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April 9, 2009 Hearsay and rumours since 1875 Vol. 138 Iss.

I n d e p e n d e n t S t u d e n t J o u r n a l o f Mo u n t A l l i s o n U n i v e r s i t y
Student newspapers may soon
become living fossils, relics of a
time before the internet took over.
NewspaperDeathWatch.com has
been keeping track of papers that
have gone out of business since
March, 2007. South of the border,
Seattle was the rst city to go without
a major daily newspaper. e Seattle
Post-Intelligencer as well as the
Christian Science Monitor scaled
down and moved online. Colorados
Rocky Mountain News has folded for
good, as has the Baltimore Examiner;
the list goes on.
Canada appears to be a bit more
resistant. According to the Audit
Bureau of Circulations (ABC),
weekday newsprint circulation has
gone down by 4.6 per cent in the U.S.,
but went up by 1.28 per cent in Canada.
Even so, every major newspaper has
been laying o employees. Halifax
Daily News has been shut down.
Why is this happening? e
media has been slow to make the
leap from a print to online and hasnt
quite gured out the best nancial
model for the web. e recession has
prompted cutbacks on advertising
budgets, making it dicult for media
outlets to continue printing papers,
which are more costly and are unable
to keep up with breaking news on the
I think thats always been the
case, like moving from radio to
television, explains Erin Steuter, a
Helena van Tol
Argosy Staff
e Argosy: Still printing on paper since 1875
Mount Allison Sociology Professor
who has been studying the media for
20 years. But I think that reports
are starting to come through now
that people are still are hungry for
professional journalism and that the
citizen journalists or bloggers have
not in fact replaced professional news
Investigative reporting is costly,
so the past year has seen a declining
trend for in-depth news analysis.
Short-term consequences may
include reluctance for papers to print
articles that criticize consumerism or
industry or oend advertisers. In an
April Fools article, the UK Guardian
even announced that they would be
moving from print to 140-character
articles on Twitter!
e Argosy is also aected by the
recession. e weekly paper will be
losing some national ads from Campus
Plus (C+), an ad placement company
created by the Canadian University
Press (CUP) cooperative between
student journalists. C+ has warned
student newspapers that advertising
revenue will only go down from here
on. A vote to raise the student levy by
$2 passed unanimously at the funders
meeting last week.
Incoming Argosy Editor-in-Chief
Julie Stephenson proposed bringing
the levy up to $28 as a safety net
that will also allow the paper to start
investing in technology upgrades and
updating the website.
Its basically cut-and-paste articles
up there; we dont have a great archive,
and it makes it really hard to nd us
on the web and read articles, explains
Stephenson. What we want to do is
make it more accessible for students
and make it possible for them to
communicate because we realize
students [spend time] online possibly
more than they ever read our paper.
At the Atlantic Regional CUP
conference, speakers were pushing for
students to make the leap to online
journalism and suggested ways to
write more web-friendly articles. e
idea is that online news is lest costly,
quicker to update, and will be more
attractive to advertisers in the future.
Steuter commented on the future
of student journalism: I think there
is a culture of picking up the hard
copies of the [Argosy] and reading it,
not just getting information online.
So its important to get a sense of how
people are currently consuming the
media. But there is a lot of sensitivity
about making a small environmental
e Sackville Tribune updated
their website two weeks ago with a
full PDF version of their paper. Scott
Doherty, managing editor, estimates
that their site gets an average of one
to two thousand hits a day. With their
level of internet accessibility they get
readers from around the world.
eres also a concern that moving
online will dumb-down the news and
make readers more narrow-minded.
Online readers dont like scrolling
down, preferring to clicking and
move from page to page, meaning
that articles will have to be shorter
and fragmented. Also, readers will be
able to customize what type of news
they get rather than having to sift
through the paper.
I think its scary on one hand
because the actually physical print
version of the newspaper is a tradition,
commented Stephenson. But I also
think that its exciting. e fact is that
its propelling us towards creating a
better website; towards getting more
technologically friendly.
Heidi Ebert
With articles readily available online, physical newspapers could become a thing of the past
e Pub is short one server, after an
incident last ursday night.
A sta member sold beer after
hours to a customer who then took
the liquor out of the Pub. e event
was caught on camera, and the server
lost his job.
Obviously, we dont tolerate any
activities that could put the Pubs
Keep the beer
where it belongs
Justine Galbraith
Argosy Staff
liquor licence at risk, so we had to deal
with this quickly, said Pub Manager,
Jonathan Scooter Clark.
Scooter found out about the event
on Friday morning, investigated the
matter, and had it resolved before the
end of the weekend.
e sta member has not been
contacted by the university about the
incident. However, the server noted
that it was a stupid mistake and
the customer feel[s] horribly that
someone was red.
Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I
wonder where the owers is? In the
Community Garden, of course. After
a winter of hibernation, this small
plot of land is ready to burst back
into life with its usual community
e garden was started in 2002 by
an ambitious Mount Allison student
through a Leadership Mount Allison
grant, and is now enjoying its seventh
year as an innovative community
Formerly located behind the Drew
nursing home, it was moved in 2008
to accommodate new residences
being built on the property. It is
now situated on Charles Street, right
beside the train tracks. e move does
not seem to have slowed it down, and
the garden enjoyed a very successful
season last year.
Anyone can be involved,
said former Community Garden
Get your garden on
Kelly OConnor
Argosy Staff
coordinator eresa Richards at the
open forum on April 7.
Workshops are held every week
starting in May or early June and cover
all stages of gardening, from planting
your rst seedlings to recognizing
native plants, to preparing your
garden bed and preserving your
own vegetables. After an hour of
practise on a common plot of land,
Community Garden members then
apply the lessons they learned on their
own plots with help available from
more experienced gardeners.
e main goal of the garden is to
build community solidarity and to
teach all levels of green thumbs the
basics of planting. e cost of owning
a plot is ten dollars per month or 40
dollars for the entire summer, with
all proceeds reinvested in the garden
through the purchase of compose,
seeds, tools, and the like.
Planting usually starts on June 10,
and all produce from the garden is
pesticide-free. Extra vegetables are
sold at the Saturday morning Bridge
Street market to raise money for the
Some major events in the
Community Garden calendar include
the Good Grounds Caf fundraiser on
May 8, a Summer Solstice Celebration,
and a barbeque. Depending on
funding, the Community Garden
hopes to hire a coordinator for the
summer to oversee these events and
the running of the garden.
A new neighbour may be added to
the mix as well, with a pilot project
run by Canadian NGO Community
Forests International moving in next
door. Although this initiative has
its main programs in Tanzania, it
is hoping to establish some projects
closer to home by creating a garden
lled with a variety of edible plants
such as hazelnuts, mushrooms, and
If you are here for the summer and
interested in meeting new people,
getting your knees dirty, and learning
how to grow your own food, the
Community Garden may be the place
for you. For more information, email
mind.rest@gmail.com. Jessica Emin
Farewell Cameron Milner
Humour p. 17
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e SAC meeting began with Director of
Administrative Services Michelle Strain
answering questions about residences. Michael
Cronin raised the questions of lounges
disappearing from Edwards and ornton next
year. Justin Oake asked why the university didnt
foresee the lounges disappearing when its on
such a big enrollment push. Strain replied that
the lounges were designed to be convertible,
and that Bennett, Bigelow, and Hunton dont
have lounges on every oor. She also mentioned
that students were informed of this change
early enough this year. VP Student Aairs Ron
Byrne also mentioned that the administration
understood how the changes with the lounges
would eect the quality of student life, and that
the administration had brought in Drew Dudley
to work with the residence exec to plan for next
fall. Ryan Robski commented that he wanted
proof that the university had done everything
they could to avoid the lounge conversions, and
Patrick Forestell suggested that three people be
put in the Campbell doubles.
After the university administrations
Chris Durrant
Argosy Staff
presentation on the budget, the SAC discussed
by-law changes. One by-law change involved
rewriting the referendum guidelines to allow
for $50 dollars of SAC funding to be available
for campaigning for both yes and no sides. e
guidelines also stipulated that people wanting
to campaign for a side would have to register
with the SAC. Erik Johnson commented that
he thought only those who want access to the
money should have to register. Also reviewed
was the SAC Inclusivity Act, which lays out
proper behavior for SAC members. ey also
reviewed how a SAC executive member can be
impeached, which would occur if 50 per cent
plus one of the student body signed a petition to
do so, or if two thirds of the SAC council voted
to impeach and then a referendum to impeach
them passed, or if 25 per cent of the student
body signed a petition, and then council voted
two thirds to impeach.
e SAC then voted unanimously to oppose
the administrations budget in principal because
there was no visible impact of student feedback.
During councillor concerns, Tim Lang
complained that their were areas in the school
where the wireless connection is very poor. Erik
Johnson mentioned the new caf in particular has
problems with wireless internet. Gillian Fraiser
complained about incoming-SAC members
treatment of the SAC Chief of appointment and
recruitment at the last SAC meeting.
VP Communications Abigail McGillivary
reported that the SAC has chosen the company
Serious Solutions to redesign the SAC website,
for the cost of 6,480 dollars. VP Finance and
Operations Dan Wortman reported that he had
been working with the Sackville town council
and environmentally-concerned faculty about
what will be done with the environmental fund
money. Mark Brister added that the discussions
are very preliminary. VP Campus Life Pat Berry
reported that the Athletic Director position
had received 39 applicants, and that the hiring
committee was going to narrow them down to
ve or six applications.
Finally, during question period, I challenged
the SAC and particularly the incoming VP
Academic Sarah Carrigan-Kent that if the
administration is not providing proper academic
and career counseling, the student union should
be trying to provide some of those services.
Carrigan-Kent, upon hearing her name, asked
what had just been said, and current VP
Academic Ryan Robski said hed ll her in on
it later.
e last SAC beat youll ever get from Chris or Justine
e results are in - Mount Allison students
want some form of per-course tuition billing.
At least, that is what the results of the SAC
referendum suggest. Eighty-two per cent of
those who voted were in favour of the SAC to
lobby the administration for a change. However,
at this point it isnt clear when, or even if, a
change in the tuition billing structure could be
According to VP Student and International
Aairs Ron Byrne, the tuition working group
has yet to formulate a concrete position on the
issue in time for this years budget.
Although the SAC referendum results will
be included in the working groups nal report,
Byrne doesnt believe it will change the process.
Weve been committed as a tuition group
from the beginning to getting as much data as
we can [...] I dont really think that the [SACs]
ocial stance has changed anything, explained
Despite the clear position of the student body
on the issue, participation in the process has
been limited. Byrne received only three or four
written submissions and the public forum was
not well attended. However, Byrne credits those
students who did show up with raising pertinent
Zoe Williams
Argosy Staff
points, not least of which was bringing us up
to speed, that despite our best eorts, there
were a fair number of errors in the data we had
prepared, of comparable institutions.
e data in question relates to the billing
structures of a number of Canadian universities
that are viewed by the working group as
similar enough to Mt. A to make comparison
relevant. According to Matt Park, member
of the D.E.B.T. initiative, the statistics were
problematic in a number of ways.
[e data] normalizes Mt. As current tuition
structure, making it appear that its the most
common when its not. said Park. He also took
issue with the way the data was presented, which
suggested that we either have per-course billing
or full term tuition [...] Many institutions have
a billing structure that is a combination of the
e second problem is the factual errors,
added Park. Out of 21 schools, they got the
information for 14 of them wrong, and they
excluded UPEI, Moncton and Lauretian from
the analysis.
Byrne stressed that students pay for more
than just classes with their tuition fees as our
academic advising, our international centre, our
student development counselors, our wellness
centre, are all paid for by part of the tuition.
Byrne is adamant that no decision will be
made that negatively aects the quality of these
services or the education students receive here.
Whatever decision is nally made must also be
nancially sound.
At the end of the day, one has to be realistic,
explained Byrne. e institution has to be
nancially viable.
Both Park and Mark Brister, the SAC
representative on the tuition working group,
believe that switching to per-course tuition
billing could in fact be nancially benecial for
the university.
Park explained that when students are given
the option to spend more time at the university
by taking fewer courses, use of residences and
meal hall will increase.
Brister stressed the potential to attract
dierent demographics to Mt. A, as trends show
an increase in the number of mature and part-
time students enrolled in secondary education.
Mt. A has chosen to target those between
the ages of 18 and 22 which is a bad long-term
strategy. We should be targeting mature and
international students, said Brister.
Brister admitted that pure per-course tuition
billing is likely not an option for Mt. A, but that
a hybrid model would be feasible.
For Park, the issue goes beyond purely
nancial considerations to the broader topic of
accessibility of education.
Ultimately, the future billing structure at Mt.
A will not be decided this year.
We get what we pay for?
Tuition working group keeps working
Early Friday morning, sta at the
Athletic Centre noticed that a break-
in had occurred at the pool. Broken
glass was found at the scene and lane
markers had been damaged, said
Athletic Director Jack Drover.
Security and Safety coordinator
Paul Bragg stated that there was no
sign of forced entry, and the suspicion
Pools out for summer
Pools out for ever
Justine Galbraith
Argosy Staff
is that someone obtained the key to
that area and let individuals into the
Currently, Bragg has a couple of
very solid leads and with witness
statements, hopes to have the culprit
identied by ursday.
In cases like this, Drovers main
concern is the safety of those involved.
Entering the pool after hours,
especially when under the inuence,
increases the risk of drowning.
Jessica Emin
150 people have been killed and 1,500 injured, with totals still rising, after
an earthquake hit the walled city of LAquila, Italy. In addition, 50,000 people
have been left homeless. ousands of rescuers helped dig through the rubble
after the 6.3 magnitude quake, which also aected surrounding villages. Italys
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reports that Italy has the resources to deal
with the disaster, and can also draw from the European Unions catastrophe
fund. Field hospitals, tents and free hotel rooms are already being arranged.
In addition to the the human tragedy, many historic churches and buildings
have been destroyed.
2 foreign aid workers, including a Canadian and a French national, have been
kidnapped in Darfur, Sudan. ey were working with the organisation Aide
Medicale Internationale, which has been in the region since 2004. is follows
shortly after the abduction of three Medecins Sans Frontieres workers last
month, who were later freed. Sudan has expelled 13 international aid agencies
after the issuance of a warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir by the
International Criminal Court. Bashir is accused of war crimes in Darfur, but
it is feared the warrant will complicate the ongoing peace process.
50 per cent of votes in the Moldovan election went to the countrys
incumbent Communist Party. It is unknown whether or not the Party will
have successfully obtained the required 61 seats in Parliament needed to elect
a successor to President and party leader, Vladimir Voronin. e Communist
Party favours strong links with both Russia and the European Union, which
centre-right opposition parties do not approve of. Moldova is the poorest
country in Europe and faces a dispute over the region of Trans-Dniester, which
desires independence. Most people in the region boycotted the elections.
44 bodies were found inside a shipping container near Quetta, Pakistan in
a botched human tracking attempt. e victims had apparently suocated
several days before the container was found. A further 100 people were still
trapped inside. e migrants appeared to be Afghans trying to illegally make
their way to Europe. is comes at the same time as over 100 immigrants,
including 24 Afghan children, have been discovered living in the sewer system
under railway stations in Rome. Most did not speak Italian and were living in
very unhygienic conditions.
Dozens were held hostage and 13 were killed in an immigration centre in
Birmingham, New York. e shooter was found dead inside the building,
after over 40 people managed to escape. A Taleban leader from Pakistan,
Baitullah Mehsud, has claimed responsibility for the attack, although there
is no corroborating evidence and the shooter was apparently of Vietnamese-
American origin.
is week in the world A weekly miscellany compiled by Rebecca Dixon
1 trillion dollars US has been allotted to handle the global nancial crisis by the leaders of the G20. is amount is
divided up into monies to be lent by the IMF to struggling economies, to encourage world trade and to be lent to the
poorest countries. ey also decided upon harsher regulatory measures to be implemented across the globe. While
many are declaring the summit to have been groundbreaking in taking greater measures than ever before, others are
concerned with the amount of emphasis on the IMF and the relative lack of direct United Nations involvement. Either
way, both world leaders and critics know there is no easy and quick solution to the economic crisis.
1 Taepodong-2 missile was purportedly launched by North Korea in a move against international warnings. Korean
state media claim that a satellite has indeed been launched and is now transmitting data. ere has been no independent
conrmation of this claim, and the US has countered that it was unsuccessful. Reactions have been varied, with the
US, Japan and South Korea openly condemning North Koreas attempt, claiming it violates a UN Security Council
resolution from 2006, which bans North Korea from undertaking ballistic missile activity. Russia and China, however,
warn that any actions taken must be cautious. It seems unlikely that the UN Security Council will be able to come to
an agreement on sanctions or other measures.
e 40km-long ice bridge that held Wilkins Ice Shelf to Charcote Island in Antartica has broken. e piece of ice,
which is the size of Jamaica, has been stable for at least 80 years. e new cleared area will allow more ice to move
between Antartic islands out to the open ocean. Professor David Vaughan, a glacier specialist with the British Antarctic
Survey, reports that it is a sign of the serious impact of climate change on the area, one of the fastest-warming places
on the planet for over 50 years.
34 people were killed by a series of bombings in Baghdad. ese attacks come shortly after the US reported its rst
combat death in weeks, and during the greatest decrease in civilian casualties since US troops arrived in 2003.
April: a time to enjoy the transition to
spring, worry about exams, and take a
look at nances. e ocial draft of
the 09-10 budget has been circulating
and drawing feedback from groups
across campus.
e budget for the upcoming
academic year includes adjustments
across the board, but is facing no
major cutbacks in expenses, explained
VP Administration David Stewart.
Included in this budget is a $5
increase in the Fitness Centre fee,
just to recognize that costs go up,
said Stewart.
ose choosing to study abroad
will see a new processing fee of $125
to cover the administrative costs of
dealing with applications.
An Oce of International Aairs
will be established, representing
an organizational adjustment of
international areas with minimal
funds added, said Budget Manager
Chris Milner.
Spending on utilities will decrease
due to the drop in the price of oil.
e university has created a
$200,000 line in the budget to
compensate for the decrease in the
value of the endowment fund. is
money will go towards programs
that are funded in part or wholly by
endowments: the Meighen Centre,
the Purdy Crawford Teaching Centre,
nancial aid, and library acquisitions.
