March 30, 2017

Editorials Archive: 2004

Finding the high road

My first experience of Israel involved a Sheraton hotel suite and two police officers carrying submachine guns.Continue...

Say no to sweatshops

Officially licensed Queen’s clothing is a popular commodity around campus. Sadly, the University is not doing all it can to ensure that none of its officially licensed clothing is made in illegal sweatshops. Although the University’s current policy requires licensees to provide the University with a list of their suppliers and manufacturers, the University doesn’t currently have the resources to monitor the working conditions of the organizations identified by the licensees.Continue...

Class sizes far too large

It’s no secret that class sizes have been getting progressively larger in the last few years. Some professors have responded to the problem by assigning fewer take-home essays while assigning more in-class tests.Continue...

Who are they, anyway?

I’ve grown out of it now, but for six months following grade 12, I was plagued by nightmares of Miss Piggy.

Perhaps it was because I was nearly suspended from high school. Perhaps it was because I lost my best friend. Or perhaps it was because I was faced with a real-life example of the absurd value people place in reputation. Either way, I haven’t seen Jim Henson’s Muppets in the same light since.Continue...

Toronto police go too far

Toronto’s police chief Julian Fantino recently proposed the city police establish a fingerprint database of people who have been charged—but not convicted—of certain serious crimes, such as those involving violence, sexual offenses and weapons.Continue...

Dan Rather’s apology

One of the most established journalists in the United States has admitted to reporting a false story.Continue...

An apolitical rolling stone

I have a confession that one of my t-shirts makes equally well: I love Bob Dylan. I have another confession, one that may sound as inharmonious as Dylan’s irreverent voice: To me, politics is bunk—as history was to Ford.Continue...

The return of Alfie’s

Once again, Alfie’s has been renovated. But while previous attempts to solve the bar’s financial woes by throwing more money toward renovations have consistently backfired, this year’s AMS executive is betting it has what it takes to finally turn Alfie’s into an atmosphere worth attending.

It is premature to reach any certain conclusions about the fate of Alfie’s in the upcoming school year. However, last Friday’s re-opening seemed to be a successful night for the bar.Continue...

Kofi Annan speaks out

The United Nations Secretary General recently said that the U.S.-led war in Iraq was illegal.Continue...

Communication 101

My sixteen-year-old sister tells me I should just let it go and lol. That’s when I get worried. I get worried that MSN messenger is a problem that is seeping into our every waking moment.

But before I explain why messaging is bothering me so much I have to make it clear that I understand its benefits.Continue...

QCARD’s fixable flaws

QCARD probably receives more use in September than during any other time of year. It’s hardly surprising then that the service’s largely fixable flaws become most noticeable during this time.

QCARD is far more inaccessible than it needs to be. For a service that is essential to every single student at this University, it is inoperative far too often.Continue...

Preserve the Greasepole

It appears the Greasepole is no longer what it once was. To those who have never participated, the event may appear strange and unappealing, but to those in the Faculty of Applied Science, the event is nothing less than a rite of passage.Continue...

Stick a fork in me

After a sleepy summer in Kingston, school has once again begun and I don’t think I’ve ever been so bummed out.

I’ve tried to talk myself out of this funk. I listen to happy music like Devo every morning in attempts to cheer myself up. “Buck up, Molly Misanthrope!” I tell my droopy-faced reflection in the mirror each morning. But nothing seems to work.Continue...

Regulating violent dogs

Ontario’s Attorney General recently announced the province will take legislative action in an attempt to reduce the number of violent dog attacks. Although past efforts have focused exclusively on pit bulls, new efforts are expected to encompass all dangerous dogs. Still, pit bulls seem to be receiving the most attention and it is possible that Ontario may soon ban pit bulls altogether.Continue...

Foremsky still a threat

Philip Foremsky, a man who pled guilty to groping, sexually assaulting and robbing six women near the York University campus four years ago, was recently granted a statutory release from a Correctional Centre to a half-way house in Kingston.Continue...

Confronting Genocide

On July 22, the United States Congress passed a resolution that used the term “genocide” to describe the situation in Sudan during the last several months. In the realm of international law, the term “genocide” carries significant weight. If the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution that used the term to describe the situation in Sudan then the international community, in accordance with the Geneva Convention, would be legally obligated to take all appropriate measures to stop the genocide.Continue...

Football and Cold Beer

Beer will now be served at Queen’s home football games.

Campus activities commissioner Dave Homuth has arranged for a designated area to be established right next to Richardson Stadium where students will be able to purchase and drink beer. Although students will not be able to drink beer in Richardson Stadium, the designated area is expected to provide a good view of the football field and seat approximately 1,650 people.Continue...

Canada’s Olympic woes

Canada’s performance at the summer Olympics in Athens was one of its worst in recent memory. From track and field to rowing to swimming, many Canadian athletes who were expected to do well fell short of their potential.Continue...

Let them drink beer

I’ve always enjoyed a healthy dose of beer. I’m not a dangerous drinker by any stretch—I’ve never puked, passed out or forgotten events because of alcohol, and it’s not a pillar of my weekend.

But when I arrived at Queen’s two years ago, it was only a matter of days before I was thanking the patron saint of Honey Brown that I’d turned 19 before September.Continue...

Don’t Charge Moore

Kasra Nejatian, Comm ’05, claims Moore violated section 331 of the Act, which states that no one who is not a Canadian citizen or resident may “during an election period, in any way, induce electors to vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate.” On June 19, while Moore was in Toronto promoting his new film, Fahrenheit 9/11, he publicly encouraged Canadians not to vote for the Conservative Party because of their positions on social issues and the war in Iraq.Continue...

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