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News in brief

There’s still no word as to how Queen’s is to proceed with the next stage of the Queen’s Centre after last Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Student trustee and AMS president-elect, Michael Ceci said the board is still waiting to hear how the recently announced $2 billion federal infrastructure funding towards universities will be allocated.Continue...

Contributors of the month

Read about our contributors of the month: Christine Blais, Holly Tousignant and Meaghan Trewin.Continue...

Cuts and the curriculum

“Contexts and Imperatives for Renewing the Curriculum,” a discussion paper on the curriculum released by Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane is seeking to start a conversation about keeping curriculum quality high despite financial challenges.

“In the context of our academic mission, change is on its own neither good nor bad, desirable nor undesirable."Continue...

Students play dead for climate change

At last Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting, 28 people decided to fake their own deaths in the name of Mother Nature.

The “die-in” was staged by Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC) in order to bring attention to two pressing concerns surrounding the environment.Continue...

Fee cut raises doubts

On Mar. 24, The Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) will hold a referendum to decide whether or not to reduce the student fee of education students by half. President Jeff Welsh’s proposed plan is raising doubt in some who don’t believe the cuts are feasible.Continue...

An Rx for transparency

In a Mar. 3 New York Times article, Harvard Medical School faced criticism for having professors who were paid consultants for pharmaceutical companies.

Medical students reported concerns that professors would promote certain drugs over others in lecture, even when the drug might not be the best treatment for a certain condition.Continue...

News in brief

For the second year in a row, Kingston landlords heaved a sigh of relief when the AMS didn’t hand out the Golden Cockroach Award at the annual ceremony recognizing Kingston’s best and worst landlords.

AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner Paul Tye said this year’s ceremony focused on the positive because no landlords were nominated for the Golden Cockroach award.Continue...

AMS president apologizes

AMS President Talia Radcliffe issued an apology at last night’s AMS Assembly in regards to the heated discussions surrounding a comment ASUS President Jacob Mantle made last term.

Mantle made a racist comment on a friend’s Facebook wall after which the AMS executive called for his resignation.Continue...

Ontario creates 3,300 new graduate spaces

The Government of Ontario has announced they’re giving $51.6 million in funding to create 3,300 new graduate spaces across the province over the next three years, 97 of which will go to Queen’s.

The announcement marks the second phase of the government’s Reaching Higher plan, which was first revealed in 2006 and aims to accommodate the high demand for graduate spaces.Continue...

SGPS rejects athletics fee increase

Members of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students rejected the proposed Athletics and Recreation fee increase of $120 spread over three years in a referendum on Feb. 25 and 26. The rejection means the current athletics fee for SGPS members disappears as well.Continue...

Great expectations

American university students are becoming more high maintenance, according to a recent survey conducted by the University of California, Irvine.

In the survey, students were asked to give their opinion on how effort is evaluated within university marking schemes.Continue...

News in brief

Starting on Mar. 2, the Blue Chair Campaign will be taking place across Queen’s campus.

Empty blue chairs will be placed around campus in order to represent students who have missed the opportunity to attend a post-secondary education.Continue...

Objection to census could land alumnus in jail

A Queen’s alumnus and Kingston resident is facing a $300 fine and up to three months in prison for refusing to fill out his 2006 census form. Todd Stelmach, Rehab ’00, will appear in court Mar. 5 to plead not guilty.Continue...

Queen’s e-mail plagued by virus

A computer virus circulating around Queen’s Webmail under the guise of an e-mail greeting card has caused a backlog at Queen’s Information Technology Services.

The sender of the greeting card appears as “ e-cards@hallmark.com ” or “ e-cards@americangreetings.com ” with the subject line “You have got a new E-card from your friend!”Continue...

Queen’s cancels scholar program

The Queen’s National Scholar program (QNS) is the latest casualty to the University’s budget cuts. The program was founded in 1983 to attract exceptional young researchers to Queen’s.Continue...

More faculty cuts to come

In further cost-cutting measures, several faculties will lose a significant number of appointments and salaries will be frozen, Principal Tom Williams announced yesterday during his Principal’s Report to the Community in Robert Sutherland Hall.

The Faculty of Arts and Science will lose 47 positions over the next three years.Continue...

Honouring Robert Sutherland

One hundred thirty-one years after his death, Robert Sutherland has returned to Queen’s.

On Feb. 23, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favour of a student-initiated motion to rename the Policy Studiesbuilding Robert Sutherland Hall to honour the legacy of Queen’s first major benefactor.

Sutherland, the first black person to graduate from a British-North American university and be called to the bar of Upper Canada, graduated from Queen’s in 1852. Upon his death in 1878, he left his entire estate to Queen’s—a $12,000 bequest that at the time was equal to the University’s annual operating budget.Continue...

Resident arrested in child porn bust confirmed as Queen’s student and 2008 Olympian

The Kingston man charged with possession of child pornography and one count of making child pornography available has been confirmed as Queen’s student and 2008 Olympian, John David ‘J.D.’ Burnes.Continue...

Journal editors in chief elected

On Tuesday, Jane Switzer and Michael Woods were announced as next year’s Journal’s co-editors in chief. Twenty-two people voted for the team of Switzer and Woods and seven voted in favour of Andrew Bucholtz, running for editor in chief.Continue...

News in brief

A Queen’s-led research team has discovered why garlic is beneficial as a herbal medicine.Continue...

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