April 30, 2017

Features Archive: 2005

What makes a town home?

Karachi is a busy bustling city, a metropolis too big for its own good. It seems to be bursting at its seams, with too many people, cars, houses, traffic, troubles and buildings—all packed into an area with not enough trees, parks and relaxing spots.Continue...

The pros and cons of plastic

Before coming to university, Vivian Lee, ArtSci ’06, got a credit card from TD Canada Trust on her parents’ recommendation. Lee said she chose a TD card because she already had an account with the bank.

However, Lee said she didn’t know much about essential elements like credit ratings, payment options and debt before signing up.Continue...

‘Oh, they lost a lot of people’

On Sept. 17, 1944, Allied forces in Holland, hot on the trail of European liberation, launched Operation Market Garden. Thousands of paratroopers dropped out of the sky as ground forces followed their progression on land.Continue...

Survey says

Patrick Deane, vice-principal (academic), said it’s too early to determine what exactly the McGuinty government meant when it said new funding packages for Ontario’s universities will include “results-based” funding.Continue...

Fees address ‘Queen’s specific needs’

As a don, Sarah Burd, ArtSci ’06, said it’s part of her job to help students with their everyday worries. She said students have approached her during her two years as a don to discuss stressful issues ranging from relationships to grades. But there’s one topic students have never discussed with her. Money.Continue...

Kingston’s most haunted

Most innkeepers have a passing knowledge of who’s staying under their roof each night. But there are several guests at Kingston’s Hochelaga Inn that innkeeper Anne Boyd has never seen.Continue...

Coping with a ‘weary, stale’ world

In the 1970s, there were fewer than 50 reported cases of anorexia in the world, but today entire scientific journals are devoted to eating disorders.

Many researchers believe the rise of eating disorders in developed countries can be attributed to an increasing cultural emphasis on unhealthy weight loss. Dr. Mike Condra, director of HCDS, pointed out that young female university students are especially vulnerable to eating disorders.Continue...

Paying more to get more?

When Dalton McGuinty became premier in 2003, he followed through on an election promise to place a two-year freeze on tuition. Last month, McGuinty announced the tuition freeze would end after this academic year.

Before the tuition freeze, the Ontario government regulated Arts and Science programs to a fee increase of no more than two per cent per year.Continue...

The fight to free the Cuban Five

On Sept. 29, a screening of the Irish-Cuban documentary Mission Against Terror drew a crowd of students, faculty and members of the Kingston community to fill Ellis Auditorium. The documentary, created by directors Bernadette Dwyer and Roberto Ruiz, examined Cuba’s ongoing struggle to protect itself against terrorism.Continue...

The ‘pen’ of Kingston past

As the first capital of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald’s hometown, and a once-major port city at the juncture of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, Kingston boasts some of this country’s richest history. However, one of Kingston’s important historic elements is often overlooked in favour of more cheerful, tourist-friendly destinations—Canada’s first penitentiary.Continue...

A territory ‘torn between two worlds’

A little more than four hours north of Kingston by plane, Canada’s youngest territory stretches across 20 per cent of the country’s land mass, encompassing some of the most bleak and beautiful landscape in the world.Continue...

Hockey night in Kingston

The game’s development further complicates the issue. Hockey evolved from several different forms of stick-and-ball games—such as the Irish hurley, the Scottish shinty (the source of the word “shinny”), the Dutch ice-golf game known as kolf, the aboriginal lacrosse game, and the English bandy, wickets and rickets—so the sport’s lineage is not easily traced.Continue...

A mission of mercy on death row

A prison guard at Louisiana’s Angola State Prison told Sister Helen Prejean to turn away for the last few moments.

But on that night in 1984, she didn’t listen. The guard placed a metal cap on Patrick Sonnier’s shaved head, and put a mask over Sonnier’s face. The cap was connected to the electric generator that would kill the convicted murderer, and his face was covered so witnesses couldn’t see what happens to a human face when a lethal dose of electricity runs though its body.Continue...

Marching down memory lane

Members of the classes of 1935, 1940, 1945 and 1950 gathered there with the Tricolour Guard—alumni who were not celebrating an official year party—for a relaxed and classy bash to mark their 70th, 65th, 60th and 55th reunions respectively.Continue...

Bringing Kingston back to the country

At last year’s Kingston Fall Fair, a father was taking in the sights with his son when the child spotted a poultry egg nestled in a rabbit’s cage. Confused, the boy asked his father if rabbits lay eggs, and the unsuspecting city slicker replied that yes, of course they do.Continue...

your.name@queensu.ca?

Last February, ITS launched a pilot project for the University’s faculty and staff entitled your.name@queensu.ca , allowing participants to replace their Net ID e-mail addresses with addresses stating their first and last names only. The software project creates the new address by recognizing a user’s first and last name from the University’s master directory for all staff and faculty.Continue...

London’s ‘new determination’

London, England. A city with more than its fair share of history, beauty, and intrigue—and on July 7, the site of a tragic terrorist attack.

In May, my family and I planned an August visit to the capital of the once-mighty British empire. Friends of ours live there—two pairs of Dutch émigrés—and my well-travelled mother had never seen the city, weirdly enough, so it was the perfect choice.Continue...

Peeling back the layers of history

AL-HUMAYMA, JORDAN—It’s 6 a.m. and the sun is just beginning to illuminate Old al-Humayma, a small town in the Hisma Desert of southern Jordan inhabited from the first century BCE until the 1960s. The sand, which seems bright gold in the daytime sun, is actually a mixture of reds, yellows, whites and even blacks at sunrise. A lone olive tree stands in the distance surrounded by teal tea plants that seem to grow happily from the sand all the way up to the craggy mountain horizon.Continue...

Learning, sharing and supporting

On a cold Tuesday night in early May, the Ban Righ Centre was one of the only buildings on campus that was warm and full of people. It was a night for celebration: mature women students were coming together to honour each other for their achievements over a year’s worth of hard work, struggle and success.Continue...