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Posted by Chandra Erickson on September 26, 2014 @ 10:37 a.m. EDT
Tags: Exercise, Goals, Healthy eating, Studying


Have you ever started a diet or exercise program, but didn’t stick with it? Or set out after your goals with the best intentions, but failed to keep the momentum going?

We all know how to be productive, get our work done, exercise and eat healthy, yet we’re not any closer to achieving our goals than we were nine months ago.

Our tendency to form grand plans is no help — it leaves us feeling intimidated by our own expectations. Simply, ‘we bite off more than we can chew’ and get overwhelmed too quickly.

Remember that your goals are the larger items that you wish to someday accomplish. Most importantly, they should be SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

Therefore, in order to be successful in establishing good habits this school year, we must find a balance between our need ... Read more...

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Looking into law

Posted by Katherine Meagher on September 26, 2014 @ 10:17 a.m. EDT
Tags: Law school, LSAT, QMC, QPLS

Law school

Sept. 27 may be just another Saturday for most, but for a handful of Queen’s students, the date represents the culmination of months and weeks of preparation.

This Saturday, myself and many of my classmates will write the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), an exam that demands borderline obsessive behaviour from hopeful law students.

As well as being a necessary requirement to further legal studies, the test represents a kind of unifying right of passage to undergrads with their eye on law.

However, the LSAT lacks any relevance in content to law or law school whatsoever.

The LSAT asks primarily for logical skills and reading comprehension, with reference to actual laws conspicuously absent.

This makes the test accessible to students from a variety of academic backgrounds, but also provides little indication of whether law is ... Read more...

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The world abides, man: Analysis of a cult classic

Posted by Blake Canning on September 25, 2014 @ 09:57 a.m. EDT
Tags: Coen brothers, Movie review, The Big Lebowski


It’s been 30 years since the Coen brothers made their film debut with Blood Simple. As two of the most iconic filmmakers in the world, there’s plenty to celebrate, from their first big success with Fargo to their recent folk-inspired tale Inside Llewynn Davis.

There’s one Coen brothers film however, that’ll always stand out among the rest for me: The Big Lebowski.

First screened in 1998, the crime comedy centers around Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, played by Jeff Bridges. An unemployed Los Angeles slacker, The Dude’s key interests consist mainly of marijuana, White Russians and bowling. This film didn’t exactly woo the film festival crowd, with the plot kicking off when a group of mob thugs ‘accidentally’ urinate on The Dude’s rug.

Only grossing $2 million more than its overall budget in the US, critics found it “hard to believe this ... Read more...

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Fashion meets farm at Princess St. Promenade

Posted by Kashmala Omar on September 22, 2014 @ 06:01 p.m. EDT
Tags: Downtown Kingston, Princess St., Shopping


This year’s fall Princess St. Promenade brought attention to the diversity of downtown Kingston’s local restaurants, stores and community organizations.

By blocking off the main strip on Princess, over 25 Kingston businesses set up booths, tents or both in order to show residents what services they had to offer.

These businesses ranged from David’s Tea to Wallack’s Art Store to Minotaur’s Games and Gifts. Each one provided something unique to the customers walking by — David’s Tea handed out tea samples while Wallack’s chose a different route and provided audiences with instructive lessons on the art of printmaking.

Izzy Garrison, an event volunteer for the area on the street that allowed for farm animal viewing, said that the festival had a welcoming atmosphere.

“I like the people, because they keep coming up to me and asking me questions, and ... Read more...

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184th Fall Fair a rewarding day for all

Posted by Blake Canning on September 19, 2014 @ 10:24 a.m. EDT
Tags: Fall fair, Kingston, Local events

Fall fair

Running from the Sept. 11-14, the 184th Kingston Fall Fair showcased some of the best horseback riders, lawn tractor racers, country singers and giant sunflower growers that Kingston has to offer, with more events and competitions than you could shake a proverbial stick at.

I have to admit that I’ve never been the biggest “country” boy. I grew up in a crowded suburb, I rode a bike as a kid instead of a tractor and chickens kind of freak me out.

But as soon as I stepped on to the Memorial Centre grounds, I became part of that community feeling of people coming together to share their best achievements of the year and have a nice day out with their family and friends.

The one thing I adored seeing even more than the flashing lights of the midway ... Read more...

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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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