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Making music accessible to all

A man walks into Joe’s MILL and asks to borrow an instrument.Continue...

Meet the lawyer who’s defending students against Kingston landlords

In a small office on Bagot St., John Done works into the evening. On the wall is a child’s crayon drawing of a house in the sunshine. He’s taken the case of a young boy who’s been suspended from school twice this year. The boy's mother says his behaviour arises naturally from his disability—but the school board disagrees.Continue...

"I want help": Queen's student athletes call for more support

Student-athletes are immensely privileged—they have access to cutting-edge training equipment and techniques, advanced sports medicine, tutors, and alumni networks. But while the ‘student’ and the ‘athlete’ are accounted for, the person can often be forgotten.Continue...

Strength in numbers is clear for Queen’s female politicians

Jessica Dahanayake (Sci ’20), AMS vice-president (Operations), sometimes second-guesses herself in her role as part of the Society’s executive. The student politician says these doubts are intertwined with concerns about how she is perceived as a woman in a political position.

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Navigating the orgasm gap

Abby Duncan, ArtSci ‘22, is fed up with the casual sex she’s had at Queen’s. From inattentive partners to poor communication, the second-year student has had her fair share of disappointing encounters.Continue...

Faculty falter when addressing Indigenous topics

For Misko McGregor, (Comm ‘21), an Algonquin-Ojibwe student from Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Québec, it was a strange experience weighing in on his classmates’ presentations with his professor during the Indigenous component of his second-year Business Ethics course.Continue...

Under new system, students compete for same-day counselling

Amelie Mahrt-Smith, ArtSci ‘21, needed to talk to someone. She called seven times, on seven different days, trying to get a same-day appointment with a counsellor from Student Wellness Services (SWS).Continue...

How the surging campus vote is changing Canadian politics

In 2015, the “Vote on Campus” initiative saw more than 70,000 ballots cast from students across Canada. In 2019, that number leapt to 111,300.Continue...

How research at Queen’s is helping female veterans

Brittany Laramie joined the Canadian Armed Forces in the summer of 2008. At age 17, she was the first woman in her family to serve in the military.Continue...

Beneath campus, an abandoned nuclear physics laboratory lies in decay

In the corner of a dusty basement classroom under Ontario Hall, a sign reading “danger, do not enter” is crudely taped to a door.Continue...

Extinction Rebellion comes to Kingston

Fake blood pools underneath the bodies of protestors heaped on top of one another as a eulogy for planet Earth echoes out over the spectating crowd—letting them know the world will soon be taking its last breath.Continue...

Where did all the feminism go?

Second-wave feminist issues, like birth control and abortion, don’t have the same visibility on campus today that they had in the 70s.Continue...

The year Rhinos invaded Queen’s

Birds have, for too long, held a monopoly as political parties’ mascots.Continue...

For Kingston Penitentiary, a dark history revisited

Canada’s most notorious prison officially closed its doors on Sept. 30, 2013. Now, in 2019, questions surrounding the legacy of the Kingston Penitentiary have risen to a fever pitch.Continue...

Living with a service dog at Queen's

“Well, what’s your problem?” Phoenix Wilkie Yu (Sci ’21), a third-year student who lives with a service dog, was asked the question on a crowded city bus. Her service dog, Onyx, had just been kicked by a young child. When Yu asked the child’s mother to stop her daughter from doing it again, she was met with anger, rather than compassion.Continue...

The alumni with power in Canada's fossil fuel industry

Queen’s has at least 11 alumni above the senior vice-president level at eight of Canada’s 10 largest fossil fuel companies, a The Journal inquriy has found.Continue...

University ordered to pay thousands for relocating professor

Since 1998, philosophy professors have occupied the third floor of Watson Hall. In 2013, one professor was forced to leave.Continue...

Students grapple with cuts to OSAP

Victoria Preston-Walker, Arts ’20, was prepared to graduate in the spring of 2020 with a degree in philosophy and psychology. In the wake of cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), she won’t.Continue...

How Queen’s rejected the rise of fraternities

In the early 1930s, the AMS banned fraternities from campus. Now, nearly 90 years later, Kingston is home to three fraternities—all predominantly made up of Queen’s students. To understand the University’s long and complex relationship with fraternities and sororities, The Journal spoke to Queen’s historian Duncan McDowell.Continue...

As Student Choice Initiative threatens campus radio, CFRC pledges fight

Dinah Jansen remembers the first time she broadcast music over the airwaves at CFRC. It was Christmas Day, 2006, and in an unusual turn of events, she’d been asked by a friend to cover a music program in the empty basement studio underneath Carruthers Hall.Continue...

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