News Archive: 2008

Students speak out about facing threats on campus, many walk out of ASUS Special General Meeting

About three-quarters of students walked out of ASUS Assembly's special general meeting Sunday following a call from the Queen's Coalition Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination (QCRED) Resignation Not Impeachment campaign against ASUS President Jacob Mantle.

The AMS executive and various student groups asked Mantle to resign after he responded to a Facebook photo of two girls wearing scarves on their heads, saying "I like your Taliban picture."Continue...

Contributors of the month

Fabulous and full of film-savvy, Heather Christie has been a welcome addition to the A&E staff roster this year, producing sharp criticism that’s rivaled only by her ability to cause laughing fits.Continue...

News in brief

Dec. 6 will mark the 19th anniversary of the Montreal massacre, in which 14 female engineering students were killed at Montreal’s École Polytechnique by Marc Lépine, who claimed he was “fighting feminism.”Continue...

Late-night study safety

As exam period begins, students will begin study sessions at libraries and in classrooms across campus. For those pulling all-nighters, safety is a concern for students studying or walking home alone.Continue...

Remembering Baha Bekenov

Yesterday, students gathered to remember Comm ’09 student Baha Bekenov, who was found dead in Goodes Hall on Nov. 11. A book containing messages of condolences, stories of Bekenov and pictures of his time at Queen’s was made and will be sent to Bekenov’s parents.Continue...

Top financial vice-principals resign

Last Thursday was marked by the resignations of two high-ranking university officials. On Nov. 20, Vice-Principal (Advancement) David Mitchell and Vice-Principal (Operations and Finance) Andrew Simpson both announced they were stepping down.Continue...

Separating societies

The Education Students Society (ESS), representing about 700 students in the Faculty of Education, will vote in January on whether or not to secede from the AMS and join the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS). At a meeting on Nov. 19, the ESS Council passed a motion calling for a referendum on membership in the AMS.Continue...

Teaching assistant, fellow unionization vote results inconclusive

Yesterday, TAs and TFs cast their ballots deciding whether or not to unionize.

In the certification vote, 332 people voted for unionization and 378 people voted against it. Two ballots were spoiled and there were 93 segregated ballots.Continue...

Faculties cope with budget cuts

As Queen’s prepares for a three-year budget cut, the University’s faculties and schools are making preparations to cut costs and raise revenue in hopes of balancing their budgets. In an e-mail to staff and faculty last week, Principal Tom Williams announced a 15 per cent budget cut will be applied to all faculties, schools and administrative units over the next three years, starting in the 2009-10 academic year.Continue...

Intergroup program receives national attention

Queen’s has been thrown into the spotlight not only in Canada, but by numerous media outlets in the United States as well after the initiation of the Intergroup Dialogue program by the office of the Dean of Student Affairs. A story appeared in Wednesday’s edition of the Globe and Mail, alongside an article about Principal Tom Williams’ decision to cancel fall Homecoming.Continue...

Nine years of remembering

If you happened to walk past Stauffer Library last night, you would have noticed a group of close to 40 people gathered on the corner of Union Street and University Avenue.

Holding candles and forming a small circle, members of both the Queen’s and Kingston communities came together to mark the Trans Day of Remembrance, an annual day of reflection and a time to remember those killed over the year for being transgendered or transsexual.Continue...

News in brief

Two of the University’s vice-principals in charge of fundraising and finances have resigned.Continue...

Budget cuts across the board

Queen’s will be experiencing a 15 per cent budget cut over the next three academic years.

In an e-mail to faculty on Nov. 15, Principal Tom Williams announced a 15 per cent budget cut will be applied to all faculties and units of the University, including the administration, starting in the 2009-10 academic year.Continue...

Spring reunion planned for May

Tuesday’s announcement that fall Homecoming has been replaced by a Homecoming-style “Spring Reunion” was met with both support and angry condemnations from Queen’s students and alumni.
Worry over safety issues surrounding the annual unsanctioned Aberdeen Street party and fear that the University’s reputation could be irreparably damaged prompted Principal Tom Williams’ announcement that Homecoming 2009 and 2010 would be moved from the fall term to May.Continue...

Strike at York teaches Queen’s a lesson

Faculty, teaching assistants and graduate students at York University—all members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees—have been on strike since Nov. 5.

TAs at Queen’s are currently not unionized, but the potential for striking is one of the concerns raised by opponents of Teaching Assistant and Fellow Association’s (TAFA) unionization campaign.Continue...

‘He always took the time to talk’

Eakhytzhan Bekenov will be remembered as a quiet and caring student with a strong work ethic.

Known to his friends as Baha, the Comm ’09 student came to Queen’s from Kazakhstan and spent a year on exchange at the Copenhagen Business School.Continue...

Another racist incident reported

On Friday night, Rachel Kucharczuk’s routine trip to the grocery store was disrupted by the discovery of anti-Semitic comments smeared on the front and back of her car.

“I was in bed with the flu all day and I came out to my car to get some ginger ale."Continue...

Fall Homecoming cancelled

Principal Tom Williams announced this morning that Homecoming as students and alumni now know it has been cancelled. The event will be replaced by a Homecoming-style “Spring Reunion,” held in May. The change will stand for at least two years.Continue...

Contributors of the month

Jake Edmiston, Justin Tang, and Emily Whalen.Continue...

News in brief

Saturday, Nov. 8 is the deadline for the Queen’s community to submit feedback on the University’s draft statement on responsible investing.Continue...

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