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January 28, 2010 Thinking CHMA is super-cool-awesome since 1875 Vol. 139 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
Is Coca Cola to blame for
murder or ignorance?
p 12
Protests of Parliament prorogation
Moncton rally ends after forty-ve minutes
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
SAC submits Budget requests to administration
Proposal targets careers counselling, needs-based bursaries, and campus security
Susan Rogers
Argosy Staff
Music fans gather at the Vogue Cinema for one of many concerts
held during the seventh installment of Stereophonic, January 20-23.
Jessica Emin
Needs-based bursaries could alleviate the need for government
loans that keep students such as these waiting in long line-ups.
Jessica Emin
BUDGET page 2 Last week, the SAC presented their
rst ever budget submission to Mount
Allison University. e budget submis-
sion, which will be considered by the
Presidents Executive Group, makes
suggestions about where the university
needs to focus as they create the bud-
get for next year.
e SAC Budget Submission fo-
cuses on three areas; the need for a ca-
reers counselor, extended needs-based
bursary programs, and further atten-
tion and infrastructure put in place for
campus security.
Its a typical practice of lobby
groups and groups with a common
interest, says SAC President Trevey
Davis. For example, the New Bruns-
wick Student Alliance, which the SAC
belongs to, makes a budget submission
to the government of New Brunswick
each year.
is is the rst time the SAC has
made a budget submission to the Uni-
versity. In previous years there was a
group called the Presidents Budget
Advisory Committee which advised
the president on items that needed
to be included in the budget, and in-
cluded the President of the SAC. Due
to an administrative reorganization,
that group no longer exists. Now the
Presidents Executive Group, which
is made up of the President and the
Vice-Presidents of the University,
makes decisions on what should be in-
cluded in the budget.
e budget submission was made
through Vice-President of Student
Aairs, Ron Byrne, and distributed to
the rest of the committee.
e budget process is a process that
involves input from, and consultations
with, all interested members of the
University community and all Uni-
versity departments. e SAC has not
always made a submission at this stage
of the process, but such a submission is
always welcome. Once all submissions
are made and taken into consideration,
the Budget Committee will prepare an
initial draft of the budget which will
be presented to the community, says
David Stewart, Vice President Ad-
Once a budget is written, there
will be presentations to the students,
faculty, and Faculty Council and Sen-
ate. Students will be allowed input at
two of the three presentations, and
from there, the budget will be passed
through the Executive Committee of
the Board of Regents, as well as the
Board itself, which includes three stu-
dents who will be able to give their in-
put on behalf of students.
A copy of the budget submission
was emailed to all students at Mt. A,
and gives further information on the
SACs focus areas.
ese were areas that we identi-
ed that needed improvement in or-
der to improve the Universitys quality
overall, said Davis. We didnt want
to identify things that werent really
problems. We wanted to make sure
that the information that we presented
was really something that would be
benecial to students.
ousands of Canadians came out in
cities across the country on Saturday
January 23 to protest the recent pro-
rogation of Canadas Parliament. Par-
liament, which was supposed to have
resumed on Monday of this week, has
now been suspended until March 3.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper de-
cided to prorogue on December 30,
2009, claiming it would give him and
his ocials time to work on a new
budget and speech from the throne.
However, this has been reacted to
with a great deal of criticism from Op-
position parties and from the public at
large. Many accuse Harper of trying
to avoid the issues of the Afghan de-
tainees, new Conservative appointees
to the Senate, and the fall-out from
Copenhagen. ey say Harper was
hoping the Canadian public would
be too apathetic and distracted by the
Olympics in February to pay attention.
It appears this is not the case, as the
British magazine e Economist out-
Canadians care more about the
luge than the legislature, but that is
surely true only while their decent sys-
tem of government is in good hands.
ey may soon conclude that it isnt.
Anti-prorogation rallies were orga-
nized to protest what many see as an
aront to Canadian democracy.
e nearest rally that Mount Allison
students could attend took place at the
City Hall in Moncton. Signs around
campus advertised the event, which
was to last from 1 to 4 pm. However,
everyone had cleared o by 1:45 pm,
apparently due to the cold, although
others reported that a representative of
the Moncton District Labour Council
(MDLC) dismissed the crowd, after
thanking them for showing up.
Sarah Siek Parsons, a Moncton na-
tive who helped organize the event
while herself attending the University
of Guelph said that she believes there
was some miscommunication with the
MDLC and that people dispersed in
the resultant confusion.
On behalf of all Canadians and
with no specic party aliation, my
only desire was to make the day a suc-
cess, Parsons stated. I had lined up
[Member of Parliament] Brian Mur-
phy to speak, and volunteered to hand
over the responsibility of the ner de-
tails to the MDLC happily, in hopes
for more communication.
Similar but more successful protests
occurred in St John and in Halifax,
gathering sixty and 400 people re-
spectively. ere were over sixty rallies
across the country, most including lo-
cal MPs or political leaders from Op-
position parties.
Liberal leader Michael Ignatie ap-
peared at the protests in Ottawa on
Parliament Hill.
is is a demonstration that shows
that Canadians understand their de-
mocracy, care for their democracy, and
if necessary will ght for their democ-
racy, Ignatie said. is demonstra-
tion does not belong to the politicians
of any party, it belongs to the Cana-
dian people. He has outlined rules
surrounding prorogation, including
ten days notice to be give to the Op-
position, that the decision must be
brought before the House for debate
and that committees - such as the
one on the Afghan detainee torture
allegations - would sit until the be-
ginning of the new session.
New Democrat Leader, Jack Lay-
ton similarly spoke before the crowd
of an estimated 3,500 calling for new
laws to limit the Prime Ministers
power to adopt such measures.
Both parties are trying to make
use of the unpopularity of Harpers
In Canada we have one party on
the right, at the national level, and
one major party on the left, the Lib-
erals, and a eeting coalition of other
parties, said Wayne Hunt of Mt. As
Political Science Department. All
of these parties are trying to chan-
nel the discontent. Only time will
see if it works to the advantage of the
Opposition parties, or if another cri-
sis will appear and the prorogation
backlash is forgotten.
e Member of Parliament for the
Beausjour riding, Dominic LeBlanc
referred to the role of young people
in the protests.
e generation of people who are
on campuses now are very very com-
mitted to democratic principles and
democratic institutions, more so than
perhaps those of us who are in those
institutions realize.
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Mt. As paper cup consumption grows
University, Eco-Action consider strategies to reduce use of disposable cups
Mount Allison has already gone through 17,000 cups this year, despite the extra fee.
Susan Rogers
Argosy Staff
22,000 is the approximate number of paper cups
that Mount Allison is on track to use over the
course of this year. Last year 21,000 paper cups
were used between Gracies and the Library
Caf, and already this year, we have gone through
17,000 cups.
A ten cent fee was imposed on paper cups at
these two locations last year, meant to reduce the
cup usage on campus. While the funds raised
from the ten cent cup fee go towards environ-
mental action at Mt. A the $900 collected this
year brought David Noble in as a speaker the
whole point of the project, says Director of Ad-
ministrative Services Michelle Strain, was to get
people to bring their reusable mugs.
Given that we are on target to use more paper
cups this year than last, members of the Univer-
sity and Eco-Action are working on further plans
to reduce paper cup usage. While nothing is set
in stone, the proposed solution includes a large
awareness campaign, and increasing the charge
for paper cups.
e plan to solve the problem that seems to
have the most support is economic increasing
the fee on paper cups, possibly up to as much
as twenty-ve cents. Second year student, Erik
Fraser suggests that with the implementation
earlier this year of a 10 per cent price decrease
on purchases made with Mountie Money at the
two cafes, the ten cent fee isnt making the same
impact on students that it was intended to. And,
he points out, with a higher fee for paper cups, a
reusable mug would pay for itself in a matter of
days or weeks, depending on your coee intake.
We dont pay the full environmental cost of
things we use, says Keleigh Annau, RA of Cuth-
bertson House, Mt. As Sustainable Residence.
And so, that paper cup is now being driven to a
landll, it takes emissions to drive it to a landll,
when it is in the landll, if it doesnt get recycled,
it will sit with a lot of other waste and produce
methane, which is another green house gas. And
we dont pay for any of those things. We dont
pay for the emissions from the trucks, we dont
pay for the emissions from the landll. And so, I
think twenty-ve cents really isnt too steep a cost
when you consider all the hidden costs.
One of the awareness projects currently un-
derway is the creation of a giant paper cup, con-
structed from paper cups. Alex omas, one of
the residents of Cuthbertson, is rescuing paper
cups thrown away on campus, and recycling them
into a statue to show how many paper cups we
are using. Work is also underway to make it pos-
sible to buy reusable mugs at other locations on
campus, not solely in the bookstore.
Making reusable mugs available at other places
on campus will make it far more convenient for
students to buy, but students shouldnt be under
the mistaken impression that only lidded reus-
able mugs are acceptable. Students can bring their
own good old fashioned coee mugs, or even re-
use a paper cup that they purchased earlier.
Lets say you bought a paper cup here and you
walked o and then you wanted another coee
the same day, just bring the coee cup back and
reuse it. Even if you did that once it would make
an impact, says Strain.
At the moment, these options are still under
consideration, but with the paper cup usage in-
creasing rather than decreasing, it is evident last
years strategies need to be reexamined. Mean-
while, as always. any action to reduce paper cup
use are worthwhile.
But while the SAC made the budget submis-
sion public by sending it to all students at Mt. A,
many dont seem to be engaged in the issues. Of
the sixteen people asked by e Argosy to com-
ment, only three had read the submission. One
voiced her support for aspects of the submission,
such as career counselling, while another thought
that the polls the SAC cited as proving the need
for increased security were weak. However, most
e latest SAC meeting displayed some impres-
sive progress on the part of the Executive coun-
e big ticket item of the evening was the
presidents report on the budget submission.
e rst ever made by the SAC, the submission
covered three main points: career services, needs-
based bursaries, and security.
Career services, an issue that has been pushed
hard in latest weeks, is meant to address students
concern and frustration with the lack of career
services oered at Mount Allison and [they] have
identied this area as one of Mount Allisons
most signicant and extensive weaknesses, as
said in the submission.
A list of desired tasks for a full-time career
councillor was given.
It was reported in the SAC meeting that their
petition campaign collected 1300 signatures.
While higher than original estimates, an exten-
sive o-campus campaign is underway to add
200 more students to the petition before any of-
cial submission.
e second point on needs-based bursaries
remarks on Mt. As already extensive scholarship
and support opportunities for students. e sub-
mission addresses some of the gaps and current
problems, however, with current support systems
and strongly suggests a move away from merit-
based scholarships as the primary method of -
nancial support.
e nal point was on security. It cites a stu-
dent-wide poll in which one quarter of students
said they felt the current security at Mt. A is in-
sucient. While this point was lighter in detail
and even pointed out that security on campus is
an ambiguous topic, the submission does request
a third-party investigation into the quality of this
ere was a question brought up following
the presidents report in which the whole of the
council membership was not made aware of the
submitted drafting.
President Trevey Davis explained that with
VP International and Student Aairs, Ron By-
rne, leaving Sackville for some timeand the
SAC wanting to get the submission available to
key people in the administration as soon as pos-
siblethey rushed the submission to Byrne be-
fore a full review could be done. ere was little
argument in the meeting to this explanation.
Other areas addressed included the conrma-
tion of a new club on campus, the Mt. A Quid-
ditch team. Meetings will start near the end of
the semester.
e new VP Campus Life, John Brannen, gave
a report on several issues that he has been work-
ing on with members of the administration and
facilities. e Allisonian of the week is going to
be reintroduced, members of the executive board
of Mt. A are heading to Japan soon, and some
satellite residences are still reportedly experienc-
ing problems with faulty lighting.
Unocial review by facilities workers con-
cluded the lighting issue is clearly because of
supernatural forces. ose within the meeting
requested to know who facilities management
was going to call.
e next meeting of the SAC will take place
on Wednesday February 3 at 7:00 pm in Avard
Dixon 111.
students were unaware of the issues the SACs
submission focused on.
Students interested in viewing the Budget Sub-
mission should refer to the email or contact the
Crescent St. re destroys fuel tank
Direct cause of collision unknown, investigation closed
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
The right-hand tank, has since been removed, but scorching is visible.
Jessica Emin
is week in the world
A weekly miscellany compiled by Kristina Mansveld
Julie Cruikshank
Osama to Obama video released
In a recent video address, Osama Bin
Laden warned US President Barack
Obama that attacks on Americans
will not cease until there is peace
in Palestine. Al Qaeda also claimed
responsibility for the Christmas
Day plan to blow up a Delta Air-
lines plane en route from Amster-
dam to Detroit. e message, sent
to Obama from Osama, raged that
America will never dream of secu-
rity unless we will have it in reality in
Palestine. US government analysts
have predicted that the message may
hint at an attack within the next year.
Meanwhile Israel Foreign Ministry
spokesman Andy David commented,
is is nothing new; he has said
this before. Terrorists always look for
absurd excuses for their despicable
deeds. Some say Osama felt the
message would solidify public per-
ceptions that he completely controls
Al Qaeda and its oshoots. Whether
this is indeed the case remains ques-
Earthquake survivor search ends
e Haiti earthquake has left more
than 150,000 dead in the capital city
of Port-au-Prince alone. Commu-
nications minister Marie-Laurence
Jocelyn Lassegue lamented Sunday,
nobody knows how many bodies are
buried in the rubble. A few hours af-
ter the search for survivors ocially
ended on Saturday, a twenty-four year
old man was pulled alive from the
rubble of one of the capital citys ho-
tels, having survived eleven days bur-
ied underground. Meanwhile, foreign
governments and international organi-
zations are switching from search and
rescue to humanitarian aid eorts. Lt
Gen Ken Keen, commander of the US
military operation in Haiti, implored,
the need is tremendous. Every day is
a better day than yesterday. Tomorrow
will be a better day than the day be-
fore. He urged the world not to forget
the impoverished island nation so des-
perately in need of long term recon-
struction and development support.
West urged to keep climate promises
Brazil, South Africa, India, and China,
a group of countries know as Ba-
sic, urged the worlds rich nations to
keep to their word, and rapidly make
the $10 billion they pledged to poor
nations at the Copenhagen Climate
Changes available. In what UN cli-
mate convention head Yvo de Boer
called a soft non-binding agree-
ment, industrialized countries pledged
to provide the sum to less developed
countries in order to facilitate their
reducing domestic greenhouse gas
emissions. Chinese climate negotiator
Xi Zhenhua stipulated that the money
should go to the poorest nations rst,
namely certain African countries and
small island states. Boer warned that
the Copenhagen summit did not pro-
vide the agreement the world needs
to address the climate change crisis.
Patriarch wont abandon Kosovo
e new patriarch of the Serbian Or-
thodox Church was enthroned in a
Belgrade ceremony on Saturday. Patri-
arch Irinej is considered a moderate by
most of country, 70 per cent of which
is Orthodox Christian. Yet the eighty
year old proclaimed that the rst
duty as a Church is to safeguard our
Kosovo, a holy and martyred land, to
help our state to defend it from those
who wish to seize it. While Kosovo
declared independence from Serbia
in 2008, its plight remains controver-
sial within the nation and region as a
whole. e Patriarch plans to travel to
Pec, in western Kosovo, for a second
and nal ceremony in the induction
Oil spills at Texas port
ousands of gallons of crude oil were
dumped into the ocean when a barge
and a tanker collided in Port Arthor,
Texas on Saturday. Some estimate
that up to 450,000 gallons of crude
oil were spilled, as a fteen by eight
foot hole was torn into the tankers
side. Federal and State environmental
agencies were using booms to contain
the spill, although total containment
is all but impossible. e accident did
not hinder production at the rener-
ies in the Port Arthur and Beaumont
region, whose combined capacity of
1.15 million barrels provides 6.5 per
cent of total oil to the US.
Last Tuesday January 19, a re erupted
from one of the fuel tanks attached
to the Sackville Public Works build-
ing on Crescent Street. e RCMP
and emergency services arrived on the
scene after approximately four min-
utes. e RCMP set up a large barrier
to keep residents away from the scene.
e re was caused by a vehicle that
collided with the main fuel tank at ap-
proximately 1:30 pm on the Tuesday.
e tank that erupted caused no last-
ing damage to the building but there
was residual damage to the diesel tank
next to the fuel tank.
Sackville Fire Chief Craig Bowser
commented that it took [an] hour to
get the re under control before [they]
could move closer [to the building].
e RCMP discovered a body within
the vehicle that was later identied as
Sackville resident, Alexander Burden,
age twenty-three. A funeral service was
held for Burden over the weekend.
e investigation of the collision
has now been closed, reported RCMP
Sgt. Paul Ouellette. In a phone inter-
view with e Argosy, Ouellette com-
mented that there was no medical or
mechanical issues involved.
I dont want to speculate, said
Ouellette, e investigation has con-
cluded [...] the driver died of injuries
sustained in the collision. An autopsy
was conducted on the body, following
the collision.
Director of Engineering and Public
Works, George Woodburn commented
that the building was not left without
services, as much of the damage oc-
curred only to the tanks.e Depart-
ment of Environment inspected the
tanks aected and deemed them unt
for future use. e tanks were drained
and removed last week.
e building sustained only minor
damage...the wind was blowing North,
towards the marsh, explained Wood-
burn, ere was only slight scorching
on metal cladding of the building and
the insulation. Woodburn comment-
ed that although the clerical sta were
sent home, the operations sta stayed
on site to help with clean up.
According to the Sackville Tribune
Post, several businesses lost power dur-
ing the re as several electrical wires
were burnt. e black clouds that were
visible over downtown Sackville disap-
peared within a few hours.
Montreal hosts Friends of Haiti meeting
Representatives of twenty countries, the UN, the IMF, and aid agencies discuss disaster response
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Argosy Staff
Canada hosted an emergency donor
meeting on Monday, January 25 for
countries and bodies active in the Hai-
tian earthquake relief eort.
Canadian Foreign Aairs Minis-
ter Lawrence Cannon said that the
discussions this week would help set
out a coherent and consistent ap-
proach for supporting Haiti. Plans for
a major conference in March, which
will discuss long-term reconstruction,
will also be commenced at the January
Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max
Bellerive brought up the need for co-
lossal reconstruction after the Janu-
ary 12 disaster that has claimed 150,00
total victims so far.
Haiti will need massive support in
the medium and long term from its
partners in the international commu-
nity, Bellerive said. e challenge
will require that we do more, that we
do better and certainly that we do dif-
Aid groups have called for the can-
cellation of Haitis $890 million for-
eign debt, while citizens around the
globe have been active in donating to-
ward the relief eort. $575 million has
been promised to Haiti in a UN ash
appeal, and as of January 22, roughly
40 per cent of the funding had been
However, the needs of the small Ca-
ribbean state will extend into the long
term. Haiti was already the poorest na-
tion in the Western hemisphere before
the quake.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
spoke at a press conference on Mon-
day stating that a sustained commit-
ment to the rebuilding of Haiti would
be necessary.
Ten years of hard work, at least,
awaits the world in Haiti,Harper said.
e task ahead of us is great, but our
determination to give hope back to our
Haitian friends is even greater.
Many claim that Harper is hoping
to use the rapid Canadian response
to the disaster as a diversion from the
concerns surrounding his decision to
prorogue Parliament until March 3.
e conference in Montreal occurred
on the same day that Parliament would
have resumed.
Meanwhile, many of the conference
delegates agreed with Bellerives state-
ment that Haitians themselves must
play the major role in reconstruction.
In an interview with CBC News,
Bellerive said that it is important to
recognize [that] there is a legitimate
government working with the support
of the Haitian population. He has
set up six committees to deal with the
variety of problems resulting from the
crisis, including sanitation and energy
While twenty countries are in at-
tendance, Venezuela, Nicaragua and
Bolivia will apparently be boycotting
the meeting in criticism of the heavy
US military presence in the relief ef-
Canadians want Parliament to
work as they clearly stated to me
in the fall, We dont want an election,
and I listened to that, he said.
Whether Canadians discontent
with the Prime Ministers action will
aect who is in power in the future
will have to wait to be tested.
Premier Graham renegotiates NB Power deal
Public pressure and autumn elections have province backing o
Kristina Mansveld
Argosy Correspondent
Negative signs referring to the deal have appeared around Moncton.
Jessica Emin
e electricity debate burned bright on
Wednesday January 20, as the results
of a renegotiation of the controver-
sial deal to sell NB Power to Hydro-
Quebec were announced. e original
October agreement was praised by
some, and harshly criticized by others.
Proponents argued that the sale would
allow New Brunswick to jostle its way
into the renewable energy market
with gusto, doing its part in the ght
against global warming. It could also
benet economically in the future, as
the Northeastern United States may
increase their demand for green ener-
gy. It was suggested that the sale could
help decrease the provinces debt bur-
den. e new deal will eliminate $3.2
billion of the New Brunswicks debt.
e original deal would have slashed
$4.8 billion, or 40 per cent of total pro-
vincial debt.
