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Debate over discount Loved Ones Special may harm local businesses BY KATHERINE FERNANDEZ-BLANCE ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR Kingston businesses are worried that a special discount offered by Queen’s Event Services will negatively affect them this summer. The ‘Loved Ones Special’ lets faculty and staff at both Kingston General Hospital and the University bring their friends and family to stay in residence for as little as $32 per night. Warren Bennet, owner of the Abbey Manor Inn and Secret Garden Inn said he is definitely unhappy with the situation. “We can’t compete with these rates; it will definitely have an impact on our business,” he said. “Queen’s should be ashamed; they’re effectively killing the business around them.” Bennet said that his inns offer a corporate rate to visiting Queen’s alumni and faculty, which is half of the cheapest regular rate of $129 per night at the Secret Garden Inn. Bennet added that his businesses do a lot of work with members of the Queen’s community and gets a lot of referrals from Kingston General Hospital. With accommodation in downtown Kingston’s Bed and Breakfasts costing a minimum of $130 per night in peak season, Queen’s Event Services may be pricing out local businesses. Bruce Griffiths, Director of Queen’s Housing and Hospitality Services said he is unaware of any negative reaction to the Loved
Recent heat wave could impact health BY CLARE CLANCY NEWS EDITOR Staying cool in the summer heat can be challenging, particularly during a heat wave like the one recently experienced in Kingston. Helen Driver, a professor in Medicine and Psychology, said high temperatures can disrupt regular sleeping patterns and can negatively impact health. “Lack of sleep causes irritability, lack of concentration, daytime sleepiness, and morning headaches,” she said. Driver said since sleep is such a basic need, people will always find a way to sleep, so long-term sleep deprivation is not really a risk during a heat wave. “People might end up falling asleep at inopportune moments,” she said. “Sleep is a basic need. Once people are sufficiently tired enough, they find a way to sleep.” Driver said heat is only problematic in one phase of sleep PHOTO BY CHRISTINE BLAIS but that it disrupts the whole With less than two months until school starts, prepare yourself for Queen’s and Kingston with our Frosh Extra on page 14. Please see Climate on Page 11
Queen’s gets up to speed University upgrades service with $33.5 million administrative system JAKE EDMISTON FEATURES EDITOR
Checking back every day during September to see if a spot finally opened in that course you’ve been trying to get into is a reality with the current administrative system, QCARD. Luckily, there’s a $33.5 million University investment being launched this year to remedy that Please see Benefits on Page 9 problem and others caused by Queen’s 30 year old mainframe. The system is called QUASR and it’s a true web based interface Volume 138, Issue 3 Richard Palmer, QUASR Student www.queensjournal.ca Centre project manager said. News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Frosh Extra . . . . . . . . .14 “There will be a lot more pointing and clicking and a lot less Features. . . . . . . . . . . . .3 A&E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 typing,” he said, adding that the Editorials . . . . . . . . . . .12 Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 first parts of the Student Centre Op-Ed . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Postscript . . . . . . . . . . .32 platform will be launched this fall.
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During the upcoming adddrop period, before the system is implemented, dropping a course can lead to somewhat of an online purgatory. If the preferred option isn’t available and the dropped spot is taken when the student turns back, they’re left with a course load gap. Among the several other updates to the outdated QCARD system, QUASR will offer a swap function. Students choose the preferred course and the course needed to be dropped. When a spot becomes available in the preferred course, the new system will drop the old course and select the new one. This also means that students no longer need to check QCARD religiously in hopes of finding a spot in previously full classes. Palmer said the modernized
Student Centre interface will allow students to interact with QUASR the same way they would a web browser. Students will select a course code from a drop-down menu. Unlike QCARD, which only displays the name of a course, course descriptions, similar to the descriptions provided on the course calendar, will now appear when a course is selected. The current system also forces students to manually assemble the timetable on their respective faculty website. Palmer said personalized exam timetables will now be accessible through the Student Centre platform. Associate Registrar of Records and Services Andrew Ness said QUASR may have a high price tag but it’s going to be a benefit to
the campus. “[The University] is taking resources from every corner of the campus because we’re thinking about how can we better serve students,” he said, adding that the QCARD system was a part of 30-year old group of servers. “Old doesn’t mean bad. Old is still reliable. These are systems that are used in many banks and insurance companies because they’re robust.” He said student frustrations with the QCARD system stem the emergence of e-commerce culture in recent years. “If you think of e-commerce and the way we’re used to enacting transactions -- it happens in real time,” he said. “It’s not something Please see QCARD on Page 3
Queenâ€™s parking increases by 750 spots
Despite the addition students continue to face limited parking options on Main Campus BY JESSICA FISHBEIN ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR This year Queenâ€™s staff and faculty should find it easier to find park on Main and West Campus due to the addition of two underground facilities with a total of 750 spots. All University employees, registered students and persons who work in University-owned buildings may apply for a parking permit and with more spaces available more permits will also be made available, Queenâ€™s Financial Director David Crabb told the Journal in an e-mail. This is good news for students on the waiting list for main campus parking passes, he said, but students living within the core zone surrounding campus are still ineligible for Main Campus parking passes. For students living on campus or in the student ghetto this can be frustrating. Sarah Kingston, ArtSci â€™11, brought her car to campus in first year but couldnâ€™t get a Main Campus parking pass. She said she lived in Victoria Hall and could look out her window at the parking lot. â€œThere were spots everywhere on Main Campus,â€? she said, adding that she ended up having to park on West Campus. She didnâ€™t bring up her car again after first year because walking back and forth to get it was a nuisance
and leaving it on Main Campus led to a number of tickets. Since the city is pretty walkable, Kingston said it just didnâ€™t make sense to have a car. â€œI would rather walk to the grocery store than get a ticket,â€? she said. â€œThere is no need for students to bring up a car. Itâ€™s a nuisance.â€? Since most Queenâ€™s students live near campus parking is not as big an issue for students as it would be at some commuter schools. Crabb said that the addition of 750 new spots however doesnâ€™t change this and every student shouldnâ€™t bring a car up to university.
â€œI would rather walk to the grocery store than get a ticket.â€? â€” Sarah Kingston, ArtSci â€˜11 â€œThe Parking department understands students require the convenience of personal transportation during their educational experience,â€? he said. â€œHowever due to the ongoing changes in parking availability, we encourage incoming students to call our office prior to arriving to further inquire about parking services.â€? He said that parking rates vary depending on the location. â€œUnderground parking at Union Street and the Queenâ€™s Centre is $103.96, surface parking is $75.71 and Richardson Stadium at West
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Kingston Field underground parking is available with a shuttle bus pass from Main to West campus at a monthly fee of $103.96. Campus is $40.68,â€? he said, adding that the cost includes a pass for a shuttle bus that travels from West to Main Campus. Vehicles that are parked incorrectly or with improper or fraudulent use of permit will be ticketed and could be towed. Crabb said that parking rates will not be affected by the Harmonized Sales Tax so students shouldnâ€™t worry about tax-related price hikes.
â€œParking costs prior to the implementation of the Harmonized Sales Tax were subject to both PST and GST (13%), thus the introduction of HST did not alter the pricing.â€? According to Crabb, Queenâ€™s offers comparable parking rates to other Canadian universities. For example, the University of Ottawa monthly parking rates are $90 for surface parking and $134 for underground parking.
Like Queenâ€™s, University of Ottawa also offers a carpool program, in which reserved parking spaces are offered to cars who have formed carpools. Queenâ€™s charges $2 an hour for Main Campus parking, while daily parking at University of Ottawa costs $4 an hour. Other campuses such as McMaster and York University provide similar parking rates and services.
QCARD will only be a memory
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The QUASR server in Dupuis hall (left) is part of a multi-million dollar update to the existing 30 year old set of IBM servers (right). Associate Registrar Andrew Ness said the old IBM servers arenâ€™t broken, they just arenâ€™t meeting the needs of the University. Continued from page 1
that takes over night.â€? Ness said QCARD shuts down at eight o'clock because it takes the out-dated system overnight to process the day's transactions. He said the QUASR student centre will function in a more familiar way to students. â€œIt's the kind of functionality you'd expect at an Amazon site or a Chapters site.â€? He said the class of 2014 was the last to register with Queen's through the QCARD. The admission and financial aid portions of the Student Centre will launch this fall. The rest of the Student Centre, which will include course selection and exam timetables will launch in March 2011. â€œStudents who apply to Queen's starting this year will only know the new system,â€? Ness said. â€œQCARD three years from now will only be a memory.â€? The multifaceted QUASR undertaking will revamp a total of four major University systems: the Financial and Administrative system, Human Resources, Research and Student Service. Itâ€™s a PeopleSoft system purchased by the University from Oracle Corp. Software. The Queen's Board of Trustees Finance Committee approved a proposal in December of 2008 which advised the University to purchase the QUASR system instead of updating QCARD. â€œThe risks of supporting current aged technology and legacy applications are significant,â€? states the document. The listed risks of maintaining the current system include the University's inability to meet service expectations and maintain a â€œcompetitive position.â€? The University has since put together a team to implement
the system. The team is a combination of Queen's personnel and consultants with PeopleSoft experience and theyâ€™re working out of a building on Princess St. leased by the University. Sean Reynolds, the University's chief information officer, said the cost to lease the Princess St. office is an estimated $1 million. Reynolds said 20 per cent of the $33.5 million QUASR investment will go to the QUASR software and three years of technology support from Oracle. He said that around 50 per cent of the cost for the project is human resources needed to implement it. Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) Caroline Davies said even with the cost, the University needs QUASR. â€œYou almost have to have one of these things to survive these days,â€? she said, adding that a majority of the fiscal benefits from the multimillion dollar investment will come from the financial and administrative components. The financial component of the system was implemented in Nov. 2009. Davis said difficulties in the first few months with new system led to doubts from the administration. â€œTo be honest (the) finance (component) hit a few bumps in the road,â€? she said, adding that the system is now functioning without hitches. â€œWhen you implement a big system there's a lot of people who need to be familiarized with it,â€? she said, adding that three per cent of the QUASR budget is devoted to training all personnel that will interact with the system. Davis said the QUASR system is projected to save the University money at an administrative level. She listed major savings from increased financial organization and resource management. The QUASR integrated resource
planning function will inform the University of potential discount negotiations with suppliers. â€œOne of the things you can do to save money is negotiate with your suppliers to get bulk discounts,â€? Davis said. â€œTo do that, you need to know how much youâ€™re going to need.â€? Davis said data on expenditures like lab equipment, travel, chemicals and telephone bills are made easily accessible by QUASR â€“ which makes identifying opportunities to ask for discounts just as easy. â€œThere's several million dollars right there that we'll be able to save.â€? QUASR will help save in other
ways too. Davis said Queen's has been charged with audit fees in recent years because of administration lacks efficiency in financial documentation. She said all publicly accountable organizations, universities included, are required to be audited annually. Audit fees are on an hourly rate. The longer it takes an auditor to examine the necessary financial documents, the most cost to the organization. â€œThe more organized you are, the cheaper it is,â€? Davis said, adding that itâ€™s been taking auditors longer and longer to examine Queen's financial records and the new
financial system will allow for a quicker and cheaper audit . â€œOver the last couple of years we have [had] increasing difficulty getting our financial statements done and audited.â€? QUASR allows for efficient financial documentation and easier access. Although the new system will make many administrative tasks less labour-intensive, Davis said it won't create an opportunity to cut jobs. â€œWe're pretty lean on the administrative side already,â€? she said. â€œUsing this system enables us to keep up with the work that we already have.â€?
A screenshot of the QUASR financial system interface that was implemented last November.
Queenâ€™s Alumni the new Governor General Newly appointed Governor General David Johnston obtained his second law degree from Queenâ€™s BY: LABIBA HAQUE ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
the public good is Carterâ€™s strongest memory is saying something given how much time the two Queenâ€™s former law professor spent together during their time and Faculty of Law alumni David at Queenâ€™s. Johnston, has been appointed as â€œHe made quite an impact on Canadaâ€™s next Governor-General. us,â€? Carter said, adding that the Don Carter, Dean of Queenâ€™s duo often socialised at the local Faculty of Law â€™85-â€™90, was both Kingston bar The Manor . a classmate and friend to Johnston He said that in addition to when they studied together checking out the local haunts, he at Queenâ€™s. and Johnston bonded during their frequent road trips. During their time at Queenâ€™s, He was a wonderful Johnstonâ€™s wife and Carterâ€™s fiancĂŠ classmate. Even then he both lived in Toronto. Johnston had a very strong sense had a car and they would drive down to Toronto together. of public service, â€œI can say Iâ€™ve been chauffeured â€” Don Carter, Dean of Queenâ€™s by the Governor General Faculty of Law â€™85-â€™90 of Canada.â€? Johnston will be sworn in to his Johnston previously obtained a position on Oct. 1, 2010. He was degree from Harvard and a law appointed by current Governor degree from Cambridge before General MichaĂŤlle Jean on Prime entering Queenâ€™s Law from Minister Harperâ€™s advice. third year. Carter said that Johnstonâ€™s â€œHe was a wonderful classmate. choice of career path didnâ€™t Even then he had a very strong surprise him. sense of public service,â€? Carter â€œHeâ€™s got great people skills,â€? said. â€œThatâ€™s probably my strongest Carter said, recalling when recollection of him.â€? Johnston joined the third-year law The fact that his commitment to class of 60 students.
Johnston graduated from the Queenâ€™s Faculty of Law in 1966 obtaining his second law degree. and Harvard University.
