Editorials

SPAT a good student-run initiative

Just because it’s called the Ghetto does not mean the housing area around campus has to live up to its name. Students, like other Kingston residents, should be able to expect living conditions that meet municipal standards. At the same time, students are ultimately responsible for making sure their houses are meeting minimum requirements by being proactive in seeking out solutions. Hopefully, SPAT will help students begin to deal with housing problems.Continue...

Engage students, then the world

Principal Hitchcock’s “Engaging the World” is a discussion paper outlining the principal’s vision for the future of Queen’s—namely, “global engagement.” The principal’s discussion paper incorporates broad phrases and jargon, but few specifics as to how exactly this “global engagement” will be brought about.Continue...

Justice for all, not PR for some

Non-academic discipline at Queen’s is a peer-administered system that involves students passing judgment on other students for committing offences. These offences can range in severity from disturbance of the peace up to offences akin to vandalism and assault. Most of you at this point will be asking “Why should I care?” and for the vast majority of you, this system will be outside your experiences at Queen’s.Continue...

End to tuition freeze in Ontario inevitable

Although the end of the freeze will likely mean higher tuition fees, it was unreasonable to hope the freeze would last forever. A tuition freeze is not a long-term way to keep university accessible. One long-term solution is to increase student assistance and funding, which the provincial government has pledged to do.Continue...

Wrong way to encourage women engineers

A recent Toronto Star article reported that the number of women studying engineering in Ontario is on the decline. In response to the decline, engineering schools have taken steps to entice women back to engineering by eliminating Ontario’s grade 12 geometry and discrete mathematics course as an entrance requirement. Instead, the article reports, applicants may substitute more “female-friendly” courses, such as biology.Continue...

Cheer up, buddy

It’s been a rough couple of weeks, eh? I mean, we’ve all been taking a serious beating in the press, our teachers are comparing us to the minions of the Third Reich, trees are attacking our homes and vehicles, and we’ve been threatened with water cannons and attack dogs by the mayor. Plus, when Principal Hitchcock isn’t checking her messages on the Ghetto snitch line, she’s meeting with students only long enough to take fingerprints.Continue...

Council recommendations a good start

Tuesday night, at the Kingston city council meeting, councillors voted in favour of requesting that Queen’s provide financial compensation for the costs of having the police, fire and ambulance services on Aberdeen Street during Homecoming weekend.

They also approved the creation of a committee directed at finding ways to thwart any future illegal activity in the Sydenham district. It should be noted that council voted to remove a clause to potentially grant police the ability to use more drastic measures to control crowds.Continue...

U of T president goes back to undergrad

David Naylor, U of T’s new president, spent his first day on the job attending classes and will continue to do so for the rest of the week at all three of U of T’s campuses. He will also be going to basketball practice and talking to students in the cafeterias. He told the Toronto Star he was doing this to get an idea of “how the university looks and feels for students.”Continue...

Dear Coffee and Co.

Yesterday it was pointed out to me that Coffee & Co. and Stooley’s are gaining a new neighbour on the corner of Division and Johnson. While I really shouldn’t judge any company that decides to move in and market itself to the many students of the area, I’m still slightly upset by this. For those who haven’t heard, the multinational super-company Starbucks is moving in across the street from both Coffee and Co. and Stooley’s.Continue...

Martin upholds political ideals

During the next three weeks, a gathering of Catholic bishops may consider denying Holy Communion to politicians who have supported the legalization of same-sex marriage. Although a practicing Catholic, Prime Minister Paul Martin has maintained that he will separate his personal beliefs from his duties as a politician.Continue...

Letter offends, misrepresents students

Adèle Mercier’s letter has only fueled the continuing saga of Aberdeen. Comparing partiers to “Hitler youth” has done nothing to improve the situation. If anything, it has reaffirmed the media’s untrue stereotypes of Queen’s students, and offended those with painful connections to a Nazi past.Continue...

Who you gonna call? Not the police

Water cannons and tear gas, riot squads and Tasers. These are just a few of the recent threats made by police and city officials in regard to what could happen next year should the Aberdeen Street party continue. But wait a minute. Hold the phone. If this year’s Aberdeen party was a “riot,” where were the police this year?Continue...

Aberdeen reaffirms JComm’s powers

An emergency AMS Assembly meeting was convened Tuesday night to discuss the events on Aberdeen street during Homecoming weekend. Unanimously, assembly members voted in favour of maintaining the AMS Judicial Committee (JComm), a student-run, non-academic discipline system. It is a complaints-based system whereby any member of the community—police, Kingston residents or students—can file a complaint, which will then be reviewed by the AMS Prosecutor’s Office.Continue...

Aberdeen coverage too sensational

As a student paper, the Journal seeks to represent students properly, with accurate, balanced coverage and without profit quotas to meet. Photos of the Aberdeen party have appeared in major papers like the Toronto Star . However, they will never be photos taken by the Journal . In an effort to prevent the proliferation of the incorrect idea that Queen’s is a school out of control, Journal photographers have made a conscious decision not to release their photos to other media outlets.Continue...

The woes of retail therapy

Given the stress of a new school year, a friend and I decided to spend some time on ourselves. We dubbed it “retail therapy,” and spent the afternoon shopping, not because we needed the clothes, and not for lack of anything better to do, but because we both wanted to experience the joy of buying new things. This, I’m aware, is the epitome of materialism and the result of living in a fairly capitalist society.Continue...

Madness and mayhem on Aberdeen

Smashing bottles is not a Queen’s tradition. Flipping cars is not part of the Queen’s spirit. As a student body, Saturday night was not our finest moment.Continue...

Frosh, this one’s for you

Back in September of my first year, I got crafty. I grabbed sparkles, squeezed out dollops of glue and snipped myriad letters from fashion magazines to construct a garbage-bag sign to post on my res room door.Continue...

Energy drink raises concerns

Mountain Dew’s energy drink is a new addition to the slew of other caffeinated beverages that are now available in Canada. A recent Globe and Mai l article that detailed how the new drink stacked up alongside other caffeinated drinks. It reported that Mountain Dew Energy contains 91 milligrams of caffeine while Red Bull has 130 milligrams and Monster has 169 milligrams. In comparison, a cup of brewed coffee contains 135 milligrams of caffeine while a cup of tea has 43 milligrams.Continue...

Terry Fox Run still going strong

Terry Fox’s legacy lives on. This past Sunday, Queen’s students, along with people across Canada and around the world, participated in the 25th annual Terry Fox Run. In 1977, when he was just 18 years old, Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer. While in hospital, he was moved by the patients around him to run his “MarathonContinue...

Fill ’er up

My main squeeze is quite the catch. He’s tall, dark and handsome. People who know him describe him as smooth, bold and full-bodied. He gives me a reason to wake up in the morning and more often than not, the means to do so.Continue...

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