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Hardly a trivial pursuit

Which word derived from Arabic means “commander of the sea”? Who won a gold medal for Spain for cycling in the 1982 Olympics? What high-level computer language was named after a French mathematician and philosopher?Continue...

Bridging the age gap, one bowl at a time

Despite its proximity to other residences and lecture halls, the brown exterior of the Ban Righ Centre on Bader Lane is a mystery to most students.Continue...

The Giller man

Despite currently outselling DaVinci Code author Dan Brown in Canada, Giller Prize-winning author Linden MacIntyre has bigger concerns about the implications of his novel The Bishop’s Man—namely, eternal damnation.Continue...

The delicate art of teaching

As the University grapples with budget cuts to its academic programs, three professors have been recognized for their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom.

Biology professor Virginia Walker, political studies professor Eleanor MacDonald and music professor Kip Pegley have been selected as three of the top 20 finalists in TV Ontario’s annual Best Lecturer Competition. The winner will be announced in March.Continue...

An organic education

Queen’s students have the opportunity to get up close and personal with their food thanks to a joint venture between the University and Sodexo.

The project, known as MyFarm, is located on 76 acres of land some forty kilometres east of Kingston. Project planners hope the land will serve as both a practical farm and teaching environment.Continue...

A prize-winning exchange experience

An innovative exchange program run by the global development studies department has won acclaim from the Chinese government.

The Semester at Fudan program was recognized this year as a Model Bilingual Education Program by the government of the People’s Republic of China.Continue...

Model behaviour?

Parliament has become an easy target for labels of idleness in the age of annual prorogation. But our resident effigy, the Queen’s Model Parliament (QMP), might be an easier target.

Many people shrug off the event as catering to a limited clique of politics students, thinking it holds little relevance for the general student body.Continue...

Guten tag, sprechen sie Skype?

A new language program has Queen’s students interacting with German classmates—and there’s no border crossing involved. Colin Gilmour, ArtSci ’10, spent one hour per week practicing German with Nina Straka as a part of his GRMN201 class last term.Continue...

Resting easy?

When Shakespeare called sleep “nature’s soft nurse,” he was right about the restorative effects of a phenomenon often given a low priority in students’ busy lives.

According to Dr. Suzanne Billing, medical director at Queen’s Health, Counselling and Disability Services, sleep is a mysterious but necessary phenomenon.Continue...

Clearing a path to the final

Offensive linemen might play the least-heralded position in football.
Other offensive players get to handle the ball. Defensive linemen have the glory of sacking the quarterback once in awhile and defensive backs have the allure of potentially intercepting the ball.Continue...

Walking with Woolf

Principal Daniel Woolf likes to use his Twitter account to keep students up to date on what he’s up to, whether he’s in his office, at the airport or a Gaels’ football game. But I learned far more spending last Thursday with him than I could fit into 140 characters.Continue...

Legion keeps veterans’ memories alive

Canadians all over the country took time on Wednesday to remember the service and sacrifices of war veterans.

To Kingston area veterans, the Royal Canadian Legion’s Remembrance Day service was their time to honour the day with their fellow men in arms and their supporters.Continue...

A home for Queen’s rarest tomes

Beyond the Queen’s University Library’s impressive general collection, it houses an equally impressive Special Collections section.

Located on the second floor of Douglas Library, The W.D. Jordan Special Collections Library contains 125,000 volumes of printed material from deerskin-bound bibles to recently published special editions of classic works accumulated since its establishment in 1964.Continue...

Film schools students on education

Knowing Michael MacMillan’s background as a Queen’s film alumnus, I couldn’t think of a better place than the Film House to interview the former Alliance Atlantis executive chairman, who was in town this week as this year’s Brockington Visitor.Continue...

History of a blind spot

When I first contact Marc Epprecht for an interview, he defers for a week. “I’m in Tanzania at the moment,” he said in an email to the Journal.

Epprecht, a professor with Queen’s development studies and history departments, was granted the Desmond Tutu Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Sexuality in Africa in October of this year.Continue...

Pro-bonus for small businesses

Kingston-area small-business owners now have access to pro-bono legal counsel thanks to a new program officially launched in September by the Faculty of Law.

“We try to help those who normally wouldn’t be able to budget their businesses,” program director Peter Kissick said.Continue...

Whose poutine reigns supreme?

At Bubba’s Pizzeria, one thing is certain: poutine is king.

“Poutine is stencilled on the windows here, our shirts, our hats, people love the poutine,” Bubba’s employee Scott Cooper said.Continue...

Feelings mixed about student drinking

Like many university students, Justin Lum, ArtSci ’10, found his first year at Queen’s revolved heavily around the consumption of alcohol.

“Prior to coming to university, I never drank heavily. When I got here I sort of went on a binge,” he said, adding that he sometimes went out five nights in a week his first year.Continue...

Recession Studies

The school year has hardly begun, but graduating students are already thinking about their post-graduate ambitions. When they sweep off Grant Hall’s stage this spring, diplomas in hand, the class of 2010 will be met with the harshest economic climate since the early 1990s.Continue...

Tale of a pub: Clark Hall’s progress

This month marks the one-year anniversary of Clark Hall Pub’s re-opening.

Walking into the pub last week to speak with Engineering Society representatives and having attended last year’s grand opening, I couldn’t believe the difference a year can make.Continue...

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