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Grocery shopping guide

Posted by Megan Hendry on September 18, 2014 @ 01:39 a.m. EDT
Tags: Cooking, Grocery Shopping, Student life


Back to school can be an exciting time for many. But for others, the return to Queen’s means a return to living alone as an independent adult. And for those of you no longer coasting on the easy waters of a meal plan, that means one thing — it’s time to start cooking.

For myself, a culinary enthusiast since age 10, this is incredibly exciting, as I can now experiment freely in the kitchen without endangering my family’s taste buds in the process. Yet for the majority of students, the task of meal making is an overwhelming nightmare.

Fear not — though everyone may not be as keen as I to get crazy in the kitchen, everyone does have to eat, and it’s all about taking early steps now to stock up for the semester. Having good ready-made meals and ... Read more...

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Sport meets school

Posted by Alex Wilkie on September 13, 2014 @ 06:30 p.m. EDT
Tags: Academics, Athletics, Varsity


This fall, over 200 new students will burst onto the Queen’s athletic scene. First year is a guaranteed challenge, but toss in daily training plus weekly travel to games, and first-year Gaels have their work cut out for them.

As a member of the Queen’s Cross Country team, I know what it’s like to try and balance all your commitments. Here are some tips so you don’t find yourself stumbling at the first hurdle.

It’s okay to admit you’re tired.

A new environment, combined with rigorous training and long class schedules, will wear you down quickly. Coaches will demand 110 per cent at every practice and workout, but the odd off-day or night to rest will keep you fresh and provide an opportunity to catch up with school work.

Use your sport as a break.

Physical activity is a great ...

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Rib festival serves up a saucy event

Posted by Monica O'Rourke on September 13, 2014 @ 06:19 p.m. EDT
Tags: Food, Local events, Ribfest


Barbequed meat and microbrewed beer make a tasty combination. This was the showcase at Kingston’s Ribfest and Craft Beer Show which celebrated its second year from Sept. 5-7.

Many Kingston locals were drawn by the free admission, but this year’s festival also provided the option to make charitable donations at the door, with proceeds going toward the Partners in Mission Food Bank.

The weekend’s clear skies allowed for a jam-packed event. It helped that the festival featured prize-winning rib stands, such as the Silver Bullet and the Texas Rangers. Even if ribs weren’t your cup of tea, Kingston’s Ribfest had something for everyone. The stands also served barbequed chicken and pulled pork, as well as cornbread and grilled corn. I was a big fan of the corn, especially with all the different toppings or “Corn-diments”. It was a fun experience ... Read more...

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Book review: The Book of Negroes

Posted by Christina Di Cosola on September 8, 2014 @ 09:54 p.m. EDT
Tags: Canadian literature, Review, The Book of Negroes

Book of Negroes

Canadian author Lawrence Hill’s novel The Book of Negroes is an enlightening work that documents the journey of a young girl sold into slavery after being abducted from her village in West Africa.

With the riots and racial tensions that have recently occurred in Ferguson and throughout the United States, this novel clearly addresses themes still relevant in today’s society.

Hill titled his novel after a document kept during the American Revolutionary War.

The Book of Negroes was a document that listed the names of African-American slaves that escaped to the British lines during the American Revolution; all those listed on the document were later sent to Nova Scotia as free individuals. Although the novel is fictional, it’s based on historical events, and the aforementioned document plays a pivotal role in the plot.

The novel begins by providing ...

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Foster puppy love

Posted by Alex Watt on September 4, 2014 @ 10:57 p.m. EDT
Tags: Animals, Fostering, Pets


To the time-pressed student at Queen’s, the idea of fostering animals can seem a daunting and burdensome task. But it can also be extremely rewarding. That is, once you master some basic guidelines.

The foster program at the Kingston Humane Society places animals in the care of suitable temporary homes before adoption. Some animals may have behavioral problems or difficulty adjusting and therefore require a temporary home for socialization, which proves to be highly beneficial to the adoption process.

