Features Archive: 2010

Where do all the stolen bikes go?

Police say they’re anticipating a surge in stolen bikes reports in the coming weeks. Kingston Police crime analyst Jason Key said the repopulated Queen’s campus is an attractive destination for bike thieves.Continue...

Queen's gets up to speed

Checking back every day during September to see if a spot finally opened in that course you’ve been trying to get into is a reality with the current administrative system, QCARD.
Luckily, there's a $33.5 million University investment being launched this year to remedy that problem and others caused by Queen's 30 year old mainframe.Continue...

Martin receives honorary degree

Many academics worry the tradition of awarding honorary degrees has become warped in recent years. But according to administration, Queen’s has safe guards to maintain the tradition’s credibility.Continue...

The cost to volunteer abroad

When Seetha Ramanathan got off the plane in Quito, she was under strict instructions. She was given the name of a government-regulated taxi company that would take her straight to her placement. A driver was waiting with her name on a sign.Continue...

Tricolour Outlet set to open for business

A new AMS service opening in September is set to breathe some new life into the JDUC.

Once a hub of activity, the former Common Ground space has been vacant since the Queen’s Centre opened in December.Continue...

The body fantastic

On Tuesday, I held a plastinated human heart in my hand as I watched students in a second-year anatomy lab observe and label live human tissues.

I looked around the Anatomy Learning Centre in Botterell Hall and realized I was surrounded by any and every possible human body part: bones, lungs and intestines galore.Continue...

Curbing the quarterlife crisis

University students busy their lives with classes, assignments, essays, and friendships, so thinking about future plans sometimes gets put on the backburner.

But when those thoughts do creep in, students are often flooded with worries of about the future and confusion about the direction in which their lives are heading.Continue...

There is life outside the bubble

University life is sometimes portrayed as an idyllic, cocoon-like atmosphere of drinking and sleeping late with little connection to the real world. This is particularly true at Queen’s University, where the oft-derided “Queen’s bubble” shelters students from their reality of their futures.Continue...

‘You may wish to go beyond the acceptable’

Born in Niles—a small industrial town in northeastern Ohio—Albert Frank Moritz, poet and Griffin Poetry Prize winner, said he spent a Huckleberry Finn-esque childhood along the banks of Mosquito Creek and its surrounding woods.Continue...

The ‘perks’ of augmented reality

A new surgical navigation tool, the first of its kind in Canada, has made simulated needle-based surgeries more accessible.

The Perk Station, an augmented reality surgical navigation suite, strives to make training in percutaneous surgery more accessible for the medical and scientific communities.Continue...

Committing themselves to the moment

As the Winter Olympics heat up on the West Coast, British Columbia improvisation performer and teacher Alistair Cook has a competition of a different nature on his mind.Continue...

Servicing the students

Kingston is home to about 117,000 people, a little less than ten times the Queen’s student population. While Queen’s students spend the better part of their years of study in this town, to many it would seem odd to call it their own.Continue...

Hardly a trivial pursuit

Which word derived from Arabic means “commander of the sea”? Who won a gold medal for Spain for cycling in the 1982 Olympics? What high-level computer language was named after a French mathematician and philosopher?Continue...

Bridging the age gap, one bowl at a time

Despite its proximity to other residences and lecture halls, the brown exterior of the Ban Righ Centre on Bader Lane is a mystery to most students.Continue...

The Giller man

Despite currently outselling DaVinci Code author Dan Brown in Canada, Giller Prize-winning author Linden MacIntyre has bigger concerns about the implications of his novel The Bishop’s Man—namely, eternal damnation.Continue...

The delicate art of teaching

As the University grapples with budget cuts to its academic programs, three professors have been recognized for their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom.

Biology professor Virginia Walker, political studies professor Eleanor MacDonald and music professor Kip Pegley have been selected as three of the top 20 finalists in TV Ontario’s annual Best Lecturer Competition. The winner will be announced in March.Continue...

An organic education

Queen’s students have the opportunity to get up close and personal with their food thanks to a joint venture between the University and Sodexo.

The project, known as MyFarm, is located on 76 acres of land some forty kilometres east of Kingston. Project planners hope the land will serve as both a practical farm and teaching environment.Continue...

A prize-winning exchange experience

An innovative exchange program run by the global development studies department has won acclaim from the Chinese government.

The Semester at Fudan program was recognized this year as a Model Bilingual Education Program by the government of the People’s Republic of China.Continue...

Model behaviour?

Parliament has become an easy target for labels of idleness in the age of annual prorogation. But our resident effigy, the Queen’s Model Parliament (QMP), might be an easier target.

Many people shrug off the event as catering to a limited clique of politics students, thinking it holds little relevance for the general student body.Continue...

Guten tag, sprechen sie Skype?

A new language program has Queen’s students interacting with German classmates—and there’s no border crossing involved. Colin Gilmour, ArtSci ’10, spent one hour per week practicing German with Nina Straka as a part of his GRMN201 class last term.Continue...

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