Financial aid will have about the
VPs: Next years budget good news; SAC does not endorse budget, says concerns not addressed
Justine Galbraith
Argosy Staff
same funding as in the previous years
budget around $2 million due in
part to this compensation as well as
money available from previous years.
We try to point out within the
budget document where there were
conscious decisions, so where we
have managerial control over certain
items and those large [...] changes to
uncontrollable items, such as utilities,
explained Milner.
Lesser items, such as changes
to contracts and overall salary
adjustments, are not reected in lines
of the budget. Also not highlighted
are the resources being put into the
math and writing resource centres for
the upcoming year.
In creating the budget, the
committee comprised of the four
VPs and the President considers
submissions and feedback from
various departments and operations
of the university, explained Stewart.
e committee also takes into account
information from external sources,
such as changes in contracts and
restrictions on tuition fee increases,
and prioritizes the changes to be
made in the years budget.
We have to sit down and discuss
these things in light of the universitys
mission and come to a decision about
what best supports the work that we
do, said Stewart.
However, not everyone is pleased
with the budget process. e SAC
unanimously passed a resolution
stating that they could not in principal
endorse the budget since none of
the concerns they presented to the
committee had been addressed.
We dont disagree with everything
in the budget, said SAC VP External
Mark Brister, noting in particular the
money allocated for the math and
writing resource centers. However,
we are forced to voice our opposition
to this budget because our complaints
did not bear fruit.
Early on in the process, the SAC
presented the concerns relayed from
students on snow removal, academic
Adding up the dollars and cents
and career counseling, and campus
security, said SAC President Mike
Its not that were looking for
problems; these problems have
been brought to us repeatedly, said
e SAC has received over 100
emails on snow removal, and their
SAC survey reects students desires
to see more academic and career
counseling, and security.
Stewart stated that snow removal
at Mount Allison is not a budgetary
issue, and noted that the committee
chose to focus on supporting the
academic departments, as well
as putting additional money into
nancial aid in this years budget.
To speak in general, every year,
there is always pressure from various
groups to spend more money, and
for those groups, its the number-one
Story continues on p. 4
The rst draft of the Mt. A budget has been released; the nal budget will be approved at the end of May.
Callan Field
Montreal environmental advocacy group calls for
similar ban at Concordia, McGill
MONTREAL (CUP) Last week,
the University of Winnipeg became
the rst university in Canada to ban
plastic water bottles on campus. An
advocacy group is trying to do the
same at Montreals universities.
e ban at U of W came after
almost 75 per cent of students voted
in favour of it.
e ban is not being implemented
just yet, because the university does
not have enough water fountains
installed on campus to serve the entire
student population.
Once implemented, it will include
every container from small, portable
water bottles to the bigger gallon
water containers.
Vinay Iyer, University of Winnipeg
Students Association president, says
that realistically speaking, water
bottles should be out of sight by
January 2010.
ough he considers the ban a
success, some students are a little
upset about this new rule.
ey have a right to be angry,
because they are just not informed,
said Iyer.
University of Winnipeg bans
bottled water
Loredana Pero
Iyer says tap water is safer than
bottled water because it does not
boast the same toxic elements found
in the plastic used for water bottles
something he said many students
arent aware of.
Tap irst, a Montreal-based
project that lobbies against selling
and consuming bottled water, is
working with McGill and Concordia
in hopes of eliminating bottled water
on campuses at both universities.
According to a recent audit of
the universitys waste, Concordia
University alone sees 1.2 million
bottles of water go through the hands
of students and administration each
Getting the attention of
administration at Concordia hasnt
been the problem, says Laura Beach,
Tap irsts co-founder.
e problem, she says, is that
theyre not following through.
A major obstacle is the lack of
communication, said Beach.
On-campus associations such as
Sustainable Concordia have already
adopted a no bottle policy. Beach
calls this a sign of hope.
I am optimistic that that things
will happen and the ball will keep
rolling, she said.
One obstacle anti-water bottle
advocates have to overcome, she says,
is how companies make people think
tap water is safer for them.
While city water is tested daily,
companies dont test their water very
Louise Hnault-thier, Sustainable
Concordias environmental co-
coordinator, says water bottles are
e quality of tap water in
Montreal is really high, she said.
Bringing your own rellable
container will allow you to have fresh,
clean water available to you whenever
you like, by simply relling it at the
water fountain.
e Students Society of McGill
University has already taken a step
in banning water bottles in their
McGill is committed to
sustainable operation, said Dennis
Fortune, McGills Sustainability
Director. We believe we should be
encouraging tap water.
Hnault-thier also points to the
high price of bottled water. Water
is a free resource, she says, and we
shouldnt need to purchase it.
College in Victoria, B.C. was invaded
by a horde of zombies on March 30,
staggering and moaning through
eir purpose was to protest
the high cost of education, which
causes students to build up large,
insurmountable debt loads.
ese zombies were actually
Camosun students as well as members
of the Camosun College Student
Society. ey took time o from their
classes to paint their faces white,
wear the tattered ruins of Sid Vicious
wardrobe, and aect their best riller-
style shue.
So why the zombie attire?
Student debt is turning us into
the living dead, said CCSS External
Executive Chris Gillespie.
With only 16 people taking part in
the zombie walk, they werent the force
to be reckoned with compared to the
Jason Motz
Nexus (Camosun College)
annual autumn zombie walk that takes
place downtown each year. But what
they lacked in numbers, they made up
for in passion.
It looked like a lot of fun, said
19 year-old general arts student Josh
Sissons. I dont have any debt myself,
but it seemed like a good cause.
Zombie fun aside, the dire message
at the heart of the zombie walk was not
lost on its participants.
Michael Glover, CCSS student
services co-ordinator, who rallied his
troops on with an impassioned cry of
Youre evil, youre undead. Zombify!
said high education costs aect us all.
Education is like infrastructure for
our province, said Glover. Without
that, well be in much worse shape than
we are today. We need [education] like
we need roads and waterways.
Glover hopes the zombie display
will also be a reminder for students of
the importance of voting.
Students need to be aware this
coming [provincial] election, said
Glover. Spend some time; think
education. Vote early and vote often.
Debt-ridden zombies
plague B.C. college
Courtney Broughton/Nexus
How would you feel about eating rice,
and rice only, while your neighbour
enjoyed a three-course meal?
Conversely, how would it feel to be
one of few who eat their ll while
others are deprived?
Mount Allison students were faced
with this situation at the Oxfam
Hunger Banquet. e event illustrated
the uneven global distribution of food
in todays world by literally assigning
participants to dierent income
classes and restricting them to the
corresponding types and amounts of
It was more informative than I
Food for thought
Rebecca Dixon
Argosy Correspondent
thought it would be, said Erik Fraser,
who ended up in the lowest income
class. He had anticipated being in this
group, after learning upon arrival that
60 per cent of students an accurate
representation of the actual proportion
of people worldwide were destined
to dine on rice alone.
Other aspects that went beyond
the initial premise of the evening
were more shocking. A powerful
moment was when the women
had to eat after everyone else, he
explained. An aronted groan met
this announcement, with participants
coming to the subsequent realisation
that this was indeed realistic.
e Oxfam group decided to
remain low key on what was acted
out, explained executive member
Alexandra McLennan.
ese extra surprises are
what makes the event special and
powerful, she says, but they chose
to be less dramatic in their rst year,
focusing on the dierent kinds of
meals. e group received positive
and constructive feedback about the
evening, and hopes it will become an
annual event.
McLennan was motivated to put on
the banquet because it is an important
event done by Oxfam groups
worldwide. Oxfam International
works in over one hundred countries
to improve the livelihoods of people
living in poverty through projects
ranging from education to active
citizenship to emergency relief. e
Canadian branch works with partners
abroad but is active domestically
in raising public awareness and
advocating for development
programmes and womens rights.
After the wealthier participants had
nished their dessert of chocolate-
covered strawberries and the
others sipped small cups of tea, the
Philosophers Cafe began. is was
an hour of discussion facilitated by
members of Mount Allisons Rights
and Democracy Chapter.
We had an excellent, receptive
crowd, said McLennan, agreeing
with many participants that the
discussion was an invaluable part of
the evening.
Each table had the chance to
debate questions prepared by Rights
and Democracy.
I really liked the last question,
said Fraser. His response to the
challenge in your opinion what is the
most important question right now?
focused on why society has become so
accustomed to and accepting of the
phrase I dont know.
Other questions that sparked
much debate included what is more
important, justice or forgiveness?
and what values you think are most
important for children to learn?
Students were sent home with full
minds, if not always full stomachs,
realising that these discussions often
lead to more questions than answers.
Budget from p. 3
priority, Milner commented. You
can do that. [...] You can either have
additional revenues that you then
allocate to that or you could take
money from one other place and
put it over there. In both cases, it
comes down to priorities and making
With universities across the country
feeling pressure from decreases in
endowment funds and other revenues,
the administration believes this is a
good-news budget.
e real story with this budget
is not what we added to it or what
we didnt add. Its what we didnt
have to cut, said Budget Manager
Chris Milner. Given the economic
conditions, this is a very strong budget
for the university.
e draft has gone through Senate
and Faculty council, and will be
considered by Board of Regents
Committees in April before nally
approved by the Board of Regents at
the end of May.
Mt. A hosts Oxfam Hunger Banquet
e government will be compensating for a tuition
freeze of 4.4 per cent.
Anticipate 85 more students in the fall, accounting
for an increase of $613,000 in tuition revenues.
Interest revenue is down by $351,000.
e Fitness Centre fee increased to$45 dollars per
A study abroad processing fee of $125 was
Academic salaries have increased by $474,000.
Support salaries have increased by $319,000.
Funding for the unlled Web Manager position
was removed.
Adjustments made to technical support in various
Equipment increased to $904,000; Alterations and
Renovations increased $1,859,000, both compliant
with university policy.
Spending on utilities has decreased by $224,000.
Library acquisitions has increased by $25,000.
Athletics travel has increased by $16,000.
External Relations will receive $20,000 for a one-
year project implementation.
Establishment of Oce of International Aairs
Residence budget is based on 1058 students, an
increase of 41 from last year.
Residence and meal plan fees will increase by 3 per
Residence alterations and renovation budget
increased by $900,000 to $1.2 million.
Budget highlights
Chris Durrant
Argosy Staff
Its the last Argosy of this school
year, and Id really hoped to share
some insights Ive accumulated.
Unfortunately, I have little to no time
at the moment to really reect on my
time in university, because Im still
very much immersed in my time at
university. And so, while Im writing
this, my mind is oating o to an essay
e deadline crutch
I have to complete. is is not a new
phenomenon for me, and it might even
be part of the Mt. A experience.
Sometimes I feel like my whole
uiversity career has been as series of
sprints, hurriedly trying to nish up
one task, so I can start on another,
until nally I reach a break where I
get nothing done because Im mentally
and physically exhausted.
I never feel as if I do any of the tasks
Im rushing to get through terribly
well. Im always left with some terrible
guilt over the way I did them. I can
think of theatre productions where I
was learning lines at the last minute,
giving my directors heart attacks. In
the end, I had my lines ready by the
time the show started, and I only
ubbed one or two of them. However,
if Id been more on the ball, maybe I
wouldnt have messed up any lines, and
had more time to concentrate on the
quality of my acting to boot.
Another regret is over a conference
I helped organize. e conference was
good, but the moment it was done,
I was thinking about my neglected
schoolwork. Consequently I didnt
think about much about all the
mopping up the conference needed,
and I ended up oending someone
whod helped quite a lot. e sound of
my hand slapping my forehead when I
realized what a putz I had been echos
in my head always.
My rst conclusion about these
regrets is that I should have been
doing less. I should have been pairing
down my commitments, so that what I
did do would be exemplary.
ere are two counter-arguments
though. e rst is that Ive learned
something from all the dierent
activities Ive done. Ive mastered none
of them, but gained skills and have a
better idea of what dierent activities
entail and how things work.
e second counter-argument is
along the lines of the saying about if
you want something done, get someone
whos busy to do. I wonder if I had
been less involved, I only would have
ended up accomplishing fewer things
in the same haphazard fashion.
e rst argument has its merits, but
I think Im able to debunk the second
one. I did have a half semester where
I had less commitments, and I dont
think the quality of my school work
improved, or that I did a better job at
my commitments. e only reason for
that however, is that most of the time
I use deadlines as a crutch. Relying
on deadlines for motivation is easy;
they are external factors and more or
less unmovable. ey force you into
things. Being able to motivate yourself
however, is an internal characteristic,
like a muscle. You have to ex for it
to become strong. e stronger the
muscle is, the more things you can get
done, and the better quality they will
I wonder if I had concentrated more
on this in my rst years here, whether
in my last year I would have been able
to do just as much, only better. Im
not going to be too hard on myself.
I did come here to learn after all,
and Ive taken something away from
everything Ive done. But perhaps one
of the biggest is, that there isnt much
satisfaction in doing things in half-
measures. I dont intend on living my
life the way I have my university career,
but changing the way I work will be an
activity entirely in itself.
Bruce Phinney, CUPE
I have contemplated about writing
this letter but feel that I must address
the Presidents statement about the
signing of the CUPE contract. is
is from the February 19, 2009 News
Release. President Robert Campbell
says, is latest collective agreement
with CUPE reects the good labour
relations that Mount Allison has
enjoyed with its faculty and sta for
many years. Having been here for
thirty-one years as of April 13, 2009,
I have witnessed many times when
labour relations between Mount
Allison Administration and faculty and
sta were very strained (this is putting
it mildly). However, I understand why
the statement was made. e President
is new to the university and therefore
is not familiar with the universitys
past labour relations.
Personally, I feel the CUPE contract
proves to me and others how little
Dear Editors,
CUPE members are valued. When a
CUPE member with 44 years is now
making $16.48/hr. X 35 hrs/wk X
52 wks = $29,993.60 gross/yr. Before
the contract was signed he made:
$16.00/hr X 35 hrs/wk X 52 wks =
$29,120.00 gross/yr. is represents
a raise of $873.60 at three per cent. I
must tell that I make the same as my
colleague with only having thirty-one
years. e faculty signed a contract in
January 2008. ey received a ve per
cent increase in their rst year. Lets
say that a faculty member with 44
years (same as my colleague) makes
$115,00.00 per year. $115,000.00 X 5
per cent = 120,750.00 per year. A raise
of $5750.00. If you take $5750.00 -
873.60 = $4876.40.
I ask you, Is this fair? You decide!
is letter is not intended to make
anyone look bad but merely to inform
people of what has happened (referring
to CUPE contract).
ank you for allowing me the
opportunity to express my opinion of
this latest contract.
Erin Jemczyk
Argosy Staff
I was speaking to a resident of a South
Side residence who described how
someone from the North Side of
campus gave him the cold shoulder
purely because of where he lived. is
made me giggle. e North Side/South
Side rivalry has no signicance to me.
e North Side/South Side rivalry
was manufactured in 2004 by house
executives. Before that, the rivalry was
between Trueman House and Windsor
Hall. Prior to 2004 only Trueman
and Windsor had a waterght at the
Swan Pond. We never referred to the
North Side and South Side of campus.
It was Trueman against Windsor
a rivalry that Im sure was articially
constructed by some other house
executive years before. I remember
Why do we follow the leader?
sitting in the lounge of Trueman being
told by some drunk nineteen-year-old
how much Windsor sucked, and I
believed him. en they taught us
cheers. And we cheered with vigor. For
what? A building?
Fast-forward one year. When
enrollment declined and there were
signicantly fewer rst year students
living in Trueman House the house
execs created the North Side South
Side rivalry. With this new arrangement
the waterght was balanced and all the
frosh could be included. How absurd
is it that when you arrived at Mt. A
someone you didnt even know told
you to unquestioningly feel animosity
towards the residents on the opposite
side of campus. Whats even more
absurd is that this rivalry, based on
one year of low enrollment, has been
Its amazing how powerful
group mentality can be. How one
person, given a willing audience, can
manipulate hundreds, thousands of
people. Have you ever been to a concert
where the lead singer gets everyone to
wave their hands in the air? Or jump
up and down? Or sing a few words? I
have. And Ive waved and jumped and
sang. Why do we so willingly follow
the person with the microphone?
Perhaps its the desire to be part
of something bigger. To share an
experience. Singing and waving your
arms doesnt hurt anyone. But this
mass mentality, unquestioningly
obeying a charismatic gure with
a microphone, can be dangerous.
is happened in the early nineties
in the former Yugoslavia. Slobodan
Milosevic was able to manipulate the
supporters of the Red Star Belgrade
soccer team to attack the Croatian
supporters of Dinamo Zagreb during
a match in 1990. Milosevic stimulated
the Red Star fans hatred of Dinamo
Zagreb to the point that the Red Star
fans became the base of Milosevics
army and went on to kill thousands of
Croats in Milosevics quest for Serbian
is is an extreme case, but the
point remains: willing audiences can be
easily manipulated to achieve a variety
of purposes. One of the key things we
learn in university is to think critically.
To question what we are told. To look
for alternate sources of information.
We do it in class, during our readings,
in our essays. But how critically, how
independently, do we think when were
outside of class, in a crowd, looking
up at a passionate person holding a
Vision in Blue
It has come to my attention that once
again the sex bomb has received a
letter of poor regard, once again from
females, which puzzles me, as having
a female write a sex column for a
university paper should be something
that women celebrate, not condemn,
but thats beside the point. Your letter
suggested that having an article themed
Steak and Blowjob Day was ill-
timed, as that week was International
Womens Week, and to this I respond:
just because its International Womens
Week doesnt mean that other events
going on should bow down to it, nor
should people assume that because an
event of such magnitude was going on
that everything else should halt and
hold their events on another day. March
14 is celebrated by many to be Steak
and Blowjob Day, just as February
14th is celebrated as Valentines Day,
to say that something was ill-timed,
when it is a true event, celebrated for
years regardless, is to put a higher
precedence on International Womens
Day. Yes, I understand the day and
week are very important to celebrate
women, but its never solely about
women, its about women and their life
experiences, their achievements, and
their lives in this world; a world that
wouldnt exist without men. Not only
that, but March 14th has been Pi Day
for longer than International Womens
Day has existed, so why arent you
condemning them too?
