Letters to the Editors

Homecoming festivities on Aberdeen last year.
Homecoming festivities on Aberdeen last year.

Mayor advises students not to “blemish the reputation” of Queen’s

Dear Students:

On behalf of the citizens of Kingston and my colleagues on Kingston City Council, I am pleased to welcome all new and returning students to our beautiful and historic city, Canada’s First Capital. I am proud to be a Queen’s graduate and, as Mayor, I have made a conscientious effort to remain active with Queen’s to show my respect and support for the University and the vital contribution it makes to the well-being and future of our city.

This is a new school year filled with fresh and exciting opportunities that will enrich and help shape your future.

It is a time of celebration to be enjoyed and remembered.

I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to add my voice to those urging you and your colleagues to take seriously your responsibilities as students and citizens.

As we draw close to the September 15 to 16 Homecoming celebrations, Queen’s, its students, our city and the people who live here will be closely watched to see if the unfortunate events from last year’s Homecoming can be avoided.

Let me emphasize that there is nothing wrong with partying with your friends as long as laws, such as those governing alcohol, noise and public safety are respected. Unfortunately, it was the actions of a small minority who chose to break the law that tarnished the memory of that weekend and blemished the reputation of Queen’s and Kingston.

These actions not only affected the reputation of your university. They will affect how your credentials—your university degree, will be received in the competitive job market which you will ultimately enter. As members of the student community, I would urge you to do your part by setting an example and not inviting friends from out of town who cannot be trusted to show appropriate restraint in being part of Homecoming events. We must remember that the true purpose of Homecoming is for the alumni of Queen’s to return to Kingston for a weekend of fellowship with their former classmates—not for hooliganism on the part of a group who would flaunt our laws and the safety and rights of others.

In my many discussions with students in the past year, I heard repeatedly that the youth of this community want to be treated like adults.

That is what I am doing through this letter to you. Harvey Rosen


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