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Queen’s students protest pipeline expansion at Parliament Hill
Of the group of 99 young people detained, three were current or former Queen’s students Maureen O’Reilly Assistant News Editor
PHOTO BY ROBERT VAN WAARDEN (SURVIVAL MEDIA)
A Queen’s student is arrested at a demonstration against pipeline expansion in Ottawa.
Accused of slapping a police horse at Homecoming to face new charges
Mischief and obstruction of police to replace Quanto’s Law charges
Morgan Dodson Assistant News Editor Caught on a video that would later go viral across social media, the young woman who slapped a police horse on Queen’s Homecoming, as well as the two young men arrested for the same offense that day, will now have their charges altered to mischief and obstruction of police. “What will happen with all three accused, in this case the two men and the 18-year-old female, is that charge will be withdrawn and we will be going with the charges
of mischief and obstruction of police by interfering with a lawful execution of their duty,” Kingston Police Const. Koopman explained to The Journal. The video went viral after Queen’s Homecoming this year on Oct. 15, where three instances of the same incident occurred within an hour. Media outlets like Vice and CBC reported on the incident, referencing a recent amendment to the Canadian Criminal Code that could have seen the accused spend up to five years in jail. ‘Quanto’s Law’ was created after the fatal stabbing of an Edmonton
police dog in 2013, and enacted in July 2015. The law states that anyone convicted of killing a police animal could face up to five years in prison and anyone convicted of injuring a police animal can be sentenced to up to 18 months in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines. However, the initial charges of harm to a police animal have since been altered for the male Algonquin student, Coburg resident and female Queen’s student. The change was made once it became clear that the horse — a new member of the KP team,
named Murney — was not injured through the three incidents. The rider atop Murney that day was experienced, Koopman explained, noting that “we always put the more experienced rider with the less experienced horse”. He confirmed that officers had seen the video that circulated online, “and we can confirm that we obviously do believe that is the 18-year-old female accused in relation to our investigation.” “She came up and appears to have slapped the hindquarters of [Murney],” he said.
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On Monday, 99 young people were briefly detained during a protest against pipeline expansion, taking place on Parliament Hill. Among them were two Queen’s students and one Queen’s alumni. The three detained individuals had traveled to Ottawa with 18 individuals from Queen’s and the surrounding Kingston community, including 13 active students from the university. The group arrived in Ottawa on Oct. 24 to protest the proposed Kinder Morgan expansion to the Trans Mountain pipeline, which spans from Alberta to the British Columbia coast. Students involved described the event as a very polite affair as a whole. No one was criminally charged for their actions. The arrests occurred when several of the protesters climbed over fences set up by police prior to the protest. The police warned them ahead of time they would be charged with criminal mischief. The participants explained they understood and wouldn’t resist arrest, then climbed over. The rally was coordinated by 350.org, an environmental activist group that coordinates protests and other activist efforts globally. Several of the Queen’s students present at the protest met with The Journal on Thursday to discuss the protest, their arrest and the realities of similar student activism. According to Nick Lorraway, ArtSci ’20, they adamantly oppose the expansion due to the damage it has already done — and will continue to do — to the land in Alberta through oil spills. He explained that the pipeline expansion would also disrupt Indigenous land. According to Bea White, a third year exchange student from the University of Edinburgh, while the government is required by treaties to ask these Indigenous See Students on page 4
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Severe allergy draft policy published for community input
Development began in May, feedback open until November Victoria Gibson News Editor As of Oct. 24, after consultation with multiple groups and individuals on campus, a draft of Queen’s university-wide severe allergy policy has been posted on the Queen’s Secretariat and Legal Counsel site. The policy results from a report by the Severe Allergy Review Committee in May. The draft will be open for community feedback until Nov. 7. The scope of the proposed policy and procedures applies to all undergraduate and graduate students. It assigns responsibilities to various departments and units across the University to mitigate risk and identify clear parameters for supporting students with severe allergic restrictions. Notably, the draft articulates the “expectation that students are responsible for their own allergy”. For students with severe allergies themselves, under the new policy, they are encouraged
to identify themselves through residence admissions processes, if applicable, and to contact Hospitality Services before arriving on campus to accommodate their specific condition and allergen(s). Worn medical identification is encouraged, as well as carrying epinephrine auto-injectors at all times. The onus is put on students to ask questions about ingredients and the potential of cross-contamination. Students are also delegated the responsibility to tell others with whom they are in regular contact, including but not limited to dons, roommates, floor mates or teammates, how to recognize symptoms of their reaction and what to do in response. Queen’s focus on anaphylaxis comes in response to an event in September of last year, when first-year student Andrea Mariano was sent into anaphylactic shock on campus due to a severe allergy to dairy and nuts, and died after being taken to Kingston General Hospital.
The newly-published draft states that “if the policy is not implemented there could be a reputational impact” and, if left unimplemented, “the university could be potentially exposed to legal liability.”
the policy is “notIfimplemented there could be a reputational impact.
— Queen’s draft policy for Severe Allergies on campus The financial implications associated are listed as relatively minor, with the largest cost being the annual stocking of 20 epinephrine auto-injectors for Campus Security, emergency services personnel and Queen’s First Aid. The estimated cost totals $2,000 and will come out of Environmental Health and Safety.
Friday, October 28, 2016 Student Wellness Services will purchase their own injectors. The draft lays out definitions of key terms, including stock epinephrine and lists the symptoms of anaphylaxis as it might manifest in different individuals. Key responsibilities are delegated to Queen’s as a whole, the office of the Provost and VicePrincipal (Academic), the office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, the office of the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) and students of Queen’s. Moving forward following the community response period, the policy requires approval by the Policy Advisory Subcommittee and the Vice-Principals’ Operations Committee. Notice on the policy will then be provided on several University web pages, including a new allergy information and resource site and will be communicated in consultation with University Communications. Several of the May reports other recommendations have since been implemented, including the hiring of a dietician in Hospitality Services to consult with students about their severe allergies. Comments are invited to be sent to email@example.com by Monday, Nov. 7.
Debate sparked over Canadian Federation of Students involvement at campus talk
Controversial student group runs tuition affordability event with Queen’s Socialists
Blake Canning Assistant News Editor
In the past, CFS has also had legal disputes with student unions at Capilano University, McGill, Simon Fraser, Guelph and the University of Victoria. When it comes to the topic of tuition affordability, Jamieson affirmed that holding a Town Hall was not a bad idea — he only took opposition against the involvement of the CFS. “I fully support the need to have a robust and full discussion on campus about the issues related to rising tuition costs in the province,” he said. “That said, I’m not willing to have a discussion with a bunch of crooked autocrats disguising their intentions behind a flashy revolutionary banner and a weak slogan.”
On Oct. 23, an advertisement was posted on the Queen’s New Democratic Party’s Facebook page for a Town Hall meeting involving the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) on the topic of Ontario tuition fees. Aware of CFS’s past reputation, which includes allegations of internal corruption and legal disputes with various university student groups, former ASUS President and current student senator Brandon Jamieson was shocked by their appearance and took to Twitter to voice his disappointment with the NDP group for working with the CFS. “Students at Queen’s are among the brightest in the country,” Jamieson said. “And I’m confident I’m not willing to that they’re smart enough to have a discussion with understand the dangers of ever a bunch of crooked associating with an organization autocrats disguising like this.” their intentions behind “They’re more interested in spending student dollars suing a flashy revolutionary students than fighting for them,” banner and a he said. weak slogan. “Just last year, Cape Breton University Students Union filed — Brandon Jamieson, for bankruptcy after the CFS sued Student Senator them over a by-law dispute. At Concordia, the CFS demanded After Jamieson took to $1.8M in legal fees from their Twitter, the Queen’s NDP student union.” co-chairs Samantha Kilpatrick
and Carling Counter clarified that they were not sponsoring the event. Writing to The Journal, they clarified that the event was sponsored by the Queen’s Socialists group. “While we are not the Queen’s Socialists and do not coordinate events with them, we respect their position as a voice for students on campus,” they wrote. “The QNDP is committed to fostering debate on issues that matter to students. We are not aligned with CFS, however fair tuition for all students is critical… the QNDP felt the responsibility to make our members aware of this event.” The student who posted the event was Jonathan Shepherd, a member of QNDP. “We’re always sharing events,” Shepherd told The Journal. “We just happened to see that the Queen’s Socialists were having a town hall on free tuition and we shared their event.” He stated that there was no affiliation between QNDP and CFS, though confirming that there was some overlap between members of the QNDP and the Queen’s Socialists who sponsored the event, himself included. “I’m aware of the history of the CFS,” he said. However, he pointed out that
the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), which the AMS is a member of, has advocated for higher tuition fees and placed the responsibility on students for their financial situation. He admitted that CFS itself has high costs of $16 per student versus the $2.90 membership fee of OUSA, however stated that “recently [the CFS] has had incredible success in advocating for an end to gender violence across this country.”
QNDP and CFS have any sort of affiliation,” he said. When reached for comment, CFS’s media relation representative said that they were invited to join in the conversation by the Queen’s Socialists group. “We speak anywhere we’re invited, because the fight for affordable education is not just a fight for some students but a fight for all students,” they stated. The event took place on Oct. 23 in the Biosciences Complex.
I can’t speak to lawsuits that happened 10 years ago and are no longer active.
“PSAC strike looms, union asks Queen’s to rejoin table,” first published online Oct. 21 2016
— Jonathan Shepherd, QNDP and Queen’s Socialist member
“I can’t speak to lawsuits that happened 10 years ago and are no longer active,” he said of the legal battles with other universities. He concluded that there was no intention from either of his clubs to bring CFS to campus — despite their involvement in the Town Hall. “It was a little out of line for the [former] ASUS exec to suggest that
The article wrote that PSAC 901’s displeasure with the collective bargaining process was linked to the fact only 10 of 200 postdocs on campus would see wage increases under the agreement Queen’s had proposed and that the vote percentage was 92 per cent. This information was from a previous dispute in 2013, not the current agreement. The Journal regrets the error.
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Strong turnout at first of Ontario healthcare protests
News in Photos
Event in City Park draws approximately 1000 people Blake Canning Assistant News Editor While the first snowfall hit Kingston on Oct. 27, approximately 1,000 people gathered in City Park for the first of what they hope will be a series of healthcare related protests across the province. “We’re protesting the funding for health care in Ontario, which is the lowest in Canada,” Mike Rodrigues, president of the CUPE Local 1974, said. CUPE Local 1974 represents frontline workers at Kingston General Hospital (KGH). “It was a provincial rally. We had three buses from [Toronto], two out of Ottawa, one out of North Bay, one out of Sudbury, as far as New Liskeard. 14 buses, roughly 1,000 people here today.”
