Coming full circle in Kingston: Queen’s Media & Journalism Conference

In March 2013, I spoke about digital communications, community management and blogging at the Queen’s Media & Journalism Conference in Kingston, ON.

Political Agendas & Soapboxes

As alumni, most stay an arm’s length from the self-importance of university politics. However, in some situations it’s almost impossible not to comment. Nick Day has spent his tenure as Queen’s University rector using his position as a soapbox while refusing to attend assemblies of the students he purports to…

Social Media Success Story: QMP

How do you get Rick Mercer to attend your event when he’s declined invitations in years past? You reach out through social media. Each January, students from Queen’s University take over the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ont. for Queen’s Model Parliament.  Prominent Canadians, usually politicos and journalists, are invited…

Ouch, the AMS hurt my feelings!

Is there a limit to how far is too far with being politically correct? An incident that came to a head this week at Queen’s has made this a serious question.  Over the past few years, Queen’s has become known as a campus that, according to many, is chock full…

Fueling the Fauxcoming Fire

As the dust over Aberdeen settles, and the horse excrement is washed away by the ever-present Kingston rain, we must come to terms with the effects of this first “Fauxcoming” weekend and take inventory of what occurred.  I, for one, must admit that my predictions were wrong. Very, very wrong….but…

Where the Wild Things Aren’t

I was at Spring Reunion 2009.  Were you? Didn’t think so. Consider yourself lucky.  After three fantastic years of Homecoming experiences, I was thoroughly depressed when I witnessed what was being touted as a fantastic alternative to the September festivities.  I have always looked forward to Homecoming, and not for…

Mantlegate, Revisited.

Apparently Queen’s holds a grudge. At least, the buildings on campus do. For those of you who are unaware, in late fall of 2008 the Queen’s Arts & Science Undergraduate Society President, Jacob Mantle, a then-3rd year Politics student, commented “I like your Taliban picture” on friend’s Facebook photo. The…