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Wall for freedom of speech removed

Students awarded

Eight students inducted to Tricolour Society, a 29-year high B y O livia B owden Contributor

Poster promoted hate speech, University says B y Vincent M atak Assistant News Editor

Queen’s Students for Liberty (QSL) have filed a complaint with Kingston Police after Queen’s administration removed a Free Speech Wall as part of a campaign hosted by the club on Tuesday. Students were encouraged to express their opinions by writing on the poster, which was erected in the lower ceileidh of the JDUC around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The poster, which was three and a half by eight feet long, was confiscated by Campus Security at 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday, following instructions by Queen’s Student Affairs and AMS President Doug Johnson. In a statement released yesterday, Johnson said the poster included comments that violated Queen’s Code of Conduct, specifically its harassment and discrimination policy, by featuring “several phrases [that] were identified by the [Student Life Centre] that denigrated individuals based on race or religion, and alienated them from a space intended to be inclusive for all Queen’s students.” According to the policy, racism is defined as “negative valuing, stereotyping, and discriminatory treatment of individuals and groups on the basis of their race.” The policy prohibits racism in the form of “hate literature, graffiti,

The eight winners of the Tricolour Award, pictured above, join the ranks of the prestigious Tricolour Society.

Health and Wellness

Queen’s to develop standards dealing with mental health The University will collaborate with St. Lawrence College on project B y S ebastian L eck Contributor Queen’s and St. Lawrence College announced last week that they’ll be receiving $1 million in funding from the Ontario government to develop a new set of mental health racial slurs and jokes, derogatory remarks and gestures, and physical attacks.” The campaign, known as the Queen’s Free Speech Wall, was co-sponsored by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF), in an effort to promote free speech at Queen’s. JCCF is a Calgary-based centre that seeks to defend constitutional freedom for Canadians through litigation and education, according

accommodation standards. The standards will ultimately be implemented in universities across the province. The funding will be provided over the next three years by the provincial Mental Health Innovation Fund, which is offered by the Ministry of Training, to their website. The centre co-sponsored a Free Speech Wall event at Carleton University in January, which was vandalized by a student in response to homophobic comments written on the board. Prior to its removal on Tuesday, students had written things like racial slurs and religious insults. Other students had written “you can take back your actions but not



Another look at rape culture on campus.

CrossFit denied official AMS club status.

Take a look back at the biggest moments the Journal covered. See back of paper.

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Colleges and Universities for new Ben Frid, Med ’15 post-secondary initiatives. Simultaneously, Queen’s will be providing $426,000 to fund the After two years in the Medicine creation of a new peer mentoring program, Frid’s impact on Queen’s service, which will be geared includes acting as the president towards helping students suffering and founder of the Healthcare Management Investment Group, from mental health disabilities. See Project on page 7

See Tricolour on page 8

Red reefer madness

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Eight recipients of the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award were announced this week, a near-record number for the past 30 years. The award is given to students who contribute to the University in non-academic and non-athletic capacities. The last time this many students received the award was 1984. Last year, only one recipient was chosen by the selection committee, which is comprised of 16 student representatives. Upon receiving the Tricolour award, students become inducted into the Tricolour Society, one of the highest achievements that a student can be awarded with at Queen’s.

Queen’s Musical Theatre’s production of Reafer Madness opens this weekend. See page 13 for preview.

Photo by Tiffany Lam

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director, Amanda Judd, in an email to the Journal. “Our clients have reported that they felt the tone of the ads was different than the services provided, and that including the words ‘abortion’ and ‘counselling on your options’ seemed to imply that abortion was one of the options they’d discuss,” she said. “Their ads imply that they are a non-judgmental resource.” Judd added that although the SHRC takes a pro-choice stance, they’re an educational service and don’t denounce other organizations in the city. They choose to refer patients to professional counselling instead of the “post-abortion” counselling offered at places such as the KPCC. This is because “post-abortion regret” and “post-abortion depression” is less common than some organizations will have you believe, Judd said.

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“The rates of depression in women who have had abortions is on par with rates of depression in the general population. Most women actually feel significant relief after the procedure,” she said, adding that these statistics are found in many psychiatric studies and that arguments against tend to be based on less credible sources. Counselling by organizations such as the KPCC may reinforce a woman’s feelings of guilt and shame after the procedure, she said, adding that this may be due to the stigmatization of unplanned pregnancy and abortion. “Our volunteers are trained to never pass judgment upon a client for their situation or choices,” Judd said. “This is an essential part o--f our mandate and (as much as possible) we try to ensure that the organizations that we refer our clients to share this value as well.”

Kingston’s Pregnancy Care Centre, a religious charity, offers support to pregnant women, but not abortion referrals B y A lison S houldice Features Editor Kingston’s Pregnancy Care Centre (KPCC) has no desire to deceive anyone, according to executive director Donna Bell. The Centre, located at Clarence and Bagot Streets, advertises itself on Kingston Transit buses as a safe place for pregnant women who are scared or worried. Its main clientele are between the ages of 19 and 24. Some of the resources the Centre offers are pregnancy tests, adoption referrals and counselling services. In the past, there have been concerns raised that the Centre isn’t clear about their pro-life standpoint and religious affiliation. The KPCC is a Christian organization and doesn’t provide abortion referrals. Although this fact isn’t stated on its bus ads, it’s mentioned on its pamphlets, Bell said. “We are Christian … but we’re very welcoming. I’ve had numerous Muslim clients and they’re totally fine with it,” she said “We don’t talk about the Christian faith.” Although the organization is Christian, it’s not affiliated with any specific denominations or churches. “We’re very respectful with it,” Bell added. “I would hazard to guess that with the clients I see, four out of five never mention anything faith-based. But the one out of five who want support in that way, we offer that.” A similar resource, Birthright Kingston, also has its offices downtown. It’s affiliated with Birthright International and has a nearly identical mandate. According to the Canada Revenue Agency’s Registered Charity Information for 2011, the KPCC devoted 90 per cent of its time and resources that year to its counselling services, while 10 per cent was devoted to ministry organizations and evangelism. Bell doesn’t like to use the word “anti-abortionist” to describe the organization, instead saying that it supports “life-affirming choices.” A KPCC pamphlet, which identifies the Centre as Christian, says it promotes “living alternatives to abortion.” The KPCC website mentions

that it doesn’t provide abortion referrals, but that information isn’t available on the homepage. “On our website, it’s quite clear. We don’t have it on our ads in the bus because we’re limited for space,” Bell said. “We haven’t left it off on purpose, we just don’t feel like it’s our number one thing.” The Centre’s stance on abortion isn’t newly developed — it’s had religious connections since its inception in 1989. Until recently, it was housed in St. Paul’s Anglican Church at Queen and Montreal Streets, but has since relocated to its current location on Clarence St. God’s Plenty: Religious Diversity in Kingston, a book written by School of Religion professor William Closson James, describes the KPCC as historically “anti-abortion.” It also states that in the past, mostly Protestant evangelical and Roman Catholic congregations have supported the Centre.

On our website, it’s “quite clear. We don’t have it on our ads in the bus because we’re limited for space.

— Donna Bell, executive director, Kingston Pregnancy Care Centre

For years, it was known as the Kingston Crisis Pregnancy Centre, but Bell chose to change the name to the Pregnancy Care Centre when she came on as director less than five years ago. “[Pregnancy] is not always a crisis,” she said. “Care is a more welcoming term.” The Centre is one of many “pregnancy care centres” located in Canada, that are mostly associated with one core organization, the Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services (CAPSS). CAPSS has a similar mandate to the KPCC — they support Centres that encourage life-focused alternatives to abortion. The pro-choice versus pro-life debate isn’t anything new for Kingston and Queen’s students. In 1989, there was a 500-person anti-abortion protest outside the Kingston Gospel Church on Princess St. near John Counter Boulevard, a demonstration

spearheaded by Christian groups. Pro-choice activists from Queen’s also attended the rally. At the time, local churches had voiced support for the then newly opened Pregnancy Care Centre. On campus, the Sexual Health Resource Centre (SHRC) aims to provide visitors access to information on all options — adoption, abortion and raising the child. The SHRC will only provide referrals to the KPCC if visitors ask for it by name and understand the services they provide. “Although the KPCC has recently updated their website to make it more clear what services and referrals they do or do not provide, they have a history of deceptive advertising that could lead people to believe they are a pro-choice organization when they are in fact anti-choice,” said SHRC

The KPCC doesn’t provide abortion referrals to clients.

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A visit to the KPCC Upon walking into the Kingston Pregnancy Care Centre (KPCC), I was asked to remove my shoes and coat. There was a little basket of slippers in the corner, next to a row of seats in a waiting area. This wasn’t a typical clinic. The client intake form asked for my contact information, my pregnancy history as well as my marital status and religion. Once I was finished filling it out, the counsellor took me to a quiet room with a view of Clarence St. We sat in chairs and she sat with a clipboard while I sat looking out the window. “So tell me what’s going on,” the counsellor said. I explained my situation — my pregnancy test had come out positive, and I felt confused and afraid about it. She nodded while I went on. Reaching for a chart, the counsellor asked me when my last period was. “You’re five to six weeks along.” I told her that I was definitely not keeping the baby, ruling out the option of becoming a young mother. There are only two options left at this point: adoption or abortion. That’s when the counsellor told me that the clinic doesn’t do abortion referrals. Despite that, she walked me through a typical abortion procedure for a six-week pregnancy. I remember she used her hands to describe what might be done to the opening of my cervix. She looked visibly pained as she described all of this, all while I could feel an uncomfortable shift in my gut. The counsellor then described the psychological effects of abortion — depression, suicidal thoughts and mourning the abortion anniversary. The KPCC holds post-abortion group counselling sessions for women going through these issues. I felt strange continuing to talk about abortion, so I asked about adoption. The counsellor’s demeanour lightened up as she explained the processes behind modern adoptions. She was eager to describe the process and told me how someone from the KPCC would accompany me through the whole procedure. I left soon after with a handful of pamphlets. The experience wasn’t an altogether negative one, but it left me feeling exhausted and anxious. I told the counsellor that I had some big decisions to make. It’s unclear whether the KPCC really pointed me to any options. This is the experience of a Journal staff member who visited the KPCC to get information about pregnancy options.


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CAMPUs CATCH-UP Graduate Students’ Association endorsed the BDS, followed by the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union in Men’s issues won’t be getting their own December and the Concordia Graduate official campus group at Ryerson University. Students’ Association in January. The proposed group’s status was denied The BDS was created in 2005 as a “global by Ryerson’s student government earlier this movement for a campaign of Boycott, month amid concerns that it has ties with Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against alleged hate groups. Israel until it complies with international The students behind the group — law and Palestinian rights,” according to Anjano Rao, Argir Argirov and Sarah their website. Santhosh — were informed of the reject The endorsement prompted members on March 15, hours after Argirov and of Jewish groups Hillel at York and Santhosh had presented their proposal to a Hasbara @atYork to speak against it, with panel comprised of members of the Ryerson the president of the latter alleging racism Students’ Union (RSU). and discrimination. The group’s creators denied the men’s — Holly Tousignant rights group label, and claimed to advocate Food fiasco at Trent issues like education, custody, violence, and reproductive rights as they relate to men. RSU President Rodney Diverlus told A group of students at Trent University Ryerson’s Eyeopener that some members of have organized a boycott of the school’s the panel feared the group was connected to food service provider, Aramark, citing the organizations like the Canadian Association company’s monopoly and its processed food. for Equality and A Voice for Men, which Members of Sustainable Trent and other both claim to combat misandry. students are supporting the campaign by offering free meals to hundreds — Holly Tousignant of students on selected dates. The food includes vegan, vegetarian, local meat and Boycotting israel at york gluten-free selections, and is provided by local groups. York University’s student union voted to According to a piece in the Trent Arthur, support a boycott against Israel on March 21. organizers also hope to draw attention to Two members of the York Federation of the US company’s “role as a multi-billion Students (FSU) voted against and 18 voted dollar profiteer from the exploitation of the in favour of endorsing the Global Campaign tar sands, the prison industrial complex, and for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions weapons manufacturing.” (BDS) against Israel, a show of solidarity with Palestine. — Holly Tousignant In November, the York University

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Sexual Assault

Realities of rape culture on campus Trauma and trigger warning more than mere concepts for survivors of sexual assault at Queen’s WARNING: T his piece talks about sexual violence and may be triggering for some readers . B y H olly Tousignant News Editor

“He just kind of gave me this look and he just said ‘don’t pretend that you haven’t wanted this,’” she said. “And he just kind of started spitting out random things. You could tell he wasn’t really thinking. He was like ‘you’ve wanted this, don’t make it a big deal.’”

Use Walkhome, try the buddy system at night and don’t drink Typically when you so much. think about rape, That was the advice one it’s a bump in the student says she was given as a middle of the night or first-year when she visited Health, it’s someone you’re Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS) in 2009 to deal with the walking home alone emotional trauma that resulted and you don’t really from her sexual assault. know the person. The student, who asked to remain anonymous, was raped at a house party a month before she — Fourth-year Queen’s student came to Queen’s. “Typically when you think about “The only thing I could say was rape, it’s a bump in the middle of the night or it’s someone you’re ‘I was asleep, I was completely UEmpowered Queen’s was created to give survivors a voice, its creator says. walking home alone and you don’t dead. I wasn’t asking for anything.’ really know the person,” she said. That’s when he broke down and ride — another friend — arrived, of student affairs told the Journal and when she did, the student via email. “But the person was actually my started crying.” The student, now in her fourth told her about the rape. The best friend.” In Kingston, the number of The student said the assault year, said she was sick to her friend wanted to hear both sides reported assaults increased last occurred when she was nearly stomach when she realized what of the story before jumping to any year, with 112 reported to police conclusions, she said. had happened. passed out after drinking a lot. between January and September The blasé reaction is something 2012 alone compared to 66 in all She later went home and She remembers feeling the student has become of 2011. something heavy on top of her, showered for an hour and a half. She proceeded to scrub familiar with. and when she woke up the next That number, however, likely Her appointments with the pales in comparison to the actual morning, she was confused herself with a metal brush and about what had happened. She Vim cleaning powder, only HCDS counselors were unfruitful, number of assaults committed; in questioned her friend, and stopping when she began to bleed she said, providing her with 2010, the Sexual Assault Centre after initially claiming he didn’t because she feared she’d develop suggestions for avoiding rape by a (SAC) Kingston received 500 calls stranger rather than addressing the to their crisis line and offered over remember anything about the noticeable scars. She’d had to wait at the reality of her trauma. night before, he soon admitted 1,000 counselling sessions. rapist’s house for hours before her what he did. She acknowledged that sexual The only thing I could assault is a problem “socially and say was ‘I was asleep, on campus as it is on most North Local resources societies/communities I was completely dead. American and campuses.” I wasn’t asking for “Queen’s is addressing the Queen’s Health, Counselling and Disability Services anything.’ issue through a variety of annual LaSalle Building, 146 Stuart St. awareness raising campaigns, 613-533-6000 ex. 78264 — Fourth-year public education forums, training Queen’s student of student peer mentors, educators Sexual Assault Center Kingston and support personnel [and] 24 Hour Crisis and Support Line: 613-544-6424 or “I was like, well, I’m not provision of support services 1-877-544-6424 drinking that much, I know about (counselling, advising),” she said. Walkhome because I was there This is also being addressed Office: 613-545-0762 during Frosh Week, and I’m not through collaboration with campus really scared about walking home and community partners and Sexual Health Resource Centre at night. I’m scared about being development within the counselling 99 University Ave. friends with a guy now.” service. Health, Counselling and 613-533-2959 The student had been motivated Disability Services deferred to to seek help when she realized how Gigrah for comment on the nature Frontenac Victim Crisis Assistance & Referral Service deeply the assault was affecting her of counseling sessions. daily life. She was uncomfortable Through working with the Kingston Police, Firefighters and The student who spoke to the brushing up against patrons at her Journal is one of many who chose Paramedics, they offer on scene, short term support to movie theatre job. For a year after not to pursue legal charges. She did victims subsequently providing contacts for the rape, she slept on the floor confront her rapist online as a form long-term suport. because she felt uncomfortable of closure. Office Phone: 613-548-4834 sleeping in beds. She also felt She told him: “I want you to uncomfortable entering residence know how I sleep on the floor at HIV/AIDS Regional Services rooms in which more men than night and how when I go to the Runs educational and support programs surrounding women were present. gym the smell of sweat puts me in a “I’m pretty sure all of my panic and I want you to know that, HIV/AIDS. professors think I’m just late to because it will make me feel better.” Telephone: 613-545-3698 or 1-800-565-2209 every class but I can’t sit beside two She eventually found a guys, I can’t sit in between them,” counselor at home who helped K3C Community Counseling Centre she said. “So in first year when her recognize her triggers and her Offers professional counseling at low costs for an array of you have big auditorium [lectures] panics attacks, but she’s still caught adversaries. I would always have to come in off guard in certain situations. Telephone: 613-549-7850 late because by that time, everyone “In film we’d watch movies has their seats and you can choose with rape scenes and stuff like that, strategically where to sit.” and I just remember getting that Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu In 2012, only two cases of feeling like everyone here knows Emergency department. sexual assault and four cases of that I’ve been raped, everyone sexual harassment were reported here can totally see it,” she Lennox & Addington Interval House to Campus Security. said. “I remember sitting in class Shelter for abused women without children, also offers a 24 “This does not necessarily absolutely terrified as I watched hour crisis line. include those reported to human this, but thinking if I leave, then Office Phone: 613-354-0808 Toll Free Phone: 1-800-667-1010 rights, to counselors, to police, and everyone will know and everyone’s Crisis Phone: 613-354-1010 of course those not reported at going to ask me questions all,” Arig Girgrah, assistant dean about it.”

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The climate is changing, she said. A few years ago, students could get away with joking about an exam “raping” them; today, after the dialogue groups have been created, students are likely to be called out for such comments, she said. In February, UEmpowered Queen’s was created on Facebook. The page shares anonymous stories of those who have experienced sexual assault. “I think that once this shame, silencing and stigma is eradicated, it will become easier and more common for individuals to report incidences of sexual violence,” the creator of the page, who asked to be anonymous, said. “And in order to reclaim our voices, we first need a safe place to share them.” Also in February, ASUS representative to the AMS Alexander Prescott left a Facebook comment about rape culture — which implied that some “onus” should be on the victim based on their conduct. This sparked a fierce debate at ASUS assembly and resulted in three other assembly members resigning in protest of Prescott’s views. At a special assembly meeting held to discuss Prescott’s censure, many students spoke about rape culture, including their personal experiences.

I think that once this “shame, silencing and

stigma is eradicated, it will become easier and more common for individuals to report incidences of sexual violence.

— UEmpowered Queen’s creator “Rape Culture has been kept in the dark for so long because of the silence, shame, and stigma that accompany being a victim/survivor of sex- or gender-based violence,” the creator said. “Everybody thinks that they are alone, until they realize how much the 1-in-4 statistic applies to the very environment we currently live in.”


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Student government

AMS in Review

Team JDL looks back at their year in office B y J ulia Vriend Assistant News Editor

student government meetings like AMS assembly. “We ended 2012 on a rough With only 26 days left in office, note: the meetings were long, AMS executive JDL hopes debates were going in circles, but students have seen their year as a over the break, there was a new burst of energy and the debate memorable one. The team, made up of President was constructive,” Johnson, Doug Johnson, Vice-President of ArtSci ’12 said. Team JDL is succeeded by team University Affairs Mira Dineen and Vice-President of Operations BPP, comprised of Eril Berkok as Tristan Lee won last year’s election president, TK Pritchard as vicewith 60 per cent of votes in the first president of university affairs and Nicola Plummer as vice-president round of preferential voting. The team cited Assembly’s of operations. They will take office changing of the fraternity and on May 1. “Hopefully the students will look sorority policy and the AMS’s success in regaining control of the at our year as successful,“ Johnson Photo by SAM koebrich Non-Academic Discipline system said. “I hope that they have had Starting from the left, Tristan Lee, Vice President (Operations), Arts’ 13, Mira Dineen, Vice just as much fun.” as major successes. President of University Affairs, Arts’12 , and President Doug Johnson, Arts’12. They also helped launch the last 3 months of the fiscal year, and Walkhome: $11,793 QSecure App, which allows Net profit projections Platform promise many of those expenses won’t show students to have access to campus security on their smartphone. up in our statements until April,” Deficit checklist “The best moments, I would say, As the school year comes to an end, he added. are when you see people working the AMS executive are looking at CFRC: $23,166 together as a collective youth that budget projections. “Similarly, you’ll see that the √ Blue light app have such passion and turn that Services overall performance Common Ground: $45,151 into authority,” Lee, ArtSci ’12, √ More water fountains “At February month-end, it is not is below our projections at the said of JDL’s term in office. easy to determine where we will February month-end point.” Queen’s Journal : $6,132 The year wasn’t without √ Re-open the PEC end the year financially,” Tristan Lee, its slipups. One of the team’s X QCollege biggest challenges this year vice-president of operations, told TAPS, CoGro, Tricolour Outlet Queen’s Student Constables: was dealing with the negative the Journal via email. and the Journal are all expected to $7,281 extra curricular classes attitude the student government perform under budget. community had. X More space for HCDS “In reality, we will not have final Queen’s TV: $20,026 The team agreed that it wasn’t numbers from the 2012/2013 year Until the year-end is out, here is X CommonGround salad bar one specific faculty or one certain until part way through the summer.” the February 10-months-end: The AMS Pub Services : $66,952 incident; it was the lack in respect X Dietary restrictions guide that they noticed. “Some of the discussions we Lee said “because this income Surplus TriColour Publication Services: Sustainable culture on have had have not been kind or statement is only a snapshot of $18,527 campus (in progress) respectful,” Dineen, ArtSci ’11, the end of February, those lines TriColour Outlet: $63,814 said. “We can do so much when JDUC revitalization will not be the best indicators of we are respectful. I hope [the year-end performance. Student Life Centre: $36,948 incoming executives] have a year (in progress) where they can build, create and “There are many events run Publishing and Copy Centre : move forward.” throughout the Commissions in the $33,166 Johnson said he believes there was a turning point for the

News in brief Queen’s at the top Canada’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Brad Duguid, stopped by Queen’s on Tuesday to meet with campus groups and members of administration. Duguid’s time on campus included a meeting with Principal Daniel Woolf, Provost Alan Harrison and Director of Public and Government Affairs Sheila Dunn, after which he dropped by Goodes Hall, the Queen’s Innovation Connector and Four Directions Aboriginal Centre. He finished his visit to Queen’s by meeting with members of the AMS before heading to the Kingston campus of St. Lawrence College. He told the Whig-Standard during his visit that he believes “Queen’s is one of the top universities in our system and one of the top universities in the world.” “I just wanted to come here to speak to the administration, speak to some of the students and see firsthand some of the good work being done in our post-secondary system,” he said. “There are few institutions with the great reputation that Queen’s has and it’s nice to have an opportunity

to visit again and see some of the good work being done.” — Holly Tousignant

Prison to Museum Kingston Penitentiary’s former warden is hoping to see the prison turned into a museum following the upcoming expulsion of prisoners. The penitentiary will officially close as a correctional facility in the fall. Monty Burke, warden from 1997 to 2002, was inspired by Australia’s Old Melbourne Goal, Melbourne’s oldest prison which now operates as a museum. Burke will be venturing to Australia to connect with those who run the jail museum, which he hopes to use as a prototype for a similar project in Kingston. The closure of Kingston Penitentiary — a maximum security facility which opened in 1835 — was announced in April of last year by the federal government. The Correctional Service of Canada museum, which includes artifacts from the penitentiary, currently stands across the street. Kingston city councillor Liz Shell told the Whig-Standard she’s

interested in the project, but that it’s difficult connecting with the federal government. ­— Holly Tousignant

