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Stories in the Ath...
This page contains links to the stories I have written/been mentioned in from The Athenaeum, Acadia University's student newspaper. Stories will open in a new window.
The links below now take you to copies I saved from http://www.theath.ca/ back when that site still existed. 2004-2005 issues can be downloaded as pdfs from http://theath.acadiau.ca/.
In future, I will either list my stories from 2004-2005 by issue and page number and/or link to a facsimile I've created. I'll also dig up my original versions of stories from early 2002 (from before theath.ca went up) and post 'em here.
2003 - 2004
Mar 30, 2004 - Thank you for the Music - an article promo-ing end of year music concerts, particularly the Chorus and Jazz Band Concerts I was in.
Mar 23, 2004 - Lord of the Collective Agreements - awesome spoof story connecting Lord of the Rings with the Acadia Faculty Strike of '04. One of my favourite articles ever. Check it out!
Mar 16, 2004 - Discussions in Cyberspace - a story on ThunACME, The Unofficial Acadia Messageboard.
Mar 2, 2004 - Strike Info Sources - updated version of the same list from last issue
Feb 24, 2004 - Strike Info Sources - a list of links I compiled with info on the Acadia Faculty Strike of '04.
Blizzard Blasts Nova Scotia - story on the giant Blizzard of '04, aka White Juan. As with the previous Juan (Hurricane, that is) Ryan's pics from Halifax were used.
Feb 10, 2004 - It's All About the Bling-Bling - Story about NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) and the money they provide to Acadia faculty and students.
Jan 20, 2004 - Busted! - Story about the huge marijuana bust in Ontario, where the pot was grown in a former Molson brewery. Compiled from news stories from various news websites.
Jan 13, 2004 - Magic meets Microsoft - This was an review/interview I did with a local author in Lunenburg, NS, David Mosey. I felt it was a very good interview, as it not only had interesting info on the books, but some very useful writing advice. However, the a lot of the article was cut in the print copy. More survived to the web version. Neither version utilized the picture from the third book, Return of the Wardmaster that I had obtained. But, I've got this website, so I thought - why not release the Author's Cut here? So I am. Check it out.
Dec 12, 2003 - Tech in Toronto- Story on an upcoming Tech Conference.
Dec 2, 2003 - Remembrance Day Ceremony Was Timely and Appropriate Letter to the Editor responding to another letter about the Remembrance Day ceremony at Acadia. My article was referenced.
All that Jazz - Review of the Jazz Ensemble's winter performance, mentioning my piano playing.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World - My review of the awesome sea movie, starring Russell Crowe and a ship made in Lunenburg.
Nov 25, 2003 - The PROFessional Confessional - An interview with Professor Robert McCarthy, Jesuit jazzman. Lots of interesting, funny and amazing stories.
You've Got Voicemail! - Acadia residences get awesome new phones. Like most technology upgrades, it occurred after I'd left the building. Apparently a lot of people complained, as they thought the story would be about the amazing, Acadia, a capella group Voice Male. Hopefully there will be a story on them in the future.
Power to the People - About the faculty strike vote, allowing the Union to go to strike if need be. (At the writing of this blurb, mid Feb, there may be one in a few days, if 11th hour negotiations don't work out). I'm the secondary author on this one, the main negotiation writer, Jesse Zink, was busy on the weekend and I had to add additional last-minute info.
Nov 18, 2003 - Lest We Forget - Article about the Remembrance Day service at Acadia, and the importance of Remembrance Day.
In Pulvere Vinces - Literally - in dust you will win, metaphorically - with hard work and effort, you will win. Story covering the Academic Honours Reception. May have been my debut as a photographer (I took all the pics in this one).
Vivent les Revolutions! - Movie review of the final Matrix movie, M3 (or Matrix Revolutions, as it's known in the vernacular). I find it interesting how I am one of the few people who preferred the 2nd and 3rd movies to the original. More on that view in the article...
