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Campus developmental organizations uniting

After spending part of the summer volunteering at a rural school in Ghana, Lindsay Groves and Katie McCracken, both ArtSci ’06, came back to Queen’s looking for ways to help the school reduce tuition, provide busing for students and build a library.

In September, they found their outlet by taking on leadership roles within African Youth Initiative (AYI), an on-campus development organization, to continue raising money for the school.Continue...

AMS offers academic grief relief

Operated through the Academic Affairs Commission (AAC), the AGC will act as a source of information and advocate for students who feel they have been treated unfairly in the academic realm. “For example, if you have an issue with a grade on a paper, personal relations with a prof [or] even if you just want to know if something [could] … be a grievance,” said Maria Pontikis, Academic Grievance Centre coordinator.Continue...

Results in for fall referendum

With a voter turnout of 19 per cent, nine of the 12 questions on the fall referendum ballot were approved during the voting period on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Union Gallery, which ran a question asking for a mandatory fee increase from $1.50 to $1.75, received 54.996 per cent yes votes, just shy of the required 55 per cent to pass at that level of voter turnout.Continue...

Students give University mixed grades

While the Globe and Mail’ s “University Report Card” may make proud Queen’s students cheer, it also underscores some of the University’s shortcomings.

Queen’s scored high for its libraries, reputation and sense of community, but was docked marks in areas of food services, the availability of merit-based scholarships and co-op/internship opportunities.Continue...

News In Brief

The provincial government has granted Queen’s University $3.7 million, in the form of awards for 27 different projects.

The money was announced Thursday by John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of Premier Dalton McGuinty who oversees the Ministry of Research and Innovation, which awarded the money.Continue...

Stauffer home to new Learning Commons

The month of May usually marks the beginning of a calm period at Stauffer Library—exams are over and most students have left for the summer. This year, however, May marked the initial construction of the Queen’s Learning Commons (QLC), a long-term project that, when completed, will combine common services, including Learning Strategies Development, the Writing Centre, Special Readers’ Services and IT Services under one roof.Continue...

Fastathon unites faiths in charity event

Four long tables, sparse except for plates of sweet dates, lined Wallace Hall on Friday afternoon, where approximately 100 hungry students and community members sat patiently, waiting for the sun to set.

Those in the room were both Muslims observing Ramadan and non-Muslim voluntary participants in the Queen’s University Muslim Students’ Association (QUMSA) Fastathon.Continue...

Alumna a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Dr. Virginia Shrivastava is living proof of what dedication to a cause can do. Shrivastava, ArtSci ’63 and a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, travelled from India to accept the Alumni Achievement Award from the Kingston Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association on Oct. 24.

At the award ceremony, Shrivastava spoke about her poverty relief work in Rajasthan, India, and what Queen’s students can do to work against poverty and oppression worldwide.Continue...

Tea Room steeping until September

Plans have been brewing for six years and now, EngSoc has set an opening date for the Queen’s Tea Room in the ILC.

At the Oct. 27 EngSoc council meeting, VP (Services) Mark MacGregor announced the service is projected to open in September 2006.
Essentially a coffee shop, the Tea Room will sell fair-trade coffee, loose-leaf teas and a variety of other small menu items.Continue...

Res overcrowding policy scrutinized

Students living in residence who have been feeling more snug than usual may soon be given a bit of a break.

During an Oct. 24 Senate Residence Committee meeting, the Main Campus Residents’ Council (MCRC) put forward a motion seeking to acknowledge that the current residence overcrowding situation is a problem, and to explore both short-termContinue...

Students set sights on signs

The sign has come down, in accordance with today’s noon deadline, but “The Lodge” residents are prepared to put up a fight.

Residents of 262 Earl St. were among six Ghetto houses told by the city two weeks ago that they must remove their outdoor signs because the signs violate a property standards bylaw. At last week’s AMS-run first annual student-city forum, Mayor Harvey Rosen was asked about the property standards bylaw.Continue...

Police Services Board agrees to Tasers

The Police Services Board has given Kingston Police the go-ahead to purchase Tasers. At a meeting last Thursday, the Board approved a 9.5 per cent budget increase for the force, giving it a total budget of $23 million. Of that increase, the Board approved a capital budget of $783,000, some of which will fund the purchase of 30 new Tasers and 10 more police cars.Continue...

AMS fall referendum statements

Accessibility Queen’s (AQ) is an AMS committee dedicated to improving accessibility on campus for students with disabilities. Funded entirely by student fees, AQ implements new and continuing initiatives to improve physical, academic, and social accessibility for Queen’s students. AQ offers support to students with disabilities and provides a voice for all students concerned with accessibilityContinue...

Solar radio telescope erected atop Jeffery

A team of Queen’s engineers has answered the call to improve the quality of cell phone service for cell phone users everywhere.

Last week, Physical Plant Services contractor Morton Cranes used a crane to lift the Queen’s solar radio telescope about 21 metres off ground level, to be mounted atop Jeffery Hall. The telescope, which is just over 3 metres tall, is visible from University Avenue.Continue...

Blood Team members honoured

Sara Porisky and Martha Baldwin, both ArtSci ’07, were heralded last Sunday and Monday as heroes for saving the lives of more than 1,700 people.

At a two-day Canadian Blood Services awards program held in Ottawa, Porisky and Baldwin were recognized for their work starting and organizing the Queen’s University Blood Team (QUBT).Continue...

Third AMS resignation

A third AMS official from this year’s staff has resigned.

AMS Media Director Julie McKernan, ArtSci ’06, officially leaves her position today.

McKernan joins Danny Saposnik, ArtSci ’07, who resigned from his position of AMS communications officer in early September. Lindsay Tate English, ArtSci ’06 also resigned from the AMS as community liaison coordinator in early October.Continue...

Hitchcock reflects on year

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Principal Karen Hitchcock’s official instalment as 18th principal of Queen’s University, the Journal sat down with her to gather some reflections on the past yearContinue...

Bader offers $10M for new arts centre

Love for his alma mater, and for his wife, has inspired an alumus to offer a small fortune to help the University build of a performing arts centre.

Alfred Bader, who graduated in 1945 with a BSc in engineering chemistry, is offering the University more than $10 million to develop the centre.Continue...

Students and city sound off

Students met face to face with city officials and members of the administration Tuesday night for the first time since the unsanctioned Aberdeen Street party, where they asked questions and voiced their opinions regarding the ensuing controversy.

Mayor Harvey Rosen and Police Chief Bill Closs joined a nine-member panel in Wallace Hall to address Homecoming and other municipal issues.

Approximately 100 people—the majority of whom were students—attended the forum.Continue...

News In Brief

The EngSoc finance computer, the contents of the EngSoc safe and Science Quest digital cameras were stolen from the Society's office in the ILC during a break-in last week.

EngSoc President Chris Zabaneh e-mailed EngSoc members last Wednesday to inform them of the theft.Continue...

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