News in Brief

New Campus Parking Options

Above and ground lots are available for parking for this upcoming year. The shuttle bus and carpool options are alternatives to regular permit parking.

Over the past two years 348 underground parking spaces have become available through Tindall Field and the addition of the Queen’s Centre.

People who carpool have the advantage of discounted parking on all parking lots on campus. If one parking pass is turned in for two people, the driver gets 25% off on their parking permit. If two passes are turned in for three people, the driver gets 25% off and a parking spot in any parking lot. There are spots on West Campus for students, staff and visitors to Duncan McArthur Hall. Shuttle buses also go from Richardson Stadium to Watkins Hall, Walter Light Building, Ban Righ Hall, and MacDonald Hall.

The new Harmonized Sales Tax is now being put on parking rates for 2010/2011.

— Jessica Fishbein

Queen’s Welcomes Shad Valley

High school students are coming to Queen’s for a month-long introduction to university life. The Shad Valley program, which runs from June 27th to July 23rd gives participants the opportunity to live in residence, attend lectures, meet professors and participate in workshops to help them transition from high-school to post-secondary.

There are ten Shad Valley host campuses across the country for the current 2010 session. In the span of four weeks, participants are able to reside in each of the ten host campuses and experience university life. Students from across Canada, as well as Saudi Arabia and the United States are attending this year.

Besides participating in academic work, participants will be able to attend weekly excursions and other leisurely activities togive them the full university experience. In addition to participating in the month long program, participants may be given the opportunity to participate in a summer internship with a Shad Valley sponsor.

— Labiba Hacque

Campus Feels Earthquake

Queen’s campus did not miss the earthquake last Wednesday afternoon.

No one was injured at Queen’s and there was no evidence of any damage on campus.

The 5.5 magnitude earthquake was felt in Toronto and certain U.S. states and was believed to have been centred north of Ottawa in Quebec.

— Jessica Fishbein

Associate Vice-Principal heads to San Jose

Associate Vice-Principal and Dean of Student Affairs Jason Laker announced on June 14th that he will be accepting an offer to become Vice-President of Student Affairs at San Jose State University in California and will be leaving his positions at Queen’s.

Laker has been part of Queen’s for the past four years, arriving in 2006 from Saint John’s University in Minnesota. At Queen’s he taught in the Department of Gender Studies as well as the new graduate level Cultural Studies department in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

During his time at Queen’s, he helped Student Affairs develop new programs and services. The department has also received a significant amount of awards during his tenure. Laker helped increase revenues that supported students and academics at Queen’s.

Academic Vice-Principal Bob Silverman said that Laker had an extremely positive effect on the structure and organization of Student Affairs at Queen’s.

An interim Associate Vice-Principal and Dean of Student Affairs will be named soon, while the search for Laker’s successor will begin shortly.

— Katherine Fernandez-Blance

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