Yet critics of the old deal and the
new slimmed down option continue
to voice their concerns. After the Oc-
tober deal, many feared a loss of sov-
ereignty over the provinces energy
resources. Public outcry, as well as op-
position from Newfoundland Premier
Danny Williams was rampant. Wil-
liams feared elimination of a valuable
corridor to the United States market
for his provinces electricity, as well as
an increase in Hydro-Quebecs mo-
nopoly power in the Atlantic region.
Williams outrage at the deal speaks
to how it could aect the whole re-
gion. PEI is in similar negotiations
with Hydro-Quebec in a bid to bring
cheaper, more reliable hydropower to
the Island.
PEI Energy Minister Richard
Brown did not mince words on the
subject: Put it this way, if we got the
same power as New Brunswick got
with Hydro-Quebec, well have a good
deal,he explained. Nevertheless, New
Brunswick Premier Sean Graham was
said to have committed political sui-
cide by pursuing the deal when the
controversy surrounding it was widely
Grahams political back-pedal-
ling has had mixed results. e new
deal may ick the switch on naysay-
ers sovereignty concerns; NB Power
will remain a Crown corporation, and
keep ownership of transmission and
distribution companies in local hands.
e agreement also brings nancial
benets, with a 23 per cent reduction
on industrial power rates, and a 15 per
cent reduction for medium-sized busi-
nesses. Meanwhile residential con-
sumers will have their rates frozen for
ve years. Subsequently, rates will rise
only to cover costs.
Yet benets and drawbacks seem
convoluted at best. Dr. Frank Strain,
an Economics professor at Mount Al-
lison, explained that although in gen-
eral he supports the deal, it reduces
debt, but reduces assets more and thus
there is no reduction in net debt.
One reason for the deal was, according
to Strain, that the government needs
a strong case to shut down some of the
worst carbon dioxide polluting elec-
tricity generating plants in the coun-
try due to possible political backlash.
Dr. Geo Martin of the Political
Science department adds that the con-
troversy threatened the governments
re-election hopes in fall 2010and thus
renegotiation was politically essential.
On the environmental front, Martin
expressed concern that freezing power
rates undermines conservation, by re-
ducing the incentives for reductions in
power usage. On a more positive note,
the renegotiation shows that opposi-
tion activism works. Martin added
that, the Graham government is sen-
sitive to criticism.
While Graham may have muzzled his
controversy demons, he hasnt made
them disappear. Come provincial
elections in September, they may rear
their ugly heads and loosen his gov-
ernments already shaky foothold on
power. Whether New Brunswickers
remain, according to Strain, focused
on the NB Power debate and distract-
ed from the big issues facing us at this
moment is yet to be seen.
e Facebook group Canadians
Against Proroguing Parliament,which
currently has over 200,000 members,
shows dierent results. A survey by
the Rideau Institute determined that
the groups members were on average
at least forty ve years of age, and did
vote in the most recent elections. Ad-
ditionally, 55 per cent said it was their
rst time joining a political Facebook
group, but 75 per cent believe that it
will make a dierence. e group was
certainly instrumental in organizing
the protests last Saturday.
e reasons behind their joining of
the group included because prorogu-
ing Parliament is undemocratic, while
33 per cent said it was because Parlia-
ment needs to investigate the Afghan
detainee matter.
LeBlanc explained his thoughts as
to why Canadians have shown concern
over this action.
e reason I think people did no-
tice is because it ts in a pattern for
Harper, and previous examples of this
sort of high-handed or abusive action
would be[...] things like refusing to
produce documents on issues like the
Afghan detainee issue, said LeBlanc.
It ts in a pattern of rather anti-
democratic behaviour, thats why I
think its the straw that broke the
camels back.
Hunt said that the protests have
to be analyzed in terms of a populist
revolt against a whole style of gov-
ernance, a style that is cynical, poll-
driven and manipulative.
MPs from the Opposition par-
ties returned to work on January 25,
as they were due to return before the
prorogation. e Liberal Party has or-
ganized round-tables on a variety of
issues each day this week. e NDP
are also holding caucus meetings on
the Hill.
LeBlanc, described some of the
workshops taking place for Liberal
Party MPs in Ottawa.
We had a number of economic
policy workshops today focused main-
ly on the problem of employment.
For example, Justin Trudeau chaired
a session this afternoon on youth un-
employment. Tomorrow there are a
number of meetings around demo-
cratic reform, and I think youll see
a proposal tomorrow [...] to prevent
a Prime Minister in the future from
abusing what had previously been a
routine Parliamentary procedure.
He determined two reasons why
these workshops were a good idea.
While it is obviously good publicity
for the party to prove it is still at-
tempting to accomplish something
despite Parliament being closed, it
is also an opportunity for MPs to
engage in areas that are normally
squeezed around Question Period
and committee meetings.
We decided to take the oppor-
tunity really to broaden our under-
standing of dierent policy areas
and to hear from activists and people
involved in dierent policy areas, ex-
plained LeBlanc, so its substantive
education for us.
e actual costs of prorogation
include 220 people suddenly facing
unemployment, including all sta in
the parliamentary restaurant, massage
therapists, and the interpreters and
translators. 1,870 full-time employees
are still working, including the drivers
of shuttle buses connecting key gov-
ernment buildings, the parliamentary
pages, maintenance workers, and the
Parliamentary Press Gallery.
Furthermore, thirty-ve bills that
were on the table for discussion have to
be discarded due to Harpers decision.
is includes some of the Conserva-
tives own bills related to consumer
product safety and harsher sentences
for drug trackers.
Harper has claimed that proroguing
Parliament is a routine process.
eres nothing particularly unusu-
al about a session of Parliament being
roughly a year in length, he told CBC
It seems Canadians do not agree
that this was the time to do so. e
Conservative partys ratings have
dropped considerably, almost tying
them with the Liberals in popular-
ity. In an EKOS Poll 30.9 per cent of
those polled would choose the Liber-
als if an election were to be held to-
morrow, while 31.5 per cent backed
the Conservatives.
However, Ignatie has claried that
his party will not pursue an election.
Prorogation met with criticism from Opposition parties and public alike
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opportunity really to
broaden our understand-
ing of dierent policy
areas and to hear from
activists and people in-
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Closing injection site would infringe on charter rights
Vancouvers Insite given constitutional protection by B.C. Court of Appeals
Andrew Bates
CUP Western Bureau Chief
Government ends funding for national learning resource
e Canadian Council on Learning will have to scale back its activities
Emma Godmere
CUP Ottawa Bureau Chief
The CCL will have to cut down its research relating to various levels of Canadian education.
Callan Field
Jay Black
Wilson is a thirty-eight year heroin
addict inicted with Hepatitis C.
Shelly Tomic is disabled by depression
and arthritis in addition to her addic-
tion to heroin. ey are both users of
the Insite safe-injection site in Van-
couver, and theyve won the battle to
keep Insite open.
A new decision by the B.C. Court
of Appeal has found that the laws
that make such sites illegal infringe
on these persons charter rights to life,
liberty and security.
Wilson and Tomic, alongside the
Portland Hotel Society (PHS), which
operates the site under contract with
the Vancouver Coastal Health Author-
ity, led a statement of claim against
the federal government in 2007 claim-
ing that closing Insite would violate
the users rights to security of the
We were incredibly ecstatic at the
ruling . . . People were overjoyed, said
Liz Evans, PHS executive director.
She believes Insite is extremely
valuable, she said, because If a drug
user walks in o the street, they can
nd belonging, dignity, and access to
services that are designed with them
in mind.
e site addresses overdose rates as
well as the rates of spread of infectious
disease through dirty syringes and un-
clean equipment.
e group had led action when the
temporary legal exemption that had
allowed Insite to operate was set to
expire in 2008.
e B.C. Court of Appeals 2-1
decision represented the courts actu-
ally supporting the information and
the research and the reality of whats
actually happening every day on that
site, Evans said, as opposed to vali-
dating what ultimately is this ideologi-
cal rhetoric which is coming out of the
central government.
Federal Health Minister Leona
Aglukkaqs oce would not talk about
the governments plans following the
announcement. While the govern-
ment respects the courts decision, it
is disappointed with the outcome,
a said Health Canada spokesperson
Christelle Legault. e government
is reviewing the decision carefully.
Insite was created in 2003 after
Health Canada under the Liberal gov-
ernment thanks to a ministers exemp-
tion from the Controlled Drugs and
Substances Act, and had received two
exemptions from the following Con-
servative government by 2008.
At the time, the government had
said that the extensions were meant to
provide more research. en, rather
than using the (health-related) goals
that InSite was established to actually
achieve, Evans said, they switched
the focus of what they wanted . . . (to)
criminal. Are we actually getting peo-
ple o drugs and are we getting rid of
When asked about safe-injection
sites, Legault said that their approach
focuses on prevention and treatment
leading to full recovery.
Legault was careful not to say
whether or not it disagrees with In-
sites approach, noting that innovative
approaches to treatment and rehabili-
tation were a part of the governments
According to Evans, the scientic
research into the matter backs up the
need for injection sites like Insite.
e types of things that theyve dem-
onstrated is that Insite has a signicant
role to play in a comprehensive way of
addressing addiction.
e Canadian Medical Association
Journal published an article in 2004
that claims that Insite lowers public
drug use and discarding of drug para-
phernalia. A 2006 paper from the New
England Journal of Medicine states
that an average use of Insite of once
a week or any contact with the on-site
addictions counsellor independently
increased that persons chance to get
into rehab.
Health Canada compiled a report
in 2008 for then-health-minister Tony
Clement that upheld some of these
points, noting that Insite had inter-
vened in 336 overdose events, with no
If they were to occur in an alley or
somewhere isolated, that person ulti-
mately ends up dying, said Evans.
e report identied some limita-
tions of the research, including the is-
sue of self-reporting and the diculty
of measuring injections in Vancouvers
downtown east side outside of Insite.
Evans wants to drive home the mes-
sage that Insite saves lives.
Shelly Tomic and Dean Wilson . .
. testied in the court document that
Insite had saved their lives, she said.
eres many people that go every
day (into the upstairs detox) who tell
everyone whos willing to hear . . . that
Insite has saved their lives, and they
wouldnt be in detox without Insite.
The controversial Insite project provides services for drug addicts.
OTTAWA (CUP) e Conservative
government has decided not to renew
funding for the Canadian Council on
Learning, a national organization that
studied and published public reports
on all levels of Canadian education
since 2004.
On January 8, the CCL announced
that the governments nancial sup-
port originally a ve-year, $85-mil-
lion grant, which had been extended
by the Conservatives for another
twelve months last year will run out
on March 31.
is will necessitate a dramatic
scaling down at CCL, explained
President and CEO Paul Cappon in a
statement on the CCL website. How-
ever, we are determined to fulll our
current commitments, and identify
new ways to serve Canadians, albeit
with more modest means.
95 per cent of the CCLs funding is
based on federal support.
I am shocked and Im very dis-
turbed by this cut in funding, NDP
MP Niki Ashton told the University
of Ottawas CHUO-FM on January
8. Not only has the CCL been doing
important work in our research and
particularly educational research and
learning research in our country but
its also a program, an organization
thats being cut as part of a pattern,
here: a pattern that the Stephen Harp-
er Conservatives have certainly taken
on where we see an attack on research,
she said, referencing the 2008 decision
to end funding to the Canadian Mil-
lennium Scholarship Foundation.
e Millennium foundation of-
cially dissolved just days before the
CCL announcement, on January 5.
Established by the Liberal govern-
ment in 2004, the independent-but-
government-funded CCL has con-
ducted regular research and published
annual reports focusing on various
knowledge-related topics, including
adult literacy, aboriginal learning, and
post-secondary education.
CCL didnt just do research: CCL
provided a report card in many ways,
and indicators as to how well Canada
was doing, Ashton said.
Once we lose that kind of informa-
tion from an independent organiza-
tion certainly funded by government,
but independent in its work I think
thats something that we should all be
very concerned about and that should
set alarm bells o for all of us.
According to the Globe and Mail,
federal Human Resources and Social
Development Minister Diane Finley
explained in a December 2009 letter
that the the decision not to renew was
not made lightly.
Ashton, also the post-secondary
education and literacy critic in the
federal NDP caucus, reiterated the
importance of funding educational
Were . . . getting rid of the organi-
zations that are saying whether or not
the money were spending is worth-
while . . . What were saying are we
doing it? And how are we stacking up
compared to the rest of the world?
is is something that should con-
cern all of us.
We live in a world where millions of
mass produced and mass marketed
products dominate store shelves and
more often, our own shelves and bodies.
In the business world, it has always been
protable to be a brand name, one that
is recognizable by millions of people.
Brand name products are usually the
ones we trust as consumers, to work
and to full our needs. However, we
are currently engaged with a network
of corporations that have lost our faith,
due in large parts to concerns over
human rights.
is past Sunday, the Sackville
chapter of Cinema Politica, a non-
prot group that provides screenings
of political lm and video to people
across Canada, USA, and Europe,
showed a documentary entitled e
Coca Cola Case. e lm outlines
a legal battle that has been going
on for almost eight years over the
human rights violations occurring
predominantly in Columbian bottling
factories used by Coca Cola. e lm
strives to highlight the cases of the
murdered union leaders who have
been killed, as told by the remaining
union leaders, by assassins hired by
the bottling companies to discourage
is isnt the rst documentary to
highlight human rights violations, nor
is it the rst to be presented to the mass
public. You dont have to search too far
to nd lms about child soldiers in
Africa, toxic pollutants in the Amazon,
or the slave trade in Brazil. However,
we rarely hear about companies so
close to home becoming involved in
human rights issues. Right?
In reality, North American based
corporations, some of the worlds
global leaders, are just as embroiled
in human rights issues as any other
company. As recent as 2008, Nike
was targeted by human rights activists
following reports of forced labour in
its Eastern factories. In April of 2006,
Forbes magazine reported that Nestle
was using over 200,000 child labourers
on their cocoa bean plantations to help
produce stock for their chocolates bars.
In Canada, we face a smaller group of
companies that practice questionable
methods and engage in human rights
violations. More often we as global
consumers are using products that
do not originate in Canada, but still
belong to companies in violation of
human rights.
Sometimes it is not even human
rights we take issue with, but
questionable practices in production of
food, clothing, and beauty products. A
year ago, I saw a terrifying documentary
about the meat industry in the United
States. Despite watching with the
volume on mute to this day I cant
imagine what my reaction would have
been if I had heard what those people
were saying and the noises of pain and
terror coming from the animals the
lm scarred me enough that I couldnt
think about eating meat for almost a
year. While I have begun to eat meat
again, I am more conscious of where
it comes from and the companies that
distribute it.
When we as consumers discover
actions and practices of companies that
distribute our favourite products, we
must make choices. Do we side with
our morals and stop using the product
in question, or do we adjust our morals
to agree with a change in information.
I am not championing either option
directly, but I do recognize how
important it is to think about the
information that is presented to us.
Despite their idealistic intent, most
documentaries are slanted. While I
believe the majority of documentaries
should present information that
audiences wouldnt normally have to
help make judgements about people
and the world, most are presenting
one side of a story or only one story
in general. Sometimes it can be clear
that the side presented is the right
one, but it is always best to take all the
information with a grain of salt.
For example, in e Coca Cola Case
they mentioned several drinks that fell
under the Coco Cola umbrella. Later
in the lm, an empty bottle of Dasani,
one of the drinks produced by Coca
Cola, appeared on the desk of a lawyer
explaining the case of the murdered
union leaders. It stood alongside
several other empty bottles and cups
discarded on his desk.
Should we boycott Coca Cola on the
Mount Allison campus? I dont know
the answer to that. I think it would be
an interesting debate for the student
body to have. We would denitely
encounter some road blocks through
Aramark and their contract with Coca
Cola. I remember in my second year
when ginger ale was taken out of
meal hall because it is produced by a
competing brand. Ethical issues are
an area I would love to see explored at
Mt. A. Former Argosy Editor in Chief,
Chris Durrant, began a campaign to
investigate ethical investments that
seems to have died. No other interest
seems to be forming over ethical issues
on campus.
While I am not trying to discredit
the claims of the Columbian union
ocials, I do think its important to
look at documentaries critically. Its
important to decide for ourselves if we
feel comfortable using products like
Coca Cola and wearing Nike shoes.
Just dont use the I just like the taste
excuse. You then become the person
in the documentary who says Fuck
Human Rightsand sips on a cold Coke.
Fact with a little bit of salt
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
In the United States, the Military
Religious Freedom Foundation
is upset. Why? Because the U.S.
military is using a Michigan weapons
manufacturer called Trijicon, Inc.
e company makes rie scopes for
the military, and on these scopes are
references to Bible verses. Obviously,
the Military Religious Freedom
Foundation would not like this -
their websites mission statement is
ensuring that all members of the
United States Armed Forces fully
receive the Constitutional guarantees
of religious freedom to which they and
all Americans are entitled. reported that one
scope bears JN8:12, a reference
to the Gospel of John. is passage
reads, When Jesus spoke again to the
people, he said, I am the light of the
world. Whoever follows me will never
walk in darkness, but will have the
light of life.
I have a couple problems with this
whole issue. First, the obvious reason
that the U.S. Military, a government-
based and run organization, has found
out about these Bible verses (which
they claimed they didnt know about,
not that I believe that) and thus far
it has not been reported that they are
going to do anything about it. is is
a direct violation of our Constitution
(I use the word our because I am
American who has escaped to Canada),
which states in the First Amendment
that Congress may not make any
laws respecting an establishment of
religion. Granted, the company that
is making these weapons is a private
company. But a branch of the U.S.
government is supporting one religion,
and one religion only, by buying their
products. I dont care if there are many
Christians in the United States, nor
that many of the founding fathers were
Christian. Not everyone is Christian
now, and omas Jeerson said that
the separation of church and state
creates a wall of separation between
the two, the common understanding
of the phrase today.
Now lets look at that aforementioned
verse that was found on ries. Its a
pretty perverted use of a quote that
could mean something very beautiful!
(Im not anti-Christian, by the way. I
just am not one personally.) Instead,
it is put on a weapon that only brings
destruction, and does not bring light
to any of the victims of war. You can
argue until youre blue in the face that
war has good results, but I dont really
see how putting people through hell
for months or years on end is a good
thing. I personally believe army should
be for defense purposes, which does
not include a war on Iraq, for example.
I wont go on about this topic much
more, since that would be a whole
other piece. But, it seems twisted and
contradictory to me to have that verse
on an instrument of destruction. Not
to mention, when you throw religion
into the mix of war, there can be some
crazy problems. Does the irty Years
War ring a bell to anyone?
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
Guns, scopes, and Bible verse
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
One of Trijicons offending scopes; the Bible reference appears at the end of the serial number, PSA27:1
e dictionary denes epicas majestic
depictions that capture impressive
struggles, stories, adventures, and
other eorts of great scope and size
over long periods of time. ese few
words only scratch the surface of what
Ski Epic is all about. A combination
of over 100 fun-loving university
students, amazing winter conditions, a
gem of a mountain, and pure glutton
extract, creates one of the most
memorable (or lack thereof ) weekends
for any participant. While I could
write a series of novels concerning
this weekend, they would not do it
justice. So rather I will keep it short
and sweet. anks to the executive
for making it possible, thanks to the
people for making it incredible, thanks
for Amqui for letting us back. is is
Ski Epic. Enough said.
Ben Turkel
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Cocky Sports Editor
I am writing this in response to
your challenge to varsity athletes
last year. While you claim that
only one athlete took you up on
the oer, I also agreed to take the
challenge. e problem was, I never
heard back, I think the phrase Im
looking for is chickened out.
Sincerely, Not So Unknown to
You, Varsity Athlete
Cause were the three best
I much appreciate the friendship
that I have formed with you two
girls this year. You have been fun,
loving, and supportive. Merci.
Two dollar drink
You seemed so sad when I told
you the drink special was over on
Friday night. Hope you found a
way to stay hydrated.
Meal Hall Girl
I see you leaving meal hall with
food stolen for your boyfriend.
Whats he doing that he cant
come with you? Let me know if
you break up. A nice girl like you
is hard to nd!
Edmonton Love
Baby, I miss the time we spent
together in sunny Alberta. e
cold nights were made so much
warmer when I knew you were by
my side
Trivia Girl
You laughed at my whole table
when we all recoiled after doing
shots at trivia. Maybe next time
we can do shots together?
Happy in History
Your smile always brightens up
my day when were in class. How
do you manage to stay so chipper
during our 8:30 every Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday. Could you
teach me your ways sometime?
I couldnt nd you on ursday.
You missed a great opportunity.
Hopefully see you next week...?
Hey CHMA - I never got to
thank you all properly for all that
help on my computer science
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Lady Gaga.
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student expeditions
to the Arctic and
Antarctica. I went to
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Rules 1&2.