With the recent merger of for the first protest, Rodrigues KGH and Hotel Dieu hospital, hopes that this is only the former remains extremely the beginning. overpopulated, according “It’s a lead into a much to Rodrigues. He worked in larger series of events … there maintenance at KGH before going will be more coming and full time with the union. they’ll continue to get bigger,” The decision to protest was he said. largely driven by the current The next one will be in Hamilton living conditions of some patients, in February and the following he said. will be in June in Sudbury, leading “92 per cent of people polled up to a big protest in Ottawa in in Kingston said hospitals October of next year, according to need more funding,” he told Rodrigues. The Journal after the rally. With a full year of preparations “People are buying into it to go before marching on because they see the impact. Parliament Hill, Rodrigues They’re seeing patients is optimistic that the movement in sunrooms. There’s no he is a part of has the capacity bathroom there!” to make a lasting change for Their conditions were caused medical patients in Ontario. by medical institutions being “1,000 people in Kingston is a over capacity, he said. Seeing good start,” he said. “You might see the thousand-person turnout 10,000 in Ottawa. We don’t know.”
Special committee to begin AMS service TAPS investigation
Initial results slated for November, final report by February Morgan Dodson Assistant News Editor This article first appeared online on Oct. 25 2016. In response to the TAPS training week incident labelled as ‘hazing’ that occurred in late August, the TAPS Special Committee tasked with investigating has finalized their terms of reference for conducting its investigation. “Our Special Committee is on schedule to deliver an interim report by the end of the month,” AMS Vice President (Operations) Dave Walker wrote to The Journal via email
on Monday. “We will review the initial results at our November Board meeting, and move forward from there. Our goal is to have a final report ready for February, and we’ll be ready to speak further about what this means for the service at that time.” When AMS Assembly first addressed the incident at a Sept. 22 meeting they discussed the potential role of a special committee, the implementing of a dry TAPS training program, hiring a new head manager and having an AMS representative oversee fall and winter hiring periods.
The special committee had been established the week prior to Assembly, and just before a new head manager was hired to replace the manager in place during the incident. The final report and recommendations regarding the internal culture of the pub service will be presented to the AMS Board of Directors in February. In a press release, the committee explained that its first approach to the investigation will be conducting a series of interviews with TAPS staff. Now, Walker said, “we’re taking our time and making sure we get things right.”
Grocery Checkout Express opens AMS Vice President (Operations) Dave Walker cuts the ribbon of the new JDUC Grocery Checkout location on Thursday. The new “Express” location features hot prepared meals.
Streaming in the JDUC and Queen’s Centre On Oct. 25, the AMS announced that screens in both the JDUC and the Queen’s Centre have the ability to stream Gaels games for students.
New skate sharpener unveiled in the JDUC (Left to right) Bikes and Boards Director Lang Bunka, AMS Executives Tyler Lively, Carolyn Thompson and Dave Walker, and Environment and Sustainability Commissioner Liam Dowling.
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‘We’re not sure where the lack of common sense is,’ police say Continued from front
The woman in the video was initially told that she would be charged later, as officers were in the middle of Homecoming measures but were also aware of the new Quanto’s Law legislation. With the original charges dropped and new ones made, Koopman explained that the three accused can still receive any combination of jail time and fines, as well as potential probation. “There is the potential that they could be found guilty and technically have a criminal record,” Koopman said. “There’s also the alternative to either be found not guilty, to having something like
a conditional or suspended sentence. So long as they abide by some temporary conditions they wouldn’t receive a criminal record at the end of the process.”
at least the last “10Over to 11 years, where
we had that concern for Queen’s Homecoming, this has been the first time in a number of years where anything in relation to the horse has come up.
— Const. Steve Koopman
This year wasn’t the first Homecoming to involve police horses, he said. In past, the Toronto Mounted Police Unit has joined Kingston forces. However, it was the first to prompt this sort of activity. “Over at least the last 10 to 11 years, where we had that concern for Queen’s Homecoming, this has been the first time in a number of years where anything in relation to the horse has come up,” Koopman said. “We’re not sure where the lack of common sense is. You should never come up and strike any animal, especially a police trained one that has a rider on top of it.”
Students label day ‘largest act of student climate civil disobedience’ Continued from front
communities to build pipelines on their land, the Indigenous population has no legal power to say no. The current governmental process is more of a consultation than a legal request for permission. To the students speaking to The Journal, the pipeline is not worth the price Canada would pay for it. “The point of this expansion is not to meet the needs of our domestic energy — this [oil] is going to the coast to be shipped to China and elsewhere, but then the impacts are felt by the local community,” Diana Yoon, ArtSci ’17, said. “So, who is this for, and why are we doing this?” she asked. Prior to their protest,
[oil] is going “toThis the coast to be shipped to China and elsewhere, but then the impacts are felt by the local community.
— Diana Yoon, ArtSci ’17
the group participated in five hours of civil disobedience
training organized by 350.org. According to Yoon, the session was very well coordinated. She explained that it covered everything from different examples of peaceful protest, to practicing simulations and role-playing interactions with the police. The 350.org trainers emphasized they didn’t want anyone to be physically harmed or engage in conflict with the police, and granted them a spokesperson to address the media on their behalf and legal counsel to contact should they need it. “It was very clear to us in the training that the protest is arrest,” Meila Lilles, ArtSci ’17, said. “The protest was for us to get arrested, because we wanted to use that tactic of breaking the law to get our voices heard.” White and another exchange student, Charlotte Oeh, avoided arrest due to how a criminal charge might affect their ability to travel or live in Canada. Lilles said this fear brought to light the reality of many marginalized groups, who find it too risky to participate in these sorts of protests. “For those who really cannot risk [arrest], like immigrants or non-status people, what does that say about their
The protests and subsequent arrests at Parliament Hill on Monday.
voices? How does that marginalize their own political identity?” Lilles asked. Yoon said that those who chose to climb over the fence, including herself, were given a citation indicating they were banned from visiting Parliament Hill for the next three months. If they were found on the premises, they would be criminally charged. They were pleased with the resulting media attention and the interest received by
For those who really “cannot risk [arrest], like immigrants or non-status people, what does that say about their voices?
— Meila Lilles, ArtSci ’17
the Queen’s community. CBC cited the protest organizers, calling it the largest act of student climate civil disobedience in Canadian history. “It’s about getting off the couch and actually doing something more than anything,” Lorraway said. “I’d do it again.”
PHOTOS SUPPLIED VIA ROBERT VAN WAARDEN/SURVIVAL MEDIA
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AMS fall referendum statements The Journal provides this free space for parties on the ballot. All statements are unedited.
CFRC CFRC is Queen’s voice in the media. Since 1922 CFRC has been broadcasting the diversity of student voices on the airwaves, and now online at CFRC.ca, through our iPhone and Android apps, and through podcasts. Over 75% of the people on-air at CFRC are either Queen’s students or alumni, benefiting from not only the ability to be heard around the world but also getting hands-on training in audio production and techniques. Since 2013, we’ve made significant technical and programming advances at the station. Our studio is now fully digital, and CFRC is now connected to the Canada-wide emergency broadcast system. 100% of student fees go directly to the maintenance and operation of the station: maintaining the space, keeping equipment functional, and paying staff salaries (our staff are also almost all Queen's students or recent Queen’s alumni). All students, via their fee, are members of the station, eligible for volunteer training and to get involved both on and off the air. Queen’s students and staff form the majority of our board of directors; ultimately, we’re accountable to Queen’s, and we’re proud of the service we provide the Queen’s community. Through programs like Campus Connections, Club Sandwich, Grad Chat and Varsity Wrap Up (just to name a few), the station helps to promote students and their research, resources available to students, as well as student athletes, teams, and clubs. CFRC staff and volunteers work year-round to support other student groups, events, and initiatives through promotion and partnerships, DJ services and news coverage. Culturally, we give the Queen's and Kingston community the opportunity to hear programming they might not otherwise encounter, from Mandarin, Arabic, and French language (among others) shows, to culture, poetry, and Queen's perspectives on local, national, and global issues.
year to design and construct a toboggan, which is then taken to compete in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race. The toboggan is built with a metal frame, brakes, a steering system, and a concrete running surface. Along with this, a theme and display is created for the technical exhibition portion of the competition. This where the Team members have the opportunity to network with judges, sponsors and other engineering students from across Canada. The organizing, designing, and manufacturing of the toboggan for this competition requires a wide variety of skill sets and a great devotion of time. The Design Team consists of innovative students from various years and across multiple disciplines of engineering. Queen’s Concrete Toboggan’s Participation in the competition gives students the opportunity to apply and expand on many of the theories that are learnt in school. The team constantly works towards being strong role models at not only the competition but around Queen’s Campus and Kingston. We are eager to share all the skills that we have acquired through being active members of this team. The Team will work hard to be innovative in our design and construction and hopefully use and grow our skillset to exceed at competition this year.
difference in their communities and reward themselves through their pursuit to again practical experience outside the classroom. We pride ourselves on bringing bright and motivated students from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to bring quality work for our clients. Our teams are partnered with leading consulting firms in Canada to ensure the quality of work and provide our consultants with an entry point to the industry. Each semester we work with 4 nonprofit organizations and offer them services ranging from branding and marketing, to feasibility and marketentry studies. Some of our clients have included (but are not limited to) the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kingston Food Bank, and World Wildlife Fund. In support of these projects we have also partnered with KPMG, Level 5, BCG, DIG Insights, and SATOV Consultants.
GOOD TIMES DINER
Good Times Diner is a studentrun soup kitchen located in St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 5:30PM for fifty out of fifty-two weeks a year, nutritious, hot, free meals are provided for many less fortunate members of the Kingston community. This is a valuable service that creates a safe and welcoming environment for its patrons while addressing their social and economic CUCOH challenges. The food is prepared by Queen’s The Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare (CUCOH) is University student volunteers who a three-day conference that enables are interested in expanding their undergraduate students to engage understanding of community issues, in hands-on workshops, discussions, particularly poverty, in a fun, hands-on and seminars that showcase the learning environment. Volunteers have the opportunity to multidisciplinary nature of healthcare. Not only is CUCOH the largest conference learn valuable cooking skills and make at Queen’s, but it is also the largest new friends while working as a team student-run healthcare conference in to give back to the community they Canada. Last year, CUCOH was pleased call home. Good Times Diner is a nonto welcome over 375 delegates from judgemental, anonymous, free service 21 universities across Canada. This year, for all patrons of the Queen’s and our 12th annual conference will be held Kingston community. from November 18th-20th. Our optional student fee has HELPING HAITI helped to make our conference possible by providing the resources Queen’s Helping Haiti was established QUEEN’S CONCRETE CANOE TEAM to plan hands-on workshops, attract in 2014 to support the larger Kingstonnational delegates, develop discussion- based organization, Helping Haiti. Helping Haiti was founded by Tammy The Queen’s Concrete Canoe Team is based case challenges, and promote a multi-disciplinary design team under undergraduate-level research with our Aristilde, and aims to raise funds and awareness to support Cite Soleil. the organization of the Engineering research competition. This year, we have invited high caliber Tammy works with local members of Society at Queen’s University. The team is entirely student-run by speakers from the National Speakers the community to carry out projects, an executive group of ten individuals, Bureau, Deakin University in Australia, such as the building of a water tower and involves around twenty general and other distinguished health-care and medical clinic, as well as run members. The purpose of the team is to professionals from organizations across programs such as first aid training and design, develop and construct a canoe Canada. The funds from our student fee self-defence. Helping Haiti is particularly would go directly towards the speakers’ focused on reducing the amount of made entirely of concrete. Each year the team competes fees and travel fees necessary for these gang violence that is so prevalent in in the Canadian National Concrete new speaking engagements. We are that region. It does so by bringing Canoe Competition with universities confident that these speakers will members of the community together and colleges nationwide. Our key inspire the Queen’s community and in safe environments to build healthy objective is to provide a unique learning the larger Canadian community at our relationships. Queen’s Helping Haiti has teamed environment for students of all years conference. up with Tammy and her organization while promoting a creative, innovative, to help support the ongoing costs of and fun activity that encourages FRESHSIGHT QUEEN'S running the Helping Haiti medical clinic, leadership, teamwork, communication, project management, and problem FreshSight Queen’s provides pro- which include the wages of three local solving skills. bono consulting services to local hired nurses and two nursing assistants. A quarter of the patients seen each charities and national non-profit organizations. While helping deserving week are infants, while about a third QUEEN’S CONCRETE non-profits, we provide students seek emergency first aid. The clinic is an opportunity to develop their one of the only free health care facilities TOBOGGAN TEAM professional skillset in a rewarding in the region which is run by local staff The Queen’s Concrete Toboggan environment. Our team members are members, and is able to remain open Design Team works throughout the driven by a passion to create a lasting during times of political unrest.