â€œI can say Iâ€™ve been chauffeured by the Governor General of Canada.â€? â€” Don Carter, Dean of Queenâ€™s Faculty of Law â€™85-â€™90
He studied at Harvard on a hockey scholarship and was later inducted into the Harvard Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. After playing hockey for Harvard, Johnston was offered a tryout with the Boston Bruins of the NHL, which he declined due to a wrist injury. After leaving the sports world behind, Johnston began his teaching career at Queenâ€™s as an associate professor of The Faculty of Law. He left in 1988 to teach at the University of Toronto. Johnston then expanded his academic career with positions at McGill, Western and Waterloo, where he is currently the outgoing president. Johnstonâ€™s new position as the
David Johnston came to Queenâ€™s after attending Harvard and Cambridge and made quite an impact on his law class. Governor General of Canada is mainly ceremonial. His duties include ensuring that the Crown is represented and that there is always a prime minister in the country. Johnstonâ€™s academic and professional past with constitutional
and legal law should be an asset to his position as the incoming Governor General of Canada. â€” with files from Jake Edmiston
Academic plan extended for consultation The upcoming deadline for the university academic plan has been extended into 2011 BY: LABIBA HAQUE ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR The finalization of the University Academic Plan was originally set to begin in September but has been extended into 2011.
â€œIn some corners of campus, in particular in the large and diverse Arts and Science faculty, some people have felt the time for consultations wasnâ€™t sufficient.â€?
that the time for consultations in particular areas of the university was insufficient over the winter,â€? Principal Woolf wrote in an on June 30 email to the entire University.
â€œI have extended the process to ensure wide discussion and consultation in the months ahead.â€? â€” Daniel Woolf, Principal
The process for the Academic Plan began with the release of â€” Daniel Woolf, Principal Woolfâ€™s vision document â€˜Where Next?â€™ which highlighted the â€œOver the past several months, Principalâ€™s ideas for the universityâ€™s concerns have been expressed future. Faculties and administrative
units were able to submit their feedback until April. Woolf told the Journal via email that input from students, faculty and staff has been a gratifying part of the academic planning process. â€œA lot of work went into faculty and unit-level submissions earlier this year; many meetings and conversations have taken place and individuals have provided thoughtful comments and ideas about our future direction,â€? Woolf said. It became clear that the original timeline for finalizing a Plan (Sept-Dec 2010) was too short, he wrote. â€œIn some corners of campus, in particular in the large and diverse Arts and Science faculty, some people have felt the time for consultations wasnâ€™t sufficient,â€? he wrote, adding that the extended period will allow for both inter-departmental and cross-disciplinary dialogues, which the winter consultation period did not allow due to time constraints. â€œI have extended the process to ensure wide discussion and consultation in the months ahead,â€? he said. Woolf said with the longer schedule, the Senate will take a larger role in the developing proposals from the Academic Writing Team into a full plan during the fall and winter terms. There has also been the recent creation of a student committee chaired by the Rector and the
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Woolf said the members of The Academic Writing Team are currently speaking with members of the Queenâ€™s community. AMS and SGPS, which will work towards a student perspective. â€œI hope many students will participate. The Academic Plan, when completed, will help define our trajectory as we continue to make our mark around the world as a leading Canadian university.â€? Woolf said the six members of the Academic team are currently speaking with members of the
Queenâ€™s community. The Academic Writing Team will be holding town meetings and small group meetings for feedback. The team hopes to submit their recommendations for the Plan by fall. The Queenâ€™s community is invited to get involved by visiting their website www.queensu.ca/awt.
NEWS IN BRIEF Queenâ€™s joins project on Indigenous Health
Queenâ€™s students have tea with Duke
Queenâ€™s researchers are teaming with five other universities in a new research initiative aiming to address chronic disease problems in Indigenous communities due in part to limited or poor health care. Michael Green of Queenâ€™s Department of Family medicine is one of six Canadian researchers taking part in the five year collaborative project. The University of Calgary, the University of British Columbia, the Northern Ontario school of Medicine, the University of Auckland and the University of Western Australia are also taking part in the project. Each country will explore a different aspect of medical education and teams will meet regularly to compare their findings. The project will address similarities in Indigenous health care issues in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. One goal is to examine the reason behind higher prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes in Indigenous communities when compared to non-Indigenous populations. The project is supported by the International Collaborative IndigenousHealthResearchProgram and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. â€” Katherine Fernandez-Blance
Three Queenâ€™s and four Western students recently had tea with the Duke of York at Buckingham Palace. Topics of conversation ranged from Facebook and pop culture to literature and politics. Students were told to loosen up during this conversation, which lasted 75 minutes and included finger sandwiches, chocolate cake and Earl Grey tea in porcelain cups. Students also discussed with the Duke their plans after they completed university. These students had tea with the Duke while on exchange at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The Duke is a benefactor of the Canadian Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship, which sponsored the exchange. â€” Jessica Fishbein
Online lectures a sucess The results from an end-of-term student survey indicate that having access to online lectures does not affect student grades. Two classes were tested during the 2009-2010 academic year to test if online lectures have a negative effect on students. Classes participating in the experiment were students in Professor Jonathan Roseâ€™s first year introductory political studies course and Professor Dan Lefebvreâ€™s introductory biology of cells class. Students were able to access online lectures in addition to attending
live classes. Rose said there were no noticeable drops in attendance. Students viewing the online lectures were able to view both the lecture slides and the videocaptured lectures at the same time. The lectures were archived, which students could revisit for exam review. Faculty responded positively to the experiment, crediting the web access as a way students were able to listen to live lectures freely as opposed to worrying about missing information. Both lectures were held in Biosciences, room 1101 which videotaped live lectures by tracking movement and audio. Over 80% of students participating in the optional survey cited the video supplement as a useful tool. Overall average grades in classes did not change in comparison to previous years. The system is going to be used in the upcoming school year in Geography and Applied Science. â€” Labiba Haque
Prison-Farm protest for August stakeout Approximately 200 demonstrators protested the closure of Kingstonâ€™s Prison farms at the regional headquarters of Corrections Canada on Friday July 23. The protest is the latest effort from the Save Our Prison Farms campaign that began last year after the conservative government announced a closure of the countryâ€™s prison farms. The six Canadian prison farms are set to be shut down by 2011, two of which are located in Kingston. The
protestors at the rally blockaded four entrances to the Correctional Services building. Protestors included about six people dressed as cows and the campaign mascot Stormy the Donkey. The protest was deemed a practice event for a planned stakeout of the minimum security Frontenac Institution on August 3rd, when the approximately 8,000 chickens and 300 cows at the penitentiaryâ€™s farm are going up for auction. The Save Our Prison Farms Campaign argues that prison farms provide a sustainable source of food products to prison inmates, and also provide valuable skills that can ease in rehabilitation when inmates at minimum security prisons are released. The Harper government views prison farms as a waste of federal funding, but several Liberal MPs have joined the Save Our Prison Farms Campaign. â€” Katherine Fernandez-Blance
Student receives Top 20 under 20 award Yan Yu ArtSci â€™11 was recently awarded the Top 20 under 20 award from Youth in Motion for his founding of Queenâ€™s Students Against Wasting Food two years ago. The group is dedicated to reducing food waste in the campus dining halls. Yu also interned with the Main Campus Residence Council, and helped establish a sustainability coordinator position. He will also serve as a deputy sustainability coordinator with the AMS in the
upcoming school year. Yu discovered his passion for green sustainability issues three years ago when he visited his relatives in rural China. He plans to begin his medical education at the University of Calgary in the fall of 2011. â€” Katherine Fernandez-Blance
ASUS donates to local charities The ASUS Community Outreach Commission raised an all-time high of $44,092.27 for charity. The donations were raised through multiple events held throughout the 2009-2010 academic year. The 16 committees representing the Community Outreach Commission have each donated to a local Kingston charity. The Community Outreach Commission in total has donated to 16 local charities. The Womenâ€™s Empowerment Committee and Music and Memories Committee were the two committees who donated to multiple charities. Robyn Laing, ASUS vicepresident, told the Journal via e-mail that each committee held events throughout the year to raise the money. â€œThis represents the largest sum of money raised in ASUS Community Outreach (formerly Society Affairs) history,â€? she said, adding that itâ€™s a tribute to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. â€” Labiba Haque
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CAMPUS CALENDER Wednesday, July 28
Monday, Aug. 16
Astonishing Past of Kingston General Hospital: A Guided Walking Tour Museum of Health Care, Ann Baillie Building 32 George Street. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 admission.
Queenâ€™s International Institute on Social Policy Conference Ban High Dining Hall 7pm start, until August 18. Contact email@example.com for more details.
Thursday, July 29
Friday, Aug. 27
QUIC Conversational English Group International Centre in the JDUC. 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Runs every Thursday until August 26.
2010 International Chronic Pelvic Pain Symposium Various Locations 7:50am Registration time $65 student fee Contact Marg Lawson at psycadmi@post. queensu.ca for more information.
Saturday, July 31 Princess Street Promenade Princess Street between Ontario and Division Streets. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 Ktown Triathalon Confederation Park Races begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6 Sheep Dog Trials Grass Creek Park 2991 Highway 2 East 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Aug. 8 $10/day, $25/3 day pass. Saturday, Aug. 14 Queenâ€™s Observatory Open House Ellis Hall, fourth floor 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5 Fare on the Square, Public Vendors event Springer Market Square. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 ASUS Orientation Week begins Various locations Collect the Frosh parade begins at 8am See asusorientation.com for more information.
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Ones Special. â€œWe donâ€™t compete head to head with anyone in town.â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re in no bad standing; we actually send a lot of our business to higher-end Bed and Breakfasts and have strong ties to the tourist industry in the city.â€? Although other universities offer similar specials, Griffiths said it only impacts a small part of the Queenâ€™s population, and that itâ€™s a very small part of what Event Services does on campus. â€œItâ€™s really just a nice thing to do for Queenâ€™s staff and faculty,â€? Griffiths said. The â€˜Loved Ones Specialâ€™ allows friends and family to stay in Victoria Hall for only $32 a night for a single room, $42 a night for a double, or in a two-bedroom airconditioned unit in Leggett Hall for $89 a night. Marilyn Casselman, Sales and Marketing Manager with Event services said the special is also offered to KGH staff because the hospital is so intertwined with Queenâ€™s research and staff. Event Services also offers a special for the families of cancer patients who are staying at KGH. â€œItâ€™s an obvious benefit to Queenâ€™s staff, and of course itâ€™s a revenue generator. [The special] helps us cover costs that are already in place,â€? she said. Event Services offers similar deals to the Loved Ones Special for postsecondary students, but
residence accommodation is not available to the general public. Casselman said she doesnâ€™t feel that the Loved Ones special can compete with local full amenity Bed and Breakfasts that charge upwards of $130 a night. â€œWe feel weâ€™re in no way
competition. We are actually in partnership with some of the Kingston hostels,â€? she said. â€œWeâ€™re more of a backpackers type stay. Weâ€™re not full amenity like some of the local businesses. Weâ€™re just a bed.â€?
CAMPUS ROUND-UP Rabbit problem tackled at UVIC The University of Victoria has released a long-term Feral Rabbit Management Plan to control the estimated 1,500 to 1,600 wild rabbits on the Universityâ€™s campus. The plan will implement rabbit-free zones and rabbit control zones in order to reduce the campus rabbit population to 200. The control zone will be separated into four quadrants, each accommodating 50 rabbits. The rabbits will be culled, sterilized or relocated in conjunction with community organizations. U Vic is in the process of finding organizations and individuals who will assist with relocating the rabbits, and will help with feeding stations that will be set up in the control zones. â€”Katherine Fernandez-Blance
U of T ArtSci faces budget cuts
University of Torontoâ€™s Faculty of Arts and Science is undergoing structural changes due to recent budget cuts. The proposed changes were published in June after months of faculty planning. The largest proposed change would be the creation of the School of Languages and Literature, amalgamating all language departments into one large department. Faculty of the PHOTO BY CHRISTINE BLAIS department of East Asian studies worry that the department doesnâ€™t The Loved One Special allows friends and family to stay in Victoria Hall for only $32 a night for a single room. fit in with the proposed language school and wonâ€™t integrate well.
