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Football Gaels fall to Mustangs; Perfect weekend for soccer teams

[Gaels vs. Mustangs]
Queen's Gaels players Nelkas Kwemo (left) and Ejaz Causer (right) tackle Tom Marshall of the Western Mustangs during Saturday's OUA football game in London. (Photo by Dev Vasile)


The Queen's Gaels (2-2) were in London on Saturday afternoon to take on their rival No.3 Western Mustangs (4-0). Quarterback Nate Hobbs finished with three touchdowns on 336 yards passing while adding another 62 yards on the ground but the Gaels were upended 48-25. Nelkas Kwemo had a game-high 9.5 tackles for the Gaels.


The No.2 Queen's Gaels women's rugby team (2-0) had no trouble getting past the Trent Excalibur (0-2) on Saturday in Peterborough taking a dominant 54-0 shutout win. Hannah Greenwood and Katie Garland both picked up their first tries in tricolour.


The Queen’s Gaels men’s rugby team (2-1) charged to a convincing 76-14 win over the Warriors (1-1) Sunday afternoon in Waterloo. Benjamin Oppenheimer led the scoring for the Gaels with three trys.


The Queen’s Gaels men's soccer team (3-1-2) finished the weekend road trip to Toronto with a pair of wins, capped off by a convincing 4-1 victory over the No. 2 Ryerson Rams (6-1-1) 4-1 on Sunday. A day earlier, the Gaels got a late goal from Conor Hannigan to top the Toronto Varsity Blues (4-2-1) 2-1.


The Queen's Gaels Women’s soccer team (3-1-3) also notched a pair of wins in Toronto thanks to a 3-0 win over the Ryerson Rams (2-4-2) on Sunday and a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues (4-2-1) on Saturday.


The Queen's Invitational women's hockey tournament kicked off at the Invista Centre in Kingston on Friday afternoon with the Montreal Carabins taking down the McGill Martlets 4-0 followed by the Queen's Gaels winning 2-0 over the UBC Thunderbirds. On Saturday McGill picked up a 3-1 win over Queen's and Montreal beat UBC 5-1. On Sunday, UBC defeated McGill 3-2 followed by the Gaels losing to Montreal 7-2. A s a result, Montreal claimed the title with a perfect 3-0 record, while the three other teams finished 1-2.


The Queen's Gaels scored a 3-1 win over RMC in the annual Lou Jeffries exhibition game in Gananoque on Sunday. Slater Doggett, Blair Wentworth and Cory Genovese scored for the Gaels.

Water, lab air shutdown to affect Duncan McArthur Hall

A domestic water and lab air shutdown is planned for Duncan McArthur Hall A-wing on Saturday, Sept. 19 between 8 am and 12 pm while contractors perform work associated with the removal of lab benches from room A339.

Please note the following pertaining to this shutdown:

  • There will be no water available for hand washing, flushing toilets, kitchen or lab use in A-wing.
  • There will be no lab air available to lab benches throughout A-wing.
  • There are no fire safety implications arising from this work.
  • Domestic water will remain available in B-wing while this work is completed.

Any questions regarding this planned work should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by e-mail.

Queen's remembers Andrea Mariano

[Andrea Mariano]
Andrea Mariano

Queen’s University regrets to inform the community of the death of Andrea Mariano, 18, from Thornhill, Ont. Ms. Mariano, a first-year student in the Faculty of Arts and Science, died at Kingston General Hospital on Sept. 18.

Andrea’s family has indicated that the cause of death was related to an anaphylactic allergic reaction.

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to Andrea’s family on behalf of the Queen’s community,” Principal Daniel Woolf says. “We are saddened by the loss of this promising young woman.”

Visitations will take place at Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes, 8101 Weston Rd., Woodbridge, Ont, on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm, and Friday, Sept. 25 from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm. Funeral service will occur at St. Joseph the Worker, 191 Wade Gate, Concord, Ont., on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 am. Internment to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill, Ont. 

Flags on campus will be lowered in Andrea’s memory. Details of an on-campus memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Anyone in need of support is encouraged to contact Student Wellness Services at 613-533-6000 ext. 78264 and/or University Chaplain Kate Johnson at 613-533-2186. After hours, students are encouraged to contact Campus Security at 613-533-6733.

