Opinions Archive: 2007

Letters to the Editors

I would like to congratulate the Journal for the article “Fairing well in the workplace” from the Oct. 2 issue. Your discussion of the Career Fair recently hosted by Career Services was informative and interesting. The article contained several reflections on the event provided by students. I value those reflections and they have been included in our post-event discussions. In particular, I would like to address those made by an ArtSci student.Continue...

Let’s have a safe Homecoming

This Saturday many of us will be on Aberdeen Street. Some will be there as partiers, others working as volunteer “Red Caps” and most will be there just to see what the fuss is about.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

In your editorial, you defend Columbia University’s decision to invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and deride those who opposed his appearance as having closed minds. You state: “There’s a huge rift between Western ideologies and those promoted by leaders such as Ahmadinejad, but that rift won’t be reconciled unless open discussions are welcome on both sides.”Continue...

Who will get your vote?

Do you remember a time when you were in elementary school and weren’t able to go to class because teachers were protesting in front of your school?Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Jeff Brown should be ashamed of himself. In his editorial, Brown speaks about how a recent Cowboy and Indians-themed kegger epitomizes the “otherness” created at Queen’s.

The appropriateness of the party theme is not the issue, however. The AMS has no right or responsibility to interfere in the events of students that are held off campus.Continue...

Would MMP be an upgrade?

A case might well be made for modification of Ontario’s electoral system but the proposed MMP system is not the way to go. It has too many unattractive features.Continue...

Letter to the Editors

Not only does the city of Kingston and Kingston Police need an attitude change, but Queen’s students do as well. It is a fact that students are “an aggregate body of drunken slobs.”

There is a lack of maturity and responsibility on the students’ part that reinforces that statement. A couple weeks ago, I was awoken by neighbours next door who decided to place their television in the middle of the street and take a bat to it. Shrieks of laughter indicated that this was a hilarious thing to do after a night of partying. I was completely baffled as I watched from my bedroom window.Continue...

The East-West gap widens

Lars Vilks, the cartoonist behind last month’s so-called “Swedish cartoon scandal,” was recently quoted by BBC News as saying that he’s “not against Islam. Everyone knows that.” Vilks’ cartoon, which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog’s body, provoked worldwide controversy when it was printed in the Swedish Örebro-region paper Nerike Allehanda.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

There was some fairly big news recently. You may have heard about it. Three by-elections in Quebec, in which the federal Liberal Party fared poorly and infighting was rumoured between leader Stephane Dion and his strongest competitor for leader, Michael Ignatieff.

So when Ignatieff, a prominent politician, appears on campus, one would expect the campus newspaper might actually want to ask some questions—either about the by-elections or any number of other substantive issues—instead of just providing a transcript of the man’s bloviating and pandering to the issue of “youth apathy”.Continue...

Offensive themed parties ‘othering’

In my time at Queen’s I’ve seen many parties and hosted a few myself. But when hosting or attending a gathering we have a responsibility.Continue...

Where’s the love for West?

Beyond the fringes of the student Ghetto along Union Street, and jarringly close to Kingston Penitentiary, is West Campus, the home of 564 Queen’s students.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

The statements of Queen’s Coalition against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination (QCRED) and professor Margaret Pappano reflect at best an ignorance of the the British University and College Union resolution proclaiming a boycott of all Israeli academics, or at worst a complete renunciation of the principles of non-discrimination that QCRED’s name suggests.Continue...

Give frosh credit for maturity

Debate and discussion surrounding Frosh Week conduct have made it necessary to re-examine the event’s core purpose: to welcome frosh to Queen’s and ease their transition to university.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Engineering Frosh Week at Queen’s is defined by tradition— traditions that build a notion of camaraderie, teamwork skills and a sense of belonging. It is through the activities they participate in, the songs they learn and the people they meet that unify them into “a year.”Continue...

Who teaches the teachers?

When I think about the quality of the Queen’s learning environment, I don’t consider the number of books in our libraries or how many campus buildings have wireless Internet. Instead I look at the attitude our university has toward teaching and learning, and the significance it places on the undergraduate experience.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Principal Karen Hitchcock’s denunciation of the academic boycott of Israel is short-sighted and ill-informed.

Israeli universities are not the bastions of freedom of speech and inquiry that Principal Hitchcock imagines. They have abdicated a crucial role that all universities ought to play in society—that of analyzing and explaining the world in ways that promote justice and equality and acting as centres for critical examination of dominant ideologies and social policies.Continue...

Summit ignores, deceives public

“Is the sovereignty of Canada going to fall apart if we standardize the jelly bean?” Stephen Harper’s patronizing rhetoric in response to accusations that discussions at the so-called ‘Three Amigos Summit’ have undermined national sovereignty and has left many Canadians displeased, said Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow in an Aug. 22 interview with CTV.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

According to a recent Kingston Whig-Standard story, Principal Hitchcock’s strong denunciation of the British University and College Union’s (UCU) proposed boycott of Israeli universities has prompted some members of the Queen’s community to call for public dialogue about the position she has adopted. One reasonable starting point for such a dialogue might be to compare Principal Hitchcock’s position to that taken by other leaders of Canadian universities. Hitchcock’s opposition to the proposed boycott is in fact widely shared.Continue...

Don’t let the conformity get to you

This week, thousands of new students flock to Queen’s to begin their university careers. Traditionally, campus environments have been hotbeds of social change—for examples, one need only look to the twentieth century’s civil rights or anti-apartheid movements.Continue...

Closing Clark Hall Pub too drastic

Discarding for a few moments the thought of who has been affected by the closure of Clark and staff dismissals, it is important not to lose sight of the short- and long-term effects this action has caused. Like ripples in a pond, the effects will stretch out from the Engineering Society itself towards other student activities.Continue...

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