Editorials

The essential trench

It has been a week since I wrote my last exam and already I have returned to my old ways. My summer job won’t really begin for another week and the idleness of each passing day has proven conducive to indulging in guilty pleasures. The other day I picked up a copy of the April issue of Flare magazine lying around the house. I only meant to peruse it, skim it, glance at a few pretty pictures. But I was eventually lured into actually reading it.Continue...

New Principal chosen

Queen’s is seen by some as being an Old Boys Club so it’s refreshing to see the University break from tradition and hire a woman for the position. Hitchcock is the first female principal in the history of Queen’s, which suggests the University is working to create a more progressive environment. That is certainly a trend that should continue.Continue...

1,000 words from Iraq

The recently released gruesome photos of American soldiers torturing and humiliating Iraqi POWs at the Abu Ghraib prison provide fresh evidence to be skeptical of the Bush Administration’s pledge to make life better for the Iraqi people.Continue...

March to redemption

The NCAA Final Four tournament is nearing completion for another year with the national championship game to be played on April 5. In the course of watching as many of the 64 games as possible, I was subjected to a set of advertisements by the NCAA regarding its student-athletes.Continue...

The good and the bad

The Journal presents its list of headline hits and misses for 2003-04.Continue...

Sibling revelry

Growing up, I regularly witnessed the torture my friends had to suffer at the hands of their brothers and sisters. I once watched my good friend’s older brother chase her up the stairs, only to drag her back down and shove his feet in her face. I heard stories of the haircuts my friends gave their younger siblings while they were sleeping.Continue...

Blood begets blood

Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the leader of the Palestinian extremist group Hamas, was a violent leader who was not conducive to a peace-making process. However, Israel’s targeted assassination of Yassin did nothing to help end the long, bloody Mideast conflict. There are both Israeli and Arab political factions that are guilty of mass atrocities against the other, and who have produced a climate where assassination seems like the only option for progress. Unfortunately, targeted assassinations are never a winning option if they continue to sow the seeds of hatred.Continue...

Freedom of Stern?

Howard Stern is very well known for being, well, Howard Stern. Stern broadcasts in a country that prides itself on freedom of speech. The U.S. has traditionally been very protective of the First Amendment right of people to publicly state their opinions, whatever those opinions may be.Continue...

Why no Sheerios?

There are two things that fascinate me about it: the randomness of the issue itself, and the fact no one appears to have noticed it. Except me, of course, who managed to take note of it in a flash of brilliance.Continue...

Missing the real story

If all publicity is good publicity, the anti-globalization movement should be in great shape.

The violence and destruction surrounding the major international summit meetings in Seattle, Prague, Quebec City, Gothenberg and Genoa have certainly attracted public attention to the protestors. The beating of sleeping protestors and the death of protestor Carlo Guiliani at the G8 summit in Italy two weeks ago created the most exciting headlines yet for the media industry.Continue...

False advertising 101

Interested in taking the History of the Vietnam War, History 264? Or how about Ancient Humour, Classics 205? Well, too bad.Continue...

No stop in sight

When I moved into my first student house at the corner of Frontenac and Earl streets in 1999, I thought I would learn about bill payments, loan negotiation and how to make my mother’s cheese sauce. Instead, I have gotten a lesson in the painful distinction between the bureaucratic process and common sense. The lack of traffic control where I live is a dangerous problem with an obvious solution—a solution which local politicians have made far too complicated.Continue...

That joke was not funny

It’s difficult not to encounter pornography when surfing the web.

But up until last week, our student government was making accessing porn that much easier.Continue...

Neither was this one...

Mel Lastman’s mouth has landed him in hot water. Again.

The Toronto mayor’s comments about cannibalistic “natives” in Mombassa, Kenya “dancing around” while boiling him in a pot is a blunder of monumental consequence.

It was also an ignorant, harmful and racist act.Continue...

Nuts to Gimmicks

For three years, The Brass pub has served as something of a second home for me. When school is stressful, or when I simply want to relax and have a few drinks with friends, The Brass has always been a place where I can count on a comfortable atmosphere and a table to open up before too long. It lacks the frenzied atmosphere of Stages or the painfully image—conscious crowd of The Shot, and the beer is cheap. It's a bar, plain and simple, and I like it.Continue...

Give us some credit

Two weeks ago, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced in the provincial budget that parents who send their children to private schools will be eligible for a tax credit of up to $3,500. Teachers’ unions have denounced the credit as an attack on public education, but Flaherty has defended the incentive, saying “this is not about reducing funding for public education.” We beg to differ.Continue...

Explain, Doctor Leggett

Thursday afternoon in Jock Harty Arena, Principal Leggett will bestow an honourary doctorate degree on Catherine Brooks for her lifetime of work in aboriginal women’s shelters.

The moment he does so, he will also dishonour all of Queen’s University.Continue...

Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey

Every day I feel more torn. I'm being split from the left and the right.

After years of giving credence to all issues based on ideology, I'm throwing in the towel and issuing an official statement of non-alignment.Continue...

Added incentive

AMS president Paul Heisler wrote to all qlink email addresses on Tuesday, offering free movie passes at Cineplex Odeon. Journal readers will also have noticed a full-page ad in Tuesday's paper offering the chance to shape the future of Queen's and win a trip to Florida.Continue...

Til death do us part

By way of a loophole in Ontario marriage law, two gay couples, Kevin Bourassa and Joseph Varnell, and Anne and Elaine Vautour, were married in Toronto's Metropolitan Community Church by Rev. Brent Hawkes.Continue...

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