$18K deal for pub

Clark Hall Pub is getting an $18,000 boost from the Commerce Society towards its reopening, but it’s not coming for free.

ComSoc passed a motion at its Annual General Meeting for ComSoc and the Engineering Society to sign a contract to give EngSoc $18,000 towards reopening Clark Hall Pub in exchange for benefits for ComSoc.

The contract still needs approval from EngSoc Council tonight.Continue...

AMS services come up short

The AMS Merchandise Service (TAMS), which operates Tricolour Outfitters and the Used Bookstore, is projecting a loss of $123,428 this year.

Last week, incoming AMS executive Radcliffe-Wang-St.Clair said Tricolour Outfitters will remain open next year, despite a campaign promise to close the service. Radcliffe told the Journal she and her executive team would have had to prepare a report for the AMS Board of Directors two weeks after they were elected in order to close the service.

AMS Vice-President (Operations) John Manning said the AMS doesn’t operate services to make money.Continue...

News in Brief

Commerce students voted 72.5 per cent in favour of a $97.50 opt-outable fee to support a proposed expansion of Goodes Hall as well as other renovation costs.Continue...

Saying goodbye to CMM

Not all of AMS executive team Chak, Manning and Mitchell’s campaign promises turned out as planned, but Vice-President (Operations) John Manning said the AMS executive’s focus on issues such as sustainability and mental health means the 150-year-old organization is maturing.

CMM’s promise to create a peer counselling service to promote mental health and alleviate pressure on Health, Counselling and Disability Services was a major part of last year’s election campaign.

The volunteer-run Peer Support Centre has seen one student since it began in February. HCDS still has a three-week waiting list to see a counsellor.Continue...

Ontario budget fails to address ‘quality issues’

The provincial budget has good things for Queen’s but leaves out a vital factor, said Principal Karen Hitchcock. The Liberals’ fifth budget, released Tuesday, sets aside $1.5 billion to post-secondary education and training over three years. It includes a textbook and technology grant for all full-time students, a distance grant to help students in remote or rural areas with transportation costs, a strategy to attract international students, a program facilitating international work experience for Ontario students and $970 million over three years towards capital projects and infrastructure.Continue...

Draft Code of Conduct tabled

The University’s code of conduct was officially put under review two years ago, but students will have to wait at least another month before its revised version is finalized.Continue...

Training students to be future donors

Last year, ThankQ raised a total of $20,998.44 in all faculties. Between 2004 and 2007, 1,432 students—seven per cent of graduates during those four years—participated in ThankQ. Wannemacher said she wants with expand the participation rate by raising awareness about ThankQ and the importance of donations to first- and second-year students. She also wants to expand the definition of “participation” to not just donating money, but also attending fundraiser events.Continue...

AMS setting standardized honoraria grid

AMS Board of Directors will vote on a standardized honoraria grid next Thursday, April 3.

The AMS pays honoraria as compensation to all its volunteers

The honoraria review, conducted by an ad hoc committee of the Board of Directors’ Management Committee, has been in progress since November.Continue...

New exec won't close Tricolour Outfitters

Tricolour Outfitters won’t close next year, after all.

Despite the prominent place team RWS’s promise to shut down AMS-run store took in election debates this year, AMS President-elect Talia Radcliffe and her team hired a new TAMS manager for the Used Book Store and Tricolour Outfitters next year.Continue...

High-cost tenders prompted switch to fixed bid

When Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities) Ann Browne opened a tender for masonry work on the Queen’s Centre in December and saw a number $1.5 million over the proposed tender, she knew it was time to make some changes.

Browne said PCL Construction, the general contractor working on the project, thought the masonry tender would be $1 million overbid.
She said she couldn’t reveal the bid’s total cost because contract information is private.Continue...

News in Brief

The hearing for the second round of contempt charges facing members of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation couldn’t proceed yesterday when defendant and Queen’s professor Robert Lovelace couldn’t get from the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay to the Frontenac County Court House. Ardoch Algonquin lawyer Christopher Reid said there was a great deal of confusion as to whose responsibility it was to make sure Lovelace was in court.Continue...

