Editorials

Darts & laurels 2021-22

The AMS should be ashamed of its treatment of Palestinian students

On May 20, the AMS executive hosted their first Assembly. At the meeting, students rallied to express their frustration and disappointment over the AMS’ lack of support for Palestinian students and related advocacy at Queen’s.Continue...

Let yourself enjoy university life—it’s an integral part of your growth

These days, many of us are hyperaware of the lives of friends and acquaintances we see online. The constant noise of everyone else’s activity can be overwhelming compared to our own lives—especially when we lose hours to scrolling on our screens.Continue...

Why word counts defeat their purpose—in 500 words or less

1,500 to 2,000 words, Times New Roman, 12pt, double-spaced—we’ve all read that section of an assignment description. I’m sure many of us have groaned over finishing an essay and falling short of the word count or have written a passionate paper only to cut it down by 1,000 words.Continue...

Canada hasn’t opened its arms to all refugees—we must hold our government accountable

As we praise Canada for welcoming Ukrainian refugees following Russia’s invasion, we must also acknowledge those Canada hasn’t welcomed. All refugees are deserving of our help—not only those from Europe.Continue...

Kim Kardashian’s business advice for women masks an exploitative message

Wealth doesn’t equal wisdom—as Kim Kardashian has once again demonstrated for us.Continue...

We need to have more unfiltered conversations about money

Graduation comes with a myriad of growing pains. I’m untangling myself from the institution I’ve spent four years at, trying to figure out my five-year plan, and begrudgingly making a LinkedIn profile.Continue...

White reviewers don’t need to see themselves in Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’

A few days before the Mar. 11 release date of Pixar’s Turning Red, CinemaBlend’s managing director Sean O’Connell wrote a review calling the story “exhausting” to endure because it wasn’t made for a “universal audience.”Continue...

Give George R.R. Martin a break—he doesn’t owe us anything

We need to stop criticizing George R.R. Martin for not finishing A Song of Ice and Fire. Continue...

Policy guaranteeing sexual violence content warnings in academics is the least Queen’s can do to support survivors

Selecting course material that’s challenging, correlates with a department’s mandatory content, and makes every student feel comfortable and safe is an impossible task.Continue...

All war is a disgrace—not just European war

“[Ukraine] is relatively civilized, relatively European,” CBS correspondent Charlie D’Agata said when speaking on the ongoing war in Ukraine.Continue...

Women don’t have to be made of ‘sugar, and spice, and everything nice’

In a society becoming gradually self-aware of its toxic, gendered expectations of behaviour, it’s time we abolish the women-centred stereotype of ”niceness.”Continue...

Universities must value relationships with their students

When I graduate this year, I hope I leave university as a valuable community member and as a good friend to those around me.Continue...

Eliminating the accessibility of education cultivated in the pandemic is ableist

Getting out of our bedrooms and back to the classroom is a welcome transition for many—but not everyone. As restrictions ease, forcing classes to become strictly in-person is undoing the levels of accessibility developed during COVID-19.Continue...

Euphoria’s depiction of drugs isn’t glamourizing, it’s a harsh reality

Euphoria ’s glitzy and glamourous aesthetic never fails to captivate viewers. The presence of evocative images, strobe-y effects, and nearly never-ending teen angst can feel simultaneously alienating and familiar to high school and young adult audiences.Continue...

Let’s accept and appreciate film adaptations for what they are: not the book

Growing up, I always read the book before watching the movie, the cycle almost always ending in disappointment.Continue...

The alter-ego of Canadian ‘freedom’ has stained our flag

The highway connecting Kingston and Toronto typically promises an uneventful drive.Continue...

Ontario’s first fully virtual high school hints at the future of public education

Providing students with choice on how they complete their education is a good thing, but only if necessary supports and resources are made available to ensure their success.Continue...

Editors Note: Black History Month issue

The Queen’s Journal Vol. 149 Issue 21 is our inaugural Black History Month Issue. First proposed in Vol. 148, we’re so grateful to have worked on this Issue starting in November of last year.Continue...

Queen’s needs to pay graduate students livable wages to reflect increased living costs

With the rapid increase in the cost of living, it’s imperative Queen’s pays its graduate student workers livable wages.Continue...

Black History Month isn’t a token for performativity—it’s a call for change

Black allyship shouldn’t be confined to just Black History Month (BHM)—consumers and corporations alike should be working year-round towards equity.Continue...

Pages