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YikYak on right track

Posted by Luke Kessaram on January 23, 2015 @ 01:37 p.m. EST
Tags: Facebook, Overheard, Social media, YikYak


“Overheard is dead,” the Journal’s Production Manager Sam Koebrich proclaimed in a signed editorial published on Sept. 24.

Attacking the popular Facebook group Overheard at Queen’s, his statements caused quite a stir on campus and many took him to task.

Since September, strange new stirrings have been spotted on campus — but this time not on Facebook. A novel social media app called YikYak has taken the Queen’s community by storm.

If designed and used correctly, social media platforms can help communities thrive in the digital age. Just look at Overheard at Queen’s, whose nearly 20,000 members attest to the strength of the Queen’s community online.

In many ways, YikYak is quite similar to the “dead” Facebook group.

At its best, Overheard provides meaningful dialogue, as demonstrated by the “anonymous quotes that showcased a grittier side of Queen’s homogeneity,” Koebrich wrote.

There’s ...

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Pedalling to promote local business

Posted by Claudia Tsang on January 23, 2015 @ 01:31 p.m. EST
Tags: Bikes, Delivery, Drink, Food


Do you dread the trek out into the snow to pick up groceries or crave sushi but can’t bring yourself to change out of your pyjamas? For $4, you no longer have to.

Eli Scheinman and his entourage of fellow cyclists will brave the snow for you. As the founder of Spoke and Fork, 27-year-old Scheinman has introduced Kingston to an innovative and sustainable method of delivery services.

Spoke and Fork is a bicycle delivery company elevating the traditional delivery services. They not only provide restaurant deliveries, but will also pick up your grocery lists, pet food and even alcohol. Focused on enriching Kingston with an environmentally sustainable delivery system, the service aims to make local restaurants more available to Queen’s and the larger Kingston community.

Spoke and Fork collaborates exclusively with independent Kingston businesses that are more likely to use organic ... Read more...

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Technology takeover

Posted by Katherine Meagher on January 16, 2015 @ 08:26 a.m. EST
Tags: Digital humanities, history, library, technology


You might not think your history degree would ever have you digitizing the x-rays of a sarcophagus, but with the rise of digital humanities, it could be a reality.

This area of study looks at the intersection between computing and humanities. It’s a lens that allows people to interact with important, but often inaccessible, artifacts.

Because of their historical nature, items like original manuscripts or ancient artwork are often just as informative as they are easily destroyed. Digital humanities (DH) seeks to digitally render what’s instructive about these objects, while safely preserving them.

Digital humanities allows students to quickly see otherwise intangible information. Digital maps, for instance, can communicate how far characters in a book travel more accurately than one’s imagination, lending the fictional journey more meaning.

Tiffany Chan works as a digital humanities student assistant in the special ... Read more...

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Queen’s faces of mental illness: Overcoming OCD

Posted by Tamarra Wallace on January 15, 2015 @ 12:12 p.m. EST
Tags: Anxiety, Mental Illness, MIAW, OCD

As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Lifestyle featured personal stories from Queen’s students each day from Oct. 6-10. We’ll be continuing the initiative throughout the year with more stories. If you’re interested in submitting a story, please email journal_lifestyle@ams.queensu.ca.


Going to the washroom gives me a profound sense of anxiety.

I furtively look around, hoping that no one notices why it’s taking me so long. The soapsuds trickle down the counter towards my fellow washroom inhabitants. But I can’t stop counting to a specific number even though the tap should have stopped running a minute ago and the soap dispenser is half-empty.

Since childhood, I’ve suffered from OCD, a form of anxiety that permeates in repetitive thoughts and subsequent rituals.

I remember being in the third grade and thinking that I could only get the newest Harry Potter book if ... Read more...

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Brunch power rankings

Posted by Nick Faris, Sam Koebrich, Alex Pickering and Sean Sutherland on November 27, 2014 @ 10:09 a.m. EST
Tags: Breakfast, Brunch, Power Rankings, Restaurant Reviews


We’re halfway through brunch season, and the playoff picture seems to be cementing itself.

Throughout our years at Queen’s, we’ve amassed a treasury of knowledge on Kingston’s greasiest spoons – from gritty campus joints to undervalued waterfront eateries. Now, the pieces have fallen into place for end-of-term power rankings.

To qualify, establishments must conform to the following criteria:

1. Be open for business on both Saturday and Sunday;
2. Have an established location downtown or near the student housing area;
3. Serve a prototypical brunch spread of eggs, meat, toast, hash browns or beans and coffee; and
4. Do so for roughly $10 or less, including tip.


