Mount Allison is scrambling to plug an almost $1-million hole in its budget after the New Brunswick government announced its plans to freeze tuition and operating grants to its universities. The university’s administration had to throw out the draft budget it had prepared for an April 7 debut in a senate meeting. Now, without $982,000 […]

A blitz of posters covering the banisters of the student centre has put the movement to get an Indigenous Studies minor on the map. Before the posters appeared, approval of the minor was stuck in committee and Mount Allison’s Aboriginal Support Group, which initially proposed the program, had gone weeks without an update. Less than […]

Toronto-based songster showcases barebones sound. After Jon McKiel left the stage in a warmly lit Thunder & Lightning, Jennifer Castle, sporting a smoking jacket and ruffled shirt, stepped up to the mic. Opening with a traditional folk ballad a cappella, the audience quickly grew quiet, eager to take in the performance. Organized by SappyFest in […]

Year-long independent study culminates in heartwarming production. When fourth-year Mount Allison drama student Samantha Bixby was four years old, her grandfather was involved in a car accident which left him quadriplegic. Last week, she brought his story to the Motyer-Fancy Theatre stage with a play called Skipper, which she jointly directed with Cordula Quint. Bixby […]

Joel Plaskett – The Park Avenue Sobriety Test (Pheromone Recordings, March 17) Gabrielle Papillon – The Tempest of Old (Pigeon Row, March 24) After over 20 years in the music business, Maritime celebrity Joel Plaskett has once again done what he does best. His highly anticipated album The Park Avenue Sobriety Test (‘PAST’ is its […]

A conversation and studio tour with Alex Francheville. Alex Francheville opened the door to his Bridge Street apartment and led me through a tiny kitchen toward his bedroom. He gestured at a heavy door with peeling paint hidden behind the bed. “Check out the Vault,” he said. “It’s where I’ve been doing a lot of […]