Was it a problem with the March
14th day? Because International
Womens Day doesnt share that date.
Or were you just trying to say that
International Womens Day is more
important than Steak and Blowjob
Day? Because then you turn this into
a male vs. female argument, and thats
Dear members of CS 3301,
not what International Womens Week
should be about, but of course you
know that better than I.
I am a female, and I do consider
myself quite the feminist, though
I hate that word, as its associated
with bra-burning and man-hating,
which was very well represented by
your letter. I do believe in female
empowerment, but not at the expense
of other genders. If the men want their
holiday, I suggest you let them have it,
instead of writing hate mail chastising
them for something I didnt even write
about. Did I say it was about sexual
oppression or that anyone was being
mistreated? No, that was something
you took from the article, and for
that, its your problem not mine. I also
didnt say anything about it involving
just heterosexual men; just because a
male actively participates in Steak and
Blowjob Day, doesnt necessarily mean
hes heterosexual. Now were being
judgmental. Steak and Blowjob Day is
a day for all men, regardless of sexual
On a side note, I will say that if you
are all about celebrating the power
of women over men as your strongly
suggest in your letter (and that is my
problem, not yours), then Ill have
you know that having a dick in your
mouth is the ONLY way youre ever
going to a) have a mans full attention,
and b) have him bow down to you.
Rather than having it be a subservient
role as you seem to think, I consider
it one with a great deal of power, and
whether youre on your knees or not is
entirely up to you.
I feel honoured that you took such
time out of your day to write your
letter, and I sincerely hope you got
extra credit for it.
Michael Politano Bowles
So, I want to keep this simple. I am
not politically minded, so bear with my
plain language to explain my thoughts.
I dont see how you can be an executive
at this school, in this country, in this
time of human existence, and treat
your ditch diggers like shit. I dont get
it because it seems so simple: if you
treat your employees well and pay them
fairly, they work for you, they work with
you, they are satised, it maintains the
health and longevity of the employee.
is is so simple. Your power is not
threatened by treating your employees
this way, but rather, it is upheld. If you
create tension and reaction in your
employees you threaten your own
power. But, to your benet, it gives you
some self-justication for giving them
less and legitimizing it.
Does it matter if someone works for
40 years and still makes the same as
what someone does who works for a
day? What do we care about the people
who do all the hard physical work
around Mt. A? What do you care unless
its your light bulb that needs to get
changed, your walkway that needs to
get cleared, your oor that needs to be
swept. en we can ask, where the fuck
are the facilities crew? Probably taking
a break somewhere. Facilities gross
$29,000 a year; they net $21,000. at
is base pay. Base pay lasts for as long
as the employee works, whether that
is one year or 40. Another interesting
Lets get down to business
stat is that the faculty got ve per cent,
four per cent, and three per cent raises
over the next three years, while facilities
got three per cent, 2.5 per cent, and
two per cent. I wonder if that meager
raise on 29k will meet the increase of
the cost of living. I mean, for a faculty
member to get ve per cent on 80k is
one thing, but three per cent on 29k?
Even my calculator is embarrassed to
convert that gure. More importantly, I
wonder what increase the big shots are
getting, the Stewart/Campbell combo?
Of course, they are probably taking a
humble slice, with the recession and all.
My intuitive supposition is that
facilities is short at least two fulltime
sta in the winter. Note that there
are only ve fulltime facilities sta in
the winter. So, if you ever wondered
whether or not the garbage would
be collected then you might look to
that number. Understaed equals
overworked. Overworked equals sick
time, deteriorating morale, employee
stress, jobs rushed and not done
properly, which fuels greater social
tension aggravating the potential for
a harmonious employee/employer
relationship. But I guess these kinds of
equations werent taught in your nance
course, hey Stewart? What is the worth
of Mt. As general laborers? I dont
know. But I think the better question
is: what is the worth of treating them
fairly? Do we really think it is fair or
just or responsible to pay someone who
has worked a year, the same as someone
who has worked 40 years? If I am the
one paying those people I would really
have to spread my values thinly over
some cognitive rationalization to say
yes to that question.
is is written to you who can
justify cheating your laborers for the
maintenance of the image of the budget,
and to all those who may follow in your
footsteps. ough I am not proposing
that the solution to the issue I have
raised, and to others such as per course
tuition, are found in the budget, but in
a mirror, reecting the vapid ideologies
of a dying age. By exposing the problem
we illuminate the solution beneath it.
As Rilke used the word must, in the
sense that there is no other choice, the
student body and the SAC must keep
Stewart/Campbell honest. It is the
responsibility of humanity to make sure
the palms of leadership are exposed. It is
not a statement of skepticism and doubt,
but rather, one that values and promotes
the integrity inherent in honesty, both
in the initiative of humanity and in the
humbleness of leadership.
But, speaking of the budget, it
sure would be nice to see such public
information and not have it kept
hidden till exams come, when it is too
late to be of much concern. Not that
Im assuming it is being hidden as
such. Never. But that such hesitation
to disclose the budget speaks volumes,
in the sense that silence speaks louder
than words. Old traditions, old money,
old ideas held in place by the power
of silence. e plague of Mt. A, so
nearly purged by Wayne MacKay, is
unfortunately unseen by the evaluative
eye of MacLeans magazine.
Natalie Gerum
As the adage goes, you cant judge a book
by its cover. Perhaps the representation
of our initiative in e Argosy, and
consequential interpretation, may have
indeed covered the real purposes and
activities of Newfoundliteracy. Such is
the diculty of newspaper journalism
we often only get to see the cover
and never get to look inside the book
itself. e author of the article wrote a
gratifying piece, and we are grateful for
the media coverage; however,to condense
four days of pedagogy into paragraphs is
a challenge that inevitably requires the
condensing of certain experiences and
the omitting of certain information. But
we hope to oer a few more pages to the
story in this response.
From the founding of
Newfoundliteracy, the project was
intended to be an exchange of learning.
By no means do we have knowledge and
skills comparable to full-time trained
teachers. And more importantly, we
certainly dont have the same degree
Newfound Learning
of experience in the specic context.
Does that mean we shouldnt become
involved in such a community? We
would argue that it in fact amplies the
learning opportunity available in this
context. Yes, we did come to the school
with our own prepared programming,
although teaching sta approved all
of our materials before they were
implemented in classrooms. But we did
not facilitate the program in an attempt
to assert our superior literacy because
we are not superiorly literate. Instead, we
endeavoured to collaboratively integrate
literacy programs that have been used
across the Atlantic region alongside the
sta of our host schools, all of whom
communicated a need for this type of
We do not believe that students in
Newfoundland should not learn or use
the word city; the youth we worked
with happened to be more excited about
counting out the number of syllables
in snowmobile than in Corner Brook
or Toronto and the purpose of the
initiative was to generate excitement and
engagement with reading. We do not
believe that students in Newfoundland
should only read the books we like and
select; the library happened to have a
few of our favourites in the collection
and, because we do believe that the same
stories can bear relevance to youth across
this country, we wanted to share the
books that had generated excitement and
engagement with reading in countless
young people, including ourselves.
And we certainly do not believe that
low levels of literacy are exclusively
experienced in Newfoundland; literacy
is an issue of immediate concern
across many Canadian communities,
and we saw this as an opportunity to
encourage reading in a province that
happens to have among the lowest
literacy levels in the country, while also
reading a new landscapeand in our
time in Newfoundland, we discovered a
newfound love for this incredible part of
the world.
So, thanks for reading between
the lines, and we hope this oers
a happier ending to the story of
Ben Goldberg
I was recently in the library, and
approached by some friends as to exactly
what I was looking at online. For once,
I wasnt Facebook creeping, reading
CBC, or even fmylife.com, but browsing
a little website known as argosy.ca.
I am surprised that more students
are unaware of the Argosys website
- or that even fewer use it. Perhaps
most surprising is the Argosys lack
of focus towards encouraging their
readers to indulge in their user friendly,
consistently updated website.
Dear Argosy,
As newspapers around the world
cut back, and even close, due in part to
the economic recession and diering
consumer trends, I am surprise that
the Argosy is not a major issue within
the Mt. A community while topics
such as 7 Mondays and reducing our
carbon footprint litter the SAC agenda.
Yet, week after week, our campus and
community is littered by thousands of
Argosy newspapers, many of which go
unused. Why you may ask? I dont really
know, or buy the minimum print quota
that Ive been told in the past.
Lets be real we read our articles
for class online through WebCT and
Moodle. Some professors ask for only
electronic copies for papers. We read
most news sources online, but still rely
on 20 page weekly Argosys, lled with
advertisements and pictures.
As we approach the end of the
academic year,I suppose no reformations
can be made to the Argosy. However, I
hope that in the future the online site can
be further promoted, and the number of
paper copies can be limited. is, to me,
seems to make incredible sense, cutting
costs and reducing paper waste. Lets get
with the times, save some money, clean
up our campus, and save some trees.
Def Jam. Sub Pop. K-Tel. ese are just
a few of the labels that have nurtured
our best and brightest musical acts over
the years. Now you can add another
name to that list: Bridgeport Falls.
Everyones favorite o-campus home/
performance venue is entering the label
game. I chatted with label heads James
Goddard and Sandy MacKay about
Sackville talent, Tennessee metal, and
their plans for the future.
NB:Why did you want to start a
JG: Rick Rubin did pretty well for
himself. Were thinking about the
SM: ere was a gap in the Sackville
music scene. We have the performers,
the promoters, but no one to help
the artists take that next step. Pat
[LePoidevin], Corey [Isenor], and
Kellen [Barrett] all did it themselves.
JG: Really we just wanted to help
our friends get their music out there.
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
Help them on the industry side.
NB: What will be your rst release?
SM: We have this porn compilation
tape in the works, we brought in some
guys from Moncton. Its mostly guys.
Mostly people you would recognize.
Part video, part audio art.
JG: ats pretty exciting. Right
now were also focusing on Pats tour.
Booking and promoting was the
cheapest thing we could do, so we are
starting with that. Were looking into
putting some capital together and
doing something for Field Museum
and maybe New Royalty.
SM: Yeah, we are in the process of
applying for some grants and looking
into getting a distribution deal.
NB: What are your plans for further
JG: Haha. I guess we just answered
that one. We will denitely, if there is
demand (and there should be), do a re-
issue of Pats album.
SM: And we would love to explore
some of the newer Sackville talent. A
lot of the people who are on Conduct
Becoming this year really impressed us.
We are interested in doing a Sackville
JG: eres also like Fat Americans
and the John Wayne Cover Band that
we would be happy to work for.
NB: What record labels have
inspired you?
SM: e majors, like EMI, Warner;
you know, anything that makes
JG: Im from Edmonton, were
DIYers there. When I was in high
school there were a bunch of people
who started labels like Nrmls Wlcm
and Rectangle records and all those
people are just start-ups. My grandma
likes sweaters, so she knits them.
eres a lot to be said for just doing
it. People like ree Gut are a good
model, they just did it.
SM: I think when I rst started
liking music I really wanted to play an
instrument, then when I realized I was
only good at tuba, I gured I better get
into the other side of the industry, the
unseen side. I started sending e-mails
to Six Shooter, Kelp, Mint, Murder
Records just trying to get a foot in the
door. Of course I was young and naive
and didnt realize there were proper
channels you have to go through. It
got me in the game, though, and thats
what matters.
NB: Where can one get information
about the label?
JG: We have a myspace, its like
www.myspace.com/bridgeportfalls I
SM: Yeah, thats it. We are getting
a lot of messages from metal bands.
Crazy metal band spam from Dakota
and Tennessee, has anyone heard of
Snake Pit?
JG: Yeah, all this crazy heavy stu
from Georgia or whatever, its kind
of weird. We are also going to get a
proper website up. Were talking to
Betty Liang (she did the Ascars poster
and bunch of other show posters this
year) to do up a logo for us. Its all
about community, everything you
need is available in this town.
SM: Fuck, seriously though, just
talk to us. James is one of 20 black
guys on campus, eventually you
will nd him. Im loud, drink too
much, and like baseball. Shouldnt
be too hard to nd me at Duckys.
Bridgeportfallsrecords@gmail.com is
another good place to start. Mostly
just start coming to shows. Everyone
at live shows is very nice and will let
you buy them beer.
JG: I think youre supposed to say
coloured people or like afro-canadian
in the newspaper, Sandy. But hes right
we love talking to people. If you want
to know more just ask.
NB: Well, thanks.
JG: Arent you going to ask us more?
Like about our favourite record stores
or the last album we bought?
NB: Sure. Whats you favorite record
store and what was the last record you
JG: I dont buy records or go to
record stores. Pat gave me a free copy
of his album and ...its alright.
SM: I hate music.
Sackvilles new Sub Pop records?
Mount Allison students start new record label to promote local artists
Ballast (Starring Michael J. Smith
Sr, Jim Myron Ross, and Tara Riggs;
directed by Lance Hammer, 2008)
What exactly is a ballast? Its a nice
word to say, maybe a little ominous
sounding though that may just be
because I learned the real denition of
the word in the context of this weeks
lm society movie of that name. A
ballast, contrary to what I thought, is
not some kind of awful sea monster,
but rather a heavy substance which
stabilizes machinery or a vessel,
usually a ship. is makes it an
interesting choice of title for director
Lance Hammers debut lm, set in the
Mississippi Delta with not a ship in
site, or much stability for that matter.
Ballast is the story of three people
in a broken family learning to navigate
their lives, after the suicide of a
man who was a father, brother, and
husband respectively. Maybe even
more important than the story line
is the setting, which colours every
aspect of the lm. Hammer has said in
interviews that he is fascinated by the
Mississippi Delta which is some of the
most fertile land in the world. However,
a sadness hangs over everything. ere
is no music at any point, only noises
such as trains passing, and the sound of
the wind. It is beautiful in this regard;
you can feel the setting almost as if it is
breathing down your back at all times,
like another character.
eres something else strange about
the movie which is hard to pinpoint
Becky Martin
Argosy Correspondent
unless you know what it is. e
dialogue is minimal, though characters
do begin to repair bridges as the lm
progresses. When they do speak it
is often dicult to fully understand
what they are saying, especially if you
are not familiar with a Delta accent.
Characters interact in a way that is
not typical of most movies, and theres
a reason for this. Hammer wanted to
create as naturalistic and authentic a
story as possible so hired real locals
from the area, many of them without
much acting experience and asked
them simply to be themselves. ough
there was a script, he did not show it to
the actors during lming and so much
of the dialogue was spontaneous and
e eect, risky though it sounds,
is actually quite powerful and the
actors do an amazing job, though the
unconventionality of the results might
be jarring for some lm goers. Ballast,
beautiful and innovative though it
is will never be a smash hit simply
because it does not deliver what might
excite audiences so much as it caters to
its own authenticity. With so much fast
paced information whirling around in
most modern cinema, a movie as silent
and lonely as Ballast stands apart.
On an exciting but somewhat
unrelated note, during the lms
screening at the Vogue Cinema, one
of the rolls of lm melted and was
projected onto the big screen. ink
of the lm break downs in Quentin
Tarantinos Grind House. ere may be
a time very soon when weird mess ups
like that arent even possible, so I think
its great that their appearances are still
possible at a theater like the Vogue.
Tonight, come out to the nal event of
the Sackville Film Society, e best of
the Cannes advertising lm festival.
Ballast weighs you down
Depressing portrait of Mississippi delta still poignant
First time director Lance Hammer used only amateur actors in Ballast.
Katray: Remade Live Audio Files (Burn
It Records)
Ambition doesnt begin to describe
what Katray is attempting on Remade
Live Audio Files. Inspired by new age
philosophy, the band embraces the
healing power of music. Drawing from
the theory of entrainment, the band
tries to preserve the essence and purity
of music that is lost when albums are
professionally mastered. e tracks on
this album are the original tracks from
Remade Live before they underwent
professional mastering.
e songs were improvised over
the course of ve nights in 2005, but
appear now in an stripped down form.
In an attempt to minimize the amount
of intervention in the albums sound,
no editing or mastering appears on the
disk. Furthermore, the duo kept the
same order in which the songs were
e goal? To create as realistically
as possible the eects of a live show,
unmediated through recording
As a result, the album can be messy
like a live performance. Also, it can be
quite chaotic. Sometimes the vocal
harmonies are o and the drums
sound hollow over the meaty bass
and frantic guitar. Its hard to really
characterize the album other than jam
bands recording.
e band as an early 1990s rock
sound. Walls of guitar and cryptic
vocals that are best suited for wearing
sunglasses under bright lights. Bass is
the main focus in most songs, backed
by cymbal heavy drums and distortion
heavy guitar.
e sound of the vocals are
reminiscent of a really laid-back Neil
Song highlights are Looking for
Alice and Noise, evoking the early
1990s alt-rock, with a bit less apathy.
e album is long, clocking in at
about 80 minutes. e improvisation
shows as songs meander around for
ve-seven minutes without any form.
is unfocused and helter-skelter
approach is evident over sequences of
songs; Rock n Roll Outlaw, I Got
All Night, Black Magic, and TV
Talks all came from a single recording
session and track divisions were
imposed later.
I give Remade Live Audio FIles 2 1/2
William Gregory
Argosy Staff
Unleash the healing
Katray brings the jams
Let us
Entertain you
Meet the Spartans (Starring Sean
Maguire, Carmen Electra; directed
by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.
It pains and confuses me to look
out into the critical world and see this
lm lambasted as it is. After all, what
other lms can you name that address
such complex philosophical and social
questions all within the themes that
we all know and understand? In this
modern masterwork, prolic directors
Friedberg and Seltzer demonstrate
such a keen understanding of what
makes us a society that other directors
can only dream of. Not only this,
but their sheer skill - no, mastery of
lmmaking allows them to release
their work much more often than other
respected directors in the business.
Such ne work at such a quick pace
makes them no less than the modern
saviours of popular cinema, deserving
of all the awards and cash we can
Dylan Cunningham
Argosy Correspondent
throw at them.