1. Peter’s Place
34 Princess St.

Speedy and inviting service. Mouth-watering pancakes. Delectable hash browns. Eggs sizzled to perfection. It’s a taste of home at the foot of Princess St. — and the best ... Read more...

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Keep on giving

Posted by Rachel Herscovici on November 27, 2014 @ 10:05 a.m. EST
Tags: Gift cards, Gifts, Holidays, Shopping

While the gift card might be an easy solution to the endless question, “What should I get them?”, it’s actually ruining the holiday season.

The so-called “Christmas game” revolves around mystery gifts hidden under the tree that you open when your name is called. It’s a surprise.

But over the past few years, the boxes have gotten smaller and the presents less creative and more predictable. Everyone was opting for gift cards.

The game became less endearing when you knew you had an 80 per cent chance of ending up with a shiny plastic rectangle instead of a pretty set of cheese plates you’d never use.

So now, I’ve taken issue with the gift card.

Chances are you’ve probably given one in an attempt to appear more thoughtful than giving a wad of cash when you’re at a loss for gift ideas.

You’ve also probably received one and happily took ... Read more...

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Post-Movember ’staches: grow or no?

Posted by Alex Watt and Luke Kessaram on November 27, 2014 @ 10:03 a.m. EST
Tags: Facial hair, Moustaches, Movember, Point/counterpoint


Alex Watt, ArtSci ‘15

Thinking about ditching that Movember ‘stache? Before picking up the razor, consider the benefits of growing your facial fur into December and beyond.

Given the lack of awareness surrounding men’s mental health and prostate cancer, coupled with the stigma associated with these issues, many men frequently ignore their symptoms.

Movember began as a way to draw attention to and provide support for men with these conditions. It was an opportunity to bring attention to men’s health issues that had been previously swept under the carpet.

These big furry ‘staches attract immediate attention. As a result, they instigate conversations on topics many are reluctant to embark upon. Canada has become one of the largest contributors to Movember of any country, with generous donations from family and friends shepherding individuals along their mo’ journey.

Male ...

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International impact: Queen’s Global Village

Posted by Christina Di Cosola on November 23, 2014 @ 05:56 p.m. EST
Tags: Club profile, Habitat for Humanity, Nicaragua, Queen’s Global Village


Queen’s Global Village is an excellent example of an organization run by dedicated students looking to extend their impact from a local to global scale.

This year’s Queen’s Global Village team is composed of two co-presidents, a fundraising executive, a sponsorship executive and 12 volunteers. The team will be travelling to Guatemala this February during reading week to build a home for a family in need.

I sat down with co-president, Shannon Ryan, to discuss Queen’s Global Village and this year’s upcoming trip:

What is the main goal of Queen’s Global Village?

Ryan: Our main goal is to provide housing for families in Central America that are in need. Branching off of that, we also aim to give Queen’s students the opportunity to travel abroad and have an impact on the global community.

How can students get involved with Queen’s ...

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Flu season and the savvy student

Posted by Ellen Avery on November 14, 2014 @ 10:16 a.m. EST
Tags: Flu season, Health, Illness, Vaccination


Overwhelmed lecture halls, communal living spaces and high amounts of social activity make university campuses a perfect breeding ground for the seasonal flu virus.

Despite the increased exposure associated with student life, the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) estimated only about 13 per cent of post-secondary students are electing to get their vaccine every year.

Troy Day, an evolutionary biology professor at Queen’s specializing in mathematical modeling of disease and virology, said students should be getting their vaccines for two different reasons. Not only does the shot provide potential benefits to their own health, but it also benefits the health of the community as a whole. “Even if I am not terribly vulnerable to adverse effects, if I can weather it out and I’m not worried about dying, by being infected I help spread the virus in ... Read more...

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Queen’s faces of mental illness: Loving my body again

Posted by Taylor Smith on November 12, 2014 @ 07:45 p.m. EST

As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Lifestyle featured personal stories from Queen’s student each day from Oct. 6-10. We’ll be continuing the initiative throughout the year with more stories. If you’re interested in submitting a story, please email journal_lifestyle@ams.queensu.ca.

Taylor Smith

When I was 12, I started hating my body.

I’ve had to repeat those words over and over again for the last nine years. When doctors ask if I can pinpoint when my life went wrong, I say that sentence.

I went for many years without knowing the true meaning of mental health stigma. I made the same jokes as my friends about people being crazy or insane. The weather was bipolar or the organized kids were OCD.

It was funny, and we weren’t hurting anyone right? Wrong. It took me a long time to see that these words weren’t ... Read more...

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