Opinions Archive: 2008

Letters to the Editors

To clarify what was written in the Journal about a Western Football player testing positive for using illegal substances: the telephone interview I had with the Journal covered a wide range of topics linked to drug use in sport. I was asked to comment on the events at Western and answer questions about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in competitive football. I admitted in the interview I didn’t know of the player in question, and to be honest, at that very moment I couldn’t remember whether the individual had played in the OUA quarter-final against Queen’s. Subsequently, I learned that the Western player didn’t, in fact, play in the quarter-final.Continue...

CFRC connects community

Not so deep in the basement of Carruthers Hall, just south of the dormant Clark Hall Pub and the Campus Bookstore, lies one of Queen’s campus’ best kept secrets: Queen’s radio.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

In this past Friday’s issue, the Journal decided to present an extremely misleading article on the orientation faculty bills from 2007. Orientation Round Table (ORT)’s budget is within the Campus Activities Commission of the AMS and is overseen by the vice-president (university affairs), who also approves all expenditures. This article appears to be more of an attack the ORT position and is “supported” with several completely fabricated points.Continue...

Clark’s closure, changes not optional

As the University’s liquor-licence holder, I have been following coverage of Clark Hall Pub in recent editions of the Journal and there are two areas where I wish to make comment.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

In this Tuesday’s Talking Heads, the Journal decided to comment on the 20th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in Canada. As I read through the responses, I was irritated (though not surprised) to see the responses were entirely pro-choice. When the Journal decided to ask students about after-hours childcare, they managed to find people who commented on both sides of that issue; yet with this controversial issue, they could not manage to find a single person on campus who would comment on the pro-life side of the abortion debate.Continue...

Why we need Black History Month

Black Americans and black Canadians often bitterly joke that even though we have a month to celebrate our history, “they” only gave us the shortest month of the year.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

You can take the boy out of Queen’s but you can’t take Queen’s out of the boy. With AMS election season in full swing, I took a look at the three executive teams. Although I can’t vote any more, I do long for the opportunity to scrawl across the top of a ballot “They all suck!” In the interests of preserving whatever dignity this process has, the team that put the wrong dates on their posters should be disqualified right off the bat. Things could be worse: they could have spelled their own names wrong or put someone else’s photo on their material. But in matters political, I’ve always felt that the voting day is one of those small details that, if you’re serious, you should probably get right.Continue...

Student-parent lifestyle is a reality

I’m not the only student parent at Queen’s. There are a lot of us. You just don’t see us in our role as parents that often. There is likely at least one of us in each of your classes.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

The Rally Against Racism that took place on Wednesday, Jan. 16 was organized by members of the Queen’s faculty and was an important step in bringing issues of race and racism at Queen’s to the forefront. The speakers addressed racism and the culture of whiteness at Queen’s, and steps the Queen’s community can take to make a change. There were students, faculty and staff on all four corners of Union Street and University Avenue showing their opposition to racism.Continue...

Braving the Campaign Gauntlet

For my first time since I came to Queen’s, I have nothing to do with the AMS elections. During the past three years I worked on the AMS Election Team. This meant I got to read every scrap of publicity from the candidate and referendum teams—flyers, posters, websites, and e-mails; attend every debate; and, of course, read every Journal article. I’ve read a lot of platforms, and I’ve also seen how the winning team actually performs during their year in office.Continue...

Where’s your vote going?

I vividly remember a conversation I once had: it was with my don in first year and the topic of the AMS came up. Before delving into the subject I remember saying “Oh man, the AMS has a really cool website…but I really don’t know what they do.”Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I’m disappointed that in the Journal’s haste to manufacture controversy it effectively marginalized and cast into suspicion a thoroughly positive and environmentally significant initiative by Lifford Wine Agency, Plantatree wine, whose availability on our campus should have been celebrated.Continue...

'Everyday racism' a product of myth

Events last semester have brought discussions regarding racism to the fore on campus. An opinion piece in the Journal in October claimed that racism is present in daily interactions at Queen’s (“‘Everyday racism’ no less violent,” Journal, Oct. 26, 2007).

In its apparent simplicity, the concept of being “against racism,” causes me much discomfort because both words are problematic and therefore not indicative of a clear resolution.

Firstly, there is no consensus about what constitutes racism. A perfect example is my disagreement with that opinion piece’s reference to “everyday racism”.Continue...

‘Frat boy’ culture needs to change

Judging by the number of people who showed up at the Rally Against Racism last Wednesday, I’m definitely not the only person who was infuriated by the Nov. 14 racist incident, in which a professor was verbally harassed and forced off the sidewalk on her way to teaching her class.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

In taking the time to stop and review its operations, EngSoc has done far more to create a sustainable Clark Hall Pub than any of Mr. Woodhall’s conservative rants. So please, until you have something constructive to add—that’s enough, Mr. Woodhall.Continue...

Democracy’s not just a vote

One of my colleagues in graduate study was active in student politics during his undergraduate studies in his native Iran. The only student group was one sanctioned by the government, and organizing workshops to discuss democracy meant risking expulsion or imprisonment. Against this, the manufactured political intrigue of the lower JDUC seems quite trivial.Continue...

Clark report ‘inadequate’

The students and alumni of Queen’s University can say goodbye to the first student-run bar in Canada. After 30-plus years of continuous (and admittedly sometimes rocky) operations, one of the best live music venues in eastern Ontario has as much chance of reopening as the Queen’s Centre does of being completed on time.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

The Journal is a newspaper written for students by students; however, the Nov. 23 issue entitled “Where we’re going: Green Queen’s” didn’t define “we” as the students. Many of the articles regarded “we” as university administrators, not as students. The theme of the issue being “Where we’re going” became “where they’re going” or “where they are taking us.” For a more empowering approach to “where we’re going,” the issue could have addressed the role students have in directing the sustainability agenda on campus.Continue...

What’s next for Pakistan?

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on Dec. 27, 2007 has brought Pakistan unprecedented media attention throughout the world.Continue...

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