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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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Summer TV preview

Posted by Gabby Altman on June 24, 2014 @ 10:54 a.m. EDT
Tags: Summer, TV

Summer TV

Between your grueling summer job and your extra summer classes, there must be a way to just relax. Yes, it’s true that some of the best television shows take a hiatus for the summer, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a bunch of great new shows just waiting to air. So put down the Netflix, and pay attention to these seriously awesome must-watch summer shows.

The Leftovers
It’s sort of a rule of thumb that anything on HBO is a hit. This new show follows the aftermath of when two per cent of the world’s population disappears. Just from the trailer alone, there are definitely both eerie and action vibes, but if you’re still not into it, keep in mind the series comes from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. The show’s star-studded cast includes Liv Tyler and Justin Theroux. ... Read more...

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Music festival survival guide

Posted by Charlotte Gagnier on June 8, 2014 @ 05:41 p.m. EDT
Tags: Music Festival, Summer

Niagara music festival

Supplied for Into the Crowd Magazine (Charlotte Gagnier)

With nearly three months of freedom ahead and balmy weather setting in, a music festival is a great way to spend a few days and relax.

Festivals aren’t just for extreme music junkies – they’re a place to spend time with friends, make new ones and enjoy a change of pace.

Choosing a festival
There are lots of things to consider when choosing where to go. Where you live, the music you like and your budget are all factors that come into play. We’re lucky in Canada that we have plenty of festivals to choose from. Whether it’s big ones such as Oshega, Shambhala and NXNE or a smaller local one like Wolfe Island Music Festival, find the one that appeals to you.

You don’t ...

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Tips to avoid summer brain drain

Posted by Chandra Erickson on June 5, 2014 @ 03:21 p.m. EDT
Tags: Brain Drain, Productivity, Summer

Since the academic year has come to end, most students are ecstatic for a long, mindless summer and a chance to forget 90 per cent of what they learned during the academic year.

This phenomenon is typically referred to as “summer brain drain.” It is when you fall into a slump of unproductivity and laziness over the summer holiday season. Educators call it “summer learning loss,” owing to the regression of the knowledge acquired by students over the past year.

Don’t get me wrong, students have a right to enjoy their much deserved time away from the daily grind of pressing deadlines for essays, tests, assignments and presentations. However, it’s important to realize that time-off can be both hindering and helpful, as it gives students a break that can actually increase their productivity. Combatting “summer brain drain” is a matter of determining how much time-off is the right amount. ... Read more...

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Seasonal cinema picks

Posted by Leigh Cameron on May 27, 2014 @ 10:01 a.m. EDT
Tags: Movies

Superheroes and slightly less original heroes are the keystones of the 2014 summer movie season. Marvel and DC Comics have thrown money into the Captain America, X-Men, and Spiderman superhero films that we have all seen advertised.

The slightly less original heroes stem from the movie reboots and book-to-film adaptations we see in 2014, including The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

These films promise lots of action, romance, and ridiculously beautiful actors, but there are some other films worth your while to watch (with an exceptional reboot thrown in).

Here’s a list of movies coming out this summer that will make you laugh, cry or wish Breaking Bad had a sixth season running.

Neighbors — If you haven’t seen Neighbors yet, then you’re missing out on a hysterical comedy that will ring a few bells. Zac Efron, a pretty-boy frat leader, ... Read more...

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Hot summer reads

Posted by Leigh Cameron on May 27, 2014 @ 10:00 a.m. EDT
Tags: Books

Summer provides a glorious time when you aren’t burdened down with five papers due in a week or an ever-increasing reading syllabus that brings tears to your eyes. Here’s a comprehensive list of books you should read this summer, whether you want to experiment a little or just enjoy a light-hearted laugh. Whether you’re spending your summer travelling, working or relaxing at a cottage, these books will provide entertainment during your break.

City of Heavenly Fire — Many of us have kept up-to-date with Cassandra Clare’s first series of teen novels, and this summer’s last installment promises a dramatic end of the Shadowhunters. Clary, Jace, and Simon must face Clary’s evil brother in order to save their slowly crumbling world. Although the audience is mostly adolescent girls, The Mortal Instruments series is one many of us grew up with and is definitely worth finishing, even if it is just to ... Read more...

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No makeup, no problem?

Posted by Anisa Rawhani on May 27, 2014 @ 09:54 a.m. EDT
Tags: Beauty

When I first heard the #NoMakeupSelfie trend was linked to cancer research, I was taken aback. The posts had been flooding my Facebook feed for months, but I’d never seen a connection made between the two.

The trend started back in March, when author Laura Lippman tweeted a photo of herself without makeup. The tweet read, “No makeup, kind lighting. #itsokkimnovak” and was in support of Kim Novak, an actress who had been the target of criticism for her appearance at the Oscars. What proceeded was a flood of women posting photos of themselves with no makeup all over social media. Cancer Research U.K., catching wind of the trend, created a campaign where they encouraged women to donate money in conjunction with their no makeup selfies.

In two days, the trend helped raise £2 million. Unfortunately, the campaign rapidly digressed.

#NoMakeupSelfie posts went from being linked to cancer research donations, ... Read more...

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Kingston Olive Oil Company

Posted by Jessica Chong on March 31, 2014 @ 06:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: downtown Kingston, Gems of Kingston, Kingston Olive Oil Company

Kingston Olive Oil Co - cover

As I’m swishing my sample of Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil around, I’m told that sampling olive oil is similar to wine. The owners of Kingston Olive Oil Company, Shaun and Julia Finucane, have brought fine olive oils and balsamic vinegars to the Limestone City. The store is located near the corner of King and Brock Streets.

Shaun instructs me to place my hand over the oil and move the cup to swish the oil around, in order to heat up the aromas and spices. You then take a large portion of the olive oil in your mouth, letting the liquid rest in your mouth. I’m told that the more oxygen and air you’ve inhaled, the more aromas will be released. Let the oils linger in your mouth – so you ... Read more...

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Going the Distance: Queen’s Student Alumni Association (QSAA)

Posted by Jessica Chong on March 31, 2014 @ 06:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: Alumni, Clubs on campus, Queen's Student Alumni Association (QSAA)

The Queen’s Student Alumni Association (QSSA) reminds students of an often forgotten fact: the Queen’s experience doesn’t end after four years.

While QSAA may be known for bringing high profile speakers back to campus, they do more than that. Offering hired leadership positions as well as a Backpack to Briefcase program to teach career skills are just some of the other ways that QSAA ensures students get exposure to a wide breadth of tools before they graduate.

I spoke with three of QSAA executive members, including vice president of events, Taylor Jennings, ArtSci ’15, vice president of volunteers, Jessica Beakbane, Comm ’14, vice president of marketing and communications, Hillary Maynard, ArtSci ’14, about the ways in which QSAA does more than bring alumni back to campus:



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