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History of Acadians at Mount Allison: The Argosy

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The Argosy


Mount Allison University students appear to have held an early fascination with Acadian history. This translated into a variety of student publications, including The Argosy, one of the longest standing Mount Allison publications.

In 1877, one student published an anonymous article in The Argosy entitled “Beauséjour.” The article discusses a visit to Fort Cumberland (Fort Beauséjour) and relays the history of the 1755 raid on the fort, speaking briefly of the early Acadian and indigenous inhabitants of the land. [1]   Quoting Henry Longfellow, the author acknowledges the legacy of the early Acadian inhabitants of Sackville. Longfellow served for many early students as an introduction to the plight of the Acadians. In 1881, another student wrote a review of Longfellow’s poetry, with quick mention and analysis of Longfellow’s perennial “Évangeline. [2] The allure of the story of Évangeline extended to the students of the Ladies’ College as well, where a female student appeared in a 1907 photograph dressed up as Évangeline for Halloween. [3] While these quick mentions abound in early publications, Acadians do not feature prominently in them.

Article entitled “Beausejour" that appeared in The Argosy in 1877

The anonymous author discusses a visit to Fort Cumberland (Fort Beauséjour) and the 1755 raid on the fort, speaking of the early Acadian and indigenous inhabitants of the land.

"Beausejour.” The Argosy, vol. IV, no. 1, October 1877, pp. 3-4

Article entitled “Beausejour" that appeared in The Argosy in 1877

The anonymous author discusses a visit to Fort Cumberland (Fort Beauséjour) and the 1755 raid on the fort, speaking of the early Acadian and indigenous inhabitants of the land.

"Beausejour.” The Argosy, vol. IV, no. 1, October 1877, pp. 3-4


The Argosy: 1960-2000

To produce a comprehensive list of articles from The Argosy that dealt with the topic of Acadians and Acadia proved to be a much larger undertaking than could be accomplished within the time frame of this project. The following list includes references to the relevant articles that were published between 1960 and 2000. This period was selected in order to document Mount Allison’s response to the Acadian renaissance that began in the 1960s, with the establishment of l’Université the Moncton and the massive changes brought about by the Louis J. Robichaud government, including the fight for bilingualism. This list in no way constitutes the extent of the coverage of Acadian topics in our student publications, but we invite you visit the archives to peruse the rest of Mount Allison University’s 145 years of student journalism.

 

1961

“Louis J. Robichaud to Address Graduates.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. LXXXVIII, no. 21. – 15 May 1961. – p. 1

“French-Canada today” in “100’s Take Part in Busiest Summer at Mount Allison.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. LXXXIX, no. 1. – 6 October 1961. – p. 9

 

1966

“A young man speaks out.” / Francie Wiesman. The Argosy Weekly, vol. XCV, no. 4. – 30 September 1966. – p. 5. This article consists of a feature on Père Bousquet and his views on French Canada.

 

1968

“Dialogue ‘68” by Hans Durstling. – 1 November 1968, p. 6. Dialogue ’68 was a conference on the subject of human rights held on campus which originated from the Religious Life on Campus Committee. It included a discussion on “The French in New Brunswick” with speakers who “will examine in what ways the human rights of Acadians are presently being violated and what can be done to change this”

“Dialogue.” Editorial. – 22 November 1968. – p. 4

“Smug Majority – Or Who Me?” by D. Flumerfelt. – 22 November 1968. – p. 8

“Dialogue of Monologue 68” by Adrian L. Groenenberg. – 22 November 1968. – p. 8

 “Davidson on Dialogue” by Don Davidson. – 29 November 1968. – p. 1-2

“Moncton Students Fight Fee Increase.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. XCVI, no. 18 – 6 February 1968. – p. 4. Article deals with student protests at l’Université de Moncton.

“Students Act: Fee Increases to be Constructively Protested.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. XCVI, no. 19. – 13 February 1968. – p. 1

“U. de M. Strikes Over Fee Increase.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. XCVI, no. 19. – 13 February 1968. – p. 4

“Why Wait for Spring—Do It Saturday.” The Argosy Weekly, Special Edition. – 16 February 1968. – pp. 1-2

 

1969

“U de M Student Blockade.” – 17 January 1969. – p. 1

“U de M Strike Over.” – 24 January 1969. – p. 1

Comic of student strike at U de M. – 24 January 1969. – p. 7

“Happiness is a Warm Hose” by Ronnie Morgan. – 31 January 1969. – p. 6. Article provides an inside view into the student occupation of a campus building at l’Université de Moncton

“University of Moncton Reprise.” – 25 February 1969. – p. 3

“Student Unrest.” – 25 March 1969. – p. 5. Article on “‘Values Changes and Action ‘69’: Student Conference of Atlantic Universities.” The conference, which was to include students from 11 Atlantic Universities, was to be held at the Memramcook Institute and was “planned to be as bilingual as possible.”

 

1970

“I can’t take Abbie Hoffman Seriously.” / Dave Boyd. The Argosy Weekly vol. C, no. 3. – 2 October 1970. – p. 5. Article deals with the Acadian-English problem.