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Evolution of the teen pop princess
For decades, a number of people
in the public eye have attempted
to push the envelope. Musicians,
actors, and politicians, amongst other
public gures, have all garnered buzz
by addressing controversy. Many
musicians have attempted to push
the envelope to gain publicity, and in
turn popularity. e concept of any
publicity being good publicity stands
true for many of our most popular
celebrities today. One area of the
music industry where we have seen
the envelope pushed so far that some
may say it the envelope has fallen o
of the edge is the blatant sexualization
of many young female pop singers.
is sexualization has been visible in
the images of a number of teen pop-
Britney Spears released her rst studio
album ... Baby One More Time in the
year 1998; at the time, Spears was only
seventeen-years-old! According to
popular opinion, her public image was
much too sexual for a seventeen, self-
proclaimed virgin. She was marketed
as a role model for young girls, as well
as a sex symbol. e music video for
her rst single, Hit Me Baby One
More Time,included many sexualized
images, but this sexuality was not
blatantly obvious. is was more of a
Lolita type of understated sexuality.
e images included a modied
version of a school uniform with a bare
midri, as well as a Spears in a sports
bra and track pants dancing.ough
this display of sexuality is, in a sense,
subtle it is nonetheless apparent.
Since 1998, Spears has remained in
the public light. Today, at the age of
twenty-eight, Spears continues to
release popular music, and her image
is still very much in the spotlight.
Spears got her musical start eleven
years ago. As a more modern counter
part, we can look at Miley Cyrus as a
Spears equivalent. Like Spears, she is
a seventeen-year-old-self-proclaimed
virgin. Like Spears, she is marketed as
both a positive role model for young
girls and a sex symbol. She is also a
singer of pop music, and is well on her
way to being crowned a pop-princess.
Cyrus even pays homage to Spears in
her song Party in the USA.
Cyrus is pushing the envelope in new
ways that Spears did not at the age of
seventeen. While Cyrus music video
may be relatively tame in comparison
to the early video of Spears, many of
her live performances have become
overt displays of sexuality, especially
for a seventeen-year-old girl. Including
gyrating with a luggage carrier. is is
wildly inappropriate for a seventeen-
year-old-girl, but this is what she has
to do to push the envelope, since it
has already been pushed so far by her
ere is no doubt about it, the public
perception of Spears has greatly
evolved since her early days as a pop
singer in 1998. As a woman matures,
so should her sexuality. In 1998,
Spears was pushing the envelope
by baring her midri. Today, Spears
pushes the envelope by exposing her
entire body. In one of her more recent
videos,Womanizer, she plays ve
dierent characters. Four of the ve
character apply to the loose story
presented in the video. One of the
characters has no purpose other than
showing a completely nude Spears
writhing on a bed in the sauna. is
imagery serves no purpose other
than to present a sexualized image of
A naked Spears and a gyrating
seventeen-year-old Cyrus raises the
issue, how much further can the
envelope be pushed? What could
possibly cause more scandal than a
nude woman writhing in a sauna. It
is important to acknowledge that this
video raised little controversy. If this is
not getting the public worked up, what
How much more can we expose?
How much younger can they be?
Who is controlling these images?
Whose reality is this?
What kind of message are they trying
to communicate?
ese are all questions we should
be asking ourselves when we are
consuming any form of media, but
these are very important questions
to ask when buying into the music
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has raised questions about the continued sexualisation of teen
Hollywood and the music industry continue to push the boundaries of teenage sexuality
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book your grad photo at Pridhams Studio,
12 York St. Sackville (536-0401) the official
photographer for the Class of 2010; this will
ensure you will be on the dept. composites
and in the Allisonian yearbook
Green Investment Fund application deadline:
Extended to February 19, 2010 4pm at SAC
Club & Society Funding next deadlines:
February 17 and March 10, 2010
Academic Enrichment Funding next
deadlines February 19 and March 22, 2010
SAC Entertainment presents Live Music
Wednesdays at the PUB, February 3featuring:
By Diving Right + Janes Party + The
Balconies + The Darcys
Garnet & Gold presents Thoroughly
Modern Millie, A New Musical, Jan. 28,
29, 30 at CON Hall 8:00 pm (doors open
at 7:30); tickets available at the SAC office
-$10/students/seniors & $12/others
Winter Classic Charity Hockey Game:
fundraiser for Right to Play @ MTA,
Thursday, January 28, 7pm at the Tantramar
Civic Centre.
Third Annual WUSC Altruistic Art Auction
Saturday, January 30, 8:00pm, START
Gallery, 7 Lorne Street
Benefit Concert for Haitian Relief Sunday,
January 31 in Brunton Auditorium. Performers
are needed! Please contact kmshields@mta.
Did you know that the SAC
awards over $19, 000 to students
for Club and Society activities
and Academic Enrichment.
Check out the SAC website
for the next funding deadlines
and application information.
This group hoped that many felt like they did after the devastating Haitian earthquake - wanting
to help, but not sure how. In the end, they quickly mobilized a coordinated fundraising effort
so students knew exactly how to contribute. Hearts For Haiti
provided an outlet for students to express themselves, reach
out, and have a secure way to donate. Money was raised
using simple paper hearts, glass jars around campus, and
fundraiser night at the pub. In a humble gesture, the funds
raised will be donated to MSF on behalf of all students of
Mount Allison, not one group or individual. It gives me great
pleasure to award Allisonian of the Week to all those in involved
in Hearts for Haiti.
John Brannen, VP Campus Life
Right To Play @ MTAs mission is to raise awareness within the
Mountie community about Sport for Development and Right To
Plays international initiatives while practicing Right To Plays
philosophy of Look after yourself, look after one another. This
SAC club will be hosting the Winter Classic Charity Hockey Game at
the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Thursday, January
28 at 7:15pm! Come support our goal of raising a dollar for every
student at Mount Allison University! For more information contact
shows are ground-poundingly ecstatic. Rebekah Higgs,
the first horsewoman of the apocalypse, throws herself
both figuratively and literally into the seething, sweating,
dancing masses before her. The bruises she incurs
while crowd surfing, moshing and hurling herself unto
the audience are unfelt until she wakes up calm and hung-
over in Rebekah Higgs bed, remembering little of Ruby
Jean until she sees a Youtube video of herself doing seven
costume changes and pouring a bottle of champagne into a
guys mouth from the stage.
A/V - This man is a genuine space crusader. Armed with
drum machine, sequencer, synthesizers and effects, Philip
Clark gives a manic one-man performance of dark, sexy
new wave.
JENOCIDE - Based on her experiences as a female
musician playing in various bands, Jen Clarke (Windom
Earle, former HOTSHOTROBOT) has been writing songs
during the past four years. The result is Jenocide: an indie-
electro act which plays upbeat dance music with themes
geared towards womens empowerment regarding issues
such as relationships, body image, - and even - employment
Friday Januray 28, 10:00pm
What Weve Been Working On
ASCARS - Organization for the ASCARS Awards Ceremony is underway! The big event is
scheduled for Saturday March 20. Mark your calendars, pull out your finest attire, and get
ready for a show! Plus an epic after party!
Centralizing Event Information - There are so many awesome student organized events
on campus that it is hard to keep track! For students convenience, we have made efforts to
centralize all the event information on SAC Calendars Check them out regularly on the
SAC website and bulletin boards in the Library and Student Centre.
Student Academic Advising Fair - The academic affairs committee is planning to host an
academic advising fair where you will be able to seek advice about courses, professors, and
programs from upper-year students from each academic department.
Allisonian Of the Week
Hearts for Haiti
SAC Featured Club of the Week
Right To Play @ MTA
Hey, why not take o early today
and have some kids? Not a message
you would expect to hear from your
boss(es), but in South Korea this is not
unheard of at the Ministry of Health,
Welfare, and Family Aairs.
Due to South Koreas extremely low
birth rate it has become the focus of
the government to help promote more
procreation among Koreas overworked
In Central Seoul the Ministry of
Health is spearheading the campaign,
and using their sta as a setting
example. e building has now begun
shutting out its lights at around 7pm
every third Wednesday of the month
to allow the sta members to go
home early and spend time with their
families. is so called family day is
hoped to have an indirect aect on the
population with the idea in mind that
if people spend less time at work they
will more likely spend time creating
bigger families.
Currently now their department
workers have a lower birthrate (1.16%)
than the average civil servant (1.82%)
but theyve come up with a few clever
incentives to remedy this dierence.
Gift vouchers are oered to ocials
with more than one child; with a 2
million won reward for having a second
child and an additional 3 million won
for a third.
Pregnant woman are excluded from
any emergency work while woman
with children under the age of 12
are allowed more exible hours. It
is also made clear to those who take
paternity/maternity leave that they are
not given any disadvantages towards
getting a promotion. As well, the
department organizes social gatherings
so that its bureaucrats may have more
interactions and hopefully potential
love between them.
All of this intense focus on child
bearing is thought to be a hopeful
solution to the issue of a huge generation
heading straight to senior citizenship,
along with a declining workforce and
subsequent rise in health care costs. e
idea that Korea should work so that its
younger generation is not burdened by
a huge older population is important,
however some argue what the Korean
government should really do instead of
strong promotional eorts is address
the issues of high cost education and
living which often deter young couples
from having a family.
South Koreas birthrate is at an all
time low, below even that of Japan
who is also putting in similar eorts
in order to raise the birthrate. A
birthrate of 1.34 per family is too low
for Japan to even maintain its current
population. is is not only a concern
for the culture, but also the economy
of Japan which will have a resulting
aect on the Global economy. As well,
it means that future generations will
have little or no family ties which puts
a strain on public services.
e companies Canon and
Keidanren have taken initiative by
letting people out early (much like the
Korean Ministry of Health), but do
so 1-2 times a week. As an additional
benet, the amount they save on
Go forth and multiply!
Japanese and South Korean companies letting workers o
early, helping government to increase birth rates
overtime by letting their employees
out early may also alleviate some of the
pressures from the economic crisis.
e Democratic party of Japan, as
part of its new manifesto, will give
26,000 yen ($280) per month for each
child in a given family that is going
through Junior High School. Parts
of the agenda also include making
high school education free and even
removing tolls on highways.
However, there are some obstacles
in the way of this concept of money
subsidies for children, the rst being
that the high cost of living is still
much too strong a deterrent despite
these gifts. As well, many feel uneasy
about having children in Japan as the
government does not allot very much
in its budget for child care services.
ere is also a high rebellion against
the traditional view of woman society
as simply baby-makers; many want
to continue their careers and are
delaying marriage longer and longer.
Along with this is the point that it is
customary in Japanese culture to often
spend time with co-workers after work
which means the opposite eect may
take place by letting workers out early.
What other eects may occur as
a result of less work for the average
citizen, both positive and negative,
however remain to be seen.
rough Stained Glass
Holly Hagerman
Argosy Contributor
A new religion has been created, and
this one isnt even in practice yet.
James Cameron has created a new
world, as well as a new religion and
culture in the new movie, Avatar.
Avatar is quickly growing in
popularity as it is already the 3rd
biggest box-oce hit (Titanic being
number one, also a creation of James
Cameron). With the movies great
success, this is a good opportunity
to look at humankinds need for
spiritual and religious connections.
As a potential icon for human
tendency, it can say a lot about
humankinds deep-down needs and
Enter main character, Jake Sully,
an ex war veteran who takes on the
Avatar mission because he is an
exact DNA match to his deceased
brothers Avatar. e Avatars are
very expensive scientic genetically-
bred human-Navi hybrids who are
activated when connected to their
human mate. Jake is sought out
with the intention of reestablishing
his brothers Avatar. Jake displays
a sarcastic attitude toward the
mission, recognizing the same
abusive behaviour he encountered in
the military, but its not long before
even this unlikely character is swept
away by the profound spiritual
mindfulness of the Navi people.
Jake embarks on a spiritual
journey with Neytiri, the daughter
of the King and Queen of the
Navi tribe. e Queen tells him
they will accept him into their
tribe because Eywa, their God, has
willed it so. He has a strong heart
and no fear. Neytiri teaches him
their language and their ways, but
most importantly she teaches him
to connect with the beings of the
earth. Near the end of the movie,
Jake listens to Eywa at the Tree
of Souls where She uncovers that
humankind has killed their mother
(Earth), the entity that protects the
balance of life. is is an interesting
perspective to take on humanity.
e Navi people do everything in
their power to restore and protect
the powers of Eywa to keep their
life balanced. Perhaps human life
on Earth would be dierent if we
approached it dierently, too.
Jake is unaccustomed to feeling
the world around him. rough a
slow process of Neytiris teaching,
he eventually becomes aware. His
rst task is to connect with his
Direhorse, which appears similar
to Earth-horses but with more
appendages, where he must feel her
to act together as one being. He can
sense her muscles, her heart, and can
hear and speak to her through her
thoughts. He learns next how to kill
animals, but more importantly how
to perform ritual prayers for them,
acknowledging their lives. At this
point Jake learns the Navi believe
that all energy is borrowed and one
day we have to give it back.
is concept is similar to the ways
of the First Nations spirituality.
First Nations People are connected
with Mother Earth and with Her
rhythms. Black Elk says, All things
are our relatives; what we do to
everything, we do to ourselves. All is
really One. ey also have a deep
respect for other people, which is
another comparable trait in Avatar.
e Navi phrase for respect is I
see you, which means something
along the lines of I see your soul, I
see Eywa in you. is is a common
theme in many religions, worldwide.
Christians are asked to seek Christ
in one another and do unto others as
they would have done to themselves.
e Shinto religion suggests, e
heart of the person before you is a
mirror. See there your own form.
e Sikh religion recommends,
Dont create enmity with anyone as
God is within everyone.
e concept of a spiritual
connection with the earths beings is
felt on a deeper level than exclusively
with animals and fellow Navi. e
Navi in Avatar have a sacred tree,
the Tree of Souls. Here, any and
all can come to seek refuge and to
listen to the voices of Eywa. Jake
seeks Her guidance once, entwining
the electric end of his tail around the
glowing branches of Her tree. Here,
he is instantly engaged with the souls
of people past as their voices rise up,
solely in his ears. After listening to
one particular voice for guidance, he
places a prayer and leaves. Similar
to other places of ritual prayer, such
as churches and mosques, this is
a place where the Navi feel they
can be heard. In a world currently
lled with much disconnection
and spiritual upheaval, it is hard to
imagine a place so sacred where one
can trust in the higher powers so
profoundly. If, in our world, there
was a greater sense of connectedness
and trust, perhaps our world would
be able to function as eortlessly as
the world of the Navi.
By the end of the movie, Jake is a
changed man, calmed and rejuvenated
by his new sense of spirituality and
understanding of his purpose in the
world. My question is whether every
person couldnt be deeply moved by
that, or by a similar experience. Many
feel spiritually renewed by going to
church each week, but many others
feel unwelcome or misunderstood
there. e popularity of this movie
suggests the profound inclination
of humanity toward spiritual
enlightenment, and I ask yet another
question; is it not possible for even
those who feel unwelcome in the
church to nd that spiritual place in
their lives, too.
Holly Hagerman is a rst-year
student from Nova Scotia. She has
come to Mount Allison to study music,
and is actively involved in the Chapel
community. Holly has been an active
member of the United Church of
Canada throughout her life, and she
is contemplating pursuing a vocation
in ministry in the United Church of
Jennifer Musgrave
Argosy Staff
Birth rates by country
1.21 Japan
1.2 South Korea
1.58 Canada
1.66 United Kingdom
1.78 Australia
1.98 France
2.05 United States
2.38 South Africa
3.27 Philippines
7.75 Niger
All statistics by 2009 percentiles. Source: CIA World Factbook.
Internet Photo/FriendsIndeed
Governments, such as in Japan and Korea, are trying to pursuade their people that this is the ideal family.
Frames of Reference
I usually commit the section editorial
to something of serious relevance,
either abroad or here at Mount
Allison. is week, however, I would
like to talk about penises.
I, and several acquaintances, have
noticed a somewhat substantial
increase in the number of phalluses
being drawn, carved, or sculpted
around campus. e ice sculpture of
the rod-erect placed on the Mt. A
sign was both the most impressive
thus far and the ultimate inspiration
of this editorial.
It drew up questions that I feel
weve all asked ourselves in passing,
but rarely have we searched out the
answers. Why do some menand
womenenjoy drawing dicks so
much? And why the sudden increase
in displays of this enjoyment at Mt.
Never, in all of my life, have a placed
pen to paper and felt the slightest
inclination to carve out a phallus.
Never have I sat in a bathroom stall
with a pen and thought the hilarity
of a second penis in the stall would be
just too good to pass up. Yet there are
few male stalls (I cant speak for the
female stalls) that dont have a near-
mosaic structure of pricks, lovingly
drawn in all conceivable manners.
Some Ive asked have said its just
fun and its something to do. e
conclusion could be made, therefore,
that with a larger number of students,
prevalence of penises would increase.
But, then, why dicks? Why not
vaginaswhich are a conspicuous
minority in bathroom stalls, phone
booth walls, and old posters?
We guys are supposed to be
obsessed with our more aesthetically
pleasing counterparts, so why not
display ones intimate knowledge of
the female genetalia?
It must have some psychological
foundation. Weve all heard of penis
envy, however Sigmund Freudwho
I think was more right than most
give him credit forhad the parallel
neurosis for men, called castration
We all joke that men are obsessed
with their own equipment; is it
possible that displaying ones own
product is based in a neurotic desire
to reinforce the most obvious symbol
of masculinity? It would make sense
as to why pleasure and humour is felt
when one would draw it. Catering to
ones own neuroses often produces
positive chemical responses in the
brain that allow us to feel momentary
pleasure. Its one of the reasons stand
up comedy is so successful.
Perhaps its that simple. Some
neurotic obsession with displaying
ones own equipment and feeling
comfort in the pubescent act of
marking a space with the male
symbol: a dick?
In which case does the size and
activity of the penis count? Does a
non-erect penis display something
dierent from the fully engorged that
is the midst of spewing its seminal
uid forth? What about women that
enjoy drawing penises?
I greatly welcome letters to the
editor on this subject and hope some
you can shed light it. And to the one
that created the ice sculpture phallus:
bravo, very well made indeed.
Finally, perhaps there is something
to say for this editorial itself
addressing penises. Such intrigue
in the issue to the degree that I
would want it published seems to
display a strange over-interest in the
subject matter. Even the heightened
enjoyment received in writingand
hopefully, readingof this editorial
can reect some social enamour in
the penis.
Perhaps wisdom can be received
from Mr. Freuds own words that a
man should not strive to eliminate
his complexes but to get into accord
with them: they are legitimately what
directs his conduct in the world.
Clearly, to fully understand the
current artistic expressions around
campus, Mt. A must embrace the
fact that a percentage of this school
is being directed by dicks.
Sasha Van Katwyk
Argosy Staff
One of the more visible student
fundraising campaigns this semester
has been the sale of calendars by the
student group B.O.D.I.E.S. However,
the prots raised through this initiative
are going to Global Brigades (GB)
and the Mens Soccer Team as both
groups raise money for their public
health projects, which will happen this
February in Honduras.
With several people being members
or on the executive of both groups, it
raises the question: Is this fundraising
misleading or even unethical?
According to the SAC website,
B.O.D.I.E.S (Building Optimal
Development of Images by Educating
Students) is an organization with a
goal, To critique the mass media
and discuss what this says about our
narrowly dened consumer culture.
We seek to promote diversity and alter
native conceptions of beauty as well as
draw attention to key social issues.
B.O.D.I.E.S executive member Tara
Macpherson explained that this year
the group is focusing on alternative
conceptions of beauty in sport. As part
of this eort, they had athletes from
the mens and womens soccer teams
and the womens rugby team pose
for photos. ese photos have been
compiled in a calendar that is now
being sold on campus.
However, prots from these calendars
are not going to B.O.D.I.E.S. e
money is going to GB and the Mens
Soccer team as they seek to fulll their
goal to, Travel to developing countries
(Honduras) and perform health care
to communities in need.
At rst glance, with such dierent
goals, it seemed deceptive that the
prots from a calendar made by
B.O.D.I.E.S. would go to GB and the
Mens Soccer Team.
is is compounded by the conict
of interest that Mayme Lefurgey is an
executive member of both groups.
Several students have also been
confused by this fundraising campaign.
ird-year student Matthew Waugh
said simply, I just dont understand
why the money wouldnt go to
Lefurgey recognized this conict of
interest and explained her position in
response to questioning.
She said that the calendar was tried
last year, but it was a op [] and we
lost money to the extent that we owed
funds to the SAC.
When B.O.D.I.E.S. knew that
we would have many people to help
sell between the interested athletes
and [GB] we ordered 500is was
a great way to spread B.O.D.I.E.S.
message quickly and eciently and to
also get individuals involved who may
not have been initially interested, said
However, while it may benet both
groups, there is still a question of
Fraser Harland
Argosy Staff
B.O.D.I.E.S., a GB subsidiary?
deceiving donors. Do students buying
the calendar know where the money
is going? Until the inside cover of the
last page of the calendar, there is no
indication that the money is going to
Moreover, members who may
agree with the aims of one group but
not of the other are left in a tough
place. ough many people nd the
eorts of both groups admirable, it is
problematic if this becomes a requisite
for joining either group.
