Real estate lacks funds
feelin’ good about fat
gaels switch quarterbacks
social media etiquette
Isabel Bader Centre questioned at city council. Page 2
Queen’s can’t develop women’s prison. page 3
Arts reviews student documentary, Fat. page 10
Billy McPhee will be starting quarterback. page 13
Postscript examines the dos and don’ts. page 16
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Faculty strike possible B y M eaghan Wray Assistant News Editor A union of faculty, librarians and archivists at Queen’s could strike if an agreement with the administration isn’t reached by June 30. Since its contract expired at the end of April, Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) has been negotiating with the University. According to a bargaining alert issued on the QUFA website, the union is preparing for the worst. Currently Queen’s is in the process of negotiating faculty pensions. A monetary package presented by the University includes proposals for pension and compensation changes. QUFA officials said such changes will increase the cost and reduce the value of future pensions. QUFA President Paul Young said the University’s current financial plan isn’t sound. “We [QUFA] recognize that changes have to be made,” Young said. “The disagreement is about precisely who should pay, and how we split the costs.” Young said negotiations could continue for any length of time until a party declares them ineffective. The June 30 deadline is a signal to Queen’s that QUFA believes negotiating should be over by that time, he said. While QUFA has always reached an agreement with the University, Young said, if negotiations fail, the results would be disastrous. “Obviously for a university, lockouts and strikes are catastrophic and it’s not what anybody wants,” he said. Associate Vice-Principal of Human Resources Al Orth said during the negotiation process, either party involved may apply to file a No Board Report. This is done when the conciliation officer, a neutral third party, informs the Ministry of Labour that an agreement cannot be reached. At this point, legally there are 17 See Unions on page 4
Katie Strang’s Settle is the newest exhibit on the front lawn of 448 Bagot Street. For full story, see page 10.
Photo by Corey Lablans
Student health services grow
Government funding for HCDS expands the services students receive on campus B y K atherine Fernandez -B lance News Editor Starting this fall, 600 additional hours of counselling per year will be made available to students. Approximately $225,000 of university funding is being funneled into Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS) to hire three new counselors and provide mental health training on campus. One of the incoming counsellors will become the associate director of HCDS and another will focus specifically on mental health within residences. Stephanie Phillips, ArtSci ’12, said currently there aren’t enough counselors to meet student needs.
“I don’t think the counselling system is prepared enough,” she said. “[It’s] completely unacceptable.” Last year, Phillips began a campaign to raise money for mental health services at Queen’s after she heard some students were waiting four to six weeks to see a counsellor. “If it’s something you’ve been suffering with for months, when somebody says on the other line ‘I’m sorry, we can’t fit you in,’ it’s the wrong reaction,” she said. “It doesn’t encourage you to call back.” Initially Phillips met with the administration to see if an additional student fee could be set up to cover the cost of hiring more counselors. Undergraduate
students pay a mandatory fee of $54.91, which goes directly to HCDS each year. “In the end I decided to
withdraw the campaign. It’s not the students’ job to support [their peers] in a monetary capacity,” See Meeting on page 6
Losing Ching Ching Wong, Nurs ’13, will be remembered as a determined, intelligent and generous person. Ching died in a car accident on June 14 in Huntsville, ON at the age of 20. Close friend Natalie Chan said it was a privilege to know Ching. She always strived for the best. “Whenever she made a mistake,
she would replay it over and over—and I got to hear her rant about them over and over—but then she would never make them again,” Chan told the Journal via email. Ching wanted to work towards becoming a doctor after graduating from Queen’s. Her dream was to See Plain on page 6
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Chown Hall switches to co-ed Last year, the University offered 463 single-gender residence spots, but only 133 students applied B y S avoula S tylianou Assistant News Editor
preferences,” he said. The decision was finalized by the Senate Residence Committee Come September, Chown Hall on March 14. In order to convert an all-girls will be a co-ed residence for incoming first-years. The switch residence to a co-ed one, Griffiths resulted from declining interest in said the main issue is adding urinals single-gender accommodations. to the bathrooms. Griffiths said Chown Hall was The residence has been an all-girls chosen because its bathrooms are since it opened in 1960. the easiest to modify. The all-male floor in Leonard In our don training, Hall and the all-girls residences they told us about Hall, Ban Righ Hall and how women fought to Adelaide Angus House at Jean Royce Hall have these residences will remain unchanged. established so that Griffiths said his department will female students could continue to monitor the demand for single-gender residences, but have a safe place to Queen’s won’t get rid of them study near campus. for good. “I think it’ll always be a part of our offering, just like other —Ashley Ratcliffe, Photo by Corey Lablans former don in Chown Hall schools,” he said. Chown Hall, at 175 Stuart Street, became an all-girls residence in 1960. Adelaide Hall, Ban Righ Guelph and McMaster also Hall, and Angus House at Jean Royce Hall, still remain all-girls residences. Director of Housing and have all-female residences, while “I think there’s a lot of hype Hospitality Bruce Griffiths said universities like Western and She said all-girls residences help female students could have a safe place to study near campus,” she and perception about all-girls last year the University offered McGill do not have entirely students feel more comfortable. “Co-ed residences have a said. “It’s important to recognize [residences] and people choose 463 single-gender residence spots single-gender residences but only them because they’re socially floors reputation of being crazy,” she these landmark institutions.” but only 133 students picked the single-gender Ratcliffe said many girls who awkward. This stigma is largely said. “Female residences are category as a top-five preference. within a residence. A student survey organized by known for being a quieter kind of didn’t explicitly choose to be false,” she said. Fourteen female applicants selected placed in all-girls residence feel all-girls residence as their first Queen’s Housing and Hospitality environment.” Ratcliffe said it’s important ashamed of the placement. Services last year indicated that choice, Griffiths said. Changes in female enrolment reasons for choosing single-gender to remember why all-female didn’t impact the decision to make residences include a quieter study residences were established in the environment and religious or first place. Chown Hall co-ed, he said. “In our don training, they told us “This was really about numbers cultural beliefs. Ashley Ratcliffe, ArtSci ’12, was about how women fought to have of applicants indicating this type of accommodation as one of their a don in Chown Hall last year. these residences established so that
Art centre steels attention Heritage commitee fears stainless steel siding on Queen’s new performing arts centre will distract drivers B y K atherine Fernandez -B lance News Editor Plans for a new performing arts centre at Queen’s were debated at last week’s city council meeting. The city’s heritage committee asked Queen’s to change the proposal for stainless steel siding on the $63 million facility, because the material could reflect sun and impair drivers’ vision. In 2007, Queen’s bought the Stella Buck building at 390 King St. W. It will house the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, scheduled to open in fall 2013. Scheduled work on the building is currently underway. Councillor Bill Glover sits on both the heritage and planning committees for the city.
“There was some discussion about the reflective quality of the stainless steel,” Glover said at city council on June 21. He said some members of the city’s heritage committee worried that the siding would pose a safety hazard to those driving on King Street. Architect Robert Matthews and Associate Vice-Principal of Facilities Ann Browne told council they had conducted a sun test on the material. The test determined that the height of the building means there wouldn’t be a hazardous glare for drivers or pedestrians below. At council, it was suggested this issue be placed under the jurisdiction of the planning committee, instead of being debated further. This motion carried unanimously. Councillor Dorothy Hector sits on the planning committee.
C o r r e c t i o n s Any undergraduate student can apply for the AMS fund that helps students pay for mandatory AMS fees. Women’s hockey coach Matthew Holmberg was pictured with the OUA women’s hockey championship trophy. Incorrect information appeared in the May 31 issue of The Journal. The Journal regrets the errors.
She said the heritage committee should have voiced their concerns about the siding to the planning committee. There’s no procedure currently in place for committees to address each other without coming to council first. “The challenge is that there isn’t a process,” Hector said. “They should have written a letter to the planning committee.” Hector said the city has already backed the Queen’s project, so any debate won’t change the projected completion date of the project. “Council had already, with the planning committee’s report, passed in principle the whole thing and handed it to Queen’s staff,” she said. Although the city’s planning committee has jurisdiction over this building, Hector said the cladding wouldn’t change. “All the drawings I’ve seen, I’ve been pleased with. It’s an exciting moment for the city,” Hector said. Associate Vice-Principal Browne said the building will go ahead as planned. “We’ll be working completely with staff on planning issues,” she said.
