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Clark Hall Pub staff let go via e-mail

On the morning of June 29, Alisa Yocom woke up to an e-mail telling her she had lost her job at Clark Hall Pub.

Thirty-eight other Clark Hall employees received the same e-mail from Engineering Society President Charlie Scott telling them their contracts with Clark had been terminated.Continue...

Butler gets two-year probation

Queen’s psychology professor Brian Butler, accused of assaulting his neighbour, Andrew Hyett, with a ladder on Oct. 3, 2006, has received a conditional discharge. This means he receives no punishment on the condition that he does not contact Hyett, Hyett’s family or any visitors to the house either directly or indirectly. He also received a two-year probation.Continue...

Code of conduct revised after 15 years

The student code of conduct just got longer. The Senate Committee on Non-Academic Discipline (SONAD) released the draft of a revised student Code of Conduct. The committee is accepting feedback from students and faculty. Wendy Griesdorf, last year’s SONAD chair said the changes follow up on a recommendation of the Principal’s Task Force on Community Relations two years ago, suggesting the code of conduct be reviewed.Continue...

Technology poses new challenges for security

A security breach on a search engine at McGill University in late April made a number of former students’ marks public. It could happen anywhere, says Yolande Chan, a Management Information Systems professor at Queen’s School of Business.

Chan, who conducts privacy-related research for the Globalization of Personal Data Project, said she wasn’t surprised to hear about the incident at McGill.Continue...

News In Brief

Queen’s Centre construction will continue to affect vehicle and pedestrian traffic across campus through August and September.

Division Street, between Earl Street and Union Street, and Union Street, between Fifth Field Company Lane and University Avenue, will be closed until Aug. 10.Continue...

Clark Hall Pub closed indefinitely

The Engineering Society executive closed Clark Hall Pub indefinitely as of June 29, ending all employee and supplier contracts. Rob MacNamara, EngSoc vice-president (operations), said financial discrepancies, concerns about the pub’s operation and concerns from Clark’s insurers and liquor license holder led him to close the pub.Continue...

News In Brief

Queen’s Golden Gaels hockey teams won’t be playing in the Memorial Centre until next January at the earliest, said city councillor Ed Smith.

The University is in negotiations with the city to rent ice time in the Memorial Centre for its teams.

An agreement is expected to be made before mid-August. Smith, councillor for the Williamsville district, said the decision must be approved by council.Continue...

Cultural critic pushes poetic limits

Amiri Baraka is the reason the state of New Jersey has no poet laureate.

He was named poet laureate of New Jersey in 2002. He was asked in September of that year to resign after one of his poems, titled Somebody Blew Up America , was criticized as being anti-Semitic.Continue...

College students to sue schools, province

Two Toronto students are suing Ontario community colleges and the Ontario government.

They claim the colleges have been illegally charging their students ancillary fees for services that should be included in tuition fees.Continue...

School of Business expands borders

Clinton Free will be teaching on an entirely different Queen’s campus next February.

The assistant professor of accounting is leading workshops on finance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The workshops are part of the Queen’s Executive Development Centre, a series of programs run by the School of Business in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE.Continue...

Once upon a time ...

Before Ottawa took over the title, Kingston was Canada’s capital from 1841 to 1844—and Kingston’s still excited about it.

Those three years when Kingston was the centre of Canadian commerce and politics were unforgettable. Or they should be, according to members of Kingston’s First Capital Day Committee.Continue...

AMS smoked out by office fire

A faulty desk fan caught fire around 2:30 p.m. June 13 in AMS General Manager Claude Sherren’s office.

The heat and flames destroyed almost everything in Sherren’s office and left the rest of the AMS wing clogged with smoke and ash. Fire Inspector Delbert Blakney, who investigated the office after the fire was extinguished, confirmed the cause was Sherren’s desk fan. He said the fan motor overheated, causing the fan’s plastic base to ignite.Continue...

New office to lead green initiatives

The University is establishing a sustainability office it hopes will facilitate campus-wide environmental initiatives. With increasing concerns over the level of environmental sustainability at Queen’s, vice principal (operations and finance) Andrew Simpson says the University must adapt its practices to accommodate concerns over issues such as energy use and waste management. He said sustainability is multi-dimensional, and more research will be generated on issues such as waste management and energy use within campus buildings.Continue...

Clark Hall Pub to close

Engineering Society president Charlie Scott announced June 29 that Clark Hall Pub will be closed indefinitely. All pub employees have been fired.Continue...

More than just vegan cheesecake

On the corner of Princess and Wellington streets you can find a workers’ co-operative, eclectic customers, local artwork and vegan dessert all packed into one place called the Sleepless Goat ...Continue...

News In Brief

A new search engine installed on McGill University’s server turned out to be more thorough than intended ...Continue...

Three students honoured for work in Kingston community

A new civic responsibility award has been created to allow the University to show pride in its students, said Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane. “It was created because events like Aberdeen 2005 gave rise to a perception that students, when in the city of Kingston are more of a liability,” Deane said. “And anyone familiar with students knows that’s not true.”Continue...

Western Gazette faces administrative review

Following controversy last month surrounding a spoof issue printed by the Gazette , the University of Western Ontario’s campus newspaper, the University Student Union, the newspaper and the administration have created a code of ethics and an advisory board that will allow the administration to review the newspaper at the end of every year.Continue...

Queen’s Centre contract review to save millions

The bad news is the Queen’s Centre will no longer have industrial elevators in its final design. The good news is, by cutting back on ornamental details such as hand railings, the University has been able to shave several million dollars off the total cost of the project.Continue...

U.S. tragedy prompts review of campus safety

Queen’s has previously dealt with potentially threatening students in situations similar to that of Cho Seung-Hui, a Virginia Tech student who shot 32 people on campus before killing himself on April 16. Vice-Principal (operations and finance) Andrew Simpson said Queen’s has a strong track record of identifying and treating students in distress.Continue...

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