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Cheerleader ticketed for cheering on homecoming weekend
When members of Western’s cheerleading team launched a member into the air on their way to the football game this weekend against Queen’s, their attempt to boost school spirit during homecoming was rewarded with a $140 fine. London Police deemed the demonstration “a nuisance” and ticketed head cheerleader Max Gow.
The team’s coach told the London Free Press he and Gow plan to fight the ticket. That won’t surprise anyone. What will is that this fine was just one of 270 issued during Saturday’s celebration. The number might seem high to outsiders but students here are used to the annual ticketing blitz know as “Project LEARN” (Liquor Enforcement and Reduction of Noise), when party, noise and litter bylaws are strictly enforced for the first month of classes. Many students, myself included, think the campaign targets us unfairly.
Four-year suspension lifted
Following a four-year suspension to curb rowdy partying, property damage and injuries, Queen’s University will reinstate its annual homecoming weekend next year.
Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf announced Tuesday the alumni gathering will be held on two weekends in the fall of 2013, Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 18-20.
The university announced a two-year suspension the event in November 2008 following a raucous September weekend that saw 140 arrests, 700 liquor charges and 23 severely intoxicated people sent to the emergency room as an estimated 8,000 partiers crowded onto Aberdeen Street, a two-block stretch of student housing. The annual event gained notoriety in 2005 after revelers jammed the street in droves, smashing beer bottles and lighting a flipped car on fire. In 2010, Woolf further delayed the return of homecoming by three years.
Freshman 15, politics in the classroom & anger at OCAD U.
1. Yesterday there was a flash sale from Chartwells at the University of Prince Edward Island during which poutine was 50 per cent off for a few hours. Cadre reporter Josh Coles took on the breaking news assignment: “This poutine was weighty. Heavy. Thick. I would compare its weight to that of a litre of chocolate milk,” he wrote.
2. The poutine and chocolate milk diet seems like evidence for that legendary Freshman 15 weight gain, but another study suggests the weight gain isn’t really 15 pounds. Researchers from Auburn University in Alabama showed that the Freshman 15 is really more like the Four-Year 12. After four years at the college, students in the study had gained an average of 11.7 pounds.
3. Homecoming will likely make a homecoming next year at Queen’s University after students finally behaved in public with just 12 arrests over the weekend compared to 124 in 2008. In an email sent Monday to the Queen’s community, Principal Daniel Woolf wrote that he’s working with “various members of our community, including alumni, to plan for the potential safe return of fall reunions in 2013.” The University Council asked Woolf to reinstate the tradition, which was barred after many years of alcohol-related arrests. See The Perils of Drinking on Canadian Campuses for more.
Street riots hurting university’s reputation
There will be no homecoming celebrations at Queen’s for at least another three years. The annual party was initially canceled for 2009 and 2010 after years of rowdy street partying, and sometimes rioting, on the part of thousands of intoxicated people, mostly connected to Queen’s, resulting in dozens of arrests, damaged property and angry Kingston residents.
Despite the cancellation, between 1,500 and 2,000 people still congregated on Aberdeen street in September, and 95 people were arrested and 225 charges were laid. In the past the celebrations have seen as many as 8,000 people flood the street, and in 2005 a car was burned and beer bottles were thrown at police.
Queen’s principal Daniel Woolf announced today that the return of homecoming will be further delayed, with a review to take place in late 2013. “I remain concerned that if the University’s homecoming is reinstated next fall, not enough time will have passed to truly break the cycle,” he said. “The Chief of Police has said more time is needed and there remains a high risk to student, alumni and city resident safety.”
Woolf added that the “negative national media coverage” of the street parties has threatened the university’s reputation and overshadowed the accomplishments of its students and alumni. “The vast majority of Queen’s students are responsible and civic-minded and contribute positively to the life of this community and the university,” he said.
A statement from the university included comments from student president Safiah Chowdhury who supports the decision but wants to see homecoming return. “As students who love the opportunity to engage with alumni and as future alumni of Queen’s, we are committed to ensuring that Fall Homecoming returns,” she said.
When homecoming celebrations are reinstated, Woolf said that it would move from September to October to coincide with the last home football game of the year, and when the weather will be cooler. It has only been in recent years that the event was hosted in September. “It is significant that the Aberdeen street party problem coincides with an earlier move from October into late September,” he said.
Despite homecoming cancellation, booze-fuelled bashes on campus keep police busy
They cancelled homecoming at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., but it didn’t stop the party.
Police say booze-fuelled bashes at on-campus houses in a residential neighbourhood have kept them very busy. Const. Mike Menor says at least 23 arrests have been made on charges including assault police and obstruct police since the parties began Friday evening. But Menor says officers on horseback have helped keep the drunken partygoers from flooding into the streets.
Last year, an estimated 8,000 people jammed Aberdeen Street, and officers made nearly 140 arrests. Twenty-five Queen’s students were also charged with illegally selling alcohol and hospital emergency rooms overflowed with grossly intoxicated partygoers.
The university decided to cancel the fall homecoming for at least two years after medical staff warned that the partying was bound to lead to a fatal incident.
