Editorials Archive: 2007

Apathy and acclamations

This year, the AMS Commission of Internal Affairs decided to shorten the campaign period from 14 to 10 days. It’s not plainly clear why this decision was made but Chief Returning Officer Ilana Ludwin said it was in order to standardize the campaign periods of students campaigning to get referendum questions passed, and students campaigning for AMS executive positions. But could the decision have been made because of disorganization? Shortening the campaign period will only breed more ignorance among the student body because students will have fewer days to get to know the candidates for whom they will be voting.Continue...

VIP counsellor care

Neither can the School of Business be blamed for looking out for the best interests of its students. But the University bears an equal responsibility for all students, and they should not have allowed this to appen. The need to set up a separate system indicates there is a problem with health services at Queen’s.Continue...

Lost in translation

With Valentine’s Day--the commercially-contrived holiday despised by singletons across the globe—fast approaching, I thought it might be apt to consider why so much is lost in translation in our romantic endeavors.Continue...

Isolation: life’s new soundtrack

Personal music players are one of many new technological devices leading us down the depressing road of isolation. Like living in your own movie with a personal soundtrack, MP3 players erect a barrier between the user and the rest of the world. More importantly, they have redefined how we think about community, public space and person-to-person contact.Continue...

A new child care service

The AMS after-hours child care service was cancelled in July 2005 due to a lack of demand. At that time, a study of the service showed that no more then 17-20 families used the service. With no care available after 5 p.m., undergraduate and graduate students, as well as some members of Queen’s faculty, may be having difficulty finding appropriate child care.Continue...

The sour taste of apathy

To combat student indifference, the Journal will dedicate a portion of its election coverage to election issues from students’ perspectives. We will go beyond reporting about campaign platforms and focus instead on issues that you would like to see discussed.Continue...

Don’t settle for less

Students can often be heard complaining of the city’s property standards, but the standards aren’t the problem; the standards are there, and so are the means of enforcement—students simply aren’t using
them. Landlords will only stop exploiting students when students demand otherwise. Your choice in a house, landlord and housemates can have a significant effect on your social and academic life, making it even more important to take your time and choose wisely.Continue...

Six steps to victory

Campaigning for the AMS executive election begins this week and the Journal has put together a campaign wish list for this year’s candidates.Continue...

To each their own pod

Whatever your reason, iPod ownership ensures that everyone knows you are on the cusp of the most revolutionary and relevant technology today; what’s more, you are a lover of music. I personally hope I’ll always prefer the comfort of hearing a friend say hello on the street to the convenience of music you can rock out to while you walk home. Then again, to each their own pod.Continue...

A suggestion for Earth’s sake

The new Earth Centre is a fantastic idea which encourages students to think about the impact their purchases have on the environment and hopefully students will support it. What the Earth Centre needs to do now is make sure they know where to go.Continue...

The Foodbank’s decline

Foodbank usage has dropped from 1,500 visits per year in 2004, to a mere 100 since last May.
Foodbank manager Tara Tran said the move from a more central location on Earl Street to Macgillivray-Brown Hall (due to Queen’s Centre construction) could be to blame for the dramatic drop.Continue...

Short winter; long underwear

Every year, on Oct. 1, my chic fall clothing gives way to a hooded parka, insulated mittens, thermal knee-high socks and my trusted, full-body coat of armor: Helly Hanson long underwear.Continue...

Khan’s crossing hypocritical

It has now been more than a week since Wajid Khan, a Mississauga MP, left the Liberal Party in favour of a more Conservative political stance. Elected as a Liberal, Khan crossed the floor without the consent of his constituents in the Mississauga-Streetsville riding. What is perhaps even more distressing, though, is that Khan’s report on the Middle East—which was commissioned to the tune of almost $13,000 of taxpayer money while Khan was a Liberal MP, and originally intended to be made available to all parties—is now being restricted to the Prime Minister’s Office alone.Continue...

Promising guidelines

Although Macmillian, Black and Teuber should be recognized for putting themselves on the line and creating an informal contract with students, it’s disappointing that they are now referring to the promises as merely a “guide”.Continue...

A toast to tofu

In high school, I became vegetarian for the wrong reasons--to be different, to bug my parents, and to carve out an identity for myself.

Admittedly, these were all selfish reasons for taking on something that requires ample knowledge of nutrition, not to mention strong opinions about the consumption of animals. But, thanks mostly to my mother's cooking, I managed to remain vegetarian until my second year at Queen's. More specifically, until homecoming weekend when I scarfed down a chicken burger at Stooley's. Thus ended my misguided venture into vegetarianism.Continue...

Hanging Saddam

As it’s now well known, Saddam was executed by hanging on Dec. 30 after being convicted of crimes against humanity for the killing of 148 Shiites. Although few would dispute Saddam’s guilt, the trial itself was hardly a beacon of justice. Among the trial’s travesties were the open verbal sparring between the judge and Saddam and the assassinations and attempted assassinations of both the prosecuting and defending lawyers. Midway through the trial, the chief judge was replaced.Continue...

Dossa’s limited freedom

On Dec. 11 and 12, Shiraz Dossa, a professor of political science at St. Francis Xavier University
in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, attended the “Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision” conference held in
Tehran, Iran. Although Dossa wasn’t a Holocaust denier himself, several of the conference’s attendees included well-known neo-Nazis and past leaders of the Ku Klux Klan ...Continue...

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