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Glaxo suit dropped, activists carry on

Glaxo Wellcome may have dropped their lawsuit, but student activists pledge to continue the fight against corporate involvement at Queen's. Last month, Glaxo Wellcome—now GlaxoSmithKline— and 38 other pharmaceutical giants announced that they were dropping their lawsuit challenging a South African law enacted to provide cheaper AIDS drugs to millions of Africans infected by the virus. This ended what had become a public relations nightmare for the companies.Continue...

Torn pants no joke, says Svend

Svend Robinson, the New Democrat MP who is suing the RCMP and the federal government over what he calls excessive force at the Quebec City summit, explained his reasons for filing the lawsuit at an NDP fundraiser in the John Deutsch University Centre last Thursday.

The lawsuit was filed because the government refused to launch an inquiry into the tactics used by RCMP officers, said Robinson.Continue...

Bad weekend for Binnie

Max Binnie couldn’t catch a break this Victoria Day weekend.

The AMS communications manager returned to Kingston after a weekend trip to discover that both his office in the John Deutsch University Centre and University Street house had been broken into.

Just after 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, campus security was alerted by a custodian that the window to the AMS communications office was wide open. A further investigation revealed the office had been broken into and two computer towers, valued at two thousand dollars each, were missing.Continue...

Council still in disarray

Despite the fact that elections were held in February, the Jean Royce Hall Council is still a work in progress. Following the resignation of Council Vice-President elect David Wong, the search for a replacement is underway.
After winning the election in February, the Davies-Wong team was disqualified by the Chief Returning Officer of Jean Royce Hall. The team was accused of breaking several election rules.Continue...

Queer Studies comes out

Queen's students can now add a queer component to their degrees.

On Wednesday morning, the University Senate unanimously approved an application from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for a certificate program in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies.

Administered by the Institute of Women's Studies, the certificate program will be one of only two such programs in Canada, the other one being the sexual diversity minor at the University of Toronto.Continue...

Outraged critics bash degree

Alumni and students are fuming after it was announced that the woman who headed a shelter where a five-month-old baby died of neglect will receive an honourary degree from Queen's.

Catherine Brooks is the executive director and co-founder of Anduhyaun, a multi-service Aboriginal agency in Toronto which includes the women's shelter.Continue...

Macrocosm

The case of twin baby girls sold and adopted over the internet has reopened debate on how to regulate what is bought and sold online. On Wednesday British Prime Minister Tony Blair called the adoption deplorable and promised to move forward with new adoption laws. The government of Wales is investigating Alan and Judith Kilshaw’s adoption of the six month-old infants who paid a reported $12,000 (U.S.) administrative fee from the Caring Hearts Adoption Web site—which is no longer accessible.Continue...

Profs contributed to new $10 bill

The blind and visually impaired may find reading Canadian bank notes a great deal easier now that raised “texture patches,” invented by Queen’s psychologist Dr. Susan Lederman will appear on new bills, which were launched earlier this week.
“It’s a wonderfully exciting project,” commented Lederman, an expert in understanding how human beings perceive the world through the sense of touch. She researched, designed and scientifically tested the durable tactile feature that has been added to the new bank notes produced by the Bank of Canada.Continue...

News In Brief

A Queen’s scientist is beginning a study in an undeveloped field of research: male menopause or andropause. Dr. Alvaro Morales of the Department of Urology, along with researchers in Rochester and Quebec, will be examining the symptoms associated with the aging process such as a lowered sex drive, depression and fatigue. Dr. Morales told the Queen’s Gazette that research into how men age is 25 years behind comparable studies in women and that understanding these biological and emotional changes is critically important in preparing for an increase in the number of elderly people in the global population.Continue...

Solar car team honoured for outstanding contribution

In recognition of its accomplishments over the past 12 years, which includes a world record, the Queen’s solar vehicle team is this year’s recipient of the Jim Bennett Achievement Award.

The award is for Kingstonians who have made outstanding achievements in careers, sports, the arts and volunteer work. Past winners include the Queen’s Bands and the Golden Gaels football team.Continue...

Fighting the brain-drain

Dr. Almeria Natansohn, a Queen’s chemistry professor on the cutting edge of research into computers that use light instead of electricity, has been recognized and honoured by the federal government. She is among seven Queen’s researchers who will have the chance to prove themselves as world-class leaders in their respective fields, after being honoured in the Canada Research Chairs program.Continue...

GW battles former editor over copyrights

When the Golden Words editorial board announced plans to compile the past four years of the engineering society’s newspaper onto a CD ROM, they expected positive feedback from loyal readers and former students.

They did not expect a legal battle over copyright.

Peter Lynn, who was the GW editor-in-chief in 1997-98, alleges that the reproduction of Golden Words in this format is an infringement of Canada’s copyright laws.Continue...

Grease pole comes home

Engineers can sleep a little easier tonight, knowing that their beloved grease pole has been safely and peacefully returned to Queen’s.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, roughly thirty Queen’s engineers re-captured the pole from the University of Toronto without incident.

Peter Carr, Sci ’02, getaway driver and heist organizer, explained that he first heard of the pole’s location Monday afternoon.Continue...

Dawn House seeks Queen’s support

While a 50 cent opt-outable fee may miss the attention of the average Queen’s student, according to Pam Havery, an administrator for the Dawn House Women’s Shelter, it is an essential part of the shelter’s operating budget.
The opt-outable contribution totals around five thousand dollars for the shelter each year.Continue...

X-Canada Campus Briefs

A commerce class at Mount Allison University has found that males and females spend $1,200 and $600 a year on alcohol respectively.

“This survey is a very good snapshot of alcohol [consumption] at Mount Allison and other North American universities,” said Kris Trotter, a Mount Allison counsellor, citing a nation-wide survey by University of Western Ontario psychologist Louis Gliksman that showed similar levels of alcohol consumption throughout Canada.Continue...

News In Brief

On September 26th at 5:10 p.m., a security supervisor on mobile patrol witnessed a vehicle exit a parking lot and hit a bicyclist coming through the causeway between Goodwin Hall and Walter Light Hall. The Queen’s Security Website reports that the bicycle was nearly destroyed in the accident but the student rider suffered only a small cut to his hand. The driver, a Queen’s staff member, offered to pay for the damaged bike.Continue...

E-commerce interest on the rise

What is idea-based, looking for students of various disciplines and striving to fit the demands of an Internet-based business trend? The answer is Queen’s University Independent Venture for Entrepreneurial Research (QUIVER) and they’re on the lookout for interested students.

QUIVER is the first registered e-commerce business based at Queen’s.Continue...

Pole thieves list ransom demands in fake GW

Queen’s University was invaded once again Wednesday night by members of the Brute Force Committee (BFC) who returned to distribute copies of their latest scheme, Golden Stolen Words.

In the 12-page publication, BFC, the group of University of Toronto engineers behind the theft, detailed ransom demands along with a detailed log describing how the pole was taken.Continue...

Students flock to Career Day

“We’re just dying for people!” enthused Gennum Corporation’s Hoda Kamel at the Careers Day 2000 event held Monday and Tuesday in Grant Hall.

Recruiters were eager to attract potential employees in the 21st year of the event organized by Career Services and AIESEC.

A mood of excitement permeated the hall as over 80 corporate and government teams, emboldened by the booming economy, jockeyed to catch the attention of the milling students.Continue...

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...

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