sackville’s El Ron Maltan, who played their second show ever. JFM started off the night with music that layered ideal forms of existence and paradoxes on top of one another to present an ambitious amount of ideas. However, these ideas, though many and bold, felt underdeveloped, shallow, and at times naïve. Many times they failed to come to any sort of climax or felt as if they weren’t as well-suited as he intend. It took just half a soul hook and some heavy bass to reveal his intent, as well as create a great moment in the middle of his performance. ‘Moments of greatness’ was the theme throughout the night, of which Jealousy Mountain Duo’s ruthless, earpounding drumming and inane pangs of electric guitar were undoubtedly the highlight. Their clash and gradual convergence through instrumentation spoke to the meandering effort of humanity. Imperfection lapsed into climaxes of utter despair and the kind

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Germany’s Jealousy Mountain Duo play a noise-based show at Struts Gallery on Thursday September 12. (Chris Donovan/Argosy) of triumph civilizations are built upon, reminding all in attendance that their imperfect parts can come together and become something greater. While just beginning their five week tour across Canada, the Duo typified the evening and made it incredibly memorable. El Ron Maltan’s approach started off semi-conventional, reminiscent of American rock band Kyuss, but its quick loss of composure was a desirable turn that shed all predictability in the process. The set had a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas feel surrounding it, as if there was a slow loss of the music’s link to reality, becoming more and more dream-like as it progressed. The show was not without its flaws. A late start was exacerbated by a few technical difficulties, which led to a

noticeably shortened set by JFM. For JFM’s set, the venue, which seemed so close to perfect for the other two groups, didn’t work particularly well; the stark light contributed to an uncomfortable aura and a lack of crowd participation. JFM’s set, which contained the most movement-centric music of the three acts performing, would have benefited from a darker environment that’s more conducive to dancing, like the Legion. Instead, the crowd found itself pinned against the gallery wall as if attempting to be as far away from the artist as possible. The night itself was particularly unstructured, with sets ending in unpredictable fashions, though this served to emphasize the unpredictable nature of the music.

Viewers should not be afraid of watching foreign movies Subtitled films are a great addition to any evening Austin Landry Before I make any kind of rousing call to dive into as many foreign language films as you can handle, I’d like to say first that I believe this article would be rendered unnecessary if you simply stopped reading it, ordered the Criterion LaserDisc of Jean Renoir’s La règle du jeu, slid it into your DVD player, curled up with a friend, companion, snack, or all three, and witnessed magic unfolding on the screen in front of you. Over the past few years, I’ve been slowly but steadily falling in love with film. I think I can describe my enthusiasm in a sentence by acknowledging that movies are the most dynamic form of storytelling available to us. That dynamism is given fully-realized breadth only when films representative of all languages, countries, and release dates are considered in picking out a Friday night flick. This past May I made my annual return to the homeland, intent on four solid months of sharing as many possible cinematic discoveries with my family and friends. Most were well-received on the whole, but about two minutes into City of God (Cidade de deus), my sixteen-year-old brother stood up and hit pause—the dialogue had begun and the subtitles were rolling. “Is it gonna be like this for the whole movie?” he whined. “Yes,” I told him, “but just trust me.” We ended up striking a deal wherein his sitting through the entire movie

would ensure my company throughout a few episodes of Game of Thrones. After the film ended, however, something had changed within him; in the end, he never even cashed in on my promised side of the bargain. There is a word in the Japanese language, arigata-meiwaku, which translates very roughly to: ‘An act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favour, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude’. This is one of the most visible and elegant examples of how language expresses its culture. Watching foreign language films can be a rewarding way to understand the subtle complexities of another different culture and time. And why do we go to the movies in the first place? To be entertained and informed. What better medium than film exists to present a slice of life completely alien to us? On the one hand, explosions and bright lights are nice to look at, but in the end, it’s the movie that challenges the mind which has the most staying power. A problem I’ve noticed regarding the marketing of foreign films is that they’re often branded in with the Oscar bait/Art House/festival cycle films. These surely sound appealing to some, but I imagine many automatically disregard them on account of this bundling. That there are hundreds of wonderful and involving movies that are not in English is lost to far too many potential viewers. A great foreign film can add an entirely new dimension to your viewing experience. Austin Landry is the president of the Classic Film Society.