It is common knowledge that people
cannot laugh at something they do not
remember, and so it is with great taste
that the humour in this lm almost
never references anything more than a
year old. is is only one of the many
ways in which Friedberg and Seltzer
respect their audience. By reecting
all that is put out into society there
in one convenient package, they do a
ne job verifying the audiences very
identity. To see all that I had read and
heard about over the past year right up
there on the screen was an experience
like no other - it was like I had for the
rst time truly discovered who I was.
And by bringing the audience together
with jokes that appeal to the basest,
most instinctual senses of humour, this
lm unites us as a species. I can easily
imagine two warring soldiers laying
down their weapons and embracing
one another after being touched by this
lm. What could be more beautiful
than a multicultural audience laughing
as one at the copious depiction of
bodily uids?
Friedberg and Seltzer have clearly
done their research when it comes to
writing comedy. Homosexuality jokes,
yo momma jokes, fart jokes, all these
things have been done so many times
for a reason: they are always funny.
Here, the directors go the extra mile
to make sure the jokes are as blatant
and irreverent as possible - even
politely explaining the references they
are making at times. For example, it is
not unlikely that an audience member
might not realize the aging, sneering
boxing being portrayed is intended
to be a reference to the recently-
released <i>Rocky</i> lm, and thus
the camera spends a good ve seconds
hovering at the boxers beltline, where,
upon his trunks, is indeed written
for all to see, Rocky. ere is more
than enough time even for the slow
readers in the audience to catch it. If
only everyone were this considerate in
society these days, the world would be
a much better place.
One thing that modern reviewers
dont seem to catch is the existential
undertones that permeate throughout.
Many times, there are of course jokes,
but scattered amidst those with surgical
precision are pop culture references
which contain no joke whatsoever. By
playing with our expectations like this,
presenting a comedy half-devoid of
jokes, the directors force us to question
the true nature of lm, and even who
we are. Such genius work as this can
only be compared to e Godfather
or Lawrence of Arabia in its epic,
sweeping scope, and Citizen Kane in
Meet the the new Citizen Kane?
Dylan Cunning lampoons the pop-culture lampooners in Meet the Spartans
its unparalleled style and devotion to
shaking up the lm industry. I would
recommend this to absolutely anyone,
of all genders, ages, and nationalities.
It is my only hope that the wisdom
by which the directors live their
lives someday replaces all religions,
philosophies, and other such beliefs in
the world today.
This is cinema! Goddard, Fassbinder, Scorsese at your hearts out.
Gran Torino (Starring Clint Eastwood,
Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, and
Ahney Her;
directed and produced by Clint
After the loss of his wife, Walt
Kowalski (Eastwood), is brought face
to face with his ungrateful family, his
grumpiness and his anger towards
them. Before his wifes death, she
asked her priest, Father Janovich
(Christopher Carley) to watch over
him and make him come to him
with a confession, something he
hadnt done in years, according to his
character. He dismisses his children
from the reception at the house and
all the guests and lounges around,
drinking a beer and fussing over his
73 Gran Torino. However, when Walt
saves members of the neighboring
Hmong family from gang violence, a
loving connection forms between the
hardened war veteran and the young
Hmong family.
e emphasis of the lm is
on Walts transformation from a
disgruntled Korean War vet to friend
and protector of his neighbourhoods
Hmong population. Perhaps the
lm is about American tolerance
of minorities. Or it is Eastwoods
individual denouncement of violence
from the actor made famous in shoot
Jocelyn Turner
Argosy Correspondent
em up westerns and in violent roles
like Dirty Harry? Whatever the lms
philosophical raison dtre, it was
pretty damn good.
Once Walt warms up to young
Sue Lor, his life is forever changed.
Watching 78 year-old Eastwoods
character transform from a grumpy
old jackass, who has a hard time
even talking to his own family, to
a compassionate human being is a
cinematic feat. Listening to his gru
complaints can make even the most
cynical moviegoers giggle. Eastwoods
performance, being reviewed by
someone who has never actually seen
any of his acting before, only his
Releasing a record is a nerve-racking
experience. Imagine months and
months of hard work being boiled
down to forty minutes of music on a
compact disc, before being released
to unfamiliar ears. Now imagine two
of your friends and fellow musicians
releasing acclaimed new albums just
prior to yours. It isnt a competition per
se, but you still want to try and match
them. Such is the situation facing
Kellen Barrett upon the release of his
fourth record, Human Understanding.
No worries this is his best record yet,
a record that stands on its own as one
of the nest albums to emerge from
the Mount A community this year.
If youre a fan of Barretts previous
records, know that the earnest, hushed
vocals, detail-rich lyrics and clean
acoustic melodies remain. e main
dierence is Barretts judicious use
of a full band, a risk which pays o
beautifully. Next Year, the albums
centerpiece and one of Barretts best
songs, builds slowly around the initial
acoustic melody. Even as the song
picks up, the added instrumentation
doesnt overpower the core of the song.
Other highlights include Scarlett,
which doubles as a sweet romantic
fantasia for arts students everywhere
and a handy Sackville travelogue. e
song features the albums most playful
lyrics (Ill be Nick Drake if youll be
Aimee Mann, as the protagonists
shop at the Salvation Army) and
a gorgeous backdrop of banjo and
gently brushed drums. Red Letter
Days, one of Human Understandings
darker moments, features striking
background vocals. Meanwhile,
Change, which boasts the records
most hummable chorus and a standout
vocal performance, recalls a stripped-
down Ray LaMontagne song.
When I spoke with Barrett about
the record in March, he told me that he
focused more this time on the songs as
individual pieces, rather than working
them into a larger narrative.Yet theres
an underlying theme to this record that
makes these songs resonate beyond
themselves. Barretts vignettes capture
individuals at crucial junctures in their
lives: characters exist on the cusp of
death (Valkyries), adulthood (Next
Year, Untitled) or love (Scarlett,
Red Letter Days). en theres the
narrator of Arkology hoping build
an ark, with nothing left to cling to
but the bearings of my past. Barrett
explores, with sincerity and empathy,
the uncertainty people encounter on a
daily basis. When he ends the album
with the jaunty, contented ode to e
Amnesiacs Girl, and a hidden track
recalling the simple strength of family,
Barrett makes it clear that, in the face
of it all, you can always depend on
human understanding.
Put simply, everything about
Human Understanding clicks. e
vocals, the instrumentation, the
lyrics, the gorgeous artwork by Julie
Cruikshank it all adds up to a record
thats professional yet deeply felt.
Its the perfect way to cap o one of
the strongest years for local music in
recent memory.
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
Understanding Barrett
Human Understanding relatable
directing, would compliment him,
loving every minute of his sarcasm and
heroism, nding it very entertaining.
e story itself was very touching.
e characters are more realistic
than normally portrayed in lms.
For example, the characters were
not wealthy and therefore wouldnt
randomly nd a large lump sum of
money to buy something like a car.
Towards the end, regardless of the
violence behind it, I was in tears.
Eastwoods characters heroism was
intense and in some parts, dicult for
me to watch.
Altogether, Id give this movie a four
out of ve stars.
Get o my lawn!
Clint Eastwood + Hmong gang violence = 4 stars
Help! Help! e doll is trying to kill me and the
toasters been laughin at me!
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
As we wind down another year at
Mount Allison to go elsewhere
for summer jobs, internships and
travel, life on campus simply takes
on another light. Professors and
students alike are taking on research;
summer courses for a few extra
credits get underway; and Mt. As
expansive set of summer programmes
start up, all in warmer temperatures.
Student life doesnt collapse over
the summer, in fact it becomes
one of the most active times for
the campus. Beyond research and
correspondence classes, Mt. A has
been building up their summer Go
Global programmes for primary and
secondary education students through
a series of camps designed to give
prospective future students a taste
of university life. Weihong Lu, Mt.
As conference coordinator, described
the programmes as designed to
focus on academic issues with other
recreations components built in for
balance. What it means for current
Mt. A students is the wide ranging
possibilities of summer employment
when Sackville isnt a wintery cyclone.
For the youngest demographic
there are Explore camps that touch
on the liberal arts interests of primary
students such as archaeology, biology,
music, geography, and anthropology.
For the high school level there are
the Go Global Science, Music, or
International Relations programmes.
In these programmes high school
students are taught by professors
and Mt. A students through lectures,
labs, and trips about the theory and
vital components of major elds of
study. Mt. A students not only teach
the summer courses, but run extra-
curricular activities, bring the campers
on eld trips, and some act as residence
assistants for overnight groups.
ere is also an immersion Go
Global Canada programme that
has brought in groups of high
school students from Japan, India,
and Saudi Arabia annually that has
become a highly successful summer
underpinning for campus programmes
and a method for Mt. A to draw
students from an international pool.
While the summer programmes
just as this piece ultimately comes
down to a large advertisement for Mt.
A, it has proved to be an incredibly
positive experience for many students
that goes beyond just choosing Mt. A.
I found the Go Global Science
programme online just by chance,
said rst year, Suzy Rogers, I
had never heard of Mt. A before
hearing about the programmeIt
was fantastic; it sold me on Mt. A
and it sold me on research. I know
most people who did Go Global
with me came to Mt. A this year.
Similar summer programmes exist
at other universities including, perhaps
most popularly, the Oxbridge
programme that happens between the
Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Not only has it proven useful and
rewarding for the attending students,
but actively engages Mt. A students
who act as sta for the summer. is
year, the number of Mt. A students
participating is at a record high
evidently to accommodate the large
number of applicants for positions
as well as to allow the sta to have
more breathing room between events.
e use of summer programmes at
university seems to be catching on,
with McGill, University of Toronto,
Georgetown, and Stanford all devoting
fairly substantial resources to attract
prospective students to their schools.
e attraction administrations see in
showing o campus resources and
the talents of their current students
is not lost on all those involved.
Certainly from the perspective of
Mt. A students there are numerous
benets to towing the university
line; paid positions with exible
hours, residence assistants get free
housing for a section of the year, the
ability to explore alternative sectors
of ones department as well as still
be around professors, and working
with academic camps can only look
good on a graduate school resum.
Already Facebook groups are being
made for students staying in Sackville
over the summer, eld trip schedules
are being put together, and lesson
plans are being compiled. While one
might expect the spring semester
at Mt. A to be one of a desolate
campus with the occasional warm
breeze, the summer proves to hold
certain promise for both students
and the admissions department.
What happens to the
Mt. A campus when
most of us leave?
An only partial advertisement for
Mt. As summer programmes
Rev. John C. Perkin
University Chaplain
One of the great privileges of
ministry is being invited to share in
special family times, including those
signicant gatherings at weddings
and funerals.
Recently I was privileged to preside
over the funeral of Arthur McFadden,
known to the Mount Allison
University community simply as Art,
the legendary cab driver. I came to
know Art both as a cabbie and as the
father of the bride at a wedding in the
chapel, and quickly came to appreciate
his unique character and love of life.
Art had worked at Mt. A as a
custodian in the residences in the
1970s, but in the 1990s and up to
2005 worked as a cab driver, and was
well known to Mt. A students in that
role. Orientation guides suggested to
incoming students that among the
list of top things to experience while
a student at Mt. A, one was to have a
have a cab ride with Art.
He was known for getting students,
sober or drunk, safely home. And now,
at the age of eighty, Art has passed
away after a brief illness, and has
himself gone safely home a nal time.
It is tting to pay tribute to one
who was an unocial part of the Mt.
A student life; the following tribute
was written by his son-in-law Gerry
Parker, and was read at his funeral
service on Wednesday, April 1.
Like most of us here today, Art
wasnt born into riches and wealth.
His father, as he liked to tell me, was
a ships captain who was away at sea
much of the time and died when Art
was only a young boy. But his dad told
him stories of far away places he had
been, wondrous things that he had
seen and he always returned with
presents and souvenirs for the family.
Not seeing how school was doing
him much good, Art worked in the
woods at Rockport and an assortment
of other jobs there and in Sackville
and Dorchester. He later drove to
Montreal to nd work, but soon
returned to his roots in the Maritimes
where, like many other men at that
time, found work at the Enterprise
and Fawcett Foundrys.
When I met Art in the early 1990s,
he had retired from the foundry but
soon began as a driver for Sackville
Cab, a new business begun by his son
Calvin. Art took his job serious, and
his cab was usually the rst at the
bus stop or train station to deliver
or pick up students from Mt. A, and
the last to leave Georges Roadhouse,
in the worst of weather, with those
en, with a twinkle in his eye and
a boyish smile, he said he would give
it all away to his family and friends, a
million dollars to each person. Many
of you here never realized how close
you came to becoming an instant a
millionaire, and without even buying
a ticket.
Some how, though, I suspect that
Art would have squirreled away four
dollars for himself, just enough so
he could buy next weeks Super Loto
ticket and do it all over again.
On his retirement as a driver for
Sackville Cab in 2005, a Mt. A student
wrote the following tribute to Art in
the campus paper:
Sometimes people attain a
level of fame whereby they can be
distinguished by just a single name.
Such recognition is usually reserved
for the likes of supermodels, great
athletes, and pop singers, but in this
little town there is a certain cab driver
who has obtained a similar stature.
Art, of course, is the cabbie in
question. As a testament to his fame,
in 1995 he was named in MacLeans
Magazine as whats hot in Sackville.
For about ten years Art has been the
man who has gotten Mount Allison
students where they need to go.
Needless to say, most destinations in
Sackville are within walking distance,
but between rain, snow, high winds,
whiskey, beer and rum, such a walk
can be not only unbearable but down
right dangerous to impossible. In such
events, Art could always be counted
on to make sure students arrived safely
at their destination.
Students who have been here for
a few years can undoubtedly relate
at least one story in which Arts
faithful cab arrived to bail them out
of a dicult situation. Sadly, Art
wont be around to save us next time
we do something stupid. He decided
this summer to hang up the keys and
quit the cabbie business for good.
After being the driving force behind
Sackville Cab for the last ten years,
Art decided to get out of business to
take time to enjoy some of the ner
things in life. He told me he has been
spending more time with his family
since then and admits that although
he misses the students and their antics,
he enjoys his new lifestyle.
So thanks, Art. anks for getting
us where we were going, but thanks
also for doing it so cheerfully. Drunk
students are probably not the most
charming of clients, but you always
made us feel like you were happy to
have us there. You will denitely go
down in history as the coolest cabbie
Sackville ever had. It was good having
you around for all those years and
Mount Allison will denitely miss
And we will too, Art. God Bless.
who knew he would be there waiting
for them and see they reached home
safely. rough the next ten years Art
became sort of an icon with Mt. A
students, and when calling for a cab,
they would often end with, We want
Perhaps it was his friendly manner
and aection with the rued hair
students that convinced Art to let his
hair grow a bit longer. Or perhaps it
was that small bald spot beginning
to show on the back of his head. But
whatever the reason, let his hair grow
he did, and Arts owing locks of silver
hair became his signature over the past
15 years. If only all 80 year olds could
have a head of hair like Arts. Actually,
I know a lot of 40 year olds that would
be envious as well. Calvin, rest assured,
if genetics are involved you have no
fear of ever losing your hair.
In the later years, especially
following his retirement as a driver for
Sackville Cab, Art would come to nd
his greatest pleasure in the company
of his grandchildren and great-
grandchildren. He especially found
great delight in taking Nicole and
Katie for rides on his four-wheeler.
He was some proud of that Honda
Big Red. And he began to prepare for
the annual deer hunt up Anagance
way with Calvin and the boys about
mid-August. A bit early, perhaps,
considering that the season didnt open
until mid-October! But Art loved his
times with the boys at camp.
Like most of us here, in a life
time of work, Art never accumulated
great wealth. But perhaps it was the
boyhood memories of those early
stories told to him by his Dad of the
riches and wonders that he had seen in
those far away places that encouraged
Art to reach out with hope of grasping
that golden ring. And he knew of
only one way to reach that ring and
that was if it hit it big on the Lotto
649. Art lived by the jingle If you
dont play it youll never win it. And
play it he did. Without fail he would
buy his weekly ticket, sometimes two.
Although he would win a small prize
on occasion, he was convinced that the
big one would come his way the next
week, and if not, the week after that.
Not long ago, when the prize was in
the order of 28 million dollars, I asked
Art if he won just how he planned on
spending such an enormous amount
of money. Without a moments
hesitation, he told me that he would
buy three new buses for Calvin. And
then he might buy himself a brand
new 4-wheel half-ton truck, just right
for carrying his Honda Big Red up
Anagance way.
I said, Well Art, that would still
leave you with the better part of 27
million dollars and change. What
would you do with that?
rough stained glass
Participants attending Mt. As Go Global Sciencesummer camp.
Turkish Disco Prison: good eats
Vision in Blue
As this is the last Argosy of the year,
and Ill be leaving Mount Allison as
of June, this will be the last sexbomb
for Vision in Blue.
Ive been writing the sex column
for this paper o and on since 2004,
and its been a fucking fantastic ride.
anks for the memories, boys and
girls. For this last one, Im kinda
gonna do a best of column, where
Ill put down bits and pieces of my
favourite sexbombs from the past ve
years. It has been my honour.
Some of my favourites were from
my early years, including:
Merkins: this was probably before
yall started Mt. A. A merkin is a bit
of fake pubic hair, which girls kinda
glue to themselves down there. eyre
great cause you can change up the
colour, and style, whatever, whenever,
and are usually used by strippers. My
favourite was a bright yellow one, cut
out in the shape of lightning bolts.
Im an Indian girl, and the only way
youre gonna get the shit down there
to go bright yellow is if its fake.
Real Dolls: these are life-sized
female and male dolls, made of
cyber-skin. Ooooh. You can buy these
for under ten grand. You can also
buy your female with alien colours,
like blue skin and yellow eyes, and
multiple arms too.
Blue Balls: my favourite part about
it was the last paragraph, which went
something like: teasing a guy and
causing him to get blue balls is just
mean, and only a tease would be that
cruel, so please girls, be nice to the
man, unless of course he cheated on
you, and in that case, feel free to do
a whole blue balls experiment and
write a sex column all about it.
Cock Rings: especially because I
had been wearing the cock ring (in
the photo that we took in the oce
for the column) on my nger all
week. ose things can really stretch.
