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Snowden visits campus via live feed page 4







Queen’s votes against divesting from fossil fuels

A personal experience with the barriers to abortion

The case for a fall reading week

Holocaust production reflects on a childhood spent in hiding

Two men’s struggles in a pole dancing class

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Portuguese ambassador celebrates new agreement with Queen’s José Moreira da Cunha signs two-year promise for course development V ictoria G ibson Assistant News Editor

When da Cunha signed the agreement Santeramo said he was then approached by Professor Antonio Macedo. He says his by a representative from the Institute courses are capped at 40 students to allow on Thursday, the sky was overcast and rainy — quite unlike the warmer Camões — the cultural branch of the students to learn the language effectively. Macedo has spent a great deal of his life Portuguese climate. On Thursday, the Portuguese community Portuguese Embassy that promotes in Portugal himself. He brushed off the weather as merely of Kingston joined the Portuguese embassy Portuguese culture and language abroad. “I was here when I was a little kid, then “a Portuguese winter day!”, and said The institute contacted the embassy and Queen’s University to celebrate a victory regarding the program, and connected I went back to Portugal for university, and jokingly that he plans to stay in Canada as in language, literature and culture. stayed for quite a long time, and now I’m long as possible. The celebration was held in Richardson Ambassador da Cunha to Queen’s. “When I go back to Lisbon, I always speak “Institute Camões will now be contributing back again.” Hall. During the event, the Ambassador of Ambassador da Cunha spoke warmly of about the bad weather of Canada, because I Portugal, José Moreira da Cunha, signed to help finance for a course. So we are here an agreement with Queen’s to jointly today to celebrate, and to sign the agreement his work in Canada, and said living here was know that many [other ambassadors] want fund the development of Portuguese between Queen’s and the Government of “a great honour and a privilege” for both him to pick me up and steal my job!” and his family. Portugal,” Santeramo said. language courses. Although the current agreement is for The project began in the local Portuguese community of Kingston, where individual a two-year term, both Santeramo and da groups raised funds to implement the Cunha hope it will be renewed. SCHOOL OF RELIGION “The idea is to move forward and to do current courses — which consist of two 3.0 other things, because we feel it is important unit first-year courses. According to Donato Santeramo, head of also to make available the history of Portugal the Department of Languages, Literatures and the Portugese people,” Santeramo said. He said he would like to see and Cultures, the local community raised $60,000 for the initiative through second-year courses implemented along various events including dinners and with more historically-focused learning. “Perhaps also a course on the Portuguese golf tournaments. “They’re the ones who started and diaspora, the history of the Portuguese initiated the whole idea of starting people who came to Canada, their Portuguese courses at Queen’s. They actually contributions and how they are part of what came to see me about three-and-a-half years created this great nation.” Queen’s Portuguese courses are taught ago,” he said. through Queen Victoria made these plans V ictoria G ibson official, and Queen’s University was born as Assistant News Editor a Presbyterian religious institution. Jill Scott, vice-provost (teaching and After nearly 175 years in existence, Queen’s has closed the doors on its learning) and chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD), theology programs. During a meeting on Nov. 3, the says the historic importance of theology University Senate voted to end theology won’t be forgotten. “The University is really very much aware programs in the School of Religion, including the Master of Theological Studies of the historic importance of this program. (M.T.S.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and It is the foundation of our university, and so this decision was not taken lightly,” she Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.). Theology will be the first program to be said. She added that the University took their closed under the Queen’s Program Closure time while closing the program, which made it a “successful and smooth process”. Policy, which was revised in 2014. “Even in the years leading up to 2012, Theology programs have been a part of Queen’s curriculum since the late 1830s, they have made really, I would say, heroic when Kingston Presbyterians presented efforts to find students.” According to Scott, only two part-time their plans to educate ministers and youth on theology, literature and science to the students remained in theology programs PHOTO BY STEPHANIE NIJHUIS 13th Parliament of Upper Canada. after enrolment was suspended in 2014. Left to right: Vice-dean Gordon Smith, José Moreira da Cunha, Professor In October 1841, a royal charter issued See School on page 6 Antonio Macedo and Department Head Donato Santeramo.

Queen’s closes theology programs

School of Religion pledges to preserve memory of theology at Queen’s


Joshua Finkelstein

Isabella Kresin

Josh Malm

Caela, Lifestyle’s beloved columnist, is an amazing contributor who has dedicated hard work and enthusiasm to The Journal. Over the past two months, Caela has written a vast number of articles about health and nutrition for the Queen’s community. She’s an incredible contributor, who’s always willing to take on new projects and execute them successfully. Caela is a powerhouse of a writer, and her articles never disappoint. Lifestyle has never looked this good and healthy!

Transitioning from a writer at his high school’s infamous El Tigre magazine, Joshua has been contributing since his first few weeks at Queen’s. He’s begun covering women’s soccer, with an intent to continue covering sports throughout the winter. His enthusiasm is only matched by his writing skills, as he consistently puts out quality articles that are always punctual. His openness to feedback and his willingness to write have made him a valuable member of The Journal’s Sports section.

Although Isabella has written just a few arts stories since September, every article she produces is thorough and well-written. Isabella takes the time to do adequate research, which lets her ask detailed and personalized questions during interviews. She also takes writing stories seriously and always seeks advice from editors on how to improve her next story, while pitching original ideas along the way. Overall, Isabella is a dedicated and hard-working contributor for the Arts section.

Whether he’s writing feature-style news pieces or articles about that time he dressed up in drag, Josh is enthusiastic and easy to work with. Since he began writing for The Journal halfway through October, Josh has shown he’s eager to pick up stories and pitch a few of his own ideas. His willingness to take edits and try new things have made him a valued and appreciated contributor. We’re excited to see what’s in store for him at The Journal this year.

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Low donations won’t hinder goal Lack of fundraising progress not an issue for School of Graduate Studies S ean S utherland Features Editor While Queen’s Initiative Campaign has raised $551,000,000 for Queen’s, one faculty lags behind. The School of Graduate Studies has received only 47 per cent of its $8-million goal with only five months remaining until the campaign closes. Each of the 11 other priorities in the fundraising effort are at least 83 per cent of the way to their goals, with the Smith School of Business having received 173 per cent of its original goal. But despite the apparent failure to raise funds, the University says the number doesn’t accurately reflect the amount of donations that will go towards graduate students. Tom Harris, vice-principal (advancement), said donations that go towards one specific faculty or school would be considered to go to those “priorities” as opposed to the School of Graduate Studies — even if the money is going towards a graduate award. Priorities refer to the area of the school that donations are put towards. The priorities include several different faculties along with other areas of university, such as Athletics and Recreation and Library and Archives. “If we’re able to get support for a graduate student for say, Biochemistry or English or History, than those dollars are then recorded in the Faculty the student would be registered,” Harris said. “If the award is open for students in more than one faculty, it’s credited in the School of Graduate Studies. If it’s in a particular faculty or school, it’s credited in the particular faculty or school.” The Initiative Campaign is

Queen’s most recent fundraising campaign. First launched in 2006, the overall goal of the campaign was to raise $500 million for the University, the largest fundraising effort in Queen’s history. The School of Graduate Studies goal, meanwhile, was split into two separate objectives. The first $6 million was to go towards Graduate Leadership and Achievement Awards, which provide support for doctoral students on exchange or participating in multinational research. The remaining $2 million was for International Leadership Awards to help Queen’s attract talented international graduate students. Harris said the way donations are given to the faculties changes the amount of money that other priorities receive. Campus-wide student assistance sits just over its $20-million goal, but because some donations that fall under that category are school-specific, the actual total donated for student assistance is closer to $70 million, he said. In the case of the School of Graduate Studies, the nearly $3.8 million shown in the Initiative Campaign would be sitting closer to $7 million if all the money going towards graduate students was headed toward the School itself. Harris said when the campaign closes in April, the University will look at what the donations went towards. He added that the amount of funds raised is “considerable.” He also said the University will continue raising funds after the campaign closes. The Journal requested comment from the School of Graduate and Professional Students, but the Society was unable to comment before deadline. For the School of Graduate

Studies, the lack of donations comes down to choices made by individual donors. According to Harris, it’s not a case of former graduate students not giving back to Queen’s. Instead, because donors have the option to put their money towards different faculties, donations can be sent to specific faculties — such as Chemistry, English or Mechanical Engineering — instead of the School of Graduate Studies. Harris acknowledged that part of this issue stems from donors giving to the faculties they had belonged to at Queen’s. “Graduates of the School of Graduate Studies may direct their money back to the particular school or faculty where they did their graduate work,” he said. “They may not see the School of Graduate Studies as their natural home or affiliation. Their connections are to the professors there, to the other graduate students there, so donations from graduate students tend to flow back to the academic unit that they’re doing their degree in.” One of the examples Harris cited was Robert Buchan’s donation to the Department of Mining. The $10 million he donated to the program — now called the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining — went directly towards mining engineering program, although it supports graduate and undergraduate students. Ultimately, Harris said, donors go where their interests lie. He called the University’s approach to fundraising “donor-centric,” as the Office of Advancement work with potential donors to find the projects they feel strongest about. While this means alumni from the School of Graduate Studies

often send their money elsewhere, he said there are also cases where former Queen’s students who only received an undergraduate degree have sent money to the School. With donors getting the opportunity to drive their funding towards certain projects, Harris said that some of the onus for increasing donations to the School of Graduate Studies falls on the Office of Advancement. The Office of Advancement is responsible for mobilizing donations and working with potential donors to further the

student awards. Roughly $7 million — 10 per cent of all student awards donations — were for graduate student awards. Harris said student awards is one of the three largest areas of donations, alongside capital projects and professorships. Because student assistance receives a large amount of donations, this allows priorities focusing on large-scale projects — as well as those focusing on student awards — to be recognized by donors.

“Their connections are to the professors there ... so donations from graduate students tend to flow back to the academic unit that they’re doing their degree in.” — Tom Harris, vice-principal (advancement) goals fundraising campaigns. “The vast majority of our graduates have an undergraduate degree, so one of the challenges in advancement is that we are able to convey to all of our graduates the essential role that graduate students have on campus,” he said. “I would say that something that Advancement needs to do is better articulate to all of our graduates, to all of our potential alumni, the essential role that graduate students have in the life of the academy.” While the School of Graduate Studies isn’t close to its goal, the donations that have been put towards student awards means that they’ll still receive a solid amount of money for graduate

The School of Graduate Studies has achieved the lowest percentage towards its goal among all of the priorities in Queen’s Initiative Campaign.

“Student assistance is resonant for a great many of our graduates because they realize that education provides opportunity,” he said. “The vast majority of people who I have met or [who] support awards want to make sure there are opportunities for students, whether graduate or undergraduate students to pursue post-secondary education at Queen’s.” Despite concerns about where the School of Graduate Studies sits, Harris is confident that once the donations are broken down, it won’t be an issue. “It’s a priority and it’s a matter of, in the end, how we’re going to show how much money was donated as opposed to which bins they’re in now,” he said.



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David Lyon, right, mediated Thursday night’s question and answer period with Edward Snowden.


