Fall Referendum Statements

Life Beat Newspaper

LifeBeat Newspaper is a bi-annual publication which features student submissions related to health and medicine. Our goal is to approach health topics from a variety of educational backgrounds and to present these ideas in the form of articles, artwork and entertainment pieces in the newspaper. Previous highlights include: black market organ trading, personalized cancer treatments, depression & anorexia, memory tampering, and the science of sexy. We also have articles related to MCATs, career options, and the DBMS, which cater to those interested in the Life Sciences. This year we want to establish a $0.25 opt-out fee in order to cover the fixed costs of printing.  Life Beat Newspaper is published bi-annually and available to all members of the Queen’s community.


DREAM has always been about promoting education and sharing our passion for change with the community of Queen’s but also with the greater Canadian community. Each year an event known as Live-In for Literacy is arranged for two students to camp out in Stauffer Library for seven days to raise awareness and funds for our common fundraising goal. In the past this event has raised money to build a computer lab in Cambodia, three schools in Nepal and rural India. The money is all donated to the larger organization known as Room to Read where funds are not only put into the designated project, but local people are hired to conduct the project which provides employment to the local area in need. Since 2005, numerous other schools have joined in on this event such as McMaster, UBC, SFU, Ottawa U and U of T and the event continues to grow and spread across the country. It is due to the success of the participants across the country and here at Queen’s that DREAM has become what it is today: full of hope and drive to change the world through education. By supporting our cause during this referendum you would be not only helping our club reach its goals, but also supporting literacy across the world to those in need.

DECA Queen’s

Ratified under the AMS in 2010, DECA Queen’s is the only business case competition open to all faculties. DECA Queen’s exists for three reasons (1) to provide students from all faculties with business case experience (2) to learn transferable skills such as critical thinking and presentation skills (3) provide opportunities to network and compete against delegates from all across Canada. Each year we host two main events: the Queen’s Invitational and the Queen’s Internal/Taster. We also host bi-weekly training events for all Queen’s members to practice those transferable skills (presentation, network, thinking fast) which apply to all industries and all professions. The Invitational is a three-day conference/case competition, which offers University students from around Ontario the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to business simulations and case competitions. Further, this conference will offer students career development workshops and networking events. The Internal/Taster allows Queen’s students to apply their skills against other Queen’s students. We are looking to continue the DECA Queen’s fee of $0.50 (subject to individual opt-out) for the next three years. This fee was established in 2010. We need your support in order to provide quality events open to all faculties that attract many each and every year.

Queen’s Pride

Queen’s Pride exists to celebrate the history, courage, diversity and future of Queen’s and Kingston’s LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. Queen’s Pride coordinates a wide range of events for the LGBTTIQQ2SA communities at Queen’s University and in Kingston. In the past, events have included: social gatherings, dances, sports, workshops, speakers events, panel discussions, film showings, theatrical performances, art exhibitions and more. Anyone is welcome to attend events – no need to be a Queen’s student or alumni. Queen’s Pride Week will be held in the winter term. Pride commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which most historians consider to be the birth of the modern LGBT movement. While historical accounts of the night vary, the response ignited a national firestorm of activism that brought new visibility to the struggle for LGBT equality. This year, Queen’s Pride is seeking to have continuation of the $0.55 opt-out fee for the next three years. The fee was originally established in 2008 and last went to referendum in 2011. Help us build the LGBTTIQQ2SA community, support an essential campus group and vote!

