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Queen’s unveils funding campaign Administration launches plan to raise $500 million for various projects by 2016 B y J ulia Vriend Assistant News Editor Queen’s is hoping to receive $1 million in donations per week following the launch of the Initiative Campaign on Saturday — the largest fundraising campaign in the University’s history. The campaign opened in 2006 and through alumni donations raised nearly $300 million of their $500 million goal before publicly launching the campaign last week. The donations will be going into a number of areas, ranging from infrastructure renewal to the hiring of more teaching staff. “Students are at the centre of this campaign,” Vice Principal (Advancement), Tom Harris, said. “We’re investing in students, and that’s why we are going to profile and highlight students.” The committee aims to raise the rest of the $500 million by 2016, plus an additional $100 million in future estate gifts. “2003 was the last campaign and this one is twice as big,” Harris said. It was an eight-year campaign that ended in 2003 with a financial goal of $200 million but the campaign exceeded its expectations. The AMS has been asked to propose projects that they consider as campaign priorities while keeping up with the movement of the campaign, Harris said. According to the Campaign’s website, 56 per cent of donations will go towards faculties or schools, 6.4 per cent going towards Athletics and Recreation and 4 per cent towards campus-wide student assistance. The infrastructure plans
include Isabel Bader Center of the Performing Arts and The Centre of Infrastructure in Global Engineering — a 70,000 square ft. teaching and research facility, towards which $45 million will go. Harris said Queen’s needs these funds to secure resources and embark on projects they would not be able to do otherwise. The campaign began with an on-campus rally on Thursday in Grant Hall with about 200 students in attendance. Saturday’s official launch included the unveiling of Stauffer library’s new benefactor Queen’s celebrates the grand opening of Nixon Field on Sept. 29 with a shutout win over See We’re on page 4
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AMS, University undertake safety audit The review will look at potential unsafe factors around the student housing area B y R achel H erscovici Assistant News Editor The AMS has launched an audit to assess the safety of the housing area surrounding Queen’s. The last time a safety audit of the area was released was in 1997, said AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner Troy Sherman. “It started off after we had a conversation about past campus safety audits that have been done,” Sherman, ArtSci ’14, said. The 1997 audit was also spear-headed by the Municipal Affairs Commission. The audit was conducted by a small number of students starting in 1995 who made nine recommendations. The recommendations included
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath chats with students.
An interview with Kingston natives Wilderling. Page 10
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maintaining and fixing streetlights and asking the City to advertise the value of individuals lighting their porches, carriage ways and back yards and trim overgrown vegetation. This new initiative was part of Sherman’s goal plan passed in AMS assembly on Sept. 13. Overall, response has been very positive, he said. The first audits were started on Sept. 24 and 26. The full assessment will be completed in a series of stages that will cover the areas from Earl St. and north to Mack St., to Ontario St. on the east and Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. on the west. Sherman said he hopes to have the final audit report completed by Campus Security, by the end of October. The auditors will look at dark spots on the streets, shadowy areas, street light bulbs that may need replacing, overgrown bushes, potential spots where new construction projects interferes with emergency response programs and more. A lot of the judgments made for the audit will be based on the common sense and the “gut feeling” of one male and one female student -olunteer Sherman said. In addition, Campus Security will introduce the volunteers to the model for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
(CPTED) to ensure the audit is being done most effectively. CPTED aims to reduce the possibility of crime through urban planning and
development. Sherman noted that this project is a joint initiative. “It’s for peoples’ safety See Audit on page 4
Poll offers insight Class of 2012 mostly pleased with overall Queen’s University experience, survey shows B y R achel H erscovici H olly Tousignant Journal Staff
The latest Queen’s Exit Poll shows that most students are satisfied with their Queen’s experience, though some variations in responses exist among faculties. The Exit Poll surveyed members of the graduating students of the class of 2012 in fall 2011. It was presented to the Queen’s Board of Trustees on May 4. The survey’s two “anchor statements” asked students whether they agreed that “Overall, my experience as a student at Queen’s was excellent” and “Overall, my Queen’s education was an excellent contributor to my learning and development.” Students were given the option of responding with strongly
disagree, disagree, neutral, agree and strongly agree. In terms of overall experience, 80 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their Queen’s experience was excellent, though these percentages varied across faculties, ranging from 67 per cent in Education and Concurrent Education, to 92 per cent in Commerce. Stephen Elliott, dean of the Faculty of Education, told the Journal via email that he thinks the structure of the Bachelor of Education program could have something to do with the results. Concurrent Education students complete courses in education while they simultaneously work toward an honours degree in Arts and Science, Music or Computing, while prospective Consecutive See Exit on page 5
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Horwath talks tuition, student employment ontario New Democratic party leader held a Q&A with students on Friday at common ground B y TrisTan d i f rancesco production Manager
into place for people to try to address the issues that they have unless you actually take the time to engage them in a conversation and listen to what they have to say.” Initial questions posed for the leader revolved around student unemployment and university financial policy. An element of the Liberal’s re-election platform was a 30 per cent tuition rebate for post-secondary students that came into effect last January, a policy of which Horwath has been a vocal critic.
The Ontario NDP is committed to solving student issues in the province, says the president of the Queen’s NDP branch. Billy Cheng, head of the campus group, was amongst two dozen students and local NDP staff that attended a one-hour talk on Friday given by Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath at Common Ground Coffeehouse. “The party is more toward helping out lower income people and unions and workers ... at the moment students are more Given our recent concerned with education and victory [it] definitely I guess that’s [leading more] shows that Ontarians toward the Liberal party,” Cheng, want change and they ArtSci ’13 said. want a premier that “But not for long … given our recent victory [it] definitely shows hears their concerns. that Ontarians want change and they want a premier that hears — Billy Cheng, Queen’s NDP president their concerns.” Hosted by the Queen’s chapter Roughly two-thirds of students of the NDP, Horwath emphasized what she believed to be the most are ineligible for the conditional rebate, according to the Canadian pressing student issues at the talk. “We’ve seen a post-secondary Federation of Students, and education system that is Ontario tuition rates remain the suffering from a lack of real highest in the country. “You can’t allow tuition fees to attention ... [students] go out to the workforce and guess what — increase year after year, even if there’s no jobs,” Horwath said in you’re giving rebates,” Horwath her opening remarks. “From my said. “We need to freeze tuition.” The discussion turned to perspective, you can’t bring plans
” Approximately two dozen people attended Andrea Horwath’s Q&A at common ground coﬀeehouse on Friday.
more general economic issues and their repercussions, such as employment prospects for recent graduates. “Students continue to stay in school because the job market just isn’t there for them,” Horwath said, stressing the need for programs that actively help graduates find
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jobs. “It’s got to be the priority “It’s almost like the government of the provincial government to has abandoned this idea that make sure those institutions are they have any responsibility whatsoever of engaging young funded properly” Otherwise, Horwath said, people who are going through the a “cutting-edge” province like education process.” Ontario could fall behind. — With files from Vincent Matak “It seems like many of those programs have dried up,” she said.
