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The AMS acted poorly when they attempted to pressure a club into determining their entire future in three days.
AMS-ratified clubs have a right to promote their ideologies — and students have an equal right to criticize them.
The Sexual Health Resource Centre (SHRC) executive found out on March 13 they had to decide whether they would become an SGPS club or an AMS service next year — and they were only given 72 hours to do it.
A mandatory $12.50 ReUnion Street Festival fee and a $24.43 Tricolour Yearbook and Studio Q opt-out fee passed at Tuesday’s AMS Annual General Meeting (AGM).
After roughly five and a half hours of debate, AMS Assembly ratified the incoming 2015-16 council, established a new opt-out fee for Studio Q and passed the ReUnion Street Festival fee on Feb. 12.
Hiring for the incoming AMS Council has concluded after the incoming executive, consisting of President-elect Kanivanan Chinniah, Vice-President of Operations-elect Kyle Beaudry and Vice-President of University Affairs-elect Catherine Wright, reviewed 31 applications and conducted two rounds of interviews.
The AMS Board of Directors decided at its Jan. 12 meeting to restrict students from attending its bi-weekly meetings.
The AMS is asking for a $12.50 mandatory student fee to help cover the costs of next year’s ReUnion Street Festival, intended to become an annual event.
It’s in the University’s best interests to help establish the ReUnion Street Festival as a new Homecoming tradition.
Some students and professors believe that voter turnout in student government elections will never improve.
Simple adjustments can be made to the AMS referendum process to ensure students understand the influence their vote has.
Though Principal Daniel Woolf expressed hope last fall that the ReUnion Street Festival would become a new Homecoming tradition, the University is refusing to provide the AMS with funding to support the festival.
The AMS 2015 winter referendum, which took place alongside elections on Tuesday and Wednesday, saw a voter turnout of 34.6 per cent, up from 33 per cent in 2014.
Jennifer Li’s party erupted in celebration when current undergraduate student trustee Andrew Aulthouse walked in with a party in tow.
Political campaigns for student leadership positions are hard.
On Jan. 15, Team CBW was elected by acclamation to be the next AMS executive.
Undergraduate Student Trustee candidates Mike Blair and Jennifer Li were hesitant to stray from their platforms during Thursday’s trustee debate at the JDUC.
Clubs, campus services, the ReUnion Street Festival, sexual assault, mental health, international students, the “internal culture” of the AMS, student engagement and the Richardson Project were among the topics discussed by the AMS executive-elect at a public forum Tuesday night.
As Undergraduate Student Trustee, Jennifer Li’s focus would be on ensuring students trust her to share their concerns.
If you asked Undergraduate Student Trustee candidate Mike Blair what one of the most important issues that Queen’s needs to address is, he would say student safety.
Kanivanan Chinniah, Kyle Beaudry and Catherine Wright became the incoming 2015-16 AMS executive thanks to an uncontested run, but despite the atypical circumstances of their election — the first acclamation in 25 years — they say they intend to retain continuity with past AMS leaders.
The first of two public forums for the incoming AMS executive-elect, Team CBW, was held Monday evening in the lower ceilidh of the JDUC.
Without a vote of confidence, Team CBW’s imposition as incoming AMS executive was undemocratic.
The AMS acclaimed Team CBW — Kanivanan Chinniah, Kyle Beaudry and Catherine Wright — as the incoming 2015-16 executive team late Wednesday night.
The AMS has acclaimed Team CBW — Kanivanan Chinniah, Kyle Beaudry and Catherine Wright — as the incoming 2015-16 executive team.
AMS Executive Director Annette Paul left the organization on Monday, after almost three years working at the AMS.
As Kingston’s new mayor has familiarized with his role, town-gown relations have become a pressing issue.
In 1884, Queen’s became the first university west of the Maritimes — and ahead of much of the world — to have female graduates.