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies

Queen’s Debating Union

Over 170 years old, the Queen’s Debating Union is the oldest club at Queen’s and the oldest debating society in the country. We are currently ranked in the top quarter of university debating institutions in the world and are proud of our long and rich history of community involvement and competitive success. The members of the Queen’s Debating Union represent a diverse range of ages and levels of experience, as well as nearly every faculty on campus. At Queen’s, we contribute to the vibrancy of our community by offering an engaging and exciting forum for students to participate in both competitive and recreational debate. We are happy to be one of the most tightly-knit clubs on campus- the friendships you make through the QDU are enduring, spanning programs, ages and even universities. We hold one practice round of debate at each of our two weekly meetings, in addition to regular seminars given by our most experienced members. On-campus, we offer our support to professors and the academic community, as well as institutions like the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. We also support the participants of other university competitions and events including the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition and Queen’s Model Parliament by performing show debates and offering guidance and support to groups wishing to conduct their own. Off-campus, we represent Queen’s University at over a dozen national and international annual debating competitions, including the Oxford and Cambridge Invitational Tournaments in England. By voting yes to our opt-out fee, you would help us continue all of these meaningful activities. Money from the opt-out fee would go toward subsidizing our members’ tournament expenses as well as community outreach events. Put simply, it would allow us to maintain our ranking as a leading debating society and bring prestige upon the university.

Queen’s Synthetic Biology Organization

Queen’s Synthetic Biology Organization (QSynBio) strives to foster the growth and expansion of the synthetic biology community at Queen’s University. We offer members weekly workshops and tutorials to learn about synthetic biology and develop skills relevant to the field. These workshops address synthetic biology tools, lab techniques, the theory behind the process, how procedures are performed and interesting projects carried out in the past or are currently underway. We place great emphasis on establishing and maintaining strong connections with individuals and groups involved in the field of synthetic biology worldwide. Members are also aided in exploring opportunities in the field ranging from current techniques, to possible graduate program positions and employment in industry. Ultimately, we would like to raise awareness about this new field, promote the gradual integration of synthetic biology content into the curriculum at Queen’s and support initiatives that have this goal. An opt-out fee of $0.25 would allow for us to organize speaker series open to Queen’s students, to better raise awareness and buy materials needed for running the workshops.

Queen’s Concrete Toboggan Team

The Queen’s Concrete Toboggan Design team is a competitive design team providing Queen’s students a chance to be involved in a multi-faceted design challenge where our team always makes safety paramount. Our history has proven that our team’s culture is safety-driven. The team provides a social atmosphere that strongly encourages and develops team building while also giving students experience with real world design. Opportunities in design, sponsorship, technical writing and creative ability are among the facets that its members experience. Community events are also held in order to spur interest in engineering education among youth in Kingston; with a particular focus on demographics that typically receive little exposure to the potential of technical fields. The overall purpose of the Queen’s Concrete Toboggan Design team is to compete in the annual GNCTR (Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race) competition held in varying host universities. For the 2013 – 2014 academic session, the 40th anniversary of the competition will be hosted by Western University in London, Ontario. The competition is held over 4-5 days and consists of technical exhibitions, inter-university team activities, race day as well as a final awards ceremony. Additional events are dependent upon the hosting university but often consist of events designed to encourage social interaction between students congregating from across Canada. The team has consistently won multiple awards at every competition and is a strong performer among the 21 engineering schools that participate.

Levana Gender Advocacy Centre

The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre is a student-funded Queen’s University organization committed to creating and nurturing a community of students and residents devoted to fighting gender oppression and advocating for broad ideas of gender empowerment (for those of any or no gender). Levana operates on an anti-oppressive framework and therefore is committed to confronting all forms of oppression and working to dismantle oppressive systems and hierarchies including patriarchy, white privilege, colonialism, classism, cis privilege (non-trans privilege), heterosexual privilege, and able-bodied privilege. Levana exists for anyone in the Kingston community, regardless of whether or not they are Queen’s students. Levana aims to fulfill its mandate by organizing ongoing programming and actions to challenge systems of oppression (e.g. sexism, transphobia, etc.) and advocate for gender justice and diversity, striving to provide a safer space for all people who experience gender oppression, providing confidential referrals to local organizations and resources, serving as a point of connection between different feminist and gender organizations, groups, and initiatives at Queen’s University and in the Kingston community, supporting the work and people involved through funding, the use of resources, and space to meet and organize, providing an alternative resource library and zine collection, open to the public, directed by membership contributions and requests. Levana’s programs involve a feminist reading group, feminist horror movie screenings, a “Men Who Like Feminism” working group, involvement in campus safety initiatives, workshops on topics dealing with anti-oppression, and social justice fairs.

