Athenaeum (The Ath)
The Athenaeum is the definitive source of news on campus. Published during the school year online and in print, it is the second oldest student newspaper in Canada still in print. The Athenaeum (The Ath for short) is written and edited by students, and funded by a combination of student fees and advertising. All Acadia students are welcome to join the staff of the paper; absolutely no experience is necessary.
We’re a founding member of Canadian University Press (CUP), an organization which links student papers across the country. Joining The Ath is a wonderful way to get involved on campus. The newsroom always knows what’s happening at Acadia, sometimes before it happens. It is also a place to meet interesting and motivated people; many long-term friendships have started in the newsroom. Stop by room 512 in the New SUB any time and remember: you come in with no experience, but you won’t leave that way.
Students have done the journalism thing at Acadia since 1874. For almost as long as there has been an Acadia University, there has been The Ath in some form. The Ath got its start in 1874 and is still going strong, funded by the ASU and advertising.
Axe Radio is back and at it again! The online radio station serves to benefit Acadia University, Acadia’s students, and the community of Wolfville by strengthening communication between Acadia and the community of Wolfville as well as inter-student communication.
The radio strives to provide a supplemental outlet for free artistic, cultural, and sociopolitical expression, entertainment, and discussion of controversial material within quality, thought-provoking programming in a manner conducive to free thought and open debate.
The radio can be tuned-in to online from anywhere on or off campus, or heard in the SUB! Any campus or community member is invited to create their own show or help out at any time during the year.
If you’re interested in having your voice heard, have a great music selection, or just want to get involved, come by and check out Axe Radio!
Community Outreach Acadia (COA) is an internal organization of Acadia University's Student Union that aims to provide students with diverse volunteer opportunities in the Wolfville area.
Volunteering with COA can be a weekly commitment or just once or twice a semester. The goal is to provide students with opportunities that spark their interest while benefiting the community. Volunteering is a great way for students to improve their skill set to better prepare for future careers.
All students can get involved with COA! Our executive position applications will be posted in September, and everyone is encouraged to apply.
If you are looking for a more flexible role, general members can volunteer whenever their schedules allow. There will be a meeting in the fall where we will discuss the events planned for the semester and students can express their interest!
The Acadia Women’s Centre is a place where women (and men) can come and build new friendships as well as learn more about many different women’s issues from other Acadia students, many of whom share the same concerns and passion for positive change.
The Women’s Centre brings together women, men, trans and intersex people of both the Acadia and Wolfville communities to support women and women’s issues. The Women’s Centre is a feminist organization run under the principles of support, inclusion, and respect of differences, which aims to raise awareness and provide event programming on the Acadia campus.
Past initiatives of the Women’s Centre have included: pink ribbon campaign, healthy eating cookbooks, international performance artists, an all-female coffee house, a Montreal Massacre candlelight vigil, and the student production of the Vagina Monologues, as well as a fundraising open mic even for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
This year the Women’s Centre will be continuing many of these initiatives well as new and exciting projects such as an Empowered Women speaker series and more music and charity events on campus and in the community. The Centre is a positive space where women can come for support, guidance, or a friendly face.
The office is available to anyone wishing to access any of these services or to just come and chat! The Women’s Centre holds weekly meetings, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Acadia Pride is aimed at providing an outlet for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gendered, two-spirited, and queer (LGBT2IQ+) individuals, as well as friends, and allies. The group provides support for students, staff, and faculty dealing with issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Pride also aims to build a community within Acadia University, and promote its many goals including creating awareness of issues surrounding sexual orientation and promoting an open and safe atmosphere at Acadia University by breaking down the walls of homophobia, transphobia and other related issues.
Throughout the year members have the opportunity to discuss and learn about new topics and take part in a variety of social activities. Weekly meetings are open for anyone to attend, as are the many social and awareness activities planned throughout the year.
Acadia Pride in the past has held events such as Sex Toy Bingo, Sex/LGBT2IQ Trivia and Drag Shows!
We're looking forward to continuing similar programming and exploring other activities as requested by students. Acadia Pride is committed to moving forward to help create a campus and community environment of inclusion, support and equality.
Acadia Mental Health Initiative
The Acadia Mental Health Initiative seeks to promote mental wellness on campus through a combination of peer support and advocacy. AMHI offers support to individual students struggling with their mental health and promotes equity and inclusion on campus as a whole through programming and advocacy.
The following are some examples of what the Acadia Mental Health Initiative has to offer:
Events and Programming
AMHI hosts events and programming throughout the year, most notably Mental Health Week and Chill Week which are held on a semesterly basis.
Education and Training
AMHI promotes mental health education and training opportunities, such as ASIST and safeTalk, with the intention of empowering students with knowledge about mental health and mental health crisis situations.
Internal Organizations (IO)
In The ASU
The Acadia Student Union Food Cupboard seeks to enhance student food security within the Acadia University community through a variety of means. This includes providing emergency food resources, miscellaneous living essentials, nutritional information, and dietary support.
Acadia Student Union Food Cupboard also aims to improve the physical, mental, emotional, and financial wellbeing of the Acadia student body. As a student run initiative that is designed for students, the Acadia Student Union Food Cupboard strives to diminish the stigma associated with student food insecurity and promote students’ nutritional and food skills, knowledge, and understanding.
Who can access the Food Cupboard?
Any student with a valid student ID! No Financial is proof necessary to use our services!
Who can get involved?
Any student interested in volunteering is welcome to volunteer at the Food Cupboard!
The Food Cupboard is also looking for individuals who have a strong interest in working towards improving food security on campus to fill multiple executive roles!
For up-to-date information on hours, events, and tips to save money check out the Food Cupboards Instagram Page.