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Protests of Parliament prorogation

Moncton rally ends after forty-five minutes

Rebecca Anne Dixon

Argosy Staff

ousands of Canadians came out in cities across the country on Saturday January 23 to protest the recent pro- rogation of Canada’s 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 o cials 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- lined. “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 isn’t.” Anti-prorogation rallies were orga- nized to protest what many see as an

a ront 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 specific party a liation, 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 finer 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 fight 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 Minister’s power to adopt such measures. Both parties are trying to make use of the unpopularity of Harper’s move. “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 fleeting coalition of other parties,” said Wayne Hunt of Mt. A’s 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 Beauséjour 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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Music fans gather at the Vogue Cinema for one of many concerts held during the seventh installment of Stereophonic, January 20-23.

See the Centrefold for more coverage of Stereophonic.

SAC submits Budget requests to administration

Proposal targets careers counselling, needs-based bursaries, and campus security

counselling, needs-based bursaries, and campus security Jessica Emin Needs-based bursaries could alleviate the need

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Needs-based bursaries could alleviate the need for government loans that keep students such as these waiting in long line-ups.

Susan Rogers

Argosy Staff

Last week, the SAC presented their

first ever budget submission to Mount Allison University. e budget submis- sion, which will be considered by the President’s 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. “It’s 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 first time the SAC has made a budget submission to the Uni- versity. In previous years there was a group called the President’s 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 President’s 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

A airs, 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- ministration. 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 SAC’s focus areas. “ ese were areas that we identi- fied that needed improvement in or-

der to improve the University’s quality overall,” said Davis. “We didn’t want to identify things that weren’t really problems. We wanted to make sure that the information that we presented was really something that would be beneficial to students.”

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Mt. A’s paper cup consumption grows

University, Eco-Action consider strategies to reduce use of disposable cups

consider strategies to reduce use of disposable cups Callan Field Mount Allison has already gone through

Callan Field

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 Gracie’s and the Library

Café, 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-five 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 isn’t 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 co ee intake.

“We don’t pay the full environmental cost of things we use,” says Keleigh Annau, RA of Cuth- bertson House, Mt. A’s Sustainable Residence. “And so, that paper cup is now being driven to a landfill, it takes emissions to drive it to a landfill,

when it is in the landfill, if it doesn’t get recycled,

it will sit with a lot of other waste and produce

methane, which is another green house gas. And we don’t pay for any of those things. We don’t pay for the emissions from the trucks, we don’t pay for the emissions from the landfill. And so, I think twenty-five cents really isn’t 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 shouldn’t be under the mistaken impression that only lidded reus- able mugs are acceptable. Students can bring their own good old fashioned co ee 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 co ee 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 year’s strategies need to be reexamined. Mean- while, as always. any action to reduce paper cup use are worthwhile.

Budget submission goes unread by most students

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But while the SAC made the budget submis- sion public by sending it to all students at Mt. A, many don’t 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

students were unaware of the issues the SAC’s submission focused on.

Students interested in viewing the Budget Sub- mission should refer to the email or contact the SAC.

Sub- mission should refer to the email or contact the SAC. Submissions from the SAC on

Submissions from the SAC on January 20, 2010

Sasha Van Katwyk

Argosy Staff

e latest SAC meeting displayed some impres- sive progress on the part of the Executive coun- cil. e big ticket item of the evening was the president’s report on the budget submission. e first 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 o ered at Mount Allison and [they] have identified this area as one of Mount Allison’s most significant 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- ficial submission. e second point on needs-based bursaries remarks on Mt. A’s 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 fi- nancial support. e final 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- su cient. 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 service. ere was a question brought up following

the president’s 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 A airs, Ron By- rne, leaving Sackville for some time—and the

SAC wanting to get the submission available to key people in the administration as soon as pos- sible—they ‘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 confirma- 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. Uno cial 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.

Crescent St. fire destroys fuel tank

Direct cause of collision unknown, investigation closed

Julie Stephenson

Argosy Staff

Last Tuesday January 19, a fire 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 fire 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 fire under control before [they]

could move closer [to the building].” e RCMP discovered a body within

the vehicle that was later identified 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 don’t want to speculate,” said Ouellette, “ e investigation has con-

the driver died of injuries

cluded [

sustained in the collision.” An autopsy

was conducted on the body, following

the collision.

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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 a ected and deemed them unfit for future use. e tanks were drained and removed last week. “ e building sustained only minor

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-

damage

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Tribune Post, several businesses lost power dur- damage the Jessica Emin The right-hand tank, has since

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The right-hand tank, has since been removed, but scorching is visible.

ing the fire 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 e ort. Canadian Foreign A airs 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

meeting.

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-

ferently.”

Aid groups have called for the can- cellation of Haiti’s $890 million for- eign debt, while citizens around the

globe have been active in donating to- ward the relief e ort. $575 million has been promised to Haiti in a UN flash appeal, and as of January 22, roughly

40 per cent of the funding had been received. 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 Bellerive’s 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 concerns. 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- fort.

is week in the world

A weekly miscellany compiled by Kristina Mansveld

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 o shoots. Whether this is indeed the case remains ques- tionable.

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 city’s 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 e orts. 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 world’s 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 first, namely certain African countries and

small island states. Boer warned that

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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 final ceremony in the induction process.

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 fifteen by eight foot hole was torn into the tanker’s 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 refiner- 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.

the Copenhagen summit did not pro- vide the “agreement the world needs” to address the climate change crisis.

