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No Golden Cockroach for landlords

For the second year in a row, Kingston landlords heaved a sigh of relief when the AMS didn’t hand out the Golden Cockroach Award at the annual ceremony recognizing Kingston’s best and worst landlords.

AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner Paul Tye said this year’s ceremony focused on the positive because no landlords were nominated for the Golden Cockroach award.

“We advertised for a number of weeks and didn’t receive any,” Tye said. “If there are nominations we go from there, otherwise there’s not a lot we can do.”

There were, however, three nominations for the best student landlord.

The Sci ’44 Co-op received this year’s Key to the Ghetto for outstanding property standards. Started by the students from Queen’s Class of Science ‘44, the co-op owns 19 properties and provides room and board for 160 students from both Queen’s and St. Lawrence College.

General Manager Brent Bellamy accepted the award on behalf of the group.

“We’re just thrilled,” he said. “I’m very excited for the staff because we do put a lot of work into our houses.”

Bellamy explained that co-operative housing is different than a typical landlord and resident situation. Started in 1941, Sci ’44 Co-op embraces the residents as the owners of any given house who make decisions to best suit their needs.

“It’s nice to get the recognition for it,” Bellamy said. “By treating our members with respect, they in turn treat the property with respect. It’s important to provide our students not only with affordable living space, but with quality living space.” Tye called all nominations strong candidates, but the dedication of Sci ’44 Co-op to quality property standards and student living could not be overlooked.

—Jamie Lincoln

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Principal speaks at rally for quality at Queen’s A group of graduate students concerned over mounting tuition fees and concern that the quality of education at Queen’s may be deteriorating organized a rally for “Quality @ Queen’s” Mar. 5.

Amidst fears that the economic downturn might lead the provincial government to cut funding allocated for post-secondary education, organizers are appealing to Queen’s Park to boost support for universities.

University officials speaking at the rally included Principal Tom Williams and incoming AMS President Michael Ceci.

Approximately 50 people attended the rally, held outside Richardson Hall.

—Lauren Miles

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