Lefurgey said that the money is not
going to B.O.D.I.E.S. because it is
not a fundraising group. In this case,
though, the question is posed why the
group wouldnt sell the calendars at cost
to sell as many as possible, or donate
any prots to a charity more related to
their cause of media awareness.
e motivation of both groups in
this context is clearly understandable.
is fundraising project allows
B.O.D.I.E.S. to get its message
out there, while GB and the Mens
Soccer team are able to raise some of
the money that they need. Especially
when the calendars did not work last
year, and they are selling well this year,
both groups appear to benet.
However, it is questionable whether
this benet makes deceiving donors,
even to a small extent, acceptable. e
message of B.O.D.I.E.S. in this case
is being used as a face for the creation
of prot for GB and the mens soccer
team. Unless this is made entirely
clear to donors, it may fail to meet the
standards of ethical fundraising.
As is often the case with conicts
of interest and organizational
collaboration, this issue is not black
and white. However, it may give pause
to student organizations as they come
up with new fundraising ideas, and to
donors as they decide where they want
to direct their philanthropy.
When B.O.D.I.E.S. knew
that we would have many
people to help sell between
the interested athletes and
[GB] we ordered 500
is was a great way
to spread B.O.D.I.E.S.
message quickly and
eciently and to also get
individuals involved who
may not have been initially
Mayme Lefurgey,
B.O.D.I.E.S. and GB
Executive Sta Member
Student concerns about ethical fundraissing target clubs
Jessica Emin
What do these two things have in common? Not enough, some say, to be sharing funds from club sources.
Check this article out!
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Over the weekend, the Atlantic
International Studies Organization
(ATLIS) had its conference on
human security. As part of its opening
ceremonies, former UN Deputy
Secretary General, Louise Frechette,
spoke on Canadas relationship to
human security principles.
Madame Frechette opened her
presentation graciously by calling to
mind that in our decade of unrest,
change and global transformation,
that it was not a time for nations to
turn inwards but rather to turn eorts
outwards to face the issues.
She highlighting how in Canada
human security as approached by the
global society was not a new concept.
In fact, it is how for the most part she
feels we have dealt with our global
neighbors for a long time.
As for the UN she says the concept
of Human Security can be traced
back to the rst report on Human
Development that was written
addressing this issue in the year 1990
directed by Mahbub ul Haq.
is report caused quite a controversy
as there was a shift in perception of
what was considered human security.
In this report the concept redened
standards by which countries are rated
and the UN dared to pass judgment
on large countries previously
considered world leaders in standards
of living based on political power and
the countries wealth.
Refering to the report it highlights
two main aspects important to human
development. e rst aspect focuses on
the three dened as essential elements
of human life longevity, knowledge
and decent living standards.
e second aspect focuses the right
for humans to be protected from
immediate threats to their personal
In her address, Frechette made a
connection by way of reference to
the preamble of the UN charter, both
being people centered, concerned with
how we live and breathe, freedom to
express choices and access to a free
is is at the heart of the Human
Security agenda we are now seeing
evolve as fast as the ever changing
According to Frechette the problems
really develop with the stressors of
homogenizing the varying principles
of parties involved. As such the focus
turned into a state centered approach
with each sovereign nation having
validated jurisdictional rights over its
own holdings.
Frechette went on to speak about
how we live in an age of multiple
layers of media that have helped
disseminate information in ways
previously impossible due to the lack
of technology.
In the modern world we have the
fairly new 24 hour news service of
CNN and various other news sources
that have followed CNNs model
that delivers the events to the homes
of the average person quickly and
She went on to also highlight
the internet which took hold in
approximately 1991 that allowed
response to the reported new to be
communicated to a global audience
almost instantaneously.
As the world was exposed to these
advances in media and technology,
our views changed as well. Following
these advances humanity took and
advancement in rights deciding the
rights of the people would trump the
rights of the states championed by the
Western states within the UN
As the roles of the UN have evolved
as quickly as the response to the
changes in society, some of the terms
are outdated and have lead to some
generalizations about how and what
the functions of the UN are exactly.
Frechette feels the term
peacekeeping is outdated and does
not reect the various and complex
layers of what the UN does when
acting in an area. Along with working
to keep the peace,
many of these mandates have
evolved into military roles as well as
more complex and thorough roles
when addressing social issues. Further
the UN has enacted an international
criminal court that tries and holds
states responsible for actions they take
which infringe on human rights and
Frechette believes that the term
human security was done so to
encompass the issues of hunger and
disease under the term security so that
the surplus from the end of the cold
war could be redirected to address
these issues.
Towards the end of her address
Frechette advised Canada should
stop dening itself as a small country
because on the world scene we are
not seen this way. In fact we enjoy
a privileged position of prioritized
importance in the global community.
As such, Frechette stressed, we may
need to dene our priorities but we
should not be modest in our approach
or goals when we do so.
Frechette advised that she senses
a hesitation in our national direction
in deciding if we are going to take
a stance for made in Canada for
Canada solutions or if we are going to
choose to continue on the path of the
tradition of deep commitments in our
foreign policies and human rights.
She advised now would be the time
to make those decisions as we move
forward as a country as we are capable
of leading in ways we do not yet realize
as citizens.
In closing Frechette responded to
the concerns of negative reporting
on the actions and events of the UN
through media such as news sources
and documentaries.
She took the opportunity to assure
everyone that the UN when in their
capacity to act as disciplinary indeed
takes quick and decisive action to
address oenses to human rights by
those working on assignment with the
ATLIS conference opens with
speaker, Louise Frechette
Rebecca Caissie
Argosy Correspondent
We need to dene our
priorities but we should
not be modest in our
approach or goals.
Louise Frechette
Former UN Deputy
Secretary General
When the complaint is received
concerning someone lent by the
military forces of a partner country,
each complaint is investigated and
evidence is sent to the home country
of the oender for the government
to address as this falls outside the
jurisdiction of the Secretary General.
Frechette expressed concern over
how the many good acts and lives
lost by UN are seldom highlighted in
the media and the few transgressions,
when taken into context of the large
number of UN support personnel in
the eld, and the distorting eect this
She left us with the challenge
that if there were better solutions to
addressing the concerns of the world
then we must nd them and bring
forward solutions as opposed to only
highlighting the inevitable errors
found in growth and change.
Frechette rearmed that the UN
learns from each country and as such
adapts and evolves exactly because it
does have these issues arrive, and that
was something positive that each of us
could take away from her address.
Knowing that though we hear
the reports of transgressions and
imperfections that even those in high
positions such as Frechette respond to
these concerns and the result is change
and growth.
In a university of future international
leaders, hearing a positive report
that change is possible and there are
unreported good things to be learned,
Frechettes visit with us was all the
more inspiring.
Power is sexy as hell! Lets all admit
it, we all dream of strong independent
people and haters or not, you have to
admit it youd tap that! But what
is it that draws us to these powerful
people? Do they look better than us?
Smell better? Maybe its the company
they keep. As it turns out, whatever
your hunch youre probably right!
According to several reports, looks
are key to someone gaining a power
position. In fact the same features and
characteristics we use to judge sexiness
are also the very same criteria we use
to judge if someone is trusty worthy,
intelligent and capable. In fact we are
more apt to assist someone in trouble
based on their looks, no matter how
shallow this seems, over and over
studies have revealed that this indeed
is the truth of the matter.
So what are these features? ey are
features that actually reect in nature
qualities that communicate fertility
such as complexion, shiny hair, full
lips, strong physique all of these
make our thoughts turn to sex. is in
turn makes us want to form alliances
with those sexy beasts and this makes
it easier for them to advance by using
our desires as leverage.
According to some studies, decades
of research has shown that people
believe baby faced adults to be more
trustworthy, and respond to them
with greater patience, sensitivity
and compassion. A baby face is
characterized by combinations of
attributes, including a round face, full
cheeks, larger forehead, small nose,
large ears and full lips, the study says.
So apparently a youthful appearance
does play into how we judge another
person. You can hate yourself in the
morning but bottom line is, youre
dreaming about them all night and
theyre cashing in on it.
Do they smell better? During times
when our thoughts turn to naughty
thought, our bodies respond to that
releasing pheromones which come
out of our pores and sweat glands.
Like bees to honey the opposite sex
not only can smell these but have an
involuntary response to the scent.
We can recognize when someone
from the opposite sex has the hots for
us, we just dont realize it because we
so often ignore our bodily responses.
And according to studies, perfumes
and deodorants cover a lot of things
but this isnt one of them.
I know this may be a bummer to
all those who had the preconceived
notion that we have evolved and are
above that, but no, happily sex and
attraction is still simple and to the
point. We see, we smell, we like, and
we sex it up. Its a fail proof method!
Another study actually shows that
women nd men who are funny to
be smarter and honest than guys
with sour pusses. Even though
there is no established link between
intelligence, honesty and humor
apparently ladies feel this makes
men a better life partner. Researchers
found that women have grown to
nd a good sense of humor a very
attractive quality in men and always
a top priority in their search. Now
dont get excited guys, you actually
have to be funny if you want to get
funny. Yet the power of working out
your funny bone might be a way to
have many sins forgiven. According
to the research and interviews,
women are likely to overlook
physical imperfections if you can
talk to them and make them laugh.
An even bigger bonus is that funny
guys also nail long term relationships
more so than the old sober sided
guys. ey are laughing her pants
o, literally. According to the same
study though, the same is not true of
how men judge women. Apparently
whats good for the goose isnt good
for the gander after all. Men, as it
turns out, are not more attracted to
funny women.
A last and nal way we judge
sexiness and success is on how well
men dance. In a study men who were
considered attractive based on their
ability to dance actually scored higher
on strength tests as opposed to those
who didnt. In other studies the same
has been found true when roles were
reversed. is makes sense when you
think that the agility and strength
it takes to be a good dancer is like
advertising your DNA. Something
to think about though, apparently
wall owers tend to do better in long
term relationships than those with
dance fever.
e bottom line is: there are a
whole lot of ways to judge sexy but
apparently, powerful is pretty far up
on our list of sexy qualities whether
its physical or mental, power is a
denite turn on. Apparently we can
sni out those who nd us sexy too.
So if money is power, and power is
sexy and based on what we nd sexy,
then sex really should get a lot of our
attention. So for all of us who devote
a great deal to the study of all things
sexy, were pretty well equipped
to ascend to power positions and
perhaps sitting through conferences
will have benets after all. Its like
swimming in a pool of sexy! Susan Rogers
Lousie Frechette (middle) at Cranewood with some ATLIS attendees.
Internet Photo/Incredimaging
Cooking with Jess
Baked Oysters
Jessica Emin
Columbia is the trade union murder
capital of the world. Since 2002, more
than 470 workers leaders have been
brutally killed, usually by paramilitaries
hired by private companies intent on
crushing the unions.
Among these unscrupulous
corporate brands is the poster boy for
American business: Coca-Cola.
Talk to Martin Gil: His brother
Isidro was killed at point-blank range
while working at the Coca-Cola
bottling plant in Carepa, because he
was part of a union bargaining unit.
Like most violent crimes committed
against Colombian union leaders, Gils
murder went unpunished.
However, U.S. lawyers Daniel
Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth, as
well as activist Ray Rogers, stepped
in and launched an ambitious crusade
against the behemoth Coca-Cola.
In an incredible three-year saga,
lmmakers Germn Gutirrez and
Carmen Garcia follow these heroes in
a legal game of cat and mouse. From
Bogot to New York, Guatemala to
Atlanta, Washington to Canada, e
Coca-Cola Case maintains the suspense
of a hard-fought struggle.
e lawyers led several cases at
the U.S. federal court against Cola-
Cola for murder, abduction and
torture committed in Colombia and
Guatemala. anks to activist Ray
Rogers, they also attacked the brand
image of the Atlanta-based giant, with
the devastating campaign Stop Killer
Coke!, causing dozens of U.S. colleges
and universities to boycott the drink.
Still the company would not give
up. After ve years of haggling, will
the lawyers get justice? In the end,
they reach a settlement of sorts, but
what will the victims choose cash, or
power and integrity?
When the statement that you
will never look at a can of coke the
same way again is made, they arent
exaggerating. After watching the
lm, I was left wondering what was
it that made Coca-Cola a target for
being made an example? Knowing the
importance of examples, why wasnt it
included that Coca-Cola wasnt unique
in this scenario.
Being on a campus that oers only
Coca-Cola products, would Mount
Allison switching to a dierent brand
would ultimately resolve any of these
issues? Or is Pepsi Cola and other
brands just as guilty as Coke minus
the brand power?
I felt angry and frustrated but being
a major who works with human rights
issues specically in South America, I
watched it knowing Coca-Cola is no
exception to the rule. Nor is American
big business for that matter.
ere were some lingering questions
Rebecca Caissie
Argosy Correspondent
Cinema Politica:
e Coca-Cola Case
following the lm, such as what
can we students do to really make a
While this was a bit o the scope
of this documentary, perhaps a nal
ending of where we can go and what
we can do to help put an end to
company actions such as this would be
a good addition.
Coincidentally, or maybe not so
coincidentally, Coca-Cola has a lm
that is positive about their presence
in the world. is CNBC production,
Coca-Cola, e Real Story Behind the
Real ing, speaks in some parts to
the contrary of the documentary. It
is denitely worth looking into for
getting both sides of the story in the
pursuit of fairness.
In the end, before taking actions, it
would be prudent to check out Pepsis
method. Is switching going to make a
dierence or not? Can we the future
of the world come up with a way
to market responsibility to the big
businesses of the world and actually
eect long term changes?
If Coca-Cola can have a marketing
scheme made by young minds such as
ours to maintain its position even in
the face of this type of publicity, dont
you think we could do some marketing
and create solution and not just point
out the problem?
Change of the consumer has to
happen as well as the businesses, why
not let that change start with us?
Cinema Politicas latest documentary, The Coca-Cola case, may have you looking at your soda differently.
Jessica Emin
Rosalind Crump
Argosy Correspondent
is isnt too tricky. Every student loves coee. Or tea. at is an ongoing debate. But here is where
the conict is reconciled: the travel mug.
Instead of getting a disposable paper or styrofoam cup from various sellers of hot beverages,
tote your own mug with you. at way you save on trash, and you have your own snazzy beverage
Keep that mug with you -- you never know when the need for caeine will strike next...
-12 oysters in a half shell, shucked
-2 tbsp spinach, ripped into
miniscule pieces
-3 tbsp freshly grated parmesan
-1 lemon cut into wedges
-1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Tip: To shuck an oyster, it is
advised that you have an oyster
shucking tool. You can nd these at
most supermarkets in the seafood
department. One should wash or rinse
the oysters before beginning to shuck
them to avoid getting loose shell into
the oyster. Begin prying the oyster
where the two half shells seem to have
the largest crack. If all else fails try
prying open from the knuckle. Once
you have opened the oyster try to keep
as much of the juices inside the shell as
possible (this is what is most avorful)
and clean any bits of shell that might
have fallen into it. Youve been warned,
this can be a frustrating process.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and
place the 12 oysters on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese and
spinach evenly over the oysters. Finish
by squeezing a few lemon wedges (3-
4) and adding ground pepper to the
half shells. Cook for 10 minutes. For
an oyster with a rmer consistency
leave them in the oven for 4-5 more
ese oysters are best served with a
sauvignon blanc prior to a light pasta
dish in an oil.
Serves: 6 (at 2 oysters each)
Jessica Emin
Argosy Staff
e Coens Serious business
Oscar-winners latest lm oers no easy answers
A Serious Man is a movie that can lend
itself to as many meanings as a tea leaf
reading. e latest release by the Coen
Brothers takes familiar images, ones
which are ingrained in our culture to
the point of clich, and twists them
until they are strange and unsettling.
Its intelligent, funny, and especially
dark in its wisdom that maybe in fact,
there are no adequate answers.
Set in Minnesota in 1967, A Serious
Man tells the story of Larry Gopnik,
a Jewish physics professor whose life
is falling apart in all kinds of basically
average ways. His wife is leaving him
for another man and he has to live
in a motel; someones been writing
incriminating letters and threatening
his tenure; his son uses his credit card
to buy vinyl records and his daughter
spends most of her time washing
her hair. Unable to understand the
changes in his life, Larry seeks advice
and support from various people, most
importantly three rabbis who leave
Larry with more questions than when
he started.
In this carousel of classic American
stereotypes theres a lot thats baing;
images and stories that seem to have
great meaning are kept abstruse.
Everything in A Serious Man seems to
work towards the same riddle. Larry
cant nd answers in his life, which
is ironic considering his profession
is to teach to others. ere is a scene
Becky Martin
Argosy Staff
at the beginning of the lm where
Larry lls an entire black board with
an equation which he understands, but
appears incapable of transmitting to
his students. In an attempt to simplify
it of them he pairs the equation with a
diagram of a living cat and a dead cat.
What does that mean? In the words of
a thick-accented Korean business man
who threatens to sue Larry for libel:
accept the mystery.
On the subject of mystery, the movie
begins with a scene in a nineteenth-
century Eastern European Jewish
town or Shtetl in which a man invites
a dybbuk - or undead Jewish spirit - in
from a snow storm. When asked about
the meaning of this scene, the Coen
brothers comment that it just felt right.
Again, like reading tea leaves there are
any number of perfectly legitimate
explanations for this addition but its
doubtful that any one is the single
truth. ats the beauty of of the
movie. In the world of A Serious Man,
the characters visions of the world are
very specic to their own beliefs and
thus are all somewhat skewed. Upon
watching the movie you become like
one of the characters, taking the cues
youre given and interpreting them. In
the end, everyones still confused, but
personally, I found that satisfying or
at the very least entertaining. A Serious
Man is an incredibly well-crafted
movie that will leave you with a lot
more questions than answers.
Next week at the Vogue Cinema, the
Sackville Film Society will be showing
Genius Within: e Inner Life of
Glenn Gould. e show starts at 7:30
Internet Photo/Coenesque
Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) contemplates life in A Serious Man.
while already-existing stations across
the country are closing, including
CTVs station CKNX-TV in
Wingham, Ont.
With the cancellation of his show,
Dotto found a new medium to provide
his information: on the Internet.
If people are consuming their local
news on handheld devices, streaming
into a Blackberry or into an iPhone or
even online at the website as opposed
to turning on channel 37 on their
television, we should be honouring
that, said Dotto.
Although the Internet oers new
possibilities to provide content,
Kinahan explained that it will not
completely resolve the debate in the
eres still tremendous numbers
of people that want to watch television
on television in (their) living rooms,
said Kinahan.
e undying popularity of television
requires that networks and providers
reach an agreement on how to fund
local content.
Its interesting that there has not
been much talk of a way forward or a
compromise or a solution, Kinahan
e CRTC hearings, the next of
which will be held on Feb. 22, have
thus far proved to be unproductive.
What we see as consumers is a
very routine standardizing of content,
said Kinahan. e power lies with
the broadcasters and the cable
Neil Bonner
Argosy Staff
Owen Pallett is a busy man.
When not working on lm scores or
albums by the Arcade Fire, Pet Shop
Boys, Mika, Holy Fuck, or Beirut, hes
been traveling the world, working on a
long-gestating concept album entitled
Heartland. After four years of touring
and tinkering, how did Palletts latest
work turn out?
Some of you may not recognize
the name; Palletts previous records
were released under the moniker Final
Fantasy, a nod to his RPG-obsessed
youth. Now that hes on a bigger label
(Domino), Pallett quite understandably
wants to avoid any confusion with the
massively popular video game series.
But its tting, because Heartland
represents a departure of sorts. e
minimal percussion and looped violin
of his previous work still lies at the
heart of these songs, but now he has
the Czech Symphony Strings and the
St. Kitts Winds on deck to push his
loop pedal opuses into technicolor
new frontiers.
Of course, it wouldnt be an Owen
Pallett album without a bracingly
odd lyrical conceit. His Polaris Prize-
winning sophomore album He Poos
Clouds examined awkward romantic
encounters, Toronto realtors trapped
in dying marriages and death as
refracted through the eight schools of
magic from Dungeons and Dragons.
Here, Pallett attempts a more cohesive,
album-spanning narrative. Heartland
chronicles a farmer named Lewis from
the ctional land of Spectrum, who
grows dissatised with his lot in life
and rebels against his creator - Owen
With all this talk of orchestras
and agrarian discontent, youd be
forgiven for thinking that Heartland
is a pretentious top-heavy mess. But
Palletts great strength is his restraint
and creativity in approaching these
disparate elements. His arrangements
are notably graceful blends of subtle
electronica and orchestral grandeur.
Keep the Dog Quiet tiptoes in on
pizzicato violin, gradually adding horn
arrangements and uneasy electronic
backing before the songs almost-
chorus - sequential! sequential!
sequential! - is raised up by a trilling
string section. Lewis Takes O His
Shirt is the albums most anthemic
moment, pairing galloping keyboard
loops with playful woodwinds. E is
for Estranged is the closest to Palletts
work as Final Fantasy, a sad and lovely
waltz about a father and his ketamine-
addicted son.