Queen’s Conference on Education

Queen’s Conference on Education (QCE) is a weekend-long annual conference that offers delegates a number of professional development workshops run by renowned speakers who have expertise in the field of education. QCE is a valuable professional development opportunity for any students interested in learning about opportunities and strategies concerning education. This year, the conference will take a particular focus on the value of instilling life-long skills in today’s students, and providing lessons that engage students both mentally and kinesthetically. As educators, we leave an inevitable mark on students that reaches far beyond academics; we must understand the unique stories and experiences of students and subsequently use tools, resources, and extra-curricular programs to facilitate a safe classroom space that serves as a seed from which students can grow in confidence and independence. The Queen’s Conference on Education seeks to equip delegates with such resources, strategies and ideals to uphold. Specifically, AMS funding helps QCE to pay for professional, and in some cases international, keynote speakers, as well as provide our delegates a formal banquet dinner to help foster networking and friendships among future educators. AMS funding also helps our executive team to offer a financially accessible conference to interested students, as well as offer a bursary program for students who express an interest in attending but do not have the financial means. In summary, the Queen’s Conference on Education is a memorable professional development weekend that pushes delegates to think critically about the lessons educators provide students within and outside the classroom, in an interactive environment. We are excited to announce that beginning this year, QCE will be providing professional anti-bullying programming for delegates to experience firsthand.

War Child at Queen’s

War Child at Queen`s is a club inspired by the work of Samantha Nutt, a human rights activist and founder of War Child International. Like the parent organization, War Child at Queen`s aims to contribute to long term developmental projects in war-torn nations. To support this vision, the club plans to educate Queen`s students regarding the specific approach to development that War Child International adopts. Furthermore, War Child International aims to foster a conflict-free environment for youth by creating stable communities and economic opportunity in unstable nations. War Child at Queen’s contributes to this cause by striving to create a new generation of leaders by encouraging members to take an active leadership role in the planning of projects that contribute to War Child’s cause. The establishment of a $0.25 fee subject to individual opt-out would allow War Child at Queen`s to organize larger and more publicized events on campus. This would allow us to attract and educate more students. For example, War Child at Queen`s is planning on organizing a talent show on campus. This event would allow our club to engage the Queen`s community in a casual setting while raising funds for War Child Canada`s projects on sustainable development. In addition, War Child at Queen`s plans to host an International Awareness Conference at Queen’s University in cooperation with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international governmental organizations on campus. The conference will give students from various universities the opportunity to learn about the international issues plaguing our society and how we can address these issues. Speakers from various organizations involved with global development will be invited to speak at the conference. These speakers will provide first-hand experience to the delegates with regards to how they can contribute to sustainable development and how they can find solutions to international issues.

Queen’s Bands

Since 1905, Queen’s Bands has represented the spirit and traditions of Queen’s University. Queen’s Bands is Canada’s largest and oldest university marching band, with a current membership of 120 students. The Bands is comprised of six sections: Colourguard, Bagpipers, Drummers, Highland Dancers, Brass Band, and Cheerleaders. We represent the university locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. Queen’s Bands performs at home and away football games, other varsity events, Orientation Week, University Open Houses, holiday parades, alumni events, and community gatherings. Additionally, the Bands assists in many fundraising initiatives in the Queen’s and Kingston communities each year. All Bands members pay substantial membership fees and cover many costs individually. However, these membership fees are not sufficient enough to cover all costs associated with our numerous performances, such as those listed above. Queen’s Bands is requesting a continuation of the current fee of $4 per student to help cover our operational expenses. AMS Student Fees are used to cover many costs, including transportation, accommodation, uniform and instrument purchase and repair, sheet music, and police escorts for community parades. With your vote, Queen’s Bands can continue to represent our university with enthusiasm and pride. From your first tour of campus to your convocation to your 50th class reunion, Queen’s Bands has and always will be there with you every step of the way. Cha Gheill!

