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The Ever Changing Face of Cutten Classic

The Ever Changing Face of Cutten Classic

Brent Arnold | November 5, 2014

In the fall of 2012 Cutten House was reopened to residence.  This marked the end to a four year hiatus brought about by disturbed asbestos.  Due to the four year gap between residents living in …

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McParland wins community service award

Jalen Sabean, contributor | November 20, 2014

McParland wins community service award

When I started writing these articles a few issues back, I noted that “off-field” accomplishments of athletes often go unnoticed at various levels in sport.  One sports team however that has certainly not gone unnoticed over the past four years is the Acadia Axewomen soccer team.  With Caoimhe McParland [Kee-vah] winning the 2014 CIS Student-Athlete Community Service Award, a member of the Axewomen soccer team has now won this award three of the last four years.  McParland has followed in the footsteps of her current teammate, Alana Fairfax, who captured the award in 2012, as well as Cathleen Bleakney, who was the 2011 winner.

This is a phenomenal accomplishment for the Axewomen and Acadia Athletics as a whole, considering that the University of Alberta is the only other CIS University in the country with three winners in the last ten years.  As this award is presented to the CIS student-athletes who best exemplify the attributes of academic and athletic success, as well as community support, it is clear that the Axewomen soccer team is committed to these values.

In speaking with Acadia Athletic Director Kevin Dickie about the impact that this award has on Acadia Athletics, he expressed how extremely proud he is of what McParland has accomplished.  “She completely gets the student athlete experience and really exemplifies what it is to be a model student-athlete,” said Dickie.  “She loves her sport but more importantly realizes that her sport can help her in so many ways, including being a role model in the community.”

The process of McParland winning this award began when she won the AUS Student-Athlete Community Service award this year, making her a finalist for the CIS award.  This is another award that has been equally dominated by the Axewomen, having won the award four straight years, including back-to-back wins by Fairfax in 2012 and 2013.

As a fourth year CB for the Axewomen, McParland’s off the field accomplishments include being a CIS Academic All-Canadian and currently maintaining a GPA of 3.97.  It is her involvement in the community that makes her a true standout, boasting involvement in countless initiatives.  A short list of her involvement includes a position as VP Medical for the Acadia chapter of Global Medical Brigades, as well as volunteering with the Acadia S.M.I.L.E. program, Wolfville Nursing Home, Kinderskills Acadia, Acadia Mental Health Society, Hants Community Hospital, Acadia’s WITS anti-bullying program, Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centre, and the Dare Campaign.  Any of these things individually would be an accomplishment, but it is McParland’s ability to manage all these activities while also performing them all with such a high level of success that is truly impressive.  “Her resume speaks for itself,” said Dickie, “as does her amazing GPA when you consider all of the time and effort that she puts into athletics and her community.”

In a statement by Axewomen head coach Amit Batra, she captured the point that these articles are meant to encompass; “[Caoimhe’s] impact on the community largely goes unnoticed because she just contributes as part of her daily life”.  The point is that while athletes such as Caoimhe are not out in the community making a difference with the expectation of recognition or rewards, it is well deserved, and awards such as this are one way that we can properly honour those who go above and beyond.  The CIS has done a great job of having this award on the same level of prestige as some of their strictly on-field awards, and showing that the activities off the field hold the same value and importance.

As the academic year continues on, and more CIS sports get underway, Acadia athletes (and athletes around the country) should take this article as an example of how they can use their presence as a role model to make a big difference in their community.  With the continued commitment of the Axewomen soccer team, I am confident that we will be writing an article this time next year, celebrating their fourth award in five years.

Be sure to follow @AxesForChange on Twitter for more great content of Acadia Axemen and Axewomen making a positive change in their community.

Sex Q & A: A sex week follow up

Laura Jeha, Cailin Wilson, Quinn Mastromonaco | November 16, 2014
Sex Q & A: A sex week follow up

As part of our Human Sexuality Psychology class we decided to participate in this year’s Sex Fest on campus to increase conversation-surrounding sexuality and help educate students around topics such as safe sex, resources available …

Graduate student profile: Sara Klapstein

Sara Klapstein | November 15, 2014
Graduate student profile: Sara Klapstein

These profiles are brought to you by AGSA, Acadia graduate students’ society.  If you want to be featured contact Lyndsay Sprado, president of AGSA at agsapresident@acadiau.ca
Name: Sara Klapstein.
Hometown: Antigonish, NS.
Program: PhD Environmental Science through Memorial University of …

Graduate student profile:  Ian Roddis

 Ian Roddis | November 15, 2014
Graduate student profile:  Ian Roddis

These profiles are brought to you by AGSA, Acadia graduate students’ association.  If you want to be featured contact Lyndsay Sprado, president of AGSA at agsapresident@acadiau.ca
 Age:    34
Hometown: I’m not sure anymore.
Program:  Msc Mathematics and Statistics
Length of …

Graduate student profile: Alyssa Gerhardt

Alyssa Gerhardt | November 15, 2014
Graduate student profile: Alyssa Gerhardt

These profiles are brought to you by AGSA, Acadia graduate students’ association.  If you want to be featured contact Lyndsay Sprado, president of AGSA at agsapresident@acadiau.ca
Age: 24
Hometown: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Program: Masters of Sociology
Length of program: 12 …

Dear Trevor Pt. 2

Online @ The Athenaeum | November 14, 2014
Dear Trevor Pt. 2

Dear Heart,
I don’t really know how to start
So I guess I’ll tell you what I did
I’m leaving you with Trevor
And sweet goodbye I bid
He hasn’t slept in weeks,
Because me and you do bicker
I was going …

The Sexualization of Halloween Costumes

Alyssa Gerhardt | November 14, 2014
The Sexualization of Halloween Costumes

The debate surrounding promiscuous Halloween costumes, especially for women, is current and ongoing.  Growing up my Halloween costumes consisted of a very child-appropriate Jack O’Lantren, a witch, and a cat, to name a few.  Writing …

Close Quarters

Anonymous | November 14, 2014
Close Quarters

I want to preface this article by stating that while all of the stories in here are true, they did not all happen to one person.  I have written them as if they all happened …

The unity moment is over. Time to get back to the argument.

David McLaughlin | November 12, 2014
The unity moment is over. Time to get back to the argument.

The tragic and stunning events in Ottawa this week have sparked a welcome mood of unity on Parliament Hill.  All of the party leaders have spoken to Canadians with great conviction and poise.
Their tones differed …

Tinder Trauma

Victoria Forsey | November 12, 2014
Tinder Trauma

Tinder (noun) /ˈtɪn.dər/ : “a substance that burns easily, such as paper or thin sticks of wood, used to light fires” OR as we now define it, in the Urban Dictionary, “A popular dating app …

Fast Times at Slow Dough

Andrew Haskett | November 12, 2014
Fast Times at Slow Dough

I nearly shit when I saw the bookshelf come crashing down.  Lined with pots, pans, a tin teapot, numerous knives, forks, and spoons, a toaster and a ceramic chicken, it all fell apart.  I thought …