Missing the real story

July 31, 2001
If all publicity is good publicity, the anti-globalization movement should be in great shape. The violence and destruction surrounding the major international summit meetings in Seattle, Prague, Quebec City, Gothenberg and Genoa have certainly attracted public attention to the protestors. The beating of sleeping protestors and the death of protestor Carlo Guiliani at the G8 summit in Italy two weeks ago created the most exciting headlines yet for the media industry.

False advertising 101

July 31, 2001
Interested in taking the History of the Vietnam War, History 264? Or how about Ancient Humour, Classics 205? Well, too bad.

No stop in sight

June 26, 2001
When I moved into my first student house at the corner of Frontenac and Earl streets in 1999, I thought I would learn about bill payments, loan negotiation and how to make my mother’s cheese sauce. Instead, I have gotten a lesson in the painful distinction between the bureaucratic process and common sense. The lack of traffic control where I live is a dangerous problem with an obvious solution—a solution which local politicians have made far too complicated.

That joke was not funny

June 26, 2001
It’s difficult not to encounter pornography when surfing the web. But up until last week, our student government was making accessing porn that much easier.

Neither was this one…

June 26, 2001
Mel Lastman’s mouth has landed him in hot water. Again. The Toronto mayor’s comments about cannibalistic “natives” in Mombassa, Kenya “dancing around” while boiling him in a pot is a blunder of monumental consequence. It was also an ignorant, harmful and racist act.

Nuts to Gimmicks

May 29, 2001
For three years, The Brass pub has served as something of a second home for me. When school is stressful, or when I simply want to relax and have a few drinks with friends, The Brass has always been a place where I can count on a comfortable atmosphere and a table to open up before too long. It lacks the frenzied atmosphere of Stages or the painfully image—conscious crowd of The Shot, and the beer is cheap. It’s a bar, plain and simple, and I like it.

Give us some credit

May 29, 2001
Two weeks ago, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced in the provincial budget that parents who send their children to private schools will be eligible for a tax credit of up to $3,500. Teachers’ unions have denounced the credit as an attack on public education, but Flaherty has defended the incentive, saying “this is not about reducing funding for public education.” We beg to differ.
Thursday afternoon in Jock Harty Arena, Principal Leggett will bestow an honourary doctorate degree on Catherine Brooks for her lifetime of work in aboriginal women’s shelters. The moment he does so, he will also dishonour all of Queen’s University.

Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey

January 19, 2001
Every day I feel more torn. I’m being split from the left and the right. After years of giving credence to all issues based on ideology, I’m throwing in the towel and issuing an official statement of non-alignment.

Added incentive

January 19, 2001
AMS president Paul Heisler wrote to all qlink email addresses on Tuesday, offering free movie passes at Cineplex Odeon. Journal readers will also have noticed a full-page ad in Tuesday’s paper offering the chance to shape the future of Queen’s and win a trip to Florida.

Til death do us part

January 19, 2001
By way of a loophole in Ontario marriage law, two gay couples, Kevin Bourassa and Joseph Varnell, and Anne and Elaine Vautour, were married in Toronto’s Metropolitan Community Church by Rev. Brent Hawkes.

Lone Forgiveness

September 29, 2000
This past Sunday, at a committee meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Prague, Canadian Finance Minister Paul Martin issued a proposal that surprised the 14 representatives from the world’s wealthiest countries. This proposal calls for an immediate moratorium on the repayment of debts by Third World countries.

Take Back the Men?

September 29, 2000
This past weekend, over one hundred proud women from the Kingston and Queen’s communities, marched through Kingston’s streets chanting “no more patriarchy, no more shit.”

My Olympic Glory

September 19, 2000
I’m not an athlete by any stretch of the imagination, but boy oh boy, do I ever love to watch sports on T.V. As long as it’s not baseball or football, I have no problem with spending an entire day in front of the television cheering on Canada’s finest. That’s why the Olympics are like Christmas for me. With the exception of baseball, I’ll watch whatever Olympic activity the networks deem worthy of my attention.

Shooting The Star

September 19, 2000
Last Monday, the readership program between TorStar and Queen’s kicked-off, and students are now able to get their hands on their first free copies of The Toronto Star. According to The Star, the program is not intended to expand their readership, but rather to keep people reading news in general. However, it appears that that means just more people reading The Star’s news, and fewer people reading student publications.

In search of our Roots

September 19, 2000
Our proud Olympians entered into Sydney’s extravagant opening ceremonies a little under-dressed in their hip Roots gear — despite the less-favorable, sexual use of the word on the island continent.

Canada’s Man

September 15, 2000
Last week the news of Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s illness spread with the same fever and intensity that he created in 1966 when he stepped onto the Canadian political-landscape. Millions of Canadians sent their condolences, flooded the steps of his Montreal home, and collectively tried to imagine a Canada without Trudeau — what they realized is that, regardless of Trudeau’s health, such a Canada simply does not exist.

Rethinking AIDS

September 15, 2000
South African President Thabo Mbeki recently drew harsh criticism from around the world by organizing a conference of 500 AIDS researchers. These researchers constitute the loudest voice speaking out today against the accepted view that the HIV virus causes AIDS.

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September 15, 2000
This year’s Tricolour Yearbook looks great. Editor-in-chief Ben Arkin made good on his promise of last year to do away with the “high-schoolish” look of recent yearbooks, and he oversaw the production of a pleasing reminder of 1999-2000 at Queen’s. For some students, at least.

If only for the sake of legacy

September 12, 2000
In 1969, Neil Armstrong left a footprint on the surface of the moon to mark his visit well into the future. A symbol, that has forever left its mark on humanity’s view of space exploration. And rightly so, as the quest for perpetuity is a normal human drive, these astronauts meant to embody their achievements as something more tangible.
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