It was bright pink, with little nubbies
on it, which is perfect for when the
guys right deep inside while fucking
the girl, cause said nubbies feel great
on your lips. And of course you get
the cock ring benet too, which is to
make him last longer by restricting
the blood ow to his wang. ats
called vasoconstriction, for all you
science students out there.
Later, I started writing a yearly
article on STIs, and write about the
nasty things that happen to your
body (and your mind), if you let them
fester and put o getting checked. We
included a picture of a giant pubic
louse that nobody really expected
to ever see in their lives, least of all
when they ipped the page over
whilst eating lunch. Watching people
nearly blow chunks in the now-closed
Golden A, made me happy people
were nally taking STIs seriously, as
rates are high on college campuses
We also did a sexual misadventures
column, where people sent in
their worst sexual experiences. My
favourite story from that being the
one where the girl spends the night
at some guys house, he tells her to
make herself at home, then goes to
work in the morning. She uses the
washroom, takes a huge shit, but it
wont ush, so she scoops up the shit
and puts it in a plastic bag, thinking
shell throw it out on the way home,
cause she doesnt want to leave his
toilet full of unushed shit. en
she stops by his desk to write him a
note, something saying she had a fun
time, and leaving her number, so he
can give her a call. As she walks out
of the house, she locks everything on
her way out, and its only when shes
down the block that she realizes she
left her bag of shit next to the note.
Fuckin hilarious.
I also wrote about seminal and
vaginal uids, and what you can do
to make them taste better. Girls,
unfortunately, cant do much to alter
the taste, only really the smell. It has
to do with the pH balance and the
amount of sugar you eat. But guys
can really alter the taste and texture of
their spunk, depending on what they
eat or drink. Vegetables usually make
it taste bad, whereas fruits, especially
pineapple, make it taste good. So guys,
maybe ask for a little pineapple juice
in your drink at the bar next time.
Favourite sexbombs from this year
include Steak and Blowjob Day, the
one that described how to make a
mold of a penis out of chocolate,
aphrodisiacs, the fun terminology
(hah, rusty trombone!), and the one
about weird porn (rule 34, anyone?),
all of which you can probably nd
oating around the campus this year,
or online at argosy.ca.
For next year, the Argosy will need
one or more people to be very non-G-
rated, and continue writing this sex
column for the paper. Please either
contact argosy@mta.ca, or email the
new Features editor this fall. ats it
for me, I love you all. Im out.
Radiance on the doorstep
Emily Bird
Argosy Correspondent

Despite the unwelcoming lingering of
winter, but visions of spring are on the
Hints of precious spring entities are
becoming more and more prominent
coinciding with the gradual decrease
of parkas and wool toques required
to survive the outdoors. We face the
relief of light presenting itself ever
earlier each morning, and living longer
throughout the evening. e air no
longer pierces the skin, but delicately
approaches one with warmth.
Spring colours paint the landscape
once again as patches of green
peek from underneath the melting
snow. April certainly illustrates the
conclusion of a momentous year, a
juncture of one terminating period as
another one is embarked upon.
Springs signicance is no doubt
gathered with the end of classes,
graduation, and a reassuring return
of warmth, but spring also generates
an upheaval of ones wardrobe. With
spring cleaning about to present itself,
it is ideal for one to invest time in
reorganizing and sorting that ever
growing collection.
Take a critical analysis of the
wardrobe; a piece that is still wearable
is simply not a strong enough reason
for it to be worn beyond the front door.
e exhilarating investment of this
seasons delicate fabrics and sprightly
colours provides the impetuous to
replace pieces that have lost their
Replace those pieces that were only
meant to exist for one season. Invest in
a collared shirt that is not frayed and
missing that middle button. One may
feel a tinge of guilt while discarding
these fashionable memories, but does
one really feel more fabulous in some
vintage entities such as that old linty
pair of trousers that are torn at the in-
seam? e materials are reusable and
salvageable, but one denitely does not
need to wear an item until it literally
falls apart.
While sorting through clothing, be
it a wardrobe or simple pile of clothes
lying about amongst the endless
text books, make the task simple by
visualize three categories: items to be
discarded, those that are to remain,
and pieces that one will invest in this
spring. Remember that the discard pile
is not junk; your local thrift store will
gladly accept them!
Spring rings in words such as fresh,
clean, vivacious, soft, and inspiring.
Designers this season have ingeniously
evoked the sprightly sensations of
spring in a multitude of fashions.
Although the heat has not quite
peaked at an entirety of comfort, these
fashionable delicacies for spring can
take on both centre stage as well as a
subtle background.
Pull out that lightweight owy dress
and pair it with tights, a wool cardigan
and tted jacket. Incorporate a summer
skirt into a perfect spring ensemble by
throwing on a winter sweater and a pair
of suede boots. If skirts and dresses are
still too daring, brighten up those dark
jeans with a delightful pair of shoes
that radiate exquisite embellishments,
pastel colours, and dazzling textures.
e radiance of springs beauty has
been passionately expressed throughout
this seasons trends of daring dresses,
sharp jackets and delectable jewelry.
Although the ability to press time
forward is yet to be acquired, designers
have provided us with the materials to
allude to springs soft breeze and warm
Extroversion is no doubt an
amiable trait for this seasons luscious
entities as window displays reect
the metamorphosis of the seasons.
Make room for these positive traits
to replace the dark days of winter that
are bundled up in your closet. As one
adorns themselves in springs radiant
pieces, they too evoke spring pleasures
that are lying on the doorstep, simple
treasures awaiting to become ones
morning delight.
Burberrys Spring/Summer 2009 Ad Campaign
Corey Isenor and
James Goddard
Argosy Correspondents
On Main St. next to Duckys sits one
of Sackvilles eating establishment
mainstays. e Olive Branch, having
moved last year from its location
on York St., has upgraded its locale
while staying true to its roots. e
Olive Branch has always been a
popular place among students and
with Scooter (also the manager of the
campus pub) in charge, they have kept
close ties to the campus community.
e not-so-new location is now
comfortable, spacious, and consists
of three distinct areas: the Rickards
room, which can be rented out for
private functions, the main dining
area, and a lounge. e decor is in-
oensive, but particularly dull in the
fact that mostly everything is brown
and matte; the advice of an interior
decorator would certainly help.
However, the fact that they display
student art-works for sale and take
no cut from the sales is certainly a
plus; both good for the artists and the
restaurant alike.
e beauty of e Olive Branch
as a place to eat is its versatility. e
shallow but diverse menu oers a
range of things, so whether you are
looking for a quick snack or want a
full-out meal there is something for
you. Not all menu items are of equal
quality but all of the food is lling
and reasonably priced. Favourites
of ours and our friends include the
lasagna and nachos.
One particular highlight is
Wednesdays all-you-can-eat pasta
night. For around $15.00 you get
as many generously heaping plates
of pasta as you can eat. e pasta
is topped with either a marinara,
bchamel, or ros sauce and your
choice of chicken, vegetables, or both.
You also receive a drink and a dessert
with the order.
All three sauces are quite avourful;
James prefers the ros as it blends the
tangy tomato based sauce with the
richness of cream sauce. Its the best of
both worlds, although Corey doesnt
mind moving back and forth with one
serving being marinara and the next
e service at the Olive Branch is
also consistently good. e waitresses
are friendly and prompt with the
customers always in mind.
As well, e Olive Branch has
been quite generous in hosting extra-
curricular events besides the usual
dining experience including live
concerts, Improv Comedy nights,
and, as Corey and James were so
privileged to be a part of in the past
this semester, the Beauty as Sacrice
evening organized and presented by
the well known local artist and cook
Jon Cleveland.
For providing aordable food
at suitable quality, being very open
to the community with all of their
support and generosity, but somewhat
lacking with interior design and menu
improvement, Corey and James give
e Olive Branch 1 thumbs up.
Corey and James eat out
Jessica Emin
Argosy Staff
Sweet and Salty Pineapple Pork
As the weather gets warmer, we move
closer to the days of backyard barbecues
and margaritas. With the added
sweetness of pineapple added to ground
pork, this meal is a brighter alternative
to the regular ground beef burger.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4
Ingredients for burgers:
- 1.5 pounds or ground pork, fresh
or thawed (local meat available at
Cackling Goose)
- 3/4 cup of crushed pineapple,
fresh or canned
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp of pepper
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 4 hamburger buns, whole wheat
or sesame
Ingredients for onions:
- 1 medium red onion, cut into
round slices and separated
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup our
- 1 tsp powdered garlic
- 1 tsp dehydrated basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
To begin, place the ground pork in a
medium sized mixing bowl. If there is
any extra liquid from the meat drain if
o; this will make the pork stay together
more easily once it is time to form patties.
Add pineapple, Worcestershire sauce,
salt and pepper to the pork and mix it
with your hands. Once the mixing is
done, form 4-5 patties with the mixture.
If there is any diculty forming the
patties make them rounder so that the
mixture will stay together more easily.
e pork burgers can be cooked in
either a frying pan or on the barbeque.
To ensure that the meat cooks evenly
they should be cooked at medium heat
and ipped frequently. Once they have
been placed in the frying pan, I tend to
ip the burgers 3-4 times at 4 minute
intervals. Like most meats, the ground
pork becomes more rm as it is cooked.
While the burgers are cooking, the
onions can be prepared. In a medium
sized mixing bowl stir our, garlic, basil,
salt and pepper together. Place the sliced
onion in the bowl and mix them with
the our until they are all evenly coated.
When fried the our mixture will create
a crispy and avorful coating on the
onion rings. Place the onion in a frying
pan on medium heat with olive oil. e
onions should only need to be fried for
a 5-10 minutes, ipping them once, or
until they are soft and golden brown.
Once both the burgers and onions are
done place them on a hamburger bun
and garnish with mayonnaise, honey
mustard, romaine lettuce and a slice of
tomato. Serve with a light salad or a
grilled vegetable kebab.
Correction: Stued Mushrooms in
recipe from the week of March 19, 2009
were to be Portobello, not Shiitake.
Jessica Emin
e Olive Branch, 96 Main Street
Cooking with Jess
Argosy Staff
Apr. 5, 1614: Pocahontas marries
English colonist John Rolfe in
Apr. 5, 1859: Charles Darwin sends
the rst three chapters of the Origin of
Species to his publisher for review.
Apr. 5, 1951: Ethel and Julius
Rosenberg are sentenced to death
on charges of espionage (they were
believed to have had connections to the
Soviet Union).
Apr. 5, l955: Winston Churchill
resigns as Prime Minister of the United
Apr. 5, 1956: Fidel Castro declares
himself at war with the President of
Apr. 6, 46 BC: Julius Caesar defeats
Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Cato the
Younger in the Battle of apsus (in
modern Tunisia).
Apr. 6, 1483: Birth of Renaissance
painter and architect Raphael (who also
died on this date in 1520).
Apr. 6, 1793: e Committee of
Public Safety begins to exert control in
the French republic (during the French
Revolution), beginning the period
known as the Reign of Terror.
Apr. 6, 1814: Napoleon abdicates
and is exiled to Elba.
Apr. 6, 1895: Oscar Wilde is arrested
in London after losing a libel case
against John Sholto Douglas, the 9th
Marquess of Queensbury.
Apr. 6, 1896: e opening of the
rst modern Olympics are held in
Athens almost 1,500 years after having
been banned by the Roman Emperor
eodosius I.
Apr. 7, 1795: France adopts the metre
as the basic measure of length.
Apr.7,1805: First public performance
of Beethovens ird Symphony.
Apr. 7, 1827: John Walker, an English
chemist, sells the rst friction match,
after inventing it the year before.
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This week in history
Apr.7,1868: omas DArcy McGee,
one of the Fathers of Confederation,
was assassinated by Fenians (anti-
British rule Irish nationalists),
becoming one of the few Canadian
political assassinations, and the only
assassination of a federal politician.
Apr. 7, 1906: Mount Vesuvius erupts
and devastates Naples.
Apr. 7, 1927: e rst public
television broadcast in the US.
Apr. 8, 217: Roman Emperor
Caracalla is assassinated by his
Praetorian Guard prefect Marcus
Opellius Macrinus.
Apr. 8, 1820: e Venus de Milo is
found on the island of Melos, in the
Aegan Sea.
Apr. 9, 193: Severus Septimius is
declared Roman Emperor by his army
in Illyricum (in the Balkans).
Apr. 9, 1953: Warner Brothers
premiere the rst 3D lm, House of
Wax, starring Vincent Price.
Apr.9,2002: e funeral of the Queen
Mother takes place at Westminster
Apr. 10, 1710: e rst law regulating
copyright is issued in Great Britain.
Apr. 10, 1858: e original Big Ben,
a 14.5 tonne bell, is cast in Stockton-
on-Tees by Warners of Cripplegate
(however, it cracked during testing and
had to be re-cast in the 13.76 tonne
bell, still used today, by Whitechapel
Bell Foundry).
Apr. 10, 1925: e Great Gatsby by
F. Scott Fitzgerald is rst published.
Apr. 10, 1962: Death of Stuart
Sutclie, the original bassist for e
Apr. 11, 1689: Mary II and William
III are crowned joint sovereigns of
Apr. 11, 1775: e last execution for
witchcraft in Germany takes place.
Apr. 11, 1868: e Shogunate is
abolished in Japan.
Apr. 11, 1905: Einstein reveals his
eory of Relativity.

When your
universitys actual
news page begins
to resemble the
plot of an episode
of Gossip Girl,
theres really only
one thing to do.

Write for
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Jessica Emin
Argosy Staff 2008-2009
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Louisa Strain /
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A sugar treat for stupid babies since 1875.
Charging one dollar per banana since 1875.
Brushing up on the King-Byng aair since 1875.
Not your buddy since 1875.
Argosy Staff 2008-2009
1. Neil Bonner / Entertainment Writer
2. Sasha van Katwyk / Features Writer
3. Will Gregory / Entertainment Editor
4. Chris Durrant / Co-Editor in Chief
5. Justine Galbraith / News Editor
6. Helena van Tol / News Writer
7. Julie Stephenson / Arts and Literature Editor
8. Erin Jemczyk / Submissions Editor
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10. Zoe Williams / Co-Editor in Chief
11. Vivi Reich / Humour Editor
12. Kelly OConnor / General Writer
13. Sarah Robinson / Copy Editor
14. Frances McGinnis / Production Manager
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18. Julie Cruikshank / Arts and Literature Writer
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A sugar treat for stupid babies since 1875.
Charging one dollar per banana since 1875.
Brushing up on the King-Byng aair since 1875.
Not your buddy since 1875.
Sleeping in small girls beds since 1875.
Hating on the Stupid Administrative Council since 1875.
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02 PAT LEPOlDEvlN* Blue Tornadoes (lndependentj
03 SHOTGUN JlMMlE* Still Jimmie (You've Changedj
04 THE SLATE PAClFlC* Safe Passage (Pigeon Rowj
05 JULlE DOlRON* l Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day (Endearingj
06 JAY CROCKER* Below The Ocean Over (Artunitj
07 ATTACK lN BLACK* Years (By One Thousand Fingertipsj (Dine Alonej
08 NEKO CASE Middle Cyclone (Anti-j
09 JENN GRANT* Echoes (Six Shooterj
10 THE BlCYCLES* Oh No lt's Love (Fuzzy Logicj
11 MALAJUBE* Labyrinthes (Dare To Carej
Thoughtful Bees (Youth Clubj
13 BRUCE PENlNSULA* A Mountain ls A Mouth (Bruce Trailj
14 THE BURNlNG HELL* Baby (Weewerkj
15 THE CONSTANTlNES* Kensington Heights (Arts & Craftsj
16 THE WEAKERTHANS* Reunion Tour (Anti-j
17 PAPER LlONS* Paper Lions (lndependentj
18 THE FlRST AlD KlT* Still Standing (lndependentj
19 SWAN LAKE* Enemy Mine (Jagjaguwarj
20 BElRUT March Of The Zapotec (Pompeiij
21 MOTHER MOTHER* O My Heart (Last Gangj
22 WOODHANDS* Heart Attack (Paper Bagj
23 MlCACHU Jewellery (Rough Trade/Hardwoodj
24 K'NAAN* Troubador (A&Mj
25 THE STOLEN MlNKS* High Kicks (New Romance For Kidsj
26 JOSH RElCHMANN ORACLE BAND* Crazy Power (Paper Bagj
27 LlLY ALLEN lt's Not Me, lt's You (Capitolj
28 THE DANKS* Samples (lndependentj
29 ANDREW BlRD Noble Beast (Fat Possumj
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[You've Changed}
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Shotgun Jimmie's debut solo release The Onlys was an indie-pop labour of love. lt was
self-recorded in his home studio at Marshwinds farm, with Jimmie playing most of the
parts himself. Drawing from the power-pop sound that earned Halifax renown as the new
Seattle in the 90s, Jimmie made an exciting album that sounded far bigger and better than
a one-man, home-produced album has any right to.
Still Jimmie improves on The Onlys in nearly every way. Working with his new friends from
Attack ln Black, Jimmie significantly fleshes out his sound. Still Jimmie sees Jimmie take a
heavier approach to his tunes. Featuring more bass and more distortion than his previous
album. Attack ln Black's facility down in Welland, Ontario really let Jimmie indulge his
noisier urges. Letting lose abrasive guitar riffs and feedback, that in less capable hands
may have taken away from the pure pop pleasures of the album. That said, even when he
is indulging his noisier urges Jimmie's knack for song-writing is in evidence everywhere.
Louis Depson" a rocker, that can but evoke memories of the late Shotgun and Jaybird, is
built around a subtle homonymic word play, Louis Depson sounds like lowest depths,
right? And little jokes like that abound. Jimmie's love of language is clear throughout, and
sometimes dominates the songs, but the fact that it is completely without pretension
serves to draw the listener in. Jimmie is wordy without being literary, which is not at all a
bad thing. On the opening track Jimmie comes out of a breakdown singing we're not
wasted" as he repeats the line the 'not' disappears. Reminding us that we can be two
things at once, or perhaps that we don't know what we are, but most importantly that one
word can make all the difference.