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Features Campus planning
Queen’s shackled by small budget Former Prison for Women hasn’t been developed since purchased by Queen’s in 2007 B y Terra -A nn
A Queen’s official says there are still no concrete plans for development on the former women’s prison, which was purchased by the University in 2007. Queen’s spent $2.8 million to buy the prison facility, which had been vacant for seven years. Anne Browne, associate vice-principal of facilities, said the building needs a slew of expensive upgrades that
aren’t financially feasible. When the prison was shut down, the hydro, sewage and steam systems were turned off. “[It] was bought as a cold building,” Browne said, adding that the term ‘cold’ refers to the building’s lack of operational services, like heating. “Very honestly, we don’t have any money to do any renovations on it.” Since Queen’s doesn’t pay tax on the property, lawn care is the only expense needed to keep the facility, Browne said.
The eight-acre property is on Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard. Browne said the proximity to West Campus makes the facility ideal for a residence if enrollment continues to increase. “It would be a great place for a residence,” she said, adding that there aren’t any concrete plans for the building. Former Vice-Principal of Operations and Finance Andrew Simpson was responsible for negotiating the purchase of the property from Canada
Lands Company. In September 2007, Simpson told the Journal that one possibility was to establish a Queen’s Archives in the prison’s administration building. “We will be pursuing that as potential first occupant of the new facility,” he said. Browne said this may no longer be an option due to high humidity levels in the building, adding that it would be costly to remedy such an issue. The prison, built in 1934, is protected by a Kingston heritage bylaw. The bylaw designates areas of the roof, walls and cell block that must be preserved, adding to the cost of a potential renovation. Selling the property isn’t an option, Browne said. “Quite frankly, who’d buy it?” she said. “There are historical issues on the building, so there’s not a lot of people that would want to take that on.” Browne said she plans to conduct a study this summer to determine what exactly needs to be preserved under the heritage bylaw. The only funds allocated to the property are being used to hire a heritage consultant. Heritage consultants are hired by property owners to compile a history of on-site buildings and
analyze what architectural features are desirable to retain. “I have a very small pot of money,” Browne said. “I want somebody to come in and do a report on the building.” Kingston’s heritage planning committee has worked with Queen’s on other projects to ensure the renovations don’t compromise the historical integrity of older buildings. The committee asked Queen’s to spend over $300,000 to restore a chimney and windows on the University’s new arts centre on King Street. Committee member John Duerkop said the vacant facility preserves a piece of prison history. ”It’s important that there be an example of what people thought a prison should be like in the past,” said John Duerkop, a member of the heritage committee. He added that parts of the building are to be maintained for their unique construction, notably the opening and closing mechanisms of the prison’s cell block. “Kingston’s got these little gems and it’s very fortunate that we can keep them until we find some use for them,” Duerkop said. “I’m disappointed that they haven’t so far been able to utilize the building, but their intention was to do so.”
Campus plan in the works A second Correctional Service Canada property will soon be on the market. The old mansion, now used as offices, was pegged as a potential Queen’s property when the University was looking to expand in 2005. “We’ve all heard it’s coming on the market,” Browne said. “Corrections [Canada] has always thought it would be neat if Queen’s would want to purchase this because it’s adjacent to the other property.”
Portions of the women’s prison roof, walls and cell block are preserved by the city’s heritage committee.
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In October 2005, the Journal reported that Queen’s had expressed interest in the 440 property as well as two others on King Street West. The University purchased part of the J.K. Tett Complex, located at 370 King Street West from the City in July 2006. The
property will house the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts. No formal discussions have taken place with Correctional Service Canada in regards to purchasing the King Street property, Browne said. “There’s no funding for it right now,” she said. “We have no idea what the financial implications are. “We can’t put in the millions of dollars it would cost to do development on the prison land.” Although no purchases are currently in the works, Browne said, Queen’s campus includes a few potential areas which could be developed. The largest plot of land available to be developed is the parking lot behind Victoria Hall. On Monday, a new working group launched
to discuss the sitting and massing of residences on campus. “[We’re finding out] what could we actually do if we needed to build a new residence building?” she said. “We do promise every first-year student a room ... we have to be ready because it takes one year to plan and two years to build. “ A campus plan hasn’t been done since 2002, Browne said, adding that the University has recently hired a planner. “We’re hoping that by this time next year, we have a really good plan of where we should be going,” she said. “That will help us as well to understand where we should and shouldn’t go … what is our growth pattern.”
A brief history of the women’s prison • Kingston’s Prison for Women, officially opened in 1934, however women weren’t the first to be imprisoned at the facility. In 1932, Kingston Penitentiary was overcrowded and officials sent 100 male prisoners to the women’s facility, which was still under construction.
• The male inmates stayed at the prison until 1933. During the Second World War, female prisoners of war were brought in to a segregated area of the prison, drastically increasing the inmate population of 40 to 121. • On the evening of April 22 1994, a group of six inmates attacked four
guards, taking one hostage for a few minutes in an attempt to steal keys to the facility. Inmates involved were overtaken and sent to segregation cells where they were held by restraints. • After videos of the restraint and strip searching of women aired on national television, the
solicitor general called for a formal investigation into practices used against the female inmates. • In 1998, the solicitor general announced that the Prison for Women in Kingston would be closed within two years. In that time, five new facilities for women were opened across Canada.
• On July 6 2000, the remaining inmates of the Kingston prison were dispersed and the facility closed its doors officially.
—Source: Correctional Service Canada
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
University plans to delete deficit by 2013 The 2011-12 operating budget plans to limit enrolment, fund faculties and solve the pension deficit B y C atherine O wsik Assistant News Editor This fiscal year is projected to be the University’s last in deficit. Queen’s 2011-12 operating budget features a plan to bring the current $14.2 million deficit to zero by April 30, 2013. The budget was approved at a May 6 Board of Trustees meeting. “The Board gave us some very definite instructions that this will be the last year of the deficit,” Vice-Principal of Finance and Administration Caroline Davis said. “We will need to focus on this and give it our priority.” This year the deficit will be reduced to $3 million by drawing on the reserve funds from previous years. This includes $5.2 million from the $8 million Employee Future Benefit Reserve, which consists of operating funds set aside for post-retirement benefits. $6 million will be taken from the $34 million Queen’s faculty reserves.
Queen’s has been in a difficult financial situation before and we’ve always come through, so we will again.
Caroline Davis, — vice-principal of finance and administration
The remaining $3 million deficit will be covered by cost savings and revenue generation in the upcoming year. Although this is the third consecutive year that Queen’s operating budget has projected a deficit, Davis said she’s confident the University will manage. “Queen’s has been in a difficult financial situation before and we’ve always come through, so we will again,” Davis said. The budget includes a projected
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$6.3 million cost reduction and revenue generation plan that has yet to be fully developed. Without this $6.3 million, next year’s budget won’t break even. Davis said several ideas for new sources of revenue have been proposed during sessions with University administrators, the Board of Trustees, Senate and elected alumni. Ideas from the community are also being accepted via email. “We could have some activities on campus here in the summer time,” she said, adding that moneymaking initatives could include summer camps and programs for highschool students transitioning into university. The new budget also reflects some changes the University is looking to make academically, such as limiting enrolment to stabilize growth. In a preliminary report issued this past January, the Enrolment Planning Task Force recommended that next year only 100 extra first-year students be accepted. This is mainly due to limitations on student services and Queen’s infrastructure. Contrary to the task force’s recommendation, current
Unions bargain and parking workers at Queen’s are currently negotiating with the days to resolve an issue before the administration. The Queen’s branch of the employer is able to lock out union members and the union members Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents graduate teaching are allowed to strike, Orth said. “It’s the party’s decision whether assistants and teaching fellows, they will go through with this,” recently concluded collective agreements in April. Orth said. According to a media release Associate Vice-Principal of Faculty Relations Dan Bradshaw on the Ontario Nurses Association said the June 30 deadline QUFA set website, they have received a new is ambiguous to the administration. three-year collective agreement “The deadline doesn’t mean a which includes benefit, premium, strike deadline,” Bradshaw said, health and vacation benefits, as well adding that the process would be as health and safety enforcement illegal if they did strike. and lump sum payment plans. This Several other unions at Queen’s agreement ends March 31, 2014. are currently in negotiations with The Ontario Public Service the administration or have plans to Employees Union, representing begin negotiations. the health workers with Queen’s Bradshaw said that the majority Family Health, and two branches of of employees at the university are the United Steelworkers union still represented by a union. need to set dates for negotiations. Three branches of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, —With files from Katherine representing trade, custodian, food Fernandez-Blance Continued from page 1
numbers in the budget project an additional 320 students for the 2011-12 academic year. The budget plans to limit student enrolment by decreasing the number of additional incoming students each year. This will affect revenue generated from tuition as well as provincial funding because it’s based on the number of students enrolled, Davis said. By limiting enrolment, the amount of provincial funding Queen’s receives won’t increase. Last fiscal year the revenue generated from tuition fees was $164 million, while the University received $181 million revenue from provincial grants. In 2010-11, Queen’s received about 5.6 per cent of the Council of Ontario Universities Operating Grant, less than McMaster University and the University of Waterloo. The University of
Quoted “We’re trying to take a fairly conservative approach. We always try and budget on the safe side.” —Caroline Davis, vice-principal of finance and administration
Western Ontario received the highest percentage of the grant with just above nine per cent. Another academic initiative included in this year’s budget is the four-year Academic Initiative Fund, which funnels $2 million back into the faculties each year. Faculties have already applied for this year’s funding and have been allocated varying funds. Davis said it’s up to faculties to decide which of their departments
receive or lose funding. This fiscal year the fund will be split, with $806,400 going towards faculties and $631,000 going towards other cash reinvestments, which includes one-time initiatives such as online course development. “The Academic Initiative Fund really is something that is aimed at the future development of how the faculties interrelate with the students, so it should have a benefit for the students,” Davis said.
