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Support staff struggle to unionize

University staff members trying to join the United Steelworkers union say senior administrators are blocking them from disseminating information amongst their colleagues and making it difficult for them to meet.

The employees attempting to unionize are non-teaching technical and support staff, and don’t include library or physical plant employees, who are covered by their own collective agreements.Continue...

Cracking into cage-free eggs

University residences across the country are switching to cage-free shell eggs as part of an effort to provide students with more humanely-produced foods.

According to Bruce Passmore at the Humane Society International (HSI), conventional eggs are produced by hens enclosed in wire cages approximately 432 to 555 square centimetres in size, about three quarters of a tabloid-sized paper.Continue...

Subversive graffiti found on campus

Queen’s campus received an unwelcome paint job last week as five cases of offensive graffiti were reported to campus security on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. The first incident was reported at 5:38 a.m. On Oct. 31 on the wall of Beamish-Munro Hall, beside the Tea Room; the words “Queen’s Spirit: Bigotry, Queen’s Tradition: Denial” were spray painted on the wall.Continue...

‘I will not be stepping down’

At ASUS Assembly on Thursday night, Jacob Mantle announced he would not be resigning as ASUS president. Mantle was asked to resign by the AMS executive, Queen’s students and student groups, following a comment he posted on a friend’s Facebook wall. The comment, ‘I like your Taliban picture’ was made in response to a photo of two girls wearing scarves and sunglasses.Continue...

AMS fall referendum results

Statistics for the AMS fall referendum.Continue...

News in brief

Yesterday afternoon in Dunning Hall, the Human Rights Office, the Equity Office and Queen’s administration organized a forum to discuss Ontario’s human rights legislation.Continue...

Rats cause at least $33,000 in damage

AMS services in the JDUC are being told to keep doors closed and ensure their garbage is properly disposed of in light of recent damage caused by rats in the building.

AMS Student Centre and Clubs Co-ordinator Stephen Chow said he estimates there are three or four rats in the JDUC who likely came from the houses that were demolished to build the Queen’s Centre.Continue...

AMS asks Jacob Mantle to resign

At last night’s AMS Assembly, Jacob Mantle’s future as ASUS president was discussed.

The discussion occurred in response to a discriminatory comment Mantle posted on a friend’s Facebook wall in response to a photo of two girls wearing scarves and sunglasses, saying “I like your Taliban picture.”Continue...

Queen’s responds to discrimination

Various members of the Queen’s community were asked to discuss their views on Jacob Mantle’s comment, his apology, other instances of Islamophobia on campus and the Journal’s coverage of the issues. Queen’s University Muslim Association (QUMSA) co-chair Isra Rafiq, ArtSci ’09, said Mantle’s status as a student leader doesn’t make his statement any more hurtful.Continue...

Reminder to vote

Voting for the fall referendum takes place today and tomorrow.Continue...

Website stands up for students

Five students are looking to build a positive image for Queen’s University and its students—one click at a time. Yesterday, Joanna Pleta, Dave Giglio, Jihong Kim, Catarina Barroso, Michael Ashbourne and David Fraher publically launched saveourghetto.com, a website highlighting the beneficial activities and charitable organizations students have initiated to build a constructive relationship with the Kingston community.Continue...

Queen’s makes the grade

University students across the country had the opportunity to turn the tables on their schools with the release of the Globe and Mail’s annual Canadian University Report.

The report is a compilation of responses from Canadian university students who voluntarily filled out an online survey and rated their respective institutions.Continue...

Racism on the web

ASUS President Jacob Mantle, ArtSci ’10, has issued an apology regarding a comment he made on a friend’s Facebook wall.

The picture Mantle commented on showed two girls wearing headscarves. The comment, “I like your Taliban picture,” was removed last week, he said.

“It was an inappropriate joke which was off-colour,” he said. “It was a disrespectful comment.”

Mantle said he was contacted by AMS President Talia Radcliffe who notified him of the offensive nature of the comment.Continue...

AMS fall referendum statements

“Do you feel that over the course of your enrolment at Queens, you have been welcomed by, and felt a part of the Kingston community?”

“Would you support efforts by the Queen’s community to permanently end the annual street party that occurs on Aberdeen Street during Homecoming weekend?”Continue...

There and back again

With nothing more than the name of a location, the Journal told seven contributors to hit the road and use public transit to reach their destination. These are their stories.Continue...

Students in transit

When it comes to transit, students want shorter routes, more frequent stops and later service—something Kingston Transit’s transit service review is trying to make happen.

The review, which started in June, is seeking input from various stakeholders to prepare Kingston Transit’s next business plan when its current one expires in 2011.Continue...

Residence energy challenge gives back

Students living in residence now have a vested interest in the effort towards environmental sustainability after the official launch of the Residence Energy Challenge (REC) on Oct. 14. This is the challenge’s second year and marks the first year in which 100 per cent of the money saved during the duration of the challenge will be reinvested back into the residence’s infrastructure.Continue...

Henry report revisited

Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) President Jeff Welsh is asking the University Senate to take a step forward on recommendations made in the Henry Report. He asked what body within the University is suited to prepare a progress report for Senate regarding the University’s plan to meet recommendations made in the Henry Report and the Senate Education Equity Committee (SEEC)’s response.Continue...

Queen's University Statement of Responsible Investing

In recent years, there has been considerable discussion/activity on the topic of responsible investing.Continue...

News in brief

The total cost of this year’s Homecoming celebrations could end up costing close to $300,000, according to figures released by the Kingston Police in an article by the Kingston Whig-Standard on Thursday.

The numbers were released in a 35-page presentation made by Acting Deputy Chief Brian Cookman last week, which outlined the allocation of expenses resulting from the weekend of September 26 to 27.Continue...

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