Editorials Archive: 2008

Surface Tory plan sinks

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that if re-elected he will pursue tougher penalties for violent young offenders and release their names to the public, the Globe and Mail reported Sept. 22.Continue...

Aberdeen responsibly

Homecoming 2008 begins today and what’s likely on everyone’s minds is what will happen on Aberdeen Street.Continue...

Bus outside the bubble

On the bus, there’s always someone who will sit down and proceed to tell you his or her life story, even if you’re just riding for five minutes.Continue...

Better to build on tradition

Queen’s University might auction off the naming rights of the Queen’s Centre, meaning the student complex would be named after the highest—likely corporate—bidder.Continue...

AMS needs to own up

Last week, the Journal and Golden Words were anonymously delivered confidential AMS employee T4 forms after AMS Controller Scott Bell failed to move them into storage after 2007-08 financial audits were completed.Continue...

Of silver halides and pixels

In an information-driven society, it’s often easy to forget how certain technologies have developed over time.Continue...

Paralympic coverage unfair

Canada brought 68 medals back from Beijing this summer, but most Canadians don’t know where 50 of them came from.Continue...

Spy tactics scare, not repair

Save our Neighbourhood Action Group (SONAG) launched a website last week, posting pictures of parties that recently took place in the student neighbourhood.Continue...

Empty bleachers

It has been a strong year so far for Queen’s interuniversity sports teams.Continue...

Online safety questioned

Strangers are increasingly able to discover people’s personal details from public websites, the Globe and Mail reported Sept. 12.Continue...

Uniforms fail ethics grade

Queen’s athletes’ new uniforms are no longer made by Russell Athletic, the Journal reported Sept. 12.Continue...

Don’t have a little faith

Next year will mark 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years since the publication of On the Origins of Species. Biologists have since discovered DNA and mapped the human genome, yet Darwin’s theory of evolution is still under attack. Creationism, or Intelligent Design if you wish to delude yourself, argues that life is too complex to have developed through natural processes, leaving God as the obvious designer.Continue...

‘Village’ term misleading

The student Ghetto has been renamed the Village in all institutional references, AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner Paul Tye said Sept. 9. The change means AMS initiatives such as the Key to the Ghetto awards will remove references to the term.Continue...

Selling education short

Some McMaster University students have allegedly been selling their seats in courses to fellow students, McMaster’s student newspaper, the Silhouette, reported in April.Continue...

Music to my ears

In first year, whenever I took the three-hour bus ride from Kingston to visit my family, I tried my hardest to avoid sitting with someone else.Continue...

No golden lining for Gaels

Queen’s Athletics teams have dropped their ‘golden’ designation and become simply the Queen’s Gaels, Athletics and Recreation Director Leslie Dal Cin said in a Journal interview Sept. 5. Athletics teams have been known as the ‘Golden Gaels’ since 1947.Continue...

Cheer ban hypocritical

Frosh Week festivities perked up this week when thousands of sober Gaels and ArtSci frosh danced to this year’s song, “Jerk It Out,” by The Caesars. The song choice raises the question of how the Orientation Round Table (ORT) perceives its responsibility to make Orientation more inclusive.Continue...

Cookies and other monsters

Last week, I had the opportunity to pick up a copy of US Airways’ “SkyMall” magazine. With excitement that could only have been induced by altitude, I found a voice-activated replica of R2-D2 for only $169.95! Also tempting was “The Marshmallow Shooter”—a mere $24.95 for what would surely be hours of fun, complete with “pinpoint accuracy.” But upon further perusal, I decided that “The Hollywood Cookie Diet” most definitely takes the cake. Four boxes for $59.99 and cookie dieters can (atypically) lose five pounds in just three days?Continue...

Inequality out of Vogue

A 16-page spread in the August edition of Vogue India—which includes a photo of a toothless woman carrying a baby wearing a Fendi bib—has garnered criticism for its portrayal of the poor wearing designer items, the New York Times reported Aug. 31.Continue...

Job benefits too costly

Ontario university presidents receive expensive perks, such as cars and monthly allowances, along with their six-figure salaries, the Hamilton Spectator reported July 12.Continue...

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