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Low vacancy hurts students

“Basically, the theme has been half-assed jobs all around.”

Adam Caplan, ArtSci ’01, like a number of students who live in what is still referred to by many as the ghetto, is disappointed with his landlord’s efforts at providing and maintaining a clean and safe living environment.Continue...

A candlelit tradition

In accordance with a century of tradition, Queen’s students and alumnae participated this weekend in the 111th annual Candlelighting ceremony in Grant Hall.

Sponsored by the Alumni Association’s Committee on Women’s Affairs, this year’s candlelighting ceremony presented a welcoming atmosphere for first year women to start their involvement in the Queen’s community. Ceremony organizer Ange Currie ArtSci ’02 emphasized this aspect of the event with her continued stress on the importance of community at Queen’s.Continue...

McGill rivalry ends

While veni, vidi, vici — the slogan on this year’s Kill McGill 2000 shirts — might not have been the best way to describe what happened on the field at Saturday’s football game against the McGill Redmen, Queen’s students still came out in force to support their team and take part in a longstanding university tradition.Continue...

Macrocosm

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is itching to call an election this fall to take advantage of a booming economy and the positive afterglow of his groundbreaking health accord with the provinces, senior Liberals say. Party pollsters have told the Liberals they could win a third majority government if the election were held now, and insiders say Mr. Chrétien is sorely tempted to take advantage of the party’s wide lead in public support. Still, with Parliament having resumed yesterday, most Liberals expect the Prime Minister will wait until spring to call the general election. Many of his advisers and most of his caucus are urging caution.Continue...

ITS seeks input

The days of lugging a heavy computer monitor up six flights of stairs on residence move-in day may be coming to an end.

ResTech, a new computer leasing program that has been proposed by Queen’s Information Technology Services (ITS), aims to have a computer already installed for each student when they arrive in their residence rooms. The computer would be leased to the students for the year as a part of the residence package.Continue...

Rector resigns position

Rector Michael Kealy has these words of advice for the one who will follow in his footsteps: “two years goes by faster than you think, enjoy the experience.”

Kealy, who was elected to the highest student position at Queen’s in November of 1998, has announced his resignation. Although elected to a three-year term, Kealy, Law ’01 says he has decided to resign in time for the November referendum because if he held the position for another year, he would no longer be a student.Continue...

Returning to the JDUC

With the creation of Common Ground coffee lounge marking another stage in the continuing renovations of the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC), a growing sense that recreation is returning to campus has been expressed by many students.

Initiated by the Alma Mater Society (AMS), the creation of the student- owned and operated on-campus coffee house and entertainment venue is part of a larger five-to-ten-year plan to construct an expensive and expansive Student Life Facility at Queen’s, which is envisioned as a future nerve centre for extra-curricular activity on campus.Continue...

New coffee lounge opens

As the grand opening of Common Ground, the new campus coffee lounge owned and operated by the Alma Mater Society (AMS) kicked off last Friday night, both staff and students expressed enthusiasm about the establishment’s future as a viable student service. Located on the second level of the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC), the Common Ground opening celebration became a hub of campus life. Students from all years came to sample a variety of gourmet coffees, desserts, and sandwiches and to take in an atmosphere energized by musical performances from Pat Ang and Stephanie Earp and an exhibit of art work by Rachel Villaneuva.Continue...

U of T engineers reclaim grease pole

For the first time since the early 1950s, Queen’s is getting the short end of the pole.

The Brute Force Committee (BFC), a “totally fictitious” group of University of Toronto engineering students, removed the grease pole from the hands of Queen’s students for the first time on Saturday September 9, only a few short hours after the class of ’04 reached its peak.Continue...

X-Canada Campus Briefs

An unofficial frosh week event involving McGill’s Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) has resulted in what the Tribune is calling “a high point of embarassment” for the week, after inebriated froshies tore through the interior decor of Club 737, an exclusive Montreal nightclub.Continue...

News In Brief

Tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. is the grand opening of the Common Ground coffee lounge in the JDUC. There will be a live show by local musicians Stephanie Earp and Pat Ang as well as the opening of an exhibit by artist Rachelle Villanueva.Continue...

New Dean appointed to Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. David Walker, Queen’s new Dean of Health Sciences, says that his appointment has come at a challenging turning point in medicine — one that will draw on the skills of the many members of the Queen’s medical community. Walker, who has served as acting dean since 1999, was appointed earlier this week by Principal William Leggett. The appointment, effective immediately, was made with the unanimous support of the Advisory Committee on the deanship.Continue...

Queen’s financial aid changes

At a time when the issues surrounding student financial aid are receiving more attention, the University Senate has recently approved the final report prepared by the Task Force on Student Financial Assistance outlining several recommendations — many of which have come into effect this academic year.
The mandate of the 11-member task force - which is a sub-committee of the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid - was to review the allocation and distribution of student financial assistance at Queen’s within the context of prevailing government policy and to generate clear guidelines for decision-making in all areas of student aid.Continue...

ITS restricts downloading

Regular campus users of information-sharing web sites such as Gnutella and Napster may encounter new restrictions recently implemented by Queen’s Information Technology Services (ITS).

In an attempt to curb excessive downloading and uploading from the Internet, ITS has decided to closely monitor and limit the amount of information that can be shared by computers on campus.Continue...

Queerientation turnout high

After a week of inclusive and engaging activities and presentations, Queerientation 2000, a week-long orientation program for the queer community at Queen’s, will come to an end tonight.

According to Michael Follert, Chair of Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP), a committee under the Social Issues Commission of the AMS, the purpose of Queerientation is to raise awareness about Queen’s queer community among incoming students and to make students of all sexual orientations feel at home on campus.Continue...

Student media fears TorStar

While the Queen’s administration foresees the new Toronto Star readership program as a potential success, the experiences of student newspapers at other universities suggest that the livelihood of student publications at Queen’s may be at risk.Continue...

Orientation Week in review:

“It was the most highly concentrated dose of fun imaginable. Anything more would be lethal.”
—Ryan Najbor, ASUS Orientation CommitteeContinue...

Macrocosm

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators began four weeks of intensive and decisive peace talks in a last-ditch effort to end 52 years of conflict, Palestinian officials said yesterday.

Nabil Abu Rdainah, a senior aide to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, said the agreement to pursue talks was reached during separate meetings between U.S. President Bill Clinton and the Israeli and Palestinian leaders at the United Nations Millennium summit last week.Continue...

News In Brief

Last Saturday’s fundraising blitz for cystic fibrosis research has raised approximately $40,000, matching the amount raised last year by ArtSci ’03. According to Adam Caplan, chair of operations for the orientation committee enthusiasm for the cause was exceptional. “Spirit was so high... Everyone was out in full Shinerama effect.”Continue...

Toronto Star to be free in residences

Starting today, students will be able to pick up The Toronto Star — free of charge — at five different residence locations, including Victoria Hall, Gordon-Brockington, Jean Royce Hall, Waldron Tower and Ban Righ.

After successfully establishing York University as a pilot location for a university readership program last year, The Star decided to expand the free newspaper distribution plan to all interested schools in Ontario.Continue...

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