Academic safe spaces cultivate freedom both within and outside of the classroom Safe spaces and trigger warnings are under fire for being anathema to free speech. And I get it – we’ve all seen the news stories, and this can get out of hand when not handled properly. But the backlash against these movements has, […]

I am teaching the Apocalyptic Consciousness class again this semester, a course that explores text, worldviews and their outworkings. In its origins, the apocalyptic literature focused on the perseverance of the faithful through times of oppression and persecution. In its dualistic language, the persecutors were often demonized as a way of encouraging passive resistance to […]

Posters addressing mental health issues are well-intentioned but dangerous Over the past couple of weeks, there have been a slew of posters around campus regarding mental health and specifically antidepressants. These posters feature a design of one hand reaching for a bottle of (smiley-face) pills while another hand is seemingly holding the first one back […]

Normal procedure is overlooked due to strategic planning exercise Mount Allison University President Robert Campbell has appointed two new faculty members to replace the outgoing deans of arts and social sciences. Due to the structural uncertainty associated with the university’s ongoing strategic planning exercise, the administration decided to forgo the normal process for appointments and […]

Committee attempts to balance budget without making cuts On March 4, the budget advisory committee (BAC) met to explore ways to increase revenue and cut spending to present a balanced budget to the Board of Regents in May. The provincial budget released on Feb. 2 announced a freeze on post-secondary education operating budgets, and a […]

Co-president wins Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award A team of Mount Allison students from Enactus Mt. A recently entered four entrepreneurial projects into separate competition challenges. Each project placed in its category, awarding the team a cash prize. The competition took place in Halifax Feb. 25-26 and included all other Atlantic-region Enactus teams. The students […]

Hockey The Mount Allison women’s hockey team’s season ended on Friday, Feb. 19 with a 5-2 loss to Saint Francis Xavier University. This was the second game of a three-game series in the quarterfinals of the AUS playoffs. Mt. A lost the first game, two days prior, 3-0. The Mounties finished fourth in the conference […]

Montreal-based ensemble plays entrancing Friday-night show Chamber music has its unique challenges – it exposes each performer’s flaws. The Trio Fibonacci’s “Concert Mystique” program, performed in Brunton Auditorium on March 4, offered an excellent comparison with the student chamber recital the following evening. The ensemble consists of three reputable musicians: violinist Julie-Anne Derome, cellist Gabriel […]

Beard Springsteen and Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire take the stage “We’ve got some new songs—but this is our first show, so I guess all of our songs are new,” said Beard Springsteen’s frontman, under the pseudonym ‘JE45.’ The Fredericton-based band, who opened for Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire at Thunder & Lightning last Friday night, accurately describe themselves […]

Character-driven play envisions Lac-Mégantic disaster in N.B. context Compelling characters and multiple timelines come together in Len Falkenstein’s emotionally gripping, thought-provoking play Lac/Athabasca. The play tells a story about the oil industry and its effects on Canadian society, inspired by the 2013 real-life disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Que. In 2013, an oil train derailed and crashed […]