Patriarch won’t 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 “first duty as a Church is to safeguard our Kosovo, a holy and martyred land, to

Premier Graham renegotiates NB Power deal

Public pressure and autumn elections have province backing o

Kristina Mansveld

Argosy Correspondent

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 fight against global warming. It could also benefit 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 province’s debt bur- den. e new deal will eliminate $3.2 billion of the New Brunswick’s 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 province’s 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 province’s electricity, as well as an increase in Hydro-Quebec’s mo- nopoly power in the Atlantic region. Williams’ outrage at the deal speaks to how it could a ect 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, we’ll 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 predictable. Graham’s political back-pedal- ling has had mixed results. e new deal may flick 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 financial benefits, 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

five years. Subsequently, rates will rise only to cover costs. Yet benefits 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 government’s re-election hopes in fall 2010”and thus renegotiation was politically essential. On the environmental front, Martin expressed concern that freezing power rates “undermines conservation, by re-

that freezing power rates “undermines conservation, by re- Jessica Emin Negative signs referring to the deal

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Negative signs referring to the deal have appeared around Moncton.

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 hasn’t made them disappear. Come provincial

elections in September, they may rear their ugly heads and loosen his gov- ernment’s 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.

Prorogation met with criticism from Opposition parties and public alike

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e Facebook group “Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament,”which currently has over 200,000 members, shows di erent results. A survey by the Rideau Institute determined that the group’s members were on average at least forty five years of age, and did vote in the most recent elections. Ad- ditionally, 55 per cent said it was their first time joining a political Facebook group, but 75 per cent believe that it will make a di erence. 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 fits in a pattern for Harper, and previous examples of this sort of high-handed or abusive action

things like refusing to

would be[

produce documents on issues like the Afghan detainee issue,” said LeBlanc.

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“We decided to take the opportunity really to broaden our understand- ing of di erent policy areas and to hear from activists and people in- volved in di erent policy areas.”

Dominic LeBlanc

MP Beauséjour

“It fits in a pattern of rather anti- democratic behaviour, that’s why I think it’s the straw that broke the

that’s why I think it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back.” Hunt said that the

camel’s 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 you’ll see

a proposal tomorrow [

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 di erent policy areas and to hear from activists and people involved in di erent policy areas,” ex- plained LeBlanc, “so it’s 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

to prevent

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are still working, including the drivers to prevent ] Internet Photo/Newsfix At least 3000 people marched

Internet Photo/Newsfix

At least 3000 people marched in the downtown Toronto protest.

of shuttle buses connecting key gov-

ernment buildings, the parliamentary

pages, maintenance workers, and the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Furthermore, thirty-five bills that were on the table for discussion have to be discarded due to Harper’s decision. is includes some of the Conserva- tives own bills related to consumer product safety and harsher sentences for drug tra ckers. Harper has claimed that proroguing Parliament is a routine process. “ ere’s nothing particularly unusu- al about a session of Parliament being roughly a year in length,” he told CBC Television. It seems Canadians do not agree that this was the time to do so. e Conservative party’s 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 clarified that his party will not pursue an election.

“Canadians want Parliament to work — as they clearly stated to me in the fall, ‘We don’t want an election,’ and I listened to that,” he said. Whether Canadians’ discontent with the Prime Minister’s action will a ect who is in power in the future will have to wait to be tested.

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gets around

Closing injection site would infringe on charter rights

Vancouver’s Insite given constitutional protection by B.C. Court of Appeals

given constitutional protection by B.C. Court of Appeals Jay Black The controversial Insite project provides services

Jay Black

The controversial Insite project provides services for drug addicts.

Andrew Bates

CUP Western Bureau Chief

KELOWNA, B.C. (CUP) – Dean Wilson is a thirty-eight year heroin addict inflicted 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 they’ve 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, filed a statement of claim against the federal government in 2007 claim- ing that closing Insite would violate the users’ rights to “security of the person.”

“We were incredibly ecstatic at the

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 find 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 filed action when the temporary legal exemption that had allowed Insite to operate was set to expire in 2008. e B.C. Court of Appeal’s 2-1 decision “represented the courts actu- ally supporting the information and the research and the reality of what’s 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

ruling

central government.” Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s o ce would not talk about the government’s plans following the announcement. “While the govern-

ment respects the court’s 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 minister’s 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

criminal. Are we actually getting peo- ple o drugs and are we getting rid of crime?” 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- site’s approach, noting that innovative

(to)

approaches to treatment and rehabili- tation were a part of the government’s agenda. According to Evans, the scientific research into the matter backs up the need for injection sites like Insite. “ e types of things that they’ve dem-

onstrated is that Insite has a significant

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 person’s 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 deaths. “If they were to occur in an alley or somewhere isolated, that person ulti- mately ends up dying,” said Evans. e report identified some limita- tions of the research, including the is-

sue of self-reporting and the di culty of measuring injections in Vancouver’s downtown east side outside of Insite. Evans wants to drive home the mes- sage that Insite saves lives. “Shelly Tomic and Dean Wilson . testified in the court document that Insite had saved their lives,” she said. “ ere’s many people that go every day (into the upstairs detox) who tell

everyone who’s willing to hear

that

Insite has saved their lives, and they wouldn’t be in detox without Insite.”

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

lennium Scholarship Foundation. e Millennium foundation of-

ficially dissolved just days before the

CCL announcement, on January 5.

