Student Issues

Veritas not kindness

Harvard University, regarded as one of the world’s best post-secondary institutions, recently instituted a voluntary kindness pledge for incoming first years. Students who sign the pledge promise to be civil to one another and respect the values of integrity and inclusivity, reported the Globe and Mail on Sept. 23.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...

AMS' inaccessibility remains a problem

Every year, when election season rolls around, I wonder how candidates prepare to run. This year, I had a taste of that process myself, when I chose to make a bid for Undergraduate Student Trustee. In the end, I chose not to fill out the campaign paperwork, but it wasn’t because I got cold feet. I chose not to run because the entire election process is incredibly inaccessible to the average student.Continue...

Advocacy starts young

One of the first things I saw this morning was a Toronto Star article concerning more First Nations kids taking their lives, and chiefs calling for help to deal with the suicide crisis. In conversation with a friend about it, she said to me “I wish I could help, but as a student I just don’t know how.”Continue...

Political correctness is a two-way street

Fear of saying the wrong thing shouldn’t stop us from saying anything at all.Continue...

Disorder overblown

Research from the University of Missouri suggests that a growing number of students forgo meals during the day in order to save calories for drinking alcohol at night. An Oct. 19 article from the Calgary Herald reported on the apparent trend that has been dubbed “drunkorexia.”Continue...

Respect lecture etiquette

An Oct. 10 New York Times article told the story of a student who was asked by his professor to speak less in class.Continue...