Lifestyle

Housing horrors

Sometime around July 25 last summer, I started wishing I’d paid more attention to the housing information plastered all over residence in first year.

I’d come to Kingston for a Journal production weekend expecting to knock back a few pints by night and churn out a few pages of layout by day, with enough time in between for some quality sleep. I didn’t plan to get out of the sleeping bag I’d laid out in my housemate’s room—mine was still under renovation—until at least 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.Continue...

Tips for surviving the not-so-spectacular summer job

Over the course of three summers, we have each had some “interesting” jobs to occupy our time for the four months between spring exams and the fall semester. You see, unlike some Queen’s students, we don’t have connections. None of our summer jobs have involved working for the UN somewhere in the Third World or at Daddy’s firm on Bay Street.Continue...

Hot town, summer in the Ghetto

One of the best summers I’ve ever had was the summer between my first and second year here at Queen’s. My friends and I had just moved out of residence and into a house on William Street that has so few right angles, it seems like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. The house looks like it has no place in reality. I’ve always liked that.Continue...

‘I will be lucky if I can get a temp job’

Four years ago, I remember sitting beside my father, dread twisting in my stomach, as we drove into Kingston on a warm fall day. In one month, that life will be packed up, put in a van and moved back to Toronto. The clothes will be picked up off the floor and from the hangers, the posters and photographs taken down, the printer and computer unplugged and packed into their old cases.Continue...

Bitten by the travel bug

Been reading Jack Kerouac? Envisioning dusty roads and foreign airports? Dreaming of jumbles of taxis and unheard languages spoken aloud?

If you can scrape up the nerve, and the funds, travelling abroad can be a rewarding experience. After travelling solo through Asia, Europe and South America, here are the very valuable lessons I wish I had known before stepping on a plane.Continue...

Get out of here!

Two years ago, after my second year at Queen’s, I was forced to take a year off because of my poor academic performance.

When I first got the notice in the mail, a chill went up my spine. What would I do away from school for a year? What would I miss while away? I experienced a kind of agoraphobia—not a fear of wide open spaces, but of possibilities.Continue...

Life After April

What happens after you graduate? The Journal explores the reflections and experiences of students after university.Continue...

Three questions about the number three

From the Christian trinity to the Star Wars trilogy, from the top three finishers receiving a medal to the requisite three main arguments in the body of a first-year essay, the number three seems to pop up just about everywhere. See how you do with the following questions about that eerie numeral ... the number three.Continue...

The corporeal edition—a great body of work

Researchers have found a way to convert human waste into renewable energy, the BBC reported. At Pennsylvania State University, scientists have developed a microbial fuel cell that generates electricity from sewage.Continue...

MiSC.

Finding contributors for MiSC. is like pulling teeth ... big, Scottish teeth.Continue...

Did you know ...

Square watermelons are growing in Japan?

Several years ago, a farmer on the island Shikoku noticed one of his watermelons had grown between two cinder blocks. The pressure forced it to assume a confined shape, resulting in a rectangular watermelon. Now, farmers are trying to create that effect on purpose. They are growing the fruit in glass boxes, causing it to grow into a cube.Continue...

New car lighter, faster, better

Mirage, the solar car team's 8th vehicle, is the most technologically-advanced model. It replaces Radiance, a car that year set the Guinness record for the longest distance travelled by a solar car in a single journey when it trekked 7044 from Halifax to Vancouver.Continue...

Solar team shines in US

With an unexpected crash on the first day of racing, the Queen’s Solar Car came close to pulling out of the 2001 American Solar Challenge, but rallied back and finished fourth.
Introducing their new car Mirage, the Queen’s Solar Vehicle Team was a favourite to win the cross-country race, which ran from July 15 to 25. Teams from around the world met in Chicago, Ill. and raced for 11 days along 3,600 kilometres, making it the longest solar vehicle race ever.Continue...

Anatomy of a crash, profile of a mechanic

Whenever there was a technical glitch with Queen’s brand new three-wheeled super-sleek sunshine cruiser during the American Solar Challenge (ASC), Dave Valletta, Sci ‘02, would be all over the problem.Continue...

Roots branches out: vests, vitamins, vacations ...

This generation is used to ads. Ads for clothing, ads for vitamins—you know the deal. But flip through a magazine and you may be surprised to see an advertisement for vitamins made by the clothing manufacturer Roots.Continue...

Capitalizing on the student body

The right time. The right place. The right product. Opportunities seem so obvious after they’ve been seized.Continue...

Issue in photos

View all images from vol. 129, issue 3.Continue...

Single W

Hi. Look I’ll cut to the chase. I have a deadline of Aug 30th.Continue...

How fusion reactors work

Solar fusion is fairly complex. It starts with hydrogen and requires three different steps to create a helium atom. It also requires higher temperature and pressure than is currently viable in man-made fusion reactors. The deuterium-tritium reaction is the best way to create fusion under laboratory conditions. This reaction is over one million times easier to initiate than the hydrogen-hydrogen reaction that takes place in the sun’s core.Continue...

ITER creates Can-fusion

With gas prices rising and power shortages in places like California, energy is a hot topic right now.Continue...

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