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One-on-one at Summerhill with Ali Velshi CNN’s senior business correspondent, a Queen’s alumnus, visited campus last Saturday. He spoke with the Journal about the changing face of media and how he broke into the industry. B y R osie H ales Features Editor
Did you always know you wanted a career in media and journalism?
What has been your favourite story to cover during your career?
Ali Velshi’s biggest competition just might be Google. Velshi, the current chief business correspondent for CNN, was welcomed back to his alma mater on Saturday to host a talk with members of the Queen’s community as a part of the Initiative Campaign launch. He spoke about the current challenges and pressures for journalists to present new and relevant information that’s not easily “Googleable.” Velshi, ArtSci ’94, began his time at Queen’s contributing to the Journal for two years. He then became involved in student politics, serving as AMS Campus Activities Commissioner from 1990-91 and AMS speaker from 1991-92. “You’ve got to give your reader or viewer access to something that they couldn’t otherwise access themselves,” he said to approximately 100 people at Common Ground on Saturday. Velshi said his time at Queen’s allowed him to develop critical thinking skills and taught him to embrace those who don’t share his views, a trait that’s pertinent to his job as a journalist. Having graduated with a religious studies degree, Velshi sought a job in print journalism and planned to attend the Master’s of Journalism degree program at Columbia University. After applying to various jobs, his sole offer was an unpaid summer internship from CNN. For the internship, he moved to Washington to work on the television program Crossfire, which paved the way for his next internship with CBS. Since then, he’s worked with NBC, CTV, CFTO, CP24 and BNN. After his talk, Velshi sat down with the Journal to share his thoughts on the current state of media, criticism and managing a Twitter account with over 105,000 followers.
“I always enjoyed media and journalism. I was a consumer of the news probably younger than many people are. I had a family member who was involved in politics, so it was always relevant to me. I always thought the news interesting and I always thought of [journalism] as an important job, but I certainly didn’t come here thinking that’s where I would end up.”
“In truth, it’s not anything obvious. It’s the covering I did probably in 2005 for a series called The Turnaround, where I would go into small businesses. We would take in an expert from another industry and we’d help them. I got to meet real struggling and successful small businesspeople, who are really the backbone of our economy and give them a leg up. Big names these days are always too well media trained. CEOs, treasury secretaries, kings and ministers; we get access to them — viewers find it interesting sometimes. But they’re never going to slip-up and tell you something. Regular people say regular things and that’s actually more interesting.”
How were you involved in media at Queen’s? “It never even occurred to me to go to journalism school. I came to Queen’s and it seemed like a natural fit to go work for the Journal and they were quite welcoming. I was with the Journal for at least two years and I don’t think at any point it struck me that this was going to be my future. Then all of a sudden I’m making decisions about the rest of my life and I’m thinking, “This is what I really enjoyed.” That really developed at Queen’s and it really developed because of the Journal.” You’ve worked as a journalist in both the United States and Canada. What are some of the differences between the two? “It used to be that you had to do everything on a shoestring with Canadian media. Now everybody does everything on a shoestring, so we’re much more similar. I would say there is still less embrace in Canada of this personality-based, almost partisan type of journalism that you see in US cable media. Canadians just don’t seem that interested in it. I think, anecdotally, the consumption of news in Canada is greater than it is in the United States. More people watch fewer channels and, hence, are concentrated on news.”
What’s the difference between a good TV story and a good print story? “Your audience is different. A print consumer has committed to doing a little bit more work than a TV consumer. You can read your newspaper while you’re eating your lunch or drinking your coffee but you can’t actively be doing something else with your brain. You can be doing something with your brain while you’re watching TV. If you’re picking up a newspaper or magazine you’ve committed to reading something. Your mind [is able to] put more stuff, more detail, more density into a print story than you can into a TV story.” You have a prominence on Twitter. Why do you use it? “For a few reasons, one is instant response. I can tell from Twitter response how my show did. I can tell when somebody liked what I did. I can tell when they didn’t. I read every tweet and every post. I don’t promise to respond to everything, but I do promise that I do see it and I gather data from it.”
What do you think are the drawbacks of sites like Twitter as a news source? “It’s a pain in the ass. It’s a time suck. It draws you into discussions that may not be where your energy should go. It can ruin your mood or give you an inflated sense of your value. All of that is to say disproportionate. It takes a disproportionate amount of time, disproportionate amount of explaining to people what you really meant, disproportionate amount of time telling people they’re stupid. Twitter and Facebook can take up too much of your time. Social media is a great point of contact, but it should never be your only point of contact.” The common idea is that print media is on its way out. How do you think TV or other forms are adapting to these new trends? “We think of print media journalists as people who know a lot and research a lot and I think that’s true. I do a good bit of writing and it takes different muscles. So, I think there is going to be a reduction in the amount of print media but a lot of that is transferring itself into online. The art of writing is not going away, the art of interviewing and researching is not going away. And that’s just the truth. There are some great newspapers in the world that will still continue to be great newspapers. Ultimately, it is not the way we will consume news in the future.” What’s your advice to aspiring journalists? “Write everything in a way that makes it so relevant to your reader or your consumer that they don’t have a choice but to get attached to following you. Be relevant to them, don’t be self-righteous about what you think. Ultimately, the success of a journalist depends on their ability to research, report and ask the right
questions. And I don’t think that’s changed for a thousand years.” Where do you draw the line when it comes to journalism ethics? Is it blurrier these days? “I don’t have any wisdom about it other than to say that you always have to think that you have to think it through all the time and you have to discuss it. You can’t assume that there’s some answer.” With the use of social media often many think the end goal is to be the first to deliver the news. Does this impact the quality of the news? “Absolutely it does. I’ve been caught up in it myself. I didn’t proofread a tweet maybe a month ago that by missing one word, the word “no,” I completely changed the meaning of the tweet and completely put out the wrong news. It’s nobody’s fault. It wasn’t CNN’s fault; it was entirely my fat fingers. The lesson learned is proofread your tweets. I sent a lot of people the wrong information, who then re-tweeted the wrong information within seconds and I spent the entire day backpedaling on that, apologizing to people. I tweet a lot and I don’t get it wrong, but of all the ones to pick to make a mistake on, that was not a good one.” That said, how do you deal with criticism? “Embrace it. Embrace it with open arms. Take the criticism, learn from it. When you’re wrong, say you’re wrong. When you’re not wrong, don’t say you’re wrong, but invite the criticism anyway. Let people know that they can always criticize you. Stand up for yourself when you’re right and when you’re wrong, you’ll say you’re sorry.” This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
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‘We’re investing in students’ Continued from page 1
wall and an Oil Thigh flash mob. Alumni were welcomed into Grant Hall with name tags, tricoloured scarfs, champagne and scones. They sat through speeches designed to outline the ways in which Queen’s is unique, in hopes
of inspiring them to get involved. marketing team has been hired Saturday’s launch also coincided alongside the planning committee with the grand reopening of specifically for this campaign. Nixon Field, formerly known as “[We’re] having the launch here Kingston Field. tonight and then we take that to The campaign planning Calgary next week, and then both committee worked on the planning Toronto and Ottawa,” Harris said. for Saturday’s events for a year, He added that these locations Harris said. He added that a were chosen due to their high concentration of alumni, but that they are “seeking support wherever Queen’s grads live.” “The Principal, deans and advancement staff travel worldwide to seek financial support and to promote Queen’s.”