Pension deficit The biggest challenge facing this year’s operating budget is the pension plan deficit, said Vice-Principal of Finance and Administration Caroline Davis. Risks associated with the budget include a reliance on reserves, as payments towards the pension plan deficit are going to dramatically increase in three years time. Due to a recent economic recession and low interest rates, Queen’s pension plan doesn’t have enough money to support the pensions of retiring employees.
A preliminary valuation done last August estimated that the University would have a liability of $325 million if all pensions were to be paid at once. “This fiscal year the payments are $8 million only … [the government is] giving us a three year [solvency exemption] holiday with fairly small payments, but then we have to pay the whole thing spread over 10 years,” she said. In 2016 and 2017 Queen’s will need to pay an additional $34 million towards the pension plan.
Davis said that while some of this will come from reserves, Queen’s currently doesn’t have enough funding to pay the amount. In ongoing negotiations with employee groups, the University is looking to increase the percentage that employees pay to three per cent of their pensionable earnings. It’s projected that in 2016 a quarter of the pension plan payment will be charged to the faculties and the rest will come from the operating budget for that year.
Campus Calendar Thursday, June 30
Register at krra.org/mile
Movies in the Square: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Springer Market Square 9 p.m. Free
Thursday, July 7
Friday,July1 The Limestone Mile Race Downtown Kingston 9 a.m.
Movies in the Square: Close Encounters of the Third Kind Springer Market Square 9 p.m. Free Friday, July 8 Queeriot Various Kingston locations
Continues until Sunday, July 10 For event schedule, see queerriot2011.tumblr.com Thursday, July 14 Kingston Buskers Rendezvous Downtown Kingston Continues to Sunday, July 17. See kingstonbuskers.com for a schedule of events
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
News in brief Medical school thanks government
term, Milliken will contribute research and occasional lectures to the department. “As a champion of parliamentary After receiving almost $60 democracy who served the million in federal and provincial Parliament of Canada for many government funding, Queens’ years, Peter Milliken’s expertise School of Medicine unveiled and experience will add a rich its new medical school building perspective to the School of Policy Studies,” Principal Daniel on June 3. Guests at the unveiling Woolf said. included Principal Daniel Woolf, Dean of Health Sciences Richard —Vincent Matak Reznick and Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Marketing strategy John Milloy. approved Current medical students gave guests and media a tour of the new facility. A new marketing strategy for The four-floor building contains Queen’s was approved at last two 125-seat lecture theatres, an month’s Board of Trustees meeting. anatomy learning centre and labs The Spirit of Initiative for museum and surgical skills. emphasizes a collaborative Current and future Queen’s approach based on Queen’s medical students pledged $500,000 reputation for academic excellence dollars towards the building. and spirit. The School of Medicine will Previously, Queen’s had no celebrate the building’s grand concrete marketing strategy, said opening on Sept. 22. Queen’s Director of Marketing Kathleen Vollebregt. —Savoula Stylianou “[The strategy will] provide a foundation and focus in all the Peter Milliken to teach initiatives that we do,” she said. The annual appeal-video on at Queen’s the Queen’s website and the 2012 view-book for incoming students Former MP for Kingston and the have been created under the Islands Peter Milliken will join new strategy. To further develop the strategy, Queen’s this fall as a fellow in the the marketing department is School of Policy Studies. As Canada’s longest-serving running workshops with students, Speaker of the House of Commons, faculty, staff and alumni throughout Milliken, Arts ’68, will focus on the year. governance and policy-making in —Catherine Hart parliamentary democracies. In his three-year renewable
David Dodge re-appointed
Queen’s students recognized
University Council unanimously re-appointed Chancellor David Dodge for a second term, last month. Dodge is the 13th person to serve as Chancellor, the University’s highest governing position. The May 7 announcement means Dodge will hold the title for another three years. Dodge has served as governor of the Bank of Canada, a senior advisor at the Ottawa office of Bennett Jones LLP and was a professor in the Queen’s economics department. He was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2007. “We couldn’t imagine a more committed and engaged member of the Queen’s community than David to hold this important leadership role,” Principal Daniel Woolf said.
Canada’s 2011 Top 40 under 40 list includes three Queen’s alumni. The award celebrates those who’ve made an outstanding impact in their areas of study as well as in their communities. Leonard Brody, ArtSci ’93, is the president of the Vancouver based Clarity Digital Group. He is also head of the company’s examiner.com website, one of the Top 100 media and information websites in North America. Natasha Sharpe, NSc ’93, MA ’95, works for Sun Life Financial as a chief credit risk officer. She is also chair of the board for Toronto’s Kensington Health Centre. Steve Sousa, MBA ’11 is the president and chief operating officer at SaskTel International, where he helped increase the revenue for the software division by $5 million.
Alumni donates $1 million Alumnus Robert Burnside, Sci ’56, and his wife Doris donated $1 million to the Faculty of Engineering. The gift will fund a collaborative Innovation and Global Leadership program between the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Business. Its focus will be on innovation and leadership in the global economy. Burnside said it’s important to provide engineers with strong leadership skills. “A large part of the project is about negotiation, interdisciplinary collaboration, management and vision. That’s leadership,” he said. —Alison Shouldice
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‘Plain old silliness flowed within her veins’ Continued from page 1
work with Doctors Without Borders. Chan said her friend was a fun person to be around and someone who found the best in others. “Selflessness, generosity, genuine kindness, innocence, and plain old silliness flowed within her veins,” Chan told the Journal via email. Ching was always one of the first students to arrive to class, usually wearing her favorite Alice in Wonderland hoodie, Chan said.
“This coming Fall … buildings, paths, making [Kraft Dinner], Grey’s Anatomy and an empty seat will be a few of the many things that will serve as reminders of her,” Chan said. A memorial service for Ching was held on Saturday in her hometown of Markham, Ontario. —Katherine Fernandez-Blance
Meeting high demands Continued from page 1
Ching Wong, Nurs ’13, wanted to join Doctors Without Borders after graduating.
she said. Director of HCDS Mike Condra said it can take several weeks for students to receive a counselling appointment during busy times. “It’s really important that we have more resources on deck to meet the needs of students in distress and difficulty,” he said. “Both terms this year were extraordinarily difficult and highlighted the concerns about mental health.” Since last summer, Queen’s has mourned the loss of seven students. “I think we all recognize that the demands on the counselling service have been very high,” Condra said. “This is [students’] health we’re talking about. We all have our right to privacy and dignity.” Throughout the summer and continuing into the school year, Condra will be offering optional 45-minute sessions to faculty and campus groups. The sessions will focus on how to recognize the signs of students in distress.
We all have our right to “privacy and dignity. ” —Mike Condra, director of Health, Counselling and Disability Services HCDS currently employs 17 counsellors. Approximately 10 per cent of students will see one of them at least once during their time at Queen’s. Condra said this percentage hasn’t significantly altered over the years. Recently, HCDS also received provincial funding for a mental health nurse that will
start in September. Plans are also in the works to hire a second part-time psychiatrist. Associate Vice-Principal and Dean of Student Affairs John Pierce applied for university funding to expand the resources for mental health services.
If it’s something you’ve “been suffering with for
months, when somebody says on the other line ‘I’m sorry, we can’t fit you in,’ it’s the wrong reaction. It doesn’t encourage you to call back.