As for the story, its not necessary
to enjoy the album, but it proves a
surprisingly revealing look at Palletts
creative anxieties and ideals. When
Lewis declares his love for Pallett
before driving a spike into his eye and
pissing from a mountaintop in Tryst
with Mephistopheles, I was surprised
to actually nd myself deeply engaged
with the narrative.
A strange and wonderful beast,
Heartland represents one of Canadas
most idiosyncratic songwriters at the
peak of his powers so far. Proving
as adept with an orchestra as with
a keyboard, Pallett proves himself
capable of great things. e album
ends with a song called What Do
You ink Will Happen Now? After
Heartland, I cant wait to nd out.
future of Canadian content in the
media is looking bleak. As cable
companies and networks continue to
prefer American programming for its
assured prot, both parties ght for
In the future, the cost of producing
Canadian programs will likely be
placed on the consumers or the shows
Its a problem right now and theres
a great fear that were going to see
the disappearance of local television
in particular, explained Anne-
Marie Kinahan, assistant professor
of communication studies at Wilfrid
Laurier University, adding that
distinctly Canadian content will also
be impacted by this trend.
e Canadian Radio-television
Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) has held ongoing hearings
to develop new regulations to protect
local television and Canadian content.
Public hearings in December 2009
opened the platform to consumers
after previous private meetings were
held during the year.
Although the CRTC has considered
posing a 1:1 ratio for American to
Canadian content, there is a concern
about imposing such regulations.
Currently, the CRTC puts the onus on
the networks and providers to follow
their guidelines.
ey are very reluctant to use that
power because they dont want the
perception of government interference
in our industries or in our media,
explained Kinahan.
Without stricter regulation,
corporate entities such as cable
provider Rogers Communications and
networks including CTV continue
to hold the power in the media that is
available to Canadians.
Steve Dotto, executive producer,
writer and host of the informational
show *Dotto Tech*, which aired on
CityTV until its cancellation last
fall, expressed his concerns about the
current climate.
Now all these greedy large
corporate entities are not happy with
just making good prot, they want to
make outrageous prot and with us
paying for it, said Dotto.
Dotto, who experienced the changes
rst hand when his show was oered
the ultimatum to pay the network or
be canceled, explained that its the
small, locally-produced shows that are
getting cut as networks remain prot-
I refused to do the show for them
and then pay them money to be on the
air like an infomercial, said Dotto.
As networks charge increasing
amounts to air shows, the landscape
becomes dicult for independent
producers to break into the industry,
e ght for Canadian content
Future of locally produced television content up in the air
Linda Givetash
The Cord
(Wilfrid Laurier University)
Owen Pallett, whose latest album Heartland is his rst in four years.
Internet Photo/Billions
(write for it)
14 JANUARY 28, 2010
Jessica Emin
Pastoralias set got o to a slow start: the
face-paint drenched trio took awhile
to build up the atmosphere, layering
samples and ambient hums. But after
their rst few songs, they found the
sweet spot between beat-heavy post
punk, synth pop, and headphone-
friendly electronic music. But where
these genres can sometimes be to
self-consciously dark and brooding,
Pastoralia tting their name have a
lightness and fun to their songs thats
hard to deny.
- Neil Bonner
Jessica Emin
Vanessa Blackier
For the seventh year in a row, some of Canadas nest musicians stopped by our
little town of Sackville for music, fun, and pheasant-related odds-n-ends. Heres
a glance at some of the standout shows from Stereophonic 7.
Jessica Emin Vanessa Blackier Vanessa Blackier
The Quotable
And now, the grand nale!
Jimmie, what are you doing,
- Shotgun Jimmie, preparing to run around
the chapel
- unidentifed man on balcony
[Turning around to face his
keyboard] Its a slow number, and
you can see my butt, and you can
see this man on the drums, Pascal,
he is a machine.
- Sam Murdock, Oromocto Diamond
B.A. Johnston is a performer. Not a singer, nor a musician. Not a dancer nor a comedian. He
is a performer, whose act is a raunchy version of a Chris Farley/Jack Black-type show. e pub
audience was graced with his presence, and the pub oor was graced with his never-ceasing and,
Im told trademark, snot-rockets. His music was nothing more than simple metronome beats
played from his keyboard. His lyrics were very, very original and their titles ranged from Ive got
a Deep Fryer in my Bedroom to John Candy.
at being said, a D for music and lyrical integrity was counterbalanced by an A for stage-
presence. B.A. commanded the audience with frequent jaunts through the crowd while singing to
individual fans. He even brought the entire crowd into the mens washroom to perform his nal
two songs, as a birthday present to himself. It was an absolutely incredibly unique experience.
- Matt omson
en there were e Bad Arts, making their third Sackville appearance. Call me excitable, but
these guys absolutely killed it at Struts. Opening with thick redline wash of feedback and drums, the
band quickly shifted into pointed and melodic post-punk. Or to put it more simply: they at-out
rock, attacking a series of powerful. Since I saw them last March, the Bad Arts have gotten even
better. eir rst recording is due out later this year; I cant recommend it enough.
- Neil Bonner
Oromocto Diamond represents everything thats positive and vital about indie rock. Drummer Pascal
Asselin co-founded chat blanc records while bassist/singer Sam Murdock owns P572, both based
out of Quebec City. And this passion carries through to their music, an endlessly energetic blend of
bouncy dance-punk and prog-rock. e bands name is inspired by a ctional meteor crashing into
the town of Oromocto, revealing diamonds where you wouldnt expect them, but you dont need to
know much about Canadas Model Town to appreciate the tunes: songs like Black Feelings (about
a man with a lot of worry on his mind which they dedicated to Barack Obama) have hooks for days,
and will keep your head banging til it cant bang any more.
- Neil Bonner
Fred Squire has been a part of so many projects or collaborations Shotgun and Jaybird, Calm Down
Its Monday, Mount Eeries Lost Wisdom album, and Daniel, Fred and Julie, to name a few that its
easy to overlook his solo career as Dick Morello. It was my rst time seeing this particular incarnation,
and I walked out of the chapel impressed. Starting the show at a piano tucked underneath a staircase,
Squire opened with a pair of slow, contemplative songs that reverberated through the chapel. When
he took the main stage, he
played through a set of blues-
tinged folk with just his strong,
balcony-scraping vocals and
distorted electric guitar. Make
sure you check out Fred Squire,
whatever name he performs
- Neil Bonner
15 JANUARY 28, 2010
Vanessa Blackier
For the seventh year in a row, some of Canadas nest musicians stopped by our
little town of Sackville for music, fun, and pheasant-related odds-n-ends. Heres
a glance at some of the standout shows from Stereophonic 7.
From left to right: Corey Isenor,
Landon Braverman, Gianna Lauren,
Babette Hayward, Pastoralia, Baby
Jessica Emin Vanessa Blackier
[in robot voice] No seriously, Amelia Earhart never died.
She went into a wormhole in space and time, and travelled
twelve billion years into the past to the planet Mars, and
that is where I will go to nd her, because I must confess, I
built Amelia Earhart the perfect woman.
- Philip Clark, A/V
is next one goes out to the man
downstairs the devil himself.
- El Ron Maltan
Jessica Emin
Jessica Emin
Jessica Emin
Julie Cruikshank
B.A. Johnston is a performer. Not a singer, nor a musician. Not a dancer nor a comedian. He
is a performer, whose act is a raunchy version of a Chris Farley/Jack Black-type show. e pub
audience was graced with his presence, and the pub oor was graced with his never-ceasing and,
Im told trademark, snot-rockets. His music was nothing more than simple metronome beats
played from his keyboard. His lyrics were very, very original and their titles ranged from Ive got
a Deep Fryer in my Bedroom to John Candy.
at being said, a D for music and lyrical integrity was counterbalanced by an A for stage-
presence. B.A. commanded the audience with frequent jaunts through the crowd while singing to
individual fans. He even brought the entire crowd into the mens washroom to perform his nal
two songs, as a birthday present to himself. It was an absolutely incredibly unique experience.
- Matt omson
ABOVE: A/Vs Philip Clark at the CHMA Oces, rocking too hard
to be captured by your human cameras. RIGHT: Mount Allison
alumni Pat LePoidevin (on guitar) and Matthew Sarty (on drums),
performing at the Mount Allison Chapel. BELOW: Cousins perform
at the Vogue Cinema.
en there were e Bad Arts, making their third Sackville appearance. Call me excitable, but
these guys absolutely killed it at Struts. Opening with thick redline wash of feedback and drums, the
band quickly shifted into pointed and melodic post-punk. Or to put it more simply: they at-out
rock, attacking a series of powerful. Since I saw them last March, the Bad Arts have gotten even
better. eir rst recording is due out later this year; I cant recommend it enough.
- Neil Bonner
Friday night at e Vogue saw a showcase of Stereophonic
talent from as near as Sackville and as far as B.C.
Performances from Corey Isenor, Gianna Lauren, Ryan
McGrath, Cousins and Olenka left the audience of 80+
wanting more. ough each performer provided highlights,
Ryan McGrath provided the most memorable experiences
of the evening. Near the middle of his performance,
McGrath got the crowd to sing a hook for him as he used
the hook as a base, upon which he built upon to perform
harmonizing vocals. e eect was one which can only be
produced when both crowd and performer get entranced
in a song.
McGrath then invited anyone who could play the drums up on stage to help him
on a new song. Luke Pincock, drummer for the Halifax based band Wizard, was in
attendance and paired up with McGrath to perform. e duo pulled it o, as there
was great communication between musicians regarding tempo change. It nished
really quite smoothly. said Pincock after the performance.
Olenka capped o the show with a solo acoustic set that was a very touching
performance, in which she paired real emotional experiences with chill acoustic
rhythms and choppy Gypsy grooves. It was a great way to end on a high-note.
- Matt omson
The band's cd The Flatlands was recorded almost a year ago
at George's Roadhouse and has quickly become a CHMA
favourite among programmers. While copies have been
floating around Sackville for a while, the official release
party at the legion before Christmas was a great celebration
of the band and live music with help from Baby Eagle and
Calm Down It's Monday. Future plans for the John Wayne
Cover Band may include touring in mid April. Findley says
that the band is looking into booking a couple shows in
Toronto through friends, and hopes to also play in Halifax,
Quebec and Ontario, and throughout New Brunswick.
My personal favourite anecdote about The John Wayne
Cover Band happened one night after a practice when the
three members were at Ducky's for a drink. Somehow they
set about the task of creating a John Wayne Cover Band
Shot. Three recipes were tried: fireball with whiskey, whiskey
and Worcestershire sauce, and Jager with sambuca. Carr
claims that they were all pretty terrible and that it is still a
work in progress. At least until the perfect recipe is mastered,
why not a strait-up shot of Jameson's. It's simple, classic, and
bad-ass; possibly the perfect complement to their fiery-ice
The member's of the John Wayne Cover Band capture
rugged masculinity in their music, and are set to become an
enduring staple at CHMA. John Wayne was hardcore, and
so are these guys. Be sure to check them out when they play
again soon in Sackville.
While the exact origins of the band's name remain a mystery,
it happens to be one of the best band names I've heard in a
long while. Immediately after hearing the name you may
involuntarily begin imagining a Wild-West hero with blazing
pistols drawn and riding off into the sunset. Replace John
Wayne and his revolvers with three strapping young lads
armed with musical instruments set against the gritty
background of George's Roadhouse and you'll have a good
idea about what to expect. Their sound is country music that
is so bad-ass, it's rock n' roll.
Joel Carr's slow and steady vocals have a laid-back, effortless
cool sound reminiscent of the Duke himself. Carr's vocals and
guitar are complemented by a steadfast backbone of bass
guitar from Dave Findley and some flair is given to each song
by Luke Patterson's mixture of cymbals and drums. The whole
effect is a combination of determined country drawl and
upbeat rock which initiates foot tapping and nods of agree-
ment. As the opening band of Stereophonic's Saturday Night
Rock Show at George's, the band really committed
themselves to a high energy performance that set the tone for
the rest of the night. When asked about the secret to their
high energy performance Carr credits Luke on the drums for
bringing the band up. "The band only rocks as hard as the
drummer rocks, is what I've always said to myself," Patterson
says jokingly. When asked about what each member brings
to the band, he says "Well, Joel is the the cute one, which is
ideal since he's the front man and lead singer, and Dave is
definitely the brains behind the whole operation."
When I gave Rebekah Higgs a call last week for a quick
interview, she was just slipping away from a recording
session for a new solo project. She tells me that she's just
putting the finishing touches on a new solo solo album
which she is recording with Brian Deck. Deck is also
known for his work with acclaimed bands Modest Mouse
and Iron & Wine. Rebekah says that she enjoys experi-
menting musically and really pushing herself. Working with
Deck has been a great experience since he is encouraging
her to push above and beyond. Rebekah often gets her
inspiration from many musical genres and through her use
of looping pedals she has created a new sound for herself
she describes as psychedelic doo-wop. By now the finishing
touches of recording have been completed, and Higgs says
her album will hopefully be released in the early summer of
this year.
Higgs says that in some ways performing solo is more
challenging then performing with her Thoughtful Bees.
"When I play with the boys, there's a little room for error
because you're playing with other people, a whole band.
But playing solo, the focus is solely on you." She stresses
though that this is an enjoyable challenge for every solo
musician and from witnessing her music it is clear that she
thrives as both a single and group performer. There's no
doubt that she gives everything she has as her performing
alter ego Ruby Jean. Cuts, scrapes, and bruises received
on stage and off when she joins the frenzied dance-mob are
all battle scars of her performances. In short, Higgs holds
the reigns on a successful solo career and is the front
woman of the attention grabbing Ruby Jean and the
Thoughtful Bees.
Since playing last year in Sackville in the CHMA offices
during Stereophonic, Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees
have gained national and international recognition. After
traveling to Europe to play at the The Great Escape music
festival in Brighton UK, they received several offers to play
all across Europe which led to a second trip over-sees.
Higgs recalls that her favourite venue from their European
adventure, Club Koko in London. She describes it as a
1900's theatre renovated into a live music venue. With all
the decadence of a gilded turn-of-the-century theatre, the
venue now hosts rock shows for over a thousand sweaty
audience members. Higgs says they played to a sold out
new music night and describes it as a "once in a lifetime
opportunity." Although there wasn't much time for site
seeing, Higgs says that she did witness some of the
amazing house-sized bonfires in England when she was in
London for Guy Fawkes day.
Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees will be
playing this Friday, January 29, 10 pm at
George's Fabulous Roadhouse along with A/V
and Jenocide. Don't leave the house without your
dancing shoes and your glitz and glamor for a night of
electro-dance madness!
01 COUSINS* Out On Town (Youth Club)
02 DANIEL, FRED & JULIE* Daniel, Fred & Julie (You've Changed)
03 THE JOHN WAYNE COVER BAND* The Flatlands (Self-Released)
04 SHOTGUN JIMMIE* Still Jimmie (You've Changed)
05 CONSTRUCTION & DESTRUCTION* Video Et Taceo (Self-Released)
06 OLENKA AND THE AUTUMN LOVERS* Papillonette (Self-Released)
07 ATTACK IN BLACK/BABY EAGLE*S/T Split (You've Changed)
08 GIANNA LAUREN* Fist In A Heart (Self-Released)
09 PASTORALIA* Across Living Room Floors (Self-Released)
10 OROMOCTO DIAMOND* Le Choc du Futur (P572)
11 SAID THE WHALE* Islands Disappear (Hidden Pony)
12 JENOCIDE* Machines To Make Us Wet (Self-Released)
13 THE XX XX (Young Turks)
14 ISLANDS* Vapours (Anti-)
15 ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL* At The Moment of Our Most Needing (Paper Bag)
16 MARY STEWART* Mary Stewart (Self-Released)
17 JULIE DOIRON* I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day (Endearing)
18 OCTOBERMAN* Fortresses (White Whale)
19 THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA* Hymns of Love & Spirits (SR)
22 WOODHANDS* Remorsecapade (Paper Bag)
21 DOG DAY* Concentration (Outside)
22 FINAL FANTASY* Heartland (For Great Justice)
23 WAX MANNEQUIN* Saxon (Zunior)
24 BRENT RANDALL & HIS PINECONES* We Were Strangers In Paddington Green (Endearing)
26 RICK WHITE ALBUM* 1-3-7 (Blue Fog)
27 KAREN O AND THE KIDS Where the Wild Things Are (Interscope)
28 GIRLS Album (True Panther)
29 THE GERTRUDES* Hard Water (Apple Crisp)
30 DIRTY PROJECTORS Bitte Orca (Domino)
31 COREY ISENOR Frost (Self-Released)
+ A/V
10 PM
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Photo: Corey Isenor
I am a book nut. A book worm.
A book freak. I have always loved
reading... well, since I started to read.
I think I taught myself, for the most
part, though Im sure school and my
parents helped. Now I am telling the
whole world what kinds of books I
read as a kid, because its amusing,
and sometimes embarrassing. But
who has never been embarrassed of
themselves as kids? Not many people.
1. Berenstain Bears - When I was
a little kid, these were my favourite
books. I even would come up with
little extra characters and draw
them onto the page with the already
existing ones. My dad still thinks this
is adorable. We found some of them
recently in a box and he had a great
time looking through at my new
characters. I blushed as he laughed. A
lot. Anyway, the Berenstain Bears were
created by Stan and Jan Berenstain
and are still pretty popular today.
eyre picture books about a family
of, you guessed it, bears. ey dont
have names, oddly enough, and are just
called Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Sister
Bear, Brother Bear, and Honey Bear.
e topics are your typical childrens/
family book themes - bullying, crushes,
cleaning, sports, etc. etc. Apparently, in
2005, the New York Times wrote that
the characters are gender stereotypes,
especially Mama Bear, who always
stays home to be with her children.
But, when I was a kid, I didnt care. I
just liked the colours and the stories!
2. American Girls - To preface this
next one, I am American, and not always
proud of this. But, as I was growing
up, there was a series that actually
taught me quite a bit about American
history. One can buy doll versions of
the characters, and each character
comes with dierent accessories and
styles of clothing, as each one is from
a dierent time period. When I was
little, there was Felicity (from 1774),
Kirsten (from 1854), Addy (from
1864), Samantha (from 1904), and
Molly (from 1974). My favourites
always changed. First it was Samantha.
en it was Kirsten. en it was Molly.
I had all three of those dolls. Basically,
the stories reect what a girl would
experience in their given time period.
Addy is a slave, and she escaped from
a planation with her mother. Kirsten
is a Swedish immigrant, settling in
Minnesota with her family and even
briey befriending a Native American
girl. Mollys father was gone, a soldier
in World War II, leaving her mother
to take care of the family and deal
with manufacturing shortages and
the like. Samantha more often than
not had to deal with her upper middle
class family that believed she should
only speak when spoken to, and was
scolded when she became friends with
a poor girl. Totally innocent stories,
but totally accessible to little girls.
3. e Baby-Sitters Club - I loved this
series when I was pre-teen and early
teenager. ey were written by Ann M.
Martin, and I just found out the series
stopped in 2000. Bummer! e stories
are about a group of middle school
students who form a club of - what
else? - baby-sitters. e idea is one
person can call during their meeting
times and reach not one, but several,
baby-sitters. e trials and tribulations
of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey,
Mallory, Jessica, and Abby really were
entertaining. ere was a mystery
series that stemmed from the original
and several longer books featuring
more than one narrative for more
complicated and in depth stories. e
girls deal with boyfriends, death of
family members, bullying at school,
etc. And when the movie came out in
1995, it was my favourite movie for a
while. ere even was a TV show in
1990, but I was more into the books.
4. Goosebumps - I didnt just read teeny
girly books. I also loved Goosebumps by
R.L. Stine. Each book has a dierent
narrator and a dierent story, and as
far as I remember, the books dont
link to each other. e stories are not
especially scary (denitely not on par
with anything we would consider scary
as university students/adults), but some
of them really did give me the creeps
as a thirteen-year-old. One of my
favourites was e Scarecrow Walks at
Midnight. Basically, a kid reads a spell
from a book, and scarecrows come
to life. Welcome to Camp Nightmare
was also a favourite of mine - people
keep disappearing, and in the end, it
was all a test, because the father of
the main character, Billy, works for
the government and has to go on an
exploration and they needed to see if
he was ready. A little far-fetched, but I
enjoyed it. e books are written in a
simple, matter-of-fact way, so its easy
for kids to use their imaginations...I
have a pretty active imagination, which
is probably why some of those books
were really creepy. ere were sixty-two
original Goosebumps books written, and
Im pretty sure I didnt read all of them.
Now you have a glimpse into what
little, pre-teen, and early teen Vivi liked
to read. If you have a little friend or
sibling who wants to read something
new and hasnt tried those, maybe you
could suggest them. ey are all popular
series, and there is a reason - theyre
entertaining and easy for kids to read.
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff
Internet Photo/H Ked City
is past Monday, the Mount Allison
Wellness Centre began oering a
creative arts therapy group, named
Express Yourself. e group, which
meets Mondays at 1:30 pm, will
explore a variety of mediums with the
purpose of providing a new and unique
space for students to confront tensions,
themselves, and lifes challenges.
e group, run by Wellness
Counsellor Jannah Tudiver, is based
on the practices of Expressive Arts
erapy. Tudiver, a certied mental
health counsellor, has completed
both a masters concentration and a
post-masters certicate in Expressive
Arts erapy. While students have
helped with the advertising of the
group, it will be run solely by Tudiver.