In addition to the medical clinic, Queen’s Helping Haiti is also working to support the building of a newly designed community centre, which will feature sheltered playing surfaces for community members. In addition, we are hoping to install a community library where community members may come to learn and practice reading. The centre will be surrounded by security walls so as to ensure the safety of the individuals inside. Queen’s Helping Haiti hopes to run events on campus to raise awareness about the violence and poverty in Cite Soleil, as well as raise funds to help its mother organization carry out projects for the betterment of the community.
KINGSTON CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is the globe’s largest standalone showcase of Canadian film and media and is in its 17th season, with festival dates set for March 2-5, 2017. Founded in 2001 by a Queen’s film student, KCFF now showcases over 70 films, including dedicated programs for students, youth and emerging artists. The festival presents the stories of Francophone and Aboriginal directors, plus work by filmmakers living coast-tocoast. Additionally, KCFF hosts workshops, career and networking events, outreach to under-served members of the community, and festival awards. KCFF is a registered charity with the goal of celebrating and promoting Canadian film and film production. KCFF offers the Queen’s community access to festival programming that both challenges and inspires. Students actively engage in screenings and Q&A sessions, free workshops and panels, a free career event featuring big name guests from the film and media industry, plus one-on-one sessions and networking events. KCFF offers student filmmakers showcase opportunities, with major media and press attention. Our student film showcase guarantees artist fees, promotion and marketing for successful applicants, plus nomination for festival awards. Students from all disciplines submit films (there is no entry fee) and many continue to submit films beyond graduation. KCFF also employs 20 students who receive an academic credit, work study, or contract position. The skills, experience and connections that student staff make during KCFF have a lasting impact: many go on to positions with TIFF, Bell Media, The Comedy Network, VICE, Vancouver International Film Festival, to name a few. KCFF has partnered with many Queen’s clubs, and groups over the years, offering reciprocal marketing and promotion. Some groups include the Queen’s Film Production Club, The Queen’s Journal, CFRC 101.9, the Queen’s University Film Society, the Queen’s Commerce Film Committee, Vogue, and the Focus Film Festival.
Loving Spoonful is a local, non-
profit charity dedicated to achieving a healthy, food-secure community in Kingston by facilitating fresh food access, skill development and community engagement in a collaborative, empowering and environmentallysustainable manner. Loving Spoonful reclaims (rescues) fresh, healthy surplus food from local grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, farmers and bakeries including food retailers across Queen’s campus. We deliver it directly to over 30 Kingston social service agencies including those that feed the homeless, women escaping abuse, youth and the hungry. This program meets people’s immediate needs, directly reduces agencies’ food costs and increases the healthy food available at meal programs and shelters. Loving Spoonful also teaches healthy food skills including, School GROW garden programming at 7 local primary schools and community Kitchens – teaching basic, healthy cooking skills and sharing good meals together. Loving Spoonful operates innovative programming including: Preserve Reserves – preserving the harvest for donation throughout the winter Kingston Community Garden Network – supporting community gardens across Kingston Grow A Row program – distributing locally-grown produce Loving Spoonful works at the broader policy level, as well, to create a food system that is more equitable, healthy and sustainable. Some of the food outlets that count on Loving Spoonful to distribute their surplus healthy food include: Queen’s Athletic & Recreation Centre (ARC) Food Outlets, Lazy Scholar, Location 21, Canadian Grilling Company, Donald Gordon Centre, Queen’s Cafeterias at the end of terms and/or during the summer Many of Loving Spoonful’s volunteers are Queen’s students, staff and faculty. Loving Spoonful also collaborates with Soul Food, a Queen’s student group with similar goals and works with the Queen’s Sustainability Office. Loving Spoonful regularly employs Queen’s Work Study students and works with Queen’s classes to provide meaningful community-based projects for students to work through.
Referendum dialogue on current events, foreign affairs, global politics and international issues in general. We have been awarded the Best Club Events (2016) and Best Club (2013) by the AMS for our work on campus. We host a number of initiatives: a monthly Speaker Series featuring speakers such as Edward Snowden, Samantha Nutt and Romeo Dallaire; a quarterly international magazine, “ The Observer”; a bi-weekly radio show in CFRC and on Podomatic, “Right of Reply”; an international Model UN Conference, QMUNi; a crisis conference for Queen’s students, QICSim; a Community Outreach portfolio which works to build greater ties between students and professors and the Kingston Community; a top ranking Model UN team that travels and wins awards across North America and lastly, QIAA coordinates International Development Week, working with a diverse set of clubs on Queen’s campus. All of these initiatives are run 100% by Queen’s students for Queen’s students and all are provided free or at a heavily subsidized cost to any student that wishes to participate. Many of our events have reached international recognition, our Model UN team is ranked top fifty (and climbing!) in North America, and Right of Reply has been in the Top Ten lists for Politics and Organizations on Podomatic.
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library for seven consecutive days to raise awareness and funds for our cause. In the past this event has raised money to build a computer lab in Cambodia, three schools in Nepal and rural India. In addition to serving as a fundraising event, Live-in brings the Queen’s student body together in reflection of the value of education and the importance of literacy as a global issue. Funds collected from student fees have continually helped our club launch successful campaigns in Stauffer library by subsidizing our construction costs, and daily-events planned for the week of Live-in as well as other marketing expenses, and contributes towards other operational costs for our smaller events throughout the year. Since 2005, numerous other schools have joined in on this event such as McMaster, UBC, SFU, Ottawa U and U of T and the event continues to grow and spread across the country. By supporting our cause during this referendum you would be not only helping our club reach its goals, but also supporting literacy across the world to those in need.
Do you like sailing? How about robotics? Then we are the team for you! The Queen’s Mostly Autonomous Sailboat Team (QMAST) is a student run design team that builds autonomous sailboats to compete at the International QUEEN'S MUSICAL Robotic Sailing Regatta (IRSR), which was founded at Queen’s over a decadse THEATRE ago. Each year the team builds a new boat Queen’s Musical Theatre has been annually producing professional-quality from the ground up, splitting the work between three specialized sub-teams. musicals since 1969. The clubs origins date to 1883 with The mechanical sub-team is responsible the formation of the original Queen’s for designing and manufacturing the Glee Club. The club strives to provide boat itself, while the software suban educational environment for Queen’s team’s job is to program the onboard students to put on full-length musicals computer to autonomously sail the boat using information from the GPS and with positive learning experiences. Some of the most recent of the 68 wind sensors. Finally, the electrical sub-team links musicals staged by QMT include Next to Normal, Company, Dogfight, Legally the mechanical side to the software Blonde, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and side through the design and installation Assasins. In January 2017, QMT is proud of sensors, power sources and other to present Avenue Q, a hilarious musical electrical components necessary to featuring puppets teaching valuable life control the boat. The IRSR is a competition, typically lessons for adults. Students involved with QMT have held in June, where schools from across the opportunity to take part in shows the world convene to compete in several through roles in the cast, orchestra, events including a payload carrying QUEEN'S FIRST AID crews, and production team. In addition challenge, station keeping challenge, Queen’s First Aid Campus Response to our productions, we hold musical and a navigation challenge where the Team is a student-run, volunteer 24/7 theatre related social events such as boat must maneuver around obstacles on-call campus response team that has cabarets, alumni galas, trips to see without any guidance from its team. With second place finishes at IRSR 2015 served the Queen's community since shows, and workshops. Money collected from our $0.50 fee and 2016, QMAST is excited to challenge 1986. QFA provides emergency first aid services to those in need and is (subject to individual opt-out) helps for first place at this year’s competition, dispatched to incidents via the Queen's us to provide valuable opportunities hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy in Emergency Report Centre. QFA also for students, not only through Annapolis, MD. Additionally, QMAST hosts various attends university and student events by our productions, but also through request and offers St. John Ambulance workshops, trips, cabaret evenings, and workshops throughout the year on skills such as soldering, fiber-glassing First Aid courses at discounted prices other events. QMT provides students with and Arduino programming. These for students. The QFA student fee is the Unit's meaningful experience that has allowed workshops are open to all students only revenue source and is used to pay many of our alumni to go on to develop check out our Facebook page (facebook. for training, equipment, and volunteer their own musicals, attend prestigious com/qmast) for more details! So whether you are a sailing development. The Unit maintains a theatre schools, and work in the Toronto partnership with Queen's Department and Broadway theatre scenes. With your enthusiast, love robotics, or just find the of Campus Security & Emergency support, we will be able to continue to idea of creating an autonomous sailboat Services, participating in joint marketing provide Queen’s students with these interesting, please come find us! We are campaigns promoting the Emergency exciting opportunities and to bring located in Beamish Munro Hall Room professional-quality musical theatre to 121, or send us an email at sailboat@ Report Line. the Queen’s and Kingston communities. engsoc.queensu.ca.
The Queen’s International Affairs Association is one of the largest and oldest clubs at Queen’s (circa 1907). We run a number of fantastic initiatives in order to provide students with unique experiences in international affairs. We are an umbrella organization of eight different initiatives and serve as a hub for students, faculty and members of the Kingston community who are interested in engaging in debate and
ROOM TO READ
FRIENDS OF MSF
Queen’s is an official chapter of the award-winning non-profit organization Room to Read. We envision a world whereby all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and have the ability to contribute to their community and world at large. Live-in for Literacy is the flagship event of the year for our club, whereby 2 members are to live, sleep and eat in Stauffer
The Friends of MSF: Queen’s Club is dedicated to raising awareness about Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF or Doctors Without Boarders) and the issues that this organization promotes. MSF was founded in 1971 by a group of French Doctors in order to respond effectively and rapidly to medical emergencies. It has since become the largest emergency relief organization
worldwide. MSF operates independently from political, economic and religious influences in many countries where there is little or no medical infrastructure. For more information on MSF please visit: www.msf.ca. The primary goal of the MSF club is to promote MSF to the Queen’s and larger Kingston community. We plan to do this through avenues such as posters, announcements and enlightening public displays. A secondary goal of the MSF club is to raise funds for MSF to support its emergency missions and provide medical supplies to those in need. This club will provide individuals with information about the nature of overseas volunteer work in the hopes that they will consider volunteering with MSF later in their professional car eers. The purpose and goals of the MSF club fall in line with Queen’s values of internationalism and social responsibility. The MSF club informs the Queen’s community of volunteer opportunities and this can assist with students’ plans for the future. In addition, the MSF club hopes to strengthen the relationships between the various faculties at Queen’s. MSF is an organization that involves individuals from many different professions including doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, laboratory specialists, nutritionists, administrators and project coordinators. The executive committee and members of the Friends of MSF club include individuals from various faculties including medicine, nursing, commerce and engineering.