—Stephanie Philips, ArtSci ’12 “It’s really all part of a general concern for the health and wellness of students,” Pierce said, adding that the University has received offers of professional support from staff at the Kingston General Hospital and the Canadian Association for Mental Health. Pierce said Queen’s is using a shared financing approach to fund the new resources. “Residences are helping support the position that finances [the counselor] in residences,” Pierce said. “Student affairs is helping fund the counsellor and the central administration is supporting the associate director position,” Pierce said. The addition of the associate director position will free up time for counselors, Pierce said. To speak with a counselor from Health, Counseling and Disability Services, contact 613-533-6000 ext. 78264.
Early intervention Director of Queen’s Health, Counselling and Disability Services, Mike Condra sometimes refers students to the HeadsUp program at Hotel Dieu Hospital. The program offers early intervention and specializes in psychosis treatment. Started in 2001 the program now has 152 active clients between 14 and 35 years old. HeadsUp Occupational Therapist Jennifer Jackson said early signs of psychosis include behavioural changes, hallucination, isolation and withdrawal from surroundings. “Our goal is the prevention of long-term illness,” Jackson said. “We help [patients] get on with their lives.” Jackson said most patients stay in the program for three years with medication usually forming part of their treatment. It typically takes three days to meet with a caseworker and two weeks to meet with a psychiatrist. “We have the resources we need to be able to help people going through this,” Jackson said, adding that the Kingston branch has 15 staff members.
Though the program is based in Kingston, HeadsUp also has offices in Belleville, Napanee, Smith Falls and Brockville. “Ten years ago Canada realized the importance of catching mental health issues early,” Jackson said. “Ontario has the most early intervention programs anywhere in Canada.” Psychosis affects three per cent of the Canadian population and anyone can get it, Jackson said. “The rate is higher than type 1 diabetes but it’s just not talked about that often,” she said. Because psychosis is often stress-induced, many of the patients in the program are high school or post-secondary students. “We see the onset of mental illness in early adulthood. Because of that we [treat] a fair number of Queen’s and St. Lawrence students,” Jackson said. To speak with someone from HeadsUp about seeing a support worker, call 613-544-3400 ext. 2550.
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‘Convict’ carries a stigma that fails to take into account an inmate’s identity.
Paint program promising K
ingston city council made a graffiti serves a valuable purpose. commendable decision last The program will contribute to Tuesday to approve a new pilot inmates’ rehabilitation, arguably prison work program. Inmates the most important goal of the from minimum-security facilities in Correctional Services of Canada. Portsmouth District councillor the Kingston-area will come into the city two days a week to paint Liz Schell has suggested the prisoners could receive a reduced over graffiti. The Whig-Stardard reported sentence for their work. While that Mayor Mark Gerretsen told serving time is an integral part city councillors that city workers of Correctional Services, the can’t keep up with widespread housing of a detainee is costly, reduced sentences graffiti, necessitating extra help. making City council has stated that if the financially prudent. With the weak local job market, project is successful they will be open to expanding the project to the union representing the city’s workers has voiced opposition to other areas. With the closing of Kingston’s the program. Because of the low prison farms, interest in creating skill set required for painting over work programs has been high. graffiti, it’s unlikely the prisoners Enlisting inmates to paint over will take jobs from Kingstonians
who need them. In fact, inmates will not be learning valuable skills which they can use upon their release—one flaw in this program. A concern for many is the seeming danger of having inmates out in the city, but given that the prisoners are all from minimum-security facilities, the danger is negligible. Giving inmates the chance to work for the betterment of society and be rewarded for it helps fight the troublesome label they’re often given. “Convict” carries a stigma that fails to take into account an inmate’s identity. The work program has minor flaws, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Civilian justice oversteps
ollowing the Canucks’ Stanley Cup loss, rioters in downtown Vancouver cost the city an estimated $5 million in damages. In response to the destruction, many citizens turned to the Internet as a method to publicly shame those involved. The high-minded and morally righteous intentions of these residents, such as those on the site “Public Shaming Eternus,” quickly degenerated into an online free-for-all. The Toronto Star reported that one of the rioters targeted by the site had his address, phone number and other personal information shared. Following threats, his family was forced to flee their home. Ironically, an astonishing display of civilian justice turned into a vicious mob, similar to riots that followed Game Seven. While the natural reaction to crime is the doling out of swift justice, the
shaming websites meant vigilantism escalated to new heights. While public shaming can be satisfying, it’s the professionals of the police force that are best suited to handle lawbreakers. Untrained civilians lack the tact, skill and restraint that police officers are instructed in. There’s also no process for citizen vigilantes to follow when enforcing the law. This is concerning when a false accusation can permanently harm someone’s reputation. A photograph that depicts someone in a negative light can deal severe damage, regardless of its accuracy. Perspective and context are everything. Along with shaming sites, social media had a large part to play in the fallout of the incident. A reported one million photos and 1,000 hours of video depicting the riots have been sent in to the Vancouver police force to aid
in investigations. The massive collection has been a boon for police. As digital technology becomes increasingly intertwined with society, we’re entering a period of hyper-accountability. Looters and rioters have found themselves captured thousands of times and there’s little hope of their identities remaining hidden within a massive crowd. Those who commited theft or acts of violence and assumed impunity have found themselves being pored over by police. Social media has evolved into an information-gathering tool and is an extension of our identity. When almost every person carries a phone and almost every phone has a camera, anonymity doesn’t seem possible in public. It’s a reality that’s helpful for public order but troublesome for personal privacy.
In a name
hen Juliet addresses her soon to be deceased Romeo saying, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet,” I have to disagree. To me, the name by which we call something is not happenstance. Far from arbitrary, a name is an integral part of that thing. I don’t think words like serendipity, sprezzatura or magnanimous would have the same charm and appeal if the meaning were the same and the word was different. It’s an idea that lacks a clear logical progression. Do I love the word violin because it’s beautiful, or simply because I love the strains of its strings? Avoiding that trap, I take as an example my own name: Andrew Fraser Stokes. No other single part of me manages to encompass so much of my identity. Compared to an image or a recording of my voice, my name gives a fuller picture of who I am. Andrew comes from the Greek word “andron” which means “man,” so my first name essentially equates to manliness—fitting if you’ve ever seen me saw down a tree or rescue a baby from a burning building. Fraser was my grandmother’s maiden name; a family name that ceased when she married. I carry with me the last remnant of that proud old lineage. I like to think it adds an extra layer of myth and heroism to the baby saving. And Stokes is my favourite of the three. It’s quick and punchy. I like the look of it. Stokes carries the stories of my family’s past and it’s a name I’m proud of. Any of the reservations I’ve had about my first two names have never been a factor for Stokes. As a whole, my name speaks volumes about who I am and who I want to be. Of course, I don’t expect people to address me by my full name— that would be awkward and cumbersome. But for my sake, don’t take it upon yourself to decide my name is Andy or Drew. I bet there are loads of people who love being called Andy but I’m simply not one of them. When I hear my name shortened, I cringe. I have the right to tell people what I want to be called but I don’t usually correct them. So please, call me as I was named. It’s really not too much trouble. An Andrew by any other name wouldn’t smell as sweet— Billy Shakes will make an exception for me.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Perspectives from the Queen’s community
The development of clear and effective guidelines for complaint filing would minimize the ebb and flow experienced by the AMS non-academic system in the past.
Uncertain future for student judiciary
Talking Heads ... around campus Photos By Brendan Monahan
Should QP summer hours be extended?
Recent actions by the administration are undermining the University’s long-held tradition of peer-administered discipline
Principal Daniel Woolf announces plans to review the University’s approach to alcohol-related incidents at a May 31 press conference.
B randon S loan , A rt S ci ’10
students are tasked with the administration of non-academic discipline. The AMS, Society of Professional and Graduate Students (SGPS) and Main Campus Residents’ Council (MCRC) all operate complaint-driven, peer-adjudicated non-adversarial restorative justice systems. They strive to hold Queen’s students accountable for their actions. At their core, these systems seek to restore any harm done to students, property or communities, while also promoting student safety both on campus and within the Kingston community. It’s safe to assume that Skinner’s recommendation to remove health and safety issues, including incidents involving alcohol, from the jurisdiction of these systems is largely related to his unfamiliarity with the peer-adjudicated discipline at Queen’s. I was, however, extremely surprised to hear of Silverman’s decision to bypass the AMS non-academic discipline system and actively seek the suspension of six Queen’s students.