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Funding recipients The Faculty of Engineering ($70 million)
The Queen’s Fund ($12 million)
The Faculty of Arts and Science ($70 million)
The Faculty of Law ($10 million)
The School of Business ($65 million)
The School of Graduate Studies ($10 million)
The Faculty of Health Sciences ($50 million)
The Library and Archives ($5 million)
Athletics and Recreation ($32 million)
The Faculty of Education ($3 million)
Campus-wide student assistance ($20 million)
Campus-wide ($153 million)
CONTRIBUTORS OF THE MONTH
Saturday was the official public launch of the Initiative Campaign, which began accepting donations in 2003.
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Josh began writing for sports for the Journal in June, capturing the important details in articles ranging from rugby, to cross-country and football. Serving as a last-minute beat reporter for women’s rugby, his reliability made him an easy choice for sports contributor of the month. Josh will be the men’s hockey beat reporter for the 2012-13 season.
Between monsoon floods and cultural celebrations, Jonny never fails to provide QJBlogs with entertaining and thought provoking posts on his experience in Mumbai, India. He has written each post with devotion and talent, even when it means documenting his experience on his iPhone on a long and cramped train ride.
When Emily first approached the Journal in the summer, she had a whole crop of ideas for stories. She hasn’t failed to produce amazing work ever since. Emily has shown great patience and receptiveness when it comes to edits. Her enthusiasm to write and report also never falters. We can’t wait to read more from her.
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“I think students would come to us if there was something wrong. We haven’t had that yet and we don’t want to have that either,” he said. “So this is also a preventative
measure so we don’t have those phone calls from students saying ‘you know what, this area isn’t safe.’”
and it allows us to look at the environment that students and community members live in and figure out some of the problem areas,” Sherman said. The final report will be passed along to Property Standards Division of the City of Kingston and Kingston Police so that they are aware of the results. A discussion will then be opened up in two working groups: the Student Affairs-based Campus Safety Working Group and the town-gown-focused Quality of Life Working Group. The latter will be where the major discussion will take place, Sherman said. “Obviously, [neither] the AMS, nor the University, are best equipped to do changes to light bulbs and street lamps — that doesn’t fall within our jurisdiction,” Sherman said. He added that he hopes action will be taken by the appropriate groups to help address any issues that may be brought to light by the audit. As of yet there has been no formal outreach to students by the AMS to gather their opinion or ideas for the audit, Sherman said. After the results come back, however, a forum may be held for students to suggest and request things that they think The auditors will be looking for streetlights in need of need attention. repair, overgrown bushes, shadowy areas and more.
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Exit Poll shows variations across faculties Education students. The online survey asks a series of other Education students apply to enter Queen’s questions mostly concerned with the student Bachelor of Education program following experience at Queen’s. undergraduate study either at Queen’s or at “We sent all graduating undergraduate other schools. students in the degree programs indicated “In 2012 the Education academic program in the Poll results an email in late October was thirty-two weeks long with fourteen of explaining what the Poll was and inviting those weeks spent away from the university them to participate in the 2012 Poll,” on school placements in elementary and Rebecca Coupland of the Registrar’s office secondary schools across the Province,” he told the Journal via email. Queen’s attempted to raise poll said. “It can be difficult to become part of the Queen’s community in such a short time participation by administering the survey in the fall term of 2011 as opposed to the on campus.” He added that since the survey was traditional date during the winter term in taken in the fall, Education students — 2012. The average participation rate across those who didn’t obtain their initial faculties was 25 per cent, which is similar to undergraduate degree from Queen’s — only participation rates in 2011 and 2010. Teresa Alm, University Registrar, told the had two months of experience to base their Journal via email that the Exit Poll provides responses on. The results for the second question were the University with information about trends, similar — a difference in strong satisfaction allows them to gauge their progress towards rates of at least 20 per cent between those most goals and helps them devise new projects satisfied, Arts and Science, and those and plans. “We are pleased with the student’s least, Education and Concurrent
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Exit poll highlights - Concurrent Education and Education students are most likely to acquire debt, at 81 per cent and 79 per cent respectively.
satisfaction with experience at Queen’s, and the high level of support students receive from instructors, as well as the level of satisfaction with library services and athletic and recreation facilities,” she said. “There was a decline in satisfaction with some
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EDITORIALS — THE JOURNAL’S PERSPECTIVE
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by facilitating a discussion amongst A separate gay-centric school, on students themselves, regardless of the other hand, risks denying the rest of society a discussion and their sexual identity. By integrating LGBTQ-positive education on these issues. While a discussion in every curriculums or establishing alliance clubs directly in public schools, this public school is important, a involves all parties — the bullies gay-centric school might provide more immediate relief for students and those who are being bullied. It ultimately educates everyone who are currently feeling unsafe on stigma reduction, creating a and discriminated against in their more permanent solution to the high school. At the end of the day, what’s problem of LGBTQ discrimination.
important is that young people in the LGBTQ community feel safe and accepted in their secondary school environment, whatever form that may take. This should be the main focus of the discussion that has now been started at the Toronto District School Board, regardless of what sort of program they choose to implement. — Journal Editorial Board
Car chase suicide raises questions A
recent live car chase ending in the unexpected suicide of the individual being chased has raised questions about the media’s relationship to violence. Specifically, the fine line between acceptable levels of violence and what’s plain wrong has inevitably been placed under increased scrutiny. The uproar lies in Fox New’s mistake in airing live footage of a suicide and failing to use its five-second delay effectively This is a grave mistake on the part of the news station — one that they fully admitted to and apologized for.