Established by the Liberal govern-

OTTAWA (CUP) – e Conservative

ment

in 2004, the independent-but-

government has decided not to renew

government-funded CCL has con-

funding for the Canadian Council on Learning, a national organization that studied and published public reports

ducted regular research and published annual reports focusing on various knowledge-related topics, including

on all levels of Canadian education

adult

literacy, aboriginal learning, and

since 2004. On January 8, the CCL announced that the government’s financial sup-

post-secondary education. “CCL didn’t just do research: CCL provided a report card in many ways,

port – originally a five-year, $85-mil- lion grant, which had been extended by the Conservatives for another

and indicators as to how well Canada was doing,” Ashton said. “Once we lose that kind of informa-

twelve months last year – will run out

tion

from an independent organiza-

on March 31.

tion – certainly funded by government,

is will necessitate a dramatic

but independent in its work – I think

scaling down at CCL,” explained

that’s

something that we should all be

President and CEO Paul Cappon in a

very concerned about and that should

statement on the CCL website. “How- ever, we are determined to fulfill our current commitments, and identify new ways to serve Canadians, albeit with more modest means.”

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

95 per cent of the CCL’s funding is based on federal support. “I am shocked and I’m very dis- turbed by this cut in funding,” NDP MP Niki Ashton told the University of Ottawa’s CHUO-FM on January 8. “Not only has the CCL been doing

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 research.

important work in our research – and

“We’re

getting rid of the organi-

particularly educational research and learning research in our country – but

zations that are saying whether or not the money we’re spending is worth-

it’s also a program, an organization

while

What we’re saying – are we

that’s being cut as part of a pattern,

doing

it? And how are we stacking up

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-

compared to the rest of the world?” “ is is something that should con- cern all of us.”

“ is is something that should con- cern all of us.” C a l l a

Callan Field

The CCL will have to cut down its research relating to various levels of Canadian education.

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OPINIONS Fact with a little bit of salt Julie Stephenson Argosy Staff We live in a

Julie Stephenson

Argosy Staff

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 profitable 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 fulfil 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- profit group that provides screenings of political film and video to people

across Canada, USA, and Europe, showed a documentary entitled e Coca Cola Case. e film outlines

its Eastern factories. In April of 2006, Forbes magazine reported that Nestle was using over 200,000 child labourers

When we as consumers discover

actions and practices of companies that distribute our favourite products, we

in

question, or do we adjust our morals

a

legal battle that has been going

on their cocoa bean plantations to help

must make choices. Do we side with

on for almost eight years over the human rights violations occurring

highlight human rights violations, nor

produce stock for their chocolates bars. In Canada, we face a smaller group of

our morals and stop using the product

predominantly in Columbian bottling

companies that practice questionable

to

agree with a change in information.

factories used by Coca Cola. e film

methods and engage in human rights

I

am not championing either option

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 unions. is isn’t the first documentary to

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

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 wouldn’t normally have to

is

it

the first to be presented to the mass

food, clothing, and beauty products.

A

help make judgements about people

public. You don’t have to search too far

year ago,I saw a terrifying documentary

and the world, most are presenting

to find films 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 world’s

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

about the meat industry in the United States. Despite watching with the

volume on mute – to this day I can’t 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 film scarred me enough that I couldn’t 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.

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 film, 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 don’t know

the answer to that. I think it would be

an interesting debate for the student

body to have. We would definitely

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

o cials, I do think it’s important to

look at documentaries critically. It’s important to decide for ourselves if we feel comfortable using products like

Coca Cola and wearing Nike shoes. Just don’t use the “I just like the taste” excuse. You then become the person in the documentary who says “Fuck Human Rights” and sips on a cold Coke.

Guns, scopes, and Bible verse

Vivi Reich Argosy Staff
Vivi Reich
Argosy Staff

Internet Image/armytime

One of Trijicon’s offending scopes; the Bible reference appears at the end of the serial number, PSA27:1

Vivi Reich

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 rifle scopes for the military, and on these scopes are references to Bible verses. Obviously, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation would not like this - their website’s 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.” ABCnews.com 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 didn’t 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 don’t 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 Je erson said that the separation of church and state creates a “wall of separation” between

the two, the common understanding

of the phrase today.

Nowlet’slookatthataforementioned verse that was found on rifles. It’s a pretty perverted use of a quote that could mean something very beautiful!

(I’m 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 you’re blue in the face that war has good results, but I don’t 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 won’t 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?

is weekend brought to you by the letter “E” and the word “Epic.”

edictionarydefines“epic”as“majestic

impressive

struggles, stories, adventures, and other e orts 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

depictions

that

capture

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.

Sincerely,

Ben Turkel

 

Missed@MTA

Cocky Sports Editor

Edmonton Love

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 I’m looking for is “chickened out.” Sincerely, Not So Unknown to You, Varsity Athlete

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?

“Cause we’re the three best friends”

Happy in History

I

much appreciate the friendship

Your smile always brightens up my day when we’re 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?

PULITZER-WORTHY I couldn’t find you on ursday. You missed a great opportunity. Hopefully see you next week ?

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

Tipitina Hey CHMA - I never got to thank you all properly for all that help on my computer science assignment.

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JANUARY 28, 2010

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Evolution of the teen pop princess

Hollywood and the music industry continue to push the boundaries of teenage sexuality

Tara MacPherson

BODIES Submission

For decades, a number of people in the public eye have attempted to push the envelope. Musicians, actors, and politicians, amongst other public figures, 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- princess. Britney Spears released her first studio

Baby One More Time in the

album

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 first 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 modified 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

by baring her midri . Today, Spears

pushes the envelope by exposing her

entire body. In one of her more recent videos,“Womanizer,” she plays five

di erent characters. Four of the five

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 Spears.

A naked Spears and a gyrating

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.

