Opinions Archive: 2017

Talking heads: How do you feel about the Pier being closed?

“It’s closed?” Michael Williams, Msc ‘17.

“I’m neutral” Joobin Sattar, Medicine ‘19.

“It really sucks.” Madeline Legg, ArtSci ‘19.

“Devastated. I don’t know what I...Continue...

Increased awareness to reduce Earth’s pollution

When I was little, I had a book about sharks — I read it all the time and took it with me everywhere I went.Continue...

Learning outside the classroom

At the surface, Queen’s University strives to promote a culture that is receptive to diversity and encouraging in the journey of self-discovery. In reality, both silent and spoken expectations allow that ideology to become warped, reinforcing time and time again that success is synonymous with superiority.Continue...

Letter to the Editors: May 29

In response to "Extending library hours extends expectations"Continue...

Talking Heads: What was the best summer job you've ever had?

"I hated all of my summer jobs." Cameron Pinos, ArtSci '17

"My dad had me be a janitor to buil character." Anthony Valeri, ArtSci '17

"Volunteering with a...Continue...

Talking Heads: What will you miss most about working for The Journal?

“Flirting with my coworkers.” Ghazal Baradari-Ghiami, Vol 144 Video Editor

“Living across the street.” Blake Canning, Vol 144 Assistant News Editor

“...Continue...

Extending library hours extends expectations

Whether it’s your first year at Queen’s or your last, by now we’ve all likely heard the familiar sound of a student bragging about the hours they spent in the library cramming for an exam or desperately scrawling out a paper that should’ve been done and edited days before. As students, we often wear these hours in the library like a badge of honor.Continue...

Context, freedom and diversity in a stratified community

Free speech isn’t a neutral or isolated topic. As such, a discussion about freedom of speech must be contextualized with a community’s histories and culture.Continue...

Pledge to giving Greek another go

If you ask any student, they’re likely to tell you that sororities and fraternities don’t exist at Queen’s. Very few would say otherwise, unless directly involved. Greek Life is just not a part of Queen’s life.Continue...

Talking Heads: What are your St. Patrick's Day?

“Going to some club at night if we’re not already dead.” Emily Saar & Natalie Mangialardi, ConEd ’19

“Aberdeen and drinking with some friends.” Lexi Campbell, ArtSci ’...Continue...

Queen’s needs freedom of speech

Many North American university campuses are witnessing the rise of an alarming culture that endangers free speech by stifling those with nonconformist views.Continue...

Talking Heads: Who did you celebrate for International Women’s Day?

“Mom. Always.” Hayley Chung & Sophia Su, Comm ’17 & ArtSci ’18

“Myself and Beyonce.” Elorm Vowotor, ArtSci ’18

“My housemates.” Meredith O’Brien,...Continue...

Queen’s far from Canada’s “best employer”

Last week, Queen's was cited as Canada’s best employer by Forbes magazine. This assessment may ring true for some workers at Queen's, however for many others it sounds like a Beaverton headline.Continue...

The semi-positive space program

While the EQuIP and Positive Space programs at Queen’s are both valuable student resources, the positive space training itself needs an upgrade if it’s going to make a lasting impact on student leaders.Continue...

Talking Heads: Where do you feel the most at home on campus?

“Mac-Corry Hall.” Patricia Warren, ArtSci '19

“Stauff.” Rebecca Lindsay, PHEKin ’19

“The ARC.” Jacqueline Toole, PHEKin ’19

“Does my house count...Continue...

Talking Heads: What are your Reading Week plans?

“Heading to France to visit my boyfriend.” Jackie Ji, ArtSci ’17

“Seeing cousins in Waterloo and then going to Niagara.” Parnam Boparai, ArtSci ’19

“I’m spending...Continue...

Unpack voluntourism

The concept of volunteering for a few weeks in a remote destination may be doing more harm than good. While the country varies — India, Tanzania, Bolivia, Malaysia, etc. — and the initiative may be different — building schools, education, starting an NGO — the concept is the same: it’s called “voluntourism”.Continue...

Campus mental health support neglects long-term issues

Queen’s counselling services are making strides to accommodate more students but fails to solve issues surrounding the short-term approach that counsellors tend to take.Continue...

No real way to #DressLikeAWoman

While the #DressLikeAWoman hashtag attempts to promote equality by showing that woman and their dress can’t be reduced to a single description, it doesn’t confront that defining woman is in itself problematic.Continue...

Talking Heads: Who is your ideal celebrity valentine?

“Beyoncé. You get three valentines for one.” Shreeya Thakar, ArtSci ’17

“Wow, so many pretty people...Chris Pratt.” Samantha Rivas, ArtSci ’20

“Seth Rogan...Continue...

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