They should’ve caught the event with the five-second delay and cut away as quickly as possible. Part of the problem has to do with the inherent nature of a car chase being aired live on TV — it toes a fine line between news and entertainment. Viewers watch it for the thrill and danger of it. It’s never fully predictable how the chase will end, or what sort of violence may ensue as a result. The live viewing also adds to the suspense and risk of the whole situation — one that can end poorly for all involved. Although any violence shown without warning on TV is
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problematic, the type of violence that occurred on air — a horrific, personal moment — inevitably contributed to the outrage. A suicide is a private, tragic event — airing it on live TV is not only disrespectful to the individual who took their own life, but is also disrespectful to the viewer. While a car crash, or a shoot-out might have been seen as a more classic part of the car chase — an element that viewers might suspect or even hope for as part of the thrill — a suicide can only be seen as terrible. Ultimately, the whole scene raises questions about our media’s Multimedia Editor
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What’s important is that young people in the LGBTQ community feel safe.
embers of the LGBTQ community deserve a safe space in high school. Even with many progressive measures being taken in schools and communities, gay students still face an undeniable amount of stigma and bullying. Although there’s been an emphasis on increased discussion and awareness, these problems are not going away. A recently proposed gay-centric high school in Toronto would provide undeniable benefits to LGBTQ students who may otherwise face bullying or ignorance in their regular public schools. While some public high schools have dealt with these issues better than others, a separate gay-centric school would offer students a respite from dealing with the negative repercussions of going to schools where being gay isn’t as well-understood and accepted. The school would be the first of its kind in Toronto, helping to better the lives of many students who might not feel safe in their own home schools. Since the proposal is still in its infancy, other options should be considered. One can still create a positive space within existing public schools
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relationship to violence. How much violence is acceptable? What can viewers really stomach? How much warning can a channel really give? While our society has become desensitized to many types of violence on TV, a suicide is deeply personal and ultimately doesn’t belong on the TV screens of the entire public out of respect for the perpetrator and the viewer. — Journal Editorial Board
ometimes a little kindness goes a long way. Picture the scene: a flustered student running through a train station, weighed down with a backpack and two suitcases. She’s got a minute before the last train home leaves and two flights of stairs ahead of her. It’s not looking good, and just as she’s resigned herself to a night on the grubby floors of Union Station, a man heading in the same direction offers a friendly smile and a hand with her suitcases up the stairs. That student was me, and I couldn’t believe my shock at someone’s willingness to help a stranger — a simple act that is becoming far too uncommon in our present society. I’m finding more and more that the number of times people will hold a door for others is being outweighed by those who let the doors slam. It’s a troubling trend in the wrong direction. If we all lent an unexpected hand once in a while, the world would be a much sweeter place. Research has actually proven that kindness is good for you. David R. Hamilton, discussed five health benefits that kindness can have on your body in a 2011 Huffington Post article. Particularly noteworthy is the ‘Helper’s high’ that people may experience after a kind act due to the elevated levels of dopamine. Sometimes, acts of kindness can even save lives. A report in the New England Journal of Medicine noted that in July 2007, a 28-year-old man donated his kidney to a stranger in need, inspiring 10 kidney donations from other donors that spanned the US. The man who carried my suitcases constantly reminds me to pay it forward. If a small act like that can continually inspire me, then what could regular acts of kindness do for society as a whole? So go ahead, kill them with kindness. It’s good for you. Rosie is one of the Features Editors at the Journal.
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Opinions — Your Perspective
Omar Khadr is a victim but we must not forget he is also a murderer.
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Talking heads ... around campus Photos By Terence Wong
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Natasha Ling-leblanc, Sci ’15
A return from Guantanamo Omar Khadr’s transfer paints neither himself nor the government faultless
Kevin Wiener, JD ’15 On New Year’s Day 2008, Stefanie Rengel was brutally murdered outside her home. While the stabbing was carried out by David Bagshaw, the murder was masterminded by his girlfriend Melissa Todorovic, who used sexual blackmail to orchestrate Rengel’s death. Todorovic was tried, convicted of first-degree murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment with no chance of parole for seven years. So what does this have to do with Omar Khadr? Very little, except for one important number. At the time Todorovic plotted the murder of an innocent, she was 15. That’s the same age that Omar Khadr was when he tossed a grenade at US forces, fatally wounding army medic Christopher Speer. Of course Khadr also spent time manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to use against North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops and scouting out coalition forces to provide intelligence to terrorist groups. Where Todorovic was motivated by hatred for a perceived rival, Khadr’s hatred extended to the countries (including his ‘home’ of Canada) that were fighting in Afghanistan, to all things not accepted by the radical ideology in which he was raised. Now Khadr is back in Canada,
less than a thirty minute drive from this very university at Millhaven Institution. And in less than a year he’ll be eligible for release back into Canadian society. While Todorovic is rightly vilified for her crime, Khadr has been whitewashed. “Omar’s only real crime is that his last name is Khadr,” said one of his defence attorneys. So what is Khadr — terrorist or victim? Yes, he was a victim of his father and of his jihadist family. After capture by US forces he was potentially subject to torture and definitely subject to conduct out of line for how we expect Western democracies to treat juvenile offenders. But that’s not to say he shouldn’t have faced justice.
After capture by US forces he was potentially subject to torture and definitely subject to conduct out of line for how we expect Western democracies to treat juvenile offenders — that’s not to say he shouldn’t have faced justice. While many point to Canada and America’s obligations regarding child soldiers, there’s nothing in international law that prevents them from being tried when they have committed national or international crimes. The law’s only obligation is to treat them in accordance with the principles of juvenile justice and to attempt to reintegrate them into society.
