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New field ready

The $3.1 million West Campus turf field is now ready for use.

The new field, part of the first phase of the West Campus Fields and Stadium Project, will be used by Queen’s sports teams and will also be rented out to the public.

Philanthropic donations and fundraising covered the cost.

The new turf field was constructed on top of an old grass field. Leslie Dal Cin, director of Athletics and Recreation, said turf fields are beneficial because they don’t degrade as quickly as grass fields.

Less maintenance requirements on the turf field will increase the amount of programmed sports field time for students and community members by approximately 6,300 hours per year.

— Savoula Stylianou

Wooden bear on campus

An initiative from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to celebrate its 100th anniversary is touring a wooden polar bear to Canadian universities and colleges.

Queen’s welcomed Ursula the bear on Sept. 23 as she made her way through many research labs, including one in the new medical building on campus.

The initiative, dubbed Ursula on Tour, is using the bear as a symbol of the association’s coat of arms.

Ursula started in Newfoundland and came to Queen’s from Manitoba. Her tour will finish late October in Montreal in time for the annual meeting for presidents and principals of Canadian universities.

— Meaghan Wray

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