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A Good Weekend for Queen’s: Looking to 2013

September 17, 2012

KINGSTON, ON –  The Alma Mater Society (AMS) would like to express its strong optimism regarding the return of a fall reunion in 2013 in light of the generally excellent student conduct over the past weekend. The weekend featured a high profile home football game and the return to campus of a number of alumni and the opening of the Goodes Hall expansion.  The weekend was the focus of a great deal of attention and concern across the Queen’s community and throughout the City of Kingston.

However, the Queen’s community, and especially its student body, demonstrated its commitment to a calm yet spirited celebration.  Enthusiasm and strong school spirit were on display but were exercised with laudable restraint and a healthy respect for the community. This demonstrates a strong desire among students for the return of a Queen’s fall reunion. The AMS is proud of the work students have done in celebrating their return to Queen’s in a fun but responsible fashion, and we are optimistic regarding the remaining weekends in September. Furthermore, the AMS views the success of this weekend as a springboard for discussions of a 2013 fall reunion.

Alumni, and their annual return to our University, are a critical element of Queen’s University. They help to reinforce a collective sense of tradition and heritage, and to remind students that they are part of something larger; that they are part of a genuine and extended Queen’s community. It can truly be said that we have, as a school, lost something by not inviting alumni home each year. It is the goal of the AMS, in collaboration with campus stakeholders, to find a solution for 2013 that fosters the Queen’s spirit and community, while keeping the same level of calm and lawfulness that we saw this year.

“By working with the University, and with the Kingston community, we can build a solution that works for all. It is important to both students and to alumni that we celebrate our community in the proper fashion. The AMS believes there is now compelling evidence that this balance can be found, and that students are highly motivated in working towards it. After four years of no fall reunion, it is time to look to the future, and to the solutions that we as a community can implement.”
– Doug Johnson, AMS President.

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, atcomm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

BACKGROUNDER 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.