City threatens to fine for postering

Local bands and student groups that depend on Ghetto utility poles for free advertising space had better think twice before drawing their staple guns. A city by-law prohibits illegal postering and carries a maximum $5,000 fine.

In concert with the by-law, the AMS Volunteer Crew and City of Kingston personnel spent Sunday stripping utility poles of their layers of posters and bills.
Dubbed “Spring Cleaning,” the event swept through major streets in the Ghetto.Continue...

Students awarded for tricolour spirit

It’s an award with the highest distinction, given out to Queen’s students who have made inestimable contributions to the University community in non-athletic extra-curricular activities.

This year’s Tricolour Award winners are Grant Bishop, Wesley Fok and Kym Shumsky.

An appointed committee composed of students from different faculties and University Rector Ahmed Kayssi conducted interviews to determine the winners.

The committee interviewed 21 candidates for the award this year.Continue...

Rising costs and entrance marks trouble Castle students

As the International Study Centre at Herstmonceux grows, entrance averages, costs and student rights are becoming an increasing concern.

The number of applications Queen’s has received from current Grade 12 students who want to spend their first year at the International Study Centre (ISC) shows demand for the program is stronger than ever. The number of applications received this month listing the ISC as students’ first or second choice has even slightly outpaced last year’s attendance, previously the highest ever due to the double cohort.Continue...

Anti-Semitism hits close to home

The recent rash of anti-Semitic incidents in the Greater Toronto Area does not come as a surprise to Sara Berger, president of Queen’s Hillel. Between Mar. 15 and Mar. 21, several incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism were reported to police in York Region and North York in the Toronto Area. Swastikas and racist messages were spray-painted on cars, houses and a Jewish community centre. The windows of a synagogue were also smashed and signs erected by the United Jewish Appeal on roadsides were defaced.Continue...

AMS-specific fee increase approved

Due to increasing financial challenges facing the AMS, including insurance increases, the addition of a new council member and the hiring of a food and beverage officer, the AMS Specific Fee Committee put forward a report proposing a $5.34 increase to the AMS-specific fee.

At the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday night, students voted in favour of the fee.

Students next year will face a $6.70 increase due to the recommendation and an adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index.Continue...

Grits extend hand to students

Low-income families will soon be better equipped to provide their children with a post-secondary education.

The federal government announced its annual budget for education for the next two years on Tuesday, including an initiative that will help children from low-income families get a jump-start on saving for college and university.

A total of $251 million will be spent on education in 2004-05, with a total of $466 million to be spent in 2005-06.Continue...

Protesters march against occupation

Last Saturday, Kingston joined cities around the world in a global day of protest. More than 200 students, professors and local residents marched to protest the American occupation of Iraq and recognize the one-year anniversary of the invasion.

A caravan of bright balloons, posters and flags punctuated the grey sky. Protest songs, drumbeats and cheers of “one, two, three, four, we don’t want your stupid war!” echoed down Princess Street.Continue...

Students cut it all off for cancer

Yesterday, 110 members of the Queen’s community shed their locks and raised more than $22,000 during Queen’s Cancer Triad’s annual Cuts for Cancer. However, the amount will increase as donations continue to come in. Last year, the initiative also raised more than $22,000.

The event, held in the lower ceilidh from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., raised money for the Canadian Cancer Society while collecting donations for Locks of Love and Wigs for Kids.Continue...

Queen’s race car revs up in U.S.

For three days in May at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan, the new Queen’s Formula SAE race car left 97 other teams in their dust.

The Queen’s race car team placed 26th out of 123 in the competition. Their finish in the international competition was their best finish ever, and the team was judged on design, performance on the track as well as its ability to manufacture an automobile.Continue...

Alternative Frosh Week not a threat: OPIRG

Several groups on campus are inviting incoming students to take a walk on the flip side of frosh week, and the Head Gael is questioning whether they’ve gone about it the right way.

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) is spearheading the first ever Alternative Frosh Week, along with the Queen’s Coalition against Corporate Globalization and the Ban Righ Centre.

