Editorials Archive: 2011

Candy, not faith

As a kid, the best part of trick-or-treating on Halloween was sifting through the many surprises in my bag at the end of the night. Of course, some finds were always better than others. For instance, there was always that one guy who, without fail, would hand out toothbrushes and apples every year. This year, it goes even further.Continue...

Disorder overblown

Research from the University of Missouri suggests that a growing number of students forgo meals during the day in order to save calories for drinking alcohol at night. An Oct. 19 article from the Calgary Herald reported on the apparent trend that has been dubbed “drunkorexia.”Continue...

Animal ownership needs changes

On Oct. 18, investigators reported Ohio resident Terry Thompson released 56 exotic animals housed on his property before committing suicide. Eighteen tigers, 17 lions and eight bears were among the
animals that escaped into the Ohio countryside. An Oct. 19 Bloomberg Businessweek article reported on the event, which ended with the killing of 46 animals.Continue...

Respect lecture etiquette

An Oct. 10 New York Times article told the story of a student who was asked by his professor to speak less in class.Continue...

Blackout blues

For three days last week, BlackBerry enthusiasts had to survive without the device’s trademark messenger service. The overreactions on Facebook and Twitter are leading to investigations of
possible lawsuits against the company.Continue...

Free to friend profs

Given the ubiquity of social media, it’s only a matter of time before students start to friend, follow or otherwise subscribe to their professors.Continue...

Seven billion miracles

The United Nations has reported that the Earth’s population will reach seven billion by the end of this month.Continue...

Names not treated the same

Those with Anglophone-sounding names are more likely to be granted interviews during the job hunt, according to a recent University of Toronto study.Continue...

Committee fails to act

An AMS mental health committee established on April 7 was tasked by assembly to “evaluate how the AMS provides support to students on our campus and canvas other universities.” Though the committee met six times over the summer, it has failed to enact any change.Continue...

Voter turnout calls for changes

Ontario’s Oct. 6 election yielded a voter turnout of 49.2 per cent. It’s the lowest turnout in recorded
history. These results are a disappointing drop from the 52.8 per cent turnout seen in the 2007
provincial election. It points to issues in the electoral system.Continue...

Scanners Invasive

In order to attend a fraternity or sorority party at Cornell University, students must have their university student ID cards electronically scanned by iPods at the door of fraternity and sorority parties at Cornell University.Continue...

GPA goes wrong

The University’s new grading system offers no comfort to Queen’s students. The Grade Point Average, implemented in May, hurts the student who cares about the one per cent difference that can make or break a post-secondary career.Continue...

Fat tax sets healthy standard

Denmark recently placed a tax on foods with at least 2.3 per cent saturated fat. It’s a policy that Canada should consider implementing.Continue...

Lost in alienation

Over the course of last weekend, Brampton-West Progressive Conservative candidate Ben Shenouda circulated a flyer that critics have called homophobic and offensive.Continue...

Wedded miss

As my fourth school year hit in September, a startling theme began appearing on my
Facebook newsfeed. Distant friends and acquaintances took a plunge, decided to settle early and got engaged. I cringed.Continue...

Ailing ears

I suffer from a recurring earworm infection. It’s not a parasitic insect, but a pop song, stuck deep in my head. The affliction is common in our society where we’re constantly inundated by repetitive music, but I’m so often struck that I can only describe it as torment.Continue...

Mary Rita Holland by a hair

New Democrat Mary Rita Holland would make the most effective Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. Though she lacks the years of experience of Liberal incumbent John Gerretsen,
Holland’s approachability and knowledge of student issues make her a stand out.Continue...

Bake sale barely useful

A bake sale at the University of California, Berkeley attempted to make a political point by using racial differences to determine the price of cupcakes.Continue...

Other guys

The Take Back the Night march on Sept. 22 featured the “Don’t Be That Guy” campaign, with signs that read “Just because she’s drunk doesn’t mean she wants to f**k.”
The new campaign switched the focus from victims of sexual assault to perpetrators.Continue...

Knowledge not riches

An undergraduate degree doesn’t guarantee financial success, according to a Sept. 26 article in the Globe and Mail.
This isn't a surpriseContinue...

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