Nov 4, 2003 - Posters! - The same story as last week, but with my original title and a pic of an Aragorn poster to go with all my Lord of the Rings references.
Oct 28, 2003 - Posters - A Way to Show Off Your Personality - On the Imaginus poster sale. Not my original title, but goes well with the quote - "David Turcotte reflects, "We go into the Imaginus poster sale to get something to decorate our rooms that uniquely identifies something of our personality. However, this is a mass poster sale and any given poster will be purchased by many other people."" It's kewl that there's a pic of a Pirates of the Caribbean poster in the story. I hadn't even seen the movie when the story was written, but it's awesome! Made sure to put lots of Lord of the Rings refs in this story.
Oct 7, 2003 - Out, Out, Damn Spyware! - Tech story on securing Windows computers from spyware, virii, hackers, and such. I'll probably use this story as a basis for the tech section of my website when I get around to updating it.
Sep 30, 2003 - The New Deal - Acadia gets a new laptop insurance plan, which certainly made me feel better about my top. I wonder how many people got the reference in the title...
Sep 24, 2003 - Xbox in the SUB - Xbox tour comes to Acadia.
Sep 16, 2003 - The National Music Festival Comes to Acadia - The Canadian National Music Festival came to Acadia in late August. Adjuicators and performers had mad skills.
Students Go Clubbing - Club extravaganza. So many clubs at Acadia, so little time...
Frosh Just Wanna Have Fun - An article by Screech on the taming of frosh week over past years. Quotes my article from the frosh issue to tie everything up nicely...
Aug 25, 2003 - Young musicians kick it oldschool - Preview excerpt to the piece on the National Music Festival that later came out on Sep 16. May have some extra info.
The Light and Dark Sides of Welcome Week - Part of the special, online frosh issue, this story looks at the potential pressure that can result from Frosh Week, and the activities that some find immature (which I avoided during my own Frosh Week).
2002 - 2003
Mar 19, 2003 - Laptop Turn-off Day: The Aftermath - Very entertaining story about what happened during the Ath-generated event where students were challenged to turn off the tops for a day. I know I didn't, I had a Physics lab. Neither did the news editor, who contacted me that day. Ah, the irony... "I would be able to enjoy the delicious irony of working on a story about Laptop Turnoff Day on my laptop during Laptop Turnoff Day." More awesome quotes within...
Mar 12, 2003 - Biodiesel hits Acadia - Article about Roland and his biodiesel project.
Mar 5, 2003 - Irving Centre: Unplugged - The Irving Centre gets wireless network cards. If only the rest of the campus would become wire free... except perhaps the electronics lab;)...
Feb 12, 2003 - Space Travel: Is it worth it? - One of my tougher pieces, a story focussing on the recent Columbia tragedy, but also discussing the earlier Challenger tragedy, and exploring the risks and gains of space exploration.
A Night at the Opera - Review of the opera excerpts performed by Acadia's University Singing Theatre Company. Great show.
Jan 28, 2003 - It's Too Darn Hot - Review/article about an awesome jazz performance at the Atlantic Theatre Festival. Two singers and a piano. My favourite number was an original, 5/4 version of My Favourite Things.
The Iraqi Sensation - Peace marches, gambling, and Michael Moore ("...weapons of mass distraction.") - all sorts of angles to the upcoming war.
Jan 15, 2003 - Textbook Buying in the 21st Century - End of an era - the Acadia Bookstore is no more. Rather, the books are kept in the back, freeing up room for clothing, candy, movies, and other Acadia brand merchandise.
Nov 26, 2002 - Drama through Music - Review of a great piano concert performed by classical player Robin Harrison, who didn't just play, but also gave a lot of intriguing historical context.
Nov 11, 2002 - One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Why the flu shot is so important...
Nov 5, 2002 - Email Problems: Fact or Fiction - Story from when Computing Services was preparing to switch to a new mail server.