“Knitting Something Nice For You” by Aidan Knight (Versicolour) Using your talents to win someone over is good advice. “Sara” by Chad VanGaalen (Diaper Island)

“So Sorry” by Feist (The Reminder)

Chad constantly blows my mind with his songwriting. File this one under sentimental.

Don’t ever feel bad about being wrong.

“Frost” by Corey Isenor (Frost)

“Hockey Teeth” by Bahamas (Pink Strat)

Ex-Sackville dreamboat sums up Sackville existence.

Imperfections need to be embraced sometimes.

“Gold Soundz” by Pavement (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)

“When I Go” by Joel Plaskett (Emergencies, False Alarms etc.)

“So drunk in the August sun and you’re the kind of girl I like.”

If you absolutely have to leave the East Coast, don’t forget to come back.

“(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” by Nat King Cole (Capital Records Single)

“Before You Leave” by Thrush Hermit (Clayton Park) Plaskett. “Frozen to Construction (Homebodies)

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Phone” by Destruction

I too have racked up countless long distance calls.

Because I do. “Just Be Simple” by Songs: Ohia (The Magnolia Electric Co.) And if you’re feeling bad, that’s ok. You’re not alone. Lucas Hicks is a lover, first and foremost, as well as a musician on the side.

GTA 5 radio is the best yet Improved in-game radio features stations curated by celebrities Cameron McIntyre Entertainment Writer

This week marks one of the most highly anticipated launches in video game history with the release of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) by Rockstar North. Every aspect of the game, which is renowned for the absolute freedom it grants the player, is present with careful attention to detail. It captures southern California perfectly, from its culture to its scenery. Central to all of this is the soundtrack, which provides an auditory backbone to this beauty. “What was important for us was to capture that feeling of L.A. and California,” said soundtrack supervisor Ivan Pavlovich in Rolling Stone. “We approached the radio stations as the musical soundscape [you experience] as you fly into L.A. One of the things we’ve never done in a GTA game before is a pop station; exploring that made so much sense in the context of L.A.” Great, well-rounded soundtracks have become a tradition for the series, yet GTA V’s iteration has certainly upped the ante. The game’s original score was composed by the Alchemist, the Beverly Hills hip-hop producer most commonly known for his work with Detroit rapper Eminem, and legendary crafters of film soundtracks Tangerine Dream. However, the musical delight does not end there, as arguably the best part of the GTA

universe flushes out in the rest of the game: the radio. Radio in GTA has always been enough to encourage the dedication of countless hours spent not progressing in the game, but just bumping around town in a stolen vehicle. This is even more so the case in the game’s newest rendition, which includes stations featuring a jaw-dropping amount of star power not confined to the songs they play, but also to the DJs who present them. The stations range from a classic rock station playing everything from Billy Squier’s “Lonely Is the Night” to some Phil Collins, presented by DJ Kenny Loggins, and the experimental IDM steeped FlyLo FM, lovingly put together by Flying Lotus himself. “A mix to carry through the Los Santos freeways at top speed,” its playlist is dominated by Flying Lotus’s own music but includes some Outkast and Tyler, the Creator. It’s not only the music that makes GTA radio special. Throughout the series there has been a trend of hilarious social commentary on the various talk radio stations. Instances like an ancient Norse god giving self-help advice and a witch doctor drilling holes in his fellow guests on a liberal talk show all make it impossible to get anything done in-game, simply because the average player never wants to get out of a car. The Rockstar North team have captured multiple aspects of L.A., from its angst in Nate Williams and Stephen Pope of Wavves’s Vinewood Boulevard Radio, to its history on the West Coast Classics station. The personality of southern Cali really shines bright in every way, as the game allows the player to fashion it into whatever L.A. they would like.