The future is up to students, Snowden says Snowden addresses a packed Grant Hall

K yle C urlew Contibutor “I am just a citizen. I was the mechanism of disclosure. It’s not up to me to say what the future should be — it’s up to you,” NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told a packed house in Grant Hall. Snowden — a polarizing figure globally — was invited as the keynote speaker for Queen’s Model United Nations Invitational (QMUNi) for the Queen’s International Affairs Association’s (QIAA). As the talk commenced at 6:30 p.m., Snowden was met with applause. The buzz surrounding Snowden’s Google Hangout talk on Thursday at Grant Hall started early, as crowds started lined up to enter the Grant Hall. The building quickly hit capacity. Snowden began with a

discussion of his motivations to disclose countless NSA confidential documents. He told the audience that he once believed wholeheartedly that mass surveillance was for the public good. He came from a “federal family”, he said, with relations to both politics and military. He said once he reached the peak of his career in government intelligence — when he received the highest security clearance — he saw the depth of the problem. After that realization came the release of classified documents to journalists in 2013, his defection from the NSA and his indefinite stay in Russia. “Progress often begins as an outright challenge to the law. Progress in many cases is illegal,” he said. However, he has made himself into more than just a whistleblower.

Snowden has continued to push for and encourage discussion about mass surveillance. “Justice has to be seen to be done,” he said. “I don’t live in Russia, I live on the Internet,” he said at another point during the talk. When asked about Bill C-51 — the controversial terror bill in Canada — Snowden said “terrorism is often the public justification, but it’s not the actual motivation” for the bill. He continued to say that if you strip the bill of the word “terrorism”, you can see the extent to which the bill makes fundamental changes that affect civil rights. Snowden’s talk was intended to encourage discussion about mass surveillance. QIAA had initially contacted Snowden’s lawyer and publishers, who handle Snowden’s public affairs, and


Nobel Laureate, Arthur McDonald back at it

McDonald awarded the 2016 Breakthrough award in Fundemental Physics

after a long process of didn’t completely agree with back-and-forth negotiations Snowden’s whistleblowing. “It’s a dangerous thing to tell they secured Snowden as a newspapers about. The thing about keynote speaker. Dr. David Lyon, director of the guys like Edward Snowden is that Surveillance Studies Center and no one is going to know if what author of the recent publication he did was good, while the action Surveillance After Snowden, acted itself may be,” Sam Kary, ArtSci ’15, said. as the moderator for the talk. Kary referred to John Oliver’s There were mixed opinions among audience members about Snowden interview, where Oliver Edward Snowden and his mass highlighted damages to national disclosures of National Security security caused by careless Agency (NSA) intelligence redacting of leaked documents by the New York Times. documents to journalists in 2013. Some students, like The failure to properly redact Mackenzie Schroeder, Nurs ’17, leaked documents revealed the say Snowden’s actions were gutsy, name of an NSA agent along with information on how the but had good intentions. Another guest, Akif Hasni, a US government was targeting PhD student in political studies, al-Qaeda operatives in Mosul said he thought Snowden’s actions in 2010. were important, despite the problems associated with — With files from Kate Meagher publishing that information. Other guests at the event

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Kingston’s #1 Place for Saturday & Sunday Brunch Arthur McDonald‘s lab will split a $3-million prize with four others.

J enna Z ucker Staff Writer Queen’s Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald has continued to receive recognition for his work at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory laboratory (SNOLAB) — most recently winning the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics on Nov. 8. McDonald will split the $3-million prize with the four other international research groups studying neutrino oscillations. Three are located in Japan while the other is located in China. The prize is one of three awarded by the Breakthrough Foundation for outstanding contributions in life sciences, fundamental physics and mathematics. “[The donors of the prize money] really want to use these prizes to exhibit and


publicize the highest quality science in the world and try thereby to interest young people and the general public in science and technology because they think that is very important for society,” Dr. McDonald told The Journal via email. The Breakthrough Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. According to the foundation’s website, the prizes aim to celebrate scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career. The prize has quickly gained recognition worldwide since its inauguration in 2012, primarily due to its support from Silicon Valley. It has received particularly strong See Award on page 6

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Queen’s reviews allergy procedures University begins assessment of practices surrounding severe food allergies following student death T arini pahwa Assistant News Editor Queen’s has begun an extensive review of its existing procedures to ensure that students on campus with allergies are given the right accommodations. This September, first-year student Andrea Mariano passed away due to an anaphylactic reaction. According to a Maclean’s report, Mariano had consumed a smoothie from the Booster Juice on campus. She was deathly allergic to peanuts and allergic to dairy. Following her death, Principal Daniel Woolf announced a full review of University practices. According to Ann Tierney, vice-provost and dean of student affairs, allergy practices and support systems on campus have evolved and strengthened over time. “This review of practices and procedures on campus will ensure continuous improvement to services for students with severe allergies,” Tierney told The Journal via email. Tierney stated that all incoming students living in residence are made aware of the protocols in place and are encouraged to disclose any

food-related allergies they have to Residences and Hospitality Services, so accommodations can be made. Queen’s already has some accommodations in place. Dining halls on campus, for example, use ingredient cards at food stations to let students with severe allergies check whether their meal complies with their dietary restrictions. The review will include consultations with students, parents, medical experts, food service providers and Food Allergy Canada. Two open meetings have been scheduled for Nov. 18 and Jan. 26. The committee will be chaired by Tierney and includes a mix of students, faculty and staff. “We want to hear from students and community members on how the university can respond to the needs of students with severe allergies and work with them to assist them in managing their allergy-related health concerns,” Tierney wrote. The committee will focus their efforts on three areas: training and emergency response; residence and campus-wide food service policies and practices; and “communication, education, awareness programming, health

management and outreach,” on campus. To ensure that new procedures are up-to-date, the committee will turn to other post-secondary institutions to study their practices. The task force hopes to complete their report by Spring 2016. At that point, they’ll present their findings to Principal Woolf. “The health and wellness of students is our primary concern, and we want to continue to

Andrea Mariano (middle) died of an allergic reaction on Sept. 18.


improve services for students and place on Wednesday Nov. 18, at hear from those directly affected 5 p.m. in the Kinesiology Building by severe allergies, as well as from and on Tuesday Jan. 26, 2016 at 1 experts in the field,” Tierney wrote. p.m. in Gordon Hall. The open meetings will take



Accidentally recorded Stauffer theft goes viral Queen’s student uses Facebook to retrieve stolen belongings M ikayla W ronko Assistant News Editor It’s not unheard of that unattended items in Stauffer Library get stolen, but it’s rare that the thief is caught by a laptop webcam. On Nov. 6, Daniel Hu, ArtSci ’17, stepped away from his laptop, leaving it charging on the floor for a moment while he filmed a short promotional video on the ground floor of Stauffer Library. While he was away, his belongings — including his mobile phone — were taken at 5:30 p.m. Hu said a library employee approached him and told him that a man had walked away with his phone and computer charger. The employee also informed Hu that she suspected that the man was intoxicated and had approached thief before the theft to see if he was alright. Hu told The Journal he was shocked by the incident. “He could see that I was within viewing distance of him. I just wasn’t looking at him at the time,” Hu said. Only after Hu had left the library did he realize that he was missing more than just his chargers. But even more surprising, Hu realized that he had left his laptop’s webcam on during the incident. While the laptop was recording, it had captured the thief taking Hu’s cellphone, wallet, Nikon

camera lens, camera charger and cellphone charger. “It’s really ironic that it would happen [while the laptop was recording],” he said. Hu said he reached out to Campus Security & Emergency Services and the Kingston Police immediately after the incident. Campus Security told him there wasn’t much they could do, while the Kingston Police said they would monitor the case, he said. Wanting immediate results, Hu decided to take matters into his own hands. He posted the video of the incident on the “Lost and Found Queen’s” Facebook page in an effort to identify the thief. “PLEASE HELP me identify this thief! If you recognize this person or have any information, please contact me or Kingston Police!” Hu wrote in the Facebook post. To Hu’s surprise, the video went viral within the hour. Dubbed by social media as the “Stauffer Thief”, Hu received messages from a Queen’s student identifying the thief from the video. The Journal has chosen not to include the identity of the thief due to potential ramifications for the individual. Within hours of posting the video, the thief reached out to Hu to apologize. According to Hu, the thief offered to return the student’s belongings if Hu removed the video from Facebook in return.

But even after Hu got in contact with the thief, social media platforms — including Facebook, Reddit and YikYak — had become preoccupied with the event. Several users posted comments insulting the thief, while others suggested that users send a link of the video to the thief’s past and present employers. Joel Keenleyside, manager of Campus Security Operations, told The Journal in an email that he couldn’t comment on the incident. “Campus Security and Emergency Services cannot comment at this time, as Kingston Police is currently investigating the matter,” he wrote. Albert Kwon, AMS Judicial Affairs Director, also said he couldn’t comment on whether this specific case was being addressed by his office, but told The Journal that their non-academic discipline system only investigates cases if a complaint is filed. “One of the pillars of the AMS system is that we’re complaint driven, so we don’t start any proceedings unless we’ve received a complaint,” he said. Hu says that he won’t be pressing charges, as the matter has been resolved privately between him and the accused thief. — With files from Jacob Rosen


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Queen’s votes not to divest from fossil fuels Board of Trustees’ Investment Committee states that there are no grounds for divestment C layton T omlinson Contributor Queen’s Board of Trustees’ Investment Committee announced on Nov. 6 that they will not be divesting Queen’s funds from fossil fuels. The decision comes roughly a year after Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC), a student environmental activist group, submitted a petition to Principal Woolf and the Board of Trustees to divest based on the social injury caused by fossil fuel companies. Following the submission from QBACC in December 2014, Principal Woolf formed the Advisory Committee on Divestment of Fossil Fuels. He

tasked the committee with the responsibility of drafting a report to the Investment Committee to determine if there were grounds for divestment based on social injury. The Advisory Committee on Divestment has concluded four consultation dates — the last one in September — where the public was invited to share their opinion on the matter. Ultimately, the advisory committee’s report stated that Queen’s had no grounds for divestment based on their Statement on Responsible Investing policy. The committee’s report comes to three conclusions: that there are “interpretative difficulties associated with the term “social injury”, that divestment is an “ineffective tool

for Queen’s to use in addressing issues associated with climate change” and that other forms of engagement “hold more promise for Queen’s to find solutions to climate change, energy and the environment, and related social or economic impacts”. Leah Kelley, an executive member of QBACC and former AMS Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainability, said she believes the committee decided not to divest because they concluded that it wouldn’t lead to any real change. QBACC, however, had hoped that divestment from fossil fuels would be a symbolic effort. “The more people you have pursuing divestment, the more power it gives to that campaign,”

Executive members of QBACC, Mac Fitzgerald (left) and Leah Kelley (right).


