Opinions Archive: 2005

Fossil fuels going the way of the dinosaurs

Do you have any idea, any idea at all, what fossil fuels mean to the world? Of course you don’t. I’m in chemical engineering, it was all in the freakin’ brochure and I still didn’t get it. But I do now. Listen up.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"Apparently the new face of Queen’s is Karen Hitchcock, and only Karen Hitchcock? The previous website with a diversity of pictures was much more fun to log into."Continue...

Walking on the wild side isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Fellow Queen’s students, I write to you today as a criminal. No, I’m not one of the people who rolled over that car on Aberdeen, and I’ve never thrown a beer bottle at a police officer. I’ve done something far worse. Friends, I’m a jaywalker, and I’ve got the ticket to prove it.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"I note with as much shame as dismay that after two weeks, and much student energy devoted to demanding my resignation, only two people have so far taken responsibility and issued public apologies for the Aberdeen violence."Continue...

AMS working toward a solution to Aberdeen

The reaction to what occurred on Aberdeen Street during Homecoming weekend has been widespread, passionate and conflicting. The AMS has had to work hard to moderate inflammatory rhetoric so that we can have a reasoned dialogue to discuss what happened and how we can constructively move forward from here.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"Adèle Mercier should be ashamed of herself for likening the drunken revelry on Aberdeen Street this past Homecoming weekend to the ideologically driven hate-mongering of the Hitler youth movement. Such comments do nothing to solve the problems behind excessive destruction and violence during Queen’s Homecoming celebrations, but they succeed only in trivializing the Holocaust and alienating the Jewish community at Queen’s University."Continue...

Residences in need of administrative overhaul

After arriving at Queen’s from Oxford as a new lecturer in 1955, Ronald Watts—who would later become the 15th principal—assumed a post as a don in the newly built McNeill House. From its very beginning, residences at Queen’s were envisioned as an integral element of students’ composite and holistic education.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"Although I thoroughly enjoy Homecoming every year, I’m afraid that from a Kingston resident’s perspective, the actions that occurred on Aberdeen Street this Saturday have unfortunately negated many of the positive contributions Queen’s students have made to the community so far this year. ..."Continue...

Green ribbons, an eating disorder and me

It struck me one day that if I ate less and less every day, I would be lighter and faster in this competition—and experience the added benefit of being more desirable to the few guys who attended my school. What a great, foolproof idea. Once I lost that weight I was sure that life would finally be perfect.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"It is my sense that in the past three weeks the Kingston Police have made a conscious effort to establish an unusually strong presence in the Ghetto. This has included both an increase in patrols and an extraordinary number of fines handed out to students for various violations (mostly for open alcohol, but also jaywalking, noise and public intoxication). ..."Continue...

Aberdeen a protest against authority

Looking back the day after Homecoming, most students are not particularly pleased, or proud, of what occurred. It seems this year was especially chaotic.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I find it disconcerting that the editorial about the closure of After-Hours Childcare (AHC) essentially ignores the substantive facts and careful analysis that supported this difficult decision that were detailed in the well-written news article appearing in your previous issue.Continue...

Mulroney tapes expose man behind image

The key to understanding politicians is to realize that what you see is not necessarily what you get. In many cases, the politician is not a singular individual, but rather is made up of two distinct personalities: the public figure and the private person.Continue...

Letters to the editors

When Caitlin Coull says that “individuals cannot legally consent to sexual activity under intoxication,” she is confusing the law to malign Mantra’s name. She would be correct if there was any sexual activity between the featured women and the videographers, but Bill Horn expressly points out that Girls Gone Wild just records the goings-on at “wild” party venues.Continue...

Disservice done to student parents

Having a child in high school made my ambition of becoming a teacher seem unreachable. I was going to find myself in the cycle of never-ending shift work and daycare bills—which would still not leave enough for rent, meaning I would end up stuck in a poverty trap.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I mean, come on, who in their right mind would allow young adults to go to a concert and enjoy alcoholic beverages—and on their own campus nonetheless! No way, we must be locked up and in our bedrooms all hours of the day with the exception of when we’re contributing to the billion-dollar economic impact of the Queen’s community or the 10,000 hours of community service students participate in.Continue...

Students deserve respect from residents

Well, it’s official: Queen’s students have once again flocked back to Kingston. How can you tell? Campus is no longer deserted, the Ghetto looks lived in, and some of the residents of Kingston have vocalized their annoyance at our return.Continue...

Letters to the editors

Somebody emailed me your very long, very impassioned July 26 [Opinion] piece on the pressing need for a transgender washroom in the new student centre. “Ultimately, Queen’s would be taking a giant step backwards without this initiative.” To whomever wrote it, I have this advice: get a job.Continue...

‘Re-engagement through disengagement’

While many of us were wrapping up our summer jobs, preparing to return to Kingston or enjoying one of our last weekends of the summer, 8,500 Israeli Jews were leaving their homes and disbanding their communities in the interests of a long-desired, long-term peace. In short, Israel was withdrawing from the Gaza Strip.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Someone once told me, “if all you get from Queen’s is a diploma then you will have wasted your time here.” When I first heard that statement, I thought it sounded extreme, but during my time at this university I have learned how accurate that declaration truly is. Queen’s is teeming with great courses and outstanding professors. However, it was by immersing myself in the vast array of extra-curricular opportunities available here that has challenged me to dig deeper, learn more about who I am, and create the memories I will cherish for a lifetime.Continue...

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