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Interest percolates for library coffee shop

Students feeling imprisoned in the library this week may perk up—literally—after hearing the results of the plebiscite questions voted on in conjunction with last week’s winter referendum.

The two non-binding questions posed to students were about installing a coffee shop in Stauffer Library.Continue...

Faculty societies respond to Hitchcock’s vision

Accessibility and the broader learning environment are just two of the major issues raised by faculty societies in response to Principal Karen Hitchcock’s discussion paper, “Engaging the World.”

Several of the responses were submitted to Hitchcock following her address to AMS Assembly last Thursday about the vision statement, which was released last October and outlined a tentative long-term plan for the University.Continue...

Cash for solutions to Aberdeen

In an effort to promote civic responsibility among students, the University has established a special fund to support initiatives aimed at preventing a recurrence of the unsanctioned Aberdeen Street Homecoming party.

The street party erupted in the heart of the Ghetto on the Saturday night of Homecoming weekend in September. Aberdeen Street was illegally blocked by 5,000 to 7,000 partygoers that night, and at one point a car was flipped and set on fire.Continue...

CFRC tunes in $10,000

After a five-year love affair with CFRC, Eric Duncan has made a permanent commitment.

On Friday, he had the CFRC logo tattooed onto the back of his neck in front of station volunteers, friends, and a handful of curious spectators in the JDUC. Duncan, CFRC’s programming manager, had vowed to take the plunge if the campus radio station’s first funding drive raised $5,000. The drive was held from Jan. 27 to Feb. 8.Continue...

Manzanilla wins rectorship by 17 votes

In the final count of the prolonged 40-hour ballot counting period, Johsa Manzanilla, ArtSci ’07, won with 40.3 per cent of the vote in the final round. Candidate Tom Woodhall, Sci ’05 and ArtSci ’06, came in an extremely close second, with 39.9 per cent—a difference of 17 votes. Candidate Ken Saddington, Sci ’07, got 15.7 per cent of the votes in the second round and Arun Parkash, ArtSci ’06, got 9.9 per cent of the votes during the first round.Continue...

Rare portrait to hang in Kingston

After many years of separation, Canada’s first prime minister will be reunited with his first wife in the small Ontario city where they began their life together.

A combined purchase by the University, the city of Kingston, the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, and private citizen Diane Weatherall has ensured that one of two known portraits of Isabella Clark Macdonald will be displayed alongside that of her nationally renowned husband in his hometown of Kingston.Continue...

JDUC theft raises concerns

The latest in a spate of campus thefts has students and staff looking for ways to improve JDUC security.

Approximately $1,100 in coins was stolen from the Queen’s Medical Outreach (QMO) office sometime between 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26.

There was no sign of forced entry.

David Patterson, director of Campus Security, said QMO reported the theft on Jan. 30.Continue...

Plamondon fifth AMS staffer to resign

Riding on a Team MBT victory, a sleep-deprived Louis Plamondon, ArtSci ’06, delivered a resignation letter to the current AMS executive yesterday afternoon, effectively making him the fifth senior AMS staffer to quit his post this academic year.

Plamondon returned yesterday morning to his position as the AMS Campus Activities Commissioner (CAC) after taking a two-week leave of absence to work as one of Team MBT’s campaign managers.Continue...

Province announces six new med spots

Students thinking of applying to Queen’s School of Medicine will be pleased to hear that, starting in 2008, six new first-year spaces will be made available.

In an intimate press conference held in Macklem House on Barrie Street yesterday afternoon, Ernie Parsons, MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings, announced the provincial government’s commitment to create 104 new first-year medical positions in the province by 2008-09. Six of these positions will go to Queen’s School of Medicine.Continue...

Referendum results a slow count

The results for the most question-heavy referendum in recent memory came in at 9:30 p.m. last night, one day after the final ballot counting began.