Other departments will also be affected. Under this plan, the Centre of Ethics, the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies and the Centre for International Studies will be dissolved. All will be incorporated into larger existing departments. Other departments such as comparative literature face similar threats of amalgamation, and graduate students have specifically voices their concern for the quality of education U of T can offer if budget cuts continue. Changes have not been fully discussed with departments so far. Voting on the proposed changes is not expected to occur until December. â€”Katherine Fernandez-Blance
Student unemployment rate in Alberta on rise Students at University of Alberta are having a harder time finding summer jobs this year. Statistics Canada reported that there has been an increase of Albertaâ€™s unemployment rate for full-time students between the ages 15-24 from 14.1% of last year to 19.1% this year. The reason behind the increase is still unknown but itâ€™s shocking given the decrease of the overall Canadian student unemployment rate by 3.2%. Since students will have a harder time working and making money more U of Alberta students may need to take out loans to pay for their schooling. â€” Labiba Haque
Climate change a concern for everyone belief, air conditioning can actually be problematic when itâ€™s hot out. cycle nonetheless. â€œNot having AC is a good Sleep is made of two thing in helping us acclimate phases, Rapid Eye Movement to the season,â€? she said. â€œThe (REM) and non-Rapid Eye seasons change gradually. You Movement (non-REM). need to have exposure to gradual â€œA deep sleep phase is in the temperature change.â€? first hour when youâ€™re sweating a Driver said if people find they lot. 70 to 90 minutes after that is have air conditioned work places, the first REM sleep,â€? she said. â€œWe homes, and cars then acclimatization can no longer regulate our body is less important. temperature properly. Thatâ€™s when â€œIf people are constantly in air people would wake up. REM sleep conditioning, then thereâ€™s only an is longer towards the earlier hours issue for short periods of time,â€? of the morning, so people wake she said. more frequently.â€? More and more people may start turning to air conditioning â€œNot having AC is a as 30 degree plus temperatures good thing in helping become the norm. Climatology professor Harry us acclimate to the McCaughey said that climate season. The seasons models worldwide have predicted change gradually. You that on a long-term basis, need to have exposure extreme weather will become to gradual temperature more common. â€œWe can expect a warm world change.â€? with extreme conditions,â€? he said, -Helen Driver, Queenâ€™s professor adding that climate change is a of medicine and psychology concern for everyone. â€œItâ€™s crucial because Queenâ€™s Driver said falling asleep can also students of today and their children be an issue during a heat wave. will live through these climate â€œIf people are uncomfortable changes,â€? he said. â€œThese are things then it is taking longer for them people have a visceral reaction to fall asleep,â€? she said adding to. They worry about their kids, that there are ways to resolve what the environment would be this problem. likeâ€Śthere are just a whole slew of â€œSleep in light clothes, in a sheet, questions. Climate extremes can do or take a lukewarm shower before some really bad things.â€? going to bed,â€? she said. â€œUse a fan As for the latest heat wave, to keep a cross breeze.â€? McCaughey said there wasnâ€™t Driver said contrary to popular permanent damage done. Continued from Page 1
â€œI donâ€™t think it had a longterm impact. Itâ€™s basically very uncomfortable for many people. Itâ€™s a tough environment to exist in. When temperatures are in the low thirties, itâ€™s just miserable,â€? he said. â€œEveryone was just stressed including me and in fact Kingston was not as bad as a few kilometres inland.â€? McCaughey said worldwide temperature increase is natural, but the rate of temperature increase is concerning.
â€œItâ€™s crucial because Queenâ€™s students of today and their children will live through these climate changes.â€? -Helen McCaughey, Queenâ€™s climatology professor â€œIf we turned off every single source of extra carbon, the climate would still warm,â€? he said, adding that there is a threshold at which climate could become vastly different. â€œIt is possible the climate will become really, really different,â€? he said. â€œWe are in effect in 2010 two thirds to that threshold and that is very worrisome.â€? Luckily, McCaughey said we may not have to see the thermometer go too much higher. SUPPLIED â€œThe worst of the future climate Climatology professor Harry McCaughey says he doesnâ€™t think changes are certainly preventable.â€? the heat wave will have a long-term impact, but that its just very uncomfortable for all.
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Palinâ€™s mosque mess N
early ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the impending construction of a mosque threatens to ignite discrimination and religious intolerance in America. The planned location of the mosqueâ€” only a few blocks from ground zero, the former site of the World Trade Centerâ€”has some up in arms, claiming that a Muslim site of worship has no place near one of the most hallowed sites in America. Former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, was quick to contribute to the discussion, stating via Twitter that the planned mosque â€œstabs heartsâ€? and is â€œUNNECESSARY provocation.â€? Palinâ€™s comments illustrate the Islamophobia some Americans endorse, influenced byâ€”but not limited toâ€”the 9/11 attacks. Many detractors insist that their concerns are not over the construction of the mosque itself, but rather its proximity to ground zero. However, those who want the area around ground zero to become in essence a â€œMuslim-free zone,â€? fail to recognize that the 9/11 attackers were terrorists who happened to be Muslims, not Muslims who happened to be terrorists. This cognitive leap also escaped Ms. Palin, who directed her Twitter post to
â€œPeace-seeking Muslimsâ€? only. The controversy becomes even more embarrassing on Palinâ€™s side when one acknowledges that those associated with the â€œPark51â€? project are welcoming their opponents with open arms. The projectâ€™s developer said she would like to see Palin visit the mosque during prayers, so that she might have a chance to appreciate that the mosqueâ€™s visitors are â€œjust as American as she is.â€? The head of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is committed to inclusivity, having founded a nonprofit organization that pushes to assert womenâ€™s rights in Islam, and encourages interfaith dialogueâ€”some time before the terrorist attacks in 2001. Those opposing the project insist that they are fighting an affront to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. In reality, they are perpetuating this affront upon another group of victims; the silent majority of Muslims and individuals perceived to be â€œMiddle Eastern,â€? who have faced discrimination and hate crimes in the period following the 9/11 attacks. Palin and her ilk must recognize that while few Muslims are terrorists, many Muslims are Americans. If Palin and her followers are proud of the freedom of religion that America offers, they must also learn to uphold it.
While some of the major shortcomings of the Indian Act have been addressed, it is no longer practical to amend and re-amend a document created nearly 150 years ago. The time has come to create a new approach to negotiating aboriginal affairs, especially as the aboriginal community faces widespread poverty and horrific living conditions on reservations. The Department of Indian and Northern Affairs is equally tainted, reminding many Canadians of the residential schools in which many First Nations, Inuit and MĂŠtis children were subjected to physical and sexual abuse. Debate concerning removing the Indian Act will be fiercely divided within aboriginal communities and on the political stage. Some will accuse aboriginal leaders of attempting to expand current entitlements beyond what is equitable. Others will insist that those who support the Indian Act are the relics of a paternalistic era where the aboriginal community is concerned. Regardless, the current living conditions and abuses suffered by the aboriginal community are strong evidence to support Mr. Atleoâ€™s goals. The time has clearly come for a change.
Curtain call for Indian Act
n an impassioned speech delivered July 20, Assembly of First Nations head Shawn Atleo insisted that the time has come for the aboriginal community to take an active role in determining its status within Canada. Speaking at the AFNâ€™s annual assembly, Atleo said the time has come for the aboriginal community to craft a more autonomous relationship with the federal government. He insists this project should include rejecting both the Indian Act and the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, governmental structures he charges as condemning the aboriginal population to one of the lowest qualities of life of any Canadian population. Mr. Atleoâ€™s concerns are well-founded. The Indian Actâ€”which determines who has aboriginal status, as well as regulating taxation, band membership, and land managementâ€” has a long and checkered history. After coming into law in 1876, the Indian Act became a government tool to encourage assimilation of Canadaâ€™s aboriginal population throughout the first half of the twentieth century. This assimilation included interfering with aboriginal cultural affairs, and the forced enfranchisement of aboriginal peoples.
Conrad Black, I salute you R
ecently, former Canadian media mogul Conrad Black was released from a Florida prison after serving less than three years of a seven year sentence. Expressing opinions on Black has long been a preoccupation for members of the Canadian media. In the past few years, Black has been labelled everything from a malicious robber baron to a tragic hero, plagued chiefly by his own hubris. Conrad Black is neither of these things. He is an unwilling victim of both a crusading U.S. judicial system and the political milieu that made it possible. It should come as no surprise that Lord Black has remained the whipping boy for many commentators in this country. This is a man who betrayed his country and abandoned his Canadian citizenship in order to play dress-up across the ocean, right? Well, no. But those who have derided Black are not interested in discussing the painfully anachronistic Nickle Resolution, because itâ€™s not really about Black the man, itâ€™s about Black the idea. From Enron to Bernie Madoff, from oil spills to risky lending practices, the public animosity toward private enterprise is understandable. However, this outrage has precipitated a backlash against business that has done far more harm than good. The public now perceives the entrepreneurial spirit itself as malicious and exploitative, and the government and judiciary systems have nurtured this perception. Consequently, they unjustly targeted perhaps the most opulent and bombastic business figure of
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our time: Baron Black of Crossharbour. His incarceration was part of a broader trend that has been labelled by some commentators as â€œthe criminalization of business.â€? The â€œhonest servicesâ€? law used to convict Black was so poorly conceived that it was deemed â€œunconstitutionally vagueâ€? in a unanimous decision by the US Supreme Court. The criminalization of business is real, and it is dangerous. In a story filled with humiliation and injustice, perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is the waste of resources. Black was initially accused of stealing $400 million, but was only convicted for $2.9 million of fraud. Now even that charge has been thrown out. Compare these amounts to the $200 million price tag for the investigation that led to Blackâ€™s arrest, not to mention the millions spent on his trial and imprisonment. We are all victims of this disaster. I am also sympathetic to Black the man, who will never recoup the time, wealth and status that were stolen from him. But the majority of Canadians still see him as the apotheosis of business in the new millennium, an arrogant cosmopolitan on the psychopathic pursuit of profit. A perennial victimizer, never a victim. That brings me back to my original point. The conviction of Conrad Black was made possible by an environment not only hostile to business, but also to those who make it their craft. We will only be able to move past this fiasco when we realize that society is not a zero-sum game, and Lord Blackâ€™s success is not our failure.
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How to get involved 101 AMS Vice-President (university affairs) gives a crash course in involvement
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Are you excited about returning to school?
CHRIS RUDNICKI, ARTSCI â€˜11 Queenâ€™s lore tells us that roughly 85 per cent of students will get involved in one of our over 200 clubs and societies. It also says that 80 per cent will have volunteered in the community by the time their degree is finished. No one is really sure where these numbers came from and their accuracy is certainly dubious, but the simple fact that they are so widely held is indicative of a pervasive spirit of engagement at this university. Simply put, students at Queenâ€™s are known for their involvement with activities outside the classroom. This is an intimidating state of affairs indeed for the wide-eyed first-year, fresh from high school, who might never have been on their student council or in a club but who is now bombarded with the consistent imperative to â€œget involvedâ€?â€”whatever that means. No doubt there are more than a few questions that pop into the mind of this fearful frosh: If I get involved, will I still have time to maintain a good average? What if everyone getting involved was their high school presidentâ€”how will I compete? How about a social life? At least, this was certainly the case for me in my first few weeks at Queenâ€™s. Itâ€™s an incredibly intense experience: away from home for the first time, flung into one of the most rigorous academic programs in the country, and of course trying to make those life-long friends everyone keeps telling you about. These worries, combined with the ill-defined behemoth of a concept that is â€œgetting involved,â€? make for a significant barrier to extra-curricular engagement for first years. By the time I made a conscious decision to try and engage outside the classroom, it was already second semester, and I worried that it would be too late. But I looked up the VP of the Arts & Science Undergraduate Society and sent him a message. He was more than happy to sit down with me and talk about my situation. He got me started off with the movie theatre the society runs, andâ€”unwittingly, Iâ€™m sureâ€”set me on the path to my current position as Vice-President (University Affairs) of the overarching student government at Queenâ€™s, the AMS. Three years later, Iâ€™m now writing in the hopes of urging you to do the same as I did: ask your upper-year student leaders how to get involved. Weâ€™re more than happy to answer e-mails, phone calls or tweets, and would love to take the time out of our days to sit down and explain to you how this place works. After all, our hope is
â€œYes, because my MCATs will be over!â€? Leah Leonhardt, ArtSci â€˜12
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There are lots of ways students can get involved on campus. Opportunities include working at a campus pub, like Clark Hall (above), or leadership positions like Orientation Chairs (below).
â€œIâ€™m done school, so Iâ€™m excited to make money.â€? Clare Mak, Nurs â€˜10
â€œIâ€™m not really going back because I never left.â€? Stephanie Lang, ArtSci â€˜11
â€œIâ€™m excited because thereâ€™s always something new.â€? JOURNAL FILE PHOTO
that youâ€™ll be filling our shoes in a few years time. And if youâ€™re still worried, I can say from experience that finding a way to get involved outside the classroom is 100 per cent worth the risk. Engaging with extracurricular activities has by far been the most rewarding experience Iâ€™ve had at Queenâ€™s. Iâ€™ve had the opportunity to chair a political/ philosophical discussion group and organize large-scale lectures and debates with high-profile faculty, become the editor-in-chief of a campus-wide magazine, coordinate volunteers for a campus movie theatre and work on the committee that organizes Arts & Science orientation weekâ€”and these are just a fraction of the things you can
do at this school. By getting involved at Queenâ€™s, youâ€™ll get the chance to engage in activities that will give you experiences and skills that you simply canâ€™t find in a classroom setting. Youâ€™ll learn how to lead a team of people with different opinions and skill sets towards accomplishing concrete goalsâ€“and how to adapt when unforeseen barriers get in the way. Youâ€™ll learn to stay organized and on-task so that you can go to that debating tournament and still get your essay done on time. Your political assumptions will be challenged, and you will learn about the importance of civic engagement and activism. The things you learn through extracurricular involvement will likely
influence your life path just as much as your education will. Whatâ€™s more, youâ€™ll have a blast while doing it. Youâ€™ll meet some of the most interesting and talented people in the country and youâ€™ll develop friendships that will likely last well past your graduation. In sum, getting involved at Queenâ€™s may be one of the most rewarding and valuable things you do in your time here. And you donâ€™t need to go it alone; those of us who have been through the system are happy and excited to share our knowledge with you, and can point you in the right direction. All you have to do is ask.
Ahmid Boreay, PhD â€˜11
â€œIâ€™m graduating next year so I have something to look forward to.â€? Emma Tang, ArtSci â€˜11
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Frosh week is a busy time at the Queenâ€™s Learning Commons, where students can receive help on studying, essay writing, research and stress-related issues.