Mac Fitzgerald, another Kelley, ArtSci ’16, said. She said they hoped the QBACC executive, said the group university’s divestment would will continue to be vocal in an follow suit with a push by other effort to make the university as high learning institutions to make “green” as possible. “[QBACC] is going to work with a greater impact. They also hoped that Queen’s [the University administration] on would do something along the doing it the way they want to do same lines as Concordia University, it,” Fitzgerald, ArtSci ’16, said. One of the group’s focuses she said. Concordia has dedicated $5 million to a “sustainable this year is the release of a report investment fund” and will consider by the Queen’s Sustainability full divestment once they see how Office, which will outline ways Queen’s can become a more their funds perform. Kelley said Queen’s doesn’t sustainable school. QBACC will also be going to seem to be as interested in furthering its environmental Ottawa with a busload of students sustainability. She pointed to the for a climate change march lack of funding going towards the scheduled to occur at the beginning Sustainability Office, which she of the 2015 United Nations said asks for funding twice a year Climate Change Conference in and does not have a set budget. Paris, which starts on Nov. 30.

School of Religion to continue legacy of theology Continued from page 2

Suspension of enrolment — which may not exceed two years — is a mandated step in the Program Closure Policy. Scott said provisions have been made to help those students transfer to other programs, where all of their coursework will be recognized. As for professors in the theology programs, Scott says all of them are qualified to teach in the Department of Religious

Studies, and they’ve been transitioning to Religious Studies for some time already. Following the closure, the School of Religion has pledged to preserve its theological heritage. “The School of Religion has taken it upon themselves to ensure that there’s really a living memory of this program and that its legacy is not forgotten,” Scott said. The School’s plans include the development of a centre to celebrate the intellectual life of theology at Queen’s and the reassignment

of theology endowments to aid students in other programs. According to Richard Ascough, the director of the School of Religion, the School will also hold public events focusing on the subject. “The School intends to promote public engagement with religion and theology through non-programmatic public events open to the wider community,” Ascough said. He said the events will include lectures, colloquia, conferences and workshops. He added that Senate procedures

helped the School move through the process of closing the programs clearly and transparently. Moving forward, Religious Studies will have a “rich and vibrant future” at Queen’s, Ascough said. “The undergraduate and graduate programs in Religious

Studies at Queen’s are flourishing,” he said. “We will be able to expand our offerings in Religious Studies as we go forward.”

Award winners share lunch with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Continued from page 4

support from Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook. “The Breakthrough Prize is particularly valuable, as it recognizes by name the contributions of more than 270 scientists who have been authors on our scientific papers. All living members of that group share in a portion of the prize,” McDonald said. The experiments conducted by the five research groups were the first to prove that neutrinos are capable of switching from one type to another. “From the very beginning of the project, it was clear that our results could have a major impact if we could only manage to build this very challenging detector and constrain the radioactivity levels more than had ever been done before,” McDonald said. “Our scientists were very satisfied when we were able to complete the measurement,” McDonald said. “We all knew that this was a very significant scientific result.”

SNOLAB is currently the deepest radioactivity major laboratory — located two kilometres below the earth — which provides researchers with many opportunities, McDonald said. McDonald, along with the other winners of the Breakthrough award, visited Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s home for a congratulatory lunch. Zuckerberg went around the table questioning each winner on their experiments. “Eventually everyone got into the discussion, and it became like any

dinner party with very interesting and accomplished people present,” McDonald said. McDonald says he’ll continue to work with Queen’s and other institutions on two experiments at SNOLAB. “It is exciting to have cutting-edge experiments like this happening here in Canada and to be able to provide a high quality scientific education to our students as a result.”


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Say goodnight to a ‘nap map’ Time for Forty winks won’t make up for a good night’s sleep. Students napping in odd places is a common sight on most campuses this time of year. It’s a habit born of necessity, not convenience. In recognizing that students are the most sleep-deprived demographic, many universities are mapping out the best places on campus to take a nap. These aptly-named “nap maps” mark locations with the most couches, or deserted areas where students can grab a quick catnap. While some students just have a really hard time organizing their time, it’s almost impossible for anyone to maintain a healthy sleep schedule when your assignments start piling up. Within an environment

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Support needed for abortion patients Barriers to abortion and support for young women are still shockingly present in Kingston. There are roughly 275 abortions each day in Canada, according to uOttawa, and about 50 per cent of women who choose to have these procedures are under 25. Considering abortions are so common, as I see the throngs of

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that values productivity over well-being, our well-being is quickly losing ground. Self-care is rarely a top priority of university students because they’re graded on their work, not their health. It’s easy to take your level of exhaustion as the measure of whether you are doing a good job or not, but it isn’t healthy. Sleeping well is just as important as eating well or exercising. A nap might alleviate a short-term

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problem, but sporadic napping doesn’t solve long-term sleep deprivation, and its effects on students’ mental and physical fatigue. Our piles of schoolwork might not be something that students’ can change, but what we can do is sort out our priorities. There’s actually a really perfect place to take a nap. It’s better than any couch, probably deserted, and you don’t need a map to find it — your bed. — Journal Editorial Board


young women scrambling across University and Union with me, I know I can’t be as alone in this experience as I feel. If the girl in front of me on the sidewalk can proudly share her recent sexual experience in an Ale House bathroom, I shouldn’t have to whisper the word “abortion.” However, the negative stigma towards abortion on campus is an unfortunate reality. When I broached the topic of abortion to my female friends, one jokingly called me a “family-killer” paired with a congratulatory fist bump, another declared “careers first, bitches” and simply changed the topic. Though these statements didn’t personally condemn me, they weren’t the soulful life support or constructive conversation I was hoping to engage in. Sexual activity in youth has become a widely discussed and accepted norm. Why has the conversation around abortion not grown too? Apart from the stigma associated with abortion, there’s

no shortage of physical barriers to pre-procedures. Visiting the Women’s Clinic at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) is absolutely terrifying. Located in the dark depths of the building, it features damp hallways and dungeon-like flickering lights to complement the low ceilings. It’s an absolutely horrific space; any attempt to maintain eye contact is ignored by medical staff and shamefully avoided by other patients. No one at the Women’s Clinic offered me mental health advice or told me what to expect from my body — things a soon-to-be mom would be showered with at that point in her pregnancy, should another decision have been made. The long wait times for appointment booking and high demand for treatment from the Women’s Clinic at KGH (often upwards of four weeks) adds emotional stress to an already trying experience. In my case, it pushed me over the 12 weeks gestation period. This required me to get my

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Mizzou to step up its game

As the University of Missouri’s president resigns, the university has a chance to straighten out their priorities and face the history they’ve long ignored. Frustration with the admin’s unresponsiveness towards racist incidents reached a boiling point at Missouri this past week, when the football team — half of whom are black — threatened to boycott unless the university president, Tim Wolfe, resigned. When rallies and hunger strikes failed to produce change, the prospect of a $1-million forfeit fee forced Wolfe to step down. A university can’t be held accountable for some of its students’ racist actions. But, institutions, and especially schools, have an indisputable responsibility to ensure they provide safe and non-discriminatory spaces. It’s reprehensible that this even requires saying, but this means a safe space for all students, regardless of their race. While civil rights should outstrip monetary concerns, the university’s surrender to its football team shows what really talks is money. Sadly, this is a common theme at many universities — things only abortion at a special stand-alone clinic in Ottawa, one of eight in Ontario. It’s common for women to travel over 100 km to have an abortion in Canada. No one’s posting smiling selfies on those road trips. I had to manage costs of transportation and taking time off school and work. Even more stressful though, is finding someone trustworthy to drive you safely to and from the procedure, and to keep your new secret safe once home. This Thanksgiving, I was bitten by a stray cat and went through rabies treatment at the hospital. With six phone calls and a letter from KFL&A Public Health throughout my rabies treatment

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begin to change when it becomes financially profitable to do so. So, from the purely financial perspective that seems to be the only thing universities understand, it was, perhaps, unwise to disregard the racist treatment of a minority group that significantly contributes to the $83.7 million revenue the athletic program draws in. Wolfe was brought in from a corporate background to cut costs. So, despite Missouri’s lengthy history of racism, he was unlikely to address anything, no matter its importance to social justice, until it cost the university money. But, as has been proven again and again, a student body’s well-being can’t be measured using the bottom line. The fact that it took students such measures to evoke a reaction signals a systemic problem that goes deeper than Wolfe’s resignation will fix. If there’s a silver lining to be found in all this, it’s that we can no longer take the role of student activism lightly. Collegiate football players work extremely hard in a very competitive environment where they’re often exploited due to their amateur status. Despite this, many players risked their hard-won futures to stand up for their peers. It should strike a nerve with a lot of people that they felt driven to put so much on the line to do so. Here’s hoping that Missouri’s administrators will take a page from their students’ playbook and put something on the line to do the right thing. — Journal Editorial Board in a two-week period, I was very well-supported. Post-abortion, I followed up with a random clinic doctor who’d never seen me before, with a single slip of paper from the clinic in Ottawa. The physical pain of rabies treatment and the emotional stress of seven needles on the first day, and three additional hospital visits was much worse than having an abortion. But given the option, I would jump in front of a rabid animal rather than manage an unwanted pregnancy. Rabies over babies shouldn’t be a campus reality. Kendra is one of The Journal’s Photo Editors. She’s a fourth-year ArtSci.

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Friday, November 13, 2015



A small break, a big difference A few days off in the fall could significantly improve students’ mental health

A fall reading week would offer students a chance to catch up on school work and with their loved ones at home.


Adam Davis, ArtSci ’18

As we all know, mental illness their first term at university can opt for. Sadly it’s the suffocating onset I’m sure we’ve all wished for a of stress that exacerbates conditions affects one in five Canadians. help ensure a healthy experience day where we could sleep in, or such as anxiety and depression in With today’s growing awareness However, this number is in subsequent years. By removing themselves just catch up on some readings, so many of us. The feeling of not of mental health on university inflated among post-secondary campuses, Queen’s students seem students, “where close to one- from the stressful environment, without having to worry about being able to get ahead, or the to have it pretty good in terms of third of students experience students can better cope with the that next assignment. I believe endless onslaught of assignments access to services. Student Wellness elevated psychological stress”, normal pressures that had once that this peace of mind only can sometimes trigger periods in comes when days are set aside our mental health that are difficult Services, AMS Peer Support according to the Dalhousie seemed overwhelming. When I spoke to my peers and mandated for this purpose. to recover from. Centre, the Jack Project and other University’s Proposal for a about the possibility of a fall Holidays such as winter break, initiatives on campus all offer an Fall Reading. That is why I ask Queen’s to The opportunity to remove reading week or break, they Thanksgiving and winter reading consider the positive effects a fall outlet for counselling and advice on everything to do with one’s oneself from this high stress brought up some valid points week all provide an almost built-in break could have on the mental permission to forget about school, health of students. environment and de-stress could against its implementation. mental health. Some of them said a longer and just relax. And boy, do those However, for a university that prove invaluable to students. If a break can positively affect champions the mental health of Whether students spend time summer is more valuable to them days feel good. A small fall break students at other universities across its students, the lack of a fall with family, catch up on some than a little break in the middle of mandated by the university would Ontario, why not here at Queen’s? reading week is a glaring readings in the face of coming the term. As well, some feared that provide the same kind of peace of The answer may not be clear, omission from a comprehensive exams or even sleep in — these Orientation Week would lose some mind to students. but the benefits of time off are If Queen’s seeks to present like crystal. plan to improve mental health on types of de-stressors could help of its length in order to implement itself as a university that addresses break the build up of pressures the short break during the fall. The ability to get away, get some our campus. These are all valid arguments the mental health needs of rest and catch up, in the middle In 2013, Brock, Western, that can trigger the deterioration and I totally understand them. its students, then a fall break of a busy fall term, appears to be McMaster and Carleton University of mental health. The implementation of a It’s impossible to make everyone needs to be next on the agenda. a simple solution to the common all tested their version of “fall the aforementioned problem of poor mental health breaks” for the first time. Their fall break would be particularly happy, after all. But I think a fall While goal? To give students a break valuable for first-year students reading week would ease the initiatives on campus may help at Queen’s. from the high stress atmosphere who are often only 18 years old stresses of the most at-risk students with mental illness, Because we all know that why let it get there in the first sometimes we just need a of first term that’s a common upon arrival. New stresses that students for mental illnesses. In my opinion, giving up a few place? For many students, a break little break. catalyst for the onset of more come with leaving high school and home could be lessened with a sunny days at the end of August may be all they need to avoid serious mental health problems. for some much-needed days of slipping into mental illness, and Adam Davis is a second-year political For many students, a fall break quick trip back to see family. For first-year students, being relaxation during the height of maintaining a manageable level of studies major. would offer an immediate escape able to ease into the pressures of midterms is something I’d gladly stress instead. from the stress midterms bring.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Re: Student self-government at risk

