Opinions Archive: 2008

Academic quality in jeopardy

That budget cuts in the University represent a major threat to academic quality is a truth so obvious it barely needs to be stated.Continue...

Hitchcock hung out to dry

During the last 67 years we have known many of the Queen’s principals and we consider Robert C. Wallace, David Smith and now Karen Hitchcock to be among the greatest.Continue...

Letter to the Editors

In the complicated world we live in, it’s necessary to take the time to step back and realize the context, limitations and real purpose of any situation; a concept so simple and yet, by yourself and others, so often forgotten. You didn’t put any well-researched thought into how alumni giving works nor the challenges behind it.Continue...

Projects underway and under control

Queen’s is undergoing an extraordinary phase of physical transformation on campus. Consequently, we have all experienced considerable disruption to our normal campus experience—through the noise, difficulties of navigating between buildings, shortage of car parks, and short-term elimination of some facilities. It has been a difficult winter but I’m grateful for the tremendous patience everyone has exhibited.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

In his recent letter to the Journal, SGPS President Arash Farzam-Kia indirectly accuses the AMS of damaging the integrity of Principal Hitchcock’s review process through “the manner in which the AMS has chosen to voice its position.” He goes on to say the SGPS may well adopt a position on this issue but it shall do so “in a manner consistent with the parameters of the process already in place.” I would argue that the manner in which the AMS Assembly voiced its opinion is entirely consistent with the review process and, in fact, Assembly followed the only responsible method available.Continue...

Reflections on "The Pasts and Futures of African Studies"

In February during Black History Month, the "Engaging Africa" initiative brought Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, the Head of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois, to speak at Queen's.
Also the 2008-09 president of the African Studies Association (ASA)—the largest association of its kind—Zeleza delivered a lecture titled, "The Pasts and Futures of African Studies." In this lecture, Zeleza outlined many of the dominant schools of thought, both past and present, relating to, and arising from, Africa, and addressed hopes and concerns about the continuance of this academic endeavour.Continue...

Remembering Palestine

On May 15, Israel will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Palestinians around the world will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba or the “Catastrophe.” Among other things, Al-Nakba marks the forced expulsion and destitution of 750,000 Palestinians from their indigenous homeland and the destruction of 418 villages in 1948. Its aftermath effectively decimated Palestinian identity, culture and life.Continue...

The Israel/Palestine debate

Last Friday, Students for Palestinian Human Rights Chair Dana Olwan wrote about how Palestinians commemorate Al-Nakba in the face of Israel's 60th anniversary.

On March 20, Queen's Hillel Co-chair Alex Goldberg wrote about how the Israeli state's 60th anniversary is a cause for celebration and the culmination of the Zionist dream.

Here, professors and students discuss the situation in Israel and Palestine.

To add your own comment or question, e-mail journal_editors@ams.queensu.ca .Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Last week’s editorial alleges a “role reversal” in the way the AMS and the SGPS have chosen to participate in the discussions relating to the re-appointment of the principal. This reversal, according to the Journal, can be seen in the “brave” and “vocal” stance adopted by the AMS, and the presumably un-brave and un-vocal position of the SGPS, which, according to the Journal, has been to distance itself from the motion in question.Continue...

Celebrating Israel’s 60th

In May, Israel celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

We’re writing to express our concern at the AMS’s decision to oppose the principal’s reappointment. The manner in which the AMS decided to offer their statement against the principal shows considerable negligence in consulting with students. AMS Assembly met in a closed-door session, meaning the minutes of the meeting will never be released. While we understand some members didn’t want their opinions used against them, we can’t see why the AMS didn’t first have a public forum and then, if necessary, have a closed session. In this regard the AMS has particularly failed as a body for student representation.Continue...

Beware anti-uranium scare tactics

It’s really disheartening, as a Queen’s mining engineer, to read an article calling for people to “question the fall-out from uranium mining” when the questioning done is solely based on ill-informed arguments.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

The Feb. 29 issue of the Journal states, “Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane said the University doesn’t involve itself in political issues and has no official stance on the Lovelace case.” Patrick Deane’s claim is blatantly false; recent history holds at least five cases where the university publicly held political positions. On Sept. 21, 2005, the University returned David Radler’s $1 million gift because “the integrity of this gift to the University has been compromised.” Again in 2005, the University strongly opposed a T.A. union drive and engaged in public communication denouncing the proposed union.Continue...

Uranium mining’s polluted legacy

Just an hour’s drive north of Kingston, 30,000 acres of private and crown land have been staked for uranium exploration, causing grave concern amongst both aboriginal and non-native communities.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I’d like to remind Thompson and the Queen’s University community that guilt, denial and defensiveness (as evidenced by Thompson’s unfounded accusations) towards reports of racism aren’t productive and instead one must work beyond these initial reactions towards a more productive anti-racist state of mind. Additionally, everyone has an obligation to read a book and become educated on matters of race and racism before they decide to say or write reactionary rants that further shut down sincere dialectic.Continue...

Queen’s Centre needs more green

If Al Gore or David Suzuki had visited Queen’s campus a few weeks ago, I think they would have been fairly impressed.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

With last week’s editorial and Feb. 12’s “More defaced posters found,” it has become clear to me that the Journal cares about nothing more than gross sensationalism. When not provided with the racist messages from the administration, the Journal found it fit to seek out these messages and display a photo of them in the paper.Continue...

Abortions lack accessibility

Having just celebrated the 20th anniversary of abortion rights in Canada, it might be easy to pat ourselves on the back, compare our status to that of the U.S. and blithely go about our days. However, the current situation of abortion rights and access in Canada falls short of the rosy picture of free, easily accessible abortions the Morgantaler ruling was supposed to provide.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I am writing with respect to the article published in the Journal on Feb. 5, 2008 regarding the use of performance enhancing drugs within CIS sport programs. I can appreciate the interest in covering the issue of drug use in sport given the attention this topic is currently receiving in the U.S. with respect to professional baseball and with the revelation of three positive tests that have occurred during random screening procedures carried out by Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on CIS athletes this year.Continue...

Let’s talk about vaginas

Sometimes when I’m in a large group of people, I think about this statistic: one in four Canadian women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. One in four.Continue...

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