Geoff at Mount Allison: What’s the point?

Blogging. Really? You write a blog. Haha. Alright… That was what I figured most people were secretly thinking when I told them I was starting to write a blog for the school way back in August 2008, even before the first day of class here at Mount Allison University. At times I’ve wondered if anybody ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: Mount Allison University Farm Project

Mount Allison University recently revived its farm after allowing it to lay dormant for half a century. The results have been a very sucessful harvest and a substantial amount of fresh local food for Jenning Dining Hall. From Global Maritimes: From the CBC: Mount Allison students harvest first crops Posted: Sep 12, 2011 6:53 AM ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: Presenting Mount Allison’s Year of Science and Discovery President’s Speakers Series

Every year, Mount Allison decides on a theme for its speaker’s series. This year’s speakers are among the most renowned scholars in their fields. This year’s list is below along with a link to the Mount Allison organized Facebook events. I think many of the speakers will inspire lively debate on campus, especially Susan Greenfield. ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: Introducing the new President of Amnesty International Mount Allison Advait Vij

Over the last month I’ve done a lot of thinking about the future of Amnesty International at Mount Allison (AI Mount Allison). I had a discussion with another engaging and motivated student who happens to be your next President of AI Mount Allison. Over the summer I was offered the opportunity to continue working at ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips in 20 Days for First-year Students: #20- Get help adjusting if you need it

In the final post of our 20-part video tip series for first year students, fourth-year psychology student Aleka Maclellan discusses campus resources for those having difficulty adjusting to life at Mount Allison. Moving out on your own can be a difficult experience and for that reason Mount Allison offers resources for students to help them ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips in 20 Days for First-year Students: #19- Access student disability services

Mount Allison is so supportive of all students and they really want you to succeed. The Wellness Centre provides services to students with documented disabilities other than learning disabilities and The Meighen Centre is for students with learning disabilities. This support includes note takers, alternate exam settings, alternate lecture and exam formats, mentoring, the use ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips in 20 Days for first-year students: #18- Enjoy Mount Allison without alcohol

In this the 18th video in our 20-part tip series, fourth-year honours psychology student and Orientation Chair Aleka Maclellan discusses what students can do to enjoy Mount Allison before they turn 19. All residence events are generally all-ages. Turning 19 really isn’t as life-changing as it’s cracked up to be and there’s certainly no shortage ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: Places to Relax at Mount Allison University

In the 17th in our 20-part video tip series, fourth-year biology students Beth Whitfield and Brittany Cain talk about their favourite places to relax and unwind around campus.  Brittany really likes the solarium and pub in the Student Centre and Beth suggests the Waterfowl Park as a good place to de-stress. Personally, I enjoy taking ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips in 20 Days for first-year students: #16- Where to go for support in residence

In the 16th post of the 20-part video tip series, fourth-year biology student Brittany Cain discusses where to find a support system in residence. It’s doubtful you’ll have any major problems, but if you do have any issues with a roommate or a room repair, a residence assistant (RA) in your wing/on your floor is the best first ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #15- Finding coffee in Sackville, NB

In the 15th of 20 in our video tip series, fourth-year psychology student Aleka Maclellan talks about the best places to grab a coffee in Sackville. Drinking coffee is a study-aid and habit-forming, so it’s no surprise that there are five good places to get coffee in this university town. Starting with the obvious, if ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #14- Discovering Art in Sackville, NB

In the 14th of our 20 part video-tip series, fourth-year history and anthropology student Sarah Underhill talks about viewing art in Sackville. Firstly, there’s Owen’s Art Gallery, the oldest university art gallery in Canada, which hosts student and established artists’ work year-round. There’s also the START (Student Run Art) Gallery and Struts Gallery in downtown ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #13- Explore the natural beauty surrounding Mount Allison University

In the 13th video in our 20-part video tip series, third-year biology student David Summerby-Murray discusses places to see outside Sackville. He mentions the Tantramar Salt Marshes, just outside Sackville (part of why Canon Envirothon came to Mount Allison). There’s also the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tides in the world. If you ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #12- Out on the Weekend

