Editorials Archive: 2006

Valentine’s without the valentine

OK, cats and kittens, I’m going to steal a page from the book of my illustrious colleague Tricia Summers. I too would like to use this space to talk about love, since it’s Valentine’s Day and all.

But if you’re looking for something about the science behind the emotion, you should pick up a copy of last Friday’s paper, because Tricia did that better than I ever could. Instead, I’m going to talk about not being in love.Continue...

Learning curve in store for new rector

With a margin of just 17 votes over Tom Woodhall, Johsa Manzanilla will become the University’s next rector. A race as tight as this shows just how divided voters were. It’s disappointing that someone as qualified as Woodhall was not given the opportunity to continue contributing to a school he has already done so much for. He ran a solid campaign that showcased his grasp on the issues facing students.Continue...

Freedom of speech not the issue

The UPEI student newspaper, the UPEI Cadre, was the focus of controversy last week when it was pulled from newsstands by the university’s administration for having reprinted a controversial series of editorial cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed. First printed in September by Jyllands-Posten, a DanishContinue...

Love stinks—literally

With Valentine’s Day coming up, love is on the brain ... or is it on the nostrils? Some say you can fall in love with someone for their eyes, laugh, intellect, acerbic wit, or firm pectorals, but for their aftershave? Like it or not, scent plays a hell of a role in your level of attraction—or unattraction, for that matter—to a potential paramour.Continue...

Cautious about campus corporatization

Queen’s University Against Killer Coke (QUAKC) recently received a $2,000 grant from the Cold Beverage Exclusivity Fund (CBEF). The CBEF monies are provided by Coca-Cola as a condition of its on-campus exclusivity agreement, but a group of University faculty and students decides who receives these grants.Continue...

To Canada’s snob laureate

Dear Ms. Atwood:

Make no mistake, I am a fan of your literature. The Handmaid’s Tale was one of few books I genuinely enjoyed in high school, and I think your poetry is wonderful.Continue...

AMS exec teams head down the final stretch

This year, it’s been more difficult than usual to pick an AMS candidate team worthy of representing students as AMS executive. While no team has promised to “Crack the Clique,” students have certainly heard their share of slogans and seen their share of gimmicks.Continue...

Playing nice with the SHRC

Why is it that so many people have reservations about their sexuality? Especially at this period in our lives, it’s perfectly normal to engage in intercourse, to masturbate, and find ways to satisfy ourselves. But when I mention my newest purchase from the Sexual Health Resource Centre, I’m often met with disgusted or ashamed expressions.Continue...

AMS executive debates uninspiring

Last night, in the Lower Ceilidh, AMS executive candidates participated in the final debate before students go to the polls. Even though candidates have had plenty of time to prepare—the campaign period is already over one and a half weeks in and two other debates have taken place—the teams were inarticulate and generally unimpressive.Continue...

Google censorship reveals oppression

Google announced last Wednesday it would launch a version of its popular search engine in China, something the company has been trying to do for some time. But there’s a catch. In order for Google to enter the Chinese market, it had to create a censored version of its search engine.Continue...

My AMS vote has a deal-breaker

As you read this on Tuesday morning, I’m probably sporting coiffed hair, a crisp white blouse and an artificial smile as I pose for my grad photo. I’m reaching the end of four years here, and I’ve recently started to realize I’m approaching the last of a lot of things, including, in this space, my last signed editorial.Continue...

CFRC funding drive a worthy cause

Last Friday, Queen’s radio station, CFRC, began its two-week long funding drive. Their goal is to raise $5,000. If successful, CFRC programming manager Eric Duncan will tattoo the CFRC logo on his body. This is the first time in the station’s 84-year history that it has ever had to raise money. Three years ago, the University sold CFRC to the AMS.Continue...

Students need to be university-savvy

It used to be that students were often forced to wait until as late as April to hear from the universities they had applied to. Now, according to the article, acceptances— often along with hefty scholarships—are handed out as early as October to exceptional students universities are seeking to recruit.Continue...

How I lost and found myself

I have a confession to make: before coming to Queen’s, I had actually considered going into fine arts. It seemed like a viable option at the time: I had an insatiable desire to draw, and I felt learning in an environment which encouraged such creativity would make a fine arts program a no-brainer.
Then reality sank in.Continue...

Bush getting away with outsourced torture

On Tuesday, Dick Marty, the head of an investigation being conducted by the Council of Europe into possible human rights violations committed by the United States, revealed there is growing evidence that the CIA sent detainees to other countries in order to subject them to the kind of interrogation not permitted within the U.S.Continue...

University right to refuse to pay police bill

In a letter dated Jan. 12, Vice-Principal (Academics) Patrick Deane told Kingston Police the University would not pay the $84,000 requested to cover the costs of the increased police presence during the Aberdeen Street party. We commend the University for refusing to yield to the city on an issue for which the institution is quite clearly free of any responsibility.Continue...

Chasing the dragon

January and February are never easy months to get through. The winter break is over, summer break seems light-years away, and no matter where in Canada you live, the weather is less than stellar. But there has always been one holiday that has kept me going through this dreary season: Chinese New Year.Continue...

Conservatives create a wave of apprehension

Canadians have voiced their disappointment in the Liberals by placing their support behind the Conservatives. While they will potentially help change the way government is carried out, uncertain whether some of this change will actually be beneficial to the country.Continue...

The Journal’s AMS and rector election wish list

Following the barrage of attack ads and smear campaigns we were subjected to during the federal election campaigns, students can sit tight for round two with AMS and rector elections just around the corner. We have four teams and four candidates for the respective elections, which means many class talks and much soliciting of votes.Continue...

Living the quarter-life crisis

There is an almost palpable vibe of panic in the air amongst fourth-year students these days. As we inch closer and closer towards the intimidating void of post-university life, everyone seems to be asking the same terrifying question: “What on earth am I going to do with my life?”Continue...

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