But while Khadr was a perpetrator in addition to a victim of war crimes, he should never have been kept in Guantanamo Bay. A decade in that base is hardly going to reintegrate anyone, and he should have been handled better by American and Canadian authorities. It’s certainly easy to imagine an alternate timeline, where Jean Chrétien’s Liberal government requested his repatriation while he was still a minor, and charged him with terrorism offences or at least high treason. This could have given the government the leverage to force Khadr into rehabilitation in Canada and to subject him to parole requirements for life. Instead the government sat on their hands for four years, allowing a potentially salvageable teenager to become a hardened twenty-year-old who grew to adulthood among some of the world’s most hardened jihadists. And if that wasn’t enough, they sent Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to conduct interviews of Khadr after he had been subject to intense sleep deprivation. This violation of his Charter rights under Section 7 virtually ensured that any attempt to bring him to justice in Canada would be tainted. By the time Chrétien’s successors were elected, the government was left with a no-win situation: ask for a hardened terrorist to be immediately released onto the streets of Canada with no mandatory rehabilitation or parole conditions, or allow Khadr to continue to be subject to American military justice.
Given the mess Chrétien made, Khadr’s plea bargain and prison transfer is probably the best outcome that could have been hoped for. As a Canadian citizen, his return to Canada was always a matter of when, not if. At least we have between now and the end of his sentence in 2018 for Canada’s correctional system to try to rehabilitate him into a productive member of society; we can only hope that he is as eager to do so as his defence counsel says. But as Omar Khadr returns to his homeland alive we should remember that Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer never got that chance.
[T]he government sat on their hands for four years, allowing a potentially salvageable teenager to become a hardened twentyyear-old who grew to adulthood among some of the world’s hardened jihadists. Omar Khadr is a victim but we must not forget that he is also a murderer. His crime was in Afghanistan instead of Toronto, and he was a member of Al Qaeda rather than a mere street gang, but his victim is still just as dead. I can only hope that like the other murderers locked up in Canada’s prisons, his incarceration brings some measure of closure to the family of his victim.
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Erin Finley’s Daisy Chain is inspired by the popularized 2004 Abu Ghraib torture photographs.
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Daisy chain of violence Erin Finley uses her paintings to make a political statement B y S avoula S tylianou Arts Editor
Wondering Wilderling Montreal-based band returns home to play show in Kingston B y S avoula S tylianou Arts Editor It’s not everyday you come across an avid bathroom conversationalist. Wilderling lead singer Micah Flavin said he still gets nervous before playing gigs. Lucky for him, the comforts of porcelain tiles are always ready and waiting
during his gigs as part of his pre-show ritual. “Most of my conversations happen in the Mansion bathroom,” he tells me. It’s that quirky sense of humour that made the boys of Wilderling one of my favourite bands I’ve gotten to interview. “I always go to the bathroom
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Wilderling used to call themselves Audio Track when they started playing together in high school.
With looks like a daisy, she could be almost fatal. These are the faces portrayed in Erin Finley’s exhibit Daisy Chain — an in-your-face showing which celebrates women who can kick butt and look good doing it. Each of the six pieces in the Project Room of Union Gallery portrays tough and angry women opting out of biker outfits in favour of skimpy bikinis and crop tops. In her piece Jackass, Finley illustrates two women swinging from a chandelier over a man in dress shoes passed out in his wheelchair. The heels they’re wearing, coupled with his unconscious state, made me think that the stilettos had been used for more than just walking. At first, I thought perhaps Finley was showcasing a classic case of ex-boyfrienditis in her artwork. But this was more than just women with good looks and bad manners. Finley primarily used black ink on paper to create her chosen 14 times before a show so I’m really dehydrated when we play,” Flavin said. And the curious antics don’t end there. When Wilderling takes the stage, they give their blood, sweat and tears to the audience — literally. Bandmate Jesse Streight poked fun at his lead singer’s guitar playing preferences. “It wouldn’t be rare for you to look at Micah’s guitar and find blood on it. He refuses to use a guitar pick, so he just plays with his fingers,” Streight said. Self-deprecatingly, Flavin adds that’s the reason the band gives out goggles and latex gloves at their shows. These four Kingston natives have played together since the ninth grade when they used to go by Audio Track. Seven years later, Flavin, Streight and their friends Ryan White and Derek Branscombe share an apartment in Montreal, where they all go to school. “Some people come to me and
models. The only colours to don the otherwise black and white pages were gold, iridescent yellow, green and orange inks. There’s a stark contrast between the scantily-clad women with flowing hair and what they were doing. Some are riding a bike holding guns while others are shown sitting in a chair with large guns attached to both sides. Talk about badass chicks. It took me a while to wrap my head around these pretty girls doing not so pretty things to the men pictured in the pieces. The danger of the situation in the artwork almost made me pity the nameless men. That quickly changed once I realized revenge against an ex-boyfriend wasn’t exactly what the artist was going for. Finley’s artist statement indicates that the Abu Ghraib torture photographs, popularized in 2004, originally inspired the exhibit. The artist’s version of these images were sketched in black and white, creating an overall
imagery of brutality and a reality of no-nonsense powerful women. Finley cleverly used selective colouring to emphasize her theme of unnecessary brutality across the board, highlighting the shoes violently used to stomp on the men’s faces. I knew Finley’s pieces would leave vicious and forceful images in my mind, but I didn’t really expect them to leave me with a recollection of the atrocious Abu Ghraib photographs. Even though my perception of the exhibit strayed away from the initial inspiration, Finley’s use of political commentary is effective in demonstrating her opinion on how frivolous and foolish the Abu Ghraib atrocities were. As I leave the exhibit, I realize the exhibit has a two-fold message — a surfacing appearance of women in power and the underlying place of brutality in our society.
ask if we get sick of each other and the answer is ‘not at all.’ It’s rewarding to play music with your best friends,” Flavin said. The band said they enjoy living
and working in Montreal, but haven’t been able to really break into the music scene there. “We will crack the shell of
Daisy Chain will be in the Project Room of Union Gallery until Nov. 1.
The four guys of Wilderling all go to university in Montreal, but are originally from Kingston.
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Angelo Aita (centre) is one of the lead singers in Abandon All Ships. He sings the profane, unclean rap lyrics while Martin Broda sings the clean lyrics.