Sketch comedy troupe coming back to Queen's

[She Said What]
She Said What is an all female sketch comedy troupe made up of four Queen's graduates – from left, Megan MacKeigan, Marni Van Dyk, Emma Hunter and Carly Heffernan. (Supplied photo)

They’re all women, they’re all graduates of Queen’s and, now, they are all returning to the university.

Award-winning sketch comedy troupe She Said What will be at Queen’s on Monday, Sept. 21 for a series of workshops with current students of the Department of Drama and Music, as well as a performance at Theological Hall in the evening.

The troupe is made up of four alumni – Emma Hunter, Marni Van Dyk, Carly Heffernan, and Megan MacKeigan, all Artsci’07 – who met while performing with Queen’s Players. Following graduation, they each moved to Toronto and formed their own group as a way to continue doing comedy and to create their own performance opportunities in Toronto.

As Ms. MacKeigan explains, the four are very much looking forward to performing again at Queen’s, particularly for the three others who either majored or minored in Drama.

“It’ll be great to go back and, I didn’t but all the others performed on that same stage so it’ll be quite nostalgic to come back and perform, especially for the Drama 100 class at 1 pm on Monday,” she says. “They all took that class when they started at Queen’s so it’ll be neat to see these budding young students in their second week of class.”

Ms. MacKeigan studied Applied Economics and is now a lawyer.

She Said What has performed in the Toronto and Chicago Sketch Comedy Festivals, won the Second City best of the fest at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for best sketch troupe.

They were invited back to Queen’s by Director of the Queen's School of Drama and Music Craig Walker. He says it was an easy decision to ask them to come back.

“She Said What is a very funny, very entertaining sketch comedy troupe. They really put the lie to the stupid old canard that ‘women aren’t funny,’” he says. “So the main reason I invited them is that they will be very entertaining.  But the other reason I invited them is that they are terrific examples of successful alumni.”

Since graduating, the members of the troupe have had interesting and successful careers, Dr. Walker points out, adding that they have accomplished this by being “resourceful and flexible and often by creating their own work in a remarkably joyous way.”

Ms. Hunter has appeared on CBC's Mr. D as well as CTV's Spun Out, Pop Quiz, Match Game. Ms. Heffernan is also a Second City alumni and now writes and teaches with the company as well as a number of television shows. She also is a very active voiceover actor. Ms. Van Dyk  is a television producer, writer and producer of short films. She is also an actor on a number of web series and other television shows. Ms. MacKeigan is the new chair of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, vice-president Queen's Players Toronto and a partner in a law firm.

 She Said What will perform at Theological Hall at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Celebrating Science Literacy Week

Queen's University Library is celebrating Science Literacy Week from Sept 21-25.

[Stayffer Library]
Queen's University Library is celebrating Science Literacy Week from Sept 21-25. (University Communications)

Science Literacy Week is an annual event aimed at bringing Canadians together, as well as the Queen’s community, to celebrate science and share an appreciation for the insights, inventions and ideas that shape our world.

“Hosting Science Literacy Week activities is a natural fit for the library, says Tatiana Zaraiskaya, Public Service and E-Science Librarian. “We like to reach out to students and faculty with opportunities to engage with others in their own and different fields. The students get a real sense for how the things they are learning about apply to real life.”

Currently scheduled lectures include a talk on enhancements to Web of Science by Stephen DiGiulio from Thomson Reuters, and “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Just Toys or Science Tools?” by Dr. Alexander Braun, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.

There will also be science book displays, tours of the Miller Museum of Geology, the Museum of Health Care at Kingston, as well as other presentations, including a 3-D printing demonstration by graduate student Jaryd Traer, a Ground Penetrating Radar and a magnetometer.

For the full schedule, please contact Tatiana Zaraiskaya, or see the schedule of events.

Advisory committee to review student non-academic discipline system

Following a decision by its Board of Trustees, Queen’s University announced today that an advisory committee will review its student non-academic misconduct system with an aim of improving the system for student safety, health and wellness. The review will be overseen by Principal Daniel Woolf.

“First and foremost, Queen’s is committed to student health and safety,” says Barbara Palk, Chair, Board of Trustees. “The changed and increased societal expectations of the role and responsibilities of universities, as well as recommendations from several independent experts, are requiring the university to examine some of its long-standing practices in the interest of student safety and well-being.”

Last fall, external auditors from PricewaterhouseCoopers recommended that the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board initiate an independent review of the current policies and procedures in place with regards to student non-academic misconduct and related issues to identify any potential risks or exposures to the university.