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

Cyrus even pays homage to Spears in

is

important to acknowledge that this

her song “Party in the USA.”

video raised little controversy. If this is

Cyrus is pushing the envelope in new

not

getting the public worked up, what

ways that Spears did not at the age of seventeen. While Cyrus’ music video may be relatively tame in comparison

will? How much more can we expose? How much younger can they be?

to

the early video of Spears, many of

Who is controlling these images?

her live performances have become overt displays of sexuality, especially

Whose reality is this? What kind of message are they trying

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 predecessors. 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

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

industry. Interested in this topic? en join the discussion! BODIES meets Wednesdays at 6:00pm! Please email

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if you would like to join the mailing list! Internet Image/buzznet Miley Cyrus’s recent performance at

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has raised questions about the continued sexualisation of teen performers.

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The Students’ Administrative Council SAC HAPS What We’ve Been Working On ASCARS - Organization for

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SAC HAPS

What We’ve 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

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

SAC Featured Club of the Week Right To Play @ MTA

Life SAC Featured Club of the Week Right To Play @ MTA Right To Play @
Life SAC Featured Club of the Week Right To Play @ MTA Right To Play @

Right To Play @ MTA’s mission is to raise awareness within the Mountie community about Sport for Development and Right To Play’s international initiatives while practicing Right To Play’s 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 righttoplay@mta.ca.

SAC ENTAINMENT PRESENTS: A WINTER CARNIVAL SHOW AT GEORGES

Friday Januray 28, 10:00pm

A WINTER CARNIVAL SHOW AT GEORGES Friday Januray 28, 10:00pm RUBY JEAN + THE THOUGHTFUL BEES

RUBY JEAN + THE THOUGHTFUL BEES - Ruby Jean 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 guy’s 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 women’s empowerment regarding issues such as relationships, body image, - and even - employment equity.

Upcoming Events & Reminders

SAC Positions for Winter Semester:

Two students are large are needed to sit on the newly created SAC Judicial Committee. The job of this committee is to interpret the constitution, bylaws, policies, and all other judicial matters within the sac. Application information is available in the SAC office. INFO FOR GRADS: The Class of 2010 execu is looking for photos for the Grad Banquet video show (Mar 18) please add your favorite pics to the Class of 2010 facebook page! and book your grad photo at Pridham’s 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:

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By Diving Right + Jane’s Party + The Balconies + The Darcy’s 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,

January31inBruntonAuditorium.Performers

are needed! Please contact kmshields@mta. ca.

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Go forth and multiply!  

Japanese and South Korean companies letting workers o early, helping government to increase birth rates

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  Holly Hagerman is concept is similar to the ways of the First Nations’ spirituality.
 

Holly Hagerman

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

Argosy Contributor

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new religion has been created,and

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 Na’vi phrase for respect is “I see you”, which means something

this one isn’t 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-o ce hit (Titanic being number one, also a creation of James Cameron). With the movie’s great success, this is a good opportunity

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

to

look at humankind’s need for

in

one another and “do unto others as

spiritual and religious connections. As a potential icon for human tendency, it can say a lot about humankind’s deep-down needs and desires. Enter main character, Jake Sully,

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, “Don’t create enmity with anyone as

ex war veteran who takes on the Avatar mission because he is an exact DNA match to his deceased brother’s Avatar. e Avatars are

an

God is within everyone.” e concept of a spiritual connection with the earth’s beings is felt on a deeper level than exclusively with animals and fellow Na’vi. e Na’vi 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

very expensive scientific genetically-

bred human-Na’vi hybrids who are activated when connected to their human mate. Jake is sought out with the intention of reestablishing

 

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Governments, such as in Japan and Korea, are trying to pursuade their people that this is the ideal family.

Jennifer Musgrave

 

All of this intense focus on child bearing is thought to be a hopeful

solutiontotheissueofahugegeneration

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

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

his brother’s Avatar. Jake displays

seeks Her guidance once, entwining

a sarcastic attitude toward the

the electric end of his tail around the glowing branches of Her tree. Here,

Argosy Staff

mission, recognizing the same abusive behaviour he encountered in

he

is instantly engaged with the souls

the

military, but it’s not long before

of

people past as their voices rise up,

“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 A airs. Due to South Korea’s extremely low birth rate it has become the focus of the government to help promote more procreation among Korea’s overworked citizens. In Central Seoul the Ministry of Health is spearheading the campaign, and using their staas 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 they’ve come up with a few clever incentives to remedy this di erence. Gift vouchers are o ered to o cials 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 flexible 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.

 

even this unlikely character is swept away by the profound spiritual mindfulness of the Na’vi people. Jake embarks on a spiritual journey with Neytiri, the daughter

solely in his ears. After listening to one particular voice for guidance, he places a prayer and leaves. Similar

huge older population is important,

however some argue what the Korean government should really do instead of strong promotional e orts is address the issues of high cost education and living which often deter young couples from having a family. South Korea’s birthrate is at an all time low, below even that of Japan who is also putting in similar e orts 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

a

for the culture, but also the economy of Japan which will have a resulting

of the agenda also include making high school education free and even removing tolls on highways. However, there are some obstacles

the way of this concept of money subsidies for children, the first 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

in

other places of ritual prayer, such as churches and mosques, this is

to

of

the King and Queen of the

a

place where the Na’vi feel they

Na’vi tribe. e Queen tells him

can be heard. In a world currently

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

filled 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

to

connect with the beings of the

and trust, perhaps our world would

earth. Near the end of the movie, Jake listens to Eywa at the Tree

Souls where She uncovers that

of

able to function as e ortlessly as the world of the Na’vi.

be

humankind has killed their mother

By the end of the movie, Jake is a changedman,calmedandrejuvenated

(Earth), the entity that protects the balance of life. is is an interesting perspective to take on humanity. e Na’vi people do everything in their power to restore and protect the powers of Eywa to keep their life balanced. Perhaps human life

by

his new sense of spirituality and

a

ect on the Global economy. As well,

delaying marriage longer and longer.

understanding of his purpose in the world. My question is whether every person couldn’t be deeply moved by that, or by a similar experience. Many feel spiritually renewed by going to church each week, but many others

it

means that future generations will

have little or no family ties which puts

Along with this is the point that it is customary in Japanese culture to often

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 benefit, the amount they save on

a

spend time with co-workers after work which means the opposite e ect may take place by letting workers out early. What other e ects may occur as

result of less work for the average citizen, both positive and negative, however remain to be seen.

a

on

Earth would be di erent if we

feel unwelcome or misunderstood there. e popularity of this movie suggests the profound inclination

approached it di erently, too.

