Queen’s won’t pick up whole tab

The University won’t pay for all of Homecoming 2007’s policing costs, said Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Dean.

At an Oct. 16 Council meeting, councillors voted 11 to two to ask Queen’s to pay the total policing costs relating to Homecoming weekend.

Estimated costs for the more than 200 police officers patrolling the Ghetto and Aberdeen Street between Friday evening and Sunday morning Oct. 12 to 14 could total a maximum of $353,000.Continue...

Small programs fight cut

The Japanese studies program was slated to have $17,000 cut from its budget next year—between 25 and 30 per cent of its budget—but a letter written by Japanese language instructor Katsue Reeve was enough to make Associate Dean of Arts and Science James Carson change his mind.
She also highlighted the difference in difficulty of the language, compared to other languages, as a factor in determining the quantity and intensity of study required by students in the program.Continue...

Contradicting the code

Proposed changes to the University’s Code of Conduct are meeting resistance from a group calling the draft the “Queen’s Patriot Act.”

Students for Accessible Education members said they fear specific clauses in the proposed code will infringe on their right to civil disobedience and force students to snitch on their peers. The code, which was last revised in 1991, was placed under review in accordance with a recommendation made in May 2005 by the Senate Committee on Non-Academic Discipline (SONAD).Continue...

News In Brief

Kingston police will be getting a bill from the Toronto police for extra officers sent to Kingston to police Homecoming weekend. Toronto police supplied a video surveillance team and a public order unit—about 30 officers—for Homecoming weekend.Continue...

Campus fires raise alarm bells

Two fire-alarm evacuations in the past week have raised concerns about fire safety as Queen’s campus undergoes construction.

On Sunday night, an unattended pan of grease started a fire in the in the JDUC International Centre. Earlier in the week, Stauffer Library was evacuated after smoke was discovered near the basement. This summer, a faulty desk fan caused a fire in the AMS General Manager Claude Sherren’s office, costing an estimated $20,000 to $30,000 in damage.Continue...

Building bikes and community

Tucked away a few blocks north of Princess Street is a small patch of grass, a picnic table and playground. Officially called Friendship Park, the park was known colloquially for years as “Needle Park,” because its out-of-the-way location made it a haven for drug-users. Now, it’s known around the neighbourhood as “Bike Park.”Continue...

Big cuts for small program

The Canadian Studies program’s future is uncertain due to a proposed 39 per cent cut to the department’s 2008-09 budget.

Caroline Caron, program co-ordinator for Canadian studies, said the cuts would hinder the program’s expansion plans. The department operates on an average $35,000 budget each year. The proposed budget cuts would move the budget down to $21,000 for next year.

Although the cuts haven’t been finalized, Caron said the department is operating on the basis they will occur.

Caron said the department was planning to add new compulsory courses by the 2009-10 academic year, but no longer has the budget for it.Continue...

News In Brief

On Sunday night, the Asian Cooking Club’s potluck dinner was crashed by some uninvited guests, whose arrival was more than welcome.

At 7:10 p.m. the Kingston Fire Department responded to a call from the International Centre in the JDUC.

Acting captain Richard Vasko said a pan of grease had been left unattended on the stove in the International Centre’s kitchen and caught on fire.Continue...

Responsible campus consumerism

For volunteers at the Earth Centre, green isn’t the new black.

They see such ideas, as espoused by the green movement, as treating sustainable living like just another consumer trend.

“This is the difficulty of ‘green consumerism’—you’re still consuming,” said Raili Lakanen, co-chair (human resources) and ArtSci ’09.

She added that reducing consumption and waste is an essential part of the environmental movement.Continue...

OUSA affiliation up for renewal

Undergraduate students will get to choose the AMS’s affiliation in the upcoming fall referendum Nov. 6 and 7 when the mandatory fee for the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) comes up for renewal.

The AMS is currently part of the seven-member alliance, which lobbies to the province concerning issues regarding post-secondary education.Continue...