In the 12th in the 20-part video tip series, third-year religious studies student  Oudai (OD) AlTabbaa discusses the many things to do on weekends in Sackville. There’s really always something happening in Sackville during the school year. There are events and activities organized by the 140+ clubs on campus, concerts at the Pub and George’s, ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #11- Overcoming Exam Anxiety at Mount Allison University

In the 11th in our 20-part video tip series, fourth-year environmental studies student Avery Wheeler offers her advice on overcoming exam anxiety. I’m not going to lie, the first exams you’ll take in University will probably be stressful. You have probably never taken a 2-3 hour test that’s worth 40-60% of your final grade. Don’t ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: Career Services Events at Mount Allison University

Hi everyone, I’d like to share a little information about upcoming events related to career services and internship opportunities at Mount Allison via Student Life and the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies (RJCBS). As you may know, Scott Yorke was hired for a dual role as Career Counselor for Student Life and Student Internship ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #10- Stay fit on campus at Mount Allison University

Tenth on our list of 20 video tips for incoming Mount Allison University students is how to stay fit and healthy on campus. Fourth-year environmental studies student Avery Wheeler discusses Mount Allison’s athletic facilities and why you should use them to avoid the dreaded and “very real” freshman 15. There is a focus on staying ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: Atlantic International Studies Organization at Mount Allison University

As we’re moving closer to September I’d like to include a mention feature from the Mount Allison University website regarding the Atlantic International Studies Organization (ATLIS). Because ATLIS is such an important and longstanding group on campus the school agreed to feature a story about the group on the main page. Due to my (relatively minor) ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: The Argosy, Mount Allison University’s Independent Student Newspaper releases archived issues (PDFs) from 2009-2010

As Online Editor of the Argosy, Mount Allison University’s Independent Student Newspaper (since 1875) my job has been, among other things, to help migrate the website to it’s new platform (with a lot of technical assistance from outgoing IT Manager and incoming Vice-President Finance & Operation for the SAC Patrick Losier) and prepare the new ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #8- Transition to Life at Mount Allison University

In this video, fourth-year psychology and English student James Barth and fourth-year biochemistry student Erin Stewart give their take on adjusting to university life at Mount Allison. I think an important point to make is that it is completely normal to feel a bit out of place and nervous at first — everyone feels that ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #7- Adjust from Abroad to Mount Allison University

In the 7th video tip in our 20-part series, third-year religious studies student Oudai (OD) AlTabbaa from Damascus, Syria  gives his advice on how new international students can adjust to life in Canada and at Mount Allison University.  Speaking as a student who spent his youth growing up mostly in suburban Chicago, I didn’t experience ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #6- Adapt to Academics at Mount Allison University

In this 6th out of 20 video tips for incoming Mount Allison University students, fourth-year environmental studies student Avery Wheeler returns to discuss the academic transition from high school to university.    As I wrote on my blog back in September of my first year, “The main difference between high school and university is that there ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: Mount Allison University Athletics on Social Media

As more and more people adopt social media use its easier to connect to students, staff, and faculty at Mount Allison. That is evidenced particularly well when it comes to athletics related accounts at the school.  While the main hub for information on Mounties Athletics and Recreation remains the department website and major mentions are ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #5- Get involved in Athletics at Mount Allison University

Fifth in this 20-part video series is third year biology student David Summerby-Murray talking about how incoming students can get involved in athletics at Mount Allison University. Mount Allison has 18 Varsity and Club sports teams, in addition to a variety of intramural teams. Try out for a varsity team, play on a co-ed intramural ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: Don’t Be An Ant

So to take a very short detour from the video posts for a moment I’d like to share a very short video clip: It’s from, Waking Life, a philosophical film about, among other things, the concept of free will. While working on the tips I’ve thought a lot about what it was like when I ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips for first-year students: #4- Get some inside information

Fourth in this 20-part video series for the Class of 2015, Alex Dalton (fourth-year international relations) and Avery Wheeler (fourth- year environmental studies) share what they wish they knew before they came to Mount Allison. Alex mentions the very useful reference librarians and Avery mentions that rain boots are a must have as the reality ...