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The Scramble

By The Queen's Journal
A weekly podcast from The Queen's Journal, Queen's student-run newspaper.
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Vol. 149 | 1. May News Recap: Queen's and the UPP, the Math Proficiency Test, and more
In The Scramble's first episode of Volume 149, The Queen's Journal's Sydney Ko, Asbah Ahmad, and Rida Chaudhry round up news stories from our May coverage. The editors discuss student fundraising for India COVID-19 relief (0:34), Queen's move to join the University Pension Plan (2:31), ConEd students' perspectives the Ontario Math Proficiency Test (4:14), and a student-led drive-by protest in downtown Kingston (5:06). Background reading: Queen’s students mobilize to raise funds for grassroots organizations in India Queen’s to join University Pension Plan on July 1 The Math Proficiency Test is ‘a slap in the face’ for student teachers Student demonstrators host drive-by protest in Kingston Market Square Hosts: Sydney Ko, Asbah Ahmad, and Rida Chaudhry Producer: Lauren Thomas Executive Producers: Aysha Tabassum and Shelby Talbot The Queen’s Journal podcasts feature original music created by the Queen’s Music Production Collective, QWave, provided to us in February, 2021. This episode featured the songs “QJ Intro” by Beksinski and “No Name Band” by AKATA 龍虎.
09:37
June 4, 2021
13. The Attempt to Bring Back the Student Choice Initiative
In November 2019, the Divisional Court of Ontario struck down the Ford government's Student Choice Initiative (SCI). Next week, on March 23 and 24, his government will be back in court to appeal the decision. This week, The Journal's Editor in Chief Raechel Huizinga and Assistant News Editor Cassidy McMackon discuss the attempt to bring back the initiative, which had a significant impact on funding for countless groups on Ontario campuses. They look at the history of the SCI, the impact it had on the student experience, and Queen's role in next week's proceedings. Today's podcast features original music provided by The Queen's Music Production Collective, QWAVE. Both songs, Collective and Taia were created by the producer thenheturnedaround Hosts: Raechel Huizinga & Cassidy McMackon Producers: Lauren Thomas & Francesca Lim Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
06:39
March 19, 2021
12. A Conversation with Robin Worling, Queen’s Ice Dunker
Two weeks ago, on a small lake 30 minutes outside of Ottawa, something special happened. Robin Worling, Econ ’19, and a few of his buddies had been doing their usual bit of training on their homemade ice track when they decided to film a stunt they came up with just a few days before: dunking on a basketball net after jumping a 25-foot gap. “I’d done that line a million times,” Worling told The Journal. “I’d [jumped that gap] multiple times.” On this week's episode of The Scramble, Worling sits down with Angus Merry, The Journal's assistant sports editor, to chat about the dunk that went viral, the sport of ice cross, and his athletic background. Read the full story, published last week, here. Featuring original music by the artist IbDaGib, a member of The Queen's Music Production Collective, QWave. Host: Angus Merry Producers: Francesca Lim & Lauren Thomas Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
37:50
March 9, 2021
11. Behind The Journal's Decision to Endorse Team RTZ
Every year, The Journal sits down with each team running for AMS Executive for a private questioning period. Taking interviews, debates, platforms,  and the conversation into consideration, The Journal's Editorial Board then elects to endorse the team it feels is most prepared to lead the AMS. After meeting with teams RTZ and TIA earlier this week, The Journal editorial board chose to endorse Team RTZ by a unanimous 24-0 vote with no abstentions. In today's episode, News Editor Claudia Rupnik is joined by Chloe Sarrazin, The Journal's Editorials Editor, to debrief on what took place Tuesday evening—and what influenced the Editorial Board's decisive endorsement. Read the full editorial here. Host: Claudia Rupnik Guest: Chloe Sarrazin Producer: Lauren Thomas Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