- The Canadian Press
Last year, thousands of people jammed the streets and officers made nearly 140 arrests
Kingston police are bracing for another night of revelry by Queen’s University students after nearly two dozen arrests were made Friday night.
The university announced in November that traditional fall homecoming celebrations would be cancelled for at least two years due to safety concerns.
But revellers refuse to give up the partying that accompanies the festivities and continue to throw unofficial “faux coming” parties.
With the football game underway Saturday afternoon, police had already responded to 18 incidents including three rowdy keg parties, numerous liquor violations, an indecent act, a vandalized car, a break and enter, and a report of kids throwing tree branches onto a bus.
Const. Mike Menor says about 23 people were arrested Friday night and early Saturday morning on charges ranging from assaulting a police officer to public intoxication. He adds that partiers threw objects at a prisoner van after arrests were made.
Menor says police have also seen a number of underage drinkers this weekend and that homecoming weekend is always taxing on police and Kingston residents, who are fed up with the resources being poured into the event.
Toronto police on horseback and riot police have been called in to assist local officers in dealing with the influx of debauchery.
But he adds that police expect Saturday night parties to be even more out of control because it is traditionally the major night for celebrations.
Menor says 11 officers on horseback helped keep the drunken party goers from flooding into the streets Friday night.
Former city councilor combats late-night revelry by posting photos on the Internet
The issue of noisy student partying at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. has spilled onto the pages of the New York Times in the form of a letter to the high-profile columnist “The Ethicist.”
Randy Cohen, who tackles ethical dilemmas ranging from wedding present re-gifting to kidney donation etiquette, was sent a letter by Robert May regarding the university town’s late-night parties.
According to the letter, an unnamed former Kingston city councilor tries to combat the “scourge” of rowdy students by posting photographs of them on the Internet.
“Because he takes his photographs in public places and does not identify anyone by name, he is not breaking any laws,” writes May. “However, there is much discussion on campus about the ethics of his actions. Thoughts?”
In response, Cohen says he finds it ethically troubling that the pictures were posted by a former city councilor, which hints at an official response to the rambunctious parties. Even if the person were not a former official, he says the choice to make the photos public was still unwise.
“In our youth, we all did things at parties that we would not want published in the newspaper. (If you didn’t, the parties you attended were too tepid.),” writes Cohen. He does, however, say “noise complaints should be taken seriously; loud parties can heighten tensions between town and gown.”
He suggests the former councilor/photographer take other, nonpunitive, measures to combat any disruptive partying, including encouraging the university to provide venues where loud, boisterous students will not bother neighbours.
Last week Queen’s University cancelled its popular fall homecoming celebrations for two years as the unofficial festivities grew progressively more out of control. In 2005, a car was rolled and burned. This year, nearly 140 people were arrested, almost 700 others received liquor-related fines and 23 severely intoxicated people needed to be taken to hospital.
Cohen ends his article with some advice for the university and its administration.
“Solid advanced planning can be more successful . . . than an irate reaction from a camera-happy quasi official on a Saturday night.”
Three years after infamous car burning, the university cancels homecoming
Queen’s University has cancelled its traditional fall homecoming for the next two years, citing an “unprecedented number” of charges, violent incidents and injuries at this year’s event.
The event will be replaced by a “homecoming-styled” reunion in May 2009 and 2010, said a letter sent to the university’s alumni.
The problems stem from an informal street party whose timing coincides with the fall homecoming, but is not sanctioned by the university.
During the Saturday of the recent September homecoming weekend, about 8,000 mostly drunken revellers took over Aberdeen Street in the university’s student village. An estimated 300 police officers, including four riot squads, were on hand to maintain order. The final police tab was about $300,000.
Tom Williams, the school’s principal and vice-chancellor, said in the letter that university staff, students and police have been working to contain the “volatile” situation.
“Despite our best efforts, the situation has worsened,” Williams wrote.
“Concerns for safety have been mounting steadily and are now at a critical point.”
The most recent gathering was “the largest yet and resulted in an unprecedented number of police charges, arrests, violent incidents and injuries,” he wrote.
Police made nearly 140 arrests this year and laid almost 700 liquor charges while 23 severely intoxicated people ended up in hospital emergency rooms. All of this occurred despite the refusal of local beer stores to sell kegs to students on homecoming weekend.
The problems go back several years. In 2005, revellers flipped and burned a car and threw beer bottles at police.
The undergraduate student union appeared to agree with the university’s decision, with its president saying it’s “regrettable” the unsanctioned street party has hurt the Queen’s community.
“Principal Williams had a difficult decision to make in order to avert this annual cycle of dangerous events and the negative publicity that has adversely affected our school’s reputation in the past few years,” said Talia Radcliffe, president of the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University, which represents nearly 14,000 students.
Some students view the university’s plan as a cancellation of homecoming altogether, Radcliffe said.
“There are some people that are upset by the idea of moving homecoming,” she said.
In an interview, Williams downplayed those suggestions.
“Homecoming is about alumni coming back to the campus, getting together with old friends, renewing acquaintances on campus, speaking to professors and to students,” he said. The May event will also coincide with the university’s spring convocation.
- The Canadian Press