Still Jimmie is great second album, if only because it demonstrates the growth of a
talented song-writer. lnstead of resting on his laurels Jimmie went out and held on to what
he was best at while adding some new tricks to his sound. Although his sound has a
certain slacker vibe, Jimmie is no slouch.
Hear it Now on CHMA 106.9FM
Highlight Tracks: 1,4,5,7,11
Chris Ricketts - Spoken Word Director
PAT LEPOIDEVIN - B/ue Tornadoes
because whenever l hear the guitar my spine feels chilly
vanessa Blackier - Archivist
JULIE DOIRON'S new album [l Can Wonder WhaI You D/d W/Ih
Your Day| sounds like sweet Sackville days and drunken Sackville
nights set to music.
vanessa Yu - PSA Director
RAE SPOON - Super/or You are lnfer/or
why: clear, soaring lyrics with ghost story quality. anthems for the
everyday. finally some Canadiana.
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photo: ryan o'shaughnessy
Garnet & Gould
A Weekend of Music at Mount A
Ross MacLean
Argosy Correspondent
Final production of year reveals heavy but poignant portrayal
Julie Cruikshank
Argosy Staff
Following King Seamans course
Former Mount Allison student highlights Maritime legend in recent book
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
Im always oored when I see anyone
I know using a talent I wasnt aware
they had. is is something I think is
common to many of us, especially in
a place like Sackville, where so many
abilities come to mature. Its easy to
see our peers walking around campus
looking nonchalant, without realizing
that the next Jupiter or 1812 Overture
may be materializing in their heads.
Last weekend, I was treated to
performances by four music students
Ive had infrequent contact with in
the past, but none of whom Id ever
heard perform before. Now, dont get
me wrong, none of these aspiring
musicians look any dierent from you
or me. ey dont sport powder wigs
la Wolfgang Mozart, and they dont
mutter furiously to themselves like
Glenn Gould. In fact, youd never know
they were anything special - until they
get up on stage.
Take Mikeala Tolf, for example.
She certainly looks small and
inconspicuous at rst glance, but when
she took the stage last Friday she
sure knew how to impress. With her
freshly shined trumpet, she dominated
dicult technical ris, but still knew
how to handle smooth lyrical sections.
Although clearly capable of holding her
own as a soloist, Tolf blended perfectly
with her piano accompaniment. Well
prepared though she was, Tolf s
performance retained a fragment of
spontaneity reminiscent of classic idol
trumpet players like Louis Armstrong
and Miles Davis.
Tolf shared the stage with vocalist
Jackie Logan. I always admire
singers just a little bit more than
instrumentalists, because I think it
takes a lot of courage to stand in front
of an audience, bearing your soul
without the protection an instrument
provides. I usually pride myself on
my ability to speak two languages;
bilingualism is important for any
modern man-of-the-world. However,
I was stunned by Logans uncanny
ability to perfectly recreate at least
three accents. To do this and still not
miss a beat must not be an easy feat.
With her selections, Jackie explored
not only her vocal range (which is
sizable), but dierent aspects of her
personality. Each piece told a story,
and I could see a plot unfolding as she
progressed. She even threw in some
humor and prop comedy toward the
end of the show, which was a breath
of fresh air in the usually somber
atmosphere of a recital.
Sunday afternoon saw Craig Lutes
give a rather dierent sort of recital.
How does one begin to critique a
autist like Lutes? With humility.
Because absolutely nothing about his
performance left the audience wanting.
With selections complementing the
spring light falling through the cracks
in the wall, Lutes absolutely lled
the room with his sound. Clearly the
sound was coming not from the page,
and not even from his ute, but from
someplace deep inside him, invisible and
intangible but powerful nonetheless.
I was particularly impressed with
how Lutes song choices showcased
not only him but piano accompanist
Michael ibodeau. e two matched
perfectly as if sharing brainwaves from
across the stage.
But, for me, the weekend belonged
to percussionist Jonny Smith. While
Lutes music came from somewhere
inside him, Smith took his earthy,
melodic tones from deep under the
ground, pounding out fearsome
tribal beats. His impossible control
of dynamics, tempo, and color was
especially evident in marimba pieces
where he wildly ashed four mallets in
an awe-striking frenzy. His selection
choices were appreciable even for
a novice music connoisseur such as
me. One normally doesnt think of
woodblock, bass drum, and toms being
instruments that could eectively hold
the attention of an entire audience, but
Smith managed to do just that. And
you could tell he meant business, cause
when it came time for the nitty gritty
stu, he shrugged his dapper Ferreira-
inspired bow tie.
All in all, for me, the weekend was a
very musical one; however, it was just a
little bittersweet. It was disappointing
to see such an exclusive demographic
at the recitals. Its surprising that weve
got so much talent hiding around
campus, waiting to be discovered, but
that so few students made it out to
these events. So, even if you think you
know as much about music as Keanu
Reeves does about acting, I encourage
you to check out some local talent at
the next chance you get. Youve got my
word that you wont leave dissatised.
If you didnt make it out to see Blood
Relations at Windsor eatre this
week, you missed a heck of a show.
Given that it was the last dramatic
performance of any kind at Mount
Allison this school year, Id say that
the theatre community really went out
with a bang.
Sharon Pollocks two-act play
examines the infamous crimes of Lizzie
Borden the double-axe murders of
both her father and stepmother of
which she was acquitted. Using the
tried and true method of the play-
within-a-play, Pollock leads her
audience on a suspenseful, emotionally
intense journey revolving around that
central, essential question: did she do
e play is set ten years after Lizzies
acquittal. A visiting actress friend from
Boston (Breanna Moore) attempts
to get the story out of Lizzie (Mary
Blakely). Lizzie proposes a game the
actress will play her, and she herself
will play Bridget OSullivan, the maid
who was working for the Bordens
at the time of the murders. As the
two delve deeper and deeper into
the events surrounding the murders,
we come to understand the intense,
tension lled situation that led to the
fantastically violent crime. As a free-
spirited woman living in 1894, Lizzie
is unable to live the life she wants, and
instead is at the mercy of her miserly
father and conniving stepmother.
When her stepmother (Leah Brown)
and uncle ( Justin Collette) concoct
a plan to steal the family farm from
Lizzie and her sister, Emmas (Emily
Jewer) inheritance, Lizzie is quite
simply pushed too far.
Breanna Moore gives a powerful
performance as the actress/Lizzie.
rough the intensity of her portrayal,
we come to understand Lizzie as a
woman whose stiing environment,
free spirited nature, and psychological
insecurities become a deadly
combination. Moore plays Lizzie with
an almost overpowering intensity. Her
strong-willed and passionate nature
teeters on the edge of a fundamental
vulnerability. She is volatile, but also
incredibly fragile. Mary Blakleys
performance as Lizzie/Bridget
provides an intricate and intelligent
foil to Moores actress/Lizzie. Blakely
shifts seamlessly between the two
roles, allowing the audience to almost
forget that it is she, and not the actress,
who is the real murderer.
Another notable performance
came from Leah Brown as the ill-
fated Abigail Borden. If nothing
else, Brown deserves recognition
for delivering a solid and believable
performance while wearing a fat suit
underneath a constricting Victorian
costume. In another nod to her
characters generous proportions,
Brown bravely and stoically consumed
a multitude of butter-and-jam biscuits
throughout the show. Which, by
the fourth performance, I imagine
she had had more than enough of.
Humorous biscuit consumption aside,
Browns performance as Mrs. Borden
portrays the character as conniving
and manipulative, but not totally to
blame. Watching her interactions with
Moores high-tempered Lizzie we
come to understand her as a woman
who is undeniably greedy, but who has
also been tried and tested by Lizzies
temper over the years.
Two of the most successful technical
aspects of the performance are the sets
and lighting. rough the ingenious
use of coloured lights and spotlight
luminance, under the direction of
assistant lighting designer Emily
Frontain, lighting crew Mark Kroeker,
and Caroline Samp created an eerie,
almost otherworldly psychological
mood for the play. e sets were also
particularly impressive the interior of
a late Victorian Massachusetts home
was convincingly replicated onstage.
A working staircase leading ostage
provided the scene for the rst murder
and proved to be an essential and
eective dramatic element.
I left this play with my skin
crawling. Several times throughout
the performance, I jumped. To say it
was unnerving would be like saying
that the end of term is mildly stressful.
Once again, the talented cast and
crew that make up Windsor eatre
have proven that they are unafraid
to take on challenging and deeply
psychological plays, and to perform
them convincingly and with passion.
Its not everyday that someone refers
to the grindstone export business as
lucrative. For former Mount Allison
student Jamie Heap, thats the way he
would describe Amos King Seamans
main business and the subject of his
recent book. What began as a thesis,
Heap expanded into a full length book
on the Maritime entrepreneur.
Amos King Seaman was a 19th
century entrepreneur who became
known as King Seaman due to his
involvement in the lucrative grindstone
export business in [Minudie, NS] and
around it [Lower Cove and Joggins],
explains Heap. Grindstones were used
to sharpen tools for commercial and
industrial uses. Seaman was involved
in several businesses and is credited
as helping to develop and evolve the
Minudie community.
Heap credits his work in the
tourism industry as the beginning of
his interest in Seaman. He worked in
the Amos Seaman School Museum
during his summers and lled several
notebooks with information that later
formed the basis for his thesis. Dr.
David Beatty (retired professor of
History- US Foreign Relations/Policy
and Canadian External Relations) told
me in 1999, the year he retired, that
I should consider doing a Masters
Degree on Amos Seaman and Minudie
considering my knowledge and interest
on the subject.
Returning to Mt. A, Heap began
composing his thesis with the help of
an advisor in the late Dr. Bill Godfrey,
a former History professor at the
university. Heap credits Godfrey
with much of his merit and support.
Without the late Dr. Bill Godfreys
inuence, this book would not have
been published, explains Heap, I just
wish he that was alive to celebrate in
the publishing of my book; he would
have been proud.
e idea of expanding his thesis into
a book came from a natural progression
of creating the thesis, says Heap. A year
after nishing the thesis, Heap focused
directly on Seaman and expanded
the material. He then approached
Dr. Bill Hamilton, a professor and
columnist in the Sackville Tribune-
Post who provided further guidance
on publishing the book.
After weeks and months of editing,
revising and condensing, the nished
product is exactly what I set out to
do in the rst place: a book dedicated
almost exclusively to tracing the
history of Minudie from its Acadian
days [] down to the fall of the Amos
Seaman commercial empire [].
Heap talks gratefully about his
publishing experience saying that it
was notable for the intimate nature of
the editing process and large amount
of creative control he was given.
Currently, Heap is making his way
through a book tour that includes
several Maritime dates.
e book, Lord of the Land: e
Reign of Amos King Seaman, focuses on
the entrepreneurial and community
development of Minudie from the late
17th century to the late 19th century is
very relevant to the rural Maritimes in
terms of how to build a strong economic
empire. Heap sees the books premise
as relevant to today, especially in the
Maritimes due to Seamans intense
contribution to the economy with his
plethora of business and innovations.
Heap also sees relevance for Mt. A
students in learning from Seamans
humble beginnings (he ran away from
home at the age of eight and began his
career with no money in his pockets)
that that everyone has the potential
(through hard work and passion,) to
accomplish great things in life (for
themselves and others) even if your
beginnings are humble in nature as
Seamans were.
Heaps success with Lord of the
Land: e Reign of Amos King Seaman
is a reection of a student using their
thesis beyond Mt. A as well as a
reection of the wealth of knowledge
and opportunity that lies within the
Maritimes. After he is nished with
the book tour, Heap will return to
his job as a substitute teacher in the
Sackville and Northern Nova Scotia
area. Heap may not be a legend like
Amos Seaman just yet, but he is
denitely making a name for himself.
Emily Jewer
This towns been awfully good to us.
No, it hasnt. Thats why were leaving.
Oh, yeah. So long, Stinktown!
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in the advice column are not the
opinions of the Humour Editors, the Editors-In-Chief, or Argosy Publica-
tions, and are hopefully not the opinions of Stuart or Noah.
Dear Noah and Stuart, How can I get out of my fnal exams? -JG
Stuart, Sci/Tech Editor: Far be it from me to dispense advice that could be
considered illegal or disingenuous, but if your plea is genuine and not simply
borne of too little studying and too many beer bongs, Ive got a few ideas. In
fact, Im a bit surprised _you_ dont have any! From seeding clouds with silver
iodide to create a devastating snowstorm to simply lobotomizing your instructor,
there are more ways, in fact, than I have room to elucidate. The problem with
most solutions to this quandary is that they all provide only temporary relief.
The way in which ones exam is cancelled is immaterial - the only certainty is that it will be
rescheduled for the very beginning of next term. Or right after your fight home. If I were
you, Id just cheat. How? Well, [REDACTED. -Editor]
Noah, Sports Editor: Get out of your exams? Why on earth would you want
to do such a thing? Oh right...I heard about that crazy kegger going on off-
campus the morning of that ridiculous history exam. OK, the frst thing is that
you cant go with the usual, "my grandmother died" "I have the fu" or any of
those other excuses people normally throw at professors to get out of exams. Remember,
if youre going to tell a lie, youd better make it a HUGE one. How about, "My parents were
vacationing in Venezuela when the drug cartels captured them and took them hostage.
My dad works for a huge multinational pharmaceutical company and I guess theyre hold-
ing him for $50 million ransom. I used that little gem to get out of my geography exam. If
nothing else works, bribe your profs. Everyone has a price..."
Q&A with Noah and Stuart
Since Cameron Milner has been drawing comics for the Argosy since 2006,
weve decided to do a little tribute to him, as this is his last year at MTA. The
Argosy section editors voted, in typical Argosy democratic fashion
(meaning practically non-existant), which comics were their favourites from
over the years. The 4 favourite comics are below!
Thanks for everything Cameron!
(We just love them dinosaurs...)
Thanks to all the regular
contributors of the year (in no
particular order):
Tanith wallebeck
cameron milner
brian blanchard
heather keagan
sebastian avery
katrina noftell
erin jemczyk
vanessa yu
justine galbraith
chris durrant
zoe williams
you guys rock and kept me
-comic nazi signing off
Madame Starbeam goes out with a bang!
ARIES (March 21-April 20) This is the end for me kiddies. Go suck a cock.
TAURUS (April 21-May 21) I am going to miss the hell out of everyone.
Fuck your mother.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) I dont want this week to end, ever.
Go blow a donkey.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Exams are coming soon, fuck your professors.
Its the only way youll pass.
LEO (July 23- August 23) I hate how uncertain my future is.
I fucked your Grampa last night, in the ass.
VIRGO (August 24-September 22) I am really going to miss all my friends, profs, and all
the people Ive met here. Never skimp on the lube.
LIBRA (September 23- October 23) I know it all seems tough right now, but youll pull
through. Thats what she said.
SCORPIO (October 24-November 22) I want you all to know that I wish you nothing but
the best...in bed.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21) Oh, who am I kidding,
out of bed too. Fuck a pie.
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) I always hated you. ALWAYS.
AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18) Nah, Im just playing, I LOVE YOU ALL. Try not to
get your tongue stuck where it doesnt belong.
PISCES (February 19-March 20) Good bye ladies and gents, and good fuck.
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Push me.
Accessibility on the Mount Allison Campus
Abigail McGillivary
Mount Allison SAC
Vice President of
This campus is not
to students with
special accessibility
needs because even
the buildings that
are promised to be
accessible are not
fully accessible.
Monday, April 6
Accessibility Awareness
Day. As it came and
passed with not much of
a fuss, it is evident that the
students need to think of
a bolder way of conveying
this pertinent issue to the
Mount Allison University
Community. The posters
that were assigned to
be posted by councilors
became a failed attempt
at reaching the university
students with only a
handful of responsible
councilors fullling their
duties. Along with the
opped poster campaign,
students had the
opportunity to engage in
an active simulation of a
day in the life of someone
with special accessibility
needs. This year the
Students Administrative
Council had the
opportunity to borrow
many walkers, wheelchairs,
canes, and crutches from
local businesses, however,
many people neglected
to sign up to support
the issue. Only a small
number, three students,
actively participated in this
simulation. Despite the
horrendous turnout in the
participation in the event,
the day educated the
Students Administrative
Council on the importance
and large scale of the
Jamie Cochrane, a third
year History major, came
into the Students Center
to make his contribution
for the day. He was
one of the only three
students on the Students
Administrative Council
to volunteer. He used a
wheelchair for the day.
In front of the doorway
exiting the Students
Administrative Council
Ofce, he opened the
wheelchair up and sat
down in it.
This story should raise a
red ag for a number of
reasons. The Universitys
hub is the Wallace McCain
Student Center. It was
designed to be a building
that facilitated students
needs throughout the
school year in pertaining
to their university careers.
In order for students
with accessibility needs
to access the services
that the center provides,
another student would
have to open and hold
the door for them. When
students with special
accessibility needs, namely
those in wheelchairs,
cannot get into the front
doors of the Student
Center, it denies them
their independence. Then,
what happens if there are
no other students around
to open and hold the
door? This would mean
that these students would
be denied their right to
some of the services the
university provides.

The Wallace McCain
Student Center is far
more accommodating
to students with special
accessibility needs for
the reason that it has
an elevator. It could
be deemed the most
accessible building on
campus. When looking at
the academic buildings on
campus, with exception
to one or two, the Student
Center far exceeds their
level of accessibility. When
looking at the other hub
buildings; Jennings is fully
accessible, but does not
have a great system in
place to allow for students
to transport their food
effectively; and the Library
has an elevator as well,
however, the isles of the
book stacks are too close
together. They restrict
mobility to search for
books, or even study on
any level of the library
except the rst. For
instance, if a student with
special accessibility needs
can get into the Student
Center, the elevator ony
functions until 5:00 PM.
This creates a problem
because student with
special accessibility needs
cannot study in the new
cafe after this time.
This University needs
bump accessibility up
on its list of priorities
and make it a non-
descriminatory campus.
Accessibility is a vicious cycle at Mount Allison University. The buildings
that are on the Mount Allison University campus are barely accessible
and therefore, we rarely have students with special accessibility needs.
