Campus Catch Up from The Queen's Journal, January 14th 2022

NewsQueen’s introduces new COVID-19 restrictions for winter semester

Masks and physical distancing are required in all common spaces and no food or drink is allowed. Daily screening through SeQure is required to enter many in-person facilities.
 

  “Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are presumed positive and they should follow isolation and/or self-monitoring guidelines,”
 

      —Queen's University

Students displaying COVID-19 symptoms are required to self-isolate along with any close contacts for at least five days or until symptoms have resolved. Read the full story here.

 
Anne Fu, Assistant News Editor
NewsQueen’s doctoral students say they were racially targeted

On Jan. 12, Dean of Graduate Studies Fahim Quadir tweeted that two Queen’s doctoral students were allegedly targeted in a racially motivated attack. 

“Two Queen’s doctoral students were taking a walk when they became the targets of a racially motivated attack by a driver who nearly ran them over,”

   —Fahim Quadir, Dean of Graduate Studies

According to a Kingston Police press release, the incident took place on Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m. near L.C.V.I High School at the intersection of Van Order Dr and Norman Rogers Dr. Read the full story here.

Asbah Ahmed, Assistant News Editor
 
NewsASUS restructures executive

Last semester, ASUS announced it’s restructuring from two to three executive positions: President, Vice President of Operations, and the new Vice President of Student Affairs.

ASUS President Alyth Roos and ASUS Governance Officer Kristen Sutherland said this restructuring has been underway since 2020 under former executives David Niddam-Dent and Matt D’Alessandro. 
Read the full story here.

—Sydney Ko, News Editor
 
NewsQueen’s students form club dedicated to Taylor Swift’s music

Over the winter break, Sophie Singer, ArtSci ’25, released a Facebook callout to start a Taylor Swift (TS) Society at Queen’s. When her post(link is external) was flooded with reactions of support and interest, she knew she made the right call. 

“I just put a little post on [Overheard at Queen’s] being like f—k it,” Singer said in an interview with The Journal.
 Read the full story here.

—Rida Chaudry, Assistant News Editor
 
 
 
Arts: Carolyn Smart talks retirement & legacy

At the end of the 2020-21 year, longtime creative writing professor Carolyn Smart retired from teaching to focus on her family and personal work.

Smart’s legacy as a mentor is impressive. She taught and inspired hundreds of writers in her time, including current Queen’s Writer-in-Residence Omar El Akkad. Iain Reid, author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things and Foe, also studied under Smart. Read the full story here. 

—Ben Wrixon, Arts Editor
 
Lifestyle: Casual Instagram is back—and it’s a breath of fresh air

Like most trends, I first saw the idea of casual Instagram on TikTok. TikTok, unlike Instagram, is the hub of spontaneous posting. Read the full story here.  

—Alysha Mohamed, Lifestyle Editor
        
I’m here for unaesthetic photo dumps. (Photo Illustration by: Dharmayu Desai)
 
News: President Kasim says University is ‘self-satisfied’ at AMS Assembly

On Dec. 2, AMS Assembly convened to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 and EDII feedback from the equity townhall meeting in November. Read the full story here. 

—Sydney Ko, News Editor
 
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Editorials: Tara Henley’s comments about the CBC exemplify how not to criticize journalism

To maintain the integrity and accountability of Canadian journalism, criticism of media outlets is a must. Tara Henley’s accusations towards the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), however, are proof that not all criticism is productive.

On Jan. 3, journalist and author Tara Henley—having recently resigned from her position at the CBC—published a Substack post describing why she believes the institution has abandoned its journalistic integrity. Read the full story here.


Journal Editorial Board
(Illustration by: Clanny Mugabe)

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2022-01-14 09:55:11 -0500