One of the things I’ve always respected and enjoyed most about Queen’s is its tradition of student leadership, in everything from faculty societies and university governance to extracurricular activities and community events. Because of that, it was not surprising to read that some of our former student leaders have concerns about the current review of the university’s non-academic misconduct system. I would begin by correcting one wrong impression: the review concerns the overall arrangements for administering and adjudicating cases of non-academic misconduct. It is not specifically about the AMS’ non-academic discipline system (NAD), except insofar as that system is part of a wider set of systems including those administered by

the SGPS, Residences, and Athletics and Recreation. The university is committed to student safety, and both independent experts and the Board of Trustees have identified our current system as a risk. That simply cannot be ignored — change of some kind is required. We have waived confidentiality regarding the legal opinion on the board’s role in this matter, which can now be found on the review website. I was an undergraduate student at Queen’s, and I recognize there are strongly held feelings on all sides of this topic. The review committee’s goal is to consider all of those perspectives in a process that ultimately results in a better non-academic misconduct system. It’s important to correct a few of the assertions made in the Journal piece. Firstly, the Board does

indeed have both the authority and to maintain the Queen’s tradition responsibility when it comes to of student involvement in nonthe administration of these matters. academic discipline while at the That responsibility has been same time recalibrating the system delegated to Senate, but it remains to meet contemporary realities. the Board’s to delegate. Secondly, The university plans to work with contrary to popular impression, the students, including the AMS and oft-repeated notion that the Senate SGPS, and other stakeholders delegated this responsibility to the to build a new structure that AMS in the late nineteenth century maintains the positive aspects of is a belief based on no foundational the peer-to-peer system while document. Thirdly, even if that ensuring the health and safety of were not the case, circumstances all students and others at Queen’s. Our timelines for the review and social expectations change, and it is not reasonable to assume will allow us to receive input that a system put into place for from a wide range of Queen’s a university of fewer than 3,000 community members. The process students should pass unexamined was first announced in September, and unmodified into use by a 21st and consultations will continue century university with a student into the spring. I invite all students population of over 21,000. and alumni who have thoughts on As I have stated from the outset, this matter to submit them to the the purpose of the review is not committee at to eliminate any of the current Finally, I must confess to systems — including NAD — but being completely puzzled by the

signatories’ suggestion that Queen’s is in a state of “ongoing decline.” In actuality, this is a remarkable time for our university. One of our faculty members was recently awarded a Nobel Prize, we are headed towards the end of a hugely successful, $500-million fundraising campaign, Macleans has ranked us first in student satisfaction in our category, and we received one of the largest donations ever made to the university in the form of a $50 million gift to our School of Business. And, our students remain some of the best and brightest in the country, contributing to the university in infinite ways. That doesn’t sound like a decline to me, and this review will not change this upward trajectory. Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University

Friday, November 13, 2015



A dramatic reading of Roald Hoffman’s Something That Belongs to You at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts.


Holocaust memorial performance hits hard Roald Hoffman’s tribute at the Isabel Bader strikes universal themes V ictoria G ibson Assistant News Editor In January 1943, a five-year-old boy destined to win a Nobel Prize hid quietly in an attic above a Polish schoolhouse. Seventy-two years later, Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffman is speaking out about the horrors of the Holocaust through theatre. On Monday, Something That Belongs to You, Hoffman’s fictionalized memoir, was performed as a dramatic reading with musical accompaniment at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Several campus groups, including the School of Drama and Music, the Department of Jewish Studies, Queen’s Hillel and the Harry and Sylvia Rosen Memorial Symposium, organized the performance. The date — November 9 — holds great significance. The day marks the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also called “The Night of Broken Glass”, when approximately 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps. Many did

not return. The performance takes on a somber tone, delving into themes of hatred, forgiveness and the strength of family ties. It explores the lasting repercussions of war on the mind as it moves between memories of a mother, Frieda, and her child in the attic in 1943 and events in the 1990s. Hoffman’s characters grapple with the moral conscience of the Holocaust. In a talk back session after the performance — an informal question and answer session — Hoffman said God leaves only one thing undecided for individuals: the ability to choose between good and evil. “That is the choice that remains for every human being to make. It’s not an easy choice in these difficult times,” he said. Each actor offered nuanced and comprehensive performances of Hoffman’s work. None conveyed as much sincerity as Carolyn Hetherington, however, who played the elder Frieda. Hetherington’s character was based on Hoffman’s real mother, for whom he chose to include pieces written by Frédéric Chopin.

The composer’s pieces were played intermittently throughout the scenes. After hiding him in an attic for almost a year and a half, his mother always had something to keep her son happy, Hoffman said. “There were endless games my mother came up with. They were the same games, some of them, that you’d play with your children,” he said with a smile. “There was hangman, and battleship.”

“I love what you can do with a little bit of music. You can go back 40 years.”

maybe before I did with science. I didn’t decide to be a chemist until three quarters of my way through a PhD in chemistry,” he said. During Hoffman’s time as an undergraduate at Columbia University, he said he’d only just realized he didn’t wish to be a doctor — as his parents wanted — when he discovered theatre. “As I was working my way through that, and taking pre-med courses, the world was opening up to me in the arts and in literature.” He said the first play that moved him was Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding, which he attended in his first year. Some of Hoffman’s other dramatic works tackle scientific themes, which combine his two

worlds. The play Should’ve, for example, addresses the social responsibility of scientists and artists. To Hoffman, theatre presents an opportunity for “incredible magic”. “I love what you can do with a little bit of music. You can go back 40 years. Or the lights can go down, and the actors throw a scarf around their neck, and you’re there with them.” Tears sprung to Hoffman’s eyes after the show’s talk-back session, as he thanked director Craig Walker and the rest of the cast. “It was beautifully done. Thank you all for the effort and all the emotion. It makes me cry again, which is just testimony to how well [you] did it.”

— Roald Hoffman,

playwright and Noble Laureate

Although Hoffman has since dedicated a large portion of his life to theoretical chemistry, for which he was awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize, he spoke about his lifelong love for the arts. “I fell in love with theatre


UNICEF at the Brooklyn

Diverse student bands take the stage for Queen’s charity E ric G allo -M iscevich Staff Writer The Brooklyn hosted a UNICEF Queen’s event called “No Beat Too Far” this Wednesday. The event was part of Queen’s UNICEF week, which included five fundraiser events. The night featured performances by three diverse student bands: Tigress, North of Lawrence and Maji! Maji! Tigress, the first band to perform, was a singer-songwriter duo. The second band, North

of Lawrence, added a folk twist to the night with a violinist and two guitarists. Maji! Maji! ended the night’s line-up with a unique flavour, accompanying their upbeat sound with the indie taste of a ukulele player. The band performed a heavy 12-song set list, although a crowd didn’t form until they played “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire halfway through the performance. One-by-one, people left their seats to gather around the stage and soon nearly everyone was moving

to the beat of Maji! Maji! As the performance drew to a close, a few spectators went on stage to take selfies with the band’s ukulele player. “It was pretty weird,” said Demetri Zoumboulakis, part-time ukulele player and third-year LifeSci student. Since its inauguration in 2008, UNICEF Queen’s has hosted fundraising events in the Kingston community. Recently, however, the club’s activity has dwindled. Now, third-year Politics major

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Maji! Maji! onstage at the Brooklyn.



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Martin Guerre marries drama and music Rotunda Theatre features the combined school’s inaugural production V ishmayaa J eyamoorthy Copy Editor Queen’s new School of Drama and Music put on its first major production — The House of Martin Guerre — with great success.

“There seemed to be a good reason to celebrate our new collaboration, which has turned us into the School of Drama and Music... [it] seemed logical to bring drama and music together,” Professor Tim Fort said. Fort directed the play.

Maddy Scovil as Bertrande onstage during The House of Martin Guerre.


The School of Music and Department of Drama officially merged on July 1, 2015. The play, based on a true story from the 16th century, featured a 19-person cast and a crew of over 80 people. It follows the story of Martin Guerre and his wife Bertrande, after he deserts her and appears to return eight years later. Though the play is called Martin Guerre, it’s true focus is Bertrande, played by Maddy Schaefer Scovil, ArtSci ’16. Scovil’s performance was excellent, as was her voice. The musical, composed by Leslie Arden, tells the entire story through song, which allowed Scovil and the rest of the cast to showcase their vocal talent. At times, amateur musicals value singing talents over acting talent to the detriment of the show. Although there were a few moments that fell flat, the cast as a whole was well-rounded. The firstyear actors in the production were particularly noteworthy. “In this cast we have a bunch of first years, and seeing them transition into the university as well as the Queen’s Drama

Department is so special to me,” Stage Manager Amelia Alie, ArtSci ’16, said. “You see them come into the space a little reserved, but by the end of the production you see their true personality, you see them grow so much and you see them so much more comfortable in the theatre environment at Queen’s, and it’s one of the most amazing things to watch.” The play’s crew must also be given credit. The play, designed primarily by director Tim Fort, used detailed lighting designs to create a variety of spaces out of a simple set. Fort, however, gives credit to his crew. “I design a basic framework ... and all my production people finish it off because they’re better at it than I am,” he said. Fort said opportunities for a

director and crew to collaborate on a project are unusual — creative teams often hand over a design for a crew to build — but it’s clear it worked well in The House of Martin Guerre. The show had a few technical difficulties, but the props, costume, lighting and sound crews played individual and important roles in creating a great finished product. As for the nature of the show? It appears no one can agree on how to classify it, except say it’s an intriguing piece that leaves audiences thinking. “It’s an incredibly powerful piece,” Alie said. “I think it’s one of those pieces that makes you think back on the story and how it actually happened in real life.” The House of Martin Guerre runs from Nov. 5 to 15 in The Rotunda Theatre.