B y S avoula S tylianou Arts Editor In true rock star fashion, Abandon All Ships kills the gig and gets the girl. “A couple years ago when we came, we had a house party with some guys,” lead singer Angelo Aita said. “I remember a pretty girl from Kingston who came up and asked me for my number. To be honest, I probably gave it to her.” While Aita may be charming, he can still produce the band’s signature hardcore music. Abandon All Ships isn’t just a techno band or a rap group, for them it’s a game of give and take. With two lead singers — one for the unclean rap lyrics and one for the melodious, clean ones, they’re no everyday band. Aita is responsible for the former, while Martin Broda sings the latter. “We’re on tour right now and we’re excited to be back in Kingston,” he said. “Right now we’re in Thunder Bay and we’re trying to smash the door in because the lock on our van broke.” At this point I’m laughing out loud, having had personal experience with the city myself. Aita then tells me my voice was cutting in and out over the phone, but attributes it to his location. “Thunder Bay is a city for sure, but it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere. That’s probably why you’re cutting out.” Touring is one of the better parts of his job, he said. “We tour so much that living with each other is so normal. There’s not a point of getting sick of each other, it’s a general hate point,” he said. “Just kidding.” Travelling all over North America doesn’t get old, Aita said, but the sites aren’t as exciting the second, third and fourth time around. “We’re getting boring — we used to be
so much fun when we were younger. Every time we visit Philadelphia, we definitely don’t go ‘Holy shit! Let’s go to the Rocky steps and run up and down them!’ ” The band maintains that despite their popularity, they keep focused on their music. “We do our jobs and move on,” he said. “We obviously party, but we’re not the crazy wasted band that we see in the venue. We’re good Canadian boys.” Abandon All Ships plays the Mansion tomorrow at 6 p.m.
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Montreal’s proverbial egg. We’re building our hammer right now that will then crack the egg,” drummer Derek Branscombe said. Wilderling describe their music as being “under the indie rock umbrella.” “Our favourite song right now is brand new and I’m digging it,” bassist Ryan White said. “It doesn’t have a name yet, but I find that the newest songs we play are the best ones. In my mind, it means we’re always improving and developing our sound.”
The boys are back in their hometown of Kingston to play a show over the Thanksgiving weekend. “A lot of people harp on Kingston, they say they have to get out of town and now we’re in Montreal, it’s so good,” Flavin said. “But when we go back to Kingston, it tickles our hearts in a positive tickle.” Consider me sold, Wilderling. Wilderling plays the Mansion on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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Queen’s sits in second place in the OUA after topping Ottawa, with a record of 4-1.
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Breakdown averted Late miscues nearly doom Gaels against last-place Ottawa B y N ick Faris Assistant Sports Editor Queen’s nearly choked away a substantial lead, barely hanging on to beat the winless Ottawa Gee-Gees 32-25 on Saturday. After holding a 32-7 advantage through three quarters of play, the Gaels allowed 18 consecutive points in the fourth. A strip-sack of Ottawa quarterback Aaron Colbon secured a narrow victory in the final minute. Despite almost pulling off the miracle comeback, the Gee-Gees fired interim head coach Gary Etcheverry on Sunday. They lost the first five games of the season
under Etcheverry, with Saturday’s game serving as their closest margin of defeat. “[Ottawa has] pretty similar personnel to last year, when they were a good team,” said Gaels defensive end Cory Dyer, who registered nine tackles and two sacks. “We weren’t expecting them to lay down and die by any means.” A bevy of impact plays on special teams spurred the Gee-Gees’ late run. Ottawa blocked two punts in the fourth quarter, while Gaels receiver Doug Corby fumbled away a punt return with seven minutes left. The Gee-Gees capitalized on all three turnovers, highlighted by a
Party crashers Gaels hammer Trent, remain unbeaten B y J osh B urton Contributor The women’s rugby team spoiled Trent University’s Homecoming last Friday night. Queen’s scored early and often, defeating the Trent Excalibur 55-8 and preserving their perfect record at 5-0. The Gaels had tries from nine different players. Head coach Beth Barz was impressed with her team’s balanced attack, but hopes to see improvement on overall ball security. “[The] first half was pretty consistent — our attack was pretty good,” Barz said. “We did have a number of dropped balls — I think seven — that were catchable but we just didn’t hang on to.” With the win, Queen’s clinches first overall in the OUA Russell Division and a bye to the semifinals. The seeding makes the CIS championships a likely reality, as both OUA finalists qualify for nationals.
Despite its implications, Barz feels the victory will change very little to the team’s overall mentality. “I think in past years it might have been a mental boost,” Barz said. “This year we’ve just been plugging away in every game and expecting to win.” “I’m not sure it’s changed our psyche in any way.” The Gaels rested some starters, opting to give their bench some playing time. The strategy allows them to have more depth moving into the upcoming post-season. “We had a couple [players] get an opportunity to dress and see the field,” Barz said. “It didn’t really change our attack at all, and defensively we looked pretty good through most of the game.” “We were [also] trying to give some girls an opportunity to see the field, get some feedback and know what to work on in the offseason.” The regular season wraps up on Friday at home against the York Lions (3-2).
51-yard touchdown drive that took just 28 seconds. Gee-Gees kicker Matt Falvo was the greatest beneficiary of Queen’s errors. He converted three field goals in the fourth quarter, including a 51-yarder — the longest in school history. Queen’s head coach Pat Sheahan emphasized the importance of execution on special teams. “We’ve had three weeks in a row where we’ve had a problem on our punt protection,” Sheahan said. “You have to have reliable people in there. Kids are doing the best they can, but under pressure, we had some meltdowns.” The Gaels were hampered by a mystifying lack of offensive precision for the third straight game. They scored two offensive touchdowns in games against Western and McMaster, the OUA’s best defences — then matched that output against Ottawa, one of the conference’s worst. Queen’s offense, feckless at the
start and finish, managed to come through in the third quarter. The bulk of quarterback Billy McPhee’s 173 passing yards came on two scoring drives, both of which were capped off by short touchdown rushes from running back Ryan Granberg. The spurts of offensive effectiveness ended there. The Gaels gained just five yards in the fourth quarter, picking up only one first down. “That’s been our character all year,” Sheahan said. “We get streaky, where we go bang-bang-bang and score, but then we hit a bump on the road — a little bit of adversity.” Several key Gaels were sidelined against Ottawa. Centre Mike Sullivan, linebacker Justin Baronaitis, cornerback Christoph
Smith and safety Ben D’Andrea all sustained injuries last week against McMaster, while receiver Alex Carroll hasn’t played since Queen’s matchup with Laurier on Sept. 8. Queen’s defensive depth will be tested on Oct. 6, when they face the Windsor Lancers on the road. Windsor quarterback Austin Kennedy leads the CIS with an average of 356 passing yards per game, though the Lancers have been wildly inconsistent throughout their 3-2 start. Sheahan said the Gaels will look to rectify their familiar offensive struggles. “We’ve got to play with more precision and competitive excellence at key points in the game,” he said. “When you’re just a hair off, when does it all start to click?”
