Political engagement 101

Online campaigns and schmoozing with pop stars may be the way some politicians attract younger voters, but according to Michael Ignatieff, it’s not going get to the heart of the problem. On Wednesday, the outspoken academic and Liberal MP told the Journal he wanted use his time at the University to argue against youth apathy and suggest ways to get more people involved in politics.

Yesterday afternoon in Macdonald Hall, Ignatieff delivered a speech about civic engagement in Canada in the 21st century to room overflowing with listeners.Continue...

Police prepare for a rowdy weekend

Homecoming 2007 is still two weeks away, but Kingston police are readying themselves for a wild weekend following a Frosh Week they say was rowdier than most.

With 36 charges laid on Sept. 5 alone, additional staff patrolled the Ghetto in the following days.
Closs said he expects Homecoming crowds this year to be similar to previous years, when several thousand people crowded onto Aberdeen Street on the Saturday of Homecoming weekend.Continue...

News In Brief

The intersection of University Avenue and Union Street will reopen at the end of September.
University Avenue between Bader Lane and Union Street will reopen at the end of October.
Sidewalks along University Avenue are available for pedestrians.Continue...

Building access a security issue

Many buildings on Queen’s campus lack the swipe-card system Ottawa police say could have prevented an attack at Carleton University earlier this month.

A 23-year-old chemistry student was attacked in a lab on campus shortly after midnight.

The building she was in didn’t have a comprehensive swipe-card security system, which would more likely have restricted her attacker’s access to the building.Continue...

Liberal party promises $300 textbook grant

The Ontario Liberal party has promised to give every full-time post-secondary student an annual $300 grant if elected.

Students would register for the grant and provide proof of their full-time status. The money would be sent, as a cheque, directly to students at the beginning of the school year, without going through their universities.Continue...

Changes to security services begin

Queen’s Campus Security and the AMS Student Constables are revamping their services’ look and function to comply with provincial legislation.

Bill 159, the Private Security and Investigative Services Act 2005, distinguishes between police forces and groups who provide security services—such as Student Constables and Queen’s Security—with 13 new regulations.Continue...

Playing the hiring game

When Queen’s nominated him for a prestigious research award, Tucker Carrington wasn’t working here. He was teaching at the University of Montreal.

Carrington said he hadn’t previously considered transferring to Queen’s. The appeal of being a Tier One Canada Research Chair—a position awarded to world-class researchers and funded by the federal government—was very attractive, he said.Continue...

University looking for new chancellor

Queen’s Chancellor Charles Baillie will be stepping down in June at the end of his second three-year term as the University’s 12th chancellor.

University Secretariat Georgina Moore said that throughout that time, Baillie has been an outstanding chancellor and a wonderful representative of Queen’s.Continue...

Health services loses doctors

Four physicians have left Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS) in the past year.

“We had one [physician] who was on contract until the middle of March, and she left. Someone was on contract until May, and two [physicians] haven’t returned yet,” said Dr. Mike Condra, HCDS director. “One will return in the fall, one in January.”

Condra said he can’t disclose physicians’ reasons for leaving, but noted the difficulty in recruiting physicians at a time when the province is in the midst of a shortage.Continue...

Department funds cut

All University departments are dealing with a four percent decrease in their base operating budgets for the 2007-08 school year. The money will be redistributed to cover increased costs.

“Effectively, what this is is a rationalization of the budget across the University so we can meet our ongoing costs,” said Vice-Principal (Operations and finance) Andrew Simpson.

Simpson said the money gained from each department will go primarily toward an increase in salaries, wages and benefits for University staff and faculty.Continue...

Queen’s may expand campus surveillance

The University may get more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in indoor and outdoor locations across campus as the result of a review of campus security.

Right now, there are cameras at six locations across campus.

Andrew Simpson, vice-principal (operations and finance), said the University is assessing its options, but hasn’t reached a decision at this point.Continue...

Screens to broadcast updates across campus

Students will soon be able to get up-to-date news, weather and emergency information while passing through the JDUC and 15 other spots on campus.

The University’s new digital information network will broadcast announcements, news tickers and emergency updates on LCD widescreen television screens.

Right now there are screens in Stauffer Library and Goodes Hall.Continue...

From Studio Cue to Queen’s TV

Queen’s Television, formerly known as Studio Q, struggled with a lack of structure, viewers and an unofficial hiring process that went unnoticed by the AMS. The television broadcasting service is back with a new image and is looking for a niche on campus.Continue...

Digital signs to improve security

Emergency response is a vital component of the network of flat screen TVs being installed around campus later this month, said Marketing and Communications director Richard Seres.

“Virginia Tech really galvanized the importance of having these things,” he said.

In April, 32 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University students and faculty members were killed on campus. David Patterson, Campus Security director, said the system is just one medium to reach students in the event on an emergency.Continue...

Engineers lose electives

Thanks to University-wide budget cuts, half a dozen technical electives have been cut from this year’s course offerings for mechanical engineering students.

An Aug. 30 e-mail sent to all students in third and fourth year mechanical and materials engineering told them six technical electives won’t be offered.Continue...

Boycott a matter of academic freedom: Hitchcock

For English professor Margaret Pappano, Principal Karen Hitchcock’s condemnation of the proposed British boycott of Israeli universities contravened University procedure.

Hitchcock’s comments “will potentially threaten those who want to go abroad,” Pappano told the Journal.

Earlier this year, the UK and College Union announced its intention to boycott Israeli universities because of inequities towards Palestinians.Continue...

Queen’s buys former prison

The Federal Prison for Women on Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard will soon belong to Queen’s.

The University has reached an agreement with Canada Lands Company and anticipates the eight-acre property will be transferred over by January.

Construction on the site will begin in October and is set to last three months. Andrew Simpson, vice-principal (operations and finance) said the purchase was a step towards future growth for the University.Continue...

Safety after dark

It’s 10 p.m. on Wednesday, a week after a sexual assault in a York University residence and two weeks after a sexual assault in a Carleton University chemistry lab.

Georgette Andreopoulos and Ellen Allwright, both ArtSci ’09, are walking home from campus past Goodes Hall on Union Street.

Andreopoulos said she feels safe on campus at night.Continue...

Clark Hall Pub staff paid less for drinks

Clark Hall Pub’s practice of charging staff at private parties a different price for alcohol than regular patrons is a violation of Ontario liquor-licence laws, said Bruce Griffiths, residence and hospitality services director.

Clark Hall Pub has had special pricing for staff during private parties for more than 30 years, said Chris Hannon, 2006-07 bar manager.Continue...

Number of charges typical of Frosh Week

According to Kingston City Police, parties during this year’s Frosh Week were typical of other years. Police laid numerous charges during the week for infractions such as open alcohol consumption, intoxication, underage drinking and noise complaints.

A few were also charged under the Highway Traffic Act: one for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and one for riding a bicycle on a city sidewalk.Continue...