Out of the 31 binding referendum questions and two non-binding plebiscite questions, everything passed but one of two plebiscite questions. Voter turnout was 32.3 per cent of eligible voters. Because turnout was more than 19 per cent, questions needed 50 plus one per cent to pass.Continue...

Clergy Street houses selling for $1

A dollar can’t buy much these days, but it can buy one of the houses that are currently standing in the path of the soon-to-be-built Queen’s Centre.

The only catch? The houses don’t come with the land, so purchasers have to move the homes themselves.

Tom Morrow, associate vice-principal (operations and facilities), said the idea to sell the Queen’s houses for $1 derived from questions from the public about the future of the 24 University-owned houses that face onto Clergy and Earl streets.Continue...

Golden Cockroach lowlights Ghetto living

Little did Ghetto landlord Phil Lam know that when he planted a couch on the porch of 288 Earl St., as his tenants allege, he would find himself the recipient of a cockroach in exchange.

But Lam was a no-show for the transaction, which took place yesterday afternoon in the JDUC.

More than 250 students filled the Upper and Lower Ceilidhs to hear stories and view photos of alleged property standards violations in the houses he leases, during the first-ever presentation of the Golden Cockroach and Key to the Ghetto awards.Continue...

Remembering black history on campus

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre was a flurry of colour and excitement Sunday as families gathered for a mask-making event celebrating Black History Month.

The event is one of many taking place in the community this February, and also corresponds with the centre’s current exhibit The Dancer Transformed: Masks of West Africa.

Pat Sullivan, the public programs officer at the centre and organizer of the event, said it’s important to recognize Black History Month.Continue...

Students say they ‘need incentive to vote’

With AMS executive elections taking place today and tomorrow, the relationship between students and their student government representatives has never been more relevant. Queen’s has a higher voter turnout for student elections than most Canadian universities, with a near-record turnout of 35.9 per cent last year—more than double that of schools such as the University of Ottawa and the University of British Columbia. However, when the participation of one-third of students is deemed a success, is it fair to say that students really care about their student government?Continue...

AMS elections nostalgia

The 2001 AMS election saw the standard experienced AMS-insider team, CJP, challenged by a group of younger students, LCK, who had high hopes of taking the AMS in a “responsible new direction,” as described by their campaign slogan.Continue...

Funding for Killer Coke a real twist

The University announced last week that Queen’s University Against Killer Coke (QUAKC), received a $2,000 grant from the University’s Cold Beverage Exclusivity Fund (CBEF), as part of the Cold Beverage Exclusivity agreement with the University.

QUAKC runs the “Killer Coke” campaign, which spreads awareness about the business practices of Coca-Cola, and aims to pressure the University to break its 10-year exclusivity deal.Continue...

Campus brews up Starbucks

Students who dislike walking those few extra blocks for their Starbucks fix may soon be appeased. A recent decision by the Food Committee is resulting in a trial period of serving Starbucks coffee in select Sodexho outlets on campus.

Not everyone is pleased with this possible addition to the cafeteria menu, however.

Dave Thomas, SGPS president, said there has not been enough public discussion on the topic at the student level.Continue...

AMS exec hopefuls dash to finish line

On the final day of campaigning for this year’s AMS elections, the executive teams were up to some crazy antics, including jumping in Lake Ontario and enlisting a bear to endorse their campaign.

Members of Team HPR waded into the lake at 1 p.m. yesterday from the beach at the foot of Lower Albert, something they had promised to do if they received 2,000 responses to a student-input survey on their website. The team took the plunge despite receiving only 900 surveys back.Continue...

COMPSA race gets two teams

Both presidential candidates for the upcoming Computing Students’ Association (COMPSA) election, Elizabeth Craig, ComSci ’07, and Tim Ginn, ComSci ’08, are running with the goal of increasing student involvement. Like last year’s election, only two candidates are running for the relatively new COMPSA executive. This is the third year the faculty society’s election has taken place.Continue...

AMS winter referendum statements

The Journal provides this free space for parties on the winter referendum ballot. All statements are unedited.Continue...

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