The Board requested the review of the current system following an advisory report from independent expert Harriet Lewis, long-time general counsel and university secretary at York University. The Lewis Report identifies several areas for improvement and makes recommendations for reforms so that Queen’s has the best system possible to ensure student safety, rooted in the long-standing traditions of the university and up-to-date with contemporary standards and practices.

“The Board did not undertake this process lightly,” says Ms. Palk. “This is a serious matter for our university, and we have approached this thoughtfully and with purpose. The opinions of independent experts required us to take expeditious action. That said, we expect many of the current system’s core components, including student involvement and the principle of restorative justice, to remain.”

Recognizing the importance of this issue to the university, the review will include significant consultation with members of the Queen’s community, including governing bodies, the student body and others. The university is currently developing a plan for the consultation process.

“The review of current policies and procedures aims to maintain the Queen’s tradition of student involvement in non-academic discipline while at the same time recalibrating the system to meet contemporary realities,” says Principal Woolf. “We want to consider all perspectives to ensure we have the best system to address student non-academic misconduct.”

The advisory committee will include representatives from both the student body and the university administration.

While the review is being completed, the university has instituted an interim protocol for the initial management and direction of cases of student non-academic misconduct.  The interim protocol includes: a Central Intake Office for all cases of non-academic misconduct, reporting to the Office of the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel; a description of what constitutes university-level non-academic misconduct; and, a process within the Provost’s Office for dealing with university-level non-academic misconduct cases.

“Our goal is to ensure a conduct system that affirms student rights and responsibilities in a university environment and that promotes accountability as members of the Queen’s community,” says Principal Woolf. “Queen’s values an educational and developmental approach to student conduct matters that also ensures the safety and well-being of all members of our community.”

The review and interim protocol will not impede the work being done to finalize a sexual assault policy for the university.

The principal will bring forward recommended policies and procedures for approval by the Board and subsequent receipt by the Senate no later than May 31, 2016.

No cooling in Stirling Lecture Theatre A until Monday

The supply fan serving Stirling Hall Lecture Theatre A has failed and requires a new electrical cable. PPS trades staff indicate that this unit is likely to remain out of service until sometime on Monday, Sept. 21. As a result, there will be no cooling available in this lecture theatre while work associated with the replacement of this cable is completed.

Any questions regarding this unplanned maintenance issue should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by e-mail.

No cooling for Macdonald Hall lecture theatres - Update

The supply fan serving Macdonald Hall lecture theatres 001, 002, 003 and 004 will remain out of service until sometime on Monday, Sept. 21 while PPS trades staff await the delivery of a new motor for this unit. There will be no cooling available in these lecture theatres until the new motor is installed.

Any questions regarding this maintenance issue should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by e-mail.

Five new shows featured at the Agnes

[Agnes Fall Season Launch]
This fall the Agnes Etherington Art Centre offers exhibits featuring works by (clockwise from top-left): Ulrich Panzer, Carl Beam, Judy Radul and Marcia Perkins.(Supplied Photos)

Autumn at Queen’s brings a flurry of activity with the return of students and the beauty of the vibrant colours of the changing leaves.

It also brings a lineup of new exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Five new shows – Judy Radul: Closeup, The Breakdown; Ulrich Panzer: The Blind Man’s Song; Carl Beam: Critical Beginnings; The First Five: Portraits from The Kingston Prize; and A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection –  will be launched at a special event at the Agnes on Thursday Sept. 24 from 5-7 pm.

Each of the shows will run from late August to Dec. 6.

Feature Exhibition


In Judy Radul: Closeup, The Breakdown the Internationally-acclaimed Vancouver artist builds a machine for viewing the gallery differently. Her new work for this show is a gallery-wide choreographed live-camera installation using programmed cameras and thrift shop mirrors.

As the Queen’s University Visiting Artist in Residence at the Agnes and the Department of Film and Media, Ms. Radul will take part in a series of public and course-based events, from Sept. 18 through Oct. 7, to create exchanges with her playful methods. On Sept. 22 at 6 pm at The Isabel Screening Room, Ms. Radul will take part in a dialogue titled, “This is Television: Process and Technology,” with art critic and founder of MOMUS Sky Goodden. On Sept. 30 at 7 pm, a public talk titled “Breaking down, turning up” will take place at the Agnes and will feature Ms. Radul and Queen’s Film and Media faculty member and media artist, Gary Kibbins.