Short stories with life-saving characters Student writer Dana Mitchell gravitates back to writing in good times and bad R amna S afeer Arts Editor Student writer Dana Mitchell, ArtSci ’19, thinks of her characters as companions who’ve helped her through adversity. As a writer of short stories, Mitchell’s work rarely extends past a page or two. It’s this brevity that makes her stories — featuring unique, larger-than-life characters — pack such a punch. Mitchell’s story In Facing the Sun placed second in the Alice Munro short story competition. The story follows a young tattoo artist, who arrives at his parlor one morning to an old lady waiting by the entrance. The woman, who we learn is a Holocaust survivor, still has internment camp identification number tattooed on her arm. She asks the tattoo artist to “make the numbers beautiful”. The story, which is little more than a page long, features heartbreaking resilience and an unlikely crossing of paths. “I like to keep things concise,” Mitchell said. “My writing is really minimalistic. Sometimes an idea is just more powerful when you use less words.” When she turned 13, Mitchell says she was in an incredibly dark place, and her feelings of isolation led her to writing.

“At that time in my life, I was just really fed up with living, with being alive,” she said. “I was going through a really depressing time in my life and writing pushed me out of that shell.” She still doesn’t know why she was drawn to writing and not another art form. “Suddenly, I wanted to write and express myself. I can’t explain it. I don’t know why I started. All I know is that it was the best decision of my life,” Mitchell said. “I always come back to writing, both in happy and sad moments in my life.” Mitchell is now working on a larger work, which she says will be very different from her short stories. “I don’t know if you could really call it a book. I hope it one day becomes something complete like that, but it’s definitely something much bigger than just a short story,” she said. This novel-inprogress is a story about a teenage boy named Mitch — a character Mitchell has been developing for years. Mitch embarks on a road trip with a man

named Hendrick and a girl named Allegra, who make an unlikely trio of friends. “They ‘find themselves’, I guess, but in ways they themselves never imagined,” she said. Ned Vizzini, author of the coming-of-age novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story, is one of Mitchell’s major influences. It’s Kind of a Funny Story focuses on a teenage boy sent to a

Student writer Dana Mitchell.

psychiatric hospital for his clinical depression and suicidal tendencies. Mitchell said V i z z i n i inspired her

Mitchell’s journal, in which she’s written pieces of her in-progress novel.


to ground her characters in reality. “It seemed so real to me — his teenage character who explored so many different emotions that I really hung onto,” she said. “He wasn’t a typical teenager with the angst and the anger. He was real and believable and I hope my characters can be like that too.”



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Queen’s Players pack in laughter, live music and alcohol

Biannual comedy show at the Mansion uses its winning formula to raise money for local veterans N ina R icciarelli Contributor Booze, laughs and rock n’ roll has been the mantra of Queen’s Players since their incarnation in the early 1900s, and their fall show was no exception. At the biannual event, students are invited to the Mansion to laugh at raunchy humour and enjoy singing and a phenomenal live band. The latest addition to Queen’s Players’ long line of epic shows, The Big Bad Wolf of Deck the Halls Street, doesn’t disappoint. Because the fine details of the show are kept secret until audiences see the show for themselves, we won’t reveal the plot. Members of the cast and crew are sworn to secrecy over the plot and characters to ensure all students get the best experience possible. That doesn’t mean there aren’t caricatures of pop culture references, from celebrities to your favourite fictional characters, and sex jokes so quick you’d feel their whiplash. The cast and crew of Queen’s Players have outdone themselves with their latest instalment. It is a credit to the cast — as performers and writers — that the jokes land whether a spectator is sober or inebriated. The sexual humour of Players is most of what makes it so funny, but the show has upped its game by having some dark comedy and politically-charged humour as well. With a wide variety of genres and time periods, there’s something for musical tastes of all types, from traditional 80s anthems by The Police and Queen to recent pop hits. Of course, the music would

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The horn section of the band warming up. From left to right: Nick Pacheo, Pater Ballyk, Josh Watson and Greg Ivens.

Queen’s Players cast Eric Lazure and Miriam Stauble.



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Bringing people together through tunes


The members of UNICEF Queen’s. Continued from page 9

and UNICEF Queen’s club president, Danny Yeo, and president of internal affairs Kavina Sathiyasothy, both ArtSci ’17, say they’re determined to raise awareness of the club and of UNICEF as an organization. “When [the club] started

in 2008, it was really good for the first few years, then it kind of disappeared. So that’s why we are trying to build it up,” Sathiyasothy said. “Music is the assistant in everything … it’s like food. It gets people together, and no one is going to complain,” Sathiyasothy said. “Once you have your audience

together, you can target them in terms of what you try to get across, but you need to get them to stop and listen first.” On a university campus where most students are focused on their next assignment, grabbing students’ attention can prove difficult. Sathiyasothy said the longevity of any student organization relies on an ability to make students stop

and listen. “We try to incorporate ourselves into university culture as much as possible, to get as much participation,” club president Yeo said. “That’s the best way for us to spread the word about UNICEF.” Yeo is looking to continue the organization’s assimilation into university culture.

“We want to raise $2,000 by the end of the school year, and to do this we must build a strong base for the [UNICEF] team,” he said. UNICEF Queen’s hopes to raise $500 from The Brooklyn event along with other events during this week, including Tumble Tuesday at Ale House.

Cracking the formula of charity fundraising Continued from page 11

be nothing more than hilarious karaoke if it weren’t for the instrumentals of the Players live band, who help the performers blossom from ordinary Queen’s students into rock stars. In the Mansion’s intimate upstairs lounge, the Players crowd the stage in their various carefully choreographed formations. It’s a testament to choreographers Katie Ross and Daniella Leacock for using the space so well. Although it was all very sexual in nature, the dancing never felt boring. There was a good variety in moves that made watching the cast entertaining, no matter who was

on stage. The Players aren’t just an enthusiastic group of people putting on a show, however — they’re also the second largest charitable organization at Queen’s. According to Kayla Cayabyab, the director of marketing for Queen’s Players, their 2014-15 fundraising season was a success. “Queen’s Players donated almost $17,000 to various local, national, and international charities, including QJUMP, on campus, and Femme International, which is a Canadian non-profit,” Cayabyab said. Because the show opens on Remembrance Day, all proceeds from opening night ticket sales will go to the Kingston branch

of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund, according to Vice President Administration Evelyn Popiel. The charity provides financial assistance to veterans in the Kingston community. “A lot of people are drawn to Players because of the drinking and the comedy … but any organization that takes all of that magnetism with everybody and thinks of it as an opportunity to give back to so many different organizations, is an organization worth being a part of,” cast member Rachel Manson said. Over the past few years, Queen’s Players has gifted the Queen’s community with absolute hilarity and mosh-worthy rock music, but they’ve also become a

charity that uses its crowd-pleasing formula of drinks, music and sexual innuendos to give back to the people who really need it.

They sold out tickets to The Big Bad Wolf of Deck the Halls Street in five hours, so they must be doing it right.

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A look back at three-in-a-row


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Continuing an Ontario dynasty A shot for four straight OUA titles on the line A dam L askaris Sports Editor

Liam Underwood scored 14 points, with a try, three conversions and a penalty kick as the Gaels won 29-18 over the Western for the OUA title.



It’s been said that there are three guarantees in life: death, taxes and Queen’s having a place in the OUA men’s rugby final. Or at least, that’s the way it’s been since 2011, as the Gaels enter their fifth straight gold medal game, looking for their fourth championship in a row. Queen’s plays in Guelph against the Gryphons on Sunday for their chance at the title, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. Head coach Gary Gilks said the team isn’t focused on creating a dynasty, but rather just winning this one game. “That’s pressure that we don’t really talk about or think about,” he said. “Yes, we know this is [our fifth consecutive final] and we’d love to win it, but we’re not going to think about that.” “We’re just going to worry about getting through the systems, and the structure. If it goes well, we come back with a gold. But we’re not going to think about the legacy or anything like that. We’re just focused on what we’ve got to do.” The team earned their spot in the final with a 37-8 victory over the Western Mustangs on Saturday night at home in the OUA semifinal. Gilks said he was pleased with every players’ contribution on the night. “I’m not going to pick one person out,” he said. “It was solid. It wasn’t all the backs; it wasn’t all the forwards. Everyone played

their position well and we did it as a team.” Queen’s translated a 7-1 regular season record into a first round playoff bye, having to play just one playoff game to get to the final. However, their single loss of the regular season came was at the hands of Guelph, when they fell by a score of 35-28. This time around, Gilks believes the team has the ability to change their fortunes, but it’s critical for the team to stay fixated on their upcoming opponent, rather than think about winning a championship. “Each week is a step-by-step process,” he said. “Up until this week we never thought about the final. All week we focused on Western because we knew it’d be a tough test. We’re looking forward to going to Guelph, for sure.” Winger Kai Lloyd, who scored seven tries on the season and added another on the weekend, said the team’s victory on Saturday showed a consistent performance that Queen’s was looking to have. “Everyone played really well,” he said. “Everyone performed the tasks that we need to perform. We all were positive throughout the game. Even when they got some points on the board, we kept our composure. We just fought out and won.” The last OUA team to win four straight titles was the Gaels themselves, accomplishing the feat from 1993-96. “[We need to] stay focused, and perform all the little basics. [We need to] get prepped and be fired up for the next game.”

Matt Mullins scored two tries and Adam McQueen kicked five conversions as the Gaels won their second consectutive OUA title over the Western Mustangs by a 40-10 score.


The Gaels defeated Western in the OUA semifinal, marking the third time in four seasons Queen’s knocked the Mustangs out of the playoffs.

Tommy Kirkham scored two tries as the Gaels pulled out a 32-23 victory over the Guelph Gryphons for their third straight OUA title.




