Introducing Your ASA Candidates

BY KIRANDEEP SINGH / Dagligtale Staff Writer

With the ASA elections, it is important to become educated on our candidates’ platforms and hear their views on meeting our needs as students. We conducted an interview with Richard Li, who is running for VP Finance, and Rebecca Nicholson, who is running for VP Communications.

Nicholson believes she is bringing experience and passion to the association. “I’ve done a lot of leadership work in the past. I was a part of the Girl Guides of Canada for 12 years so I have a lot of experience in leadership positions.” She is passionate about communication between the ASA and the student body. “Communication” was a part of my platform going into being an off-campus rep. I wanted to bridge the gap between on-campus and off-campus living.” She believes she has a good start with communication as off-campus rep but could do even more as VP Communications. “The VP Communications also play a pretty important role in preparing before elections.” They set up potential candidate forums and work with the campus and Student Union to get out the vote campaign. Despite running uncontested, Nicholson believes she deserves to win the ASA election because of her passion. “I want to make students aware of what we do and I wants student’s to know what our role is. I think more students should become involved and should want to be a part of the ASA.” One of Nicholson’s goals include advocating for more councillor’s at the school. She aims to find ways to helps students deal with stress and personal issues. “Augustana is missing something and I hope to work and improve on that next year.”

Li aims to bring sustainability and experience to the ASA. “I haven’t been VP Finance before but I am willing to offer my time and my willingness to learn from the students.” Like Nicholson, Li is also running uncontested in the ASA election. He believes that it is the student’s right to vote him out if he fails to engage the students. “Even though I’m running uncontested, it is more about whether I am fit to complete this role. I’m still going to run as if I’m versing someone else.” He believes that the current ASA is well-prepared in the needs of students but there is room for improvement.”I feel like the ASA has done a decent job in the past year and I hope to make it better.” He believes that more people should be running and getting engaged. “We get a lot of suggestions and I think more students should be taking initiative and trying to make change.” He encourages that students provide feedback so the ASA can better support their needs. “I feel that there is a disconnection between the ASA and students and that is something I would try to bridge to the best of my abilities.” Accessibility is something Li hopes to work on as well. Going through social media and hearing from students, he believes accessibility and the willingness to listen is something the ASA needs to work on. “The ASA should represent the students and I know that there are students who feel the ASA doesn’t.”


Jennae Matzner, who is running for VP Student Life, was not available for an interview.

10th Annual Nordlys Ready to “Light Up” Camrose


The 10th Nordlys Film and Arts Festival is coming to Camrose once again, from Feb. 15 to 17 at the Bailey Theatre. Nordlys means “northern lights” and the festival features a wide range of cinema from across Canada and around the world. The festival has a full weekend of films, special guests, and live music. This year’s lineup includes films from Russia, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, USA, and Canada.

One of the highlights of the festival is the guest list of speakers who attend the weekend. This year, speakers will include producer Mary Sexton, director Josh Wong, musician/producer Blake Reid, filmmaker Jenny Rustemeyer, among others.
Each guest will be available to answer questions, talk about their background working on their specific film, and their experience working in the film and Canadian film industry. Over the weekend, there will also be a line-up of local performers will be providing musical entertainment in the Bailey Theatre, including The Blake Reid Band, #9, The Olson Brothers and several others.
The Nordlys Film Festival is important to Camrose as it provides attendees the opportunity to meet guest filmmakers and musicians. It enables people to be able to have wonderful discussions about the films. The aim of the festival is simply offers great films, music, and community. It also gives people a chance to interact with the artists performing. They have board and committee members, sponsors and festival volunteers. They have no paid staff and the festival is completely volunteer run. There is a tradition of wearing “black and white” on the Friday Opening Night. Some people like to really dress up and others just wear black jeans and a white t-shirt or something fun.

For more information, such as ticket price, bios on the guest musicians and filmmakers, and volunteering opportunities, visit the Nordlys’ website.

Photo credit: The Nordlys Facebook

Neighbour Aid: The Camrose Community Helping One Another


Neighbor Aid is the non-profit volunteer organization meant to help people in need. It is run by the churches in Camrose, providing outreach to the community. Their name stems off the idea that they are helping as neighbours who are there for each other. They help provide services like soup kitchens, specialty medical transportation, food banks, food for kids, emergency housing and feeding, some financial aid to qualifying individuals, and referrals to agencies and services.

