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AMS exec talk frankly about their year

One year ago, Chrissie Knitter, Mike Jones and Erik Gaustad, fresh off their defeat of Team HTD, were waiting to take their positions at the helm of the AMS, an $8 million corporation.

The days, weeks and months that followed were filled with hours in meetings, dealing with unexpected problems, lack of sleep and criticisms.

In May 2004, this group will step down and a new group of three will fill the offices that have become so familiar to this year’s executive. The Journal sat down with the outgoing executive for an in-depth interview to get their perspective on the past year.Continue...

AMS divvies up capital allocations

Several campus organizations were big winners this week as the AMS Capital Allocations Committee presented their plans for fund distribution at the AMS Annual General Meeting on Mar. 23.

Among the recipients of significant funds were Athletics and Recreation, CFRC, Career Services and Alfie’s.

The committee’s mandate is to make recommendations to AMS Assembly on the allocation of funds from student contributions to support a university-centred capital campaign.Continue...

Double cohort impact just beginning to show

Although the year of the double cohort is on its way out, AMS academic affairs commissioner Jonathan Espie says the AMS and the University should not assume all challenges are behind them.

Espie presented a report entitled “The Enrolment Boom: The effects of the Double Cohort” at the AMS Annual General Meeting on Mar. 23. The report included a series of recommendations regarding issues surrounding the advent of the double cohort or the “enrolment boom,” as it was referred to in the report.Continue...

Alfie’s, QP, QEA finish in the red

The bottom line for this year’s crop of AMS services is a mixed bag, with a final loss of $43,000.

Large services such as Alfie’s and the Queen’s Entertainment Agency (QEA) faced significant fiscal losses, while smaller services such as the P&CC and Walkhome had a financially lucrative year.

Yearbook and Convocation Services is leading the pack with an estimated profit of $60,000. Alfie’s is estimated to lose more money than any other service with a loss of $154,000.Continue...

AMS election results overturned

One of the most controversial AMS executive elections in recent memory was dealt another severe blow late Wednesday night, when the Constitutional Appeals Tribunal overturned the results of February’s vote.

Citing the numerous campaign violations committed by each team in the race, the Tribunal found all three teams competing for AMS executive “unfit to govern” under section 22b of the AMS constitution.Continue...

Anti-racism week fights discrimination

Martin Luther King once said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed—we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”

Adil Dhalla, co-chair of the Queen’s Committee Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination, took King’s philosophy to heart when planning this year’s Anti-Racism week.

Roshan Jahangeer, the other co-chair of the committee, told the Journal the week was a success.Continue...

Queen’s Centre fee approved

The current and new AMS executive faced some tough questions Tuesday night at the AMS Annual General Meeting regarding a motion brought forward to ensure future students help fund the Queen’s Centre project.

The motion passed with 88 votes in favour, seven opposed and 12 abstentions.

The motion called for the establishment of a mandatory student fee in support of the construction of the Queen’s Centre at next year’s Annual General Meeting.Continue...

City threatens to fine for postering

Local bands and student groups that depend on Ghetto utility poles for free advertising space had better think twice before drawing their staple guns. A city by-law prohibits illegal postering and carries a maximum $5,000 fine.

In concert with the by-law, the AMS Volunteer Crew and City of Kingston personnel spent Sunday stripping utility poles of their layers of posters and bills.
Dubbed “Spring Cleaning,” the event swept through major streets in the Ghetto.Continue...

Students awarded for tricolour spirit

It’s an award with the highest distinction, given out to Queen’s students who have made inestimable contributions to the University community in non-athletic extra-curricular activities.

This year’s Tricolour Award winners are Grant Bishop, Wesley Fok and Kym Shumsky.

An appointed committee composed of students from different faculties and University Rector Ahmed Kayssi conducted interviews to determine the winners.

The committee interviewed 21 candidates for the award this year.Continue...

Rising costs and entrance marks trouble Castle students

As the International Study Centre at Herstmonceux grows, entrance averages, costs and student rights are becoming an increasing concern.

