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Speak quietly at Queen’s, the university is listening


From the Globe

Your friend’s new fuchsia fedora might be hideous. But don’t call it gay, or you might get a language lesson from the conversation cops.

Students at Queen’s University who sprinkle their dialogue with an assortment of “homo” or “retarded” could find out the hard way that not everyone finds their remarks acceptable.

The Kingston university has hired student facilitators to step in when they overhear homophobic slurs, remarks bashing women or racially tinged insults, along with an array of other language that could be deemed offensive.

That means tête-à-têtes in the residence hallways may no longer be just between friends.

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Speak quietly at Queen’s, the university is listening

  1. Not a good week for queens. T(hey are quickly building the reputaion of a party pooper universityhe wui

  2. You consider racist and insulting language to be a party?

  3. A response to Tim-
    I am a graduate of Queen’s and lived in residence first year. Canadian university students are some of the most open-minded citizens in this country, and a far majority (if not all) support equality for all.
    That being said, we already have a position (Don) in residence, who runs activities, and is present on the floor for the entire year, to promote an inclusive community feel. Racism and insulting language is not the problem here (nor is it more prevalant than any other city/university).
    The issue is hiring 6 people, paying their room and board, and teaching them what words are ‘right’ and ‘not right’. They enter private conversations (students in residence have no where to hide; they sleep and sleep there) and create conflict without even examining the context of the remark. (ie. “Brandon is gay” “Yea, I know, he came out to me last week”).

  4. Perhaps Queens can also hire 6 Grief Counsellors to mitigate the potential damage caused by the 6 PC Police – seriously, what is this country coming to? When the PC crowd is finished with us we will be nothing but a miserable collection of mindless automatons.