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Sexual assault on Brock St.

A young female was sexually assaulted in her home by an unknown male on Sept. 17.

The incident took place around the Brock St. area at approximately 1:30 am. 

Kingston Police Sergeant Carolyn Rice said students should lock their windows and doors when not at home and before bed as a precaution.

“Also, keep a phone nearby [at night] and make sure you tell somebody and tell the police if you feel unsafe,” she said 

The suspect is described as a white male between 18-20 years old. He is around 5’7” in height and 150 pounds. He was wearing a white v-neck t-shirt and blue jeans, with brown, wavy hair.

Those with information are asked to contact Detective Mhairi Knapp at 613-549-4660 x 6308 or email at mknapp@kpf.ca.

— Vincent Matak

Random Acts of Kindness on campus

On Monday, the Queen’s University Muslim Students Association (QUMSA) hosted “Random Acts of Kindness Day: Words of a Great Man.” The club stood outside of the JDUC in lime green shirts handing out 300 white carnations to passing students.

Attached to each flower were codes of the Prophet Muhammad.

“We want to reach out and dispel any negative stereotypes about this Man,” QUMSA President, Mustafa Mohamad, said.

“We want to show who this person is through his words and his actions,” Mohamad, PhD ’15, said.

On Monday students were encouraged to tweet photos of them or friends doing random acts of kindness to QUMSA throughout the day.

— Julia Vriend

Research could help breast cancer patients

A Queen’s researcher is hoping his recent study will lead to non-resistant chemotherapy for breast cancer patients.

Xiaolong Yang of Pathology and Molecular Medicine received a three-year grant of $449,100 from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to support his research. It looks at the causes of drug resistance in breast cancer cells.

“The findings indicate that enhanced levels of a cancer-causing gene in certain breast cancer patients is correlated with resistance to a therapeutic drug used for breast cancer treatment,” he told the Queen’s News Centre.

Yang is the principal investigator at the Yang Laboratory, Queen’s Molecular and Cellular Function Facility.

— Holly Tousignant

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