Ultraviolet Magazine

For the AMS fall referendum, Ultraviolet Magazine has asked the student body whether they agree to the establishment of a $0.50 fee (subject to individual opt-­‐out) to support the magazine. We are an entirely student-­‐run arts magazine that values challenging creative boundaries in all mediums. We publish the creative work of Queen’s University students, and our submissions range from poetry and prose, to painting, photography and digital art. Ultraviolet Magazine offers students a valuable platform upon which their creative efforts can be shared and appreciated within the Queen’s community. For the past few years, we have operated solely based on the funds that our small group of Editorial Board members has been able to raise through initiatives and events such as bake sales and poetry slams. Although we have enjoyed putting together these events, and will continue to do so, we have not been able to raise enough money to produce a full print copy of the magazine annually. With the resources available to us, we have decided on a digital format to exhibit the full magazine (http://issuu.com/ultravioletmagazine/docs/uvvol17), and have printed smaller “zines” in the past academic year to display a sampling of all of the work submitted to us. We receive a large volume of excellent work from Queen’s University students each year and we want to honour this work by publishing it in a print copy each year. Receiving funding through an opt-­‐out fee is the crucial next step in allowing us to achieve this goal. We could use the funding from this opt-­‐out fee directly towards funding print publication, and arranging more expensive events that would allow us to acquire even more funding. Student artists of the Queen’s community deserve recognition for their work, and the opt-­‐out fee would make Ultraviolet Magazine much better equipped to provide this recognition in the best form.


MyVision Queen’s aims to bring together the Queen’s and Kingston Communities with the idea that “every child deserves an education”. MyVision Global is a network of youths engaged in social business activities for the purpose of achieving the eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) set forth by the UN in 2000. MyVision Queen’s will specifically focus on goal number two, “achieving universal primary education”. The money raised from student opt-out fee will be used to establish a social business, a concept created by doctor Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus in 1970. The model of a social business is a non-dividend, non-loss business aimed at eliminating a social problem. Thus far, we have been seeking contacts around the globe to establish a social business that would not only improve the economy of the local community, but also providing us with more resource to help achieve our goal. In addition, the money will be used to develop projects that would spread awareness of MyVision Queen’s and also benefiting the local community. Some of our ideas include cooperating with Kingston high schools to recruit high school students as tutors. Then they will be given the opportunity to tutor kids from primary and middle schools. Another prospective project would be to establish an outreach program that would go to the native reserves in Northern Canada and focus on helping and improving the primary education there. MyVision Queen’s is looking to collaborate with other clubs and to possibly set up more university chapters in Canada and around the globe. MyVision Queen’s wishes to use the opt-out fees to establish a world free of extreme poverty, starting right here in Canada.


The Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare (CUCOH) is the largest student-run conference of its kind in the country. Each year over 300 undergraduates from across the country come to Queen’s University for a weekend to immerse themselves in current healthcare topics. Internationally renowned speakers, physicians, healthcare administrators and policy makers come to engage delegates in active analysis of the healthcare system. In addition to our keynote and seminar sessions, delegates can learn a new skill from professionals in a low-pressure environment, such as suturing or casting. This year we are introducing two case challenges for more delegate involvement, as they tackle the ethical dilemmas of healthcare and propose the development of a new app for better patient engagement. An Information Fair with graduate schools and corporate companies is available for networking. Furthermore, a Health Sciences Research Competition highlights students’ work early on in their careers, with cash prizes and recognition by their peers with the Delegates’ Choice Award. Delegates have a chance to meet new friends from various universities during the conference and at our Friday night social and Saturday night banquet. The delegate fee is maintained at a low price to make the conference accessible for more students. With your optional student fee support of $0.25, you can help make CUCOH happen. Students from all faculties join our conference and executive committee for a simple reason: the future of healthcare depends on the unique talents and contributions of each and every job sector. Check out http://www.cucoh.com or our Facebook page to find out more.