Suppressing Stress Pre-conceived expectations are a major contributing factor to first-year stress, HCDS director says BY HOLLY TOUSIGNANT 6833/(0(176(',725 For Andre Sousa, Sci â€™13, his first year of university went by with much less stress than anticipated. â€œI actually expected to be more stressed than I was,â€? he said. â€œI felt really overwhelmed over the summer. I even went and bought my books over the summer.â€? Sousa was one of many students who enter university with expectations of extreme stress and anxiety. Unlike Sousa, who experienced a relative lack of stress, many students do go on to experience overwhelming first-year anxiety that can put their academics, health and well-being at risk. In order to derail these patterns of stress, the University offers a number of services that can address the pressures students face. While Sousa said he did experience some stress initially, he was ultimately able to adjust to university life after just a couple of months. â€œI found first semester I had a lot of stress because itâ€™s unfamiliar,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s a big change from high school, trying to get organized with the workload. Thatâ€™s a little
overwhelming at first, but after the first month or two I got used to it.â€? Sousa said his stress never got to the point that he needed to seek out help from any of the resources Queenâ€™s offers. â€œI dealt with it myself,â€? he said. â€œI had friends that would help me out and TAs were great with helping with problems.â€? For students looking for help outside of the classroom, one of the resources available is the Queenâ€™s Learning Commons (QLC), located in Stauffer library. QLC coordinator Nathalie Soini said the Learning Commons works in conjunction with five partners - the Adaptive Technology Centre for students with disabilities, IT Services, Learning Strategies, the Writing Centre and the library - to help provide a positive educational experience for students. Soini said Learning Strategies is an especially useful resource for students who are nervous about the transition from high school to university academics. â€œThey offer workshops on how to make the transitions from high school to university, how to take notes and how to avoid
procrastination,â€? she said. Soini said Learning Strategies also offers counsellors and peer mentors for one-on-one assistance. â€œYou can sign up for a counsellor, just put your name on the whiteboard and you show up for your appointment if youâ€™re having difficulty, if youâ€™re anxious or if you just canâ€™t seem to deal with the transition of coming into residence and leaving home,â€? she said. â€œIf you want to sign up with a peer mentor because youâ€™re not comfortable meeting with a counsellor letâ€™s say, then you can do that.â€? Soini said the Writing Centre also offers a workshop called â€œHow to Write Your First University Essayâ€? which is quite popular with firstyear students. â€œThereâ€™s about 300 students who register for that particular workshop,â€? she said, adding that the Writing Centre also offers one-on-one essay consultation. â€œWriting an essay at university and writing an essay in high school are two different things, and [students] usually donâ€™t find that out until after theyâ€™ve submitted their first paper and they get their grade back.â€?
Soini said she thinks students who are worried about academic related stress should visit the QLC website, which includes useful links and information. The website features an online assignment calculator, which helps students create a day-by-day schedule for completing assignments, as well as quick, accessible online tutorials on topics ranging from preparing for exams, to creating a thesis statement, to time management. Health Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS) Director Mike Condra said time management skills are especially vital to students who wish to avoid excessive stress. â€œThereâ€™s strong evidence to suggest that good time management skills help to foster success in university even more than intelligence. Itâ€™s a more powerful predictor,â€? he said. Condra said he thinks one of the biggest contributing factors to firstyear stress is the pressure students place on themselves to succeed. â€œMost students anticipate that not only will they be taking a full course load, but that theyâ€™ll be engaged in at least one or two more activities,â€? he said.
â€œTheyâ€™ll be on committees in the residence, or theyâ€™ll get involved in the student government or social service activities or, you know, departmental, class representatives and so on. So often thereâ€™s a lot of demand on students to juggle all of those responsibilities and that is a key part of stress.â€? Because of this pressure, itâ€™s important for students to know their limits, Condra said. â€œThereâ€™s a fair bit of peer influence to get engaged, to get involved in lots of things,â€? he said. â€œBut we all have an upper limit and our upper limit is individual so it means starting by knowing yourself.â€? Condra said he thinks another cause of stress for frosh is the adjustment to their new surroundings. This includes making friends and possibly living independently for the first time, he added. â€œI think thereâ€™s a process of adjustment that happens every time we move into a new phase in our life or move to a new place and live there,â€? he said. â€œ[Students are] developing a new part of their Please see Good on page17
A healthy dose of competition? ASUS Head Gael and EngSoc president discuss current attitudes towards interfaculty rivalries BY HOLLY TOUSIGNANT 6833/(0(176(',725 As one of Canadaâ€™s oldest universities, Queenâ€™s is known for its traditions. Whether it be the tamming ceremony, the football game or group chants of Oil Thigh, Queenâ€™s students spend much of their frosh week engaged in tried and true traditions from generations past. Among these traditions is the customary rivalry that takes place year after year between faculties. For many, frosh week is a time not only to celebrate being a Queenâ€™s student, but also to celebrate why Commerce is inherently better than all other faculties, or why Nursing is where itâ€™s at. Like many Queenâ€™s traditions, interfaculty rivalries go way back. In the 1960s, editorials in the Journal chastised male Engineering students for being wild and unruly, while suggesting that female students should instead set their sights on students of Medicine and Law. A story that appeared in the Journal in Sept. 1963 declared that â€œ[e]ver since the Engineering Faculty at Queenâ€™s came into existence, Engineers have been struggling to assert their equality (superiority?) over their arch-rival â€“ the Faculty of Arts and Science.â€? Engineering Society (EngSoc) President Victoria Pleavin, Sci â€™11, said she thinks interfaculty rivalries can be healthy and enjoyable when done in a positive way. â€œI find rivalries to be both fun and necessary. On both sides of any rivalry you see a lot more activity, change and excitement than you would by an unchallenged group,â€? she said. â€œThis in turn leads to an increased dedication to things like school spirit, academics, athletics and to Queenâ€™s as a whole.â€? Pleavin said she thinks rivalries only go too far when friendly competition turns to putting down other faculties. â€œI have found over my years at Queenâ€™s that any of these negative attitudes are broken by the time that students reach their later years here and have created lifelong friendships that span across all faculties,â€? she said, adding that
EngSoc discourages negative chants geared towards other faculties. A famous Engineering tradition is â€œslammingâ€?, which involves groups of engineers taking off their jackets and beating them against the ground. Slamming â€œatâ€? people is also discouraged, Pleavin said. â€œSlamming is never supposed to be done to intimidate others,â€? she said. â€œSlamming should be done for respect and celebration, hence why it is done during highland games during frosh week and after final exams during fall term.â€? Pleavin said EngSoc frosh often engage in friendly activities or competitions with students in other faculties during frosh week, especially Nursing and Commerce students. â€œNursing regularly participates in our frosh week, having in the past come out to the greasepole,â€? she said. â€œMore recently, [they have] become the person to protect from thundersludge during thundermugs.â€? â€œWe also have the Great Engineering Cheer Off (GECO) with Commerce,â€? she added. â€œThis has evolved to being a more positive battle in boasting what is great about your faculty.â€? Pleavin said she thinks faculty pride and rivalries with other faculties give engineering frosh a chance to bond with each other and potentially make new friends. â€œIt definitely gives frosh who ... have not necessarily made friends yet something to talk about and a banner to unite behind,â€? she said. â€œI find it comparable to how strangers suddenly became friends as they cheered for the same team during the World Cup or would enter into friendly banter with someone wearing the shirt of a rival team this past summer.â€? Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) Head Gael Robin Bond, ArtSci â€™11, said ASUS has a slightly different attitude towards interfaculty rivalry. Bond said ASUS holds the position that Frosh Week should focus more on university pride than campus pride, and for that reason, inter-faculty rivalry is discouraged Frosh Week. â€œBecause we are such a large
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Jacket â€œslammingâ€?, a popular engineering tradition, is not intended to intimidate others, EngSoc President says. faculty, ... itâ€™s really important for us to be accommodating and inclusive to everybody, because we have such a multitude of different people,â€? he said. Bond said he thinks itâ€™s natural for students to be proud of their faculty, but fears that some students may take it too far. â€œIt would be somewhat ignorant of the situation to assume that nobodyâ€™s ever going to have expectations that itâ€™s going to be competitive,â€? Bond said, adding that ASUS has been trying to get the word out on their view on inter-faculty competition. â€œI think people maybe expect some of it but what I would say is we are taking a lot of steps to
ensure that itâ€™s not happening as much,â€? he said. Like EngSoc, ASUS discourages negative cheers. Gaels are trained to discourage such behaviour, Bond said. ASUS strives to celebrate their pride in Queenâ€™s as a whole, rather than their simply pride as Arts and Science students, he added. â€œYou come to Queenâ€™s and youâ€™re told this is one of the best and brightest schools in Canada,â€? he said. â€œSo from our end, it really doesnâ€™t make sense to then say weâ€™re the â€Śthe best university in
Canada, except for all the other faculties. Theyâ€™re awful, but weâ€™re the best. It just doesnâ€™t make sense.â€? Interfaculty rivalries may have tamed over the years, but a Journal article from 1962 shows evidence that not much has changed about the overall purpose of Frosh Week. As the writer of the story put it, the â€œprogrammes all strove for pride and school spirit. One of the primary goals, however, was to have a good time.â€?
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Welcome home The new Kingstonianâ€™s guide to getting to know your city BY KATHERINE FERNANDEZ-BLANCE $66,67$171(:6(',725 Congratulations, class of 2014! You are not only about to attend one of Canadaâ€™s premiere universities, but youâ€™re also about to move into the first capital of Canada, a historic and vibrant city with endless restaurants, boutiques and activities to explore and immerse yourself in. For the many students who will be calling Kingston home for the first time in September, the city and its inhabitants remain a mystery. In an effort to familiarize students with their new environment, many frosh week events are designed to take students out of the Queenâ€™s bubble and into the surrounding city. First Years Not in Residence Students (FYNIRS) co-chair Matt Mills, ArtSci â€™11, said getting to know Kingston is an important part of the FYNIRS experience. â€œWe are getting a higher number of incoming students from out of town,â€? he said, adding that for this reason, FYNIRS has incorporated more events aimed at exploring the city. While frosh week activities give students a good introduction to Kingston, nothing can replace a leisurely walk through the city to discover the local culture, food, fashion and entertainment venues for yourself.
With one of the highest number of restaurants per capita of any Canadian city, Kingston has food options to curb any craving. Argerie Tzouras, ArtSciâ€™12, praised Kingstonâ€™s cheap cuisine. â€œI recommend Darbar for great Indian food and Arisu for Sushi. Otherwise, check out Stooleyâ€™s, directly in the student village. You will never want caf fries again,â€? Tzouras said, adding that she thinks Morrisonâ€™s on King St. East offers tasty, inexpensive breakfast options. â€œWhen the parents are in town or you feel like indulging, Windmills has fantastic food. Atomica and Le Chein Noir are never a letdown,â€? she said. â€œAnd if youâ€™re a vegetarian, Lotus-Heart-Blossom is always a crowd pleaser.â€? Other inexpensive downtown options include Cambodian Village on King St East, and Wok In on Montreal St, where you can eat Cambodian and Thai dishes for under $10. Notable Kingston fixtures include Woodenheads, which serves gourmet pizza, and Pan Chancho Bakery and Chez Piggy, both staples of the Kingston food scene. If youâ€™d rather cook for yourself, Metro and Food Basics are close by, and a better stocked Loblaws is a 5-minute bus ride away. The Farmerâ€™s Market comes weekly to Queenâ€™s and is a great place to stock up on local produce.
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Stooleyâ€™s is one of the best cheap food options near campus and has great fries, student says. For a smaller city, Kingston Ale House contains both a for those who are not yet 19 or do boasts a surprising number of hip canteen area with a full service food not have an interest in partying. boutiques and shops. Big name and beverages menu and a club in Kevin Hong, Artsciâ€™12, stores close to campus include the back that frequently hosts live recommended checking out two Lululemon, the GAP, American music. Ale House manager Scott of Kingstonâ€™s downtown movie Apparel and Urban Outfitters. Hopkins, ArtSci â€™09, said the bar is theatres for a quieter night out. St. Lawrence College graduate very popular with students both as â€œCapitol 7 shows new releases, Tammy Godefroy is the owner a place to socialize and work. and the Screening Room shows of Novellino, a dress and vintage â€œAt Ale House all the managers foreign and independent movies. accessories store. Godefroy said the and owners went to Queenâ€™s or On Tuesdays and Thursdays, store sells dresses of all kinds, from still do, and we really try and students can see a show for $6 casual to semi-formal or cocktail. accommodate Queenâ€™s students there,â€? he said. All the merchandise is made in Los and athletes,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re the While moving into a new Angeles and shipped to Kingston. place to go for sports teams, and place can seem daunting at first, â€œQueenâ€™s [students are] our I think we have a great fun and Kingston is very accommodating number one client,â€? Godfroy said, upbeat atmosphere.â€? to its student population. As you adding that the store is especially Ale House is planning on a settle into your new room and busy before New Yearâ€™s Eve and big concert on the night of navigate campus in the first few before Arts and Science socials. Wednesday Sept. 8. Hopkins weeks, donâ€™t hesitate to explore â€œWe are very well known on wouldnâ€™t divulge the act yet, but the Limestone City and everything campus,â€? she added. he did say that it would be even it has to offer! Kingstonâ€™s large student bigger than last yearâ€™s frosh week population is also reflected in the performer, Kâ€™Naan. -â€”With files from Kelly Loeper cityâ€™s active nightlife. Kingston also has a great scene
GUIDE TO QUEENâ€™S ACRONYMS
In the Journal style guide, there is a dire warning written to all writers for this paper: â€œBeware (QAB): Queenâ€™s Acronym Bullshit. Because there are so many acronyms at this university, you can risk making your copy sound like a transcript of military code.â€? Thatâ€™s certainly what I felt, and continue to feel, since coming to Queenâ€™s four years ago. This school has abbreviations everywhere you look. I blame it on the students themselves, knowing what P&CC stands for gives you a feeling of being included in some big secret. So, in order to help new students along this September, hereâ€™s a guide to some of the most common acronyms and how they can help you out.