Regional Supervising Coroner Roger Skinner recommended that health and safety issues be removed from the jurisdiction of various peer/student judiciaries at Queen’s. The recommendation, which came on May 31, is misguided and fails to demonstrate an understanding of the school’s peer-administered disciplinary system. Skinner’s long-awaited report was released the same day as a Journal news story reporting that Provost Bob Silverman formally recommended the disciplining of six students who were found atop a campus roof in May. Silverman recommended to the University Senate Appeals Board that they withdraw from the University for the 2011 fall semester. Both developments come Provost Silverman’s at a time when the University is request can be construed struggling to respond to the deaths of students Cameron Bruce and to be both punitive Habib Khan. Bruce and Khan died and a public showing after falling from campus buildings of poor faith in the in September and December 2010, principles of student-run respectively. As the University discipline at Queen’s. moves on from these tragedies, students might be unaware of the As a former employee of the potential consequences Skinner’s and Silverman’s actions have AMS non-academic discipline for peer-administered discipline system, Silverman’s request is at Queen’s. deeply concerning to me as it can Since 1898, Queen’s has been easily be construed to be both the only post-secondary institution punitive and a public showing in all of North America in which of poor faith in the principles of
What accounts for the dramatic decrease in these types of cases in just three years? With the cancellation of Homecoming, the University rid itself of responsibility for the illegal street party. As such, Queen’s suddenly seems to care a lot less about a few 18-year-olds doing keg stands on a certain two-block street. What these inconsistencies illustrate is the volatile nature of student health and safety priorities at Queen’s. Students deserve a genuine, proactive commitment to student safety from the administration, rather than rash, reactive commitments that only emerge in periods of harsh national media coverage. Photo by Corey Lablans Cancelling Homecoming or punishing six students academically and financially won’t student-run discipline at Queen’s. improve the health and safety of Currently the University Senate our University community. For retains the right to circumvent student-run discipline to be the student-run discipline systems effective at improving the when a student’s actions threaten well-being of the community, the the safety of members of the University must be prepared to Queen’s community. improve the consistency of filing The six students in question complaints with the Judicial undoubtedly put themselves in Affairs Office. harm’s way, but Silverman has The development of clear opted to punish them, rather than and effective guidelines for provide a learning opportunity in complaint-filing would the hopes that they give back to the minimize the ebb and flow Queen’s community. This route experienced by the AMS would likely have been mandated non-academic system in the past. through the AMS non-academic The University must also discipline system. commit more resources to mental Questions of fairness also health and substance abuse on this emerge when considering how campus. Great steps have been Silverman approached certain taken this past semester in the incidents involving the AMS earlier formation of new health and safety initiatives by the department of in the year. Following the deaths of Bruce student affairs. These include the and Khan last year, the Judicial formation of an alcohol working Affairs Office began to experience group and an increased financial a large increase in the frequency commitment to Health Counseling with which Campus Security filed and Disability Services, but trespassing cases with the office. both bodies would benefit from Between January and May 2011, increased student participation the AMS received upwards of six and direction. For the six students whose trespassing cases from Campus Security. The number of trespassing status at Queen’s is currently being cases from Campus Security in the evaluated by the University Senate five years prior to this? Two. Appeals Board, however, any This phenomenon of a self-recognition on the part sudden surge in a specific type of of Queen’s administration complaint from the administration regarding these weaknesses and is not new to student discipline inconsistencies may come too late. at Queen’s. Following the now Students concerned with infamous 2005 Aberdeen street either Skinner’s or Silverman’s party, the Judicial Affairs Office saw recommendations can contact a dramatic increase in the number both the Senate committee on of underage drinking, public non-academic discipline or the intoxication and kegger cases filed University Senate Appeals Board. by the University. In 2007-08 the Judicial Affairs Office investigated Brandon Sloan was AMS Judicial more than 130 of these infractions. Affairs Director for 2010-11. In 2010-11, there were only six.
“They should concentrate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.” Patricia Im, ArtSci ’11
“Sure! Why not?” Arash Nassiri, ArtSci ’13
“I don’t think the hours should be extended.” Monique Harvison, ArtSci ’13
“I’m not complaining.” Nick Papaxanthos, ArtSci ’12
“We have to help supply more alcohol to people.” Andrew Pitkin, ArtSci ’14
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In her film Fat, Margaret Donahoe exposes her naked flesh to the audience, something she’s becoming more comfortable doing in real life. This summer she has found the confidence to reveal her knees when wearing dresses and shorts. These were previously taboo wardrobe choices for the self-conscious Donahoe, who was afraid of what others thought of her body.
Fighting for fat
It was not my body that kept me from dancing, but it was society’s perception of my body ... and that’s not okay.
At the eighth annual TIFF Student Showcase, Queen’s students Margaret Donahoe and Gillian Good premiered their short film Fat, a documentary which tackles conceptions of body image By Alyssa Ashton Arts Editor Queen’s film student Margaret Donahoe wanted to make a documentary that dismantled the negative connotation of the word “fat.” “My whole life growing up I’ve been taught to dislike
my body,” says Donahoe, ArtSci ’11, in the opening scene of her documentary. Fat was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Student Showcase last month. Donahoe said she was young when she became self-conscious of her body and how others perceived it.
“When I was nine years old I quit [dance] because I didn’t want to wear the leotard anymore,” she said. “It was not my body that kept me from dancing, but it was society’s perception of my body that kept me from dancing. And that’s not okay.” In Fat, Donahoe asks friends, “Do you think I’m fat?”
Photo By Corey Lablans
Katie Strang wants her exhibit Settle to interact with its surrounding environment, including the scarlet runner beans she planted. Her hope is they will complicate the meaning of the artwork.
Brawn on the lawn Swamp Ward Window presents Settle, an exhibit to provide community art in an accessible and free venue By Labiba Haque Production Manager There are three life-sized sculptures made out of chicken wire on the front yard of 448 Bagot St. The spectacle is part of the Swamp Ward Window project that presents artwork in a location for people to pass by everyday and interact with in an unconventional way.
The current installment at the Bagot St. house is called Settle by Queen’s student Katie Strang. She created the sculpture using photographs of athletes in motion. The inspiration for the piece comes from the constant pressure recent university graduates feel to find their place in life and settle in. Strang, BFA ’11, worked on the sculptures over the past year and showcased them in her program’s
year-end show on April 16 at Ontario Hall. “When it was over, I wanted to do more with them,” she said. “I built them with the intention of putting them outside.” Strang approached curator Jocelyn Purdie about showcasing her piece in the Swap Ward project. Purdie, who started the project in 2001, is always looking for artists See Settling on page 12
Most reponses start with an awkward pause. One friend questions why calling someone fat can’t be a compliment. Another friend says Donahoe is “fat in a way that is removed of the kinds of awful connotations that come from that word in the society we live in.” “I started questioning ... the assumptions that had always seemed natural and normal to me,” Donahoe told the Journal. “I wanted the audience to start questioning the truths that they held.” The documentary started as a project in Film 355 last year. Donahoe began the assignment alone, but was joined by classmate Gillian Good after Good’s documentary fell through. Donahoe’s professor, Dorit Naaman, approached her about taking on Good as a partner.
I had gotten to a “point where I was
comfortable talking about my body.