Jake is unaccustomed to ‘feeling’

the

world around him. rough a

of humanity toward spiritual enlightenment, and I ask yet another

 

slow process of Neytiri’s teaching,

 

Birth rates by country

   

he

eventually becomes aware. His

question; is it not possible for even

first task is to connect with his

those who feel unwelcome in the church to find that spiritual place in

 

1.21

Japan

1.98

 

Direhorse, which appears similar

France

to

Earth-horses but with more

their lives, too. Holly Hagerman is a first-year

1.2 South Korea

1.58

Canada

2.05

2.38

appendages, where he must ‘feel’ her

United States

South Africa

act together as one being. He can

sense her muscles,her heart,and can hear and speak to her through her

to

thoughts. He learns next how to kill animals, but more importantly how

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

1.66

United Kingdom

3.27

Philippines

to

perform ritual prayers for them,

Canada throughout her life, and she is contemplating pursuing a vocation in ministry in the United Church of Canada.

1.78

Australia

7.75

Niger

acknowledging their lives. At this point Jake learns the Na’vi believe

that “all energy is borrowed and one

 

day

we have to give it back”.

 

All statistics by 2009 percentiles. Source: CIA World Factbook.

 

Frames of Reference

  It must have some psychological
 

It

must have some psychological

foundation. We’ve all heard of penis envy, however Sigmund Freud—who

I

think was more right than most

give him credit for—had the parallel neurosis for men, called castration anxiety.

 

We all joke that men are obsessed with their own equipment; is it possible that displaying one’s own

product is based in a neurotic desire

Sasha Van Katwyk

Argosy Staff

to

reinforce the most obvious symbol

of

masculinity? It would make sense

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 we’ve all asked ourselves in passing, but rarely have we searched out the answers. Why do some men—and women—enjoy drawing dicks so much? And why the sudden increase in displays of this enjoyment at Mt. A? 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 can’t speak for the female stalls) that don’t have a near- mosaic structure of pricks, lovingly drawn in all conceivable manners. Some I’ve asked have said it’s just fun and it’s 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 vaginas—which 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 one’s intimate knowledge of the female genetalia?

as

to

why pleasure and humour is felt

when one would draw it. Catering to one’s own neuroses often produces positive chemical responses in the brain that allow us to feel momentary

pleasure. It’s one of the reasons stand up comedy is so successful. Perhaps it’s that simple. Some neurotic obsession with displaying one’s 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

di

erent from the fully engorged that

is

the midst of spewing its seminal

fluid 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 writing—and hopefully, reading—of this editorial

can reflect some social enamour in the penis. Perhaps wisdom can be received from Mr. Freud’s 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.

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B.O.D.I.E.S., a GB subsidiary?

Student concerns about ethical fundraissing target clubs

Student concerns about ethical fundraissing target clubs Jessica Emin What do these two things have in

Jessica Emin

What do these two things have in common? Not enough, some say, to be sharing funds from club sources.

Fraser Harland

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 profits raised through this initiative are going to Global Brigades (GB) and the Men’s 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 defined 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 e ort, they had athletes from the men’s and women’s soccer teams and the women’s rugby team pose for photos. ese photos have been compiled in a calendar that is now being sold on campus. However,profitsfromthesecalendars are not going to B.O.D.I.E.S. e money is going to GB and the Men’s Soccer team as they seek to fulfill their goal to,“Travel to developing countries (Honduras) and perform health care to communities in need.” At first glance, with such di erent goals, it seemed deceptive that the profits from a calendar made by

B.O.D.I.E.S. would go to GB and the Men’s Soccer Team. is is compounded by the conflict

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 don’t understand why the money wouldn’t go to B.O.D.I.E.S.” Lefurgey recognized this conflict of interest and explained her position in response to questioning.

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 e ciently and to also get individuals involved who may not have been initially interested.

Mayme Lefurgey, B.O.D.I.E.S. and GB Executive Sta Member

She said that the calendar was tried last year, but it “was a flop […] 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 500… is was

a great way to spread B.O.D.I.E.S.

message quickly and e ciently and to also get individuals involved who may not have been initially interested,” said Lefurgey. However, while it may benefit both groups there is still a question of

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 GB. 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 find the

e orts 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 wouldn’t sell the calendars at cost to sell as many as possible, or donate any profits 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 Men’s 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 benefit. However, it is questionable whether this benefit 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 profit for GB and the men’s 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 conflicts 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.

JANUARY 28, 2010

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ATLIS conference opens with speaker, Louise Frechette

Rebecca Caissie

Argosy Correspondent

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 Canada’s 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 e orts 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 first report on Human Development that was written addressing this issue in the year 1990 directed by Mahbub ul Haq. isreportcausedquite acontroversy as there was a shift in perception of what was considered human security. In this report the concept redefined 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 first aspect focuses on the three defined 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 safety. 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 market. is is at the heart of the Human Security agenda we are now seeing evolve as fast as the ever changing world. 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 CNN’s model that delivers the events to the homes of the average person quickly and consistently. 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 reflect 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 security. 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

the end of her address Frechette advised Canada should Susan Rogers Lousie Frechette (middle) at Cranewood

Susan Rogers

Lousie Frechette (middle) at Cranewood with some ATLIS attendees.

stop defining 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 define 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 o enses to human rights by those working on assignment with the UN.