The food bank runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. People who require food assistance need to bring the names of all the individuals in the household, source of income, the reason they require food assistance, proof of residence, and personal ID. From there, they are given a hamper per month that will be based on how Neighbor Aid assess those individuals’ needs.

Donations to the Camrose Neighbor Aid Center can be dropped off at 4524 54 Street, behind the museum building. Neighbor Aid also runs a Morning Bread service that runs on Monday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Camrose Community Church. They run breakfast clubs for children at schools as well. They encourage people to volunteer and help others in need of assistance.

They accepts donations of non-perishable foods such as pasta and sauce, canned fish or meat, peanut butter, powdered milk, soup, canned fruit or vegetables, granola bars, and baby food. They also accept non-food items such as baby diapers, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, soap, shampoo, and deodorant. Neighbor Aid can be contacted at 780-679-3220 or through their email More information can found on their website

Wellness Week Tackles Mental Health Awareness


Each semester, the Augustana Students’ Association (ASA) hosts a week long event referred to as Wellness Week. The goal is to improve the mental health of students and help them destress at the end of the busy semester. Wellness Week is extremely important as it helps students take some time to wind down with the stress of final exams approaching. This year, Wellness Week was run by Alex Ho, the VP of Communications on the ASA.
The ASA advertised Wellness Week through posters, email newsletters, and through the Facebook event page. Students were encouraged to participate and get involved.
Over the week, all sorts of different events took place. Students had the opportunity to grab food and drinks on various days throughout the week. There were fruits, a salad bar, snacks, Norwegian breakfast, and Booster Juice! Volunteers helped hand out the goodies the best they could even though they went quickly.
Events to help students manage adult life also took place. A financial blueprint program helped students manage money and work on budgeting their finances. Other benefits promoted self-care, such as free admission to the Fitness Centre for the whole week.
Practices designed to calm and ease like beading, knitting, and a dog walk also took place. Although there were not many participants for these practices, the people who joined were concentrated and learned new skills that can be forms of peaceful meditation.
The University of Alberta also promotes an app called WellTrack that uses interactive self-help therapy to help students with their mental health. A person needs to sign in with their school email to get full access. The app offers mood assessments, modules to help students get through their mental health issues, and guides students to resources that are available at Augustana or in Camrose where they can seek help. The app is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

Ted Barris and World War II History


Author, journalist, and broadcaster Ted Barris will be visiting the Bailey Theatre to speak about the importance of World War II history through his book The Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany.

The Dam Busters is a story that goes back to 1943, the middle of the war. The allies had little success in attempting to turn the tide against the Nazis and the spread of fascism and the occupation of the most of Europe. The Prime Minister was looking to give people of the troops and their people a sense of hope in winning the war. The dams were a form of hydroelectricity for the Nazis and a man named Barnes Wallis stepped up with the plan of a bouncing bomb to attack the dams in order to slow down the Nazis.’ The story is about the bizarre plan to attack the dams.

It is important to look at these stories one at a time to get a sense of who participated, what happened, and who these people were. They were volunteers, men who trained in Canada who left their civilian jobs; they were farmers, students, professionals, labourers; they were all kinds of people who stepped up and managed to change the tide of the war with this operation.

“I think it’s important to remember these people because they were ordinary,” Barris said. “They weren’t extraordinary war heroes, they were essentially average Canadians who realized the threat of what was happening in Europe and volunteered for the army, the navy, and the air force to change what was happening in Europe and the rest of the world.”

The greatest difficulty Barris faced was the missing records of the 14 Canadians who died. “Thirty Canadians were involved and half of them were killed,” Barris explained. “You can’t do interviews with those 14 men but you can trace the records.” Barris traced the diaries, flight logs, letters, and photographs of the people who did not return and tried to reconstruct their stories.

People can make themselves more aware about the importance of history by going online and exchanging information on social media. Reading would be most effective as nonfiction writers like Barris give sources to deliver the stories so the reader can tell where the material is derived from. Barris hopes to leave his audience with the images of the people and the stories of who they were, where they came from, and what they did. He aims to make the men from the war come alive, both the ones who survived and the ones who did not.

“I hope that people will consider coming to listen and watch and to ask questions,” said Harris. ” And perhaps purchase a few books to get a clearer picture of who these Canadians were.”

Barris will be visiting the Bailey Theatre Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $10 at the door and will include refreshments and snacks.