When the university rarely has students with special accessibility needs,
the issue of accessibility is not presented as a pressing problem to the
Mount Allison Community. When the issue of accessibility is not being
presented as a pressing problem, there are no infrastructural changes
towards making campus more accessible. Then the vicious cycle
repeats itself.
The never-
wheelchair buttons
on the inside and the
outside of the front
doors of the Student
Center presented a
problem for Jamie
and he had to carry
the wheelchair
through the doors
rather than riding in
A weekly leap to the frontiers of medicine
It lives in the dark and feeds o
human blood to survive, and it may
be the next biggest thing in implant
technology. In an exciting new
advance, researchers at the University
of British Columbia (UBC) have
created a tiny fuel cell powered by
yeast cells feeding o the glucose
found in human blood. e self-
powered device could eliminate the
need for the multiple operations
currently required for patients with
battery powered implants to replace
dying power sources.
Current battery technology relies
on electrochemical reactions driven
by heat-intensive catalysts such as
platinum to create an electron ow.
Microbial fuels cells (MFCs), such as
the UBC teams new chip, are looking
to lower-temperature catalysts such
as enzymes to power their reactions.
Called a polydimethylsiloxane
(PDMS) microbial fuel cell
(MFC), this tiny chip is only fteen
millimetres square and 1.4 millimetres
thick. e team at UBC placed a
colony of Saccharomyces cerevisiae
yeast cells (normally used in brewing
and baking) in a exible capsule
composed of a type of silicone called
polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS).
e yeast cells metabolize glucose
from passing blood, releasing
electrons in the process. rough
the help of an electron mediator,
the MFC is able to grab these
newly liberated electrons to create a
current. is mediator is a chemical
composed of molecules small enough
to sneak into cells, swipe the newly
liberated electrons, and diuse out
again; in this case, UBC scientists
chose to use methyl blue (commonly
used to stain biological samples) as
their mediator.
e methyl blue molecules take
these electrons and guide them to the
anode side of the battery, sparking
a small current in the process. One
the cathode end, the hydrogen ions
which leak out of the yeast cells
react with oxygen to create water.
Scientists used a silicon etching
technique to form micropillars
about forty micrometres square and
eight micrometres high to increase
the surface area of the electrodes and
their eciency.
Mu Chiao, co-author of the
paper describing the new advance,
commented that this MFC can
currently produce about forty
nanowatts (or forty billionths of a
watt) of power. A normal wristwatch
can produce a microwatt (one
millionth of a watt) of power. While
that is not enough to drive most
devices, output could be increased
if the battery were coupled with
a capacitor to store energy and
populated with genetically engineered
yeast cells to increase output.
Lars Angenent, a microbial fuel
expert at Cornell University, points
out that there are challenges that
remain. e most obvious one is the
removal of waste products produced
by the yeast cells which may leach
out into the blood stream. If waste
is allowed to build up, the yeast cells
cannot survive for long. I think
people will gure this out. is is a
rst step, he commented.
Similar technology has been
developed at Penn State University
to generate electricity from sewage
through MFC technology. e
bacteria present in the untreated
slurry of refuse uses its enzymes to
break down carbohydrates, lipids,
and proteins, releasing electrons in
the process, just as UBCs yeast cells
do when they break down glucose.
ese electrons would normally then
be used to drive other respiratory
processes in the bacteria cells and
eventually combine with oxygen cells.
When oxygen is taken out of the
equation on one side of the MFC,
however, the electrons can be put to
use to create an electrical current.
As bacteria crowded on the anode
carry out this process of oxidization,
releasing electrons and protons, the
bacterias enzymes carry the electrons
to the anode while the protons
migrate to the cathode, creating a
dierence in charge and a ow of
current. If scaled up, researchers
hope to be able to produce fty one
kilowatts with the waste from 100
000 people.
While this MFC presents the
exciting opportunity to clean sewage
and generate electricity from it
at the same time (an exceptional
opportunity in the developing world,
where the high cost of running sewage
treatment plants can be prohibitive),
it is still in its early stages. One way
to think of this technology is that it is
currently at the state of development
that solar power was 20 to 30 years
ago - the principle has been shown,
but there is a lot of work to do before
this is widely used, University of
Massechusetts Microbiologist Derek
Lovley concluded.
Kelly OConnor
Argosy Staff
Internet Photo
As that time of year rolls around,
some of us here at Mount Allison
will be graduating. What better gift
for the geek grad on your list than
a mouse wrought from solid gold
bullion? Why, a wireless, USB-
chargable mouse wrought from
solid gold bullion! Unfortunately,
despite this ones very legitimate
look, the vendor (named, of course,
iwantoneofthose.com) assures us
that despite all appearances the
mouse is NOT made out of gold.
Oh well.
April 9, 2009:
Gold Bullion
Wireless Mouse
Kor Guenzel
Argosy Contributor
Contrary to popular belief, the use of
biofuels may be detrimental to global
climate change. Science released a study
done by Fargione et al. (2008), which
found that biofuels made from the land
clearing of undisturbed ecosystems
can result in a biofuel carbon debt,
releasing 17-420 times more CO2
in greenhouse gas (GHG) than the
reductions provided by displacing the
fossil fuels.
Biofuels as a low-carbon energy
source have become increasingly
appealing. However, a carbon savings
is dependent upon how the biofuels
are produced. Biofuels are usually
produced from food crops such as
corn, soybeans, palms, and sugarcane.
ey are produced by the conversion
of undisturbed ecosystems, especially
in the Americas and Southeast Asia,
into croplands.
Soils and plant biomass are the two
largest biologically active stores of
terrestrial carbon, together containing
about 2.7 times more carbon than
the atmosphere. Converting native
habitats to croplands releases CO2
from burning and decomposition of
plant material and soil. e amount of
CO2 released during the rst 50 years,
as a result of the clearing process, is
termed the carbon debt of the land
conversion. Biofuels from converted
land can repay this carbon debt
(over time) if their production and
combustion have net GHG emissions
less than the fossil fuels they replace.
Biofuel carbon debts were calculated
for six dierent native habitat
conversions. e greatest carbon debt
was for the conversion and drainage
of peatland tropical rainforest (of
Indonesia and Malaysia) for palm
biodiesel. e repayment of this
carbon debt would take 840 years. All
but two habitat conversions resulted in
carbon debts of greater than 50 years
repayment time.
For biofuels to help combat climate
change, they need to be produced
with little decrease of the storehouses
of carbon that are found in soils and
Suggestions include the use of
degraded or abandoned agricultural
lands, whose native perennials would
be used as a biofuel source. Mixtures
of native grassland perennials on
degraded soils have greater yields
then monocultures, have a high rate
of carbon storage, and provide wildlife
Landowners may favor biofuel
production from converted lands
because they can receive payment
for the biofuels but do not receive
payments for carbon management.
Fargion et. al. suggest that in order
to incorporate the cost of carbon
emissions, policy approaches must
include the net GHG emission or
sequestration from land-use change.
Biofuels not green after all?
Signicant carbon debt incurred by razing forests for elds
Slash-and-burn practices at work near Santa F, Panam
A healthier ecosystem can be related
to healthier humans, suggests a study
published in 2008. John Swaddle and
Stavros Calos studied the relationship
between the diversity of bird
communities and the rates of human
infection with West Nile Virus.
By selecting pairs of neighbouring
counties in the Eastern US, one of
which reported human West Nile
infections in 2002 and one of which
did not, they discovered that the
number of species of birds in the
county could account for some of the
dierence in West Nile Virus human
infection rates.
ey suggested higher diversity
could be related to lower human
infection rates of West Nile Virus
through a dilution eect where the
susceptible species are diluted by a
more diverse population containing
more species.
West Nile Virus infection is
complicated. e virus can be
transmitted among host species of
birds, and also between dierent hosts,
including livestock and humans, carried
by mosquitoes. Certain families of birds
are thought to be most susceptible to
West Nile Virus, including crows and
jays, nches, house sparrows, thrushes,
and robins.
e study found that the dierence
in prevalence of human West Nile
Virus infection between counties was
partly related to human demographic
and socioeconomic factors such as
poverty and urbanization.
When these and other dierences
were controlled for, Swaddle and
Calos attempted to account for the
remaining dierences in West Nile
infection rates by looking at the
diversity of the bird host communities,
both previous to the epidemic in 1998
and at the same time as the epidemic,
in 2002.
Some surprising results came out of
the research. Dierences in diversity of
bird communities accounted for 50%
of the variation in human infections
with West Nile Virus, said Swaddle
and Calos.
is means that about half of the
dierence between infection rates of
the neigbouring counties was simply
related to subtle dierences in the
diversity of the bird communities in
the area. In other words, the healthier
the ecosystem is, the healthier the
people in the area are.
e underlying mechanism that
seems most supported by the data
is susceptible host regulation,
meaning that with a higher diversity
of dierent bird species, there will be
lower numbers of susceptible species
in the system, leading to the above-
mentioned dilution eect. is could
lead to lower rates of human West
Nile Virus infection as well.
ere is still a lot we do not know
about the relationship between the
bird community and the West Nile
Virus epidemic. However, this study
points to some tantalizing evidence
that there is more than meets the eye
in the human relationship with the
Bird density cuts West Nile Virus
Sylvie Mitford
Argosy Contributor
Healthier ecosystems mean healthier people, researchers say
Mount Allison honours its varsity athletes
Male Athlete of the Year: Kelly Hughes (Football)
Six-foot quarterback Hughes, also his teams Overall and
Oensive MVP, led his Mounties to the AUS playos
breaking school and conference passing records along the
way. Leading the league in most of the passing categories,
Hughes was selected as the AUS conferences MVP and
was a strong nominee for the nations most outstanding
player award the Hec Crighton Trophy. A former
Burlington Braves quarterback, Hughes is also a past
two-time Braves MVP and All-Canadian high school
player who attended St. Augustine Secondary School,
in Brampton, ON. Hughes was an all-conference player
in the Ontario Junior Football League before coming to
the Atlantic University Sport conference as one of the
top Mounties recruits. Last season he was the Mounties
Oensive MVP as well.
Female Athlete of the Year: Shannon Parlee (Basketball)
Five-foot-eight basketball post Parlee has been the
epitome of what a great university student-athlete is. Her
steady performance and gritty play all year helped to lead
her Mounties to a third-place nish in the league and
another appearance at the conference championships. A
former team MVP, Parlee has been a league all-star in
every season that she has played.
Following high school, she became a rst-team all-star,
and the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA)
Rookie of the Year. She also won rookie honours at Mt.
A in 2005-06. A three-time Academic All-Canadian
and Deans List student, Parlee was her teams MVP and
a league second-team all-star in 2006-07, and in 2007-
08 again cracked the rst-team all-star list.
Male Athlete of the Year:Brent Barkhouse (Badminton)
Barkhouse was the conferences Player of the Year,
the Canadian Colleges Athletic Associations ACAA
Badminton Player of the Month for January, and Mt.
As male Athlete of the Month for January. He had not
lost a match all year until his competition at the national
championships. As conference champions in the mens
doubles category, Barkhouse and his brother Justin
represented Team Atlantic at the nationals.
Brent was Nova Scotias (NSSAF) 2004-05 singles
winner, and Canada Games player (2005-06); the
Badminton Mounties Rookie of the Year in 2005-06;
Mt. As team MVP in 2006-07; and represented the
conference twice as a national qualier in 2006-08.
Outstanding Senior Scholar Athlete:
Laurel Carlton (Volleyball)
In fourth-year Arts and boasting a 4+
GPA last season, Carlton was also selected
to the rst-team all-conference team this
season and led her Mounties to the national
championships as winners of the ACAA
Atlantic title. She also found time to be a
member of the conference-winning cross-
country team. An Ottawa, ON resident,
Carlton is a former outstanding multi-sport
all-star from Nepean High School where she
had been MVP of the volleyball, basketball,
track and eld, skiing, and badminton
teams. As well, she was a two-time recipient
of Athlete of the Year honours in 2003 and
2005, received a Student of the Year award
in 2003, and various leadership awards from
Outstanding Female Senior Athlete: Lori
Joyce (Volleyball)
A resident of Dartmouth, NS, Joyce has had
an incredible career at Mt. A. Last years
University Athlete of the Year, Joyce was an
ACAA second-team all-star this year, and
has been a conference all-star every season
that she has played with the Mounties. She
is a fourth-year chemistry major. A captain
for the Volleyball Mounties, she was selected
for the second time, as the MVP of her team.
Last year she was the MVP of the Atlantic
Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA),
and was also recognized as a Canadian
Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) All-
Canadian. A former Rookie of the Year for
Mt. A and the ACAA in 2005-06, Joyce has
been an impact player at the setters position
since she arrived on campus in 2005.
Outstanding Male Senior Athlete: Kent
Matheson (Basketball)
Six-foot-one forward Matheson has also
had a stellar career with Mt. A. Over his
four seasons with the Mounties, Matheson
thrilled the fans with his tenacious defence
and shooting skills. Leading the Mounties
to the playos in each of his four years, he
was a two-time second-team ACAA all-star
over the past two seasons. An Athlete of the
Month for November this year, Matheson is
a former basketball MVP and Athlete of the
Year (2005) with North Colchester High
School in Tatamagouche, NS. Matheson
was also a CCAA Academic All-Canadian
Scholar last season.
A resident of Tatamagouche, NS, Kent is in
fourth-year physics at Mt. A.
Overall Female Rookie of the Year: Caila
Henderson (Volleyball)
In addition to winning University rookie
honours, Henderson was also recognized this
year by the ACAA as both the conferences
Rookie of the Year and as a second-team
all-star. Henderson has been a tower of
strength for the Volleyball Mounties and
played a large role in her teams victory at
the ACAA playos. As conference winners,
the Mounties advanced to the Canadian
championships in Ontario.
A resident of Brookeld, NS, Henderson has
already made a positive dierence with the
Volleyball Mounties. Despite her rst-year
status she plays like a veteran and displays all
the skills necessary to succeed. A multi-sport
athlete, she was also a member of this years
ACAA championship cross-country team
at Mt. A. She is taking rst-year science,
and hopes to pursue a career in medicine or
conservatory research.
Overall Male Rookie of the Year: Mitchell Peters (Swimming)
It was a good year also for six-foot-two swimming Mountie Peters. He was named twice as Mt. As Athlete of the Week, and as the Universitys Athlete of the Month
for February. At the AUS championship meet, Peters made nals in three events and swam four personal best times in the 200 Free, 100 Free, 50 Free, and the 50 Fly.
Competing against a talented AUS pool of swimmers, he took a bronze in the 200 Free, breaking the 1989 Mt. A record, and also setting another school record in the
50 Fly. With all four times, he qualied for the Eastern Canadian Championships where he anchored the 200 Free relay to a second place, narrowly missing the national
standard by a mere 1/100th of a second. Also, representing Mt. A at the New Brunswick Short Course Championships, he won ve gold medals. Peters is the leading
swimmer going into this years selection meet, and has already turned in a 2009 Canada Games qualifying time. Along with Olympic aspirations, Peters is enrolled in
rst-year Arts and majors in archaeology.
Womens Sportsmanship Award
(Tie): Rebecca Sutherland (Soccer)
Halifax resident Sutherland has been a
steady performer and a quiet leader on
the soccer pitch for her full four years
at Mt. A. is year she was Athlete
of the Month for October and has
captained the Mounties for the past
two seasons. She remains a quiet but
exemplary leader on and o the eld.
A 2006 Mount Allison Soccer Rookie
of the Year, Sutherland is a former star
from Halifax West High School and a
member of the Halifax City Soccer. In
fourth-year Arts, majoring in French
and Canadian Studies, she hopes to
pursue a teaching career.
Womens Sportsmanship Award
(Tie): Heather Morgan (Hockey)
Morgan, a steady performer and
captain with the Hockey Mounties
was a leader on the ice, in the team
room, and in the classroom. In her
senior year with the Mounties, she
was selected by her teammates and
coaches to captain the young hockey
Mounties, who had many new faces,
and was a group that obviously had
to be developed and united into one.
Morgan did an outstanding job in
achieving that goal. During her career
she was honoured as an Academic All-
Canadian and held the highest GPA
on her team. e Toronto resident is
a fourth-year history major, and is a
former star with North York Storm.
She came to Mt. A after graduating
from Etobicoke Collegiate Institute,
in Ontario.
Mens Sportsmanship Award: Curtis
Michaelis (Soccer)
is year, Michaelis was Mt. As
nominee for the 23rd James Bayer
Memorial Scholarship Award, which
is a prestigious Atlantic University
Sport (AUS) honour that recognizes
excellence in athletics, academics,
and volunteerism. He also won the
Student-Athlete Community Service
Award for the 2008-09 AUS soccer
A 57 senior midelder/fullback
for the Mounties, Michaelis is a
Dartmouth, NS resident, is a past
captain with Dartmouth High School,
and a member of the Dartmouth
United Club team. A former two-
time Academic All-Canadian, he is a
current Deans List student enrolled in
sociology and epitomizes what a well-
rounded student is all about.
Bubsy Grant Award: Jack Drover
Winning the prestigious Bubsy Grant Award this year was the Mounties long-
serving, dedicated coach and Athletic Director, JACK DROVER. Drover, who
will be retiring this summer, has served on numerous committees and associations
over the years, from community hockey, soccer, and other sports committees, to
regional and national body athletics associations. His service to community and
the University over the past 35 years has gone beyond the call of duty.
Drover came to the university in 1974, and his coaching career at Mt. A includes
15 years as coach of the mens Soccer Mounties, 25 years as coach of the mens
hockey team, and seven years as coach of the womens Hockey Mounties. He
has been Mt. As Director of Athletics since 1991 and will be retiring in June
following 35 years of dedicated service to Mt. A. He has done it all at Mt. A.
Manager of the Year (Men and Womens Teams): Wray Perkin, Kelsey Ryan, Simon LeBlanc
ree Sackville residents were recognized as Managers of the Year this season. Ryan, a second-year Arts student, was a
valued contributor to the womens soccer program. LeBlanc has been with the Football Mounties for nearly a decade and
Perkin even longer. Both were recognized in previous seasons with Merit Awards for their unwavering dedication and
commitment to the team. Wray is now in his rst-year of Arts.
