Editorials Archive: 2011

Suspension needs explanation

Queen’s decision to suspend admissions to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program has left a significant number of questions unanswered. Students deserve a thorough explanation that includes the administration’s plan for the program’s future.Continue...

Herald needs to be better

On Nov. 18, the Prince Arthur Herald published an opinion piece called “Same sex adoption is not a game.” The piece was highly critical of same-sex couples adopting children. The McGill Daily reported that the piece prompted the resignation of four editors and 10 writers at the Herald.Continue...

Occupy not over

Since it reached Confederation Park on Oct. 15, I’ve continued to frequent Occupy Kingston.
At first, I didn’t understand what the occupation was for, or how my life experience fit into the equation.Continue...

Bands suspension justified

The suspension of Queen’s Bands on Nov. 17 was a necessary decision made by the University administration and the AMS.Continue...

Running ragged

Gossip Girl character Blair Waldorf once said, “Sleep is for the weak.” Two weeks ago, I would have agreed with that statement.Continue...

Attack points, not person

On Nov. 7, an editorial published in the Concordia Link criticized the charitable initiative of Movember. The opinion piece, by Link copy editor Alex Manley, was based on unsubstantiated facts and demeaning rhetoric.Continue...

Forget division

The popularity of Quebec’s newest political party confirms that separatism is dead.Continue...

Police methods need inquiry

More than 100 riot police forcefully dispersed a student protest at McGill University on Nov. 10.

A university campus is a place where peaceful protests should happen without consequence, and the police intervention at McGill was inappropriate and only escalated the situation.Continue...

Occupy, don't vacate

The city of Vancouver is trying to win an injunction to force Occupy protesters to pack up and leave.
The proposed eviction infringes on the right to protest and should be resisted.Continue...

Colour my world

There’s something grossly backward about a jaded young person.Continue...

Revisit fall reading week

Queen’s should reconsider implementing a fall reading week. In a 2007 AMS plebiscite question, the student body voted against a second reading week. The climate on campus has since changed, and with an almost entirely new student population, it’s worth asking the question again.Continue...

Hot food has purpose

Vendors at the Queen’s Farmer’s Market were notified last month that a new policy prohibits the sale of hot food. It’s a decision that has negative consequences on vendors and risks the market’s future prosperity.Continue...

Social economy

Social Impact Bonds could revolutionize the way social programs are delivered in Canada. Here’s the deal: private investors fund the operations of a firm that agrees to achieve a desired positive social outcome.Continue...

Voting glitches unacceptable

Due to online glitches in the Oct. 25 and 26 AMS elections, some students were left wondering if their votes counted. Even after casting their ballots, some students received emails reminding them to vote; other emails told students they weren’t eligible to vote, when in fact they were.Continue...

Policy on cheating will work

Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest school board has taken flak for a new policy that prevents teachers from assigning zeros when students are caught cheating.

The Eastern School District’s policy has been criticized as too lenient because cheaters are given a second chance to retake assignments and tests. It’s applicable to both elementary and high school students.Continue...

Change the subject

Students love to commiserate with each other. During midterm season, bumping into a friend automatically means listening to a list of assignments, tests, presentations and commitments. It’s true; it’s a crazy time of year. But don’t assume you’re the only student on campus with a crazy schedule. The truth is we all have work to do.Continue...

Admin should take notes

Halloween served as another promotional opportunity for the James Ready beer brand. Students were offered free pumpkins last week on University Avenue — an initiative that added to a visible James Ready campaign in the Student Ghetto.Continue...

Less than friends

Facebook allows us to reconnect with old friends, maintain long-distance relationships and post ridiculous comments on our roommates’ walls — even if they’re sitting only two feet away. It’s also a place where endless hours are wasted sifting through album after album of friends’ photos.Continue...

Costume controversy

As Halloween approaches, a campaign on campus is targeting culturally insensitive costumes. Each poster shows a student holding an image of a Halloween costume that is racially or culturally offensive.Continue...

CFRC needs a lift

CFRC volunteer Louise Bark has been unable to access the radio station’s space, in the basement of Carruthers Hall. Bark uses a wheelchair and
previously entered the offices with help from her colleagues, who would help her down the stairs in a manual wheelchair.Continue...

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