PRIDE Community spirit reaches an all-time high at Mount Allison Mountie N by Melissa Lombard ovember was a momentous month at Mount Allison. It included another top ranking in Maclean’s; the University’s 52nd Rhodes Scholar, Kylie de Chastelain (’14); a landmark gift of art from the late Alex Colville (’42, LLD ’68); a resurgence of the Mounties Football program; and the rise of Mountie Pride. It had been 15 years since the Mounties Football team played in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) final. In 1998, they lost to the Acadia Axemen at home. This fall, the Mounties overcame a 1-4 start to the season by winning five straight games. They beat Acadia in the semi-finals and then, with an exhilarating fourth quarter run, defeated Saint Mary’s for the third time at the AUS Championships to capture what had eluded them for so many years — the Loney Bowl.  Hundreds of Mounties fans travelled to Halifax for the Loney Bowl, indeed outnumbering the home team’s fans, if not in number, in enthusiasm. The garnet and gold following spread rapidly across the country with #mountiepride becoming one of the top ten trends in Canada on Twitter.  This spark ignited Mountie Pride on campus and around the globe. Former Football Mountie and 1997 AUS champion Mathieu Gauthier (’00) says it was really satisfying to see the program return to its former glory. “We believed when it was harder to believe,” he says. “I am so happy that all this success has brought this new oxygen to the program.” The Mounties success coincided with the first time the AUS champions would host the national football semi-final against the Quebec champion. So, on Nov. 16, the Mounties hosted the defending Canadian champion Laval Rouge et Or on MacAulay Field in front of more than 3,500 fans. And although the scoreboard didn’t reflect a win for the Mounties, it was a victory for Mount Allison. “Winning the conference championship and hosting the Uteck Bowl in a small university town like Sackville has been somewhat of a fairytale journey,”  says fifth-year Football Mountie and Commerce student Stu Moore (’14). “And for a few days in November, our team reignited a sense of pride in our students, alumni, and our community that had not been felt for almost two decades.”   / 13