Features Archive: 2008

Moving ‘from field to fork’

As visiting parents taxi students to and from grocery stores this week, Kraft Dinner and Pizza Pockets are flying off the shelves. But for some, university life doesn’t necessarily mean microwaves and meal plans. Last Saturday, vendors at the Kingston Public Market downtown watched as students stocked up on fresh, local produce.Continue...

When sports and politics collide

The world’s eyes will be on Beijing this month as it hosts the 2008 Summer Olympic Games with the mantra, “One World, One Dream.” But for Kathy Xu, Sci ’99, this year’s Olympics will only serve to uphold the practices of a regime whose human rights record has inspired talk of boycotts—the loudest since the 1980 Olympics in Moscow when 62 countries, including Canada, skipped the Games.Continue...

Williams Sticking to His Principles

In April, Principal Tom Williams told the Journal he’s not interested in being considered for reappointment. After seven weeks on the job, he hasn’t changed his mind.
He said it was his affection for the University and the prospect of a challenge that encouraged him to take the short-term position. In keeping with University policy, Williams won’t be involved in the search for his successor.Continue...

From Hitchcock to headhunters

When former Principal Karen Hitchcock resigned April 16—more than a year before the end of her term—the University’s hunt for a stand-in didn’t take long. Principal Tom Williams took on the role on May 1.Continue...

Canada-wide student government

The University of British Columbia’s Alma Mater Society executive gets lunch every day, plus cell phones. At the University of Western Ontario, institutional memory within the student government is ensured thanks to 55 full-time, permanent staff. Last year, Simon Fraser University’s student government executive was impeached.
This year, each of the three members of the Queen’s Alma Mater Society (AMS) executive—President Kingsley Chak, Vice-President (Operations) John Manning and Vice-President (University Affairs) Julia Mitchell—will receive a $19,453 salary.Continue...

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