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Queen’s received 14,000 fewer applications from Ontario students for the 2004-2005 school year, now that the double-cohort surplus has squeezed through.

Minimum average entrance marks have remained high, however, with the majority of incoming students scoring in the region of 80 per cent or higher.Continue...

Activist’s work worthy of Trudeau Prize

A Trudeau Foundation Scholarship just made Bob Huish’s, MA ’03, flights to social activism a little easier.
The Pierre Trudeau Foundation selected Huish, who is now attending graduate school at Simon Fraser University, as one of 14 scholarship winners on June 30, 2004.

The Foundation grants scholarships to outstanding doctoral candidates in the social sciences and humanities whose work falls under one of the foundation’s four themes: human rights and social justice, responsible citizenship, Canada and the world, or humans and their natural environment.Continue...

Unisex washroom new installment in JDUC

When Queen’s students return in September, they may notice a small yet significant change to the lower ceilidh in the John Deutsch University Centre.

As part of large-scale washroom renovations taking place in the JDUC, the lower ceilidh will soon house the first official unisex washroom on campus.

Brian Cheney, AMS vice-president of university affairs, said the new washroom is part of an initiative among universities to meet the needs of both disabled and transgendered students.Continue...

JDUC fit for ducks

Mother Nature made waves for physical plant services on July 16 by drenching the campus with enough rain to cause major drainage backups.

Mac-Corry was one of the buildings worst hit. Gerald Plunkett, an area maintenance manager at physical plant services, said the rain began at 2:30 p.m. and lasted approximately an hour. Flooding occurred 15 minutes after the rain had subsided.Continue...

Near touchdown for beer and football

A proposal to allow the sale of alcohol at all home football games during the 2004 season has reached its final stage — a 30-day approval period by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO). Campus activities commissioner Dave Homuth sent the request to the AGCO on July 15 after Queen’s Administration granted him permission to apply for a special occasion permit.Continue...

Zero tolerance for All Ages Access abuse

Starting this September, underage students who forget to pick up their student card after a night out at a campus bar could face a tri-pub ban, meaning they would not be allowed inside Alfie’s, the QP or Clark Hall Pub for at least three years. Last year, the AMS access program allowed underage students to go to campus bars provided they showed an access sticker on their student card at the door.

The Student Constable retained their card for pick up when they left the bar and marked their hand to let bar staff know which students were not allowed to drink.Continue...

Elena makes Idol’s Top 10

Maybe if Zack Werner had stopped by Clark Hall Pub to catch Paranoid Ackroyd in March, we wouldn’t be having this whole Canadian Idol competition at all.

Maybe if those celebrity judges had seen 19-year-old Elena Juatco, ArtSci ’07, shake the rafters of the pub as she belted out Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter,” the whole Idol voting process could have been skipped altogether.Continue...

Student takes on Michael Moore

Kasra Nejatian, Comm ’05, is asking Elections Canada to charge controversial filmmaker and U.S. citizen, Michael Moore.

Nejatian and his lawyer, Jonathan Denis, filed a formal complaint with Elections Canada last week regarding comments made by Moore while visiting Canada during the federal election campaign in June.Continue...

Hutchison: No coalition with Grits

Rob Hutchison, NDP candidate for Kingston and the Islands, said his party has no plans to enter into a formal coalition with the Liberal Party.
Last night the Liberal Party won a minority government. Hutchison lost the Kingston and the Island sriding to Liberal incumbent Peter Milliken.

Still, Hutchison said he was pleased with the campaign.Continue...

Special needs students go on-line for success

Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College have joined forces to form a unique program for students with learning disabilities.

On-Line to Success aims to help students gain a firm understanding of their disability as well as the technologies available to assist them in an academic setting, before they arrive on campus in the fall. The program also provides an opportunity for re-assessment before the school year.Continue...

Greens happy with support

It’s been a long, exhausting campaign for the Kingston Green candidate Janina Fisher Balfour, but also an extremely rewarding one.
Fisher Balfour had virtually no political experience before embarking on the campaign trail. In addition to her campaigning duties, she has been finishing courses in development studies at Queen’s.

Fisher Balfour, clad fittingly in a soft green pantsuit said that her experiences campaigning during this election have taught her far more than any class.Continue...

Blair: 22 per cent

Blair MacLean, the Conservative candidate, finished with 22 per cent of the vote when ballots were counted yesterday. MacLean first entered his campaign party at around 10 p.m. to chants of “Blair, Blair,” that soon faded into handshakes and quiet congratulations. He left shortly afterwards to deliver a concession speech at Peter Milliken’s gathering, returning to Whiskey Willy’s to address his supporters around 11:30.Continue...

Student helps India’s disabled

On July 2, Frances Ue, ArtSci ’06, will be at home in Toronto. On July 3, she will be in India, where she will live and work for three weeks at a school for disabled children in the village of Veranasi, west of Delhi.

Ue, a third year Life Sciences student, was one of seven Canadians selected to take part in World Literacy of Canada’s Youth Overseas Program.Continue...

Tour for the Cure welcomed across country

On May 14, Queen’s students, Mike Maggrah, Erik Zufelt and Ryan Zufelt began Tour for the Cure, a cross-Canada bike trip created to raise $25,000 for cancer research and awareness. Contributor Andrew Norman caught up with the trio at a rest stop in Bowmanville.Continue...

University Avenue to get facelift

University Avenue is getting a $3 million makeover.

The Campus Grounds Advisory Committee and the Campus Planning and Development Committee are organizing the University Avenue Project, which aims to restore the street to its pre-Second World War grandeur.

The project will be funded primarily by anonymous alumni, Director of Campus Planning and Development Jean Ma told the Journal .Continue...

Campus Activities proposes booze at football games

Golden Gael football fans may not have to wait until alumni weekend to enjoy a few beers at Richardson Stadium.

AMS Campus Activities Commissioner Dave Homuth has submitted a proposal to Queen’s Administration that, if approved, would allow the commission to apply for a Special Occasion Permit from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission.Continue...

Liberals left with minority

Last night Canadians voted a Liberal minority government. Of the 308 seats, 135 went to the Liberals, 96 to the Conservatives, 20 to the NDP, 54 to the Bloc Quebecois and one seat went to an independent. The Green Party was unable to win a seat but received 4.3 per cent of the popular vote.

The Liberals will assume government for the fifth time in a row, with Prime Minister Paul Martin at the helm.Continue...

Milliken cleans up in Kingston

For the fifth consecutive election, Liberal Candidate and current Speaker of the House of Commons Peter Milliken won the riding of Kingston and the Islands by a wide margin of 52 per cent. Milliken, a Queen’s graduate, said his interest in politics was piqued while completing his undergraduate degree at the University.

He said he would continue to lobby the federal government for research and infrastructure funding for Queen’s.Continue...

Programmers win bronze in Prague

What is the sum of math capability, implementation skills and programming proficiency? For the Queen’s Association of Computing (ACM) Programming team, the answer is a bronze medal for a 12th place finish at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in Prague, Czech Republic.Continue...

New Starbucks brews controversy

The opening of two Starbucks stores in downtown Kingston this month is creating an intense reaction among Kingston coffee connoisseurs.

One Starbucks location will open in the former Indigo Café, while another will open at the corner of Wellington and Princess Streets. Concerned citizens initiated a campaign of protest that included everything from sidewalk graffiti reading “Stop Starbucks!” to posters promoting a boycott.Continue...

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