Editorials Archive: 2007

Healthy competition

After the latest round of an ongoing debate with a fellow Journal kid, I decided it was time to find out what it is that compels me to constantly measure my progress against that of the people around me. I came to the conclusion that there is nothing so singularly beneficial to the world than the impulse to be the best.Continue...

Proud of Queen’s Pride Week

Three words: it’s about time. This past week marked the first ever Queen’s Pride Week, organized by the Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP). Because the Kingston Pride Parade takes place in the summer, many students are out of town during the official Pride Week held June 15 to 24, giving very little opportunity for students to get involved on their own campus.Continue...

Studio Q’s stability

Last Week, the AMS board of directors passed a motion, put forward by current Studio Q business manager Jess Lindal, to change the hiring process for Studio Q’s executive producer. Rather than being elected by Studio Q’s contributors, the executive producer will now be hired by an AMS panel consisting of the services director responsible for Studio Q, the incoming VP (operations) and a permanent staff member ...Continue...

The skill behind fine art

A friend of mine once told me of a spat she had with a close friend who had mocked her need to work hard and study seriously as a music student. Although he had meant it in a joking manner, my friend was indignant about his attitude and how the comment is a reflection of a common misconception
towards the arts ...Continue...

The wrong way to create change

During a Feb. 5 press conference at a Toronto high school, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Chris Bentley was shouted down by members of the student unions of Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and York University, who impersonated student reporters from their respective campus newspapers in order to attend the conference and protest rising tuition fees ...Continue...

Sweating over athletic apparel

This past summer, Queen’s signed a $200,000, three-year contract with Russell Athletic which made them the “exclusive supplier of athletic apparel” to the University. In November of this year, students from Queen’s No Sweat raised concerns about the enforcement of ethical labour laws in the company, with particular reference to the El Salvador factory, and met with Principal Karen Hitchcock and Dean of Student Affairs Jason Laker. The University needs to be more proactive in doing better background checks on the companies they deal with before signing contracts. They should have asked more questions in the Russell deal.Continue...

Think twice, U.S. bashers

I was born in Canada, and have always been proud to be Canadian. My only motivation for becoming an American citizen is so that I would be able to cast a vote against the current government.

However, it still annoys me to no end when I hear people speak disparagingly about the U.S. because more often than not, the comments seem to be a generalized collection of uninformed stereotypes.

Don’t get me wrong: If you have an intelligent critique of the current government’s policies, I’m all ears. Directing your dislike of the American government onto the entire population, however, is misinformed and ignorant.Continue...

Clarify non-academic discipline

The AMS Judicial Committee (JComm) decided last week to drop four of the eight cases related to minor liquor violations incurred during Homecoming weekend. JComm Chief Prosecutor Jenn Mansell
said the cases were dropped because “We didn’t feel that [these cases] contributed to what the Homecoming experience is.”

When did JComm decide they were only interested in prosecuting infractions related to Homecoming?Continue...

Reinforcing stereotypes

In Tuesday’s issue of the Journal , a full page advertisement for Queen’s Multicultural Festival appeared on the inside back cover—and we’re baffled by it.Continue...

Why I don’t need Hallmark

Last night, I read a PostSecret that said, “There are a million reasons why I completely despise Valentine’s Day but not having a valentine has never been one of them.” Often, I feel as though I can relate to the secrets expressed on those cards, and I’m sure some of the other thousands of daily visitors to the blog can as well. Last night was no exception, and although I don’t have a million reasons—just a few—that card pinpointed my sentiments about Valentine’s Day.

Every year, Feb. 14 comes around and, regardless of whether I’m in a relationship or enjoying time on my own, my shoulders tense up a little and my outlook that day is a little darker.Continue...

Services merger makes sense

Almost two weeks ago, the AMS Board of Directors voted unanimously to merge the Greenroom and the Tricolour Market management, and also to move the Queen’s Entertainment Agency into the portfolio of one of Destinations’ assistant managers. If all that the Tricolour market is doing is buying time—or rather, retail space—for the Queen’s Centre, wouldn’t it be even more cost-effective to keep the space, by continuing to pay rent, but close it down?Continue...

Men and the Monologues

The Vagina Monologues cannot—and should not—be a completely feminine experience, but the greatest role men can play is supporting the women performing in it by attending the show and heeding its important messages.Continue...

Deconstructing diabetes

"At times, living with diabetes can be a challenge, but I refuse to let it take control of my whole life and define who I am. I have come to realize that only through accepting what I have, educating people and telling them about the condition I live with, will they become more aware," says Joanna Nicholson.Continue...

Step in the right direction?

With more than half of the total vote and 13.88 per cent more than Team TPC, CMM was declared next year’s AMS executive.Continue...

Goodbye, Kingston

This summer, on the night before the Wolfe Island Music Festival, I sat in the General Wolfe Hotel bar and watched a dozen hairy, sweaty, shirtless islanders dance their hearts out as the island’s most popular cover band played hard rock standards all night.

It was probably one of the most fun times I’ve had in Kingston.Continue...

Team CMM the best to take the AMS reins

Team CMM’s impressive preparation, diligence and leadership potential have won us over as our preferred choice for next year’s AMS executive.Continue...

My love/hate relationship

Last March, I remember having lunch with a friend when I got a call from Matt, one of the current Editors in Chief of the Journal , asking me if I wanted to be one of the assistant news editors on their staff next year. At that point, I wanted to jump out of my seat, run out of the restaurant onto Princess Street screaming, “I got the job!” But instead, I kept my cool and said a simple “yes!” Nine months later, after being immersed into the world of leads, kickers, headlines,
dots, flats, interviews and deadlines, I have to say that my excitement has waned just a little.Continue...

The board’s student representatives

Aaron Lemkow and Queen’s Students for Accessible Education put forth two questions regarding membership in the Board of Trustees last week at AMS Assembly, but neither will appear on this
year’s referendum ...Continue...

Fall Reading Week won’t work

Although referendum questions of policy are non-binding—so even if a majority of students were in favour, the administration would not be obligated to implement it—if enough interest is generated, the results of the vote will be brought to the administration likely with the AMS’s support. As a primarily residential school, Queen’s just isn’t fit to begin their fall term any earlier.Continue...

In defence of the arts

"While I’m not against vocational majors, especially since these are fascinating fields of study and there are many who are naturally gifted in these areas, my point is that a student interested in art history, for instance, shouldn’t have to feel that they are on their way to a doomed future," argues Priya Sinha.Continue...

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