Billy Johnstone Merit Awards:
Jacklyn Bolivar, Student Assistant with Varsity and
Campus Rec programs
Doug Hart, Assistant Coach, Womens Basketball
Claire Peace, Student Assistant with Varsity Athletics
Zach Ball, Assistant Coach, Womens Hockey
Womens Teams Rookies of the Year
Alison Sutherland, soccer
Marlon Smith, basketball
Caila Henderson, volleyball
Meghan Corley-Byrne, hockey
Heather Murray, badminton
Marisa Smith, swimming
Mens Teams Rookies of the Year
Justin Barkhouse, badminton
Andrew MacLean, basketball
Elliot Hicks, football
Mitchell Peters, swimming
Alex Zscheile, soccer
Womens Teams MVPs
Lauren Ledwell, soccer
Jenna Tracy, basketball
Lori Joyce, volleyball
Laura Lighthall, hockey
Carrie Murray, badminton
Tara Stokes, swimming
Mens Teams MVPs
Kelly Hughes, football oence
Callan Exeter, football defence
Ian Kelly, soccer
Parker Vaughan, swimming
Kent Matheson, basketball
Brent Barkhouse, badminton

With the sudden arrival of spring to
Sackville, campus was littered with
students seeking to celebrate the return
of the sun and the prospect of the
approaching beach season by donning
a favourite pair of shorts. If you
happened to notice that a surprising
amount of male students were
sporting unusually smooth legs, do not
be alarmed- you are simply witness to
the latest Mens Rugby fundraiser. is
past Friday, in conjunction with the
ninth annual launch of the Conduct
Becoming CD, members from the
Mens team lined up to have their legs
(and other parts) of their bodies waxed
in order to raise money for the Yellow
Ribbon Society.
Having sold strips during the week
and throughout the evening, the team
was pleased to make a donation of over
$700 to Society President Lindsay Cox
at the end of the night. Instrumental
in reaching this years impressive total
was the generous contribution of
Hunton House, which donated $250
to the cause. Club President Murdoch
Taylor was impressed with the support
the fundraiser received, particularly
from the clubs partner house. Once
again, Hunton House has blown us
away with their support for the Mt. A
rugby programs. A large portion of the
money we raised from this event was
due to their generosity.
Vice President Emily Dube, who
was on hand to watch the waxing and
collect additional contributions, was
thrilled with how the event turned out.
e night went really well,said Dube,
the guys from the team did great, and
everyone had fun...well at least most of
us not being waxed did. e standout
performers of the evening, other than
the real artists performing inside the
doors of the Pub, were Jamie Buis
and John Herbin, who both selessly
sacriced their entire bodies for the
cause. In its third year, the leg waxing
has raised over two thousand dollars,
with all proceeds going to directly to
the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer
research. If you would like to make
any further donations or are interested
in becoming more involved with
the Yellow Ribbon Society, please
contact ljcox@mta.ca. anks again
to everyone who turned out to the
Conduct Becoming Launch!
Will Russell
Argosy Correspondent
Rugby team holds annual
Rip-a-strip fundraiser
Nicking a name
Being on a football team at the
university level is something to be
proud of, but having a memorable
nickname on the team is even more
of an accomplishment. e Mount
Allison football team has its fair share
of nicknames, most of which were
given by other members of the team.
Nicknames seem to stick early
in a players career, says Mounties
Head Coach Kelly Jerey. With so
many teammates it becomes easier to
remember some abbreviation of their
name or something that you identify
with them from an event, such as
Shoeless Joe Jackson or Mark Fidrych
e Bird.
Nicknames are not usually given,
they are earned, and as Jerey goes on
to mention, there are certain guidelines
to a nickname.
It is bad nickname etiquette to give
yourself a nickname (such as George
Costanza trying to get people to call
him T-Bone), the man known as K-
Je says. ey must be given to you
by someone else or they tend not to
stick or be taken as legitimate.
e media is famous for giving
nicknames to athletes, and Jerey
comments that it is through
continuous use that they are kept
alive. Once given a nickname, a player
must continue to perform at a level
that their nickname requires.
Below is a list of some of the most
memorable nicknames currently
belonging to Mountie football players,
and a brief explanation of their
respective nickname
Scott Train Brady Earned his
nickname in 2007 at St. FX when he
took a hitch pass and chugged his way
through two would-be tacklers into
the endzone.
Aaron Big Nasty Harper e
biggest, nastiest oensive linemen
the Mounties have, and he looks it,
especially if you step in front of him in
line at meal hall.
Luke African under Ekoh Hes
African and under just sounds
Kelly Hurricane Hughes A case
of nickname by alliteration, although
many middle linebackers have
found themselves in the eye of this
Hurricane over the past three seasons
Ben Mad Dog Halpern Angry
Canine didnt quite have the same
Bradley All Day Daye A common
performance-based nickname, because
playing defensive back, whoever Daye
matches up against will be shut down
all day(e)
Peter e Great Dane Nicolajsen
Too bad he wasnt from Holland,
because e Flying Dutchman
would also suit the versatile native of
Denmark. However, he is also trying
to get e Big Swede to catch on; go
Chris Old Man Munn is one
isnt so much a nickname as a fact
Nick Big Bad Barra Cuda A
simple play on words. Cuda...Barra...
Barracuda. e Big, Bad is just added
in to make him sound tough
Elliott Pick Hicks It is tough
to nd rhyming nicknames, but the
freshman seems to be blessed with a
good one for a defensive back, with
Pick of course being football slang for
interception; cant wait until he returns
one for a touchdown, and becomes
Pick Six Hicks
Akwasi Antwi, AK46 A rare case
of a self-given nickname turning out
alright. Simply take the rst two letters
of his name, and the number from his
jersey, and bang! A nickname is born
Ben Sunshine Lass His long,
curly blonde hair was just too much to
resist this nickname.
Jared 62 speedster Collett When
a local newspaper described Collett as
a 62 speedster, his teammates were
quick to razz him about it, because
they feel he is really only one of the
two. Ill give you a hint: he is really 6-
Killer Cam Mace e tough,
hard-nosed running back enjoys
running people over. Another case
of alliteration leading to a killer
Dave Chewbacca Maxwell If
youve ever been around him, youve
no doubt heard the Wookiee-like
roar that has come to be loved by his
Mike Big Daddy Filer Another
self-given nickname, born when Filer
actually signed an e-mail to Coach
Jerey as Big Daddy. If youve ever
met Filer, maybe youll understand.
Tim Archiballs Archibald is
one is just plain funny and tailor-made
for an athlete who plays a sport that
has a ball of some kind
Jermaine Guitar Strings Oram
His hamstrings are about as strong as
his nickname. No word of lie. Just stop
by and ask him if youre ever walking
past the therapy room
Justin Richard, e Hubcap Kid
is Sackville native seems to have
a knack for picking up stray hubcaps
from the road. Oh well, at least he got
a nickname out of it. And a couple of
Josh Hamilton: Hammy,Hamtron,
e Hamburglar, Hambone Only
a few of the names one can get from
associating the rst part of his name.
is is a very common form of
nickname, the abbreviation of a last
Adam Rhodes Molnar Hell never
be a Rhodes Scholar. Moving on..
Dylan Leblanc Fougere e
second-year receiver changed his last
name midway through this academic
year, but the name Leblanc will live on
Callan the Headhunter Exeter
e All-Canadian free safety is known
for lighting people up over the middle.
Week number two against Sherbrooke
comes to mind, when he pummeled a
Vert et Or receiver, causing the victims
helmet to land ve yards away from
where he did
Jarrett dont call me Jared King
Colletts roommate and constant
sidekick. When talking to one of them,
one must be careful as to make sure its
clear who youre talking to
Gary I dont need a nickname
Ross e three-time All-Canadian
doesnt have a clear nickname, but his
reputation and resume make up for
that. Besides, Big Daddy and Old
Man were already taken
Of course, there are the common
and simple abbreviations, such
as She (Scott Sheer), Pritch
(Taylor Pritchard), and Shep ( Jason
Sheppard), but it is a real, bona-de
nickname that really makes a player
feel proud
Sweet Feet Pete is a nickname
belonging to assistant coach Peter
Estabrooks, commonly known as
Esty, making him a rare specimen in
that he has a catchy name abbreviation
as well as an earned nickname.
e nickname is not something to
be taken lightly, and is a matter of pride
to some players. Obviously nicknames
like Hurricane are more desirable
than Guitar Strings, but dont get me
wrong, just having an earned nickname
is something to be proud of.
e art of the nickname
Wray Razor Perkin
Argosy Staff
Its almost the end of the school, and
this being the nal Argosy of the year
seems like the perfect time to look
ahead to the playos. e nal playo
berths wont be known for another
week, so I cant provide any predictions
as to who will be playing who in the
rst round and what might happen. Ill
leave the predictions for the rst round
up to that prognosticating monkey on
TSN. I would however like to take a
look at what we might expect to see in
later rounds of the playos.
Im going to pick the San Jose
Sharks as this years Stanley Cup
champions. In my mind, they have all
the necessary ingredients for a Stanley
Cup victory. ey have a very strong
set of forwards, which is both deep and
has excellent star talent, led by Centres
Joe ornton, Patrick Marleau, and
the emerging Devin Setoguchi. San
Jose also possesses a defense, which
is powerful at both ends of the ice
providing excellent shut ability as well
as potent scoring threat.
Evegeni Nabokov has had one of
his nest seasons in the Sharks net,
and is a potential Vezina Trophy
candidate. Going into the playos
San Joses biggest problem might be
the overcondence garnered by being
the best team in the regular season,
which has bitten teams in the past.
But avoiding that there might be little
to stop the Sharks from mounting a
strong cup run.
e Boston Bruins were the class
of the Eastern Conference for the
majority of the season, as of the
writing of this article the Bruins are
on a six game winning streak, so they
appear to be entering the playos with
the momentum swinging in the right
direction for them. e Bruins strength
rests on the excellent chemistry theyve
built among their forwards, despite
lacking a true star to carry the oense,
Marc Savard is the only Bruin in the
top-25 in scoring. e Bruins deploy
four lines that have the potential
to score, which makes deploying a
shutdown line against them dicult.
e Bruins also have a strong defense
led by the towering Zdeno Chara, and
goaltender Tim omas. omas led
the NHL this season in both Save
per cent and Goals Against Average,
but from time to time made critical
errors when under pressure. omas
must not succumb under pressure in
the post-season if the Bruins are to be
e defending Cup champion
Detroit Red Wings enter the playos
behind only San Jose and Boston.
Of the top teams in the NHL this
season, Detroit seems like the one
most susceptible to an early round exit.
Great up front Detroit gets weaker
the further back you go. Lidstrom
continues to lead a defense which has
good oensive potential, but can be a
little shaky in their own end.
Detroits goal tending has seen
much criticism this season. Ty Conklin
and Chris Osgood split the duties in
the Detroit goal this season, although
I expect Conklin to get the nod at the
start of the playos. Neither Conklin
or Osgood were in the top-15 of the
NHL in Save per cent or GAA this
I really hope that Calgary and
Vancouver meet in the playos this
season; these two are currently locked
in a dead heat for the Northwest
title and are very evenly matched.
Both have a solid group of forwards,
the Sedin twins in Vancouver, while
Calgary sends out Jerome Iginla and
Mike Cammalleri. ey both made big
additions mid season, Calgary trading
for Olli Jokkinen, and Vancouver
signing UFA Mats Sundin.
Both teams provide solid defense,
backed up by two of the best
goaltenders in the league, Roberto
Luongo for Vancouver and Miikka
Kipruso for Calgary. I have a feeling
a meeting between these two teams
would provide an epic seven game
series. I also think that of the all the
Western teams these two are the ones
most likely to pose a threat to San
In the East, I feel that New Jersey
is the only real threat to Boston. ey
held their spot near the top of the
league despite not having the services
of goaltender Martin Brodeur for much
of the season. Brodeur is back now,
and is ready for another long playo
run with the Devils, the kind they have
become so accustomed to over the last
dozen or so seasons. e Devils will
once again rely on the strong defensive
game and timely scoring that has made
them so successful in recent history.
NHL Preview
Playo predictions
Ryan Esch
Argosy Correspondent
By the numbers...
Number of strikeouts recorded by
new NY Yankee C.C. Sabathia, the
rst time since July 25, 2005 that he
has not had a strikeout.
Joeys announces new scholarship
Scholarship to honour Jack Drover
At the annual Night of the Mounties
Awards Banquet, Anna Zappia Mann,
owner of long-time supporters Joeys
Pizza and Pasta, announced that
their company would fund an annual
athletic bursary of $1,000 as a tribute
to Jack Drover for the next 35 years.
In commemoration of his 35 years of
service, a bursary will be provided to
one deserving Mount Allison athlete
each year.
With les from Sue Seaborn.
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
Retiring Athletic
Director Jack
Drover and Mountie
supporter Anna
Zappia Mann.
With the 2008-2009 Raptors season
ocially dead and March Madness
under wraps, it might be ocially
time to take a look at this years draft.
But when it comes to draft talk,
remember this: its nearly impossible
to really know how good a player
will be in the NBA based on their
college/international experience. I
remember being unnecessarily excited
at the prospect that the Raps could
potentially draft either J.J. Redick or
Adam Morrison, after the two spent
the 05-06 college season in an epic
scoring battle. is years draft class
isnt as impressive as some recent
ones. In the last three years alone, the
NBA has seen a smorgasbord of new
talent. Here are some of the players
from the last three drafts: Kevin
Durant, Derrick Rose, Brandon Roy,
Russell Westbrook, OJ Mayo, Je
Green, Rajon Rondo, Eric Gordon, Al
Horford, ad Young, Rodney Stuckey,
Kevin Love, Andrea Bargnani, Brook
Lopez, Michael Beasley, Marc Gasol,
Al ornton, and some dude named
Tiago Splitter.
is year, after Blake Grin,
whos going to be ridiculous (like
Kenyon Martin on the Nets mixed
with Charles Barkley and a komodo
dragon), theres not too many sure
things. e top ve picks should fall
out as Grin, followed by 73 U-
Conn Centre Hasheem abeet, and
then Arizonas Jordan Hill, Arizona
States James Harden, and point guard
Brandon Jennings, in some order. e
next 10-15 spots are a question mark-
there are a lot of names, but maybe not
the kind of names that would normally
warrant a top-10 or 15 pick in the
NBA draft. As it stands, the Raptors
are projected to have the eighth pick
in the 2009 draft. With most of the
limited class of big men available
(Grin, abeet, Hill, Kansas Cole
Aldrich) likely taken by that point,
the Raptors should look at the litany
of guards available. Anthony Parker is
a free agent, and Jose Calderon needs
a backup (not a Roko- a real backup).
So, without further ado, here are some
of the players the Raptors should be
targeting with their rst round draft
pick this year.
1. Ricky Rubio, 63 PG, Spain
People always say to me, you must
have been the class clown in school,
and I say, No, I wasnt, but I sat next
to him and I studied him.- Eugene
Levy as Dr. Pearl in Waiting for
is is what I imagine for Ricky Rubio
and the Toronto Raptors. Anyone
who watched the Olympics this past
summer knows exactly who Ricky
Rubio is. Ricky Rubio is a Spanish
teenager who plays basketball as a
profession. But aside from that, hes
also really good. Like scary good.
Hes almost comparable (but not
even close) to a Pete Maravich-sort
of natural ow with his ball-handling
and passing. Jose Calderon would
make a perfect mentor. Of course
Rubio hasnt declared for the draft
yet (minor obstacle), and if he does
declare, hes expected to be a top three
pick (slightly larger obstacle).
2. Gerald Henderson, 65 SG, Duke
I should start o by saying that I hate
Duke. Along with UConn, theyre my
least favourite team in college hoops.
But Gerald Henderson is going to be
a solid player in the NBA. Hes got a
pretty original style to his game- hes
tough, crazy-athletic, a clutch shooter,
and a good defender. Hed make a great
starting SG down the line, because he
can mould his role into whats needed
for his team, whether its a shooter, a
defensive stopper, a high-ying wing-
player, or a distributor. e Raptors
will take all of the above, and seconds.
3. Tyreke Evans, 66 SG, Memphis
Tyreke Evans is just good at basketball.
ats all you really need to know. Hes
got a Jamal Crawford-sort of ball-
handling style (which is to say, a really
fucking cool ball-handling style), and
he can dunk like Dominique. Alright,
he probably cant dunk like Dominique,
but he can denitely out-dunk you, so
that has to be taken into account.
4. Demar DeRozan, 66 SG, USC
Demar DeRozan is a high-yer in the
mould of Vince Carter, minus the three-
point range. He can single-handedly
change the momentum of a game
with a spectacular play, and has the
speed and size to guard NBA shooting
guards. But the Vince comparisons end
there, because unlike Vince, Derozan
doesnt seem to exhibit any bitch-like
qualities. Instead, DeRozan showed
a lot of toughness in adjusting to the
Pac-10 style of play as a freshman. If
he can develop a consistent long-range
David Charles Zarum
Argosy Correspondent
DCZ for three
Draft preview
jumper, DeRozan and 20 ppg seem
like a no-brainer. As if this wasnt
enough, hes from Compton. Yeah,
that Compton.
5. Eric Maynor, 63 PG, VCU
Eric Maynor made a name for himself
in last years tourney when he hit the
game winning shot in VCUs opening
round upset over Duke. Hes got all the
makings of a solid NBA point guard
in the mould of Kenny Anderson (a
little dated, I know, but he was good!).
Maynor is super-quick and can get
to the basket at will. His deadly shot
and habit of taking over games when
needed make him an easy target for
double teams. e only knock on
Maynor is that he may not have as
much room to grow as the rest of the
guys on this list. But even if hes at or
near his ceiling, Maynor would make a
great X-factor sixth man type of player
like Jason Terry.
Knowing the Raptors (although I
still have faith in Bryan Colangelo),
theyll skip the Evanss and Hendersons
of the 2009 draft, opting instead for
the next Rafael Aroujo and be stuck
with some sort of unusable commodity
like Tyler Hansborough or Chase
Budinger. I cant wait.
Will Ricky Rubio or Gerald Henderson be the answer to the Raptors problems?
chk it out
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