What it stands for Alma Mater Society
... around campus PHOTOS BY LABIBA HAQUE
What advice would you give to incoming first-year students?
What it is Starting with the biggest, the AMS is Canadaâ€™s oldest undergraduate student government and governs the majority of student services at Queenâ€™s.
â€œLearn to nap.â€?
Arts and Science The largest faculty society on campus, operates the ArtSci frosh week Undergraduate Society
Ashleigh Calberry, ArtSci â€™11
John Deutsch University The home of the AMS, P&CC, QP and many more other acronyms. Centre Athletics and Recreation The recreational portion of the new Queenâ€™s Centre. It cost an arm and a leg to build but the payoffs Centre include treadmills and elliptical with built in TVs and fans. Queenâ€™s Computerized Access and Registration Database
The soon to be replaced (with QUASR) online system you need to suffer through in order to register for classes, change timetables, order transcripts and more.
â€œDonâ€™t get too stressed.â€? Katrina Stewart, Sci â€™12
Health Counselling and Not only a fully-staffed clinic, but a resource for studentsâ€™ health questions and consultations. Disability Services Main Campus Residence The organization that provides services, self-government and discipline for students in residence. If Council you bring beer in underage, theyâ€™ll be the one writing you the ticket.
Integrated Learning Centre
Housed in Beamish-Munro Hall, the centre provides bookable rooms, study areas and engineering resources.
Publishing and Copy Centre
Housed in the JDUC, they have printers and photocopiers, each complete with its own first name.
Queenâ€™s First Aid
The AMS Pub Services
â€œTry to get involved in student lifeâ€? Cassandra Ruscher, Nurs â€™10
Emergency response team staffed by student volunteers trained in first aid.
The section of AMS Hospitality Services that oversees Alfieâ€™s and QP.
â€œTry not to burn out in the first monthâ€?
Beer and Food.
Gabe Walton, Sci â€™11 â€” Tyler Ball
â€œGood time management skills help to foster success in universityâ€? Cotinued from page 14
identity. Theyâ€™re now going to be university students, no longer high school students.â€? Andre Sousa said he thinks that living at home during first year was a major contributor to the relative lack of stress he faced. â€œStaying at home made a huge difference,â€? he said. â€œI didnâ€™t have to worry about getting my own meals or doing laundry or stuff like that. I could just concentrate on doing the work.â€?
For those students who wish to discuss either academic or nonacademic related stress, HCDS also offers one-on-one counselling. Condra said itâ€™s important that students who are experiencing stress seek help before their health and academics are threatened. â€œWhen weâ€™re fatigued and tired, we canâ€™t participate well, we canâ€™t engage well in academic activities, we feel tired and I see that as being kind of a fairly immediate consequence of the heavy amount of stress students can experience,â€?
he said, adding that exhaustion can lead to infection and illness. â€œOf course, it also has an impact on academics,â€? he said. â€œIf youâ€™re overtired, not making it to early morning classes, and that of course then becomes a pressure because students donâ€™t feel comfortable in missing classes.â€? Condra said he thinks itâ€™s important for students to take advantage of the people and resources available to them, such as residence dons and the services offered at HCDS.
â€œThereâ€™s this department, HCDS, where [students] can receive counselling, they can see a physician or a nurse, we have self-help material, we have health educators, who can all help them learn more how to deal with the stresses that university inevitably brings,â€? he said. â€œThere are resources on campus that can help you. Use them.â€? Visit HCDS online at queensu.ca/hcds/ or QLC at queensu.ca/qlc/
â€œGo to class.â€? Amy Howson, Nurs â€™12
â€œBe open to new experiences.â€? Chris Gorten, MA â€™11
SIGHTS IN THE CITY Spend an afternoon getting familiar with Kingston by exploring some of the cityâ€™s museums BELLEVUE HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK Site Location: 35 Centre Street www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/bellevue House restored to the 1848-49 period conveying the domestic life of Canadaâ€™s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Macdonald memorabilia is on display in the Visitor Centre. FORT HENRY Junction of Highways 2 & 15, 1.6 km east of Kingston http://www.parks.on.ca/fort/ Features: British and Canadian military uniforms, arms, armaments, medals, militaria and furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries. INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY HALL OF FAME MUSEUM 277 York Street, Kingston, ON K7L 4V6 www.ihhof.com Features: Traces the origins and evolution of hockey on a worldwide scope. PENITENTIARY MUSEUM 555 King Street West www.penitentiarymuseum.ca Features: 1833 to present. Artifacts include inmate hobbycrafts, contraband, punishment and restraint devices, and uniforms. QUEENâ€™S UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES Kathleen Ryan Hall, Queenâ€™s University http://archives.queensu.ca Features: Primarily Canadian documents including business records, faculty papers, political parties, politicians, Queenâ€™s University, City of Kingston, Frontenac County, Can-Lit papers, local families, Kingston General Hospital, etc. â€” Source: City of Kingston website, www.cityofkingston.ca/visitors/museums/local.asp
MUST -KNOW LINKS FOR FROSH Brought to you by the Alma Mater Society -First-yearâ€™s guide to getting involved: myams.org/getinvolved/first-years -The Clubs Database: myams.org/clubfinder - available as of September 1st -Any questions about volunteering or working with the AMS? Contact Jamie Harshman, AMS human resources officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org -Good To Know Kingston, a social resources website sponsored by the AMS in partnership with social-justice oriented community groups: goodtoknowkingston.com/ -Arts & Science Undergraduate Society: asus.yolasite.com/ -Engineering Society: engsoc.queensu.ca/index.php/ -Commerce Society: comsoc.queensu.ca/home/index.php -Nursing Society: www.nursingsociety.ca -Concurrent Education Studentsâ€™ Association: queenscesa.com/ -Computing Studentsâ€™ Association: www.compsa.queensu.ca/
Froshing outside of the box Not all students are interested in Frosh Week, Gael says BY KELLY LOEPER 32676&5,37(',725 For many first-year students, faculty Frosh Week is a much anticipated event. It is a time to make friends, learn cheers and get to know the campus. It can be a thrilling time, full of whipped cream fights and impromptu song and dance numbers. Not every frosh is looking for the same experience though, and many students opt out of certain orientation events or the entire Frosh Week experience altogether. While some look forward to the energy and excitement of the week, others would rather sit it out and get to know the university and city for themselves. Maeve Jones, ArtSci â€™12, said she wasnâ€™t initially interested in participating in frosh week at all. â€œI wasnâ€™t going to do it at first, and then people talked me into it,â€? she said. â€œI went to the parade and some of the activities they had during the day, but then I didnâ€™t go to the dance or some of the more social events.â€? Jones said the activities she did take part in were the ones that involved getting to know the University, such as campus tours and information sessions. Her Gaels were understanding about the unwillingness of some of their frosh to participate in every event, she added. â€œThey gave us the choice on what you really wanted to do,â€? she said, adding that this prevented negative attitudes from forming in the group. Jones said the activities she avoided were ones that she felt clashed with her personality, like the many cheers performed
during the week. Tilly Wolfram, ArtSci â€™12, was a Gael during frosh week in Sept. 2009. Wolfram said attitudes toward frosh week were varied in her group. â€œMy frosh group was rather shy in the beginning, but as time passed and they began to feel more comfortable, everyone was always excited to try few activities,â€? she said. â€œIn general, each Frosh group always has a core group of people that are highly enthusiastic, a few that arenâ€™t as interested, and some that are shy and unsure.â€? Wolfram said she thinks one of the biggest factors in frosh week participation was the time of day that the activities took place. â€œI honestly believe that for the most part, events began too early in the morning and many people struggled to get up early to make it to those events,â€? she said, adding that frosh who have friends in other groups also tend to spend more time with their friends and participate less in their own group. â€œAs Gaels we were always open to accepting friends of our Frosh into our groups.â€? Students who arenâ€™t interested in conventional Frosh Week activities can head to alternative activities like Queerientation, a series of events put on by the Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP). Queerientation runs from September into October, and includes film screenings, information sessions and social events. Students who wish to avoid orientation events altogether have no reason to fret, Jones said. â€œYou can find and connect with other people who are also not into it.â€?
Dukes off the cuff
Keeping it Kabango
Another Polaris nomination under his belt, London-based rapper Shad is still the peoplesâ€™ MC
Wayne Petti of Cuff the Duke tells the Journal why the bandâ€™s new breed of country music goes beyond hats and fiddles BY JACOB MORGAN CONTRIBUTOR In many ways â€˜alternative countryâ€™ is a misnomer. Wayne Petti from Cuff the Duke understands this, especially in relation to what is offered by the mainstream. So much new country is just â€œ80s music with a country hat and a fiddle,â€? Petti told me over the phone. Alt-country has an authenticity that Taylor Swift and other new country artists often lack. Cuff the Duke, who has recently been touring with Blue Rodeo and who will be playing in Kingston at the Wolfe Island Music Festival on Aug 6, exemplifies a new breed of country. Their influences include Hank Williams-style classics, rock like Neil Young and modern pop rock like Sloan. The end result is a form of country with an indie rock aesthetic. Their latest album is entitled Way Down Here and was produced by Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo. It was recorded at Keelorâ€™s farm in rural Ontario and has a down home feel that is appropriate to the setting. According to Petti, the band consciously chose to use traditional 8-track recording technology, achieving a rougher sound reminiscent of early CCR. â€œItâ€™s not polished but less raucous [than earlier albums],â€? Petti said. There is maturity to the sound and the lyrics, but also what he describes as a chilled-out vibe that comes from being â€œbundled up in a farmhouse.â€? Cuff the Dukeâ€™s songwriting often expresses a world-weariness beyond the band membersâ€™ years. As Petti put it, â€œyou only get one kick at the can, so to speak.â€? The songs reflect a fleeting moment in time, as if the band were going down a road that Petti describes as full of twists and turns and smooth paved sections. The new album has a mellowness that befits maturing songwriters and a band coming into its own. Aging and mortality seem to be prevalent themes. In fact, the song â€œLike the Morningâ€? was written for Pettiâ€™s grandmother who passed away before the band began recording the album. Although thereâ€™s not a lot of direct Canadian references in their songs, Petti said he feels there is something inherently Canadian in what the band does. Please see You on page 24
With his latest record TSOL, Shad continues to succeed by balancing relevant old school hip hop with underground appeal. BY ALLY HALL A& EDITOR Jay-Z summed it up for the general public, â€œIâ€™m not a businessman, Iâ€™m a business, man.â€? Kenyan-born, London, Ontarioraised rapper Shadâ€™s (aka Shadrach Kabango) approach to making music involves business tooâ€”just donâ€™t expect to hear about grills or guns in his verses. â€œItâ€™s not what interests me,
really,â€? he said. â€œWhen I really started to get interested in making music it was for the fun of it. Discovering stuff about myself as I was writing and doing something I thought was unique and special and worthwhile and engaging.â€? His application of business theory to the music industry explains a lot about the stereotypedefying rapper. Of the two ways to compete; to be better than everyone else or to be different, Shad said he
has always chosen the latter.
â€œI think less about if this is the best song Iâ€™ve ever made and if this is a song only I would make.â€? â€”Shad â€œI try to let [my personality] creep in as much as possible because I think thatâ€™s what makes
it interesting,â€? he said. â€œI think less about if this is the best song Iâ€™ve ever made and if this is a song only I would make.â€? His down-to-earth nature and earnest genuine personality have come to be his defining features over the years. Speaking to him over the phone pre-empting his visit to Kingston for the Wolfe Island Music Festival, I can Please see How on page 25
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Psychedelic country garage menage The Sadies look forward to bringing folks together with their return to Kingston for the Wolfe Island Music Festival BY ALYSSA ASHTON ASSISTANT A&E EDITOR After eight albums and nearly a decade in the music business, the Sadies are returning to Kingston for the Wolfe Island Music Festival. â€œAre you calling me old?â€? said Mike Belitsky, the bandâ€™s drummer upon discussing their longevity. I laugh and tell him, â€œNo, you are all just ridiculously talented.â€? And thatâ€™s the truth. Not only has the band collaborated with the likes of The Tragically Hip and Blue Rodeo, but recently their latest album, Darker Circles, made the short list of nominations for the Polaris Prize, which recognizes the yearâ€™s best full-length Canadian albums.
â€œItâ€™s an awesome setting. Itâ€™s not like you need a JumboTron for everybody to see you.â€? â€”Mike Belitsky, drummer of The Sadies â€œIt feels great. Itâ€™s nice to be considered for a full album, not just a specific song,â€? Belitsky said. â€œItâ€™s more about the art as a whole with this award.â€? Belitsky, along with guitarist brothers Travis and Dallas Good and bassist Sean Dean make up the alternative country band or as Belitsky described them a â€œPsychedelic, country, garage band.â€? Each member comes from a unique background bringing their diverse influences, but they were all influenced by punk rock and traditional country music.
