February 28, 2017

Opinions

Unpack voluntourism

The concept of volunteering for a few weeks in a remote destination may be doing more harm than good. While the country varies — India, Tanzania, Bolivia, Malaysia, etc. — and the initiative may be different — building schools, education, starting an NGO — the concept is the same: it’s called “voluntourism”.Continue...

Campus mental health support neglects long-term issues

Queen’s counselling services are making strides to accommodate more students but fails to solve issues surrounding the short-term approach that counsellors tend to take.Continue...

No real way to #DressLikeAWoman

While the #DressLikeAWoman hashtag attempts to promote equality by showing that woman and their dress can’t be reduced to a single description, it doesn’t confront that defining woman is in itself problematic.Continue...

Talking Heads: Who is your ideal celebrity valentine?

“Beyoncé. You get three valentines for one.” Shreeya Thakar, ArtSci ’17

“Wow, so many pretty people...Chris Pratt.” Samantha Rivas, ArtSci ’20

“Seth Rogan...Continue...

Talking Heads: Where would you go on exchange?

"A country in Scandinavia." Claire Weersink, PHEKin '20

"Japan." Jeffrey Turnock, Sci '17

"Paris." Claire Swarbrick, PHEKin '20

"Fiji...Continue...

Make sure you know before you go

When embarking on an education exchange experience, it’s important that young people acknowledge the differences that exist from society to society. This acknowledgment is the first step in making sure that the leaning taking place is healthy and beneficial to both the students and the country.Continue...

Talking Heads: What campus issues do you take into account most when voting for your AMS execs?

"Inclusivity in hiring practices." Amy Haddlesey, ArtSci '18

"Accessibility around campus." Emily Forbes, ArtSci '19

"Encouraging more hands-on learning...Continue...

AMS' inaccessibility remains a problem

Every year, when election season rolls around, I wonder how candidates prepare to run. This year, I had a taste of that process myself, when I chose to make a bid for Undergraduate Student Trustee. In the end, I chose not to fill out the campaign paperwork, but it wasn’t because I got cold feet. I chose not to run because the entire election process is incredibly inaccessible to the average student.Continue...

Dissolution of the CEA: unrealistic and irresponsible

On Jan 19, to the dismay of the campus environmental community, the AMS Assembly passed a motion to dissolve the Commission of Environmental Affairs (CEA).Continue...

Harsher punishments, safer streets

In September of 2012, I received a phone call I never thought I would get.Continue...

Letter to the Editors: January 20

The '10 Hour Rule' needs to be abolished

In the 1990s the Ontario Government sought support from the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS) for something called the...Continue...

Talking Heads: What New Year's Resolution are you already failing?

"Being less stressed." Olivia Litt, ConEd '18

"Cooking for myself more." Madison Kent, ConEd '18

"Going to the gym everyday." Sophie Travaglini, ArtSci '20

...Continue...

Advocacy starts young

One of the first things I saw this morning was a Toronto Star article concerning more First Nations kids taking their lives, and chiefs calling for help to deal with the suicide crisis. In conversation with a friend about it, she said to me “I wish I could help, but as a student I just don’t know how.”Continue...

Talking Heads: What are you most excited for this holiday season?

"Hanging Christmas lights." Elspeth Yates, ArtSci '18

"Decorating the tree with my grandmother." Jordan Adair, ArtSci '18

"The food. I'm Polish." Ola...Continue...

Letters to the Editors: December 1

Responsibility lies in allyship

The students who wore culturally appropriative costumes at Beerfest last week have been labelled as racists or bigots. Whether or not...Continue...

Talking Heads: Thoughts on Week 11?

"It's Week 11 ..." Makenzie Mackay, ArtSci '17

"Thank god it's almost Christmas." Tamika Myskiw, ArtSci '19

"I like what I'm doing so the stress is manageable."...Continue...

What should we remember?

As I’ve grown older, I’ve become increasingly ambivalent to Remembrance Day.Continue...

Talking Heads: If you were to stage a protest, what would it be about?

"The pipeline expansion." Jess & Jamie Wakefield, ArtSci '17 & '20

"People not coming to the Memorial Centre to watch women's hockey." Addi Halladay, ArtSci '19...Continue...

It's about more than just climate justice

On October 24, I joined Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC) as they organized a bus of Kingston youth to participate in an organized action of civil disobedience in Ottawa.Continue...

Letter to the editors: November 18

Re: Queen’s Vagabond suspends production of Othello

Anyone who was actually threatened should have contacted the police. Those who disapproved of the casting should have...Continue...

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