Tough team to break Queen’s keeps pace with Carleton atop OUA East division B y L auri Kytömaa Staff Writer The men’s soccer team is back on top. The Gaels returned to first place in the OUA East division with a
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3-1 victory over the Royal Military College Paladins on Saturday. The win tied the Gaels (7-1-1) up with the Carleton Ravens (7-2-1), with only five games remaining in the regular season. Head coach Chris Gencarelli said the team played well against their cross-town rival. “We got back to creating scoring opportunities. In the game against Carleton we didn’t generate much going forward.” The Gaels started the game off with heavy offensive pressure. Patrick Zanetti opened up the scoring and was followed by Nathan Klemencic, which gave the team a 2-0 lead heading
into halftime. Queen’s outshot their opponents 5-2 and had four corner kicks to RMC’s one in the first. The team let up some of its pressure in the second half, but was still able to secure the win. “In the second half we got a little bit away from keeping the ball and were at times under pressure from RMC,” Gencarelli said. “They came out strong in the second half — they had a couple of opportunities to score.” The Paladins’ only tally came late, but forward Eric Koskins tacked a last minute goal to finish with a two-goal edge. See Blues on page 14
OUA East Men’s Soccer Standings t1. Queen’s [7-1-1] — 22 pts T1. Carleton [7-2-1] — 22 pts 3. Ryerson [ 4-1-3] — 15 pts T4. Toronto [4-4-0] — 12 pts T4. Laurentian [4-5-0] — 12 pts T4. Nipissing [3-3-3] — 12 pts 7. Trent [1-7-1] — 4 pts 8. RMC [0-7-1] — 1 pts
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“RMC is a different team to play at home,” Gencarelli said. “We generally go to RMC and are able to get three points, but it’s always been a challenging game.” With their strong season results to date, Gencarelli said that the team’s primary focus is to stay mentally sharp. “We need to accomplish short term goals
we set each week,” he said. “With the responsibilities of a student athlete, just making sure the hour and a half we spend every day practicing is well used.” The Gaels will face off against the
Toronto Varsity Blues and the Ryerson Rams next weekend, ranked third and fourth in the OUA East Division. Gencarelli said the weekend will be important to secure a high playoff seed.
Four straight wins Several scoring chances, few goals against rmC B y J ordaN c athcart Contributor It wasn’t pretty, but Queen’s came out with a 2-1 win. The Gaels faced the Royal Military College Paladins on Saturday for a second time this season, extending their win streak to four games. Queen’s (7-1-2) is unbeaten in their last eight OUA contests. Saturday’s victory was sparked by early goals from strikers Breanna Burton and Jackie Tessier. Burton scored two minutes into the game, while Tessier added the second marker in the 16th minute. The Gaels outshot the Paladins 11-7. Rookie keeper Madison Tyrell started between the pipes, stopping six shots to secure the win. Head coach Dave McDowell said RMC’s physical play kept the Gaels from scoring as much as they would like. “It started off well, and we scored a couple of [early] goals,” he said. “But we should have finished many more.” After starting fast, Queen’s began to fade near the end of the match, when a turnover in the defensive end led to a late Paladins goal.
“We kind of lost the plot a little bit over the last 20 minutes where they scored,” McDowell said. “It wasn’t quite as comfortable as it should have been, but it was three points.” The last meeting between these two sides was in the season opener, where the Gaels won in a 6-0 blowout. Co-captain Riley Filion thought Queen’s could have played better this time around. “It wasn’t our best game. We couldn’t seem to put the ball in the net.” she said. The Gaels will face the Ryerson Rams and Toronto Varsity Blues at home next weekend.
OUA East Women’s Soccer Standings 1. Ottawa [10-0-1] — 31 pts 2. Queen’s [7-1-2] — 23 pts 3. Carleton [6-3-2] — 20 pts 4. Laurentian [6-3-1] — 19 pts 5. Toronto [5-3-2] — 17 pts 6. RMC [3-7-0] — 9 pts 7. Trent [2-7-1] — 7 pts 8. Ryerson [1-8-1] — 4 pts 9. Nipissing [0-8-2] — 2 pts
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Coming together Underwood, Moor return for easy home victory
Queen’s celebrated the grand opening of Nixon Field on Saturday.
B y A drian S mith Contributor Saturday’s men’s rugby fixture saw the official unveiling of two products: Nixon Field’s grand opening held prior to the game, and a complete Gaels lineup. The Gaels treated the official Queen’s rugby alumni homecoming with a 45-0 win over the Waterloo Warriors — their second shutout of the season. They also introduced their full lineup for the first time this season, without injured or absent players. “It was a good occasion, perfect weather too,” said Gaels captain Dan Moor. “We were able to execute some of our stuff, kind of run our systems, run our structure, so we’re going to walk away happy with that.” Saturday’s game saw OUA All-Star Liam Underwood return to Queen’s lineup. Moor and Underwood were missing in action for last weekend’s devastating 22-20 loss against the Western Mustangs. Both players had duties with the Ontario Blues men’s representative team. “Liam’s obviously a very talented player, probably one of the best young players in Canada right now,” Moor said. “So that’s nothing but positive for the club to get some of our guys the exposure to the best rugby in Canada.” Underwood has suited up for the Blues for the past month, keeping him away from Kingston.
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With Saturday’s 45-0 win, the Gaels (3-1) moved into second in the OUA.
