If you missed convocation at Mount Allison, you missed some emotional speeches from the valedictorian Thomas Williams, the President Robert Campbell, and the Chancellor Peter Mansbridge. CHMA was at the ceremony recording, and here are the excellent speeches (without the name-readings in between)!
Today’s show is on interesting people. Kristian Gilbert – founder of Zettel Magazine – certainly qualifies. The most important question is this: what do people in Sackville not know about you? We play on that theme today:
Dr. Christl Verduyn won the Herbert and Leota Tucker Teaching Award, given to honour the top teacher at Mount Allison. Dr. Verduyn is passionate about learning outside of the classroom, and she offers social engagement and small-group learning as important foundations in her educational style.
SappyForever is a coffee table book released by SappyFest and purchased by so many of you Sackville – ites (Sackvillians?). On Saturday, Jon Mckiel, Julie Doiron, Lucas Hicks, and Shotgun Jimmie played at Your Jazz Guys as part of a book release tour. Boardwalk Radio spoke with Jim.
Sackville has a Shambhala Meditation Group that meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM at the University Club on Mount Allison campus. Vallie Stearns, a member of the group, spoke with Boardwalk Radio about the group, her experience with meditation, and Shambhala in general:
Boardwalk’s Be the News journalism team hosted a show about religion. We began discussing the former United Church building, speaking with Damian Hammock of the group SPLASH, which is trying to preserve the building itself. This first section of the show included an interview with the landowner, John Lafford, and another with Town Council member Bill Evans.
The second section of the show was about declining religiosity across the Maritimes rather than just in Sackville. Reverend John Perkin discussed how religiosity and church attendance everywhere is declining, why this is the case, and what might result.
Finally, we ended by discussing what might replace the church in the future. If the church serves the roles of providing community space and moral codes and rules to individuals, then what might serve to replace those functions in the future as churches close their doors? Is this a good or bad thing? What is a post-church church?
Sheila Wilson recently traveled to Sackville to become Struts and Faucet Media’s new Artist in Residence. Her specialty is in photographs and telling a story about a place. Might her residency involve a description of the (former) RCI Towers? Listen here to find out:
Mount Allison has a huge amount of research take place during the summer months, both student and faculty. Research coordinator David Bruce spoke with Boardwalk about some of the highlights, including the incredible 70% success rate for professor applications for research grants! Listen here:
Max Grizzly and the Entertainment, the recent winner of the 2014 ASCAR Band of the Year, is releasing its first EP on May 10th at 10 PM in Sackville. The show will take place at the Sackville Music Hall. Mark Leblanc, the handomest member and rhythm guitar player, spoke with Boardwalk about the recent award, the upcoming EP, and the good feelings Max Grizzly gives when performing. Listen below!