The week’s events have yet to be finalized but will include talks by political speakers, workshops, a social justice filmnight, and an outdoor street party.Continue...

Former Dean of Women a vibrant lady

Dr. Baugh was the daughter of a Queen’s principal and spent much of her childhood at Summerhill. She was a Queen’s student who graduated with a degree in psychology and later returned to teach in the psychology department. She was one of the last Deans of Women and a room in Ban Righ Hall —-the Elspeth Baugh Fireside Room— is named in her honour.Continue...

News In Brief

Four Queen’s students have joined 46 others who have been chosen as semi-finalists in the Magna International As Prime Minister Awards. Anthony Cutrona, Adam Daifallah, Fiona Grant and Alyssa Tomkins submitted essays that present prime ministerial advice that will reviewed by a national panel of judges.Continue...

AMS services see red

AMS services are showing a financial loss for the first time in three years, according to a list of unaudited results from 2000-2001 obtained by The Journal .

The list, which will be used to evaluate the financial status and performance of the 12 AMS services, indicates a service deficit of $35,905. The loss is a significant reversal from 1999-2000, when AMS services turned a profit of almost $70,000. The loss did not come as a surprise to Jory Platt, vice-president (operations).Continue...

Funding formula attacked

Unemployed graduates could be costing Queen’s additional public funding under the provincial government’s Key Performance Indicator (KPI) operating grants.

The Ontario government recently announced it is increasing operating grants for postsecondary institutions by $72 million more than last year, bringing the total amount budgeted to $1.72 billion.

Of the $72 million additional dollars, $23.3 million will be tied to KPI surveys conducted by the Ontario Universities Application Centre and reviewed by the Ministry of Education.Continue...

Alfie’s gets $285K overhaul

Alfie’s is getting a makeover for its 25th birthday.

Not visible from University Avenue, a major $285,000 renovation is underway this summer as the AMS tries to turn a round the unprofitable underground bar, as well as its image.Continue...

Class of ’48 ½ bursary unclaimed

The Queen’s University class of 1948 ½ has a problem. It has money to give away but no one is taking it.

A $50,000 bursary set up by the class of 1948 ½—the only class in Queen’s history to graduate in three and a half years instead of four—is waiting for someone to apply for it. Class member Jack Billingsley is concerned that a student somewhere is missing out on a terrific opportunity.Continue...

News In Brief

The Queen’s School of Business received its highest ranking ever in the annual survey conducted by the Financial Times, placing 17th for its Open Executive programs. These programs are unique in that they are open to all executives and cover a wide variety of financial subjects. This ranking marks an improvement over the past two years, when Queen’s placed 22 and 29. Queen’s is the only Canadian school to have appeared on the list three years in a row.Continue...

Queen’s alumnus held at gunpoint

Queen’s Political Studies professor Abigail Bakan received the scare of her life when she was contacted by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs with a message from her husband.
Kellogg had been taken into custody and was being held at gunpoint.

The editor of the Socialist Worker newspaper and a Queen’s graduate, Kellogg was the only Canadian attending the Asia Pacific Labour Solidarity Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia earlier this month.Continue...

Housing verdict is the cat’s meowHousing verdict is the cat’s meow

When Queen’s Apartment and Housing Services told two students they had to get rid of their cats if they wanted to renew their lease, the students took Queen’s to court and won.

The University is not allowed to refuse to renew a lease as an enforcement of its no-pets policy, according to an Ontario Court of Appeal decision handed down earlier this month.

Queen’s leases 550 housing units to students annually.Continue...

Queen’s launches telepsychiatry project

Faculty from the Queen’s department of psychiatry were on hand May 30 when the electronic ribbon was cut to mark the beginning of a new era in the treatment of psychiatric patients: telepsychiatry.

Offered jointly by the Providence Continuing Care Centre (PCCC) and the psychiatry department at Queen’s, people in need of treatment in rural areas are now able to receive psychiatric care from doctors in Kingston via a closed circuit television system.Continue...