I think were hoping to oer a unique
opportunity for students to learn about
themselves, develop and grow, and nd
ways to express themselves and release
tension, explains Tudiver. Part of
what can be eective about expressive
arts therapy is that this is a strength-
based, action-oriented form of therapy
which focuses on helping the student
[...] to process personal challenges
and grow through the experience.
Interest in the group began with
Tudiver, who was hired in August
2009 to ll a vacant counsellor position
in the Wellness centre. She explains
that the university was very receptive
to her eld of study. I provide
individual counselling sessions, says
Tudiver. I sometimes incorporate the
expressive arts into these sessions.
During appointments for career
counselling, Tudiver says she began
to hear students interested in
expressive arts therapy. She says that
several students have indicated their
interest in art therapy based careers.
It was their passion that
helped get the group going.
Despite once being referred to as
an alternative form of therapy, Tudiver
says that art in conjunction with
individual and group therapy sessions
is relatively normal. She explains that
many ancient cultures and traditions
involve creative arts therapies.
e weekly group will be using
several mediums throughout their
sessions, including journaling, collage-
making, mandala art, and sculpture. To
join the group, students must contact
Tudiver through the Wellness centre.
Integrated with the art-making
are activities and discussions to help
foster reection, self-awareness, and
promote personal change, explains
Tudiver. A premise for this eld is that
creative expression is a healing, growth
producing process, and that it is an innate
capacity we each hold inside of us.
New program uses art as therapy
Wellness centre explores unique opportunity
Julie Stephenson
Argosy Staff
Currently at the START gallery
Photos by Callan Field
Callan Fields show
at the START gallery
runs until February
2. e show features
two distinct series
of photographs.
e rst series is of
large format images
taken in Amherst,
specically the
buildings on Church
Street. e images are
meant to explore the
relationship between
the rst oor shop
front and the largely
abandoned second
story. e second
collection is a set of
coloured landscapes
of Ban Island, in
Canadas northern
territory of Nunavut.
Jessica Emin
Art can be successfully used for therapy and stress relief, perfect for
students. Pictured here: Sarah Hamilton paints in a ne arts class.
Kate Beaton is even funnier in person.
Sitting with her in the Bridge Street
Caf on Sunday afternoon, Im
having a dicult time keeping myself
composed enough to take notes on
our conversation. Its also dicult to
remember that Im not just chatting
with another student. Dressed in a
fetching thrift store chiq ensemble
and chatting animatedly about her
fondness for Dr. Andrew Nurse,
Beaton really seems like another
Mount Allison student which makes
sense, because she was one. Beaton
graduated in 2005 with a double major
in history and anthropology, and is
now the creator of one of the most
popular and intelligent webcomics
on the Internet, Hark, A Vagrant.
It makes sense that the woman
who brought us the characters of
her webcomic, Mystery Solving
Teens, Sexy Tudors, the boy crazy
Bront Sisters, and Shetland Pony
Adventures is a funny lady its
her job. Beatons comic draws from
her love of history, taking historical
characters and situations, and making
them hilarious through witty dialogue,
engaging drawings, and just the right
amount of ridiculousness. As an
artist she is entirely self-taught, and
its something shes been doing her
whole life. She began drawing the
comic that would become Hark, A
Vagrant in 2007, originally posting
the images on Facebook primarily for
her friends to see. Facebook is a bad
place to put your artwork, so I made a
website, Beaton says. Instead of just
my friends looking at it, the rest of
the Internet did. Beatons popularity
also got a boost from her friend Emily
Horne, who is the photographer
behind A Softer World, another
popular webcomic. Horne posted a
link to Beatons work on the site and,
as Beaton puts it, e rolling snowball
of links became bigger and bigger.
Beatons Mt. A experience was also
a contributing factor in the evolution
of her webcomic. During her time
here she worked for the Argosy as
the humour editor. My friend was
writing News and I went through the
paper and there was nothing funny,
she explains. So she wrote something
funny. Beaton began writing the
Superquiz and soon comics followed.
e Argosy was probably the reason I
had the condence to show my work to
people, she explains. Beaton thought
about taking Fine Arts, but was too
timid about the application process.
I didnt nd it too much pressure to
put something in the student paper,
and for the most part I suppose you
didnt get too much feedback on it
anyway, so if people liked it or didnt
like it maybe you didnt hear too
much about it, and that was okay.
She also talks a little bit about her
Mt. A experience, revealing that she
lived in Trueman House and that at the
time, everything was falling apart. Still,
Beaton has fond memories of Mt. A.
I met some of the greatest people Ive
known here, enjoyed my degrees, ran
for valedictorian [] my campaign was
a bit of a joke. I was putting up funny
posters all around campus and not
caring when I didnt get valedictorian.
She still comes back every year for
Sappyfest, so most of her post-grad
experience with Mt. A has been in
the summer. She mentions that its a
bit strange to see the campus overrun
with students again, in contrast with
the more serene, quieter atmosphere
of summertime Sackville. is is what
its like to be old, Beaton chuckles.
After her degree Beaton spent a
lot of time bouncing back and forth
around the country. She spent some
time in Ft. McMurray, Alberta,
working to pay o her student loans.
As much as I liked Mt. A, it was
expensive. I had a massive student
loan to pay o, so I went up there for
two years, she says with a shudder.
After her less than enjoyable stint out
West she moved to Victoria, where she
worked in a museum and met Emily
Horne. After that she moved to
Toronto, where she met Ryan North of
Dinosaur Comics. ere are a lot of
really lovely people doing webcomics
in Toronto, she says. eyre all really
great and probably some of my best
friends now. Just people with the
same interests as me. Being part of
the webcomic community has been
a positive experience for Beaton, and
has introduced a lot of interesting
and valuable people to her life. Its
the sort of community where if they
like what they see in your work, theyll
promote it. [...] If you go to their city
its just like having friends who live
far away. You see them a couple of
times a year at conventions and things
and thats great. ere arent a lot of
people around who do what you do.
Beaton has also had to get used
to the audience experience, which,
for a webcomic artist whose work
is publicly available on the Internet,
can sometimes be overwhelming.
Audiences for the most part are
really lovely and very generous, but
the Internets full of assholes too, so
you take the good with the bad. e
webcomic audience experience also
has some unexpected elements. A
look at the FAQ on Beatons website
reveals that quite a number of people
have asked if they can get tattoos
of her work, an idea that she is very
uncomfortable with. If I look at
something I drew two years ago I hate
it and its kind of embarrassing. So if
somebody comes and says I really want
a tattoo of that! Im like why would
you want that? So if they ask I say no.
Audience interaction has also led to
the creation of some of Beatons silliest
and most beloved characters: Napoleon
eating cookies and the Shetland Pony.
Beaton explains how she received an
email from a fan full of extravagant
praise about the intelligence of her
work. So I made a comic that was
incredibly dumb. She also explains
how she likes having a balance of
sillier, more universally understandable
comics along with the more historically
accurate ones. I do historical comics
because Im interested in history, but
not everyones going to get the jokes
right away or they might enjoy it
despite not knowing what the situation
is and then look it up and get it. One
of the benets of doing a webcomic for
Beaton rather than, say, for a syndicated
newspaper, is that it allows her more
artistic freedom. It lets me make
comics about what Im interested in
without having to appeal to the lowest
common denominator all the time.
One of Beatons most obvious
Hark! Kate Beaton: webcomic artist and Mt. A alumnus
Arts and souls: Spotlight on artists
Julie Cruikshank
Argosy Staff
stylistic marks is her frequent omission
of punctuation when her characters
are speaking. I dont think about
it when I do it, she says, explaining
that the quirk is intentional, but not
always deliberate. Its just how I
picture them talking, she says, adding
that if someone is ranting there is
generally very little punctuation at all.
Beaton is now drawing Hark, A
Vagrant full time, which she nds
both rewarding and challenging. I
can sustain myself on it for sure, she
says, adding that the shift into self-
employment was a bit of an adjustment.
Working for yourself is strange its
hard to get used to. You have to make
your own hours, and you have to force
yourself to work. e creative process
can also be a dicult one. I ask her what
she does if she ever nds herself stuck
for ideas. Cry, she replies. If youre
having a bad day and its your job to be
funny and youre all alone. [] People
think you just pull drawings out of your
butt, but some days its easy and some
days its not. Beaton also adds that
not all of her comic ideas work out,
and sometimes she has to improvise.
Beaton plans to spend her residency
at Struts Gallery making more comics.
She also plans to set some time aside
to learn some dierent techniques,
such as watercolour, so that she can
add colour to her strip. She will also be
making some comics to be included in
anthologies. And after Struts, Beaton
hits the road again. In the springtime
webcomic income goes down, so I
go to a lot of conventions after this.
Her next stop is the Seattle Emerald
City ComiCon in March. Beaton
has always had a history of moving
around; she lives in Halifax right
now to be closer to her family, and
because she hadnt been back on the
east coast in a while. She expects to
be there for some time, but eventually
will probably move back to Toronto.
Hark, A Vagrant can be found at Beaton also
sells merchandise, including her rst
book, Never Learn Anything From
History, through Shell
be chilling out at Struts until February
18, so pop in and check out what shes
up to. Shell probably make you laugh:
Kate Beaton is a very funny lady.
Go check out the Blanket Fort in the Fine Arts Building this week.
Jessica Emin
Photos by Jessica Emin
ere is more to a play than meets
the eye. Usually a spectator only sees
what happens on stage once the show
is presented to an audience. What they
do not see is all the hard work and long
hours that a great number of people
contribute towards any given show. We
only see a handful of people on stage, but
thats often just the tip of the ice berg.
e upcoming bilingual Tintamarre
play is called Bus 36. e lively actors
of the theatre troupe will come alive
as passengers on a rolling and talking
bus. is means a bus must be built
and t into the Windsor eatre.
Sam Jackson, the master carpenter
for the Windsor eatre and political
science student, has spent roughly
forty hours creating the set for the
show. And that is only counting his
hours. Volunteers, such as Katy Best
and Robin Brazill, have also lent a
hand to help create the setting for
the play. ey cut, glued, and nailed
together the dierent wooden parts
of the bus, complete with benches,
a drivers seat and a steering wheel.
e set was designed by Decima
Mitchell, the resident designer of
the Windsor eatre. Mitchell
explains that because the bus is not
moving, the actors themselves have
to bring the bus to life by recreating
the movements of the bus: stopping,
accelerating, breaking, etc. e actors
must convince the audience that they
are moving, comments Mitchell.
When designing and building a set
for Tintamarre, one must also keep in
mind that it must be movable, since the
Tintamarre play will tour schools after
it premieres at the Windsor eatre.
Costumes are also an important
part of the Tintamarre play. e
new costume shop, now located in
the previous Argosy oce in the old
Student Centre, is lled with hats,
shoes, and every possible costume
imaginable, from top to bottom. In
the centre of it is Mitchell, designing,
adjusting, and creating the costumes
for the big Tintamarre cast. Currently,
Mitchell is working on the hat of the
buss battery: a simple at hat with
black tendrils undulating outward
with orange sparks emerging at
its tips. Not at all easy to make.
e process of costume design
is, just like the writing process, very
unique to Tintamarre. Unlike with
other plays, Mitchell sits down with
the entire cast and they talk about
each costume. Because the actors
have helped shape and create each
character of the play, they also have
an idea what the costume should be.
I came in [] and had a discussion
with everyone, explains Mitchell,
Since they know their character and
the other characters so well, they can
give me insight on how they should
look. Mitchell then goes back to the
costume shop and begins designing:
Out of that list of fantastic ideas,
she says, I create a look for the show.
is years play will bring to life
some very strange and rather unique
characters. For example, the parts
of the bus, such as the carburetor,
the battery, the windshield wipers
and the horn are all personied. is
gives Mitchell an opportunity to
get creative, and that she does well.
Tintamarres latest bilingual comedy,
Bus 36, is not to be missed. e play
will light up the stage on Wednesday,
February 3 at 8:00 pm, and will play out
each night at 8:00 pm at the Windsor
eatre until Saturday, February 6. e
cost is $5 for students and seniors and
$10 for adults. ursday night will be
pay-what-you-can. For reservations
call 364-2234 or 364-2480. To learn
more about the process of creating such
a play, come to the Windsor eatre
on Tuesday, February 2, at 4:00 pm,
for a free presentation by the directors,
some of the actors, and producers
on staging and creating Bus 36.
Board Tintamarres Bus 36 and catch a ride behind the scenes
Maria Maute
Argosy Staff
Every ve days the same glorious
phenomenon circles around and
arrives at the feet of each member of
the Sackville community: the weekend.
At Mount Allison, this event initially
sings with good intentions to read,
study, and research; however, those
songs quickly fade into the guilty
murmurings of how were really going
to spend those few precious hours.
Sometimes though, a weekend event
comes along that doesnt generate
shame, and instead keeps singing.
Saturday night at Brunton
Auditorium saw the launch of
Caledonia: A Canadian Celtic Musical,
an original musical that was written
collaboratively between Kent Stetson
and Mt. As own Alastair MacLean.
e production itself was minimalist
and featured the entire cast seated
onstage for the duration of the play,
with the exception of the performance
of songs, at which the performing
cast members rose. e settings and
action were illustrated vocally by a
narrator who read the stage directions
from the script itself, thereby painting
an invisible world that matched
the plays themes of a disappearing
past and intangible identity.
Caledonia follows one young
womans search for self in a Prince
Edward Island community marked by
a near-dead Highland Scots heritage.
Possessing the old gift of second-sight,
Mordred Tiany MacArthur passes
back and forth between the mundane
present which threatens to stie her
quest for [punked-out] individuality,
and the past of her ancestors, those
early Caledonians who rst settled
her familys land. rough her time
shifts she sees the world of her young
grandfather, whom she dismisses in
his present old age, a world vibrant
with culture, traditions, pride, and
love that is set in the same red soil
that she knows. In discovering the
lives of her ancestors, she discovers her
own heritage, and ultimately herself.
Mordreds ashbacks trace the
historical trajectory of her family
from 1911-1945 and witness major
personal and social events in this
time. She watches on as her ancestors
sing and dance to Gaelic reels, as her
grandparents romance begins to bud,
as her grandfather is chosen to be
the sacred vessel of the communitys
language and lore, and as English
nationalism and war threaten to tear
Caledonia apart. Mordred sees joy, but
also overwhelming personal tragedy in
the lives of her young ancestors, and the
pain she witnesses from the past leads
her to respect the strength and solidarity
of her heritage and home. Mordred
takes it upon herself to revitalize her
culturally dimmed present with the
richness of its past, thus inheriting
her grandfathers place as vessel of
tradition. With the compassion and
understanding she gains for her family
through its history, she is able to heal
the broken relationships of the present.
e music of Caledonia adopts
the Gaelic avour of the community
that it represents and ranges from
folk songs to ballads, and from reels
to elegiac songs. e play features
authentic Gaelic lyrics in several of
its musical pieces, as Mordred hears
the old songs of the early Caledonians
and then reproduces them with the
band she creates, e Island Celts. e
songs of Caledonia reect the deepest
emotions of its characters and reveal
more numerous and far subtler levels
of story-telling than even the detailed
narration. e plays dialogue is
contemporary, nuanced, and realistic;
however, it is the music that conveys the
passion, the turmoil, the desperation,
the fear, the longing, and the love of the
individuals of Caledonia, both past and
present, and the community as a whole.
e talent that was showcased
at the premiere of Caledonia was
phenomenal. Both music students and
faculty participated in the production,
and the juxtaposition of dierent ages
onstage helped to visually depict the
separation of past and present, young
and old, wise and searching, that
featured in the play. at being said,
faculty did not always play the older
roles, nor did students always play
youthful characters; nevertheless, the
roles were delivered believably. Cast
members displayed a range of theatrical
experience; however, the casting
process evidently took this factor into
consideration when assigning roles.
Despite the minimalism of the acting
and stage blocking featured in the
premiere, however, the rst portrayal
of Caledonia aptly displayed this plays
potential in its ability to absorb, move,
and relate to its audience. I laughed;
I cried; I went home with a smile, a
song, and crossed ngers that the
premiere of Caledonia will be soon
followed by a deuxime. Hint hint.
Caledonia: Audience serenaded by celtic Canadian musical
Photos by Maria Maute
Maria Maute
Sam Jackson assembles one of the benches of Bus 36s stage set.
Mitchell, the costume designer, holds the hat of the bus battery.
A. Koidhis
Argosy Contributor
Top Ten Reasons To Drop
A Class
Lindsay Laltoo
10. e prof s accent is a mix of Polish, pig latin,
and ACDC shrieks.
9. e auditorium features warm temperatures
and cushiony seats, creating a womb-like
environment incompatible with anything but
deep, deep sleep.
8. Class time conicts with Second Breakfast and
pushes back Brunch til Early Dinner.
7. e textbook is so oversized that carrying it
in your shoulder bag makes you dangerously
lopsided, and leaves you walking frantically in
6. In lab, you were assigned the station with the
fume hood infested with chemically imbalanced
rats using it as a smoke room.
5. What, no one seriously expects you to attend a
3 hour night class, right?
4. Your prof avoids making eye contact as he
announces that in order to take the course
everyone is required to sign a waiver.
3. You recognize the TA as the hottie from the
bar you went home with last term, where you
snuck out early the next morning before they
discovered you barfed in their shoes.
2. You can either aord to buy all the books on
the required reading list, or y to Barbados, and
only one of these options gets better with rum.
1. You signed up for a womens studies course
hoping to meet chicks, and found the entire class
populated with other desperate guys with the
same idea.
....a man from Utah charged with possession of
drugs has requested a longer sentence so he can
get clean in jail (e Associated Press)
...after awakening to nd his girlfriend had
shaved his pubic hair o, a man in Winnipeg
ew into an aggressive rage and was sentenced to
six months of house arrest
(QMI Agency)
...Islamic clerics in Indonesia have called for
hair salons to ban perms, claiming the hair style
invites moral danger (Reuters)
...abnormally hot chilli sauce measuring 535,000
on the Scoville Scale (compared to 2,500 for
normal Tabasco sauce) landed eight teenage boys
in the hospital after consumption during a dare
(Canadian Press)
... after a highspeed chase, police in Mexico City
were able to rescue 150 stolen ferrets when the
armed robbers crashed their vehicle into a tree
and ed on foot (e Associated Press)
...International hotel chain Holiday Inn is
experimenting with a new service in Britain that
will allow clients to request their beds be warmed
by a member of the sta laying in them prior to
their use (Reuters)
In Odder News....
Stressed To Impress by Lindsay Laltoo
We nd the obscure word, and you sup-
ply the meaning. One of these is the correct
denition, and the rest are made up by your
fellow classmates. Can you tell which ones
right and which ones are balderdash??
e Word: logorrhea
i. Verbal diarrhea, also known as word vomit
ii. Excessive logging, also known as nature
iii. Euphoria felt after conquering a calculus
iv. An engineering term too complex to ad-
equately dene
Answer: i. Meaning an excessive ow of
words, as in You give Kristy a shot of te-
quila and she develops a rampant case of
What are some good
ways to volunteer and
get involved on campus?
A: Noah, Sports Editor: With such
a small campus, people always think that
its impossible to get involved unless youre
in your third or fourth year. What a lie.
Are all of your favourite clubs already lled
up? Heres an idea: start your own club. I
bet no one is President of the Goat Lovers
Association - Mount Allison Chapter. How
about running for VP of the Clouds Club? If
you arent the creative type and prefer to be
more of a follower, one thing to remember is
that with such a small campus, the best way
to seek out the head of that club youre dying
to get involved in is probably to head on over
to the bar and buy them a drink. Lets be
honest, who can possibly say no to you
Heres an idea: start your own club.
I bet no one is President of the Goat
Lovers Association - Mount Allison
- Noah
when you oer them a free drink? I know
I never turn down a Sports Contributor as
long as they show up with a tasty beverage.
Some people say its corrupt; I just call it
maximizing the potential benets.
A: Stuart, Sci/Tech Editor: Ah,
getting involved. A perennial topic of
Noah & Stuarts
a touch of grace by Erik Fraser by Kate Paterson a touch of grace by Erik Fraser
conversations when my mom calls. I wish
shed stop; I have the maximum allowable
number of friends on Xbox Live (which,
by the way, is 100). As you might imagine,
dear reader, my problem is nothing like
yours. I imagine it wouldnt be terribly hard
to get involved; Im reasonably sure that
if you showed up to a club meeting, they
wouldnt throw you out for having never
seen you before (that said, that doesnt stop,
say, me from thinking they might). Your last
recourse, of course, is opening a club yourself.
I understand thats what ZAPS (Zombie
Apocalypse Prevention Society) did, and
I was surprised at how many people other
than myself were concerned about zombies.
Organize before they rise, after all.
