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    Queen’s Human Media Lab unveils world’s first wireless flexible smartphone.

    For most users, bending their smartphone means opening their wallets for expensive repairs. Queen’s University computing professor Roel Vertegaal, on the other hand, sees a bendable smartphone as opening new ways for consumers to interact with their devices and apps.

    A user bends the ReFlex phone to flip through the pages of a document. The device uses bend input for applications and provides haptic feedback, simulating the feeling of pages flipping through the user's fingers. (Supplied photo: Human Media Lab/Queen's University) 

    Researchers at the Human Media Lab have developed the world’s first full-colour, high-resolution and wireless flexible smartphone. The phone, which they have named ReFlex, allows users to experience physical tactile feedback when interacting with their apps through bend gestures. The device measures the degree of bend and adjusts the input accordingly – creating a whole new way of interacting with your smartphone.

    “This represents a completely new way of physical interaction with flexible smartphones” says Roel Vertegaal (School of Computing), director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University.

    “When this smartphone is bent down on the right, pages flip through the fingers from right to left, just like they would in a book. More extreme bends speed up the page flips. Users can feel the sensation of the page moving through their fingertips via a detailed vibration of the phone. This allows eyes-free navigation, making it easier for users to keep track of where they are in a document.”

    The ReFlex is no slouch in the technical specs department. It runs on a high definition 720p LG Display Flexible OLED touch screen, and is powered by an Android 4.4 “KitKat” board mounted to the side of the display. Bend sensors behind the display sense the force with which a user bends the screen, which can be used by apps as feedback and input.

    ReFlex also features a voice coil that allows the phone to simulate forces and friction through highly detailed vibrations of the display. When changing pages in an ebook, for example, it will simulate the feeling of pages flipping through the user’s fingertips. Combined with the passive force feedback felt when bending the display, this allows for a highly realistic simulation of physical forces when interacting with virtual objects.

    A user demonstrates how bending the ReFlex phone could be used in gaming applications. While playing the popular game "Angry Birds," the user sees the band stretched backwards as the phone is bent, while voice coils simulate the feeling of the rubber band being stretched. (Supplied Photo: Human Media Lab/Queen's University)

    “This allows for the most accurate physical simulation of interacting with virtual data possible on a smartphone today,” says Dr. Vertegaal. “When a user plays the ‘Angry Birds’ game with ReFlex, they bend the screen to stretch the sling shot. As the rubber band expands, users experience vibrations that simulate those of a real stretching rubber band. When released, the band snaps, sending a jolt through the phone and sending the bird flying across the screen.”

    Dr. Vertegaal thinks bendable, flexible smartphones will be in the hands of consumers within five years.  Queen’s researchers will unveil the ReFlex prototype at the 10th anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The annual forum is the world’s premier conference on tangible human-computer interaction.

    This research was supported by Immersion Canada Inc. and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). For more information on ReFlex, visit the Human Media Lab website.

    Gaels shine at NBA All-Star Weekend

    NBA All-Star Weekend
    Andrea Priamo led the Queen's Gaels to a 60-41 win over the Windsor Lancers at NBA Centre Court at the Enercare Centre in Toronto as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities on Saturday. (Photo by Michael P. Hall)


    The Queen's Gaels (13-3) defeated the five-time defending CIS women's basketball champion No. 10 Windsor Lancers (12-5) 60-41 at NBA Centre Court at the Enercare Centre in Toronto as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities on Saturday.

    Andrea Priamo took home player of the game honours for Queen's thanks to a 12-point and 10-rebound performance while Jenny Wright led all scorers with 14 points while adding eight rebounds.

    On Friday, Abby Dixon picked up a game-high 17 points and made some key jumpers down the stretch in the fourth quarter, as the Gaels held off the Western Mustangs for a 69-64 victory at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC).


    Already well-known for her exploits on the rugby field with the CIS silver medal-winning Queen’s Gaels, Gillian Pegg has now added OUA Outstanding Female Wrestler to her already-impressive sporting resume.

    Pegg claimed the gold in the 82kg-class at the OUA Wrestling Championships, leading Queen's to a fifth-place finish in the women's team event. Over her career at Queen's Pegg has also won numerous All-Canadian honours in rugby.

    The Gaels men's team placed seventh overall.

    Pegg now advances to the CIS Wrestling Championships, to be hosted by Brock Universitybeginning Feb. 24.


