Gifting and wrapping is the perfect time to show off your creative side.
I’m the type to cringe every year while looking at all the discarded wrapping paper and material that piles up after the gifting massacre. I’m going to have a guilt-free craft period this time around with a few tips to keep your present wrapping more eco-friendly.
First thing’s first – take a walk around your house and keep an eye out on reusing what you have on hand. Think of it as a scavenger hunt: patterned paper, magazines, old comic books, maps, cellophane, string, etc.
Kingston was dearly missing something, before The Screening Room brought classic movies downtown.
“I just thought… if we could watch classic movies in the cinemas in Kingston,” Wendy Huot, owner of The Screening Room, said, “then Kingston would have everything that I would want – no need to live in a bigger city.”
The former Queen’s web development librarian traded in backroom tech work to take over the independent theatre, The Screening Room, back in 2011, after five years of working with the library’s web presence and online catalogues.
“I had been thinking to myself, ‘If I could do anything what would I want to do?’” Huot said.
Cinemas, she explained, rely on more than just a film’s plot or its characters, but also the ambiance of the theatre itself.
I sat down with Huot to ... Read more...
Kingston is just getting on the food truck bandwagon, following the lead of larger cities such as Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Food trucks are making gourmet that much more convenient.
There’s something to be said about the new food truck that popped up on the corner of Princess and Division Streets – a convenient location that catches students on their way to and from class.
Mission Street North is the brainchild of Alex Robinson, Phil Robinson and Mike Barber. The concept for the truck came from Mission Street, an area of San Francisco that has many Latin American-influenced restaurants.
These tacos match the best tacos I’ve ... Read more...
Life can sometimes take us through wonderfully divergent paths before revealing our true passion: the co-owners of the Princess Street game store worked in archeology and catering before finally settling on the business of games.
I sat down with one of the co-owners of Minotaur, Justine Scala, to learn about the way in which board games, even with all our online games, can be more than business and pleasure, but also, a lifestyle.
“[The other co-owner, Michael White] is one of my best friends – I’ve known him for 25 years,” she said.
From monster and robot-themed art shows, Minotaur branches out to showcase the work of local artists. It boasts a reputation for being a supportive network and more than simply a niche store.
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Our mobile apps are getting us places where we’re both de-stressed and in better shape. Who’s to say technology can’t improve our lives with mobile apps that can better our calorie estimates and help improve our fitness performance?
We may be nearing the end of the term, but these standout fitness and health apps will help you add a little more movement to your routine:
The 7 Minute Workout
For those with a busy schedule that barely allows for a hour at the gym, this app offers great short spurts of exercise. User-friendly audio and visual cues will guide you through seven-minute workouts of up to 12 sets. Fun achievements, from novice to athlete status, will keep you motivated and the small time commitment, just minutes a day, won’t take away from your other tasks.
Available for: iOS and Andriod
Shaping and toning those legs and ... Read more...
They’re cupcakes for a cause.
Cupcake baking can be therapeutic and rewarding – that’s what I’ve learned after speaking to Sarah Sharp, Eng ’15.
With sample cupcakes in tow, the owner of recently-founded cupcake business, Sweet N’ Sassy, Sharp told me of her love of baking and her personal motivation behind her fundraising efforts:
When did you start your cupcake business?
My business is really new – I actually just launched the website and everything at the end of August this summer, so it has only been going on for a few months.
When you first launched your business, what expectations did you have?
I’ve always been making cupcakes and then I decided why not sell them? I expected a few orders here and there so it has kind of turned into more than I expected it to in a positive way.
I find that drinking tea out of my favourite mug automatically brightens my day, especially in the fall and wintertime. Whether it’s an early caffeine fix for a difficult morning, or a cup of tea before bedtime, a good mug will always put a smile on your face at anytime of the day.
Draw on any porcelain mug with markers, and then pop them in the oven – it’s that easy! This method is a great way to jazz up any other plain porcelain items (vases, pencil holders, plates… you name it). It’s an awesome and inexpensive project for those who are feeling crafty on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Time: 1 hour (Approximate)
Permanent Markers: I prefer Sharpie permanent markers, but any brand will do. Vibrant and darker colours show best – a fine tip Sharpie is also great for outlining your designs
Plain Mugs: ... Read more...
What could one hundred free pitas have to do with today’s business environment?
At the Queen’s Conference on the Business Environment Today (QBET), there was much to learn from the CEO of Pita Pit at the kickoff taster event and other keynote speakers invited to share their career experience and industry knowledge.
Conferences like QBET are meant to engage students and foster networking connections, but they’re by no means a new opportunity nor in dying exhaust at Queen’s.
I spoke with one of the co-chairs of QBET, Kyle Beaudry, Comm ‘15, about the benefits of attending QBET and the challenge of always improving on the previous year’s conference.
“This year’s theme is called trailblazers, exploring new ventures is kind of our subtitle,” Beaudry said.
This ... Read more...
Are Queen’s on-campus a cappella vocal groups like Glee and Pitch Perfect with bright lights, choreography and intergroup feuds? I spoke with president and vice president of Momentum, a co-ed a cappella group, Nicolle Domnik, ArtSci ’10 and PhD ’15, and Jessica Wayner, ArtSci ’15, to discuss their experience singing a cappella.
With students accepted from a range of singing experiences and faculties, Momentum provides a welcoming atmosphere for its new members. Despite long hours of rehearsal and training, a cappella singing, and the camaraderie that comes with it, can prompt a therapeutic feeling from the stresses of academic, said Domnik.
“Something about [a cappella] relaxes you and when you get home, you’re so productive because you’ve had that time just to let go.”
How did you get into a cappella singing?
Wayner: For me it was frosh week and I [had to] get involved … someone told me ... Read more...
It’s to be expected that the only photography club on campus begets a tight-knit group of photographers, all set on helping each other learn their craft.
From BFA students who sculpt and paint photo subjects to student photojournalists, Photo-Ops hosts a diverse and broad array of members, all eager to host photography classes and drop-in studio themed workshops.
With snakes and dancers used to create powerful conceptual work last year, it’s hard to anticipate what other intricate subjects and props will be used this year.
I spoke with Photo-Ops president and founder, Sophie Gong, ArtSci ’14, about the ways in which students can get involved with Photo-Ops, as well as advice for students seeking to establish themselves as photographers:
What type of students are you hoping will join Photo-Ops?
We’re really trying to promote [photography education] to all levels …We’re hopefully trying to put together print sales and ... Read more...