The 2014 AMS fall referendum, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, saw the highest voter turnout since 1995, according to figures from AMS Information & Policy Officer Greg McKellar.
The Underground has made strides to improve, but students aren’t seeing it, according to AMS Vice-President of Operations Justin Reekie.
A second reading of the motion to change the composition of AMS Assembly to proportional representation passed last night with two abstentions, removing Residence Society’s voting seats.
The preliminary stages of the AMS’s JDUC revitalization plan have been poorly executed, and reflect greater failures on the part of the AMS and the University.
The AMS no-experience-necessary hiring policy is a valuable initiative to ensure accessible employment for students.
When Maggie Fisher applied to work at Common Ground in first year, she had no previous experience in the food industry.
A motion to change AMS Assembly’s composition to proportional representation, where faculty societies would receive more votes based on how many students they represent, was tabled at last week's Assembly until a sub-committee reviews the proposal's implications.
According to preliminary figures, the Underground’s sales have sunk since 2013, when it was rebranded from Alfie’s Nightclub.
In the first four months of their term, the AMS executive has made steps towards accomplishing all items outlined in their platform.
The current administration is not only losing trust in student leadership, but is actively working to curtail this proud tradition.
The AMS Annual General Meeting (AGM) Tuesday night saw three Queen’s media services fight for funding from the student body.
It’s been about a month since the end of the AMS elections and my time running as the Vice-President (Operations) candidate for Team SMH.
The incoming AMS executive team WRL hired its new council on Sunday.
The AMS executive election and Winter Referendum saw a 33 per cent voter turnout. Of the 10 opt-outable fees on the ballot, only one was unsuccessful.
Team WRL won the AMS executive election tonight with approximately 60 per cent of the student vote.
The Queen’s Alma Mater Society outdates Canada and has outlived other products of its era.
Both AMS executive teams have promised to make changes to commissions, with both addressing efficiency within the AMS.
Yesterday’s debate between the rector candidates Aman Partap, ArtSci ’17, Marcus Threndyle, ArtSci ’16, and Mike Young, ConEd ’15, focused on student mental health and wellness.
Wednesday night's AMS presidential debate saw discussion on student engagement and advocacy priorities for the AMS.
Tuesday evening’s AMS vice president of operations debate narrowed in on the management of AMS services and their budgets.
Team SMH presidential candidate Scott Mason has filed a police report regarding an alleged identity theft related to the ownership of four elections-related websites.
Today’s vice-president (university affairs) debate focused on the feasibility of each AMS team’s platform.
Team WRL promises to bring discounted VIA rail tickets, two new services to the JDUC and gluten-free options to the Brew if elected.
An AMS executive team should be realistic, according to Team SMH.
The AMS is advising students to be wary if they receive emails from the Office of Student Affairs requesting to meet.
Two teams were ratified for the 2014 AMS Executive election ballot, but a third team was left out after they failed to meet nomination requirements, according to the AMS Elections Team.
The AMS is looking to raise its AMS-specific fee of $70.74 in an effort to increase wages for full-time staff.
The AMS General Office Budget for the 2013-14 year was released at AMS Assembly last Thursday, with projections indicating an increased deficit compared to last year.
With the Underground facing mounting financial pressures, students have a mixed opinion on the rebranded nightclub.
The AMS, the Sydenham District Association (SDA) and law student Kevin Wiener have successfully appealed City Council’s electoral boundary realignment bylaw.
Fall Referendum results were released last Wednesday with a remarkably low voter turnout of 15.8 per cent. There is plenty of blame to go around for this dismally low number, but the AMS is the primary culprit.
Around four years ago, Kingston’s last gay bar — Shay Foo Foo’s — shut its doors for good. Since then, LGBTQ community members are unsure if they even want one at all.
Official Fall Referendum results were released on Wednesday, determining the financial future of many clubs.
Despite a costly rebrand, the Underground isn’t faring as well as expected financially, according to AMS Vice-President (Operations) Nicola Plummer.
