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September 18, 2008 Clatchin it since 1875 Vol. 138 Iss. 2
I n d e p e n d e n t S t u d e n t J o u r n a l o f M o u n t A l l i s o n U n i v e r s i t y
Shinerama fundraiser exceeds goal by $8,000, earning $25,000
Helena van TolArgosy Staff
Sackville shines in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis
Mount Allison students exhibited their many talents on Shine Day, in an effort to raise money to support cystic fibrosis research. MTAs Shinerama committee surpassed their origi-nal goal, earning $25,000 through primary and secondary fundraising. The top three most succcessful sites supported by MTA students were in Sackville itself; students in down-town Sackville and at the Co-op, and Pattersons Family Restaurant cooperatively raised over $2000 for the charity.
Every time we would count themoney we would just get more andmore excited, exclaimed NatashaGosselin, 2008 Shinerama Chair andfourth-year Psychology Honoursstudent.
Never before has Mount Allisonraised so much for Shinerama. eoriginal goal of $17,000 was passed
with flying colours. Approximately$25,000 will be the final amountsent to the Canadian Cystic FibrosisFoundation (CCFF). Committeemembers believe that the amountskyrocketed this year, partly due toan increased effort towards secondaryfundraising.
Usually, they do just a couple ofsecondary fundraisers to cover thecost and then theyll have the shineday and then thats it, but this summer
we did tons of events and fundraisers,explained Gosselin.
Going into Shine Day, thecommittee had already generated$12,000. ey made about $1000
during their first event, the summersemi at the pub, and then another$1000 at the Canada Day Barbeque.Other secondary fundraisers includeda Beach Party at the pub, an End ofthe Pub as we know it Party, a bottledrive, bar blitzes, weekly bingos, andbarbeques.e sale of terra cotta shine-on
pendants also contributed largely tothis years success. e pendants aremade by Gosselins parents who owna jewellery store in Stony Creek, and
were sold for ten dollars, with fivedollars from each sale going towardShinerama. Last year, the idea wona national award for being the bestsecondary fundraiser. is year, first
years were given the option to pre-order shine-on pendants in their froshpack. Many chose to do so, or boughtthem when they arrived in Sackville.
But, thats not all, according toGosselin. e incoming class washuge, the largest weve had and
we made a lot of effort to educate
before everyone got here so that theyhad a good understanding of what[Shinerama] was. People already hadthe spirit and were really excited aboutit before they got here and that wasawesome.
However, this run of success wasalmost broken by predictions that thesun would not be shining on ShineDay. e Maritimes were expectingto be hit by the tail end of hurricaneHanna. Fortunately, the storm waiteduntil the next day.
Shinerama, Canadas largest post-secondary fundraiser, includes almostsixty universities and colleges. So far,students across Canada have shinedtheir way to $18.5 million for the fightagainst cystic fibrosis, a disease thatcauses build-up of mucus in the lungsand the pancreatic ducts, reducing thebodys ability to fight infection andabsorb sufficient nutrients.
Its the most common diseasearound for people our age, so itseems like something really worthy
to be doing as a university, explainsMayme Lefurgey, committee memberand third-year student majoring inSociology.
Most people who are involvedin Shinerama dont have a personalconnection to someone who has CysticFibrosis. ey are doing all this workand putting so much of themselvesinto this thing and its for someonethey dont even know, says Gosselin.
Not so for David Watson, second- year physics student, who has twosisters with Cystic Fibrosis. issummer, Watson and his sister Allisondid an 81-day bike trip from Vancouverto Newfoundland to raise awarenessand funds for the CCFF. In total theyraised about $5,000.
Canadians are great! said Watson.He came back to school with crazy
stories about kind Canadians, whooffered them roadside mooseburgers,and a nice choir lady who took them inafter they tried squatting in a church.
Watson also talked to first-years about
Shinerama and his trip at one of theorientation events.
Its the first week of school whereyou dont have any work yet, he saidabout the campaign, And youre stillmeeting friends, so its just a funtime.
Actually, the top three mostsuccessful Mount Allison sites werein Sackville. e downtown Sackvillesite raised $1,326, the Co-op groupraised $910, and the PattersonFamily Restaurant group raised $581.Shinerama always has lots of supportfrom the community. e townmayor, Pat Estabrooks, even read aproclamation declaring September 6as Shine Day in Sackville.
e residents of the town arealways very generous with Shine Daybecause they understand the causeand they know about it in advance,said Gosselin, I think they get excitedabout it too.
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is summer, Joggins Fossil Cliffs became aUNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. On
July 7, the Cliffs were recognized as one of theeleven greatest fossil sites in the world, and asone of the top four in Canada.ey are foundabout thirty minutes away from Sackville, alongthe Nova Scotia coast, dipping into the Bay ofFundy.
Brian Hebert, chief interpreter, commentedon the historic moment. Almost all of thecommunity of Joggins was in the Centre itself... and there was just screaming, everybody washappy, and you know some people were cr ying.It was quite amazing.
Hebert noted that the event brought manypeople to the otherwise small community. Iveknown about this site since I was a young, youngkid, he said. And now everyone else can seehow important it is as well.
Joggins is a rare site, where fossils arepreserved along with their natural environment.e cliffs offer a series of snapshots showing themost completely preserved terrestrial tropicalforest from the Pennsylvanian C oal Age, 310million years ago 100 million years before thedinosaurs.e cliffs rose up as the glaciers receded at
the end of the last Ice Age, releasing pressureon the earths crust.e cliffs are now eroding,continually exposing new f ossils, thanks to harsh
winters, rain, and Fundys tides.Until last year, a small wooden museum on
Joggins Main Street, run by Don Reid, housedthe largest collection of fossils from the cliffs.Now the new environmentally friendly centre,constructed as part of the bid for World NaturalHeritage Site status, is up and running. Just over
12,000 people have visited since the opening
Natural heritage recognized at JogginsFossil cliffs gain UNESCO statusHelena van TolArgosy Staff
four months ago. According to Hebert, the cliffshave definitely seen an increase in the numberof visitors since May, when the centre was built.But now that the Fossil Cliffs have achievedHeritage Site status, he predicts an even largerincrease in tourism.
At many UNESCO sites, there is often afear that increased traffic will cause damage tothe area that needs protection. But Hebert saysthat there is no cause for worry here because thecliffs are continually changing anyway.
[Before the centre] there was nothingstopping people from going down to the beach.Now we give guided tours of the beach, we
educate the people about safety near the cliffs,
and the aspects that are protected on the site.Hebert, who grew up in Joggins, takes care
of the fossils, gives tours, and manages thescientific component of the site. He also makesplenty of discoveries since Joggins is activelyeroding.
Just recently one of the fossil trees hascome out of the cliffand I have it right now onmy desk.eres a fossil skull and other bonematerial from an animal that was living insidethe trees those were found just a few daysago, said Hebert, adding that part of the reasonthe Cliffs were nominated are these importantand common discoveries. eres a chance of
finding new fossils every day.
The Joggins Fossil Cliffs has seen the number of tourists increase since the Fossil Centrewas built and the Cliffs gained the status of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site
Amidst the chaos of departments relocatingto the new student centre and staff changes, achange of title for VP Academic and Research
Stephen McClatchie may escape notice. OnSeptember 1, McClatchie added the title ofUniversity Provost, a new position to MountAllison, to his already formidable title. eimpetus for the creation of the Provost positioncame from University President Robert Campbell
who wanted to form