Event encourages peace World War III is looming, according to one campus group, but it can be stopped if people can learn to respect and love one another. On March 26, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association (AMSA) held a conference at Queen’s called “Is World War Three Inevitable?” The event was held in conjunction with seven other Canadian universities. The Ahmadiyya sect of Islam — which has over 4,000 members across Canada — has a motto of “Love for All, Hatred for None.” The leader of the Ahmadiyya community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, believes the current aggression and hatred between countries is fuelling what could be another world war. Speakers at the event included Reverend Brian Yealland and City Councillor Dorothy Hector. Yealland said the issues that face

our world include the misuse of power, such as when religions get tied to power, losing their sense of peace. “The answer lies in the power of the human spirit to do activities to lead to peace,” he told the crowd. Hector spoke about the lack of women in governance. “Unless everyone is at the table representing the population, there will be a problem and a chance for war,” she told the crowd. — Laura Russell

CFRC gets SGPS fee

Manager Kristiana Clemens told the Journal that without the SGPS increase, the station would have had to look at cutting two of its five salaried staff positions. According to a statement released on CFRC’s website, the additional funding will help “to secure the station’s future as it transitions to independence from the Alma Mater Society at Queen’s this year.” — Holly Tousignant

Students named Next Top Ad Execs

CFRC received a boost last week A team from Queen’s recently when the Society of Graduate and claimed second place at Canada’s Professional Students (SGPS) voted Next Top Ad Exec competition. to increase the station’s mandatory The team, consisting of Nick student fee. Pateras and Carolyn Saunders, The fee will be raised from finished behind a team from the $3.27 to $7.50, an increase that University of Guelph. The third will bring in additional revenue of place team hailed from York’s about $16,000. Schulich School of Business. In February, undergraduate Two other Queen’s teams students voted down CFRC’s competed in the top ten, but proposal to bring a similar increase didn’t place. to referendum at the AMS annual The top team walked away with general meeting. CFRC hoped a Chevrolet vehicle. Scholarships to raise the mandatory AMS and other prizes were also available. student fee from $5.03 to $7.50. On March 1, CFRC Operations ­— Holly Tousignant


Thursday, April 4, 2013


Visiting speaker

Hsu visits religion, science classes Kingston and the Islands MP, discusses pluralism in Canada and the liberal leadership race B y S avoula S tylianou Arts Editor

his thoughts on the Harper government’s new Office of Religious Freedom and he said Member of Parliament Ted Hsu he’s cautiously “suspicious.” “Politically, we’re suspicious visited Queen’s yesterday to speak as to why the government is about religion and science. His talk was delivered to a setting up this office and what class on religion and democracy, it tends to do,” he said. “Being where he was invited by Professor the opposition, we wonder whether this office is going to be Mehmet Karabela. Hsu said he typically speaks in selective to further the agenda of the government.” business and science classes. Hsu reiterated that it’s also “I usually get asked to speak in those classes because I have a too soon to tell whether the background in them,” he told the appointment of this new office crowd. “I accepted the invitation to will be good or bad for religious speak here today because I thought pluralism in Canada. “One should always I would get a lot of questions I give a new organization couldn’t answer.” He said he’s in Kingston a chance to prove itself to see for the next two weeks due to what happens.” Hsu didn’t discuss any personal the Easter recess in Ottawa on details about his religious beliefs Parliament Hill. “I’ve been meeting with a lot during his talk, and said Canada of my constituents during this is lucky because the religions of time in my office downtown,” politicians never really comes up. “In the United States, they he said. During his time visiting the have to say ‘I’m Christian and I Religion class, Hsu talked about go to church every Sunday,’ but topics including multiculturalism here, nobody is looked down in Canada, whether politicians upon for having religious faith,” need to be forthcoming with he said. Hsu added that being familiar their religion and who he’s supporting in the Liberal with the religious beliefs of your constituents is the most leadership race. A student asked Hsu about important part.

“If you’re elected, you’re representing people who sometimes have strong religious beliefs, so you have to understand them.” The MP also divulged his thoughts on the Liberal leadership race and revealed who has his vote. “I’m currently supporting Joyce

Murray … her platform is very focused on sustainability and she’s interested in a particular kind of cooperation between the progressive parties in the next election,” Hsu said. He acknowledged that his opinion is definitely not the norm among his colleagues.

“Almost all of my party colleagues are supporting Justin Trudeau, but that’s okay. I don’t mind being a little bit different.” Hsu will also be speaking in Dupuis Hall tomorrow from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the topic of science policy. All are welcome to attend.

Liberal MP, Ted Hsu, says he is supporting Joyce Murray to be the next leader of the liberal party.

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Easing admissions for international students Queen’s partners with school board to bring more students from abroad to study in Kingston B y A bby A ndrew Vincent M atak Journal Staff

will allow international students to attend Queen’s after completing their high school diplomas at public schools in Kingston. Queen’s is implementing a new It’s organized in conjunction program that seeks to provide an with Limestone District School opportunity for a better cultural Board (LDSB). transition for international students. Students will be admitted to The program, in response to the program based on Grade increasing international enrolment, 11 scores. They will complete a and

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“It will be a large group project involving people across the province,” said Mike Condra, the Director of Health, Counselling, and Disabilities Services. Condra will be leading the project along with Wanda Williams, the Director of Student Sevices at St. Lawrence College. The standards will be developed by research teams at Queen’s and St. Lawrence. They will collaborate with focus groups consisting of students, mental health service providers, and senior administrators in universities and colleges across Ontario. The project aims to establish standards for how faculty members are educated about mental health and how information and support is provided to students with mental health disabilities. It will also address

the documentation required for students to receive accommodations. The recommendations will be brought back to the focus groups at the end of the process so they can be implemented throughout the province. Condra said many challenges remain for students requiring mental health accommodations. “Mental health problems can be episodic,” he said. “A student can function quite well for weeks at a time and then hit a period of depression or anxiety.” To address this, accommodation systems need to be more flexible, he said, so students can access accommodation in the short term. Flexibility in accommodation is also important because students can be unaware of mental health problem until it

summer English language program and designated Grade 12 courses in Kingston, before embarking on their studies at Queen’s. “We are really hoping that this will help combat some of the additional transition issues that

international students face when they arrive here in September,” said Ann Tierney, vice-provost and dean of student affairs. “[They] are not accustomed to the climate or the city or the learning style or some of the academic requires so

this provides a nice opportunity to support [them].” Selected applicants will live with host families while completing their high school diplomas. Admission to Queen’s will be contingent on Grade 12 performance and the completion of the transitional language programs, similar to domestic applicants. Though enrolment logistics are still being determined, Tierney said that the joint initiative will be targeted towards Asian and European students, with a maximum of 12-18 students in the summer bridging programs. “We are working with our already defined Queen’s international priority countries where we do recruitment, which includes China,” she said. Students would pay the same fees as regular international students, Tierney said, in addition to program-specific fees for summer Photo by Charlotte Gagnier English courses and Limestone The accomodations will be implemented School Board international fees. across Ontario. “We are finalizing all of the focus on mentoring strategies that details of the program with becomes overwhelming. “University is an intensely help students deal with mental [LDSB],” she said. “Our hope focused place,” he said. health problems. is to start the recruiting process “Now we have the funding to for students as we would for our “Sometimes in the middle of all that intensity it’s hard to know not only build on what we already normal recruiting this fall, which that it has become a serious mental have, but to create a state-of-the- means they wouldn’t start grade 12 art mental health peer mentoring until the fall of 2014 and then start health difficulty.” Queen’s in the fall of 2015.” Like the accommodation program,” Condra said. standards project, the new peer mentoring program will develop standards that will be made available to universities and colleges province-wide. Peer mentors will be familiarized with mental health disabilities, and their training will

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the president of the Aesculapian Society and the president and founder of Making Waves Kingston, which offers swimming instruction to young people with special needs. Frid said he’s most proud for the success that has come out of his organization. “We started about a year and a half ago with a dozen children from the local community, and since then we have more than tripled in size,” he said. “It’s got terrific momentum and I’m really excited to see how quickly it’s growing.” Rico Garcia, ArtSci ’13 Garcia served as the President of ASUS, and this year he’s the President of the Queen’s Student Alumni Association. Garcia said his most rewarding accomplishment this year was helping launch the Initiative Campaign, a fundraising effort which hopes to raise $500 million for the University. “I am very humbled and honoured,” he said. “This award is really to be shared with all the student leaders on campus. My Queen’s experienced has been shaped by so many and it’s important to recognize everyone.”

as a Residence Life Don for five years. Chi said being a good Don is a lot like being a good teacher. “It’s about sharing what I know, and leading them to do what they want in life academically, socially and growing as a student. We have seen in the past couple of years how central the residence experience is. It sets the tone for the rest of the Queen’s student experience.” Jeffery McCarthy, ConEd ’12 McCarthy’s legacy includes a revamp of the AMS clubs portfolio in his position as AMS Clubs Manager, as well as his involvement with FYNIRs (First Years Not In Residence), where he acted as Chair. McCarthy said his proudest accomplishment at Queen’s was his work with FYNIRs. “It’s an organization that’s seen a lot of turn around. Seeing the results of the hard work you’ve put in is amazing,” he said. “I’m really

humbled that I’ve been labeled as a student leader.” Sean Robinson, ArtSci ’13 Robinson’s most significant extra-curricular contribution to the University has been acting as president for the Queen’s Rotaract Club, which provides opportunities for students to give back to the community. “I’m really proud that I could give so much to the school, and the fact that they’re recognizing me for it is more than I could have ever needed or asked for,” he said.

played on an intramural dodgeball team. She was also part of this year’s production of Down There. “Everyone is so involved. It’s something so special about Queens,” she said. “It’s the true embodiment of the Queen’s spirit that there are eight winners this year.” Caileigh Simpson, PhysEd ’13

Simpson has participated in many extra curricular activities within the physical education and kinesiology student association for three years. Through this she has been involved with Revved Up, which is an exercise program for those with developmental disabilities and Naomi Rosenfeld, ArtSci, ‘13 spinal cord injuries. She has also Rosenfeld’s extracurricular worked with the AMS and was activities range from fitness acting chief electoral officer during instructor at the ARC to vice- the election period. “I was shocked and elated [when president of Queen’s Hillel. She’s been involved in the organization I won],” she said. “To have this of Holocaust Education Week, is kind of credit at the end of four a peer learning assistant, and has years is something I never would

have expected. One of the reasons I hold this award highest is because I am receiving it with other students, and being recognized at the same level as them is an honour.” Kieran Slobodin ArtSci ’13 Slobodin began his involvement in his first year, when he worked with the AMS Academic Affairs Commission (AAC). In his third year he became the AAC commissioner and last year he was the AMS vice-president of university affairs. He’s part of the AMS Board of Directors as well as Senate. He described his participation in the academic planning process at Queen’s to be one of the most rewarding. “I’ve seen the impact everyone has had on the school and I’m very honoured to be part of that group,” he said.

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of conduct, unless it has explicit reason to suspect otherwise, which your words,” “I’m appalled that I in this case it did not,” Taylor Mann, chose to come here … this is sad.” AMS communications officer, told The statement “hate speech is not the Journal via email. According to a statement Chi Yan Lam, ConEd’ 09, MeD free speech” was written in black released by QSL representative across the poster. ’12 and PhD ’15 “While many events have Tyler Lively, AMS president Doug Lam has been at Queen’s since potential for controversy, the AMS Johnson had sent club members 2005, and said he feel his greatest always allocates space on good an e-mail at 4:17 p.m. on Tuesday extra-curricular achievement at faith and with the understanding requesting them to remove Queen’s has been his involvement that events must follow the code unspecified offensive material from the poster. Lively said he and other QSL members weren’t warned that the poster would be forcibly removed. Michael Kennedy, JCCF’s communications coordinator, said the University’s actions violated student’s freedom of expression. “You can’t take away someone’s right to free speech because you feel offended or somebody feels hurt or somebody dislikes or disagrees with somebody’s opinion, because that’s the whole point,” he said. JCCF President and lawyer John Carpay, who is providing From media planning and legal counsel to members of QSL, management to account said that Campus Security acted co-ordination and sales, illegally by taking down the poster. “The canvas is the property this program offers the unique of the club [as] they paid for it,” skills you will need to launch Carpay said. “The onus is on the your career in an advertising University to justify why they were or media company. entitled to take it in the first place Continued from page 1

and why they were entitled to hang on to it.” He added that Johnson failed to provide concrete evidence of hate speech to support removing the poster. “The University refuses to even discuss anything aside from some vague allegation that it might violate some policy [and] that’s not good enough,” he said. “They need to provide the specifics and if they are not able to do that, they have no legal basis for hanging on to what is not their property.” A complaint was filed with Kingston Police at 10 p.m. on Tuesday by QSL members, accusing Campus Security of theft. The complaint is in the process of being assigned and will undergo investigation. Carpay said his clients haven’t determined whether they plan to take further legal action. He added that the University has not been formally contacted regarding the matter. Despite their claims, Queen’s Provost Alan Harrison echoed Johnson, saying that the poster constitutes hate speech. “We do not regard this as a [violation] of free speech as we believe even free speech has its limits and that’s an opinion shared

by the Supreme Court of Canada,” he said. “That’s our position and they are fully at liberty to take issue with that.” He added that Campus Security didn’t steal the poster. “We took it down,” he said. “We are in the process of returning it to its rightful owners.” A new poster has been erected in the JDUC for the event; however, QSL members were told by Johnson that comments would be supervised. Samar Bushnaq, who read the original poster prior to it being removed, said the derogatory comments reflect a systemic problem at Queen’s. “It needs to be acknowledged more widely that this exists,” Bushnaq, ArtSci ’14, said. “I chose this school and I love it but slowly throughout the years there are so many opinions that have come across to me that are so shocking.” Bushnaq, who is an international student from Jordan, said she was personally affected by the comments. “I am affected not just because of wherever I come from but just as a part of this Queen’s community,” she said. “You want it to be a community that recognizes everyone on an equal basis.”

ADVERTISING MEDIA MANAGEMENT POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE The poster, pictured above, was confiscated Tuesday by the University.

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Healthy blondie bars

A tasty, rich dessert for under 100 calories? These blondies pack a buttery taste — you’d never guess the secret ingredient is chickpeas. Ingredients • 1 can of chickpeas • 3/4 tsp. baking powder • 1/8 tsp. baking soda • 1/4 tsp. salt • 3/4 cup brown sugar • 2 tsp. vanilla extract • 1/4 cup quick oats

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•1/4 cup peanut butter •1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. • Blend all ingredients (except chocolate chips) until very smooth in a food processor/blender. • Mix in chips, and scoop into a greased 8×8 pan. • Top with some more chocolate chips. • Bake for around 30 minutes. — Trilby Goouch

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Grace: A memoir Like its predecessor The September Issue, Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington can be consumed voraciously time and time again without ever getting old or tiresome. What’s so great about fashion documentaries and memoirs is that they pull back the curtain to offer a peek into the elusive industry. The permeation of cameras and technology backstage and behind the scenes was not as commonplace as is the present case. Coddington began her career as a model and then migrated to work behind the lens, giving her perspectives on the fashion industry from a variety of vantage points. It’s her personal anecdotes, however, that give the book an extra bite, as well as her enmeshment in fashion from the 1960s onwards and unique experiences in the industry. The pace of the book moves fairly quickly and covers a great deal of content, so I suggest keeping note of the various things referenced. I’d be bereft of my Canadian nationality if I failed to mention the part where Coddington talks about her Canadian roots; her grandmother was a Canadian opera singer who met Coddington’s grandfather while on tour in Wales. I particularly enjoyed

her focus on London and modeling where she recounts a period in fashion that looks completely different than the current fashion world. For example, models would do their own hair and makeup as well as bring their own accessories to fashion shoots. Following modeling, Coddington traces her path from British to American Vogue, interrupted with a stint at Calvin Klein. Throughout grand narratives of the world of high fashion, Coddington weaves in anecdotes of the characters she meets along the way, which in hindsight, are like little gems sprinkled throughout the narrative. Coddington rarely discusses the hardships she’s encountered, which is a testament to a life dedicated to beauty. Illustrations by Coddington herself, keep the mood upbeat and whimsical, and the book is chock full of pictures during all periods of Coddington’s life, both public and private. Whether you choose to savour Grace: A Memoir one page at a time or devour it over the course of a day or two, it’s a pleasure to get a glimpse into the life of one of the most talented editors to have ever worked in the industry, with a life filled with romance, beauty and trail-blazing. — Veronica Saroli

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Men can pin too Pinterest is a phenomenon that some love, while others not so much. Recently Daniel Bear Hunley it seems that a lot of attention has been surrounding whether or not the website is too gender exclusive, focusing on what’s This pinner has a gentleman-like quality stereotypically deemed as “women’s to his boards, which include interesting interests.” packaging, gastro fare, humour and The Art Many argue that men just Of Shaving (to name a few). His boards will aren’t nearly as active at pinning keep you busy for hours; be sure to check out as women. his men’s style board. But this is changing. Male pinning is gaining momentum, and so it should; men’s Drew Hawkins interests and style is just as pin-worthy and offers a great online community for them to This popular pinner is best known share their interests and get inspired. for his “board of man,” boasting So whose paving the way for over 1,300 pins on all things pertaining to men. From necktie howmen’s pinning? Whether pinning about food, fashion, tos to man-crushes, his pins are fun and beer or sports, these pinners offer a entertaining: browse at your own risk creative, unique forum for men to share (your study plans may go out the window). lifestyle interests. — Trilby Goouch Manteresting Manteresting has a similar platform to tumblr, with the added benefit of videos. The content is divided into categories that range from photography, technology, architecture, film, cars. See a pin that interests you? Renail it or Bump it (the equivalents of Pinning and Liking). Dartitup This platform is all about sharing things that ‘men find awesome.’ You can add the “Dart it” bookmarklet to your homepage, allowing you to post to the website’s feed as you browse your favourite websites. Simply register (which you can do through Facebook) and Dart away. Gentlemint

Similar to Manteresting, Gentlemint acts as a shared tumblr page, where members can post anything ranging from cool cufflinks, 10 books every man should read, how to decorate a man’s room, the best beer commercials ever, or how to use a wrench. Each page shows interesting and diverse content, otherwise known as ‘Tacks.’


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JENNIFER CHE, FANNY RABINOVITCH-KUZMICKI, HANK XU Thursday, April 4, 2013 • Issue 40 • Volume 140 The Queen’s Journal is an editorially autonomous newspaper published by the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University, Kingston. Editorial opinions expressed in the Journal are the sole responsibility of the Queen’s Journal Editorial Board, and are not necessarily those of the University, the AMS or their officers. Contents © 2013 by the Queen’s Journal; all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission of the Journal. The Queen’s Journal is printed on a Goss Community press by Performance Group of Companies in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Contributions from all members of the Queen’s and Kingston community are welcome. The Journal reserves the right to edit all submissions. Subscriptions are available for $120.00 per year (plus applicable taxes). Please address complaints and grievances to the Editors in Chief. Please direct editorial, advertising and circulation enquiries to: 190 University Ave., Kingston, ON, K7L 3P4 Telephone : 613-533-2800 (editorial) 613-533-6711 (advertising) Fax: 613-533-6728 Email: The Journal Online: Circulation 6,000 Issue 1 of Volume 141 will be published on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Team BP’s handling of Peter Green’s resignation: Homecoming’s return: The administration’s Berkok and Pritchard’s lack of transparency in decision to allow for Homecoming’s official explaining the resignation was disrespectful and return is applaudable. Hopefully, alumni and students unwarranted. Nicola Plummer’s nomination and then will come together for a peaceful, respectful and election by AMS Assembly instead of by the student spirited Homecoming this fall. body was further proof of their lack of commitment to placing student voices first. Discussion on campus rape culture: The increased discussion surrounding rape culture ASUS Assembly’s handling of Alexander throughout the student body is a positive turn on Prescott’s rape comment: There’s no doubt that campus. Through groups such as UEmpowered Prescott’s victim-blaming Facebook comment was Queen’s, the focus is shifting onto empowering victims. inappropriate. Even though he didn’t apologize for it, the fact that he was targeted by students at ASUS Fine Arts being reinstated: The reopening assembly so viciously was not justifiable. of BFA admissions for next year is important for the maintenance of the program at Queen’s. It’s The University’s handling of Professor Mike good to see that Queen’s listened to student voices and Mason’s resignation: Even after the CAUT report committed to bringing the program back. condemned them for their actions, the University still failed to step up and explain why Mason resigned, Removal of bad behavior clause: The demonstrating their unwillingness to be honest for the removal of a bad behavior clause in a PSYC 300 sake of saving face. class by the department of psychology was fair. Basing 10 per cent of a grade on behavior leaves too much New graduate school time restrictions: The room for interpretation and could discourage students new restrictions for Masters and PhD students from being openly critical of a class. are too strict and were decided on without adequate consultation of the very students who are going to be Men’s rugby championship: Queen’s OUA affected by them. men’s rugby championship is worth celebrating. The Gaels gained redemption after an early-season loss Queen’s Athletics challenging CrossFit: CrossFit to Western, topping the Mustangs 29-18 in the league belongs at Queen’s. Athletics and Recreation need final at Nixon Field. to put their interests aside and form a more constructive dialogue with those running the activity. New food outlets on campus: The new food outlets on campus, such as Pita Pit, Starbucks CFRC Business manager firing and rehiring: and another Tim Hortons in the JDUC, enrich student The AMS Board of Directors decision to fire eating options on campus. The greater variety both Ayanda Mngoma came without consultation with adds to the community and creates more convenient CFRC staff and ultimately caused more harm than food options for students. good for the station. Mngoma’s rehiring a month later was warranted, but the whole debacle should be deeply Non-Academic Discipline system: The embarrassing for the Board of Directors. AMS’ struggle to gain greater control over the Non-Academic Discipline system at Queen’s puts Closing of Empire Theatre: The closing of the power back in student hands. It’s another positive sign Empire Movie Theatre downtown leaves students of AMS commitment to student autonomy. with few options. Students will now have to drive or bus out to the new theatre, which is far less accessible. Quidditch on campus: Seeing increased While the Screening Room offers movies downtown, it support for a non-traditional sport such as doesn’t satisfy a mainstream audience in the same way. Quidditch brings a positive and fun atmosphere to the university. It was great to see schools from across The hidden camera found in Victoria Hall: The the country unite at Queen’s in November for the act in and of itself is disgusting, but the University Canadian Quidditch Cup. and Kingston Police could have been more transparent about the issue and the status of the case as it stands. Comments on the Journal website: It’s great to see that our readership is engaging critically Queen’s Tartan hiring and accountability: By with the material we publish through our comment hiring the current ASUS President as next year’s boards. Especially with the most contentious issues we Editor in Chief, the online publication demonstrates reported on this year, students shared their perspectives explicit conflicts of interest. with the rest of the community. Vote counting mix up: The delay in AMS The Wolfe Island Music Festival: There was election results being released was a direct result a great turnout at this year’s festival, despite of an oversight made by Chief Electoral Officer Scott the torrential rain and all. Sam Roberts made for a Mason. He didn’t adequately transition his replacement great headliner and the musicians came out in style to when he took a leave to run in the ASUS election, entertain all. which lead to an easily avoidable delay in release.

