Opinions

Learning to live with COVID doesn’t mean abandoning masks

With Queen’s suspending masking and vaccination mandates starting May 1, it’s important we discuss why the popular notion of “learning to live with COVID” doesn’t mean we should throw our hands up in the air and hope for the best.

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Student-run organizations must be better allies to racialized students

On Mar. 19, I was racially profiled and assaulted.Continue...

Outdated pandemic policies are harmful to student wellbeing

Approximately two years ago to the day, our lives were turned upside down. With the onset of the pandemic, much of the university—including recreation clubs—shuttered.Continue...

Queen’s needs to show support for Ukrainian students and staff

The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has escalated into war. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a tragedy. While those around the world share support for Ukraine, it’s imperative Queen’s demonstrates this same support for Ukrainian staff and students.

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Black History Month isn’t just education—it’s celebration

I’ve always felt participating in Black History Month is two-step process, the first step being education and the second being celebration.Continue...

Queen’s should reinstate week-long Orientation

If you’re reading this, the odds are you’ve never experienced a full week of orientation.Continue...

Queen’s must provide COVID-19 testing for students living off-campus

As COVID-19 variants continue to become more transmissible, it’s more important than ever for the Queen’s community to take all possible steps to mitigate exposures and avoidable transmissions.Continue...

Classrooms leave no room for creativity in arts education

Modern arts education is highly problematic because the focus on theory and structure in arts education has made creativity start to fade in the classroom.Continue...

Queen’s needs to approach accommodations with empathy

Queen’s policy for academic consideration should reflect an empathetic approach to dealing with students requesting accommodations.Continue...

Letter to the Editor: January 24

Dear Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic),

Thank you for responding to my initial email but I take issue with all of your major points (you should consider updating your rather outdated form response).Continue...

Social media shouldn’t be our primary way of engaging with current events

In 2020, 90 per cent of American millennials got their news from popular social media platforms.Continue...

Anti-Muslim sentiment is alive and well in medicine

Last week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal ( CMAJ ), Sherif Emil, a pediatric surgeon at McGill University, penned a letter criticizing a picture of a young girl in a hijab used in an earlier piece.Continue...

Chicago Blackhawk’s scandal shows need for better investigative journalism in sports

Last month, the hockey world experienced a day of reckoning when Kyle Beach, a professional hockey player, revealed himself as John Doe — the plaintiff in an ongoing sexual assault lawsuit against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Letter to the Editor: November 25th

Dear Editors,

In Response to the November 19 article about QSAS’s new accommodations ( ...Continue...

QSAS’s new accommodations don’t effectively accommodate students

For students with mental illness diagnoses, it’s particularly important to attend an institution with systems in place to ensure one’s academic success.

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Mental health support wait times are a crisis on campus

Wait times to get help for mental health at Queen’s and university campuses across the country are simply unacceptable.Continue...

With an election behind us, Canada is becoming more politically and economically polarized than ever before

Canadian federal elections have slowly become more polarized and divisive, and candidates have become less appealing. As this change has occurred, voter turnout has decreased since the mid-1980s .Continue...

Queen’s Homecoming is a problem to be managed, not solved

Queen’s has a longstanding history of rowdy homecoming celebrations.Continue...

Men need to be more involved in combatting sexual violence

In the wake of the sexual violence that occurred during Western University’s orientation week , I’ve been reflecting on my own experience in dealing with sexual violence and the experiences of some of my loved ones.Continue...

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