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OUA Men’s Rugby Standings 1. Guelph [5-0] — 24 pts 2. Queen’s [3-1] — 16 pts T3. Brock [3-2] — 15 pts T3. McMaster [3-2] — 15 pts 5. Western [3-1] — 14 pts 6. Waterloo [2-3] — 10 pts 7. RMC [1-3] — 5 pts T8. Toronto [0-4] — 0 pts T8. Laurier [0-4] — 0 pts
He’ll be missing the next couple of weeks while he plays for Canada’s select team along with Gaels’ lock Jacob Rumball in the Americas Rugby Championships in Langford, B.C. Underwood’s first points of the OUA season came in the fifth minute through a successful penalty conversion. Flanker Matt Kelly followed up five minutes later with a try off of a lengthy run, set up by Underwood. Fullback David Worsley kept the scoring intact with a try in the first half. Fluent passing through a varied attack from the Gaels defined the offense in the first half. “The way the season works, each week we’re just trying to build and get better and better,” Moor said. “We’re going to take the mistakes we made this game and try and improve on them.” Back row Pat Richardson and halfback Brendan McGovern scored tries in the second half, while Underwood and rookie fly-half Adam McQueen scored the conversion kicks. Apart from the remarkable offensive showing, the Gaels brought a gritty, spirited defensive showing to the grand Nixon opening, reminiscent of their shutout against Laurier. “It feels great, it’s nice to be back out there with the guys again,” Underwood said. With this win, Queen’s holds a record of 3-1, second in the OUA behind Guelph. The Gaels host RMC Friday on Nixon Field, in their second last regular season game.
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Despite a price point that’s hundreds of dollars higher than comparable devices, Apple products remain widely popular, maintaining a high profile over other brands.
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It’s a matter of apples to Apple Apple Inc.’s rising profile translates to more than just a growing dollar sign on the stock market B y J anina E nrile Postscript Editor
making, and that is they were use,” he said. “You don’t have a corporation of Blackberry. Rappaport, who works “Apple always benefited from a selling a piece of hardware. People of people controlling your access to your device,” he said. “Apple is competitor that was not doing the didn’t want hardware,” he said. primarily with computational “People wanted the capability that geometry, used the device for his In 2007, Greg Allan made a becoming more and more closed. right thing,” he said. work. Back in the 1980s, he said Most of the company’s success, hardware delivered.” wise decision. They want you to use more of their With the introduction of the the Mac was the only computer to however, lies in the message that it The fourth-year student bought apps and more of their program.” his first Macbook and, close to that Generation Y, according brought to consumers in the 1980s iPod and iTunes, Apple triumphed. use a mouse. “I could actually draw figures for “You had apps,” Wong said. time, shares of Apple Inc. to School of Business professor with its first product. “There was a reason to have my research on the Mac,” he said. Back then, a share of Apple was Ken Wong, isn’t all about Because Rappaport works that portability.” valued between $100 and $200. their technology. People buy Macs primarily with theory, he According to Wong, Apple Today it’s closer to $600. “Certainly there are some people to fit in. You look doesn’t have much room left to said he never learned DOS, It’s not just the company’s stock out there for whom consumer in an English continue developing its existent Microsoft’s command line-based he’s investing in — it was also technology is the centre of their lecture — what do technology, particularly with new operating system typically used the technology. universe and who basically establish you see? by programmers. iPhone models. “Everything works better,” their personal sense of self worth “I’m so bad that when you have “What you’re seeing is Allan said. by how new their toys are,” he said. an enhancement of existing to give a talk, a presentation, and The company has generated a “It’s not everybody. I certainly — Greg Allan, CompSci ’13 I’ve got to use someone else’s functionality,” he said. would reject the notion that there’s loyal following, Allan said. These enhancements tend to machine, I usually ask for help.” “People buy Macs to fit in,” a whole generation that have to According to Rappaport, he said. “You look in an English have the latest and greatest.” “Basically the notion was if you draw from the same smartphone the simplicity behind Apple lecture — what do you see?” According to intel.com, a want to benefit from the computer consumer base, Wong said. “The iPhone 5 is not bringing computers drives their faithful In August, Apple won a Mac computer costs an average revolution you don’t have to be a billion-dollar lawsuit against of $100 to $500 more than a wirehead,” Wong said. “This is the new users into the market,” he said. customer following. “It’s part of loyalty, part of “And you win some subscribers computer for the rest of us.” Samsung. Apple had accused comparable PC. habit and they do have excellent Apple hasn’t always maintained away from other brands.” Samsung of copying some of their Despite the wide price difference, When David Rappaport industrial design,” he said. US patents, such as the icon designs there’s still a sea of students with massive success. The launch of the The small number of Mac Apple Newton, a device similar to came to Queen’s in 1986, on the smartphone screen. Apple products on campus. Allan said though he supports The Apple brand, Wong today’s smartphones, was regarded he immediately bought his models on the market means that the computers aren’t as susceptible how Apple is trying to protect said, owes its success to multiple as a miserable failure when it first desktop — a Mac Plus. “It was not so much I fell in to viruses as Windows computers. its patent, it may come with factors — like the faltering launched in 1993, Wong said. “There aren’t any viruses. At “Apple was at that time making love. I got used to the Mac OS future implications. competition from Research “The future of creativity will in Motion (RIM), the makers the same mistake that RIM was [operating system]. It was easy to least, it hasn’t been a problem up until now. It might become one,” definitely be stifled if everyone has he said. to worry about patent trolls.” The Apple user community According to some, the Mac wasn’t always as large as it is today, culture has become something he said. more than a Generation Y trend. “In the old days, if I can “People are buying [Apple] reminisce … Apple was definitely because there’s a bit of a cult,” the underdog,” he said. “It didn’t School of Computing professor have a huge market share. There Robert Tennent said. “They’re a were no iPods or iPhones or any little bit too accepting of what is of that. deemed by Apple to be the next “It was a tiny community. There big thing.” was something to be proud of.” It’s a problem that, Tennent said, Apple Computers Inc. was presented itself during the Apple started by Steve Jobs, Steve versus Samsung trial in August. Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in “The decision went the wrong 1976. In the early 80s, its market way and I very much hope it gets trading price seldom went over overturned,” Tennent said. “This is $30 per share. an instance where the cult of Mac Since then, that price has has obviously swayed the jury.” increased nearly twentyfold. But he’s not letting Apple Rappaport hasn’t ruled out the win him over. Tennent continues possibility of switching camps. to use Linux-based computers “To tell the truth, the next time and devices. I buy a computer, I might not buy Linux is an open-source an Apple. I’m not that kneejerk operating system that gives [reactive] in terms of buying Apple the user more control over as much as I used to be,” he said. their technological experience, “I might just go ahead because in comparison to Windows it’s simple. It really is simple to and Mac systems. get it.” Users are able to program their own applications and software into photo by tiffany lam — With files from Linux computers, allowing them to “People are buying [Apple] because there’s a bit of a cult ... They’re a little bit too accepting of Tristan DiFrancesco customize the entire system. what Apple deems as the next big thing,” says School of Computing professor Robert Tennent.