Issue 18: Darts & Laurels
Following last week’s Fall Referendum voting process, it was found that 20 students were excluded from the initial vote.
Mayor Mark Gerretsen was last night’s guest speaker at AMS Assembly, where he spoke to students about his opinions on Homecoming.
Each digital release of the Journal will feature weekly darts and laurels, listing what should be celebrated and criticized from the previous week in world news and campus culture.
Each digital release of the Journal will feature weekly darts and laurels, listing what should be celebrated and criticized from the previous week in world news and campus culture.
Nearly a year since the AMS launched a safety audit of the housing areas surrounding the University, the Municipal Affairs Commission has yet to make changes to reflect audit results.
The AMS is calling for the University to hold off on increasing enrolment, according to a report passed at a special AMS Assembly on Saturday.
The AMS is drafting a policy that will allow it to sanction entire student organizations as part of its Non-Academic Discipline (NAD) system.
Darts and laurels for issue 7
Four months into their term, the AMS executive has put the wheels in motion for most of the initiatives outlined in their election platform.
The AMS is undertaking an overhaul of Alfie’s, renovating the 37-year-old nightclub and re-branding it as “The Underground,” the most recent attempt to address the club’s continuing financial losses.
The AMS has instated a new managerial position to oversee its operations.
Queen’s students are fighting back against City Council after its members voted in favour of a bylaw which will realign the city’s electoral districts.
The AMS is looking into filing an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) after the City voted to redraw its electoral districts last night.
CrossFit Queen’s is still in limbo.
The AMS passed an amendment at last week’s Assembly to change its policy on dealing with weapons on campus.
In the past week, democracy at Queen’s has been deeply compromised.
Following former team TNL candidate Nicola Plummer’s ratification as vice-president of operations-elect on Sunday, a petition has circulated calling to remove her, Eril Berkok and TK Pritchard from office.
A motion to formally censure ASUS representative to the AMS, Alexander Prescott, passed at an ASUS Special Assembly this evening.
After three and a half years of service, the AMS General Manager Annette Bergeron has resigned from the position.
AMS Vice-President-elect of operations Peter Green has resigned from his position, citing a lack of confidence in his fellow executive members.
Green alleges teammates demanded his resignation or face a vote of non-confidence at AMS Assembly.
This past Sunday, incoming executive team BGP elected six new commissioners and three directors to manage the various portfolios of the AMS.
Team BGP’s victory Thursday morning was met with screams of joy by the team members and their supporters.
Following a 14 hour delay in results, the members of team BGP were named the next AMS executive.
The results of the AMS executive and the Undergraduate Student Trustee elections have been delayed by a day due to an issue with the preferential balloting system.
The Journal believes that team BGP will be the best executive in place for next year’s AMS.
As of last Friday, applicants for AMS council, managerial and service staff will be able to submit their applications via a link on the AMS website.
A recap of the vice-president of university affairs and vice-president of operations debates.
With the AMS executive election around the corner, the three teams in the running have different ideas about the challenges facing the University.
Profiles of the candidates running for Undergraduate Student Trustee.
PDA wants the AMS to listen.
The biggest initiatives planned by team BGP’s presidential candidate Eril Berkok, vice-president of operations candidate Peter Green and vice-president of university affairs TK Pritchard will be shaped by student responses, the team members said.
Broad changes to AMS corporate services aren’t a priority for all executive team candidates, but all three have come to a consensus on making Student Constable (StuCon) positions more appealing.
Candidates for this year’s AMS executive election were ratified last night at AMS Assembly, with three teams in the running.
Exposure, not experience, may be the key to success for teams who run for AMS executive positions, says AMS President Doug Johnson.
Despite 21 first-year interns employed throughout the AMS offices this year, the AMS executive team hasn’t hired any of their own.
The decision to dissolve CFRC’s business manager position has been repealed in a closed ballot vote at the AMS Special Corporate General Meeting last night.
