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Posted by Katherine Meagher on April 2, 2015 @ 08:59 a.m. EDT
Tags: Campus, Queen's, Sex


There’s something taboo about having sex on campus. In an environment that’s meant to be studious and serious, the risk of getting caught only adds to the thrill.

I’m perhaps the least qualified person to write this article. I’ve never hooked up on campus, in any definition of that ambiguous phrase. But I understand the students’ need for a definitive list of the best places to have sex on campus.

After consulting friends, family and strangers on their top picks for private spaces, I conducted a rather unusual tour.

In each spot, I sat for as long as it took to complete a full game of Sudoku on my phone and play a Beyoncé song. If at any point in this 10­minute long process I was interrupted, the location was considered a no­go. My picks for the best hook­up spots ... Read more...

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A bloody gift

Posted by Katherine Meagher on March 27, 2015 @ 09:53 a.m. EDT
Tags: Blood donation, Canadian Blood Services, Queen's University Blood Team

Blood donation

It’s something everyone knows they should do, but nobody really wants to: give blood.

Donating blood is one of those things I congratulated other people for doing, but, until recently, had never done myself. Since turning 17 — the minimum age to donate — I’d used a hectic schedule and low iron levels to convince myself that giving blood just wasn’t for me.

But after months of dutifully taking my iron supplement, I figured it was time to make the time.

Josh Baitz and Julia Kirby know a thing or two about devoting time to blood donation. The two students co-chair the Queen’s University Blood Team. The team works with Canadian Blood Services to run blood donation clinics on campus, as well as the One Match program, which seeks out matches for those in need of bone ... Read more...

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Not your average cute animal video

Posted by Katherine Meagher on March 20, 2015 @ 08:56 a.m. EDT
Tags: Animal trade, Documentary, Exotic pets


When Emily Martel took a trip to the Amazon, she had no idea she’d stumble across the subject of her documentary film: the exotic pet trade.

She was speaking with veterinarians at a university in Ecuador when she first heard about the exotic pet trade.

When one young vet mentioned that the industry was the third-most lucrative form of trafficking after drugs and arms, she knew she had to learn more.

“That was really surprising to me,” said Martel, ArtSci ’16. “And then she said that 90 per cent of the animals die within the trafficking.”

What’s even more surprising is how widely accepted the trade is in Canada.

“I found out later on that Ontario actually has no legislation to protect exotic animals, so I started doing a lot of research on that,” Martel said.

Martel, a distance studies student ...

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Eating well on the cheap

Posted by Lucy Chen on March 6, 2015 @ 09:01 a.m. EST
Tags: Budget, Cheap, Food


You’re broke. Tuition costs and rent payments have bled your bank, and you feel a pang of guilt every time you pull out your debit card. You’ve sold everything you possibly can on “Free & For Sale”, down to the last gently-used mascara.

But just because you’re broke doesn’t mean that you can’t well. I figured out that you can eat keep eating healthy and well for as little as $100 a month. Here’s how I did it.

Cut down on processed foods and dining out

Pre-packaged meals and fast foods tend to cost more, make you hungry faster and contain an excess of calories and little nutritional value. Instead, cook things from scratch. Before you say “ain’t nobody got time for that,” I’m here to assure you that it’s entirely doable. Cooking from scratch can be time-consuming, ... Read more...

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Sweat away the stress

Posted by Katherine Meagher on March 6, 2015 @ 08:57 a.m. EST
Tags: Downtown Kingston, Hot yoga, Moksha, Yoga


If you’ve been waiting for the chance to balance on your hands in a boiling hot room, you’re in luck.

Downtown Kingston’s first Moksha yoga studio opened late in 2014 to provide a hot yoga experience. It’s located on lower Princess St.

Moksha (pronounced moke-sha) refers to both a series of postures and the franchise that promotes them.

Moksha studios offer classes based on variations of Moksha postures in studios heated to 36-38°C.

I was excited to try a Moksha class, because unlike other hot yoga classes, Moksha poses are geared to promote the health of the spine and joints.

The brand has over 75 studios, with locations throughout Canada and the U.S. Their large presence in Ontario made opening a Kingston studio the logical next step.

“Kingston was that one city without Moksha that has a university that ... Read more...