EXCERSIZE IS MEDICINE CANADA @ QUEENSU
Exercise is Medicine Canada @ Queen’s University aims to develop and encourage physical activity prescription with primary care physicians when designing treatment plans for patients. As the first University to head an Exercise is Medicine - Canada on campus club, we are invested in providing seminars and workshops to medical students, local physicians, and health care networks around the benefits of physical activity. We also run events to encourage students at Queen’s to become more physically active to benefit their physical AND mental well-being. We plan to use this student fee of $0.25 towards running physical activity programming on campus and in the Kingston community, including several of our yearly events and training opportunities: “Move with Your Docs”, “Lifestyle Expo”, “Exercise Prescription @ Queen’s”, “Physical Activity Hour”, medical student training programming, among others. We look forward to the hopeful support of the Queen’s community in seeking out this student fee and coming out to our events and programming!
QUEEN’S LOVE 146
Queen’s Love146 is a local task force for the larger charitable organization, Love146. Love146 is a Texas-based charity in support of child trafficking survivors in the US, the UK and Southeast Asia. The organization focuses their efforts on survivor care and prevention, building and operating rehabilitation centers to help the children reintegrate and thrive in their local communities. As a task force, we share the vision of Love146: “The abolition of child trafficking and exploitation. Nothing Less.” Locally, our organization continues to educate the community through fundraising events and awareness campaigns. Queen’s Love146 aims to
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empower a growing movement, and shed light on the issue of child trafficking and exploitation. By partnering with other on-and-off campus organizations, our goal is to effect change. This goal can be achieved through further establishment of our organization at Queen’s. The student fee will allow us to grow the scale of our fundraising and reach a wider audience. This money will help us host larger events, offer greater
resources and ultimately further our mission to end child trafficking and exploitation.
Using the student fees provided to us by the AMS Bands has served as a pillar of Queen’s school spirit for over 110 years. Bands has stayed true to its origin by accompanying the varsity football
team to every game, home and away, for as far back as our records go (well back to the 1940s). This incurs significant travel costs for busses and hotels. Our student fee has also helped pay for the purchase and maintenance of our iconic uniforms, which upholds the Scottish and Royal traditions of the University. We proudly wear tartan while giving back to the community by performing
at events hosted by a wide range of groups, including many hosted by the Office of Advancement. We also use our student fee money to travel to other communities to represent Queen’s, marching in Santa Claus and St. Patrick's day parades, both locally, across Canada, and even internationally.
Sometimes, the whole story doesn’t fit in print.
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IN-DEPTH STORIES FROM AROUND CAMPUS AND IN THE COMMUNITY
The art of saving a program What does the future look like for Queen’s Bachelors of Fine Arts? Morgan Dodson Assistant News Editor After a close brush with program closure, the Queen’s Fine Art program can be remembered as the program that just wouldn’t die. Queen’s Fine Art program focuses on painting, printmaking and sculpture/installation. Its “small class sizes and professor-to-student ratios” are what gives the unique faculty “an interactive learning environment”, according to its website. While its cheerful description hints at its problems, it doesn’t tell the whole story of a program that has had to struggle for existence at Queen’s. In November of 2011, admissions to the program were suspended, meaning they wouldn’t be accepting students for the 2012-13 school year. The decision was due to budget constraints in the Faculty of Arts and Science. According to Alistair MacLean, the dean of Arts and Science at the time, Fine Arts was one of the most expensive programs at Queen’s. Following the suspension, the AMS created a committee to investigate the University’s decision and work to restore enrollment for the program. At the same time, many students in the program protested what seemed to be the beginning of the end for Fine Arts at Queen’s. On Dec. 2, 2011, 20 Fine Art students gathered outside of Summerhill, standing in a formation that spelled out “BFA”. “The goal of today was to bring people together in one moment, for one cause — to speak about art in society and using society to speak art,” Kaisa Moran, president of BFA’s student council told The Journal in 2011. “For a small program,
we’re only 107 students with a few faculty members, they didn’t expect it to be a big deal — but it is,” Moran, BFA ’12, said of the Senate’s reaction towards outraged students. The Arts and Science Faculty Board also got involved, voting to reinstate admissions, to little effect. Students staked out Senate meetings, holding their artwork in protest. Months after the decision, Queen’s hired an independent lawyer to look into the decision, after Mark Jones, an English professor, brought a motion to Senate. Less than a year later, in June 2012, the program reopened admissions in the fall of 2013 due to the dedication shown by the students in the program.
now focus on digital elements of art and the use of modern technologies, but Baskin appreciates that “the type of art produced and what we have access to resource-wise is very traditional.” Habiba Esaad, BFA ’19, is another student who proudly chose Queen’s, even though she knew about the financial struggles that the Fine Art program was having. “I like the fact that all of our professors are also practicing artists,” Esaad said. Esaad explained that the studio spaces are big and the class sizes are small. Having a smaller program helps students to connect more easily with professors and practicing artists,
and continue to show dedication to both art and Queen’s itself. Both Esaad and Baskin say that the benefits outweigh the losses. The reason Esaad and Baskin were able to become Queen’s Fine Arts graduates had a lot to do with what the program’s suspension led to. In May 2012, a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Academic Development released a draft proposal outlining recommended procedures for the suspension of academic programs and ensuring that all possibilities are explored before the suspension of any academic program. This was just one month before the Fine Art program announced it would reopen admissions.
In November of 2011, admissions to the program were “suspended, meaning they wouldn’t be accepting students for the 2012-2013 school year due to budget constraints in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
When Kelly Baskin found out admissions had been reopened, she began to cry she was so happy. Baskin is a current fourth-year BFA student, who will graduate this year. She enrolled as a student the year admissions reopened. Although she knew that the program was having difficulties, she was still set on coming to Queen’s. She originally came to visit knowing that the program had been suspended. “The interest in being in a school that has more than one disciplinary [is because] you can meet different people,” Baskin said, speaking to why she chose Queen’s over other art schools. Many other fine arts schools
AMS Academic Affairs Commissioner at the time, Isabelle Duchaine, commented that the document was the result of a previous lack of clearly-outlined procedures for the suspension of admissions. “The complication that arose last year was that there was no clear indication of what that process was,” Duchaine, ArtSci ’13 told The Journal in 2012. The guidelines specifically addressed how to increase transparency and communication between deans and students, what Lauren Long, a member of the committee said “was a major problem during the suspension of the fine arts program in 2011.” Whether the reactions of Fine Art students played into those guidelines or not, they’ve stood since, through the closing of other academic programs including the Theology program just last year. It might be a while though before the Fine Art program faces the same fate again. “I think that the University Administration better recognizes our value since the suspension of admissions,” Fine Art Professor Rebecca Anweiler wrote to The Journal via email. “Some of that has to do with the public outcry that happened, but lots also have to do with how this encouraged everyone at the University to ILLUSTRATION BY VINCENT LIN think about what Fine Arts brings
thus opening more doors for future opportunities — two reasons that Esaad chose Queen’s over all the other art schools in Canada. “There are things that you wouldn’t really find at other schools. For instance, our print making workshop is one of the best in Canada,” Esaad said. Esaad has one concern with the program though — the excess fees students have to pay on top of tuition. Because the students do modules in intervals, they have to pay their fee every six weeks. On top of those two fees, they also have to pay for all their supplies. Overall, she explained that although the program still continues to struggle financially, the students make the best of it
to the table that is unique, and even necessary, to an academic environment.” Although she has concerns with the program’s lack of funding, the University has become more supportive which she hopes “helps to redefine what’s important in the bigger picture, and how Visual Art contributes to that.” “Here’s the future I choose to see: we find a home for our program with another creative art department that help us to broaden our program while recognizing the value of how we teach the in-depth medium development we teach already,” Anweiler said recently via email. The Fine Art program is continuing to accept applications for the BFA as well as for the BFA Continuing Education stream for 2017-18. Vicki Remenda, associate academic dean, explained that a program is only suspended to allow time for review if there is “lack of student demand and quality, market trends, government and other funding sources changes, or availability of qualified academic and support staff.” The BFA program has an admission target of approximately 30 students per year and has consistently been close to that target for the last couple years, according to Remenda.
that “theI think University
Administration better recognizes our value since the suspension of admissions.
— Rebecca Anweiler, Art Professor
As the program is fully operational now, it will continue to develop and aim to make changes to support its future. “The program has just received and is in the process of implementing the recommendations from its Cyclical Program Review, which did include recommendations to consider new courses offerings,” Remenda said. As much as the reason behind the program’s reopening came down to policy, without the dedication of it’s students and faculty standing up for their program, Ontario Hall might look very different today. Upon the reopening of admissions in 2012, Associate Dean of Arts and Science, Gordon Smith summed it up: “I think it’s important for people to understand the incredible amount of work that’s gone into this the past eight months, on the part of students, all the BFA faculty.”
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The Journal’s Perspective
It may not be thought-provoking, but it works A ban on offensive costumes serves its purpose, even without an explanation
eaving offensive costumes at the door protects other students, but not explaining why may be a missed opportunity. This Halloween, Brock University’s student union prepared a list of prohibited costumes for those attending their annual Halloween party. The list includes culturally appropriative costumes or ones that trivialize sensitive issues and identities. If you show up wearing an Indigenous headdress or dressed as trans activist Caitlyn Jenner, for instance, you’d be kicked out. A ban makes a statement that student leaders care about those affected by offensive costumes. It’s tiring to expect those whose identities are belittled to constantly explain why wearing a stereotyped version of their identities is wrong. Removing these costumes from the space helps make sure everyone can have fun — not just some at the expense of others. While a ban may send a strong message, however, it doesn’t solve the whole problem, it only affects one party. We also tend to dislike being told what to do or what to
wear. There’s a lesser chance that a ban might even spur resentment rather than thoughtfulness. Take the Queen’s Native Student Association’s recent photo campaign, for example. Released this past Monday, the series of photographs featured Queen’s students of different identities beside costumes that caricaturize those identities.
tiring to expect “thoseIt’swhose identities
are belittled to constantly explain why wearing a stereotyped version of their identities is wrong.