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Godspeed you, Voyager 1 Farthest manmade satellite departs the solar system

Clay Steell

Voyager 1 has gone boldly where no man-made satellite has gone before. On September 12, NASA scientists announced that the thirty-six-yearold probe had finally exited our solar system, a first for any object man has launched skyward. Scientists have been hotly anticipating the satellite’s departure for over a year, the exact moment of which has been unclear up to now. Since 2004, the probe has been expected to burst out of the sun’s magnetic influence, but uncertainty over the nature of the outer solar system has kept its followers on the edge of their seats. Our sun constantly emanates a stream of charged particles, known as the solar wind. The solar wind dominates the space around our planets and beyond, but is countered at the edge of the solar system by another force: cosmic rays. Each force carries with it a detectable magnetic field, but their interactions at the edge of the solar system was highly speculative. Last August, science journals were abuzz with the news that Voyager 1 had

exited the sun’s solar wind field; had it finally escaped our solar system? NASA concluded that it had not, because the magnetic field had not switched directions to coincide with the Milky Way’s cosmic rays. This change is still yet to be detected, but mission control recently reevaluated the last year’s data. NASA officially concluded that Voyager 1 had departed the heliopause, the outermost layer of our solar system, on August 25, 2012. What has this deliberation taught us? Just how little we know about the Did you outer reaches of Voyager 1 the solar system. L o n g s t a n d i n g launched in theories and hypotheses concerning the interplay of particles, plasmas, and magnetic fields in the heliopause will have to be entirely re-evaluated. After all, Voyager 1’s encounter with this solar terminus is a first, and will pave the way for future exploration beyond our home sun. This 1600-lb satellite is the farthest-reaching legacy of human civilization. As such it has a very special piece of cargo: a gold-plated audio-visual disc with a record of our species and home planet, directly intended for any intelligent life-forms that may find it aeons in the future. Inscribed on its surface is a star-map

of Earth’s location and schematic of how to access its digital information. Its contents were summarized by a message included from then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter, “This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.” It’s been decades since Voyager 1 was launched, and most of the world had all but forgotten it. Yet its media know? The revival has probe was reminded us not only of its 1977. contributions to science, but its legacy in human history. At this point it has an ambiguous trajectory, given the yawning emptiness of space beyond our solar system. By 2025 Voyager will slowly run out of its power reserves and we will lose all contact with it. Provided it doesn’t hit anything, overwhelmingly likely in inter-solar space, it could survive millions of years. Whether human civilization prospers or collapses, whether all trace of us on Earth is destroyed, Voyager 1 will remain, a cosmic message-in-abottle through space and time.

Apple jumps into the game market New operating system to compete with Android Martin Omes Science Writer

Apple isn’t about to be pushed over in the mobile gaming market. They are firing back at Android (Apple’s biggest competitor) with the release of iOS 7 and the new A7 chip on Wednesday. Apple is signalling to the world that it’s dead set on remaining the preeminent mobile gaming platform. Since the release of the App Store, game apps have become very popular and have launched many studios to stardom, such as Rovio (the studio behind Angry Birds) and King (who are responsible for Candy Crush Saga). Maintaining the edge

means not only providing full-blown Bluetooth controller support, but also urging developers to round out new hardware with top-notch apps that will take advantage of the A7 chip. How has Apple been successful against traditional gaming consoles such as the PlayStation Vita or the Nintendo 3DS? They have always hinged on the fact that those companies cannot keep up with the pace of iOS game development and its impending hardware offerings, as well as saying that those devices are not worth the money. After all, why cast out large chunks of change on a Nintendo or a Sony gaming device when you can get a smartphone that will soon catch up to those gaming juggernauts and do the same things and then some? Optimizing for the A7 has already begun, with game developers already optimizing apps to download, such as Dungeon Hunter 4 and PLAYMOBIL Pirates, which are all ready for the jump to the 64-bit processor with the iPhone 5S. Leading

the charge is Infinity Blade 3, which hits the App Store in tandem with iOS7. This leads to the question: is the iPhone controller on the horizon? It is known that they are in development, and likely won’t be revealed until early November. PowerA, makers of the Moga line of portable and console-style Android controllers, has iPhone controller announcements in the pipeline, though company representatives won’t say exactly when we will see our first iOS 7-optimized handheld or what it will look like. While the iPhone announcement and A7 unveiling have done little to tip the controller manufacturers into spilling more secrets, Apple is still sitting pretty at the front of the mobile gaming industry thanks to the marketing bump of the capabilities of the A7. It will only further Apple’s lead in the industry in the coming months with more iOS 7-optimized apps and the influx of new 5C and 5S devices running its latest software. The gap is shrinking, and iOS is moving up front now for mobile gamers.

