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Server failure forces AMS to unveil website early

A hot summer and aging equipment has prompted the early arrival of a new AMS website.

Although the student government’s myams.org website was completely redesigned in the summer of 2004, another new website had been in the works and was quickly made available online in early August due to the unexpected failure of the web server.Continue...

Curling club makes way for Queen’s Centre

One of the last major hurdles in the construction of the Queen’s Centre was cleared in August, when the University and the Royal Kingston Curling Club struck a deal to relocate the club to a new facility on Days Road.Continue...

University offers relief to Katrina’s student survivors

Queen’s will join several other Canadian universities in extending a helping hand to university students affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The University announced Wednesday that special consideration for admission will be given to students unable to return to hard-hit campuses in the states affected by the storm.Continue...

Frosh call crowded residences home

One of the first things Christine Moreland, ArtSci ’09, did when she arrived in residence Sunday was to arrange the furniture in her res room so she and her two roommates would each have their own corner.

Moreland is one of 250 students living in “temporary space” in residences this year due to overcrowding. Her triple room in Victoria Hall was once a common room.

Moreland said she’s glad she’s not living in one of the two economy doubles on her floor.Continue...

New student bus route rides into town

Students looking to get fit or pick up some groceries further afield now have a new bus route to help them get to popular downtown destinations.

A special bus on Route #18, named the Student Circuit, will start transporting students from various areas in the Ghetto towards Kingston’s downtown core on Monday, Sept. 12.Continue...

Billy Talent to play Homecoming

In an effort to stem the popularity of large-scale Saturday night street parties this Homecoming, the University has teamed up with the AMS to throw a new, first-time event that aims to move partying back on campus.Continue...

After-hours childcare canned

Students needing evening and weekend childcare will be without any form of service or funding on campus this fall, after the AMS Board of Directors cancelled the AMS After-Hours Childcare (AHC) service during the Board’s July 23 to 24 meeting.Continue...

Students racking up charges in Ghetto

Drunken revelry during Orientation Week is getting students into trouble with the law.

Over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday nights, 66 students were charged by Kingston Police for liquor licence act violations in the Ghetto.

Main Campus Residents’ Council also decided to end its video dance party early on Tuesday night after StuCons expressed concern over the number of intoxicated frosh at the designated dry event.Continue...

Benefactor charged with fraud

David Radler, MBA ’67, is due to appear in an Illinois court on Sept. 15 to enter a plea on seven counts of fraud for allegedly fraudulently diverting more than $32 million from the U.S.-based Hollinger newspaper holding company. Radler authorized the U.S. government to disclose in a statement that he is cooperating with the investigation and expects to enter a guilty plea.Continue...

Tim’s gets fresh in BioSci

Biology students craving a double double before class won’t have to walk very far come September.

A new full-service Tim Hortons is being installed in the BioSciences Complex, replacing the former BioSci Deli.Continue...

AMS gives services summer facelift

Over the summer, several services in the JDUC have gone under the AMS knife for a nip and tuck.

“The changes are so different,” Jenn Hirano, AMS VP (operations), said of the student life centre. “It is really exciting and it will be more relevant to students.”Continue...

$25.5 M contribution still up for debate

In March, more than 845 students filled Grant Hall to participate in the historic decision for current and future students to financially back the construction of the new $230 million student life and athletics centre. Students voted overwhelmingly in favour of the establishment of a mandatory $71 fee to collect the cash.Continue...

Solar vehicle races from Texas to Calgary

Just when the Queen’s solar vehicle team seemed to be in luck, fate—in the form of a pothole—reared its head.

Their two-seater solar car, Ultraviolet, snapped off a wheel on rough pavement near Omaha, Neb., in last week’s North American Solar Challenge.

But within five hours of the accident, the wheel was reattached and the car was back on the road, said Chris Marriage, the team’s mechanical manager.Continue...

Demand clogs QCARD

Arts and Science students hoping for a summer free from scholastic stress faced frustrations and problems with online course pre-registration this month.

Students were unable to log on or register for their entire course load, and some lectures and seminars were overfilled.Continue...

Tea Room deal brewing

It’s not often a third-place team wins the grand prize.

But after more than four years of planning, the Engineering Society is on the cusp of getting the go-ahead from administration to open their own coffee shop.

The decision comes after two University food contractors first chose not to run their own service in the same space.Continue...

Residences at maximum capacity

Student residences will be at maximum capacity this year after a surge of requests for on-campus rooms.
Mandy Daniel, manager of admissions for residence and hospitality services, said at the moment, some students who have applied to live in residence will be informed they are receiving “temporary” beds because there are not enough regular beds to go around. Daniel added she is not yet sure how many students will be notified they are getting temporary beds.Continue...

Roadshow roars through Grant Hall

Hosted by Valerie Pringle, the Antiques Roadshow features beautiful treasures from across Canada.

For the Kingston taping, CBC distributed 1,000 pairs of tickets by e-mail on a first come, first served basis. The day was split into two shifts to maximize the number of people gaining entry while minimizing waiting times.Continue...

Stauffer pondering Sodexho café

A few short months after the first ground is broken for the Queen’s Centre, students might be treated to a new service across the street.

Stauffer Library may become home to one of campus food operator Sodexho’s trendier brands—Jazzman’s Café—with the installation of an upscale coffee outlet not seen anywhere else on campus.Continue...

‘Fabulous’ gay grads to wed on TV

When Mischa Bartkow, Comm ’03, went to party it up at Alfie’s four years ago, he never expected the student constable inspecting his ID would be the man he would one day marry on a reality TV show.
Bartkow and Dan Dumsha, ConEd ’03, told the Journal they have been inseparable since then. Engaged for only a week, they finally wed in March on the Global TV program My Fabulous Gay Wedding . The episode will air July 6.Continue...

Ex-AMS prez holds court at OUSA

A former AMS President has been appointed executive director of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA).

Scott Courtice, ArtSci ’02, headed the AMS in 2001-2002.

Students voted in favour of the AMS rejoining the external student lobby group in last year’s winter referendum. Queen’s, a founding member, withdrew in 1995.Continue...

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