The campaign expressed why these costumes are unacceptable. It shows that an educational campaign has the ability to provoke thought and introspection in a way that a list of banned costumes doesn’t. That being said, while conversations around offensive costumes are crucial, the priority of a ban isn’t to educate — it’s to protect those affected. To those whose identities are flattened into offensive costumes,
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Halloween is sometimes a harsh reminder of a culture that manufactures, sells and excuses these costumes in the first place. For them, a party that leaves those reminders at the door is a welcome relief. It might seem overly paternalistic to ban
Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself
hen I was a child, I was “solemn.” When I was a teenager, I was “temperamental.” After my second year of university, I was diagnosed with depression. Using coded language to discuss illness to fit into, but mental illness But mental illness isn’t mental illness does more harm expresses itself differently for shameful or a secret, especially than good. different people. when one in three Canadians will Initially, it may have been a Using pre-set, coded language inevitably experience it at some comfort for those around me to to talk about it ignores the point in their life. use vague and inoffensive language personal nature of mental We continue to propagate the to lighten the tone of a weighty illness — it’s incredibly reductive stigmatization of mental illness subject — but lightening it doesn’t and damaging. when we’re unwilling to use do it justice. the vocabulary that By actively effectively describes it. refusing to name By willfully addressing my mental illness I’m more than my mental illness, my brain’s pathology, with a name, I eradicated a bit of the shame it restricted my but it’s still a part of attached to something I’d thought other understanding of who I am. people could easily deal with. what it was and The inability to subsequently of address it for what it is how to treat it. There’s a power in reclaiming dismisses an aspect of myself. It I’d been struggling with an and identifying something that is proves an unwillingness to engage inexplicable part of my identity both a pathological illness and an with someone who doesn’t exist for years. Even a year before my element of someone’s identity. in comfortable absolutes. diagnosis, I was deflecting the By willfully addressing my It’s hard to break our patterns severity of my illness by telling mental illness with a name, and confronting the truth isn’t people I was “slumped,” “drained” I eradicated a bit of the shame easy, but ultimately the benefits or “in a funk.” attached to something I’d thought of calling mental illness what it These words made it seem other people could easily deal with. is outweigh the risk of feeling like I was experiencing something When students approach momentarily uncomfortable. at odds with who I normally am mental illness in their peers, we — like this was a temporary period I often feel compelled to use words was eventually going to pass. that sound less severe. Facing it Ghazal is The Journal’s It’s hard to shake the mould that head-on makes us uneasy and we Video Editor. She’s a fourthwe expect, and often force, mental wish to appear sensitive. year English major.
something outright, but the fact that a party would require such a ban in the first place speaks volumes. A finger-wagging may be what students need to finally learn their lesson. Halloween is a night of
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scares, but some costumes aren’t frightening, they’re crossing a line. If we learn the difference, a ban won’t be necessary. — Journal Editorial Board
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OPINIONS Talking heads ... around campus PHOTOS BY JULIA BALAKRISHNAN
What are you going to be for Halloween?
Read between the lines Queen’s students need to take a more active role in combatting the literacy issues that exist within the Kingston community
“Lilo and Stitch.” Cynthia Gao, Comm '17
Lobsang Wangkhang, ArtSci ’19
“A moose on the loose.” Mallory Gallant, ArtSci ’17
“A construction worker.” Omar Gaballa, Sci ’19
“Spongebob. I have a suit.” Sarah Jovanovich, ConEd '17
“Kim Possible, one day. Shrek, the next.” Jordan Greene, ArtSci ’19
Kylie Dickinson argues that low literacy rates in Kingston are a problem that Queen’s students can directly help to alleviate.
Kylie Dickinson, ArtSci '17 At any given time, there are thousands of students on the Queen’s campus studying a multitude of subjects, but most involve reading. Whether it’s instructions to a lab assignment or a 400-page book on contemporary values portrayed in Shakespearean plays, each student is required to do at least some reading on a day-to-day basis. Even just walking through the University District, you need to be able to read street and building names to get to classes on time and to find your way around. These seem like simple everyday tasks that many people take for granted as common abilities. However, this isn’t the case for many people throughout Canada, let alone people in this very city. If we take a moment to look outside of our Queen’s bubble the literacy problems that persist in Kingston are glaringly obvious. Part of the onus falls on us as students to help solve the problem. According to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, a national non-profit organization representing literacy coalitions, organizations and individuals, 42 per cent of Canadian adults between the ages 16 and 64 have below average levels of literacy capabilities. Less than 20 per cent of people with low literacy levels are able to find work. In the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey completed by Statistics Canada, it showed that millions of Canadians don’t possess the
literacy skills required to meet reality, Queen’s is just a fraction of the difficulties of society and the Kingston community. this loss impacts not only the Labeling Kingston as a social well-being of a person “university town” is dangerous but also families, communities because it can often lead people and Canada as a country. Even to disregard real issues of lack a one per cent increase of of education that exist outside of literacy rates would result the institution. in a billion-dollar economic As students who are welcomed growth each year for Canada into Kingston for a number of and an increase of employment years in order to obtain degrees and productivity. we should be able to contribute Aside from just economic and give back to a community growth, the survey also found that already gives so much to the that an increase of literacy rates students that occupy it for roughly would lead to “improved health, four years before moving on. productivity, reduced social costs Getting involved in and higher growth”. organizations that exist to increase
a moment to look outside “ Ifofweourtake Queen’s bubble the literacy problems that persist in Kingston are glaringly obvious. Part of the onus falls on us as students to help solve the problem.
In short, improved literacy levels mean a higher quality of life. According to the Kingston Literacy and Skills Center, in 1976, almost 27 per cent of adults in Kingston had less than their ninth-grade education and results from a study the following year determined that there was a great need for a literacy program in Kingston and its implementation became a priority. Since then, the program continues to service over 352 people, proving that there should still be a push for more literacy programming in Kingston. Often people consider Kingston to be a “university town” when, in
literacy rates among people of all ages within the Kingston community is one of the first steps students should take. In a city where residents are often an afterthought because of the large post-secondary student presence, putting the skills we’ve learned to good use is a necessity. Students can influence immediate change by contributing to the economic prosperity of the city through more than just paying for their educations and servicing the university. There are programs here at Queen’s that look to bring awareness to literacy issues
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and find solutions to help the community of Kingston. I’ve had the privilege of being involved in an on-campus club called Queen’s Student’s for Literacy (QSL) which runs three programs through various elementary schools, women’s shelters and correctional facilities in the Kingston area. QSL exists in partnership with Frontier College, which is a national literacy organization in Canada that works with volunteers to help people reach higher levels of literacy. They push for individual success and encourage people to seek opportunities through utilizing their newfound skills. The program operates as a means of connecting Queen’s Students to the Kingston community to help raise awareness of an issue that is prevalent across Canada and affects all of us directly and indirectly. We need to expand our efforts to help alleviate an issue that is often placed on the backburner. Literacy needs to be viewed as a fundamental right and, as students who benefit from attending one of the top universities in Canada, the least we can do is take measures to ensure that the rest of the Kingston community is capable of attaining this right. Kylie Dickinson is a fourth-year English major and Art History minor. She is also the QSL VicePresident of Communications and the Read for Fun Intern.
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ARTS POETRY & HIP-HOP
QNSA showcases lineup of artists from Queen’s and beyond Poets and performers storm The Mansion Alex Palermo Assistant Arts Editor On Tuesday night, The Mansion became well-versed in lyricism and poetry as slammers and hip-hop artists performed emotional and politically-charged pieces at Queen’s Native Student Association’s (QNSA) Inspiring a Generation poetry and hip-hop night. Spearheaded by QNSA with help from The Vault Kingston, the event opened up dialogue on social issues that are often swept under the rug. Indigenous issues are at the heart of QNSA’s mission, but there were no limits on the topics for the night. The amplified forms of expression, slam poetry and hip-hop contrasted starkly with the delicate subject matter at stake. On the second floor of The Mansion, there were five rows of seats, fanning out from the stage where a makeshift DJ booth had been set up. It was an intimate setting. I took a seat in the third row, behind a group of slam poets who were laughing and throwing back “schooners” — giant mugs of beer. Chris Reid, who goes by stage name Falconer, introduced himself as the MC for the night and welcomed the first poet to the stage. Michelle Allan, ArtSci ’18, took the mic and delivered a heartbreaking spoken word called ‘Inheritance’ detailing her personal struggles growing up as a young woman conditioned into tolerance. The next performer, Evelyna Ekoko-Kay, ArtSci ’17, delivered two poems back to back, both of which were noticeably difficult for the poet to deliver, dealing with emotionally-charged subject matter like the sexual assault of Sally Hemings, a woman enslaved by Thomas Jefferson in the late 1700s. I was surprised by how well their emotions bled through their words. I felt as though I was hearing the real-time thoughts in their heads, not so much words that were trimmed and rehearsed to perfection. While there were some slip-ups from a performance standpoint, the message was
OG BEA crystal clear: we’re here to talk about the things that need to be expressed, but plain words don’t do it justice. Next, hip-hop artist Wen took the stage, immediately charming the audience with his disclaimer: “Here is a track I ripped off of YouTube,” and proceeded to spit some profound lyrics. His accompanying singer aka OG BEA was all smiles, as she sang ‘damn’ and ‘oh shit’ in the background. The combination was cathartic and entertaining, while her constant grin kept the mood light. The real game changer was when they switched places on stage. OG BEA grabbed the main microphone and, tottering in her thigh-high boots, launched into an impressive verse complete with voice changes reminiscent of Nicki Minaj on Kanye’s ‘Monster’. The audience was screaming at some of her lyrics, which she described as racially charged, and I, at times, would describe as
legendary: “We never get old, bitch/Herbal tea for the soul, bitch”. The next round of poetry included a piece by Indigenous artist Sara Cecile, ArtSci ’19. She spoke of the hardships she’s encountered as a half-Indigenous, half-white student, comparing herself to the Canadian flag — both red and white. When I caught up with her after the show to ask why expression is so important, Cecile didn’t miss a beat. “It’s beneficial for yourself. It allows you to accept truths … it’s like talking to someone without the pressure,” she said. The poems were interspersed with fresh musical acts throughout the night, which moved the energy from low to high at a comfortable pace. Jesse Shewfelt, ArtSci ’17, delivered a slam poem about his frustration with Facebook, which earned him a personal shoutout from Toronto artist Just John for being “dope”.
MC Falconer revealed halfway through the show that he’s recently released an EP, The Falconer, from which he would be performing. Of course, I thought, everyone here is an artist in disguise. Falconer delivered above my expectations when he performed three back-to-back tracks without so much as glancing down at written lyrics, rare among the lineup. Another round of slam poetry from the first group saw a major upswing in tempo, as issues ranging from the Orlando shooting to ex-boyfriends had the audience appreciatively snapping away. A surprise performance by one of the QNSA’s Inspiring a Generation chairs, Darian Doblej, ArtSci ’18, brought up the intersectional discussion of queer and Indigenous issues. For the grand finale, Just John, a Toronto -based hip-hop artist took the stage and pumped up the crowd by calling us ‘beautiful’ and ‘lit’ — a surefire way to get people going. Custom leather jacket glistening under the spotlight, his performance felt almost too large for the miniscule stage space, as he jumped and danced, throwing the audience lines to spew right back. I couldn’t help but feel lucky to be there. I consider myself to be somewhat of an art apologist. The stutters and the forgotten lyrics from the discernible rookies were all water under the bridge once the night was through, because a slam poetry and hip-hop night isn’t only an artist’s dream, but also the perfect vehicle to express the diverse points of view represented at Queen’s.
