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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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Good Times Diner cooks for a cause

Posted by Shannon Ryan on February 3, 2015 @ 05:09 p.m. EST
Tags: Good Times Diner, Soup kitchen, Volunteering


While many of us prep for Tumble and Throwback, a group of Queen’s students spend their Tuesday and Thursday evenings running a soup kitchen.

Good Times Diner is a fully student-run soup kitchen that operates out of St. Paul’s Anglican Church twice a week from 4-7 p.m. The group provides less fortunate members of the Kingston community with delicious hot meals like tacos, shepherd’s pie, beef stroganoff and chili.

Good Times Diner co-director Christina Di Cosola, ArtSci ’15, explained to the Journal how the group operates and what makes the volunteer experience so worthwhile.

What’s a typical day like at the soup kitchen?

There are two shifts available for volunteers to sign up for each Tuesday and Thursday. The first shift is from 4 - 5:30 p.m., and the second is from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Every Tuesday and ... Read more...

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How to report a sexual assault

Posted by Anisa Rawhani on January 30, 2015 @ 10:39 a.m. EST
Tags: reporting, Sexual assault


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Resolution check-in

Posted by Alex Watt on January 30, 2015 @ 10:18 a.m. EST
Tags: Goals, New Year's, Resolutions


We’re only a month into 2015, but do you even remember your New Year’s resolution?

Each year, I’ve observed the line of eager runners and prospective body builders at the ARC begin to dissipate after the first week of January.

And I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

Like many students, I usually neglect my well-intentioned resolution within the first month of the New Year. This year, I resolved to spend more time practicing yoga. I wanted to de-stress with my newfound passion at least three times a week.

Instead, I found excuses with perceived obligations of schoolwork, a part-time job and allocating time for family and friends. Yoga was put on the sidelines.

But being busy with other obligations isn’t a reasonable excuse for neglecting our resolutions. Some researchers have found psychological reasons that explain why it’s so difficult ... Read more...

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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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