Contemporary Art Exhibitions


In The Blind Man’s Song Kingston-based artist Ulrich Panzer makes “songs of light” paintings that draw the senses into a synesthetic perception of musical chords. The artist will offer an in-gallery sound performance on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2-3 pm.


The First Five: Portraits from The Kingston Prize brings together the winning works from the first decade of The Kingston Prize by: Mike Bayne, Joshua Choi, Richard Davis, Marcia Perkins and Andrew Valko. Presented in collaboration with The Kingston Prize, and with the support of the Davies Charitable Foundation, this exhibition complements the launch of The Kingston Prize 2015 finalists’ show Oct. 9 to 25 at the Firehall Theatre in Gananoque.

Historical Art Exhibitions


In Carl Beam: Critical Beginnings Curators Alicia Boutilier and Norman Vorano highlight the watercolours, experimental screen printing and painted earthenware of one of Canada’s most innovative Indigenous artists.


The Agnes presents the major touring exhibition A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection, which features classic Canadian landscapes alongside stunning modern portraits, still lifes and abstracts from renowned Canadian artists as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, Yvonne McKague Housser, A. Y. Jackson, J. E. H. MacDonald, David Milne, Tom Thomson, and F. H. Varley. Curated by Christine Boyanoski, A Story of Canadian Art is organized and circulated by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto, Canada). The exhibition is financially supported by the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Image: Emily Carr, Kitwancool Totems,

Continuing Exhibitions

Artists in Amsterdam from The Bader Collection of European Art, and Protection and Social Harmony in the Art of West and Central Africa from the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection.

New Policy Studies director to draw on diverse experience

Scott Carson believes his new role as executive director of Queen’s School of Policy Studies perfectly fits his diverse academic and professional experiences.

[Scott Carson]
Scott Carson

“I have always been fascinated by how different institutions and social groups in society interact,” says Dr. Carson, who took over from Kim Richard Nossal in July. “I have been fortunate to work in multiple sectors in my career, in business, education, government and the not-for-profit sectors, and I plan to draw on all of those experiences in my new role.”

Dr. Carson traces his deep intellectual curiosity back to his undergraduate days as a commerce student at Mount Allison University in the 1960s. Influenced by the social dynamism of the Vietnam War era, he pursued a minor in sociology to go along with his major in economics.

Throughout his career, Dr. Carson has grappled with the social values underlying change and restructuring. One example he cites is his experience as chief executive officer of the Ontario government’s Privatization Secretariat from 1988-89. A major initiative during that period included a study to determine future options for Highway 407, which the government owned at the time. Dr. Carson recalls his surprise in observing how the various stakeholders struggled to understand each other’s language, motivations and decision-making processes. Often what appeared to be deep-seated and unresolvable divisions were bridged by developing shared understandings among the different stakeholders.

A few of Dr. Carson’s career highlights:
Director, The Monieson Centre for Business Research in Healthcare, 2011-2015; Director, Queen’s MBA, 2007-2011; Dean, School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1996-2006 (On leave from 1998-99); Dean, Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University, 1993-1996
Chief Executive Officer, Government of Ontario’s Privatization Secretariat, 1998-99
Vice-President and Division Head, Corporate Finance Division, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
PhD Philosophy of Education, University College London (UK), 1980

Dr. Carson has already started thinking about possible new directions for the school’s programming and research. He is meeting his new colleagues to get their ideas for the future of the school.

“It’s still early days, but three themes around the future of Queen’s School of Policy Studies strike me as important: focusing on what we do well, differentiating ourselves from other schools, and potentially growing our programs and enrollment,” he says. “I am excited to build upon the school’s intellectually engaging array of programs, research activity, conferences and speakers.”

One development is already in the works, with The Monieson Centre for Business Research in Healthcare moving from Queen’s School of Business into Queen’s School of Policy Studies. Dr. Carson has served as director of the research centre since 2011. Dr. Carson notes that for the past three years, the health-care policy work of the Monieson Centre was conducted in collaboration with School of Policy Studies and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

“Relocating to the School of Policy Studies will have two benefits: it will broaden the scope of the centre’s work, and the centre will add a new dimension to the existing health-care courses offered by the School of Policy Studies,” he says.

Learn more by visiting the Queen’s School of Policy Studies website


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