Features

Two weeks into Zoom university, students reflect on digital learning

Jessica Dahanayake, Eng ’20, has always taken a mix of online and in-person courses. For her, there was an important difference between choosing to take an online course and having to take part in a completely virtual semester.Continue...

As students return, local businesses balance economic benefits with community safety

Jonathan McCreery is familiar with the common college town trope of the “town and gown”: the relationship between post-secondary students and the residents of the town which hosts them. The...Continue...

Keeping the spirit of O-Week alive online

Student leaders across faculties traditionally begin planning orientation week up to a year in advance.Continue...

How ‘Erased by FEAS’ is uniting the voices of BIPOC Engineering students

The ‘Erased by FEAS’ Instagram account was launched on July 10, detailing experiences of systemic violence and discrimination in Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS).Continue...

Class of 2024 entering an untraditional September

Over the past six months, the incoming class of 2024 has experienced the ‘untraditional’ more than most.Continue...

Sex, university hookup culture, and ‘The Talk’

Alysha Mohamed, ArtSci ’22, grew up in a household where sexual health and desire weren’t openly discussed.Continue...

Finding a safe space in a white and straight place

This piece uses “Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC)” to refer to the experiences of racialized students. We acknowledge this term is not universal. Continue...

Student tenancy hanging in the balance during COVID-19

Eric* and his four housemates had a plan for their Kingston housing this summer.Continue...

Expecting Queen’s alum reflects on role of midwives during pandemic

Doulton Prudil, Comm ’10, is expecting to give birth any day now.Continue...

“I need to leave now”: Queen’s exchange students recount coming home

Hailey Rodgers, Comm ’21, had been back from Cambodia just a few days when her exchange university announced that anyone who had left Thailand in the past 10 days must enter quarantine.Continue...

A century after Spanish Flu, Queen's grapples with a new pandemic

On March 16, when Principal Patrick Deane ordered undergraduate classes suspended, it was the first time in more than 100 years Queen’s ceased academic operations because of a public health crisis, and only the second time in the University’s history.

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Calls for sexual assault centre on campus unanswered for more than thirty years

In 1989, a report called for Queen’s to implement a sexual assault centre on campus. The same recommendation was suggested in 2015. In 2020, it still hasn’t happened.Continue...

Finding post-abortion support in Kingston

For Queen’s students who access abortion, finding resources might not be their biggest hurdle. However, services touting post-abortion support aren’t always transparent about their motivation.Continue...

Out on campus

When LGBTQ+ students first arrive on campus, the low visibility of the queer community can be isolating.Continue...

Kathleen Ryan Hall: ‘the paths of which we have come’

It was the opening ceremony of Kathleen Ryan Hall on May 14, 1982. Principal Ronald Watts stood onstage in the old Medical Quadrangle behind Summerhill while a string quartet performed. The speeches, music, and light wind of that afternoon are captured on one cassette tape, kept carefully in the building its audio commemorates.Continue...

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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