PHOTOS BY AUSTON CHHOR AND GHAZAL BARADARI-GHIAMI
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The real on Busty and the Bass Ale House hosts Queen’s favourite from Montreal Jenna Zucker Lifestyle Editor
Busty’s brass section at Ale House.
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Nick Ferraro in control of the crowd at Ale House.
New student exhibit offers creative opportunity for grads Cultural studies students open gallery for their faculty Vishmayaa Jeyamoorthy Staff Writer A new gallery has come to campus, made by students, for students. The new student run gallery, Pot-purri: A Collegiate Exhibition, is located in B176 of Mac-Corry and is dedicated to showcasing cultural studies students’ artwork on campus. The gallery was inspired by a desire to incorporate creative learning and expression into Queen’s academic sphere, and in particular, the lack of art galleries for students on and off campus. To kick off the opening of the gallery, a photo exhibit entitled, The Colour of Food, curated by postdoc Craig Berggold. The Colour of Food focuses on the exploitation of farmworkers in the Fraser Valley in California. Farmworkers often work long days in unsafe conditions for very little pay — the exhibit was a photo montage
narrative illustrating these hardships, as well as the protests that farm workers held to unionize and work towards better conditions for themselves and their families. The artwork was originally created in the 1980s, before Photoshop ever existed. Each montage was made by layering the different elements together under a photo enlarger and then creating a print out of the resulting image. While the technique itself is interesting, I personally found the final product disjointed. I didn’t have any context for what I was seeing until I read the informational pamphlet offered by the gallery and that only cleared up a little of my confusion. Social justice and art colliding generally offers something I love, but I didn’t understand the story being told in this show and how it connected to me as the student audience. That being said, the gallery space itself offers something dynamic, located in the
It was around this time last year, when I first set eyes on the McGill-bred band, Busty and the Bass. I’d never listened to them before and didn’t know what to expect but one year later, I was back for more. This time around, I didn’t have to wait in line with a hundred other Busty fans. As I opened the doors to the bar and put away my headphones, I was immediately greeted by the live version of the same song I was just listening to. Busty and the Bass’ brass collaborative transcends the commonplace label of a student band. I would describe the band as a colourful funk orchestra. I was there for a look at their soundcheck, along with about seven other people. The nine-person band played for their tiny audience with the same amount of charisma they showed later that night when I awkwardly danced among a much larger crowd. After what I’d like to pretend was my private pre-show, I sat down with Busty’s Nick Ferraro, (alto sax and vocals) and Chris Vincent, (trombone) to talk about their story. The band’s various members are mostly from Montreal, with some hailing from other Canadian cities, but they all came together at McGill. Our guitar player was having a jam session and invited all of us and then we did it again the week after that and then again the week after that,” Vincent said with a shocked look as he thought about how long ago they started, in their freshman year. “There’d be people hanging out and there’d be a drum set, some amps and people playing. We’d do that and jam and then we just continued playing,” Ferraro added. “Within our first two years, we probably played two real events. Everything was either cultural studies student lounge in the basement of Mac-Corry. The exhibition space fills three walls of the student lounge, inviting passers-by to take part. The artists featured in the gallery change every month, but each artist must be a cultural studies graduate student. The gallery gives these students a chance to showcase their art, an important goal given the limited exhibition space on and off campus. It gives students the experience of curating, installing, applying to exhibitions and preparing a professional portfolio of work. While the exhibit featured this month left something to be desired, I was impressed by the gallery itself. I hope that, given its mandate, the gallery is able to expand to feature artwork from all student artists instead of just Cultural Studies graduate students. Who knows? Maybe next month’s exhibit will blow me away.
a house party or the basement of a residence and then we got one or two bar gigs in that span.” Playing in Kingston takes the band back to their college days — a small venue coupled with a young and rowdy crowd ready to embrace the music. “I remember visiting when I was 15 and coming to Ale with a fake ID,” Ferarro admitted. With so many members in the band, each song they write ends up being a collaborative effort. For instance, the song ‘Miss Judged’ from their latest EP, Lift, started out as an idea recorded by the trumpet player, Mike McCann. From there, everyone took turns playing around with it. “It’s often rare that the same person who writes a verse writes the chorus or the bridge, it’s funny that way,” Ferraro said. The group prefers playing live as it allows them to mess around and play material they wouldn’t necessarily record, such as a compilation of Disney songs — including, but not limited to ‘Hakuna Matata’. Unfortunately, the crowded Ale House wasn’t graced with a Timon and Pumba rendition that night. The band kept the crowd cheering throughout two encores, which included their cover of Macy Gray’s ‘I Try’. All nine-band mates were dancing, playing their instruments with enthusiasm and sweating profusely throughout their performance. Their energy caught on with the audience, who didn’t stop dancing until the final encore was played, the horns were packed up and the lights were turned on. For the band, coming back to Queen’s is a trip down memory lane, Vincent said. “Kingston is definitely a spot on the map for us, especially in terms of Busty history.”
A photo from The Colour of Food.
PHOTO BY AUSTON CHHOR
Friday, October 28, 2016
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Jock Clime set the single-season CIS receiving record in 1988 with 1091 yards.
Jock Climie’s journey around the world to play football at Queen’s Former Gael turned CFL star and lawyer discusses his family legacy and his passion for sport Sebastian Bron Staff Writer “We showed up that day and it was a snowstorm and they wanted nothing more than to stop me.” November of 1988 was special. Forget jean jackets, neon lights and pop music. For Jock Climie, it was the month his football career — and his life — took off. He paused. “They had nothing to play for except stopping me from getting the record.” *** Growing up in Lahr, West Germany — at a Canadian Armed Forces base — Climie wanted nothing more than to slap on a pair of cleats and throw around a pigskin, but he couldn’t. Europe was, and remains a continent infatuated by football — and not the American kind. “If you asked me at [age] five what I wanted to do when I grew up I would’ve told you I wanted to play for Queen’s and in the CFL, and that’s all I wanted to do … I just couldn’t get to it because we
professional football seemed far accomplishments, but in the midst were in Europe,” Climie said. His family bounced around away — if not impossible at times. of it all, he had found himself His dream was hanging on by so preoccupied with academics the continent for eight years. that the CFL draft had become Bob Climie was an on-call doctor a thread. By his Grade 12 year, the family an afterthought. serving in the military, and the With a B.A. in Economics and family’s living situation could moved back to Canada and Climie be aptly described as turbulent. got what he longed for — football. one year of law school under his Serving six years in West He sat for much of the year, waiting belt, his four years at Queen’s Germany and two in England, for his number to be called and flew by. “It came as a complete surprise “home” was a loose term for learning the ins-and-outs of the Climie. He didn’t know where game, but eventually got some to me when I found out at the end he’d be off to next and if he’d ever playing time in the latter half of his of the year that there were actually scouts looking at me for the CFL.” high school career. play football. While at home, Clime recieved As the season was nearing its Although he was born in Toronto, Climie grew up around end, Climie was on the receiving a phone call. It was the Toronto Argonauts letting the game. him know they’ve His father taken him as their was a medical It’s focus. It’s whatever you’re doing, you’re fourth overall pick student at 100 percent focused on that. Whatever it is, I’m in the draft. Queen’s in the committed and dedicated to that Suddenly years early 1970s, of patience and and up until — Jock Climie months of training his graduation had acted as one of many assistant end of some good fortune. At had culminated into a fairy-tale coaches under the late Doug the receiver position, he was story. The moment was surreal, Hargreaves, a storied Gaels football getting the ball thrown to him he remembers. His dream had a lot, and after getting invited come true. head coach. Throughout the next decade, Queen’s University ran deep to an All-Star game in Ottawa, in the Climie family. Jock’s Clime made a name for himself Climie took full advantage of his opportunity in the CFL. He was mother, who also graduated from on the recruiting trail. And while Queen’s didn’t know a three-time All-Star and the Queen’s, would cheer on her soon-to-be husband in the ‘60s much about him, they invited him recipient of the Lew Hayman Trophy — awarded to the top from the sidelines as he donned a for a tryout. “Obviously they didn’t know Canadian in the East Division. It Gaels jersey. Climie recalled his father’s what they were getting,” he said. didn’t come without its share of difficulties, though. words that echoed around the “No one did.” In attempts to prolong his house during his youth. “He always Climie arrived to Queen’s in the used to say to me that I could fall of 1985 unsure of what the studies in law, Climie became the first ever part-time law student go wherever I want as long as it future held in store. An illustrious career with at Queen’s. was Queen’s … that was the ‘line’ “I went to the dean after I got the Gaels was capped off growing up,” he said jokingly. But the chance to play with a number of individual drafted saying: ‘look, I’ve just
been drafted. Football season runs through November, is there any way I could do one semester at a time?’ That had never been done before and was considered completely off the wall, but luckily he was an out-of-the-box thinker and said ‘sure’.” *** There were many points in Climie’s life where he could’ve quit. Whether he knew it or not, a snowy 1988 November afternoon against Carleton would make his dedication worth while. It was during this final game of the regular season when Climie broke the CIS record for recieving yards in a single season. “By the third quarter they were lining three guys over top of me. At the end of an offensive series, I remember coming to the sideline and coach telling me: ‘well, that was your chance!’” “On the next series, I got back out there, made a few catches and broke the record for most receiving yards in CIS history. It was remarkable.” On the year, Climie tallied 1,091 receiving yards — now good for fifth behind new record holder, Western’s Andy Fantuz with 1,300 yards in 2002. “It’s focus. It’s whatever you’re doing, you’re 100 percent focused on that. Whatever it is, I’m committed and dedicated to that,” he said.
UPCOMING PLAYOFF GAMES
October 30 @ 1 P.M. Richardson Stadium
October 30 @ 6 P.M. @ Ryerson University
October 29 @ 1 P.M. @ Western University
November 6 @ 1 P.M. Nixon Field (Opponent TBD)
Friday, October 28, 2016
Goaltending key in Gaels win
Queen’s rely on Kevin Bailie to beat RMC Matt Christie Staff Writer
Defender Sam Abernethy argues with a referee during the Gaels hotly-contested 1-0 victory against the Laurentian Voyageurs on Wednesday.