    The Queen’s Gaels men’s curling team reached the bronze final at the OUA Curling Championships in Guelph, but lost 7-3 against Brock University to finish in fourth place. The team finished a perfect 7-0 in round-robin play but lost to the University of Waterloo in the semifinal.

    On the women’s side, the Gaels finished with a 5-2 record but needed to break a tie with the University of Guelph for the final playoff spot in Pool A. The Gryphons wrapped up the match with six points in three ends and Queen’s settled for a seventh place finish overall.

    The Gaels teams collected five OUA All-Star spots, four on the men's side and one on the women's.


    For a second straight year, the Queen's Gaels claimed third place in the OUA Men's Fencing Championship hosted by the University of Ottawa, Feb. 13-14

    For Queen's, John Wright took the gold in Individual Épeé, winning the Desjarlais trophy, and Jimmy Wintle earned the silver medal in Individual Sabre. Both the Épeé and Sabre teams won bronze in the team relay events. 

    Wright and Wintle were named OUA All Stars.


    A late comeback by the Queen's Gaels men's basketball team (10-7) came up just short against the Windsor Lancers for a 93-87 loss on Saturday at the ARC.

    Sukhpreet Singh dropped a game-high 30 points, 24 of which came in the second half, and Tanner Graham added 21 points, five rebounds, and two blocks in a losing cause for the Gaels.

    On Friday, the Gaels earned a thrilling comeback victory at the ARC. After tying the contest in the dying seconds with three free throws by Singh the Gaels completed the comeback in the extra period to defeat the Western Mustangs 99-93. Graham notched a game-high 24 points.


    The Queen's Gaels (17-7-4) defeated Laurentian 4-0 on Saturday at the Invista Centre thanks to a strong performance from rookie goalie Jacob Brennan who stopped all 30 shots he faced. The Gaels got goals from Taylor Clements, Eric Ming, Slater Doggett and Peter Angelopolous.

    With the win, the Gaels will finish fifth in the OUA East and will open the playoffs on Wednesday against the UOIT Ridgebacks in Oshawa.

    On Friday, the Gaels dropped a 3-2 decision in double overtime to the Nipissing Lakers (12-12-3). Darcy Greenaway and Shawn Boudreau scored for the Gaels.


    The Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey team (11-2-7-2) dropped a 2-0 decision on Sunday at the Invista Centre to the No. 4 Toronto Varsity Blues (11-4-4-3). The Gaels fired 33 shots but couldn’t find the back of the net. 

    On Saturday, rookie forward Katrina Manoukarakis scored a hat-trick, and the Gaels picked up a 5-2 victory over the Ryerson Rams. Addi Halladay and Amber Sealey also scored.


    Fifth-year senior Mike Tomlinson tallied a game-high 20 points, and the Queen's Gaels men's volleyball team (14-5) earned their second win of the weekend on Saturday at the ARC, defeating the Windsor Lancers in four sets (25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16).

    Tomlinson recorded 17 kills, two aces, 10 digs and a block for the Gaels, while Marko Dakic added 14 kills for Queen's, who can clinch second place in the conference with a win against RMC in their final conference game next Saturday.

    On Friday, the Gaels swept the Western Mustangs (9-8) in straight sets (25-20, 25-14, 25-16). Dakic chalked up 14 kills and Tomlinson added 10 kills, four digs and a serving ace.

    The Gaels took time to honour six graduating team members before the game: Ivo Dramov, Matt Golas, Tyler Scheerhorn, Marko Dakic, Scott Brunet, and Mike Tomlinson.


    The Queen’s Gaels women’s volleyball team (10-7) pulled off a straight-sets win (25-19, 25-18, 25-14) over the Ottawa Gee-Gees (10-7) on Saturday afternoon at the ARC. Shannon Neville led the Gaels with 11 kills and 10 digs while Shannon Hopkins added 10 kills, six digs and two serving aces.

    Fit Tip: Fight the winter blues

    With the aim of helping faculty, staff and students "Get Your 150" (minutes of recommended exercise a week) to improve health and wellness, the Gazette and Athletics and Recreation will be offering Fit Tips each week.

    Take a walk - Get up, move your body, stretch out. Get away from your desk and walk around for a bit. Get a little fitness in to help boost endorphins and leave you feeling better about being stuck inside on a cold winter day.

    Steep a Tea - Instead of stressing and feeling “blah” about the weather outside enjoy a relaxing tea. Tea is a great antioxidant that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed after 1 cup.