—Margaret Donahoe, creator of Fat
Donahoe was nervous about the partnership because she was dealing with such a personal issue. It turned out that Good was versed in body image issues, having struggled with an eating disorder. Donahoe’s first attempt at publicizing her body image issues was through a body image blog last year. It started as a forum for Donahoe to challenge ideas of what constitutes a beautiful body, but it morphed into a weight loss blog. Donahoe said other body acceptance blogs are what made her return to her original purpose. “That’s not to say I don’t have
days where I feel shame,” she said. “The only difference is now that I have days where I know that it’s wrong.” That acceptance is clear in glimpses of Donahoe’s naked figure throughout the film, where she shows her body from all angles without appearing fully nude. “I had gotten to a point where I was comfortable talking about my body, which is a huge deal,” she said. “For 23 years of my life I pretended my body didn’t exist because it hurt me. But talking to people in such a direct way gave me so much power back.” Though she found the experience liberating, she said she questioned her decision not to appear fully nude in the film. “Shortly after it was completed I started to feel like ‘Oh this is such a cop-out. I show parts of my body but I don’t go all the way,’” Donahoe said, adding that she’s come to respect her decision. “It’s an honest portrayal of who I was at that time.” After Donahoe and Good handed in their project, their professor submitted the documentary to the student film See Provoking on page 11
Next issue The Wolfe Pack APPRoaches Among the bands coming to Kingston for the Wolfe Island Music Festival are Stars, P.S. I Love You, Jenn Grant and Plants and Animals. Check out the next issue for exclusive interviews with the musicians and details on navigating the festival.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
rock & roll report card Rome Danger Mouse and
b Producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse and film score composer Daniele Luppi collaborated on the new spaghetti western inspired album Rome. They channeled the style of legendary composer Ennio Moricone, the man responsible for the iconic music of films like The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars. They even used his old studio. The end result is an interesting but unfulfilling sonic experience. Rome was designed to feel like the music of a film score, but without the accompanying movie, its full effect is absent. Song titles like “The Gambling Priest” produce a vague impression, but are ultimately unable to tell the story their titles suggest. The songs give a feeling of a setting, but don’t create the distinct images they’re meant to. Where the album succeeds are the songs featuring Norah Jones and Jack White. Jones’ voice is smooth on “Season’s Trees.” It’s a sexy croon that perfectly captures the essence of the project, and is well accompanied by a thumping bass and a delicate celesta, which is a mix between a piano and
a xylophone. White’s track “Two Against One” is the other highlight of Rome. Flowing harmonies compliment the twisting rhymes of White’s vocals. It’s a gunslinger’s boast about being unafraid of bullets. Rome is a hybrid soundtrack and pop album but doesn’t stand alone as either one. It works best as background music. You won’t imagine lonely hills and horses cantering through a wasteland but Rome still deserves a good listen. —Andrew Stokes
Codes and Keys D e a t h C ab for Cutie
C+ Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie’s seventh album has lost a lot of the things that made them great. Frontman Ben Gibbard is arguably one of the greatest lyricists of our generation and his lyrics are consistently intimate and insightful. This time around, he’s swapped his honest lyrics for vocal effects and echo. It’s cold and distant, which is a disappointment for the Death Cab fan. The only excuse for this departure from Gibbard’s celebrated style is on “Monday Morning.” It’s a song about being
physically and emotionally distant from someone, so his effect-laden voice is appropriate. The rest of the time, the vocals are only alienating. To be lauded on the album is Jason McGerr’s drumming. “Some Boys” opens with heavy panting before McGerr’s stick work takes over, seamlessly launching into almost constant fills. His percussion weaves its way through every song, always managing to give a rhythm that’s just right. Many of the songs are fairly experimental, like “Unobstructed Views,” which has a three-minute instrumental opening and is blanketed in gentle noise. But these experimental tracks are counter-pointed by “Underneath the Sycamore.” It sounds like Death Cab’s older songs but is missing their particular feeling and identity. Instead, it comes across generic. Codes and Keys is wholly unimpressive and its few good qualities fail to compensate for its shortcomings. —Andrew Stokes
Little Hell City and Colour
A Dallas Green has returned with his third studio album, this time
with a bluesier feel than his previous Sometimes and Bring Me Your Love. It opens with the optimistic “We Found Each Other in the Dark,” a lovesick, folksy track with a catchy and repetitive chorus. The album’s title is its main theme; looking for simple ways to live through the little hells of day-to-day life. The lyrics are mostly autobiography from Green. On “The Grand Optimist,” he struggles with his dreary personal outlook and contrasts his father’s optimism. He admits, “I guess I take after my mother.” The album’s first single “Fragile Bird” tells of his wife’s screaming night terrors. The rhymes are trite,
and don’t flow or fit particularly well. Given the originality of the subject matter, it’s a little disappointing the rhyme scheme didn’t follow suit. Near the song’s close, a distorted guitar breaks in for a short solo before launching back into the chorus. It was clearly written to be a single and lacks the honesty of much of the rest of the album. Despite the minor pitfalls, City and Colour has created another great collection of alt-country folk-rock songs. Little Hell traverses through personal doubt, mental illness and a slew of other intimate issues, and does it genuinely. —Andrew Stokes
Provoking change Continued from page 10
portion of the Toronto festival. Fat was chosen as one of this year’s 12 selections, allowing the two Queen’s students to visit Toronto for three days to attend their film’s premiere on May 26. The major Toronto festival runs in September. Donahoe said she’s going to submit the film to other festivals, but her main goal is to get it online, so that it’s accessible to wider audiences. “I am really excited to see its potential as a community building thing,” Donahoe said. She said she hopes Fat will challenge societal norms of about
the typical body. “I really need bodies like mine to be normalized for me,” she said. “I still rely on that and want my film to be a part of that.”
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Gillian Good (left) and Margaret Donahoe at the TIFF Student Showcase.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Settling into art
photo by asad chishti
Katie Strang’s Settle uses chicken wire to create three athletes. They represent the struggle students feel when finding their place in the world after finishing school. Continued from page 10
to showcase their talent in her front yard. “Being still is not the most natural form for humans,” Strang said. “I was interested in capturing movements and creating something with wire that looked almost like pencil figure drawings to me. “Once I had figures that were almost lifelike, I wanted to put them somewhere where they would be a part of the community.” Strang had also planted scarlet runner beans around the sculpture with hopes that the plants will grow over the course of the exhibit and shape the sculptures differently. “It’s partly an experiment to see how [the plants] change the sculpture,” Strang said. “With it growing it will look like [the sculptures] are almost running away from them.” Purdie said her project in the front yard of her house gives Kingstonians an unorthodox
opportunity to interact with art in everyday life. ‘There isn’t anything like it in Kingston,” she said, adding that the project challenges the boundaries of an art exhibit because her venue is outdoors. “This is sort of following the trend of what’s happening in bigger cities.” There are some logistical restrictions to what artists can do on Purdie’s front yard, but mostly anything goes. “Some of the pieces over the years have been on my porch, some outside in the front yard,” she said. “Some were night-time pieces, so they would light up and people could see the artwork inside the porch. “It’s not a gallery, it’s just a site that people can come by and see.” Settle will be on display at 448 Bagot St. until August and can be seen 24 hours a day.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Quarterback question answered Billy McPhee will take over as starting quarterback and Justin Chapdelaine will move to wide receiver B y G ilbert C oyle B enjamin D eans Journal Staff
For the second consecutive season, the Queen’s football team will have a new starting quarterback. Last season’s second-string quarterback, Billy McPhee, will move into the starting spot with
former starter Justin Chapdelaine switching to wide receiver. As Chapdelaine’s backup last year, McPhee saw action in seven games. He said he’s excited about the offense he’s inheriting because it’s reminiscent of the 2009 Vanier Cup championship team. “Our offense is a Danny Brannagan style of offense. He
had a strong arm and liked staying in the pocket and that’s more my skill set,” McPhee said. The sophomore quarterback said he’s not overwhelmed by the jump from backup to starter. “I’m just going to go out there and use all the tools around me,” he said. “My playmaking ends once the ball goes in someone’s hands and we have plenty of
guys who can make plays.” As Chapdelaine’s backup last season, McPhee had 62 pass attempts, and finished the season with two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 45 per cent pass completion rate. Gaels head coach Pat Sheahan said McPhee’s numbers were as expected for a backup. “As a first year player, [McPhee’s] numbers were on schedule,” Sheahan said. “You have to have a certain number of reps before you put any onus on statistics. [McPhee] really didn’t play enough to have a fair assessment in terms of his completion percentage.” Sheahan said McPhee possesses the skills to become a leader on the team.
“Credibility develops under fire, so his ability to lead will certainly be enhanced by his performance on the field.”
Our offense is a “Danny Brannagan
style offense, and that’s more my skill set.
—Billy McPhee, Gaels quaterback
Sheahan also said the Gaels will benefit from having two quarterbacks on the field at the same time. “We have a pretty capable quarterback lined up at receiver also, so you can expect to see See Chapdelaine on page 15
Summer league looks to expand
Off-season intramurals program aims to grow, but is limited by player turnout B y L abiba H aque Production Manager Queen’s intramurals is making some changes in order to attract more players over the summer. Unlike the fall and winter term, the summer intramurals program invites Queen’s staff and faculty members, as well as Kingston locals. Duane Parliament, Coordinator of Intramurals and Summer Leagues said he wants to break the perception that Queen’s facilities are only there for Queen’s students. “I think getting the word out that
Next season’s starting quarterback Billy McPhee works out at West Campus last week.
