News in brief

Senate passes motion on transcript notations

Students will now be able to drop courses until Week Eight of the term without academic penalty. The change comes after a motion was passed by Senate on Jan. 24.

Prior to this, courses dropped after open enrolment would be included on students’ transcripts with a notation of “DR.” The inclusion of a “DR” on an academic transcript mostly affects students applying for extra funding or those applying to graduate school.

— Michael Green

Queen’s to participate in Recyclemania

For the second year in a row, Queen’s will be taking part in Recyclemania, a competition that takes places on college and university campuses across the globe to promote environmental sustainability.

This is the 11th year that Recyclemania has taken place with and more than 100 schools across North America are taking part.

During the eight-week competition, Queen’s will collect data of its waste and recycling efforts.

Schools will be ranked based on who has the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables and the least amount of trash per capita.

Canadian schools that will be taking part include University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Guelph and University of Ottawa.

The final results will be posted on April 13.

— Savoula Stylianou

Chancellor receives award

On Jan. 17, Queen’s Chancellor David Dodge received the 2011 Vanier Medal.

The medal, presented to him by Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall, recognizes Canadian public administrators.

The medal is given out by the Institute of Public Administration in Canada. As one of the highest forms of recognition for public administrators, it’s awarded to one Canadian individual each year.

From 2001 to 2008, Dodge, LLB ’66 and former Queen’s law professor, spearheaded the Bank of Canada. Dodge was also deputy minister of finance from 1992 and 1997, as well as deputy minister of health from 1998 to 2001.

Dodge is currently in his second term as Queen’s chancellor, after being named to the position in 2008.

— Meaghan Wray

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