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Champions ousted CIS dreams ended after surprise OUA title win J oshua F inkelstein Contributor of the Month

the net with the remainder of the 90 minutes, nor during the full 30 minutes of a back-and-forth overtime packed Though their national title dreams ran with chances. The Gaels had an opportunity in the out in a CIS quarterfinal shootout, no one can say women’s soccer had an closing seconds of overtime, with a deflected shot from a loose ball parried just behind the unexciting season. The Gaels won the OUA Final Four post by the York keeper. The game proceeded Championship on Sunday, defeating York to a shootout, with no decision coming and Laurier on back-to-back days to from more than 120 minutes of open play. Fourth-year keeper Madison Tyrell capture the title and earn their way to the opened the shootout with a save, giving the CIS championship. On Thursday night in Vancouver, Gaels a 1-0 lead after the first of five required the Gaels fell under heavy rain to the rounds. However, after five rounds, the score Sherbrooke Vert et Or in a shootout after was tied once again, 4-4 on penalties, after a Bella Jacot’s shot was saved in the shootout’s Lions save in the second round. Both teams sixth round. The Vert et Or came out 4-3 in continued to find the back of the net, with Tyrell even scoring a shot of her own. the shootout with a final score of 2-1. Returning to the Gaels’ net, Tyrell made Brittany Almeida opened the scoring for Queen’s in the 59th minute, but just her second save of the shootout in the eighth two minutes later Sherbrooke’s Gaëlle round, guessing right and poking away the Lions shot. With the opportunity to clinch Duplessis-Lebel scored an equalizer. The OUA tournament victory capped off the match for Queen’s, first-year midfielder a tense Ontario playoff for the Gaels, with Lidia Bradau had her first goal disallowed, four straight one-goal wins over the course due to a premature shot. Awarded another chance, she made no mistake, again finding of a week and a half. PHOTO BY KENDRA PIERROZ Following their victories over Toronto the corner of the net to clinch a shootout The Gaels locked down defensively in the latter stages of the game to and Laurentian in the qualifying stages, victory for the Gaels by a score of 7-6. hold on for the 70-66 win over the York Lions. The Gaels earned their 10th clean sheet the Gaels were in Ottawa for the Final of the year, closing out their OUA season MEN’S BASKETBALL Four tournament. On Saturday, Queen’s matched up with a 1-0 win. Tara Bartram scored her against the York Lions, who were undefeated third goal of the playoffs, curling a shot from throughout the season. Facing the OUA’s the top of the box off the inside of the righttop team and CIS Player of the Year, Lions hand post for the title-winning goal in the striker Nour Ghoneim, the Gaels defended 69th minute. Tyrell, de Boer and third-year Laura resolutely throughout the game, taking advantage of scoring opportunities against Callender accepted the banner and trophy for the Gaels, while Bartram earned Player of the stingiest defence in the league. Fifth-year midfielder Jessie de Boer the Game honours. The Gaels play Friday in a CIS consolation opened the scoring with a goal in the 62nd minute. The Lions did score an equalizer semifinal match-up. Players and coaches were unavailable for though, with less than 10 minutes left comment, as they were travelling to the joseph C attana in regulation. “We have to make more sure passes, Neither team could find the back of CIS championship. instead of trying to make the home run play.” Assistant Sports Editor The Lions chipped into the Gaels 19-point Defence was the name of the game as lead, tying the game late in the fourth the men’s basketball team locked down quarter. Instead of relying on what worked the York Lions to win 70-66 in the Gaels in the first half, Shoveller said the team took a different approach and slowed down home opener. “For the last month and a half we have their pace. For Shoveller, Sukpreet Singh was crucial been stressing [defence],” centre Mike Shoveller said. “We know if we want to have in securing the victory. “Singh was huge down the stretch, getting a chance to compete in the OUA — which is the toughest conference — we are going to into the lane, drawing a few fouls and hitting free throws.” have to defend.” After a tough few final minutes, the Gaels “It was huge for us to hold them to a poor held on for the 70-66 win. Singh would shooting night.” The Lions were stifled by the home side’s score 22 points over 32 minutes, adding 10 defence, shooting under 40 per cent from rebounds and three assists. The Gaels also got some strong play the field. At the break, the Gaels held York to JOURNAL FILE PHOTO from their forwards Tanner Graham and The Gaels lost their first game since September in the CIS quarterfinal. only 23 first-half points. Shoveller believes last year’s early finish Ryall Stroud. On the night, Graham scored was a huge motivator for the Gaels’ strong 14 points, making five of 14 shots. Stroud was key to the Gaels defensive effort, first half. WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL “We were pretty fired up, it’s been a long adding two steals and seven rebounds to his time since we have had a serious game — nine points. Shoveller knows starting things off losing to U of T last February left a sour taste with a win against York will bode well for in our mouths.” In the second half, careless turnovers the season. “For us, it’s huge — especially against a by the Gaels allowed the Lions to get back into the game. Queen’s had 23 turnovers divisional rival in the OUA. Starting off with compared to York’s 15. For Shoveller, having a win puts us off on the right foot and this happen early on in the season was an gives us some momentum going into this weekend.” important teaching moment for the Gaels.

Season started on positive note Strong first half leads to 70-66 win over York

Headed back to winning ways First two victories of the year picked up J oseph C attana Assistant Sports Editor After starting their season with three straight losses, the women’s volleyball team took to the road this weekend for their first taste of victory. The Gaels (2-3) beat both the Nipissing Lakers (0-3) and York Lions (2-2) in straight sets. For head coach Michael Ling, it was important for the team to find

their footing in the OUA. “[Knowing] how to win, how to push the buttons of other teams and to follow a game plan … is a huge confidence builder,” Ling said. Against Nipissing, the team came out flying. In the first set, the Gaels outhit the Lakers, with their hitting percentage at 42 per cent compared to the Lakers 14 per cent. After going into a technical timeout at 16-12, the Gaels pulled away, winning 25-19.

Queen’s continued their dominating play into the second and third frame, winning them 25-18 and 25-21 respectively. A huge factor in the win was the Gaels ability to serve aces. They outdid their opponents in this respect 10-5. Ling said that the game against Nipissing showed that the Gaels have bounced back following their three straight losses to start the year. “Our offence is really starting to minimize its errors,” Ling said. “We are about the same in putting points on the board, but the errors in our first three matches

were a little bit too high.” The next night, the Gaels travelled to Toronto to play York. Continuing their strong play, the Gaels dropped the Lions 25-14 in the first two sets of the game. While the Lions equalized the game to 21-21 in the third set, the Gaels offence was too much to handle, winning the final set 25-23. “Handling Nipissing and York really made the team positive and confident that we do have the capability to win,” Ling said. On the weekend, outside hitters Shannon See Back on page 16


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Lions dropped on hardwood Gaels defeat York 64-47 in season opener


Jenny Wright (above) was key to the Gaels victory. She scored 15 points in the win, adding nine rebounds, four assists and one steal over 33 minutes.

E ric G allo -M iscevich Staff Writer Women’s basketball got the season off to a good start this past Saturday, beating the York Lions 64-47 in their home opener. Despite this seemingly impressive landslide, the players and Gaels head coach Dave Wilson, were unsatisfied. “[It was a] 17 point win, but not really our best performance,” Wilson said. “Most of the players were upset at their performance in the game, to the point where they felt more like we lost the game,” Wilson said. “We’ve always

emphasized execution over outcome … our outcome was fine, our execution wasn’t.” The Gaels started out strong, scoring eight points in their first three possessions. However, they soon hit a five-minute stretch where they were unable to score. “We didn’t give up the lead … but we just went ice-cold,” Wilson said. This rut was abruptly ended by a made shot from Andrea Priamo, along with a steal by Abby Dixon leading to a bucket. The Gaels regained control of the momentum of the game, scoring seven points in the final three minutes of the quarter. On the day, the Lions had

23 turnovers compared to the Gaels’ 13, 10 of which were were steals. Wilson, however, saw the Gaels’ ability to capitalize on these steals as inadequate. “Our conversion was very poor,” he said. “It is a big concern, because we had a lot of [fast break opportunities].” “In all 10 [steals] we were in a transition situation to score, and I would say the number of times we scored out of that was a poor percentage.” Along with poor percentages, both teams were weak from the free throw line. The Gaels shot 43 per cent and the Lions shot 47 per cent. “We’re very much

struggling with our foul shooting,” Wilson said. “It’s not a mechanical issue so much as it’s a mental issue. It’s more psychological than anything. Our next stop is turning to a sports mental skills coach.” Wilson says his players are most definitely self-motivated, but confidence is a completely different question. “We’re currently ranked eleventh in the country, but our players don’t see it that way. They are still unsure of their capability.” Rebounding was strong on the day. The Gaels finished with 22 offensive boards in total, in comparison with the Lions’ 15.

“That was a pleasant result of the game because we put a conscious emphasis on it in practice,” Wilson said. “22 offensive rebounds — that’s a pretty substantial number, so we’re pleased that what we worked on during the week [in practice] was able to translate to the game.” The Gaels look to improve their overall performance this coming weekend in their next two away games at Laurentian and Nipissing. While they obviously have various tactical plans for different teams, that’s not their mentality going into upcoming games. “Consistency is the way to the championship,” Wilson said.


Three days in November A love for women’s rugby I never knew existed

J oseph C attana Assistant Sports Editor


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I’ve been to March Madness, NFL games and even one of this year’s Blue Jays playoff games. But my three days spent on the sidelines of Nixon Field for the women’s rugby national championship easily matched them in intensity. Throughout Queen’s run to the championship game, I got swept up by the action and emotions of the process. When the final whistle had blown, I can wholeheartedly say I didn’t want the season to end. If you’d told me at the beginning of the year that I’d have all these feelings, I would have said you were lying. One of my first assignments I had for The Journal was a story on women’s rugby. Having watched it only a handful amount of times, it was a sport I didn’t understand and didn’t really feel any attachment to. As we grow up, women’s sports

isn’t presented at the forefront of sports media or journalism. It’s only during an event like the Women’s World Cup or the Olympics that we get a real insight into women’s athletics. As Assistant Sports Editor, I felt obligated to cover a fall team, but I couldn’t say my first choice was women’s rugby. I knew I’d be writing on women’s sports over the course of the year, but my passion was pretty low. After talking to the players and coaches over the course of the season, I warmed up to the idea of writing this beat. I went from being indifferent to a mainstay at every game. To start the national championships, the Gaels were paired up with top-seeded Acadia in the quarterfinals. Being seeded lowest in the tournament, most people wouldn’t have given Queen’s a shot in that game. Over the course of little over an hour I saw a team claw from 17 points down to victory. I was supposed to be an unbiased journalist, but in reality I turned into the team’s biggest fan. I know that’s not my role. I try to make my writing as unbiased as possible while still appealing to Queen’s students. But while on the sidelines, it was a natural reaction to cheer for my school. With the Gaels down 17-3 late

in the first half, a great passing play led to Lauren Murray running down the sideline for the team’s first try of the game. As I watched her dash by the media tent, I couldn’t help but celebrate. I was told to relax — but how could I not get caught up in that moment? Women’s sports often seen as lacking the same grit as men’s sports. But last weekend, captain Lauren McEwen played with a partially torn hamstring. Playing on an injury — that can take up to three months of recovery — has to be difficult. Being a fifth-year athlete, she knew this would be the last time she donned the tricolour, and she made every moment of her tournament worthwhile. Despite being knocked down repeatedly and having the medics tend to her, McEwen didn’t leave any of the Gaels three games for a second. On her overtly taped right-leg, McEwen earned a tournament all-star and led Queen’s in scoring. If that isn’t grit, what is? My future as a journalist is uncertain, and I’ve got the rest of the year to focus on other varsity sports. But one thing is for sure — I’ll still be covering the women’s rugby team next season. It’s only nine months until next September. I can’t wait.