I just don’t want to die without a few scars.” These words have resonated in my mind ever since I read Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club seven years ago. I’ve taken it up as a sort of personal motto. With graduation nearing, I, like many other graduates, have spent a considerable amount of time reflecting on my time as a Queen’s student and wondering what’s to come in the future. In doing this, I’ve come to the realization that much of my personal growth has been driven by one, rather daunting and ever-frightening attribute — risk. My first years at Queen’s were admittedly rather stagnant. I was in a new city, with new friends and endless possibility, but I clung to the comfort of the familiar. I decided to challenge this monotony. I made an effort to reverse this with at least one notable risk each year. In this way, I quickly discovered passions for art, photography and rock climbing. In only a year since making the fluke decision to buy a camera, I became the photo editor of the Journal and discovered a passion that I hope to one-day mold into a profession (of international acclaim — dream big!). I explored the wilderness, climbing gear in tow, with renewed vigor and wonder. I gained an appreciation for an environment I paid little attention to and sparked a burning desire to explore further beyond my boundaries, both physically and mentally. We, as students of Queens, are afforded an incredible privilege to engage in activities that may not or will not be available elsewhere. Our education has equipped us to be resourceful, inquisitive and most of all, daring. Taking a risk can be as simple as asking the cute barista at CoGro on a date or as daunting as conceiving a start-up company. The point is to just do it. Many people spend a little too much time calculating these risks and, in the end, lose the opportunity to open a new door. Youth is a luxury we often take for granted. In no other time is the freedom to attempt whatever the heart desires more apparent than now. I’d rather try and fail than not try at all. Alex is the Photo Editor at the Journal.

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What’s your best memory from the year?

“Wolfe Island Music Festival and working with Downham.” Savoula Stylianou,

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Principal Daniel Woolf was reappointed principal for the University on Mar. 3, 2013. His second term will be from July 1, 2014 and will end on June 30, 2019.


State of the university

Shifting changes and responses

“The one time I placed the crossword correctly.” Tristan DiFrancesco,

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Principal Woolf writes in his observations from the past year and predictions for the future Daniel Woolf, ArtSci ’80 Principal, Queen’s University Though the end of the academic year is a busy time, it’s also a good time for some reflection on the past year. After all, this is a time of transition, and such occasions can be both exhilarating and downright terrifying. As students, you are closing a current chapter in your lives and starting a new one, whether you are moving on from your first year of university and into your second, or making the jump from being a student to being an alumnus or alumna. For me, the transition into the quieter summer term provides a chance to reflect back on the amazing things that have happened on this campus over the last year, while also thinking about what issues still need some attention and what opportunities lie ahead. Being the Principal of this University is a tremendous honour and (on most days!) an immense pleasure. Our students bring remarkable energy, spirit and enthusiasm to this campus and to this city. This year saw so many of you excelling in academics, athletics and in your leadership roles, finding your passion and dedicating yourselves to making this place — and this world — a little better. I can’t begin to enumerate the number of good-news student stories we have seen in the Journal, on Twitter and in the national and local media. These stories have been matched by the extraordinary successes of our faculty members in research, teaching and service to their community. Ensuring that, within current

economic constraints, we have adequate resources to support these successes remains one of the biggest challenges facing Queen’s. To that end, in September we launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in Queen’s history. Our goal with the Initiative Campaign is to raise $500 million for the University by 2016. It’s an aggressive goal, but this is a University that people feel very passionate about, and we have been fortunate that so many of them are choosing to share that passion through financial support, especially in these fiscally uncertain times. Our benefactors have a great deal of confidence in this institution and in the people who make it what it is.

I can’t begin to enumerate the number of goodnews student stories we have seen in the Journal, on Twitter and in the national and local media. These stories have been matched by the extraordinary successes of our faculty members in research, teaching and service to their community. On that note, it was a highlight of my year to announce the return of Homecoming this fall. This year’s event will fall over two weekends in October, and will include a variety of different events to engage both our returning alumni, but also our faculty, staff, current students and the wider Kingston community. The decision to reinstate

Homecoming wasn’t one I made lightly. As many of you know, the annual event was cancelled a number of years ago when the energy around Homecoming weekend became downright unsafe for both our students and local residents. I look forward to a successful, fun and safe pair of weekends in October and reiterate my thanks to those who participated in discussions that made Homecoming’s restoration possible. This year has seen some significant developments which I think will improve Queen’s in the long run. Work on implementation of the Academic and Strategic Research Plans continues. We have a highly consultative campus master planning exercise underway, as well as an enrolment planning exercise (an important issue that should engage every member of our community). Provost Harrison’s new budget model (information sessions about which continue to occur) will rationalize our allocation of resources, matching revenue to academic activity and providing incentives to cost containment and, where possible, revenue growth. The Senate Academic Planning Task Force has been hard at work producing a report on the appropriate place and role of online, blended and computer-assisted learning. I have also enjoyed, as always, my work with the executives of the AMS and SGPS, and my consultations with the Rector. The recent tuition framework announced by our Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities will provide some stability in our

revenue forecasting for four years, and a tuition level which strikes a reasonable compromise between the operational needs of universities and affordability. Finally, the report of the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health, tabled last fall, is now entering the implementation phase (with many of its recommendations, happily, already in place or well underway).

This year has seen some significant developments which I think will improve Queen’s in the long run ... the Academic and Strategic Research Plans ... Provost Harrison’s new budget model ... The Senate Academic Planning Task Force has been hard at work. I will sign off by saying that I hope this summer brings all sorts of opportunities for learning, adventure and fun. For those of you graduating this year, I wish you lots of luck and fulfillment as you move into the next phase of your lives. For the rest of you, I look forward to reconnecting in the fall. I was honoured to be reappointed as Principal last month and look forward to leading our incredible University for the next six years. We have accomplished a lot together so far, but there are still many exciting things yet to do. Thank you for being part of our exceptional community.

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“Wolfe Island Bakery and Wolfe Island Music Festival coverage.” Tiffany Lam,

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Arts Artists Audrey Assad and Rosalind Breen use oil on canvas paintings and gel glosses to depict the theme of physical representation.

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Blooming beauty Exhibit deals with themes of body image B y S ierra M egas Staff Writer Something in bloom is neither in conception nor its prime. With their new exhibit titled Bloom, Audrey Assad and Rosalind Breen have created a marginal space with their pieces where each painting is on the fringe of becoming. The BFA students produce shock with bold colour schemes and large-scale paintings in their exhibit. The artists address slightly different topics of inquiry, yet they both use imagery of the body to confront issues of physical representation and identity. Assad’s paintings address the self-consciousness of females in their bodies. In one of her pieces, she uses her own face and places

it onto another body, repeating the image in a circular pattern in the work reminiscent of the inside of a kaleidoscope. The canvas forms a perfect square, but the painting is hung on the wall as a diamond, strongly emphasizing the copied faces and the protruding limbs from the staring heads. The body parts float on top of a deep red background done in oil paint and covered in a gel gloss medium. While the painting isn’t symmetrical, it depicts the constraints of symmetry, suggesting that bodies are often perceived as two symmetrical halves. However, upclose no one’s body reflects perfect unity. Two of Assad’s paintings were influenced by the work of Jenn Davis, a photographer who addresses issues of weight and body

image by photographing herself next to thinner subjects. “Amy Two” features a single woman sitting on a bed in her underclothes. Her eyes are cast downwards, inviting the viewer to examine her body without being confronted by a returning gaze. The woman’s body takes up the space of the painting, and her bare skin is emphasized by Assad’s use of colour blocking. Breen’s oil on canvas paintings, on the other hand, are large and


Pulling out the stops Queen’s band Sweet Jets releases their first full length album today

Guitarist and vocalist Colin Robinson says Sweet Jets nearly broke up last summer due to a lack of communication.

B y A lex D ownham Assistant Arts Editor After an accidental summer hiatus, Sweet Jets are ready to launch their newest album. The band members said they’ve used the fall and winter months to

jump back into music. “We actually didn’t talk for a while because none of us were in town at that time, so we lost a lot of momentum and ambition,” guitarist and vocalist Colin Robinson said. “We almost broke up.”

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Luckily for the three Queen’s students, this didn’t happen. “I heard a rumour from a friend asking if the band was breaking up and it really freaked me out, and it got me to call the guys up for a chat,” Robinson, ArtSci ’13, said. Drummer Paul Dyck said this

visually loud but convey soft and sensitive thoughts. In “Reoccurring Dreams,” four figures lie haphazardly across the canvas, their bare skin touching with warm flesh tones and their bodies interlocking in large swift brush strokes. The figures in the painting cover each others’ eyes with their hands. While these subjects are physically connected, they can’t see each other, lending an element of trust to the scene. Breen has painted these figures with their underclothes on, a choice, which diverts the attention from the sexual and refocuses on the intimate. The viewers must then confront their own ideas of intimacy.

The four subjects take up roughly equal space on the canvas, suggesting that this isn’t a singular subjects’ experience, but rather a shared experience. It made me think that intimacy can only occur in the presence of others. Reflecting on the title of this exhibition, Bloom is about transformation. The artists have transformed themselves, their subjects and their audience in a study of bodily representation and intimacy.

was a wakeup call for the group. “If there was ever a dramatic moment in Sweet Jets history, it was that,” Dyck, ArtSci ’13, said. “We were kind of on a hiatus.” All three of the band members agreed they wanted to make an impact on the music scene before graduating and leaving Kingston. “We really wanted to do something worthwhile before we pulled the plug,” Dyck said. The band took the opportunity to play several house parties during the year to keep their low-fi sound tight, including a short-lived gig on St. Patrick’s Day. “We played on a fucking roof at the peak of the police madness,” Dyck said. “It was on Aberdeen St. We got a song and a half in before the cops were on our ass.” Aside from playing parties, the band has played The Mansion, Clark Hall Pub and the Artel. They’ve also been featured on CFRC’s Civic Guilt, a Kingston musician compilation CD. “That was super humbling to be on a compilation with bands like PS I Love You, The Gertrudes, Sleuth Bears and other friends of ours,” Robinson said.

With the band’s first full length album, entitled Square Waves, recorded and set to be released today, the band agreed they love their new polished, yet gritty sound. Robinson said these brand new tunes stick out from their early 2011 tunes because of the larger, punchier sound that developed after bassist Gagné joined in on bass guitar last year. “We were a two piece and didn’t have a big enough sound to be a trendy duo band like Japandroids,” Dyck joked. “We thought it would be cheaper for us to get a bassist than buy a bunch of pedals for Colin to use.” Despite Dyck’s kidding, the band is extremely excited about how their lineup has helped the band develop. “With Sweet Jets, our song ideas are only a placeholder,” Robinson said. “Each part is morphed by each member into something truly ‘garage.’”

Audrey Assad and Rosalind Breen’s exhibit Bloom is on exhibit in the Main Space of Union Gallery until April 19.

Sweet Jet’s CD Release Party for Square Waves is tomorrow at The Grad Club.

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Molded by the road Chris Adeney talks quirky merchandise strategies B y a lex D ownhaM Assistant Arts Editor Who wants a boring band T-shirt from a merchtable when you can get a candle shaped like the musician’s head? Hamilton artist Chris Adeney, who performs under the stage name Wax Mannequin, has discovered the future of musician merchandising. “I put out a line of candles recently — they’re shaped like my head and my discography is inside on them,” he said. Adeney has been writing and touring across Canada recently, with a return performance set for the Mansion on Saturday. For fans of Iron and Wine and Tom Waits, the show won’t be one to miss. Adeney said his latest album, No Safe Home, is one of the most sombre albums he’s put out. The sixth album is a lot “darker and folk-like,” he said. “I always have some dark songs on every record, but No Safe Home is the first in a long line that’s mellower.” Despite the darker nature of the album, Adeney said he always makes sure to bring along a more positive, energetic attitude to the live shows. “My shows are a one-man

show spectacle on tour, so I make sure it’s never just me playing guitar,” he said. “I’m always interested in having my live performances and albums stand alone and bring out different vibes.” With tour life being the tougher part of his job, Adeney says it’s his main inspiration for writing the foundations for his music. “I get a lot of inspiration from writing bizarre stream of consciousness poems and from traveling,” he said.

By his sixth album, Adeney has done his fair share of touring. He recalls his early years of touring by Greyhound, playing sets and then travelling at night to the next destination. “The process was difficult and tiring, but it made my dreams interesting thinking about each travellers boarding, departing or snuggling up against me.” Wax Mannequin plays The Mansion Saturday night at 10 p.m.

Musician Chris Adeney, who performs as Wax Mannequin, says seeing Canada while touring is his biggest inspiration for writing.



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Awesome art, magical music, prominent plays The Arts editors look back at the best the Queen’s and Kingston arts scene had to offer this year Best Quotes GREY KINGDOM Within the first moments of speaking with Spencer Burton of Grey Kingdom, it became clear he was a musician that truly adopted his alias. As Grey Kingdom, Burton became a dark, yet friendly interviewee. He was both entertaining and awkward, with his spontaneous statements about the darkest of subject matter, including “sacrificing a baby goat,” “fearing the ghosts of Salem,” or “having no heart or soul.” His unpredictable personality made the interview extremely enjoyable and made me admire how deep Burton was in character.

displays a miniature bag of Doritos being poured upwards to form the shape of a helicopter, propellers and all. If that wasn’t cool enough, I discovered that the bag of chips lying on the opposite side of the table was built into a pyramid made of plain potato chips and the table was made of wafer crackers. Millar brings a new meaning to playing with your food here, and art isn’t often as relatable as miniaturized acrylic junk food.

Best Interview WILDERLING


Best Album THE NORTH

It doesn’t get better than a Dorito helicopter. Chris Millar’s acrylic sculpture entitled “Dave and Becca’s Sunday” is made entirely out of acrylic paint. The detailed piece

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— Savoula Stylianou

— Savoula Stylianou

— Alex Downham


Relativity” are two songs definitely worth repeating. Stars has mastered their sound into perfect synthetic indie rock bliss.

Stars has done it again with their latest album, proving that their uindie rock status doesn’t give them nearly enough credit. The North is filled with tracks reminiscent of the unique 80s electronic dance pop the band grew up listening to. The band manages to perfectly balance catchy beats with meaningful lyrics from their past. Listening to the album is perfect for a party soundtrack, a Monday morning refresher or even a study playlist. Songs like “Backlines” and “Theory of

The Pillowman was as deeply unsettling as it was provocative. The Queen’s Vagabond production was superbly acted with performances by Reece Presley and Adrian Young. What made the show so unique was its thematic darkness and unapologetic portrayal of a sinister plotline. Reminiscent of an episode of Criminal Minds, this play had all the makings for a stellar performance. The end of the show left me questioning my morality and society’s vices, thoughts which lingered beyond the play’s ending.

I interviewed Wilderling while I was having a bad day. But I ended up having a chat with the band which turned that around. From nervous bathroom habits to bleeding on the audience with their furious guitar strumming, the guys made me feel at ease. They said playing Kingston, their hometown, gives Wilderling a tickle in their heart, and that’s exactly what they gave me. — Savoula Stylianou

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Marijuana madness Queen’s Musical Theatre’s spring show Reefer Madness gives audiences a look into the cannabis craze of the 1930s B y K ate S hao Contributor The cannabis debate of the 1930s gets an over-the-top and contemporary punch in the stage show Reefer Madness. Queen’s Musical Theatre’s spring production will bring the 1936 film-turned-musical to the stage on campus. Prior to chatting with members of the production, I assumed the play would be a typical overdramatic theatre piece. But just minutes after, I quickly realized that the show is as thought provoking as it is exuberant. Director Joey Graff echoed that Reefer Madness is both a serious and silly story. “The show can be taken as a joke with a very terrifying and very real punch line,” Graff, ArtSci ’13, said. Reefer Madness is a parody

riddled with satire, which eventually inspired its off-Broadway musical adaptation in 2001. Graff said the show deals with how popular cannibas was when it first caught on in the early 20th century. “The musical itself is a presentation of the Harper Affair — a marijuana-fueled chronicle on the descent of youth into madness,” Graff said. “The Lecturer leads us through this violent, sexual frightening story to reveal the maddening truth.” Graff said he was interested in putting on the show because of its intriguing political nature and “campy humour.” “Around the time, there were ulterior motives for many of the people who were lobbying against the use of marijuana, and hemp was looking to replace newspaper,” Graff said. The play explores the issues of propaganda and the conveyance of

information in a high energy way. Drama student Alyssa LeClair plays the lead role of the Lecturer and she said the mix of both elements is intriguing. “It’s great to have a break from an emotional piece of theatre or even just a normal funny piece of theatre,” LeClair, ArtSci ’13, said. Adrienne Miller, who plays Mary Lane, explains that the whole concept of the musical is to show how propaganda is used to cover up issues. “The lyrics, if you really listen to them, are saying some really awful things,” Miller, ArtSci ’15, said. “But we are dancing to them so it makes it better.” Queen’s Musical Theatre’s production of Reefer Madness runs from April 4-6 and 9-13 at 8 p.m. and April 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. in the Rotunda Theatre in Theological Hall.

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What We’re Listening To The Journal’s Arts team narrows down their list of the top 10 musicians we’ve interviewed this year and our favourite songs from each of them. 1) ‘Camera Shy’ by Mike O’Neill 2) ‘Only Child’ by Moon King 3) ‘Frank AB’ by Rural Alberta Advantage 4) ‘Stairway’ by Yukon Blonde 5) ‘Are You Gonna Waste My Time’ by Zeus 6) ‘100 Grand Canyon’ by Cancer Bats 7) ‘Down The River’ by Ben Caplan 8) ‘Bone Marrow’ by Protest the Hero 9) ‘She Was The World To Me’ by Daniel Romano

Drama student Alyssa Leclair plays the role of The Lecturer in the musical theatre piece Reefer Madness. She is the primary storyteller in the show.

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10) ‘Pen to the Paper’ by Parlovr

Get Out There Art Agnes Etherington Art Centre Bader Gallery Tobit: Miracles and Morals Until April 21 Modern Fuel Main Gallery Cliff Eyland & Jeanne Randolph’s Your Own Grad School Until April 21 Modern Fuel State of Flux Gallery Natasha Mazurka’s The Centre Cannot Hold Until April 20 Union Gallery Main Space Audrey Assad & Rosalind Breen’s Bloom Until April 19

Union Gallery Project Room Emma Fowler’s Rituals Until April 19 Music Grad Club Inlet Sound with Egyptian Prescription April 5 The Mansion Wax Mannequin with Andrew Kirby, Mark Lotterman and Will Hunter & Band April 6 9 p.m. 19+ $8 at the door Grad Club Sweet Jets CD Release Party April 6 The K-Rock Centre

Billy Talent with Sum 41, Hollerado and Indian Handcrafts April 9 7:30 p.m. 19+ $35 in advance Grad Club METZ with The Soupcans April 9 Grand Theatre Boyz II Men April 10 7:30 p.m. See Grad Club SUUNS with Valleys April 12 The Mansion Cauldron with Ponderous Chain April 18

9 p.m. 19+ $8 in advance Grand Theatre Terri Clark with Kira Isabella April 19 8 p.m. See Grad Club Dusted with Rituals April 20 Theatre Baby Grand Theatre Blue Canoe Productions Inc. presents AIDA April 3 to 6, and 9 to 13 at 7 p.m., April 13 at 2 p.m. See Rotunda Theatre in Theological Hall Queen’s Musical Theatre

presents Reefer Madness April 4 to 6, and 9 to 13 at 8 p.m., April 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. $15 for students, $20 for adults See Domino Theatre at 52 Church St. Domino Theatre presents Bedtime Stories April 18 to 20, 25 to 27 and May 2 to 4 8 p.m. See Dance Grand Theatre Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty April 9 7:30 p.m.

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Sixth at Official club status denied Cornell AMS won’t ratify CrossFit; Athletics and Recreation prioritizes paid programming Virginia regatta next step for Gaels B Y s eaN s UtHerLaND Staff Writer

B Y N ick Faris Assistant Sports Editor

CrossFit Queen’s is still in limbo. The organizers of the burgeoning student fitness initiative were notified last week that they won’t be ratified as a club through the AMS. The student government will instead support them in renewed negotiations with Queen’s Athletics and Recreation. CrossFit organizers Callum Owen, Storm Patterson and Alex Wilson had hoped to gain official AMS club status after talks fell through with Athletics and Recreation in early February. They initially organized group workouts at the ARC starting in January, but were ordered to stop. They’ve been trying to secure permanent workout space on campus since September. The AMS’ decision not to ratify CrossFit was made in accordance with the Memorandum of Understainding — an agreement stipulating that fitness-based clubs should operate under Athletics and Recreation. “By going through the

agreement we have with Athletics more thoroughly, we realized we’re not really supposed to sanction athletics-related groups,” said Tristan Lee, AMS vice president of operations. “We don’t really have the resources to support a very athletic-oriented group, whereas Athletics obviously does.” Lee was involved in a series of meetings with the CrossFit organizers throughout the latter part of the second semester,

along with AMS Clubs Manager Jeffrey McCarthy and incoming Vice President of Operations Nicola Plummer. According to Lee, the AMS is currently working to arrange a preliminary meeting with Athletics and Recreation. “Now that we’re well aware that we won’t be able to [ratify CrossFit], we’re going to do everything that we possibly can to ensure that we get support from

Queen’s sailing team will have to settle for a consolation prize. The Gaels finished sixth out of 15 teams at last weekend’s Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) North Spring Qualifier, hosted by Cornell University. footBaLL This is the second consecutive year that Queen’s has failed to qualify for the America Trophy — the top championship for schools in Ontario and northeastern US. The Gaels finished fourth at Cornell last year. “We ended up slipping back in B Y J osH B UrtoN players follow a strict diet that the results,” said William Schwenger, Staff Writer consists of lots of protein and who competed at the regatta complete carbohydrates. alongside four Gaels teammates. The road to peak conditioning A typical day’s meals might “We’re hoping that one of these doesn’t end with the final repetition consist of steak and eggs for days [qualifying for the America at the gym. breakfast; pasta with chicken and Trophy] will actually happen.” For defensive lineman John vegetables for lunch; a protein Sailing regattas are scored based Miniaci, a well-balanced diet is shake, more steaks and a large salad on the results of a series of races. vital to translating off-season work for dinner. Winners receive one point, while to on-field success. All football “For the bigger guys like myself, each team that follows receiving points according to where they finish. The team with the lowest total score wins the regatta. The host Cornell Big Red was the overall winner at the North Spring Qualifier, tallying 102 points over 30 races. Queen’s finished with 177 points, 75 behind Cornell. The Gaels will compete at the Leroy Grant Trophy, held in Virginia, on April 13 and 14. “It’s a bit of a consolation round,” Schwenger said. “We’re hoping we can get it together and have a really strong finish there.” Both MAISA championships help determine next season’s rankings. The teams in the America Trophy rank between 1-16 based on their performance, with the teams in the Leroy Grant slotted below them. Schwenger said the Gaels will be Off-season food intake is essential to the weight goals of Gaels defensive lineman John Miniaci. He Photo by alex choI aiming for a top-20 overall finish. hopes to start the 2013 season at 280 pounds.

