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indicates that they are not sufficient to sustain the current programme,” Smith wrote in a November email to students. Following that announcement, many students expressed concern over the future of the program. They held protests against the decision outside Robert Sutherland Hall and Summerhill, where they petitioned and held up paintings in an attempt to convince Queen’s administration to restore the program. “We were really heartened and helped by a lot of the feedback on this decision, the interest in the program and a lot of really constructive comments in and around what it’s done to the BFA,” Smith said. Following the announcement, AMS Assembly voted in favour of a motion to create a committee to investigate the university’s decision, and to work to restore enrolment to the program. The committee consisted of faculty members and one student from each year, with Smith as the chair.

The committee has discussed possible changes to the program, including allowing Fine Art students more opportunity to take electives. He said merging the program with other creative arts departments is something that has been brought up, but no official plans have been made. “That’s certainly something that the creative arts departments — that would be music, drama, media, fine art — have talked about from an administration perspective,” he said. He said the committee wouldn’t have agreed to reopen admissions if they weren’t optimistic about the future of visual arts at Queen’s. “The climate we’re in, nothing is safe,” he said. “All programs have to sort of rise to the challenges and that’s what we’re doing.” David Woodward, BFA ’13, sat in on a few of the weekly meetings the committee has held since November. He said members discussed a possible restructuring of the program, with a potential merge with the Film department. “There were ideas of merging

it with some components in the Film program and making it more of an open media BFA program and embracing more modern based work,” he said.

The climate we’re in, “nothing is safe. ” — Gordon Smith, associate dean of Arts and Science

He thinks this would tarnish the program’s reputation as it specializes in traditional art forms. “The Fine Arts program at Queen’s is primarily known for printmaking and painting and any kind of restructure like that could possibly be detrimental to its reputation,” he said. Last month, a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD) released a draft proposal of recommended procedures for the suspension of admissions to academic programs. AMS Academic Affairs Commissioner Isabelle Duchaine, who acts as the AMS representative on SCAD, said she thinks the document was the result of a

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previous lack of clearly-outlined procedures for the suspension of admissions. “The complication that arose last year was that there was no clear indication of what that process was,” Duchaine, ArtSci ’13 said. The draft, which is available online through the University Secretariat, includes seven recommendations, including consulting affected individuals and groups, ensuring that alternative options to suspensions are explored and ensuring students currently enrolled in the program at the time of suspension are able to meet graduation requirements. The committee announced

last month that they’re seeking further input from the university community before sending the recommendations to a final vote in Senate in November. Duchaine said it’s especially important for students to have their say on the recommendations. “As the governing body of the University, students should have a powerful opportunity to make sure our voices are heard,” she said. “As in all aspects of university life, we must be consistently engaged, striving to remain active versus passive members of this community.”

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One of Wang’s former floormates, Lindsey Kaplan, alleged that Wang had a machete-style knife in his room in first year. Despite this, she never thought he was a dangerous person. “I could see him being kind of weird and trying to fit in, he tries to be all gangster and stuff, but I don’t think he would ever harm a person,” Kaplan said. Meg King, ArtSci ’14, also lived on Wang’s floor in Victoria Hall. “Although Shu has an interest in weapons, I don’t think he would ever use them to harm anybody.” she said. “I think he just didn’t

understand the gravity of his actions.” King said Wang always had a “big heart.” “He’d walk me home from the library if it was late at night,” she said. “Shu would do anything for his friends. He’s a very kind and protective person.” Wang and his family weren’t able to be reached for comment. It’s currently unknown whether whether he will face a trial. —With files from Katherine Fernandez-Blance

The Queen's Journal, Issue 2  

Volume 140, Issue 2 -- June 26, 2012

The Queen's Journal, Issue 2  

Volume 140, Issue 2 -- June 26, 2012