Queen’s summer leagues are open to everybody [is important],” he said, adding that Queen’s Athletics is hoping to attract members of the Kingston community through advertising and word of mouth. But so far, there hasn’t been a steady increase in participation year to year. The intramural program is hoping to capitalize on its low entry fees. Unlike other local summer leagues which cost up to a $1,000 per team, Parliament said players pay a $40 flat fee. After paying, players are eligible to compete See Fewer on page 15
photo by corey lablans
Lineman in limbo Matt O’Donnell has not reported to the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and his future remains unclear B y G ilbert C oyle B enjamin D eans Journal Staff
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have wrapped up their preseason schedule without former Gael Matt O’Donnell. Team representatives said they don’t know whether their second round draft pick will ever join them. O’Donnell, who hasn’t played basketball since 2007, spent the past month working out with the Toronto Raptors
and the Boston Celtics. The offensive lineman was drafted 15th overall by the Roughriders in the CFL draft in May, but chose to explore other options instead. The Roughriders rookie training camp started in Regina on June 1. Instead of flying to Saskatchewan, O’Donnell went to Boston for a workout with the NBA’s Celtics. Since then, he’s also gone through a session with the Toronto Raptors. The 6’11 man hasn’t played competitive basketball since high
school. He wasn’t selected in the NBA entry draft last week. “I will just keep training, and see what happens,” O’Donnell said. “I don’t know what to expect, or where I will be going. That’s all up to my agent.” O’Donnell’s agent, Johnathon Hardaway, declined to comment to the Journal. O’Donnell said he hasn’t ruled out a CFL career yet. “The Riders have made some public comments that I was not See Riders on page 14
A summer intramural player attempts a bicycle kick during a game at Tindall field last week..
photo by asad chishti
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Coaching continuity vital to success of Gaels Athletics Queen’s Athletics and Recreation must give young coaches time to get their feet wet
B y G ilbert C oyle Sports Editor Queen’s most recent national championship teams have a common denominator. Their coaches have been at Queen’s for over 10 years. Pat Sheahan coached the football team for a decade before the Gaels won the Vanier Cup in 2009, while Dave McDowell led the women’s soccer team to a national championship last fall after 22 years as head coach. The importance of coaching longevity extends across the sports world. But there are certain challenges that are unique to CIS sport. In a climate where there are significant roster changes every year, with key players graduating and new recruits coming in, an experienced coaching staff is often the only source of stability and continuity. Men’s basketball guard Brett Whitfield is heading into his third season with the team and he’s playing under his third head coach. This means that he will likely once again be part of a team that will be starting from square one. The team will need to implement a core foundation before even considering success. In recent years, the impatience of Queen’s Athletics and Recreation has prevented these foundations from being laid. The Athletics department has often opted to replace
young, hungry alumni for bigger names who are unfamiliar with Queen’s sports. In 2007, Queen’s released rookie coach Chris Gencarelli after he led the men’s soccer team to an OUA bronze medal. They brought in Carlo Cannovan, a more experienced name, only to get rid of him two years later. Athletics conducted an application process in early 2010 and chose to reinstate Gencarelli. This spring, Queen’s didn’t keep men’s basketball head coach Duncan Cowen, a rookie head coach who had a combined nine years of playing and coaching experience with the Gaels. The team’s new coach, Steven Barrie, has a bigger reputation, but has little experience coaching CIS men’s basketball and no experience at Queen’s. It is an eerily similar appointment to Cannovan.
Instead of being impatient with young coaches, Athletics should look at its winning teams and learn from them.
Dave McDowell has been the head coach of the women’s soccer team since 1988. He won a national championship last fall.
university football. He knows about admission criteria for recruits; he knows how to engage alumni; he understands the unique challenges facing student athletes; Whitfield said he’s been impressed with and he’s able to prepare his players to win Barrie. But the guard conceded that it will football games. “Program continuity is important take time before results come. “The goal is obviously to win, but whether for success,” he said. “We have a we will be there next year is tough to tell,” consistent voice, consistent expectations, Whitfield said. “I think that [Barrie] is a great consistent recruiting.” coach, and that it’s going really well. But it will take time.” Instead of being impatient with young Program continuity is coaches on losing teams, Athletics should important for success. We look at its winning teams and learn from have a consistent voice, them. Pat Sheahan is set to begin his 12th consistent expectations, season as head coach of the Queen’s consistent recruiting. football team. Queen’s football has a stable system in place because Sheahan is an expert in —Pat Sheahan,
football head coach
It’s also important for a coach to know how to operate in a CIS system, and Sheahan’s staff is made up of guys who have CIS coaching experience, Queen’s experience, and professional experience. This season is Pat Tracey’s 11th as defensive coordinator with the football team. Two other assistant coaches, Ryan Sheahan and Ryan Bechmanus, are Queen’s football alumni. Sheahan said there’s no magic formula for championships. It took him ten years to get
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to the Vanier Cup. Winning just takes time. It takes depth to win championships. A team needs two or three good recruiting classes to come in together and look to find success later in their careers. That formula is what brought Queen’s a Vanier Cup. “In our Vanier year, our best players spanned over three different recruiting classes,” said Sheahan. Dave McDowell has been coaching the woman’s soccer team since 1988, and he said his experience has allowed him implement strategies and programs so that his players always know what to expect. “We surround our players with excellence,” he said. “That is very quickly pushed onto our younger players from our older players.” When McDowell took over the women’s soccer program at Queen’s, he had no coaching experience and knew nothing about women’s soccer. After more than two decades, he’s won a national championship. “The longer you’ve been coaching, the more likely you have to figure things out,” he said. “The more you do it, you’re more likely to get it right.” Athletics is guilty of pulling the trigger on too many coaches who haven’t shown results right away. If they need some pointers, they only need to head over to Richardson Stadium. They’ll see what happens when coaches are given some freedom to operate.
Riders left in the dark Continued from page 13
Pat Sheahan is entering his 12th season as head coach of the football team. He led the Gaels to a Vanier Cup title in 2009.
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happy with, but I have to follow to my dreams,” he said. “There are too many variables ... with the NFL and stuff like that.” In January, O’Donnell participated in the East-West Shrine Game, America’s annual college all-star game. He was not selected in the NFL draft in April. O’Donnell has missed over three weeks of training camp, and the Roughriders begin the regular season on July 3. However, O’Donnell said that making the team remains a possibility. “It’s not done,” he said. Former NBA player Vernell Coles worked with O’Donnell before his NBA tryouts. Coles said those sessions were supposed to continue, but that he hasn’t heard back from
O’Donnell’s agent. Roughriders’ Football Operations Coordinator Jeremy O’Day said the team doesn’t know if or when the former Gael will show up. O’Day also said O’Donnell will suffer from missing training camp. “Anytime you’re a rookie and come into camp, you’re already behind the eight-ball,” O’Day said. “When you come in later, it makes it all that much harder.” Roughriders officials declined to comment on contract negotiations with O’Donnell. “There are cuts to make,” Community Relations Coordinator Kelly Forsberg said. “We’re focusing on that.”
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sports in brief Kingston Field to be renamed Nixon Field
Construction begins on the West Campus turf field, which will host the Queen’s rugby teams in 2011.
photo by corey lablans
Bullard knocks off France
Tresierra to join men’s hockey team
Kingston Field is being redeveloped A Gaels basketball player is making Steve Tresierra of Golden B.C. will to open as Nixon Field in waves with Great Britain’s national be playing hockey for Queen’s next September 2012. The name change under-20 women’s basketball team. season. Tresierra comes from the comes in recognition of a donation Gemma Bullard, who’s a dual Merritt Centennials of the British from Gordon Nixon, Comm ‘79, citizen in Great Britain and Canada, Columbia Hockey League. LLD ‘03 and Janet Nixon, Comm scored the winning basket for The 5’11 190-pound ‘80. The field has been home turf Great Britain to beat France 66-64 defenceman played with the for the Queen’s rugby program, in an exhibition match earlier this Centennials for four years, serving but the teams will relocate to a month. Bullard and her teammates as captain during his last two new field on West Campus until are playing in a series of exhibition seasons without missing a single upgrades are completed. matches to prepare for the U20 game. He recorded 21 goals and Nixon Field, the future home European Championship, which 64 assists in his 206-game career for Gaels rugby, will be a synthetic begins on July 7 in Serbia. for the team. pitch. Originally, it was supposed Bullard will return to Queen’s Tresierra will join former to be a grass field, but plans for her second year when the Centennials teammate, forward changed when the International tournament ends. In her first year, Jordan Soquila, in Kingston. Rugby Board approved turf she played 16 games for the Gaels, Soquila joined the Gaels last season, fields as official playing surfaces. averaging nine points per game. scoring 15 points in 27 games. Construction at West Campus is expected to be completed by the —Gilbert Coyle fall. —Gilbert Coyle —Gilbert Coyle
Chapdelaine to catch passes from McPhee Continued from page 13
him in the backfield sometimes also,” he said. Gaels quarterbacks coach, Ryan Sheahan, said the personnel shuffle doesn’t have to do with Chapdelaine’s performance last season, where Chapdelaine threw for 13 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and had a 64 per cent completion rate. Instead, Sheahan said that it was Chapdelaine who decided to make the switch. “As a freshman starter, Justin went out there as a top five completion guy in the CIS,” said Sheahan, who’s the head coach’s son. “Had Justin decided to stay at QB, it would have made
things interesting. “Justin wants to have the best chance at playing professional football.”
wants to have “theJustin best chance at playing professional football. ” —Ryan Sheahan, football quarterbacks coach
Quarterbacks coach Sheahan said Chapdelaine’s decision came after a strategic meeting with his father Jacques Chapdelaine, an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the CFL’s B.C. Lions.