“A Petition to Her Majesty Elizabeth II Queen of Canada and her Parliament.” Reprinted from “The Mysterious East.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. C, no. 12 – 5 February 1970. – p. 4

 “Former U de M Student Remains in Jail.” The Argosy Weekly vol. c, no. 7. – 13 November 1970. – p. 10

 

1972

“U de M Tense.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CI, no. 16. – 24 February 1972. – p. 1

“UENBUS [Union des Etudiants de Nouveau Brunswick OR the New Brunswick Union of Students] Stands on French Issue.” The Argosy Weekly vol. CI, no. 9. – 4 December 1972. – pp. 1-3

 

1973

“Conference on Bilingualism to be held at U de M.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CII, no. 2. – 19 March 1973. – p. 13. Article discusses a conference entitled “Bilingualism: Myth or Reality for the Atlantic Region” to be jointly sponsored by Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton between 4 and 8 May 1973.

Poem. “I’m wet pi j’ai frette” / Peter Hicklin. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CII, no. 3. – 26 March 1973. – p. 5

“On Campus” / Sandy MacIver. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CII, no. 7. – 5 November 1973. – p. 3. MacIver notes that a “blatantly Pro-English mimeographed newssheet the MAPLE LEAF NEWS was circulated on campus last week” lamenting the cost of bilingualism in New Brunswick.

 

1974

“Bathurst Closed” / Doug Brown. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CIII, no. 2. – 25 March 1974. – p. 1

 

1976

“Let’s Talk it Over.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CV, no. 5. – 9 February 1976. – p. 1. Article discusses student protests at l’Université de Moncton

“Another View of the Halting of U. de M. Strike: Strike Broken” article from l’Evangeline. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CV, no. 7. – 8 March 1976. – p. 1

Editorial. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CV, no. 7. – 8 March 1976. – p. 2. Editor apologizes “for largely ignoring [the Université de Moncton students] in their fight (in what should have been OUR fight) to bring government and public attention to the sad state of the student aid program.”

“U de M Censured.” The Argosy Weekly vol. CV, no. 11. – 22 September 1976. – p. 6

“In conference held here AFS [Atlantic Federation of Students] takes stand for bilingualism.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CV, no. 16. – 3 November 1976. – p. 4

 

1977

“Students to Limit English at Univ. de Moncton.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVI, no. 8. – 16 March 1977. – p. 3         

“The Acadians – A Sense of Identity.” / Julia Cornish. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVI, no. 7. – 3 November 1977. – p. 5

 

1978

“French Songs Highlight Café.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVI, no. 12. – 26 January 1978. – p. 13

“Ecoutez tous, petites and grandes.” / Janie Rushton and Heather McFadyen. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVI, no. 17. – 17 March 1978. – p. 19

   

1979

“Bilingualism Policy 80% Success.” / Bill Murphy. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVII, no. 16. – 1 February 1979. – p. 5

“U de M Students End Occupation.” / rodger Doncaster and Brian Seeman. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVII, no. 17. – 8 February 1979. – p. 1

“Night of the Acadians.” Poem. / Liliane Welch. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVIII, no. 2. – 13 September 1979. – p. 9  

“Growing Together.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVIII, no. 6. – 11 October 1979. – p. 7. Article discusses a meeting of Francophones in New Brunswick voting on the establishment of a separate Acadian province. It also announces a Vesper Service led by students of French department with special guest Dr. Fernand Arsenault, Professor of Religious Studies at l’Université de Moncton, to be held on 14 October 1979.

“Two Views on Romeo LeBlanc.” / Douglas McLeod and Norbert Cunningham. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVIII, no. 11. – 29 November 1979. – p. 6

 

1980

“Interview with Romeo LeBlanc.” / N. Cunningham. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVIII, no. 16. – 14 February 1980. – p. 7

“Bilingualism Certificates.” / Daphne Jackson. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CVIII, no. 16. –14 February 1980. – p. 10

“No French House.” / Paula Butler. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CIX, no. 6. – 23 October 1980. – p. 8

“Certificate of Bilingualism.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CIX, no. 8. – 6 November 1980. – p. 2

“Maison Francaise Mt.A.” / Siobhan Moore. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CIX, no. 11. – 4 December 1980. – p. 3. Article discusses the establishment of a French residence off campus for the 1981-82 academic year.

 

1981

“Vive la difference: la Maison Francaise.” / Beth Wood. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CX, no. 8. – 5 November 1981. – p. 3

 

1984

“Acadian Folklore at Mt.A.” Argosy Weekly, vol. CXIV, no. 7. – 1 November 1984. – p. 7

“Tintamarre: Bicentennial Theatre.” / Marian Macpherson. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXIV, no. 7. – 1 November 1984. – p. 8.

“At the Owens: N.B. Art Featured.” / Natalie Folster. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXIV, no. 7. – 1 November 1984. – p. 10, 12.