05:58
February 5, 2021
10. A look at this year’s primary election issues. Plus, introducing Teams RTZ and TIA.
As AMS elections enter the first week of campaigning, The Journal’s News Editors, Julia Harmsworth and Cassidy McMackon, discuss what we know so far about this year’s two teams, RTZ and TIA. (0:00) Later, Julia and Cassidy get into the key issues that will dominate this year’s election season, including student fee rates and COVID-19 response. (2:20) Finally, get updated on the latest headlines, which you can find at queensjournal.ca (6:10) Background reading Petition calls for further academic accommodations in response to COVID-19 News in Brief: Student fee reimbursements after adjustments made Headlines Student Wellness Services now offering voluntary, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing Province proposes changes to sexual violence policies at post-secondary schools Outdoor ice rinks open with new COVID-19 protocols in place Feature: Facing anti-Semitism on campus Hosts: Julia Harmsworth & Cassidy McMackon Producer: Lauren Thomas Edited by Francesca Lim Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
06:60
February 1, 2021
9. A Prelude to Student Elections
This week, News Editor Claudia Rupnik and Assistant News Editor Cassidy McMackon discuss the upcoming student elections. They discuss the AMS' lack of student engagement and voter turnout, including what to expect in the coming weeks. Update: since recording, a team announced it would be collecting signatures to be nominated for the AMS Executive election. Follow our election coverage here Host: Claudia Rupnik Guest: Cassidy McMackon Producer: Francesca Lim Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
07:00
January 27, 2021
8. David Suzuki Discusses "Rebellion" with The Journal
“The economy has become the issue that we’re bowing down before, and so long as we do that we’re going to continue to get the fossil fuel industry doing what it’s done now for over 40 years: lie, lie, lie, lie and deny, deny, deny, and put pressure on government to keep regulations from going in.” In The Scramble's final episode of the semester, Canadian icon David Suzuki sits down with The Journal's Arts Editor, Nathan Gallagher, to discuss his new climate resistance documentary, Rebellion. Read the original story here. Host: Nathan Gallagher Producers: Lauren Thomas & Francesca Lim Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
26:13
November 26, 2020
7. The Home Stretch: Analyzing Our First Semester Online
This podcast is sponsored by the AMS’ 12 Days of Exam De-Stressors event, occurring from Dec. 1 to 12.  The AMS will be collaborating with local businesses to provide discounts, coupons, giveaways, and other helpful information to promote the overall wellbeing and a balanced lifestyle of students through exam time. In this week's episode of The Scramble, News Editor Claudia Rupnik and Assistant News Editor Julia Harmsworth sit down to talk about remote learning during COVID-19. Later, Claudia speaks with the Art History department's student council co-presidents, Lauren Durrand and Rachel Salem-Wiseman, about working through the challenges of a remote learning environment. Headlines: ‘When we think of Indigenous peoples, we think of the past’: Students & educators confront the lack of Indigenous education in school systems Vigil held in memory of Anthony Aust ‘[I]t’s inspiring to think about the leadership Indigenous students have shown on campus’ Clark Hall Pub to stay closed for the entire 2020-21 year Hosts: Claudia Rupnik & Julia Harmsworth Producers: Lauren Thomas & Francesca Lim Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
12:17
November 20, 2020
6. Special Episode: A Conversation With Patrick Downie
“For now, what I hear is a man who spent his whole life trying to express himself in song, and in this particular instance, he was faced with a very uncertain future fraught with fear and loneliness and all kinds of things, and I see a guy who’s pretty reconciled and at peace, and that gives me a lot of peace as well.” In a special interview, Patrick Downie, brother of The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie, sits down with The Journal's Arts Editor, Nathan Gallager, to talk about his late brother's new, final album, "Away is Mine." Patrick discusses watching Gord create the album after his diagnosis, producing it after Gord's passing, and his connection to his brother's final piece of work. Read the original story here. Host: Nathan Gallager Producers: Lauren Thomas & Francesca Lim Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
12:54
November 16, 2020
5. Meet The Journal's 2020 Short Story and Poetry Contest Winners
In this week's episode, The Journal's Assistant Arts Editor, Alysha Mohamed, interviews the two winners of our poetry and short story contest, Daniel Green and Sabrina Fielding. First, Alysha sits down with Daniel to discuss his poem, "She Must" (0:00). Shortly after, Sabrina joins the pod to talk about her short story, "The Red Swimsuit" (13:30).  Host: Alysha Mohamed Producers: Lauren Thomas & Francesca Lim Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
23:58
November 12, 2020
4. A First-Year's Perspective on Managing COVID-19 in Residence