Stuart Townsend
Argosy Sta
The PlayStation 3 was considered essentially unhackable, until now.
e Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) stands
out as the only current-generation
console that hackers havent been able
to gure out. e unusual architecture
of the PS3s Cell CPU has thus far
stymied attempts by enthusiasts and
neer-do-wells hoping to run homebrew
content or game backups, but recent
claims by an infamous reverse engineer
might change all that.
George geohot Hotz, twenty, is
perhaps best known in the underground
world of device hacking for his iPod/
iPhone blackra1n program, a jailbreak
-- which allows execution of non-
Apple code -- of Apples recent 3.1.2
rmware. Hotz has roots with the
more-popular hacker group iPhone
Dev Team, but was kicked out for
purportedly claiming other hackers
work as his own.
Now Hotz, who entered the scene
with a bang in 2007 at age seventeen by
pioneering one of the rst hardware-
based unlocks of the iPhone, has
seemingly done the impossible -- he
has full control of the PS3.
On his blog On the PlayStation 3,
Hotz claims to have full read/write
access to the PS3s memory, and access
to the processor. In other words, I
have hacked the PS3, he writes.
While few are skeptical, many
internet pundits think that running
PS3 hacked?
Teenage hacker infamous for iPhone jailbreak at it again, this time targetting the PlayStation 3
Callan Field
News Ticker
Reconcile is Big Pharma Eli Lillys beef-avoured Prozac for dogs; eaciousness dubious
A dino-spective
A look back at this years
discoveries in paleontology
Last year was an exciting time for
Barney the Dinosaur and all of his
fossilized friends. We now know more
than ever about terrifying monsters of
the past.
Childhood paleontologists like
myself whose days were once spent
exploring chip-aways and organizing
dinosaur gurines by scariness were
devastated this year to nd that their
old friend Triceratops may not actually
have been a distinct genus. Scientists
now suggest that Sarah the three-horn
is actually just the juvenile stage of
another dinosaur, called Torosaurus,
which was previously classied
separately. Brontosaurus went the same
way when it was unearthed that it had
been originally named apoptosaurus
just two years earlier, but the
redundant discovery was overlooked.
In classication of organisms the early
bird always wins. e loss of both
the triceratops and the brontosaurus
from scientic dialect means that two
of the most well-known dinosaurs
are gone. Fortunately, fan-favorite
Tyrannosaurus Rex is still around.
With a species name literally
meaning king, the Tyrannosaurus
is popularized as the most fearsome
of all dinosaurs. After Jurassic Park, I
for one was terried of being chased
by a hungry, crazy T-Rex in the car
on the ride home. Although we have
had access to specimens since the mid
nineteenth century, we are still learning
more and more about this behemoth.
Holes in the skull once thought to be
battle wounds are now understood to
in fact be scars of a parasitic infection
that plagued the jawbones of a sixth of
preserved skulls. Some holes reached
up to ve centimeters wide, suggesting
that even dinosaurs used to put o that
dreaded trip to the dentist.
e pliosaurus, until recently, was a
dinosaur most famous for being a likely
ancestor to modern day crocodilians.
Ross MacLean
Argosy Sta
Is cellphone radiation good?
According to USF, it stops degeneration, one call at a time
As cellphone usage becomes more
prevalent, there is more and more focus
on the possible health risks associated
with using these devices. A study
conducted by the University of South
Florida, however, has found that such
usage could potentially be benecial to
memory function.
e study was conducted on 96 mice,
most of which had been genetically
altered to develop the traits of
Alzheimers; a disease that is seemingly
become more and more widespread
in the aging human population. e
condition results as a plaque called
beta-amyloid protein builds up in the
brain and results in memory-loss and
personality changes. Also tested were
a few of the mice that were unaltered
and had normal memory function.
ere was a central antenna around
which all the mice were placed.
Patrick Losier
Argosy Correspondant
is antenna emitted the same
electromagnetic signal that radiates
from todays cellular phones.
It surprised us to nd that cell
phone exposure, begun in early
adulthood, protects the memory of
mice otherwise destined to develop
Alzheimers symptoms, the studys
lead author, Gary Arendash, said
in a news release from the Florida
Alzheimers Disease Research Center.
Other ndings showed that older
mice that already exhibited the
symptoms of Alzheimers disease saw
their condition reversed and regained
their memory function. Dr Arendash
called this even more astonishing.
e mice that were not pre-genetically
disposed to the disorder also saw
an increase in their overall memory
function as a result of the cell phone
e mice were exposed to the
electromagnetic cell phone radiation
for two one-hour periods daily for
about nine months. e benets
It dominated its shallow-sea habitat,
often stretching over 10 meters in
length, and many speculate that it
would kick T-Rexs ass in a ght. Last
year, a team from Norway unearthed a
shocking pliosaur skull stretching over
2 meters in length, taller than most
humans. e jaw would have been
strong enough to bite a car clean in
half. Although this guy was only about
half as big as the modern blue whale,
its carnivorous appetite make it pretty
homebrew code, emulators of other
video game consoles, and running
backups of game discs -- which
the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii are
both currently capable of -- is a year
or more away. If Hotz can back up his
claims, however, its only a matter of
e twenty-year-old geohot hasnt
ruined Sonys day quite yet, though.
A long period of trial and error now
looms for the hacker; as he himself
admits, [t]he rest is just software.
And reversing.
Sci/Tech Link:
Twitter page
started to show after several months of
exposure. It is presumed that it would
take several years to see a benet in
humans at this same level of radiation.
While these early ndings look
promising for the eld of Alzheimers
prevention and treatment, this testing
is very preliminary. e brain of a
mouse diers very much from the
brain of a human, as does the disease
itself in dierent species. e testing
will next need to next be conducted on
animals, and then on humans.
e hope is to identify the ideal
frequency of electromagnetic radiation
and the specic mechanisms associated
with the exposure, and to establish
guidelines should this prove to be an
eective treatment for Alzheimers in
Sci/Tech Link:
The other end of
the spectrum:
scary in my books.
Good news came last year for a more
recent admittee to the hall of extinct
animals. e exact cause of the woolly
mammoths elimination 3000 years
ago is a point of contention among
scientists, and it is likely that over-
hunting by humans had something
to do with it. e main cause now
appears to have been a climate shift
manifesting as increasingly warm
temperatures, changing the landscape
faster than the mammoth could adapt.
Mammoth tissues have been found
preserved almost perfectly many times
in recent history. ese nds, combined
with ever more sophisticated DNA
sequencing technology, mean that
we are palpably close to mapping
the mammoths entire genome. For
geneticists, this means that cloning
the giant could soon be possible. e
mammoth joins the list of extinct
species close to resurrection, alongside
the sabre-toothed tiger, the dodo, and,
controversially, the neanderthal.
Mammoth tissues
have been found
preserved almost
perfectly many times
in recent history.
Slime mold beats engineers
Mold proves optimal routing of Tokyo rail network
Tokyo, Japan has set the bar for
metropolitan transportation across
the globe. More people walk, bike,
or use public transport systems there
than anywhere else in the world, with
private automobiles playing a much
smaller role than is customary in
Ross MacLean
Argosy Sta
North America.
e crown jewel of Japanese
transport is the extensive rail network
surrounding Tokyo. It is the fastest,
cleanest, most ecient rail system ever
built. It is also one of the most widely
used systems on the planet; the train
station in Shinjuku holds the record
for the highest trac of any station
in the world, seeing 3.64 million
commuters per day.
All in all, Tokyo owes itself a big
pat on the back for its top-tier civil
engineering. But recent evidence
shows that the millions invested in
planning could just have easily been
spent on a petri dish.
Researchers from Japan and the UK
had the idea to place bits of food on
a moist medium to represent thirty-
six outlying cities around greater
Tokyo. ey introduced Physarum
polycephalum, a gelatinous fungus-like
mould, at the spot which represented
When the slime mould was allowed
to grow on this medium, the network
replicated, almost perfectly, the
existing map of Tokyos rail system.
Even more shockingly, this population
of brainless, single-celled organisms
had its system fully gured out within
twenty-six hours.
ese humbling ndings (for
engineers, anyway) come as no surprise.
e mould has a lot in common
with Japanese commuters: both are
interested in the most direct route to
their destination, while minimizing
resource and energy expenditure.
Researchers have been able to use
these data to create an algorithm that
will, in practice, lead to more ecient
networks many elds. It was published
in this months issue of Science.
Sci/Tech Link:
Molds network vs
actual Toyko network
Mold in action; Tokyo at centre
Sci/Tech Link:
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January 28, 2010:
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for your Apple laptop, replete with a real spine (dont worry, no books were harmed in the creation
of a BookBook). For $79.99USD, passers-by can be fooled into thinking you actually know the
signicance of 1066. Its just the thing Buy would buy for Giles. If he had a MacBook. And if he
were real. *sigh*
the future, soon
ranting about DRM
Stuart Townsend
Argosy Sta
NASAs new spacesuit Constellation (less 50s-style, more mobility) past design phase, to be rolled out by 2015
Ah, piracy. e Internet at large has
been abuzz with issues of piracy,
privacy and litigiousness since the
early 00s. Now, dear reader, the
future soon is, too.
I could, quite literally, go on
about this all day, but Ill restrain
myself to video game piracy; thats
the subheading of this fascinating
topic with which I have the most
experience (wait, that came out
I think it all started with boy
When I buy a game, I care not for
the disc, or the manual, or the box art
-- what Im really buying is the right
to play the game. at is eectively
what digital distribution services
are selling. Popular services such as
Steam, Stardock or Direct2Drive
sell you a digital download of the
game, with the right to redownload
it whenever (or wherever) you want.
Protection is at the system level,
rather than on individual games; if
you dont know my Steam password,
you cant play my games, even on my
home computer. But if I go to your
house and download Steam, all my
games will be there, ready for me
to play (well, once Ive downloaded
them, which can take a while, but
you get it).
Plus, with no manuals to print,
or retailers to mark up the price,
Steam can (and does) sell me games
cheaper. Not convinced? ink on
this: I, uh, acquired, Mass Eect
2 (on January 21st), played it, and
was so entranced that I bought not
only the Digital Deluxe edition of
same, but also the rst Mass Eect,
on Steam. I didnt buy the rst
Mass Eect because of similarly
draconian, BioShock-style DRM,
but now that the copy protection
isnt actively inconveniencing me,
Im ne with it.
Now lets look at Modern
Warfare 2 for the PC. It was the
5th best-selling PC game of 2009
(according to the NPD Group)
and the most torrented (according
to the Pirate Bay), but all those
pirated copies are missing the most
salient component: multiplayer.
Developer Innity Ward decided
to implement multiplayer through
Steamworks, inextricably linking
the game to ones Steam account.
Yes, its DRM, but its at a level that
DRM treats its users
like criminals, while
the actual criminals get
away scot-free.
bands. No, hear me out -- I believe
that the 90s saw record labels pour
insane amounts of money into a
few lowest-common-denominator
acts which, while really hitting
up the preteen girl market, turned
commercial radio into a endless
parade of the sonic equivalent of
Twinkies. No longer able to casually
turn the radio on, serious nerds, and
then the entire population, turned
to Napster and its successors.
DRM (digital rights management)
is not the answer. For those not in
the know, DRM consists of some
measure of protection for the game;
that is, DRM is anything that
prevents you from just popping the
CD into your computer, installing,
and immediately playing. It ranges
from having to give the games
publisher your CD key, to special
programs such as SecuROM.
DRM, claims the gaming industry,
protects its products against piracy
and doesnt inconvenience the user.
is, of course, is total shenanigans.
DRM is famous for causing
some of the most decisive upswings
in piracy known to man (or at
least, to geek). Upon its release,
BioShock, a hotly-anticipated
FPS/RPG, required gamers to
register their game online and
activate it for their computer.
Sounds reasonable. Unfortunately
for everyone: this activation was
restricted to two computers; if you
wanted more activations, you had
to call a call centre in the US (long
distance, anyone?); and you had to
activate the game for each user on
your computer. is DRM, touted
as unbreakable by BioShocks
publisher, was broken a week after
its release.
And then I downloaded it, for
free, and played it in its entirety
without hassle, unlike those who
had actually paid money for it.
DRM didnt stop me, only those
who had actually paid for it!
DRM treats its users like
criminals, while the actual criminals
get away scot-free. But I have
moral compunctions -- I want to
support the developers, but not at
the expense of my ability to play the
Enter digital distribution services.
doesnt get all up in my grill (as the
kids say, over the mic in MW2, to
my annoyance).
e moral? Well, as is often the
case when discussing the crazy
stu that the Internet regularly
generates, there isnt one. at said,
think about voting with your dollar;
the (annoying-style) DRM-free
copies of games that publishers sell
en masse to Steam might become
more popular if the industry sees
the cognoscenti going that route
to avoid the painful and well-
documented pitfalls of conventional,
Or you could just play PS3
games, secure in Sonys piracy-
free ecosystem. But as you can see
elsewhere in this section, when it
comes to piracy, attackers always
win. e only hope is to placate
them. Im sure the situation will
come to a head at some point in the
future, and after all, its going to be
the future soon.
e moral? Well, as is
often the case when
discussing the crazy
stu that the Internet
regularly generates, there
isnt one.
To 3D or not to 3D?
Is 3D television the next home-entertainment upgrade?
VICTORIA (CUP) Electronics
consumers could be suering
from upgrade woes soon enough,
since practically everyone in the
entertainment industry is talking
about 3D TV.
3D TVs are televisions capable of
displaying objects in three-dimensional
space. However, theres one snag
everyone will have to wear glasses to
experience the technology.
e rst sets were unveiled at the
2010 Consumer Electronic Show in
Vegas and will be available for purchase
as early as this summer. Companies
like Sony, Samsung, DreamWorks
Animation SKG and Technicolor are
pushing very hard to promote it, but
its ultimately up to the consumer to
embrace it.
eyll have to decide if they want
to go down that path or not, says Carl
Parry, sales representative for Atlas
Audio Video in Victoria, B.C. ere
have been lots of failed attempts in the
3D technology reached its height
of popularity with audiences during
the 50s, but it was a far from perfect
technology back then. Moviegoers
wore paper glasses with each lens
tinted a dierent colour.
On screen, there were two disjointed
images with the same tint to represent
the spatial dierence. at gave a three-
dimensional eect when combined
and interpreted by the viewers brain.
Ed Sum
Objects leapt out at the viewer, but the
cheap technology was far from perfect
and some had trouble seeing the 3D
properly and complained of eyestrain.
e days of psychedelia are gone
and in its place are polarized-lens
glasses that do the same thing. e
major improvement is that there are
no badly tinted images. Audiences can
now see true-to-life colours.
eatres are enjoying a resurgence
in 3D-movie attendance, with James
Camerons *Avatar* leading the
way. Cameron was one of the early
proponents of 3D cinema and his lm
shows it o magnicently.
Still, some people think 3D TV will
be just another passing fad. Retailers
are cautious at best. At the consumer
retail level, Parry is taking the-wait-
and-see approach, which is being
echoed over in corporate sales.
Id like to see 3D TV be adopted
but, at this stage, I dont really see
it happening, says Paul Jackson, a
sales representative for Metro Video
Communications in Victoria. To
embrace any new technology takes
time, and Jackson believes itll take at
least ve years.
We are very optimistic about the
long-term prospects for 3D at home,
says Candice Hayman, spokesperson
for Sony Canada, particularly as new
technology standards are set and as
new 3D-enabled devices make their
way to the marketplace this year.
eres a lot at stake, especially with
everyone but the consumer investing
millions into this technology.
e ability to deliver more 3D
content will happen because the entire
industry is working together to have
enough of it by the time the rst
televisions roll out, says Hayman.
Jackson, however, believes television
stations wont have the revenue to buy
new equipment every two or three
years to keep up with the technology.
If the lm industry adopts it in a big
way, itll happen really fast. If theyre
relying on the broadcasters, I think itll
go very slowly, says Jackson.
Most stations have already upgraded
to provide HD TV to viewers because
its nally aordable. To throw that out
now and to buy a 3D television isnt
going to happen for most consumers,
unless its an upgrade from an old
CRT to a 3D-capable TV.
Even then, what about the stations
that only broadcast in 2D? Sonys new
televisions have a smart chip installed
so they can recognize whats being
watched. If its regular 2D content,
they function just like any other
television set. When theres a signal
saying theres more, theyll switch to
that mode.
Whether or not 3D TV becomes
the norm for television viewing in the
future remains to be seen. eres a lot
of talk around it, but it could either
be a passing fad or become the new
norm. Jackson says that while some
content lends itself to 3D, he doesnt
see enough of a dierence between
watching most programming in 2D
or 3D.
With 3D, he says, Youre really
limiting yourself to things like *Avatar*,
sports, or nature shows.
e Mount Allison Volleyball
Mounties surged to a pair of
impressive weekend victories over
the NSAC Rams this weekend,
grabbing wins both at home and
away in Truro with two 3-0 victories.
On Saturday, the Rams travelled
to Sackville to take on the second
place Mounties. Led by rst year
Toronto-native Cassandra Muldoon-
Gorchynski who was named player
of the game for the Mounties who
boasted a strong service game along
with solid net play, the Mounties
breezed to a 3-0 match win.
In the rst game, NSAC struck
rst, running out to a quick 7-3 lead.
However, the Lady Mounties quickly
got their footing and overtook the
Rams at 10-10 and never looked
back; grabbing the rst game 25-23.
e second game saw the
Mounties take control early. e
Rams squad looked disorganized
and the Mounties strong attack was
too much for the tired Rams. e
Mounties easily overpowered the
Rams, taking the second game 25-11.
e third game would provide no
relief for the visiting Rams as the
relentless Mountie attack continued
where it left on in the second game.
e power of the Mounties hitters
was too much for the scattered Rams
defense and the errors mounted for
the hapless Rams. With the Mounties
emptying their bench, the fresh
legs powered the team to the nish
winning the third game on a powerful
spike from second year player Vanessa
Gray with a game score of 25-11.
On Sunday, the Lady Mounties
travelled to Truro. Even with the
home court advantage, the result
was the same with the Volleyball
Mounties winning 3-0. e Mounties
were led by rst year Allison Settle.
Following the weekends action,
Muldoon-Gorchynski commented,
[O]ur wins are a testament to the
hard work we have been putting in all
season. We have really come together
and trust each other on the court
which is a key factor in our success.
With the two wins, the Mounties
maintain their hold on second place
in the ACAA. Only four points
behind rst place UNBSJ and with a
large eight point lead over the third-
place MSVU Mystics, the Mounties
are on solid footing heading into
the nal six games of the season.
Volleyball Mounties dominate Rams
Sweep weekend series against NSAC
is weekend, the STU Tommies
roll into town on Saturday for
an afternoon showdown in what
promises to be an excellent
matchup between the past ACAA
champions for the past nine seasons.
Sue Seaborn
Cassandra Muldoon-Gorchynski and Alex Logue Storr go for a block.
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
Following a hot start to the season,
the Basketball Mounties have hit a
rough patch in the middle of league
play. is past weekend, both squads
travelled to Fredericton; the road
trip did not have a cheery outcome
however, with the women falling
51-36 and the men dropping to
the third place Tommies 68-59.
On Sunday, the Mounties welcomed
the Holland College Hurricanes
to McCormack Gymnasium
in an afternoon doubleheader.
In the rst game, both teams came
out running with the smaller Holland
College womens team setting the
tempo. With the Lady Mounties
pressure defense slowing down the
Hurricane attack, the home squad
jumped out to an early lead. roughout
the rst half, turnovers frustrated both
sides and the Lady Mounties oense
stalled with shots refusing to fall. e
defense gave up too many second
chances to a determined Hurricane
team making the score a close 26-24
at the half with the Lady Mounties
holding on to a slim lead. After a
brief halftime break featuring music
from the Mount A Pep Band, with
several members rocking gold lam
leggings, and two young girls doing
one-handed cartwheels, the Lady
Mounties caught re in the third and
put away the Hurricanes with a 14-2
run. Despite sloppy play in the fourth
quarter, the Lady Mounties held on
to the lead and nabbed the needed
victory 52-43. e Lady Mounties
were led by third year forward Meghan
Dickie who dropped in 24 points
along with 5 steals and 8 rebounds.
In the second game, the men
managed to hang close to the second
place Hurricanes through three quarters
of play. However, the Hurricanes got
luck from beyond the arc, shooting
an impressive forty percent and
dooming the Mounties hopes of an
upset with the Mounties falling 96-69.
With the weekend split, the Lady
Mounties remain in third place in the
ACAA, four points behind second
place STU and two points ahead of
the fourth place NSAC Rams. For
the men, the two losses leave them
in a tie for fth-place with Crandall
University, previously Atlantic Baptist
University, and four points ahead of the
UKC Blue Devils. is weekend, the
Basketball Mounties travel to Truro to
take on the NSAC Rams on Sunday.
Basketball Mounties continue to struggle
Women squeak out one win; men drop both games
Noah Kowalski
Argosy Staff
Sue Seaborn
Stephen Bohan drives to the hoop against a Hurricane defender.