A recent trip to Boston has helped jumpstart plans for an innovation hub in Kingston.
The AMS’ revisitation of the ban on their members joining fraternities is a step forward — one that doesn’t necessarily imply that fraternities will be welcomed back at Queen’s.
The AMS is seeking legal consultation regarding the 78-year-old ban on its members becoming part of fraternities or sororities.
The upcoming remuneration review should focus on limiting undue burden on AMS salaried student positions.
Lovers of Canada’s game hit Queen’s campus roads in droves this weekend.
Over $140,000 in student dollars are spent on AMS commissioner salaries — the equivalent of almost 2000 AMS-specific student fees.
Ayanda Mngoma, CFRC’s business manager, was fired from his position on Tuesday without notice.
News in brief
The AMS executive’s first four months in office have been marked by major renovations to their services, the team said.
If it passes again at its final reading, a new city bylaw will limit each household to one garbage bag per collection day.
Queen’s campus radio station, CFRC is looking to raise its student fee after beginning its gradual separation from the AMS yesterday.
An upcoming $30,000 renovation will bring the Publishing and Copy Centre (P&CC) into the 21st century.
Throughout our terms, we’ve witnessed the University administration work to subtly exclude student leadership from university decision making.
Offenses traditionally processed through the Non-Academic Discipline System have been rerouted to school administrators, leaving the future of Queen's peer-to-peer method uncertain.
The AMS referendum process was called into question at the March 8 AMS Assembly.
The decision at last week’s AMS Assembly to reject a motion put forth by three groups hoping to instate opt-outable student fees, while adherent to AMS policy, stifled debate surrounding the proposals and should likely have been approached with more flexibility.
Proposed changes to the management structure of Queen’s radio station CFRC won’t go through, following a failed motion at last night’s AMS Board of Directors.
Next year’s AMS council was hired on Sunday night by incoming AMS executive team JDL.
Queen’s Bands performed at the K-Rock Centre during the Carr-Harris Cup last night.
AMS and faculty society election coverage on Wednesday night
Common Ground is planning a new composting system that could cut waste output in half.
The Nursing Science Society deserves to be recognized as a faculty society of the AMS.
The Journal talks to the AMS executive candidates about life on the campaign trail.
The Journal tests the AMS executive candidates
The future of Phases of 2 and 3 of the Queen’s Centre remains ambiguous.
Last night, candidates for AMS vice-president of university affairs — Mira Dineen of Team JDL, T.K. Pritchard of Team GPP and Sean Renaud of Team RMS — took part in the first AMS election debate of the week.
A second-year Commerce student will have to pay Queen’s $100 if he fails to follow the rules of the Queen’s Code of Conduct again.
Since October, the Journal has attempted to gain access to AMS credit card statements.
Construction has started on Grocery Checkout and Drug Smart pharmacy in the Queen’s Centre. The retailers are set to open on March 1.
The AMS won’t be contributing $25.5 million towards the Queen’s Centre because two phases have been “postponed indefinitely,” says AMS President Morgan Campbell.
Three teams were placed on the ballot for the upcoming AMS executive elections after being ratified last night at AMS Assembly.
An off-campus attack on a Queen’s Bands member was reported to Campus Security last week.
The AMS will finalize the two retailers to fill the empty spaces in the Queen’s Centre at a Board of Trustees meeting Friday.
Letter to the editor on the Fine Arts suspension of admissions
Queen's Bands will return in January as a reinvigorated and recalibrated organization
The suspension of Queen’s Bands on Nov. 17 was a necessary decision made by the University administration and the AMS.
On Tuesday, Queen’s Senate tabled an initiative that called for guidelines for future program suspensions.
Letters respond to the recent Queen's Bands suspension
Fine Arts students used personal artwork to protest before Senate on Tuesday afternoon.
The first AMS injury incident report of this academic year was presented to the Board of Directors on Nov. 3.
