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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...

Food fight leaves students hungry

A year-end food fight on Apr. 2 at Leonard Cafeteria caused an estimated $10,000 in damage and forced Queen’s to shut down the cafeteria for the weekend of Apr. 3-4.

Leonard’s closure denied over 2,500 main campus residents the use of their meal plans, sending students to retail outlets on main campus at the expense of their remaining flex dollars, or to Jean Royce Hall Cafeteria on West Campus.Continue...

JDUC goes wireless with students’ help

Darren Ho, Mark Liu, Prakash Menon and Benson Yang will leave a lasting legacy at Queen’s, all because of their final year term project.

The graduating computer engineering students collaborated with Information Technology Services [ITS] Director Sean Reynolds, and JDUC Director Robert Burge to install wireless capability in the JDUC, allowing students to surf the internet inside the building from computers with wireless access hardware.Continue...

Honorary degree recipients announced

Chrètien is a former Prime Minister of Canada. He was involved in Canadian politics for over 40 years. During his time in politics he served as the Minister of National Revenue, Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Industry, Trade and Commerce, Finance, Justice and Energy, Mines and Resources. He also served as parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. He received a law degree from Laval University.Continue...

TA union drive fails

The outcome of the Queen’s TA vote for unionization will never be known because the ballots are being destroyed.

Although a vote was held on Feb. 5, the Board ruled against the validity of the vote on Mar. 31 because the necessary 40 per cent of the decided bargaining unit had not signed union cards.

The decision was made after the Board compared lists of TAs provided by the administration, by the union organizers and by the signed cards.Continue...

CFRC air quality under investigation

When Queen’s radio station CFRC volunteer Mike Cassells wrote a letter of resignation in November 2002 to Stu Mills, the station’s Operations Officer, it wasn’t because Cassells’ academic or extracurricular obligations were getting in the way of his volunteer work at the radio station, it was because he thought the station was giving him health trouble. Cassells was one of two employees forced to leave the station because of health concerns in 2002.Continue...

Hitchcock named 18th Principal

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, Dr. Karen Hitchcock, the newly selected 18th principal of Queen’s University, walked into the policy studies conference room to a standing ovation by the members of the Board of Trustees.

At the Board meeting Hitchcock said she was honoured to be the new principal. She is the first woman to ever hold the position of principal at the University, as well as the first American.Continue...

Residents faced with administration fees

It’s bad enough to have to pay for damage for which you weren’t responsible, but it’s worse, say some Main Campus residents, to be charged an administration fee for the privilege.

Residents have complained that the residence damage charges system, which charges a minimum of $5 even if a student owes less, is inefficient and has not been applied fairly. One resident of Morris Hall e-mailed University Rector Ahmed Kayssi with concerns after the building was assessed damage charges.Continue...

Profs, TAs recognized for teaching excellence

On Tuesday evening at the University Club, professors and teaching assistants were rewarded with more than red apples and gold stars for their efforts in the classroom.

Physical education and history professor Geoff Smith and international business professor Marc Busch were presented with the Frank Knox award for excellence in teaching. The annual award recognizes professors who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the education of students.Continue...

Hillel addresses anti-Semitic literature

A political comic in a magazine handed out at an event organized by the Queen’s Palestinian Human Rights association last fall was interpreted as anti-Semitic by Sara Berger, president of Queen’s Hillel.

Members of the association, however, said they never intended to promote anti-Semitism on campus.Continue...

AMS exec talk frankly about their year

One year ago, Chrissie Knitter, Mike Jones and Erik Gaustad, fresh off their defeat of Team HTD, were waiting to take their positions at the helm of the AMS, an $8 million corporation.

The days, weeks and months that followed were filled with hours in meetings, dealing with unexpected problems, lack of sleep and criticisms.

In May 2004, this group will step down and a new group of three will fill the offices that have become so familiar to this year’s executive. The Journal sat down with the outgoing executive for an in-depth interview to get their perspective on the past year.Continue...

AMS divvies up capital allocations

Several campus organizations were big winners this week as the AMS Capital Allocations Committee presented their plans for fund distribution at the AMS Annual General Meeting on Mar. 23.

Among the recipients of significant funds were Athletics and Recreation, CFRC, Career Services and Alfie’s.

The committee’s mandate is to make recommendations to AMS Assembly on the allocation of funds from student contributions to support a university-centred capital campaign.Continue...

Double cohort impact just beginning to show

Although the year of the double cohort is on its way out, AMS academic affairs commissioner Jonathan Espie says the AMS and the University should not assume all challenges are behind them.

Espie presented a report entitled “The Enrolment Boom: The effects of the Double Cohort” at the AMS Annual General Meeting on Mar. 23. The report included a series of recommendations regarding issues surrounding the advent of the double cohort or the “enrolment boom,” as it was referred to in the report.Continue...

Alfie’s, QP, QEA finish in the red

The bottom line for this year’s crop of AMS services is a mixed bag, with a final loss of $43,000.

Large services such as Alfie’s and the Queen’s Entertainment Agency (QEA) faced significant fiscal losses, while smaller services such as the P&CC and Walkhome had a financially lucrative year.

Yearbook and Convocation Services is leading the pack with an estimated profit of $60,000. Alfie’s is estimated to lose more money than any other service with a loss of $154,000.Continue...

AMS election results overturned

One of the most controversial AMS executive elections in recent memory was dealt another severe blow late Wednesday night, when the Constitutional Appeals Tribunal overturned the results of February’s vote.

Citing the numerous campaign violations committed by each team in the race, the Tribunal found all three teams competing for AMS executive “unfit to govern” under section 22b of the AMS constitution.Continue...

Anti-racism week fights discrimination

Martin Luther King once said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed—we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”

Adil Dhalla, co-chair of the Queen’s Committee Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination, took King’s philosophy to heart when planning this year’s Anti-Racism week.

Roshan Jahangeer, the other co-chair of the committee, told the Journal the week was a success.Continue...

Queen’s Centre fee approved

The current and new AMS executive faced some tough questions Tuesday night at the AMS Annual General Meeting regarding a motion brought forward to ensure future students help fund the Queen’s Centre project.

The motion passed with 88 votes in favour, seven opposed and 12 abstentions.

The motion called for the establishment of a mandatory student fee in support of the construction of the Queen’s Centre at next year’s Annual General Meeting.Continue...

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