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AMS gives services summer facelift

Over the summer, several services in the JDUC have gone under the AMS knife for a nip and tuck.

“The changes are so different,” Jenn Hirano, AMS VP (operations), said of the student life centre. “It is really exciting and it will be more relevant to students.”Continue...

$25.5 M contribution still up for debate

In March, more than 845 students filled Grant Hall to participate in the historic decision for current and future students to financially back the construction of the new $230 million student life and athletics centre. Students voted overwhelmingly in favour of the establishment of a mandatory $71 fee to collect the cash.Continue...

Solar vehicle races from Texas to Calgary

Just when the Queen’s solar vehicle team seemed to be in luck, fate—in the form of a pothole—reared its head.

Their two-seater solar car, Ultraviolet, snapped off a wheel on rough pavement near Omaha, Neb., in last week’s North American Solar Challenge.

But within five hours of the accident, the wheel was reattached and the car was back on the road, said Chris Marriage, the team’s mechanical manager.Continue...

Demand clogs QCARD

Arts and Science students hoping for a summer free from scholastic stress faced frustrations and problems with online course pre-registration this month.

Students were unable to log on or register for their entire course load, and some lectures and seminars were overfilled.Continue...

Tea Room deal brewing

It’s not often a third-place team wins the grand prize.

But after more than four years of planning, the Engineering Society is on the cusp of getting the go-ahead from administration to open their own coffee shop.

The decision comes after two University food contractors first chose not to run their own service in the same space.Continue...

Residences at maximum capacity

Student residences will be at maximum capacity this year after a surge of requests for on-campus rooms.
Mandy Daniel, manager of admissions for residence and hospitality services, said at the moment, some students who have applied to live in residence will be informed they are receiving “temporary” beds because there are not enough regular beds to go around. Daniel added she is not yet sure how many students will be notified they are getting temporary beds.Continue...

Roadshow roars through Grant Hall

Hosted by Valerie Pringle, the Antiques Roadshow features beautiful treasures from across Canada.

For the Kingston taping, CBC distributed 1,000 pairs of tickets by e-mail on a first come, first served basis. The day was split into two shifts to maximize the number of people gaining entry while minimizing waiting times.Continue...

Stauffer pondering Sodexho café

A few short months after the first ground is broken for the Queen’s Centre, students might be treated to a new service across the street.

Stauffer Library may become home to one of campus food operator Sodexho’s trendier brands—Jazzman’s Café—with the installation of an upscale coffee outlet not seen anywhere else on campus.Continue...

‘Fabulous’ gay grads to wed on TV

When Mischa Bartkow, Comm ’03, went to party it up at Alfie’s four years ago, he never expected the student constable inspecting his ID would be the man he would one day marry on a reality TV show.
Bartkow and Dan Dumsha, ConEd ’03, told the Journal they have been inseparable since then. Engaged for only a week, they finally wed in March on the Global TV program My Fabulous Gay Wedding . The episode will air July 6.Continue...

Ex-AMS prez holds court at OUSA

A former AMS President has been appointed executive director of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA).

Scott Courtice, ArtSci ’02, headed the AMS in 2001-2002.

Students voted in favour of the AMS rejoining the external student lobby group in last year’s winter referendum. Queen’s, a founding member, withdrew in 1995.Continue...

Student dies in Kingston car crash

Greg Hulse, ArtSci ’08, may have chosen to live in Watts Hall for his first year of university, but his family in nearby Hartington was never far from his mind. Back home in Hartington for the summer, Greg commuted to Kingston for his job as a Fort Henry guard. As he was driving home from work last Friday on County Road 38, his northbound Honda crossed the centre line and hit a southbound vehicle head-on. Greg died at the scene. He was 19 years old.Continue...

Mending fences in the Ghetto

After more than six months of research, public consultation and meetings, the Principal’s Task Force on Community Relations has released 13 recommendations to address city-student tensions that came to a head last fall and winter.

The report states the recommendations are “intended to create the conditions for change.”Continue...

Deane appointed VP (Academic)

The size and quality of classes will be one of incoming VP (Academic) Patrick Deane’s top priorities when he begins his new job at the University on July 1.

Deane, currently the vice-president (academic) and provost at the University of Winnipeg will be replacing VP (Academic) Suzanne Fortier.Continue...

Ontario budget highlights

The Ontario government’s $6.2 billion injection into post-secondary education revealed in the May 11 budget will end a period of difficult financial constraints for the University, said VP (Academic) Suzanne Fortier.Continue...

International students seek jobs off-campus

When Kim Wiegand, ArtSci ’07, arrived in Kingston from Minnesota in 2003, the University admissions office told her that her chances of finding work off-campus were next to none, simply because she was an international student. With on-campus employment as her only money-making option, Wiegand applied for a position at the Common Ground during her first year. She said she quickly realized jobs at the University are difficult to secure.Continue...

Computer programmer wins big

It’s not often a student is awarded $13,000 U.S. for seven hours of work.

Gary Linscott, ArtSci ’05, took home the cash as the top prize winner in the 2005 TopCoder Collegiate Challenge. The competition was hosted by TopCoder, Inc., an American software and programming company.Continue...

TAPS party threatens liquor licence

To avoid jeopardizing the University liquor licence, The AMS Pub Services (TAPS) shut its doors for 20 days at the end of winter term after potential violations occurred during its year-end staff party at Alfie’s.Continue...

Student dies in climbing accident

On April 27, however, Nicholas Beaulieu set out to climb the northeast corner of Dupuis Hall. He made it almost to the top of the building before losing his footing and falling three stories, landing first on the hood of a University van and then on the pavement. He died at Kingston General Hospital two days later at the age of 19.Continue...

Controversy over Union Street plans

The future of The Grad Club was called into question May 5 at a public information meeting held by the Union Street Improvement Project.

Both preliminary design concepts proposed called for the destruction of all or part of the campus hangout, which is located at the northwest corner of Barrie and Union streets.Continue...

Walk for Life raises AIDS awareness

Anticipation, enthusiasm and determination characterized the mood of a group of Queen’s students who marched alongside community members in the annual AIDS Walk for Life on Sunday.

Members of the Queen’s Aids Awareness Committee participated in the walk, which raised money for people living with HIV or AIDS in the Kingston community.

According to HIV/AIDS Regional Services in Kingston, an estimated 56,000 Canadians are currently living with either the HIV virus or AIDS.Continue...

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