Queen’s First Aid

Queen’s First Aid is a group of over 40 student volunteers who offer emergency first aid to the Queen’s Community without prejudice or bias, and has been doing so since 1986. Two QFA Responders can be dispatched to any first aid situation or medical emergency by the Emergency Report Centre, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week during the regular academic year. QFA is also available upon request to attend events and intramurals both on and off campus where first aid teams provide coverage free of charge. QFA attended over 35 events this past frosh week alone. Care is provided in a competent and professional manner as directed by St. John Ambulance Council for Ontario. Volunteers are trained in Advanced Medical First Response. This training includes airway and spinal management, medical conditions, intoxication, as well as defibrillator use, oxygen administration, spinal boards, and more. The team is also dedicated to First Aid education, offering courses on campus at reduced rates to students, as well as running a CPR-A-THON where members teach CPR free of charge. The mandatory fee is the source of funding for Queen’s First Aid, the majority of which goes towards purchasing and maintaining medical supplies, training for volunteers, and instructor certifications. Since 2008 when the fee was last increased, Queen’s First Aid has continued to increase its call volume as well as the number of events attended. As the Queen’s community continues to utilize our services more and more, Queen’s First Aid is looking for a modest increase in its mandatory fee from $3.50 to $3.75 in order to continue providing and expanding its services to the Queen’s community. Please feel free to visit the QFA website at www.queensfirstaid.com, check out the Queen’s First Aid Facebook page for information, and direct any questions to .

Golden Words

Golden Words is the only student-run weekly humour newspaper in Canada. Printing 5000 copies each week, Golden Words is distributed for free each Wednesday for students all across campus. Golden Words is run by the Engineering Society, however volunteers from all faculties are welcome, and assist in producing the paper every Sunday during PressNite™. New volunteers are always welcome. Additionally, Golden Words runs annual events, such as the popular Science Fair, drawing students from all faculties to experience live Golden Words humour. The $2 mandatory student fee greatly helps Golden Words print the weekly issues, since advertising alone does not provide enough. With the rising costs of printing $2 is no longer an adequate amount. By raising this small student fee to $2.50, Golden Words can continue to print issues for students all over campus for the next three years.


TEDxQueensU is a TEDx licensed annual event under the global organization TED. TED, standing for technology, entertainment, design, is a global non-profit devoted to ideas worth spreading. The organization holds conferences by which speakers of all disciplines provide inspiring and jaw-dropping talks about ideas, innovations, and thoughts on the world. TED began providing universities and communities the opportunity to put together a TED-like event called a TEDx event. TEDx events are coordinated by the local community to which they serve and are one-day conferences. The TEDxQueensU team is comprised of Queen’s students who are dedicated in sharing the ideas and innovations occurring within Queen’s University and the Kingston community. We particularly look to showcase the talents and innovation of those associated with the university. Selected speakers can be students (both undergraduate and graduate), faculty or staff members, or alumni. To best engage the community, we actively look for speaker nominations. While our team is dedicated in putting together a conference that will inspire curiousity, we also believe in the power of the group. We hope that by bringing together the right group of individuals, deep discussion may be sparked. We aim to create the atmosphere for community-centred dialogue. In our efforts to ensure that the event is accessible to all, the TEDxQueensU conference is livestreamed each year. Each talk is also recorded and available online following the event. TEDxQueensU looks to establish a student fee of $0.75 (subject to individual opt-out) to help cover the costs of the production. This money, along with the help of our sponsors, will allow us to make put together the conference and ensure its success. For more information about us, visit our website at www.tedxqueensu.com.