PHOTO BY AMANDA NORRIS
Gaels move on to quarter-finals with late winner Captain Andrew Martin seals win with second half strike John O’Flaherty Contributor The Queens men’s soccer team hasn’t won an OUA championship since 1995, but as of 8 p.m. on Wednesday they’re one win closer to reliving a long awaited return to the top. Captain Andrew Martin’s second-half goal against the number five seeded Laurentian team in an otherwise scoreless game, pushed the team into the semi-finals of the OUA playoffs. The Gaels came into the game with momentum, coming off two big wins in their last regular season games against Nipissing (6-2) and Laurentian (2-0). Wednesday’s match was cold, rough and intense from the opening kickoff. Queen’s established itself early through their offensive pressure, led by Martin. “Lethal” was the word used by
Gaels’ head coach Hoefler when asked how his team’s offense performed. With 13 shots in the first half alone, compared to Laurentian’s four, it was evident that the Gaels came to the game hungry for the ball. The first half culminated with a goal for the Gaels in the 20th minute, however it was waved off due to an offside call. Another crucial breakaway for the Gaels later in the half was also called off for the same reason. It was Martin who secured the winning goal mid-way into the second half, unassisted. After 25 shots towards the Laurentian keeper it was a reward for the Gaels’ perseverance. When asked about the call to wave off his first would-be goal, Martin responded “it’s a little discouraging having the goal called off, but this team shows a lot of courage and perseverance and we pushed through.” Despite the win, the Gaels faced
some offensive pressure in their own half, but a commendable effort from keeper Alex Jones — who saved two crucial Voyagers attempts late in the second half — were enough to seal the game for the Gaels. “We’ve taken practices a lot more differently now. They’re a lot more intense, a lot of fitness. But they’ve paid off so far,” Martin said. Moving forward, the Gaels will play the number three nationally ranked Ryerson Rams in Toronto on Sunday. The Rams have beaten the Gaels in both their regular season fixtures this year. “We need a bit more composure in the attacking areas, especially finishing,” coach Hoefler said of the team’s preparation for Sunday. Hoefler admitted that the Rams are a “quality team,” but assured that the Gaels would be ready.
GRAPHIC BY JOSEPH CATTANA
After struggling early in the season, it seems the men’s soccer team has found their footing. After returning home from a two-game winning streak on the road, Queen’s men’s hockey team added another win to their 4-1-1 record. Squaring off against hometown rivals RMC on Wednesday, the Gaels relied on their goalie Kevin Bailie to overcome their opponents 1-0 in Bailie’s second shutout of the season. With a rough start to the season, head coach Brett Gibson doesn’t seem to be worried about Bailie’s less than impressive .200 goals-against-average. “Kevin [Bailie] got off to a slow start for his standards but I knew it would happen, adjusting to a very hectic school life due to him being in 1st year Law. He is starting to find balance on and off the ice, hence is becoming the elite goalie we all know he is,” Gibson said. The first period of action on Wednesday night was intense from the puck drop, with Bailie stopping high opportunity shots, accumulating 14 saves in those first 20 minutes. Going into the second period, Queen’s relied on forward Slater Doggett who was able to extend his point streak to six games. Doggett used his speed to get ahead of the rush, gliding by a RMC Paladin defenseman to put a shorthanded goal in the back of the net to give the Gael’s a 1-0 lead going into the third period. The final period of play saw lots of opportunities for the Gaels, however, nothing seemed to get past RMC’s goalie, Matthew Murphy. In the latter minutes, Murphy was pulled for an additional man, however Bailie was able to stop all 28 shots in the game, solidifying his second
shutout of the season. The high intensity and urgency displayed throughout the contest with Queen’s biggest rival, showed on the penalty sheet, as Queen’s received 22 minutes in the box, due to a coincidental penalty and a ten-minute misconduct. However, Queen’s penalty kill was up to the task, allowing no power play goals from the Paladins. Coach Gibson and his staff addressed some depth issues in the offseason and they’re extremely excited with the results. “We’re still finding our ways as a group, I’ve only coached for two months now this season and it takes time to learn what motivates them. I would say we are a work in progress but I like this group of players and we will only get better.” It would seem that work-in-progress has panned out fairly well. The Gaels play again on Friday, October 28 at the Memorial Centre at 7:30 p.m., taking on the 1-2-2 Waterloo Warriors.
Alex Stothart (right) with the puck in front of the RMC net.
PHOTOS BY JULIA BALAKRISHNAN
Friday, October 28, 2016
Nadia Popov (centre) scored 42 points in five games this season, earning her an OUA All-Star selection.
PHOTO BY AUSTON CHHOR
Returning to the OUA with a new perspective Nadia Popov’s journey from Queen’s to Canada’s national team and back again Sarah O’Flaherty Assistant Sports Editor While Nadia Popov might be a rugby player with a Wikipedia page and a Pan-Am gold medal, she has midterms on her mind right now. After three years away from university, Popov is in her second year of eligibility at Queen’s. In 2012, she busted onto the scene at Queen’s, becoming a starter right away in her first year, leading to an OUA Rookie of the Year award and an OUA All-Star selection. Following her strong rookie campaign, she was given the opportunity to go to B.C and join Canada’s best on the national team. For Popov, taking time off school was never something she had even considered. However, that summer, she travelled to England to play for Canada on the under-20 tour. When the tournament ended, Popov knew that while it was a difficult decision, she had to play for her country again. When she made the move to the west coast, Popov’s life changed from that of a student athlete to a full-time rugby player. Rather than balancing life as a studentathlete, Popov spent everyday training for nine hours. Her initial goal in moving away from home was to make the 2016 Olympic team for Rugby Sevens. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to see that goal come to fruition. After working every day for three years, Popov watched the women she had trained with win a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.
Popov admitted it was a difficult moment for her. “All you want to do is succeed and you look at things in very black and white terms of ‘if I make the Olympics, that’s a success; if I don’t, I’m a failure’.” Popov no longer sees success in such terms. “I had a successful time [in B.C] so in that sense, it was great to watch my best friends do really well and win a bronze medal.” After the Olympics, Popov decided to return to Queen’s to finish her degree. “It’s where I started my degree, and for me, there was definitely a sense of unfinished business,” Popov said. Popov says that the team at Queen’s has helped to transition her back to Kingston much easier. “A lot of them are a lot younger than I am, but they’re the next generation of Rugby Canada players potentially, so it’s been really fun to be a part of that and spread some of the knowledge that I’ve gained to them as well.” While those closer to her questioned Popov’s decision to return to the OUA as a step down from the competition she was used to, she knew that the league would still present a challenge. “It’s just as hard as it was when I was here in my first year.” This year, the women’s team lost to Guelph in the semi-finals, meaning that they missed the chance at the OUA and CIS championships. Although the team didn’t reach the levels of success it hoped for, Popov herself had a successful season. She
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was the Gaels’ top scorer with 42 points and was recently, for the second time in her career, named an OUA All-Star. And while the season is now over, Popov doesn’t want to plan too far ahead. She’s now focused on her dream of attending medical school, but hasn’t ruled out going back to the national program to train for the 2020 Olympics. While Popov’s rugby career is nowhere close to being over, she already has a few highlights to look back on, including her gold medal from the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto. Looking back, Popov says the most
important thing for a successful player to do is get out of their comfort zone. “The reality is, when you go outside of your comfort zone, it doesn’t always go how you want it to go,” she said. “It took me a while to acknowledge that it took a lot of courage to do this and go [to B.C.] and that in itself was something to be proud of. I had to take a look at what failure and success was to me. I shifted it from more of an outcome thing to a values-based thing.” “I knew that I was going to feel successful every day if I lived by the values that I felt were important to me.”
Friday, October 28, 2016
Black lipstick with a hint of white shows off the shape of your lip with a spooky flair.
PHOTOS BY JULIA BALAKRISHNAN
Be subtly devil-may-care with subtle horns (top). Layer on the dark eyeshadow and pair it with an amulet necklace or a choker for a sultry look (left).
Spooky Add cobwebs and skeleton parts into your hair for an upclose scare. Complete look by pinning on a fake spider.
A first look at Kingston’s new club: Trinity Social
Brooklyn owners open upscale nightlife destination Erika Streisfield Arts Editor
There’s a new club in town. Occupying the former Fluid, Trinity Social is looking to fill a gap in the Kingston
nightlife industry. Trinity owner John Saris hopes to bring a new clubbing experience to Kingston with a swankier club for students and locals alike. “What we’re trying to create here is something a little more sophisticated
everyday fashion without being pretentious,” Saris said. “We still want it to be fun, we still want it to be a good time, but we also want it to be a little more sophisticated where people wear nice clothes, wear nice things, dress up a little bit, and not have to worry about them getting wrecked on the dance floor.” The inside of the space that once encompassed a more EDM vibe, has been flipped to reflect an upscale image. Modeled after modern nightclubs, Trinity features a large bar with an imaginative cocktail list, a sizable dance floor, plush seating and a VIP area with premiere bottle service. In addition to these high-end features, Trinity distinguishes itself with its musical
taste, having solid mix of DJs turning every night. Resident DJ James Allan plays a good mix of rap, hip-hop, trap and everything else in between. In another article with The Journal, Allan explained that at Trinity, he’s given creative freedom with the music he plays. Saris is no stranger to the Kingston nightlife scene. He’s currently the owner of the Brooklyn and until recently the Alibi. Trinity Social, as the name suggests was intended to complete the triad. While the venue has yet to command an audience in Kingston, it has potential with its cool ambience and energetic music.
Friday, October 28, 2016
A frightful trip to Fort Henry A Journal reporter gets the pants scared off them at Fort Fright
Ask S&M: Sexy and Shy Michelle Allan Contributor In the small town where I grew up, the cool thing to do on Halloween was a haunted hayride at a local farm. At age 10, my friend and I begged our parents to let us go. She ended up literally peeing her pants with fear about ten minutes in and we had to go home early. So, my expectations of Fort Fright were high. If I was going to shell out for a haunted house, I was looking for an experience that was pee-yourpants-even-as-an-adult level of terrifying. Fort Fright not only met my lofty expectations, but also exceeded them. Historic Fort Henry was originally erected to protect the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard during the war of 1812. The fort felt particularly spooky in the heavy rain as we approached, and not because I was expecting an American militia to come pouring out of the trees The nineteenth century garrison was completely transformed into a horrifying modern network of attractions, complete with costumed actors and props and an eerie layer of mist hovered above it all. My friend and I started in the haunted house. Costumed actors were placed around every corner in full outfits and stage makeup. They were sometimes hidden among mannequins so it was hard to tell who was real and who wasn’t. The actors never broke character for a second. I was surprised at the number of hidden actors; every time we thought we were safe, another one would be waiting around the corner. As we shuddered and shrieked our way through the tunnels and ditches of the old fort, we marveled at the realistic spookiness of the décor and had the pants scared off us more than I care to admit. Every time we thought we’d made it out, the next portion would begin with
a different theme. My personal favourite was ‘Happy’s fun house’, a haunted clown area complete with strobe blacklights in a spinning, checkered room that made me feel Alice down the rabbit hole but if something went terrible wrong. After stopping for a quick candy apple, we checked out the ‘coffin ride’. We entered a room designed like a chapel, with two coffins set up at the altar. We hesitantly climbed inside. As the lid began to close, the claustrophobia of being nailed into a wooden death-box set in. The screen on the inside of the coffin lid played a video of being lowered into the grave and buried and the coffin shook, giving the illusion of being dropped six feet under. It was the
An actor at Fort Fright.