Honours Profile Sarah Neima

Sarah Neima holding a sand piper. (Diana Hamilton/Mount Allison) Allison O’Reilly Science Editor

Sarah Neima is a fourth-year biology honours student working in Diana Hamilton’s lab. Her research focus is on semipalmated Sand pipers (Calidris pusilla). Sandpipers are small, migratory shorebirds with long bodies and narrow wings. They have sensitive bills, which allow the birds to feel bud or sand as they probe for food. They have plumaged with brown and grey streaked patterns. The birds that are studied in Diana Hamilton’s labs are studied in the Bay of Fundy. Diana Hamilton is a community ecologist, who does most of her studies in the mudflats of the Bay of Fundy. She studies all the organisms that live and depend on the mudflats and how they interact with each other. Recent studies have concentration a lot on sandpipers, specifically their movement, how long they stay in the Bay, their amount of local movement, and how they move between mudflats and different roosting sites. Sandpipers breed in the Arctic and spend their winters in areas of South America, but stop in the Bay of Fundy during their fall migration. The Bay of Fundy acts as a fuel stop, as the birds stop there in order to fuel up and build fat reserves for the long migration ahead. Neima’s thesis, “Movement and diet in male and female semipalmated sand pipers in the Upper Bay of Fundy,” focuses on the differences between males and females. Female sand pipers tend to arrive to the Bay of Fundy first, with males trailing behind. This behaviour pattern could potentially reveal a difference between sexes. Neima conducts her research by

tracking sand pipers. Ninety birds were caught and attached with small radio transmitters using a process called VHF (very high frequency) Telamitry. The transmitters are used to track their movement around the Bay. Seventeen stationary towers are set up in locations where they’re known to feed and roost, so Neima is continuously getting data as the birds are “hanging out.” Neima also flies in a small, fixed wing aircraft in order to pick up radio transmissions from birds. Neima is also interested in the sand piper’s diet. Different food can affect their weight gain, which is important for the birds’ chances of survival. How they assess their diet is by taking samples of invertebrates in the mudflats. Blood samples are then taken from the birds and undergo stable isotope analysis. The level of isotopes in the invertebrates is then compared to the isotopes in the blood, and from there a picture of what the birds eat is then painted. This is a more theoretical research approach. When asked why she chose biology at Mount Allison, Neima said that she had a high school biology teacher who showed her how fun Biology could be, and that she always had an interest in nature and animals. She chose Mt. A because she knew people who attended, and fell in love with the campus when she came to visit. She knew that the small campus would be a good environment to get close to her professors. When asked how she enjoys working with Hamilton, Neima said, “I worked as an assistant last year and absolutely loved it. There is a fantastic work environment, group dynamic, and Diana is great at getting good group of people together”. She also says this work is perfect for her, as she enjoys “running around outside and getting dirty”.

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Mt. A alumni flock back for physics reunion Green algae Physics weekend jam packed with science goodness Allison O’Reilly Science Editor

Scientists from all around flocked to Mount Allison University this past weekend for a physics reunion. Mt. A alumni who graduated with a physics degree were treated to a multitude of events ranging from talks to banquets. The reunion also coincided with a tribute to Robert Hawkes, a Mt. A physics professor who is retiring at the end of this school year. The weekend began with a series of talks by Mt. A alumni. The first to speak was Chris Milburn. Born and raised in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Milburn graduated from Mt. A in 1991. He then completed his masters in medical physics at McMaster University before going to Dalhousie Medical School. He spoke fondly of his physics upbringing, saying that it trained him well in his medical career. He claimed that the advantage of studying physics was that it taught him logical, stepwise, and analytical thinking, and that physics was a great “springboard” for all aspects of his

career. He also argued that there are aspects of physics in all other sciences, unlike other scientific disciplines. “Physics is what made me the man I am today”, Milburn said. The second speaker was Dwayne Branch, who graduated from Mt. A in 1992. His specialty was in financial mathematics, and he explained that his physics degree trained him for a multitude of career paths, which include computational modelling, banking and finance, electricity generation and distribution, and commodity supply chain management. “Physics is a lifestyle”, Branch explained. He claims that he goes back to physics everyday in order to solve a problem. The third and final speaker was Grant Williams, who graduated from Mt. A in 1988. Immediately after graduating, Williams went on to a career in science education. His presentation detailed how his love of science and teaching evolved, and how he ended up as an assistant professor of science and math education at St. Thomas University. His research is on investigating how simulations and analogies can support students’ conceptual understanding, and his latest project is the development of “kinulations”—kinaesthetic simulations that are designed to