Since 1992, Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Kingston has encouraged Queen’s students to engage in research, education, and action on important environmental and social issues.  OPIRG Kingston is one of 21 PIRGs operating on university campuses across Canada, and is networked with over 200 in North America.  PIRG’s in Canada are non-partisan, non-profit, student-funded organizations that are democratically run by students and community members. OPIRGs exist to provide training, support, and opportunities for students to be active citizens.  OPIRG Kingston offers various kinds of support including access to information, grants, and administrative assistance.  We facilitate skill development through volunteer opportunities, educational events, public campaigns, and partnerships with community organizations. Through involvement with PIRGs, thousands of Canadian students have learned valuable skills of citizenship: consensus decision-making, group facilitation, events organizing, media relations, and community-based research. OPIRG Kingston has also acted as an incubator for important community organizations that now serve Queen’s and the wider Kingston Community.  Loving Spoonful (promoting access to healthy food), Reel Out (Kingston’s queer film festival), and Yellow Bike Action (bicycle repairs and sales) all got their start as OPIRG Kingston working groups. OPIRG Kingston continues to support the development of exciting projects and working groups like the annual Push-it Hip Hop Festival, the Q-Series (frosh period workshops, film screenings, and concerts aimed at fostering social consciousness), the People’s History Project (researching and archiving Kingston’s history of social activism), and the Sunnyside Community Garden.  OPIRG Kingston also regularly employs Queen’s students as researchers and organizers through government grants. With the support of the AMS fee levy, OPIRG Kingston will be able to expand existing projects and assist with the development of exciting new initiatives like the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (preserving and sharing unique seeds with area farmers and gardeners) or the Mental Health ‘Zine.

The Queen’s Events Project

Do you always hear about events after they happen? Wouldn’t it be cool if ALL upcoming events at Queen’s were listed in ONE place, easy to find? The Queen’s Events Project does just that. Be it an astronaut giving a public lecture on-campus, your favourite band playing at a venue nearby, cross-campus Capture the Flag, political leader roundtable discussions, conferences, open call auditions, fashion shows, leadership camps… Queen’s Events lists ALL academic, arts & social events within walking distance of Queen’s. You can find us on twitter @EventsQueens, Facebook, and at www.QueensEvents.ca. Last year, more than 150 organizations used this platform to promote their events, from “Wine for Wishes” to local Farmers’ Markets; from Vogue Fundraisers to Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions. New events are added daily by our contributors from across campus, including well-known organizations like Queen’s International Affairs Association, The Grad Club, Engineering Society, and AMS Campus Activities Commission. Not 19 yet? No problem. We publish equal numbers of all-ages and 19+ events, to cater to all students regardless of their age or faculty. VOTE YES to QUEEN’S EVENTS! We want to keep Queen’s Events in the hands (and hearts) of Queen’s students for years to come. An optional student fee will support and grow this initiative, so it can remain an inclusive resource accessible to all Queen’s students.

MUSE Magazine

MUSE Magazine is a student-run publication dedicated to exposing and celebrating unconventional student talent at Queen’s University and in the broader Kingston community. Published once a semester, MUSE’s goal is to showcase all forms of creativity under the categories of arts, fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle in both our print magazine and online blog. We seek to publish content that is fresh, bold, edgy, and original to engage the Queen’s student body and initiate creative discussion. The question that MUSE Magazine is posing to the AMS during the 2013/2013 Triennial Referendum is to renew our optional student fee of only $0.50. Since MUSE is entirely student run, we rely on AMS funding to take our magazine to print each semester. Printing the magazine itself is also our most prominent expense and the rest of our funds go toward fundraisers and events at Queen’s to create more student awareness about MUSE and to supplement the remainder of our printing fees. Furthermore, we are reliant on AMS funding because MUSE is a relatively new publication that was only founding during the 2009/2010 school year. Although there exist other creating publications on campus, we think of ourselves as unique because we accept any and all creative ideas from contributors on a wide variety of subject matters. As well, MUSE seeks to establish a creative community and dialogue for students interested in the arts that can be difficult to find at Queen’s otherwise. In closing, we hope that you as Queen’s students will consider voting to renew our optional student fee this semester. MUSE Magazine: “For creative minds, from creative minds.”