    Meditate - Close your door, shut off your monitor and close your eyes for a few minutes. Count to 10 slowly and remove all the stresses from your mind, focus on your breathing - deep inhale through your nose and deep exhale through your mouth. Picture a sunny beach somewhere to leave you feeling calm, relaxed and ready to take on the rest of the day.

    Looking to EngAGE future engineers

    [Scott Compeau]
    Scott Compeau, Outreach Coordinator for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is coordinating the EngAGE program, a two-week summer course aimed at introducing high school students to engineering and Queen's. (University Communications) 

    A new summer program being offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is aimed at introducing high school students to what Queen’s Engineering offers as well as the wide range of possibilities available in the engineering profession.

    The Queen’s Engineering Academy Guided Experience (EngAGE) is a two-week program that will expose participants to four of the main engineering disciplines at Queen’s – Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computing, and Mechanical.

    While there are similar programs offered at other universities, what differentiates EngAGE, explains Engineering Outreach Coordinator Scott Compeau, is that the participants will actually be able to take advantage of some of the state-of-the-art research facilities at Queen’s, such as the OTTER Lab, Pilot Plant, and the Coastal Lab. This is hands-on learning and exploration.

    “We are trying to showcase the research being done and the facilities that the university has to offer, to give the participants a really good look at what the disciplines are like,” Scott says.

    He adds that professors and graduate students from the various disciplines who are involved will also introduce the students to the engineering design process as well as the broad range of career options.

    With a Master’s degree specializing in Engineering Education with a thesis on high school students’ perception of engineering, Mr. Compeau is an ideal person to lead the program. He is aware of the stereotypes that are out there and the misperceptions that most high school students have about engineering. This program is designed to dispel those myths, excite the participants, and ”engage” them in considering pursuing engineering, he says.

    The program is for students entering grades 10 to 12 but there are no requirements in terms of having taken courses such as chemistry and physics. The aim of EngAGE is to challenge and inform the students without being technically overwhelming.

    The program is loosely modeled on what the faculty currently offers undergraduate students, particularly those heading into second year.

    “My view is that if we can take the type of projects that we are doing with undergraduate students which are deemed important by Engineers Canada and to the profession, then why not try to bring some of those concepts down to an earlier age. Therefore, these high schoolers who are considering engineering will have a better view on what the profession is all about, and they will be better prepared to study it,” he says.

    The first week of the EngAGE program starts with a General Engineering Challenge on the first day. The student then will be introduced to Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering. The second week starts with another General Engineering Challenge followed by modules on Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The first offering of the program is set for July 18-29 and the second runs Aug. 8-19.

    There is an option to stay in residence with full supervision and meals as well as a day program. Participants can also register for a single week.

    For more information visit the Engineering Outreach website or contact eng.connections@queensu.ca.

    Q&A: Senator Grant Mitchell on Senate reform

    On Thursday, Feb. 11, Senator Grant Mitchell visited Queen’s University School of Policy Studies to take part in the Policy Speaker Series. In a speech titled Senate Reform: Unlimited Possibilities, Senator Mitchell, a Queen’s alumnus, addressed the contribution of the Senate to the public policy debate in Canada, as well as possible avenues for reform. Communications Officer Chris Armes spoke with Senator Mitchell about his time at Queen’s as well as his views on Senate reform.


    GAZETTE: You’re a Queen’s graduate with a Master’s in Political Studies (MA’76). Are you enjoying being back on campus?

    SENATOR MITCHELL: It’s great to be back at Queen’s. I had a wonderful experience here. I met my wife of 40 years, played soccer, which I kept playing for 20 years after, and I got a great education in the Department of Political Studies. It’s had a great influence on my life and I’ve had a very fortunate, challenging career that Queen’s contributed to.

    Senator Grant Mitchell addresses the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies, discussing the contribution of the Senate to the public policy debate in Canada, as well as possible avenues for reform. (Photo Credit: Chris Cornish/School of Policy Studies)

    GAZETTE: You have served in the Senate for almost 11 years now – since March 2005. What changes have you seen in the Senate during that time, and what changes do you think we’ll see to the Senate in the future?