“He sat down with his father over the Christmas holidays and determined that the best route to the pros would be out wide,” Sheahan said. The Gaels are heading into their second consecutive season with an unproven rookie quarterback at the helm. But coaching staff said the team is better equipped to deal with an inexperienced quarterback than they were last season. The quarterback coach said McPhee will not have the same pressures as Chapdelaine did. “We are going from rookie to rookie, instead of from Danny Brannagan to rookie,” Sheahan said.
Fewer players means weaker competition Continued from page 13
in all three sports. Members of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students don’t have to pay because it’s included in the society’s fees. The program offers co-ed softball, co-ed frisbee and men’s and women’s soccer. Parliament said the program needs to attract more players. “We have tried to get indoor leagues set up,” he said. “Due to lack of demand we haven’t really been successful.” Although summer intramural programs are outdoors, expanding indoors would allow the program to offer inner tube water polo, basketball, and volleyball. There are 565 people registered for summer intramurals. That’s
around 10 times fewer participants than the 5,901 participations across 15 leagues in the fall and winter terms.
that getting “theI think word out that Queen’s summer leagues are open to everybody [is important].
—Duane Parliament, coordinator of intramurals and summer leagues
The summer program doesn’t have enough players to create different divisions based on skill level. “I wouldn’t say that the fall and winter leagues are more
competitive, but there’s more variety in the levels available in the fall and winter terms,” Parliament said. Matt Sedore, Sci ’13, has refereed soccer games in the fall, winter and summer terms. He said intramural soccer during the school year is indeed more competitive because skill-based levels separate players looking for leisure and players looking for stiff competition. “The fall is a little more intense with the tier one level,” he said, adding that there are more lopsided games in summer intramurals. “Summer is more laid back as most people work the next day.” “A few teams are competitive but the majority are just looking for an opportunity to play for fun,” he said.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
““ ” Rules of digital engagement postscript
We make these rules up as we go along ... We’re sort of doomed to step on each other’s digital toes.
Postscript explores the emerging etiquette concerning today’s online interactions
According to Queen’s Film and Media Professor Sidney Eve Matrix, putting down your phone to give someone your full attention has become a significant compliment.
B y J essica F ishbein Postscript Editor We’re all guilty of allowing ourselves to be held hostage by smartphones, Facebook and Twitter. It’s a sad reality that social media and the ever-present devices of digital culture prevent us from real-life socializing. If we accept that we’re willing to be slaves to social media, then knowing the ground rules of etiquette in the digital forum seems necessary. It’s usually ignorance, not rudeness. But let’s play it safe and lay it all out on the table, shall we? If anyone knows the rules surrounding the usage and consumption of social media, it’s Sidney Eve Matrix, a film and media professor at Queen’s. Matrix boasts a staggering 14,000 followers on her professional Twitter account, which she uses for promoting products and services online. Matrix also has a personal Twitter account with nearly 800 followers which she reserves for her closest circle. She argues that any existing rules on how to behave in digital culture are usually meant to be broken, pointing to Facebook as
an example. “Facebook is a friend network, not a mainstream communicator with parents or professors,” she said. “Facebook is clearly meant for college students but … it’s flooded with brands and marketers and parents.” Mark Zuckerberg may have intended Facebook for his peers, but Matrix’s words ring true. I cringe remembering my aunt’s most recent status updates, unnecessarily filling up the news feeds of her nine friends. “OMG I am the skinniest person in the pool” and “Son for sale” are just two memorable tidbits from recent weeks. While Facebook gives users the controversial option to unfriend, apparently the failure to accept a friendship, albeit online, contradicts one of Matrix’s cardinal rules in social media relations. Always give people a chance, she said. “The rule is to only friend people you know or you want to share things with but that’s probably a rule worth breaking,” she said. Of course, the cyber intentions differ between friending a relative versus a crush. Identifying how
users perceive your personal profile is a problem everyone encounters. Many users on social networking sites fear their employers are judging their profile, and wonder if it’s possible to project a professional image on the Internet. Are social and professional cyber images mutually exclusive or is a happy medium achievable? “The rule would be … don’t post anything you wouldn’t want to widely share, but that’s kind of problematic,” Matrix said. As someone tagged in too many embarrassing photos on Facebook, I wondered if there’s a way for users to protect themselves from both professional and social mortification. Even if you’re careful, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to protect yourself on sites like Twitter and Facebook, Matrix said. “The rule would be to watch your tags, wall and privacy settings, but I think it’s probably impossible to follow that rule,” Matrix said. “It’s a bogus rule ... We all know you can’t stop someone from tagging something bizarre.” According to Matrix, the flow of information on Facebook can’t be controlled, and even if you try, you might step over the line of
what’s considered normal. “If I untag every single photo, people will find that bizarre and offensive,” Matrix said. Because social media continues to evolve, many of the rules regarding its use are still unwritten. “We make these rules up as we go along,” Matrix said. “We’re sort of doomed to step on each other’s digital toes.” Twitter didn’t become popular right away, Matrix said. “[Twitter] was particularly for urban hipsters who had a smartphone, because it was about the status update,” she said “It assumed you were connected and mobile. It won’t work for me if I go to a small town, because it’s an urban thing,” she said. Part of the reason the number of Twitter users has increased is the prevalence of smartphones, Matrix said. Because it’s becoming easier to connect to this network, anyone from students to public figures are setting up Twitter accounts. Celebrities use the forum to stage memorable comebacks. Even Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf has joined the Twitterverse. Matrix follows many students herself and maintains that it’s never inappropriate to follow someone
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on Twitter. You never know why someone wants to follow you on Twitter, Matrix said. So is there any hope for the future of digital etiquette? Or are we simply doomed to needlessly offend one another in a world of mixed messages lost in digital translation forever? Even knowing when it’s acceptable to have a smartphone out in public has become an issue “At certain meetings everyone will have their Blackberry on the table. At dinner, you compare apps, email … it’s how we socialize,” Matrix said. There is added pressure to be digitally alert if you are the owner of a Blackberry or an iPhone because friends expect you to be reachable. “If you have one, it’s like where are you? Why aren’t you responding to me? “The rule would be to give someone your full attention at a meeting or restaurant by putting down your phone and just focusing on them,” she said. “We’re multitasking all day so to do this is a huge compliment.”
Social media survival skills Anne-Marie Beilveau, ArtSci ‘12, is a longtime BlackBerry owner and her Facebook friend count of over 700 is impressive. She struggles to navigate the confusing world of social media. Together, we created a list of accepatable dos and definite dont’s in today’s digital culture. On emoticons Inappropriate professional
emoticons should be reserved for friends only. “I’ll use them in facebook or in texts,” Beliveau said. “But for a boss or an adult it takes away from whatever you’re saying, if you’re trying to sound professional.” On the use of smartphones Despite social media’s availability, it’s not polite to always be on a phone. “I feel like it’s rude to text
in public,” Beliveau said. “In a restaurant with people … I’m not a fan of leaving my phone on the table.” On BlackBerry Messaging One of the most infamous features of the BlackBerry is its instant chat service, which allows a sender to discover if the recipient of a message has read it. Don’t expect a reply right away. “I feel kind of forced if I read [a BlackBerry Message] to reply right
Are there ever any exceptions when it’s acceptable to read a BBM but not respond? “If you’re making plans and it’s time sensitive, I’d be irritated. “If we’re just chatting its not such a big deal,” she said. On Facebook friendships Facebook has completely
made it normal
to stalk the profile of someone you never speak to, unless of course this person has unfriended you. If Facebook is here to stay, don’t be offended if you’re taken off a few friend lists. “I have so many people from high school that I haven’t talked to in years. There’s no need to have them on Facebook,” she said, adding that this could warrant a deleting spree.
Volume 139, Issue 2 -- June 28, 2011