Opinions

Aberdeen a protest against authority

Looking back the day after Homecoming, most students are not particularly pleased, or proud, of what occurred. It seems this year was especially chaotic.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I find it disconcerting that the editorial about the closure of After-Hours Childcare (AHC) essentially ignores the substantive facts and careful analysis that supported this difficult decision that were detailed in the well-written news article appearing in your previous issue.Continue...

Mulroney tapes expose man behind image

The key to understanding politicians is to realize that what you see is not necessarily what you get. In many cases, the politician is not a singular individual, but rather is made up of two distinct personalities: the public figure and the private person.Continue...

Letters to the editors

When Caitlin Coull says that “individuals cannot legally consent to sexual activity under intoxication,” she is confusing the law to malign Mantra’s name. She would be correct if there was any sexual activity between the featured women and the videographers, but Bill Horn expressly points out that Girls Gone Wild just records the goings-on at “wild” party venues.Continue...

Disservice done to student parents

Having a child in high school made my ambition of becoming a teacher seem unreachable. I was going to find myself in the cycle of never-ending shift work and daycare bills—which would still not leave enough for rent, meaning I would end up stuck in a poverty trap.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I mean, come on, who in their right mind would allow young adults to go to a concert and enjoy alcoholic beverages—and on their own campus nonetheless! No way, we must be locked up and in our bedrooms all hours of the day with the exception of when we’re contributing to the billion-dollar economic impact of the Queen’s community or the 10,000 hours of community service students participate in.Continue...

Students deserve respect from residents

Well, it’s official: Queen’s students have once again flocked back to Kingston. How can you tell? Campus is no longer deserted, the Ghetto looks lived in, and some of the residents of Kingston have vocalized their annoyance at our return.Continue...

Letters to the editors

Somebody emailed me your very long, very impassioned July 26 [Opinion] piece on the pressing need for a transgender washroom in the new student centre. “Ultimately, Queen’s would be taking a giant step backwards without this initiative.” To whomever wrote it, I have this advice: get a job.Continue...

‘Re-engagement through disengagement’

While many of us were wrapping up our summer jobs, preparing to return to Kingston or enjoying one of our last weekends of the summer, 8,500 Israeli Jews were leaving their homes and disbanding their communities in the interests of a long-desired, long-term peace. In short, Israel was withdrawing from the Gaza Strip.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Someone once told me, “if all you get from Queen’s is a diploma then you will have wasted your time here.” When I first heard that statement, I thought it sounded extreme, but during my time at this university I have learned how accurate that declaration truly is. Queen’s is teeming with great courses and outstanding professors. However, it was by immersing myself in the vast array of extra-curricular opportunities available here that has challenged me to dig deeper, learn more about who I am, and create the memories I will cherish for a lifetime.Continue...

Turn that AC down

Call me cynical if you must, but sometimes it seems that credit is given where no credit is due. Now that the brief electricity crisis caused by the recent heat wave seems to have ended, the powers that be are patting themselves on the back for their suggestions to help Ontario residents lower their energy consumption. Yet the importance of this official advice has been grossly exaggerated.Continue...

Where’s the transgender washroom?

You may have walked by it on your way to the First Aid office or when you were checking your Student Constable work schedule. Maybe you passed by it on your way to Studio Q or you noticed that unlabelled doorway when you travelled down the JDUC hallway to use the—ahem!—facilities.Continue...

In other words: Ups and downs of summer

With the realization that one half of our summer holidays are behind us, an unsettling question presents itself. What have we done with all of the time?

Each of us has our own answers. Some have been overemployed, trying to hold down two or more part-time jobs. Others have held down full-time positions, taken courses, and others have done a bit of each. Unfortunately, some have spent this long simply looking for a job.Continue...

Racial profiling no surprise

I woke up on May 27 to the CBC playing on my alarm clock. The morning news was carrying a breaking story: Kingston police had collected statistics on racial demographics and found that black people were 3.7 times more likely to be pulled over and questioned than white people.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"The Queen’s Apprentice, an ambitious eight-week event that received little support from our student governments and fought an initial wave of general disbelief, wrapped up their act on March 23 at Clark Hall Pub. Surprise plot twists and character-driven contestants fought all the way until the very last one could finally hear the words “you’re hired.” Coming down to an intense final fight between an overly ambitious commerce student and a self-depreciating Mr. Nice Guy, the crowd at Clark was relentlessly going nuts."Continue...

Happily without a religion

"A frank discussion of religion always leaves me with a sensation I can only equate with a stomach ulcer. As a person who subscribes to no faith in particular, I am often in awe—and dread—of the devout practices of the seriously pious."Continue...

Letters to the Editors

The issue of ethically produced, university-licensed apparel has long been overdue for public debate and exposure at Queen’s. Our compliments for your summary of the recent measures taken by the Dean of Student Affairs in response to the concerns of our group, Queen’s Students Against Sweatshops (QSAS), and others.Continue...

A great Canadian garage sale

A novel by Max Barry entitled Jennifer Government predicts a reality where taxes are illegal, the police and NRA are on the NASDAQ and governments can only prosecute crimes if they can send you the bill.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Although I commend Queen’s students for raising a significant amount of money ($23,500) towards cystic fibrosis, I have severe problems with the means by which this money was attained.

On Jan. 31, 2000, Ontario enacted the Safe Streets Act to prohibit squeegeeing and aggressive panhandling.Continue...

A food obsession taken too far

I’ve been a student here at Queen’s a mere two weeks and already there is a language of food I’ve noticed circulating in the cafeterias.Continue...

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