We need to define 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 o ender 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 field, and the distorting e ect this has. She left us with the challenge that if there were better solutions to addressing the concerns of the world then we must find them and bring forward solutions as opposed to only highlighting the inevitable errors found in growth and change. Frechette rea rmed 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, Frechette’s visit with us was all the more inspiring.

  Internet Photo/Incredimaging Power is sexy as hell! Let’s all admit point. We see, we

  Internet Photo/Incredimaging Power is sexy as hell! Let’s all admit point. We see, we
 

Internet Photo/Incredimaging

Power is sexy as hell! Let’s all admit

point. We see, we smell, we like, and

it, we all dream of strong independent people and haters or not, you have to

we sex it up. It’s a fail proof method! Another study actually shows that women find 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 find a good sense of humor a very attractive quality in men and always

admit it… you’d tap that! But what

is it that draws us to these powerful people? Do they look better than us? Smell better? Maybe it’s the company

they keep. As it turns out, whatever your hunch you’re 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 reflect 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

a

top

priority in their search. Now

don’t 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 what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander after all. Men, as it turns out, are not more attracted to funny women.

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, you’re dreaming about them all night and they’re 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 don’t realize it because we so often ignore our bodily responses. And according to studies, perfumes and deodorants cover a lot of things but this isn’t 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

 

A

last and final 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 didn’t. 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 flowers 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 it’s physical or mental, power is a definite turn on. Apparently we can

 

sni

out those who find us sexy too.

So if money is power, and power is sexy and based on what we find 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, we’re pretty well equipped to ascend to power positions and perhaps sitting through conferences will have benefits after all. It’s like swimming in a pool of sexy!

Rosalind Crump Argosy Correspondent is isn’t too tricky. Every student loves co ff ee. Or
Rosalind Crump
Argosy Correspondent
is isn’t too tricky. Every student loves co ff ee. Or tea. at is an ongoing debate. But here is where
the conflict 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
receptacle!
Keep that mug with you -- you never know when the need for ca ff eine will strike next

Cinema Politica:

e Coca-Cola Case

ff eine will strike next Cinema Politica: e Coca-Cola Case Jessica Emin Cinema Politica’s latest documentary,

Jessica Emin

Cinema Politica’s latest documentary, The Coca-Cola case, may have you looking at your soda differently.

Rebecca Caissie

Argosy Correspondent

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, Gil’s 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, filmmakers Germán Gutiérrez and

Carmen Garcia follow these heroes in

a legal game of cat and mouse. From

Bogotá to New York, Guatemala to Atlanta, Washington to Canada, e

Coca-Cola Case maintains the suspense

of a hard-fought struggle.

e lawyers filed 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 five 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 aren’t exaggerating. After watching the film, I was left wondering what was

it that made Coca-Cola a target for

being made an example? Knowing the

importance of examples, why wasn’t it included that Coca-Cola wasn’t unique

in this scenario.

Being on a campus that oers only

Coca-Cola products, would Mount Allison switching to a di erent 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 specifically 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

following the film, such as what

can we students do to really make a

di erence?

While this was a bit o the scope of this documentary, perhaps a final 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 film 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 definitely 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 Pepsi’s method. Is switching going to make a

di erence 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 e ect long term changes? If Coca-Cola can have a marketing scheme made by young minds such as ours to maintain it’s position even in the face of this type of publicity, don’t

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?

Cooking with Jess

Baked Oysters

that change start with us? Cooking with Jess Baked Oysters Jessica Emin Argosy Staff Ingredients: -12

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Ingredients:

-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 find 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

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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 flavorful) and clean any bits of shell that might have fallen into it. You’ve been warned, this can be a frustrating process. Instructions:

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 firmer consistency leave them in the oven for 4-5 more minutes. ese oysters are best served with a sauvignon blanc prior to a light pasta dish in an oil. Serves: 6 (at 2 oysters each)

ese oysters are best served with a sauvignon blanc prior to a light pasta dish in

ENTERTAINMENT

e Coens’ Serious business

Oscar-winners’ latest film o ers no easy answers

Becky Martin

Argosy Staff

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 cliché, and twists them until they are strange and unsettling. It’s 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,

in 1967, A Serious Man tells the story of Larry Gopnik, Internet Photo/Coenesque a Jewish physics

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a

Jewish physics professor whose life

Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) contemplates life in A Serious Man.

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; someone’s 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 there’s a lot that’s ba ing; 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 can’t find answers in his life, which is ironic considering his profession

is to teach to others. ere is a scene

at the beginning of the film where Larry fills 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 it’s

doubtful that any one is the single truth. at’s the beauty of of the movie. In the world of A Serious Man, the characters’ visions of the world are very specific to their own beliefs and

thus are all somewhat skewed. Upon watching the movie you become like one of the characters, taking the cues

you’re given and interpreting them. In the end, everyone’s 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 pm.

e fight for Canadian content

Future of locally produced television content up in the air

Linda Givetash

The Cord (Wilfrid Laurier University)

WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) – e future of Canadian content in the media is looking bleak. As cable companies and networks continue to prefer American programming for its assured profit, both parties fight for revenue. In the future, the cost of producing Canadian programs will likely be placed on the consumers or the shows themselves. “It’s a problem right now and there’s

a great fear that we’re 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 don’t 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 profit, they want to make outrageous profit and with us paying for it,” said Dotto. Dotto, who experienced the changes first hand when his show was o ered the ultimatum to pay the network or be canceled, explained that it’s the small, locally-produced shows that are getting cut as networks remain profit- conscious. “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 di cult for independent producers to break into the industry,

while already-existing stations across the country are closing, including CTV’s 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 o ers new possibilities to provide content, Kinahan explained that it will not completely resolve the debate in the industry. “ ere’s 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. “It’s interesting that there has not been much talk of a way forward or a compromise or a solution,” Kinahan noted. 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 companies.”

power lies with the broadcasters and the cable companies.” Neil Bonner Argosy Staff Owen Pallett is
power lies with the broadcasters and the cable companies.” Neil Bonner Argosy Staff Owen Pallett is

Neil Bonner

Argosy Staff

Owen Pallett is a busy man. When not working on film scores or albums by the Arcade Fire, Pet Shop Boys, Mika, Holy Fuck, or Beirut, he’s been traveling the world, working on a long-gestating concept album entitled Heartland. After four years of touring and tinkering, how did Pallett’s latest work turn out? Some of you may not recognize the name; Pallett’s previous records were released under the moniker Final Fantasy, a nod to his RPG-obsessed youth. Now that he’s on a bigger label (Domino),Pallett quite understandably wants to avoid any confusion with the massively popular video game series. But it’s fitting, 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 wouldn’t 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 fictional land of Spectrum, who grows dissatisfied with his lot in life and rebels against his creator - Owen Pallett. With all this talk of orchestras and agrarian discontent, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Heartland

is a pretentious top-heavy mess. But

Pallett’s 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 song’s almost-

chorus - “sequential! sequential! sequential!” - is raised up by a trilling string section. “Lewis Takes O His Shirt” is the album’s most anthemic moment, pairing galloping keyboard loops with playful woodwinds. “E is

for Estranged” is the closest to Pallett’s

work as Final Fantasy, a sad and lovely waltz about a father and his ketamine- addicted son.

As for the story, it’s not necessary

to enjoy the album, but it proves a

surprisingly revealing look at Pallett’s 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 find myself deeply engaged

with the narrative.

A strange and wonderful beast,

Heartland represents one of Canada’s

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 can’t wait to find out.

Now?” After Heartland , I can’t wait to find out. Internet Photo/Billions Owen Pallett, whose latest

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Owen Pallett, whose latest album Heartland is his first in four years.

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Pastoralia’s 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 first 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 – fitting their name – have a lightness and fun to their songs that’s hard to deny.

- Neil Bonner

B.A. JOHNSTON AT THE M

B.A. Johnston is a performer. Not a singer,

is a performer, whose act is a raunchy versio

audience was graced with his presence, and t I’m told trademark, “snot-rockets”. His musi played from his keyboard. His lyrics were ver

a Deep Fryer in my Bedroom” to “John Cand at being said, a D for music and lyrica presence. B.A. commanded the audience with individual fans. He even brought the entire c two songs, as a birthday present to himself. It

the entire c two songs, as a birthday present to himself. It Jessica Emin DICK MORELLO

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DICK MORELLO AT THE MOUNT ALLISON CHAPEL Fred Squire has been a part of so
DICK MORELLO AT THE MOUNT ALLISON CHAPEL
Fred Squire has been a part of so many projects or collaborations – Shotgun and Jaybird, Calm Down
It’s Monday, Mount Eerie’s Lost Wisdom album, and Daniel, Fred and Julie, to name a few – that it’s
easy to overlook his solo career as Dick Morello. It was my first 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
under.
- Neil Bonner

Vanessa Blackier

For the seventh year in a row, some of C little town of Sackville for music, fun, an a glance at some of the standou

OROMOCTO DIAMOND AT CHMA

Oromocto Diamond represents everything that’s 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 band’s name is inspired by a fictional meteor crashing into the town of Oromocto, revealing diamonds where you wouldn’t expect them, but you don’t need to know much about Canada’s 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 can’t bang any more.

- Neil Bonner

THE BAD ARTS AT STRUTS G

en there were e Bad Arts, making their th these guys absolutely killed it at Struts. Opening w band quickly shifted into pointed and melodic po rock, attacking a series of powerful. Since I saw t better. eir first recording is due out later this yea

The Quotable Stereophonic

“And now, the grand finale!”

- Shotgun Jimmie, preparing to run around the chapel

“Jimmie, what are you doing, man.”

- unidentifed man on balcony

[Turning around to face his keyboard] “It’s 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

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Jessica Emin From left to right: Corey Isenor, Landon Braverman, Gianna Lauren, Babette Hayward, Pastoralia,

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From left to right: Corey Isenor, Landon Braverman, Gianna Lauren, Babette Hayward, Pastoralia, Baby Eagle.

Gianna Lauren, Babette Hayward, Pastoralia, Baby Eagle. Vanessa Blackier OUNT ALLISON PUB nor a musician. Not

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OUNT ALLISON PUB

nor a musician. Not a dancer nor a comedian. He

of a Chris Farley/Jack Black-type show. e pub

pub floor was graced with his never-ceasing and,

c was nothing more than simple metronome beats

y, very original and their titles ranged from “I’ve got y”. integrity was counterbalanced by an A for stage- frequent jaunts through the crowd while singing to rowd into the men’s washroom to perform his final was an absolutely incredibly unique experience. - Matt omson

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FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE VOGUE Friday night at e Vogue saw a showcase of Stereophonic
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE VOGUE
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 e ff ect was one which can only be
produced when both crowd and performer get entranced
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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 off, as “there
was great communication between musicians regarding tempo change. It finished
really quite smoothly.” said Pincock after the performance.
Olenka capped o ff 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
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Julie Cruikshank
ABOVE: A/V’s Philip Clark at the CHMA O ffi ces, 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.

anada’s finest musicians stopped by our

the Vogue Cinema. anada’s finest musicians stopped by our Vanessa Blackier Jessica Emin d pheasant-related
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shows from Stereophonic 7.

