Editorials Archive: 2011

Flawed model

Within the stream of Top 40 hits, there’s a nauseating sound that makes me uncomfortable.
Taylor Swift’s songs drip with the damn-that’s-catchy sweetness of saturated pop, but upon closer examination they have a hidden darkness.Continue...

Blended not better

Queen’s offered two blended learning classes this fall, combining lectures with online learning. The movement is a necessary change as class sizes continue to grow, but the blended format has some
inherent pitfalls.Continue...

Veritas not kindness

Harvard University, regarded as one of the world’s best post-secondary institutions, recently instituted a voluntary kindness pledge for incoming first years. Students who sign the pledge promise to be civil to one another and respect the values of integrity and inclusivity, reported the Globe and Mail on Sept. 23.Continue...

Rethink week

It wasn’t until I became a FREC that I understood how Frosh Week shaped the way I think
about alcohol.Continue...

Heavy weight of words

Many offensive slurs that are posted online are perceived as just jokes, according to an article in the Globe and Mail on Tuesday, Sept. 20.Continue...

Party on the way out

On Saturday night, the Aberdeen Street party peaked at around 500 people. The event drew
significantly fewer people than last year, which boasted between 1,500 and 2,500 people on the Student Ghetto street.Continue...

Let them be

From the Book of Genesis, where a serpent tempts Eve, to big-screen Hollywood productions like Snakes on a Plane; the fear of snakes is engrained into the minds of many. Ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes, has been passed on for centuries.Continue...

Grade market unethical

An article published in the Toronto Star on Sunday Sept.18, “Student questions marks from a high school ‘credit mill’ ” examined accredited private high schools that dole out high marks in exchange for payment.Continue...

Not ready for new name

On Sept. 15, AMS Assembly passed a motion to rebrand the Student Ghetto as the University District.Continue...

A little help?

The life of a student is pretty simple. We eat, sleep, chug coffee and study. If we’re lucky, we get to go out and have a social life that doesn’t consist of late nights at Stauffer. It may not seem like an exciting life but it’s certainly a stressful one.Continue...

Students need alternative

According to a study from Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation, opinion expressed on ratemyprofessors.com correlates to official university and college evaluations.Continue...

AMS video commendable

On Sept. 12, the AMS’s Municipal Affairs Commission (MAC) posted the video Let Our Alumni Come Home on Youtube. The QTV-produced video is praiseworthy.Continue...

Poor housekeeping

The safe space in the Grey House, a place that caters to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) students, is at risk.Continue...

Good riddance Gosselin

When it was announced that Kate Gosselin’s reality show, Kate Plus 8, had finally been
cancelled by TLC, I was relieved by the news. Gosselin turned this once lovable show about the chaos of raising twins and sextuplets into a 30-minute whine about her struggles as a single mother.Continue...

Mental matters

A Frosh Week focus on mental health isn’t something unique to Queen’s, according to a Sept. 9 article from the Globe and Mail.Continue...

The game

Whether it’s in the cloistered halls of high school or the confines of a tiny dorm room, most of us have taken part in the overachievement game. I know because I’ve been doing it for years.Continue...

Ban not enough

A University decision to make residence alcohol-free during this year’s Frosh Week has impacted all first years, even those who are legally able to drink.Continue...

Day finally over

Nick Day’s resignation as rector should have happened months ago.Continue...

Motor matters

Whether it’s texting or drinking, we can’t count on the universe to tweet us every time we might make a mistake.Continue...

Heavy health decisions

A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association argued that in extreme cases, children who are morbidly obese and face life-threatening health risks should be removed from parental custody. Despite the public outcry against the recommendation, it's in the best interest of certain children.Continue...

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