News Archive: 2001

Queen’s race car revs up in U.S.

For three days in May at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan, the new Queen’s Formula SAE race car left 97 other teams in their dust.

The Queen’s race car team placed 26th out of 123 in the competition. Their finish in the international competition was their best finish ever, and the team was judged on design, performance on the track as well as its ability to manufacture an automobile.Continue...

Alternative Frosh Week not a threat: OPIRG

Several groups on campus are inviting incoming students to take a walk on the flip side of frosh week, and the Head Gael is questioning whether they’ve gone about it the right way.

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) is spearheading the first ever Alternative Frosh Week, along with the Queen’s Coalition against Corporate Globalization and the Ban Righ Centre.

The week’s events have yet to be finalized but will include talks by political speakers, workshops, a social justice filmnight, and an outdoor street party.Continue...

Former Dean of Women a vibrant lady

Dr. Baugh was the daughter of a Queen’s principal and spent much of her childhood at Summerhill. She was a Queen’s student who graduated with a degree in psychology and later returned to teach in the psychology department. She was one of the last Deans of Women and a room in Ban Righ Hall —-the Elspeth Baugh Fireside Room— is named in her honour.Continue...

News In Brief

Four Queen’s students have joined 46 others who have been chosen as semi-finalists in the Magna International As Prime Minister Awards. Anthony Cutrona, Adam Daifallah, Fiona Grant and Alyssa Tomkins submitted essays that present prime ministerial advice that will reviewed by a national panel of judges.Continue...

AMS services see red

AMS services are showing a financial loss for the first time in three years, according to a list of unaudited results from 2000-2001 obtained by The Journal .

The list, which will be used to evaluate the financial status and performance of the 12 AMS services, indicates a service deficit of $35,905. The loss is a significant reversal from 1999-2000, when AMS services turned a profit of almost $70,000. The loss did not come as a surprise to Jory Platt, vice-president (operations).Continue...

Funding formula attacked

Unemployed graduates could be costing Queen’s additional public funding under the provincial government’s Key Performance Indicator (KPI) operating grants.

The Ontario government recently announced it is increasing operating grants for postsecondary institutions by $72 million more than last year, bringing the total amount budgeted to $1.72 billion.

Of the $72 million additional dollars, $23.3 million will be tied to KPI surveys conducted by the Ontario Universities Application Centre and reviewed by the Ministry of Education.Continue...

Alfie’s gets $285K overhaul

Alfie’s is getting a makeover for its 25th birthday.

Not visible from University Avenue, a major $285,000 renovation is underway this summer as the AMS tries to turn a round the unprofitable underground bar, as well as its image.Continue...

Class of ’48 ½ bursary unclaimed

The Queen’s University class of 1948 ½ has a problem. It has money to give away but no one is taking it.

A $50,000 bursary set up by the class of 1948 ½—the only class in Queen’s history to graduate in three and a half years instead of four—is waiting for someone to apply for it. Class member Jack Billingsley is concerned that a student somewhere is missing out on a terrific opportunity.Continue...

News In Brief

The Queen’s School of Business received its highest ranking ever in the annual survey conducted by the Financial Times, placing 17th for its Open Executive programs. These programs are unique in that they are open to all executives and cover a wide variety of financial subjects. This ranking marks an improvement over the past two years, when Queen’s placed 22 and 29. Queen’s is the only Canadian school to have appeared on the list three years in a row.Continue...

Queen’s alumnus held at gunpoint

Queen’s Political Studies professor Abigail Bakan received the scare of her life when she was contacted by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs with a message from her husband.
Kellogg had been taken into custody and was being held at gunpoint.

The editor of the Socialist Worker newspaper and a Queen’s graduate, Kellogg was the only Canadian attending the Asia Pacific Labour Solidarity Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia earlier this month.Continue...

Housing verdict is the cat’s meowHousing verdict is the cat’s meow

When Queen’s Apartment and Housing Services told two students they had to get rid of their cats if they wanted to renew their lease, the students took Queen’s to court and won.

The University is not allowed to refuse to renew a lease as an enforcement of its no-pets policy, according to an Ontario Court of Appeal decision handed down earlier this month.

Queen’s leases 550 housing units to students annually.Continue...

Queen’s launches telepsychiatry project

Faculty from the Queen’s department of psychiatry were on hand May 30 when the electronic ribbon was cut to mark the beginning of a new era in the treatment of psychiatric patients: telepsychiatry.

Offered jointly by the Providence Continuing Care Centre (PCCC) and the psychiatry department at Queen’s, people in need of treatment in rural areas are now able to receive psychiatric care from doctors in Kingston via a closed circuit television system.Continue...

Theft scuffs Shinerama

Fundraising money collected last year for the Shinerama campaign for cystic fibrosis was stolen from an Aberdeen Street house late last month.

$800 in rolled coins was taken from the home of Paul Sawtell, the orientation fundraising chair responsible for Shinerama.

The money was raised from two smokers at Alfie’s and the coat check at last year’s ArtSci formal.Continue...

In death, Dean gave hope, say friends

Dr. Smith, former dean of Health Sciences, passed away just over a week ago, nearly two years after making the announcement he had ALS, the fatal neurological disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Dr. Smith resigned as dean in September 1999, but was far from finished his life’s work. Despite the toll the disease was taking on his life, Dr. Smith continued to study, teach and sharing his first hand experiences having lived a full life despite a terminal illness.Continue...

AMS web site linked to porn

Visitors to the official AMS web site June 16 were two mouse clicks away from half-naked women and men.

In an attempt to direct its visitors to a good laugh, myams.org linked to the Ray Owens’ Joke A Day web site, a site offering “babe a day” and “hunk a day” pages featuring scantily clad men and women in sexually-provocative poses.Continue...

Rape drugs infiltrate Queen’s

It's been twelve years since students fought back after a student was raped while crossing Kingston field, but sexual violence has not disappeared from Queen's altogether, said Louise Fish, head of campus security.

While services like Walk Home and the blue light security poles have contributed to a relatively safe campus, students need to turn their attention to local bars where the use of rape drugs is increasing at an alarming rate, said Fish.Continue...

News In Brief

The Kingston HIV/AIDS Regional Services office received a threatening phone call last week. The anonymous male who phoned threatened to go to local parks with others and assault gay men, engaging he what he termed "gay bashing". Due to the close proximity of several parks to Campus, Queen's Security has issued a security alert.Continue...

Glaxo suit dropped, activists carry on

Glaxo Wellcome may have dropped their lawsuit, but student activists pledge to continue the fight against corporate involvement at Queen's. Last month, Glaxo Wellcome—now GlaxoSmithKline— and 38 other pharmaceutical giants announced that they were dropping their lawsuit challenging a South African law enacted to provide cheaper AIDS drugs to millions of Africans infected by the virus. This ended what had become a public relations nightmare for the companies.Continue...

Torn pants no joke, says Svend

Svend Robinson, the New Democrat MP who is suing the RCMP and the federal government over what he calls excessive force at the Quebec City summit, explained his reasons for filing the lawsuit at an NDP fundraiser in the John Deutsch University Centre last Thursday.

The lawsuit was filed because the government refused to launch an inquiry into the tactics used by RCMP officers, said Robinson.Continue...

Bad weekend for Binnie

Max Binnie couldn’t catch a break this Victoria Day weekend.

The AMS communications manager returned to Kingston after a weekend trip to discover that both his office in the John Deutsch University Centre and University Street house had been broken into.

Just after 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, campus security was alerted by a custodian that the window to the AMS communications office was wide open. A further investigation revealed the office had been broken into and two computer towers, valued at two thousand dollars each, were missing.Continue...

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