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Editorial: A call for critical thought

Editorial: A call for critical thought

The Athenaeum Editorial Board | February 5, 2015

The Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA), and Board of Governors returned to the table January 30th to continue their negotiations, when negotiations broke down for the second time. Anxieties on campus are tangible as students …

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Common Praise

Andrew Haskett | March 24, 2015

Breagh Potter, doused in silver and gold upon the mantle, sings her swan song to the night. Accompanied by a voice as clean and as raw as the hands of Judas, she sways heartily to the backdrop of a cello bemoaning a bow. Standing before the passion of the Christ, she sings to the pews. It is a very cold night outside these walls.

Pat LePoidevin, accompanied by a guitar, a ukulele, and a story, prepares his sermon. American fiction and underground tales of coal are the subjects of the evening. Golf courses and mountain men, broken hearts and the magic of Disney. Prepare yourself. Pat is, as usual, accompanied by his reverb voice-looping shtick and a whispering shout that suckers your soul into a violence that is kind and sweet to the ears but vicious to the heart. A second time around since the Slow Dough fiasco, this BC native does not grant any excuses to the power of his voice. An untitled album, due this May, speaks of themes of obscurity and guilt in an ever-changing world. Relevancy is key these days, isn’t it?

Breagh, in the shadow of the Christ, sung with a sweetness reserved only for the sanctity of angels. Much in part like Regina Spektor, Breagh holds fast to a Francophone charm that breathes whimsy, pleasure, and joy with every note presented to the ears. Joyous and careless in charm, she effectively whispers the highs and lows of fate to an audience of eager listeners. In this instance, my ears are roused and pleased by the sound of her kind, joyous voice.

Sound in mind and body, Pat and Breagh brought a close knit, colourful show to Manning Chapel. As is common with Baptist architecture, Manning Chapel is lined with gold, marble, stone, and a feeling of joy. Juxtaposed to the wild debauchery present at Wolfville’s Anvil on a Friday night, this chapel show offered some much needed respite from the frigid repetition of a Nova Scotian winter. Who knows, a church pew may be the comfiest lap you have ever slept on.

I cannot convey music through word. I cannot detail the highs and lows of a voice, of an instrument, of an emotion of song, through the power of the written word. All I can say is; listen to Pat LePoidevin. Listen to Breagh Potter. Listen to Joan Baez, Warren Zevon, and Bach. Listen to the countless poetic artists that portray the influence of my writing, of anyone’s writing, of the power of the Earth’s creativity. These artists do not reflect everyone. I am not “original”, a special snowflake. I am simply and hopelessly trying to express myself through the written word of my actions and emotions.

Turn on, tune in, drop out. Timothy Leary spoke this mantra in 1967 while high on LSD in front of 30,000 strung out hippie compatriots at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Take from this what you will, dear readers, but I pray to whatever deity may be above us that you will practice the trades of free speech and creativity to the ends of the Earth. Do not adhere yourselves to complacency, to mediocrity, to woefulness. Practice your dreams, express your utmost desires, and speak what silliness fills your mind. Do not let the majesty falter. It has been spoken ages before, and shall be spoken now.

I wish you luck. Sincerely,

Andrew Haskett

The Athenaeum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Farewell to Germs

Billy Van Ekris | March 24, 2015
A Farewell to Germs

I am rarely explicit with these things, but here goes: Let’s stop reacting to anyone that sneezes as if it is anything other than a regular function of the human body.
Why bother acknowledging when someone …

An interview with Brutus: ATC presents JCaesar

Riley MacKinnon | March 24, 2015
An interview with Brutus: ATC presents JCaesar

I sat down with Graham Bolton, who is playing Brutus in the upcoming Acadia Theatre Company production, JCaesar, and asked him a few questions:
How has the preparation for this play differed from that of another Shakespeare production?
Well, …

Cheap and cheerful chicken pot pie

Robin Lawson | March 24, 2015
Cheap and cheerful chicken pot pie

Filling

2 stalks celery, chopped
2 large carrots
1 small onion
½ cup frozen corn
½ cup frozen peas
1¼ cup vegetable or chicken stock
1 cooked boneless chicken breast (optional)
⅛ tsp each paprika, garlic powder, onion powder (or any favourite spice …

There’s a new brew in town

Travis D. Gibbons and Riley C. Burns | March 24, 2015
There’s a new brew in town

It was a late August evening on the roof of a small university apartment building when Riley C. Burns and Travis D. Gibbons decided to take their first shot at “the homebrew”. The two friends …

Brew Review: Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale

Jon Smith | March 24, 2015
Brew Review: Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale

 
Belgian beers are somewhat of a different breed from North American beers. They have a larger history behind them, and the Belgian style is a bit more homogeneous than the hop-crazed hipster beer trend in …

Are you feeling S.A.D?

Laura Jeha | March 24, 2015
Are you feeling S.A.D?

Every year when winter rolls around you find the same thing happens. You sleep a solid 8 hours and still feel tired, all you want to do is sit at home with a box of …

All That Glitters is Self Defence?

Tess Pooran | March 24, 2015
All That Glitters is Self Defence?

“We realized that if pepper spray were sparkly and cute, it would actually get used.” This is a quote from the creator of Blingsting, Andi. I am not sure how to react to this. I …

Nutella ice cream: four simple ingredients

Robyn McMillan | March 17, 2015
Nutella ice cream: four simple ingredients

Officially titled a semifreddo (Italian for “half-cold”), this recipe delivers rich ice-cream with only four ingredients – no ice-cream maker required. Sound like the answer to your prayers? Mine too.
After receiving the cookbook Date Night …

Acadia’s Art department

Tess Pooran | March 17, 2015
Acadia’s Art department

Acadia’s Art department is small but mighty. Tucked away behind the Acadia Art Gallery is a student art studio, filled with paint, brushes, and various student art projects. The natural light flowing in from a …

Spring Contra Dance on Saturday 28 March

Dan Aurell | March 17, 2015
Spring Contra Dance on Saturday 28 March

7-10pm – L’Arche Hall, 341 Main Street, Wolfville
$10 admission / $8 students and unwaged (or pay-what-you-can)
 
Come shake off those winter blues at the first Valley Contra Dance of 2015. We are fortunate to draw a …