â€œThe really cool thing about being in a band is being influenced by the other members,â€? he said. â€œTravis, Dallas, or Sean will tell me an album to listen to it and then it becomes my new favourite album.â€? Despite their recent Polaris nomination, the band sees the greatest impact of their music in how it affects and changes their fansâ€™ lives and as Belitsky said, â€œin bringing people together.â€? He said a standout moment was playing at a wedding because the couple met at a Sadies show. For the band, this is proof that their music matters, as they get to be a part of peoplesâ€™ lives in such profound ways. The band will be sure to bring people together at their Aug 6 show and Belitsky feels this is the best part of the Wolfe Island Music Festival and other festivals like it. â€œItâ€™s an awesome setting. Itâ€™s not like you need a JumboTron for everybody to see you,â€? he said. â€œThere is not this delineation of the front of the stage from the back of the stage. People can see you from all sides and you actually get to meet people.â€? He said the festival atmosphere makes for the perfect environment to meet attendees. However, his audience may not be as historical as his impressions of Kingston.â€œI think of the history of the city; all the loyalists fighting the colonists. When Iâ€™m there I conjure up all these images.â€? And when asked to conjure up three words to describe his career so far, Belistky said â€œHard work w/ payoff because the W with a slash isnâ€™t a real word.â€? The Sadies play The Wolfe Island Music Festival on Aug 6. See factbox on page 19 for details.
The May 2010 release of Darker Circles marked a decidely darker tone for The Sadies touching on notions of loss and nostalgia, garnering them a Polaris Prize nomination in the process.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010
Waxing emphatic with The Weakerthans Fresh from his nomination as Arts Ambassador for the city of Winnipeg, Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson spoke to the Journal about headlining the Wolfe Island Music Festival and staying politely and progressively political BY ANDREA MCPHERSON STAFF WRITER Speaking to a master lyricist is always a little surreal. I expect the mind behind words woven with both wit and passion to breathe poetry. I was somewhat shocked when its voice sounds like the rest of us, polite and not peppered with metaphor. John K. Samson, frontman of the Weakerthans, headliners of the Wolfe Island Music Festival, is friendly and matter of fact while filling me in on Winnipeg, writing, and waxing emphatic on politics. Just like us, he’s not above talking about the weather, or how the weather used to be. Samson’s been around the blocks of rock for awhile, having played bass with anarchopunk band Propaghandi from 1991-1999, then subsequently forming the Weakerthans soon after. Since 1997, they’ve released four studio albums, one EP and one live album released in March of this year. Samson’s writing for the Weakerthans has been strong enough to garner great expectations from audiences when it comes to his self expression. After all, wide-eyed undergrads with lines from his songs written on the back of their closet doors aren’t the only ones putting him on a pedestal. He’s been selected as the Arts Ambassador for Music of Winnipeg, the city named Canada’s Cultural Capital for 2010. “The purpose is to celebrate arts in Winnipeg. They’re [appointing an] ambassador from each form of art,” he said. “I’ll be doing some stuff over the new year, raising the awareness of music from Winnipeg.” This might seem a little ironic to those who take the Weakerthans hit “One Great City! (I Hate Winnipeg)” a little too literally. “I wouldn’t say I love the city despite the song,” he said. “I would say that the song reflects my deep caring for this place. It’s the place I understand best and certainly the place I’m dedicated to. I’ve travelled, but I’ve lived here my whole life.” This summer isn’t without travelling either, the band has three shows scheduled back to back, in Peterborough, Wolfe Island and Waterloo.
John K. Samson (far right) said even thou-gh The Weakerthans are on a bit of a hiatus while focusing on solo projects, they relish in taking part in summer music festivals like Wolfe Island’s for a chance to reconnect, rekindle and remember the songs. play a few shows together,” he said. “We’re in the middle of a bit of a hiatus. We do enjoy playing together, and we’ve got to remember the songs. We’re all doing stuff, other things, and still working on the Weakerthans.” The solo side of Samson has been busy. Soon after promoting his first album in his road series, City Route 85, released in October 2009, he recorded the second. “In September 2010, Provincial Road 222 will be released,” he said. “I just delivered it to the label. All the other guys are doing lots of different things.” Drummer Jason Tait, recently attended the G20 protests. Given that the Weakerthans have signed on with G7 Welcoming Committee Records, it’s only to be expected at least one of them would want to
welcome in the 20. In case it’s not already obvious from the name, the label tends to sign artists committed to social justice and radical politics. Although the Weakerthans tend to lean less lyrically explicit than friends and label-mates Propaghandi, they’re committed to similar principles and politics, with strong ties to anarchist projects and spaces. Tait commented on his dissolved confidence with the government and police force on the music news website Spinner.com. Samson had something to say as well, looking at the response to the weekend. “I think that with the independent commission this was a victory for the protests,” he said. “It’s kind of one of those events that maybe we can use as an opening to
make people recognize injustices that are happening ... We have to capitalize on those moments, overall I’m kind of excited by it.” Compared to Samson’s previous band, Propaghandi, the Weakerthans could be perceived as more at home in the often politically toothless indie rock scene than the punk scene because of their lyrical subjects. But Samson hasn’t lost his convictions. Given that he’s a founding member of the Arbeiter Ring Publishing collective, an independent worker-owned and operated publisher and distributer with a mandate to, as stated on their website, “publish a dynamic combination of cultural, fiction, and non-fiction titles with an emphasis on progressive political analysis of contemporary issues.”
SOME OTHER MEMBERS OF THE WOLFE PACK
The Weakerthans play the Wolfe Island Music Festival on Aug 7. See factbox on page 19 for details.
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“It’s kind of one of those events that maybe we can use as an opening to make people recognize injustices that are happening ...We have to capitalize on those moments, overall I’m kind of excited by it.”
To return to Kingston from the Marysville dock at Wolfe Island: (YHU\KRXUIURPDPWR1RRQ -1:15 p.m. -Every half-hour from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. -10:40 p.m. -12 a.m. -1:20 a.m
—John K. Samson, lead singer of The Weakerthans “It’s something to do in the middle of the summer, a little weekend jaunt. It’s a chance to
Samson’s words are clever and occasionally cute, but still cutting. The crooked turns of phrase and consonance serve his ideas well. “I don’t think that you can look at my lyrics from any point in my career and see any big change … You can see it’s pretty political,” he said. “People should write about what interests them and write in a way that they are able.” Sounds like this self-proclaimed futon revolutionist won’t be quitting his word games any time soon.
Clockwise from top left: Katie Moore, Think About Life, Memoryhouse, Diamond Rings, Harbour Sharks and Bahamas.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
From beneath the dust
Kingston artist Lisa Figge explores the responsibility of the individual towards the Earth through LVVXHVRIHFRORJLFDOFLWL]HQVKLSLQKHUODWHVWPXOWLPHGLDH[KLELW'XVWWR'XVWDW8QLRQ*DOOHU\
BY ROBYNNE MELLOR CONTRIBUTOR Last summer, Lisa Figge drew a lot of attention from the Kingston community when she arranged 86 plaster casts of her own hands throwing stones on a Wolfe Island street - a statement about the 86
recently installed windmills. This summer, the work â€œ86 Hands on Wolfe Islandâ€? is on display, along with four other pieces by Figge, at the new show Dust to Dust. The uniting theme of Dust to Dust is â€œecological citizenship,â€? an idea that Figge grapples with
as she completes her Masters of Environmental Studies at Queenâ€™s. Ecological citizenship is a complex term that, very simply put, explores the responsibility of the individual towards the Earth. The first project seen upon entering the gallery is â€œdust in dust out.â€? This piece uses containers
and pictures of microscopic scans of dust, as well as audio and video recordings, to examine the relationship between art and science in terms of ecological citizenship. Figge states that her art â€œbridges practical and theoretical understandingsâ€? and incorporates the idea of the ecological citizen
Dust to Dust uses a millieu of media including video installations, plastic leaves, trees, wood, plaster casts and everday objects.
Figge states her art attempts to bridge practical and theoretical understandings to incorporate her work as an ecological citizen into everyday life.
into everyday life. The piece that is the most baffling is also perhaps the most entertaining. In â€œMadame E and her suit of environmentally conscious a(r)mour,â€? Figge dresses in a full suit of plastic leaves, carries a briefcase that contains many items including a Dr. Seuss book and a small coffin, and records her trip on public transit, as well as to a Tim Hortonâ€™s in the Cataraqui Mall. This video, along with the suit and the briefcase, are on display. The piece is meant to bring the idea of ecological citizenship to places not usually associated with itâ€”I didnâ€™t get that sense, however. It seemed more like a public spectacle of absurdity with no connection to ecological citizenship to me. Along with, â€œ86 Hands on Wolfe Island,â€? there is an unnamed piece in the middle of the room, which incorporates nature into manufactured products. Although there was no caption or explanation of the work, I interpreted it as a display of humans and nature as closely connected, instead of separate. One piece that I found quite captivating was a small plant growing in a wooden chair. It was a fascinating exploration of the relationship between humans and nature. Overall, Dust to Dust is an enjoyable experience that boggles the mind. Figge used many different forms of media to explore ecological citizenship and examine the relationship between science and art, public and private and humans and nature in a unique way. It is an interesting show that is thoroughly engaging. My curiosity about ecological citizenship has been sparked, even if I donâ€™t fully understand it yet. And for all caffeine addicts out there, her next work, â€œEcological Citizen in Trainingâ€? is a form of participatory art that looks at private routines in a public way. In this piece, Figge, along with three other participants, record and examine the daily ritual of coffee drinking using diaries and maps. There is also an audio recording of the four participants discussing their experience with the project at Coffee Eco on Johnson St. This work encourages the very personal exploration of ecological citizenship through public discourse. Dust to Dust runs until Aug 6 in the main space of Union Gallery, located in Stauffer Library. Open Tuesday to Thursday 11-5 p.m., Friday to Saturday 11-4:30 p.m.
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That working class milieu spawned roots music about “heartbreak and regrets about choices you’ve made,” Petti said. It’s
a potent mixture of local Canadian and universal themes. Although the band’s name remains something of a mystery, it’s
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been suggested that it comes from an old hockey phrase for pulling the goalie. Don Cherry, who Petti reminisced about meeting during the Stanley Cup finals this past spring, said “I think I know what your band name means, but hey, it’s a damn good band name!” The name isn’t blatant Canadiana but does hint at something decidedly Canadian, just like the music, which isn’t blatant honky-tonk but does hint at something decidedly country. Anyway, if it’s good enough for Grapes, how can the rest of us not like it? According to Petti, “the world is such a complicated place, this is a simple straight up record.” Cuff the Duke manages to wed tradition with contemporary sound, all within Petti’s ambition to “express fundamental emotions in a simple way.” Cuff the Duke play the Wolfe Island Music Festival on Aug 6. See factbox on page 19 for details.
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see why. His lack of interest in the gimmicky side of the hip hop game has lead to him being labelled as a poster-boy in Canadian music. Time and time again heâ€™s been all too quickly positioned as rapâ€™s wholesome â€œboy next doorâ€?. But deducing Shad to an archetypal small-town-boy Canadiana story subscribes him to a tired cultural stereotype he hardly engages in. In the stadium sized, â€œ99 Problemsâ€?esque â€œYaa I Get Itâ€? he acknowledges the conundrum and spits, â€œI hate the catch phrase â€˜Canadian Rap Sensationâ€™â€?, after amalgamating golden age hip-hop with underground self-consciousness and frustration with his surroundings by opening, â€œMaybe Iâ€™m not big â€˜cause I donâ€™t blog or Twitter/ Dog, Iâ€™m bitter.â€?
â€œI think people actually like to be challenged, it keeps them engaged but you canâ€™t take it too far.â€? â€”Shad His place as an MC is long established with his penchant for surprising pop culture references, provocative creativity and lyrical dexterity. â€œI think what I try to do is really concern myself with the audience and always try to think about how I can not bore them,â€? he said. â€œI keep that at the forefront of my mind, the things youâ€™re inspired to say and the songs youâ€™re inspired to make, thatâ€™s good but itâ€™s always important to remember youâ€™re making music for other people, not always just for yourself, you have to think about how theyâ€™re receiving it.â€? The steady interest from fans might have something to do with the evident respect Shad holds for them. â€œItâ€™s ok to challenge your audience and think, â€˜how can I keep this conversation
interesting?â€™â€? he said. â€œI think people actually like to be challenged, it keeps them engaged but you canâ€™t take it too far.â€? Perhaps acknowledging the frequent overlap of celebrity and humanitarianism, Shad explained his views on his role as an artist and his hesitation to grapple with issues bigger than him. â€œYou canâ€™t expect people to listen to something thatâ€™s not music or is essentially a speech or a lecture, thatâ€™s not why people listen to music,â€? he said. â€œMy only responsibility and any artistâ€™s responsibility is to be creative and to be honest â€Ś I donâ€™t feel it necessary to speak on any subject to which I may not be qualified.â€? 2010â€™s highly anticipated TSOL once again combines intelligent and conscientious lyrics with well developed beats and witty wordplay demonstrating what Shad does best, providing relevant, honest to goodness old school hip hop (not to mention gaining him another Polaris nomination). There are no rules when it comes to the repertoire. Genres overlap on TSOL wrapping layered samples, orchestral backing and bluesy soulful hooks with deeply thought out personal reflection on his surroundings. Along with his home base DJ T-Lo, Shad brought in a competent production and collaboration crew with Broken Social Sceneâ€™s Brendan Canning and Lisa Lobsinger along with compadres Classified and Relic. His earnestness is embodied in his humble and frequent answer, â€œThatâ€™s just me being myself.â€? Shad walks the walk while remaining unassuming, unpretentious and effortlessly motivated by the music, â€œI had to contribute, I had something unique and I think that really means a lot when you have something unique.â€? Shad plays the Wolfe Island Music Festival on Aug 7. See factbox on page 19 for details.