The key to alumni giving

Jamie Harshman, ArtSci ’10 and a Queen’s telefundraiser, is about to seal another deal—and she’s only an hour into her shift.

She’s on the phone with Leslie, a Queen’s alumna Harshman hopes will repeat a donation to the University she made last year.

(All calls are confidential and Queen’s Telefundraising Services wouldn’t release Leslie’s last name to the Journal.)
Harshman has been making calls for two years and barely needs to glance at her sheet.

She lists where the donation will go: bursaries, faculty equipment and health services.Continue...

Clark stays closed

Clark Hall Pub won’t reopen its doors until at least September.

Engineering Society President Jordan Black said the EngSoc executive and the new head manager will plan the opening over the summer. No concrete plans are in place.

A report on the pub’s future originally outlined plans for three soft openings to test new operational structures, the first of which was supposed to happen in March.

He said the executive is focusing mainly on hiring the rest of the staff. The application period for the head manager was extended until March 13. He doesn’t think the pub’s problems this year deterred people from applying.Continue...

Grad students don’t plan to help pay

If the University’s looking for its $4.5 million Queen’s Centre contribution from graduate students, it’s not coming anytime soon, Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) President Arash Farzam-Kia said.

Farzam-Kia said he’s heard the figure $4.5 million talked about and the SGPS is discussing it with Vice-Principal (Operations and Finance) Andrew Simpson’s office.

Any decision to introduce a student fee for the Queen’s Centre would have to pass at a graduate student referendum, he said.Continue...

Show your pride

The Morgan Sisters Ricky (first photo) and Tyffanie perform their drag show Breakfast at Tyffanie’s: Sisters are Doing it for Themselves at the Wellington Street Theatre last night. The show was part of the second annual Queen’s Pride Week.Continue...

News In Brief

Current law students will now have the option of graduating with an L.L.B. (Bachelor of Law) or a J.D. (Juris Doctor) designation for their degrees.

On Feb.28, University Senate voted unanimously to change the law degree designation to a J.D. effective this fall. This means all new students will only be able to receive a J.D. degree.Continue...

Students asked to contribute $1.2M to Goodes Hall expansion

Goodes Hall is getting a facelift, and the Commerce Society wants its students to help cover the tab.

To assist in the undertaking, ComSoc has proposed a mandatory student fee to be paid by its students over the next 10 years. The referendum will be held online from March 26 and 27. The Commerce student fee would begin as $69 per student for the 2008-09 school year, increasing to $79 for the 2009-10 school year and $89 for the 2010-11 year. This initiative would bring in a $1.2-million contribution to the expansion building fund.Continue...

Investing in ethics

What do Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Astrazeneca, Altria, Japan Tobacco and Rothmans, Inc., Imperial Oil, Nexen and Shell Oil, Halliburton, and Coca-Cola have in common?

All are companies in which Queen’s was an investor as of March 31, 2007.

Last March Queen’s responded to calls by the group Students Taking Action Now: Darfur to divest from PetroChina and China Petroleum, companies connected to the Sudanese government in Khartoum.

That month, the University of Toronto announced it was divesting from tobacco companies. Queen’s said it has no plans to do the same.Continue...

The long and short of it

Emma Parsons has a hair appointment on Tuesday in the JDUC.

Instead of a trim and some highlights, Parsons is shaving her head and donating about 15 inches of hair to be made into a wig. Since 2002, Queen’s students like Emma Parsons have participated in Cuts for Cancer, an event run by Queen’s Helping Hands Association to raise money for cancer research and collect hair to be made into wigs for children in need.Continue...

$9 AMS specific fee increase passes at AGM

Students can expect to hand over an extra $9.02 to the AMS next year.

At Tuesday night’s Annual General Meeting, Assembly approved a motion to increase the AMS specific fee, which funds most of the AMS’s operations, from $54.62 to $63.64.

This year’s $54.62 fee generated approximately $734,639 in revenue.

AMS Vice-President (Operations) John Manning said the fee hasn’t gone up since 2004, except as a result of the consumer price index (CPI).Continue...