Opinions Archive: 2006

Letters to the Editors

I believe that Queen’s should not pay a dime for the police costs for any party it doesn’t condone. As a stakeholder at this fine institution, like all other Queen’s students, my money should be going to research and classrooms—not to fuel the political agendas of others.Continue...

Proud of our opportunities, but also proactive in recognizing our downfalls

On Sept. 30, the AMS made a two-hour presentation to the Board of Trustees, the governing body responsible for the overall operation of the University and for overseeing financial matters and
senior appointments.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"In your constitution, how can you not define who a Muslim is, and yet claim to be exclusive on those grounds? I am thankful that I now read in the public forum that QUMSA will be recognizing a Muslim
as someone who identifies as a Muslim, a definition which I fully endorse," writes ASUS Vice President Kyle Abrey.Continue...

Welcome to the North American Union

When European countries formed the European Union there was widespread debate in the parliaments of nations. Patriotic tempers raged, people were up in arms and media coverage was remarkable.

But when Canada, the United States, and Mexico entered into a similar agreement, it was silent in the House of Commons and Congress.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"On Sunday Sept. 17, thousands of Canadians--young and old--gathered in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver for rallies connected to the Global Day for Darfur. The global initiative, aimed at raising awareness for the massive crimes against humanity occurring in Darfur, saw rallies and vigils take place in more than 50 cities worldwide ..."Continue...

QUMSA defends membership policy

"Concerns regarding the legality and integrity of Queen’s Muslim Students’ Association (QUMSA)’s membership policies have surfaced since the AMS Assembly’s first meeting.

Seemingly convincing criticisms of the organization have subsequently emerged, yet the arguments put forth are mistaken in their most basic premises."Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"Our club doesn’t exactly restrict membership to Muslims; as our constitution states, non-Muslims are always welcome as honorary members, and many are in fact involved in QUMSA Our exclusivity relates only to participation in executive elections—honorary and regular members are entitled to identical privileges in terms of our services, activities and even worship rituals ..."Continue...

QUMSA’s ‘exclusionary practices’ criticized

“To promote friendly relations between Muslim and non-Muslim students” and “to help discredit a lot of misconceptions about Islam”: These are but two of the many laudable goals Queen’s University Muslim Students’ Association (QUMSA) purports to be striving to attain, at least according to their website.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"As a volunteer at the Aberdeen Street party, I was encouraged by the improved tone and behaviour of this year’s Homecoming. However, two important questions remain unanswered:

First, how ethical is it for Queen’s to force Kingston taxpayers to foot the bill for extra police and municipal services?"Continue...

An answer to non-academic discipline

Last May, seven faculty deans from Queen’s brought a motion to the Senate that would effectively end student-administered non-academic discipline at Queen’s—a 120-year-old tradition that is the only one of its kind in the country. The motive for the motion was to supposedly ensure that students breaking the rules were adequately punished—something the deans were apparently concerned with that the AMS wasn’t doing—and to safeguard the University’s reputation.Continue...

I can’t remember when I was this excited for school

It all started with a seemingly innocent e-mail from Ten Thousand Villages asking me to donate a School Kit to help refugee and displaced children get a normal education. It seemed like a great idea: help a child by giving them the tools needed for education. But something made me hesitate.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"Let me emphasize that there is nothing wrong with partying with your friends as long as laws, such as those governing alcohol, noise and public safety are respected. Unfortunately, it was the actions of a small minority who chose to break the law that tarnished the memory of that weekend and blemished the reputation of Queen’s and Kingston," says Harvey Rosen, Mayor.Continue...

Collapse of World Trade Center

We ought to seriously re-evaluate the recent changes in our foreign policy that stemmed from 9/11, the so-called War on Terror and our occupation of Afghanistan.

Moreover, we need to recognize that the media is obstructing the truth about building seven and ask ourselves, why?Continue...

Administration cancels Frosh Week house parties for the Class of 2010

Behind the bright lights and loud cheers of another well-run Orientation Week, exists an abandoned event the class of 2010 will not be able to enjoy—house parties.

These were memorable events where frosh met in their leaders’ houses. They were a chance for first-years to get a glimpse of off-campus housing and step outside the Queen’s bubble. This is the first year where frosh will not get to participate in these off-campus parties because of former Dean of Student Affairs, Janice Deakin’s decision to cancel these events. A frosh’s first off-campus gathering will probably be during unofficial, unsanctioned boozefests known as Wail the Gael, Wreck the Freck, Sauce the Boss and many others.Continue...

Words of wisdom from a Queen’s veteran

"I remember feeling overwhelmed when I first came to Queen’s. I had moved here from another continent and was having to deal with the double culture shock of becoming a university student and living in Canada," writes Ahmed Kayssi. "I settled on the French floor in Victoria Hall with 40 other students, most of whom had not chosen to be on the floor, so the promised bilingual ambience never really materialized."Continue...

Terrorism in a post-9/11 world

The recent arrests of 17 men on allegations of being involved in a Toronto “terror cell” triggered a rude awakening for many Canadians, including myself. Putting aside my immediate shock, I realized that I had fallen prey to a comfortable naiveté in believing that our country was immune to the threats faced by the United States and others across the globe.Continue...

Summer sublet turns sour

Students who are thinking of subletting, beware. Our former subtenants may be moving into your house or apartment with no intention of paying rent.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

“Frivolous and worthless.” That’s exactly how RHM should be remembered. Imagine what Eracism Week could have accomplished with just a fraction of the $50,000-plus-travelling-benefits you unquestioningly wasted on their salaries.Continue...

Engaging the World Model UN in Beijing

Unlike most graduating fourth-year students who were frantically trying to complete papers and year projects last week, my friend Dave Grant, Sci ’06, and I opted to spend the week of March 25 to 31 in Beijing, China to attend the fifteenth annual World Model United Nations (MUN) Conference.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

We would like to respond to Joey Fox’s letter regarding Jon Elmer’s lecture on this campus. Fox writes that he was “deeply troubled” by what he viewed as Elmer’s “generalizations about Jews and Israelis.” Fox alleges that Elmer stated that “‘all Jews and Israelis want an eternal and undivided Jerusalem.’” While Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) does not have a transcript of the talk, we don’t believe that these statements were made that evening.Continue...

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