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Bringing in the hometown boys Sheahan unveils the Kingston portion of the 2010 rookie class BY: LAURI KYTĂ–MAA ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR For every losing team there is â€œalways next yearâ€?, yet for a championship team that next year is usually anything but a blessing. At Queenâ€™s the many heroes of the 2009 Vanier Cup team are gone. The 2010 season for the Gaels will be a hunt of the next Brannagan, Allin and Williams. It may be a struggle at times; with glory fresh in our mind, to see interceptions thrown and kickoffs fumbled, but that is the nature of the university game. The player transitions are just as much a part of the collegiate sport as punting; every four or five years a team must go through a rebirth, a rebirth wholly decided by the strength of player recruitment. On Friday, July 9 head coach Pat Sheahan held a press conference to introduce five local additions to the Gaels program. In his introductions, Sheahan commented on the nature of recruiting. â€œRecruiting is like running your own business, all year long,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s all the time and it never stops. Everyone on our staff does something, it is a massive undertaking to find who qualifies, and everything you do is recruiting.â€? Five out of the seven Kingstonian recruits were present: Trent Whitton, Aaron Gazendam, John Sullivan, Aaron Dowd and Joel Coffee. Choosing a university can be a big for any individual, but Sheahan said the situation can be particularly intense with local players. â€œWe all understand what the pressure is on the local athletes. Some feel to achieve the full
Football head coach Pat Sheahan is surrounded by the 2010 local recruiting class at the Queenâ€™s Centre during their introduction to the media. university experience you have to leave. We want these gentlemen not to overlook [Queenâ€™s] because it is in their backyard,â€? he said. â€œRobb Bagg got to enjoy being a celebrity in his own home, and my hope is that each of these young men reaches their full potential.â€? Although these players may not make an immediate impact this season, Coach Sheahan
spoke of each player briefly with open enthusiasm. He began with Trent Whitton, a wide receiver from Frontenac Secondary School. â€œTrent was an outstanding receiver for the Frontenac Falcons,â€? he said. â€œHis group has had a tremendous run for last four years; he has a couple of championships to his name and will hopefully
become a serious deep threat on our offense.â€? Aaron Gazendam was a key receiver on a championship Holy Cross team this past season and can also kick. He began speaking to Queenâ€™s in grade nine, and coupled with Whitton, Sheahan said the two players could present a dynamic offensive combination. Please see Pressure on page 30
Weâ€™ve got spirit, yes we do ... Circle your calendars. Tie a string around your finger. Whatever it takes, remember these dates. BY: KATE BASCOM SPORTS EDITOR
Canâ€™t miss: Western, Sept. 25, 1:00 p.m., Kingston Field Rugby matches will be some of the best games you can attend on campus. Having gone two years without a regular season loss, they will always give the fans something to cheer about. Thereâ€™s no excuse for missing a game on Kingston Field, because itâ€™s located right on campus. After silver medals in 2007 and 2008, this year they will be the defending OUA champions. Their matches against the Western Mustangs bring out one of the best rivalries this school has to offer. This game will give you a chance to watch two of the most skilled rugby teams face off.
The Fall term will bring games of rivalries, games of revenge and hopefully a few good, old blowouts to Kingston to start off the 2010 season. Football and menâ€™s rugby have a lot to defend. Both are titleholders, but in September they start again from square one. The menâ€™s soccer team is looking to avenge their disappointing early round exit from the playoffs, while the womenâ€™s team seeks to continue their dominance from last season. With latent applause from last WOMENâ€™S RUGBY season, the Gaels are looking to Canâ€™t Miss: University of Toronto, get back on the field, the pitch and Oct. 8, 1:00 p.m., Kingston Field the ice to prove that last season was no fluke. Leave for class a little early on
this Friday afternoon to catch the Gaels take on the Varsity Blues at Kingston Field. The womenâ€™s rugby team is sure to delight after defeating Trent along with their playoff demons after advancing past the quarterfinals last year. Toronto was a bottom dweller in the OUA East with only one win last season but they were no pushovers against the Gaels in their one match-up. With a newfound confidence reinforced by their 10th place finish in the country, watch womenâ€™s rugby finish up their regular season at home.
Canâ€™t Miss: Windsor, Sept. 12, 1:00 p.m., Richardson Stadium With our bigger rivalries being played on the road this season, the home-opener is your best chance for a raucous crowd and a thrilling game. The Windsor Lancers werenâ€™t much competition
last season against the Vanier Cup champions but with the loss of several key members including quarterback Danny Brannagan, weâ€™ll be seeing a different team on the field this year. The home-opener is always a guaranteed exciting game to attend as a fan. With Queenâ€™s students from every year, the odd alumni and a great showing from the Kingston community, the atmosphere will be electric.
More than just a hobby Summer brings new set of challenges for Queenâ€™s athletes.
BY LAURI KYTĂ–MAA ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Although the Gaels will have their season-opener in Ottawa, the grudge wonâ€™t fade when the Carleton Ravens finally make their way back into Kingston. The Ravens knocked Queenâ€™s out of the playoffs in a heartbreaking shootout loss last season. Hopefully,
With the school year long gone and the lazy days of summer settling in, many people can take pleasure in being unproductive. Even with a summer job, there is usually no need to think about it after punching the clock. In the summer, training replaces school for a varsity athlete. Four months is an incredible chunk of time to hone his or her skills. With such flexibility comes incredible pressure and excuses about schoolwork fade away as training goals take over. The summer can often require individuals to stay with the team rather than head home for a break. The head coach of the womenâ€™s varsity basketball team explains that the commitments fluctuate. â€œWe run a couple of different phases; we ask that our players stay in [Kingston] the spring semester, May and June,â€? he said. â€œAt that point we are doing on court individual training, scrimmages group
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Canâ€™t Miss: Carleton, Sept. 25, 4:15 p.m., Richardson Stadium
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Character key for Gaels The womenâ€™s hockey team looks to improve on early post-season exit with new recruits BY: KATE BASCOM SPORTS EDITOR Womenâ€™s hockey head coach Matthew Holmberg is not just looking for talented hockey players; the Gaels have plenty of those. This yearâ€™s recruiting class instead has a quality that can rarely be taught. Character, both on and off the ice, is the trait Holmberg identified as one of the most important elements in the Gaelsâ€™ winning season last year. â€œOne of the reasons that we did so well last year was we have a very, very close knit team and they want to win for each other,â€? he said. â€œIt was important for me not only to recruit good playersâ€Śbut also to add some good people with strong character in the dressing room.â€? Ranked seventh in the country and second in the OUA last season, the Gaelsâ€™ 19-5-3 record was a stark improvement on being .500 the previous season. With a disappointing first-round exit in the playoffs to tarnish their season, Holmberg wants to refine, rather than throw out their formula. â€œWe were a very aggressive fore-checking team last year,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re a pretty offensive team so weâ€™re not about to change any of that â€“ that really worked for us last year. You can always improve your defensive zone play and that certainly is going to be something that we look at a little more closely as we enter the season.â€? The recruitsâ€™ impact will be felt in the depth of the team. Last year, Holmberg went with a smaller roster that featured ten forwards and six defencemen. This year, the womenâ€™s team will cycle a full four lines offensively. â€œEach of our lines will be stronger and weâ€™ll now have that fourth line we can play
and should be able to contribute,â€? he said. â€œNow as our players get used to the league and our systems, I do expect that each of them will be able to contribute in their own way.â€? Holmberg said that the adjustment from being the best player on their former team to being a rookie again can be a challenge, in addition to a more grueling schedule of games, practices and workouts. â€œWith this group of players coming in, Iâ€™m not worried about that for two reasons: They all have tremendous character and theyâ€™ll work hard regardless of the situation and I anticipate that all five of them will be jumping in and contributing quickly,â€? he said.
â€œWe have a very, very closeknit team and they want to win for each other.â€? -â€”Womenâ€™s hockey head coach Matthew Holmberg This yearâ€™s recruits have been picked from the top womenâ€™s hockey teams in Alberta and Ontario. Teammates Sofia Troop and Alex Cieslowski from the Mississauga Chiefs of the Provincial Womenâ€™s Hockey League (PWHL) have committed to the Gaels for next season. Cieslowski and Troop both contributed to the Chiefs second place finish and their 29-2-3 regular season record. Cieslowski, a 5â€™10 forward, will bring both her skill and size to the Gaels offence. Troop played both forward and defence for the Chiefs last year while adding 11 assists in 32 games. Troop recognizes that her strengths and skills are not limited to her on-ice achievements.
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With only two graduating players, the Gaels are looking to build on the foundation of last yearâ€™s women team who finished with a 19-5-3 record. â€œWherever I have played, Iâ€™ve been a Shawna Griffin chose Queenâ€™s as it positive force in the locker room and on the combines both excellent academics and a ice,â€? she said in an e-mail to the Journal. â€œI thriving womenâ€™s hockey program. will be a hardworking, two-way player who â€œThe hockey program seemed to be doing plays a physical game and goes hard to the very well and would be a good fit for me ... I net. Iâ€™ve been fortunate to play on winning thought I would be a good contributor to the teams at all levels and I understand what it team in the upcoming season,â€? she said in takes for a team to excel.â€? an e-mail to the Journal. â€œIn my mind, being Joining the Gaels are forwards Emily able to attend an excellent University while Harrison and Shawna Griffin of the Calgary playing on a high level womenâ€™s hockey team Flyers, a Midget AAA team. Both were who came second in their league last year, offensive powers for their team in Alberta. was ideal for me.â€? Harrison scored 25 goals and had 23 assists Kelly Eustace, a 5â€™7 defenceman from in 32 games while Griffin, the team captain, Oakville, Ontario, is the final addition to the had 28 points in the regular season before team, from the Oakville Ice of the PWHL. adding eight points in four playoff games.
Fencer Karl Gardner leaves rookie label in Kingston BY: KATE BASCOM SPORTS EDITOR
Although he may be a rookie on the Queenâ€™s fencing team, Karl Gardnerâ€™s fencing resume is longer than most of his teammates. Since picking up the sport at age 11 at the Toronto Fencing Club, heâ€™s traveled the world representing Canada having been a member of the under 17, under 20 and Senior national teams. At the Canadian National Championship, over Canada Day weekend in Repegtiny, Quebec, Gardner and his teammate Jack Chen met a higher level of competition than the Gaels usually face during their season. â€œThe OUA circuit, as competitive as is it, is a lower level of competition due to the
fact that it is limited to university fencers in Ontario,â€? Gardner said in an e-mail to the Journal. â€œThe nationals take the top fencers from coast to coast to compete against each other.â€? Gardner competed in both the junior and senior menâ€™s epee competition over the weekend. In the junior competition he dueled John Wright from Ottawa, a familiar face to Gardner after dueling with him in the senior menâ€™s competition. Gardner won the bronze in the senior menâ€™s and said he hoped to ride the momentum from his semi-final match through to the finals. However, Wrightâ€™s skills were not to be underestimated. â€œI knew I had a tough match on my hands,â€? he said. â€œEspecially after he immediately took
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The Queenâ€™s fencing team has high hopes for next year. The OUA banner is within their grasp as long as they can hold off rival schools; the University of Toronto, Royal Military College and defending champions Carleton University.
the lead at the start of the bout, forcing me to play â€˜catch upâ€™ right off the bat.â€? The long tournament began to take its toll on the competitors. Gardner and Wright continued to trade points and were forced into overtime to decide the gold-medal winner. â€œIt was a close bout the entire time after that, neither one of us getting more than a point or two ahead,â€? he said. â€œBy the end of the bout we were tied and I was yet again forced to settle the match in overtime ... Knowing that the next point would determine the victor, I put all the tiredness and nervousness in the back of my head ... and got the last touch.â€? Gardner said he couldnâ€™t have asked for a more exciting final, winning him his third consecutive national title. This will also be his final national title in the junior category. Competitions like the Canadian National Championship allow Gardner to expand his knowledge of the sport and strengthen his
skills against stronger opponents. â€œFencing people from around the country really helps my training,â€? he said. â€œNot only because of the higher level of competition, but also the diverse fencing styles, tactics, and techniques I encounter. This not only benefits me personally, but allows me to make my team better through passing on my experience to them through coaching.â€? Having missed the OUA semi-finals due to a commitment with the national team, Gardner was only able to travel to the OUA finals in a coaching role. This year he comes back excited about the prospects of the team. â€œMy expectations are nothing but high for this team for next year,â€? he said. â€œThe improvement I have seen throughout Queenâ€™s fencing, even just in my first year here, leads me to believe that we are definitely a major contender for the OUA banner this year.â€?
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Pressure on for local recruits Continued from page 27
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Queen’s students celebrate a football win at Richardson stadium during their run to the Vanier Cup last year.