    SENATOR MITCHELL: The most fundamentally significant change is the fact that (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau removed us from the national Liberal Party caucus. That is profound, it is real, and he meant it. We are distinct from the Liberal Party in the House of Commons. It has had a huge impact in how we view our role and our independence. I was the critic of Bill C-51 – the controversial anti-terrorism bill. While we voted against it, Mr. Trudeau and his Members or Parliament, before the election, voted for it. It was really a much more profound change than other parties would think it to be. That was, I think, the most significant institutional change, but there is much institutional change afoot due to that decision.

    I think you’ll see, over the next year, once the independent senators are appointed whom, I expect but don’t know, will be progressives, they will tend to align with us, so we’ll have a switch from a conservative majority in the Senate to a progressive majority. Not only will that change policy initiatives to an extent, as well as the studies, emphasis, the kind of issues we pursue as a Senate, but it will also begin to rapidly restructure the Senate. You’ll have independent senators whose roles must be recognized much more strongly.

    GAZETTE: Why is it important to you to make campus visits, such as this, and meet with students in person to discuss issues like Senate reform?

    SENATOR MITCHELL: I’m a fundamental believer in our parliamentary institutions and in democratic institutions as a whole. To be successful, they need to have legitimacy. If they don’t have legitimacy, those who lead within them have a difficult time leading a population to do what needs to be done. You need to sustain the legitimacy of your institutions. To the extent that the Senate has lost its legitimacy through its recent reputational issues, that erodes the legitimacy of all government institutions. That’s one of the reasons I’m happy to come out and sell – if you will, to use a crass term – to sell the value of the Senate.

    The other thing I like to do, particularly with students, is to talk about the importance of public service. I believe it is a calling. Some of the best things to happen in our lives are because of politics; some of the worst things to happen in our lives are because of politics. I’m a better person for having been in politics. I think about issues greater than myself and am driven to contribute. I encourage students, young people and women in particular, to go into politics. It’s a wonderful way to contribute to your country.

    GAZETTE: What advice would you have for students who have an interest in entering public life?

    SENATOR MITCHELL: Public service is a very high calling. That it’s rewarding, not necessarily financially, in many ways. The great richness in my life has come from doing things much greater than me. That’s what politics brings you to do. It’s stimulating, it’s varied, it’s challenging, it’s a remarkably interesting and worthwhile thing to do. My advice would be that people consider it and that students make an effort to study leadership. When I was in university, it wasn’t as structured and I didn’t really think about finding somewhere to study leadership. If you wanted to learn leadership you’d go into the military. Now there is a much greater emphasis on leadership. It’s fundamental to politics, it’s fundamental to business it’s fundamental to being an active member of society. There’s a great adage I heard that said, “You can be a leader without followers,” and I encourage students to study leadership because it has such positive impacts in what you can do in the world.

    Exploring medical science and innovation

    Queen’s University to host Ontario Heritage Week celebration.

    The Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University is hosting an exciting day of events on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in celebration of Ontario Heritage Week.

    Through the events, local high school students and members of the Kingston community will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of tours, talks, activities and hands-on demonstrations run by faculty members and students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy.

    The theme for this year’s Heritage Week is “medical science and innovation.” With a history of medical education spanning over 150 years, Queen’s University was chosen to host this year’s event, in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust and the Museum of Health Care at Kingston.

    Following a morning tour for local students, the celebration will start at 1 pm in the Bioscience Complex auditorium. Community members will be invited to hear from members of the Ontario Heritage Trust, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and Faculty of Health Sciences. Afterwards, tours and demonstrations will be held, showcasing the innovative health science research taking place at Queen’s.

    “We are looking forward to showcasing education and science in the Faculty of Health Sciences to two very different groups. First to local high school students who are starting to think about their post-secondary education; and second to community members who may be eager to learn more about what is happening right around the corner here in Kingston” says Michael Kawaja, Associate Dean of Life Sciences and Biochemistry. “The day will offer a variety of activities and tours through the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Therapy, which together comprise the faculty.” 

    Each February, the Ontario Heritage Trust invites Ontarians to celebrate Heritage Week. The week provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals and communities to reflect on their contributions to Ontario and how they might shape the future.

    For more information on Ontario Heritage Week, please visit the website.


    Water shutdown set for Feb. 17

    Utilities Kingston has scheduled a water shutdown on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 9 am until noon, which will affect the following buildings while a crew replaces the valve that controls water flowing from the Albert Street main into Morris Hall:

    • Brant House
    • Chernoff Hall
    • David C. Smith House
    • Leonard Hall
    • Morris Hall
    • Watts Hall

    Special Note: McNeill House will also be affected by this planned work. E.S. Fox is working in conjunction with Utilities Kingston to replace the building’s water isolation valve. The water shutdown period for McNeill House will be 8 am until 3 pm.