The number of applications Queen’s has received from current Grade 12 students who want to spend their first year at the International Study Centre (ISC) shows demand for the program is stronger than ever. The number of applications received this month listing the ISC as students’ first or second choice has even slightly outpaced last year’s attendance, previously the highest ever due to the double cohort.Continue...

Anti-Semitism hits close to home

The recent rash of anti-Semitic incidents in the Greater Toronto Area does not come as a surprise to Sara Berger, president of Queen’s Hillel. Between Mar. 15 and Mar. 21, several incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism were reported to police in York Region and North York in the Toronto Area. Swastikas and racist messages were spray-painted on cars, houses and a Jewish community centre. The windows of a synagogue were also smashed and signs erected by the United Jewish Appeal on roadsides were defaced.Continue...

AMS-specific fee increase approved

Due to increasing financial challenges facing the AMS, including insurance increases, the addition of a new council member and the hiring of a food and beverage officer, the AMS Specific Fee Committee put forward a report proposing a $5.34 increase to the AMS-specific fee.

At the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday night, students voted in favour of the fee.

Students next year will face a $6.70 increase due to the recommendation and an adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index.Continue...

Grits extend hand to students

Low-income families will soon be better equipped to provide their children with a post-secondary education.

The federal government announced its annual budget for education for the next two years on Tuesday, including an initiative that will help children from low-income families get a jump-start on saving for college and university.

A total of $251 million will be spent on education in 2004-05, with a total of $466 million to be spent in 2005-06.Continue...

Protesters march against occupation

Last Saturday, Kingston joined cities around the world in a global day of protest. More than 200 students, professors and local residents marched to protest the American occupation of Iraq and recognize the one-year anniversary of the invasion.

A caravan of bright balloons, posters and flags punctuated the grey sky. Protest songs, drumbeats and cheers of “one, two, three, four, we don’t want your stupid war!” echoed down Princess Street.Continue...

Students cut it all off for cancer

Yesterday, 110 members of the Queen’s community shed their locks and raised more than $22,000 during Queen’s Cancer Triad’s annual Cuts for Cancer. However, the amount will increase as donations continue to come in. Last year, the initiative also raised more than $22,000.

The event, held in the lower ceilidh from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., raised money for the Canadian Cancer Society while collecting donations for Locks of Love and Wigs for Kids.Continue...

Queen’s race car revs up in U.S.

For three days in May at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan, the new Queen’s Formula SAE race car left 97 other teams in their dust.

The Queen’s race car team placed 26th out of 123 in the competition. Their finish in the international competition was their best finish ever, and the team was judged on design, performance on the track as well as its ability to manufacture an automobile.Continue...

Alternative Frosh Week not a threat: OPIRG

Several groups on campus are inviting incoming students to take a walk on the flip side of frosh week, and the Head Gael is questioning whether they’ve gone about it the right way.

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) is spearheading the first ever Alternative Frosh Week, along with the Queen’s Coalition against Corporate Globalization and the Ban Righ Centre.

The week’s events have yet to be finalized but will include talks by political speakers, workshops, a social justice filmnight, and an outdoor street party.Continue...

Former Dean of Women a vibrant lady

Dr. Baugh was the daughter of a Queen’s principal and spent much of her childhood at Summerhill. She was a Queen’s student who graduated with a degree in psychology and later returned to teach in the psychology department. She was one of the last Deans of Women and a room in Ban Righ Hall —-the Elspeth Baugh Fireside Room— is named in her honour.Continue...

News In Brief

Four Queen’s students have joined 46 others who have been chosen as semi-finalists in the Magna International As Prime Minister Awards. Anthony Cutrona, Adam Daifallah, Fiona Grant and Alyssa Tomkins submitted essays that present prime ministerial advice that will reviewed by a national panel of judges.Continue...

AMS services see red

AMS services are showing a financial loss for the first time in three years, according to a list of unaudited results from 2000-2001 obtained by The Journal .

The list, which will be used to evaluate the financial status and performance of the 12 AMS services, indicates a service deficit of $35,905. The loss is a significant reversal from 1999-2000, when AMS services turned a profit of almost $70,000. The loss did not come as a surprise to Jory Platt, vice-president (operations).Continue...