...We’ve got spirit, how ‘bout you? Continued from page 27
Queen’s won’t feel the absence of graduating captain Michael Zanetti and goalkeeper Sean Martin-Courtright too strongly. Their second place finish in the OUA East should spark a sense of optimism and excitement for the 2010 season.
Can’t Miss: University of Ottawa, Sept. 15, 5:00 p.m., Richardson Stadium The Gaels had little competition in the regular season last year, having lost only one game to the University of Toronto. Their regular season games offer a primer for the intensity of the playoffs held at the end of October. Pre-season expectations for the Ottawa Gee Gees were much higher, but after the Gaels dominated them, the Gaels came away with first place in the OUA and a third place finish nationally. The Gee Gees are not a team that is pushed around and will
come back to Kingston looking to take back their place at the top of the OUA.
Can’t Miss: McGill, Oct. 29, 8:30 p.m., Kingston Memorial Centre Don’t pay attention to the recent results of this historic rivalry; the fun is generally off the ice anyways. Kill McGill is the chant you’ll hear most often (along with others we can’t print) and it’s the namesake of this regular season game between the McGill Redmen and the Gaels. The Redmen are among the toughest competition the Gaels face, and the traditional rivalry between the schools amp up the Memorial Centre each year. Expectations are high for this year’s Gaels who have improved their roster with new recruits since their last meeting with the Redmen. This event is a fall classic that should prepare Queen’s hockey fans for a winning season.
Queen’s will also be the host of several tournaments you won’t want to miss out on. Make your way down to the lake to watch our rowers in action at the Queen’s/U of T Meet. Held at the Kingston Rowing Club on Sept. 25, the tournament will be a great way to start your weekend. The fencing team will host its Queen’s Invitational in mid-October this year. Jump on the bandwagon early as this confident team believes it has the skills to bring home an OUA banner. Cross-country will hold its annual tournament on Oct. 16. The Guelph Gryphons swept the men’s and women’s races at the Queen’s Invitational last year. With several individual stand-out performances, cross-country will look to find some team success this year. Stay up-to-date with each weekend’s games on queensjournal.ca this year.
“Aaron along with Trent could be a great catch for us,” he said. “Aaron standing 6’5’’, Trent standing 6’2’’, both of those players can be great contributors on offense and we feel the style of offense that we play will be very comfortable for them to flourish” John Sullivan, Holy Cross’ quarterback, will also be joining the Gaels next season. “John had an outstanding senior year, fine athlete,” Sheahan said. “He sort of just blossomed at his position and did a fine job leading his team.” Aaron Dowd was a member of the LaSalle high school program and brings with him exceptional versatility. “[We have] a great all around athlete with Aaron Dowd, he has played running back, slot back and he has said he will play anywhere we need him, anywhere he can find a seat on the bus,” Sheahan said. Joel Coffee, a teammate of Whitton’s, had a less of an exciting year than his peers due to injury. “Unfortunately [Joel] had to deal with the darker side of football this past season,” Sheahan said. “He got injured. He is recovering from a knee surgery so hopefully he will be 100% recovered and will be in there scrapping by the end of the summer.” Young and bright eyed each of these players not only needs to adjust to coach Sheahan’s regimens but also to begin dealing with university life even though they’re not too far from home. Each player expressed excitement for the coming year and the future of playing in front of their hometown. “I’m just looking forward to getting started; training camp isn’t a long way off. It’s been a long process and I’m just excited to get started with it all,” Gazendam said. The two recruits not present at the event are Cory Dyer from Gananoque and Patrick Kelley from Trinity College School in Port Hope.
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on Oct. 22. The induction class includes halfback Bill Sirman, offensive lineman Mark Robinson, running back Paul Correale and defensive linemen Jim Aru and James Osborn. In the builders category, Bob Mullen enters the Hall of Fame after spending 12 years as the Gaelsâ€™ defensive coordinator. Bob Howes goes into the Hall after 23 years with the Gaels under various positions including five years as head coach. The three Gaels teams to be honoured are the 1956, 1964 and 1968 football squads.
CFRC have announced their Gaels broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2010-11 season. Along with broadcasting all Queenâ€™s Womenâ€™s rugby games, CFRC will also representing Canada football broadcast four menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball doubleheaders and five Fullbacks Karlye Wong and Jocelyn menâ€™s hockey games. Poirier, both of Ottawa, will be To see the full schedule, go to representing Canada later this http://cfrc.ca/. month at the 2010 World University â€” Kate Bascom Rugby Sevens Championship in Porto, Portugal. The tournament which runs from July 21 to 24 Football Hall of is supervised by the International Fame inductions â€” Kate Bascom University Sports Federation. Wong and Poirier, both OUA announced All-Stars last season, will be Hockey adds to competing with 14 CIS athletes Head coach Pat Sheahan and the coaching staff against teams from Great Britain, Queenâ€™s Football Club announced Guam and Norway in the round the 2010 Hall of Fame induction class which included five players, The menâ€™s hockey team has robin. two builders and three teams. The annouced the appointment of â€” Kate Bascom induction ceremony will be held former Kingston Frontenacs assistant coach and assistant general manager, Tony Cimarello as assisant coach. He will be replacing former assistant coach Adrian Haird who stepped down to spend more time with his family. Cimarello has a long history with the Frontenacs organization including a stint as a player from 1989 to 1991 before moving into a coaching position for eight years. â€” Kate Bascom
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training, we have [Rodney Wilson] doing strength and conditioning with them.â€? In team sports the ability to train with the same group of people can be crucial. Wilson mentioned that by the third or fourth year, most players end up staying in Kingston for the entire summer and their non-athletic activities vary. â€œSome first years will take a class or two, some upper years work full time,â€? he said. â€œIf I had my druthers I would find more jobs from MayJune, that would be an ideal thing, then our young athletes could make some money on the side.â€? Wilson said that a lot of individual exercises can be tailored to oneâ€™s schedule, though this can leave very little free time. For the womenâ€™s rowing team, scheduling has a greater impact than with basketball. Womenâ€™s head coach Zola Mehlomakulu felt that many of the athletes working fulltime suffer athletically. â€œ[Work] absolutely affects it in a negative manner, itâ€™s difficult especially with rowing, waking up at 5am in the morning, working
all day and then trying to make it down for a work out at night,â€? he said. â€œIt makes it physically difficult because there is no down time. It does adversely affect athletes.â€? Athletes not staying in Kingston are frequently updated and monitored by coaches. â€œIâ€™m in touch with all varsity athletes on the heavyweight side,â€? Mehlomakulu said. â€œMost of them are on my summer e-mail list so they know exactly what is going on in Kingston at all times. â€? Rowing ends as early as October so the summer functions as a natural lead in to the short fall season. Mehlomakulu emphasized the importance of the summer season. â€œ[Itâ€™s] absolutely imperative to success in the fall,â€? he said. â€œSummer is an opportunity for technical focus as well as baseline fitness, much more time to focus on everything. There are also less distractions from school work or friends wanting to go out and party.â€? The social pressures of friends can play a large part in the summer training plan. The summer party scene can certainly tempt even the most serious athletes. Nevertheless, with most teams holding tryouts in late August, there is little time for relaxation during the summer. Third year midfielder, Nick Pateras said he and his team donâ€™t feel the pressure to drink and party. â€œI keep my eye on training camp, and I know [drinking isnâ€™t] conducive to success in the fall,â€? he said. â€œWe have a very dedicated team and they wonâ€™t be abusing their time off in the summer, because itâ€™s not really time off at all. All the boys on our team will be resisting that temptation.â€? At Queenâ€™s, being a varsity athlete means giving up many a summer day to get faster, hit harder, and shoot better. No one may notice the hard work from their beach chairs, but winning in the fall and the winter is good enough motivation for every athlete.
Unplugged and unstable Cell phones, iPods, Facebook and Twitterâ€”they all help connect us to the world, but what happens when we stop?
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Itâ€™s human nature to desire communication and information. A recent experiment conducted at the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda at the University of Maryland demonstrated how hard it is for students to live without media. BY KELLY LOEPER 32676&5,37(',725 With the recent news of Facebook officially reaching 500 million users, I started thinking about what my life was like before it even existed. Itâ€™s hard to remember, but I vaguely recall reading something called a newspaper and homework was something I actually did on time. In general, my life was probably more productive when I didnâ€™t know anything about the changing relationship statuses of people from high school Iâ€™ve never even talked to. Still reminiscing over the less stalker-ish days of my Facebook-free past, I wondered if I could handle going without it for a period of time. Iâ€™m guessing I would survive not being up to date in the random, I-think-Iâ€™m-witty-but-Iâ€™m-actuallyannoying statuses of people I wouldnâ€™t even say hi to in real life. But what about going without all forms of media in general? Two hundred students at the University of Maryland recently took part in a study, â€œ24 Hours: Unplugged,â€? that asked them to do just that. They were asked to abstain from any form of media for 24 hours: internet, cell phones, iPods, radio, television, and basically anything else electronic that would connect them to the outside world without face-to-face contact. The students blogged about their media-free experiences and reported their successes and failures. I also attempted to take part in this on my own (the key word here being â€œattemptedâ€?). Here are some highlights from my experience: The mission: Go media free for 24 hours. Waking up: my cell phone
buzzes, I read a text message and I answer it. So technically I failed within the first five seconds of the experiment, but I told myself it hadnâ€™t â€œofficiallyâ€? started yet because I wasnâ€™t fully awake yet. Thatâ€™s fair, right? It really shocked me how second nature texting is; I didnâ€™t even realize I had broken a rule until a few minutes later! Mid-morning: Iâ€™m feeling really weird about not being able to check any e-mails, which I normally do every single morning. I also feel like Iâ€™m missing out on some really exciting news since Iâ€™m not able to check any online news sources, even though I know what I really miss is the routine of it. I suddenly remember that newspapers exist, begin to read one, wonder if it is considered cheating, and then tell myself that it isnâ€™t electronic so technically it doesnâ€™t count. I feel connected to the world again. Afternoon: I have an essay due the next day (typing doesnâ€™t count, right?), so I open my laptop and try my hardest not to let my cursor stray to the Firefox button. I never realized how hard it is to write an essay without any background music or Youtube breaks. After a while I realize Iâ€™m probably getting things done about twice as fast. Once I got over my need to distract myself, my work went much more productively. Evening: Feeling anxious all day without my phone, I donâ€™t even bring it with me when I have to go drive somewhere. I tried to think of an excuse to bring it (â€œWhat if I crash my car and canâ€™t contact anyone?!â€?) but want to repent from my cheat this morning. I realize before itâ€™s too late that Iâ€™m listening to the radio. This is harder than I thought! Night time: Iâ€™ve never felt more disconnected to whatâ€™s going
on around me. In hindsight, it kind of felt like a mini vacation. Still, Iâ€™m feeling like I lost an arm or something being without my cell phone. I really want to go watch some TV online but I force myself to do some more homework instead. The verdict: I cheated a couple of times, but overall Iâ€™m proud of myself. I never realized how much more I can accomplish in a day without constantly distracting myself. Iâ€™m also shocked at how many times I slipped up and used media without even realizing it. Sergey Golitsynskiy, one of the PhD student researchers who conducted the â€œ24 Hours: Unpluggedâ€? study, said he was shocked at how media-dependent students are these days. â€œThis kind of study proved very important for us because even myself and my fellow TAs didnâ€™t realize to what extent our students depend on media,â€? he said, adding that going without technology made people look for new news sources. â€œThey get their news in a completely disaggregated way,â€? he said. â€œThey access Facebook using their iPhone or their droid ... if something happened in the world they donâ€™t find out through the New York Times or CNN ... they find out about it because somebody Twittered about it.â€? According to the studentsâ€™ responses, Golitsynskiy said the majority depended on their cell phones and iPods the most over other media such as radio and television. â€œWe didnâ€™t realize that our students, and people of that age, they have their headphones on all the time ... they said it was very weird to walk across
campus without music.â€? Another common report from students was their surprise at how slowly time passed without using media and how they filled it, he said. â€œIt expanded their dayâ€”they couldnâ€™t go online, watch TV, listen to music ... they had all this extra time to fill,â€? he said. According to the studentsâ€™ reports, anxiety and jitteriness were common. â€œThey were anxious because they felt cut off from the world, cut off from the constant flow of information about new things happening,â€? he said, adding that one student wrote she heard her phone ring and then realized she left it at home. Students are used to being distracted by something all the time, Golitsynskiy said, which results in many students having difficulty completing homework or even reading for pleasure because they have this constant urge to check their Facebook, Youtube, cell phones, etc. â€œThe problem is it distracts and eats up time and they become less efficient,â€? Golitsynskiy said. Other common words students used to describe their day were boredom and loneliness.
Golitsynskiy said many students found it hard to just be with themselves and think when theyâ€™re used to constantly being connected to the world around them. â€œTheyâ€™re not used to just thinking ... without being distracted over and over again,â€? he said. Although shocked at the extent to which the students depended on media to get through their days, Golitsynskiy said media and technology undeniably make life easier, which is why they are so prevalent in the first place. â€œStudents go online to check their grades, do their homework, do research ... they cannot study without the internet,â€? he said. In addition to convenience, connecting with the world around you is instinctual. â€œItâ€™s very convenient and itâ€™s fun and most importantly communication is our nature,â€? he said. â€œThe more opportunity we are given to communicate with friends and get information we will take this opportunity.â€? Ultimately, it comes down to self-discipline, he said. â€œWe just need to probably learn how to limit ourselves to have enough time to do the other important things that are also human nature.â€?
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