actively engage middle and high school students in learning science concepts by acting out the functions and roles of key system components. “Science education needs more physicists”, Williams claims. He explained that physicists have an approach to solving problems that can aid in the educational process. The next day of the reunion weekend kicked off with a keynote address from two other Mt. A alumni who had followed interesting careers post-graduation. Kate Braedley, who graduated from Mt. A in 2007, gave the first talk, entitled “Point A, B, and my Life at Sea.” Braedley spent two years teaching with Class Afloat, an educational program aboard a tall ship with the aim to teach students how connected our planet really is. With this program, she sailed to over thirty ports around the Atlantic Ocean. In 2010, she was teaching onboard the SV Concordia when it sank off the coast of Brazil. Despite spending over forty hours lost at sea, Braedley returned to Class Afloat the following year. Ankit Kapur gave the second address, entitled “Pulsars to Pulses: The Story of a Physicist turned Surgeon.” Kapur made good use of his physics degree from Mt. A by creating a startup called Vayu Energy, which provided renewable energy solutions

to homeowners. After selling his company, Kapur continued his studies at the University of Paris, earning a diploma in French language and culture, followed by medical school. This past spring, Kapur graduated with honours from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Later in the evening was the banquet for returning alumni. During the banquet, there was a tribute to Robert Hawkes, who has taught at Mt. A since 1980. Hawkes’s research interests are in solar system astrophysics, with a focus on meteor structure, meteor ablation in planetary atmospheres, electrooptical detection techniques, and laser ablation techniques. Hawkes was also a key player in the construction of the solar-powered Gemini Observatory. The reunion weekend ended with a Starry Sackville Night presentation conducted by Catherine Lovekin. The lecture, entitled “Small Bodies,” focused more on the smaller structures found in our solar systems, such as dwarf planets, meteors, and comets. Hawkes was in attendance, and graciously helped answer audience questions. Immediately following the lecture, the audience was treated to a viewing of the sky through the Gemini Observatory.

Ankit Kapur (left), Kate Braedley (right) and Catherine Lovekin (bottom) delivering their talks. (Steph Pringle/Argosy)

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Growth found in extreme conditions Madison Downe

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In some of the most extreme environments on Earth, hidden deep within caves in Greece, unexpectedly scientists have discovered that life is flourishing in the form of cyanobacteria. In a lecture at Mount Allison University last week, Professor Athena Economou-Amilli of the University of Athens, revealed surprising information about the diversity of life in the underground cave ecosystems. Cyanobacteria are more commonly known to the public as green or blue-green algae and are found worldwide. The wide variety of uses for cyanobacteria include pharmaceuticals, food, and biofuel. One of the key characteristics of cyanobacteria is the ability to ‘fix’ nitrogen gas from the atmosphere into a form of ammonia or nitrates that plants are then able to absorb. Athough cyanobacteria are known to live in some of the most extreme conditions on Earth they do perform oxygenic photosynthesis. Economou-Amilli and her team studied three cave environments around Greece: an open-air cave, a cave exposed to salt spray, and a typical limestone cave. Caves are exemplified by a stable temperature and high relative humidity, leading some to describe them as extreme environments. Economou-Amilli disagrees with this assessment, based on her research. Cyanobacteria were uncovered in the farthest reaches of the caves known as the dim light zone where lack of light is the limiting factor in the growth of most species. The cyanobacteria is also found growing within the rocks, hidden from light, in the entrance zone of caves. When Economou-Amilli and her team discovered new taxa of cyanobacteria, they encountered some difficulty in the naming, as the scientific community does not have a perfect method for it. The taxonomy used to identify the vast quantity of cyanobacteria lacks cohesion as the botanical and bacterial nomenclature differs. The classical method of naming new species usually relies on morphology of cells. Newer molecular taxonomy uses the growth of bacterial cultures in a laboratory setting. Since some cyanobacteria have not been successfully cultured, it adds another level of difficulty when naming a new species or genus. Further areas of research into cyanobacteria may compare the morphology and speciation between terrestrial species and those found in cave environments. Caves, some of the most extreme environments on Earth, support life and favour speciation in unexpected ways with cyanobacteria paving the way for increased growth and development of other species.