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Queen’s to host championship School wins bid for 2017 CIS National Championship A dam L askaris Sports Editor Fresh off hosting the women’s rugby national championship, the CIS announced Queen’s as the host for the 2017 women’s hockey national championship. According to women’s hockey head coach Matt Holberg, Queen’s Athletic’s decision to bid to be tournament host wasn’t one they took lightly. “They don’t want a chance to host the championship if they don’t feel that the particular team has a chance to compete for the title,” Holmberg said. “I’m certainly flattered and honoured that Queen’s has the confidence to put the bid in in the first place. I know there were other good bids that were submitted, so I’m equally flattered the CIS shares that confidence.” As hosts, Queen’s receives an automatic entry into the eight game tournament. For Holmberg, who’s already taken a pair of teams to the tournament as OUA champions, he looks to use his experience in the 2017 tournament. “Being part of a team that’s earned its way to a national

championship in the past few years has … made us familiar with that environment, and the pressure of that week — what works and what doesn’t,” he said. Holmberg noted that unless his team earns a berth this season by finishing in the top two in the OUA, none of the Gaels at the 2017 tournament will have previous CIS experience — as the last women’s hockey team to compete at the CIS level was in 2013. Holmberg hopes to help his players keep their composure under the high pressure of the situation. “It’s finding that balancing act of not letting it overwhelm you,” he said. “You want to keep up the daily routines, all the things that have made you successful up to that point.” “At the same time, it’s a very unique and rare experience that may not come around here for many, many years again. You don’t want to ignore how special it is, and certainly soak in every moment that we can, because it goes by very quickly.” While the event can be a fun one, he added that it’s important to remember that it’s a single elimination tournament, meaning

his team must win all three of their games to win the title. “That’s a lot of pressure,” he said. “But we’ll have hopefully gone through three rounds of playoffs in a very competitive OUA prior to that. Each one of those games is just as pressure packed.” “I would hope that by the time we reach nationals, we’d have some pretty good experience with those types of pressure games. Obviously, you’re going to line up against very good teams. It really comes down to your preparation.” However, Holmberg knows the tournament is over 15 months away. His current team has a chance to qualify this season, as they sit second in the OUA with a 6-1-1 record. “It certainly is fun to think about the championship already,” he said. “But our main focus is earning a berth to Calgary this season. We don’t want that announcement to take anything away from that. We’ve got a good team this year that is competing very well. If we can earn our way to the OUA championship, that’ll mean we’re going to Calgary this year.”

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Hopkins and Shannon Neville were two stars of the team. Over the two games Hopkins amassed 26 kills and 20 digs. Neville, not to be outdone, scored 29 digs. Ling said that these two student-athletes’ play had a role in the team’s victories. “Both of them are the stabilizers,” Ling said. “They are point generators, they minimize their errors as well. They are defensively sound. They are two of our veterans, leading by example

on the court.” Next up for the Gaels are road games against Windsor and Western. While those sides are loaded with talent, Ling knows his team has to focus on themselves. “For us, it is about the smaller parts of the game,” Ling said. “We need to focus on winning the five-point sequences, and not stressing out over having to win the entire 25 points.” “If we can win enough of the small battles, [winning] the sets and matches will follow.”

After losing their first three games of the year, the women’s volleyball won both games against York and Nipissing.

Darcy Greenaway (centre) scored the Gaels overtime winner on Saturday night.




Salvaging points on road 5-3 home loss followed by 4-3 overtime win in Oshawa M att C hristie Contributor While men’s hockey picked up a win and a loss against the UOIT Ridgebacks, they were less than satisfied with their overall performance. The Gaels defeated the Ridgebacks 4-3 on Saturday, after a disappointing 5-3 loss at home Friday night. Both games saw poor defensive performance from Queen’s, giving the Ridgebacks leads as large as 4-0 and 3-1 respectively. After Darcy Greenaway gave Queen’s a 1-0 lead early on Saturday, the Gaels were losing 3-1 going into the third period. Jordan Coccimiglio scored the Gaels’ second goal, followed by Spencer Abraham’s power play marker with

seven seconds left in the third to tie up the game. Greenaway’s second goal of the game in overtime lifted the Gaels to a 4-3 win. Starting goalie Jacob Brennan secured the victory, making 24 saves on 27 shots. Greenaway was disappointed with his team’s performance Friday. “We came out slow,” he said after the loss. “We weren’t ready, we played okay in the last period, but you can’t play 20 minutes and expect to win.” After falling behind 4-0 on Friday, Queen’s made a comeback, with contributions from Peter Angelopoulos, Slater Doggett and Andrew Wiebe, although it wasn’t enough to salvage a win. Head coach Brett Gibson also wasn’t impressed with his player’s performance Friday.

“We took a night off,” Gibson said. Though the Gaels eventually came away with the win, it’s unlikely Gibson was too pleased with his team falling behind 3-1. Despite the stumble on Friday and Saturday, Gibson said he’s very impressed with his team’s overall effort this season, as the Gaels now sit 6-2-0. “We’ve had a fantastic start,” he said. “We’ve been one of the top teams in the league, and the thing is when you have a target on your back, every teams going to come in and play right from the get-go.” The team will play at home against the Concordia Stingers this Friday. Concordia currently holds a record of 3-5-2, and is in eighth place in the Eastern division, while Queen’s is in third place.

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A PSA on library etiquette M adeline H einke Contributor A library is the one place where you can escape the distractions this campus throws at you. You can grind out one assignment or a few, or maybe just catch up on readings. No matter the work you’re about to conquer, library time is focus time. But what could be worse than distractions in a place that’s supposed to give you the utmost peace? As someone who spends an average of three hours a day in Stauffer, I’ve been both the distracted and the distractee. This short guide to library etiquette will help you avoid being the incessantly loud chewer, the chip

bag crinkler or the irritatingly loud cougher. Overall, these tips will turn you into a better library patron. Avoid wining and dining

for later, you’re pushing it. This actually happens; I’ve seen (and smelt) a student enjoy her curry dinner then tuna salad while trying to work through a reading. Sure, it makes sense to get the best use out of your time, but there are study breaks for a reason. Take your food to the ARC and relax there for a little instead.

If you know what you’re doing is loud or has the possibility of distracting your neighbour, then just hold off or walk away from that quiet area. Careful with volume A bag of chips isn’t a big deal, as long as you’re careful to avoid loud chomping or messing The library is a place for peace around with the bag over and and quiet, so do your best to over again. Snacks are fine. No one avoid conversations with friends is going to be mad if you pull out or bothering your neighbour with something small to nibble on in loud music. the middle of your study-sesh. But Keep the volume on your laptop if you bring a full meal with a salad, or phone somewhere in the low to main course, then dessert snack middle range. I find this range gives


Molten lava in a winter wonderland K iera L iblik Staff Writer

As the air starts to cool, and the dreaded Kingston winds start to pick up, many of us find ourselves bundled up wishing for the warm summer months to return. Better yet, for the winter break to finally come packed with holiday treats. If the blanket scarf isn’t holding you over during these cooler winter months, opt for the warm and very gooey white chocolate molten lava cake with a seasonal eggnog kick. While lava cakes can be finicky in terms of cook time, this recipe is pretty forgiving as long as the cake isn’t left to cool for a long period of time. This causes the center to set so that it’s no longer melting onto your plate when you cut it open. But even then the cake will still be delicious. This dish is best served with fruits such as raspberries that are

you just the right amount of sound continue memorizing molecules or to block everything else out while staring at theories. keeping your neighbours happy. When in doubt, play by When it comes to the volume the golden rule of your voice, see to it that it’s low or non-existent. If you’re sitting with a friend and are dying to spill Yes, I’m bringing back the golden out what you just heard, either rule itself: treat others how text them or just wait until the you would want to be treated. walk home. It might seem stupid Sorry for the elementary school with them sitting right next to you, flashback, but it’s actually a great but something as small as a voice expression that can applied to can really break a stranger’s train library etiquette. If someone’s music is too loud, of thought. chances are they’d turn it down if they knew it was bothering you. Be mindful of your space Instead of grumbling or being rude, When you’re sharing a table with give them a small friendly nudge. others, things can be a hit or a This isn’t only more polite, but it’s miss. Sometimes as soon as they sit a better solution for getting them you move your stuff, and at other to turn it down and help you focus. times you’re oblivious to their You’d rather have someone tell presence. Maybe you don’t move you if you were distracting them, your work aside because you’re then have a stranger get frustrated too focused on work, but there’s with you. an easy way to avoid this. Even if you’re at a table alone, So the next time you’re in Stauffer fit your stuff into the portion of cramming for a midterm, or in the table that’s yours, around Douglas trying to get work done one-quarter of it. That way, if between classes, be conscious of anyone sits down, your work is the library patron you want to be already out of the way and you can and mindful of your fellow student.

4. Add powdered sugar to the chocolate mixture, as well as two full eggs and two eggs with only the yokes 5. Warm the eggnog in the Ingredients: microwave for 30 seconds, then include it in the mixture • 4 oz. white Bakers chocolate 6. Beat mixture until the • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ingredients are evenly • ½ cup butter combined • 1 cup powdered sugar 7. Stir in the all-purposed flour • 4 eggs 8. Pour batter into ramekin • 2 tbsp. eggnog dishes Instructions: 9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are slightly 1. Preheat oven to 430 degrees brown and the center feels Fahrenheit slightly soft (be careful not to 2. Coat the inside of three 8oz. rupture the middle) ramekins with melted butter 10. Let the cakes cool for no longer than 3 minutes. Flip ramekin 3. Combine butter and white onto serving dish. You may chocolate in a microwaveable need to gently pry the cake bowl away from edges with a knife a. Melt in 20 second periods 11. Dust with powdered sugar b. Stir between periods 12. Serve immediately so the c. Remove when butter and center is still warm and gooey This seasonally-appropriate lava cake uses white chocolate are fully combined and mixture is smooth chocolate and eggnog. slightly tart to offset the sweetness of the white chocolate. Here’s to a warm and tasty chilly season!



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How to dress for success G abby A ltman Contributor

alternative polished look. Delightful dress

As a Film and Media student, my business casual style isn’t as innate as a Commerce student. Just hearing the words “business casual” makes me a little uneasy. Fortunately, I’ve managed to pick up some handy tips about how you should dress for a business casual event, such as an interview, conference or just another day in the office (which may or may not have come from keeping an eye on stylish students strutting through Goodes). For those of you who are like me, and need a tutorial on dressing slightly more professional, here are some essentials to note.

Grab any structured dress you have in your wardrobe and pair it with a jacket instead of a not-so-comfy blazer. This dress and jacket combination will have you looking professional and feeling comfy. If you want to step it up a notch, you can pair this look with bold laced up heels. A simple black clutch will perfectly tie this look together. Because the look is so bold, simple accessories, or none at all, are suggested for the workplace. Bold boys

Stylish skirt For me, dressing business casual doesn’t mean throwing my inner fashionista out the window. You can still look trendy and hip while simultaneously appearing professional. Pair a neutral coloured skirt — knee length or below — with a toned down grey knit tee. This outfit is smart for the office, yet chic enough to go grab lunch on fifth avenue. You’ll surely stand out amongst the sea of traditional white button A stylish leather skirt paired with a neutral-toned knit and heels. down shirts and black suits, contestant on Project Runway Power pants proving you’re the most qualified would wear. The grey trousers and unique individual for the job. This outfit combines the traditional are simple while the flare at the white and grey dress suit with bottom gives them a unique edge. an outfit an uber fashionable Spice this look up with simple



yet eye-catching jewelry and stylish booties. You can also mix this look up with a pair of white or black straight-legged trousers for an

Last but not least, here’s a look for the men. This look offers a modern twist on the traditional business casual ensemble. The basic essentials of a button down shirt, slacks and a tie are still there, although in a more fashionable manner. Stand out from your surroundings with a simple patterned shirt, and neutral accessories. If you want to add a hint of style to your look, consider swapping out the black socks for something more funky. Remember, fashion is all about having fun. While dressing business casual may seem a little intimidating, it’s important to still stand out while looking the part. Dressing sharp doesn’t have to be dull and with these suggestions, you might find yourself landing a job and looking more professional than ever.