ALLERY

ird Sackville appearance. Call me excitable, but th thick redline wash of feedback and drums, the st-punk. Or to put it more simply: they flat-out hem last March, the Bad Arts have gotten even

- Neil Bonner

r; I can’t recommend it enough.

[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 find 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

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Photo: Corey Isenor
Photo: Corey Isenor

STAGECOACH BANDITS APPREHENDED BY LOCAL MUSICIANS

THE JOHN WAYNE COVER BAND By Vanessa Blackier

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."

THE CHARTS

COUSINS DOUG HOYER
COUSINS
DOUG HOYER

THE CHMA CHARTS WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 3, 2009

 

RANK

ARTIST TITLE (LABEL)

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)

25

YOU SAY PARTY! WE SAY DIE!* XXXX (Paper Bag)

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)

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 music.

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.

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RUBY JEAN & THE THOUGHTFUL BEES WITH JENOCIDE + A/V FRIDAY JANUARY 29 GEORGE’S FABULOUS

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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!

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FOLKS

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New program uses art as therapy

Wellness centre explores unique opportunity

art as therapy Wellness centre explores unique opportunity Jessica Emin Art can be successfully used for

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Art can be successfully used for therapy and stress relief, perfect for students. Pictured here: Sarah Hamilton paints in a fine arts class.

Julie Stephenson

Argosy Staff

is past Monday, the Mount Allison Wellness Centre began o ering a arts

creative

“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,

group, named

therapy

themselves, and life’s challenges. e group, run by Wellness Counsellor Jannah Tudiver, is based on the practices of Expressive Arts erapy. Tudiver, a certified mental health counsellor, has completed both a master’s concentration and a post-master’s certificate in Expressive Arts erapy. While students have helped with the advertising of the group, it will be run solely by Tudiver. “Ithinkwe’rehopingtoo eraunique

opportunity for students to learn about themselves,develop and grow,and find ways to express themselves and release tension,” explains Tudiver. “Part of what can be e ective about expressive

arts therapy is that this is a strength- based, action-oriented form of therapy which focuses on helping the student

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and grow through the experience.” Interest in the group began with Tudiver, who was hired in August 2009 to fill a vacant counsellor position in the Wellness centre. She explains that the university was very receptive to her field 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 reflection, self-awareness, and promote personal change,” explains Tudiver. “A premise for this field is that creative expression is a healing, growth producingprocess,andthatitisaninnate capacity we each hold inside of us.”

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Currently at the START gallery

Callan Field’s show at the START gallery runs until February 2. e show features two distinct series of photographs. e first series is of large format images taken in Amherst, specifically the buildings on Church Street. e images are meant to explore the relationship between the first floor shop front and the largely abandoned second story. e second collection is a set of coloured landscapes of Ba n Island, in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut.

ffi n Island, in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut. Photos by Callan Field Vivi Reich Argosy
ffi n Island, in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut. Photos by Callan Field Vivi Reich Argosy

Photos by Callan Field

Vivi Reich Argosy Staff I am a book nut. A book worm. A book freak.
Vivi Reich Argosy Staff I am a book nut. A book worm. A book freak.

Vivi Reich

Argosy Staff

I am a book nut. A book worm.

A book freak. I have always loved

well, since I started to read.

reading

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,

I

think I taught myself, for the most

baby-sitters. e trials and tribulations

part, though I’m sure school and my

of

Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey,

parents helped. Now I am telling the whole world what kinds of books I read as a kid, because it’s amusing, and sometimes embarrassing. But who has never been embarrassed of themselves as kids? Not many people. 1. Berenstain Bears - When I was

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

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

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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

existing ones. My dad still thinks this

1990, but I was more into the books.

is

adorable. We found some of them

4.Goosebumps-Ididn’tjustreadteeny

recently in a box and he had a great time looking through at my new

girly books. I also loved Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. Each book has a di erent

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. ey’re picture books about a family

narrator and a di erent story, and as far as I remember, the books don’t link to each other. e stories are not especially scary (definitely not on par with anything we would consider scary

of, you guessed it, bears. ey don’t

as

university students/adults),but some

have names,oddly enough,and are just

of

them really did give me the creeps

called Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Sister Bear, Brother Bear, and Honey Bear. e topics are your typical children’s/ 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 didn’t care. I just liked the colours and the stories!

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

 

2. American Girls - To preface this

he

was ready. A little far-fetched, but I

nextone,IamAmerican,andnotalways

proud of this. But, as I was growing up, there was a series that actually taught me quite a bit about American

enjoyed it. e books are written in a simple, matter-of-fact way, so it’s easy for kids to use their imaginations I have a pretty active imagination,which

history. One can buy doll versions of

is

probably why some of those books

the characters, and each character comes with di erent accessories and

were really creepy. ere were sixty-two original Goosebumps books written,and

styles of clothing, as each one is from

I’m pretty sure I didn’t read all of them.

a di erent 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 reflect 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 briefly befriending a Native American girl. Molly’s 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

Now you have a glimpse into what little,pre-teen,and early teenVivi liked

to read. If you have a little friend or

sibling who wants to read something new and hasn’t tried those, maybe you couldsuggestthem. eyareallpopular series, and there is a reason - they’re entertaining and easy for kids to read.

series, and there is a reason - they’re entertaining and easy for kids to read. Internet

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