    During the shutdown period, no domestic hot or cold water will be available in the affected buildings for hand washing, flushing toilets, showers, eye wash stations, laundry services, kitchen or lab use. Fire watches will be coordinated where required.

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

    Electrical duct bank investigations planned Feb. 16-17

    Independent High Voltage will be on main campus on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Wednesday, Feb. 17 to conduct electrical duct bank investigations for the Queen’s 5kV (high voltage) Network Switch and Cable Replacement Project. The investigators will be accessing manholes in the following locations as depicted on the attached graphic:

    • between Harrison-LeCaine Hall and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
    • between Harrison-Lecaine Hall and Watson Hall  
    • around Mackintosh-Corry Hall 

    The investigators will also be going into some of the electrical rooms in the above-referenced buildings. 

    Any questions regarding this project should be directed to Fixit by phone at ext. 77301 or by e-mail.

    Goodwin Hall fume hood shut down during Reading Week

    A fume hood shutdown will be in effect for Goodwin Hall from Tuesday, Feb. 16 to Friday, Feb. 19 (inclusive) to permit a crew from E.S. Fox to install new curb and complete associated roof work in preparation for the installation of a new strobic fan, which is tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 1. A separate notice will be issued closer to the date of installation to confirm the next shutdown period.

    Building administrators are responsible for notifying all building occupants of this shutdown, for ensuring that all materials are removed from the fume hoods, and that fume hoods are signed indicating the period of time they will be out of use for maintenance.

    Any questions regarding this shutdown should be directed to Fixit by phone at ext. 77301 or by e-mail

    Reading Week: What's open/What's closed

    [Reading Week]
    Reading Week at Queen's University begins on Monday, Feb. 15 and finishes on Friday, Feb. 19.

    Reading Week gets underway on Monday, Feb. 15 (Family Day) and with it comes a number of closures and revised hours of operation for many services and facilities at Queen’s University.

    The following is a quick look at what is open and closed during Reading Week:


    Leonard Hall

    Closes after dinner on Thursday, Feb. 11 and will re-open with regular hours of operation on Monday, Feb. 22.

    Ban Righ Hall

    Friday, Feb. 12  Regular Hours

    Saturday, Feb. 13  Brunch - 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Valentine’s Dinner - 5-6:30 pm

    Sunday, Feb. 14 – Brunch - 10:30 am-12:30 pm

    Monday, Feb. 15-Friday, Feb. 19 – Breakfast – 9:30 am-11 am; Lunch – 11 am-1 pm; Dinner – 4:30-6:30 pm

    Saturday, Feb. 20 – Brunch - 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Dinner - 5-6:30 pm

    Sunday, Feb. 21 – Brunch - 10:30 am-12:30 pm

    West Campus

    Friday, Feb. 12 – Breakfast - 7:30-9:30 am; Lunch - 11 am-2 pm; Dinner - 4:30-6:30 pm

    Saturday, Feb. 13 – Brunch - 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Dinner - 5-6 pm

    Sunday, Feb. 14 – Brunch - 11 am-12:30 pm; Barista Bar - 5-6 pm

    Monday, Feb. 15-Friday, Feb. 19 – Brunch - 11 am-12:30 pm; Dinner - 5-6 pm

    Saturday, Feb. 20 – Brunch -11 am-12:30 pm; Dinner - 5-6 pm

    Sunday, Feb. 21 – Brunch - 11 am-12:30 pm; Barista Bar - 2:30 pm-12 am


    MC2 – Mackintosh-Corry Hall

    Tuesday, Feb. 16-Friday, Feb.19 – 8 am-2pm

    Starbucks – Goodes Hall

    Tuesday, Feb. 16-Friday, Feb.19 – 8:30 am-3:30 pm

    Market Street – Botterell Hall

    Monday, Feb. 15-Thursday, Feb.18 – 7 am-2 pm

    Tim Hortons – Queen’s Centre 

    Saturday, Feb. 13-Sunday, Feb.14 – 9 am-3 pm

    Saturday, Feb. 20 – 9 am-3 pm

    Sunday, Feb. 21 – 9 am-7 pm

    Tim Hortons – JDUC 

    Tuesday, Feb. 16-Friday, Feb.19 – 7:30 am-3 pm

    Tim Hortons - Biosciences

    Monday, Feb. 15-Friday, Feb.19 – 7 am-3 pm

    Lazy Scholar

    Sunday, Feb. 21 – 9:30 am-1 am

    For more information visit dining.queensu.ca.