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SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

THE LIVE MUSIC EDITION

THE CHARTS NEW MUSIC SERIES AT THE POND FOR THE WEEK ENDING TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 RANK

ARTIST

TITLE

CHMA AND MASU SPONSOR FREE LIVE CONCERTS Kevin Brasier

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01 DAFT PUNK Random Access Memories (Columbia) 02 LORDE The Love Club (Universal) 03 MINOTAURS* New Believers (Static Clang)

04 SHOTGUN JIMMIE* Everything Everything (You’ve Changed)

05 THE MOUNTAIN GOATS All Hail West Texas (Merge) 06 ARCTIC MONKEYS AM (Domino) 07 MAYLEE TODD* Escapeology (Do Right!) 08 WAVVES Afraid Of Heights (Mom+Pop)

09 MONOMYTH* King, Does This Not Please You? (Self-Released) The Mouthbreathers performing at The Pond during Stereophonic 10, Photo by Phil Mercier 10 A TRIBE CALLED RED* Nation II Nation (Tribal Spirit) 11 COUSINS/CONSTRUCTION & DESTRUCTION* Split 12” (Noyes) 12 REVERSING FALLS* Reversing Falls (Self-Released) 13 HEAVEN FOR REAL* Wanton (Self-Released) 14 WOODEN WIVES* Pilot to Gunner (Self-Released) 15 THE HIGHEST ORDER* If It’s Real (Idee Fixe) 16 DOUG MASON* Boogazi/Sonic Juice (Noyes)

17 BABYSITTER* Tape 666 (Self-Released)

18 JOHN JEROME* Ask Now What I Can Do For You... (Superbob) 19 DEAFHEAVEN Sunbather (Deathwish Inc.) 20 EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Cough Cough (Cult) 21 COACH LONGLEGS Coach Longlegs (Self-Released) 22 THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN We The Common (Ribbon)

Students of Mount Allison, residents of Sackville, it is the pleasure of CHMA-FM and the Mount Allison Students Association to announce the arrival of the New Music Series. This year, CHMA and MASU will work together in presenting a monthly series at Mount Allison’s campus pub, The Pond. Come out to these 100% free, all-ages concerts at the Pond every month, featuring the some of the best upcoming bands in the Maritimes. Going to concerts is an amazing way to celebrate our exciting arts culture in a friendly, low-pressure, and low-commitment environment. We wanted as many people to enjoy live music as possible, which is why these shows are free, and can still be seen by anyone under 19. The goal for this music series is simple: to inspire Mount Allison Students by showcasing the best music the Maritimes have to offer. If you are new to Sackville, you won’t believe your ears this year: the music scenes in Sackville, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, Charlottetown and surrounding areas, have never been stronger. We

are committed to bringing the best of these scenes right to The Pond every month so students and community members can relax, socialize, and enjoy independent live music. Every person who attends should leave having a new favourite band, especially if they’ve never heard those acts previously! It’s our goal to get people inspired by these concerts. Go out and listen to more new music! Go out and make your own music! Start a band, make some home recordings, play your shows, etc. Sackville has always produced amazing bands– who of you will carry the torch and have your name inscribed next to artists like Shotgun Jimmie, Fred Squire, Baby Eagle, and Julie Doiron? The first installment of the series, which featured the Halifax-based group Heaven For Real, and the now Sackville-based performer Jon Mckiel, was a huge success. Both bands played SappyFest this past August, as well as Stereophonic last January. Expect to hear more great artists next month–see you there!

