Editorials

Polygraph, anyone?

What is truth?” Pontius Pilate’s question seems particularly apt in light of recent political events. In an age where an increasingly disillusioned electorate tends to see politicians as liars and cheaters, the search for truth seems to have fallen by the wayside.Continue...

Barrie concert: Live 8 or G8?

In the past few weeks there has been an enormous media frenzy over the upcoming Live 8, a series of concerts to be held around the world on July 6; the date coincides with the G8 summit where G8 nations are being called upon to forgive debt in Africa. Bob Geldof recently announced that a Canadian concert will be held in Barrie.Continue...

Task Force offers partial solution

On June 15, the Principal’s Task Force on Community Relations released its 36-page report. The 13 recommendations respond to the ever-widening division between permanent residents and students, and attempt to resolve the general state of discontent and animosity. In order for any of the recommendations to be implemented successfully, both residents and students must recognize that the existing perception of students and residents as two separate camps will only hinder progress. Ultimately, we are all residents of Kingston.Continue...

George: 1, Me: 0

I’ll admit it: I’m a nerd. When I first saw the trailer for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith on the big screen at the Gardiners Road theatre, I got, well, pretty excited. There may have been some drooling and flailing. My non-nerdy housemate gave me her best look of disgust and told me to simmer down, but I couldn’t help myself. Finally! The chapter of evil we’ve all been waiting for!Continue...

Union Street planning process flawed

At a public meeting on May 5, the Union Street Improvement Project unveiled two preliminary plans to renovate Union Street by constructing a more aesthetically pleasing streetscape. According to project planners, it will “provide a comprehensive and cohesive vision for Union Street.” There is ambiguity surrounding the plans, but according to SGPS president, Dave Thomas and Project Director, Jeanne Ma, both proposals include demolishing all or part of The Grad Club.Continue...

No place for sexism in government

Thursday’s vote of confidence on the federal budget was a close call, with a final tally of 153 to 152. In the weeks leading up to the vote, the country saw the establishment of the “NDP deal” between Paul Martin and Jack Layton, while the Conservatives and the Bloc teamed up. In the end, the fate of the Grits came down to the decisions of independents Carolyn Parrish and Chuck Cadman, and the surprising defection of Belinda Stronach.Continue...

Finding the high road

My first experience of Israel involved a Sheraton hotel suite and two police officers carrying submachine guns.Continue...

Say no to sweatshops

Officially licensed Queen’s clothing is a popular commodity around campus. Sadly, the University is not doing all it can to ensure that none of its officially licensed clothing is made in illegal sweatshops. Although the University’s current policy requires licensees to provide the University with a list of their suppliers and manufacturers, the University doesn’t currently have the resources to monitor the working conditions of the organizations identified by the licensees.Continue...

Class sizes far too large

It’s no secret that class sizes have been getting progressively larger in the last few years. Some professors have responded to the problem by assigning fewer take-home essays while assigning more in-class tests.Continue...

Who are they, anyway?

I’ve grown out of it now, but for six months following grade 12, I was plagued by nightmares of Miss Piggy.

Perhaps it was because I was nearly suspended from high school. Perhaps it was because I lost my best friend. Or perhaps it was because I was faced with a real-life example of the absurd value people place in reputation. Either way, I haven’t seen Jim Henson’s Muppets in the same light since.Continue...

Toronto police go too far

Toronto’s police chief Julian Fantino recently proposed the city police establish a fingerprint database of people who have been charged—but not convicted—of certain serious crimes, such as those involving violence, sexual offenses and weapons.Continue...

Dan Rather’s apology

One of the most established journalists in the United States has admitted to reporting a false story.Continue...

An apolitical rolling stone

I have a confession that one of my t-shirts makes equally well: I love Bob Dylan. I have another confession, one that may sound as inharmonious as Dylan’s irreverent voice: To me, politics is bunk—as history was to Ford.Continue...

The return of Alfie’s

Once again, Alfie’s has been renovated. But while previous attempts to solve the bar’s financial woes by throwing more money toward renovations have consistently backfired, this year’s AMS executive is betting it has what it takes to finally turn Alfie’s into an atmosphere worth attending.

It is premature to reach any certain conclusions about the fate of Alfie’s in the upcoming school year. However, last Friday’s re-opening seemed to be a successful night for the bar.Continue...

Kofi Annan speaks out

The United Nations Secretary General recently said that the U.S.-led war in Iraq was illegal.Continue...

Communication 101

My sixteen-year-old sister tells me I should just let it go and lol. That’s when I get worried. I get worried that MSN messenger is a problem that is seeping into our every waking moment.

But before I explain why messaging is bothering me so much I have to make it clear that I understand its benefits.Continue...

QCARD’s fixable flaws

QCARD probably receives more use in September than during any other time of year. It’s hardly surprising then that the service’s largely fixable flaws become most noticeable during this time.

QCARD is far more inaccessible than it needs to be. For a service that is essential to every single student at this University, it is inoperative far too often.Continue...

Preserve the Greasepole

It appears the Greasepole is no longer what it once was. To those who have never participated, the event may appear strange and unappealing, but to those in the Faculty of Applied Science, the event is nothing less than a rite of passage.Continue...

Stick a fork in me

After a sleepy summer in Kingston, school has once again begun and I don’t think I’ve ever been so bummed out.

I’ve tried to talk myself out of this funk. I listen to happy music like Devo every morning in attempts to cheer myself up. “Buck up, Molly Misanthrope!” I tell my droopy-faced reflection in the mirror each morning. But nothing seems to work.Continue...

Regulating violent dogs

Ontario’s Attorney General recently announced the province will take legislative action in an attempt to reduce the number of violent dog attacks. Although past efforts have focused exclusively on pit bulls, new efforts are expected to encompass all dangerous dogs. Still, pit bulls seem to be receiving the most attention and it is possible that Ontario may soon ban pit bulls altogether.Continue...

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