News Archive: 2007

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Where in the world is Queen’s going?

It’s imperative Queen’s students develop an international outlook because they will have to function in a global environment for their entire lives, said Principal Karen Hitchcock. In 2005, Hitchcock released a vision for Queen’s titled, “Engaging the World.” The paper outlined a desire to make Queen’s an international institution.

Hitchcock said there are two sides to international opportunities—sending students abroad, and welcoming international students to Queen’s.Continue...

Queen’s makes a grab for grads

Queen’s has a ways to go if it wants to meet its projected quota of graduate students by the 2009-10 school year. Although the School of Graduate Studies and Research met its enrollment target for doctoral students, it fell four per cent short of it master’s enrollment target.

Meeting this target, set by the provincial government, could determine the amount of government funding graduate programs get over the next few years.Continue...

Aberdeen symposium searches for solutions

Almost 80 stakeholders—made up of Queen’s administration, city councillors, downtown business groups, professors, the AMS, landlords, high school students and residents—gathered at the Ambassador’s Hotel Tuesday to discuss options for the future of the Aberdeen Street party.

The event was organized by Venicio Rebelo, a community member who started the “Red Hat Volunteers” program during Homecoming 2006.Continue...

News In Brief

More than two weeks after a female professor was shunted off a campus sidewalk and harassed with racist slurs, the Queen’s administration is no closer to finding the four white male students responsible.Continue...

Students consulting on food contract

The University’s Sodexho contract expires in 2010, and Residence and Hospitality Services Director Bruce Griffiths is looking for students to help decide who gets the $14-million contract to supply Queen’s cafeterias. The contractor will be responsible for day-to-day cafeteria operations, food outlets on campus and various catering services needed at Queen’s.Continue...

A law degree by any other name

Queen’s law students will soon graduate with a J.D. (Juris Doctor) law degree, instead of a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) if a recommendation to the University Senate is approved in early 2008.

In October, the Faculty Board, a committee of students and staff which looks into academic issues within the law school, passed a motion recommending Senate change the law degree designation from an LL.B. to a J.D.Continue...

EngSoc silent on Clark

The Engineering Society won’t release the results of a financial review into Clark Hall Pub’s 2006-07 operations or recommendations for the pub’s reopening five months after its closure.

The EngSoc executive closed the pub indefinitely June 29, terminating all employee and supplier contracts.

At the time, Vice President (Operations) Rob Macnamara and President Charlie Scott cited financial discrepancies, concerns about the pub’s operations and concerns from Clark’s insurers and liquor-licence holder as the reasons for the closure.Continue...

Future bright for academics

Award-winning German Studies professor Jill Scott hopes to see more of what she calls “integrated learning” in the future Queen’s classroom.
Integrated learning is a chance for students to gain critical thinking skills in their classes and then apply them outside of class, she said. Scott, who received the SSHRC Aurora Prize in 2005 for research, said she wants to see more undergraduate students interact with their professors and assist them in research to broaden their own knowledge.Continue...

Growth factor

Andrew Simpson hopes Queen’s will look the same in 20 years, at least to a degree.
Simpson, vice-principal (operations and finance), said building a campus as functional as it is enjoyable is something Queen’s does well. He wants to see this continue as the University expands physically. Simpson said many schools don’t consider the atmosphere they’re creating when they build on their campuses. The University’s development is driven largely by feedback from students and faculty, he said.Continue...

Queen’s Centre LEEDing the way

If all goes according to plan, the Queen’s Centre will contain the first buildings on campus to be certified environmentally friendly.

The four buildings making up the Queen’s Centre—the Varsity Building, Arena Building, Natatorium Building that house the pool and the Student Union Building—and the School of Physical and Health Education are being constructed under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating system. LEED is a guide for large construction projects made by the Canada Green Building Council.Continue...

AMS conducts survey to harmonize honoraria

The AMS is trying to harmonize the honoraria it pays its volunteers.
“Our aim is to ensure honoraria are completely fair, and to ensure that everyone’s receiving an adequate amount for their responsibility,” said Gillian Wheatley, AMS media services director. Wheatley is heading the honoraria review.Continue...

News In Brief

History professor Barrington Walker begins his two-year term as the University’s first diversity advisor this week.

Walker said he will address issues of race and diversity on campus from an academic point of view, but won’t deal with complaints or regulate behaviour on campus.

Vice-Principal (Academics) Patrick Deane said a challenge for Walker will be to stimulate helpful discussion in the University about the role of racism on campus.Continue...

Council strikes group to discuss Aberdeen

Council passed a motion Tuesday night creating a working group to discuss issues surrounding the Aberdeen Street party and the enforcement of property standards in the student Ghetto.

The group will be lead by the city’s Chief Administrative Officer Glen Laubenstein and will make monthly reports to council beginning in January. The University has been invited to nominate someone to participate in discussions. Laubenstein said preliminary discussions will involve members of city staff, the University, Public Works and the Kingston police.Continue...

‘She was going to change the world’

Jessica Reaume wanted to change the world.

Her mother Sarah knows she succeeded.
Jessica, ArtSci ’11, died Tuesday in Kingston General Hospital from complications arising from Addison’s disease.Continue...

North Kingston’s food desert

In the midst of Sara Meers’ mounds of municipal paperwork for the North Kingston retail developments lies a sleek, white folder.

It’s the promotional package for the forthcoming Division Street retail development. The company is Knightstone Capital Management, the project’s name is King’s Crossing and the tagline is “Kingston’s Jewel.”

Meers, ArtSci ’07, is the city councillor for Cataraqui district, which includes the Rideau Heights area, home to the development.Continue...

Racism on campus

Racism on campus is in the spotlight again after a black Queen’s faculty member was forced off an on-campus sidewalk on University Avenue and subjected to racial slurs Nov. 14 by four male students wearing engineering jackets.

She reported the incident to the Human Rights Office and the University administration was made aware of it on Monday morning.Continue...

Earth education

Dean Koyanagi, Cornell sustainability co-ordinator, said it’s natural for universities to promote sustainability. Cornell tries to focus on the broader picture of sustainability, Koyanagi said. Cornell’s lake-source cooling plant, completed in 2000, reduces the university’s energy use for chilled water by 86 per cent. The project cost between $55 and $60 million and was the first major deep-lake water cooling system in the United States.Continue...

Queen’s green scene

Queen’s scored a less-than-impressive grade of C on the 2008 College Sustainability Report Card, which compared green initiatives at 200 North American universities. That’s something the University is trying to change.

But going green isn’t as simple as installing a solar panel or turning the lights off in Stauffer Library at night, says Physical Plant Services (PPS) engineering director John Witjes.
Witjes reviews designs for new buildings and installations, provides technical advice to the operations side of the University and looks after energy management initiatives on campus.Continue...

City loses taxes on University property

Despite inflation, the University’s property tax hasn’t gone up since 1987. The price per student was $50 in 1973 and rose to $75 in 1987.

In total, the provincial government pays about $1.5 million per year to the city of Kingston on the University’s behalf.

According to City Commissioner Gerard Hunt, if the University were required to pay taxes on all of its properties based on a market property value, amount paid to the city would rise to somewhere between $6 million and $6.5 million.Continue...

Queen’s as economic powerhouse

You won’t find Mike Tomlin complaining about student presence in the Ghetto.

Tomlin, owner of Stooley’s Restaurant at the corner of Division and Johnson streets, said Queen’s students make up 90 per cent of his customer base, with the remaining 10 per cent made up of the University’s faculty and staff members.

Tomlin said he operates the restaurant according to the academic calendar. Stooley’s closes for two weeks in December and Thanksgiving when students go home for the holidays.Continue...