News in brief

Undergraduate Student Trustee candidates announced

The candidates for Undergraduate Student Trustee were announced at last night’s AMS Assembly. Student Trustees, one of three student voters on the Board, are elected to a two-year term as a full-voting member on the Board of Trustees.

Three students are campaigning for the role: Andrew Aulthouse, ArtSci ’15, Leo Erlikhman, ArtSci ’14, and Nathan Utioh, ArtSci ’15.

The role of the Student Trustee is to contribute opinions on financial and non-academic business at the Board of Trustees, which meets at least four times a year. Lauren Long, CompSci ’13, has held the position since 2011.

Voting will take place on Jan. 29 and 30. For full coverage see the Journal and in the upcoming weeks.

— Julia Vriend

Entrepreneurs return to Queen’s

The Queen’s Entrepreneurs Competition (QEC) has returned to Goodes Hall to celebrate its 25th anniversary after hosting the event in Toronto last year.

The event began yesterday and will run until Saturday. It features 18 business proposals from teams across North America and Asia which will be assessed by prominent Canadian and American business figures.

In past years, the QEC has featured the CEO of the Calgary Flames, the President of Loyalty One and the Managing Director of ONCAP.

Proposals are judged on their originality, financials, overall viability and marketing.  The event aims to emphasize on business innovation with an international focus.

The top six proposals will be presented to judges on Saturday. This year, the QEC will also feature keynote speakers such as the original founder, Meredith Van Binsbergen, who began the competition in 1988 and currently works as a brand manager for Proctor & Gamble.

The event is funded by sponsors with cash prizes of $15,000 for first place, $6,000 for second place and $2,000 for third, with $1,000 each for innovation and sustainability for two separate teams.

— Vincent Matak

Woolf considered for reappointment

Daniel Woolf is being considered for reappointment as Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Queen’s.

Woolf is the University’s 20th principal and has served in the role since 2009. He’ll complete his current term in June 2014.

An alumnus of Queen’s, Woolf has taught at Bishop’s University, Dalhousie University and McMaster University, before serving as Dean of Arts at the University of Alberta.

Since his appointment in 2009, one of his focuses has been improving relations with the City and alumni, following Principal Tom Williams’ decision to cancel Homecoming in 2008. Woolf’s reappointment will be decided by the Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship, chaired by Chancellor David Dodge. 

The committee is seeking consultation from the community regarding the decision. Calls for submitting views about the future of the University in relation to the Principalship are being accepted through email at

For the full story, see the Journal next week.

— Vincent Matak

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