Athletics — where it should come from,” he said. The CrossFit organizers are waiting for that meeting to pursue any further action. Owen told the Journal in early February that the group stopped organizing formal workouts to meet the demands of ARC staff. Now, they’re hoping to reach an official agreement with Athletics and Recreation. See Organizers on page 23

Lunch key for lineman Off-season preparation for defensive mainstay centres on diet we try to get in as much food intake as we can,” Miniaci said. “But at the same time, it’s good carbs and good calories as well. “We can’t be scarfing down McDonalds every day.” Miniaci looks to enter the 2013 season at a solid 280 pounds. Careful attention is needed to balance the weight and strength needed to fend off 300-plus pound offensive lineman while remaining quick enough to close the gap with a quarterback on the pass-rush. “It’s got to be lean muscle,” he said. “I don’t want to carry much excess weight.” See Lean on page 22

INSIDE ATHLETICS Graduating men’s soccer veteran Nick Pateras reflects on his five seasons as a Gael. PAGE 19

FEATURE Queen’s library worker moonlights as Kingston’s foremost soccer reporter. PAGE 22


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Cracking down and westward bound Two pressing questions facing Queen’s Athletics — and their implications for athletes and students alike

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Peter M orrow Sports Editor Varsity athletes are on a very short leash. Athletics Departments are using large-scale player suspensions to maintain order. When athletes are forced to miss games, it’s unclear whether the punishment fits the crime. Queen’s baseball, field hockey and men’s lacrosse varsity club veteran players have all been suspended over the past three seasons for off-field incidents. The “major infractions” policy was violated in two ways: teams committed actions which endangered the safety or undermined the dignity of individuals, which also affected or undermined the reputation of the University. In 2010, the baseball team’s veterans were suspended two full seasons for alcohol-related infractions. Their dead-last finishes in 2010 and 2011 were due to the depletion of players. This past fall, the men’s lacrosse team’s vets only suffered one game each for hosting a rookie party deemed unfit for Athletics standards. Ultimately the policy stands, but it’s too vague, and the standards athletes are being held to are unclear. Worse, the field hockey team’s vets were handed two games. For the first time in four years, the field hockey team was in playoff contention, but the two subsequent losses put a damper on post-season hopes. Several graduating players are leaving without a taste of playoff action. Are those fair prices to pay? I don’t believe so. Still, a fair evaluation is blocked by details

of the off-field commotions that remain off the record — for the sake of athletes’ privacy and the department. From the athlete’s perspective, these kinds of sanctions are a worst-case scenario. Just ask the Dalhousie women’s hockey team, who lost the remainder of their season after being caught throwing a rookie party this past December. They were up in arms over the sanction and weren’t shy about it. In a revealing article by Globe & Mail writer Jane Taber, the players felt “completely bullied” by the athletic department. Details of the rookie party are on record and one of the team rookies stated she “honestly didn’t mind” what was asked of her at the party. The Dal Tigers even reportedly suffered community backlash after a Halifax gossip magazine ran stories suggesting the team engaged in “lurid sexual activity” at the party. Based on what the players said happened at that night, it’s easy to question the message being sent

to varsity athletes through this hardline approach. When varsity teams are violating Athletics policy, what are the other options? For years, Queen’s attempted the “educational approach,” according to Manager of Interuniversity Sport Janean Sergeant. That must’ve been before the hammer came down on baseball in 2010. The investigative process for sanctions, although thorough, is always internal and rarely transparent. The difference between a one-game, a two-game and a two-year suspension is still unknown. This mission to keep athletes in line is misguided; and the message being transmitted has come at the expense of three varsity clubs. In efforts to scare varsity athletes, they’re doing more damage than repair. For varsity teams — and varsity clubs, in particular — the cost of their own actions lies in the hands of the department. The fairness of a decision is entirely out of the players’ hands.


N ick Faris Assistant Sports Editor West may not be the right direction for Queen’s Athletics. Last September, Queen’s celebrated the completion of the redeveloped Nixon Field. The grand opening coincided nicely with the resurgence of Gaels rugby; the field hosted two gripping OUA championship games this season in front of raucous crowds. The unveiling of Nixon was Athletics’ greatest feat of 2012-13 — but it doesn’t reflect the ambiguity surrounding Queen’s other home fields. Athletics has verbally committed to building several new facilities in the coming years, including an all-purpose field house and two

If students only trek to West for marquee football games, they won’t exert themselves to watch less-renowned teams.

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Gaels career reaches full time N ick P ateras Men’s Soccer After four years, being a varsity athlete becomes such an integral part of your self-identity that it can be hard to let go. I recall coming into training camp as a nervous, wide-eyed first-year before gradually progressing into a veteran of the soccer program. For five years we would devote 30-plus hours to soccer, not including travel time on exhausting, arduous trips to cities like Sudbury and North Bay. Being a varsity athlete has

new turf fields. The growth would be centred on West Campus, to create a new athletic hub for Gaels varsity sports. It’s worrisome that Athletics is fixated on such ambitious expansion. Phases 2 and 3 of the Queen’s Centre imploded just four years ago, costing the student body millions of dollars. Somehow, the “postponement” has never been publicly explained. Many questions still need to be answered about the potential move westward. Is this project more financially viable than the ARC? How will Athletics ensure adequate transportation for fans from Main to West Campus? Student apathy is another concern. Aside from Frosh Week and “Fauxcoming,” the football team struggles to attract widespread support, drawing just 2,432 fans for a tilt on Oct. 20 against the Toronto Varsity Blues. (Richardson Stadium seats 10,258.) If students only trek to West for marquee football games, they won’t exert themselves to watch less-renowned teams. That issue lies at the crux of Athletics’ most pressing concern — finding a stable home for Gaels hockey. The proposed West Campus expansion includes the construction of a rink, which Queen’s has lacked since Jock Harty Arena was torn down in 2007.

a much deeper, emotional significance than people tend to acknowledge. Many of us have spent thousands of hours playing the sports we loved growing up and into our university years. Some do go on to play professionally, but for most, our sporting careers really culminate at university. This is why I chose to play Queen’s Soccer for one final, fifth season. Yet by coming back for one last kick of the can I’m also now faced with the cold reality I cheerfully dismissed a year ago: assessing how football fits into my life from now on. The five-year rollercoaster has undoubtedly enveloped my Queen’s experience. Anyone part of a tight-knit faculty or on-campus group will be able to relate to

the true feeling of fraternity. I’ve always called my teammates part of my family and I genuinely feel that way. Indeed, every teammate has been incredibly committed to the cause, prepared to make sacrifices both mental and physical. I’ve both heard of and witnessed an array of injuries, ranging from concussions to broken bones. I myself actually suffered a freak collision in my fourth-year, breaking my jaw and as a result will never boast an aligned set of teeth. Now that the experience has concluded though, I’m filled with trepidation at what comes next. With a full-time job on the horizon, football will be retracted from the epicentre of my world and given a buckled-up backseat spot.

Realistically, the best I can hope for is joining a high-level competitive men’s team with whom to practice and play at most three times a week. Any extra training will have to be self-directed and usually completed in isolation. Of course the stakes don’t feel as high, and frankly they aren’t. Barring the professional game, almost nothing can rival the hyper-competitive nature of university sport and so it certainly feels like somewhat of a step-down. Sadly, I’m resigned to admit that the apex of my footballing career has come and gone and from hereon in, my relationship with the sport will be definitively more casual.

While technically “on-campus,” a West Campus arena would be even further from most students than the Memorial Centre. Students simply don’t want to leave Main Campus to watch Gaels hockey, and moving West wouldn’t bolster crowds. The current setup at Memorial is far from ideal. On the verge of a milestone provincial title, women’s hockey was relocated to the Cataraqui Arena for Rounds 1 and 2 of this year’s OUA playoffs — nearly 10 km northwest of campus. The reason for displacement? A beer gardens for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling championships. This isn’t a sustainable model for any university team. A permanent arrangement is necessary — preferably one that would actually draw students to games. The state of Queen’s athletic facilities should begin to crystallize in the coming years. The timely completion of Nixon Field was a boon for the University, but the gulf between rugby and hockey facilities and the feasibility of West Campus expansion must be addressed. Right now, the concerns outweigh the certainties. It’s on Queen’s Athletics to provide a definitive picture to the students it serves.


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Ranking the top varsity moments The Journal’s Sports editors recount the 10 seminal games of the Gaels’ fall and winter campaigns 10. Frozen Gold

9. Hardwood Statement

8. Stifling the ‘Stangs

7. McKinty Strikes

6. Sudden Victory

Oct. 27 — Women’s Rowing OUA Gold Medal

Jan. 6 — Men’s Basketball Ryerson 82, Queen’s 77 (2OT)

Sept. 15 — Football Queen’s 18, Western 11

Oct. 28 — Women’s Soccer Queen’s 3, Toronto 1 (ET)

Oct. 28 — Men’s Soccer Queen’s 2, Toronto 1 (PK)

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Queen’s rowing thrived under hostile conditions. The women’s team overcame high winds, whipping rain and below-zero temperatures to win the OUA championship in St. Catharine’s. The women’s team bested gold medal favourites Western and Brock, while Queen’s men finished third. Despite having a team bus on site to warm the rowers, head coach John Armitage said some were borderline hypothermic during the event. Regatta officials were forced to shorten the course length from the standard 2,000 m length down to 1,000 m due to extreme wind conditions. Armitage felt this year’s team went “over the moon” in terms of expectations, continuing the rowing program’s trend of perennial success. — Peter Morrow

Men’s basketball was the greatest Gaels revelation of 2012-13 — and nothing signified their arrival better than the miracle they nearly pulled against then-unbeaten Ryerson. It took the Rams two full overtimes to gain any separation in a game defined by stifling defensive play. Queen’s had several golden opportunities to pull out a stunning victory. Rookie guard Sukhpreet Singh missed a late free throw with the game tied, and the Gaels couldn’t capitalize after star Ryerson guard Jahmal Jones fouled out. Still, the Gaels showed unparalleled spunk and perseverance against a nationally ranked opponent. More than any win, the near-upset signified the resurgence of a previously embattled basketball program.

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The Fauxcoming showdown will be remembered more for the colossal student field rush at halftime — but Queen’s win also had resounding on-field implications. In front of 10,077 fans at Richardson Stadium, the Gaels prolonged their early undefeated streak by edging the rival Mustangs. Queen’s defence came up huge, allowing just three points and holding Western quarterback Donnie Marshall to seven completions. Gaels running back Ryan — Nick Faris Granberg ran for 168 yards and scored the deciding fourth-quarter touchdown, clinching Queen’s 45th all-time win over the Mustangs. The triumph didn’t lead to success down the road, but it capped off one of the most memorable afternoons of any Gaels season.

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— Nick Faris

The 2011 and 2012 CIS champions were minutes away from being ousted, but a clutch performance ultimately saved the Gaels. Alexis McKinty put the team on her back. The fourth-year winger scored goals when it mattered most, keeping the playoff run alive in an OUA quarterfinal matchup against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at West Campus field. The Varsity Blues went up 1-0 in the first half and played suffocating defence for the remainder. McKinty buried the game-tying goal off a broken corner kick play with two minutes left in regulation, sending the game to extra time. Carrying the momentum, Queen’s would pot two more in the final frame. McKinty scored the game-winner nine minutes in, securing the Gaels a spot in the semifinal. — Peter Morrow

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Minutes after the women’s extra time win, men’s soccer managed to produce an even greater playoff thriller. Scoreless through 90 minutes in the OUA quarterfinals, the Varsity Blues took the lead midway through the second overtime period. Gaels fifth-year midfielder Patrick Zanetti netted a miracle equalizer two minutes before full time, saving Queen’s turnaround season. The goal was Zanetti’s first career postseason marker. As night fell, goalkeeper Dylan Maxwell made three shootout saves, while midfielder Henry Bloemen scored the clinching goal in the seventh round of penalties. Queen’s advanced to their first OUA Final Four since 2007, igniting a West Campus celebration in their final home game of the year. — Nick Faris See Championships on page 21

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Championships and calamity

2. Redemption at Nixon 1. The Collapse (I & II) Nov. 11 — Men’s Rugby Queen’s 29, Western 18

Oct. 13 & Nov. 3 — Football Guelph 33, Queen’s 28 Guelph 42, Queen’s 39

Queen’s prevailed in another clash of OUA’s men’s rugby titans. They topped the Western Mustangs in an epic OUA final to reclaim the title they held in 2009. It was brutal to watch the regular season matchup in September, when the Mustangs squeaked away with a 22-20 win after a penalty kick in the game’s dying seconds. The kicker happened directly after, when visiting Mustangs supporters stormed Nixon Field, yelling childish slander in celebration. The return of certain key pieces to the Gaels lineup undoubtedly helped them in their rematch. Team captain Dan Moor and star fly-half Liam Underwood missed the bulk of the season, playing with the Ontario Blues men’s side. In final’s opening play, Moor blocked a kick and scored a solo try to open the scoring. Underwood then took charge, scoring 14 points to put the margin out of reach. Even head coach Peter Huigenbos couldn’t hold back laughter following the win, while Moor could barely utter how he felt. It’s a shame there’s no CIS championship tournament for men’s rugby. This team had it all.

Queen’s suffered the most devastating loss of their season in a fourth-quarter meltdown at Guelph. 21 days later, they did it again. Their regular season matchup saw the Gaels hemorrhage an early 25-point lead, with quarterback Billy McPhee tossing four interceptions and the offense failing to score in the second half. Guelph would vault ahead in the OUA standings, costing Queen’s a coveted playoff bye. Three weeks later, Queen’s put forth an even greater choke job in a semifinal rematch. Up 36-14 through three quarters, the Gaels allowed three straight touchdowns in the final 10 minutes. After a late two-point conversion tied the game, Guelph scored on their second play from scrimmage in overtime, capping off the unfathomable meltdown. Queen’s second collapse infringed on mythical proportions — it mirrored the abrupt brutality of the first loss, yet was more devastating in every facet. Guelph would fall by 17 points to McMaster in the Yates Cup, while the Gaels were left to ponder what could have been.

— Peter Morrow

— Nick Faris



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5. Semifinal Smackdown

4. Statement Game

3. Banner at the Buzzer

Nov. 9 — Women’s Soccer Queen’s 4, Ottawa 1

Oct. 27 — Women’s Rugby Guelph 10, Queen’s 6

March 1 —Women’s Hockey Queen’s 5, Western 4


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The Gaels reminded everyone why they were national champions for two years straight. They defeated the previously unbeaten Ottawa Gee-Gees 4-1 in the CIS semifinal in Victoria, B.C. Ottawa notched the first goal off a scrambled play in the first half, but the lead unraveled quickly. Within seven minutes, the Gaels scored on a rebound to make it 1-1. The second half featured three Queen’s goals — including two long-range stunners by second-year striker Breanna Burton — and the Gaels moved on the national final. It seemed like this was Ottawa’s year, after they shut out the Gaels twice on the way to an OUA title in October. In the end, Queen’s was too hungry for a historic three-peat — something they fell just short of in the national final, losing 0-0 in penalty kicks to Trinity Western.

The Gryphons were shaking in their boots. Queen’s was on the verge of dethroning the seven-time defending champions at Nixon Field — something that seemed impossible prior to this OUA final. The Gryphons went up 7-0 early, and it seemed like another blowout might be in store. It wasn’t until the 23rd minute when Bronwyn Corrigan slotted a penalty kick, cutting the lead to 7-3. Suddenly, it was a ball game. Queen’s made it 7-6 in the second half, but sterling defence from both sides kept Guelph ahead by a narrow margin. The Gryphons notched a late kick conversion, and Queen’s couldn’t muster a try. Guelph hadn’t come that close to a loss in years. Their second worst result last fall was a 41-0 blowout over the Western Mustangs. With hardly any graduating Gaels players, this result is a sign of good things to come.

Seconds away from their second OUA title in three years, the Gaels had to withstand one frantic final push. After shutting out Western 4-0 in London in Game 1 of the championship series, Queen’s outlasted the Mustangs at home two days later, salvaging an early 4-1 lead and preventing a tying goal in a late scramble in front of netminder Mel Dodd-Moher. Five different Gaels scored in the title-clinching victory, played in front of an unnaturally raucous crowd at the Memorial Centre. Second-year winger Taryn Pilon netted the eventual winning goal early in the third period, sending Queen’s to CIS nationals for the second time. The game marked the final win for several Gaels veterans, including fifth-year captain Kristin Smith, defender Katie Duncan and goaltender Karissa Savage.

— Peter Morrow

— Peter Morrow

— Nick Faris

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Red Patch Boy tracks the beautiful game Queen’s library worker keeps pace with Kingston soccer scene, seeks to spur sport’s national growth B Y Peter M orrow Sports Editor The disheveled red Toronto FC tuque looked older than its years. Alex Fletcher wears it with pride as one of the Red Patch Boys — a Toronto FC fan dating back to the team’s creation in 2007. Currently working with Discovery Systems at Queen’s Libraries, the 38-year old Kingston native is all soccer, straight to his core. Fletcher’s perhaps better known for his Kingston soccer blog entitled “Support Local Soccer,” covering Queen’s varsity teams, Greater Kingston league games and beyond.

“It’s something I really believe in, and nobody in Kingston writes about soccer in Kingston,” Fletcher told the Journal. “You never see it [in the news], but we’ve got one of the best university teams in Canada with women’s soccer, and one of the best in Ontario with men’s.” He fills what he deems a nagging void, covering important games while boasting an inside scoop on soccer matters on the national scale. He’s Kingston’s lone soccer reporter, and he’s fully cognizant as to why. “It’s not hockey and it’s not football,” he said. “The local news, papers like the Whig used to be about local sports first — then the

QUoteD “if you think about it, if you’re at a canadian national championship, it doesn’t matter how well you do or how piss poor you do, you get a write-up. it doesn’t matter.” — Alex Fletcher,

local soccer writer

other stuff. It was a different time.” The part-time referee, goalie and league administrator still gives back to the game. Lack of local coverage and a deep-seeded love for the game have both led Fletcher to write for three years and running. “The only news stories I’ve seen covered in the past 10-12 years … are actually stories I’ve written as press releases from our league,” Fletcher said, minus the Ambassador Cup Youth tournament covered every year. His time spent in Toronto with the Red Patch Boys was eye-opening. Toronto FC was born in 2007, along with unparalleled support for local soccer in North America. The club sold out its tickets in its first three seasons, thanks in part to two supporter groups: The Red Patch Boys and U-Sector. U-Sector used to be a fan group of the Toronto Lynx, dominating the Section U of the old Toronto Varsity Stadium, before it was rebuilt. “The Red Patch Boys was started up specifically with Toronto FC, named after a first Canadian Regiment from the First World War,” Fletcher said. “And the [Toronto FC] logo is completely based off the regiment.” The estimated 500 Red Patch Boys were part of the 4,000 fans that trekked to Montreal for the Impact’s home opener against Toronto FC. Fletcher said that game doubled Toronto’s previous league-wide record of visiting fans. “You get the mix of fans that are there for the game and those just there to party — kind of like Homecoming on Aberdeen, as an example.” In Kingston, Fletcher doesn’t expect the fan base to suddenly blow up. With Kingston FC entering their second season in the Canadian Soccer League, he’ll just keep writing.

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Kingston native Alex Fletcher took local soccer coverage into his own hands with his blog ‘Support Local Soccer.’

“Something like ‘Support Local Soccer’ isn’t running on the number of hits it gets. It’s all about the information that gets out

there,” he said. “If I write a story that 55 people read, that’s 55 people who know and I feel good about that.”

Follow @QJSports.

Lean muscle mass over excess weight Continued from page 18

Hitting the weight room regularly is the second sure-fire way to make offseason improvements. “It’s the combination of being at that heavier weight of 280 but not losing any speed or agility, which you typically have when you’re lighter.” While individual goals vary from player to player, most linemen stick to a similar routine that focuses on strength, explosiveness and agility. The standard exercises like bench press and squats are essential, but Miniaci mixes in other techniques to reach top-end fitness. “I try to get in skipping and lateral work, just that quickness on your feet, getting your quick-twitch muscles firing,” he said. Linemen generally use the 225-pound bench press and 10-yard dash to set benchmarks and track progress throughout the offseason. Miniaci was tested vigorously from March 22-24, when he attended the CFL scouting combine in Toronto. He was joined by Gaels wide receiver Justin Chapdelaine and offensive lineman Josh Prinsen. “The lifts are much more high intensity compared to during the season where it’s more maintenance,” Miniaci said.

“You’re in [the gym] at least four times a week.” Once spring hits, the week is scheduled into multiple weight training sessions along with team practices that focus on refining and improving fundamental skills.

We try to get in as “much food intake as we can.

— John Miniaci, football defensive lineman The strains of a full football schedule begin in the fall. Weight-training sessions are cut to a minimum — players focus on maintaining mobility and overall strength in between rigorous practices and Saturday games. This increase in activity corresponds with a jump in food intake. Meals increase to five or six a day, incorporating more calorie-dense foods like bread and nuts. The increased consumption allows Miniaci to indulge in his university student favourite meal of steak and perogies. “[I’ve] definitely got to pack [myself] more snacks … just to keep my body going.”


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Organizers open to discussion Continued from page 18

“We’d love to be able to have very level-head, logical discussions with them, and for them to support what we want to do,” Owen said. “I think our model fits in perfectly with the [A&R] club model.” Before scrapping the organized workouts, the organizers said they regularly drew 30 to 40 participants per morning session. Over 570 people are currently part of the CrossFit Queen’s Facebook group. “I actually feel like we’ve let a lot of people down on a personal level by starting this group up, getting so many people excited and committing to people that we’d provide this for them — and then not being able to,” Owen said. According to Wilson, the group could have an official CrossFit program in place by summer if a settlement is reached in the coming weeks. “We’re waiting with bated breath at this point,” he said. Marg Jones, Manager of Recreation and Sports Clubs for Athletics and Recreation, said she hadn’t been in touch with the CrossFit organizers or the AMS. In lieu of pursuing a formalized CrossFit club, Athletics and Recreation plans to implement a new Fitness & Wellness program — an expansion of their current “Fitness Boot Camp,” whose prices range from $75 to $127 for ARC members. According to Jones, the new program will focus on advanced fitness training for men and women, up to a maximum class size of 35. “We feel that that’s really going to meet the needs of that type of participants,” she said. In addition to safety and liability concerns, Jones said that

licensing issues would inhibit the establishment of a potential CrossFit club. “Nobody’s allowed to use the CrossFit name. That’s the other piece that these guys don’t get,” she said. “That term is owned — it’s a patented term,

and nobody is allowed to use that without paying dearly. “[The CrossFit organizers] have great intentions, but there are rules and regulations around how you have to do things.”

CrossFit Timeline September The CrossFit organizers initially met with the AMS at the start of the school year. They were directed to Athletics and Recreation as a potential fitness club. October The organizers met twice with Athletics and Recreation during the first semester. The idea of running CrossFit as a for-profit Fitness & Wellness program was presented to them during these meetings, the organizers said. January The group began to run organized workouts at the ARC, but were told to stop by ARC staff and Athletics and Recreation. According to Owen, the organizers were informed via email that their

ARC memberships could be revoked if the workouts continued. February The organizers met with Athletics and Recreation senior management for the final time. Soon after, the group returned to the AMS in the hopes of being ratified as a club. March The organizers were informed that they won’t be ratified as an AMS club, per an agreement between the AMS and Athletics and Recreation. AMS Vice President of Operations Tristan Lee said he’s currently working to set up a meeting with Athletics and Recreation to discuss CrossFit’s future. — Nick Faris

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postscript Over 150 people responded to the annual Best of Kingston survey, giving you a wide array of Kingston’s finest. Here are the results of our 2012-13 call for the best of the Limestone City.