    Joseph S. Stauffer

    Family Day Weekend (Feb. 13-15)  10 am-5 pm

    Reading Week (Feb. 16-19) – 8 am-9pm; Feb. 20 - 10 am-9 pm; Feb. 21 – 10 am-2 am

    Bracken Health Sciences

    Regular hours except Family Day (Monday, Feb 15) - 10 am-5pm

    Education Library

    Regular hours except Sunday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 15 - Closed

    Engineering and Science Library

    Family Day Weekend (Saturday, Feb. 13-Sunday, Feb. 14) – 10 am-4:30 pm; Family Day (Monday, Feb. 15)  Closed

    Reading Week – Tuesday-Thursday  8:30 am-8 pm; Friday  8:30 am-4:30 pm; Saturday – 10 am-8 pm; Sunday – 10 am-11pm

    Lederman Law Library

    Regular hours except Family Day (Monday, Feb. 15) – 10 am-5 pm

    W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library

    Family Day Weekend (Saturday, Feb. 13-Monday, Feb. 15) - Closed

    Reading Week – Tuesday-Thursday  8:30 am-8 pm; Friday  8:30 am-4:30 pm


    Reading Week Hours:

    Monday, Feb. 15 - 9 am-6 pm

    Tuesday, Feb. 16-Thursday, Feb 18  6 am-12:30 am

    Friday, Feb. 19  6 am-10:30 pm

    Saturday, Feb. 20 – 8 am-10:30 pm

    Sunday, Feb. 21  9 am-12:30 am

    Family Day Special at the ARC

    Visit the ARC on Monday, Feb. 15 from 9 am-6 pm for Family Day. Get your family active at the ARC with a $5 family pass valid for up to four people (max two adults). Spend the day enjoying the ARC Pool, playing a game of squash or pick-up sport during our casual recreational time.

    Click here to request your $5 Family Day pass.

    Swim times:

    3 Lanes (shallow): 9:30-11:30 am

    Recreation Swim (Full Pool): 11:30 am-1:30 pm & 4-5:30 pm

    Casual Recreation times:

    11:30 am - 12:50 pm - Basketball (2 courts) in Main Gym

    11:30 am - 12:50 pm - Indoor Soccer in Upper East Gym

    2:30-3:50 pm - Badminton in Upper West Gym

    4 pm-5:15 pm - Basketball (2 courts)  in Main gym

    4 pm-5:15 pm - Women's Basketball in Upper West Gym              

    4 pm-5:15 pm - Volleyball in Upper East Gym

    Free fitness classes for ARC Members include:

    Sunday, Feb 14 – Group Cycle - 3:30 pm

    Tuesday, Feb 16 – Power Cardio - 3:35 pm

    Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Barre Vibe - 3:35 pm

    Thursday, Feb 18 – Body Sculpt - 5:35 pm

    Friday, Feb 19 – HIIT Cardio - 1:35 pm

    Saturday, Feb. 20 – Total Body Pilates - 1:30 pm

    Sunday, Feb, 21 – Group Cycle - 3:30 pm


    Gaels Men’s/Women’s Volleyball vs. RMC on Saturday, Feb. 20. Games start at 6 pm.


    The Dissertation Boot Camp (Tuesday, Feb. 16-Friday, Feb. 19) is designed to enable graduate students to make substantial progress in writing a thesis in a supportive and distraction-free environment and to join a community of other thesis writers. Participants will spend the majority of their time writing, with breaks for snacks and lunch. Each day begins with a short presentation on practical tools and strategies to use during the week. To help make the most of your commitment, organizers will create a supportive and encouraging writing environment that is specifically designed to help you be productive and write free of distraction — no Internet access or cellphone use except during lunch break, quiet, conversation free space and fresh and healthy food – to enable you to concentrate on writing.

    The Boot Camp is being held at Douglas Library. The expectation is that participants will arrive each day with materials prepared and pre-work done to enable them to focus on writing.

    During the four days, participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for 25-minute one-on-one consultations with the expert staff of Student Academic Success Services: Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre to get personalized feedback on written work and advice on how to address any barriers encountered.

    To register or for more information, visit the SGS website.


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