Welcome to the Argosy!
Since 1872, we have served as Mount Allison’s independent student newspaper. This year we have decided to steer the paper in a new direction.
With the excitement of new and returning students beginning their courses and activities, it is hard not to be hopeful about what the year could bring. We can look forward to engaging lectures and discussions, art shows and cultural events, and everything else in between.
These opportunities are not only what make this community special, but also what make it easy to overlook the less appealing aspects that have defined the Mt. A student experience. We must remember that in the past few years the interests of senior decision makers at Mt. A have often been opposed to those of students and faculty.
After a three-week faculty strike in the winter of 2014, it was hard to think of Mt. A as a community void of conflict. The need for concern was reinforced this January when students protested against the senior administration’s attempt to cut the women’s and gender studies program.
Circumstances like these call for a new type of journalism. In a space where many bodies and identities are marginalized, to be neutral is to be complicit. This is why the Argosy will not strive to achieve objectivity. Instead we will uphold fairness in conditions that are often unfair.
The theme of our first issue is Reorientation. To change our community for the better, we must see it for what it is. At the Argosy, that means reorienting ourselves not as objective observers of isolated events, but rather as concerned and critical students striving to see the bigger picture.
Our goal is to be a mouthpiece for student activity at Mt. A. There are many student organizations that work to make our community a more inclusive, safe, dynamic and creative space. This work is necessary and deserves our attention.
You don’t have to be a professional to share your thoughts on what is happening around you. Your lived experiences are valid, and we will try to provide a platform for you to share them.
In the months ahead, we wish to start a dialogue with students about what our community is, and what we want it to be.
We hope to hear your voice in the Argosy this year.