Queen’s is known for its traditions, but it’s likely less known that hazing was once one of them.
In September of 1997, incoming Queen’s students and their parents were met with an early welcome to Queen’s along Hwy. 401. Large signs reading, “Queen’s fathers say goodbye to your daughter’s virginity!” and “Thank you Queen’s parents for dropping off your virgin daughters,” caused controversy on campus and in the national media, leading to widespread criticism regarding the orientation practices.
As Queen’s students, it’s hard to picture downtown Kingston without many of its beloved shops and restaurants . But, many Queen’s alumni and long-time residents remember Kingston in the 1950s as a different city.
“I should have brought my resumé,” a frustrated Marc Li said while waiting in line to order at the Starbucks at the corner of Division and Johnson streets.
Li’s prolonged summer job hunt has become a full-time job in itself—without any breaks.
“Oh my God!” my Grade 8 self squeals, “It says ‘ArtSci ’98’ had SEX in this room!”
This particular use of dormitory beds was one of many enlightening experiences—albeit less tasteful than most—I had as a 14 year-old student participating in the E=MC² program at Queen’s in 2002.
When retired civil engineering professor Barry Batchelor moved his family to Collingwood St. from Kingston’s suburban fringe in 1984, most of his neighbours were of the full-time variety—many of them families with young children.