As the largest study spot on campus, Stauffer takes this category. Douglas, with its famed Harry Potter room, is a close second.

Since the warmer months are fast approaching, parents and students can dine together on Pan Chancho’s lunch menu under a patio umbrella.

When it comes to making the old new again, Phase Two is the readers’ choice. If you’re feeling like growing your vinyl collection, head just step a few blocks away to Brian’s for a musical fix.

Incoming first-years likely won’t know about the glories of the S&R Department Store, nor will they understand the joys of a midnight rendezvous at MyBar.

Conveniently located near the waterfront, the cool breeze might just help your hangover as you stumble out to Morrison’s for some eggs and a large coffee.

People seem to be divided when it comes to their regular sushi hang-outs, but Sima returns for a second year as the Kingston favourite.

If it’s live music you want, turn to The Mansion or The Grad Club, but The Mansion’s seven dollar schooners seem to keep it in first place.

In a very close race, Harper’s Burger Bar wins bragging rights as Kingston’s best burger.

If your date’s in want of romantic mood lighting and a fine array of delicious food, look no further than the renowned Woodenheads.

This is always a contentious category, but The Queen’s Pub wins the title of best-voted pub. You can’t argue with its proximity and half-price weekend night menu items.

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If anything big happens at Queen’s or in Kingston, you’ll find out on this first-place winner’s popular social media site first. Voters seem to like it as a place to rehash their student life problems best.

If you ever want to know about on-campus conversations between first-years or some strange morning-after recollections, don’t leave your laptop, just subscribe to Overheard.

John’s Deli packs a mean sandwich, so it’s said. With a grocery stock that goes beyond its deli and meat market, voters seem to favour the Princess St. and University Ave. grocer.

John’s Deli wins out once again. It looks like the student favourite may be a secret no more.

Be it board games, puzzles or knitting, Minotaur is your one-stop shop for finding a new way to procrastinate. Exams are coming up, after all.

Urban Outfitters may have won first place for another year, but voters are looking to online shopping to fulfill the clothing needs that Kingston can’t.

Quick Sew wins by a landslide. Its convenient location at Princess and Barrie Streets make for easy student access when they’re in need of a quick fix.

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lAST Words B y K atherine Fernandez -B lance Editor in Chief When I first came to Queen’s, I was 12 years old, involved in a one-week enrichment program for musical theatre. We sang “Seasons of Love” from Rent for our final performance, which questioned “how do you measure a year in the life.” I’m now 22 and as I leave this university and this newspaper for good, I find myself asking the same question. I find myself measuring in love, because it’s what fuels this place, and at times, this campus. As an editor, it’s easy to stand back and watch the flurry of campus activity unfold in front of you. Our reporters are in the trenches, getting spat at and hung up on for the sake of their stories and photos. These brave souls have faced it all, and day after day, they come back wanting more. Love is what keeps our staff here till all hours of the night bickering with their editors about the wording of a headline. It’s a deep commitment to this place, to the power of the written word, to the feeling that we’re actually doing something that makes a difference — this is what our love is like. Anger is also pervasive. Whether we’re witnessing it through the way Queen’s campus reacts to news events in person or on our comment boards, anger is irrational at times, but it’s definitely fostered rational discussion this year. There are many things that the Journal is not. We’re not a body that is saving lives or defending justice, we’re simply telling stories for our community to share, to comment on and to continue. I’ve had the honour of writing for this paper for four years and working on staff for three of them. Thank you, dear readers for making this possible. To my work-wife, Labiba: It amazes me that we’re still standing. Sometimes our days at this place felt like a battle, but your strength and drive pushed this place to be better. I can’t think of anyone better to start and end at this place with. To my girlfriend, Julie: You’ve taught me how to let go and breathe. Thanks for being We want to thank the volunteers who contributed to Volume 140. You made every issue better.

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the calm during the storm; I don’t know how I could have made it through this year without your love. To our rock-solid business manager, Geroldine: You made the paper possible. Thanks for knowing how to hustle, and doing it with grace. Gen, I know it’s been a rocky year to transition into a new position, but working with you has been a pleasure. Our morning chats near the Timbits make for the best start to mornings. After three years, hundreds of articles and dozens of tear-filled tissues, letting go of this place feels right. Thanks to Jess and my former housemates and assistants for making my experience what it was. To those that gave me wings: Rachel and Tyler, thanks for taking a risk on me, I’m still surprised you did. Clare and Jake, the best journalists I know — our friendship will survive long past this volume; thank you for making me strong. Alison and Janina: you’ll blink and it’s gone; don’t forget to have fun. I can’t wait to read your first issue. And to the Journal’s former Administrative Assistant, Gabe King: I wouldn’t be in this position if not for your encouragement. This paper is more than its print copy, it’s house or its student fee. It’s formed from the collective vision of our staff, and our Queen’s community. It’s the reader that keeps the love alive. Thank you. Katherine is going to seize the day.

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B y L abiba H aque Editor in Chief It’s 4:26 a.m. and we’ve come full circle. My eyes are tearing up from days of minimal sleep and I’m pretty sure my heart’s beating twice as fast thanks to the excess coffee in my bloodstream. But I don’t care. If I could, I’d sit here forever looking over every word of every line, trying to make these last words as perfect as possible. This place has that sort of impact on you. It’s a kind of obsession and once you’ve got it, it’s hard to let go. But after four years and 120 issues, I know I got my education at the Queen’s Journal, despite getting a degree from Queen’s. I sit here in a state of awe at all we’ve done this year — from our first-ever online interactive election coverage to the discussions we’ve generated. And I can tell you that it wouldn’t have been possible without the slew of loyal and dedicated Journal staff who stood behind us. Even as I write this, I can overhear some of them flipping through earlier issues commenting on how far they’ve come and I can’t agree more. They’re the ones with the toughest jobs and they’re the bravest bunch I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Their talent and resilience makes me have faith and confidence in the future of journalism. I’m afraid that once this night is over, I won’t ever want to leave. Katherine, I guess there’s a reason we were called “the Madelines.” We really were

in sync even when we disagreed. You’re the reason I’m still standing here today. If it wasn’t for your talent and ability keeping me at bay I don’t know where I’d be. Jess and Ryan, thanks for being my backbone. You guys have been with me from the beginning and I can only attribute how I’ve grown as a person to your support and friendship. Gen and Ger, thank for holding down the fort when we didn’t know what to do. It’s been a tough year and knowing your strength in the business side, you only helped keep us grounded. Gabe, you motivated and pushed me to be a better journalist and most of all a better person. If it wasn’t for that I don’t think I would’ve ever been in this position. You pushed me to be better everyday and I thank you for that. Alison and Janina, this place means the world to me and there was once a time where leaving never crossed my mind. Knowing you’ll be there to hold down the fort, I can breathe a lot easier. I know you’ll do us proud, I’ve seen what you’re both capable of every day. Gloria, if it wasn’t for the chance you took in assigning me my first news story, I don’t think I would have gotten the chance to experience life like this. I thank you every day for believing in a naïve first year. To Tyler and Rachel, thanks for helping me grow. Clare and Jake: Words can’t describe how much the two of you have meant to me. You’ve been my mentors for two years and with every word I write, I think of you. It would be that in my last words, I’m left speechless. It’s not that I don’t have enough to say, there just will never be enough time. And to the reader, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you. All of your comments — whether compliments, frustrations or humorous snarky online banter — it pushed us to be better every issue. You’re the ones who keep us accountable, if it weren’t for you there’d be no us. Thanks for reading. Labiba has never felt so alive.

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Queen’s unveils funding campaign Oct. 2, 2012

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plus an additional $100 million in future estate gifts. Queen’s is hoping to receive $1 The AMS has been asked to million in donations per week propose projects that they consider following the launch of the as campaign priorities while Initiative Campaign on Saturday — keeping up with the movement the largest fundraising campaign in of the campaign, Vice-Principal of the University’s history. Advancement Tom Harris said. The campaign opened in 2006 According to the Campaign’s and through alumni donations website, 56 per cent of donations raised nearly $300 million of their will go towards faculties or schools, $500 million goal before publicly 6.4 per cent will go towards launching the campaign last week. Athletics and Recreation and 4 per The donations will be cent will go towards campus-wide going into a number of areas, student assistance. ranging from infrastructure The infrastructure plans renewal to the hiring of more include Isabel Bader Center of teaching staff. the Performing Arts and The The committee aims to raise the Centre of Infrastructure in Global rest of the $500 million by 2016, Engineering — a 70,000 square

Radio station manager terminated Oct. 5, 2012

cent commission on advertisement sales. Mngoma said he wouldn’t Ayanda Mngoma, CFRC’s business take the position after it was manager, was fired from his offered to him. “I worry about having position on Oct. 2 without notice. The decision came following the something so crucial be left to the AMS Board of Directors restructure hands of a volunteer who will only of the radio station’s budget for the be working 15 hours a week,” he 2012-13 year, resulting in what will said. be an expected $10,000 decrease Rob Gamble, chair of the in budget expenses after Mngoma’s AMS Board of Directors, said termination. that according to AMS bylaws, Mngoma said he was told to consultation with CFRC meet with AMS Vice President of stakeholders “was not necessary” Operations Tristan Lee and AMS as the station’s finances and Media Services Director Terra operations are under the direct Arnone on Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. purview of the AMS Board of He allegedly received a phone Directors. call from Lee around 1:45 p.m. In a report released Wednesday telling him to bring his keys to on the AMS website, Gamble the meeting. There, Mngoma said the Board rejected CFRC’s said he was told his position had proposed budget outline because been dissolved and his contract it would have left the station with terminated without cause. only $4,000 of a $15,000 grant The salaried Business Manager provided for by the AMS last year. position will be replaced by The grant intended to provide a volunteer position which will additional deficit coverage until its receive an honoraria and 40 per separation in 2014. 

Homecoming to return in 2013 Jan. 11, 2013 After a four-year ban on Homecoming, the annual tradition will see an official return in the fall. Principal Daniel Woolf ’s announcement on Dec. 11 was met with optimism from student leaders and alumni. The decision came after 16 months of planning between the University, the City and Kingston Police. Discussions on bringing the event back began in Nov. 2011 after Queen’s Rector Nick Francis spear-headed a working group consisting of different stakeholders, such as student leaders, alumni and faculty members. “When we first started brainstorming how we could bring it back, we focused on the roots and the essence of what Homecoming means and we built on that,” Francis, ArtSci ’13, said. This summer, an official

planning committee was created to oversee programming and events should Homecoming make a return in the future. It was decided that Homecoming will be split into two weekends — Oct. 4 and Oct. 19 — to deter mass crowds and unruly behavior and also give more opportunity to alumni to take part in Homecoming. The first date will host events for reunion years ending in five, with the second hosting reunions ending in zero. A focus on alumni and student networking will also be featured during events. Further details for the events are being kept private for the time being. Principal Woolf told the Journal on Dec. 11 that he decided to reinstate Homecoming officially after good student behaviour last October. — Vincent Matak

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 wall and an Oil Thigh flash mob. Saturday’s launch also coincided with the grand reopening of Nixon Field, formerly known as Kingston Field. “[We’re] having the launch here tonight and then we take that to Calgary next week, and then both Toronto and Ottawa,” Harris said. — Julia Vriend

According to Kristiana Clemens, CFRC’s operations officer, the station sent a letter and multiple emails to the AMS Board asking to negotiate an appropriate budget model after their budget proposal was rejected in August, but received no response. “The lost revenue is estimated $7,000 at a minimum in lost cash revenue and in-kind promotional services and that’s immediately,” she said. — Vincent Matak (with files from Holly Tousignant) Photo by Alex Choi

Student bus company faces legal action Jan. 11, 2013 A Queen’s student-run bus company — the Kingston Rocket — is facing an investigation by the Ontario Highway Transport Board (OHTB) following a complaint filed by Coach Canada. The Rocket is a low-cost student travel venture that charters schoolbuses from Kingston to the GTA over major holidays. Ontario legislation and the OHTB requires companies running a scheduled

transportation service to have a scheduled service license, which is traditionally given to one specific transportation company per route. Coach Canada is licensed for the Kingston to Toronto corridor. The Kingston Rocket wasn’t licensed, which is where the trouble began. CEO Bill Mei, Comm ’15, isn’t convinced that his company needs to follow these regulations, because they charter buses and don’t run on a service schedule. Coach Canada said on Dec. 13

that they sent a letter to Mei stating that they were the current license holders for the route and that the Kingston Rocket was in violation of the legislation. Coach Canada said they didn’t receive a reply to their letter and on Dec. 19, filed a complaint with the OHTB. The Kingston Rocket and their legal representation are currently looking at different options and determining the best next steps to take. Ultimately, Mei said he’d like to see transportation services deregulated. “What’s wrong with people chartering a bus to go from point A to point B? I mean, that’s what we’re doing,” he said. Coach Canada President John Emberson said his company also shares these ideas about deregulation. “Within the current regulatory system we’re restricted on what we can do,” he said. “Everybody has to follow the regulations and that includes the Kingston Rocket.” — Rachel Herscovici

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Concerns arise over blue light bars Jan. 15, 2013

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Woolf seeks second term

Jan. 22, 2013

Principal Daniel Woolf doesn’t want his time at Queen’s to come to an end. With just over one year left in Woolf’s first five-year term as Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the members of a committee led by Chancellor David Dodge are soliciting feedback from the community as they consider his reappointment. Woolf’s term ends in June 2014. He was first appointed in 2009 and took over the principalship in September of that year. Since then, he has established eight key objectives with the Board of Trustees which the Joint Board/ Senate Review Committee claim have “endured throughout the term to date and continue.” These objectives are outlined online

for those who wish to submit their views. Woolf said he’s pleased with many of the advances the University has made since his term as principal began. “I would say I am very, very comfortable with our relationship with the City of Kingston now, including our ability to restore, with their blessing, Homecoming,” he said. “I am particularly pleased, though I must say it was not something that I had either planned on or anticipated when I arrived, in the enormous strides Queen’s has made in the area of campus mental health,” he added. Woolf counts the reorganization of senior administration — including the creation of a provost position — and working toward financial sustainability,

Concerns arise over blue light bars Campus Security has hired two additional staff for direct patrolling of the blue lights on campus after students have continued to misuse the emergency phones. “False blue light activations, no matter the motivation, take our response staff away from other calls,”  Campus Security Director David Patterson told the Journal via email. The 176 blue lights are located in frequently traveled areas around campus to allow access to emergency services. When the red button is pushed, it directs the person to the Queen’s Campus Security Emergency

Team BGP’s victory Jan. 31 was met with screams of joy by the team members and their supporters. The screaming began as soon as the AMS chief electoral and

chief returning officers entered the third-story JDUC common room BGP had been waiting in with their campaign volunteers. The rest of AMS council accompanied both CEO Caileigh Simpson and CRO Ali Tejpar in announcing BGP as

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if a group of students go around campus and shotgun a beer for every blue light on campus. To mark their completion, students will sometimes duct tape the empty can to the post and scatter. Some of the students attempting the jacket bar have gone as far as to press the button on the blue lights. The button alerts Campus Security of an emergency in that location. Others have climbed the poles in an effort to smash the light bulb. “[The vandalism] is unacceptable behavior,” City Councilor Dorothy Hector said. — Julia Vriend

Voting validation delays results

as well as a move toward a “culture of planning,” as other accomplishments. This planning includes a Senate-approved academic plan, a Senate-approved research plan and an international strategy. If reappointed, Woolf hopes to continue working toward increasing the file was too big, so we needed Queen’s internationalization, a big Jan. 31, 2013 a compressed file that had to come goal of his. He hopes to stay on at Queen’s in the history department Voting validation delays from their end,” Simpson said. She noted that the same system even after his role as principal ends. election results The Joint Board/Senate Review The AMS elections team will of preferential balloting was used Committee will solicit input until provide next year’s Chief Electoral in last year’s election, but the file Feb. 15, and will present their and Chief Returning Officers (CEO wasn’t as large and therefore could decision to the Board of Trustees and CRO) with a strong transition be downloaded the same night. in May. to avoid the same mistakes from Not a single election, including happening again, the current CEO faculty society, undergraduate student trustee and residence — Holly Tousignant told the Journal. The results of the 2013 AMS society, was uncontested this year, election were released Jan. 31 at and the additional teams on the approximately 11:20 a.m., just ballot resulted in the larger file. Simpson said she wasn’t told to over 15 hours after the voting look out for such a problem. period ended. “I wasn’t transitioned on it,” AMS Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Caileigh Simpson took over she said. Faculty and residence societies her post after CEO Scott Mason took leave to campaign for ASUS were left to determine for presidency. The delay in releasing themselves how to proceed. Only the Engineering Society next year’s AMS executives, the results occurred in part due to bringing with them champagne the system of tabulating votes used (EngSoc) and Residence Society by VoteNet, the service used to (ResSoc) were affected as they were and congratulations. the only societies to have more The members of BGP were conduct elections. According to a statement than two teams in the running. anxious prior to the announcement, EngSoc released their results which had been delayed almost released on the AMS website, VoteNet selects winners based on around midnight on Jan. 30 while, 15 hours. Following the release of the “ballot points” for votes involving ResSoc waited until the evening results, teammates Berkok, Peter preferential ballots, rather than raw of Jan. 31. The winter referendum didn’t Green and TK Pritchard hugged votes, as is AMS policy. Simpson each other, thanked their volunteers said a solution to the problem involve preferential balloting, and ventured to Queen’s Pub for was discovered at 8:30 p.m. which but those results were delayed involved obtaining the raw data as well. celebratory drinks. The AMS reported that 41.4 from VoteNet. — Holly Tousignant “At that point we were waiting per cent of AMS members voted in this year’s election — the highest for VoteNet to provide us with this raw data and the problem was that turnout since 1991. BGP won with 59.7 per cent of the vote in the second ballot. Berkok said his first goal as possible,” Berkok said. Green added that one thing Today, the president and president-elect is to lay the vice-president-elects will begin groundwork for expanding he’ll begin to review is the preparing themselves for Queen’s Wi-Fi, a multi-year current AMS hiring practices to the roles of AMS executives, project the team will undertake ensure equitable standards for positions which will commence in conjunction with Queen’s next year’s commissioners and o n Information Technology services. service directors. May 1. The process will begin by surveying — Vincent Matak, with files “The most important thing we areas to determine where the from Nick Faris and need to be doing right now is to expansion would cover the Rachel Herscovici start transitioning,” Berkok said. most students “That will be a good step to ensure “Obviously it’s a big project that we want to get started as soon as we’re ready for May.”

BGP celebrates victory in executive election

Jan. 31, 2013

Report Services. Since 2008, there’s been a spike in the number of blue lights pressed maliciously. In 2012, up until Dec. 11, there were 362 incidents of this nature, compared to 327 in 2011, according to the Whig-Standard. City Council began looking into the issue after a group of women, including SGPS executive assistant Anne-Marie Grondin, brought their concerns to the Dec. 4 Council meeting. The following week, Kingston Police announced they would be looking into the incidents. There have been reports of students misusing the blue lights in an attempt to get a jacket bar known as “Blue Light” or “True Blue.” The bar can be achieved

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Frat policy amended

Jan. 31, 2013

The policy that banned students from involvement in fraternities and sororities outside of Queen’s was amended at AMS assembly Jan. 31. The amendment means that penalties are no longer in place for AMS members who choose to join a fraternity or sorority. Such groups are still prohibited from affiliating themselves with the University. The amendment, which was devised by the AMS executive team, carried in its first reading at Assembly on Jan. 17. On Jan. 31 it carried in its second reading and the voting members of Assembly adopted the addition to policy. Vice-President of University

Affairs Mira Dineen said she and Vice-President of Operations Tristan Lee began looking at existing policies in October. She said students expressed concerns that fraternities and sororities would “detract from the school environment that we have here, which is really unique to Queen’s.” On Nov. 22, Dineen, Lee and President Doug Johnson presented a report to Assembly, which included letters from Queen’s and the AMS’ legal counsel and the results of an online feedback form, among other documents. The ban on fraternities was originally implemented in the 1930s. She said the old policy was symbolic and didn’t outline how

the AMS would enforce the ban or what kind of sanctions that they would impose on a student who was involved with one. Dineen said it’s difficult to please everyone on this issue. They’ve been in contact with students, alumni, the University’s legal council and the Ontario Human Rights Office. At the Assembly last night, an amendment was added to the original amendment. It prohibits fraternities and sororities from recruiting on campus. “It’s something we thought was implied but we want to put that in there just in case,” Dineen said. — Julia Vriend

Vice-president-elect announces resignation Feb. 28, 2013

AMS Vice-President-elect of operations Peter Green has resigned from his position, citing a lack of confidence in his fellow executive members. Green, who won the AMS executive election with Eril Berkok and TK Pritchard as Team BGP late January, denounced his teammates for demanding his resignation. In a letter to the Journal, Green said he faced pressure from Berkok and Pritchard to resign over his lack of experience following the election win. The letter goes on to say that Green offered to work with both Berkok and Pritchard, an offer which was rejected. “[The] actions of Eril and TK over the past several days have convinced me that we no longer have the confidence and trust in each other and the commitment to support in each other that is necessary to work together successfully,” Green wrote in the letter. In a statement released around 3 p.m. Thursday on Facebook, Berkok and Pritchard said they

didn’t threaten to impeach Green or pressure him to resign based on his level of experience. “[We] would like it to be noted that this had nothing to do with his experience and we continue to believe that the AMS is a no-experience required institution,” Berkok and Pritchard said in the statement addressed to current AMS Assembly in an email. Both ignored multiple interview requests from the Journal. Last night, Berkok and Pritchard nominated Nicola Plummer as a replacement for Green. AMS Assembly will vote to ratify Plummer as the incoming vicepresident of operations at a special AMS Assembly on Sunday. This process is in accordance with section 2.02.03 of the AMS Constitution, according to an AMS statement. Section 2.02.03 reads that “executive members may appoint a replacement, who is a Society member, subject to the approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Assembly present and voting at a meeting where notice of a motion of approval has been duly given.” The decision to apply section

2.02.03 — which doesn’t directly address incoming executive members — to Green’s resignation was made by the current executive team and AMS Information Officer Greg McKellar. AMS Assembly members will vote on the application of the section on Sunday. “Were going based on the most applicable set of guidelines,” McKellar said. “There is a very clear procedure here to follow.” — Vincent Matak

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Hidden camera causes alarm March 1, 2013

Two weeks after a hidden camera was found in a shower stall in Victoria Hall, no arrests have been made, according to Kingston Police media relations officer Steve Koopman. On Feb. 13, students discovered the camera — disguised as a towel hook — in one of the co-ed stalls on the fifth floor. The camera was removed and handed over to Kingston Police, who are now investigating the case. According to the email sent to residence staff on Feb. 14, no memory card was found in the camera. The email also stated that students on the floor were advised

of the incident by staff members and informed of available support and counselling. Koopman said there’s been no development in the case. He added that Police are not releasing information about whether any images were discovered, or whether the camera was capable of storing photos without an SD card. Detectives are typically given an initial period of 30 to 60 days to investigate such an incident, he said. After that, they can request more time or leave the case unsolved. — Holly Tousignant

