A note from the Editors

Welcome to the State of the University, a seven-part multimedia project by the Queen’s Journal.

Over the past few months, our staff have dug into some of the most important issues affecting students, compiling them into this online format. The features will have a staggered release, so click below as they are published to read them in full.

It was impossible to touch on every student issue with this project, but we feel some key questions and problems are discussed: As university enrolment increases, are Queen’s services and resources adapting? Is the purpose of a university education changing? Do students feel like their extracurricular interests are being addressed? Admission to the fine arts program is back on, but the community on campus tells us they still feel ignored. The corner of Union and Division Streets, where a hockey arena was supposed to be built, sits as an empty lot.

On Friday, Jan. 17, the Journal will release an editorial on what we think about these issues, and how we might be able to move forward from here.

Our hope is that this project will give students some of the answers they’re looking for.

This is the state of the university.

Janina Enrile & Alison Shouldice
Editors in Chief, Volume 141, 2013-14

The Features

Explore the stories below

The State of Hockey

The lot where the former Jock Harty Arena once stood now embodies an alarming dichotomy. On the ice, the state of Gaels hockey has never been better - but without a campus rink, their facility situation has rarely looked worse.

The State of Visual Arts

In an institution with leading science, engineering and business programs, a strong Fine Arts department can get forgotten in its shadow. With the recent reinstatement of the BFA program, arts students call for change among their peers and stress the importance of arts culture on campus.

The State of Clubs

Throughout Queen’s history, clubs have proven the most effective avenue for students to take action and project social change. Recently however, clubs have been struggling to stay visible while under financial burden, hoping to see some changes of their own.

The State of Your Degree

At some point in our university careers we've all been asked both why we came to Queen's and what we plan to do with our degrees. A panel of contributors from across faculties weighs in on the value of a degree.

The State of Enrolment

Following a provincial crackdown, the University is forced to up enrolment to secure its own financial stability. The question remains, however, if student resources can afford to accommodate the expansion.

The State of Campus Buildings

While our campus’ beauty continues to enchant, the amount of care necessitated by the University’s stunning heritage buildings, as well as every other facility on campus, is high. With approximately a fifth of the buildings on campus in poor condition, one can’t help but conclude that appearances can be deceiving.

The Journal's Editorial

Following the six features that explore the state of the university, the Journal's editorial board weighs in on where Queen's stands.

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