In the past two years, Tricolour Express has seen a 30 per cent decline in ticket sales.
Queen’s Bands was suspended yesterday after controversial material was brought to university administrators.
During the recent AMS fall referendum, 83 per cent of votes cast were against a mandatory fee for Queen’s TV (QTV).
AMS Assembly voted to create a committee last night that will investigate the University’s decision to suspend admissions into the fine arts program.
Due to online glitches in the Oct. 25 and 26 AMS elections, some students were left wondering if their votes counted. Even after casting their ballots, some students received emails reminding them to vote; other emails told students they weren’t eligible to vote, when in fact they were.
Louise Bark hasn’t been able to return to her volunteer position at CFRC since April because the radio station’s office in the basement of Carruthers Hall isn’t wheelchair accessible.
An AMS mental health committee established on April 7 was tasked by assembly to “evaluate how the AMS provides support to students on our campus and canvas other universities.” Though the committee met six times over the summer, it has failed to enact any change.
An AMS committee focusing on mental health hasn’t made a move since its inception in April.
All Queen’s employees are now able to identify their sexual preference and gender identity on an equity census.
If high sales continue, Common Ground will beat its budget and come in at a $2,000 surplus by the end of the year.
When students elect a rector this month, the AMS and the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) will use separate ballots for the first time.
An estimated 1,400 people voted in the on-campus advanced polls between Sept. 21 and 23 this year, the first year that advanced polls have been available on campus during a provincial election.
On Oct. 6 students can ask for academic leniency in order to vote in the Ontario provincial election for Kingston and the Islands.
After a month of uncertainty about their future club space, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) and the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre have been told by the AMS that they can remain in the Grey House for the next year.
While the Journal's editorial on Tuesday Sept. 20 was well written, I want to take this opportunity to respond directly to some of the ideas stipulated within it.
Queer McGill responds to Grey House issue.
In addition to the Kingston Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre and EQuIP, two other student groups were removed from their Grey House space by the AMS.
On Sept. 15, AMS Assembly passed a motion to rebrand the Student Ghetto as the University District.
OPIRG and Levana Gender Advocacy Centre re-ratify as AMS clubs.
After taking office in May, the AMS executive started to act on their 16-point campaign platform.
On Sept. 12, the AMS’s Municipal Affairs Commission (MAC) posted the video Let Our Alumni Come Home on Youtube. The QTV-produced video is praiseworthy.
The safe space in the Grey House, a place that caters to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) students, is at risk.
OPIRG, the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre and EQuIP have been given until September 30 to move out of the Grey House.
Leaving the Grey House would alter the way Kingston’s Ontario Public Research Interest Group (OPIRG), the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre and the Education for Queer Issues Project (EQuIP) operate, say representatives from each group.
The recent AMS decision to evict several longstanding campus groups from the Grey House reflects an abuse of power and disregards the importance of both the historical and contemporary work of these groups.
The new Commission of Environmental Sustainability will have an increased budget from last year's Sustainability Office.
Outgoing AMS executive talks about their year in office, their initial campaign promises and their achievements.
In the third installment of the news team’s examination of AMS finances, Common Ground and TAPS are put under the magnifying glass.
Tricolour Outlet and the Publishing and Copy Centre improve on financial shortcomings.
A competition to find the worst landlord in the student ghetto has closed without any nominations. This is the fourth year in a row that the Municipal Affairs Commission’s (MAC) Golden Cockroach Award will go without a recipient.
From discussion surrounding Rector Nick Day’s letter and the special vote that took place, to the Alpine Tower controversy at the ASUS Annual General Meeting (AGM), to a motion for AMS to rent a bouncy castle with dancing unicorns and rainbows, I wonder; has this campus gone insane?
The Journal’s photography team shot 2,724 photos on AMS election night last week. Only 16 were used in the online and print coverage. Photos are chosen based on the relevance to the story and how the shot fits into the layout of the paper. We can’t fit everything into our ...