Queen’s Concrete Canoe Team (QCCT)

The Queen’s Concrete Canoe Team (QCCT) is a completely student-run, competitive design team that competes in the annual Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition (CNCCC). Students apply classroom knowledge, some of their own out-of-the-box ideas to create an innovative solution to the unique challenge of building a canoe made of concrete. Students oversee every step from the design and construction to promotion and sponsorship and, of course, race day. Queen’s University concrete canoe team has a proven track record with over ten years of successful participation in the competition. We’ve won several of the Women’s sprint and endurance races, have always been top three in the mixed sprint, and we hosted the competition in 2007. Queen’s is proud to continue its involvement in the competition. The Queen’s Concrete Canoe Team is currently trying to increase their individual opt-out fee from $0.35 to $0.40, an increase of $0.05. If approved this individual opt-out fee will provide the Queen’s Concrete Canoe Team the funds to transport the team and their canoe to the Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition that they have worked and trained so hard for.

Queen’s Conference on Philanthropy

The Queen’s Conference on Philanthropy (QCOP) is Canada’s first undergraduate philanthropic conference. QCOP was born after two Queen’s undergraduates voiced their desire to help students realize that they are truly capable of making a difference. Based on the premise of inspiring a passion in students to discover a cause personal to them, QCOP’s inaugural conference took place in 2008. QCOP brings students together from various universities to distinguish itself as the hub of positive change-oriented dialogue for young leaders across the nation. The theme of the conference this year is, “Limitless”, an idea that QCOP 2014 is passing on to our delegates centering on the possibilities of philanthropy.  This year we challenge our delegates to see philanthropy in all aspects of their lives in the grandest sense and in the most local. There are hundreds of ways to get involved in philanthropy and QCOP 2014 aims to illustrate the possibilities for leadership and support within this wide range. Taking place from January 24-26, 2014, QCOP aims to educate, inspire and empower Queen’s students to make a difference amongst their friends, in their classrooms, on campus, in Kingston, and beyond. QCOP prides itself on inspiring and educating its delegates by being a conference of the highest calibre; we strive to get the best speakers, workshop leaders, panelists, and networking representatives possible. The cost of running a conference of this level is very high; ticket fees cover only small percentage of the total cost, and acquiring enough sponsorship to cover rising costs can be very difficult. An opt-out student fee would help us cover the expenses to make the conference the best it can possibly be, allowing us to help Queen’s students get the most out of their conference weekend and have an experience and knowledge that will last them a lifetime.

Friends of MSF: Queen’s

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders is an organization that provides rapid emergency medical relief in times of crisis in areas with little or no medical infrastructure. MSF operates independently from political, economic and religious influences. The purpose of Friends of MSF:Queen’s is to promote Doctors Without Borders and raise awareness in the Queen’s community for the themes this organization supports. Our club provides individuals with information about the nature of overseas volunteer work in the hopes that they will consider volunteering with MSF later in their professional careers. MSF itself requires individuals from all types of professions, and thus our club recruits members from all Queen’s faculties. Additionally, we raise funds for MSF, through our Holiday Giveaway of VIA rail tickets, Beavertails, Speakers Nights with individuals from the field, and our very successful annual Rockters Without Borders concert. The Friends of MSF:Queen’s fee of $0.25 would be used to help run our various events throughout the year, and cover costs for venue bookings, supplies, speaker transportation, etc. In addition, after expenses have been paid, the remainder of the funds are donated directly to MSF Canada, to assist, worldwide, those who are in dire need of medical care.

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