Prescott censured March 8, 2013

Former AMS presidential candidate and ASUS representative to the AMS Alexander Prescott was censured on March 5 by ASUS Assembly after he made controversial comments about rape on Facebook. Prescott was censured in a Special Assembly called to deal

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with the motion to reprimand promoted rape culture and him, with a vote of 17 in favour victim-blaming. Prescott said he believes people and five against. The agenda for the special meeting was set had misconstrued his comments at the previous week’s regular and that he was stating his opinion as “Alex Prescott,” not “Alex ASUS assembly. Prescott’s Facebook comments, Prescott, ASUS representative to left on Feb. 25, suggested that the AMS.” On Tuesday night, debates a degree of the onus for rape should be on victims, based on became heated and some members were eventually asked their conduct. Despite much opposition, to leave when their behaviour Prescott stood behind his was deemed inappropriate by comments and clarified them the Speaker. Also during the meeting, further at the Special Assembly, stating that he doesn’t condone assembly members Daniel Basilio, ASUS representative to the AMS, rape culture. However, he stated in Assembly Chelsey Morphy, chair of ASUS that “some responsibility lies with Board of Directors, and Greg victims who put themselves in Allan, ASUS representative to the AMS publicly announced risky situations.” During the assembly, a motion their resignations. None of the three felt was brought forward by a member working with to impeach Prescott. The motion comfortable was deemed unconstitutional someone who holds such beliefs as by the ASUS assembly Prescott’s, they said. In an email to the Journal, speaker as two-weeks notice Morphy stated that during the weren’t provided. When the Speaker’s decision course of the evening ASUS had was challenged, it went to a vote “taken actions that leave me feeling by assembly, requiring two-thirds unsafe while I volunteer and of votes in support to pass. The are condoning a discourse that I motion didn’t pass and was fundamentally disagree with.” officially abandoned. — Rachel Herscovici Many of those present publicly expressed their opinions of Prescott’s comments; most believed the comments


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A prison of the past Oct. 12, 2012 Within the span of 86 years, seven prisoners met their grisly fate just steps from campus. Behind the Frontenac County Court House, located on the north edge of City Park, once stood the gallows of the City’s Court House and jail. Local historians, however, believe there’s a possibility that human remains still lie beneath the site. The exact location of where the remains were buried is unknown. “We’re left to guess because the documentation is a little sketchy,” said Kingston historian Jennifer McKendry. “We don’t have written proof to say every corpse that was buried there was removed.” The jail, which stood for 118 years, consisted of a single cellblock and a yard with a two-storey wall around the perimeter. “They were looking at the potential for adding a rear wing to the building,” McKendry said. “I personally would not be pleased [if this happened] because it’s one of the few buildings in which the back

elevation … is very handsome, well designed. I don’t want it to be obscured by any old addition on it.” In 1973, the County faced strong opposition from many students regarding its decision to tear down the facilities. At the time, the building was sitting unused. “[The County was] not listening to any alternative at this point,” McKendry said. “There was no stopping them and the wall[s] went down.” Fire ravaged much of the building in 1875. The dome and the wings of the building were completely decimated and then rebuilt. It was at this point that the look of the building changed. In 1980, the Court House was designated a National Historic Site by the federal government. Today, it continues to stand as a fully functional court house. It’s seen several high-profile cases come through during its history, including the infamous Shafia trial which was held last fall and winter.

Salaries subject to remuneration review Oct. 16, 2012 Over $140,000 in student dollars are spent on AMS commissioner salaries — the equivalent of almost 2000 AMS-specific student fees. This point was raised by Commerce Society President Nicola Plummer at a recent AMS Assembly. “I would think that a vast majority of students don’t realize this is how their student fees are being spent,” Plummer, Comm ’13, told Assembly on Sept. 27. Currently salaries for each commissioner are paid through the $70.18 AMS-specific fee, which is collected from each full-time student who is an AMS member. Last year, the salaries for the 60 salaried workers within the AMS were raised by five per cent. Rob Gamble, chair of AMS Board of Directors, said students ultimately can’t have the last say when it comes to salaries. “There is a legal obligation in terms of how much we need to be paying salaried employees,” Gamble, ArtSci ’13, said. After reviewing a salary grid every March, the Board of Directors passes all pay for salaried positions. For the first time since the 2009-10 year, the AMS will undertake a comprehensive remuneration review for the 201213 term.

The review is an in-depth examination of AMS salaries and job descriptions. After the last review, the AMSspecific fee was raised by $9.02. A smaller part of the review will be cross-checking with other student organizations and governments at Ontario universities to see how they compare. “I would say that the AMS probably has one of the lowest rates of compensation,” Gamble said. At McMaster University, many employees of the McMaster Student Union are paid around $33,000 annually. The president and three vice presidents of MSU are paid approximately $36,000. Commissioners and service directors of the AMS receive $23,961 and the executive $24,223.50 for 40 hours of work per week. The University of British Columbia’s Alma Mater Society offers nearly 60 permanent salaried positions, whereas the AMS at Queen’s offers less than 10 permanent positions, but 60 salaried positions for students. “[Working for the AMS], students have the opportunity to develop skills, grow personally and refine their career direction, but more importantly, students take on

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“You had to be very aware of your surroundings. We had media everywhere. It was a very interesting few months,” said Chris Richard, a custodian at the Court House. He’s also a self-described history buff who often gives unofficial tours to

visitors of the site. During the Shafia trial, the three accused were held in holding cells in the Court House basement while they waited for their time in court. “We had never had a trial of that kind in Canada … the precedent

was set for what is known as an honour killing,” he said. “History was made in this very room.” — Alison Shouldice

Thieves drawn to student areas Nov. 15, 2012

For the past two years, University Ave. has had one of the highest amounts of thefts in the Student Ghetto. Thirty-eight houses on University Ave. were broken into in 2011, so far this year there have been 43. Brendon Holder left his house one evening earlier this semester and returned to find two laptops and a gaming system stolen from the unit. Holder, Comm ’13, and his three housemates had left their house that night, making sure to lock the door behind them. “It’s hard to give advice because the obvious thing is to lock your door — yet that’s what I did and I was still a victim,” Holder said. The Kingston Police Force (KPF) divides the city into zones for the purposes of tracking crimes such as break-and-enters. The two zones that encompass the University campus and the

Student Ghetto have seen 831 break-and-enters so far this year — last year they had a total of 1,048. As the zones extend beyond the Ghetto, it’s unclear how many of these cases directly involve students. Holder said he said he isn’t surprised to hear about break-ins happening in the area since most houses aren’t equipped with alarm systems. “It may feel as though the Queen’s community is one where you can trust everyone but we need to be aware that not everyone walking around campus or in the Ghetto is part of that community,” he said. The group took note of the stolen items and called the police who took photographs of the inside of their house. They never recovered anything. Steven Koopman, constable and media relations officer for the KPF said that cases of break-in

theft spike when students leave for home for extended periods of time, like winter break. Chris Michael, a student who lives at Earl and Frontenac Streets came home from winter break last January to find that approximately $3,000 of his property had been stolen. Michael said the police were thorough in helping their house file a report and eventually arrested one of the culprits. A landlord with over 10 houses in the area, who wished to remain anonymous, has constantly found theft to be a problem. She gets two to three reports of break-ins each year from her tenants and added she was shocked at how brazen some thieves could be. “Unfortunately, the thieves are getting more aggressive,” she said. — Nick Pateras

a meaningful role in shaping the Queen’s community through their work at the AMS,” Mira Dineen, AMS vice president of University Affairs, told the Journal via email. It’s a reality that not all students can afford to work at the AMS. “If an engineering or a commerce student has an option between a summer internship where they literally will make more than they would at the AMS all year, they can’t afford to take a job at the AMS, unfortunately,” she said. “Nobody here is making more than a dollar over minimum wage.” — Rosie Hales

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Stuck between high rent and a hard place Jan. 24, 2013

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The “insider” question Jan.15, 2013 Exposure, not experience, may be the key to success for teams who run for AMS executive positions, says AMS President Doug Johnson. In the last 12 years, 23 of the 36 teams to run for AMS executive have included one or more members who’ve held AMS council or managerial positions within the Society in the year they campaigned. Since then, three teams with no members holding council or managerial positions at the time of campaigning have won executive positions. While a full-time paid position within the Society allows individuals to develop some skills necessary for executive positions, it’s debatable as to whether these experiences give candidates the edge needed to win the election. The current AMS executive team is comprised of Doug Johnson, Mira Dineen and Tristan Lee (JDL). Dineen and Lee both held full-time positions

in the AMS, while Johnson worked closely as Student Senate Caucus Chair. In the last five years, every winning team has been made up of one or more members that have held positions on AMS council or extended council at some point in their undergraduate career. Last year’s elections saw team Renaud-McCarthy-Snefjella as the only fully external team running for AMS executive. Jeffery McCarthy, last year’s Presidential candidate, said he thinks the loss is due to the size of RMS’ 10-person volunteer base. “We were the face of our campaign.” McCarthy, ConEd ’12, said. Running without AMS experience isn’t an insurmountable challenge, so long as other skills are gained from external positions, he said. “It’s very difficult to convince the student body that you’re prepared to run a $16 million not-for-profit organization,”

he said. Often, executive positions are a draw for those that aren’t directly associated with the AMS but have seats on AMS Assembly, such as the Undergraduate Student Trustee or Student Senate Caucus Chair. Ethan Rabidoux, AMS president 2005-06, was Student Senate Caucus Chair as well as Chief prosecutor for the AMS. He credits his team’s win to the theme of the campaign — “Crack the Clique.” “[‘Crack the Clique’] really tapped into a very basic human sentiment of wanting to belong and not wanting to be left out and a need for change,” Rabidoux said. “I’m not sure we totally fixed that problem to be honest, but that was certainly what we were aiming to do.” — Rosie Hales

Rent prices in Kingston are among the highest in the province and Queen’s students are paying for it. The Fall 2012 Rental Market Report from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) placed Kingston as the fourth most expensive rental market in the province. “It’s a tight market. Supply seems to be limited,” said Andrew Scott, Market Analyst for Kingston at the CMHC. In the west end of the city, prices for a two-bedroom apartment are on average $71 cheaper each month. In the area north of the city, rent is on average $119 less, which Scott said is driven by longer commute times. Kingston’s market is considered pricey compared to those of neighbouring towns. Belleville, for example, has an average monthly rent for an apartment of any size of $836, while Brockville’s is $731. Downtown Toronto’s average price is much steeper, at $1,353 per month. Scott said this can be attributed to factors such as the city’s job opportunities and the increase in enrolment in post-secondary education institutions. “Queen’s has been accepting a lot more students over the last few years and this has increased the number of people seeking rental situations,” he said. Students looking to rent are often left with little choice than to look downtown, according to A.J. Keilty, owner of Varsity Properties. He believes commuting by car isn’t a viable option for students, as the University has little room to develop more space for parking. “Car, transit, bike don’t work

around this neighbourhood very well. That’s why people say ‘I can’t rely on that, I must walk,’” he said. “That’s why students rent places near campus even if they are in terrible condition.” To address these issues, instead of continuing to expand out, Keilty has another plan: to build up. He believes more high-rises will lead to lower rent prices for students and more space downtown for families. Legally in Ontario, each time a landlord signs with a new tenant, he or she has the right to raise the rent to any price. The exception to rent rules are landlords who’re registered with the Queen’s Landlord Contract program, run through Queen’s Community Housing. Dan McDonald of Panadew Property Management said the company’s rent prices are determined by how the market is looking during each particular year. “We check the other ads on the Queen’s listings and just based on the area that ours is located in and based on similar house sizes and styles, we price it off that,” he said. McDonald said students tend to look for properties in the same areas, which brings rent prices up. Houses located closer to St. Lawrence College have estimated rent prices of being 10 to 15 per cent lower than those in the Queen’s area. “If [students] lived the same distance west as some of them are living east … I think it would be cheaper,” he said. “But everyone wants to be south of Princess, right downtown.” — Alison Shouldice

Shear competition down the block March 28, 2013 Kingston’s barbers are the last of a dying breed. “They’re like the buffalo — they’re becoming extinct,” said Demetre Senis, owner of Sir Johnnies Barber Shop, a snug establishment neatly tucked away on Montreal St. No less than six traditional barbershops populate the city’s downtown core. Divided by ideology and price, they remain united in several ways: familial ties, an enduring reliance on scissors and clippers and a shared sense of their trade’s mortality. Senis has seen the congenial nature of the barbershop dissolve over time. “The barbershop used to be a hangout — it’d be the place where you’d come sit around and shoot the shit, talk about the hockey game, what you did on the weekend,” Senis said. “Everybody’s

in a rush [now].” Along with Vecchio’s — located slightly further east, on Wellington St. — Sir Johnnies and Generations form the upper pricing echelon of Kingston’s barbershops. Closer to campus, University, Dino’s and Soussan’s Barber Shops all sit within a four-block stretch on Princess St. Their rates are roughly two-thirds those of the higher priced shops. Senis said that gap has fuelled competition amongst the city’s barbers. “Some of the prices at some of these barbershops — I used to charge that in 1988, the lower prices,” he said. “The better way of doing it is people charge similar prices, and everybody doesn’t get hurt by it. “Why should you work just to pay your bills — why don’t you work to make some extra money?” Further west down Princess

St., other Kingston barbers have confirmed their commitment to cheaper cuts. The proximity of lower-priced barbershops to Queen’s campus makes them an especially attractive option for students. Steve Blenderman, the owner of University Barber Shop, said he gears his prices around the thousands of students on a budget that reside within walking distance of his door. “If I’m in a situation where I have a bunch of [customers] who don’t have a lot of money, but I have a lot of those people, I’ll keep my price low and the volume high,” Blenderman said. University’s prices also cater to Kingston’s military personnel, who must satisfy the armed forces’ rigid grooming standards. “The military and RMC [students] are here every two weeks. You can’t be nailing them

with big prices, because they won’t come back,” Blenderman said. Recently, he doled out free haircuts to two homeless youths who walked by his shop. “Three days later, one comes back and says, ‘Remember me? You cut my hair the other day — I got a job,’” Blenderman said. Blenderman estimates that he’s performed 375,000 haircuts in 33 years, spent between Toronto, London and Kingston. Unlike the Senis cousins, Blenderman doesn’t see Kingston’s inter-barber relations as naturally contentious. “All the barbers in this city talk to each other. We compare prices — we all get along very well,” he said. That sense of camaraderie, however, doesn’t extend to other hair care establishments — namely, Kingston’s upper-class salons. That detachment is embodied

on Queen’s campus through Signatures Hair and Tanning Salon, located in the lower level of the JDUC. Unlike barbershops in downtown Kingston, Signatures provides an array of hair styling services — from traditional buzz cuts to hair colouring and shampoos, as well as spa treatments. Signatures’ prices are slightly below those of other high-end salons, but students may be inclined to look elsewhere for a cheaper standard trim. “If somebody comes in and says they can’t afford a $22 haircut, that’s why we like those barbers,” Mills said. “They provide that service, and we don’t want to drop our prices down.” — Nick Faris


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Transparency required Campaign lacks even distribution Sept. 25, 2012


he University’s handling of Mike Mason’s case has been shrouded in mystery, a typical reaction that the administration has had over the past several years of bad PR incidents. Their refusal to engage in further discussion or admit wrongdoing is concerning. The recent report released by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) that criticized the Queen’s administration for the way they dealt with the whole situation, created the ideal opportunity for the administration to be transparent about what truly happened. Instead, the administration has chosen to completely reject the report, arguing that the CAUT isn’t the appropriate body to be bringing forward these concerns.

Oct. 5, 2012 The problem in and of itself isn’t solely with how the administration dealt with the one situation. Very few people know why Professor Mason took an extended leave of absence or whether or not the administration had any role in it. With little comment from the administration, the issue was quickly swept under the rug. It’s been a bad couple of years for Queen’s image with controversies from Fauxcoming to Queen’s Bands. Queen’s rejection of the CAUT’ report isn’t the right step to take — a larger, more transparent investigation needs to take place, where everyone can finally get a response to the questions no one wants to answer. — Journal Editorial Board


he University’s Initiative Campaign is a positive and logical move for the school, allowing it to capitalize on it’s most valuable resource — school spirit. In tough financial times, the $500 million the Campaign aims to raise by 2016 will be vital for Queen’s, but, the allocation of much of the funding is worrisome. The Faculty of Arts and Science, which is by far the largest faculty on campus has been slated to receive $70 million of the funding — the same amount as Engineering, a far smaller faculty. Budget cuts have obviously affected many programs in past years, but uncompleted projects also deserve the attention of this campaign. With no plans to build the promised arena that was supposed to be part of the Queen’s Ccentre, it’s strange to see that $45 million has been allotted to opening a Health and Wellness Centre that would include a dental care area. There’s no reason the school shouldn’t take advantage of the tricolor spirit — there are

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AMS Board miscalculates with firing

BGP gets green light



Oct. 12, 2012

he AMS Board of Directors’ a station in need of revenue to decision to fire CFRC’s Busi- combat their deficit. The $10,000 cut to CFRC’s ness Manager was poorly executed and ultimately detrimental to the budget that the firing is expected long-term viability of the to result in won’t be enough to minimize the long-term effects a radio station. The Board of Directors shaky business year could have on attempted to justify their decision the station. Of course CFRC isn’t blameless by touting the necessity of being cost-effective in trying to reduce in the situation. Realizing their financial situation was dire, after CFRC’s deficit. While the Board’s multiple years of having a deficit, financially-based decision isn’t the station should have taken unheard of, the way they went more action earlier on. While the Board attempted about it is unreasonable. If there was a disagreement to make a financially responsible amongst the two parties regarding decision, the lack of consideration the station’s budget outline and they showed CFRC throughout spending of deficit coverage, more the process is reprehensible and negotiations should have taken ultimately takes agency away from place before firing the business those who truly deserve it most in this situation — students and manager without consultation. The planned replacement, a CFRC’s staff. 15-hour-a-week volunteer, seems — Journal Editorial Board like an illogical way forward for

he Journal believes that team BGP will be the best executive in place for next year’s AMS. BGP offered something different — a mix of idealism and practicality. Their focus on both the arts and the LGBTQ communities — typically marginalized groups at Queen’s — is refreshing and indicative of the change in mindset they’ll bring to the AMS. While the team is dynamic, their leadership has potential to be shaky. Presidential candidate Eril Berkok isn’t nearly as aggressive as his two competitors — as evidenced by last week’s presidential debate — but he still offers an effective leadership style. Similarly, vice-president of operations candidate Peter Green has a steep learning curve

March 8, 2013 n the past week, from their perspective at AMS democracy at Queen’s has been Assembly, their side of the story still contradicts Green’s. deeply compromised. Plummer’s appointment was With Peter Green’s resignation from his elected position as the approved by members of the AMS incoming AMS Vice-President Assembly — they should carry part of Operations and his swift of the onus for putting the interests replacement with Nicola of the AMS over those of students. Plummer, students’ What elected representatives questions have continuously failed to do in this case was look remained unanswered. beyond procedure and truly Starting with Green’s resignation, consider how their constituents’ Berkok and Pritchard demonstrated voices would be best heard. their lack of commitment It’s disappointing to see that to transparency. many of those who spoke at the While they did release a Special Assembly put their own statement on their individual interests ahead of those of students. Facebook accounts and vaguely The incoming AMS executive explained what happened has shown a fundamental disrespect

is known for — high quality education through degree programs and classes not for flashy and unnecessary new initiatives. — Journal Editorial Board

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undoubtedly many alumni who are concerned with and want to help the University weather its troubled times better. The tricolor spirit should be used to recreate what Queen’s

for students’ voices. Moving forward, the very least they can do is take steps to make constitutional changes to ensure that this sort of situation doesn’t happen again. Much of the damage may be irreversible at this point. Students ultimately are not getting what they voted for. How are we supposed to trust an executive that has shown such blatant disregard for keeping their word, even before their term has begun? — Journal Editorial Board

ahead of him. While his external experience is notable, he lacks the internal experience that his teammates bring. Vice-president of university affairs candidate TK Pritchard, who had admitted defeat in last year’s executive race, remained one of the strongest candidates in the overall campaign and consistently outshone his teammates in the conversation. In this executive race, TNL

proved to be the team that would maintain the AMS the way it is, and PDA encouraged a drastic and un-inclusive overhaul. Neither is desirable; the AMS needs a cultural change and BGP’s inclusive and realistic platform and friendly demeanor makes them the team that should be in office. — Journal Editorial Board

Students should focus on bigger picture March 15, 2013


t’s time for Queen’s to look past Alexander Prescott’s individual actions and focus on the bigger picture. Although Prescott made the comment on Facebook through his private account, and didn’t comment in an official capacity, he’s nonetheless a public figure. While they are allowed to express their own opinions on social media about certain topics, it’s naïve to think that their constituents and followers aren’t seeing and critiquing them. Especially when expressing opinions on topics as sensitive as sexual assault, Prescott should’ve been weary of his position in student government before speaking out. It’s no surprise that ASUS Assembly has chosen to censure Prescott. An impeachment would’ve been a far stronger and more aggressive move against what was still a personal opinion. A censure was

enough of a gesture. While Prescott’s censure was warranted, what is problematic is the uproar and verbal attacks directed at Prescott in light of his comments by individuals who attended the ASUS special assembly. Prescott as an individual didn’t deserve to be attacked, harassed or targeted as a result of his comments. Instead, there needs to be a discussion about the culture and discourse surrounding rape. Student leaders should take further steps in organizing events and workshops to educate students. Let’s take the bull’s-eye off Prescott’s back. It’s time to grow and move towards a more positive and enlightening conversation about the more important issues facing our community. — Journal Editorial Board

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Persevering prejudice September 11,2012 Farheen Fatima Eleven years ago today, news of horrific 9/11 attacks on the twin towers came to me while I sat in grade 11 history class in my New York City high school. At that time, I had no clue that what had just happened would change the course of history and how people like me would be treated to this very day. There was a sense of confusion and uncertainty as details weren’t clear. Television coverage wasn’t shown to students in order to maintain calm, but there was a sense of gloom in the air. While discussing tragic events of the morning with us, my history teacher noted, “they are saying Palestinians are behind the attacks.” Scanning the classroom, she caught eye of me — a visible Muslim girl wearing a hijab — and quickly added, “but not all Muslims are bad.” Yet following 9/11, the number of hate crimes against Muslims,

Arab Americans and even Sikhs rose dramatically. An annual report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Nov. 2002 found that there was a 1,600 per cent increase of reported hate crimes against Muslims in 2001 compared to 2000. Although there was a steady decline in reported hate crimes against Muslims between 2002 and 2008, reported incidents of hate against Muslims have been on the rise since 2009, according to figures released by the FBI and Statistics Canada. One of the early victims of these hate crimes was Rais Bhuiyan, a Dallas gas station attendant of Bangladeshi origin. Ten days after 9/11, he was at work when he was asked “Where are you from?” and shot in the face. Bhuiyan survived — but was blinded in one eye. Farheen Fatima is a graduate of the City University of New York. She moved to Canada in 2006.

