News in brief

The blue light in front of Mac-Corry was knocked over by a snow plow last month.
The blue light in front of Mac-Corry was knocked over by a snow plow last month.

Blue light replaced

A blue light emergency phone, located just south of Mackintosh-Corry Hall, was replaced yesterday.

The blue light was destroyed on Jan. 15 when it was accidently hit during routine snow removal, according to Director of Campus Security David Patterson.

There are over 70 blue lights set up on campus as part of a University-wide safety service.

Upon pushing a button located on the pole, the person in distress is directly put in contact with Emergency Report Centre of Campus Security.

“We needed to order new parts,” Patterson told the Journal via email. “It was a priority to repair the light as quickly as possible.”

— Catherine Owsik

Decathlon joins Ontario team

The Queen’s Solar Decathlon team has joined with Algonquin College and Carleton University to forge Team Ontario.

The team will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in 2013.

Only 19 other teams will compete in the event.

The participants come from engineering, architecture, advanced housing construction and business disciplines.

The decathlon requires teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses.

The challenge is to make them cost-effective, energy-efficient and visually appealing.

Teams are given 18 months to build and refine their projects, which will then be shipped to California for the final verdict.

— Meaghan Wray

Volunteers try to dispel myths

In the wake of the Shafia trial, volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association traveled to Kingston to dispel myths surrounding honour killings and a perceived association with Islam.

The Shafia trial recently found Mohammad Shafia, his wife, Tooba Yahya Mohammad and their son, Hamed, guilty of the first-degree murder of four female family members.

The four women were found in a submerged car at Kingston Mills in July 2009.

Open houses were set up in four of Kingston’s public libraries over the weekend. Volunteers had also gone door-to-door during the trial to condemn honour killings.

Both initiatives also aimed to promote religious harmony.

— Meaghan Wray


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