August 4, 2011

Amnesty International at U2's Final 360 Tour Concert in Moncton, NB (July 30, 2011)

On Saturday I was the only member of Amnesty International Mount Allison to make it out to volunteer at the U2 360 Concert in Moncton. It was rainy, miserable weather for a couple hours but then the rain finally stopped and we were able to get enough signatures to surpass the goal of 200,000 supporters of a petition to the president-elect of Peru to increase funding for Maternal Health over the North American leg of the tour. Here's us in the mud right in front of the Amnesty tent.



Then we were thanked for our efforts with a pass to the "Inner Circle" right next to the stage thanks to Bono's support of Amnesty.



There were some reports that Neil Young was there but I find that doubtful. We did run into John Paul Tremblay 




To give you another clue of how wet and muddy things were, here's me in front of the Amnesty tent.
 And to give you an idea of what 85,000+ people looks like here's a small section of the audience.

After volunteering I was chosen to walk on stage during the section of the concert Bono talks about Amnesty. There was a section like this (minus the happy birthday intro):




and then this specifically at Moncton:



and here, thankfully, is the view from where we walked on the platform. You can't see anybody's face very well but I'm third from last on the left.

August 3, 2011

Tips for Incoming Mount Allison University Students

Starting on Monday, August 8th and running until September 2nd I'll be posting a video and a very short tip for incoming students. The videos are of upper year students I had casual interviews with to get their take on different topics relating to being a student at Mount Allison. I hope that it will give a glimpse into life here and help you get an idea of campus life even before you arrive.

From mta.ca:


20 Tips in 20 Days for first-year students2011-08-03 10:06:09

Hello Class of 2015! My name is Geoff Campbell and over the next four weeks I’ll be sharing advice on life here Mount Allison. I will be posting tips covering different aspects of life at Mount Allison, accompanied by a video from upper-year students. The tips and videos will cover everything you need to know before you get here. Upper-year students will share what they wish they knew before they arrived, what to do on weekends in Sackville, making the most out of residence life, and more. These videos will give you a great head start and help make your transition to University life a smooth one. 
I will be sharing a tip and video every weekday starting August 8th and running until September 2nd, your first full day of Orientation at Mount Allison. The first piece of advice is on making the most out of your first two weeks at Mount Allison. 
You can read the tips and watch the videos on http://GeoffatMountAllison.blogspot.com 
The videos will also be available on Mount Allison’s YouTube channelTwitter (@MountAllison), and on Facebook starting August 8th. 
I hope you’ll find the information useful and I’ll see you in the Fall. 
Geoff Campbell B.A. Honours, International Relations (’12) - Communications Assistant 
PHOTO CAPTION: Geoff Campbell with Chancellor Peter Mansbridge and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada's mascot Ursula at Convocation 2011.


P.SFor information about Orientation check out the newly updated website. I'm pretty jealous of you guys. The orientation committee is really on top of their stuff and is getting information to you as soon as it's available. For up to the minute information check out their Twitter feed.