Walk for Life raises AIDS awareness

Anticipation, enthusiasm and determination characterized the mood of a group of Queen’s students who marched alongside community members in the annual AIDS Walk for Life on Sunday.

Members of the Queen’s Aids Awareness Committee participated in the walk, which raised money for people living with HIV or AIDS in the Kingston community.

According to HIV/AIDS Regional Services in Kingston, an estimated 56,000 Canadians are currently living with either the HIV virus or AIDS.Continue...

Day Care celebrates 35 years

A tree planting ceremony and corn roast kicked off the Queen’s Day Care Centre’s 35th anniversary celebrations last Friday.

Excited children, parents, volunteers and day care staff attended the event, which celebrated the rich history of the organization.

The centre was unofficially founded in 1969 when student parents took turns minding one another’s children during their classes. Thirty-five years later, the cooperative system has evolved into a two-building facility on Union Street, which cares for more than 150 children each week.Continue...

Club Profile: Queen’s Students for Literacy

While the average student might neglect their 150 pages of assigned readings because of laziness, there are individuals who avoid reading because of a more serious problem—they simply don’t know how.

Queen’s Students for Literacy (QSL) is a non-profit, charitable, student-run organization that actively promotes literacy and a love of learning throughout Kingston.Continue...

Males still outnumber females in post-graduate medicine

There are approximately 20 per cent more males than females enrolled in post-graduate programs at the School of Medicine. Despite these numbers, the medical profession and academic world have undergone changes in the last few years that may make medical programs more attractive and accessible to females.
A recent article published in the the Times Higher Education Supplement quoted a member of the British Medical Association’s Academic Staff Committee as saying women are underrepresented in senior academic positions in medicine.Continue...

Nursing captures the faculty

After initial controversy, the Faculty of Nursing was declared victorious in the second annual game of Capture the Faculty, despite being the smallest team in the field.

The event pitted the University’s six undergraduate faculties against one another in a cross-campus game of capture the flag. More than 700 participants turned out for the event on Friday night, prepared to battle in the name of faculty pride and the $1,000 first-place prize.Continue...

Multiple-choice trumps essays

There’s something peculiar about the evaluation of essay questions in the largest course on campus. “We don’t mark them as essays per se,” said Jill Atkinson, chair of undergraduate studies for psychology. “We’re not looking for style and prose.”

Since approximately 1,450 students are enroled in introductory psychology, an understanding of facts and theories takes precedent over critiquing an article or writing a formal essay during the course, Atkinson said.Continue...

Cross-Country Campus Briefs

An international organization funded by the U.S. Democratic National Committee is trying to get as many American students in Canada as possible to register for an absentee vote before their state deadlines.

Democrats Abroad is comprised of expatriate Americans who want Americans in foreign countries to vote in favour of the Democratic Party.Continue...

Nine bikes stolen in eight days

Bicycles are everywhere on campus.

Signaling the start of fall, the busy student lifestyle and warm weather combine to make cycling a choice mode of transportation. With the large number of bikes, however, also comes a high risk of thefts.

Campus Security has received nine reports from students who have been victims of bike theft in the past 10 days alone.Continue...

Club Profile: Queen’s Climbing Club – “Rock On”

The sport of rock climbing is quickly gaining popularity as an exciting and unique way to keep fit and have fun.

The Queen’s Climbing Club provides climbing equipment, offers professional instruction and plans trips locally and across North America.

Membership costs $30.Continue...

Davis’ apartheid Israel

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is always a cause for debate and Wednesday night was no exception.

Dr. Uri Davis, a self-described Jewish Palestinian, spoke to approximately 45 people at Chernoff auditorium.

Davis is on a tour to promote his most recent book, Apartheid Israel. Possibilities for the Struggle Within.

Davis was brought to campus by several groups including Queen’s for Palestinian Human Rights (QPHR) and Studies in National and International Development (Queen’s SNID).Continue...

TA union drive back in gear

Queen’s University TAs For Unionization is renewing their campaign to convince TAs that becoming a part of CUPE will improve their working conditions and representation. Last year, the ballots from a unionization vote were not counted because of uncertainties regarding the number of eligible TAs that signed voter cards. To hold a unionization vote, 40 per cent of all TAs must obtain and sign voters cards.Continue...

Bigger classes, fewer essays

A professor’s decision to remove formal essays from his or her course sounds like a reason for students to celebrate.

But it may also be a sound wake-up call for those still under the impression that all is well with the state of post-secondary education in Ontario.Continue...

Women rally, conga and Take Back the Night

A woman’s right to walk alone after dark without the fear of rape or assault was celebrated with singing, chanting and a conga line Friday night.

A small but energetic group of women and men from all over Kingston gathered at Confederation Basin Park for “Take Back the Night,” an annual event promoting a woman’s right to safely walk the streets after dark.Continue...

No ID? No problem, frosh say

Though the majority of frosh are underage this year, many are still able to get their hands on alcohol, and are drinking it in residence. “We enforce underage drinking, so if I know a person to be underage and I see the alcohol then it’s a minor incident,” he said.

The severity of the punishment depends on the number of offences committed, Manji said. “The first time it’s a written warning, the second it’s a $25 bond, and the third time the bond is cashed and it’s a $25 fine,” he said.Continue...

Club Profile: Beer Appreciation — A “Stella” Club

When students first hear about the Beer Appreciation Club, many associate it with the drunken debauchery found at a frat house, or a Friday night keg party on Aberdeen. But this impression is false, according to Heather Cameron, president of the club.Continue...

Break-in at post office

An undisclosed quantity of stamps was stolen from the JDUC post office early Friday morning.
Campus Security was alerted to an intrusion alarm at the post office at 4:56 a.m. Dale McArthur, a post office clerk at the JDUC, was notified of the security breach at 5:15 a.m. by Campus Security.

McArthur immediately went to meet Campus Security, who were waiting with the Kingston Police at the post office.Continue...

Terry Fox Run raises $11,000

Claudia Bello, ArtSci ’08, sat on the steps of Jock Harty Arena on Sunday awaiting the start of her first Terry Fox Run. Her reason for being there was simple. “My mom died of cancer,” she said.

Several feet from where Bello sat was a poster board where Terry Fox participants could write the names of loved ones to whom they were dedicating their walk, run or bike. Ralph Westgarth, a local elementary school teacher, made his dedication more public.Continue...

Alfie’s re-opens to praises

In total, more than 780 students “went down” for Alfie’s grand reopening on Friday night. Students enjoyed the new velvety couches, chairs and chez-lounges while sipping flavoured martinis. The consensus was that the new Alfie’s is just what Kingston was missing. The girls said they would be returning on future Fridays to make it their pre-party destination.Continue...

Cross-Country Campus Briefs

Styrofoam food packaging is no longer used at campus eateries at the University of Guelph, after an environmentalist group’s push for its removal.

The University of Guelph’s Students for Environmental Change (GSEC) achieved “a long sought-after goal” when they announced their achievement, which will gradually remove Styrofoam packaging from use in the University Centre and LA Pits, a cafeteria, at the university.Continue...

Students cash in on jobs on and off campus

After paying for books, tuition, rent and groceries, many students see their summer savings disappear in a week.

To compensate for the lack of funds, many students get a part-time job. In Kingston there are only two real options: working on-campus or downtown.

Off campus job-hunting occurs for several reasons.Continue...