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Green Scheme spruces up Aberdeen Street

Aberdeen Street is looking a little greener—and not from shattered beer bottles.

A group of enthusiastic volunteers­­­­— consisting of student, staff, alumni and community members—woke up early on Sunday morning to help beautify their neighbourhood by planting five trees along the front yards of Aberdeen Street. The project began at 11 a.m. and lasted for two hours.Continue...

Queen’s graduate documents Aberdeen Street party

It’s arguably the most talked-about university street party in Ontario. Now, the phenomenon that is the annual Aberdeen Street party will be immortalized on film.

Colin Sharp, ArtSci ’05, spent Homecoming in Kingston along with Brianne Perez, ArtSci ’05, and 10 volunteers wielding four cameras, filming footage for Aberdeen Street, a documentary film he’s directing about the party and its effect on the Queen’s and Kingston community.Continue...

‘We have a moral responsibility to act’

For most Canadians, the word “war” evokes images of rubble-riddled cities seen on the evening news and newspaper headlines spouting political jargon and declaring death tolls.

For Dr. Samantha Nutt, who has been caught in the midst of gunfire and seen the devastating effects of war on civilians in several countries, no words can truly describe the devastation.Continue...

Students raise Code of Conduct concerns

Poor attendance at last night’s Town Hall meeting didn’t stop concerned students from asking questions about proposed changes to the Code of Conduct.

About 30 students were in attendance at the meeting, which was held in the Lower Ceilidh of the JDUC and organized by the Student Senators’ Caucus.

Most of the questions raised at the meeting dealt with the draft’s wording.Continue...

Police officer assaulted on Aberdeen

A Kingston police officer was assaulted with a knife on Aberdeen Street Saturday night, police confirmed at a press conference yesterday.

Deputy Police Chief Robert Napier said the officer didn’t sustain any injuries.

The man was scheduled to appear at a bail hearing yesterday at 2 p.m. Police couldn’t say whether or not the man was still in custody last night.

Police couldn’t say if the person who committed the assault was a student.Continue...

Ontario’s street party

If hundreds of lost partiers and chants of “Ott-a-wa U!” are any indication, this Homecoming weekend was attended by masses of people “coming home”—not to their alma mater, but to a street party that has gained notoriety across the province.Continue...

‘Homecoming lite’

The closest Saturday night came to the infamous Homecoming 2005 Aberdeen Street Party was at about 11:20 p.m., when several people dragged a yellow sailboat, minus its sail, out from an Aberdeen Street backyard.Continue...

MMP referendum misses the mark

Supporters of the mixed member proportional (MMP) electoral system are blaming Elections Ontario and poor media coverage for its failure in yesterday’s referendum.

Queen’s politics professor Scott Matthews said the referendum campaign and the question itself were badly designed. Elections Ontario spent $6.8 million on a voter education campaign, detailing the current first-past-the-post (FPTP) and MMP systems.Continue...

Students from across Ontario flock to Kingston

Rob Duffy makes no bones about it. He comes to Queen’s Homecoming for the party.

A fifth-year English student from the University of Toronto, Duffy said it’s the desire to be part of something exciting that draws the crowd. While it’s safe to say most hotel rooms in the city will be filled with alumni, there will be at least a few homes in the Ghetto full beyond capacity this weekend.Continue...

Magazine calls Aberdeen ‘Most outrageous street party’

A free magazine available at The Beer Store locations across the province has given Aberdeen Street further media hype, prompting protests from Queen’s administration.

In the August/September edition of Chill Magazine, two Queen’s alumni called Queen’s Homecoming’s Aberdeen Street party the “Most Outrageous Street Party” at any Ontario university.Continue...

Focus group looks to uncork discussion on drinking

Three nursing students are looking for input on how to tackle the problem of partying at Queen’s.

Giselle Chow, Mary Mather and Margot Rosaldo, all Nurs ’08, are holding a discussion session for their practicum in Community Health Promotion class. The students will partner with the Queen’s Community Outreach Centre for the project.Continue...

Greenovations lessen students’ eco-footprint

Nine Ghetto houses got green makeovers over the past two weeks as part of the AMS Sustainability Co-ordinator’s Greenovations project.
Because all of the Greenovations being made are improvements students could be making themselves without permission from their landlands, the project co-ordinators didn’t need to consult landlords before beginning.Continue...

British schools back out of boycott

A proposed boycott of Israeli universities is unlawful, the British University and College Union (UCU)’s legal advisors told them on Sept. 28.

The union announced a call for debate on cutting academic ties with post-secondary institutions in Israel in May.

Following that announcement, Principal Karen Hitchcock issued a statement on the university’s website in early July saying Queen’s would have no choice but to ask the union to add Queen’s to its boycott list if they pursued their “ill-advised course.”Continue...

An African connection at Queen’s

Southern Africa is a region comprising of 14 countries, more than 40 languages and a population of more than 184 million. And this population is on the move.

At Queen’s, the Southern African Research Centre (SARC) works with various faculties and international agencies and institutions to do research and implement development projects in Southern Africa.Continue...

News In Brief

On Oct. 6, a female student reported seeing a man masturbating behind her while at the computer cluster in the upper ceilidh of the JDUC.Continue...

Police bring extra forces

As Homecoming weekend approaches, the Kingston police are making final arrangements to ensure a safe weekend.

Police Insp. Brian Cookman said the position of police officers around the Ghetto has been adjusted from last year due to unexpected partying on the Friday of Homecoming 2006. Cookman said public order units from Toronto and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are being brought in to police partygoers. Last year, Kingston police had one OPP public order unit and two Toronto police officers.
As with Homecoming 2006, surveillance cameras and additional lighting will be installed on Aberdeen Street.Continue...

Sexual assaults under investigation

Kingston police are investigating two incidents of sexual assault in the Queen’s community.

The victims of both incidents were female Queen’s students, said Sergeant Balwant Dhillon, head of the sexual assault unit. For privacy reasons, Dhillon said he couldn’t release the ages of the victims or the accused, but he said alcohol was a factor in all three assaults.

The police have suspects for one of the two cases still under investigation. In all the cases the attackers were male.Continue...

Cool weather to thank for 'fairly quiet' Friday night

As of Saturday morning, police had arrested 22 people for public intoxication and had handed out 115 tickets for open alcohol.Continue...

Doherty sees Green growth

Last night held an air of cautious optimism for the Green Party.

The party improved its share of the popular vote by more than two per cent in Kingston and the Islands, to 8.8 per cent from 6.55 per cent in the 2003 election.Continue...

'The race is the thing' for Downes

Last night New Democrat candidate Rick Downes joined his supporters at the Grizzly Grill shortly before 10 p.m., talking to them and shaking hands briefly before addressing the crowd to concede his defeat.

Downes received 20.6 per cent of the vote, with 10,126 votes as of 2 a.m. today.Continue...

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