News in brief

Student struck by van on campus

A female student was hit by a van around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 while crossing University Avenue near Ontario Hall.

The student was placed on a gurney and taken away in an ambulance. Kingston Police couldn’t be reached for details on the incident but said that the student was fine.

Four Campus Security officers were on scene, as well as three police officers and emergency vehicles. Police cruisers blocked off the area between University Avenue and Stuart Street following the accident. The section was re-opened by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Campus Security declined to comment.

— Katherine Fernandez-Blance and Savoula Stylianou

Televisions riskier than computers for health

Queen’s health researchers have found that children who frequently watch television are at higher cardio-metabolic risk compared to those who frequently use computers.

The research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, suggested this could be due to the low amount of energy used during TV watching.

Children spend more energy working on a computer in comparison to watching television, during which other unwholesome habits occur, like snacking.

— Meaghan Wray

Anti-bullying program granted federal funds

A Queen’s anti-bullying initiative has received $4.8 million in funding from the federal government.

The Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence (PREVnet) initiative aims to inform Canadian youth of their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and focuses on bullying and its debilitating effects on both victims and perpetrators.

The funding, doled out over four years, will be used to develop 10 projects that aim to promote social change in Canadian communities.

PREVnet was launched in 2006 and now involves Canadian researchers and students from 25 universities and 50 youth organizations across the country.

— Brenna Owen

Fine Arts grad wins $20,000 prize
Kingston-based artist Mike Bayne, BFA ’01, has won the nation-wide Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture.

The competition is held bi-annually and garners a $20,000 prize for the winner.

Bayne’s 4 x 6 inch painting Orange Grandma is a photo-realist, oil on wood panel portrait of an elderly woman.

Along with the 30 finalists in the competition, the portrait is currently on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

— Brenna Owen


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