Untitled poem reprinted from a 1935 issue. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXIV, no. 7. – 1 November 1984. – p. 16

 

1985

“Treat with love.” / Andrea Marr. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXIV, no. 18. – 14 March 1985. – p. 3, 8, 14.

 

1986

“Tintamarre to perform for symposium.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXV – 4 April 1986. – p. 11.

“Fred Robichaud: Memories of the Great War.” / Dave Beatty. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXVI, no. 6 – 30 October 1986. – p. 10-11.

Continuation of “Fred Robichaud: Memories of the Great War.” / Dave Beatty. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXVI, no. 7 – 6 November 1986. – p. 10-11.

 

1987

“Society Update” on Das Deutsches Klub [The German Club] and their performance of a trilingual play on early settlers of Lunenberg and the expulsion of the Acadians from the region. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXVI, no. 13. – 5 February 1987 – p. 6

 

1988

“Acadian history subject of lecture.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXVIII, no. 2. – 29 September 1988. – p. 6

“Acadian culture subject of lecture.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXVIII, no. 7. 9 November 1988. – p. 6.

 

1989

“On Display at the Owen’s Art Gallery: Quoi Faire? Quoi Dire?” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXVIII, no. 15. – 9 February 1989. – p. 17

“Tintamarre Chaivari 89! Je me souviens” / Derrick Sleep. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXIX – 19 October 1989. – p. 11. Article provides a comprehensive review of the play “Charivari ’89: The Sounds of the Tantramar” by Alex Fancy, which brings to life the struggle of the Acadian people in New Brunswick and in the Sackville area. It documents the author’s beliefs that “bringing up the wrongs of the past are impolitic” and his suggestion to “[not] jeopardize the fragile truce that we [the English and French of New Brunswick] have.”

“Charivari Huge Success.” Letter to the Editor from John McNutt and Mark Arsenault that deplore Sleep’s review of “Charivari ’89: The Sounds of the Tantramar.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXIX – 26 October 1989. – p. 5

“RE: Derrick ASLEEP’s review.” Letter to the Editor from several cast members of “Charivani ‘89” criticizing Sleep’s review. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXIX – 26 October 1989. – p. 5

 

1991

“George Belliveau: hockey… acting… teaching.” / Joanne Childs. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXX. – 24 January 1991. – p. 12.

“Son of the Hawk: Belliveau brings Raddal’s novel to the stage.” / Katherine Bent. The Argosy Weekly, no. CXX. – 22 March 1991. – p. 20.

“Belliveau’s scenes show promise.” / Kimberly Skilliter. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXX. – 28 March 1991. – p. 18. 

“George Belliveau – actor, writer, playwright.” / Nick Lenco. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXXI. – 24 October 1991. – p. 20.

“A commentary on concert for peace: spectacle les Artistes pour la Paix in Moncton.” / Edith Miller. The Argosy Weekly, vol. CXX. – 7 February 1991. – p. 10.

 

1993

“Allisonian of the week: Natalie LeBlanc.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. 122, no. 14. – 4 February 1993. – p. 2.

“Carmen.”The Argosy Weekly, vol. 124, no. 9. – 25 November 1993. – p. 13.

 

1994

“Franco film-fest takes on 8thyear.” The Argosy Weekly, vol. 124, no. 1. – 16 September 1994. – p. 10

 

1996

Ad for the 10thannual Acadian francophone film festival. The Argosy, vol. 126, no. 1. – 2 September 1996. – Communiqué section.

“The not so broken girl: Julie Doiron.” / Claudine Mersereau. The Argosy, vol. 126, no. 2. – 19 September 1996. – p. 14

Broken Girland Sol; Friday.” / Claudine Mersereau. The Argosy, vol. 126, no. 6. – 24 October 1996. – p. 14

“The artistic voyage of ‘Broken Girl.’” The Argosy, vol. 126, no. 8. – 7 November 1996. – p. 14

 

1997

“Julie Doiron: Loneliest in the morning – sub pop.” / Claudine Mersereau. The Argosy, vol. 127, no. 1. – 4 September 1997. – p. 8

 

1998

“Broken Girl among East Coast Music Association nominees.” / Dean Lisk. The Argosy, vol. 127, no. 12. – 15 January 1998. – p. 12

“Noted author France Daigle to give reading.” The Argosy, vol. 127, no. 16. – 12 February 1998. – p. 30

“France Daigle: 1953 Chronicle of a Birth Foretold and more.” / Andrea Marie Levesque. The Argosy, vol. 127, no. 18. – 12 March 1998. –p. 30

 

1999

“Launch of Acadie.Net.” The Argosy, vol. 128, no. 12. – 21 January 1999. – p. 15


[1]“Beausejour.” The Argosy, vol. IV, no. 1 – October 1877 – pp. 3-4

[2]“Longfellow (Concluded).” The Argosy, vol. VII, no. 7. – April 1881. – pp. 80-81

[3]“Characters represented in Hallowe’en group” (with accompanying image). Allisonia, vol. IV, no. 2, January 1907, p. 73