April 30, 2017

Features Archive: 2004

‘Organized chaos’ reigns on Aberdeen

Last week, a mysterious message appeared in the mailboxes of each house on Aberdeen Street and a select few houses on nearby Earl, William and Johnson streets. The message included the slogan “Living the Stereotype.”Continue...

Queen’s clothing: ambiguously ethical

The next time you set foot on Queen’s campus, try this: count the number of seconds it takes before you spy someone sporting Queen’s clothing.Continue...

Politics among the garden plots

To most people of our generation, the word “Nicaragua” conjures up an idea of a distant country somewhere in the Third World—one of my university-educated friends asked me where it was in Africa.Continue...

Queen’s backstage at Canadian Idol

We’ve all either seen the show or had to endure friends’ polemics on who deserves to win. Love it or hate it, Canadian Idol has become a pop culture phenomenon.Continue...

Q&A: Rwanda, self-interest and UN intervention

Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, the son of a Canadian Forces soldier, was born in 1946 in Denekamp, Holland and raised in Montreal. In 1964, he enrolled as a cadet at the Collège militaire royale de St-Jean.

He served in a variety of Canadian Forces posts before being deployed as Forces Commander of the UN mission to Rwanda in 1993. There, the following year, he witnessed the slaughter of 800,000 Rwandans, without sufficient resources to prevent it.Continue...

Dallaire discusses Rwandan genocide

On Saturday, more than 400 Queen’s students, staff and community members filled Grant Hall to hear retired Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire speak on war and peace in the post-9/11 world.Continue...

First year: feast or famine?

Think back to the Saturday evening of your Frosh Week. You’re standing in your double room, wearing a smelly yellow t-shirt and a grimy pair of coveralls, watching your new roommate’s belongings begin to ebb closer to your floor space. You haven’t slept for more than five hours all week or showered in the past 48, and your 400-person bio lecture—for which you don’t have a textbook yet—is at 8:30 Monday morning. And it’s dinnertime. What are you going to eat?Continue...

Healing the dying in Canada

Easing into her chair in her office on Parliament Hill, the Honourable Sharon Carstairs expresses her vision for palliative care in Canada. “I hope that, one day, every single Canadian who requires palliative support will have it,” she said.

The seasoned senator from Manitoba, and former Leader of the Government in the Senate, dedicated herself to fighting for palliative care issues across the country.Continue...

Lewis Lapham on Mark Twain

As editor of Harper’s magazine and the winner of a National Magazine Award for his “Notebook” essays, Lewis Lapham has been credited with bringing out an exhilarating point of view in an age of conformity. He has written for more than 20 North American newspapers and magazines, and is a frequent lecturer and talk show guest. His most recent book, Gag Rule: On the Stifling of Dissent and the Suppression of Democracy , was published by Penguin Press this month.Continue...

Morris Milner on technology

Noted biomedical engineer Morris “Mickey” Milner earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a faculty member there, he initiated a biomedical engineering research program and first visited Canada in 1967 on a sabbatical leave at the National Research Council. Since then, he has held numerous academic posts in South Africa, the United States and Canada.Continue...

Meet the honorary class of 2004

He is the former Prime Minister of Canada, and the former Minister of almost everything else. “This is the first election since 1953 that I have not been involved in,” Jean Chrétien told a Queen’s convocation audience on May 27. He also said his wife, Aline, has told him, “retirement doesn’t mean you have to come home for lunch every day.”Continue...

Letting identity theft out of the bag

Imagine this: you go to the bank machine one night on your way to the bars, and for some reason, your account is empty.Continue...

Pro-pot activist speaks on campus

Marc Emery, president of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, is probably not exaggerating when he calls himself Canada’s “Prince of Pot.” Emery spoke on campus earlier this month at a talk organized by the Queen’s NDP Association. In addition to founding and leading the B.C. Marijuana Party, Emery is also the publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine, the producer of Pot-TV and a distributor of marijuana seeds through his company, Marc Emery Direct.Continue...

Students bike for cancer cure

If the $22,000 raised during last week’s Cuts for Cancer is any indication, Queen’s students are ready to part with their hard-earned money to support cancer research.

Three first-year students plan to add thousands of dollars more after this summer’s “Tour for the Cure.”

Starting May 12, Mike Maggrah, Erik Zufelt and Ryan Zufelt, all ArtSci ’07, will be cycling across Canada in a fundraising and awareness campaign to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.Continue...

GW Science Fair rocks Clark Hall Pub

Nearing the end of the event, a drunk friend of mine leaned over my shoulder and jokingly told me that he was going to be very disappointed if this story didn’t begin with the line, “It was one of the stupidest nights I have ever spent in my entire life.”Continue...

Convert to Islam shares story

“A lot of people wanted to know why I accepted Islam,” said Jaffer Syed, a man who was raised as a Roman Catholic but converted to Islam in his early 20s. His original name is Jeff.

The University of Toronto graduate spoke on campus last week during the final night of Islamic Awareness Week, which was organized by the Queen’s University Muslim Student Association.Continue...

Panel discusses UN Earth Charter

Last Wednesday evening, the Interfaith Council at Queen’s hosted a panel of four speakers to discuss various religious perspectives on the United Nations’ Earth Charter.Continue...