Social Issues

Surviving rape culture at Queen’s February 12,2012 WARNING: This piece talks about sexual violence and may be triggering for some readers.

Fraser M ac P herson , A rt S ci ’12 Five years ago I came to Queen’s a closeted queer virgin. As I’m preparing to leave Queen’s, I finally have some space to reflect on the impact rape culture in this community has had on me as a queer survivor of sexual violence. I was so excited to finally be in a place where I could safely be queer and finally learn and figure out who I would be as a queer person. I was also so excited about the prospects of such a larger dating pool as compared to back home. Like many first years, I was excited and anxious as hell about sex. I didn’t go on my first date until second year. I went out with this PhD student. We made out a little

at the end of that date and it was so nice. On our second date we went to a queer dance. He bought drink after drink, saying he was too drunk to finish them, and repeatedly gave them to me to finish. He sent me a text from the bathroom saying he really liked me and didn’t want to have sex. I said “that’s great,” because neither did I. When it came time to leave, he talked me into taking him home, saying we didn’t have to do anything. After we got to my place, I spent the next two hours fighting off his advances and waiting for him to fall asleep. It turned out he wasn’t that drunk at all and he had been feeding me drinks. After he left the next morning, I felt so ashamed and embarrassed. When I told him I didn’t want to see him again, he threatened to slander me. It would take months before I’d be able to name what happened as sexual assault.


Two sides of Motion 312 - the abortion debate

Talking heads ... the year’s best What do you think of the new one-garbage bag policy?

September 21, 2012 R achel H elferty, A rt S ci ’13 P resident of Q ueen’s A live The law that Motion 312 seeks to review states, that “A child becomes a human being … when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother, whether or not: it has breathed; it has an independent circulation; or the naval string is severed.” That statement can be found in Canada’s Criminal Code, Subsection 223(1), and is based on the Institutes of the Laws of England, first published around 1644. That statement is a clear example of something both outdated and not based in scientific fact. Motion 312 is simply asking for an update on an old definition. Canadians wouldn’t be upset even if this debate were to occur. A nationwide survey commissioned by Postmedia News and Global TV in June, found that 60 per cent of Canadians would be in favour of a law protecting pre-born children at some point before complete birth. Perhapsevenmorewouldbeinfavour of such a law if they knew that a fetus’ heart is usually developed and beating by the end of two months. It doesn’t matter if you’re pro-choice or pro-life, what matters is that you’re pro-dialogue. Society progresses because of civil discourse, not because people are afraid to embrace the facts. A dishonest definition of what a human being is doesn’t further anyone’s cause and it should be an embarrassment if it does. Canadians have access to a plethora of scientific information from various medical fields to answer what Motion 312 proposes. Let’s use this information responsibly and update our 400-year-old definition of what a human being is. Embryology texts tell us that a zygote is a human being — are you willing to discuss that? We owe this discussion to everyone who calls themselves a human being.

M arvin Ferrer, P h D ’14 T hen -D irector of the S exual H ealth R esource C entre Motion 312 wants to ask medical science for evidence that answers the question of whether or not a fetus only becomes a “human being” after birth. This is a malicious and misleading motion that aims to restrict reproductive choice to millions of Canadian women and must be defeated. The first reason that this motion must be defeated is that the answer to the question of whether or not a fetus is a human being is not a medical one. It is painfully obvious to anyone that a fetus is indeed biologically “human,” a member of our species containing human genes and tissue. What Motion 312 and it’s author Member of Parliament Mr. Stephen Woodworth is really asking is whether or not a fetus deserves moral consideration and if so, how much. Medicine can (and should) inform debates about morality and ethics. However, while medicine can surely answer questions about which brain cells have formed at various time points during pregnancy, it cannot answer when or whether those brain cells or the fetus containing them deserve moral consideration. Medical science definitely cannot determine whether the rights of a pregnant woman to control her body are overridden by any rights anyone would assign to a fetus. I want my friends to be able to decide that because I value them more than I value their pregnancies. Not only is Mr. Woodworth’s motion misleading, but more importantly, it is malicious. Mr Woodworth seems so concerned about fetuses, yet his motion contains literally zero mention of the pregnant women sustaining them. Yet they will be affected tremendously if Mr.Woodworth gets his way and a fetus is given moral consideration equal to the woman sustaining it. Marvin Ferrer was succeeded by Amanda Judd last semester.

“Smell ya later!” Shannon Murphy, Nurs ’14

What do you think about these new apps for campus services?

“There’s an app for that?” Moon Oh, ConEd ’13

What are your thoughts on the Carr-Harris Cup?

“I’m not entirely sure what it is, but we’d better win.” Eric Dwyer, ArtSci ’14

How do you feel about the AMS revisting the fraternity and sorority ban?

“As far as I’m concerned the whole campus already is a frat.” Henry Barron, ArtSci ’15

How do you feel about this year’s Science Formal?

Letters to the editors — year in review Examing Fraternities N ovember 16, 2012

Dear Editors, As the AMS reviews the current ban on Greek Letter Organizations (GLOs) at Queen’s I hope they will include the alumni voice in their deliberations. As alumni, we bring a “post-campus” perspective of the value of the Queen’s community as it has developed

over the decades. I fear that in the three-four years of their degree most students are in the middle discussing this issue, there is insufficient perspective to help in deciding if this is a good change — not for individual students but for the institution as a whole. It’s not just about current students; it’s about determining the fate of our school. The debate on campus has in part been sparked by the

questions on the legality of the has one fraternity, and that is the current GLO ban — can the brotherhood that without the key of AMS really prevent its members wealth and any distinguishing mark from belong to fraternal orders? or race or creed is open to all who I believe that the current AEPi seek and find within the walls of members have misunderstood the this place true patriotism, a sacred very clear injunction against dual thirst for learning, the love of truth, membership. To claim to be “off and the hatred of intolerance campus” is facetious given that they and cruelty.” by Rector Leonard recruit frosh directly from Queen’s. W. Brockington. I will leave you with words from our past: “This University Krystyna Williamson, ArtSci ’86 has no fraternities and no Former executive of the sororities. I will correct myself: It University Council

“The wine is good but the line is not.” Sam Christian, Sci ’13 The opinion pieces and letter included in this Year In Review have been condensed for print. See for the full versions.

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African allusions

July 31, 2012

I was in a car in downtown Toronto and had to pull over on a side street to call Sam Roberts for an interview. Turns out family man Sam was in his car as well in his hometown of Montreal driving to pick up his kids from school. “We just got back — we were playing in Edmonton last weekend and we got to stop at home,” he said. Sam and the rest of the members of Sam Roberts Band are currently on tour with their latest album Collider. The album is a step away from

the band’s last album Love at the End of the World with its allusions to African jazz beats. “It’s just going out on a limb rhythmically or maybe getting closer to the kind of music that I really love and listen to on my own time,” he said. Roberts said the songs on the band’s fifth studio album were written while he was sitting in his basement, but that’s not the strangest place he’s ever played his music. “We’ve played in churches and I always find playing rock and

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Artful anatomy

roll in a church to be — especially for somebody who grew up in a Catholic and was an altar boy — borderline sacrilegious.” While they’re on their latest tour, Sam Roberts Band made a stop in Kingston last August to perform at the Wolfe Island Music Festival as the headlining act. As the band’s first time playing the festival and Roberts said he’s been waiting to get the chance to perform at the annual show. “It’s always been on the radar, but it’s like not getting invited to a birthday party,” he said. “It’s kind of a legendary festival among musicians.” At the time, Roberts said the group had a few surprises in store for the audience. “TVs for everybody, absolutely. It’s like Ellen you know — we’ve got Playstations and televisions for everybody who comes,” he said. All jokes aside, Roberts said he was looking forward to taking part in some activities Wolfe Island is known for. “I will bird. I’ll even bring my own binoculars! I’ve got a bird feeder at the back of my house here in Montreal, but I just don’t think we’re quite as close to nature,” he said. “I just want to see a nice heron. Something that’s not a seagull or a pigeon would be great.” — Savoula Stylianou

Nov. 16, 2012

Beneath your skin lies raw, They use images of human unsheathed art. biology to explore the relationship Anatomy Studies revels in the between the physiological and unknown and the undecided, and the psychological. challenges the viewer to see the The contours of the human body body in new ways. were unabashedly emphasized. I Fourth-year fine arts students noticed the deep crease in a folded Jaclyne Grimoldby and Anicka arm, the faint shadow between two Vrana-Godwin present a collection shoulder blades and the subtle dip of paintings, lithographs and prints in the slope of a nose. that culminates in a collision of The artists create a balance of physical and non-physical realms. fragility and strength. The faces Both artists share an interest and bodies depicted in these works in gross anatomy and discovering suggest an emotional depth held the body at a macroscopic level. together by bone and flesh.

Grimoldby’s artist statement explains that she “tries to represent psychological and internalized emotions in a physical way.” To explore this idea, she uses a palimpsest of faces in the black and white lithograph Self-Awareness and Portrait. One face stares out at the viewer with wide eyes and its edges blend into another face gazing away. At the centre of the lithograph, behind the faces, is the stark bone of a skull. It reminds the viewer that basic anatomical structures are always

Untamed wings of solitude Nov. 23, 2012 Ebonnie Hollenbeck’s on the hunt and you’re her prey. Hollenbeck, BFA ’13, has successfully concocted a striking fusion of science and nature in her exhibit Into Your Hideout IV. In this installation, the Project Room’s walls are patterned with black trees, creating a forest scene. The paint seemingly trickles down the trunks, reminiscent of animal saliva or blood. This hunting imagery is Hollenbeck’s almost obsessive subject matter in a lot of her work. I noticed bullets lying on the ground and lone feathers hanging in the air — the remnants of some ominous event. The forest-painted walls gave

me the feeling I was being watched between the trees. I almost expected to hear a branch snap under my feet. Although the artist’s mother bred domesticated animals for pet shops, Hollenbeck says in her artist’s statement that she’s “drawn to more untamed and wild animals.” Hollenbeck astutely points out that, in a sense, she performs the very themes she’s interested in expressing — those of hunting and being hunted. The artist scavenges for feathers and hunts down deer skulls for her artwork. Knowing that each material used in the exhibit was hand-picked was impressive, but also creepy.


Road requests Oct. 12, 2012

When Hedley decided to play a prank, a line item of five rabbit costumes was added to their rider list. At their Kingston gig in February, their opening act My Name is Kay got quite the surprise. Given to organizers of a venue, a rider list comprises of items musicians request in their backstage area before their performance to make them comfortable. Anne Lindsay, the Operations and Event Services manager at the K-Rock Centre, said these items can vary from flowers to animal costumes to expensive wine. The venue is given the rider list in advance, but can sometimes scramble to pull together unconventional requests. “We had one artist play here that had a particular taste in flowers so we were given a separate flower rider and a budget of $1,500 to spend on flowers for that one day,” Lindsay said. Black socks, condoms and fresh bars of soap still in the package are the most common items that Lindsay has had to find for her musicians. However, the most popular celebrities are often more altruistic in their riders. Canadian legend Neil Young asked Lindsay and the rest of the

K-Rock staff to remove all plastic bottles in the backstage areas. Further up from the K-Rock Centre, Virginia Clark has fewer flower stems to cut at the Grad Club. “The riders I get are never usually outrageous. There’s the urban myths about only brown M&Ms in a bowl like for the band Van Halen,” she said. A common request Clark said she noticed on rider lists is a platter of hummus, pita, veggies and dip. The biggest thing musicians crave while on the road is the accommodations of home, Clark said. “The cutest one I’ve had is bands ask me to bring in any dogs if we had them at home. When Neko Case came, I had the Kingston Humane Society there.” While most of her interactions with musicians playing at the Grad Club goes off without a hitch, Clark said there have been some rider list items she hasn’t been able to get a hold of. “The hardest thing I’ve had is finding cashew juice in Kingston. I can’t say who it was, they were a pretty big act and they were from America,” she said. “It was the Holy Grail for requests.”

behind human experience. Vrana-Godwin uses oil on canvas paintings that hang from the ceiling of the Main Space on invisible wire. Her two canvases are entitled “The Ten Foot Woman” and green and blue and stand at five and six feet tall. The bodies of these women are unafraid to inhabit the

entire space of the canvas. Grimoldby and Vrana-Godwin’s pieces not only investigate the relationship between the physical and the psychological, but also suggest that no final answer can be arrived at regarding this complex relationship.

— Savoula Stylianou

— Sierra Megas

Because the Project Room is tucked away in Union Gallery, the exhibit truly becomes a “hideout” or refuge from the outside world. Earlier, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what the winged pieces called to mind, but then it hit me — they reminded me of the moment of impact when a bird collides with a window. The feathers are spread out in panic, yet they’re jarringly still, like a horrific snapshot in time. Into Your Hideout IV blurs the line between safe and sinister by making you question whether you are observing the exhibit or it’s observing you. — Carling Spinney

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Awake at the Drowsy Chaperone

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Jan. 18, 2013

Hearing the words “I hate theatre,” isn’t something you’d expect during the opening minutes of a play. But when it happened, I couldn’t help but think I might be in for a bumpy evening of performance theatre. Nervously, I watched as the opening minutes of The Drowsy

Chaperone continued. Laden with irony, the main character of Man in Chair continues his monologue in his apartment on stage. He talks about breaking the fourth wall, all the while doing it himself. As the audience is welcomed into the Man’s apartment, they are also invited into his musings

and recollections of The Drowsy his best man George, played by Chaperone, as the characters of the James Gibson-Bray, demonstrated musical arrive onstage. a seemingly life-long knack for I was surprised when the plot tap dancing in their number of the musical began to unfold “Cold Feets.” in front of the Man to create a Sébastien Darcel-Sinclair’s metatheatrical play within a play. characterization of the romancing Scott Jackson playing Robert, Aldolpho carried a captivating a groom with both the looks and animation reminiscent of a classic brains of a Ken doll, along with Disney villain, making him an audience favourite right from the start. The talented women in the cast enforced the parodied style of the production through their humorous melodramatic acting. This is showcased in the comedically punctuated number mature vocals are what made they’re largely instrumental and “As We Stumble Along,” a “rousing Lonnie so innovative. Her rhythmically experimental. They confidence and theatricality brought along an enormous and reminded me of Nina Hagen, both dynamic sound on their Ontario tour — part psychedelic-rock and gutteral and operatic. Those comparisons were completely jam band. Two kits and drummers created remarkable when Craven looped vocal harmonies to create a choral a captivating core to their sound. I’m not sure if the lacklustre bass effect. But just as I fell in love with her artificial choir, Craven kicked playing was part of the package of the pedal. From then on, she was being shoe-gazing post-rockers, but singing solo while the other band it certainly didn’t get in the way members hardly touched their mics. of the astounding technical and Feb. 5, 2013 The rest of Lonnie was generally melodic guitars. Even in a small room of Third time’s the charm with Aidan a fantastic technical band. There was one specific moment when barely two dozen listeners, Knight, it seems. Craven wailed over lost love while Lonnie in the Garden and Wild The folk musician and I finally got the band road a rhythmic wave Domestic presented a passionate the chance to talk about his musical complete with intense climaxes and and fresh brand of alt rock to influences and his latest tour after Kingston listeners. Mars Volta-esque time changes. playing a lengthy game of phone Wild Domestic is a self-described tag due to miscommunications. post-rock group, meaning — Tristan DiFrancesco Knight tells me that while he’s excited about his upcoming tour dates, the lifestyle of a musician isn’t typical. “There aren’t many people who understand it. It doesn’t make sense on paper, that’s for sure,” he Feb. 8, 2013 tells me. He said he’s grateful that he’s An axe murder will certainly keep Martin as Lizzie Borden and able to do a job he’s passionate Beck Lloyd as The Actress was about every day, while others aren’t you up at night. as lucky. With just enough discomfort phenomenally intriguing. From the onset of the play, my “People in their 20s have vast and fright in Blood Relations to supply my upcoming nightmares, eyes couldn’t help darting solely to amounts of knowledge. When I won’t be able to forget the cast’s those two during every ensemble I look around, I see people are and solo scene. taking jobs or committing 60 per faces in a hurry. The strength of the duo’s cent of their life to day jobs rather The psychological murder mystery had me completely partnership came from a plot than their passion,” he said. Knight’s latest album Small enthralled from start to finish, point that called for the actresses to switch roles during the Reveal takes a look at Knight’s thanks to the two lead actresses. The drama department’s flashbacks — Lloyd became obvious love of music. This is production of the thrilling mystery Borden while Martin became the an experimental album ranging sets the stage introducing the story Borden family maid, Bridget. of Lizzie Borden and flashes back One minute, I was certain to the brutal murders of her father Martin was frigid and heartless time period clothing, the switch and stepmother. when she played killer Lizzie, yet was made completely seamless The story retells the incident she then garnered my sympathy throughout the entire performance. The false sense of security I got through a dialogue between Borden, when she played the kind maid. and her friend and assumed lover, Lloyd was also fascinating in when the stepmother was killed The Actress. how she managed to go back and off-stage first was soon turned to In real life, Lizzie Borden was forth from murdering stepdaughter absolute shock when Lloyd raises the axe above her father’s head acquitted of both her parents’ to whimsical actress. murders, but Blood Relations tells Aided by the impressive to the sound of children’s voices handiwork presented in their singing, “Lizzie Borden took an a different tale. The spark between Chantel matching bun hairstyles and similar axe, gave her mother forty whacks,

Lonnie in the living room Jan. 22, 2013 I walked up the stairs to the Mansion’s Living Room Wednesday night with no expectations. I stumbled down them three hours later, completely impressed by the distinct sound brought forth by London bands Wild Domestic and Lonnie in the Garden. Each band brought something fresh to a Kingston alternative rock scene that has been chronically post-punk or folk. They are both fundamentally driven by the distorted alt-rock guitars of a generation that grew up listening to Nirvana and Sonic Youth alongside Floyd and Zepplin. However, Lonnie in the Garden played an incredible and eclectic set that defies classification. Frontwoman Lynne Craven’s

— Katie Grandin

Passion before a paycheque

Bewitching blood

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anthem about alcoholism,” performed by Hayley Goldenberg as title character The Chaperone. The small studio space of the Baby Grand seemed unconventional for a musical, with the cast becoming slightly overpowered by the force of the live band. Eventually the marriage of the performers’ voices and the instrumentation created intimacy in the production. The Drowsy Chaperone does exactly what a musical is supposed to do — whisk you away and entertain you for an hour and a half.

from the sweet lullabies to crashing ballads. The band is often compared to indie rock group the Constantines. Knight said when his idol Bryan Webb, the lead vocalist from the band, came to one of his shows in Winnipeg he was more than a little star-struck. “The only thing I could think of to say was, ‘You play Guild guitars and I also play Guild guitars. Do you want to see it?’” Talking to Knight over the phone, I found him to be a friendly, genuine guy in an abnormal situation, and he found much of the same talking to his idol. “I felt really dumb about it because he seems like a very genuine, normal, just regular person, so I don’t know why I was building it up so much.” Knight said. “I remember there was about an hour where I struggled if I would go over and say hi.” — Alex Downham

when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” It just may take a while for my mind to conquer the answer to, “Did you Lizzie? Lizzie, did you?” Suffice to say, the production of Blood Relations was so eerily frightening that I had to look over my shoulder as I was walking home. — Savoula Stylianou

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Gentlemen’s gesture S ept . 21, 2012 “What happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch.” This rugby philosophy-turnedreality was reiterated by fourth-year men’s rugby player Matt Kelly. He’s been playing the sport, otherwise known as “the gentleman’s game,” for eight years and running. Two teams duke it out on the field, with the intention of inflicting pain — not injury. After the game, win or lose, both teams socialize over a meal and sometimes a few pints. At Queen’s, the rugby tradition takes place at The Brass Pub on Princess St., where the Gaels play host to their visiting opposition. “It’s an unwritten rule in rugby,” Kelly said. “The same type of thing happens across the board.” The gentlemen’s game, born in Warwickshire, England, in the mid-nineteenth century, is in no way

a gentle game. It’s better described as a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen. Post-game socials happen at all levels, including international play, which provide the sport’s fiercest battles. On Sunday, the Gaels third-string team beat the York Lions first squad 70-0 in an exhibition game, as neither team is registered in an official league. The final whistle blew and both squads hit the Brass. Kelly was there, playing with the thirds team as a tune-up for the upcoming varsity game versus Western on Saturday. “From my experience, after 80 minutes of just beating each other up and you’re tired, the last thing you want to do is continue it afterwards,” he said. Queen’s players buy the customary lasagna, Caesar salad

and garlic bread dinners at the Brass for members of the York team. Sometimes a player offers a pint to the opposing player who plays the same position. In most rugby circles, each team selects a player of the game from the opposing team. The two MVP’s then have a chug-off, face-to-face, in front of both teams. Kelly said most drinking traditions are more common in recreational club rugby than at the university level. “The beer part isn’t mandatory by any means. There’s a lot of guys who’d rather not even drink.” All those under-age and other non-drinkers chosen as players of the game will choose to pass on the position to someone else. For the Queen’s varsity team, Kelly said the main goal is getting the meal and replenishing their systems.