Students serve up Soul Food

A group of Queen’s students is putting a little soul into their leftovers.

Soul Food, a group hoping to raise awareness about poverty in Kingston, will bring leftover food from Leonard Cafeteria to homeless shelters in the Kingston community every night when the dining hall closes at 8 p.m.
Last night, students from Queen’s Hillel did a trial run. The project officially begins tonight.Continue...

Looking ahead to Homecoming’s future

Homecoming 2007 may have just ended last weekend, but planning for future Homecomings has already begun. Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane said planning will start for Homecoming 2008 after Homecoming 2007 events are reviewed. “It’s a year-round process,” he said. “Those [plans] began immediately after this year’s weekend and will continue to next year.”Continue...

Coffee & Company closes doors quietly

The Coffee & Company on the corner of Division and Johnson streets closed on Friday. On Friday evening, the café’s windows were prepared and a sign on the front door said, “Dear Customers: I would like to thank you for your business. It has been a pleasure seeing you! Please join us at our Princess St. location, 53 Princess at King.”

Coffee & Company management and staff refused to speak to the Journal.
School of Business professor Ken Wong said the Starbucks next door was probably a factor in Coffee & Company’s closure, but other coffee shops, as well as factors such as rent rates, probably contributed to the closure.

He said as a medium-sized chain, Coffee & Company is in a difficult position.Continue...

Film explores Israeli-Palestine conflict

In light of recent events regarding the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict—including U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s statement on Monday that it’s in the U.S.’s interest to see the creation of a Palestinian state—the issue has again become a hotbed for discussion.Continue...

Here comes the sun

This Sunday, 22 cars will begin a 3,021-km journey across the Australian outback, from Darwin to Adelaide.

The route’s vast distance and imposing climate are only part of the challenge. Each car will complete the journey using just sunlight as fuel.

Among the competitors in this World Solar Challenge is the Queen’s Solar Vehicle Team and their car, Aurum. The four-day journey across Australia will begin on Monday after qualifying races the previous day.Continue...

News In Brief

A puff of white smoke coming from a divider in the wall between Stauffer Library’s basement and first floor prompted students to evacuate the building and call the fire department.

The fire department got the call at 2:29 p.m. Students and staff re-entered the building about 25 minutes later.Continue...

More Queen’s students take a shot at HPV vaccine

As public health officials worry about too few Grade 8 girls taking advantage of the HPV vaccines, hundreds of Queen’s students are paying for the shot at Health, Counselling, and Disability Services (HCDS).

HPV is a common virus that can lead to cervical cancer in women. In Ontario, more than 500 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, and 140 people die of it annually.

In July 2006, Health Canada approved the Gardasil vaccine to protect women against HPV.Continue...

Party proves pricey

Over the Friday and Saturday of Homecoming weekend, the Kingston Police Force worked a 33-hour shift that will cost them at least $7,000 per hour.

Approximately 230 officers from the Kingston Police, the Toronto police and the Ontario Provincial Police patrolled the student Ghetto from 7 p.m. Friday evening until 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

The Kingston Police are obligated to pay a minimum $33,000 to cover the cost of overtime for the two outside police forces, but it’s up to the heads of those police forces to decide if they will ask for more.Continue...

City wants Queen’s to foot the bill

For Kingston City Council, enough is enough when it comes to Homecoming.

The council passed a motion on Tuesday night notifying Queen’s of its expectation that the University will compensate the city for all policing costs relating to Homecoming weekend.

The motion was passed 11 to two.

The motion, moved by Councillor Steve Garrison, says it expects “that Queen’s University will reimburse 100 per cent of the cost of police services for Homecoming weekend to the City of Kingston.”Continue...

CFRC celebrates its 85th birthday

CFRC alumni who were broadcasters as early as 1941 stopped by an open house celebrating the 85th anniversary of Canada’s longest-running radio station on Saturday to see how the station has changed over the years.

CFRC 101.9 FM Operations Officer Eric Beers said although the open house was only scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., some alumni stayed for hours longer.Continue...