“Dear S&M: I want to learn how to send a sexy and safe nude. SUPPLIED BY FORT FRIGHT Every time I go to send one I feel like I’m either going to end up perfect mix of scary realism and with it plastered all over town or cheesy fun. that I’ll look ridiculous. How can I The final part of our evening make them flattering and secure? was a haunted walk through the Sincerely, Shy Snapper. tunnels of the fort. Storytellers were stationed Our sweet Shy: throughout the limestone Sexy and safe nudes are passageways, reciting monologues definitely possible. There’s more about scary events that than one way to send a nude happened within the very walls pic, and once you figure it out, we were currently walking. the world is your sexy Knowing that the stories were picture oyster. We’ve both done based on real events made it even it — albeit, to a range of spookier. success — and we’ve lived Fort Fright is a frightfully to tell the tale. wonderful way to spend an First, the most important autumn evening. The haunted thing to consider is how much house made an art out of the you trust the person you traditional jump scare, the want to send the nude to. Are coffin ride was a well-crafted they someone you’re worried psychological scare and the might plaster it all over town? storytelling walk was perfect If so, abort mission. for lovers of the classic If you’re still not totally horror story. sure you can trust the person — think: would I tell this person my pin code and passwords? — if not, make sure you don’t include your face or any other identifying marks on your body, such as tattoos or jewelry with your name on it. Crop the pic to either just graze your top lip or only include your collarbones. Once you know whether you feel comfortable clicking send, you can still make sure you do it in a way that protects you from any potential backlash. Also, beware of taking pictures in locations that are easily identifiable. You have photos of you and your best friends hanging on the wall? Have a backdrop that you often use in Instagram selfies? Make sure to keep that out of the shot. M once made the grave mistake of sending a nude that included her face to a total stranger and was mortified when she found out the pic had been saved. Make sure you take the proper precautions so you don’t have to enroll yourself in the Witness Protection Program out of sheer embarrassment. S has been in the same boat. She once sent a nude to the wrong guy on her 19th birthday.
Double check you’re sending it to the right person. Twice. Snapchat is also going to be your best friend for this mission. You can determine how long you want the person to have the pic, you know it’ll go away shortly after it’s taken and you can see if a (garbage) person screenshots it. Now for the sexy side: there are so many different ways to take a pic. You can be clothed: think a lacy bralette, silky boyshorts or maybe a cute dress/top that’s unbuttoned. A snap of some lace peeking out or a booty pic with only ~partial~ coverage can be super sexy whilst leaving something for the imagination. Play around with your angles. Mirror pictures will be the easiest for working with lighting and angles, but you can work the over-the-shoulder angle for a sexy booty pic or a selfie angle for cleavage. We wish someone had told us the first time that straight on pictures where your shoulders and hips are square to the camera aren’t the most flattering for anyone. We also recommend snapping pictures while lying down. This gives you more range to include your whole body and the added implication of you nude in bed will drive your partner wild. Here’s for when you’re feeling more daring: a Snapchat video — Kylie Jenner style. Start the video at your mouth or collarbone and work your way down. In ten seconds, you’ve covered a lot of ground that doesn’t include your face and videos are harder to screenshot anyway. Toss a sexy track in the background and you’ve set the mood both audibly and visually. At the end of the day, take confidence in your body as the sexy thing it is. You’re sexy the way you naturally are. We know it’s cliché, but if you feel confident and sexy in your own skin, that will shine through in the picture. Go forth and knock them dead, baby! We’ll be cheering you on from over here. — S&M ;)
Friday, October 28, 2016
My favourite things When is a material possession no longer just material? Cassandra Littlewood Contributor
There’s a line from a romantic comedy: if your house was burning and you only had moments to grab something, what would you take? Did you ever do that assignment in third grade where you had to do a presentation on the items in your life you treasured the most? They were usually made up of stuffed animals and other favourite toys. But what about now? Heads up, you can still treasure a stuffed animal that’s of course not limited to the third grade. For a university student in transition from her parents’ house, to a dorm room to multiple student houses, it was time to
The life of Bryan
ILLUSTRATED BY BRYAN EVANS
take a look around and see what my possessions said about me. Maybe those items we choose to hang on to aren’t really as materialistic as we’d think. I think our laptops would make the top of most lists. We have essays and projects in the works on those laptops. We have photos on those laptops. We connect with the world on those laptops. I’ll admit, there are some posters I picked up along the way that in hindsight, weren’t really me. But amongst the posters we’ve picked up at the poster sale there might be a picture of you and your best friend, your high school graduation, or a selfie from when you had your wisdom teeth out — because parents were never good at being the least embarrassing people in your life. These aren’t just decorations, they’re the reminders of people who are always there for us. Then there are those items we’ll never use again, but can’t seem to throw into their rightful place in the trash. My white Keds from last year have taken on too many mud puddles to be considered close to white, or even beige and yet, I’ve walked too many paths with them to part ways now. Call it hoarding or call it holding on to memories, they won’t be leaving my possession anytime soon. In addition to white Keds and old journals, the piles of Queen’s apparel that have been accumulating from Homecomings and Frosh Weeks would also make the cut. While my coveralls are safely wrapped in a bag where their shaving cream and dirt can’t get out, I would never part ways with them. As the snow begins to fall and exam season grows ever nearer, the last essential I think we can all agree on isn’t so much an item, as a streaming service. Whether you mooch off your parents’, housemate’s, boyfriend’s, girlfriend’s or best friend’s Netflix account, I think we can all agree on it’s sustaining power. It’s not just exam procrastination, some of the best university bonding time has been lengthened when the next episode automatically plays. But is cherishing your Netflix account or a used pair of shoes really that far fetched from loving your stuffed animals the way you did in third grade? I think not, because some things never change. Some items may look like great fuel for a bonfire to others, but if you look around, you might be surprised by what you couldn’t live without.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Two reporters walk into a kayak rental shop.... How we learned to handle pressure with a plastic paddle Victoria Gibson and Jane Willsie Journal Staff One summer’s day in the brick-walled offices of The Kingston Whig-Standard, a sleep-deprived reporter slammed her fist on the desk, looked up at the coffee-strung intern sitting across the room and yelled, “I want to go kayaking.” It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Not between the two interns, but between them and the sea. Okay, Lake Ontario, if we’re being particular. You could call it our odd transition from 20-something females to middle-aged dads contemplating our existence during the equivalent of a weekly fishing trip. Between the pair of us, we were juggling four full-time jobs and 18 credits of summer coursework. We know we weren’t alone. In a handful of months, thousands of Queen’s undergraduates will be handed their degrees and vaulted into an uncertain world. As Arts students especially, loitering spare time feels like a luxury reserved for those with a guaranteed path. Spare time is for filling with extracurriculars, academics, applications, test prep, and for us, somehow managing to get this volume of The Journal on its feet. In this strangely-constructed mindset, kayaking fit. Even while stationary, you’re moving. You’re propelling forward or paddling back. You’re floating with the waves even when sitting perfectly still. You’re fighting against the current or accepting its direction for the day. While we could turn this story into an ode to the ‘serenity of nature’, it wasn’t the glittering waves or Kingston’s cityscape — awe-inspiring as it is — that made the difference. For one, we put down our god damned phones. After signing out a kayak, we’d trade in our keys and cellphones at the Ahoy Rentals hut on Ontario Street for a pair of lifejackets. The disconnect from responsibility was forced by the fear of those same job-essential cellphones being damaged, rather than an actual inkling to let go. Working full-time as daily reporters, our cellphones were our lifejackets for the job. Finishing work every day came with a sigh of relief, then the anxiety would build whether there was a story — let alone a good story — to write the next day. The trend has become more and more common. Nine-to-five day jobs aren’t left at the office at the end of the day, but taken home. We check our emails, send a few messages and then check again. Consider this the story of how we traded our work lifejackets for ones that
actually kept us afloat. Kayaking was an activity that, for Jane, forced her to forget everything else in conquering her fear of drowning. For Victoria, it was a good chance to yell where no one could tell her to quiet down. For both of us, it was a chance to talk, really talk, without anyone else in earshot but the ducks. For two people who spent all summer together, this was our chance to hash out things we had never talked about elsewhere — often, because they just weren’t relevant to the manic to-do lists we’d been hammering through all summer. As the weeks went on, we wish we could say we improved from an athletic standpoint. We can only applaud the patience of the blonde-haired, perpetually-tanned lad who signed out our vessels each time and sent us on our merry way. He always helped us launch and dock the kayaks, assuring us that we “looked great out there.” We appreciate your perjury. Victoria is still sorry for whacking you with a paddle. It was an accident. In fact, the only time we ever showed any paddling prowess was when one of us was determined to tell the other a story about corpses that the other, weak-stomached participant really didn’t want to hear. It was a noble getaway attempt, though feeble. What happens on the lake, stays on the lake.
Once you can pinch City Hall “between your fingertips, what happens inside feels much more manageable.
The point we’re trying to make is that, among an emotional roller-coaster summer of trying to get information out of bureaucrats, receiving hateful emails, pestering the military for comment, working through cases of sexual assault and fumbling through the process of becoming adults, the hours spent out on the water made it all doable. Before our first escapade, we were truly at our wits’ end. As 20-somethings, you hear a lot of the word ‘no.’ Rejection and stress are nearly expected. Though we can paint a rosy picture of the wonderful memories in two kayaks this summer, we shouldn’t have been forced to take a break for fear of waterlogging our electronics. It was honestly the first time in the summer either us said ‘stop,’ and we learned that we could’ve done so a lot sooner. Taking a breath doesn’t have to come in a backpacking excursion across Europe, or a trek up a foreign mountain. There was breathing room close to home once we stopped to look for it. For the pair of us, all we needed was an hour. We came back better for it, and nothing had set on fire or broke to
Victoria paddling away from her worries
SUPPLIED BY VICTORIA GIBSON
pieces in our absence. At most, we missed an email or two. Not to sound hyperbolic, but being out on the water was the first time in a long time that we felt free. It wasn’t just being cut off from the worries of our lives, but also the feeling of being able to decide where we were going, and to get there under only the steam of our own strength. In the middle of the lake, you can see the Kingston skyline, the city we wrote about every day. You can pick out the peak of City Hall, the towers of the churches and the spaces that could one day be filled with high-rises that caused such an uproar in the newsroom this summer. There it was — what felt like our whole world.
wind was too strong. On those days, our previously-mentioned charming friend refused to rent us a kayak. He knew he’d have to come rescue us. So maybe, as the weather cools, we’ll take up squash. It’s probably best to look up from your phone while balls fly at your head. Or, maybe we’ll just look out the window at the water and remember how life looks from inside a plastic vessel — that Jane swore was going to capsize any second. Whatever we choose, while the ducks head south for the winter, we’ll alter our routine as well. We’ll stop every once in a while, turn off our phones and accept that life is more than an endless to-do list.
The city was delightfully tiny from our vantage point — in two little kayaks, halfway between the city and the islands. On one occasion, we were bold enough to paddle all the way to Wolfe Island and back, leaving the city even smaller still. Once you can pinch City Hall between your fingertips, what happens inside feels much more manageable. But, with the winter months coming, we can’t go kayaking anymore. We can’t go running and slipping into Lake Ontario, to be cuddled by the waves as we did on the days the
Or, at least, we’ll try. It isn’t easy staring life head-on, or making the transition from full-time students to semi-functioning citizens of the world. It’s easy to run away from your problems when they get to be too much. Instead, we just kept paddling, whatever direction the literal and metaphorical current was going that day. We always made it back to shore.
hyperbolic, but being out on the water was the “ Not to sound first time in a long time that we felt free. ”
Friday, October 28, 2016