In this week’s episode, The Journal’s Claudia Rupnik and Carolyn Svonkin talk about Queen’s residences and COVID-19 (0:30). Later, Carolyn sits down with a first-year student to chat about what the residence experience has been like, particularly with recent cases being reported, getting a test, and plans for upcoming holidays (3:16). Finally, Claudia and Carolyn run through the latest headlines, which you can find at queensjournal.ca (15:10) Background reading: Class of 2024 entering an untraditional September Queen’s Student Constables take up post in residences Residence Society budget more than halved From Sept. 24: Student in residence tests positive for COVID-19 Queen’s prepares for an outbreak with new Incident Command Structure Headlines: Queen’s installs free menstrual product dispensers School of Kinesiology & Health Sciences hangs Pride & Indigenous flags Feature: Protecting the planet includes protecting the most vulnerable ‘[T]he fate of Fall 2021 & Winter 2022 lies in [the students’] hands’ Hosts: Claudia Rupnik & Carolyn Svonkin Producer: Lauren Thomas Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
15:56
October 14, 2020
3. Sexual Violence Policy at Queen's: From Failure to Support
This episode discusses sexual assault and may be triggering for some readers. The Journal uses “survivor” to refer to those who have experienced sexual assault. We acknowledge this term is not universal. In this week's episode, The Queen's Journal's Claudia Rupnik and Aysha Tabassum discuss sexual violence at Queen's University. Our reporters speak with Raechel Huizinga (4:09), The Journal's Editor in Chief and former News Editor, about her experience reporting on the University's controversial sexual violence policy. Later on, Tabassum speaks with Alex da Silva (16:11), sexual violence and bystander awareness student coordinator, about the importance of sexual violence bystander training and how it can be accessed. Then, Rupnik and Tabassum discuss the campus Sexual Health Resource Centre (27:24). Finally, at (30:56), catch the latest headlines coming out of Queen's campus. Resources Good2Talk EmpowerME Barb Lotan, Queen's Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Kingston Sexual Assault Centre Background Reading “Alarming & heartbreaking”: Queen’s grapples with sexual violence survey results 'Consent at Queen’s’ highlights prevalence of sexual violence on campus Following delay, University shares proposed revisions to sexual violence policy Professors say new sexual violence policy could put students at risk University suspends sexual violence disclosure requirement In tense meeting, administrator pressed on sexual violence policy Signed Editorial: TAPS closed, & it’s the University’s fault Helpful Links Sexual Violence Bystander Training Consultation feedback page Sexual Health Resource Centre Hosts: Claudia Rupnik & Aysha Tabassum Producer: Lauren Thomas Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
31:44
September 26, 2020
2. Frosh Ask, Upper-Years Tell
In this week's episode of The Scramble, The Queen's Journal's Matt Scace, Aysha Tabassum, Jodie Grieve, and Daniel Green answer questions submitted by Queen's first-years on social media. They answer seven common questions, including: how do I pick my housemates? How do I make friends during a pandemic? What would you tell your first-year self? Later, stick around for the latest headlines on campus. Headlines: ‘We have active cases in this population now in our community’: University confirms Queen’s student tested positive for COVID-19 Queen’s opens COVID-19 testing centre on campus Kingston Police respond to 255 noise complaints in University district in two weeks As students return, local businesses balance economic benefits with community safety How CFL’s Gaels are approaching the season cancellation Hosts: Matt Scace, Aysha Tabassum, Jodie Grieve & Daniel Green Producer: Lauren Thomas Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
21:19
September 16, 2020
1. Summer in Review: COVID-19 and Anti-racism at Queen's
In The Scramble's premier episode, The Queen's Journal's Claudia Rupnik and Aysha Tabassum discuss the summer's two defining storylines: the COVID-19 pandemic (0:36) and the anti-racism movement (3:35), and the unique ways they affected the Queen's community. Later, Claudia sits down with Ashanthi Francis, ASUS Equity Commissioner, and Angela Sahi, AMS Social Issues Commissioner (9:45), to chat about what discussions have looked like with the University in putting together anti-racism initiatives and what students can expect in the coming months and years. Finally, Claudia and Aysha run through the latest headlines coming out of Queen's campus. (21:34) Background reading: COVID-19 Will first-year students be remote in the winter term? Provost says yes, with some exceptions University expects just 6,600 students to be on campus in fall term Class of 2024 entering an untraditional September Anti-Racism ‘Stolen by Smith’ Instagram account details systemic violence at Queen’s business school Instagram removes ‘Smith White Business’ account which claimed to provide safe space for white Commerce students  How ‘Erased by FEAS’ is uniting the voices of BIPOC Engineering students At virtual town hall, executive director of Commerce says she has “no plans” to step down following calls for resignation Other headlines: ‘[W]e do not have jobs to formally offer as of now’: Queen’s reopening plan doesn’t account for AMS service staff A look inside a new COVID-19 ready ARC Hosts: Claudia Rupnik & Aysha Tabassum Guests: Ashanthi Francis, ASUS Equity Commissioner & Angela Sahi, AMS Social Issues Commissioner Producer: Lauren Thomas Executive Producers: Raechel Huizinga & Matt Scace
22:26
September 9, 2020