It’s over halfway through the semester and the stress of student life is evident on the drawn faces of Queen’s students everywhere.
Due dates are rapidly approaching, patience with messy housemates is wearing thin and the very thought of prepackaged food makes you shudder. Every now and then it’s necessary to break free from our chaotic lives, and there’s no better escape than to explore Kingston’s incredible restaurant scene.
The names of restaurants like Le Chien Noir, Atomica and Harper’s Burger Bar may sound familiar ― they’re some of the most popular restaurants in the Limestone City. But many people are beginning to discover the new restaurant that has joined The Black Dog’s collection of gourmet restaurants.
Fully operational since 2013 and located on the corner of Clarence and Ontario Streets, Dianne’s Fish Bar has caught the attention ... Read more...
The sense of camaraderie that comes with being a student at Queen’s is so strong that “classmate” just doesn’t quite cover it — we often refer to being a part of the “Queen’s family”.
It can be hard to get a firsthand account of what it’s really like to leave Queen’s until you have to do so yourself.
This past Homecoming, Colin McLeod, ArtSci ’09, a trade policy officer, sat down to discuss what it was like to leave Queen’s, what the community has done for him in the last five years and how current students should approach the next few years.
What did you study here at Queen’s?
My major was political studies. My minor was in biology.
What are you doing now?
I work for the department of foreign affairs, trade and development for the Government of Canada.
What were ... Read more...
Homecoming invites back to campus some of our beloved Gaels and with them some of our strangest traditions. We paint ourselves purple and sing in Gaelic. And now, we smash pumpkins.
For the first time, the Pumpkin Smash, hosted by Engineers Without Borders in partnership with Queen’s Gives Back and the Queen’s Student Alumni Association, will join the football game and street parties as an event this Homecoming weekend.
Although previously hosted at Leonard Field, the construction of a new residence has necessitated the event to move to Agnes Benedickson Field. With this change of location comes a reimagining of the event as a whole.
“It’s going to be reflective of the past years, but definitely at a bigger level this year, so it’s pretty exciting,” said Kirsten MacMillan, vice-president of networking for Queen’s Engineers Without Borders.
The smash itself is exactly ... Read more...
There once was a boy. Let’s call him Quinn. He was smitten with a girl — let’s call her Mackenzie. Long story short, they spend a wonderful grade 12 year together, supporting each other through university application stress and extracurricular mania.
After a summer of long lifeguarding days, late-night campfires and mosquito bites, they have the talk.
Not ‘that’ talk, but the university talk. You see, Quinn is headed to Queen’s and Mackenzie to McMaster. They decide to stay together: “We’ll make it work.”
After a bittersweet goodbye, they part ways. Frosh week is crazy and they fill each other in during 15-minute phone calls before passing out from exhaustion.
When things settle down, they talk about their new schools. None of the names on the other end of line are familiar though and they’re hard to keep straight.
Quinn ... Read more...
Full disclosure: I loved Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl, a psychological thriller about a marriage gone wrong.
After reading it, I commented that it was one of the best books I had read in a while. Naturally, I had high hopes for its film adaption.
Having seen director David Fincher’s The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and admired the score for The Social Network composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, all who contributed to Gone Girl’s adaption, I had a good feeling the book’s dark tone would be honoured in the film.
First off, the casting of this movie highly contributed to its success. Ben Affleck nails Nick Dunne’s signature grin and the “punch me” face and attitude that identifies him as an antagonist for much of the book.
And though I thought it difficult for anyone to embody Amy Dunne’s ... Read more...
As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Lifestyle is featuring personal stories from Queen’s student each day from Oct. 6-10. We will be continuing the initiative throughout the year with monthly stories. If you’re interested in submitting a story, please email email@example.com.
We’re students, we talk. We talk about music, we talk about our ambitions, our sports, our crushes, our hobbies and our school. What we aren’t talking about enough is our mental health.
I’m talking about depression.
This disorder has affected many within my circle of family and friends and, most likely, it affects someone you know and care as well. While there have been improvements concerning the stigma surrounding depression, the steps to seeking professional help are often still battled alone and in silence.
My cousin was heavily depressed for five years before pursuing ... Read more...
As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Lifestyle is featuring personal stories from Queen’s students each day from Oct. 6-10. We’ll be continuing the initiative throughout the year with monthly stories. If you’re interested in submitting a story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When writing this article, I was posed with the question: “What does mental health awareness mean to you?”
Though it’s difficult to properly qualify an accurate response to this question, I’ll attempt to illustrate what it means to me and to many others at Queen’s.
Let’s go back to high school, for a moment. I was the person amongst my group of friends who, for the most part, was perceived to have everything together.
I became someone who my friends became very comfortable talking to about their issues, even though I would never talk to anyone about what I ... Read more...
It was a cold and rainy Saturday morning, but that didn’t deter the crowds from attending the first KingstonFest on Oct. 4.
Run by Sustainable Kingston, the event focused on showcasing the wide array of organizations that contribute to environmental responsibility in the Kingston community.
The event took place within St. Lawrence College, hosting a wide selection of activities ranging from workshops on health care in World War I to booths informing patrons on hydroponics, the process of growing plants without soil.
After purchasing a bag of peppermint chocolate, I listened to the live music played by local musical duo Kyra and Tully. Their poppy folk music contributed greatly to the fun grassroots feel of the event.
The area showcasing the booths from different organizations was buzzing with activity. I went to the Wintergreen Studios booth where I calculated my ... Read more...
At first glance, Musiikki Café isn’t immediately noticeable for its “hole-in-the-wall” appearance, but if you’re curious enough to venture in, you’ll be pleased with what you find.
Located just outside the hustle and bustle of downtown at 73 Brock St., Musiikki is a music-oriented café by day, whiskey bar by night.
Since opening in June of this year, Musiikki has attracted growing attention, mainly owing to its variety of live music, stunning back patio and fine selection of whiskey and coffee.
I visited Musiikki for the first time a few weeks ago and was immediately intrigued by the quaint, rustic feel of the place, as well as the unique idea of being served mugs of espresso and glasses of whiskey simultaneously.
Eager to learn more about the origins and ambitions of the café, I ... Read more...
As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Lifestyle is featuring personal stories from Queen’s student each day from Oct. 6-10. We’ll be continuing the initiative throughout the year with monthly stories. If you’re interested in submitting a story, please email email@example.com.
WARNING: This piece talks about suicide and may be triggering for some readers.
February 12, 2011 11:23 AM: “I have to do it now. I have no time. I am so sorry and I love you.” And that was it. I still can’t believe it.
That was two years ago.
It was my first time with a new volunteer position and I had never been more nervous. Everyone around me looked so confident but that wasn’t how I felt. “Why am I here?” kept running through my mind and I could feel the panic and stress building ... Read more...