July 14, 2009

50 Things to Do at Mount Allison University

So I came across a list of things to do at Mount Allison...most are pretty good...while others...maybe not so much. Take a look:

1. Shine shoes, pack groceries, or wash cars to help support Cystic Fibrosis during Shinerama Day.

2. Astronomy 1001: See the stars with Dr. Hawkes.

3. Order Joey’s garlic fingers after midnight.

4. Lounge in front of residence on a sunny day.

5. Watch for the Hart Hall ghost.

6. Meet the Student Life team; they know the answers!

7. Visit all four of Sackville’s art galleries.

8. Enjoy Sunrise, sunset, or moonlight in the Waterfowl Park.

9. Cheer at a varsity game in garnet and gold face paint.

10. See a live band (especially when sponsored by the SAC).

11. Join a club or society, or better yet, start one!

12. Check out a Toonie Movie, Fridays at midnight at the Vogue.

13. Participate in the annual Variety Show — or at least attend.

14. Perform in a residence coffee house — or help organize one.

15. Grab a world-famous milkshake at Mel’s.

16. Sing carols and take a sleigh ride through downtown Sackville during Midnight Madness.

17. Visit the Drew Nursing Home — and put a smile on some older faces.

18. Get to know the cleaning staff in your residence...and show them they're appreciated.

19. Earn four certificates from the President through Leadership Mount Allison.

20. Kick back on the couch over a frappé at Bridge Street Café.

21. Write an article for the Argosy, our well-known student newspaper.

22. Host your own radio show on CHMA Radio, 106.9 FM.

23. Take part in all residence activities.

24. Learn to tell Student Services, Student Life, and SAC apart.

25. Volunteer in Sackville — the opportunities are endless.

26. Visit Cranewood, home of President Robert Campbell and his lovely wife Christl Verduyn.

27. Smile with the SMILE program by helping children with special needs at the YMCA on Saturday mornings.

28. See a play at Windsor Theatre.

29. Skate on the Swan Pond.

30. Check out a Film Society flick, Thursdays at 7 at the Vogue.

31. Go to Sackville’s great little Farmer’s Market, Saturdays from 9 in the Bridge Street Café.

32. See SUSHI perform — you won’t find better improv in the Maritimes.

33. Don’t miss a single Garnet & Gold musical.

34. Attend the Performing Arts Series, then try to find better talent anywhere in Canada.

35. Go to Tidewater Books on Bridge Street and choose a Sackville post card for your parents.

36. Buy at least one article of Mount A clothing from the Bookstore — if you can stop at one.

37. Have lunch at the Golden A — Mount A’s answer to Saved by the Bell’s “The Max.”

38. Get to know your profs by their first name; get them to know your name too.

39. Get yourself photographed on the Pub’s web site.

40. Learn the names of and set foot in every building on campus — all 43 of them.

41. Do the Relay For Life — an overnight marathon with food, entertainment, and lots of fellow walkers in support of cancer research.

42. Introduce someone new to Mount A.

43. Go cross-country skiing at Beech Hill Park, just outside town limits.

44. Chow down on some international cuisine at the Society of All Nation’s Banquet.

45. Make friends with at least two international students.

46. Thank your monitors, dons, and house executives. You’ll see when you get here that they do a great job.

47. See campus through the chapel’s stained-glass windows.

48. Stay all summer for an experience like no other.

49. Try to buy every installment of Conduct Becoming: Mount Allison Voices Against Cancer — a fundraising CD with our best local stars.

50. Walk across the stage at Convocation Hall to receive the most prestigious undergraduate degree in Canada.


3. Order Joey’s garlic fingers after midnight.

Yes...it's really bound to happen at some point. And really...after 12 what doesn't taste good?

8. Enjoy Sunrise, sunset, or moonlight in the Waterfowl Park.

The waterfowl park is great anytime

10. See a live band (especially when sponsored by the SAC).

Bands like Plants & Animals, Wintersleep, and the Constantines come to play in Sackville...seriously. You should be sure to come to at least one show at George's Roadhouse- where the better bands play. It's kind of a walk from campus but well worth it.

12. Check out a Toonie Movie, Fridays at midnight at the Vogue.

More commonly referred to as the midnight movie. My first was The Dark Night...fantastic.

24. Learn to tell Student Services, Student Life, and SAC apart.

Umm...that's really not going to happen. That's why they are changing the name. Student Services is now The Registrar's Office. That's pretty self explanatory. Student Life includes Counselling, The Student Health Centre and the like. The SAC is the Students' Administrative Council but almost never referred to as such is pronounced Sack.

28. See a play at Windsor Theatre

Good advice...there are a few great shows a year.

38. Get to know your profs by their first name; get them to know your name too.

A major plus about being at Mount Allison is the small class sizes and personal attention given by professors...but you have to make the effort to establish a relationship with your profs. This will get more and more important as your move into smaller and smaller classes.

40. Learn the names of and set foot in every building on campus — all 43 of them.

Very unlikely...you won't have to even go near most of them...just focus on remembering the main residences, academic buildings, Gym, and Con Hall and you'll more or less be set. I'd even hazard a guess whoever came up with that can't name twenty-five of them.

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