Editorials

Taking time to recharge wasn’t the solution to getting back on my feet

“It’s okay to say ‘no, I don’t feel like it’. Take some time for yourself to recharge.”Continue...

University students deserve better from education than a creative vacuum

Universities need a better relationship with creativity.Continue...

We need to study the humanities—not only STEM

In the race to push more and more kids into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, we’ve begun to neglect the importance of the humanities.Continue...

Stop pressuring people with non-Western names to accept anglicized nicknames

From Mohammed to “Mo,” Hung to “Hunter,” Debelah to “Deborah”—Canadian society often pressures people with non-Western names to accept nicknames molded to whiteness. Confronting the racism that drives this expectation is long overdue.Continue...

AMS 2021 fall referendum statements

This year, the fall referendum will take place on Nov. 1 and 2.Continue...

Jump-rope is changing how I feel about cardio, and it can do the same for you

If you’re anything like me, working out can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore—especially cardio.Continue...

Increased police presence in the University District must not go unacknowledged by Queen's

Students are uncomfortable with the City of Kingston’s increased policing of the University District. Once again, the University is turning a blind eye.Continue...

It's up to all of us to stop online bullying

Cyberbullying is on the rise. More parentsacross the world are reporting their children being cyberbullied.Continue...

Challenging dominant worldviews through outdoor education is key to preventing climate disaster

Framing humanity and nature as separate created the climate crisis. Teaching our youth the opposite can end the cycle of environmental damage.Continue...

Misogyny is as much a part of Queen’s culture as Homecoming

This year’s unsanctioned Homecoming celebrations saw the return of a long-held Queen’s tradition: misogynistic and violent bedsheet signage draped from houses in the University District.Continue...

Representation is crucial for feeling comfortable in your own skin, especially at predominantly white institutions

My first day on campus, I put on my headphones and turned on Google Maps.Continue...

Instagram activism isn’t performative, you’re just not putting in the work

Instagram’s previously apolitical feed is long gone, and you’ll be noticed for choosing to ignore it.Continue...

Kingston’s development plans don’t honour the city’s climate emergency

Despite Kingston’s commitment to making the city greener, recent development plans have indicated the municipality’s priorities don’t lie in combatting the climate crisis.Continue...

Canada’s prison system needs to provide more rehabilitation options for drug addiction

Canada’s prison system provides too few resources or programs for people suffering from drug addiction—all it does is make the situation worse.Continue...

True workforce inclusivity must look beyond economics

The current pandemic labour shortage is causing Canadian employers to shift their attention to the greater than 600,000 Canadians with disabilities who have both the capability and desire to work. But inclusivity demands more than simply filling holes within the economy.Continue...

To avoid the fate of North Korea, we must learn to be critical of our own government

In extreme circumstances like a pandemic, governments often introduce regulations that promise a better quality of life for their citizens. The story of Yeonmi Park—a North Korean defector—provides great insight into the concepts of freedom and oppression by governments.Continue...

Orientation weeks are an opportunity to educate about sexual violence. Banning them isn’t the solution.

Sexual violence at post-secondary institutions like Queen’s is an egregious problem. It’s clear more drastic and meaningful measures must be taken by universities to prevent this violence from occurring—but cancelling orientation weeks is only a small step, not a catch-all solution.Continue...

We are all imperfect when it comes to media literacy—let’s acknowledge it

Media literacy—the practice of critically evaluating all kinds of media and understanding how it shapes our lives—is a learned skill no one can expect to wield perfectly all the time.Continue...

A ‘new normal’ should mean a new outlook on body image

The body image ideals we carried into the pandemic were unrealistic and unhealthy. As we slowly emerge from this public health crisis, let’s establish a new normal for body image, too.

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The steep price of outdoor recreation can make nature inaccessible and unwelcoming

There’s an assumption the great outdoors is where we can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life—a place that belongs to everyone. But the cost of outdoor gear tells another story.Continue...

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