News In Brief

Greenroom, Tricolour swap locations

Students just getting used to the recent shuffle of AMS services are in for another surprise come September.

At their May 27 meeting, the AMS Board of Directors in favour of switching the locations of the Greenroom and the Tricolour Market. The Greenroom will sell academic supplies and the Tricolour Market will sell retail items and gifts in the upcoming year.

“I have real concerns for the Tricolour Market if it stays down there [beside the post office in the JDUC],” said Ian Black, AMS VP (Ops). The service posted a loss of more than $25,000 last year.

Bill York, AMS student services director, said the move would shut down both stores for two weeks sometime this summer, and require a cost of “up to $20,000” spread over three years.

—Gillian Wheatley

International students able to work off campus

Next school year, international students at Queen’s will no longer be limited to the few job spots allocated for them by AMS services when searching for work.

On April 27, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced the launch of a new work permit program allowing international students to work off campus at participating Canadian universities, provided that they meet the permit’s eligibility requirements.

Susan Anderson, an International Centre student advisor, said the application process for the permit involves the completion of two forms—a verification form to be signed by the University and a consent form releasing the University from its confidentiality obligations in order to release personal information to the provincial and federal governments.

CIC has set criteria for eligibility to obtain a work permit:

  • • Student has a valid study permit, has studied full time at a participating university for at least six months out of the 12 months before application.

    • Student is in good academic standing with their school

  • •Student is enrolled in an academic program of study, and is in compliance with the conditions set by their study permit and work permit.

—Katherine Laidlaw

Queen’s opts out of Maclean’s survey

Prospective Queen’s students may need to find a new source of information to help them make their decisions regarding graduate education.

After two years of participation in the MacLean’s graduate survey, Queen’s has decided to opt-out of the study. However, the University will remain part of the annual MacLean’s overall university ranking survey.

“It’s been an ongoing concern, not just about the survey but [about] the rankings,” Principal Karen Hitchcock told the Journal.

Discussions regarding a possible opt-out began several months ago at schools across the country, Hitchcock said. Queen’s was part of a five-school contingent including McGill, McMaster, University of Toronto and the University of Calgary, expressing concerns about the methodology of the graduate survey.

“There were a number of flaws in the design that made universities question the validity of the results,” she said.

Currently, 19 universities have opted out of the graduate survey and both the University of Toronto and McMaster have stated that they are considering opting out of the overall rankings if things do not change.

—Erin Flegg

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