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Book review: Life lessons from Lena

Posted by Kyla Craig on February 27, 2015 @ 11:12 a.m. EST
Tags: Girls, Lena Dunham, Memoir, Not that kind of girl


Lena Dunham isn’t one to shy away from controversy.

The Girls creator and actress’s first novel Not That Kind of Girl is no exception. Published in September, Dunham covers taboo topics from losing her virginity and rape to body image issues and mental health.

The memoir-style novel is composed of many autobiographical essays, falling under the sections Love & Sex, Body, Friendship, Work and Big Picture. Dunham shares personal and often comical recollections of experiences she’s had throughout her life within each section.

The novel’s subtitle “A young woman tells you what she’s ‘learned’” basically sums up the theme of Dunham’s stories. Each one touches upon a lesson that she’s learned over the course of her life. Ultimately, the reader is left with some sort of insight or understanding about the adventures of childhood, adolescence and early-adulthood.

Not That Kind of ...

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Reading week roadie playlist

Posted by Sean Sutherland on February 12, 2015 @ 10:28 a.m. EST
Tags: Playlist, Reading week, Roadtrip


With Reading Week fast approaching, most of us are planning some sort of trip. Whether it’s a week-long jaunt with some buddies to Montreal or just a long drive back to your hometown, no trip is complete without the right music.

Great songs don’t necessarily make for great driving songs. A perfect tune for the road is fun to sing along to and probably has great guitar riff.

I’ve always found that classic rock songs tend to be the best for long drives, so here’s a list of five songs to throw on your iPod for wherever you’re headed this break.

“American Girl” — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Any road trip that doesn’t kick off with this song shouldn’t really count as a road trip. It’s not meant to get you over-excited; instead it just ensures that ... Read more...

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Speakers inspire student leaders

Posted by Jenna Zucker on February 12, 2015 @ 10:25 a.m. EST
Tags: Conference, Jody Mitic, QCLC, Sarah Taylor


The Queen’s Canadian Leadership Conference (QCLC) saw 11 Canadian leaders, four Queen’s alumni and two television personalities come together to inspire students to incite social change across the world.

The opening ceremony introduced the theme of breaking barriers — the idea that you should stop at nothing in order to achieve your dream. This theme weaved its way through each of the keynote speakers’ and panelists’ personal stories, culminating in an incredible two-day conference.

The weekend kicked off with the fun, motivating and incredibly fashionable MuchMusic VJ Sarah Taylor. After undergoing a “spiritual epiphany” following a near-death experience from a brain injury, Taylor highlighted the “power of adversity” in bringing about significant change.

As a VJ, Sarah harnessed her relationships and resources to make emotional videos that allowed her audience to “learn about the little ... Read more...

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Book review: Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?

Posted by Christina Di Cosola on February 11, 2015 @ 11:33 p.m. EST
Tags: Anita Rau Badami, Book review, Canadian, Can You Hear the Nightbird Call, Immigration

Book review

Anita Rau Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? is an enlightening novel that chronicles the lives of

three strong women over the span of 50 years, linking them through their native ties to India and unique relations to Canada.

Canada is a country known for its multiculturalism, and this novel demonstrates the various struggles many immigrant families experience leaving their native land. Historically, the novel revolves around the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 and the explosion of Air India Flight 182 in 1985.

The novel is set in both India and Vancouver and focuses on the lives of Bibi-Ji, Leela and Nemmo ― three women that experience intense love and tragedy throughout the span of their lives. Badami shatters the silence around darker periods of Canada’s history. Instead of glossing over these periods, she demonstrates their impact ... Read more...

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Campaign Chaos

Posted by Katherine Meagher on February 6, 2015 @ 04:01 p.m. EST
Tags: campaigning, elections, Student politics


If you’re planning on running for student government, you may as well plan to sacrifice sleep, school work and any downtime.

Incoming Undergraduate Trustee Jennifer Li lived this reality in the weeks leading up to her victory in last week’s election.

Li, ConEd ’17, described the first period of her campaign as particularly chaotic. After deciding to run on Jan. 6, Li had just 10 days to put together her campaign.

One of the first things to lose priority for a candidate in a student election is their studies.

“I think I went to maybe one class during the first 10 days,” Li said.

Things didn’t calm down once campaigning began. On a typical day, Li woke up at 7:30 a.m. for class talks, which were held every half hour between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. She would also take ... Read more...

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