My housemates and I took part in the program this summer. Upon our anxious arrival at the humane society, we were introduced to two adorable pug/border collie sisters — both shaking excessively. Gazing into their large, dark eyes while stroking their soft, floppy ears, I barely noticed as one heaved her breakfast onto my shoe.

Evidently I wasn’t the ...

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Welcome to Queen’s: Highlights for your first-year experience

Posted by Leigh Cameron on August 19, 2014 @ 12:54 p.m. EDT
Tags: First-year, Frosh, Orientation, Spirit


Wondering if Queen’s was the right choice for you? Worried Western would have been better? Never fear freshmen, here is where you belong. As an incoming second-year student, I can say Queen’s has something to offer everybody. Here’s a few things you have to look forward to in your first year:

Frosh Week
Frosh Week showcases everything that Queen’s has to offer, from clubs to sports to the crazy levels of school spirit. No matter your faculty, your leaders will make sure every event during Orientation Week is one filled with awesome memories. Not many other schools can claim to have a tamming ceremony, complete with its own town-crier. (Side note: tams are flat hats with a pom-pom on top and are synonymous with Queen’s spirit).

The school spirit
At events like Homecoming and Frosh Week, when the ... Read more...

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DIY dorm decor under $10

Posted by Rachel Wong on August 18, 2014 @ 03:03 p.m. EDT
Tags: Cheap, Crafts, Decor, DIY, Dorm

Dorm decor

These two super easy DIY crafts are a simple way to transform your dorm room from drab to fab! Room accents with a punch of colour can help refresh a dull dorm room and also help you keep organized for school.

A bulletin board and desk organizers are already a dorm desk staple, so why not make them fabulous? Here’s how to do it on a tight budget.

I found all my supplies at my local dollar store and the cost of these two projects came to an amazing total of $8.48. Dollar stores are the best places to find inexpensive craft supplies and they always have plenty of items in stock.

- Paint brushes
- Paint (I chose pink and white as colours)
- Scrap paper
- Masking or painters tape

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The social media underbelly at Queen's

Posted by Michael Green on August 7, 2014 @ 01:06 p.m. EDT
Tags: Bloggers, Social media, Tumblr, Twitter

Queen's Twitter

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Open mic opens minds to diversity

Posted by Claudia Tsang on July 29, 2014 @ 04:41 p.m. EDT
Tags: open mic, people of colour, POCTALK, Sleepless Goat, speaker series


I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into the Sleepless Goat Café for my first POCTALK event on July 18.

POCTALK, otherwise known as a “People of Colour” Talk, is an open-mic series aiming to provide a safe place to people of colour, mixed race and Indigenous background to share their lives, poetry and histories.

As I began to grow restless in my seat, the first speaker approached the microphone and read an entry from her former diary. She openly disclosed her past and present challenges with the audience, with a particular focus on the healing process.

Similar acts followed and I was surprised to hear the passion behind these non-fiction narratives. Performers shared personal topics such as what it meant to be black, Asian, sad, depressed, manic or healed.

POCTALK was the brainchild of ...

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Maleficent movie review

Posted by Claudia Tsang on June 28, 2014 @ 09:14 a.m. EDT
Tags: Disney, Maleficent, movie review, Student Life


Claiming positions on this summer’s absolute must-watch lists, Maleficent hit the big screen with a bang on May 28, grossing $170 million within the first week alone. Recreating a beloved Disney tale, this film is perfect for kids in which an age-old villain adopts a heart of gold.

But disregarding the CGI, all-star casting, and induced feel-good shebang, knowing that people are being paid to rewrite screenplays such as this is highly vexing, especially as a struggling writer myself. It’s slightly infuriating to realize that this screenplay probably afforded someone out there a house — maybe even two.

Shifting the story’s perspective from Princess Aurora’s to Maleficent’s was director Robert Stromberg’s attempt to reinvent the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. Unfortunately, instead of the 360-degree spin that viewers were hoping for, he only managed to make it ... Read more...

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