Sue Seaborn
Meghan Dickie tries to fake out a Holland College player on Sunday.
Weekend Scores
Current ACAA Standings
36 51
68 59
52 43
96 69
e Mount Allison Hockey Mounties
traveled to Souris, PEI on Saturday
night to take on the UPEI Panthers,
and lost a close-fought aair 3-0.
It was a good game, lots of back
and forth action, with lots of shots,
said Mounties Head Coach Zach Ball.
We just couldnt bury the biscuit so to
speak; their goalie stood on her head.
Kristy Dobson, the Panther
goalie, stopped all twenty-eight
shots she faced in the game, while
Jenelle Hulan, playing only her
second CIS game, stopped 36 of
39 shots in net for the Mounties.
e Panthers scored two power
play goals in the game, and led only
1-0 for most of the game before
putting it away in the third period.
At home on Sunday, the Mounties
put together an impressive eort
despite being outshot 55-15 by the
Saint Marys Huskies, and came back
from four dierent one-goal decits,
but ultimately lost 5-4 in overtime.
e Huskies struck three
minutes in, and ten minutes later
on a two-man advantage for the
Mounties, rst year forward Darla
Frizzell put home a shot from right
beside the goal to tie the game.
An action-lled second period saw
Saint Marys score ve minutes in, and
Frizzell found the back of the net for
her second power play to tie the game
again. Just over three minutes later,
the Huskies scores again, with Laura
McCusker scoring her second of the
game to put the Huskies ahead again.
After going 0-for-9 on the power
play against UPEI on Saturday, the
Mounties were nding their groove
with the man advantage on Sunday,
as Lisa Riley wired home her rst
of the season on the power play,
tying the game again with their
third powerplay goal of the game.
A back-breaking power play
goal ninety seconds later by the
Huskies put them up by one again,
and they would continue to barrage
Mountie goaltender Meghan
Corley-Byrne, who turned away all
nineteen shots she faced in the third
period, keeping the Mounties alive.
In the nal period, second year
player Jenica Bastarache streaked in
from the right wing and equalized
the game with under four minutes
remaining with a shot that sent
former Mountie coach Jack Drover
to the rafters in exhilaration. e
joy would be somewhat short-lived,
as two and a half minutes into the
overtime period, Kori Cheverie
beat Corley-Byrne to end the game.
Corley-Byrne was impressive in goal,
stopping fty shots and making several
key glove saves and breakaway stops.
It was a great game, Ball
said after the game. It was a
high-scoring game with several
excellent oensive opportunities.
Ball mentioned defenceman Lauren
Oickle and Frizzell as Mounties who
stood out; Oickle was consistently
present with the puck in the oensive
zone and recorded two assists,
while Frizzells two goals puts her
at four on the season, one behind
Katelyn Morton for the team lead.
Bastarache has recorded at least a
point in four of her last ve home games,
so watch for her to lead the Mounties
attack when they return to Sackville
on Friday, February 5. e Mounties
travel to Nova Scotia next weekend to
play fth-ranked St. FX on Saturday,
and then on to Dalhousie on Sunday
before returning home on the fth.
Hockey drops pair of close games
Show grit in home loss
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
Sue Seaborn
Mountie defender Lauren Oickle pressures a SMU player in Sundays heart-breaking loss to the Huskies.
irty hours has been done before; so
has thirty-six, but the Mount Allison
mens soccer team is fasting for a full
forty-eight hours at the end of the
month to promote their public health
brigade in Honduras. Starting at 1:00
pm on Friday, January 29, eighteen of
the twenty-two members of the team
will limit themselves to just water, fruit
juices, and Gatorade for the two days.
We want to raise awareness about
our trip to Honduras, says fth-
year captain Curtis Michaelis. e
team will travel to Honduras at the
end of term to work at the Flor Azul
Boys Orphanage, supported by the
Global Medical Brigades. is is not
the rst time that the Mounties have
worked with this orphanage - last year
they sent soccer balls down with the
campus chapter of Global Brigades.
While we are constantly raising
funds for the trip, that is not the
main priority for the fast, Michaelis
stressed. Our fast draws attention
to both our public health project
with the orphanage and the dire
situation they face. Hopefully, we can
bring some happiness to these boys
when were in Honduras, whether
by building new facilities, providing
recreational equipment for the
orphanage, or spending afternoons
with them. We love soccer, they
love soccer. Its a perfect match.
It will be an eventful weekend for
the team. ey are packing groceries at
Sobeys in Amherst and will end their
voluntary fast with a scrimmage game
in the gym with the Lady Mounties on
Sunday morning. e forty-eight hour
fast signals the start of major fundraising
eorts by the team, including the
return of the Valentines Day Auction
in February, and the popular twenty
four-hour Soccer-on in March.
Fundraising is a huge aspect of this
project, pointed out goalkeeper Travis
Sandberg, who is one of the eighteen
going to Honduras. We are trying
to step outside the usual connes
of the university. We promised to
be original with our eorts this
year and so are reaching out to a
much wider community, including
Sackville, Moncton, Amherst, as well
as our hometowns to send us there.
is is the second year that the
mens team has travelled in their o-
season. Last year, several Mt. A alumni
helped arrange a trip for the team to
Bermuda a tradition that has been
upheld by the womens team this year.
It was important for us, especially
this year in our Year of International
Engagement, to do something to
help others in need, said Michaelis.
e soccer program at Mount
Allison needs to be about much more
than just the game; this is the ideal
example of the challenges we want the
teams to take on and the experience
we hope they can have. It is not only
the nal result, but the eort required
to get there, said coach Barry Cooper.
More information concerning the
trip will be made available as the year
progresses. e community can be
assured that the boys will be working
hard to make this project a reality.
Hunger strike
Mens soccer to fast for two days
Rob Burroughs
Argosy Correspondent
WATERLOO (CUP) Every athlete
knows that in order to excel in any
sport, a high level of commitment,
responsibility and sacrice is required.
e body must be in peak condition
both physically and mentally in order to
perform at a high level of competition.
e eect of alcohol on athletic
performance is often underestimated,
but if one takes the time to
examine how much it actually
alters the body, its staggering.
Alcohol is a toxin.
It destroys the bodys ability to
heal itself, erases any positive eects
of working out and practicing
proper nutrition and lessens brain
function and mental capacity.
e University of Notre Dame has
reported that if one consumes ve
drinks in a given night, it can take three
days for ones body to fully recover. e
100-150 calories per drink is converted
directly into fatty acid, comparable to
three hamburgers from McDonalds.
Ive talked to all of my players and
they understand the negative eects
(of alcohol) and how long it takes to
leave your system, said Lynn Orth,
head coach of the Wilfrid Laurier
University womens lacrosse team,
which implements a forty-eight hour
no-drinking policy before game days.
e policy has clearly been working
for Orth, who has coached her team
to seven straight Ontario University
Athletics championship games.
Most athletes should recognize that
quick recovery time, whether post-
injury or post-workout, is essential.
However, the consumption of
alcohol, completely erases the benet
of training. e muscles source
of energy, adenosine triphosphate
(ATP), is reduced, lowering endurance
and making one weak and tired.
Protein synthesis also diminishes,
resulting in impeded muscle growth.
Testosterone and the human growth
hormone (HGH), essential hormones
in muscle growth and tissue repair,
are decreased by as much as seventy
per cent, not to mention the body
becomes severely dehydrated.
Our practices are so physically
demanding that you dont need the
eects of alcohol compounded on top
of that, commented Gary Jeries,
head football coach and manager
of football operations at Laurier.
Not only physical performance is
aected a players mental game is
thrown o after alcohol consumption.
Brain cells are killed; therefore, the
ability to learn, store and retain
information, such as plays, is altered.
Sleep patterns can be disrupted
as well, aecting ones memory
formation, among other things.
You can probably only hit a
60 per cent performance level,
said Erik Kroman, captain of the
Laurier mens volleyball team.
Its obviously detrimental to
your performance when youre
hungover and tired from drinking.
While some athletes irt with
a ne line between partying and
competing, successful individuals
and teams are ahead of the pack,
outworking their competition and
tweaking their bodies into top shape.
Players know theyre not supposed
to be drinking, said fth-year Laurier
baseball player Elliot Shrive. As a
varsity athlete and a responsible adult,
you should respect your teammates
and want to play enough not to do it.
Athletes and alcohol
e ne line between partying and playing
Tieja MacLaughlin
The Cord (Wilfrid Laurier)
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...eres a man who sits and (plays with
the control panel), and the guitar turns
into a piano, or something. And you may
say Why dont you just use a piano?
Because the piano sounds like a guitar.
Richard Starkey (aka. Ringo Starr)
In that slapstick, deadpan, Liverpool
delivery, Ringo managed to somehow
put it into perspective: when it comes
to the NBA, more often than not,
nothing is as it seems. Despite every
measurable means of analysis and
prediction, theres just no way to really
know what will occur over the course
of a game, season, or career. Players and
teams alike defy conventional wisdom
and nd themselves in situations of
surprising success (the 2010 Memphis
Grizzlies) or abject failure (Adam
Morrison). Certainly this is what
seems to have transpired over the
infancy of the career of Los Angeles
Clippers rookie forward, Blake Grin.
Last week, it was announced that
Grin, the reigning rst overall
selection, would undergo arthroscopic
knee surgery and, like Greg Oden
before him, will not play a single game
in his rookie year. History suggests
that when Grin returns, he will be
a shadow of his college-self. is is
devastating, considering that this is a
player who, in a March 2009 Argosy
column, I referred to as a combination
of Kenyon Martin on the Nets and a
young Charles Barkley, mixed with a
Komodo dragon. I dont know how
many Komodo dragons return from
knee surgery unscathed. And thats the
problem with getting overly excited
about NBA prospects: we simply
dont know what will happen. ere
are simply too many factors (injuries,
poor coaching, drugs, etc.) that pre-
draft scouting cannot account for.
If were being honest, the art of
evaluating NBA prospects is little more
than a crapshoot. Based on a relatively
small sample size of often-misleading
game tapes, scouting reports, and
anecdotal evidence, we, as fans, are left
to determine whether or not a certain
player will be successful in the NBA.
At some point during this process
it becomes clear that a prospect is
either going to be a solid contributor,
a wildcard (that cute girl walking
toward you on the street, only youre
not wearing your glasses, so you arent
exactly sure that shes as attractive as
you think, and you wont really know
until she passes you...alright, maybe
that just happens to me), or a complete
dud. Well, Blake Grin superseded
traditional scouting. He was a natural-
born physical specimen with all of
the skills and intangibles betting of
a sure-re superstar. Now, we cant be
so sure. I acknowledge that Grin is
twenty years-old, young even by NBA
standards, and that players like Amare
Stoudemire have returned from
similar injuries while maintaining
their athleticism, yet I cant help but
be worried that NBA fans will always
wonder, what could have been?
However, not to fret; Ive been wrong
before, and hopefully this is another
in a long history of misjudgments.
e art of prediction
e future of Blake Grin
David Charles Zarum
Argosy Correspondent
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Blake Grifn: Basketball superstar or the next big name draft bust?
January is a hard month for many
people. Historically known as the
coldest month in New Brunswick,
the days are still on the short side.
ese two factors combine to
leave people feeling sluggish and
not motivated to venture outside
of the comfort of home. is type
of behaviour can lead to seasonal
depression and loss of energy. Here
is a list of eight things you can do
to stay happy and maintain day-to-
day health. Try two tips a week and
choose what ones work best for you.
1. Buy a plant - Now that its cold
out, youre probably not opening
the windows and letting in fresh
air. is will decrease your indoor
air quality. Opt for owering plants
to add a splash of colour to your
life. Studies have shown that plants
have helped to decrease anxiety.
2. Sip Soup- On a cold day,
it can feel impossible to venture
out into the cold to make it to
class. Soup in a travel mug may
be just what you need to get you
there. When you are cold and
drink soup, you can actually feel it
warm you up from the inside out.
3. Stretch- Stretching is equally as
important as calorie-blasting cardio
and muscle-toning weight training
because it keeps muscles and joints
limber. People are less likely to
stretch because the direct eects
are not seen. It should be done after
every work-out, and your body will
thank you when you are older.
4. Assess your beverage intake
Many people have vowed to
shed pounds as their New Years
resolution. Although you may
be watching what you eat and
starting a regular gym regimen, be
on the lookout for empty calories
in beverages. ese calories do
not ll you up and oer little
nutritional value. Examine the
labels of juices, pop, and so-called
energy drinks and opt for water,
skim milk, or drink crystals.
5. Get outside While you
shouldnt go outside in -30 weather
or in the middle of a blizzard, there
have already been quite a few nice
days in January. Skating, sliding,
and snow ball ghts are always fun
and keep you moving so you stay
warm. e fresh air and exercise
will do you good--just make sure
to dress for the weather.6. Get
your zzzs Surprisingly, getting
a proper amount of sleep helps
prevent cancer, weight gain, and
heart disease. It can also improve
memory and athletic performance
and even help fend o colds. e
recommended amount is seven
to eight hours. Studies show that
few people can function properly
without the recommended amount
even though the subjects believed
that they could. Stay away from the
T.V. and computer one hour before
bedtime as these can alter the release
of hormones that induce sleep.
7. Kill germs- Hand-washing
remains to be the best way to
prevent colds and us since it was
rst discovered, way back in 1843. In
addition to thorough hand-washing,
make sure to disinfect around your
home and oce/work area. is
can include wiping computers
and doorknobs frequently as cold
viruses can live on here for hours.
8. Drink green tea is tea
ranks at the top of the charts
in comparison to other teas. Its
calorie-free, antioxidant-rich and
said to increase your metabolism
and help your body burn fat. With
pay-os like those, why wouldnt
you drink it? A cup or two a day is all
you need to easily reap the benets.
Jessica Emin
With many NFL fans not knowing
what to expect after a mind-boggling
series of games in the rst two rounds,
they got their moneys worth in the
Conference Championship games.
In the AFC Championship game,
Peyton Manning passed for 377
yards and three touchdowns to lead
the Indianapolis Colts to a 30-17
comeback win over the New York Jets.
e Jets took the lead 7-3 in the second
quarter when rookie Mark Sanchez and
receiver Braylon Edwards connected
for an 80-yard touchdown pass, the
longest play in Jets playo history. After
the Colts scored another eld goal,
Sanchez found tight end Dustin Keller
in the end zone to take a 14-6 lead.
After the Jets got a eld goal to extend
the lead, Peyton did what Peyton does
and marched down the eld with little
time remaining in the rst half, nding
receiver Austin Collie three times on
the drive including a touchdown to
put the score at 17-13 Jets at halftime.
New Yorks Jay Feely missed his
second eld goal of the game on the
opening possession of the second half,
and from there it was all Peyton all
the time. Manning would nd Pierre
Garcon in the endzone in the third
quarter, giving the Colts their rst lead
of the game, and Dallas Clark would
haul in a touchdown pass in the fourth
to pull away. A eld goal rounded
out the scoring, and an interception
thrown by Sanchez sealed the deal.
In the NFC game, fans saw something
that has become all too familiar for
Brett Favre, as the Vikings pivot
threw a crucial interception with
little time remaining in regulation,
leading to Minnesotas 31-28 overtime
loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Led by quarterback Drew Brees
and a very strong pass rush that
punished Favre all game, the
Saints rode ve turnovers by the
Vikings oense to earn their rst
ever appearance in the Super Bowl.
e rst half was back and forth, with
teams trading a pair of touchdowns each
to make the score 14-14 at halftime.
Adrian Peterson, on a 19-yard run, and
Sidney Rice on a ve-yard reception
were the Minnesota scorers, while
New Orleans got touchdowns from
Pierre omas and Devery Henderson
on touchdown receptions of thirty-
eight and nine yards, respectively.
e second half was much of the
same, with Peterson scoring twice
more for the Vikings and omas and
Reggie Bush for the Saints. With the
score 28-28 and less than 20 seconds
remaining in the game, Favre had
the Vikes within eld goal range, but
rolling out to his right tried to throw
across his body to the middle of the
eld, and was picked o by Tracy
Porter, essentially ending regulation.
With the Saints winning the coin
toss, Brees marched the team down
the eld and Garrett Hartley nailed
a 40-yard attempt right down the
middle to win the game for the Saints.
Favres interception brought back
memories of his last game as a Green
Bay Packer in 2008, when he threw an
interception in overtime of the NFC
Championship game, and last season
when he threw three interceptions
at crucial times in a game the New
York Jets needed to win to make
the playos. Look for the
all-new game show Retirement or
Return: e Brett Favre o-season,
coming to sports channels this spring.
e Saints and Colts will face each
other in what promises to be a high-
octane, big-play, pass-happy, oense-
heavy, hyphon-loaded Super Bowl in
Miami on February 7. Watch for my
pick for that game in next weeks Argosy.
rilling weekend in NFL
Wray Perkin
Argosy Staff
Samantha Scribner
Argosy Correspondent
Brett Favre does it again...oops!
Stretching after exercise can help keep your body in shape . You
might not see the effects but your body will thank you!
Athlete of the Week
Dana Frizzell
Moncton, NB resident Darla
Frizzell has won Mountie Athlete
of the Week honours for her
outstanding play last Sunday
against the Saint Marys Huskies.
Frizzell scored two goals in the
5-4 overtime loss to the Huskies.
A former forward coached by
Steve Bowes, Frizzell played her
past two seasons, before attending
Mount Allison, with the Midget
AAA Ricoh Rockets team from
Moncton. A past student from
Moncton High School, she has been
a hard-working welcome addition to
the Mountieshockey team this season.
Frizzell is in her rst year at Mount
Allison, and is majoring in arts.
e other athletes of
the week nominees were:
Vanessa Gray (volleyball),
Laura Chapman (basketball),
and Je Sadler (basketball).
Sponsored by Joeys Pizza and Pasta
Mountie Sports Weekend
Saturday, January 30
Volleyball vs STU; 2:00 PM
Hockey @ St. FX; 2:00 PM
Sunday, January 31
Badminton @ HC; 10:00 AM
Basketball @ NSAC; 2:00 PM
Hockey @ Dal; 3:00 PM
gym junkies can attest, the gym gets
noticeably busier in January. Not only
are more people visiting the gym
trying to purge the excesses of the
holidays and trying to compensate
for missed workouts during holiday
gym closures, but there is also a spike
in new members joining the gym.
You know its the new year because
you are blinded by all the shiny, white
new runners being sported by people
determined to start exercising. You
also know its the new year because
your favourite exercise bike that
you use at the beginning of every
workout is being used by one of those
people wearing shiny white sneakers.
e good news, or at least the truth, is
that by the end of January most of those
new running shoes will be sitting at the
backs of closets under piles of clothes
as people realize how much work a
workout actually is. It is unfortunate,
but at least you get your bike back.
As we welcome a new year, so many
people add exercising to their list of New
Years resolutions. at is important
and ambitious, but for some people it
is also possible to exercise too much.
If you do go to a gym often
enough to have pieces of workout
equipment that you aectionately
consider your own, it may be time
to consider what it means to over-
exercise. ere are both physical and
psychological components to over-
exercising and both are complexly
related, exposing the diculty of
actually diagnosing the problem.
Physically, symptoms that indicate
that you are putting too much pressure
on your body include consistently
sore muscles, sleep disturbances, lack
of motivation, decreased appetite,
sudden weight loss and increased
incidences of injury. Any or all of
these signs translate to your body
needing you to exercise a little bit less.
ese physical symptoms can be
obvious and intrusive indicators that
you are over-exercising. Your body
is literally telling you to slow down.
What can be more insidious, however,
are the psychological aspects of over-
exercising. Also known as compulsive
exercising, this phenomenon is
considered an addiction and has been
categorized alongside eating disorders.
Compulsive exercisers often lack
clear tness goals and tend to work
out longer and more frequently than
necessary. It has been speculated that
people who compulsively exercise are
addicted to the chemical reactions
in their bodies caused by exercise.
Interestingly, it has also been
found that many over-exercisers have
skewed opinions about their bodies,
often perceiving themselves to look
heavier than they actually are. is is
the same distorted body perception
that fuels many eating disorders.
e psychological aspects of
compulsive exercising are also a matter
of a persons perspective on their
exercise regimen. e general guideline
indicating whether you are exercising
too much or not is reected in how
high of a priority you place on exercise.
You should be concerned about over-
exercising if you prioritize workouts
over friends and family. Another sign
may be if your friends and family are
concerned that you exercise too much.
Remember, exercise is only healthy
when it is not taken to an extreme.
Ideal bodies that are unrealistic for the
majority of people permeate the media
and it is not uncommon to see women
reading fashion magazines featuring
ultra-thin models at the gym while
they work out. Perhaps this common
scene shows a correlation between
the medias glorication of thinness
and compulsive exercising. What is
not so easy to see is the line between
healthy exercising and over-exercising.
For some people, it may be time to
take a step back and evaluate which
side of the line we nd ourselves on.
Addicted to exercise
Signs you need to give your favourite treadmill a rest
Noreen Mae Ritserna
Manitoban (University of
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