“The drinking part is in no way a foundation of what we do after the game,” Kelly said. “We might buy the guy a pint or something, but for us it’s right back to work once the game ends.” Rugby games are played on Saturday, and the varsity follows up with a yoga session the next morning, a Monday fitness session and on-field work up until Friday. The post-game social might as well be penciled in the schedule along with weight training and team practice. Opposing rugby teams share the same space on the field and at the pub, and their attitudes shift from one setting to the next. Unlike other contact sports such as hockey or football, the post-game tradition is unique to the sport itself. The gentlemen’s game, indeed. — Peter Morrow

Queen’s crowned N ov. 16, 2012 It was a win men’s rugby captain Dan Moor had trouble putting into words. Queen’s overcame the Western Mustangs 29-18 at Nixon Field on Sunday to claim the OUA title — their first since 2009. It was redemption for last year’s 21-15 championship defeat to the Mustangs at Western. Winning the title has been the objective ever since. “We’ve been working hard 12 months of the year for this, and I’ve seen first-hand the effort the boys have put in,” Moor said. Moor set the tone on the game’s opening kick-off, blocking a Western kick and running in for a try. The fourth-year outside centre played for the Gaels fifth side in 2009, and worked his way up to become team captain for two years running. “Dan Moor, I’m just so happy for the kid,” said Gaels head coach Peter Huigenbos. “I couldn’t ask for a better captain.” Fly half Liam Underwood scored 14 points against Western, earning OUA athlete of the week honours for his performance. One of Underwood’s more dazzling runs was broken up ten feet from the Mustangs try zone after a series of fake passes and sidesteps. Scrum half Brendan McGovern finished the play with a try, putting the Gaels up 22-6 to start the second half. Underwood followed up with a try in the 74th minute, and capped it off with a conversion. “To have [Underwood] finish it off there, I mean, it’s typical Liam Underwood style,” Huigenbos said. The Gaels were tasked with holding the lead in the second half but the forwards managed to control possession, slowing down play and eating up minutes. “It wasn’t pretty but obviously it paid off,” he said. It was nearly a reversal of last year, when the Mustangs held on to win 21-15 on their home turf. “This year, we knew what we had to do in different situations,”

Huigenbos said. “I don’t think I prepared them as well as I could’ve last year.” Fittingly on Remembrance Day, the Gaels remembered one of their own — Walter Gerow, a ConEd student who passed away over the summer. Gerow was a flanker and wore number six, which Huigenbos chose to retire for the whole season. Fourth-year prop Doug Davidson credited Huigenbos for developing the proper team mentality prior to Sunday’s final. “He got us so prepared, so ready — [he’s a] phenomenal coach,” Davidson said. — Peter Morrow

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Holding court J an . 15, 2013 It’s 4:40 p.m. on a Saturday and Justin Walsh has just arrived in Kingston. He’s refereeing tonight’s women’s basketball game between Queen’s and Laurentian — a job that extends far beyond the four quarters of play. He’s the designated leader of tonight’s officiating crew, alongside Pascale Mapleston and Trevor Schriver. Paired with new partners each weekend, the refs must become trusted teammates in under an hour and work cohesively once the game begins. “It’s very much a partnership,” Schriver said. “If there’s one weak link out there, the whole crew goes to hell.”

outspoken but reasonable. Wilson’s counterpart is another story. “Mike, on the other hand, can be downright rude.” Walsh is referring to Laurentian head coach Mike Clarke, who’s known for going, as Mapleston puts it, from “zero to 60 in five seconds.” Walsh and his crew will entertain Clarke’s concerns if they’re presented respectfully, but know where to draw the line. “We’re going to try to limit the amount of yelling across the floor at us,” Walsh said. “If he’s a pussycat all game, great. If he needs to be addressed, then we’ll address it.”

and Clarke and Walsh are the perfect foils. Clarke’s luck finally runs out in the third quarter. After the Laurentian coach explodes from his chair in amazement at a no-call, Walsh hits him with a technical foul. There’s a rousing ovation as Clarke slinks back to the sideline. ***

The officials hustle down to the change room after the final horn for a debrief with OUA East referee supervisor Rob Ferguson, who’s been watching from the stands and evaluating their performance. The supervisor enters the room *** to a warm reception, congratulating Walsh on stabilizing the game in the *** Out on the court, it’s easy to second half. spot Clarke lumbering down the “Shows you the power of a The refs’ crash course in Laurentian sideline, pacing back technical foul. That game was solidarity starts 40 minutes and forth and gesticulating wildly. going south because [Clarke] was before the game, as they gather Walsh is composed on the floor, screaming,” Ferguson said. “The in a cramped change room in the never losing his cool and moving technical foul’s given and you’re bowels of the ARC. quickly to deter any potential allowed to officiate the rest of The conversation turns to conflict. The in-game interactions the game.” Gaels head coach Dave Wilson, between coach and referee who’s regarded by the officials as are nothing less than theatrical, — Nick Faris

Can’t close in Guelph N ov. 9, 2012 Ten minutes away from returning to the Yates Cup, Queen’s suffered a devastating collapse they won’t forget. The Gaels fell 42-39 to the Guelph Gryphons in last Saturday’s OUA semifinal, losing a 22-point fourth-quarter lead and allowing a long touchdown pass in overtime. The final, fatal quarter of Queen’s season was a microcosm of the troubles that plagued them all year — untimely turnovers, blown punt protection and the occasional disappearance of the offense. From the outset of 2012, it appeared the Gaels were primed for second place in the OUA, with the Western Mustangs set to regress and no team prepared to make substantial gains. The OUA hierarchy fell as it was supposed to — except for Guelph. The Gryphons tiptoed past a slew of OUA lightweights before overcoming a 25-point deficit to upset Queen’s on Oct. 13. Guelph’s advantage is clear: a mental fortitude and resilience the Gaels couldn’t overcome. For teams with Yates Cup aspirations, rolling through the conference’s lesser clubs is a formality. Only a few games a year truly matter, and Queen’s couldn’t win the biggest ones in 2012. The season certainly had its bright spots. Just a week before the semifinal defeat, the Gaels looked unstoppable in a 34-0 demolition of the Laurier Golden Hawks. An emotional 18-11 home victory over Western on Sept. 15 established Queen’s defence as one of the nation’s best. There’s plenty of reason for optimism heading into next year. The Gaels’ fearsome defensive front will return intact, with linemen John Miniaci, Derek Wiggan and Cory Dyer and linebacker Sam Sabourin all set to build on superb individual seasons. Despite receiver Giovanni Aprile’s pending return to the CFL and the possibility of running back Ryan Granberg joining him, the team shouldn’t be overly concerned with reloading. Granberg was the latest in a storied lineage of Queen’s running backs, and based on his early output, second-year Jesse Andrews could be the next. Quarterback Billy McPhee made immense strides in his third season. To contend for the Yates Cup next year, he’ll have to overcome the turnover troubles that hampered him in both Guelph games. Another seven-win season is nothing to scoff at, but the Gaels left too many missed opportunities on the field in 2012. The talent was there, but it wasn’t enough. — Nick Faris

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A new, Athletes’ attitudes shifting F . 8, 2013 noble tradition eb

Feb. 1, 2013 Men’s basketball alumni will be in town tomorrow to remember and celebrate the life of a fallen teammate. The Gaels will take on the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the fourth annual Marco W. Alessio Memorial Alumni Game. Marco “Mark” William Alessio, ArtSci ’89, played for the Gaels from 1986-89. He was killed on vacation in Antananarivo, Madagascar on Feb. 23, 2009, from gunshot wounds while protecting his girlfriend from invaders. Actor and former teammate Tom Cavanagh, ArtSci ’87 and BEd ’88, told the Journal via email that Alessio was — and still is — his best friend. “The longest lasting group of friends I have began at Queen’s with my basketball teammates,” Cavanagh said. “And from our first day of practice it became clear that these were to become friendships to be reckoned with.” The tightly-knit relationships formed on the court some 25 years ago keep Cavanagh and the rest of Alessio’s teammates returning to Kingston each year. They come to honour the memory of their charming, guitar-strumming, coffee-brewing teammate and friend. “Our team … has been honoured by the current Queen’s men’s basketball edition’s willingness to include our friend as part of their own legacy,” Cavanagh said. The memorial game was established in Feb. 2010. Along with it, a men’s basketball award for academic achievement and athletic excellence was renamed in Alessio’s honour in 2009. “Mark honoured Queen’s with his charisma, his staggering athleticism, his ferocity, his humour and sportsmanship, on and off the court,” Cavanagh said. “When we lost Mark from our ranks, one clear way to honour him was to go back to the beginnings, and include the Queen’s men’s basketball team.” Before tomorrow’s tip-off, Cavanagh will address the crowd, tell his friend’s story and present the award to this year’s recipient. Last year, fourth-year forward Bernard Burgesson won the award as a 2010-11 Academic All-Canadian and co-captain in his final year on the team. “It wasn’t just getting a faceless, nameless scholarship,” Burgesson said. “It was good to have that background a couple years before I got it.” — Peter Reimer

Some articles included in this Year-in-Review have been condensed for print. See for the full versions.

Varsity athlete culture is undergoing a fundamental face-lift. For years, Queen’s Athletics Manager of Interuniversity Sport, Janean Sergeant, took an educational approach to keep athletes out of trouble. She oversees each of the 13 varsity teams, monitoring athlete conduct. Now the approach seeks to protect Queen’s image by damaging it a little; creating public ramifications for athletes who act “inappropriately.” A series of athlete suspensions — starting with the baseball team’s veterans who were suspended two years for hazing incidents in 2010 — was really just a case of Queen’s Athletics making sanctions more visible. Suspensions have been handed

out for years, but sanctions were kept confidential prior to 2010. “Reports and stuff and outcomes were not as visible as they are now,” Sergeant said. “In doing that, I don’t think we really helped our own cause. Some may have felt it doesn’t matter what you do — there are no outcomes.” Rookie parties are no longer considered team-bonding rituals. Rather than revolt, Queen’s varsity athletes are starting to get on board with the rise of professionalism in interuniversity sport. The Varsity Leadership Council (VLC) is a Gaels student-athlete-run committee formed last summer. Its objectives are to increase athlete’s roles within Kingston’s community, while developing

“There are expectations a sense of fraternity amongst with the opportunities we’re each other. It’s a shift which signals that the afforded,” Stellick said. “We’re top-down oversight from Athletics athletes — we’re in a position of being a role model with kids in is becoming less necessary. “[Athletes are] the ones who the Kingston community and that’s can take a major leadership role. what we’re trying to provide.” Representing the tricolour spirit They’re the ones who can decide we want our team to be recognized, now means more community to be known, to be ambassadors or involvement and less internal be in the headlines,” Sergeant said. shenanigans. Stellick thinks more The VLC, which was formed publicity through Internet and after Queen’s Athletics approached news stories makes athletes more current co-presidents Robert conscious of their actions. “In the age of social media, Stellick and Shannon Walsh about its inception, has gained posting things on the Internet immediately … things come out traction since. Stellick, a fourth-year men’s in a different way than they did hockey player, said the VLC’s a 10, 15 years ago,” Stellick said. “So channel through which athletes can I think those incidents are on a actively volunteer as community decline.” — Peter Morrow role models.

Return game M arch 15, 2013

It starts in a dark room. Third-year Gaels wide receiver Alex Carroll stares solemnly into the camera. He talks over a progression of piano chords echoing in the background. His voice is shaken, but determined. He’s nearly three weeks removed from a devastating knee injury, facing major reconstructive surgery and months of rehabilitation. “I’ve been dreading that kind of injury my whole football career,” Carroll said in the nine-minute video, uploaded to YouTube on Nov. 22. “It was definitely tough — those first few moments when you realize it’s all happening. “Afterwards, you sort of realize that these are the cards you’ve been dealt, so you just have to move forward with what you’ve got.” The video is the first in a series of four, recorded in the months following Nov. 3 — the day Carroll tore his ACL, lateral meniscus and medial meniscus in a playoff game against the Guelph Gryphons. After catching a second-quarter kickoff, Carroll ran 14 yards upfield, dug his right foot into the turf — and felt his knee give out. “I’ve watched it on film a bunch of times, and it almost looks like a nothing play,” Carroll said earlier this week. “Whether it was a twisting motion or whatever, as soon as my cleat stuck in the ground, my knee just popped, and I was down.” Four and a half months removed from the runback in Guelph, Carroll is back on his feet — but the recovery is just beginning. He underwent surgery on Jan. 23, starting a rigorous rehabilitation process that typically takes eight months to complete. Queen’s first regular season game of 2013 is scheduled for Aug. 25 — just over seven months after the operation. “It’s frustrating because it’s such a slow process, but in the grand scheme of things, the season is

still a long way away,” Carroll said, adding that his rehab is already two weeks ahead of schedule. “I feel like if I just keep working hard, everything’s going to fall into place.” After spending an idle month on crutches after surgery, getting his knee back to game shape is Carroll’s top priority. So far, he’s returned to the weight room and started running in water, performing basic exercises to restore quad strength. “Part of me wants to just get after it and do everything, but you have to hold yourself back a bit, since it’s sort of a dangerous stage in the rehab,” he said. “I’m [following instructions], but trying to progress as quickly as I can.” Carroll is hoping that his comeback will coincide with a resurgent year for Gaels football as a whole. His injury occurred early on in a 42-39 overtime loss to Guelph, sealing Queen’s premature exit from the playoffs. After falling in two consecutive OUA semifinals, nothing less M arch 28, 2013 than a conference championship There was a time that the janitor’s will suffice. “It’s pretty much Yates or bust closet served as a changing room for us,” Carroll said. “We’ve for Shawna Griffin. The Gaels third-year centre kind of underachieved to what I think we’ve been capable of recalls the logistical issues that these past few years. It seems like came with playing in a boys league the guys that really want to get growing up, highlighted by the it done are stepping into those solitude of being the only female on an all-boys team. leadership roles.” “When I was playing with the That ambition is evident in the most recent additions to Carroll’s boys I was never able to change video log. In a clip posted on in their dressing rooms,” Griffin Jan. 28, five days after surgery, he said. “I either had to change in the smiles to the camera, outlining the janitor’s closet or a spare dressing first rudimentary steps of his return room — if they had it — or a washroom.” to football. For her, the transition to Carroll’s latest video, dated Feb. 25, is mostly upbeat. A steady women’s bantam-level hockey only drum riff has replaced the forlorn happened at age 14. “There were more perks that piano. He speaks at length about the mechanics of his injury and the came with actually playing with females — they were a lot more road ahead. “I still have a lot to prove as a fun,” she said. This transition represents the football player,” he said. “With every great setback, there’s a recent boost in female hockey players — up to 85,000 today chance for a great comeback.” compared to 11,000 back in 1990. On the international stage, — Nick Faris the sport completes a full circle

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Canada’s game changed this winter. The Women’s World Hockey Championships are returning to Ottawa for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1990. Griffin said the non-contact style in women’s hockey can offer more excitement at the highest levels. “They’re able to move the puck a lot faster, able to deke around people easier, so it was fun to watch women play like that and go ‘that’s the way I can actually play.’” Beyond international play, there’s the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). Griffin feels that the pro league offers up Canada’s best and most competitive games, outside of Canada vs. the US. “Not enough people know about it,” Griffin said. “And I think once [broadcasts] start getting going, more people will go out to see those [games] and more people will be engaged in women’s hockey.” — Sean Sutherland


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When domination rules the bedroom June 26, 2012

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Books breed wonder Sept. 11, 2012

If a customer is ever short on change, Walter Cipin lets them buy their book at a discounted price. It’s a move that not many shop owners make nowadays, but Cipin likes to make an impression on first-time customers. Wayfarer Books Bought & Sold has been under his ownership since 1987. Since the 1970s, when the store opened, a near 30,000 books have accumulated on the shelves.

The owner can usually be found at the front of the store, standing behind a tall wooden counter, pricing books. He sports a salt-and-pepper beard and typically wears a pair of suspenders. Over the years, Cipin’s been part of a slowly dissolving industry. Still, he remains hopeful. The used book industry, in a sense, depends on young people, he said. As the baby boomer generation retires over the

“I think that it’s become a lot family and friends. The umbrella term of BDSM more mainstream,” she said. “I can range from restraints think that [50 Shades of Grey] is and blindfolds to psychologically proof — I think it’s very interesting humiliating actions — like that a book that has so many BDSM using degrading comments overtones is selling like hotcakes.” Then-Director of the Sexual in bed. The common factor here is that use of these Health and Resource Centre consensual actions end in (SHRC) Marvin Ferrer said a lot of BDSM-interested clients wonder if sexual arousal. Gaelach has faced the cold they’re normal. The SHRC stocks items like shoulder from her peers. “I personally have experienced floggers, whips and restraints — all some difficulty because of my of which sell well. While anyone is free to explore choices [from] people who have BDSM, Ferrer said one must next 10 to 15 years, Cipin said found out.” Though some say that the remain risk-aware. many older books will be available “Every interest is okay as long as for the younger generations media portrays BDSM negatively, assistant professor in the everyone participating is consenting to purchase. of psychology and informed of any risk that might As the store’s only full-time department employee, Cipin can no longer Meredith Chivers says the media be involved,” he said. afford to hire anyone besides one has helped BDSM become less of a taboo. — Janina Enrile part-time employee. “We don’t make a lot of money,” he said. “My gross annual sales went down by about a third because of the impact of the Internet [in the early 2000s].” In a world surrounded by old books, Cipin said his favourite part of Wayfarer is meeting new customers from all walks of life. “I don’t get to travel very Jan. 25, 2013 much,” he said. “The world has to come to me.” Tim Bailey wants to break down themselves go then.” It can’t have always been easy — Janina Enrile sometimes, but he knows he can’t. As a funeral home director, for Bailey, so I ask him what his first Bailey is the one that families time embalming was like. An 18-year-old Bailey, a few must turn to when they can’t keep it together. weeks into working for the local Outside of Robert J. Reid & funeral home, was asked to embalm Sons Funeral Home, Bailey looks the body of a hockey teammate. like any other man in his late 30s. “The funeral director then said Bailey offers me coffee almost to me, ‘You’re not doing this for as soon as I meet him; being you. You’re doing this for his mum friendly seems to be one of his and dad.’” Now embalming is routine. natural talents. “I got into this job because I like It only takes two hours, but the whole atmosphere,” he said. families are always impressed with After years in the business, the work. Bailey said, funeral directors “They think we’ve done a become familiar with the peak wonderful job but we’ve basically season for deaths — the weeks just given them a better image to say goodbye to, rather than what after Christmas. “There’s something internally they saw at the nursing home or at with a lot of [terminally ill] people the hospital.” that can help them along so they — Janina Enrile make it to Christmas,” he said. “And after Christmas … they let

Soft-spoken and well-mannered, the voice on the other end of the phone isn’t what people typically see as someone who enjoys BDSM — a practice that encompasses bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadism and masochism. I’m speaking with Gaelach, a single mother in her 40s. She has a nine-to-five job and, now that the summer weather is here, regularly attends barbecues with

Anticipating the dead

photo by tiffany lam

A musical museum March 1, 2013

Kingston’s Brian’s Record Option isn’t all about records — it’s a lot about Brian. When I walked into the shop, Brian Lipsin, the owner, was sitting behind a counter made of cassette tapes wearing a burgundy knit sweater. The storeowner serves clientele all the way from Ottawa, who keep returning for a good gab. Using a hands-on and personable approach, Lipsin chats with customers to determine what they like. Sometimes he’ll even play records for them at the store. Lipsin’s collection, amassed

throughout the years, isn’t just the alternative genre-lovers’ Treasure Island. It’s also a museum of musical history, in all its messy glory. In spite of its disarray, Lipsin said his shelves were “at their best.” “The thing I’m trying to [achieve] here is character,” he said. The original Brian’s Record Option was housed on the second-floor of what is now Wallack’s Art Supplies, located near Princess and Barrie Streets. It moved to its current location in 1983. Since the store’s inception, Lipsin has seen music culture

evolve from widespread eight-track tape deck sales to handling the pressure of a popular digital market. For owning a record store, however, Lipsin said he didn’t really have to change. “I kept things the old-fashioned way,” he said. At the end of the day, Lipsin hopes the store’s one-of-a-kind factor will keep it around town for the long haul. “I could still be doing this when I’m 80.” — Vincent Matak

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don’t blend in For those of you who keep tabs on the upcoming trends and scour Fashion Week photos, you’re well aware that this spring is going to be a bright one. A bright bracelet or toque gives just the right amount of pop, injecting some colour and playing with the trend in a realistic, budget-friendly way. Ways to wear it: •A bracelet, necklace or earrings: I found a bracelet at Joe Fresh for under $5, but you can guarantee H&M, Aldo Accessories or even Claire’s will have some bright pieces. A neon pink stud earring or bright yellow embellished necklace also looks great with a simple white tee or a monochromatic look.

•Flats or heels: Why not try an orange loafer or royal blue stiletto? Aldo is known for its bright heels, and Zara has a pair of orange loafers right now for $99. •Nail Polish: This is my favourite way to inject some colour. Urban Outfitters has a great selection of colours; I like Sally Hansen for its price. •A toque: Whether you’re opting for a rich royal blue or a vibrant orange, American Apparel has a rainbow of colours to choose from at a cost of $22. I found a violet shade at H&M for $12. •If you’re feeling bold… A hot pink matte lip, turquoise eye liner or hair chalk is another way to make a statement with colour.

Sometimes American politics is downright laughable. The most recent fiasco was preceded by last summer’s debt ceiling debate, and it will be followed by yet another debt ceiling debate as the issue of spending cuts was left off the table in the “fiscal cliff” resolution. The Republican Party faces a fascinating dilemma. Commentators like David Frum suggest that it should become more centrist and adjust to America’s

changing demographics and new of mainstream discourse. Those social realities. However, such a who are dissatisfied on the move would necessarily alienate American left –for whom Occupy the large and active part of the was a vital rallying point- are Republican base who is evangelical back in the unenviable position of Christian. attempting to convince Democrat Real wages have been trending party supporters that no significant downward in the US for more change will come through the than 40 years. The Republican traditional process. Perhaps these base is middle class white men, leftists are looking in the wrong a demographic that sees financial place. There are great swaths of the security as its birthright. This country that are outspoken about same cohort perceives Americas their dissatisfaction and ready to changing demographics as a threat. be mobilized toward upsetting the For all its early promise, the established order. Occupy movement has fallen out — David Hadwen


— Trilby Goouch

limelight Photo by Trilby Goouch

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humans of kingston Meet Humans of Kingston, a visual census of Kingston aimed at conveying stories of local personalities through a photograph. Photographer Jonathon Reed (ConEd ’15) can be found roaming the streets of Kingston, snapping portraits of students, families, dog walkers and the like. Jonathon photographs with his heart and conveys undeniable passion for his work. QJ: When did you start Humans of Kingston? What inspired you? Reed: Easy answer? I didn’t start it. The project was started last year by Asad Chishti, a second-year Queen’s student (Sci ’14), photograph-story curator and community maestro. It was inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York and [it] became a sort of experiment to connect with strangers on the streets of Kingston. I started shooting in October and kept it up when Asad ran off to another continent. QJ: What’s your favourite aspect of taking photos? Reed: What I really love about photography is the ability to capture a moment — one that will never happen in the same way ever again, like jumping in a pile of

leaves during an autumn twilight or holding hands on Princess St. on a bitter winter day. Capturing moments of clarity like that is what makes photography worth the hard work. QJ: What are some of your most memorable encounters? How do people usually react to your photo requests? Reed: They’re all memorable. I’ve met the city curator and one of the architects of the Kingston library. I’ve talked to people living on the streets and students trying to figure themselves out. I’ve sat and watched a potter at the wheel and fist bumped a twelve-year-old ballet dancer. When I look at the set of photos I’ve taken, I’m not seeing photographs, colours, likes or comments. I’m seeing people, memories of conversations and connections; I’m seeing friends. When it comes to approaching people, they are usually a little bemused, interested and maybe somewhat taken aback. In the end, almost everyone is really happy to talk. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to connect with a stranger; Kingston has got some great humans. — Trilby Goouch

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student life study spots on campus Say hello to that exam lifestyle we revert to twice a year; sweatpants, caffeine, movie nights and, of course, dedicated, thorough review. Here are a few places on campus and in Kingston to help see you through the next three weeks! Starbucks Don’t forget to register your Starbucks card so you can enjoy those free refills. The Sleepless Goat A relaxed, quieter alternative to Starbucks; make a day out of it and order lunch off of their delicious and healthy menu. Botterall Hall The quiet atmosphere, round tables and lack of cell service make

this the perfect spot to get some serious study time in. John Orr room, JDUC If you’re in need of a chalkboard or whiteboard to practice reciting material or performing math equations, this is the perfect spot. Dunning If you’re an economics major you’ll likely know of the third floor library-esque room used for tutorial sessions; if not, check it out! Queen’s Centre third floor The third floor of the Queen’s Centre is quiet and boasts lots of tables and chairs. Its close proximately to Tim Hortons, Common Ground and the bulk food station at the campus grocery store make it an ideal study location; be weary come noon as

that’s when nearby highschoolers raid for lunch. Math help room in Jeffrey Hall For all you math majors or first-year calc students, this is a great classroom-like environment where you can work on math questions with the help of a TA. Law Library (Beside Dunning and across from Stauffer) The law library houses quite a few basement rooms that are spacious and full of long tables where you can park yourself and enjoy peace and quiet. — Trilby Goouch

The Queen's Journal, Issue 40  

Volume 140, Issue 40 -- April 4, 2013

The Queen's Journal, Issue 40  

Volume 140, Issue 40 -- April 4, 2013