23 ZEUS* Cover Me (Arts & Crafts) 24 THE LONE BELLOW The Bellow (Descendant)

24 CONSTRUCTION & DESTRUCTION* Dark Lark (Headless Owl)

26 GOLD & YOUTH* Beyond Wilderness (Arts & Crafts) 27 CHRIS PICCO* The Beach (LDR Music) 28 CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING Chelsea Light Moving (Matador) 29 CORONA FEROX* Logique Cosmologique (Red Arc) 30 ELAQUENT* Believing (Huh What & Where)

16 ADAM MOWERY* Local Bands (Self-Released)

NEWCOMER SESSIONS EVERY TUESDAY 4PM 364-2221 WWW.MTA.CA/CHMA 3RD FLOOR STUDENT CENTRE

SPOTLIGHT ON BABYSITTER EYE (Self-Released) Victoria’s BABYSITTER have officially earned road warrior status, taking North America by storm for the better half of the year and thickly spreading their RnR revolution across the continent. EYE offers feverish grit, rock n’ roll holism and cultish prayer. This record is barely contained by the slab it’s printed on (it’s kind of an archival, refined reiteration of earlier material,) yet manages to stay cohesive and poignant. Over the course of the LP, the sound twists through rabid stomps and dizzy warbles, leaving the listener wondering why they’ve never gotten high and listened to records with their parents (generational gaps are real but rebellion is timeless.) The tone of the album is successfully mirrored through burnt hippie lyrics delivered with punk snarl. While I find myself craving the more prolific and unedited aesthetic of the group’s cassette output,

complete with b-sides and riff repeats, I think this teamup with Psychic Handshake is an outstanding paring down of the band’s work and is clearly worthy of vinyl elevation. Bonus points for dope packaging!

UPCOMING EVENTS & CONCERTS GORDIE MACKEEMAN AND HIS RHYTHM BOYS & MONKEY JUNK SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 BRIDGE STREET FESTIVAL TENT FREE - ALL AGES 7:30 PM

ADAM MOWERY & WOODEN WIVES & LUCAS HICKS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 PATCHES $5 OR PWYC 10:00 PM


HUMOUR Across

September 19, 2013

Answers will be posted to The Argosy’s website.

1- Gator’s kin; 5- Fourth letter of the Greek alphabet; 10- Actor Ken; 14- “That smarts!”; 15- Shun; 16- Top-flight; 17- Dept. of Labor div.; 18- Japanese-American; 19- Child support?; 20- Impassive; 22- Down-to-earth type; 24- Not for a Scot; 25- Employ, utilise;

26- Browned sliced bread; 29- Memorable time; 32- Funeral fires; 36- New Rochelle college; 37- Attitude; 39- Altar in the sky; 40- In spite of; 43- Second-century date; 44- Move unsteadily; 45- “___ quam videri” (North Carolina’s motto); 46- Folded food; 48- ___ Tafari (Haile Selassie); 49- Worries;

50- Strike caller; 52- Fur scarf; 53- Most tidy; 57- Pride woman; 61- Hip bones; 62- Eight Days ___; 64- Broad smile; 65- Kind of cod; 66- Buy alternative; 67- Jazzy James; 68- Ferrara family; 69- Unit just above a yard; 70- Like an abyss;

Down

21- Cmdr Data’s was named Spot; 23- Colorado resort; 26- Tinged; 27- Alley Oop’s girlfriend; 28- Caper; 29- Early anesthetic; 30- Dreadlocks wearer; 31- Pays to play; 33- Elevate; 34- Dadaist Max; 35- Wise ones; 37- Sault ___ Marie; 38- Saturn or Mercury; 41- “Who’s there?” response; 42- Mad;

47- Power problem; 49- Rock’s ___ Fighters; 51- Sacred song; 52- Member of a motorcycle gang; 53- The world’s longest river; 54- Some Ivy Leaguers; 55- Isn’t wrong?; 56- Affectedly dainty; 57- ___ majeste; 58- Harper’s Bazaar illustrator; 59- Web locale; 60- Break, card game; 63- Chow down;

1- Dove sounds; 2- Corrosion; 3- Cuatro doubled; 4- Portable power saw; 5- Mother of Perseus; 6- Wicked; 7- ___ Lobos; 8- A wedding cake may have three of these; 9- Old French expression meaning “goodbye”; 10- Annie with a gun; 11- Actress Anderson; 12- Supermodel Sastre; 13- Nair rival;

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Advancing Download Hyper-vigilance Disorder

Hallucinatory Phone Vibrations

This disorder is characterized by persistent intermittent sensations of buzzing or rumbling in one’s pocket when the sufferer does not have the phone on their person. The illusion of vibration is often accompanied by sweating, excitability, and/ or an inconsolable fear of ‘missing out’ on some entirely uninteresting reply to the sufferer’s last outgoing query. Sufferers are easily spotted, most having ripped out their pockets searching for the source of their misery.