NaNoWriMo a Thrilling Opportunity for Budding Novelists



Interested in writing a book but lack the time to properly commit? National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo) provides writers the motivation to write and finish a book within a month. NaNoWriMo takes place in the month of November and helps writers stay on track at no cost. The organization believes in the transformational power of creativity. They offer encouragement, structure, and help writers achieve their goals through their platform online.

Writers begin working towards starting and finishing a 50,000 novel, from Nov. 1 to Nov 30. Writers cannot write their novel on the site but are welcome to share an excerpt and synopsis. They are able to update their word count to keep track of their progress until the uploading date. Starting Nov. 20, writers are allowed to upload their full piece for submission until the end of the month where the NaNoWriMo team will begin to select a winner. More information can be found on their website.

Not interested in writing a long piece of creative writing? Augustana finally has a creative writing club called the Live Poets’ Society! The purpose of the club is to promote an appreciation for the literary arts by providing a safe space for literary creation, including development and performance. It also encourages helpful collaboration between authors. The club welcomes all sorts of creativity, including but not limited to: short fiction, long fiction, poetry, slam poetry, and spoken word. The Live Poets’ Society gathers every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Theatre Building across from the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.

More information can be found on the club’s Facebook page or from the club president, Isabella Bourque, who can be contacted at

Editors’ Note: The NaNoWriMo website also has a variety of Pep Talks from authors such as Neil Gaiman, Tamora Pierce, Justina Ireland, Brian Jacques, Audrey Niffenegger, John Green, etc. for those who need some extra inspiration!


Images courtesy of National Novel Writing Month



Around this time of year, you will see a trend where people let their facial hair grow. Why? It is Movember; the growing of facial hair—specifically the moustache—to bring to awareness men’s health matters, such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer, men’s mental health, and suicide prevention. A person who grows a moustache to show their support is often called a “Mo Bro” or “Mo Sis.” Movember is an international, annual event that occurs during the entire month of November.

The Movember Foundation is a charity that leads in creating change in men’s health issues. They challenge the status quo and aim to create an environment where men are able to be open about their health and have resources that can help them get through the problems they face. Mental health is a large focus of the organization as many lives are lost to suicide because men the lack of focus on men’s mental health. The company encourages men to talk and seek help from someone they trust when they are struggling mentally or physically.

Movember is important as it encourages men to reach out and aims to increase cancer awareness, early treatment, and reduce the rate of preventable deaths. Participating in Movember helps bring awareness to the cause and helps show support for men who struggle with health issues. To get involved, people can grow moustaches, raise funds for Movember, and have events to get people talking and raise money together. The money goes into researching and funding men’s health projects around the world. Donations can be made to the foundation’s website online any time during the year.

Editors’ Note: During the month of November, the Augustana Vikings teams will be collecting donations at the door of their home games. They are also hosting The Great Shave Off on Nov. 30. More information can be found on their Facebook page


Brian Goldman’s Perspective on the Importance of Kindness to be Shared in a Visit to the Camrose Public Library


Dr. Brian Goldman will be visiting the Camrose Public LIbrary this November to discuss his new book, The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life.

Goldman is an emergency physician, author, public speaker, as well as a radio host. His book, The Power of Kindness focuses on the search of the nature and nurture of empathy and kindness through his own personal search for the natural empathy he had as a child but lost as an ER physician. He has traveled around the world to meet the kindest people on the planet to find out why they are the way they are.

“I was accused of unkindness by the husband and children of a patient I saw in the ER.  I did my clinical job competently but was too self-preoccupied by my own stress and time pressure to empathize with them. It was only through the death of my father that I realized what they were going through as concerned family members.”

Unlike Goldman’s other works, The Power of Kindness spends no time at the hospital. He learned that he could leave his comfort zone and write a book about that which he knew didn’t know much about. “I learned that shame about medical errors acts as a brake on my riskiest impulses. I learned that my personality makes me well suited as an ER physician and the host of a radio show.”

Goldman is visiting the Camrose Public Library at 7:00 p.m.  Nov. 2 to further discuss his book and answer any questions.

“I have found it very rewarding to speak to audiences about The Power of Kindness because they bring many questions about the nature of human connection and about existence.” Goldman says to show authors like himself support, people can read his books, ask questions, and engage with him about their opinions.  “I hope you like the book and feel moved to share stories with me.”

Books will be available to for purchase for $30.