Everyday workouts by Varsity athletes

Three Queen’s Varsity athletes share their favourite workouts and some fitness tips.

C aela F enton Staff Writer

Favourite workout: Running stairs

It’s no secret that Queen’s has some talented athletes on campus. But while we see them during games and races, we rarely see their day-to-day training — which is what makes up the bulk of the experience of being a varsity athlete. So, I asked three Queen’s athletes to tell us their favourite workout and what they’d recommend to anyone starting out in their sport.

For cardio, our team often runs stairs together. I really enjoy this because depending on what you’re looking to improve, you can modify it to focus more on power or on endurance. I also enjoy doing stairs as a team because you’re with a group of people who will encourage and push you to do your best. Nothing like a little bit of sweat (and by a little, I mean a lot) to bring a team together.

Name: Emma Chown Team: Rugby Position: Wing Claim to fame: Member of CIS silver medal team

What I’d recommend to beginners: For someone looking to play rugby, I’d recommend starting with basic rugby skills like catching, passing


and tackling. It’s important to have your hands up and ready as a target when waiting for the ball and to make crisp passes to the target when passing. It’s important to be proficient in these skills in order to maintain ball possession (which is pretty much the key to winning a rugby game). Tackling is another key aspect of rugby that takes a lot of practice to perfect and is often an area that beginners struggle with. To start, you should really focus on getting low, making contact with your shoulder and driving your legs as you make your hit. When first learning how to tackle, you should always have an experienced player or coach with you to make See Queen’s, on next page

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Queen’s Gaels share their fitness regimes

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sure everyone involved is staying safe (i.e. don’t just go out with your buddies and go, Favourite workout: “hey! This is kind of what it looks like rugby 20-min warm up 1200m x 6 with 90 second recovery players are doing!). As far as weight training goes for beginner in between rugby players, it’s important to have a good 20-min cool down base fitness. General exercises such as squats, deadlifts and bench press can be done to I usually do this type of workout towards improve lower, upper and core strength. the end of my summer track season, Plyometric exercises, such as box jumps, when I begin building my mileage depth jumps and bounds can also help for cross country in the fall. It’s a great to improve power and agility. Of course, workout because it combines the speed of endurance training is also an important part track — the interval pace — with the long of rugby training in order to be able to distance of cross country. Interval pace is defined by Dr. Jack perform for an 80-minute game. Daniels as an athlete’s intensity at 97 to100 per cent of their maximum heart rate. Name: Brittany McEachern Interval pace doesn’t mean you’re Team: Triathlon pushing yourself to your limit, but it’s a Claim to fame: Ironman competitor serious enough pace that you should be able to maintain for about 10 to 15 Favourite workout: Sudoku © Kevin Stone  Sudoku Ref: 299851 Bike/run brick workout — 30-40K bike, minutes. There are breaks in place so it becomes manageable. 6-7 run Hitting the paces perfectly isn’t always Printed from BrainBashers [] In triathlon, we use workouts that combine a big deal — sometimes if I’m lacking two of the three events, usually bike-run, with sleep or don’t feel 100 per cent the pace little to no breaks in between. This allows us is a bit off. Plus, you have to always adjust Last Issue’s Answers to simulate at least part of a race. There’s training paces relative to the weather you some debate as to why they’re called brick face, especially in excessive heat or wind. workouts — some think it’s because they’re the building blocks of triathlon training and What I would recommend to beginners: some say it’s because your legs feel like 15-min warm up bricks afterwards. 8 to 12 40-second hill reps with 1.5 min recovery back down the hill What I would recommend to beginners: © Kevin Stone [] 15-min cool down I would recommend triathlon beginners to start by strengthening each of the sports Warm up before starting the hills to prepare individually and in a setting where they can yourself for the workout (just a jog to loosen cater to their own fitness level. Any Queen’s up and elevate your heart rate), and make 9 Leave unpaid students that are interested in tri should sure you complete a slow cool down for 10 Vast expanse come out to our team spin classes — the recovery afterwards. 11 Blunder The important part of the workout isn’t energy and enthusiasm is always great and 16 Detest I promise you’ll sweat more than you ever necessarily how fast you can get up the hill, 20 Baseball have in your life. We have a developmental but that you work on driving your arms and need group along with our competitive team, so legs efficiently while completing the incline. 23 Fermi’s bit Don’t worry if you need to take a longer experience isn’t necessary. 24 Shower break between reps. affection (on) Kingston has a few locations that are Name: Alex Wilkie 25 Favorable votes great for this workout, especially in the Team: Cross country 26 “__ the word” east end of town, where a world-class Position: Captain 27 One side of the cross country course is located on the Fort Claim to fame: Urals Henry hill. Champion, 2015 28 Hawk 29 Coffee, slangily 32 Monkey, at times 33 Mountaineering tool 35 Flightless bird 36 Esoteric 38 Cancel 39 Archipelago 39 Rage ACROSS component 40 Conventual 42 Actor O’Shea 41 Shrimp recipe 1 Poke 43 Quick look 45 “So be it” 4 Crazy 44 Fertility 48 Milky Way et al. 8 Take a stance? goddess 50 Stead 12 Bullring bravo 45 “The Greatest” 51 Deadlocked 13 Bloodhound’s 46 Cambridge sch. 52 Muumuu clue 47 Moray, for one accessory 14 Basin accessory 49 Ms. Gardner 53 “__ have 15 Squid, on a to do” menu 54 Utility 17 Rend Last Issue’s Answers bill 18 Knapsack datum 19 Biz deg. 55 Sanctions 21 Waste no time 22 Ailment DOWN 26 Actor Burr’s role 29 Lustrous black 1 Athlete 30 Pirouette pivot 2 Jai follower 31 Addict 3 Sash 32 Turf 4 Realm 33 Tittle 5 Saw 34 Wire measure 6 Supporting 35 Lamb’s mama 7 Decorated 36 Pinnacles 8 “Loves me 37 Antipasto (not)” factor ingredient



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Friday, November 13, 2015


Just two guys pole dancing Two unprepared men have their physique put to the test in an introductory class


J oseph C attana A rwin C han Journal Staff


While most students spent last Friday night out at bars or clubs, we spent ours swinging and dancing on poles. While pole dancing may seem like an effortless and sexual activity, we quickly discovered it requires much more skill and finesse than we had previously thought. When it comes to athletic pursuits, we (hi — Arwin and Joe here) would probably be classified as moderate dabblers. While some of our activities rank higher than others (anyone want to talk basketball or bikes?), we share an interest in adding new ones under our belts. But we have to admit, pole dancing was never really on our bucket list. As two guys, the idea of spending your night working on your fitness and flexibility via pole dancing seemed as far out as athletic pursuits were concerned. An old cliche came to mind: never in a million years. When we arrived at the studio, Sensual Serenity, for the pole dancing class, it looked like a cross between a ballet and yoga studio with the addition of chrome poles placed periodically throughout the room. Now’s probably a good time to mention we haven’t spent any time in either of the aforementioned places, so we had no clue what we were getting ourselves into. Presumably the reason the two of us, both men, were put on this assignment is that pole dancing is considered primarily a female activity. Our involvement easily piqued the interest of coworkers, friends, co-pole dancers and even the taxi driver who brought us there. The latter seemed fairly keen throughout the whole ride to slip in a few of his personal lewd experiences with dancers

at the Plaza, Kingston’s local “gentlemen’s club”. Hours before the class, we felt somewhat self-conscious and concerned that we’d just embarrass ourselves in front everyone. Our outfits consisted of a conglomerate of our other activities: Joe had on gym shorts and a Jays t-shirt and Arwin wore cycling shorts, a lifeguarding shirt and a squash headband. As expected, our pole dancing classmates were all female, with one of them a reporter from a local radio station.

The reporter was able to keep her presence much more covert than we were. Not that we were really trying to be discreet in the first place — to be honest, a part of us loved the attention. While we were there for The Journal, others in the class had different reasons. Whether it was to try something new or because a friend dragged them out, our classmates were clearly focused on one thing — becoming more fit. After the first few minutes of the class, it was clear this was a real possibility. Thankfully, we’d enrolled in a beginner’s class, and our instructor took us through some elementary moves — mostly some spinning and swinging — that culminated into a brief routine. While many consider this type of athletics a joke, it became all too clear that we were in for a l o n g night.

created with the intent that [o[l[women — not men — perform them, which made it all the more difficult and embarrassing for us. Which transitions nicely into another observation: you can’t really discuss pole dancing without mentioning the sex industry. While a lot of the class was mostly a test of aerobic agility, much like yoga or pilates, there was a sexual element to it all. At the end of the class, we put everything we learned into a final routine.

Throughout the class, we challenged ourselves in ways our bodies didn’t expect. Even as everyone else in the class made mistakes, it was clear things were taking longer for the two of us — as we made the same mistakes over and over again. But once we got through a few looks and laughs from the group and instructors, we were on our way to becoming novice pole dancers. Terra Marie, the studio’s owner, said we were pretty much the only guys who’d taken a class — other than the occasional visit from Queen’s wrestling team. The general consensus: men only really take the class as a joke. Say what you will about how many activities have remained dichotomized by gender, but our take-home was that a lot of moves required more finesse and agility than we’d previously thought. The routines included some pretty sexual movements

From an outsider’s experience, it was oversexualized. We had to push our chest up while on the ground, positioning ourselves in acts commonly seen at strip clubs. Not to sexualize the activity, but it’s a connection that has been glued together. When seen in movies or other mediums, pole dancing is often degrading and portrayed as a last resort for people to make money.

But we found that pole dancing is a legitimate display of athletic and acrobatic skill, and one that should be revered. Even after just an introductory class, you get a real sense of how demanding and intricate pole dancing is. Throughout the class, we were forced to put our bodies in positions we’ve never experienced — not even within our own athletics. All sports give you bumps and bruises, but our bodies went through something completely different in that studio. Never has a workout left us sore and bruised all over. As the class progressed, we realized that this was no longer a joke, but rather a test of our endurance. But it’s not just about strength and flexibility; performance is essential. You really need to execute moves in a way that looks effortless, and there’s no way we could have looked better than we did. One of the craziest parts of the pole dancing class came after it was all said and done. Once we returned to our respective homes, our housemates had more than enough questions to ask about the whole thing. We could only explain it to them as a physically and mentally demanding hour. While it was fun, the whole thing took a strain on our bodies. Most of our friends commented on how great of an experience that would have been, a n d honestly it was. Respect was gained, bodies were sore, and most of all, our outlooks changed.

The Queen's Journal, Volume 143, Issue 13  

The Queen's Journal, Volume 143, Issue 13 – Friday, November 13, 2015

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