(CUP) — Puzzles provided by BestCrosswords.com. Used with permission

Obsessive Cat Dependence

We Millenials are not the most socially adept bunch. With inter-peer conversation limited to Buzzfeed reposts and 140-character bursts of selfpity, it’s no surprise that many students’ most meaningful friendships are forged with unanswering quadrupeds. To the cat-dependent, the common feline serves as the primary object of compulsive, inarticulate outpourings of undeserving——and very often unrequited——affection. OCD sufferers are often seen at parties crouched in corners with the host’s cat.

Most common amongst hoarders of digital entertainment. ADHD manifests itself in the subject’s sincere belief that a stationary download bar is, in fact, moving at a detectable rate. Sufferers will watch their screens vigilantly for hours on end, convinced that their torrent, seeding at 0.00kb/s, is displaying undeniable signs of gradual progress——if only they look close enough. This monumentally protracted act of self-delusory faith is as mystifying to observers as it is pitiable.

Sociology Asshole Response Syndrome

While broadly named, SARS is for the most part contracted by cultural and media studies students. Those afflicted lack the inhibitory mechanism that prevents most normal people from holding their tongue while watching movies, TV, or listening to the radio. SARS victims often have difficultly bringing friends to movies or securing carpools because of their insuppressible urge to identify and explain the harmful gender portrayals, ideological biases, and problematic rhetorical structures present in entertainment.


The Argosy

HUMOUR

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Attn.: Dark Fowl Café,

Attn.: Prickles Deli,

While we thank you for your cooperation in moving your patio divider 0.3mm toward the storefront in accordance with our last dispatch, it has come to a councillor’s attention that the style of knots adorning your patio’s rope divider is in grievious violation of bylaw 289.13(bb). The above regulation requires that any decorative knot visible on a dividing rope exceeding seven meters in length must be tied as either a 1) Carrick bend; 2) sheet bend; or 3) double overhead stopper. The only exception to this regulation is that on the fourteenth day of every month containing more than three vowels, a common nautical sheep shank may be used if and only if the establishment in question does not serve pie. We await your compliance in this matter.

We regret to inform you that your establishment is currently in violation of bylaw 608.1(c), which dictates that any licensed eatery within town limits may not sell or tender objects smaller than five millimetres cubed. Unfortunately, the kosher salt sprinkled generously on your deli’s buns is, on average, 4.6667 mm long on any given edge, and therefore, by our books, should be deemed unsuitable for human consumption. Until this matter is resolved, we hereby revoke your license to serve granular minerals of any kind within the limits of Bagville. Continuing non-compliance will result in further sanctions upon your business. Please assist us in helping maintain Bagville’s reputation as an exclusively large-cube community.

Attn.: Crackling Moose Health Foods, Please not that this will be our final warning— flippant non-compliance will result in the permanent closure of your establishment. As per Bagtown county ordinance 53–2, the ratio of goji berries and/or organic vegan hogwater to other food items cannot, in an establishment painted yellow, exceed 1:5 without proper licensing. In order to continue selling your stock of these items, your retail operation must either: A) receive full licensing as a HGDF (high goji density facility); or B) translate all storefront signage to High Church Slavonic. Please reply (in cursive) with the proper documentation.

Humans are given false hope by an unsatisfiable awareness of self. While we are fre e to meander the warm but dim catacombs of calcified memory, the ever-shorter ha ll of future action affords no possible return. While the will co mforts us with the illusion of its co ntrol over our encroachin g future state, we are always already be ing guided along by the determinite causal structure of all ma tter that surrounds us. W e are for our whole lives trapped betw een a warped mirror an d a dead end.

BUNNIES HAVE B IG FLOPPY EARS AND EAT T HEIR OWN POOP FOR BREAK FAST !

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The Town of Sackville & Tantramarsh Blues Society present for Sackville Fall Fair 2013  Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys

and Juno and Blues Award Winner

Monkey Junk

Saturday, September 21, 7:30 pm, Main Tent on Bridge St., Sackville NB. FREE! Rod Allen’s Used Cars

The Argosy, Sept 19 2013